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Multiple states under tornado watch as severe weather continues

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Millions of people in multiple states from the Great Plains to the Midwest were under the threat of tornadoes Tuesday afternoon, including Iowa where several twisters had touched down near Des Moines and authorities were asking residents to seek shelter.The National Weather Service issued tornado watches for parts of Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, Missouri, Arkansas, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Kansas and Oklahoma through Tuesday night.Nearly the entire state of Iowa was under a "Particularly Dangerous Situation," according to the National Weather Service, which issued several tornado warnings near Des Moines.A line of powerful storms was moving in the direction of Des Moines and had already produced multiple tornadoes Tuesday afternoon, according to the weather service.There were no   ... Read More

Kansas physicians challenge law requiring public release of patients’ reasons for abortions

Jason Marz/Getty Images(TOPEKA, Kan.) -- Kansas physicians are legally challenging a new state law that would require them to ask and publicly report patients' reasons for seeking abortion care as well as other personal information.A lawsuit claims the law "directly interferes with Kansans' bodily autonomy and their fundamental right to make their own decisions about health care," according the Center for Reproductive Rights, which is representing the physicians.The new law is lawmakers' latest attempt to regulate the procedure after Kansas voters, defying expectations, voted to protect abortion rights by upholding a state constitutional right to abortion -- with an overwhelming majority -- in a 2022 ballot initiative.Abortion care is allowed in Kansas up to 22 weeks of pregnancy.The new legal   ... Read More

Investigation continues into Matthew Perry’s death, source of ketamine: Sources

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The death investigation into "Friends" star Matthew Perry remains ongoing, especially in respect to where he acquired the ketamine that led to his death in October, according to local and federal law enforcement sources.Perry died at his home from the acute effects of ketamine, according to the autopsy report released in December by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner.Detectives have been interviewing people who could have information on the source of the drugs, the sources told ABC News, but that they do not have information to narrow in on a source. No arrests have been made.The Los Angeles Police Department said the case is open and ongoing, with sources telling ABC News that the   ... Read More

Special counsel suspected additional obstruction effort by Trump in classified docs case

ftwitty/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Special counsel Jack Smith appears to have suspected additional efforts by former President Donald Trump to obstruct the government's investigation of his handling of classified documents, a newly unsealed court filing revealed Tuesday.The opinion was released as an exhibit in filings responding to Trump's efforts to have the case dismissed, ahead of two hearings Wednesday related to Trump aide Walt Nauta's efforts to dismiss the related charges against him.Trump pleaded not guilty last June to 37 criminal counts related to his handling of classified materials after leaving the White House, after prosecutors said he repeatedly refused to return hundreds of documents containing classified information ranging from U.S. nuclear secrets to the nation's defense capabilities, and took   ... Read More

Judge threatens to mute Giuliani during arraignment in Arizona fake electors case

naruecha jenthaisong/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, several allies of former President Donald Trump and alleged fake electors pleaded not guilty in Maricopa County court Tuesday for their alleged efforts to overturn the 2020 election results in Arizona.Former Trump lawyer Christina Bobb, Arizona state Sen. Anthony Kern, former Arizona Republican Party chair Kelli Ward, and her husband Michael Ward were also among those arraigned today.Giuliani appeared virtually after being served with notice of his indictment after his 80th birthday party on Friday night – and after boasting on social media that he had avoided being served.The judge granted the prosecution's motion for Giuliani's release conditions to require the former mayor to show up in person in   ... Read More

Former student shares memories of school integration fight 70 years ago YORK) -- A Virginia woman who was at the forefront of school desegregation is sharing her experiences, and the hatred she endured, 65 years later.In February 1959, then-14-year-old Betty Kilby stepped into the history books as one of the 21 Black students who first attended her formerly segregated local high school, responding to the U.S. Supreme Court's unanimous Brown v. Board of Education decision fewer than five years earlier declaring "separate but equal" to be unconstitutional, paving the way for the racial integration of public schools in America.On their radios and televisions at home, Kilby and her friends heard parents and governors say that what they were doing was wrong. James Lindsay Almond Jr., the governor of Virginia at   ... Read More

