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jgroup/iStock/Thinkstock(JUNEAU, Alaska) -- The FBI is investigating the death of a 39-year-old Utah woman aboard a Princess Cruises ship in Alaska, it announced Wednesday.

The woman died aboard the Emerald Princess ship after a domestic dispute, the FBI confirmed to ABC News. The agency is investigating the "suspicious" death.

Princess Cruises confirmed that the domestic dispute occurred at about 9 p.m. Tuesday and resulted in the woman's death.

The Emerald Princess was on a seven-day round trip cruise that departed Seattle on Sunday, according to the cruise line. The ship was scheduled to take a scenic tour around the Tracy Arm fjord near Juneau today, but that event has been canceled.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and all those impacted by this tragic event," Princess Cruises said in a statement.

The FBI has dispatched teams from Anchorage and Seattle to Juneau to talk to the family. The agency has jurisdiction in this case, it said, because the incident happened on the water.

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Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(LOS BANOS, Calif.) -- A California teenager accused of driving while livestreaming on social media and causing a car crash that killed her sister is expected to appear in court on Wednesday.

The driver, Obdulia Sanchez, 18, of Stockton, California, is accused of driving under the influence when she crashed on July 21 in Los Banos, California, about 80 miles southeast of San Jose, the California Highway Patrol said. The car went through a barbed wire fence and overturned in a field, ejecting Sanchez’s two passengers, the highway patrol said.

The passengers were both 14 years old and were not wearing seat belts; one was killed and the other suffered a major injury, the highway patrol said.

ABC-owned station KFSN-TV in Fresno reported that Sanchez was livestreaming video on Instagram when the crash occurred. In the video, she is seen singing and dancing along to music as she drives.

According to KFSN-TV, Sanchez says in a video following the crash, "I ------- killed my sister. I know I’m going to jail for life. I don't ------- care at all."

Chuck Mosley, commander of the highway patrol in Los Banos, confirmed the authenticity of the video obtained by KFSN-TV and told ABC News, "We do know she was livestreaming via social media at the time of the collision."

The highway patrol said alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.

Obdulia Sanchez's father, Nicandro Sanchez, told KFSN-TV, "It's an accident."

"It happened that way,” he said. “Who knows why?"

Sanchez was arrested and booked at the Merced County jail and charged with DUI causing bodily injury and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. She is being held on $300,000 bond.

She is set to be arraigned later on Wednesday. It was not immediately clear if Sanchez had an attorney.

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Washington County Sheriff's Office(PEA RIDGE, Ark.) -- An Arkansas woman was arrested on Tuesday after she allegedly stomped a 5-week-old puppy to death during a heated argument with the dog's owner, according to ABC affiliate KATV.

Tonia Ingle, 37, of Pea Ridge, Ark., was arrested Tuesday on aggravated animal cruelty charges after a Washington County man told authorities that she had killed his dog a day earlier, according to KATV.

Police arrived at the man's home on Monday and found him crying and holding the lifeless puppy in his arms.

He told police that Ingle showed up at his home earlier that day, passed out for about 10 minutes and began to act erratically once she regained consciousness, according to KATV.

The man said he asked her to leave and began pushing her toward the door, which is when she allegedly stomped the dog and fled the scene.

On Tuesday, Ingle agreed to meet authorities to speak about the incident at a local Walmart, where she initially denied hurting the dog, but later acknowledged that she may have accidentally stepped on it, according to KATV.

She was arrested and booked at the Washington County Detention Center in Fayetteville, Ark., on a $3,500 bond. It was not immediately clear whether she had an attorney.

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U.S. Attorney's Office(MONTEREY PARK, Calif.) -- A California man has been arrested on a federal smuggling charge stemming from the seizure of a package that contained three live king cobras hidden inside potato chips canisters, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Special agents with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service arrested 34-year-old Monterey Park resident Rodrigo Franco on Tuesday, the DOJ said in a statement. He was charged with one count of illegally importing merchandise to the U.S. and was expected to make his first appearance in court Tuesday afternoon.

On March 2, U.S. Customs and Border Control agents inspected a package sent from Hong Kong and discovered the cobras, a "protected and highly venomous reptile," according to an affidavit filed in the Central District of California. Each snake was approximately 2 feet long, court documents state.

