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iStock/Thinkstock(PAYSON, Utah) -- Just hours after being arrested and released on bail for allegedly assaulting his wife, a Utah man stole a plane and crashed it into his own home where his wife was staying, police said.

The man, 47-year-old Duane Youd, did not survive the crash Monday, officials stated.

Flames engulfed the house in the city of Payson after the crash and ensuing fire at 2:30 a.m.

Youd's wife as well as a boy were inside the house at the time of the crash. They were lucky they escaped and the plane did not hit other buildings or any power lines, police said.

Youd's biological children were not in the home at the time of the crash. Before stealing the plane, Youd called his biological children who were staying in the home where he later crashed and told them to "go stay at their mother's house" that night, which they did, police said.

Youd was an experienced pilot who had access to the twin engine Cessna 525 jet because he flew for the company that owned it, authorities said. He was the only one in the aircraft when it crashed and killed him.

Video taken by a neighbor showed flames coming out of the house and people watching from a distance. The neighbor said his mother heard the plane pass by twice before hearing the crash.

In another video taken after the crash, the engines of the jet can be heard continuing to whine and actually seemed to be revving up, even as the house goes up in flames.

The crash was the third incident with Youd that required authorities within a 12-hour period.

At 7:30 p.m., the night before, Youd had been arrested for assaulting his wife and was released on bail, police said.

Hours later, at 12:30 a.m., Youd called and asked a patrol officer be present at his house to "keep the peace" as he picked up belongings and his truck, officials said. There was no argument during this incident.

The plane crash took place just two hours later.

Police said Youd had also been arrested for domestic violence at the house in a previous incident within the past year.

The National Transportation Safety Board will be at the scene later Monday to investigate, officials said.

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ABCNews.com(CLEARWATER, Fla.) -- The Florida man who invoked the "stand your ground" self-defense law after shooting a black man in a dispute over a parking space was charged Monday with manslaughter, officials said.

Michael Drejka, 48, was arrested Monday morning in the fatal July shooting of Markeis McGlockton in Clearwater, Florida -- an incident that was caught on video which sparked an uproar after its release.

The announcement that Drejka was charged with manslaughter provided McGlockton's family with some comfort even as they continue to mourn.

McGlockton's mother, Monica Moore, said at a news conference that she has been in a "daze" since her son's death.

"So today when I head that he [Drejka] was being charged, I guess I could start healing," Moore said.

McGlockton's father, Michael McGlockton, said he believed Drejka should have been arrested and charged "from day one."

"When I got the news today I was happy, I was ecstatic about it, but I'm just sorry that it took so long, you know, three weeks later," he said. "I know this is going to be a long road. We are up for the task and we just hope for a good outcome at the end."

Drejka was booked at the Pinellas County Jail and bond was set at $100,000. He is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Tuesday, at which time a judge will review his bond status and decide whether to appoint an attorney for Drejka, or if the defendant can afford to hire his own lawyer.

If convicted, Drejka faces up to 30 years in prison.

Bernie McCabe, the state attorney for Pinellas County, announced his decision to file charges against Drejka 12 days after receiving investigative reports on the case from the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

"We have filed a formal charge, and he has been arrested, and he will now go through the court system," McCabe said in a statement.

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri had initially declined to arrest Drejka after the gunman invoked the "stand your ground" defense, saying his decision was bound by the law.

"I support the State Attorney's decision and will have no further comment as the case continues to work its way through the criminal justice system," Gualtieri said in a statement on Monday.

McCabe said charging Drejka is "consistent with the decision-making process established under Florida law in this case."

McGlockton, 28, was shot on July 19 after he came out of a convenience store and saw Drejka berating his girlfriend, Britany Jacobs, about parking in a handicap zone. Surveillance video showed McGlockton shoving Drejka to the ground and Drejka, who had a legal concealed weapons permit, pulling a handgun and shooting McGlockton.

Attorneys for Jacobs, the mother of McGlockton's three young children, and McGlockton's parents have held several press conferences to say they do not believe Drejka should have been given immunity from arrest under "stand your ground."

"My first thought on hearing this news was: It's about time," said Benjamin Crump, an attorney for Jacobs.

Crump said he "firmly" stands behind McCabe's decision to charge Drejka.

"This self-appointed wannabe cop attempted to hide behind 'stand your ground' to defend his indefensible actions, but the truth has finally cut through the noise," Crump said in a statement. "I have full faith that this truth will prevail to punish this cold-blooded killer who angrily created the altercation that led to Markeis’ needless death. We will continue to fight until justice is brought for the family of Markeis McGlockton."

Michele Rayner, an attorney for McGlockton's parents, added: "This is a big step forward in the direction of justice, not only for Markeis' family but also for society as a whole."

Rayner pointed out that the security video shows McGlockton retreating from Drejka after he pushed the man down in an effort to protect Jacobs and his children. She said that it took four seconds for Drejka to make "the conscious decision" to shoot McGlockton.

"Obviously, we are very encouraged by today's turn of events, especially in light of the sheriff's refusal to do the right thing initially," Rayner said during Monday's press conference. "While we are very encouraged by what the State Attorney has done and by, we believe, making the right decision, we understand that this is a very long road. This is a first step among many steps and we have a long way to go. Our ultimate goal is a conviction in this case."

Rayner said Jacobs did not attend Monday's press conference because she had to take her 5-year-old son, Markeis Jr., to his first day of school.

"This is the first of many milestones in Mr. McGlockton's children's lives that he will miss because of Michael Drejka's actions," Rayner said.

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Sacramento Police Department(SACRAMENTO) -- The suspected "Golden State Killer" is now facing charges for his 13th alleged murder, and the earliest one yet -- the killing of a college professor in central California in 1975.

Joseph DeAngelo, a 72-year-old former police officer, was arrested this April and charged with 12 killings, following decades in which California law enforcement officers were stumped by what became known as the "Golden State Killer" case.

