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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- FBI counter-intelligence agents have arrested a 29-year-old Russian woman on charges she acted as a Kremlin agent while working over the past three years to build relationships in the upper ranks of the National Rifle Association.

Maria Butina, the cofounder of the mysterious Russian gun-rights group called “Right to Bear Arms” who recently graduated with a master’s degree from American University, “took steps to develop relationships with American politicians in order to establish private, or as she called them, ‘back channel’ lines of communication,” according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Washington on Saturday.

She is being held pending a hearing set for later this week, according to a Department of Justice press release.

Butina denied the charges through an attorney, who called the complaint against her “overblown” and said she “intends to defend her rights vigorously and looks forward to clearing her name.”

According to Butina’s attorney, the FBI executed a search warrant at her Washington, D.C., apartment in April, and the affidavit attached to the complaint states that agents searched her electronic devices, including her laptop and iPhone.

“While styled as some sort of conspiracy, in actuality it describes a conspiracy to have a ‘friendship dinner’ … with a group of Americans and Russians to discuss foreign relations between the two countries – hardly a shocking development for a Russian International Relations student living in Washington,” Driscoll said. “There is simply no indication of Butina seeking to influence or undermine any specific policy or law in the United States – only to promote a better relationship between the two nations.”

In the affidavit, however, the FBI alleges that Butina came to the U.S. under the direction of an unnamed Russian official, who based on the description, appears to be her longtime mentor, Alexander Torshin. A former member of the Russian parliament, Torshin is one of President Vladimir Putin’s closest allies and is now deputy governor of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation.

Torshin is a lifetime member of the NRA and a frequent attendee of both NRA events and the annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington. That stopped this past April, when Torshin was included in a round of U.S. sanctions against Russian oligarchs.

The affidavit quotes from several private message exchanges between Butina and the Russian Official, including one in which they discuss whether she should attempt to become an official election observer.

“The Russian Official expressed the opinion that ‘the risk of provocation is too high… and Butina agreed by responding, ‘Only incognito! Right now everything has to be quiet and careful.’”

But the case brought against her was not brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team, and it is not known whether it has any connection to the broader investigation into Russian meddling in the presidential campaign.

Butina actually crossed paths with both President Trump and his son, Donald Trump Jr., during the 2016 campaign, including a moment at the FreedomFest conference in Las Vegas in July 2015 when she asked the Republican candidate directly about his views on U.S. sanctions against Russia.

In recent months, Butina’s close ties to senior officials with the NRA have prompted criticism of the gun rights organization. Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, led an effort to determine whether Russian nationals donated money to any offshoots of the NRA as part of any effort to influence American politics.

The National Rifle Association has denied receiving money “from foreign persons or entities in connection with United States elections.” An NRA spokesperson did not respond to multiple requests from ABC News for comment regarding the charges against Butina.

Critics of the controversial gun-rights group pounced on the fresh allegations.

“The NRA has avoided explaining its ties to Putin for more than a year now,” John Feinblatt, President of Everytown for Gun Safety, told ABC News Monday. “That should end now that DOJ has charged a Russian national with deep ties to NRA leadership” with trying to infiltrate organizations to advance the interests of Russia.

Both Torshin and Butina were prolific on social media, posting photos of her modeling with rifles, mingling with GOP presidential hopefuls at the 2014 NRA convention, and posing outside the group’s Virginia headquarters.

Through the lens of their social media accounts, Torshin and Butina appear to be close and have posted numerous photos together, from hunting trips in Russia to attending the 2017 National Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC, seated just a few feet from the keynote speaker President Trump.

But on May 12, Butina was just the average graduate student. Donning a royal blue cap and gown, she accepted her diploma from American University, earning a degree in International Relations.

According to her student profile, Butina focused on “Global Security” for the past two years. A webpage on American University’s website offered several details about the program, including developing a student’s ability to “analyze how different understandings of peace and security inform policy choices and ways of thinking about patterns of conflict.”

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USGS(HONOLULU) -- A lava bomb punctured the roof of a tour boat in Hawaii Monday injuring 23 near where lava from the Kilauea volcano continues to spill into the ocean, the Hawaii Civil Defense said.

A lava bomb is a large rock tossed through the area in a volcanic explosion, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). In this case, the rock that slammed into the tour boat was the size of a basketball.

Four passengers onboard the boat were taken by ambulance to Hilo Medical Center, according to the Hawaii County Fire Department.