In photos provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the cobras appeared to be coiled inside of the potato chip canisters, which appeared to be sealed with a plastic lid.

The parcel, which was sent through the U.S. Postal Service, also contained three albino Chinese soft-shelled turtles, the DOJ said.

Franco allegedly mailed six additional turtles -- including desert box turtles, three-toed box turtles and ornate box turtles -- from the United States to Hong Kong, but the package was intercepted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The United States Postal Inspection Service made a controlled delivery of the soft-shelled turtles to Franco's residence, but the snakes were removed from the package due to danger associated with cobras, the DOJ said.

Once the package was delivered, agents from the USFWS and the U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement executed a search warrant of Franco's home, where they found several protected animals, including a live baby Morelet's crocodile, alligator snapping turtle, a common turtle and five diamond back terrapin turtles, according to the affidavit.

During an interview, Franco admitted to authorities that he had previously received 20 king cobras in two prior shipments, but he said all of those snakes died during transit, according to the DOJ. An investigation also revealed that Franco had allegedly exchanged messages with an individual in Asia that detailed shipping turtles and snakes between the U.S. and Asia.

The messages indicate that Franco had allegedly previously received live cobras from his contact in Asia and that he intended to place five of the snakes to a relative of the individual in Asia, according to the DOJ.

The smuggling charge against Franco carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison.

It is unclear if Franco has retained an attorney or entered a plea.

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Courtesy Lipska Family(NEW YORK) -- Angelika Graswald, a 37-year-old Latvian native who was accused of killing her fiancé during a 2015 kayaking trip on the Hudson River in New York, pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of negligent homicide Monday.

Graswald was originally charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in 2015 and had pleaded not guilty to both charges. Weeks before the case was set to go to trial, Graswald reached an agreement with prosecutors to plead guilty to the lesser felony charge. She has always maintained she never intended to kill Viafore and that his death was a tragic accident.

Here is a timeline highlighting some of the key events in this mysterious case:

Aug. 15, 2000

Graswald comes to the United States from Latvia to work as a nanny. Graswald told 20/20 in a 2015 interview that she "came originally for a year. But I ended up staying. You know, they say that there is a one-way ticket to America and that was my case."

Sept. 22, 2013

Graswald and Viafore meet and begin to date. She moves in with him weeks after their meeting and five months later, they get engaged.

April 19, 2015, approximately 4:15 p.m.

Graswald told 20/20 in 2015 that at approximately 4:15 p.m., she and Viafore embarked on a kayaking trip on the Hudson River from Plum Point to Bannerman's Island. Both enjoyed kayaking, but this was the first time the two had kayaked this part of the river. Graswald told 20/20 they made it safely to Bannerman's Island when the weather turned.

Cutting their trip short because of the weather, Graswald told 20/20 that they headed back to Plum Point. Prosecutors allege that around 7:15 p.m., Viafore's kayak sunk and he fell into the 48-degree water. He was not wearing a life vest or a wet suit.

Kayaking expert Todd Wright told 20/20 in a 2015 interview that, "After that first five minutes, Vince is starting to lose gross motor control, he's starting to lose the ability to grab." Viafore's chance of survival becomes very low.

April 19, 2015, 7:40 p.m.


Graswald calls 911, alerting authorities that her fiancé had fallen into the water and that they needed help. Graswald is rescued and brought to shore. Authorities were unable to rescue or even locate Viafore.

April 20, 2015

Viafore's blue kayak is found near Plum Point, where the trip began. Shortly thereafter, the search is suspended due to bad weather.

April 29, 2015, 12:35 p.m.

Graswald gives an oral statement to detectives on Bannerman's Island while paying tribute to Viafore.

April 29, 2015, 3:25 p.m.

Graswald begins an 11-hour interrogation with police at the New York State Police Montgomery Barracks. In it, she claims Viafore was controlling, always demanding sex, even pushing for threesomes, which she told police never happened. Graswald admits to wanting Viafore to die but denies throughout the interview that she killed him.

"I wanted him dead and now he's gone and I'm OK with it," Graswald tells police at one point during the interrogation.

April 30, 2015

Graswald is arrested and charged with second-degree murder.

May 23, 2015

Viafore's body is recovered from the Hudson River near West Point, approximately one mile from Plum Point.

