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  • Timeline of the alleged Jussie Smollett attack investigation

    Timeline of the alleged Jussie Smollett attack investigation

    (CHICAGO) — When news broke of the alleged racist attack on a star from one of the most popular shows on television, it riveted everyone, drawing the nation into a heated discussion about race, politics and celebrity. But as the investigation continued, growing skepticism about Smollett’s story added enormous pressure on Chicago investigators to get to the bottom of what really happened that night. Here is a timeline of the Jussie Smollett case as it unfolded over the past several weeks. Jan. 22: Smollett reports to police receiving a threatening letter sent to the Fox studio where ‘Empire’ is filmed, […]

  • Panic unfolds at Orlando Airport after man attempts to breach security, travelers yell ‘gun’

    Panic unfolds at Orlando Airport after man attempts to breach security, travelers yell ‘gun’

    (ORLANDO) — Chaos erupted at Orlando International Airport Saturday after a man tried to breach a security checkpoint and travelers yelled out that the suspect had a gun, police said. The man, Ryan Scott Mills, 38, was unarmed, Orlando Police said in a statement, adding that there was no gun involved in the incident and that “no shots were ever fired.” Mills was attempting to cross the airport’s west checkpoint around noon on Saturday when he was stopped by TSA agents, who called police for assistance, authorities said. When police attempted to arrest him, he reached into his pocket, and […]

  • New information in Jussie Smollett investigation ‘could change the story entirely,’ police say

    New information in Jussie Smollett investigation ‘could change the story entirely,’ police say

    (CHICAGO) —  After interrogating and releasing two men seen in surveillance video near the scene of the alleged attack on “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, Chicago police are saying that the new information they have “could change the story entirely.” The two men, confirmed by police as those seen in surveillance images from the night of the alleged incident, were arrested on Wednesday night and interviewed by detectives in the following days. Initially, the two men were considered potential suspects because they admitted to police that they were at the scene, that they were the men in the images and because […]

  • Aurora shooting suspect opened fire during termination meeting: Police

    Aurora shooting suspect opened fire during termination meeting: Police

    (AURORA, Illinois) — A “disgruntled” worker of an Illinois factory opened fire after being called into a meeting to terminate his employment, killing five co-workers and wounding five police officers before he was shot dead in a gunfight, officials said Saturday. Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman said the suspect, Gary Martin, 45, committed Friday’s massacre at the sprawling Henry Pratt Company in Aurora with a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun he should have never been able to possess because of 1995 felony conviction. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

  • Former US Cardinal Theodore McCarrick defrocked by Vatican over sex abuse claims

    Former US Cardinal Theodore McCarrick defrocked by Vatican over sex abuse claims

    (WASHINGTON) — Pope Francis officially defrocked the disgraced former cardinal of Washington, D.C., Theodore McCarrick on Friday, following a secret Vatican tribunal into allegations that he molested a 16-year-old boy decades ago. “On 11 January 2019, the Congress of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Theodore Edgar McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington, DC, Guilty of the Following Delicacies while a cleric: solicitation in the Sacrament of Confession, with the aggravating factor of the use of power,” a statement from the Vatican on Saturday said. “The Congress imposed on him the penalty of dismissal from the clerical state. “On […]

  • Federal authorities seize massive 221-pound shipment of cocaine at Southern California port

    Federal authorities seize massive 221-pound shipment of cocaine at Southern California port

    (LOS ANGELES) — Federal authorities seized two massive shipments of cocaine at the same California port of entry in late January. The total for the two shipments was 221 pounds — the largest at that port in 25 years, according to officials. The busts, which were announced on Friday, were both found aboard ships at Port Hueneme in Ventura County, about 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles, coming from Central and South America. The first shipment, which was 204.2 pounds, was seized on Jan. 22 on a cargo ship from Ecuador. Six days later, the same authorities found a seven-bundle, […]

  • 2 arrested men are released without charges in alleged attack on ‘Empire’ star Jussie Smollett: Police

    2 arrested men are released without charges in alleged attack on ‘Empire’ star Jussie Smollett: Police

    (CHICAGO) — Two men arrested by Chicago police police earlier this week in the alleged racial attack on “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett were released on Friday night. Police clarified that the two men were placed under arrest Wednesday night after police met them at the airport. But in a statement issued Friday night, Chicago Police Department officials said that “due to new evidence as a result of today’s interrogations, the individuals questions by police in the Empire case have now been released without charg[es], and detectives have additional investigative work to complete.” The two are no longer being classified as […]