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JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Chelsea Manning, the Army private and intelligence analyst whose release of classified information to WikiLeaks sparked a worldwide controversy over the status of whistle-blowers and transparency in the military, had most of her 35-year prison sentence commuted Tuesday by President Obama, an act that will end her imprisonment on May 17, seven years after her arrest.

The debate over Manning’s motive, and the attention she received as a transgender military member, makes her perhaps the most notable recipient of a commutation during Obama’s term.

Here’s what you need to know about Chelsea Manning:

Military Service

Manning, who was assigned male at birth and known then as Bradley, joined in the Army in October 2007 at the age of 19. According to information later provided as part of her court martial, Manning explained that “earning benefits under the GI Bill for college opportunities” was one of the motivators behind her enlistment.

She performed well on the Armed Services Aptitude Battery but struggled with Basic Combat Training, at one point injuring both her shoulder and foot. At one point, Manning was told she was in danger of being “out-processed” or dismissed from training but returned after recovering from her injuries. Ultimately, Manning needed six months to finish the training that typically takes six weeks.

Drawing on an expertise with and long interest in computers, Manning received training to be an intelligence analyst at Fort Huachuca in Arizona, then joined the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum in New York. A New York Magazine profile of Manning in 2011 claimed that Manning struggled emotionally while at Fort Drum, lashing out at fellow soldiers, and was seeing a mental-health counselor.

Despite hesitation from superiors who were reportedly uncertain she would be able to handle deployment, Manning was sent to Forward Operating Base Hammer, east of Baghdad, in October 2009. She worked there until her arrest in May 2010.

Release of Material to WikiLeaks

Manning reported that she first learned of WikiLeaks while at Fort Huachuca and that she was regularly visiting the website while stationed in Iraq, utilizing some of the leaked information to inform her work. As part of her role as an analyst, Manning frequently utilized records of notable incidents and events termed “Significant Activities” (SIGACTs).

While back in the U.S. on leave in January 2010, Manning said she “began to become depressed” at the military situation in Iraq and Afghanistan and felt that if the public had access to the information she possessed, that it “could spark a domestic debate on the role of the military and ... foreign policy.”

At first, Manning reached out to The Washington Post and The New York Times in an attempt to release SIGACT tables but was rebuffed. From there, she utilized an anonymizing network to submit the information to WikiLeaks, according to court documents. She would later submit additional materials, including diplomatic cables and a video of a July 2007 airstrike in Baghdad in which two Reuters photographers were killed and two children were wounded.

The video, which WikiLeaks renamed “Collateral Murder,” received widespread attention and Manning noted he “was encouraged by the response in the media and the general public.”

Trial and Imprisonment


In May 2010, Manning began an online friendship with a hacker named Adrian Lamo. In their internet exchanges, Manning discussed her troubles with the military and disclosed that she was responsible for providing hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks.

Lamo contacted the Department of Defense about the leak, and Manning was arrested in May 2010 and placed in a detention camp in Kuwait. In July, the military transferred Manning to a Marine Corps prison in Quantico, Virginia, where she stayed in solitary confinement and claimed she “was stripped of all clothing with the exception of my underwear” and that her eyeglasses were taken away, according to a statement from Manning released by her lawyers.

In 2013, Manning deferred a plea bargain and was arraigned on 22 charges, including espionage, theft of military records or property, and aiding the enemy -- a capital offense under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Manning’s lawyer, David Coombs, claimed she was emotionally distraught and said her clearance privileges should have been removed by superiors in the military who were aware of her struggles in the military. Coombs said Manning wrote a letter to a supervisor in which she came out as transgender and attached a photo of herself wearing a blonde wig. Manning maintained that her decision to release the government documents was a way to reveal war crimes.

"I understand that my actions violate the law. It was never my intent to hurt anyone. I only wanted to help people," Manning said in a statement delivered by her lawyers. “When I chose to disclose classified information, I did so out of a love for my country and a sense of duty for others."

During her court martial in Fort Meade, Maryland, Manning was acquitted of the charge of aiding the enemy, but was sentenced to 35 years in prison. In the military justice system, prison sentences longer than 30 years are eligible for parole review after 10 years. Manning, however, was credited 1,294 days towards her sentence and eligible to request a parole review after seven years.

Gender Identity

One day after her sentencing, Manning revealed in a statement delivered by defense counsel that she wished to transition from male to female, and asked to be called Chelsea.

