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Alex Wong/Getty Images(MARION, Texas) -- The owner of the Texas ranch where Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died of natural causes Saturday while on a quail hunting trip said Scalia was "animated" and a "delightful guest" the night before his death.

Scalia arrived at the Cibolo Ranch in Presidio County Friday around noon from a charter flight from Houston, ranch owner John B. Poindexter told ABC News on Sunday.

Poindexter said that "once [Scalia's] presence was even a potential [for the quail trip], we did all we possibly could do attract him here."

The quail hunting group, including Scalia, had a "jolly lunch," and in the afternoon, some guests hunted quail, but Scalia just observed, Poindexter said.

Poindexter said he then sat a few seats away from Scalia at dinner, where the justice seemed "animated" and a "delightful guest." Scalia seemed tired that night, but Poindexter said he was not concerned about his health.

Then, Saturday, Poindexter and another friend found Scalia in his room in his bed, "totally peaceful."

Scalia was "stone cold" and had no pulse, Poindexter said.

His hands were on his chest and he seemed "relaxed," Poindexter said.

Poindexter and the friend called the emergency room, and the local sheriff and several U.S. Marshals came to the scene, he said.

Presidio County Judge Cinderela Guevara, who pronounced Scalia dead, told ABC News the death certificate will say the cause of death was natural, and that he died of a heart attack. She said no autopsy was necessary. Scalia was 79.

"What a great loss he is going to be as a defender of rights and privileges we have as Americans," Poindexter said.

Guevara told ABC News she talked to Scalia's doctor in Washington, D.C., who told her he had been sick and had been at his office Wednesday and Thursday before going on the hunting trip Friday.

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welcomia/iStock/Thinkstock(JONESBORO, Ark.) -- Arkansas State University was briefly placed on lockdown Sunday after a group of individuals were reported on campus with weapons.

A statement from the school said, "Apparently students were filming a video project near the Union, and costumed actors were reported as possible campus intruders. These students have been located and interviewed by University Police Officers. As a result, it has been confirmed that there was no gunman on campus."

According to the school's Twitter account, as many as three men wearing all black were seen with weapons. The school said the lockdown was on "until further notice."

Two males with weapons reported near the Student Union. Lockdown immediately until further notice.

— Arkansas State (@ArkansasState) February 14, 2016

Report: The possible three males all wearing black were last seen walking north near Dean St.

— Arkansas State (@ArkansasState) February 14, 2016

UPD, as well as other officers, are clearing campus buildings in the affected area. Please remain indoors until an all clear is given.

— Arkansas State (@ArkansasState) February 14, 2016

The campus was later taken off lockdown after police cleared the area. Normal operations resumed shortly before 3pm CT.



The campus lockdown has been lifted. A-State will resume normal operations.

— Arkansas State (@ArkansasState) February 14, 2016


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Apparently students were filming a video project near the Union, and costumed actors were reported as possible campus intruders. These students have been located and interviewed by University Police Officers. As a result, it has been confirmed that there was no gunman on campus. 


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iStock/Thinkstock(FRANCONIA, N.H.) -- Rescue crews were working Sunday afternoon to evacuate 48 people on two trams at a New Hampshire ski area that became stuck, according to officials there.

Two separate trams became stuck at Cannon Mountain, one at the bottom of the mountain and one at the top, ski area spokesman John Devivo said.

According to ABC News affiliate WMUR-TV, staff at the ski area said they believed the cars stopped because of a service brake issue and not because of the -4-degree temperatures.

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Philadelphia PD(PHILADELPHIA) -- Philadelphia cars and buildings were frozen over after firefighters battled a 6-alarm fire in the neighborhood of Frankford Saturday.

The fire was at an auto repair shop, according to ABC station WPVI-TV in Philadelphia.

Residents were evacuated.


Residents evacuated and needing warmth due to 6-alarm fire, 4600 Griscom in Frankford, should go to Marshall ES pic.twitter.com/6rXTZhbMuC

— Philadelphia OEM (@PhilaOEM) February 13, 2016


A firefighter, a woman and a juvenile were taken to the hospital, WPVI said. The owner of the shop told WPVI his dog died in the blaze.