May 26, 2015

An Orange County Grand Jury indicts Graswald for murder in the second degree and manslaughter in the second degree.

June 27, 2015

A funeral service is held for Viafore at St. Martin de Porres Church in Poughkeepsie.

Fall 2015

Graswald remains in custody at the Orange County Jail awaiting trial. A judge issued a gag order on the case, telling the prosecution and the defense they can no longer speak with the media or share any aspects of the case.

Todd Wright, a kayaking expert, tells 20/20 in a 2015 interview that he believes there was a cascade of poor decision-making that resulted in Viafore's death: Viafore was not wearing a life jacket, had improper clothing given the temperature of the water and was in the wrong type of kayak for that type of water. Neither Viafore nor Graswald were properly trained in rescue, Wright adds.

Nov. 6, 2015

Graswald sat down with ABC News' 20/20 for her first television interview, which aired on Friday, Nov. 6 at 10 p.m.. In it, she maintains her innocence. "I'm being accused of something that I'm not even capable of doing," she said.

When asked about her shocking statements to the police in her interrogation, Graswald explains she was misunderstood. In response to her comments about wanting to be free from Viafore, she told 20/20, "What I meant was I wanted to be free from the lifestyle that we had, the nightlife, the strip clubs, the threesomes. I didn't want any part of that, I wanted to be free from that. But as far as he goes, I wanted to be with him."

Graswald told 20/20 she was at her “breaking point” during the taped interrogation.

"They kept me asking me the same questions like a hundred times. I knew that I was innocent," Graswald said at the time. "I was at my breaking point ... I just gave them what they wanted."

At the time, she said she wanted people to know, "I'm not, I'm not a killer. I'm a good person."

June 2016

Investigators testify at Graswald’s five-day pre-trial hearing, called a Huntley Hearing, to determine whether statements the police obtained from Graswald are admissible in court.

A state police investigator testified that Graswald told him she took her fiance’s paddle after he capsized and held it while he begged her to call 911. Another police investigator testified that Graswald told a detective during a meeting on Bannermann's Island that she had removed a plug on Viafore’s kayak.

The defense argued that Graswald was not read her Miranda Rights prior to the unrecorded conversation she had with detectives on Bannerman's Island, and police allege Graswald became a suspect only after that meeting.

Dec. 16, 2016

Orange County Court Judge Robert Freehill sets the start date for jury selection in Graswald’s trial for Valentine’s Day 2017. The judge rules that prosecutors will be allowed to use most of the 11-hour police interrogation in court.

May 2017

After multiple delays, Graswald’s trial is scheduled to begin on Aug. 15, 2017.

July 24, 2017

Graswald reaches an agreement with prosecutors to plead guilty to the lesser felony charge of negligent homicide. She admits she should have perceived the risks associated with being out on the water that day. She has always maintained she never intended to kill Viafore.

District Attorney David Hoovler said in a statement that the agreement was made in consultation with the Viafore family, saying, “This plea ensures that the defendant will be held criminally liable for her actions."

Graswald is expected to be sentenced on Nov. 1, 2017. She could be released by late December.

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iStock/Thinkstock(DALLAS) -- Dallas police are searching for information after a successful dancer-turned-teacher was mysteriously shot dead this weekend.

At about 2:50 a.m. Sunday, Dallas officers were flagged down about a car accident at an intersection, police said. Responding officers learned the driver had been shot before his car crashed into a parking meter, the police said.

The victim, identified by police as 45-year-old Darrell Cleveland, was taken to a hospital, where he later died, police said.

No arrests have been made. Police have not said if the shooting was random or targeted.

Cleveland's death, described by a former employer as a "terrible shock," has now left a dance community in mourning.

Cleveland's professional career as a modern dancer took off at the Dallas Black Dance Theatre in the 1990s, Dallas Black Dance Theatre founder Ann Williams told ABC News. He spent 10 years with the company and traveled throughout the world, including trips to South Africa and Sicily, she said.

An undated photo of Darrell Cleveland provided by the Dallas Black Dance Theatre.

Williams describes the slain dancer as a "perfect gentleman."

"Very kind and very calm ... a wonderful person," she said. "Grew up with good guidance from his mom ... loved his mom dearly and came out of a family out of Florida, a southern family that was very caring."

