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Ahmad Austin/The Press of Atlantic City(ATLANTIC CITY, NJ) --  The deck of a New Jersey home collapsed around 6 p.m. on Saturday, injuring at least 21 people, according to ABC Philadelphia station WPVI-TV.

Exactly how many people were hurt was not immediately clear.

The incident occurred in the 200 block of East Baker Avenue in the city of Wildwood, WPVI reported.

Several of those injured were taken to a nearby hospital.

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DianeBentleyRaymond/iStock(LOS ANGELES) -- Officials from the Trump administration have met with local agencies and advocates in Los Angeles about the federal government getting more involved in assisting with the homelessness crisis in the state.

President Donald Trump said on Thursday his administration has warned officials in Los Angeles and other cities in California to "clean it up."

Speaking at a GOP lawmaker retreat in Baltimore -- a city he said earlier this summer was "rat and rodent infested" -- Trump claimed businesses are leaving Democratic-controlled cities.

"We're going to fight for the future of cities like Baltimore that have been destroyed by decades of failed and corrupt rule," the president said. "These are our great American cities, and they're an embarrassment."

Trump has made it a campaign issue, saying in August at a Make America Great Again rally in Ohio: "Nearly half of all the homeless people living in the streets in America happen to live in the state of California. What they are doing to our beautiful California is a disgrace to our country. It's a shame the world is looking at it. Look at Los Angeles with the tents and the horrible, horrible disgusting conditions. Look at San Francisco. Look at some of your other cities."

A White House official confirmed there was an administration team on the ground in California this week on a fact-finding mission about the homelessness crisis but didn’t elaborate on specific options being discussed.

"Like many Americans, the President has taken notice of the homelessness crisis, particularly in cities and states where the liberal policies of overregulation, excessive taxation, and poor public service delivery are combining to dramatically increase poverty and public health risks," White House spokesman Judd Deere said in a statement. "In June, the President took action and signed an Executive Order to confront the regulatory barriers to affordable housing development, a leading cause of homelessness. President Trump has directed his team to go further and develop a range of policy options for consideration to deal with this tragedy."

"The spike in homelessness we are seeing in places like Los Angeles and San Francisco is alarming," A HUD spokesperson said in a statement. "While there are many state and local issues at play here, we’re looking at a range of options available to us at HUD -- as well as other agencies -- for possible federal action, if and where appropriate."

The Washington Post first reported Tuesday that Trump ordered aides to launch a "sweeping effort" to combat homelessness in California cities, which could include plans to force people out of tents and camps and direct them into unused government facilities.

The Los Angeles Times also reported officials met with law enforcement unions in the city a discussed a range of issues including options to increase law enforcement involvement.

The White House statement seems to shift partial blame for the problem on local policies. In a letter to Trump, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said he welcomes increased attention to the issue of homelessness but that a lack of resources and support on the federal level is also part of the problem.

"It is clear that no local government, including ours, can address homelessness on our own," Garcetti said in the letter. "For many years, the federal government has woefully underfunded our housing safety net, contributing to homelessness. The federal government cut HUD funding for the production of new housing and preservation by 31% for the 2016-2018 time period, and according to the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, only one in four low-income families who qualify for housing assistance actually receive it. This pressure is acutely felt here in Los Angeles, where 36,000 people experience homelessness on any given night."

Affordable housing and homelessness advocacy groups like the National Low Income Housing Coalition said the most significant step the administration could take would be to fund existing programs focused on ending homelessness and stop proposing cuts to the budget for those programs at HUD and the Interagency Council on Homelessness.

"The solution to homelessness is affordable homes -- not criminalization, not punishing poor people for being poor, not sweeping homeless people into increasingly unsafe areas, and not warehousing people in untenable and unsustainable conditions," NLIHC president and CEO Diane Yentel said in a statement.

