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(NEW YORK) -- A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 702,000 people worldwide.

Over 18.6 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks.

Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 4.7 million diagnosed cases and at least 157,186 deaths.

Here's how the news is developing today. All times Eastern.

7:23 p.m.: Trump repeats virus will 'go away,' children mostly immune

President Donald Trump at an evening press conference on the coronavirus crisis Wednesday once again claimed the coronavirus "is going away," despite a chorus of health care experts warning the opposite.

"It'll go away, things go away, absolutely. It’s no question in my mind it will go away," the president said. "Sooner rather than later."

He also repeated a claim from an interview earlier in the day with Fox News' Lou Dobbs when he said children were "almost immune" and "virtually immune" to the disease.

"They may get it, but it doesn't have much of an impact on them and if you look at the numbers, the numbers of -- in terms of mortality, fatality, the numbers for children under a certain age meaning young -- their immune systems are very strong," Trump said at the briefing. "They are very powerful and they seem to be able to handle it very well. That's according to every statistic."

Facebook removed the Fox News video from Trump's page, labeling the "almost immune" comment as a false claim.

Hours before Trump's briefing, the nation's top health expert on infectious diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci, provided a grim assessment of the country's handling of the pandemic in direct contradiction with the president, saying the U.S. has suffered "as much or worse than anyone."

"I mean, which you look at the number of infections and the number of deaths, it really is quite, quite concerning," Fauci said in a public forum hosted by the Harvard School of Public Health Wednesday. “The numbers don't lie."

6:30 p.m.: LA responding to 2,000 social distancing violation complaints a week

Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer urged residents to stop holding large parties in their homes and in businesses as the city continues to see more coronavirus cases.

"You’re putting yourself and other people at great risk when you’re going to that party," she said at a news conference.

Ferrer said the city is responding to 2,000 complaints per week about businesses ignoring social distancing.

Ferrer acknowledged the city doesn't have enough police or health officials to crack down on the parties.

"The better way for us to approach this is going to be by convincing everyone, we really need you to do your part," she said.

4:30 p.m.: Fauci says family still getting death threats

At a public forum hosted by the Harvard School of Public Health, Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta that his family has continued to receive death threats since obtaining security in early April.

[The pandemic] brings out the best of people and the worst of people. And you know, getting death threats for me and my family and harassing my daughters to the point where I have to get security is just, I mean, it's amazing," he said.

Fauci argued the threats were based on a hostility toward public health principles he has espoused throughout the pandemic.

"I wouldn't have imagined in my wildest dreams that people who object to things that are pure public health principles are so set against it ... that they actually threaten you," he said. "I mean, that to me is just strange."

Fauci said the U.S. had "a disparate response" to the pandemic.

"We didn't all row together," Fauci said Wednesday.

"We live in a very big country, and we often leave the decisions about the implementation of things at the local level. And what we've seen is a great disparity in how individual states, cities responded," he said.

Fauci argued that while he did not expect another lockdown to combat the outbreak, the lack of unity in the moment is a concern.

"When we had 9/11, everyone was frightened, particularly because we had anthrax," Fauci said.

"So there was this kind of synergy among different demographic groups about holding together as a nation. Now, there's such a divergence of how people view this and such a divisiveness," he said.

On the subject of testing, Gupta asked why some COVID-19 results take a long time and are occasionally inaccurate.

"I could bend myself into a pretzel to get out of that question," Fauci said. "It's unacceptable. Period. And I don't know why, because that's not what I do everyday, but I can tell you they are trying."

Fauci said he still projects the U.S. won't develop a vaccine until the end of the year.

"My projection, which is only projection, is that somewhere towards the end of the year, the beginning of 2021, we will know whether we have a safe and effective vaccine," he told Gupta.

3:20 p.m.: Virginia becomes first state to launch COVID-19 tracing smartphone app

Virginia has become the first state to launch a smartphone app that aims to trace the spread of coronavirus.

The free app, COVIDWISE, tells users if they’ve been in contact with someone who has tested positive.

Those who test positive will get a unique code to enter into the app, the governor's office said.

Other COVIDWISE users who have been near someone who tested positive will get a notice saying, "You have likely been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19."

Gov. Ralph Northam stressed that COVIDWISE does not track or store personal information, nor does it rely on GPS.

“Instead it uses the Apple Google Bluetooth Low Energy Technology, which assigns random keys to positive cases," Northam said at a news conference. "It uses those keys to determine if you’ve been in close contact with someone who tests positive ... and sends you an alert."

"COVIDWISE works by using random Bluetooth keys that change every 10 to 20 minutes. iOS and Android devices that have the app installed will anonymously share these random keys if they are within close proximity for at least 15 minutes," the governor's office said in a statement. "Each day, the device downloads a list of all random keys associated with positive COVID-19 results submitted by other app users and checks them against the list of random keys it has encountered in the last 14 days. If there is a match, COVIDWISE may notify the individual, taking into account the date and duration of exposure, and the Bluetooth signal strength which is used to estimate proximity."

2:15 p.m.: 4 University of Louisville sports teams on hold after outbreak linked to party

Four sports teams at the University of Louisville are temporarily suspended after a COVID-19 outbreak linked to a party, university officials said, according to ABC Louisville affiliate WHAS.

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Twenty-nine students tested positive, WHAS reported.

Men's soccer, women's soccer, field hockey and volleyball are now all on hold, WHAS said.

Many other teammates and student athletes are quarantining since they were possibly exposed, school officials said, according to WHAS.

1:30 p.m.: US cruises suspended until at least Oct. 31

Cruise operators have agreed to voluntarily suspend U.S. cruises until at least Oct. 31, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) said Wednesday.

"This is a difficult decision as we recognize the crushing impact that this pandemic has had on our community and every other industry," CLIA said in a statement.

"CLIA cruise line members will continue to monitor the situation with the understanding that we will revisit a possible further extension," the statement said. "At the same time, should conditions in the U.S. change and it becomes possible to consider short, modified sailings, we would consider an earlier restart."

12:35 p.m.: Florida has 50 hospitals with no open ICU beds

Florida has 50 hospitals with no available ICU beds, the state's Agency for Healthcare Administration reported.

Two counties -- Jackson and Nassau -- have no open ICU beds, the agency said.

In Hillsborough County, which includes Tampa, only 13 ICU beds remain, the agency said.

These numbers are expected to fluctuate throughout the day as hospitals and medical centers provide updates.

11:58 a.m.: Biden won't travel to Milwaukee for Democratic National Convention

Former Vice President Joe Biden and all convention speakers will not be traveling to Milwaukee for the Democratic National Convention, according to a statement from the DNC Committee.