Cleveland eventually transitioned from a dancer to an accomplished choreographer and teacher, working at dance schools and universities, she said.

Williams said she was like a second mother to him, and "after he finished dancing as a company member we really just grew to be friends."

"Because he was so good and so wonderful with youth, and dependable ... several very prominent academies throughout the city of Dallas hired him," Williams said. "As he taught throughout the community, I always was the one that gave him recommendations and he would call for advice."

He taught modern dance and jazz at the Ballet Academy of Texas in Coppell for 15 years, and also did choreography there, said Lisa Slagle, director of the Ballet Academy of Texas.

Slagle told ABC News that Cleveland had a "positive, infectious energy."

"He walked in and smiled and it just lit up the room. He just had a way about him of getting his students to move in a way I don't think they thought they could," she said. "He was just a wonderfully vivacious, energetic, agreeable person."

Slagle said she doesn't think Cleveland ever sat while teaching -- he was always "up moving around, inspiring the dancers and pushing them to do more and do better."

"I think he was not only an inspiration to our students but also to our staff," she said. "The standards were high. He brought a professionalism to our productions."

Slagle, who called his death a "terrible shock," said Cleveland was planning to return to teach at her academy next month.

"I will just miss him," Williams said. "It's like when they pass on, that's my child. So it's hard. But we have faith ... we have lots of memories, so we've been looking at videos, pictures, and thinking about the times we all were together. We know he's in a good place and we'll get through this."

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Dallas police at 214-671-0524.

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cosmin4000/iStock/Thinkstock(GAITLINBURG, Tenn.) -- The parents of a 2-year-old boy who died after he was left in a car overnight earlier this month were charged with felony murder on Monday, according to a statement from a Tennessee District Attorney General.

The child, identified as Kipp Phillips, was found dead in his parents' car on July 14th, 2017, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI).

The mother called 911 around 2 p.m. that day, saying the child had been left in the car overnight, according to local police. Weather reports from that day show that temperatures in Gaitlinburg, Tennessee, where the family lived, climbed above 90 degrees.

"We believe they made the call when they got up," Gatlinburg Police Chief Randall Brackins told ABC affiliate WATE in Knoxville, Tennessee. "Their work schedule, they work late at night from the previous night and what we understand, the child was left in the car from the night before."

He said both parents were at the scene when police arrived and the mother appeared to be attempting to resuscitate the boy, who was already dead.

"The mother was attempting CPR," Brackins told WATE. "Paramedics took over and [were] unable to revive the child."

After an investigation into the incident by TBI and the local police, the parents, Jade Elizabeth Phillips and Anthony Dyllan Phillips from Sevier County, were charged with two counts of murder in connection to the boy's death: first-degree murder committed in perpetration of aggravated child neglect and first-degree murder committed in the perpetration of aggravated child abuse.

The parents were also charged with one count of aggravated child neglect and one count of aggravated child abuse.

The boy's parents were arrested without incident and booked into the Sumner County Jail where they are being held on a $250,000 bond, TBI said. It is not clear at this time whether they have obtained an attorney or if a court date has been set.

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Hosch family(PALMETTO, Ga.) -- A lawyer for the family of a 5-year-old boy who reportedly drowned at summer day camp in Georgia last week says they plan to sue "every single person responsible" in his death.

"It's a tragedy. It's a warning to every parent in this country about the dangers of summer camps," said L. Chris Stewart, who is representing the family of 5-year-old Benjamin Kamu Hosch. "There's no doubt that we're filing a civil suit in this case. This was horrific."

On Friday, Benjamin was attending Camp Cricket Summer Day Camp at Cochran Mills Nature Center, when, according to an incident report from the Chattahoochee Hills Police Department, he and a group of children and adults walked to a waterfall area to eat lunch.

In a statement to ABC News, the Cochran Mill Nature Center said that after lunch, the group of 13 children "were allowed to splash in a shallow adjacent creek." The center said that four adults were supervising the children at the time.

"When the group gathered to leave the creek, the adults realized that one child was missing," the nature center said in its statement.

According to the police report, officers were called to the camp area when Benjamin could not be found and a search was started to find him. The nature center said he was found "a short distance away in a pool of water in an area that had not been visited by the group. CPR was administered and the child was transported by EMS to the hospital."

