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The number of immigrants who were apprehended while attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally or who were deemed inadmissible at a port of entry last month increased by 60 percent from the same period in 2017, according to numbers released Thursday by the Department of Homeland Security.

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A suspected California serial killer cannot afford a private attorney, a judge ruled Thursday, keeping in place a public defender in a case expected to cost taxpayers $20 million.

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Border Patrol agent won't be tried a third time in teen's death

Federal prosecutors on Thursday said they would not pursue another trial against a Border Patrol agent who fatally shot a Mexican teenager across a border fence but who was twice acquitted.

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Trump celebrates Hanukkah with 8 Holocaust survivors

President Donald Trump is celebrating Hanukkah in the company of eight Holocaust survivors, telling each they had endured "evil beyond description" The president also referenced the fatal October shooting of 11 Jews at a Pittsburgh synagogue.

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FDNY chief removed from post over 'inappropriate behavior'

The FDNY’s top uniformed member was removed from his post Thursday amid a probe into his alleged mistreatment of the department’s highest-ranking woman, the FDNY and sources said.

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Real estate seller found slain in suburban model home

Homicide detectives scoured the grounds Thursday of a model home in Maryland after a building company employee was found slain inside the suburban unit he was trying to sell.

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Avenatti agrees to give up assets to estranged wife

A Southern California judge has transferred assets including an airplane and a Ferrari from porn actress Stormy Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti as part of his divorce, according to court records obtained Thursday.

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California teacher who sang national anthem while forcibly cutting student's hair is arrested

A California teacher was arrested on child endangerment charges after she seemingly was caught on video cutting hair off a student's head while shouting incorrect lyrics to "The Star-Spangled Banner."

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The Latest: Condemned inmate awaits electric chair ruling

The Latest on an execution in Tennessee (all times local): 4:00 p.m.

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Michael Avenatti joins Statue of Liberty protester's legal team

Attorney Michael Avenatti announced Thursday that he is joining the legal team representing Patricia Okoumou, who climbed the Statue of Liberty this past July 4th to protest the Trump-era separations of families who attempted to cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. 

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MS-13 member sentenced for machete murder in which victim had 144 lacerations

A 21-year-old MS-13 member from El Salvador was sentenced to 30 years in prison Wednesday for his role in the gang-related slaying of a Virginia man who was hacked to death with a machete last year.

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Ohio deputy rescues suicidal man who tried jumping off overpass, stunning video shows

Dramatic dashcam video captured an Ohio deputy springing into action on Sunday when he spotted a suicidal man attempting to jump off an overpass and made the split-second decision to pull him to safety.  

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Just in time for the Christmas season, a local chapter of the Satanic Temple has been granted permission to place a statue in the Illinois Capitol -- alongside holiday displays of a Nativity scene and a menorah.

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David Earl Miller used a fire poker to repeatedly bludgeon and stab Lee Standifer, a young woman who was born with mild brain damage and with whom he was on a first date nearly 40 years ago when he suddenly decided she had to die.

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Remains of Pearl Harbor sailors return home after 77 years

More than 75 years after nearly 2,400 members of the U.S. military were killed in the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor, some who died on Dec. 7, 1941, are finally being laid to rest in cemeteries across the United States.

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US military carries out ‘extraordinary’ flight over Ukraine in response to Russia’s ‘unprovoked attack’

The U.S. military flew an “extraordinary” Open Skies Treaty flight over Ukraine Thursday in response to Russia’s “unprovoked attack” on allied Ukrainian forces late last month in the Black Sea near the Kerch Strait.

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US household wealth jumps $2T, led by rising stock market

A stock market rally, which has since reversed, propelled U.S. household net worth to a record high of $109 trillion in the July-September quarter.

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South Carolina couple charged after dog, sick and starving, chews 'his foot off to survive'

A starving Great Dane that was tied to a metal pole with no food or water chewed his own foot off to survive. Now, the owners allegedly responsible for allowing the animal to reach such a desperate state are facing charges.

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Prosecutors: Sex assault was motive for scenic inn killing

An aspiring chef slain over the summer at a North Carolina mountain inn died during a sexual assault by a co-worker, prosecutors said Thursday, offering new details on the motive for the killing at the height of tourism season along a famed scenic highway.

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