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Ramsey County Sheriff’s OfficeBY: WILLIAM MANSELL, ABC NEWS

(MINNEAPOLIS) -- The wife of Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer who is charged with murder in the death of George Floyd, is now filing for divorce, according to her attorneys.

"This evening, I spoke with Kellie Chauvin and her family. She is devastated by Mr. Floyd’s death and her utmost sympathy lies with his family, with his loved ones and with everyone who is grieving this tragedy. She has filed for dissolution of her marriage to Derek Chauvin," the Sekula Law Office said in a statement Friday night. "While Ms. Chauvin has no children from her current marriage, she respectfully requests that her children, her elder parents, and her extended family be given safety and privacy during this difficult time."

Chauvin was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of Floyd on Friday. More arrests and charges are anticipated, according to Hennepin County Attorney Michael Freeman.

Video of Chauvin pinning Floyd to the ground with his knee pressed into Floyd's neck set off widespread protests across the U.S. this week since his death on Monday. Many of those protests have turned chaotic and violent in cities like Minneapolis, New York City, Atlanta and several others.

Prosecutors in Hennepin County, Minnesota, say evidence shows Chauvin had his knee on Floyd's neck for a total of 8 minutes and 46 seconds, including two minutes and 53 seconds of which Floyd was non-responsive.

Police were called after Floyd had allegedly used a fake $20 bill to make a purchase at a local Cup Foods, according to the complaint.

Prosecutors said Floyd "resisted being handcuffed," according to the complaint, but "became compliant" once they were on him.

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(MINNEAPOLIS) -- The death of George Floyd, a black man who was seen pinned down in a video by a white police officer and later died, has caused outrage in the city of Minneapolis and across the United States. What started as mostly peaceful protests at the beginning of the week has turned into chaos.

City leaders have pleaded with communities to voice their outrage in a lawful manner, but the widespread escalation of protests continued Friday night into Saturday.

Murder and manslaughter charges have been filed against Derek Chauvin, one of the four officers at the scene who were all fired. The Department of Justice has said a full investigation of the incident is a "top priority."

Prosecutors said Chauvin, who was the officer seen in video pressing his knee against Floyd's neck, had his knee on Floyd's neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. Floyd was unresponsive for two minutes and 53 seconds of the encounter.

This story will be updated as protests continue throughout the country. Please check back for updates. All times Eastern.

9:24 a.m.: FBI director calls George Floyd investigation "a top priority"

ABC News has obtained a message to FBI employees sent by FBI Director Chris Wray, on Friday. In it, Wray said the investigation into the circumstances surrounding George Floyd's death "is a top priority, and experienced prosecutors and FBI agents have been assigned to the matter." He said the investigation "will determine whether the actions by the former Minneapolis police officers involved in this incident violated federal law."

He also wrote about how damaging the failure to honor the rights of citizens, particularly those in custody, can be.

"Law enforcement officers have indispensable and often dangerous jobs, but that doesn't diminish the crucial, overarching role we play in society – to protect and serve all citizens no matter their race, creed, orientation, or station in life. This, of course, includes those citizens who are in law enforcement custody," Wray said.

"When we fail to honor their rights, we not only tarnish the badge we wear, we completely erode the trust so many of us in law enforcement work so hard to build, particularly within minority communities. The events this past week in Minneapolis clearly illustrate just how quickly that trust can be lost," the message stated."

8:41 a.m.: White House protesters would have been met with "most vicious dogs," "most ominous weapons," president tweets

President Trump fired off a series of tweets Saturday morning praising the Secret Service after protesters marched in front of the White House Friday night.

"They were not only totally professional, but very cool," he president tweeted. "They let the "protesters" scream & rant as much as they wanted..." he wrote.

The president also wrote that if protestors had become "too frisky" or "got out of line," "they would quickly come down on them," he wrote. He also tweeted that if protesters had breached the White House fence, they would have been "greeted with the most vicious dogs, and most ominous weapons, I have ever seen."

He also took a jab at D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser. "On the bad side, the D.C. Mayor, @MurielBowser, who is always looking for money & help, wouldn't let the D.C. Police get involved. "Not their job." Nice!," the president tweeted.

8:19 a.m.: FBI issues statement on Oakland shooting

The Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a statement after one person was killed, and another injured in a shooting at that took place while protests were happening in Oakland, California. FBI San Francisco and Oakland police are investigating, but it is unknown yet if the shooting is connected to the protest.

"FBI San Francisco and the Oakland Police Department are investigating a shooting that occurred at the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building at 1301 Clay Street in Oakland, California.," the statement read. "At approximately 9:45pm on Friday, May 29, 2020, a vehicle approached the building. An individual inside the vehicle began firing gunshots at contract security officers for the Federal Protective Service of the Department of Homeland Security. One officer was killed and another was injured," according to the statement.

"The FBI has deployed investigators and the Evidence Response Team to the crime scene. We will continue to work this investigation alongside the Oakland Police Department," the statement continued.

7:24 a.m.: Portland mayor declares State of Emergency

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler announced Saturday morning that he's declaring a State of Emergency in the city following the destructive unrest in the wake of the death of Floyd.

He also announced the city has a curfew in effect until 6 a.m. local time Saturday and will begin again at 8 p.m.

"Burning buildings with people inside, stealing from small and large businesses, threatening and harassing reporters. All in the middle of a pandemic where people have already lost everything," Wheeler said in a statement Saturday. "This isn't calling for meaningful change in our communities, this is disgusting."

Overnight the Portland Police Department declared the protest as a riot after "significant vandalism" was reported and a fire was set inside the city's Justice Center. Police said there was also a shooting connected to the protest.

Police said large sections of downtown were closed and that protesters should "disperse now or you will be subject to gas, projectiles, and other means necessary for dispersal."

5:43 a.m.: 1 dead in Detroit after person opens fire on protesters from vehicle

One person is dead in Detroit after a vehicle drove up on people protesting the death of Floyd and opened fire, according to authorities.

A gray Dodge Durango pulled up and fired into the crowd, hitting a 19-year-old man who later died at the hospital, a Detroit Police Department spokesperson told ABC affiliate WXYZ.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig said the violence and destruction overnight is not what the city of Detroit is about.

"This does not represent the vast major of Detroiters who came here to make a statement," Craig said during a press conference Friday night. "We support the message, but let's do it peacefully."

He said many of the people taunting police officers and trying to incite violence have come from outside the city to sow chaos.

"We know that the individuals from outside the city of Detroit who converged at the protest location don't represent this city. They are not from this city," Craig said. "Let's peacefully protest, but outside of that, we're not going to tolerate it. We're not going to tolerate criminal acts."

4:26 a.m.: 'Prudent' to have Army units ready to deploy to Minnesota, governor says

As fires raged and protests escalated even further throughout Minneapolis Saturday morning, local and state officials said getting the chaos under control will take a response never before seen in the state because "there's simply more of them than us."

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said at least 1,000 additional Minnesota National Guard troops would be activated Saturday, and even then, that might not be enough.

"You may have seen or heard that, this evening, the president directed the Pentagon to put units of United States Army on alert to possible operation in Minneapolis," Maj. General John Jensen, Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard, said during a press conference Saturday. "While we were not consulted with, as it relates to that, I do believe it's a prudent move to provide other options available for the governor, if the governor elects to use those resources."

Walz said it's more complicated than just saying yes and deploying them now because the move to have federal troops patrolling in Minneapolis would be something never before seen in the state.

"I spoke with President Trump the other night, I think it is prudent to have them ready for us to exhaust all resources that we need," Walz said Saturday.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and Walz angrily took to the podium Saturday morning to ask those setting fires, attacking officers and looting businesses to stop.

"We as a city can be so much better than this," Frey said at the press conference Saturday. "There is no honor in burning down your city. There is no pride in looting local businesses that have become institutions of a neighborhood."

He said people, especially during a pandemic, are counting on grocery stores being open to get groceries, pharmacies to get needed medicine and banks to get money.

"If you care about your community, you got to put this to an end; it needs to stop," Frey said.

Walz said the tragedy of Floyd's death has morphed into "an unprecedented threat to our state," where those causing destruction have no regard to property or life.

Dozens of arrests were made on Friday, but an official total has not been released for the city. In one instance, shots were fired at law enforcement officers overnight.

1:48 a.m.: Shots fired at law enforecment officers in Minnesota

Shots were fired at law enforcement officers in Minneapolis early Saturday morning near the police department's Fifth Precinct, according to Minnesota State Police. No officers are believed to have been hit.

Following the shots, authorities warned residents to leave the area immediately or they would be arrested.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety said there are 350 officers and troopers in the area and "officers have arrested several people who ignored multiple dispersal orders."

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz pleaded with protesters overnight to go home.

"Minnesotans, please go home. It’s time to restore peace on our streets and in our neighborhoods," Walz said in a statement. "The situation has become dangerous for Minnesotans and first responders."

Protesters took over the Minnesota Police Department's Third Precinct building late Thursday night and ignited several fires.

12:58 a.m.: LAPD asks residents to stay inside, businesses to close in downtown LA

The Los Angeles Police Department has asked downtown Los Angeles residents to stay inside and for all businesses to close due to the escalating protests in the city.

"We have declared an unlawful assembly throughout downtown LA," the department said in a statement Friday. The areas impacted are from the 10 Freeway to the 101 Highway and the 110 Freeway to Alameda.

"This is being made following repeated acts of violence & property damage," LAPD said. "Those on the street are to leave the area."

The department previously asked people to avoid downtown Los Angeles Friday, including nearby side streets and freeways.

12:27 a.m.: Georgia issues State of Emergency, activates National Guard

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced Friday night that he has issued a State of Emergency for Fulton County, where protests have turned violent in downtown Atlanta. He also announced that he's activating 500 Georgia National Guard members.

"At the request of Mayor @KeishaBottoms & in consultation with public safety & emergency preparedness officials, I have issued a State of Emergency for Fulton County to activate as many as 500 @GeorgiaGuard troops to protect people & property in Atlanta," Kemp tweeted Friday.

He said the troops would deploy immediately to help local and state law enforcement officials get control of the "unlawful activity" and to "restore peace."

"We will continue to make all state resources available to local leaders during this emergency situation," he said.

10:21 p.m.: Protests grow violent in Brooklyn

Protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis erupted Friday night in Brooklyn where there have been at least 150 arrests, police sources told ABC News.

The protest outside Barclays Center, the home of the NBA's Brooklyn Nets, began peacefully, but drew what police sources described as professional agitators and turned ugly.

There were more than 100 protesters detained outside the arena, mainly for throwing bottles and other disturbances.

Protesters moved toward two police precincts in northern Brooklyn, the 88th Precinct in Fort Green and the 79th Precinct in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Along the way, a police van was set on fire and several cruisers were defaced with graffiti and broken windows.

Some 500 demonstrators massed outside the 88 Precinct, where the van was set on fire. There were about 40 arrests there.

Some demonstrators made it inside the 79 Precinct but were immediately arrested

There have been about a dozen officers hurt so far in clashes with the protesters.

9:21 p.m.: Atlanta sees violence spark outside CNN

A protest in Atlanta grew violent this evening as a handful of protesters began smashing the doors to CNN Headquarters just after 8 p.m., according to Atlanta ABC affiliate WSB.

After defacing the outside of the news network's HQ and lighting a police car on fire, protesters began throwing objects at police who are inside the building’s lobby. Police were holding a line with shields.

"Above everything else, I am a mother. I am a mother to four black children in America, one of whom is 18 years old," Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said at a press conference Friday night. "When i saw the murder of George Floyd I hurt like a mother would hurt. And yesterday when I heard about rumors of violent protests in Atlanta, I did what a mother would do, I called my son and said, 'Where are you?' I cannot protect you and black boys should not be out today."

"So you're not gonna out-concern me or out-care about where we are in America," she added. "I wear this each and every day and I pray over my children each and every day."

