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Wildfires in the West have spread so rapidly amid continuing dry, gusty conditions that a Northern California town has been destroyed. Firefighters had made progress on containing the Dixie Fire, the largest in California, which has been burning near Feather River Canyon for weeks. As of Friday morning, it is burning in four California counties: Butte, Plumas, Tehama and Lassen.
The Portsmouth Police Department released surveillance videos that capture the deadly shooting, which occurred Monday on Chowan Drive in Portsmouth, near Norfolk. Police did not share any further details on the shooting.
Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas said he regrets signing an April law banning mask mandates and is seeking to reverse it as coronavirus infections soar among unvaccinated youth, making him an outlier among some Republican governors who have doubled down on their anti-masking views. Asked by ABC's "Good Morning America" Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on Thursday what changed his thinking, Hutchinson said, "The delta variant hit us hard." Arkansas has seen a 517% increase in the number of virus cases among people under 18 between April and July, according to an Associated Press report.
Within the next few weeks, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to recommend a plan for immunocompromised Americans to get a COVID-19 booster shot, a senior government official familiar with the agency's planning told ABC News on Thursday. The plan is expected by early September, if not sooner, the government official said. Many immunocompromised Americans have not had high immune responses to the vaccines, leaving them vulnerable to the virus even after getting a shot.
Nearly seven months to the day a pro-Trump mob attacked the U.S. Capitol, President Joe Biden on Thursday signed a bill awarding Congress' highest honor -- the Congressional Gold Medal -- to law enforcement officers he said defended democracy on Jan. 6. Biden said the Jan. 6 assault presented a dark test of "whether our democracy could survive, whether it could overcome lies and overcome the fury of a few who were seeking to thwart the will of the many." "While the attack on our values and our votes shocked and saddened the nation, democracy did survive," Biden said firmly.
While a series of high-profile events have been canceled this week due to the looming threat posed by the delta variant, one that last year contributed to hundreds of COVID-19 cases will not. The downstream effect was tangible: At least 649 COVID-19 cases were linked to Sturgis, including secondary and third-degree contacts. "The Sturgis rally had many characteristics of a superspreading event: large crowds, high intensity of contact between people, potential for highly infectious individuals traveling from hotspots, and events in poorly ventilated indoor environments," a 2020 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study concluded.
An Arizona mom's worst fear came true when her 5-year-old daughter tested positive for COVID-19 two weeks after her school year started. Heidi Kim's 5-year-old daughter, Irene, is in kindergarten and her 8-year-old daughter, Rosalind, is in third grade at EduPrize charter school in Queens Creek, Arizona. Kim homeschooled both of her children during the 2020 school year due to Arizona's high COVID-19 rates and to protect close friends and family that were high risk for COVID-19.
The White House on Thursday hit back at Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis after he told President Joe Biden he will stand "in his way" while the country experiences an alarming surge of COVID-19 cases, with press secretary Jen Psaki saying the "facts" about hospitalizations in Florida speak for themselves. At Thursday's briefing with reporters, ABC News Correspondent Stephanie Ramos raised DeSantis’ latest fundraising push using the president’s comments from Tuesday urging DeSantis to help or "get out of the way," and she asked whether Biden is considering reaching out to DeSantis.
President Joe Bidenset of actions on Thursday announced an effort intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and pollution from cars and trucks, reducing planet-warming emissions from the No. 1 sector contributing to climate change in the U.S. Biden signed an executive order setting a goal that half of all new vehicles sold by 2030 are zero emissions vehicles, specifically electric vehicles powered by batteries or fuel cells or hybrid-electric vehicles. Biden pitched the goal to dramatically increase electric vehicle sales as a way for the U.S. to claim a bigger share of that market and the manufacturing jobs from increasing demand for electric vehicles and components like batteries, as well as a big step toward his climate goals to dramatically reduce the country's greenhouse gas emissions.
Meghan Markle's meaningful constellation necklace has sent the internet into a shopping frenzy. Meghan turned 40 this week and dropped a surprise video for the 40x40 project with Melissa McCarthy. In the now-viral video, the Duchess explains her birthday mission to encourage "a global effort for all to donate 40 minutes of their time to help women make an easier transition back to the workplace."
