iStock/Thinkstock(BELLEFONTE, Pa.) — Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky appeared in a Pennsylvania courtroom Monday as he appeals his child-sex abuse conviction.
In 2012, Sandusky was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison for the sexual abuse of 10 boys, following tearful testimony from his victims.
As officers led Sandusky into the courthouse Monday morning, the former coach, wearing an orange jumpsuit, told waiting reporters, "There’s much to say. For now, [defense attorney] Al Lindsay is gonna say it."
Defense attorneys and prosecutors then presented their arguments in an hour-long hearing before Judge John Cleland in a Centre County, Pennsylvania courtroom, near the State College campus of Penn State University.
Sandusky sat in the court as defense attorney Lindsay asked the judge for permission to question witnesses, including Sandusky's former lawyers, about the investigation and trial.
Prosecutors argued that a new hearing shouldn’t be granted.
It was not immediately clear when the judge would make his decision.
If his sentence stands, Sandusky, now 72, would be 98 at his earliest possible release date.
iStock/Thinkstock(DENVER) -- The Colorado Supreme Court ruled Monday against two cities' attempts to limit fracking, saying the legislation passed by the cities of Longmont and Fort Collins are "invalid and unenforceable" because they conflict with existing state laws.
In 2012, voters in the city of Longmont passed a ban on fracking, while in November 2013, Fort Collins voters passed a five-year moratorium on fracking to give the city time to study health and safety impacts of the process, according to court documents.
The group that challenged Longmont and Fort Collins' rules against fracking, the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, called the court's ruling "a win" for the energy industry and the "people of Colorado who rely on affordable and dependable energy and a strong economy."
"Nearly all wells in Colorado are hydraulically fractured, or fracked, meaning a ban on fracking is a ban on oil and gas development," COGA said in a statement Monday. "With this legal battle over, we look forward to working with Longmont, Fort Collins and other communities to find a balance that allows for responsible oil and gas development while respecting the rule of law and meeting the needs of local communities."
Fort Collins city attorney Carrie Daggett said it will review the court's decision "carefully and fully to evaluate how it affects the City."
"These issues are complex, and we’ll thoroughly examine the decisions relative to Fort Collins and Longmont," Daggett said. "However, it is clear that the Supreme Court has found that the Fort Collins moratorium on hydraulic fracturing is in operational conflict with Colorado law and is therefore preempted."
Representatives for the City of Longmont or the City of Fort Collins did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.
iStock/Thinkstock(GLENDALE, Calif.) -- The case of a California woman who was ordered to unlock an iPhone using her fingerprint is raising questions about whether compelling a person to unlock their smartphone could infringe on their right against self-incrimination.
A warrant was issued in February ordering Paytsar Bkhchadzhyan to unlock an iPhone seized from a Glendale, California, residence. She later pleaded no contest to a felony count of identity theft, according to the Los Angeles Times.
While much of the public discussion over encryption has focused on four to six digit passcodes, the California case is raising the question of whether a person's biometric markers -- such as a fingerprint or iris -- could be used to help authorities crack into a device.
Mark Bartholomew, a law professor at the University of Buffalo who studies encryption and cyber law, told ABC News "the law is very uncertain on this because it hasn't caught up to technology."
At issue is whether pressing a finger to unlock a phone and giving law enforcement access to all of its contents is tantamount to testifying without ever speaking a word.
"It's one of those things like always technology is way ahead of the law," Bartholomew said. "These issues of passwords, biometric safeguards, at the same time law enforcement wants them, over time these are going to be teed up for the courts and Supreme Court to weigh in on it."
But Albert Gidari, the director of privacy at Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society, told the LA Times that the action might not violate the 5th Amendment prohibition of self-incrimination.
"Unlike disclosing passcodes, you are not compelled to speak or say what's 'in your mind' to law enforcement," Gidari told the LA Times. "'Put your finger here' is not testimonial or self-incriminating."
Apple first added Touch ID to the iPhone 5s and has since included the security measure in all of its recent iPhones and iPads. Built into the home button, Touch ID can also be bypassed using passcodes.
iStock/Thinkstock(DETROIT) -- Detroit Public School teachers are fighting for their paychecks by initiating a "sick out" Monday that has closed over 90 of the 105 public schools in the city.
