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Romanian Hacker 'Guccifer' Pleads Guilty in Federal Court


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The notorious Romanian hacker known as Guccifer has pleaded guilty in federal court to two hacking-related charges, according to prosecutors.Guccifer, whose name is Marcel Lehel Lazar, 44, allegedly hacked into emails and social media accounts and released the personal information of numerous high-profile victims.His alleged victims include former Secretary of State Colin Powell and family members of former President George W. Bush.In a federal courtroom in

Suspect in Arizona Highway Shootings Identified and Charged


Arizona Department of Public Safety(PHOENIX) -- A man who allegedly shot at passing cars while driving the wrong way on a highway -- leaving a trail of havoc, including a vehicle that caught fire -- was arrested and charged Wednesday, according to police.The suspect was identified as 36-year-old James David Walker of San Tan Valley in Phoenix, according to Department of Public Safety Public Information Officer Damon Cecil. He was booked into a downtown Phoenix jail on charges of aggravated assau

Study Looks at Veterans Most at Risk for Suicide Attempts


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Suicide remains a substantial problem among veterans with rising rates in the past decade and higher rates than the general population, according to researchers.A new study, published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association Psychiatry, looks at a large group of veterans and active service members to help determine timing and other factors that put them at higher risk and ways to help combat the problem."Deployment context is important in identi

States Sue Obama Administration Over Transgender Bathroom Directive


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Eleven states have filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration challenging the government's directive that allows transgender individuals to use the bathroom that matches their gender identities.Texas, Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Arizona, Maine, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Utah and Georgia, along with one Texas and one Arizona school district, have signed the 32-page lawsuit.The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in a federal court in Dallas, names the Depart

Formerly Homeless Girl Graduates College While Caring for Brothers


Courtesy Bianca Jeannot(NEW YORK) -- Many people talk about beating the odds, but one awe-inspiring young woman from the Bronx has truly proven what it really means to come out on top with the weight of the world on one's shoulders.The road toward graduating cum laude on Tuesday with a bachelor's degree in English and a certificate in forensic science was an arduous one for Bianca Jeannot, 22, and not just because of the academic challenges. The College of New Rochelle graduate says she held dow

National Spelling Bee's Best Moments


AbleStock.com/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- This year, 285 precocious kids ages 6 to 15 will compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee for the trophy and $40,000 in cash, among other prizes.The finals, airing Thursday on ESPN, have historically been a source of great entertainment and fierce orthographic competition. Here is a look back at some of the most buzzworthy moments in spelling bee history and a look at where these standout contestants are now.1997: Rebecca Sealfon Spelling "Euonym"Who cou

Mysterious Letter Revives Interest in Man's 40-Year Disappearance


ABCNews.com(FORT KENT, Maine) -- Nearly 40 years after Bernard Ross disappeared from his Maine home, his parents received a mysterious letter about him, renewing police interest in his missing person's case.The letter about Bernard Ross Jr., who was 18 when he disappeared in 1977 after leaving the family's home in Fort Kent, arrived at the parents’ home "a couple of months ago,” according to The Portland Press Herald.The police brought the story to the public hoping that press attent

FBI Director Deplores 'Peculiar Indifference' to Rising US Murders


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- In unusually frank terms, FBI Director James Comey on Wednesday indicted Americans across the country for the “peculiar indifference” he says they’ve shown to what’s happening in many cities across the country, where “parents are afraid to let their kids play outside, where good education is an uphill battle, and the street corners are becoming a war zone.”“Something is happening in America,” with “cities that

Suspect in Arizona Highway Shootings Taken into Custody


Arizona Department of Public Safety(PHOENIX) -- A man who allegedly shot at passing cars while driving the wrong way on a highway was taken into custody Wednesday morning, according to police.The suspect, whose name was not released, is in his mid-30s and a resident of Phoenix, according to Department of Public Safety Public Information Officer Damon Cecil.Multiple police agencies, including DPS and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, responded to reports of someone shooting at passing cars on

Severe Weather Sweeps Across Plains; Two Injured in Kansas


Brad Guay(DODGE CITY, Kan.) — Two people were critically injured in Kansas Tuesday evening following severe weather that swirled through the Plains, according to officials.In a statement issued by the Kansas Adjutant General's Office, the two injured people were taken to Western Plains Medical Center in Dodge City. It also said that the storms affected the western and south-central parts of the state.About 26 tornadoes were reported Tuesday in five different states spanning from Michigan t

