2017 Archives

August 10--  Today's Top Stories From ABC News

CHARLOTTESVILLE
This weekend marks a year since a white nationalist ran his vehicle into a crowd of counter-protestors in
Charlottesville, Virginia, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer. Her mother Susan Bro tells ABC News Radio that she's been leading a fight against hate groups since then. Charlottesville and Washington DC are bracing for this weekend's rallies to mark that deadly clash. Virginia has declared a state of emergency and is deploying 700 state police officers to Charlottesville.

IMMIGRATION
"This is pretty outrageous," said a federal judge after learning during a hearing to appeal the deportation of a mother and daughter that the removal was already underway.  US District Judge Emmet Sullivan in Washington DC halted the deportation in progress, ordered the government "to turn the plane around," and threatened to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions in contempt. The ACLU said government attorneys informed them after the hearing that the pair of asylum seekers had been placed on a flight to El Salvador.

TRUMP/MUELLER
Kristen Miller, the woman known as the Manhattan Madam, who supplied prostitutes of then-NY Governor Eliot Spitzer and who is a friend to and once worked for former Trump associate Roger Stone, is expected to testify before the Mueller grand jury Friday about her relationship with Stone.

MANAFORT
Friday is day 9 of the bank and tax fraud trial for former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort. Jurors heard a lot about Manafort's real estate deals Thursday, and what prosecutors say were the lies he told to keep them afloat.

SPACE FORCE
Vice President Pence was at the Pentagon Thursday to lay the groundwork for the administration's proposed new military service designed to confront threats in space.  The military already has a space command under the Air Force with 30,000 personnel working on keeping space assets safe. The Trump campaign is asking supporters to vote for their favorite "Space Force" logo...one says "Mars Awaits"... intending to sell a line of campaign merchandise to support it.

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES
--"They're uncertain about the future," says Sen. Kamala Harris after visiting a shelter full of wildfire evacuees impacted by the Mendocino Complex fire.
-- The Holy Fire exploded to more than 9,600 acres on Thursday as it moves dangerously close to homes in Riverside County's Lake Elsinore-Corona area. The brush fire, located in the Cleveland National Forest, remained at 5 percent containment on its fourth day.

TN EXECUTION
Thursday night Tennessee carried out its first execution since 2009. 59-year-old Billy Ray Irick, condemned for the 1985 rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl, received a three-drug injection at a maximum-security prison in Nashville.

VOTE 2018/KS
Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer has sent a letter requesting that Secretary of state Kris Kobach recuse himself from "rendering further advice" to local election officials with regards to the counting of provisional and mail-in ballots yet to be counted in the state's razor-thin GOP gubernatorial primary. Less than a hundred votes out of 311-thousand separated Kobach and Colyer. Some absentee and other ballots remain to be counted.

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