ABC News has confirmed that a former Texas state trooper now under investigation for her conduct in responding to the May 24 Uvalde school shooting rampage is among the new officers hired for the Uvalde school district police department -- the same force that has come under fire for the bungled response to the massacre. CNN reported Wednesday night that the former trooper is Crimson Elizondo, the first member of the Texas Department of Public Safety to enter the hallway at Robb Elementary School after the shooter gained entry. A law enforcement official briefed on the investigation confirmed CNN's report.
A federal appeals court on Wednesday ruled that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program -- which shields hundreds of thousands of young adult migrants from deportation and permits them to work in the U.S. -- is unlawful. Under the current set of decisions, and with the case now sent back to the district court, DACA can accept no new applications but recipients will be allowed to renew their applications. A three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit agreed with a U.S. district court judge that DACA was illegal but did not move to immediately revoke the program, which has been the subject of near-constant legal battles and political lobbying since the Obama-era Department of Homeland Security outlined it via memo in 2012.
Detroit police said they fired 38 shots in three seconds at Porter Burks, a 20-year-old schizophrenic Black man, as he was in an apparent mental health crisis, killing him. During a press conference on Tuesday with Detroit Police Chief James White, snippets of body camera footage were shown of events leading up to the fatal shooting that occurred Sunday. In the video, officers can be heard negotiating with Burks, who is alleged to have been armed with an 8-inch blade knife, ordering him to put it down and offering to get him some help.
A professor was shot and killed on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson on Wednesday, campus police said. The campus police chief said a male professor in the Department of Hydrology was shot and killed by a former student. Dervish, 46, was taken into custody following a traffic stop by the state’s Department of Public Safety near the town of Gila Bend, University of Arizona Police Chief Paula Balafas said during a news conference.
An attorney representing the family of a Los Angeles police officer who died after a training exercise in May alleged Wednesday that the officer was targeted and killed after filing a report accusing fellow officers of sexually assaulting a woman. Bicycle officer Houston Tipping, 32, suffered a catastrophic spinal cord injury after he and another officer fell to the ground during a simulation, according to a report released Tuesday by Los Angeles Police Department's Office of Constitutional Policing and Policy, which called his death a "tragic accident." "The impact on the ground with the arm of the officer in that position around the backside of Officer Tipping's neck...in that instance is where the fracture occurred," LAPD Chief Michel Moore previously said.
Eleven relatives of the victims and survivors of the Uvalde, Texas, shooting spoke out on Wednesday in support of Democratic candidates for local office -- saying the elementary school massacre had moved them to activism. At a news conference, those 11 as well as two pastors and one of the shooting survivors joined lawmakers and candidates in urging people to vote for Democrats and support stricter gun laws. "It has taken me some time to step out and be Tess' voice," said Veronica Mata, whose 10-year-old daughter was killed at Robb Elementary School in May. "Not because I was scared or because I didn't know what to say, but because the life I once had was ripped apart."
Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones declined to take the stand in his own defense Wednesday in the Infowars host's second defamation trial over his Sandy Hook comments, as jurors are slated to begin deliberating the damages this week. Standing outside the Connecticut courthouse on Tuesday, Jones called the trial a "fraud" and told reporters he was likely not going to testify again because he could be held in contempt if he says he is "innocent." Pattis did not call any witnesses for the defense, which is aiming to limit the amount of damages Jones must pay for calling the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School a hoax.
Leading Republicans this week either voiced support or stayed silent on Herschel Walker after the Georgia GOP Senate hopeful denied an ex-girlfriend's claim that he paid for her to have an abortion in 2009. Walker, who has campaigned as an anti-abortion candidate, dismissed the ex-girlfriend's allegation, which was reported by The Daily Beast on Monday. "It's a lie," Walker said on Fox News.
Most people suffering from long COVID are experiencing some trouble performing day-to-day activities, new federal data shows. As of Sept. 26, 81% of adults with ongoing symptoms of COVID lasting three months or longer -- or four out of five adults -- are experiencing limitations in their daily activities compared to before they had the virus. The data was published Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics.
Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams said she has continuing doubts about voting equity in her upcoming rematch with incumbent Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, telling ABC News in a new interview that she would "not question the outcome of the election" but would continue to "question the process." Abrams, a former state lawmaker-turned-prominent voting rights advocate, repeatedly attacked Kemp in 2018 given that he was her rival and the sitting secretary of state who was overseeing their race. Abrams also challenged what she said were Georgia's excessively strict regulations around voter registration and more, calling them tantamount to suppression.
The jury is deliberating in the murder trial of the man accused of killing Kristin Smart, a California college student who disappeared in 1996 while walking home from a party. Paul Flores, 45, who walked Smart from the party and previously was named the "prime suspect," was arrested and charged with her murder last year. After 11 weeks of testimony, closing arguments wrapped late Tuesday afternoon and the jury is currently deliberating their verdict.
Pamela Anderson has revealed the cover of her upcoming memoir, "LOVE, PAMELA." The actress, model and activist shared the cover of her upcoming release from Dey Street Books on Wednesday. In an Instagram post, Anderson said she is "so proud" of the book, which will be released on Jan. 31, 2023.
In the last two decades, U.S. Supreme Court has become rapidly more polarized, making landmark decisions that have changed the landscape of American life. Most notably, the court voted to overrule Roe v. Wade in June, removing federal protections for abortion rights. The current court uniquely has six conservative justices, all nominated by Republican presidents, and three liberal justices, all nominated by Democratic presidents.
Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis -- visited the Royal Surrey County Hospital Maternity Unit in Guildford, England, where she cradled a baby in her arms and spoke with several mothers. "It was lovely to meet some of the new mothers and their babies who are supported by such a brilliant team at the hospital," the Princess of Wales shared on the official Kensington Royal Twitter account.
A federal judge has ordered Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to testify as part of a class action lawsuit brought by nonprofit abortion funds. Abortion funds are asking the court for an injunction that would prohibit defendants from punishing organizations that facilitate abortion care outside Texas, according to court documents. The funds are suing Paxton, several district attorneys and county attorneys in their official capacities.
The White House on Wednesday expressed disappointment following the announcement from OPEC+ that it would cut two million barrels per day from its production quotas beginning in November. The decision by the OPEC+ alliance, which includes Russia, is likely a response to oil prices dropping amid less demand stemming from a global economic slowdown. Oil prices currently hover around approximately $80 per barrel, down from the $100-plus cost it hit during late spring and early summer.
Nearly a week after Hurricane Ian slammed into Florida's southwestern coast, search and rescue efforts are ongoing, as the region takes steps to recover from the devastating storm. Lee County -- home to Fort Myers and the barrier islands Sanibel and Pine -- was especially hard-hit by the powerful Category 4 storm, with Fort Myers Beach frequently referred to as "ground zero" by local officials. At least 55 people died due to Ian in the coastal county, according to the Lee County Sheriff's Office -- more than half of the 100 storm-related fatalities statewide reported so far.
Police in Gary, Indiana, are investigating four fatal shootings that occurred within 24 hours of each other. In the first incident, a woman was brought to a hospital Sunday with a gunshot wound by a known person, Gary Police Chief Brian Evans told reporters during a news conference Tuesday. Officers responded to the 2600 block of Jackson Street, north of Indiana University's Northwest campus, where they encountered two victims who had been shot, Evans said.
Uvalde parents are still protesting outside the school administration offices after a full week, in an attempt to get UCISD officers suspended pending the independent review of the shooting at Robb Elementary School on May 24, in which 19 children and two adults were killed. Brett Cross, guardian of 10-year-old victim Uziyah Garcia, has not left the building site since last Tuesday morning, sleeping overnight in a cot and receiving food deliveries and messages of support from across the country. Both Brett and his wife Niki Cross have posted updates on social media to document their efforts.
The musical comedy "Pitch Perfect" celebrated its 10th anniversary with a new teaser for its spinoff series, "Bumper in Berlin." "Pitch Perfect" series star Adam Devine introduces the teaser in character as Bumper Allen and proceeds to cover, a cappella style, the mash-up "Take On Me X 99 Luftballoons," harmonizing with multiple versions of himself. "Modern Family" vet Sarah Hyland and "She-Hulk" star Jameela Jamil also star in the series, which sees Bumper re-teaming with Flula Borg's Piëter Krämer when one of Bumper's songs goes big in Germany.