Man seeks venue change over court’s Confederate statue

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A Louisiana man is asking the state’s Supreme Court to move his trial away from a courthouse with a Confederate statue at it

Underwater forest hampers search for missing Alabama woman

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An underwater forest with trees as tall as 60 feet is hampering the search for the body of a woman who was thrown off a boat in Alabama nearly two weeks ago

Police: Tossing drugs in toilet could lead to ‘meth-gators’

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Police in Tennessee are asking residents not to toss drugs down the toilet, saying it could lead to ‘meth-gators’ and stoned waterfowl

The Latest: Union says officer in chokehold case ‘honorable’

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The head of New York City’s largest police union says the death of Eric Garner was an "undeniable tragedy" but Officer Daniel Pantaleo "did not cause it."

Police say trucker speeding in Indiana crash that killed 3

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Police say a semitrailer’s computer data says it was going 65 miles per hour when it slammed into line of vehicles on an Indianapolis highway, causing the deaths of a woman and her 18-month-old twin daughters

Judge overseeing opioid lawsuits orders release of some data

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The federal judge overseeing more than 1,500 lawsuits filed by city and county governments against drug companies over the opioid crisis has ordered the public release of data that shows where drugs were distributed nationally before 2013

Police sergeant remains hospitalized after clinic shooting

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Police say a sergeant who was shot during an incident at a Baltimore methadone clinic that left two people dead remains hospitalized

The Latest: US attorney: Garner case is now closed

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U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue says an exhaustive investigation has found there is "insufficient evidence" to prove "beyond a reasonable doubt" that the officer who arrested Eric Garner violated his civil rights

US attorney: Federal investigators couldn’t prove officer in Eric Garner’s death violated his civil rights

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US attorney: Federal investigators couldn’t prove officer in Eric Garner’s death violated his civil rights

Appeals court: NYC can ban ads in Uber and Lyft cars

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A federal appeals court in New York says the city can ban advertisements in vehicle driven for companies like Uber and Lyft

The Latest: Sharpton calls Garner decision ‘moral disgrace’

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The Rev. Al Sharpton says Eric Garner’s family has been told that the government will not bring civil rights charges in his death _ a decision he calls "a moral disgrace" and "judicial malpractice."

Officers attend funeral for girl killed in cruise ship fall

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Police officers were among the mourners at the funeral of an 18-month-old Indiana girl who fell to her death from a cruise ship docked in Puerto Rico

DOJ will not file charges against officer involved in Eric Garner’s death

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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.

Demonstrations are planned Wednesday in Manhattan and Staten Island.

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US industrial production unchanged in June

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US industrial production flat in June, as slump in utilities offset by output gains at factories and mines

Kansas City man convicted of abusing, killing daughter

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A 43-year-old Kansas City man has been convicted of sexually assaulting and killing his 18-year-old daughter

Chicago alligator captured one week after it was first spotted in lagoon

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Chicago Animal Care and Control(CHICAGO) — An alligator has been captured in Humboldt Park Lagoon in Chicago overnight, police confirmed Tuesday morning, one week after the reptile was first spotted there.

The gator, nicknamed “Chance the Snapper,” is between 4 and 5 feet long, specialists said, according to Chicago police. It was believed to have been a pet that someone dropped off at the lagoon, Jenny Schlueter, a spokeswoman for Chicago Animal Care and Control, told ABC News last week.

Police said the gator was captured safely and humanely.

Authorities will release more information at a news conference Tuesday.

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Alabama woman charged with locking up, starving brother

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An Alabama woman has pleaded guilty to locking up her developmentally disabled brother in his room and starving him

Searchers scour Michigan woods for missing 2-year-old girl

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Authorities have resumed the search for a 2-year-old girl whose family says wandered away as they prepared to leave a woodland campsite in northern Michigan

Africans flee to South America on dangerous journey to US

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Hundreds of Africans join Central American migrants on long, dangerous journey to seek asylum in US

Missing camper chased by knife happy to be back with family

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The woman who went missing from a remote campground in California’s White Mountains after she says she was confronted by a man with a knife spoke about being reunited with her family

Body found in yard; man charged with killing former roommate

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The discovery of a body stashed in a shallow grave outside a Mississippi home has led to murder charges against a missing man’s former roommate

California hiker found after going missing with dog ‘thankful’

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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 and briefly explore the wilderness around them while her husband, Joseph Powell, parked their vehicle.

“Miley, my dog, and I went off together and never quite made it back as soon as I thought,” Sheryl Powell told ABC News’ Amy Robach in an interview with her family, which aired Tuesday on Good Morning America.
 
Suddenly, a man with a knife emerged from behind a tree and threatened Powell and her dog, she said.

“He had been observing me and it was scary,” she told ABC News. “If we made noise, if we yelled out, he was going to use [the knife] on us.”

