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NC Teacher Allegedly Caught Threatening Students in Secret Recording


Creatas/Thinkstock(FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.) -- A North Carolina elementary school teacher was apparently captured threatening students in a secret recording, parents say.Leona Cain says her son Sammy had been trying to tell her for months that his teacher at A

Parts of Great Plains Brace for More Rain Amid Cleanup Efforts


ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Millions of Americans in the Great Plains are bracing for more rain and severe weather after being battered for days by powerful storms that are being blamed for several deaths.Flash flood watches and warnings are in effect Thursday

Florida Pilot Arrested After Plane Strikes a Shed


Brevard County Sheriff’s Office(MELBOURNE, Fla.) -- A Florida man was arrested Wednesday after the plane he was piloting struck a shed, authorities said.According to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Christopher John Hall, 57, was arrested

Massachusetts Boy Shot on Bike Released from Hospital


iStock/Thinkstock(DORCHESTER, Mass.) -- The Massachusetts boy who was shot while riding his bike over the weekend is home from the hospital and recovering nicely, his family said.“I was just riding my bike when I heard the shots,” Divan Silva,

Video Captures Shooting of Second-Grader in Massachusetts


iStock/Thinkstock(DORCHESTER, Mass.) -- Authorities in Massachusetts pleaded for help from the public Wednesday as a 7-year-old remained hospitalized after being hit by a stray bullet while riding his bike."If you have information, holding onto it only he

Florida Doctor Arrested By Feds in Massive Drug Racketeering, Manslaughter Schem


Roel Smart/iStock/Thinkstock(MIAMI) -- A South Florida doctor and seven of her employees were arrested Wednesday by the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration in a massive racketeering and manslaughter scheme.The DEA charged Dr. Lynn Averill with handing

Father of Suspect in DC Mansion Fire Wants Perp to 'Suffer the Consequences'


Metropolitan Police Department(WASHINGTON) -- The father of a suspect charged in a quadruple homicide in Washington, D.C., Wednesday offered his condolences to the families of the victims and hoped that whoever committed the “heinous crimes, my son

Penn State Kicks Embroiled Fraternity Off Campus For Three Years


Mark Treese/iStock/Thinkstock(STATE COLLEGE, Pa.) -- The Pennsylvania State University fraternity that came under fire for allegedly posting pictures of nude women on Facebook has been shut down for three years.The move by university officials c

Georgia Man Pleads Guilty to Attempting to Provide Material Support to ISIS


Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) -- A Georgia man pleaded guilty on Wednesday to attempting to provide material support to ISIS.The U.S. Attorney General for the Southern District of Georgia announced the plea in a press release Wednesday. The FBI sa

Nebraska Outlaws Death Penalty


benkrut/iStock/Thinkstock(LINCOLN, Neb.) -- Nebraska legislators overrode the state governor Wednesday to replace the death penalty in the state with life sentence without parole.The decision came after the governor vetoed a bill banning the practice on T

Pentagon Inadvertently Shipped Live Anthrax to Labs in Nine States


PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Pentagon said Wednesday that live anthrax spores were accidentally shipped to private research laboratories in nine states.The shipments came from Dugway Proving Ground in Utah and were sent using a pri

Flash Floods Leave Apocalyptic Scenes Across Texas


File photo. (iStock/Thinkstock)(HOUSTON) -- A flash flood warning was issued for parts of six counties in Texas that include Houston, and parts of the city remain underwater after a weekend of torrential rain.The warning was issued by the National Weather

NOAA Issues Forecast for 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season


NOAA's break down of storms for 2015 hurricane season. (ABC News)(WASHINGTON) -- The coming hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin is expected to be calmer than normal, but that doesn't mean the East Coast is off the hook, according to a forecast issued W

California Triplets All Accepted to MIT


KABC(NEW YORK) -- Most students leave for college without a piece of home. But for a set of triplets from Newport Beach, California, they’re getting to take their siblings. Claire, Christopher and Edward Goul were all accepted into the Massachusetts

DC Mansion Fire Family Remembered in Detail-Filled Obituary


Facebook(WASHINGTON) -- Savvas Savopoulos was a CEO with a passion for side projects such as the design of a martial arts studio.His wife, Amy Savopoulos, was raised as a "citizen of the world," having grown up in a military family, and had a knack for fi

Deputy Ambushed by Three Men Saved by His Dog


iStock/Thinkstock(PEARLINGTON, Miss.) -- A police K-9 came to the rescue of an officer who was being ambushed by three men and the dog most likely saved his life, authorities said Wednesday. Deputy Todd Frazier was traveling along a remote stretch of High

More Rain Rocks Houston as Region Braces for New Flooding


iStock/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) -- A flash flood warning was issued Wednesday for parts of six counties in Texas, including Houston. Parts of the city remain underwater after a weekend of torrential rain.The warning was issued by the National Weather Service a

