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Suspected San Francisco shooter Francisco Sanchez is pictured during an interview in jail and Kate Steinle is seen in an undated photo released by her family. (KGO/Steinle Family)(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The man accused of killing a young woman on a tourist-heavy San Francisco pier in a crime that has sparked a debate about illegal immigration used a gun belonging to a federal agent, according to sources.

Further details about the gun, including which agency it belonged to, were not immediately available.

At his arraignment Tuesday, a lawyer for the suspect, Francisco Sanchez, said that he meant the victim no harm.

Sanchez, 45, pleaded not guilty to murder and was held on $5 million bail, according to court records. He has been charged with one count of murder with enhancements for the use of a firearm, according to court records.

Earlier this week, Sanchez told ABC News station KGO-TV in a jailhouse interview that he started wandering on Pier 14 Wednesday after taking sleeping pills he found in a dumpster. He said he then picked up a gun that he found and it went off.

At Tuesday’s hearing, Sanchez's lawyers said he did not know the victim, Kate Steinle, 32, and meant her no harm.

"There is no motive whatsoever for this defendant to have caused any harm to the deceased," public defender Matt Gonzalez said in court. "He did not know her."

Gonzalez said it is "very likely that this was an accidental shooting."

Sanchez will be back in court July 27, according to court records.

The case has sparked a debate about illegal immigration because Sanchez, an undocumented immigrant, has been deported several times to his native Mexico and Immigration and Customs Enforcement blamed the San Francisco police for not honoring an immigration detainer earlier in the year.

Sanchez has five previous convictions for re-entry after deportation, according to court records. He was on probation in Texas at the time of the shooting and served federal time for sneaking back into the country.

In an exclusive jailhouse interview, a KGO-TV reporter asked the alleged gunman, "Did you keep coming back to San Francisco because you knew that they wouldn't actively look for you to deport you?"

Sanchez responded, "Yes."

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement had said in a statement that Sanchez was turned over to the San Francisco Police Department this past March on an outstanding drug warrant, and that the department requested that police notify Immigration and Customs Enforcement prior to his release so ICE officers could make arrangements to take custody.

In a statement Monday, San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee said the city's sanctuary policy "should not create a safe harbor for convicted, violent felons."

"I am concerned about the circumstances that led to the release of Mr. Sanchez," Lee's statement added. "All agencies involved, federal and local, need to conduct quick, thorough and objective reviews of their own departmental policies and the decisions they made in this case."

The San Francisco police union spoke out against the sanctuary policy, writing on its Facebook page Monday.

"A young innocent woman has been murdered in cold blood," the statement said. "He is an illegal alien not an undocumented immigrant and if he was where he belonged (Mexico) this innocent victim would still be alive."

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iStock/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) -- A young woman inside an ice cave when it partially collapsed recently in Washington state, killing one, said Tuesday that within five minutes, the "absolutely stunning" scene transformed into that of a "war zone."

"Everybody was happy. It was really cool. ... [Then] we heard a pop and I got really nervous and I just look up and there's, I see there's this sheet of ice coming down," said Chloe Jakubowski, 18. "I crouched down as quickly as I could and I put my hands over my head."

Jakubowski was among eight in the back of the cave when the collapse happened Monday around 5 p.m. at the Big Four Ice Caves, located in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest east of Seattle. The massive ice cave is popular with hikers but in May, officials had posted warnings for people to stay out.

One woman was killed and five were injured, authorities said.

The person who died was located inside the cave when it collapsed, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff. Crews were having a difficult time getting to the back of the cave to recover the body of the 34-year-old woman as more ice continued to fall, making the cave extremely dangerous, officials said.

Warm temperatures in recent months had made the caves unstable, said Shari Ireton, director of communications with the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office.

"They're essentially a frozen-over avalanche shoot sitting over a waterfall, sitting below a giant rock shoot," Ireton said. "It's incredibly dangerous."

The last time someone died in the caves was 2011, authorities said.

