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Bob Levey/Getty Images for U.S. Fund for UNICEF(HOUSTON) -- Former first lady Barbara Bush is being treated for bronchitis, family spokesman Jim McGrath told ABC News Thursday.

Barbara Bush, 91, entered Houston Methodist Hospital Wednesday morning as a precaution after suffering fatigue and coughing. She had not been feeling well for a couple of weeks but is resting comfortably, McGrath said Wednesday.

He confirmed to ABC News Thursday that Barbara Bush was diagnosed with bronchitis.

It’s unclear when the former first lady will be released from the hospital. Physicians want to see how she responds to treatment before sending her home, McGrath said.

Barbara Bush’s husband, former President George H.W. Bush, has been hospitalized at the same medical center since Saturday. He was transferred to the intensive care unit Wednesday for "an acute respiratory problem stemming from pneumonia," McGrath said in a statement.

The 92-year-old former president underwent a procedure “to protect and clear his airway that required sedation,” the statement said. As of Wednesday, George H.W. Bush was stable and resting comfortably at the hospital, where McGrath said he will remain for observation.

Doctors initially believed the 41st president would be allowed to return home later this week after several days of treatment, but his stay has been extended. There is no timetable for his release, according to the family spokesman.

During his final presidential news conference Wednesday afternoon, President Obama said he had been in touch with the family about the Bushes' conditions.

"They have not only dedicated their lives to this country. They have been a constant source of friendship and support and good counsel for Michelle and me over the years," Obama told reporters. "They are as fine a couple as we know, and so we want to send our prayers and our love to them. Really good people."

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Twitter/@FLOTUS(WASHINGTON) — With just hours remaining until Michelle Obama goes from being first lady to mere mortal, she took to her social media accounts Wednesday to bid adieu to her soon-to-be former life.

"Being your First Lady has been the honor of a lifetime. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. -mo," the first lady wrote on her Twitter and Instagram accounts alongside a photo of her and the president with their arms around each other. Shot from behind, the first couple are looking toward the Washington Monument from a White House balcony.

Being your First Lady has been the honor of a lifetime. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. -mo pic.twitter.com/pahEydkZ5Z

— The First Lady (@FLOTUS) January 19, 2017

Prior to posting the photo of her and the president, Michelle Obama tweeted a 30-second video of herself taking one last stroll through the White House with the first pooches, Bo and Sunny.

"Taking it in on one last walk through the People's House," reads the tweet.

Taking it in on one last walk through the People's House. pic.twitter.com/uaAn6j8Ygy

— The First Lady (@FLOTUS) January 18, 2017

The trio begin their stroll in the Cross Hall, and meander through the South Portico side of the first floor, then to the East Room, Green Room, Blue Room and Red Room,

White House photographer Pete Souza also took to his Instagram account Wednesday, posting a photo of the president giving his final press conference before leaving office. In the photo, Obama is seen waving to the pool of reporters. "Waving goodbye at the conclusion of his last press conference as President earlier today," Souza wrote.

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iStock/Thinkstock(FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.) — The divisive campaign season and the subsequent election of Donald Trump left many in the country very emotional and searching for ways to express their feelings.

Suki Highers, a sociology teacher at Fayetteville High School in Fayetteville, Arkansas, found that her students were in a similar state of mind.

“The day after the election, the school was kind of an emotional wreck,” said Highers. “And I don’t think anybody knew really how to navigate it.”

So Highers came up with a solution. She gave her students an assignment: write a letter to the incoming president.

“I didn’t feel comfortable talking about it,” said Highers. “I knew the kids had a lot of feelings that they needed to get out of them, and so I decided that the safest way was to let them write a letter.”

Every one of her students wrote a letter to the president-elect, telling him what they'd like to see accomplished when he assumes office. The letters will be mailed soon.

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Pinal County Sheriff's Office(ELOY, Ariz.) --  Two skydivers collided midair in Arizona Wednesday but survived the mishap despite one person falling unconscious, police said.

Around 10:30 a.m. the Pinal County Sheriff's office received a call detailing the skydiving accident in Eloy, Arizona.

The unconscious skydiver's parachute deployed at the emergency deployment altitude, police said, but he was unable to control it and came in for a hard landing. He was airlifted to a hospital, where he is currently in surgery, police said. His condition is unknown at this time.

The other skydiver was not injured in the collision, police said.