DeAngelo is now accused of shooting to death Claude Snelling while allegedly trying to kidnap Snelling's daughter from the professor's Visalia home on Sept. 11, 1975, Visalia Police Chief Jason Salazar said at a news conference Monday.

DeAngelo was working as a police officer in Exeter, California, at the time of Snelling's murder, Salazar said.

While DNA was recovered from other of DeAngelo's alleged crimes, no DNA was available from the Visalia killing, Salazar said.

He now stands accused of 13 murders across five California counties.

DeAngelo is also believed to be behind a string of burglaries that terrorized Visalia in Tulare County in the mid-1970s, Salazar said.

A prowler would break into homes in the evening by prying open doors or windows, Salazar said. The intruder would rifle through belongings but rather than steal items of high value would instead take keepsake items, like pocketing one earring instead of a pair, Salazar said.

The burglar was also known to eat or prepare food in victims' homes, and some victims received strange phone calls after the robberies, Salazar said. These were practices common to the "Golden State Killer" after rapes and break-ins.

The Visalia break-ins ended after an officer caught a suspect trying to enter a home, Salazar said. The suspect shot at the officer, injuring him, but the officer was able to provide a description of the suspect, Salazar said.

Ballistic information allowed police to link a gun stolen in one of the break-ins to Snelling's killing, Salazar said.

DeAngelo is now facing a first-degree murder charge, Tulare County District Attorney Tim Ward said Monday.

The "Golden State Killer" was believed to have left a trail of murders, rapes and home burglaries throughout California in the 1970s and 1980s, with the last known crime in 1986.

But no arrest was made for decades.

In the early 2000s, investigators were able to obtain the killer's DNA at one crime scene: The 1980 double murder of Lyman and Charlene Smith, who were bludgeoned to death at their Ventura County home.

Investigators then started reviewing rape kits -- which contained DNA samples from victims -- in other jurisdictions, said Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert.

One of those counties was Contra Costa, where recently retired investigator Paul Holes led the charge to use genealogy to find the killer, said Schubert. Holes spent nearly 25 years on this case, she said.

This year, investigators plugged the mystery killer's DNA into a genealogy database.

Based on the pool of people on the genealogy website, investigators were then able to build a family tree of the unknown killer’s relatives, who had submitted their DNA to the database on their own.

Investigators narrowed the search based on age, location and other characteristics, leading them to DeAngelo.

Authorities surveilled DeAngelo and collected his DNA from a tissue left in a trash. Investigators plugged his discarded DNA back into the genealogy database and found a match, linking DeAngelo's DNA to that gathered at multiple crime scenes, Schubert said.

DeAngelo is awaiting trial in Sacramento County. He has not entered a plea.

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WFAA(DENTON, Texas) -- The parents of a 10-year-old boy with autism in Denton, Texas, say they are planning to take legal action after they received a video that showed their son being repeatedly held to the ground by his neck and handcuffed by a school resource officer.

In the events captured by the officer's body camera -- the footage was shared with ABC News and parts of which were corroborated with police reports -- the child, Thomas, appears to try to isolate himself in a cubbyhole when he saw a teacher moving toward him.

Eric Coulston, a Denton Police Department school resource officer, then stepped forward to help after the teacher pulled Thomas out of the cubbyhole, according to a police report. Coulston carried Thomas to a vacant room, as he kicked, screamed and struggled to get away, according to the footage.

"Do you want the handcuffs? Or not?" Coulston asked in the room, according to the video footage, holding the boy face-down on the ground by his neck, as Thomas continued to struggle.

Coulston then pulled the boy's arms behind his back and placed the handcuffs on the boy's wrists, adding, "We're back to where we were the other day."

"Wanna kick some more?" Coulston said.

"Get off," Thomas said repeatedly screaming as he sobbed.

Over the next two hours, Thomas was placed in restraints once more, held down by his neck for long periods of time, and allowed to sit up without the handcuffs when calm, according to a police report. The second time he's placed in handcuffs was when he began to tear up tissues into small pieces and threw them in the direction of his teacher, the report says, adding that another time he slid himself towards the door before he was dragged back to the other end of the room and held down by his arms.

"It's abuse, the torture, and the hell that he was put through," Emily Brown, Thomas' mother, told ABC affiliate WFAA in Dallas of the April 30 incident.

The parents say it was only when they noticed Thomas had severe bruises on his body that they suspected he had been subjected to what they believed was an excessive use of force.

Thomas' parents said they had a detailed behavior intervention plan in place with the school, which listed a set of de-escalation techniques for when he became agitated. Nowhere in that list, they said, was the use of restraints or holding him down to the ground with force permitted.

"It was abusive. It was excessive. It was vicious. It was calculated," said Michael Holum, an advocate consultant representing the parents of the boy, Emily and Robert Brown.

What irks the parents most, Holum, who heads the Texas-based Advocacy Behavior Consulting, told ABC News, was that there did not appear to be any serious or imminent danger to the school authorities, himself or others when Thomas was placed in handcuffs.

"If he's being put in handcuffs just because of a tissue, that's outrageous," he said. "I do this professionally in over 50 districts. This is the worst I have ever seen and there's no close second."

Holum said on April 23, a few days before the events took place in the video, Emily Brown walked in on her son in handcuffs.

Police say they will release footage from that separate incident to the Browns on Wednesday, but if events in that video of April 23 are similar, Holum said it will show a pattern of behavior on the part of authorities in their treatment of Thomas.

On April 23, Emily Brown found her son restrained in handcuffs at the school, things were calm and Thomas was sitting quietly in handcuffs, according to Holum. At the time, the mom didn't realize what the authorities may have done before handcuffing the child -- possibly holding him down and using excessive force, Holum said. She also took what they said at face value, Holum added, which was that Thomas was harming others and disrupting the classroom.

