At least 3 dead, 10 hospitalized after midair collision over Alaska

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Retired_Tim/iStock(ANCHORAGE) — At least three people have been killed and 10 have been hospitalized after two aircraft collided in midair over Alaska, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The collision took place in Coon Cove, Alaska, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. A de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver and a de-Havilland Otter DHC-3 “collided in mid-air under unknown circumstances,” the FAA told ABC News.

Ten patients were admitted to PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center, hospital spokeswoman Mischa Chernick told ABC News. Three patients are listed in serious condition, seven are in fair condition, Chernick said.

Both planes were flying excursions sold through Princess Cruise Lines, which confirmed in a statement to ABC News that five people were killed.

“On Monday, May 13, 2019, at 1:08 p.m. local time, a small float plane operated by Taquan Air that was flying a shore excursion sold through Princess Cruises was involved in an accident approximately eight (8) nautical miles from Ketchikan, AK, Princess Cruise Lines said in a statement. “The flight was returning from a Misty Fjords tour and carried ten guests from Royal Princess and a pilot. A second float plane was also involved in an incident and was carrying four guests from Royal Princess on an independent tour.”

“The U.S. Coast Guard and local search and rescue teams have confirmed that nine (9) of the guests on the Taquan Air plane have been rescued and are receiving medical attention with the condition of one (1) guest still unknown, the statement continued. “It has also been confirmed there are five (5) fatalities from the independent air tour – four (4) Royal Princess guests and one (1) pilot. Princess Cruises has activated members of its Care Team to provide assistance to the families impacted by today’s accident.”

“We are incredibly distressed by the situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with those onboard the planes and their families,” Princess Cruise Lines said. “Princess Cruises is extending its full support to traveling companions of the guests involved.

The Voyage of the Glaciers cruise was on a seven-day trip that departed Vancouver on May 11 and is scheduled to arrive in Anchorage on May 18, the company said.

The company that owns one of the aircraft, Taquan Air, released a statement that they will cooperate fully with the investigation.

“We are devastated by this news and our hearts go out to our passengers and their families. At this time, we are in the midst of an active crisis response, and our focus is on assisting these passengers, the pilot, our staff, their families and loved ones, and first responders,” Taquan Air said in a statement. “Taquan Air has suspended all scheduled flights and is cooperating fully with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other authorities to examine every aspect of this event.”

The U.S Coast Guard is investigating the incident and the NTSB is launching a Go Team to the area.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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Rod Rosenstein defends Russia investigation handling, hits back at James Comey

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Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Just two days after his official departure from the Department of Justice, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will mount an extensive defense of the tumultuous early days of his tenure and his decision to appoint Robert Mueller as special counsel.

Rosenstein, according to a set of prepared remarks released before the Greater Baltimore Committee annual meeting, will take aim at critics, cable news pundits and former FBI Director James Comey — while mostly sparing President Donald Trump from any direct criticism.

“People spend a lot of time debating whose side I was on, based on who seemed to benefit most from any individual decision,” Rosenstein said in the prepared remarks. “That is because partisans evaluate things in terms of the immediate political impact and cable TV pundits fill a lot of time by pretending there is always serious breaking news.”

The remarks follow Rosenstein’s recent resignation from the department and a weekend of Trump continuing to take aim at Mueller’s investigation in a series of tweets and retweets that described the special counsel probe as a “hoax” and “an illegal coup.”

But Rosenstein in his speech will say that he believes the investigation was “justified,” while noting the ongoing Inspector General’s investigation into the counterintelligence decisions that were taken in the early stages.

“If the Inspector General finds significant new facts, I would reconsider my opinion,” Rosenstein’s remarks say. “But I always need to base my opinions on credible evidence.”

Rosenstein also will hit back at a recent New York Times op-ed by Comey, who wrote that Rosenstein and Attorney General Bill Barr have compromised themselves by not speaking out more forcefully against Trump’s attacks on the DOJ.

