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  • Feds Investigate Hack of The New York Times, Suspect Russian Operatives Are to Blame

    Feds Investigate Hack of The New York Times, Suspect Russian Operatives Are to Blame

    (NEW YORK) — Federal authorities are investigating a series of cyberattacks on The New York Times and other U.S. media organizations, and they believe those web-based assaults were “probably” carried out by the same Russian hackers who recently infiltrated Democratic organizations, a source familiar with the probe told ABC News. The intrusions were discovered in recent months, and it’s unclear exactly why the hackers would have targeted news outlets. Journalists, however, routinely interact with countless officials across the U.S. government as part of their jobs. ABC News was unable to determine what other news outlets, aside from The New York […]

  • Over 2,600 People in Shelters in Louisiana: The Latest on Flood Recovery by the Numbers

    Over 2,600 People in Shelters in Louisiana: The Latest on Flood Recovery by the Numbers

    (BATON ROUGE, La.) — Over 2,600 people remain in shelters in Louisiana as President Obama prepares to visit the southeastern part of the state today, which was devastated by deadly flooding that unexpectedly swept through towns and overpowered neighborhoods. Twenty-four schools districts were closed at some point as a result of the flooding, according to the Louisiana Department of Education. Here is the latest on more flood recovery by the numbers, according to Mike Steele of the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.Number of Houses so Damaged That Residents Are Displaced: 60,646 Number of People in Shelters: 2,634 […]

  • Man Accused of Deadly Georgia Day Care Shooting Found Guilty in Retrial

    Man Accused of Deadly Georgia Day Care Shooting Found Guilty in Retrial

    (ATLANTA) — A former General Electric executive charged with murder after confessing to shooting a man outside a day care in 2010 was found guilty Tuesday by jurors in a Georgia courtroom. Hemy Neuman, an engineer, had admitted to shooting Rusty Sneiderman in cold blood outside of a Dunwoody, Georgia, day care center in 2010. Sneiderman, a father of two, was dropping his 2-year-old son at the day care when he was shot. Prosecutors say Neuman had a premeditated plan to kill Sneiderman and was having an affair with Sneiderman’s wife, Andrea. Neuman was convicted of malice murder and possession […]

  • Federal Court Set to Hear Appeal on Kansas Voter ID Law

    Federal Court Set to Hear Appeal on Kansas Voter ID Law

    (NEW YORK) — A federal appeals court is set to hear arguments regarding an effort by the state of Kansas to reinstate rules that require its residents to present proof of U.S. citizenship at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) when registering to vote. The hearing, which will take place in Denver, Colorado, comes as a series of proposed voter ID laws are being considered or contested across the country prior to the presidential election in November. The Kansas law notably left thousands of residents who believed they had registered to vote while obtaining driver’s licenses ineligible to do so, […]

  • US Driving Hits New Record High in First Half of 2016

    US Driving Hits New Record High in First Half of 2016

    (WASHINGTON) — Does it feel like more people are hitting the road lately? If so, it’s not your imagination. According to a new report by the Transportation Department’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), U.S. driving hit a new record in the first half of 2016. The FHWA’s latest “Traffic Volume Trends” report shows that Americans drove 1.58 trillion miles between January and June, an increase of 3.3 percent from the first six months of 2015. To put that into perspective, the record distance is the equivalent of about 250 round trips from Earth to Pluto. Regionally, the West had the biggest […]

  • Emergency Crews Battle Large Wildfires in Six Western States

    Emergency Crews Battle Large Wildfires in Six Western States

    (LOS ANGELES) — Hot, dry and windy conditions have created a perfect storm for the spread of large wildfires in several western states, including a massive blaze in California that has destroyed 135-square miles of forest. In addition, Washington, Wyoming, Montana and Oregon each had their hands full with large active wildfires. A total of 26 active blazes have burned more than 415,000 acres in eight western states, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. So far this year, some 38,000 wildfires have torched more than 4 million acres, according to their latest figures. In central California, a wildfire charred […]

  • UN: Thousands of Children Risk Perilous Journey to US Border

    UN: Thousands of Children Risk Perilous Journey to US Border

    (NEW YORK) — Nearly 26,000 unaccompanied children arrived at the U.S. southwestern border in the first half of this year, in a continuing influx of migrants attempting to escape poverty and violence in their home countries. The total amounts to more than 140 unaccompanied children arriving at the U.S. border every day. UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Rights and Emergency Relief Organization, released a report on Tuesday highlighting the often desperate circumstances that drive so many children and families to risk the perilous journey north. Most of the children come from three countries — El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras — […]