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Faculty urge USC president to resign over scandal involving ex-campus gynecologist
Jeffrey Greenberg/UIG via Getty Images, FILE (LOS ANGELES) -- Hundreds of faculty members at the University of Southern California have backed a motion for the school's president to resign over how he handled sexual-abuse allegations levied against a former campus doctor.The letter, obtained by ABC Los Angeles station KABC on Tuesday, said USC President C.L. Max Nikias should step down because he mishandled complaints against a former campus gynecologist, Dr. George Tyndall.Two-hundred faculty members across 14 USC schools had signed the letter as of Tuesday evening, claiming Nikias lacked the "moral authority" to lead the university's investigation into the matter,...
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First black female astronaut in space offers advice to young girls
Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Dr. Mae Jemison, the first black woman in outer space, fell in love with science at an early age. Decades later, she's encouraging girls of all ages and backgrounds to engage in STEM education and is shedding insight on how to overcome obstacles.Her path to making history wasn't an easy one, but her love of science helped fuel her success.As a young girl in Chicago, she knew two things for sure: that she wanted to be an astronaut and that there were no black female astronauts."I grew up in the 1960s, and the United...
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Blackout not expected in Hawaii even if lava reaches power plant, officials say
Mario Tama/Getty Images (PUNA, Hawaii) -- The Puna Geothermal Venture in Hawaii is secure, and if lava did encroach on it the danger of a toxic gas release is "very low," authorities said.Hawaii Electric Light officials also confirmed to ABC News on Wednesday that even if lava destroyed the power plant, there's no danger of a blackout because it was taken offline after Kilauea began erupting on May 3.Older, diesel-powered plants have been brought online to provide electricity, Jim Kelly, a spokesman for HEL, told ABC News.Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Administrator Tom Travis said "the well field is as safe...
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30-year-old ordered to vacate parents' home claims they harassed him
WSYR (CAMILLUS, N.Y.) -- A 30-year-old man court-ordered to vacate his parents' home on Tuesday said he should be given more time to leave because of how much his parents "harassed" him about moving out.Michael Rotondo, of Camillus, New York, had been living rent-free in his parents' Syracuse-area home for eight years when a State Supreme Court judge ruled on Tuesday in his parents’ favor, ordering him to move out.Rotondo, who plans to appeal the decision, said he stopped speaking to his parents when they "alluded" to wanting him to leave the house in October, just one month after he...
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About 14,500 in Puerto Rico still don't have power
Jose Jimenez/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Sunday marked eight months since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, and about 14,500 people there still don't have electricity.Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority said that number represents less than 1 percent of energy customers with access to power.PREPA set a goal of providing power to 100 percent of customers before May 31.The Army Corps of Engineers, which had been restoring access to the grid, handed those duties back to PREPA on Friday.Hurricane season starts in 10 days. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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School bus driver in deadly New Jersey crash had 14 license suspensions: DMV spokesperson
iStock/Thinkstock (PARAMUS) -- The driver of the school bus involved in a deadly highway crash in New Jersey last week had a lengthy history of license suspensions and moving violations, according to a New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission spokesperson.The driver, identified as 77-year-old Hudy Muldrow Sr., has a valid driver's license that's not currently suspended. He has no active points and has the appropriate commercial license to drive a school bus.However, the spokesperson for the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission told ABC-owned station WABC-TV Tuesday that since getting his driver's license in 1975, Muldrow had a total of 14 suspensions, eight...
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Border patrol detains man with stage 4 cancer after cruise docks in Florida, family says
Carnival Cruise Lines (JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) -- A Chinese man with stage 4 cancer and his wife were detained on Monday after the Carnival cruise they were on docked at a port in Florida, according to the couple's family.Yuanjun Cui and Huan Wang came to the U.S. in December on a multiple entry travel visa valid for 10 years, their son-in-law, Joseph McDevitt, told ABC News.After Cui had his stomach removed and endured up to eight rounds of chemotherapy, McDevitt and his wife had invited her parents to come stay with them in the U.S. so the dying grandfather could get...
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2 Mississippi police officers fired after alleged police brutality incident
moodboard/Thinkstock (LAUREL, Mississippi) -- Two Mississippi police officers could be facing additional charges after they were terminated by the Laurel Police Department (LPD) for allegedly beating 36-year-old James Barnett last week.Barnett was pursued by officers after reaching a vehicle checkpoint and turning around in Jasper County. Following a short chase, Barnett was pulled over and the officers approached his car with their guns drawn, according to Barnett.Police told Barnett to get down on the ground and when he did, they began kicking him, Barnett said to ABC News.Barnett also claimed that he never fought back. The police then transported him...
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Coast Guard searching for 50-year-old who disappeared from Carnival cruise ship
iStock/Thinkstock (GREENSBORO, North Carolina) -- The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a 50-year-old man who was reported missing from a Carnival cruise ship on Tuesday.Greensboro, North Carolina, resident Brian Lamonds was reported missing around 10 a.m. after he reportedly went overboard from the Carnival Paradise, the Coast Guard said in a press release.Helicopter crews from Clearwater, Miami and Key West were circling an area about 85 miles west of Fort Myers, Florida, according to the release.Further details were not immediately available. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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How Santa Fe shooting victim's tragic death is bringing her family an unexpected 'blessing'
Tisdale Family (SANTA FE, Texas) -- Cynthia Tisdale, an art room teacher's aide and loving wife and mother, was among the 10 students and staff gunned down inside Santa Fe High School in Texas on Friday. As her loved ones mourn the shocking loss, her high-profile death has provided one blessing for the family. Tisdale's husband, William Tisdale, has idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a fatal lung disease, according to their son, William Recie Tisdale, who goes by Recie.On March 29, the family started a GoFundMe page to raise money for stem cell treatment. They set an initial goal of $13,000, but...
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R. Kelly accused of sexual battery and false imprisonment in new lawsuit
Scott Legato/Getty Images (NEW YORK CITY) -- R. Kelly is being sued in New York City by a woman alleging sexual battery, false imprisonment and failure to disclose a sexually transmitted disease, according to documents obtained by ABC News.Faith A. Rodgers claims in the lawsuit that she was 19 when she met the singer after a performance in San Antonio in March 2017 and that they spoke regularly by phone for a few months before he arranged for her to meet him in New York. It was there he allegedly "initiated unwanted sexual contact" in a hotel room, the suit...
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Judge orders man, 30, out of parents' home after months-long battle: 'I want you out'
Google Maps (SYRACUSE, N.Y.) -- A New York judge on Tuesday ordered a 30-year-old man to vacate his parents’ home after they took him to court when he refused to leave."I want you out of that household," New York State Supreme Court Judge Donald Greenwood told Michael Rotondo, pointing at him with his right index finger, according to ABC Syracuse affiliate WSYR-TV.Rotondo was displeased, the station reported."That's outrageous," he said. He later confirmed that he plans to appeal the decision.The judge explained that Rotondo was given numerous notices, but Rotondo tried to argue as his own attorney that he needed...
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