Alex Wong/Getty Images (SAN DIEGO) — Like a lot of kids this winter, a giant panda cub got to enjoy his very first snow day, even though he lives in Southern California. It was the first time that 8-month-old Xiao Liwu had ever seen snow and at first, the cub seemed slightly puzzled by his white surroundings. After a moment of hesitation, the cub began to run around in the snow and went back to tumbling and playing with his mother. Zookeepers at the San Diego Zoo spread snow around the enclosure where the pandas reside to give the newest addition to the family some exposure to what he would experience in his natural habitat. “We have a truck that comes in and is specially designed to turn large ice blocks into snow.
Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images Katy Perry and John Mayer ‘s romance is over. Us Weekly is reporting that the couple has split, though one source tells the magazine there’s a chance they could eventually get back together. The source says, “She’s leaving the window open. They have both been so focused on work.” People magazine is also reporting that the two have parted ways
Comstock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) — Spring is just a day away, but long-range computer models show it’s going to stay cooler than average for much for the northern half of the country this year. Watch the report from ABC’s World News with Diane Sawyer : Unfortunately your browser does not support IFrames. Watch More News Videos at ABC | Technology News | Celebrity News Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio
Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock (STEUBENVILLE, Ohio) — Two Steubenville, Ohio, high school football players accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl have been found delinquent by a judge — the juvenile court equivalent of guilty. The teens could serve prison time until they turn 21. The verdict comes after a four-day trial that included tearful testimony from the accuser who said she was “embarrassed and scared” after hearing about the night she was allegedly sexually assaulted while intoxicated. “I honestly did not know what to think because I didn’t remember anything,” she testified. The teen pieced together the night’s events from Twitter, Instagram photos, a YouTube video, text messages and witnesses.
iStockphoto/Thinkstock (FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.) — The pilot of a small plane that crashed into a parking lot near Fort Lauderdale airport Friday may have been trying to save lives when it started having some kind of mechanical difficulty shortly after takeoff. The Piper Cheyenne 2 twin-engine turboprop reportedly was departing Executive Airport after 4 p.m. for a local flight when it banked to the right and crashed into parked vehicles. “It appears as though the plane did try to circle back and land at the airport. Unfortunately, ultimately it was unsuccessful and ended up crashing in a parking lot,” Shannon Vezina, spokesperson for the city of Fort Lauderdale, said Friday
Goodshoot RF/Thinkstock (RIDGEWOOD, N.J.) — In the wake of a sexting scandal that broke out on the campus of a New Jersey high school, police and prosecutors have urged Ridgewood High School students to remove illicit photos and other sexually explicit materials from their electronic devices. The Ridgewood High School administration said it first caught wind of students exchanging sexually revealing photos of themselves late last week. When school officials launched a preliminary investigation, they found ”images of real or simulated sexual acts and photos of naked or semi-naked persons,” said school superintendant Daniel Fishbein. Photos, taken outside the school’s campus, were being circulated through the smart phone apps, Snapchat and Instagram. New Jersey Statute 2C:24-4, Endangering the Welfare of Children, “does not differentiate on the age of the actors, but does differentiate on the age of people portrayed in,” Chief John Ward of the Ridgewood County Police Department told ABC News.
ABC News (PHILADELPHIA) — Caroline Pla, the 11-year-old football player who attracted national attention for being kicked off her local Catholic Youth Organization football team because she was a girl, will be allowed to play this upcoming season, the Archbishop of Philadelphia ruled Thursday. The church has agreed to give co-ed football a try. “At the direction of the Archbishop, the Archdiocese will allow for co-ed participation in CYO football, effective in the 2013 season,” the Archbishop’s office said in a statement. “This approval is provisional. The decision will be reviewed and revised in the coming several seasons, as judged appropriate by the Archdiocese.” It’s a major victory in a fight Caroline and her family have waged for months
ABC News (WASHINGTON) — Billionaire Bill Gates thinks it’s time for the Boy Scouts of America to end its ban on gay leaders and members. The philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder gave his opinion Wednesday during the inaugural installment of Politico’s new interview series, Playbook Cocktails, at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. When the ex-Boy Scout was asked if he believed the organization should move forward with lifting the ban on gay members, he said it “absolutely” should. Politico’s D.C. bureau chief, Mike Allen, quickly asked why.
Win McNamee/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) — One man and three women who were sexually assaulted and harassed in the military shared their personal experiences with a Senate subcommittee Wednesday morning — the first hearing on sexual assault in the military in 10 years. Former Army Sgt. Rebekah Havrilla, who was raped by a fellow service member while serving in Afghanistan, recounted how she sought guidance from an Army chaplain after she unexpectedly encountered her assailant a year after the assault, and the chaplain told her it was “God’s will” that she was raped. “I was so re-traumatized from the unexpectedness of seeing him that I removed myself from training and immediately sought out assistance from an Army chaplain who told me, among other things, that the rape was God’s will, and that God was trying to get my attention so that I would go back to church,” Havrilla told the subcommittee on personnel for the Senate Committee on Armed Services Wednesday.
ABC News (MIAMI) — The family of an elderly Florida woman is furious that she was hauled off a commuter train because she was singing spirituals and is considering legal action. The family of Emma Anderson, 82, claims she was injured by a Miami-Dade Transit security guard who they said roughly yanked her from a train seat and escorted her off the train on Feb. 20.