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Blue Jackets Finish Off Penguins in Double Overtime to Even Series


Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) -- Jack Johnson tied the game with 6:01 left in regulation and Matt Calvert scored off his own rebound 1:10 into the second overtime to propel the Columbus Blue Jackets past the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3, evening the best-of-seven first round playoff series at a game a piece.

It was the the Blue Jackets first playoff win in franchise history.

"You always dream about being the hero in overtime," Calvert said. "We battled for it and it didn't come easy. We were down a couple goals at different times. The penalty kill was great when it had to be and it's just a great feeling right now." 

The Penguins started the game strong, with center Brian Gibbons scoring two goals in the first five minutes of the game. but Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen answered, scoring 43 seconds after Gibbons second goal. Matt Niskanen took the momentum back by scoring his second goal of the series with 2:08 to play in the first, giving the Penguins a 3-1 lead. 

Things continud to go the Penguins way after they received their second power play of the second period, but Calvert was able to gain control of the puck, take it down three quarters of the ice and wrist it past Marc-Andre Fleury's glove side to make the deficit one. 

"It gave hope to our guys," Blue Jackets head coach Todd Richards said. "It was 3-1 at the time and we scored to make it 3-2. You could feel it on the bench. After that I felt we played a very strong game."

Johnson tied the game late in the third period when he scored his first career playoff goal off a fantastic pass from Johansen.

Game 3 is Monday in Columbus.  

"We have to be better," Pittsburgh center Sidney Crosby said. "That's really, I think, the bottom line. Right on through, whether it's special teams or 5-on-5 we have to be better."

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South Korea Ferry Captain in Custody as Divers Search for Survivors


JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images(SEOUL, South Korea) -- The captain of the ferry that sunk near South Korea Wednesday is in custody as divers continue to search for survivors.

Captain Lee Joon-Seok was arrested on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need.

South Korean prosecutors claim the third mate, who is in his 20's, was at the ship's helm for the very first time when the accident happened, trying to steer the doomed vessel in the treacherous waters.

Joon-Seok said he was in his bedroom when the ferry crashed.

Joon-Seok and two crew members are now behind bars.

Thirty-six deaths have been confirmed. About 270 people are still missing.

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Meth Lab Found in Million-Dollar Lake-Front Home, Cops Say


iStock/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) -- Police in Ohio say they have found materials to create a meth lab at a million-dollar lakefront home near Cleveland.

According to the Loraine County Sheriff's department, they found materials and equipment used to produce methamphetamine at Madhu Dutta's home located in Sheffield Lake, Ohio.

Members of the Loraine County Drug Task Force arrested Madhu Dutta, 52, at the scene. They said they also found three handguns and 11 shotguns at the home. The guns were being checked by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to see if they are legal, police said.

Dutta allegedly had compiled equipment and materials to make a more complex meth lab called a thionyl/chloride method lab, the first known lab of its kind in the state, according to police.

Dennis Cavanaugh, chief deputy of the Loraine County Sheriff's Office Drug Task Force, said that they initially had reports about Dutta in August 2013. After launching an investigation, investigators issued a search warrant on Wednesday to search the premises. During the search they found chemicals and equipment that would be used to produce meth, he said.

Cavanaugh said Dutta's home was on lakefront property in an affluent area and according to property records Dutta bought his home for $1,125,000 last year.

Neighbors speaking to ABC News affiliate WEWS-TV in northeast Ohio said they were shocked by the arrest.

"It's very unexpected," one unidentified neighbor told WEWS-TV. "You don't expect that at all."

"Around the lake the properties are expensive," Cavanaugh said. "I don't care where you are in this county or the state, you never know when anything like this is going to happen."

Dutta is facing two counts of illegal processing and assembling chemicals and one count of permitting drug abuse. He is due in court on April 24 and his bond was set at $100,000.

Dutta issued a plea of not guilty during an arraignment hearing, according to court records.

It is not clear whether he has obtained a lawyer.

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Michelle Obama To Guest Star on "Nashville"


ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) -- Michelle Obama will be guest starring on an episode of the musical drama Nashville, ABC Television confirms.

In the episode, the First Lady will join Rayna-- played by Connie Britton-- for a charity concert at Fort Campbell.

Kellie Pickler will also guest star.

The episode airs Wednesday, May 7 at 10 p.m. on ABC.

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Los Angeles Bans Electronic Cigarettes in Bars, Restaurants


iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- It is now a crime in Los Angeles to take a drag off an electronic cigarette in a public place, including bars and restaurants.

As of Saturday, electronic cigarettes are illegal in public places in Los Angeles, following concerns about chemicals in the cigarettes' vapor.

"Vapers"-- people who smoke electronic cigarettes-- fought hard against the law. But Brandi Tseu, who works at a vape lounge-- a place where e-cigarette smoking is welcomed and is still legal-- says the ban makes sense.

"I do think we need to set up some common sense laws," Tseu said. "Even as a vaper, I wouldn't want to be sitting in a restaurant with someone with a fog machine next to me."

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Obamacare Users Urged to Change Passwords After Heartbleed Virus


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The heartbleed virus has government officials concerned enough to ask Obamacare users to change their passwords.

Administration officials say it's just a precaution and there is no indication that the healthcare.gov site has been compromised.

But, after a review of the government's vulnerability to the perplexing heartbleed Internet security bug, they're telling Obamacare users to change passwords-- including those with accounts on the popular Whitehouse.Gov petitions page.

A message to be posted on the health care website says, "we have taken steps to address heartbleed issues and reset consumers' passwords out of an abundance of caution."

The heartbleed programming flaw has caused major security concerns across the Internet and affected a widely used encryption technology designed to protect online accounts.

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Woman With Engineered Vagina Says She Has 'Normal Life'


iStock/Thinkstock(MEXICO CITY) -- A woman who took part in a ground-breaking study in which scientists were able to use her cells to engineer lab-grown vaginas is speaking about the procedure that changed her life.

The unnamed woman was one of four subjects between the ages of 13 to 18 who took part in the study. All four suffered from a genetic condition called Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauster (MRKH), which left them with vaginas that were incomplete.

The unnamed woman, who lives in Mexico, said in a translated interview that she was 18 when she found out about her condition and started to learn about her options.

"I thought I couldn’t believe it was true. I was informed about other procedures for this syndrome and it was unbelievable that it could be done in a lab," she said of first learning about the study.

To engineer the organs, researchers from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., and the Metropolitan Autonomous University in Mexico City biopsied cells from the women and were able to use a biodegradable scaffolds to then build the vagina in the lab. The organs were then implanted in each patient.

"For me to be able to have the surgery, I feel very fortunate because I can have a normal life,"” said the woman. "I know I'm one of the first. It is important to let other girls that have the same problem know that ... there is a treatment and you can have a normal life."

A woman with MRKH will often not develop a uterus or a full vagina, though external genitalia is unaffected by the disorder, which often means the syndrome is not diagnosed until the patient is in her late teens. Before the study, patients were limited to surgical options to recreate that vaginal canal. The disorder affects approximately one in 4,500 female births, according to the National Institutes of Health.

In the eight years after the original operation, researchers found that the subjects reported normal sexual function and that the engineered organs remained structurally and functionally normal.

"Truly I feel fortunate because I have a normal life, completely normal," said the woman who took part in the study.

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