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California Mother Convicted in Husband's 2012 Shooting Death

iStock/Thinkstock(SAN DIEGO) — A California mother was convicted of second-degree murder Thursday in the 2012 shooting death of her husband.Julie Harper, 42, cried after the jury announced its verdict. The jury reached its decision after five hours of deliberating.A judge declared a mistrial last year after a different jury was deadlocked on whether to convict Harper in the killing of her husband Jason, a high school math teacher and volleyball coach. They have three children together.In b

5-Month-Old Girl Killed in Crossfire Highlights Surge in Gun Violence

iStock/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) -- Five-month-old Aavielle Wakefield -- who was shot to death in Cleveland earlier this month -- was laid to rest on Thursday, with her heartbroken family crying as they walked behind her tiny, white coffin on the way to her gravesite.On the night of Oct. 1, Aavielle was in her car seat riding with family when shots rang out. A bullet tore through the car door and into her chest.Her grandmother frantically called 911, trying to get help, saying: “I need the pol

Teen Makes Life-Saving Decision When Her Car Accelerator Gets Stuck

iStock/Thinkstock(GREEN BAY, Wis.) -- A police dispatcher from Green Bay helped save a Wisconsin teenager when her gas pedal stuck, all caught in 911 audio.Olivia Crooks, 16, said she left her high school parking lot in her car on Tuesday afternoon and then realized she had lost control of the vehicle."I was terrified," Crooks told ABC News. "I had no idea what I was going to do. I thought the only way I was going to stop my car was to get into a car accident or just crash."It was a harrowing ex

Police Body Cam Shows Rescue of Undocumented Immigrants From 18-Wheeler

Frio County Sheriff's Office(SAN ANTONIO) -- Texas police officers found 39 undocumented immigrants in the back of an 18-wheeler truck, and the dramatic rescue was caught on the body cameras worn by officers.A federal grand jury indicted Drew Christopher Potter, 33, on Wednesday for his alleged involvement, charging him with one count of conspiracy to commit alien smuggling for financial gain and three substantive counts of transportation of undocumented aliens.If convicted on each count, he wil

Shots Fired at Cleveland State University Apartment Building

iStock/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) -- Shots were fired on Cleveland State University's campus early Thursday morning.According to ABC News affiliate WEWS-TV, Cleveland police are investigating a drive-by shooting between two cars that put bullet holes in an apartment building near the main campus."I heard 10 to 12 shots and a pause and then I heard some tires peel out," Steven Perkio, a resident of the Langston apartment complex told WEWS-TV.Seventeen shell casings were found in the middle of East 24t

Strangers Assist Tennessee Honeymooners Whose Car Breaks Down

WKRN-TV(GULF SHORES, Tenn.) -- Tennessee honeymooners experienced two acts of kindness in one day when their car broke down and strangers paid for their repairs.Whitney and Sean Moore of Columbia were on their honeymoon in Gulf Shores, Alabama, after their Sept. 25 wedding when their car broke down. They had the hood of the car popped open in a hotel parking lot when a couple approached them offering to help, Sean Moore told ABC News on Thursday.Although they were unable to get the car started,

Injured Bear in NJ Who Walks Upright May Get New Home

Sabrina Pugsley (OAK RIDGE, N.J.) -- More than $15,000 has been raised by a campaign to get Pedals, a bear who roams a New Jersey town walking upright like a human due to injuries, a home at a wildlife sanctuary in New York.The black bear, who is missing his right front paw and whose left front paw "just dangles uselessly" has been spotted and filmed walking on his hind legs around Oak Ridge, N.J., for over a year now, according to resident Sabrina Pugsley, who started a Facebook and GoFundMe pa

Dad and Son Dress as Disney Princesses, Bust Stereotypes

Disney(CHESAPEAKE, Va.) -- Two parents are getting attention for saying "let it go" to gender stereotypes this Halloween.Paul Henson of Chesapeake, Va., posted a photo to Facebook of his three-year-old son Caiden in his Princess Elsa Halloween dress from the Disney movie Frozen.Henson explained why he allowed his son to dress up as a princess in the caption underneath the photo."Keep your masculine bulls--t and slutty kids costumes, Halloween is about children pretending to be their favorite cha

Florida Father Creates 'Daddy Daughter Hair Factory' Class

Courtesy Philippe Morgese(DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Fla.) -- A Florida father is trying to change the world, one ponytail at a time.Phillipe Morgese of Daytona Beach Shores, Florida, became the top story on Reddit after photos he posted of a hairstyling class he conducted went viral.Morgese told ABC News that he started the class, called the "Daddy Daughter Hair Factory," to teach local fathers how to style their daughter's hair.The 33-year-old single father has created intricate hairstyles for his

