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Explosion at Tennessee Ammunition Plant Kills One, Seriously Injures Three Other


File photo. iStock/Thinkstock(MCEWEN, Tenn.) -- One person is dead and three other people have been seriously injured in a fiery explosion Wednesday at a Tennessee ammunition plant. Now under control, according to officials, the fire destroyed Rio Ammunition in McEwen, Tenn. The plant is owned by the adjacent explosives manufacturer Accurate Energetic Systems. "At this time we've got the fire extinguished in the building itself -- still smoldering but under control," Odell Poyner, Humphrey Count

US Lawyers Aim to Profit in Malaysia Airlines Tragedy


Feng Li/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- In the midst of their anguish and grief, some families of the passengers aboard missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 say they are being besieged by high-stakes versions of ambulance chasers -- American lawyers looking for clients."That is piling insult onto injury and this is just not acceptable,” said Sarah Bacj, girlfriend of American passenger Philip Wood.Among the U.S. lawyers who have already shown up in Malaysia are members of Ribbeck Law of Chicago,

Boston Marathon Hoax Suspect Held on $100K Bail


Suffolk County District Attorney's Office(BOSTON) -- The man accused in a hoax on the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon attacks was ordered held on $100,000 bail when he appeared briefly in court Wednesday.In a blue V-neck prison smock, 25-year-old Kevin Edson stood while prosecutor Susan Terry told the judge Edson left a backpack containing a rice cooker at the finish line of the marathon Tuesday night.The device Edson had was not an actual explosive, police said.A doctor said Edson h

Mother of Boy Found in Claw Machine Will Not Face Charges


iStock/Thinkstock(LINCOLN, Neb.) -- The mother of the 3-year-old Nebraska boy who was reported missing before being found safe inside a claw machine at a nearby bowling alley will not face charges.The mother, who was not identified, called 911 Monday evening to report she could not find her son in the family’s Lincoln, Neb., home, according to police officials.At nearly the same time, at a bowling alley and billiards business across a one-lane side street from the family’s home, a pa

Students Lip-Sync 68 Songs in 6 Minutes for Fundraiser


ABC News(AVON, Ind.) -- From the drama club and orchestra to the lacrosse team and even Homecoming Court, kids from every corner of Avon High School came together in spirit and song recently for a fundraising cause.The cast of thousands – all students from the Avon, Ind., school located in a suburb of Indianapolis – turned up to sing seamlessly through not just the Teen Top 40, but 68 songs, all in 6.5 minutes.The video took one take and was posted to YouTube.“This video, this

Fake Kidnapping, Filmed for Educational Video, Angers Parents


iStock/Thinkstock(SEQUIM, Wash.) -- On a seemingly ordinary Saturday afternoon at the park in Sequim, Wash., two masked men grabbed a 4-year-old boy sitting on a park bench near his mother. The men proceeded to put the child in a van and drive off.Parents reacted frantically, some running after the car attempting to get a license plate number, others called 911.Their panic turned to outrage upon discovering that the abduction was a hoax in order to film a YouTube video to promote “kidnappi

Accused Boston Bomber Can See Autopsy Photos of Victims


FBI(BOSTON) -- A federal judge in Boston ruled Wednesday that accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will be allowed to view the autopsy photos of his alleged victims, a move that the prosecution had argued would “re-victimize” the families of the dead.Tsarnaev was not in court when Judge George O’Toole announced the ruling at a pre-trial hearing, shortly before the defense and prosecution began arguments concerning Tsarnaev’s visitation procedures.In mid-March

Bear Attack Victim Left Horrifying Phone Message for Husband


iStock/Thinkstock(LAKE MARY, Fla.) -- The Florida woman who was mauled by a bear while at home Saturday unintentionally left a nearly six-minute voicemail message on her husband’s phone that captures the voracity of the attack.“There was just a voicemail of five minutes and 43 seconds of me screaming,” said Terri Frana, whose cell phone dialed her husband while she was in the throes of a black bear’s jaw Saturday evening.“He didn’t answer,” she said. Fra

College Board Releases Sample Questions for New SAT


Gubcio/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The College Board released on Wednesday sample questions showing the biggest changes to the SAT college admissions test in a decade. The draft questions are intended to give the public a sampling of the changes for the spring 2016 exam, giving high school students time to prepare for changes like an optional essay, limited use of a calculator, and no more "obscure" vocabulary words.[CLICK HERE TO SEE THE SAMPLE QUESTIONS]The College Board emphasizes that these are

Man Charged After Suspicious Bags Found Near Boston Marathon Finish Line


Ryan Catalani/@magicofpi/Twitter(BOSTON) -- A man was charged Tuesday with possession of a hoax device, disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace after two suspicious bags were found near the finish line of the Boston Marathon amid stepped-up security on the anniversary of the bombings that shook the city a year ago.The device the suspect -- identified as Kayvon Edson -- had was a rice cooker, not an actual explosive device, police said.The two suspicious bags -- only one of which police say t