8:19 p.m.: Protest outside White House draws Secret Service

A protest this evening in Lafayette Park just north of the White House has drawn the assistance of the Secret Service.

Chants of "Let him breathe," and, "don't shoot," could be heard.

The U.S. Secret Service tweeted, "Secret Service personnel are currently assisting other law enforcement agencies during a demonstration in Lafayette Park. In the interest of public safety we encourage all to remain peaceful."

5:31 p.m.: Trump says he spoke to Floyd's family

Trump told reporters at a business roundtable event Friday afternoon that he had spoken to the family of George Floyd, four days after his death.

"I spoke to members of the family. Terrific people. And we’ll be reporting as time goes by. We think that we’ll also have to make the statement," Trump said. "It’s very important, I believe, to the family, to everybody that the memory of George Floyd be a perfect memory -- let it be a perfect memory."

The president also took the chance to emphasize peaceful protests, following controversial tweets earlier Friday in which he said "when the looting starts the shooting starts."

"It’s very important that we have peaceful protesters and support the rights for peaceful protesters. We can’t allow a situation like happened in Minneapolis to descend further into lawless anarchy and chaos, and we understand that very well," the president said. "The looters should not be allowed to drown out the voices of so many peaceful protesters."

4:21 p.m.: Minneapolis, St. Paul enforce curfew

Gov. Tim Walz has said a curfew will be in place starting Friday night from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Saturday in the entire Twin Cities region.

No one will be allowed in the streets in public except for first responders and media. The curfew will also be in place Saturday night at 8 p.m. to Sunday 6 a.m.

"It's time to rebuild our community and that starts with safety in our streets," Walz said in a statement. "Thousands of Minnesotans have expressed their grief and frustration in a peaceful manner. But the unlawful and dangerous actions of others, under the cover of darkness, has caused irreversible pain and damage to our community. This behavior has compromised the safety of bystanders, businesses, lawful demonstrators, and first responders. Now, we come together to restore the peace."

Officers will arrest those who do not comply, Walz said.

Earlier, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey had already issued a curfew order for the city for the same times.

3:40 p.m.: Prosecutors reveal more details about charges on former officer

The Hennepin County Attorney released the full criminal complaint for former officer Derek Chauvin.

The 44-year-old officer who was filmed putting his knee on Floyd's neck faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison for third-degree murder charges and a maximum of 10 years behind bars for manslaughter charges.

"Derek Michael Chauvin caused the death of George Floyd by his culpable negligence, creating an unreasonable risk and taking a chance of causing death or great bodily harm to George Floyd," the complaint read.

"The defendant had his knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds in total. Two minutes and 53 seconds of this was after Mr. Floyd was non-responsive," according to the complaint.

3:07 p.m.: Floyd's family responds to former officer's arrest

While they said they were pleased with that he was apprehended, they said they expected first-degree murder charges.

"We call on authorities to revise the charges to reflect the true culpability of this officer," they said in a statement.

The family also asked for the remaining three officers to be arrested and charged.

2:28 p.m.: Trump tweets against looting

President Trump again doubled down on his earlier remarks about the ongoing protests.

He tweeted again that "looting leads to shooting" citing "what just happened with 7 people shot." In Minneapolis.

"I don't want this to happen, and that's what the expression put out last night means," he tweeted

2:26 p.m.: Bill Barr releases statement on Floyd death

Attorney General Bill Barr said the Department of Justice and FBI are conducting an independent investigation to determine whether any federal civil rights laws were violated in George Floyd's death.

"The video images of the incident that ended with death of Mr. Floyd, while in custody of Minneapolis police officers, were harrowing to watch and deeply disturbing," he said in a statement.

Barr said the state's charging decisions will be made first.


1:22 p.m.: Officer arrested in connection with Floyd’s death

Derek Chauvin, one of the four former officers fired for their involvement in George Floyd’s death, has been taken into custody by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, according to Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman is scheduled to give a news conference on developments in the case at 2 p.m.

1:09 p.m.: Cops warn of anarchists infiltrating protests

ABC News obtained a police bulletin issued to the Philadelphia Police Department and the Delaware Valley Intelligence Center that warned that anarchists and other groups are calling on their supporters to commit acts of violence against police officers in light of the protests in Minneapolis.

The bulletin said there have been several social media posts calling for looting and civil disobedience as well as other acts of violence.

"Domestic extremists, including anarchist extremists and other anti-government extremists, are using the unrest in Minneapolis to amplify and justify their calls for dismantling law enforcement agencies and carrying out attacks on law enforcement, government, and capitalist targets,” the bulletin said.

The bulletin stressed that non-violent protests are legal and protected by the Constitution.

"Anarchist extremists may be attracted to this call to action and engage in direct action against law enforcement property, such as buildings and vehicles, in order to draw attention to their cause," it said.

12:56 p.m.: Obama offers statement on George Floyd of our darkest chapters'

Former President Barack Obama issued a statement on social media about Floyd's death and the subsequent protests in Minneapolis.

"This shouldn't be 'normal' in 2020 America," he wrote. "It can't be 'normal.' If we want our children to grow up in a nation that lives up to its highest ideals, we can and must be better."

Obama said it is up to Minnesota officials to ensure that Floyd's death is fully investigated and justice is ultimately done, however, he encouraged people "to work together to create a 'new normal' in which the legacy of bigotry and unequal treatment no longer infects our institutions or our hearts."

12:40 p.m.: Governor calls on order to be restored after 'one of our darkest chapters'

Gov. Tim Walz called the death of George Floyd and the subsequent protests that took place have been "one of our darkest chapters." However, he said he refused to let those who caused destruction to Minneapolis "take away the attention of the stain that we need to be working on" and pleaded with the community to help restore order.

Walz said that the "looting and recklessness" that occurred was not caused by those who wanted justice for Floyd.

"We have to restore order to our society before we can start addressing the issues," the governor said, later calling one of the issues "fundamental institutional racism."

He said that he would not "patronize" the black community as a white man, but asked the community to "help us use a humane way to get the streets back to a place where we can restore justice."

Walz started off his press conference by acknowledging generations of pain and anguish that communities of color in America have experienced. He said that those communities have not been truly heard, "much like we failed to hear George Floyd as he pleaded for his life, as the world watched, by the people sworn to protect him, his community, our state."

The commissioner for the state's Department of Public Safety called Floyd's death "murder."

"That's what it looked like to me," Commissioner John Harrington said. His comment marked the first time a member of law enforcement call Floyd's death murder publicly.

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison began his remarks by quoting Martin Luther King Jr., saying "riot is the way that the unheart get heard."

He said King urged people not to dismiss non-peaceful protests or relegate it as criminality, but ask what was really going on there.

Ellison said that protesters should not react to the National Guard in the way that may react to the Minneapolis Police Department. He noted they are two different agencies and "their job is trying to bring peace and calm back again."

Ellison said that although people continue to ask when justice will be served, he believes authorities understand that "the wheels of justice must turn swiftly."

He also said that while the investigation and criminal procedure for this case is important, it by no means addresses the root of these problems in this country.

"I think we're gonna do some real change. … We're not just gonna fix the windows and sweep up the glass. We're gonna fix the broken, shattered society that leaves so many behind."

11:10 a.m.: City is handling situation in 'best way that we can,' city council VP says

Minneapolis' city council vice president said the government is still adjusting to the situation, but is handling it "in the best way that we can given all of the chaos, all of the unrest, all of the anger and pain in this community."

City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins told ABC News' Amy Robach on Friday that the city must take control of the situation and "restore some order back."

She also begged people not to gather in the streets, citing the pandemic and the damage that has been done in the last two nights. Jenkins said that the anger of the community has been expressed and she did not want further action to lead to injuries or loss of life.

"We can't allow this type of civic unrest to continue," she said.

Jenkins on Thursday called on city officials to declare racism a public health crisis.

"By declaring racism a public health emergency it provides us the opportunity to name the virus that has infected our American institutions for centuries but in addition, it gives us the opportunities to ... you can’t really begin to cure a disease until you know what that disease is," she said. "It’s an infectious disease just like the coronavirus and it’s not just Minneapolis."

11 a.m.: Trump says National Guard is in Minneapolis

President Donald Trump tweeted that the National Guard is now in Minneapolis.

"They are in Minneapolis and fully prepared," the president wrote. "George Floyd will not have died in vain. Respect his memory!!!"


The National Guard has arrived on the scene. They are in Minneapolis and fully prepared. George Floyd will not have died in vain. Respect his memory!!!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2020


Photos showed members of the National Guard in the streets of Minneapolis. Gov. Tim Walz signed an executive order Thursday activating the Minnesota National Guard after Wednesday night's destructive protests.

10:50 pm.: Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden said he was "furious" over President Donald Trump's tweet on the protests

"I will not lift the President’s tweet. I will not give him that amplification. But he is calling for violence against American citizens during a moment of pain for so many. I’m furious, and you should be too," Biden wrote.

Trump tweeted in the early morning hours of Friday that "when the looting starts, the shooting starts," referring to the protests. He also called protesters "thugs."



— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) May 29, 2020


Biden said that he will be speaking more later today about the situation in Minneapolis. He also addressed a CNN crew being arrested.

"This is not abstract: a black reporter was arrested while doing his job this morning, while the white police officer who killed George Floyd remains free. I am glad swift action was taken, but this, to me, says everything," Biden said, with the swift action appearing to refer to their release.

10:20 a.m.: Melania Trump says there is 'no reason for violence'

First Lady Melania Trump said the nation needs to focus on healing and "there is no reason for violence."

"Our country allows for peaceful protests, but there is no reason for violence," she tweeted. "I’ve seen our citizens unify & take care of one another through COVID19 & we can’t stop now."

Trump also offered her "deepest condolences" to Floyd's family. "As a nation, let's focus on peace, prayers & healing," the first lady wrote.


Our country allows for peaceful protests, but there is no reason for violence. I’ve seen our citizens unify & take care of one another through COVID19 & we can’t stop now. My deepest condolences to the family of George Floyd. As a nation, let's focus on peace, prayers & healing.

— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) May 29, 2020


10:09 a.m.: City is handling situation in 'best way that we can,' city council VP says

Minneapolis' city council vice president said the government is still adjusting to the situation, but is handling it "in the best way that we can given all of the chaos, all of the unrest, all of the anger and pain in this community."

City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins told ABC News' Amy Robach on Friday that the city must take control of the situation and "restore some order back."

She also begged people not to gather in the streets, citing the pandemic and the damage that has been done in the last two nights. Jenkins said that the anger of the community has been expressed and she did not want further action to lead to injuries or loss of life.

"We can't allow this type of civic unrest to continue," she said.

Jenkins on Thursday called on city officials to declare racism a public health crisis.

"By declaring racism a public health emergency it provides us the opportunity to name the virus that has infected our American institutions for centuries but in addition, it gives us the opportunities to ... you can’t really begin to cure a disease until you know what that disease is. ... It’s an infectious disease just like the coronavirus and it’s not just Minneapolis."

9:45 a.m.: Floyd family attorney calls CNN arrest 'hypocrisy'

Civil Rights Attorney Ben Crump, who is representing Floyd's family, said he was not surprised by the "hypocrisy" of police arresting a CNN crew, but not arresting "murderers from within its own ranks."

"These problems will require systematic change to start the healing process. It won't be easy, but it's essential," Crump wrote on Twitter.


If only I were surprised by this hypocrisy. Minneapolis PD arrests journalists but not murderers from within its own ranks. These problems will require systematic change to start the healing process. It won’t be easy, but it’s essential.

— Benjamin Crump, Esq. (@AttorneyCrump) May 29, 2020


6:59 a.m.: CNN reporter, crew arrested live on air

CNN reporter Omar Jimenez and his production crew were arrested in Minneapolis live on air Friday morning while reporting on the Floyd protests.

