What we know about the immigrant children being detained separately from their parents

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) — The debate over separating immigrant children from their parents is raging at the southern border and across the country, as images from the centers housing the kids have shown them, in some cases, inside structures made of chain-link fencing.

In other instances, buildings that used to house Walmart stores have been converted into facilities that look like large schools. But the children aren’t there by choice.

Here’s a roundup of the key information at the heart of the ongoing firestorm.

What is it like in the detention centers?

U.S. Customs and Border ProtectionABC News chief national affairs reporter Tom Llamas visited the Casa Padre detention center in Brownsville, Texas, with other reporters last week.

They were not allowed to film inside the facility, but the government contractor managing the facility shared video footage from their tour.

The Casa Padre facility was once a Walmart superstore but now houses nearly 1,500 boys between the ages of 10 and 17.

During the press tour, Llamas found the Casa Padre shelter to be clean, well-staffed, with several activities to keep the kids busy, also though the scheduled media visit had been announced.

The capacity is 1,497 people and on the night of Llamas’ visit, 1,469 children were sleeping there, meaning the facility was at 98 percent capacity. They needed an extra bed in each room, so now there are five beds inside a 240-square-foot space, according to the government contractor.

The children are given three meals a day, along with two snacks. They have access to video games, pool tables, civics and English as a second language classes.

Only two hours are spent outside — one hour in the morning and later in the afternoon — and there are soccer fields and basketball courts for the kids to use.

That said, most of their day is spent inside the converted big-box store. Each child is assigned a clinician to help with any separation trauma or mental health issues.

There are no fenced-in structures at the Casa Padre detention center like those that have been reported at other facilities.

Who are the children inside the centers?

The detention facilities house unaccompanied minors who arrive at the border, as well as children who are separated from their parents by government officials at the border.

The system, which includes the separation of parents and children, stems from a “zero tolerance” policy U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued in early April.

That policy stipulates that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) refer all cases of illegal entry to be criminally prosecuted.

As a result, the parents are detained and because the children are not charged with a crime, they are not detained with the parents.

How many children are being detained?

U.S. Customs and Border ProtectionABC News has been unable to determine the exact number of children being held by DHS, but The Associated Press last week obtained details on the number of children who have been separated from accompanying adults in the past two months as part of the administration’s policy.

There were 1,995 minors separated from adults in a six-week stretch this spring, from April 19 to May 31, the AP reported.

There were also other minors separated at ports of entry, with 64 such cases in March, 55 in April and 38 in May through June 6, according to the AP.

How the government views the centers

The minors “are very well taken care of,” Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said during a speech in New Orleans Monday morning.

“We operate in some of the highest standards in the country. We provide food, medical, education, all needs that the child requests,” she said.

The DHS oversees both U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which are the two agencies that handle adults who arrive at the border, whether illegally or legally by seeking asylum at a port of entry.

Where are the children held before the detention centers?

U.S. Customs and Border ProtectionBefore entering the detention centers, which the Department of Health and Human Services calls shelters, the children and adults go through processing centers.

ABC News national correspondent Marcus Moore Sunday went into the Rio Grande Valley Centralized Processing center in McAllen, Texas, which is run by Customs and Border Protection.

Inside, hundreds of men, women and children were divided among various holding cells. Some of the cells are made using gate-like materials, making them look like large cages.

In another part of the facility, a group of young children had gathered a central holding cell. The appeared to be resting on sleeping bags.

In other images from that facility, children are seen lying on mats with blankets that appeared to be made with tin foil, which could be similar to the foil wrap-type blankets used by runners after long races to retain body heat.

Who runs the detention facilities?

U.S. Customs and Border ProtectionThe facilities are run by private contractors hired by the Department of Health and Human Services.

HHS is the agency responsible for the care of unaccompanied children (both who arrive unaccompanied and those who are separated from their parents and therefore become unaccompanied).

The Casa Padre center in Brownsville is run by a private nonprofit called Southwest Key Programs. Ii also operates 26 other facilities, telling ABC News all its facilities are nearing capacity.

How many detention centers are there?

HHS told ABC News last week it operates a network of more than 100 shelters, which is the term they use for the detention centers like the one in Brownsville.

That was before another temporary shelter was created last week to meet growing demand.

Those shelters are located in about 17 states, a HHS spokesperson said.

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Wisconsin sisters arrested after stabbing each other, police say

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Google Maps(MADISON, Wis.) –Police arrested two sisters in Wisconsin on Sunday after they allegedly stabbed each other while fighting in front of five young children.

Authorities arrived to their home in Madison, Wisconsin, about 80 miles west of Milwaukee, at around noon after one of the siblings called to report that she’d been injured, city officials said.

The sisters, ages 23 and 24, sustained stab wounds to the arm and were “uncooperative” with police, according to the city, which described their injuries as non-life-threatening.

A preliminary investigation indicated that both females had “engaged in mutual combat,” the city said in a statement. They were arrested on charges of domestic reckless endangering safety, according to the statement.

Police are looking for a third suspect, a 30-year-old male, who they said may have “initiated the disturbance.”

The city did not release the names or ages of the children, but it said Child Protective Services had been “plugged in to assist” with the case.

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Record flooding in the Midwest as East Coast continues to heat up

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ABC News (NEW YORK) — A stationary front produced torrential rainfall in the Great Lakes and Midwest over the weekend with up to 7 inches of rain falling Sunday in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Flood and flash flood watches continue from Wisconsin to Montana Monday with more rainfall to come.

The heaviest rainfall over the next few days will be from southern Wisconsin to Montana, where, in some areas, an additional 2 to 4 inches of rain is possible. The hard-hit Upper Peninsula of Michigan will see a break, though.

The biggest threat for severe weather Monday is in New England as the same storm system that brought all the flooding and severe weather to the Midwest and the Great Lakes moves east.

The biggest threat in the Northeast Monday will be damaging winds of more than 60 mph, some hail and flash flooding.

