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Hunter Biden interview marks pivotal moment for GOP-led impeachment inquiry

Hunter Biden interview marks pivotal moment for GOP-led impeachment inquiryKent Nishimura/Getty Images, FILE(WASHINGTON) -- Hunter Biden will come face to face this week with the Republicans lawmakers he once accused of trying to kill him to harm his father's political career in a highly anticipated face-off that could be a pivotal moment for the sputtering GOP-led impeachment inquiry.Members of the House Oversight and Judiciary Committees will interview President Joe Biden's son on Wednesday during a closed-door session on Capitol Hill.Republicans hope to elicit revelations that could justify moving forward with their inquiry, whose credibility suffered a blow with the recent indictment of an ex-FBI source who is accused of falsifying the allegations of bribery involving both Bidens that were once a central tenet of the GOP impeachment narrative.Hunter Biden,   ... Read More

Escaped Louisiana inmate captured in hotel in New Orleans

Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office(NEW ORLEANS) -- A convicted felon who escaped custody on Sunday after pepper spraying his transporting deputy and stealing her car was captured in New Orleans on Tuesday, authorities said.Leon Ruffin, 51, who had been in custody on a second-degree murder charge, was found at a hotel in New Orleans East, with the help of New Orleans Police and the U.S. Marshals Service, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joseph Lopinto said in a media briefing Tuesday.At about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Ruffin was taken into custody at the hotel without incident, said Lopinto.Search warrants are currently being conducted at the hotel. Authorities believe that Ruffin spent most of his time at the hotel during his escape.Lopinto said he expects to   ... Read More

Nashville Police Department, FBI investigating bomb threat at Covenant School

Jeremy Hogan/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The Covenant School, which was the site of a 2023 mass shooting, received a bomb threat on Monday, according to a Nashville Police Department spokesperson."Yesterday an employee of Covenant School received an emailed bomb threat. We cleared the site, with assistance from a THP (Tennessee Highway Patrol) bomb dog. Our Specialized Investigations Division detectives are working with the FBI to investigate the origin of the threat," according to a Metropolitan Nashville Police Department spokesperson.The school referred ABC News to law enforcement when requested for comment regarding the bomb threat.In March of 2023, Covenant School in Nashville, a private pre-k to sixth grade Christian school, was the site of a mass shooting that killed three students   ... Read More

Tourist rescued after driving rental car off cliff in Hawaii

Oliver Helbig/Getty Images(SOUTH POINT, Hawaii) -- A Canadian tourist is lucky to be alive after he apparently took a wrong turn on a remote road in Hawaii and drove his rental car off a 60-foot cliff, before falling out of the vehicle and getting washed out to sea, authorities said.The 27-year-old man, whose name was not released, was rescued by firefighters and a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew after several fishermen saw the crash and called 911, officials said.The incident unfolded about 3:30 a.m. on Sunday in the South Point area on the island of Hawai'i near the Ka'u Forest Reserve, according to the Hawaii Fire Department.Witnesses said that the man's rented Jeep landed upside down on the rocks below   ... Read More

Up to 12 feet of snow heading to California mountains: What to expect

Jasmin Merdan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Up to 12 feet of snow is heading to California's Sierra Nevada mountains as a new winter storm bears down on the West Coast.Winter storm watches have been issued for California, Oregon and Washington.The storm will begin in the Pacific Northwest on Wednesday and will reach California by Thursday, bringing rain to the San Francisco area and snow to the mountains.The rain will spread into Southern California from Friday night into Saturday.The heaviest snow -- 4 to 12 feet -- will hit the Sierra Nevada mountains Friday to Sunday.Snowfall rates could reach 1 to 3 inches per hour in the mountains. Strong winds are also forecast to cause blowing and drifting snow, which will reduce   ... Read More

Fulton County hearing live updates: Wade’s ex-lawyer mum on when Willis relationship began

Witthaya Prasongsin/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- Scott McAfee, the judge overseeing former President Donald Trump's Georgia election interference case, is hearing arguments over motions to disqualify Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, primarily over accusations from Trump co-defendant Michael Roman that she benefited financially from a "personal, romantic relationship" with prosecutor Nathan Wade, who she hired for the case.Willis and Wade, in a court filing, admitted to the relationship but said it "does not amount to a disqualifying conflict of interest" and that the relationship "has never involved direct or indirect financial benefit to District Attorney Willis."Feb 27, 4:30 PMState declines to question BradleyFollowing a break, the state declined to question prosecutor Nathan Wade's former attorney Terrence Bradley after the defense wrapped   ... Read More

Two men found guilty in 2002 murder of Run-DMC’s Jam Master Jay

Jason Marz/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Two men from Queens have been found guilty on all counts in the the Oct. 30, 2002, murder of Jam Master Jay, a member of the iconic hip-hop group Run-DMC.Karl Jordan Jr., also known as "Little D" and "Noid," and Ronald Washington, also known as "Tinard," were each charged with one count of murder while engaged in narcotics trafficking and one count of firearm-related murder for the fatal shooting of Jam Master Jay, whose real name was Jason Mizell.As part of the 10-count indictment, Jordan was also charged in August 2020 with one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and seven counts of cocaine distribution. Both defendants had pleaded not guilty.The defense attorneys for Jordan   ... Read More

