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carlballou/iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Police are responding to an active incident involving a person barricaded at a Trader Joe's store in Silver Lake, California on Saturday.

The Los Angeles Police Department says that they had engaged the suspect in a pursuit. The individual reportedly crashed the vehicle they were driving and ran into the store.

Residents were urged to stay away from the area.

Police could not confirm reports of gunshots.

This is a breaking news story. Stay tuned for updates.

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Fedorovekb/iStock/Thinkstock(NORTH LAUDERDALE, Fla.) -- Police have a 19-year-old man in custody in connection with the death of a Florida business owner.

The Broward County Sheriff's Office says Tyrone Fields Jr. turned himself in on Friday, one day after they released surveillance video of an armed robbery that left Ayub Ali dead.

Ali, 61, was a father of four. Two of his children survived the Valentine's Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Sheriff's deputies say Fields entered the convenience store at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday and demanded money from Ali. He left with an undisclosed amount of money, but returned a short time later and shot the store owner.

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(NYCEM) Jerome Pippins is pictured in this undated photo.(NEW YORK) -- A baby allegedly abducted from her mother by her father Friday night at a New York City homeless shelter was found safe Saturday morning after a 10-hour search and a predawn Amber Alert, police said.

The 8-month-old girl was found around 8 a.m. with her father in Harlem, according to the New York City Police Department.

The father, identified as Jerome Pippins, 24, was taken into custody, police said. Charges are pending.

As a precaution, the little girl was taken to a hospital to be examined, but police said she appeared unharmed.

The girl, wearing a gray onesie with purple polka dots, was abducted about 10 p.m. Friday at a family homeless shelter in Queens. An Amber Alert for the girl had been issued around 4 a.m.

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zocik/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A New York City police officer involved in the infamous 2014 chokehold death of a man who was allegedly selling bootleg cigarettes was formally charged with violating NYPD regulations, officials said.

Officer Daniel Pantaleo will face disciplinary proceedings in the internal case to be heard by the Civilian Complaint Review Board, NYPD officials told ABC New York City station WABC-TV.

Pantaleo was recorded on cell-phone video taken July 17, 2014, putting Eric Garner in a chokehold banned by the NYPD as other police officers helped take Garner to the ground. In the video, Garner repeatedly says "I can't breathe," a phrase that has since become a rallying cry in nationwide protests against alleged police brutality.

The NYPD's decision to discipline Pantaleo four years after the incident in the Staten Island borough of New York came on the heels of a letter sent to the U.S. Department of Justice by Larry Byrne, the NYPD's deputy commissioner of legal matters. In the letter, Byrne said the department had waited long enough for federal prosecutors to act in the Garner case.

A grand jury in Staten Island decided in December 2014 not to indict Pantaleo and other officers involved in Garner's death on criminal charges.

Following the announcement of the grand jury's decision, the Department of Justice began looking into the case to determine whether to file federal charges against Pantaleo.

"Understandably, members of the public in general and the Garner family in particular have grown impatient with the fact that NYPD has not proceeded with our disciplinary proceedings and they have difficulty comprehending a decision to defer to a federal criminal investigation that seems to have no end in sight," Byrne wrote.

"The NYPD has come to the conclusion that given the extraordinary passage of time since the incident without a final decision on the U.S. DOJ's criminal investigation, any further delay in moving ahead with our own disciplinary proceedings can no longer be justified," the letter said.

The NYPD's decision to move ahead with the internal discipline case against Pantaleo after Garner's mother, Gwen Carr, held a press conference on the eve of the fourth anniversary of her son's death, saying, "We just want justice for my son."



"And it's not only for Pantaleo, it's for the other five officers who [were] involved," Carr said. "Their misconduct. The ones who lied on legal documents saying what had happened to my son before the video came out."

A spokesman for the Department of Justice told ABC News last week that it was the NYPD's prerogative to move forward.

"As officials at the Department of Justice informed Mr. Byrne this spring, the New York Police Department may move forward with its disciplinary proceedings," the Justice Department spokesman said. "Mr. Byrne's letter does not have any bearing on the decision-making timeline at the Justice Department, and the Department cannot comment further at this time."

