Oregon’s heat wave death toll reaches 107 in ‘mass casualty’ event


(PORTLAND, Ore.) — Oregon’s record-breaking heat wave reached a death toll of 107 on Tuesday, according to officials.

The victims range in age from 37 to 97, according to the Oregon State Medical Examiner, as the state has been reeling from scorching triple-digit temperatures from June 25 to June 30.

So far, 67 deaths — more than half the state’s heat wave-related deaths — were reported in Multnomah County, prompting the county to call it a “mass casualty event.”

Multnomah County health officials said in a news release the suspected cause of all the deaths is hyperthermia — the condition of having a body temperature well above normal. So far, 40 have been formally ruled hyperthermia deaths, and the rest are yet to be officially ruled.

The county’s victims ranged in age from 44 to 97.

Some of the dead were found inside their homes without air conditioning or fans, according to local ABC affiliate KATU. Portland recorded a high of 116 on Monday, June 28.

One of the victims was Guatemalan immigrant Sebastian Francisco Perez, 38, who came to the U.S. on May 5 to work on a farm in rural St. Paul, according to Oregon Live. He died June 26 while working at a tree farm in the extreme heat. Three vigils were held for him in St. Paul on Saturday, the outlet reported.

In response to natural disaster, Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury said the county opened three 24-hour cooling centers, nine cooling spaces, directly contacted tens of thousands of seniors, people with disabilities and pregnant women and deployed more than 60 outreach teams to focus on people without housing or shelter in the heat wave.

Washington County reported nine deaths, Clackamas County 11, Marion 13, Deschutes two, Linn two, and Columbia, Pole and Umatilla counties all reported one death from the heat.

An excessive heat warning was in effect the weekend of the wave from the National Weather Service, and the weekend set records for hottest days in history in multiple cities.

Gov. Kate Brown called the heat wave’s death toll “absolutely unacceptable” and said that despite preparation efforts across the state, “we still lost too many lives,” during an appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

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Three law enforcement officers shot in Chicago on heels of violent holiday weekend


(CHICAGO) — Three law enforcement officers in Chicago were shot on the city’s South Side on the heels of a violent holiday weekend that racked up shootings in the triple digits.

The officers, two ATF Chicago agents and one Chicago Police Department officer, were driving in the Morgan Park neighborhood, near an on-ramp to Interstate 57, just before 6 a.m. when they were fired upon by another vehicle, Chicago Police Superintendent David O’Neal Brown told reporters Wednesday morning. The officers were undercover and in an unmarked car, Brown said.

The officers’ injuries are not life-threatening. One of the ATF agents was struck in the hand, the other was hit on the side of the torso and the police officer was grazed in the back of the head, Brown said. They were taken to Christ Medical Center and last reported in stable condition, said Tom Ahern, deputy director of the police department’s news affairs and communications,

One of the ATF agents is female, while the other two officers are male, and all three are senior officers, he added.

The suspect’s vehicle has been located, but investigators are still searching for the suspect, Brown said.

Brown declined to provide details on the case the officers were working to avoid compromising the investigation.

The attack marks brings the tally of officers shot in Chicago this year to 36, Brown said. The shooting comes after a deadly Fourth of July weekend in the city, when 100 people were shot, 18 of whom died, including a 15-year-old boy, ABC Chicago station WLS-TV reported. Two Chicago Police officers and five children 13 and younger were among the injured.

Brown said Tuesday that Chicago officers were “performing at the highest level” and are “risking everything to protect the people of Chicago.”

“They are doing their part, and no one would do what these officers are doing right now,” Brown said. “This is a very challenging time to be in law enforcement right now. They are rising to the challenge, doing all they can. The work they do is extremely dangerous.”

Speaking from outside the hospital, Chicago Alderman Matt O’Shea urged President Joe Biden to come to Chicago and offer additional assistance to the city, saying that 100,000 armed gang members who “have absolutely no fear, no respect for life” are wreaking havoc on the city. Residents are scared to let their children play outside, he said.

“Our communities are under siege,” he said. “Our police officers are under siege. They’re outmanned and they’re outgunned.”

Biden was met by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot upon landing in Chicago Wednesday afternoon. During the greeting, Biden expressed his personal support for the law enforcement officers that were injured and reiterated his commitment to working with the city in the fight against gun violence, said White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.

Biden was scheduled to visit Crystal Lake, a city about 45 miles northwest of Chicago, in the afternoon.

ABC News’ Cheryl Gendron, Rachel Katz and Alex Perez contributed to this report.