The news outlet is reporting that police said they were arrested because they were told to move and didn't.

"A CNN reporter & his production team were arrested this morning in Minneapolis for doing their jobs, despite identifying themselves - a clear violation of their First Amendment rights," CNN said in a statement Friday morning. "The authorities in Minnesota, incl. the Governor, must release the 3 CNN employees immediately."

Minnesota State Sen. Jeff Hayden phoned into CNN and said he just had a joint text with the governor and mayor and that they were just trying to get control of the area and weren't aware of the CNN reporter getting arrested.

"Hoping that we can figure it out," Hayden said.

6:44 a.m.: 70 arrested or summonsed in New York City during George Floyd protests

At least 70 people were arrested or summonsed during a series of protests that started in Union Square and spread through Lower Manhattan through Thursday night.

Most will be summonsed for obstruction of governmental administration and social distancing violations, but there will also be assault and weapon possession charges.

The protest began in Union Square after 3 p.m., Thursday but after that broke up, protests reemerged at Foley Square courthouses, City Hall and Zuccotti Park, the site of the 2011 Occupy Wall Street protest, and moved toward the West Side Highway.

Several police officers were taken to the hospital with minor injuries, one with a possible concussion.

One person was arrested for assaulting a police officer for throwing a garbage can into a crowd and striking a police officer in the head.

Another person attempted to grab the service weapon from a Deputy Inspector’s holster. That person will be charged with robbery.

1:15 a.m.: Trump says military could assume control in city, 'when the looting starts, the shooting starts'

President Donald Trump weighed in on the destructive protests in Minneapolis early Friday morning, saying the military could "assume control" of the response.

"These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen," Trump tweeted early Friday morning. "Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts."

Trump also attacked Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, saying the protests are a result of a lack of leadership.

"Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right," Trump tweeted.

Frey responded to Trump at an early-morning press conference Friday, saying it's weakness to point fingers during times of crisis.

"Weakness is refusing to take responsibility for your actions. Weakness is pointing your finger at somebody else during a time of crisis," Frey said. "Donald Trump knows nothing about the strength of Minneapolis. We are strong as hell. Is this a difficult time period? Yes. But you better be damn sure that we're gonna get through this."

12:48 a.m.: Minneapolis asks residents to 'retreat' over precinct explosion possibility

After people protesting George Floyd's death forcibly took over a Minneapolis precinct and began to ignite fires, city officials are now warning residents to leave the area in case the building explodes.

"We're hearing unconfirmed reports that gas lines to the Third Precinct have been cut and other explosive materials are in the building," the city tweeted. "If you are near the building, for your safety, PLEASE RETREAT in the event the building explodes."

Frey said residents must clear the area so the fire department can put out fires.

"We are working with @MinneapolisFire to deliver resources and respond for a beloved neighborhood in our city," Frey tweeted. "We all need to work together to ensure the safety of our friends, family, and Minneapolis residents. And right now working together means clearing the area."

The Minnesota National Guard has been activated for the area and said it's helping the fire department safely get to fires to help them battle the blazes.

Since the protests started, the Saint Paul Police Department said more than 170 businesses have been damaged or looted. Despite the destruction, with dozens of fires set, authorities said there are no reports of serious injuries. "Calm on the horizon," the department said late Thursday night.

12:32 a.m.: Governor 'shocked' after vehicle attempts to run over protester

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said he is "absolutely shocked" by video of a car attempting to run over a person protesting the death of Floyd in Denver on Thursday. What started as a peaceful protest turned chaotic with reports of vandalism and violence.

"Tonight is a very sad night for our state. While we are still uncovering all of the facts, a protest regarding the killing of George Floyd devolved into vandalism and violence, and I was absolutely shocked by video evidence of a motorist attempting to run over a protestor," Polis tweeted. "Coloradans are better than this. I share the immense anguish we all feel about the unjust murder of George Floyd. But let me be clear, senseless violence will never be healed by more violence."

Previously shots were fired across the street from Colorado's State Capitol in Denver.

11:51 p.m.: Protesters gain access to police precinct

People protesting the death of Floyd have reportedly taken over the Minneapolis Police Department's 3rd precinct and set it on fire, according to authorities.

Minneapolis Police spokesperson John Elder said staff was evacuated from the building around 10 p.m. local time and that protesters forcibly entered the building and ignited several fires.

Shortly after reports of the precinct takeover, the Minnesota National Guard said it was deploying more than 500 soldiers to the area.

"We have activated more than 500 soldiers to St. Paul, Minneapolis and surrounding communities," the National Guard said in a statement. "Our mission is to protect life, preserve property and the right to peacefully demonstrate. A key objective is to ensure fire departments are able to respond to calls."

9:20 p.m.: Colorado protest marred by gunshots

Protesters outside Colorado's State Capitol in Denver received a scare when someone apparently fired shots nearby, causing the assembled group to flee.

There were no injuries, authorities confirmed to ABC News.

"Officers on scene at W Colfax Ave and W 15 st on shots fired in the area of the Capital. This is an ongoing investigation and the motive is unknown," Denver police wrote on Twitter.

Leslie Herod, who is a state representative, tweeted about the incident as well. She added that someone was apprehended, though police have not confirmed any arrests.

The Capitol was put on lockdown, with Herod, who fled inside included. Herod told an ABC News producer she was not scared by the incident.

"No. This only makes me more resolved. We have more work to do," she said.

8:31 p.m.: 911 call released

The 911 call made by the store owner who accused Floyd of using fraudulent money was released by authorities Thursday evening.

According to the transcript of the call released by the state of Minnesota, the caller -- a store owner -- told the operator that Floyd entered the store drunk and tried to pay for something with "fake bills." He later left the shop and sat on his car. It was there where police found him when they arrived at the scene.

"Someone comes [to] our store and give us fake bills and we realize it before he left the store, and we ran back outside, they was [sic] sitting on their car," the caller said. "We tell them to give us their phone, put their... thing back and everything, and he was also drunk and everything and return to give us our cigarettes back and so he can, so he can go home but he doesn't want to do that, and he's sitting on his car cause he is awfully drunk and he's not in control of himself."

The operator then asked the caller for Floyd's race and sex.

"No, he’s a black guy," the caller replied. "Alright," the operator said, letting out a sigh according to the transcript, before the caller asked, "How is your day going?"

6:25 p.m.: Investigation is 'top priority' for DOJ

The Department of Justice has made the investigation into Floyd's death a "top priority," Erica MacDonald, attorney for state of Minnesota, said at a press conference.

MacDonald said President Donald Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr are "directly and actively" monitoring the case.

"It is critical, it is essential, it is imperative that the investigation is done right and done right the first time," she said. "And that is what we are going to do."

No federal or state charges against the officers were announced at the press conference.

Hennepin County Attorney Michael Freeman asked for "patience."

"Give us the time to do this right and we will bring you justice -- I promise," Freeman said.

He said his office has been flooded with calls on the status of the investigation. The main question, he said, has been, "what're you gonna do about the murder of George Floyd?"

"We are going to investigate as thoroughly as justice demands," Freeman said.

He called the officer's action "excessive and wrong," but said he needs to determine if it was criminal.

Both MacDonald and Freeman called on the public to come forward with any information they may have.

There was a delay in starting the press conference, which MacDonald apologized for and said she was hoping to share a development but that it was not the right time.

5:35 p.m.: City releases complaint history of 4 officers

The police officer seen in a video with his knee on Floyd's neck was involved in 18 complaints prior to being fired, according to records released by the city.

Derek Chauvin, who was fired following Floyd's death, was only disciplined for two of those complaints, according to the city records.

The documents do not provide the details of the complaints or the disciplines.

Tou Thao, who was the officer seen standing up in the video, had six complaints, one of which remains open, according to the records. Thao, who was also fired, was not disciplined for the other five complaints.

The other two officers who were fired, Thomas Lane and J Alexander Kueng, have had no complaints.

5:15 p.m.: Governor signs executive order activating National Guard

Gov. Tim Walz signed an executive order activating the Minnesota National Guard following Wednesday night's protests.

Walz said the purpose of the National Guard was "to protect people, to protect people safely demonstrating, and to protect small business owners."

"The anger and grief of this moment is unbearable. People deserve to be seen. People deserve to be heard. People deserve to be safe," he said in a statement. "While many Minnesotans are taking extensive safety precautions while exercising their right to protest, the demonstration last night became incredibly unsafe for all involved."

The National Guard Adjutant General will work with local government agencies to provide personnel, equipment, and facilities needed to respond to and recover from the protests, according to Walz's office.

There will also be about 200 members of the Minnesota State Patrol that will work with state, county, and local community and public safety partners. State Patrol helicopters and fixed wind aircraft on the ground will assist law enforcement officers, the governor's office said.

5:03 p.m.: Families of Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery issue joint statement

The families of Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery -- all of whom died after incidents with current and former law enforcement -- are demanding change and calling for government action to address this "national crisis."

"We're devastated about the senseless violence that has broken the hearts of our families," the families said in a joint statement. "While we are grateful for the outpouring of love and support, it's important that now – more than ever – we use our voices to enact change, demand accountability within our justice system and keep the legacies of Breonna, Ahmaud and George alive. This is a national crisis and our government needs to take immediate and widespread action to protect our black and brown communities."

The families have called for a congressional hearing and a national task force to create new bipartisan legislation that is aimed at ending racial violence and increasing police accountability.

They will also present a case to United Nation Human Rights Committee for sweeping changes to the nation's criminal justice system. A date for when they would be presenting their case was not provided.

Taylor, a black woman, was a front-line worker who died after a police-involved shooting. Taylor and her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, were sleeping inside their Springfield Drive apartment on March 13 when officers with the Louisville Metro Police Department attempted to execute a "no-knock" search warrant.

Three plainclothes officers opened Taylor's front door and "blindly" opened fire into their apartment, according to a wrongful death lawsuit filed in April by Taylor's mother, Tamika Palmer. Taylor was shot at least eight times and died.

Arbery, a black man, was out for a jog when two white men saw him and set off to confront him, police said. The men, Travis McMichael and his father Gregory McMichael, a former police officer, were armed.

A video shows Arbery and Travis McMichael tussling with the shotgun before three shots are fired. Arbery stumbled and fell to the ground, where he was pronounced dead.

City leaders react to protests

The mayor, police chief and city council vice president in Minneapolis emotionally addressed the violent protests that took place Wednesday night over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was seen pinned down in a video by a white police officer and later died.

Mayor Jacob Frey, who at one point became choked up and tearful, said that the protests were "the result of so much built up anger and sadness."

"Anger and sadness that has been engrained in our black community, not just because of five minutes of horror, but 400 years," Frey said at a press conference. "If you're feeling that sadness and anger, it's not only understandable, it's right."

Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said he knew that there was a "deficit of hope" in the community and that his department has contributed to that deficit.

He also said that the violence and destruction seen in Wednesday night's protest was mostly caused by a "core group of people" who were not from Minnesota. He said that most of the community members who have been protesting since Floyd's death Monday have been peaceful.

Arradondo said he wanted to ensure that people could safely protest, but he said he could not allow for criminal acts.

Wednesday night's protest caused destruction and chaos in Minneapolis, including a deadly shooting, looting and multiple fires.

The protests, which had been largely peaceful up until Wednesday night, were in wake of Floyd's death after he was apprehended by Minneapolis police Monday. Disturbing video emerged on social media showing a police officer with his knee on the man's neck as the man repeatedly yells out, "I can't breathe."

"I can't breathe, please, the knee in my neck," the man said in a video showing a police officer pinning him to the ground. "I can't move ... my neck ... I'm through, I'm through."

City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins sang "Amazing Grace" at Thursday's press conference before addressing the protests.

Jenkins said she wanted to offer "amazing grace" and her condolences to the Floyd family.

