Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Florida State University's star quarterback Jameis Winston said his recently-dismissed sexual assault case has taught him that he needs to be "more mature."Two days after prosecutors decided not to press charges against him in a sexual assault case, Winston threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score as Florida State stormed into the title game with a 45-7 victory over Duke Saturday night in the ACC championship game.While basking in his team's undefeated season, the 19-year-old Heisman Trophy front-runner made his first comments regarding the sexual assault case.When asked what he learned from the investigation, Winston told ESPN, "I learned I got to get more mature. I got to get better at everything I do."Winston, who has been named the ACC's Player of the Year, said he was grateful for the support of head coach Jimbo Fisher during the investigation."I love him. I love him. That is how you have a successful team, that's how you do what we did today. We are trying to make history. We got to keep going," Winston said minutes after the game.On the fourth question about the investigation, Winston was done talking. When ESPN asked Winston why he chose not to talk during the process, the quarterback turned his back and his media handlers whisked him away.With the cloud removed from over Winston's head, the rookie quarterback can now focus on the team's most crucial point of the season. The undefeated Seminoles are on their way to the BCS National Championship game in Pasadena, Calif., on Jan. 6.The Heisman Trophy ballots are due to be handed in on Monday and the award will be given on Dec. 14 in New York City.The alleged rape took place in a Tallahassee apartment on Dec. 7, 2012, according to a heavily redacted police report. However, the case did not reach prosecutors until last month. Winston's attorney acknowledged his client had sex with his accuser, but insists it was consensual.State Attorney Willie Meggs said Thursday there was not enough evidence to win a conviction against Winston, mostly because there were too many gaps in his accuser's story.
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Image Source Pink/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) -- A 50-car pile-up in Pennsylvania Sunday left one driver dead and dozens of motorists stranded on the state turnpike for hours in the middle of a major snowstorm.State police said late Sunday afternoon that the 50 cars that were involved in the accident had been pulled over to the shoulder and they estimated plow and salt trucks would be able to clear the area by evening.According to ABC station WPVI-TV in Philadelphia, the motorist who died in the collisions was killed when he got out of the car and was hit by another car.The accident occurred around 12:30 p.m. near Morgantown, Pa.Bobbi Lupkin, 57, of Mechanicsburg, Pa., was on her way home around noon Sunday when traffic suddenly slowed to a stop, she told ABC News. (Lupkin is mother of ABCNews.com health reporter Sydney Lupkin.) More than four hours later, she was still sitting in her car with no way to get off the highway.
"The truth of the matter is nobody is doing a thing for us," she said.
A few of those stranded decided to take advantage of the opportunity.Two brothers -- Josh Lobach, 21, and Andrew Lobach, 22 -- were hand-delivering pizza slices to hungry drivers, charging $5 a slice.The brothers were returning to college in South Carolina, when they got caught in the traffic jam around 2 p.m. Since they were hungry, the brothers decided to order a pizza and after realizing how many other cars were stranded they ordered a little extra.The brothers managed to get two pizzas delivered to the nearest overpass."It took some convincing," Andrew, a college sophomore, told ABC News.When the brothers realized they had extra slices, they figured they could make a little extra money by selling slices to other stranded motorists. The brothers were so successful they ordered four more pizzas."We had a lot of thumbs up even when they weren't buying," Andrew said. The brothers also delivered water bottles to thirsty families for free.In spite of the weather and traffic jam, Andrew said after nearly five hours of being stuck on the road, most motorists were in good spirits and staying warm by cycling their engines on and off.Lupkin said some drivers were frustrated by the lack of information, but that other families had been making the most of it. Two girls from a nearby car took a break to play in the snow for half an hour.Lupkin said she finally started to inch forward at around 5:45 p.m. When she passed the accident, she saw dozens of cars facing "every which way."
"If I was 15 minutes earlier, I would have been in the middle of that," she said. "I feel blessed. Sitting for five hours is one thing. To be in that mess...that's pretty scary. I feel very lucky."
Meanwhile, elsewhere in the country, an icy roadway in Yonkers, N.Y., led to a 20-car pile up Sunday night that sent about 40 people to the hospital. No one was said to have had any life-threatening injuries.
Near Milwaukee, a 30-car crash injured dozens, shutting down Interstate 94. And in Greenwich, Conn., about 27 vehicles were involved in an accident that left six people injured.
