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Death penalty sought in teen's 'Purge' killings case

An Indianapolis teen, who police say modeled a four-day killing spree in May after the plot of the horror film series ‘The Purge,’ could face the death penalty if convicted.

      
 

 

Ailing 9/11 first-responder makes billboard plea for aid

Mike Megna has kidney disease that he believes was caused by World Trade Center rubble.

      
 

 

Restaurant apologizes after refusing to serve cop

As the Alexandria police officer was waiting to place her order, a cook went to the cashier and said, “I’m not cooking for that one.”

      
 

 

Sanders touts Clinton in surprise visit to N.Y. delegates

Fresh off his rousing DNC speech, Sanders implores delegates to back Hillary Clinton.

      
 

 

Watch: Empire State building struck by lightning

A photographer captured stunning video of lightning striking the Empire State Building during a summer storm in New York City on Monday. 

      
 

 

Mom Talks About Son Killed in FL Club Shooting

Stephanie White remembers her son, 18-year-old Stef’an Strawder, who was killed in the deadly shooting outside the Club Blu nightclub in Fort Myers, Florida, Monday. (July 25)

      
 

 

For the first time, forecast predicts hotter-than-normal in every square inch of the USA

The entire nation is forecast to see above-average temperatures for the next three months

      
 

 

College students on 'safe' choice Tim Kaine

College students react to the Spanish-speaking Virginian.

      
 

 

Raw: Fatal shooting during teen night at Florida club

Fort Myers, Florida police say a shooting in a nightclub killed at least two people early Monday. More than a dozen were wounded. Authorities are searching for suspects. (July 25)

      
 

 

Parents Opt for Clothes that Defy Gender Norms

Pink for girls. Truck motifs for boys. A growing number of parents want to get outside those parameters when it comes to dressing their kids. Parents looking for gender neutral clothes have a small but growing number of options. (July 25)

      
 

 

Guam priest's rape accusers demand answers from archbishop

But he won’t meet with former altar boys who say Archbishop Anthony Apuron abused them.

      
 

 

Baby panda alert! Toronto Zoo has 9-month-old twins

If the kids — or you — have panda fever after watching Po and his pals in the Kung Fu Panda 3 movie, now’s the time to head to the Toronto Zoo, where 9-month-old cubs Jio Panpan and Jia Yueyue and their parents are delighting visitors.

      
 

 

4 people killed in Texas shooting, authorities say

One child was transported to a hospital with minor injuries, according to the Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office.

      
 

 

Ohio family clings to hope 3 months after 8 were killed

It’s been three months since eight members of the Rhoden family were found shot to death in three trailers and a camper in Pike County, Ohio.

      
 

 

More than a thousand people turn out for prom of Wisconsin teen choosing to die

It was all for a 14-year-old girl from Appleton, Wisconsin, that many had never met.

      
 

 

More than 1,000 at prom for Wisconsin teen choosing to die

All for a 14-year-old girl from Appleton, Wis., they had never met.

      
 

 

Colorado town awaits tests for THC in drinking water

Lincoln County officials first discovered the issue when an employee used tap water to demonstrate a clean drug test. But the tap water tested positive for THC.

      
 

 

'End of watch came too soon' for Baton Rouge officer

Officer Matthew Gerald was one of three officers killed Sunday by a lone gunman.

      
 

 

Reporter Called out for Pokemon at Briefing

State Department spokesman John Kirby busted a reporter playing Pokemon Go on his phone during the daily US State Department press briefing on Thursday. (July 22)

      
 

 

I-40 crash was 5th fatal head-on in area in 3 years

Each accident was reported between 1 and 3 a.m.