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Man arrested in connection with 2005 disappearance of Georgia high school teache


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  Georgia police have arrested a 33-year-old man in connection with the 2005 disappearance of a high school teacher.Ryan Alexander Duke, a former student of the Georgia high school where the woman taught, was arrested Wednesday, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said today in a press conference. He was charged with burglary, aggravated assault, murder and concealing a death during his first court appearance Thursday.On Oct. 22, 2005, Tara Grinstead vanished f

Teen siblings involved in altercation with LAPD officer file lawsuits


iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) --  Lawyers for two teen siblings involved in an altercation with an off-duty LAPD officer filed civil lawsuits against the Anaheim and Los Angeles police departments today, alleging battery, negligence and state civil rights violations, among other claims.The lawsuits come the day after as many as 300 people demonstrated and at least 23 were arrested after protests broke out over the altercation. Some vandalism was reported in the demonstrations, according to

Dakota Access pipeline protest site cleared after police in riot gear enter main


Scott Olson/Getty Images(CANNONBALL, N.D.) — The protest site for the Dakota Access pipeline has been cleared after some demonstrators refused to leave Wednesday, when a deadline for evacuation passed.The Oceti Sakowin camp was cleared as of 2:09 p.m. local time, a spokesperson for the North Dakota Joint Information Center told ABC News.About 50 demonstrators who remained in the camp were present when law enforcement made announcements to disperse or be arrested, according to the North Dak

Calls to 'protect trans kids' after Trump administration reverses transgender ba


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  Advocates and the transgender community are putting out a loud call to "protect trans kids" after the Trump administration revoked federal guidance established by the Obama administration that directed schools to allow trans students to use restrooms aligning with their gender identity.The U.S. Justice and Education Departments said in a letter to schools on Wednesday that the issue of bathroom access for trans students should be determined by states instead

Hearing of retired cop who shot moviegoer puts Florida's Stand Your Ground law b


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  Vivian Reeves was emotional as she testified Wednesday before a judge at her husband's hearing in Florida, attesting that her husband, Curtis Reeves, a retired Tampa police captain, had his head in his hands after he shot a fellow moviegoer over a disagreement about a cellphone in January 2014.Curtis Reeves is accused of fatally shooting Chad Oulson. The shooting allegedly happened after Oulson threw popcorn at the Reeves for being told to put away his cellph

Authorities investigating Indiana murders receive 500 tips from public


Indiana State Police(DELPHI, Ind.) — Authorities investigating the slayings of two girls in Indiana have received over 500 tips since making an impassioned plea on Wednesday for people to come forward with information, a law enforcement source close to the investigation told ABC News Thursday.The surge in tips followed the release of a new video clip retrieved from the cellphone of one of the victims, 14-year-old Liberty "Libby" German. When police played some audio from the clip at a news

NYC police head reminds officers not to help in deporting immigrants unless publ


Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The Trump administration’s pursuit of unauthorized immigrants may have hit a wall in New York City.City Police Commissioner James O’Neill told officers in an internal memo that the department would not enforce administrative warrants issued by federal immigration agents."It is critical that everyone who comes into contact with the NYPD, regardless of their immigration status, be able to identify themselves or seek assistance without hesitati

Winter storm to bring swath of snow to the Great Plains and Midwest


ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A winter storm may bring a swath of heavy snow and damaging winds to parts of the Great Plains and Midwest.The storm dumped up to 78 inches of snow in the Sierra Nevada mountain range in northern California on Wednesday. The weather system moved through the Rocky Mountains Thursday, producing heavy snow in Montana, Wyoming, Utah and Colorado, according to ABC News meteorologists tracking the storm.Winter weather alerts stretch from California to Vermont. Blizzard warnings w

Jackie Evancho and transgender sister hope to 'enlighten' Donald Trump after rev


ABC News(NEW YORK) — Jackie Evancho, the opera singer who performed the national anthem at President Trump's inauguration, said she and her transgender sister, Juliet, hope to "enlighten" the president on transgender issues in the wake of his administration's order to roll back protections for transgender students. But she said that she would still perform for the president again."The reason why I did sing for the inauguration was not politics," Jackie Evancho, 16, said Thursday on Good Mo

Singer Jackie Evancho 'disappointed' in Trump move on transgender protections


(NEW YORK) — Jackie Evancho, the opera singer who performed at Donald Trump's inauguration last month, said Wednesday evening that she was "disappointed" in his administration's decision to roll back protections for transgender students.Evancho, whose sister is transgender, asked to meet with the president to discuss transgender rights.On Wednesday, the Trump administration withdrew guidelines set by former President Barack Obama's administration that allowed transgender students in public