Two of those passengers are in stable condition, but the third, a woman in her 20s, was listed in serious condition with a fractured femur. Nine other passengers who were onboard the boat drove themselves to the hospital, and, according to the fire department, their injuries were superficial. It's unclear the total number of people on the boat.

This comes as lava continues to spill into the ocean, which USGS said has created a new lava “island” just offshore.

A collapse explosion event, which is measured in earthquake magnitude, caused an increase of activity from fissure 8 resulting in some channel overflows, USGS said.

Last week, the lava flow destroyed the Kua O Ka La Charter School and Ahalanui Count Beach Park, and the latest number of homes destroyed by the lava flows since the eruption began May 3 is 706, according to Hawaii Civil Defense.

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ABC News(WEYMOUTH, Mass.) --  A Massachusetts police officer, Army veteran and father of two who died this weekend after being shot by his own weapon would have marked his six-year anniversary on the force Monday, authorities said.

Weymouth police officer Michael Chesna and a local resident died in the incident Sunday.

The alleged gunman, 20-year-old Emanuel "Manny" Lopes, is in police custody but has not appeared in court.

The deadly shootings just outside Boston took place after Weymouth police responded to a report of an erratic driver and found a crashed BMW, the Norfolk District Attorney's office said. The BMW driver had fled on foot, prosecutors said.

Officers, including Chesna, were searching for the driver when they found Lopes vandalizing a home, according to prosecutors.

Chesna drew his gun and issued commands to Lopes before Lopes then allegedly hit Chesna in the head with a rock, prosecutors said.

When Chesna fell to the ground, Lopes allegedly took his gun and repeatedly shot the officer in the head and body, prosecutors said.

Another officer arrived and shot Lopes in the leg, prosecutors said.

Lopes then fled with Chesna’s gun to a nearby home where he allegedly killed a woman, prosecutors said.

Authorities did not release the slain resident's name, but The Boston Globe identified her as Vera Adams, 77.

"She was just a wonderful, wonderful person. Do anything for you,” Sandra Boucher, a sister of Adams' late husband, told the Globe.

Chesna, 42, an Army veteran, leaves behind a wife and two children ages 9 and 4, Weymouth Police Chief Richard Grimes said Sunday.

Monday would have marked is six-year anniversary with the department, Grimes said.

Chesna was a native of Weymouth but, according to ABC Boston affiliate WCVB-TV, had no concerns about enforcing the law among old acquaintances.

"I have a job to do," the slain officer had said, according to WCVB-TV.

The on-duty officer's death has left the community in mourning, with an outpouring of support from the governor, FBI, state police and local district attorney.

"This is an awful day for Weymouth and for Massachusetts," District Attorney Michael Morrissey said in a statement Sunday. "Our hearts are very much with the surviving families of these victims."

Col. Kerry Gilpin, superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, said in a statement, said, "I offer our deepest condolences to the family of Officer Chesna, the family of the Weymouth woman who was also killed, and the Weymouth Police Department.”

She added: "The State Police Detective Unit for Norfolk County, the State Police Crime Scene Services Section, and the State Police Ballistics Section, and our State Police Crime Lab will work tirelessly alongside District Attorney Morrissey and the Weymouth Police Department to speak for these two victims by holding the defendant accountable for these horrific crimes.”

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said, "I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Officer Chesna and an innocent bystander today and my thoughts and prayers are with their families, loved ones and the Weymouth [Police Department] after this tragic loss."

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Dave Faherty/WSOC9(LENOIR, N.C.) -- A manhunt is underway in North Carolina for a suspect accused of shooting a sheriff's deputy during a traffic stop, Caldwell County officials said Monday.

The deputy, whose name and condition have not been released, was shot around 11:30 p.m. Sunday, officials said in a press release.

The Caldwell County Sheriff's Office has released images they say are of the suspect's car as they work to track down the shooter and determine a motive.

The car is described by authorities as a blue, four-door Toyota Corolla from the early 1990s with North Carolina license plate AFJ-5570.

A man was driving the car and a woman was in the passenger seat, the sheriff's office said.

Following the shooting Sunday, the injured deputy was flown by helicopter to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte for treatment, the county said.

The deputy had been working with the sheriff’s office for just over a year and was wearing a protective vest during the incident, but was struck below the vest, the county said.

Crimestoppers has offered up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in the case, the sheriff's office said.