It was only when the Browns saw the bruises on Thomas from the second incident on April 30, Holum said, that they began to suspect something was wrong and asked for the footage.

When the parents received the footage on Tuesday, Holum said, Emily Brown was horrified and broke down in tears.

"The parents believe that both agencies, Denton Police and the Denton Independent School District, in and through their employees, participated in the events captured on the body-cam video," Holum said. "They are seeking action, civil or criminal, that will keep these particular public employees from ever being able to be near children with disabilities again."

The Browns are interviewing attorneys for their suit.

In a written summary by the Denton Independent School District, Thomas was described as engaging in self-harming behaviors and that he engaged in "physically assaultive and unsafe behaviors."

"SRO Coulston deemed handcuffs appropriate a second time in order to minimize the student's ability to harm himself or engage in acts of violence against others," according to the report.

The Denton Police Department Office of Professional Standards initiated a review of the incident and no violations were found, a statement by the City of Denton said. Coulston is still employed as a school resource officer at a middle school in the school district. He did not immediately respond to ABC News’ direct requests for comment.

The Browns, meanwhile, said they "vehemently disagree" with the findings that there was no violation of policy or laws. The parents said they want an independent investigative agency, either from the state or the federal government, to conduct an investigation.

"We as parents will never stop fighting for our son," a statement from the parents said, "or other children, so that they can be safe within the walls of their school and free of physical, emotional and psychological [abuse] at the hands of the very people that are publicly employed to protect them."

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KOMO via ABCNews.com(FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash.) -- Grieving Orca whale who hold on to her dead calf for more than 2 weeks, has let go of the dead body of her offspring.

The 30-year-old southern resident killer whale who was spotted pushing the corpse of its short-lived offspring since 24 July, 30 minutes after it gave birth to her baby at least until 17 days later, has finally let go of her dead calf, according to researcher.

On the afternoon of August 11, the orca whale, J35, also known as Tahlequah vigorously chased a school of salmon with her pod-mates in mid-Haro Strait in front of the Center for Whale Research for a half mile - no longer carrying the deceased baby that she had carried for at least seventeen days and 1,000 miles, according to Center for Whale Research.

Ken Balcomb, founder of the Center for Whale Research who has been monitoring J35 since she gave birth to her short-lived baby, saw J35 again on Sunday. This Monday morning, Balcomb is on his boat to find her to observe her behavior.

"I feel much relieve," Balcomb told ABC News before getting on his boat.

"I'm hoping this ordeal is over."

“Her tour of grief is now over and her behavior is remarkably frisky,” Center for Whale Research wrote on its website.

Telephoto digital images taken from shore show that this mother whale appears to be in good physical condition following her record-setting ordeal, according to Center for Whale Research.

There had been reports from brief sightings by whale-watchers two days ago that J35, Tahlequah, was not pushing the calf carcass in Georgia Strait near Vancouver, British Columbia, the website says. It went on saying that “now we can confirm that she definitely has abandoned it.”

Researcher initially planed to study the body of the dead calf to to find out what lead to her death, but the body of the dead baby not seen in the water.

“The carcass has probably sunk to the bottom of these inland marine waters of the Salish Sea, and researchers may not get a chance to examine it for necropsy,” the website says.

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ABC News(PHOENIX) -- Police are searching for a 19-year-old Phoenix woman who disappeared after leaving work more than a week ago.

Kiersten Bragg said her daughter, Kiera Bergman, left her job on the morning of Aug. 4, but doesn't know if she ever made it home.

“I don’t know if she ever made it back to her apartment or not. I haven’t really talked to anybody that saw her there, so I’m not quite sure where she was last seen and I’m not really getting information from people about that,” Bragg said in an interview with Good Morning America on Monday. “She does have a boyfriend. ... Last I heard they were together and that is who picked her up from work that morning.”

Bragg said she last spoke with Bergman via text on July 30, but she wasn’t “her normal, happy self.” Bergman left San Diego in March and moved into an apartment with her boyfriend near Phoenix, where she had recently started a new job, her mother said.

“I don’t know, maybe circumstance in her life when she came out here you know caused her to maybe have some anxiety or stuff about what she was going through,” she said. “That’s when I noticed a lot of her moods and everything. That's when she started changing, when she started dating this guy and coming out here, so I do believe that a lot -- that has to do with that relationship.”

Bragg and her husband arrived in Arizona from California last week to help with the search. The family says Bergman isn’t the type of person who would willingly disappear and cut communication with her family and friends.

Her mother also questioned reports that she had left to “hang out” with a guy she’d just met.

“To that text message that stated that she was going to hang out with a guy somewhere she met at a store, a couple days ago, that to me is not my daughter,” Bragg told GMA. “That is not something that she would just do. And then for her to leave, and leave her purse with her wallet and ID there at the apartment, that’s not normal neither -- that’s why I feel like there’s something not right here.

“We are going to find her, we are going to find out what happened and we're going to bring her home,” she added.

The family said it held a vigil of “hope” near the young woman’s apartment over the weekend and thanked her community for their support.

“We did have the one out where we live that was some friends family and church family, and we did the one here last night. I want to clarify it’s not a vigil for a memorial,” she said. “We don’t think she’s gone, it’s more of a vigil for hope. ... We all gathered and we prayed for her and for the police officers that are trying to find her.”

Bragg said Phoenix police officers haven't shared much information. Phoenix Police Department Sgt. Vincent Lewis told multiple media outlets on Saturday that there were "no updates to share at this time."

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ABCNews.com(SEATTLE) -- The flight data recorder and "components" of the cockpit voice recorder have been recovered from the Horizon Air plane stolen from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and crashed on an island in Puget Sound on Friday night.

National Transportation Safety Board Western Pacific Region Chief Debra Eckrote confirmed the discovery, made on Ketron Island, where the plane crashed after airline employee Richard Russell's hour-long joyride ended in tragedy.