Brian Geer of the Philadelphia Police Department posted these shocking photos and video from the frozen aftermath:


#FrankfordFreeze pic.twitter.com/NQmfVU5Rqx

— Brian Geer (@PPDBrianGeer) February 14, 2016



Hitting hot spots from Griscom St pic.twitter.com/76b1gy0tot

— Brian Geer (@PPDBrianGeer) February 14, 2016



Still pumping out water. pic.twitter.com/bAY5Nw9f7M

— Brian Geer (@PPDBrianGeer) February 14, 2016


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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A burst of colorful flowers is bringing life to Death Valley -- a rare event that could become a "super bloom," thanks to the potential combination of "perfect conditions."

"It's very rare to have a good bloom in Death Valley," Park Ranger Alan Van Valkenburg said in a video on the Death Valley NP YouTube page.

Death Valley National Park is in central California, near the Nevada border.

"You always get flowers somewhere in Death Valley almost every month of the year, but to have a big bloom like this, which we hope will become a super bloom -- which is beyond all your expectations -- those are quiet rare," Van Valkenburg said. "Maybe once a decade or so."

"These areas that are normally just rock, just soil, just barren ... they're filled with life. So Death Valley really does go from being a valley of death to being a valley of life," he said in the video.

"But that's so brief. Because it's not a permanent thing, it's just temporary," he said. "It's here for a moment then it fades."

Peak blooming periods for Death Valley are usually mid-February to mid-April, early April to early May and early May to mid-July.

Not only are some flowers blooming early, but some plants that haven't bloomed yet or are just beginning to bloom are super-sized, the park said.

"If you get a chance to see a bloom in Death Valley, especially a super bloom, you should take the opportunity to see it because it could be a once in a lifetime opportunity," Van Valkenburg said.

The park says a good wildflower year depends on well-spaced rainfall in the winter and spring, warmth from the sun and lack of drying winds.

"You have to have just the perfect conditions," Van Valkenburg said. "You never know when it's going to happen ... if it happens once a decade, are you going to be able to do that? It's a privilege ... very few people get to see it and it's incredible."

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iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A deep freeze took over the Northeast Sunday and many low temperatures shattered records from New York City to Boston.

New York City

Central Park dropped below 0 degrees Sunday for the first time in over 20 years. The temperature was -1 as of 6:57 a.m.

This was the first 0 degree morning in NYC since 1994.

The wind chill in NYC was -19 as of 6:30 a.m.

John F. Kennedy Airport reached 1 degree Sunday morning, breaking the record of 4 degrees set back in 1979. LaGuardia Airport tied its record low of 1 degree, which was previously set in 1979.

Binghamton, NY

Binghamton, New York, reached -18 degrees, which is tied for the second coldest temperature
on record.


Boston hit -9 degrees Sunday morning -- the coldest since 1957. At 7 a.m. the wind chill was -36.

In Worcester, Massachusetts, about 50 miles west of Boston, the wind chill reached -44 Sunday morning.

Wind chills in this cold can bring on frostbite in 10 minutes, according to the National Weather Service, so outdoor exposure should be limited. If you are going outside, dress in layers, and keep your hands and head covered.

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JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia has died at age 79, two law enforcement sources told ABC News on Saturday.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. said in a statement: "On behalf of the Court and retired Justices, I am saddened to report that our colleague Justice Antonin Scalia has passed away. He was an extraordinary individual and jurist, admired and treasured by his colleagues. His passing is a great loss to the Court and the country he so loyally served. We extend our deepest condolences to his wife Maureen and his family."

Scalia died Saturday in Texas of apparently natural causes, according to law enforcement sources.

Scalia, a conservative, was the longest-serving current justice on the Supreme Court. He was nominated to the court by President Reagan and took his seat Sept. 26, 1986.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement on Saturday, "Justice Antonin Scalia was a man of God, a patriot, and an unwavering defender of the written Constitution and the Rule of Law."

"He was the solid rock who turned away so many attempts to depart from and distort the Constitution. His fierce loyalty to the Constitution set an unmatched example, not just for judges and lawyers, but for all Americans," Abbott said.