Trump trial live updates: In arguments over jury instructions, judge rejects defense request related to ‘intent’

SimpleImages/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former President Donald Trump is on trial in New York City, where he is facing felony charges related to a 2016 hush money payment to adult film actress Stormy Daniels. It marks the first time in history that a former U.S. president has been tried on criminal charges.Trump last April pleaded not guilty to a 34-count indictment charging him with falsifying business records in connection with a hush money payment his then-attorney Michael Cohen made to Daniels in order to boost his electoral prospects in the 2016 presidential election.Here's how the news is developing:May 21, 4:58 PMIn final clash, lawyers spar over retainer instructionsProsecutor Joshua Steinglass, at the end of the afternoon's pre-charge conference, argued that   ... Read More

Memorial Day weekend travel: The busiest days to fly and drive

Ditto/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A record-breaking number of travelers are expected to hit the road and take to the skies this Memorial Day weekend.Whether you're headed to the beach or to check out a new city, here's what you need to know:The skies: The busiest days to flyAAA data predicts 3.51 million people will travel by plane over the holiday weekend. This is a 4.8% jump from last year and marks the busiest Memorial Day weekend at U.S. airports since 2005.United Airlines forecasts 2024 will be its busiest Memorial Day weekend ever, with over three million passengers expected to fly between Thursday, May 23, and Tuesday, May 28. United said May 23 will be its most crowded day, with nearly   ... Read More

Climber found dead after falling off highest peak in North America

NPS (NEW YORK) -- A climber has died at Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska after park rangers found a body at an elevation of over three miles, officials said.The incident began to unfold on Monday when rangers were contacted by a concerned family member that had not heard from a climber for several days, according to a press release from the National Park Service.“The climber had been regularly checking in with family via an InReach communication device during their attempted solo climb of Denali,” authorities said.Park authorities were immediately sent to the upper mountain range on the West Buttress route due to concerns from the family member and mountaineering rangers were able to quickly locate the climber’s empty   ... Read More

Minors again found working at Alabama poultry plant where 16-year-old died, Department of Labor says

KARRASTOCK/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Investigators allegedly again found minors working on the kill floor of a poultry plant owned by the company that was found responsible for the death of a teenager last year, according to court filings.Department of Labor investigators said they discovered on May 1 "oppressive child labor" at the poultry plant in Alabama, "namely children working on the kill floor deboning poultry and cutting carcasses," after obtaining a civil search warrant."The children had been working at the facility for months," the filing said.According to court documents, the company, Mar-Jac Poultry, denied knowing it had any employees who were under 18 years.In a statement to ABC News, Mar-Jac said the minors were hired with documents "that showed they   ... Read More

Special counsel in Hunter Biden case plans to call his ex-wife, brother’s widow as witnesses in upcoming trial

Hunter Biden attends the House Oversight and Accountability Committee markup titled "Resolution Recommending That The House Of Representatives Find Robert Hunter Biden In Contempt Of Congress," Jan. 10, 2024. (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call via Getty Images)(WASHINGTON) -- In court papers filed ahead of a June 3 trial, special counsel David Weiss’ office suggested they would call multiple women who had relationships with Hunter Biden to testify in his felony gun case, including his ex-wife, Kathleen Buhle, and the widow of his late brother Beau Biden, Hallie Biden.The revelations emerged late Monday in a trial brief filed by the government. The 97-page document includes the law and evidence prosecutors plan to use to prove that Hunter Biden committed three felonies when he   ... Read More

Five big takeaways from Day 19 of Trump’s hush money trial

Former U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Todd Blanche, attorney for Trump, right, speak to members of the media before departing Manhattan criminal court in New York, U.S., on Monday, May 20, 2024. (Sarah Yenesel/EPA/Bloomberg via Getty Images)(NEW YORK) -- Prosecutors in the first criminal trial of a former U.S. president rested their historic case after presenting more than 200 pieces of evidence and hearing from 20 witnesses, including Michael Cohen, who concluded nearly four full days on the stand on Monday.The defense called its first two witnesses -- neither of whom were Donald Trump -- and set out to undermine Cohen's credibility. That responsibility fell in large part to Robert Costello, a onetime legal adviser to Cohen, who instead   ... Read More

