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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW ORLEANS) -- A pickup truck plowed into a crowd of people watching a parade in New Orleans, injuring more than 20 people, officials said Saturday.

The crash occurred at the intersection of Orleans and Carrollton Avenue, where people were watching the Krewe of Endymion parade.

New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison said one person is in custody and he is being investigated for driving while intoxicated, according to ABC affiliate WGNO-TV. He said police do not not suspect terrorism.

"We suspect that that subject was highly intoxicated," Harrison said. "He is in custody. He is being investigated right now and is at our DWI office."

Leslie Capo, a spokesperson at LSU Health New Orleans, said that New Orleans EMS said they transported 21 patients to 10 hospitals, and seven people declined treatment.

Among the injured was a cop, the police chief said.

"One police officer was struck by a vehicle," Harrison said. "The mayor and I have gone to one hospital, we did manage to speak with her, she was in good spirits but is injured."

New Orleans mayor tweeted that the driver was drunk, and that "We are grateful that no one suffered any life threatening injuries." 

 

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims injured by a drunk driver on the parade route today. pic.twitter.com/EvKEpGZ7aL

— Mitch Landrieu (@MayorLandrieu) February 26, 2017

 

 

Thanks to our first responders for the care you provided to the victims and others watching the parade. pic.twitter.com/b926KBX7iv

— Mitch Landrieu (@MayorLandrieu) February 26, 2017

 

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iStock/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) -- An 8-year-old girl was fatally shot following a car crash in Houston, Texas, early Saturday morning, police said.

Patrol officers responded to reports of a collision at the intersection of the Beltway 8 feeder road and Fuqua Street at around 2 a.m. local time. When officers arrived on scene, they learned that two or three vehicles were traveling at high rates of speed southbound on Fuqua Street. One of the vehicles, a Pontiac, was struck at the intersection by a black Honda Accord traveling eastbound on the feeder road, according to the Houston Police Department.

Following the crash, an unknown person opened fire on the Honda, striking 8-year-old De'Maree Adkins, who was in the vehicle with her mother. The girl was taken to a nearby hospital where she died from her injuries. The mother was not injured, according to the Houston Police Department.

Police told ABC News the incident is being investigated as a homicide. Officers are now searching for a dark colored, four-door sedan that fled the scene. There were no suspects in custody and no known motive for the fatal shooting at this time, police said.

The victim's mother, Toyia Thomas, told ABC News the incident happened as she was driving home with her daughter. Thomas took an exit south off the Beltway 8 and the traffic light at the intersection ahead turned from green to yellow as she approached. Thomas then noticed a car coming from another direction at a high speed but she couldn't slow down in time and the vehicles collided, Thomas told ABC News.

Thomas said she immediately checked on her daughter to make sure she was unharmed from the crash. De'Maree was still asleep in the backseat, she said.

Thomas said she was about to get out of her car when she saw another vehicle drive up and a woman get out with a gun. The woman then opened fire on her car, Thomas told ABC News.

Thomas said she didn't realize her daughter had been shot until she took De'Maree out of the car and saw a blood stain on her jacket. Thomas lifted up the girl's clothing and saw a bullet wound, she said.

"Never thought I'd be burying my 8-year-old daughter," Thomas told ABC News Saturday in an emotional interview. "That was my baby."

Thomas said she does not know the other people involved in the car crash.

The mother is struggling to make sense of why her daughter was shot and believes this may be a case of road rage. She described De'Maree as a "happy," "witty," smart," "fun-loving" 8-year-old girl who was an honor student at school and was learning to play the violin.

"My daughter was full of life," Thomas told ABC News as she wiped away tears from her eyes. "I can't watch her grow up."

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iStock/Thinkstock(OLATHE, Kan.) — Authorities are investigating whether a triple shooting at a Kansas bar, which resulted in one death, was a hate crime.

On Wednesday evening, police responded to a 911 call of shots fired at Austin's Bar and Grill in Olathe, located about 20 miles southwest of Kansas City, said Olathe Police Chief Steven Menke.

The suspect, Adam W. Purinton, was arrested in the early morning hours on Thursday in Clinton, Missouri and is being held on $2 million bond, said Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe. Purinton had fled the scene of the shooting, according to Menke.

Authorities said the perpetrator of the attack shot Alok Madasani and Srinivas Kuchibhotla, both 32, and 24-year-old Ian Grillot.

