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Oregon Occupiers Will Turn Themselves in to FBI Thursday


ROB KERR/AFP/Getty Images(BURNS, Ore.) — Armed occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon have said they will turn themselves in Thursday morning, ending a more than month-long standoff.On Wednesday night, the FBI released a statement saying they had surrounded the remaining occupiers.According to the agency, one of the occupiers rode an ATV outside the barricades established by the militia. When the FBI tried to approach the driver, he sped back, they said.The FBI said th

FBI Surrounds Remaining Occupiers at Oregon Wildlife Refuge


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The FBI has surrounded the remaining occupiers at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, the bureau said in a statement Wednesday night.According to the agency, one of the occupiers rode an ATV outside the barricades established by the militia. When the FBI tried to approach the driver, he sped back, they said.The FBI said that it has secured barricades both in front of and behind where the occupiers are camping.The bureau said negotiations continue.&ldquo

Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship Battered by Storm Arrives Back in New Jersey


iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(BAYONNE, New Jersey) --  The Royal Caribbean cruise ship that was rocked by stormy weather arrived back in New Jersey Wednesday night, where it is expected to be inspected by the Coast Guard.The Anthem of the Seas arrived in Bayonne, New Jersey around 9 p.m.The ship, which left from the same port on Saturday and was due to head out on a week-long cruise to the Bahamas, was supposed to arrive sooner after the captain made the decision to turn around, but that arri

Vincent Van Gogh's 'Yellow House' Bedroom Recreated, Available to Rent for $10


iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- Vincent Van Gogh once said, “I’m not an adventurer by choice but by fate.”Now the Art Institute of Chicago is launching an interactive experience that will allow you to live out your own artistic adventure just like the painter.With the help of Airbnb, you can stay in an exact replica of Van Gogh’s famous “The Bedroom” from his beloved “Yellow House” for just $10 a night. The masterpiece was created to celebr

Florida Chill Draws Hundreds of Manatees to Warm Spring


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Hundreds of manatees have gathered together in a Florida spring to escape the winter chill, drawing scores of visitors.While there are believed to be more than 1,000 manatees currently gathered in Kings Bay, the headwaters of the Crystal River in Florida, most of the animals are crowded together in a one acre-area of the 60-acre bay known as Three Sisters Springs, according to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official.For decades, hundreds of manatees have swum to

Two Police Officers Killed in Maryland After Shootout


iStock/Thinkstock(BALTIMORE) --  Two Maryland police officers died Wednesday from injuries sustained in a shootout with a suspect, according to the Harford County Sheriff’s Office.“It is with great sadness that I tell you that both deputies that were shot earlier today have succumbed to their injuries,” Harford County Sheriff Jeff Gahler said on Wednesday.The two sheriff’s deputies were responding to a call at a shopping center in Abingdon, Maryland, when they were f

Ferguson Sued by Justice Department Over Alleged 'Racial Bias' in Policing


Ramin Talaie/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) --  The Justice Department has filed a federal lawsuit against Ferguson, Missouri, after the city rejected a deal that would have brought sweeping changes to its embattled police department, which allegedly engaged in "racially discriminatory policing."The lawsuit, announced Wednesday by Attorney General Loretta Lynch, alleges a pattern or practice of law enforcement conduct that violates the First, Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments, as well as federal c

Department of Justice Announces Suit Against Ferguson, Missouri


Ramin Talaie/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Department of Justice has announced a federal lawsuit against the city of Ferguson regarding policing there.Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced the details in a press conference Wednesday evening.The City of Ferguson said it is aware of news reports about the expected suit and had no further comment at that time. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Elderly Being Conned into Trafficking Drugs


U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement(WASHINGTON) -- Floridian Ralph Soles, 74, said he was caught transporting methamphetamine into New Zealand two years ago. He was arrested and spent the next 18 months in custody, he said, eventually gaining his release on appeal.“I lost a lot,” Soles said. “When I came home, I didn’t have a home. I didn’t have a home to go home to.”The Lakeland, Florida, resident is one of dozens of elderly U.S. citizens who’ve be

NTSB Considering Investigation into Royal Caribbean Cruises' Weather Troubles


ANDER GILLENEA/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board is considering a possible investigation into events surrounding the storm that rocked a cruise ship off the Carolina coast and forced it to turn around.Royal Caribbean Cruises’ Anthem of the Seas left New Jersey on Saturday headed for a week-long trip to the Bahamas, but abandoned its course Monday after experiencing hurricane-force winds and waves reaching 40 feet on Sunday.Now, after receiving a re