During an appearance on NBC’s Today, Manning’s lawyer read a statement in which Manning wrote that “I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female.”

“Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible,” she said. “I hope that you will support me in this transition. I also request that, starting today, you refer to me by my new name and use the feminine pronoun (except in official mail to the confinement facility).”

In 2014, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit against then-Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Department of Defense officials for denying Manning “access to medically necessary treatment for her gender dysphoria.” The ACLU claimed that if left untreated, Manning could become suicidal. In February 2015, the Army allowed Manning to receive hormone treatment for her transition from male to female.

During her time in prison, Manning has struggled with her mental health. After a reported suicide attempt in July 2016, Manning was placed in solitary confinement, an environment her lawyers say exacerbated her mental stress. In September, Manning went on a hunger strike in protest of the Army’s refusal to give her access to hormone therapy. She ended her strike after five days when the Army informed her that they would allow her to move forward with her plans to undergo gender reassignment surgery.

In October 2016, Manning’s lawyers reported that she attempted suicide again.

“She has repeatedly been punished for trying to survive and now is being repeatedly punished for trying to die,” her attorney Chase Strangio said in a statement. “I worry about the sustainability of her current conditions and her ability to keep fighting under these relentless abuses.”

Clemency Requests

Concerned about Manning’s well-being, attorneys filed an application for clemency to be granted before President Obama leaves office.

“I have no confirmation that Chelsea's request is on a short list,” said Strangio, Manning’s attorney. “But I encourage the president to act on Chelsea's request for a commutation of her sentence. Her life depends on it and she has already served almost 7 year of her sentence -- longer than any whistle-blower in United States history.”

In 2011, Obama said that Manning “broke the law,” noting: “We are a nation of laws. We don’t let individuals make decisions about how the law operates."

A White House petition asking for President Obama to commute Manning’s sentence to time serve received 117,000 signatures. Manning, who corresponds with supporters online, tweeted about the potential for her clemency request.

 

Thank you all so very much. I'm totally honored. >hugs< https://t.co/IemOhE0G4s #timeserved #FreeChelseaNow

— Chelsea Manning (@xychelsea) January 11, 2017

 

President Obama granted a commutation on Tuesday of a bulk of Manning's sentence.

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Orlando Police Department(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- Orlando police say that they have caught alleged cop killer Markeith Loyd, who was also wanted for killing a pregnant woman.

Around 7 p.m. Tuesday, authorities located Loyd in an abandoned home, Orlando Police Chief John Mina said during a press conference. Police surrounded the home, but Loyd tried to escape through the back of the home before the SWAT teams arrived, Mina said.

Loyd then ran back inside the home and left again through the front door, wearing body armor and carrying two handguns, including a Glock that contained a magazine with the capacity for 100 rounds of ammunition, Mina said. Loyd threw the guns to the ground and resisted arrest when police officers tried to detain him.

He suffered minor injuries in the scuffle and was treated by firefighters, Mina said.

Markeith Loyd was wearing body armor when he was apprehended. And had these guns in his possession. pic.twitter.com/T0AfzZibmA

— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) January 18, 2017

On Dec. 9, Orlando Master Sgt. Debra Clayton was on duty by herself near a Walmart around 7 a.m. when a citizen approached her, telling her that a murder suspect was nearby, according to police.

Clayton found Loyd and chased him, police said. He allegedly opened fire after Clayton told him to stop running. He was already wanted before he shot and killed Clayton for allegedly killing a pregnant woman.

Clayton, a wife and mother, was shot multiple times, police said. She was wearing body armor at the time, but she later died. A funeral for the slain officer was held over the weekend.

Loyd was placed in Clayton's handcuffs when he was caught, as part of a "tradition" in law enforcement that goes back "many, many years," Mina said.

These are Lt. Debra Clayton's handcuffs. Markeith Loyd was placed in these when he was arrested. pic.twitter.com/3TKs9nw2lu

— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) January 18, 2017

He will be charged with several offenses, including multiple counts of homicide for the deaths of Clayton and Sade Dixon and her unborn child, said Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings, who described Loyd as a "maniac." Loyd will also be charged with attempted murder for shooting Dixon's brother, who was gravely injured, as well as two counts of aggravated assault for pointing the gun at Dixon's mother and another individual, Demings said.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office will serve an arrest warrant Tuesday night, Demings said.

