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A wildfire burning near Wenatchee, WA has scorched at least 3,000 acres, forced more than a thousand people to flee and destroyed at least 24 homes and four businesses. Washington Emergency Management reports the fire is 10 percent contained, and still threatening more than 100 structures. Evacuation orders remain in place. Steep hillsides and stiff winds drove the flames toward Wenatchee faster than emergency crews could move as temperatures soared about 100 degrees. Officials know the fire started in brush on the edge of town, but have yet to determine what started it.

More than 1,400 residents have been asked to evacuate after a fast-moving brush fire broke out just north of Santa Barbara. The Mesa Fire has burned at least 300 acres. 

Dozens of people are dead after an Indonesian air force transport plane crashed into a residential neighborhood in the country's third-largest city of Medan. Air force officials say the C-130 Hercules appeared to develop engine trouble shortly after takeoff.

On the brink of a major default on its loans before Tuesday's deadline, Greece shut down its banks and created financial chaos among its citizens. Greeks are limited to cash withdrawals of just 60 euros a day, worth about $60 as the value of the euro against the dollar has plummeted in recent hours. The economic turmoil has investors scared. US stocks had their worst day of the year amid worry about fallout from the debt crisis.   Stocks sank across the globe.

A suicide bomber driving an explosives-packed vehicle targeted a NATO military convoy in the Afghan capital, Kabul this morning, according to officials. Police don't have exact casualty numbers yet, but are on the scene.

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie holds an 11a ET rally Tuesday at his old high school in Livingston, NJ to announce his presidential candidacy. Immediately following the event, Christie flies to New Hampshire for a series of town hall meetings in the early primary state.
- NBC ended its relationship with GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump Monday, because of comments he made about Mexican immigrants when he announced his campaign. Mexican media giant Televisa also says it will no longer broadcast the Miss Universe Pageant or engage in any other projects with Trump.  Nearly 700,000 people have signed a petition calling on Macy's to fire Donald Trump. 
-The first batch of Hillary Clinton’s emails is set for release by the State Department on Tuesday, under a court-mandated deadline for staggered monthly release. 

-Prison escapee David Sweat remains in serious condition at Albany Medical Center where he reportedly told officers he and Richard Matt originally intended to head to Mexico when they escaped, but when Joyce Mitchell didn’t show up, they decided to make a break for Canada. The pair stuck together until five days ago when Sweat says he felt Matt was slowing him down and split away from him. Meanwhile, the shooting of Sweat by New York State Police Sgt. Jay Cook is under review, even though the law allows for cops to shoot an escapee regardless of whether the escapee is armed. 
-NY State and federal authorities are now investigating possible heroin trafficking since the Clinton Correctional Facility. The drug dealing may have involved both inmates and corrections officers. 

President Obama vows to revamp what overtime pay.  The President is unveiling a proposal to require overtime pay for workers who earn nearly $1,000 per week. That's more than double the current threshold. Mr. Obama says it would extend overtime protection to about 5 million workers.

A senior U.S official in Vienna says negotiators will not make Tuesday's deadline on an agreement on Iran's nuclear program.  And while those involved in the talks are willing to spend a few more days hammering out details, no one will agree to a long term extension. They are also not willing to renegotiate what they say Iran agreed to in April.  It is a hard line being taken by the U.S. and allied negotiators, and the onus is on Iran to respond.

Lawmakers in California have given final approval to a bill that would impose one of the strictest vaccination laws in the country.   Despite protests at the state capitol by groups that oppose mandatory childhood vaccinations - the California Senate approved the bill, which would force parents to vaccinate most children before they attend kindergarten, regardless of personal or religious beliefs. The California Assembly approved the bill last week.  It now moves on to Governor Jerry Brown, who has not said if he will sign it.

The South Carolina Legislature will take up bills on removing the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds on July 6. It appears the legislature has the two-thirds majority they need in both chambers to remove the flag. Just days later, the KKK will hold a rally on Statehouse grounds on July 18. State officials say any group can request to hold a rally on the grounds as long as they are available. 

The trial of Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting suspect James Holmes continues Tuesday. 

The U.S. Women are a win away from reaching Sunday's World Cup Final.  The only team standing in their way: Germany. The two soccer powerhouses meet Tuesday night in the semifinal round in Montreal.

Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal all play their opening round matches on day two at Wimbledon.

Tuesday will be one second longer than Monday, thanks to a “leap second” that is used to offset the Earth’s gradually slowing rotation on the atomic clock. It takes 24 hours for the Earth to complete a full rotation, of course, but atmospheric changes, weather and tides can throw that time off by a few milliseconds. Over time, those milliseconds add up and an extra second is added to reset the clock.

Consumer Reports releases its "Thirsty 30" list of oil guzzler automobiles which frequently require an oil top off between oil changes.

Captured! The second escaped killer on the run since June 6th, David Sweat, was shot and wounded by a New York State Police Sgt. in Franklin County, New York, not far from the Canadian border.  Sweat was captured two days after a border patrol agent shot and killed his accomplice Richard Matt. Sweat was transported to a local hospital, then to Albany Medical Center.  He's listed in critical condition.

Police in North Carolina have charged a correctional officer with multiple charges in connection with the escape of an inmate Kristopher McNeil, 29, who escaped early Saturday morning from the Brown Creek Correctional Institution in Polkton, N.C.   Police have charged 33-year-old Kendra Lynette Miller with sex with an inmate, providing an electronic device to an inmate, harboring a fugitive, and aiding and abetting a fugitive. McNeil was serving a 14-year sentence for second-degree murder and was scheduled for release in 2018. 

The finances of Greece are teetering on the edge...Greek banks are closed Monday and ATM use is restricted after a weekend of turmoil over repayment of billions in dollars in foreign loans which are due on Tuesday.

On the heels of Friday’s terror attacks in Tunisia, France and Kuwait, American officials say there is “great concern” over the current security environment in the U.S. ahead of the 4th of July holiday. The FBI and Department of Homeland Security issued a bulletin to local law enforcement on Friday warning of heightened concern over the potential for an ISIS-inspired attack. No specific or credible threat has yet been identified.

The weekend saw a sixth shark attack off the coast of North Carolina, when a 17-year-old boy was bitten while swimming in waist-deep water Saturday afternoon. A 47-year-old was attacked just the day before – this following four other incidents earlier just this month. What is causing this to happen so frequently?

An unmanned SpaceX rocket broke apart minutes after launch Sunday.  The rocket was headed for the International Space Station with a cargo of supplies. NASA officials said the crew, two Russian cosmonauts and an American astronaut, on the space station now are in no immediate trouble. NASA is stunned that they've had three supply mission failures in less than eight months. They said they could never have imagined this scenario. They say the crew is safe, they've got 4 months supply of food and water on board the space station. They would consider de-crewing the space station if they get down to 45 days.

A plane crashed into a house in Plainville, Massachusetts, near the Rhode Island border Sunday night causing a large fire that engulfed the home and killing an unspecified number of people on the plane.  The plane, a Beechcraft BE36, was flying from Lancaster Airport in Pennsylvania to Norwood Airport in Massachusetts when it crashed into the home.

Monday is the last scheduled day of the Supreme Court’s Term, and the Court is expected to release all remaining opinions then. It will be a little anti-climactic, after last week, but there are three cases remaining: Oklahoma's lethal injuection, environmental regulations, and redistricting.

Following Friday's historic gay marriage ruling, hundreds of thousands of people packed the streets Sunday celebrating gay pride events in cities across America.  Overall attendance was expected to be in the millions for what amounted to a celebration of a freshly endorsed right to marry.

The trial of Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting suspect James Holmes resumes Monday.  On Friday, the first psychiatrist to evaluate Holmes after the killings was cross examined.

For the first time, the American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending that the prevention of childhood obesity should start before the age of 2. 