All three victims were taken to a local hospital, where Kuchibhotla died, Menke said, adding that authorities have been in contact with all of the victim's families. The other two victims are in stable condition, Menke said.

Kuchibhotla worked as an engineer at Garmin.

"I am very disturbed by last night's shooting in Olathe," read a statement from Kansas Senator Jerry Moran. "I strongly condemn violence of any kind, especially if it is motivated by prejudice and xenophobia."

Grillot said in an interview from his hospital bed that after the shooting started, he took cover until he thought the shooter's magazine was empty.

"I got up and proceeded to chase him down, try to subdue him," Grillot said in a video posted online by the University of Kansas Health System. "I got behind him and he turned around and fired a round at me."

Grillot said he was hit in the hand and the chest, and that a bullet narrowly missed a major artery.

"I was told I was incredibly lucky for what happened to me," Grillot said. "I could have never walked again or seen my family again."

Purington has been charged with one count of premeditated murder and two counts of premeditated attempted murder, Howe said. It will be up to Clinton County to decide whether to waive extradition, he added.

Howe would not disclose the type of weapon used in the attack, which he described as a "pretty traumatic event in a very open, public situation."

It is unclear if Purington has retained a lawyer.

The FBI is investigating whether the shooting was a bias crime, said Kansas City FBI Special Agent in Charge Eric Jackson. Local police will also aid in the investigation into whether the shooting was racially motivated.

Jackson FBI personnel are working the investigation into the shooting "from every angle to determine that the true facts are."

Authorities were unable to provide further details in the case, which is still under investigation.

"We've got a lot of work to do," Howe said.

Howe said the community around Olathe bonded together after a similar incident three years ago.

"In these tragic instances, often the community bonds together," Howe said. "I think we'll see this again. I'm very proud of this community."

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ABC News(MANDAN, N.D.) -- Opposition against the Dakota Access Pipeline shifted into a new phase this week after law enforcement in full riot gear evicted several protest camps that had captivated the nation for nearly a year.

The clearing of the Oceti Sakowin and Rosebud camps marked a somber moment of reflection for members of the International Indigenous Youth Council, a little known group of indigenous youth that has helped steer the movement from the very beginning. Their remarkable story is now told in the ABC News Digital documentary: "The Seventh Generation."

“Watching the eviction was difficult for us,” Thomas Lopez, an IIYC Member, wrote to ABC News.

“On one hand, you’re seeing a very important chapter in our lives coming to a close and it's painful. On the other hand, I’m determined to rise from the ashes of that pain,” Lopez said.

Indigenous youth were among the first to publicly oppose the pipeline, citing concerns over their drinking water and sacred sites, when they organized a series of relay "prayer" runs in the spring of 2016.

The youth groups first ran from Cannon Ball, North Dakota, to the Army Corps of Engineers Omaha District branch in Nebraska, then on to the agency’s Washington, D.C., headquarters to hand deliver a petition against the pipeline.

Danny Grassrope of the Lower Brule Sioux and a 25-year-old member of the International Indigenous Youth Council was among them.

“I didn’t know [it] would lead to a massive ceremony that involved prayer and it’s really amazing how that happened,” Grassrope told ABC News in November.

Shortly after the runs, the first "prayer camps" were established just south of pipeline construction sites, drawing most of the original occupants from the relays.

So began a nearly year-long standoff, as thousands of self-described "water protectors" descended on the high plains, attempting to halt construction of the pipeline before it reached the Missouri River, the primary source of drinking water for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, along with millions of other Americans living downstream.

After an early proposal for the Dakota Access Pipeline route that would have crossed the Missouri River north of Bismarck was abandoned due to a variety of reasons, including concerns over contaminating that city’s municipal water supply, the project was re-routed to cross the river 1,500 feet upstream of the current Standing Rock reservation, through ancestral lands granted to them in the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1851. A subsequent treaty in 1868, followed by a series of congressional acts, resulted in the Sioux losing most of the land originally set aside for them.

Energy Transfer Partners, the company building the Dakota Access Pipeline, wrote in a statement provided to ABC News that the company is “committed to the safe construction and operation of all its pipelines throughout the country. Dakota Access is a state-of-the-art underground pipeline with advanced safety technology and construction methods that exceed state and federal standards where possible.”

Kelcy Warren, CEO of Energy Transfer Partners, the Texas-based developer behind the project, has said that “concerns about the pipeline’s impact on local water supply are unfounded” and “multiple archaeological studies conducted with state historic preservation offices found no sacred items along the route.”

Sunoco Logistics, the future operator of the Dakota Access Pipeline, spills more crude oil than any of its competitors, with “more than 200 leaks since 2010,” according to a Reuters analysis of government data. Sunoco said that since 2012, it has "enhanced and improved our integrity management program," according to Reuters.

“It’s not if it breaks, it’s when it breaks,” Alex Howland, a 21-year-old co-founder of the International Indigenous Youth Council, told ABC News.

“Our ancestors thought seven generations ahead and so we have to do the same,” Howland said.

Many at camp believe they are fulfilling the "last vision" of Crazy Horse, the famed Oglala Sioux leader who made a prophesy shortly before his death that the seventh generation would bring about the rise of indigenous people.

“We’re the answers to our ancestor’s prayers,” said Terrell Iron Shell, a 23-year-old descendant of the famed Sioux chief, Iron Shell, who was among the signatories of the 1851 Fort Laramie Treaty.

The International Indigenous Youth Council has been at the heart of nearly every direct action since the movement began, often urging their fellow activists to stay in prayer during heated confrontations with law enforcement.

“If we see people getting worked up or they look like they are having a hard time, we pull them aside and we talk to them,” Iron Shell said before adding, “because that’s kind of the role that we’ve placed ourselves in, the de-escalators.”

“The youth council has always been and will always continue to be about prayer and peace,” said Lauren Howland, an IIYC co-founder, who along with other IIYC members, personally delivered supplies to the Morton County Sheriff’s Department after the sheriff's department put up a Facebook post asking for community donations.

On Dec. 4, during the waning days of the Obama administration, then-assistant secretary of the Army for civil works, Jo-Ellen Darcy, announced that an easement would not be granted for the pipeline to cross under the Missouri River. Darcy said at the time of the decision that the Army Corps would engage in additional review and analysis, including a “robust consideration and discussion of alternative locations for the pipeline crossing the Missouri River,” a process that could have taken years.

The Army published its intent to prepare a full environmental impact statement in the Federal Registry.

But the victory, as many at the protesters' camp expected, was short lived.

Less than a week after taking office, President Trump’s signed a memorandum ordering the Army Corps of Engineers to “review and approve” the pipeline in an expedited manner “to the extent permitted by law.”

Two weeks later, the Corps issued the easement needed for the project to cross under the Missouri, reversing its previous pledge to consider alternative routes and conduct a full environmental impact statement. Two days before the dramatic reversal, the Department of the Interior withdrew a legal opinion that concluded there was “ample legal justification” to deny the easement, according to court documents filed this week. A spokeswoman for the department told ABC News that the opinion was suspended so that it could be reviewed by the department.

Prior to his election, Donald Trump had significant investments in the companies involved with the construction and operation of the Dakota Access Pipeline and his campaign received more than $100,000 in donations from Kelcy Warren, the CEO of Energy Transfer Partners, according to election finance documents.

Though Trump has since claimed to have since divested himself of such investments, he has offered no substantial proof of that claim, and in the meantime he selected former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who has sat on the Energy Transfer Partners board, to head the U.S. Department of Energy.

With the largest protest camps dispersed and construction resumed on the Missouri River crossing, opposition against the pipeline remains before the courts as the Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes continue their legal challenges to the pipeline. Indigenous activist groups are planning a march on Washington next month. The IIYC has established branches in Chicago and Denver and has already organized rallies and marches across the country.

“This isn’t over,” Thomas Lopez told ABC News.

“Because once you’re a water protector, you’re a water protector for life. This may be Trump’s America, but it's our revolution,” he said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) --  The Chicago Police Department conducted a series of overnight raids from Thursday into Friday that resulted in 81 arrests, mostly for drug- and weapons-related offenses, Supt. Eddie Johnson said Friday.

The raids, focused on the city's South and West Side neighborhoods, were "focused on the underlying source of crime in these areas: the sale of narcotics," Johnson said at a press conference Friday afternoon.