Heat up moves East

There are 18 states from Kansas to Maine under heat advisory or warnings on Monday.

Several cities in the Midwest broke record highs Sunday, including Waukegan, Illinois, at 93 degrees and La Crosse, Wisconsin, at 98 degrees.

The heat expands into the Northeast and East Coast with temperatures approaching possible record highs in major cities. The forecast will be for close-to-record highs Monday in Boston at 92 degrees (record: 94), Hartford at 92 (record: 95), New York City at 92 (record: 95) and Philadelphia at 92 (record: 96).

With the humidity, it will feel like nearly 100 degrees from Kansas City to Chicago to New York City.

But there is some good news, as Monday will be the last really hot day from Chicago to New York City. Temperatures will cool down by Tuesday with even cooler readings on Wednesday. Highs will be in the 70s in Chicago and near 80 in New York City on Wednesday.

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Armed bystander shoots, kills suspected carjacker in Washington state

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KOMO(TUMWATER, Wash.) — A bystander in Washington fatally shot a carjacking suspect on Sunday after the carjacker allegedly shot a man who refused to give up control of his vehicle, according to police.

Police said they received several calls on Sunday reporting a man who allegedly opened fire inside a Walmart in Tumwater, Washington, and attempted to carjack a vehicle in the parking lot there, according to Seattle ABC affiliate KOMO.

Police said the suspect shot a display case inside the Walmart before exiting and attempting the carjacking. No one inside was injured.

The suspect, whose identity was withheld, allegedly shot the driver after he refused to cooperate. He was attempting to carjack a second vehicle in the parking lot when the armed bystander intervened.

The suspect was pronounced dead on the scene.

Witnesses told KOMO that a total of three bystanders pulled guns on the suspect and at least one of them fired. The driver in the first attempted carjacking was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, about 60 miles north of Tumwater. His condition was not disclosed.

Police say the suspect may have been connected to an earlier attempted carjacking in Tumwater where a man opened fire at an intersection and injured a 16-year-old girl.

Authorities said her injuries were not life-threatening, but they did not disclose the nature of her condition.

Police are investigating both incidents.

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Roller coaster passenger who survived 34-foot fall was ‘praying it was over’

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ABC News (DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) — Amanda Bostic remembers the harrowing moments when she was tossed more than 30 feet from a roller coaster that had just derailed.

“I remember falling through the air and I remember hitting the ground,” she said during an exclusive interview with “Good Morning America.”

The 34-year-old mother of two sons said she was “knocked out” from the fall. But when she she woke up, she heard cries for help and saw the roller coaster hanging off the rails.

“I will never forget that in my life,” she said. “People on the ride were screaming; one [car] was dangling.”

Bostic, of Knott County, Kentucky, was one of 10 people aboard the Sandblaster Thursday night in Daytona Beach’s boardwalk amusement park. She and her friend — who were in the first car — were pitched 34 feet to the ground when the roller coaster lost control.

They were considered “trauma alerts” and rushed to the hospital.

Nine other passengers were transported to hospitals, officials said.

Bostic — whose boys are 11 and 13 years old — was visiting Daytona Beach with co-workers. Their holiday trip came to an end Thursday evening when she and her friend hopped on the Sandblaster, its first car detailed in red with hot, yellow flames.

She said nothing seemed out of sorts: There were seat belts that clicked, and she said a worker “pulled on them” before the train took off.

Yet Bostic said the ride didn’t feel right.

“It seemed to be going a lot faster than I felt comfortable with,” she said. “As we went around the turn it felt like it wasn’t completely attached to the tracks. … The car was leaning to the side and into the curve.

“I was scared and I was praying it was over.”

Those fears were compounded when the train suddenly slipped off its tracks sending Bostic and her friend out of the car.

All she can recall are the sounds and flashes of the plunge.

“I remember hearing a lot of screeching. A lot of metal. A lot of sounds that just weren’t right,” Bostic said. “I closed my eyes and held on.”

Daytona Beach Fire Department officials confirmed that 911 calls started flooding their dispatchers at around 10 p.m. on Thursday. Once arrived, responders found that eight passengers were still trapped on the derailed Sandblaster roller coaster and had to be rescued.

Upon arriving at the chaotic scene, firefighters found the first car of the Sandblaster — where Bostic and her friend were seated in before ejecting — “completely off the track and dangling front end towards the ground.”

She says she suffered a concussion, deep bruises “from head-to-toe” and several cuts.

Still, she saw the dangling car positioned over her friend.

That’s when she crawled over to try to help her friend.

“I was afraid it was going to fall on her,” she said.

Bostic learned later from her co-workers stuck on cars hovering over her and her friend that she “bounced from support beam to support beam like a pinball.”

Miraculously, she limped out with the aid of a walker from the Halifax Medical Center on Friday night — one full day after her and other roller coaster riders’ brush with death — to mend from bruises all over her body and broken teeth.

Bostic’s friend remains in the hospital with numerous fractured bones.

The investigation into the derailment is still under investigation.

Maintenance records logged by the Florida Department of Agriculture reviewed by ABC News verify the Sandblaster was tended to and that “deficiencies were corrected.” The roller coaster’s record is rife with records of numerous repairs going back to 2016.

The Sandblaster was serviced for “excessive corrosion,” “bracing cracked” and “track cracked,” according to the agency’s event report dated May 17.

Since the derailment, the roller coaster has been halted pending an investigation, the most recent report confirmed.

Upon learning the roller coaster was serviced the same day of the derailment, Bostic is concerned the effort was incomplete.

“Something had to be missed,” she said.

As she recovers from the visible and internal pain after an agonizing ride, she is swearing off roller coasters for good.

“I will never be on a roller coaster,” she vowed. “My family will never be on a roller coaster.”

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Train derailment causes explosion, prompts evacuations

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iStock/Thinkstock(PRINCETON, Ind.) — A freight train derailment in Indiana on Sunday caused a loud explosion and calls for mandatory evacuations in the area.