Chaotic Scene Erupts Outside Trump Rally in New Mexico


iStock/Thinkstock(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) — A protester was arrested after a chaotic scene erupted outside a Donald Trump rally in New Mexico overnight, which left several officers injured after being pelted by rocks.Several #APD officers are being treated for injuries as a result of being hit by rocks. At least one subj arrested from the riot.— Albuquerque Police (@ABQPOLICE) May 25, 2016Throngs of protesters gathered outside the rally in Albuquerque and several protesters were escorted

Romanian Hacker 'Guccifer' Expected to Plead Guilty in Federal Court


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The notorious Romanian hacker known as Guccifer is expected to plead guilty in federal court on Wednesday, according to prosecutors.Guccifer, whose name is Marcel Lehel Lazar, 44, allegedly hacked into emails and social media accounts and released the personal information of numerous high-profile victims.His alleged victims include former Secretary of State Colin Powell and family members of former President George W. Bush.Earlier this month, Lazar made headlines

'Large and Destructive' Tornado Strikes Kansas, National Weather Service Confirm


ABCNews.com(DODGE CITY, Kan.) -- A "large and destructive" tornado hit Kansas four miles southwest of Dodge City, Kansas Tuesday afternoon, the National Weather Service confirmed.The tornado struck at 6:40 p.m., moving at 20 mph. The NWS called the weather event potentially "deadly" and cautioned residents to "take cover," adding that mobile homes could be destroyed and homes, businesses and vehicles could sustain considerable damage.It is unclear how much damage the tornado caused.A Tornado War

Bodies of Missing Washington Couple Found in Remote Area


Snohomish County Sheriff(SEATTLE) -- The bodies of a Washington State couple who went missing last month after failing to attend a concert with friends have been found, authorities said.Patrick Shunn, 45, and Monique Patenaude, 46, were found in a remote area a few miles north of their home in Arlington, according to Shari Ireton, Director of Communications for the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office. Detectives used information they received from suspect Tony Reed, who helped them pinpoint

Two Killed When Amtrak Train Collides with Car in California


Photodisc/Thinkstock(SAN LEANDRO, Calif.) -- Two people were killed when an Amtrak train collided with a car in Northern California on Tuesday, the Alameda County Fire Department said.The crash occurred in San Leandro, a city on the eastern shore of the San Francisco Bay.Additional details surrounding the crash were not immediately available.This story is developing. Check back for more updates.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Feds Seeking Death Penalty Against Alleged Charleston Church Shooter Dylann Roof


ABC News(CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- The Justice Department is seeking the death penalty against Dylann Roof, the South Carolina man who allegedly opened fire inside a Charleston church last year, killing nine."Following the department’s rigorous review process to thoroughly consider all relevant factual and legal issues, I have determined that the Justice Department will seek the death penalty," Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced today. "The nature of the alleged crime and the resulting ha

Two Planes out of Houston Airport Change Course After Threat


KABC-TV(LOS ANGELES) -- A threat affecting planes originating in Houston prompted additional screening and course changes for at least two flights, ABC News has confirmed. The threat was found to be non-specific and non-credible.First, a Delta flight from Houston to Atlanta was forced to turn around shortly after takeoff this morning due to security concerns. Customers and baggage were re-screened, and the flight was allowed to take off after a short delay.Then, an American Eagle flight from Hou

American ISIS Wannabe Nabbed in Elaborate Sting, FBI Says


FBI(NEW YORK) -- Federal officials arrested a young New York City man Tuesday for allegedly supporting ISIS, the culmination of an elaborate joint FBI-New York Police Department sting operation in which the 22-year-old was duped by at least four undercover law enforcement agents, according to court documents.Bronx resident Sajmir Alimehmeti was arrested before dawn Tuesday morning without incident. A criminal complaint filed by the Department of Justice alleges that Alimehmeti helped a person he

Plane Lands at LAX After Receiving Threat


KABC-TV(LOS ANGELES) — A flight from Houston to Los Angeles landed safely at LAX Tuesday morning after officials became aware of a threat to the plane, the FBI tells ABC News.The American Eagle aircraft, with 67 passengers and four crew aboard, is now parked at a remote location at LAX. Video appears to show law enforcement officers approaching the plane with guns drawn. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

George Zimmerman Explains Why He Sold Pistol That Killed Trayvon Martin


ABC News(LAS VEGAS) -- Amid a storm of outrage and criticism, George Zimmerman on Monday explained publicly for the first time why he auctioned off the pistol he used to kill unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin during an altercation in 2012.The former neighborhood-watch volunteer, who was acquitted of second-degree murder in July of 2013, said he auctioned off his 9-mm Kel-Tec PF-9 pistol for $250,000. He also promised to use some of the proceeds to push back against the civil rights movement
 

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