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July 08, 2020 - 4:10 pm
(NEW YORK) -- BY: GENTRIX SHANGA, ABC News In 2013, the Black Lives Matter movement took form first as a hashtag and then as protests across the country in response to Trayvon Martin's death. Now, that same cry for justice reverberates once again following the death of George Floyd at the hands of...
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July 08, 2020 - 3:56 pm
(NEW YORK) -- BY: BILL HUTCHINSON, ABC News There was no blaze to put out nor an injured victim to treat, but Maryland firefighters responded to a forlorn woman's call to help her see, in person, her 83-year-old mother, literally giving her a lift to facilitate the emotional rescue. Shirl Carmine...
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July 08, 2020 - 3:28 pm
(NEW YORK) -- BY: IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News Words of hate and bias won't appear on any Scrabble board in official tournaments going forward. Hasbro, which owns the rights to the board game, and North American Scrabble Players Association announced that it will ban slurs and other offensive epitaphs...
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July 08, 2020 - 3:21 pm
(RICHMOND, Virginia) -- BY: IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News The state of Virginia has eliminated its backlog of rape kits, some of which went untested for decades, according to its attorney general. Attorney General Mark Herring announced Wednesday that the state's $3.4 million project to eliminate its...
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July 08, 2020 - 11:27 am
By ELLA TORRES, ABC News (AUSTIN, Texas) -- Texas is set to move forward with the execution of an inmate Wednesday, its first since a five-month delay due to the coronavirus pandemic. Billy Wardlow, 45, was convicted of capital murder after he fatally shot an 82-year-old man, Carl Cole, in 1993...
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July 08, 2020 - 10:51 am
By OLIVIA RUBIN and LUCIEN BRUGGEMAN, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- As the coronavirus pandemic continues to pummel states across the country, South Carolina is dealing with a brewing crisis of its own with daily case records akin to those in more notable hot spots across the south and west, prompting...
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July 08, 2020 - 10:22 am
By ELLA TORRES, ABC News (CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, Calif.) -- A white California couple has been charged with a hate crime after they were seen on video defacing a Black Lives Matter mural, according to a statement from the Contra Costa District Attorney's office. Two people, identified by the district...
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July 08, 2020 - 7:51 am
By MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- During the first half of the year, 44 states and the District of Columbia introduced nearly 550 bills that protect reproductive health access, particularly during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new report. The National Institute for Reproductive...
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July 08, 2020 - 6:09 am
By MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- Flash flooding and severe weather moved through a large part of the country Tuesday, with up to 160 damaging storm reports from Montana to Pennsylvania. Winds gusted from 70 mph to almost 90 mph from the Dakotas to Montana, where tennis ball size hail fell in...
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July 08, 2020 - 5:44 am
By BILL HUTCHINSON, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- Protesters were injured in New York and Indiana by drivers who authorities say appeared to deliberately target demonstrations just days after a Black Lives Matter march on a Seattle freeway turned deadly. A demonstrator in Bloomington, Indiana, and two...
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