Great police work got this cop killer and the killer of Sade Dixon and her unborn child off the street. pic.twitter.com/MkAdoHwZmM

— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) January 18, 2017

One of the first people Mina said he called after Loyd was caught was Clayton's husband, Seth Clayton, who expressed both relief and concern that Loyd was captured just around the corner from the home of Clayton's mother, Mina said.

Authorities launched a massive manhunt last week in response to Clayton's death. Law enforcement was able to locate Loyd by "tireless" and "great police work," rather than anonymous tips, Mina said. Several agencies, including the Orlando Police Department, the Orange County Sheriff's Office, U.S. Marshals, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security and the FBI participated in the hunt for Loyd. Last week, the reward for information leading to Loyd’s capture was raised to $125,000.

"I was extremely happy that this dangerous person was off the streets," Mina said when asked by a reporter why he was seen smiling in the video of Loyd being led into the police station.

More arrests are pending for anyone who helped Loyd evade police, Mina said. The investigation has revealed that Loyd received help and the home that he was found in has ties to some of his associates, Mina said. Police do not know how long Loyd was in the home before he was caught, the police chief said.

An investigation of the arresting officer's use of force will be launched, per standard procedure, Mina said.

In a statement, Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Loyd will be "held to the fullest extent of the law."

"It is sickening that anyone would commit senseless violence against our brave first responders," Scott said. "Ann and I continue to pray for the families of the fallen heroes and hope today's news provides some relief.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A small fire was lit apparently in protest of President-elect Donald Trump in the middle of Pennsylvania Avenue on Tuesday night outside the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police Department told ABC News: "An adult male lit a fire and received burns. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The investigation is continuing."

President-elect Donald Trump was not inside the hotel at the time, but was in the area for a dinner ahead of the inauguration.

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Facebook(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The wife of the gunman who carried out a mass shooting in an Orlando, Florida, nightclub made her first appearance at a federal court in California Tuesday, where a prosecutor claimed that "she knew he was going to conduct the attack."

Gunman Omar Mateen's wife, Noor Salman, who was arrested by the FBI Monday in the San Francisco area, entered a courtroom Tuesday morning slightly hunched over and with her head down. She wore a bright yellow shirt and long, gray skirt.

The U.S. Attorney’s office claims Salman aided and abetted her husband's "provision of material support" to the terror group ISIL, also known as ISIS.

Salman is also accused in the indictment of misleading federal agents and Fort Pierce, Florida, police officers who came to question her about Mateen's attack at Pulse nightclub that killed 49 people.

During Tuesday's initial appearance, the prosecution, led by Assistant U.S. Attorney Roger Handberg, read the charges against Salman aloud in court.

As written in the indictment, on count one, she was charged with aiding and abetting her husband’s attempted provision and provision of "material support or resources" to a foreign terrorist organization. For this count, she could face up to life in prison and a $250,000 fine.

"She knew he was going to conduct the attack," Handberg said.

On count two, she was charged with obstruction of justice. She could face up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

When asked by Judge Donna Ryu if she understood the charges, Salman quietly replied, "Yes."

Because of the count one terrorism charge, the government is asking for her to be detained and not released on bond.

Salman was represented Tuesday by public defender John Paul Richmond. It was not clear if she entered a plea. A status hearing was set for Wednesday morning in Oakland.

Salman's lawyer, Linda Moreno, who was not in court Tuesday, said in a statement to ABC News Monday, "Noor Salman had no foreknowledge, nor could she predict what Omar Mateen intended to do that tragic night. Noor has told her story of abuse at his hands. We believe it is misguided and wrong to prosecute her and that it dishonors the memories of the victims to punish an innocent person."

Her uncle, Al Salman, who was at court Tuesday, called his niece a "very simple person" who is "not that smart." Al Salman said he was adamant that his niece had no clue what her husband was planning.

Noor Salman is expected to be extradited to Florida, where the indictment was filed.

Mateen was killed in a police shootout after he shot and killed 49 people at Pulse nightclub in Orlando on June 12, 2016.

Orlando Police Chief John Mina expressed relief that Salman was arrested, he said in a statement Monday.