“Accomplished people lacking inner strength can’t resist the compromises necessary to survive Mr. Trump and that adds up to something they will never recover from,” Comey wrote. “It takes character like [former Secretary of Defense James Mattis’] to avoid the damage, because Mr. Trump eats your soul in small bites.”

While Rosenstein in his speech notes he once had a deep professional respect for Comey, he expresses dismay at former FBI director’s recent political commentary.

“Now the former Director is a partisan pundit, selling books and earning speaking fees while speculating about the strength of my character and the fate of my immortal soul,” according to his prepared remarks. “That is disappointing. Speculating about souls is not a job for police and prosecutors. Generally we base our opinions on eyewitness testimony.”

In Baltimore Monday night, Rosenstein will also make a notable split with Trump, saying he would have handled Comey’s ouster differently.

“If I had been the decision maker, the removal would have been handled very differently, with far more respect and far less drama,” Rosenstein’s remarks say. “So I do not blame the former Director for being angry.”

Rosenstein also gives some insight into his own mindset in determining whether Comey’s firing could amount to a potential act of obstruction of justice.

“I would never have allowed anyone to interfere with the investigation,” Rosenstein says in the remarks.

In summary of his oversight of Mueller’s investigation, Rosenstein tasked his critics with coming up with alternatives for the more controversial decisions he made and insists that his own political opinions had no effect on the outcome of the investigation.

“My soul and character are pretty much the same today as they were two years ago,” Rosenstein will say. “I took a few hits and made some enemies during my time in the arena, but I held my ground and made a lot of friends. And thanks to them, I think I made the right calls on the things that mattered.”

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Chris Harrison says Hannah B. will bring the drama on this season’s ‘The Bachelorette’

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ABC/John Fleenor(LOS ANGELES) — It’s almost time to start handing out those roses — the new season of The Bachelorette premieres tonight on ABC. We watched Hannah B. look for love on last season’s The Bachelor, and now the beauty queen takes center stage, handing out roses of her own.

Host Chris Harrison tells ABC Radio fans should buckle up: “I don’t know if we’ve ever had more drama, ever, in the history of this show, of The Bachelorette than we have this season.”

You may think you know all about Hannah from last season, but Harrison warns not to let her Southern charm fool you. “She’s sharp as a tack,” he says. “She’s a very smart girl and knows exactly how to handle her business.”

What Hannah will be looking for in those 30 men vying for her affection? Harrison says, “integrity…a man of faith [and] a guy who knows where he came from.” 

Season 15 of The Bachelorette premieres tonight at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Former President Jimmy Carter undergoes surgery after breaking hip

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Jessica McGowan/Getty Images(ATLANTA) — Former President Jimmy Carter has undergone surgery after he fell and broke his hip.

Carter, 94, fell at his home in Plains, Georgia, Monday morning as he was leaving to go turkey hunting, The Carter Center announced.

The doctor who performed the surgery at the Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus, Georgia, said the procedure was successful, according to the statement.

The 39th president of the United States is now recovering “comfortably” in the hospital alongside his wife, Rosalynn. His main concern is returning to the task he set off to complete this morning, according to the statement.

“President Carter said his main concern is that turkey season ends this week, and he has not reached his limit,” The Carter Center joked. “He hopes the State of Georgia will allow him to rollover the unused limit to next year.”

Carter has faced some serious health concerns in recent years.

In 2015, Carter was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma that was detected in his liver and spread to his brain. Carter announced about six months after the diagnosis that he no longer needed cancer treatment due in part to a groundbreaking medication that trains the immune system to fight cancer tumors.

Two years later, Carter was hospitalized for dehydration while building homes with Habitat for Humanity in Canada. The former president was back at the work site the next day after he was discharged.

Carter is now the oldest living former president in U.S. history, surpassing George H.W. Bush in March.

