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Cincinnati nightclub shooting: One killed, 14 injured

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 09:56:02 GMT

One person was killed and 14 others injured when gunfire broke out at a nightclub in Cincinnati early Sunday, police said.

The shooting happened at Cameo Night Club just after 1 a.m. ET, CNN affiliate WLWT reported.

Several people are undergoing surgery, Cincinnati Police Sgt. Eric Franz told CNN. Police do not have any suspects in custody, but are interviewing witnesses.

Franz initially said "multiple shooters" were involved.

Cincinnati Assistant Police Chief Paul Neudigate later said there was "only one reported shooter."

While the motive is unclear, there's no reason to suspect terrorism at this point, he said.

Cameo Night Club hires police officers for extra security. Two officers were stationed at the club's entrance and another two in the parking lot, Franz said.

'Long night'

Assistant Police Chief Paul Neudigate told the affiliate that several victims have life-threatening injuries.

"We are in the middle of a very horrific situation that occurred at the nightclub with multiple victims," Neudigate said. "It's going to be a long night for our homicide units to investigate."

Neudigate described it as a "chaotic crime scene," and said they are looking for witnesses, many of whom took off when the shooting started.

"Many of the witnesses fled, but everyone that we can identify is being interviewed," he said.

Some of the injured drove themselves to area hospitals, police said.

Developing story - more to come




Pentagon: Man behind Marriott Hotel bombing killed in US drone strikeLondon attack: Direct hand by ISIS unlikely, counterterrorism expert saysDid London attack expose city's 'weak spot'?London unites against terror in defiant vigilAntwerp police intercept speeding car and thwart 'attempted terrorist attack'London attack: Khalid Masood named as perpetratorMogadishu car bombing leaves 10 dead

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 05:09:50 GMTSat, 25 Mar 2017 19:41:04 GMTFri, 24 Mar 2017 11:26:30 GMTThu, 23 Mar 2017 23:52:51 GMTFri, 24 Mar 2017 01:02:03 GMTThu, 23 Mar 2017 18:26:02 GMTWed, 22 Mar 2017 05:05:12 GMT

A US airstrike in southeast Afghanistan killed an al Qaeda leader responsible for the suicide attack on the Marriott Hotel in Pakistan, the Pentagon said.

Qari Yasin was killed in a drone strike in Paktika Province on March 19, the Pentagon said late Saturday.

The September 2008 suicide truck bombing at the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad killed more than 50 people, including two US service members. It sparked a fire that charred the hotel, which is near the diplomatic section of Islamabad.

Yasin is responsible for other carnage, including an attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team, which was visiting Lahore, Pakistan, in March 2009. In that incident, gunmen sprayed the team's tour bus with bullets as it neared the stadium, killing eight people -- six police officers and two civilians -- and leaving several visiting players wounded.

The attack was a huge blow for the future of international cricket in Pakistan. In the years that followed, international teams backed out of playing in the country, citing security concerns. In 2015, visiting teams played in Pakistan for the first time since the incident.

"The death of Qari Yasin is evidence that terrorists who defame Islam and deliberately target innocent people will not escape justice," Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in a statement.

Investigators do not currently see a direct ISIS hand in this week's attack in London, a British counterterrorism official told CNN on Saturday.

The terrorist attack on Westminster -- the heart of government in Britain since the 16th century -- did not come as a surprise to authorities.

A day after Londoners were confronted with a cruel and ruthless attack, crowds gathered in the heart of the city to pay tribute to the victims.

Belgian police intercepted a car that was speeding toward a busy shopping area and refused to stop, authorities said Thursday.

Police investigating the deadliest terror attack to hit the UK in 12 years named the perpetrator Thursday as a 52-year-old British man, Khalid Masood.

Extremist group Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for a deadly explosion that police say killed 10 people Tuesday afternoon in Mogadishu, Somalia.




No. 1 Gonzaga advances in NCAA tournament2017 NCAA men's basketball tournament

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 05:24:28 GMTSun, 26 Mar 2017 06:35:40 GMT

Gonzaga ended the 11th-seeded Xavier Musketeers' Cinderella run in the NCAA Tournament on Saturday with a 83-59 victory to advance to the Final Four.

 

The trip to the Final Four will be the first in school history for the No. 1 seed Bulldogs, who were playing in their second Elite Eight in three seasons and ran their record up to 36-1 by winning the West Region final.

 

 

Waiting for them Saturday, April 1, will be the winner of Sunday's East Region final between No. 4 Florida and No. 7 South Carolina.

 

 

Gonzaga, which nearly went unbeaten this season before dropping its Feb. 25 regular-season finale to BYU, won both the West Coast Conference's regular season and tournament titles on their way to earning a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

 

They routed South Dakota State 66-46 in their NCAA Tournament opener before winning closer games against Northwestern and West Virginia to reach the Elite Eight.

 

 

Xavier, which finishes with a 24-14 record on the season, had knocked out higher-seeded teams in each round of the tournament before coming up against Gonzaga. They beat sixth-seeded Maryland to open the tournament, then routed third-seeded Florida State to reach the Sweet 16 where they upset second-seeded Arizona.

 

 

The Musketeers had to overcome injuries and a late-season slump to qualify for the tournament, finishing with a 9-9 record in Big East Conference play. Their case was helped with two wins in the conference tournament, include a win over fellow Sweet 16 team Butler, before falling to Creighton in the Big East semifinals.

 

With the NCAA men's basketball tournament underway, catch up with all the on-court action so far.




Trump aide Boris Epshteyn leaving White House, officials sayNetanyahu's honeymoon with Trump ends abruptlyKendrick Lamar blasts Trump on RussiaFederal judge sides with Trump administration in travel ban caseSaving Obamacare is now up to TrumpHill GOP moderates buck their leaders and TrumpTrump's art of no deal: Find someone to blame

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 02:11:02 GMTSat, 25 Mar 2017 20:38:20 GMTSat, 25 Mar 2017 18:50:44 GMTSat, 25 Mar 2017 08:24:13 GMTSat, 25 Mar 2017 00:23:29 GMTFri, 24 Mar 2017 17:31:20 GMTFri, 24 Mar 2017 15:09:31 GMT

Boris Epshteyn, a special assistant to President Donald Trump who leads the White House's television surrogate operations, is expected to leave the White House, potentially for a position outside the West Wing, two senior administration officials have told CNN.

A senior administration official confirmed Epshteyn's expected departure, saying, "We are exploring opportunities within the administration."

Epshteyn, who was a campaign surrogate himself, declined to comment when contacted by phone.

Epshteyn was also director of communications for Trump's Presidential Inaugural Committee. He gained a reputation in recent months for his testy demeanor and gruff personality in his dealings with national TV news networks.

Less than two months after taking office, U.S. President Donald Trump has walked back on campaign promises to bolster Israel. 

The Compton rapper slammed President Donald Trump in a new song.

A federal judge in Virginia ruled in favor of the Trump administration Friday, declining to join other federal courts that halted the President's revised travel ban last week.

Next move on Obamacare? It's up to President Trump.

The Republican Party's reputation was on the line, but a group of moderates were prepared to defy not only House Speaker Paul Ryan but President Donald Trump on the GOP's first major legislative priority to repeal Obamacare.

President Donald Trump likes winning. But on Friday he failed.




2 adults, 2 teens killed in Alabama plane crashFamily gathers to watch as FDOT crews move memorial signs at site of deadly crashRifle, other items stolen from unmarked patrol car, Howey-in-the-Hills police sayFlorida NAACP calls on Gov. Scott to put State Attorney Ayala back on Loyd caseK-9 bites armed carjacking suspect during struggle, deputies say

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 04:01:56 GMTSun, 26 Mar 2017 03:56:15 GMTSun, 26 Mar 2017 00:24:11 GMTSat, 25 Mar 2017 22:43:50 GMTSat, 25 Mar 2017 18:51:20 GMT

Authorities said two adults and two teenagers are dead after a crash in Alabama involving a plane that took off from Kissimmee.

The plane crash happened in Blount County near Hayden, Alabama.

CBS affiliate WIAT reports the victims are a 14-year-old girl, a 16-year-old boy, a 43-year-old woman and a 45-year-old man, an official with the West Blount Fire Department said.

A Birmingham tower reported the plane going down around 2:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday, WIAT reports. The victims were not identified.

The Federal Aviation Administration was being called in to investigate.

Albert Shoemaker and his family came out Saturday to the intersection where two of his granddaughters, their cousin and grandmother were killed last year.

Authorities are investigating after a rifle, ammunition and other items were stolen from a lieutenant's unmarked patrol car, the Howey-in-the-Hills Police Department says.

The NAACP Florida State Conference supports State Attorney Aramis Ayala's in her death penalty decision, and is calling on Gov. Rick Scott to hand Markeith Loyd's case back over to Ayala.

An Orange County K-9 bit an armed carjacking suspect who fled from deputies early Saturday morning, deputies say.




Family gathers to watch as FDOT crews move memorial signs at site of deadly crashDrivers weigh in on new roundabout at deadly intersectionFamily of DeLand crash victims want traffic light at deadly intersectionVictims in fiery DeLand crash identified as woman, 3 girls

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Albert Shoemaker and his family came out Saturday to the intersection where two of his granddaughters, their cousin and grandmother were killed last year.

He was anxious about the visit, knowing the memorial signs that sat there would be torn down and relocated.

"The memorial signs, you know, you look at it and think it's not much," he said.

The signs aren't going very far and are actually being turned around to face the street, where the newly built roundabout now sits.

The Florida Department of Transportation had to keep the signs off to the side while workers finished the construction.

The signs are simple and provide the name of each victim. They also remind drivers to "drive safely," something Shoemaker said is so important.

"This intersection was incredibly dangerous, and if this saves one person's life and stops their family from going through what we went through, it's worth it," he said.

The one-year anniversary of the deadly crash is April 5. A memorial service will be held at the site.

Drivers have mixed feelings about a new roundabout added to an intersection where a grandmother and her three grand children were killed.

The parents of two of the girls killed in a fiery crash in DeLand are trying to move on, get results and get a traffic light at deadly intersection.

A woman and three girls killed in a fiery Volusia County crash have not been officially identified because of the conditions of their bodies, the Florida Highway Patrol says.


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No. 1 Gonzaga and No. 3 Oregon advance in NCAA tournament2017 NCAA men's basketball tournamentNo. 1 Gonzaga advances in NCAA tournament

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 03:25:56 GMTSun, 26 Mar 2017 06:35:40 GMTSun, 26 Mar 2017 05:24:28 GMT

Half of the Final Four field is set after Saturday's games, with Gonzaga and Oregon both winning to advance from their regional finals.

 

No. 1 seed Gonzaga beat No. 11 Xavier 83-59 in the West Region final, while No. 3 Oregon defeated No. 1 Kansas 74-60 in the Midwest Region final.
 

The rest of the field will be set on Sunday, with No. 1 North Carolina and No. 2 Kentucky playing in the South Region final and No. 4 Florida and No. 7 South Carolina in the East Region final.

 

The Final Four gets underway on Saturday, April 1, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, with the national semifinals. The winners of those games will then face off on Monday, April 3, for the national championship.

 

No matter who wins, there will be a new champion. Defending national champion Villanova was eliminated in the round of 32 by Wisconsin. The last back-to-back NCAA champions was Florida in 2006 and 2007.

 

With the NCAA men's basketball tournament underway, catch up with all the on-court action so far.

Gonzaga ended the 11th-seeded Xavier Musketeers' Cinderella run in the NCAA Tournament on Saturday with a 83-59 victory to advance to the Final Four.




