US universities see decline in students from China

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After a decade of booming enrollment by students from China, American universities are starting to see steep declines as political tensions between the two countries cut into a major source of tuition revenue

US universities see decline in students from China

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After a decade of booming enrollment by students from China, American universities are starting to see steep declines as political tensions between the two countries cut into a major source of tuition revenue

Multiple storms active in the Atlantic, Pacific as peak hurricane season continues

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — As we continue through the peak month of Hurricane Season, both the Atlantic and Eastern Pacific Oceans are active with tropical cyclones.

Currently there are three tropical cyclones in the Atlantic Ocean, including a newly formed tropical depression all the way near Africa and none of the cyclones that are near land mass are forecast to become hurricanes at the moment.

Tropical Storm Karen is struggling Monday morning due to the moderate wind shear. It is currently a minimal Tropical Storm with winds at only 40 mph.

Tropical Storm Karen is also not forecast to strengthen before it moves near or over Puerto Rico sometime Tuesday afternoon.

There is a Tropical Storm Warning for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands meaning the biggest threat with Karen will not be strong winds but rather heavy rain and a threat for flash flooding with some areas of the island possibly seeing up to 6 inches of rain.

After Puerto Rico, however, most models slow down the storm with some models moving it east towards the Bahamas and other models moving it east away from the U.S. and the Bahamas. The path is yet to be determined.

Tropical Storm Jerry on Monday morning has winds of 65 mph and is not forecast to strengthen much. It should move just north of Bermuda where a Tropical Storm Watch has been issued.

The biggest threat for Bermuda will be some gusty winds of up to 50 to 60 mph and up to 3 inches of rain.

Elsewhere, some of the tropical moisture from former Tropical Storm Lorena in the Pacific Ocean and storm systems in the Southwest U.S. will combine Monday to bring severe storms to Arizona including damaging winds, some hail and even a slight chance for tornadoes.

There is also a possibility for flash flooding in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

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Multiple storms active in the Atlantic, Pacific as peak hurricane season continues

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — As we continue through the peak month of Hurricane Season, both the Atlantic and Eastern Pacific Oceans are active with tropical cyclones.

Currently there are three tropical cyclones in the Atlantic Ocean, including a newly formed tropical depression all the way near Africa and none of the cyclones that are near land mass are forecast to become hurricanes at the moment.

Tropical Storm Karen is struggling Monday morning due to the moderate wind shear. It is currently a minimal Tropical Storm with winds at only 40 mph.

Tropical Storm Karen is also not forecast to strengthen before it moves near or over Puerto Rico sometime Tuesday afternoon.

There is a Tropical Storm Warning for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands meaning the biggest threat with Karen will not be strong winds but rather heavy rain and a threat for flash flooding with some areas of the island possibly seeing up to 6 inches of rain.

After Puerto Rico, however, most models slow down the storm with some models moving it east towards the Bahamas and other models moving it east away from the U.S. and the Bahamas. The path is yet to be determined.

Tropical Storm Jerry on Monday morning has winds of 65 mph and is not forecast to strengthen much. It should move just north of Bermuda where a Tropical Storm Watch has been issued.

The biggest threat for Bermuda will be some gusty winds of up to 50 to 60 mph and up to 3 inches of rain.

Elsewhere, some of the tropical moisture from former Tropical Storm Lorena in the Pacific Ocean and storm systems in the Southwest U.S. will combine Monday to bring severe storms to Arizona including damaging winds, some hail and even a slight chance for tornadoes.

There is also a possibility for flash flooding in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

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Police: Suspect in officer shooting, bike attack charged

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Authorities say a man suspected of shooting and wounding a Chicago police officer and of being the bicyclist who shot a woman in broad daylight near downtown days earlier is facing attempted murder charges

Police: Suspect in officer shooting, bike attack charged

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Authorities say a man suspected of shooting and wounding a Chicago police officer and of being the bicyclist who shot a woman in broad daylight near downtown days earlier is facing attempted murder charges

5 shot, wounded at Kansas City area swingers club

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Authorities say five people were shot and wounded at a swingers club near Kansas City

5 shot, wounded at Kansas City area swingers club

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Authorities say five people were shot and wounded at a swingers club near Kansas City

Authorities identify 3 who died in suspected mass overdose

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Authorities have released the names of three men who died in an apparent mass drug overdose at a Pittsburgh apartment building that left four other men hospitalized

Authorities identify 3 who died in suspected mass overdose

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Authorities have released the names of three men who died in an apparent mass drug overdose at a Pittsburgh apartment building that left four other men hospitalized

Teens fatally punch man at Maryland fair in random attack, police say

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ChiccoDodiFC/iStock(FREDERICK, Md.) — Police arrested two teenagers who are accused of fatally punching a man in what investigators are calling a random and unprovoked attack.