The Gibson County Sheriff’s Office and emergency service personnel issued a mandatory resident evacuation within a one mile radius in Princeton, Indiana, on Sunday evening following the train derailment and explosion.

According to the Gibson County Sheriff, at approximately 7:19 p.m. local time Gibson County Central Dispatch received numerous 911 calls regarding a train derailment and explosion in the area of Old US 41 and Caniff Trailer Court.

No one was injured in the derailment, but a large fire sent thick, black smoke high into the sky.

Emergency responders conducted door-to-door evacuation announcements.

CSX Corporation, which operated the train, said the train had two locomotives, 89 loaded railcars and nine empty railcars. The loaded cars were carrying propane, CSX said.

“CSX is working closely with local firefighters and other first responders to assess the situation, and the safety of the community and everyone on site is our top priority as we develop a recovery plan,” CSX said in a statement.

Residents displaced by the explosion were directed to seek shelter at the Gibson County Fairgrounds Toyota Events Center.

The Gibson County Sheriff’s Office and Indiana State Police said it will release more information as it is available.

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Homeland Security chief slams ‘irresponsible’ reports of separating migrant families

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Kirstjen Nielsen called out "Members, press and advocacy groups" for coverage.

5 immigrants killed in Texas car crash while being chased by border patrol agents

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Five undocumented immigrants were killed Sunday in a Texas car crash while being chased by border patrol agents, authorities said.

Doctor suspended for berating basketball player suffering from anxiety attack

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ABC News(LOS GATOS, Calif.) — A Northern California emergency room doctor was suspended for her alleged gruff bedside manner after she was caught on a viral cell phone video allegedly mocking, ridiculing and cursing a patient rushed to her Silicon Valley hospital suffering from an apparent severe anxiety attack.

Samuel Bardwell, 20, a newly enrolled student at West Valley College in Saratoga was rushed to El Camino Hospital in nearby Los Gatos when he suffered what doctors say was a severe anxiety attack and passed out following the school’s first summer basketball workout on June 11.

His father caught what the Bardwells say was abusive treatment by Dr. Beth Keegstra, 57, all on cell phone video and posted it on Facebook.

As of Sunday, the viral video has gotten more than 4 million views.

Bardwell said he had to wait for three hours in the emergency room before Keegstra examined him.

“Sit up, sit up, sit up! I’m having you sit up!” Keegstra tells Bardwell in the video, pulling on his arms.

When the 6-foot-9 Bardwell told Keegstra he couldn’t get up, the doctor responded.

“I’m sorry, sir, you were the least sick of all the people who are here, who are dying,” the physician is heard in the video telling Bardwell, who apparently lifted his head to acknowledge the doctor. “There, so you picked your head up. Now don’t try to tell me you can’t move. C’mon, sit up.”

When Bardwell told Keegstra that he couldn’t inhale and felt pain and numbness, the doctor said.

“He can’t inhale!” Keegstra said. “Wow! He must be dead. Are you dead, sir? I don’t understand, you are breathing just fine.”

As the tension in the ER escalated, Keegstra accused Bardwell of changing his story about why he was seeking treatment.

“You’re full of s—!” she told Bardwell.

Dan Wood, the chief executive officer of El Camino Hospital, issued a statement saying Dr. Keegstra, who has been a practicing physician for 31 years, has been suspended from all facilities associated with the hospital.

Wood said the doctor’s “demeanor was unprofessional and not the standard we require of all who provide care through El Camino Hospital.”

“We have expressed our sincere apologies and are working directly with the patient on this matter,” Wood said. “Please know that we take this matter very seriously and the contracted physician involved has been removed from the work schedule, pending further investigation.”

Efforts by ABC News to reach Keegsta for comment were not immediately successful.

“In my mind, I don’t think she should be practicing medicine at all,” Bardwell’s father, Donald Bardwell, told ABC News’ Good Morning America.

Donald Bardwell said his son has a history of anxiety attacks and takes Klonopin, a sedative that treats panic disorder. He said his son had stopped taking his medication several days before he was hospitalized because his prescription had run out and he hadn’t had time to refill it.

Samuel Bardwell said he asked his father to videotape the confrontation after he saw Keegstra speaking to a security guard in the emergency room and eyeing him suspiciously.

“I knew from when she said something to the security guard … I already knew from that point … I said, ‘Please, dad, can you please take out your phone? … I need you to take out your phone now cause I have a feeling something is gonna happen,'” Samuel Bardwell told GMA.

Bardwell said he has contacted a lawyer and is considering taking legal action against the hospital.

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Five undocumented immigrants killed in Texas car crash while being chased by border patrol agents: Officials

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iStock/Thinkstock(BIG WELLS, Texas) — Five undocumented immigrants in a speeding sport utility vehicle were killed Sunday when it crashed while being chased by border patrol agents and a sheriff’s deputy in a Texas town about 50 miles from the border with Mexico, officials said.

The fatal crash occurred around noon local time near Big Wells, which is about 100 miles southwest of San Antonio, Dimmet County Sheriff Marion Boyd told reporters at the scene.

“Border patrol was pursuing a vehicle, a Chevrolet Suburban, and one of my deputies assisted and took over the pursuit just west of Big Wells,” Boyd said. “The vehicle was traveling around 100 miles per hour and from what we could tell the vehicle ran off the road, caught gravel, then tried to recorrect and that caused the vehicle to turn over several times.”

Boyd said a total of 14 people were inside the SUV and several were ejected out of the vehicle when it rolled onto Highway 85.

He said four people died at the scene, and several were flown by emergency helicopter to a hospital in San Antonio. One person died upon arriving at the hospital, he said.

Boyd said the driver of the SUV survived and was taken into custody.

“The driver was not ejected. The deputy found him sitting upright in the seat. He was able to get him out of the vehicle and the driver was actually walking,” Boyd said. “The deputy actually took him into custody.”

