Marines from California base charged with human smuggling

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Nine Marines at California’s Camp Pendleton base have been charged with human smuggling

Arizona gun store swipes at gun control with ‘Beto Special’

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A suburban Phoenix gun store owner says he will continue offering assault-style rifles at a discount in response to presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke’s call to confiscate them

Gulf Coast seafood biz slammed by freshwater from floods

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Freshwater flooding has killed oysters in three states and cost Mississippi half of its blue crabs

Goodbye, Three Mile Island: Remaining reactor shuts down

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The money-losing Three Mile Island, site of the United States’ worst commercial nuclear power accident, has been shut down by its energy giant owner

Storm-scarred Texas coast picks up after lmelda’s deluge

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Tropical Storm Imelda has presented another test of catastrophic weather for an already storm-scarred stretch of Gulf Coast, and like past ones, the response hasn’t escape second-guessing

Feds: Virginia man facing weapons charges is a neo-Nazi

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Authorities say a northern Virginia man arrested this week on gun charges is a neo-Nazi who has bragged about committing racially motivated violence

Reward for missing 5-year-old girl Dulce Maria Alavez up to $35,000

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New Jersey State Police(BRIDGETON, N.J.) —  The search for 5-year-old Dulce Maria Alavez entered its fifth day Friday with no significant leads or suspects, as authorities increased the reward for any information on the missing New Jersey girl to $35,000.

“I’m hopeful that we’ll find Dulce alive because we have no physical evidence,” Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McCrae said at a press conference Friday afternoon.

Bridgeton Chief of Police Michael Gaimari said at the same press conference there are no “strong suspects” at this time.

 Dulce was last seen Monday afternoon near City Park in Bridgeton, New Jersey. The FBI, state police, missing persons unit, helicopters and the downtown ship dive crew have been part of the search effort.

Dulce’s mother reported to authorities that she saw her daughter playing on the swings with her 3-year-old brother, about 30 yards away, while she remained in her car with an 8-year-old relative. The mother said the toddler returned to her car without his sister and she was unable to find her, according to a statement from the Bridgetown Police Department.

Gaimari said that authorities expanded the search area about a mile and a half in each direction around the park on Friday, to make sure that they had covered their tracks. He would not say what, if anything, was recovered.

Gaimari also addressed rumors that Dulce’s mother had been arrested, calling them “erroneous.”

The New Jersey State Police issued an Amber Alert for Dulce early Wednesday after investigators interviewed people who were in the area at the time she vanished. Based on those interviews, detectives believe Dulce was taken by an unidentified man, who was light-skinned and possibly Hispanic, wearing a black shirt and red pants with orange sneakers. He was described as being around 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-8 and having a thin build, acne and no facial hair.

Webb-McCrae said the investigation has led them to a place where “we just want to talk to the man described.” They are looking into the possibility that the person who took Dulce could be in the state or somewhere else in the country.

She said the public should be aware of any behavioral changes they observe in those close to them, including any sudden changes in appearances, plans, or vehicles.

Webb-McCrae emphasized that state police, her office and the FBI were not concerned with anyone’s immigration status if they did come forward with information.

On Friday, local authorities announced that the reward money for any information had been increased from $25,000.

The FBI, the prosecutor’s office, and the New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association are each contributing $5,000. Two local businesses, Tortilleria El Paisano and Newfield National Bank, are each offering $10,000.

Dulce’s grandmother addressed the public on Thursday, begging anyone with information to come forward.

“Please, if you have any information help us find my granddaughter, do not be afraid of the police,” she said in Spanish at a press conference. “We have not been able to eat or sleep. You can’t imagine what we are going through. We are very sad.”

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SUV drives through Chicago-area mall, crashes into store

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Police have arrested a man who drove through the corridors of a suburban Chicago mall before crashing into a store

SUV drives through Chicago-area mall, crashes into store

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Police have arrested a man who drove through the corridors of a suburban Chicago mall before crashing into a store

Sheriff: 1 officer dead, 1 injured in Louisiana shooting

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Authorities say two police officers have been shot in Louisiana, one fatally, after a vehicle chase north of New Orleans

‘Botched’ Area 51 event draws only around 100 people

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miroslav_1/iStock(RACHEL, Nev.) — The drama of the Area 51 event was meant to be out of this world, but the lack of humans brought it back to reality.

After more than two million people responded on Facebook that they would attend the “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us” event, just about 75 actually showed up as of Friday morning.

None made it past the first gate at the site.

