(SMYRNA, Tenn.) -- Bob Robertson is 77 years old and a faithful golfer in more ways than one.
The Tennessean plays golf four days a week and says he asked God to let him score a hole-in-one for a good cause. Robertson not only got a hole-in-one last month, he shot a hole-in-one three times in 29 days on the same hole.
He’s an Air Force veteran who had a stroke six years ago, which left him blind in one eye.
Robertson says the improbable golf shot wasn’t by chance. He planned it.
“I told God if he let me that win that money, that I’d donate that money to mission work and he let me win it,” Robertson ...Read more
(NEW YORK) -- As the countdown ticks on to Saturday night's record Powerball drawing, the jackpot has swollen to over $600 million, largely due to California's participation in the game, lottery officials said.
In the one month since California joined the list of 42 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands in playing, Powerball fever has swept across the Golden State.
California, the country's most populous state, has skyrocketed to the top three states in terms of ticket sales, alongside Florida and New York, according to lottery officials.
"Once California joined the Powerball ...Read more
(NEWARK, N.J.) -- A U.S. Airways official confirmed that a turboprop plane carrying 31 passengers and three crew members was forced to make a belly landing in Newark, N.J., early Saturday morning due to a problem with the jet's landing gear.
The jet, operated by Piedmont Airlines, left Philadelphia before 11 p.m. on Friday.
According to U.S. Airways Spokesman Davian Anderson, tower operators attempted to help the pilot troubleshoot after the plane's landing gear remained retracted. After multiple attempts, they decided to execute a belly landing.
When the pilot attempted to land the plane without the use of landing gear, sparks flew, ...Read more
(FAIRFIELD, Conn.) -- Federal transportation officials began their investigation Saturday to determine what caused two commuter trains to crash head-on in Connecticut during the Friday rush hour.
At least 70 people were injured Friday when a Metro-North train derailed and barreled straight into the path of another train headed in its direction just outside Bridgeport, Conn.
Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board arrived at the scene Saturday morning to begin surveying the twisted rail cars that remained on the tracks.
"We'll be looking at how the crew behaved and how the crew operated the train," ...Read more
(MOUNT VERNON, Wash.) -- Police believe a Washington woman used her toddler to steal an antique violin from a teenager Wednesday afternoon at a local restaurant.
Mount Vernon Police Lt. Chris Cammock told ABC News that 17-year-old Kalob Tatum entered a McDonald’s with his backpack and violin after school. When he went up to the counter to order a burger, he turned around, and his 100-year-old Czechoslovakian copy of a Stradivarius violin was missing.
“When I saw the violin gone, my heart just dropped,” Tatum told ABC affiliate KOMO News. “I had this feeling that something terrible just happened.”
Tatum ...Read more
(FAIRFIELD, Conn.) -- Approximately 60 people were taken to hospitals this evening – five with critical injuries – when a New York-area commuter train derailed near Fairfield, Conn., knocking a second train coming the other way off the tracks, officials said.
Amtrak train service between New York and Boston was suspended indefinitely, as was service on the Metro-North Railroad’s New Haven commuter line in Connecticut, amid an investigation, and damage to the Metro-North trains and tracks.
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy estimated normal service would not resume until at least Monday.
“These tracks ...Read more
(NEW YORK) -- The former Chechen rebel who said his home was searched by the FBI in connection to the Boston Marathon bombing investigation said in a letter Friday he has "nothing to do with the terrible act in Boston."
"I would like to state that I barely knew the Tsarnaev family, and only met them for the first time after we moved to the U.S.," 35-year-old Musa Khadjimuradov said in a letter handed to media outlets. "During the very few encounters, which were initiated by Tsarnaev, we have never discussed political or religious issues, so I could never guess what ideas were in their minds."
"Should ...Read more
(PITTSBURGH) -- The husband of a Pennsylvania doctor who died with "toxic levels of cyanide" in her system is being investigated as a person of interest, his attorney told ABC News Friday.
Autumn Klein, 41, collapsed at her home in Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood and later died on April 20 at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital, where she was chief of the division of women's neurology and an assistant professor of neurology, obstetrics and gynecology.
