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Pope Francis Tells Americans 'Be Courageous' During Virtual Audience


ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Pope Francis had a piece of advice for the Americans he spoke to during a virtual audience hosted by ABC News: “Be courageous.”During the event, which was moderated by ABC News’ World News Tonight anchor David Muir

Pope Francis Talks to Homeless Teen About Understanding Others' Hardships


ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- In the shadow of Hollywood, another, harsher version of Los Angeles exists -- a city containing the largest unsheltered homeless population in the country, including up to 10,000 homeless youths.Marcus Alston, one of those many yo

Jailed Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis: What's Next?


Carter County Detention Center(MOREHEAD, Ky.) -- For Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk in jail for refusing a judge’s order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, she herself holds a jailhouse key.Davis, who was taken into custody Thursd

Hacker Allegedly Behind One of Most Destructive Viruses in History Due in Court


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — One of the alleged masterminds behind what has been called "one of the most financially destructive computer viruses in history" is expected to appear Friday afternoon in a New York federal courtroom.Deniss Calovskis, a

Meet the 1st Same-Sex Couple to Get Marriage License in Rowan County


Ty Wright/Getty Images(MOREHEAD, Ky.) -- James Yates and William Smith Jr. were the first same-sex couple to receive a marriage license in Rowan County, Kentucky, Friday morning, while clerk Kim Davis remains in jail for failing to follow a judge’s

Pope Francis to Texas Nun Norma Pimentel: 'I Love You All Very Much'


ABC News(MCALLEN, Texas) — When Sister Norma Pimentel participated in a virtual papal audience hosted by ABC News this week, she was excited to see Pope Francis, but never expected him to address her directly.Sister Pimentel runs a welcome center at

Jailed Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis Offers 'Remedy' in Same-Sex Marriage License Bat


Photo by Ty Wright/Getty Images(MOREHEAD, Ky.) -- Kim Davis thinks she has a solution to her problem.The Kentucky county clerk, jailed for failing to follow a judge’s orders to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, wants her name removed from

Teen Shot, Killed by 11-Year-Old in Alleged Home Intrusion


John Roman/iStock/Thinkstock(ST. LOUIS) -- An 11-year-old St. Louis boy fatally shot a teenager believed to be trying to enter his home on Thursday afternoon.According to the St. Louis County Police Department, officers were called shortly before 2:30 p.m

Twitter Data Reveals US Cities Most Unfriendly to Tourists


Dennis Macdonald/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Summer's nearly over, and that means most summer vacations are, too.  If you haven't yet had the chance to take yours, you might want to think twice about visiting certain cities that, apparently, would

Sacramento City College Locked Down After Fatal Shooting


iStock/Thinkstock(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- Sacramento City College was put on lockdown Thursday night after a deadly shooting on campus near the baseball fields, police said.Sacramento police said there were three male shooting victims, including the one

Kentucky Clerk in Jail but Deputies Expected to Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses


Ty Wright/Getty Images(ASHLAND, Ky.) — A Kentucky county clerk, Kim Davis, was jailed Thursday after a judge found her in contempt of court for her refusal to issue same-sex marriage licenses, but five of her deputies said under oath they would comp

School Bus Driver Fired for Letting 3 Strangers on Board


iStock/Thinkstock(SAN ANTONIO) -- A school bus driver in Texas was fired and three women face charges after the women allegedly boarded a bus filled with middle-school students and rode to school, officials said.The alleged incident occurred last Friday o

Bears Nab Tennessee Woman's Purse, Lunch From Her Car


Courtesy of Kathy Gafford(GATLINBURG, Tenn.) -- A Tennessee woman learned the hard way a valuable lesson about bears -- always keep your car windows closed.Kathy Gafford, of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, was inspecting cabins in the Great Smoky Mountains Nationa

Kansas Farmer Catches Fish Using Flying Drone


iStock/Thinkstock(PEABODY, Kan.) -- A farmer from Peabody, Kansas, recently recorded himself catching a fish using his drone, which he transformed into a fishing pole.Derek Klingenberg, known as Farmer Derek on his YouTube Channel with over 58,871 subscri

Falling Tree Splits Washington Home in Half


KOMO-TV(SEATTLE) -- A tree that crashed down into a Snohomish County, Washington house during a recent storm -- splitting it in half -- narrowly missed the family of four inside it.Homeowner Marlon Waske said that he, his wife, their two young daughters a

30-Foot-Long Basking Shark Dies Despite Rescue Efforts


Mark Steven Olson(LUBEC, Maine) -- Beachgoers in Lubec, Maine, near the Canadian border, tried to save a 30-foot-long basking shark that recently washed ashore, according to a video showing the desperate rescue attempt.Onlooker Mark Olsen recorded the vid

Air Force Veteran Finally Finds Girl He Rescued During Katrina 10 Years Ago


Airman 1st Class Veronica Pierce/Air Force(NEW ORLEANS) -- The Air Force veteran who has been trying to reconnect with a girl he rescued 10 years ago during Hurricane Katrina has finally found her, thanks to the power of social media, he said.This past Ma

Alleged SC Church Shooter Facing Possible Death Penalty


Grace Beahm/Getty Images(CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- State prosecutors will be seeking the death penalty against the alleged South Carolina church shooter, they announced on Thursday.In a court filing released on Thursday, state prosecutors indicated that they w

Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis in Custody for Contempt of Court Over Same-Sex Marriage


Ty Wright/Getty Images(ASHLAND, Ky.) — A Kentucky county clerk, Kim Davis, was taken into custody Thursday after a judge found her in contempt of court for her refusal to issue same-sex marriage licenses.U.S. District Judge David Bunning ruled again

Police Departments Rush to Outfit Officers With Body Cameras


Photo by Richard Ellis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Law enforcement officials around the country are racing to purchase body cameras for their officers.Officials in Texas’ Bexar County, which includes San Antonio,voted Tuesday to buy more body cameras

College Football Player Killed by Police Had Drugs in System At Time of Shooting


Christian Taylor, right, poses alongside his younger brother Joshua Taylor. (Courtesy Joshua Taylor)(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- Christian Taylor, the college football player shot to death by police in Arlington, Texas last month, had marijuana and a psychedelic

Army Removes Gender Barrier for Ranger Course


Capt. Kristen Griest (R) and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver (L) with their Ranger tabs after the graduation ceremony of the United States Army's Ranger School on August 21, 2015 at Fort Benning, Georgia . Griest and Haver are the first women ever to successfully com

Woman Charged With Falsifying Report Amid Manhunt for Fox Lake Cop Killers


Police officers search an area for suspects involved in shooting an officer September 1, 2015 in Fox Lake, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images(FOX LAKE, Ill.) --  A woman was charged Thursday morning with falsifying a report about suspicious

Two Soldiers Remain Hospitalized After Helicopter Training Crash in Colorado


Aydin Bacak/iStock/Thinkstock(FORT CARSON, Colo.) -- Two soldiers were hospitalized on Wednesday when a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter suffered a hard landing during a training mission.A press release from Fort Carson noted that the training was occurring on