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Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) --  Wedding photographer Jeff Youngren will never forget this weekend's gig, where President Obama became an unexpected wedding crasher.

Youngren and his wife, Erin, were the photographers for Stephanie and Brian, who wed at the Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, California, Sunday. While they knew Obama would be golfing nearby that day, they had no idea he would come meet the bride and groom.

Youngren said they were waiting for the ceremony to start when they learned that the president was on the last hole.

"Between Stephanie getting her makeup done, she kept peeking out the window looking," Youngren told ABC News.

The secret service then came by to check on the roughly 75 wedding guests, Youngren said.

"The mood was all really fun, not tense at all," he said.

As they waited for Obama to come down, Youngren said, "I realized the couple is upstairs; that's where the story actually is."

"Selfishly, I wanted to be down at the green, I wanted to shake his hand," Youngren said, but he instead ran upstairs and grabbed the couple.

"Stephanie was like, 'We're going to go do this,'" Youngren recalled, and "She bolted out the door."
"I've never seen a bride run so fast in such an elegant gown," Youngren said.

With Brian in tow, they ran out and onto the grass.

"I think he [Obama] saw us coming from a distance and kind of paused," Youngren said.

Bride Stephanie told ABC affiliate KGTV-TV in San Diego, "I actually started crying, I was crying as I’m running up there, you are just overwhelmed with emotion."

The bride and groom asked KGTV-TV not to use their last names.

“Everyone was cheering for us as Stephanie was running,” Brian said to KGTV-TV. “We literally ran down an aisle of friends to the president."

Youngren said the president was "really gracious" and gave the bride a big hug. Brian is from Chicago, so the two shared a little banter back and forth about the city, Youngren said, and Obama "just joked around with them."

"Very cordial, joking banter," he added.

“He said congrats and good luck,” Stephanie added to KGTV-TV.

And as the meeting unfolded, Youngren captured the unforgettable moment on camera. While Youngren said he was in "photographer mode" and didn't shake the president's hand himself, he called the day a "wonderful experience."

"I still can't believe it happened. It was not what we expected when we woke up that morning," he said.
Youngren said he was "so taken aback by how kind the president was to our couple ... it was amazing to see."

"He has so much going on and so much stress ... to see him just be so calm and gracious and kind to a couple on their wedding day ... It made me really hopeful and excited, and just proud to have him as a leader," Youngren said.

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David Black(NEW YORK) -- It's a bird. It's a plane. It's ... a devil from New Jersey?!

One man continues to stand behind his claim that he snapped a photo of the mythical “New Jersey Devil” soaring through the sky, even though, he said, people have been calling him crazy.

David Black, a resident of the Garden State, says he captured a winged animal on camera Monday evening while on his way home from work.

Black told ABC News he was driving around 6 p.m. Monday when he saw what he believed to be a llama running outside. And as he got closer, he said, he pulled out his camera and snapped a photo. Then, suddenly, he said, the creature sprouted wings and took flight from a golf course.

Black said his heart was racing as he witnessed both a "childlike wonder and deep-seeded child nightmare" while capturing the apparent black cryptid.

The myth of the “New Jersey Devil” dates back to 1735 in U.S. folklore, which describes tales of a creature that's said to be half human, half devil.

Indeed, Black isn't the only one making hard-to-believe accounts that he saw the devil Monday. Another person shared a video allegedly showing the animal less than 9 miles from where Black said his encounter took place.

Although he said people are laughing at his report, Black said he wanted to alert the community, saying that the creature "could snatch children out of cribs" and "steal souls."

Lock your doors, New Jerseyans.

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Lakeland Police(LAKELAND, Fla.) -- A Periscope viewer helped a Florida police department identify and arrest an allegedly drunken-driver who was livestreaming from her car.

Whitney Beall, 23, of Lakeland, Florida, can be heard repeatedly saying she was drunk while slurring her words from behind the wheel of what appears to be a moving vehicle.

"I'm driving home drunk," she can be heard saying on the video.

