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Tuesday
Jun192018

Marine who marched with neo-Nazis in Charlottesville found guilty in court-martial

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) -- The U.S. Marine who marched with neo-Nazis in last summer's "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, has been found guilty in a summary court-martial after he reportedly bragged online about participating in the violence that day.

Lance Cpl. Vasillios Pistolis was convicted Monday of failing to obey an order or regulation and making a false official statement under Articles 92 and 107 in the Uniform Code of Military Justice, according to the 2nd Marine Logistics Group.

ProPublica first reported in May that Pistolis belonged to a white supremacist group and was found bragging online about the violence he carried out during the August rally, at which one demonstrator died.

He has been sentenced to 28 days of confinement, a reduction of two ranks to E-1, and the forfeiture of two-thirds of his pay for a month.

Vasillios has seven days to submit a request for clemency to the convening officer, the Marines said.

Two other Marines were arrested in May 2017 for flying a white supremacist banner at a pro-confederate rally in North Carolina, according to veterans news site Task & Purpose.

Marine Corps officials told Task & Purpose that one of those Marines, Sgt. Michael Chesny, has been administratively separated from the service, while the other, Staff Sgt. Joseph Manning, was discharged in December.

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Tuesday
Jun192018

Viral video of toddler breaching pool gate offers warning for parents

WFAA(NEW YORK) -- A video of a toddler scaling a locked and covered ladder to reach an above-ground pool has now gone viral online, serving as a warning for all families.

Keith Wyman posted a video on Facebook last Friday of his 2-year-old son Cody successfully climbing a covered and padlocked pool ladder. The young child is seen grabbing on to the gated ladder and lifting himself up to the top of the protective cover when his mother quickly picks him up and removes him.

The concerned father said he posted the video to stress the importance of watching young ones near a pool.

"It was scary because everything happened so fast," Wyman told ABC News. "He was four feet from us and when I turned to see what actually he was doing, he was up the ladder like an American ninja."

His wife, Tonya Wyman, added, "You just have to watch them. Every minute. Every day."

Their video has more than 20 million views on Facebook.

Earlier this month in Fort Worth, Texas, two toddlers nearly drowned in an above-ground pool just feet away from their mothers.

Tanah Zuniga and her sister, Karly James, were inside the house when James' 2-year-old son and Zuniga's 17-month-old son somehow managed to unlock the back door and climb into the pool.

A backyard surveillance camera showed the moment the 17-month-old followed the 2-year-old into the water. Zuniga's son immediately went under before being rescued and resuscitated.

"Five minutes underwater drowning and I pulled him out blue and white," she told ABC News.

Expert advice for keeping kids safe around pools

There are more than 3 million above-ground pools in the U.S. and drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death for children ages 1 to 4, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Jim Spiers, president of the nonprofit Stop Drowning Now, said one major problem is leaving pool toys and floats in the pool where kids can see them.

"These are very intriguing to children," he said. "They are going to want to go in and get them."

Other Expert Suggestions

-- Never take your eyes off kids who are in or near a pool.

-- If you need to go inside, bring them with you.

-- When the pool is unoccupied secure it with multiple protective layers (i.e. fences, gates).

-- Install alarms on back doors, windows and gates that will sound if a child gets too close.

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Tuesday
Jun192018

'We shouldn’t be the "stars" of the school-­shooting generation': Inside Parkland shooting survivors David and Lauren Hogg's new book

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Teen activist David Hogg and his younger sister Lauren Hogg rose to national fame in the aftermath of the Valentine's Day massacre at their high school in Parkland, Florida. The two survived when a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, killing 17 people with an AR-15-style weapon.

In the wake of the tragedy, the siblings, along with their classmates and friends, launched the March for our Lives and #NeverAgain movements to fight for gun reform so others wouldn't suffer the way their community did.

The brother and sister duo is out with a new book, "#NeverAgain: A New Generation Draws the Line," that goes inside the making of the #NeverAgain movement. The teens said they are donating proceeds from the book to charity and local community organizations.

