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NCAA Levels Punishments Against Syracuse University, Jim Boeheim


Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images(SYRACUSE, N.Y.) -- Syracuse University's basketball program was hit with a staunch penalty by the NCAA on Friday, the conclusion of a years-long investigation into violations committed by the school.According to the NC

Two Rail Cars Still Burning Following Illinois Trail Derailment


iStock/Thinkstock(GALENA, Ill.) -- Two tanker cars belonging to the BNSF Railway train that derailed in northwest Illinois Thursday afternoon are still actively burning, according to the Galena Fire Department.Officials say firefighters are on the scene,

Bus-Riding Dog Inspires Children's Book


File photo. (Anat0ly/iStock/Thinkstock)(SEATTLE) -- A black Labrador who rides Seattle buses on her own motivated a class of Colorado sixth graders to write a children's book from the dog's perspective.The 2-year-old dog named Eclipse made headlines in Ja

Spirited Republic: A Tour Through America's History with Booze


ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- U.S. history does not walk a straight line when it comes to the country’s relationship with alcohol.Americans have fluctuated between times when whiskey was as common to the breakfast table as coffee and other periods when an

Federal Judge Shot in Detroit


iStock/Thinkstock(DETROIT) -- A federal judge was shot in Detroit Thursday night in what police believe was an attempted robbery.Police say Judge Terrence Berg was putting out the trash when he was approached by two suspects, according to Rod Hansen, the

Passengers on Delta Flight That Skidded Off New York Runway Talk About Bumpy Lan


FDNY(NEW YORK) -- Passengers on Delta Flight 1086, which skidded off a LaGuardia Airport runway in New York Thursday, described the bumpy landing that left the plane just feet from the water. The plane from Atlanta to New York veered sharply midway down t

'He Was 8 Years Old': Father of Boy Killed in Boston Marathon Bombing Testifies


The Richard Family(BOSTON) -- The father of the young boy killed in the Boston Marathon bombing was the last to testify Thursday, and ended his emotional time on the stand with a simple, tragic fact: “He was eight years old.” Bill Richard was

Bald Eagles Caught On Webcam Protecting Eggs From Snow


Pennsylvania Game Commission(HANOVER, Pa.) -- The dedication of parenthood was proven yet again on Thursday, as two bald eagles were spotted on a webcam in a Pennsylvania state park sheltering their eggs from the snow. The birds were captured on a webcam

Freight Train Carrying Crude Oil Train Cars Derails Near Illinois Town


BrianBrownImages/iStock/Thinkstock(GALENA, Ill.) --  A Burlington Northern Railroad train carrying 103 train cars of crude oil derailed in northwest Illinois Thursday afternoon. The incident happened around 2 p.m. ET near the town of Galena,  ac

Viral Video of Skeletons Proves 'Love Has No Labels'


Ad Council/YouTube(NEW YORK) -- A viral video released by the Ad Council is warming hearts all over the globe. The public service announcement, titled "Love Has No Labels," features a large LED screen tracking two skeletons kissing and hugging each other.

16-Month-Old Has Egg-cellent Cooking Skills


Courtesy Ashley Quarella(NEW YORK) -- If you have ever bitten down on an egg shell in your baked goods or spilled yolks into your egg whites, a video of a New Jersey toddler in the kitchen may make you feel even more inferior.The video shows 16-month-old

Jodi Arias Trial: Why Jury Couldn't Reach a Verdict


ABC News(PHOENIX) -- All but one of the jurors tasked with deciding convicted killer Jodi Arias’ fate wanted to sentence her to death, they revealed Thursday after the judge declared a mistrial.There was one female juror who refused to sentence Aria

Boston Bombing Survivor: 'Coward' Dzhokhar Tsarnaev 'Wouldn't Look at Me'


ABC News(BOSTON) -- When Boston Marathon bombing victim Rebekah Gregory took the stand to testify against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, she said the alleged killer couldn’t meet her stare.“I could not look into his eyes because he wouldn't look at me,&rd

Michael Brown's Family to File Civil Suit Against Ferguson, Darren Wilson


Brown Family / Facebook(FERGUSON, Mo.) -- Lawyers for the family of Michael Brown announced on Thursday that they will file a civil suit for the teen's death.At a news conference, the attorneys for the Brown family confirmed that the city of Ferguson, Mis

Murder Suspect Only Wanted to Kill Himself, Defense Argues


ABC News(RALEIGH, N.C.) -- Opening statements in the North Carolina trial of Jonathan Broyhill focused on the suspect’s mental state, with defense attorneys arguing Broyhill was only interested in killing himself, not his best friend’s wife, p

Jodi Arias Trial: Judge Declares a Mistrial After Hung Jury


ABC News(PHOENIX) -- The jury could not reach an unanimous verdict in the sentencing of convicted killer Jodi Arias and the judge declared a mistrial.The verdict, announced Thursday, comes after a second jury considered her case because the first jury, wh

Delta Airlines Plane Skids Off Runway at LaGuardia Airport in New York


@KristinaGrossmann/Instagram(NEW YORK) -- A plane skidded off a runway at New York’s LaGuardia Airport while trying to land during a winter storm Thursday, but initially there were no reports of injuries.Delta Flight 1086, an MD-88 on a route from A

SMU Fraternity Chapter Suspended After Alleged Neighbor Harassment


iStock/Thinkstock(UNIVERSITY PARK, Texas) -- A Texas fraternity at Southern Methodist University was placed on indefinite suspension amid a neighbor’s claims that students have been harassing him for months, a fraternity official said.Tim O’Co

Kentucky Drivers Get Stranded on Snowy Interstate


@oh2preshus/Twitter(ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky.) -- Many Kentucky drivers on Wednesday spent the snowy evening in their cars, counting down 12 hours or more via Twitter and foraging for food, after two serious accidents on a major interstate.The state police estim

Boston Marathon Bombing: Inside Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's 'It Was Him' Defense Strateg


FBI(BOSTON) — The trial of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev enters its second day Thursday, but the defense has already made a curiously blunt admission: "It was him."One of the first things Tsarnaev's attorney Judy Clarke told the c

Critics Say 'Burnbook' App Exposes Children to Cyberbullying


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- In the hit cult film, Mean Girls, the Burn Book was all the rage. Now, it’s a cellphone app that’s going viral in schools across the nation.Akin to a local Twitter without the Twitter handles, the Burnbook app le

Marathon Bombing Suspect's Defense: 'It Was Him'


FBI(BOSTON) — The defense team for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev made a stunning admission at the beginning of the accused Boston Marathon bomber’s trial Wednesday: “It was him.”“We’re all going to come face to face with unbearable

Gold Bar Robbery Possibly an Inside Job, Police Theorize


WTVD-TV(WILSON COUNTY, N.C.) -- Police suspect that the alleged armed robbery of a truck transporting bars of gold in North Carolina was an inside job as more details about the highway heist have emerged, according to a search warrant application that was

Passengers Evacuate US Airways Flight After Smoke Fills Cabin


Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(DENVER) -- Passengers on US Airways Flight 445 from Charlotte were told to evacuate the plane as soon as it landed at Denver International Airport on Wednesday, authorities said.“The flight did have a smoke sm

American Bison Slams Into Parked SUV in Yellowstone National Park


Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(YELLOWSTONE, Wyo.) -- An American bison being trailed by cars inside Yellowstone National Park took its anger out on a parked SUV in its path, ramming into the car that had two passengers inside. Tom Carter, a 60-year-old atto

Detroit Bus Driver to Be Charged After Alleged On-Duty Doze Leads to Crash


iStock/Thinkstock(DETROIT) -- After a four-month investigation, authorities said on Wednesday that the driver of a city bus who police said fell asleep at the wheel and then slammed into eight vehicles in suburban Detroit will be charged.The 65-year-old d