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Trump, top House Republicans attack Rep. Tlaib over comments on Israel and the Holocaust

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Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump on Monday joined top House Republicans in attacking Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., for her recent comments on the Holocaust and Israel while several House Democrats are coming to her defense.

“Democrat Rep. Tlaib is being slammed for her horrible and highly insensitive statement on the Holocaust,” Trump said in a tweet. “She obviously has tremendous hatred of Israel and the Jewish people. Can you imagine what would happen if I ever said what she said, and says?”

 In an interview Saturday on Yahoo’s podcast “Skullduggery,” Tlaib, one of the first two Muslim women in Congress, spoke about her support for a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“There’s, you know, there’s a kind of a calming feeling, I always tell folks, when I think of the Holocaust and the tragedy of the Holocaust, and the fact that it was my ancestors — Palestinians — who lost their land and some lost their lives, their livelihood, their human dignity, their existence, in many ways, had been wiped out,” Tlaib said. “I mean, just all of it was in the name of trying to create a safe haven for Jews, post the Holocaust, post the tragedy and the horrific persecution of Jews across the world at that time.”

 On Sunday, two top House Republicans, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., and Rep. Liz Cheney R-Wyo., condemned Tlaib’s comments as “disgusting” and “vile anti-Semitism.”

“There is no justification for the twisted and disgusting comments made by Rashida Tlaib just days after the annual Day of Holocaust Remembrance,” Scalise said in a statement. “More than six million Jews were murdered during the Holocaust; there is nothing ‘calming’ about that fact.”

Tlaib fought back on Monday saying Trump and the top-ranking GOP lawmakers Monday had deliberately misconstrued her words to “spread falsehoods rooted in hate.”

“Trump has doubled down on his party’s use of the Holocaust to score political points. Instead of recognizing that the accusations against me are false and that my words have been blatantly misconstrued, Trump has once again used his platform to incite hate and violence based on lies,” Tlaib said in a statement .

She added, “Anti-Semitism has no place in our society and any effort to try to sow hate and divisiveness into our political discourse must be stopped immediately in its tracks. Hate and violence will not move this country forward. Only inclusive leadership and confronting the truth about the growing white nationalist movement in our country will move us forward. Unfortunately, we are not seeing it from President Trump nor his Republican Party.”

Cheney called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., to “take take action” against the freshman Democrat for her remarks.

Hoyer tweeted Monday in defense of Tlaib and said that the congressional Republicans “owe her an apology.”

“If you read Rep. @RashidaTlaib’s comments, it is clear that President Trump and Congressional Republicans are taking them out of context. They must stop, and they owe her an apology,” Hoyer tweeted.

 Reps. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., and Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., also have vocalized their support for Tlaib. Omar, who was elected alongside Tlaib as the first women Muslim members of Congress in U.S. history, faced controversy earlier in the year from comments she made that some deemed anti-Semitic.

Omar responded directly to Trump’s tweet and said that his attack of Tlaib “is another transparent attempt to sow division.”

This is not the first time the freshman Democrat has come under fire her comments on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In the past, Tlaib has criticized Israel and the U.S. approach to the issue, and called for one state for both Israelis and Palestinians.

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Actress Felicity Huffman pleads guilty in ‘Varsity Blues’ college admissions scandal

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JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP/Getty Image(BOSTON) — Academy Award-nominated actress Felicity Huffman appeared in Boston federal court Monday and pleaded guilty to a charge stemming from the massive “Varsity Blues” college entrance scandal that ensnared dozens of parents nationwide who prosecutors say lied and bribed to get their children into elite schools.

Huffman, 56, agreed to plead guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.

Through tears Huffman agreed she was guilty of paying $15,000 to arrange for an SAT proctor to correct her daughter’s answers.

In exchange for her plea to a single felony count of conspiracy federal prosecutors agreed to recommend a sentence of four months imprisonment, a year of supervised release and a $20,000 fine.

