Terror suspect rode subway from Brooklyn to Manhattan with bomb strapped to body

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One person is in custody, police said.

Terror suspect rode subway from Brooklyn to Manhattan with bomb strapped to body

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One person is in custody, police said.

Huge California wildfire in Ventura, Santa Barbara counties has burned 230,000 acres

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The Thomas fire has also destroyed 794 structures and damaged about 190 others.

Judge warns Manafort: Gag order ‘applies to you’

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The former Trump campaign chair had apparently contributed to a Ukrainian op-ed.

Heroic officers pinned NYC terror suspect to the ground and removed bomb: Official

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“Those four guys are heroes,” PAPBA President Paul Nunziato told ABC News.

Heroic officers pinned NYC terror suspect to the ground and removed bomb: Official

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“Those four guys are heroes,” PAPBA President Paul Nunziato told ABC News.

NYC terror suspect’s family ‘heartbroken’ by attack

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The 27-year-old suspect, Akayed Ullah, is in the hospital.

Explosive detonates below NYC transit hub in ‘attempted terrorist attack’

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Police and emergency personnel responded this morning to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York to investigate reports of an “explosion.”

Pipe bomb strapped to man explodes in NYC subway, injuring 4

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Police say a man with a pipe bomb strapped to him set off the crude device in the subway near Times Square, injuring the suspect and three other people at the height of the morning rush hour

Massive California wildfire now the fifth-largest in state’s history

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The Thomas fire has destroyed 790 structures and damaged about 190 others.

Convicted serial killer Todd Kohlhepp reportedly claims more victims

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Todd Kohlhepp said in a letter he killed more than 7 people.

Firefighters taming Southern California wildfires as Gov. Brown warns of state’s ‘new reality’

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iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — Firefighters across Southern California made dramatic headway on Saturday to gain the upper hand in the week’s battle against six major wildfires powered by brutal Santa Ana winds that have dragged the state’s fire season well into Christmas.

On Saturday, Gov. Jerry Brown surveyed the remains of Ventura’s Thomas fire which has charred 148,000 acres and 231 square miles is now 15 percent contained, fire officials said.

The governor advised that these fires and prolonged fire season stretching well into December is becoming the norm.

“[We’re] facing a new reality in the state,” he said. “It’s a horror and a horror we need to recover from.”

He also noted that the years of drought and climate change the result, he said experts say is that “California is burning up.”

From here on in California, Brown noted, fires are going to be more “intense” and penetrate lives and property.

“Individuals need to come together to make our communities livable,” he added.

The breakdown of the blazes and shift in winds have afforded firefighters in the region with much-needed respite.

The newest blazes, the Lilac fire in San Diego County and the Liberty fire in Riverside County which is 20 percent contained as of Saturday afternoon, are also being fueled by continued Santa Ana winds and low humidity, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

With the good news on the horizon, ABC News meteorologist Daniel Manzo stressed that the forecast for those fire-ravaged areas remains serious. Extreme fire danger will remain in the region through the weekend. Red Flag Warnings have remained in effect for much of Southern California with peak wind gusts of 30 to 50 mph. Low relative humidity –- as low as 5 percent — is likely through this period, as well, Manzo said.

Winds could exceed 50 mph in the mountains east of San Diego. This area will be of particular concern for fire growth on Saturday night and Sunday.

Red flag warnings have been extended across much of Southern California through Saturday, and high wind warnings are in effect for mountain and valley areas in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

Winds gusted to over 60 mph in Ventura and Los Angeles counties on Thursday, causing embers to spread even more. Gusts were in the 30 to 50 mph range in San Diego County. Much of Southern California is also experiencing humidity levels in the teens or even single digits. Relative humidity in San Diego on Thursday afternoon was just 5 percent.

As nearly 8,500 firefighters battled the first four large wildfires, two new ones erupted Thursday and spread rapidly, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Overall, the six blazes have burned more than 175,000 acres and forced over 212,000 residents from their homes.

A 70-year-old woman was identified Friday as the first victim of the fires.

The Thomas fire in Ventura County, the first to ignite, has burned well over 100,000 acres and is expected to intensify because of the increasing winds. The Skirball fire is small, but its threat to heavily populated areas of Los Angeles has drawn widespread attention.

