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Ferry Carrying Over 400 Passengers Sinks in China’s Yangtze River

iStock/Thinkstock(BEIJING) — A ferry carrying hundreds of people sunk in China’s Yangtze River on Monday.

The ship called the Oriental Star was on its way to Chongqing from Nanjing when it ran into a typhoon. The ferry overturned and eventually sank.

There were 458 passengers on board with most from the Sunset Red-Senior Tourism Group, a Shanghai tourist company, transporting passengers between the ages of 50 and 80.

Rescue operations have recovered over 30 people so far.

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Texas Floods: Two More Bodies Identified

KVUE-TV(DALLAS) — Authorities have identified two bodies found last week in the wreckage of the Memorial Day weekend flood, including Laura McComb, 34, who was in a house that was washed away by flood waters in Wimberley, Texas.

McComb and her two children, Andrew, 6, and Leighton, 4, went missing after a home they were in was washed away by the raging floodwaters

Andrew’s body was identified Friday, authorities said, and Leighton remains missing.

Andrew’s father, Jonathan McComb, suffered a collapsed lung, broken rib and shattered sternum as the floodwaters smashed the house, but he survived.

The family had been celebrating Memorial Day weekend with a bigger group of friends from Corpus Christi, Texas.

The body of Sue McNeil Carey, 71, was also identified Monday using medical and dental records, authorities said.

In all, eight bodies have been recovered in Hays County, Texas, and all but one has been identified, authorities said.

In addition to Leighton McComb, three other people remain listed as missing, authorities said Monday.

At least 23 people have been confirmed dead during a week of heavy rains and flooding in Texas.

Jonathan McComb’s father, Joe McComb, last week described his grandson, Andrew, as a young boy who enjoyed playing baseball and was “full of energy, a lovable kid.”

At the time, he said he was grasping at hope for the survival Andrew and the rest of the family.

“Jonathan said [that] as they were going down the river, the house hit a bridge and it took the top part of the house off, and with the bottom gone and the top gone, the house just basically splintered,” Joe McComb said.

The family knew it was going to rain, but not so consistently and powerfully. As the water poured down, Laura McComb made a frantic phone call to her sister, Julia Shields.

“She called me, she said ‘I’m in a house. I’m floating down the river. Tell mom and dad I love you and pray,'” Shields told ABC News affiliate KVUE-TV.

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Texas Floods: Two More Bodies Identified

KVUE-TV(DALLAS) — Authorities have identified two bodies found last week in the wreckage of the Memorial Day weekend flood, including Laura McComb, 34, who was in a house that was washed away by flood waters in Wimberley, Texas.

McComb and her two children, Andrew, 6, and Leighton, 4, went missing after a home they were in was washed away by the raging floodwaters

Andrew’s body was identified Friday, authorities said, and Leighton remains missing.

Andrew’s father, Jonathan McComb, suffered a collapsed lung, broken rib and shattered sternum as the floodwaters smashed the house, but he survived.

The family had been celebrating Memorial Day weekend with a bigger group of friends from Corpus Christi, Texas.

The body of Sue McNeil Carey, 71, was also identified Monday using medical and dental records, authorities said.

In all, eight bodies have been recovered in Hays County, Texas, and all but one has been identified, authorities said.

In addition to Leighton McComb, three other people remain listed as missing, authorities said Monday.

At least 23 people have been confirmed dead during a week of heavy rains and flooding in Texas.

Jonathan McComb’s father, Joe McComb, last week described his grandson, Andrew, as a young boy who enjoyed playing baseball and was “full of energy, a lovable kid.”

At the time, he said he was grasping at hope for the survival Andrew and the rest of the family.

“Jonathan said [that] as they were going down the river, the house hit a bridge and it took the top part of the house off, and with the bottom gone and the top gone, the house just basically splintered,” Joe McComb said.

The family knew it was going to rain, but not so consistently and powerfully. As the water poured down, Laura McComb made a frantic phone call to her sister, Julia Shields.

“She called me, she said ‘I’m in a house. I’m floating down the river. Tell mom and dad I love you and pray,'” Shields told ABC News affiliate KVUE-TV.

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Tampa Bay Trying to Keep Blackhawks Fans Out

Claus Andersen/Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) — The Tampa Bay Lightning is trying to keep the Chicago Blackhawks fans away from the Stanley Cup Final.

