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  • Boy Scout Tops Dad’s Total, Earns Most Merit Badges

    iStock/Thinkstock(ALEXANDRIA, Va.) -- Josh McCoy has earned a whopping number of Boy Scout merit badges.

    It took him three years but in November, the 14-year-old from Alexandria, Virginia, collected his 135th merit badge, the most a scout can currently get.

    McCoy, a member of Troop 1145, said his motivation was a bit personal — his father, Tim McCoy, had earned 82 as a scout and he wanted to beat his total.

    “I’m a very competitive person,” he told ABC News. “After that, there was so many left to do so I wanted to keep...

  • Michael Brown's Parents 'Taken Aback' by Darren Wilson's 'Clean Conscience'

    Michael Brown's mother, Lesley McSpadden, standing outside the Ferguson Police Department Monday night. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)(FERGUSON, Mo.) -- The family of slain Ferguson teenager Michael Brown is hurt and "taken aback" by Officer Darren Wilson's statement that he has a "clean conscience" and couldn't have done it any differently.

    Brown's parents appeared in New York with the Rev. Al Sharpton and the families of other African Americans who were killed by police. Sharpton said it would be the first Thanksgiving for these families "with an empty seat at the table."

    They spoke a...

  • Video of Police Shooting Cleveland Boy with Toy Gun Is Released

    File photo. (iStock/Thinkstock)(CLEVELAND) -- The video of a Cleveland police officer shooting a 12-year-old boy who had a toy gun was released on Wednesday after the department consulted with the boy's family.

    Police initially withheld the video from the public while discussing handling of the disturbing footage with the family of Tamir Rice, the boy who was shot in a playground on Saturday.

    "The family did not initially want the video to be released, but after reviewing it... expressed their wish to us" to make it public, Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said on Wednesday.

  • Cole Swindell Says Performing on Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade "Doesn't Even Seem Real"

    Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleCole Swindell usually heads back home to Georgia for Thanksgiving, but he's making an exception this year to sing at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Cole grew up watching the parade every year, and he's having trouble processing that he'll actually be a part of the event on Thursday.

    He says, "That doesn’t even seem real. Especially from, you know, the folks where we're from, we've all watched that. Even New York is bigger than we've ever imagined."

    Cole expects he'll be...

  • Lady Antebellum's Dave Haywood Navigates the Family Politics of Having a New Baby at Thanksgiving

    Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum's Dave Haywood and wife, Kelli, will be spending their first Thanksgiving with their baby boy, Cash, this week. Of course, everyone else in Dave and Kelli's family wants to see Cash on Thanksgiving, too. Dave isn't getting into the what he jokingly calls the "dirty politics" of visiting his family over Kelli's family this holiday season though.

    He says, "I think for the holidays this year, it's just gonna be about, 'What's the most amount of family we can get him around.' Everybody wants to...

  • Garth Brooks Spends Second Week at #1 on Country Albums Chart with "Man Against Machine"

    Image Courtesy RCA/PearlGarth Brooks spends a second week at #1 on Billboard's Country Albums chart with Man Against Machine. According to Nielsen Soundscan, the project moved 62,000 copies to come in at #5 on the overall Billboard 200 Albums chart.

    Man Against Machine is available in physical form at all retailers, but you can get it digitally only at Garth's GhostTunes.com.

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