All Los Angeles Unified School District schools in the San Fernando Valley and 17 schools on Los Angeles’ west side were shuttered through Friday. At least 265 schools have been closed. UCLA canceled classes Thursday because of the Skirball fire.

Thomas fire

The Thomas fire in Ventura County, the largest of the six blazes, started Monday night as a 50-acre brush fire in foothills east of Santa Paula and grew to 10,000 acres in just four hours, authorities said.

The fire had burned 148,000 acres of land by Saturday morning and was just 15 percent contained, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

More than 88,000 residents were evacuated, and 15,000 structures are threatened by the flames, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The Thomas fire spread to Santa Barbara County late Thursday, prompting California Gov. Jerry Brown to issue a state of emergency for the county, the third to be designated.

There were 3,993 firefighting personnel on the scene of the massive blaze.

Authorities said 537 structures were destroyed in the blaze and 118 more were damaged.

Officials were concerned about part of the Thomas fire heading northeast and threatening a nursing home in Ojai. The 25 residents and staffers there were evacuated as a precaution, authorities said.

Creek fire

The Creek fire, in the Kagel Canyon area above Los Angeles’ Sylmar neighborhood, has scorched 15,619 acres of land, destroyed at least 105 buildings and damaged another 70. Over 150,000 residents were evacuated and some 2,500 structures are threatened, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The blaze was 80 percent contained as of Saturday morning, and 1,964 personnel are fighting the flames.

The Creek fire was responsible for the death of almost 40 horses at Rancho Padilla, according to ABC station KABC-TV in Los Angeles. The horses were trapped in a barn that burned to the ground as the owners were evacuated with no warning.

All evacuation orders and warnings were lifted by Saturday morning.

Rye fire

The Rye fire has scorched 6,049 acres in Santa Clarita, west of Valencia. The blaze was 65 percent contained as of Saturday morning, though 5,460 structures are still threatened by the flames, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

About 2,000 residents were evacuated, though mandatory evacuation orders in the area have been lifted.

There were 813 personnel on scene battling the Rye fire Saturday morning.

Skirball fire

The Skirball fire has burned just 475 acres of land so far, but its proximity to Los Angeles and responsibility for briefly shutting down the infamously crowded 405 Freeway has drawn national attention.

The fire is threatening the Getty Center, a museum in western Los Angeles. Officials were focused on keeping the flames from jumping the freeway and heading east. The blaze was 50 percent contained as of Saturday morning, and firefighters have managed to keep it from breaching containment lines.

Six structures were lost in the fire, with an additional 12 damaged. Two firefighters suffered minor injuries while battling the flames, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Los Angeles County declared a state of emergency Wednesday afternoon because of the Skirball fire in the city’s Bel-Air neighborhood.

Lilac fire

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Friday that flames from the Lilac fire were growing at a “dangerous rate” in San Diego County, where 4,100 acres of land have been burned thus far. At least 105 structures were destroyed and 15 were damaged by the blaze, while an additional 1,500 are threatened.

The fire was 20 percent contained as of Saturday morning.

AlertSanDiego, the region’s cellphone emergency alert system, had sent out 23,000 evacuation messages as of Friday morning, including for new evacuations in Oceanside.

Officials said the Lilac fire began late Thursday morning near Fallbrook and had grown to 50 acres in just an hour. Peak gusts had reached 66 mph Thursday afternoon in Pala, California, near the blaze, contributing to the rapid spread of flames.

Four civilians had suffered injuries and were taken to local hospitals, though authorities could not confirm the severity of the injuries.

Gov. Brown declared a state of emergency in San Diego County due to the Lilac fire, his office announced Thursday afternoon.

Liberty fire

The Liberty fire, located in Riverside County near Murrieta, north of Temecula, has scorched 300 acres of land. It was 90 percent contained as of Friday night, according to the Murrieta Fire and Rescue.

Seven structures were destroyed in the flames, but authorities have lifted all evacuation orders for the area.

One woman, Lauren Fuga, said she watched in shock as the Liberty fire burned down part of her home in Murrieta.

“I just, I’m at a loss for words,” Fuga told KABC-TV through tears. “It’s so horrible. You never think that it’s going to happen to you, and it can.”

