How Sympathetic Whites Are Helping to Fuel Racial Change

Posted on: July 23rd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

After sitting in silence, some whites say they’re being spurred to action by recent shootings of black men

Weary of Protest, Baltimore Activists Seek Change Elsewhere

Posted on: July 23rd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

After sluggish and unsuccessful prosecution of six officers charged in the death of a young black man, Baltimore activists seek strategies other than protest to promote change

Los Angeles-Area Wildfire Prompts Evacuations

Posted on: July 23rd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

California is bearing down against continuing heat and wildfires that have forced the evacuations of hundreds of homes as red-flag warnings of extreme fire danger predicted gusty winds and scorching, dry air

Solar Projects Can’t Save the Forest for the Trees?

Posted on: July 23rd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

Solar energy ordinarily wins praise from groups that want to cut greenhouse gases, but a proposed solar project at a defunct Long Island nuclear power plant is stirring outrage because it requires demolishing 350 acres of woodlands

Solar Project Can’t Save the Forest for the Trees?

Posted on: July 23rd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

A green energy project has some environmentalists seeing red

AP Poll: Support Grows Among Americans for Stricter Gun Laws

Posted on: July 23rd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

A new AP-GfK poll shows that Americans are increasingly in favor of stricter gun laws

300 Firefighters Battle 3,327 Acre Brush Fire in L.A. County

Posted on: July 23rd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

Three hundred firefighters are battling a 3,327-acre brush fire in Santa Clarita, California, that has forced the mandatory evacuation of 200-300 homes, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said early Saturday morning.

No serious damage to people or property was reported yet. One minor firefighter injury was reported.

Firefighters fought the fast-spreading blaze — which was fueled by dry conditions and 20 mph gusts — with air tankers and helicopters dropping water.

Plumes of smoke were visible several miles away from the blaze, and the sky turned a golden-pinkish color during sunset.

About 200 to 300 homes in the Little Tujunga area were under mandatory evacuations, and The Red Cross opened an evacuation shelter in Santa Clarita for displaced residents.

AP PHOTOS: A Selection of Pictures From the Past Week

Posted on: July 23rd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

PHOTO GALLERY: A man exercises his open carry rights in Cleveland during the Republican convention; people protect themselves from a gunfight during a coup attempt in Turkey; a child carries a kettle through a flooded street in China

2 Teens Inadvertently Walk Across US-Canada Border While Playing Pokemon Go

Posted on: July 23rd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

The pair were apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol Agents in Montana.

Police: Car Slams Minivan, Pedestrians; Kills Woman, Hurts 6

Posted on: July 22nd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

Philadelphia police say a woman was killed and her husband and young son were among six people injured when they were struck by a driver in a stolen car

Today in History

Posted on: July 22nd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

Today in History

Coroner’s Office: Illinois Plane Crash Killed Florida Man

Posted on: July 22nd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

A Florida man has been identified as the pilot killed when a small plane crashed in a northern Illinois neighborhood

Girl, 14, Killed by Lightning While on Personal Watercraft

Posted on: July 22nd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

A 14-year-old girl has died and a woman was hospitalized in critical condition after lightning struck the personal watercraft they were riding across a reservoir straddling the Utah-Wyoming border, authorities said

The Latest: Authorities ID Teen Killed by Lightning Strike

Posted on: July 22nd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

Authorities have identified the 14-year-old girl who was killed and a woman who was hospitalized in critical condition after they were struck by lightning at the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area straddling the Utah-Wyoming border

California Governor Denies Parole for Manson Follower

Posted on: July 22nd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

California Gov. Jerry Brown is denying parole for Leslie Van Houten, the youngest follower of murderous cult leader Charles Manson

North Miami Police Officer ID’d After Shooting of Unarmed Man

Posted on: July 22nd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

Greater North Miami Chamber of Commerce/Facebook(MIAMI) — North Miami Police Officer Jonathon Aledda was identified Friday as the officer involved in the shooting of an unarmed man earlier this week.

City officials said Aledda is a member of the department’s SWAT team. He was placed on paid administrative leave.

Jeff Cazeau, North Miami City Attorney, said the release of the officer’s name was delayed due to safety concerns, but added that he is safe now.

Another officer who was at the scene, but did not shoot, was Commander Emile Holland. Holland was put on administrative leave without pay, officials said, noting there was evidence that Holland tried to fabricate the police report.

The incident happened Monday when Charles Kinsey, a behavioral therapist, was shot and injured while lying on the ground next to a man with autism.

Kinsey’s discussion with the police during the incident was caught on video and later released by his attorney.

The officer said in a statement Thursday through the police union, before his name was released: “I took this job to save lives and help people. I did what I had to do in a split second to accomplish that and hate to hear others paint me as something I’m not.”

The North Miami Police Department had said it had received a 911 call of a man threatening to commit suicide with a gun pointed at his head. “At some point during the on-scene negotiation” with the two men, one of the officers fired, striking Kinsey, police said.

Kinsey was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

No gun was recovered, police said.