Police Benevolent Association President Patrick J. Lynch said, “We agree that the Justice Department's leadership should move to close Police Officer Pantaleo's case and put an end to what has been a highly irregular fishing expedition by those seeking an indictment at all cost."

Lynch continued: "However, that should not trigger a race by the NYPD to reach a pre-determined outcome in its own disciplinary processes. Police Officer Pantaleo is entitled to due process and an impartial consideration of the facts. If that is allowed to occur, we are confident that he will be vindicated and will finally be able to move forward."

Pantaleo has been allowed to continue working as a paid member of the NYPD while the disciplinary proceedings against him are pending.

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iStock/Thinkstock(BRANSON, Mo.) -- Authorities released the names on Friday night of those who died in the duck boat tragedy at Table Rock Lake near Branson, Missouri.

Nine of the victims came from the same family -- the Coleman family -- which was from Indiana and on vacation at the time of the accident. Two family members managed to survive the sinking. Four of those who died from the family were children, all under the age of 10.

Arya Coleman, just 1 year old, was the youngest victim, while Ervin Coleman, 76, was the oldest.

In total, just five of the victims were natives of Missouri.

The victims from Missouri included married couple William and Janice Bright.

Here are the victims:

Belinda Coleman, 69
Glenn Coleman, 40
Horace "Butch" Coleman, 70
Ervin Raymond Coleman, 76
Angela Coleman, 45
Evan Coleman, 7
Reece Coleman, 9
Maxwell Coleman, 2
Arya Coleman, 1
William Asher, 69
Rosemarie Hamann, 68
Janice Bright, 63
William Bright, 65
Leslie Dennison, 64
Bob Williams, 73
Lance Smith, 15
Steve Smith, 53

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Several clusters of thunderstorms are threatening the eastern U.S. on Saturday, with rain expected much of the day and the possibility for severe weather.

One cluster is over Arkansas early Saturday and moving toward Mississippi, while another is over eastern Tennessee and moving toward Georgia. Parts of the south are under a severe thunderstorm watch through the morning, with damaging winds and large hail serving as the main threats.

Along the coastline, a disturbance is developing and pushing an onslaught of thunderstorms and rain up the East Coast toward the mid-Atlantic and Northeast. A flash flood watch has been issued for parts of the greater Philadelphia region, including much of New Jersey.

There is a slight risk for severe weather across much of the Southeast on Saturday, including Atlanta; Birmingham, Alabama; and Charlotte, North Carolina. Damaging winds, large hail and tornadoes are possible.

On Sunday, this threat slides slightly southeast, with the possibility for severe thunderstorms from Jacksonville, Florida, to Charleston, South Carolina.

Meanwhile, two systems interacting in the eastern U.S. will force rain toward the mid-Atlantic and Northeast late Saturday. Heavy rain will last into early Sunday for parts of the mid-Atlantic, especially Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. After the initial rain, numerous scattered thunderstorms will persist in the region on Sunday.

It looks increasingly likely that widespread rainfall totals over 3 inches will fall across parts of Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania overnight Saturday into Sunday. The rain could cause flash flooding, while winds will increase as the storm approaches on Saturday night, with high wind gusts over 30 mph along the shoreline from Delaware to Long Island.

Locally, strong thunderstorms with heavy downpours are possible from North Carolina to New Hampshire the entire weekend, and isolated flash flooding will remain a concern.

Dangerous heat wave

A record-breaking, dangerous heat wave is gripping the southern U.S., and concern is growing for major heat in the Southwest next week. Heat alerts have been issued from western Florida all the way to California.

Waco, Texas, hit 109 degrees on Friday, tying the record high for the entire month of July. Dallas hit 107 degrees, a new record for the date. Arkadelphia, Arkansas, had a heat index topping 120 degrees on Friday. Oklahoma City hit 109 degrees on Friday, tying the record from 2012.

On Saturday, the heat index will once again jump well past 100 degrees across much of Texas and Oklahoma, all the way to Alabama. Heat-index values could exceed 110 degrees in Dallas and Shreveport, Louisiana, on Saturday.

