Red Cross Apologizes for Poster That Some Found Racist

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The swimming poster sparked outrage on Twitter.

Wildfire Spreads Over 45,000 Acres in California as Search Through Destruction Continues

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iStock/Thinkstock(KERN COUNTY, Calif.) — Many residents in Kern County, California, have lost their homes in a deadly fire still burning through the area, while others have been denied access to their houses amid the catastrophic destruction left behind.

Two people have died and at least 200 homes have been destroyed in the Erskine fire, which has spread to over 45,000 acres. Officials continue to search through the charred rubble using a team of cadaver dogs, which they expect to extend for about three more days. On Saturday, some animal remains were found.

The fast-moving fire is 40 percent contained as of this morning, according to the spokesperson for Cal Fire, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Daniel Berlant. More than 2,000 people are helping to fight the blaze.

Chief Brian Marshall of the Kern County Fire Department described the blaze as mother nature and a spark colliding.

Brandi Pettit, an evacuee who said she learned from a neighbor that her home didn’t make it, said, “Losing a house at age 29, it’s hard,” through tears. “I don’t wish this on [anybody].”

Another woman told ABC News she feels “homeless and helpless.”

Eighty-one evacuees are in shelters; residents whose homes were not affected will be allowed to return home Monday.
 
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Cop Shot 7 Times Released From Hospital to Cheering Crowd

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Christopher Dorman, 25, was shot Friday and released Monday.

Woman Fatally Shoots Intruder in Her Child’s Bedroom

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Police in Portland, Oregon, say a 33-year-old woman returning home with her two young children shot and killed an intruder in one of her children’s bedrooms

The Latest: Governor: Thousands of Homes, Businesses Damaged

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West Virginia’s governor says thousands of homes and businesses have been damaged or destroyed in the flooding

Pennsylvania Officer Shot 7 Times Is Released From Hospital

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A police officer who was shot seven times as he was conducting a drug investigation has been released from a Philadelphia hospital

Maryland County Prosecutor Charged With Indecent Exposure

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A Maryland county prosecutor has been charged with indecent exposure and disorderly conduct after police responded to a report of a nude man on an Ocean City hotel balcony

Missouri Man Accused of Killing 4 Relatives, Burning Bodies

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A 25-year-old northwest Missouri man is accused of fatally shooting four of his family members then burning their bodies

The Latest: Crews Get More Control Over Wyoming Blaze

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Firefighters have gained greater control over a wildfire in northeast Wyoming

Mom of Teen Charged in ‘Slender Man’ Stabbing Speaks Out

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Mother of one of the accused girls in the “Slender Man” case, two 12-year-olds accused of stabbing a friend 19 times to please a fictional character, speaks out.

The Latest: Alito Reads Aloud Dissenting Abortion Opinion

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At the U.S. Supreme Court, the justices’ decision in the Texas abortion clinic case provoked a strong response from Justice Samuel Alito

WV Man Goes House to House Rescuing Neighbors After Flooding

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — As West Virginia residents brace for more rain Monday in the wake of the state’s historic flooding, ABC News spoke to one man who rescued his neighbors after flooding tore through their block.

At least 23 are dead from the flooding last week, and many devastated residents have been forced from their homes.

When high waters rushed through Michael Mitchem’s West Virginia home, destroying his belongings, he immediately went to save his neighbors.

“I wasn’t really thinking of myself,” he told ABC News. “After I got my family up here I waded in this water down to this woman’s house who was trapped in there, her and her daughter. And we called the National Guard, we called the fire department, we called everybody.”

He and another man then went house to house rescuing neighbors on the block, picking up the stranded in a boat.

“That’s all we did all night long, was grab people, grab people,” Mitchem said.

He said the water was sometimes chest-high and even above his head.

“Our protocol was not to worry about ourselves. Nobody left behind,” Mitchem, an army veteran, said.

“I got nine kids that have to look at me as a father figure and a hero,” he said. “My daughter thinks that I’m better than Superman.”