"The teachers feel, and I feel, that no one is listening to us when we try to explain what's going on here. I feel like we're being held hostage by our legislatures," Detroit Federation of Teachers interim president Ivy Bailey told ABC News Monday. "The teachers are not only fighting for themselves, but more importantly, they're fighting for their students."
"We have teachers who are on 26 pay periods," Bailey explained. "What happens is they take their salary and they pro-rate it throughout the year [with] additional pay periods in the summer, so they can get paid over the summer -- because teachers do not get paid in the summer."
She explained that the state gave the district $48.7 million to get through the rest of the school year but that did not include money to cover summer payments.
"When we figured out what was going on and looked at the payments of those teachers, technically Thursday of last week is the last day that they're actually being paid," Bailey said.
"In theory, they're working without pay," she said. "There's no guarantee -- based on what the district has told us -- that they will receive payment after June 30, which is not fair. No one should work for free. And so rightfully so, we're all upset about that."
Bailey said when they asked if the money they received would include money for all employees who are on a 26 pay period, they were told "yes."
She said this is not happening anywhere else in Michigan -- just Detroit, where the economy has been struggling for years.
Detroit schools are currently under a state of financial emergency and are run by an emergency manager instead of a school board and superintendent.
"I'm hoping today will accomplish an awareness across the city of Detroit -- what's happening to our schools systems is an atrocity," Bailey said. "If you are an emergency manager and you're supposed to be the person who came here to straighten out our finances, and now they're worse than they ever were ... I believe we have every right to be upset. And there is no accountability for what has gone on with these emergency mangers."
Detroit Public Schools did not immediately provide a comment on Monday, but Transition Manager Judge Steven Rhodes said in a statement Sunday evening that the planned "sick out" would be "counterproductive and detrimental."
"It is unfortunate that the DFT [Detroit Federation of Teachers] has chosen to make a statement in this way," Rhodes said.
"I am on record as saying that I cannot in good conscience ask anyone to work without pay. Wages that are owed to teachers should be paid. I understand the frustration and anger that our teachers feel," Rhodes said. "I am, however, confident that the legislature will support the request that will guarantee that teachers will receive the pay that is owed to them. The DFT's choice for a drastic call to action was not necessary."
"I am confident that the Michigan Legislature understands the urgency of this situation and will act in a timely manner to ensure that operations of the school district continue uninterrupted," he said, adding that he's working with policy makers in Lansing "to move this legislation forward."
"A district-wide sick out will be counterproductive and detrimental to the efforts of everyone working to help the District," he said. Rhodes said he hopes to continue his "strong relationship" with the Detroit Federation of Teachers "so that jointly we can achieve our mutual goal of creating a New DPS under local control that we can be proud of.”
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A massive fire ravaged a Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Manhattan that left the building in ruins — on the same day its Serbian Orthodox parishioners had celebrated Easter.
The New York Fire Department said the fire broke out on the first floor of the Cathedral shortly after 7 p.m. Sunday. There were no reported injuries or evacuations at the time the fire broke out. Roughly 170 firefighters mobilized to combat the blaze.
iStock/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) — May Day marches in Seattle ended with several violent outbreaks by demonstrators that left five officers injured and nine people arrested, according to police.
Police reported being hit by rocks, batons and Molotov cocktails during Sunday clashes by black-clad protesters wearing masks and sunglasses.
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray released a statement commending police for their work in containing the protests while disavowing the acts of the demonstrators.
"It is unfortunate and deeply regrettable that in a city that goes to incredible lengths to respect First Amendment rights, there are some who disregard our values and engage in senseless acts of violence and property destruction," Murray said. "This city condemns any acts of physical violence against our police officers, and my thoughts are with the officers who were injured."
The protests had been trending for several hours on Twitter with the hashtag #MayDaySea.
Around the world, union members have traditionally marched on May 1 for workers' rights. In the United States, the annual events have become a rallying cry for immigrants and their supporters for better wages and fair work accommodations.
Seattle traditionally sees large, disruptive May Day gatherings. Last year, police arrested 16 people during demonstrations and in 2014 10 people were arrested.
In 2013, police arrested 18 people from a crowd that pelted them with rocks and bottles.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The start of a 5K bike race in Brooklyn, New York came to a screeching halt, literally, for dozens of riders, when a stalled motorcycle caused a chain reaction crash that caused a massive tangle of bikes and riders.
