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Newborn Left in Nativity Scene at New York Church

Courtesy Fr. Christopher Heanue(RICHMOND HILL, N.Y.) -- A newborn was left in a nativity scene at a Queens, New York church on Monday afternoon.According to ABC affiliate WABC-TV in New York, a baby wrapped in cloths was left in a manger at the Holy Child

Meet the Two Turkeys Up for Obama's Pardon

sergeyparys/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The National Turkey Federation is allowing the Internet to vote to decide which of two turkeys President Obama will pardon in an annual Thanksgiving tradition.Meet "Honest". He's 22 inches tall an

Protests Erupt in Chicago After Police Shooting Video Released

iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- Protesters took to the streets Tuesday night in the wake of the release of dash cam footage showing police shooting a teen being shot by police, chanting "16 shots" for the number of times the officer allegedly shot him.The d

Dash Cam Video Shows Teen Shot by Chicago Police Officer

WLS-TV(CHICAGO) -- The dash cam video showing a Chicago police officer allegedly shooting a teenager to death has been made public for the first time.Video of the fatal Oct. 20, 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald, who later died at a hospital, was shown Tue

Meet Honest and Abe: Which Will Be the National Thanksgiving Turkey?

Janet Weinstein/ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Gobbling underneath the podiums of a press conference are two big, white turkeys: Honest and Abe.They were chosen by chairman Jihad Douglas of the National Turkey Federation to be “pardoned” by President

Traffic Deaths Up 8% in First Half of 2015, Feds Say

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- American roadways saw a small decline in traffic deaths in 2014, but National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator Mark Rosekind warned Tuesday that the number is expected to rise in 2015.Last year saw a record low fatalit

Arrests Made in Minneapolis 'Black Lives Matter' Protest Shooting

iStock/Thinkstock(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Minneapolis police took two more men into custody Tuesday afternoon in connection with the multiple shootings at a Black Lives Matter protest Monday night.The men, who police said were both white, one 26 and the other 21,

Arrest Made in Minneapolis 'Black Lives Matter' Protest Shooting

iStock/Thinkstock(MINNEAPOLIS) --  Minneapolis police have made an arrest in connection to the multiple shootings at a Black Lives Matter protest Monday night.Police announced that a 23-year-old white male was arrested in relation to the shootings, b

Indianapolis Pastor Doesn't Know 'How to Do Life' Without His Slain Wife

ABC News(INDIANAPOLIS) -- The Indianapolis pastor whose wife was fatally shot in an alleged home invasion says he’s “relieved” that two men have been arrested in connection to her slaying.The arrests of Larry Jo Taylor and Jalen Watson h

Indiana Governor Being Sued over Refugee Refusal

Ethan Miller/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) --  Indiana Governor Mike Pence is being sued over his refusal to accept Syrian refugees in the state.  The American Civil Liberties Union Indiana is suing the governor, after his order to refuse Syrian re

Chicago Cop Who Allegedly Shot Teen Laquan McDonald 16 Times Charged With Murder

Stockbyte/Thinkstcok(CHICAGO) -- (CHICAGO) -- A Chicago police officer has been charged with murder in the shooting death of a black teen in 2014, authorities said Tuesday.Officer Jason Van Dyke turned himself in at the Cook County Courthouse this morning

Chicago Cop Who Allegedly Shot Teen 16 Times Turns Himself In

Stockbyte/Thinkstcok(CHICAGO) -- A Chicago police officer who could become the first on-duty cop in his city to be charged with murder has turned himself in, authorities said today.Officer Jason Van Dyke arrived at the Cook County Courthouse Tuesday morni

Homegrown Extremists Could Seek to Replicate Paris, FBI and DHS Say in Joint Bul

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The FBI and Department of Homeland Security have issued a joint bulletin reviewing the tactics and techniques used by terrorists in the Nov. 13 Paris attacks, sharing their assessment of the potential for s

Five People Shot During Protest in Minneapolis

iStock/Thinkstock(MINNEAPOLIS) — Five people were shot late Monday near a Black Lives Matter protest in Minneapolis.A statement from Minneapolis Police Department said, "Minneapolis Police responded to 1400 Morgan Avenue North on the sound of multip

Jammed: America's 50 Worst Traffic Bottlenecks, Ranked

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Just before one of the busiest travel weekends of the year, a group called the American Highway Users Alliance has ranked the 50 worst traffic bottlenecks in the country.While weather problems, rush hour and even cons

Los Angeles Man Freed After Spending 16 Years in Prison for Sex Crimes

iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- A man convicted of three rapes in Los Angeles has been exonerated.On Monday, Luis Lorenzo Vargas's conviction was thrown out by a Los Angeles judge after he spent 16 years behind bars.Vargas' lawyers said the three rapes

Ahmed Mohamed Seeking $15 Million in Damages After Clock Arrest

JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(IRVING, Texas) -- Ahmed Mohamed, the high school student who was arrested when he brought in a homemade clock to show his teacher, is demanding apologies from his school district and $15 million in damages.According to attorney

U.S. Authorities Step Up Security Ahead of Holiday Season

Albin Lohr-Jones/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- As the holidays approach, Americans will see extra security this week on mass transit, at airports, shopping centers and other potential soft targets across the United States.On Mond

Suspect Arrested in New Orleans Med Student Shooting

The Gold Family(NEW ORLEANS) -- New Orleans police have arrested the main suspect in the shooting of a medical school student.Euric Cain, 21, was arrested Monday in connection to the shooting of Peter Gold, a 25-year-old student who stepped in when he saw

Fewer Adults Wearing Seat Belts in Back Seat of Cars, Alert Says

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Governors Highway Safety Association says people need to remember to use their seat belts when in the back seats of vehicles. A new report from the association said that fewer adults use seat belts when they're in the ba

Passengers From International Flight to New York Inadvertently Skipped Customs

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- American Airlines announced that passengers on Friday night's flight 1671 from Cancun, Mexico to New York's John F. Kennedy airport did not complete immigration and customs after they were "inadvertently directed t

2 People Charged in Killing of Indianapolis Pastor's Pregnant Wife

Coutesy of the Blackburn Family(INDIANAPOLIS) — Two people have now been charged in connection with the killing of an Indiana pastor's pregnant wife.Larry Jo Taylor, 18, faces 13 charges in connection to the Nov. 10 slaying of Amanda Blackburn in an

Fire at Chicago's Hancock Tower, 5 Injured

iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- A fire broke out in one of the nation's tallest skyscrapers on Saturday.A residence on the 50th floor of the Hancock Tower in Chicago was engulfed in flames Saturday afternoon pouring out black smoke from its windows.Chicago

Tossed Apple Core Prompts White House Lockdown

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- There was a brief lockdown at the White House on Saturday afternoon after a woman threw an apple core over the fence line of the South Lawn, a Secret Service spokeswoman said.The incident occurred at approximately 4:34 p.m