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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- New York City police say are investigating a report of a man who allegedly offered up a boy for sex in exchange for money in Central Park Thursday night.

A tourist in the park, a 50-year-old male, was allegedly "asked if he wanted to perform sexual acts with the child for $300.00," police told ABC News.

Authorities say they are treating the report as credible, and they are looking for the man and boy, who are both described as white and approximately 35 and 11 years old, respectively.

The man was described as being clean shaven, having dark hair and wearing a black coat with a furry hood and blue jeans. The child was wearing either an orange or red jacket.

The incident reportedly happened at around 11:49 p.m. Thursday night in the area of Central Park near the Bow Bridge on West 74th Street.

Police told ABC News they cannot confirm reports that the man is the child's father.

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iStock/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) -- The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is investigating two emergency landings Friday morning at Philadelphia International Airport.

Both incidents occurred just after 8 a.m. ET, according to an FAA spokesperson.

Republic Airlines 4518, on its way to Philadelphia from Toronto, reported steering problems while in flight.

Piedmont Airlines 4801 was also on its way to Philadelphia when it reported smoke in the cockpit and cabin.

An FAA spokesperson said passengers evacuated the aircraft on the runway via emergency slides.

The airport has returned to full operations, with residual delays.

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Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Republicans and Democrats in Congress agree on one thing -- the American bison will become the country's first national mammal.

The House and Senate acted quickly this week to send The National Bison Legacy Act to the president's desk. The bill would designate the bison, the largest land mammal in America, a national icon beside the bald eagle.

The House approved the measure Wednesday and the Senate moved Thursday to concur on the proposal.

Millions of bison grazed across North America before westward expansion decimated the population. Advocates believe formally recognizing the bison will help protect its place in American cultural and natural history.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  A suspicious white powder was discovered at Trump Tower in Manhattan Thursday night, prompting the New York Fire Department, the New York Police Department and EMS workers to investigate -- but the powder was deemed not hazardous, according to the NYPD.

Samples were taken, however, from the scene for further testing.

According to the NYFD, the first responders were called to the Fifth Avenue hi-rise around 8:15 p.m.

The suspicious white powder was discovered on the 5th floor, according to the NYFD.

ABC-owned WABC in New York reported that the powder was found in the mailroom, in an envelope with a letter addressed to GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump.

The letter was opened by one of Trump's staffers, according to WABC.

Three people were isolated and evaluated.

A Trump campaign source tells ABC News the 5th floor offices were evacuated, but most of the staff had left for the day.

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U.S. Army(NEW YORK) --  The Army has decided it will not dismiss a decorated Army Green Beret sergeant who attacked an Afghan police commander, who he said repeatedly raped a village boy, in 2011.

While deployed in 2011, Sgt. First Class Charles Martland admitted that he and his team leader had roughed up the local Afghan police commander, who he said raped the young boy for days. His team leader, Captain Dan Quinn, was removed from command and later left the Army.

Martland was reprimanded for his role in the incident, which occurred after he and Quinn decided they could no longer ignore the abuse they said the commander committed. The Army began the process to separate him from active duty after a negative evaluation of that incident was placed on his permanent record.

The process, known as the Army's Qualitative Management Program (QMP), removes non-commissioned officers from service when their actions do not meet Army standards.

Some members of Congress have voiced support for Martland and criticized the Army for trying to force out a decorated solder who had confronted a child molester.

As a last step, Martland challenged the Army's process by appealing to the Army Board for Correction of Military Records.

In a statement released Thursday evening, the Army announced that Martland's evaluation record had been amended, an action that would stop the process of his removal via the QMP.

"The Army Board for Correction of Military Records determination modified a portion of one of SFC Martland’s evaluation reports and removed him from the QMP list, which will allow him to remain in the Army," the statement said.

"The Army Board for Correction of Military Records considers each case on its own merit when determining to grant or deny an applicant’s request," said the statement. "It is incumbent upon the applicant to provide evidence, argument and relevant documents in support of demonstrating an alleged error or injustice. In addition to information provided by the applicant, boards also consider information in available personnel, medical and staff agency records and information provided by subject matter experts."

An Army official told ABC News that Martland has been permanently removed from the current QMP list and the modified evaluation has been added to his official records.

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LAPD(LOS ANGELES) -- The sister of the Jane Doe who was found near the Charles Manson killings in 1969 in Los Angeles said the original forensic sketches of the body were "inaccurate."

The Los Angeles Police Department announced on Wednesday that "Jane Doe No. 59" had finally been identified as 19-year-old Reet Silvia Jurvetson, who was discovered in brush off Mulholland Drive on Nov. 16, 1969, more than three months after Manson ordered his followers to brutally murder five people at the home of director Roman Polanski.

