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...winter Storm Warning Remains In Effect Until 4 Pm Est Sunday... * What...heavy Snow. Additional Snow Accumulations Of 14 To 19 Inches. Winds Gusting As High As 35 Mph. * Where...in New York, Northern Oneida, Onondaga, Yates, Seneca And Southern Cayuga Counties. * When...until 4 Pm Est Sunday. The Heaviest Snow Is Expected This ...Read More.
Effective: January 19, 2019 at 7:34pmExpires: January 20, 2019 at 4:00pmTarget Area: Northern Oneida; Onondaga; Seneca; Southern Cayuga; Yates

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...winter Storm Warning Remains In Effect Until 4 Pm Est Sunday... * What...heavy Snow. Additional Snow Accumulations Of 13 To 18 Inches. Winds Gusting As High As 40 Mph On Sunday. * Where...in New York, Otsego, Chenango, Cortland, Tompkins, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Madison And Southern Oneida Counties. ...Read More.
Effective: January 19, 2019 at 7:34pmExpires: January 20, 2019 at 4:00pmTarget Area: Chemung; Chenango; Cortland; Madison; Otsego; Schuyler; Southern Oneida; Steuben; Tompkins

Chiefs Release Star Running Back Hunt after video shows him shoving, kicking woman
Nov30

Chiefs Release Star Running Back Hunt after video shows him shoving, kicking woman

Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Kansas City Chiefs have released star running back Kareem Hunt after a video released on Friday by TMZ showed him shoving and kicking a woman during a February incident at a Cleveland hotel.
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Blind USC senior walks the football field for the last time as a Trojan
Nov30

Blind USC senior walks the football field for the last time as a Trojan

The Olson Family(LOS ANGELES) — A blind football player at the University of Southern California walked on the field for the last time recently.
Jake Olson, who played as a long snapper for the USC Trojans, was accompanied by his father and his guide …

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North Carolina congressional race in limbo amid allegations of voter fraud
Nov30

North Carolina congressional race in limbo amid allegations of voter fraud

David T. Foster III/Charlotte Observer/TNS via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Mounting evidence of voting irregularities has led the North Carolina State Board of Elections to delay certification of the result in the state’s 9th Congressional District and to hold a public hearing to determine the extent of misconduct in a race that was decided by just 905 votes.

By a vote of 7-2, the board voted to hold an evidentiary hearing to address allegations of misconduct in the race between Republican Mark Harris and Democrat Dan McCready.

That hearing will take place on or before December 21.

An investigation into the claims of absentee voting irregularities is ongoing, according to Pat Gannon, a spokesperson for the State Board of Elections.

The race between McCready, a Marine Corps Veteran and solar energy entrepreneur who was a top Democratic recruit in 2018, and Harris, a conservative pastor who ousted a GOP incumbent in the primary this year, was one of the most closely watched House race this cycle.

While McCready conceded the race to Harris on November 7th, allegations of illegal activity concerning absentee ballots in rural Bladen and Robeson counties in the far eastern part of the district have cast new doubt on the result, especially given the fact that Harris won a significantly higher portion of the absentee ballots in those counties in both the primary and general election races.

According to the Charlotte Observer, Harris won 61 percent of the absentee ballots in Bladen County, despite the fact that Republicans only accounted for 19 percent of the county’s accepted absentee ballots, and the fact that McCready won a majority of absentee ballots in every other county in the district.

ABC News Charlotte affiliate WSOC-tv obtained several sworn affidavits out of Bladen County raising concerns about a campaign worker for Harris, Leslie McCrae Dowless, who according to several witnesses also did work on absentee ballots.

According to the affidavits obtained by WSOC, one voter said a worker came to her door, had her fill it out partially, then took the ballot from her and said she would finish it on her behalf.

According to the Observer, the concerns were brought to the state board of election John Wallace, an attorney for the state Democratic Party who urged the board not to certify the result until the allegations were thoroughly investigated.

ABC News has requested but has not received or reviewed the affidavits.

The state elections board has the power to order a new election if it determines the irregularities “could have made a difference in the outcome or were widespread enough to generally taint the outcome.”

It is also possible that the U.S. House could refuse to seat Harris until the results are certified.

Representatives for Harris’ campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment from ABC News on Friday following the board’s vote to hold a public hearing, but Harris posted a lengthy response to the decision on Twitter Friday.

“Make no mistake, I support any efforts to investigate allegations of irregularities and/or voter fraud, as long as it is fair and focuses on all political parties,” Harris wrote, “There is absolutely no public evidence that there are enough ballots in question to affect the outcome of the race.”

Harris also said his campaign has filed an intervening motion in state court to force the board to certify the election.

This afternoon, we have filed an intervening motion in state court to request an extension of the stay that would change the current State Board. They should be required to stay in existence and certify this election so as not to disenfranchise the voters of the Ninth District.

— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNC9) November 30, 2018

McCready released a statement on Twitter Thursday saying that saying that he support “the bipartisan board’s decision and its efforts to ensure our elections are fair and every voice is heard,” but did not officially un-concede the race to Harris either.

I was as shocked as anyone to see the State Elections Board, in an unprecedented bipartisan 9-0 decision, delay certification of our election results. Our democracy depends on fair elections. I’ve issued the following statement. pic.twitter.com/oPWHABGf6R

— Dan McCready for NC (@McCreadyForNC) November 30, 2018

The head of the North Carolina Democratic Party also released a statement Thursday encouraging the BOE to hold a “full public hearing,” before certifying results in the 9th District, which the board chose to do today.

The chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party also chimed in Thursday claiming that “Democrats are throwing everything, including the kitchen sink, at the wall to try and steal an election,” and threatened legal action if the board did not certify the election on Friday.

GOP Rep. Robert Pittenger, who lost to Harris in the GOP primary this year by just 828 votes, was reached via text by the Observer, and when asked if he blamed his loss on any voting irregularities, had this to say: “Others can determine that. I won’t speculate. Look at the votes. Follow the money.”

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Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke attacks top Dem who called for his resignation as ‘drunken and hostile’
Nov30

Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke attacks top Dem who called for his resignation as ‘drunken and hostile’

Paul Morigi/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke accused a top House Democrat of “drunken and hostile behavior,” after the Democrat called on Zinke to resign and vowed to hold congressional hearings examining Zinke’s conduct in office. 

The claim is related to the fact that, in the 1980s, the lawmaker battled with alcohol addiction for which he sought treatment.

Zinke’s tweet was a response to Rep. Raul Grijalva, the ranking Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee, who wrote an op-ed published in USA Today on Friday calling for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to resign.

“I take no pleasure in calling for this step, and I have resisted it even as questions have grown about Mr. Zinke’s ethical and managerial failings. Unfortunately, his conduct in office and President Donald Trump’s neglect in setting ethical standards for his own cabinet have made it unavoidable,” Grijalva wrote in the op-ed.

He went on to criticize Zinke’s behavior as secretary and his policy positions, which Grijalva vocally opposes, and called for Zinke to resign, saying he offers no “credible leadership.” Grijalva has said that if he takes over the Natural Resources Committee in January he plans to intensify oversight of the Interior Department, including Zinke or any future Interior secretary.

Zinke has faced multiple inquiries by his department’s inspector general and congressional investigators since he took office, including into his travel and whether he was improperly involvement in a real estate development in his hometown. Zinke has maintained that he will be cleared in the investigations and has followed all department ethical rules.

An interim report into his travel found that the department allowed him to violate some rules, like letting his wife ride in official vehicles, but that it wasn’t unusual and there was no wrongdoing.

The results of at least one investigation have been referred to the Department of Justice, but its unclear if that will result in any further action.

Zinke responded to Grijalva’s op-ed Friday morning by alleging that the congressman has a drinking problem and calling for him to resign, saying “it’s hard for him to think straight from the bottom of the bottle.”

My thoughts on Rep. Grijalva’s opinion piece. #TuneInnForMore pic.twitter.com/VMGxdtHwvU

— Secretary Ryan Zinke (@SecretaryZinke) November 30, 2018

Grijalva shot back at Zinke, saying he is turning to personal attacks instead of responding to “credible and serious” allegations.

My thoughts on Rep. Grijalva’s opinion piece. #TuneInnForMore pic.twitter.com/VMGxdtHwvU

— Secretary Ryan Zinke (@SecretaryZinke) November 30, 2018

He also issued a statement in response to the tweet, saying “The American people know who I’m here to serve, and they know in whose interests I’m acting. They don’t know the same about Secretary Zinke.”

Several other House Democrats agreed, saying that Zinke’s comments are out of line and do not address the ethical concerns in Grijalva’s op-ed.

Personal attacks using official resources are unbecoming of a Cabinet member. Mean-spirited comments like @SecretaryZinke‘s are always wrong — and even more so when our country faces so many pressing challenges.

— Rep. Betty McCollum (@BettyMcCollum04) November 30, 2018

It would be nice if @SecretaryZinke had the same commitment to preserving #PublicLands as he did to abusing the power of his office for personal gain.

It would also be nice to have someone leading @Interior who had a shred of moral integrity.

Trump really knows how to pick em. https://t.co/fs3PbBiDba

— Rep. Jimmy Gomez (@RepJimmyGomez) November 30, 2018

The Republican leadership of the committee declined to comment to ABC News on the matter.

Zinke’s tweet references reports that Grijalva gave a $48,000 settlement to a staffer that threatened to sue in 2015, saying he created a hostile work environment and was drunk at work.

Grijalva has previously said the allegations are not true and that the staffer only complained after she was fired. Details about the settlement are not publicly available and the congressman has said he wants to be released from a non-disclosure agreement to provide more information.

“Rep. Grijalva does not work while drunk and does not create a hostile workplace environment,” Adam Sarvana, Grijalva’s spokesman, told ABC News in a written statement.

 In 1985, Grijalva also admitted his drinking had gone beyond social drinking after he was arrested for driving under the influence while serving on the Tuscon school board, according to an article in the Arizona Republic. He spent 12 days in an alcohol-abuse program but has said more recently that he “beat the demons” he was dealing with at the time.

“It was a period of my life in which other things were affecting me and affecting me personally and once you wrestle the demons, and you beat ’em, you beat ’em. And I feel very comfortable that that demon’s beat,” he told Tuscon-based NBC affiliate KVOA earlier this year.

The Interior Department declined to comment further on Zinke’s tweet, other than to say it speaks for itself.

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Video shows Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt shoving, kicking woman
Nov30

Video shows Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt shoving, kicking woman

Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt was sent home from the team facility Friday after video released by TMZ shows him shoving and kicking a woman during a February incident at a Cleveland hotel.
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