Jakubowski said today she realized just how lucky she was to escape with minor injuries.

"It was really scary," she said. "I just didn't know if those were going to be my last few moments."

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ABC News(CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- Two people died when a military fighter crashed into a Cessna plane Tuesday midair about 11 miles north of Charleston, South Carolina, according to the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

The NTSB confirmed Tuesday afternoon that the two people on board the Cessna C 150 died in the 11:06 a.m. crash with the F-16 fighter.

The identities of the pilot and the passenger who were killed in the two-seater plane have not been released.

A defense department official confirmed to ABC News that the pilot of the F-16 ejected safely. The plane and pilot came from Shaw Air Force Base, roughly 100 miles north west of Charleston.

Capt. Robert McCullough, of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, said divers from his agency had been looking for the bodies in the Cooper River. The F-16 crashed about 5 miles away, according to McCullough.

The Air Force also said that a "team of investigators will convene to determine the cause of the accident. No further information is available at this time."

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West Virginia Natural Resources Police(CABELL COUNTY, W. Va.) -- A West Virginia man was charged Monday with holding two deer captive inside his home, according to a Facebook post by West Virginia Natural Resources Police.

Two officers with the NRP were on their way to boat patrol duties on July 4th when they received a complaint of deer being kept inside of a home in Cabell County, West Virginia.

Officers responding to the home found two bucks inside the home, which were living inside the residence for “at least a year,” according to the post.

The male occupant of the home was charged and prosecution is pending, according to the Facebook post. The deer were set free.

In West Virginia, it is illegal to confine wildlife or secure them in an area where they are not able to roam free or come and go as they please, according to the agency.

Calls to the West Virginia Natural Resources Police were not immediately returned to ABC News on Tuesday.

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Serghei Velusceac/Hemera/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Airport security would have been the optimal spot to let this particular cat of the bag.


A passenger traveling through Los Angeles last week had a cat in a bag — not a pet carrier case — and sent the tabby through the X-ray machine at LAX, the Transportation Security Administration confirmed.

"The passenger put the bag and cat through one of the TSA X-ray machines at passenger security screening," the TSA said. The cat was discovered by the TSA officer looking at the X-ray machine monitor. The cat was apparently not harmed."

According to people who claim to have witnessed the event, chaos ensued when the agent discovered the cat in the bag.

Sara Benincasa, a comedian and author from Brooklyn, tweeted.

Comedians Randy and Jason Sklar also got in on the tweeting.

According to the TSA, people trying to X-ray their animals is "not an unusual occurrence." The official TSA Blog reads: "We do not X-ray pets. However, there have been many occasions where passengers have assumed their pet needed to go through the X-ray. You can imagine the surprise of the X-ray operator when they see Fluffy’s skeleton roll across their monitor."

Cue the screaming.

The right way to bring your pet through security? Take the pet out of its carrier. Walk it through the metal detector, either in your arms or on a leash.

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TJ Donald, 8, of Chicago, talks to a reporter about gun violence.(WLS-TV)(CHICAGO) -- The violent holiday weekend in Chicago didn't get past one 8-year-old, who urged people to "put the guns down" in the wake of the city's deadly shootings.

ABC News station WLS-TV in Chicago said 8-year-old TJ Donald asked one of its reporters whether she knew a 7-year-old had been shot.

"He didn't even go to second-grade," TJ said of the slain 7-year-old boy he didn’t seem to know personally. "He didn't grow up to be a grown-up."

Dozens of people were shot in Chicago over the 4th of July weekend, including the 7-year-old boy who died while celebrating with his family. It was one of many incidents that police Superintendent Garry McCarthy called the result of a broken system.

TJ and his younger brother are attending Chicago's Safe Haven summer program, according to WLS-TV, a free summer program at churches and community centers.

But the precocious 8-year-old is clearly aware of the problems facing his community outside the church and community center walls.

"People need to learn to put the guns down," TJ told WLS-TV. "Put them down."

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Monday reiterated his demands for gun law reform, calling on legislators and adults to fight for change.