US: Airstrikes hit ISIS in area where civilian deaths are allegedNearly 100,000 displaced since start of western Mosul assaultKey buildings retaken from ISIS in MosulNumber of Iraqis fleeing Mosul nears 60,000Suspected chemical attack in Mosul, Red Cross saysIraqi commander: ISIS leaders 'running away' from Mosul

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 21:11:03 GMTSun, 12 Mar 2017 18:34:58 GMTTue, 07 Mar 2017 15:17:03 GMTSun, 05 Mar 2017 18:01:23 GMTSat, 04 Mar 2017 08:27:52 GMTTue, 28 Feb 2017 17:24:38 GMT

The US military conducted airstrikes at a location in western Mosul more than a week ago where there were allegations of civilian casualties, US Central Command said Saturday.The military said it determined that warplanes struck ISIS fighters and equipment March 17 in an area of west Mosul where there are allegations of civilian casualties. The coalition is now investigating whether those casualties occurred, how they occurred and how many civilians may have been killed, according to a US defense official.At the same time, the US military is trying to determine whether there were additional airstrikes between March 16 and March 23 that also may have resulted in civilian casualties in western Mosul neighborhoods, the official said. "Clearly it seems civilians were killed and injured," the official said. It is still unclear exactly what took place, the official said. The official said one theory is that a number of airstrikes occurred and the death toll cited in social media and with activist groups is a cumulative total over several days. Claims on social media have said more than 200 were killed. The US-led coalition is strongly looking at the possibility that ISIS put civilians in these areas as human shields, the official said.Also Saturday, Iraq's Ministry of Defense opened an investigation into an "aerial bombardment incident" that took place in the same area of the city on March 22 and 23, said Col. Laith Al-Nuaimi, a ministry spokesman.Bashar al Kiki, chairman of the Nineveh Provincial Council, told CNN Saturday that as many as 200 people were killed those days in "indiscriminate airstrikes" he blamed on Iraqi and coalition air forces in the western Mosul neighborhoods of al Jadidah, al Amel and al Yarmouk. The US Central Command report doesn't mention strikes on March 22 or 23.US and Iraqi forces are making an all-out push to regain Mosul from ISIS. Iraq's second-largest city has been under the terrorist group's control since 2014.The US Central Command said in a statement Saturday that it has opened a formal probe "to determine the facts surrounding this strike and the validity of the allegation of civilian casualties.""The coalition respects human life, which is why we are assisting our Iraqi partner forces in their effort to liberate their lands from ISIS brutality," the statement said."Our goal has always been for zero civilian casualties, but the coalition will not abandon our commitment to our Iraqi partners because of ISIS's inhuman tactics terrorizing civilians, using human shields, and fighting from protected sites such as schools, hospitals, religious sites and civilian neighborhoods."The US military is also investigating allegations of civilian casualties during two recent airstrikes in Syria.New tactics in western MosulThe head of the Mosul city council, Basma Baseem, told CNN Friday that the recovery operation was continuing in the west Mosul neighborhoods and that the death toll would likely rise. Anger is high over airstrikes in those neighborhoods. Kiki demanded an end to military operations in the area until the safety of civilians can be guaranteed. "Most of (those) killed are civilians, among them children and women," he said. Local and UN officials have said hundreds of thousands of civilians are trapped in areas under ISIS control in western Mosul.The United Nations also said it is "profoundly concerned" over reports "of a high number of civilian casualties" in the city's al Jadidah section this week. Determined to keep civilians out of harm's way, Iraqi security forces adopted new tactics Saturday in their quest to recapture western Mosul from ISIS.Mortars are being used on a smaller scale and are only targeting specific areas, said Col. Abdul Rahman Al-Khazali, an Iraqi Federal Police media adviser. Police and the rapid response units pushed forward with more snipers and drones and more soldiers on foot[...]



Las Vegas Strip shooting leaves one dead and one woundedMissing girls in DC spark outrage, prompt calls for federal helpPig-masked man among burglars to hit Bellagio jewelry store in Las VegasKendrick Lamar blasts Trump on RussiaMindy Kaling disses Cory Booker, gets dinner dateSingapore teen blogger Amos Yee granted US asylum

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 23:08:02 GMTSat, 25 Mar 2017 20:15:37 GMTSat, 25 Mar 2017 18:54:46 GMTSat, 25 Mar 2017 18:50:44 GMTSat, 25 Mar 2017 17:15:29 GMTSat, 25 Mar 2017 17:11:32 GMT

The man who authorities say shot two people, killing one, on a bus in Las Vegas surrendered without incident Saturday after a standoff that lasted more than four hours, police spokesman Larry Hadfield told reporters.

Hadfield said the second person shot had minor injuries and was hospitalized.

The shooting suspect remained on the coach bus for hours while tactical teams and negotiators came to the scene on Las Vegas Boulevard, which was closed between Flamingo Road and Tropicana Boulevard during the crisis.

Around 3:20 p.m. (6:20 p.m. ET), the man surrendered. Police said he had a handgun.

No one else was on the bus, a white double-decker with advertising wrapping on the windows that makes it difficult to see inside.

The incident is not related to terrorism, Hadfield said. There also is no evidence that the incident is connected to a robbery earlier Saturday at the Bellagio.

Hadfield said he had no information about the shooting suspect or the victims.

Las Vegas Boulevard had traffic flowing north and south by Saturday evening.

Two months ago, the Washington Metropolitan Police Department's new commander, Chanel Dickerson, made a pledge: Let's find our missing girls.

At least three well-dressed masked burglars, carrying sledgehammers, smashed their way into a high-end jewelry store early Saturday at one of Las Vegas' most luxurious hotels.

The Compton rapper slammed President Donald Trump in a new song.

It's like a modern romcom featuring a television star and a politician -- complete with a social media twist.

The United States granted asylum to teen blogger Amos Yee, who has been jailed twice in his native Singapore for critical views on religion and politics.




Pig-masked man among burglars to hit Bellagio jewelry store in Las Vegas

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 18:54:46 GMT

At least three well-dressed masked burglars, carrying sledgehammers, smashed their way into a high-end jewelry store early Saturday at one of Las Vegas' most luxurious hotels.

The burglary prompted authorities to lock down parts of the swanky Bellagio Resort & Casino and sent panicked guests rushing outside.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Lt. Carlos Hank said the men were wearing suits and at least one had on a pig mask. Hank added authorities believe one of the men was carrying a gun.

The suspects had their faces concealed by masks and fled from the casino, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said.

One suspect was in custody and being interviewed by investigators Saturday.

Twitter user Kira Kamil described seeing the burglary.

"Literally just witnessed an armed robber in a pig mask at a Rolex store at the Bellagio & then his arrest," Kamil wrote.

No one was injured during the daring attempt, police said.

Twitter user Nino also said he was at the hotel at the time and "had to run to escape."

Authorities said it is too soon to put a price tag on the theft.




Refrain from burning: Central Florida to continue mostly dry patternSign up for ClickOrlando.com breaking news alerts, email newslettersSaturday afternoon showers possible for parts of Central FloridaDriver struck, killed by train in Ormond Beach, police say2-day operation by Volusia County Sheriff's Office brings dozens of arrestsK-9 bites armed carjacking suspect during struggle, deputies say

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:41:42 GMTMon, 06 Mar 2017 18:39:39 GMTSat, 25 Mar 2017 12:35:35 GMTSat, 25 Mar 2017 15:12:14 GMTSat, 25 Mar 2017 16:09:37 GMTSat, 25 Mar 2017 18:51:20 GMT

Prevailing east winds kept the clouds blowing in from the Atlantic Ocean, giving Central Florida some mixed weather Saturday.

At times, skies were partly cloudy and at other times they were mostly cloudy. Winds gusting up to 22 mph brought in lots of clouds and some occasional small showers along the east coast.

"Saturday night and Sunday should see improvements in sky cover, and a lessening of the winds," News 6's Danny Treanor said.

Saturday night lows will range from 65 degrees in Melbourne and 62 degrees in Orlando to 49 degrees in Ocala.

"Sunday sunshine pushes temps up to 83 in Orlando, 78 in Daytona Beach and 84 in Clermont," Treanor said. "There will also be a 20 percent chance of rain around Lake County and a 40 percent chance of rain
around Marion County."

Mostly dry conditions will prevail throughout next week, adding to our drought index. Remember to refrain from burning during such dry conditions.

The next big chance for rain is Friday, with a 30 percent chance. Temperatures will be flirting with 90 degrees by the end of the week.

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News 6 meteorologist Madeline Evans gives Central Florida's weekend forecast.

Ormond Beach police and Florida East Coast Rail Road police are investigating a fatal crash involving a train in Ormond Beach that happened Saturday morning, police said.

769 traffic stops were conducted and 446 traffic citations were issued during a two-day operation conducted by the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.

An Orange County K-9 bit an armed carjacking suspect who fled from deputies early Saturday morning, deputies say.




Rifle, other items stolen from unmarked patrol car, Howey-in-the-Hills police say2-day operation by Volusia County Sheriff's Office brings dozens of arrestsVehicle rollover shuts down part of I-95 NB in Flagler CountyPolice: Victim in SR 44 fatal motorcycle crash identifiedMan shot during road rage incident on SR 436 in Altamonte Springs, police saySign up for ClickOrlando.com breaking news alerts, email newsletters

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Authorities are investigating after a rifle, ammunition and other items were stolen from a lieutenant's unmarked patrol car, the Howey-in-the-Hills Police Department said.

The lieutenant found the driver's window of his unmarked patrol car busted out and the rear hatch opened at 8 a.m. Saturday. Police said the vehicle was securely locked and parked in the front yard of his residence.

The lieutenant called the Lake County Sheriff's Office about the break-in, police said. The Sheriff’s Office's crime scene unit processed the vehicle.

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Police said the vehicle was ransacked and the following items were stolen from it:
-M-16 A2 rifle
-Four rifle magazines
-Tactical ballistic vest
-Uniform vest carrier with ballistic vest inside
-Trauma kit
-Two .45-caliber magazines

The rifle was kept inside a soft case and was stored according to agency policy, police said.

The Sheriff's Office will be investigating the burglary and theft, police said. Lake County deputies have asked that anyone with information call the Sheriff's Office or Central Florida Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS.

769 traffic stops were conducted and 446 traffic citations were issued during a two-day operation conducted by the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers are at the scene of a vehicle rollover in Flagler County.

New Smyrna Beach police are investigating a fatal crash involving a motorcycle Friday on State Road 44 near the intersection with I-95.

One driver shot another driver on State Road 436 in Altamonte Springs Thursday afternoon, police said.

