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First responders talk about the often-hidden pain and trauma of working in a pandemic

iStock/Motortion(NEW YORK) -- For Neda LaFuente, everyday moments with her family are not only precious, but they also play a vital role in her job. “They say, as paramedics, your most important time is your downtime … because that keeps us healthy,” she told “Nightline.” “If we have a healthy life outside of work then we can maintain a healthy life at work.” The 42-year-old has been working as an EMT for almost 20 years. She’s a field commander in the Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services Unit and her team is on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis in their corner of Texas. When she’s not responding to calls, LaFuente volunteers as a team leader in the department’s peer   ... Read More

10-year-old boy recounts harrowing moment armed man hijacked school bus

iStock/Favor_of_God(NEW YORK) -- Ten-year-old Ke'aundre James was on the bus headed to school when he "heard yelling and cussing in the front" -- and spotted a man with a rifle. The gunman "was telling the bus driver, 'Close the doors, take me to the next town over. Go, go, go.' And stuff like that," Ke'aundre told ABC News. So Ke'aundre called his parents. "I was telling him [his father] I was being held hostage, and my mom and my dad started freaking out," the fourth grader said. "They got in the car and I told them where we was going." When the gunman told the children to move to the front, Ke'aundre said, "I put my phone on silent and   ... Read More

Mom opens up about botched police investigation into daughter’s murder

iStock/MattGush(NEW YORK) -- Dressed up in a Minnie Mouse costume for her son’s school Halloween party, Melissa Fox tried to put on a brave face for her 6-year-old boy and the world. Just hours earlier, on Oct. 27, 2004, police had made an arrest in the tragic murder of her 3-year-old daughter, Riley Fox, claiming to solve and bring to a close the five-month-long, high-profile investigation. “On the news, they were telling everybody there was an arrest made. I [knew] who they arrested, but nobody else did yet.” Melissa said. Riley, an adorable, outgoing and bright-eyed toddler, was found murdered in a creek just 4 miles from her home, shaking the small town of Wilmington, Illinois, about 60 miles southwest   ... Read More

South Carolina, Montana declining federal unemployment funds ‘a huge mistake,’ economists say

iStock/ littlehenrabi(NEW YORK) -- South Carolina and Montana residents will be cut off from federal pandemic unemployment benefits next month, with Republican governors in each state claiming the payments have led to a workforce shortage. Economists say that's not the case. "Employers are just angry that they are unable to find workers at relatively low wages," Heidi Shierholz, a senior economist and director of policy at the Economic Policy Institute, said in an interview. "The jobs being posted are more stressful, more risky, harder jobs than they were pre-COVID. ... When the job is more stressful, then it should command a higher wage." These two states will be the first to end participation in the unemployment enhancement programs, as both   ... Read More

Over 60 migrant children held at California facilities treated for COVID-19

narvikk/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Over 60 migrant children at two California holding centers have tested positive for COVID-19, sparking worry over the health of unaccompanied minors entering the U.S. from across the border. At the Long Beach Convention Center housing 728 migrant children, 55 of them have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Thursday, Zhan Caplan, spokesperson of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, told ABC News. The center has a capacity to hold 1,000 children. Meanwhile at the Pomona Fairplex site, which began housing migrant children Saturday and currently hosts 216 children, 14 have tested positive for COVID and are being housed separately, local ABC station KABC-TV reported. The site has the capacity to hold about 2,500 children.   ... Read More

George Floyd case: Four police officers indicted on federal civil rights charges

Kuzma/iStock(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Derek Chauvin and three other former Minneapolis police officers involved in George Floyd's death were indicted Friday on federal civil rights charges. The three-count indictment alleges Chauvin, Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane deprived Floyd's rights when they saw him lying on the ground "in clear need" of medical care, but "willfully failed to aid Floyd, thereby acting with deliberate indifference to a substantial risk of harm." Count one accuses Chauvin of deprivation of rights under color of law for his direct role in 46-year-old Floyd's May 25, 2020, death. "Chauvin held his left knee across George Floyd's neck, and his right knee on Floyd's back and arm, as George Floyd lay on the ground, handcuffed   ... Read More