Saturday will be the last day of peak heat, but triple-digit heat will persist into Monday for parts of this region.

Meanwhile, in the Southwest, the heat is going to build. A major heat wave is coming to parts of the region with temperatures in Phoenix; Palm Springs, California; and Las Vegas soaring past 110 degrees for consecutive days next week.

Temperatures in Death Valley, California, will head past 120 degrees by Tuesday and Wednesday. The heat will also grip Southern and Central California with widespread triple-digit heat from Burbank all the way to Redding.

In addition to the heat coming to the Southwest, the fire season continues across the entire western U.S.

The Substation Fire in Oregon is now over 70,000 acres and remains the nation's top wildfire priority. The fire is 15 percent contained.

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Brian Blanco/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After a grand jury acquitted George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in July 2013, Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi created #BlackLivesMatter to start a broader conversation about racism in the U.S.

Five years later, issues brought to the national fore by the grassroots organization have become staples of progressive platforms. From Parkland to #AbolishICE, there is a direct through line to calls to hold government accountable for gun violence and the treatment of minority communities, political experts say.

“The movement is growing. Its influence on American politics is growing,” said Deva Woodly, an assistant professor of politics at The New School. “Not only has it shifted the attention of activists, but also the public at large.”

Much of that influence has been in shifting conversations on race and the role of protests in politics.

“It has popularized civil disobedience and the need to put our bodies on the line,” Cullors said. “With things like the Women’s March, and Me Too, and March for our Lives, all of these movements -- their foundations -- are in Black Lives Matter.”

Black Lives Matter has also attracted backlash, including from President Trump. On Fox News in July 26, Trump, who was then running for office, said, "I've seen them marching down the street, essentially calling death to the police, and I think we're going to have to look into that."

In November 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions was grilled by black members of Congress on the House Judiciary Committee for an FBI report on "black identity extremists," seen to target Black Lives Matter.

As a member of the Senate in 2015, Sessions once said, “I do think it’s a real problem when we have Black Lives Matter making statements that are really radical, that are absolutely false.”

Cullors said their message and their movement was one designed to be active online and to mobilize protests in the streets.

The movement's online presence has been critical to its impact and growth over the last five years. A recent report from the Pew Research Center found that #BlackLivesMatter has been tweeted nearly 30 million times since 2013, an average of 17,002 times a day.

“That hashtag is recognizable. That hashtag evokes something, I think, in the spirit of all people -- not just here in America but around the world,” said Sonia Lewis, the lead of the Sacramento chapter of Black Lives Matter and the cousin of Stephon Clark, who was killed in a police-involved shooting this March.

On the street, Black Lives Matter has both sustained protests around police violence and has shaped the principles of more recent protest movements.

And the movement's work has reverberated far beyond urban enclaves that have often seen the tension between law enforcement and minority communities play out.

Delaney Tarr, of the March for Our Lives protests that stemmed from gun control protests after the mass shooting in Parkland, said Black Lives Matter has been something she’s “incredibly conscious of.”

“No matter who the perpetrator is, gun violence is still gun violence,” she added, saying that the lessons from Black Lives Matter have been something her movement has factored in because “we really wanted to be as intersectional as possible.”

In addition to protests, Woodly said Black Lives Matter has been instrumental in “changing people’s minds about what’s possible and desirable.”

According to Gallup’s most recent Most Important Problem poll, Americans rank immigration and race relations as the third and fourth biggest issues facing the country, a shift from five years ago, Woodly said.

Black Lives Matter helped popularize some of today’s more liberal policy positions. “The call to abolish ICE is connected to the call to abolish police and prisons,” Woodly said.

Adrian Reyna, the director of membership and technology strategies at United We Dream, a youth lead immigrant rights organization, echoed that sentiment.

"They have really set the ground to be able to push back against federal agencies like ICE and CBP, who are basically executing the agenda of putting as many people into the deportation pipeline and into detention centers," he said.

