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Elizabeth Warren continues calls for impeachment proceedings on campaign trail

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Scott Eisen/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren repeated her calls for impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump on Saturday, saying “this isn’t about politics.” “For me this isn’t about politics, this is about principle and that’s why I asked the House to start impeachment proceedings.” Warren said Saturday to loud applause from a crowd at a meet and greet at the Weare Town Hall in New Hampshire. “This is about accountability.” Warren is the first 2020 Democratic candidate to call for impeachment proceedings to begin in such outright terms. In doing so, she distinguished herself from other leaders in her party.  The former Harvard Law School professor and senator from Massachusetts initially announced her conclusions about the 448-page report in a series of tweets Friday afternoon. Under the U.S. Constitution, impeachment proceedings must begin in the House of Representatives, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi,’s office responded to Warren’s comments on Saturday by urging caution. “As the Speaker has said repeatedly, one step at a time. We’re focused on getting the full unredacted version of the report and its

Texas mom reported missing after not showing up to daughter’s babysitter

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iStock/Chalabala(MESQUITE, Texas) — A 26-year-old Mesquite, Texas, mom was scheduled to pick up her child from the babysitter on Wednesday night, but she never showed up. Prisma Denisse Peralta Reyes was reported missing to the police after friends and family made several attempts to reach her by phone. Reyes’ 2017 Jeep Wrangler was found abandoned by the Mesquite Police Department on Thursday morning in the 3500 block of Roseland Avenue in Dallas, Texas. ABC affiliate WFAA obtained surveillance video of the last-known sighting of Reyes near an apartment complex where her car was found. Reyes’ child is being cared for by relatives until she is located, Mesquite Police said in a statement. Reyes was last seen in the video footage talking on a cell phone and wearing a red polo and light blue jeans. Reyes’ stepfather, Dan Fuchs, told WFAA that she recently became a U.S. citizen and is originally from Veracruz, Mexico. He said Reyes also works as a paralegal and was a member of the National Guard. Police are asking anyone with information on Reyes’ whereabouts to call

Mike Huckabee slams Mitt Romney: 'You got GOP nomination and could have been POTUS'

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Spencer Platt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee slammed Utah Republican Senator Mitt Romney on Friday for describing being “sickened” after reading the report on Russian election interference from special counsel Robert Mueller. Romney, a former Massachusetts governor now serving as the junior U.S. Senator from Utah, tweeted on Friday afternoon that he was “sickened” by the Trump administration’s “dishonesty and misdirection.” Neither of the two prominent Republican Party elders immediately responded to requests from ABC News for further comment. Huckabee and Romney were former rivals when they ran against each other for the 2008 GOP presidential nomination. Romney ran for the 2012 presidential campaign, where former President Obama won re-election. I have now read the redacted Mueller report and offer my personal reaction: pic.twitter.com/ACnExskqXJ — Senator Mitt Romney (@SenatorRomney) April 19, 2019 Just 90 minutes after Romney’s tweet, Huckabee criticized Romney’s response on Twitter saying, “Know what makes me sick, Mitt? Not how disingenuous you were to take @realDonaldTrump $$ and then 4 yrs later jealously trash him & then love him again when you begged to be

Authorities seize $20 million worth of marijuana from illegal grow operation

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iStock/Nastasic(RIVERSIDE, Calif.) — An anonymous tipster led California police to uncover one of the largest marijuana farms ever found in the city of Riverside, officials said on Friday. Authorities in Riverside, California, were called to a 10-acre property on McAllister Street in the Greenbelt neighborhood on Thursday where they found more than 40,000 marijuana plants growing inside a large greenhouse. Scott Albertsons, a neighbor to the grow operation, told Los Angeles ABC station KABC that the land was sold about six months ago and that the buyers “came in and put up this new fence, which you couldn’t see through.” The neighbor said the farm began to produce a strong odor. “We didn’t call in,” Albertsons told KABC. “We figured a policeman would drive by and smell it because you could smell it, especially in the evening and early morning.” The Riverside Police Department estimated that the street value of the plants to be $20 million. No arrests were made. It took officers 24 hours to remove the cannabis plants along with thousands of pounds of fertilizer and pesticides. Although

Cops find car connected to missing teen, Los Angeles homicide

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iStock/aijohn784(LOS ANGELES) —  Police found a car near the Mexican border on Friday that had been connected to a missing teen and a Los Angeles-area homicide investigation. The 2013 white BMW with Nevada plates was recovered unoccupied on Friday by San Diego Police near the San Ysidro border of Mexico, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department tweeted. The drivers, Roman Cerratos and Maricela Mercado, are suspects in the murder of a 32-year old man in the city of Carson in Los Angeles County, the Sheriff’s Department said. Mercado is the mother of 15-year-old Alora Benitez, for whom an Amber Alert was issued on Thursday. Benitez was last seen around 9 a.m. on Wednesday in Torrance, California, with Mercado, 40, and Cerratos, 39, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The homicide victim, Jeffrey Appel, was found dead in a white Audi in Carson at around 7 a.m. on April 16, authorities said. The two suspects are considered “armed and dangerous, ” according to the Amber Alert poster. “The adults left the South Bay area with the child, Alora Benitez,