By using Periscope, the live-streaming video service that allows app users to tune into anyone's live video based on location, other Periscope users were able to watch her driving Oct. 10 and were able to type in comments.

One viewer urged her to stop driving before she hurt herself, the Lakeland Police Department posted on its Facebook page.

Multiple Periscope viewers called 911 to report the incident, the police said, but part of the problem was that the viewers could not report her location because she never stated it clearly in the video.

"As the caller was giving police dispatch the details from the video, the video was turned off several times and the caller was unable to provide a vehicle description other than it was a Toyota," the police wrote in their Facebook post. "This made locating the intoxicated driver more difficult for officers searching the surrounding area and with nothing more to go on other than the make of the car."

"Her vehicle abruptly hit the south curb with the right front tire/wheel just as officers initiated a traffic stop. Officers advised that the driver did not even brake after striking the curb," the police said.

The post added, "The Lakeland Police Department does not provide officers with access to Periscope as an authorized software tool and therefore they did not have the ability to monitor the driver’s actions. One officer took the initiative to utilize their personal account in an effort to locate the driver. Based on what the officer could observe, and landmarks in the area from the streaming video, LPD officers located the driver eastbound on Carpenters Way."

Responding officers said that they smelled alcohol on her breath and she failed sobriety tests.

Beall was charged with driving under the influence, was transported to the Polk County Jail and has since been bailed out, officials said.

She did not respond to ABC News' requests for comment.

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Monkey Business/Thinkstock(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- A fire chief choked back tears Tuesday morning as he identified the two veteran firefighters who died while fighting a blaze at an apartment building in Kansas City, Missouri, Monday night.

The killed firefighters were Larry Leggio, a 17-year veteran, and John Mesh, a 13-year veteran, Kansas City Fire Chief Paul Berardi said at a news conference Tuesday morning, his voice trembling as he spoke.

Leggio is survived by his wife, mother and many immediate family members, Berardi said, while Mesh is survived by his wife, four young daughters and many family members.

Berardi said he knew both men personally.

"I'm extremely proud of the professionalism of on-scene personnel as well as the response to the tragedy," he said. "In these times, what helps us get through these times is how professional the department responded and how we reacted to the situation. We will continue to do our job as we do every day."

Leggio and Mesh had rescued at least two people from the scene, Berardi said, before the structure collapsed just after 8 p.m.

"Four firefighters were reported trapped by the collapse," Berardi said Tuesday morning. "The rapid intervention team witnessed the collapse. ... They located uncovered and removed four firefighters from the immediate area."

Leggio and Mesh were pronounced dead at the hospital after paramedics, nurses and doctors attempted to revive them, the fire department said. Two other firefighters were hospitalized to be treated for injuries.

"The outpouring of sympathy and compassion was expressed to the families last night," Berardi said.

"We extended, of course, any help and condolences we could to the family members. ... Unfortunately this is one thing we know how to do," Berardi said, choking up.

A complete investigation of the fire is ongoing, the department said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEWARK, N.J.) -- A Ukrainian man who allegedly tried to frame cyber-security expert Brian Krebs has been extradited to the United States and is due in federal court in Newark, New Jersey on Tuesday, prosecutors said.

Sergey Vovnenko is accused of taking part in an international conspiracy to hack into the computer networks of individual users and corporations to steal log-in credentials and payment card data, prosecutors said.

According to court records, Vovnenko operated a “botnet” -- more than 13,000 computers infected with malicious computer software -- programmed to gain unauthorized access to computers and to identify, store and export information from hacked computers. Prosecutors said that Vovnenko and others would then use the stolen data to illegally access and withdraw money from bank accounts and to incur unauthorized charges.

“As described in the indictment, Vovnenko commandeered thousands of computers to create a virtual army of hacked computers that he and his conspirators used to break into other networks and steal valuable information,” U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said.

Vovnenko, who was arrested last June in Italy by Italian authorities working with the U.S. Secret Service, faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted.