Powell said she tried to be compliant until she had a chance to flee.

“I took off with my dog and we just ran in a different direction than I knew my husband was, because the guy was between me and my husband, so I went the other way,” she said. “I did what I had to.”

Powell said she ran as fast as she could until she was certain the man wasn’t following her.

“I just realized I wasn’t sure where I was because I had been running out of fear,” she added.

Joseph Powell said he started to become concerned as the minutes passed and his wife didn’t return. He screamed her name and desperately searched the wilderness around their campsite for 45 minutes until alerting authorities.

“I realized something was seriously wrong,” he told ABC News. “There’s no words to describe the horror I went through looking for her.”

The Inyo County Sheriff’s Office launched a search in the area for Powell and her dog. They spent four days combing through the mountainous terrain.

“Every day that went on got harder and harder,” the couple’s daughter, Farrah, told ABC News. “Each day, our hope was kind of dwindling and we tried to stay strong, but it was a very concerning situation.”

“It was definitely the lowest point we’d been,” the couple’s son, Greg, added. “It was just very scary for us.”

On Monday morning, a ground search team found the family’s dog alive, about 2.5 miles from Powell’s last known location, according to the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office. Miley had somehow gotten loose from her leash and was barking, leading searchers to her location, the family said.

Powell was found soon after near the Montenegro Springs area of Inyo County. The searchers described Powell as being “resilient and strong but exhausted after being lost in an extremely remote area above Big Pine,” the sheriff’s office said.

She was transported to a local hospital for medical clearance, and now, the woman and her dog are both doing well, despite their ordeal.

“It’s really strange and beautiful how that worked out, that Miley potentially was the savior here,” Joseph Powell told ABC News.

While stranded in the wilderness, Powell managed to find water to drink, ate a cactus and hiked at night to avoid getting dehydrated, her family told ABC News.

Powell said she remained focused on taking care of Miley and trying to get back to her family.

“I’m just thankful to be alive and back with my family,” she told ABC News. “I knew my husband was there waiting for me. So I was always determined to get back as soon as I could. I didn’t know it would be four days.”

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Minneapolis suburb reinstates Pledge at council meetings

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A suburban Minneapolis city council has voted to reinstate the Pledge of Allegiance at its meetings after its decision to drop it generated a firestorm of criticism, including from the White House

Remnants of Barry drench parts of southwest Arkansas

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Forecasters are warning of extreme flash flooding in parts of Arkansas as the remnants of a massive storm drift through the state

Boy, 3, dies after falling into restaurant grease trap

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A 3-year-old boy has died after falling into an underground grease collection tank behind an upstate New York restaurant

10 Things to Know for Today

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Among 10 Things to Know: Democratic congresswomen targeted in Trump tweets fire back; Facebook’s new currency plan under scrutiny in Congress; Top Iran diplomat says talks on ballistic missiles possible

Barry remnants deliver more rain as heatwave takes shape from Midwest to Northeast

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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 and into Thursday, heavy rain is expected in Philadelphia, New York and Boston. Urban flooding is possible for areas that see as much as 4 inches of rain.

Hot weather is expected on Tuesday in parts of the South and Plains, but it will take over much of the country by Thursday with highs around 100 degrees. Thirteen states already are under heat watches and advisories.

After showers later in the week, some of the hottest air will travel into the Northeast, where some spots may see highs of 110 over the weekend.

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2-year-old girl missing from campsite in northern Michigan

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Michigan State Police(MONROE, Mich.) — An urgent search is underway in a wooded area in northern Michigan for a 2-year-old girl who went missing at the end of a family camping trip.

The family of Gabriella Roselynn Vitale told the Oscoda County Sheriff’s Office and Michigan State Police that they had been camping for a few days and were getting ready to leave Monday morning when they noticed that the toddler was nowhere to be found.

Deputies and troopers are using canine teams to search the area.

Early into the search, the girl’s pink jacket was found several hundred yards away from where she went missing, police said. She is wearing a gray shirt, pink bottoms and tennis shoes.

The family says they live in the Monroe, Michigan, area, which is about 200 miles south of where the girl went missing.

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Convicted felon driving an Uber accused of ‘sexual contact’ with 17-year-old: Police

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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 Miller, allegedly made unwanted sexual contact with the juvenile female in addition to making overt sexual advances,” according to police.

“What’s been reported to police is horrible and is something no one should go through,” a spokeswoman for Uber told ABC News in a statement. “The driver’s access to the app has been removed. We will fully cooperate with the Fairfield Police Department’s ongoing investigation.”

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Jim Beam thanks firefighters who put out warehouse blaze

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Jim Beam has written an open letter to some newspapers to thank firefighters for battling a fire that recently burned down a storage warehouse in Kentucky