Good morning. Here are some of the stories we’re following today:
1. What traits link America’s ISIS wannabes?
Wannabe jihadi terrorists arrested over the past two years were drawn to ISIS's goal of establishing an Islamic caliphate and not necessarily a desire to commit terrorist acts on U.S. soil, a new study has found. The survey by Fordham Law School's Center on National Security found other common threads among the 25 people charged with supporting ISIS: They tend to be young and U.S.-born, and none are of Arab descent. The Justice Department, meanwhile, has dramatically stepped up its prosecution of those who want to travel to Syria and Iraq to join ISIS or other jihadi groups. Read more in NEWS.
2. Reserve deputy in deadly shooting: It can happen to anyone
Robert Bates, the Tulsa, Oklahoma, reserve deputy at the center of a deadly shooting, said on TODAY he had no desire to take anyone's life when he accidentally used his gun instead of his Taser. His actions led to the death of Eric Harris, whom police were attempting to arrest during a sting operation earlier this month. Tulsa authorities, meanwhile, have dismissed as "rumor" a newspaper report claiming that supervisors falsified Bates' training records. Read more in NEWS.
3. Copter pilot charged with violating restricted airspace
Douglas Hughes, the pilot who flew a small aircraft onto the Capitol lawn, was charged Thursday with operating an unregistered aircraft and violating restricted airspace. The Florida letter carrier was released on bond, placed in home detention and ordered back to court May 8. He reportedly pulled off the stunt to raise awareness about gridlock and corruption in Congress. Read more in NEWS.
4. Cliff crash hero describes how he saved driver
A construction worker who rescued a man from his SUV as it dangled precariously over the edge of an Idaho cliff told NBC News that he did not hesitate. "I knew I had to get him out of the car," Jason Warnock, 29, said Thursday, a day after the dramatic rescue. Warnock says he doesn't want a lot of attention for his efforts, but the dramatic rescue was caught by a photographer and quickly went viral. Read more in NEWS.
5. Hail, tornadoes pound Plains, Southeast
Baseball-sized hail, lashing rain and 10 reported tornadoes pounded Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas on Thursday as part of severe weather system that threatens to soak much of the South and Southeast into next week. Trees were brought down and storm drains overflowed late Thursday, The Weather Channel reported. Funnel clouds were also reported in many locations. Read more in NEWS.
6. Jameis Winston’s sex-assault accuser files lawsuit
The woman who accused the former Florida State University quarterback and top NFL draft prospect of raping her in 2012 filed a civil lawsuit against him Thursday. Erica Kinsman says Winston, who won the Heisman Trophy in 2013, raped her in a Tallahassee hotel room after she was given a shot of an unknown alcoholic drink at a bar on Dec. 7, 2012. Police never filed any criminal charges in the case, and FSU has ruled Winston didn't violate its code of student conduct. Read more in NEWS.
7. Trailer for latest ‘Star Wars’ movie debuts
The Force is that much closer to being with us. The hotly-anticipated trailer for the seventh installment of the "Star Wars" saga arrived Thursday. Director J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm executive Kathleen Kennedy unveiled it on the first day of a "Star Wars" Celebration event in Southern California. Read more at TODAY.
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