In a statement last month, Huffman said she is prepared to accept her punishment.

“I am pleading guilty to the charge brought against me by the United States Attorney’s Office,” Huffman said. “I am in full acceptance of my guilt, and with deep regret and shame over what I have done, I accept full responsibility for my actions and will accept the consequences that stem from those actions.”

The actress — famous for her Academy Award-nominated role in the 2005 movie “Transamerica” and for playing one of the main characters in the ABC television show “Desperate Housewives” — allegedly gave $15,000 to William “Rick” Singer, who prosecutors identified as the ringleader of the nationwide scam, “to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of their oldest daughter,” court documents allege.

Huffman claimed in her statement that her daughter “knew absolutely nothing about my actions, and in my misguided and profoundly wrong way, I have betrayed her.”

Huffman and her husband, actor William H. Macy, later made arrangements to pursue the scheme a second time, for her younger daughter, before deciding not to do so, court documents allege. Macy was not charged in the scam.

On March 13, federal prosecutors announced that 50 wealthy people, including chief executive officers of major companies and a partner in a New York City law firm, were charged in the largest college cheating scam ever prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Those indicted in the investigation, dubbed “Operation Varsity Blues,” allegedly paid bribes up to $6.5 million to get their children into elite colleges, including Yale, Stanford, Georgetown and the University of Southern California, federal prosecutors said.

Another well-known actress indicted in the scam is Lori Loughlin, best known for her role as Aunt Becky in the ABC sitcom “Full House.”

Loughlin, 54, and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, 55, allegedly agreed to pay Singer “bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team — despite the fact that they did not participate in crew — thereby facilitating their admission to USC,” according to the indictment.

Both were initially charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.

When Loughlin and Giannulli declined to accept a plea deal in April, federal prosecutors filed an additional charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering against them.

A superseding indictment unsealed in April alleged the couple and 14 other parents conspired to “conceal their fraud scheme by funneling bribe and other payments through the facade” of the Key Worldwide Foundation, a sham charity established Singer.

Loughlin and Giannulli have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Singer has already pleaded guilty in a Boston federal court to charges of racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to defraud the United States and obstruction of justice. He’s scheduled to be sentenced on June 19.

Several coaches involved in the scam have also pleaded guilty, including former Yale soccer coach Rudolph “Rudy” Meredith and former Stanford sailing coach John Vandemoer.

One of Singer’s top accomplices in the scandal, Mark Riddell, also pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, as well as conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Riddell, an alumnus of Harvard University, played a pivotal role in the scheme, taking the ACT and SAT for the students whose parents conspired with Singer to pay to help secure their admission into prestigious schools.

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Robin Roberts honors Selma Blair at MS gala, calling actress ‘a stunning example of strength’

Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Race To Erase MS(LOS ANGELES) — Selma Blair was honored at the Race to Erase MS gala Friday night in Beverly Hills, California.

She has not only inspired countless others battling multiple sclerosis, but let her son, her friends and her family know they are her world and the reason for her strength.

Blair and her 7-year-old son Arthur both wore custom outfits for the event. She was honored with the 2019 Medal of Hope for her work raising awareness and shedding light on the disease. Blair later told those in attendance that her boy is “everything” to her.

“My dream is that I get to be a useful mom, as long as this kid wants me,” she joked to the audience. “Which is about on more year,” she added.

She said she was honored to “speak for so many people, who don’t get a chance to speak.”

Those listening were captivated by Blair’s honestly and bravery, which included her “Cruel Intentions” co-star Sarah Michelle Gellar and “GMA” anchor Robin Roberts, who Blair thanked for giving her a platform on “GMA” earlier this year.

Roberts took to Instagram after the event, writing, “Ohhhh what a night, a VERY special night seeing @selmablair honored at the #RaceToEraseMS Gala. Her dear friend @sarahmgellar & I had the pleasure of presenting the award to Arthur’s beloved mother. Selma’s a stunning example of strength, courage, and determination for us all…especially to those who are also bravely facing MS.”

