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Investigation continues after oil spill off California coast

Investigation continues after oil spill off California coast

LordRunar/iStock(LOS ANGELES) — Officials are continuing their investigation into what caused a pipeline in the Pacific Ocean to leak hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil, with cleanup efforts continuing along California’s southern coast. Up to 350 people were participating in cleanups on a 30-mile stretch of beaches and marsh from from Huntington Beach to…Continue Reading

LA passes 1 of the strictest COVID-19 vaccine mandates in US

LA passes 1 of the strictest COVID-19 vaccine mandates in US

PeopleImages/iStock(LOS ANGELES) — Los Angeles will soon require that people show proof of full vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test to enter many indoor establishments. It will be one of the strictest vaccine rules in the country when it goes into effect next month. The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday approved the ordinance,…Continue Reading

Body cam footage shows Minneapolis police allegedly ‘hunting’ anti-police brutality protesters

Body cam footage shows Minneapolis police allegedly ‘hunting’ anti-police brutality protesters

Minneapolis Police Department(Minneapolis, MINN.) — Newly released body camera footage shows Minneapolis police officers allegedly celebrating the “hunting” of anti-police brutality protesters just five days after the murder of George Floyd. In one video, a protester yells: “We’re unarmed! This is America. We can say what we want!” In response, an officer appears to shoot…Continue Reading

Texas high school shooting: 4 hurt, 18-year-old suspect in custody

Texas high school shooting: 4 hurt, 18-year-old suspect in custody

iStock/ChiccoDodiFC(ARLINGTON, Texas) — Four people were hurt in a shooting at Timberview High School in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday morning, authorities said. The suspect, an 18-year-old student, fled the scene and was taken into custody hours later, authorities said. Two of the victims suffered gunshot wounds, police said. Three victims were students and one was an…Continue Reading

Active shooter situation reported at Texas high school

Active shooter situation reported at Texas high school

iStock/ChiccoDodiFC(ARLINGTON, Texas) — Police are investigating an active shooter situation reported at Timberview High School in Arlington, Texas, the school district said. An unknown suspect apparently shot multiple people before fleeing the scene, according to an internal police briefing. The number of victims was not immediately clear. First responders gather outside Timberview High School in…Continue Reading

Suspicious vehicle near Supreme Court, man in custody: Police

Suspicious vehicle near Supreme Court, man in custody: Police

iStock/MattGush(NEW YORK) — A man is in custody after he was removed from a suspicious SUV near the Supreme Court Tuesday morning, Capitol police said. The suspect, 55-year-old Dale Paul Melvin of Kimball, Michigan, was removed from the car and placed under arrest around 11 a.m. local time, police said. Earlier in the morning Melvin…Continue Reading

COVID-19 live updates: J&J submits booster request to FDA

COVID-19 live updates: J&J submits booster request to FDA

Tomwang112/iStock(NEW YORK) — The United States has been facing a COVID-19 surge as the more contagious delta variant continues to spread. More than 703,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 while over 4.8 million people have died from the disease worldwide, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns…Continue Reading

COVID-19 live updates: Biden reacts to NIH director stepping down

COVID-19 live updates: Biden reacts to NIH director stepping down

Tomwang112/iStockNEW YORK) — The United States has been facing a COVID-19 surge as the more contagious delta variant continues to spread. More than 703,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 while over 4.8 million people have died from the disease worldwide, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns…Continue Reading

COVID-19 live updates: Daily deaths nearly 8 times higher than in July

COVID-19 live updates: Daily deaths nearly 8 times higher than in July

Halfpoint/iStock(NEW YORK) — The United States has been facing a COVID-19 surge as the more contagious delta variant continues to spread. More than 702,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 while over 4.8 million people have died from the disease worldwide, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns…Continue Reading

Powerball jackpot now at $685 million

Powerball jackpot now at $685 million

Joe Raedle/Getty Images, FILE(NEW YORK) — The pot of cash up for grabs continues to grow. According to lottery officials, the Powerball jackpot for Monday night’s drawing soared to $685 million. The cash value of the grand prize is $485.5 million, Powerball officials said. The jackpot was last hit on June 5, and since then there…Continue Reading

Inside the Supreme Court during COVID: Reporter’s notebook

Inside the Supreme Court during COVID: Reporter’s notebook

Al Drago/Getty Images, FILE(WASHINGTON) — As the cry “Oyez! Oyez! Oyez!” rang out just after 10 a.m. Monday in Washington, the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court emerged from behind a 44-foot velvet curtain wall, walking into their vaulted marble chamber for the first time in 18 months. They entered a world — a courtroom, a…Continue Reading