Anyone who sees the car is urged to call the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office at 828-758-2324.

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ABC(NEW YORK) -- Hot weather moving into California and parts of western Rockies on Monday and the next several days -- with temperatures soaring into the 100s -- will has authorities fearing more fires could start.

There are 35 large uncontained wildfires burning across the western U.S. on Monday morning.

Temperatures soared yesterday to 100 degrees in Portland, Oregon, for the first time this year. The temperature was just a few degrees shy of a record.

With the heat, dry weather, gusty winds and dry lightning, numerous fire and heat warnings have been issued for the West.

Heat is shifting south into central California and parts of Nevada over the next few days.

It's also very hot in the East and the South, with temperatures in the 90s, but with humidity making it feel like it's near or over 100 degrees from Texas to the nation’s capital.

A heat advisory was issued for five states from Oklahoma to New York.

Flooding problems

Over the weekend, very heavy rain fell in a short period of time in parts of the Southwest and into the Midwest causing flash flooding.

Just east of Las Vegas Saturday night almost half an inch of rain fell in just five minutes.

Record rainfall of over 2 inches fell in part of Utah on Saturday.

Flash flood watches continue Monday morning from New Mexico into Colorado for more locally heavy rain as monsoon season continues.

A cold front stretches from the Great Lakes into the Southwest on Monday morning adding to the lift in the atmosphere -- and creating more storms with heavy rainfall.

The cold front will eventually move east and bring storms and very heavy rain to the East Coast from Boston to Washington, D.C. on Tuesday.

Flash flooding, lightning and gusty winds are possible for the East Coast.

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Portland Police Department(PORTLAND, Ore.) -- A poorly driving alleged drug dealer's escape from police lasted just minutes on Sunday when he crashed into a Drug and Vice Division car with $45,000 in ecstasy in his possession.

Police in Portland, Oregon, said they were conducting a narcotics investigation when they spotted a suspect's vehicle at a Jack in the Box fast-food restaurant.

After pulling into the parking lot, the suspect tried to flee -- only to plow his car into a K9 officer's car bringing an end to the chase immediately after it started.

Toren Paul Flom, 25, was taken into custody by Portland police after he was found with 458 grams (just over a pound) of MDMA, better known as ecstasy or molly, in his crashed car, police said. A subsequent search of his home found an additional 115 grams of the drug.

In total, police said the haul amounted to 2,865 "street doses" worth about $45,000.

Toren Paul Flom, 25, was taken into custody by Portland police after he was found with 458 grams (just over a pound) of MDMA, better known as ecstasy or molly, in his crashed car, police said. A subsequent search of his home found an additional 115 grams of the drug.

In total, police said the haul amounted to 2,865 "street doses" worth about $45,000.

Flom was charged Sunday with delivery of MDMA, possession of MDMA, attempt to elude by vehicle and reckless driving.

No police officers, including the police dog, were injured in the car accident.



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ABC(STANISLAUS COUNTY, Calif.) -- Police credited a "quick-thinking" gas station clerk in California for helping a woman escape a group of men who allegedly kidnapped and sexually assaulted her.

Police in Stanislaus County, California, called the clerk, Savannah Pritchett, “a true hero” on Saturday after she helped a panicked customer a few days earlier when the woman said she had convinced her kidnappers to stop so she could use the restroom.

Surveillance footage from the scene on Wednesday showed Pritchett sneaking the victim a cellphone to call the police and locking her inside the store’s bathroom -- just moments before the alleged kidnappers walked in.

Police arrived with their guns drawn shortly after and arrested Anthony Sandoval, 18, and another suspect. It was unclear if Sandoval had obtained an attorney.

“Her bravery and quick-thinking saved a woman who was kidnapped and sexually assaulted,” the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department said in a Facebook post Saturday night. “The clerk stepped up, locked the doors, hid the woman and called our deputies. ... When we work together, we can do great things in our community.”

Two of the suspects were taken into custody at the scene and two other suspects were arrested later on, the department said.

It referred to Pritchett as a “hero,” but she said she’s anything but a hero.

“No, I don't want to be called a hero, because I would just hope that if anyone came up to you talking about the need help and they've been kidnapped, I really hope that they would have helped her too,” Pritchett told “Good Morning America” on Sunday. “The girl told me she tried to get help from two different guys in Fresno and I think in Bakersfield or something and both the guys drove right off from her.”