"We feel as if there was a knee on all of our collective necks, a knee that says black lives do not matter," Jenkins, who is black, said. "I am part of this system to help to take that knee off of our necks."

Jenkins, Frey and Arradondo said they would be working with the community leaders. A "healing space" will be created at the 3rd Precinct in Minneapolis for residents to express their concerns and anger in a safe and humane way, Jenkins said.

Overnight developments

Police said during the protests they responded to a call of a stabbing victim and found a man in grave condition near the protests. The man later died in the hospital and authorities learned he died from a gunshot wound, according to John Elder, the director of communication for Minneapolis police.

One person was in custody after the shooting, police said. It was not immediately clear what led to the shooting, but the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that the owner of a pawn shop opened fire on a man he believed was burglarizing his business and fatally shot him.

Police said multiple businesses were looted during the protests and the city's fire department said there were 30 intentional fires during the protests, including at least 16 structure fires.

Massive flames were seen in the sky on videos that circulated throughout social media. As of Thursday afternoon, the fire department said crews were still extinguishing fires along East Lake Street.

People were also throwing rocks at fire department vehicles responding to the scene, according to the fire department, which noted there were no firefighter injuries. Elder had said people were throwing rocks at firefighters.

Civil Rights Attorney Ben Crump, who is representing Floyd's family, wrote on Twitter the family thanked the protesters and wanted peace in Minneapolis, but "knows that Black people want peace in their souls — and until we get #JusticeForFloyd there will be no peace."

"We cannot sink to the level of our oppressors and endanger each other as we respond to the necessary urge to raise our voices in unison and in outrage," Crump wrote Thursday morning. "Looting and violence distract from strength of our collective voice."

Please, Minneapolis, we cannot let tragedy beget more tragedy.

The area along Lake has become unsafe. We are asking for your help in keeping the peace tonight.

— Mayor Jacob Frey (@MayorFrey) May 28, 2020

The city requested assistance from the National Guard late Wednesday during the protests, according to ABC Saint Paul affiliate KSTP.

The National Guard did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

"Tonight was a different night of protesting. Last night we had 8,000 protestors all peaceful. Tonight we did not have that," Elder said.

Elder said that there were no serious injuries to officers. He was not sure about the number of people arrested.

The fire department said there were no civilian injuries from the fires.

Gov. Tim Walz urged people to leave the area as the situation escalated.

"The situation near Lake Street and Hiawatha in Minneapolis has evolved into an extremely dangerous situation. For everyone's safety, please leave the area and allow firefighters and paramedics to get to the scene," Walz wrote on Twitter.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey also asked people to evacuate the area.

"Please, Minneapolis, we cannot let tragedy beget more tragedy," Frey wrote on Twitter.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is probing Floyd's death. On Thursday, it was announced that the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota, the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and the FBI’s Minneapolis Field Office were conducting a "robust" criminal investigation into his death.

"The federal investigation will determine whether the actions by the involved former Minneapolis Police Department officers violated federal law. It is a violation of federal law for an individual acting under color of law to willfully deprive another person of any right protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States," according to a joint statement from United States Attorney Erica MacDonald And FBI Special Agent In Charge Rainer Drolshagen.

The officers involved in the incident were identified by police as Officer Derek Chauvin, Officer Thomas Lane, Officer Tou Thao and Officer J Alexander Kueng.

All four officers were fired, according to Frey.

"This is the right call," the mayor said.

The Minneapolis Police Department said Monday that officers were initially called to the scene "on a report of a forgery in progress" in a statement on their website.

The statement added that officers were advised that the suspect "appeared to be under the influence" and that he "physically resisted officers."

He later "appeared to be suffering medical distress" and officers called an ambulance. He was transported to the Hennepin County Medical Center by ambulance, "where he died a short time later."

The police department said there were no weapons of any type used by anyone involved in the incident and no officers were injured.

ABC News' Catherine, Thorbecke and Will Gretsky contributed to this report.


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(MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.) -- Derek Chauvin, the police officer charged with third-degree murder in connection with the death of George Floyd, had his knee on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes -- including almost three minutes while Floyd was unresponsive -- according to court documents.

Video of Chauvin pinning Floyd to the ground with his knee pressed into Floyd's neck went viral earlier this week, sparking widespread protests across the country that have taken a violent turn in Minnesota as outrage mounts.

In the video, Floyd can be heard repeatedly saying, "I can't breathe."

On Friday, prosecutors in Hennepin County, Minnesota, released what they say are new details about the incident from analysis of police body camera footage and other evidence that paint a harrowing picture of the last few minutes of Floyd's life.

The complaint claims that Chauvin had his knee on Floyd's neck for a total of 8 minutes and 46 seconds, including two minutes and 53 seconds of which Floyd was non-responsive.

Chauvin was not the first responding officer to the 911 call reporting that Floyd had allegedly used a fake $20 bill to make a purchase at a local Cup Foods, according to the complaint.

Officers Thomas Lane and J.A. Kueng arrived at the scene and were reported to Floyd's car, where they found him in the driver's seat with two adult passengers.

Officer Lane began speaking with Floyd and then pulled his gun out and pointed it at Floyd's open window, asking him to show his hands, according to the complaint. When Floyd put his hands on the steering wheel, Lane holstered his gun and then ordered him out of the car and pulled him out of the vehicle, the statement reads.

Floyd "resisted being handcuffed," according to the complaint, but once he was in cuffs he "became compliant" as Lane sat him on the ground and asked for his name, identification and told him why he was being arrested.

Lane and Keung then stood Floyd up and attempted to walk him to their squad car. At 8:14 p.m., however, the complaint says Floyd stiffened up, fell to the ground and told the officers he was claustrophobic.

Officers Chauvin and Tou Thao then arrived in a separate squad car.

The officers made several attempts to get Floyd in the backseat of the police car from the driver's side, according to the complaint, which says Floyd "did not voluntarily get in the car and struggled with the officers by intentionally falling down," and "refusing to stand still."

While standing outside the car, Floyd began saying that he could not breathe, the statement reads. The officers then attempted to get him into the car from the passenger side.

Next, Chauvin pulled Floyd out of the passenger side of the squad car and he landed face down and still handcuffed, according to the complaint. Two of the officers held his legs down and then Chauvin placed his left knee on the back of Floyd's neck.

As Floyd said "I can't breathe" and "Mama" and "please," the complaint states that the officers stayed in their positions. An officer told him, "You are talking fine."

Lane eventually asked, "Should we roll him on his side?" Chauvin responded, "No, staying put where we got him."

When Lane said he was "worried about excited delirium," Chauvin said, "That's why we have him on his stomach," the statement reads.

Floyd went face down on the ground with Chauvin's knee in his neck at 8:19:38 p.m., according to the complaint. At 8:24:24, Floyd stopped moving. Approximately a minute later, video "appears to show Mr. Floyd ceasing to breathe or speak."

Keung checked for a pulse on Floyd's right wrist, said he couldn't find one, the complaint states, and still none of the officers moved from their positions.

At 8:27:31 p.m., Chauvin removed his knee from Floyd's neck, according to the statement. An ambulance was called to the scene and Floyd was pronounced dead at Hennepin County Medical Center shortly after.

The autopsy revealed no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation. Mr. Floyd had underlying health conditions including coronary artery disease and hypertensive heart disease. The combined effects of Mr. Floyd being restrained by the police, his underlying health conditions and any potential intoxicants in his system likely contributed to his death.

Chauvin faces charges of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of Floyd.

Prosecutors say the investigation is still ongoing and more arrests and charges are anticipated.

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(MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.) -- George Floyd's life had its highs and lows, but his friends and family said he was "a gentle giant."

Floyd spent most of his life in Houston, Texas, and grew up in the Third Ward. While attending Yates High School, Floyd, who stood 6 feet, 6 inches tall, was a star tight end on the football team and played in the 1992 state championship.

Donnell Cooper, one of Floyd's former classmates told The Associated Press that Floyd impressed everyone with his presence on the field and humility off it.

"Quiet personality but a beautiful spirit," he told the AP.

Milton Carney, another longtime friend of Floyd, told ABC News affiliate KTRK was always gentle.

"Anybody who knows him will tell you he's not confrontational," he said.

Floyd was known by friends and family for his faith and dedication to his church community. Church leaders said he helped organize basketball charity events, bible study sessions and other related activities.

"You know, if he was here, he would say that he's a man of God. He would stand on that firmly," Courtney Ross, Floyd's fiancée, told KTRK.

Former NBA player Stephen Jackson, who grew up in Texas not too far from Floyd, called him his twin. Even when Jackson's athletic career soared, he said he kept in touch with Floyd.

"Every city, every team I played on, everywhere I was, we talked. He was excited. Everything I did," Jackson told ABC News. "He was excited because the first thing he said was, 'My twin is doing this. My twin is doing that.' He lived through me. He knew he had the talent, he had the same skills and everything I had. … I just had more opportunity."

In 2007, Floyd was charged with armed robbery and sentenced to five years in prison as part of a plea deal in 2009. Jackson said his friend moved to Minneapolis to start a new life and was working several jobs.

"He'd been through a lot of stuff in his life -- a lot of stuff -- and to make it out after you rehabilitate yourself and you're intelligent enough to know I can't go back to the same surroundings because it's going to bring me back to the same spot," he said.

Jovanni Thunstrom hired Floyd to work security at his Minneapolis restaurant Conga Latin Bistro and leased him a duplex apartment. Thunstrom told ABC News he was a friendly, hard worker who worked extra hours and was loved by the staff and regulars.

"This hurts. I loved him like a brother," told ABC News.

Floyd had a daughter back in Houston and was planning on bringing her to Minneapolis, according to Thunstrom. Floyd and the rest of the restaurant's staff were out of work since the coronavirus shut down the state's restaurants.

Thunstrom said he last saw Floyd a week ago to collect rent and to talk about the restaurant's reopening plans.

"It broke my heart," he said of Floyd's death.

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(NEW YORK) -- A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 361,000 people worldwide.

Over 5.9 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 governments are hiding the scope of their nations' outbreaks.

The United States is the world's worst-affected country, with over 1.7 million diagnosed cases and at least 101,706  deaths.

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

4:35 p.m.: Trump to resume in-person fundraising

President Donald Trump plans to resume in-person fundraising next month with two events -- June 11, at a private home in Dallas, and June 13 at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, multiple sources told ABC News.

News on the fundraisers first was reported by Politico.

Both fundraising sites "will be professionally cleaned and sanitized" ahead of time, a Republican National Committee official told ABC News. The White House Medical Unit and U.S. Secret Service will evaluate all attendees. They must pass a temperature screening, complete a wellness questionnaire and test negative for COVID-19 on the day of the event.

4:05 p.m.: At least 86 NYC homeless dead from virus

In New York City, at least 1,060 homeless individuals have tested positive for the coronavirus, including 86 who have died, according to the city's Department of Social Services.

The homeless are among the most vulnerable, and among the 1,060 who tested positive, 55 were considered unsheltered New Yorkers. The vast majority were considered sheltered.

HUD defines unsheltered as those whose primary nighttime location is not ordinarily used for sleeping, like the street or a park.

3:15 p.m.: Trump says US terminating relationship with WHO

In the face of a global pandemic and protests across the country, President Donald Trump announced at a Friday afternoon news conference that the U.S. is ending its partnership with the World Health Organization.

"We will be, today, terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization and redirecting those funds to worldwide, and deserving, urgent global public health needs," he said.

Trump also said that Hong Kong is no longer autonomous from China.

"We will take action to revoke Hong Kong's preferential treatment as a separate customs and travel territory from the rest of China," the president continued. "The United States will also take necessary steps to sanction ERC and Hong Kong officials directly or indirectly involved in eroding Hong Kong's autonomy."

The president did not take questions or comment on the events in Minnesota.

2:35 p.m.: North Carolina asks RNC questions on convention safety

North Carolina sent a letter to the Republican National Committee on Friday, further pressing Republicans about their plans for the party's convention.

