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AG never asked grand jury to consider homicide charges in Breonna Taylor's killing
DNY59/iStock By BILL HUTCHINSON, ABC News(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) -- A Kentucky judge has ordered the release of audio recordings from the grand jury hearing in the Breonna Taylor case despite warnings from state Attorney General Daniel Cameron that the move could jeopardize a federal investigation and an admission that no homicide charges were recommended to the panel.The decision by a Jefferson County Circuit Court judge came after an anonymous member of the grand jury who heard evidence in the high-profile case filed a motion asking that the transcripts and recordings of the three-day hearing be released. The grand juror also requested...
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Coronavirus live updates: US state sees record rise in daily cases over last two weeks
Ovidiu Dugulan/iStock By MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 1 million people worldwide.Over 33.3 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The criteria for diagnosis -- through clinical means or a lab test -- has varied from country-to-country. Still, the actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are...
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Windy, dry, hot weather to continue in parts of California
ABC News By MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- There were 27 large wildfires burning in California on Tuesday after dry brush and windy and hot conditions spread and fueled the flames.New fires are gaining traction in the state, where more than 3.8 million acres have burned this year.The Glass Fire in Napa County has burned through 42,560 acres and destroyed at least 113 structures, as well as iconic wineries and bed and breakfasts. The Zogg Fire in Shasta County has blazed through 40,371 acres, killed three people and destroyed 146 structures so far. Both fires are 0% contained.While gusty...
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Man plummets to his death after falling from branch on cliff while posing for picture
Oregon State Police By JON HAWORTH, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- A man has plummeted to his death after climbing a tree to pose for a picture before falling off of a cliff and into the ocean.The incident occurred on Sept. 27 at approximately 1:48 p.m. when Oregon State Police Troopers received a call from the Devil’s Cauldron Trail in Oswald West State Park located in Tillamook County, Oregon, over reports that a man had fallen from a cliff into the Pacific Ocean.According to authorities, Steven Gastelum, 43, of Seaside, Oregon, was walking with a friend down the Devil’s Cauldron...
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Coronavirus updates: Global death toll surpasses one million
Myriam Borzee/iStock By MORGAN WINSOR, MATT ZARRELL, IVAN PEREIRA and MARC NATHANSON, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than one million people worldwide.Over 33.2 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The criteria for diagnosis -- through clinical means or a lab test -- has varied from country-to-country. Still, the actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases...
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Florida lifts all COVID-19 restrictions
eyfoto /iStock BY: ERIN SCHUMAKER, ABC NEWS (MIAMI) — Florida residents will no longer be fined for not wearing face masks and COVID-19 restrictions on all businesses in the state, including restaurants and bars, have been lifted in an effort to help the state's economy, according to Gov. Ron DeSantis. "Every business has the right to operate," DeSantis said at news conference Friday. "Some of the locals can do reasonable regulations. But you can't just say no.” Local governments can put their own restrictions in place as long as they don't limit restaurant seating to less than 50% occupancy. Local...
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Former Louisville cop pleads not guilty to charges related to Breonna Taylor shooting
Shelby County Detention Center BY: IVAN PEREIRA, ABC NEWS (NEW YORK) — Brett Hankison, the only officer to be indicted in the Breonna Taylor case, pleaded not guilty to his charges during a telephone court appearance Monday afternoon. Hankison, who was fired from the Louisville Metro Police Department in June, was hit with three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree last week for shooting into the apartment of Taylor's neighbors during the March 13 incident. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison. During the phone hearing, Hankison only spoke to indicate he was initially present...
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New wildfires engulf Northern California's wine country
ABC News By MAX GOLEMBO AND CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- There are more than two dozen major wildfires torching California as of Monday, including two newly-formed fires raging in Northern California's wine country that both started on Sunday. Over 18,000 firefighters remain on the front lines to combat the 27 total wildfires still burning across the state, officials said. North of San Francisco, the Glass Fire has burned 11,000 acres of the state's famous wine vineyards in Napa and Sonoma Counties and is 0% contained as of Monday, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection,...
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Ballistics report raises questions in Breonna Taylor shooting
Former Louisville Metro Police Officer Brett Hankison is pictured in a booking photo. (Shelby County Detention Center) By BILL HUTCHINSON and STEPHANIE WASH, ABC News(LOUISVILLE, Ken.) -- The ballistics report from the Kentucky State Police on the Breonna Taylor shooting could not determine that Taylor's boyfriend shot one of the officers who unleashed a barrage of 32 bullets into her apartment, contradicting statements made by the state attorney general, according to records obtained by ABC News.In an interview with ABC News, Steve Romines, one of the attorneys for Kenneth Walker, said "the Kentucky State Police's own ballistics report could not...
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Joe Montana's grandchild nearly kidnapped at his home
vmargineanu/iStock By ALEXANDRA SVOKOS, ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- Football great Joe Montana and his wife, Jennifer, faced down a would-be kidnapper at their Malibu home this weekend, saving their 9-month-old grandchild from being taken.Montana told police an unknown woman entered the residence on Saturday and took his grandchild from a playpen, where the child was sleeping, according to a Los Angeles Sheriff's Department statement.As the suspect held the child, Joe and Jennifer Montana, "confronted the female, attempted to de-escalate the situation, and asked for the suspect to give back their grandchild," according to the LASD."A tussle ensued and Mrs. Montana...
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28 arrests made during Breonna Taylor protests in Louisville; windows smashed, vehicle set ablaze
MattGush/iStock BY: BILL HUTCHINSON, ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) -- At least 28 people were arrested overnight as civil unrest continued in Louisville over a grand jury's controversial decision in the Breonna Taylor case.Tensions have boiled over in the streets of Kentucky's largest city in the days since a grand jury declined to indict three white police officers in the death of Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman shot in her own apartment in March.Police began arresting people as soon as a 9 p.m. curfew imposed by Mayor Greg Fischer went into effect Saturday, authorities said.Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) officials said in...
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Woman charged with attempted murder for driving through crowd of competing protesters
JasonDoiy/iStock BY: MARK OSBORNE, ABC NEWS(YORBA LINDA, Calif.) -- A California woman has been charged with attempted murder after driving through a group of dueling protesters during a "Caravan for Justice" event Saturday afternoon.The dueling protests held in Yorba Linda, about 35 miles east of Los Angeles, quickly boiled over into animosity as Black Lives Matter demonstrators clashed with Donald Trump supporters."Approximately 30 minutes after the protests began, we began to receive reports of physical altercations occurring between the two protest groups, including at least one individual who was pepper-sprayed by another protestor," the Orange County Sheriff's Department said in...
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