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Off-duty Chicago police officer shot to death in 'devastating incident': Officials
ABC News (CHICAGO) -- A Chicago police officer who had just finished his shift was shot and killed early Saturday in an apparently random attack, officials said. Officer John Rivera, 23, and another victim were ambushed and shot about 3:30 a.m. local time while sitting in a vehicle in the Downtown section of the city, police brass said in a news conference Saturday morning. The two shooting victims and two other people, including another off-duty police officer, had just left a nightclub, officials said. "It's just a shame, this kid, 23 years old, had his whole life and career ahead...
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River flooding continues in Midwest with more rain heading toward region
ABC News (KANSAS CITY, Missouri) -- The Missouri River and Mississippi River continue to wreak havoc on parts of the Plains and Midwest as record river flooding continues to pose a threat to communities.Parts of the Missouri River near St. Joseph, Missouri; Atchison, Kansas; Leavenworth, Kansas; and Parkville, Missouri, are seeing river flooding currently at -- or expected to rise to -- moderate and major flood stage. The Missouri River is receding below notable flood stage in Omaha. However, the Missouri River is expected to flood downstream near Plattsmouth, Nebraska, through next week. The flooding will continue to cause stress...
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Nationally, some counties are responsible for more executions than others
ABC News (DALLAS) -- While the governor of the country’s most populous state halted death penalty executions, that decision may not have a national impact.Within two southern states, Texas and Oklahoma, five counties are responsible for one in five executions since the death penalty was reinstated by the Supreme Court in 1976, according to data from the non-profit Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC).Those counties – Harris, Dallas, Bexar and Tarrant Counties in Texas and in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma – are responsible for 315 out of the 1,493 executions that have taken place in those 43 years.Prior to California Gov. Gavin...
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Subway restaurant customer sues franchisee after video captures alleged assault
Tina Richardson (CONCORD, N.C.) -- A North Carolina woman has filed a $25,000 lawsuit against a Subway sandwich shop franchisee after he allegedly slapped her during a dispute over a sandwich.Elizabeth Hinson, who goes by the name Tina Richardson, went to a Subway owned by Kenneth Lancaster in Concord, North Carolina, on March 8 to get a Sesame-Ginger Glazed Chicken Wrap for an elderly woman when an argument ensued, according to the lawsuit filed in Rowan County on March 18.The elderly woman told Richardson the wrap did not appear like the picture on the flyer advertisement, nor tasted like ginger....
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Flight attendant set for release from immigration detention
iStock_dkfielding (WASHINGTON) -- A flight attendant detained by immigration authorities for more than a month after traveling to Mexico for work was set for release Friday, her lawyer and husband said. Selene Saavedra Roman was living in the U.S. under the Obama-era program known as DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. DACA is a program that allows young immigrants brought to the country as children to stay and work legally. Roman, who is 28 years old, came to the U.S. from Peru as a 3-year-old. When President Donald Trump ended DACA enrollment for new applicants in 2017, he also...
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Former New York City police officer indicted with tampering a crime scene after he shot a man: Sources
iStock/Graffizone (NEW YORK) -- A former New York City police officer was indicted for attempting to cover up a crime scene after shooting a man in the face, multiple sources confirmed to ABC News.Ritchard Blake turned himself in to the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office on Friday and is expected to get arraigned on two counts of tampering with physical evidence charges, sources said. Blake, 41, is alleged to have gotten into an altercation with Thavone Santana during the pre-dawn hours of Aug. 2, 2018 and fired one shot at the man, according to police officials. The bullet struck Santana in...
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US Customs and Border Protection detain 9-year-old US citizen for 32 hours without her parents at border
Mario Tama/Getty Images (SAN YSIDRO, Calif) -- Federal officials at the Mexico border detained a 9-year-old U.S. citizen for 32 hours without her parents in order “to perform due diligence in confirming her identity and citizenship,” according to a statement released Friday by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The girl’s mother told NBC San Diego that her daughter and son cross the San Ysidro checkpoint daily to attend school. With traffic backed up, a family friend driving the siblings allowed them to walk so they wouldn’t be late, the mother said. ABC News was unable to reach the family...
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Man exonerated over wrongful rape conviction after 36 years in prison
WBRZ (NEW ORLEANS) -- Three people testified that he was asleep at home when the rape occurred. The fingerprints at the scene were not a match. He is several inches shorter than the sole witness's description of the suspect and the witness didn't point to him as the suspect in two photo line ups. But he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for a 1982 rape and stabbing. Thirty six years later, Archie Williams had his wrongful conviction vacated, as the Innocence Project detailed in a statement. "Being innocent is a thing where you never...
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Health food store employee allegedly taunted Jewish coworker about being in ‘gas chamber’: Police
Google Maps Street View (KINGSTON, N.Y.) -- A former employee of Kingston, New York, a family-owned health food store was arrested on Friday for repeatedly harassing a Jewish co-worker, including an incident where he allegedly shut off the lights and told her "You're in the gas chamber." William Sullivan was working in the produce department of Mother Earth's Storehouse earlier this month when the alleged anti-semitic verbal attacks began against Sarah Shabanowitz, a Jewish woman, who was working in the same section. "Last week, on March 11, I was in the cooler getting items to stock on the floor. One...
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Sydney Aiello, 19-year-old Parkland survivor, dies from suicide
Mark Wilson/Getty Images (PARKLAND, Fla.) -- A former high school student who survived last year's Parkland, Florida high school shooting massacre has died from an apparent suicide, according to officials. Sydney Aiello, 19, died on Sunday at her home in Coconut Creek, Florida, from a gunshot wound to the head, according to the Broward County medical examiner's office. Aiello graduated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018, months after a shooting at the school left 17 students and staff dead. Her mother, Cara Stein-Aiello, told CBS's Miami station that her daughter struggled with survivor's guilt and was diagnosed with...
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Teen arrested over 'ethnic cleansing' threat that closed Charlottesville schools for 2 days
ogolne/iStock (CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) -- A 17-year-old male was arrested over race-based threats against the Charlottesville school system, local police say.The Virginia city's public schools were closed for two days -- Thursday and Friday -- in light of the threats that were made online. Charlottesville police announced Friday they had arrested a juvenile in connection to the online threats. He is being charged with one felony and one misdemeanor.The police gave few details about the threats in question, announcing only that they were alerted to the "biased-based language targeting specific ethnic groups" at the public high school on Wednesday afternoon.At a...
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Flooding continues in Midwest as more towns evacuated
ABC News (NEW YORK) -- At least 12 levees have been breached on the Missouri River in the last week as record flooding continues in the Plains and the Midwest.Thousands of people have had to evacuate, including the entire towns of Craig, Nebraska, and Elwood, Kansas. The Missouri River continues to rise north of Kansas City, where several towns are bracing for a near-record crest late Friday into Saturday morning. In addition, ice jams in Minnesota and Wisconsin are causing local rivers to suffer major flooding.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) came out with an updated spring flood outlook...
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