The investigation into the collision will be turned over to the Federal Aviation Administration, police said.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama defended commuting the prison sentence of Chelsea Manning during his final news conference of his administration.

The commutation of Manning was announced Tuesday prompting questions about what will happen to other people who leak government information.

"I feel very comfortable that justice has been served and that a message has still been sent that when it comes to our national security," Obama said Wednesday.

"Chelsea Manning has served a tough prison sentence," Obama said. "So the notion that the average person who was thinking about disclosing vital classified information would think that it goes unpunished, I don't think would get that impression from the sentence that Chelsea Manning has served."

Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison in 2013 and she will now be released on May 17. Her lawyer released a statement after the announcement that her sentence was commuted saying that her time in prison included "long stretches of solitary confinement -- including for attempting suicide."

Obama was asked about a tweet from Wikileaks which said that if Manning was granted clemency, founder Julian Assange apparently offered to be extradited from the U.K. to the U.S. "despite clear unconstitutionality of DoJ case."

"I don't pay attention to Mr. Assange's tweets," Obama said. "And I refer you to the Justice department for any criminal investigations, indictments, extradition issues that may come up with him."

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Gerardo Mora/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Noor Salman, the wife of Orlando, Florida nightclub gunman Omar Mateen, entered a not guilty plea to the federal charges against her, through her public defender John Paul Richmond, who represented her in court Wednesday.

The U.S. attorney's office claims Salman aided and abetted Mateen's "provision of material support" to the terrorist group ISIS, also known as ISIL. Salman is also accused in the indictment of misleading federal agents and Fort Pierce, Florida, police officers who questioned her about Mateen's attack at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando on June 12, 2016. The attack killed 49 people; Mateen was killed in a police shootout after the attack.

Salman -- who was wearing a red prison jumpsuit Wednesday -- did not speak in court. As she was taken out, she waved and blew a kiss to her uncle, Al Salman, who waved and blew a kiss back.

It was announced Wednesday that once certain paperwork is completed, Salman will be represented by attorney Charlie Swift, who was present in the back of the courtroom. Swift will, however, preside next to Salman during a pre-trial interview Wednesday.

Salman's next hearing was set for Feb. 1. Until then, she will remain in custody in California.

She is expected to be extradited to Florida, where the indictment was filed.

Salman was taken into custody by the FBI on Monday. On Tuesday, charges against her were read aloud in court.

On count one, she was charged with aiding and abetting Mateen's attempted provision and provision of "material support or resources" to a foreign terrorist organization. For this count, she could face up to life in prison and a $250,000 fine.

"She knew he was going to conduct the attack," Assistant U.S. Attorney Roger Handberg said in court.

On count two, she was charged with obstruction of justice. She could face up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

When Judge Donna Ryu asked Salman Tuesday if she understood the charges, she quietly replied, "Yes."

Linda Moreno, another attorney for Salman, said in a statement to ABC News on Monday, "Noor Salman had no foreknowledge, nor could she predict what Omar Mateen intended to do that tragic night. Noor has told her story of abuse at his hands. We believe it is misguided and wrong to prosecute her and that it dishonors the memories of the victims to punish an innocent person."

Al Salman on Tuesday called his niece a "very simple person" who is "not that smart." He was adamant that she was clueless about Mateen’s plan.

He told ABC News Wednesday that when his niece's son saw the news on TV of his mother's arrest, "he hid behind the couch."

He said he spoke to his niece last night on the phone. "She said she needs some clothes because she's cold, and then she asked about her son," he said.

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Bob Levey/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- Former President George H.W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush have been hospitalized in Houston, Texas, according to the former president's office.

The former president, 92, has been admitted to the intensive care unit at Houston Methodist Hospital to "address an acute respiratory problem stemming from pneumonia," his office said in a statement.

"Doctors performed a procedure to protect and clear his airway that required sedation," the statement read. "President Bush is stable and resting comfortably in the ICU, where he will remain for observation."

As a precaution, former first lady Barbara Bush, 91, was also admitted to the Houston Methodist Hospital Wednesday morning for fatigue and coughing, the statement said.

In his final presidential press conference Wednesday afternoon, President Obama said he had been in touch with the Bush family about the former president and first lady.

"They have not only dedicated their lives to this country, they have been a constant source of friendship and support and good counsel for Michelle and me over the years," President Obama said. "They are as fine a couple as we know and so we want to send our prayers and our love to them. Really good people."


