Cat loose for a week in JFK Airport finally caught, reunited with owner

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Pepper’s very own personal recreation of “The Terminal” is over.The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced that after a week of fleeting sightings, close calls and mice-free baggage areas, the cat loosed upon John F. Kennedy International Airport last weekend has been caught and will be reunited with her owner.Pepper, the cat, slipped free from her owner on April 20 when they were checking in for a flight to China. Pepper’s owner failed to recapture her, and eventually had to catch their flight without her.The Port Authority was on the case for the last week, though, with occasional updates about the cat.Pepper was spotted in the rafters of Terminal 4 on Friday and officers said she “appears healthy” and updated that they were providing the cat with its own food in an attempt to capture it.Port Authority police officer Kameel Juman made the rescue on Saturday and reunited Pepper with her owner’s friend, Nuan Lang. Pepper’s owner is still in China for now.The 4-year-old tabby was placed — securely — in a crate and Lang is looking after Pepper until her owner returns.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Pittsburgh synagogue shooting victims to be laid to rest Wednesday

first_imgBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) —  More victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre will be laid to rest Wednesday.Friends and family will gather at separate funerals to remember Joyce Fienberg, 75, Irving Younger, 69, and Melvin Wax, 88, who were among the 11 worshippers gunned down at the Tree of Life synagogue Saturday. Fienberg, a former research specialist, is survived by her two sons and grandchildren. Her husband, “internationally acclaimed statistician” Stephen Fienberg, died in 2016.“My mother-in-law was one of the kindest humans I’ve ever met,” her daughter-in-law, Marnie Fienberg, told ABC News.Irving Younger, a former small-business owner and youth baseball coach, was a regular volunteer and worshipper at the synagogue, where he would come early and stay late, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.“I wouldn’t be surprised if he saw this gunman walk into the room where the services were and his first thought was, ‘Can I help this stranger get settled?’ Until he saw what the stranger was doing — because that’s the kind of thought that he would have,” said Schachter, the former congregation president.Younger was also “the most wonderful dad and grandpa,”neighbor Tina Prizner told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.“He talked about his daughter and his grandson, always, and he never had an unkind word to say about anybody,” Prizner said. President Donald Trump and the first lady, joined by the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and daughter Ivanka Trump, visited the synagogue Tuesday afternoon.The president placed stones, as part of Jewish tradition, and white roses on the Stars of David set up in a makeshift memorial for those killed.Rabbi Jeffrey Myers — who escaped the gunfire Saturday — greeted the president outside the Tree of Life as protesters gathered nearby.Thousands of people from different faiths, apparently united in anger, marched toward the synagogue.“Words have meaning!” some neighbors screamed toward the president’s envoy.After visiting the synagogue, the president and first lady went to a hospital where they met police officers who were wounded in the attack and medical staff.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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King the wire fox terrier crowned Best in Show at Westminster

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — It’s good to be King and now one proud pup has the official title to match his moniker. The 7-year-old wire fox terrier was named best in show Tuesday night at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club dog show.“It was overwhelming to me,” King’s handler Gabriel Rangel said on ABC News’ Good Morning America the morning after taking top prize at Madison Square Garden in New York City. “I was very proud of him.”King, whose full show name is Kingarthur Van Foliny Home, became the 15th of his breed to be named America’s top dog. “They have historically had the most wins but, you know, today we’re really here to celebrate this dog,” Westminster director of communications Gail Miller Bisher said. “This dog is a beautiful example of the standard.”Head judge Peter Green, who Rangel called “a national treasure” and “mentor” for terrier people, examined King’s eyes, ear shape, coat texture and condition. “It takes a lot of work to get a terrier to this point,” she said. ” It takes somebody who has the skill and know-how.”Placing second was a Havanese from the toy group named Bono. A Sussex