ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Two tornadoes were reported on Thursday in South Dakota and Wisconsin, a waterspout was seen near New Orleans, and the Upper Midwest, especially Minnesota, could see more severe storms on Friday.
This is all happening as most of the rest of the U.S. will be roasting in a heatwave that could produce record highs, especially on the East Coast.
Chicago, Philadelphia and New York are expecting their hottest weather in at least seven years, as Washington, D.C., may see the highest temps in three years.
Denver on Thursday tied a record high at 99 degrees, as 33 states on Friday, from New Mexico to Maine, are under heat alerts for heat index temps ranging from 100 to 115 degrees.
Excessive heat is expected to continue through the weekend.
After the heatwave, temperatures will dip back down next week, with highs struggling to reach the 80s in the Midwest and Northeast.
33ft/iStock(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- Oakland is challenging the Department of Justice over a case based on the Raiders' decision to move out of the California city.
In December 2018, after the NFL team announced their plan to move out of Oakland and to Las Vegas, Nevada, at the start of the 2020 football season, the city sued the team, the NFL and the league's other 31 teams for breach of contract through antitrust violations, alleging the move to Vegas is "illegal."
The city of Oakland argued they are due damages upwards of $240 million and for the diminished value of the Oakland Coliseum.
"The Raiders' illegal move lines the pockets of NFL owners and sticks Oakland, its residents, taxpayers and dedicated fans with the bill," city attorney Barbara Parker said in a statement when the suit was filed.
But in a statement of interest revealed this week, the DOJ said the city is not allowed to recover lost tax revenues and that it is an inappropriate use of antitrust laws.
"Oakland's claims for lost tax revenues should not be the basis for the Court to find that the City has standing to pursue antitrust claims against the Raiders or the NFL in this case," the department wrote, according to court documents.
Now, Oakland is challenging that with an opposition memo, after the NFL called for the case to be dismissed.
"Weeks later, months after briefing on Defendants' Motion to Dismiss was completed, and only one week before argument on Defendants' Motion to Dismiss, the DOJ has appeared in this case and filed the Statement focusing on a single premature, non-dispositive issue. Without reasonable or legitimate grounds, the DOJ essentially restates an argument already made in Defendants' Motion to Dismiss. The Court should not expend its time and energy on an untimely brief filed by an uninterested third-party, raising a cumulative, non-dispositive and premature argument," the city said in the memo.
According to the Department of Justice, their support for the defendants isn't out of the ordinary.
"The Antitrust Division routinely files statements of interest in antitrust cases where it believes that the court would benefit from an objective and proper application of the antitrust laws. In the past 18 months, the Division has filed 22 statements of interest or amicus briefs in courts throughout the country related to a variety of antitrust issues," a Justice Department spokesperson told ABC News.
The case has yet to be decided by U.S. District Judge Joseph C. Spero. Last month, the NFL sought to dismiss the case because they say the city has "no more than a shareholder or landlord" interest in the team's movement.
A similar lawsuit was filed against the Los Angeles Rams, by the team's old city, St. Louis, but doesn't allege an antitrust violation. That suit alleges a breach of contract, fraud, illegal enrichment and interference in business by the Rams, the NFL and its teams. The case could reach trial, if the sides do not agree to settle.
The statement of interest in favor of the NFL comes at a time when the administration's relationship with the NFL has been contentious after the president has been critical of players who kneel for the national anthem.
"Wow, NFL first game ratings are way down over an already really bad last year comparison," President Donald Trump tweeted at the start of the 2018 NFL season last September, repeating a claim he previously made about NFL ratings last season. "Viewership declined 13%, the lowest in over a decade. If the players stood proudly for our Flag and Anthem, and it is all shown on broadcast, maybe ratings could come back? Otherwise worse."
At a campaign event in Alabama on Sept. 22, 2017, Trump called on NFL owners to fire players who take a knee, suggesting they say, "get that son of a b---- off the field! He's fired, he's fired!"
Several players continued to raise their fists or take a knee during the NFL's 2018 preseason to protest police brutality against black people and people of color.
In August of 2018, the president blasted NFL players who protested during preseason games, and suggested that they should be "suspended without pay."
The Raiders and the City of Oakland have not returned ABC News' request for comment.
Chevrolet(NEW YORK) -- After decades of speculation and rumors, Corvette, the 66-year-old American sports car, has joined its European competitors by going mid-engine.
Corvette engineers, designers, top General Motors executives like CEO Mary Barra and dealers from around the country packed the Tustin Hangars in Southern California Thursday evening for the reveal. Chevrolet had teased the new design for months, carefully releasing images of a camouflaged eighth-generation Corvette on social media.
The mid-engine styling did not disappoint the crowd. The new car, however, does not resemble what Corvette fans have grown to love all these years. The decision to dramatically alter the look and platform of the Corvette reflects management's desire to change direction for the storied marque, a move that may not be welcomed by all at first.
"The Corvette is an emotional car," Kirk Bennion, exterior design manager for Corvette, told ABC News leading up to the reveal. "Some people will love it immediately. For others it may take more time. And that's OK."
Bennion called the new 2020 Stingray "the most impactful evolution" for the Corvette.