This is the most lightning deaths this early in the season since 2009, according to government officials.  13 deaths have occured so far. Over the weekend in Colorado, some 13 people were injured by a lightning strike while hiking on Mt Bierstadt. One of the hiker’s dog was killed.   In Arizona, a 24-year-old woman was killed and seven other people were injured over the weekend while hiking in Arizona’s Mogollon Rim area. The group took shelter under a stand of pine trees during a thunderstorm. The lightning hit one of the trees, knocking the group to the ground. In South Carolina, a female American Airlines passengers was injured by lightning as she walked across the tarmac in Columbia last night. Her flight to Charlotte, NC had been diverted to Columbia due to weather. Passengers had deplaned and were walking across the tarmac at the time of the accident. She’s in stable condition.

Nine people have been treated for minor injuries after a fireworks accident in Weslake, OH.  No one was transported to the hospital. Fire officials say the accident was caused by a “catastrophic failure” with one of the fireworks boxes during the show. 

Following the tragic shooting in South Carolina, both citizens and leaders are calling for the Confederate Flag to be taken down from outside the state capital – though one woman decided to take matters into her own hands. 30-year-old Bree Newson climbed the flag pole on Saturday, ignoring the protests of officers and took the flag down. She and an accomplice were arrested immediately, and the flag was raised back up less than an hour later. 

The Iranian nuclear talks currently underway in Vienna are expected to go pass the Tuesday deadline. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif returned to Tehran Sunday to take proposals to his leadership and is expected back in Vienna this week. U.S. officials insist progress has been made, but are still very cautious about the prospects of a deal. 

Wimbledon begins.  The first round of the famed tennis tournament opens Monday at the All England Club in London.

LeBron James has opted out of the remaining $21.6 million in his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers just a year after returning. But, no one is panicking just yet. Most analysts and experts believe James will return to Cleveland with a re-worked deal once NBA free agency begins on Wednesday.

Three weekends in and it seems nothing will defeat the dinosaurs of "Jurassic World." Another weekend on top, with an estimated $54.2 million. It's now the fastest film to hit half a billion dollars in the U.S.


President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden travel to Charleston, South Carolina, to meet with families of the nine people murdered last week at Emanuel AME Church. A campaign aide says that Hillary Clinton will also attend. The President will deliver the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, one of those shot to death after a Bible study session inside the church on June 17th. Meanwhile, the 21-year-old man charged in the apparently racist-inspired rampage remains jailed.

-- The Supreme Court saves the Affordable Care Act, upholding a key provision of the health care law, handing the President Obama a second major Obamacare victory. Justice Kennedy sided with the Chief Justice, along with the four more liberal justices, to accept the government's arguments - in a 6-3 decision.
-- Will the Supreme Court issue its ruling on same sex marriage Friday?

The nearly three-week long manhunt for two escaped murderers in upstate New York is affecting life beyond the prison.  The search for Richard Matt and David Sweat is focused in the rugged, remote northern Adirondacks where a lot of kids go to summer camp.  At least one, Camp Guggenheim, decided the manhunt made it potentially too dangerous.  The camp, run by the Diocese of Ogdensburg, canceled its first week, we're told, because the bishop felt it better to err on the side of caution.  Police cannot spare any officers to guard the camp and the diocese said it didn't want to gamble with children's lives.

Firefighters continue to battle a massive fire in the San Bernardino Mountains. The Lake fire has been burning since June 17th. Thursday, water-dropping aircraft were temporarily stopped because a drone was spotted flying near the fire. One fire official says a drone is dangerous as a distraction or even a collision and possible loss of an air tanker. Investigators haven’t been able to determine who had the drone.

In parts of 6 states from Colorado to Virginia: a severe thunderstorm watch - with damaging winds and large hail the main threats. And extreme heat is building out west with triple digit temperatures along the West Coast expected to continue through the weekend. Heat advisories across seven states.

The US and Russian leaders spoke by phone Thursday evening. Vladimir Putin called Mr Obama. It's the first time they've spoken to each other since February. The men discussed a number of international issues -  in particular the threat of the Islamic State, the crisis in Syria, the Ukraine conflict and negotiations with Iran.

Officials say the State Department cannot find in its records all or part of 15 work-related emails from Hillary Rodham Clinton's private server released this week by a House panel investigating the 2012 attack in Benghazi.  Officials say the emails all predate the Sept. 11 assault on the US consulate and include few words written by Clinton herself, consisting of more in a series of would-be intelligence reports passed to her by longtime political confidant Sidney Blumenthal. But, the fact that they're missing is likely to raise new questions about Clinton's use of a personal email account and server while secretary of state and whether she has provided the agency all of her work-related correspondence, as she claims.

The television network Univision has told Donald Trump: You're fired. The Spanish-language broadcaster is cutting ties with Trump...announcing they won't be running the July 12th Miss USA telecast because of comments Trump made about Mexican immigrants when announcing his White House run. Trump, who owns part of the Miss Universe pageant, tells ABC's Tom Llamas that the broadcasting deal with Univision, a partner on our channel Fusion, was worth about 15 million dollars. He says he's going to sue for that and possibly, even slander.

Lawmakers in California are giving a thumbs-up to a controversial bill borne out of this year's measles outbreak linked to Disneyland.  The Assembly has now approved the bill to require vaccinations for all healthy children in public schools. It's been hotly contested by parent groups opposing vaccinations.  The California Senate has already approved the bill but now must okay amendments before it heads to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature

Defense attorneys in the Colorado movie theater shooter trial have begun presenting their case and have called their first psychiatrist to testify.   Dr. Jonathan Woodcock interviewed James Holmes for about 2 hours a few days after the shooting... He told jurors one thing was very clear:  It was his impression that he was severely mentally ill. Holmes' attorneys are trying to show that he was insane when he carried out the attack.  A few weeks ago, court-appointed doctors told jurors that Holmes has mental illnesses but was legally sane when he opened fire. 

Gov. Larry Hogan says he will check into the University of Maryland hospital Monday to undergo four days of chemotherapy.  At a State House news conference on transportation issues, Hogan also said his doctors have determined through bone marrow testing that he has Stage 3 non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, not Stage 4,  as he had suggested was possible earlier this week. 

The 24 year old daughter of former Alaska governor/GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is pregnant again. She blogs that she knows this is a huge disappointment to her family. Bristol already has a child from a teen pregnancy.  

As the Americans prepare for a quarterfinal against China, they continue to insist in response to a steady stream of criticism from back home that they know they can play better offensively, but aren't worried that time is running out for them to do so.


-Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston held bible study Wednesday night in the same room where 9 members of the church were shot and killed a week ago by suspected gunman Dylann Roof.  The Justice Department will reportedly file federal hate crime charges against Roof. 
--Funeral proceedings for the Charleston shooting victims begins Thursday when Sharonda Coleman-Singleton and Ethel Lance are laid to rest. There will be another public viewing Thursday for State Sen. Clementa Pinckney in his hometown of Ridgeland, SC. President Obama will deliver the eulogy at his funeral Friday.
- Confederate flags continue to fall around the South. On Wednesday, the flag was removed from the Alabama capitol, both Mississippi senators called for their state flag to be redesigned to exclude the Confederate image and the Kentucky Attorney General asked for a statue of Jefferson Davis to be removed.  

A second northern New York prison worker has been arrested in connection with two escaped convicts.  Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie confirmed corrections officer Gene Palmer was arrested Wednesday night. Palmer is charged with promoting prison contraband, tampering with evidence and official misconduct.

A fast-moving brush fire erupted next to the 5 Freeway in Santa Clarita, CA near a mobile home park Wednesday afternoon, prompting hundreds of  temporary evacuations. Residents have been allowed to return to their homes.  The blaze is 20 percent contained. The Calgrove Fire is spreading northeast and has scorched more than 200 acres. About 450 Los Angeles city, county and U.S. Forest Service crews are battling the greater alarm fire. One firefighter suffered minor burn injuries, according to Los Angeles County Fire officials. 