The teens, ages 15 and 16, were charged for allegedly attacking a 59-year-old man at the Great Frederick Fair in Frederick, Maryland, over the weekend, police said.

The victim, who police believe was attacked at random, was found lying unconscious on the ground at around 5:30 p.m Friday and was airlifted to a local trauma center, where he died the following day.

Witnesses on the scene said the man appeared to be minding his own business when he was approached by the teens.

“Criminal Investigators responded to the scene and interviewed numerous witnesses who indicated that the person assaulted was the victim of an unprovoked attack,” the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. “As a result of the investigation, two juvenile suspects were able to be identified and were later located and arrested by the sheriff’s office.”

The massive police presence at the fairgrounds led to rumors about what may have occurred. The event’s organizers aimed to clear things up in a statement on its Facebook page.

“The Great Frederick Fair’s number one priority is the safety and security of our guests,” the statement said. “To dispel rumors of the events of last night, while there was an assault, there was NO shooting and NO stabbing. The team of security and law enforcement was able to respond rapidly to control and contain the incident.”

The 15-year-old suspect has been charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment. The 16-year-old was charged with second-degree assault. However, the sheriff’s office said it was consulting with state prosecutors to determine additional charges in light of the victim’s subsequent death.

Investigators said they interviewed both suspects, but the office did not release any details about a possible motive.

Law enforcement sources told Washington ABC affiliate WJLA-TV that the suspects may have been playing the so-called “knockout game” — in which the attacker aims to knock out the victim with a single sucker punch — but a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office would not confirm those suspicions.

The violent game has been linked to assault reports in at least six states, and several people have been killed in suspected knockout attacks.

The teens were being held in juvenile custody pending an initial court hearing. It’s unclear if they have retained attorneys.

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Teens fatally punch man at Maryland fair in random attack, police say

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ChiccoDodiFC/iStock(FREDERICK, Md.) — Police arrested two teenagers who are accused of fatally punching a man in what investigators are calling a random and unprovoked attack.

The teens, ages 15 and 16, were charged for allegedly attacking a 59-year-old man at the Great Frederick Fair in Frederick, Maryland, over the weekend, police said.

The victim, who police believe was attacked at random, was found lying unconscious on the ground at around 5:30 p.m Friday and was airlifted to a local trauma center, where he died the following day.

Witnesses on the scene said the man appeared to be minding his own business when he was approached by the teens.

“Criminal Investigators responded to the scene and interviewed numerous witnesses who indicated that the person assaulted was the victim of an unprovoked attack,” the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. “As a result of the investigation, two juvenile suspects were able to be identified and were later located and arrested by the sheriff’s office.”

The massive police presence at the fairgrounds led to rumors about what may have occurred. The event’s organizers aimed to clear things up in a statement on its Facebook page.

“The Great Frederick Fair’s number one priority is the safety and security of our guests,” the statement said. “To dispel rumors of the events of last night, while there was an assault, there was NO shooting and NO stabbing. The team of security and law enforcement was able to respond rapidly to control and contain the incident.”

The 15-year-old suspect has been charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment. The 16-year-old was charged with second-degree assault. However, the sheriff’s office said it was consulting with state prosecutors to determine additional charges in light of the victim’s subsequent death.

Investigators said they interviewed both suspects, but the office did not release any details about a possible motive.

Law enforcement sources told Washington ABC affiliate WJLA-TV that the suspects may have been playing the so-called “knockout game” — in which the attacker aims to knock out the victim with a single sucker punch — but a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office would not confirm those suspicions.

The violent game has been linked to assault reports in at least six states, and several people have been killed in suspected knockout attacks.

The teens were being held in juvenile custody pending an initial court hearing. It’s unclear if they have retained attorneys.

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Florida man charged with making racist threats asks for bond

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Daniel McMahon was scheduled to appear at a detention hearing Monday.

Today in History

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Today in History

Trial begins for ex-Dallas cop who shot neighbor in his home

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Opening statements are set to begin in the murder trial of a white former police officer accused of shooting her black neighbor in his apartment

Former police officer to go on trial for killing neighbor in apartment mix-up

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Marilyn Nieves/iStock(DALLAS) — In a homicide case that sparked days of protests in Dallas and calls for justice from the victim’s family in the Caribbean, a former police officer is expected to go on trial Monday, accused of fatally shooting a 26-year-old unarmed black man after mistaking his apartment for her own and wrongly suspecting he was a burglar.