Boyd said the driver and one passenger of the passengers were the only U.S. citizens in the vehicle.

He said the driver, whose name was not immediately released, was known to police as a human smuggler.

“The driver of this vehicle, we have handled before. We dealt with him last week,” Boyd said.

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Doctor suspended for berating basketball player suffering from anxiety attack

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A California emergency room doctor was suspended for berating a patient suffering from anxiety disorder.

Hot weather in store for eastern half of country on Father’s Day

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Temperatures will feel like 100 degrees in the central U.S.

At least one dead, more than 20 injured in shooting at Trenton art show

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Google Maps(TRENTON, N.J.) — At least one person is dead and 20 injured after a wild shootout at a 24-hour art event in southern New Jersey early Sunday.

The shooting broke out at about 2:45 a.m. in Trenton, New Jersey, at Art All Night, an annual event to “promote artistic diversity by fostering creativity, learning and appreciation of the arts,” according to the event’s website. The event, held at Roebling Market in the southern part of the city, which lies just across the Delaware River from Pennsylvania, was attended by an estimated thousand or more people, authorities said.

The Mercer County prosecutor’s office said at a Sunday morning press conference that the one person killed, a 33-year-old man, is a suspect in the shooting. Another suspect is in custody.

Of those injured, 16 were treated for gunshot wounds and four for other types of injuries, said Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri.

Multiple people opened fire in the shooting and multiple weapons have been recovered, authorities said.

“It absolutely could have been worse given the confined space and the number of shots that appeared to have been fired,” Onofri said.

ABC station affiliate WPVI-TV in Philadelphia reported that “numerous people” were struck by gunfire and several ambulances were called to the scene to assist the injured. The Trenton Fire Department and police also responded.

Eyewitness Angelo Nicolo told WPVI-TV, “All of a sudden, my brother goes to me, ‘You hear that gunfire?’ I go, ‘It sounds like fireworks.’ He said, ‘No, that’s gunfire.’ Next thing you know, we turn around and everybody’s running down the street.”

Capital Health Systems, which operates Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton, said numerous victims were being treated. The director of public relations at the hospital said they would not release numbers or conditions until all families were notified.

Authorities said at least one of those being treated was in “extremely critical” condition.

The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office homicide task force is taking the lead in the investigation.

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Three inmates, including alleged murderer, escape jail in Illinois

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iStock/Thinkstock(CARMI, Ill.) — Three inmates, including one charged with murder, busted through the wall of an Illinois jail on Saturday morning and led authorities on a manhunt.

Justin Bray, Zachery Shock and Johnny Tipton allegedly used a pipe to break a hole in the concrete wall of White County Jail in Carmi, Illinois. White County sheriffs were notified of the three missing inmates at 5:30 a.m.

A photo taken by Evansville, Indiana, ABC affiliate WEHT-TV showed a metal panel placed over the hole in the wall at the jail.

The White County Sheriff’s Office reported that Bray was captured Saturday night. Bray is charged with unlawful use of a weapon, aggravated fleeing and resisting or obstructing a peace officer.

Bray was spotted walking along a road near Crossville, Illinois, at about 7:30 p.m. local time. Bray allegedly fled police, but was taken into custody after a brief search while hiding in an oil field tank. Crossville is just 9 miles north of the jail.

He is now being held on an additional $1 million bail for a new escape charge.

Bray had almost been taken into custody Saturday morning. The White County Sheriff’s Office told WEHT-TV that, following a chase, a car with Bray as the passenger crashed near Little Wabash River. Bray jumped into the river and managed to escape from officers. The driver was taken into custody.

Shock — who faces the most serious charges of any of the escapees — and Tipton remained on the loose early Sunday.

Shock, 24, was in jail charged with murder and aggravated battery with a firearm. Tipton, 61, was being held on charges of theft and possession of stolen property.

Carmi is located in rural southeastern Illinois, about 45 miles west of Evansville, Indiana.

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Hot weather in store for eastern half of country on Father’s Day

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Much of the central U.S. will be dealing with widespread heat on Sunday as heat index values are close to or exceeding 100 degrees in parts of the Midwest, including Chicago.

Heat index values close to, or in excess of, 100 degrees are possible from Texas to Michigan, including Dallas; Little Rock, Arkansas; Memphis, Tennessee; St. Louis; Chicago; and Detroit.

On Monday, the heat expands to the east with heat index values nearing or exceeding 100 degrees again for much of the Midwest, including Kansas City, Indianapolis and Detroit.

Parts of the Northeast will also get quite warm, with heat index values in the upper 90s in New York and Philadelphia. In the mid-Atlantic, heat index values near or above 100 are possible from South Carolina to Maryland.

Heat advisories are in effect from northern Arkansas to southern Michigan, and excessive heat warnings are in effect in St. Louis, Chicago and Minneapolis. These heat index values can become dangerous.

This stretch of heat shows little relief at night, especially in many of the urban areas, such as Chicago and New York.

Severe threat in Northern Plains

Slow-moving, strong thunderstorms dumped very heavy rainfall overnight in northern Minnesota and Wisconsin. There have been reports of over 3 inches per hour just south of Duluth, Minnesota. Radar estimates from the region show possible rainfall totals exceeding 6 inches since late Saturday night.

The National Weather Service in Duluth relayed reports of numerous roads washed out in the region due to flash flooding. Flash flood watches have been posted for parts of the region through Sunday due to the threat of strong thunderstorms.

Numerous strong to severe thunderstorms will develop again Sunday from Colorado to northern Michigan. These storms will once again have the potential to dump very heavy rain and bring strong gusty winds, large hail and brief tornadoes.

There is a slight risk for severe weather Sunday from eastern Nebraska to northern Michigan, an area that includes Minneapolis.

Locally, 2 to 3 inches of rainfall is expected in this region by Monday evening, with pockets of flash flooding possible.