 

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London attack: Direct hand by ISIS unlikely, counterterrorism expert says3 killed in London terror attackLondon attack inquiry focuses on radicalization of perpetratorLondon attack: Muslim group raises $25,000 for victims in 48 hoursDid London attack expose city's 'weak spot'?Khalid Masood: What we know about the London attacker

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 19:41:04 GMTThu, 23 Mar 2017 15:47:59 GMTSat, 25 Mar 2017 01:38:02 GMTFri, 24 Mar 2017 14:41:19 GMTFri, 24 Mar 2017 11:26:30 GMTFri, 24 Mar 2017 04:42:59 GMT

Investigators do not currently see a direct ISIS hand in this week's attack in London, a British counterterrorism official told CNN on Saturday. Khalid Masood was active on the encryption messaging service WhatsApp two minutes before he started his attack Wednesday on Westminster Bridge, but no evidence has emerged he was communicating with ISIS at any point, the official told CNN. Investigators are looking into communications he had with individuals leading up to the attack that left four dead, including a police officer, the official added. ISIS has used encryption apps such as WhatsApp and Telegram to communicate with and provide direction to extremists in recent plots and attacks in Europe, including a July bombing at a music festival in Ansbach, Germany.But investigators currently believe Masood was more likely inspired by ISIS rather than directed by the terrorist group, the official told CNN. A factor in this early assessment, the official said, is that ISIS has not posted a video showing a pledge of allegiance from the attacker. In contrast, ISIS posted a video from the Berlin truck attack suspect shortly after Italian police killed him near Milan, the official said. British officials suspect ISIS likely claimed credit for the London attack after learning about it in the news. The official cautioned that much is still unknown about the case and new information may change investigators' understanding of it. Investigators are still assessing whether the attacker plotted alone or acted as part of a broader conspiracy. They're continuing to probe his contacts in radical circles in Birmingham, Luton and London, the official told CNN. Two released with one man still in custodyEleven arrests have been made in the fast-moving investigation since Wednesday's attack.Only one, a 58-year-old man who was arrested Thursday in Birmingham, remains in custody.Two people were released Saturday "with no further action," London's Metropolitan Police said. They were a man, 27, arrested in Birmingham and a woman, 39, arrested in east London. A woman, 32, arrested in Manchester is out on bail pending further enquiries.The other seven arrested in connection with the attack were all released "with no further action."All but one of those were detained on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts.82-second attack, a 'forever' memory of terrorOn Saturday, authorities released a timeline of the attack, saying it lasted 82 seconds and started at 2:40 p.m. local time when the car Masood was driving over Westminster Bridge first mounted the sidewalk.The car continued along the footpath and the road before crashing into the perimeter fence of the Palace of Westminster, the statement from the London Metropolitan Police said. Masood left the vehicle and was shot by a police officer."Whilst the attack lasted only 82 seconds it will remain in the memories of many forever," said Deputy Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, who is the Senior National Coordinator for UK Counter Terrorism Policing.Police also issued a statement from the family of police officer Keith Palmer, one of the four people killed in the attack.They thanked people who have supported them and said, "We care about him being remembered for his selfless bravery and loving nature. We miss him so much, but we are also incredibly proud of Keith."Investigation underwayOn Friday, Britain's most senior counterterror police officer, Mark Rowley, said authorities are working to establish if Masood, 52, "acted totally alone inspired by terrorist propaganda or, if others have encouraged, supported or directed him."Rowley said 16 searches at various locations have concluded but that five others were ongoing. Officers have seized 2,700 items, including "massive amounts" of com[...]



Florida NAACP calls on Gov. Scott to put State Attorney Ayala back on Loyd caseState Attorney Ayala says Florida governor oversteppedState Attorney Brad King will ‘seek justice' in Markeith Loyd caseNew prosecutor says Aramis Ayala shouldn't get Markeith Loyd case backFlorida house speaker asks governor to suspend state attorney Aramis AyalaSign up for ClickOrlando.com breaking news alerts, email newsletters

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The NAACP Florida State Conference says it supports State Attorney Aramis Ayala's decision not to seek the death penalty, and is calling on Florida Governor Rick Scott to hand over the Markeith Loyd case back to her.

"We want him to know we do not support his decision," NAACP Florida State Conference President Adora Obi Nweze said.

Obi Nweze and the NAACP Florida State Conference held a news conference Saturday to announce their support of Ayala. This comes more than a week after she announced she is not pursuing any death penalty cases, including the case of accused cop killer Markeith Loyd.

It is a decision that was applauded by members on the national board of the civil rights organization.

"The death penalty, killing people, is not the way that we end crime in this state," Leon W. Russell, the chairman of the NAACP national board of directors said.

The organization agrees with Ayala's reasoning, saying the death penalty does not stop crime and is expensive. They would rather see that money spent on community resources. 

"Criminal justice spending is outstripping education spending throughout the nation, so why don't we focus on those things that are actually building our community?" Ngozi Ndulue, the NAACP national senior director of criminal justice said.

Ayala received backlash from lawmakers and law enforcement after her announcement.

Governor Rick Scott pulled her off the Loyd case, saying he didn't believe she would fight for justice to the fullest extent of the law, and he assigned a new prosecutor.

"For State Attorney Ayala to say she's not going to pursue the death penalty is an outrage, and every citizen should be outraged at her actions," Scott said to News 6 last week.

Scott's decision is now prompting the state chapter of the NAACP to rally against him in Tallahassee next week. Obi Nweze says they will use every means possible to fight for justice and to abolish the death penalty.

"We want the governor to withdraw what he's doing. We want him to give that case back to the state attorney, and we want him to know to stay off the state attorney's turf and let them do their job," Obi Nweze said.
 

Ayala's motion claims that allowing the governor to interfere could undermine Florida's judicial system.

News 6 spoke to State Attorney Brad King who was appointed Thursday as the special prosecutor in the Markeith Loyd case after Gov. Rick Scott removed State Attorney Aramis Ayala from the case.

A prosecutor who was given a case involving a police officer's murder by Florida's governor after the original prosecutor said her office would no longer seek the death penalty says the original prosecutor has no authority to ask for the case back.

 

The fallout for State Attorney Aramis Ayala continues following her controversial decision not to pursue the death penalty for accused murderer Markeith Loyd.

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House Republicans pull health care billHealth care bill debate and vote: What happens nowWhich Republicans are opposing the Obamacare repeal bill?Revised Republican health care bill is more costly, but doesn't insure more peopleDeductibles would likely rise under GOP health care billObamacare repeal could cost the poor a third of their incomeWhat's likely to change in the GOP bill to repeal Obamacare

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 15:20:02 GMTFri, 24 Mar 2017 15:13:12 GMTThu, 23 Mar 2017 18:35:03 GMTThu, 23 Mar 2017 22:59:02 GMTThu, 23 Mar 2017 09:38:06 GMTThu, 23 Mar 2017 20:51:27 GMTSun, 19 Mar 2017 16:44:38 GMT

Seven years of Republican efforts to eradicate President Barack Obama's proudest domestic achievement ended Friday before a single vote was cast.House Speaker Paul Ryan sensationally pulled his Obamacare repeal bill from the floor Friday afternoon, a day after President Donald Trump had threatened to walk away from health care reform if he didn't get a vote."We were very close," Trump said in the Oval Office after the bill was pulled. "It was a very, very tight margin."The decision to delay the vote marks an acute embarrassment for the President, who had gambled big by presenting holdout House conservatives with a take-it-or-leave it ultimatum Thursday night and put his own credibility on the line.But Trump repeatedly pointed the finger directly at Democrats, who all opposed the measure, rather than at his own party, which holds a significant majority in the House."We had no Democratic support," he said. "I've been saying for the last year and a half that the best thing we could do, politically speaking, is let Obamacare explode. It's exploding right now."Trump reiterated the point in a tweet Saturday morning, saying, "Obamacare will explode and we will all get together and piece together a great health care plan for THE PEOPLE. Do not worry!"The failure of the GOP plan also puts Ryan in a much weakened political position, after being defied by his own conference, which seems just as unsuited to governing in the Trump era as it was when it was effectively a protest coalition under Obama. It became clear during a day of intense political intrigue that despite fierce arm-twisting by Trump, Ryan and other leaders that the votes simply were not there to pass the bill and the leadership and the White House were headed for a lopsided defeat.They were unable to narrow the schism between Freedom Caucus conservatives, who believe the bill keeps too much of Obamacare intact, and moderates who worry they will pay an electoral price if millions of Americans lose health insurance.The House meltdown on Obamacare repeal has perilous implications for the American health care system, with Republicans apparently unable to repeal the law but also unwilling to fix the deficiencies that the White House says will collapse the law."We came up short," Ryan told reporters. "We are going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future." Democrats were gleeful after the failure to even hold a vote."In my life, I have never seen an administration as incompetent as the one occupying the White House today," said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, the New York Democrat who spars often with Trump. "Today we've learned they can't count votes and they can't close a deal. So much for the art of the deal."What happens for Trump and Ryan?Politically, Friday's momentous events will race like wildfire through the Republican Party's conservative, establishment base, which has been told repeatedly by candidates that the first order of business with the GOP President in the White House would be to repeal of the Affordable Care Act.Ryan told fellow Republicans they are "moving on" from health care, Reps. Andy Barr, R-Kentucky, and Bill Flores, R-Texas, told CNN. Trump said tax reform would be next.Trump, the businessman who touted his ability to get things done and promised to transcend Washington politics, said he's learned from the experience"This was an interesting period of time. We all learned a lot," he said in the Oval Office. "We learned a lot about loyalty and we learned a lot about the vote getting process. And we learned about very arcane rules in both the Senate and the House."Certainly for me it was a very interesting experience, but for me, it'll be an experience [...]



K-9 bites armed carjacking suspect during struggle, deputies sayRifle, other items stolen from unmarked patrol car, Howey-in-the-Hills police say2-day operation by Volusia County Sheriff's Office brings dozens of arrestsDriver struck, killed by train in Ormond Beach, police sayMan shot during road rage incident on SR 436 in Altamonte Springs, police saySign up for ClickOrlando.com breaking news alerts, email newsletters

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 18:51:20 GMTSun, 26 Mar 2017 00:24:11 GMTSat, 25 Mar 2017 16:09:37 GMTSat, 25 Mar 2017 15:12:14 GMTSat, 25 Mar 2017 04:45:07 GMTMon, 06 Mar 2017 18:39:39 GMT

An Orange County deputy is recovering from an injury he suffered while trying to secure a carjacking suspect in Pine Hills early Saturday morning, the Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies received a call about a crash at Pine Hills and Clarcona Ocoee roads around 7:25 a.m., deputies said. While deputies were on the way to the scene of the crash, the call was upgraded to an armed carjacking. The victim involved in the crash told deputies that when he got out of his car, the other driver pulled a gun and stole the victim's vehicle, the Sheriff's Office said.

Once deputies arrived at the scene, they confirmed the armed carjacking and located the suspect in the victim's car on Silver Star Road at Hastings Street, deputies said. Deputies said they tried to stop the suspect, but the suspect failed to stop, so the Sheriff's Office began a vehicle pursuit.

The suspect continued driving, making a right onto Pine Hills Road and eventually getting stuck after driving into the front yard of a home on Indialantic Drive, deputies said. 

Deputies said the suspect then exited the car, but refused to comply with deputies' commands, so a K-9 that was at the scene was deployed. The suspect grabbed onto the dog and was bitten on the right arm, deputies said. 

After a short struggle, deputies were able to secure the suspect, the Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies said the K-9 handler suffered an injury to his knee while trying to secure the suspect. He was treated at Centra Care.

No other details were available. Stay with News 6 and ClickOrlando.com for updates on this story.

Authorities are investigating after a rifle, ammunition and other items were stolen from a lieutenant's unmarked patrol car, the Howey-in-the-Hills Police Department says.

769 traffic stops were conducted and 446 traffic citations were issued during a two-day operation conducted by the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.

Ormond Beach police and Florida East Coast Rail Road police are investigating a fatal crash involving a train in Ormond Beach that happened Saturday morning, police said.

One driver shot another driver on State Road 436 in Altamonte Springs Thursday afternoon, police said.

