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Homeland Warns of ISIS Retaliation in US by Sympathizers

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Federal authorities Friday urged law enforcement across the country to be alert for possible attacks inside the United States in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic group ISIS, the brutal terrorist group that beheaded American journalist James Foley a […]

James Foley's Siblings Say US Could Have Done More to Save Him

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The brother and sister of U.S. journalist James Foley, who was slain by Islamic terrorists, believe more could have been done to save their brother and said the U.S. should reconsider its approach in dealing with kidnappers.Michael and Katie Foley spoke with Katie Couric in an […]

Ice Bucket Challenge Becomes a Halloween Costume

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The ice bucket challenge might have finally reached its tipping point.The viral trend to raise awareness for ALS by dumping frigid water on your head has become a Halloween costume.For $39.99, you'll get what looks like a shower curtain attached to an upside-down, blue […]

Couple Tries to Sneak into Maternity Ward with Fake Babies, Police Say

iStock/Thinkstock(MERCED, Calif.) -- A couple carrying swaddled dolls they treated like real babies tried to sneak into the maternity ward of a northern California hospital, authorities said.Mercy Medical Center in Merced alerted police and other area hospitals after the couple made two attempts to […]

Census: Net Worth of Average US Household Drops 7%

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The average American household has a net worth of just under $69,000, according to a new report from the Census Bureau. That's a 7 percent decline over the past decade.And, the report finds, the gap between the rich and the poor is getting wider.While the rich contin […]

Tensions Begin to Ease as National Guard Ordered to Leave Ferguson

iStock/Thinkstock(FERGUSON, Mo.) -- The streets of Ferguson were mostly peaceful Thursday night, as the tensions are beginning to let up in the St. Louis suburb where unrest has ruled since the police shooting death of an unarmed black teen earlier this month.Protesters gathered Thursday night with […]

Steven Sotloff's Family Waits While Son Is Held by ISIS

Obtained by ABC News(MIAMI) -- As the world waits to see what the terrorist group ISIS will do to American journalist Steven Sotloff, held under threat of death unless the U.S. stops intervening in Iraq, Sotloff's family awaits his fate from their Florida home.Sotloff's parents have declined any med […]

Storm Blasts Dust, Sand Through the California Skies

File photo. iStock/Thinkstock(COACHELLA, Calif.) -- Strong winds blasted dust and sand through the Southern California skies, part of a storm system known as a haboob.Scott Pam was driving in the area Thursday when the storm hit, and the wind ripped the door straps off of his car. (function(d, s, id […]

Stolen Brooklyn Bridge Flags Returned to US Officials -- In Germany

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The flags taken off the Brooklyn Bridge and swapped for white surrender flags have been handed over to U.S. officials, a law enforcement official told ABC News Thursday.The handover took place far from the iconic landmark, however: it happened in Germany.┬áThe flags wer […]

A Different Look at Ferguson's Michael Brown Just Days Before His Death

iStock/Thinkstock(FERGUSON, Mo.) -- A different view of Michael Brown emerged Thursday in a video that is starkly different from the images previously seen of the unarmed teenager who shot dead by police in Ferguson, Missouri.Brown, 18, is seen waiting to join the procession of graduates for Normand […]