Girl killed by power window in parked car: Police

Girl killed by power window in parked car: Police

KNXV(PHOENIX) — A girl has died after she was playing in a parked car and the power window rolled up on her, Phoenix, Arizona, police said. The fatal injury took place Saturday evening while the girl was playing in the car, which was parked at a home, police said. She was taken to a hospital in…Continue Reading

Employee shot dead at Philadelphia hospital, suspect injures two officers before capture

Employee shot dead at Philadelphia hospital, suspect injures two officers before capture

RiverNorthPhotography/iStock(PHILADELPHIA) — An employee at Philadelphia’s Jefferson University Hospital was gunned down, allegedly by a coworker wearing scrubs, before the suspect shot and injured two officers during his capture, authorities said. The shooting was reported at 12:13 a.m. local time at the hospital’s Gibbon Building, according to an internal law enforcement briefing reviewed by ABC…Continue Reading

Major oil spill closes California’s Huntington Beach

Major oil spill closes California’s Huntington Beach

(File photo) – dehooks/iStock(HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.) — A major oil spill off the coast of Southern California has forced Huntington Beach and activities scheduled to take place in the region to shut down. A leak from an offshore oil production facility leaked 3,000 barrels of oil, which is about 126,000 gallons, on Saturday, Huntington Beach…Continue Reading

Body believed to be missing 19-year-old Miya Marcano found: Police

Body believed to be missing 19-year-old Miya Marcano found: Police

kali9/iStock(ORLANDO) — A body believed to be 19-year-old college student Miya Marcano, who has been missing for just over a week, was discovered Saturday morning, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office announced. Authorities searched around the Tymber Skan apartments in Orange County, Florida, on Saturday and discovered a body in a wooded area nearby “that we…Continue Reading

Women’s March focuses on reproductive rights in light of Texas abortion law

Women’s March focuses on reproductive rights in light of Texas abortion law

LordHenriVoton/iStock(WASHINGTON) — Women’s rights advocates are marching again in Washington, D.C., and other cities across the U.S. Saturday, with a focus on reproductive rights. The fifth annual Women’s March is being held on a date specifically chosen for its proximity to the start of the U.S. Supreme Court’s new term on Monday. Women’s March organizers…Continue Reading

Suspect in Houston school shooting identified, charged

Suspect in Houston school shooting identified, charged

kali9/iStock(HOUSTON) — Police identified the suspected gunman who stormed YES Prep Southwest Secondary school in Houston, Texas, on Friday and wounded the principal as 25-year old Dexter Harold Kelsey. Kelsey has been charged with aggravated assault against a public servant and deadly conduct in the 263rd State District Court, Houston Police announced Saturday. Houston police…Continue Reading

COVID-19 live updates: American Airlines to require employee vaccinations

COVID-19 live updates: American Airlines to require employee vaccinations

Drazen Zigic/iStock(NEW YORK) — The United States has been facing a COVID-19 surge as the more contagious delta variant continues to spread. More than 696,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 while over 4.7 million people have died from the disease worldwide, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at…Continue Reading

COVID-19 live updates: US death toll set to surpass 700,000

COVID-19 live updates: US death toll set to surpass 700,000

Drazen Zigic/iStock(NEW YORK) — The United States has been facing a COVID-19 surge as the more contagious delta variant continues to spread. More than 696,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 while over 4.7 million people have died from the disease worldwide, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at…Continue Reading

Why some restaurants have added security amid new COVID policies

Why some restaurants have added security amid new COVID policies

PinkOmelet/iStock(NEW YORK) — Amid restaurant closures, changing rules and regulations, worker shortages, supply chain issues that lead to price hikes and more, during the COVID-19 crisis restaurants in the U.S. have faced challenges at every turn. The latest hurdle has been dealing with rising tensions over masks and vaccine mandates during the pandemic. While the…Continue Reading

COVID-19 live updates: Vaccine acceptance at high amid delta surge

COVID-19 live updates: Vaccine acceptance at high amid delta surge

Drazen Zigic/iStock(NEW YORK) — The United States has been facing a COVID-19 surge as the more contagious delta variant continues to spread. More than 696,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 while over 4.7 million people have died from the disease worldwide, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at…Continue Reading

Helicopter, small plane crash mid-air in Arizona

Helicopter, small plane crash mid-air in Arizona

Chalabala/iStock FILE(CHANDLER, Ariz.) — A helicopter and a fixed-wing plane collided in mid-air in Chandler, Arizona, Friday, local authorities confirmed. Chandler police tweeted that they are currently at the scene. “We are at the scene of a mid-air collision between a plane and helicopter at a Chandler Airpark. We ask anyone who possibly witnessed or…Continue Reading

