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Police nab man they believe may be serial emergency brake puller on New York City subway

ablokhin/iStock(NEW YORK) — Police in New York City arrested a 23-year-old Brooklyn man accused of multiple violations on the city’s subway system, including exposing himself and repeatedly pulling the emergency brake.Isaiah Thompson was picked up at is home in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood around 10 p.m. Thursday, police confirmed to ABC News.Thompson previously had been arrested…read more »

Illinois judge orders records in ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett criminal case be unsealed

simpson33/iStock(CHICAGO) — An Illinois judge has cleared the way for records sealed in the “hoax attack” criminal case of “Empire” cast member Jussie Smollett be made public, ruling Thursday that the actor has not displayed the “actions of a person seeking to maintain his privacy.”Cook County Circuit Court Judge Steven G. Watkins ordered that investigative…read more »

3 killed overnight in Missouri as ‘violent’ tornado hits: Live updates

File photo. (clintspencer/iStock)(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.) — Missouri rescuers are surveying damage and searching homes after a “violent” tornado hit late Wednesday night and into early Thursday morning, killing three people.The three victims “lived on the outskirts of Golden City,” which is about 170 miles southwest of Jefferson City, the state’s capital, Gov. Mike Parson said…read more »

NOAA forecasts near-normal 2019 Atlantic hurricane season

JimVallee/iStock(SILVER SPRING, Md.) — Conditions in the sea and atmosphere are most likely to produce a near-normal Atlantic hurricane season this year, according to a new forecast from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.The federal agency on Thursday released its forecast for the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season, which officially begins June 1 and ends on…read more »

‘American Taliban’ John Walker Lindh released from prison

TARIQ MAHMOOD,—/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — John Walker Lindh was released from prison Thursday after more than 17 years behind bars on charges of providing support to terrorists, a case that captivated Americans and earned him the nickname of the “American Taliban.” Lindh, 38, was the first prisoner brought into a U.S. courtroom to face charges…read more »

Nik Wallenda will walk across high wire 25 stories above NYC’s Times Square

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Legendary highwire acrobat Nik Wallenda announced on ABC News’ Good Morning America Thursday that he and his sister will embark on a never-before-attempted high wire walk 25 stories above New York City’s Times Square in June. He also talked about the harrowing 2017 accident for the first time since new video…read more »