 

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Emboldened Democrats look ahead to next fightFederal judge sides with Trump administration in travel ban caseSaving Obamacare is now up to TrumpHill GOP moderates buck their leaders and TrumpTrump's art of no deal: Find someone to blameTrump unhappy Jared Kushner took a powder on the ski slopes as health care bill floundered

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 13:51:06 GMTSat, 25 Mar 2017 08:24:13 GMTSat, 25 Mar 2017 00:23:29 GMTFri, 24 Mar 2017 17:31:20 GMTFri, 24 Mar 2017 15:09:31 GMTFri, 24 Mar 2017 21:11:05 GMT

Rep. Mark Walker, chairman of a conservative group in the House called the Republican Study Committee, predicted Friday would be a "good moment" for Democrats."Probably that champagne that wasn't popped in November may be utilized this evening," he said. "We'll see."He was right.Moments later, House Speaker Paul Ryan announced that Republicans were nixing their high-stakes health care bill after failing to get enough support from within their own party. Obamacare would stay.Democrats celebrated immediately, taking to social media and holding press conferences declaring a "sigh of relief" for the American public."In the words of my friend Joe Biden: This is a BFD," Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez said in a statement."Today is a great day for our country," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters. "It's a victory. What happened on the floor is a victory for the American people."After President Donald Trump's upset win last year, Democrats were downright mournful. Not only did they lose the presidential election, but Republicans maintained control of both chambers in Congress and it was clear that the GOP's No. 1 target was going to be Obamacare.Democrats say Republicans' inability to uphold their campaign promise should further embolden and amplify their party both in Congress and at the grassroots level.Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-California, told CNN the bill's downfall was not only owed to Republican intra-party disagreement, but also to the liberal movement that's been pushing back against the new Republican government since Trump's first day.Groups have actively been organizing phone and letter-writing campaigns to oppose the bill, and they've turned out in force at congressional town halls across the country."We showed (those constituents) there's going to be legislation coming through this House that we have to hold members accountable. This was, I think, the first real test of that," Swalwell said. "So yeah, we're fired up." Gorsuch next? Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Friday that the health care disaster sets a poor precedent for Republicans in the new Congress, adding that they're unlikely to have much luck with the president's budget plan -- something many Republicans have already criticized."So they have to re-examine how they are going to govern," Schumer said on a call with reporters. "They have to be much more capable and competent. I can't believe a bill like this was put on the floor with so little initial support."Fresh off their victory in the House, Democrats are also entering what will likely be an ugly fight, this time in the Senate over Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.Democrats were already planning to filibuster, and Republicans can still get around that by lowering the threshold needed to end a filibuster from 60 votes to a simple majority. But that would require changing the rules, thus repeating an intense and unpopular move that Democrats pulled four years ago.Whether the health care bill fiasco will have a real impact on the Gorsuch nomination is unclear, but it could give Democrats some momentum as they head into the week."Let's not forget, had Mitch McConnell not held up (Supreme Court nominee) Merrick Garland for a year, we wouldn't have been talking about this," Schumer said Friday night on CNN.Schumer argued that if Gorsuch couldn't get to 60 votes, then Republicans shouldn't change the rules, they should "change the nominee.&qu[...]



2-day operation by Volusia County Sheriff's Office brings dozens of arrestsMan, 19, shot inside vehicle in Publix parking lot, Orlando police sayTeen shot, man carjacked after social media setupMan shot during road rage incident on SR 436 in Altamonte Springs, police saySign up for ClickOrlando.com breaking news alerts, email newsletters

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 16:09:37 GMTSat, 25 Mar 2017 04:16:30 GMTSat, 25 Mar 2017 04:25:01 GMTSat, 25 Mar 2017 04:45:07 GMTMon, 06 Mar 2017 18:39:39 GMT

A two-day crime sweep operation by Volusia County deputies led to over two dozen arrests, deputies said.

Operation Rolling Thunder, operated by the Volusia County Sheriff's Office and involving nearly every law enforcement agency in the county, began Wednesday and lasted through Friday, according to the Sheriff's Office. Teams of officers and detectives filled designated areas of the county, looking out for and following up on criminal activity. Once suspicious activity was observed, officers worked together to catch the offenders. 

Throughout the two-day operation, more than two dozen people were arrested on various charges. Officers conducted 769 traffic stops and issued 446 traffic citations, according to the Sheriff's Office.

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Deputies said Clarence Collmar, 41, was driving around Daytona Beach Wednesday evening when he drove past a license plate reader that scanned the tag of the vehicle he was driving and alerted law enforcement that it had been stolen the previous day. A deputy got behind the vehicle to confirm that it was the stolen vehicle before a Sheriff's Office helicopter flying above the car tracked its movement, deputies said.

Collmar eventually got stuck in traffic at the intersection of Mason Avenue and Nova Road, which is when officers decided to move in to arrest him, deputies said.

Officers said they found a marijuana pipe in Collmar's car. He was taken to the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach and faces charges of grand theft of a motor vehicle and possession of drug paraphernalia, deputies said.

Another man who was arrested during the Sheriff's Office operation was caught driving 53 mph in a 35 mph zone Wednesday evening, deputies said. When Dakevian Smith, 22, was pulled over, officers found a loaded handgun in the glove compartment, the Sheriff's Office said. Smith was arrested for carrying a concealed firearm.

An 18-year-old man was also arrested during the operation. Deputies said Austin Fitzsimmons fled from a traffic stop. Fitzsimmons was eventually pulled over with three baggies of methamphetamine, a scale and a BB gun that looked similar to a handgun, deputies said. Fitzsimmons was charged with possession of meth with intent to sell, fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer, driving on a suspended license and possession of drug paraphernalia, deputies said.

The Sheriff's Office said that a vehicle stolen from a car lot was also recovered during the operation. 

Deputies said there are plans to conduct future operations.

Authorities are investigating after a 19-year-old man was shot in the parking lot of a Publix, Orlando police say.

Two victims, one who was shot and one who was carjacked, both said they were trying to meet a female from a social media app, police said.

One driver shot another driver on State Road 436 in Altamonte Springs Thursday afternoon, police said.

 

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US military investigating if airstrikes caused nearly 300 civilian deathsUS military confirms Syria bombing, denies mosque was hitTillerson on North Korea: Military action is 'an option'Israeli jets strike inside Syria; military site near Palmyra reportedly targetedAssad: US military forces in Syria are 'invaders'Trump to call for substantial increase in military spending, cuts to several federal agencies

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:51:28 GMTFri, 17 Mar 2017 12:20:02 GMTFri, 17 Mar 2017 13:44:02 GMTFri, 17 Mar 2017 11:23:05 GMTSat, 11 Mar 2017 14:05:24 GMTMon, 27 Feb 2017 02:45:40 GMT

The US military is investigating whether it was responsible for the deaths of nearly 300 Syrian and Iraqi civilians in three different sets of airstrikes this month.Civilian casualties have been alleged in all three instances, but each situation is different and complex, a US defense official said. So far, there is no indication of a breakdown in US military procedures governing airstrikes, the official stressed, and the US is not contemplating a pause in military operations.But the potential that the US is responsible for some, or all, of the deaths is considered serious enough that Central Command, which oversees operations in Iraq and Syria, is working around the clock trying to assess exactly what happened, the official said. The possibility of US military responsibility in civilian deaths illustrates the growing challenge of conducting increased airstrikes in the densely populated neighborhoods of both west Mosul and Raqqa, officials said.The most extensive case involves western Mosul. The US military is trying to determine if sometime between March 17 and March 23, bombs dropped in a neighborhood by US warplanes resulted in the deaths of more than 200 civilians. The incidents military officials are looking into are based largely on local reports and social media accounts of the strikes."The coalition conducted several strikes near Mosul and we will provide this information to our civilian casualty team for further investigation," Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon said.Coalition forces announced Saturday that they have opened a formal investigation into the alleged civilian casualties in western Mosul, saying data from that time frame confirms military strikes hit ISIS forces "at the location corresponding to allegations of civilian casualties" on March 17. The coalition "takes all allegations of civilian casualties seriously" and opened the investigation "to determine the facts surrounding this strike and the validity of the allegation of civilian casualties," the statement said. Separately, a US defense official told CNN the military is trying to determine how many civilians were killed in the Mosul strikes and how it may have happened. Some of the questions the military is asking are: Did the US strike the buildings that the civilians were allegedly killed in, and if so, why did the US not know civilians were there? Did US forces strike the wrong buildings and not what they meant to target? How many civilians might have been killed? Were they killed by US bombs, or was there a secondary explosion from the bombing or blast waves that caused further destruction?The US has not ruled out the possibility that ISIS was using some people as human shields, but the official who has direct knowledge of the investigation said there is urgency to find out if the US was responsible because of the scope of what may have happened.However, US officials cautioned that local reports can be difficult to verify because the US does not have anyone on the ground, and may be unreliable because they lack the precise detail the military wants to have to determine what happened.The chairman of Nineveh Provincial Council in Iraq, Bashar al Kiki, told CNN that at least 200 people were killed in the western Mosul neighborhoods of al Jadidah, al Amel and al Yarmouk in airstrikes by the US-led coalition and Iraqi Air Force on March 22 and March 23. The Iraqi official demanded an end to military operations in the area until civilians' safety can be guaranteed."Most of (those) killed are civilians, among them children and women," al Kiki told CNN. "Nineveh Provincial[...]



Driver struck, killed by train in Ormond Beach, police sayVehicle rollover shuts down part of I-95 NB in Flagler CountyPolice: Victim in SR 44 fatal motorcycle crash identifiedMan shot during road rage incident on SR 436 in Altamonte Springs, police sayTeen shot, man carjacked after social media setupSign up for ClickOrlando.com breaking news alerts, email newsletters

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 15:12:14 GMTSat, 25 Mar 2017 13:58:46 GMTSat, 25 Mar 2017 13:00:43 GMTSat, 25 Mar 2017 04:45:07 GMTSat, 25 Mar 2017 04:25:01 GMTMon, 06 Mar 2017 18:39:39 GMT

Ormond Beach police and Florida East Coast Rail Road police are investigating a fatal crash involving a train in Ormond Beach that happened Saturday morning, police said.

The crash occurred on a set of rail road tracks at Lincoln Avenue, when a southbound Florida East Coast train struck a vehicle that was crossing the tracks, Ormond Beach police said. 

The driver of the vehicle died at the scene, police said. Details about the driver were not yet available.

Police said traffic was closed in the area from 4:45 a.m. until 7:30 a.m.

No other details were available. Stay with News 6 and ClickOrlando.com for updates on this story.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers are at the scene of a vehicle rollover in Flagler County.

New Smyrna Beach police are investigating a fatal crash involving a motorcycle Friday on State Road 44 near the intersection with I-95.

One driver shot another driver on State Road 436 in Altamonte Springs Thursday afternoon, police said.

 

Two victims, one who was shot and one who was carjacked, both said they were trying to meet a female from a social media app, police said.

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Vehicle rollover shuts down part of I-95 NB in Flagler CountyPolice: Victim in SR 44 fatal motorcycle crash identifiedMan shot during road rage incident on SR 436 in Altamonte Springs, police sayMan, 19, shot inside vehicle in Publix parking lot, Orlando police sayWinter Springs police investigate SR 434 traffic homicideSign up for ClickOrlando.com breaking news alerts, email newsletters

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 13:58:46 GMTSat, 25 Mar 2017 13:00:43 GMTSat, 25 Mar 2017 04:45:07 GMTSat, 25 Mar 2017 04:16:30 GMTFri, 24 Mar 2017 18:13:55 GMTMon, 06 Mar 2017 18:39:39 GMT

Florida Highway Patrol troopers are at the scene of a vehicle rollover in Flagler County.

Flagler County deputies said that a vehicle flipped on I-95 north near mile marker 279.

At least one person was injured in the rollover, troopers said. 

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I-95 northbound, north of Old Dixie Highway, is shut down, deputies said.

No other details were available. Stay with News 6 and ClickOrlando.com for updates on this developing story.

New Smyrna Beach police are investigating a fatal crash involving a motorcycle Friday on State Road 44 near the intersection with I-95.

One driver shot another driver on State Road 436 in Altamonte Springs Thursday afternoon, police said.

