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ABC News(CHICAGO) -- A black woman said a CVS store manager in Chicago called the police after questioning the legitimacy of her coupon -- and posted the confrontation on social media in a video that has gone viral.

Camilla Hudson told ABC News that when she went into the CVS in Edgewater Glen Friday night and the coupon didn't work, the manager, Morry Matson, asked for help from another supervisor. That's when that unidentified manager questioned whether the coupon was fraudulent.

"In saying it’s fraudulent and it looks handwritten, which it didn’t to me, he [the manager assisting Matson] was essentially calling me a liar, a thief, a forger," Hudson told ABC News.

Matson then called the police -- and Hudson began recording him with her cell phone.

During the phone call with police, Matson -- who appears to be visibly shaking -- describes Hudson as “African-American,” to which she responds, “Black."

"No, I’m not African-American, I’m black," she can be heard saying off camera. "Black isn’t a bad word.”

Hudson said in her Facebook post that three officers responded to Matson’s call, and she spoke with them before leaving the store. She said the police then told her that Matson, as an employee of CVS, had the right to ask her to leave the property. She says she was not asked to do that until the officers arrived.

The Chicago Police Department said officers responded to a call of "an assault in progress."

"Police were informed that a female was inside the store threatening the staff and refusing to leave," the department said in a statement. "Victim did not press charges and no police report was filed."

But Hudson said she was just angry because of the accusation that she'd try to use a fake coupon.

"There was no intention, there was no agenda, I was just upset. I’d been confronted, I’d been called a liar, a thief, a forger, about a coupon at a pharmacy. So I made my post and it was only when I got home did I add a review to the CVS website. I added the video to my original post and then it’s blossomed and grown into what it is now," Hudson told ABC News.

The post has been shared by more than 200 people and viewed by more than 125,000 as of Sunday night.

A CVS spokesperson said they later contacted Hudson. The company said in a statement that it has begun an "investigation."

“We will take any corrective action that is warranted to prevent it from happening again,” the spokesman said. “CVS Pharmacy does not tolerate any practices that discriminate against any customer and we are committed to maintaining a welcoming and diverse environment in our stores.”

This incident follows a recent string of what some people are calling racist incidents around the country that have gone viral online. Many of these incidents are generally followed by criticisms on social media.

Earlier this month, an unidentified white woman in Georgia threatened to report a black woman for smoking in a parking garage.

In June, a woman in Oakland called the police on a young black girl selling water bottles outside of her apartment complex.

And in May, Jennifer Schulte, a white woman, called the police on a group of black people who were legally barbecuing at a public park in Oakland.

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Google Maps(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) --  A man wanted for questioning in the murder of a college student shot three police officers in Kansas City, Missouri, on Sunday during a series of firefights that began at a motel and ended with his death when he bolted from a house with his rifle blazing, authorities said.

The shooting erupted just after noon at a motel in the city where undercover and tactical officers were conducting an investigation into the robbery and killing at a restaurant last week of a 25-year-old University of Missouri-Kansas City student, police said.

Kansas City Police Chief Rick Smith said detectives had been conducting surveillance on a person of interest in the July 6 murder and had followed him to the Sky-Vue Motel on Highway 40 on the east side of the city.

"Our officers then engaged with the person that they were trying to surveil and there was gunfire," Smith told reporters. "At that point two of our officers were shot."

The suspected gunman, armed with a rifle, fled the scene in a vehicle with a second individual, police said. Officers chased the vehicle to a residential neighborhood near the intersection of 30th Street and Topping Avenue and arrested one of the men who had sped from the motel, police said.

The armed suspect ran from the vehicle, barricaded himself in a home in the area and fired on officers as they approached the residence, Smith said. A third detective was wounded in the firefight, hit in the forearm by a bullet, Smith said.

He said all three wounded officers were being treated in a hospital for "non-life-threatening injuries, thank God."

"We then engaged with the suspect several times," Smith said. "There was a firefight."

He said the suspect came charging out of the house allegedly firing his rifle at officers, who returned fire shooting the gunman. He said multiple shots were fired in at least three different gunfights with the suspect.

The suspected shooter, whose name was not immediately released, was declared dead at the scene by the Kansas City Fire Department.

The shooting unfolded after police followed the suspect to the Sky-Vu Motel as part of their investigation of the July 6 robbery and slaying of Sharath Kopuu, a student at UMKC who is from India, police said. Kopuu was fatally shot in the back by a robber at the J’s Fish and Chicken Market in Kansas City, where he worked, police said.

A $10,000 reward had been offered for information leading to the arrest of Kopuu's killer.

"We've been looking for him all week," Chief Smith said of the person of interest in Kopuu's killing. "This was the first time we laid eyes on him."

In a Twitter post on the violent encounter, Missouri Gov. Mike Parsons said, "Our law enforcement officers face dangers every single day. We are grateful for the risks they face to keep us all safe. Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of the @kcpolice department and their families."

In a Go Fund Me page for Kopuu, his cousin, Raghu Chowdavaram, wrote that Kopuu was a computer engineer in India who came to the United States in January to pursue a master's degree.

"Sharath is known to his family and friends as full of dreams, cheerful, energetic and athletic," Chowdavaram wrote. "He had the same dreams like everyone else to make it BIG in the land of opportunity. He had a great sense of humor, and always made people laugh and was always eager to lend a helping hand."

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ABC News(ROCKVILLE, Md.) -- At a Peace Day celebration today in Rockville, Maryland, Mattie T. J. Stepanek was remembered.

The memory of the boy, who died when he was 13 years old in 2004 of a rare form of muscular dystrophy, was honored Saturday by State Sen. Cheryl Kagan with a proclamation. It declared that Tuesday, July 17, would be considered "Peace Day" across the state of Maryland.

The date was selected because Mattie -- who wrote several books of inspirational poetry and was an advocate of peace -- would have turned 28 Tuesday.

The Office of the Governor of MarylandKagan, who has pushed for "Peace Day" at the local and county level since Mattie's death, presented the award to the boy's mother. Jeni Stepanek has set out a goal to make the day a national holiday.

“This is exciting, as it has pushed the holiday to the next level, across the state,” Jeni Stepanek said.

In the days after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Mattie appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and "Good Morning America" to spread his joyful and positive message on humanity, love and life-inspired to millions of readers and television viewers.

Mattie, who wrote seven best-selling books of poetry and openly discussed struggling with his illness, spent most of the last two years of his life in a hospital.

On December 4, 2001, Mattie appeared on Good Morning America -- one his many appearances -- to discuss one of his books. Charlie Gibson, who was the anchor of the show then, surprised him by bringing out his favorite peacemaker, former President Jimmy Carter.

"You had but to see his face when we brought his hero, President Carter, in to meet him," Gibson said Saturday.

But the meeting seemed just as emotional for Carter, who seemed moved to tears when he met Mattie.

Gibson added that it wasn't just the former president who was touched by the boy's story.

"I can only wonder from whence Mattie drew such reserves of happiness, but it made him an inspiration to all of us fortunate enough to know him,” he added.

That reach seemed to endure, as more than 600 people attended the proclamation ceremony in honor of Mattie.

The Mattie J. T. Stepanek Foundation has been founded in his memory. Jeni Stepanek, who is a senior faculty specialist at the University of Maryland, leads the foundation.

On its website, it reads that it exists "to further Mattie's message of hope and peace."

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Monterey County Sheriff's Office(LANCASTER, Calif.) -- An Oregon woman has a spectacular story of survival to tell after she crashed her Jeep off a cliff and survived for a week before being discovered by hikers on Friday.

Andrea Hernandez, 23, was reported missing July 6 when she failed to show up at her sister's house in Southern California, police said. She had called her sister midway through the trip down from Portland, but after saying she was six hours from arriving in Lancaster, California, she suddenly disappeared from the map, according to the missing person report issued by the Monterey County Sheriff's Office.

A full week later, Hernandez was miraculously rescued at the bottom of a 200-foot cliff near Big Sur after hikers found her mangled 2011 Jeep Patriot half in the Pacific Ocean at about 6:30 p.m., according to the sheriff's office.

Hernandez had a shoulder injury and concussion, but could walk and talk, according to officials.

