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Members of the US Coast Guard board alleged drug-smuggling vessel: Video

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U.S. Coast Guard(NEW YORK) — Dramatic video shows a U.S. Coast Guard cutter, the Munro, pursuing a speeding semi-submersible suspected drug-smuggling vessel in the middle of international waters in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

In footage taken on June 18, a Coast Guard crew member repeatedly shouts “Stop the boat!” in Spanish at the submersible.

The crew member — a member part of a Coast Guard law enforcement detachment — calls out, “It’s going to be hard to get on.”

One of two Coast Guard boats seen in the video then closes in on the submersible, as two crew members jump on top of it. One of the crew members makes his way to the hatch, pounding on it until an unidentified individual opens it.

The video ends there.

Marine patrol aircraft first spotted the submersible and communicated its location to the Munro, Coast Guard spokesperson Lt. Cmdr. Stephen Brickey told ABC News.

The cutter then launched a helicopter beyond the line of sight of the submersible, and directed the two smaller boats to its location.

The 45-foot-long submersible was traveling around 10 miles per hour “hundreds of miles off the Ecuadorian/Colombian border,” Brickey said.

The team that boarded the submersible specializes in high-risk boarding and was armed with night vision to see into the submersible’s dark hatch.

Five individuals were on board the vessel, and the Coast Guard seized around 17,000 pounds of cocaine worth an estimated $232 million, the spokesperson said.

The use of semi-submersible vessels for drug smuggling is rare, as they are costly to build, according to the Coast Guard.

From May through July, the Coast Guard said that three of its cutters have seized more than 39,000 pounds of cocaine and 933 pounds of marijuana through 14 separate drug busts off the coasts of Mexico, Central and South America.

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Oklahoma City Thunder trade Russell Westbrook to Houston Rockets in blockbuster deal

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Joshua Gateley/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — The Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to trade point guard Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul and a package of draft picks, ESPN reports.

The blockbuster move reunites Westbrook with former Thunder teammate James Harden in Houston. Oklahoma City had been working with Westbrook to complete a trade since last week when they traded star Paul George to the Los Angeles Clippers and decided to enter a rebuild.

Sources told ESPN that the Rockets were Westbrook’s preferred destination.

The Thunder will receive Houston’s first-round draft picks in 2024 and 2026, as well as the right to swap first-round picks in 2021 and 2025.

Combined with the haul they got for George, the Thunder now have seven first-round selections — in addition to their own — between now and 2026.

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'Respiratory outbreak' being investigated at retirement community after 54 residents fall ill

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MattGush/iStock(SPRINGFIELD, Va.) — Two people have died and 18 others have been hospitalized after a “respiratory outbreak” at a Virginia retirement community, according to officials.

The Fairfax County Department of Health said that 54 individuals had become ill with “respiratory symptoms ranging from upper respiratory symptoms (cough) to pneumonia” in the last 11 days at Greenspring Retirement Community in Springfield.

In a letter Wednesday to residents obtained by ABC News affiliate WJLA-TV in Washington D.C., Greenspring described symptoms as “fever, cough, body aches, wheezing, hoarseness and general weakness.”

Benjamin Schwartz, a health department director, told ABC News on Thursday that the outbreak had been reported in the assisted-living and skilled-nursing sections. He said the outbreak began with the first case on June 30.

The specific cause of the outbreak had not yet been identified but additional tests of samples were being done, according to Schwartz.

The assisted-living and skilled-nursing facility in Greenspring is home to 263 residents, Schwartz said. He said the two patients who died in the outbreak had been hospitalized with pneumonia but were “older individuals with complex medical problems.”

“One of the things about skilled nursing facilities and assisted living facilities is [that] when you have a lot of people in close proximity, who have underlying medical conditions, there is an increased risk for outbreaks,” he said. “Seeing a respiratory outbreak in a long-term care facility is not odd. … One thing that’s different about this outbreak is just that it’s occurring in the summer when, usually, we don’t have a lot of respiratory disease.”

Of those initially hospitalized, seven have returned to the retirement home, said Courtney Benoff, regional communications manager for Erikson Living, which owns the retirement home.

The health department said that although there had been no new hospitalizations in the “past couple of days,” residents were still getting sick in the outbreak.

In a statement, Greenspring said that its “highest priority is the welfare of those who live and work on campus.”

“In keeping with this commitment the community has acted with an abundance of caution, and in partnership with the Fairfax County Department of Health, has taken all necessary measures to fully implement proven infection prevention and control strategies. We remain vigilant in our response and will continue to provide frequent and transparent updates to residents, staff and family members,” the retirement home said in a statement.

The Fairfax County Health Department said it is investigating the incident.

The department said that appropriate measures had been taken to reduce the risk of infection and keep residents safe, including closing the facility to new admissions, cancelling group activities, keeping ill residents in their rooms and increasing cleaning.

Residents experiencing any of those symptoms were urged to call the community’s medical center.

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The "Rumor" is true: Lee Brice is hard at work on new music

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ABC/Image Group LA On the heels of his recent number one, “Rumor,” Lee Brice is launching into the making of his fifth album.

“We’re starting to work on my new record and I want to give you guys an inside look throughout this whole process,” he shared on his socials, along with a one-minute behind-the-scenes video.

“New music coming soon!” he added.

“All of these songs are first single potentials, so that’s why we’re doing ‘em today,” Lee can be seen telling a group gathered in the control room at House of Blues Studio.

The video continues, showing Lee singing a funky new tune that’s likely called “I Like Your Soul.”

Stay tuned to see how Lee follows up his most recent album, which came out in November of 2017.

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Angelica Ross makes history with her 'American Horror Story' role

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Michael Parmelee/FX(LOS ANGELES) — (NOTE: POSE SPOILER ALERT)  Pose actress Angelica Ross is taking Hollywood by storm and making history while she’s doing it.

After her abrupt departure from Ryan Murphy’s hit FX show on Tuesday, Ross announced on Wednesday that she’s already landed her next role on Murphy’s other hit show, American Horror Story: 1984.

“I am ELATED to make history as the first trans actor to secure 2 series regular roles, leaping from #PoseFX to #AHS1984,” she tweeted. “Thank you @MrRPMurphy for the gift of playing Candy & creating my newest role on American Horror Story! I’m so honored & excited to join the @AHSFX family!!!”

Ross has been cast as a series regular on the upcoming season, which is set to pay homage to 1980s slasher films.

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Ross touched on how Candy’s violent death is an all-to-real scenario for trans women of color.

“It’s one of those things that I feel like, as soon as I heard the information, [I] was devastated and wanted to first ask, ‘Why? Why me? Why Candy?’” she said. “It was just such an echo of the same sentiment to any black trans woman that’s been passing week after week. Why them?”

American Horror Story: 1984 will premiere Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 10 p.m. ET on FX.

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