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iStock/Thinkstock(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) -- The South Carolina woman accused of kidnapping a newborn baby in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1998 returned to the River City for her first court hearing Wednesday morning.

The judge set no bond for Gloria Williams on the kidnapping charge and set bail at $503,000 on the interference with custody charge, citing the unique circumstances and the gravity of harm alleged by prosecutors. Williams is next scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 8.

Williams, 51, allegedly abducted Alexis Manigo on July 10, 1998, just hours after she was born at a Jacksonville hospital and raised the girl as her own in South Carolina. Williams allegedly posed as a nurse and told the baby's mother that the newborn had a fever and she needed to take her away, according to Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams.

Earlier this month, authorities determined through DNA testing that Manigo, now 18, was not Williams' biological daughter after the teen submitted a DNA sample. She now appears to be a normal woman in good health, the sheriff said.

Williams, who has not yet entered a plea, was arrested at her home in Walterboro, South Carolina, early Friday and charged in the nearly two-decade-old kidnapping case. The woman was extradited from South Carolina to Florida on Tuesday, according to the Jacksonville sheriff.

Manigo, who was given the name Kamiyah Mobley at birth, was joyfully reunited with her birth mother and father last week. But the teen said the reunion was bittersweet because the woman who raised her was taken away from her.

"I understand what she did was wrong, but just don’t lock her up and throw away the key," Manigo told ABC News' Good Morning America in an exclusive interview.

"She loved me for 18 years, she cared about me for 18 years," Manigo said. "I just want people to realize that."

Manigo identified herself during the interview as "Alexis Manigo," but she said she is fine with people calling her by her birth name. She called Williams "a great mother" and said, "she will always be 'Mom.'"

"She made one mistake, but I was loved," Manigo said. "From that one mistake, I was given the best life."

"I had everything I ever needed, wanted, I had love especially. There is no price you can put on the love that was given to me," she added.

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Orlando Police Department(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- When the man wanted for allegedly gunning down a veteran police sergeant in Orlando, Florida, was caught by police after a nine-day manhunt, he was armed with guns and a magazine with the capacity for 100 rounds of ammunition, police said.

Markeith Loyd -- who was wanted for allegedly killing Master Sgt. Debra Clayton as well as a pregnant woman -- was fleeing a home Tuesday when he was caught, according to cops.

He was wearing body armor and carrying two handguns, including a Glock that contained a magazine with the capacity for 100 rounds of ammunition, Orlando Police Chief John Mina said. Loyd threw the guns to the ground and resisted arrest when police officers tried to detain him, police said.

John Cohen, an ABC News contributor who is a former U.S. counterterrorism official, said the massive magazine Loyd allegedly had can hold an "extraordinary amount of bullets." Cohen said a weapon like the one Loyd was alleged to be carrying "only has one purpose -- to allow the shooter to fire continuously without having to reload."

Cohen said these drum magazines -- which are readily available online -- pose a real challenge for law enforcement because violent criminals can use them to carry out attacks or to defend themselves while they're being sought.

Cohen said the high-capacity magazine -- in addition to the fact that Loyd was wearing body armor -- shows Loyd was "prepared to take on the police" who came to arrest him.

"In the hands of a violent criminal, this type of high capacity magazine could be extraordinarily dangerous, and result in the death of people including police officers," Cohen said.

Orange County Sheriff's office officials said Tuesday that Loyd would be charged with two counts of first-degree murder with a firearm, two counts of aggravated assault and one count of attempted homicide.

Officials said before Clayton was shot, Loyd was wanted for the death of his former girlfriend and her unborn child. Officials said Loyd also allegedly shot and injured the former girlfriend's brother.

Records Wednesday show that Loyd was booked on charges of first-degree murder with a firearm, unlawful killing of an unborn child, attempted first-degree murder with a firearm and two counts aggravated assault with a firearm. The sheriff's office did not immediately respond for comment on why records show one murder charge.

He suffered minor injuries in the scuffle with police, Mina said. Loyd is at the Orlando Regional Medical Center and it is unclear when he will be moved to the Orange County Jail. His first court appearance is not clear.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Eighteen years ago, Alexis Manigo was snatched from a Florida hospital as a newborn and spent her entire life being raised by a woman, Gloria Williams, who wasn't her mom.