Seven people were injured in the pileup Saturday night, which was caused when the motorcycle that was to lead the riders stalled, and was rear-ended by dozens of competitors already moving at full tilt in the annual Red Hook Criterium Finals.
The resulting wreckage blocked the entire course for some time.
Target(YULEE, Fla.) — A Florida woman turned the tables on man with a prior conviction for preying on women in public places, catching an alleged encounter on camera.
Candice Spivey says the man, whom police identified as Jeffery Polizzi, had approached her two years ago, asking her what she described as inappropriate questions. But Spivey recognized the man this time, quickly thinking to record a video on her phone as she chased the suspect out of a Target store.
“Do you remember running into me in the grocery store?” Spivey of Yulee, Florida, asks Polizzi in the video.
“Call the cops,” she shouts as the man begins to run away from her.
Spivey was shopping in the bikini section of her local Target April 26 when she says Polizzi approached her.
“You want to make sure it’s not too sheer or clear,” the man can be heard saying in the video.
She claims the same man harassed her two years ago inside a Publix supermarket as he was secretly filming their encounter.
But she said her reaction was different this time.
“I wanted an identification on who he was so I could put this out there,” Spivey said of her video.
Spivey posted the video to her Facebook page, where it now has a whopping 1.6 million views, with dozens of women saying Polizzi, 31, did the same thing to them.
Police eventually caught Polizzi, charging him with reckless driving after he allegedly fled the scene. It's unclear whether he has entered a plea or has a lawyer. Polizzi has not responded to ABC News’ request for comment.
It’s not the first time he has been accused of inappropriate retail encounters. Polizzi was previously convicted of “taking photographs of women in dressing rooms” in 2009, according to court documents.
Spivey says she has no regrets about her actions.
“If that is what you have to do to be safe and protect yourself, you do what you got to do,” she said.
The Nassau County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone who has had suspicious encounters with Polizzi to come forward.
Pete Souza/The White House via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The CIA "live tweeted" the Osama Bin Laden raid Sunday afternoon to mark the fifth anniversary of the May 1, 2011, operation that killed the al Qaeda leader.
The CIA twitter account said the step-by-step tweets would represent the raid at Bin Laden's Abbottabad, Pakistan, compound "as if it were happening today."
Here are some of the tweets posted Sunday as the CIA recounted the helicopter landing, the famous situation room photo and the positive ID:
3:30 pm EDT - 2 helicopters descend on compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. 1 crashes, but assault continues without delay or injury#UBLRaid
iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Fifteen cars from CSX freight train derailed Sunday morning in Washington D.C. The train was traveling from Cumberland, Md. to Hamlet, N.C.
Early reports said the cars may be leaking hazardous materials, but CSX said the leaks had been plugged.
"The sodium hydroxide leak from one of the derailed cars was plugged this morning. Clean-up operations will be underway shortly. During more detailed inspections of the cars, another derailed tank car that was leaking non-hazardous calcium chloride solution has also been sealed. Additionally, a derailed ethanol rail car was found to be leaking slowly from the base of a valve. The ethanol is contained and work is ongoing to re-seal the valve," CSX Corporate Communications spokesperson Kristin Seay said in the most recent statement.
"We are grateful for the swift response from Washington D.C. first responders and other agencies," the company added.
No injuries have been reported and officials said public health was never in danger.
ABC News(EL PASO, Texas) -- A teenage girl killed from a carnival ride accident in El Paso, Texas, was a student-athlete in the top 10 percent of her class, the superintendent says.
Samantha Aguilar, 16, a junior at Hanks High School, "was tragically killed when she was thrown from a carnival ride," Ysleta Independent School District Superintendent Xavier De La Torre told ABC News.
He says she was a member of the track team and in the top 10 percent in her class.
Patricia Ayala, the school district spokeswoman, told ABC News Aguilar was an "outstanding" student.
"The Ysleta Independent School District family is grief-stricken," Ayala said. "Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with her family and the Hanks High School community."
Aguilar was on a ride called the "Sizzler" Friday night when she and another girl were ejected, according to ABC affiliate KVIA-TV in El Paso.