The California Highway Patrol said she drank water from her car's radiator in order to stay alive.

"Angela Hernandez has been located and is being transported to the hospital," the sheriff's office tweeted just after 11 p.m. Friday.

Officials had been looking along Highway 1, which borders the Pacific Ocean, and Big Sur after surveillance video showed her leaving a gas station near Carmel on July 6, about 25 miles north of where she was found. The only other clue had been a ping from a cellphone tower along Highway 1 in Davenport.

Hernandez had spoken to her sister from Half Moon Bay, where she had spent the night, on the morning of July 6 before setting off on the final leg of her journey, according to San Francisco ABC station KGO.

In the missing person report, the statement read, "It has been 3 days now and her family has not seen or heard from Angela. Angela is an active social media user and since then, she has not been active. Her phone goes straight to voicemail.

"She has not shown her family any signs of depression, to be suicidal or any indicators that would explain her unexpected disappearance," it adds.

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ABC News(CHICAGO) -- Chicago police shot and killed a man Saturday night igniting protests in the city, clashes with cops and resulting in the officer being placed on desk duty just hours after the shooting. The protests led to multiple officers being injured, police said.

Chicago Police Chief Fred Waller said a group of officers patrolling the city's South Shore neighborhood at about 5:30 p.m. saw a person they believed to be armed and confronted him.

A struggle followed and the man was fatally shot. None of the officers were injured.

"Some officers working a foot post, walking along 71st Street, saw a subject they thought might have been armed from the bulge around his waistband," Waller said at a press conference Saturday night. "After that, they approached the subject, who became combative and as he became combative, flailing away, he broke free from the officers and they thought he appeared to be reaching for a weapon -- which he did have a weapon on him -- and officers tragically shot this man."

Waller called the shooting a "tragic incident." Police said only one officer opened fire, striking the man.

The man was pronounced dead at Jackson Park Hospital, according to officials. He has not been identified.

The police recovered a semiautomatic-type weapon and magazines from the suspect.

The suspect did not fire his weapon, Waller said.

In the immediate aftermath of the fatal shooting, protests began in the area. Chicago ABC station WLS captured video of protesters pushing and shoving back and forth with police officers.

Waller said three or four officers suffered minor injuries in the protests when demonstrators threw rocks and glass bottles at them. Waller said a few protesters were arrested, but did not have a specific number. Anthony Guglielmi, chief communications officer for the Chicago Police Department, later tweeted four protesters were arrested.

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability said in a statement to WLS that there would be a "thorough, objective and unbiased investigation and requests the public's patience and cooperation."

Just hours after the shooting, the Chicago Police Department released a preliminary statement about the shooting saying the officer who fired the shots would be "placed on routine administrative duties for a period of 30 days."

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The Department of Health and Human Services defended its decision to implement a less-stringent vetting process in order to more quickly reunite the thousands of children and parents separated by the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" policy.

The government is facing a July 26 deadline to reunite 2,551 kids aged 5 to 17, as identified by HHS, with their parents after being separated at the border, per an order last month by Judge Dana Sabraw of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.

The government said in a hearing Friday they weren't sure they would be able to meet the July 26 deadline and that they were undertaking a sped-up vetting process to comply with the ruling.

Sabraw called truncated vetting standards "a failure of the process and it is inconsistent with the court’s order" in a conference call following a Friday status hearing according to The Washington Post.

HHS spokesperson Evelyn Stauffer defended the government's decision to speed up reunifying families by not fully vetting parents.

"The department has been operating in good faith and earnestly trying to comply with court orders, including the rapidly approaching deadline for reunification," Stauffer said in a statement. "Our interpretation of the court’s order is that HHS must make a determination of parentage, fitness, and safety before reunifying families, but that HHS need not undertake the fuller process of vetting for children’s safety that HHS would ordinarily conduct in its operations.

"In the interests of transparency and cooperation, the department felt it necessary in our filings on Friday to share with the court our view that meeting the deadline would mean truncating the process we might have otherwise followed.

"Within the time the court allows, we will strive to implement the most comprehensive procedures possible to ensure child welfare," Stauffer continued. "We look forward to continuing our close work with the court to accomplish the goals we share of safe, expeditious reunification."