Jewish Center Shooting Suspect Was Pen Pals with Would-Be Bomber


A postcard Frazier Glenn Miller sent Kevin Harpham in 2011. (Credit: U.S. Attorneys Office)(OVERLAND PARK, Mo.) -- The former KKK leader accused of murdering three people at two Jewish centers in Kansas was pen pals with Kevin Harpham, the man who plotted to bomb the MLK Day parade in Spokane, Wash., in 2011, the government says.ABC News acquired from prosecutors copies of the postcards and letters they allegedly exchanged in March and April of that year, shortly after Harpham was jailed.Frazier

Male Cop Transforms into Amish Woman to Catch Sexual Predator


iStock/Thinkstock(PULASKI TOWNSHIP, Pa.) -- Sgt. Chad Adams of the Pulaski Township Police Department in Pennsylvania donned a traditional Amish bonnet, dress and apron in January while working undercover to catch a reported pervert who had been exposing himself to Amish children walking home from school.“Sometimes being a police officer means going undercover and doing what you have to do to catch the bad guy,” Adams wrote on his department’s Facebook page.Adams had a female p

Suspicious Bags Found Near Boston Marathon Finish Line


Ryan Catalani/@magicofpi(BOSTON) -- On the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three and injured 264 people, law enforcement officials in the city are not taking any chances.  The Boston Police bomb squad has been dispatched to the area near the marathon finish line to investigate two unattended backpacks.As a precaution, Boston Police have established a perimeter around the questionable items left in the area of Boylston Street and Exeter Street while the bomb

Former KKK Member Says Jewish Center Shooting Suspect Went 'Insane'


Johnson County Police Dept(OVERLAND PARK, Kan.) -- A leading white nationalist says the accused gunman in the Jewish center shootings in Kansas was a raging alcoholic who long ago lost ties with his own pro-white community."I think Glenn had gone insane, completely insane in recent years,” Don Black, a former Ku Klux Klan member and the founder of Stormfront, the “White Pride World Wide” website, told ABC News. "Probably because of the alcohol. But whatever it was, he did us a

President Obama Issues Statement on Boston Bombing Anniversary


Pete Souza / The White House(WASHINGTON) -- Dignitaries and families of victims gathered in Boston on Tuesday to commemorate the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings.President Obama marked the occasion with a moment of silence in the Oval Office and issued the following written statement:A year ago, tragedy struck at the 117th Boston Marathon.  Four innocent people were killed that week, and hundreds more were wounded.  Today, we remember Krystle Campbell, Lingzi Lu, Marti

Accused Kansas Shooter in Wheelchair for Court Appearance


David Eulitt-Pool/Getty Images(OVERLAND PARK, Kan.) -- Frazier Glenn Miller, who could face the death penalty for allegedly killing three people at Jewish centers in Kansas, made his first court appearance Tuesday wearing only what appeared to be a padded smock with his arms and legs exposed. The 73-year-old was brought to a closed circuit booth in a wheelchair where he then stood and made his initial court appearance. The charging documents used the last name of Miller, but he was addressed as

T-Rex Arrives at Natural History Museum


National Museum of Natural History(WASHINGTON) -- Washington’s latest arrival is no stranger to tough habitats. The 66 million-year-old Tyrannosaurus Rex arrived at the National Museum of Natural History on Tuesday. On loan for 50 years from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the fearsome T-Rex fossil -- each tooth the size of a banana -- will form the centerpiece of the National Museum of Natural History’s new dinosaur and fossil hall in 2019. But visitors to the nation’s capit

Accused Kansas Shooter Could Face Death Penalty, Prosecutor Says


Johnson County Police Dept(OVERLAND PARK, Kan.) -- Frazier Glenn Miller, the man who allegedly went on a shooting rampage outside two Jewish community centers in Kansas, was charged Tuesday with one count of capital murder and a second count of premeditated first degree murder.Prosecutors said the capital murder charge is for the deaths of William Lewis Corporon and his grandson, Reat Underwood, 14, who were gunned down outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, where parents an

Could the Boston Bombers Have Been Stopped?


FBI(NEW YORK) -- A year after the Boston Marathon attacks, there are troubling new questions about whether the bombings could have been thwarted and how two brothers from Chechnya learned to allegedly execute their terrorist attack so efficiently, officials tell ABC News.Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 20, and his brother Tamerlan, 26, are accused of detonating two bombs at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring more than 260 others a year ago on Tuesday. Tamerlan was kille

Arizona Man Accused in 'Mercy Killing' Goes Missing


Maricopa County Sheriff's Office(PHOENIX) -- An Arizona man accused of shooting his wife to death in a so-called "mercy killing" removed his electronic monitoring bracelet while on house arrest and fled, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.An arrest warrant was issued on Monday for Howard Randolph, 79, after authorities said he cut off his electronic monitoring ankle bracelet and failed to show up for a pre-trial hearing.Rudolph was arrested last August after his wife, Earlene Rudo
 

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