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Utah man who shouted that he wanted to 'kill Mexicans' charged with federal hate crimes

(SALT LAKE CITY) -- A Utah man who allegedly attacked three men with a metal pole after shouting that he wanted to "kill Mexicans" has been charged with federal hate crimes, authorities said. A federal grand jury in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Wednesday indicted Alan Covington on three counts…... Read More

How 'Empire' start Jussie Smollett relentlessly defended his story against a gathering storm of skepticism

(NEW YORK) -- One of the most confounding high-profile criminal investigations in recent memory finally found its mark on Thursday, when Chicago police investigators charged Empire star Jesse Smollett with a felony charge for filing a false statement.The beloved, gay black actor said that he was beaten, battered with racial…... Read More

West Virginia teachers to return to classes after strike over now-killed bill

(CHARLESTON, W.Va.) -- Nearly a year after they went on strike and inspired educators nationwide to do the same, West Virginia teachers wielded their power again and this time politicians were quick to listen.Just hours after West Virginia teachers went on strike for the second time in a year, the…... Read More

New storm forming in West, to cross country with more snow, flooding rain

(NEW YORK) -- As one storm leaves, a new one will cross the country through the weekend.The departing storm, which wreaked havoc on the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast on Wednesday, brought up to 6 to 11 inches of snow for the Plains into the Great Lakes. Just a few inches fell…... Read More

Bus driver arrested after she needed to be revived from overdose following crash

(NEWARK, N.J.) -- A bus driver is under arrest after she allegedly passed out behind the wheel from a heroin overdose and rolled through an intersection and into a tree. There were 12 children on the bus at the time, all with special needs, but none were injured.Lisa Byrd, 57,…... Read More

Police: NY man intentionally runs over family with car, killing one, injuring children

(NEW YORK) -- A New York man was arrested Wednesday after he intentionally drove his car into a family of eight, killing a woman and injuring multiple children, police said.Jason Mendez, 35, was charged with murder after he allegedly crashed into the family after getting into an argument with one…... Read More

Houston reviewing 1,400 criminal cases in light of botched police raid

(HOUSTON) -- The Harris County District Attorney's Office in Houston said Wednesday it would review at least 1,400 criminal cases with ties to Houston Police Department officer Gerald Goines, who allegedly lied about using a confidential informant to justify a botched "no-knock" home raid on Jan. 28.Twenty-eight of the cases…... Read More

'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett charged with felony disorderly conduct for filing false report after allegedly staging attack: Police

(CHICAGO) -- "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett has been charged with felony disorderly conduct for filing a false report after allegedly staging the attack against himself in Chicago, police and the state attorney's office confirmed to ABC News.The charge of felony disorderly conduct carries a penalty of one to three years…... Read More

US Coast Guard lieutenant accused of plotting 'to kill almost every last person on the earth'

(WASHINGTON) -- Federal authorities have arrested a Marine veteran and U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant who they said was stockpiling weapons and "espoused extremist" and racist views for years as he sought to launch a major attack."The defendant intends to murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country.…... Read More

Number of hate groups in US hits all-time high: Report

(NEW YORK) -- The number of hate groups in the U.S. has reached an all-time high, even as membership in the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazi outfits have fallen, according to a report by a legal advocacy organization that tracks them.The Southern Poverty Law Center's annual "Year in Hate and…... Read More

Snow threatens rush hour commutes across Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast: The latest forecast

(NEW YORK) -- Over 2,000 flights have been grounded — many in the Washington, D.C., area — as a winter storm moves through the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Wednesday.Schools in Baltimore, Philadelphia and Omaha are all closed for the day and federal offices in D.C. are shuttered.Here's the latest forecast:The…... Read More

Supreme Court unanimously rules to limit states' ability to seize private property involved in a crime

(WASHINGTON) -- In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court moved Wednesday to limit states’ ability to seize private property involved in a crime, saying the forfeitures are subject to Eighth Amendment protection against excessive fines.Tyson Timbs, a 37-year-old recovering opioid addict from Indiana, brought the case after state officials…... Read More

DNA leads to man's arrest 46 years after murder of 11-year-old Linda O'Keefe: 'We have never forgotten Linda'

(NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.) -- A man has been arrested through DNA and genetic genealogy in the decades-old cold case killing of 11-year-old Linda Ann O’Keefe, who was strangled to death in Southern California in 1973, authorities said.O'Keefe was last seen alive on July 6, 1973, as she walked home from…... Read More

Officers mourn NYPD detective slain by friendly fire: 'Brian lived to protect all New Yorkers'

(NEW YORK) -- Grieving officers of the New York Police Department gathered Wednesday at an emotional funeral for Detective Brian Simonsen who was killed by friendly fire while responding to a robbery last week.Simonsen, 42, and his partner "made the decision to move toward the danger" at a Queens T-Mobile…... Read More