"Federal authorities have been working tirelessly on this case for more than seven months, and we are grateful that they have seen to it that some measure of justice will be served in this act of terror that has affected our community so deeply," Mina said. "Nothing can erase the pain we all feel about the senseless and brutal murders of 49 of our neighbors, friends, family members and loved ones. But today, there is some relief in knowing that someone will be held accountable for that horrific crime."


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The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children(HOUSTON) -- A mother who allegedly abducted her children from the Rhode Island home they shared with their father in 1985 has been found living in Texas under a different name, police said Tuesday.

On Aug. 26, 1985, Russell Yates filed a missing persons complaint for his wife, Elaine C. Yates, and his two children, 3-year-old Kimberly and 10-month-old Kelly, according to Rhode Island State Police.

An initial investigation suggested that Elaine Yates left home with the couple's two daughters following a domestic dispute, police said. A felony warrant for her arrest on the charges of child snatching was issued on Nov. 16, 1988, following a further investigation by the Office of the Rhode Island Attorney General.

Court records from the Kent County Superior Court in Warwick show that the child abduction charges filed against Elaine Yates in 1988 were dropped in 2014.

Police received an anonymous tip on Dec. 23 regarding the possible whereabouts of the Elaine and her daughters, and the Texas Department of Public Safety discovered Elaine Yates living in Houston under the alias Leina L. Waldberg, police said.

Police took Elaine Yates into custody Monday without incident, and she confirmed her identity to authorities, police said. She was charged with child snatching and was arraigned by a Houston judge.

Police spoke with the daughters and gave them their father’s phone number, the Providence Journal reported. It was unclear where they are currently living.

Elaine Yates is being transported back to Rhode Island, where she is expected to be formally arraigned Wednesday in Kent County superior court. It was not immediately clear if she had obtained a lawyer.

Immediately after her arrest, police notified Russell Yates that the mother of his children had been found, Rhode Island State Police Lt. Col. Joseph F. Philbin told ABC News.

The discovery of the women's whereabouts comes less than a week after an 18-year-old woman in South Carolina was discovered to be the baby that was kidnapped hours after she was born from a hospital in Jacksonville, Florida.

"Both cases are a reminder of why we never stop looking for missing children," the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children said in a statement. "There is hope for recovery, even decades later."

In 2015, there were 460,699 entries for missing children, according to the FBI's National Crime Information Center.

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Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images(FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.) -- The Iraq War veteran accused of killing five people at an airport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, earlier this month was denied bond at a hearing in federal court.

Esteban Santiago, 26, is the suspected gunman behind the Jan. 6 shooting at a baggage claim at the Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport that killed five and injured six others.

Under questioning from defense attorneys Tuesday morning, the FBI revealed Santiago had been released from an Alaska hospital on Nov. 14 without any psychiatric drugs; he was given anti-anxiety medication and melatonin, an herbal sleep aid. He was deemed to be stable, the FBI noted.

It was shared in court by FBI agent Michael Ferlazzo that Santiago purchased a one-way ticket to Fort Lauderdale two days before his Jan. 5 flight. His only checked baggage was a gun, according to Ferlazzo. After retrieving his bag, Santiago allegedly loaded the weapon in the bathroom and re-entered the baggage claim area, aiming at people's heads and bodies and walking while shooting.

Authorities interviewed Santiago after his capture. According to the FBI, Santiago said he carried out the attack because the government was "controlling his mind." Later, at the FBI office in Miami, authorities say Santiago mentioned ISIS and admitted to participating in Jihadi chat rooms and communicating with like-minded individuals who were planning attacks.

He is facing federal charges of performing an act of violence against a person at an airport that caused serious bodily injury; causing the death of a person through the use of a firearm; and using and carrying a firearm in a crime of violence, according to Ferlazzo. He has not entered a plea.

His next court date was set for Jan. 30.

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Courtesy Teresa Shook(NEW YORK) — When Teresa Shook, a grandmother from Hawaii, posted "I think we should march" on Facebook on election night, she never expected the response she would get.

The next morning, more than 10,000 people said they were attending the event, after her post went viral.

As thousands of women from around the country head to the nation's capital to march in protest of President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration, Good Morning America spoke to some of the organizers who spearheaded the Women's March on Washington.

"What sparked the need for this movement was the rhetoric of the campaign was so demeaning to women," Shook told GMA. "I just felt women needed to stand up and say, 'Here we are, hear our voice, we're strong we're empowered and we're not going away.'"