 “After ongoing consultation with public health officials and experts -- who underscored the worsening coronavirus pandemic -- the Democratic National Convention Committee announced today speakers for the 2020 Democratic National Convention will no longer travel to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in order to prevent risking the health of our host community as well as the convention’s production teams, security officials, community partners, media and others necessary to orchestrate the event," the statement said.

Biden will now give a speech accepting the nomination from Delaware.

11:40 a.m.: NYC to begin checkpoints enforcing state quarantine orders

New York City is beginning traveler registration checkpoints at some entry points to the city to make sure visitors and returning residents are complying with quarantine rules, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday.

The "Sheriff’s Office in coordination with other law enforcement agencies will undertake traveler registration checkpoints at major bridge and tunnel crossings into New York City,” said New York City Sheriff Joseph Fucito.

New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have a travel advisory in place for states with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a week average, or any state with 10% of higher positivity rate over a week average. Travelers arriving in the Tri-state area from those states must quarantine for two weeks.

Those coming to New York must also complete a traveler form.

Nonessential workers who do not follow quarantine orders could be fined $10,000. People who do not fill out New York's travel form could be fined $2,000.

States on the list as of Wednesday are: Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

11:02 a.m.: US clinches deal with Johnson & Johnson for potential vaccine

Johnson & Johnson has agreed to supply 100 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate to the United States for more than $1 billion.

Both the American pharmaceutical company and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the deal in separate statements Wednesday.

The agreement will support the company's efforts to scale up doses of the experimental vaccine through large-scale domestic manufacturing; the U.S. government will own the first 100 million doses. The federal government also has an option to purchase an additional 200 million doses under a subsequent agreement, according to a press release from Johnson & Johnson.

and second phases of clinical trials. The company, which has committed to making the drug available on a "not-for-profit" basis, said it will launch a phase three study by September.

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said in a statement that the Trump administration is assembling a "portfolio of vaccines" which will increase "the likelihood that the United States will have at least one safe, effective vaccine by 2021."

10:32 a.m.: Chicago Public Schools will start with all-remote learning, officials say

All of Chicago's public school students and teachers will begin the new school year at home next month due to the coronavirus pandemic, officials announced Wednesday.

Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson said at a press conference that remote learning will be conducted for at least the first quarter of the school year, which runs through Nov. 6.

"By that point," Jackson said, "we will evaluate the situation and make a determination about how we will move forward."

Jackson noted that the students will be engaged for the entirety of a normal school day -- from their time with teachers, independent studying and small group learning.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the decision to start remotely "makes sense for a district of CPS's size and diversity."

The move comes on the heels of protests across the country held by teachers and activists demanding adequate classroom safety measures as schools debate reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic.

9:44 a.m.: Moderna on track to enroll 30,000 people in phase 3 trial

American biotechnology company Moderna announced Wednesday that it's on track to recruit enough volunteers for the third phase of clinical trials for its potential COVID-19 vaccine.

The phase three study of Moderna's vaccine candidate, mRNA-1273, began on July 23 and is being conducted in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health as well as the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority.

The trial will ultimately include 30,000 volunteers and Moderna said it expects to complete enrollment by September. It's the final stage before the vaccine candidate could potentially be authorized for use by the Food and Drug Administration.

Each volunteer will be given either a dose of the vaccine candidate or a placebo. Researchers will monitor whether the drug protects the group from getting infected.

8:30 a.m.: Fourth-graders to be quarantined after student tests positive in North Carolina

A fourth-grade student at a private school in North Carolina has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a report by Durham ABC station WTVD-TV.

Thales Academy said it was notified Monday that one of its student at its Wake Forest campus had tested positive after being exposed by a family member. The school then sent a letter home to parents explaining what happened and how it planned to move forward, WTVD reported.

The last time the infected student was on campus was Friday. The student was asymptomatic throughout their time at school, passing the temperature check and symptom-screening checklist for entry, according to WTVD.

Students potentially exposed have been contacted and will be quarantined for 14 days along with the teaching staff, WTVD reported.

Thales Academy welcomed students back to its campuses for the new school year in July.

7:50 a.m.: Bolivia cancels the rest of its school year

Schools across Bolivia will remain closed for the rest of the year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Interim Bolivian President Jeanine Anez announced the decision earlier this week.

"Today we make the decision to close the school year," Anez wrote in Spanish on Twitter. "It is very hard, but we do it to take care of the health of Bolivians, especially our children. Health is the most important thing, especially at this time."

Last week, the South American nation's highest electoral authority postponed the presidential election from Sept. 8 to Oct. 18 due to the pandemic, marking the third time the vote has been delayed.

More than 83,000 people in Bolivia have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and at least 3,320 of them have died, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.

7:09 a.m.: Democratic and Republican governors band together to fill testing void

A bipartisan group of at least seven governors has teamed up with the Rockefeller Foundation to try to expand the use of rapid antigen tests to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, clinched the deal with the New York City-based private foundation in "the first interstate testing compact of its kind among governors during the COVID-19 pandemic," according to a press release. The governors of Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia have all signed on to the agreement.

The governors are now in talks with the U.S. manufactures of the Food and Drug Administation-authorized fast-acting tests, which deliver results in 15-20 minutes, to purchase 500,000 per state, for a total of three million tests.

"With severe shortages and delays in testing and the federal administration attempting to cut funding for testing, the states are banding together to acquire millions of faster tests to help save lives and slow the spread of COVID-19," Hogan said in a statement Tuesday night. "I want to thank my fellow governors for signing on to this groundbreaking bipartisan agreement, which we have just finalized after weeks of discussions with the Rockefeller Foundation. We will be working to bring additional states, cities, and local governments on board as this initiative moves forward."

5:14 a.m.: Global death toll tops 700,000

More than 700,000 people around the world have now died from the novel coronavirus -- another grim milestone in the pandemic.

As of early Wednesday morning, the global death toll from COVID-19 was at 700,741, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.

3:37 a.m.: US daily case count shoots back up over 50,000

More than 57,000 new cases of COVID-19 were identified in the United States on Tuesday, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.

The latest daily caseload is about 10,000 more than the previous day's increase but still lower than the country's record set on July 16, when more than 77,000 new cases were identified in a 24-hour reporting period.

A total of 4,771,519 people in the United States have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 156,830 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.

By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country's cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up and crossing 70,000 for the first time in mid-July.

Many states have seen a rise in infections in recent weeks, with some -- including Arizona, California and Florida -- reporting daily records.

However, an internal memo from the Federal Emergency Management Agency obtained by ABC News on Monday night shows an 8.8% decrease in new cases across the United States over the past week compared with the previous week. That same seven-day span saw a 24% increase in deaths, according to the memo.

