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Woman Acquitted of First-Degree Murder in Husband's Shooting Death


iStock/Thinkstock(CARLSBAD, Calif.) -- A California mother of three was found not guilty Wednesday of first-degree murder in the death of her high school teacher husband, with a mistrial declared.Jurors were deadlocked on whether Julie Harper, 41, should be convicted on lesser charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the 2012 shooting of Jason Harper. Prosecutors haven’t made a decision yet on whether to re-try the case on the lesser charges.Prosecutors argued that Julie Harper

Texas Ebola Patient's Possible Contacts Now Reach 100


Hemera/Thinkstock(DALLAS) -- The circle of people who have come into contact with Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan is rapidly expanding, jumping from 18 to 80 early Thursday and then leaping to 100, according to Texas health officials."Out of an abundance of caution, we're starting with this very wide net, including people who have had even brief encounters with the patient or the patient's home," Texas Department of State Health Services spokesperson Carrie Wilson said in a statement. "The numb

Ebola Patient's Texas Contacts Zoom to 80, Authorities Say


Hemera/Thinkstock(DALLAS) -- The number of people who came into contact with Texas Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan has zoomed from as many as 18 to 80, health officials in Texas announced in a statement Thursday.Duncan, a Liberian man who is the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, is being treated in an isolation unit at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas after being brought to the hospital by ambulance earlier this week.Medical authorities initially said that they we

Patient Placed in Isolation in Hawaii over Ebola Concerns


iStock/Thinkstock(HONOLULU) -- A person in Hawaii was placed in isolation after exhibiting possible symptoms consistent with Ebola, state health officials said.The patient is being treated at the Queen’s Medical Center in Hawaii. Authorities said they were being especially cautious because of heightened concern about Ebola, but the patient could have a number of illnesses."The hospital is being very careful, as they should be, to take precautions making sure the patient is in isolation and

Sandy Hook School Receives Bomb Threat


Connecticut State Police via Getty Images(MONROE, Conn.) -- Students at Sandy Hook Elementary School had to be evacuated Wednesday morning after a bomb threat was phoned in.Police in Monroe, Connecticut, said the school was thoroughly searched but no device was found. Classes should resume Thursday.Authorities are now trying to determine who called in the threat.The school in Monroe has the same name as the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown that was the scene of a devastating shooting spre

Teachers Accused of Three-way Tryst with Student, 16


iStock/Thinkstock(ST. CHARLES, La.) -- Two female teachers from the same Louisiana high school are facing possible jail time for allegedly engaging in a sexual threesome with a 16-year-old male student from their school.Shelly Dufresne, 32, who is married with three children, and Rachel Respess, 24, both teach English at Destrehan High School in St. Charles.They've each been charged with felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile, indecent behavior and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.Admin

UVA Abduction Suspect Jesse Matthew Accused of Sexual Assault While At College


Galveston County Sheriff's Office(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) -- The suspect charged with abducting University of Virginia student Hannah Graham was accused of sexual assault while at college, according to a report the school released Wednesday.Christopher Newport University made public a "criminal incident information" report that stated Jesse Matthew was investigated for an alleged sexual assault on campus that occurred Sept. 7, 2003.The school said in a statement that it initially declined to relea

Man Accused in Oklahoma Beheading Set to Be Released from Hospital


DanHenson1/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOORE, Okla.) -- Alton Nolen, the man who allegedly beheaded a co-worker and stabbed another at a Moore food processing plant, is set to be released from the hospital.ABC's Oklahoma City affiliate, KOCO-TV, reported that Nolen could be released into police custody as early as Wednesday.Nolen was charged with first-degree murder, assault and battery with a deadly weapon and assault with a deadly weapon on Tuesday in connection with the rampage. He had reportedly

Michael Dunn Found Guilty of First-Degree Murder in Loud Music Trial


AndreyPopov/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) -- Michael Dunn, the man accused of shooting and killing a teenager in Florida after asking the teen and his friends to turn down their loud music, was found guilty of first-degree murder on Wednesday.Dunn was found guilty of attempted murder and firing a gun into a car.The jury in the first trial could not agree on whether Dunn was guilty of the first-degree murder charge in the death of Jordan Davis, 17, prompting a retrial.Dunn maintains

Wyoming Mom's Video of Daughter Ditching Class Goes Viral


Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images(CASPER, Wyo.) -- Hell hath no fury like a single mother with three children who learns her daughter is ditching class, especially if that mother is active on Facebook.Jeannie Crutchfield, 34, from Casper, Wyoming, learned that her daughter had been skipping class every day last week and decided to take action. A cashier at a convenience store, she typically works during the day, but she happened to have some time off during school hours.Crutchfield, armed with h

