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Costco now sells gold bars, and customers are buying them fast

MANDEL NGAN/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Costco, the wholesale retailer that offers everything from PlayStations to pizza slices, is now selling gold bars. Even more, the precious metal is flying off the shelves, a company executive says. The company's website says the price of the one-ounce bars of 24-karat gold can only be viewed by Costco members, who pay between $60 and $120 per year for a subscription. Each member is limited to purchasing no more than two bars. An ABC News employee who is a Costco member was offered a purchase price of $1,929.99 on Wednesday morning. However, when attempting to move forward with the purchase, they received an error message saying, "Product Not Available!" The company's website also indicated   ... Read More

Ozone hole over Antarctica grows to one of the largest on record, scientists say

Paul Souders/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- The annual ozone hole that forms over Antarctica has ballooned to near-record size, scientists say. Measurements from satellite imaging taken on Sept. 16 showed that the ozone depletion area had reached 26 million square kilometers -- roughly three times the size of Brazil, according to Copernicus, the European Union's Earth observation program. Every year, an ozone hole forms over the Antarctic due to the presence of ozone-depleting substances in the stratosphere and the specific conditions of the region, according to Copernicus. The size of the ozone fluctuates from August to October, typically reaching maximum depletion between mid-September and and mid-October. This year, the ozone hole got off to an early start and has grown   ... Read More

El Chapo’s sons purportedly ban fentanyl in Mexico’s Sinaloa state

omersukrugoksu/Getty Images(MEXICO CITY) -- Roadside banners prohibiting the production and sale of fentanyl have appeared in Mexico's northern state of Sinaloa, where the eponymous drug cartel is based. The machine-printed banners were purportedly signed by a faction of the Sinaloa cartel led by the sons of jailed Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. The sons are known as "Los Chapitos" after their infamous father, who was extradited in 2017 to the United States where he is currently serving a life sentence. They have since taken over their father's criminal empire. "In Sinaloa, the sale, manufacture, transport or any other business dealing with fentanyl, is strictly prohibited, including the sale of chemicals used to produce it," the banners read. "You   ... Read More

Second Giuliani attorney leaving his legal team in Georgia

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A second lawyer for Rudy Giuliani is seeking to depart his legal team in Georgia, sources familiar with the matter tell ABC News, a move that would appear to leave the former mayor without any local lawyers in the state. A motion to withdraw has been submitted to the clerk, the sources said. A judge in the case has to sign off on the motion. News of the move comes after several other former attorneys of the Trump ally have sued Giuliani for failure to pay his bills, including his longtime friend and attorney Bob Costello, who sued the former New York City mayor for over $1 million in payments due to his firm. Earlier,   ... Read More

One dead after crane falls on them at construction site in industrial accident

Thinkstock Images/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A person trapped under a crane has died after the device fell on top of them during an industrial accident in Florida, authorities said. The accident happened at approximately 3:16 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon at a construction site on Heather Moss Drive, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office. "A crane at a construction site overturned and fell down an embankment," authorities said. "One person was transported to the hospital, where they later died." Officials said they believe the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will be investigating the industrial accident and what caused it, according to a post on social media from Orange County Fire and Rescue. Approximately 50 gallons of hydraulic fluid spilled on   ... Read More

Advocate stabbed to death in New York City in ‘unthinkable’ attack

NYPD(NEW YORK) -- Police said they are seeking a suspect in the murder of a man who was stabbed multiple times near a bus stop in New York City early Monday in an "unthinkable" attack. The incident occurred in Brooklyn shortly before 4 a.m., according to police. Ryan Carson, 32, a well-known social justice advocate, died after being stabbed in the chest, police said. Carson and his girlfriend were coming home from a wedding when the apparently unprovoked attack occurred, ABC New York station WABC-TV reported. The NYPD released a photo Tuesday of an unidentified male suspect being sought in the murder. No arrests have been made at this time, a police spokesperson said Tuesday night. Carson was a longtime   ... Read More

Bodies of mother bear and her two cubs found dumped on state land leads to arrest

mbbirdy/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A man has been arrested after a mother bear and her two cubs were shot and killed before their bodies were dumped on state land, authorities said. Colorado Parks and Wildlife began investigating the incident after reports on social media and anonymous tips began coming which led them to the bodies of the three bears near a home in Howard, Colorado, on Monday, Sept. 25, according to a statement published on Tuesday. “The CPW investigation led Wildlife Officers to obtain a search warrant on Saturday for a home near Howard where they found evidence the bears had been shot there early on Monday, Sept. 25,” according to CPW. CPW officers subsequently executed a search and arrest   ... Read More