 

Authorities are investigating after a 19-year-old man was shot in the parking lot of a Publix, Orlando police say.

Eastbound SR 434 at Moss Road was closed during the investigation.

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Epic collapse of GOP health care bill puts effort into limboTrump, GOP leaders pull health care billTrump signs bill authorizing NASA funding, Mars explorationFederal judge not ready to rule on blocking Trump's new travel banFollow updates from President Donald TrumpSign up for ClickOrlando.com breaking news alerts, email newsletters

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 13:46:24 GMTFri, 24 Mar 2017 21:03:53 GMTTue, 21 Mar 2017 18:09:14 GMTSat, 11 Mar 2017 16:28:30 GMTTue, 07 Mar 2017 20:47:01 GMTMon, 06 Mar 2017 18:39:39 GMT

House Republicans passed roughly 60 bills over the past six year dismembering President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. They knew the measures would go nowhere with the Democrat still in the White House.

With a bill that counted Friday, they choked. It was an epic, self-inflicted collapse that leaves the effort dead for now.

The drive represented the GOP's first genuine opportunity to repeal Obama's statute. That's because President Donald Trump is serving alongside a Congress controlled by the GOP.

But House Speaker Paul Ryan shelved the bill to avert a certain defeat. He faced defections from centrist Republicans who thought the bill went too far and conservatives who considered it too weak, plus solid Democratic opposition.

Ryan said he believes Obama's law will continue "for the foreseeable future."

President Trump said he would be willing to reopen negotiations for a health care bill with Democrats if the Affordable Care Act fails.

Trump told reporters Friday that he would be "open to it" if Democrats wanted to work on a bipartisan measure. He predicted the current law would soon collapse.

The president said he has a great relationship with the Republican Party and isn't going to speak badly about GOP lawmakers. Still, he said he was a little surprised by the bill's rejection from the conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus.

Trump also said he "never said repeal and replace it within 64 days," though he repeatedly promised during the campaign to do it on Day One of his term.

Democrats, loyal defenders of former President Barack Obama's law, were literally jumping for joy. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., removed her shoes and took a victory leap while meeting activists outside the Capitol.

House republicans, short of the votes they needed to pass, withdrew the American Health Care Bill Friday.

 President Donald Trump has signed into law a bill that adds exploration of Mars as a NASA goal.

A federal judge in Seattle who issued the order halting nationwide implementation of President Donald Trump's initial travel ban said he won't immediately rule on whether his restraining order applies to the new travel ban because of procedural reasons.

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Police: Victim in SR 44 fatal motorcycle crash identifiedWinter Springs police investigate SR 434 traffic homicideDrivers can expect nightly roadblocks traveling on I-45 people, including infant, injured in multi-vehicle crashFatal crash blocks lanes on John Young Parkway

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 13:00:43 GMTFri, 24 Mar 2017 18:13:55 GMTFri, 24 Mar 2017 21:37:58 GMTThu, 23 Mar 2017 22:16:44 GMTWed, 22 Mar 2017 23:56:09 GMT

New Smyrna Beach police are investigating a fatal crash involving a motorcycle Friday on State Road 44 near the intersection with I-95.

Officers said the crash happened as the driver of a sedan made a left turn from the westbound lane of S.R. 44 to access the I-95 southbound onramp, hitting a motorcyclist who was traveling eastbound on S.R. 44.

The motorcyclist, Stanley Stern Jr., 34, of New Smyrna Beach, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Criminal charges against the driver of the sedan are pending the outcome of the investigation, police said. 

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Police said the eastbound lanes of S.R. 44, west of the I-95 overpass, were closed Friday night.

Traffic heading east on S.R. 44 was being detoured and were to use North Airport Road through Venetian Bay to Pioneer Trail, police said.

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Eastbound SR 434 at Moss Road was closed during the investigation.

This latest group of roadblocks started on March 21 and are scheduled to end on March 31.

Five people, including an infant, were injured in a multi-vehicle crash on 13th Street and Clarcona Road in Apopka Thursday afternoon, Orange County Fire Rescue said.

 

A crash is blocking lanes on northbound John Young Parkway.




Saturday afternoon showers possible for parts of Central Florida2 tractors on fire in ApopkaCrews battle Flagler brush fire, Forest Service says'Destructive device' found in MelbourneDrivers can expect nightly roadblocks traveling on I-4Sign up for ClickOrlando.com breaking news alerts, email newsletters

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 12:35:35 GMTFri, 24 Mar 2017 23:36:55 GMTFri, 24 Mar 2017 22:16:08 GMTFri, 24 Mar 2017 21:52:05 GMTFri, 24 Mar 2017 21:37:58 GMTMon, 06 Mar 2017 18:39:39 GMT

Central Florida has a nice Saturday ahead of it.

The coast will stay a little cooler and only reach the low to mid 70s. It will be warmer inland -- into the low 80s.

Orlando will reach a high of 82 degrees with a slight chance of rain.

"Most of the rain will stay on the coast and will be quick-moving pop-up showers, so nothing to ruin any beach plans you may have," News 6 meteorologist Madeline Evans said.

Saturday will begin partly cloudy, and have periods of mostly sunny skies, and periods of heavier cloud cover.

Seminole County is under a high fire risk, so residents should refrain from burning anything. There is no considerable rain in the forecast for at least the next week, meaning the high fire risk will continue.

"If you are headed to the beach, the high will be 75 degrees at Daytona, with the water temperature hovering around 66 degrees," Evans said.

The winds will be picking up from the east southeast at 10-15 mph, causing a high rip current risk.

Saturday night will reach a low of 62 degrees under a partly cloudy sky.

Sunday is more of the same. Central Florida will reach a high of 83 degrees, with another slight chance of some coastal showers.

Firefighters were called to a fire involving two tractors Friday evening, according to the Seminole County Fire Department.

Strong wind was making a brush fire in Bunnell difficult to fight Friday afternoon, according to the Florida Forest Service.

A cleaning crew raised concerns after they found a strange item outside a Melbourne business.

This latest group of roadblocks started on March 21 and are scheduled to end on March 31.

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Without a vote Friday, health care remains divisive topicObamacare repeal bill: What to knowWhat the failed Obamacare repeal means for tax reformWhat's next for Paul Ryan?Saving Obamacare is now up to TrumpHouse Republicans pull health care billDems gleeful after Obamacare victoryTrump's art of no deal: Find someone to blame

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 03:40:25 GMTTue, 14 Mar 2017 14:40:36 GMTFri, 24 Mar 2017 23:51:58 GMTSat, 25 Mar 2017 01:11:23 GMTSat, 25 Mar 2017 00:23:29 GMTSat, 25 Mar 2017 15:20:02 GMTFri, 24 Mar 2017 21:34:50 GMTFri, 24 Mar 2017 15:09:31 GMT

In the hours Friday after a vote was called off on health care legislation aimed at replacing Obamacare, one thing remained unchanged:Americans were divided on what it meant, and how they felt about it.Here are some reactions after House Republicans pulled the bill. Upset with Republicans Debby Goodwin, a 63-year-old from Arkansas, said she was ashamed that she voted Republican and was happy the House didn't vote on a bill Friday."Our family is going through a lot of undue stress because of Trump and the Republicans not caring about people in our economic level and they need to start listening to us," she told CNN.Goodwin's son, whose family is not on Obamacare, said he was glad there was no vote."It shows that the citizens were heard. The polls and a lot of people in the town halls (indicated) that was one of the main issues," said Nathan Dodson. 'Encouraging' development, health care CEO says The CEO of a Kentucky-based health care company said it thought Republicans were smart to pull the bill."This gives an opportunity for (President) Trump to reach across the aisle," Mike Caudill of Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation told CNN. "I hope he breaches the divide that exists between the parties."Caudill told CNN that while many people might see the Friday's events as Republican weakness, he views it as an opportunity for President Trump."He can revise this with his stamp on it," he said.Caudill, whose company employs more than 300 people, said from the standpoint of his company, Friday's developments were encouraging."At least there won't be immediate adverse effects on the people we serve and are under the ACA (Affordable Care Act) ," he said. Nothing for women, LA woman says Susan Levin, a resident of Los Angeles, told CNN the decision was a victory for women."Hooray, it didn't pass!" she said. "I think that it was very masochistic. They had no provisions for women."Levin calls herself a woman of the 1960s and said she lived through some difficult times for women."And it didn't cover maternity, there was so much wrong with it. And if they want to change it they need to take a year and go through it very, very carefully," she said. Trump has this figured out, Obamacare critic says Becky Romero, who works in staffing at a company in California, is hopeful Republicans will keep up the effort to replace Obamacare.She said the Affordable Care Act negatively affected her business."We've had to pass that cost to our associates and most of (them) who qualified for that can't afford it anyway and they're forced to buy it," she said.She thinks Trump anticipated the difficulties the GOP encountered."So I'm sure he was prepared," she told CNN "He's got another plan." Not a fan of Obamacare, but ... "Trump's plan was horrible," said Rachel Stack, a 34-year-old bartender in Denver.For now, Stack is getting health care through work and she said instead of focusing on repealing Obamacare the government should focus on resolving the issues with Russia and Trump.Stack, a British-American, told CNN as she topped two Bloody Marys with celery: "I am first-generation American and I hate this country."But would she move to the UK? "Well, I supported Brexit and it sort of depends wh[...]



Chiozza hits 3 at buzzer in OT, leads Florida past Wisconsin

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 05:20:45 GMT

Chris Chiozza went end to end and made a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Florida an 84-83 victory against Wisconsin on Friday night in the first overtime game of this NCAA Tournament.

Nigel Hayes had given the Badgers (27-10) a 2-point lead with 4 seconds left on two free throws. With no timeouts left, the Gators inbounded to Chiozza and the point guard stopped right at the top of the arc and dropped in the winner for Florida (27-8).

Wisconsin's Zak Showalter forced overtime with a leaning 3-pointer off one leg with 2.1 seconds left in regulation as the Badgers wiped out a 12-point deficit in the last 4:15.

The fourth-seeded Gators will play South Carolina on Sunday in an all-Southeastern Conference regional final at Madison Square Garden. Florida is in the Elite Eight for the first time since 2014, and for the first time with second-year coach Mike White — the man who replaced Billy Donovan in Gainesville.

Wisconsin built a five-point lead in overtime, but with star guard Bronson Koenig hobbled by a leg issue the Badgers couldn't close out Florida.

After Wisconsin's Khalil Iverson hit the front of the rim on a breakaway dunk, Chiozza drove by the Badgers defense at the other end for a layup that tied it at 81 with 24 seconds left.

The Badgers put it in Hayes' hands on their final possession. The senior who scored the winning bucket in Wisconsin's upset of defending champion Villanova, used a spin move to draw a foul going to the hoop.

Making their fourth straight Sweet 16 appearance, it looked as if the experienced Badgers had once again found a way to survive and advance.

Chiozza then earned himself a spot in the "One Shining Moment" montage with a shot that will go down in Gators' history.

KeVaughn Allen carried Florida most of the way, breaking out of a slump with a career-high 35 points.

Hayes had 22 in his last game for Wisconsin.

BIG PICTURE

Wisconsin: The end of an era for the Badgers. Seniors Hayes, Koenig, Showalter and Vitto Brown go out having been part of four straight Sweet 16 appearances. All-Big Ten selection Ethan Happ will return as the focal point for the Badgers next season, but there will be bigger roles for players such as Khalil Iverson, D'Mitrik Trice and Brevin Pritzl.

Florida: The SEC only got four teams into the NCAA Tournament, but it will have three in the final eight (Kentucky plays in the South Regional final against North Carolina on Sunday) and at least one in the Final Four. SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey was at the Garden, enjoying the S-E-C! chants. Sankey brought two ties with him to the arena. He had garnet for South Carolina in game one and then changed to blue and orange for Florida in the nightcap.