Recently, after DNA testing, Manigo, who was given the name Kamiyah Mobley at birth, discovered her true identity.

But instead of harboring ill will towards the suspect, Manigo, who is still reeling from the discovery, called her "a great mother."

"That’s all I want people to know," she told Good Morning America in an exclusive interview. "She was a great mother."

"I will never have malice for her," she added. "I will always love her."

Williams, 51, allegedly snatched Manigo from a hospital in Jacksonville, Florida just hours after she was born, and has been arrested and charged with the kidnapping. Williams, who has not yet entered a plea, will make her first court appearance today.

Earlier this month, authorities revealed that they used DNA testing to determine that Manigo was not Williams' biological daughter, and that the teenager was the victim of a decades-old kidnapping case.

"I understand what she did was wrong, but just don’t lock her up and throw away the key," Manigo pleaded.

"She loved me for 18 years, she cared about me for 18 years," Manigo said. "I just want people to realize that."

"She made one mistake, but I was loved," Manigo said. "From that one mistake I was given the best life."

"I had everything I ever needed, wanted, I had love especially. There is no price you can put on the love that was given to me," Manigo said.

Manigo added that the attention that she has been getting has been "overwhelming." Last week, she was joyfully reunited with her birth mother and father, saying, "when you find a new family, it's just more love."

She added that the reunion was bittersweet because it also meant that the woman who raised her was taken away from her.

"For some it's a victory," Manigo said. "But at the same time you do take a loss when someone so dear to you is just snatched like that."

Manigo said she is still processing everything that has happened, and though she identified herself as "Alexis Manigo," she said she is fine with people calling her by her birth name.

"It's all a bit much for me, but if you know me by 'Alexis' continue to call me 'Alexis', if you know me as 'Kamiyah,' then you can call me that to. I'm not really specific right now. I haven't even thought about that, I'm just taking it one step at a time," Manigo said. "I don't want any malice with anybody."

"Regardless of what you refer to me to, I know who I am, I’ve never questioned myself," Manigo said. "I know who I am as a person."

Williams was extradited from South Carolina to Florida on Tuesday but Manigo said, "I still think of her as mom, she will always be 'Mom.'"

Manigo said it has been hard for her to deal with the comments and judgment that has been directed on Williams and her online.

"They want me to hate her, and it's not in me to," Manigo said.

Manigo's attorney, Justin Bamberg, told GMA that people online have made hurtful comments directed towards Manigo and Williams.

"Until you are in that situation, I don't think you should be so quick to judge," Bamberg said. "I want you to ask yourself, 'What would I say if I woke up tomorrow and I found out that my mother was not my mother?'"

"Anybody can be bold behind the keyboard, that’s the new thing," Bamberg added. "Be upset, but also be mindful that there is an innocent 18-year-old who is left to deal with this."


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ABC News(WASHINGTON) — The transition of power from one president to the next brings a tremendous amount of change to the White House. But the impact extends far beyond 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

This year, that shift will also be felt in one of Washington, D.C.’s most historic neighborhoods — Sheridan-Kalorama.

The Obama family is moving from the most famous house in the nation to private residence on a quiet, tree-lined street less than three miles away.

Obama is not be the first former president to live in the Northwest D.C. neighborhood. Five other presidents called Sheridan-Kalorama home either before or after their presidencies: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, Warren G. Harding, Woodrow Wilson and William Howard Taft. That means Obama will be the first president to move to the neighborhood since Wilson in 1921.

Despite Sheridan-Kalorama's appeal among past presidents, one longtime resident says she's “surprised” the Obamas chose to move there on Jan. 20.

“I’m surprised the president would move to a neighborhood where the houses are so close together — but I suppose the Secret Service knows how to take care of that,” said Sally Berk, a professional historical preservationist who has lived in Sheridan-Kalorama for 36 years.

“I’ve never been inside the house, but it's known that it has nine bedrooms,” Berk said of the Obamas' new home. “It’s a little over 8,000 square feet, but in our neighborhood that’s not unusual.”

Berk believes the home may have been chosen by the first family because it has ample parking. She suspects it can “accommodate probably eight cars in the parking lot and another two in the garage.”

“The best amenity, after the parking lot, is probably the swimming pool,” she said. “While I don’t expect Obama to invite me over for dinner, I’d be happy if he invited me over for a pool party.”

Learn more about Sally Berk and the Obamas “Next Chapter” in Kalorama in the video below.