“Our investigative reach will continue to expand beyond geographical borders despite the perceived anonymity these cybercriminals mistakenly think they enjoy,” Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy said.

Vovnenko, known as “Fly,” “Flycracker” or “Flyck,” is also thought to have been behind a 2013 plot to send heroin to cyber-security blogger Brian Krebs, a plot Krebs himself said he foiled because he was monitoring the site where it was hatched.

“Angry that I’d foiled his plan to have me arrested for drug possession,” Krebs wrote on his blog. “Fly had a local florist send a gaudy floral arrangement in the shape of a giant cross to my home, complete with a menacing message that addressed my wife and was signed, 'Velvet Crabs.'"

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- America’s largest law enforcement agency has cut use of force incidents by nearly 40 percent since a new commissioner was appointed early in 2014.

Violent encounters with both immigrants and American citizens were down to 768 in fiscal year 2015 (October 2014 to September 2015) from 1,215 in fiscal 2013 (October 2012 to September 2013).

Customs and Border Protection, which employs more than 60,000 border patrol agents and customs officers, has been criticized for transparency and enforcement abuse. An analysis by the Arizona Republic cited 46 deaths at the hands of CBP agents since 2005, including 15 Americans.

The new commissioner, Gil Kerlikowske, came into office on March 7, 2014, promising to change the culture, ordering limits on when agents can use their weapons and asking for more accountability when civilians are shot. He also created an Integrity Advisory Panel to investigate employees for criminal misconduct.

“The steps we have taken over the past year – implementing policy changes, revamping our training, standing up a new review process, and expediting the disclosure of basic incident information to the public -- are critical to achieving our mission and ensuring the trust of the American people,” Kerlikowske said in a statement, citing a 26 percent reduction in use of force just from the last fiscal year.

“This reduction is especially significant, considering that assaults against agents and officers have essentially remained steady,” he added.

In 2014, there were 390 assaults on agents, according to CBP; whereas in 2014 there were 373 and 2013 there were 468.

“I am encouraged by the progress and dedication that CBP officers and agents have shown this year,” Kerlikowske said. “However, there is always more that can be done, and we remain committed to strengthening our agency.”

CBP describes use of force as including “a physical restraint, the use of an alternative device or the application of lethal force.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- One of the biggest Halloween attractions in New York is the Great Jack-o’-Lantern Blaze, which takes over a historic riverside colonial estate.

More than 7,000 hand carved jack-o’-lanterns are set up in theatrical displays across the sweeping grounds of Van Cortlandt Manor in the village of Croton-on-Hudson.

From giant spider webs made out of pumpkins to dinosaur skeletons and court jesters, a whole array of characters comes to life.

There is even a pumpkin planetarium that lights up beneath the starry sky and an "aquarium" with a giant sea monster that appears to be slithering through the grounds.

This year marks the 11th annual opening of the festival with visitors traveling from around the area to see the spectacle.

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Scott Olson/Getty Images(ROSEBURG, Ore.) -- Students at Umpqua Community College went back to school for the first time since a 20-year-old gunman opened fire nearly two weeks ago.

As students headed back on Monday, they were greeted with an emotional reception of hundreds gathered along a road leading up to the school to wave flags and show their support.

In attendance was Oregon Gov. Kate Brown as well as Umpqua Community College President Dr. Rita Cavin.

Snyder Hall, the scene of the shooting where nine were killed and nine injured, is still not open, and some are hoping it will be torn down.

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iStock/Thinkstock(FORT STEWART, Ga.) -- Fort Benning spokesman Bob Purtiman confirms to ABC News that Major Lisa Jaster has become the third woman to graduate from Ranger School.   She will be one of 88 Rangers who graduate on Friday on a ceremony at Fort Stewart.

The 37 year old mother of two joins Capt. Kristen Griest  and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver 25, who both earned the Ranger tab on Aug. 21.  Like some of her male colleagues Jaster has participated in do-overs of the phases of Ranger School.