spaniel named Bean from the sporting group and a longhaired dachshund named Burns from the hound group joined Wilma the boxer and Baby Lars the bouviers des Flandres in the final ring. More than 2,800 dogs entered the competition.With King, Rangel won for the third time as a handler, working with Sadie the Scottie in 2010 and Sky, another wire fox, in 2014. “Gabriel has been doing it for many years and it takes several months to get the dog ready for the show,” Bisher said. Fun facts about King, the Best in Show winner:NicknameHe goes by “The King”Post-Win TreatHis favorite meal to indulgence in is a steak dinner. Daily Training King conditions on the treadmill as well as takes long walks. Favorite Play Time Activity“He loves to play ball all day long,” Rangel said. Favorite ToyLike most animals his favorite toy is something that belongs to his humans, their sandals. Favorite TV Show Good Morning America Pump Up SongKing’s favorite jam is by Queen — “We Are the Champions” Quirky HabitThe fox terrier is known to suck on the corner of his dog bed. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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R. Kelly released from jail after arrest for outstanding child support payments

first_imgWLS(CHICAGO) — Defiant R&B singer R. Kelly walked out of a Chicago jail for the second time in as many weeks on Saturday after paying off the $161,000 in child support he owed his ex-wife. Kelly walked out of a Chicago jail just after noon local time and quickly got into a waiting van as his lawyer prepared to talk to reporters. Kelly had been jailed again since Wednesday after failing to make outstanding child support payments dating back eight months for his three children.The “I Believe I Can Fly” singer was previously jailed on Feb. 22 after he was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sex abuse and held on $1 million bond. Kelly has pleaded not guilty to the charges. Defendants must typically pay 10 percent of the bond to be released from custody, but Kelly’s lawyer had said during the bond hearing the singer’s finances were “a mess.” He spent the weekend in jail, until a friend, Valencia Love, paid the $100,000 on Feb. 25 and he was released.Just prior to being taken into custody on Wednesday, the 52-year old singer taped an operatic interview with “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King, in which he yelled and cried, calling the allegations against him “not fair.” Kelly told King his ex-wife was lying when she said he abused her, asking, “How can I pay child support if my ex-wife is destroying my name and I can’t work?”He also brought up his previous sexual assault case, which ended in his acquittal in 2008.“It’s not fair. It’s not fair to nobody. When you beat your case, you beat your case,” the singer said in a clip released by the network.Kelly also told King he had “zero” relationship with his three children but said that they love him.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Woman killed in San Diego synagogue shooting to be laid to rest

first_imgSANDY HUFFAKER/AFP/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) — Grieving family and friends will gather Monday at the funeral for Lori Gilbert-Kaye, a 60-year-old woman shot dead Saturday at the Chabad of Poway synagogue in San Diego County.Three others were injured in the attack in the synagogue’s lobby during Saturday morning services, on the last day of Passover. The 19-year-old suspected gunman is in custody.Gilbert-Kaye was at the synagogue with her husband and daughter for a memorial service in honor of her mother, who recently died, Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein told reporters.When the shooting broke out, Gilbert-Kaye was in the lobby, while her friend, Rochelle Schwartz, was in the sanctuary with Gilbert-Kaye’s daughter. “I just remember getting her down and covering her with my body and telling her, ‘Please be quiet. I don’t want the shooter to know that we’re here,’” Schwartz told ABC News. “She was just so brave.”Once the gunfire ended, Schwartz and Gilbert-Kaye’s husband and daughter rushed to the lobby. “It was horrific,” Schwartz said.“Lori is really a pillar of the community. She has the most generous, kind heart,” Schwartz said overcome with emotion. “We’re gonna miss her. She’s a very special person. And I just pray that this never happens again.We have to work on education and we have to stop this insanity. It’s just so tragic.” “We’re gonna go back to services,” Schwartz added. “We’re gonna show that were strong enough to just continue and not let this get to us.”As the shocked community comes together in grief, the suspected gunman is in custody and being held on arresting charges of one count of murder and three counts of attempted murder. Formal charges are expected to be filed Monday.Investigators believe he acted alone, and authorities say he bought the AR-style weapon used in the attack on Friday. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Woman gives fiance suprise wedding on birthday