The Movement for Black Lives platform, released in 2016 by a coalition that included 50 activist groups related to Black Lives Matter, calls for single-payer health care and the legalization of marijuana, in addition to an end of mass incarceration and police violence toward black people.

Cullors said there are "so many different" elected officials who are challenging the status quo right now, calling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s recent election “a testament to our movement."

Kerri Evelyn Harris, who is running for Senate in Delaware on a progressive platform, said Black Lives Matter has “made sure that we had to recognize things that for so long that we’ve turned a blind eye to.”

As for the future of Black Lives Matter, Cullors said the organization is “in the middle of an evolution.”

“For the last five years, we’ve been on the streets. We’ve been protesting. We’ve been shutting down highways,” she said. “And now, we have to ground down and decide what are the strategies, what’s our institution going to look like.”

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peangdao/iStock/Thinkstock(WILMINGTON, Del.) -- The pool employee who allegedly told children wearing hijabs that they could not go into a public pool has been reassigned as tensions over accusations in Delaware continue to make waves.

The leaders of a Muslim children's summer camp joined with an advocacy group to sent a cease and desist letter to the Wilmington mayor's office over what their attorney called conduct that "contravenes basic standards of decency."

The cease and desist letter was the latest move in a weeks-long saga over whether the Muslim children were appropriately treated at the pool, the fallout from which included a public apology from the city's mayor and a postponed meeting between the camp leaders and the mayor.

The letter was written by attorney Juvaria Khan, who works with the civil rights group Muslim Advocates and is representing the staff of Darul Academy, which runs the summer camp.

Khan wrote that the staffers at the pool "the staff has consistently used derogatory terms to refer to these children, creating a hostile environment and, on several occasions, preventing them from accessing the pool altogether."

When "pushed for an explanation," the staff allegedly pointed to an unwritten policy banning cotton in the pool, which presented a problem based on the children's religious clothing.

"In reality, the staff can point to no such written policy, and these purported explanations are merely pretext for the true motivation behind their conduct: discrimination against these children on the basis of their race, religion, and/or socio-economic status," Khan wrote in the cease and desist letter.

John Rago, the deputy chief of staff for Wilmington Mayor Michael Purzycki, released a statement saying that the letter and the allegations are "being taken very seriously."



The manager at the Foster Brown pool has been reassigned, Rago said in the statement, and noted that the investigation into the allegations is ongoing.

"For the remaining 15 days or so of this pool season, there will be a very liberal policy in place regarding proper swimwear without restrictions on the types of fabrics worn. During the off-season, the City will review its pool regulations to strike an appropriate balance among several factors, include religious expression and the safety of the swimmers," Rago said in the statement.

Purzycki apologized on July 14 for one of the alleged incidents that happened on June 25, saying that officials used "poor judgment" in the situation.

"We should be held accountable for what happened and how poorly we assessed this incident," he said in his July 14 statement.

Khan told ABC News that the camp leaders, including principal Tahsiyn A. Ismaa’eel, “felt the mayor’s initial response… trivialized what they experienced and what they’re still going through.”

“What they want out of this is to be treated equally and to know that they can show up at Foster Brown or any other pool and know they can use it like anybody else,” Khan said.

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aijohn784/iStock/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) -- Houston police are searching for the suspect who fatally shot the prominent cardiologist who treated former President George H.W. Bush.

Dr. Mark Hausknecht was riding his bike Friday when he was shot and killed, according to Houston Methodist Hospital.

The former president released a statement about his doctor's death through his spokesman.

"Mark was a fantastic cardiologist and a good man," President George H.W. Bush said in his statement. "I will always be grateful for his exceptional, compassionate care. His family is in our hearts."

In a statement from the hospital, Hausknecht was prasied for his "kind bedside manner" and his compassion.

Police are searching for a white or Hispanic male suspect who was wearing a dark jacket and fled the scene, according to ABC station KTRK.

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Evgen_Prozhyrko/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A teen and his family accused Indiana police of excessive force for how they restrained the boy during an altercation at a festival where police accused him of slapping away an officer’s arm.

