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Exclusive: Newly Released Ray Rice Video Shows Aftermath of Elevator Incident

Kenneth K. Lam/Baltimore Sun/MCT via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Turns out there’s even more surveillance video Ray Rice doesn’t want you to see.ABC News on Friday exclusively obtained a copy of the security-camera video that shows the ugly aftermath of the assault earlier this year when Ray Rice punched his now-wife in an Atlantic City casino and knocked her unconscious.The nearly 45 minutes of never-before-seen footage shows a clearly distraught Janay Palmer, Rice’s then-fianc&

LAFD Says Apartment Complex Fire Was Arson

Photo by David McNew/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The Los Angeles Fire Department determined on Thursday that the Dec. 8 apartment complex fire was an act of arson.The fire destroyed a seven-story apartment complex that had been under construction, and also damaged at least one nearby structure and the 110 Freeway.Investigators from the LAFD and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' National Response Team say they have sufficient evidence to determine that the blaze was set on

Orion Returns from Road Trip: What's Next for 'America's Spacecraft'

NASA(CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.) -- After a trip to space, a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean and a cross-country road trip, the Orion spacecraft is finally back home in Florida.Nicknamed "America's spacecraft," Orion completed the final installment of its epic maiden voyage when it arrived at NASA's Kennedy Space Center on Thursday.The capsule could one day ferry as many as four astronauts to deep space, however, engineers are currently focused on conducting a thorough post-mission analysis to refine

"The Interview": FBI Links North Korea to Sony Hacking

iStock/Thinksto(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. government has taken the bold step of publicly branding the North Korean regime as the driving force behind the massive cyber-attack on Sony Pictures that has paralyzed the film company and raised fears of terrorist attacks inside the United States.In a rare, official statement issued Friday, the FBI said it "now has enough information to conclude that the North Korean government is responsible for these actions.”“North Korea’s actio

"The Interview": Feds Prepared to Blame North Korea for Sony Attack

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. government is about to take the bold step of publicly branding the North Korean regime as the driving force behind the massive cyber-attack on Sony Pictures that has paralyzed the film company and raised fears of terrorist attacks inside the United States, sources tell ABC News.An official statement from within the Justice Department is expected to be released Friday, just hours before President Obama takes questions at a year-end press conference.

Facebook Friend Request Spat Leads to Arrest

Photo Illustration by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(LARGO, Fla.) — A spat over a Facebook friend request resulted in a 72-year-old woman being slapped and another woman being arrested, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.Authorities say Rachel Anne Hayes, 27, became upset when the alleged victim refused to accept her friend request on Facebook because she felt the name Hayes was using was "inappropriate.""The victim told Hayes she would be willing to accept the request if she

Aurora Theater Shooter James Holmes 'Is Not a Monster,' Parents Say

Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office(NEW YORK) — The parents of James Holmes, the man accused in a 2012 movie theater rampage in Colorado, said their son “is not a monster” and expressed hopes that he gets institutionalized in their first public statement since the attack.“We love our son, we have always loved him and we do not want him to be executed. We also decry the need for a trial,” said Robert and Arlene Holmes in a statement released Friday through a lawyer, Lis

America Conducted Fewest Executions Since 1994

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Death Penalty Information Center on Thursday released its annual report, which found that America conducted the fewest executions in 20 years in 2014.The report says that just 35 executions took place in 2014 in seven states, the smallest number of people put to death since 1994. Also in 2014, only 72 people received death sentences, the smallest number in the 40 years of the modern death penalty.Three states -- Texas, Missouri and Florida -- accounted for 8

Ohio Supreme Court Says Traffic Camera Can Stay

Timothy Epp/iStock/Thinkstock(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- The Supreme Court of Ohio on Thursday upheld the city of Toledo's automated traffic camera system used to catch drivers who run red lights or commit speeding violations.According to the court documents, the court heard arguments from an Ohio man who claimed that the policy "usurps the jurisdiction of the municipal court, is unconstitutionally vague and violates due process." The crux of the complaint is that the appeal process through which a moto

North Carolina Driver Gets Into Two Accidents, Caught on Video

Evgueni Sinigalia/Hemera/Thinkstock(HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C.) -- A driver in Holly Springs, North Carolina, was hit by two cars in domino accidents both caught on his car cameras.Rear- and front-view cameras captured the first hit from behind on a two-lane road."I was rear-ended by this guy on my way home from school," the YouTube user wrote in the video description. "He claimed that his window was fogged up, so he did not see me. It doesn't show in the video, but I saw him coming in my rear view mir