-Heavy rain has sparked flash flooding across Denver Wednesday evening where several feet of water made some roads impassable. Heavy rains poured thru a leaky roof of one shopping center, leaving water on the floor of at least one store. An enhanced severe weather risk stretched from Des Moines to Chicago Wednesday night – the same area that was slammed by storms, including an EF-3 tornado that hit Coal City, IL earlier this week. The main threat is large hail, damaging wind and flash flooding. There are also severe thunderstorm warnings up for parts of Alabama and northern Georgia. On Thursday, severe weather is possible in Denver, northern Kentucky and Cincinnati.
- A handful of people recovering after a lighting strike in Colorado Springs. It hit a construction site Wednesday afternoon. Five people affected, but only four went to the hospital. Those patients were treated and released.

President Obama got heckled in the White House Wednesday.  It happened at a reception he held for LBGT activists celebrating advances he's pushed.   Mr. Obama eventually lost his patience. The President telling the heckler he could stay if he stopped interrupting.  The heckler kept heckling so the President called for his removal. 

The Supreme Court is scheduled to issue decisions Thursday, with six major cases, including gay marriage.

In a triumph of divided government, the Republican-controlled Congress passed major trade legislation Wednesday that was long-sought by President Barack Obama but vehemently opposed by most lawmakers in his party.   The measure to strengthen Obama's hand in global trade talks cleared the Senate on a vote of 60-38, and will go to the White House for his signature -- less than two weeks after it was temporarily derailed in the House in an uprising of Democratic lawmakers who argued it would cost American jobs.    A companion bill, to renew an expiring program of federal aid for workers disadvantaged by imports, passed by voice vote less than an hour later. Final approval in the House is expected on Thursday.

Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev apologized to his victims as he was formally sentenced to death Wednesday. “I’d like to now apologize to the victims and survivors,” he told a Boston courtroom. “I am sorry for the lives I have taken, for the damage that I have done, the irreparable damage.” He also asked forgiveness from Allah. This is the first Tsarnaev has ever spoken about the bombing.

The FBI is part of a task force investigating six woman who have disappeared from the town of Chillicothe, Ohio. Only four of their bodies have been found, washed up in streams flowing away from town. The sheriff’s department tells ABC News he does not believe a serial killer is on the loose and would not say whether he believes the cases are connected. 

A Florida man died more than a week ago after contracting a flesh-eating bacteria while swimming near Tampa, yet the local health department still has not notified the public or put up any warnings about swimming in those waters. Earlier this month, state health officials warned swimmers about this bacteria which has already killed two other people in Florida this year.  

Whitney Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina was moved to hospice care Wednesday, nearly five months after she was found unresponsive in her Georgia home. “Despite the great medical care at numerous facilities, Bobbi Kristina Brown’s condition has continued to deteriorate,” her aunt Pat Houston said, “She’s in God’s hands now." Meantime, a lawsuit has been filed against Bobbi Kristina’s boyfriend Nick Gordon, claiming he took money from her and abused her physically and mentally. 

Donald Trump's comments about Mexicans and Latin Americans have caused one music star to cancel his performance at the Miss USA pageant. J Balvin is a massive star in Latin America and he's not happy with what Trump said in his speech announcing he was running for President: "When Mexico sends its people they're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime, they're rapists."  Balvin, who's Columbian, tells Billboard he's dropping out of the Miss USA contest, which is owned by Trump. It would have been Balvin's first national mainstream performance, but he says Trumps words were shocking, so he'll skip the event, which airs live on July 12.

Thursday marks the sixth anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death.

The 2015 NBA Draft takes place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn Thursday night.

Whole Foods has been routinely been overcharging customers in New York City by overstating the weight of prepackaged meat, dairy and baked goods. It's not the first time the expensive chain has been found guilty of overcharging customers - just last year, they paid $800,000 in penalties for pricing irregularities in California.

A chunk of ice believed to be from a passing plane crashes through a house in Moxee, Washington.  Residents say the chunk measured approximately one foot by one foot.  It crashed through the roof causing extensive damage Tuesday. The ice was found in a closet. There were no injuries reported although the house was occupied at the time. Moxee Police are looking into the incident with representatives of the Yakima Airport.


--South Carolina lawmakers approve debating the removal of the Confederate flag from the capitol property...later this summer.
--Several big retailers opt out of selling Confederate flag merchandise after the church massacre in Charleston
--Among candidates calling for the removal of the stars and bars, Hillary Clinton says the Confederate flag "shouldn't fly anywhere."

--Hidden in hamburger meat: That's how prison worker Joyce Mitchell has told investigators she allegedly smuggled hacksaw blades and other tools into the Clinton Correctional Facility ... to help convicted murderers Richard Matt and David Sweat break out.
--The search for the escapees continues around a cabin where DNA evidence placed them

Violent weather brushed across the mid-Atlantic and New England states, disrupting air and train travel.

A Nashville judge is declaring a mistrial in the Vanderbilt rape case  ... overturning convictions of two former Vanderbilt football players ... because the jury foreman failed to divulge that he'd been the victim of statutory rape 15 years ago. Football players Brandon Vandenburg and Corey Batey were found guilty of multiple counts of aggravated rape.

An emotional 911 call back in April set in motion a months long investigation that ended in the arrest of a 19-year-old from North Carolina, for alleged planning a terror attack in the US ... to support the terror group ISIS. The FBI got their first tip from Justin Sullivan's father.

Investigators are looking for a 1970's model pickup truck they believe may be involved in two shootings in Loveland Colorado June third... there's been no connection made yet between the shootings and two others in nearby Windsor in April and May.

Police in Florida are investigating how William Metz of Tarpon Springs came to have a major stockpile of weapons in his home, even though he is a convicted felon. Metz is accused of throwing a grenade into his neighbor's yard Monday, prompting law enforcement to evacuate the area and search his house. In his home authorities say they found an arsenal of guns, mines, grenades and counterfeit law enforcement IDs.

Building inspectors in Berkeley say they have concluded their investigation into why the balcony peeled off the wall killing six people and injuring seven more.  They believe water rotted the wood that kept the balcony in place. 

ExxonMobil says it has stopped oil production on three platforms off the coast of Santa Barbara because the pipeline it used to transport crude to refineries has been shut down since an oil spill last month. 

Tom Brady's appeal of his delfate-gate suspension is underway in New York

The White House says President Obama will travel to Charleston Friday for the funeral of the pastor of Emanuel AME church, gunned down in last Wednesday's mass shooting.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley says the confederate flag does "not represent the future of our great state," and so she's calling for the stars-and-bars to be removed from the grounds of the state capitol. Some major Republican candidates are falling in line with Haley.
Walmart says it's removing confederate flag merchandise from its stores. "We never want to offend anyone with the products that we offer," says a company statement.

Six Baltimore officers accused in the death of Freddie Gray have pleaded not guilty. Their trial is set for October.

A special prosecutor will seek second-degree murder charges against two Albuquerque police officers accused of killing a homeless camper in the foothills last March.

The search for murderers Richard Matt and David Sweat shifts to the area around a hunting cabin some 20 miles from the prison where they escaped, after police make a DNA match on evidence.

New Energy Department figures show overall prices are dropping nationally again...2 cents in the last week... to an average of 2-81 per gallon.

A tornado with winds up to 100 miles an hour ripped up businesses and tossed a tracter trailer in Portland, Michigan, northwest of Lansing.

The Pentagon confirms the death in Iraq of a key suspect in the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi.  Ali Awni al-Harzi was killed in a US airstrike last week in Mosul, targeted as an ISIS battlefield commander.

Maryland governor Larry Hogan, appearing Monday at a hastily organized news conference with his wife and family by his side, announced he had been diagnosed with a  very aggressive cancer of the lymph nodes. 

