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Air Force warns against storming Area 51 as Facebook event reaches 1.5 million attendees
Sgt. Connor Mendez/U.S. Army (LINCOLN COUNTY, Nev.) -- The Air Force is warning people against storming Area 51 in Nevada, after a Facebook event page, organizing a meet up at the "Alien Center tourist attraction," went viral.Conspiracy theorists believe that the U.S. government has kept UFOs and extraterrestrial life at the location, which is actually an Air Force training range.As of Wednesday morning, over 1.5 million people said they were "attending" the event, called "Storm Area 51, They Can't Stop All of Us." The event is scheduled for Sept. 20 at 3 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time. Another 1.1 million Facebook...
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After nearly 20 years in prison, man set to be exonerated based on new DNA technique
Zinkevych/iStock (IDAHO FALLS, Idaho) -- In the 1990s, Christopher Tapp was sent to prison for the rape and murder of Idaho teen Angie Dodge.Despite his DNA not matching evidence found at the crime scene, he was still convicted based on the theory that multiple people were involved in the crime.On Wednesday, after decades of proclaiming his innocence and claiming his confession was coerced, Tapp may finally be exonerated due to the novel DNA technique of genetic genealogy, which was used to find identify a new suspect in Dodge's murder."It's hard for me to fathom or believe it still," Tapp told...
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69-year-old woman missing after hiking in California's Mojave Desert with her husband
San Bernardino County Sheriffs Department (LAS VEGAS) -- Authorities are continuing to search for a 69-year-old woman who has been missing for almost a week after hiking in California’s Mojave Desert.Barbara Thomas was last seen last Friday when she and her husband, Robert, were making their way back to their trailer after hiking in the desert, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Colorado River Station said in a press release.The two had nearly reached their vehicle when Robert stopped to take a photo and she continued on ahead in the area of Kelbaker/Hidden Hills near Interstate 40, he told ABC...
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Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman sentenced to life in US prison
OMAR TORRES/AFP/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was sentenced to life in prison, a federal judge in Brooklyn decided Wednesday.Guzman, 62, was convicted in February of charges that mandate life in prison, proving he was "a ruthless and bloodthirsty leader of the Sinaloa Cartel," federal prosecutors in Brooklyn said in a court filing."The horrific nature and circumstances of the defendant's offense, his history and characteristics and the fact that the defendant committed some of the most serious crimes under federal law make a life sentence warranted," prosecutors wrote.“My case was stained,” Guzman told U.S. District Judge Brian...
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Flooding lingers in central US as heat wave threatens East Coast
ABC News (NEW YORK) -- Slow-moving remnants of Barry delivered 16 inches of rain in southwestern Arkansas on Tuesday, breaking the state's record for the most precipitation from a tropical system. What's left of Barry now is forecast to combine with a frontal system, producing more severe storms, rainfall and potential flooding. Flash flood alerts were issued Wednesday morning in seven states from Minnesota to New Jersey. Some areas could see more than 4 inches.The frontal system and tropical moisture from Barry also could ignite multiple severe storms in the Plains and Upper Midwest later in the day.Damaging winds, large...
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Parents speak out after 2-year-old daughter went missing in Michigan woods
Michigan State Police (DETROIT) -- The parents of a missing 2-year-old girl who was found alive and healthy in the dense woods of rural Michigan on Tuesday morning said it's a miracle she survived.Gabriella Roselynn Vitale was reported missing on Monday morning in northern Michigan's Oscoda County, where she and her family had been camping. More than 24 hours later, Gabriella was found between a quarter to a half-mile west of the campsite. She had walked up to the porch of a home that was outside of the zone that had been searched thus far, and residents immediately notified authorities,...
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50 years later: Astronaut Michael Collins returns to the Apollo 11 launch pad: 'It's a wonderful feeling'
iStock (BREVARD COUNTY, Fla.) -- Astronaut Michael Collins, 88, returned to where it all began -- the spot where Apollo 11 launched into space 50 years ago Tuesday. He reflected on the mission that brought man to the moon and what he hopes to see for space exploration in the future.“It’s a wonderful feeling to be back at Launchpad 39A,” Collins told Robert Cabana, director of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.Once referred to by some as the loneliest man in the universe, Collins appeared on stage as he was in the command module 50 years ago -- without fellow...
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Instagram faces criticism after leaving gruesome images of teen's corpse on platform for hours
iStock (NEW YORK) -- A man suspected of murdering 17-year-old Bianca Devins alerted police to the killing by posting photographs of her dead body on multiple social media platforms, police said.Now, Instagram is facing criticism from social media users for allegedly failing to swiftly remove the gruesome images."I have seen the pictures. I will FOREVER have those images in my mind when I think of her," Devins' stepmother, Kaleigh Rimmer, wrote on Facebook on Monday morning. "When I close my eyes, those images haunt me."Instagram users took matters into their own hands by posting photos of pink clouds in Devins'...
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Police: Man arrested in murder of Louisiana African-American museum founder Sadie Roberts-Joseph
iStock (BATON ROUGE, La.) -- A Louisiana man has been arrested in the murder of a beloved 75-year-old community activist whose body was discovered asphyxiated in the trunk of her car, police said at a news conference Tuesday afternoon.The death of Sadie Roberts-Joseph, who founded an African American museum in Baton Rouge and teamed up with police on an anti-drug and violence program, was ruled a homicide by "traumatic asphyxia, including suffocation," according to an autopsy report.Ronn Jermaine Bell, 37, a convicted sex offender, was taken into custody Tuesday on a charge of first-degree murder, police said.Bell was living in...
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Police: Dad dies trying to save kids swept away by wave at North Carolina beach
iStock (WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, N.C.) -- A North Carolina father died while trying to rescue his children from rough waters at the state's Wrightsville Beach, according to police.Two of Johnny Lee Vann Jr.'s kids were walking on a jetty wall on Sunday afternoon when they were swept off by a wave, Capt. Jason Bishop of the Wrightsville Beach Police Department told ABC News.Vann was able to rescue one of his children, but when he went back into the ocean for the other child, he couldn't stay above the water, Bishop said.Vann was underwater for about 30 seconds before he and the...
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Cyberbullying is on the rise among middle and high school students, report finds
iStock (NEW YORK) -- While overall rates of bullying in schools across the country have not changed, a new federal report released Tuesday revealed that online bullying has increased among middle and high school students.Among the 20 percent of students who said they were bullied between the ages of 12 and 18 during the 2016 school year, 15% said they were bullied online or by text, according to the report by the National Center for Education Statistics. This is a 3.5% increase from the 2014-2015 school year.Furthermore, the report found that roughly 41% of students between the ages of 12-18...
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Lawyer: Financier Jeffrey Epstein allegedly had 'improper sexual conduct' with young women while in 'jail'
Stephanie Keith/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Wealthy financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein continued to have visits from young women that allegedly resulted in sexual liaisons while he was in 'jail' in Florida, a lawyer for one of his accusers said Tuesday.Attorney Brad Edwards, who represents Epstein accuser Courtney Wild and several other alleged victims, claims that Epstein's 13-month jail sentence -- the result of a plea bargain with federal prosecutors in Florida -- failed to prevent the money manager accused of sexually assaulting numerous underage girls from having "improper sexual contact" with young women.At a Tuesday press conference...
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