John Rivera, the president of the Dade County Police Benevolent Association, said Thursday that the officers “saw the white male almost on top of Mr. Kinsey, who had his hands up and who had his knees up, and to the officers, it looked like the white male was about to shoot Mr. Kinsey,” Rivera said. “The officers all thought the individual had a firearm.”

Rivera said the officer who shot “was trying to save the life of Mr. Kinsey and feels horrible that his aim missed and struck Mr. Kinsey.”

“The officers were justified in their actions. They did everything that they could do and were human beings. And we had a human being miss his target and unfortunately strike Mr. Kinsey,” Rivera said.

Kinsey’s employer told ABC News Friday that the police union tried to “change” the narrative Thursday by saying “the resident was threatening the employee,” which was “shocking.”

“I really hope they walk that back,” said Clint Bower, the president and CEO of MACtown, a provider of services for people with disabilities.

Bower called Kinsey a hero to the company, to the community and “to all the people in the disability community.”

Kinsey “did everything he was supposed to do, and was more concerned with protecting the individual he was responsible for than his own life,” Bower said.

“He can come back to work whenever he wants. If he needs to take a year off he’s getting paid,” Bower said.

Following the shooting, the autistic man “was clearly traumatized,” Bower said. “Since this happened, nobody from the city has asked me how he’s doing.”

Bower said he’d like “the city to step forward” and announce training for officers for how to work with people with disabilities.

Kinsey’s attorney, Hilton Napoleon said, Thursday morning, “There is no justification for shooting an unarmed person who is talking to you and telling you that they don’t have a gun and that they’re a mental health counselor.”

“The video clearly shows him laying on his back. The video clearly shows him with his hands as high in the air as he can possibly get them,” Napoleon said.

The footage also captured audio of Kinsey talking to police while he was lying on his back with his hands up, explaining that he is a behavioral therapist and that the man sitting at his feet is holding a toy truck.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has taken over the investigation. The state attorney’s office is also looking into the case, police said.

Napoleon said Thursday that Kinsey was physically “doing OK.”

“I think one of the biggest hurdles that’s going to be tough for him in the long run is the mental aspect of it, because he feels he really did everything he could do to cooperate and go over and beyond to show police that he’s not armed and that he’s trying to help de-escalate a situation with a mental health individual,” Napoleon said. “It’s going to be a long haul to make sure that he gets over that fear.”

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Series of Attacks May Lead Mall Owners to Increase Security

Posted on: July 22nd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

Attacks such as the one at a Munich shopping mall may lead mall owners to increase security, tweak expansion plans

Long Beach, California, Shores Reopened After Sewage Spill

Posted on: July 22nd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

Long Beach authorities have reopened four miles of beaches that were closed by a 2.4 million-gallon sewage spill upstream

California Governor Denies Parole for Leslie Van Houten, Youngest of Charles Manson’s Followers

Posted on: July 22nd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

California governor denies parole for Leslie Van Houten, youngest of Charles Manson’s followers

The Latest: Teen Dies After Lightning Strikes Watercraft

Posted on: July 22nd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

Authorities say a 15-year-old girl has died and a woman has been hospitalized in critical condition after they were struck by lightning at Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area straddling the Utah-Wyoming border

Girl, 15, Killed by Lightning While on Personal Watercraft

Posted on: July 22nd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

A 15-year-old girl has died and a woman was hospitalized in critical condition after lightning struck the personal watercraft they were riding across a reservoir straddling the Utah-Wyoming border, authorities said

The Latest: Farm Water Warning Lifted in Utah Algae Bloom

Posted on: July 22nd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

Utah officials are lifting an agricultural water use advisory that was issued in response to a huge algae bloom on Utah Lake

Virginia Court Nixes Order Restoring Felons’ Voting Rights

Posted on: July 22nd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

Virginia’s highest court has struck down Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s executive order restoring voting rights to more than 206,000 felons

The Latest: Utah Teen Dies After Lightning Strikes Jet Ski

Posted on: July 22nd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

Authorities say a 15-year-old girl has died and a woman has been hospitalized in critical condition after they were struck by lightning at Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area straddling the Utah-Wyoming border

TSA Says Proper Procedure Followed When Governor’s Son’s Backpack Bypassed Security

Posted on: July 22nd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

However, the governor’s office called the incident a "mistake."

Judge to Monitor Kansas’ Actions on Gay Marriage for 3 Years

Posted on: July 22nd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

A federal judge has told Kansas that for the next three years he will monitor its compliance with the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic decision legalizing gay marriage across the nation

Virginia Court Strikes Down Order Giving Felons Voting Right

Posted on: July 22nd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

Virginia’s highest court has struck down Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s executive order restoring voting rights to more than 206,000 felons

Thieves Using Simple Scam to Target Cellphones

Posted on: July 22nd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

Thieves are targeting cellphone owners with a simple trick.

Virginia’s Highest Court Strikes Down Governor’s Executive Order Restoring Voting Rights to Felons

Posted on: July 22nd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

Virginia’s highest court strikes down governor’s executive order restoring voting rights to felons

Father, Son Convicted for Role in US-Italy Drug Ring

Posted on: July 22nd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

A father and a son have been convicted on weapons and other charges related to an international drug operation run out of their New York pizzeria