A cold front moving though West Virginia Monday is expected to bring more rain to the already rain-soaked state. The forecast shows an additional 1 to 3 inches of rain. Due to the record rainfall last week, any rain is likely to cause flash flooding.

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Wildfire Spreads in California as Damage, Death Toll May Rise

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Two people have died and at least 150 homes were destroyed.

Wildfire Spreads Over 45,000 Acres in Erskine, California, Damage and Death Toll May Rise

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iStock/Thinkstock(KERN COUNTY, Calif.) — Many residents in Kern County, California, have lost their homes in a deadly fire still burning through the area, while others have been denied access to their houses amid the catastrophic destruction left behind.

Two people have died and at least 150 homes have been destroyed in the Erskine fire, which has reportedly spread over 45,000 acres. Officials says the death toll could climb as they continue to search for victims amongst the charred buildings with a team of cadaver dogs.

One woman who lost her home told ABC News she feels “homeless and helpless.”

Another evacuee said she learned from a neighbor that her home didn’t make it. “Losing a house at age 29, it’s hard,” Brandi Pettit said through tears. “I don’t wish this on [anybody].”

Chief Brian Marshall of the Kern County Fire Department described the blaze as mother nature and a spark colliding.

The fast-moving fire is 40 percent contained as of Monday morning, according to the spokesperson for Cal Fire, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Daniel Berlant. More than 2,000 people are helping to fight the blaze.
 
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Passengers Evacuate Flight After Brakes Cause Smoke Upon Landing

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conductorjason/Twitter(DALLAS) — Passengers aboard a flight to Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport were forced evacuate their plane after a smoky landing Monday morning, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Everything aboard American Eagle Flight 3492 from Mobile, Alabama, operated by Envoy Air, was business as usual Monday morning until the plane was already on the ground, according to the airline. Upon landing, the aircraft’s brakes became hot and began to produce smoke, according to American Airlines spokesperson Ross Feinstein.

The airport and American Airlines told ABC News the plane landed safely and no one suffered any serious injuries.

The pilots of the Embraer E145 reported some smoke in the cockpit after landing, FAA spokesperson Lynn Lunsford told ABC News, adding that a flame may have appeared out of a wheel well.

It’s the crew’s decision whether to have passengers evacuate rather than the routine exit at a gate.

The 40 passengers and three crew members on board the flight were helped down from the plane to the tarmac by those on the ground. The FAA does not allow slides on small planes like the Embraer E145 in this incident.

Photos on social media show the airport’s emergency response vehicles coming to the aid of the aircraft while the passengers watched the scene unfold on the tarmac.

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Bear Claws Through Tent, Slashes Camper in Middle of Night

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Campground closed as authorities try to capture the bear.

Firefighters Gain Some Control of Deadly California Wildfire

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Crews have made progress against a wildfire that killed two people and destroyed 200 homes as it tore through mountain communities in central California

WV Man Rescues Neighbors Trapped in Floodwaters

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At least 23 are dead from the devastating flooding; more rain is on the way.

The Latest: 2 Campers Who Were Presumed Dead Found Alive

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A state emergency management official says the two men who were presumed dead and later found alive in the West Virginia floods had been camping or getting ready to set up camp

Man Cited for Flying Drone in DC’s ‘No Drone Zone’ Again

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U.S. Park police say they’ve cited a man found flying a drone in Washington’s “No Drone Zone” a second time

2 Men Presumed Dead Found Alive in West Virginia Flooding

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At least 25 people killed in past week.

