ABC Action News tracks tropical developments in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.
ABC Action News tracks tropical developments in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.
REUTERS/Andrew Innerarity A slew of court documents related to Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell were unsealed in federal court Friday. They include testimony from Virginia Roberts Giuffre accusing former Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz of having sex with her while she was sex trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell's direction. Dershowitz has adamantly denied the allegations over the years, and on Friday again tried to defend himself in a statement to Insider.
Herman Cain, a business executive and former Republican presidential candidate, has died after contracting the novel coronavirus. The prominent conservative businessman was hospitalised weeks after he attended President Donald Trump's rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on 20 June, where he served as a surrogate for the Black Voices for Trump committee. Cain had been critically ill with Covid-19 for several weeks, after being admitted to hospital in early July and receiving oxygen.
New York Communities for Change Hundreds of protesters marched through the Hamptons Thursday with pitchforks calling for a tax on New York's wealthiest citizens. The protesters called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to raise taxes on New York's wealthiest residents to avoid further budget cuts to schools and hospitals amid a budget deficit spurred by the coronavirus pandemic. Although big-name proponents including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Abigail Disney claim a special tax on millionaires could solve budget shortfalls caused by the coronavirus pandemic, economists largely disagree.
A woman who last month filmed a Florida police officer drawing his weapon during a pullover was arrested for failing to return the car seen in that viral video, authorities said Friday. Joneshia Wilkerson, 23, was arrested Tuesday and booked on suspicion of failure to return a leased vehicle and fraudulent use of a credit card, according to to a Pinellas County Sheriff's statement. "The credit card number Wilkerson used belonged to a victim in Indiana who was still in possession of their original card," according to the sheriff's statement.
Some call it a floating city, a flotilla of 260 mostly Chinese fishing vessels near the Galapagos archipelago that is stirring diplomatic tension and raising worries about the threat to sharks, manta rays and other vulnerable species in waters around the UNESCO world heritage site. Yet the vast fleet is in international waters, outside a maritime border around the Galapagos and also outside coastal waters off Ecuador, which controls the archipelago. That means the fleet, one of the biggest seen in years off South America's Pacific coast, is likely to fish with minimal monitoring until its holds are full.
Too many can't take paid leave when they're sick or don't have the option of working remotely. Too many aren't paid enough at work to afford the childcare they need to actually go to work. With all the privileges I have, if I still feel such an overwhelming fear that I'm letting down my daughters, how can we as a nation possibly expect those who don't have those same advantages to shoulder these burdens without any help?
Indians are returning to one of their oldest assets amid a raging pandemic that was preceded by a banking crisis, reports the BBC's Nidhi Rai. According to a World Gold Council estimate from last year, total gold reserves across Indian homes were about 25,000 tonnes - the largest in any country. This time-tested investment has regained popularity as India's economy reels from the devastating effects of a global pandemic.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot pulled out of a virtual roundtable hosted by Crain's Chicago Business to avoid appearing on the same digital stage as Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, who has been a lightning rod for criticism after the police killing of George Floyd, sources told The Chicago Tribune. Lightfoot had been scheduled to join political consultant David Axelrod “and the mayors of two Midwest cities on Wednesday to discuss how COVID-19 and recent civil unrest will define the future of our nation's cities,” according to a since-deleted Crain's Facebook post.
A U.S. Army sergeant says he's the person who shot and killed a Black Lives Matter protester in downtown Austin, Texas Saturday night and he did it in self-defense, according to the law firm representing him. The disclosure comes as Austin police seek the public's help to learn more about the events that led to the shooting. What's clear is that 27-year-old Garrett Foster was shot by a motorist who had just turned onto the avenue where the demonstration was being held.
WASHINGTON – The FBI said a review of more than two-dozen applications to obtain warrants to eavesdrop on U.S. citizens contained only minor errors that did not undermine the legal justification for the wiretaps. A statement issued Thursday came a few months after the Justice Department's internal watchdog said in a memo that it found errors and lack of documentation in nearly all 29 surveillance applications it is reviewing as part of a broader audit of the FBI's practices. The FBI and the Justice Department have since reviewed the 29 applications and found that the errors are mostly typographical, such as misspellings and wrong dates, the FBI said in the statement.