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Florida: The Gators split two regular-season games with South Carolina.




Man shot during road rage incident on SR 436 in Altamonte Springs, police sayDriver fears Stetson player could walk after shootingDeputy shoots, kills robbery suspect in Cape Canaveral, officials sayStetson basketball player arrested for shooting at car

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One driver shot another driver Thursday afternoon on State Road 436 in Altamonte Springs during a road rage incident, police said.

The shooting was reported at 12:56 p.m. The victim was in one of the westbound lanes when a person driving a black sedan shot him in the left bicep, officials said.

Both the victim's vehicle and the accused shooter's vehicle were at a red light when the shooting happened, police said.

The victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries. He was taken to a hospital.

The accused shooter has not been found. Police said the man was driving a dark-colored 4-door sedan with tinted windows.

Officials released the 911 call Friday in the incident.

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Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Altamonte Springs Police Department at 407-339-2441 or call Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS.

Check back with News 6 for more on this developing story.

A driver who says he was shot at by a car full of Stetson University basketball players ​said Tuesday he's afraid they will only get a slap on wrist.

Officials say an armed robbery suspect was shot and killed after confronting Brevard County sheriff's deputies near a Cape Canaveral apartment complex.

A Stetson University basketball player bonded out jail Friday after he was arrested for shooting a pellet gun at a car.


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Teen shot, man carjacked after social media setup17-year-old shot, killed outside Orlando club hosting teen night3 teens arrested after Orange County deputy hit with carTeen accused of plotting school shooting now on home detention

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 04:25:01 GMTThu, 23 Mar 2017 22:52:25 GMTThu, 23 Mar 2017 19:27:20 GMTThu, 23 Mar 2017 11:44:17 GMT

A teenager who was shot and a man who was carjacked both were planning to meet up with a female from a social media app when their assailants struck, according to the South Daytona Police Department.

The first incident was reported around midnight Thursday. A 17-year-old boy and a 27-year-old man were in a 2016 Ford F150 on their way to meet a female the teen had been talking to, according to a news release.

The pair was stopped at a red light on South Ridgewood Avenue when a man got into the truck, pointed a small gun with a laser pointer at the driver and told the victims to get out, police said. The teen was shot in the stomach as he was trying to wrestle the gun away from the man.

The man ran out of the truck and the driver took the victim to Halifax Medical Center.

The bullet went through the teen's stomach, liver and large intestines. He required surgery and is still recovering.

The second incident was reported at 12:30 a.m. Friday. The victim said he met a female he had been talking to on the MeetMe app at a gas station on South Ridgewood Avenue and Big Tree Road.

The victim was in his car talking to the female, who uses the name Shammai Taylor on the app, when they decided to move to James Street Park. As the two were in the back seat, four men knocked on car window to ask for a lighter, the news release said.

One of the men pointed a small gun with a laser pointer at the driver and said, "Give me your car or I will shoot you and do not look at anyone," according to police.

The men took the victim's white four-door 2001 Nissan. The female left willingly with the four men, the release said.

The victim's car has not been found and no suspects have been identified.

Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to call the South Daytona Police Department at 386-322-3041 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-277-TIPS.

Police say a 17-year-old was shot and killed outside a nightclub in the heart of Orlando's tourist district.

Three people have been arrested early Thursday morning in connection with an Orange County deputy who was struck by a car Wednesday evening.

A Sumter County teenager accused of plotting a shooting at his school is now on home detention after being released from jail. 


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Man, 19, shot inside vehicle in Publix parking lot, Orlando police sayTeen accused of plotting school shooting now on home detentionDriver fears Stetson player could walk after shootingDeputy shoots, kills robbery suspect in Cape Canaveral, officials say

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Authorities are investigating after a 19-year-old man was shot Friday evening in the parking lot of a Publix, Orlando police said.

The shooting happened inside a vehicle in the parking lot of the Publix in the 3800 block of South Semoran Boulevard at 7 p.m.

Police said the suspected shooter got out of the vehicle and fled the scene on foot.

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The 19-year-old victim then fled in his vehicle and went to the IHOP restaurant at 795 S. Semoran Blvd., where the police were called, police said.

The victim was taken to a hospital. Police said he is in stable condition with two gunshot wounds.

Preliminary indications are the incident may be drug-related, police said. There were two active crime scenes Friday night, and detectives were en route to conduct a follow-up investigation.

The suspect, who police said is still at large, is described as a dark-skinned man in his early 20s with dreadlock-style hair and a stocky build.

Anyone with information is asked to call police or Crime Line.

Stay with News 6 and ClickOrlando.com for updates on this story.

A Sumter County teenager accused of plotting a shooting at his school is now on home detention after being released from jail. 

A driver who says he was shot at by a car full of Stetson University basketball players ​said Tuesday he's afraid they will only get a slap on wrist.

Officials say an armed robbery suspect was shot and killed after confronting Brevard County sheriff's deputies near a Cape Canaveral apartment complex.




Former Penn State President Spanier convicted in Sandusky case

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 01:54:26 GMT

The man who ran Penn State amid allegations that assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was molesting young boys may now face jail time.Former Penn State President Graham Spanier was found guilty Friday of one misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child. No date has yet been set for Spanier's sentencing. His conviction carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.The jury in the Dauphin County courthouse acquitted Spanier of more serious allegations, including conspiracy charges and a felony count of child endangerment."There are zero excuses when it comes to failing to report the abuse of children to the appropriate authorities," Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said Friday in a press conference after the trial. "No one is above the law. Especially when it comes to the welfare of children."Spanier's attorney, Sam Silver, said in a written statement that the former president intends to appeal the verdict."While we are disappointed with the jury's verdict, we are gratified that it was of only a single misdemeanor count. We certainly respect and appreciate the jury's hard work," he said. "There always have been substantial questions in this case that need to be reviewed and resolved by the appellate courts, and we fully intend to pursue an appeal."Speaking to reporters after the verdict was announced, lead prosecutor Laura Ditka called the conviction "a major victory."Spanier's conviction follows last week's guilty pleas from former Athletic Director Tim Curley and former Senior Vice President for Finance and Business Gary Schultz on misdemeanor charges of child endangerment.Asked if she was disappointed by Spanier's acquittal on felony endangerment charges and failure to make a report, Ditka said no."There's been a conviction of Jerry Sandusky, a conviction of Graham Spanier, a conviction of Tim Curley and a conviction of Gary Shultz," she said, "I'd be foolish to be disappointed."Penn State responded to the verdict in a statement posted on the university website."Penn State has extraordinary expectations of our leaders, who must set and maintain the example for reporting, ethics and compliance that reflect best practices," it reads in part. "In the view of the jury, with respect to Spanier, and by their own admission, as to Curley and Schultz, these former leaders fell short. And while we cannot undo the past, we have re-dedicated ourselves and our University to act always with the highest integrity, in affirming the shared values of our community."Since the arrest of Curley and Schultz in 2011, and that of Spanier in 2012, questions have been raised about how officials handled multiple reports that Sandusky was acting inappropriately with young boys at Penn State facilities. Some reports alleged rape, some alleged nothing more than strange behavior.Spanier made a name for himself in the world of academia by successfully raising millions of dollars and transforming Penn State into one of the most well-respected state institutions. He was also a fascinating character: He studied sociology and wrote papers about mate-swapping and extramarital behavior, which made for entertain[...]



London attack inquiry focuses on radicalization of perpetrator3 killed in London terror attackLondon attack: Assailant shot dead after 4 killed near ParliamentAntwerp police intercept speeding car and thwart 'attempted terrorist attack'London victims: Police officer, teacher, American tourist killedLondon attack: Khalid Masood named as perpetratorSomeone put up a poster of a burning British flag after the London attackLondon tourism at risk after terror attack

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 01:38:02 GMTThu, 23 Mar 2017 15:47:59 GMTFri, 24 Mar 2017 02:59:02 GMTFri, 24 Mar 2017 01:02:03 GMTThu, 23 Mar 2017 20:44:02 GMTThu, 23 Mar 2017 18:26:02 GMTThu, 23 Mar 2017 16:56:50 GMTThu, 23 Mar 2017 14:50:03 GMT

Police investigating the deadly terrorist attack in central London are focusing closely on how the perpetrator became radicalized, as they battle to piece together his identity and connections.Britain's most senior counter-terror police officer, Mark Rowley, described the inquiry as "very large and fast-paced," and announced two "significant arrests" Friday. Hundreds of officers had made contact with thousands of witnesses, he said.Authorities had earlier portrayed the attacker, 52-year-old British man Khalid Masood, as having acted alone. It was unclear whether the arrests indicated that Masood may have had associates.Masood is known to have used multiple aliases during his life. He was born Adrian Russell Ajao but also used the name Adrian Elms, police said.Asked about his possible conversion to Islam and subsequent radicalization, Rowley said: "Clearly that's the main line of our investigation, is what led him to be radicalized, was it through influences in a community, influences from overseas, or through online propaganda."He appealed for anyone who knew Masood well or was aware of his recent movements to get in touch, as detectives probe his motivation, his preparation for the attack and any associates. Arrests and raidsOf 11 people arrested so far, two remained in custody as of late Friday, London's Metropolitan Police said. The two in custody are a 58-year-old man and a 27-year-old man, police said. Both men were arrested Thursday in Birmingham, according to police. All but one of the people brought in were detained on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts.Arrests were made in London, Birmingham, central England, and Manchester, north west England, police said. Addresses were searched in Brighton, on the south coast of England, Surrey, to the west of London, and in the county of Carmarthenshire, in Wales. Two searches continue in Birmingham and one in London.Officers have seized 2,700 items, including "massive amounts" of computer data, and have had contact with 3,500 witnesses to the attack, many of them of different nationalities, Rowley said.The number of armed officers remains at nearly double strength in London in the wake of the attack, Rowley said, while extra police officers are also on patrol elsewhere in the UK.Details about killerDetails are gradually emerging about Masood, who was shot dead by a police firearms officer after he rammed a car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge and stabbed an unarmed police officer outside parliament. Police searched a property in the Winson Green area of Birmingham, where Masood is thought to have been living with his family until last December. Police could be seen Friday carrying boxes from the property, a modern, redbrick town house in a quiet cul-de-sac. Marjoli Gajecka, 26, told CNN she had seen Masood and his family often when she visited her mother, who lives on the street. Masood kept to himself, she said, adding: "He was never really talkative with neighbors."She said Masood had two children, a boy and a girl, whose ages she estimated at six or seven. She was "very shocked" by the news he had carried out the attack, she said, "because they just seemed a normal family, a normal Muslim family."Gajecka said she saw Masood and his family moving out of [...]