Eckrote said the recorder was "intact however the outer case was exposed to heat distress."

The data recorder will be sent Monday to the NTSB lab in Washington, D.C., to be analyzed this week by NTSB and FBI investigators, according to a source.

The FBI reported human remains were found as well. While the assumption is they are the remains of Russell, they have yet to be officially confirmed by the medical examiner.

"While the focus of our investigation thus far has centered on Richard Russell, 29, of Sumner, Washington, the FBI is awaiting the results of a review by the Pierce County Medical Examiner's Office," the FBI said in a statement.

Airline worker who stole plane told air traffic controllers: 'I don't want to hurt no one'

The Pierce County sheriff said following the crash there were no passengers on board the plane.

Russell was described as "suicidal" by the Pierce County Sheriff's Department. He worked as a baggage handler at the airport for 3 1/2 years and was married before his death.

"On behalf of the family, we are stunned and heartbroken," family friend Mike Mathews said in a statement Saturday. "It may seem difficult for those watching at home to believe, but Beebo was a warm, compassionate man. It is impossible to encompass who he was in a press release. He was a faithful husband, a loving son, and a good friend. A childhood friend remarked that Beebo was loved by everyone because he was kind and gentle to each person he met."

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WSBTV(COLLEGE PARK, Ga.) -- Police arrested a Georgia man on Sunday after he allegedly shot and killed his live-in girlfriend and stabbed a police dog during a manhunt.

Randy Young, 31, allegedly shot the 27-year-old woman several times in the face at his apartment in College Park, Georgia, on Sunday morning and fled the scene on foot, according to police.

Police said the shooting happened “in front of the woman’s step-father,” who identified Young as the shooter and told the responding officers the direction he fled, according to the Clayton County Sheriff's Office.

Police did not release the woman’s identity, but her family said she went to the apartment with her stepfather to retrieve her belongings.

She was trying end her relationship with Young when the shooting happened, according to police.

“She had an incident with him before and she asked me to call the cops before, and I did. Now for this to happen, it’s heartbreaking,” a neighbor told Atlanta ABC affiliate WSBTV on Sunday. “It’s sad because a mother with children -- a very nice, pleasant young lady -- is dead because of domestic violence.”

Police said the woman managed to run away and get help but she died later as a result of her injuries.

Officers located Young in a wooded area about five hours after the shooting, according to the office, which credited its K9, Oldin, for capturing the suspect. Young allegedly stabbed the dog twice -- once in the neck and once in the jaw -- before he was apprehended and taken into custody.

“K9 Oldin bravely defended himself while being stabbed and was able to bite Young in return aiding in his apprehension. Young had a gun in his waistband area that Officers and Deputies found while apprehending him,” the Clayton County Sheriff's Office said in a statement Sunday.

Oldin was taken to a nearby animal hospital where he underwent surgery for his injuries. He is recovering and expected to survive, according to the statement.

“The Sheriff went to the hospital to pay K9 Oldin a visit to make sure he was ok, and personally thank him for a job well done in getting a no good murderer off of the streets,” the statement said. “On the other hand, Young will not receive a visit from the Sheriff while he is being treated for his dog bite wounds.”

Young was charged with murder and aggravated assault and is currently being held at Clayton County jail. It was unclear if he had obtained an attorney as of Monday morning.

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The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) -- Police are searching for suspects who shot and killed a 7-year-old Florida girl at a shopping plaza over the weekend.

Heydi Rivas Villanueva was sitting in a vehicle with her father on Saturday evening when a stray bullet struck her in the head, killing her, police said.

The shooting happened at around 6 p.m. at a Jacksonville shopping plaza, authorities said. Police said multiple shots rang out during a confrontation between “two unrelated groups,” but the circumstances of the incident weren’t immediately clear.

“Gunfire erupted between the groups and a stray bullet struck Heydi in the head while she was in the vehicle and she later died in the hospital,” Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said during a press conference Sunday.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office released photos and surveillance video in connection with the case on Sunday, showing the faces of two potential suspects and two vehicles of interest.

The two male suspects fled the scene in an early- to mid-2000s green Nissan Altima, the office said. Details about the make and model of the second vehicle were unknown and there was no way to determine the number of occupants, police said.

“Vehicles in the photos attached are being sought due to being in the parking lot at the time of the shooting,” First Coast Crime Stoppers said in a statement Sunday. “The bright blue vehicle we believe was involved in a traffic crash with one of the vehicles. We are trying to make contact with the driver of the vehicle.”

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry called the shooting “heartbreaking” in a statement on Twitter Saturday.

“My Lord. My God. This is heartbreaking. These are our children,” Curry said. “Our cops are in pursuit of these terrible people. Prayers for the family. Our law enforcement will bring the full force of the law on those who committed this.”

Authorities are offering $11,000 for information leading to an arrest.

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Alex Wong/Getty Images(ALEXANDRIA, Virginia) -- When you walk into Courtroom 900 in the federal court house in Alexandria, Virginia, you step into another domain, a territory ruled not by a mayor or a governor or even a president, but by a self-proclaimed emperor.

"I'm a Caesar in my own Rome," Judge T.S. "Tim" Ellis recently told a defendant. "And it's a small Rome."

Ellis, the 30-year veteran of the bench who is presiding over the government's financial crimes case against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, is well-known in legal circles for his colorful commentary. But his unique style –- and his seemingly harsh treatment of government prosecutors –- has at times stunned observers and stolen the spotlight in the first significant trial to spring from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections.

His pointed remarks have made headlines -- he warned attorneys on both sides to "rein in your facial expressions" last week -- but legal experts say his behavior could have a more significant impact on the jurors assigned to the case.