Why the US Is Investigating FIFA


FIFA's global headquarters in Zurich. (iStock Editorial/Thinkstock)(NEW YORK) -- Soccer, the world's most popular sport, may not be the biggest game in America, but the U.S. Department of Justice wants to "send a message that enough is enough" when it com

Engine Photos Land Spirit Airlines Flight Attendant in Controversy


iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- A Spirit Airlines flight attendant found herself in the middle of a controversy after passengers spotted her posing for photos inside a jet engine.A passenger saw stewardess Ericka Paige Diehl posing for the photos

Texas Floods: Man Clings to Hope After Family Swept Away


File photo. (iStock/Thinkstock)(WIMBERLEY, Texas) -- Joe McComb is grasping at little pieces of hope.His two grandchildren and daughter-in-law have been missing since Saturday, when floodwaters washed away the Wimberley, Texas home where the family was st

Houston-Area Flash Flooding Leaves at Least Five Dead


File photo. (iStock/Thinkstock)(HOUSTON) -- Floodwaters that inundated Houston, bringing the city to a standstill, were blamed Tuesday for at least five deaths, and statewide, the disaster claimed at least 12 lives, authorities said Tuesday.Houston Mayor

Florida Bounce House Incident Was 'Freak Act of Nature,' City Manager Says


Brandon Burchett(FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.) -- Fort Lauderdale City Manager called Memorial Day's beach bounce house incident "a freak act of nature that no one could have prepared for or predicted.""The change in weather was sudden and severe," the statement

Missouri Man Catches 65-Pound Striped Bass on Lake


Courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation(TANEY COUNTY, Mo.) -- A Missouri fisherman who caught a record-setting 65-pound striped bass earlier this month quickly found out he needed more than just a strong line to reel the fish in.Lawrence Dillman of R

Missouri Man Catches 65 Pound Bass on Lake


Courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation(TANEY COUNTY, Mo.) -- A Missouri fisherman who caught a record-setting 65-pound bass earlier this month quickly found out he needed more than just a strong line to reel the fish in.Lawrence Dillman of Rockaway

Amtrak to Install Inward-Facing Cameras in Locomotives Following Deadly Derailme


Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Amtrak announced on Tuesday that it will install new inward-facing video cameras in its new fleet of electric locomotives in service along the Northeast Corridor by the end of the year following a deadly de

Merriam-Webster Adds 'Meme,' 'Photobombing,' 'Jeggings' to Dictionary


chayathonwong/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Yes, texters rejoice. WTF is now a real word -- and so are some 1,700 other entries the editors at Merriam-Webster just added to their unabridged dictionary.Photobombing, while still a culturally-questionable w

Feds Reach Settlement to Overhaul, Re-train Cleveland Police Department


Ricky Rhodes/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Days after protests over a police shooting verdict rocked Cleveland, the Justice Department reached a settlement with the city over police conduct that has shown a “pattern and practice” of unnecessary

Feds Reach Settlement Over Police Use of Force in Cleveland


Ricky Rhodes/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Just days after protests over a police shooting verdict rocked Cleveland, sources say the Justice Department has reached a settlement with the city over police conduct that has shown a “pattern and practice&r

Mom Swept Away by Texas Floods Called Sister as Rain Poured Down


KVUE(SAN ANTONIO) -- A missing mother of two made a frantic phone call to her sister as deadly floodwaters inundated Texas over the weekend. Julie Shields said her sister Laura McComb had been in touch with her Saturday night when the rain started pouring

72,000 Ladybugs Set Free in School


iStock/Thinkstock(MORGANZA, Md.) -- Here's one way to bug your teachers. Seniors at Chopticon High School in Maryland left a mark on their school in more ways than one -- in 72,000 ways to be exact. A group decided their senior prank would be to release 7

New Orleans Cop Shooting: What We Know About Slain Officer


WGNO(NEW ORLEANS) -- James Bennett Jr., the 45-year-old New Orleans police officer shot dead in his cruiser this weekend, had over 15 years’ experience in law enforcement. "Bennett was a former member of the JPSO [Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office]

Hudson River Kayak Mystery: Fiancee Indicted, Body Identified


ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A body found in New York's Hudson River over the weekend has been identified as 46-year-old Vincent Viafore, the man who disappeared after kayaking with his fiancee last month, and indictments against the fiancee for second-degree mu

'Free Range Parents' Cleared of One Child Neglect Charge


ABC News(ROCKVILLE, Md.) -- The Maryland parents who were charged with child neglect over their "free range parenting" style have been cleared of a second of three charges against them.Child Protective Services of Montgomery County, Maryland, changed the