(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama on Thursday offered a personal reflection on the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela, a man he described as "one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this Earth."
"He no longer belongs to us; he belongs to the ages," Obama said.
"Through his fierce dignity and unbending will to sacrifice his own freedom for the freedom of others, Madiba transformed South Africa and moved all of us. His journey from a prisoner to a president embodied the promise that human beings and countries can change for the better," he said in a brief statement ...Read more
(WASHINGTON) -- It was a clear day on the Atlantic this week, with relatively calm seas, when what appeared to be a buoy suddenly popped up from out of nowhere.
The curious object bobbed about on the surface for a bit and then, responding to an unseen command, blasted a metallic device high into the air.
Just moments after its launch, the device unfolded a pair of wings, gained altitude and began to buzz through the sky -- taking live video for hours and sending it back down to American sailors hidden underwater in the USS Providence submarine.
This week’s launch of the eXperimental Fuel Cell Unmanned Aerial ...Read more
(NEW YORK) -- A new commercial from the gun control group, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, shows the moments before a school shooting.
The ad’s release is timed to the one-year anniversary of the Newtown school shooting, which was on Dec. 14, 2012, and shows a group of young children in a classroom and a seemingly-malicious intruder with a duffel bag on the school steps as a clock ticks.
“On December 14th, we’ll have a moment of silence for Newtown. But with 26 more school shootings since that day, ask yourself -- is silence what America needs right now?” the narrator of the ad says. ...Read more
(PROVO, Utah) -- Martin MacNeill, the Utah doctor who was convicted last month in his wife's murder, has been hospitalized after attempting suicide in his cell, according to the Utah County Sheriff's Office.
Guards intervened Thursday evening as MacNeill attempted suicide in his cell at the Utah County Jail, Sgt. Spencer Cannon of the Utah County Sheriff's Office told ABC News.
"He was discovered early enough by guards so his injuries were not life-threatening," Cannon said. He declined to say how MacNeill tried to take his own life.
The doctor was taken by ambulance to the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center where ...Read more
(NORTH CONWAY, N.H.) -- A missing New Hampshire teen sent her mother a letter that was postmarked weeks after she disappeared, authorities said Friday.
The letter from Abigail Hernandez, 15, was postmarked on Oct. 23 and received on Nov. 6, according to the FBI and New Hampshire Attorney General's Office.
"When we received this letter, I will tell you it was unprecedented. It gave us hope," FBI special agent Kiernan Ramsey said.
Investigators said they decided to come forward with the existence of the letter because they fear the teen may be in "grave" danger and could perhaps be used for sexual exploitation ...Read more
(NEW YORK) -- A large winter storm that is battering the central U.S. with several inches of ice, snow and frigid temperatures is now making its way to the East Coast. But relief may not be in sight for many residents, as a new storm is brewing in the West.
Overnight, 1.25 inches of pure ice reportedly fell near Fort Smith, Ark., while eastern Oklahoma was hit with 1 inch of ice and southern Illinois received half an inch. In Denton, Texas, just north of Dallas, 3.5 inches of sleet accumulated.
So far, the most snow has been reported south of St. Louis, where 8 inches fell. Fairfield, Ill., saw 7.5 inches of the white stuff. ...Read more
(NEW YORK) -- Former South African President Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at the age of 95, spent much of his life fighting the injustices of apartheid.
After spending 27 years in prison for battling the apartheid government, Mandela went on to win the first fully democratic election in South African history, and in 1993 was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his decades of work for human equality.
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Over his storied career, Mandela voiced ...Read more
(WASHINGTON) -- The Capitol Grinch was on full display Thursday when a group of immigration activists, including several children, sang outside House Speaker John Boehner’s congressional office in the Longworth House Office Building.
Singing to the melody of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” the group altered the familiar refrain to “We pray for Speaker Boehner, we pray for Speaker Boehner, we pray for Speaker Boehner …”
In an exchange captured on-camera and posted on YouTube, an officer with the U.S. Capitol Police, ...Read more
(NEW YORK) -- Incoming New York Mayor Bill De Blasio has tapped former New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton to run the New York Police Department again.
Bratton was 'Top Cop' as Police Commissioner in New York from 1994 to 1996 under Rudy Giuliani and lauded for dramatically reducing crime in the city.
"I love this profession. I love this city. I love this department. I have had a love affair with it since 1956," Bratton said.
Bratton says he will reform the "stop and frisk" program developed under current Commissioner Ray Kelly, which has been the subject of civil rights lawsuits for allegedly unfairly targeting young...Read more
(FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas) -- A brother and sister facing years in prison for their involvement in bank robberies with their father claim he recruited them for the crimes, and now he too will go to prison.
Hayden Catt and Abby Catt were just 20 and 18 years old respectively when they went on their first bank heist together with their 51-year-old father Scott Catt in August 2012.
Scott Catt accepted a plea deal Thursday, pleading guilty to aggravated robbery and accepting a sentence of 24 years. He blames all that has happened on his drug and alcohol abuse.
"I'm just offering it up as...Read more
(NEW YORK) -- On Dec. 5, 1933, the United States ratified the 21st amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ending more than a decade of alcohol prohibition.
Today, 80 years later, federal law still bans the distilling of spirits in the home with numerous licensing requirements.
The law that banned alcohol sales throughout the nation went into effect Jan. 1, 1920, largely as a result of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union, which believed Prohibition would protect families from the dangers of alcohol abuse.
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UPDATE: No charges will be filed against Florida State's star quarterback, Jameis Winston, who had been accused of sexual assault. Investigators concluded the accuser was not drunk, nor was she under the influence of drugs when the two had sex.
During a news conference in Tallahassee on Thursday, Winston's attorney, Tim Jansen, said the woman was tested for drugs just two hours after having sex with his client. “If she had any drugs in her system they would've showed up, and there's no magic drug that doesn't show up in two hours.”
Jansen said the evidence is overwhelmingly in his client's ...Read more
(SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla.) -- Florida wildlife officials have euthanized a bear that “closely fits” the description of one that attacked a woman who was walking her dogs on Monday night.
Some 48 hours after the Longwood, Fla., mother was hospitalized and underwent emergency surgery for her injuries, a 200-pound bear was caught and killed by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).
“The trapped female bear closely fits the description of the animal that was involved in [an] incident that injured Susan Chalfant, 54, while she was walking her dogs Monday night,” FWC spokeswoman Karen Parker said ...Read more
(OREGON CITY, Ore.) -- An "endangered" Oregon teenager who was last seen Tuesday night may be traveling with a 40-year-old transient man and looking for places to camp, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.
Samantha Dodson, 13, was last seen Tuesday night in Oregon City.
Police called the teen an "endangered runaway" and said she may be in the company of Kelsey McCune, 40, a family friend who authorities said has no permanent address.
It was unclear if the teen left home willingly; however police said she does not have a history of running away.
Dodson, who recently dyed ...Read more
(BOISE, Idaho) -- The search for a missing airplane and the five people onboard has entered its fifth day as rescuers scoured the snow-covered Idaho back country looking for signs of life.
New video taken by search and rescue teams shows the cold, rugged terrain where Silicon Valley executive Dale Smith's plane vanished from radar last Sunday.
Onboard the six-seater Beech Bonanza Dale Smith was piloting were his son, Daniel Smith and his wife, Sheree Smith; his daughter, Amber Smith, and her fiancé, Jonathon Norton.
Five airplanes and