The government already missed a deadline from the same case, which required children under 5 to be reunited by July 10. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which filed the original class-action lawsuit that led to Sabraw's ruling, said Thursday night that 58 of the 103 separated children under 5 years old have been reunited with parents. The government said 33 parents were ineligible because they were in criminal custody and another 12 parents had already been deported.

Sabraw had actually praised HHS for its "good faith" effort to comply with reuniting children under 5, though they missed the initial deadline by days. The praise came before his comments on the shorter vetting process in an unscheduled call Friday evening.

The next status conference is scheduled for Monday.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Some of the hottest weather so far this summer is hitting parts of the West.

In the last two days, temperatures have been near 100 degrees in the Pacific Northwest. It was 97 degrees in Portland, Oregon, and 99 degrees in Salem, Oregon, on Thursday.

This hot, dry and windy weather sparked several fires in the West. One of them was in Silver Falls State Park in Oregon, where 185 children had to be evacuated, according to Portland ABC station KATU-TV.

Wildfires also forced evacuations in the last few days near Chico, California, where the fire is now 40 percent contained and evacuations have been lifted.

The National Weather Service is warning that dry conditions, erratic winds, heat and lightning could start more fires this weekend in Northern California and into the Pacific Northwest.

It’s also been very hot from the Deep South into the Midwest, where eight states from Alabama to Illinois are under a heat advisory.

Numerous fire watches, warnings and heat advisories have been issued from the Midwest into the Northwest.

The heat will intensify, especially in the West, where triple-digit temperatures will extend all the way close to Portland and Seattle will be in the 90s.

Heavy storms across country

Several weather systems are producing heavy rain across the country on Saturday, including a stalled frontal boundary in the Midwest that caused damage in Iowa and Indiana.

There is also a new cold front moving into the Northern Rockies on Saturday, which is expected to bring severe weather on Saturday to the Dakotas.

A flash flood watch has been posted Saturday morning for parts of Colorado scarred by wildfires over the past few weeks.

Over the next several days, the cold front will move south and east from the northern Rockies, bringing heavy rain and storms to a large part of the country.

Rainfall totals will be heavy locally, where some areas could see more than 3 inches of rain.

Flash flooding is possible over the weekend and into early next week. In the Rockies, debris flow and mudslides are possible over the burn scar areas.

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KHOU(HOUSTON) -- A 6-year-old girl whose voice shone a spotlight on the heartbreaking plight of separated families when she was captured on audio asking to call her relatives has finally been reunited with her mother.

Alison Jimena Valencia Madrid and her mother, Cindy Madrid, were reunited in the wee hours of Friday morning at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston.

The two appeared during a news conference later Friday with supporters surrounding the two. Madrid and her lawyer drove five hours overnight to meet Alison at the airport around 3 a.m.

"It has been a pleasure to be with my daughter," Madrid said Friday through a translator. "I am happy. ... We are together. It was so beautiful, the moment that I saw her."

In June, the two were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border as they fled El Salvador. According to Madrid's immigration lawyer Thelma Garcia, Alison was sent to a detention center in Phoenix while Madrid was kept in Texas. Madrid said she did not speak to her daughter for nine days after the separation.

The mass separations have been a result of President Donald Trump's zero-tolerance policy. A judge recently ordered that all children are to be reunited with their parents by July 26.

Madrid said she was detained for a month and a day.

"When I first met her (Cindy) she was so emotional. That's all she could talk about obviously was the separation. She just described to me [what happened at the border]. ... Her child's name was called out. She walked up to the officer and she literally handed over the child, thinking she was going to go too. And another officer came and took her (Cindy) away," Garcia said during a news conference Thursday.

Alison's voice could be heard on audio released by ProPublica in June, telling agents that she had her relative's phone number memorized.

"Are you going to call my aunt so that when I'm done eating she can pick me up?" Alison could be heard saying.

She was eventually able to contact her aunt via phone and speak to her. Madrid reportedly heard the audio of Alison's voice and recognized her. Garcia said Madrid then went through a vetting process and had DNA testing done to be reunited with her daughter.