The “GMA” anchor and inspiration herself later shared a heartwarming picture of the two embracing on the red carpet.

She also said Monday on “GMA” that it was an “honor” to be by Blair’s side and that her energy at all times “is infectious.”

“This year’s event raised close to $2 million,” Roberts said.

Blair shared her own photos from the night, none more special than her holding her son on the carpet. The actress has been very open on social media about the ups and downs of living with MS and Friday night was a high like no other.

“This child,” she wrote alongside the pic of her and her son. “He sees me at every stage. And tonight was for him in my heart. To thank him and everyone who has rooted for me and for all of us with #MS and autoimmune disease. We thank you. We thank @sarahmgellar and @robinrobertsgma and the whole team @nancypeaceandlove has assembled in the #racetoerasems.”

And finally, Blair’s dear friend Gellar summed it up well, calling her “the true definition of brave” on Instagram.

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Moderate House Democrats wary of impeachment debate

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rarrarorro/iStock(WASHINGTON) — House Democrats battling the Trump administration over access to special counsel Robert Mueller’s report and President Donald Trump’s tax returns have warned that the president’s continued stonewalling of Congress has prompted a constitutional crisis, and could even lead to his impeachment.

“It’s certainly true that these additional acts of obstruction — the president having obstructed the Justice Department investigation, now obstructing Congress — does add weight to impeachment,” House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., told ABC Chief Anchor George Stephanopolous on ABC’s “This Week.”

Other Democrats want to change the subject.

“I’m not focused on impeachment, I don’t think it’s the right thing for the country at this point in time,” Rep. Anthony Brindisi, D-N.Y., a freshman from a district carried by Trump in 2016, told ABC News.

In interviews, a dozen moderate House Democrats, including several freshmen who flipped GOP-held districts, said they opposed impeaching Trump, and considered the debate premature.

They worried the discussion on Capitol Hill will overshadow the party’s policy agenda ahead of the 2020 election, and provide Republicans with a political cudgel to pursue the party’s most vulnerable members.

“Whether we can walk and chew gum at the same time, all they’re hearing about on the news is chewing gum,” Rep. Jeff Van Drew, D-N.J., told ABC News.

The position of moderate Democrats and the freshmen who helped capture the House majority illustrated the split in the party over how to respond to Mueller’s findings and what Democrats say is unprecedented stonewalling of Congress by the administration.

While House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has opposed moving to impeach Trump without bipartisan support, and has pushed Democrats to focus their oversight work and policy agenda on parallel tracks, the divide within the caucus presents another obstacle, should party leaders eventually decide to proceed.

“It’s a moderating influence, because they’re your friends and they make up the majority, and we have to have a majority,” progressive Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., who has introduced articles of impeachment, told ABC News.

A constitutional crisis?

Senior Democrats have increasingly taken a sharper tone against the administration. On Thursday, Pelosi said she agreed with House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler that the country faced a constitutional crisis, and continued to leave impeachment on the table.

“We’re going to do the right thing, that’s just the way it is,” she said at her weekly news conference. “It is going to be based on fact and law and patriotism, not partisanship or anything else.”

On Friday, Schiff endorsed issuing fines to individuals in contempt of Congress at an event sponsored by the news site Axios, under Congress’ rarely-exercised inherent contempt authority.

As advocates mobilized last week — progressive advocacy groups delivered what they said were 10 million petitions to Capitol Hill urging Democrats to launch impeachment proceedings — moderate lawmakers stood firm.

Republicans argued that Democrats’ are pursuing investigations to politically embarrass the president, inquiries that will eventually culminate in an impeachment push.

“This is about trying to get to impeachment,” Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, told reporters last week, adding that Democrats were unsatisfied with the special counsel’s conclusions.

