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


iStock/Thinkstock(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, routin

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


File photo. iStock/Thinktsock(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

Federal Court Set to Hear Appeal on Kansas Voter ID Law


iStock/Thinkstock(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 lef

US Driving Hits New Record High in First Half of 2016


iStock/Thinkstock(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 persp

Emergency Crews Battle Large Wildfires in Six Western States


iStock/Thinkstock(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 t

UN: Thousands of Children Risk Perilous Journey to US Border


John Moore/Getty Images(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 circumstan

Children of Witness Protection Struggle to Reclaim Identities


ABC News(BILLINGS, Mont.) — Jackee Taylor still remembers when her mother woke her up in the middle of the night and U.S. Marshals were telling their family they had to leave their home immediately.“The marshals were trying to hurry, hurry, hurry, and we were all crying,” Taylor said. “It was pretty scary.”She was just 7 years old at the time, and it was her and her family’s introduction to the federal Witness Security Program, commonly called “witness p

President Obama to Survey Flooding in Louisiana After 16-Day Vacation


The White House(BATON ROUGE, La.) -- For days, critics hammered President Obama for continuing his vacation in Martha’s Vineyard as flooding wreaked havoc on Louisiana, claiming the lives of at least 13 people and displacing tens of thousands of residents. But now that the president has returned to work in Washington, he’ll make a day trip to Baton Rouge on Tuesday to get a first-hand presidential look at the devastation.During Monday’s daily briefing, press secretary Josh Earn

Transgender Students Not Protected by Anti-Discrimination Law, Judge Rules


iStock/Thinkstock(FORT WORTH, Texas) -- When lawmakers passed a major anti-discrimination law more than 40 years ago that banned unfair treatment in public schools on the basis of sex, did Congress mean to protect students who identify with a gender that differs from their sex at birth?The answer is no, according to U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor, who granted a nationwide injunction on Sunday that hollows out Obama administration guidance to public schools to let transgender students us

Virginia Governor Restores Voting Rights of Felons


iStock/Thinkstock(RICHMOND, Va.) -- Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Monday restored voting rights to 13,000 felons, circumventing a court ruling and defying objections to his earlier attempts from Republican legislators."We’re not going to waste any time about arguing about the old Virginia way," McAuliffe, a Democrat, said while making the announcement at the Civil Rights Memorial on Capitol Square in Richmond."Let me put this in plain English: We will proceed," he said.The move comes af

Ex-FEMA Chief Criticizes Obama for Golfing During Louisiana Flood


Bill Pugliano/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Former Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Director Michael Brown, who ran the federal response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, said President Obama should have put down his golf clubs last week during the height of the floods ravaging part of Louisiana.“The problem is the optics,” Brown said during an interview Monday on the Fox Business Network.Brown -- who received then-President George W. Bush’s infamous praise, “Brownie,

Deadly Louisiana Flooding Claimed at Least 13 Lives, Damaged 60,000 Homes


File photo. iStock/Thinkstock(BATON ROUGE, La.) — Ten days after deadly flash flooding tore through southeastern Louisiana, tens of thousands of devastated residents are working to recover.As of Monday morning, 60,700 homes were reported to be damaged or destroyed throughout the state and 102,000 people have registered for federal assistance, said Mike Steele, spokesman for the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.The flash flooding first struck the Baton

Bloody Weekend as Chicago Sees Four Killed, Dozens Wounded in Shootings


iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — Four people were killed and dozens wounded in a bloody weekend in the city of Chicago, including a 7-year-old girl who was shot in the forearm as she gathered at a vigil for another shooting victim, ABC Chicago station WLS-TV reported.During an intense 14-hour stretch of violence that ran from Saturday into Sunday, one person was shot in the city every 33 minutes, according to the Chicago Tribune.The weekend toll ran to at least 35 wounded, in addition to the f

Wildfires Spread in Washington State, Forcing Hundreds to Flee


iStock/Thinkstock(SPOKANE, Wash.) — Hot and windy conditions caused a cluster of wildfires to erupt around the city of Spokane on Sunday, torching several homes and forcing hundreds to flee.The Spokane Complex Fire, composed of several blazes, progressed quickly on Sunday afternoon and continued to challenge firefighters who worked through the night.Authorities put out multiple alerts on social media urging residents to be ready to evacuate.The fast-moving wildfires quickly gained ground a
 

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