French Train Hero Spencer Stone Stabbed in California

Stephen Lam/ Getty Images(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — One of the three Americans who helped stop a terrorist attack on a train this August in France has been stabbed and is in stable condition, a defense department official confirmed to ABC News.Spencer Stone was reportedly attacked overnight in Sacramento, Calif.The defense official told ABC News that Stone, a member of the U.S. Air Force, is believed to have been attacked between midnight and 1 a.m. PT Thursday.ABC News affiliate KXTV reported

American Who Helped to Stop French Train Attack Stabbed in California

Stephen Lam/ Getty Images(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — One of the three Americans who helped to stop a terrorist attack on a train this August in France has been stabbed and is in stable condition, a defense department official confirmed to ABC News.Spencer Stone was reportedly attacked overnight in Sacramento, Calif.The defense official told ABC News that Stone is believed to have been attacked between midnight and 1 a.m. PT Thursday.ABC News affiliate KXTV reported that the victim in the stabbi

Raging Fire Sets at Least Five Boats Ablaze at Massachusetts Marina

Quincy Police @quincymapolice/Twitter(QUINCY, Mass.) -- Dozens of firefighters battled a two-alarm fire that spread across at least five boats at a marina in Quincy, Massachusetts, Thursday morning, according to the Quincy Police Department.The fire was first reported at 7:24 a.m. at the marina, where several people live on boats docked there, a Quincy Police spokesman told ABC News. The fire was finally contained about an hour later, and no injuries have been reported, he said.Police marine uni

WATCH: 17-Year-Old Girl Bails Out of Moving Car to Escape Abduction

Bridgeport Police Department(BRIDGEPORT, Conn.) — A teenage girl bailed out of a moving car to escape after she was abducted on her way to school in Bridgeport, Conn. in an incident captured on surveillance video, authorities said.Despite jumping out of the Toyota, the girl emerged uninjured from the attempted abduction on Oct. 5 at 7:15 a.m.According to police, the girl had been walking to school when a charcoal Toyota Yaris pulled up alongside her.The driver then allegedly lured the vict

Malala Yousafzai Opens Up About New Film, Dating and Mission to Educate Girls

ABC News' Amy Robach sits down with Malala Yousafzai, and her father Ziauddin Yousafzai, ahead of the release of the new film, "He Named Me Malala." Credit: ABC News (NEW YORK) -- Malala Yousafzai is an international activist, bestselling author and the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize winner. Now she has a new title on her resume: movie star.He Named Me Malala, a documentary film that opens nationwide Friday, traces the arc of Malala’s life -- from her childhood in Pakistan, to the Taliban

Tough Words From Judge as She Sends Abuse Victim to Jail

Kuzma/iStock/Thinkstock(SANFORD, Fla.) -- A recently released video shows the dramatic testimony of a domestic violence victim emotionally pleading with a judge as she is sentenced to jail time for ignoring a subpoena to appear at her alleged abuser's trial.On July 30, when the video was taken, the mother of a 1-year-old child appeared before Judge Jerri Collins in a Seminole County courtroom for a contempt of court hearing."Your honor, I'm very sorry for not attending the last one," she said th

Search for Cargo Ship Survivors to End Wednesday, Relatives Say

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Relatives of the 33 crew members who are missing after a cargo ship sank near the path of Hurricane Joaquin said the search for the crew members will be suspended on Wednesday.The U.S. Coast Guard has been in charge of the search for survivors and relatives of the missing confirmed that they had been told by authorities that the search will stop at 6 p.m. Wednesday.The ship, called El Faro, sent a distress signal Thursday morning but no rescue boats were able to ge

Transgender Woman's Slaying Believed to Be 20th This Year in US

iStock/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) -- Keisha Jenkins, a 22-year-old transgender woman from Philadelphia, was recently beaten and shot to death by a group of men, according to police, who said they are investigating whether her gender identity played a role in the slaying.Jenkins is at least the 20th trans woman killed in the United States this year -- and the 18th trans woman of color, according to a report and statement published by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HCR) in partnership with th

NASA Wallops Island Rocket Launch Will Make Clouds Glow

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Ever want to catch a glimpse of a rocket in person? You may have a chance Wednesday night.A rocket launch scheduled to blast off from NASA's Wallops Island facility in Virginia is set to put on a colorful show that could be visible from Long Island, New York, some 235 miles north of the launch site and all the way to Morehead City, North Carolina at 232 miles south.The purpose of this suborbital flight is to test new spacecraft technologies. What makes th

Ten Commandments Monument Removed from Oklahoma State Capitol Grounds

iStock/Thinkstock(OKLAHOMA CITY) — Under a judge’s orders, the Ten Commandments monument that has stood on the grounds of the Oklahoma Capitol for the last three years has been moved to a private property a few blocks away. It’s the latest illustration of the power of symbols.The mere suggestion that the Confederate flag be removed from the South Carolina statehouse grounds prompted loud protests across the country. In Texas, a small-town police chief has ordered that the motto

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