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Supreme Court unanimously rules to limit states' ability to seize private property involved in a crime

(WASHINGTON) -- In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court moved Wednesday to limit states’ ability to seize private property involved in a crime, saying the forfeitures are subject to Eighth Amendment protection against excessive fines.Tyson Timbs, a 37-year-old recovering opioid addict from Indiana, brought the case after state officials…... Read More

DNA leads to man's arrest 46 years after murder of 11-year-old Linda O'Keefe: 'We have never forgotten Linda'

(NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.) -- A man has been arrested through DNA and genetic genealogy in the decades-old cold case killing of 11-year-old Linda Ann O’Keefe, who was strangled to death in Southern California in 1973, authorities said.O'Keefe was last seen alive on July 6, 1973, as she walked home from…... Read More

Officers mourn NYPD detective slain by friendly fire: 'Brian lived to protect all New Yorkers'

(NEW YORK) -- Grieving officers of the New York Police Department gathered Wednesday at an emotional funeral for Detective Brian Simonsen who was killed by friendly fire while responding to a robbery last week.Simonsen, 42, and his partner "made the decision to move toward the danger" at a Queens T-Mobile…... Read More

W. Va. educators strike for second day to make sure loathed education bill is a 'dead deal'

(CHARLESTON, W. Va.) -- Nearly a year after they went on strike and inspired educators nationwide to do the same, West Virginia teachers wielded their power again and this time politicians were quick to listen.Just hours after West Virginia teachers went on strike for the second time in a year,…... Read More

Police: Remains found of missing FL teen who may have witnessed murder

(SARASOTA, Fla.) -- The remains have been found of a missing teenager in Florida who may have witnessed a murder more than a year ago, police announced Tuesday night.Jabez Spann was 14 when he vanished on Sept. 4, 2017, in Sarasota, Florida. A week earlier, a woman who witnessed a…... Read More

Delta Air Lines flight declares emergency after apparent lightning strike

(CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.) -- A Delta Air Lines flight was forced to declare an emergency and make an unscheduled landing in Chattanooga, Tennessee after apparently being struck by lightning on Tuesday.The plane took off from George Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee and was supposed to land at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport…... Read More

University of California student indicted for allegedly running drug app

(SAN JOSE, Calif.) -- A University of California, Santa Cruz student was indicted on federal charges Tuesday, accused of developing an app to sell meth, cocaine and other illegal drugs.Collin Howard, 18, was indicted by a federal grand jury in San Jose, California, on drug distribution and possession charges for…... Read More

Florida man originally charged with gun crime also charged with hate crime

(MIAMI) -- A Florida man has been charged with a hate crime after allegedly yelling racial slurs and waving a gun at a group of black protesters.Mark Bartlett, who is white, originally was charged only with carrying a concealed firearm after he allegedly pulled a gun on protesters blocking a…... Read More

Feds investigating whether Jussie Smollett played a role in sending threatening letter sent to 'Empire' studios addressed to him

(CHICAGO) -- The FBI and the US Postal Inspection Service are currently investigating whether Jussie Smollett played a role in sending a threatening letter addressed to him at "Empire’s" Chicago studio prior to the alleged attack, two federal officials confirm to ABC News.The accusation, made by the two brothers who…... Read More

Fate of Barack Obama Presidential Center in Chicago in jeopardy after judge rules lawsuit can move forward

(CHICAGO) -- Construction of the $500 million Barack Obama Presidential Center in a historic Chicago park was dealt a major setback on Tuesday when a federal judge ruled that a lawsuit filed by park advocates to stop the project can move forward.U.S. District Court Judge Robert Blakey rejected a request…... Read More

Alleged poison plot, blood in bathroom: Gruesome details revealed in case against fiancé accused of killing Kelsey Berreth

(WOODLAND PARK, Colo.) -- Prosecutors on Tuesday revealed new details -- including blood and an alleged poisoned coffee plot -- in the case against Patrick Frazee, the Colorado man accused of killing his fiancé and the mother of his baby.Kelsey Berreth, 29, vanished on Nov. 22, 2018, near her Woodland…... Read More

Storm headed to eastern half of US, threatening major snowfall in DC and flooding in the South

(NEW YORK) -- A major storm is headed to the eastern half of the country, bringing snow, ice and rain from the Plains to the Northeast to the Southeast.Over 280 flights were already canceled for Wednesday as the storm takes shape.Here is the latest forecast:One storm gained strength Tuesday morning,…... Read More

Statue of World War II sailor kissing woman vandalized days after man in iconic photo dies

(SARASOTA, Fla.) -- A statue inspired by the iconic photograph of a World War II sailor kissing a woman in Times Square, New York City, was vandalized just days after the sailor in the photograph died.The "Unconditional Surrender" statue in Sarasota, Florida, had "#MeToo" emblazoned in red spray paint on…... Read More

Charlottesville rally lawsuit to proceed despite Nathan Damigo's bankruptcy filing

(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) -- Bankruptcy is no shield for a white nationalist targeted in a lawsuit concerning the 2017 violence in Charlottesville, Va., according to a recent ruling from a federal judge -- and Twitter and other online platforms can't be blocked from subpoenas, another ruling announced.Nathan Damigo, one of the…... Read More