“You have too many guns on the streets, too many people using those guns, and too little values," Emanuel said.

“You have gangbangers, without any sense of moral remorse or responsibility, shooting into a playground or shooting into a front yard,” he added, “as if it’s a personal shooting gallery.”

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RYO/amanaimagesRF/Thinkstock(LYNCHBURG, Va.) -- A father got a message from his son from beyond the grave that had been delayed for 26 years.

Duane Schrock Jr. sent his father a note for Father's Day in 1989 but it never made it to him.

The pair had a sometimes strained relationship because Duane Schrock Sr. did not approve of his son's homosexuality, the father told ABC News affiliate WSET-TV in Lynchburg, Virginia.

The note was an effort to bridge that divide of sorts, but it never made it to his father before Duane Jr. died of AIDS in 1995.

"Dear, Dad, we haven't been in touch for quite a while, I'm doing fine and am very happy in Richmond, I'd like to hear from you. Have a Happy Father's Day, Love Duane," the letter read.

Now, 20 years after Duane's death and 26 years after it was originally postmarked, the letter finally made it to the intended recipient.

"Somebody picked up the ball and carried it and after all these years they must still have forwarded it," Schrock, who is now 87, said.

"I still kind of tear up when I think about it," Schrock said.

Schrock said that before his son died, he had asked him "if he made peace with God because I want to see him in heaven."

The letter was a happy surprise.

"It was sure welcome and it restored faith in the mail service," Schrock said.

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Georgia, an 8-year-old shar-pei mix, rests at her Carlsbad, California, home after missing for more than a week in the Los Peasquitos Canyon Preserve. (Courtesy Kris Anderson)(CARLSBAD, Calif.) -- Some dogs just know how to beat the odds and tug at your heartstrings.

Georgia, an 8-year-old Shar-Pei mix, was reported missing for nine days after she got separated from her owner during a hike in a rugged region southern California, but on Monday she miraculously showed up at her home, some 35 miles away from where she was lost, her owner said.

Kris Anderson, 64, an avid hiker, said she took Georgia and her other dog, an 8-year-old Chihuahua mix, to the Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve on June 27. The trail, which is about 35 miles away from her home, was not an unfamiliar spot for Anderson.

“It was not my first time there,” Anderson told ABC News on Tuesday. “We were in a more active area this time around.”

Anderson admitted to taking off her dogs off leash. But it wasn't until hours later that she realized Georgia was missing, she said.

"Half way to the waterfall, I heard the dog barking and it ran off,” said Anderson. “She gets so focused on critters and it’s hard to pull her away. In the past, she’s run away a couple of times before on walks but she would come back.”

Anderson said she went out on multiple searches by herself and with the park ranger throughout the evening and for the next few days to find Georgia.

“The ranger said he didn’t think she’d make it,” Anderson said. “Coyotes and mountain lions are in the area at night.”

But on Monday morning, Anderson said she heard the flipping sound of the doggy door and saw Georgia running in.

“She hopped on the couch,” Anderson said. “I couldn’t believe she was back. The vet was amazed at her shape. She lost about eight pounds. She had pink gums and was dehydrated.”

Georgia is a rescue dog from Hurricane Katrina, Anderson said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(BALTIMORE) -- Thiry-nine people have died from fentanyl-related heroin overdoses in Baltimore in the first quarter of 2015. The deaths indicate a 178 percent increase from 2014.

Fentanyl is an opiate related to heroin and is only prescribed post-surgically as a painkiller. However, it can be taken illegally.

Baltimore city health officials are increasing efforts to educate the public on the dangers of the drug. The city's health commissioner, Dr. Leana Wen, says, "Nearly every day in Baltimore, one person dies from drug overdose. This is a public health emergency. It is our obligation to educate and save lives."

Beginning Tuesday, the city's health department will be handing out "Here's How You Can Stay Alive" fliers to make drug users aware of the issue. They'll also be relying on word of mouth in the drug user community, and street outreach teams.  