"We mourn his passing, and we pray that his successor on the Supreme Court will take his place as a champion for the written Constitution and the Rule of Law," Abbott said.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz called Scalia "a champion of our liberties and a stalwart defender of the Constitution," in a Facebook post Saturday. "He will go down as one of the few Justices who single-handedly changed the course of legal history."

"As liberals and conservatives alike would agree, through his powerful and persuasive opinions, Justice Scalia fundamentally changed how courts interpret the Constitution and statutes, returning the focus to the original meaning of the text after decades of judicial activism," Cruz said. "And he authored some of the most important decisions ever, including District of Columbia v. Heller, which recognized our fundamental right under the Second Amendment to keep and bear arms. He was an unrelenting defender of religious liberty, free speech, federalism, the constitutional separation of powers, and private property rights. All liberty-loving Americans should be in mourning."

"Justice Scalia’s three decades on the Court was one of President Reagan’s most consequential legacies," Cruz continued. "Our prayers are with his beloved wife Maureen, their nine children, and their precious grandchildren."

Scalia was born in Trenton, New Jersey, on March 11, 1936. Prior to his appointment to the Supreme Court, Scalia was appointed Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 1982. He also served as Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel from 1974 to 1977, Chairman of the Administrative Conference of the United States from 1972 to 1974 and General Counsel of the Office of Telecommunications Policy from 1971 to 1972.

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PennLive.com(FREDERICKSBURG, Pa.) -- A multi-vehicle crash, involving between 20 and 30 vehicles, has shut down traffic on a Pennsylvania interstate highway as some people are reported to be trapped inside their cars.

A Pennsylvania State Trooper confirmed to ABC News that three people were killed in the crash.

The crash has shut down Interstate 78 in the area of Fredricksburg and Route 22. According to PennLive, emergency crews are on the scene. Weather likely played a role in the crash, as snow was falling at the time. The Northeast is also dealing with frigid temperatures as part of an Arctic Blast.

This is a developing story.

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iStock/Thinkstock(CEDARVILLE, Calif.) -- A 69-year-old Oregon man has two Nevada police officers to thank for saving his life after he was lost in the desert for a week.

Philip Besanson said he was traveling from Arizona to Eugene, Oregon, when his truck broke down on a snow-covered road 50 miles north of Gerlach, Nevada on Feb. 5, according to the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office in Reno, Nevada.

The man stayed with his vehicle and survived off of rationed canned food and water from the melted snow, the sheriff’s office said in a press release.

On Friday, Patrol Lt. Phil Condon and Sgt. Dennis Hippert were inspecting the remote area of the highway when they found Besanson that morning. They took him to a hospital in Cedarville, Calif., where he's recovering.

The rescuers say Besanson did the smart thing by staying with his truck rather than attempting to walk to Gerlach. The vehicle provided shelter and was much easier for Condon and Hippert to locate.

“Mr. Besanson told us that he believes his life was saved by Lieutenant Condon and Sergeant Hippert today and I agree with him,” said Washoe County Sheriff Chuck Allen, who praised the officers in a statement.

“Because of the bad road and weather conditions along SR 34 this time of year, it may have been several more weeks before anyone else traveled up that particular stretch of highway and located this gentleman," he added.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A major cold blast is hitting the Northeast and Midwest Saturday and forcing nearly 100 million people to deal with dangerous and possibly life-threatening wind chills.

The polar air is already making its way eastward from the Midwest. The greater Chicago area could see wind chills Saturday as low as minus 20 degrees. In Wisconsin and Minnesota, there is a chance for wind chills as low minus 30 degrees below zero.

A wind chill advisory has been issued for New York City, southwards towards Philadelphia and down the Appalachians. The coldest wind chills are expected in these areas late Saturday night into early Sunday morning. One of the areas of concern will be parts of upstate New York, where wind chills could dip as low as minus 40 degrees.

New York City's Central Park hit 22 degrees early Saturday, but factoring the wind chill it feels 15 degrees below zero. If New York City were to drop below 2 degrees on Sunday, it will beat the record for the coldest Valentine’s Day, which was set in 1916. The last time the Big Apple hit zero degrees was in 1994.

Philadelphia is operating in Code Blue, a city-wide response to get anyone who needs shelter inside. Warming centers have been opened across the I-95 corridor to help anyone get indoors and away from the brutal cold.