Her husband, Dr. Robert Ferrante, 64, is a professor of neurological surgery at University of Pittsburgh. The couple has a 6-year-old daughter named Cianna.
"There's no question ...Read more
(TAMPA, Fla.) -- A member of the elite team that killed Osama bin Laden donated a knife he carried on the historic raid to a charity auction recently, raising $35,400 for the family of another Navy SEAL who perished in a training accident in March.
Mark Owen, the pseudonymous author of No Easy Day, which detailed the bin Laden mission, told ABC News he was approached by a friend who was setting up the auction and volunteered to part with the combat knife he’s carried with him on missions for over eight years.
“If there was something I could do, I wanted to be involved,” the former SEAL Team Six member ...Read more
(BOISE, Idaho) -- An Uzbekistan national living in Idaho pleaded not guilty Friday to terror charges.
Fazliddin Kurbanov pleaded not guilty to three counts that charge him with giving cash, computer software and other resources to a recognized terror group in Uzbekistan.
The 30-year-old truck driver was arrested Thursday at his apartment in Boise where federal prosecutors had been watching him for some time. They say he's a supporter of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, whose stated purpose is the overthrow of the Uzbekistan government -- but it had not been thought of as a direct threat to the United States.
Copyright ...Read more
(NEW YORK) -- Sixteen tornadoes ripped through North Texas on Wednesday, the National Weather Service confirms, killing six people and injuring dozens more. But the severe weather that also destroyed more than 100 homes in Granbury, Texas, may not be over.
More twisters could erupt throughout the weekend, as ABC News Anchor Sam Champion explains.
"Saturday, as a cold front sits in the middle of the country, you've got that cold air clash with warm humid air, the jet stream pulling up right through the center will build those storms even taller and higher and that's what you need for very powerful thunderstorms and the possibility ...Read more
(PORT ANGELES, Wash.) -- Newly released 911 tapes from a panicked homeowner in Washington state give a detailed play by play of a neighbor’s alleged bulldozer rampage that destroyed four homes, a boat and a truck.
“You better get some cops up here with some guns because this son of a gun is crazy,” Dan Davis told a 911 dispatcher last Friday from his Port Angeles home. “He totally wrecked my property altogether. He just totally wiped it out. He’s smashing my house plum to pieces!”
Barry Swegle, 51, is charged with assault, burglary and malicious mischief for his alleged role in damaging four ...Read more
(NEW YORK) -- Televangelist Pat Robertson is under fire once again after telling the wife of a cheating husband to get over the infidelity and provide a better home so he doesn’t “wander.”
Robertson was responding to a letter from a woman identified as Ivy during Wednesday’s episode of The 700 Club.
Ivy wrote, “We have gone to counseling, but I just can’t seem to forgive, nor can I trust. How do you let go of the anger? How do you trust again?"
Robertson’s co-host began to answer the letter when the one-time Republican presidential hopeful interjected ...Read more
(NEW YORK) -- A display of photographs by Arne Svenson at the Julie Saul gallery in New York has become a source of fury for residents in a luxury Tribeca apartment building.
Shot from a second-floor apartment across the street from the luxury residence, the photographs show neighbors living their lives inside their apartments.
No faces are shown, but the residents claim they were not aware they were being watched and photographed.
A resident, who spoke to ABC News on the condition of anonymity, said several rooms of his apartment were displayed in the Julie Saul show.
“There are some [photographs] where you ...Read more
(HOUSTON) -- A Houston property owner has installed headstones to help keep vagrants from loitering on his land.
Three headstones were installed about a year ago in a grassy lot of land that sits in the shadow of Houston’s skyscrapers, at the corner of Houston Avenue and North Memorial Way. Fernando Villa, a tow truck driver, told ABC News affiliate KTRK-TV that he witnessed the installation of the phony headstones.
“I saw them putting a fence up, and about maybe two to three months later, the headstones are put up,” Davilla said. “I knew what it was. I didn’t see any burials ...Read more