Man, 35, survives grizzly bear attack after encountering two of them at national park

Matteo Colombo/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A 35-year-old man has been seriously injured in a grizzly bear attack after accidentally encountering two of them in Wyoming, officials said.The sudden attack occurred on Sunday afternoon, when the Teton Interagency Dispatch received a report of a 35-year-old male visitor from Massachusetts being “seriously injured” by a bear in the area of the Signal Mountain Summit Road, according to a press release by the National Park Service on Monday detailing the attack.“Grand Teton National Park rangers and Teton County Search and Rescue personnel responded to the scene to provide emergency medical care and air lifted the patient via helicopter to an awaiting ambulance where he was transported to St. John’s Hospital,” officials said.Based on   ... Read More

Nevada abortion rights group says it has enough signatures on petition for ballot measure

George Rose/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) -- Nevada abortion rights supporters said Monday they have enough signatures on a petition to qualify for a ballot measure that would enshrine abortion rights in the state's constitution.Nevadans for Reproductive Freedom, the organization behind the petition, said it has collected more than 200,000 signatures from voters in all 17 counties, double the 102,362 threshold required to qualify for the November 2024 election.The amendment would give individuals "a fundamental right to abortion performed or administered by a qualified health care practitioner until fetal viability, or when needed to protect the life or health of the pregnant patient, without interference from the state or its political subdivisions."The Nevada Secretary of State's office will need to validate the   ... Read More

Star golfer Scottie Scheffler’s arraignment postponed after arrest during PGA Championship

Michael Reaves/Getty Images(LOUISVILLE, K.Y.) -- No. 1 golfer Scottie Scheffler's arraignment has been postponed nearly two weeks following his arrest on charges alleging he ignored police traffic signals and assaulted a police officer while in Louisville, Kentucky, for the PGA Championship.The athlete was driving near the Valhalla Golf Club Friday morning when he allegedly drove past a police roadblock and injured an officer with his vehicle, according to the police report. He was arrested hours before his second-round tee time at the PGA Championship.Scheffler, 27, was initially scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday morning on charges of second-degree assault of a police officer -- a felony -- as well as third-degree criminal mischief, reckless driving and disregarding traffic signals from an   ... Read More

Trump trial live updates: Drama sweeps courtroom as defense tries to get case tossed

SimpleImages/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former President Donald Trump is on trial in New York City, where he is facing felony charges related to a 2016 hush money payment to adult film actress Stormy Daniels. It marks the first time in history that a former U.S. president has been tried on criminal charges.Trump last April pleaded not guilty to a 34-count indictment charging him with falsifying business records in connection with a hush money payment his then-attorney Michael Cohen made to Daniels in order to boost his electoral prospects in the 2016 presidential election.Here's how the news is developing. All times Eastern:May 20, 5:02 PMJudge says he'll reserve his decision on motion to dismissResponding to the defense's motion to dismiss the   ... 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

Menopause, women’s health focus of new book by Dr. Sharon Malone

Getty Images - STOCK(NEW YORK) -- Dr. Sharon Malone, a board-certified OB/GYN, is on a mission to help women understand the importance of critical thinking when it comes to health products. She advises readers to scrutinize everything they consume, even items marketed as 'natural' or 'organic', as she says these terms can often be misleading marketing ploys.Malone discussed her new book, "Grown Woman Talk: Your Guide to Getting and Staying Healthy," with ABC News, and focused on how women over 40 should take care of themselves and be their best health advocates.She also tackles vitamins and supplements in her book, stating that most are harmless. Some do nothing, she says, despite their claims, while others are known to interact poorly   ... Read More

Why a Texas divorce case could impact IVF care in the state

fstop123/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- An acrimonious divorce between a Texas couple fighting over their frozen embryos could end up having an impact on in vitro fertilization care in the entire state, and possibly a replay of the controversial court decision in Alabama that briefly ended IVF access in the state.Caroline Antoun has argued that life begins when an egg is fertilized and claims the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization -- which overturned Roe v. Wade and left it up to the states to regulate abortion care -- gives her a right to "custody" over their three embryos, despite previously signing over her rights to the embryos to her husband in the event of a   ... 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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