Winning ticket for $435 million Powerball jackpot sold in Indiana


Hemera/Thinkstock(LAFAYETTE, Ind.) — The winning ticket for Wednesday's Powerball drawing, worth an estimated $435.3 million, was sold in Indiana, a spokesperson for the Hoosier Lottery confirmed early Thursday morning.The spokesperson said the ticket was sold at a gas station in Lafayette, Indiana, which is about an hour northwest of Indianapolis.It's the first time that the jackpot topped $400 million in nearly three months, and it's the seventh largest jackpot win in Powerball history.T

Authorities move into Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp


Scott Olson/Getty Images(CANNONBALL, N.D.) -- Authorities have ended negotiations with the remaining protesters of the Dakota Access Pipeline and have moved into the camp after some occupiers refused to leave, despite an evacuation order set by state and federal authorities.Some inside the camp were granted ceremonial arrests, authorities said, which involves them giving themselves up voluntarily to be peacefully arrested. Police used plastic zip ties to restrain the protesters who surrendered o

Wife of Florida man accused in theater shooting over victim's texting testifies


WFTS(NEW YORK) -- The wife of the former police captain accused of fatally shooting a man in a Florida movie theater testified in court Wednesday in a hearing that will determine if his claim of self-defense meets the criteria under Florida's Stand Your Ground law.Curtis Reeves, 74, is accused of shooting and killing 43-year-old Chad Oulson on Jan. 13, 2014, during a confrontation over texting before a showing of "Lone Survivor" at a movie theater in Wesley Chapel, police said.If Circuit Court J

Trayvon Martin's parents on becoming activists, a role they never expected to ha


ABC News(NEW YORK) --  It was five years ago this month that Trayvon Martin, an unarmed African-American 17-year-old from Miami Gardens, Florida, was shot and killed by neighborhood watchman, George Zimmerman.Since his death, Trayvon’s parents Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin have been at the front of the charge to stem the wave of gun violence in the United States – a role they never expected to take on before their son was killed.Across the country, an average of 309 people are

Police release audio clip from victim's phone in hopes of catching Indiana teens


Indiana State Police(DELPHI, Ind.) — Police investigating the slayings of two girls in Indiana released new evidence Wednesday in hopes it will lead to the capture of their killer.The evidence was a video clip captured by one of the victim's cellphones. When police played the audio from the clip at a news conference in the city of Delphi Wednesday morning, reporters heard just three words from a deep voice: "Down the hill."The audio quality is not great, but police said it's enough for som

Deadline looms for Dakota Access pipeline opponents to evacuate protest camp


Scott Olson/Getty Images(CANNONBALL, N.D.) -- A deadline set by state and federal authorities for opponents of the Dakota Access pipeline to vacate the main protest camp is fast approaching.Officials said the Oceti Sakowin camp, which is situated at the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reservation near Cannonball, North Dakota, must be evacuated Wednesday by 2 p.m. local time. Reentry will not be permitted. Camp residents there were seen lighting fires Wednesday morning, just hours before t

Dakota pipeline builder says oil could flow in as few as two weeks


Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — On the eve of the deadline for anti-Dakota Access Pipeline protesters to vacate camps in North Dakota, the company in charge of construction said in a court filing on Tuesday that oil could start flowing in as early as two weeks, beating previous estimates.Texas-based developer Energy Transfer Partners, the builder of the pipeline whose construction has sparked protests since last August over its location, said in the filin

Models describe how they rescued teens from frozen Central Park pond


ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Two male models who were skateboarding in Central Park and paused to take a picture of the sunset ended up saving the lives of seven teenagers who had fallen through ice.“It was all a matter of ‘right place at the right time’ for the two of us,” Ethan Turnbull said Wednesday on ABC News' Good Morning America.Turnbull was with fellow model Bennett Jonas in New York City’s Central Park Monday when, out of the corner of his eye, he spotted a group

Muslim activists raise nearly $60,000 to aid vandalized Jewish cemetery


iStock/Thinkstock(ST. LOUIS) — As of early Wednesday morning, a crowdfunding campaign started by Muslim activists had raised nearly $60,000 in an effort to help repair a vandalized Jewish cemetery near St. Louis, Missouri."Muslim Americans stand in solidarity with the Jewish-American community to condemn this horrific act of desecration against the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery," read the crowdfunding campaign's website, which was spearheaded by Muslim-American activists Linda Sarsour and Tar

Dylann Roof stopped at another AME church after Charleston massacre, new documen


ABC News(CHARLESTON, S.C.) — Convicted Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof stopped at another AME church on the night of the shooting massacre, ABC News affiliate WCIV reported Tuesday, citing newly released court documents.After the attack on June 17, 2015 that left nine black worshipers dead, Roof left Emanuel AME Church and traveled west to the Branch AME Church, according to WCIV, which cited GPS data that was not presented in court during his trial.Roof, an avowed white supremacist,
 

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