"Jurors will likely view the judge as the arbiter of fairness and appropriate conduct," Robert Mintz, a former federal prosecutor now in private practice, told ABC News. "Any inference by the judge that the prosecution is not playing by the rules and can play into the defense strategy that this case is a classic government overreach motivated at least in part by political considerations."

Mintz told ABC News that it is not entirely uncommon for judges in criminal trials to clash more with the prosecution than the defense. The vast majority of a trial, Mintz said, is typically spent on the prosecution’s case, since the prosecution has the burden of proof.

It should also be noted that lawyers for Manafort, who has pleaded not guilty, have not yet presented their defense, so it remains to be seen how Ellis interacts with the other side.

But the judge's unpredictable pronouncements -- ranging from the self-deprecating to the biting –- have nevertheless hit a range of targets, including journalists.

"I'm not a watcher of TV or radio," he told jurors, as he counseled them to avoid news about the trial. Tuning out "might be more pleasant," he added with a grin.

Even before the trial began, Ellis reminded government prosecutors that "nobody has unfettered power" during a contentious preliminary hearing -– drawing words of encouragement from President Trump -— though he eventually ruled in the government's favor.

"These allegations clearly pre-date the appointment of the special counsel," he said just two minutes into the hearing. "None of it had any relation to the campaign."

As the trial got under way, his jabs at prosecutors intensified.

Ellis rejected the government's requests to show the jury scores of pictures depicting rows of suits purportedly purchased with money wired from overseas accounts, what the government said was evidence of Manafort's opulent lifestyle, telling prosecutors they need not "gild the lily."

"The government doesn't want to prosecute someone because they wear nice clothing, do they?" Ellis said.

Ellis admonished prosecutors for using the term "oligarch," which he said has "come to have a 'pejorative' meaning."

"We're not going to have this case tried as 'He associated with despicable people, therefore he's a despicable person,'" he said. "That's not the American way ... Call them 'financiers.'"

And Ellis has repeatedly demanded that prosecutors pick up the pace and once scolded a prosecutor for responding "Yeah," instead of "Yes, your honor."

Ellis and prosecutor Greg Andres appear to have a particularly acrimonious relationship. Bloomberg reported last week that, in a discussion out of earshot of the jury, Ellis told Andres he saw tears in his eyes.

"I understand how frustrated you are," Ellis said. "In fact, there's tears in your eyes right now." Andres denied it, but the judge was insistent: "Well, they're watery."

Later in the week, Andres' frustration appeared to boil over again, and he accused Ellis, through clinched teeth, of "constantly interrupting him." The judge fired back: "Let the record reflect that I rarely interrupt you," he said.

Andres said he stood by his position, to which Ellis responded: "All right. Then you will lose."

On Thursday, however, Ellis appeared to wonder whether one his barbs had crossed a line, telling the jurors to ignore his criticism of prosecutors over a decision to allow a witness to sit in court as other witnesses testified.

"I was critical of counsel allowing a witness to remain in the courtroom. You are to put that aside ... I was probably wrong," Ellis told the jurors. "This role doesn't make me any less human."

So far, Ellis has established the closest rapport with the jurors themselves. He has required everyone in his courtroom to stand when the jury enters each day. He has asked them about the quality of their lunch, teased them about their seat selections and commiserated with them about traffic, even pushing back the trial's start time to spare them the gridlock "headache."

And he has displayed flashes of humor meant to keep the heavy proceedings light. When he mangled the name of a fashion designer during discussion of Manafort's wardrobe, he turned apologetically to the jury: "If it doesn't say 'Men's Warehouse,' I don't know it."

But even the judge's attempts at humor can seem to cut against the prosecutors.

About halfway through a bookkeeper's testimony, with Andres leading the witness methodically through a thick binder of documents, Ellis interrupted.

"Move it along," he said, drawing chuckles from the jury. "We'll break for lunch as soon as Mr. Andres is finished."

When Manafort's longtime business partner Rick Gates, the prosecution's star witness, testified that the defendant "kept fairly frequent" track of his offshore accounts, Ellis was ready with a rejoinder.

"Well, he didn't keep track of the money you stole from him," Ellis quipped as the courtroom burst into laughter. "So [Manafort] didn't do it that closely."

John D. Cohen, a former federal prosecutor who is now an ABC News contributor, said the prosecutors have likely factored in the judge's behavior as they prepped for the Manafort trial.

"Most prosecutors who have had experience going before a judge such as Judge Ellis typically develop strategies to minimize any potential negative implications of the judge's behaviors," Cohen said. "That said, the court has to be very careful that the judge's behavior does not send a message to the jurors that the judge is opining of the veracity and accuracy of the evidence being presented."

Cohen said Ellis' behavior "could" have an effect on the jury, but added "as long as the judge doesn't impede the ability of the government to present their case in a fair and objective manner it shouldn't be too much of a problem."

Former federal prosecutor Mintz suggested that prosecutors could help their case by pushing back against the judge, but that strategy comes with a degree of risk.

"By pushing back against the judge, they can demonstrate their belief in the strength of their case," Mintz said. "But they do not want this trial to devolve into a battle of wills with the court and take the jury’s eyes off of the evidence."

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Thousands of people descended upon Washington, D.C., today for protests on the anniversary of the violent Charlottesville rally, but only a few dozen appeared to be in support of the Unite the Right protest.

The build up ahead of the planned protest appears to have led to the counter-protesters far outnumbering those who came to protest in support of white civil rights.

The afternoon of protests started around the Foggy Bottom metro station, where many rode in from further afield. From there, large groups of police surrounded the handful of Unite the Right supporters as they headed towards Lafayette Park.

Crowds of counter-protesters who had also been permitted to hold a rally in Lafayette Park, directly outside the White House gates, beat the white supremacists to the park.

Brendan Timmons was one of the people who showed up to send a message of tolerance amid the tense racial rhetoric.