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Orlando Police Department(ORLANDO, Fla.) — Orlando police say that they have caught alleged cop killer Markeith Loyd, who was also wanted for killing a pregnant woman.

Around 7 p.m. Tuesday, authorities located Loyd in an abandoned home, Orlando Police Chief John Mina said during a press conference. Police surrounded the home, but Loyd tried to escape through the back of the home before the SWAT teams arrived, Mina said.

Loyd then ran back inside the home and left again through the front door, wearing body armor and carrying two handguns, including a Glock that contained a magazine with the capacity for 100 rounds of ammunition, Mina said. Loyd threw the guns to the ground and resisted arrest when police officers tried to detain him.

He suffered minor injuries in the scuffle and was treated by firefighters, Mina said.

Markeith Loyd was wearing body armor when he was apprehended. And had these guns in his possession. pic.twitter.com/T0AfzZibmA

— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) January 18, 2017

On Dec. 9, Orlando Master Sgt. Debra Clayton was on duty by herself near a Walmart around 7 a.m. when a citizen approached her, telling her that a murder suspect was nearby, according to police.

Clayton found Loyd and chased him, police said. He allegedly opened fire after Clayton told him to stop running. He was already wanted before he shot and killed Clayton for allegedly killing a pregnant woman.

Clayton, a wife and mother, was shot multiple times, police said. She was wearing body armor at the time, but she later died. A funeral for the slain officer was held over the weekend.

Loyd was placed in Clayton's handcuffs when he was caught, as part of a "tradition" in law enforcement that goes back "many, many years," Mina said.

These are Lt. Debra Clayton's handcuffs. Markeith Loyd was placed in these when he was arrested. pic.twitter.com/3TKs9nw2lu

— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) January 18, 2017

Orange County records show Loyd was booked on charges of first-degree murder with a firearm, unlawful killing of an unborn child, attempted first-degree murder with a firearm and two counts aggravated assault with a firearm.

Great police work got this cop killer and the killer of Sade Dixon and her unborn child off the street. pic.twitter.com/MkAdoHwZmM

— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) January 18, 2017

One of the first people Mina said he called after Loyd was caught was Clayton's husband, Seth Clayton, who expressed both relief and concern that Loyd was captured just around the corner from the home of Clayton's mother, Mina said.

Authorities launched a massive manhunt last week in response to Clayton's death. Law enforcement was able to locate Loyd by "tireless" and "great police work," rather than anonymous tips, Mina said. Several agencies, including the Orlando Police Department, the Orange County Sheriff's Office, U.S. Marshals, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security and the FBI participated in the hunt for Loyd. Last week, the reward for information leading to Loyd’s capture was raised to $125,000.

"I was extremely happy that this dangerous person was off the streets," Mina said when asked by a reporter why he was seen smiling in the video of Loyd being led into the police station.

More arrests are pending for anyone who helped Loyd evade police, Mina said. The investigation has revealed that Loyd received help and the home that he was found in has ties to some of his associates, Mina said. Police do not know how long Loyd was in the home before he was caught, the police chief said.

An investigation of the arresting officer's use of force will be launched, per standard procedure, Mina said.

In a statement, Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Loyd will be "held to the fullest extent of the law."

"It is sickening that anyone would commit senseless violence against our brave first responders," Scott said. "Ann and I continue to pray for the families of the fallen heroes and hope today's news provides some relief.”

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JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Chelsea Manning, the Army private and intelligence analyst whose release of classified information to WikiLeaks sparked a worldwide controversy over the status of whistle-blowers and transparency in the military, had most of her 35-year prison sentence commuted Tuesday by President Obama, an act that will end her imprisonment on May 17, seven years after her arrest.

The debate over Manning’s motive, and the attention she received as a transgender military member, makes her perhaps the most notable recipient of a commutation during Obama’s term.

Here’s what you need to know about Chelsea Manning:

Military Service

Manning, who was assigned male at birth and known then as Bradley, joined in the Army in October 2007 at the age of 19. According to information later provided as part of her court martial, Manning explained that “earning benefits under the GI Bill for college opportunities” was one of the motivators behind her enlistment.

She performed well on the Armed Services Aptitude Battery but struggled with Basic Combat Training, at one point injuring both her shoulder and foot. At one point, Manning was told she was in danger of being “out-processed” or dismissed from training but returned after recovering from her injuries. Ultimately, Manning needed six months to finish the training that typically takes six weeks.

