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President Joe Biden drops out of the 2024 presidential race

President Joe Biden drops out of the 2024 presidential raceWASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden dropped out of the 2024 race for the White House on Sunday, ending his bid for reelection following a disastrous debate with Donald Trump that raised doubts about his fitness for office just four months before the election. The decision comes after escalating pressure from Biden’s Democratic allies to step aside following the June 27 debate, in which the 81-year-old president trailed off, often gave nonsensical answers and failed to call out the former president’s many falsehoods. Biden plans to serve out the remainder of his term in office, which ends at noon on Jan. 20, 2025. “It has been the greatest honor of my life to serve as your President. And while it   ... Read More

Record heat and wildfire threat persisting out West over the weekend

Record heat and wildfire threat persisting out West over the weekendABC News(NEW YORK) -- Over 30 million remain under heat alerts from Arizona up through Washington State, where widespread highs in the triple digits are expected. Excessive Heat Warnings and Heat Advisories will still in effect through Sunday -- and into next week for parts of the Pacific Northwest.Hot, dry and windy conditions will also keep fire danger high, especially for crews working tirelessly to contain and control current wildfires across parts of California and the Pacific Northwest.The potential for dry thunderstorms producing abundant lightning will increase over across portions of Oregon and Washington. This could spark new fires, increasing the risk even more. Red Flag Warnings remain in effect through Sunday evening.The combination of the heat and smoke from   ... Read More

Two infants injured in fast-moving Fork Fire in Southern California’s Angeles National Forest

Two infants injured in fast-moving Fork Fire in Southern California’s Angeles National ForestGetty Images - STOCK/emptyclouds(LOS ANGELES) -- Two infants needed medical attention due to smoke inhalation as a fast-moving brush fire in Southern California spread 330 acres with 0% containment, officials said as of Saturday morning.The brush fire began in the San Gabriel Mountains in northern Los Angeles County near East Fork and Glendora Mountain roads after 3:00 p.m. local time, according to Angeles National Forest officials, who named the spreading blaze the Fork Fire.Highway 39 remains closed on Saturday, officials said. Firefighters applied hoses on two flanks of the wildfire late Friday night.Multiple families had to evacuate the area, which has several hiking trails, officials said.Two infants required medical attention due to being exposed to smoke during their escape, according   ... Read More

Historic Dallas church largely collapsed in massive fire

Historic Dallas church largely collapsed in massive fireABC News(DALLAS) -- Overhaul companies remain on the scene of a historic Baptist church in Dallas after a major fire broke out Friday, leaving the structure largely collapsed. As of Saturday morning, the fire was knocked down and contained.First Baptist Dallas is a Baptist church located in Dallas, Texas, that dates back to 1890.No injuries or deaths were reported in connection with the fire."The structure has largely collapsed, which has caused many void spaces with 'hot spots'. While there is no indication that the fire will escalate, [Dallas Fire Rescue] is expected to maintain an extended presence on the scene to extinguish all lingering areas of fire and to maintain a safe perimeter around the unstable building," the city of   ... Read More

Montana town’s economy withers due to lack of affordable housing

Montana town’s economy withers due to lack of affordable housingABC News(SEELEY LAKE, Mo.) -- A slice of paradise in Montana is suffering economic disruption, but it isn’t a result of any political battles or environmental change. Instead, Seeley Lake’s problem lies in its lack of a centralized sewer system.The Missoula County community’s reluctance to come up with a plan to replace its septic system means no affordable housing can be built for working people. While high-end septic systems can service multi-family dwellings, local officials explain that they’re not cost effective for the type of housing developers would seek to build in the area. The solution? Only a sewer system will do.That lack of accommodation means Seeley Lake’s biggest employer -- Pyramid Mountain Lumber -- can’t attract enough workers to   ... Read More

4 years after Kyle Rittenhouse shooting, Wisconsin city reflects on unity and moving on

