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Severe storms targeting Midwest, Northeast as West stays hot
ABC News (NEW YORK) -- More than 140 damaging storms were reported on Monday from Georgia up to Maine. New Jersey and Delaware experienced gusts of 75 mph, and wind speeds in Long Island, New York, reached 67 mph. Parts of Massachusetts saw hail larger than golf balls as areas around Philadelphia had trees knocked onto power lines and cars. Severe weather in the Midwest on Tuesday -- including potential storms all the way from Nebraska to Ohio -- is likely to make its way to the Northeast by Wednesday. Damaging winds, large hail and tornadoes are the biggest threats.The...
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'Joke or not, these types of comments are felonies': Police arrest Florida teen for online threat
rustythedog/iStock (DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) -- A 15-year-old student was arrested in Central Florida on Friday after authorities said he made an online threat to shoot up his school.The unnamed teenager, who attends Seabreeze High School in Daytona Beach, allegedly posted a comment on a video game chat platform on Thursday using a fake name, vowing to bring his father's M15 assault rifle to school and kill seven people "at a minimum," according to a statement from the Volusia County Sheriff's Office. The school's principal did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment Tuesday morning. The comment was reported...
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Video surfaces showing California high school students giving Nazi salute
smolaw11/iStock (GARDEN GROVE, Calif.) -- A group of Southern California high school students sparked outrage on Monday after video surfaced of them giving the Nazi salute while a German World War II-era marching song played in the background.The video shows several male students from Pacifica High School in Garden Grove, California, giving the Adolf Hitler salute and laughing as the song plays. At least one student appeared to sing along with the music. Officials with the Garden Grove Unified School District said the video was taken in November 2018, but the school became aware of it in March and took...
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Retired administrator stabbed to death on Cal State Fullerton campus
MicroStockHub/iStock (FULLERTON, Calif.) -- A retired administrator was stabbed to death on California State University Fullerton's campus Monday morning, launching a manhunt for the suspect.The victim was identified by police Monday night as 57-year-old Steven Shek Keung Chan from Hacienda Heights. Police said he "was a retired administrator working as a consultant on campus." Chan was found in a car in a campus parking lot with "numerous" stab wounds, according to the CSU Fullerton police.Police located a backpack underneath Chan's vehicle that contained items including tape, zipties, blindfolds and a "very crude" incendiary device that officials said would've had to...
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Ohio boy makes big donation to St. Jude after winning $15,000 at county fair
Western Reserve Schools (NEW YORK) -- An Ohio school district celebrated one of its students in a social media post on Monday after he made a generous donation to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.Diesel Pippert, a seventh grader at Western Reserve Local Schools, donated $15,000 -- the entirety of his livestock premiums from the Huron County Fair animal sale -- to the children's hospital in an effort to help fight cancer, the district said.Western Reserve Schools shared an image of Diesel at the county's 2019 Livestock Show on Monday, calling him a hero who "should be an example to us...
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DOJ arrests man who allegedly threatened attack on women's reproductive clinic
BlakeDavidTaylor/iStock (CHICAGO) -- The Department of Justice has announced federal charges against a Chicago man who prosecutors say threatened an attack against a women's reproductive clinic, the latest in a string of potential mass attacks thwarted by law enforcement.Farhan Sheikh, 19, was arrested last Friday evening after posting on the social media platform iFunny that he would attack a local clinic and "proceed to slaughter and murder any doctor, patient, or visitor I see in the area and I will not back down," according to a criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court of Chicago."Consider this a warning for...
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Bag found by searchers looking for Florida firefighters who vanished on fishing trip
DraganSaponjic/iStock (JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) -- As the desperate search for two firefighters who disappeared during a fishing trip off the coast of Florida continues into its fourth day, the family confirmed that a bag located by civilian searchers did belong to one of the missing men.Brian McCluney, a Jacksonville, Florida, firefighter, and Justin Walker, a member of the Fairfax, Virginia, fire department, were last seen on Friday launching a 22-foot fishing boat at Port Canaveral, near the Kennedy Space Center, U.S. Coast Guard officials said Sunday.On Monday, officials had 37 boats out searching for them as well as 6 aircraft. Approximately...
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NYPD officer involved in Eric Garner's death fired
tillsonburg/iStock (NEW YORK) -- More than five years after the death of Eric Garner was captured on cell phone video, the officer responsible for causing his death was terminated from New York City's Police Department.Since July 17, 2014, NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo has waited to learn whether he can remain on the force with the plainclothes anti-crime unit, lose vacations days or lose his job entirely.Months after a disciplinary trial in May and June this year, Deputy Commissioner of Trials Judge Rosemarie Maldonado recommended to Police Commissioner James O'Neill that Pantaleo be removed from the force.O'Neill announced Monday that Pantaleo...
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White nationalist who allegedly threatened Ohio Jewish center pleads not guilty
vmargineanu/iStock (NEW MIDDLETON, Ohio) -- The alleged white nationalist who was arrested for making threats towards a Jewish community center in Ohio appeared in court and pleaded not guilty.The home of James Reardon Jr., 20, was raided, and authorities seized dozens of rounds of ammo, multiple semi-automatic weapons, a gas mask and bulletproof armor. In light of the alleged threats he made against a local Jewish community center, Reardon has been charged with telecommunications harassment and aggravated menacing.If Reardon posts the $250,000 bond that was set against him, he will be released to house arrest and ordered to keep at...
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Eric Garner case: NYPD Police Commissioner James O'Neill's speech regarding firing Daniel Pantaleo
Marco Curaba/iStock (NEW YORK) -- New York Police Department Commissioner James O'Neill announced on Monday the decision to fire the police officer, Daniel Pantaleo, who was seen putting Eric Garner in a chokehold before he died.That 2014 incident, which led to Garner's death, prompted outcry against the police, but it wasn't until Monday that O'Neill announced Pantaleo was fired.Over the past five years, Pantaleo has been working on desk duty. O'Neill announced that he will be immediately terminated, allowed to keep any contributions he put into his pension, but will not be able to keep the vested pension.Here is the...
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'Extensive' probe into Philadelphia police standoff to take months
Bastiaan Slabbers/iStock (PHILADELPHIA) -- An "extensive" investigation is underway after a gunman shot six Philadelphia police officers in a dramatic, hours-long standoff that left the city "reeling," prosecutors said Monday.All officers survived the Wednesday violence and the suspected shooter, Maurice Hill, is in custody on charges including attempted murder.But Anthony Voci, the district attorney's homicide chief, warned Monday that the "the scale of this investigation ... is immeasurable" and will take months to complete.Over 100 rounds of ammunition were fired, Voci said, and investigators are now digging bullets out of cars, ceilings and walls.Investigators are also working to process footage...
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Police track down mother whose newborn was left naked, alone in woods
Montgomery County Police Department (SILVER SPRING, Md.) -- Police in Maryland are investigating why a newborn baby girl was left alone in the woods without so much as a diaper.The baby was rescued in Silver Spring, Maryland, on Friday when a passerby heard her crying from a nearby street, police said. The baby's cries may have saved her life. "He went to investigate the sound and found a naked baby approximately ten feet from the sidewalk in the woods," the Montgomery County Department of Police said in a statement on Friday. "The female newborn was transported to a local hospital...
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