Mueller’s report did not establish that the Trump campaign “conspired or coordinated with the Russian government,” and stopped short of determining whether Trump obstructed justice.

While they endorsed defending Congress’ oversight prerogatives in the struggle with the executive branch, moderate Democrats saw a distinction between their increasingly aggressive posture, and weighing impeachment.

“The administration’s across-the-board refusal to entertain any of the congressional efforts to conduct oversight is problematic,” Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., a leader of the moderate Blue Dog Coalition, told ABC News. “Let’s not conflate the back and forth that’s happening now, as we try to get information out of the administration, with coming to a conclusion that we’ve reached the threshold to begin the impeachment process.”

Rep. Van Drew compared the current tensions between Democrats and the Trump administration to the Fast and Furious dispute between the Obama Justice Department and House Republicans in 2012, when House Republicans held Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena for Justice Department documents pertaining to the gunrunning operation.

“We’ve had issues like this before,” the New Jersey Democrat said.

Some Democrats in favor of impeachment have argued that the administration’s stonewalling of Congress constitutes obstruction of justice beyond the episodes outlined in the Mueller report, and have noted that obstruction of justice was one of the three articles of impeachment the House Judiciary Committee approved against President Richard Nixon in 1974 over Watergate.

Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wisc., told ABC News Democrats “haven’t exhausted the judicial system yet.”

“If you get some court orders demanding productions of certain witnesses or material and the president still defies them, in essence he’s defying two branches of the three co equal branches of our constitutional system,” he said. “That would be a problem.”

Others suggested they should wait for Mueller to testify before Congress before deciding whether to launch proceedings, or table discussion of impeachment ahead of the approaching presidential election.

A recent ABC News/Washington Post poll found that a majority of Americans, 56 percent, oppose Congress opening impeachment proceedings against the president following the release of the Mueller report.

“I think we just keep seeking the truth,” Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., the chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, House Democrats’ campaign arm, told ABC News. “It will become clear to the American public what we need to do.”

Headed to court

Democrats are moving to send many of their ongoing disputes with the Trump administration to court, which could heighten the potential for such a scenario.

House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., on Friday subpoenaed the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service for six years’ of Trump’s tax returns, after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin rejected his request under an obscure provision of the tax code.

The Trump administration has argued that Democrats’ request serves no legislative purpose. Democrats said they need the returns to study how the IRS enforces tax law for sitting presidents.

Once the House approves the Barr contempt resolution, Democrats are expected to head to civil court to try to get Nadler’s subpoena for the full Mueller report and underlying evidence enforced.

“I’m sure, should we get to a point where we feel that we … are not getting the information we need to get to the bottom of what Russia did in our last election cycle and what we need to do to protect our election system, then we’ll have to have a discussion about what we need to do and what the next steps are,” Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-NJ, told ABC News.

Some Democrats signaled that moment could be approaching quickly.

“I don’t think there’s any question that the president, by his daily actions and by completely ignoring the law of the land as it relates to the Congress, is pushing even the most reluctant of us, like me, to a point where eventually we may have no alternative but move to the I-word,” Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., told ABC News.

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86-year-old New York woman dragged by purse snatcher on scooter

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NYPD(NEW YORK) — A woman was dragged across a Manhattan sidewalk by a man on a motor scooter attempting to steal her bag, surveillance video shows.

It happened on the Upper East Side at East 64th Street and 1st Avenue on Saturday, May 4.

The suspect slowly approached the 86-year-old woman as she stood on the street corner. Once he was close enough, he grabbed the victim’s bag and sped away.

The woman was dragged behind the scooter as she fought to hold on to her purse, though the driver was able to get away with it.

The victim was taken to the hospital and treated for pain in her arm, WABC reported.

A 55-year-old man in Harlem had his keys slapped out of his hands by a man in a scooter two days later, the report added.

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the driver, and are offering a reward up to $2,500. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the tip line at 1-800-577-TIPS.

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