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Driver sentenced for 'blowing' through US border checkpoint, injuring agent

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By Anthony Pucik

iStock/Thinkstock(PINE VALLY, Calif.) — A driver who blew through a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint, severely injuring an agent, was sentenced on Friday to 30 months in prison, federal prosecutors announced.

Video of the November 2017 incident shows Jorge Garcia-Osornio’s car barreling through the Pine Valley, California, checkpoint and smashing a steel-framed stop sign as the agent jumps out of the way.

The agent was struck by debris flying from the sign and, according to prosecutors, “likened the blow to being ‘hit with a baseball bat.”

Garcia-Osornio was allegedly transporting two undocumented immigrants when he crashed through the checkpoint and led other Border Patrol agents on a 100 mph chase, according to a press release by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California.

Garcia-Osornio, 28, of Michoacán, Mexico, pleaded guilty to transporting certain aliens. He claimed that he was going to be paid $1,400 to $2,000 for hiding the undocumented immigrants on the floor of his sedan, according to the press release.

“This defendant had no regard for the safety of his passengers, other drivers on the freeway or agents at the checkpoint,” Adam Braverman, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California, said in a statement. “It’s a miracle no one died in this incident. Smugglers operate in a world where immigrants are just dollar signs, not people.”

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Surveillance video shows iPhone exploding, catching fire in store

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By Anthony Pucik

Wavebreak Media/Thinkstock(LAS VEGAS) — Surveillance video shows an iPhone exploding and catching fire in a Las Vegas store.

In the video from Friday, an employee of the unidentified store is seen working at a desk, with the phone to the left. A cloud of smoke appears before visible flames shoot up from the phone.

The employee is seen jumping up and running to the side as soon as the explosion occurs before grabbing a phone in the front of the store to make a call. While this happens, the flames die down as the phone burns out quickly.

ABC affiliate KTNV reports the phone was in the store to have its screen replaced after it cracked when the battery expanded from the heat. A store representative told KTNV that the phone was an iPhone 6+.

No one was injured in the incident, according to KTNV.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Tiger Woods shoots 65 at TPC Sawgrass, in the hunt at the Players

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By Anthony Pucik

Phil Ellsworth/ESPN Images(PONTE VERDE BEACH, Fla.) — It’s a weekend during golf season, and Tiger Woods is once again making headlines as he did years ago when he was at the top of his game. Woods shot his lowest round of the year, a seven-under-par 65 in the third round of the Player’s Championship at TPC Sawgrass, to get himself into contention on Sunday.

Woods also set a career best for this course. His previous bests were in 2000 and 2001 when he shot 66s, both coming in the third round.

Woods got off to a hot start, as he birdied four of the first five holes on the day. He ended up with a 30 on the front nine, his lowest score ever at TPC Sawgrass and one off the course record. His first bogey of the day came on the par-four 14th.

On the day, Woods hit 11 of 14 fairways, 15 of 18 greens and only putted 27 times. He is at eight-under par heading into Sunday.

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Former NFL running back Rashad Jennings discusses his path to the NFL and new book in conversation with ABC Radio

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By Eric Mollo

Allen Kee/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Born into a family of athletes, Rashad Jennings had many aspirations as a kid, the biggest of which was playing running back in the NFL. Even at a young age, however, he realized his professional football dream was an uphill battle.

“I grew up an overweight, chubby kid, glasses, asthma, 0.6 GPA at one point in time. Fifth string [running back] who said ‘I want to play in the NFL,'” Jennings tells ABC News, “but a lot happened from point A to point B.”

Jennings grew up in Virginia and his two older brothers, Bryan and Butch, both had stints in the NFL. His mother did not want Rashad playing, knowing the physical toll it took on his brothers’ bodies. “Go on and be a lawyer or something,” she would tell him.

His asthma, which he says he “literally outran,” gave doctors reservations, and he was told by medical professionals it would be better if he did not play football, but he decided to continue playing anyway.

He recounts the first time he drew the attention of a college scout. His high school coaches were forced to play him due to injuries to several of his teammates. He starred, scoring touchdown after touchdown, but the college scout still rejected him, telling Jennings he needed to improve his grades to be a college athlete.

The fact that the scout recognized Jennings’ athletic potential, however, marked a turning point in his youth, one that drove him to focus improving on and off the field. It set him on the path to being a professional athlete.

It was his pursuit of this dream and other aspirations that inspired him to write his book The If in Life: How to Get Off Life’s Sidelines and Become Your Best Self, which was released May 8.

“The ‘Gold Jacket’ was never on my mind,” he tells ABC News, referring to the jacket players receive when they are elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He played eight years in the NFL, retiring in 2017, but says he was never driven to reach the hall of fame because he wants to be remembered as more than just a football player. If he is just a running back, Jennings says, he would consider that a “failure.”

That mindset is the theme of his book: taking joy in the pursuit, not just the accomplishment. Proving critics wrong, outrunning asthma, and keeping his eye on his dream are the “if’s” he highlights in his book: the turning points where he had to ask himself if he really wanted to continue pursuing his NFL dream. He did just that, and continues to ask himself those questions as he takes on new goals in his life.

When he joined ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, for instance, he liked the idea of learning new dance moves, but he wanted to excel and win the competition, which is exactly what he did.

Now, he is a published author, and hopes to be remembered in other ways as he moves on from his NFL career.

The book’s forward was written by former football player and ABC’s “Good Morning America” anchor Michael Strahan, which Jennings says is very fitting. He calls Strahan an “anomaly” because of the different things he has accomplished in his life.

Jennings says Strahan’s career inspires him, and Strahan tells Jennings that he too is inspired by the former New York Giant.

Although Strahan does have a gold jacket, Jennings wants to be remembered in the same way as his friend: a former football player who uses his professional career as a jumping point to do even more off the field.

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Tiger Woods shoots 65 at TPC Sawgress, in the hunt at the Players

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By Anthony Pucik

Phil Ellsworth/ESPN Images(PONTE VERDE BEACH, Fla.) — It’s a weekend during golf season, and Tiger Woods is once again making headlines as he did years ago when he was at the top of his game. Woods shot his lowest round of the year, a seven-under-par 65 in the third round of the Player’s Championship at TPC Sawgrass, to get himself into contention on Sunday.

Woods also set a career best for this course. His previous bests were in 2000 and 2001 when he shot 66s, both coming in the third round.

Woods got off to a hot start, as he birdied four of the first five holes on the day. He ended up with a 30 on the front nine, his lowest score ever at TPC Sawgrass and one off the course record. His first bogey of the day came on the par-four 14th.

On the day, Woods hit 11 of 14 fairways, 15 of 18 greens and only putted 27 times. He is at eight-under par heading into Sunday.

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