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JOSH EDELSON/AFP via Getty Images (NEW YORK) — As the COVID-19 pandemic has swept the globe, more than 5.5 million people have died from the disease worldwide, including over 850,000 Americans, according to real-time data compiled by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering. About 62.9% of the population in the United States […]

Brandon Bell/Getty Images (COLLEYVILLE, Texas) — A Texas rabbi taken hostage with three members of his congregation by an armed man demanding the release of a convicted terrorist, posted a message on social media Sunday saying he is “grateful to be alive.” Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker was leading Shabbat services at the Congregation Beth Israel in […]

Samuel Corum/Bloomberg via Getty Images (NEW YORK) — Millions of Americans on the East Coast are bracing for severe winter weather as a widespread storm system continues to march east. The storm that brought dangerous conditions to Midwestern states on Saturday is expected to bring heavy snow that later turns to torrential rain and ice […]

Walter Bibikow/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) — While the U.S. Supreme Court considers a case that could potentially overturn Roe v. Wade, some states are enacting or discussing protections for reproductive rights. This week, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill that codifies the right to an abortion, previously recognized by the state Supreme Court, into […]

Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images (NEW YORK) — A woman died after she was pushed onto the New York City subway tracks and struck by an oncoming train, police said. The incident occurred around 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Times Square-42nd Street subway station while she was standing on the southbound R-Q train […]

Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Un-PAC (WASHINGTON) — Advocates are taking action across the country as they hope to pressure members of Congress to pass voting rights legislation by Martin Luther King Jr. Day. One of the actions being taken right now is a hunger strike by individuals in different parts of the U.S. as a […]

Drew Angerer/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) — The White House announced this week that Hamse Warfa will join the Biden administration, making him the first Somali American presidential appointee in U.S. history. He is currently a deputy commissioner for workforce development in Minnesota but will come on at the end of January as a senior adviser to […]

Google Maps Street View (DALLAS) — A hostage situation is underway at a synagogue in the Dallas-Fort Worth area Saturday, a source on the scene told ABC News. An armed suspect claiming to have bombs in unknown locations took a rabbi and three others hostage at the Congregation Beth Israel, the source said. It is […]

Aaron C. Davis/The Washington Post via Getty Images/FILE (WASHINGTON) — The leader of the Oath Keepers militia group, who was indicted Thursday on a series of charges including seditious conspiracy in connection with the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol, made his first appearance before a judge Friday in a federal courtroom in Texas. […]

Witthaya Prasongsin/Getty Images (AUSTIN, Texas) — The arrest of an Ecuadorian migrant under Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s initiative “Operation Lone Star” was ruled unconstitutional by a Texas county judge Thursday. Some immigration advocates are hopeful the ruling by Travis County Judge Jan Soifer could potentially set a pathway for other migrants arrested under the controversial […]

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