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Waukegan police released footage Monday showing the moments leading up to the dramatic rescue.
In the video, no one appears to be in the area as the officers, searching for a suicidal teen, approach the train tracks — but as soon as the crossing gates are activated by the approaching train, a young woman comes out from behind the railroad mechanical shed.
The 9-year-old’s decision to take her own life came months after the alleged harassment by her classmates at U.S. Jones Elementary School in Demopolis began, her relatives told the outlet. Some of the tauntings stemmed from her being friends with a white boy, her aunt said.
“She was being bullied the entire school year, with words such as ‘kill yourself,’ ‘you think you’re white because you ride with that white boy,’ ‘you ugly,’ ‘black b—h,’ ‘just die,’” Harris told the outlet.
Adams was enrolled at U.S. Jones Elementary School after relatives went to the State Board of Education over concerns that the young girl was bullied at her previous school in Linden as well, Harris told The Dispatch.
At first, the woman was frightened, telling the news outlet she quickly swam to shore because she was fearful the orcas — also known as killer whales — would harm her.
“I was also thinking they eat seals and I’m in a black wetsuit,” Johnson said.
But moments later, she decided to jump back into the water to complete her swim.
The Snowball Express was designed “to provide a memorable experience where they can access support, create new bonds, make positive memories, and build a community with the only people who can truly understand their loss: each other.”
In what has become an annual tradition for the Gary Sinise Foundation, their Snowball Express program officially kicked off on Saturday. Over 1,000 Gold Star families, those who lost a loved one while serving in the military, are being sent to Disney World for a five-day experience.
Hundreds of people were milling about the airport, as they usually do, when an airline attendant called out over the announcement system to let people at the gate know that a group of children of fallen service members were about to board their flight to Disney World.
The recent break of a sewage pipe across the border in Mexico is allowing millions of gallons of sewage to flow into the Tijuana River — and, eventually, the Pacific Ocean — impacting coastal areas in California.
The International Boundary and Water Commission notified local officials on Monday that a pipe had broken on Dec. 7 and has since been sending between 6 to 7 million gallons of sewage per day into the river area, according to Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina.
The family of a Florida woman who reportedly died Friday after falling off a motorcycle during a first date claims her date left her for dead on an interstate, reports said.
Jennifer St. Clair, 33, was found dead around 3 a.m. near an Interstate 95 exit in Pompano Beach, West Palm Beach’s WPBF-TV reported. The man she was on a date with left her on the road to die, the victim’s family said, according to the station.
Patricia Gamarra, 62, Mary Buchan, 55, Patricia Buchan, 28, Bridget Buchan, 23, Natacha Smith, 43, and Homer Searcy, 39, were arrested and charged with aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of the toddler, Essex County Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement Wednesday.
The six people were living in the home in Newark, about 9 miles from New York City. They allegedly beat the toddler with their fists and belts and poured scalding water on him “as a form of corporal punishment.”
A Nevada sentencing hearing descended into chaos last week when a man convicted of child abuse attacked prosecutors after learning how long he’d be spending behind bars.
The incident, caught on video, shows Terhain Woods in a Las Vegas courtroom after his conviction for beating a 13-month-old boy in March 2017. A judge tells Woods he’d be sentenced to between 8-to-10 years in prison plus an additional 1-to-3 years, which Woods doesn’t seem to understand.
A Long Island man who dug up bones in the basement of his childhood home learned Wednesday the remains belonged to his father, a Korean War veteran who mysteriously vanished in 1961 and may have been killed.
Suffolk County police announced Wednesday the remains were of George Carroll and his death was classified as a homicide, Newsday reported. The father of four and U.S. Army Korean War veteran disappeared in 1961 and a missing person report was most likely never filed.
Filed in Orange Circuit Court, the suit claims Universal should have known the ride had “the potential for cardiovascular incident,” but the theme park alleged failed to post warnings in Spanish for tourists who do not speak English, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
The lawsuit doesn’t say where Arana and his family are from, nor whether Arana had a previous medical condition. It also did not provide any additional information on what allegedly happened that day, the newspaper reported.
Although the hearing did feature some questions about privacy and hate speech, it was dominated primarily by accusations of political bias. At various moments, Pichai fielded questions from House Judiciary Committee lawmakers that either showed their own more Luddite sensibilities or betrayed a misunderstanding of how Google’s powerful search engine actually works.
Rep. Steve King (R.-IA) demanded to see the social media profiles of Google’s employees that work on search so that they could be probed for any “built-in bias” against conservatives.
A viewer took to Twitter, calling the remark “as homophobic a term as I’ve heard on national morning television,” noting that MSNBC did not include the slur in its closed captioning. “Maybe don’t equate homosexuality with Mike Pompeo carrying water for the murderous regime in Saudi Arabia,” the viewer wrote.
Brezezinski agreed and quoted the tweet while offering an apology. She also apologized to Senator Dick Durbin, who was on set.
Two leaders of the anti-Trump Women’s March engaged in anti-Semitic conspiracy theories prior to the massive gathering, according to a report by Tablet magazine.
Tamika Mallory and Carmen Perez “allegedly first asserted that Jewish people bore a special collective responsibility as exploiters of black and brown people — and even, according to a close secondhand source, claimed that Jews were proven to have been leaders of the American slave trade,” Tablet reported.
This popular theory can found in a book by Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam, “The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews.”
Democratic Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez surprises a crowd at a Hanukkah event by saying she has Jewish heritage; reaction from Ben Shapiro, editor-in-chief of The Daily Wire.