"He didn't try to swipe away their arm,” the boy’s mother, Elizabeth Montejano, told ABC Chicago station WLS-TV. “When the officer grabbed him right here from his shirt, Dominic grabbed him. He’s just like, 'What are you doing.’”

In Facebook video posted Thursday by his aunt, Dominic Garibay, 15, can be seen being held on the ground by multiple officers. Montejano can be heard in the background screaming “that’s my son” at officers.

ABC News has been unable to reach Montejano.

Officers had been breaking up a fight between two teenage girls Wednesday when Garibay “attempted to get through the area being blocked off by officers,” according to a statement the Hammond Police Department posted on its Facebook page.

“One officer, told the young man three times to step back away from the area. In an attempt to block access to the fight, the officer extended his arm to keep back the young man attempting to get through the line,” according to the statement. “The young man slapped away the arm of the officer protecting the scene.”

That’s when officers attempted to arrest him for disorderly conduct, police said, adding that he subsequently “began to yell and resist arrest” before Garibay, who had been handcuffed by then, was “taken to the ground” a second time.

He also yelled profanities throughout the encounter, police said.

But Garibay and his family said police went too far, accusing the officers of choking him to the point where he thought he “was going to die,” the teen told WLS.

"Once he started choking me, I was trying to break free because I couldn't breathe,” he added. “I was just trying to get air.”

An investigation is underway, police said, which will include an examination of body camera footage.

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mrdoomits/iStock/Thinkstock(WEST HAVEN, Conn.) -- A 4-year-old died and his 2-year-old brother was hospitalized after they were found in a hot car at a Connecticut apartment complex Thursday afternoon, officials said.

Many details in the deadly tragedy remain unknown, including how long they were inside the car, the West Haven Police Department said Friday. Police obtained surveillance from the complex and hoped to determine that from the footage.



It also doesn't appear the children were left in the car, according to the police.

The boys' father had called police, authorities said, adding that he is cooperating.

The 2-year-old remains in the hospital, police said Friday. His condition was unknown.

No one has been charged in the case, police said.

The temperature climbed to 79 degrees in nearby New Haven on Thursday.

Children's bodies can heat up much faster than adults' and their internal organs begin to shut down after their core body temperature reaches 104 degrees, according to a report from the National Safety Council. On an 86-degree day, for example, it would take only about 10 minutes for the inside of a car to reach a dangerous 105 degrees.

A boy also died in a hot bus incident in Texas on Thursday, bringing the total number of child hot car deaths this year to 27, according to the advocacy group kidsandcars.org.

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Photo by Michael Thomas/Getty Images(BRANSON, Mo.) -- Investigators are working to find out what caused a duck boat in Missouri to capsize on a lake Thursday night, killing 17 passengers and injuring seven others.

How the weather impacted the conditions on the water and what the tour boat operators knew before heading out are priorities for investigators.



Here's what we know about the timeline of the accident.

6:30 p.m. local time

The National Weather Service outpost in Springfield, Missouri, issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for the area including Branson and Table Rock Lake, where the accident happened. The warning predicted winds of up to 60 miles per hour and penny-sized hail.

Severe weather warnings are typically sent to phones for tornadoes, flash floods or hurricanes, but those alerts are not issued for thunderstorm warnings. Boat operators would have known about the warning if there was a radio on board, or if they got a Twitter alert on their phone, though any tour boat company likely would have some kind of communication in place.

7 p.m.

The area was hit with a severe thunderstorm with winds of 63 miles per hour.

7:09 p.m.

The first call to 911 about the boat going under water was received shortly after 7 p.m., according to Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader.

Between 7:16 p.m. and 7:44 p.m.

Local emergency dispatchers field calls about the rescue operation, requesting boats to help make water rescues and responding to reported injuries.

Friday July 20, 6:06 a.m. local time

In a phone interview with CBS This Morning, the president of the company that owned the duck boat said that “no one was expecting” the storm but the boat “shouldn’t have been in the water if what happened happened.”

7:40 a.m.

President Donald Trump shared his thoughts and sympathies with the victims and their families.

“My deepest sympathies to the families and friends of those involved in the terrible boat accident which just took place in Missouri. Such a tragedy, such a great loss. May God be with you all!” he wrote on Twitter.

1 p.m.

The first investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board were expected to arrive on the scene.

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How the weather impacted the conditions on the water and what the tour boat operators knew before heading out are priorities for investigators.

Here's what we know about the timeline of the accident.

6:30 p.m. local time

The National Weather Service outpost in Springfield, Missouri, issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for the area including Branson and Table Rock Lake, where the accident happened. The warning predicted winds of up to 60 miles per hour and penny-sized hail.

Severe weather warnings are typically sent to phones for tornadoes, flash floods or hurricanes, but those alerts are not issued for thunderstorm warnings. Boat operators would have known about the warning if there was a radio on board, or if they got a Twitter alert on their phone, though any tour boat company likely would have some kind of communication in place.

7 p.m.

The area was hit with a severe thunderstorm with winds of 63 miles per hour.

(MORE: Missouri duck boat accident leaves 13 dead, including children)

PHOTO: A video grab shows a tourist duck boat taking on water in a lake near Branson, Mo., July 20, 2018.Courtesy Trent Behr
A video grab shows a tourist duck boat taking on water in a lake near Branson, Mo., July 20, 2018.

7:09 p.m.

The first call to 911 about the boat going under water was received shortly after 7 p.m., according to Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader.

PHOTO: A video grab shows a tourist duck boat taking on water in a lake near Branson, Mo., July 20, 2018.Courtesy Trent Behr
A video grab shows a tourist duck boat taking on water in a lake near Branson, Mo., July 20, 2018.

Between 7:16 p.m. and 7:44 p.m.

Local emergency dispatchers field calls about the rescue operation, requesting boats to help make water rescues and responding to reported injuries.

PHOTO: A video grab shows a tourist duck boat taking on water in a lake near Branson, Mo., July 20, 2018.Courtesy Trent Behr
A video grab shows a tourist duck boat taking on water in a lake near Branson, Mo., July 20, 2018.

Friday July 20, 6:06 a.m. local time

In a phone interview with "CBS This Morning," the president of the company that owned the duck boat said that “no one was expecting” the storm but the boat “shouldn’t have been in the water if what happened happened.”

PHOTO: Rescue personnel are seen after an amphibious duck boat capsized and sank, at Table Rock Lake near Branson, Stone County, Mo., July 19, 2018. Southern State County Fire Protection District/Reuters
Rescue personnel are seen after an amphibious "duck boat" capsized and sank, at Table Rock Lake near Branson, Stone County, Mo., July 19, 2018.
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7:40 a.m.

President Donald Trump shared his thoughts and sympathies with the victims and their families.

“My deepest sympathies to the families and friends of those involved in the terrible boat accident which just took place in Missouri. Such a tragedy, such a great loss. May God be with you all!” he wrote on Twitter.

1 p.m.

The first investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board are expected to arrive on the scene.

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iStock/Thinkstock(BRANSON, Mo.) -- Nine people in one family were among the 17 killed when a tourist duck boat capsized in a Missouri lake Thursday night, the governor's office said. Two other members of that family survived.

Seven others were injured when the boat plunged into Table Rock Lake, officials said.

"Our thoughts and prayers right now are with these family members," Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said Friday morning, calling the accident a "tragedy."

A total of 29 passengers and two crew members were on board the amphibious craft when it plunged into 80 feet of water and landed upright on its wheels, Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said.

It appeared there were life jackets on board, Rader said, but it was not yet clear how many people were wearing them.

Severe evening thunderstorms, including winds in excess of 60 mph, struck the area at the time. Eyewitness video showed the craft, which travels on land and water, taking on water as waves lashed at its sides.

We're a community of smiles," Branson Mayor Karen Best told ABC News on Friday. "But for the past 16, 17, 18 hours, we've been a town of tears and a town of comfort, and just making sure that we can give them everything they need."

Counselors are on-hand to help survivors cope and also just be there for the "little things," she said. One counselor took a survivor with wet socks to the bathroom to help him dry them out, she said.

"While they're investigating, the thing to do is we're keeping our focus on the families, and once again keeping them in our thoughts and our prayers," Best said. "We're very resilient."

Tony Burkhart posted a video on Twitter showing the stormy conditions on the lake before the boat capsized. He said he and his wife decided not to take the tour because of the weather.

Allison Lester, who was on a nearby boat, told Good Morning America Friday that the waters "were rough.”

"The wind really picked up bad and debris was flying everywhere,” she said.

Lester's boyfriend, Trent Behr, added: "We actually heard the captain say the boat flipped or the boat was sinking.”

Behr said he saw a woman lying in the water.

"We eventually did pull her up onto the boat," Behr said. "She was unconscious. I was about ready to start CPR and the EMT did show up at that time."

Suzanne Smagala-Potts of Ride the Ducks Branson, the company involved in the accident, said in a statement, "We are deeply saddened by the tragic accident."

"This incident has deeply affected all of us," Smagala-Potts said. "We will continue to do all we can to assist the families who were involved and the authorities as they continue with the search and rescue. The safety of our guests and employees is our number one priority."

President Trump and the First Lady "extend their deepest sympathies to all those affected by yesterday’s boating accident on Table Rock Lake," White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement Friday. "Our prayers are with the victims and their loved ones. We are thankful for the brave first responders and dive crews, whose quick and decisive actions have saved many lives, and we continue to pray for their safety as their search, rescue, and recovery operations continue."

“Since the incident occurred, the Administration has been in contact with Governor Parson and other State and local officials, and the President will continue to monitor and receive regular updates on the situation,” the statement added.

President Trump also expressed his condolences for the victims Friday morning on Twitter.

"My deepest sympathies to the families and friends of those involved in the terrible boat accident which just took place in Missouri," President Trump said in a tweet. "Such a tragedy, such a great loss. May God be with you all!"

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said it is sending a team to investigate.

Authorities said the duck boat would not be pulled out of the water on Friday, but that they expect to do so next week.

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ABC News(DES MOINES, Iowa) -- Iowa, which usually averages about seven tornadoes in the month of July, saw 27 reported twisters rip through the state Thursday night, damaging buildings, overturning cars and rupturing gas lines.

Marshalltown, Iowa, suffered major damage, while the Vermeer Plant in Pella took a direct hit from an apparent tornado.

"Devastated to see the destruction from today's severe storms & tornadoes," Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds tweeted. "Praying for all Iowans impacted & for the emergency management crews responding tonight."

The governor is set to tour damaged towns on Friday.

Since the severe weather outbreak began on Wednesday, there have also been two reported tornadoes in South Dakota and a reported tornado in Minnesota.

The National Weather Service will be conducting storm surveys on Friday to confirm these tornadoes and issue an intensity rating.

Friday marks the third day of the multiday severe weather outbreak.

More than 35 million Americans are at risk for severe weather, which is expected to be concentrated in the South and Midwest, including major cities such as Birmingham, Alabama; Nashville, Tennessee; Louisville, Kentucky; Indianapolis; and Detroit.

Storms are expected to fire up in the Ohio and Mississippi river valleys Friday afternoon and evening, and any slow-moving storms could produce flash flooding.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The bites that a 13-year-old boy sustained in the waters around the barrier island off Long Island's South Shore resulted from a shark attack, New York state officials confirmed on Friday.

But experts have been unable to determine the species based on the size and condition of a tooth fragment recovered from the boy, authorities said, adding that the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will return it to the teen at his request.

The beaches on Fire Island had reopened Thursday morning, a day after the boy and a 12-year-old girl suffered large fish bites in the area.

Lifeguards were on duty from 11 a.m. at Atlantique Beach, where the 13-year-old boy, Matthew Donaldson, was bitten. The National Park Service surveyed Sailors Haven Beach, where the 12-year-old girl, Lola Pollina, was bitten, and reopened that beach. The two beaches are fewer than 5 miles apart.

The DEC made no mention of Lola's bites.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo had dispatched Basil Seggos, the DEC commissioner, to Suffolk County to investigate whether it was indeed a shark that had bitten the two children.

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