An official law enforcement source close to the investigation confirms to ABC News that a person had been seen fleeing from a hunting camp in the area of Mountain View, NY. Meanwhile, investigators continue looking into whether escaped murderers Richard Matt and David Sweat had help from other people in addition to a prison tailor shop worker. "There are some prison guards who are not talking," says New York Sen. Chuck Schumer. 

Thousands turned out Sunday evening to remember the nine victims of last Wednesday's shooting at in Charleston. They took part in a "unity chain" march across the Ravenel Bridge that spans Charleston and Mount Pleasant. Sunday morning, a capacity crowd packed Emanuel AME church. It was the first service held in the historic church since the killings. The family of confessed gunman Dylann Roof went to a separate service in Columbia, SC; neighbors describe them as devastated. ABC News learned Sunday a survivor of the shooting told a relative Roof tried to kill himself at the end of the spree but was out of bullets.  Authorities are said to be increasingly confident a racist website belongs to Roof.

After a day long manhunt, New Orleans police arrested a suspect they say killed a deputy while escaping his custody. Travis Boys was being transported to jail when police say he was able to grab one of three guns in the police cruise to shoot and kill deputy Daryle Holloway.  Boys is apparently double-jointed, which police say aided in his ability to bring his hands, in cuffs, from his back to front, but police cannot explain where two guns came from... They say Boys used one in the shooting. The officer's gun was still in his holster.

Heavy rain in North Texas and Oklahoma brought flash flooding and caused a bridge collapsed, sending a car into the rushing South Sulfur River in Hunt County, Texas. In Oklahoma, a dam along the Washita River breached, but engineers say no residents are at risk.

A huge explosion followed by three small explosions rock the Afghan parliament building in Kabul. The explosion happened at a time when the session of the parliament was going on & most of the MP's were inside as the Minister of Defense was being introduced to the Parliament to get vote of confidence. At least 19 people were wounded. The six attackers invovled are dead. The Taliban has claimed responsibility. 

Ash Carter attends his first NATO meeting this week as Defense Secretary...He's bringing a strong message of U.S. military support for American allies and Baltic nations to help calm growing concerns about Russian aggression.

Authorities investigating the June 8th death of a Colorado teen say the 16-year-old athlete died of a rare form of plague. Health officials say septicemic plague is contracted from fleas that had been on a dead animal.

When the trial of Colorado theater gunman James Holmes resumes later this week, the defense will begin presenting its case which will likely last 2-4 weeks. 

"Jurassic World" ... kept its top box office spot ... taking in more than 100 million dollars nationwide for one of the biggest second weeks ever.

June 19--  Today's top stories from ABC News


- A bond hearing is expected Friday for the man suspected of carrying out a racist rampage at a black church in South Carolina. 21-year-old Dylann Roof was transported by plane from North Carolina, and is now at the Al Cannon Detention Center in North Charleston, SC.
-The Justice Department is investigating the murders of the nine people at Emanuel AME Church.  Prayer vigils continued Thursday night across the country. 
- Carson Cowles the Uncle of shooter Dylann Roof tells ABC News if his nephew gets the death penalty – “I’ll be the one to push the button, if he’s found guilty I’ll be the one to push the button myself.”   He tells ABC, “If what I am hearing is true, he needs to pay for it and if they’d let me I’d be the one to pull the plug.”   

President Obama delivers remarks to the annual meeting of the US Conference of Mayors, in San Francisco Friday.  “I’ve had to make statements like this too many times” President Obama said Thursday regarding the nine victims gunned down while worshiping at a church in Charleston, South Carolina.

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- The nine people shot and killed at a church in Charleston, South Carolina were very much on the mind of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as she spoke Thursday in Las Vegas at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials.  Mrs. Clinton questioned the lack of change in Federal laws following similar mass shootings in the past saying: "How many innocent people in our country from little children, to church members to movie theater attendees. How many people do we need to see cut down before we act?"
- Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush released this statement Thursday in response to the tragic shootings in Charleston: "Columba and I mourn today with the Emanuel AME Church and the families of the victims of this terrible crime. Our hearts are broken at the senseless loss of life. Our prayers are for the community that has lost its pastor and a brave leader. May the families and the city of Charleston be lifted up by the prayers of our entire nation."

Flash Flood Watches continue from Texas to Illinois as remnants of Bill bring very heavy rain to the 20 million Americans in its path. Over a foot of rain so far in parts of Texas and Oklahoma.  30 million Americans are at risk for severe weather from the Northern Plains to the Mid-Atlantic.

A wind-driven 10,000-acre wildfire burns in the San Bernardino Mountains east of Los Angeles.  It's five-percent contained.  No communities are threatened, but about 200 people -- many of them teens -- have been evacuated from four camps in the area. 

Police are now asking the public to look through their own home surveillance video hoping to spot escaped murderers Richard Matt and David Sweat.

A young New Jersey man was arrested Thursday on charges of supporting ISIS.  He has been linked to an alleged Islamic State supporters and arrested in New York. Someone close to Samuel Topaz was so concerned he might be convinced to go overseas and quote - "do something stupid" this person hid his passport.  Court records said Topaz intended to travel to Iraq or Syria to join ISIS and talked about it with Munther Saleh, a New York City college student who allegedly wanted to attack a New York landmark with a pressure cooker bomb.  He was accused of conspiring with someone else in New Jersey and someone already overseas.  His arrest comes amid a broad FBI campaign to disrupt would-be terrorists inspired by ISIS.  

On Friday, prosecutors in the Colorado movie theater shooter trial could call their final witness.  ABC News has learned it's expected to be Ashley Moser.  Moser lost her 6-year-old daughter, Veronica, in the shooting, had a miscarriage, and is now a quadriplegic.  Defense attorneys have argued to limit her testimony because it will be so emotional it could bias jurors.  The judge has agreed to make some things off limits like Ashley’s final words to Veronica which were “You’re a big a girl.  You can sit in your own seat.”  Veronica was shot and killed in that seat.    The trial will take a few days off next week and then the defense will begin presenting its case which will likely last 2-4 weeks. 

The Golden State Warriors NBA Championship victory parade will start at 10am Pacific Time through Oakland, CA.

The remnants of Tropical Storm Bill will produce heavy rain across the central U.S. as it tracks north and east the next few days. Flash flooding around Alice, Texas forced people to abandon their cars in high water.

The district attorney of Clinton County, New York confirms that Joyce Mitchell, the prison worker charged with helping two convicted murderers escape from a maximum-security facility, had discussed with them a murder-for-hire plot involving her husband.

Coming soon to your wallet: a re-designed $10 bill that prominently features the face of an American woman.  the Treasury Department is announcing it has begun the process of overhauling the currency, presently graced by Alexander Hamilton, as part of a planned security upgrade to all bills.  The winning woman will be announced at a later date.  The new bills are slated to enter circulation in 2020.

Only three vehicles out of 100 tested were rated good in terms of how easy it is to install a child seat.  The ratings from the Insurance Insitute for Highway Safety focus on how easy it is for parents to install child restraints using LATCH, which stands for Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children.

The FBI arrested a New York man who came at counterterrorism agents with a knife. The agents were conducting a search at a home on Staten Island in connection with an alleged ISIS sympathizer who was arrested in Queens.

AT&T Mobility LLC has been slapped with a record $100 million fine for offering consumers "unlimited" data, but then slowing their Internet speeds after they reached a certain amount. AT&T says it will vigorously dispute the fine.

The Federal Reserve is keeping interest rates at historic lows a little while longer. Fed Chair Janet Yellen admits that some key economic milestones have been reached ... but that the Central Bank is still waiting for everything to line up .. before bumping up rates.

House Republicans plan another vote on the trade deal that Democrats scuttled less than a week ago.

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In an exclusive interview with ABC News, Jeb Bush says he cannot criticize his father and brother's presidencies...saying he can't "just throw them under the bus to make myself look better."