4 years after Kyle Rittenhouse shooting, Wisconsin city reflects on unity and moving onScott Olson/Getty Images(KENOSHA, Wis.) -- Kenosha, Wisconsin, is a picturesque community on the shore of Lake Michigan. It is known for its boats, fresh corn at the farmer's market and the country's oldest velodrome. However, everything changed when Kenosha burst into the national spotlight in 2020.Jacob Blake, 29, a father of three, was shot seven times by a local police officer and left paralyzed from the waist down. Following the August 2020 police shooting of Blake, protests, riots, and civil unrest took place in Kenosha and across the United States as part of the Black Lives Matter movement and other groups protesting racial injustice.Amid looting and riots in Kenosha, 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse arrived at the scene armed, stating he was   ... Read More

Lesser-known dangers of hot cars include common items left in vehicles, experts say

Lesser-known dangers of hot cars include common items left in vehicles, experts sayGetty Images - STOCK/Allen Chen(NEW YORK) -- The interior of a car is one of the most dangerous places for young children and pets during a heat wave. But everyday items can also be dangerous.Water bottles, for example, pose unique hazards when temperatures begin to climb, according to experts.One of the unexpected risks is the ability for water bottles -- specifically clear bottles that contain clear liquid -- to start a fire, David Richardson, administration major for the Midwest City Fire Department in Oklahoma, told ABC News.Depending on the presence of sunlight, the reflective qualities of the bottle and liquid can heat up nearby objects to the point of fire ignition if hot enough, Richardson said.When Richardson first learned of   ... Read More

Postal worker fatally shot in front of Chicago residence: Officials

Postal worker fatally shot in front of Chicago residence: OfficialsABC News(CHICAGO) -- A postal worker was fatally shot in front of a residence in Chicago on Friday, officials said.The gunman approached the victim and fired multiple times before fleeing in a vehicle, police said.The National Association of Letter Carriers identified the postal worker as 48-year-old Octavia Redmond. She had been a letter carrier for five years, the group said."NALC (National Association of Letter Carriers) is heartbroken by the murder of Octavia Redmond, our sister from Chicago, IL Branch 11," read a statement from the NALC released on Friday. "Today, Sister Redmond was shot multiple times on her route and was taken to the hospital, where she died. The perpetrator is still at large."Redmond was in front of a residence   ... Read More

Illinois woman killed in officer-involved shooting is honored at funeral

Illinois woman killed in officer-involved shooting is honored at funeralGetty Images - STOCK/ilbusca(SPRINGFIELD, Ill.) -- A funeral was held Friday for Sonya Massey, the Springfield, Illinois, woman who died after authorities say a police deputy shot her after she called 911 to report a possible intruder.Sean Grayson, the deputy involved in the shooting who has since been fired, was indicted on three counts of first-degree murder, aggravated battery with a firearm and official misconduct, according to a statement from Sangamon County State's Attorney John Milhiser.Grayson pleaded not guilty and was denied pretrial release."Today is about peace, today is about my big sister. It’s not about that man that’s gonna rot in jail, it’s about my big sister," Massey's younger sister, Breeanna Toles, said. "As baby sister, I look back   ... Read More

7 officers injured in police pursuit of vehicle linked to drive-by shooting: Officials

7 officers injured in police pursuit of vehicle linked to drive-by shooting: OfficialsGetty Images - STOCK/Sheila Paras(SPOKANE, Wash.) -- A high-speed police pursuit that ended in a multi-vehicle crash in Washington state Friday left seven officers injured and three suspects in custody, according to officials.The crash took place near the intersection of North Oak Street and West Carlisle Avenue in Spokane, police said.All individuals involved in the crash, including the suspects, were taken to a nearby hospital for injuries, Spokane Interim Police Chief Justin Lundgren told reporters during a press briefing after the crash.All of the officers are expected to make full recoveries, according to Lundgren, who notes the conditions of the suspects are not yet known.Additionally, a canine that was in the pursuing police vehicle was transported to an emergency veterinary   ... Read More

Enforcement of Louisiana’s Ten Commandment classroom requirement put on pause

Enforcement of Louisiana’s Ten Commandment classroom requirement put on pauseGetty Images - STOCK/skynesher(BATON ROUGE, La.) -- Louisiana's new law requiring all public school classrooms display the Ten Commandments will not be publicly enforced or endorsed in any way until November 15, 2024, according to a new court filing in the ongoing legal battle over the policy.Both parties agreed that the Ten Commandments will not be posted in any public school classroom and defendants -- including the state's Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education -- and schools will not publicly move forward on the law's implementation until November.Lester Duhe, a spokesperson for the Louisiana Attorney General's office, clarified that the defendants "agreed not to take public-facing compliance measures" until then because it will give time for "briefing, oral   ... Read More

