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Driver charged in fatal hit-and-run at Seattle Black Lives Matter protest

Driver charged in fatal hit-and-run at Seattle Black Lives Matter protest

Kuzma/iStockBy BILL HUTCHINSON and MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News(SEATTLE) — A 27-year-old man arrested on suspicion of barreling into a Black Lives Matter protest on a closed Seattle freeway, killing one demonstrator and seriously injuring another, was charged Wednesday with vehicular homicide, vehicular assault and reckless driving, authorities said.The King County prosecuting attorney filed charges against…

Coronavirus updates: US records over 58,000 new cases in a single day

Coronavirus updates: US records over 58,000 new cases in a single day

Ovidiu Dugulan/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 549,000 people worldwide.Over 12 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns…

Actress Naya Rivera missing at lake after 4-year-old son found on boat

Actress Naya Rivera missing at lake after 4-year-old son found on boat

Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagicBy WILLIAM MANSELL, ABC News(LOS ANGELES) — Actress Naya Rivera, known for role on the hit TV show Glee, is missing after authorities found her 4-year-old son drifting alone on a boat at Lake Piru in California. Authorities believe she may have drowned.Rivera and her son came to the lake around 1 p.m. local time…

Worldwide coronavirus cases surpass 12 million

Worldwide coronavirus cases surpass 12 million

Samara Heisz/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, JON HAWORTH, EMILY SHAPIRO and MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 548,000 people worldwide.Over 12 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center…

Florida State University faces backlash for memo saying it will ‘no longer allow employees’ to care for kids while working remotely

Florida State University faces backlash for memo saying it will ‘no longer allow employees’ to care for kids while working remotely

iStock/RAUL RODRIGUEZ(NEW YORK) — BY: KATIE KINDELANConfusion over a Florida university’s memo to employees about caring for children while working remotely has put a spotlight on the pain working parents are feeling during the coronavirus pandemic, particularly working moms.Several professors at Florida State University took to Twitter last week after receiving a memo from the…

How Black Lives Matter became a multicultural awakening

How Black Lives Matter became a multicultural awakening

ABC News(NEW YORK) — BY: GENTRIX SHANGA, ABC NewsIn 2013, the Black Lives Matter movement took form first as a hashtag and then as protests across the country in response to Trayvon Martin’s death. Now, that same cry for justice reverberates once again following the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis…

Emotional rescue: Firefighters reunite daughter and mom at nursing home window

Emotional rescue: Firefighters reunite daughter and mom at nursing home window

Courtesy Jessica Carmine(NEW YORK) — BY: BILL HUTCHINSON, ABC NewsThere was no blaze to put out nor an injured victim to treat, but Maryland firefighters responded to a forlorn woman’s call to help her see, in person, her 83-year-old mother, literally giving her a lift to facilitate the emotional rescue.Shirl Carmine said she and her…

Scrabble to ban slurs, other offensive words from official tournaments

Scrabble to ban slurs, other offensive words from official tournaments

iStock/Rena-Marie(NEW YORK) — BY: IVAN PEREIRA, ABC NewsWords of hate and bias won’t appear on any Scrabble board in official tournaments going forward.Hasbro, which owns the rights to the board game, and North American Scrabble Players Association announced that it will ban slurs and other offensive epitaphs from official North American tournaments.The NASPA’s permitted word…