 Of the 81 people arrested, Johnson said 61 are previously convicted felons, 49 are documented gang members, 19 have previously been arrested on gun charges, 14 are currently on parole, and 65 have been previously identified by police to be at a higher risk to be a victim or offender of gun violence.

"There are repeat gun offenders that one, don't care they're on parole, two, don't care about the fact they're already previously convicted felons," Johnson said.

Police are still looking for 40 people targeted in the raids, and said another raid in the coming weeks will have federal assistance.

 Twelve firearms were also seized by police during the raids, Johnson said.

Anthony Riccio, chief of organized crime, said, "One of the guns we took off the street ... is actually a machine gun capable of firing 40 to 50 rounds in just a matter of seconds."

Johnson added, "We are almost double in gun arrests than we were the same time last year -- that's a ridiculous number."

Drugs were also seized in the raids, which had been planned for about three weeks.

"Narcotics and narcotic sales is the thing that allows the buying of guns," Riccio said.

Johnson urged lawmakers at every level of government to help with stemming Chicago's seemingly out of control gun violence.

"CPD can do better, our judicial system can do better, our state legislators can do better. It takes all of us," he said. "If you're OK every day sitting by watching these people die and that's OK with you, then good luck on that. But if you care at all, you should be helping the city do something about this violence."

Johnson said stricter punishment for repeat gun offenders would stem the violence, because possible offenders would know the severity of the consequences and act as a deterrent from picking up a gun in the first place.

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North Las Vegas Fire Department (LAS VEGAS) --  A Las Vegas couple is grateful that their cat has nine lives, after their feline required CPR after being caught in a house fire Friday, officials said.

The North Las Vegas Fire Department said it responded Friday afternoon to calls of a fire at a single-story, single-family home. The fire was extinguished and contained after about 37 minutes.

"There was one adult male and adult female, whom lived at the house but were not home at the time of the fire," the fire department said in a statement

While the human occupants were never in danger, the same couldn't be said for the cat of the house.

"The pet cat, which was in the house required pet CPR, was resuscitated, and is in good condition right now," the fire department said.

 Neighbor Calvin Lynch told firefighters who arrived at the scene that he thought the couple had a dog. Shortly after, firefighters came out carrying a lifeless cat and immediately hooked it up to oxygen and performed CPR. It was shortly after the cat was revived.

"I didn't really see it move after that," Lynch told ABC affiliate KTNV. "It actually kind of shook me, so I turned the other way. I just thought it was awesome that they were able to bring it back to life."

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iStock/Thinkstock(BRIDGEPORT, Conn.) -- The 39-year-old man suspected of murder and connected to an Amber Alert involving his 6-year-old daughter had been deported from the U.S. in 2013, according to federal authorities.

Early Friday morning, an Amber Alert was issued in Bridgeport, Connecticut and several surrounding states after 6-year-old Aylin Sophia Hernandez had been reported missing, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

The girl's father, Oscar Obedio Hernandez, a citizen of El Salvador, had been issued a final order of removal by an immigration judge on Oct. 29, 2013 and was removed by immigration officers in Hartford, Connecticut less than a month later, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Updated and expanded information regarding the Feb. 24 Amber Alert: https://t.co/yNobeMPi63

— PA State Police (@PAStatePolice) February 24, 2017

Hernandez has prior felony convictions from 2002 for assault and threatening, as well as several more misdemeanor convictions, according to ICE. It is unclear how he returned to the U.S after he was deported.

Police immediately suspected Hernandez's father in her abduction. He and the girl were located around 11 a.m. Friday, when a state trooper noticed the 2017 silver Hyundai Sonata Hernandez that was described in the alert.

Hernandez refused to pull the car over, which sparked a high-speed chase on Interstate 99 near Benner Township, Pennsylvania, according to state police. While traveling at high speeds, Hernandez struck the trailer of a truck, which caused the pursuing police officer to then rear-end his vehicle, police said.

The girl suffered minor injuries in the crash, but authorities determined her to be "safe." Hernandez was taken to a local hospital to be treated for his injuries, the extent of which are unclear.

Hernandez is suspected of killing the girl's mother prior to the abduction, ABC owned station WABC-TV reported, citing Bridgeport Police.

Criminal and traffic charges against Hernandez are forthcoming, according to state police. ICE has also placed an immigration detainer with the Bridgeport Police Department, the federal agency said.