Tropical wave approaches Gulf Coast

A cluster of thunderstorms in the Gulf of Mexico has a 20 percent chance of gaining tropical cyclone characteristics over the next few days. Even though development is not likely, this tropical wave will gradually move toward Texas and northern Mexico over the next few days.

The system will bring numerous rounds of heavy downpours and thunderstorms to the region during the upcoming work week. Over the course of the next three to four days, there is increasing potential for rainfall totals to exceed 4 to 6 inches in parts of southern Texas, including Brownsville, Corpus Christi and Port Lavaca.

There is some computer guidance suggesting that rainfall totals could be higher than what is currently forecast. Even though much of this region can deal with a good amount of rain before major flooding concerns, some flash flooding could develop in this region in the coming days.

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Actress calls out Tesla after husband’s car bursts into flames

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Mary McCormack said her husband’s car hit nothing, but started shooting flames.

At least 1 dead, over 20 injured in shooting at all-night art show

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The shooting took place at Art All Night in Trenton, N.J.

3 inmates, including alleged murderer, escape jail; 1 caught

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The inmates broke through a wall at White County Jail.

Man charged with making $1.3 million in fraudulent returns to Walmart

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A shopper in Arizona was charged with lying during thousands of Walmart returns.

‘West Wing’ actress calls out Tesla after husband’s car bursts into flames

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Mary McCormack said her husband’s car hit nothing, but started shooting flames.

Daughter gives dad kidney for Father’s Day

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A father received a kidney donation from his daughter for Father’s Day.

High school freshman’s KKK outfit for school project ‘rattled’ students

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iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — Incendiary images of a Los Angeles high school student dressed hood-to-toe as a Ku Klux Klan member as part of a final history project splashed online Friday, sparking an investigation and an apology from the school district.

The photos of an unidentified freshman student enrolled at the Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy, located in the Wilmington section of Los Angeles, caused disquiet for many students.

“It made me feel like unsafe and threatened,” Eliza Dumag, a senior at the high school, told ABC station KABC.

Another senior, Kevin Gambino, said the decision to come dressed in the KKK suit was perplexing.

“I was uncomfortable, actually,” he told the station.

It appears the student was granted permission, like other classmates, to don a costume as part of completing a history assignment.

The student specifically chose to research and write an essay about former KKK imperial wizard Hiram Wesley Evans, according to KABC.

Trinity Young told KABC that she found it “troubling” that the history teacher equated the KKK costume with other revolutionary groups.

“It was hard to believe that she would allow a Klansman to walk around from her approval,” she said. “So, we asked her, and she said that, she compared the Klan to the Black Panther Party, which in my opinion are two different things.”

And the student didn’t shed the attire after history class was over.

“He wore it like throughout the school, like in nutrition, lunch, things like that,” Lance Dantignac, a senior, told KABC. “I don’t think that’s appropriate.”

The LAUSD on Saturday issued an apology.

“We sincerely apologize to the L.A. Unified community for this incident,” the statement read.

It also pointed to the fact that while the student was exploring the topic of racism, like other students in the history class, his costume “was insensitive and highly inappropriate.”

An investigation “is underway” the school district confirmed in the statement.

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Trump to be ‘special guest’ during House GOP Immigration Conference

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On Tuesday night, President Trump will be a “special guest” at a House GOP Member Conference meeting to talk about immigration.

Yorkie stays with missing toddler all night, alerts search party with ‘weak bark’

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@MSHPTrooperE/Twitter(QULIN, Mo.) –A loyal Yorkshire terrier stayed with a missing 3-year-old girl in a dense cornfield in Missouri all night — and heroically led a search party to them with a “weak bark,” authorities said.

Remy Merritt and her dog, Fat Heath, had gone missing Thursday night in Qulin, triggering a desperate search that brought in some 150 volunteers, authorities said.

But it wasn’t until Fat Heath responded to barks from one of the search dogs that rescuers ended the 12-hour ordeal and found Remy and her trusty companion.

“One of the dogs barked and a weaker bark was returned,” Clark Parrott, a sergeant with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, told ABC News. “We came to find out it was [Remy] and her Yorkshire terrier Fat Heath … down beneath the corn stalks.

“That dog stayed with her all night long,” he said.

Remy had gone missing about 8:30 that night, authorities said.

That’s when everyone in the small farm town chipped in to try to find her.

“Everybody knows everybody here and so when they hear of one of their neighbors in trouble, whether you know them or not — you just stop what you’re doing and show up,” Parrot said.

The MSHP dispatched a chopper to circle over the farm acreage near Remy’s home and used infrared radar, Parrott said.

After the search into the night initially proved “unsuccessful,” the team — consisting of devoted locals and law enforcement — resumed at dawn and used a grid search through the cornfield filled with 5-foot high stalks, Parrott said.

After about three hours and a quarter mile from Remy’s home, one of the canines barked — and a sound of hope could be heard in response.

Fat Heath cried for help, and drew the search party to the missing duo.

@MSHPTrooperE/TwitterUpon learning of the discovery, Parrott remembered feeling a mixed sense of relief and concern.

“The dogs yapping at each other is a neat little moment,” he said.

Fat Heath and Remy, who had only been bitten by mosquitoes and suffered some dehydration, were in good shape, Parrott said.

“A lot of bites and a little thirsty, but she got a clean bill of health and was returned back to her home afterward,” he said.

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Candlelight vigil to memorialize two deputies shot dead when inmate overpowered them

Posted on: June 16th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(KANSAS CITY, Kan.) — A candlelight vigil will be held Sunday night in Kansas to memorialize the two sheriff’s deputies who were shot and killed when an inmate overpowered them outside a courthouse.

Kansas City Mayor David Alvey said the vigil, which will take place in front of City Hall at 8 p.m. local time, will be the start of a long and trying healing process for the community of Wyandotte County, which just two years ago mourned two police officers who also was fatally shot.

Alvey said the community is feeling “deep sadness,” “fear,” “anger” and “shock that this happened again.”

