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Police ID Likely Homicide Victim Without Finding a Body


iStock/Thinkstock(AUBURN, Wash.) -- Police have identified the victim of a likely homicide that has puzzled them for two weeks since a federal agent stumbled on a pile of ripped up flooring covered in blood by the side of a road in Auburn, Wash.Commander Mike Hirman of the Auburn Police Department said authorities have confirmed that blood on the material is from 30-year-old Brandon Zomalt.Hirman said police believe it is likely that Zomalt was killed in a homicide, although without a body or fu

Teacher Accused of 'Wanna Stab Some Kids' Tweet Back to School


iStock/Thinkstock(NEWARK, Calif.) -- A high school teacher in Newark, Calif. is back for the new school year despite allegedly posting a series of social media messages in which she vented this summer about wanting to stab her students, once complaining they "make my trigger finger itchy.""I already wanna stab some kids. Is that bad? 19 more days," reads another August tweet from the account reportedly belonging to Krista Arata Hodges, a history teacher at Newark Memorial High School.The school

Human Skull Donated to Texas Goodwill Store


(iStock Editorial) Credit: dbdurden(AUSTIN, Texas) -- Police in Austin, Texas, are investigating an unusual donation to a local Goodwill store: a human skull.While odd, police do not believe the skull was the result of a crime. Instead, they told ABC News affiliate KVUE-TV that they believe the skull may have been part of someone's private collection."We think it was probably something that belonged to the person who donated it, to a relative of the person who donated it and it was part of a col

Lego Fingerprints Helped Solve Cold Case Murder


iStock/Thinkstock(SALT LAKE CITY) -- Fingerprints found on Lego building blocks helped police crack a 23-year-old cold case murder mystery in Utah, authorities said.The gruesome murder of 78-year-old Lucille Johnson in Salt Lake City left police puzzled in 1991.The grandmother was strangled and beaten in her home and police found Legos in the entryway of her living room and driveway the floor, but were unable to discern who killed her, the Salt Lake Sheriff's Office said.When the case was reopen

Girl Dies When Large Hole Collapsed on Oregon Beach


Monkey Business Images/Thinkstock(LINCOLN CITY, Ore.) -- A girl playing on an Oregon beach died Friday when a large hole she was playing in collapsed and buried her, officials told ABC News.Frantic efforts by others on the beach were unable to rescue the 9-year-old girl.“When we arrived on the scene with some of our officers, people were trying to dig the girl out of a fairly large hole, but the thing kept collapsing back in on them,” Lt. Jerry Palmer of the Lincoln City police d

USC Football Player Advised by Lawyer to Stop Talking to Police


iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- The lawyer for Josh Shaw, the USC football captain suspended for lying about how he injured himself, has advised Shaw to stop talking to police investigators, he told ABC News Friday.The football player spoke twice with Los Angeles Police, lawyer Donald Etra told ABC News, but he has advised Shaw to not do any more interviews with the cops."It is now time to move on," Etra said.Shaw originally claimed that he sprained both his ankles last Saturday leaping f

Tony Stewart Says Return to Racetrack Will Help Him Heal


Jamie Squire/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- NASCAR driver Tony Stewart made an emotional return into the spotlight Friday as he explained that he sees his return to the race track nearly three weeks after fatally hitting another driver as a necessary part of the healing process. "This has been one of the toughest tragedies that I’ve ever had to deal with... both professional and personally, and this is something that will definitely affect my life forever," Stewart said at a news conference. Ste

Florida Polytechnic University Is Ditching Books


The Science and Technology building at Florida Polytechnic University. Courtesy Florida Polytechnic University(LAKELAND, Fla.) -- Florida's newest university spent $60 million on a state of the art library but doesn't plan on stocking it with any physical books. That doesn't mean students at Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland won't have to study. The state of the art library, which was constructed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, is staffed by a team of librarians who will help

911 Tapes Reveal Drama of Parking Lot Birth


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A Utah father helped his wife deliver their baby boy in a parking lot, with the guidance of a 911 dispatcher, after the couple realized they weren’t going to make it to the hospital in time. Mike Anderson and his wife, Kelly, tried to make it to the hospital Monday, but didn’t make it very far and called 911. “I don’t know what to do,” Mike Anderson said, in audio released Wednesday. “Should I just keep going to the hospital?&rdq

Weather to Expect This Labor Day Weekend


ABC News(NEW YORK) -- It's a weekend we all knew would come too quickly. Labor Day marks the final "unofficial" weekend of summer. Dangerous weather is expected in the center of the country this weekend. From the Dakotas to the Great Lakes and into the Plains -- damaging winds, large hail and a few tornadoes are possible. Cities that will see these conditions are Bismarck, N.D.; Minneapolis; Des Moines; Iowa; Omaha, Neb.; Kansas City and Wichita, Kan.In addition, these storms could bring rainfal