In a letter from Mandy Cohen, secretary of the state's Department of Health and Human Services, North Carolina included a number of asks for GOP leaders to "further elaborate on its plans to protect convention participants and the people of Charlotte in accordance with the CDC guidance."

The letter included a list of questions: How many delegates, alternates, elected officials, guests and media are expected to attend and be inside the Spectrum Center? How will the RNC implement health screenings, social distancing, face coverings, hand hygiene and other cleaning protocols at all RNC-sanctioned events? Is the RNC is still following Trump's desire to host a convention with "a crowd-like setting" without social distancing and face coverings? How will people be isolated if they do not pass thermal or health screenings?

While the letter acknowledges that a large-scale event can occur during the pandemic, state health officials urge the GOP to plan for "several scenarios."

"The state continues to support the hosting of the Republican National Convention in Charlotte if it can be done safely," Cohen wrote.

RNC officials replied to that letter though a statement Friday afternoon, saying they had hoped the governor's office would provide "concrete details on how to plan" for the convention.

"After all, if public schools can be opened early on August 17th we should know how to proceed with an event on August 24th," the RNC said. "Instead we do not have a commitment that provides clarity or guidance. Like the rest of the state, we will be ready and waiting for North Carolina leadership to offer clear guidance on how we should safely plan for the type of convention for which we originally contracted."

The RNC had initially sent a letter on Thursday to North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper outlining some safety protocols, signaling the party's preference to keep the convention in Charlotte after President Donald Trump threatened to pull it.

The letter, signed by RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and Marcia Lee Kelly, the president and chief executive officer of the Republican National Convention, comes as the national party and the Democratic governor found themselves in a stalemate, after Trump tweeted that he is considering moving the event outside of North Carolina.

Absent from the RNC's letter were mentions of social distancing and wearing masks.

2 p.m.: CDC: 115,000 US deaths by June 20

Deaths in the U.S. likely will exceed 115,000 by June 20, even as the rate of increase in cumulative deaths declines, according to the latest update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The rate of new deaths is expected to vary from state to state, the CDC said, adding that "in some states, cumulative deaths will increase at roughly the same rate as they have in recent weeks, while other states are likely to experience only a small number of additional deaths from COVID-19."

1:30 p.m.: NYC on track to begin reopening June 8

New York City is on track to begin its phase one of reopening on June 8, bringing back to work about 400,000 employees, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday.

"Remember that reopening does not mean we're going back ... we go forward," Cuomo stressed. "It is reopening to a new normal, a safer normal. People will be wearing masks, people will be socially distanced."

Meanwhile, in upstate New York, five regions -- North Country, Finger Lakes, Central New York, Mohawk Valley and Southern Tier -- are now entering phase two of reopening.

That means retail curbside pickup will be open, and hair salons and barber shops can open with strict guidelines, he said.

1 p.m.: CDC cites evidence of limited early spread in US in early 2020

While the first cases of non-travel-related COVID-19 in the U.S. were confirmed Feb. 26 and Feb. 28, four pieces of evidence suggest that community transition transmission of the virus in the U.S. likely started in mid to late January or early February, according to a weekly report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC's findings included an RNA analysis that revealed a single lineage of the virus that was imported from China and began circulating in the U.S. between Jan. 18 and Feb. 9, followed by viruses of different lineages from Europe, and that three cases had been confirmed in California in early February.

That means "community transmission began before the first two non-travel-related U.S. cases, most likely from a single importation from China in late January or early February, followed by several importations from Europe in February and March," the CDC said.

11:50 a.m.: North Carolina asks RNC questions on convention safety

North Carolina responded to the Republican National Committee in a new letter Friday, further pressing Republicans about their plans for the party's convention.

In a letter from Mandy Cohen, secretary of the state's Department of Health and Human Services, North Carolina included a number of asks for GOP leaders to "further elaborate on its plans to protect convention participants and the people of Charlotte in accordance with the CDC guidance."

The letter included a list of questions: How many delegates, alternates, elected officials, guests and media are expected to attend and be inside the Spectrum Center? How will the RNC implement health screenings, social distancing, face coverings, hand hygiene and other cleaning protocols at all RNC-sanctioned events? Is the RNC is still following Trump's desire to host a convention with "a crowd-like setting" without social distancing and face coverings? How will people be isolated if they do not pass thermal or health screenings?

While the letter acknowledges that a large-scale event can occur during the pandemic, state health officials urge the GOP to plan for "several scenarios."

"The state continues to support the hosting of the Republican National Convention in Charlotte if it can be done safely," Cohen wrote.

The RNC sent a letter Thursday to North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper outlining some safety protocols, signaling the party's preference to keep the convention in Charlotte after President Donald Trump threatened to pull it.

The letter, signed by RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and Marcia Lee Kelly, the president and chief executive officer of the Republican National Convention, comes as the national party and the Democratic governor found themselves in a stalemate, after Trump tweeted that he is considering moving the event outside of North Carolina.

Absent from the RNC's letter were mentions of social distancing and wearing masks.

11:30 a.m.: First known cases of MIS-C in Wisconsin

Wisconsin has become the latest state to report cases of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children, aka MIS-C, a dangerous coronavirus-related illness that's been reported in many states and countries.

The hospital Children's Wisconsin has identified an undisclosed number of cases and said most children have recovered, either in the hospital or at home, reported ABC Green Bay affiliate WBAY.

The suspected cases have been reported to Wisconsin's Department of Health Services, WBAY said.

MIS-C, which has been reported in at least 28 states and Washington, D.C., has features similar to those of Kawasaki disease and Toxic-Shock Syndrome. Common symptoms include persistent fever, irritability or sluggishness, abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, rash, conjunctivitis, enlarged lymph node on one side of the neck, red cracked lips or red tongue, swollen hands and feet.

10:30 a.m.: NYC sees record-low number of residents testing positive

Hard-hit New York City has reached a record-low of number of residents testing positive -- of those tested across the city, just 5% were positive for the coronavirus, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday.

New York City has 16,673 confirmed COVID-19 deaths and another 4,742 probable COVID-19 deaths.

The mayor on Friday promised more coronavirus testing for the city's non-profit workers, from those with the Department of Social Services to the Administration of Children's Services.

"We know that a lot of people who do this work" come from communities hit hardest by the coronavirus, de Blasio said. "They've been heroes throughout this crisis and we have to be there for them."

Beginning June 1, voluntary, weekly testing will be available for nearly 31,000 non-profit workers. Officials will be able to conduct 4,000 tests per day, he said.

De Blasio also highlighted that the city is sending 100,000 internet-enabled tablets to isolated seniors at 100 different public housing sites.

The tablets not only give seniors access to telemedicine, but also helps them fight isolation and stay in touch with loved ones.

9:50 a.m.: San Francisco unveils reopening plan

San Francisco Mayor London Breed on Thursday unveiled a multi-step reopening plan for the Northern California city.

Before June 15, residents can use curbside retail and go to real estate appoints if they social distance and wear face coverings. Professional sports can practice if they have approved plan and residents can use fenced dog parks and outdoor museums.

Beginning June 15, outdoor fitness can resume, like yoga, but with social distancing.

Outdoor dining -- including restaurants and bars with food -- can resume, as well as religious services and professional sports games without spectators.

Further steps will include reopening indoor dining, hair salons and barber shops. The current target date for that is July 13.

The target date is mid-August to reopen gyms and bars without food.

At least 2,437 people in San Francisco have been diagnosed with the coronavirus. At least 30 people have died.

7:25 a.m.: RNC sends letter to North Carolina outlining safety protocols for convention

The Republican National Committee sent a letter Thursday to North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper outlining some safety protocols to move forward with the Republican convention during the coronavirus pandemic -- signaling the party's preference to keep the convention in Charlotte after President Donald Trump threatened to pull it.

The letter, signed by RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and Marcia Lee Kelly, the president and CEO of the Republican National Convention, comes as the national party and the Democratic governor found themselves in a stalemate, after Trump tweeted that he is considering moving the event outside of North Carolina.

In response to the RNC’s letter, a spokesperson for Gov. Roy Cooper said the governor’s office will share a response to the letter on Friday, after review from state health officials.

“We are still waiting for a plan from the RNC, but our office will work with state health officials to review the letter and share a response tomorrow,” Sadie Weiner, a spokesperson for Cooper, said in a statement to ABC News.

The RNC did not intend for the letter to be the plan, with a convention spokesperson telling ABC News the safety measures included in the letter are “a few suggested elements under consideration.”

Absent from the RNC's letter were mentions of social distancing and wearing masks.

5:33 a.m.: California sheriff says officers won't enforce coronavirus public health orders

Sonoma County Sheriff Mark Essick penned a letter to residents saying he is directing his department to not enforce the public health order, saying the blanket order is crushing the community.

In this letter, Essick said the many residents and business owners have told him that the county's health orders are far more strict than neighboring communities and California Gov. Gavin Newsom's statewide orders. He also said that the county's coronavirus cases continue to decline.

"Over the last 10 weeks we have learned a lot and made significant progress. The curve has been flattened; hospitals were not overrun with patients; we have dramatically increased testing which verified the infection rate in Sonoma County is under control and decreasing. Yet we continue to see successive Public Health Orders that contain inconsistent restrictions on business and personal activities without explanation," Essick wrote. "Based on what we have learned, now is the time to move to a risk-based system and move beyond blanket orders that are crushing our community."

He says he's asked, and not heard from, public health officials about why the restrictive measures remain despite the community having favorable COVID-19 numbers. To continue to enforce these measures, he said, would be a disservice to the county's residents.

The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office, he said, will stop enforcing local coronavirus regulations as of June 1.

"As your elected Sheriff, I can no longer in good conscience continue to enforce Sonoma County Public Health Orders, without explanation, that criminalize otherwise lawful business and personal behavior," Essick's letter said.

California has more than 103,000 diagnosed cases and at least 3,993 deaths.

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(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Images of armed Minnesota National Guardsmen on the streets of Minneapolis and President Trump's controversial tweet suggesting a further military role have raised questions about what Guardsmen can do to control the violence in Minneapolis and whether the active duty military has any role at all.

On Thursday, Gov. Tim Walz activated 500 Minnesota National Guardsmen to provide support to local law enforcement in Minneapolis.

While the Guardsmen are armed and equipped in camouflage uniforms, they are only in a support role to local law enforcement. At a Friday news conference, Walz repeatedly emphasized that the National Guard "is not a police force."

Gen. Jon Jensen, the adjutant general of the Minnesota National Guard, said at the same news conference that his Guardsmen were armed because of intelligence from the FBI that indicated "a credible threat" to his force.

Jensen said Walz authorized his recommendation that the Guardsmen be armed as they deployed Thursday night. He declined to disclose what rules of engagement the Guardsmen were operating under, but noted that they retained the right of self-defense.

He also said that the Guardsmen do not have the authority to carry out arrests; they are accompanied by law enforcement personnel who can carry out that arrest.

Law enforcement uniforms can be hard to tell apart. Not everyone you see in camouflage is part of the @MNNationalGuard. Our Guardsmen have @USArmy and @usairforce patches and wear U.S. flags on their sleeves to identify them. We live in your communities and we are here to help.

— MN National Guard (@MNNationalGuard) May 29, 2020

Jensen said his Guardsmen had four missions: to protect the state capitol building, to provide security at the Ramsey County Law Enforcement Center, to provide security at the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and to escort fire department personnel into “unsecure” and “dangerous” areas.

In a statement provided to ABC News, the Minnesota National Guard said they are also "forming lines between protestors and sites that are at risk of being harmed."

"We're not authorized to disclose any specifics about our tactics or use of force," said the statement. "The Guardsmen are activated to protect life, preserve property and to ensure the right of people to peacefully demonstrate in Minneapolis and its surrounding communities."