The Lightning have added a variety of restrictions to dissuade Blackhawks fans from crowding up the Amalie Arena including only selling tickets to those with Florida zip codes and setting a dress code of Lightning apparel only for two of its club areas. If a fan is wearing Blackhawks gear in either of those areas, they will be asked to remove them.

The Lightning will face the Blackhawks on Wednesday for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final in Tampa.

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Enrique Iglesias Undergoing Hand Surgery After Drone Incident

Virginia Sherwood/NBC(LOS ANGELES) — Following an unfortunate run-in with a drone during a weekend concert that left him with sliced and bleeding fingers, Enrique Iglesias is undergoing reconstructive hand surgery today.

A rep for the singer tells ABC News, “Thank you to all for your concern and good wishes,” and adds, “[Enrique] “will resume his tour July 3rd in Mexico City. We appreciate your thoughts and prayers.”

As previously reported, Enrique was performing in Mexico City Saturday when he grabbed the drone he uses during concerts to capture video of the audience and tried to turn it around and show the fans a different view.

The drone’s spinning propellers mangled his fingers, but he continued performing for another 30 minutes before being rushed to the airport and put on a plane to L.A. to see a specialist.

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Philadelphia Selling Pope Souvenirs Ahead of Papal Visit

Buda Mendes/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) — Philadelphia is preparing for Pope Francis’ visit this fall with a variety of souvenirs.

The City of Brotherly Love is already gearing up for the papal visit and the World Meeting of Families with souvenirs to sell, including Pope Francis t-shirts, keychains, and tote bags. Buyers can also purchase religious items like holy medals and rosaries, or a life-size cutout of the pope for $120.

“I’m looking forward to making my first purchase,” said Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter. “I can assure you it will be for my mother.”

The World Meeting of Families is held every three years and is the world’s largest gathering of Catholic families.

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Baltimore Homicides Approach Record High

iStock/Thinkstock(BALTIMORE) — The month of May approached an all-time high for homicides in the city of Baltimore.

With 43 reported homicides last month, May 2015 counts the most in more than 40 years, according to the Baltimore Sun recordkeeping.

City records online that only date back to 2011, show the most homicides committed in a one-month span of time peak at 27. The five deadliest months since 1970, according to the Baltimore Sun, include:

Homicides by Month

December 1971: 44
August 1972: 45
August 1990: 42
August 1996: 39
May 2015: 43

U.S. Census Bureau’s estimates put Baltimore’s population around 622,000, down 31 percent from about 906,000 in 1970.

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Dog Left in Petco Drying Unit Dies, Owner Says

Courtesy Allison Marks(MIDLOTHIAN, Va.) — A Virginia woman said she is considering legal action against Petco after she says her Golden retriever died while in the care of a store’s grooming services.

Allison Marks told ABC News Monday she dropped off 2-year-old Colby at a Petco in Midlothian, Virginia, early Friday morning and was told he’d be finished around noon. Marks said she started worrying when she didn’t hear from the groomers by 1 p.m., so she called and was told to go to a local animal clinic.

“They didn’t even tell me why I had to go there, just that one of the managers would meet me there,” said Marks, 51, a food operations manager at the Beaumont Juvenile Correctional Center. “I walked into it blind.”

She said she walked in and saw Colby on the vet’s table with “glazed over” eyes. Marks said the Petco assistant manager told her they had given Colby a bath and he was in the drying unit when they found him.

“I just started screaming. Colby was my everything,” she said, noting that the vet said Colby had been dead for at least 45 minutes “and his temperature was still above 105 degrees.”

The vet explained to Marks that Colby’s death was most likely heat stroke, she said.

Marks said the Petco assistant manager told her that the groomer who had been working on Colby left to go to a graduation.

“I don’t know if they turned him over to another groomer and they dropped the ball or what,” Marks said. “I know people walk back and forth past the dryers constantly because I have to take Colby back there myself with his anxiety.”

The only anxiety Colby had was going to the groomers, Marks said, and he was otherwise in good health. She called Colby her “soul mate” since she got him after her husband passed away in 2011.

Petco released a statement about Colby, saying the company takes “full responsibility” for animals under its care and that the company is taking “immediate action” to investigate Colby’s incident.