"Homelessness in California is a crisis, as it is in many other areas of the country," she added, "and it demands action from federal, state and local government. But Trump and his administration are not acting in good faith to solve for it -- they’ve worked time and again over the last two years to worsen the housing and homelessness crisis and this latest effort looks to be no different."

Advocates also have said that uncertainty around federal grant programs during shutdowns and the federal budget process also can make the private housing sector less willing to work with nonprofits on affordable housing, creating additional challenges.

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MicroStockHub/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday blamed Iran for a massive attack on a critical Saudi oil facility that has put the region on high alert.

Houthi rebels in neighboring Yemen claimed responsibility for the assault, which was conducted using drones and hit the world's largest oil processing facility hundreds of miles from the Saudi-Yemen border.

Saudi Aramco, the massive state-run firm, said oil production, at least temporarily, would be reduced to about 50% capacity, a difference of approximately 5.7 million barrels per day.

A senior official told ABC News more than 20 drones were used in the strike and that Iran definitely was behind it.

"It was Iran," the senior official said. "Houthis are claiming credit for something they did not do."

President Donald Trump called Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Saturday "to offer his support for Saudi Arabia's self-defense," the White House said in a statement, which didn't specifically blame anyone, including Iran.

A Saudi-led coalition has been fighting against the Houthis in Yemen for over four years now after the group captured the capital Sanaa in the chaos of the country's civil war. The Houthis are backed by Iran, the Saudis' chief rival, which the Trump administration accuses of destabilizing the region and attacking oil supply chains to counter U.S. sanctions on its own oil industry.

"Amid all the calls for de-escalation, Iran has now launched an unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply. There is no evidence the attacks came from Yemen," Pompeo tweeted.

We call on all nations to publicly and unequivocally condemn Iran’s attacks. The United States will work with our partners and allies to ensure that energy markets remain well supplied and Iran is held accountable for its aggression

— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) September 14, 2019

In a video statement, Houthi spokesman Yahya Saree claimed that the rebel group carried out the drone bombings and threatened more attacks unless Saudi Arabia halted its military campaign against them: "We promise the Saudi regime that our upcoming operations will expand more and more and will be more painful than ever, so long as it continues in its assault and siege."

The Saudi-led coalition said it was still conducting an investigation into who was responsible, which could have dramatic implications for what comes next, especially if the kingdom blames Iran.

Trump's friend and ally in Congress, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., called for the president to consider a U.S. "attack on Iranian oil refineries if they continue their provocations or increase nuclear enrichment."

But critics said the administration and its allies are distorting the reality of the conflict.

"This is such irresponsible simplification, and it's how we get into dumb wars of choice," Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said about Pompeo's tweet. "The Saudis and Houthis are at war. The Saudis attack the Houthis and the Houthis attack back. Iran is backing the Houthis and has been a bad actor, but it's just not as simple as Houthis [equal] Iran."

The Houthis have shown increasingly sophisticated capabilities to attack in Saudi Arabia, a key U.S. partner in the Middle East that the Trump administration has drawn particularly close to. Over the last few months, there have been a swarm of drone attacks and ballistic missile launches by the group, prompting more Saudi airstrikes in Yemen.

A State Department official told ABC News recently that the group was "gaining capability by the day" with new ranges, types of equipment and increased frequency and complexity of their attacks, which the official blamed on Iran's Quds Force, an elite unit in its Revolutionary Guard Corps. Iran denies supplying the Houthis with weapons, although the United Nations, other Western countries and Gulf Arab nations join the U.S. in saying Tehran does.

But the U.S. has engaged the Houthis in occasional talks in an effort to bring the brutal war, which has killed at least 91,000 and brought the country to the brink of famine, to a negotiated settlement. The State Department official said the administration is pursuing talks in hopes of peeling the Houthis away from Iran and back to a U.N.-led peace process that secured a preliminary agreement last December, but that hasn't been implemented.

