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  • iStock/Thinkstock(HONOLULU) -- The FBI is investigating four Honolulu Police Department officers who allegedly forced a suspect to place his mouth on a urinal in a public restroom, officials announced Friday.Police Chief Susan Ballard said the officers were responding last Sunday afternoon to a 911 call about a person trespassing at a public restroom in the Keeaumoku area of Honolulu, ABC affiliate KITV reported.Ballard said an officer reported the alleged urinal incident, leading to an internal investigation. The victim was also located by police.The Honolulu Police Department (HPD) then referred the case to the FBI."If true, these allegations violate the core value of what HPD stands for," Ballard said. "Our officers are sworn to uphold the rights of all persons, and I expect every officer to treat every member of the public fairly and with respect. Personally, I'm appalled."Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said in a statement Friday, "Police Chief Susan Ballard has done the absolutely right thing by referring the alleged misconduct by four Honolulu police officers to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for further review. Although these officers are presumed innocent, we need an independent agency to investigate exactly what occurred and whether these officers engaged in civil rights abuses."Caldwell continued, "Chief Ballard has promised to transform the Honolulu Police Department from a warrior mentality to a guardian mentality, and this is an approach to community policing that I wholeheartedly support."The officers, who have between three and 16 years of service, have been placed on restricted duty.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • Orange County Sheriff's Department/Twitter(LAKE FOREST, Calif.) -- A Southern California district attorney is set to announce a "legal update" in the case of University of Pennsylvania student Blaze Bernstein, who was stabbed to death last month, allegedly by a former high school classmate.Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas is holding a news conference later Friday to announce the update as well as new draft legislation regarding special circumstances murder.Bernstein, 19, was at home in Southern California for winter break when he went missing on Jan. 2. After an extensive search, his body was found on Jan. 9 in the brush surrounding Borrego Park in Foothill Ranch, the Orange County Sheriff's Department said.Samuel Woodward -- Bernstein's former classmate at the Orange County School of the Arts -- was arrested on Jan. 12 and has been charged with murder.Woodward, 20, allegedly picked up Bernstein from his home the night he went missing, the Orange County District Attorney's Office said.Woodward -- who is 50 pounds heavier than Bernstein -- is accused of stabbing him to death and burying his body in the dirt in the perimeter of the park, the district attorney's office said.Woodward is set to be arraigned Friday afternoon.Rackauckas said last month that prosecutors had not ruled out hate crime charges in the killing of Bernstein, who was gay and Jewish.The Bernsteins said in a statement last month, “Our son was a beautiful, gentle soul who we loved more than anything. We were proud of everything he did and who he was. He had nothing to hide. We are in solidarity with our son and the LGBTQ community. There is still much discovery to be done, and if it is determined that this was a hate crime, we will cry not only for our son, but for LGBTQ people everywhere that live in fear or who have been victims of hate crime.” Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • ABC News(CHARLOTTE, Mich.) -- The father of three Larry Nassar victims lunged at the former Olympic team doctor in court on Friday.Randall Margraves asked the judge if he could be alone with Nassar for five minutes."I'm asking you as part of the sentencing to grant me five minutes alone in a locked room with this demon," Margraves told the judge in court Friday morning.Eaton County Circuit Judge Janice Cunningham said she would not do that, so Margraves asked again -- this time for just one minute alone with Nassar.The judge reiterated that the answer was "no." Margraves then charged toward Nassar in the courtroom.Police in the courtroom apprehended Margraves and escorted him out of the room."Let me get that son of a b---," Margraves was heard saying as he was apprehended.Nassar is facing a second sentencing hearing, this time in Eaton County Circuit Court in Charlotte, Michigan.This sentencing process, which began Wednesday, comes more than a week after Nassar was given up to 175 years for multiple counts of criminal sexual misconduct.
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  • ABC(PUNXSATAWNEY, Penn.) -- Bundle up! Punxsutawney Phil, the world-famous groundhog, emerged from his burrow in western Pennsylvania and saw his shadow Friday morning, predicting another six weeks of winter.As the sun rose at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsatawney, Pennsylvania, the groundhog's handlers -- known as the "Inner Circle" -- coaxed him out of his hole to issue his forecast just before 7:25 a.m. Eastern Time. Spectators, seemingly unfazed by the bitter cold, watched and danced to music as the handlers announced Phil's prediction.Since 1887, Phil has predicted more winter 104 times, including this year. He has forecast an early spring just 18 times, when his shadow has eluded him, according to records. Ten years of Phil's predictions are missing from the record.Phil's Canadian counterpart, an albino groundhog named Wiarton Willie, also spotted his shadow Friday morning.Whether you trust the weather forecasts of furry rodents, the National Weather Service suggested that February will have colder-than-normal temperatures in the northern and northeastern United States, with abnormally warm weather in the West.
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  • ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Millions of commuters from New York to Boston are in for slick conditions Friday morning as a storm system moving through the Northeast will deliver rain, snow and freezing temperatures.Snow fell overnight in Pennsylvania, upstate New York, Connecticut and in other parts of New England that saw several inches of accumulation.Heading into the weekend, a storm system from the Pacific Northwest that is moving into the Midwest and Great Lakes area may bring several inches of snow to Minneapolis, Detroit and Chicago.The heaviest expected snowfalls will be near the Great Lakes region and inland Northeast, as well as New England. Washington, D.C. and Boston may see rain on Sunday.The Midwest and Northeast also will be blasted by Arctic air, dropping temperatures in some places into the teens or single digits. At 10 a.m., it will be about 10 degrees in New York.The wind chill early Saturday morning in parts of the Northeast will be below zero.More Arctic air is expected to move into the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes area on Sunday, just in time for the Super Bowl, which will be played inside U.S. Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings, as temperatures outside may be the coldest in the 52-year history of the game.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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