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Seventeen workers arrested at sit-in as University of California strike enters fourth week

ftwitty/Getty Images(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- Seventeen academic workers on strike were arrested at a University of California administrative office in Sacramento, as a system-wide worker strike across all 10 campuses enters its fourth week. The arrests, which occurred after some workers staged a sit-in at the university president's office, took place while 2,000 striking workers gathered outside for a march and rally at the state capitol building. The workers are asking the university system for higher wages, improved leave for parents and caregivers as well as childcare support. Workers are saying the university is not supporting its diverse workforce, which they say undermines the quality of research and education. They also say compensation does not match the cost of living in   ... Read More

Former correctional officer sentenced after assisting white supremacist assault on Black detainees: DOJ

Olena Ruban/Getty Images(KAY COUNTY, Okla.) -- A former supervisory correctional officer in Oklahoma was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison for “abusing his position of power and authority to … facilitate an attack carried out by white supremacists on a Black inmate,” according to the Department of Justice. Former officer Matthew Ware, 53, from the Kay County Detention Center, violated the civil rights of three pretrial detainees held at the facility, according to a federal jury. Ware allegedly ordered lower-ranking correctional officers in May 2017 to move two Black pretrial detainees to a cell row housing white supremacist inmates whom Ware knew posed a danger to the detainees, according to court documents and the evidence presented in the trial.   ... Read More

Tens of thousands without power in NC county for third day as search continues for saboteurs

Dominik Stötter / EyeEm/ Getty Images(MOORE COUNTY, N.C.) -- More than 30,000 customers in a North Carolina county awoke for the third day Tuesday without electricity as a search for those responsible for sabotaging two key power substations continued and crews scrambled to repair what authorities described as "millions of dollars" in damages. The crisis in Moore County has prompted local law enforcement to call in the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies to help in the probe of what has been deemed a criminal act. The White House is also closely monitoring the situation, officials said. "This kind of attack raises a new level of threat," North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said at a news   ... Read More

Idaho police zero in on movements of two victims who went to frat house before killings

Heather Roberts/ABC News(MOSCOW, Idaho) -- Moscow, Idaho, police are looking for more information on the movements of University of Idaho students Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin, who were at the Sigma Chi fraternity house in the hours before they were killed along with two other Idaho students last month. Police said the couple, both 20 years old, was believed to be at Chapin's frat house from 9 p.m. on Nov. 12 to 1:45 a.m. on Nov. 13. Chapin and Kernodle's timeline "seems to be one of the larger areas that we don't have a lot of information in," Idaho State Police spokesman Aaron Snell told ABC News. "So, being able to locate what they did that night, and maybe who   ... Read More

Colorado Springs Club Q shooting suspect faces 305 charges, including bias-motivated crimes

Marilyn Nieves/Getty Images(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.) -- The suspect accused of killing five people in a mass shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is facing 305 charges, including first-degree murder, attempted murder and bias-motivated crimes. Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, wore yellow prison attire for Tuesday's court appearance, which was to hear the charges against them. Aldrich did not speak. Public defenders assigned to Aldrich said in a court filing that the suspect identifies as nonbinary and uses the pronouns they/them. Investigators and witnesses said the suspect allegedly opened fire as soon as they walked into Club Q at about midnight on Nov. 19. Patrons at the venue tackled Aldrich, subduing them until police arrived, according to witnesses. "We   ... Read More

Person of interest in death of two women, arrested for kidnapping 79-year-old woman

Racine Police Department(RACINE, Wisc.) -- Prosecutors in Wisconsin charged a man, who’s a person of interest in two deaths, with kidnapping an elderly woman and stealing her identity. The state of Wisconsin has charged Timothy Luther Olson Jr., on multiple charges, including kidnapping, identity theft, burglary and obstructing an officer, according to a criminal complaint obtained by ABC News. Prosecutors allege that officers responded to a call from a bystander who saw a 79-year-old woman waving her hand from her car. When an officer arrived on the scene, he said that the woman seemed confused and told him that her belongings were stolen by the person who allegedly kidnapped her from an Italian restaurant in Milwaukee County. The woman said   ... Read More

‘Torso Killer’ pleads guilty to murdering 5 women in the 1960s, 1970s

Catherine McQueen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A convicted serial killer pleaded guilty Monday to murdering a dance teacher in 1968 outside a Long Island, New York, mall and admitted to killing four other women in the early 1970s. DNA testing led to Richard Cottingham’s March indictment in the killing of Diane Cusick, a 23-year-old mother who went to buy dance shoes at the Green Acres Mall in Valley Stream, New York. Cottingham, 76, currently an inmate at a Bridgeton, New Jersey, prison, is known as the "Torso Killer" because he dismembered some of his victims. The South Woods State Prison inmate pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 25 years to life by a judge, the Nassau County district   ... Read More

Disgraced lawyer Michael Avenatti, onetime opponent of Donald Trump, sentenced to 14 years in fraud case