“Yesterday was a terribly tragic day for two of our young, bright, committed sheriff’s deputies — Theresa ‘T.K.’ King and Patrick Roher,” the mayor told reporters at a press conference Saturday, before holding a moment of silence to honor the slain deputies.

“As they say, heroes are never forgotten,” he added.

King, 44, and Rohrer, 35, were shot Friday morning about 11:30 a.m. local time as they were about to transport two inmates from the Wyandotte County Courthouse in Kansas City. Both inmates were handcuffed and shackled at the time, according to Maj. Kelli Bailiff of the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office.

Bailiff said the deputies were following protocol when the deadly altercation occurred.

Few details have been provided so far, but authorities said one of the inmates — who hasn’t been identified — overcame the deputies in a gated area outside the courthouse.

Bailiff said it’s very possible the deputies were shot with their own guns. There is surveillance video of the scene.

The deputies called for backup, but it was too late. Both were rushed to University of Kansas Medical Center, where Rohrer died and King was in critical condition before succumbing to her injuries some 12 hours later.

The suspect was also shot and taken to a hospital. The individual was in stable condition Saturday, according to Kansas City Police Chief Terry Zeigler.

The other inmate was unharmed.

King, who served the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office for 13 years, leaves behind three children. Rohrer, who had been with the department for seven years, had two children of his own.

“These were two bright and intelligent, wonderful personalities,” Bailiff said of her fallen colleagues. “They came to work every day with a smile, willing to help out, willing to do anything. It’s a tremendous, great loss to our agency.”

Charges have not yet been formally filed with the Wyandotte County District Attorney’s Office.

Two years ago, two police officers were fatally shot within three months of each other in Kansas City, the county seat of Wyandotte County.

The year before, Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Wood was shot at a convenience store but survived.

“It seems like Wyandotte County has really been hit hard recently,” Bailiff told reporters. “It’s also a time for us to bond together as a community, and I think we begin that by being at the candlelight vigil.”

“Let’s just love one another,” she added. “Go home and hug your family members because you never know what tomorrow will bring.”

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Heat, humidity rising in central and eastern US

Posted on: June 16th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

ABC News(NEW YORK) — A strong ridge of high pressure is bringing increasing heat and humidity to a majority of the eastern half of the country through the weekend. Heat advisories, as well as excessive heat warnings and watches, have been posted for parts of the Midwest, including Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago and Minneapolis.

On Saturday afternoon, the heat index will exceed 100 degrees in cities such as Little Rock, Arkansas; St. Louis; Chicago; Des Moines, Iowa; and North Platte, Nebraska. A couple of isolated daily records are possible on Saturday.

The heat index on Sunday from parts of Texas all the way to Wisconsin will be near or above 100 degrees. Even parts of Indiana, Michigan and Ohio will feel close to 100 degrees by Sunday afternoon. A handful of records will be possible from Iowa to Virginia on Sunday.

On Monday, the expanding heat will reach the East Coast, with temperatures feeling like the triple-digits from Texas to New York, including New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. Numerous daily records are possible across the East Coast from North Carolina to New Hampshire.

This stretch of heat shows little relief at night, especially in urban areas such as Chicago and New York — a classic sign of summer across the Midwest and Northeast.

Severe weather in Midwest, Northern Plains

A round of strong thunderstorms moved through parts of the upper Midwest overnight. The storms dumped over 4 inches of rain through parts of Wisconsin. Flash flooding was reported in Madison overnight with water covering roadways in the region.

This latest round of heavy rain and strong thunderstorms comes after a round of storms dumped several inches of rain from northern Wisconsin to northern Illinois on Friday. Several more rounds of strong to severe thunderstorms are expected in the upper Midwest and Northern Plains this weekend due to a stalled frontal boundary. This will bring the threat for flash flooding, damaging winds, large hail and tornadoes to parts of the region.

Numerous strong and severe storms will fire up this weekend, especially during the late afternoon across much of the Northern Plains and upper Midwest. The storms will have potential to dump quite a bit of rain across parts of northern Minnesota, northern Wisconsin and northern Michigan. Locally, over 4 inches of rain is expected this weekend near Duluth, Minnesota, with widespread 2 to 3 inches possible from Aberdeen, Michigan, to Houghton, Michigan.

A flash flood watch has been posted for parts of the upper Midwest.

Storms could turn severe from Nebraska to Wisconsin on Saturday afternoon and early evening. There is an enhanced risk for severe weather for a large part of northern Minnesota, including Duluth. Strong damaging winds, large hail and a few tornadoes are possible in the enhanced region Saturday afternoon and evening.

Much-needed rain

Meanwhile, in the Southwest, beneficial rain is moving into the Four Corners this weekend. This rainfall is coming exactly where it is badly needed. Locally, 1 to 2 inches of rain is expected in parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado.

Isolated flash flooding, especially on recent burn scars, remains a concern. Lightning is also a concern since it could start new fires in parts of the region.

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Trustees call for university president to resign for criticizing Nassar victim

Posted on: June 16th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Michael Bonfigli /The Christian Science Monitor/Getty Images(EAST LANSING, Mich.) — Michigan State University Interim President John Engler was brought on to clean up the mess left in the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal. Instead, with less than five months on the job, calls are growing for him to resign after private emails showed him criticizing one of Nassar’s victims.

Engler wrote in an email in April to the president’s special counsel, Carol Viventi, that survivors were being “manipulated by trial lawyers” and Rachel Denhollander, the first gymnast to go public with her claims of abuse by Nassar, was likely to get a “kickback” from the lawyers for her role in the case, according to an article in The Chronicle for Higher Education.

On Friday, two Michigan State trustees told Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV that Engler should step down immediately.

“He needs to resign immediately. He lacks empathy. He lacks the tone needed to be university president,” trustee Brian Mosallam told WXYZ-TV.

“His comments regarding Rachel Denhollander are unconscionable,” he added. “He is not fit to lead Michigan State.”

