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Pledge of Allegiance Prompts Lawsuit by NJ Family

Pledge of Allegiance Prompts Lawsuit by NJ Family

iStock/Thinkstock(ABERDEEN, N.J.) — A New Jersey family is suing their local school district, charging that the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance turn atheists into “second-class citizens.”The suit filed this week against the Matawan-Aberd…

University of Central Florida Student Says Fraternity Rejected Him Based on Sexuality

University of Central Florida Student Says Fraternity Rejected Him Based on Sexuality

iStock/Thinkstock(ORLANDO, Fla.) — The Greek system at the University of Central Florida is the subject of harsh scrutiny after a student claimed a fraternity rejected him because of his sexuality. George Dumont, 19, said representatives of Beta Theta…

Computer Glitch Delays Florida Exam for Thousands of Students

Computer Glitch Delays Florida Exam for Thousands of Students

iStock/Thinkstock(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) — A computer glitch caused several Florida school districts to cancel exams Tuesday, delaying the administration of the yearly Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. More than 20,000 students across five counties w…

Stowaway Teen Said He Ran Away From Home After Argument with Parents

Stowaway Teen Said He Ran Away From Home After Argument with Parents

Karent Bleier/AFP/Getty Images(SAN JOSE, Calif.) — The teenager who miraculously survived a five-hour journey in the unpressurized wheel well of a jetliner said he ran away from home because he was angry about an argument he had with his stepmother an…

Boston Marathon Proposal: ‘Life Is Short And You Have to Embrace It to Its Fullest’

Boston Marathon Proposal: ‘Life Is Short And You Have to Embrace It to Its Fullest’

Carla White-Keefe/Facebook(BOSTON) — One marathoner was sprinting towards the finish line for a different reason than all his fellow Boston runners Monday.Upon reaching the finish line, Greg Picklesimer dropped to one knee to propose to his girlfriend…

New Details in North Carolina Kidnapping Plot, Assistant District Attorney Targeted

New Details in North Carolina Kidnapping Plot, Assistant District Attorney Targeted

iStock/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — Nine people are charged in an indictment handed down Tuesday involving the kidnapping of a 63-year-old man. A prosecutor was the intended target of the abduction but instead, suspects accidentally took her father.

Pa. Patient Arrested for Allegedly Dealing Heroin from ICU Bed

Pa. Patient Arrested for Allegedly Dealing Heroin from ICU Bed

iStock/Thinkstock(PITTSBURGH) — A Pennsylvania woman will be charged Tuesday with allegedly dealing heroin from her bed in the intensive care unit of a Pittsburgh area hospital, police said.The 38-year-old woman, whose name is being withheld until she…

How Did Teen Survive Flight Inside Plane’s Wheel Well?

How Did Teen Survive Flight Inside Plane’s Wheel Well?

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(SAN JOSE, Calif.) — It’s still unclear how a 15-year-old teenager stowed away inside the wheel well of a Hawaiian Airlines 767 and survived amid the high altitude, frigid temperatures and low oxygen as the plane flew …

Texas Police Officer Caught Tripping, Pushing Kids at Soccer Game

Texas Police Officer Caught Tripping, Pushing Kids at Soccer Game

iStock/Thinkstock(GEORGETOWN, Texas) — Police in Georgetown, Texas, are investigating one of their own after he was caught on tape apparently tripping and pushing children at a high school state championship soccer game on Saturday.In the broadcast of…

Minnesota Man Accused of Murdering Teens Who Entered His Home

Minnesota Man Accused of Murdering Teens Who Entered His Home

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(LITTLE FALLS, Minn.) — The trial against a 65-year-old man accused of murdering two teens who entered his home is underway in Minnesota, stirring debate about how far people can go in defending their homes.Byron Smith, a r…

US Marshal Stops Defendant from Attacking Witness in Utah Court

US Marshal Stops Defendant from Attacking Witness in Utah Court

moodboard/Thinkstock(SALT LAKE CITY) — Shots were fired inside a brand new federal courthouse in Salt Lake City Monday that opened only a week ago.The FBI said a defendant in a trial involving a gang called the Tongan Crips tried to attack the witness…

Increased Calls for Early Warning Earthquake System on West Coast

Increased Calls for Early Warning Earthquake System on West Coast

iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — Following Mexico’s 7.2-magnitude earthquake on April 18, lawmakers and experts are calling for an early warning system for the West Coast. Many residents in Mexico fled to safety prior to the quake as a result of the c…

Pennsylvania Prep School Graduates Accused of Running Drug Ring

Pennsylvania Prep School Graduates Accused of Running Drug Ring

iStock/Thinkstock(ARDMORE, Pa.) — Two prep school graduates are accused of leading a drug ring busted Monday in Philadelphia’s Main Line suburbs. The two men allegedly supplied marijuana, cocaine, and ecstasy to local high schools and colleges. At lea…

Two Men Shot Outside Gates of National Zoo

Two Men Shot Outside Gates of National Zoo

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Two men were shot and injured outside the gates of the National Zoo on Monday afternoon, according to police. One victim suffered an injury to his left hand, while the other was shot in the arm. They are being trea…

Video Shows Stowaway Teen Exiting Wheel Well After Flight

Video Shows Stowaway Teen Exiting Wheel Well After Flight

MMADIA/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(HONOLULU) — Airport surveillance video shows a 15-year-old stowaway easing his way out of a jetliner’s front wheel well and stepping onto the tarmac in Hawaii after miraculously surviving a five-hour flight from San …

Meet the American Who Won the Boston Marathon

Meet the American Who Won the Boston Marathon

John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(BOSTON) — American Meb Keflezighi was the first man to cross the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday in one of the most memorable finishes ever.After coming in first at 2:08:37, an emotional Keflez…

Death Toll in Washington State Mudslide Climbs to 41

Death Toll in Washington State Mudslide Climbs to 41

Ted S. Warren-Pool/Getty Images(OSO, Wash.) — The death toll stemming from the March 22 mudslide in Washington state has increased yet again.The medical examiner in Snohomish County announced on Monday that 41 bodies have been recovered from the mud i…

Connecticut Firefighters Lift Car to Save Man

Connecticut Firefighters Lift Car to Save Man

Monkey Business Images/Thinkstock(FAIRFIELD, Conn.) — A team of first responders in Connecticut went back to the basics in order to rescue an elderly man pinned by his car on Easter Sunday.A group of about seven firefighters, aided by some police and …

Model in Court Facing Estranged Husband Accused of Murder Plot

Model in Court Facing Estranged Husband Accused of Murder Plot

Kuzma/Thinkstock(SAN FERNANDO, Calif.) — Monica Olsen has appeared in magazines, billboards and even as the femme fatale hero in a comic book series.On Monday, she’s expected to face her estranged husband, Dino Guglielmelli, in a San Fernando, C…

FBI: 16-Year-Old Stows Away on California-Hawaii Flight

FBI: 16-Year-Old Stows Away on California-Hawaii Flight

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(HONOLULU) — A 16-year-old boy from California hopped a fence at the San Jose Airport and snuck into the wheel well of a Hawaiian Airlines flight, stowing away for a five-hour flight, FBI spokesman Tom Simon told ABC News.Si…

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