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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The waitress and former Marine who has been accused of orchestrating a hoax by claiming a family left her a homophobic note instead of a tip is no longer working at the New Jersey restaurant where she'd claimed the incident occurred.Dayna Morales made national headlines and received an outpouring of public support and at least $3,000 in donations after she claimed a family stiffed her and left her a note on the receipt reading, "Sorry, I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle and the way you live your life."But after an unidentified couple came forward days later with a customer receipt and bank statement to prove that they had in fact left Morales an $18 tip on top of the $93.55 check, former friends of Morales also came forward claiming she was a compulsive liar.Following the allegations against Morales, her employer, the Gallop Asian Bistro, said on Saturday she no longer would work at the restaurant.The restaurant posted a message on its Facebook page that read in part, "In light of the investigation and recent events, both Ms. Morales and Gallop Asian Bistro have made a joint decision that Ms. Morales will no longer continue her employment at our restaurant. We wish her well in the future."After the couple came forward to show their receipt to prove they paid a tip, at least three duped donors had their money refunded via PayPal, according to the founder of the website that had first publicized the story and posts on the site.Morales, 22, did not contact media directly with her story, but it soon went viral after it was picked up by a gay advocacy website, Have a Gay Day, which posted it on its Facebook wall."I am THOROUGHLY offended mad pissed off and hurt that THIS is what her kids will grow up learning and that I served in the Marines to keep ignorant people like them free," Morales posted, along with a picture of the receipt to Have a Gay Day on Nov. 13. "Sorry lady but I don't agree with YOUR lifestyle and the way you're raising your kids but you didn't see me throwing that in your face and giving you sh--y service. Keep your damn mouth shut and pray we never cross paths again."The Founder of the Ohio-based website said on Friday he had received messages from at least three people saying they had received their donations back."It has been confirmed that refunds have been issued to people that gave to Dayna Morales and the story we posted last month that she sent about the note on the receipt where she was not tipped," Have a Gay Day founder Michael Knote wrote on the Facebook page. "We're not sure who is exactly issuing the refunds but we have had 4 different people send us info that they received paypal refunds this morning."Knote, 30, told ABC News he feels betrayed by the whole episode, and a "responsibility to find the truth" because it was his site that initially posted Morales' story. He said the last time he spoke to Morales was a few days after the media had picked up the story, but he hasn't been able to reach her since then because she has since taken down her Facebook page."She thanked us and also she told us at that moment that media agencies were doing interviews and she was going to donate the money to Wounded Warriors," Knote said.The Wounded Warrior Project, a group that supports injured military service members and their families, did not immediately respond to calls from ABC News. LGBTQ Nation reported that a spokesperson from Wounded Warriors said on Friday they had no records of any donations from Morales.Shortly after the New Jersey couple emerged with their receipts, former friends and colleagues of Morales also came forward and claimed she is a pathological liar."She lied to me about having cancer and did a whole other mess of things she stayed at my house and lied to all my family and friends," Kiersten Lynn Bremer, 23, a former friend of Morales, wrote on Facebook.Bremer says she met Morales two years ago when Morales was then engaged to her close friend, Teresa Rivera, and that Morales was dishonorably discharged from the Marines and lied about having oiliodendraglioma, an incurable form of brain cancer, among other things.The U.S. Marine Corps did not immediately respond to calls from ABC News for comment. A Pentagon source told LGBTQ Nation on Friday that Morales had been given an administrative general discharge for failing to show up at required monthly reserve drills.Knote said he felt "protective" of his online community and was disappointed that Morales was "dishonest," especially pulling a stunt like this "around the holidays."Gallop Asian Bistro says they conducted an internal investigation into whether Morales forged the receipt by examining security surveillance footage and their computer records, but that the results were inconclusive."Despite news reports to the contrary, this is not a simple, straight-forward matter and we have conducted our own internal investigation," the restaurant wrote on its Facebook page Sunday. "In light of the investigation and recent events, both Ms. Morales and Gallop Asian Bistro have made a joint decision that Ms. Morales will no longer continue her employment at our restaurant. We wish her well in the future."Knote said while some people posted on Facebook that they had received electronic donations back from PayPal, he had also received complaints from others who had sent their money in the mail or in person that had not received their donations back.