Jensen said the security missions at the buildings freed up local law enforcement to be available to respond to any potential disturbances.

Overnight, President Trump's tweets added to the confusion about the military's role. "Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts," Trump said in tweets that Twitter later flagged as violating the social media platform's rules about glorifying violence.

Each state and territory in the United States has a National Guard that is under the direct control of a state’s governor. They can be federalized for national missions, but that is not the same as the president's taking over a state’s guard.

Active duty military refers to professional military service members who perform their job as a full-time job. National Guardsmen are part of the military but are civilians who after their initial professional training continue to regularly train in uniform several times a month.

Under the post-Civil War law known as Posse Comitatus, the U.S. active duty military is forbidden from carrying out law enforcement duties. That ban can only be waived if a President declares a national emergency.

State National Guards can carry out a variety of duties in response to natural disasters and times of crisis, and that can include crowd control. They can also be armed for specific missions but can use their weapons in self-defense, just like all military personnel.

National Guardsmen are trained in crowd control techniques and use visored helmets, shields, batons -- techniques designed to minimize any escalations in violence.

The 1970 Kent State University shootings, when four students were killed and nine others were wounded from fire by the Ohio National Guard, continues to haunt the national consciousness.

That shooting highlighted how Guard commanders employed combat techniques for a civilian crowd control event. The deadly shootings spurred reforms that led to the development of less lethal crowd control tactics and training designed to de-escalate tensions by law enforcement agencies.

That training continues, but local law enforcement has also moved toward employing paramilitary gear and equipment in preparation for violent protests, particularly by SWAT tactical teams that sometimes wear camouflage uniforms and use armored vehicles that can be used in different scenarios.

Reinforcing that was a Tweet on Friday from the Minnesota National Guard that pointed out that not everyone on the streets of Minneapolis who is wearing a camouflage uniform is a National Guardsman.

“Law enforcement uniforms can be hard to tell apart. Not everyone you see in camouflage is part of the @MNNationalGuardm," said the tweet. "Our Guardsmen have @USArmy and @usairforce patches and wear U.S. flags on their sleeves to identify them. We live in your communities and we are here to help.”

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alexsl/iStockBy ERIN CALABRESE, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- There’s a lot that's been written about disinformation and misinformation recently -- the dark new reality of our increasingly connected and technologically advanced world that makes trusting what you see harder than ever. They’re both forms of actual "fake news," a term that once meant fake stories but has been co-opted by some right-wing leaders and activists to describe media organizations that they don't like.

Much disinformation (intentionally misleading) and misinformation (unintentionally misleading) is spread via social media, so how do you spot these fake stories when they appear in your Facebook feed, Twitter timeline or YouTube playlist?

The best piece of advice to follow is to pause before you retweet or share, particularly if you have an emotional reaction and immediately think, “Oh, I must share this." If you’d like to take a deeper dive into best verification practices, First Draft News, a non-profit that helps journalists and others navigate the increasingly complicated digital sphere, has an hour-long class to help you become a debugging pro. Below, we have a quick guide for determining whether or not you are looking at a piece of mis/disinformation.

Remember that the creators of disinformation purposely make content that is designed to trigger an emotional response, so if you find yourself having those reactions, please pause and consider the following questions:

  • Is this the original account, article, or piece of content?
  • Who shared this or created it?
  • When was this created?
  • What account is sharing this? When was the account created? Do they share things from all over the world at all times during the day and night? Could this be a bot?
  • Why was this shared?

If you use these questions and do some simple digging before sharing, you too can help prevent disinformation fires on social media, here’s how:

  • Search online for the information or claim. Sometimes, you’ll be able to find fact-checkers online who have worked to debunk them. If the claim hasn’t been reported widely by the press, there’s a good chance this is because journalists couldn’t confirm it.
  • Look at who posted this content. Inspect the poster's profile, how long their account has been active, and post history to see if they demonstrate bot-like behavior. For example if an account posts at all hours of the day, from different parts of the world, and includes highly polarizing political content and content retweeted from other accounts, those posts were likely made by a machine.
  • Check the profile picture of the account. Do a reverse image search of the photo. If it’s a stock image or an image of a celebrity, then that’s a less reliable source because it’s anonymous.
  • Search for other social media accounts for this person. See what you can find out about that person, do they have political or religious affiliations that might give them a reason for spreading a particular point of view?
  • Inspect the content the account posted. Does it look too good to be true? If it does, then it usually isn’t real. Try a reverse image search. Using a tool like RevEye, you can search for any previous instances of any image that appears online. Much disinformation uses old images out of context to push a narrative. Using reverse image search you can find if the image is from a different story. If you know the location of the image or video use ‘Street View’ mapping services (Google, Bing and others provide the service) to see if what you’re looking at matches what appears on the map. You can also reverse image search the profile picture to see if it or similar photos are being used on other accounts, a common practice used to create so-called "sockpuppet" accounts, fake personas created online that allow people to act as trolls while protecting their identity.

There are many more sophisticated fact-checking tools that are available online for free. Bellingcat, a non-profit that carries out online visual investigations outlines many of them here.

However, the truth is that the vast majority of disinformation can be dismissed without using any of this technology. In many cases, by just asking the question, “Is this real?” and taking a couple of minutes to investigate, you will be able to verify or debunk the story. The problem is that in a social media age, many of us instinctively hit that share button, before we even think to ask that question.

We saw how disinformation was used in the 2016 election, and more recently in the U.K. election, so it’s likely to be used even more extensively in 2020.

The social media platforms have taken steps to stem the flow of disinformation but ultimately the only way to stop it spreading is for consumers to stop sharing it.

So maybe before you hit that share button, next time just stop and think, Is this real?

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(KEY WEST, Fla.) -- A group of Florida high school seniors held their graduation ceremony in a classic Floridian way, on jet skis.

The pomp and circumstance for the graduating seniors of Somerset Island Prep in Key West included water and the sound of the jet skis' motors.

The nearly one dozen now-graduates of the public charter school each drove a jet ski to an anchored boat, where the school's principal handed them their diploma. The principal handed the students their diplomas with a grabber though in order to ensure social distancing protocols due to the coronavirus pandemic were followed.

The unique graduation took place on May 26. The seniors wore their graduation caps and gowns over life jackets and face masks.

“The idea to have a Jet Ski graduation is a perfect example of the innovative mindset that permeates Somerset Island Prep," Todd German, Somerset Academy’s governing board chair, said in a statement, according to Storyful. "I could not be prouder of the students and staff during these trying times."

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(NEW YORK) -- There were seven reports of tornadoes in Illinois Thursday along with widespread scattered severe storms that produced damaging winds and large hail from Texas to the Carolinas as well.

In the last seven days, 6 to 8 inches of rain fell in Kansas City, and Thursday's downpour produced flash flooding in the city, where dozens of water rescues were performed.

Part of the same storm system and a cold front will move into the Northeast Friday, producing severe weather. Damaging winds, hail and an isolated tornado are possible from Virginia to Vermont.

Meanwhile in the Southwest, parts of the region are sizzling and setting heat records. The temperature reached 120 degrees Thursday in Death Valley, which is the hottest temperature in the country so far this year.

A record high was broken in Hanford, California, where temperatures reached 106 degrees. In Phoenix, the city reached its warmest temperature of the year at 109 degrees.

Sacramento, California, reached 102 degrees Thursday, which was the fourth day in a row at 100 degrees or higher. This has never happened in the month of May in Sacramento.

Major cooling is occurring Friday in northern California, but the heat remains in the southern part of the state and into Nevada and Arizona where heat warnings continue. The hottest day of the year is expected in Phoenix Friday, with a temperature forecast of 111 degrees.

Some of that cooling from northern California will eventually spill into the Southwest and temperatures there will be slightly cooler this weekend.

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(NEW YORK) -- Hurricane season is approaching, and this year's may present unique challenges because of COVID-19.

"It's another heavy lift to think about a second kind of disaster, when we're all dealing with the pandemic," Vivi Siegel, senior health communication specialist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Environmental Health Science and Practice, said in a recent virtual briefing.

With the pandemic forcing families to stay home and avoid gatherings, a strong hurricane could require them to consider the very opposite: evacuate and find new shelter.

To make matters worse, forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predict there's a 60% chance of an above-normal season, with 13 to 19 named storms, from June 1 to Nov. 30.

"We are having a pandemic -- everyone's lives look very different this year than they did last year. We need to acknowledge that this is a lot harder than usual," Siegel said. "We want people to prepare for hurricanes, but we want them to do it in a way that is protecting themselves and others from COVID-19."

Basic infrastructure is already buckling under the weight of the pandemic. Government employees are overworked, emergency response teams are strained and many others feel overwhelmed and anxious. Creating a disaster preparedness plan -- a stocked "go kit," knowing evacuation routes, where to seek shelter -- is difficult enough without considering social distancing and other current safety measures.

Dealing with the emotional toll felt by people facing multiple disasters is essential, said Seigel, who stressed that helping them "think more clearly and react to situations the way you need to" means maintaining one's mental health. (The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration also provides a 24/7 Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-989-5990, dedicated to crisis counseling for people related to disaster.)

When it comes to hurricane preparation, it may be harder to get items to replenish emergency kits. Experts recommend giving yourself more time to stockpile emergency food, water and medical supplies, preferably via online delivery services.

If you need to evacuate, the CDC recommends adding to your "go kit" items that protect from COVID-19 -- hand sanitizer, soap and at least two cloth face coverings.

People who otherwise may pack into a single location to ride out the storm probably will need to flee elsewhere or risk spreading or contracting the virus.

"It may not be the big gymnasiums that we've used in previous years and instances," Siegel said.

Gyms may be replaced by hotels or dorms, places where households can stay together but also remain separate from other evacuees.

"We're telling people to stay home and stay away from one another, and now we want to ask them to come into a shelter," said Mollie Mahany, senior public health adviser at the CDC.

Despite stay-at-home orders, experts said, if you need to visit a disaster shelter, you should still go -- just be extra careful. Local authorities and health experts are trying to balance the best way to help as many people as possible while also limiting the spread of COVID-19.

For staff members at such locations, new guidance includes monitoring people for symptoms, providing separate areas for local residents with symptoms, and, if available, testing staff, volunteers and residents in accordance with local policies.

Anyone in a shelter who begins feeling ill should tell a staff member or volunteer immediately. In addition to continuing to practice social distancing and frequently washing your hands, reinforce these measures with children and be a good role model.

Experts acknowledge some of the challenges may include shortages of masks or testing supplies, difficulties in transportation and some people who ignore protocol such as social distancing.

"The one that concerns me the most is those afraid to go to shelters," Mahany added. "We have this hybrid disaster -- people are fearful of COVID-19, now they're fearful of their homes and livelihoods and their families and so forth."

Hospitals are another concern -- in some areas, facilities are nearing or at capacity, and significant hurricane damage could knock out the power, compromising dialysis clinics and medical refrigeration.

The U.S. this year has already experienced two named storms before the official start of hurricane season, which has happened only four other years on record.

Many people pulling together in the battle against novel coronavirus will have to redouble those efforts to help instill hope in a wary public, encourage compliance and minimize further loss.

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Florida Dept. of Law EnforcementBy JAMES HILL, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- Four months after filing a lawsuit against Ghislaine Maxwell, the former companion of deceased sex-offender Jeffrey Epstein, lawyers for an alleged child sexual assault victim say they have been unable to locate Maxwell to serve her with the complaint, despite exhaustive attempts to track her down, according to court records.

The anonymous accuser, Jane Doe, is the earliest known alleged victim of Epstein's years-long pattern of sexual abuse of girls and young women. And she's the third woman suing Maxwell to seek court intervention as a last resort, following months of futile efforts to find the 58-year-old British socialite -- who has been accused of aiding Epstein's alleged crimes.

