Officer shoots robbery suspect outside Atlanta mall

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Authorities say a police sergeant foiled an armed robbery and shot one of the suspects outside of one of Atlanta’s largest malls

Police: Officer-involved shooting at Atlanta mall

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Police have responded to an officer-involved shooting at one of Atlanta’s largest malls, as terrified shoppers scrambled to safety

US seeks to deport Honduran mom, sick children to Guatemala

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The U.S. government says it will deport a Honduran mother and her two sick children, both of whom are currently hospitalized, to Guatemala as soon as it can get them medically cleared to travel

ICE ups ante in standoff with NYC: ‘This is not a request’

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Federal immigration officials are turning to a new tactic in the fight over New York City’s so-called sanctuary policies

Boy arrested after shooting that killed 4 in small Utah town

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Police say a boy opened fire inside a home, killing three children and a woman.

Pumps acquired to help drain lake, ease pressure on dam

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Pumps to help take some of the pressure off a dam that’s perilously close to failing are on site to help drain Oktibbeha County Lake

Report: Oregon marijuana sales 420% stronger near Idaho

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A report has found marijuana sales in Oregon along the Idaho state line are 420% the statewide average

Tennessee governor wants to amend day that honors KKK leader

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Gov. Bill Lee will introduce legislation this year to amend a law requiring Tennessee to honor Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest, an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan

Man rescued, cited after rappelling into Yellowstone canyon

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Yellowstone National Park officials say a 55-year-old Indiana man had to be rescued after he rappelled into the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River and then could not climb back up

Michigan man finds $43,000 in couch he bought for $35

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Pineapple Studio/iStock(NEW YORK) —  A Michigan man made a shocking discovery inside a couch he purchased from a thrift store for just $35: an extra $43,000.

Howard Kirby purchased a couch from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Owosso only to discover it came with the wad of cash inside one of the cushions, the store manager told ABC News on Saturday.

Kirby decided to return the money to the couch’s owner.

“He could use it. … He has needs, but he said he just felt this prompting from God that said, ‘This isn’t yours,'” store manager Rick Merlang said.

 Kirby met with the couch’s original owners on Thursday to return the money. The store had called the family to say that Kirby found something “they’re gonna want back.”

“It was very, very shocking to them,” Merlang said.

The couch belonged to the grandfather of the family, who died about a year ago, according to Merlang. The family called the thrift store to ask them to pick the couch up and left their contact information.

“I think they were hoping there might be some pictures. They would have never dreamed that it was money,” he said.

While Merlang said the store often hears from people who discover items left behind, Kirby, who could not be reached by ABC News, was the first to actually return something.

“He’s happy that he’s got a couch,” Merlang said. “Someone said, ‘Are you gonna give the cushion back?’ And he said, ‘No, that’s a $43,000 cushion.'”

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Top prosecutor receives a racist voicemail, posts it on social media

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Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) — Days after Baltimore City’s State Attorney Marilyn Mosby rallied around a fellow top prosecutor to speak out about the racially charged attacks they have experienced while in office, she received a 60-second voicemail flooded with “hateful rhetoric.”

The anonymous voice started by chastising Mosby for traveling to St. Louis, Missouri, to support St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner for filing a civil rights lawsuit against the city and their police union for allegedly coordinating racist conspiracies meant to force her out of office.

Mixed with half-recited, profanity-laced proverbs and racially biased opinions, the caller ended the message with a shocking suggestion. “If we’d known you all were going to be this much f—–g trouble, we would have picked our own f—–g cotton,” the caller said.

Mosby received the rambling “hateful rhetoric” on Wednesday and posted it on her Twitter page on Thursday to further reiterate why she supported Gardner earlier in the week.

This is why #IStandWithKimGardner and this hateful rhetoric only strengthens my resolve to continue fighting for justice and working to undo the blight of mass incarceration and its impact on communities of color.” #KeepersOfTheStatusQuo pic.twitter.com/GbP8fTjJbH

— Marilyn J. Mosby (@MarilynMosbyEsq) January 16, 2020

Gardner is the first black woman elected as the top prosecutor in St. Louis and the lawsuit appears to mark the first time an elected local prosecutor has brought a federal case against the police union for racially motivated civil rights violations.

On Monday, Gardner held a press conference to announce the civil lawsuit she filed in the Eastern District of Missouri and was supported by other leading black female prosecutors from across the country including Mosby.