"I don't know what the level of ideological affinity is among the Houthis for Iran, other than they both share a mutual antipathy toward the United States and Israel," the official said. "But I think it's important to explore it."

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fstop123/iStock(BOSTON) -- Boston Red Sox legend and three-time World Series champion David Ortiz gave his first interview after being shot in the Dominican Republic earlier this year.

The retired slugger known as “Big Papi” was shot at the Dial Bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo on June 9. In the interview, he described the moment as surreal and said he wondered if he was going to see the next day.

“For the first five seconds, I thought I was having a nightmare … I was feeling something that I had never felt before in my life, and that was to try to stay alive," Ortiz told Univision in an exclusive interview Friday.

Ortiz was temporarily in a coma following complications from the shooting, and he remained in the hospital for nearly two months, undergoing three surgeries. His gunshot wounds caused damage to his liver and his small and large intestine.

Ortiz told Univision he’s still trying to process the shooting, and why he, as someone who always tried to get along with everyone, could get caught up in something like that.

“I am someone who likes to make friends, I like to be someone who is kind,” Ortiz said. “Someone that gets along with everyone - I am not [a] problematic person. I don't like problems."

Authorities said Ortiz's friend, Sixto David Fernandez, was the target -- and not Ortiz -- but the gunman allegedly told police he got the two confused. The cousin of Fernandez, Victor Hugo Gomez, was arrested on June 28 in the Dominican Republic as the mastermind of the shooting. Hugo Gomez reportedly denied any wrongdoing in July, after a video of him surfaced. Dominican National Police said the investigation is in the "secret phase," in June but have not provided any recent updates on the case against Huge Gomez.

Ortiz said he’s trying to get past the incident.

“The only thing that concerned me is that my country advances. That love that people have for you there. It is not a lie,” Ortiz told Univision.

Earlier this week Ortiz brought the home crowd at Fenway Park to its feet as he threw out the ceremonial first pitch against his long-time nemesis, the New York Yankees.

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Aston Martin(GAYDON, United Kingdom) -- Aston Martin, the famed British company forever linked to fictional spy James Bond, has always been a niche maker of seductive grand tourers and front-engine sports cars. This December, the 106-year-old marque will enter new territory with the DBX, its first-ever SUV.

Years before Aston Martin decided to move forward with an SUV, a small group of employees had already convinced themselves that Aston needed to produce a sport-utility vehicle. Talks of building one stalled with previous management; an SUV would have been an implausible -- and radical -- departure for the bespoke automaker.

But Miles Nurnberger always believed one would happen.

“Did design talk about an SUV? Yes,” Nurnberger, Aston’s director of design and a 12-year employee of the company, told ABC News. “We did little scale models in the corner as much to convince ourselves you can make a beautiful, dynamic SUV.”

Then Andy Palmer, a former executive at Nissan, took over as CEO in October 2014. Vehicles that were off limits were now being discussed in earnest.

“When Andy came on board it was music to the ears of me and Marek," Nurnberger said of Marek Reichman, Aston Martin's chief creative officer. “We’d ask, ‘When can we get on with it?’ Andy was always an incredible advocate for the DBX."

Reporters and Aston Martin owners got an early look at a pre-production DBX in August. Company executives, including Palmer, were on hand to answer questions and take orders at the VIP event. When the DBX hits showrooms in 2020, it will face stiff competition from Bentley’s Bentayga SUV, the first premium ute to enter the market, as well as the 1-year-old Lamborghini Urus, already the Italian automaker’s top-selling vehicle, and the regal Rolls-Royce Cullinan, which has an eight-month wait list.

The DBX was years in the making. But the result is an authentic Aston Martin, Nurnberger said.

“Could we have done this earlier? Maybe,” he said. “I think we have arrived with the right product and that’s the most important thing for me.”