The three women were among the 19 that began the course in April as part of a one-time opportunity to participate in the Army’s research to determine how women would be integrated into all units.  Following Griest’s and Haver’s graduation, the Army announced that it would now open up Army Ranger School to female candidates. 

The services have all provided their recommendations as to which combat jobs should remain excluded to women. Only the Marines made a recommendation to continue to exclude women from their combat infantry jobs, the other services and Special Operations Command recommended opening up all of their combat jobs to women. 

The recommendations are currently being reviewed by the Joint Staff and will be forwarded to Defense Secretary Ash Carter who has until the end of the year to decide whether to agree to the exclusions or open up all combat jobs to women.

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iStock/Thinkstock(MARGATE, N.J.) -- New Jersey icon Lucy the Elephant is in need of a makeover, but not from PETA.

According to a statement released on the National Historic Landmark's website, the Board of Trusteers for Lucy the Elephant passed on a donation offer made by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals late last week towards a construction and painting project.

Lucy the Elephant is six stories tall and made out of wood and tin. The tourist attraction sits outside of Atlantic City on the Jersey Shore.

The statement said PETA wanted to donate money towards the project if the elephant could be used to promote awareness for the mistreatment of circus elephants.

PETA had planned to hang a banner from the elephant, attach a foam shackle to a leg, and attach a teardrop below one of the eyes.

Lucy CEO Richard Helfant said, "Lucy is a happy place. We must always insure that children who visit Lucy have a happy experience and leave with smiles on their faces. Anything that could sadden a child is not acceptable here at Lucy."

“While every donation is important to an almost completely self-funded non-profit organization, this one comes with too many conditions," he added. "Lucy is a National Historic Landmark whose mission is historic preservation. We must be diligent in maintaining her stature as an NHL."

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David McNew/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  An Alaska Air flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Buffalo, N.Y., Monday after a flight attendant’s credit card machine created smoke in the galley.

Alaska Airlines Flight 17 was headed from Newark, N.J. to Seattle, Wash. when a "point of sale device" the flight attendant's use for ordering drinks and meals started smoking in the cabin.

Nancy Trott, a spokeswoman for Alaska Air, claims the device "was not on fire", but the flight attendants used a fire extinguisher to get the device to stop smoking.

The crew said it “looked like the battery was melting,” Trott told ABC News.

The flight attendants then alerted the captain who was able to safely land the plane in Buffalo.

The aircraft was carrying 181 passengers and six crew members, none of which were injured.

The FAA is investigating the incident.

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ABC News(TAMPA, Fla.) — A tornadic waterspout traveling on shore in Florida knocked over and lifted an 18-wheeler in Florida, leaving the driver thankful to be alive.

The incident happened Saturday as Randall Leaver was crossing the Sunshine Skyway Bridge near Tampa in his U.S. Postal Service truck.

The swirling winds of the waterspout — an intense, non-supercell tornado that develops over large bodies of water — knocked the tractor trailer on its side, then back onto its wheels.

“All of a sudden I felt a gust of wind and I thought, 'Is this what I think it is?’” Leaver said. “I’ve never been to Hell. I thought I was in Hell.”

Leaver suffered from minor bumps and bruises, but was otherwise uninjured.

The incident left him humbled, and thankful.

“The first thing I did when I got home; I hugged my son,” he said. “God was definitely watching over me.”


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Crystal Miller(DETROIT) — Each morning LaRethia Haddon makes her coffee, sits in her window and watches as passersby gawk at the prone figure on the lawn of her Detroit home.

Some call the police. Others even approach and attempt to perform CPR — only to discover the figure is a dummy.

Haddon has been pulling the Halloween prank for 20 years, but this time it has really taken off, she told ABC News on Sunday night.

"Oh, it is hilarious," she said of people's reactions. "They do CPR — they turn him over real fast, you know, then they realize it's the dummy. It's hilarious."

Since her husband's birthday falls on Halloween, they celebrate the holiday in a big way in her family.