“Quite candidly, Kim, like the others who stand before you today, has challenged the status quo and the keepers of the status quo don’t like that, which is why she is being personally and professionally attacked,” Mosby said the podium on Monday. “Every prosecutor here has had similar experiences to Kim.”

Mosby also spoke out about receiving death threats since taking office in 2015, in particular, for indicting six police officers in connection to the death of Freddie Gray, who suffered a catastrophic spinal injury while in custody.

A request for comment from Mosby was not immediately received.

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Major storm slams East Coast after battering the Midwest

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — A major storm has now slammed the Northeast Saturday afternoon after battering the western states and the Midwest.

Yesterday, Alpine Meadows Ski Resort in Northern California received 25 inches of snow within 24 hours between Thursday and Friday morning, resulting in an avalanche that killed one person and seriously injured another.

This morning, blizzard conditions hammered parts of the High Plains and Upper Midwest from Iowa to North Dakota, where snow is falling and winds are gusting above 50 mph.

Alerts are in place Saturday morning for millions of Americans from the High Plains to New England.

As of 3:30 a.m. Saturday, radar showed hard winter weather affecting many major U.S. interstates, with icy conditions from Iowa through Ohio, heavy snow further north into the Great Lakes region, and heavy rain on the southern side of the storm.

The storm moved east rather quickly this morning, reaching the Northeast by midday.

The storm will impact a large area of the country bringing potential flooding from the Midwest south to the Tennessee River Valley, icy conditions along the mixing line stretching across a portion of the Midwest into the northeast, and snow accumulations on the northern side of the system.

Gusty winds up to 50 mph will cause blowing snow, reducing visibility and making travel especially dangerous through Saturday.

The highest snow totals are likely to reach the 1-foot mark across the northern Great Lakes and into interior New England.

Ice may accrue up to a half inch in some locations across the Midwest and into portions of the Appalachian Mountain Range and foothills by Saturday afternoon.

Even in areas where snow totals aren’t too high, gusty winds may result in blowing snow and hazardous driving conditions.

Travel along many U.S. interstates will be difficult Saturday morning through the overnight before conditions start to improve by Sunday morning as the system moves offshore.

Gusty winds up to 50 mph will impact a large swath of the country this weekend from the northern Plains to the East Coast.

Saturday morning wind chills are bitter cold across the Northeast, with a wind chill values well below zero in parts of interior New England.

The cold air will remain into the weekend and settles into the place for the first half of the week with minimum temperatures in the teens and single digits Monday through Wednesday from the Midwest to the Northeast.

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Man kills grizzly in self-defense, keeps claws as a memento

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A Montana man told investigators that he cut off a grizzly bear’s claws after shooting it in self-defense because he was mad that the bear was going to eat him

Lee working to amend Confederate general proclamation

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Gov. Bill Lee will introduce legislation this year to amend a law requiring Tennessee to honor Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest, an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan

Court portrait of writer of notorious slave ruling reviewed

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The artwork in the North Carolina Supreme Court building faces a review, following criticism of a towering portrait of a 19th-century chief justice who wrote a notorious decision on the rights of slaveholders

Delta Airlines faces air quality violation, lawsuit after dumping 15,000 gallons of jet fuel on dozens

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Jetlinerimages/iStock(LOS ANGELES) — A Delta Airlines flight that dumped 15,000 gallons of jet fuel onto multiple people, schools and buildings in the Los Angeles area during an emergency landing is facing a civil lawsuit and violations.

Four teachers at the Park Avenue Elementary School were outside with their students last Tuesday when they noticed a plane flying at a very low altitude.

“I began to feel drops of jet fuel raining from the sky. My students thought it was rain,” one of the four educators, who requested to remain anonymous, said at a press conference held on Friday by their attorney Gloria Allred. “Then the liquid overwhelmed our eyes, mouths, nose, lungs and skin. My students began screaming and crying because their eyes and skin were burning.”

That flight was headed to Shanghai, China, from Los Angeles International Airport when an in-flight emergency occurred and caused the plane to return to the runway.

During the landing, the pilot was specifically asked by the Air Traffic Control System Command Center if there was a need to dump fuel in order to lighten the weight.

 “The pilot replied by saying ‘negative…we’ve got it under control.’ Had the pilot notified (air traffic control), the flight would have been directed to a location and altitude that fuel could be safely dumped,” said Allred, who is suing the airline for negligence.

