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Man Airlifted to Hospital After Seventh Reported Shark Attack in NC

iStock/Thinkstock(OKRACOKE ISLAND, N.C.) -- A 68-year-old man was airlifted to a hospital after he was attacked by a six- to seven-foot shark Wednesday off the coast of Okracoke Island in North Carolina, Hyde County and National Park Service officials said.The victim was bitten on his left side in h […]

Drone Helps Firefighters Rescue Two from River in Maine

A drone helped rescue two boys from the Little Androscoggin River in Mechanic Falls, Maine on June 30, 2015. (Frank Roma)(MECHANIC FALLS, Maine) -- A drone became an integral part of a river rescue team on Tuesday. Two boys were stranded on a rock in the middle of the Little Androscoggin River in Me […]

Texas Farmer Killed After Tractor Disturbs Bee Hive

Crews exterminated a 15-20 foot long bee hive on a farm in Lozano, Texas on June 28, 2015, after a farmer died from a bee attack. (Raul R. Zuniga Jr.)(LOZANO, Texas) -- A third-generation Texas farmer was killed by a bee attack after he disturbed an enormous hive. Rogerio Zuniga was on his tractor i […]

Alaska Wildfires Map Puts 1.8M Acres Burned This Year in Perspective

AK_Forestry/Twitter(JUNEAU, Alaska) -- The number of Alaska's active wildfires is literally off the charts, according to a map recently released by the state's Division of Forestry.Over 700 fires have burned so far this summer, the most in the state's history, and that number is only expected to get […]

Independence Weekend Weather Forecast

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Parts of the west will be sizzling while others will be dodging storms this July 4th weekend.For most of the Midwest and Northeast, the weather is shaping up pretty nicely. Anywhere from Minneapolis and Chicago to New York and Boston can expect a good amount of sunshine with mi […]

Federal Officials Investigating After South Carolina Church Catches Fire

Clarendon County Fire Department(GREELEYVILLE, S.C.) — A historically black church in South Carolina with a history of being targeted caught fire Tuesday night and investigators were trying to determine the cause, according to officials and reports.Officials said investigators from the Bureau of Alc […]

Military: Don’t Worry If Most Expensive Fighter Jet Ever Can’t Dogfight Well

U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin by Andy Wolfe/Released(NEW YORK) -- The makers of one of the most expensive weapons programs in history went on the defensive Wednesday, saying a recent report on the F-35 fighter jet’s failures in old-school dogfighting against a decades-old, much cheaper […]

ABC Exclusive: North Carolina Man 'Started Punching' Shark When It Attacked

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Patrick Thornton was at the beach with his family, swimming in the water, when he felt a tug at his foot.That tug happened to be a 5-foot shark.The 47-year-old was attacked Friday in the shallow waters of Avon Beach on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, one of six shark attacks on No […]

Misty Copeland Is American Ballet Theatre's First Black Female Principal Dancer

Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions(NEW YORK) -- A fervent dream became reality Tuesday for ballerina Misty Copeland as she became the first black female principal dancer in the 75-year history of the American Ballet Theatre.It is one of the highest honors for a performer."I'm just […]

DOJ Report Cites Law Enforcement Shortcomings in Ferguson Unrest

Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- A report commissioner by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, a part of the Justice Department, found that multiple shortcomings on the part of law enforcement contributed to the violent riots in Ferguson, Missouri last year.The report […]