More than half of US killings by police go unreported: Study

More than half of US killings by police go unreported: Study

iStock/ChiccoDodiFC(NEW YORK) — A new study on fatal police violence shows more than half of killings by police were left unreported in the last 40 years, and that Black Americans were estimated to be 3.5 times more likely to die from police violence than white Americans. Researchers compared data from the National Vital Statistics System…Continue Reading

Boy shot at Memphis school, in critical condition; suspect at large: Police

Boy shot at Memphis school, in critical condition; suspect at large: Police

vmargineanu/iStock(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) — A boy was shot at his Memphis school Thursday morning and is in the hospital in critical condition, local police said. Police are searching for a male juvenile suspect, Memphis police said. Recent Stories from ABC News Officers are clearing the building, police said. No other injuries were reported. Shelby County Schools…Continue Reading

The need for water in the West will continue unless emissions are curbed.

The need for water in the West will continue unless emissions are curbed.

Bill Oxford/iStock(SILVER SPRING, Md.) — The thirst for water in the Western U.S. will likely not be quenched in the near future. Drought conditions are expected to persist in the West, which is already amid a decades-long megadrought, through 2022 and beyond, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s drought outlook. The drought will…Continue Reading

2 Michigan men charged in separate vaccination card schemes

2 Michigan men charged in separate vaccination card schemes

BlakeDavidTaylor/iStock(SOUTHGATE, Mich.) — Federal investigators announced on Wednesday that they’d charged two Michigan men in a pair of unrelated schemes where each allegedly sold phony COVID-19 vaccination cards. The defendants, one of whom is a registered nurse, allegedly sold the fraudulent cards online via social media accounts and messenger services, prosecutors said. “Regardless of whether…Continue Reading

Dallas apartment building partially collapses, 7 injured: Officials

Dallas apartment building partially collapses, 7 injured: Officials

WFAA-TV(DALLAS) — A Dallas apartment building has partially collapsed after firefighters were called to investigate a carbon monoxide leak, according to officials. When firefighters arrived at the South Dallas apartment building around 10:30 a.m. local time, they noticed an odor of gas around the building, according to Dallas Fire-Rescue. An explosion occurred while fire crews…Continue Reading

Family of missing 19-year-old Miya Marcano hoping for safe return

Family of missing 19-year-old Miya Marcano hoping for safe return

WFTV(ORLANDO, Fla.) — Family members of Miya Marcano said they’re holding out hope the 19-year-old woman missing since Friday will be found safe. Caili Sue, a cousin of Marcano, spoke to reporters in Orlando on Tuesday as she and other relatives put up posters with Marcano’s photo and searched the woods near her apartment. “I’m…Continue Reading

Pilots warn vaccine mandate could cause holiday travel chaos

Pilots warn vaccine mandate could cause holiday travel chaos

Bloomberg/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The unions representing American and Southwest airlines pilots are asking lawmakers and the White House for an exemption or an alternative to the federal mandate requiring companies with more than 100 people to get vaccinated. Roughly 30% of American Airlines pilots are not vaccinated, according to the Allied Pilots Association, the…Continue Reading

Dad builds space for immunocompromised kids to safely play

Dad builds space for immunocompromised kids to safely play

paci77/iStock(Az.) — One Arizona dad wants to give immunocompromised kids some of their childhood back by creating a hyper-clean space where they can safely play. Brad Taylor’s daughter, Lily, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia when she was 3 years old in December 2017. The diagnosis came after the family took Lily to the hospital…Continue Reading

Milley defends calls to China amid concerns about Trump

Milley defends calls to China amid concerns about Trump

Bill Clark/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, pushed back strongly Tuesday on recent characterizations of his phone calls to China’s top military official and denied that he had placed himself in the chain of command for nuclear launch protocols following a phone call from House Speaker Nancy…Continue Reading

K-9 police units face pressure to change amid drug policy reform

K-9 police units face pressure to change amid drug policy reform

Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — Tae-Ahn Lea says he had no previous criminal record when the 18-year-old was pulled over for a routine traffic stop in Louisville, Kentucky, in August 2018. Yet, he said he was forced to stand by the side of the road, handcuffed, while the Louisville Metro Police searched his car after…Continue Reading

Obama says presidential center will invest in community, empower youth

Obama says presidential center will invest in community, empower youth

Scott Olson/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — The Obama Presidential Center will provide economic investment and opportunities for young people on Chicago’s South Side, President Barack Obama said an interview with “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts ahead of the center’s grand opening. Obama has a personal connection to the area; he said that he first “learned how…Continue Reading

Exclusive: Barack Obama defends location of Obama Center, is ‘absolutely confident’ it will benefit community