"[The plaintiff] has demonstrated that personally serving Maxwell is impracticable by making numerous diligent attempts to effectuate service -- to no avail," Doe's attorney Robert Glassman wrote in a filing in federal court.

Doe's legal team dispatched process servers to five addresses previously connected to Maxwell, including a multi-million dollar brownstone on Manhattan's Upper East Side, an apartment building in Miami Beach and Epstein's mansion on Palm Beach Island, according to court documents. They also sent copies of the complaint to eight different email addresses potentially connected to Maxwell, but received no replies.

Since Epstein's arrest last July and his death in jail a month later, Maxwell's whereabouts have been the subject of rumors and intense speculation. She has not been seen in public for months. She sold her former home in New York and shuttered her nonprofit ocean conservation foundation.

The Oxford-educated daughter of Robert Maxwell, the larger-than-life publishing titan, Ghislaine Maxwell lived an extravagant life among the British elite until her father's empire collapsed in the wake of his death in 1991. She relocated to New York for a fresh start and was soon spotted frequently in the company of the enigmatic multi-millionaire Epstein.

Sources tell ABC News that Maxwell remains under criminal investigation by federal authorities in New York, who have vowed to hold responsible any alleged co-conspirators in Epstein's sex trafficking conspiracy.

Doe is one of three women to name Maxwell as a co-defendant in lawsuits against Epstein's estate, which is valued at $634 million, according to court filings in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Epstein kept his primary residence on a private Caribbean island off the coast of St. Thomas.

Doe, 39, filed the complaint in January, alleging that she was recruited by Epstein and Maxwell at the Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan in 1994, when she was a 13-year-old music student. She contends that she was sexually abused by Epstein on multiple occasions over the next four years, and that Maxwell "regularly facilitated Epstein's abuse" and was "frequently present when it occurred."

Epstein attended a music camp at Interlochen as a young teen in 1967, according to a statement released last year by the Interlochen Center for the Arts. He was a donor to the center from 1990 until 2003 and funded construction of a cabin on the campus, which was called "The Epstein Lodge," until his arrest in 2006. The statement said the center had no record of any complaints about Epstein.

Doe's court filing contends Maxwell is "purposely evading service," while lawyers from a Colorado firm representing her are simultaneously contesting other actions before judges in the same federal court. Laura Menninger, a lawyer from that firm, told Glassman that she was "not authorized to accept service of any complaint on behalf of Ghislaine Maxwell," according to a letter included in the court filing.

Menninger's firm is currently representing Maxwell in a dispute surrounding the disclosure of previously sealed documents in a now-settled defamation lawsuit brought against Maxwell by Virginia Giuffre, who alleges that Epstein and Maxwell sexually abused her as a teenager and directed her to have sex with other powerful men, including Britain's Prince Andrew.

And as recently as last week, Menninger appeared as counsel for Maxwell during a hearing in a lawsuit filed by Annie Farmer, who alleges that Maxwell sexually assaulted her in 1996, when Farmer was 16. Menninger successfully argued in that hearing that Maxwell should not be required to respond to questions in the lawsuit -- at least temporarily -- while the criminal investigation is still underway.

Menninger did not respond to an email from ABC News requesting comment. Maxwell has previously denied allegations that she facilitated or participated in Epstein's alleged crimes. Prince Andrew has also denied allegations that he had sex with Giuffre, as she contends, on three occasions in 2001.

Lawyers for Farmer and another alleged victim, Jennifer Araoz, have run into similar issues trying to serve Maxwell with notice of their lawsuits.

Farmer's lawyers successfully convinced a court in February that they had done all they could reasonably do to locate Maxwell. U.S. Magistrate Judge Debra Freeman ordered Maxwell to respond and three weeks later, Menninger filed an appearance in the case as counsel for Maxwell. Freeman is also overseeing Doe's case.

Araoz's attorneys have a motion pending before a New York state court judge seeking approval for alternate means of service. In a court filing, they contend they have made "repeated efforts to locate Ms. Maxwell, including retaining private investigators to conduct surveillance of locations media reports indicated Ms. Maxwell may be located."

Araoz, 32, claims she was recruited in New York as a 14-year student into Epstein's "scheme of exploitation and abuse," and she is seeking to hold Maxwell responsible for her alleged role as the "second in command of Jeffrey Epstein's sex trafficking enterprise," according to her complaint filed last August.

Dan Kaiser, an attorney for Araoz, told ABC News that they filed the motion after a variety of unsuccessful efforts to locate her for service. Maxwell "proved impossible to locate," he said.

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AntonioGuillem/iStockBy DAVID MILLER, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- Teenagers are entering a summer unlike any of us have ever experienced.

While adults might take a week or two off in between work, the summer provides teenagers time to spend with friends, get away from their parents, earn money, learn for fun and get a first taste of freedom.

This summer, everybody is figuring out new ways to cope with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

The lockdown has been hardest on young people, according to the U.K.'s largest study of adults' wellbeing and mental health during the pandemic, with 18- to 24-year-olds showing the lowest levels of life satisfaction, and some of the highest levels of loneliness. For many, it may seem as if they're losing their teenage years and they have no idea when it will end.

All of the classic go-to summer positions for young people -- retail, restaurants and pools -- have been shut down or have limited openings and most companies have canceled internships. School isn't even officially out for the summer and the unemployment rate for teens aged 16 to 19 hit 32% in April, marking a high not seen since at least 1948, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

When it comes to seeing friends, that's also a state-by-state decision. But most officials are still encouraging social distancing and wearing masks in certain situations. So not your typical carefree summer.

Dr. Bruce Lee, from the City University of New York, urges everyone not to lose sight of the unique, and difficult, situation facing young people.

"We do have a large number of people who aren't going through the same type of experience that many of us went through when we were younger and that's not fair," Lee said.

Many young people didn't just have their pool parties with friends canceled. Others had plans to spend summer on the national stage dashed, and are trying to make the most of a difficult situation.

CJ Cummings was close to qualifying for his Olympic weightlifting debut in Tokyo, when the pandemic halted his international journey.

Olympic officials called off this summer's games and postponed them until next year. Now Cummings is training in a makeshift gym in his hometown of Beaufort, South Carolina, looking ahead to 2021.

"It will come; I've just gotta keep that in my head," Cummings said. "Since 2016, I was like, 'OK, 2020 is going to be my year,' just training hard for that. ... It got canceled and it was just like, you know, I'll work harder. But it just pushed it back to next year so I was like, just gotta stay positive."

At just 12 years old, fashion designer Ashlyn So has already shown her work at New York Fashion Week, but when the pandemic struck it inspired her to dedicate her new free time to hand-making face masks for front-line workers.

"It's amazing how you can learn how to adapt to these grand issues, and these problems," said Lee. "And then later in your life you're like, 'OK, no sweat, heck this isn't a huge pandemic, I can deal with this.'"

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Ovidiu Dugulan/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 358,000 people worldwide.

Over 5.9 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 governments are hiding the scope of their nations' outbreaks.

Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected country, with over 1.7 million diagnosed cases and at least 101,562 deaths.

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

6:54 p.m.: More cases of child inflammatory illness reported in Texas

A hospital in Texas has reported cases of children with multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), a rare illness thought to be linked to the coronavirus.

On Thursday, Texas Children's Hospital in Houston confirmed it is treating both confirmed and suspected cases of MIS-C, KHOU reported. The number of cases was not specified.

Last week, doctors at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth announced four cases of MIS-C, Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA reported.

An ABC News analysis has found more than 200 cases of the illness in at least 27 states and Washington, D.C.

MIS-C resembles toxic shock syndrome and Kawasaki disease, a rare inflammatory disease in young children, and can be deadly. Symptoms include fever, rash, eye irritation, swollen lymph nodes and/or swelling of the hands and feet.

4:50 p.m.: Bars, nightclubs can soon reopen in Georgia

Starting June 1, Georgia residents can resume gatherings of up to 25 people, including to hold small weddings, as long as they stay 6 feet apart, Gov. Brian Kemp said Thursday.

Until this announcement, gatherings of more than 10 people had been banned, but Kemp said, "Given favorable data ... we feel comfortable incrementally increasing that number to 25."

Pro sports can resume starting June 1, the governor said.

And starting June 1 bars and nightclubs can reopen if they comply with "strict sanitation and social distancing rules," Kemp said.

The bars and clubs "must meet 39 mandatory measures to ensure patron well-being," Kemp said. Those measures include screening workers for illness, allowing only 25 people inside or 35% of total occupancy, and thorough and regular sanitations.

Live performance venues will remain closed, he said.

4 p.m.: France cleared to transition to phase 2 of deconfinement

France will transition to phase 2 of its deconfinement beginning June 2, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced Thursday.

"We are even a little better than where we hoped to be," Philippe said.

With 28,599 COVID-19 fatalities, France has the fourth most total deaths behind the U.S., the United Kingdom and Italy.

Cafes, restaurants and bars can reopen, but facilities like nightclubs and stadiums remain closed as all gatherings of more than 10 people remain prohibited.

3:33 p.m.: 70 food plant workers test positive including 61 without symptoms

Seventy workers at a Vancouver, Washington, food plant have tested positive for the coronavirus, including 61 employees who do not have any symptoms, said Josh Hinerfeld, CEO of Firestone Pacific Foods, according to ABC Portland affiliate KATU.

After the first employee tested positive last week, the company has worked to test all employees, and about 20 still remain to be tested, KATU reported.

It's not clear how the outbreak started, KATU said. Hinerfeld said he will work with the local health department before deciding when to reopen.

2:45 p.m.: Boston Marathon canceled

The 2020 Boston Marathon -- which had been rescheduled for Sept. 14 -- has now been canceled, and will instead be held as "a virtual event," Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced Thursday.

This is the first time the race has been canceled its 124-year history, The New York Times reported.

"All participants who were originally registered for the April 20, 2020 event will be offered a full refund of their entry fee associated with the race and will have the opportunity to participate in the virtual alternative to the 124th Boston Marathon, which can be run any time between September 7–14," said Tom Grilk, C.E.O. of the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.). "The B.A.A. will also offer a series of virtual events and activities throughout September’s Marathon Week in an effort to bring the Boston Marathon experience to the constituencies that the organization serves here in Boston, across the United States, and around the world."

12 p.m.: NYC can do phase 1 reopening 'very, very soon,' mayor says

New York state has a set of metrics to reopen each region, but when it comes to reopening dense, hard-hit New York City, Gov. Andrew Cuomo called it a "more difficult situation."

The governor said he's putting a big focus on the city's hot spots. By zip code, Cuomo said the hardest-hit spots are the outer boroughs, minority and lower income communities.

Cuomo said the state is addressing the underlying health care inequality in these most-impacted communities by bringing more diagnostic testing, antibody testing, healthcare services and PPE.

Earlier on Thursday, Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city is "getting to the point very, very soon where we can take the first step to restart in phase one."

Phase one could begin in the first or second week of June, he said, "if the numbers continue to hold."

This first phase includes opening nonessential retail -- like clothing, office supplies, furniture and appliances -- for curbside and in-store pickup only, the mayor said.

He predicts 200,000 to 400,000 New Yorkers will be returning to work.

All industries must keep 6 feet of social distancing, reduce occupancy to under 50% and limit confined space -- like elevators and cash registers -- to one person. Meetings should be limited and only in large, well-ventilated areas where participants can social distance, the mayor said.

Employees must be provided with free face coverings and proper protective equipment, he added.

Businesses also must implement health screenings where necessary, including temperature checks.

The city's Department of Buildings, Department of Consumer and Worker Protection and Small Business Services will educate, conduct outreach and support all businesses, the mayor said.

New York City's fire department, sanitation department and Department of Consumer and Worker Protection will conduct random visits to ensure compliance. Summonses will only be issued in "egregious circumstances or repeat violations," the mayor said.

The governor announced on Thursday that he's signing an executive order authorizing businesses to deny entry to those who do not wear a mask or face covering.