“He’s the wrong leader for Michigan State University,” fellow trustee Dianne Byrum told WXYZ-TV. “He needs to step down and resign.”

Engler, the former Republican governor of Michigan, responded to Mosallam’s calls to resign by digging in. He released a statement Friday saying, “I continue to look ahead.”

“Whatever the tensions were before, we have successfully negotiated a settlement agreement — something that is fair and equitable to both sides, and that both sides agreed to,” Engler said in the statement. “We are now committed to continuing our efforts to strengthen sexual misconduct prevention on and off campus and to respond promptly to and appropriately if prevention fails.”

“I am looking forward to the Board of Trustees meeting next week where we will continue our progress and efforts to move forward,” he added. “I believe actions matter, and that is how the success of our work will be determined.”

Denhollander, meanwhile, spent Friday on Twitter amplifying the number of people calling for Engler to resign. She criticized another trustee who continues to support Engler, saying, “Because stability doing the WRONG THING is better than changing for the right thing?”

Among the public figures Denhollander applauded for calling on Engler to resign were Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, Michigan Sen. Gary Peters, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and Michigan Rep. Justin Amash.

“I think Engler has made it very clear that he’s not capable of leading MSU out of this crisis,” Denhollander said in a statement to WXYZ-TV. “To characterize not just myself as manipulating for money, but to characterize all these other women as pawns, as being too stupid to know that they’re manipulated, is a gross mischaracterization of sexual assault survivors that is going to set the tone on campus.”

Morgan McCaul, another survivor of Nassar and one of many to speak publicly at his sentencing hearing, called on the public to “occupy” the Board of Trustees meeting on June 22 in order to demand Engler’s resignation.

Engler could be forced out of the president position if five of eight trustees vote for his ouster.

Michigan State University came to a settlement for $500 million with victims of Nassar in May. There has been $425 million set aside for current victims, while $75 million will be set aside for any future claimants.

Nassar, who was a faculty member at MSU and served as the longtime doctor to the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team, was sentenced in January to up to 175 years in prison in connection with the treatment of several victims. Nassar faced charges on seven counts of criminal sexual misconduct in the first degree, to which he pleaded guilty to in November.

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Michigan State University Interim President John Engler was brought on to clean up the mess left in the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal. Instead, with less than five months on the job, calls are growing for him to resign after private emails showed him criticizing one of Nassar’s victims.

 

Engler wrote in an email in April to the president’s special counsel, Carol Viventi, that survivors were being “manipulated by trial lawyers” and Rachel Denhollander, the first gymnast to go public with her claims of abuse by Nassar, was likely to get a “kickback” from the lawyers for her role in the case, according to an article in The Chronicle for Higher Education.

 

On Friday, two Michigan State trustees told Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV that Engler should step down immediately.

 

“He needs to resign immediately. He lacks empathy. He lacks the tone needed to be university president,” trustee Brian Mosallam told WXYZ-TV.

 

“His comments regarding Rachel Denhollander are unconscionable,” he added. “He is not fit to lead Michigan State.”

 

“He’s the wrong leader for Michigan State University,” fellow trustee Dianne Byrum told WXYZ-TV. “He needs to step down and resign.”

 

 

Engler, the former Republican governor of Michigan, responded to Mosallam’s calls to resign by digging in. He released a statement Friday saying, “I continue to look ahead.”

 

“Whatever the tensions were before, we have successfully negotiated a settlement agreement — something that is fair and equitable to both sides, and that both sides agreed to,” Engler said in the statement. “We are now committed to continuing our efforts to strengthen sexual misconduct prevention on and off campus and to respond promptly to and appropriately if prevention fails.”

 

“I am looking forward to the Board of Trustees meeting next week where we will continue our progress and efforts to move forward,” he added. “I believe actions matter, and that is how the success of our work will be determined.”

 

Denhollander, meanwhile, spent Friday on Twitter amplifying the number of people calling for Engler to resign. She criticized another trustee who continues to support Engler, saying, “Because stability doing the WRONG THING is better than changing for the right thing?”

 

Among the public figures Denhollander applauded for calling on Engler to resign were Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, Michigan Sen. Gary Peters, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and Michigan Rep. Justin Amash.

 

“I think Engler has made it very clear that he’s not capable of leading MSU out of this crisis,” Denhollander said in a statement to WXYZ-TV. “To characterize not just myself as manipulating for money, but to characterize all these other women as pawns, as being too stupid to know that they’re manipulated, is a gross mischaracterization of sexual assault survivors that is going to set the tone on campus.”

 

Morgan McCaul, another survivor of Nassar and one of many to speak publicly at his sentencing hearing, called on the public to “occupy” the Board of Trustees meeting on June 22 in order to demand Engler’s resignation.

 

Engler could be forced out of the president position if five of eight trustees vote for his ouster.

 

Michigan State University came to a settlement for $500 million with victims of Nassar in May. There has been $425 million set aside for current victims, while $75 million will be set aside for any future claimants.

 

Nassar, who was a faculty member at MSU and served as the longtime doctor to the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team, was sentenced in January to up to 175 years in prison in connection with the treatment of several victims. Nassar faced charges on seven counts of criminal sexual misconduct in the first degree, to which he pleaded guilty to in November.

 

Harvard University accused of racial discrimination in admissions process for Asian-American students

Posted on: June 15th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(Cambridge, Mass.) — Asian-American students are subject to racial discrimination during Harvard University’s admission process, a non-profit group, Students for Fair Admissions, claimed in court documents filed Friday,

“Today’s court filing exposes the startling magnitude of Harvard’s discrimination against Asian-American applicants,” Edward Blum, president of Students for Fair Admissions, said in a statement to ABC News. “This filing definitively proves that Harvard engages in racial balancing, uses race as far more than a ‘plus’ factor, and has no interest in exploring race-neutral alternatives.”

SFFA said in its court filing that Harvard’s admission process is set up to work against Asian-American students. The group claims the university knew about this finding in 2013 and failed to take action.