Police said the victim was abducted about 90 miles away in from the store in Fresno on Tuesday and had been sexually assaulted. The suspects appeared to have ties to local gangs and face various charges, including armed robbery, sexual assault and kidnapping.

They're scheduled to appear in court within the next few days, police said.

Pritchett said she was overjoyed when she heard news that the woman was OK.

“I’m very thankful that I got to help that girl and I am very thankful that she’s home safe with her family and now I'm happy that they got those guys off the street,” Pritchett said.

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FBI(FORT WAYNE, Ind.) --  Police arrested an Indiana man on Sunday for the rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl who was found dead in a ditch 30 years ago.

John Miller, 59, was arrested on Sunday morning after DNA evidence linked him to the rape and murder of April Tinsley, whose body was recovered three days after her family reported her missing in 1988, according to charging documents.

Investigators with the Fort Wayne Police Department and the Indiana State Police said they arrived at Miller’s home on Sunday morning and asked him if he “had any idea why the police wanted to talk to him,” according the documents.

Miller answered "April Tinsley" and told police that he abducted the young girl on April 1, 1988 and took her to his trailer, where he said he sexually assaulted the young girl and choked her to death, according to court documents.

He told police that it took 10 minutes for the young girl to die and said he kept her body for a day before dumping it.

Police said they received their first lead in the case back in 2004 -- 16 years after April’s murder -- when the self-proclaimed killer left notes, images and used condoms at three different locations, taunting police and threatening to kill again, police said.

Some of the notes, which were handwritten on lined yellow paper, were inside baggies along with Polaroid pictures of the supposed killer’s body, according to the FBI, which has also been investigating the case.

"Hi honey. I been watching you," one note released by the FBI read. "I am the same person that kidnapped, raped and killed April Tinsely. You are my next victim."

Investigators said they arrested Miller after using a genealogy database to narrow down the DNA match to either him or his brother. The DNA was taken from the used condoms and evidence from the crime scenes, according to court documents.

Miller was taken to the Allen County Jail in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he is being held on preliminary charges of murder, child molesting and confinement. It was not immediately clear if he had obtained an attorney.

He is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

The case had echoes of the arrest of the alleged "Golden State Killer" earlier this year, who was arrested and charged in California earlier this year after police used DNA and a genealogy database to match Joseph DeAngelo to the killing of at least 13 people from the 1970s and 1980s.



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ABC News(CHICAGO) -- A black woman said a CVS store manager in Chicago called the police after questioning the legitimacy of her coupon -- and posted the confrontation on social media in a video that has gone viral.

Camilla Hudson told ABC News that when she went into the CVS in Edgewater Glen Friday night and the coupon didn't work, the manager, Morry Matson, asked for help from another supervisor. That's when that unidentified manager questioned whether the coupon was fraudulent.

"In saying it’s fraudulent and it looks handwritten, which it didn’t to me, he [the manager assisting Matson] was essentially calling me a liar, a thief, a forger," Hudson told ABC News.

Matson then called the police -- and Hudson began recording him with her cell phone.

During the phone call with police, Matson -- who appears to be visibly shaking -- describes Hudson as “African-American,” to which she responds, “Black."

"No, I’m not African-American, I’m black," she can be heard saying off camera. "Black isn’t a bad word.”

Hudson said in her Facebook post that three officers responded to Matson’s call, and she spoke with them before leaving the store. She said the police then told her that Matson, as an employee of CVS, had the right to ask her to leave the property. She says she was not asked to do that until the officers arrived.

The Chicago Police Department said officers responded to a call of "an assault in progress."

"Police were informed that a female was inside the store threatening the staff and refusing to leave," the department said in a statement. "Victim did not press charges and no police report was filed."

But Hudson said she was just angry because of the accusation that she'd try to use a fake coupon.

"There was no intention, there was no agenda, I was just upset. I’d been confronted, I’d been called a liar, a thief, a forger, about a coupon at a pharmacy. So I made my post and it was only when I got home did I add a review to the CVS website. I added the video to my original post and then it’s blossomed and grown into what it is now," Hudson told ABC News.

The post has been shared by more than 200 people and viewed by more than 125,000 as of Sunday night.

A CVS spokesperson said they later contacted Hudson. The company said in a statement that it has begun an "investigation."

“We will take any corrective action that is warranted to prevent it from happening again,” the spokesman said. “CVS Pharmacy does not tolerate any practices that discriminate against any customer and we are committed to maintaining a welcoming and diverse environment in our stores.”