Below is an excerpt from the new book, which debuts today.

Excerpt from "#NeverAgain: A New Generation Draws the Line"

Before February 14, we thought we had plenty of time. We wanted to do something that would make the world a better place, to fight for justice as lawyers or activists or crusading journalists, to be responsible citizens and raise good-­hearted children. But first we had to finish high school.

After February 14, we knew how fast time could stop.

We learned so much at Marjory Stoneman Douglas. We studied Supreme Court decisions, read Shakespeare, and explored the mysteries of black holes. We spent a huge amount of time on contemporary issues like poverty and the environment. In our psychology classes, we talked about death and grief and mental illness. We debated gun control and the NRA. We spent a whole week studying school shootings. But it all seemed a little bit distant, a little bit like a dream. Either it happened before we were born, or it was happening somewhere else.

When it happened to us, we woke up. We knew we couldn't wait until we got out of college and settled into jobs. We had to make the world a better place now. It was literally a matter of life and death.

So we stood up and tried to make our voices heard. We're really proud of what we have accomplished so far, and are so grateful to all the people who have joined our cause. They gave us strength. They gave us hope. You give us hope.

But let's face it -- ­it's not enough. And the merchants of chaos keep peddling their wares.

Sixteen days after we woke up, a man in Detroit who had just gotten out of a hospital where he was being treated for hallucinations shot and killed his daughter, her mother, his cousin, and two people who just happened to be there. Anyone who knows about history knows that the founders did not intend for anyone with an illness or a grievance to be able to take out their rage on the world with weapons that they could not have begun to imagine. This is madness.

It's almost summer now, and the death count continues to rise in America. Without a radical change in America's priorities and in our gun laws, our protests will have been in vain. Power and cynicism don't give way easily. But we have no intention of stopping.

After you spend a few hours hiding in a classroom while your friends and teachers are slaughtered, you can't stop thinking about how insane this is and how to change it. Volunteer in political campaigns? Try to fix the mental health system? Fight the gun lobbyists? Push for comprehensive background checks?

We think you should. We hope you do. There is a whole world to change.

You probably don't know who Tyra Hemans is. She was at Parkland that day and she had friends die. She was with us in Tallahassee when we asked our state legislators to do something. She was with us at the march on Washington. She's a great speaker and a loving person. But we got famous and she didn't.

What about Zion Kelly? In September 2017, Zion’s twin brother, Zaire, was murdered in Northeast Washington, D.C., by a kid with a gun. Zaire -- ­a standout student and athlete at Thurgood Marshall Academy -- ­was just sixteen years old. To honor his brother's memory and find meaning in his loss, Zion, who is as shy as Zaire was outgoing, has nonetheless made it his mission to stand up, speak out, and change the world. We were honored that he joined us on stage in Washington. But we got famous, and he didn't.

Or what about the protests at Liberty City in Miami? Four kids were shot there in April, and two of them died. One of them was about to get inducted into the National Honor Society. Hundreds of students turned out to protest. Only one newspaper went to cover the protest, only one reporter actually bothered to interview them. The TV coverage was shot from a helicopter, and made the Liberty City protest look like a riot. We got headlines, they didn't.

Those kids tried to make their voices heard just like we did. They lived through the exact same thing we lived through. But they don't live in a gated community. They are from a lower socioeconomic status and they are a different color. Instead of riding their bikes to school listening to NPR on their iPhones without even thinking someone might shoot them, they had to worry about it every day. In raw statistics, their odds of getting shot are twice as high as ours, and a lot of American kids just like them live in places where they have a higher death rate than soldiers in Afghanistan.

We're super glad people are listening to us, but we're not the story. We shouldn't be the "stars" of the school-­shooting generation, which is a horrifying thought on so many levels. If people only listen when privileged white kids get killed -— ­and even then, only when the number of dead kids is high enough to make the news -— ­we're never going to fix this problem.