Jurvetson had been stabbed numerous times in the upper torso and neck area, the LAPD said, and efforts to identify her failed. Her 73-year-old sister, Anne, said the composite drawings of Jurvetson's body bore little resemblance to her.

"Some people thought they recognized her," Anne wrote in a memorial. "Unfortunately, these drawings were clearly inaccurate, as anyone can see, and did not resemble her in the least."

The 19-year-old had just moved to Los Angeles from Montreal when she was killed, Anne wrote. She had lost contact with her family shortly after the move, according to police.

In December 2003, an LAPD detective submitted a piece of biological evidence to be uploaded into NamUs, a national database for unidentified missing and deceased victims. In June of last year, a family friend was browsing through the database when she saw a post-mortem photograph of Jane Doe No. 59 and notified the Jurvetson family, police said.

A DNA test was compared to members of the Jurvetson family, finally revealing Jane Doe No. 59 as Jurvetson more than 46 years after her death. Investigators interviewed Manson in prison and were unable to make a connection to the notorious murders, the LAPD said.

Jurvetson was born on Sept. 23, 1950 and was the youngest in the family, who had fled Estonia in 1944 during World War II, her sister wrote. The family moved to Canada one year after Jurvetson was born.

Anne described her sister as a "lovely, free-spirited and happy girl." She said Reet enjoyed art and sewing her own clothes.

She "developed a taste for adventure and freedom" during her teenage years and was "naive and trusting of others," Anne wrote. She had visited California in the fall of 1969, and the family found out she decided to stay after receiving a postcard from her describing her "nice apartment in Los Angeles." She told them not to worry and that she was happy, Anne said.

As time passed, the family stopped hearing from her. They figured she was "making a new life for herself."

"Attempts were made to reach her, but they proved fruitless," Anne wrote. "Initially, we believed that Reet was probably in search of more autonomy, and therefore we waited for her to get in touch with us."

Anne said the family did not suspect she had been killed and never thought to report her missing to the police.

"They thought that she was just living her life somewhere and that eventually news from her would turn up," she wrote. "But sadly, we did not know how to find someone on the other side of the continent, in another country, if that was even where she still was."

The coroner's report said Jurvetson had not been raped but stated she'd been stabbed more than 150 times, Anne wrote. There were no traces of drugs or alcohol in her system and her internal organs were "unremarkable," she added.

Anne shared details of her sister's life in hopes that the murderer will be identified, she said. The investigation into Jurvetson's death is ongoing, police said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(MEDFORD, Ore.) -- FBI Agents and police arrested a man in Medford, Oregon after, charging him with "Threatening the President of the United States" and use of an interstate facility to transmit threats, according to a statement from the FBI sent to ABC News.

The police and FBI found what appeared to be several pipe bombs in the apartment when they took John Martin Roos, 61, into custody, the statement said.

The Oregon State Police Explosives Unit confirmed that they have, "rendered the devices safe."

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iStock/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) -- A United Airlines aircraft bound for Omaha, Nebraska, made an emergency landing in Cleveland Thursday less than two hours after departing from Newark, New Jersey, due to an undisclosed engine issue, the airline confirmed.

United Airlines flight 38, a Boeing 737, departed Newark Liberty International Airport at 3:41 p.m., and was scheduled to arrive in Omaha at 5:46 p.m. Central Standard Time, according to the airline's website.

But after the pilot declared an emergency, the flight landed at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport at 5:36 p.m. Eastern Time, according to United's website.

According to a United spokesperson, the flight -- which had 114 passengers and 5 crew members on board -- declared an emergency following an "engine issue." It landed without incident.

The spokesperson said the plane was being inspected.

The FAA also confirmed the incident, releasing this statement: "A United B737 flying from Newark to Omaha diverted and landed in Cleveland for a reported engine issue. The aircraft landed without incident. The FAA will begin an investigation."

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Michele McPhee/ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A South Boston woman who spent 16 years on the run with one of Boston’s most notorious gangsters, James “Whitey” Bulger, was sentenced to spend another 21 months behind bars by a federal judge who called her longtime companion “a monster” not worthy of her “love and affection.”

Catherine Greig, 65, is currently serving an eight-year sentence for her role in helping Bulger escape and evade capture after he was tipped to a pending federal indictment by his rogue FBI handler in 1995. She wore a black sweater in court Thursday, her white hair cut short, and smiled at her twin sister Margaret, who was in the courtroom, sitting across from the relatives of two Bulger murder victims.

The couple was captured in June 2011 living in a rent-controlled apartment near the Santa Monica Pier using the monikers Charles and Carol Gasko. Investigators found 30 high-powered weapons in the walls along with a stash of $822,000 in cash. Their bedroom was lined with bookshelves stocked with Bulger’s favorite mob books. Many featured him.