North Carolina Man Charged With Stabbing Father to Death

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A North Carolina man has been arrested and charged with stabbing his father to death

The Latest: 2 Men Presumed Dead in Flooding Found Alive

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West Virginia officials say two men who were presumed dead in flooding have been found alive and the death toll has been lowered to 23

West Virginia Officials: 2 People Who Were Presumed Dead in Flooding Have Been Found Alive; Death Toll Lowered to 23

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West Virginia officials: 2 people who were presumed dead in flooding have been found alive; death toll lowered to 23

Key Events Surrounding Texas Abortion Restriction Law

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Key events surrounding Texas abortion restriction law

Cops: Transportation Worker Hit by Drunken Driving Suspect

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Police say a drunken driving suspect struck a Department of Transportation worker in a construction zone on a Massachusetts highway, seriously injuring him

Texas Abortion Limits Struck Down by Supreme Court

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Supreme Court Monday struck down a major ruling on abortion access, one that centered on a Texas state law that imposed major restrictions on abortion clinics.

The justices decision, 5-3, struck down a law that affects clinic operations. The Texas law passed in 2013 required clinics providing abortion services to keep building standards in line with walk-in surgical centers. Those doctors performing abortions must also have certain privileges at nearby hospitals.

While Texas has defended the restrictions, since the law was enacted, clinics providing abortion services in the state have dropped.

This is a developing story. Please check back in for updates.

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Texas Abortion Limits

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Supreme Court Monday struck down a Texas law that imposed significant restrictions on abortion clinics — a major victory for abortion rights activists and a blow to the campaign to limit the procedures.

In a 5-to-3 decision, the justices struck down a law that set strict regulations governing how abortion clinics operate. The Texas law, enacted in 2013, mainly required clinics providing abortion services to beef up their facilities to match walk-in surgical centers and mandated physicians performing abortions to have admitting privileges at local hospitals.

Hundreds of activists on both sides of the debate gathered outside the Supreme Court in anticipation of the ruling. Monday is the last day that the court will issue decisions for this term, which began in October.

Texas has defended the restrictions, and the number of clinics providing abortion services in the state has dropped since the law was enacted. The Supreme Court said Texas put an undue burden on a woman’s legal right to get an abortion.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, criticized the ruling.

“The decision erodes states’ lawmaking authority to safeguard the health and safety of women and subjects more innocent life to being lost,” he said in a statement. “Texas’ goal is to protect innocent life while ensuring the highest health and safety standards for women.”

The court is down one justice, from nine to eight, because of the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia in February. He routinely sided with anti-abortion advocates.

The court is now evenly divided, with four conservative justices and four liberals. The majority opinion for the court, written by Justice Stephen Breyer, held that the regulations are medically unnecessary and unconstitutionally limit a woman’s right to an abortion.

“We conclude that neither of these provisions offers medical benefits sufficient to justify the burdens upon access that each imposes,” Breyer wrote of the “admitting-privileges requirement” and the “surgical center requirement. “Each places a substantial obstacle in the path of women seeking a pre-viability abortion, each constitutes an undue burden on abortion access, and each violates the federal Constitution.”

Breyer was joined by Justices Anthony M. Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr. dissented.

In a concurring opinion, Ginsburg wrote, “Given those realities, it is beyond rational belief that [the Texas law] could genuinely protect the health of women and certain that the law “would simply make it more difficult for them to obtain abortions.”

In his dissent, Thomas argued that the court shouldn’t have decided the case at all for technical and procedural reasons. But he also argues that the court’s abortion jurisprudence is fundamentally misguided, and the court today “radically rewrites the undue burden test” by “requiring courts to consider the burdens a law imposes on abortion access together with the benefits those laws confer.”

The last time the high court decided a major abortion case was nine years ago when they ruled to uphold a law banning late-term abortion procedures.

“Today women lost,” Kristan Hawkins, the president of Students for Life of America, said outside the court after the ruling. “Today the Supreme Court put politics over the health and safety of women in our country.”
 
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South Carolina: Deputy Investigated Over Sex Act Accusation

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A sheriff’s deputy who was fired after a woman said he forced her to perform a sex act is under investigation by South Carolina’s top law enforcement agency

Flood-Ravaged West Virginia Bracing for More Rain

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National Guard teams are removing debris in West Virginia as authorities prepare for another round of storms in the state where floodwaters have killed at least 25 people in the past week