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(ATLANTA) -- The former Atlanta police officer charged with the fatal shooting of Rayshard Brooks in a Wendy's parking lot in June could be facing imprisonment for allegedly violating the conditions of his bond agreement.

Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard filed a motion Tuesday to revoke former officer Garrett Rolfe's bond, after Howard 's office was notified that Rolfe had left the state "for a short vacation."

"While his bond does not preclude out of state travel, we wanted to make you aware of this," Rolfe's attorney Bill Thomas wrote to members of Fulton County's District Attorney Office on August 3, according to court documents.

After receiving the email, the state of Georgia contacted the company responsible for Rolfe's monitoring. Rolfe's location history indicates that he entered Florida the morning of August 2, the day before his lawyer's email to the Fulton County District Attorney's Office.

The District Attorney's office said Wednesday that it was unclear if Rolfe had returned to Atlanta yet.

The state had no prior knowledge of Rolfe's travel and said it is unaware of any special permission given by the court for travel outside of the jurisdiction, Howard said in the motion.

Rolfe was granted $500,000 bond on June 30, partly under the condition that he adhere to a curfew and only leave the home for medical, legal, or work reasons. Howard states in the motion that Rolfe "has clearly shown that he will not abide by the conditions of bond imposed by the Court." He requested the judge revoke his bond and remand him to custody.

Brooks' widow Tomika Miller says she was shocked to hear allegations that the former officer who gunned down her husband potentially violated court orders and went on a beach vacation.

"I was baffled when I heard about this. It was very hurtful. It let me know that Officer Rolfe did not care about what the judge had laid down, as well as caring about how anyone else would feel," Miller said. "I'm hurt and again I'm just wondering when will justice be served. When will things change?"

Miller, who tearfully pleaded that the judge not grant Rolfe bond at the hearing in June, said something should be done in response to Rolfe's possible bond violation.

Miller' attorney, Chris Stewart, echoed her disbelief that Rolfe would go on vacation after killing Brooks and in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.

"I believe that a lot of us would love to be on vacation," Stewart said. "And it was mind-blowing to see that Officer Rolfe decided to ignore the court rules and regulations and standards that have been set upon him for his bond."

Stewart also questioned Rolfe's lawyer's reported defense that the judge did not explicitly state Rolfe could not leave the state.

"If that's the situation, then the entire situation for bonds and the detail that's needed in these is going to be tragically destroyed," Stewart said. The judge, said Stewart, "was very clear that officer Rolfe was not supposed to leave the state."

Stewart said he is waiting for the judge to enforce the law and he hopes that Rolfe's bond will be revoked.

"Officer Rolfe should not be vacationing in Florida, which we believe is a full violation of his bond and furthermore shows the mental state of this officer to feel that he can just go on vacation after being charged with the murder of Rayshard Brooks," Stewart said.

Brooks was killed on June 12 after a Wendy's employee called police to complain that Brooks was passed out behind the wheel of a car in the drive-thru lane, according to police.

Officer Devin Brosnan was the first to arrive on the scene and knocked on Brooks' window but could not wake him up. Body camera video showed Brosnan opening the door and shaking Brooks awake.

Rolfe responded to the scene when Brosnan radioed a dispatcher saying he needed a DUI-certified officer.

When officers tried to put Brooks in handcuffs, Brooks struggled, wrestled with both officers on the ground, and then grabbed Brosnan's stun gun.

Surveillance video showed Brooks running through the parking lot as the officers chased after him. While fleeing, Brooks appeared to shoot the stun gun at Rolfe, who drew his weapon and opened fire. Brooks died from two gunshot wounds to his back, the medical examiner determined.

Rolfe’s lawyers said the killing was in self-defense and that it was legally justified.

In a news conference in June, District Attorney Howard also alleged that video of the incident showed Rolfe kicking Brooks as Brooks lay dying on the ground, and Brosnan standing on Brooks' shoulder. But during Rolfe's bond hearing, another one of Rolfe's attorney, Noah Pines, denied that Rolfe kicked Brooks after shooting him.

Brosnan, who has been placed on administrative leave from the police department, was charged with two counts of violations of oath and one count of aggravated assault for allegedly standing on Brooks' shoulder after Brooks was shot by Rolfe. Brosnan surrendered to authorities on June 18 and was released on $50,000 bail.

One factor in the judge's decision to grant Rolfe bond in June was her determination that he was not a flight risk. She noted that Rolfe did not attempt to flee after the Fulton County District Attorney announced murder charges against him on June 17, and she gave him more than a day to voluntarily surrender.

"We have the answer to that one," Justin Miller, an attorney for Brooks' family, said after being informed that Rolfe had left the state. "That is flight. He is actually gone."

On Tuesday Rolfe's attorneys began fighting another legal battle to reinstate Rolfe's position with the Atlanta Police department.

Rolfe's lawyers filed a petition seeking an order that would require the city of Atlanta to follow city ordinances which provide its employees with due process, including notice and an opportunity to be heard, before they can be fired in connection with allegations of misconduct, according to a statement.

"The City of Atlanta willfully and blatantly failed to abide by these ordinances, firing Garrett Rolfe within days of his lawful use of force on June 12, 2020," reads a statement on behalf of Rolfe's attorneys.

A representative for Rolfe's legal team told ABC News they have no comment at this time on allegations he violated the conditions of his bond.

There is no hearing date set for Howard's motion to revoke Rolfe's bond.

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(NEW YORK) -- Tropical Storm Isaias raced up the East Coast, delivering torrential rain and ferocious winds, and, according to reports, killed at least 6 people.

Among the deaths was a man in New York City -- a downed tree crushed his car, New York ABC station WABC reported.

Isaias made landfall in North Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane late Monday before charging up the East Coast on Tuesday.

At least 3 million customers lost power from North Carolina up to Maine.

Wind gusts from Isaias reached 109 mph on Long Beach Island in New Jersey and 96 mph in New Castle County, Delaware.

The storm also resulted in torrential rain and flash flooding.

Sotterley, Maryland, was buried under 9 inches of rain, while Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, recorded almost 8.6 inches.

At least 26 tornadoes were reported ranging from North Carolina to New Jersey. A Bertie County, North Carolina, tornado registered at EF-3, the National Weather Service said.

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Miramar Police Department via TwitterBy CHRISTINA CARREGA, ABC News

(MIRAMAR, Fla.) -- It has been 10 days since 2-year-old Kamdyn was found wandering in a Miramar, Florida, parking lot located over 12 hours away from his family.