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Ariana Grande debuts “safety net” for VEVO Official Live Performances Series

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Ariana Grande has released a live performance video of her Positions track “safety net,” featuring Ty Dolla $ign.

It’s the second video as part of Ariana’s VEVO Official Live Performance Series, which she launched last month with a video for “pov.”

The “safety net” clip features the same stage design as the “pov” performance, with Ari singing the track in a garden made up of fake flowers and grass. The camera starts from above and swoops down as she starts to sing. Ty Dolla joins her starting with the second verse. 

“For a singer, being able to set a mood is like being able to cast a spell,” reads the video description from Vevo. “Time and again Ariana Grande has proven she’s one of those vocalists who can architect an aura, and this performance of ‘safety net’ is a great example of the way she controls the emotional climate of a song.”

“Stay tuned, more coming,” Vevo promises.

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BTS making a double appearance on ‘The Tonight Show’ next week


BTS is ready for another Tonight Show takeover.

The K-pop superstars are making their return to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon with a double whammy of appearances next week.

On Tuesday, July 13, the group will perform the TV debut of “Permission to Dance,” their new song co-written by Ed Sheeran. The next night, they’ll perform their number-one hit, “Butter.”

Last fall, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V and Jungkook visited The Tonight Show for a week-long residency dubbed BTS Week. They performed “Mikrokosmos,” “Black Swan,” “Home,” “Dynamite” and “Idol.”

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Peacock goes full ‘Bridgerton’ with 1800s-inspired dating show ‘Pride & Prejudice’


If swiping right isn’t your cup of tea, but high tea in the Bridgerton universe is your idea of ideal courtship, you’re in luck. 

Peacock is going back in time with an 1800s-inspired reality dating show called Pride & Prejudice

The streaming network announced the series with a Lady Whistledown-inspired invitation, promising “a time-traveling quest for love.”

Hopefuls can apply on a special website, which asks potential candidates the following questions: “Do you long for a night of romance, chariot rides, and balls?…Do you want to pursue love in a whimsical, international location?”

If you’re lucky enough to be selected, Peacock promises, “[W]e will transport a heroine and eligible, hopeful suitors to a beautiful, international location, where they will get to experience what dreams are made of.”

The invitation adds, “In the end, our heroine and her suitors will discover if the ultimate romantic experience will find them, true love!”

However, the romantic experience won’t be easy — and not just because of the corsets. “Only noble suitors are encouraged to take on this profound and thrilling quest, should they have the vigour to out-romance the rest,” the announcement warns.

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50 Cent to develop hip-hop competition series; watch trailer for Naomi Osaka docuseries; and more

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50 Cent is getting back into his hip-hop roots with his latest project.

According to Deadline, 50 is working with ABC to develop a non-scripted hip-hop competition series titled Unrapped. The show will focus on celebrity contestants — who are coached by iconic hip-hop mentors — that end up in a rap battle until “a king or queen is crowned.” A release date for Unrapped has yet to be announced. Casting is currently underway.

In other news, Netflix has released the first trailer for their three-part documentary series on tennis star Naomi Osaka. Titled Naomi Osaka, the series follow the four-time Grand Slam winner in the years after her win at the 2018 US Open. It will also chronicle her meteoric rise in the tennis world. Naomi Osakahits Netflix on July 16, just ahead of her expected return to tennis at the Tokyo Olympics.

Finally, Henry Simmons and Joy Bryant have been tapped to star in season two of OWN’s anthology drama series Cherish the Day. As previously reported, each season of Cherish the Day follows the relationship of one couple, with each episode spanning a single day. In season two, Simmons and Bryant will play a high school sweethearts who find themselves reunited in New Orleans. A release date for Cherish the Day has yet be announced. Production on the series begins this month.

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Jon Pardi is the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix’s newest headliner

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Jon Pardi has been announced as a Saturday-night headliner for the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix, a three-day event happening in August.

Celebrating both music and racing, the Grand Prix will take place on a temporary, 2.17-mile circuit in downtown Nashville, which crosses the Cumberland River. That makes it the only current event in motorsports to cross over a major body of water.

A stacked lineup has already been announced: Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Justin Moore, Riley Green, Danielle Bradbery and more artists have signed on to perform as part of the event.

A variety of ticketing options, including three-day packages and single-day passes, are available now. The event will take place August 6-8; Jon’s headlining show is on Saturday, August 7.

Meanwhile, Jon is busily getting back to touring and performing after ending a stint of doctor-mandated vocal rest at the beginning of this month. He’s planning to keep busy at arenas, amphitheaters and fairs for the rest of the summer, concluding with a performance at Dierks Bentley’s Seven Peaks Festival over Labor Day weekend.