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Firefighters taming Southern California wildfires as Gov. Brown warns of state’s ‘new reality’

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iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — Firefighters across Southern California made dramatic headway on Saturday to gain the upper hand in the week’s battle against six major wildfires powered by brutal Santa Ana winds that have dragged the state’s fire season well into Christmas.

On Saturday, Gov. Jerry Brown surveyed the remains of Ventura’s Thomas fire which has charred 148,000 acres and 231 square miles is now 15 percent contained, fire officials said.

The governor advised that these fires and prolonged fire season stretching well into December is becoming the norm.

“[We’re] facing a new reality in the state,” he said. “It’s a horror and a horror we need to recover from.”

He also noted that the years of drought and climate change the result, he said experts say is that “California is burning up.”

From here on in California, Brown noted, fires are going to be more “intense” and penetrate lives and property.

“Individuals need to come together to make our communities livable,” he added.

The breakdown of the blazes and shift in winds have afforded firefighters in the region with much-needed respite.

The newest blazes, the Lilac fire in San Diego County and the Liberty fire in Riverside County which is 20 percent contained as of Saturday afternoon, are also being fueled by continued Santa Ana winds and low humidity, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

With the good news on the horizon, ABC News meteorologist Daniel Manzo stressed that the forecast for those fire-ravaged areas remains serious. Extreme fire danger will remain in the region through the weekend. Red Flag Warnings have remained in effect for much of Southern California with peak wind gusts of 30 to 50 mph. Low relative humidity –- as low as 5 percent — is likely through this period, as well, Manzo said.

Winds could exceed 50 mph in the mountains east of San Diego. This area will be of particular concern for fire growth on Saturday night and Sunday.

Red flag warnings have been extended across much of Southern California through Saturday, and high wind warnings are in effect for mountain and valley areas in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

Winds gusted to over 60 mph in Ventura and Los Angeles counties on Thursday, causing embers to spread even more. Gusts were in the 30 to 50 mph range in San Diego County. Much of Southern California is also experiencing humidity levels in the teens or even single digits. Relative humidity in San Diego on Thursday afternoon was just 5 percent.

As nearly 8,500 firefighters battled the first four large wildfires, two new ones erupted Thursday and spread rapidly, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Overall, the six blazes have burned more than 175,000 acres and forced over 212,000 residents from their homes.

A 70-year-old woman was identified Friday as the first victim of the fires.

The Thomas fire in Ventura County, the first to ignite, has burned well over 100,000 acres and is expected to intensify because of the increasing winds. The Skirball fire is small, but its threat to heavily populated areas of Los Angeles has drawn widespread attention.

All Los Angeles Unified School District schools in the San Fernando Valley and 17 schools on Los Angeles’ west side were shuttered through Friday. At least 265 schools have been closed. UCLA canceled classes Thursday because of the Skirball fire.

Thomas fire

The Thomas fire in Ventura County, the largest of the six blazes, started Monday night as a 50-acre brush fire in foothills east of Santa Paula and grew to 10,000 acres in just four hours, authorities said.

The fire had burned 148,000 acres of land by Saturday morning and was just 15 percent contained, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

More than 88,000 residents were evacuated, and 15,000 structures are threatened by the flames, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The Thomas fire spread to Santa Barbara County late Thursday, prompting California Gov. Jerry Brown to issue a state of emergency for the county, the third to be designated.

There were 3,993 firefighting personnel on the scene of the massive blaze.

Authorities said 537 structures were destroyed in the blaze and 118 more were damaged.

Officials were concerned about part of the Thomas fire heading northeast and threatening a nursing home in Ojai. The 25 residents and staffers there were evacuated as a precaution, authorities said.

Creek fire

The Creek fire, in the Kagel Canyon area above Los Angeles’ Sylmar neighborhood, has scorched 15,619 acres of land, destroyed at least 105 buildings and damaged another 70. Over 150,000 residents were evacuated and some 2,500 structures are threatened, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The blaze was 80 percent contained as of Saturday morning, and 1,964 personnel are fighting the flames.

The Creek fire was responsible for the death of almost 40 horses at Rancho Padilla, according to ABC station KABC-TV in Los Angeles. The horses were trapped in a barn that burned to the ground as the owners were evacuated with no warning.