Boulder officer won’t face charges for shooting suspect in grocery store massacre: DA

Will Carr/ABC News(BOULDER, Colo.) -- The police officer who shot and injured a mass shooting suspect at a Boulder, Colorado, grocery store was justified in his actions and won't face criminal charges, Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty said in a new report. The suspect, Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, was shot in the leg and taken into custody after the March 22 shooting that killed 10 at the King Soopers grocery store. Alissa allegedly started shooting in the grocery store parking lot before running inside and opening fire, according to prosecutors. The first officers arrived within minutes and went into the store, where Boulder police officer Eric Talley was shot and killed, according to prosecutors. Boulder officer Richard Steidell --   ... Read More

Army uses animated series to recruit Generation Z

US Army(NEW YORK) -- The U.S. Army is turning to animation to attract Generation Z's reputed short-attention span by profiling five soldiers who candidly share their personal experiences in eventually joining up. It's another of the Army's novel approaches to recruiting soldiers from Generation Z, the description used for tech-savvy young people born in the late 1990s and 2000s who are the first to have grown up with access to the internet and smartphones. The first effort was in late 2019 with the "What's Your Warrior" recruiting campaign that focused less on combat roles and more on non-traditional careers in the Army that may have had more appeal. That recruiting campaign "captured their attention and stopped their thumbs as they   ... Read More

Months into state of emergency, Puerto Rico approves $7M to combat gender-based violence

TexPhoto/iStock(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico) -- More than 100 days after declaring a state of emergency, Puerto Rico finally will have some funding to address an alarming rise in gender-based violence on the island. The Financial Oversight Management Board, which is in charge of the island's finances, on Wednesday approved a $7 million request by Gov. Pedro Pierluisi to be used for different programs aimed at preventing gender-based violence. "We favor the Fiscal Control Board's decision to allocate the $7 million budget ... for the implementation of public policy to eradicate sexist violence," Colectivo Feminista, a community-based group, wrote on Twitter. The international nonprofit Women for Women defines gender violence as violence directed at an individual based on their biological sex   ... Read More

Man charged with premeditated attempted murder in stabbing of two Asian American women

KGO-TV(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The man who allegedly stabbed two elderly Asian women in San Francisco earlier this week is now facing multiple charges, including premeditated attempted murder, prosecutors announced Thursday. Patrick Thompson, 54, was charged with two counts of premeditated attempted murder and two counts of elder abuse, with enhancements for great bodily injury, great bodily injury on elders and personal use of a deadly weapon, in the "brutal" knife attack, San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin said. The district attorney's office said it is still working with police to determine if any additional charges should be brought forth, including any evidence to support hate crime allegations. The women, ages 84 and 63, were stabbed shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday,   ... Read More

Freshman’s alleged hazing death prompts VCU move to permanently ban fraternity

Courtesy Courtney White(RICHMOND, Va.) -- A suspended fraternity at Virginia Commonwealth University could be banned for life if an investigation by the school determines the Greek organization was responsible for misconduct related to the death this year of a 19-year-old freshman, whose family alleges was the victim of an alcohol-fueled fatal hazing incident. Officials at the university in Richmond announced this week that they have tentatively recommended the permanent removal of the Delta Chi chapter but will hold off on the ban until an investigation by the school's Division of Student Affairs is complete. The move to abolish the fraternity from VCU comes as the Richmond Police Department continues its investigation into the death of freshman Adam Oakes in February   ... Read More

Michelle Obama shares advice for Girl Scouts as they launch program based on her memoir

NAACP via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former first lady Michelle Obama is encouraging young girls to reflect on their own personal stories as they work on "becoming" their best selves. Obama is partnering with the Girl Scouts of the USA on the "Becoming Me" program that is based on the Young Reader edition of her best-selling memoir, Becoming. The "Becoming Me" program series is designed to let young female scouts "explore your story and the power of your voice," according to Girl Scouts. To kick off the program, which launched Thursday, Obama, a mother of two daughters, talked for nearly one hour with five Girl Scouts of all ages from across the country. When asked about finding the courage needed   ... Read More