Democrats rejected a short-term extension of a $600 weekly unemployment benefit proposed by the White House on Thursday.
AP/Koji Sasahara With millions of Americans still stuck at home because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic — many with children — the Nintendo Switch is sold out practically everywhere. Retailers across the board are sold out, including Amazon, Walmart, GameStop, Target, and Best Buy, and they have been for months. Worse: Nintendo has no idea when it will be able to catch up with demand for its console.
Narcos: Mexico's first two seasons revolve around the 1985 murder of undercover DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, who was abducted, tortured and slain by the Guadalajara Cartel he was investigating. Mining thrilling drama from reality, the Netflix series is a true story about bravery and villainy that's overflowing with larger-than-life figures, be it the bold Camarena, the ruthless cartel kingpins Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo, Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo and Rafael Caro Quintero, or the resolute DEA agents intent on bringing to justice those responsible for their comrade's killing—the latter group led by Walt Breslin, a take-no-prisoners American tasked with leading the retaliatory mission against the drug lords.
Pompeo would not say whether he had specifically raised allegations that Russia is paying bounties to Taliban fighters to kill American troops in Afghanistan, but he said the discussions with the Russians involved all manner of threats. He told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that threats from Russia against Americans in Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Ukraine and elsewhere had been covered. Pompeo's testimony came a day after President Donald Trump told an interviewer he had not raised the bounty allegations in numerous phone calls with Russian President Vladimir Putin despite concerns about them from the intelligence community.
The death of an unarmed Black college student who was shot by a white New York police officer is getting renewed national attention as high-profile musicians Jay-Z and Rihanna, as well as Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., have joined the victim's family to demand that the 10-year-old case be reopened. Pace University football standout Danroy "DJ" Henry Jr., 20, was shot and killed by Westchester Police Officer Aaron Hess outside Finnegan's Grill in Thornwood, N.Y., on Oct. 17, 2010, as he drove away from a disturbance at the bar. The circumstances of his death have taken on renewed scrutiny in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.
Police in Hong Kong are seeking the arrest of six pro-democracy activists living in exile in Western countries, including the UK, media reports say. The group reportedly includes former UK consulate worker Simon Cheng, well-known activist Nathan Law and US citizen Samuel Chu. They are wanted on suspicion of violating a new security law imposed in Hong Kong by Beijing, Chinese state TV reported, calling them "troublemakers".
Hurricane Isaias bore down on Puerto Rico, bringing high winds, flash-flood warnings and up to 8 inches of rain in some areas as forecasters predicted it would hit south Florida on Saturday, the U.S. Weather Service said. Isaias started as a tropical storm and was declared a hurricane late Thursday by the National Hurricane Center. "Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft data indicate that the tropical storm has strengthened to a hurricane," the center said in an update statement.
Venezuela's supreme court said on Friday it had approved a request to Italy for the extradition of Rafael Ramirez, a once powerful oil minister and former head of state oil company Petroleos de Venezuela, on corruption charges. Authorities opened a probe into Ramirez over alleged graft in late 2017 and sought an Interpol red alert for him in early 2018, shortly after he left his later post as Venezuela's United Nations ambassador and began publicly criticizing President Nicolas Maduro's handling of the economy, which remains in freefall. Ramirez did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
After nearly a third of Poland towns and municipalities declared "LGBT-free zones," the European Union has stepped in and denied funding to them. Six towns in Poland that have adopted the homophobic policies have been denied funding, according to a statement from the EU's Commissioner for Equality. "EU values and fundamental rights must be respected by Member States and state authorities," said Commissioner Helena Dalli in a tweet Tuesday.
New research details the first ever conversion of a non-magnetic material into a permanent magnet using electricity. The researchers seek cheaper, more plentiful magnetic materials to use in solar panels. Electricity and electrolytes effectively rearrange the surface chemistry of the iron sulfide.