• Mother of Freed US Writer Peter Theo Curtis Prepares to See Son Again

    Mother of Freed US Writer Peter Theo Curtis Prepares to See Son Again

    (NEW YORK) — The mother of U.S. writer Peter Theo Curtis, who was freed Sunday after being held hostage for two years by Syrian militants loyal to al-Qaeda, is preparing to be reunited with her son. “I’ll give him a big hug and probably cry,” Nancy Curtis told ABC’s Amy Robach. “And he’ll probably cry.” Peter Theo Curtis, 45, of Massachusetts, was held captive for 22 months by Syrian terrorist group Jabhat Al-Nusrah, a different terror group than the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) extremists who beheaded U.S. photojournalist James Foley. Curtis’ release comes as U.S. officials say… Read more

  • Sharpton Calls for Change in Honor of Michael Brown

    Sharpton Calls for Change in Honor of Michael Brown

    (ST. LOUIS) — The Rev. Al Sharpton gave an impassioned plea Monday that slain Ferguson, Missouri teenager Michael Brown not be remembered as someone who sparked violent clashes but as someone who caused America to change the way police treat citizens. “Michael Brown wants to be remembered for making America deal with how we are going to police in the United States,” Sharpton said to rousing applause at Brown’s funeral Monday. “We are required in his name to change the country.” Brown, 18, was killed when a police officer in his hometown of Ferguson shot him six times after a… Read more

  • Mass of Remembrance Held for James Foley

    Mass of Remembrance Held for James Foley

    (ROCHESTER, N.H.) — Less than a week after grisly video circulated of James Foley’s murder at the hands of ISIS, the American journalist was fondly recalled Sunday at a remembrance mass in Rochester, New Hampshire. Residents of Foley’s hometown attended the event, during which Bishop Peter A. Libasci asked everyone to pray for peace. Foley’s parents, John and Diane Foley, were among the audience, along with New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan and U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte. The Foleys spoke to the congregation before the end of the service to thank them for their support. Along with an online memorial, dubbed Remembering Jim, Foley’s family is collecting donations for… Read more

  • Michael Brown Casket Adorned with St. Louis Cap

    Michael Brown Casket Adorned with St. Louis Cap

    (ST. LOUIS) — A St. Louis Cardinals hat was placed atop the black and gold coffin of Michael Brown ahead of his funeral Monday morning, more than two weeks after he was shot and killed by a police officer while wearing a similar hat in the city of Ferguson, Missouri. Brown, 18, was unarmed when he was shot six times by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, sparking a wave of protests and clashes between community members and police in the St. Louis suburb. A delegation from the White House and civil rights leaders including Rev. Al Sharpton… Read more

  • 'All Clear' Given at Fort Lee Army Base After 'Active Shooter' Report

    'All Clear' Given at Fort Lee Army Base After 'Active Shooter' Report

    (FORT LEE, Va.) — The “active shooter” alert at Fort Lee Army Base in Virginia was prompted when a female soldier entered a building Monday morning with a gun and fired once, injuring herself, authorities said. The female soldier walked into the four-story Combined Arms Support Command Headquarters building at 9 a.m., according to a statement from Fort Lee’s media office. Early reports from officials said the woman turned the weapon on herself and fired one shot. Officials said the woman, whose identity was not released, was taken to Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. Her condition is not known at… Read more

  • California Quake Fires Quenched with Water from Swimming Pools

    California Quake Fires Quenched with Water from Swimming Pools

    (NAPA, Calif.) — The quake that struck Napa, California, snapped gas lines and sparked at least a half-dozen major fires, but it also ruptured water mains, which crippled firefighters’ efforts until they found nearby swimming pools. The eruption of flames threatened to trap people in their homes, particularly in mobile home parks that were hard hit by the fires. “The fire just exploded,” said Bill Linder, a resident at the Napa Valley Mobile Home Park. “It was terrifying.” Four of the homes burned to the ground, with other homes damaged. That damage was compounded by the fact that the earthquake… Read more

  • Giant Sinkhole Consumes Indiana Couple's Backyard

    Giant Sinkhole Consumes Indiana Couple's Backyard

    (DYER, Ind.) — An Indiana couple’s backyard turned into a huge sinkhole — prompting issues over who was responsible to fix it. The sinkhole in Frank and Letitia Casto’s yard used to be about four feet wide and six feet deep. It now measures about 40 feet wide and 30 feet deep. “It just keeps dropping and swallowing trees, and this is where we are at,” Letitia Casto told ABC News station WLS. “We’ve been complaining to different people for all this time, and everybody just keeps kind of ignoring us,” Frank Casto told WLS. “It could have been a… Read more

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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