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter admitted to lawmakers that the fight against ISIS in Iraq is being hampered by the lack of recruits for the Iraqi Army, and the U-S will fall way short of meeting its goal of training 24,000 Iraqi forces by this fall.

A 5th juror has now been dismissed in the trial of theater shooter James Holmes. The judge and defense attorneys had concerns over the juror after a witness who was testifying said she recognized a juror.

June 17--  The Toombs County school board held a called meeting Wednesday and confirmed its appointment of Richard Smith as the new Toombs County School Superintendent starting July 1, according to school board chairman Clint Williams.  Smith is currently the Associate Superintendent for Facilities and Operations with the Bleckley County School System in Cochran.



(L-R) School board members Toni Wilkes and Trent Akins, Board Chairman Clint Williams, new Superintendent Richard Smith, and school board members Michael Grimes and Russ Benton.


Meanwhile, the Montgomery County Board of Education has announced a called meeting Friday, June 19 at six p.m. to discuss personnel.  The board meets at 703 Dobbins Street in Mount Vernon.

Tropical Storm Bill is dumping on Texas and the flooding threat extends hundreds of miles inland. Violent weather is expected to eventually edge up into parts of the Midwest and Northeast.  The White House says FEMA personnel who were sent to Texas and Oklahoma after severe flooding over Memorial Day weekend will remain in the region to deal with Tropical Storm Bill.

There's a call for heads to roll in the wake of the massive hacking of the Office of Personnel Management. The top Republican on the House Oversight Committee is calling for the resignations of top officials at the OPM. Rep. Jason Chaffetz Chaffetz also called on the president to take “the strongest possible action” against the perpetrators of the hack.

Officials briefed on the ongoing search for escaped murderers Richard Matt and David Sweat tell ABC News the consensus is the trail has grown cold.  The search area around the prison in Clinton County, New York is being expanded.

Major League Baseball confirms there's a federal investigation into the illegal breach of the Houston Astros baseball operations database, allegedly by the St. Louis Cardinals.

Authorities say an Arizona man charged with helping plan an attack on a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas earlier this year had also mulled an attack at the Super Bowl in Glendale, Arizona. An FBI agent who works on the Joint Terrorism Task Force testified at Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem's first court appearance Tuesday.

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Donald Trump says he'd like Oprah Winfrey as a runningmate. Jeb Bush made an appearance on the Tonight Show.

He was subpoenaed, but one-time Hillary Clinton advisor Sidney Blumenthal says he went willingly and answered every question during a closed door meeting with a congressional panel probing the deadly attacks in Benghazi Libya on Sep. 11, 2012.  The panel is looking into emails Blumenthal sent to then secretary of state Clinton around the time of the attacks that left Ambassador Chris Stevens and 3 other Americans dead.

Military sexual assault cases will still be dealt with by commanding officers ... after a bipartisan amendment to remove the chain of command failed again in the Senate.

Stats crunchers at 538 rolls out their new look at how the airline industry performs.   The headline- airlines are late.  Over the past 12 months the average flight is delayed by 13 minutes.  538 also looked at the best/worst airports and of course the best/worst airline

It was do or die for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, who led the series 3 games to 2 going into game 6.

It's day ten of the search for two convicted killers who fled a maximum security prison in upstate New York. Prison employee Joyce Mitchell is due in court again today for promoting prison contraband. Mitchell allegedly aided the two men in their escape. The Saranac school district will resume classes today/Monday but all outdoor activities have been canceled.

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Another Republican is expected to throw his hat into the ring today. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush will officially enter the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. Bush is scheduled to make it official in his hometown of Miami today/Monday, fresh off of a Europe trip. A “major announcement by Donald J. Trump” is scheduled for Tuesday in Manhattan – at Trump Tower. Will Trump be announcing his presidential candidacy? Hillary Clinton heads to New Hampshire after spending Sunday campaigning in Iowa. Clinton officially kicked off her campaign Saturday in New York City.

Passengers on a United Airlines flight from Chicago to London were furious after the plane was diverted to Canada – forcing them to spend almost 24 hours at a military barracks in Goose Bay. Diverted on Friday due to a maintenance issue, the flight crew spent the night at a local hotel while nearly 200 passengers slept in barracks where they were provided meals.

A massive coordinated ISIS attack is imminent in Fallujah, Iraq - just as the U.S announces the deployment of more forces. ABC News' Terry Moran is on the front lines, where he will give us a compelling look at the city as it prepares for the Battle for Iraq. 

US military officials sayan al Qaeda-linked terrorist was the target of an air strike in Libya Sunday. Mokhtar Belmokhtar directed an attack on a natural gas facility in Algeria that left more than 30 hostages including 3 Americans dead,according to US officials. The air strike is thought to have been successful but military officials say they are accessing the strike. 

The Spokane, Washington's branch of the NAACP has postponed a meeting that was supposed to address the controversy surrounding president Rachel Dolezal.  Last week, Dolezal had said she would hold the meeting Monday regarding the "questions and assumptions swirling in national and global news about my family, my race, my credibility, and the NAACP." For years, Rachel Dolezal, 37, has identified herself publicly as African-American. But her parents, Ruthanne and Lawrence Dolezal, told ABC News that Rachel is their biological daughter and they are both white.

Two teens suffered severe injuries after they were bitten Sunday afternoon off a beach in Oak Island, North Carolina. There will be a news conference there Monday.

A new alert from the Florida Department of Heath after a dangerous and rare bacteria has infected seven and killed two so far this year. The flesh-eating bacteria is called Vibro vulnificus, and can be contracted by eating uncooked seafood or swimming with skin cuts.

Severe storms were expected to hit Sunday night, with major cities from St. Louis to Philadelphia at risk of gusty winds, scattered hail, and heavy rain.

"Jurassic World" roars into first place in a record-setting weekend opening: a massive 204.6 million bucks, in early estimates. That's the top opening weekend ever for June, only the second movie in history to open to more than 200 million, and the second best opening weekend ever in the U.S., about 3 million behind the first Avengers movie. It does even better worldwide -- an estimated 511.8 million - the biggest global opening ever.

The Chicago Blackhawks host the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. The Blackhawks lead the series 3-2 and will look to win their third Stanley Cup in five years.

The Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 104-91 in Game 5 of the NBA Finals Sunday night. The Warriors now lead the series 3-2. The scene now shifts to Cleveland for Game 6 Tuesday night.

How bad was the recent hacking of the federal government computer system? The White House will acknowledge only that "the precise scope of this particular intrusion" remains under investigation, but a major federal union says hackers may have stolen the personal info of every federal employee.

Hundreds of officers have fanned out in upstate New York, as the intense manhunt continues for two convicted murderers who escaped last weekend from the Clinton Correctional Facility. They're concentrating the search in an area not far from the prison.

Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri are among the states facing the possibility of violent storms. The Chicago area could be in for another round of heavy thunderstorms.

A Cleveland judge found sufficient evidence to charge the police officers involved in the shooting death of  12 year old Tamir Rice, whose pellet gun was mistaken for the real thing last November.

The judge is staying on the case. Federal prosecutors in Chicago and attorneys for former House Speaker Dennsi Hastert have agreed to allow Judge Thomas Durkin to continue presiding over the case. Durkin had divulged he made campaign contributions to Hastert in the last decade.

A senior defense official confirms there was close encounter between a Russian fighter jet and a U.S. military reconnaissance aircraft in international airspace over the Black Sea late last month. This official characterized it as "an unsafe intercept" by the Russians. 

Twitter users will no longer be limited to 140 characters when they're writing a direct message to somebody... In a public Twitter post 140 characters will remain the limit - but when talking privately come July users will be able to write as much as they want.

A 13 year old beachgoer suffered lacerations on her foot off Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina when she was believed to have been attacked by a shark while riding a boogie board.  

Health officials are advising U.S. doctors to be on the lookout for people sickened by Middle East respiratory syndrome, also called MERS, following an outbreak in South Korea. An 11th person has died from MERS in South Korea.