Stewart said during a Monday news conference that Benjamin was never supposed to go to the waterfalls or go swimming. He also said that it had been important to the Hosches that the camp not provide swimming and not have a pool.

"He [Benjamin] can't swim," Stewart said, adding that the 5-year-old did not have a life jacket.

Stewart said parents received an itinerary every week detailing what the children were going to do. He said parents were told the group was going fishing that day and having a water fight with a fire department. He said there had been no mention of a trip to the waterfalls.

"Now a tragedy has occurred," Stewart said. "This is not an accident. This is gross, insane negligence. And the Hosch family had to pay the price."

Benjamin's mother and father, Ayisat Idris Hosch and Benjamin Hosch, both spoke about the 5-year-old during the news conference Monday, saying he left a younger brother behind.

"He changed my life. He was everything. He was the light. We were a four-pack. ... We were always together. His brother was his best friend. He was his father's shadow and he was my heart," Ayisat Idris Hosch said.

Benjamin Hosch said he handled the young child's drop-off and pickup from camp. Benjamin Hosch said when his wife called him, he raced to the hospital where he found Benjamin with a light pulse and medical staff working on him.

"I said, 'Your daddy's here. Come on!'" Benjamin Hosch said.

The Fulton County District Attorney's Office said the case is still a police investigation. City manager Robbie Rokowitz told ABC News that an investigative report would be available after the autopsy report is finalized.

"The case will remain pending and open until we have received everything we need from outside sources, including the autopsy report. The Medical Examiner's Office says the cause of death is pending toxicology and histology and that a death certificate will not be issued until all that lab work is back (up to four to six weeks). Finally, once the certificate is issued it usually takes about two months for the autopsy report to be completed," Rokowitz said.

In a statement to ABC News, Reg Griffin, the chief communications officer at Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, said that it had issued a cease-and-desist order closing the program and was investigating the incident.

"Camp Cricket Summer Day Camp at Cochran Mill Park is an unlicensed program that was unknown to the State of Georgia until the reporting of this incident today. ... Georgia law allows for situations where a child care service can be exempt from state licensing requirements based on the ages of children, duration of the program, hours of operation, specific activities, or where services are offered free of charge. It appears that Camp Cricket was neither licensed nor had it applied for and received exempt status from the state. We visited the park yesterday and determined that they are neither licensed or exempt."

Cochran Mill Nature Center's volunteer and board member Steve Hurwitz said in a statement to ABC News that its board, staff and volunteers were "heartbroken and distraught" over the tragedy.

"Cochran Mill Nature Center has hosted summer camps and other outings for children of all ages for 23 years. The camp's focus is on nature and the outdoors. Thousands of children have attended the camps over the years without incident except for minor scrapes, bumps and bruises. In 2016, over 15,000 children visited," Hurwitz said. "Cochran Mill is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help injured wild animals and provide educational tours and camps for children."

Ayisat Idris Hosch said Monday through sobs that what happened to Benjamin should not happen to anyone.

"No one should ever feel as broken as I feel right now, as cheated as I feel right now. No one should ever have to go through this," she said. "They robbed us of his life, of his potential. ... I am broken. I am sad."

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ABCNews.com(STOCKTON, Calif.) -- The parents of an 18-year-old who allegedly livestreamed a car crash that killed her younger sister say their daughter is still in shock.

The driver, Obdulia Sanchez, 18, of Stockton, California, crashed on July 21 in Los Banos, California, about 80 miles southeast of San Jose, the California Highway Patrol said. The car went through a barbed wire fence and overturned in a field, ejecting Obdulia Sanchez's 14-year-old sister and another 14-year-old passenger. Her sister died and the other passenger suffered a major injury.

The highway patrol said alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.

ABC-owned station KFSN in Fresno reported that Obdulia Sanchez was livestreaming video on Instagram when the crash occurred. Video before the crash shows her singing and dancing along to music as she drives.

In live video following the crash, Obdulia Sanchez references the victim as her sister.

"I ------- killed my sister," Obdulia Sanchez says in the video, according to KFSN. "I know I’m going to jail for life. ... I don't ------- care at all."

Her father, Nicandro Sanchez, said the teen is still in a state of shock.