Pregnant Amish woman killed in Pennsylvania, police say

Sheila Paras via Getty Images(SPARTA TOWNSHIP, PA.) -- Police are searching for leads after a 23-year-old pregnant Amish woman was killed in Pennsylvania, authorities said.On Monday afternoon, police responded to a home in Sparta Township, about 35 miles southeast of Erie, where they found Rebekah Byler dead, Pennsylvania State Police said.Byler's death is considered a homicide and "police are aggressively investigating all available leads," police said.Police ask the public to report any suspicious people, cars or activity in the area of Fish Flats Road to the authorities at 814-663-2043. Copyright © 2024, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.   ... Read More

Cross-country storm to slam Midwest with severe weather before reaching Northeast

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The Midwest is bracing for severe storms that could bring tornadoes, damaging winds and hail Tuesday night.There's an enhanced threat for overnight tornadoes from Missouri to Ohio, including Evansville, Illinois; Louisville, Kentucky; and Cincinnati.Chicago and northern Illinois are also facing an enhanced threat for tornadoes and hail.Meanwhile, blizzard warnings are in effect for parts of North Dakota and Minnesota Tuesday night. Up to 2 inches of snow is expected, as well as 50 mph wind gusts, which could cause whiteout conditions and treacherous travel.In the Northeast, flood watches have been issued from West Virginia to Maine ahead of a combination of heavy rain and melting snow.Severe storms will hit the Ohio Valley early Wednesday.The heaviest rain,   ... Read More

New details emerge about teen charged with manslaughter in Florida police officer’s death

St. John's County Sheriff's Office(NEW YORK) -- Virgilio Aguilar Mendez, the Guatemalan teen charged with aggravated manslaughter after a Florida police officer collapsed after a struggle while attempting to arrest him, is now being represented by high-profile criminal defense attorney Jose Baez.Speaking exclusively with ABC News, Baez said the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office conducted an "unlawful arrest" of his client and that racial profiling was the reason he was initially approached by police. He also pushed back on the police claim that Aguilar Mendez threatened officers with a knife."This officer had no right to engage and to put Virgilio in a position where he was not free to leave. He did so based on profiling him and I think   ... Read More

Police release body camera, security footage of fatal shooting at Lakewood Church

Emergency vehicles line the feeder road outside Lakewood Church during a reported active shooter event, Feb. 11, 2024, in Houston. (Kirk Sides/Houston Chronicle via Getty Images)(HOUSTON) -- Houston authorities released graphic security and police body camera footage Monday of the Feb. 11 shooting inside Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church.The videos show the suspect, Genesse Ivonne Moreno, walking into the house of worship and holding her 7-year-old son's hand while she carried an assault-style rifle and a bag that investigators said contained another rifle.Moreno and her son got into the church lobby and attempted to enter the sanctuary, but the entrance doors were locked, according to police. People inside the church are seen running for cover in the video as Moreno walks   ... Read More

Explosive detonated outside Alabama attorney general’s office on Saturday

avid_creative/Getty Images(MONTGOMERY, Ala.) -- An investigation is underway after an explosive device was detonated outside the office of the Alabama attorney general this weekend, officials said.No one was hurt in the Saturday morning incident in Montgomery, Alabama, Attorney General Steve Marshall said in a statement on Monday."The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency will be leading the investigation, and we are urging anyone with information to contact them immediately," Marshall said.On Monday, at 8:19 a.m. local time, Special Agents with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) received notification of a suspicious package near the intersection of Washington Avenue and South Bainbridge Street in Montgomery. It was determined that the suspicious package was an explosive device that was   ... Read More

Judge rules Nathan Wade’s attorney must take the stand again in Trump election case: Sources

Witness Terrence Bradley looks on from the witness stand during a hearing in the case of the State of Georgia v. Donald John Trump at the Fulton County Courthouse on Feb. 16, 2024 in Atlanta. (Alyssa Pointer-Pool/Getty Images)(ATLANTA) -- A Fulton County judge has ruled that special prosecutor Nathan Wade's former law partner and divorce attorney, Terrence Bradley, must retake the stand in former President Donald Trump's Georgia election interference case to testify on topics not covered by attorney-client privilege, sources familiar with the matter confirmed to ABC News.Following a meeting with Bradley on Monday, Judge Scott McAfee notified attorneys in the case via email that some communications between Wade and Bradley do not fall under attorney-client confidentiality, the sources   ... Read More

What to know about the pending Idaho execution of serial killer Thomas Creech

Darrin Klimek/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Idaho's longest-serving death row inmate, 73-year-old serial killer Thomas Eugene Creech, is scheduled to be executed on Wednesday barring a last-minute grant of clemency and despite pleas to spare him from the most unlikely advocates -- prison staffers who have cared for him behind bars and the judge who sentenced him to death.Creech is set to die Wednesday night by lethal injection at the Idaho Maximum Security Institution near Boise, officials said.Idaho Gov. Brad Little said he has "zero intention" of halting the execution."Thomas Creech is a convicted serial killer responsible for acts of extreme violence," Little said in a statement issued on Jan. 29. "His unlawful and just sentence must be carried out as   ... Read More

Ex-Trump adviser Peter Navarro asks court to let him remain free while appealing his contempt conviction

Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Former Trump White House adviser Peter Navarro has asked the U.S Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to allow him to remain out of prison while he appeals his contempt of Congress conviction.The filing comes two weeks after U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta denied Navarro's request to remain free during his appeal."Dr. Navarro respectfully requests expedited briefing and disposition of this matter because he expects imminent direction to report to the Bureau of Prisons to serve his four (4) month sentence," Navarro's attorney wrote to the Court of Appeals on Friday. "Should the Court desire additional time to consider the issue, Dr. Navarro respectfully requests a brief administrative stay of his reporting date pending this   ... Read More

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