Wind chill watches and warnings are in effect for much of New England. Wind chill values overnight could dip to life-threatening conditions in the New England area. Those venturing outside for prolonged periods of time could easily receive frostbite and hypothermia.

For Sunday morning, record daily lows will be possible from central New Jersey to Boston. In addition, record low high temperatures will be possible in parts of the Northeast as well. Boston’s record daily low on Sunday is minus three degrees, and the current forecast is already minus four degrees. The last time it was this cold in Boston was in 2004.

In addition to the brutal cold air, snow squalls will be possible across the Midwest and the Northeast Saturday morning with generally light accumulations.

Meanwhile temperatures are expected to quickly rise up towards average, possibly above average by Tuesday and lasting through the end of the month.

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ABC News(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- ABC News has learned the FBI knew the alleged suspect who attacked four people at a Columbus, Ohio restaurant with a machete on Thursday before fleeing.

Columbus police shot and killed the suspect, 30-year-old local man Mohamed Barry, but said he had no criminal history and there was no known motive for the stabbings.

Law enforcement sources tell ABC News that Barry, the man who Columbus Police shot and killed after a machete attack Thursday, was known to the FBI, but was not under full scale investigation.  Barry’s name was in a law enforcement database which includes names potentially related to terrorism.  Being in the database would have flagged him if he came in contact with local authorities.

All victims who sustained wounds at the Nazareth Restaurant and Deli were expected to recover, Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs said.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, the restaurant owner Hany Baransi said his business was targeted because of his Israeli descent.

The FBI was brought in to investigate after Deputy Police Chief Michael Moods said there were "red flags" surrounding the attack.

"Lone individual, machete, going into a public place, committing an assault on people that he apparently does not know: those are the things that give us concern and those are the things we wanted to answer right away," he said.

“Fortunately, no one's life was lost except for the perpetrator,” Ohio Gov. John Kasich said on the campaign trail in South Carolina Friday afternoon.

But there was “a lot of blood, a lot of pain,” Kasich said. “So we got to rally around those people.”

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ABCNews.com(COLUMBINE, Colo.) -- In a Diane Sawyer special edition of 20/20, she spoke with Sue Klebold, the mother of Columbine killer Dylan Klebold. ABC News examined the impact and lessons from that tragic day that changed the nation. The numbers that follow are a part of a larger conversation about school violence and children in crisis:

50 – The number of mass murders or attempted mass murders at a school since Columbine. (FBI records)

141 – The number of people killed in a mass murder or attempted mass murder at a school since Columbine. (FBI records)

73 – The percentage of school shooters with no prior criminal record, not even an arrest. (U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Department of Education)

96 – The percentage of school shooters who are male. (FBI records)

17 – The number of kids aged 15 or younger who have committed or attempted a mass school shooting since Columbine. (FBI records)

81 – The percentage of school shootings where someone had information that the attacker was thinking about or planning the shooting. (U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Department of Education)

68 – The percentage of school shooters who got their guns from relatives or at home. (US Secret Service, US Department of Education)

65 - The number of school shooters and thwarted school shooters who have referenced Columbine as a motivation. (ABC News investigation, various law enforcement agencies)

270 – The number of shootings of any kind at a school since Columbine. (ABC News review of reported cases)

1 – The number of shootings per week, on average, on a school or college campus in 2015. (ABC News review of reported cases)

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iStock/Thinkstock(GLENDALE, Ariz.) -- Two 15-year-old girls died after a shooting at a Glendale, Arizona, high school Friday morning, police said.

Investigators said they found evidence at the scene leading them to believe that one girl took the life of the other before taking her own life, noting the investigation is still ongoing.

The shooting was reported at Independence High School, about 12 miles outside of Phoenix. The two teenagers were shot just before 8 a.m. in an "isolated" area of campus, Glendale police said.

Officers found both girls dead at the scene, Officer Tracey Breeden, spokesperson for the Glendale Police Department, said at a news conference.

The girls were found together with a weapon near them, Breeden said. Both girls were in the 10th grade, she added.

During the processing of the scene, a suicide note was located, police said.

"This was not any sort of active shooter incident and there is no danger to the school or community at this time," police said earlier Friday after the campus was put on lockdown.