"I think she don't know what’s happened," said her father, Nicandro Sanchez, according to KFSN. "What I think -- she knows she's done something wrong. Because she knows, and that's what I feel. She feels bad … she killed her own sister."

He said he and his wife, Gloria Sanchez, are numb and unsure of what to feel. They said they don’t know if she was drinking before the incident occurred.

"It's an accident," Nicandro Sanchez said. "It happened that way. Who knows why?"

Merced County prosecutor Rob Carroll says video of the livestream will be a key piece of evidence.

"The video is very disturbing, both to us as people who do this for a living," a California Highway Patrol officer told KFSN on Monday. "It's very disturbing to us because of the callous nature of her actions, both leading up to this tragedy and in the immediate aftermath."

The highway patrol said it is still looking into whether Obdulia Sanchez ever dialed 911 to report the crash.

Obdulia Sanchez was arrested and booked at the Merced County Jail, charged with DUI alcohol/drugs causing bodily injury and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. She is being held on a $300,000 bond. It was not immediately clear if she had an attorney.


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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A federal judge in Michigan blocked the deportation of more than 1,400 Iraqi nationals on Monday, giving the immigrants time to make their cases in court before the government can attempt to deport them.

U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith entered a preliminary injunction that would give the immigrants at least three more months to argue their cases before the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the courts, before the government can attempt to send them back to Iraq.

In his ruling on Monday, Goldsmith said the potential deportees, many whom are Chaldean Christian, would face "grave harm and possible death" in Iraq because they are considered minorities there.

The Iraqis were targeted for deportation because they had overstayed their visas or committed crimes -- typically misdemeanors, according to advocates.

Many of those targeted entered in the U.S. as children and more than of them half had been in the country for more than a decade because Iraq had refused to take them back, according to the ruling.

Earlier this year, the Trump administration said it would remove Iraq from its updated travel ban and the country agreed to start accepting deportees from the U.S. after refusing to do so for many years.

In June, 234 Iraqi nationals were arrested and detained on removal orders that were, in most cases, dormant for between five and 10 years.

Those detained -- most of them from Detroit, which has a large Chaldean Christian population, have been scattered around the country in different federal detention facilities with limited access to legal advocates and their families, the court said.

Goldsmith determined that returning them “to the lawlessness and senseless religious hatred that engulfs much of Iraq would subject them to persecution, torture, and possible death,” according to the ruling.

"In these singular circumstances, a federal district court is armed with jurisdiction to act as a first responder,” Goldsmith wrote, adding that the court can assure “that those who might be subjected to grave harm and possible death are not cast out of this country before having their day in court.”

The American Civil Liberties Union, which had previously obtained a temporary order that blocked the Iraqis’ deportation, said the ruling could save lives. The previous order was set to expire at midnight Tuesday, according to the ACLU.

"This ruling continues to block the government from recklessly sending these individuals into harm’s way,” Judy Rabinovitz, deputy director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project said in a statement Monday. “The court’s action could literally save lives.”

There was no immediate response by the U.S. Justice Department, although lawyers at earlier court hearings signaled that an appeal was likely if Goldsmith granted an injunction, according to The Associated Press.

“This court and petitioners rely primarily on conditions in ISIS-controlled territory to establish harm. But no alien would be removed to that part of Iraq,” the Justice Department's William Silvis said in a court filing last week.

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ABC News(SAN ANTONIO) -- An undocumented immigrant who survived a trip across the U.S.-Mexico border in a tractor-trailer packed with people said he knew the trip would be dangerous, but he made the journey anyway because he needed to find work.

A total of 39 people, including children, were found inside the tractor-trailer parked outside a San Antonio, Texas, Walmart this weekend, officials said. Ten people, all adult men, died in the alleged smuggling attempt, and 29 people were being treated at hospitals, according to officials.

Temperatures inside the vehicle climbed to over 100 degrees, officials said.

The truck was discovered early Sunday morning by San Antonio firefighters and police after a Walmart employee called late Saturday for a welfare check when someone asked the employee for water, officials said.

The responding authorities "discovered an alien-smuggling venture gone horribly wrong," U.S. Attorney Richard Durbin Jr. of the Western District of Texas said in a statement.

"All were victims of ruthless human smugglers indifferent to the well-being of their fragile cargo,” he said. “The South Texas heat is punishing this time of year. These people were helpless in the hands of their transporters. Imagine their suffering, trapped in a stifling trailer in 100-plus-degree heat."