The Bridgeport Police Department did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

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Metropolitan Police Department(WASHINGTON) -- Police in Washington, D.C., continue to investigate a late-night shooting Thursday involving two officers and a civilian that was captured on video and then posted to social media.

During a news conference Friday, authorities said that around 10:42 p.m. Thursday, two uniformed officers in an unmarked car were responding to earlier reports of gunshots when they approached a man in the capital's Northeast section.

Police Chief Peter Newsham on Friday identified the man as 47-year-old Timothy Lionel Williams, whom he said ran and then stopped. He and the officers struggled and shots were fired, police said.

All three were hit by gunfire. Williams later died at a hospital; the two officers were hospitalized with nonlife-threatening injuries, police said. One officer underwent surgery Thursday night. Newsham said one officer already had been released.

Newsham said investigators believe that just one of the officers fired a weapon.

He also said Friday that a semi-automatic handgun that police believed belonged to Williams had been recovered at the scene of the shooting. Newsham could not say where investigators found the gun in proximity to Williams' body.

It was not clear whether Williams shot either of the officers, police said. However, authorities said there were indications that the weapon had been fired.

Newsham said that both officers were wearing activated body cameras and that he'd reviewed the footage. He said the mayor would review the footage and decide when to release it.

Both officers are on paid administrative leave, which is standard protocol. Newsham said they were at least three-year veterans of the force and were part of a crime-suppression team focused on getting illegal firearms off the street in the capital's Fifth District.

He advised people who'd seen the video posted on Twitter not to jump to conclusions. He said that investigators had spoken with the person who'd taken the video and that the camera person had told police that he'd started recording after much of the incident had occurred.

"Whatever you have seen so far is incomplete so to draw any conclusions about exactly what happened is just -- I don't recommend doing that because I can't say, from everything I've seen and everything that I know, what happened," he said.

Newsham said that more witnesses are expected to come forward.

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Indiana State Police(DELPHI, Ind.) — Authorities investigating the slayings of two girls in Indiana have received over 1,900 tips since making an impassioned plea on Wednesday for people to come forward with information, a law enforcement source close to the investigation told ABC News Friday.

The surge in tips followed the release of a new video clip retrieved from the cellphone of one of the victims, 14-year-old Liberty "Libby" German. When police played some audio from the clip at a news conference in the town of Delphi on Wednesday morning, reporters heard just three words from a deep voice: "Down the hill."

The audio quality is not great, but police said it's enough for someone to recognize the individual's voice. Investigators believe the clip was recorded just before the attack.

"Libby had the presence of mind to turn on her video camera," Indiana State Police spokesman Capt. David Bursten said Wednesday. "There's no doubt in our minds that that young lady is a hero."

The rest of the video will not be released at this time because of the ongoing investigation. Investigators recovered other evidence from the girl's phone that is also not being released, Bursten said.

German and 13-year-old Abigail "Abby" Williams, both of Carroll County, were reported missing by their families Feb. 13 after the two did not return from a hike.

After organized searches, the bodies of the two girls were found Feb. 14 outside Delphi in the woods near Deer Creek, about three-quarters of a mile from an abandoned railroad bridge where they were dropped off the day before to go hiking. An autopsy revealed their identities.

"Evidence in this case has led investigators to believe that this is a double homicide, and that's what we're investigating at this time," Indiana State Police spokesman Sgt. Tony Slocum told reporters Wednesday.

Indiana State Police on Monday said a man in a photograph is the primary suspect in the investigation. The man — dressed in blue jeans, a blue jacket and a hoodie — was photographed on a nature trial around the same time the two girls disappeared.

He was previously labeled a person of interest, and police had said he might be only a witness to the crime.

"We are actively looking for this person. We believe this person is our suspect," Slocum said.

Authorities spent much of Wednesday's news conference delivering an emotional appeal to the public to submit tips to track down the man in the photograph and the person whose voice is in the audio clip.

"Someone knows who this individual is," Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas Carter told reporters, while holding back tears. "And if you're watching, we'll find you."

Investigators said that there is the possibility of more than one suspect and that it's unclear whether the voice in the audio clip belongs to the man in the photograph.

The FBI has been assisting local authorities in the investigation since last week. Agents have briefed FBI Director James Comey on the case on two occasions.

Gregory Massa, the FBI assistant special agent in charge in Indianapolis, asked the public to think back to Feb. 13, the day the girls went missing.

"Just think if you had an interaction with an individual who inexplicably canceled an appointment that you had together," Massa said Wednesday. "Or an individual called into work sick and canceled a social engagement. At the time, they gave what would have been a plausible explanation."

Suspicious behavior or a change in someone's behavior should also be a red flag, Massa said.

"Did [an] individual travel unexpectedly?" he asked. "Did they change their appearance? Did they shave their beard, cut their hair or change the color of their hair? Did they change the way they dress?"

In total, authorities have received approximately 3,900 tips via phone and email. Authorities and community leaders are offering a $50,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest, according to a press release from the Indiana State Police on Thursday.

Citizens can provide information about this case by calling the Delphi murder tip line at 844-459-5786. Information can be reported anonymously. Tips can also be emailed to abbyandlibbytip@cacoshrf.com.

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ABCNews.com(THONOTOSASSA, Fla.) -- Officials believe an early morning fire at a mosque in Florida was intentionally set, and the incident is being investigated as a hate crime.

The Hillsbourgh County Fire Rescue received a call around 2:09 a.m. local time Friday about a fire at the Islamic Society of New Tampa in Thonotosassa. Firefighters put out the blaze and no one was hurt, though the building, commonly referred to as the New Tampa Mosque, suffered some property damage, officials said.

Officials and mosque members said it appears someone tried to break into the building. There are marks on the door, which is locked every night when the mosque closes.

Authorities will review footage from surveillance cameras that are installed throughout the property. The investigation is ongoing.

Officials from CAIR Florida, the state’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, held a news conference with officials outside the mosque Friday morning. Members of the mosque told reporters they’ve already received incredible support on social media and from the community.

Wilfredo Amr Ruiz, an attorney and the communications director for CAIR Florida, called the fire a “hate crime” and an “act of terror.”

"We congratulate the Hillsborough County first responders for their prompt response to this tragic situation. It is worrisome that our community have fallen victim of what appears to be another hate crime,” Ruiz said in a statement Friday. “CAIR-Florida urgently call [sic] all local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to be on top of the investigation of what appears to be a heinous act of terror against the Muslim community.”

Due to the ongoing investigation, there will be no Friday prayer at the mosque Friday. All regular prayers will be held in the old mosque building, according to a press release from the Islamic Society of New Tampa.

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Courtesy Melissa Falter (POWELL, Ohio) -- An Ohio woman has penned an obituary on behalf of her vivacious, 91-year-old grandmother before her death earlier this week.

Melissa Falter, granddaughter of the late Jean Oddi, wrote the humorous tribute that she said captured her grandmother's sassy personality.

"She's laughing," Falter, 45, told ABC News. "She's probably saying, 'See I told you I was funny and everybody loved me!' [I] think a lot of people are craving this great story and here's this woman who's 91 years old and got to travel, loved her family and friends and was comfortable in her own skin...she was very positive and I think lately this world has been very negative and divisive and maybe it's a new thing to have an uplifting mourning period to celebrate her life."

Oddi was born on Sept. 7, 1925. She was married twice and is survived by one daughter, Casey Clark, one grandchild, Melissa Falter, and two great-grandchildren, Griffin Falter, 16, and Nicholas Falter, 13.

In January, Oddi broke her hip and injured her head from a fall. She was admitted into the hospital on Feb. 13 and was declared unresponsive on Valentine's Day. Oddi died on Feb. 20, her granddaughter said.

"I will miss just being in the room with her because she changed the room whenever she was in it," said Falter of Powell, Ohio. "She had an answering machine..it's hysterical. It's kind of like, 'Hi, this is Jean, my number is...' and she starts to give her phone number and says, "Oh, you have my number, oh well, then leave message!' Just random times of day I would be in the car and I know she's not going to answer, but I'd listen to her message and I'd laugh."

"The three of us were almost ridiculously close," she added of her, her mom and grandma. "There were no topics that we couldn't discuss. My grandma was my matron of honor when I got married."

When Oddi, aka "Majean," took a turn for the worst, Falter decided to write her grandmother's obituary in "her voice." Falter took out a full-page column in The Columbus Dispatch, which cost $1,250.

In cheeky language, Oddi's obituary is written in a first-person narrative, describing who she was as a person and all the things she loved.

"I was a crazy teenager, a loving wife, a hard worker, a loyal friend and a hands-on grandmother," it said, in part. "I would like to thank my darling daughter Casey, who I adore, who cared for me, shuttled me around to my doctor's appointments, managed my pills, cleaned up after me and apologized in my wake for far too many years. I wasn't always nice, but I did, and always will, love you...Don't cry because I'm gone, instead have a drink and be happy you knew me."

A representative at Brookdale Senior Living Inc., where Oddi lived, said she will be missed.

"But as advised, the people at Brookdale Trillium Crossing will not be sad about losing her (after all, someone else has to win in cards), but instead we will cheers [sic] to a wonderful life and a vivacious personality," the company said in a statement. "She left a Jean-sized hole in our hearts.”

Services honoring Jean "Majean" Oddi's life will take place tomorrow at Brookdale Trillium Crossing Senior Living in Columbus.

Oddi's favorite food -- White Castle, Krispy Kreme doughnuts and pizza -- will be served.

As for her obituary, Falter's happy it made people smile. She said, "I love it all and I love that people think she wrote it. To me, that is a tremendous compliment that [you] hear her in every word. She loved attention and she was the life of the party. The bigger the crowd, the more on she was."

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Nearly 750 people were "detained or processed" during the 26-hour period after a Brooklyn judge issued an order blocking part of Donald Trump's controversial travel ban, according to an attorney representing plaintiffs.

In a letter obtained by ABC News, the government said, “This list includes legal permanent residents."

A different federal judge in New York Tuesday ordered Trump's administration to produce a list of all people detained as part of his executive order that limited travel and immigration from seven countries and temporarily shut down the U.S. refugee program.

On Thursday, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union told ABC News that the government provided the organization with 746 names of people held or processed from Jan. 28 at 9:37 p.m. — when the Brooklyn judge halted part of the ban that allowed for deportations — to Jan. 29 at 11:59 p.m.

The list was ordered to include travelers who arrived with refugee applications, valid visa holders and people from the seven countries — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — covered by the ban who were legally authorized to enter the U.S.

After Trump issued the order, the administration said that green card holders and others were not subject to the order.

But a Washington state federal court put a nationwide block on Trump's order on Feb. 3. An appeals court declined to lift the restraining order.

At the time, Trump appeared to downplay the number of people detained as a result of the order's implementation.

 

Only 109 people out of 325,000 were detained and held for questioning. Big problems at airports were caused by Delta computer outage,.....

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 30, 2017

 

And White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the same day: “Remember we’re talking about a universe of 109 people. There were 325,000 people that came into this country over a 24 hour period from another country. 109 of them were stopped for additional screening.”

Tuesday's order was delivered as part of a case filed by two Iraqi nationals who were detained at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. The restraining order issued in Brooklyn on Jan. 28 expired Tuesday.

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iStock/Thinkstock(MENLO PARK, Calif.) — A new poll gauging the public's feelings on the ongoing battle over healthcare finds continued displeasure with the current policy direction, but near record positive impressions of the Affordable Care Act.

The tracking poll, conducted by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, finds 48 percent of its respondents had a very or somewhat favorable view of the legislation, commonly known as Obamacare, the highest level since September 2010, when 49 percent of those viewed it favorably.

President Obama signed the measure into law earlier that year.

The Affordable Care Act's popularity in the poll was boosted by independents. Some 50 percent of that group answered that they view the legislation as very or somewhat favorable.

At the same time, 62 percent of those polled say that the country is headed down the wrong track when it comes to health care. On whether to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the poll is nearly split with 48 percent of respondents saying no and 47 percent saying yes.

Of the 47 percent who believe the law should be repealed, a majority — 59 percent — think that lawmakers should wait to vote on it "until the details of [a] replacement plan have been announced." Just 38 percent of the repeal group wants an immediate vote.

With regard to Medicare, 90 percent of the group polled wants to keep funding at similar levels or increase spending on the insurance plan for seniors, with just 8 percent in favor of decreasing spending. For Medicaid, the health program for low-income Americans, 84 percent favor stable or higher levels of funding, with 12 percent looking for a decrease.

Those polled were overwhelmingly covered by some form of health insurance, by a 85-15 percent margin. The largest subsection of respondents who receive coverage — 39 percent — do so through their employer, with a spouse's employer finishing in second at 11 percent.

Of those who purchase their own coverage — 8 percent of those surveyed — fewer than half, or three percent of the total, did so through healthcare.gov or a state marketplace.

The poll was conducted of 1,160 adults over the age of 18 and had a margin of error of 3 percent.

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Michael Kovac/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told a large crowd that had gathered to see her Thursday that the U.S. is not at its best right now because "we are not as mindful of what makes America great."

Ginsburg also said that "it makes a great difference” to have three women on the Supreme Court.

“We are one-third of the court. And we look like we are here to stay,” she said, noting that anyone who has observed her arguments knows that her colleagues Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan “are not shrinking violets.”

Ginsburg was expanding on comments she made about the state of the country to a packed and enthusiastic auditorium at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., alongside the co-authors of her book, My Own Words during a Newseum event, which was moderated by NPR's Nina Totenberg.

She went on to say that what makes America great is “the right to speak one’s mind” and the “idea of our nation being receptive to all people, welcoming all people."

Her comments come at a time when the Trump administration has sparked anger over its policies on refugees and immigration enforcement.

"Yes, we've had times in U.S. history like the time of the 'America First' movement, when anyone who wasn’t born and bred in the USA was considered an outcast. But for the most part those are our ideals - the treasured First Amendment and the notion that in our nation we are many and yet we are one,” Ginsburg said.

In his inaugural speech, Trump promised to put “America first,” noting that "every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs will be made to benefit American workers and American families."

Ginsburg said that despite the current climate she remains optimistic about the future of what she said will be a welcoming America, noting that she benefited from being the child of immigrants.

She also said that she has no second thoughts on her decision not to retire during the Obama administration in order to ensure a liberal justice could be appointed.

“I will do this job as long as I can do it full steam. And when I can’t, that will be the time to step down,” she said.

In fact, she said the politicization of the Supreme Court nomination process in recent years is “not the way it should be,” pointing out that Justice Antonin Scalia had not had a single “no” vote and she only received three.

As for the new Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, Ginsburg didn’t have much to say.

"I know him I've worked with him. And I think he's very easy to get along with. He writes very well," she said to laughter from the crowd.

Ginsburg pointed out that she is almost 84 but said that she’s here to stay as well. She credited her personal trainer for her longevity, who keeps her fit with an exercise routine of planks and push-ups. She also marveled at her recently acquired nickname, “The Notorious R.B.G.”

“It is really beyond extraordinary that I’m 84 years old and everyone wants to take a picture with me,” she said of the nickname, which is a spoof on the stage name of the late rapper The Notorious B.I.G. “We have a lot in common, we were both born and bred in Brooklyn, N.Y.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  Georgia police have arrested a 33-year-old man in connection with the 2005 disappearance of a high school teacher.

Ryan Alexander Duke, a former student of the Georgia high school where the woman taught, was arrested Wednesday, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said today in a press conference. He was charged with burglary, aggravated assault, murder and concealing a death during his first court appearance Thursday.

On Oct. 22, 2005, Tara Grinstead vanished from her home in Ocilla, Georgia, a small town with a population of less than 3,500 about 160 miles south of Atlanta. She was 30 years old at the time. Police immediately suspected foul play in Grinstead's case, the GBI said in a press release.

A massive manhunt was launched after Grinstead's disappearance, but the case proved difficult due to the lack of evidence found in Grinstead's home, according to the GBI. Though they have received many tips over the years, none led to credible information.

However, the case remained open and the GBI recently received a tip that led authorities to interview subjects they had never interviewed before, which led them to gather enough probable cause to charge Duke with Grinstead's murder. The tip was given to police earlier this week in person when someone with the information walked into a local sheriff's office, ABC affiliate WSB-TV in Atlanta reported.

"I can say that this gentleman never came up on our radar through the investigation," Richardson said.

In today's court appearance, Duke requested a court-appointed attorney and said he did not want a preliminary hearing. He will appear in court again on April 12.

Grinstead's stepmother, Connie Grinstead, said in Thursday's press conference that Duke's arrest is "another chapter in a long and painful journey," WSB reported.

Although the case is more than 11 years old, a GBI policy requires all investigative case files to be reviewed several times per year, and the case remained active for more than a decade.

Grinstead's remains were never found. The investigation is ongoing.

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