Madrid said Friday that she was incredibly proud of Alison and "very thankful" to the person who had sneaked the audio out of the detention center.

"Her (Alison's) voice is what, I think, exploded the Trump administration policy of separating the families and keeping it quiet," Garcia said. "Had that audio not been sneaked out and not been brought forward the way it was, nobody would have actually known."

Garcia said Friday that Madrid had posted a bond and would be appearing in front of a judge at a date that had not yet been set. Garcia said Madrid would be seeking asylum along with Alison. For now, she said, the two will live with Madrid's sister in Houston.

"We don't know how fast the case will proceed. ... We've got a long fight ahead of us," Garcia said. "The fight is still on."

Madrid said, through a translator, during the news conference Friday that she and Alison had come to the US to get a better life. She said that she'd been seeking safety for her child and encouraged parents in situation similar to hers to "keep fighting."

"Do not give up," she said. "It's a hard journey. ... But, there is hope. ... The law can change."

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WFAA(GRAHAM, Texas) -- Footage showing a 19-year-old with autism being tasered by police has been released by a Texas police department.

The incident occurred in the north central town of Graham on June 26, but the police body camera footage was not released until Thursday, July 12.

The video shows Michael Moore, 19, being tossed to the ground by police who then use a stun gun.

The police were responding to a call from a neighbor who complained of Moore throwing rocks into their yard, according to ABC affiliate WFAA.

In the video, Moore can be heard answering the police officer's question asking where he lives, responding by saying "right here."

The officers performed field sobriety tests, thinking that he is possibly high on drugs, and Moore appears to become more confused. From there, Moore was pushed to the ground as deputies tried to secure him in handcuffs and then used a taser on him.

Moore is heard screaming for his mother during the video. She was inside their home nearby, but did not hear the screams.

"I was screaming 'Mama, I need you,'" Michael Moore told WFAA

Moore's mother Tracie Moore told WFAA that the sitauation was "outrageous."

"I was in tears. And now I'm angry. I watched the body cam footage. He told them, 'My mama is inside. Let me get my mama,'" Tracie Moore told WFAA.

"It really doesn't take long conversing with him to figure out he has a disability," Tracie Moore said. "Now, he has a busted blood vessel in his eye. He had scratches and abrasions on both sides of his face."

Graham Police Chief Tony Widner released a statement, defending the actions of the officers as "reasonable."

"It is our opinion that our officer made a judgment call based on the limited information available, as the job forces them to do every day. Based on the situation and presentation of Mr. Moore, the responding officer believed him to be under the influence of controlled substances. A reasonable officer could have made this determination," Widner said in a statement obtained by ABC News.

"He then appropriately initiated procedures to determine intoxication. After the struggle began, the techniques used were consistent with law and department policy for use of force," he said in the statement.

"Of course, we would have preferred that the encounter with this young man had occurred under different circumstances. Moving forward, the department will use this opportunity to expand our awareness and ability to serve diverse residents within our community. While we currently meet all state mandated requirements for mental health training, we are actively pursuing opportunities to expand our training, and for direct engagement with all of our residents," Widner said in the statement.

According to WFAA, the 911 caller told the police dispatcher that they believed Moore had some mental disabilities, but police say that message did not make it to the responding officers.

Widner confirmed to ABC News that the Graham police department's internal review was completed, the findings of which they included in the statement.

He also noted that Moore was not arrested or charged in connection to the incident.

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iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- A woman accused of severely injuring a 92-year-old man with a brick is now facing charges of attempted murder and elder abuse, prosecutors said.

Laquisha Jones, 30, allegedly attacked the elderly man with a brick south of Los Angeles on July 4, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said.

A "woman pushed him and dropped him," a witness told ABC station KABC-TV in Los Angeles. "She took the block of concrete and hit him in his head many times."

Jones, who prosecutors said fled the scene after the assault, was arrested Tuesday and initially faced the charge of assault with a deadly weapon. The district attorney's office announced the attempted murder and elder abuse charges on Thursday.

The 92-year-old was hospitalized after the assault in Willowbrook but has since been released, reported KABC-TV. He suffered a broken cheekbone and bruises to his face, according to a GoFundMe organized by his grandson.

