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  • Alleged driver in 'Unite the Right' rally violence in Charlottesville charged with first-degree murder

    Alleged driver in 'Unite the Right' rally violence in Charlottesville charged with first-degree murder

    (CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) —  The driver accused of barreling a car into a crowd protesting the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia has been charged with first-degree murder. James Alex Fields Jr., 20, appeared in handcuffs and a black-and-white striped jail uniform while during a preliminary hearing in a downtown Charlottesville circuit court Thursday, where a murder charge against him was upgraded from second-degree murder to first-degree murder. A conviction for second-degree murder carries a maximum sentence of 40 years; first-degree murder carries a penalty of up to life in prison. On Aug. 12, Fields allegedly drove into a crowd […]

  • Firefighter dies while battling Thomas fire in California

    Firefighter dies while battling Thomas fire in California

    (SAN DIEGO) –A California firefighter has died while battling the Thomas fire that is threatening the Golden State’s Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, officials said. The firefighter was an engineer with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection from San Diego, said Cal Fire director Chief Ken Pimlott in a press release Thursday. Pimlott did not immediately the firefighter’s identity or details on how he died, asking the community to keep the family in their prayers. “… [P]lease join me in keeping our fallen firefighter and his loved ones in your prayers all the responders on the front lines […]

  • Net neutrality repeal sparks praise and disappointment: 'We cannot let this happen'

    Net neutrality repeal sparks praise and disappointment: 'We cannot let this happen'

    (WASHINGTON) — After the Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday along party lines to repeal net neutrality regulations imposed in 2015, the reaction was swift from technology companies, internet service providers, lawmakers and other stakeholders in both support and opposition to the move. Critics of the vote believe that internet service providers might take advantage of the freedom to prioritize certain types of web traffic which could ultimately have an effect on speeds or pricing. Supporters have argued that removing the regulations will spur innovation and competition. ABC News has compiled notable responses to Thursday’s FCC vote: Opposition to the FCC […]

  • Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity indicted for hazing after 2016 incident at University of Houston

    Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity indicted for hazing after 2016 incident at University of Houston

    (HOUSTON) — The Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity was indicted on Thursday for a 2016 hazing incident in which pledges were allegedly deprived of adequate food, water and sleep, according to prosecutors. A grand jury in Harris County, Texas, indicted the Tennessee-based Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity Inc. following concurrent investigations by the Harris County District Attorney’s Office and the University of Houston. The indictment does not charge any individual criminally, but it subjects the fraternity to a fine of up to $10,000 as well as conviction for hazing, including mental and physical abuse. An official representative for the fraternity will […]

  • Beverly Hills anesthesiologist charged with murder in patient's overdose death

    Beverly Hills anesthesiologist charged with murder in patient's overdose death

    (BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.) — A anesthesiologist in Beverly Hills has been charged with murder in connection with a patient’s fatal overdose, Los Angeles prosecutors announced Thursday. Stephen Kyosung Kim, 53, was working at the Rodeo Drive Plastic Surgery Center on Sept. 26 when he allegedly administered the medicine to the patient, 71-year-old Mark Greenspan, to help sedate him, according to a press release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Proseuctors accuse Kim of injecting himself with drugs during the procedure and then later giving Greenspan a lethal dose of Demerol, a narcotic used to treat pain, while he […]

  • Harvard admissions investigation prompts mixed reactions from Asian-American students

    Harvard admissions investigation prompts mixed reactions from Asian-American students

    (CAMBRIDGE, Mass.) —  To achieve an exceptional college application has become seemingly more and more difficult — at least for certain groups of students. Ben Huynh, a Vietnamese-American born to immigrant parents and raised in Chicago, received a 2400 on his SAT, had perfect grades, held leadership positions and was very involved in his passion for music, all elements of an impeccable application by most standards. With his outstanding résumé, one would expect him to get into at least one of his top schools, but was rejected from most of them, including Harvard. “I was a little disappointed,” Huynh said, […]

  • FCC votes to roll back net neutrality rules

    FCC votes to roll back net neutrality rules

    (WASHINGTON) — The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to repeal the so-called net neutrality rules that govern the way internet service providers treat different types of content and data. The five commissioners of the FCC voted along party lines — three Republicans to two Democrats — to roll back the rules, imposed in 2015 under President Barack Obama. The public debate over the rules had been heated at times and Thursday’s decision came after a brief delay when, on the “advice of security,” FCC chairman Ajit Pai announced that they would need to take a recess and the hearing room […]