Drawing on an expertise with and long interest in computers, Manning received training to be an intelligence analyst at Fort Huachuca in Arizona, then joined the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum in New York. A New York Magazine profile of Manning in 2011 claimed that Manning struggled emotionally while at Fort Drum, lashing out at fellow soldiers, and was seeing a mental-health counselor.

Despite hesitation from superiors who were reportedly uncertain she would be able to handle deployment, Manning was sent to Forward Operating Base Hammer, east of Baghdad, in October 2009. She worked there until her arrest in May 2010.

Release of Material to WikiLeaks

Manning reported that she first learned of WikiLeaks while at Fort Huachuca and that she was regularly visiting the website while stationed in Iraq, utilizing some of the leaked information to inform her work. As part of her role as an analyst, Manning frequently utilized records of notable incidents and events termed “Significant Activities” (SIGACTs).

While back in the U.S. on leave in January 2010, Manning said she “began to become depressed” at the military situation in Iraq and Afghanistan and felt that if the public had access to the information she possessed, that it “could spark a domestic debate on the role of the military and ... foreign policy.”

At first, Manning reached out to The Washington Post and The New York Times in an attempt to release SIGACT tables but was rebuffed. From there, she utilized an anonymizing network to submit the information to WikiLeaks, according to court documents. She would later submit additional materials, including diplomatic cables and a video of a July 2007 airstrike in Baghdad in which two Reuters photographers were killed and two children were wounded.

The video, which WikiLeaks renamed “Collateral Murder,” received widespread attention and Manning noted he “was encouraged by the response in the media and the general public.”

Trial and Imprisonment


In May 2010, Manning began an online friendship with a hacker named Adrian Lamo. In their internet exchanges, Manning discussed her troubles with the military and disclosed that she was responsible for providing hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks.

Lamo contacted the Department of Defense about the leak, and Manning was arrested in May 2010 and placed in a detention camp in Kuwait. In July, the military transferred Manning to a Marine Corps prison in Quantico, Virginia, where she stayed in solitary confinement and claimed she “was stripped of all clothing with the exception of my underwear” and that her eyeglasses were taken away, according to a statement from Manning released by her lawyers.

In 2013, Manning deferred a plea bargain and was arraigned on 22 charges, including espionage, theft of military records or property, and aiding the enemy -- a capital offense under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Manning’s lawyer, David Coombs, claimed she was emotionally distraught and said her clearance privileges should have been removed by superiors in the military who were aware of her struggles in the military. Coombs said Manning wrote a letter to a supervisor in which she came out as transgender and attached a photo of herself wearing a blonde wig. Manning maintained that her decision to release the government documents was a way to reveal war crimes.

"I understand that my actions violate the law. It was never my intent to hurt anyone. I only wanted to help people," Manning said in a statement delivered by her lawyers. “When I chose to disclose classified information, I did so out of a love for my country and a sense of duty for others."

During her court martial in Fort Meade, Maryland, Manning was acquitted of the charge of aiding the enemy, but was sentenced to 35 years in prison. In the military justice system, prison sentences longer than 30 years are eligible for parole review after 10 years. Manning, however, was credited 1,294 days towards her sentence and eligible to request a parole review after seven years.

Gender Identity

One day after her sentencing, Manning revealed in a statement delivered by defense counsel that she wished to transition from male to female, and asked to be called Chelsea.

During an appearance on NBC’s Today, Manning’s lawyer read a statement in which Manning wrote that “I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female.”

“Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible,” she said. “I hope that you will support me in this transition. I also request that, starting today, you refer to me by my new name and use the feminine pronoun (except in official mail to the confinement facility).”

In 2014, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit against then-Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Department of Defense officials for denying Manning “access to medically necessary treatment for her gender dysphoria.” The ACLU claimed that if left untreated, Manning could become suicidal. In February 2015, the Army allowed Manning to receive hormone treatment for her transition from male to female.

During her time in prison, Manning has struggled with her mental health. After a reported suicide attempt in July 2016, Manning was placed in solitary confinement, an environment her lawyers say exacerbated her mental stress. In September, Manning went on a hunger strike in protest of the Army’s refusal to give her access to hormone therapy. She ended her strike after five days when the Army informed her that they would allow her to move forward with her plans to undergo gender reassignment surgery.