This week Republican Senator Linsey Graham (R-SC) kidded that since he's single, he would have a rotating cast of first ladies if he wins the White House... Thursday, an open mic in a Senate hearing room picked up Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) joking about Graham's remark by using a disparaging term for women... Kirk is heard saying "He's a bro with no ho."

The ex-girlfriend of Colorado movie theater shooter James Holmes was on the witness stand Thursday.

A loss prevention officer at a Cincinnati Family Dollar store is out of a job because of, well, doing his job.  Albert Jackson says he was fired for confronting a shoplifter because the resulting struggle ended up in damage more costly than the stolen items.

Last winter the FCC said Internet providers could not slow or block Internet traffic. Net neutrality rules go into effect Friday, as scheduled... a Federal appeals court in Washington denied an industry request for a delay. The industry's lawsuit against the rules will proceed.

June 9-- As a hunter, angler or other outdoor enthusiast, you invest your time and your money in Georgia.  Your purchase of hunting and fishing licenses and related equipment make it possible for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to manage public hunting and fishing areas, conduct research, manage habitat, raise and stock millions of fish and more. 

There is a demand and a desire from citizens that DNR do more.  DNR continues to see an increase in requests for more hunting and fishing opportunities while continuing to provide quality recreational experiences.  However, stagnant license revenues have limited the short and long-term ability to respond to customer demands.  The survey results so far have been in support for simplification of the current license structure and in favor of raising license prices as long as the funds go directly to wildlife.

So, what are some options?  Further expansion of efforts to recruit, retain and reactivate of hunters, anglers and shooters; simplification of the license structure system to maximize funding from the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Programs; and adjustment of current license costs.  Resident license fees have not changed in 23 years and are well below the national average.

To begin gauging interest in these options, the public is invited to attend an upcoming open forum in Baxley at Baxley City Hall (City Council Meeting Room, 282 East Parker Street, Baxley, GA 31513).  DNR staff members will be available to share information and answer questions Tuesday, June 16 between 3-5 pm and 7-9 pm. 

Public input is important when considering any changes; these opportunities will provide interested citizens a chance to hear more about the opportunities for potential changes, and to ask questions and provide thoughtful feedback.

In total, seven public forums are scheduled.  For those unable to attend any of these events, there are still opportunities to participate!  Visit  to provide electronic comments and take our survey.  Written comments may be sent to: License Restructure, Wildlife Resources Division, 2070 US Hwy. 278, SE, Social Circle, GA 30025.  The initial comment period will close July 6. 

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources wishes to thank the following sponsors for their help in providing these forum opportunities:  Coastal Conservation Association, Ducks Unlimited, Flint Riverkeeper, Georgia Hunting & Fishing Federation, Georgia Wildlife Federation, National Wild Turkey Federation, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Safari Club International, T.E.R.N. (The Environmental Resources Network), GA Chapter of The Wildlife Society, and Trout Unlimited.

For more information, visit

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says the state is offering a 100-thousand dollar reward for information that leads to the capture of two convicted murderers who broke out from a maximum-security prison, near the Canadian border early Saturday. Authorities are investigating how David Sweat and Richard Matt obtained the power tools they used in escape.

Severe thunderstorms raked parts of the Midwest Sunday night, especially northern Illinois, where wind gusts up to 70 miles an hour downed trees and caused other damage around Peoria.

Communities along rivers across the U-S heartland are once again on high alert after yet another weekend of heavy rains. The Louisiana National Guard is assisting communities along the swollen Red River, laying down sandbags and even constructing temporary levees.

For the second day of the G7 Summit, in Germany, President Obama will attend a meeting about energy and climate with G7 leaders.  Then he holds a bilateral meeting with French President Hollande, before meeting with outreach guests on terrorism. Later he meets with Iraqi Prime Minister Abadi. The President then holds a press conference (10:00 AM ET) before departing Germany. 

Chaos Sunday night outside one of the biggest hip-hop concerts in the country: Hot 97's Summer Jam, which sold out New Jersey's MetLife Stadium. Authorities say they arrested a number of people who tried to rush past security to get into the stadium, while witnesses say officers used tear gas and pepper spray indiscriminately on the crowd:

A young boy suffered what's described as "significant" bite wounds to his leg when a shark bit him off Cocoa Beach, Florida, Sunday morning.  The boy, age 10 or 11, was airlifted to an Orlando hospital by helicopter.

Looking for a good place to retire? Bankrate took a look at cities across the country to find the best places to spend the golden years. The winner? The Phoenix area. In fact, three of the top four spots were in Arizona. Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia came in the number two spot.

The National Association for Business Economics released Monday its June outlook for 2015. NABE President John Silvia, chief economist of Wells Fargo, said NABE panelists are looking for the U.S. economy to expand at a slower rate this year compared to their expectations back in March.

Sources tell ABC News federal investigators are trying to determine whether the massive hack into federal systems announced this past week impacted far more than the estimated 4 million current and former government employees already acknowledged by the Obama administration.  In particular, sources say investigators are considering the possibility that private citizens who never worked for the U.S. government may have also had personal information compromised.

Several trails and back country campsites in North Carolina's Great Smoky Mountains National Park were closed after a weekend bear attack. Officials telling ABC News a 16-year-old boy is hospitalized, in stable condition, after being attacked by a black bear that pulled him from a hammock, as he was sleeping.

A tidal wave of migrants and refugees has kept rescuers busier than ever in the Mediterranean, nearly 6-thousand people alone this weekend have been picked up making the treacherous crossing from Africa to Europe, many on flimsy, crowded, unsafe boats.

A Texas police officer is on administrative leave after video posted online shows him aggressively throwing a girl in a bathing suit to the ground in a neighborhood of McKinney, Texas. Police say the teen was among "multiple juveniles" who did not have permission to be at a local community pool, and who refused to leave Friday evening. The YouTube clip shows the now-suspended officer using profanity and aggressively throwing the girl to the ground, face-down.

The comedy "Spy" starring Melissa McCarthy was tops at the box office, pulling in 30-million dollars on its opening weekend.

The coming-of-age show "Fun Home" was named best musical at the Tony Awards on Sunday, one of five big trophies it won on the way to making history for its composing team. "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time," also won five awards, including best play.

The White House is rushing to handle what could be a massive data breach, potentially involving millions of Americans. Sources telling ABC News they believe China hackers gained access to the computer systems of the Office of Personnel Management. That agency conducts almost all of the background checks on federal employees.

May unemployment figures will be released later this morning, a day after first time jobless claims reflected a steady improvement in the labor market.

The fatal shooting of a man on a sidewalk in Loveland, Colorado, has raised alarm that a serial shooter might be active in northern Colorado...This after a bicyclist recently was killed...and a driver wounded nearby. Police already believe those two shootings are connected.

Several tornadoes touched down in Elbert County, Colorado Thursday night, but towns dodged a bullet: the twisters impacted mainly ranch land so far.

Federal officials say White House fence jumper Omar Gonzalez arrested last September for his intrusion into the White House had a major arsenal of weapons at his home. A plea deal means he could be released in less than two years.

The family of 26 year old Usama Rahim who was shot and killed in Boston by police questioning him on Tuesday, are calling for a thorough examination of what happened that ended in his fatal shooting. 

The cleanup continues along the California coast after a pipeline leaked more than a hundred thousand gallons of oil since mid May.  California attorney general Kamala Harris says state and local officials are investigating whether civil or criminal charges are warranted against Plains All-America Pipelines.

The US estimates that 13,000 ISIS fighters have been killed by coalition airstrikes.  Despite the high losses, ISIS appears to have been able to replace its battlefield losses.

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-- Former Texas Governor Rick Perry becomes the eleventh Republican to enter the presidential race.
-- Speaking at Texas Southern University, Hillary Clinton called for changes in voting access, to make it easier for young adults and minorities to participate in elections.