Judge declines to dismiss charges against George Santos in fraud case

Judge declines to dismiss charges against George Santos in fraud caseAnna Moneymaker/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A federal judge on Friday declined to dismiss criminal charges against former Rep. George Santos for alleged schemes that cost him his seat.The judge denied Santos' motion to dismiss certain fraud charges, ruling he failed to meet the legal standards.The New York Republican who represented parts of Queen’s and Nassau County has pleaded not guilty to a host of charges accusing him of defrauding donors, lying to Congress and using campaign contributions for personal expenses.Santos dropped his bid for reelection after he was expelled from the House in December.Santos faces 23 felony charges, including two counts of wire fraud, two counts of making materially false statements to the Federal Election Commission, two counts of falsifying   ... Read More

Cooler temperatures will relieve parts of the US from extreme heat next week, forecasts show

Cooler temperatures will relieve parts of the US from extreme heat next week, forecasts showABC News(NEW YORK) -- Mid-July is typically the hottest time of the year, but several regions in the United States will experience a brief respite from the heat in the coming days.The caveat? Thunderstorms with torrential rain will be the culprit for the cooler temperatures, forecasts show.Much of the South will remain unsettled through next week, with widespread summer thunderstorms developing each day along the Gulf Coast and into the mid-Atlantic, from Houston and New Orleans to Atlanta and Raleigh,There is the possibility of some flash flooding each day in these areas where the heaviest downpours develop.Some spots could see three to six inches over the next five days, forecasts show. This stormy and unsettled pattern is expected to continue   ... Read More

Flying amid CrowdStrike outage: What to expect next and tips to navigate travel chaos

Flying amid CrowdStrike outage: What to expect next and tips to navigate travel chaosmartin-dm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Friday's wave of global IT outages, which affected CrowdStrike customers who use Windows products, has led to more than 1,100 flight cancelations and hundreds of delays in the U.S., leaving travelers to navigate uncharted next steps as major airlines deploy workarounds and slowly come back online.With interim efforts underway at American Airlines, United and Delta, Nick Ewen, a travel expert and senior editorial director of The Points Guy, told ABC News that there's a potential lengthier domino effect as they get back to fully operational."There may be knock-on effects with the impacted airlines throughout the day and even into the weekend," he said. "This is because planes and crew members get stranded when a flight is   ... Read More

CrowdStrike outage sparks global chaos with airline, bank and other disruptions

CrowdStrike outage sparks global chaos with airline, bank and other disruptionsCarol Yepes/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A wave of IT outages swept across the globe Friday morning, causing thousands of flight cancellations and stalling internal and external systems across a variety of industries including hospitals, banks, stock exchanges and other institutions, as some Microsoft-based computers ceased to work.CrowdStrike -- an American cybersecurity technology firm that provides cloud workload protection, threat intelligence and cyberattack response services -- said the outage is not a due to a cyber attack; it was caused by a software issue that has been identified and a fix had been deployed.Some systems can be fixed and back up and running immediately -- but for others it "could be hours, could be a bit longer" before everything is back   ... Read More

Trump rally shooter’s duffel bag and range finder first sparked suspicions, sources say

Trump rally shooter’s duffel bag and range finder first sparked suspicions, sources sayThe home of 20-year-old Thomas Matthew Crooks, the suspected shooter who attempted to assassinate former President Donald J. Trump is cornered off with crime scene tape and guarded by law enforcement, investigators are also converging on the home again to search for clues and evidence with many road closures in the area in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania on July 18, 2024. The United States Secret Service killed the gunman. (Photo by Kyle Mazza/Anadolu via Getty Images)(BUTLER, Pa.) -- New details have emerged about the suspected shooter at former President Donald Trump's rally over the weekend, including what first brought Thomas Matthew Crooks under suspicion.Multiple law enforcement sources confirmed to ABC News that suspicions about the suspect were first aroused at the   ... Read More