The Baltimore City Health Department also offers free overdose prevention training as well as naloxone kits. Residents can learn more by calling 410-396-3731 or visiting the city's health department website.

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iStock/Thinkstock(APPLE VALLEY, Minn.) -- Bear-proof glass was put to the test Monday at the Minnesota Zoo.

It failed.

One of the five layers of glass at the grizzly bear exhibit at the zoo in Apple Valley, Minnesota, broke Monday morning when a bear smashed it with a rock, an official told ABC News Tuesday.

“One of the bears had a rock about the size of a basketball and managed to break one of the windows,” the zoo’s director of animal collections, Tony Fisher, said.

“At no time was there any danger of the bears getting out since there were still four layers of glass, but we’re not going to trust it,” he added.

The exhibit -- home to three grizzlies that were orphaned in Alaska -- is temporarily closed until the zoo can place a new bear-proof barrier in front of the broken panel.

Fisher said there’s no way to know for sure which bear broke the barrier.

“We thought we had all the rocks out of their exhibit but one of them dug it up somewhere,” Fisher said.

The zoo plans to custom-order a replacement glass piece, which could take up to several weeks, according to Fisher.

The 2.5-inch-thick glass is similar to a car windshield and is designed to absorb impact.

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iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- A gunman shot and killed a woman in Hollywood, and the shooter’s motive remains unclear, authorities said.

The shooting happened after 10 p.m. Sunday near Sunset Boulevard.

The Los Angeles Police Department’s West Bureau Homicide division identified the victim in a media release as Carrie Jean Melvin, 30. Melvin was with her boyfriend at the time of the shooting, investigators told ABC News station KABC-TV.

The two were apparently walking to get something to eat, when the gunman approached the victim and fired.

Detective John Skaggs told KABC-TV that there is no known shooting motive.

“We've interviewed the boyfriend, there's no indication that they had any idea there were enemies, that she would be targeted, so at this point we just don't know," Skaggs said.

Anyone with information is urged to contact detectives at 213-382-9470 or 1-877-LAPD-24-7.

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Courtesy of Steinle family(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The man accused of a killing a young woman in a tourist-heavy area of San Francisco has been formally charged with murder, officials said.

Francisco Sanchez, allegedly gunned down Kate Steinle as she walked with her father on Pier 14 last Wednesday night in an apparently random killing, according to police.

Sanchez, an illegal immigrant who had been deported five times to his native Mexico, was set to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon.

No further details were immediately available, but Sanchez spoke to ABC News station KGO-TV in an exclusive jailhouse interview.

He said that he kept coming back to San Francisco because he thought the city wouldn't actively look to deport him.

In the interview, he told KGO-TV that he took sleeping pills and then began wandering around the pier. After that, he found a gun and it went off, he told the station.

Sanchez was on probation in Texas at the time of the shooting and served federal time for sneaking back into the country.

The killing spurred Immigration and Customs Enforcement to slam the San Francisco Police Department for not honoring a March immigration detainer for Sanchez.

But the San Francisco Sheriff's Department said in a statement that it had no "legal basis" to hold Sanchez because he did not have an active warrant. He was released in April.

In a statement given to ABC News on Monday, ICE said it should have been notified that Sanchez was going to be released.

San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mikarimi told ABC News that ice should have provided a court order or federal warrant and that a 2013 law limits contact the agency can have with ICE.

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zabelin/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A day after a purported high-profile Western member of ISIS posted an ominous message on Twitter saying this Fourth of July would be a “day to remember,” U.S.-led coalition missiles may have kept the promise for him – just probably not the way he meant.

On Monday, other Twitter accounts associated with suspected ISIS members mourned the death of Abu Rahin Aziz, also known as Abu Abduallah Britani, who the other accounts said was killed in an American drone strike on the fourth – the same day the U.S. military announced more than a dozen airstrikes on ISIS targets in Syria.