All evacuation orders and warnings were lifted by Saturday morning.

Rye fire

The Rye fire has scorched 6,049 acres in Santa Clarita, west of Valencia. The blaze was 65 percent contained as of Saturday morning, though 5,460 structures are still threatened by the flames, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

About 2,000 residents were evacuated, though mandatory evacuation orders in the area have been lifted.

There were 813 personnel on scene battling the Rye fire Saturday morning.

Skirball fire

The Skirball fire has burned just 475 acres of land so far, but its proximity to Los Angeles and responsibility for briefly shutting down the infamously crowded 405 Freeway has drawn national attention.

The fire is threatening the Getty Center, a museum in western Los Angeles. Officials were focused on keeping the flames from jumping the freeway and heading east. The blaze was 50 percent contained as of Saturday morning, and firefighters have managed to keep it from breaching containment lines.

Six structures were lost in the fire, with an additional 12 damaged. Two firefighters suffered minor injuries while battling the flames, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Los Angeles County declared a state of emergency Wednesday afternoon because of the Skirball fire in the city’s Bel-Air neighborhood.

Lilac fire

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Friday that flames from the Lilac fire were growing at a “dangerous rate” in San Diego County, where 4,100 acres of land have been burned thus far. At least 105 structures were destroyed and 15 were damaged by the blaze, while an additional 1,500 are threatened.

The fire was 20 percent contained as of Saturday morning.

AlertSanDiego, the region’s cellphone emergency alert system, had sent out 23,000 evacuation messages as of Friday morning, including for new evacuations in Oceanside.

Officials said the Lilac fire began late Thursday morning near Fallbrook and had grown to 50 acres in just an hour. Peak gusts had reached 66 mph Thursday afternoon in Pala, California, near the blaze, contributing to the rapid spread of flames.

Four civilians had suffered injuries and were taken to local hospitals, though authorities could not confirm the severity of the injuries.

Gov. Brown declared a state of emergency in San Diego County due to the Lilac fire, his office announced Thursday afternoon.

Liberty fire

The Liberty fire, located in Riverside County near Murrieta, north of Temecula, has scorched 300 acres of land. It was 90 percent contained as of Friday night, according to the Murrieta Fire and Rescue.

Seven structures were destroyed in the flames, but authorities have lifted all evacuation orders for the area.

One woman, Lauren Fuga, said she watched in shock as the Liberty fire burned down part of her home in Murrieta.

“I just, I’m at a loss for words,” Fuga told KABC-TV through tears. “It’s so horrible. You never think that it’s going to happen to you, and it can.”

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In Chicago, there was a 100 percent chance of Chance the Weatherman

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ABC/Image Group LA(CHICAGO) — Hip-Hop heavyweight Chance the Rapper debuted Friday as Chance the Weatherman on small screens around the Windy City.

The 24-year-old Chicago native served as the Friday Forecaster for WGN9’s good cause, 15th annual Morning News Toy Drive, and delivered the weather with style, while causing the studio to heave in laughter with his improvisation.

Chance started rattling off temperatures slated to freeze various cities and towns; at one point, when numerous 19-degrees Fahrenheit readings were mentioned, he waxed, “a lot of 19s going on.”

Then the newbie meteorologist took notice of how “St. Louis” was featured on the map and made innocent hay about how Peru, Illinois was also included.

He bent down on one knee, and opined, “Oh, and due to the Peruvian pressure, apparently Peru is in here, too.”

The long-sleeved, black-gloved, baseball hat-wearing artist, whose real name is Chancelor Bennett, even managed to pull a disappearing trick for a few seconds when he waved around a jacket that he called his “invisibility cloak.”

And finally, as the animated snow came down, the frost-smitten rapper again made light of it and said, “Every snowflake is different; they actually have their own DNA, like people.”

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In Chicago, there was a 100 percent chance of Chance the Weatherman

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ABC/Image Group LA(CHICAGO) — Hip-Hop heavyweight Chance the Rapper debuted Friday as Chance the Weatherman on small screens around the Windy City.

The 24-year-old Chicago native served as the Friday Forecaster for WGN9’s good cause, 15th annual Morning News Toy Drive, and delivered the weather with style, while causing the studio to heave in laughter with his improvisation.