"One of the things that I've learned is that these white supremacists, these Nazis, they really believe that not only are they right but that most white people agree with them and so it was really important for me as a white person to show up and say 'No, that's wrong... your views are not acceptable in the mainstream, in mainstream society,'" he told ABC News.

Timmons attended the counter protest along with his wife and their young son.

"It's really important for us that we raise him to be an anti-racist white person and to stand up for oppressed minorities," Timmons said.

Kate Robinson was another counter-protester, who came holding a sign that said that her grandfather fought in World War II.

"It's important that they remember, people remember that this happened, we fought for our freedom against these kinds of ideals before to keep them out of this country before and now that [they're] back, we have to make sure that we don't let this happen," Robinson said.

Sunday's protests and counter protests come on the one-year anniversary of a violent rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where the Unite the Right group gathered to protest the planned removal of the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. A number of neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups were present in that August 2017 rally and it led to the death of one counter-protester, Heather Heyer, as well as two state troopers who died in a helicopter crash as they were headed to Charlottesville.

Jason Kessler, the organizer of both this and last year's Unite the Right rally, started his remarks in D.C. by saying "I'm not doing this to disrespect the memory of the people who were hurt or died last year."

He went on to thank law enforcement for protecting the various protest groups today, and said that he and his group have been targeted in the lead up to today's event.

"I have people attacking me left, right and center," Kessler said.

"Some of our speakers had their tires slashed on the way in," he said.

Kessler said that he has never viewed himself as a white nationalist but said countries like the United States have been "flooded with too many people to the point where the host populations don't exist anymore."

"I’m okay with sharing this country with people from around the world but if you bring in too many people at once it's not the same country anymore and that’s what they’re doing and that’s why a lot of white people feel aggrieved. Because they feel like the country that they’re waking up in in 2018 is a very, very different country than they woke up in 1960, 1970, 1980," Kessler said.

One person who was not disturbed by the noisy gathering in Lafayette Square was President Donald Trump, who was not in the White House but at his golf course in Bedminister, New Jersey, instead.

On Saturday, the day before the protests, Trump took to Twitter to denounce the deadly protests that took place in Charlottesville last year. He tweeted, "The riots in Charlottesville a year ago resulted in senseless death and division. We must come together as a nation. I condemn all types of racism and acts of violence. Peace to ALL Americans!

Despite a heavy police presence in D.C., there have yet to be any reported arrests during the protests.

There have been four arrests in Charlottesville, however, varying in charges from obstruction of free passage to disorderly conduct and one charge of assault and battery, a police press release stated.

There were several memorials planned in Charlottesville and the governor issued a state of emergency declaration earlier in the week in preparation for protests on the anniversary.

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ABC News(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) -- A toxic algae bloom is creeping up the west coast of the Sunshine State, killing wildlife and keeping residents and tourists away from the acclaimed beaches along the Gulf of Mexico.

Higher than normal concentrations of Karenia brevis -- also known as red tide or harmful algal blooms -- have been plaguing southwest Florida since November 2017, discoloring the seawater and leaving piles of dead fish in its wake.

Statewide, officials are monitoring the effects of the red tide. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Florida Department of Health, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services have created a "bloom response team" to ensure the health of humans, water quality and the environment.

Earlier this week, Florida Gov. Rick Scott called for the FWC and FDEP to "mobilize all available resources" to address the impacts of the red tide.

On Friday, Scott blamed the cause of the blooms on "the federal government releasing water from Lake Okeechobee."

"For too long, Floridians have had to deal with harmful algal blooms caused by the federal government releasing water from Lake Okeechobee into our rivers and coastal estuaries," Scott said in a press release. "Although the State of Florida has made progress on important projects to help alleviate the impact that chronic federal underfunding of this federal water system is causing, more needs to be done."

What is red tide?


Red tide is a natural phenomenon that has been recorded on Florida's Gulf Coast since the 1840s, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.

A common occurrence, red tide is caused by an overgrowth or accumulation of microscopic algae and often occurs in brackish or marine water, but not freshwater, according to the FWC.

Part of the reason why red tide is so prominent this season is because there are some leftover blooms from last year, Bob Weisberg, a professor of physical oceanography at the University of South Florida's College of Marine Science, told ABC News.

Red tide occurs seasonally and typically blooms from late summer through early fall and lasts through winter, Weisberg said.

The bloom begins in the Gulf about 10 to 40 miles offshore -- near the west Florida continental shelf -- and can be transported inshore by winds and currents.

Once the red tide is inshore, the algae can grow even more using man-made nutrients, such as fertilizer.

"The increase in runoff may likely exacerbate an existing bloom, but it won't cause a bloom," Weisberg said.

Red tide can kill marine life

Red tide produces toxins that can sicken or kill fish, seabirds, turtles and marine mammals, such as manatees, according to the FWC. The animals can inhale the toxins through the air or become affected by consuming toxic prey.

More than 580 fish kills have been reported in Florida in Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee, Collier and Monroe counties, the FWC reported. Species of fish killed include grouper, trout, eel, snook, tarpon, hardhead catfish and baitfish.

Ten manatees have been rescued as a result of red tide since the beginning of the year, but a preliminary report suggests that at least 92 manatees have died, according to the FWC.

"These poor manatees stick their heads up out of the water to breath, and that’s where the highest concentration of the algae are," Weisberg said.

Sea turtles and dolphins in Sarasota and Manatee counties have also been affected by the red tide, ABC Tampa affiliate WFTS reported. Nine bottlenose dolphins were found dead in Sarasota County in 36 hours, and at least 60 sea turtles have been reported sick, according to WFTS.

On Sanibel Island, a 26-foot whale shark recently washed up on the beach, WFTS reported.

Many fish populations in the area have evolved to be "resilient to the impact" of red tide, since it's a common occurrence, according to the FWC. Fisheries and fish populations are "bound to rebound," despite the prolonged red tide event this season.