Former colleagues of onetime House Speaker Dennis Hastert say they had no idea he had allegedly sexually abused a male student until the news broke just recently.

The president of Ghana says more than 150 people were killed in a huge gas station explosion and flooding in the west African country's capital, Accra. Dozens of people had sought shelter at the gas station and in nearby shops to escape torrential rains when the blast occurred.

Moving on to final government approval... the so-called female Viagra... medication meant for women with sexual dysfunction.  A key FDA advisory panel voted Thursday 18-6 that the drug should be approved despite side effects.

Mourners are paying respects to Vice President Biden's son, former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, who is lying in honor in the Senate Chamber of Delaware's Legislative Hall in Wilmington.

The Golden State Warriors take Game 1 of the NBA Finals beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-100 in an overtime thriller.

American Pharoah has been getting in some practice runs at Belmont Park, ahead of Saturday's Belmont Stakes, the last prize in the Triple Crown.

A Boston police officer shot and killed a Massachusetts man who had been under surveillance by the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force. The FBI had been tracking 26-year-old Usaama Rahim for several weeks, and authorities are looking into whether he may have been radicalized by ISIS propaganda online, law enforcement sources said.  Sources briefed on the case told ABC News Rahim was under 24-hour surveillance because he had made statements indicating he desired to attack police officers, in line with what ISIS has been telling followers via an extensive online propaganda campaign. The FBI knew he was armed and potentially dangerous and moved on him this morning when it appeared the threat he posed to uniformed officers in the Boston area had somehow increased. In a related arrest, Massachusetts State Police and Boston Police arrested David Wright of Everett, Massachusetts who had also expressed an interest in taking up the ISIS call to attack police. He will be charged federally. The charges will be announced later today.

President Obama wasted little time signing into law the USA Freedom Act Tuesday night.  The Senate passed the bill reforming the NSA's domestic surveillance program Tuesday afternoon. The USA Freedom Act will end the government's bulk collection of Americans' phone records. It instead requires the telephone companies to retain the data. Intelligence officials would need a court order to access it. There will be a six month transition period to move the information from the NSA to the phone companies.

The president’s job approval rating is back under water – to its lowest of the year.  Persistent economic anxiety at home and the advance of Islamic extremists in Iraq and Syria are complicating life for President Barack Obama.  Forty-five percent of Americans in the latest ABC News/Washington Post Poll approve of Obama’s job performance, while 49 percent disapprove, his weakest rating since late 2014. He’s lost 5 points in approval since January and hasn’t seen majority support since May 2013.   

Sepp Blatter, newly-reelected president of scandal-plagued FIFA, the world soccer organization, announced his resignation Tuesday. Even in the wake of the arrests of 14 people connected to the organization on corruption charges, Blatter easily won reelection just last Friday to a fifth term.  Blatter had resisted calls for his resignation for quite some time now and had been pressured to postpone the election for sixth months so his resignation came as a surprise.  Sources familiar with the case tell ABC News that Blatter was being investigated by the FBI and US prosecutors as part of the probe that led to last week’s stunning indictments.

The Pentagon's anthrax scandal is growing. The Pentagon acknowledges it does not know the scale or scope of the mistaken shipments of live anthrax. 

Searchers are scouring the Yangtze River in China for survivors after a ferry boat with more than 400 passengers capsized in a storm Monday night.  The captain is now under arrest. The pleasure cruise left last week traveling west along the river carrying 456 people on board, mostly senior citizens. A few survivors swam to safety or drifted to shore including the captain and the engineer.  So far only 14 survivors and at least 5 confirmed dead.

A Chicago Transit Authority bus got into an accident Tuesday evening with at least three other vehicles on Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago and onto a pedestrian least 10 people were hospitalized.  One person died.

Doctors hope to have Secretary of State John Kerry up and walking Wednesday a day after undergoing surgery on his broken leg from a bicycling accident in Europe.  Kerry is also recalling how he got hurt. The Boston Globe reports the Secretary never got past the parking lot.  After being distracted by his accompanying motorcycles at the start of a grueling uphill course, the report says Kerry struck a curb and lurched forward.    

Lawmakers in Washington Tuesday grilled a Takata executive about the massive auto recall prompted by the companies faulty airbags. The defect is linked to at least six deaths and more than 100 injuries. 

The American woman attacked and killed by a lion in a South African park has been identified by multiple sources as Katherine Chappell. Chappell, whose identity was confirmed by her sister, was in her 20s, according to the sources.The sister said the family is devastated, but declined further comment. Chappell was attacked as she rode through the park Monday in a car driven by a tour operator.

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert's arraignment has been pushed back a week.  The former Speaker was supposed to appear in federal court Thursday morning.  But now court records show the hearing has been pushed back to June 9th. He'll still appear before the U.S. District Judge Thomas Durkin, who according to federal campaign finance records twice donated to Hastert's campaign. No reason was given for the change.  Hastert hasn't spoken since his indictment on charges of bank fraud and lying to federal agents surrounding allegations of past sexual abuse.

Auto sales figures released for the month of May were stronger than expected with Subaru leading with a 12 percent gain and GM sales up 3 percent, Fiat Chrysler up  4 percent and Honda up 1 percent.  Even though May tends to be a strong month for car sales because people typically cash in those tax returns, they get those tax refunds, they go and they purchase cars and look forward to their summer road trips, this May was the strongest in nearly a decade.

While the investigation continues into an Amtrak train crash that killed eight people in Pennsylvania there was another accident Tuesday morning in Jacksonville, Florida when a train struck a car at a crossing.  The car was split in half.  No one on the train was injured.  The crash was caught on video, but it's not clear in the video that the cross bars were working. Investigators are trying to piece it together but a radio call from the train seemed to blame the car. Three people in the car including a woman who was pregnant suffered minor injuries.

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Former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee will announce his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination today at the George Mason Center for Politics & Foreign Relations in Arlington, Virginia. Chafee is a former Republican turned independent who joined the Democratic Party two years ago. On the Republican side, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal says he will make his announcement on whether he’s running for president Wednesday June 24, in New Orleans. Elsewhere on the trail, seven major Republican presidential candidates or potential candidates took the stage Tuesday in a conference center at Disney World -- separately -- to talk about their plans for the U.S. economy. They answered questions from the audience at the Economic Growth Summit at the invitation of Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who has said he is using this forum, in part, to determine whom he'll endorse in the 2016 race.

Republican Rep. Darrell Issa ripped the State Department on Twitter Tuesday for heavily redacted records related to Hillary Clinton's involvement in the Obama Administration's response to the 2012 Benghazi, Libya attack. Although Issa suggested the redacted document was sent to the Benghazi Select Committee, which is investigating the circumstances surrounding the attack, the committee actually received an unredacted version, according to committee aides. The heavily redacted version Issa tweeted was actually the one publicly posted on the State Department website last month as part of its release of Clinton's emails as Secretary of State.

A new development for star quarterback Tom Brady, who is fighting a suspension over "deflate-gate."  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell rejected a request to recuse himself and told the players union he would handle Brady's appeal.  Brady was suspended four games for his role in under-inflated footballs at the AFC Championship.  The union questioned whether Goodell could be fair and the Commissioner, in a letter, said his mind is open, there has been no prejudgment and no bias that warrants his recusal. The appeal is scheduled to be heard June 23rd.

Former NFL MVP Adrian Peterson rejoined the Minnesota Vikings nine months after he was indicted for injuring his son while disciplining him with a tree branch.  Peterson had expressed frustration with the Vikings over what he perceived to be lack of support during his legal troubles but he told our sister network ESPN he is returning because he wants to, because he's part of the team and owes it to the guys he plays with.  Peterson was reinstated in April and is set to make almost 13 million dollars this season.

Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals has the Tampa Bay Lightning hosting the Chicago Blackhawks Wednesday night.