Police in South Florida, including Miramar and Hollywood departments, have been on the hunt for the toddler's mother, Leila Cavett, since July 26.

The white Chevy pickup truck the 21-year-old was last seen driving was found abandoned in Hollywood, police said.

"Police have stated she was possibly in the Fort Lauderdale beach area before her disappearance in the company of a Black male," according to the family's attorney.

The law firm has posted daily updates on Cavett's case to its Facebook page since Monday. Request for comment from the attorneys was not returned.

"The FBI is providing assistance to local law enforcement," public affairs specialist Jim Marshall confirmed to ABC News on Wednesday.

The little boy has been placed in the state's foster care system.

Cavett's family, who drove from Alabama and Tennessee to assist with regaining custody of Kamdyn, were granted visitation by a family court judge on Monday, according to the family's attorney.

They saw and spoke with the child through a Zoom video conference call due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Cavett is described as 5 feet 4 inches tall, 110 pounds with tattoos "Kamdyn" and a Jesus fish on her right arm and right wrist, respectively.

Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to call the Hollywood Police Department at 954-764-4357.

Request for comment from the Hollywood Police Department was not returned.

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Denver Fire Department via TwitterBy CLAYTON SANDELL, EMILY SHAPIRO and JEFFREY COOK, ABC News

(DENVER) -- Five people are dead, including two children, in an early morning house fire that Denver police and fire officials say appears to be arson.

The fire was reported around 2:40 a.m. local time, the Denver Fire Department said. Responding officers tried to get people out of the house but the intense heat pushed them back, the police department said.

Three people escaped the fire by jumping from the second story of the suburban home, according to a Denver Fire Department spokesperson. They are not believed to be significantly injured.

A toddler, a child and three adults were killed, according to the fire department. They were all found on the first floor, fire officials said at a news conference.

"We have indication through some evidence that it was an arson," Joe Montoya, Denver police Division Chief of Investigations, said at a Wednesday morning news conference.

He did not provide further information on the evidence.

The fire "will be investigated ... as a homicide investigation," Montoya said.

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Nick J./iStockBy MATT SEYLER, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- Search crews have located a Marine Corps amphibious assault vehicle nearly 400 feet under the ocean's surface after it sunk in a deadly accident off the coast of Southern California last week, according to military officials.

"Officials with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), I Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF), and the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) positively identified on Aug. 3 the location of the amphibious assault vehicle (AAV) that sunk off the coast of San Clemente Island on July 30," a military official said in a statement Tuesday.

Of the 16 aboard when the vehicle began taking on water during a shore-to-ship maneuver about a mile off the coast of San Clemente Island Thursday, eight were rescued, one of whom was pronounced dead at the scene.

Seven Marines and one Navy corpsman were declared missing and presumed dead on Sunday after an intensive 40-hour search and rescue mission. The AAV was determined to be too deep for divers to reach.

The Navy’s Undersea Rescue Command was able to identify human remains Monday using video from an unmanned sub, according to the statement. Recovery efforts could begin as early as the end of the week.

"The Navy has expedited the movement of assets to recover the remains of the Marines and Sailor, as well as raise the AAV. The equipment to properly and safely perform the recovery from the sea floor will be in place at the end of this week, and a dignified transfer of our Marines and Sailor will occur as soon as possible after the conclusion of recovery operations," the statement said.

Lt. General Joseph Osterman, commander of I MEF, told reporters Friday that searchers had a good idea of where the AAV went down because Marines on other AAVs close by witnessed it go under. However officials initially estimated it had sunk as deep as 600 feet, as opposed to the 385-foot depth at which it was found.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

Though Osterman said that only two AAVs have sunk in the last 25 years, Marine Commandant David Berger declared Friday that all AAV water operations will be halted until the nature of the accident is better understood.

President Donald Trump offered his condolences for the fallen military men on Twitter Tuesday afternoon.

"I am deeply saddened by the tragic loss of eight Marines and one Sailor during a training exercise off the coast of California. Our prayers are with their families. I thank them for the brave service their loved ones gave to our Nation. #SemperFidelis," Trump tweeted.

This week the Marine Corps released details of the nine service members presumed dead. All eight Marines served as riflemen in 1st Battalion, 4th Marines based in Camp Pendleton. The sailor was a Fleet Marine Force corpsman serving alongside them in the infantry unit.

Their names, ages and hometowns are as follows:

  • LCpl. Guillermo S. Perez, 20, of New Braunfels, Texas (pronounced dead at the scene)
  • Cpl Wesley A. Rodd, 23, of Harris, Texas
  • Cpl. Cesar A. Villanueva, 21, of Riverside, California
  • U.S. Navy Hospitalman Christopher Gnem, 22, of Stockton, California
  • LCpl. Marco A. Barranco, 21, of Montebello, California
  • LCpl. Chase D. Sweetwood, 19, of Portland, Oregon
  • Pfc. Bryan J. Baltierra, 18, of Corona, California
  • Pfc. Evan A. Bath, 19, of Oak Creek, Wisconsin
  • Pfc. Jack Ryan Ostrovsky, 21, of Bend, Oregon

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Facebook/Los Angeles County Sheriff's DepartmentBy JON HAWORTH, ABC News

(LOS ANGELES) -- Up to 3,000 cock fighting roosters, along with several hundred livestock animals, have been recovered from a California ranch following an investigation into animal cruelty.

The recovery began at approximately 7 a.m. on Aug. 3 when Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies who were assigned to the Community Partnerships Bureau served a search warrant on a multi-acre ranch in the Chatsworth area of Los Angeles.

According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the operation was part of an investigation related to animal cruelty and possession of game fowl for the purpose of fighting and was conducted in conjunction with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and the County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control.

“Several hundred livestock animals are held on the property in various states of health,” the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement. “Approximately two to three thousand cock fighting roosters are also being held on the property.

Several occupiers of the property were detained during the operation although the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department did not disclose their identity or how many suspects were involved.

Authorities said that investigators are on the scene to determine the animals’ ownership and if any crimes were involved and that all of the animals will be inspected and documented by Animal Care and Control officers.

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(NEW YORK) -- Tropical Storm Isaias is bringing rain and wind to western New England, gradually weakening as it moves northeastward.

In its path up the East Coast, the storm has battered New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania with heavy rain, flooding, tornadoes and rough winds.

One person in Maryland, one in Connecticut, one in New York and two others in North Carolina have died as a result of the storm.

As of Tuesday night, more than 3.7 million customers were without power across North Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island and Maine.

At least 21 tornadoes were reported from North Carolina to New Jersey.

Here is a breakdown by region:

New Jersey, Pennsylvania

Long Beach Island in New Jersey reported a wind gust of 109 mph.

Wind gusts reached 66 mph in Atlantic City.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy declared a statewide state of emergency.

"Do not be on the roads unless absolutely necessary," he tweeted.

New Jersey Transit was suspended as of midday Tuesday.

Early Tuesday, some streets in the Philadelphia suburb of Bryn Mawr looked like a river.


Gov. John Carney issued a state of emergency Tuesday afternoon, following high winds, heavy rainfall, tornadoes and flooding due to Isaias. Carney said several communities in the state had "significant damage."

A flood warning was in effect for New Castle County through 8 p.m. Tuesday.


Sotterley, Maryland, was buried under 9 inches of rain, while Prince Frederick, Maryland, saw 8.42 inches of rainfall.

In coastal St. Mary's County, Maryland, a driver was killed Tuesday morning when a massive tree fell on the car, according to the county sheriff's office. The Rehoboth Fire Department said it responded to a man trapped underneath a tree in his yard. Officials said the man was brought to the hospital but did not have an update on his condition.

At Maryland's Charles County-Prince George's County line, two drivers were rescued after their cars were swept off a flooded road, Maryland State Police said.

One driver was taken to the hospital, police said.

New York

New York City was battered by torrential rain and gusty winds Tuesday.

In New York City's harbor, wind gusts reached 72 mph.

A man was killed in the New York City borough of Queens when a downed tree crushed his car, New York ABC station WABC-TV reported.

Only underground subways were operating Tuesday afternoon. Outdoor stations were closed due to high winds.

The Long Island Railroad suspended service system-wide due to high winds. The Metro-North train line also suspended some service.

Carolinas, Virginia

Isaias made landfall in North Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane around 11 p.m. Monday, lashing the coastline and leaving a trail of damage in its wake.

At least two people in North Carolina died as a result of the storm, according to Raleigh ABC station WTVD-TV.

"All in all, this storm got in, got out pretty quickly and that's a good sign for potential river flooding which we hope will not be serious," North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper told ABC News' Good Morning America Tuesday. "The damage was not in any way as great as it could have been."

In South Carolina, storm surge caused streets to turn to rivers, homes to flood and cars to end up buried under sand.

As Isaias moved north, multiple homes were damaged by downed trees in Suffolk, Virginia, city officials said.

What's next

As of 8 p.m., the center of the storm was near Rutland, Vermont, moving northeast with sustained winds of about 50 mph with higher gusts.

By 11 p.m. Isaias will head into Canada, leaving lingering rain and wind in Maine.

The storm is expected to continue to weaken, becoming post-tropical later Tuesday night or early Wednesday.

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(NEW YORK) -- A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 696,000 people worldwide.

Over 18.3 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks.

Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 4.7 million diagnosed cases and at least 156,426 deaths.

Here's how the news developed Tuesday. All times Eastern:

11:17 p.m. New data suggests surge could be leveling off, says FEMA

New data on the coronavirus suggests that the national surge in cases could be leveling off, according to an internal FEMA memo obtained by ABC News.

Only seven states and territories are on an upward trajectory of new cases, while 10 states are at a plateau and 39 states are going down, according to the memo.

Nationwide, the last week saw a 9.2% decrease in cases from the previous seven-day period, the memo said.

There was also a 7% increase in new deaths compared to the previous week, but the figure is lower than the 20-30% week-over-week increase the country has seen of late.

6:05 p.m.: Louisiana to extend bar closures, mask mandate

Louisiana bars will remain closed for on-site consumption, and a statewide mask mandate will remain in effect through Aug. 28, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Tuesday.

Crowd sizes will also still be limited to no more than 50 people.

This is the second time the governor has extended the measures, which went into effect on July 13 and were set to end on Friday. Edwards plans to sign a new executive order this week extending the order another 21 days due to "high COVID incidence."

“Louisiana is beginning to see the positive impact of the mask mandate in its COVID-19 data, including a decline in the number of people who are reporting to emergency rooms with COVID-like symptoms, decreasing new cases across the state and declining or plateauing hospitalizations in many regions of our state," Edwards said in a statement. "Still, every single one of our 64 parishes has high COVID incidence."

Louisiana leads the U.S. in cases per capita, according to state data. There are 124,461 confirmed cases.

4:23 p.m.: Mississippi governor issues mask mandate, pushes school back for some students

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves on Tuesday said everyone in the state must wear a mask at public gatherings and when shopping, the Mississippi Clarion Ledger reported. The executive order will last for two weeks, the newspaper said.

Workers from Servpro disinfect Mugshots restaurant in Tupelo, Miss., July 17, 2020, as the restaurant is preparing to open for business.

The governor on Tuesday also said he's issuing an executive order to delay in-person learning in eight hot spot counties for students in 7th grade and above, reported NBC Jackson affiliate WLBT.

Fifty-one districts are set to begin school this week, WLBT said. Masks will be required for students and teachers, according to WLBT.

3:15 p.m.: Rafael Nadal says he won't play US Open

Rafael Nadal has announced that he will not seek to defend his title at the U.S. Open this month because of concerns surrounding COVID-19.

He wrote on Instagram, "The situation is very complicated worldwide, the COVID-19 cases are increasing, it looks like we still don’t have control of it."  

The U.S. Tennis Association announced Tuesday that Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer will be among the players who will compete for the grand slam title.

Djokovic was a vocal critic of the US Open bubble calling the conditions "extreme." But in recent weeks, a European tournament he hosted came under fire after some players contracted COVID-19 and videos surfaced of parties showing a lack of social distancing.

The U.S. Open begins Aug. 31 in Flushing, New York.

1:30 p.m.: Indianapolis 500 to take place without fans

This year's Indianapolis 500 will take place on Aug. 23 without fans, Indianapolis Motor Speedway said Tuesday.

"As dedicated as we were to running the race this year with 25 percent attendance at our large outdoor facility, even with meaningful and careful precautions implemented by the city and state, the COVID-19 trends in Marion County and Indiana have worsened," Indianapolis Motor Speedway said in a statement. "Since our June 26 announcement, the number of cases in Marion County has tripled while the positivity rate has doubled."

"We said from the beginning of the pandemic we would put the health and safety of our community first, and while hosting spectators at a limited capacity with our robust plan in place was appropriate in late June, it is not the right path forward based on the current environment," the statement said.

1:03 p.m.: Birx says US is making progress but deaths likely to rise for next 2 weeks

On a weekly call with governors and Vice President Mike Pence, White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx said "test-positivity is going down" but the U.S. will still likely see a rise in deaths over the next two weeks.

Birx urged governors who are battling outbreaks “to not let your citizens get discouraged that they're not seeing progress," according to an audio recording of the Monday meeting obtained by ABC News.

"Because you are seeing progress," Birx continued, "it’s just the whole [cycle] takes about six to eight weeks to move through that increased test positivity, increased cases, and then increasing mortality.”

Birx called out the success of Arizona’s actions on masks and bars that helped pull the state back from the brink.

Birx and Pence both said that states in the heartland -- particularly Missouri and Tennessee -- still have time to avoid a crisis.

12:15 p.m.: Connecticut, New York, New Jersey add Rhode Island to travel quarantine list

Connecticut, New York and New Jersey have added Rhode Island to their travel quarantine list, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont announced Tuesday.

Delaware and Washington, D.C., have been removed from the list, Lamont said.

New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have a travel advisory in place for states with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a week average, or any state with 10% of higher positivity rate over a week average. Travelers arriving in the Tri-state area from those states must quarantine for two weeks.

Over two dozen states are on the list.

11:37 a.m.: NYC health commissioner resigns following clashes with mayor

New York City's health commissioner, Dr. Oxiris Barbot, submitted her resignation Tuesday morning to Mayor Bill de Blasio, who immediately named a replacement as the city continues its battle against the novel coronavirus.

In her resignation letter, Barbot criticized the de Blasio administration’s handling of the city's outbreak.

"I leave my post today with deep disappointment that during the most critical public health crisis in our lifetime, that the Health Department’s incomparable disease control expertise was not used to the degree it could have been," wrote Barbot, who served as commissioner since 2018. "Our experts are world renowned for their epidemiology, surveillance and response work. The city would be well served by having them at the strategic center of the response not in the background."

The city's new health commissioner is Dr. Dave Chokshi, a Rhodes Scholar who served at the Louisiana Department of Health during Hurricane Katrina. He was also a principal health adviser to the secretary of Veterans Affairs in the Obama administration and was a practicing physician at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan.

10:54 a.m.: 45 Florida hospitals have reached ICU capacity, data shows

The intensive care units of at least 45 Florida hospitals have reached capacity and don't have any free beds, according to data released Tuesday by Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration.

The data also shows 39 Florida hospitals with just one ICU bed available. Two Florida counties, Jackson and Nassau, have zero ICU beds available in their hospitals.

Meanwhile, the percentage of adult ICU beds available statewide was 16.5%, according to the data.

The Sunshine State has emerged as a major new hot spot in the novel coronavirus outbreak in the United States, with confirmed cases recently eclipsing New York and now second only to California.

The Florida Department of Health recorded 5,446 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the statewide count to 497,330. There were also an additional 245 coronavirus-related deaths, making the total 7,524.

The number of coronavirus-related hospitalizations in the state was up 586 from the previous day.

7:42 a.m.: 'We have to take this seriously,' FDA commissioner says

The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that the novel coronavirus outbreak is still not under control, as he urged Americans to "take this seriously."

"This virus is still with us, and it is around the country and we're seeing these cases come not just in the United States but around the world," FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos in an interview on Good Morning America.

"That's really the message we want the American people to know, that we have to take this seriously," he added. "We need to get these case numbers down."

Hahn called on Americans to continue practicing the "common sense public health measures" to prevent the further spread of the virus, including frequent hand washing and social distancing.

"These measures appear to be working in the areas that are hotspots," he said.

When asked whether political considerations will be at play when the FDA takes on the role of determining whether a vaccine is both safe and effective, Hahn said they "will make that decision based upon the science and the data from the clinical trials that are going."

"The science and data are really going to guide this decision and nothing else," he added.

The FDA has the ability to authorize emergency use of a vaccine before the normal approval process is completed. Hahn said the agency will "expeditiously" review the data from the clinical trials as soon as its available, "whether we use the emergency use authorization path or the regular approval path."

"Both are available to us, but our rigorous standards that we will use the safety and efficacy will be done," he said.

The FDA will also tap a vaccine advisory committee, which Hahn said is "a standard approach."

"We will be using that to help us make this decision," he noted. "These are outside experts from around the country."

6:12 a.m. UN chief warns of 'generational catastrophe' amid school closures

School closures due to the coronavirus pandemic in over 160 countries in mid-July affected more than one billion students, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Tuesday.

Meanwhile, at least 40 million children have missed out on education "in their critical pre-school year," according to Guterres, who warned that the world faces "a generational catastrophe that could waste untold human potential, undermine decades of progress, and exacerbate entrenched inequalities."

The U.N. chief urged schools to reopen once the local transmission of the novel coronavirus is under control.

"We are at a defining moment for the world’s children and young people," Guterres said in a video message Tuesday. "The decisions that governments and partners take now will have lasting impact on hundreds of millions of young people, and on the development prospects of countries for decades to come."

5:05 a.m.: Russia reports lowest daily increase in cases since April

Russia reported 5,159 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, its lowest day-to-day increase since April 23.

The country's coronavirus response headquarters also recorded 144 additional coronavirus-related deaths over the past 24 hours. Meanwhile, another 7,878 patients had recovered from the disease.

Overall, Russia has reported 861,423 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 14,351 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

The country has the fourth-highest number of diagnosed cases in the world, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.

3:24 a.m.: US records under 50,000 new cases for second straight day

More than 45,000 new cases of COVID-19 were identified in the United States on Monday, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.

It's the second straight day that the daily caseload is under 50,000 -- a low that the country hasn't seen for weeks. The latest day-to-day increase is also down from the country's peak of 77,000 new cases, identified on July 16.

A total of 4,717,568 people in the United States have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 155,469 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.

By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country's cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up and crossing 70,000 for the first time in mid-July.

Many states have seen a rise in infections in recent weeks, with some -- including Arizona, California and Florida -- reporting daily records.

However, an internal memo from the Federal Emergency Management Agency shows an 8.8% decrease in new cases across the United States over the last week compared with the previous week.

That same seven-day span saw a 24% increase in deaths, according to the memo obtained by ABC News.

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(ST. ANTHONY, Idaho) -- Preliminary hearings resumed Tuesday for Chad Daybell, who is charged in the case of two Idaho children found dead in June after a monthslong search.

Daybell's wife, Lori Vallow, who is the mother of the children, Tylee Ryan and JJ Vallow, has also been charged.

The hearings began Monday and included harrowing testimonies from detectives who found the bodies of Tylee and JJ on Daybell's property on June 9, including that JJ had been found with duct tape around arms, feet and head, which was inside a black plastic bag. Tylee's remains were found in a melted green bucket, detectives said.

Tuesday's hearings offered a glimpse of Daybell and Vallow's relationship.

Melanie Gibb, a friend of the two, testified that Vallow was a very "convincing and persuasive" person. Gibb also said that Vallow and Daybell were infatuated with one another.

Gibb admitted on the stand that she lied to police in late November about the whereabouts of JJ.

"I told him that I had him and that I didn’t have him," she said.

Gibb testified Monday about a phone call she had with Vallow in December -- about three months after the children were last seen.

She asked where the children are, specifically asking about JJ, according to audio of the call which was played in court.

Vallow replies saying she had to move him and was "keeping him protected."

A phone call between Vallow and Daybell was also played in court. The call took place when authorities were searching the house, according to Daybell on the phone.

"Are they seizing stuff again?" Vallow can be heard asking, to which Daybell replies: "They have search warrants and stuff."

The phone call ends with the two saying "I love you."

Detective Ray Dennis Hermosillo testified Monday, offering gruesome details about the discovery of JJ and Tylee's bodies.

Hermosillo said that about two hours after the search began, detectives marked off an area at Daybell's home where there was a "recognizable deceased body smell."

Hermosillo said that sod was removed from the area and a black plastic bag, as well as a melted green bucket, were found.

The bag contained a round object that was protruding through the dirt, which was later determined to be the skull of JJ, according to Hermosillo.

JJ had been wearing red pajamas and black socks, and a white and blue blanket had been placed on top of him, Hermosillo said.

He was also found with a "large amount" of duct tape covering his head, arms and feet, according to Hermosillo.

The charred remains of Tylee were found in the melted green bucket, Hermosillo said.

Both remains were found about six to eight inches under the sod. The grandparents of JJ were seen in court weeping during the gruesome testimony.

Daybell, 51, was charged with two felony counts of destruction, alteration or concealment of evidence after the remains were found on his property.

Vallow, whose preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 10, is facing two felony counts of desertion and nonsupport of dependent children and one misdemeanor count each of resisting and obstructing an officer, solicitation of a crime and contempt. She was arrested back in February.

Both have maintained their innocence.

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(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) -- Louisville's top police officers walked out of a committee hearing on Monday, refusing to answer questions amid an ongoing investigation into the city's handling of the case of Breonna Taylor, a young Black medical worker who was fatally shot by plainclothes officers.

Louisville Metro Police Chief Rob Schroeder and the city's chief of public safety Amy Hess left the hearing without answering queries from city lawmakers on Monday, citing a pending lawsuit against the police department and the city.

The officials had agreed to testify before the Government Oversight and Audit Committee about the city's response to ongoing protests over Taylor's death.

It was the first scheduled hearing related to the Metro Council's investigation into Mayor Greg Fischer's administration and its handling of the large-scale protests that followed the 26-year-old woman's death.

Attorneys for Schroeder and Hess argued that they couldn't answer the questions due to a federal lawsuit filed Thursday by the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky and the NAACP. It names Schroeder, Mayor Fischer, Louisville metro government and the police department among the defendants.

"If we're compelled to proceed today and we're here voluntarily and prepared to proceed, the law requires it be done in closed session," David Gaurnieri, an attorney for Hess, said.

Schroeder's attorney, Joey Klausing, made a similar argument, saying a testimony in open court this early on in the case could jeopardize the officers' defense.

"He [Schroeder] has been named in a 47-page civil rights lawsuit, which I haven't even had the opportunity to talk to him about," Klausing said, noting that the suit came in late Thursday night. "He's not just been named in his official capacity. He's been named in his individual capacity as well."

"To have him be compelled to testify here today would be in contradiction to the statutes that have been promulgated by our legislature," he added.

The four-hour hearing was supposed to focus on how the police department handled protests in the wake of Taylor's death in March, but the attorneys claimed there was too much overlap between the topics on the hearing agenda and those mentioned in the excessive use of force lawsuit.

After their departure, council members voted 10-1 to issue subpoenas to compel the officials to testify.

Taylor's death on March 13 sent shock waves around the country. Louisville police officers had executed a no-knock search warrant and used a battering ram to forcefully enter the young woman's apartment.

Taylor and her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, got out of bed around midnight when they heard a commotion outside. After a short exchange with police, Walker fired his gun in self-defense, saying he thought his home was being broken into, according to police.

The plainclothes officers returned gunfire, firing several shots and fatally hitting Taylor, police said.

It was later revealed that the police had been looking for two men who they believed were selling drugs out of a house located near Taylor’s home. Police obtained a no-knock warrant to search Taylor’s apartment because they had reason to believe the men had used her apartment to receive packages.

One of the officers, Brett Hankison, was fired in June amid intense pressure from the public. Jon Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove, the other officers involved, were placed on administrative reassignment, but civil rights activists say all three men should be charged.

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(NEW YORK) -- Dr. Oxiris Barbot resigned as New York City's health commissioner, saying in her resignation letter that "the Health Department's incomparable disease control expertise was not used to the degree it could have been."

"I leave my post today with deep disappointment that during the most critical public health crisis in our lifetime, that the Health Department's incomparable disease control expertise was not used to the degree it could have been," her resignation letter said, taking aim at Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration.

Her replacement was immediately announced as Dr. Dave Chokshi, a Rhodes Scholar who served at the Louisiana Department of Health during Hurricane Katrina and was the principal health adviser to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in the Obama administration.

In a letter to her staff announcing her departure, Barbot described her rise to NYC health chief.

"I am proud that as a woman of color raised in public housing in this city, I always put public health, racial equity and the well-being of the city I love first," she wrote. "My commitment to this city and to public health is unwavering."

Barbot's resignation comes after de Blasio stripped control of the city's COVID-19 contact tracing program from the health department, which has historically handled tracing. The mayor instead placed the program under Health and Hospitals, the agency that runs the city's public hospitals.

In recent weeks, the city's contract tracing program has come under fire after complaints from contact tracers about the program being disorganized and having poor working conditions.

Barbot also butted heads with NYPD Police Chief Terence Monahan when he asked for more face masks for his officers in March, according to the New York Post. Following the incident, which was widely reported in the media, Barbot disappeared from public view for days -- at the height of the coronavirus outbreak in New York City.

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(NEW YORK) -- Tropical Storm Isaias made landfall in southern North Carolina late Monday night, buffeting the coast with heavy winds and rain.

Isaias weakened from a hurricane to a tropical storm at approximately 3 a.m. Tuesday morning and it made landfall near Ocean Isle Beach, with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph.

Over half a million customers are without power across North Carolina and Virginia as of 6:45 a.m. Tuesday morning: 372,604 in North Carolina, and 136,005 in Virginia. The total number of people affected by the power outages is estimated to be much more since these numbers reflect the number of customers without power and not people -- a customer could have multiple people in a household.

In Brunswick County, North Carolina, emergency crews were responding to several fires and there were reports of possible tornadoes, officials said.

Isaias approached the coast as a tropical storm with winds of 74 mph, but picked up speed as it slammed into the coastline.

Strong winds ripped through Apache Pier in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, while rough waves and high water battered North Carolina's Oak Island.

The storm has caused flooding and damaged homes as it batters coastal towns in North and South Carolina.

Officials ordered residents in affected areas to shelter in place and not leave their homes, especially in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Myrtle Beach Emergency Manager Bruce Arnel said emergency support personnel were taking every COVID-19 precaution in responding to the storm.

"We're prepared, but it is challenging in this COVID environment to do anything like this," he told ABC News.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper also urged residents to stay inside and warned them to be mindful of downed trees and power lines.

The last hurricane to make landfall in North Carolina was Hurricane Dorian in 2019. The last hurricane to make landfall in South Carolina was Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

Tropical storm alerts stretch all the way up to New England, as Isaias is now expected to weaken as it makes its way up the East Coast.

The storm is forecast to bring torrential rain, flash flooding and storm surge up the coast, as well as dangerous winds to the Northeast.

Isaias will reach the Mid-Atlantic by early morning Tuesday and the Northeast by Tuesday night.

More than six inches of rain are forecast for the Mid-Atlantic.

The heaviest rainfall is expected to hit along the Interstate 95 corridor from Washington, D.C., to Philadelphia and New York City.

Damaging winds are also forecast for New Jersey, New York City and Long Island.

Late Monday night, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy declared a state of emergency for the Garden State, effective 5 a.m. Tuesday.

Rip currents and storm surge are expected at the Jersey Shore, Murphy warned on Monday, recommending that residents stay inside on Tuesday.

Wind gusts at the shore may climb over 70 mph, which officials said could cause widespread power outages.

New York City is expected to get hit by tropical-storm force winds, storm surge and several inches of rain, city officials said.

Lower Manhattan is particularly vulnerable to storm surge, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday. Emergency management crews are deploying flood protection measures, he said.

"We are not taking any chances at all," de Blasio said.

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(NEW YORK) -- A malfunctioning automobile exhaust appears to be the cause of the massive Apple Fire that has scorched 26,450 acres in Riverside County, California, and was only 5% contained as of Monday morning.

The blaze, which has destroyed at least one home and two outbuildings, began shortly before 5 p.m. local time on Friday in the Cherry Valley area.

No injuries have been reported, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Based on eyewitness accounts and supporting evidence, officials said they determined the cause of the fire to be a malfunctioning diesel-fueled car that had emitted burning carbon from its exhaust system.

Over 8,000 people were forced to evacuate their homes, which posed a particular challenge for families seeking a safe place to stay amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

"We had a lot of trouble finding a place to stay last night, because of so many people being evacuated at the same time," Ket Sengchan told ABC News about evacuating with her young daughter. "Me and the baby kinda stayed in the car last night. I should be at home. I shouldn't have to be running the streets looking for somewhere to sleep."

Nearly 2,600 homes were affected by the evacuation orders, fire officials said, adding they do not have a time frame for repopulating evacuated areas, according to ABC News Los Angeles station KABC-TV.

People at the evacuation center are subject to COVID-19 testing before entering, according to fire department spokesperson Fernando Herrera.

The American Red Cross was also assisting evacuees by temporarily housing them in hotels.

California Office of Emergency Services said the Federal Emergency Management Agency approved a request from the Cal OES director and Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sunday for a Fire Management Assistance Grant for the Apple Fire. Officials said the approval "will ensure the availability of vital resources" for Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.

More than 2,200 firefighters were deployed to battle the flames both in the air and on the ground and crews dropped 19,000 gallons of flame retardant from helicopters on Saturday to help create containment lines and protect personnel on the ground, KABC reported. The northern and eastern edges of the fire are in steep, rugged hillsides not accessible to firefighting vehicles, officials said.

The National Weather Service said that the Southwest part of California has been elevated to critical fire weather conditions "due to hot temperatures, very low humidities, and locally gusty winds."

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(NEW YORK) -- Authorities are asking for the public's help in locating a missing California mom who vanished after leaving for what she called a "pandemic road trip," according to her family.

Erika Lloyd, 37 of Walnut Creek, California, disappeared more than a month ago, after embarking on a seven-hour drive to Joshua Tree National Park on June 14. Family members said they lost contact with her two days later.

Authorities located her black Honda Accord, abandoned and damaged, that same day near Twentynine Palms, a city located in the southern Mojave Desert, about 500 miles from her hometown and not far from her vacation destination.

The front and back windshields of Lloyd's car were broken, but police said there were no signs of foul play at the scene.

"We both feel like that she could still be out here, she could be with people, somebody could have taken her in," her father, Wayne Lloyd, told ABC affiliate KESQ-TV. "We are hopeful as of this time the sheriff's department hasn't seen anything negative."

Nathan Lewis, a ranger at the Joshua Tree park where the vehicle was found, said it's unclear if Lloyd had camped there before she disappeared.

"When the vehicle was noticed inside of the campgrounds there was no camping equipment directly associated with or in the vicinity of it," Lewis told KESQ. "So we can't confirm or deny that the individual camped or stayed in the park."

They said she took the trip to help get her mind off the ongoing pandemic.

"She seemed like she was fine," her mother, Ruth Lloyd, told KESQ. "Being in lockdown for almost three months not being able to work and she was trying to home school her son, it was starting to get to her, the pressure and not having any income."

She said she fears that her daughter may have gotten into an accident and became disoriented.

"We don't know if she had some memory loss when she got hit by the airbag," Ruth Lloyd said. "Maybe she doesn't know who she is, we don't know, we aren't sure about her mental state."

Ruth Lloyd said she's been helping to care for her daughter's 12-year-old son, who hasn't stopped asking about her since she left.

"Are you calling about my mom? Are you talking to people? Wayne would say, 'Yeah, we are trying to find your mom.' So he misses her," Ruth Lloyd said. "We know we are not the only family that has gone through this."

The family said it's working with Doug Billings, a cave and mine expert, who helped locate the body of 19-year-old Erin Corwin in a mine near Joshua Tree in 2014.

"In this case, I know the area particularly from the Erin Corwin search," said Doug Billings. "But it's the same general area, just a little less isolated than Erin's case."

"We hiked up and down the washes and canyons that are at the foothill of the mountains there," he added.

Police said anyone with information on Lloyd's whereabouts should contact the Walnut Creek Police Department or the Morongo Basin California Highway Patrol office, which is investigating the case.

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