Delta said it is concerned that some students were impacted.

“The aircraft landed safely after a release of fuel, which was required as part of normal procedure to reach a safe landing weight,” the airline said in a statement. “We are in touch with Los Angeles World Airports and the LA County Fire Department and share concerns regarding reported minor injuries to adults and children at a school in the area.”

The lawsuit also claims that the coating from the fuel caused the victims to feel sick, dizzy and nauseous. It also, according to the suit, caused severe discomfort that required medical attention and severe emotional distress — might produce health consequences in the future.

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“We are all very experienced teachers, but we are not equipped to deal with this level of hazard and contamination,” the teacher said.

Allred expects to add more plaintiffs to the lawsuit and Delta said it’s not commenting more at this time.

“I can confirm that we have opened an internal investigation, but will be declining further comment due to pending litigation,” Delta spokesperson Drake Castañeda told ABC News.

“As part of its emergency landing, 15,000 gallons of jet fuel in the form of mist was released into the atmosphere impacting multiple areas of Los Angeles” including multiple schools within the Los Angeles Unified School District, the Cudahy Public Library, and two schools within the El Rancho Unified School District, according to a statement by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (South AQMD).

South AQMD issued a Notice of Violation to Delta Airlines on Friday for causing a “public nuisance in violation of the agency’s Rule 402 and California Health and Safety Code Section 41700.”

If no settlement is reached, a civil lawsuit may ultimately be filed in superior court, the agency said.

Authorities said Los Angeles County Fire Department assisted 44 total patients and Los Angeles City Fire Department saw 16 patients, but none were taken to the hospital, authorities said.

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Man arrested in shooting of 13 people at Chicago house party

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Chicago police say a man has been charged with attempted murder in a December shooting at a house party that left 13 people wounded

Winter storm brings heavy snow, ice to Midwest, Northeast

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A winter storm that has already caused trouble at airports in Chicago and Kansas City is expected to bring blizzard conditions to the Plains and Midwest on Saturday and could dump up to a foot of snow in parts of the Northeast on Sunday

Rough seas delay escape test for SpaceX crew capsule

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SpaceX is delaying the emergency escape test of its new crew capsule this weekend because of rough seas

Reservations brace for winter storms amid slow recovery

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Native American reservations across South Dakota are still struggling to recover from a storm last year that dumped snow and rain, swelling rivers and swallowing roads

Gun-rights activists gear up for show of force in Virginia

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An unprecedented show of force by gun-rights activists is expected on Monday in Virginia

4 killed, 1 injured in family shooting in Utah suburb

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Four members of a family were killed and one injured in a shooting Friday night in a Salt Lake City suburb

4 killed, 1 injured in shooting in Salt Lake City suburb

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Four people were killed and one injured in a shooting in a Salt Lake City suburb

Chicago flights halted; plane slides off Kansas City taxiway

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The Federal Aviation Administration halted all flights for hours in and out of Chicago’s O’Hare Airport — one of the nation’s busiest — due to a sprawling winter storm

Navy to name aircraft carrier for Pearl Harbor hero Miller

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The U.S. Navy is expected to honor a World War II hero when a new aircraft carrier is named for Mess Attendant 2nd Class Doris Miller

Prosecutor: Revoke bail for impeachment figure Robert Hyde

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A Massachusetts judge is considering whether to revoke bail in a protective order case against a Connecticut man who has emerged as a figure in the impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump

Sentencing delayed for man convicted of killing family

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Sentencing has been delayed for a man convicted of killing a family of four and burying their bodies in the California desert after he made a lengthy, unsuccessful bid to fire his attorney and have his conviction thrown out

Full ground stop at Chicago O’Hare airport amid winter storm

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The Federal Aviation Administration has halted all flights in and out of Chicago’s O’Hare Airport — one of the nation’s busiest — due to a sprawling winter storm

Alabama court won’t reconsider Confederate monument ruling

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The Alabama Supreme Court won’t reconsider a ruling that prohibits Birmingham from obscuring, or taking down, a Confederate monument in a city park

Teachers exposed to jet fuel dump on school playground plan lawsuit

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Four teachers from a Los Angeles-area school sued Delta Air Lines, saying they were exposed to jet fuel when a plane with engine trouble dumped its fuel while making an emergency return to the airport