Did you hear about Bruce Jenner's change into Caitlyn Jenner?  If not, you're one of the few who haven't. According to a spokesperson, for Vanity Fair the magazine cover featuring Caitlyn’s first photos as ‘her’ reached more than 46 million people combined across web, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. That's close to the population of Spain, the total number of U.S. podcast listeners and the number of turkeys eaten by Americans on Thanksgiving, according to digital media website Mashable.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson was apparently so frustrated over airport security failures exposed by undercover agents and reported by ABC News, he went to TSA headquarters in Arlington, Virginia and ordered changes in the way screenings are conducted - including removing the head of the TSA.

The earliest the Senate could act is Tuesday to end the political fight over controversial tools to track potential terrorists. Programs like the bulk collection of phone records expired despite a rare Sunday Senate session. FBI Director James Comey says "I'm left looking for needles in a haystack, and the needles are increasingly invisible."

A passenger ship carrying more than 450 people on China's Yangtze River has sunk during a cyclone. Search teams have climbed onto the overturned hull...listening for sounds.

The CDC says antibiotic-resistant bacteria annually cause at least 2 million illnesses and 23,000 deaths in the United States. A White House forum Tuesday is expected to announce a national action plan to slow the advance of antibiotic resistant bacteria. CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden says changing the way antibiotics are prescribed is key to preventing the development and spread of resistant infections.

As the CDC investigates the Army's inadvertent shipping of live anthrax samples to several domestic and foreign labs, there's a report some bacteria was shipped to labs in Canada.

Bruce Jenner's transition to Caitlyn Jenner has dominated social media, setting records. The brand new Caitlyn Jenner Twitter account became the fastest ever to earn a million followers. It took just four hours.

...Are on fire.  Auto makers are set to release sales reports and analysts predict 1.59 million cars for the month.  That would be down about 1% from the same month last year, but based on the sales for the first five months of this year – sales are on pace for 17 million new car sales this year – a level unseen since 2001. 

The ongoing outbreak of bird flu has claimed more than 36-million hens, about 12% of the nation's egg-laying capacity, mainly in the Upper Midwest. But its impact is being seen in grocery stores and on restaurant menus coast-to-coast. The average price of a dozen eggs at the retail level has soared and some fast-food places are scaling back their breakfast hours.

The flash flooding threat has moved to the Northeast, where waves of heavy rain have ended a long dry spell.

Secretary of State John Kerry will continue treatment in Boston for his broken leg, suffered in a bicycle fall in France near the Swiss border.

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(POLL EMBARGOED TIL 7AM ET) The latest ABC News/Washington Post polls shows Hillary Clinton is looking at worsening ratings for her honesty and trustworthiness, a favorability rating that’s turned negative and a far closer contest against Jeb Bush in a general election matchup. But Bush has his own challenges – losing 10 points in two months to surrendering his front-runner status for the Republican nomination.
There are now nine Republicans officially running for President in 2016. South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham is the latest one to get into the race.

An American woman is dead after being bitten by a lion while visiting a lion park outside Johannesburg, South Africa. Witnesses say the lion lunged at the woman while she was in her car taking pictures of the animal through the window.

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert is expected to be arraigned in federal court Thursday on charges he paid hush money, reportedly to keep allegations of sexual abuse from coming out.

A funeral was held for three members of a murdered DC family.  Savvas Savopoulos, his wife Amy and their 10-yr. old son Philip were killed in their home in mid May along with their housekeeper, Veralicia Figueroa. 34-year old Daron Wint is charged with the killings.

A series of earthquakes hundreds of miles off the Oregon coast aren't dangerous, but geologists warn they are a reminder of things to come. They say the fault line that produced the quakes is highly active, but not the type to trigger an especially powerful earthquake.

American Pharaoh arrives at Belmont Park in the day ahead.  All eyes are on the 3-year-old who is on a 6 race winning streak.  Will he take the Triple Crown?  Not since Affirmed in 1978 has a horse managed to win all three races, but American Pharaoh is the third horse in the last four years to snare victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.

Overnight, the Senate allowed a key part of the Patriot Act to expire. Kentucky Senator and presidential hopeful Rand Paul blocked an extension of the program that allows the government to collect large amounts of phone data to help hunt for terrorists. Lawmakers will take up a revised version of the bill later this week.

At least 31 deaths in Texas and Oklahoma are blamed on recent flooding from torrential rains. Officials say the 18 inches of rain that fell around Dallas made May the wettest on record, and several area reservoirs are overflowing.

Monday marks the start of the Hurricane Season. NOAA is calling for a quiet year, thanks to the El Nino in the Pacific.  Andres has strengthened into a Category 4 hurricane, but is far out to sea in the eastern Pacific, and poses no threat to land.  It could cause dangerous rip currents to parts of Mexico's Baja California peninsula.

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert is expected to be arraigned in federal court this week on charges he paid hush money, reportedly to keep allegations of sexual abuse from coming out.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been set for 46-year old Beau Biden, the vice president’s son and former attorney general of Delaware. Biden died Saturday night after a battle with Brain Cancer. Tributes have been pouring in all weekend. 

The Secretary of State is stayed overnight in a Geneva hospital after breaking his leg while biking in the Alps. The accident forced the cancellation of meetings on the Iranian nuclear deal. Kerry is expected to fly to the U.S. Monday, and then head to Mass General in Boston.

Beginning today (Monday) smokers in Beijing will have to take it outside.  China's capital city has imposed an indoor smoking ban.

The State Department has worked a deal with the Qataris to extend a travel ban on the so-called “Taliban 5” for another few days while they negotiate on a potential 6 month extension. The original year-long ban was set to expire on Monday. One year ago five high-value Taliban detainees at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility were freed to Qatar in exchange for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. The highly controversial deal called for the Qataris to monitor the five men for one year and to restrict them from moving outside the country.  Critics of that plan have been calling on the Obama administration to extend that travel ban.

President Obama will host the king and queen of the Netherlands for a visit at the White House Monday. It’s the Dutch royals first visit to the U.S. since ascending to the throne in 2013. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima will also visit Grand Rapids and Chicago. 

Ten people were injured Sunday when an air conditioning unit fell from a crane near the top of a 30 story building in Manhattan. None of the injuries are serious. Timing played a role here—if this had happened during a weekday, its likely many more people would have been hurt. 

A 9-year-old girl is in critical condition and two others were injured after a car crashed into the departures area in Terminal 7 at the Los Angeles International Airport Sunday.

While riots and police protests made headlines in April, Baltimore just had it the most violent month in more than 40 years.  Three fatal shootings in Baltimore on Sunday brought May's homicide count to 43.

The Savopoulos Funeral will take place on Monday at Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Washington DC. The service will begin at noon.

Stadium security and police were called after a man was caught flying a drone during a Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park in South Philadelphia Sunday.  Authorities say it was spotted flying near third base, but it's not clear how high the drone actually went.  Phillies staff saw the drone from inside the ballpark, but it landed outside.  The man cooperated with authorities. While no charges will be filed, it's still possible that the man will face an FAA penalty or even a fine.  There are restrictions about flying drones over stadiums, large gatherings and near airports.  Police plan to follow up with the FAA on Monday. 

They call it "June Swoon." The month of June has typically been the worst month of the year for stocks over the past decade.  This week's Greece debt talks, changing interest rate expectations and the May jobs report on Friday could all add to a rough start for the month. 

San Andreas shook and took the box-office earning an estimated $53.2 million in its opening weekend.

The number of plastic surgeries are on the rise, and researchers say it's due to the rising popularity of weight loss surgery.  While breast augmentations and rhinoplasties still top the list, surgeries designed to get rid of excess skin and other tissues, are on the rise – thigh and upper arm lifts, in particular, saw a 9% jump year-on-year; according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ annual report.

Kim Kardashian revealed she's pregnant again.  The reality star told her sister Khloe on Sunday night's mid-season finale of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" that she's expecting her second child with Kanye West.