Lawsuit: Man claims he was falsely arrested because of misuse of facial recognition technology

Darrin Klimek/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A Black man was wrongfully arrested and held for nearly a week in jail because of the alleged misuse of facial recognition technology, according to a civil lawsuit filed against the arresting police officers. Randal Quran Reid, 29, was driving to his mother's home outside of Atlanta the day after Thanksgiving when police pulled him over, according to Reid. "They told me that I had a warrant out of Jefferson Parish. I asked, 'Where's Jefferson Parish?' because I had never heard of that county," Reid told ABC News. "And then they told me it was in Louisiana. Then I was confused because I had never been to Louisiana." The DeKalb County police officers who pulled   ... Read More

4 students among 5 shot at Morgan State University in Baltimore, police searching for suspect

Douglas Sacha/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) -- Four students were among five people shot during Homecoming week at Morgan State University in Baltimore, police said. The victims -- four men and one woman, between 18 and 22 years old -- all suffered non-life-threatening injuries, authorities said. The gunfire broke out Tuesday night "on campus within the vicinity of the Murphy Fine Arts Center and Thurgood Marshall Hall," according to David Wilson, the president of the historically black university. "It looks like a dispute between two smaller groups, and one individual was a target of two individuals who had weapons," Baltimore Police Commissioner Richard Worley said. None of the five people shot were the intended target, he said. Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott added that it   ... Read More

Defense attorney claims ‘wrong man’ on trial in slayings of New Hampshire couple

Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(CONCORD, N.H.) -- The trial of a 27-year-old drifter charged with fatally shooting a retired couple on a New Hampshire hiking trail began Tuesday with a prosecutor telling a jury that evidence will show that "he alone" is guilty of the grisly slayings, and a defense attorney countering police "got the wrong man." Logan Clegg is accused of murder and other crimes stemming from the 2022 killings of retired international humanitarian workers Stephen Reid, 67, and his wife Djeswende "Wendy" Reid, 66. The couple was found dead from multiple gunshot wounds on April 21, 2022, two days after they went for an afternoon walk on the Marsh Loop Trail, part of the Broken Ground   ... Read More

How Ohio’s overhaul of K-12 schooling became a flashpoint

Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post via Getty Images(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- Ohio's K-12 education system has become the center of a legal battle between lawmakers and members of the State Board of Education. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine passed HB 33 in July as part of the state's budget bill. The policy would transfer much of the power from the Board of Education, which includes publicly elected officials, to a governor-appointed director who would then appoint deputy directors. Seven board members filed a lawsuit in September against its enforcement scheduled for Tuesday, prompting a preliminary injunction from a judge who called the transfer of power "unconstitutional." What the transfer of power would mean The powers of the State Board of Education and the   ... Read More

11-year-old allegedly shoots 13-year-olds during dispute at football practice: Police

WFTV(APOPKA, Fla.) -- An 11-year-old boy has been arrested for allegedly shooting two 13-year-olds during an altercation at their football practice, authorities in Florida said. The incident took place around 8:20 p.m. Monday in the parking lot of a recreation center football field in Apopka, which is about 20 miles outside of Orlando, police said. The 11-year-old allegedly took a handgun from his mom's car and then fired one shot that hit both teens, according to Apopka police. One 13-year-old was shot in the torso and underwent surgery, and is in stable condition, Apopka Police Chief Mike McKinley said at a news conference Tuesday. The second 13-year-old was struck in the arm and has been released from the hospital, McKinley said.   ... Read More

Two children dead, one hospitalized after falling into pool at San Jose day care: Police

Kali9/Getty Images(SAN JOSE, Calif.) -- Two children died and a third was hospitalized after they fell into a pool while at a day care in San Jose Monday, investigators said. Police and fire department officials responded to the day care for a welfare check around 9:05 a.m., according to the San Jose Police Department. The police were told that "several juveniles had fallen into a pool," the SJPD said. Three children were rushed to local hospitals in critical condition, police said. Two of the victims were pronounced dead at the hospital while the condition of the third child was upgraded to "non-life threatening," according to police. Police remained at the scene of the day care for the remainder of the   ... Read More

Suspect in kidnapping of 9-year-old Charlotte Sena in upstate New York identified