"We really leveraged our Corvette heritage in the design," he noted.
Bennion and the other designers were told to develop a new architecture that was compelling and aggressive but also retain certain Corvette design cues. The 2020 Stingray still keeps the classic Corvette Coke bottle shape, muscular fenders, tapered upper fastback profile and high water line.
But Corvette devotees will also immediately notice the bold, exotic proportions, large rear hatch window and lean athletic shape.
Carlos Lago of Edmunds said the automotive industry will be closely watching to see if the new Corvette can deliver performance at a relatively affordable price like the previous models.
"The Corvette is unique among high-performance cars in that it's aspirational, but also obtainable to many Americans," he said. "Unlike some German, Italian, and Japanese sports cars, you could realistically envision having a poster of a Corvette on your wall as a kid and in your garage as an adult. What's better, Corvette has consistently delivered performance that matches, if not bests, sports cars and exotics that cost up to three times as much. That's something owners and fans take great pride in."
There were several obstacles Bennion and his team encountered with the new Corvette: how to make its styling stand out from other mid-engine supercars and be aerodynamically efficient.
"There were challenges with engine cooling and low drag ... this new car takes in air at all four corners," he said. "But it was important that the C8 still look like a Corvette."
The 2020 Stingray still packs the power and performance that Corvette has consistently delivered over the decades. The 6.2L small block naturally aspirated V8 LT2 engine produces 495 horsepower and 470 lb.-feet of torque when equipped with the performance exhaust -- the most horsepower and torque for any entry-level Corvette, according to Chevrolet.
The engine is paired with a eight speed dual-clutch transmission; a manual option will not be available at launch. The steering ratio was improved to 15.7:1 from 16.25:1, meaning the new Corvette will have much faster steering inputs. The car also sprints from 0-60 mph in less than 3 seconds, the fastest time of any entry level Corvette. The starting price? Under $60,000.
According to Ed Piatek, Corvette chief engineer, the driving experience of the new model is totally different from the current generation.
"It's super responsive," he told ABC News. "The steering feels more direct. You can feel the road. The paddle shifters are lightning fast -- the car holds the gears. It has great downward vision ... the visibility is better than the C7."
There was one factor that was sacrificed by going mid-engine, according to Piatek.
"We will no longer be class leading in cargo space," he said. But the dual trunks still offer space for two sets of golf clubs.
The signature Corvette growl hasn't changed that much, even with the exposed engine now positioned between the driver and rear axle.
"It still sounds like a Chevy small block engine," Piatek said. "Twelve to 15 people worked on the sound. We've broken away from the center mounted exhausts but it still has that Corvette sound."
Piatek underscored that the mid-engine design would not stop the Corvette from being a daily driver for some owners.
"The racetrack lap time has improved as has the handling and stopping distance," he said. "This car still enables all the touring people love in a Corvette."
Karl Brauer, executive publisher of Cox Automotive, said the mid-engine design was intended for one key audience: younger buyers.
The new Stingray will "disappoint some longstanding Corvette fans," he told ABC News. "The transition will be painful. But Chevrolet is smart for going after a younger audience."
Bennion said he's anxious to show off the new Corvette, a project he's been working on for years.
"People will be drawn to it," he said. "The reaction will be 'I want to be in that car' or 'I want to own that car.'"
Added Piatek, "A mid-engine was always part of the Corvette destiny."
Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Congresswoman Ilhan Omar received a warm welcome back home in Minneapolis Thursday, with supporters cheering her on at the airport and at a health care town hall event after a week of racist attacks from President Donald Trump, who told four Democratic congresswomen of color to "go back " to where they came from, and from supporters at a Trump campaign rally, who chanted "send her back" on Wednesday night.
"I know there are a lot of people that are trying to distract us right now, but we are not going to let them," she said at her "Medicare for All" town hall event with Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., after the crowd of 500 constituents and supporters gave her a standing ovation.
"There is no doubt in my mind that we have a great American ... who is shaking up Congress and the United States of America in all the best ways," Jayapal, the author of the House Mediacare for All bill, told the crowd.
More than 100 supporters warmly greeted Omar at the airport. Speaking with a megaphone at baggage claim, Omar teed off on Trump, who attempted to distance himself from his attacks and the cheers at his Wednesday rally.
"Everybody is talking about that he is threatened because we criticize him," she said. "But the reality is that he is threatened because we are inspiring people to dream about a country that recognizes their dignity and humanity."
"We are not deterred, we are not frightened, we are ready," she said. "We are in the ring, we are in the people’s house ... we are going to continue fighting until we have the America we all deserve."
Omar returned home a day after Trump reveled in his feud with the four freshman members, telling the crowd in Greenville, North Carolina: "I said I have a suggestion for the hate-filled extremists who are constantly trying to tear our country down. They never have anything good to say. That's why I say, hey, if they don't like it let them leave. Leave, let them leave."
Three of the women were born in the U.S., and Omar, who came to the U.S. as a refugee when she was a child, has been living in the country since she was 12 years old and is a U.S. citizen. In the 2018 midterm elections, all four women won a popular vote to claim their seats in Congress.