Chance started rattling off temperatures slated to freeze various cities and towns; at one point, when numerous 19-degrees Fahrenheit readings were mentioned, he waxed, “a lot of 19s going on.”

Then the newbie meteorologist took notice of how “St. Louis” was featured on the map and made innocent hay about how Peru, Illinois was also included.

He bent down on one knee, and opined, “Oh, and due to the Peruvian pressure, apparently Peru is in here, too.”

The long-sleeved, black-gloved, baseball hat-wearing artist, whose real name is Chancelor Bennett, even managed to pull a disappearing trick for a few seconds when he waved around a jacket that he called his “invisibility cloak.”

And finally, as the animated snow came down, the frost-smitten rapper again made light of it and said, “Every snowflake is different; they actually have their own DNA, like people.”

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Snow exits South, marches toward Northeast

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A winter storm has shrouded the Deep South in snow and threatened more overnight as it advances eastward

Snow exits South, marches toward Northeast

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A winter storm has shrouded the Deep South in snow and threatened more overnight as it advances eastward

Firefighters start to contain California wildfires as governor warns of ‘new reality’

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Firefighters across Southern California are battling six major wildfires with brutal Santa Ana winds expected to continue fanning the flames through Saturday.

Firefighters start to contain California wildfires as governor warns of ‘new reality’

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Firefighters across Southern California are battling six major wildfires with brutal Santa Ana winds expected to continue fanning the flames through Saturday.

Priest who used to be KKK member apologizes 40 years later

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He finally wrote an apology to black couple for burning a cross on their lawn.

Priest who used to be KKK member apologizes 40 years later

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He finally wrote an apology to black couple for burning a cross on their lawn.

California family loses two homes in two months to wildfires

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Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times (SAN FRANCISCO) — One California family has lost two homes within two months to devastating wildfires across the state.

Antonio and Pratima Wong, along with their 19-year-old son, were among thousands of people forced to evacuate their homes in Northern California two months ago when deadly wildfires erupted in Sonoma County. The family’s house in Santa Rosa’s Fountain Grove neighborhood burned to the ground, according to ABC station KGO-TV in San Francisco.

“It’s hard to see the front view where you just see the stairs going up to nothing,” Antonio Wong said in a recent interview with KGO-TV.

The Wongs moved to Santa Rosa from Southern California just six months ago. They decided to rent out their house in Ventura rather than sell it, thinking perhaps they’d return someday.

But on Tuesday, that house burned down in a massive wildfire that has rapidly engulfed 148,000 acres of land in Ventura County this week.

“It was surreal, more like numb you know. Did this really happen to us?” Pratima Wong told KGO-TV, through tears. “For the second time, it’s a lot harder.”

The so-called Thomas fire in Ventura County has destroyed at least 537 structures and damaged another 118, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. An additional 15,000 structures remain threatened by the flames, which continued to burn Saturday and are expected to intensify because of increasing winds.

The Wongs are now trying to determine whether they can afford to rebuild either house, after realizing they were under-insured in both places.

“That’s the first thing I thought of when the Ventura fire happened, ‘Oh my God, I haven’t increased my insurance down there,'” Antonio Wong told KGO-TV.

“The road to recovery is long,” Pratima Wong added. “It might be hard, but we’ll get there.”

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Record-setting snowfall in the South heading to the Northeast

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Snow is beginning to move into parts of the mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

Record-setting snowfall in the South heading to the Northeast

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Snow is beginning to move into parts of the mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

Met Opera conductor won’t face criminal charges

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Hiroyuki Ito/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Metropolitan Opera conductor James Levine, who said on Thursday that recent allegations of sexual misconduct dating back decades in Illinois are “unfounded,” will not face criminal charges, Illinois prosecutors said Friday.

The famed New York City arts institution announced last Sunday that it had suspended Levine as it investigates what it says are “multiple allegations of sexual misconduct” from the 1960s to the 1980s.

“While we await the results of the investigation, based on these new news reports, the Met has made the decision to act now,” said Peter Gelb, general manager at the Met. “This is a tragedy for anyone whose life has been affected.”

The Met Opera launched an investigation of the conductor based on a 2016 police report filed in Illinois by a man who alleges he was molested as a teenager by Levine 30 years ago.

