• Twitter/Stephanie(PENSACOLA, Fla.) — After a Southwest Airlines flight from New Orleans to Orlando, Florida, was forced to make an emergency landing over the weekend in Pensacola, Florida, due to what the airline said was a mechanical issue, passengers shared their accounts of harrowing moments inside the plane."I literally thought that was it, that this is how I'm going out," said Kimberly Zetsch.Flight data showed that the plane descended from an altitude of 30,000 feet to 10,000 feet in just over eight minutes on Saturday.A spokesperson from the airline told ABC News that the jet for SW flight 3472 suffered a "mechanical issue with the number one engine.""We heard a loud boom at about 10,000 feet," passenger Stephanie Miller said. "Sounded like an 18-wheeler tire blowing, and we started smelling smoke."Miller's pictures suggest the front casing of the left engine fell apart.Another passenger, Vickie Fisher, said she knew the severity of the situation right away, "The noise and the shaking -- I knew instantly that this is not good."ABC News' David Kerley said the metal shrapnel sliced into the tail of the jet and the fuselage, which breached the protection barrier for passengers. With pressure escaping from the cabin as a result, oxygen masks dropped from the ceiling and the pilots had to take quick action, bringing the aircraft into descent so that passengers could breathe.Zetsch said, "I thought 'I'm not a really good swimmer. How am I going to get out of this?' Then I thought, 'It doesn't really matter — this is it on impact.'""We just couldn't get to land fast enough," Miller said.The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the malfunction. Southwest Airlines maintains it was not an explosion.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — An active-shooter false alarm brought chaos to Los Angeles International Airport Sunday night, temporarily putting a stop to travel and causing lines and delays to pile up into Monday morning.The incident took place after 9 p.m. on Sunday, when loud noises caused a panic among passengers, some of whom breached security doors and spilled out onto the airport tarmac."Due to initial reports of an active shooter in Terminal eight at LAX, passengers in several LAX terminals self-evacuated onto the tarmac and rushed through federal security screening without being properly screened," the airport explained in a statement.The Los Angeles Police Department evacuated the airport and conducted a search, later confirming there was no evidence of any shooting and that the incident appeared to be a false alarm.Still, the panic brought the airport to a halt as the terminals were cleared and incoming flights were partially shut down for 30 minutes.Dozens of passengers could be seen exiting the airport for their cars or nearby hotels, luggage in tow.Early Monday, LAX still had arrival delays of about 49 minutes, on average, and departure delays of 1 hour and 40 minutes, according to FlightAware.com.The airport said it halted incoming traffic on the south runway complex shortly after 9 p.m. but that arrivals were cleared about a half-hour later.It took approximately 90 minutes to get the airport terminals cleared for passengers to re-enter. By that time, flights had been delayed and security lines backed up around the terminals as the passengers had to be re-screened. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • Joshua Lott/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — Even before the high-profile shooting death of Nykea Aldridge, NBA star Dwayne Wade's cousin, Chicago had been battling a citywide spike in violent crime.While the connection to one of the country's best-known athletes has drawn national attention to the city's problem with gun violence, the underlying problem remains all too familiar for many Chicago residents.Following Aldridge's death, nine people were killed and nearly 50 were shot across Chicago over the weekend, ABC Chicago station WLS-TV reported.Aldridge's death took place just one day after Wade participated in an ESPN Town Hall on gun violence in the Windy City, an event also attended by Wade's mother, the pastor Jolinda Wade."Just sat up on a panel yesterday, The Undefeated, talking about the violence that's going on within our city of Chicago, never knowing that the next day we would be the ones that would be actually living and experiencing it," she said."We're still going to try and help these people to transform their minds and give them a different direction, so this thing won't keep happening."Murders have spiked by 49 percent this year compared to last year, and 81 percent over the same time period in 2014.With more than 450 murders so far in 2015, Chicago is on pace for its highest overall murder count since at least 2012, when 504 were recorded in the entire year.Overall shooting incidents — at more than 2,200 and counting — have mirrored that rise, with a 48 percent spike so far in 2016.Police blame gangs for a disproportionate share of the city's violent crime.Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said on Saturday that about 1,400 people — many of them gangs members — are driving 85 percent of the city's gun violence.The two suspects in Aldridge's murder are both documented gang members, police said.Tragically, many of the shooting victims get caught in the crossfire.Aldridge, 32, was hit by stray bullets as she pushed her newborn in a stroller after enrolling one of her children in school, WLS-TV reported.This year's shootings have intensified with the summer heat.On Aug. 8, nine people were murdered in Chicago, making it the bloodiest day in 13 years, according to the Chicago Tribune. The victims that day included a 10-year-old boy shot in the back as he played on his front porch, the Tribune reported.Some 27 children younger than 13 have been shot in Chicago so far this year, according to WLS-TV. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson, announcing murder charges against two men on parole in the death of Nykea Aldridge, NBA star Dwyane Wade's cousin, said it was time to "get serious" about keeping violent criminals in jail."The gun offenders that choose to do this time and time again, we have to hold them accountable," Johnson said, referring to Darwin and Derren Sorrells, the men who were charged with the murder of Alridge. "We need to put them in jail and keep them there."Aldridge, 32, had been pushing her child in a stroller on the city's South Side on Friday afternoon when gunfire was exchanged nearby, hitting her in the arm and the head, according to police.The case has helped to shine a spotlight on the ongoing issue of violence in Chicago, a subject that Wade himself addressed on a panel hosted by ESPN on Thursday, the night before the shooting of his cousin took place.Johnson portrayed the death of Alridge as being a failure of the criminal justice system."Darwin Sorrells was let out on parole for unlawful use of a weapon in February of this year," he said at a press conference Sunday. "His brother, Derren Sorrells, was involved in a murder not only while he was on parole but while he was wearing a home monitoring bracelet. I want all of you to think about what I just said and ask what that tells you."He also described the problem of illegal guns and gun violence in his city as an endemic one, saying that "all Chicagoans should be frustrated" with the violence."It’s time to stop talking and to get serious and take action when it comes to how we sentence our repeat gun offenders," Johnson said. "I’m frustrated, you should be frustrated, all Chicagoans should be frustrated."To back up his statement, Johnson cited some alarming numbers. He said CPD had confiscated "nearly 6,000" illegal guns in 2016 -- an average of one every hour, and a figure that he said was more than the totals of New York and Los Angeles combined.Chicago is the third most populous city in the U.S., with roughly 2.7 million residents. New York has roughly 8.3 million people and Los Angeles more than 3.8 million."That's not because we're better than them," Johnson said of the comparison. "It's because of the proliferation of guns out on the streets of Chicago."That proliferation of guns has translated into increasing bloodshed in the city.The Chicago Tribune keeps an up-to-date map detailing where people were shot in Chicago, broken down by community.According to the newspaper's statistics, there have been 5,727 shooting victims in the city since January 1st of 2015, with 2,739 of those incidents occurring in this year alone.Chicago police and Mayor Rahm Emanuel frequently place the blame for the increase in illegal gun trafficking and shootings in the city on gangs, and Johnson Sunday described the Sorrells brothers as known gang members."The city is known for having strict gun control, and the violence in the city is frequently used by conservatives in arguments against gun control legislation.Republican U.S. Rep. Bob Dold from Illinois, however, broke with his GOP colleagues in June by calling for a series of gun control measures while running for re-election, a move that helps to indicate the growing level of concern surrounding gun violence in the region.
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  • artolympic/iStock/Thinkstock(ITHACA, N.Y.) -- One student at Itahaca College was fatally stabbed and another was injured on Sunday morning in a fight at nearby Cornell University.According to a message sent to parents and families of Ithaca College students by university president Tom Rochon, the fight took place on Cornell's campus following a student-organized event. Two Ithaca College students were stabbed in the fight, Rochon said, including 19-year-old Anthony Nazaire.Nazaire, a sophomore from Brooklyn, N.Y., was killed. The name of the student who was injured is being withheld as part of the City of Ithaca Police Department's investigation. That student, the school says, has been treated and released from an area hospital.The school says that there is no indication of any ongoing threat to the Ithaca College campus or students. A campus-wide gathering is scheduled for 4 p.m. Monday at Muller Chapel. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(LAPLACE, La.) -- Two people are dead and 41 injured after a charter bus crashed into a pickup truck Sunday morning shortly after the truck sped on a slick roadway into a guardrail near LaPlace, Louisiana, according to Louisiana State Police.
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