Angus Mordant/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Disgraced lawyer Michael Avenatti was sentenced on Monday to 14 years in federal prison for defrauding his clients and for obstructing IRS efforts to collect payroll taxes from his coffee business. He was also ordered to pay $7 million in restitution. The sentence will run consecutively with his combined five-year sentence in New York for stealing from Stormy Daniels and for extorting Nike. The punishment, imposed by a federal judge in Los Angeles, is a few years shy of what prosecutors sought. Avenatti pleaded guilty in June to stealing money from clients, including one who is a paraplegic, and one count of obstructing collection of federal payroll taxes from his coffee business. Avenatti   ... Read More

Family thanks state trooper for saving their infant’s life

Courtesy of Victoria O'Neal(NEW YORK) -- A North Carolina couple are calling a state trooper their "angel" and a hero for helping save their daughter's life when she stopped breathing due to RSV. Victoria O'Neal told "Good Morning America" her 9-week-old triplet daughters first started to get sick last Sunday, and by Tuesday, her daughter Amelia's condition had grown worse. "At 1:00 when I went to feed them, she just sounded so weak and sick and it freaked me out," O'Neal recounted. "So I called [my fiancé] Derrick, told him to come home, asked him to take her to the hospital." O'Neal said she asked her fiancé Derrick Stroud to take Amelia to the children's hospital in Greenville, North Carolina,   ... Read More

Manhattan DA hires former DOJ official who previously investigated Trump Foundation

Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg via Getty Images, FILE(NEW YORK) -- Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg announced Monday that his office has hired former Justice Department official Matthew Colangelo as senior counsel. Colangelo served in the Department of Justice and, before that, in the New York attorney general's office, where he was part of the team that investigated the Trump Foundation, former president Donald Trump's now-defunct charity arm. Colangelo also led the NYAG's opposition to the Trump administration's efforts to add a citizenship question to the U.S. census. At the district attorney's office, Bragg said Colangelo will focus on cases, policies and strategies in the areas of housing and tenant protection and labor and worker protection, and will work on "the office's   ... Read More

Florida deputy fatally shoots fellow deputy in ‘extremely dumb’ accident: Sheriff

Brevard County Sheriff's Office(NEW YORK) -- A Florida sheriff's deputy accidentally shot and killed his roommate, a fellow deputy, in what the sheriff called an "extremely dumb and totally avoidable accident." Brevard County sheriff's deputy Andrew Lawson called 911 early Saturday to say he had just accidentally shot his roommate, 23-year-old deputy Austin Walsh, who died from the single gunshot wound, according to Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey. The sheriff said the two deputies were "the best of friends." Lawson told authorities he and Walsh had taken a break from playing an online game and were "standing around, talking," while Lawson held a handgun which he "believed he had unloaded," Ivey said Sunday. "At one point in their conversation, Lawson,   ... Read More

Jury begins deliberations in Trump Organization criminal fraud trial

Marilyn Nieves/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A Manhattan jury began deliberations Monday on whether to convict former President Donald Trump's namesake real estate company of criminal tax fraud. The deliberations began Monday morning following lengthy instructions on the law by Judge Juan Merchan, who reminded jurors that they pledged to set aside their personal opinions about Trump himself. "You promised the attorneys for the defendants, the prosecution, and this court that you would set aside any personal opinions you may have about Donald Trump and his family," Merchan said. "You also stated that you understood that Donald Trump and his family are not on trial here." Two entities of the Trump Organization -- the Trump Corporation and the Trump Payroll Corporation   ... Read More

Department of Homeland Security delays REAL ID deadline to 2025

Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Department of Homeland Security has delayed the deadline for air travelers to have a REAL ID another two years, the agency announced Monday. The program, which was to begin in May 2023, will now not go into effect until May 7, 2025. This is the third time the deadline has been extended. The REAL ID deadline was first delayed a year from Oct. 1, 2020, to Oct. 1, 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was then extended another 19 months from Oct. 1, 2021, to May 3, 2023. The new identification rules mandate any flyer over 18 will need to have a REAL ID-issued driver's license or another federally approved identification card if   ... Read More

Idaho murders: Two surviving roommates break silence

Smith County aggravated assault under investigationThe house where four University if Idaho students were found dead on Nov. 13, 2022. - Heather Roberts/ABC News(MOSCOW, Idaho) -- The two University of Idaho roommates who survived a mysterious quadruple homicide in their off-campus house are speaking out for the first time. Roommates Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Madison Mogen, 21, and Xana Kernodle, 20, as well as Kernodle's boyfriend Ethan Chapin, 20, were stabbed to death in the girls' off-campus house in the early hours of Nov. 13. No suspects have been identified. "They all lit up any room they walked into and were gifts to this world. I wish every day that I could give them all one last hug and say how much I loved them," one   ... Read More

Power outages in North Carolina suspected as ‘intentional vandalism’: Sheriff

Facebook/Moore County Sheriff's Office(NEW YORK) -- Vandals wielding firearms are suspected of causing a major power outage across a North Carolina county that has plunged tens of thousands of customers into darkness amid freezing temperatures, according to authorities. Evidence of sabotage was found at two key electrical substations following the massive blackout Saturday night, prompting the Moore County Sheriff's Office to investigate the incident as a "criminal occurrence" and call in the FBI to assist in the probe. A state of emergency was declared in Moore County on Sunday and a countywide 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew was imposed Sunday night. Moore County Sheriff Ronnie Fields told ABC News that the curfew will be extended to Monday night. Jeff   ... Read More

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