The Women's March is a rally scheduled for this Saturday with the mission of sending a "bold message to our new government on their first day in office," according to a website created by the organizers.

Many people credit movement's beginning to Shook, 60, from Maui, and her social media call-to-action.

"I decided to post something after election night because I was thinking about my granddaughters, and I didn't want them to grow up and a world full of hate speech and bigotry," Shook said in an interview with GMA that aired Tuesday.

"I wrote in my post 'I think we should march,'" Shook said. "When I woke up in the morning I had over 10,000 people coming to the event. I was flabbergasted."

The official event page for the Women's March on Washington now has more than 200,000 people saying they will attend the event in the nation's capital. In addition, over 270 "sister marches" are scheduled to happen simultaneously, in all 50 states and in 33 countries.

"Someone called me the fire starter for starting this movement," Shook said. "But this movement would not have happened without thousands of people helping to fan the flames."

Four women especially have been working tirelessly since Election Day to organize and coordinate the event by co-chairing the Women's March organization.

Linda Sarsour, one of the co-chairs of the organization, told GMA that "one of our goals for this march is to display what it looks like when the progressive movements are working together." Sarsour said they have people at the march who are championing climate justice, racial justice, immigration rights, and women's reproductive rights "coming and showing one unified voice."

Carmen Perez, another co-chair of the organization, added that they "also want people to know that women are leaders."

"We also want the world to know that women are leaders," Perez said. "We want to show our children, and specifically our daughters, they can be the next generation of leaders as well."

Shook said she hopes people will "remember the March on Washington."

"One person can make a difference," Shook said.

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Amana Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The damage assessment and the cleanup will continue Tuesday in parts of the nation’s midsection hit by severe weather over the weekend.

Weather experts say four mid-January tornadoes touched down in North Texas on Sunday. No injuries were reported, but trees and fences were blown down and some windows were smashed.

In Oklahoma, ice was he culprit and shelters are filled with people waiting for the power to be restored.


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iStock/Thinkstock(OKLAHOMA CITY) -- A fire crew in Oklahoma City responded to a bizarre scene this past weekend -- a cow stuck in a neighborhood swimming pool, officials said.

A resident had been drinking his morning coffee Sunday when he heard some sort of "snorting" coming from the pool area and went to investigate, according to a Facebook post by the Oklahoma City Fire Department.

After finding the cow had fallen through a hole in the pool liner, the resident called 911, the fire department wrote.

Firefighters thought about trying to get the animal out by tying a rope around the animal's neck but determined it would not work because the cow was nearly 1,500 pounds, the fire department said.

An animal control crew then responded to the scene and figured that hoisting the cow out using a tow truck would be best, according to the fire department.

Firefighters drained some water from the pool to reduce the likelihood of the cow experiencing hypothermia before hoisting the cow to safety, the Oklahoma Fire Department said.

The animal was then loaded into a stock trailer for transport and is expected to be "just fine!" the department added.

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MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The wife of the gunman who carried out a mass shooting an Orlando, Florida, nightclub was arrested by the FBI Monday in San Francisco, the FBI and her lawyer said.

Gunman Omar Mateen's wife, Noor Salman, was charged with obstruction of justice and with aiding and abetting Mateen's attempted provision and provision of material support to ISIL, the U.S. Attorney’s office said, referring to the terror group also known as ISIS.

Salman's lawyer, Linda Moreno, said in a statement to ABC News, "Noor Salman had no foreknowledge nor could she predict what Omar Mateen intended to do that tragic night. Noor has told her story of abuse at his hands. We believe it is misguided and wrong to prosecute her and that it dishonors the memories of the victims to punish an innocent person."

She is expected to appear in court on Tuesday for a first appearance, her lawyer told ABC News. Salman is expected to be extradited to Tampa, Florida, where she was indicted.

Mateen was killed in a police shootout after he carried out the June 12 mass shooting at Pulse nightclub that killed 49 people.

Orlando Police Chief John Mina was glad to learn Salman was arrested, he said in a statement Monday.

"Federal authorities have been working tirelessly on this case for more than seven months, and we are grateful that they have seen to it that some measure of justice will be served in this act of terror that has affected our community so deeply," Mina said. "Nothing can erase the pain we all feel about the senseless and brutal murders of 49 of our neighbors, friends, family members and loved ones. But today, there is some relief in knowing that someone will be held accountable for that horrific crime."

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iStock/Thinkstock(MIAMI) -- Eight people were shot during celebrations for Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Miami, including an 11-year-old girl, according to police.

Shots were fired at the MLK Memorial Park Monday afternoon, causing spectators to flee for safety, according to the Miami-Dade Police Department. Five of the victims were minors, police said.

Six of the wounded were taken to local hospitals, and two of the minors were treated on scene. The conditions of those hospitalized were not clear.

Two suspects were detained for questioning, police said, and two guns were recovered on the scene.

It is unclear if there are additional suspects at large, police said.

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Mike Marsland/WireImage via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The last man to walk on the moon, NASA astronaut Gene Cernan, has died at 82.

Cernan was commander of the Apollo 17 mission, the final lunar landing, in December 1972. He and fellow astronaut Jack Schmitt spent three days on lunar excursions, and when Cernan took his last step on the moon he said, "We leave as we came, and God willing, as we shall return, with peace and hope for all mankind."

The astronaut was also a longtime consultant for ABC News.

NASA administrator and former astronaut Charles Bolden told ABC News Cernan didn't want to be the last astronaut to touch the moon. According to Bolden, if Cernan were still alive, he would say, "Let's get back to space and let's get back to the surface of the moon and on to Mars."

Bolden recalled from when he was first an astronaut that Cernan was a "young, swashbuckling test pilot turned astronaut."

"He was bold, brash, and confident, cocky almost - but incredibly proud of having been one of those few people who had actually had an opportunity to leave our planet and set foot on another body in our solar system," he told ABC News.

In a statement, the astronaut corps at the Johnson Space Center said: "Our heart is aching. The world has lost one of the greats. A true hero. RIP dear Gene. We are consoled knowing that he is reuniting with Neil Armstrong. The buds are back together."

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Katherine Anne Photography(PARMA, Ohio) -- Marine Jon Trommer, adorned in his dress blues, surprised his girlfriend, Mandy Wehe, on the snow-covered doorstep of her parents’ home to pop the question.

She had no idea he was home from being stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in California, let alone with a diamond ring.

“With my unit, we only get vacation or leave twice a year,” Trommer, 22, told ABC News. “They usually tell us a few months in advance.”

He believed he would have time off to get home in January, but “then we got word from our command that we can come home earlier,” said Trommer. So he used the unexpected good news to his advantage for the surprise proposal.

“Her siblings and her parents knew, everyone except her,” he said.

The lovebirds had arranged to have a Facetime date at noon, as they often do to appease their long-distance relationship.

“I wanted to make sure she was ready enough,” said Trommer, who had hired a professional photographer to capture the big moment. “I didn’t want to come to her house and have her not be there so I said, ‘For our Facetime date, let’s get dressed up really nice and do something fun,’ and she’s like, ‘OK.’”

He flew home the night before with the ring in his backpack, nervous to travel with it. As he arrived at her parents’ house in Parma, Ohio, Wehe, 29, almost didn’t open the door, but her sister insisted.

“She didn’t want to answer the door and of course her sister knows it’s me,” Trommer recalled.

As Wehe locked eyes with her soon-to-be-groom, she got weak in the knees before running outside barefoot in the snow to reply, “Yes,” said Trommer.

“It went really smoothly,” a relieved Trommer said. “It was so hard to keep the secret from her.”

The happy couple plan to wed on Aug. 12 at American Wilderness Campground in Grafton, Ohio.

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Kim Joiner(LAKELAND, Fla.) -- A massive alligator turned heads in Central Florida over the weekend.

In a video taken Sunday afternoon at the Circle B Bar Reserve in Lakeland, the gigantic reptile appears out of some brush and slowly walks across a patch of grass on the reserve's Marsh Rabbit Run. Onlookers are seen in the background peering at the wild beast through camera lenses.

"I love Circle B," Polk County resident Kim Joiner wrote when posting the video. "Nature at its best."

Local residents have nicknamed the alligator "Humpback," according to comments on the video.

The video of "Humpback" had been shared more than 20,000 times as of Monday afternoon.

Last year, a 14- to 15-foot alligator drew comparisons to a dinosaur after it was seen walking on a golf course in Palmetto, Florida, ABC Tampa affiliate WFTS-TV reported.