Saratoga County Jail(NEW YORK) -- A 47-year-old man charged with kidnapping 9-year-old Charlotte Sena at an upstate New York park and allegedly holding her in the cabinet of a camper he lived in next to his mother's home has been identified by authorities. Craig N. Ross Jr. is being held without bail Tuesday morning at the Saratoga County Correctional Facility on a charge of first-degree kidnapping, according to jail officials. Charlotte was abducted from the Moreau Lake State Park in Saratoga County, New York, on Saturday evening, according to New York State Police. She disappeared around dinnertime on Saturday, while out riding her bike in the campground alone, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said. The girl's family and other campers went   ... Read More

Trump fraud trial live updates: ‘Trump show is over’ says AG James after he departs

ftwitty/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former President Donald Trump is on trial in New York in a $250 million lawsuit that could alter the personal fortune and real estate empire that helped propel Trump to the White House. Trump, his sons Eric and Don Jr., and Trump Organization executives are accused by New York Attorney General Letitia James of engaging in a decade-long scheme in which they used "numerous acts of fraud and misrepresentation" to inflate Trump's net worth while lowering his tax burden. The former president has denied all wrongdoing and his attorneys have argued that Trump's alleged inflated valuations were a product of his business skill. Here's how the news is developing. All times Eastern. Oct 04, 3:49 PM   ... Read More

Trump pleads not guilty to federal charges that he tried to overturn the 2020 election

Trump pleads not guilty to federal charges that he tried to overturn the 2020 electionWASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump pleaded not guilty Thursday to trying to overturn the results of his 2020 presidential election loss, answering for the first time to federal charges that accuse him of orchestrating a brazen and ultimately failed attempt to block the peaceful transfer of presidential power. Trump appeared before a magistrate judge in Washington’s federal courthouse two days after being indicted on four felony counts by Justice Department special counsel Jack Smith. The charges accuse him of trying to subvert the will of voters and undo his election loss in the days before Jan. 6, 2021, when supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol in a violent and bloody clash with law enforcement. (more…)   ... Read More

Trump appearing before judge in DC courthouse to face charges he tried to overturn the 2020 election

Trump appearing before judge in DC courthouse to face charges he tried to overturn the 2020 electionWASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump appeared before a judge Thursday at the federal courthouse in Washington to surrender on charges that he plotted to overturn his 2020 defeat in the election, with the former president set to face a judge mere blocks from the U.S. Capitol building that his supporters stormed to try to block the transfer of power. In what’s become a familiar but nonetheless stunning ritual, the early front-runner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination will be processed by law enforcement and enter a not guilty plea before a federal magistrate. He’s expected to then be released as the case proceeds, enabling him to rejoin the campaign trail as he seeks to reclaim the White House in 2024.   ... Read More

Trump arrives at DC courthouse to face charges he tried to overturn the 2020 presidential election

Trump arrives at DC courthouse to face charges he tried to overturn the 2020 presidential electionWASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump has arrived at the federal courthouse in Washington to surrender to authorities on charges he plotted to overturn his 2020 defeat in the presidential election. The early front-runner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination will appear before a magistrate judge on charges including conspiracy to defraud the United States. The courthouse sits within sight of the U.S. Capitol that his supporters attacked on Jan. 6, 2021, to stop Congress from certifying Democrat Joe Biden’s election victory. (more…)   ... Read More

Hunter Biden Plea Deal Halted After Judge’s Concern About Agreement

Hunter Biden Plea Deal Halted After Judge’s Concern About AgreementWILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — President Joe Biden’s son Hunter’s plea deal on two tax charges fell apart on Wednesday, at least temporarily, after the federal judge hearing his case expressed concern over a related agreement on a more serious gun possession charge. The outcome leaves in jeopardy the yearslong investigation into Hunter Biden’s business dealings. He had been charged with two misdemeanor tax crimes of failure to pay more than $100,000 in taxes from over $1.5 million in income in both 2017 and 2018, and he made an agreement with prosecutors, who were planning to recommend two years of probation. (more…)   ... Read More

Federal regulators promise safety review at all the major freight railroads

Federal regulators promise safety review at all the major freight railroadsOMAHA (AP) — The Federal Railroad Administration recently completed a review of Norfolk Southern's safety culture in the wake of the February's fiery derailment in Ohio, and officials plan to follow up with similar investigations of all the major freight railroads over the next year. A report will be released soon on what investigators found at Norfolk Southern after the Feb. 3 derailment — which prompted the evacuation of half of East Palestine, Ohio — and several other recent derailments. That crash near the Ohio-Pennsylvania border sparked intense interest in railroad safety nationwide and prompted proposed reforms in Congress. The head of the FRA, Administrator Amit Bose, said in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer recently that in   ... Read More

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