In October 2016, Manning’s lawyers reported that she attempted suicide again.

“She has repeatedly been punished for trying to survive and now is being repeatedly punished for trying to die,” her attorney Chase Strangio said in a statement. “I worry about the sustainability of her current conditions and her ability to keep fighting under these relentless abuses.”

Clemency Requests

Concerned about Manning’s well-being, attorneys filed an application for clemency to be granted before President Obama leaves office.

“I have no confirmation that Chelsea's request is on a short list,” said Strangio, Manning’s attorney. “But I encourage the president to act on Chelsea's request for a commutation of her sentence. Her life depends on it and she has already served almost 7 year of her sentence -- longer than any whistle-blower in United States history.”

In 2011, Obama said that Manning “broke the law,” noting: “We are a nation of laws. We don’t let individuals make decisions about how the law operates."

A White House petition asking for President Obama to commute Manning’s sentence to time serve received 117,000 signatures. Manning, who corresponds with supporters online, tweeted about the potential for her clemency request.

 

Thank you all so very much. I'm totally honored. >hugs< https://t.co/IemOhE0G4s #timeserved #FreeChelseaNow

— Chelsea Manning (@xychelsea) January 11, 2017

 

President Obama granted a commutation on Tuesday of a bulk of Manning's sentence.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A small fire was lit apparently in protest of President-elect Donald Trump in the middle of Pennsylvania Avenue on Tuesday night outside the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police Department told ABC News: "An adult male lit a fire and received burns. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The investigation is continuing."

President-elect Donald Trump was not inside the hotel at the time, but was in the area for a dinner ahead of the inauguration.

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Facebook(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The wife of the gunman who carried out a mass shooting in an Orlando, Florida, nightclub made her first appearance at a federal court in California Tuesday, where a prosecutor claimed that "she knew he was going to conduct the attack."

Gunman Omar Mateen's wife, Noor Salman, who was arrested by the FBI Monday in the San Francisco area, entered a courtroom Tuesday morning slightly hunched over and with her head down. She wore a bright yellow shirt and long, gray skirt.

The U.S. Attorney’s office claims Salman aided and abetted her husband's "provision of material support" to the terror group ISIL, also known as ISIS.

Salman is also accused in the indictment of misleading federal agents and Fort Pierce, Florida, police officers who came to question her about Mateen's attack at Pulse nightclub that killed 49 people.

During Tuesday's initial appearance, the prosecution, led by Assistant U.S. Attorney Roger Handberg, read the charges against Salman aloud in court.

As written in the indictment, on count one, she was charged with aiding and abetting her husband’s attempted provision and provision of "material support or resources" to a foreign terrorist organization. For this count, she could face up to life in prison and a $250,000 fine.

"She knew he was going to conduct the attack," Handberg said.

On count two, she was charged with obstruction of justice. She could face up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

When asked by Judge Donna Ryu if she understood the charges, Salman quietly replied, "Yes."

Because of the count one terrorism charge, the government is asking for her to be detained and not released on bond.

Salman was represented Tuesday by public defender John Paul Richmond. It was not clear if she entered a plea. A status hearing was set for Wednesday morning in Oakland.

Salman's lawyer, Linda Moreno, who was not in court Tuesday, said in a statement to ABC News Monday, "Noor Salman had no foreknowledge, nor could she predict what Omar Mateen intended to do that tragic night. Noor has told her story of abuse at his hands. We believe it is misguided and wrong to prosecute her and that it dishonors the memories of the victims to punish an innocent person."

Her uncle, Al Salman, who was at court Tuesday, called his niece a "very simple person" who is "not that smart." Al Salman said he was adamant that his niece had no clue what her husband was planning.

Noor Salman is expected to be extradited to Florida, where the indictment was filed.

Mateen was killed in a police shootout after he shot and killed 49 people at Pulse nightclub in Orlando on June 12, 2016.

Orlando Police Chief John Mina expressed relief that Salman was arrested, he said in a statement Monday.

"Federal authorities have been working tirelessly on this case for more than seven months, and we are grateful that they have seen to it that some measure of justice will be served in this act of terror that has affected our community so deeply," Mina said. "Nothing can erase the pain we all feel about the senseless and brutal murders of 49 of our neighbors, friends, family members and loved ones. But today, there is some relief in knowing that someone will be held accountable for that horrific crime."


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