New York City has more than 225 testing sites, Cuomo said. He urged anyone who has a symptom or who has been exposed to someone positive to get tested.

11:15 a.m.: St. Louis County Executive calls Ozarks party 'lack of judgment'

After revelers were seen ignoring social distancing for a Memorial Day pool party at Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri, St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page is calling their actions a "lack of judgment and lack of understanding of social distancing."

The St. Louis County Department of Health has issued an advisory urging those who recently ignored social distancing guidelines while at the Ozarks to self-quarantine for 14 days or until testing negative for the coronavirus.

"The Ozarks is a popular destination for St. Louis county residents, so we issued a travel warning to let them know the right thing to do when they returned home," Page told ABC News' "Pandemic" on Thursday. "We want them to know what the right thing to do is when they come home to protect their loved ones in their community. We know that 20 and perhaps 50% are either asymptomatic or presymptomatic, but the social distancing guidelines are here for a reason and we’re working to keep people doing the right thing.”

Page deemed the Ozarks party "bad behavior" and a "lack of judgment and lack of understanding of social distancing," but added, "it’s completely inconsistent with what we’ve seen here in St. Louis County."

Page said the county is testing over 500 people per day with an aim to reach 1,000 tests per day.

"We are well on our way," he said. "We are purchasing more tests and that testing and contact tracing is the backbone of our public health response.”

10:45 a.m.: South Korea tightens restrictions in Seoul after spike in new cases

The Korean Centers for Disease Control reported 79 newly diagnosed COVID-19 cases on Thursday -- the highest increase since early April.

Restrictions will be tightened in Seoul and surrounding areas through June 14 to stem the spread, health authorities said, according to South Korea's Yonhap News Agency.

Bars and clubs are advised to close down and public facilities, including museums and art galleries, will be closed. Companies are urged to adopt flexible work systems and follow quarantine rules.

"If we fail to eradicate the spread of the virus in the metropolitan area at an early stage, it will lead to more community infections, eventually undermining school reopenings," Health Minister Park Neung-hoo told reporters, according to Yonhap.

South Korea has reported a total of 11,344 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 269 deaths.


6:59 a.m.: India sees highest single-day rise in infections

India reported a record spike in coronavirus infections on Thursday, just days before its nationwide lockdown is set to expire.

The Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare registered 6,566 new cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, bringing the tally to 158,333. There were also 194 deaths from the disease reported over the same period, placing the national toll at 4,531.

Mumbai, India's financial hub and most populous city, is the epicenter of the country's novel coronavirus outbreak, with more than 33,000 cases of COVID-19 and nearly 1,200 deaths.

India's two-month-old lockdown is slated to end Sunday, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi is said to be preparing a new set of coronavirus-related guidelines to be issued this weekend.

Modi's government began easing restrictions earlier this month, allowing shops and factories to reopen as well as some trains and domestic flights to resume. Hotels, metro services, restaurants and schools have remained closed nationwide.

6:07 a.m.: Russia reports record 174 new deaths, again

Russia said Thursday it has registered 174 coronavirus-related deaths over the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide toll to 4,142.

It's the second time this week that Russia's coronavirus response headquarters has reported that same number of COVID-19 fatalities over a 24-hour period -- the highest daily increase the country has seen so far. However, the overall tally is still considerably lower than many other nations hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.

There were also 8,915 new cases of COVID-19 registered in Russia over the last 24 hours, placing country's count at 379,051.

The latest daily caseload is down from a peak of 11,656 new infections reported on May 11, during which Russia registered over 10,000 new cases per day over a 12-day period. Since then, the daily number of new infections has hovered around 9,000 per day.

Russian President Vladimir Putin began easing the nationwide lockdown earlier this month, despite a rising number of cases at the time.

Last weekend, Brazil surpassed Russia as the country with the second-highest number of diagnosed COVID-19 cases in the world, behind the United States, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.

5:43 a.m.: Brazil's president says Trump is sending hydroxychloroquine tablets

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Thursday that U.S. President Donald Trump is sending over 2 million tablets of the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine.

Bolsonaro, a close ally of Trump, made the comment while speaking to a small group of supporters as well as members of the press outside the presidential palace in the capital Brasilia.

"[Trump] is sending us, here, 2 million hydroxychloroquine tablets," Bolsonaro said, without offering further details.

A Brazilian source told ABC News that the deal is still being negotiated.

Bolsonaro, who has come under fire for his handling of Brazil's novel coronavirus outbreak, keeps promoting hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19, although there's no evidence the medication works as a prophylactic for the disease.

Trump has also touted hydroxychloroquine as a possible "game changer" treatment for COVID-19 and announced earlier this month that he was taking daily doses of the drug as a preventive measure against the virus after two White House staffers tested positive.

However, a recent study of more than 96,000 coronavirus patients in hospitals around the world found that those who were treated with chloroquine or its analogue hydroxychloroquine had a considerably higher risk of death than those who did not receive the antimalarial drugs. The findings, published last Friday in The Lancet medical journal, prompted the World Health Organization to halt global trials of hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19.

Earlier this week, Trump suspended travel to the United States from Brazil as the South American country emerged as a new hotspot in the coronavirus pandemic. The new rule does not affect trade between the two nations.

Brazil now has the second-highest number of diagnosed cases of COVID-19, behind the United States.

3:50 a.m.: Blood clots clogged lungs of African American coronavirus victims, study finds

Autopsies on 10 African American patients who died from COVID-19 show their lungs were filled with blood clots, according to a new study.

The autopsies were performed at University Medical Center in New Orleans by a team of pathologists from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans. It's believed to be the first autopsy series on African Americans whose cause of death was attributed to COVID-19, according to the study, which was published Wednesday in monthly scientific journal The Lancet Respiratory Medicine.

"We found that the small vessels and capillaries in the lungs were obstructed by blood clots and associated hemorrhage that significantly contributed to decompensation and death in these patients," Dr. Richard Vander Heide, head of pathology research at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, said in a statement. "We also found elevated levels of D-dimers -- fragments of proteins involved in breaking down blood clots. What we did not see was myocarditis, or inflammation of the heart muscle, that early reports suggested significantly contributes to death from COVID-19."

The small vessel clotting is a new finding that appears to be specific to COVID-19, according to the study.

The 10 deceased patients were black men and women between the ages of 40 and 70, many of whom had a history of hypertension, obesity, diabetes and chronic kidney disease. In all cases, the patients had experienced sudden respiratory decompensation or collapse at home approximately three to seven days after developing a mild cough and fever.

The new findings come after some U.S. states released mortality data based on race and ethnicity that show the novel coronavirus kills black Americans at a disproportionately high rate.

"Our study presents a large series of autopsies within a specific demographic experiencing the highest rate of adverse outcomes within the United States," said Dr. Sharon Fox, another co-author of the study.

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Christian Cooper, the black man who recorded a disturbing confrontation with a white woman in New York City’s Central Park, said he accepts her apology but pointed out that the incident is part of a much deeper problem of racism in the United States that must be addressed.

Cooper was bird watching on Memorial Day in an area of the park called the Ramble, which is home to "delicate" plants and wildlife, when he saw Amy Cooper walking her dog off-leash, he told "The View" on Thursday. Christian Cooper began recording Amy Cooper on his cellphone after he says he asked her to leash her dog and after he offered her dog treats to try to lure him out of a plant bed.

“It’s posted all over the Ramble -- dogs are supposed to be on a leash at all times -- but unfortunately, we’ve had a problem with this for many, many years. A lot of us have been recording these incidents,” he said, noting that the recordings could be used as evidence for why the rule must be enforced.

In the now-viral video, the confrontation can be seen heating up quickly as Amy Cooper says she's going to call the police on Christian Cooper and that she's going to say, "There's an African American man threatening my life."

“At that point I was faced with a decision," Christian Cooper said. "Do I capitulate to that attempt to use race to leverage what she wanted, or do I sort of stick [to] my guns and keep recording? I really kinda decided consciously, I'm not going to participate in my own dehumanization.”

Christian Cooper's sister, Melody Cooper, posted the video taken by her brother onto social media, subsequently igniting outrage around the world.

“When I saw my brother’s video, it was personal,” she told “The View.” “I just imagined what happened to Mike Brown or George Floyd happening to him, and I wanted to make sure no other black person would have to go through that kind of weaponization of racism from her.”

Christian Cooper is a Harvard graduate, a pioneering comic book writer and biomedical editor for Health Science Communications. But that doesn’t matter in this situation, his sister said.

“If the cops showed up, they wouldn’t have seen his resume or known his job,” Melody Cooper said. “This kind of racism can kill people. It could’ve killed my brother.”

Amy Cooper has since lost her job at the investment firm Franklin Templeton. She has issued an apology, saying in part, “I hope that a few mortifying seconds in a lifetime of 40 years will not define me in his eyes and that he will accept my sincere apology.”

“I do accept her apology,” Christian Cooper said. “I think it’s a first step. I think she’s gotta do some reflection on what happened because up until the moment when she made that statement … it was just a conflict between a birder and a dog walker, and then she took it to a very dark place. I think she’s gotta sort of examine why and how that happened.”

Christian Cooper urged viewers to look at the bigger picture of racism that the encounter displayed.

“It’s not really about her and her poor judgement in a snap second,” he said. “It’s about the underlying current of racism and racial perceptions that’s been going on for centuries and that permeates this city and this country that she tapped into.”

“That’s what we really have to address; not the specifics of her, but why are we still plagued with that and how do we fix it,” he added.

Christian Cooper doubled down on his previous calls to end what Amy Cooper has described as death threats against her.

“If you think that what she did was wrong, that she was trying to bring death by cop down on my head, then there is absolutely no way you can justify then turning around and putting a death threat on her head,” he said.

Cooper added that he’s “uncomfortable” with defining her by “a couple seconds … of very poor judgement.”

“[There’s] no excusing that it was a racist act because it was a racist act," he said. "But [does] that define her entire life? Only she can tell us if that defines her entire life by what she does going forward."

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A previously unidentified victim of the unsolved Gilgo Beach murders in Long Island was named Thursday, nearly two decades after her partial remains were first found, police said.

Valerie Mack was identified as the victim previously known as "Manorville Jane Doe" or "Jane Doe #6," the Suffolk County Police Department announced. Mack was identified through genetic genealogy technology.

Mack went missing in 2000 when she was 24 and working as an escort in Philadelphia, according to police. Her partial remains were found that same year in a wooded area off Halsey-Manor Road in Manorville. In 2011, her dismembered remains were found along Ocean Parkway in Gilgo Beach.

The murders have never been solved, and, until Mack's identification, half the victims had not yet been identified.

In 2010 and 2011, the remains of 10 people were discovered in Gilgo Beach in weedy sections of Ocean Parkway near Jones Beach. Police have said most of the victims were sex workers. Four victims remain unidentified.

No suspects have been detained, but police previously told ABC News they're working under the assumption a serial killer is to blame in some, if not all, of the killings.

Police made the grisly discovery while searching for a missing sex worker, Shannan Gilbert. Her body eventually was found in December 2011 in nearby Oak Beach, which is also along Ocean Parkway. Police don't believe her death is tied to the others because she "doesn't match the pattern of the Gilgo Beach homicides," but they've also said her death is part of the active investigation into the Gilgo Beach murders.

In January, police released what they called a "significant piece of evidence" involving the murders. The evidence was a photograph of a black leather belt embossed with the letters "WH" or "HM," depending on how it's held.

Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart said at a press conference she believed a suspect in the murders "handled" the belt, but would not elaborate.

Hart on Thursday said she hopes the identification of Mack will bring some sense of closure and peace to her family.

It is believed to be the first time a law enforcement agency in New York state has used genetic genealogy to identify an individual as part of a police investigation, authorities said. Police had announced last week that they made the identification, but did not immediately name Mack.

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