Analysts are waiting to see if the DBX will reverse Aston Martin’s recent struggles. In July the company lowered its full-year sales forecast and slashed earlier investment plans, causing the stock price to plunge and sowing doubts about Aston’s aggressive production targets. Demand for Aston cars has fallen by more than 20 percent in both the U.K. and Europe, two key markets for the company, and shares have lost more than half of their value since the company’s IPO last October.

“The DBX is a very important vehicle for Aston,” Ian Fletcher, a London-based analyst with IHS Markit, told ABC News. “The DBX opens the door to new customers -- not just the single man or woman looking for a weekend sports car.”

Aston could sell 2,000 DBX units in its first year, proof that the vehicle has wide appeal, including in non-traditional sports car markets like China and Russia, according to Fletcher.

“The DBX is not just for the U.S. customer,” he said.

Strong initial sales of the vehicle would also help Aston shift the conversation away from the dismal stock price and financial challenges that have weighed heavily on the company.

“There was a lot of focus on the IPO and making it a success,” Fletcher explained. “The whole IPO has been a nightmare for them. The brand is so strong. It has all the links to James Bond. The IPO is not the full story.”

Palmer addressed underlying concerns about Aston’s 2019 sales with analysts in July, saying he was “disappointed” that the company’s performance “was behind our original plans.”

“The market’s tough,” he said. “While we’re not immune to macroeconomic uncertainties, we have continued to see wholesale growth, retail growth and market share growth.”

McKinsey automotive analyst Simon Middleton agreed that stagnating economies in the U.K. and Europe and concerns over Brexit have negatively impacted Aston Martin’s bottom line. Yet the company could also be doing more to avert these economic threats, he argued.

“It’s important for Aston to move beyond GTs and sports cars,” he told ABC News. “The luxury segment is very volatile.”

The DBX comes at a pivotal time for the company, he said, and it’s not too late for Aston to take market share away from its rivals.

“There are some advantages of not being the first mover in the SUV space,” he pointed out. “There’s nothing sexy about a 3-year-old SUV.”

Palmer has doubled down on Aston’s ambitious Second Century Plan, which he implemented as CEO. The plan calls for more vehicle diversification and seven new models over seven years. Under Palmer's direction, Aston has invested heavily in two mid-engine supercars and shoring up its lineup of traditional sports cars.

The $3.2 million Valkyrie, a hypercar built with a 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12 engine, was shown at this year’s British Grand Prix. In August, Aston’s second mid-engine supercar, the Valhalla, had its North American debut in Monterey, California. Production of both supercars was capped; 150 Valkyries, described by Palmer as “a Formula 1 car on the road,” will be made, with the first customer delivery scheduled in late 2019. The Valhalla, limited to 500 units and powered by Aston’s new hybrid V6 turbo engine, is oversubscribed, according to Palmer. It’s expected to cost around $1.2 million.

“The Valhalla and Valkyrie have brought in quite a number of customers -- customers that would have traditionally looked to Ferrari and Lamborghini,” Palmer told ABC News in August. “How do I get on the list for a Valhalla? That’s what I have been hearing from customers. The answer is you can’t. The Valhalla sold out within two weeks after it was unveiled in Geneva.”

Palmer’s goal is to keep prospective customers wanting the next Aston Martin, whether that be the Vantage AMR, DBX, Vanquish, or one of the special edition Continuation series cars.

“It’s always good to have people who like these kinds of cars, to allow them to be in early for the next one,” he noted.

Aston's fortunes also depend on sales of its flagship GT, the top-of-the-line DBS Superleggera coupe and Volante convertible.

The achingly beautiful DBS, the third new vehicle under the Second Century Plan, was designed to compete with the Ferrari Portofino and Bentley Continental GT. Matt Becker, Aston's chief engineer, said the DBS, with its twin-turbo 5.2-liter V12 engine and eight speed automatic transmission, was an engineering feat for his team. With a starting price of $304,000, the DBS had to handle "really well" and offer a high level of comfort even with the extreme power under its hood: 715 horsepower, a top speed of 211 mph and a 0-62 mph time of 3.4 seconds (3.6 seconds for the Volante version).

