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At least 12 white supremacists have been arrested since Pittsburgh shooting: ADL
iStock (PITTSBURGH) -- Jewish communities in the U.S. continue to face threats as the anniversary of the deadliest attack on Jews in the nation approaches.According to a new report from the Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish organization focused on fighting anti-Semitism, at least 12 white supremacists were arrested for plots, attacks or threats against Jews since the deadly shooting in Pittsburgh on Oct. 27, 2018.The ADL list includes some incidents where the suspect's alleged white supremacist ties have not been independently verified by ABC News. But several of the incidents -- including the deadly shooting at a California synagogue, or the...
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Crews race to stop brush fire in Pacific Palisades neighborhood of Los Angeles
iStock (LOS ANGELES) -- Firefighters are racing to stop a brush fire that is threatening homes in the Pacific Palisades, an oceanfront Los Angeles neighborhood.The blaze, which broke out around 10:30 a.m. local time, consumed 18 acres in about 15 minutes, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.The fire has now spread to 30 acres.No injuries have been reported, officials said.Some residents were seen holding hoses and trying to wet down a hillside before abandoning the scene and fleeing once the flames grew closer.The fire has threatened several homes but no structures have been damaged at this time, officials said.Some...
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Texas woman delivers baby girl by candlelight during tornado
iStock (DALLAS) -- A Texas woman gave birth to a baby girl by candlelight Sunday evening as a tornado swept across the state.The Bump Birthing Center in Rowlett, a suburb of Dallas, posted a photo Monday of the unidentified woman in labor.The delivery apparently took place inside the facility's laundry room."Baby girl born in our laundry room with the tornado sirens going off, a tornado on the ground half a mile away, and no electricity.....by candle light!! Welcome to the world beauty!" the center posted on its Facebook page.The birthing center did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for...
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Bullied teen masters taekwondo, has eyes set on 2024 Paralympic Games
iStock (FAIRFIELD, Ohio) -- Four years ago, Austin Osner was depressed and anxious about interacting with people because of the constant bullying he faced in school.Presently, the 14-year-old from Fairfield, Ohio, is competing in taekwondo tournaments across the country and hopes to qualify for the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris, France.Osner's mother, Kristin McGinn, told ABC News on Friday that his right arm had never fully developed because of amniotic band syndrome. The disability led to stares and negative comments from classmates about his appearance when he was in fifth grade.After realizing the impact bullying had on Osner's mental health...
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13 years later, soldier meets students who wrote him letters while he was in Iraq
iStock (STILLMORE, Ga.) -- A U.S. Army brigadier general who became unlikely pen pals with a group of kindergarten students when he was deployed in Iraq drove more than six hours to surprise those students, who are now high school seniors."It was a great relief for me to say thank you," Army Brigadier General Vincent Buggs told Good Morning America. "Everyone is always saying thank you to me for my service but it meant more for me to be able to say thank you to them."Buggs, who lives in Tampa, Florida, was deployed to Iraq three times in the early...
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Chicago mayor begs teachers to return to classrooms amid ongoing strike
martinedoucet/iStock (CHICAGO) -- The mayor of Chicago is asking for the city's teachers union to stop the strike while continuing negotiations.This comes as the strike in the country's third-largest school district enters its fifth day.Disagreements over pay, benefits and class size are among the top concerns that prompted the strike, which started on Thursday, Oct. 17. Monday marks the third day of school missed as a result of the strike.Mayor Lori Lightfoot wrote a letter Monday to Chicago Teachers Union president Jesse Sharkey, calling for the teachers to return to the classrooms while negotiations carry on."While we have made progress...
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2 dead after plane vanishes from radar and crashes near NC airport
dmadau/iStock (RALEIGH, N.C.) -- Two people have been confirmed dead after a small plane vanished from radar and crashed.After hours of searching, authorities in North Carolina found the Piper PA-32-301 plane that vanished from radar near the Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Sunday night.The privately-owned aircraft was found on the ground near a hiking trail in the William B. Umstead State Park, east of the airport. There were two casualities found said Sgt. Michael Baker, North Carolina State Highway Patrol during a press conference.Crystal Feldman, VP of Communications, Government and Community Relations at the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority said details about the...
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11-month-old shot 4 times in grave condition, 2-year-old shot dead in mom's arms; police beg public for information
WPVI (PHILADELPHIA) -- A 2-year-old girl was shot in the head and died in her mother arms one day after an 11-month-old boy was shot four times and critically wounded -- and Philadelphia police are now begging for the public's help to solve both cases.The first shooting was Saturday night when the 11-month-old boy, who was in the back of a car, was shot once in the head, once in the neck and twice in the buttock, said Capt. Nicholas Brown of the Philadelphia Police Department.The baby boy is in "very, very critical condition," Brown said at a news conference...
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'Help me, please!': Wife's harrowing call to 911 after husband shot dead by home intruders
releon8211/iStock (HOUSTON) -- The harrowing call to 911 has been released from the night a young dad was shot dead by home intruders while protecting his wife and children, according to authorities."Help me, please! Someone just broke in my house and shot my husband," Brenton Estorffe's wife, Angeleanna Estorffe, said in her frantic 911 call."I'm so scared," she said, "I can't walk over to my husband.""Baby, are you OK? Babe, are you OK?" she says to her husband.Brenton Estorffe, 29, was shot dead in his Houston-area home last week when intruders shot their way into the back of the house,...
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Tornado tears through Dallas, leaving thousands without power
ABC News (DALLAS) -- At least one tornado touched down in the Dallas area amid stormy weather on Sunday night, tearing through structures, overturning cars and knocking out electricity for thousands.The National Weather Service said the radar-confirmed tornado hit the ground around 9 p.m. local time near Dallas Love Field Airport, northwest of downtown. Footage from the area showed several damaged businesses, homes with the roofs ripped off, fallen trees and downed power lines. The Dallas Independent School District canceled Monday classes at six schools, citing "extensive damage" to a number of campuses due to the severe weather.There were also...
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Tornadoes hit Texas, one person dead after storms in Arkansas
ABC News (NEW YORK) -- One man is dead in Benton County, Arkansas after wind gusts of up to 80 mph caused a tree to fall on his lake house in the Beaver Lake area at about 1:30 a.m. Monday.There have been 120 damaging storm reports in six states so far -- this includes three tornadoes in Texas with one being in the Dallas area and two being in eastern Texas east of Tyler.In McIntosh County, Oklahoma, winds gusted to 82 mph and damage was reported throughout the state from Oklahoma City to Tulsa.Baseball-sized hail was also reported in Johnston...
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West Point cadet missing after extensive search, took assault rifle with him
fdastudillo/iStock (NEW YORK) -- A U.S. Military Academy cadet has gone missing and officials at the West Point campus believe he has taken a service weapon with him, according to officials.The unnamed cadet, a member of the 2021 graduating class, has been missing since Friday evening. Officials said he was last seen at about 5:30 p.m. at West Point, and an "extensive" search has already been done by military, federal, state and local agencies.West Point said an M4 rifle was also missing, and presumed in possession of the cadet, but they are "not believed to have any magazines or ammunition."There...
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