Many House Democrats wary of trying to impeach Trump after Mueller report

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Drew Angerer/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Democrats renewed consideration of impeaching President Donald Trump after the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, with leading progressives and some presidential candidates calling for swift action — as Democratic leaders cautioned restraint. In interviews with ABC News, a half dozen House Democrats remained wary of immediately launching impeachment proceedings against Trump, even as they highlighted the report’s unflattering depiction of the Trump White House and the president’s actions. Moving forward on impeachment, they argued, could alienate voters and help Trump ahead of the 2020 election, jeopardizing the party’s chances of retaking the White House and Congress by overshadowing Democrats’ messaging on healthcare and kitchen-table issues. “Congress has a responsibility for oversight,” Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Michigan, told ABC News. “But we’ve also got a job to deliver for the people.” But some of the party’s rising stars and presidential candidates said Mueller’s findings called for a quick response. “This isn’t about politics,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, the first presidential candidate to voice support for impeachment proceedings, said on MSNBC Friday. “This isn’t even specifically about

$200k worth of jewelry gone in 30 seconds by a duo of Georgia mall thieves

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Gwinnett County Police Department(ATLANTA) — Two men allegedly used a hammer to smash through a glass display inside a Georgia jewelry store and got away with $200,000 worth of diamond rings, according to police reports. On April 15, one of the suspects walked into the Crescent Jewelers inside the Sugarloaf Mills Mall and expressed interest to an employee in necklaces. The man then left the store and returned with the second alleged suspect inquiring about diamond rings, according to the Gwinnett County Police Department. In less than 30 seconds, one of the men allegedly brandished a hammer from his waistband and broke the display case with the diamond rings. “The witness stated the suspects who had on back packs grabbed several trays containing diamond rings and placed them inside the bags,” according the police report. The store’s owner told ABC affiliate WSBTV that the thieves dropped several of the rings as they were leaving the store. The robbers — described as black, between 25- to 35-years-old with tattoos on their faces — allegedly walked out of the Lawrenceville, Georgia, mall

Sumatran tiger Sanjiv attacks keeper at Topeka Zoo & Conservation Center

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iStock/Yurikr(TOPEKA, Kansas) — A tiger attacked a zookeeper Saturday morning at a zoo in Topeka, Kansas, officials said. The tiger, a 7-year-old Sumatran named Sanjiv, and the zookeeper were in an outdoor tiger habitat Saturday when about 9:15 a.m. he attacked her, said Molly Hadfield, a spokeswoman for the City of Topeka. Once the keeper went into the space, he “tackled her,” said Brendan Wiley, the zoo’s director. “A few people did see the attack,” Hadfield said. The keeper, the primary tiger keeper, was not identified. She suffered cuts to the back of her head, neck and back and arm, Wiley said. She was taken to a local hospital, Hadfield said, but appeared to be alert, awake and was in stable condition. No one else was injured. Other workers lured Sanjiv back into an enclosed space in the zoo with his daily diet, Wiley said. Wiley said had it not been for three heroes, “this could have been a very different outcome.” Sanjiv, who recently fathered four cubs recently, will not be euthanized because, Wiley said, the tiger was just

Authorities refocus search of missing 5-year-old boy on family home near Chicago

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ABC News(CHICAGO) — The search for a 5-year-old boy from Illinois who went missing on Wednesday continued into the weekend as police re-focused the investigation on the boy’s family home. Andrew “AJ” Freund, a blond boy who is approximately 3 feet, 5 inches tall, was last seen wearing a blue Mario sweatshirt and black sweatpants in his home at around 9 p.m. — his bedtime — on Wednesday, according to Crystal Lake Police Department detectives. “In reviewing all investigative information thus far, there is no indication that would lead police to believe that an abduction had taken place,” A Crystal Lake Police Department statement said. “At this point, the police department has no reason to believe there is a threat to the community.” The FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children are also investigating Freund’s disappearance. Jassen Strokosch, spokesperson for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, confirmed to ABC News that the agency has been in contact with Freund’s family since AJ was born in 2013. He added that AJ’s younger brother has been placed

Trump tweets frustration with details of Mueller report, following public release

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump, who is spending the long Easter weekend in Mar-a-Lago has taken to Twitter to share his frustration with details included in a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report released to the public, calling the special counsel ‘highly conflicted.’ In the two days following the release of the redacted report, the president sent a series of agitated tweets lashing out against aides who gave statements to Mueller’s team, using an expletive to describe portions of the report and adding that the investigation itself should have never been authorized. “Because I never agreed to testify, it was not necessary for me to respond to statements made in the “Report” about me, some of which are total bull[—-] & only given to make the other person look good (or me to look bad),” the president tweeted on Friday. After firing off his thoughts on social media, the president spent part of Good Friday at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach. He was joined by radio host Rush Limbaugh and a couple friends, according

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