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Victims' relatives confront South Carolina serial killer in court: 'May God have no mercy on his soul'
iStock/Thinkstock (CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- A man who police say confessed to killing multiple people pleaded guilty to 14 charges including murder and kidnapping Friday, after the family members of his victims delivered emotional statements about the pain he caused them.Todd Kohlhepp wore an orange jumpsuit and chains in a South Carolina court on Friday, where he pleaded guilty in exchange for serving seven consecutive life sentences with no chance of parole. The solicitor agreed not to seek the death penalty as part of the deal.Kohlhepp was arrested last year after Kala Brown, who had gone missing along with her boyfriend,...
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2-year-old girl, 16-month-old boy found dead in hot car in Texas
iStock/Thinkstock (WEATHERFORD, Texas) -- Two children in Texas have died after they were locked in a hot car Friday as temperatures soared to 96 degrees, according to police.A 16-month-old boy and a 2-year-old girl were killed, police said. Their identities were not released.Deputies from the Parker County Sheriff's Office were called to a home west of Lake Weatherford shortly after 4 p.m., police said.The children's mother told police that they "took off." After searching for them on the property, she found them inside a small four-door vehicle, where they had somehow locked themselves inside, police said.The mother then broke one...
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What lies ahead for Trump's travel ban as the DOJ pursues Supreme Court review
iStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump's continued attempts to limit travel and immigration from some Middle East and African countries was dealt its latest setback Thursday when the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an earlier, temporary block of his executive order on the matter.In the aftermath, Attorney General Jeff Sessions pledged to "seek review of this case in the United States Supreme Court," where a final decision could be offered and precedent potentially set for similar matters.The Fourth Circuit heard the case on the executive order en banc, with all of the circuit's judges, a rare step reserved for...
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FBI joins investigation into Delray Beach woman who disappeared at sea
U.S. Coast Guard (CAY SAL, Bahamas) -- The FBI has joined the investigation into the case of a South Florida woman who went missing at sea while sailing with her husband.Isabella Hellmann was last seen by her husband, Lewis Bennett, while they were at sea on the night of May 14, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.FBI Special Agent Michael Leverock confirmed to ABC News on Friday that the Bureau is now investigating Hellmann's disappearance, but declined to provide further information.According to ABC affiliate WPBF-TV, Bennett said he and Hellman were aboard his 37-foot catamaran near the Bahamas when he...
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Thieves dressed as construction workers steal more than $800K from Brooklyn jewelry store
WABC-TV (NEW YORK) -- A 67-year-old man was hospitalized after thieves dressed as construction workers robbed a jewelry store in New York City, police said.According to the New York City Police Department, officers responded to a 911 call about a robbery at Court Street Jewelers in downtown Brooklyn on Thursday night around 5:30 p.m.Detectives determined that three men had entered the jewelry store, brandished a handgun and assaulted the 67-year-old male employee before making off with approximately $800,000 worth of jewelry, gold and cash. One man remained outside the store during the robbery as a lookout, police said.The employee suffered...
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Mystery ensues after federal prosecutor found dead in Florida
iStock/Thinkstock (HOLLYWOOD, Fla.) -- Authorities in Florida are investigating the death of a Miami federal prosecutor and father of three after his body was found on a beach in Hollywood, Florida, on Wednesday.The body was identified by local police as Beranton Whisenant Jr., 37, and his cause of death is currently being investigated as a crime. Police say he suffered a head wound.Whisenant had been working on visa and passport fraud cases, according to court documents. He also taught a paralegal program at the University of Miami.The U.S. Attorney's office did not comment about the circumstances or cause of death,...
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SUV crashes into Milwaukee home after jumping curb
iStock/Thinkstock (MILWAUKEE) — A woman driving a Jeep told police she blacked out prior to hitting a curb, sending her SUV through the air and straight through a brick wall in Milwaukee early Thursday morning.The Jeep landed inches away from a man sleeping inside."To me it was like an explosion," the man told ABC-affiliate WISN. "I didn't know if it was a fire, explosion. I didn't know what was going on."The driver, as well as the man, identified only as Theo, were not injured.Milwaukee city inspectors still need to determine if the duplex is safe to live in, but significant...
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Greg Gianforte wins Montana special election a day after being charged with assault
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images (NEW YORK) — Just 24 hours after being charged with assault for allegedly body-slamming a reporter in his Bozeman campaign office, Republican Greg Gianforte on Thursday defeated Democratic opponent Rob Quist to win the special election for the U.S. House seat in Montana.The race was thrust into the national spotlight in dramatic fashion on Wednesday night after Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs described being "body-slammed" by the GOP candidate, and a Fox News crew who witnessed the incident said the former technology and software executive "grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the...
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Wisconsin woman leaps on her car to stop carjacker at gas station
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- A Wisconsin woman was pumping gas this week when a thief jumped into the driver's seat of her car and she leapt onto the hood of the car to stop him, in a shocking moment caught on video.Melissa Smith, 28, of Milwaukee, said at least four other cars were at the gas station alongside her as she pumped gas Tuesday afternoon.When she got out of her car to remove the gas pump, she said she left the keys in the ignition.She then "turned around and realized someone was in my car.""I had a 'this is not...
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Man finds 2.78-carat diamond at Arkansas state park
Arkansas State Parks (NEW YORK) -- One man found the perfect last minute Mother's Day gift for his wife when he spotted a small rock that turned out to be a diamond."When I told her I was going to find her a diamond for Mother's Day I didn't know I would actually find one," Wendell Fox told ABC News about his find at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas, on May 13. "I sort of pre-committed so I had to follow through," he said.Fox, 70, and his wife Jennifer, 68, live in Joliet, Montana, most of the...
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NOAA predicts above-normal 2017 Atlantic hurricane season
ABC News (NEW YORK) -- NOAA's Climate Prediction Center has issued its annual Atlantic hurricane season outlook. The season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30.This year, NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) forecasts an above-normal hurricane season with a 70 percent likelihood of 11 to 17 named storms, five to nine hurricanes and two to four major hurricanes (category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher). An average season produces 12 named storms, six hurricanes and three major hurricanes. “The outlook reflects our expectation of a weak or nonexistent El Nino, near- or above-average sea surface...
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Reporter allegedly body-slammed by Republican candidate speaks out
William Campbell/Corbis via Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Reporter Ben Jacobs of The Guardian said he's still in shock after Greg Gianforte, the Republican candidate in Montana's special House election, allegedly body-slammed him on the eve of the nationally-watched election."It's still been a surprising, shocking set of events," Jacobs told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America Thursday. "But I'm recovering."Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault following the purported incident, according to the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office website."Following multiple interviews and an investigation by the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office it was determined there was probable cause to...
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