Photo released by Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case(CLACKAMAS, Ore.) -- An "endangered" Oregon teenager has been found in good condition, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.Samantha Dodson, 13, who had been last seen Tuesday night, was found Saturday in a wooded area near a mobile home park just outside Oregon City with 40-year-old Kelsey McCune.Police were concerned that Dodson was an "endangered runaway," especially after discovering that she had been traveling with McCune, a family friend who authorities said was a possible transient with no permanent address.The pair was found after a resident reported seeing them near a mobile home park. A SWAT team was used to locate the pair due to the area's remote location and size.McCune was arrested after being apprehended. A warrant had been issued for his arrest on Friday for second-degree kidnapping.It was unclear whether the teen left home willingly, but police said she does not have a history of running away.At a press conference last week, Dodson's sister Sarah spoke for their family and pleaded for her sister to return home, according to ABC News affiliate KATU-TV in Portland."It's cold out there, and you just can't be out there in the cold," Sarah Dodson said. "Please call us or call 911 to let us know you're safe... Your family and friends love, and we miss you."A hashtag, #FindSamantha, was started on Twitter to raise awareness of the search for Samantha.
KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Cold weather continues to stretch across most of the east coast, covering a number of major cities in snow and ice and causing travel delays and car accidents.More than 2,000 passengers were stranded overnight at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Philadelphia International Airport was under a ground stop on Sunday afternoon. Delays and cancellations were reported from Salt Lake City to New York.ABC's affiliate in Milwaukee, WISN, reported that a 30-car pileup was caused by quickly falling snow and icy conditions. More accidents have been reported in a number of state due to the icy cold weather.
Kalispell Police Department(MISSOULA, Mo.) -- The young newlywed who fell to his death at a Montana national park in July plummeted face first after his wife allegedly pushed him with both hands, according to attorneys prosecuting the case.Jordan Graham, 22, is fighting for her freedom as she prepares to go on trial for allegedly killing her husband, Cody Johnson, at Glacier National Park, just eight days after their wedding. Graham's trial is scheduled to begin Monday in U.S. District Court in Missoula. Jury selection is expected to last one to two weeks, and dozens of expert witnesses are expected to be called.Graham has pleaded not guilty, and her attorney says Johnson fell by accident during an argument with her that got physical.Newly released legal briefs give a first look at how the two sides will make their cases."The defendant pushed Mr. Johnson in the back with both hands. Mr. Johnson fell face first to his death," prosecutors say in the documents.This seems to contradict the defense's argument that Johnson fell by accident after Graham pushed his arm away during an argument.According to charging documents in the case, Graham told a friend that she was having second thoughts about the marriage, and that she said that she wanted to talk about her issues with Johnson the night he died.U.S. attorneys say they plan to prove that for nine days after Johnson's death, Graham went to great lengths to "hide her crime from friends, family, and law enforcement," even allegedly sending herself emails from a fake account she created named "Tony.""Prosecutors have to prove that she intended to kill him that this was not an accident," legal analyst Ada Pozo told ABC News.In their legal briefs, Graham's attorneys admit her "story changed over time," but maintain Johnson's death was an accident.The defense also writes in its brief that despite expected testimony that Graham had gotten cold feet about the marriage, "witnesses thought the wedding was perfectly normal.""This case is going to come down to whether the jury believes that she really regretted this marriage so much that she just pushed him off the edge literally," Pozo said.Graham's attorneys revealed their plan to paint a starkly different image of her husband's lifestyle, which they call "reckless."Johnson was reported missing on July 8, after he failed to show up at work.When interviewed by authorities the following day, Graham claimed that she saw "a dark-colored car pulling out of the driveway" after receiving a text from her husband saying he was heading out with a friend from out of town, according to the affidavit.Graham reported the discovery of Johnson's body to a park ranger on July 11, according to the affidavit. When the park ranger commented that it was unusual that she was the one to make the discovery, Graham allegedly said, "It was a place he wanted to see before he died."Police had to use a helicopter to retrieve Johnson's body from the steep cliffs below the park's Loop Trail. His body was recovered on July 12. Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio
Photodisc/Thinkstock(DALLAS) -- They were set to depart on one of the world’s longest non-stop flights, from Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, to Brisbane, Australia. Instead, passengers spent the longest night of their lives sleeping on a plane grounded by the weather.Passengers on board Qantas flight QF8 were set to depart on Friday at 10 p.m., but because of weather conditions, the plane was forced to return to the terminal and park at the gate.“The passengers were given the option to stay on the plane or to go around the terminal,” Qantas spokeswoman Sharna Rhys-Jones said in a statement. “Due to the congestion at the airport from other cancellations, many passengers chose to stay on board.”Black ice affecting the roads surrounding the airport meant that authorities couldn’t transport passengers to the hotel rooms they had organized for everyone after the flight was cancelled.Passengers were provided with blankets as well as catering and entertainment such as movies while they camped out on the Being 747, airport officials said.“Qantas was able to obtain hotel rooms, but not transportation for its passengers,” airport spokesman David Magana said. “They offered to the passengers the option to stay on the plane if that was more comfortable for them. Doors remained opened, passengers could get in and out as they wished.”Many passengers did go back and forth between the plane and terminal, according to a tweet from DFW Airport, and were able to go to the hotel once the roads reopened.The airport also tweeted this afternoon that about 400 departures had been cancelled on Saturday. It said it is prepared for the coming ice storms with “de-icing equipment and top-of-the-line snow plows.”The roughly 17-hour flight from Dallas to Brisbane was rescheduled for 11 p.m. Saturday.