first_imgKsenia Pro Photography(TYSONS CORNER, Va.) — One soon-to-be bride wanted to give her future husband a birthday gift he would never forget.Rachel O’Neil, a plastic surgery consultant and mother of two, surprised fiancé Dave Kochba with a birthday party that quickly evolved into their wedding.The couple ended their night at the altar, reading their vows in front of a marquee that spelled out the word “Love.”“I knew that the next person I wanted to marry had to be someone I truly loved and was compatible with,” O’Neil told “GMA.”The most shocking part is how this super bride beautifully orchestrated the wedding almost entirely by herself, without Kochba discovering her year-long plan.O’Neil used therapy appointments as a key component in her plan. Therapy not only gave her an excuse to go out and plan the wedding, but it also helped her obtain the marriage license. She was able to convince Kochba to sign it as part of her treatment, claiming that it would help her get over her fear of commitment after having previously been married.The significance did not occur to Kochba at the time.Ditto for all the guests who came for a surprise birthday party — but weren’t sure what to expect with the invitation hinting, “You won’t want to miss the big surprise birthday reveal.”“I had no idea she was planning this, however she has always been a lover of big birthday parties,” Kochba said.O’Neil said that her love for them came from her adoptive mother and the effort she put into their special days.O’Neil decided to plan a surprise wedding to take away some of the overwhelming stress that comes with a traditional ceremony. Kochba had also been previously married, and the pair had agreed to take their time when it came to their engagement and planning their nuptials.“Rachel completely took care of every detail,” Kochba said. “There was no overwhelming feelings or stress, it was just a time where we celebrated us.”After announcing their engagement, O’Neil suffered an accident that resulted in a broken ankle. Although she said it was “one of the toughest experiences” she had ever been through, she also was grateful for the opportunity to see who her soon-to-be husband really was.“If he is going to take on the role of helping me take care of my kids, not complain, and drive me to and from work everyday for a few months, I knew I had to tie this guy down,” she said. “He obviously was staying no matter what.”That’s when O’Neil knew that he was the one for her. She and her daughters, Alexis and Carly, put their heads together to plan the best wedding they could imagine.O’Neil explained that the key was to make sure “David felt that this wedding represented him as well, by intertwining different elements of David throughout the event.”Other than O’Neil’s two daughters, the only person who knew about the plan was David’s sister, Dana Kochba, who helped with guests’ contact info.Even the planners and vendors were surprised by the unexpected turn of events.“We didn’t know until minutes before, when the officiant came,” said Sugar Taylor and Nar Hovnanian of Taylor and Hov, the firm that planned the rest of the party. “We thought she was in the wrong place. Thankfully, she knew where she needed to be. She was the surprise guest.”As family and friends enjoyed the birthday celebration, O’Neil’s plan began to materialize.Kochba, dressed for a Washingtonian event at the Entyse Bistro at the Ritz-Carlton in Tysons Corner, Virginia, knew that his life was about to change when O’Neil’s daughters gave a moving speech in front of everyone.“I did everything I could to hold it together and try not to cry,” Kochba said. “At the end of Lexie’s speech, she called me dad. It was truly touching and heart-warming to know that she basically feels like I am a father figure in her life.”As everyone was taking in the girls’ beautiful words, O’Neil slipped back in and prepared for her debut.O’Neil and Kochba’s favorite song — “Speechless” by Dan + Shay — started playing, and the wedding ceremony took place.“It was exactly what she wanted it to be,” Taylor and Hov said. “The event went very smoothly. It wasn’t a traditional wedding. It was just their moment where they wanted to be married.”Leading up to the big day, Kochba might not have caught on to the therapy trips, the weird conversations, the signing of the marriage license or even the “would you rather” games that O’Neill played with him to get information for the wedding.But what Kochba did understand was that O’Neil was the one for him.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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LAPD investigating how recruiting ad appeared on Breitbart

