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Christian evangelist Billy Graham dies at 99
Ron Galella Ltd./WireImage (NEW YORK) -- Billy Graham, one of the world's most famous Christian evangelists, has died, a family spokesman said. He was 99.Graham died at his home Wednesday morning, the spokesman said.Known as "America's pastor," Graham was a key figure in the revival of the U.S. evangelical Christian movement. The preacher began holding revival meetings in the 1940s and went on to become an adviser to several U.S. presidents.He had been in poor health in recent years, and had turned his international ministry over to his son, Franklin Graham.Despite numerous hospitalizations in recent years, Graham's work remained in...
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Wife of murdered Chicago police commander shares emotional letter thanking city
iStock/Thinkstock (CHICAGO) -- The wife of a Chicago police commander killed last week during a foot chase in the heart of the city has written a powerful letter to the city and country.Erin Bauer, the wife of slain commander Paul Bauer, described the emotion of seeing the city turn out in force to show their support for her husband on the day of his funeral. Her letter was released by the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation.“Our hearts are broken in a million pieces and our lives are forever changed,” she wrote. “But that’s not the reason I am writing. I am...
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Athletic director killed in school shooting to be remembered at funeral
Joe Raedle/Getty Images (PARKLAND, Fla.) -- Among those who lost their lives in a mass shooting at a Florida high school last week was Christopher Hixon, the school's athletic director and head wrestling coach.Hixon, 49, will be laid to rest on Wednesday.“If you needed anything -- a cup of sugar in the middle of the night -- he would bring it to you," Coral Springs High School Athletic Director Dan Jacob told ABC News. "Chris has a son with Down syndrome. He put needs of everyone else before his own."“Coach Hixon, for me, was a father figure,” said wrestler Karlos...
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Sheriff: 'Disgruntled student' allegedly overheard threatening to shoot at school
iStock/Thinkstock (WHITTIER, Calif.) -- Two days after the Florida high school massacre, a school security officer in Southern California allegedly overheard a "disgruntled student" threatening to shoot at a school, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office said.Weapons and ballistics evidence were then recovered from the student's home, the sheriff's office said.The alleged threat was made at El Camino High School in Whittier, California, on Feb. 16.The threat to commit a school shooting was thwarted "thanks to attentive ears of school resource personnel and diligent investigators," the sheriff's office said in a news release.Sheriff Jim McDonnell is expected to release more...
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Record flooding, tornadoes stretch from Texas to Midwest
ABC News (NEW YORK) -- A stalled frontal boundary continues to bring flooding rain, severe storms, freezing rain and snow from Texas to Michigan. More than 5 inches of rain have been reported in parts of the Midwest over the last 24 hours, sending many rivers into major flooding.Some Midwest rivers, such as the Kankakee River in Indiana, are expected to be in record flood stage this weekend.On Wednesday morning, 28 states from Oregon to Maine are under winter weather alerts.The storm system stretches from Texas to Michigan on Wednesday morning, with ice and snow on the back side from...
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Alabama police officer dies from gunshot wound after standoff
iStock/Thinkstock (MOBILE, Ala.) -- An Alabama police officer shot late Tuesday night has died.Justin Billa was struck by gunfire after he and other police officers went to set up a perimeter around the home of Robert Hollie, Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Battiste said at a press conference for local media.Billa later died at the hospital.Hollie died at the scene, near Avondale Court and Crawford Lane, Battiste said. "We don't know if he died as a result of self-inflicted injuries, and we did have one or two officers fire shots at the scene, but we don't know if those rounds actually...
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Assault-rifle bill voted down in Florida as shooting survivors look on in Capitol
iStock/Thinkstock (TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) -- Many of the students barely had time to dry their eyes as they rushed from funerals for classmates killed in a mass shooting at their school to buses chartered to take them to the Florida state capital, where they plan to lobby legislators and rally for tougher gun laws and school safety.The two busloads of student activists spawned from the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week left Parkland, Florida, about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday for the 400-mile trip to Tallahassee."This isn't about Democrats. This isn't about Republicans. This is about us demanding change,...
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Florida school shooting suspect was fascinated by talk of guns, preoccupied with wars: School records
iStock/Thinkstock (PARKLAND, Fla.) -- The teenager accused of gunning down 17 people at a Florida high school had a fascination with talk of guns and was preoccupied with wars and terrorists, according to school records obtained by ABC affiliate WPLG.Nikolas Cruz, 19, was arrested after last week's Valentine's Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder.The documents, first obtained by WPLG, detail an individualized education plan (IEP) written for Cruz in June 2015, seven months before he transferred to Stoneman Douglas High School. His eligibility for the IEP was based on...
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Suspect in custody for shootings that appeared to target homeless people
iStock/Thinkstock (LAS VEGAS) -- A suspect has been identified in connection with the series of shootings in Las Vegas that appeared to target the homeless.Joshua Castellon was taken into custody Friday by an ATF special agent on a federal weapons charge. On Tuesday, detectives with the Las Vegas Metro Police Department submitted an arrest warrant declaration for Castellon two counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder."Castellon will be booked into the Clark County Detention Center after the resolution of the federal case," according to a press release from police.At least four people were shot between Jan. 29 and...
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Weapons cache found at home of Md. teen accused of bringing gun to school, police say
iStock/Thinkstock (CLARKSBURG, Md.) -- A cache of weapons and an apparent list of grievances were discovered at the home of a Maryland teenager arrested last week for allegedly bringing a loaded pistol and a knife to his high school.Alwin Chen, 18, was taken into custody at Clarksburg High School campus last Thursday after he was allegedly caught with the weapons, according to the statement of probable cause from Montgomery County police. The incident occurred just a day after 17 were killed in a shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida.Chen was detained after being quizzed by a school resource...
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Man seen shoving woman to the ground in alleged road rage incident
DigitalVision/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- A 28-year-old man was captured pushing a woman to the ground in an alleged road rage incident in New Hampshire caught on camera by a fellow motorist.The driver who recorded the alleged incident, Jennifer Needham, told ABC Boston affiliate WCVB that she noticed a confrontation begin to escalate between a woman driving a Toyota Prius and a man driving the vehicle in front of her on Sunday.Needham said that as she pulled up to the scene, the man was approaching the woman's car. As Needham began recording, the man had returned to his car, and the...
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Lawyers for 'Making a Murderer' subject ask Supreme Court to hear case
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- The legal team for Brendan Dassey filed a petition before the United States Supreme Court Tuesday to hear his case. Lawyers submitted a writ of certiorari, which asks the Supreme Court to review the lower court’s decision on the case.Dassey was convicted as a teenager in 2007, along with his uncle, Steven Avery, for the rape and murder of Teresa Halbach. Dassey was sentenced to life in prison, and the case was the subject of the Netflix series, "Making a Murderer."In December, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled police properly obtained Dassey's confession and...
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