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DOJ will not file charges against officer involved in Eric Garner’s death
tillsonburg/iStock (NEW YORK) -- The Justice Department on Monday has declined to file federal civil rights charges against the New York Police Department officer involved in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, whose dying words “I can’t breathe” became a national rallying cry for demonstrations about police treatment of minorities, according to a source familiar with the matter.The decision comes one day before the fifth anniversary of Garner’s death and the expiration of the statute of limitations. The death of Garner, a 43-year-old father of six, was ruled a homicide in August 2014. In a statement, New York City Mayor...
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15-year-old boy dies after falling on camp outing in Pennsylvania
Paul Hartley/iStock (NEW YORK) -- A 15-year-old boy fell to his death while rock climbing in Pennsylvania on an outing with his camp, authorities said. The fall happened Monday near the YMCA Deer Valley Camp in Fort Hill in Somerset County, Stephen Limani, a spokesman for state police, told ABC News. The boy, who was not identified, was attending a teen wilderness camp through the YMCA Camp Kon-O-Kwee Spencer in Beaver County.He plummeted about 50 feet after he and other campers began scaling a rock formation in a state forest, Limani said. Camp counselors took the children to the forest...
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Dad of missing pregnant postal worker: 'I just want my baby to come home'
WLS-TV (CHICAGO) -- The father of a pregnant Chicago postal service worker who vanished nine months ago believes his daughter is alive and is pleading for the public to help. "I just want my baby to come home, along with my grandbaby that I never got to meet," Joseph Coles said at a news conference on Monday.Coles' daughter, Kierra Coles, a 26-year-old employee of the U.S. Postal Service, vanished on Oct. 2, 2018. She was about three months pregnant at the time. Chicago police said in October that they suspected possible foul play.Joseph Coles on Monday suggested his daughter may...
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Chicago alligator captured one week after it was first spotted in lagoon
Chicago Animal Care and Control (CHICAGO) -- An alligator was captured in Humboldt Park Lagoon in Chicago early Tuesday morning, one week after the reptile was first spotted there.The gator, nicknamed "Chance the Snapper," was hiding in the lily pads when he was caught safely and unharmed at about 1:30 a.m., officials said.Expert Frank Robb, who traveled to- Chicago from Florida to help capture the animal, said he reeled Chance in from the shore and then "grabbed ahold of him."Robb presented Chance to captivated reporters at the Humboldt Park Boathouse Tuesday morning, ending the unusual, week-long hunt.The gator is about...
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California hiker found after going missing with dog 'thankful'
Inyo County Sheriffs Office/Facebook (NEW YORK) -- A missing hiker who was found alive Monday, days after she vanished in a remote area of California where she says she fled from a knife-wielding man, tells ABC News she's "thankful" to be home and reunited with her loved ones. Sheryl Powell, 60, of Huntington Beach, California, and her husband, along with their small dog, arrived at the Grandview Campground in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest area of the Inyo National Forest on Friday afternoon for a weekend camping trip. Sheryl Powell said she decided to take the dog for a walk...
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Barry remnants deliver more rain as heatwave takes shape from Midwest to Northeast
ABC News (NEW YORK) -- Rigley, Louisiana, saw almost 2 feet of rain because of Barry, as flooding remains an issue from Arkansas to Tennessee. What's left of Barry on Tuesday morning is tracking west of St. Louis, as flood alerts already have been issued in eight states from Texas to Illinois.Moisture from Barry is expected to combine with a frontal system from the North and deliver storms with heavy rain from the mid-South to the Great Lakes and into the Northeast.By Wednesday morning, some heavy rain will spread into the Northeast, all the way into New York.On Wednesday night...
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House explosion leaves one dead, 15 injured in Southern California
katifcam/iStock (MURRIETA, Calif.) -- One person was killed and more than a dozen others were injured when a house exploded in Southern California on Monday afternoon.Crews from the Southern California Gas Company were sent to fix a natural gas line reportedly damaged by a contractor working on a home in Murrieta, California. Murrieta Fire and Rescue was also dispatched to the property. Less than an hour after the crews arrived on scene, the house exploded. One employee of the Southern California Gas Company was killed in the blast, company spokesman Randon Lane told reporters at a press conference Monday.Another 15...
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Convicted felon driving an Uber accused of 'sexual contact' with 17-year-old: Police
Courtesy Fairfield Police Department (FAIRFIELD, Conn.) -- A 31-year-old man has been accused of "unwanted sexual contact" with a 17-year-old girl he picked up while operating as an Uber driver.Dwaine Miller, of Bridgeport, Connecticut, was arrested on Saturday and charged with third-degree sexual assault, according to Capt. Robert Kalamaras of the Fairfield Police Department.Miller, a convicted felon with "numerous arrests" for crimes including robbery, burglary and assault, was released after posting a $5,000 bond, police said. Miller is scheduled to appear in Bridgeport Superior Court on July 26. It's unclear whether he's obtained legal counsel."During the ride, the suspect, Dwaine...
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2-year-old girl found alive after going missing from campsite in northern Michigan
Michigan State Police (MONROE, Mich.) -- A 2-year-old girl was found alive and healthy Tuesday morning, after she spent the night lost in the woods while on a family camping trip in northern Michigan, authorities said.Gabriella Roselynn Vitale was reunited with her mother and taken to a hospital to be evaluated, but first responders say she appears to be in good shape, according to Michigan State Police.Over 50 searchers and 10 canines were looking for the little girl Tuesday morning before Michigan State Police announced that she had been found.Gabriella's family had told the Oscoda County Sheriff’s Office and Michigan...
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Revisiting the heart-stopping moments before Apollo 11 landed on the moon with the world watching
ABC News (NEW YORK) -- Fifty years ago this week, the Apollo 11 astronauts -- Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins -- suited up as America waited with bated breath: would the trio be the first Americans to set foot on the moon?It was a grand, new goal that was first set by President John F. Kennedy."I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal before this decade is out of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth," he said in May 1961.Astronauts who were preparing for the U.S. first...
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Security guard pleads not guilty after pulling gun on Ohio sheriff's deputy in IRS office
iStock (TOLEDO, Ohio) -- A security guard at an IRS office in Toledo, Ohio, pleaded not guilty Monday to charges stemming from an incident in which he allegedly pulled a gun on a sheriff's deputy in full uniform who refused orders leave his service weapon in his car.The security guard, Seth Eklund, 33, entered his plea in Lucus County Common Pleas Court to one count of aggravated menacing stemming from the encounter with Lucas County Sheriff's Deputy Alan Gaston.The episode unfolded on May 31 when Gaston went to the IRS office in Toledo to ask a question about a letter...
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Two women at a Burger King tell manager to 'go back to Mexico'
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images (EUSTIS, Fla.) -- The video of a heated exchange between a Burger King manager and two white customers who told him to “go back to Mexico” has gone viral.Neyzha Borrero of Eustis, Florida, was grabbing a bite to eat at a local Burger King with her boyfriend earlier this month when she overheard two women say they were offended after they overheard the Burger King manager, Ricardo “Ricky” Castillo, speak to one of his employees in Spanish. That’s when Borrero started filming.In the video, one of the women can be heard telling Castillo, “You’re being very rude,”...
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