“[…] instead of taking even the most minor steps to address this problem, or conducting any further investigation, Harvard killed the investigation and buried the reports,” SFAA said in its filing.

The institution fired back in its own filing, stating the 2013 study was “incomplete, preliminary, and based on limited inputs.” The university went on to say their rate of Asian-American enrollment has increased by 29 percent over the last decade.

“Mr. Blum and his organization’s incomplete and misleading data analysis paint a dangerously inaccurate picture of Harvard College’s whole-person admissions process by omitting critical data and information factors, such as personal essays and teacher recommendations, that directly counter his arguments,” Harvard said in a statement.

This is not the first time Blum has filed a case in regards to affirmative action. In 2016, Blum aided white female student, Abigail Fisher in a case against the University of Texas at Austin. Fisher argued she was denied a spot at UTA because race played a factor in the admission process. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of UTA and said that race could be used as a factor in admissions.

“Having failed to persuade the Supreme Court to invalidate the admissions program at the University of Texas at Austin, they have now trained their sights on Harvard, a private university, which has long sought to assemble an extraordinary and diverse class of undergraduates by conducting a wide-ranging review of each applicant’s background and experience,” Harvard said in their court filing.

Furthermore, SFFA claims Asian-American applicants were not admitted because of low “personality” ratings. The group states that Harvard assigns Asian American students the lowest score of any other racial group based on traits such as “positive personality” and “likability.”

SFAA said in its filing that if Harvard only considered academics, Asian-American students would make up 50 percent of the class. Harvard rebutted this claim, saying the university considers more than just grades and test scores.

“Harvard seeks excellence from its students, but it does not define excellence through a narrow focus on grades and test scores,” Harvard said in their filing. “Rather, Harvard’s admissions process is designed to identify engaged and creative students who will take their place as the leaders of the next generation and who will be equipped to deal with a complex, diverse world.”

A trial is scheduled for October.

“It is our hope that the court will carefully study the statistical, documentary, and testimonial evidence amassed against Harvard and end these unfair and unlawful practices,” Blum said in a statement to ABC News. “We believe that the rest of the evidence will be released in the next few weeks, and it will further confirm that Harvard is in deliberate violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act.”

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San Francisco community concerned after officer-involved shooting captured on video in popular nightlife neighborhood

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iStock/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) — An officer-involved shooting captured on body camera and surveillance video in a popular San Francisco neighborhood has left the community outraged.

The shooting happened in the middle of the North Beach neighborhood, an area in San Francisco that is known for its nightlife, ABC San Francisco affiliate KGO reported. Both body cam and surveillance video captured the officer running after, and then shooting 28-year-old San Francisco resident Oliver Barcenas in the back in between a crowd on the sidewalk.

The June 9 incident began when two officers approached four men “for an open alcohol container in public violation,” the San Francisco Police Department said in a release. Within minutes, Barcenas allegedly fled on foot.

Surveillance video shows that as Barcenas was running, he took out his Glock .45 caliber from his waist and threw it into the street. Then, the officer chasing Barcenas shot him twice, according to the release.

In response to the community’s distress, the San Francisco Police Department held a town hall Thursday. There, San Francisco Police Chief William Scott acknowledged that the public wants answers, but said the the department has “limited facts right now” and that the investigation is continuing.

“I hope that the independent investigations in this matter are truly independent, that the level of this transparency continues,” said San Francisco Supervisor Aaron Peskin.

One woman at the press conference asked officials why one group was targeted out of the group.

“There are always groups out there talking, drinking, why – why this particular group of four?” the woman asked.

Barcenas is in custody at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. There is no word on his condition. He has been charged with “delaying an officer, carrying a concealed firearm, exhibiting a firearm, and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm,” according to police.

The officer’s name has not been released yet. The officer has been placed on administrative leave.

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Endangered Amur leopard cubs born at Illinois zoo

Posted on: June 15th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Brookfield Zoo(BROOKFIELD, Ill.) — Two endangered Amur leopard cubs have been born at the Brookfield Zoo in Illinois.

The 8-week-old male cubs are “thriving,” Amy Roberts, the Brookfield Zoo’s senior curator of mammals, told ABC News.

As they’ve grown, the cubs’ caregivers have been able to tell them apart by their differing appearances and personalities, Roberts said.

The cubs have different spots, and one of them has a bolder personality than the other, Roberts said.

The last time the mama leopard, Lisa, gave birth, it was to only one cub, so she was the only one for him to play with, Roberts said. Now that Lisa has had twins, she’s getting a bit of down time as they play with each other instead.

“They spend a lot of time stalking each other and wrestling each other,” Roberts said.

The cubs were born on April 18 but their birth was just announced because veterinarians wanted to give the mother, Lisa, privacy as she bonded and cared for the cubs. During that time, zookeepers mostly monitored the mother and babies from a camera.

The photos were taken during the cubs’ 8-week vaccinations, Roberts said. They will be placed in an outdoor habitat to be viewed by the public in mid-July, after they’ve had their second set of shots.

“It is our hope that guests will not only enjoy seeing these very charismatic cubs exploring and playing in their outdoor habitat, but will also gain an appreciation for the species and learn why conservation efforts are so important for this leopard,” Roberts said.

Amur leopards are critically endangered and fewer than 65 are left in the wild, predominately in one isolated population in far east Russia, and a few in the Jilin Province of northeast China, according to the zoo. The biggest threats the leopards face are poaching, retribution hunting, a decrease in their habitat due to fires, logging and human settlement and a decline in their prey, the zoo said in a press release.

In 2013, the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums created the Amur Leopard Global Species Management Plan to help the species survive, according to the zoo.

There are currently 82 Amur leopards in 42 accredited zoos in North America, the release states. The nocturnal species are known for their keen senses of hearing, vision and smell and they live in temperate forests with cold winters and hot summers.

The cubs have not yet been named.

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