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Stephen F. Somerstein/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. said in a sermon: “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

The civil rights movement came to a crossroads during the Selma-to-Montgomery march of 1965. Photographer Steve Schapiro captured the moment in an image of King linking arms with fellow civil rights activists John Lewis, the Rev. Jesse Douglas, James Forman and Ralph Abernathy. The image captures the leadership, the unity, and the strength of the civil rights leaders, who faced violence from law enforcement as well as death threats during their fight for voting rights for African Americans.

Schapiro covered two of the Selma-to-Montgomery marches for Life magazine, and while he said he knew the events were important, he had no idea the impact the images would eventually have.

“Only 300 people were allowed to participate in the third march, and there was a sense that violence might occur,” he told ABC News recently ahead of MLK Day.

King and the Southern Christian Leadership Council organized the march to bring attention to discrimination against black voters. There were three attempts to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. This first took place on March 7, a day that would later be called “Bloody Sunday.” Alabama State Troopers charged into the crowd with batons, injuring scores of protesters.

During the second march, protesters crossed the bridge, but when they reached the end of it, the troopers were stationed there. King knelt and prayed and decided to turn back.

The third march, documented in Schapiro’s photo, took place on March 21. Although the image was not published in 1965, it has come to represent the march that marked a turning point in the movement. Following “Bloody Sunday,” President Lyndon B. Johnson called for legislation protecting the voting rights of African Americans. The Voting Rights Act was signed into law that August.

Schapiro recalled shooting 12 to 14 rolls of film that day, and would send it through baggage on American Airlines back to the Life magazine office each night, hoping that his pictures would run in the following week’s issue.

In the picture of King linking arms with other civil rights leaders, "the first thing you think of is you’ve got to walk backwards very quickly to be able to keep making these photographs,” Schapiro said. “And you’re looking for that moment when everyone has a particular look that has a sense of meaning. You’re looking for something where the design of the photo has that quality."

Schapiro said he believes that his image of the five men marching together symbolizes the positive aspects of the civil rights movement while Charles Moore’s photos of African-American protesters being sprayed with fire hoses and attacked by dogs symbolize the negative.

Growing up, Schapiro aspired to be a Life magazine photographer, so he said he gave himself assignments. Starting his career as a freelance photographer in 1961, he covered everything from an Arkansas migrant worker camp to a story on narcotics in East Harlem, New York.

Life first hired him in 1962, and in addition to covering the Selma-to-Montgomery march and other events for the publication, he worked on a project based on James Baldwin’s 1963 book, The Fire Next Time, which discusses the challenges facing African Americans in the 1960s. His photographs documenting James Baldwin will be published in March.

Though he has photographed celebrities from David Bowie to Barbara Streisand to Jackie Kennedy, he said, “My heart has always been in documentary photography."

The first time Schapiro photographed King was after the bombing of the church in Birmingham, Alabama that killed four young girls in 1963.

“I always saw Martin Luther King Jr. as this incredible spiritual leader, who spoke in a way that inspired people in emotional tones,” Schapiro said. “What you don't realize is that people are human at the same time. You can be a leader and still have your own particular worries.”

King had received many death threats, and Schapiro said that Andrew Young, the executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, was well aware of the possibility of violence at the march.

“On the last day of the Selma march, Andrew Young only let people wearing black suits in the front line because he thought someone might shoot King and they wouldn’t know which one was King,” Schapiro said. “I think King was aware of all of this. What I had not seen before was that looking at a great number of my pictures, there was something in his eyes. I don’t know what the right word is -- forbearance, perhaps. Looking at the crowd and searching for who is there, not to smile at them or wave at them, but with a degree of concern and knowing that the prospects of danger were there at all times. And he had experienced this for years.”

Some of King’s stoicism and vigilance comes across in another iconic image that Schapiro took.

In the image, which was also taken at the Selma-to-Montgomery march, King gazes at the camera with a flag behind him. As Schapiro was taking it, he said he knew that the photo had a symbolic structure and that it captured the spirit of the civil rights leader.

However, the fact that 50 years later, Schapiro would see his image on the t-shirts of participants in the 50th anniversary Selma-to-Montgomery march still amazes him, he said.

“You would constantly be moving and seeing so many things that you never could pin down something as being historical or anything like that,” he said. “You took a lot of pictures and you really were trying to get a sense of the people, a sense of the event, a sense of the subject and if you did that, you felt successful.”

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