"And I'm a holiday person. ... I'm just into decorating, you know. So I made a dummy and he does — he really does look lifelike," she said.

The figure is dressed in pants, white sneakers, a dark coat and a shirt with the hood pulled up. After she makes her coffee in the morning, Haddon takes the dummy — she laughed as she revealed that she calls it Derrick, after her husband — and puts it on a new spot on her lawn.

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Then she sits back, relaxes and prepares to be entertained. Since she lives in a busy area near two schools she doesn't have to wait very long.

"All day I have a stream of people coming by taking pictures of it," she said.

Detroit Police didn't respond to a message from ABC News on Sunday afternoon, but an officer told The Detroit News that the department was "repeatedly called to the area" last week for reports of a man down. They responded to find Haddon's dummy.

Officer Shanelle Williams told The Detroit News that the dummy wasn't illegal but suggested that placing a sign letting people know the figure was a display could help prevent unnecessary concern.

"If we get a call, we are still responding. We can't take the chance," Williams said.

Haddon, 55, says she always alerts emergency services before she pulls her annual prank.

"Every year I let them know, and I've been doing that for like 20 years so it's not like I just throw it out there and here we go," she said.

Haddon said she's been facing some financial trouble recently and the popularity of her display has boosted her spirits. She and her grandchildren put the dummy together every year and the family enjoys the activity, she said.

They're apparently not the only ones.

"I just like to let everyone know that when I made it I didn't mean it with bad intentions, I was just trying to bring a little laughter to the neighborhood and my neighbors and everyone have been coming by and saying just that, 'thank you for bringing a little laughter to the neighborhood,'" she said.

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Laura Cavanaugh/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New York City is the home of the Yankees, the Statue of Liberty and more than 8 million people, many of whom are showcased on the hugely popular blog Humans of New York.

The blog’s creator, Brandon Stanton, has simply walked up to people and asked them permission to photograph them. He also asks them their stories.

He's used this approach to take photos of more than 10,000 strangers in the city and has also published a bestselling book, Humans of New York.

Over the past five years, the blog has transformed from featuring only pictures to also telling stories.

Stanton talked with ABC's Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts about his new book, Humans of New York: Stories.

He explained his fascination with New York, calling the city "amazingly diverse."

"If you're going to exhibit the diversity of the lives and stories on Planet Earth ... I don't think there's any single location that would be easier to do that than New York," he said.

Stanton, 31, is known for his ability to get total strangers to share intimate details of their lives. Instead of using a high-tech recording device, he simply takes notes on his phone.

He says that the first question he asks them is "What is your greatest struggle right now?"

The replies are remarkably candid. People talk in detail about their struggles with money, health, relationships and gender and sexual identity.

Stanton says he believes that their honesty comes from being able to share with someone who doesn't know their story and has no preconceived judgments.

"You know, I think there's something liberating about that," he said.

Stanton's blog has more than 15 million followers — known as the HONY community — on social media.

Because of the blog's large following, Stanton has been able to raise millions of dollars for people and organizations in need.

Stanton said two fundraisers in the past six months have collected more than $4 million.

"I really think that that is a testament to the type of people that follow Humans of New York," he said.

Stanton just returned from spending time in Europe and speaking first-hand with Syrian refugees. His first question to them was to ask them to recount the day they left Syria.

"They would start speaking in Arabic, and they would stop, and then tears would start coming down their face," he said.

Humans of New York: Stories will be released on Tuesday.

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Stephan Zabel/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Thanks to the scarcity of the charging stations, electric car drivers in California are sparking fights in a growing trend. The New York Times reports that drivers are cutting each other off for access to the ports, cursing each other out, and even unplugging others' cars to charge their own on the sneak.

Maureen Blanc, the director of the pro-electric Charge Across Town owns an electric BMW. She tells the Times she recently had static with a Tesla driver competing for a charging station. "It’s high time for somebody to tackle the electric-vehicle etiquette problem," she huffed.

There's even a "black market" for the coveted spaces, some drivers admit.

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