first_imgtraveler1116/iStock(LOS ANGELES) — An ad recruiting people for the Los Angeles Police Department appeared on the conservative news outlet Breitbart, and the department is asking questions about how it happened.The ad appears to have been first highlighted by Noah Shachtman, the editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast, who tweeted a screengrab of the ad on Saturday.The LAPD responded on Twitter, acknowledging but not directly naming the right-wing website where the ad appeared.“The LAPD celebrates diversity and embraces it within our ranks, and within the city we serve. We are aware that a recruitment advertisement has been circulated on a website that creates a negative juxtaposition to our core values,” the department tweeted on Saturday.“We take matters like this very seriously, and have begun an initial inquiry into the matter and to determine its validity, as well as what future steps can and will be taken to avoid this situation occurring in the future,” the department wrote in another tweet.On a separate Twitter account dedicated to recruiting, the LAPD later said it wasn’t the one to pick Breitbart as a host for one of its ads, pointing instead to Google Ads.“The Personnel Department has not made any purchase of LAPD recruitment ads on Breitbart or similar sites. Recruitment ads were purchased through Google and ended up on sites that do not reflect the City’s values through automatic placement,” the recruitment account tweeted on Saturday.“We have stopped these Google Ads altogether while we reexamine our ad filters and take all necessary steps to ensure tighter control of ad settings,” the recruitment team said in another tweet.Google Ads did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.LAPD Chief Michel Moore waded into the issue as well, reiterating that the details are being investigated.“No. LAPD did NOT purchase or otherwise acquire ad space on that website. Senior leadership at LA City Personnel Department also relayed they did not authorize or pay for this ad either. Both Depts investigating whether spoof/other effort to discredit LAPD,” he wrote in a tweet on Saturday.Breitbart is a conservative news site that was previously run by Steve Bannon, both before and after he served as chief strategist to President Donald Trump. Bannon returned to run the outlet after he was forced out of the White House in August 2017, but then he stepped down from Breitbart News in January 2018.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Cranes at Hard Rock Hotel ‘more damaged’ than experts thought, demolition delayed

first_imgJONGHO SHIN/iStock(NEW ORLEANS) —  The controlled demolition for the cranes at the partially collapsed Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans has been delayed, officials said Saturday.The two cranes are “more damaged” than experts initially thought, which forced them to change their course of action, New Orleans Fire Department chief Timothy McConnell said at a news conference.The cranes were supposed to come down Friday, but McConnell said he now believes it won’t happen until noon Sunday at the earliest.“If they tell us it’s too dangerous to do it one way,” authorities will go with the experts and prioritize a new plan, he said.The cranes, which each weigh 145,000 pounds, have been a source of major concern. Both have continuously swayed since the under-construction building’s collapse on Oct. 12, which left three dead and dozens injured.Experts are using small explosives, known as energetic materials, to bring the cranes down.The goal is that they will come down in the same place as they are standing. However, McConnell noted that because of how unstable the cranes are, they might not fall as experts hope.“That’s our goal, but it may not happen that way,” he said.Residents in the nearby area will be evacuated starting four hours before the crane’s official demolition.The bodies of two men who died are still inside the building. Authorities have not been able to reach them but hope that they will be able to recover the bodies.Officials have not yet said what caused the collapse. Ten of the victims injured filed a lawsuit Friday against five companies involved in the construction, citing negligence.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Acting ICE director slams New York City’s sanctuary city policy following murder of 92-year-old woman

first_imgScott Heins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The acting director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement slammed New York City’s leaders and their sanctuary city policies at a news conference Friday following the arrest of an undocumented immigrant in the death of a 92-year-old Queens woman.Acting ICE Director Matthew Albence said it was “unbelievable” he had to come to New York to “plead” for cooperation from the city’s authorities when it came to cases involving fugitive undocumented individuals. He blamed Mayor Bill de Blasio and the city’s sanctuary city policy for the murder of Maria Fuentes, who was allegedly assaulted physically and sexually by Reeaz Khan, a 21-year-old undocumented Guyanese national.Albence reiterated that federal authorities lodged a detainer against Khan after he stabbed his father with a broken coffee cup in November, but because the city didn’t turn him over to their custody, he was able to roam the streets and attack Fuentes on Jan. 6. She died from her wounds four days later.“I hold the policies of this city put in place by the mayor culpable for this crime,” Albence said.Khan was arrested on Jan. 11 and has been detained at Rikers Island on murder and attempted rape charges. ICE officials have issued another detainer against him. His attorney did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.The NYPD said it never received the detainer for Khan back in November.Under its rules, the NYPD honors federal detainers if “ICE presents a warrant issued by a federal judge establishing that there is probable cause to take the person into custody, and the person has been convicted of a ‘violent or serious crime’ within five years of the arrest or is a possible match on the terrorist watch list,” according to a spokesperson to the department.“The NYPD follows local law as it pertains to detainer requests,” the spokesperson said in a statement.Albence said the NYPD only complied with 10 out of the 7,526 detainers that ICE’s New York field office filed last year. He warned that more violent crimes would continue if the city didn’t comply with his agency.“These are preventable crimes people,” he said.In a statement, de Blasio spokeswoman Freddi Goldstein dismissed Albence’s complaints against the city’s handling of Fuentes’ death.“Fear hate and attempts to divide are signatures of the Trump administration, not New York City. We are the safest big city in America because of our policies, not in spite of them. We must band together as New Yorkers and reject these lies,” she said. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Coronavirus live updates: Dr. Fauci says 200,000 deaths in US possible

first_imgiStock(NEW YORK) — More than 33,000 people have been killed around the world as the amount of novel coronavirus cases continues to skyrocket with the number of diagnosed COVID-19 cases globally surpassing 710,000 on Sunday.The number of cases across the globe has grown exponentially in a matter of weeks. Last Thursday there were 500,000 cases worldwide, which was double the number of coronavirus cases from the week before.The U.S. stood at more than 135,000 diagnosed coronavirus cases on Sunday, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. There are at least 2,381 deaths in the country.At least 148,000 people have recovered from the virus during this pandemic.Today’s biggest developments:-Dr. Fauci says U.S. could see 100,000-200,000 deaths-‘Biggest assistance package in history’ may not be enough, Kudlow says-Global deaths top 30,000-Trump will not use enforceable quarantine in NY-US cases cross 124,000; deaths top 2,000FBI warns of potential surge in hate crimes against Asian Americans amid coronavirusHere’s the latest on the developing situation. All times Eastern. Please refresh this page for updates.2:43 p.m.: TSA screenings drop to lowest in decadeThe number of people who passed through TSA screenings around the country was 184,027 on Saturday, the second consecutive day of screenings below 200,000, the agency said.The number represents the lowest number of TSA screenings in over a decade. Nearly 2.2 million people passed through TSA screenings during the same day in 2019, according to the TSA.Screenings have dropped every day for the last two weeks.2:30 p.m.: Cuomo says New Yorkers ‘feel under attack’Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave some reassuring words to New Yorkers as the coronavirus outbreak has made them a target by other leaders who enforce strict rules against them.This weekend, Gov. Gina Raimondo reversed an order that mandated only New York residents go into self-quarantine if they visited the state and President Donald Trump toyed with an idea that New York City to go into a quarantine. Cuomo said New Yorkers feel like they’re “under attack,” but reiterated that they are well in this crisis together.“We have made it through far greater things. We are going to be OK,” he said. “We are strong. We have endurance, and we have stability. We know what we are doing.”The governor said that the state health department did make some progress when it came to detecting COVID-19 cases. The health department has developed a less-intrusive coronavirus test that uses saliva and short nasal swab.The test requires less PPE and will be ready for use as soon as next week, according to Cuomo.1:20 p.m.: Deaths climb to 965 in New YorkNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the death toll in New York state climbed to 965 on Sunday, an increase of 237 from Saturday.“I can’t say you are not going to see people pass away because they are. That is the nature of what we are dealing with and that is beyond our control,” Cuomo said at a news conference.Based on the projections models, Dr. Howard Zucker, the state’s commissioner of public Health, said it appears the death toll in the state will rise into the thousands.“I don’t know how you look at those numbers and conclude anything less than thousands of people will pass away because remember who its attacking, it’s attacking the vulnerable, (people with) underlying illnesses etcetera,” Cuomo added.The bulk of the deaths have occurred in New York City, where the death toll rose from 517 at 10 a.m. on Saturday to 678 at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, according to data from the city’s Health Department.Cuomo also said that new hospitalizations in the state rose by 1,175 overnight while 3,572 patients were discharged.A total of 172,000 people have been tested in the state for the coronavirus and more than 59,000 have tested positive with 8,503 hospitalized and 2,037 in intensive care units.Cuomo also announced that he is extending his “New York Pause” program requiring nonessential state workers to stay home for another two weeks. The new deadline is April 15.12 p.m.: Number of new coronavirus cases in Italy appears to be droppingItalian health officials said at a news conference on Sunday that the number of deaths and the number of new coronavirus patients appears to be slowing, an indication that that hard-hit country is approaching or has reached its apex.For the third straight day, Italy saw the number of daily deaths slightly decline. On Sunday, officials reported 756 new deaths compared to 889 on Saturday and 969 on Friday.Italy still has the highest number of COVID-19 deaths in the world at 10,779. But the percentage increase in the total number of new cases was the lowest it has been since the start of the pandemic.The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Italy is now at 97,689, but the number of infected people in ICU decreased 5.2% on Sunday to 3,906.10:50 a.m.: Dr. Fauci says US could see 100,000-200,000 deathsDr. Anthony Fauci, the director for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of Trump’s coronavirus task force, said it is possible that 100,000 to 200,000 people in the U.S. will die from the coronavirusFauci, who appeared on CNN Sunday morning, was asked about how many cases there will be in the U.S. and estimated there will be anywhere from one to two million cases.The doctor noted that while his previous experience shows that modeling overshoots to show the best and worst case scenario, the “reality is somewhere in the middle.”Fauci cautioned that the latest model projections are based on “various assumptions” and are “only as good or as accurate as your assumptions.”“I’ve never seen a model of the diseases that I’ve dealt with where the worst case scenario actually came out,” Fauci said.“We’re going to have millions of (confirmed coronavirus) cases,” he added. “But I just don’t think we really need to make a projection when it’s such a moving target that you can so easily be wrong and mislead people.”10:30 a.m.: Spain records 838 deaths in 24 hoursPublic Health officials in Spain said that the country recorded 838 new coronavirus-related deaths in a 24-hour span between Saturday morning and Sunday morning. The total number of deaths in Spain from the pandemic has now grown to 6,528, making it second for the number of fatalities to Italy’s 10,023.As of Sunday morning, there were nearly 79,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in Spain, including 4,907 patients in intensive care units.10:20 a.m.: Cat tests positive for coronavirus in BelgiumA cat in Belgium has tested positive for COVID-19 after its owner came down with the virus and was quarantined at home, officials said.Describing it as an exceptional case, officials at the Liege Veterinary University Faculty said they tested the feline after it began to exhibit symptoms similar to humans who have contracted the virus, including respiratory problems, diarrhea and vomiting.After conducting further research, the officials at the university said they are convinced that there is no evidence that an infected pet can be contagious for human beings but advised people to practice social distancing with their domesticated animals.The cat has now fully recovered and is coronavirus free, and the owner is also doing well, officials said.10 a.m.: ‘Biggest assistance package in history’ may not be enough, Kudlow saysWhile touting President Donald Trump’s signing of “the biggest assistance package in history,” National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow acknowledged the difficulty in knowing if the funds would be enough to meet the needs of the millions of Americans impacted by the novel coronavirus pandemic.“It may not be perfect, but I think it’s going to give a tremendous amount of resources to get us through what we still believe is going to be a question of weeks and months,” Kudlow said Sunday on ABC’s This Week.Trump signed the $2 trillion stimulus package on Friday, calling the bipartisan legislation a catalyst to “stabilize the economy.”“It’s the largest mainstream financial assistance package in the history of the United States, so it’s hard to know if we could get everything, help everybody,” Kudlow said.9:45: President approves disaster declarations for Oregon and ConnecticutThe president approved disaster declarations for the states of Oregon and Connecticut late Saturday night, making the states eligible to receive more federal aid to battle the coronavirus pandemic.Trump has already signed disaster declarations for numerous other states reeling from the growing number of confirmed virus cases, including New York, California, Michigan, Texas, New Jersey, Florida, Louisiana and Illinois.9:21 a.m.: Louisiana governor says health care system could be overwhelmed by AprilLouisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said cases of novel coronavirus are expected to surge in Louisiana and overwhelm the state’s hospitals within a week.“We remain on a trajectory, really to overwhelm our capacity to deliver health care by the end of the first week of April,” he said on ABC’s This Week on Sunday.Edwards announced earlier Sunday that a 33-year-old staffer in his office, April Dunn, died due to complications from the coronavirus.9 a.m. New Jersey governor responds to proposed travel restrictionsIn response to a travel warning President Donald Trump said he was mulling for residents from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Sunday on This Week that residents from his state were already not traveling much as a result of the novel coronavirus outbreak.“A travel warning, we’re fine with,” Murphy said. “The fact of the matter is we are all in on flattening that curve, social distancing as aggressive as any states in America.”Trump decided not to enforce any quarantine late Saturday night.6:46 a.m.: UK lockdown will last ‘an extended period,’ senior minister saysMichael Gove, a senior U.K. Cabinet Minister, speaking for the government on the Sunday morning TV shows while the prime minister and health minister self-isolate due to testing positive for COVID-19 last week, refused to give a precise timetable for how long the country would be on lockdown.Asked how long the U.K.’s lockdown will last, he said “I can’t make an accurate prediction, but everyone does have to prepare for an extended period.”He added that the U.K.’s peak is “not a fixed point” in the calendar and timing depends how closely people follow the rules.After Boris Johnson and a number of other MPs tested positive for the virus, Mr. Gove insisted the government had been doing everything to observe the social distancing advice.“We’ve been doing everything we can to observe the advice. Within the House of Commons we’ve been trying to observe that advice.”5:25 a.m.: King County, Washington, health officer warns patients could be detained if they defy isolation ordersDr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer for Public Health — Seattle & King County has signed an order and directive on March 28 making it mandatory for people with a positive COVID-19 test to follow isolation protocols at home or at a recovery facility. The directive requires everyone with COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing) who has a test pending to stay quarantined.Said Dr. Duchin: “Many steps we are taking as a community are helping to decrease the number of people who get sick, need hospital care and who die. However, we cannot stop the outbreak completely and our community will likely remain at risk for months to come. Through my health order and directive today, I am re-emphasizing the requirement for people who are infected with COVID-19 to follow our existing recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to others in the community by staying isolated from others while ill, and to stay quarantined with symptoms while test results are pending. Each of us need to do whatever we can to prevent others from becoming ill. Everyone—young and old, whether you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or not—should stay home and avoid all non-essential contact with others.”To protect the public, if an individual with active COVID-19 is not voluntarily remaining isolated, or if an individual who has COVID-19 symptoms with a test pending is not remaining self-quarantined, they may be subject to enforcement actions, which could include legal actions for involuntary detention.4:25 a.m. Former MLB star Jim Edmonds went to the hospital for coronavirus testingFormer All-Star outfielder Jim Edmonds announced on his Instagram page that he went to the hospital to be tested for the coronavirus after displaying some symptoms.The 49-year-old Edmonds sent a video update Saturday night on his Instagram Story saying he was back home after testing positive for pneumonia for the first time in his life, but was awaiting results of tests for the coronavirus.“I’m just trying to rest up and get better,” Edmonds said, adding that he’d provide an update when he heard from doctors.Earlier Saturday, Edmonds posted a photo of himself in a hospital room with a face mask covering his nose and mouth.“Held off as long as I could,” he wrote on the post. “I thought I was tough enough to get through. This virus is no joke. #gethealthy.”He said he was feeling “super sick” and added that he wasn’t “taking any chances because it’s so hard to get tested by the rules of the CDC.”Edmonds played 17 seasons in the majors, mostly with the Los Angeles Angels and St. Louis Cardinals. He won eight Gold Glove awards, and finished with a .284 career batting average with 393 home runs and 1,199 RBIs. Edmonds also helped the Cardinals win the World Series in 2006. He also played for the San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds late in his career before retiring in 2011.2:05 a.m.: Louisiana governor announces passing of 33-year-old stafferGovernor John Bel Edwards announced the passing of 33-year old April Dunn who succumbed to complications from COVID-19. April was a dedicated staff member who served in the Governor’s Office of Disability Affairs and a tireless advocate for people with disabilities.Gov. Edwards issued the following statement:“On behalf of Donna and my entire administration, it is with heavy hearts that we mourn the loss of our dear April,” said Gov. Edwards. “She brightened everyone’s day with her smile, was a tremendous asset to our team and an inspiration to everyone who met her. She lived her life to the fullest and improved the lives of countless Louisianans with disabilities. April worked hard as an advocate for herself and other members of the disability community. She served as the chair of the Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council, and when I created the State as a Model Employer Taskforce, April told me how much she wanted to be part of it because of her struggles to find meaningful employment. I was proud to have an advocate like April on the task force and on my staff. She set a great example for how other businesses could make their workforce more inclusive. I ask the entire state to join us in prayer for April’s mother Joanette and her grandmother Gloria.”11:22 p.m.: Zaandam will pass through Panama CanalAfter initially being restricted from passing through the Panama Canal, the country has changed its tune and the cruise ship MS Zaandam will be allowed through.There are more than 130 people on the ship suffering from “flu-like symptoms,” as well as two people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and four elderly passengers who have died.The MS Rotterdam, owned by Holland America, like the Zaandam, was also waiting to transit the canal.“We are aware of reported permission for both Zaandam and Rotterdam to transit the Panama Canal in the near future,” Holland American said in a statement at 11 p.m. Eastern time. “We greatly appreciate this consideration in the humanitarian interest of our guests and crew. This remains a dynamic situation, and we continue to work with the Panamanian authorities to finalize details.”11:02 p.m.: 1st inmate dies in federal prison of COVID-19An inmate has died from COVID-19 at FCI Oakdale in Oakdale, Louisiana, two sources told ABC News.This is the first known death inside the Bureau of Prisons.Patrick Jones, 49, was sentenced to 324 months in prison for or possession of 425 grams of crack cocaine with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a junior college, the BOP said in a press release.Jones was the first inmate inside the BOP to test positive on March 19. He was placed on a ventilator one day later and he died Saturday.Officials said he had preexisting conditions that contributed to his death.10:15 p.m.: Knicks, Rangers owner tests positiveMadison Square Garden Company CEO James Dolan has tested positive for coronavirus, according to a spokesperson.Dolan, 64, took over as CEO of Cablevision, the powerhouse cable company, from his father, Charles, but is most known in New York City for being owner of the NBA’s New York Knicks and NHL’s New York Rangers.As chairman of The Madison Square Garden Company, he oversees those teams as well as television station MSG Network and owns the world famous Madison Square Garden in Manhattan.Cablevision was sold in 2016 upon which time he left as CEO. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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