First responders talk about the often-hidden pain and trauma of working in a pandemic

iStock/Motortion(NEW YORK) -- For Neda LaFuente, everyday moments with her family are not only precious, but they also play a vital role in her job. “They say, as paramedics, your most important time is your downtime … because that keeps us healthy,” she told “Nightline.” “If we have a healthy   ... Read More

10-year-old boy recounts harrowing moment armed man hijacked school bus

iStock/Favor_of_God(NEW YORK) -- Ten-year-old Ke'aundre James was on the bus headed to school when he "heard yelling and cussing in the front" -- and spotted a man with a rifle. The gunman "was telling the bus driver, 'Close the doors, take me to the next town over. Go, go, go.'   ... Read More

Mom opens up about botched police investigation into daughter’s murder

iStock/MattGush(NEW YORK) -- Dressed up in a Minnie Mouse costume for her son’s school Halloween party, Melissa Fox tried to put on a brave face for her 6-year-old boy and the world. Just hours earlier, on Oct. 27, 2004, police had made an arrest in the tragic murder of her   ... Read More

South Carolina, Montana declining federal unemployment funds ‘a huge mistake,’ economists say

iStock/ littlehenrabi(NEW YORK) -- South Carolina and Montana residents will be cut off from federal pandemic unemployment benefits next month, with Republican governors in each state claiming the payments have led to a workforce shortage. Economists say that's not the case. "Employers are just angry that they are unable to   ... Read More

Over 60 migrant children held at California facilities treated for COVID-19

narvikk/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Over 60 migrant children at two California holding centers have tested positive for COVID-19, sparking worry over the health of unaccompanied minors entering the U.S. from across the border. At the Long Beach Convention Center housing 728 migrant children, 55 of them have tested positive for COVID-19   ... Read More

George Floyd case: Four police officers indicted on federal civil rights charges

Kuzma/iStock(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Derek Chauvin and three other former Minneapolis police officers involved in George Floyd's death were indicted Friday on federal civil rights charges. The three-count indictment alleges Chauvin, Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane deprived Floyd's rights when they saw him lying on the ground "in clear   ... Read More

Boulder officer won’t face charges for shooting suspect in grocery store massacre: DA

Will Carr/ABC News(BOULDER, Colo.) -- The police officer who shot and injured a mass shooting suspect at a Boulder, Colorado, grocery store was justified in his actions and won't face criminal charges, Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty said in a new report. The suspect, Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, was   ... Read More

Army uses animated series to recruit Generation Z

US Army(NEW YORK) -- The U.S. Army is turning to animation to attract Generation Z's reputed short-attention span by profiling five soldiers who candidly share their personal experiences in eventually joining up. It's another of the Army's novel approaches to recruiting soldiers from Generation Z, the description used for tech-savvy   ... Read More

Months into state of emergency, Puerto Rico approves $7M to combat gender-based violence

TexPhoto/iStock(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico) -- More than 100 days after declaring a state of emergency, Puerto Rico finally will have some funding to address an alarming rise in gender-based violence on the island. The Financial Oversight Management Board, which is in charge of the island's finances, on Wednesday approved a   ... Read More

Man charged with premeditated attempted murder in stabbing of two Asian American women

KGO-TV(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The man who allegedly stabbed two elderly Asian women in San Francisco earlier this week is now facing multiple charges, including premeditated attempted murder, prosecutors announced Thursday. Patrick Thompson, 54, was charged with two counts of premeditated attempted murder and two counts of elder abuse, with enhancements   ... Read More

Freshman’s alleged hazing death prompts VCU move to permanently ban fraternity

Courtesy Courtney White(RICHMOND, Va.) -- A suspended fraternity at Virginia Commonwealth University could be banned for life if an investigation by the school determines the Greek organization was responsible for misconduct related to the death this year of a 19-year-old freshman, whose family alleges was the victim of an alcohol-fueled   ... Read More

Michelle Obama shares advice for Girl Scouts as they launch program based on her memoir

NAACP via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former first lady Michelle Obama is encouraging young girls to reflect on their own personal stories as they work on "becoming" their best selves. Obama is partnering with the Girl Scouts of the USA on the "Becoming Me" program that is based on the   ... Read More
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