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Tuesday
Jun192018

3 people die after being pulled from apartment swimming pool in NC

iStock/Thinkstock(DURHAM, N.C.) -- Three people died after being pulled early Tuesday morning from a pool in a North Carolina apartment complex near Duke University, authorities said.

The two males and one female have not yet been identified. Durham police were questioning a fourth person who was at the scene, according to authorities.

Police were called to the Chapel Tower apartment complex at about 3 a.m. Tuesday morning for reports of a possible drowning, city officials said.

That’s where they found the three victims submerged in the water, all unresponsive. Authorities administered CPR and took the three people to a hospital, where they were pronounced dead, city officials said.

It was unclear whether the victims lived in the apartment complex and an investigation is underway. Police have not released a cause of death.

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Tuesday
Jun192018

Uproar grows as administration digs in on child separation policy

David McNew/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump continued to defend his controversial immigration policies on Tuesday, ahead of his highly anticipated meeting with Republican lawmakers who have criticized his administration’s “zero-tolerance” approach to border protection.

“We must always arrest people coming into our Country illegally,” Trump said on Twitter. “Of the 12,000 children, 10,000 are being sent by their parents on a very dangerous trip, and only 2,000 are with their parents, many of whom have tried to enter our Country illegally on numerous occasions.”

Trump placed the blame on Democrats, saying: “They don’t care about crime and want illegal immigrants no matter how bad they may be, to pour into and infest our Country, like MS-13.”

Senate Democrats sent a letter to Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley on Monday calling on him to hold a hearing on the Trump administration’s family separation policy.

“We cannot remain silent in the face of these horrifying stories,” The letter states. “We respectfully request an immediate oversight hearing to better understand the scope, nature, and impact of the Trump administration’s new ‘zero-tolerance’ policy on children and families.”

White House Communications Adviser Mercedes Schlapp insisted the administration is simply “executing the law,” and Congress has the "power to fix this."

“What’s very heartbreaking is to watch Americans who have lost their children because of the MS-13 gang members,” Schlapp said Tuesday morning, when asked about the images of children in cages and audiotape of wailing children, first obtained by ProPublica. The audio appears to capture the heartbreaking voices of Spanish-speaking children crying out for their parents.

Trump is scheduled to meet with House Republicans on Capitol Hill this afternoon to discuss two Republican-backed immigration bills amid growing calls to end practices that have separated migrant families at the southern border. Lawmakers are expected to vote on the bills this week.

Neither bill specifically deals with children separated from their parents, and the Trump administration pushed back against claims it had intentionally separated thousands of children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border amid accusations that it was using the children to force Congress to pass immigration reform.

"Children are not being used as a pawn," Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said at a press briefing Monday. "We are trying to protect the children."

"The voices most loudly criticizing the enforcement of our current laws are those whose policies created this crisis and whose policies perpetuate it," she added.

Nielsen said she had not heard the controversial audio first published by ProPublica that made rounds on Monday, purportedly captured at a immigration detention center last week. The audio appears to capture the heartbreaking voices of Spanish-speaking children crying out for their parents.

As part of the "zero-tolerance" policy, federal prosecutors have been ordered to file criminal charges against any adult caught crossing the border illegally, including those traveling with minors. The children are being placed in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services and adults are apprehended by law enforcement.

Critics, including top lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, have called for an immediate end to the practice, with some calling it inhumane and cruel.



Antar Davidson, a former youth care worker for a shelter in Tucson, Arizona, compared the detention centers to jails for children.

“You started getting more kids who were younger and had just recently been ripped from their parents. So as expected, they were traumatized and that was manifested in many behaviors,” Davidson said in an interview with ABC News. “Kids were throwing chairs, they were hitting employees and the employees were run ragged by these kids who were just displaying systems of trauma.

“Kinda just reacting in the only way they knew how in a situation that they had no idea what was going on,” he added.