What the failed Obamacare repeal means for tax reformHouse Republicans pull health care billStocks recover from selloff after health care bill is pulledDental coverage may be yanked under GOP health care planHealth care bill debate and vote: What happens nowWhat happens when health care is scarce and TB rates are highTrump plays his hand in health care battleRevised Republican health care bill is more costly, but doesn't insure more peoplePoll: 56% of voters disapprove of Republican health care planTrump, desperate for a win, bets on health care

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 23:51:58 GMTSat, 25 Mar 2017 15:20:02 GMTFri, 24 Mar 2017 22:08:25 GMTFri, 24 Mar 2017 16:22:30 GMTFri, 24 Mar 2017 15:13:12 GMTFri, 24 Mar 2017 10:02:09 GMTFri, 24 Mar 2017 03:26:00 GMTThu, 23 Mar 2017 22:59:02 GMTThu, 23 Mar 2017 17:58:18 GMTThu, 23 Mar 2017 12:05:03 GMT

President Trump, the dealmaker-in-chief, was unable to bring together a factionalized Republican Party to make good on their marquee promise of the past 7 years: To repeal and replace Obamacare.But now Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan hope to move on to greener pastures."We're going to go for tax reform, which I've always liked," Trump said after Ryan pulled the Obamacare repeal bill from the House floor Friday afternoon.As stunning a defeat as this is for Trump, Ryan and the Republican Party, Ryan asserted that it wouldn't ruin their chance to do tax reform."Yes, it does make [tax reform] more difficult but not in any way impossible," Ryan said in a briefing with reporters Friday.What's more, he noted, "every man and woman in this conference is motivated more than ever to step up our game."But not everyone is quite so sure that Republican tax reform efforts won't suffer as a result of their failure on Obamacare."The defeat of health care reconciliation threatens to derail the entire Trump economic plan. Period. The balkanization of the GOP will continue. And Trump becomes an anchor around some GOP incumbents' necks," said longtime Senate Budget senior staffer Steve Bell, now an economic policy advisor at the Bipartisan Policy Center.In any case, when the GOP takes up tax reform in earnest, they may have to do so with more sobered expectations as to what they can accomplish, said Dean Zerbe, former senior counsel to the Senate Finance Committee chairman and currently national managing director at alliantgroup."It will all be more modest," Zerbe said -- noting for instance, Republicans may lower tax rates but they won't be able to make them as low as promised.While the word "reform" might be used it may not be a full overhaul of the tax system, either, although Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Friday morning asserted that that's very much still the goal and the hope is still to get it done in 2017.But both lawmakers and Wall Street have been overly optimistic about what can be accomplished this year on the tax front.They're underestimating how long it will take to get real buy-in from key players on something as complex as a tax code overhaul.And they've disregarded the difficulty of getting agreement on a key question: Should the cost of the tax cuts in a reform package be paid for with tax increases elsewhere, and if so, where?"The more you have to make up with revenue, the more enemies you'll make," Gray said.At this point, Zerbe can see Republicans opting for a package of tax cuts and other changes that add a trillion dollars or two to deficits in the first decade.Of course, Republicans will also rely on so-called dynamic scoring to help make any package of tax cuts look less costly. Dynamic scoring assumes tax cuts will generate some economic growth. That growth in turn will generate revenue and that can partly offset the loss of revenue from a tax cut.Seven years of Republican efforts to eradicate President Barack Obama's proudest domestic achievement ended Friday before a single vote was cast.[...]Wall Street didn't like what it saw on Capitol Hill Friday over the hea[...]



What's next for Paul Ryan?House Republicans pull health care billStocks recover from selloff after health care bill is pulledDental coverage may be yanked under GOP health care planHealth care bill debate and vote: What happens nowWhat happens when health care is scarce and TB rates are highTrump plays his hand in health care battleRevised Republican health care bill is more costly, but doesn't insure more peoplePoll: 56% of voters disapprove of Republican health care planTrump, desperate for a win, bets on health care

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 01:11:23 GMTSat, 25 Mar 2017 15:20:02 GMTFri, 24 Mar 2017 22:08:25 GMTFri, 24 Mar 2017 16:22:30 GMTFri, 24 Mar 2017 15:13:12 GMTFri, 24 Mar 2017 10:02:09 GMTFri, 24 Mar 2017 03:26:00 GMTThu, 23 Mar 2017 22:59:02 GMTThu, 23 Mar 2017 17:58:18 GMTThu, 23 Mar 2017 12:05:03 GMT

House Speaker Paul Ryan conceded the biggest defeat of his political career Friday: Republicans have failed to repeal and replace Obamacare.And after nearly three full months into the year, he now has to face a head-on a challenge that is likely to haunt his tenure as speaker for the foreseeable future: seemingly irreconcilable differences among his fellow Republicans."Moving from an opposition party to a governing party comes with growing pains," Ryan told reporters Friday. "And well, we're feeling those growing pains today."The stunning setback was particularly excruciating for the 47-year-old, who made his name in Washington as a conservative policy wonk committed to repealing the Affordable Care Act and ascended to the powerful position of House speaker in fall 2015.The bill that too many of his fellow colleagues ultimately rejected was based on Ryan's signature policy agenda, called "A Better Way.""I don't know what else to say other than Obamacare is the law of the land. It'll remain law of the land until it's replaced," he said. "We're going to be living with Obamacre for the foreseeable future."It's a rough reminder that life is different for Ryan now than before Trump was elected. During the Obama administration, the Republican-controlled House could pass message bills that would repeal Obamacare with impunity, knowing they would die in the Senate or be vetoed by the President."This is how governing works when you're in the majority. We need to get 216 people to agree with each other to write legislation. Not 210. Not 215," Ryan said at Friday's press conference. "We were close but we didn't have 216 people. That's how legislating works."Even before the decision to pull the health care bill, Republican lawmakers were worried about the impact of a potential defeat.New York Rep. Chris Collins said Friday afternoon prior to the cancellation of the vote that if the health care bill fails, it would leave a "black eye" on his party's ability to legislate."If we don't pass this, I personally don't think we pass a 2018 budget. We couldn't pass a 2017 budget. So if we couldn't pass a 2017 budget and this happens today, how are we going to pass a 2018 budget?" he said."And that's the vehicle for tax reform. And if you don't do tax reform, where does the money come from for infrastructure? That's how critical this vote is today."But both Trump and Ryan say they plan to go to tax reform next.Ryan spoke alone from behind the podium, and he was not flanked by any of the Republican colleagues or White House officials who had furiously worked with him for weeks to try to get the health care legislation through the House.And while questions are being raised about Ryan's relationship with Trump, the two have publicly insisted that they have a healthy dialogue.The Wisconsin Republican said he had directly informed Trump that he did not have the votes, and that the President accepted his recommendation that Republicans yank the bill.Trump publicly blamed Democrats -- not the speaker -- for Friday&#[...]



Payton's triple-double helps Magic rout Pistons 115-87Magic storm back to beat 76ers 112-109 in OTMagic snap 4-game skid with win against SunsWarriors roll past Magic 122-92Kings beat Magic to snap eight-game losing streak

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Elfrid Payton had 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in his fourth triple-double of the season, Terrence Ross scored 18 points and the Orlando Magic routed the slumping Detroit Pistons 115-87 on Friday night.

It was another costly defeat for the Pistons, who entered the night just one game out of eighth place in the Eastern Conference and lost for the third straight time and the sixth in their last seven games.

All five Magic starters were in double figures to back Payton's seventh career triple-double. Nikola Vucevic and Aaron Gordon each scored 16 points and Evan Fournier had 15 in one of Orlando's most complete performances of the season.

Ross, who played with four fouls much of the second half, was 5 for 6 from 3-point range in a game Orlando led by as many as 33 points in the second half.

Nikola Vucevic had 26 points and 13 rebounds, Evan Fournier scored 19 points and the Orlando Magic beat the Philadelphia 76ers 112-109 in overtime on Monday night.

Evan Fournier scored 25 points, and the Orlando Magic ended a four-game losing streak with a 109-103 win over the Phoenix Suns on Friday night.

Klay Thompson scored 21 of his 29 points in the first quarter and the Golden State Warriors cruised past the Orlando Magic 122-92 on Thursday night.

Darren Collison had 19 points and 13 assists, reserve Anthony Tolliver also scored 19 points and the Sacramento Kings beat the Orlando Magic 120-115 on Monday night to snap an eight-game losing streak.




Saving Obamacare is now up to TrumpHouse Republicans pull health care billStocks recover from selloff after health care bill is pulledDental coverage may be yanked under GOP health care planHealth care bill debate and vote: What happens nowWhat happens when health care is scarce and TB rates are highTrump plays his hand in health care battleRevised Republican health care bill is more costly, but doesn't insure more peoplePoll: 56% of voters disapprove of Republican health care planTrump, desperate for a win, bets on health care

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Next move on Obamacare? It's up to President Trump.Minutes after House Republicans shelved their bill that was supposed to save the nation's health care, Trump repeated that Obamacare was on the verge of collapse."Bad things are going to happen to Obamacare," said Trump, calling out the large premium increases and insurer defections that plagued the exchanges this year. "There's not much you can do about it. It's not sustainable."While Trump is trying to shift the responsibility to the Democrats, it's his administration that will largely have to decide whether 20 million people who gained coverage under the sweeping 2010 health reform law will remain insured.It's not at all clear that Obamacare is in a death spiral, but there's no question the program is troubled. Insurers have found themselves with sicker and costlier customers than they expected, forcing them to raise rates and exit certain markets.But carriers say it's now largely in the hands of the Trump administration and Republican lawmakers as to whether they will participate next year. Over the past several months, insurers have urged officials to provide clarity on several key measures that they say will help shore up the exchanges."If Republicans want to stabilize the market, they have the tools to do so," Dr. Mario Molina, chief executive of Molina Healthcare, which has just under 1 million exchange enrollees in nine states, told CNNMoney. "If they don't act, they can't say Obamacare exploded. They made the decisions that led to people losing their coverage. They can't shift the blame anymore."Insurers must decide in coming weeks whether they'll participate on the exchanges next year. At least one, Humana, has already said it won't. Molina said he will decide in May.Among the top priorities is having Congress fund the cost-sharing subsidies that reduce the deductibles for millions of low-income enrolleee. Lawmakers have delayed their decision at least until April.Also, insurers want the Department of Health & Human Services to clamp down on special enrollment periods so that people can't sign up when they become sick. And carriers want the agency to continue the Obama administration's efforts to bolster the risk programs that insulate them from costly policyholders."There's still a lot that can be done for market stability," said Kristine Grow, spokeswoman for America's Health Insurance Plans, a main trade association for insurers.Trump officials have already started taking steps to stabilize the market, which they have had to do to fulfill their pledge not to have millions of people lose coverage as they tried to move to the Republican plan.HHS is already working to tighten enrollment periods and require enrollees to pay any back premiums they owe before signing up again. The agency is also giving insurers a little more latitude in how much their policies must cover in the individual market. This proposed rule, which should be finalized soon, addresses several industry concerns.Also, Health Secretary Tom Price has made it clear[...]



Pregnant woman flees home from armed husband with child still inside, deputies say

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 00:15:58 GMT

A man was arrested Friday after SWAT was called to his home for a domestic disturbance in which his wife fled the residence, leaving her child inside with the man, who was armed.

The Flagler County Sheriff's Office said when deputies responded to a call on Parkview in Palm Coast around 12:32 p.m. they arrived to find a pregnant woman who said she'd left her home after her husband, Brandon Quaid Still, 24, had beat and choked her, adding that similar incidents had occurred several times over the past several years. She then told deputies that she'd fled the home, leaving her child inside with her husband, who had access to a gun.

Deputies said they immediately blocked roads in the area, notified residents to remain in their homes and called the agency's SWAT and Crisis Negotiation Team to attempt to make contact with Still.

Deputies said SWAT members got into the home, found the child crying in his crib and removed him as they continued their search.(image)

After finding a gun sitting on a windowsill, deputies found Still walking to his home from a nearby wooded area. He was arrested and booked into the Flagler County Detention Facility on charges of aggravated assault domestic violence, false imprisonment and violation of probation for burglary out of Texas.

This was a tremendous effort by our Community Police Division and a number of other specialized units from our agency," Sheriff Rick Staly said. "I am thankful we were able to safely reunite the child with his mother and that no one was injured."