This incident follows a recent string of what some people are calling racist incidents around the country that have gone viral online. Many of these incidents are generally followed by criticisms on social media.

Earlier this month, an unidentified white woman in Georgia threatened to report a black woman for smoking in a parking garage.

In June, a woman in Oakland called the police on a young black girl selling water bottles outside of her apartment complex.

And in May, Jennifer Schulte, a white woman, called the police on a group of black people who were legally barbecuing at a public park in Oakland.

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Google Maps(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) --  A man wanted for questioning in the murder of a college student shot three police officers in Kansas City, Missouri, on Sunday during a series of firefights that began at a motel and ended with his death when he bolted from a house with his rifle blazing, authorities said.

The shooting erupted just after noon at a motel in the city where undercover and tactical officers were conducting an investigation into the robbery and killing at a restaurant last week of a 25-year-old University of Missouri-Kansas City student, police said.

Kansas City Police Chief Rick Smith said detectives had been conducting surveillance on a person of interest in the July 6 murder and had followed him to the Sky-Vue Motel on Highway 40 on the east side of the city.

"Our officers then engaged with the person that they were trying to surveil and there was gunfire," Smith told reporters. "At that point two of our officers were shot."

The suspected gunman, armed with a rifle, fled the scene in a vehicle with a second individual, police said. Officers chased the vehicle to a residential neighborhood near the intersection of 30th Street and Topping Avenue and arrested one of the men who had sped from the motel, police said.

The armed suspect ran from the vehicle, barricaded himself in a home in the area and fired on officers as they approached the residence, Smith said. A third detective was wounded in the firefight, hit in the forearm by a bullet, Smith said.

He said all three wounded officers were being treated in a hospital for "non-life-threatening injuries, thank God."

"We then engaged with the suspect several times," Smith said. "There was a firefight."

He said the suspect came charging out of the house allegedly firing his rifle at officers, who returned fire shooting the gunman. He said multiple shots were fired in at least three different gunfights with the suspect.

The suspected shooter, whose name was not immediately released, was declared dead at the scene by the Kansas City Fire Department.

The shooting unfolded after police followed the suspect to the Sky-Vu Motel as part of their investigation of the July 6 robbery and slaying of Sharath Kopuu, a student at UMKC who is from India, police said. Kopuu was fatally shot in the back by a robber at the J’s Fish and Chicken Market in Kansas City, where he worked, police said.

A $10,000 reward had been offered for information leading to the arrest of Kopuu's killer.

"We've been looking for him all week," Chief Smith said of the person of interest in Kopuu's killing. "This was the first time we laid eyes on him."

In a Twitter post on the violent encounter, Missouri Gov. Mike Parsons said, "Our law enforcement officers face dangers every single day. We are grateful for the risks they face to keep us all safe. Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of the @kcpolice department and their families."

In a Go Fund Me page for Kopuu, his cousin, Raghu Chowdavaram, wrote that Kopuu was a computer engineer in India who came to the United States in January to pursue a master's degree.

"Sharath is known to his family and friends as full of dreams, cheerful, energetic and athletic," Chowdavaram wrote. "He had the same dreams like everyone else to make it BIG in the land of opportunity. He had a great sense of humor, and always made people laugh and was always eager to lend a helping hand."

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ABC News(ROCKVILLE, Md.) -- At a Peace Day celebration today in Rockville, Maryland, Mattie T. J. Stepanek was remembered.

The memory of the boy, who died when he was 13 years old in 2004 of a rare form of muscular dystrophy, was honored Saturday by State Sen. Cheryl Kagan with a proclamation. It declared that Tuesday, July 17, would be considered "Peace Day" across the state of Maryland.

The date was selected because Mattie -- who wrote several books of inspirational poetry and was an advocate of peace -- would have turned 28 Tuesday.

The Office of the Governor of MarylandKagan, who has pushed for "Peace Day" at the local and county level since Mattie's death, presented the award to the boy's mother. Jeni Stepanek has set out a goal to make the day a national holiday.

“This is exciting, as it has pushed the holiday to the next level, across the state,” Jeni Stepanek said.

In the days after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Mattie appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and "Good Morning America" to spread his joyful and positive message on humanity, love and life-inspired to millions of readers and television viewers.

Mattie, who wrote seven best-selling books of poetry and openly discussed struggling with his illness, spent most of the last two years of his life in a hospital.