The motive was not known, the sheriff's department said, adding this week that it was "not a hate-related incident.”

Jones was arraigned Thursday and pleaded not guilty, according to court records. She is set to return to court on July 26.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin spoke out about being "duped" into a spoof interview with British actor Sacha Baron Cohen.

"It was proposed to me as a legitimate interview to speak about veterans’ issues in our military and current events to a new audience," she said in an exclusive interview Friday with Good Morning America. "It was supposed to be this big-time Showtime documentary, and it was passed on to me by a speakers’ bureau, which, you know, I would assume had done some vetting."

The former Alaska governor said in a Facebook post earlier this week that she traveled "across the country" for an interview with Baron Cohen, whom she claims "heavily disguised himself as a disabled U.S. veteran, fake wheelchair and all.”

She slammed the act as "evil" and "sick," and added that she "literally, physically removed" her mic and walked out of the interview.

"He started showing me these graphs and statistics that had like typos in them and just didn’t quite look right. And part of this propaganda, this data that he was showing me had something to do with sex changes and transgenderism, and he brought up Chelsea Clinton and said she was a recipient of a government-funded sex change," Palin said on Good Morning America. "It just got worse and worse and worse as the minutes went on in this bizarre, really embarrassing, humiliating interview."

She continued, "It was occurring to me, whatever this show is, whatever this interview really is, is all about humiliation and devaluing middle-class Americans, whom I represent. I said, ‘Enough was enough,’ and I took off my mic and I walked out."

Baron Cohen has made a career out of conducting prank interviews with an unwitting celebrities, including Donald Trump before he became president.

The comedian filmed the latest stunt for his forthcoming Showtime series, Who Is America?, that is expected to feature a spectrum of new, high-profile gags.

Baron Cohen teased his Who Is America? series in a Twitter post on Sunday, where an off-screen voice with an odd accent can be heard asking former Vice President Dick Cheney to "sign my waterboard kit."

Cheney, who as vice president was a hawkish defender of harsh interrogation techniques, goes along with the request, autographing a gallon-sized plastic jug.

Palin has challenged Baron Cohen to donate all proceeds from Who Is America? to a charity that "actually respects and supports American vets."

She said Friday that she has yet to hear from the show's producers.

"Nobody returns my calls," she said. "They had given us fake names as to producers and anybody involved in the show. Nobody has taken me up on my offer for them to donate the proceeds from the show to veterans’ organizations that truly support and respect our vets."

Billy Wayne Ruddick, Jr., Baron Cohen's character from Who Is America?, posted a rebuttal to Palin on Thursday, claiming he did not pose as a military veteran.

Baron Cohen later retweeted it from his own account.

Showtime declined to provide a clip of Baron Cohen's interview with Palin to ABC News.

"You read a line like that and, you know, man, this guy, he just doesn’t quit," Palin said, referring to the line about bone spurs in Baron Cohen's character's rebuttal. "He thinks this kind of stuff is funny, and mocking the disabled and mocking and belittling our vets with his portrayal, in my book, it’s not funny."

She added, "This actor, this comedian, whomever he is -- he’s a proven liar. Nobody can believe a word he’s saying now as to his rebuttal."

Showtime declined ABC News' request for comment, and Baron Cohen did not respond to requests for comment Thursday evening.

Palin said she is speaking out about her experience now because she feels it is "important" to "let people know what's coming." She added that she expects that Showtime and its parent company, CBS, will be "pimping" the show ahead of its release.

"If people tune into this show, then they’re going to see how middle-class Americans are mocked and our values are mocked," she said. "If people do decide to tune in, they’re going to hear about it anyway, if they tune in. Well, the ill-gotten gains by CBS and Showtime, those, I say, need to be donated to people who deserve the gains."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- No tarps, no cots, and fewer than 200 blue roofs.

That is what the Federal Emergency Management Administration’s warehouse in Puerto Rico looked like as Hurricane Maria made landfall in September 2017. The vital supplies had been siphoned off elsewhere when Hurricane Irma had slammed into the U.S. Virgin Islands, prompting the need for assistance.