"One of the biggest challenges with a car like this was making it cool," Becker told ABC News in June at a test drive for the DBS Superleggera Volante. "There is a lot of energy under the bonnet."

He added, "This car ticks all the boxes -- sounds great, rides well, steers well -- it feels very stable at high speeds."

Becker encountered all new challenges when he was tasked with the DBX, which Palmer has called “perhaps the company’s most important car ever.”

"The DBX is a completely new car," he said. "It was the company's biggest focus."

Management wants the DBX to do what the Urus and Bentayga have done for Lamborghini and Bentley: attract new customers and generate enthusiasm with young and old drivers alike.

The decision for Aston to wade into the highly-competitive SUV space can pay off if executed correctly, according to Mark Wakefield, managing director at AlixPartners’ automotive practice.

“The product has to live up to customer expectations,” he told ABC News. “The ‘specialness’ and exclusivity of the brand has to be protected.”

With SUVs accounting for 58% of the U.S. luxury vehicle market in 2018, automakers see SUVs as “more stable” vehicles in terms of sales, which can lead to higher volumes, he noted.

But, “it’s getting harder to make an SUV stand out,” Wakefield conceded. “The SUV cannot just cash in on the brand’s name.”

Nurnberger said the DBX will impress customers with its handling and agility. The design team had one important request to engineers: keep the classic grill intact.

“Look at the amount of sculpture -- see the muscles of this car pop,” he said. “This for me is actually a GT car because you can drive it like a Vantage. It’s a high performance SUV, absolutely.”

Nurnberger said he and the other designers are already planning for the future, including the possibility of a plug-in hybrid SUV. But first the DBX needs to make its grand -- and long-awaited -- entrance.

“The DBX is just the next step for Aston Martin,” Nurnberger said. “In the beginning it was a lot of hard work. But it’s a truly new segment. And that’s super exciting.”

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iStock(NEW YORK) -- "Having a peanut allergy is a big deal for a little kid," said Giuliana Ortega, a 4-year-old girl with a wavering voice and a peanut allergy, as her mom held her up to the microphone.

Giuliana talked about sitting at a separate lunch table in the school cafeteria and "having two friends instead of 20."

"It means feeling different all the time," she continued.

Even an accidental exposure to peanuts can be deadly for children with severe allergies. Giuliana’s mom talked about how scary those accidental exposures were.

This is why many citizens, doctors, industry specialists and regulators' eyes were trained on an FDA Advisory Committee hearing Friday. The drug Palforzia, a daily oral pill that can help kids with peanut allergies avoid life-threatening reactions to small amounts of peanut, was given the green light, which will help with the formal approval process in January 2020. Experts voted that the drug was effective 7 to 2 and was safe 8 to 1.

This pill will not "cure" or remove a peanut allergy.

The new peanut allergy pill is considered to be part of a group of drugs called oral immunotherapy (OIT). "Oral immunotherapy is used to help desensitize someone to the food they are allergic to. It involves starting with ingesting a very small amount of the allergen, and slowly increasing the exposure over time," Dr. David Stukus, Associate Professor of Pediatric Allergy at Nationwide Children's Hospital, told ABC News.

"By raising the threshold of peanut that would trigger an allergic reaction, patients potentially could have none or milder symptoms than what they could have had without treatment. So there potentially could be an extra layer of protection," Dr. Julie Wang, a professor of pediatric allergy at Icahn School of Medicine, said in an interview with ABC News.

Information about Palforzia comes from a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in late 2018. In the study, two-thirds of children with peanut allergies on medication passed a food challenge with peanuts, compared to 4% of children who didn't receive the medication.

The drug developer, Aimmune, filed paperwork with the FDA seeking approval for children 4 to 17 years old.