New York AG Sends Cease-and-Desist Letters to Companies Selling Realistic-Lookin

sunstock/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced on Thursday that his office has sent cease-and-desist letters to retailers including Walmart, Amazon and Kmart, urging them to stop selling toy guns that break New York state law by lacking distinguishing designs from the real thing."When toy guns are mistaken for real guns," Schneiderman said, "there can be tragic consequences." The law prohibits the sale of toy guns in realistic colors -- such as blac

Mystery in Texas Meteorologist's Shooting Deepens

KCEN/Facebook(WACO, Texas) -- Police in Texas don't have a suspect or a motive in the shooting of a TV meteorologist in the station's parking lot on Wednesday.The suspect fled on foot as the weatherman was able to drive a short distance in his bullet-ridden car to get help."We are actively looking for [the suspect]," Trooper D.L. Wilson told ABC News Thursday. "We had troopers out overnight, but we didn't get any calls of suspicious people. We can't rule out that he's not in the area, but more t

Al Sharpton Meets with Sony's Amy Pascal over Hacked Emails

Win McNamee/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Rev. Al Sharpton met with Sony Chairman Amy Pascal Thursday morning about the racial remarks in private emails that were leaked after the company was hacked, and while he said that they discussed possible routes for improved relations, he did not let her off the hook."The jury is still out with where we go with Amy," Sharpton said at a news conference after his meeting with Pascal.Pascal is the chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and her emails were

'Slender Man' Stabbing Suspects Competent to Stand Trial

iStock/Thinkstock(WAUKESHA, Wis.) -- Two Wisconsin girls who allegedly stabbed a friend over Slender Man were found competent on Thursday to stand trial.A Wisconsin judge found 13-year-old Anissa Weier competent, while the second suspect, Morgan Geyser, waived her right to a hearing and was, as a result, ruled competent.Testimony from three doctors who evaluated Weier -- one hired by the prosecution, the other two by her defense -- presented their findings before the judge.The prosecution's doct

Judge Finds 'Slender Man' Stabbing Suspect Competent to Stand Trial

iStock/Thinkstock(WAUKESHA, Wis.) -- A Wisconsin judge found 13-year-old Slender Man stabbing suspect Anissa Weier competent to stand trial on Thursday.Testimony from three doctors who evaluated Weier -- one hired by the prosecution, the other two by her defense -- were heard in court.The prosecution's doctor found her competent, while the defense's doctors found her incompetent.When Weier herself was asked by Judge Michael Bohren if she considered herself competent, Weier said, "I consider myse

American Kennel Club Recognizes Four New Breeds

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Four new breeds of dogs have made it into the big league when it comes to dogs, the American Kennel Club.The Spanish Water Dog, Cirneco dell’Etna, Bergamasco, and Boerboel have each gained full recognition, the AKC announced on Wednesday.The four new breeds had to meet the requirements of having, “a minimum number of dogs geographically distributed throughout the U.S., as well as an established breed club of responsible owners and breeders,” in or

Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Appears in Court

FBI(BOSTON) -- With a slight, scruffy beard and long, tousled hair, accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appeared in federal court Thursday -- the first time he’s been seen in public in a year and a half.The 21-year-old politely answered the judge’s questions in a final status conference, what is expected to be his last pretrial hearing before jury selection in his case begins in January.Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to a litany of charges connected to twin explosions t

49ers Drop Ray McDonald Following Alleged Sex Assault

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) — Amid allegations of possible sexual assault, San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald was released by his team Wednesday.In a statement, 49ers General Manager Trent Balke said, "This is about a pattern of poor behavior. We expect a lot from our players, hold them accountable for their actions."Although no arrests have been made, the San Jose Police Department say that McDonald's home had been searched after a woman told detectives

Pedestrians Struck in Deadly Crash in Redondo Beach, California

iStock/Thinkstock(REDONDO BEACH, Calif.) — At least one person is dead, with up to 12 others injured after a car slammed into a group of pedestrians Wednesday in Redondo Beach, California, police said.The crash occurred outside St. James Catholic Church where a Christmas service had just ended, according to the Los Angeles Times.Some of the pedestrians were rushed to hospitals with critical injuries, Redondo Beach police Lt. Joe Hoffman said. One adult died at a hospital, and the injured i

Deployed Airman Dressed as Santa Claus Surprises Son

Fuse/Thinkstock(MT. JULIET, Tenn.) -- Aaron Williams, a kindergartner from Tennessee, may never look at a Santa Claus anywhere, anytime the same way again.The 6-year-old was surprised at his school Tuesday by his dad, a member of the U.S. Air Force who dressed as Santa Claus, white beard and all, for the surprise.Aaron’s dad, Senior Airman Nicholas Williams, is in the middle of a year-long deployment to South Korea, so Aaron thought his dad would not be home to celebrate Christmas.“H

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