In its after-action report, FEMA’s leadership admits that it “could have better anticipated that the severity of hurricanes Irma and Maria would cause long-term, significant damage” to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

FEMA pointed out that Puerto Rico’s government has not yet achieved a level of preparedness commensurate with much of the U.S. mainland.

In the first 72 hours after Maria’s landfall, FEMA had “little information” about the status of the island’s infrastructure. A week after the storm, FEMA still lacked key information, including vital details such as the status of more than half of the island’s water treatment facilities and nearly half of the island's hospitals.

Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico on the morning of Sept, 20, 2017, plunging the island into complete darkness, causing $100 billion in damage and claiming the lives of countless people.

In the wake of Hurricane Irma, FEMA moved more than 80 percent of its inventory from the Caribbean Distribution Center warehouse in Puerto Rico to the Port of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. That left the only FEMA warehouse in Puerto Rico with zero cots, zero tarps, less than 98,000 meals and less than 70,000 liters of water -- all as Hurricane Maria barreled toward the island.

In a letter attached to the report, FEMA Administrator Brock Long wrote that “the hurricanes also showed that governments need to be better prepared with their own supplies, to have pre-positioned contracts with enforcement mechanisms, and to be ready for the financial implications of a disaster."

The agency report cites the island’s geographic distance from mainland U.S. as well as its fiscal pressures for its lack of critical infrastructure management and decreased funding for emergency management.

The report also pins blame on an agency they say “entered the hurricane season with a force strength less than its target, resulting in staffing shortages across the incidents.” The agency needed over a thousand more personnel to hit a target set for the fiscal year. FEMA defines its force strength as its workforce that has completed the administrative requirements for deployment.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, FEMA’s Logistics Supply Chain Management System records that tracked much-needed food and water supplies in real time lagged because of a lack of trained personnel on the ground. Less than a fifth of the trained staff were in Texas and Florida, responding to other hurricanes.

In a little over a month, the federal agency responded to three major hurricanes -- Harvey, Irma and Maria -- which did a combined $265 billion in damage. Maria represents FEMA’s longest-sustained air mission of food and water delivery to date.

FEMA also acknowledged that the agency's reliance on cellular and broadband communications fell remarkably short of facilitating vital communications between rescuers and survivors during some of the most consequential early days of the storm for Puerto Rico. Among a number of such issues, some of the satellite phones that were sent to Puerto Rico did not work, and many that received those phones did not know how to use them.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said in a statement, “With every response or recovery effort, we take with us lessons learned that help build a nationwide culture of preparedness and shape the way FEMA and the emergency management community respond to and recover from future disasters.”

The Puerto Rico Governor’s Office told ABC News that they are still reviewing the report.

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, a critic of the federal government’s response to the storm said in a statement to ABC News, “The report proves what was evident to all in Puerto Rico."

"FEMA was unprepared and they lacked a sense of urgency, which resulted in neglect, which in turn resulted in the loss of lives," she said. "It is quite troubling that they were not able to adapt their operating procedures to our reality and, from what the report says, they did not even learn from their past mistakes.”

Cruz is also seeking the appointment of independent commission to "ensure those responsible are held accountable and ensure future mistakes like this do not happen again."

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Kirk Spataro(ST. SIMON'S ISLAND, La.) -- A 19-year-old Louisiana teen spent 10 hours in the open sea after a rip current dragged him out into the ocean off the Georgia coast.

Blake Spataro said he was sitting in the ocean off the coast of St. Simon’s Island Tuesday when a rip tide dragged him out to sea.

“It blew me by surprise,” Spataro told ABC News.

There was no lifeguard nearby and Spataro said he began screaming in the hope someone would hear him but to no avail and he was washed out to sea beyond the sight of land.

“Utterly shocked,” Spataro said he tried to paddle back to his family on the shore without success.

Spataro told ABC News he had no idea he had been out there for 10 hours. He said in order to conserve energy, he would shut his eyes and rest for 20 minutes or so. He laid on his back and floated.

For Spataro, there was only one other being in his company – God.

“I was talking to God the entire night,” he said. “I was sincerely worried that I was not going to make it and I just needed some comfort before passing.”

