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US women's soccer team honors Stoneman Douglas victim

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ABC News(ORLANDO, Fla.) — By everyone’s account, Alyssa Alhadeff, a 14-year-old student and member of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High girls soccer team, was bound for great things in life, on and off the field.

“Alyssa took every second of her life and did something with it,” her mother, Lori Alhadeff, said. “She had the fire to fight. She had the spirit.”

Alyssa Alhadeff was one of 17 students and teachers gunned down Feb. 14 at the Parkland, Florida, school. A former student was indicted this week on 34 counts in the massacre, including first-degree premeditated murder.

According to Lori Alhadeff, a soccer player herself, Alyssa Alhadeff started playing soccer at the age of 3 and by age 8, was playing competitively.

She said her daughter, who played center mid, was on track to play soccer in college and had dreamed of one day being on the U.S. women’s national soccer team.

“She loved the sport. … I always thought someday that she would be on the women’s national soccer team,” Lori Alhadeff said. “She aspired for that greatness. … She was probably one of the smallest on the team but the fiestiest.”

She said Alyssa Alhadeff was also a huge fan of Alex Morgan, a forward on the U.S. women’s national soccer team. The two had even met six years ago, Lori Alhadeff said, and Morgan had signed not only Alyssa Alhadeff’s book but also her cellphone.

Her father, Ilan Alhadeff, said that after her death, her friend Jamie Morris tweeted Morgan to let her know how much Alyssa Alhadeff had loved her and the women’s soccer team. Morgan reached out to the friend, Ilan Alhadeff said, and invited the family and the school’s team to a game.

On Wednesday, the Alhadeffs and the Stoneman Douglas girls soccer team traveled to Orlando to watch the U.S. women’s national soccer team play against England. Before the game, a moment of silence was held for Alyssa Alhadeff and her picture was posted on the Jumbotron. Her teammates stood in the stands, holding posters bearing her pictures and messages of friendship.

The family and team were also each presented with a national team jersey, complete with Alyssa Alhadeff’s name on it and her number: 8. After the game, members of the U.S. soccer team signed the jerseys for the girls.

Laurie Thomas, the girls’ soccer team coach, said that after the shootings, the team had gotten together for days, focused on keeping the memory of their friend and team captain alive.

“She was the voice of our team,” Thomas said of Alyssa Alhadeff. “She was a leader, not just by what she said, but also by the character. She lead the team on and off the field.”

Lori Alhadeff said the school team as well as her sons had felt the love, compassion and strength from the U.S. women’s team.

“It has literally taken my breath away,” she said of the day and experience. “Alyssa would be ecstatic. She would’ve been just jumping for joy, crying and laughing.”

Ilan Alhadeff said his daughter would have loved to share the moment with her family, friends and teammates.

“It would have been the best day ever,” he said. “It’s just amazing, the overwhelming support. … Helping not just us, but our entire city heal.”

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Doin' My Thing: Why Luke Bryan won't be able to watch Sunday's "American Idol" premiere

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ABC/Image Group LA When the new season of American Idol premieres Sunday on ABC, Luke Bryan won’t be watching — not because he doesn’t want to, but because he won’t be able to.

Sunday night, instead of sitting in front of his TV, Luke will be 30,000 feet above the Earth, in a plane headed Down Under.

“I’m doing my first Australian tour,” he explains, “and I will be doing a 19-hour flight. But when I get to Australia, we’re gonna try to figure out a way [to watch] if we can’t have it saved at our hotel room.”

Luke tells ABC Radio he’s anxious to see how the first episode turned out.

“You know, you never know how it’s going to edit, and I pray that in the edits, they make me look somehow intellectual,” he jokes.

The four-time Entertainer of the Year takes his What Makes You Country Tour to Sydney and Melbourne, Australia next week, and also plays the CMC Rocks festival as well. He returns to the States for two dates in Honolulu, Hawaii on March 23 and 24.

You can catch Luke’s American Idol debut Sunday, starting at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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On ABC's "Deception," stars Jack Cutmore-Scott and Ilfenesh Hadera make magic happen

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ABC/Bob D’Amico(NEW YORK) — In the new ABC drama, Deception, stars Jack Cutmore-Scott and Ilfenesh [ILL-fen-esh] Hadera make magic happen – literally and figuratively.

Cutmore-Scott plays Cameron Black, a magician who teams up with Hadera’s FBI agent Kay Daniels to solve crimes. The two characters show each other some tricks of the trade, so to speak, along the way.

Cutmore-Scott and Hadera tell ABC Radio that their biggest trick is playing characters who are very different from their true selves.

“She definitely follows the rules, it’s her nature to do that,” Hadera says of Agent Daniels. “I’m not so much that way. I’m a lot more, I think, relaxed in my life and like to have a little bit more fun.”

Cameron, on the other hand, might have a little too much fun.

