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How the military handles the remains of fallen troops
iStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- The discovery of additional remains of Sgt. La David Johnson, one of the four soldiers killed in an October ambush in Niger, drew renewed attention to the process of how the military transports the remains of deceased service members back to the United States and releases them to their family.On Tuesday, a Defense Department spokesperson told ABC News that additional remains were discovered on Nov. 12 in the same location in which his body was originally discovered two days after the Oct. 4 ambush.In instances in which additional remains may be identified, the family of the deceased...
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Inside the Thanksgiving mad dash at Charlotte Douglas International Airport
iStock/Thinkstock (CHARLOTTE, North Carolina) -- The rush is on at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina to get passengers into the air and on to their Thanksgiving plans.The airport is the ninth busiest in the United States and the second biggest hub for American Airlines. Airport officials there are expecting to serve more than 130,000 passengers on Wednesday alone.Nationwide, TSA plans to screen more than 26 million passengers and crew at airport checkpoints, a 5 percent increase over last year.Many airline employees like pilots, flight attendants and gate agents are regularly seen by fliers, but there are others who...
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Clear weather greets most of the country for Thanksgiving travel
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- The travel forecast across much of the country for one of the busiest travel days of the year will be quiet with minimal travel disruptions on the road and in the air.The main trouble spot will be in the Pacific Northwest, where several storms have brought heavy rain to the area this week. It will continue Wednesday with possible flooding and flight delays.Anyone traveling early Wednesday morning in the Northeast could face some issues, with snow for the interior areas and rain showers from New York City to Boston. However, it will clear out by the...
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Police capture 'armed and extremely dangerous' Alabama fugitive
iStock/Thinkstock (ROCKFORD, Ala.) -- U.S. marshals have captured an "armed and extremely dangerous" fugitive who escaped through the ceiling of an Alabama jail on Sunday afternoon.The Coosa County Sheriff's Office said Shane Anthony Vernon was taken back into custody without incident by DeKalb County, Georgia police at about 10:17 p.m on Tuesday. He is being held in DeKalb County Jail, just outside Atlanta, awaiting extradition back to Alabama.It was the second time Vernon, 27, has escaped custody in less than a month, officials said.After escaping Sunday from the Coosa County Jail, Vernon invaded a home in Rockford, Alabama, tied up...
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Remains of second victims found after fire at Pennsylvania nursing home
iStock/Thinkstock (WEST CHESTER, Pa.) -- The remains of two individuals have been found in the rubble of a Pennsylvania senior living community that burned down in a massive fire last Thursday.Authorities discovered the first victim of the Barclays Friends Senior Living Community fire in West Chester, Pennsylvania early Tuesday morning. The second victim was found Tuesday afternoon, and crews are continuing to search for the remains of two other individuals previously reported missing.None of the victims have been identified by name, but authorities have said the four missing residents included a husband and wife ages 89 and 92, an 85-year-old...
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Driver fleeing police hits, kills three-year-old boy in Connecticut
Connecticut State Police (WATERBURY, Conn.) -- A driver fleeing from authorities hit and killed a toddler in Connecticut on Tuesday afternoon, police said.The incident occurred in Waterbury, where local police officers in an unmarked vehicle attempted to stop a suspect of a criminal investigation on Tuesday around 3:45 p.m. ET. The suspect, identified as 18-year-old Zekhi Eric Lee of Waterbury, failed to pull over his Acura, and fled from officers, according to Connecticut State Police.Lee collided with a Toyota Corolla at an intersection and veered off the road onto the sidewalk, striking four pedestrians and knocking down a light pole,...
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FBI investigating 'potential assault' on Border Patrol agents
iStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- The FBI is investigating the injuries that left one Border Patrol agent dead and another severely injured as a "potential assault," officials said.The agents had been discovered at the bottom of a ravine in Texas after they had responded to a sensor triggered in the area, law enforcement sources told ABC News.On Monday, authorities were open to the possibility that the two agents had inadvertently slipped into the ravine because of a lack of concrete evidence, the sources said.During a press conference on Tuesday, the FBI Special Agent-in-Charge Emerson Buie, Jr. said it was investigating the case...
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Family, friends mourn teen refugee killed in Kansas City laundromat: 'Why him?'
iStock/Thinkstock (KANSAS CITY, Kan.) -- December Htoo was on his way to achieving his very own American dream, say those who knew him. After fleeing from Thailand as a refugee with his family, he came to the U.S. when he was 6 years old. He worked hard in school, joined his high school's wrestling team, sang in the choir and wanted to become a doctor, his sister said.But his life came to a brutal end Friday night when he was gunned down in a Kansas City, Kansas, laundromat just weeks before his 16th birthday.Say Htoonay said she dropped off her...
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22-count indictment returned against suspect in New York City bike path terror attack
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- A federal grand jury returned a 22-count indictment Tuesday against Sayfullo Saipov in connection with the deadly terror attack on Manhattan's West Side on Halloween.The indictment treats the Islamic State, in whose name Saipov told police he carried out the attack, like a mafia family. It charges Saipov with murder in aid of racketeering, a charge federal prosecutors typically use in organized crime cases."Consumed by hate and a twisted ideology, Sayfullo Saipov allegedly barreled down a pedestrian walkway and bicycle path on a sunny afternoon on the west side of Manhattan, killing eight innocent people," acting...
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Truck crashes into store, drives away with ATM
iStock/Thinkstock (VALLEY, Ala.) -- A brazen theft of an ATM was caught on camera in Alabama Tuesday. Surveillance video from the scene at a Givorns Foods shows a white truck with a Georgia license plate crashing through the storefront. The truck then drives around to another set of doors and crashes through again. Two men then load an ATM into the bed of the truck and proceed to drive away. The Valley Police Department in Valley, Alabama, said the vehicle involved with the theft was reported stolen on Monday in Duluth, Georgia. The suspects are still at large. Copyright ©...
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Jury deliberating in Kate Steinle murder trial
iStock/Thinkstock (SAN FRANCISCO) -- The jury has begun deliberating in the murder trial of Kate Steinle, the woman killed on a San Francisco pier in 2015. Closing arguments were made Tuesday morning and the jury went into deliberation at 11:38 a.m. local time, according to ABC station KGO-TV. The accused, Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, of Mexico, had been deported several times and has previous convictions for re-entry after deportation. He is charged with second-degree murder in Steinle's death and has pleaded not guilty. The case gained national attention during the 2016 presidential race when then-candidate Donald Trump cited it as...
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Police arrest suspect in fatal shooting of Pennsylvania police officer
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- After five days, one of the most wanted men in Pennsylvania was finally arrested in Hazelwood.Rahmael Sal Holt, 29, is in custody and facing murder charges for allegedly fatally shooting rookie New Kensington Police Officer Brian Shaw during a traffic stop inside the parking lot of the Assemblies of God Church.Authorities said Tavon Jamere Harper was behind the wheel of the SUV that blew a stop sign and that's when Shaw, 25, allegedly attempted to pull over him and his passenger Holt on Leishman Avenue.The Pennsylvania State Police announced the arrest of Holt Tuesday morning after...
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