Davidson said he quit after he was forced to tell family that they couldn’t hug each other goodbye.

“I said, ‘As a human being I can’t do that, you can do that yourself,’ to which she responded that she would report me to the shift supervisor and she preceded to try to tell [the migrants] exactly that [they couldn't hug] in Spanish and English despite them speaking Portuguese,” Davidson said recalling an alleged conversation with higher-ups at the center. “That was the beginning of the end for me. My registration came in a week later.”

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Tuesday
Jun192018

Heavy rain hits Texas as Midwest reels from its own flooding

iStock/Thinkstock(ROCKFORD, Ill.) -- Heavy rain is hitting Southeast Texas as the Midwest is reeling from its own flooding.

Midwest flooding

Mercy Hospital in Rockford had to divert incoming patients to nearby hospitals on Monday after parts of the facility flooded, hospital officials said.

Video posted to social media shows one area of the hospital submerged in water with garbage and debris floating down the hallways.

Rockford, about 90 miles west of Chicago, had received more than 3 inches of rainfall by Monday after a severe storm bashed the area with torrential downpours and heavy winds over the weekend.

Several Rockford roadways were impassable.

Watch closely in this video taken in a town near Rockford -- one man ditched the roads all together and rode a jet-ski down the sidewalk.

More rain is possible for Illinois as several low pressure systems move through this week.

The rain was also brutal in other parts of the Upper Midwest, including Wisconsin, where a man died after his car got caught in flood waters on Sunday. The 75-year-old was found in a ditch about 60 feet away from his vehicle in White River, authorities said.

Residents in Upper Michigan saw as much as 7 inches of rain by Monday, causing bridges and roads to collapse.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder declared a state of disaster on Monday for counties where the flooding had caused the most infrastructural damages.

Extreme rain hits Texas


A tropical wave off the Gulf Coast of Texas is bringing rounds of heavy rain and flash flood warnings the next few days.

Over 11 inches fell near Premont, Texas, while the Beaumont-Port Arthur area saw over 9 inches.

The heaviest rain is expected in Southeast Texas between the cities of Houston, Austin and Corpus Christi, where total accumulations could reach 10 to 15 inches by Thursday.

Heat in the Southeast

Several cities hit or tied record highs on Monday, including in Albany, New York, where it was 97 degrees -- the warmest temperature there since July 2012.

Brutal heat is now hitting the South -- the heat index was over 100 degrees in Norfolk, Raleigh, Wilmington and Charleston on Tuesday.

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Tuesday
Jun192018

Over 550 guns seized from home of felon in Southern California

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department(AGUA DULCE, Calif.) -- A tip from a neighbor about a man in possession of "a large number of guns" turned out to be an understatement. When Los Angeles County sheriffs showed up at the home with a warrant they found 432 guns at his house -- and that was just the beginning of his arsenal.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and Department of Justice announced the unbelievable cache of weapons on Monday after seizing the weapons last week.

Manuel Fernandez, 60, of Agua Dulce, California, was already a convicted felon and was taken into custody for being a felon in possession of firearms, possession of an assault rifle, a felon in possession of ammunition and possession of large capacity magazines.

The arsenal, when laid out by sheriffs, shows at least 57 handguns and row after row of rifles.

After seizing the 432 weapons at the suspect's house, a second warrant was served at the home of a woman connected to Fernandez, where 30 illegal firearms were seized, according to the sheriff's department. Officials said the woman was not home when the warrant was served and is still unaccounted for, though she could face charges in the future as well.

A day later, law enforcement officials further searched Fernandez's home and found 91 more weapons hidden at the residence.

"Detectives also seized computers, cellphones, and hard drives from the residence believed to be involved in the illicit purchase of firearms by the suspect," the sheriff's department said in its release.

All told, authorities seized 553 weapons alleged to belong to Fernandez. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has been brought in to trace the origin of many of the weapons.

Fernandez was sentenced to 486 days in jail for an unspecified felony conviction in February 2017, but was released in August 2017, according to jail records.