The New York Post first reported details of the police report.

According to the police report, the alleged abuse occurred when Levine, now 74, was a conductor at the Ravinia Music Festival in Illinois. Levine is now director emeritus at the Met Opera.

The alleged victim, whose name was not published by The New York Post, filed a report with the Lake Forest Police Department in October 2016.

“I began seeing a 41-year-old man when I was 15, without really understanding I was really ‘seeing’ him,” the alleged victim, now 48, said in a written statement to police. “It nearly destroyed my family and almost led me to suicide. I felt alone and afraid. He was trying to seduce me. I couldn’t see this. Now I can.”

But the Lake County state’s attorney’s office said in a statement Friday, “At the conclusion of the investigation, considering the specific conduct disclosed by the complainant, the age of the complainant at the time, all of the evidence in the case, and the applicable law … it is our decision that no criminal charges can be brought,” it said.

The statement notes the statutory age of consent in Illinois at the time of the alleged abuse was 16, though the state has since raised it to 17 and to 18 in cases where the accused was in a position of trust or authority over the victim.

“We are bound to apply the law that was in effect at the time the allegations occurred rather than the law as it currently exists,” the statement said.

The statement said none of the accuser’s statements to investigators “included any allegations of force.”

The prosecutors’ decision came a day after The New York Times published interviews with other alleged victims.

Levine responded to the allegations on Thursday night in a statement to The New York Times.

“As understandably troubling as the accusations noted in recent press accounts are, they are unfounded,” he said in the statement. “As anyone who truly knows me will attest, I have not lived my life as an oppressor or an aggressor.”

The Met Opera’s general manager, Peter Gelb, said in a statement that the organization was aware of the accusations.

“This first came to the Met’s attention when the Illinois police investigation was opened in October of 2016,” Gelb said. “At the time, Jim said that the charges were completely false, and we didn’t hear anything further from the police. We need to determine if these charges are true and, if they are, take appropriate action. We will now be conducting our own investigation with outside resources.”

Levine rose to prominence as the Met Opera’s music director. The lauded maestro has been with the Met for 40 years and led “more than 2,500 performances of 85 different operas since his company debut in 1971 leading Puccini’s Tosca.”

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Chartered bus overturns on freeway, injuring dozens

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San Francisco Fire Department(SAN FRANCISCO) — A chartered bus overturned Friday night in San Francisco, injuring 29 passengers, four of them seriously, officials said.

The accident took place shortly after 8 p.m. on Highway 101 Southbound near Cesar Chavez Street in San Francisco, forcing the closure of three southbound lanes and a traffic back-up that stretched for miles.

The bus — which was chartered for an event taking the passengers from San Francisco to the Bay area’s Peninsula region — hit the center median wall and ricocheted, crashing on the right side of Southbound 101, according to California Highway Patrol, reported ABC San Franciso affiliate KGO-TV.

Ambulances raced to the scene to tend to the injured, after the San Francisco Fire Department called a red alert to get hospitals ready for patients.

Of the 29 injured, four were seriously injured, nine were moderately injured and 16 suffered minor injuries. All but four of the injured were transported to San Francisco General Hospital, according to the San Francisco Fire Department.

The bus driver was the last person to get on an ambulance; he wanted to ensure that all of his passengers were accounted for.

At the outset of the accident, San Francisco Fire Department spokesman Jonathan Baxter said, “Currently, the San Francisco fire department has responded with eight ground ambulances, a total of seven engines and our rescue squads. We have probably over 60 firefighters and paramedics on the scene to assess the damage.”

Mechanical experts arrived at the scene to try to figure out the cause of the accident, reported KGO-TV, adding that the driver was not impaired.

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70-year-old woman dies fleeing Southern California wildfires

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The fires have prompted thousands of evacuations across the region.

After FBI agent removed from Mueller’s team, FBI utility man steps in

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FBI veteran David W. Archey is now working for Mueller on the Russia probe.

Manhunt underway for suspect who shot and killed father of 16

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Missouri resident Steven Combs, 41, had another child on the way, police said.

Manhunt underway for suspect who shot and killed father of 16

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Missouri resident Steven Combs, 41, had another child on the way, police said.