On December 4, 2001, Mattie appeared on Good Morning America -- one his many appearances -- to discuss one of his books. Charlie Gibson, who was the anchor of the show then, surprised him by bringing out his favorite peacemaker, former President Jimmy Carter.

"You had but to see his face when we brought his hero, President Carter, in to meet him," Gibson said Saturday.

But the meeting seemed just as emotional for Carter, who seemed moved to tears when he met Mattie.

Gibson added that it wasn't just the former president who was touched by the boy's story.

"I can only wonder from whence Mattie drew such reserves of happiness, but it made him an inspiration to all of us fortunate enough to know him,” he added.

That reach seemed to endure, as more than 600 people attended the proclamation ceremony in honor of Mattie.

The Mattie J. T. Stepanek Foundation has been founded in his memory. Jeni Stepanek, who is a senior faculty specialist at the University of Maryland, leads the foundation.

On its website, it reads that it exists "to further Mattie's message of hope and peace."

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Monterey County Sheriff's Office(LANCASTER, Calif.) -- An Oregon woman has a spectacular story of survival to tell after she crashed her Jeep off a cliff and survived for a week before being discovered by hikers on Friday.

Andrea Hernandez, 23, was reported missing July 6 when she failed to show up at her sister's house in Southern California, police said. She had called her sister midway through the trip down from Portland, but after saying she was six hours from arriving in Lancaster, California, she suddenly disappeared from the map, according to the missing person report issued by the Monterey County Sheriff's Office.

A full week later, Hernandez was miraculously rescued at the bottom of a 200-foot cliff near Big Sur after hikers found her mangled 2011 Jeep Patriot half in the Pacific Ocean at about 6:30 p.m., according to the sheriff's office.

Hernandez had a shoulder injury and concussion, but could walk and talk, according to officials.

The California Highway Patrol said she drank water from her car's radiator in order to stay alive.

"Angela Hernandez has been located and is being transported to the hospital," the sheriff's office tweeted just after 11 p.m. Friday.

Officials had been looking along Highway 1, which borders the Pacific Ocean, and Big Sur after surveillance video showed her leaving a gas station near Carmel on July 6, about 25 miles north of where she was found. The only other clue had been a ping from a cellphone tower along Highway 1 in Davenport.

Hernandez had spoken to her sister from Half Moon Bay, where she had spent the night, on the morning of July 6 before setting off on the final leg of her journey, according to San Francisco ABC station KGO.

In the missing person report, the statement read, "It has been 3 days now and her family has not seen or heard from Angela. Angela is an active social media user and since then, she has not been active. Her phone goes straight to voicemail.

"She has not shown her family any signs of depression, to be suicidal or any indicators that would explain her unexpected disappearance," it adds.

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ABC News(CHICAGO) -- Chicago police released video of a fatal shooting on Sunday, one day after a local man's death ignited protests in the city, clashes with cops and resulted in the officer being placed on desk duty.

The protests Saturday led to multiple officers being injured, police said. Marchers were out again on Sunday, though no arrests were reported.

Chicago Police Chief Fred Waller said a group of officers patrolling the city's South Shore neighborhood at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday saw a person they believed to be armed and confronted him.

A struggle followed and the man was fatally shot. None of the officers were injured.

"Some officers working a foot post, walking along 71st Street, saw a subject they thought might have been armed from the bulge around his waistband," Waller said at a press conference Saturday night. "After that, they approached the subject, who became combative and as he became combative, flailing away, he broke free from the officers and they thought he appeared to be reaching for a weapon -- which he did have a weapon on him -- and officers tragically shot this man."

Police released bodycam footage of the shooting on Sunday in a bid to explain the officers' actions.

"We're not trying to hide anything, we're not trying to fluff anything. The video speaks for itself," said Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson, who said he consulted with Augustus' family before releasing the footage.

Waller called the shooting a "tragic incident" on Saturday night. Police said only one officer opened fire, striking the man.

The man was pronounced dead at Jackson Park Hospital, according to officials. Police identified the victim as 37-year-old Harith Augustus, who lived in the neighborhood.

The police recovered a semiautomatic-type weapon and magazines from the suspect.

The suspect did not fire his weapon, Waller said.

Augustus was a well-known figure in the neighborhood, working as a barber at a shop just a few blocks from the shooting, Chicago ABC station WLS reported.

