Members of the violent MS-13 gang have been linked to the recent deaths of at least 11 young people on Long Island, New York, according to reports from the Associated Press. While MS-13’s presence in some of Long Island's suburban communities is nothing new, some recent killings that are believed to be gang-affiliated have drawn nationwide attention, including from President Trump who said the murders are linked to relaxed immigration policies of the past. Attorney General Jeff Sessions echoed the president's remarks in a speech he gave on gang violence near a Long Island park where the bodies of four young men were found earlier this month.
Ahed Festuk stood outside the Washington, D.C., office of Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, waiting for an aide to come and collect her. Along with four other Syrian women, she was on Capitol Hill Wednesday to share the reality on the ground in the city that is truly her home: Aleppo. “I feel I have a big responsibility,” Festuk, 30, said.
North Korea has launched six missile tests so far in 2017. In February, North Korea successfully tested a land-based KN-15 missile, a new solid-fuel intermediate-range missile, which traveled 310 miles into the Sea of Japan. Gen. John Hyten, the commander of U.S. Strategic Command, told a congressional panel Tuesday that the February launch marked a significant advancement for North Korea because it was its first successful solid-fueled missile fired from a mobile launcher.
One first-time dad seemed like a pro after he expertly quieted his crying baby instantly. Author Daniel Eisenman was lying in bed while shooting a Facebook Live video when his 3-week-old daughter, Divina Victoria, began crying. In the video, which has now gone viral with more than 29 million people watching, Eisenman's daughter quiets immediately, seemingly going to sleep.
A.J. Calvin who captured the crash on video spoke to ABC News today about the incident. "The green Mustang flew by at first, and I was focused on that, but then all of a sudden the white Jeep came flying up in another lane," Calvin recalled. The footage shows the white Jeep appear to speed up an exit lane of I-65 when it suddenly clipped the back edge of another vehicle, causing the Jeep to flip and roll across multiple lanes of traffic.
President Trump today said he envisions Sen. Elizabeth Warren as a possible opponent in the 2020 presidential race. During an address at the National Rifle Association leadership conference today, Trump took a dig at the Massachusetts Democrat, whom he regularly calls "Pocahontas" in what many see as an offensive reference to her previous claims that she has Native-American ancestry. "I have a feeling that in the next election you're going to be swamped with candidates but you're not going to be wasting your time," Trump said at the NRA event in Atlanta.
A delegation of Syrian women visited Washington, D.C., on April 26 to lobby support for civil society in their home country.
Following the chaos and ultimate postponement of this week's Fyre Festival, singer Ja Rule is speaking out. In a statement on Twitter, Rule said the immediate concern is getting concertgoers home safe.
Police in Maryland are searching for an escaped inmate convicted in the attempted murder of a Delaware cop. David M. Watson, 28, escaped this morning from a van that had been driven from the Wicomico County Corrections Center to the Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center in Jessup, Maryland, Howard County Police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn said. The escape happened on the edges of the hospital grounds around 9:40 a.m., Llewellyn said.
A judge ruled on Friday that Bill Cosby's decade-old deposition comments about giving Quaaludes to women are admissible in his upcoming sexual assault trial, though his jokes about the supposed aphrodisiac Spanish fly are not. Montgomery County court Judge Steven T. O'Neill also granted a motion to exclude evidence regarding the settlement of Cosby's civil suit with accuser Andrea Constand. Cosby has been charged with three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault stemming from an alleged 2004 incident with accuser Andrea Constand.
Former President George H.W. Bush has been released from a Texas hospital after receiving treatment for pneumonia. Bush was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital earlier this month after a persistent cough led to a pneumonia diagnosis, according to his staff. In January, the former president was hospitalized for 12 days after contracting pneumonia.
The U.S. military is investigating whether two Army Rangers were killed by friendly fire either from fellow U.S. troops or from Afghan commandos they were accompanying. The deaths came during a raid targeting the top ISIS leader in Afghanistan who is believed may have been among the 35 of the terror group's fighters killed in an intense firefight. Sgt. Joshua P. Rodgers, 22, of Bloomington, Illinois and Sgt. Cameron H. Thomas, 23, of Kettering, Ohio, both of the Army's elite 75th Ranger Regiment, were killed in the raid Thursday.
A year after the Zika outbreak hit the U.S., health officials are now concerned about preparing to fight another mosquito-borne illness: yellow fever. Today officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that they are taking urgent measures to keep the nation’s supply of yellow fever vaccine from being depleted within a few months. Only one vaccine called YF-VAX is licensed for use in the U.S. and the CDC reported today the vaccine is expected to run out by the middle of this year due to manufacturing problems with the supplier.
President Trump signed his 30th executive order Friday morning and the sixth this week, directing a review of off-shore drilling, an apparent sign of the White House’s last-minute sprint the 100th day mark (which Trump called "ridiculous"). A White House official told ABC News Friday morning that two more executive orders are expected Saturday, likely upon the president’s arrival in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania for a rally that evening. The White House, earlier this week, lauded the president’s use of the pen, saying he “has accomplished more in his first 100 days than any other President since Franklin Roosevelt," though this claim has been disputed by historians.
President Trump today said he is "proud" to follow in the footsteps of "our wonderful Ronald Reagan" by speaking at a National Rifle Association event. "In the history of the organization and today I am also proud to be the first sitting president to address the NRA leadership forum since our wonderful Ronald Reagan in 1983," Trump said. "Only one candidate in the general election came to speak to you and that candidate is now the president of the United States standing before you again," Trump said of himself during his speech.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson today called on member nations of the U.N. Security Council to step up their diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea after recent provocations from the rogue regime.
Congress approved a short-term measure Friday to keep the government funded for another week, a move that gives lawmakers more time to reach a deal on a larger spending package. The spending stopgap measure comes as House members prepare to leave Washington without a vote on the GOP health care bill, denying President Trump a major legislative victory in his first 100 days in office. The spending bill capped off a frenzied week on Capitol Hill that underscored the trouble Republicans have had fulfilling both the most basic functions of governance and implementing their ambitious agenda with GOP control of both the White House and Congress.
With summer approaching, Florida health officials are taking steps to prevent another outbreak of the Zika virus. Officials from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said Thursday that no Zika virus has been detected in any mosquitoes tested this year. There is no longer an ongoing outbreak in Florida.
Gio Maggiore's parents said the six-year-old's biggest fear was being forgotten. Now his family is hoping that the memory of him may live on through the naming of a newborn giraffe. “When he was a baby, he liked a giraffe pacifier, he had giraffe stuffed animals, he had giraffe costumes because he liked giraffes,” his mother Maya Maggiore told ABC Boston affiliate WCVB-TV.
President Donald Trump made some wistful comments about his life before the White House in an interview ahead of his 100th day in office. "I loved my previous life. "This is more work than in my previous life.
Jackson, 19, who earlier this year told Rolling Stone magazine that she attempted to take her own life just four years ago, wrote a very balanced note about "13 Reasons Why" on Instagram, emphasizing that it's "important to spread towards people that are struggling with depression or anxiety, self-harm, and or suicidal thoughts" before they watch the show. In the January interview with Rolling Stone, Jackson aid that when she was 15 she took 20 Motrin pills and slit her wrist in a suicide attempt.
Prior to government funding votes on Capitol Hill this morning, House and Senate Democratic leaders criticized President Trump's first 100 days in office, attacking his plans for health care, taxes and foreign policy. "One hundred days of broken promises," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said.