A criminal complaint alleges that when a San Antonio police officer responded to the scene, the driver, James Mathew Bradley Jr., 60, exited the tractor-trailer and told the officer that the trailer he was hauling had been sold, and he was taking it from Iowa to Brownsville, Texas. Bradley told the officer he was unaware of the contents, the criminal complaint said.

The criminal complaint alleges Bradley did "knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that aliens had come to, entered or remained in the United States in violation of law, transport and move and attempt to transport and move such aliens for the purpose of commercial advantage of private financial gain ... and approximately 36 others within the United States by means of transportation and otherwise, in furtherance of such violation of law resulting in the death of approximately 10 of the aliens so transported."

Bradley told the officer he was unaware of the contents, the criminal complaint said.

Bradley also told the officer "after he parked his tractor trailer he exited the vehicle to urinate when he heard movement in the trailer. Bradley said he then went to the rear of the trailer and opened the door. Bradley stated he tried to administer aid to the occupants," according to the document.

Bradley, of Clearwater, Florida, made his first appearance in federal court Monday; he did not make any statements beyond saying "yes" to the judge as she explained the charges and that he would also need a death penalty attorney. Bradley has a court-appointed attorney, who declined to comment.

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Merced County Sheriff Office(STOCKTON, Calif.) -- A California teenager is accused of driving under the influence and causing a deadly car crash while livestreaming on social media.

The driver, Obdulia Sanchez, 18, of Stockton, California, crashed on July 21 in Los Banos, California, about 80 miles southeast of San Jose, the California Highway Patrol said. The crash happened when the car went through a barbed wire fence and overturned in a field, ejecting the two passengers, the highway patrol said.

The passengers were both 14 years old and were not wearing seat belts; one was killed and the other suffered a major injury, the highway patrol said.

ABC-owned station KFSN-TV in Fresno reported that Sanchez was livestreaming video on Instagram when the crash occurred. Video before the crash shows her singing and dancing along to music as she drives.

In live video following the crash, Sanchez references the victim as her sister.

"I f------ killed my sister," Sanchez says in the video, according to KFSN-TV. "I know I’m going to jail for life. ... I don't f------ care at all."

Chuck Mosley, commander of the highway patrol in Los Banos, confirmed the authenticity of the video obtained by KFSN-TV and told ABC News, "We do know she was livestreaming via social media at the time of the collision."

The highway patrol said alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.

Sanchez was arrested and booked at the Merced County Jail, charged with DUI alcohol/drugs causing bodily injury and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. She is being held on a $300,000 bond. It was not immediately clear if Sanchez had an attorney.

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DJ Mack/Instagram (SAN ANTONIO) -- An undocumented immigrant who survived an alleged smuggling attempt on a stifling hot tractor-trailer where 10 people died told investigators that the driver ignored their banging from inside a shipping container as they took turns breathing through a hole in the wall, according to a criminal complaint.

Some people had trouble breathing and passed out, the man said, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday against the driver that does not name the immigrant.

The immigrant told investigators there were about 70 other people when he and his group of 28 got inside the tractor-trailer, where officials said temperatures climbed to over 100 degrees, according to the criminal complaint. When authorities responded to the tractor-trailer parked outside a San Antonio, Texas, Walmart this weekend, a total of 39 people, including children, were found inside. Ten people, all adult men, died, and 29 people were being treated at hospitals, officials said. Many experienced heat stroke and dehydration, officials said.

The immigrant told investigators he was from Mexico and was being smuggled into the United States with a final destination of San Antonio, according to the criminal complaint.

"He stated once he arrived in San Antonio, TX he was to pay the smugglers," the document said, adding that he told authorities the pitch-black container had no water or food.

When the rear doors were finally opened, the undocumented immigrant told investigators, people swarmed out and six black SUVs were waiting to pick them up. The vehicles filled up in a matter of minutes before leaving, the criminal complaint said. It’s unclear why he stayed behind.

The truck was discovered early-Sunday morning by San Antonio firefighters and police after a Walmart employee called late-Saturday for a welfare check when someone asked the employee for water, officials said.

The responding authorities "discovered an alien-smuggling venture gone horribly wrong," U.S. Attorney Richard Durbin Jr. of the Western District of Texas said in a statement.