He prayed for life boats or other people that would find him. He said when he heard the helicopters and saw the boats in the distance search for him, he had renewed hope.

The teen told ABC he began to ride with the currents until he saw the shore; he knew he was in reach, and that he was going to live.

Spataro ended up at a golf course on Wednesday morning, ABC-affiliate WSOC reported.

WSOC reported workers at the golf course got him food, water and called for an ambulance.

“I’ve been in the Coast Guard for 18 years and I have never seen anything like this,” said Justin Irwin, senior chief with the U.S. Coast Guard in Brunswick told WSOC

“Worst vacation ever,” Spataro told WSOC, “but also my most exciting ever."

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ABC News(KANSAS CITY, Kan.) -- Officials have approved plans to tear down Schlitterbahn water slide in Kansas City that killed a 10-year-old boy in 2016, according to the park's spokeswoman.

Deconstruction of the Verrückt will proceed in the coming months, Schlitterbahn Waterpark spokeswoman Winter Prospio confirmed to ABC News.

Caleb Schwab died in August 2016 after he suffered a fatal neck injury while on the ride. Two women who were on the same raft as Caleb also suffered minor injuries.

Verrückt closed down immediately for the rest of the summer season after the incident, and in November of that year, park officials announced that the slide would be permanently closed.

Verrückt was promoted as the world's tallest water slide when it opened in 2013. It featured an approximate 17-story drop, and riders could reach speeds up to 65 mph.

The ride was "taller than Niagara Falls, taller than the Statue of Liberty from her toes to the torch" and "twice the height of the tallest wave ever surfed," the Schlitterbahn Kansas City Waterpark announced in November 2013.

Four rides at the park -- Soaring Eagle, Boogie Bahn, Whirlpool and Wolfpack -- remained closed after their permits expired on July 1, The Associated Press reported. The closed rides were among 11 rides that Kansas Department of Labor regulators audited in May, but the remaining seven rides have since reopened.

The two designers of Verruckt are facing charges in Caleb's death, as are the park's former operations direction, the company that built Verruckt and two maintenance workers. They have all pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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Robeson County Sheriffs Office(ROBESON COUNTY, Calif.) -- A single fingerprint and the actions of an "above and beyond" deputy led investigators to arrest a man in North Carolina for allegedly murdering an elderly woman 31 years ago in California, according to officials.

Grace Hayden, 79, was raped and killed in San Diego in May 1987, said Investigator Erich Hackney of the Robeson County, North Carolina, District Attorney’s Office.

San Diego District Attorney Investigator Tony Johnson was reviewing Hayden's brutal unsolved killing when he found a single fingerprint from a left ring finger on Hayden's kitchen stove, Hackney said in a news release.

"Johnson resubmitted the fingerprint through the national fingerprint data base," Hackney said, and found a match to 62-year-old Kevin Ford in Robeson County, North Carolina.

Hackney, in Robeson County, said he learned a local arrest warrant had been taken out in 2015 against Ford for communicating threats.

When that warrant was served in 2015, Robeson County Sheriff’s Office Deputy John Blount happened to decide to fingerprint Ford -- "something rarely done on a charge of this nature," according to Hackney.

"It was this set of fingerprints that were taken by Blount that matched the print left by Ford at the crime scene," Hackney said.

A DNA sample was obtained from Ford to compare, and investigators found that it matched DNA collected from the victim, Hackney said.

An arrest warrant was issued July 3 by the San Diego District Attorney’s Office against Ford for first-degree murder and Ford surrendered at his North Carolina home without incident, Hackney said.

Prosecutors in Robeson and San Diego counties praised Blount "for going above and beyond in collecting Ford’s fingerprints back in 2015," Hackney said in the news release. "Had he processed Ford under the usual procedure, this case would not have come to fruition."

Ford appeared before a Robeson County District Court Judge on Thursday and was formally read the North Carolina Fugitive Warrant, which he said he understood, Hackney said. Ford waived extradition to California.

He will be extradited to San Diego and arraigned on the murder charge, the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office told ABC News Thursday, adding that a preliminary hearing has not yet been set.

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