As of Sunday morning, three runways were cleared and made operational. The number of passengers in the terminal was down from 3,000 to about 2,076. Still, about 400 more flights were cancelled for Sunday.
ABC(HOUSTON) -- Airline investigators are looking into how a man got left behind and locked onboard a United Airlines jet when everyone else left during a layover in Houston from Louisiana.Tom Wagoner says he fell asleep on the plane and woke up in the pitch black cabin after the plane had landed at Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport, the nation's fifth largest airport."I woke up and the lights were out. I was like, what's going on?" Wagoner told ABC affiliate KTRK-TV in Houston. "I thought maybe it was a layover, still on the same plane."Wagoner says somehow everyone had deplaned and not noticed he was still snoozing in his seat. He said cabin crew locked the doors leaving him trapped inside."I called my girlfriend, and she thought I was crazy. I said, 'Debbie I'm locked on the plane.' I said, 'I'm telling you the truth; you better go somewhere and get me off this plane.'"Wagoner's girlfriend then called the airline, which sent crew to the plane after more than half an hour. Wagoner says he told workers who came on board, "'Don't put the blame on me. I didn't do anything wrong here.' And then they were, like, try to hush-hush, keep it quiet."The airline gave Wagoner a free Amenities package, which included items like a toothbrush and toothpaste, and put him up in a motel room for the night.ExpressJet issued a statement on Saturday afternoon: "An ExpressJet passenger remained on board flight 4245, operating as United Express from Lafayette, La. to Houston on Friday, Dec. 6, after all passengers had deplaned. ExpressJet is investigating to determine how this occurred. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this caused for the passenger."The airline said it had no idea how cabin crew missed Wagoner, even after a routine post-flight walk-through.Wagnor said United did not refund his flight, but gave him a $250 voucher to help him reach his final destination in California."What if I had a medical condition or something? What if I had a heart attack and I was dead? You just shut the plane and leave someone on there? It's the way I look at it," Wagoner said.Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio
iStockphoto/Thinkstock(PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii) -- A ceremony was held on Saturday on the shore overlooking the memorial to the USS Arizona to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.On Dec. 7, 1941, the U.S. Navy fleet at Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japan, a sudden act of aggression that drew the United States into World War II. President Franklin D. Roosevelt called the day "a date which will live in infamy."Over 2,400 people were killed in the attack, and a great number of Navy ships and aircraft -- including the USS Arizona -- were lost.On Saturday, thousands gathered at Pearl Harbor, including a number of World War II veterans. Ceremonies were also held aboard the USS Intrepid in New York City. A moment of silence was held at 7:55 a.m., the moment when the attack began in 1941.Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio
United States Geological Survey(OKLAHOMA CITY) -- A magnitude 4.5 earthquake struck an Oklahoma City suburb on Saturday afternoon.The U.S. Geological Survey reported the earthquake hit near Jones, Okla., at about 12:10 p.m. CT. though they said that a tremor of that magnitude in the area is uncommon but not unprecedented. Many in the area said that they felt the shake, but that it was not violent.The USGS says that aftershocks are expected. There was no immediate information available regarding citizens injured or damage to property.Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio
iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Freezing weather, ice and snow are causing dangerous travel, power outages and at least 10 deaths over the last two weeks.Some parts of the country are not used to this kind of wintry weather so early in December. Among other events impacted by the cold is the Dallas Marathon, which had been scheduled for Sunday. The race was cancelled on Friday.Among those killed by the uncommonly cold weather were four homeless people in the San Francisco Bay Area who died of hypothermia, two people killed in traffic accidents in Indiana, two more killed on the roads in Texas, a young Oklahoma boy killed in a car crash and one person killed in Pope County, Arkansas when a tree fell on their camper.Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio
ABC News(TAOS, N.M.) -- The New Mexico State Police officer who shot at a mother and her minivan full of children after a high-speed chase was fired, according to the state's Department of Public Safety. Officer Elias Montoya was terminated effective Friday in relation to an Oct. 28 incident when he assisted in pulling over 39-year-old Oriana Ferrell for speeding. Ferrell had been taking her children on a trip to the Rio Grande. Police dashboard video showed the woman and an officer arguing, and after he returned to his car to check paperwork, the mother drove away. The officer pulled her over again, opening her door and demanding she get out from the car. After she refused, he tried to pull her out of the vehicle as her five children began to scream. As Ferrell made a third attempt to flee, Montoya shot at the minivan.
The mother and one of her sons were later arrested. Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio
iStock/Thinkstock(SAN ANTONIO) -- A police officer for a university in San Antonio, Texas has been put on administrative leave after the fatal shooting of a student Friday morning. Robert Cameron Redus, 23, was shot and killed by a University of the Incarnate Word police officer after a traffic stop, according to ABC affiliate KSAT. Redus, a student at the university, was shot in the parking lot of an apartment complex near the campus. Alamo Heights Police Lieutenant Cindy Pruitt said they're investigating whether the student was threatening the officer or carrying a weapon. "The only information that I have at this point in the investigation is it was speeding and driving erratically," Pruitt said. One witness said he didn't hear a struggle.
"I didn't hear him say anything like, 'Get down on your hands and knees', you know?" he said. "I didn't hear him say anything. He just started shooting."A friend of the victim said Redus wasn't an aggressive person. "The story just really doesn't make sense to any of us."The officer involved in the incident has been placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation. Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio
Denver Post via Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- For residents affected by a storm that stretched about 2,000 miles across the U.S. — from New Mexico to Maine — it was Ice Friday, a dangerous combination of subzero temperatures, sleet and freezing rain and sheets of black ice over roadways.Nine states were under winter storm warnings and advisories earlier Friday. Roads in Illinois became ice rinks with blowing snow. More than a dozen airports across seven states had to be shut down and at least six people were killed due to the storm, according to authorities.In northern Arkansas, a man was killed Friday when an ice-laden tree fell on his home. In Little Rock, Ark., a bystander captured video of a bus driver momentarily losing control on a slick road. Families found themselves stuck either at home or in their cars on the roads.“You know it’s bad when they close the medical school here,” Alan Diekman said.Justin Roberts, who wore no gloves or boots as he scraped the ice off his car with an old license plate, said this kind of weather shouldn’t be occurring in the South.“They did warn us,” he said of local forecasters. “But when it hits, it hits, and no one really knows what to expect.”In Texas, the weight of the ice and snow brought by a seven-hour storm in the Dallas area caused the roof of a marina to collapse. Officials also had to cancel the Dallas Marathon. Downed power lines caused by snapped branches left more than 200,000 homes without power.Utility crews from other states called in before the storm hit worked overtime to remove the tree limbs and repair the lines.And while the temperatures won’t be rising above freezing anytime soon, the worst of the storm seemed to be moving north and east.Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio
Wavebreak Media/Thinkstock(DENVER) -- A Colorado judge ruled Friday that a local bakery unlawfully discriminated against a gay couple after the shopowner refused to sell them a wedding cake. Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colo. denied service to David Mullins and Charlie Craig last year when they sought to order a cake for their wedding reception. Colorado state law prohibits businesses from refusing service based on race, sex, marital status or sexual orientation. Judge Robert N. Spencer of the Colorado Office of Administrative Courts ruled Friday that the cakeshop was in violation of the law. When Mullins and Craig visited the business in 2012, the shop's owner, Jack Phillips, informed the couple that the store policy was to deny service to customers who wished to order baked goods for a same-sex wedding, based on his religious beliefs. The couple planned to marry in Massachusetts and celebrate with family and friends in Colorado. "Being denied service by Masterpiece Cakeshop was offensive and dehumanizing especially in the midst of arranging what should be a joyful family celebration," Mullins said in statement. "No one should fear being turned away from a public business because of who they are. We are grateful to have the support of our community and our state, and we hope that today's decision will help ensure that no one else will experience this kind of discrimination again in Colorado."After the incident, Mullins and Craig filed complaints with the Colorado Civil Rights Division, which ruled that Phillips illegally discriminated against the couple. The shopowner admitted to turning away other same-sex couples as a matter of policy, but the CCRD's decision showed evidence that he expressed a willingness to take a cake order for the "marriage" of two dogs, but not for two women. Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio
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