Sabrina Allen: Moment Missing Girl's Father Found Out She Was Safe


National Center for Missing and Exploited Children(AUSTIN, Texas) -- After 12 years of clinging to hope that his missing daughter would be found safe, a Texas father is now waiting to reunite with the little girl who was taken from him.Sabrina Allen, who was 4 when she went missing, was located in a small town southeast of Mexico City on Tuesday, authorities said.Now 17, Allen was taken into custody, along with her non-custodial mother, Dara Llorens, and was flown back to Houston late Tuesday, a

US Ebola Patient Identified, May Have Exposed School-Aged Children to Disease


Will Montgomery(DALLAS) -- Five school-aged children in Texas may have been exposed to Ebola by the first patient diagnosed with the virus in the United States, officials said Wednesday.The children had contact with the patient and are being monitored at home, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Wednesday in a press conference."Let me assure you, these children have been identified and are being monitored," the governor said."This is all hands on deck," Perry said.The patient was identified on Wednesday

WATCH: 35,000 Walruses Swarm Alaska's Shores


iStock/Thinkstock(JUNEAU, Alaska) -- Thousands of walruses washed along the beach of an Alaskan eskimo village in early September, gathering as the result of increasing ocean temperatures. An estimated 35,000 of the sea mammals massed on the shores in early September. Usually, the animals will position themselves on ice, but climate change and warmer conditions have forced the walruses to swim to the coasts, according to experts.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTa

Arrest in Missing UVA Student Has Cops Checking Cold Cases


Charlottesville Police Department(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) -- At least two additional sheriffs' offices in Virginia are reviewing old murder cases to see if they are connected to the suspect in the disappearance of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham.Virginia State Police have already confirmed that they found "a new forensic link" between the 2009 murder of Morgan Harrington and Jesse Matthew, 32, who has been arrested and charged with abduction with intent to defile in the case of Graham

US Ebola Patient Exposed School Age Children, Texas Governor Says


SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- School-aged children in Texas may have been exposed to Ebola by the first patient diagnosed with the virus in the United States, officials said Wednesday.The children had contact with the patient and are being monitored at home, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Wednesday in a press conference."Let me assure you, these children have been identified and are being monitored," the governor said."This is all hands on deck," Perry said.The country's top medical official

Accused Cop Killer Eric Frein Has Dodged Authorities Before


Courtesy Roman Kamensky(NEW YORK) -- The accused cop killer who's been the subject of a manhunt in eastern Pennsylvania for weeks tried to dodge authorities once before to escape prosecution, ABC News learned Wednesday.Eric Frein, a war reenactor obsessed with Eastern European armies and weaponry, was arrested and charged with grand larceny in 2004 after stealing uniforms from a World War II reenactment in New York. He requested a jury trial but never appeared."On the day that his trial was supp

Missing Texas Girl Found 12 Years Later in Mexico


National Center for Missing and Exploited Children(AUSTIN, Texas) -- A Texas girl who has been missing for 12 years is back in the United States Wednesday after authorities located her in Mexico, authorities said.The Austin Police Department confirmed to ABC News that Sabrina Allen had been located, however declined to release further information.A news conference, which includes local police and the FBI, is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon to discuss "a significant arrest," authorities said.Ph

Child Infected with Enterovirus 68 Dies in Rhode Island


iStock/Thinkstock(PROVIDENCE, R.I.) -- A child infected with enterovirus 68 has died, the Rhode Island Department of Health said Wednesday.The 10-year-old girl from Cumberland, Rhode Island, died last week of a rare combination of bacterial and viral infections, the department said, explaining that she died of Staphylococcus aureus sepsis "associated with" enterovirus 68.“We are all heartbroken to hear about the death of one of Rhode Island’s children,” state Health Department

Enterovirus 68 Claims First Child Fatality with Death in Rhode Island


iStock/Thinkstock(PROVIDENCE, R.I.) -- The first child infected with enterovirus 68 has died, the Rhode Island Department of Health said Wednesday.The 10-year-old girl from Cumberland, Rhode Island, died last week of a rare combination of bacterial and viral infections, the department said, explaining that she died of Staphylococcus aureus sepsis "associated with" enterovirus 68.“We are all heartbroken to hear about the death of one of Rhode Island’s children,” state Health Dep

CDC: It's 'Not Necessary' to Release Ebola Patient's Flight Information


James Gathany/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(ATLANTA) -- The flight information for the Ebola patient diagnosed in Texas will not be released by health officials because "it's just not necessary," a spokesperson at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told ABC News.The CDC announced that the man has tested positive for the disease, making him the first person to have discovered he had the virus while on U.S. soil, and they made it clear that he traveled from Liberia to
 

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