He has been released on bail this time and is due in court on July 9.

Agua Dulce is locted in a rocky, mountainous region about 45 minutes north of Los Angeles.

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Monday
Jun182018

Audio recording emerges of 'orchestra' of crying children in migrant detention center

U.S. Customs and Border Protection(NEW YORK) -- Young migrant children, fighting through tears, can be heard crying "Mami" and "Papa" in an eight-minute audio clip first obtained by ProPublica.

The children are believed to be between 4 and 10 years of age, and they're crying because their parents have been detained elsewhere after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, according to an activist who provided the recording.

"Well, we have an orchestra here -- what's missing is a conductor," said a male voice on the recording, someone believed to be a U.S. Border Patrol agent.

One of the children heard on the recording is a 6-year-old girl from El Salvador begging a consulate official to let her call her aunt. She repeats the digits and announces, through tears: "My mommy says that I'll go with my aunt, and that she'll come to pick me up there as quickly as possible."

ProPublica caught up with the U.S.-based aunt -- herself seeking asylum in the country -- who confirmed that the little girl's family paid $7,000 to a guide to smuggle them into Mexico and then the U.S.

The call she received from her niece rendered her powerless, she told ProPublica.

"Imagine getting a call from your 6-year-old niece," she said. "She's crying and begging me to go get her. She says, 'I promise I'll behave, but please get me out of here. I'm all alone.'"

ProPublica reported that the girl and the rest of the wailing children heard on the audio hadn't been at the facility a full 24 hours "so their distress at having been separated from their parents was still raw." And while some officials were doling out snacks, the outlet claimed that many children "were inconsolable."

The recording was captured last week and given to Jennifer Harbury, a civil rights attorney who confirmed its authenticity to ABC News. She told ProPublica the person who made the recording was a client of hers who asked to remain anonymous because that person feared retribution. That person "heard the children's weeping and crying, and was devastated by it."

Harbury told ABC News' Marcus Moore on Monday when she first heard the recording, "I was horrified. My first reaction is to start crying. And my second reaction is to think, this is obscene what we are doing to people."

She added, "You cannot listen to that tape without understanding how totally devastating it is and traumatic and harmful it is to those children. I've said it before and I will say it again, it is child abuse -- not physical, it's psychological. But it is child abuse."

Government statistics indicate that, so far, nearly 2,000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May.

Melania Trump's spokeswoman issued a statement after several days of images of crying children appearing on television and online saying that the first lady "hates to see children separated from their families," and the president said on Friday: "I hate the children being taken away" before blaming those actions on Democrats and "their law."

There is no such law.

"To a select few in the media, Congress and the advocacy community, I'd like to start with a message for you: This department will no longer stand by and watch you attack law enforcement for enforcing the laws passed by Congress," Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said on Monday at the National Sheriffs' Association in New Orleans. "We will not apologize for the job we do, for the job law enforcement does and for the job the American people expect us to do."

Those comments came a day after she said on Twitter: "We do not have a policy of separating families at the border. Period."

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has justified the fracturing of families by quoting The Bible.

"I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, 'To obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for His purposes,'" he said last week.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders didn't directly defend Sessions' quoting of the Bible, but suggested it's religiously prudent to enforce the law.

"I can say that it is very biblical to enforce the law. That is actually repeated a number of times throughout the Bible," Sanders said. "It's a moral policy to follow and enforce the law."

The president on Monday took a hardline on the border crisis during an announcement of a Space Force.

"The United States," he said, "will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility."

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Monday
Jun182018

Photographer details the emotional moment that created viral border photo of crying toddler

John Moore/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Dozens of harrowing images have rippled across the country from the southern border in recent weeks, but one that has caught the attention of many shows a crying 2-year-old girl who looked on as her mother was searched by U.S. Border Patrol agents.