People who see dead fish or sick or injured animals are asked to report the sightings to the FWC.

The harmful bloom causes irritation in humans


In humans, red tide causes respiratory irritation, but it's usually temporary unless the person suffers from severe or chronic respiratory conditions, such as asthma, or chronic lung disease, Weisberg said.

People in coastal areas can experience "varying degrees" of eye, nose and throat irritation, but the symptoms usually go away after a person leaves an area affected with red tide, Brad Dalton, press secretary for the Florida Department of Health, told ABC News in a statement.

Most people aren't affected by swimming in red tide-infested waters, but skin irritation may occur. The FWC recommends that swimmers rinse with fresh water if they experience irritation.

Respiratory irritation was reported in at least four counties this week, according to the FWC report.

"If you have symptoms, leave the beach and seek air conditioning," Dalton said.

Residents can help minimize blooms by reducing or eliminating fertilizer use, according to the FWC.

Pet owners are also recommended to not let their pets play with dead fish or foam on the beach and to rinse them to fresh water upon returning home.

Red tide can affect seafood


Shellfish harvesting from regulated areas is banned during red tide because clams, oysters and mussels can accumulate the toxins.

The muscles of crustaceans, including crab, shrimp and lobster, can be eaten because they are not affected by red tide toxins, the FWC said.

Fish are safe to eat as long as they are caught alive and only the muscle is eaten.

The circulation of ocean water determines whether red tide will bloom

The phenomenon of red tide has "as much to do with the physics of the ocean circulation as it does with the organism biology," Weisberg said, adding that not every year is the same.

High ocean circulation will often bring deep, nutrient-rich ocean water to the area, which keeps the toxins from producing.

"The faster-growing, non-toxic algae generally out-compete the red tide organism," Weisberg said.

When the ocean circulation is low, less deep ocean water is mixed in the Gulf of Mexico, and the lack of nutrients allows the red tide to flourish, Weisberg said.

"When we get the deeper ocean water, those are the years we tend to not have major tides," Weisberg said.

In 2010, there was no red tide at all, while in 2012 saw a major bloom, Weisberg said.

"This year will be a substantial red tide year," he said.

Weisberg's team makes seasonal predictions of major red tide blooms or lack of based on the ocean circulation, Weisberg said. Once red tide organisms are observed near shore, they then use an ocean circulation model to forecast over a short term where those cells will go, he said.

The toxic blooms will travel north

The current red tide bloom may get "considerably worse," Weisberg said.

High amounts of red tide, meaning more than 1 million cells, are being reported in more than a dozen counties in southwest Florida, according to a red tide status report released by the FWC on Aug. 10. Respiratory irritation and "possible" fish kills are possible between 10,000 and 100,000 cells, considered a "low" amount, and "probable" fish kills are likely between 100,000 and 1 million cells, considered a "medium" amount.

While most of the blooms had been limited to coastal areas like Venice Beach, Boca Grande and Charlotte Harbor, the blooms are "steadily moving north," Weisberg said.

High concentrations are now being seen on Anna Maria Island and southern parts of Tampa Bay, and in the next days and weeks, higher blooms will start to be seen in Pinellas County in cities like St. Petersburg, Weisberg said.

The toxic blooms may be putting a damper on visitors' plans to visit Florida.

In a statement, Visit Florida, the state's official tourism management board, said that it would "be communicating with visitors just as soon as the beaches are clean and back to normal."

"For those who have already booked their vacations, it's important to keep in mind that Southwest Florida has a number of other exciting opportunities to offer outside of the beach, including dining, shopping, entertainment, museums and more."

While some may call for an eradication of the harmful toxin, Weisberg said the "unintended consequences" may be severe on the ecosystem.

"There's a reason why this organism evolved," he said. "It's part of the ecosystem. It would be very difficult to get rid of. It may be much worse than what we experience."

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iStock/Thinkstock(LAUREL, Md.) -- NASA has launched a mission to get closer than its ever gotten before to the sun, its corona and solar wind. After a 24-hour delay, the mission, called Parker Solar Probe, launched early Sunday.

Here is what you need to know about the Parker Solar Probe.

What is Parker Solar Probe (PSP)?


PSP is the only NASA mission, scientific probe to study the sun’s corona and solar wind. The mission is named for Dr. Eugene Parker, a physicist at the University of Chicago who proposed the existence of solar wind. It is the first NASA mission to be named for a living researcher.

This mission is the brainchild of Parker, who long ago predicted the turbulence of solar energy and its impact on our planet. At a press conference last week, Parker said of his namesake mission: "I expect to find some surprises."

How does the probe work?

It will be the fastest human-made object with speeds up to 430,000 miles per hour, able to survive million degree temperatures, orbiting the sun just 4 million miles from its surface, after a 90 million-mile trip, to get the first measurements of the sun's energy.

What are the challenges in this mission?


The temperature near the sun's corona can be viewed as an obstacle, according to Geoffrey Brown, a public affair officer with the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University.

“The spacecraft must operate in the sun’s corona, where temperatures can reach millions of degrees," Brown told ABC News via email. "To protect itself, the spacecraft has a thermal protection system, or heat shield, that will provide a shadow in which the spacecraft will 'hide' to perform its scientific data gathering. The outer sun-facing side of the shield will reach 2,500 Fahrenheit at closest approach to the sun."

What does Parker Solar Probe mean for humanity?


“The mission will unlock mysteries of the corona, including why it’s so much hotter than the surface of the sun which is about 10,000 Farenheit,” Brown said.

How close can you get to the sun without being burned?

Parker Solar Probe will find out if its cutting edge heat shields will work -- this death-defying spacecraft will fly daringly close to the sun -- closer than any spacecraft before it. Just imagine how sizzling hot it is even without the advanced heat protection that will keep this tiny space probe from burning to a crisp.