California Attorney Faces New Trial in Drug-Planting Case


iStock/Thinkstock(IRVINE, Calif.) -- A retrial is underway for a California attorney accused of trying to frame a PTA volunteer by planting drugs in her car, allegedly in retaliation for the way she treated his son.Kelli Peters broke down in tears in court Thursday after coming face to face with Kent Easter, the man accused of framing her.Easter remains free on bail, facing charges of false imprisonment by fraud or deceit. A previous trial ended in November in a deadlock, 11-1, in favor of convi

Nearly a Dozen from Twin Cities Gone to Fight in Syria


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- In addition to the American rapper from Minneapolis recently killed in the bloody fighting in Syria, nearly a dozen former residents of Minnesota’s Twin Cities have left their homes to take up arms with extremist rebel groups in the Middle Eastern nation, U.S. officials told ABC News.Earlier this week the White House confirmed the death in Syria of Minnesotan Douglas McAuthur McCain, who records show was born in Chicago but was schooled in Minneapolis. An o

Shuttle Bus Crashes Near Chicago O'Hare Airport; More Than a Dozen Injured


@amyndickerson/Twitter(CHICAGO) -- Access to Chicago O'Hare Airport is limited after a shuttle bus crashed into a concrete barrier in the westbound lanes of I-190 Friday morning.Police have blocked the lanes that lead to the airport creating a major traffic jam.Fifteen people were injured in the crash. Their conditions are unknown.O'Hare Airport officials have confirmed that the bus accident occurred on a road leading to the terminals, but declined to provide anymore information.This story is de

Nashville Tops List of 'Most American' Cities


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Nashville is about American as apple pie. Maybe even more so now that the personal finance website WalletHub has named it 2014’s most American U.S. metro area.To reach that conclusion, WalletHub graded 366 metro areas on a series of 26 metrics that included age, gender and income.Nashville scored at near the top of key rankings such as socio-demographic makeup, housing, economy and education to capture the crown.   Interestingly, WalletHub determine

Miley Cyrus' Homeless VMAs Date Turns Himself In, Posts Bail


Polk County Community Corrections(POLK COUNTY, Ore.) -- Jesse Helt, the homeless man who accompanied Miley Cyrus to the MTV Video Music Awards, turned himself into authorities in Oregon and posted bail after being sought on an arrest warrant for a probation violation.Helt was originally arrested in 2010 for “criminal mischief,” among other charges. He pleaded guilty/no contest to the charges and received probation, which he violated the following year, authorities said.A booking phot

Missing University of Montana Student Died in Accident, Authorities Say


iStock/Thinkstock(CUSTER COUNTY, Idaho) -- A missing University of Montana student was found dead Thursday, more than a week after he went missing while driving back to school to start his junior year of college.Lucius Robbi’s body and car were found in Custer County, Idaho, authorities said.According to the Custer County Sheriff’s Office, Robbi died in a one-vehicle accident Aug. 19 after his car traveled down a 60-foot embankment, colliding with several large pine trees.Search crew

F-15 Pilot Killed in Virginia Crash


iStockphoto/Thinkstock(STAUNTON, Va.) -- The pilot whose fighter jet crashed in the mountains of Virginia on Wednesday was killed in the crash, it was confirmed Thursday by military officials.The pilot and jet were under the Massachusetts Air National Guard and were en route to Louisiana when the plane crashed. It was not immediately clear what caused the crash.Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick called it "a very sad day for the Guard and for Massachusetts." He also offered condolences to the fami

Church Puts God and Sex Together on Billboard


iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WILKES-BARRE, Pa.) -- A Pennsylvania church is marking its first anniversary with a controversial billboard that proclaims God loves sex.The billboard was placed along a major highway running through Wilkes-Barre, Pa., by Restored Church, a non-denominational worship center opened in September of last year by two friends who met as college roommates.The billboard, according to one of the church’s founders, is meant to draw attention to the church’s new sermon s

Navy SEAL Who Planned Bin Laden Raid Retires, Will Take Over University of Texas


FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) -- Adm. William McRaven, the Navy SEAL who planned the raid that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden, gave up his control of Special Operations Commands on Thursday.The transfer was completed at a change of command ceremony. McRaven will take over the University of Texas system. In July, it was announced that he would take the position of chancellor of the university system after the last chancellor, Francisco Cigarroa, announced his resignati

Jazz Musician Arrested in Wake of Philip Seymour Hoffman's Death Takes Plea Deal


iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- One man arrested as part of a drug investigation in the wake of the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman accepted a plea deal on Thursday.Robert Vineberg, a jazz musician, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class C felony. Vineberg was promised that he would be sentenced to five years of probation and 25 days of community service. He must continue his drug treatment program.Vineberg will also give up over $1,200 t
 

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