The event itself had changed course after the original organizer, 20-year-old college student Matty Roberts, who started the Facebook page as a joke, pulled out fearing a “humanitarian disaster in the works.”

The town of Rachel, Nevada, still scrambled to get its own AlienStock event to move forward but called it “botched.”

“Law enforcement clearly outnumbers visitors. There are no vendors and not much of an infrastructure,” according to a post on the town’s official website Thursday night. “A makeshift stage was set up on a dusty dirt lot and a few campers are parked around the area. This has very clearly become Fyre Fest 2.0 after the creator of the Storm Area 51 movement pulled out and the organizers started suing each other.”

Roberts sent Connie West, the owner of Little A’Le’Inn in Rachel and event co-partner, a cease-and-desist letter to cancel her extraterrestrial event plans, according to ABC Las Vegas affiliate KTNV-TV.

West ignored the letter, according to the town’s website.

The town urged anyone still planning to come to Rachel for AlienStock to be prepared with their own food, water, gas and a place to sleep.

As for entertainment, “occasionally music can be heard from a makeshift stage on a dusty dirt lot.”

Samantha Travis, the manager of the inn, previously told ABC News that 20 musical acts and two comedians had been booked for the Sept. 19-21 festival.

“We’re still gonna do our best to throw a sweet party and keep everyone safe,” Travis said.

Numerous calls to West, Travis and the Little A’Le’Inn were not returned.

The actual location of Area 51, the highly-classified government facility located near Rachel, will be guarded by the Air Force and various local and federal law enforcement, the town said.

At least two people were detained by local sheriff’s deputies early Friday, according to the Associated Press, but it was not clear what the offense was. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s office did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

One AlienStock attendee, named Jeffrey, told ABC News police were laughing and having fun with the visitors until a teenager ducked under the gate for a moment and was subsequently grabbed, scolded and let go. Jeffrey said he also saw a man detained after he urinated on the fence, but has not seen him since.

Area 51 has long been a source of conspiracy theories involving extraterrestrial beings. Revelers are allowed to go up to the gate but cannot actually enter the government site.

Another event, located about in the next nearest town of Hiko, seems to be going more smoothly with plans for music, movies and discussions about aliens.

George Harris, owner of the Alien Research Center, said his event even has a replica of the Area 51 back gate.

“‘Storming’ Area 51 started as a prank. We want everyone to be safe and enjoy their visit. Neither the Lincoln County Sheriff or the United States Military will tolerate any illegal activity,” Harris said on his website. “So, in simple terms, check yourself before you wreck yourself.”

Both the Rachel and Hiko events will run through Sunday for the hundreds of people who actually showed.

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Car crashes into mall near Chicago, suspect in custody: Officials

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WLS-TV(CHICAGO) — A suspect is in custody after allegedly crashing a car into a mall in a Chicago suburb on Friday, officials said.

No injuries were reported in the incident at the Woodfield Mall, according to officials with the Village of Schaumburg, Illinois, which is 30 miles outside of Chicago.

The mall is being evacuated, officials said.

FBI Chicago officials said there’s no threat to public safety.

#FBI Chicago is aware of the incident at Schaumburg Mall and is assisting local law enforcement as requested. There is no threat to public safety.

— FBI Chicago (@FBIChicago) September 20, 2019

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At least 4 dead, others critically hurt in Utah tour bus crash: Officials

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Michael Warren/iStock(BRYCE CANYON, UT) — At least four people are dead after a tour bus rolled over on a Utah road, ejecting some passengers, authorities said.

Thirty people, including the driver, were on board when the bus rolled over near Bryce Canyon National Park on SR-12, Garfield County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Denise Dastrup said.

Twelve to 15 bus passengers suffered “very critical injuries,” the highway patrol said.

“Everyone on the bus sustained some sort of injury,” Dastrup said.

There appeared to be “no obvious explanation for the rollover,” Garfield County Sheriff James Perkins told ABC News. He said the crash was on “part of the road that had a slight gradual turn,” but “not much of a turn.”

SR-12 is now closed in both directions, about 3.5 miles west of the park. The national park remains open.

