Friday, July 25 2014 4:33 PM EDT2014-07-25 20:33:36 GMT
French officials say that the wreckage of an Air Algeria plane which crashed with 116 people aboard has been found in Mali.Full Story >
Aviation experts, criminal investigators and soldiers began converging Friday on an isolated patch of restive Mali to search for clues that might explain why an Air Algerie jetliner fell from the sky in a storm and...Full Story >
Friday, July 25 2014 4:23 PM EDT2014-07-25 20:23:27 GMT
An Israeli defense official says the Security Cabinet is meeting to discuss international cease-fire efforts, but also the option of expanding its eight-day-old ground operation in Gaza.Full Story >
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that more work was needed to reach a deal between Israel and Hamas for a seven-day truce in the Gaza war. Israel's defense minister warned that the military may soon...Full Story >
Friday, July 25 2014 4:09 PM EDT2014-07-25 20:09:20 GMT
The Ukrainian army has reported rebel attacks overnight throughout the restive east, claiming that at one border crossing the rebels were supported by artillery fire from the Russian side.Full Story >
Russia is launching artillery attacks from its soil on Ukrainian troops and preparing to move heavier weaponry across the border, the U.S. and Ukraine charged Friday in what appeared to be an ominous escalation of the crisis.Full Story >
Friday, July 25 2014 4:08 PM EDT2014-07-25 20:08:50 GMT
President Barack Obama is summoning Central American leaders to the White House to discuss the influx of young immigrants from their countries to the U.S., hoping to show presidential action even as Congress...Full Story >
President Barack Obama is telling Central American presidents that the United States and the wider region share responsibility to address an influx of minors and families who are crossing the southwest border of the U.S.Full Story >
FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) -
A former University of North Alabama athlete, cleared of a rape charge, talks about the accusations and his fight to get his life back.
After being cleared by a Lauderdale County grand jury with two others - Deandre Harrison and D'Anthony Byrd, Eddrick Harris said it was prayer and the support from his family that's helped him stay focused.
And now, he's ready to move forward and get his life back.
"I knew I was innocent," he said. "I knew I wouldn't do anything like that. My parents raised me better than that."
Harris said he was shocked when police took him into custody back in March, accusing him of rape.
"I didn't know what to think," he said. "I thought my life was over. They were trying to put me in jail for no reason."
Harris, a freshman, said his life turned into a nightmare.
"I went from the starting linebacker to not even having a scholarship any more, it just changed my whole life," he said. "Now, I have to deal with it."
Harris credits his family and friends for believing despite the allegations.
"I thought everybody was going to be mad at me and think … I was doing those things, but I'm just glad they stuck beside me," he said.
In addition to his family, Harris said his attorney helped motivate him to keep fighting.
"I know he's not my father but he will always be like my father in my heart," Harris said.
Pleased with the grand jury's decision, attorney Tony Hughes said this battle is far from over for Harris.
"Alabama does not have an expungement statute so, therefore, anytime Eddrick fills out a job application or applies for a school, among other things, he's going to have to put down, if the question asks, ‘have you ever been arrested?' the answer is yes," Hughes said. "Just the fact that he was arrested is going to cause him to answer yes to that question for the rest of his life."
Hughes said his client has the right tools to get him back on the right path.
Those false allegations made against him is going to make his life hard but he has his family's support and he's been working with them to get back into school," he said. "And, hopefully, he can get his scholarship back and speak with the coaching staff at UNA and move forward with this."
Friday, July 25 2014 11:13 AM EDT2014-07-25 15:13:25 GMT
Police planned Friday to present their case to prosecutors on whether charges should be filed against an 80-year-old man who fatally shot of one of two burglars who attacked him when he found them ransacking his home.Full Story >
Police planned Friday to give prosecutors the results of their investigation into an 80-year-old man's fatal shooting of one of two burglars who attacked him when he found them ransacking his home.Full Story >
Friday, July 25 2014 10:38 AM EDT2014-07-25 14:38:42 GMT
Two teenagers accused of torturing a 16-year-old boy inside a shed were sentenced to prison Thursday. Jenna Montgomery and Jess Taylor both pleaded guilty to kidnapping, robbery and assault charges. MontgomeryFull Story >
Two teenagers accused of torturing a 16-year-old boy inside a shed were sentenced to prison Thursday.Full Story >
Thursday, July 24 2014 8:05 PM EDT2014-07-25 00:05:21 GMT
The Eastville volunteer fire department confirms a tornado touched down at a campground on the Chesapeake Bay on Thursday morning, killing three people. The volunteer fire department confirms three peopleFull Story >
A New Jersey couple was identified as the victims of a tornado that hit the Cherrystone Family Camping & RV Resort in Northampton. Full Story >