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Texas governor to end mask mandate, allow businesses reopen at full capacity
PinkOmelet/iStock By ERIN SCHUMAKER, ABC News(AUSTIN, Texas) -- Gov. Greg Abbott ended Texas' statewide mask mandate and announced an executive order to allow all businesses to reopen at full capacity."It is now time to open Texas 100%," Abbott said at a news conference Tuesday."COVID has not suddenly disappeared," he added. "But it is clear from the recoveries, from the vaccinations, from the reduced hospitalizations, and from the safe practices that Texas are using, that state mandates are no longer needed."Abbott's executive order is effective March 10, overriding a previous executive order issued in October. The new order mandates that if...
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Navy service member killed as 5 military trucks involved in crash near Camp Pendleton
Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images By MARK OSBORNE, ABC News(CAMP PENDLETON, Calif.) -- A Navy service member was killed and five other service members were injured when five military trucks were involved in a crash near Camp Pendleton in Southern California on Tuesday afternoon.The service member who died was 26 years old and driving one of the trucks, according to California Highway control.It is unclear what caused the crash, which authorities described as a "chain action collision."The convoy began southbound on Interstate 5 south of Basilone Road. One of the truck trailers was pushed forward into the cab, killing the driver, CHP...
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Gov. Cuomo faces calls to resign from lawmakers after third woman comes forward
SETH WENIG/POOL/AFP via Getty Images By MARLENE LENTHANG, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Rep. Kathleen Rice has become the first New York Democrat in Congress to join mounting calls for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign after three women accused him of offensive behavior."The time has come. The Governor must resign," Rice, a former district attorney, tweeted Monday night.Rice was once a close ally of Cuomo's. In the 2010 race for state attorney general, Rice was widely believed to be Cuomo's preferred pick for the role, but he ended up endorsing her opponent, Eric Schneiderman, right before the primary. In 2013, Rice...
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At least 15 dead in California crash: Hospital officials
wsfurlan/iStock By EMILY SHAPIRO and ALEX STONE, ABC News(IMPERIAL, Calif.) -- At least 15 people have died from a crash between an SUV and a semi-truck in Southern California Tuesday morning, according to officials with the El Centro Regional Medical Center.Hospital officials said they believe there were 27 passengers in the SUV that struck a semi-truck full of gravel.AdvertisementFourteen people died at the scene, El Centro Regional Medical Center officials said.Multiple survivors were taken to area hospitals, hospital officials said. Seven patients were taken to El Centro Regional Medical Center where one person died after arrival, officials said.The crash is...
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Judge returns to bench after son's murder: 'I will not be frightened or be afraid to do what I love to do'
DNY59/iStock By KATIE KINDELAN, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas returned to the bench Monday for the first time since her 20-year-old son Daniel was killed and her husband Mark was wounded in a racially motivated assault last summer."The return, it is bittersweet in a certain way because I’m returning to a job that I love so much, but also because of this job I lost my only son," Salas said Tuesday in an interview on Good Morning America. "It’s hard to reconcile those emotions.""But I can tell you this," she added. "I know Daniel...
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Deputy dies after wounded in shootout on Florida-Georgia border
Decatur County Sheriff Wiley Griffin posted a photo of Capt. Justin Bedwell on his Facebook announcing Bedwell died from injuries inflicted during a shootout. - (Sheriff Wiley Griffin) By BILL HUTCHINSON, ABC News(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) -- A sheriff's deputy has died after being critically wounded in Georgia on Saturday night when two brothers in a pickup truck being chased allegedly opened fire with a rifle, authorities said.Decatur County, Georgia, Sheriff's Office Capt. Justin Bedwell was pronounced dead on Monday at a Tallahassee, Florida, hospital and his colleagues are planning to escort his body to a funeral home in Bainbridge, Georgia, Tuesday...
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No big gatherings for Saint Patrick's Day in Boston: 'We are so close to a finish line'
Svetlanais/iStock By EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(BOSTON) -- As Saint Patrick's Day approaches, Boston's mayor is urging residents to avoid large gatherings, warning that they could become super-spreader events that would set back progress made in the fight against COVID-19."There should be no large gatherings of any kind for Saint Patrick's Day," Mayor Marty Walsh said at a news conference Monday. "We are so close to a finish line here that what we don't need now is a step backwards.""We're trying to open more businesses, we're trying to get fans in the stands at Fenway and the Garden," Walsh said, referring...
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Major flooding continues in South as Northeast hit with cold blast
ABC News By MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- There is major to near historic river flooding in parts of the Mid-South, especially in Kentucky on Tuesday.Locally, 7 inches of rain fell over the weekend in the Mid-South helping local rivers to rise quickly and flooding entire towns. A state of emergency has now been declared for these areas.Damaging thunderstorms moved through Georgia on Monday, killing one person when a tree feel on a home. These storms also produced an EF-1 tornado with winds of 90 mph, not related to the victim’s death.There are flood warnings from Texas to...
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Missouri father, two young children found dead days after disappearance, authorities say
kali9/iStock By MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- A Missouri father and his two young children were found dead Monday, four days after they had disappeared, authorities said.The bodies of Darrell Peak, 40, Kaiden Peak, 4, and Mayson Peak, 3, were discovered together inside a structure in a rural area of Benton County, not far from where they were approached by a state trooper on Thursday evening near Warsaw, according to statements from the Greene County Sheriff's Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.Family members had contacted the Greene County Sheriff's Office on Friday morning to file a missing...
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Thousands of students reported 'missing' from school systems nationwide amid COVID-19 pandemic
diane39/iStock By ARIELLE MITROPOULOS, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- States around the country are reporting a significant decline in the number of students enrolled in public school because of the coronavirus pandemic, leaving experts and educators concerned about the trend, and its potential long-term consequences.A notable number of students seem to have simply fallen off the grid, not showing up for online or in-person instruction, their whereabouts unknown by school officials.Given the chaos caused by the pandemic, and the lack of data, it is difficult to truly determine the exact magnitude of the problem, which seems to be disproportionately affecting...
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Court mulling whether to reinstate 3rd-degree murder charge against Derek Chauvin in George Floyd's death
Courtesy Ben Crump Law BY: BILL HUTCHINSON, ABC NEWS (MINNEAPOLIS) — The Minnesota Court of Appeals is deciding whether to reinstate a third-degree murder charge against Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer set to go on trial next week in the death of George Floyd . During a virtual hearing on Monday, a prosecutor from Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison's office argued that the district court judge presiding over Chauvin's case "abused his discretion" by dropping the charge. Chauvin, who did not attend Monday's hearing, is currently facing charges of second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the May 25...
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15-year-old boy shot at Arkansas school allegedly by fellow student: Police
vmargineanu/iStock By EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(PINE BLUFF, Ark.) -- A 15-year-old boy has been shot at his school in Arkansas, allegedly by a fellow student, police said. The shooting at Watson Chapel Junior High School in Pine Bluff took place around 10 a.m., Pine Bluff police said. The teen, the only one hurt, was hospitalized in very serious condition, police said. On Monday afternoon, police incorrectly said the teen died. The suspect, also a 15-year-old boy, was found hiding behind a house near the school, police said. He has been taken to the Juvenile Justice Center and is awaiting charges,...
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