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  • 2 teen girls are facing a raft of felony charges in alleged plot to kidnap and kill 9 people

    2 teen girls are facing a raft of felony charges in alleged plot to kidnap and kill 9 people

    (TAMPA, Fla.) — A pair of 14-year-old Florida middle school girls are facing felony charges for conspiracy to commit kidnapping and murder after being arrested this week in what authorities described as a plot to kidnap and kill 9 people. Court records reviewed by ABC News Tampa affiliate WFTS indicate that a teacher told police she observed the girls acting “hysterical” while searching for a folder at school, and heard one say that “I’m just going to tell them it’s a prank if they call me or if they find it.” ABC News is withholding the identity of the girls […]

  • Social media influencer convicted for violent plot to hijack website name

    Social media influencer convicted for violent plot to hijack website name

    (NEW YORK) —  A social media influencer from Iowa is facing 20 years in prison for planning a violent home invasion to hijack an internet domain name for his company. Rossi Lorathio Adams II, 26, was convicted of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by force, threats and violence on Thursday, according to a statement released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office Northern District of Iowa. According to the statement, Adams founded the social media company “State Snaps” and at one point had more than a million followers on his social media sites. These sites mostly contained images and videos of young […]

  • Dramatic video shows officers pulling victims out of burning car before it’s engulfed in flames

    Dramatic video shows officers pulling victims out of burning car before it’s engulfed in flames

    (CAMDEN, N.J.) —  Police in Camden, New Jersey, have released new body camera video from a dramatic rescue of passengers inside two burning cars on the interstate. Just moments after the 2:30 a.m. April 7 accident on I-676, four police officers are seen struggling to rescue two drivers and two passengers trapped inside. “Come here. Give me your hand!” an officer is heard shouting in the video. The car and SUV were quickly engulfed in flames. Officer Vincent Russomano even caught fire himself. Those officers were honored by Camden police for their heroism by being named “Officers of the Week.” […]

  • 8-year-old girl killed after storm causes tree to crash through her Florida home

    8-year-old girl killed after storm causes tree to crash through her Florida home

    (WOODVILLE, Fla.) — An 8-year-old girl in Florida was killed after a morning storm caused a tree to crash through her house, fatally injuring her and another child in the home, police said. Officers responded to a 911 call from the home just after 8 a.m. Friday, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. A storm, which had struck the area Friday morning, caused the tree to go through the Woodville home where the 8-year-old and a 12-year-old boy were inside. Both children were transported to the hospital with injuries, police said. The 8-year-old was pronounced dead at […]

  • 5-year-old victim in Mall of America incident ‘showing real signs of recovery,’ family says

    5-year-old victim in Mall of America incident ‘showing real signs of recovery,’ family says

    (MINNEAPOLIS) — The family of a 5-year-old boy who was thrown from the third-floor balcony at the Mall of America released a hopeful update on Friday, saying that despite “a long road ahead,” the boy is “showing real signs of recovery.” “We have good news to share with you on this Good Friday,” the family said in a statement. “Our miracle child is showing real signs of recovery. New test results have been positive, though he remains in intensive care with a long road ahead. Our faith in God and our savior Jesus is strong, and we are gaining more […]

  • How woman who lost mother-in-law in Pittsburgh synagogue shooting aims to fight anti-Semitism during Passover

    How woman who lost mother-in-law in Pittsburgh synagogue shooting aims to fight anti-Semitism during Passover

    (PITTSBURGH) — As the Jewish holiday of Passover begins Friday night, families and friends will gather at Seder — an orderly, annual dinner where they eat, drink, sing and re-tell the story of the enslaved Jews’ escape from Egypt. For 12 years, Marnie Fienberg hosted her family’s Seder with her mother-in-law, Joyce Fienberg. But that tradition has ended. Joyce Fienberg, a 75-year-old grandmother of six and former researcher at the University of Pittsburgh, was among the 11 worshipers shot dead at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue on Oct. 27, 2018. “My mother-in-law was one of the kindest humans I’ve ever […]

  • Clearing the air on the origins of 420, the unofficial national marijuana holiday

    Clearing the air on the origins of 420, the unofficial national marijuana holiday

    (NEW YORK) — The origins of the so-called pot holiday “420” are — fittingly — fuzzy. Some people will say that the holiday’s name traces back to a police code. Others, meanwhile, believe that something happened on April 20 many years ago. The near-universal consensus, however, is that “420” is a reference to the time of day. Weed lore dictates that in the early 1970s, a group of teens attending San Rafael High School, about 19 miles north of San Francisco, would as a code word of sorts to indicate a smoke session after school. The group of teens, who […]