Amber Guyger, who is white and a former Dallas police officer, is charged with murder stemming from the Sept. 6, 2018, fatal shooting of Botham “Bo” Jean at the South Side Flats apartment complex in Dallas.

“Anytime you bring a case against a police officer it’s difficult anywhere in the country because there’s so much automatic credibility given to law enforcement officers,” Lee Merritt, an attorney representing Jean’s loved ones, told ABC News on Sunday.

Merritt said he is hoping the judge presiding over the case rejects Guyger’s attempt to use Texas’s Castle Doctrine as a defense. Similar to Florida’s “stand your ground” law, the Castle Doctrine allows people to use lethal force to defend themselves from harm that presents itself in the comfort of their own home.

“Of course that’s tricky because we know Amber Guyger was not in her own home,” Merritt said.

He said if the judge refuses to instruct the jury on the Castle Doctrine, Guyger is likely to be convicted.

Opening arguments in the case are expected to begin Monday after a jury was picked earlier this month to hear the case.

Jean’s family, including his parents, brother and sister, are expected to hold a prayer vigil on the steps of the Dallas courthouse Monday morning before the trial begins, Merritt said.

“We’re hoping to see a diverse jury that’s able to critically analyze testimony from law enforcement officers,” Merritt said.

Guyger, 31, was fired from the Dallas Police Department 18 days after she fatally shot Jean. She had been a member of the department for four years.

She told investigators she arrived home about 10 p.m. after working a 15-hour shift and parked her car on the fourth floor of the building instead of the third floor, which corresponded to her apartment, according to an arrest warrant affidavit by investigators from the Texas Rangers, a division of the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Guyger’s apartment was directly beneath Jean’s fourth-floor unit.

“Guyger entered the building and walked down the fourth-floor hallway to what she thought was her apartment,” according to the arrest warrant. “She inserted a unique door key, with an electronic chip, into the door keyhole. The door, which was slightly ajar prior to Guyger’s arrival, fully opened under the force of the key insertion.”

When the door opened, she saw a “large silhouette” in the nearly completely dark apartment and believed it was a burglar, according to the warrant.

Guyger told investigators she drew her firearm, gave verbal commands that were ignored and fired twice, hitting Jean, who lived alone, in the torso, according to the document.

She was still in her uniform at the time of the shooting.

“Due to the interior darkness of the apartment, Guyger turned on the interior lights while on the phone with 911. Upon being asked where she was located by emergency dispatchers, Guyger returned to the front door to observe the address and discovered she was at the wrong apartment,” according to the arrest warrant.

During his funeral, Jean, who was an accountant for PricewaterhouseCoopers, was recalled by mourners as a man of many talents: a strong Christian, a beloved friend, dependable work colleague and a gifted singer. Jean’s uncle said he had aspirations of becoming a politician in his native country of Saint Lucia.

“The sound of gunshots did not have the resonance to be heard on our small island, but their impact was of nuclear proportions,” Jean’s uncle, Ignatius Jean, told mourners at the funeral. “A nuke had been unleashed on our family by someone charged to protect and serve.”

Guyger was initially arrested and charged with manslaughter. But a Dallas County grand jury later indicted her on one count of murder.

Guyger’s defense team had requested a change of venue for the trial, arguing Guyger couldn’t get a fair trial in Dallas County because of the publicity surrounding the case.

A judge rejected the request.

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France says top issue is de-escalation _ not US-Iran talks

Posted on: September 22nd, 2019 by ABC News No Comments

France’s top diplomat says the most pressing issue following attacks on key Saudi Arabian oil installations is not a meeting between the leaders of the United States and Iran but whether it’s possible to de-escalate the current "dangerous" situation

France says top issue is de-escalation _ not US-Iran talks

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France’s top diplomat says the most pressing issue following attacks on key Saudi Arabian oil installations is not a meeting between the leaders of the United States and Iran but whether it’s possible to de-escalate the current "dangerous" situation

Pence takes first motorcade on Michigan’s Mackinac Island

Posted on: September 22nd, 2019 by ABC News No Comments

Vice President Mike Pence scored a first when he took a motorcade to a speech on Michigan’s picturesque Mackinac Island, drawing some criticism on social media

Pence takes first motorcade on Michigan’s Mackinac Island

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Vice President Mike Pence scored a first when he took a motorcade to a speech on Michigan’s picturesque Mackinac Island, drawing some criticism on social media

The Latest: Tropical Storm Karen set to approach Puerto Rico

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Tropical Storm Karen expected to move near Puerto Rico and the U.S. and British Virgin Islands early in the week, raising threat of heavy rains and flash flooding

The Latest: Tropical Storm Karen set to approach Puerto Rico

Posted on: September 22nd, 2019 by ABC News No Comments

Tropical Storm Karen expected to move near Puerto Rico and the U.S. and British Virgin Islands early in the week, raising threat of heavy rains and flash flooding

Fort Jackson Army recruit dies preparing for outdoor physical training drill

Posted on: September 22nd, 2019 by ABC News No Comments

JRLPhotographer/iStock(COLUMBIA, S.C.) —  An 18-year-old Army recruit at Fort Jackson died on Friday night following a “medical emergency” before an outdoor physical training exercise, according to a Fort Jackson official.