The 16-year-old, who hit a metal barrier, died at Del Sol Medical Center, KVIA-TV reported.
El Paso Police spokesman Sgt. Enrique Carrillo told ABC News today the accident remains under investigation.
iStock/Thinkstock(RAPID CITY, S.D.) -- With the help of another officer, a South Dakota cop pulled off a surprise proposal to his firefighter and paramedic girlfriend in a sweet moment caught on dash cam video.
The Rapid City Police posted video of the April 27 proposal to Facebook, showing Rapid City Police Officer Nick Allender's partner initiating a traffic stop for Allender's girlfriend, Rapid City Firefighter and Paramedic Sarah Stewart.
Stewart gets out and walks back to the patrol car, shocked to see her boyfriend waiting there. The partner then hands Allender the ring box for the big moment:
Stewart, 22, told ABC News she was in "total shock."
"I knew the engagement was coming ... we had talked about it ... but I had no idea that it would be like that," she said. "I honestly thought I was just being pulled over.
"And then I saw Nick get out... and it was when I saw the ring box... then I knew what was happening," she said.
Allender, 23, told ABC News he thought involving his police department in his "once in a lifetime" moment was "unique, and something that I could do that was different than anyone else."
But the future groom says he wasn't nervous about Stewart's answer.
"We've been talking and contemplating it for a while so I knew she was going to say 'yes,'" he said.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Rising flood waters claimed the life of a sixth person in Palestine, Texas, local police confirmed Saturday evening.
The mayor of Palestine, Bob Herrington, said in a statement, “The City of Palestine has suffered the worst flooding event in my 59 years of living here. I don't recall ever seeing this much water rise so fast and in such a short period of time...Our first responders worked through the night and made numerous high water rescues."
A 64-year-old woman and her four great grandchildren were found dead amid flooding in the eastern Texas city of Palestine Saturday morning.
Then on Saturday evening, officials announced a sixth fatality, Giovanni Olivas, 30, who was swept under flood waters. His body was found around 5:30 p.m. Saturday, according to Anderson County sheriff Greg Taylor.
The woman and her great grandchildren were found when officers responded to waist-deep flooding on a street in Palestine, Texas, about 150 miles north of Houston, police said.
Two of the children were found in the front yard of a home. The other two children and the woman were found behind some houses. They appeared to have been swept away by the fast-moving waters, police said.
The names of the woman and her great grandchildren were not initially released, but when the sixth fatality was announced Saturday evening, their identities were released: Lenda Asberry, 64; Venetia Asberry, 9; Devonte Asberry, 8; Von Anthony Johnson Jr., 7, and Jamonicka Johnson, 6.
Six to eight other families who live on that street have been displaced, police said. Heavy downpour in Palestine began just after midnight Saturday.
Mayor Herrington said, “It is too early to know the full extent of the damage, we have homes and businesses that have suffered flood damage and many of our roads have suffered significant deterioration as well. Total damage estimates will be developed in the near future and will be available to interested parties."
(HOUSTON) -- Heavy rain and thunderstorms are slamming the South, one day after storms bringing flash flooding, tornadoes, and giant hail ripped through the area.
The threat for severe weather Saturday covers a large area, including Houston, New Orleans, Nashville and St. Louis, and up to southern Illinois and Indiana.
Flash flood watches and warnings are in effect for parts of east Texas and central Mississippi, while a severe thunderstorm watch is effect until Saturday evening for eastern Louisiana and southwestern Mississippi.
The weather turned fatal early Saturday morning in eastern Texas, when a 64-year-old woman and four grandchildren were found dead amid flooding in Palestine. The town received nearly 8 inches of rain in less than 12 hours.
In Lindale, Texas, a tornado swept through the area Friday, destroying parts of the town and leaving several injured. Smith County, which includes the city of Lindale, issued a disaster declaration.
In Gulfport, Mississippi, the flooding was severe enough Friday to partially submerge a car.
In Oklahoma and Texas, hail -- some pieces bigger than a softball -- fell from the sky Friday.
In Kansas, a nickel-sized piece ricocheted off the ground and hit a woman in the tooth.
Rounds of heavy rain are expected to continue Saturday evening along parts of the Gulf Coast. Areas of heavy rain are also expected to hit farther north in the Ohio Valley and mid-Atlantic.