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Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri killed in drone strike in Afghanistan

Aug 1 2022 — — The leader of al-Qaeda, one of the FBI’s most wanted terrorists, was killed in a drone strike in Kabul over the weekend, President Joe Biden announced Monday night. ABC News also confirmed through sources familiar with the operation that al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri was killed in the U.S. strike in Afghanistan. A senior administration official […]

At least 19 children, 2 adults dead after shooting at Texas elementary school

May 24 2022 — — At least 19 children and two teachers are dead after a shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. The 18-year-old suspect, a student at Uvalde High School, is also dead, Gov. Greg Abbott said. Abbott said the suspect “shot and killed horrifically and incomprehensibly” […]

McConnell, when asked, fails to denounce racist ‘replacement theory’

May 18 2022 — — As Democrats have ratcheted up condemnation of “replacement theory” in the wake of Saturday’s mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, some Republicans on Capitol Hill have shied away from rejecting the racist idea that some members of their own party have espoused. At a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was asked […]

Estelle Harris, ‘Seinfeld’ and ‘Toy Story’ actor, dies at 93

Apr 3 2022 — — Estelle Harris, who hollered her way into TV history as George Costanza’s short-fused mother on “Seinfeld” and voiced Mrs. Potato Head in the “Toy Story” franchise, has died. She was 93. As middle-class matron Estelle Costanza, Harris put a memorable stamp on her recurring role in the smash 1990s sitcom. With her high-pitched voice and […]

Trump’s former chief of staff Mark Meadows fails to show for Jan. 6 committee deposition, prompting calls to hold him in contempt

Nov 12 2021 — — Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows did not show up his 10 a.m. deposition with the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, prompting calls from the panel to have Congress hold him in contempt. A lawyer representing Meadows said “it would be irresponsible for Mr. Meadows to prematurely resolve” the […]

Manhattan district attorney convenes special grand jury in Trump probe: Sources

May 26 2021 — — The Manhattan District Attorney’s office has convened a special grand jury that could decide whether an indictment is warranted against former President Donald Trump or his eponymous company, sources familiar with the matter told ABC News. Until now, prosecutors have been using previously empaneled grand juries to issue subpoenas and gather evidence in an investigation […]

‘Several victims’ in Texas office shooting; suspect at large

Apr 8 2021 — — There are “several victims” from a Thursday afternoon shooting at an office in Bryan, Texas, just outside of College Station, officials said. Six ambulances rushed to the scene and an unclear number of victims were taken to St. Joseph Health Regional Hospital. “Officers responded, they found several victims, and they were checking the area, check […]

Hilton Valentine, founding Animals guitarist, dies at 77

Jan 31 2021 — — Hilton Valentine, the founding guitarist of the English rock and roll band The Animals who is credited with coming up with one of the most famous opening riffs of the 1960s, has died. He was 77. The band’s label ABKCO Music confirmed that Valentine died on Friday, saying it was told of his death by […]

‘Hitler was right on one thing,’ new Illinois Congresswoman Mary Miller says

Jan 7 2021 — — Freshman U.S. Rep. Mary Miller of Illinois drew swift criticism from fellow Republicans Wednesday for quoting Adolf Hitler in a speech a day earlier outside the U.S. Capitol. Miller, elected in November to replace Republican John Shimkus, spoke Tuesday during an event by conservative group “Moms for America,” as demonstrations in support of President Donald […]

Paul Manafort, Roger Stone, Charles Kushner among those pardoned by Trump

Dec 23 2020 — — President Donald Trump on Wednesday issued a second batch of pardons in as many days, this time forgiving the crimes of two former associates, Paul Manafort and Roger Stone, as well as Charles Kushner, the father of Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner. The latest list grants 26 full pardons and commutes all or part […]

David Lander, ‘Squiggy’ on ‘Laverne & Shirley,’ dies at 73

Dec 6 2020 — — Actor David L. Lander, who played the character of Squiggy on the popular ABC comedy “Laverne & Shirley,” has died after a decades-long battle with multiple sclerosis, his wife said. He was 73. Lander died Friday in Los Angeles, surrounded by his wife, daughter and son-in-law, Kathy Fields Lander said in an email Saturday to […]

Biden says ‘we’re going to win’ as Trump falls behind in key states

Nov 7 2020 — — Former Vice President Joe Biden took to the stage in Wilmington, Delaware, Friday night as his lead over President Donald Trump grew in battleground states that could the decide the election. With independent outlets yet to declare victory, Biden urged Americans to keep calm, have faith in the system and stay patient while every vote […]