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David Ryder/Getty ImagesBy EMILY SHAPRIO and MATT GUTMAN, ABC News (SEATTLE) — Near downtown Seattle, a several-block section of the city is sealed off. Inside, people can walk freely among murals, access free food and gather to organize to protest. Critics have called it a block party, but participants are calling it an “ad-hoc conglomeration […]

Bastiaan Slabbers/iStockBy ABBY CRUZ, ABC News (NEW YORK) — For 13 years, Philadelphia’s only accessible and intact stop on the Underground Railroad has celebrated Juneteenth with one of the largest street festivals in the city. If you thought the novel coronavirus pandemic would stop the historic Johnson House from celebrating the tradition this year, you […]

hapabapa/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News (NEW YORK) — The Air Force inspector general is investigating the use of military aircraft to monitor protests across the United States this month in the wake of George Floyd’s death. “Following discussions with the secretary of defense about shared concerns, the secretary of the Air Force is conducting an […]

Mario Tama/Getty ImagesBy IVAN PEREIRA, ABC NEWS (LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — A police officer involved in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor will be fired, the Louisville, Kentucky, mayor announced Friday. Louisville Metro Police Officer Brett Hankison was one of three officers involved in the shooting that took place on March 13 when they conducted a […]

U.S. Air ForceBy LUIS MARTINEZ, ABC NEWS(WASHINGTON) — The Air Force is making history by selecting Master Sgt. JoAnne S. Bass as the 19th chief master sergeant of the Air Force, making her the first woman in history to serve as the highest-ranking non-commissioned member of a U.S. military service. Bass was selected by Gen. […]

kali9/iStockBy LUKE BARR, ABC NEWS (WASHINGTON) — Air Force Staff Sgt. Steven Carrillo and Richard Justus allegedly pulled up in a white van alongside a guard shack at the federal courthouse in Oakland, California, late last month and shot and killed a Federal Protective Service Contract Officer Patrick Underwood, critically injuring his partner. They allegedly […]

narvikk/iStockBy ARIELLE MITROPOULOS, SOO RIN KIM, and ELLA TORRES, ABC NEWS (NEW YORK) — An ABC News analysis found that hospitalizations for COVID-19 are increasing in 17 states across the country, with experts warning that the U.S. is by no means out of the first wave. The states that saw the increases were Alaska, Alabama, […]

Ron and Patty Thomas/iStockBy IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News (NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — The Tennessee state legislature passed a restrictive ban on abortions in the state during the early morning hours Friday in a closed-door session. And opponents of the legislation, which bans abortions done as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, have already said they […]

cineman69/iStockBy ELLA TORRES, ABC News (TULSA, Okla.) — Tulsa, Oklahoma officials have announced precautions ahead of President Donald Trump’s rally on Saturday, his first since the pandemic began and one that has been criticized by some for a multitude of reasons. A curfew began in a section of Tulsa on Thursday at 10 p.m. local […]

ABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News (NEW YORK) — Thousands of people are being forced to evacuate as more than three dozen wildfires are burning in the western part of the United States, from New Mexico to Alaska. The hardest-hit areas are in Arizona, where the Bighorn Fire near Tucson grew to 31,208 acres and […]