“All of us at Petco are heartbroken by Colby’s passing. The health and safety of pets is always our top priority and we take full responsibility for all animals under our care,” the company said in its statement.

“Our thoughts are with Colby’s family at this difficult time,” the company added.

Marks said she’s considering legal action against Petco because she wants “justice” for Colby.

“I can’t bear the thought of losing another dog,” she said. “I feel like I should’ve done better by him.”

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American Tourist Killed by a Lion in South Africa

Monkey Business/Thinkstock(JOHANNESBURG, South Africa) — An American tourist inside a car was killed and a tour operator was injured in an attack by a lion at a park near Johannesburg, South Africa, a spokesman for The Lion Park told ABC News.

Staff members hurried into an enclosure at the park to fight off the lion and called an ambulance after the attack took place around 2:30 p.m. local time, or 8:30 a.m. ET, the spokesman, Scott Simpson told ABC News.

The woman, who was in the passenger seat of a car and has not been identified, died while emergency services were treating her, Simpson said, adding that the driver of the car, a tour operator, sustained injuries on his arm from fighting off the lion.

Witnesses quoted in South African media said they saw two people travelling in a car with their windows open. The lion is reported to have jumped at the woman through the open window and killed her.

In a statement to ABC News, the U.S. embassy official in South Africa said the embassy has received reports of an incident involving a U.S. citizen but did not immediately have additional details.

The lion responsible for the attack will not be euthanized, but could be moved to a private location, Simpson told ABC News.

Earlier this year, a lion attacked an Australian tourist in his car, though he did not die from his injuries, Simpson added.

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Muslim Woman Says She Faced Discrimination on United Airlines Flight

ABC News(CHICAGO) — After a Muslim woman accused the crew of a United Airlines flight of discrimination, the company has apologized for what it called a “misunderstanding.”

The passenger said a United attendant on the flight from Chicago to Washington on Friday refused to give her an unopened can of coke, allegedly telling her it could be used “as a weapon.”

“The flight attendant brought over an open can of diet soda, so I requested, for hygienic reasons, a closed can of diet soda,” Tahera Ahmad, a chaplain at Northwestern University, told ABC News affiliate WLS-TV on Sunday. “And so she said, ‘Well, no one has consumed from this can.’ And I said, ‘That’s fine but I would really prefer for hygienic reasons and health concerns.’ … She said, ‘Well, it is against our policy to give people unopened canned beverages.'”

“And then she said, ‘No diet coke for you,’ and she picked up the beverage from my tray table and took it back,” she said.

Ahmad said the same flight attendant then served an unopened can of beer to another passenger.

When she confronted the attendant, “She said it is against our policy to give people unopened can beverages because they may use it as a weapon.”

“So I said, ‘Well I think that’s strange because you’re discriminating against me because clearly you gave the passenger next to me an unopened beverage can.’ And so she looked at that, picked it up, opened it and put it back. And as she was putting it back she said, ‘It’s because you would use it as a weapon.'”

“At that point I was in utter shock,” she told WLS-TV. “I was almost tearing up.”

Ahmad said she then asked the other passengers, “Did you all just witness this discrimination?” and she claims another passenger muttered “you Muslim” and told her to shut up.

“And he said, ‘You know you would use it as a weapon,'” Ahmad recounted.

“I just couldn’t believe what he had said,” Ahmad said. “I was in tears.”

The attendant apologized after the flight, Ahmad said, but she told the attendant that her actions made her feel “very threatened.”

“I was the one who felt very unsafe,” Ahmad said.

United Airlines said Monday in a statement to ABC News: “United is a company that strongly supports diversity and inclusion, and we and our partners do not discriminate against our employees or customers. The flight attendant onboard Shuttle America flight 3504 attempted several times to accommodate Ms. Ahmad’s beverage request after a misunderstanding regarding a can of diet soda.”

“The inflight crew met with Ms. Ahmad after the flight arrived in Washington to provide assistance and further discuss the matter,” United added. “Additionally, we spoke with Ms. Ahmad on Saturday to get a better understanding of what occurred and to apologize for not delivering the service our customers expect when traveling with us.”

Ahmad confirmed the airline called and apologized, but she also said the company “trivialized” the incident.

United “failed to recognized discrimination when it happened,” she said. “I was really hoping that United would acknowledge discrimination and bigotry when it happens and then talk about how they’re going to correct it.”

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