"All were victims of ruthless human smugglers indifferent to the well-being of their fragile cargo,” he said. “The South Texas heat is punishing this time of year. These people were helpless in the hands of their transporters. Imagine their suffering, trapped in a stifling trailer in 100-plus-degree heat."

The criminal complaint alleges that when a San Antonio police officer responded to the scene, the driver, James Mathew Bradley Jr., 60, exited the tractor-trailer and told the officer that the trailer he was hauling had been sold and he was taking it from Iowa to Brownsville, Texas.

Bradley told the officer he was unaware of the contents, the criminal complaint said.

Bradley told the officer "after he parked his tractor trailer he exited the vehicle to urinate when he heard movement in the trailer. Bradley said he then went to the rear of the trailer and opened the door. Bradley stated he tried to administer aid to the occupants," according to the document.

According to the criminal complaint, Bradley said his boss told him he had sold the trailer to a person in Brownsville and asked him to deliver it. Bradley said he was not given a time frame to deliver the trailer nor was he given the delivery address, according to the criminal complaint.

"Bradley stated when he arrived at the Wal-Mart he exited the vehicle to urinate and he heard banging and shaking in the trailer," the criminal complaint said. "Bradley said he went to open the doors and was surprised when he was run over by 'Spanish' people and knocked to the ground. Bradley said he then noticed bodies just lying on the floor like meat."

Bradley said he went back to the tractor-trailer and called his wife but she didn't answer, the criminal complaint said. He said he did not call 911. He said about 30 to 40 people ran out of the trailer when he opened the doors.

The criminal complaint alleges Bradley "knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that aliens had come to, entered or remained in the United States in violation of law, transport and move and attempt to transport and move such aliens for the purpose of commercial advantage of private financial gain ... and approximately thirty six others within the United States by means of transportation and otherwise, in furtherance of such violation of law resulting in the death of approximately 10 of the aliens so transported."

Bradley, of Clearwater, Florida, made his first appearance in federal court Monday; he did not make any statements beyond saying "yes" to the judge as she explained the charges and that he would also need a death penalty attorney. Bradley has a court appointed attorney, who declined to comment.

His next hearing is scheduled for July 27. According to the criminal complaint, the maximum sentence if convicted is the death penalty or life in prison.

Acting Director Thomas Homan of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement that the "horrific crime" is a "stark reminder of why human smuggling networks must be pursued, caught and punished."

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iStock/Thinkstock(SAN ANTONIO) -- A 3-month-old killer whale calf named Kyara died in captivity at SeaWorld San Antonio in Texas on Monday, the park said in a statement.

Kyara was being treated for an infection, likely pneumonia, that SeaWorld's veterinary and animal care staff was "aggressively treating," according to the statement.

“Kyara had a tremendous impact on each of her care staff, not to mention all of the guests that had the chance to see her," Julie, one of the park's orca trainers, said in the statement. "From late nights to early morning, rain or shine, we dedicate our lives to these animals, and this loss will be felt throughout the entire SeaWorld family.”

Kyara was the last killer whale to be born in captivity at SeaWorld's parks after the company announced it would end its breeding program last year.

According to the park, the whale's illness was not caused by being in captivity.

The whale's official cause of death has not yet been determined pending a full post-mortem examination.

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ABCNews.com(WASHINGTON) -- More than 3,800 records related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy have been released this week by the National Archives.

Most of the documents were previously released with parts redacted, and 441 have never been released before. Of those that were previously redacted, some have now had the redactions removed.

Among the materials, which include CIA and FBI records, are transcripts and 17 recordings of interviews with Yuri Nosenko, a former KGB agent who defected in 1964 and claimed he was in charge of the KGB file on Lee Harvey Oswald when Oswald was in the Soviet Union.

The list of documents released Monday also includes some referring to the investigation into Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination in 1968, five years after President Kennedy was killed.

The National Archives has been working toward releasing documents related to Kennedy's death since 1992 when a law was passed to preserve the approximately 5 million pages of records surrounding the investigation.

Most of the millions of pages have already been released or made available to the public. Those released today had previously been withheld in part or in full. Several more batches of records are to be released this fall.

The materials released Monday can be viewed on the National Archives website archives.gov.

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