Unruly Passenger Forces Cross-Country Flight to Divert, Airline Says


iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(DENVER) -- An Alaska Airlines flight made an unscheduled landing in Denver after a passenger became agitated and “issued a threat,” according to an Alaska Airlines spokesperson.Scheduled to fly directly to San Diego, Flight 769 departed Boston Logan International Airport around 6:30 p.m. ET Tuesday before a male passenger, whom the airline said was intoxicated, in row 13 became upset and began verbally abusing others on the flight, according to the airline

Asia McClain Speaks Out About Adnan Syed


ABC News(BALTIMORE) — His story has been heard by millions since the 2014 launch of investigative podcast, Serial, turning listeners into armchair detectives.Adnan Syed was convicted in the 1999 murder of his high school ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee, who was found strangled in a Baltimore park. At age 17, Syed was arrested and later sentenced to life in prison. His attempts to appeal were unsuccessful until a Maryland court agreed to give him another chance to present new evidence –- in

Martin Shkreli's Lawyer Fires Back at Congress


Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) — The lead lawyer for former pharmaceutical company CEO Martin Shkreli is firing back at lawmakers on Capitol Hill after his controversial client was sharply questioned at a hearing last week on drug prices, defending his client's tweet that referred to members of Congress as "imbeciles."In a letter published online by the New York Law Journal, Benjamin Brafman, a defense attorney who has represented musicians Jay-Z, Sean "Diddy" Combs and Michael Jack

Adnan Syed's Chance at New Trial Rests in Judge's Hands


Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun/TNS via Getty Images(BALTIMORE) -- The fate of Adnan Syed -- the man at the center of Serial -- now rests in the hands of a retired Baltimore City judge, who says he will make a decision about whether or not Syed gets a new trial in the coming weeks.Syed, a convicted killer, has spent 16 years in prison, after the state says he killed his former high school classmate Hae Min Lee. The pair had dated. Lee was found strangled in Leakin Park in 1999.“I am proud

Royal Caribbean Cruise Captain: Weather Forecast Wasn't 'Anything Near' What Hap


Courtesy Sean Ferguson(NEW YORK) -- The captain of the Royal Caribbean cruise ship that was rocked by terrifying, hurricane-force winds off the coast of the Carolinas Sunday told passengers that the forecast wasn't "anything near what we actually experienced.""What we experienced yesterday, that was something very special," Anthem of the Seas' ship master Claus Andre Andersen said in a video produced by Royal Caribbean on Monday. "I honestly have not seen a low pressure that was not forecasted,

Fire Sparked by Hoverboard Destroys Nashville Mansion, Authorities Say


Nashville Fire Department(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- A fire sparked from a hoverboard destroyed a Tennessee mansion last month, fire officials said, spreading so quickly that a 16-year-old girl had to jump from a second-story window into her father's arms.On the evening of Jan. 9, two teenagers hid upstairs in their Nashville home after hearing noises coming from the first floor, unaware that they were coming from a Fiturbo F1 hoverboard that had burst into flames, the Nashville Fire Department said i

Lithium Batteries Could Spark 'Catastrophic' Plane Fires, FAA Warns


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Lithium ion batteries power our phones, laptops, and cameras –- but if handled improperly, they also have the power to potentially bring down a plane.Following a series of disquieting tests, the FAA on Tuesday issued a safety alert warning airlines that transporting these batteries as cargo carries the “risk of a catastrophic hull loss.”Lithium ion battery fires can lead to a “catastrophic explosion,” which fires suppression systems

Biggest Threats to US Include Homegrown Terror, North Korea, Intel Chiefs Say


Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Top U.S. leaders laid out the major worldwide threats facing the United States at Tuesday's Senate Armed Services Committee hearing -- including homegrown terrorism and North Korea's nuclear program."It's a very accurate litany of doom," said Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) during the testimony by James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence, and Marine Corps Lt. General Vincent Stewart, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.Here are some of the highlig

Man Accused of Tossing Gator Into Wendy's Drive-Thru Window


Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission(LOXAHATCHEE, Fla.) -- A man was arrested Monday for allegedly tossing a live alligator through the drive-thru window of a Wendy's restaurant in Loxahatchee, Florida, according to Palm Beach County officials and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.Joshua Douglas James, 23, of Jupiter, Florida, allegedly admitted to officials that he picked up the American alligator on the side of a road and later threw it from his white pickup tr

Florida Man Attacks Victims With Metal Rod and Samurai Sword, Police Say


Police Handout(LAUDERHILL, Fla.) -- A 22-year-old man clad in a bright red bucket hat went on a bizarre and violent crime spree in Lauderhill, Florida, on Sunday morning, injuring two, police said.Jovaughn Walker stole a vehicle, attacked an elderly man with a metal rod at a gas station, then drove to a market and attacked a clerk with a replica samurai sword before he was taken into custody, police said."I've been in law enforcement for 32 years now and I've never encountered anything this biza
 

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