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Harrowing new details about murder of pregnant Chicago teen revealed as suspects appear in court
iStock/Marilyn Nieves (CHICAGO) -- Grim new details have emerged about the murder of a pregnant teenager whose baby was cut from her womb, as prosecutors described how the teen was lured by a Facebook ad for free baby clothes and her accused killer claimed the baby as her own. "Words really cannot express how disgusting and thoroughly disturbing these allegations are," Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said at a news conference. Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, 19, was 9 months pregnant when she was killed and she is survived by a 3-year-old child. Her baby is in grave condition at a hospital with...
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Former homeless student overcomes extraordinary odds to graduate from Georgetown University
Evelyn Hockstein/For The Washington Post via Getty Images (WASHINGTON) - Rashema Melson is no stranger to adversity. The 23-year-old, who had lived for three years in a Washington, D.C. shelter, made headlines as the valedictorian of Anacostia High School’s Class of 2014 with a full scholarship to Georgetown University. On Saturday, Melson graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in justice and peace studies -- the first person in her family to graduate from college. Her next steps are a job at a service organization in D.C. and law school, she told ABC affiliate WJLA-TV. Melson spoke with ABC News...
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Coach who disarmed alleged gunman at Oregon school says he's 'blessed to be alive'
Portland Police Bureau (NEW YORK) -- The "hero" football coach who disarmed an alleged gunman at an Oregon high school said Saturday he "put his life on the line" for his students because he didn't have "any other choice but to act." Keanon Lowe, who coaches football and track and field at Parkrose High School, wrestled the alleged gunman, Angel Granados Dias, 18, to the ground when police say the suspect brought a weapon on campus Friday afternoon. "When I signed up to be a Security Guard, Football and Track & Field Coach for Parkrose High School, I did so...
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Mother of Maleah Davis, the missing 4-year-old Houston girl: 'I want to hope'
KTRK-TV (HOUSTON) -- The mother of a four-year-old Houston girl who has been missing for two weeks says she hopes her child is still alive, even as suspicion mounts that her ex-fiance might have had a role in the girl's murder. "As a mother, I want to hope that she is (still alive)," Brittany Autumn Bowens, 26, told ABC station KTRK-TV in Houston. Her daughter, Maleah Davis, has been missing since May 3. "I'm devastated. This is my daughter, that I carried." Last Saturday, Texas prosecutors charged Derion Vence, 26, Bowens' former fiance who was living with the family when...
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Feds cite 'overwhelming evidence' against cop in alleged plot to kill her husband
iStock (NEW YORK) -- A NYPD officer allegedly paid her boyfriend $7,000 to help her hire a hit man to murder her estranged husband and the boyfriend's teen daughter, according to court records.But the boyfriend turned out to be cooperating with authorities, and following a dramatic law enforcement ruse in which the cop was shown a picture on Friday morning of her husband appearing to be dead in his car, she allegedly began discussing her alibi with the boyfriend in case she was questioned, according to court records.The boyfriend was wearing a recording device, according to authorities, and the entire...
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New Hampshire cafeteria worker fired after letting student not pay for his lunch
iStock (CANAAN, N.H.) -- On a Thursday in March, when a New Hampshire high school student wanted lunch but had forgotten to bring money to school, a lunch lady named Bonnie Kimball told him not to worry about it. He could bring the money the next day.“I just told him, ‘Have your mom send in some money tomorrow,’” Kimball told ABC News, adding that she “had no doubt he would pay for his meal the next day.”And, sure enough, the next day “he brought the money in at 7:30 in the morning ... and paid his account in full,” Kimball...
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Tornadoes, severe weather threaten Central Plains through next few days
ABC News (NEW YORK) -- A major severe weather outbreak got underway on Friday across parts of the Plains with 31 reported tornadoes in four states (Nebraska, Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas). The majority of these tornadoes came from western Kansas and Nebraska -- creating some incredible images of large funnels in the western prairies.The severe weather threat will expand eastward through the rest of the Plains Saturday and into parts of the Midwest and Northeast on Sunday. The next concern is a major severe weather risk targeting the Southern Plains on Monday.Typically, the second half of May into early June...
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Woman claims school fired her for pumping breast milk
iStock (PORTLAND, Maine) -- A teacher in Maine has filed a lawsuit against her former school district, saying she was terminated over taking breaks to pump breast milk and breastfeed her newborn child.Shana Swenson, of Portland, was let go by Falmouth Elementary School at the end of the 2017-2018 school year and she says it was part of a year-long campaign to remove her after she returned from maternity leave and took three breaks per day to pump breast milk.Falmouth Public Schools denied the claim, with an attorney for the school telling the Bangor Daily News Swenson's allegations are "false.""Falmouth...
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NYPD officer charged in alleged murder-for-hire plot against her ex-husband: Sources
iStock/Graffizone (NEW YORK) -- A New York Police Department officer allegedly paid her boyfriend $7,000 to help her hire a hit man to murder her ex-husband and his young daughter, according to court records. But the boyfriend turned out to be cooperating with authorities, and following a dramatic law enforcement hoax in which the cop was shown a picture on Friday morning of her ex-husband appearing to be dead in his car, she allegedly began discussing her alibi with the boyfriend in case she was questioned, according to court records. The boyfriend was wearing a recording device, according to authorities,...
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Harrowing new details about murder of pregnant Chicago teen revealed as suspects appear in court
iStock/Pattanaphong Khuankaew (CHICAGO) -- Grim new details have emerged about the murder of a pregnant teenager whose baby was cut from her womb, as prosecutors described how the teen was lured by a Facebook ad for free baby clothes and her accused killer claimed the baby as her own. "Words really cannot express how disgusting and thoroughly disturbing these allegations are," Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said at a news conference. Grim new details have emerged about the murder of a pregnant teenager whose baby was cut from her womb, as prosecutors described how the teen was lured by a...
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Football coach hailed as hero for disarming gunman outside Oregon high school
KATU-TV (PORTLAND) -- An Oregon high school coach is being hailed as a hero after students say he disarmed a man with a gun in the middle of the school day. Portland police have a suspect in custody after the gun scare at Parkrose High School in Northeast Portland on Friday. Authorities said that shortly before noon the suspect brought a gun onto the campus, where One staffer wrestled the suspect to the ground near the school's tennis courts and disarmed him, police said. Students told ABC affiliate KATU-TV that the staffer was Keanon Lowe, the school's football and track...
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Local officials in Florida complaining about DHS plans to transfer detained migrants from Texas
Mani Albrecht/U.S. Customs and Border Protection via Getty Image (MIAMI) -- Citing a massive influx of refugees at the U.S.-Mexico border, federal officials said Friday they are looking at moving migrant families to other cities across the nation to process and release them. The extraordinary move has prompted serious concerns in local communities like South Florida, where officials there say they don’t have the ability to handle hundreds of migrants at a time. An official from U.S. Customs and Border Protection told reporters on Friday that there are no plans currently to fly migrants to Florida, but it was one...
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