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  • Obama to Honor Political and Cultural Icons With Medal of Freedom

    Obama to Honor Political and Cultural Icons With Medal of Freedom

    (WASHINGTON) — What do music legend Bob Dylan, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and novelist Toni Morrison have in common? On Tuesday they will join the small and elite club of political and cultural icons to receive the nation’s highest civilian honor: the Medal of Freedom. This year’s Medal of Freedom recipients, 13 in all, will come together at the White House this afternoon, where President Obama will honor their accomplishments and present the awards. The Medal of Freedom recognizes “individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world […]

  • New York Woman Slams Mercedes Through Home into Backyard

    New York Woman Slams Mercedes Through Home into Backyard

    (NEW YORK) — A Brooklyn, N.Y., woman will be arraigned Tuesday on drunk driving charges after she allegedly ran her Mercedes convertible through a Long Island home, taking everything, including the kitchen sink, with her. The driver, 21-year-old Sophia Anderson, walked away with only a few scrapes and bruises to her face, police said.  A male passenger was also left unscathed from the crash, which occurred Monday at 4:05 a.m. Anderson failed to turn at a t-intersection, a Suffolk County Police spokesperson told ABC News.  The Brooklyn woman allegedly rammed her Mercedes through the home, causing furniture, a stove and […]

  • Fla. Girl Falls Off Rock-Climbing Wall, Suffers Concussion

    Fla. Girl Falls Off Rock-Climbing Wall, Suffers Concussion

    (MIAMI) — Jeff Davis took his daughter, Emily, and her brother, Zack, to a Florida Marlin’s baseball game on Saturday. Then they went to a rock-climbing wall outside the stadium. That’s when things took a horrifying turn. Emily, 11, climbed 18 feet up the wall, and then suddenly fell. Her safety harness went completely slack, and she plummeted to the ground. Davis had been recording the moment on his cell phone camera, but when his daughter fell, he dropped the camera and sprinted to her side. “I just wanted to know she was breathing,” he told ABC’s Good Morning America. […]

  • Girl, 8, Gets ‘Catastrophe Award’ for Most Homework Excuses

    Girl, 8, Gets ‘Catastrophe Award’ for Most Homework Excuses

    (TUCSON, Ariz.) — The mother of an 8-year-old Arizona girl who was presented with a “Catastrophe Award” for apparently having the most excuses for not having homework believes her child was humiliated by her teacher. Christina Valdez said her daughter, Cassandra Garcia, came home one day from class at Desert Springs Academy in Tucson, Ariz., with the paper award. The document, which looks like a colorful card, contained the following message: “You’re Tops! Catastrophe Award.  Awarded to Cassandra Garcia. For Most Excuses for Not Having Homework.” The teacher signed the card “Ms. Plowman,” added the date – May 18, 2012 […]

  • Etan Patz Suspect’s Sister Reportedly Told Police He Confessed to Murder

    Etan Patz Suspect’s Sister Reportedly Told Police He Confessed to Murder

    (NEW YORK) — The sister of Pedro Hernandez, the New Jersey man arrested on suspicion of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz 33 years ago, has reportedly said that she alerted police in the early 1980s that her brother had confessed to the crime to a church group. Norma Hernandez, 53, said that she was informed by family members that her brother had confessed to abducting and killing Patz to a prayer group at St. Anthony of Padua, a Roman Catholic Church in Camden, N.J., according to The Wall Street Journal.  The suspect’s sister said that other family members were present at […]

  • Is John Edwards Flirting with Disaster?

    Is John Edwards Flirting with Disaster?

    (GREENSBORO, N.C.) — Jurors in John Edwards’ campaign corruption trial get back to work Tuesday in an attempt to arrive at verdicts on six charges that could potentially put the former North Carolina senator and candidate for the 2008 Democratic presidential candidate behind bars for 30 years. Meanwhile, the judge in the case is also expected to address an “undisclosed jury issue” that may have to do with an alternate juror giving Edwards what’s known as the “hairy eyeball.” ABC News reported late last week that the alternate, who’s described as an attractive woman with jet-black hair, has been flirting […]

  • 15-Hour Standoff in Dallas Ends with Suspect Falling Off Crane

    15-Hour Standoff in Dallas Ends with Suspect Falling Off Crane

    (DALLAS) — A 15-hour standoff between police and a suspected armed robber in Dallas came to an end early Tuesday morning when the man, who was stationed in the cab of a construction crane, fell to his death. The man is believed to have committed an armed robbery in downtown Dallas early Monday morning before climbing the tower on the campus of Southern Methodist University. Tactical officers tried to talk the man down.  Deputy Dallas Police Chief Randy Blankenbaker said SWAT team members were very close to reaching him. “As the officers were attempting entry, they found that the entry […]