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Michigan man finds $43,000 in couch he bought for $35

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Pineapple Studio/iStock(NEW YORK) —  A Michigan man made a shocking discovery inside a couch he purchased from a thrift store for just $35: an extra $43,000. Howard Kirby purchased a couch from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Owosso only to discover it came with the wad of cash inside one of the cushions, the store manager told ABC News on Saturday. Kirby decided to return the money to the couch’s owner. “He could use it. … He has needs, but he said he just felt this prompting from God that said, ‘This isn’t yours,'” store manager Rick Merlang said.  Kirby met with the couch’s original owners on Thursday to return the money. The store had called the family to say that Kirby found something “they’re gonna want back.” “It was very, very shocking to them,” Merlang said. The couch belonged to the grandfather of the family, who died about a year ago, according to Merlang. The family called the thrift store to ask them to pick the couch up and left their contact information. “I think they were hoping

Top prosecutor receives a racist voicemail, posts it on social media

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Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) — Days after Baltimore City’s State Attorney Marilyn Mosby rallied around a fellow top prosecutor to speak out about the racially charged attacks they have experienced while in office, she received a 60-second voicemail flooded with “hateful rhetoric.” The anonymous voice started by chastising Mosby for traveling to St. Louis, Missouri, to support St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner for filing a civil rights lawsuit against the city and their police union for allegedly coordinating racist conspiracies meant to force her out of office. Mixed with half-recited, profanity-laced proverbs and racially biased opinions, the caller ended the message with a shocking suggestion. “If we’d known you all were going to be this much f—–g trouble, we would have picked our own f—–g cotton,” the caller said. Mosby received the rambling “hateful rhetoric” on Wednesday and posted it on her Twitter page on Thursday to further reiterate why she supported Gardner earlier in the week. This is why #IStandWithKimGardner and this hateful rhetoric only strengthens my resolve to continue fighting for justice and working to undo the blight

Major storm slams East Coast after battering the Midwest

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — A major storm has now slammed the Northeast Saturday afternoon after battering the western states and the Midwest. Yesterday, Alpine Meadows Ski Resort in Northern California received 25 inches of snow within 24 hours between Thursday and Friday morning, resulting in an avalanche that killed one person and seriously injured another. This morning, blizzard conditions hammered parts of the High Plains and Upper Midwest from Iowa to North Dakota, where snow is falling and winds are gusting above 50 mph. Alerts are in place Saturday morning for millions of Americans from the High Plains to New England. As of 3:30 a.m. Saturday, radar showed hard winter weather affecting many major U.S. interstates, with icy conditions from Iowa through Ohio, heavy snow further north into the Great Lakes region, and heavy rain on the southern side of the storm. The storm moved east rather quickly this morning, reaching the Northeast by midday. The storm will impact a large area of the country bringing potential flooding from the Midwest south to the Tennessee River Valley, icy conditions along

Delta Airlines faces air quality violation, lawsuit after dumping 15,000 gallons of jet fuel on dozens

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Jetlinerimages/iStock(LOS ANGELES) — A Delta Airlines flight that dumped 15,000 gallons of jet fuel onto multiple people, schools and buildings in the Los Angeles area during an emergency landing is facing a civil lawsuit and violations. Four teachers at the Park Avenue Elementary School were outside with their students last Tuesday when they noticed a plane flying at a very low altitude. “I began to feel drops of jet fuel raining from the sky. My students thought it was rain,” one of the four educators, who requested to remain anonymous, said at a press conference held on Friday by their attorney Gloria Allred. “Then the liquid overwhelmed our eyes, mouths, nose, lungs and skin. My students began screaming and crying because their eyes and skin were burning.” That flight was headed to Shanghai, China, from Los Angeles International Airport when an in-flight emergency occurred and caused the plane to return to the runway. During the landing, the pilot was specifically asked by the Air Traffic Control System Command Center if there was a need to dump fuel in order to

'Developmentally disabled' man ends up in hospital after cops mistake him for brother

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Courtesy Humphrey Family(PHOENIX) — A 19-year-old Phoenix man ended up in a local hospital after he was aggressively taken into custody by police who said they mistook him for his older brother. Dion Humphrey was arrested on Jan. 10 by officers in the Phoenix Police Department’s Special Assignments Unit who had seen him from unmarked cars. Humphrey’s older brother, Kahlil Thornton, 20, had been accused of armed robbery and attempted murder in a Jan. 9 incident, police said. The victim from that incident was in intensive care as of Friday and the individual’s survival “was very questionable,” said Sgt. Tommy Thompson, a police spokesman. Two of the four suspects from the Jan. 9 incident were taken into custody that night, while police said they’re still pursing the other two. “Humphrey’s brother is one of the outstanding suspects,” Thompson told ABC News. “The two brothers are about 10 months apart in age and are very similar in appearance.” “Dion told investigators that people often mistake he and his brother for twins,” Thompson added. Thompson didn’t name Dion’s brother, who police said