Thursday's sentencing dealt with new federal criminal contempt charges stemming from what prosecutors called Greig’s “consistent, dogged and tireless” refusal to cooperate with a grand jury that continues to investigate who, if anyone, helped Bulger while he hid from authorities.

“The public has a right to know who else had a hand,” Assistant United States Attorney Mary Murrane argued. The government wanted the U.S. District Court Justice Dennis Saylor to sentence Greig for 37 months.

Greig’s defense attorney, Kevin Reddington, argued that the only crime his client was truly guilty of was falling in love with the wrong man and said the government was overzealously seeking to punish Bulger’s paramour because she refused to give up “her friends and family.”

“It is obvious that she is a kind, gentle woman who has literally done nothing bad in her life except fall in love with James Bulger and live with him for 16 years until his arrest,” Reddington told the court.

The judge was unmoved.

“Bulger is a monster," the judge said. “Ms. Greig is not remorseful. She is not apologetic. She is not trying to distance herself from Bulger. She is not inclined to change her behavior. She’s an adult she knows the rules. She brought this entirely upon herself."

As for “her only crime here is being loyal to Whitey Bulger, and that she loves him,” the judge added, “I hardly know what to say to that. It’s hard to imagine a less worthy object of love and affection.”

The judge did say he was swayed by Reddington’s argument that the government cut sweetheart deals with Bulger compatriots, including John Martorano, who confessed to killing 20 people but spent just 12 years behind bars.

In addition, a Defendant’s Sentencing Memorandum filed with the court “suggests that the ‘cross reference’ to Bulger’s crimes including murder and RICO violations is a gross due process violation. Greig has pled guilty to a crime of contempt; a non-violent offense.”

The memo also argues that “although the court may consider a virtually unlimited array of facts in determining a fair sentencing, it may not impose a sentence that exceeds the ‘substantively reasonable’ threshold.”

Bulger, 86, is serving a life sentence at a maximum-security prison after a 2013 conviction for 11 murders, racketeering and other federal charges.

Meanwhile, federal officials will hold a public auction in June at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center to sell Bulger’s belongings seized from the Santa Monica hideout where the couple lived for more than a decade, part of a way to recoup some of the $25.2 million forfeiture judgment that came with Bulger’s conviction.

Profits from the weekend auction, which will include a coffee mug shaped like a rat, along with the $822,000 in cash found secreted in the walls of the hideout, will be divided among the families of 20 people killed by the gangster or his associates and among several people he extorted, according to court filings. The guns will not be sold at the event, slated to be held from June 24 to June 26, according to court records.

Those victims will also divide Bulger’s Social Security payments and any cash seized from safe deposit boxes and bank accounts uncovered in England and Ireland connected to Bulger.

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Courtesy Shauna Green-Smith(BELDING, Mich.) -- A Michigan family is reeling yet again after a bench built to honor their late son was stolen right out of their backyard.

Shauna Green-Smith of Belding, Michigan, is pleading for the return of the bench.

"It was there Tuesday evening, gone Wednesday morning," Smith told ABC News. "Only message I have is that I'd like it back, no questions asked if it just reappears."

The wooden bench has the boy's name - Devon Morrison - inscribed on it. He was 10 years old when he drowned in 2013, Smith said. She is hoping a Facebook post she wrote about the missing bench will be shared with as many people as possible.

"It's just wood to you, but to me it's memories," Smith wrote on Facebook. "Memories of how loved my little boy was."

Belding Police Chief Dale Nelson told ABC News that the department "put out a plea out on social media in hopes of having the bench returned."

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iStock/Thinkstock(BALTIMORE) -- A man dressed in an animal "onesie" costume was shot by police Thursday when he refused to surrender after reportedly making a bomb threat at a Baltimore TV news station, authorities said.

The suspect walked out of the building in what police describe as a "panda outfit" and didn't take orders to remove his hands out of his pockets. The suspect was then shot at least three times by an officer, according to Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, and a robot was later deployed to disarm him when he failed to cooperate with law enforcement.

Following the stand-off with police, investigators found out that what originally appeared to be an explosive device on the suspect was a vest stuffed with chocolate candy bars, nothing wired that could possibly blow up. There was also a small motherboard contraption that was attached to him and a wire running down the sleeve of his jacket that emulated a detonation device, police said.

"It does not appear that this was a device capable of actual explosives," Baltimore Police Department spokesman T.J. Smith said. "Those devices were actually chocolate candy bars wrapped in aluminum foil with wiring connecting each of them."

The man was transported to a local hospital where he is listed in serious but stable condition. He is expected to survive, Smith said. The suspect, a 25-year-old from Howard County, Maryland, also had a flash drive with him that he wanted the TV station to air, police said.

The station, WBFF, is located on W. 41st Street and its building was evacuated soon after the bomb threat was received.

