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Texas governor to end mask mandate, allow businesses reopen at full capacity

By ERIN SCHUMAKER, ABC News(AUSTIN, Texas) -- Gov. Greg Abbott ended Texas' statewide mask mandate and announced an executive order to allow all businesses to reopen at full capacity."It is now time to open Texas 100%," Abbott said at a news conference Tuesday."COVID has not suddenly disappeared," he added. "But…... Read More

Judge returns to bench after son's murder: 'I will not be frightened or be afraid to do what I love to do'

By KATIE KINDELAN, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas returned to the bench Monday for the first time since her 20-year-old son Daniel was killed and her husband Mark was wounded in a racially motivated assault last summer."The return, it is bittersweet in a certain…... Read More

Deputy dies after wounded in shootout on Florida-Georgia border

By BILL HUTCHINSON, ABC News(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) -- A sheriff's deputy has died after being critically wounded in Georgia on Saturday night when two brothers in a pickup truck being chased allegedly opened fire with a rifle, authorities said.Decatur County, Georgia, Sheriff's Office Capt. Justin Bedwell was pronounced dead on Monday…... Read More

No big gatherings for Saint Patrick's Day in Boston: 'We are so close to a finish line'

By EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(BOSTON) -- As Saint Patrick's Day approaches, Boston's mayor is urging residents to avoid large gatherings, warning that they could become super-spreader events that would set back progress made in the fight against COVID-19."There should be no large gatherings of any kind for Saint Patrick's Day,"…... Read More

Major flooding continues in South as Northeast hit with cold blast

By MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- There is major to near historic river flooding in parts of the Mid-South, especially in Kentucky on Tuesday.Locally, 7 inches of rain fell over the weekend in the Mid-South helping local rivers to rise quickly and flooding entire towns. A state of…... Read More

Missouri father, two young children found dead days after disappearance, authorities say

By MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- A Missouri father and his two young children were found dead Monday, four days after they had disappeared, authorities said.The bodies of Darrell Peak, 40, Kaiden Peak, 4, and Mayson Peak, 3, were discovered together inside a structure in a rural area…... Read More

Thousands of students reported 'missing' from school systems nationwide amid COVID-19 pandemic

By ARIELLE MITROPOULOS, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- States around the country are reporting a significant decline in the number of students enrolled in public school because of the coronavirus pandemic, leaving experts and educators concerned about the trend, and its potential long-term consequences.A notable number of students seem to…... Read More

Court mulling whether to reinstate 3rd-degree murder charge against Derek Chauvin in George Floyd's death

BY: BILL HUTCHINSON, ABC NEWS (MINNEAPOLIS) — The Minnesota Court of Appeals is deciding whether to reinstate a third-degree murder charge against Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer set to go on trial next week in the death of George Floyd. During a virtual hearing on Monday, a prosecutor…... Read More

15-year-old boy shot at Arkansas school allegedly by fellow student: Police

By EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(PINE BLUFF, Ark.) -- A 15-year-old boy has been shot at his school in Arkansas, allegedly by a fellow student, police said. The shooting at Watson Chapel Junior High School in Pine Bluff took place around 10 a.m., Pine Bluff police said. The teen, the only…... Read More

Teachers in LA County approved for vaccine in latest expansion

BY: ERIN SCHUMAKER, ABC NEWS (LOS ANGELES) — Teachers in Los Angeles County will be able to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine starting Monday, as part of a wave of essential workers who are newly eligible to get vaccinated. In addition to educators, child care and emergency service workers,…... Read More

Minneapolis scraps plans to pay social media influencers to spread information during Chauvin trial

By CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Minneapolis has scrapped plans to pay social media influencers to share information during the upcoming trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd.In an email sent to city elected officials and obtained by ABC News, Minneapolis' Director of Communications…... Read More