“He’s spent his entire life on stage; he’s a born showman,” Cutmore-Scott says of his magician character.

“He’s very, very comfortable in the public eye and very comfortable up on a stage with a spotlight on him and that’s not really been my experience.”

The actor says he prefers a smaller, more intimate audience, while Cameron is more of a “Vegas” guy.

You can witness the magic first-hand when Deception debuts on ABC Sunday at 10 p.m. ET, after the premiere of American Idol.

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Dramatic bodycam video captures moment man allegedly takes cop's gun during struggle, fires shots

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Sacramento Police Department(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — Sacramento police have released dramatic body camera video from the moment a man allegedly took a cop’s gun during a struggle and fired off shots.

The officer, who did not fire any rounds, was not seriously injured, Sacramento police said.

The suspect, Juan Heras-Castro, 33, wasn’t hurt, either. He has since been charged with attempted murder, prosecutors said.

The Feb. 22 incident began when police received calls about someone walking with a knife. Responding officers found Castro, handcuffed him, and placed in the back of a police vehicle, authorities said.

Castro seemed “calm and cooperative” to the officers, police said.

“After some initial questioning SPD officers recognized that Mr. Castro may be suffering from a mental health crisis,” so he was taken to a hospital to be evaluated, police said.

Because of his “calm demeanor,” he wasn’t detained in handcuffs, police said.

But as medical staff started to evaluate him, Castro abruptly ran out of the hospital, in a shocking moment caught on an officer’s body-cam, police said.

The officer’s bodycam shows him sprinting after Castro, through the hospital parking and into a neighborhood.

When the officer caught up, “Castro stopped running and became physically combative toward the officer,” police said in a statement.

“During the struggle, Castro was able to remove the officer’s handgun from the holster,” they said.

The struggle between the two was seen on the body-cam, but after that, the camera is pointed toward the sky.

Police say Castro had control of the gun and his finger on the trigger. The officer, afraid Castro would kill him, tried to get control but could only trap the gun against the ground, police said.

Three shots and screaming are heard on the body-camera. Police said Castro fired three shots.

An off-duty firefighter who was driving by stopped to help and together he and the officer were able to get the gun and take Castro into custody, police said.

“The danger posed to the officer and our community during this incident was significant and unacceptable. We are grateful that no one was seriously injured,” police said in a statement on Thursday. “We would like to thank all the citizens, particularly the off-duty firefighter, for the assistance they provided to the officer during this violent confrontation. Your quick thinking and action changed the course of this encounter, saving our officer, Mr. Castro and our community from further harm.”

The Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office has filed a single count of attempted murder with an allegation that the defendant used a firearm. After Castro was arraigned, his counsel requested that doctors to determine his competency to stand trial “and we are in the initial phases of that process,” said Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Shelly Orio.

Castro’s next hearing is April 18, Orio said.

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Dozens of vehicles crash in snowy Michigan pileup amid threat of third nor'easter

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WYXZ-TV(NEW YORK) — Lake-effect snow caused dozens of vehicles to pile up on a Michigan highway on Friday.

At least 35 vehicles, including semitrailers, were involved in the crash on Interstate 94 in southern Michigan, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office said. The collision sent three people to the hospital with minor or moderate injuries, authorities said.

Traffic on both the eastbound and westbound lanes stopped completely but the highway has since reopened, the sheriff’s office said.

The Northeast recovers

Along the East Coast, residents are still digging out from the second nor’easter to hit the region in a week.

There were 435,000 customers without power in the Northeast on Friday morning, including 169,000 in Massachusetts and 141,000 in New Jersey, officials said.

The forecast

Cold air is bringing lake effect snow across the eastern Great Lakes from Michigan to New York on Friday, leading to dangerous travel and road conditions.

A storm system will move across the Southeast Saturday into Sunday bringing severe weather and heavy rain for parts of the South.

There may be damaging winds, hail and isolated tornadoes late Saturday and early Sunday as the system moves east.

A third nor’easter?

All eyes are on the possibility of yet another nor’easter to hit early next week, but it’s still too far away to know what will happen.

By Sunday the low pressure will reach the Carolinas and beyond that is where uncertainty grows regarding the track that the coastal storm will take.

The American model for Monday into Tuesday shows the storm off the coast — far enough away to spare the Northeast from major impacts — but it could still bring gusty winds, a wintry mix and some accumulating snow.

The European model for Monday into Tuesday passes slightly closer to New England, so the majority of the precipitation would be confined to that area.

Cold is coming

Regardless of the storm’s track, winter is not over: Cold, February-like weather will continue into the middle of March.

One of the coldest days will be Wednesday when wind chills will drop into the single-digits and teens from the Midwest into the Northeast, according to the forecasts. Wind chills will be in the 20s Wednesday morning from the Tennessee River Valley to the Carolinas.

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