The Fox building is remains a crime scene and police said they are searching for any other possible explosive devices, but did not have a timeline for when the investigation would be completed. All of the employees at Fox are safe and accounted for at this time, police said, and there are no other injuries.

The initial emergency call came in at 1:20 p.m. from the Fox affiliate and authorities responded to the threat made by an unidentified suspect who claimed to have a bomb. Police said the man was in costume and donned a surgical mask and also had what they described as a red flotation type of apparatus.

A car was also set on fire in front of the news station at the time the man entered the station. Police said the fire was associated with the man claiming to have a bomb.

No charges have been filed against the suspect at this time. Police said they are working with the Maryland state’s attorney's office and federal partners on potential charges.

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iStock/Thinkstock(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- A dozen Kansas City police officers were rescued Wednesday afternoon after getting stuck in an elevator, officials said.

The Missouri cops were training at the police academy when an elevator apparently stopped because of their combined weight.

Academy staff had to make an “embarrassing” call to the fire department for a rescue team, officials said.

“They had some good-natured fun,” Kansas City Fire Department spokesman James Garrett said. “It’s always a treat when you’re in the helping business and you get to help fellow brothers out.”

Tim Duplin of the fire department said, “They thought it was funny. It’s a good, fun rivalry that we have. We do charitable events, and softball tournaments together, but this was an unexpected encounter.”

A photo of the rescue quickly trended on social media with more than 7,000 shares on Facebook and 500 retweets on Twitter. The Kansas City Police Department posted the photo to its Facebook page Wednesday, saying, "Well, this is embarrassing."

None of the twelve officers was injured.

“Everyone was physically safe,” the police department said, “but egos were severely injured.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(INDIALANTIC, Fla.) -- A Florida beachgoer is sharing an emotional letter he said he found washed ashore in a bottle.

The letter appears to have been written by a child, and is directed to his best friend, who died, Steve Mershon said.

The letter consists of the following:

"“Dear Daniel, I’m relly [sic] sorry that you pass away," the letter reads, according to Mershon, "and if you were alive Me and you would be playing football, soccer and basketball and be playing with Mattew [sic] and Oscar and Brandon. I am in the fifth grade and you were my best freind [sic] and our favorite song was Austin Moon and I hope you fun with Jesus. From your best freind [sic]: Jonothon Torres.”

Mershon, who lives along the Florida coast in Indialantic, less than two hours southeast of Orlando, is hoping to find the writer.

"Bless his little heart," Mershon, who has not responded to ABC News' requests for comment, wrote on Facebook. "I'd love to find him and let him know Daniel is having fun with Jesus. Perhaps with enough shares, he can get this message."

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Obtained by ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The FBI has arrested three people in California connected to the San Bernardino shootings -- but federal charges against them stem from allegations of a marriage fraud conspiracy and do not suggest any direct link to the December 2015 attack.

Syed Raheel Farook -- brother of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook -- and two others with ties to the shooter were arrested Thursday morning on federal conspiracy, marriage fraud and false statement charges, according to the Justice Department.

“Last year’s tragedy in San Bernardino showed yet again how our nation’s legal immigration system can be subverted and exploited,” Joseph Macias, the head of Homeland Security Investigations in Los Angeles, said in a statement.

A federal grand jury in the Central District of California Wednesday issued a five-count indictment against Syed Raheel Farook, 31, of Corona, California; Mariya Chernykh, 26, of Ontario, California; and her sister, Tatiana Farook, 31, of Corona, California.

In November 2014, Chernykh married Enrique Marquez, the former neighbor and friend who allegedly gave Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, weapons and other items used in the San Bernardino attack. Marquez has already been charged with terrorism-related offenses and marriage fraud, after he allegedly admitted he was paid to enter into what authorities called a “sham marriage” with Chernykh so she could stay in the United States.

If convicted of the charges against her, Chernykh could face up to 25 years in prison.

Syed Raheel Farook and Tatiana Farook are accused of taking part in the conspiracy after witnessing the wedding between Marquez and Chernykh, taking staged family pictures with the couple, and then furthering the marriage in other ways.

They each face up to five years in prison if convicted.

On Dec. 2, 2015, Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, killed 14 of Farook’s coworkers and injured 22 others at a work holiday party in San Bernardino, California. Farook and Malik later died in a gun battle with authorities.

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Chrome/zerominutesoffame(NEW YORK) -- The "Zero Minutes of Fame" campaign seeks to take the spotlight off mass shooters with a Chrome extension that scrubs the names and faces of the perpetrators from the Internet.

The extension was released by The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

"By simply downloading this plug-in, you can wipe away the killer's name and image from your screen, and replace it with something that truly deserves our attention -- the victims," the browser's download description reads.

The Brady Campaign says 30 percent of mass killings and 22 percent of school shootings are inspired by previous gun-related events.

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