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  • Former Chicago cop sentenced to 81 months in prison for murder of African-American teen

    Former Chicago cop sentenced to 81 months in prison for murder of African-American teen

    (CHICAGO) — Former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was sentenced to 81 months in prison on Friday evening for the shooting death of African-American teen Laquan McDonald. Van Dyke, who is white, shot McDonald, who was 17-years-old, 16 times on Oct. 20, 2014. Video released during the investigation showed McDonald was armed with a knife but the teen didn’t appear to be moving toward the police officers who responded. Friday’s sentencing in a Chicago courtroom began early Friday morning and lasted well into the evening before the judge handed down the sentence. Prosecutors had sought a “significant amount of […]

  • 9-year-old girl breaks into house to save grandmother

    9-year-old girl breaks into house to save grandmother

    (PHILADELPHIA) —  A quick-thinking 9-year-old girl may have saved her grandmother’s life when she discovered the elderly woman alone in the throes of a brain aneurysm, and stayed with her until help arrived. Cayla Davis was dropped off at her grandmother Joyce Ann Davis’ house, in Chester, Philadelphia, at around 7:00 a.m. on Jan. 7. Cayla’s mother, Donna Davis, watched to see her daughter go through home’s gate, and then drove away. After her grandmother didn’t come to the door, Cayla knew something was wrong, her mother told ABC News. She walked around the house, trying all of the doors […]

  • Minnesota mom charged after car seat falls out with child in it

    Minnesota mom charged after car seat falls out with child in it

    (NEW YORK) — A Minnesota mother has been charged after her child was seen on dashcam video falling out of her vehicle and onto a busy roadway while still in the car seat. Maimuna Hassan, 40, faces a gross misdemeanor charge of child endangerment, a permit violation misdemeanor charge and a petty misdemeanor charge for child passenger restraint not fastened, according to a criminal complaint from Blue Earth County, Minnesota. The child endangerment charge carries up to one year in jail and a $3,000 fine, or both, and the other two charges carry up to 90 days or a $1,000 […]

  • Women’s March organizers respond to controversy leading up to rally

    Women’s March organizers respond to controversy leading up to rally

    (NEW YORK) — A national board member with the Women’s March defended the organization’s co-president amid a growing controversy over the latter’s relationship with Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam leader who has drawn criticism for his alleged anti-Semitic remarks. Linda Sarsour, a Women’s March national board member, said that she believes in co-president Tamika Mallory’s leadership, calling her a “woman who stands up for all people.” Sarsour made the comments during an interview with on ABC News’ “The Debrief.” Mallory defended her relationship with Farrakhan on “The View” earlier this week. Sarsour said that tension leading up to the […]

  • Winter storm headed to Northeast: What to know about the latest forecast

    Winter storm headed to Northeast: What to know about the latest forecast

    (NEW YORK) — The East Coast is bracing for an intense winter storm moving from the Midwest into the Northeast. A smaller storm moved through the Northeast Friday morning. Snow accumulations along the Interstate 95 corridor were fairly light — just 1 to 2 inches. Next, snow will hit the Midwest and Plains on Friday. Public schools in Omaha cancelled classes for Friday due to the weather. The snow will be especially heavy in Iowa wand southern Minnesota and Wisconsin. Saturday morning heavy snow will be falling all across the Midwest, including Chicago. Rain will move into Washington, D.C. Saturday […]

  • Former Chicago police officer to be sentenced for Laquan McDonald murder

    Former Chicago police officer to be sentenced for Laquan McDonald murder

    (CHICAGO) — Former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke is set to be sentenced Friday for the shooting death of African-American teen Laquan McDonald. Van Dyke’s attorneys have asked for probation. Van Dyke, who is white, shot McDonald, who was 17 years old, 16 times on Oct. 20, 2014. Video released during the investigation showed McDonald was armed with a knife but the teen didn’t appear to be moving toward the police officers who responded. In October, Van Dyke was found guilty of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery. He was found not guilty of official misconduct. For […]

  • Overlooked evidence in Hania Noelia Aguilar murder case leads to investigator’s firing

    Overlooked evidence in Hania Noelia Aguilar murder case leads to investigator’s firing

    (LUMBERTON, N.C.) — The sheriff’s office in North Carolina’s Robeson County fired an investigator following an internal probe into overlooked evidence that might have saved the life of 13-year-old Hania Noelia Aguilar, who was abducted, sexually assaulted and killed in November. Robeson County Sheriff Burnis Wilkins, Jr. announced in a press release Thursday that he had terminated investigator Darryl McPhatter based on findings from the probe. McPhatter had previously been suspended after preliminary findings. Major Anthony Thompson, who was also suspended, resigned from his post with the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office on Jan. 9. He served in law enforcement for […]