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Heavy rain drenches Northeast; tropical depression to soak Carolinas

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Severe storms moved through the Northeast late Monday and into Tuesday morning, producing damaging winds of 75 to 80 mph from Virginia to New Jersey. Heavy rain came with these storms, including up to 4 inches in Westchester County, just north of New York City, in only a few hours. Flash flooding was reported from Pennsylvania to Connecticut. There was a total of 480,000 people without power from Wisconsin to New York at 5 a.m. Tuesday. Flood alerts remain in effect for 12 states from Tennessee to Massachusetts on Tuesday. Severe storm threat shifts south Tuesday into the Carolinas and southern Virginia from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to Norfolk, Virginia. The biggest threat with these storms will be damaging winds, heavy rain and frequent lightning. Tropical depression No. 3 is lingering off Florida’s east coast on Tuesday, but most of the heavy rain is offshore. The tropical cyclone will move north, parallel the Southeast coast, throughout the day Tuesday and could bring heavy rain — up to 3 inches — to the Carolinas. The National Hurricane

Mail bomber obsessed with Trump, Fox News, new court filings show

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Handout(NEW YORK) — New defense filings in the case of admitted serial bomber Cesar Sayoc paint a grim picture of a man who “lost everything in the Great Recession,” had “cognitive limitations and severe learning disabilities” and was “abandoned by his father and sexually abused by a teacher at his Catholic school.” “In this darkness,” his defense counsel wrote, “Mr. Sayoc found light in Donald J. Trump.” In their sentencing submission Monday, Sayoc’s lawyers lay out the path from his difficult childhood through his recent years living out of his cramped van, festooned with stickers supporting Trump, and critical of the president’s perceived enemies. “As he grew older and more isolated, excessive steroid use increased his feelings of anxiety and paranoia,” his lawyers wrote. “Mr. Sayoc came to believe that prominent Democrats were actively working to hurt him, other Trump supporters, and the country as a whole,” the defense filing states. Sayoc would eventually construct and send through the mail 16 improvised explosive devices that his lawyers say in his mind were hoax devices to “try to intimidate and scare

Protesters targeted with tear gas as they call for ouster of Puerto Rico governor

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iStock(NEW YORK) — After a day of largely peaceful demonstrations, masses of protesters were met with tear gas in San Juan late Monday as they called for the ousting of embattled Gov. Ricardo Rossello. Protesters were seen throwing objects at police keeping the line between the governor’s mansion and those calling for Rossello to resign. The gas was deployed after multiple warnings by police to leave the area at 11 p.m. A Puerto Rico police spokesperson, however, told ABC News an 11 p.m. curfew does not exist. “There is no schedule for the demonstrations; last Wednesday and Friday the protesters were until after 1 a.m. at the entrance of Calle Fortaleza,” the spokesperson said. “The mobilization of the police to evict the area is carried out according to the aggression acts that the protesters carry out against the security agents. The eviction process depends on the protesters and their conduct within the framework of the Law.” It was the third time tear gas has been used against protesters since the start of demonstrations earlier this month. The dark turn late

Protesters scream 'We need him out,' as Puerto Rico governor brags of leading 'biggest recovery'

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iStock(NEW YORK) — Blowing whistles, waving red, white and blue Puerto Rican flags and demanding the immediate resignation of the governor, tens of thousands of protesters Monday morning showed their outrage by shutting down a major freeway in the U.S. territory’s capital and imploring those who feel the same to join an island-wide strike. Some protesters spent the night at a baseball stadium in the capital of San Juan and were joined at daylight by a crowd that grew through the morning, fueled by anger that Gov. Ricardo Rossello has defiantly refused to step down. “That’s not enough. We need him out. We need a good governor. We need leadership,” protester Daphne Lebron told ABC News. Another protester, Angel Torres, told ABC News that demonstrators are fed up with Rossello and his inner circle. “How can someone who belittles his own country represent us,” said Torres, who was born and raised on the Caribbean island. “Gov. Rosello did a great job … uniting us,” Torres said facetiously. Rossello appeared on Fox News on Monday afternoon and was pressed by the

Man who shot mob boss Francesco 'Franky Boy' Cali believed in QAnon, thought he had Trump's 'full support': Court docs

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Evgen_Prozhyrko/iStock(NEW YORK) — The man who is accused of fatally shooting a New York City mob boss in a brazen crime that shocked observers and the law enforcement community allegedly thought he had the protection of President Trump and was trying to arrest him as part of a battle against the “Deep State,” new court documents claim. Anthony Comello is charged with the murder of Francesco “Franky Boy” Cali, the reputed head of the infamous Gambino crime family. Authorities initially feared a possible mob war in the wake of Cali’s shooting death in March, but later Comello, who has no known mob ties, was identified as the suspect. He has entered a not guilty plea to murder and weapons possession charges. In new court documents submitted Friday, Comello’s defense attorney details how his client — who he is arguing suffers from mental defect — allegedly was a believer in the “conspiratorial fringe right-wing political group” QAnon. QAnon has found its way out of the recesses of the internet with references on Alex Jones’ “InfoWars” and from celebrities like Roseanne Barr.