Two groups of Central American migrants marched to the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana on Tuesday with a list of demands, with one group delivering an ultimatum to the Trump administration: either let them in the U.S. or pay them $50,000 each to go home, a report said.
Among other demands were that deportations be halted and that asylum seekers be processed faster and in greater numbers, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
Trump threatened to shut down the government over border security funding if Democrats did not give in to his budget requests at an explosive Oval Office meeting with Democratic leaders.
Former Clinton adviser Richard Goodstein weighs in on Trump’s threat of a government shutdown if border wall funding is not approved.
Rep. Jim Jordan weighs in on the push to fund the border wall in Congress.
President Trump, Secretary Ben Carson, and Sen. Tim Scott participate in a signing ceremony for an Executive Order establishing the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council to facilitate economic opportunity zones in neglected parts of the country.
The House on Wednesday easily passed the compromise farm bill by a vote of 369-47, sending the sweeping agriculture and nutrition measure to President Donald Trump to sign.
The overwhelming bipartisan vote for the bill caps an eight-month fight over the legislation, marking a quick turnaround for House and Senate negotiators who were deadlocked in efforts to resolve a dispute over food stamps as recently as a few weeks ago.
Congressional members from both sides of the aisle came together on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to urge lawmakers to fast-track a benefits package that would provide assistance to veterans who became ill after their exposure to burn pits.
Reps. Brian Mast, R-Fl, and Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hi, joined advocacy group Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) at the Capitol Triangle, where they made the case for pushing forward help for the tens of thousands of veterans who have become gravely ill due to contact with the crude method of waste disposal used during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
Congress could pass bill reducing sentences for non-violent criminals and drug offenders; Sen. Tom Cotton reacts.
California regulators are currently contemplating whether residents would have to pay a fee on text messages from their cell phones.
The proposed tax would help fund programs in the state that provides low-income Californians with phone service and will be discussed further during the January 2019 meeting by the California Public Utilities Commission.
House Democrats caved to their progressive wing Tuesday and decided to scrap a rule that would have required a three-fifths supermajority vote to pass any new tax hikes.
Other Democrats including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi wanted a compromise: Cut back the rule so that it does not apply to corporations and America’s most wealthy 20 percent of citizens, essentially making easier to raise taxes on them.
Progressives wanted to do away with the rule completely to use tax hikes to fund programs like Medicare-for-all or tuition-free public colleges, which were two items on Ocasio-Cortez’s platform, reported The Washington Post.
A senior FBI official on Wednesday said that Chinese economic espionage as well as efforts to steal U.S. research and influence American discourse amount to “the most severe counterintelligence threat” facing the United States today.
E.W. “Bill” Priestap, head of the bureau’s counterintelligence division, joined two other senior security officials in outlining what they described as Beijing’s long-term campaign to undermine the United States’ economic and technological dominance and the government’s efforts to counter it.
PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron is trying to take back control of his nation after a month of protests that caused mayhem across the country — and now a new extremist attack that’s putting France on renewed terror alert.
Macron said “the terrorist threat is still at the core of our nation’s life,” in comments reported by government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux.
Within his presidential palace and the halls of government, concerns about the protests remain intense despite the Strasbourg scare.
The shooting took place around 7.50 pm on Tuesday near the Christmas market. A man shot in three places – the rue des Orfèvres, place Gutenberg and the pont du Corbeau – with an automatic weapon into the crowds, after which panic broke out.
The man also attacked people with a knife. He shouted Allahu Akbar as he committed his horrible acts.
The man also shot at the French soldiers who secured the Christmas market. They shot back and possibly hit the perpetrator, after which he fled. It is unclear how seriously he’s injured.
The gunman who killed four people before turning the weapon on himself inside a Catholic cathedral in southeastern Brazil on Monday was suffering from depression and “mentally ill,” authorities said.
The man, identified as 49-year-old Euler Fernando Grandolpho, was armed with two guns when he entered the Metropolitan Cathedral in Campinas and opened fire. He killed four people and injured another four before killing himself.
UNITED NATIONS — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday he wants to build a “coalition of responsible nations” to push back against malign Iranian actions — as European countries took to the U.N. Security Council to ramp up pressure on the regime.
“The United States will continue to unite sovereign nations in their responsibility to work for the peace and security of their own people and a stable international order,” he said at a meeting of the council on non-proliferation. “The United States will continue to be relentless in building a coalition of responsible nations who are serious about confronting the Iranian regime’s reckless ballistic missile activity.”
U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May survived a vote of confidence in her leadership of her party Wednesday, but not until after she reportedly promised she would step down before the next general election.
A leadership vote had been triggered after 48 Conservative Party MPs had written letters expressing no confidence in her leadership — 15 percent of the party’s members in the Commons. But the vote of confidence of the broader bloc of Tory MPs went in her favor — with 200 MPs backing her leadership and 117 voting against her.
Fox Nation host Tomi Lahren praised President Trump for standing up to Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi in an explosive, televised White House meeting.
Trump and Vice President Mike Pence invited Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to discuss border security and an impending government shutdown.
With the cameras rolling in the Oval Office, Trump insisted he’s willing to let the government shut down if Congress doesn’t funding for border security, including a wall along the southern border.
Given how incredibly upsetting these crimes are, and how deeply they shake their communities—and the nation itself—such calls are perfectly understandable. If we’re truly serious, however, about reducing gun violence rates and increasing personal safety, we must ensure that policy decisions are made with an eye toward facts and reality, not panic and outrage.
The facts tell us that most commonly proposed gun control measures are already ineffective at preventing mass public shootings in states where they are currently implemented, and that they will continue to be ineffective at preventing future tragedies.