From coffee creamer to a sweet-meets-savory cup of noodles, here are all the fall flavor-infused foods and drinks hitting shelves this season. Nissin Foods, the inventor of Cup Noodles, officially kicked off pumpkin spice season earlier this week with a "new cup on the block."
The Justice Department is opening an investigation into the policing practices of the Phoenix Police Department and the city of Phoenix, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Thursday afternoon. The investigation will examine whether the Phoenix Police Department uses excessive force, whether it engages in discriminatory policing practices, whether the department violated the First Amendment by retaliating against protesters and whether the department discriminates against people with disabilities. This is the third pattern or practice investigation the Justice Department has opened during the Biden administration.
Amazon has pushed back the date for tech and corporate employees to return to office to 2022, as COVID-19 cases fueled by the highly transmissible delta variant continue to rise. It's not clear whether Amazon will require employees to be vaccinated to return to the office, but the company did tell ABC News it will require employees to wear masks in the office unless they can verify they're fully vaccinated.
A family is suing the Chicago Police Department after officers aimed firearms at their two young daughters during an alleged wrongful raid of their home on the evening of Aug. 7, 2019. According to the civil rights suit filed in federal court on Wednesday, Reshyla and Savayla Winters, who were 4 and 9 years old at the time, experienced “lasting psychological trauma” after they were awoken amid the commotion and a police officer pointed his flashlight and pistol in the direction of the girls’ heads from two feet away as they lay in their beds.
The first woman to publicly accuse New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment plans to sue him for allegedly retaliating against her after she came forward. Lindsey Boylan, who formerly worked as an aide to the governor, spoke out in December in a series of tweets claiming Cuomo "sexually harassed me for years." "Our plan is to sue the governor and his and his coconspirators," Boylan's attorney, Jill Basinger, told ABC News' "Good Morning America," citing the retaliatory actions outlined in the New York attorney general's scathing report published Tuesday.
Firefighters are working to extinguish dozens of fires across Greece, where over 100 wildfires have started in the past day. In the town of Evia, 90 miles from Athens, the Greek coast guard and private-owned boats are evacuating people from the beach where residents and tourists fled the flames. According to the Athens News Agency, 90 people have been transported to safety so far.
As he continues reevaluating his stadium tour plans due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Garth Brooks is making one thing clear: He doesn't want anybody to feel uncomfortable for wearing a mask to a show. Ahead of his planned Aug. 7 concert in Kansas City, Missouri, Brooks spoke to fans via his Inside Studio G Facebook series. The Kansas City stadium show -- which is expecting to host 70,000 Garth fans -- will feature an on-site vaccination clinic.
A search is on for the unknown gunman or gunmen who ambushed and fatally shot a 26-year-old sheriff's deputy near Louisville, Kentucky, authorities said. Jefferson County sheriff's deputy Brandon Shirley was shot at about 2:30 a.m. local time Thursday while working an off-duty security job at Rockford Lane Auto Sales in Shively, Jefferson County Sheriff John Aubrey said at a news conference. Shirley was in uniform at the time, the sheriff said.
The availability of food and how crops will fare as a result of climate change has long been of interest to environmental researchers, but scientists are now finding other threats to food supplies that can severely impact global food security. Climate change may pose an increased risk for crops to become infected with pests and pathogens, leaving the yields inedible and risking quantities of the world's food supply, according to a study published Thursday in Nature Climate Change. Researchers at the University of Exeter in England studied models for the production of four major commodity crops -- maize, wheat, soybean and rice -- as well as eight temperate and tropical crops, to predict how the crops would respond to future climate scenarios.
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are set to star in a prequel to "Yellowstone" titled "1883." Described in a release as "a stark retelling of Western expansion," the series will follow "the Dutton family as they embark on a journey west through the Great Plains ... fleeing poverty to seek a better future in America's promised land -- Montana." McGraw, 54, and Hill, 53, will play James and Margaret Dutton, the patriarch and matriarch of the family.