In a statement released later Friday, police said: "Information gathered by detectives reveal the two girls were very close friends, appearing to also be in a relationship. Detectives do not have any persons of interest and do not believe there are any outstanding suspects."

"The investigation has led detectives to believe this incident was a murder-suicide," police added. "In addition, information obtained indicates gunshots were heard at the school this morning, but it is believed no students witnessed the shooting."

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Hercules Police Department(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Hundreds of thumbtacks have been found strewn across a California dog park on multiple occasions, apparently placed there intentionally to harm the pets that play in the park, police told ABC owned station KGO-TV in San Francisco.

Dog owners began to notice the dangerous tacks at the Ohlone Dog Park in Hercules last month and collected enough to fill several sandwich bags, KGO-TV reported. But when they returned, more tacks had appeared.

"After we've gotten most of them out, then we come back and they're back again," Bay Area dog owner Annie Miller told KGO-TV.

At least two dogs have been hurt from the tacks, according to witnesses.

"One of the guys was picking them up and his dog swallowed one and he had to take him to the vet," Miller said. "I'm sure it's not a very nice vet bill."

"Another person, their dog was limping and she put the paw up and there was a tack, not all the way in, but it was in the paw," dog owner Kathy Long told KGO-TV.

Police said animals aren't the only ones in danger, as the thumbtacks could be harmful to children as well, since they're small enough to swallow.

"A child is very quick with that kind of thing and could have it in his mouth and swallow it before any parent could reach them," said Connie Van Putten, public information officer for the Hercules Police Department.

Police are asking the public to report any suspicious activity in the area.

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iStock/Thinkstock(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- When a machete-wielding man launched an attack at an Ohio restaurant, injuring four, "complete chaos broke out," one survivor told ABC News Friday.

Tracy - who did not want to use her last name - had just paid for her meal at the Nazareth Restaurant and Deli when she heard screaming, she said.

"I turned around. And there was a gentleman behind me, in front of the first booth, with two machetes in the air. One in each hand," she said. "And basically going down the entire row of booths in the restaurant and just hitting everybody with the machetes."

The man's attack was reported around 6 p.m. Thursday, the Columbus Police Department said Friday.

"Complete chaos broke out," Tracy said. "Everybody was running away from him trying to get out of the restaurant."

"My legs completely gave out on me ... I thought to myself, that at any moment I'm gonna get a knife in my back," she said.

She said some children and elderly people were in the restaurant.

"It was so sudden," Tracy said. "I think it caught a lot of people off guard because they were eating."

She continued: "The first thing that went through my head was, I see this on TV all the time, but you never really think it's gonna happen to you."

"There was a lot of blood," she added, saying that she was thankful everyone survived.

Tracy described the suspect as "quiet" and "expressionless."

"I didn't hear him say a word," she said.

"He didn't even really try to escape quickly," she said. "He just kind of hung out in the parking lot for a while. And was still taunting some of the customers and waiving his knives in the air."

She said he drove off calmly.

The suspect, identified as Mohamed Barry, 30, according to Franklin County Coroner Dr. Anahi Ortiz, eventually fled the scene in a car with police in pursuit, according to a police press release.

After some time, the suspect stopped and exited the car, armed with a machete in one hand and a knife in the other, police said in the release. Officers deployed a taser to prevent him from fleeing again, but it wasn't effective. As the suspect lunged at police, an officer shot him multiple times, according to the release. Officer John Johnson, a 25-year veteran, fired the shots, police said.

Barry died at the scene, police said.

Four victims - three men and one woman - were hospitalized after the attack, police said.

William Foley, 54, was in critical but stable condition Friday, police said, while Gerald Russell, 43, and Debbie Russell, 43, were in stable condition. The last victim, Neil McMeekin, 43, has been treated and released, police said Friday.

No officers were injured, police said.

The incident is being investigated by the Critical Incident Response Team, police said, and the final investigative package will be forwarded to the Columbus Division of Police Firearms/Police-Involved Death Review Board and the Chain-Of-Command for review.

The FBI is investigating the suspect's motive, Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs said at a news conference Friday afternoon, adding that the motive is not yet clear. Law enforcement sources told ABC News Friday that Barry was known to the FBI, but was not under full scale investigation.

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