"Philosophically, this medication is going to re-write medical textbooks," Jason Dallas, CEO of Aimmune, said in an interview with ABC News.

While the company has not decided on pricing, "Payers really, really like the efficacy of this product, they will cover it," Dallas said.

However, several questions linger. What is the endpoint? Could a patient safely stop taking their daily medication and still expect protection?

"An indefinite course is required to maintain protection. There are ongoing studies to assess if less than daily dosing will maintain protection," Wang said.

Taking a daily medication, potentially for the rest of their lives, is not an ideal solution for most kids.

"The dose of the allergen and the route of the allergen matters," Dr. Stephanie Leonard, Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatric Allergy at the University of California at San Diego, said in an interview with ABC News.

Both the dose and route of peanut allergen exposure are actively under investigation.

A study published Thursday used more than 10 times the dose of peanut protein in Palforzia. When using the higher dose "there was a much stronger effect -- 85% of participants after two years were tolerating eight nuts," says Dr. Alkis Togias, Branch Chief of Allergy, Asthma, and Airway Biology at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, in an interview with ABC News.

"Palforzia is a lower dose of allergen, so it protects against a lower dose," Togias added.

There are other routes of exposure under investigation. A study published last week explored a liquid peanut protein to be absorbed in the mouth.

"There are pros and cons with each of the therapies. In one comparison with oral pills, the liquid was found to have a better safety profile, but did not seem to work as well in reducing allergies" Leonard said.

There is also a skin patch under investigation. "When you compare pills to the patch, the patch has a good safety profile and is an easy therapy. Patients place the patch on the back of their arm, and then they leave it there," Leonard said.

While this exciting research continues, Stukus reminds parents that "about 1 in 5 children with peanut allergies will acquire tolerance to peanuts naturally over time."

In the meantime, he encourages peanut-allergic patients to stay vigilant for symptoms of an allergic reaction because "symptoms can range and change over time. They can include itching, red raised rash called hives, swelling, vomiting, and wheezing."

Stukus added: "Half the time for people having a life-threatening allergic reaction to food, they do not use their epinephrine soon enough. Epinephrine is the only appropriate treatment for this serious reaction."

Both Drs. Julie Wang and Stephanie Leonard were involved with Palforzia research. Drs. Stukus and Togias were not. Dr. Sejal Parekh is a pediatrician in San Diego, working in the ABC News Medical Unit.

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A "Friends" fan PIVOTS at Friends25 popup in NYC/ABC Radio(NEW YORK) -- With the upcoming 25th anniversary of Friends, Entertainment Weekly's new issue is looking back at the sitcom with co-creator David Crane.

"We always felt that the strength of the show was that it wasn't just jokes," Crane says. "It was really about caring about these six people in an emotional way, even when it was funny. If it were just really good jokes, I don't think we would have been there as long as we were."

Fans of Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Phoebe, and Joey know every show for 10 seasons had a pretty self-explanatory title, like "The One Where No One's Ready," which now comes in pretty handy when trying to find that special episode for streaming. 

Of course, streaming back then was for liquid, not TV shows. Crane had a simpler explanation: "Let's cut to the chase."

As with many shows, Friends' writers found their lives being adapted for the gang's goings on. For example, writer Adam Chase made the mistake of buying a pair of leather pants.

"The rest of us took it from there after giving him a really hard time about his leather pants," Crane recalls; that grief was transferred to David Schwimmer's Ross. 

One moment the show's fans loved was Ross' yelling "PIVOT!" as he, Chandler, and Rachel struggled to lift a couch up a narrow staircase. While the apartments on Friends were impossibly spacious for 20-somethings in Manhattan, the staircase WAS Big Apple accurate.

"They all lived in those apartments, but try to get a couch up a flight of stairs!" Crane says. "That's where we captured the New York we actually lived in."

The scene was so memorable that the designers of the Friends25 pop-up experience recreated the staircase and couch, so fans can Instagram their own "PIVOT!" moments.

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