Acting ICE director slams New York City's sanctuary city policy following murder of 92-year-old woman

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Scott Heins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The acting director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement slammed New York City’s leaders and their sanctuary city policies at a news conference Friday following the arrest of an undocumented immigrant in the death of a 92-year-old Queens woman. Acting ICE Director Matthew Albence said it was “unbelievable” he had to come to New York to “plead” for cooperation from the city’s authorities when it came to cases involving fugitive undocumented individuals. He blamed Mayor Bill de Blasio and the city’s sanctuary city policy for the murder of Maria Fuentes, who was allegedly assaulted physically and sexually by Reeaz Khan, a 21-year-old undocumented Guyanese national. Albence reiterated that federal authorities lodged a detainer against Khan after he stabbed his father with a broken coffee cup in November, but because the city didn’t turn him over to their custody, he was able to roam the streets and attack Fuentes on Jan. 6. She died from her wounds four days later. “I hold the policies of this city put in place by the mayor culpable for

1 dead, 1 seriously hurt in avalanche at California ski resort: Sheriff

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ChiccoDodiFC/iStock(LAKE TAHOE, Calif.) — One skier is dead and another is seriously hurt from an avalanche at a Northern California ski resort, officials said Friday. When crews responded to an advanced ski area at Alpine Meadows Ski Resort, near Lake Tahoe, one male skier was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office. A second male skier suffered “severe lower-body injuries” and was rushed to a hospital, according to officials with Squaw Valley–Alpine Meadows. Placer County Sheriff’s Sgt. Mike Powers said search and rescue crews and avalanche dogs scoured the mountain right for other possible victims. But no one else was found and the search was declared complete at 11:45 a .m. local time, according to Squaw Valley–Alpine Meadows. Alpine Meadows received 25 inches of snow in the last 24 hours. The cause of the avalanche, which was reported at 10:16 a.m. local time, is not known, according to Squaw Valley. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Jurors selected for Harvey Weinstein's New York trial

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Kuzma/iStock(NEW YORK) — Twelve New Yorkers have been chosen to sit in judgment of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein at his rape and sexual assault trial. The jury selected consists of seven men and five women. Six of the seven men are white and one is African American. Three of the women are African American — with one sharing African American and Latino heritage — and two are white. Among three alternate jurors chosen to complete jury selection, one is a white man, one is an African American woman and a third is a Hispanic woman. The grueling jury selection took nearly two full weeks. Prosecutors repeatedly accused the defense of trying to strike white women from the jury. Defense attorneys accused prosecutors of trying to keep men off the jury. Each side refuted the other side’s allegations. During jury selection on Friday, prosecutors and defense attorneys questioned prospective jurors in blocks of 20. Prosecutor Joan Illuzzi stressed the need for the Weinstein jury to be able to pay close attention to potentially disturbing testimony and to recognize that people can

Barack Obama shares candid photos to mark Michelle Obama's 56th birthday

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Michelle Obama kicked off her 56th birthday Friday with a sweet message from her husband, former President Barack Obama. “In every scene, you are my star,” Obama wrote to his wife on Twitter. “Happy birthday, baby!” Along with the message, Barack Obama shared a series of four photos of the happy couple — married for nearly 30 years — posing with each other. In every scene, you are my star, @MichelleObama! Happy birthday, baby! pic.twitter.com/hgMBhHasBj — Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 17, 2020 Michelle Obama is celebrating her 56th birthday one month after being named the “most admired woman” in the world for the second year in a row in a Gallup poll. The former first lady, a mom of two, is also gearing up for the Grammy Awards later this month. She is nominated in the best spoken word category for the audio version of her best-selling memoir, Becoming. The bestselling book turned into a world tour for Obama, with stops in major arenas around the globe. Michelle Obama was interviewed by high-profile women including Sarah

Couple who helped police rescue kidnapped girl speak out: 'We just had a gut feeling'

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Massachusetts State Police(BRIMFIELD, Mass.) — Benny Correa and his wife Amanda Disley were driving home from dinner with their family on Wednesday night when they spotted a familiar-looking car on the road near Brimfield, Mass. A dark blue Honda Civic with tinted windows and distinctive wheel rims had crossed in front of their vehicle and the couple immediately recognized it as the one authorities were searching for in the abduction of 11-year-old Charlotte Moccia. A knife-wielding man had allegedly grabbed the girl and forced her into his car earlier that day, just after she got off the school bus in Springfield, about 30 miles west of Brimfield. “We just had a gut feeling it was the car,” Disley told ABC News in an interview that aired Friday on Good Morning America. After calling 911 and double-checking the photo of the suspect’s vehicle released by the Massachusetts State Police, the couple embarked on a hot pursuit with their five children in tow, determined to save the life of another. “It was just an instinct of fight or flight that kicked in,”