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Active storm pattern with cross country storms bringing heavy snow, damaging winds, flooding rain

ABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News (NEW YORK) — An active weather pattern with several storm systems is moving through the country, from West to East, with heavy snow, damaging winds, severe thunderstorms and flooding rain.Already overnight severe thunderstorms brought huge hail from Texas to Arkansas.Hail was as large as 2 inches in diameter just…read more »

Texas energy executives face state lawmakers for catastrophic grid failure

CrackerClips/iStockBy JASMINE BROWN, HALEY YAMADA and RACHEL HUMPHRIES, ABC News (AUSTIN, Texas) — During a legislative hearing on Thursday, lawmakers expressed their outrage toward the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) after more than four million Texas customers were left without electricity and heat during a deadly cold snap this month.Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said…read more »

Texan files $1 billion class-action lawsuit after receiving $9,000 electric bill

RoschetzkyIstockPhoto/iStockBy MARLENE LENTHANG, ABC News(HARRIS COUNTY, Texas) — A $1 billion class-action lawsuit has been filed against Texas wholesale electricity retailer Griddy Energy for allegedly charging exorbitant prices during last week’s historic storm that left millions powerless in the freezing cold.The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Chambers County resident Lisa Khoury in Harris County…read more »

Coronavirus causes drop in sexual assault reports at military academies

PinkOmelet/iStockBy LUIS MARTINEZ, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — The number of reported sexual assaults and unwanted sexual contact at the three military academies went down last year according to an annual Pentagon report released on Thursday, but only because the coronavirus pandemic resulted in cadets and midshipmen being sent home for the fourth academic quarter of the…read more »

California becomes first state to surpass 50,000 COVID-19 deaths

CasPhotography/iStockBy ERIN SCHUMAKER, ABC News(NEW YORK) — California became the first state to report 50,000 deaths from COVID-19 this week, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.The state’s death toll now stands at 50,994.The grim milestone occurred after 806 additional deaths were reported in Los Angeles County on Wednesday, due to a backlog from the…read more »

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