Trump focused on Omar, who was born in Somalia, during the rally, eliciting scattered "send her back" chants from the audience of supporters. The president made no attempt to stop the cheers, though falsely claimed on Thursday that he had attempted to do so and disavowed them.
Omar, who was part of the historic wave of women elected to Congress in 2018, overwhelmingly defeated GOP candidate Jennifer Zielinski for Minnesota's 5th Congressional District seat.
She carried the strongly Democratic district, which sits in the lower eastern region of the state and includes the entire city of Minneapolis, by more than 56 percentage points. In 2016, 73% of voters in the district preferred Hillary Clinton to Trump. Former President Barack Obama also heavily won the district in both 2008 and 2012.
Omar, one of only two Muslim women in Congress, represents a district with a 16% foreign-born population, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Minnesota is home to the largest Somali community, with about 52,333 Minnesotans reporting Somali ancestry in 2017, the second-largest foreign born group in the state. Within the 5th Congressional District, 8% of people report sub-Saharan ancestry, Census data show.
Constituents and supporters at her town hall Thursday night said they were proud of Omar's handling of Trump's attacks.
"I think it’s important we show up in support of Ilhan and also in support of health care," Kava Zawaba, a woman from a neighboring congressional district, told ABC News. "I think she’s incredibly brave."
Musa Said, a city bus driver and constituent who grew up in Trinidad and Sudan, and came to the United States at a young age, called Trump’s attacks "unacceptable" and "racist."
Omar, he said, has handled them "very well" and with "a lot of support."
"She’s fighting for people of lower income, people who have been ignored and who the president has appealed to, but has not delivered," he said.
* The Lion King -- Jon Favreau, who directed Disney's hit live-action 2016 adaptation of The Jungle Book, also directed this highly anticipated live-action remake of the 1994 animated Disney classic. Donald Glover plays Simba, a young lion who must step up and take his place as the rightful king of his native land following the murder of his father, Mufasa -- voiced by James Earl Jones, reprising his role from the original -- at the hands of his uncle, Scar, voiced by Chiwetel Ejiofor. Seth Rogen, Alfre Woodard, Billy Eichner, John Kani, John Oliver and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter also star. Rated PG. Disney is the parent company of ABC News.
Opening in limited release Friday:
* David Crosby: Remember My Name -- Cameron Crowe's documentary on the folk-rock legend who co-founded The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash. Rated R.
Darwin Brandis/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Two former pharmaceutical executives and two pharmacists were charged on Thursday by federal prosecutors in Ohio with conspiring to distribute controlled substances.
Anthony Rattini, the former president of pharmaceutical distributor Miami-Luken and James Barclay, the former compliance officer of Miami-Luken were charged alongside pharmacists Devonna Miller-West and Samuel “Randy” Ballengee, according to court documents.
In one instance, prosecutors claim that Miami-Luken distributed 3.7 million hydrocodone pills to a single pharmacy in Kermit, West Virginia -- a town with a population of about 400 people from 2008 to 2011.
That averages out to 9,250 hydrocodone pills for every resident of the town.
Neither attorneys for the four defendants or the defendants themselves immediately responded to ABC News requests for comment. Three of the four defendants were arrested on Thursday morning, officials said. An arrest warrant for Barclay remained outstanding as of Thursday evening.
It is alleged in court documents that the pharmaceutical executives filled suspicious orders from the two pharmacists in an effort to enrich themselves while the opioid crisis in the Appalachian region was peaking.
Distributor Miami-Luken made over $173 million in profit from 2008 to 2015, according to federal prosecutors, and was a drug wholesaler for 200 companies in West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio.
Miami-Luken, continued to fill large, suspicious orders even after being warned, prosecutors charge.
“Today’s arrests should be a wake-up call to distributors and pharmacists who are allowing opioid prescription pills to be illegally sold and dispensed from their facilities,” Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Assistant Administrator John Martin said in a release. “These actions will not be tolerated by the DEA, and they will be brought to justice.”
The company closed up shop earlier this year according to local news reports.
In addition to the hydrocodone pills that the former executives allegedly distributed 2.2 million pills over the span of two years to a pharmacy that prosecutors say had been cut off by other wholesalers.
The former executives also allegedly distributed 1.8 million Oxycontin's to a doctor and pharmacy that was believed to be under DEA investigation for over prescribing, those entities are not named.
In one instance, Ballengee, who ran Tug Valley Pharmacy in Williamson, WV, purchased 120,700 hydrocodone pills from Miami-Luken and from 2008-2014 bought 6 million dosage units of hydrocodone.
"It was further part of the conspiracy that Devonna Miller-West and Samuel “Randy” Ballengee purchased excessive amounts of controlled substances from Miami-Luken through their respective pharmacies," prosecutors charged in court filings. "As pharmacists, Devonna Miller-West and Samuel “Randy” Ballengee failed to ensure that controlled substances were distributed properly, for a legitimate medical purpose, ignoring obvious signs of abuse and diversion."
The records go on to contend that Miller-West and Ballengee "distributed controlled substances, namely oxycodone and hydrocodone, Schedule II and III controlled substances, to customers outside the scope of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose."