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Feds investigating whether Jussie Smollett played a role in sending threatening letter sent to 'Empire' studios addressed to him

(CHICAGO) -- The FBI and the US Postal Inspection Service are currently investigating whether Jussie Smollett played a role in sending a threatening letter addressed to him at "Empire’s" Chicago studio prior to the alleged attack, two federal officials confirm to ABC News.The accusation, made by the two brothers who…... Read More

Statue of World War II sailor kissing woman vandalized days after man in iconic photo dies

(SARASOTA, Fla.) -- A statue inspired by the iconic photograph of a World War II sailor kissing a woman in Times Square, New York City, was vandalized just days after the sailor in the photograph died.The "Unconditional Surrender" statue in Sarasota, Florida, had "#MeToo" emblazoned in red spray paint on…... Read More

Charlottesville rally lawsuit to proceed despite Nathan Damigo's bankruptcy filing

(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) -- Bankruptcy is no shield for a white nationalist targeted in a lawsuit concerning the 2017 violence in Charlottesville, Va., according to a recent ruling from a federal judge -- and Twitter and other online platforms can't be blocked from subpoenas, another ruling announced.Nathan Damigo, one of the…... Read More

Man arrested for slapping stepdaughter's 12-year-old bully, police say

(LA PORTE, Texas) -- A Texas man was recently arrested for slapping a 12-year-old boy in the face. He claims the boy was was bullying his young stepdaughter, according to police.James Peace, 37, of La Porte, Texas, had just picked up his stepdaughter from school when he saw the boy…... Read More

Legislators kill controversial education bill hours after W. Va. educators hit picket line

(CHARLESTON, W. Va.) -- Nearly a year after they went on strike and inspired educators nationwide to do the same, West Virginia teachers were back on picket lines Tuesday to protest an education bill moving through the state legislature that they see as retaliation for the job action they took…... Read More

Police looking for 2nd crime scene after woman, kids found dead in Michigan home

(KENT COUNTY, Mich.) -- Investigators are searching for a second crime scene after a woman and three young children were found mysteriously dead inside a Michigan home, authorities said.The woman and three children -- who were elementary school age and younger -- were found dead from suspected gunshot wounds Monday…... Read More

Mexican man dies in Border Patrol custody after crossing US-Mexico border

(MCALLEN, Texas) -- A Mexican man died at a McAllen, Texas, hospital Monday while in Border Patrol custody after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border into Texas earlier this month, officials said.The cause of death remains unknown, according to a statement released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection Monday night.The unnamed 45-year-old…... Read More

Sailor shown in famous Times Square WWII kiss photo dies at 95

(PROVIDENCE, R.I.) -- Just about everyone's seen the photo. Taken in Times Square on Aug. 14, 1945 -- Victory in Japan Day -- the black-and-while image shows a sailor in a dark uniform and white cap delivering a passionate, celebratory kiss to a woman in a nurse's uniform, holding her…... Read More

NYPD probe launched into alleged threat by police commander against rapper 50 Cent

(NEW YORK) -- A New York City police precinct commander is under investigation for allegedly telling officers to shoot the rapper 50 Cent, officials said.The New York Police Department launched an internal probe of Deputy Inspector Emanuel Gonzalez, commanding officer of the 72 Precinct in Brooklyn, who allegedly told officers…... Read More

Police find 3 children, 1 adult dead of gunshot wounds at Michigan home

(NEW YORK ) -- Three children and one adult female have been found dead of gunshot wounds at a home in Kent County, Michigan, according to police.Investigators are currently interviewing witnesses who called 911 to report the shooting, Kent County Sheriff Michelle LaJoye-Young told reporters Monday afternoon. She did not…... Read More

Brothers tell police 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett paid them to orchestrate and stage attack: Source

(CHICAGO) -- The two brothers who were interrogated by police investigating the alleged Chicago street attack on actor Jussie Smollett claim they helped him concoct the assault after he became upset that a letter threatening him, sent to the "Empire" show's studio, did not get enough attention, sources told ABC…... Read More