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Midwest bracing for possible tornadoes as heatwave strikes US

Midwest bracing for possible tornadoes as heatwave strikes US

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Two tornadoes were reported on Thursday in South Dakota and Wisconsin, a waterspout was seen near New Orleans, and the Upper Midwest, especially Minnesota, could see more severe storms on Friday. This is all happening as most of the rest of the U.S. will be roasting in a heatwave that could…

Four Chicago police officers fired over alleged cover-up of Laquan McDonald shooting

Four Chicago police officers fired over alleged cover-up of Laquan McDonald shooting

400tmax/iStock(CHICAGO) — Four Chicago police officers have been fired over their alleged cover-up of the 2014 murder of a black teenager, Laquan McDonald, by former officer Jason Van Dyke. The Chicago Police Board voted on Thursday to discharge Sgt. Stephen Franko and officers Janet Modragon, Daphne Sebastian and Ricardo Viramontes. They have the right to…

Man scales outside of apartment building to escape fire in Philadelphia

Man scales outside of apartment building to escape fire in Philadelphia

WPVI-TV(PHILADELPHIA) — A man seen scaling the outside of a 19-story apartment building to escape a fire in Philadelphia on Thursday night made it to ground level unharmed.Four residents and three police officers were injured, ABC Philadelphia station WPVI-TV reported.Fire crews are investigating the cause of the blaze, which began around 9:30 p.m. in the…

Three kids detained at Chicago airport after undocumented parents afraid to pick them up

Three kids detained at Chicago airport after undocumented parents afraid to pick them up

groveb/iStock(CHICAGO) — Three children, all American citizens, were detained for several hours at Chicago O’Hare International Airport on Thursday after their adult companion was deemed “inadmissible” by U.S. authorities and their undocumented parents declined to pick them up out of fear of deportation.U.S. Customs and Border Protection confirmed that the three children arrived at the…

Accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein denied bail

Accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein denied bail

Rick Friedman/Rick Friedman Photography/Corbis via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A federal judge has denied bail to accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.Judge Richard Berman made the decision over the objections of defense attorneys who had argued that the wealthy financier was a “disciplined” defendant willing to pay a bond of $100 million or more.Federal prosecutors objected,…

Arkansas deputy killed in shooting, suspect dead: Officials

Arkansas deputy killed in shooting, suspect dead: Officials

vmargineanu/iStock(STONE COUNTY, Ark.) — An Arkansas sheriff’s deputy was killed Thursday morning in a shooting that left one other person wounded and the suspected killer dead, police said.Mike Stephens, 56, was identified as the Stone County Sheriff’s deputy that was killed in the incident, Arkansas State Police Spokesman Bill Sadler said at a press conference.…

17 Philadelphia police officers suspended over social media posts

17 Philadelphia police officers suspended over social media posts

Bastiaan Slabbers/iStock(PHILADELPHIA) — The Philadelphia police commissioner has suspended 17 officers for 30 days and is moving to fire 14 of them over disturbing social media posts.Police Commissioner Richard Ross made the announcement during a news conference Thursday, attended by Philadelphia Mayor James Kenney and the entire police department’s command staff.The disciplinary action stems from…