U.S. officials declined to confirm or deny Aziz’s death, and extremists have faked death online before. A representative for the British Home Office said that in general, the office does not comment on individual cases.

Anjem Choudary, a controversial London-based Islamic figure and former associate of Aziz, told ABC News he understood Aziz’s death to be confirmed and asked that “Allah accept him in paradise.”

Aziz was prolific in ISIS’s social media outreach, allegedly luring recruits and inspiring attacks on the West online from a number of Twitter accounts.

“America likes hitting people,” said a Twitter account attributed to Aziz recently, “but doesn’t like getting hit back… Oh well, every action has a reaction.”

Lorenzo Vidino, Director of the Program on Extremism at the George Washington University Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, said that if Aziz’s death is confirmed, it would be a “victory” for the anti-ISIS coalition.

“Obviously he is a person, definitely of interest to authorities because of the influence that he has online and the fact that he has been in contact with people in the West ready to carry out attacks,” Vidino said. “He was one of the key people inciting attacks in the West, calling people in the West through social media to carry out attacks.”

Late Monday, President Obama announced the U.S. is taking off the gloves when it comes to hitting ISIS targets in Syria.

“We’re going after ISIL [ISIS] leadership and infrastructure in Syria, the heart of [ISIS] that pumps funds and propaganda to people around the world,” he said.

The President cited the attack on a Mohammed cartoon contest in Texas in May as the sort of threat the U.S. now faces. The men behind that attack were inspired by Aziz, among others.

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reported Aziz traveled to Syria after he was convicted of stabbing a soccer fan in the eye in London. Vidino said that before he left, Aziz was a known member of the “radical scene” in the U.K.

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Denis Jr. Tangney/iStock/Thinkstock(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- A step has been taken toward removing the Confederate flag from the South Carolina state capitol grounds with the Senate voting in favor of its removal.

The flag isn't coming down quite yet, however, as the bill now has to go to the state's House of Representatives for more debate and approval, before it then is sent back to the Senate.

Many state representatives made their opinions about the flag known, with repeated references to the shooting in a Charleston church that left nine dead, which renewed calls for the flag's removal.

State Sen. Larry Martin said that race relations in South Carolina have improved since he was in fourth grade and schools were integrated.

"[The] flag is part of our history, not our future," he said, noting that it "does not represent all of the people of South Carolina."

Removing the flag would require a two-thirds majority in both chambers under the terms of the 2000 deal that moved a version of the flag from the top of the Statehouse dome to an area on the grounds that has a monument to Confederate soldiers.

The local paper, The Post and Courier, the South Carolina Press Association and the Associated Press surveyed lawmakers and found that the necessary two-thirds needed to vote to remove the flag have spoken out in favor of its removal.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has already publicly stated that she wants the flag removed, and while she has no legislative power to do so, her support for the removal has helped push the issue forward.

Supporters of both sides of the cause have been demonstrating at the capitol in Columbia in recent weeks, ever since the man who allegedly shot and killed nine people in a historic black church in Charleston was found to have pictures of himself with the Confederate flag.

On June 27, one woman took the matter into her own hands and scaled the flag pole and removed the flag, only to be arrested and have the flag put back up.

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Antonprado/iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel said on Monday he is both “saddened and sickened” by the gun violence in the city over the July 4th weekend.

The shootings, which were concentrated in the city's struggling south and west sides, left 9 people dead and at least 53 injured.

A 7-year-old-boy, and a 17-year-old-boy, were among the fatal victims. Police say the bullet that struck the 7-year-old victim in the chest was meant for his father, a known gang member with 45 previous arrests.

With a determined and pointed tone, Emanuel reiterated his calls for gun law reform and scolded the criminals responsible for the weekend crime for their lack of conscience.

“You have gangbangers, without any sense of moral remorse or responsibility , shooting into a playground or shooting into a front yard, as if it’s a personal shooting gallery,” Emanuel said.

The mayor repeatedly called on legislators and adults to fight for change. “You have too many guns on the streets, too many people using those guns, and too little values,” he said.

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