Why is the mission important?


This mission is exciting because never before have we had the opportunity to get this close to the sun. Solar weather isn’t something most of us are aware of -- not like approaching thunderstorms or blizzards or tornadoes -- but it impacts our technology, our satellites, the electric grid and our communications networks.

Also, astrophysicist Hakeem Oluseyi says this is one of NASA’s most exciting missions.

“We need to get an up-close view to see this solar processes, to improve our understanding of how the sun works," Oluseyi said. "This will help us understand how stars interact with [the] planets that orbit them and may give rise to new technologies."

David Alexander, director of Rice University’s Space Program, says you cannot overestimate the importance of this mission.

"It will help us understand a fundamental aspect of the sun-Earth interaction, the solar wind," Alexander said.

When will the Parker Solar Probe be launched?

The launch was scheduled for Saturday, but technical glitches meant it didn't lift off until 3:31 a.m. ET Sunday from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. It was launched on a Delta IV Heavy rocket.

The Parker Solar Probe launch was delayed several times already, but needed to launch by Aug. 19 to line up flyby of Venus, which will act as a slingshot to get PSP into the right trajectory away from Earth toward the sun, for its seven-year mission, orbiting the sun seven times.

How long will the whole mission last?

“The mission is slated for a seven-year primary mission,” Brown said.

What is Johns Hopkins’ role in the Parker Solar Probe?

“The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) designed, built, and will manage the mission for NASA," Brown said. "APL will operate the spacecraft from a mission operations center on APL’s campus in Laurel, Maryland."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The first half of the weekend was a washout for much of the Northeast, thanks to heavy showers and thunderstorms that continued throughout the day.

Many areas received 2 to 3 inches of rain, while Caldwell, New Jersey, received 4.92 inches and New York's Central Park received 2.9 inches, a new record for the day. Flights at Newark Liberty International Airport were delayed, and one entrance of New York City's Penn Station was closed due to floodwaters.

The atmospheric setup remains similar on Sunday with a tenacious stationary front remaining in place in the Northeast. That means more showers and thunderstorms will develop on Sunday.

However, the worst is over for the Northeast. Showers on Sunday should be less intense and less frequent than Saturday. Rainfall amounts through Monday evening will range between 1 and 2 inches for most spots, with upwards of 3 inches possible in New England.

Fire weather in Northern Plains

At least three new wildfires were sparked Saturday in Montana, thanks to gusty winds, low humidity and extensive heat, according to Great Falls ABC affiliate KRTV.

Temperatures were so high in the region Saturday that numerous records were broken, including Glasgow, Montana (107 degrees); Helena, Montana (102 degrees); Pocatello, Idaho (100 degrees); and West Glacier, Montana (100 degrees), which reached triple digits for the first time in recorded history.

A high centered over Minnesota will steer warm air from the south into the Upper Plains again on Sunday. High temperatures will reach into the 100s in some places, with the potential of new records being set.

Very dry air over the West, coupled with a cold front in western Montana, will produce gusty winds and the formation of dry thunderstorms on Sunday. Lightning strikes from these dry storms can easily spark new wildfires, while the gusty winds can facilitate their rapid spread. Red flag warnings remain in effect for much of the region through Sunday night.

Monsoons calm down

Monsoon thunderstorms rolled through the Las Vegas area again Saturday night. Dust storms and flash flood warnings were both issued by the National Weather Service for the region. Winds -- some that gusted to over 71 miles per hour -- and rain were so severe that, at one point, 62,000 customers of NV Energy were without power.

Drier air is expected to move in from the west on Sunday, which will decrease the probability of monsoon thunderstorms for the next few days.

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iStock/Thinkstock(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- What was planned to be a sentencing for the two men charged in the December 2016 Ghost Ship fire that killed 36 people in an Oakland warehouse took a surprising turn when the judge tossed out the pair's plea deal on Friday.

The Ghost Ship was a warehouse in the city's Fruitvale neighborhood that had been converted into an art collective where many artists were living. Derick Almena, who started the collective, and Max Harris, the collective's artistic director, pleaded guilty in July to involuntary manslaughter. As part of the plea deal, Almena was to serve nine years in prison and Harris would serve six years. Both would have been credited with time served.

However, Alameda County Judge James Cramer made that moot on Friday, as he tossed the plea deals and ordered the pair to stand trial.

The fire was determined to have been caused by electrical problems, which the son of the warehouse's owner had warned Almena about in an email almost two years before the blaze, the East Bay Times reported.

The Ghost Ship had no smoke detectors, rickety staircases and a maze of artwork that made escape nearly impossible.

Many of the relatives of those killed in the fire were shocked by the decision, but thankful.

"Definitely Almena is not remorseful," Ivania Chavarria, a victim's mom, told San Francisco ABC station KGO-TV.

Cramer told the courtroom he was willing to go along with Harris' plea, but not Almena. Since the pleas were made together, the judge was forced to toss both.

Almena teared up in his statement to families, but it did not win over the judge or families.

"I'm guilty for believing we were safe," Almena told the families in attendance Friday. "I should have died that night. It would have been an honor saving your children's souls."

The sentencing hearing began on Thursday with the emotional testimony of many family members who lost relatives in the inferno.

Karen Frieholtz -- aunt of Michaela Gregory, a 20-year-old victim of the fire -- had said Thursday that she wanted a stiffer sentence.

"Right now, I can't think clear," Frieholtz told KGO-TV. "I think they should have faced us. I think they should have looked at us."

The duo could now face life in prison in a jury trial. They could also negotiate new, separate plea deals.

"You see the victims' families are very adamant, and I empathize with their perspective, even though I think it's a little bit irrational. But they want 36 years," Tony Serra, the lawyer for Almena and Harris, told KGO-TV.

Harris and Almena are due in court again on Aug. 17.

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