Exclusive: Barack Obama defends location of Obama Center, is ‘absolutely confident’ it will benefit community

Taylor Glascock/ABC News(CHICAGO) — Ahead of Tuesday’s groundbreaking on the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago, former President Barack Obama reflected on the center’s mission and defended his decision to choose the historic Jackson Park neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side as the site to honor his legacy. Some community organizers have expressed concern that development of…Continue Reading

COVID-19 live updates: Pfizer submits initial child vaccine data to FDA

COVID-19 live updates: Pfizer submits initial child vaccine data to FDA

carmengabriela/iStock(NEW YORK) — The United States has been facing a COVID-19 surge as the more contagious delta variant continues to spread. More than 690,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 while over 4.7 million people have died from the disease worldwide, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns…Continue Reading

Marijuana use did not climb following legalization in states: Study

Marijuana use did not climb following legalization in states: Study

iStock/CatEyePerspective(NEW YORK) — Recreational pot has become legal for more Americans, but despite that ease of access, marijuana use hasn’t ignited, a study released Monday found. An article published in The Journal of the American Medical Association found there was no increase in cannabis use among the general population or among previous users after their…Continue Reading

John Hinkley, who tried to assassinate Reagan, granted unconditional release

John Hinkley, who tried to assassinate Reagan, granted unconditional release

Bettmann/ Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A federal judge approved a plan Monday to unconditionally release John Hinckley Jr., who had shot and wounded former President Ronald Reagan in 1981, from all remaining court-ordered restrictions, if he continues to follow rules and agrees to undergo regular mental health examinations. U.S. District Court Judge Paul L. Friedman…Continue Reading

Drugging allegations at Northwestern frat houses spark protests

Drugging allegations at Northwestern frat houses spark protests

BSPollard/ iStock(EVANSTON, Ill.) — Northwestern University says it is investigating two fraternity houses after students say they were non-consensually drugged during gatherings at the Evanston, Illinois, campus locations. There is also now a criminal investigation into the incidents by local police. The university has yet to determine how many students were allegedly involved. On Saturday,…Continue Reading

Biden gets COVID-19 booster shot before cameras, pushes vaccinations

Biden gets COVID-19 booster shot before cameras, pushes vaccinations

Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Joe Biden publicly received his COVID-19 booster shot on Monday afternoon as his administration promotes new booster guidance that has spurred some confusion among Americans on when to get a third dose. “Like I did with my first and second COVID-19 vaccination shot, I’m about to get my booster shot…Continue Reading

School districts struggle to establish COVID-19 testing, frustrating parents

School districts struggle to establish COVID-19 testing, frustrating parents

valentinrussanov/iStock(NEW YORK) — Angela McCray left her job as a pharmacist to homeschool her three children as pandemic lockdowns closed public schools in Monroe, North Carolina. So when public schools in the region announced reopening plans, she was excited to return her daughter for in-class instruction. But McCray became concerned when her school district –…Continue Reading

Three dead, over 50 injured in Amtrak train derailment

Three dead, over 50 injured in Amtrak train derailment

CribbVisuals/iStock(JOPLIN, Mont.) — At least three people were killed and multiple others were injured when an Amtrak train derailed in remote northern Montana on Saturday, sending several cars toppling over, authorities said. Eight cars on the train, Empire Builder 7/27, which was headed from Chicago to Seattle, derailed just before 4 p.m. local time near…Continue Reading

3 dead in Amtrak train derailment in Montana

3 dead in Amtrak train derailment in Montana

@jacob_cordeiro/Twitter(NEW YORK) — At least three people were killed and multiple others were injured when an Amtrak train derailed in remote northern Montana on Saturday, sending several cars toppling over, authorities said. Eight cars on the train, Empire Builder 7/27, which was headed from Chicago to Seattle, derailed just before 4 p.m. local time near…Continue Reading

COVID-19 live updates: US reaches vaccine milestone

COVID-19 live updates: US reaches vaccine milestone

oonal/iStock(NEW YORK) — The United States has been facing a COVID-19 surge as the more contagious delta variant continues to spread. More than 682,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 while over 4.7 million people have died from the disease worldwide, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns…Continue Reading

Culture thrives in America’s most Hispanic, Latino state: New Mexico

Culture thrives in America’s most Hispanic, Latino state: New Mexico

Davel5957/iStock(MOSCOW) — As the Hispanic and Latino population grows throughout the U.S., New Mexico has established itself as a haven for people of Latin American and Hispanic descent. That culture can be seen throughout the streets — in the Pueblo- and Spanish-style architecture, the traditional santeros and the Mexican artistry. “The Land of Enchantment” is…Continue Reading

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