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Texas Bridge Collapses After Truck Strikes Down Beam


File photo. (iStock/Thinkstock)(DALLAS) -- Two massive concrete beams fell on I-35 between Dallas and Austin, Texas Thursday morning, killing one and injuring three others.Investigators believe a semi truck caused the bridge collapse when it slammed into

Denise Huskins' Attorney Says She Was Not Involved in a Hoax


Courtesy Mike Huskins(VALLEJO, Calif.) -- The attorney for a California woman who was reported abducted but found safe two days later said Thursday that she was not involved in a "hoax.""She is absolutely unequivocally, 100 percent, positively a victim an

At Least Two Unaccounted for After NYC Building Fire, Official Says


WABC-T(NEW YORK) — Two people were unaccounted for after a building explosion led to a seven-alarm fire in New York City, according to a New York Police Department official.The NYPD official identified one of those unaccounted for as Nicholas Figuer

Massive Alligator Spotted Again on Florida Golf Course


Myakka Pines Golf Course(ENGLEWOOD, Fla.) — A massive alligator seen roaming a Florida golf course has been spotted again.The alligator, apparently named "Goliath," was seen eating a turtle on Thursday morning at the Myakka Pines Golf Course in Engl

NYC Building Fire: Four Critical After Explosion Tears Through NYC Building


WABC-TV(NEW YORK) — Four people were in critical condition and at least 15 others were injured after a building explosion led to a seven-alarm fire in Manhattan's East Village Thursday afternoon.It was unclear how many people were inside the buildin

Federal Judge Grants Injunction to Halt Expansion of Medical Leave Benefits to S


AndreyPopov/iStock/Thinkstock(AUSTIN, Texas) -- A federal judge in Texas granted an injunction on Thursday that will stop the expansion of medical leave benefits to some same-sex couples.Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement that "the Obam

Nineteen Injured in Building Collapse, Seven-Alarm Fire in New York City


WABC-TV News(NEW YORK) -- New York City's Fire Department has responded to a partial building collapse and seven-alarm fire Thursday at a building on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.#BREAKING: Aerial view of building collapse @NYPD9Pct. Numerous rescue u

Courthouse Evacuated During Aaron Hernandez Murder Trial Due to Bomb Threat


Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(FALL RIVER, Mass.) -- The courthouse where the Aaron Hernandez murder trial is being held was evacuated on Thursday morning due to a bomb threat. ABC's Boston affiliate, WCVB-TV, reported that no ex

Seattle Police Wrangle Wild Goats


Seattle Police Department(SEATTLE) -- Police in Seattle were able to stop a wild situation before it got worse on Thursday, after 10 goats escaped from their yard.According to the Seattle Police Department, a group of kids reported being chased by another

Boyfriend of Denise Huskins Says He Was Not Involved in a 'Hoax'


ABC News(VALLEJO, Calif.) -- The boyfriend of a California woman who was reported abducted but found safe two days later said Thursday that he was not involved in a "hoax.""Our client has no responsibility for this kidnapping," said the attorney for Antho

Twelve Injured in Building Collapse, Seven-Alarm Fire in New York City


WABC-TV News(NEW YORK) -- New York City's Fire Department has responded to a partial building collapse and seven-alarm fire Thursday at a building on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.#BREAKING: Aerial view of building collapse @NYPD9Pct. Numerous rescue u

Twelve Injured in Partial Building Collapse, Seven-Alarm Fire in New York City


WABC-TV News(NEW YORK) -- New York City's Fire Department has responded to a partial building collapse and seven-alarm fire Thursday at a building on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.#BREAKING: Aerial view of building collapse @NYPD9Pct. Numerous rescue u

Partial Building Collapse, Seven-Alarm Fire in New York City


WABC-TV News(NEW YORK) -- New York City's Fire Department has responded to a partial building collapse and seven-alarm fire Thursday at a building on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.The New York Police Department also responded to the scene.At least one

How Police Busted a Businessman Accused of Faking His Death


Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A Florida businessman's alleged attempt to fake his death came to a halt when authorities said they caught him in North Carolina applying for a driver's license and passport with a stolen identity.Authorities said they fi

UVA Student Martese Johnson Makes First Court Appearance


Zach Gibson/Getty Images(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) -- University of Virginia student Martese Johnson entered no plea Thursday to charges stemming from his bloody arrest last week.Johnson was expected to enter a not guilty plea, but the prosecution asked for a