Ole Miss student, 21, mysteriously found dead with foul play suspected: Sheriff

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vmargineanu/iStock(HARMONTOWN, Miss.) — Authorities are investigating the mysterious death of a 21-year-old Ole Miss student whose body was discovered over the weekend. Deputies were on a routine patrol Saturday around 10:30 a.m. when they found the body of Alexandria “Ally” Kostial in Harmontown, Miss., about 30 miles from Ole Miss, according to the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff’s officials have not released her cause of death, but said “it is apparent that foul play was involved.” “We are not releasing many of the details [as] this is an active investigation,” sheriff’s officials said in a statement Monday. Investigators are “following several leads,” the sheriff’s department added. Kostial was from St. Louis, Mo., and was studying marketing at the University of Mississippi’s School of Business Administration, according to the sheriff’s office and the university. “We are truly saddened by the death of Alexandria Kostial,” University of Mississippi Interim Chancellor Larry Sparks said in a statement. “Ally was a valued member of our campus community. We extend our deepest sympathy to her family, friends, and classmates, and stand ready to support them

Scientists discover new species of tiny shark that glows in the dark in the Gulf of Mexico

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Michael Doosey/Tulane University(NEW ORLEANS) — Scientists have discovered a new species of tiny shark that glows in the dark in the Gulf of Mexico. Researchers first happened upon what is now known as Mollisquama mississippiensis, or the American Pocket Shark, in 2010 while observing the feeding of sperm whales in the gulf, according to a new Tulane University study published in the animal taxonomy journal Zootaxa. The shark was collected, and Mark Grace of the National Marine Fisheries Service Mississippi Laboratories of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration noticed its special features while examining the collected specimens for a NOAA survey in 2013, according to a statement from Tulane University. Meet the American pocket shark, Mollisquama mississippiensis: A wee little shark found in the Gulf of Mexico that squirts little glowing clouds from mysterious pouches near its front fins. Amazing. https://t.co/jVPWNiWU8G pic.twitter.com/kzdRumXHIo — Shark Advocates (@SharkAdvocates) July 21, 2019 The newly discovered shark, which measures in at just 5.5 inches, releases a bioluminescent fluid to attract prey, according to the study. It is a subspecies of the kitefin shark. The

Tens of thousands of protesters shut down freeway in Puerto Rico; demand governor's resignation

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iStock(NEW YORK) — Blowing whistles, waving red, white and blue Puerto Rican flags and demanding the immediate resignation of the governor, tens of thousands of protesters Monday morning showed their outrage by shutting down a major freeway in the U.S. territory’s capital and imploring those who feel the same to join an island-wide strike. Some protesters spent the night at a baseball stadium in the capital of San Juan and were joined at daylight by a crowd that grew through the morning, fueled by anger that Gov. Ricardo Rossello has defiantly refused to step down. “That’s not enough. We need him out. We need a good governor. We need leadership,” protester Daphne Lebron told ABC News. “How can someone who belittles his own country represent us,” said Torres, who was born and raised on the Caribbean island. Monday’s protest is expected to be the largest to unfold since the release of explosive text messages between the governor and his top aides and advisers in which they allegedly made homophobic, misogynistic and sexist comments against opponents and critics, and mocked victims

Police: 3 dogs die after they're left in car during scorching heat wave, owner arrested

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iStock(JAMESTOWN, R.I.) — Three dogs died after they were left in a car in Rhode Island during Sunday’s scorching heat wave, authorities said. Officers in Jamestown responded to a report of three dogs unresponsive in a car outside a grocery store at around 4 p.m., according to Jamestown police. The dogs — a 4-year-old black lab, a 7-month-old black lab and a 4 -year-old gray Keeshond — were taken to an animal hospital but none could be revived, according to police. The pets had been left in the car without water for an “extended period of time,” according to police. The windows were rolled up and the air conditioning didn’t appear to be working, authorities said. The temperature climbed to 95 degrees in Jamestown on Sunday, with the heat index making it feel like 110 degrees. The dogs’ owner, 65-year-old Ann Garnett of Jamestown, was charged with three counts of unnecessary cruelty to an animal and three counts of confinement of an animal in a motor vehicle, authorities said. Garrett was arraigned at Jamestown Police Headquarters and released, according to

Florida deputy killed in car crash while responding to domestic dispute

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MattGush/iStock(MIAMI) — A Florida sheriff’s department is mourning one of its deputies who was killed in a car crash as he was responding to a domestic dispute, authorities said. The Broward sheriff’s deputy was heading to the call around 3 a.m. Sunday when he collided with a pickup truck, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office. A second deputy who had been following in a separate car witnessed the crash and immediately called for help, officials said. The deputy, whose name has not yet been released, died at a hospital. He was on the force for a little over a year, officials said, according to ABC Miami affiliate WPLG-TV. The pickup truck driver was hospitalized in stable condition, officials said. “Our hearts are heavy,” sheriff’s officials tweeted. “We ask for thoughts and prayers.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.