November 26, 2019

Three Maryland men who were convicted of murder in 1984 and sentenced to life in prison were exonerated on Monday.

In November 1983, a 14-year-old boy, DeWitt Duckett, was shot in the neck inside Harlem Park Junior High in Baltimore. Duckett died, and authorities said he was killed over his Georgetown University Starter jacket. Police soon arrested 16-year-olds Alfred Chestnut, Ransom Watkins, and Andrew Stewart, charging them with murder. Four students identified the three teens as the culprits, and prosecutors presented as evidence a Georgetown jacket found inside Chestnut's closet. After their conviction, the judge sentenced the teens to life in prison.

On Monday, prosecutors said the jacket was in fact purchased by Chestnut's mother, and was not the one stolen from Duckett. Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby also revealed that the four students who identified Chestnut, Watkins, and Stewart were coached and coerced into saying they were the killers, The Baltimore Sun reports. Those witnesses have since recanted, and it has also emerged police withheld exculpatory evidence, including that several other students identified another man as Duckett's killer. He died in 2002.

Chestnut, Watkins, and Stewart were greeted by friends and family after their release from prison on Monday night. As Chestnut embraced his mother, he told the crowd, "My mama, right here, this is what she's been holding onto forever, to see her son come home." Catherine Garcia

July 18, 2019

Words can't adequately prepare you for your first glimpse at the Cats movie.

Universal Pictures on Thursday debuted the highly-anticipated first footage from its upcoming musical adaptation after months of teases about Taylor Swift's attending of "cat school" and the film's supposedly revolutionary use of, as the filmmakers describe it, "digital fur technology." And, well, here it is.

From start to finish, the trailer is a wild ride that doesn't even attempt to ease viewers into how surreal literally every character in the film looks. The online reactions to the initially funky-looking CGI Genie in Aladdin and the extremely distressing new Sonic the Hedgehog don't even hold a candle.

Cats' cast includes, believe it or not, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, James Corden, Ian McKellen, and Judi Dench, who discussed their experience making the film in a recent behind-the-scenes reel featuring such quotes as "these are people but they're cats ... there is nothing else like it." Indeed, there isn't. Take a deep breath and watch the trailer below. Brendan Morrow

December 7, 2018

President Trump did not take former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's recent comments about him very well.

Tillerson said in an interview Friday that Trump is "pretty undisciplined" and often had to be told the things he wanted to do were illegal. Trump shot back on Twitter by calling him "dumb as a rock." Tillerson, Trump said, didn't "have the mental capacity needed" to be secretary of state, a position he held for 13 months. In fact, Trump wrote that he "couldn't get rid of him fast enough," twisting the knife just a bit more by calling Tillerson "lazy as hell." But everything is going fine at the State Department now, Trump insists.

In his interview with CBS News just hours before Trump's tweet, Tillerson said he and Trump did not "have a common value system" and claimed Trump "doesn't like to read." Trump fired Tillerson in March, at the time insisting that the two actually "got along well." Tillerson had reportedly called Trump a "moron" once in a meeting, a comment that CNN's Kaitlan Collins reports the president "never got over." Brendan Morrow

August 26, 2016

When the Foster family moved into the El Dorado Hills neighborhood outside of Sacramento, California, they say they discovered a long-forgotten rule regarding the race of residents.

Clause 13 of the Lake Hills CC&R states as follows: "No person except those of the white Caucasian race shall use, occupy, or reside upon any residential lot or plot in this subdivision, except when employed in the household of a white Caucasian tenant or owner." Liese Foster told ABC 13 that while "everyone knows you can't enforce things like that," it still "sends a message." Some neighbors had no idea that the rule, on the books since 1961, existed, while others said they did know about it, but since non-whites live in the neighborhood and it's never been enforced, they pay it no mind.

Now that Brent Dennis is aware of the rule, he promises things will change. He is with the El Dorado Hills Community Services District, which handles rule enforcement for the community and more than 30 others. Dennis has worked there for four years, and said before he was approached by a local news station, he didn't know about the rule. He told KTXL that he has no clue why it was ever made, but said it has never been enforced and violates federal law, and members of his staff will work quickly to change it. Catherine Garcia

August 10, 2016

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said the crowd's reaction is proof Donald Trump wasn't really talking about shooting Hillary Clinton when he suggested at a rally Tuesday that "Second Amendment people" might be able to stop her from picking Supreme Court judges. "With a crowd like that, if that's what they thought he'd meant, they'd have gone wild," Giuliani told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America on Wednesday.

Giuliani said Trump was really just explaining how gun rights advocates "have the power to keep her out of office." Besides, he pointed out, if Trump wanted to suggest using violence against Clinton, he wouldn't have danced around saying that. "We know Donald Trump is not particularly indirect," Giuliani said. "If Donald Trump was going to say something like that, he'd say something like that."

Trump has also dismissed the controversy surrounding his remark, which he said was just a "joke" encouraging "unification." "Nobody in that room thought anything other than [that]. This is a political movement. This is a strong powerful movement, the Second Amendment," Trump said Tuesday night.

Watch Giuliani double down on Trump's defense below. Becca Stanek

January 28, 2015

The head of Rome's Jewish community found himself arrested Tuesday night at Auschwitz, the same concentration camp where his grandparents were murdered during the Holocaust.

Riccardo Pacifici was at Auschwitz for the 70th anniversary of its liberation, and while filming a live segment with the Italian show Matrix found that the gates to the camp had been closed. Pacifici, Jewish community spokesman Fabio Perugia, Matrix host David Parenzo, and two technicians spent an hour in the freezing cold, shouting for help and trying to get the attention of guards on security cameras, Haaretz reports. Finally, they decided to escape through an open window in the box office, which triggered an alarm.

Guards and Polish police officers quickly arrived and detained the group, questioning them onsite until 2:30 a.m. They were then moved to a station for further questioning, made difficult by language barriers, and finally released hours later once the Italian foreign ministry became involved. Pacifici told the Italian newspaper La Stampa that he was "astounded" by how they were treated. "They interrogated us until 6 in the morning — two Jews who had been locked inside the Auschwitz camp, where I lost some of my family," he said. "It's a shock. Our only crime was that we tried to get out through the window." Catherine Garcia

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