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Four dead, including police officer, after shooting in Chicago hospital
iStock/Thinkstock (CHICAGO) -- Four people have died -- including a police officer -- after a shooting at a hospital on Chicago's South side.Three shooting victims all died from their injuries, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office. The suspect is also dead, Chicago Fire Department spokesperson Larry Langford told ABC News.The shooting began as a verbal altercation between a man and a woman near Michigan Avenue outside of the Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in the city's Bronzeville District, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told reporters Tuesday evening.After a friend of one of the individuals tried to intervene, the...
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Blast of snow for New England before record-cold Thanksgiving
ABC News (NEW YORK) -- Across the Northeast Tuesday morning, winter weather advisories are in effect, with much of New England anticipating snow.Around 7 a.m. EST snowfall's expected to begin from western Massachusetts to Albany, New York, as well as in southern Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Snow showers from Buffalo to Watertown are also expected in New York. Widespread snowfalls of 2 to 4 inches are possible, with some areas, including higher elevations, potentially seeing as much as 6 inches.Thanksgiving Day is going to be frigid, with wind chills in the Northeast below zero and in the teens from...
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California wildfires leave 82 dead, almost 700 unaccounted for
Hector Amezcua/Sacramento Bee/TNS via Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- The number of people who remain missing in the wake of a pair of wildfires that have been blazing across both ends of California remains close to 1,000 as of early Tuesday morning.The two blazes, which both ignited last week, have claimed a total of 82 lives while laying waste to a total area of nearly 400 square miles, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Officials said that 64 of the remains have been positively identified so far.The vast majority of the deaths -- 79 total --...
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Nashville Police Department retaliated against officer who reported rape: Lawsuit
Courtesy Officer Monica Blake (NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- A Nashville Police officer has filed a federal lawsuit against her employer, accusing the department of retaliating against her after she reported that she was raped by a fellow officer.On May 2, 2016, Officer Monica Blake, 36, was strangled and sexually assaulted allegedly by another officer, Julian Pirtle, in her home while that officer was drunk, according to the lawsuit, filed Friday in the Middle District of Tennessee.Blake had been romantically involved with Pirtle "off-and-on for a number of years," up until that point, the civil complaint stated.Blake was "terrified" by the attack...
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Dolphin shot dead at California beach in 'senseless act of aggression'
Marine Animal Rescue/Facebook (MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif.) -- An animal rescue group is outraged after its president said he recovered a dolphin shot to death at a beach in Southern California.Peter Wallerstein, president of Marine Animal Rescue based out of El Segundo, California, told ABC News he spotted the freshly-killed dolphin in the surf on Manhattan Beach on Nov. 8.Wallerstein said he pulled the animal -- known as a common dolphin -- out of the water. When he saw the hole in its side, he brought the animal to an animal rehab center where the bullet was removed.Usually officials with the...
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7-year-old holds toy drive for kids affected by the Woolsey Fire
KABC-TV (LOS ANGELES) -- One 7-year-old from California has chosen to do what she can by holding a toy drive for kids who were affected by the Woolsey Fire -- even after her own family were victimized by the devastation.Sophia Novotny's home in Agoura Hills was among the 1,500 structures destroyed in the wildfires that swept through neighborhoods in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, ABC owned station KABC-TV reported.Despite losing valuable items in the fire, Sophia was more consumed with helping out other children in her situation, her mother said."Very quickly she realized that our things were gone, so the...
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Elevator drops 84 floors after cables snap in Chicago's famed Hancock building
iStock/Thinkstock (CHICAGO) -- Six people left the dining room on the 95th floor of Chicago’s famed Hancock building early Friday, stepped into an express elevator and fell 84 floors before they were rescued by firefighters who had to break through a brick wall to access them.The 100-story skyscraper is the twelfth tallest building in the world, 141 feet taller than the Eiffel Tower.The Chicago Fire Department were called after passengers became stuck at 12:30 a.m. Friday, and officials soon realized two cables had snapped and six people, including a pregnant woman, were trapped in a "blind shaft" elevator.Found in parking...
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Four people found executed in 'evil' act in Philadelphia basement: Police
ABCNews.com (PHILADELPHIA) -- Four people were found "executed" in the basement of a Philadelphia home, authorities said Monday.The victims who were shot dead were two men and two women who appeared to be in their 30s, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross Jr. said at a Monday news conference. It appeared they were shot in the head on Sunday night."Sadly, all four of these individuals were executed," Ross said, calling it an "evil" act and a "horrible scene."The home appeared to be in the process of being renovated, Ross said, and when a neighbor heard banging Sunday night, he thought it...
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Military, border patrol called out to stop migrant 'rush' but it was a false alarm: Officials
iStock/Thinkstock (LOS ANGELES) -- The port of entry in San Ysidro, California, was briefly closed early Monday after immigration authorities said they had received reports that members of a migrant "caravan" were gathering in Tijuana and planning to "rush" the border.Customs and Border Patrol said the northbound lanes at the nation's busiest border crossing were closed and with the military's help "port hardening materials" quickly installed, including "jersey barriers and concertina wire, to prepare for the potential arrival of thousands of people migrating in a caravan heading towards the border of the United States.”But it turned out to be a...
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Chris Watts' father-in-law calls him 'heartless monster' during sentencing for killing pregnant wife, young daughters
Weld County Sheriff (DENVER) -- The Colorado man convicted of killing his pregnant wife and two young daughters was called a "heartless monster" by his father-in-law at Monday's sentencing hearing.Chris Watts, 33, was sentenced to life without parole for the murders of his pregnant wife, Shanann Watts, 34, and their daughters Celeste, 3 and Bella, 4.Shanann's father, Frank Rzucek, said Chris Watts "carried them out like trash.""I trusted you to take care of them, not kill them. And they also trusted you," said Rzucek, who was overcome with emotion. "You disgust me."Both daughters died from smothering, prosecutors said."Imagine the horror...
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‘You don’t go to jail for lying on TV’: GoFundMe scam suspect allegedly says in bombshell recording
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- The lawyer for one of the suspects in an alleged GoFundMe scam released a secret bombshell tape recording Monday that he says shows his client's ex-boyfriend and the homeless veteran they were purportedly helping duped her into joining the $400,000 swindle.Kate McClure's attorney played the tape on ABC's Good Morning America, saying she made it after Johnny Bobbitt accused her and her boyfriend, Mark D'Amico, of cutting him out of his share of donations.In the tape, which has not been verified by ABC News, McClure, 28, and D'Amico, 39, engage in a heated and expletive-laced argument...
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Northeast braces for frigid weather on Thanksgiving
ABC News (NEW YORK) -- Record cold is headed to the Northeast for Thanksgiving.It could be the chilliest Turkey Day on record for New York and Boston, with wind chills below zero in some areas on Thanksgiving morning.Here is what you need to know:-- Snow will be falling Tuesday morning in upstate New York and northern New England. Up to six inches of snow is possible in some areas. The snow will linger in the afternoon and move out by Tuesday night.-- Rain is headed to the West Coast Wednesday, which will provide some relief to firefighters battling the deadly...
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