The unidentified recruit was from central North Carolina and part of the 3rd Battalion, 60th Infantry regiment, nicknamed the “River Raiders.”

U.S. Army Training Center and Fort Jackson Commanding General, Brig. Gen. Milford H. Beagle, Jr., posted a statement to Twitter saying the recruit, “experienced a medical emergency” while preparing to do physical training and that “separate investigations will be taking place to determine the facts behind the incident.”

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— Fort Jackson Commanding General (@fortjacksoncg) September 21, 2019

“The tragic loss of a Soldier, our nation’s most precious resource, is devastating to the families, friends and teammates,” according to the statement.

Medical responders transported the 18-year-old from Fort Jackson to Providence Hospital in Columbia, South Carolina, where the recruit was pronounced dead shortly after 8:30 p.m. on Friday night. According to a statement on the Fort Jackson Facebook page, Providence Hospital staff reported that the death was not heat related.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our own. Our hearts and prayers are with the family members and team mates of the deceased soldier,” said Beagle. “We are providing every comfort and assistance we can to all involved.”

All 3rd Battalion, 60th Infantry soldiers-in-training were given the opportunity to call home in the 36 hours following the recruit’s death.

The recruit’s name would not be released until next-of-kin notification is complete. The cause of death is under investigation.

Fort Jackson trains half of the Army’s basic combat recruits with 10,000 soldiers training daily, according to the base’s website.

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Reports: Some WeWork directors seek to remove CEO

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Some members of the WeWork board plan to push WeWork CEO Adam Neumann to give up his position, according to media reports

Reports: Some WeWork directors seek to remove CEO

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Some members of the WeWork board plan to push WeWork CEO Adam Neumann to give up his position, according to media reports

3 dead, 4 hospitalized in suspected drug overdose

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Pittsburgh police say three people are dead and four others are hospitalized in what they believe to be a mass drug overdose

3 dead, 4 hospitalized in suspected drug overdose

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Pittsburgh police say three people are dead and four others are hospitalized in what they believe to be a mass drug overdose

The Latest: Tropical Storm Karen enters southeast Caribbean

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Tropical Storm Karen continues to spread blustery winds and flooding rains around southern Windward Islands; tropical storm Jerry moves closer to Bermuda

The Latest: Tropical Storm Karen enters southeast Caribbean

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Tropical Storm Karen continues to spread blustery winds and flooding rains around southern Windward Islands; tropical storm Jerry moves closer to Bermuda

Viral ‘beer money’ request reportedly generates $1 million in donations for children’s hospital

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Carson King(NEW YORK) —  A college football fan who made a social media plea for “beer money” and turned the humorous request into a fundraising effort for a children’s hospital has now reportedly reached $1 million in donations.

“We just reached a million in total contributions,” Carson King, the man who launched the fundraising effort, tweeted on Sunday, along with “Let’s goooo!” and “We’re not done yet!”

King said the money is being raised through his Venmo account.

It all started as a joke when King, 24, waved a sign that read “Busch Light Supply Needs Replenished,” under which he’d scrawled his Venmo handle in black Sharpie, on Sept. 14 during ESPN’s “College GameDay.”

“I thought it would just be a joke,” King told “Good Morning America,” on Friday. “I didn’t think anyone would actually see it.”

 When his Venmo account hit $600, he spoke to his family for advice and decided to change course. He took to social media to announce that after covering the cost of a case of Busch Lite, he would be donating the rest of the proceeds to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.

After the “GMA” broadcast, money transfers and donations flooded his Venmo account. Within hours, he’d received more than 2,000 notifications, King told “GMA.”

Busch Beer and Venmo announced on Twitter that they would match King’s donation. As of Friday, King had raised $157,000.

King told “GMA” he intends to keep his Venmo account open for donations as they continue to appear until the end of the month. After that, he will cut a check from the money in his account and present it to the hospital in person, where he will go on a tour of the hospital facilities and get to meet some of the kids who will benefit from the massive donation.

“We can’t think – our minds are blown by this,” tweeted an account which states is the official Twitter account of University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. “Thank you to everyone who helped reach this milestone! We’re so grateful!”

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