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Ex-Baltimore police officer filmed beating man pleads not guilty
iStock/Thinkstock (BALTIMORE) -- A former Baltimore police officer caught on video repeatedly punching a man while on duty has pleaded not guilty to assault and misconduct charges.Arthur Williams, 25, appeared in-person for his initial court hearing on Wednesday after turning himself in the night before. A Baltimore Circuit Court judge ordered for him to be released from jail until his trial on Oct. 23.Prosecutors argued that he should be locked up without bail, according to ABC Baltimore affiliate WMAR. Williams, earlier this week, was indicted on charges of first- and second-degree assault and misconduct in office after video surfaced that...
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More than 300 newspapers to publish editorials in response to Trump's attack on media
iStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- More than 300 newspapers plan on publishing editorials on Thursday pushing back against President Donald Trump’s ramped-up rhetoric against news media.“This dirty war on the free press must end,” Marjorie Pritchard, the Boston Globe's editorial page deputy managing editor said in a statement obtained by ABC News. “It calls for urgent action by those committed to free speech and the free press to stand against a White House and its allies who are bent on eroding a pillar of an informed democracy.”The Boston Globe first proposed a coordinated response by editorial boards nationwide last week as the...
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Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin dead at 76
Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images (DETROIT) -- Aretha Franklin, the pastor's daughter who became the undisputed Queen of Soul over a career that spanned more than five decades, has died of advanced pancreatic cancer, ABC News has confirmed. "It is with deep and profound sadness that we announce the passing of Aretha Louise Franklin, the Queen of Soul," read a statement from her rep. "Franklin, 76 years old, passed away on Thursday morning, August 16 at 9:50 a.m. at her home in Detroit, MI, surrounded by family and loved ones. Franklin’s official cause of death was due to advance pancreatic cancer...
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Section of American WWII destroyer discovered off remote Alaskan island
Project Recover (KISKA, Alaska) -- Some 75 years after an explosion from a Japanese mine ripped through the USS Abner Read, a team of scientists says they've discovered the missing stern hundreds of feet beneath the waves off the Alaskan Island of Kiska."This is a significant discovery that will shed light on this little-known episode in our history," retired Navy Rear Adm. Tim Gallaudet, acting undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator, said in a statement. "It's important to honor these U.S. Navy sailors who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation."It was about 1:50 a.m. on...
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Husband arrested in connection to missing wife, daughters in Colorado
iStock/Thinkstock (DENVER) -- Police have arrested a Colorado man in connection to the disappearance of his pregnant wife and two young daughters.The Frederick Police Department, working with the FBI and Colorado Bureau of Investigation, said on Wednesday night it had arrested Chris Watts, the husband of Shanann Watts, 34, who recently disappeared with the couple's daughters, Celeste, 3, and Bella, 4.Shanann, who's 15 weeks pregnant, and her children were reported missing on Monday after a family friend noticed she hadn't heard from her, according to police in Frederick, about 35 miles north of Denver. Chris Watts, 33, initially told reporters...
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Police make multiple arrests after 76 people overdose on K-2 at Connecticut park
WTNH-TV (NEW HAVEN, N.H.) -- Connecticut police have made multiple arrests in connection with 76 overdose cases at a New Haven park.First responders found numerous people who appeared to have overdosed on the New Haven Green on Wednesday, with 25 of those overdoses occurring within a three-hour span in the morning and some four to six at a time, officials said.Seventy-one people suffering from apparent overdoses were transported to local hospitals from the New Haven Green, according Dave Hartman with New Haven Police.Another 5 people refused medical attention and were not in enough distress to be transported for treatment, he...
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Swimmer bitten by shark off coast of Cape Cod, officials say
iStock/Thinkstock (CAPE COD, Mass.) -- A beach on the coast of Cape Cod has been closed after a swimmer was bitten by a shark, officials said.The coastal town of Truro announced that Longnook Beach has been closed to swimming due to the shark attack on Wednesday afternoon.The 61-year-old man appears to have been bitten in the leg on Wednesday afternoon and was taken to a local Boston hospital aboard a medical helicopter, ABC Boston affiliate WCVB-TV reported.He told first responders that he was standing in the water about 30 yards offshore when he was bitten, according to WCVB-TV. He suffered...
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Pregnant mom, 2 young daughters vanish in Colorado; police vow to 'not rest until we have the answers'
Town of Frederick, CO (FREDERICK, Colo.) -- A pregnant Colorado mother and her two young daughters have mysteriously vanished -- and local police are vowing to "not rest until we have the answers."Shanann Watts, 34, and her two daughters -- Celeste, 3, and Bella, 4 -- were reported missing on Monday, according to the police department in Frederick, which is about 35 miles north of Denver.Police were notified Monday by a concerned family friend who hadn't heard from Watts, who is 15 weeks pregnant, police said.Police are now asking for the public's help to find the missing mother and young...
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Gun-toting 13-year-old runaway hit with stun gun by Alabama police, authorities say
iStock/Thinkstock (BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) -- Police used a Taser on a 13-year-old gun-toting runaway in Alabama, whom authorities say fled from police as they approached him and reached into his pocket before being shocked and taken into custody this morning.A .38 caliber revolver was recovered from the teen's pocket, a Birmingham police spokesperson told ABC News -- declining to disclose whether or not the weapon was loaded.The boy was briefly hospitalized and later returned to police custody, where he is expected to be turned over to the family courts system, according to Birmingham police sergeant Johnny Williams, who added that the...
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Employee fired after booting black girls from New Jersey gift shop
ABC (POINT PLEASANT, N.J) -- A New Jersey gift shop employee has been fired after she told seven black girls they were not welcome and ordered them to leave the store.A video posted online showing part of the Aug. 10 incident at Jenkinson’s Aquarium Gift Shop in Point Pleasant Beach went viral, sparking outrage and making headlines across the country."The gift shop employee has been terminated effective immediately," Jenkinson's Boardwalk said in a statement Tuesday, while not naming the woman."This incident does not reflect the core values of the boardwalk. In our 90-year history, Jenkinson’s has always been and will...
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Sexual assault survivors react to report condemning alleged abuse by hundreds of ‘predator priests’
iStock/Thinkstock (HARRISBURG, Pa.) -- Sexual assault survivors shared their stories after a Pennsylvania grand jury report accused hundreds of Roman Catholic priests of assaulting children.Speaking at a news conference Tuesday, several of them detailed heart-wrenching accounts of alleged sexual abuse against 301 priests across six of the state’s eight dioceses.“Who would’ve believed me?” Robert Corby, now 83, said Tuesday. “A priest in 1948 or '47 would abuse you? Do that? Never heard of such a thing because they covered it up. They targeted me because I was fatherless.”Pennsylvania’s attorney general released the scathing report that revealed the results of a...
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'Bittersweet day' as Stoneman Douglas students return to school 6 months after mass shooting: Superintendent
Joe Raedle/Getty Images (PARKLAND, Fla.) -- Wednesday marked a "bittersweet day" for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students who returned to class for the first time since the February massacre, the superintendent said."Everyone's glad to get back and be reunited," Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie said at a news conference Wednesday morning. "But it's six months away from the tragedy, which feels like it happened just yesterday."Seventeen students and staff were killed in the Valentine's Day mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas. The alleged shooter, a former student, was arrested."A lot of emotions going on," Runcie continued Wednesday. "It's still...
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