Remains found at wastewater station believed to be missing college student Caleb Harris: Police

Remains found at wastewater station believed to be missing college student Caleb Harris: PoliceCorpus Christi Crime Stoppers (CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) -- After a monthslong search, remains found at a wastewater facility in Texas are believed to be missing college student Caleb Harris, according to authorities.City workers conducting maintenance at a wastewater lift station in Corpus Christi, Texas, last month discovered human remains in a well and notified police, the Corpus Christi Police Department said on Facebook.The remains had "no obvious signs of homicide," but were transported to the Nueces County Medical Examiner's Office for examination, according to police.Due to the "advanced state of decomposition," the medical examiner was unable to make an identification, nor "provide a manner or cause of death," authorities said on Wednesday.The DNA samples were sent to the University of   ... Read More

Special counsel files notice of appeal in Trump’s classified documents case

Special counsel files notice of appeal in Trump’s classified documents caseAl Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Special counsel Jack Smith on Wednesday filed an official notice of appeal of Judge Aileen Cannon's order dismissing former President Donald Trump's classified documents case.Judge Cannon, in a surprising ruling Monday, dismissed the case on the grounds that Smith's appointment as special counsel was unconstitutional because he was not appointed by the president or confirmed by Congress.Wednesday's filing by Smith indicated that he will appeal the decision to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.Representatives with the special counsel's office said they would not be commenting further.Trump pleaded not guilty last year to 40 criminal counts related to his handling of classified materials after leaving the White House, after prosecutors said he repeatedly refused to   ... Read More

What we know about the shooter

WASHINGTON (AP) — The man identified as the shooter in the apparent assassination attempt of former President Donald Trump was a 20-year-old from a Pittsburgh suburb not far from the campaign rally where one attendee was killed. Investigators were working Sunday to gather more information about Thomas Matthew Crooks of Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, who they say opened fire at the rally before being killed by Secret Service days before Trump was to accept the Republican nomination for a third time. An FBI official said late Saturday that investigators had not yet determined a motive. Two spectators were critically injured, authorities said. Relatives of Crooks didn’t immediately respond to messages from The Associated Press. His father, Matthew Crooks, told CNN late   ... Read More

Prayers for Trump also pour in from political rivals

Prayers for the former president are also coming from his political opponents. “I am horrified by what happened at the Trump rally in Pennsylvania and relieved that former President Trump is safe. Political violence has no place in our country,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer in a statement. “We should all condemn what happened today and I am hoping for the health of the former president and everyone else at the rally,” Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy posted on the social platform X. House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries said in a post on X that his “thoughts and prayers are with former President Trump” and expressed thanks “for the decisive law enforcement response.”   ... Read More

WikiLeaks founder facing pivotal moment in long fight to stay out of US court

WikiLeaks founder facing pivotal moment in long fight to stay out of US courtLONDON -- The host of a news conference about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's extradition fight wryly welcomed journalists last week to the “millionth” press briefing on his court case. Deborah Bonetti, director of the Foreign Press Association, was only half joking. Assange’s legal saga has dragged on for well over a decade but it could come to an end in the U.K. as soon as Monday. Assange faces a hearing in London's High Court that could end with him being sent to the U.S. to face espionage charges, or provide him another chance to appeal his extradition. The outcome will depend on how much weight judges give to reassurances U.S. officials have provided that Assange's rights won't be trampled if   ... Read More

DOJ schedules meeting with Boeing victims as decision nears over whether company breached prosecution deal

DOJ schedules meeting with Boeing victims as decision nears over whether company breached prosecution dealThinkstock/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Justice Department on Tuesday contacted the families of victims of two fatal Boeing 737 Max crashes as it nears a crucial decision over whether the company violated a 2021 deal that allowed it to escape criminal prosecution over the incidents, according to a letter obtained by ABC News.The letter, sent by the department's fraud section, invited families to attend a May 31 meeting where they will be informed of the DOJ's decision as to whether the company breached the deferred prosecution agreement, or DPA.If prosecutors believe they can make the case that Boeing violated the agreement's terms -- which demanded the company's continued cooperation with the government, a requirement it disclose any allegations of fraud, and   ... Read More


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