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  • A man was killed by an alligator in Texas on July 3, 2015. (Credit: KTRK)

    Man Is Killed by Alligator in Texas While Swimming, Despite Warnings From Local Officials Not to

    A man who apparently mocked alligators, then jumped in the water — despite warning signs — is dead after being attacked in Texas. Orange County Police were called to Burkart’s Marina near the Louisiana state line early Friday morning after reports that Tommie Woodward, 28, and an unidentified woman were swimming in a bayou and had been attacked by a large alligator. Woodward’s body was found several hours later. The woman was not injured. Orange County Justice of the Peace […]

  • Francisco Sanchez was arrested on suspicion of shooting and killing a young woman in San Francisco on Wednesday night. (Credit: San Francisco Police Department)

    Suspect in Killing of Woman on San Francisco Pier Was Repeat Felon Who Was Deported 5 Times

    Kate Steinle was walking on a busy pier in San Francisco with her father when there was a single popping sound in the air. She fell to the ground, struck by a bullet, the victim of what police say appears to be a random killing. The man accused of firing the deadly shot — 45-year-old Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez — is an undocumented immigrant, a repeat felon who has been deported five times to Mexico, according to immigration officials. It would […]

  • A New York City police officer watches the Fourth of July fireworks from Queens, New York, 04 July 2002, as Americans celebrated the first Independence Day since September 11. (Credit: Doug Kanter /AFP/Getty Images)

    State Department, Governors Increase Security Ahead of Fourth of July Weekend

    U.S. leaders at home and abroad are taking steps to increase security and surveillance ahead of the July 4 holiday, following a warning from security officials that such gatherings could be targets of a terror threat. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is following fellow state and city executives Friday in announcing increased security efforts in his state. Cuomo said he directed the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Office of Emergency Management to enhance monitoring of celebrations and events […]

  • The Suffolk County Massachusetts District Attorney's Office has released a computer-generated composite image depicting the possible likeness of a young girl whose body was found on the shore of Deer Island in Boston Harbor on June 25, 2015. (Credit: Suffolk County District Attorney)

    ‘Help Us Speak for This Child': Police Seek Help ID’ing Girl Found Dead in Trash Bag

    Massachusetts authorities are seeking help in identifying a little girl whose body was found on Deer Island in Boston Harbor last week. The child was found in a garbage bag on the western shore of the 185-acre peninsula on June 25. Her body showed no obvious signs of trauma, and investigators said her body had only been there for a short time. Authorities released a computer-generated image of the girl, who was about 3 1/2 feet tall and just over […]

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    Actress America Ferrera Pens Thank You Letter to Donald Trump for Comments on Mexico

    “Ugly Betty” actress America Ferrera is thanking Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for his controversial comments on Latino immigrants. In an open letter featured on the Huffington Post, Ferrera thanks Trump for his comments because they have “ignited a fire” in Latino voters. “You see, what you just did with your straight talk was send more Latino voters to the polls than several registration rallies combined! Thank you for that” Ferrera’s letter reads. “Here we are pounding the pavement to […]

  • Brian D. Dutcher, 55, allegedly told a security guard at a La Crosse library, "the usurper is here and if I get a chance I'll take him out and I'll take the shot," referring to President Obama, who was in Wisconsin promoting his proposal for overtime pay reform. According to the warrant, Dutcher confirmed in an interview with the Secret Service that he made the remarks to the security guard.
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    Wisconsin Man Arrested for Threats Against Obama, Said Killing President Is ‘Constitutional Duty’

    A criminal complaint and arrest warrant were issued Thursday against a 55-year-old Tomah, Wisconsin man accused of threatening to kill President Barack Obama. Brian D. Dutcher, 55, allegedly told a security guard at a La Crosse library, “the usurper is here and if I get a chance I’ll take him out and I’ll take the shot,” referring to Obama, who was in Wisconsin promoting his proposal for overtime pay reform. According to the warrant, Dutcher confirmed in an interview with […]

  • The New York State Police issued these "progression" photos of Richard Matt and David Sweat on June 17, 2015. Matt, 49, and Sweat, 35, escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, sometime after they were last seen at bed check June 5, 2015. The pair left decoys to trick guards into think they were asleep as they made their escape. Both were serving time on separate murder convictions.

    ‘I Always Promised You I Would See You on the Outside,’ Inmate Wrote Daughter Before Escape

    When Richard Matt broke out of prison, he was looking forward to seeing his daughter. “I always promised you I would see you on the outside,” he wrote to her in a letter. She received it in the mail three days after he and fellow inmate David Sweat escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in upstate New York, according to The Buffalo News. Matt’s words were relayed to the paper by a law enforcement source, who wished to remain anonymous […]

  • Actress Sonia Manzano, who plays Maria Rodriquez on the children's television show 'Sesame Street,' and the muppet Grover launch the new 'Super Grover' sandwich in honor of the 4,000th 'Sesame Street' episode February 27, 2002 . (Credit: George De Sota/Getty Images)

    ‘Sesame Street’ Losing Shop Owner ‘Maria’ After 45 Years

    It’s the end of an era on “Sesame Street.” The block is losing one of its most beloved citizens: Sonia Manzano, who has played shop owner Maria on the PBS series for almost 45 years, has announced that she is retiring. The 65-year-old Puerto Rican actress revealed her plan to exit the show at the recent American Library Association Annual Conference in San Francisco. Manzano first appeared on “Sesame Street” in 1971 and became a series regular in 1974. Manzano’s […]

  • Donald Gould, a homeless veteran, is seen playing a piano in a video that has gone viral on social media. (Credit: Sly Dylan/YouTube)

    Viral Video: Homeless Veteran Plays Spellbinding Piano Music on Florida Street

    A civic arts project placed public pianos on the streets of downtown Sarasota, Florida, so passers-by could express themselves. But organizers probably never expected someone as expressive as Donald Gould. Gould, who is homeless, has been playing music for people on the street, and a video of his startling talent is charming the Internet. A Facebook video of Gould playing “Come Sail Away” by Styx is just three days old but has been watched more than 3.6 million times. The […]