In the immediate aftermath of the fatal shooting, protests began in the area. WLS captured video of protesters pushing and shoving back and forth with police officers.

Waller said three or four officers suffered minor injuries in the protests when demonstrators threw rocks and glass bottles at them. Waller said a few protesters were arrested, but did not have a specific number. Anthony Guglielmi, chief communications officer for the Chicago Police Department, later tweeted four protesters were arrested.

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability said in a statement to WLS that there would be a "thorough, objective and unbiased investigation and requests the public's patience and cooperation."

Just hours after the shooting, the Chicago Police Department released a preliminary statement about the shooting saying the officer who fired the shots would be "placed on routine administrative duties for a period of 30 days."

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The Department of Health and Human Services defended its decision to implement a less-stringent vetting process in order to more quickly reunite the thousands of children and parents separated by the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" policy.

The government is facing a July 26 deadline to reunite 2,551 kids aged 5 to 17, as identified by HHS, with their parents after being separated at the border, per an order last month by Judge Dana Sabraw of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.

The government said in a hearing Friday they weren't sure they would be able to meet the July 26 deadline and that they were undertaking a sped-up vetting process to comply with the ruling.

Sabraw called truncated vetting standards "a failure of the process and it is inconsistent with the court’s order" in a conference call following a Friday status hearing according to The Washington Post.

HHS spokesperson Evelyn Stauffer defended the government's decision to speed up reunifying families by not fully vetting parents.

"The department has been operating in good faith and earnestly trying to comply with court orders, including the rapidly approaching deadline for reunification," Stauffer said in a statement. "Our interpretation of the court’s order is that HHS must make a determination of parentage, fitness, and safety before reunifying families, but that HHS need not undertake the fuller process of vetting for children’s safety that HHS would ordinarily conduct in its operations.

"In the interests of transparency and cooperation, the department felt it necessary in our filings on Friday to share with the court our view that meeting the deadline would mean truncating the process we might have otherwise followed.

"Within the time the court allows, we will strive to implement the most comprehensive procedures possible to ensure child welfare," Stauffer continued. "We look forward to continuing our close work with the court to accomplish the goals we share of safe, expeditious reunification."

The government already missed a deadline from the same case, which required children under 5 to be reunited by July 10. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which filed the original class-action lawsuit that led to Sabraw's ruling, said Thursday night that 58 of the 103 separated children under 5 years old have been reunited with parents. The government said 33 parents were ineligible because they were in criminal custody and another 12 parents had already been deported.

Sabraw had actually praised HHS for its "good faith" effort to comply with reuniting children under 5, though they missed the initial deadline by days. The praise came before his comments on the shorter vetting process in an unscheduled call Friday evening.

The next status conference is scheduled for Monday.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Some of the hottest weather so far this summer is hitting parts of the West.

In the last two days, temperatures have been near 100 degrees in the Pacific Northwest. It was 97 degrees in Portland, Oregon, and 99 degrees in Salem, Oregon, on Thursday.

This hot, dry and windy weather sparked several fires in the West. One of them was in Silver Falls State Park in Oregon, where 185 children had to be evacuated, according to Portland ABC station KATU-TV.

Wildfires also forced evacuations in the last few days near Chico, California, where the fire is now 40 percent contained and evacuations have been lifted.

The National Weather Service is warning that dry conditions, erratic winds, heat and lightning could start more fires this weekend in Northern California and into the Pacific Northwest.

It’s also been very hot from the Deep South into the Midwest, where eight states from Alabama to Illinois are under a heat advisory.

Numerous fire watches, warnings and heat advisories have been issued from the Midwest into the Northwest.

The heat will intensify, especially in the West, where triple-digit temperatures will extend all the way close to Portland and Seattle will be in the 90s.

Heavy storms across country

Several weather systems are producing heavy rain across the country on Saturday, including a stalled frontal boundary in the Midwest that caused damage in Iowa and Indiana.

There is also a new cold front moving into the Northern Rockies on Saturday, which is expected to bring severe weather on Saturday to the Dakotas.

A flash flood watch has been posted Saturday morning for parts of Colorado scarred by wildfires over the past few weeks.

Over the next several days, the cold front will move south and east from the northern Rockies, bringing heavy rain and storms to a large part of the country.

Rainfall totals will be heavy locally, where some areas could see more than 3 inches of rain.

Flash flooding is possible over the weekend and into early next week. In the Rockies, debris flow and mudslides are possible over the burn scar areas.

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