"These folks, they didn't know what was about to happen" with the policy leading to the separation of families, photographer John Moore told ABC News. "They had no idea, and I did and that's what made this different for me."

Moore, a special correspondent and senior staff photographer for Getty Images, was doing a ride-along with a Customs and Border Patrol agent when they saw a group of roughly 20 mothers and children late on June 12, "gathered on a dirt road" in a part of the Rio Grande Valley called El Rincon.

They approached the group and the mother, whose name he did not learn, who was holding her young daughter in her arms.

Moore said that he saw the mother was breastfeeding her daughter "to keep her calm" and, later, one of the agents asked the mother to put her daughter down.

"Once the mother put her on the ground she started screaming immediately," Moore said.

He told ABC News that he crouched to "[get] down on a child's level" to take the photo.

"It was an emotional moment for me," said Moore, who is a father of three himself.

Moore has been covering border issues for a decade now as a photojournalist and produced a book of a collection of photos called, "Undocumented: Immigration and the Militarization of the United States-Mexico Border."

He said that he's seen similar interactions between immigrants and border agents before, but the difference with this instance was that it happened with the backdrop of the recent zero-tolerance policy being enforced by the Trump administration. The policy stipulates the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) refer all cases of illegal entry to be criminally prosecuted and, as a result, the parents are detained and because the children are not charged with a crime, they are not detained with the parents.

"What was different this time is I knew what would happen afterward," he said.

He had a very brief chance to speak to the mother and she said that they had traveled from Honduras over the past month and that her daughter was 2 years old, Moore said.

Moore noted that the mother and child were together when they left with authorities and he didn't see the pair formally separated, nor has he been able to confirm whether or not they were separated afterward, though the policy indicates that they would be held separately.

"All that happens behind closed doors... We'll never see that," he told ABC News.

The heartbreaking moment with the little girl wasn't the only interaction that Moore said has left an emotional impression on him.

In the same group of women and children that night, Moore said there was a frightened boy who looked to be about 10 years old.

"I tried to calm him down as much as I could," Moore said.

He told ABC News that he told the boy, in Spanish, "don't worry, everything's going to be OK," but now he wishes he didn't do that.

"Now, I regret saying that because I don't know that everything is going to be OK," Moore said. "I don't know that at all."

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Monday
Jun182018

Trial begins for man alleging Roundup weed killer caused his cancer

iStock/Thinkstoclk(BENICIA, Calif.) -- A California man is the first of hundreds of plaintiffs to see his day in court with Monsanto in a lawsuit alleging that its weed killing product Roundup gave him cancer.

Jury selection began Monday in California Superior Court in DeWayne Johnson’s suit against the agrochemical giant. Johnson worked for a school district and regularly applied Roundup on campuses dozens of times a year. He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in August 2014 at the age of 42. His case has been fast-tracked through the court system because of his failing health.

Johnson has suspended his chemotherapy treatment because the side effects were so severe, according to court documents. His doctors have told the court they don’t expect him to live through 2019. Johnson’s lawyers did not return ABC News requests for comment.

Lawyers for Johnson say in court documents that Monsanto championed false data and attacked legitimate studies that revealed possible dangers of using its Roundup weed killer. The case could set a precedent for hundreds of other cases against the maker of the weed killer. There are more than 400 cases against Monsanto in San Francisco courts alone.

At issue is the chemical Glyphosate, a widely used herbicide that is used in more than 750 products sold in the United States. The National Pesticide Information Center says that Glyphosate has carcinogenic potential when administered in high doses to laboratory animals. Studies on cancer rates in humans have had conflicting results.

A Monsanto representative tells ABC News that more than 600 published medical peer-reviewed studies have found no link between Roundup and cancer.

“It has been studied extensively throughout the world over and over again, the conclusions are unequivocal," Scott Partridge, vice president of Global Strategy at Monsanto, told ABC News. “In a real-world environment, there is no association between the use of Glyphosate and cancer.”

Once a jury is seated, the trial is expected to last four weeks.

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