Connecticut man killed when tree branch struck by lightning hits car during storm

Slavica/iStock(FAIRFIELD, Conn.) -- A young man was killed in Connecticut amid stormy weather Wednesday evening when a large tree branch that was struck by lightning fell on his car, authorities said. Jarrod Marotto, 21,...

West Virginia residents using wasp spray as meth alternative: Police

kirisa99/iStock(CHARLESTON, W.Va.) -- Residents in West Virginia are using wasp spray as an alternative form of methamphetamine, according to officials. West Virginia State Police called the use of wasp spray a...

DNA links veteran LAPD officer to cold case sexual assault: Police

amphotora/iStock(LOS ANGELES) -- A veteran Los Angeles Police Department officer was arrested on multiple sexual assault charges after DNA from one case allegedly linked him to a different cold case from 2015, authorities...

Beachgoers attempt to push more than 20 beached whales back into ocean

@Lauren2point_oh/Twitter(NEW YORK) -- Beachgoers in Georgia attempted to save the lives of more than 20 pilot whales that beached themselves along the coast, according to officials. The pod of whales began turning up on...

Marine Corps to consider extending maternity leave to up to one full year

Nick J./iStock(NEW YORK) -- The Marine Corps will consider extending maternity leave to up to one full year, in what would amount to a significant policy change for the service. In his planning guide to the force, Marine...

Former Epstein contractor says he quit over unsupervised young women, topless photos

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A former IT contractor for Jeffrey Epstein who said that he ended their business relationship over personal concerns about gaggles of apparently unsupervised young women on the embattled financier's...

Massive heat wave spreads east as storms linger in Upper Midwest

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- More than 200 damaging storms were reported on Wednesday, with most of those in the Midwest or along the Interstate 95 corridor. In Connecticut, lightning struck a tree, knocking a branch onto a car...

Minnesota truck driver was allegedly watching porn right before fatal crash

Hennepin County Sheriffs Office(MINNEAPOLIS) -- A Minnesota truck driver was allegedly watching pornographic videos on his cellphone just moments before he caused a deadly highway crash, prosecutors said. Semi-truck...

Police in Puerto Rico use tear gas after protesters toss fireworks

Jose Jimenez/Getty Images(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico) -- Residents, officials and authorities in San Juan were gearing up Wednesday for what was being touted as large demonstrations in the Puerto Rican capital, as protesters...

Sex assault charge dropped against actor Kevin Spacey

Scott Eisen/Getty Images(NANTUCKET, Mass.) -- Prosecutors in Nantucket on Wednesday dropped a felony sexual assault charge against the actor Kevin Spacey, after watching their case against the actor slowly fall apart under...

Heat wave is coming: How to stay safe and prepare an emergency supply kit

winstonwolf89/iStock(NEW YORK) -- With a massive heat wave forecast to hit huge swaths of the U.S. from New York City all the way to Nebraska and temperatures expected to swell into the triple digits this weekend, here are...

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...

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...

'A new beginning': Man convicted of murder in the '90s exonerated thanks to genetic genealogy

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...

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...

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...

Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman sentenced to life in US prison

OMAR TORRES/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is set to be sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday, after he was convicted of running a murderous Mexico-based drug cartel that flooded the U.S. with...

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...

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...

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...

Gibbon resident guts house for second time after repeat flooding

Gibbon resident guts house for second time after repeat flooding

WATCH: hotel owner Linda Younes gives an update on flood recovery

WATCH: hotel owner Linda Younes gives an update on flood recovery

CCC Continuing To Prioritize Workforce Development In Central Nebraska

CCC Continuing To Prioritize Workforce Development In Central Nebraska

Gibbon Begins to Recover From Flooding

Gibbon Begins to Recover From Flooding

UPDATE: Suspect who fled traffic stop in Central City found with stolen car in Madison County

UPDATE: Suspect who fled traffic stop in Central City found with stolen car in Madison County

Nebraska City grad lands nominee spot on Good Works Team

Nebraska City grad lands nominee spot on Good Works Team

Olympic medalists, NCAA champs and high school stars to participate in Omaha pole vault event

Olympic medalists, NCAA champs and high school stars to participate in Omaha pole vault event

Golf notes: As tournament approaches, Korn Ferry Tour enters crunch time

Golf notes: As tournament approaches, Korn Ferry Tour enters crunch time

Brett Phillips' speed propels Storm Chasers to walk-off win over Baby Cakes

Brett Phillips' speed propels Storm Chasers to walk-off win over Baby Cakes

Syracuse claims area tournament title thanks to third inning boost

Syracuse claims area tournament title thanks to third inning boost