SR-12 is currently closed in both directions, approximately 3.5 miles west of the park. Please avoid this area to allow emergency crews to respond to this incident. https://t.co/v1RkAu6qpW

— Bryce Canyon NP (@BryceCanyonNPS) September 20, 2019

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Prosecution fines rescinded in Mexican church leader case

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A Los Angeles judge has rescinded sanctions against two prosecutors who she said failed to turn over evidence in a case against a Mexican megachurch leader charged with child rape and human trafficking

Water main break turns streets into rapids, requires rescues

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Pittsburgh is cleaning up after a massive water main break turned streets into river rapids, required the rescue of people and pets, and closed schools

Water main break turns streets into rapids, requires rescues

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Pittsburgh is cleaning up after a massive water main break turned streets into river rapids, required the rescue of people and pets, and closed schools

Imelda leaves 4 dead in Texas, others stranded and trapped

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The slow-churning remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda that flooded parts of Texas left at least four people dead and rescue crews scrambling to reach stranded drivers and families trapped in homes

AP Photos: Youths worldwide call for action on climate

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AP Photos: ‘I want to have a future’: Young people around the world hit the streets to demand action on climate change

The Latest: Officials say 4th death tied to Imelda floods

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A man found dead in his vehicle in southeast Texas after floodwaters receded is at least the fourth person to have died in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Imelda

Missouri governor sending state troopers to St. Louis to combat youth gun violence

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Belyay/iStock(ST. LOUIS) — To help combat a wave of violence and the recent rise in shooting incidents involving children, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson announced he’s sending additional law enforcement officers to St. Louis.

On Oct. 1, Parson will send 25 state employees, mostly state troopers, to the city. So far this year, at least 22 children have been shot in gun-related incidents across the St. Louis metropolitan area.

Last week a 3-year-old boy in the city accidentally shot himself in the head and a 13-year-old boy was shot while walking through an apartment complex on the same day.

“We know we have a serious problem with violent crime that must be addressed, and we have spent the past months meeting with leaders and organizations at all levels to discuss possible solutions,” Parson said in a statement Thursday. “This is about targeting violent criminals and getting them off our streets. If we are to change violent criminal acts across our state, we must work together, we must do our jobs, we must support our law enforcement officers to accomplish these goals, and we must start prioritizing the prevention of crime.”

Parson said troopers will work with the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Strike Force, the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, Mission SAVE (Strike Against Violence Early) Task Force, Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) and other local agencies.

The Republican governor said he’s sending a trooper “surge” to patrol four major Missouri highways, including I-70, to help arrest violent criminals using the interstates. This move, he said, will free up local officers to focus on known “high-crime” areas.

“Law enforcement has the greatest impact on taking violent criminals off the highways when we work collaboratively at all levels of government throughout the criminal justice system,” Missouri State Highway Patrol Colonel Eric Olson said in a statement. “The Patrol is committed to this plan and working with our partners and citizens to help make the region safer.”

Parson is also allocating $2 million in state resources to help crime victims.

“We are committed to doing everything we can at the state level, but we can’t do it alone. It is truly a team effort, and everyone has to do their job to keep Missourians safe,” Parson said. “None of us, no matter where we’re from, want to see our children being shot in the streets. If we are to change violent criminal acts across our state, we must do our jobs, work together, and support our law enforcement officers to accomplish that goal.”

St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson and the St. Louis Police Department did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

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At least 4 dead in Utah tour bus crash: Officials

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Michael Warren/iStock(BRYCE CANYON, UT) — At least four people are dead and multiple people are critically injured after a tour bus crashed in Utah, according to the state’s highway patrol.

Air ambulances and rescue crews are racing to the scene near Bryce Canyon on SR-12.

This story is developing. Please check back for more updates.

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Woman testifies that she told man accused of rape to stop

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A woman who says she was raped by an ex-University of Delaware baseball player accused of multiple sexual assaults says she told him several times to stop touching her and that she did not want to have sex

Woman testifies that she told man accused of rape to stop

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A woman who says she was raped by an ex-University of Delaware baseball player accused of multiple sexual assaults says she told him several times to stop touching her and that she did not want to have sex

Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Phoenix home up for auction

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An Arizona home that architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed during the last year of his life is going on the auction block

Judge orders trial in Southern California synagogue shooting

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A judge has ordered a former college student to stand trial on charges of firing an assault rifle inside a synagogue, killing one woman and injuring three people last April

Judge orders trial in Southern California synagogue shooting

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A judge has ordered a former college student to stand trial on charges of firing an assault rifle inside a synagogue, killing one woman and injuring three people last April

Trial ordered for SEAL and Marine charged in soldier’s death

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The case against a U.S. Navy SEAL and a Marine who are charged in the hazing-related death of a Green Beret will go to trial

Milwaukee zoo visitors get first glimpse of red panda cub

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Milwaukee County Zoo debuts second red panda cub, Kiki, born in June.