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Tropical Storm Elsa to charge up East Coast after Florida landfall: Latest path

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(NEW YORK) — Tropical Storm Elsa has made landfall along Florida’s Gulf Coast and is now charging up the entire East Coast through Friday.

Elsa made landfall at about 11 a.m. Wednesday in Taylor County, in Florida’s Big Bend region.

Elsa, which is slamming Florida with gusty winds and heavy rain, strengthened to a Category 1 hurricane Tuesday night before weakening back to a tropical storm.

A boat capsized near Key West as Elsa blew through on Tuesday, according to the Coast Guard. Nine people remain missing.

As of Wednesday morning, Florida had no reports of fatalities or significant structural damage, Gov. Ron DeSantis said.

About 26,000 customers in Florida were without power, he added.

Elsa is now barreling up the East Coast, set to bring heavy rain and flash flooding from Georgia to Maine through Friday.

The latest path shows Elsa moving over Georgia Wednesday night, South Carolina Thursday morning and North Carolina Thursday night.

Elsa is forecast to weaken to a tropical depression by Thursday morning as it brings rain and wind to Charleston, Myrtle Beach and Wilmington.

By Thursday night Elsa will be blowing through Virginia, Maryland and Delaware with heavy rain, gusty winds and flooding. Elsa will hit New Jersey overnight Thursday into Friday.

On Friday morning, Elsa will head up the Interstate 95 corridor with heavy rain and gusty winds from New York City to Boston.

ABC News’ Rachel Katz contributed to this report.

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Saweetie and Justine Skye to headline Samsung and ‘Billboard’s Songs of the Summer concert

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In less than two weeks, Saweetie and Justine Skye will headline Samsung and Billboard’s Songs of the Summer concert.

According to Billboard, the virtual event will be free for Samsung Galaxy owners, who can redeem a code from the Samsung Members app to watch the show on their phone. Non-Galaxy owners can purchase a ticket for $10 and then stream it from their device or on their TV.

Saweetie will likely perform her singles “Tap In” and “Best Friend” from her upcoming debut album, Pretty B**** Music. Meanwhile, Justine Skye will pull from her Timbaland-produced album, Space & Time.

Samsung and Billboard‘s Songs of the Summer concert premieres July 16 at 3 p.m. ET on Billboard.com. The entire event will be available for viewing through July 19.

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Teen who filmed George Floyd’s death says uncle killed in car crash with Minneapolis police


(MINNEAPOLIS) — The teen who filmed the murder of George Floyd by former police officer Derek Chauvin said that her uncle was killed Tuesday in a fatal car crash involving Minneapolis police.

In a Facebook post, 18-year-old Darnella Frazier said her uncle Leneal Lamont Frazier died after police collided with his car while they were chasing a carjacked vehicle. Officials from the Minneapolis Office of Police Information said the driver of the stolen car was involved in several robberies and refused to stop for police.

“Minneapolis police killed my uncle,” Darnella Frazier said in the post. “Another black man lost his life in the hands of the police … I couldn’t accept what I was hearing and still can’t. Some things just take time to process.”

The fatal collision took place at the intersection of 41st Avenue North and Lyndale Avenue North in Minneapolis, according to police. A third car was also caught up in the collision.

Minneapolis Office of Police Information officials said that both the driver of the uninvolved car and the officer were taken to the hospital, where the driver died shortly after. The officer was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

In a statement, the Minnesota State Patrol said it will lead the investigation into the crash. It is an open and active investigation, and once completed, the state patrol said it will turn its findings over to the county attorney for review.

In her social media post, Darnella Frazier described her final moments with her uncle, saying Minneapolis police is responsible for the family’s “big loss.”

“I was just with you at the beach,” she wrote. “If I would’ve known that would be my last time seeing you, I would’ve hugged you so much longer, told you ‘I love you’ way harder.”

During the Chauvin murder trial, the teen took to the witness stand to recount the pain she said she has experienced since witnessing Floyd’s murder.

Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, was convicted of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter and was sentenced to 22 1/2 years in prison for Floyd’s death.

Frazier, who was 17 at the time of the incident, told prosecutors in March that she continues to harbor a lot of guilt and trauma.

“When I look at George Floyd, I look at my dad, I look at my brothers, I look at my cousins, my uncles because they are all Black,” she told prosecutors. “And I look at that and I look at how that could have been one of them. I stayed up [at night] apologizing and apologizing to George Floyd for not doing more and not physically interacting, not saving his life.”

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