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Stephen Dunn/Hartford Courant/TNS via Getty Images(BRISTOL, Conn.) -- For someone who had just learned one of his co-workers had a bomb strapped to his chest, the president and chief executive officer of Achieve Financial Credit Union sounded remarkably calm and matter-of-fact.

He called 911 and reported “one of our VPs…is the victim of a home invasion overnight. He states that he’s strapped to a bomb. He’s sitting in his car in the garage.”

An audio recording of the Feb. 23 call was released Friday by police in Bristol, Connecticut. The victim, Matthew Yussman, lived in Bristol with his mother.

“The perpetrators also put a bomb under his mother’s bed,” the caller told authorities. “He’s instructing me to vacate our New Britain branch because they’re going to come and rob it.”

Credit union vice president Matthew Yussman drove to the bank where police found him shivering in his car wearing a vest that appeared to be a bomb.

Sources briefed on the case told ABC News the device was not real but, at the time, New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart called the episode “scary.”

Court records also released on Friday gave a more complete picture of the incident.

Matthew Yussman's mother told police that she found her son "lying face down on the garage floor with his hands zip-tied behind his back." She also saw two men, dressed in green army-style jackets, black cargo-style pants and ski masks and goggles, armed with guns. Those men allegedly forced her to the ground and tied her to her bed with duct tape.

She also told police that the men asked Matthew Yussman how much money they could get from the credit union, before threatening to tape something to his body.
Police said at the time they were looking for two men “dressed in dark clothing wearing ski-masks and ski goggles” driving an older model white four door Mazda.

There have been no arrests.


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ABC News(BOSTON) -- When Boston Marathon bombing victim Rebekah Gregory took the stand to testify against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, she said the alleged killer couldn’t meet her stare.

“I could not look into his eyes because he wouldn't look at me,” she told ABC News Thursday after testifying Wednesday. “But I tried and I looked him in the face several times and I wanted him to know I was not scared of him.”

She said when she looks at Tsarnaev now, she sees a “coward.” Tsarnaev couldn’t look at her, Gregory said, because she believes he’s unable to “face what he’s really done.”

“I see somebody who wouldn’t look me in the eye when he tried to kill me,” she said. “I took my place at the witness stand and I looked at him and it was just exhilarating for me to be sitting in front of the person who tried to destroy my life but knowing that I’m so much stronger because of it.”

Gregory lost her left leg in the April 2013 attack that killed three people -- including an 8-year-old boy -- and injured 260 others. Gregory was one of 16 to lose limbs.

Her son, Noah, was sitting at her feet when the bomb went off, but after the explosions, when she tried to help him, she realized she couldn’t get to him.

“I was like, ‘This is it. I’m gone. I can’t even help Noah as a mother. I am completely helpless at this point,'” she said, adding she thought she was going to die that day.

Noah survived with minor injuries.

Gregory said before arriving at court she experienced a flood of emotions, and she reflected back on how fearful she used to be.

“I had been for a very long time. And I didn’t realize I was so fearful, but I truly was and until yesterday, I had this sense of insecurity because of how much I had lost at the finish line that day and I took so much of that back,” she said.

Tsarnaev’s defense said in opening statements they’re not going to contest the fact that their client, along with his late older brother Tamerlan, was responsible for detonating the two bombs that day.

Legal experts told ABC News the defense is likely focusing only on trying to avoid the death penalty for Tsarnaev in the penalty phase of the case.


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Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images(SYRACUSE, N.Y.) -- Syracuse University's basketball program was hit with a staunch penalty by the NCAA on Friday, the conclusion of a years-long investigation into violations committed by the school.

According to the NCAA, some of the school's student-athletes partook in academic misconduct, received impermissible benefits from boosters and failed to follow its own drug testing policy. Violations involving an undisclosed number of student-athletes took place from 2001 through 2012, according to the college sports governing body. Additionally, the school "failed to exercise proper control over the administration of its athletics program."

The NCAA also said that Head Basketball Coach Jim Boeheim, the longest-tenured coach in Division 1 men's basketball, "did not promote an atmosphere of compliance within his program and did not monitor the activities of those who reported to him as they related to academics and booster involvement."

The school's athletics department will be placed on probation for five years, in addition to the self-imposed ban from postseason play that the school announced last month. The NCAA further implemented punishments including the vacation of more than 100 victories, a suspension of Boeheim for nine conference games next season and the loss of three scholarships per year for four years, beginning in 2016-2017.

The punishment is among the most harsh ever dealt out by the NCAA.

In a statement, university Chancellor Kent Syverud acknowledged violations involving a booster and drug testing, as well as certain academic improprieties. Nonetheless, Syverud said that the university "disagrees with the NCAA's position" on the academic issues. He also wrote that Syracuse is considering an appeal of "portions of the decision."

"Some may not agree with Syracuse University's positions on these important issues," Syverud wrote. "However, we hope everyone will agree that eight years is too long for an investigation and that a more expeditious and less costly process would be beneficial to student-athletes, public confidence in the NCAA enforcement process, and major intercollegiate athletics in general."


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iStock/Thinkstock(GALENA, Ill.) -- Two tanker cars belonging to the BNSF Railway train that derailed in northwest Illinois Thursday afternoon are still actively burning, according to the Galena Fire Department.

Officials say firefighters are on the scene, waiting for the fire to burn itself out.

The train, which originated from North Dakota, was carrying 103 cars loaded with crude oil when it derailed at approximately 1:20 p.m. local time in Galena, Illinois and exploded into flames.

In total, 21 of the 103 cars derailed, a BNSF spokesman said at a news conference Friday. It is believed that five rail cars were involved in the fire.

No injuries were reported.

The cause of the derailment is still not known.


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File photo. (Anat0ly/iStock/Thinkstock)(SEATTLE) -- A black Labrador who rides Seattle buses on her own motivated a class of Colorado sixth graders to write a children's book from the dog's perspective.

The 2-year-old dog named Eclipse made headlines in January for riding the bus solo to a dog park.

When Whitney Yeager, a teacher at Laredo Middle School in Aurora, Colorado, saw a story about Eclipse by ABC News affiliate KOMO-TV in Seattle, she assigned a creative group project to her language arts class: each student would contribute a line to a children's book, written from the dog's point of view.

Yeager said the purpose of the narrative was to practice figurative language.

"Every single word in that book is their writing," Yeager told ABC News Friday.

One line of the book reads: "My paws gingerly walk along the concrete sidewalk until my eyes meet the bus stop sign. I was relieved when I made it just in time to the bus stop," according to KOMO.

"They're so excited about it," Yeager said. "It's their own. It was an authentic, finished project."

Eclipse's owner, Jeff Young, said in January that Eclipse started riding the bus with him to the dog park, but eventually she jumped on the bus on her own.

"We went all the time, then sometimes she got on the bus before me because I'm talking or distracted," he said.

Young said he follows closely behind Eclipse on a later bus and then goes home with her.


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