2 dead as flooding disaster brings Houston area to standstill

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ABC News(HOUSTON) — Torrential rain and deadly flooding is bringing the Houston area to a standstill, shuttering schools, canceling flights and leaving hundreds of cars swamped and abandoned.

The remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda dumped up to 43 inches of rain within three days in the areas between Winnie and Beaumont, east of Houston. Most of that rain fell in just 24 hours.

Some residents whose homes were flooded by Hurricane Harvey two years ago are now seeing rain seeping into their houses yet again.

“It was really just intense rainfall that wouldn’t stop. It was very [Hurricane] Harvey-like,” Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said.

At least two deaths were reported on Thursday as the floodwaters rose: one man who drowned after driving into floodwaters and a second man who was electrocuted and drowned while trying to move his horse, according to authorities.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday declared a state of disaster for 13 counties as the floodwaters climbed up to the door handles of SUVs.

In Harris County, which encompasses Houston, more than 1,000 people were rescued. Some residents used tractors and air boats to pull other to safety.

A Harris County Sheriff’s sergeant was heading to rescue a man stranded in floodwaters early Friday when the fast current trapped him, Sheriff Gonzalez said. The sergeant, who had lost all contact with the department, clung to a tree branch to avoid the quick current until both men could be rescued, Gonzalez said.

“We collectively just held our breath for a minute … we’re just all relieved,” said the sheriff, who knows the sergeant personally.

Jayden Payne, a student at Aldine Senior High School in Houston, was in the car with his mom when he saw an SUV head into a ditch — “and it was going down fast.”

Payne said he ran over, dodging other cars, and dove into the water to help pull a mother and daughter to safety.

“I was frightened for the little girl because I could tell she was 4 years old. And I was like, ‘She’s too young for her life to get taken away right now,'” he told ABC News. “They were both too young.”

Houston, the nation’s 4th largest city, saw over 9 inches of rainfall on Thursday, the wettest September day ever recorded there.

About 200 students from the Aldine Independent School District were forced to spend the night at school after they couldn’t get home due to the flooding, ABC Houston station KTRK reported. Houston public schools are closed Friday.

This week’s downpour is the fourth highest amount of rain from a tropical system in Texas’ recorded history, as well as the seventh highest amount of rain from a tropical system in U.S. recorded history.

Hurricane Harvey brought 60 inches of rain to Texas two years ago, which remains the U.S. record for most rain from a tropical system.

And the threat isn’t over.

Friday afternoon, rain will redevelop in eastern Texas as deep tropical moisture moves onshore from the Gulf of Mexico. In the next 24 hours, additional up to another 1 inch of rain is possible in eastern Texas, including Houston.

Flash flood watches and flood warnings continue for Houston and east to Lake Charles, Louisiana, because the ground is so saturated that it can’t handle any more rain — making flash flooding possible with as little as 1 inch of additional rain.

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Michelle Carter, convicted in texting suicide case, is denied parole

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ABC News(FAIRHAVEN, Mass.) — Michelle Carter, who as a teenager sent texts urging her then-boyfriend to kill himself, has been denied parole.

Carter was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2017 after her 18-year-old boyfriend, Conrad Roy III, died of carbon monoxide poisoning from locking himself in his truck in Massachusetts in 2014.

Prosecutors argued Carter, then 17, was reckless and caused Roy’s death by telling him over the phone to get back in his truck even though they say he didn’t want to die.

During sentencing, the judge said Carter admitted in texts that she took no action to help Roy; she knew the location of his truck and did not notify Roy’s mother or sisters.

Carter began serving a 15-month jail sentence in February. She had been sentenced to two and a half years in jail with 15 months to be served and the rest suspended.

Members of the Massachusetts Parole Board said they were “troubled that Ms. Carter not only encouraged Mr. Conrad [Roy] to take his own life, she actively prevented others from intervening in his suicide.”

“Ms. Carter’s self-serving statements and behavior, leading up to after his suicide, appear to be irrational and lacked sincerity,” the members said. “Release does not meet the legal standard.”

Carter’s attorney, Joseph Cataldo, told ABC News on Friday that the board’s is based on the “incorrect and dangerous” of a prior legal ruling.

He said they have appealed with the U.S. Supreme Court.

“Additionally, it is never in society’s best interest to incarcerate anyone for the content of their speech where there is not a specific statute previously enacted,” he added.

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