National Guardsman and His Cousin Arrested for Trying to Join ISIS


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The FBI has arrested two men -- one of them a current member of the Illinois National Guard -- for allegedly trying to join ISIS, the terrorist group wreaking havoc in Syria and Iraq, authorities said Thursday.Army Nationa

Houston Road Rage Victim Recounts Her Terrifying Experience


Courtesy Hadford Family(HOUSTON) -- A Houston woman who was shot in the head in a road rage incident said the fact that she's alive must be torture for her attacker -- and she has a message for aggressive drivers.Kay Hafford, 22, was on her way to work in

Astronaut Scott Kelly Prepares for a Pioneering Year in Space on ISS


ABC News(NEW YORK) — Astronaut Scott Kelly is poised to break the record for time in space for a U.S. Astronaut when he launches to the International Space Station this week.That’s a year with no hot showers, cold beers or the touch of his fam

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Describes Brutal Conditions of His 5-Year Captivity


ABC News(NEW YORK) -- For the first time, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has described in his own words the brutal conditions he endured as a Taliban prisoner for five years, a time during which he said he was kept in constant isolation. Bergdahl also claims he attem

Va. Gov. McAuliffe Signs Executive Order for Increased Training, Accountability


MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(RICHMOND, Va.) -- Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Wednesday signed an executive order that would implement more stringent training and oversight of the state's Alcoholic Beverage Control. The decision to sign the order comes

Deadly Tornadoes, Storms Sweep Through Oklahoma


David Schliepp/iStock/Thinkstock(TULSA, Okla.) --  At least one person was killed as tornadoes and severe storms swept through northeast Oklahoma Wednesday evening.One person was killed and several others were injured at a mobile home park in Sand Sp

Former University of Oklahoma Fraternity Member Apologizes, Admits Words Were 'M


ABC News(NORMAN, Okla.) -- Former University of Oklahoma student and Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity member Levi Pettit offered a public apology on Wednesday for his role in leading the racist chants that were captured on video earlier this month."Let me s

Bowe Bergdahl Charged with Desertion, Lawyer Says


ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- American soldier and former Taliban captive Bowe Bergdahl has been charged with desertion for allegedly walking off his post in Afghanistan in 2009, Bergdahl's attorney told ABC News Wednesday.Bergdahl was freed after five years in

Philadelphia Says It Needs 10,000 Volunteers for Pope Francis' Visit


Buda Mendes/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- The Archdiocese of Philadelphia says it needs 10,000 volunteers or more for Pope Francis’ visit there in September.In his weekly column, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput wrote that advance teams from the Holy Se

Boston Marathon Bombing: Tale of the Gun


DOJ(BOSTON) -- Three days after the deadly 2013 Boston Marathon explosions, investigators say bombing suspects Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev used a Ruger 9mm semi-automatic handgun to murder MIT police officer Sean Collier, carjack a young businessman an

Body Cam Footage Shows Police Sergeant Rescuing Child from Fire


Denniro/iStock/Thinkstock(GRIFFIN, Ga.) -- A Georgia police officer’s body camera showed his heroic rescue of a 3-year-old boy in a burning house.Told by the home's occupant that her young grandchild was inside the house on March 16, Sgt. Joe Hudson

'No Evidence' California Physical Therapist Was Abducted, Say Police


ABC News(VALLEJO, Calif.) -- Police in Vallejo, California, have found "no evidence to support the claims" that a physical therapist was abducted from a home there before she was found alive two days later and more than 400 miles away.Denise Huskins was f

Missing California Physical Therapist Found Alive, Police Say


ABC News(VALLEJO, Calif.) -- The physical therapist who was reportedly abducted from a California home early Monday morning has been found alive, police said Wednesday.Denise Huskins, 29, was found safe in Huntington Beach, California, authorities confirm

#CardsForCops Project Aims to Heal 'Broken' Relationship Between Police, Civilia


Shaddrack Boakye/The Truth Urban Theater Group(NEW YORK) — One activist theater group in Long Island, New York, is hoping to repair what they see as the "beaten and broken relationship between law enforcement and civilians."Their tool? Thank yo

Teen Drivers: Nearly 60% of Crashes Involve Distractions


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Distracted driving is far more prevalent among teens than previously believed, a new study out Wednesday finds.The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety analyzed nearly 1,700 videos of teen drivers, focusing on the six seconds

California Physical Therapist Denise Huskins Was Kidnapped for Ransom, Police Sa


ABC News(VALLEJO, Calif.) — A physical therapist who was abducted from a California home early Monday morning was kidnapped for ransom, according to police.Close to 100 people are now scouring the area near the Vallejo, California, home, looking for