Gator with knife in head spotted swimming in Texas lake

(HOUSTON) -- A Texas woman who took a photo of a live alligator with a knife in its head said she and her neighbors are concerned about the animal's well-being.

The gator was spotted in the Orchard Lakes Estates, Houston ABC station KTRK-T... Read More

Man killed by US Marshals in Memphis was wanted for armed robbery, shooting in Mississippi: Authorities

(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) -- A man who was killed by U.S. Marshals in Tennessee, subsequently sparking protests that injured dozens of police officers, was wanted for stealing a car and shooting a man in Mississippi, according to authorities.

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Maine becomes 10th jurisdiction to legalize medically assisted suicide

(NEW YORK) -- Maine is now the latest state to allow medically assisted suicide, and advocates believe that there are many more states to come.

Democratic Gov. Janet Mills signed the Maine law on Wednesday, and it will go into effect 90 da... Read More

Man arrested for 1986 murder of 11-year-old girl who was strangled while walking home from school

(NORWALK, Conn.) -- A man was arrested Wednesday in the 1986 cold case murder of an 11-year-old Connecticut girl who was strangled while walking home from school, police said.

On September 23, 1986, 11-year-old Kathleen Flynn left school i... Read More

Virginia school district buys food truck to provide students with free meals during summer

(DANVILLE, Virginia) -- A Virginia school district has purchased a food truck to serve free lunches to students over the summer.

Danville Public Schools bought the food truck, which costs $42,000, because of its "desire to feed our childre... Read More

Sheriff, family grieve off-duty LA deputy's 'senseless and cowardly murder'

(LOS ANGELES) -- A Los Angeles County deputy who was killed this week while off duty is being remembered as a kind-hearted family man who gave 13 years of "selfless service," the Los Angeles County sheriff said.

Deputy Joseph Gilbert Solan... Read More

Houston police seeking man in security guard uniform who shot 1-year-old boy in chest

(HOUSTON) -- Police in Houston say they're desperate to find a man who was wearing a security guard uniform and holstered gun when he shot a 1-year-old in an apparent road rage incident.

The boy was struck in the chest and survived, autho... Read More

Los Angeles deputy shot in head dies from injuries, sheriff says

(LOS ANGELES) -- A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy who was shot in the head at a fast food restaurant has died from his injuries, the department's sheriff said Wednesday night.

Deputy Joseph Gilbert Solano, a 13-year veteran, was off-d... Read More

Northeast expecting heavy rain as West finally begins cooling off

(NEW YORK) -- In parts of Georgia and South Carolina, more than half a foot of rain has fallen in the last 24 to 48 hours and caused flash flooding.

Downtown Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday got more than 4 inches, a new record that... Read More

Cracks appear on floor of glass viewing platform in Chicago's Willis Tower

(CHICAGO) -- Visitors to Chicago’s Willis Tower, the city’s tallest building, captured video that appears to show cracks in the glass floor of its SkyDeck ledge 103 floors above ground.

A Willis Tower spokesperson told ABC Chi... Read More

Suspect in Louisiana church fires charged with federal hate crimes

(NEW YORK) -- A Louisiana man accused of intentionally setting fires at three historically black churches has been charged with a federal hate crime, authorities said Wednesday.

Holden Matthews, the son of a sheriff’s deputy, alleged... Read More

Attorney reveals his client killed visiting Chinese scholar Yingying Zhang

(PEORIA, Ill.) -- In a shocking courtroom revelation, the attorney for Brendt Christensen, a former teaching assistant at the University of Illinois, admitted that his own client had kidnapped and killed a young Chinese visiting scholar.

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Man charged in murder of Dallas transgender women Muhlaysia Booker

(DALLAS) -- Police in Dallas have arrested a suspect in connection with a string of murders targeting black transgender women.

Kendrell Lavar Lyles, 34, was charged with murder in the slaying of Muhlaysia Booker, a 22-year-old transgender ... Read More

Former Stanford sailing coach dodges prison term in 'Varsity Blues' college entrance scam

(BOSTON) -- The former Stanford University sailing coach charged in the massive "Varsity Blues" college entrance cheating scam avoided a prison term Wednesday when he became the first defendant in the nationwide scandal to be sentenced.

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