High-Profile Naval Academy Sexual Assault Case Takes Unexpected Turn

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_42f4079e0d.jpgCreatas/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- A high-profile U.S. Naval Academy sexual assault case took an unexpected turn Friday after charges were dropped against a midshipmen accused of sexually assaulting a female classmate — a development that could throw into doubt the remaining court martial case involving a second male accused in the same incident. Defense attorneys in the remaining case say the dismissal of charges on Friday means their client’s case should also be dropped.

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Auction for Rhino Hunt Goes on Despite Death Threats

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_af3b60f882.jpgFile Photo iStockphoto/Thinkstock (DALLAS) --  The chance to hunt an endangered black rhino will be auctioned off this weekend in Texas, where the Dallas Safari Club has pursued its controversial auction despite public outrage and even death threats. The Texas-based hunting group is holding its annual convention this week in Dallas, where animal rights activists have promised to protest the rhino hunt. The group has even received death threats because of the auction prize, according to ABC News affiliate station WFAA-TV in Dallas.

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New Al Qaeda Threat to US Homeland

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_01accbd88d.jpgSALAH AL-ASHKAR/AFP/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Dozens of people from the U.S. who fought in Syria have returned home and are under FBI surveillance, but American officials fear that they haven't identified all of them, several senior officials told ABC News in interviews beginning last October.

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Residents Warned Against Drinking Water After W.Va. Chemical Spill

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_ffe689fa07.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (CHARLESTON, W.Va.) -- Residents in several counties in West Virginia are being warned not to drink or use their water after a chemical leaked into the Elk River Thursday. MCHM -- a chemical used to clean coal in coal processing plants -- began leaking from a hole in a 48,000-gallon tank, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Tom Aluise told ABC News.

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Missing Navy Pilot in Virginia Helicopter Crash Identified

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-01_9cffdcfbe2.jpgU.S. Coast Guard photo by Fireman Samantha May/Released (NORFOLK, Va.) -- The U.S. Navy pilot who went missing after a helicopter went down off the coast of Virginia Beach, Va., earlier this week has been identified as Lt. Sean Christopher Snyder. In a statement Thursday, the Navy said Snyder's wife asked that his name be released. The 39-year-old pilot is from Santee, Calif.

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