ABC News (NEW YORK) — The devastating drought in Southern California is expected to continue or worsen this winter, with drier-than-average conditions forecast for the hard-hit Southwest, including Southern California, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday in its winter weather outlook. NOAA predicts drought conditions to continue in the Southwest, Plains and Missouri […]

Bill Oxford/iStock (NEW YORK) — More than 731,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 while over 4.9 million people have died from the disease worldwide, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. Just 66.9% of Americans ages 12 and up are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according […]

Michał Chodyra/iStock (NEW YORK) — A federal judge on Thursday denied requests from Ghislaine Maxwell, the accused accomplice of deceased sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, to have prospective jurors for her criminal trial questioned privately — outside the view of the public and the press — and to keep a jury questionnaire under seal. Maxwell’s attorneys […]

vmargineanu/iStock (NEW YORK) — A massive search for Brian Laundrie, the boyfriend of slain 22-year-old travel blogger Gabby Petito, took a dramatic twist Thursday with the announcement that human remains found in a Florida nature preserve are those of the wanted fugitive, according to the FBI. The remains were recovered Wednesday, nearly five weeks after […]

Kali9/iStock (NORTH PORT, Fla.) — Remains found Wednesday during the search for Brian Laundrie, the boyfriend of slain travel blogger Gabby Petito and a person of interest in her death, have been confirmed to belong to Laundrie, according to the FBI.   The skeletal remains were found in the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park in North Port, Florida, […]

Stephen Emlund/iStock (NEW YORK) — In January, when President Joe Biden took office and Democrats secured both chambers of Congress, millions of Americans had high hopes that the laundry list of causes touted on the campaign trail would become reality. They had promised action on voting, elections and policing reform, on immigration and infrastructure. They […]

Alex Wong/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) — The House of Representatives voted to hold Trump administration adviser Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress on Thursday for defying a congressional subpoena by the Jan. 6 select committee investigating the attack on the Capitol. The vote fell largely along party lines. The vote was 229-202, with nine Republicans voting […]

WJLA (WASHINGTON) — There’s a new twist in the tale of those zebras — still on the loose in Maryland since escaping two months ago. Earlier this week, authorities filed criminal charges of animal cruelty against Jerry Lee Holly, after three of the zebras got away from his 300-acre farm back in Prince George’s County […]

mphillips007/iStock (WASHINGTON) — In the wake of a controversial proposal by the Treasury Department and Senate Democrats to direct collection of additional data on Americans’ bank accounts, Senate Republicans — led by South Carolina’s Tim Scott — introduced a bill Thursday to prevent the Internal Revenue Service from implementing any such policy change. “The Democrats’ […]

Houston Police (NEW YORK) — The reward for information leading to the arrest of a gunman who investigators said ambushed and killed a Texas constable deputy and wounded his two colleagues outside a Houston sports bar has grown to $75,000. Saying he was “frustrated and angry” over the Saturday morning attack, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner […]

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