ABC7 WEATHER: Partly cloudy. Warm and humid Friday. Highs in the middle 80s. http://wj.la/1ivsSwP
‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports –a man was stabbed on U Street early Friday morning http://wj.la/1luLP1R; the death of three-year-old Xavier Lyles in Southeast D.C. has been ruled a homicide; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m.
SYRIAN REBELS TRAINING: President Barack Obama asked Congress Thursday for $500 million to train and arm vetted members of the Syrian opposition, as the U.S. struggles for a way to stem a civil war that has also fueled the al-Qaida inspired insurgency in neighboring Iraq.
The military training program would deepen the Obama administration's involvement in the more than four-year conflict between rebels and forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad. If approved by Congress, the program would supplement a covert train-and-assistance program run by U.S. intelligence agencies.
The Syria program is part of a broader $65.8 billion overseas operations request that the administration sent to Capitol Hill Thursday. The package includes $1 billion to help stabilize nations bordering Syria that are struggling with the effects of the civil war. It also formalizes a request for a previously announced $1 billion to strengthen the U.S. military presence in Central and Eastern Europe amid Russia's threatening moves in Ukraine. http://wj.la/1pnQTZk
PREGNANT RUNNER FINISHES RACE: Alysia Montano will have a heck of a story to tell her first child.
Thirty-four weeks pregnant, Montano ran the 800 meters Thursday in the U.S. Track and Field Championships. The five-time national champion finished in 2 minutes, 32.13 seconds — nearly 35 seconds slower than her personal best of 1:57.34 in 2010 in Monaco.
"I've been running throughout my pregnancy and I felt really, really good during the whole process," Montano said after the qualifying heat.
That the 28-year-old former University of California star finished last in her heat didn't matter one bit to the crowd gathered at Hornet Stadium. Trailing the lead pack by more than 120 meters for most of the race, Montano received a rousing ovation as she finished her first lap and the cheering grew louder when she finally crossed the finish line. http://wj.la/1mClfnC
'VIEW' SHAKE-UP: Sherri Shepherd is leaving "The View" after seven years and freshman co-host Jenny McCarthy said she's right behind her, a major upheaval for the daytime talk show a month after creator Barbara Walters' retirement from on-camera duties.
In a written statement Thursday, Shepherd said that after "careful consideration" she has decided it's time to move on.
According to a person familiar with the situation, Shepherd was negotiating a new contract and she and ABC failed to reach an agreement. The person wasn't authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Shepherd's manager, Darris Hatch, replied "yes" in an email when asked if that was accurate. http://wj.la/1pFGHak
PLAGUE SURVIVOR DIES: A man who nearly lost his life in New York City's first instance of bubonic plague in more than 100 years has died of an unrelated illness in a Santa Fe, New Mexico, hospital, his wife said Thursday.
John Tull was diagnosed with a rare cancer last month, but doctors didn't believe it was connected to his previous health struggles, said Lucinda Marker, his wife. Tull was 65 when he died Wednesday.
In November 2002, the New Mexico couple was on vacation in the Big Apple when both came down with flu-like symptoms including a fever and swollen lymph nodes. They were diagnosed with the plague, an exceedingly rare disease that wiped out a third of Europe in the 14th century. It was considered New York's first plague case in more than a century, but doctors said Tull and Marker had likely become infected back home in Santa Fe. http://apne.ws/1nKT9V2
SHIA LABEOUF ARRESTED: Police say actor Shia LaBeouf has been taken out of a New York City theater for being disorderly and causing a disruption.
t happened Thursday night at Studio 54 in Manhattan during a performance of the Broadway show "Cabaret."
A spokesman for the show says LaBeouf was "disruptive during Act 1" and was escorted out of the theater at intermission.
The 28-year-old former star of the "Transformers" franchise was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and criminal trespass. He's in police custody and can't be reached for comment. A message seeking comment from a representative for him hasn't been returned. http://bit.ly/1qACZAg
SPORTS, BRIEFLY: The Nationals fell 5-3 to the Chicago Cubs; Tiger Woods has a rocky start at the Quicken Loans tournament in Maryland. http://wj.la/1rps9gt
TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: A Rockville man who attempted to rob a liquor store in Silver Spring got more than he bargained for when the store's owner decided to fight back, striking the man in the head with a fire extinguisher. Customers in the store then helped the woman restrain the man until police arrived. http://wj.la/TyvldS
NEWSTALK: Among Friday’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) are DC Councilman David Catania, who will talk about the Chancellor's school boundary proposals; Tom Threlkeld of the DC Pro Sports Report who will talk about the World Cup, the Nationals and the NBA draft; and DC Vote's Kim Perry will discuss the GOP push to curtail the District's move to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.