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  • Trayvon Martin's parents on becoming activists, a role they never expected to have before son was killed

    Trayvon Martin's parents on becoming activists, a role they never expected to have before son was killed

    (NEW YORK) —  It was five years ago this month that Trayvon Martin, an unarmed African-American 17-year-old from Miami Gardens, Florida, was shot and killed by neighborhood watchman, George Zimmerman. Since his death, Trayvon’s parents Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin have been at the front of the charge to stem the wave of gun violence in the United States – a role they never expected to take on before their son was killed. Across the country, an average of 309 people are shot every day, according to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Zimmerman’s subsequent trial and acquittal transfixed […]

  • Police release audio clip from victim's phone in hopes of catching Indiana teens' killer

    Police release audio clip from victim's phone in hopes of catching Indiana teens' killer

    (DELPHI, Ind.) — Police investigating the slayings of two girls in Indiana released new evidence Wednesday in hopes it will lead to the capture of their killer. The evidence was a video clip captured by one of the victim’s cellphones. When police played the audio from the clip at a news conference in the city of Delphi Wednesday morning, reporters heard just three words from a deep voice: “Down the hill.” The audio quality is not great, but police said it’s enough for someone to recognize the person’s voice. Investigators believe this clip recorded criminal behavior that was about to […]

  • Deadline looms for Dakota Access pipeline opponents to evacuate protest camp

    Deadline looms for Dakota Access pipeline opponents to evacuate protest camp

    (CANNONBALL, N.D.) — A deadline set by state and federal authorities for opponents of the Dakota Access pipeline to vacate the main protest camp is fast approaching. Officials said the Oceti Sakowin camp, which is situated at the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reservation near Cannonball, North Dakota, must be evacuated Wednesday by 2 p.m. local time. Reentry will not be permitted. Camp residents there were seen lighting fires Wednesday morning, just hours before the deadline. North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has set up a travel assistance center that will offer each protester water, snacks, a food voucher, […]

  • Models describe how they rescued teens from frozen Central Park pond

    Models describe how they rescued teens from frozen Central Park pond

    (NEW YORK) — Two male models who were skateboarding in Central Park and paused to take a picture of the sunset ended up saving the lives of seven teenagers who had fallen through ice. “It was all a matter of ‘right place at the right time’ for the two of us,” Ethan Turnbull said Wednesday on ABC News’ Good Morning America. Turnbull was with fellow model Bennett Jonas in New York City’s Central Park Monday when, out of the corner of his eye, he spotted a group of teenagers playing on ice atop a pond. “I said to Bennett, ‘Look, […]

  • Muslim activists raise nearly $60,000 to aid vandalized Jewish cemetery

    Muslim activists raise nearly $60,000 to aid vandalized Jewish cemetery

    (ST. LOUIS) — As of early Wednesday morning, a crowdfunding campaign started by Muslim activists had raised nearly $60,000 in an effort to help repair a vandalized Jewish cemetery near St. Louis, Missouri. “Muslim Americans stand in solidarity with the Jewish-American community to condemn this horrific act of desecration against the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery,” read the crowdfunding campaign’s website, which was spearheaded by Muslim-American activists Linda Sarsour and Tarek El-Messidi. “We also extend our deepest condolences to all those who have been affected and to the Jewish community at large.” The effort comes after headstones were damaged late Sunday […]

  • Dylann Roof stopped at another AME church after Charleston massacre, new documents say

    Dylann Roof stopped at another AME church after Charleston massacre, new documents say

    (CHARLESTON, S.C.) — Convicted Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof stopped at another AME church on the night of the shooting massacre, ABC News affiliate WCIV reported Tuesday, citing newly released court documents. After the attack on June 17, 2015 that left nine black worshipers dead, Roof left Emanuel AME Church and traveled west to the Branch AME Church, according to WCIV, which cited GPS data that was not presented in court during his trial. Roof, an avowed white supremacist, told FBI officials that he was too tired after the attack at the Emanuel AME church to continue shooting, according to […]

  • California’s wet weather has some believing the drought is over

    California’s wet weather has some believing the drought is over

    (NEW YORK) — A statewide downpour brought chaos to Californians this week, but it also provided some welcome relief to the state’s 20 million residents who have suffered from drought conditions for more than four years. The record precipitation now has some experts declaring the drought over.The beginning The drought began in 2012, but California Gov. Jerry Brown did not declare a drought state of emergency until January 2014. A response team was later established, and state lawmakers have allocated over $3 billion for drought relief and water management improvements. The U.S. Geological Survey said 2014 was the warmest year […]