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'Wonder' author on her inspiration for the book and meeting an 'Auggie Pullman come to life'

(NEW YORK) -- Starting at a new school with new classmates can be a daunting task for most children. But for Nathaniel Newman, the first day of middle school was extra intimidating, because he’s not like most kids.

Nathaniel was born... Read More

Alaskan town's polar bear problem leads to tourism boom

(KAKTOVIK, Alaska) -- Polar bears are an enduring symbol of the wild arctic, a mighty beast that has made its home in punishing terrains. But in recent years, the polar bear has come to embody something else: A creature caught in a world that’s... Read More

Massive fire engulfs senior living facility outside of Philadelphia

(PHILADELPHIA) -- A massive fire engulfed a senior living facility west of Philadelphia on Thursday night, sending emergency responders scrambling to remove patients from the large complex.

The three-alarm fire in West Chester, Chester Co... Read More

Almost three feet of snow falls in California mountains as storm moves east

(NEW YORK) --  Almost three feet of snow has fallen over the past 48 hours in the Sierra Nevada mountains in a storm expected to dump heavy rain on the Midwest and Northeast to start next week.

The Sierra Nevada in California has seen... Read More

More gun restrictions could cause uptick of homemade 'ghost guns,' experts say

(NEW YORK) -- As more restrictions are placed on gun ownership, more people -- and criminals -- could start to manufacture their own, law enforcement experts tell ABC News.

The issue of "ghost guns" or guns without serial numbers has been ... Read More

Two children killed in crash involving Los Angeles police SUV

(LOS ANGELES) --  Two children were killed in an accident involving a police SUV in Los Angeles on Thursday night.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department vehicle was rushing to the scene of a gunshot victim at 7:25 p.m. PT when i... Read More

TransCanada says 210,000 gallons of oil leaked from Keystone Pipeline in South Dakota

(AMHERST, S.D.) -- Some 210,000 gallons of oil leaked from the Keystone pipeline in South Dakota, TransCanada, the owner of the pipeline, said on Thursday.

The company said it shut down the flow of oil on the pipeline at 6 a.m., "after a d... Read More

Hawaii psychiatric patient's escape was an 'act of desperation,' he says

(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The 59-year-old psychiatric patient who was on the lam for four days after escaping the Hawaii State Hospital said he left as an "act of desperation."

In 1981, Randall Saito had been committed to the hospital in Kaneohe,... Read More

Trump admin. began accepting permits to import lion trophies last month

(NEW YORK) -- U.S. wildlife officials began issuing permits for lion trophies hunted in Zambia and Zimbabwe about a month ago, ABC News confirmed Thursday.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials said the decision was made after concludin... Read More

Reward upped to $100K as Tampa police search for answers in four unsolved murders in six weeks

(TAMPA, Fla.) -- The reward to help find a killer on the loose in Tampa, Florida, has increased to $100,000 as investigators search for answers.

A string of unsolved killings in the Seminole Heights neighborhood has left the community on e... Read More

Australian diplomat falls to his death in New York City

(NEW YORK) -- A young Australian diplomat fell to his death from a New York City building early Wednesday, police said, reportedly as he played a trust game on a ledge.

Julian Simpson, 30, was on the seventh floor of a Lower East Side buil... Read More

Baltimore police detective dies after being shot in head, manhunt for killer continues

(BALTIMORE) -- A veteran Baltimore police detective died in the hospital Thursday, one day after he was shot in the head by an unknown gunman, police said.

The homicide detective, an 18-year veteran with the Baltimore Police, was conductin... Read More

South Carolina city seeks to outlaw gun bump stocks

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- Mayor Steve Benjamin of Columbia, South Carolina, said he plans to introduce a city ordinance that would ban "bump stocks" and "trigger cranks" like the ones used in the deadly Las Vegas massacre last month.

“I be... Read More

Storm battering West Coast now moving east with further warnings

(NEW YORK) -- The strong storm system pounding the West Coast with gusty winds up to 70 mph, more than 3 inches of rain and heavy snow is set to disrupt the Midwest and East Coast next.

The storm system begins to move east from the Rockies int... Read More