2 tractors on fire in ApopkaCrews battle Flagler brush fire, Forest Service saysWoman, 53, dies in Ocala house fire, deputies sayOne injured in Seminole County house fire

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 23:36:55 GMTFri, 24 Mar 2017 22:16:08 GMTFri, 24 Mar 2017 21:08:18 GMTWed, 22 Mar 2017 15:53:59 GMT

Firefighters were called to a fire involving two tractors Friday evening, according to the Seminole County Fire Department.

The fire was reported at 2455 S. Orange Blossom Trail. Information on how the fire started was not available.

Five Seminole County Fire Department units and two Orange County Fire Rescue units were on the scene as of 7:30 p.m.

 

Strong wind was making a brush fire in Bunnell difficult to fight Friday afternoon, according to the Florida Forest Service.

Officials are investigating a house fire in Marion County that left one person dead Friday morning, deputies said.

One person suffered minor burns in a Seminole County house fire Wednesday morning, officials said.

 



Keystone XL Pipeline is not a done deal, here's what's aheadKeystone XL pipeline would only create 35 permanent jobsTrump administration approves Keystone XL pipelineTillerson recuses himself from Keystone projectDespite Trump promises, Keystone pipeline won't have to use American steel

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:55:26 GMTFri, 24 Mar 2017 15:45:03 GMTFri, 24 Mar 2017 12:22:49 GMTFri, 10 Mar 2017 04:34:40 GMTSat, 04 Mar 2017 21:05:55 GMT

President Donald Trump's administration officially issued a permit on Friday that approves construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, fulfilling a campaign promise to complete the controversial oil pipeline.Here's a look at what's up with the pipeline and what lies ahead for its planned construction. The pipeline is already mostly completed Right now, the Keystone Pipeline system stretches more than 2,600 miles from Hardisty, Alberta,Canada east into Manitoba and then down to Texas, according to parent company TransCanada. That pipeline already functions and transports crude oil from Canada.The proposed Keystone XL Pipeline, which would stretch from Hardisty down to Steele City, Nebraska, would complete the entire proposed system by cutting through Montana and South Dakota.The idea is that it would carry crude oil from where it's produced to where it's refined, TransCanada's website says. Construction of the pipeline will create just 35 permanent jobs Trump touted the approval as being a big job creator, and TransCanada CEO Russell Girling said the pipeline would create "thousands of jobs."Many of those jobs will be temporary. A State Department report during the Obama administration found that 3,900 construction jobs would be needed to build the pipeline if it were built in a year, or 1,950 jobs if it were to be built in two years.And once it's built, operation of the pipeline would only need 35 permanent employees and 15 temporary contractors, according to that report.However, the State Department report estimated that the pipeline would create 42,000 jobs directly and indirectly in business related to its completion, with a total of $2 billion in wages. That comes to an average of about about $47,000 in wages per job. But the fight is not yet over Facing pressure from environmental groups, President Barack Obama vetoed legislation that would have approved the project in February 2015. Trump now occupies the White House, but that pressure has hardly gone away.Environmental groups are wary that the pipeline will rely on Canadian oil sands, a dirtier form of oil that releases more greenhouse gases than standard oil extraction. In addition, environmentalist groups are wary that construction of the pipeline -- and a potential leak -- would impact sources of fresh water like the Ogallala Aquifer, which would be near the Keystone XL pipeline.In a statement, Greenpeace USA Executive Director Annie Leonard said the group would do "everything it can" to stop the Keystone XL Pipeline from coming to fruition."The world simply cannot afford to transport or burn the Canadian tar sands if we hope to have any chance at avoiding catastrophic climate change," Leonard said. "Keystone was stopped once before, and it will be stopped again." Indigenous groups stand against the project Similarly, Native American groups have argued that the pipeline would cut across their sovereign lands."Donald Trump should expect far greater resistance than ever before," said Tom G[...]



Catching up with Orlando boxer Erikson 'The Hammer' Lubin

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:52:41 GMT

Three weeks ago under the bright lights of Booklyn’s Barclays Center, boxer Erickson “The Hammer” Lubin delivered a left that shook up the Big Apple.

In front of a national television audience of more than 3 million, the hit knocked out Lubin's opponent Jorge Cota.

Lubin said the vibe “was crazy” in the Barclays Center the night of the March 4 fight.

“I just remember going in there, you know, against a tough competitor like Cota and my squat, my signature squat, and then knocking him out,” Lubin told News 6.

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The fourth-round technical knockout guaranteed Lubin, 21, the opportunity he's been working towards for years: a shot at the World Boxing Council Super Welterweight Championship.

The Orlando native is now the top contender for the belt that is currently held by Jermell Charlo. Lubin also has the chance to unseat Kosei Tanaka as boxing’s youngest current world champion.

"The Hammer" should get his crack at the championship this fall along with his "twins,"-- Lubin's right and left fists-- "Jack" and "Sledge."

Lubin, a confident, charismatic and undefeated fighter, stopped by the News 6 studio to talk with sports anchor Jamie Seh.

Watch the full interview with Lubin in the video player at the top of this story.

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Trump's art of no deal: Find someone to blameTrump plays his hand in health care battleRevised Republican health care bill is more costly, but doesn't insure more peoplePoll: 56% of voters disapprove of Republican health care planTrump, desperate for a win, bets on health careDeductibles would likely rise under GOP health care bill

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:09:31 GMTFri, 24 Mar 2017 03:26:00 GMTThu, 23 Mar 2017 22:59:02 GMTThu, 23 Mar 2017 17:58:18 GMTThu, 23 Mar 2017 12:05:03 GMTThu, 23 Mar 2017 09:38:06 GMT

President Donald Trump likes winning. But on Friday he failed.Lacking sufficient support, Republicans were forced to pull their bill to replace Obamacare from the floor of the GOP-controlled House. Speaking soon after accepting defeat, Trump didn't shoulder the responsibility himself, nor did he pin the blame on House GOP leadership or any of the warring Republican factions' whose competing demands ultimately sunk any chance of a consensus bill.Instead, he blamed Democrats and vowed to let Obamacare "explode.""We had no Democrat support. We had no votes from the Democrats. They weren't going to give us a single vote, so it's a very very difficult thing to do," Trump said. "I think the losers are (House Minority Leader) Nancy Pelosi and (Senate Minority Leader) Chuck Schumer because now they own Obamacare. 100% own it."The words flew in the face of Trump's intense and personal engagement in lobbying members of Congress to support the House bill, efforts the White House touted in recent days as they hinted at Trump's negotiating expertise.That tune changed on Friday after Trump's first legislative failure, when Trump dubbed himself a mere "team player."But while Trump publicly declined to level any criticism against House Speaker Paul Ryan -- who Trump said "really worked hard" -- or the House Freedom Caucus, which withheld support even after Trump made major changes to the bill in their favor, he and his advisers had begun the finger-pointing a day earlier.Standing on the precipice of a legislative failure likely to damage the political capital he will need to steer the priorities he truly cares about through Congress, Trump was "pissed" Thursday night, one source close to the President said, and so were his advisers. Blame fell everywhere but in the Oval Office.Several senior administration officials on Thursday night began blaming a flawed strategy pushed by Ryan and former House member Tom Price, now Health and Human Services secretary, for the embarrassing debacle. It was a strategy Trump signed up for when top aides and Ryan presented him with the plan to make good on his Obamacare repeal campaign promise so he could swiftly move on to issues he is more passionate about and familiar with like tax reform and infrastructure spending."This was all Ryan and Price," said one senior administration official. "They agreed upon this plan the day (Trump) hired Price."Nevertheless, Trump himself answered affirmatively when asked Friday morning if Ryan should stay on as speaker in the face of failure.A second senior administration official concurred while a third instead pinned the blame on the House Freedom Caucus, the group of hardline conservatives who have held out support for the bill, demanding a slew of 11th-hour changes that sent the House GOP jigsaw puzzle into disarray."There is a growing frustration in the White House over how the Freedom Caucus has handled the negotiations. The President has tried to address their concerns and they keep moving the goal posts," said a senio[...]



No decision made in resentencing of convicted murdererMurder victim's dad reacts to Aramis Ayala's death penalty decisionOrlando murderer's death sentence appealed to Supreme CourtWorker accused of raping, killing woman at Orlando apartment has court hearingDeputies seek person of interest in Orange Blossom Trail murderMan accused of killing woman found dead on side of road in Sumter County arrested, deputies sayAssistant principal, teacher killed in double-murder suicide in Polk

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 22:21:09 GMTFri, 17 Mar 2017 20:17:13 GMTWed, 08 Mar 2017 17:04:15 GMTWed, 01 Mar 2017 21:26:28 GMTMon, 27 Feb 2017 21:25:06 GMTMon, 27 Feb 2017 15:37:49 GMTMon, 27 Feb 2017 13:50:20 GMT

A judge ordered that both the defense and the prosecution submit written arguments before a decision is made in the re-sentencing of a convicted murderer. 
 
When Roy Bissonette was 15 years old, he murdered a man who had picked him up while he hitchhiked near Disney World in 1973. He was prosecuted as an adult and sentenced to life in prison. He has been in prison for 40 years.
 
In February, however, an appeals court ruled that because he was so young when he committed the crime, the life sentence was unconstitutional.
 
Bissonette's lawyer is asking for him to be re-sentenced to 43 years, the time he has already served.
 
Family members of murder victim Charles Newell provided impact statements to be read during Friday's court appearance.
 
"Please do not ever let him out of prison until he goes out in a pine box," wrote Newell's widow, Roberta Arlena Pritchard.
 
Newell's daughter-in-law, Cynthia Newell, agreed.
 
"I don't care how old that human being was that took my father's life. He is a piece of crap," she wrote.
 
The judge said a re-sentencing decision won't be made until the written arguments are received, which will most likely be in May.

 

The decision by State Attorney Aramis Ayala to not pursue the death penalty in any case prompts a news conference from the father of a murder victim and a rally in support of her.

An Orlando murderer who was sentenced to death is set to appeal his sentence before the state Supreme Court.

A pretrial conference is scheduled in a high-profile murder case in Orlando.

Deputies said a woman who frequents the Orange Blossom Trail area may have information on a recent murder.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office arrested Terrance Williams on Sunday after SWAT team surrounded a home in Sumter County. 

Grief counselors will be at a Polk County middle school to comfort students.


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Crews battle Flagler brush fire, Forest Service says

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:46:13 GMT

Strong wind was making a brush fire in Bunnell difficult to fight Friday afternoon, according to the Florida Forest Service.

“We are having difficulty getting this (fire) under control with these dry, windy conditions,” Flagler County Fire Chief Don Petito said. “It’s jumping road after road.” 

The fire prompted officials to order partial evacuations in the Daytona North area of Flagler County. The fire started around 2 p.m. on a 2-acre parcel in the area of Cypress Street and Lemon Street. It quickly spread to 40 acres, the Florida Forest Service said.

Officials are notifying occupants individually if they need to evacuate since homes in the area are so spread out. Anyone in the area with asthma or other breathing conditions should consider evacuating because the smoke can linger, officials said.

“We are urging residents to take immediate precautions, and prepare the things they might need to take with them if they are asked to leave their homes,” County Administrator Craig Coffey said. 

Residents should gather insurance information, prescriptions, clothing and any other necessary items in case they have to evacuate.

An abandoned trailer was found burned, but it's unclear if that's where the fire started. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Multiple units responded to the fire near Walnut Avenue and Beech Street, officials said. Crews are battling the fire from the ground and from above.

Florida Forest Service officials said that the fire was 50 percent contained as of 5 p.m.

A second brush fire started a few miles away in Putnam County. Officials said that fire is covering about 10 acres.

It's unclear if the fire in Flagler County sparked the one in Putnam County. Several homes are in danger and although there are no mandatory evacuations, fire fighters are going door to door to warn residents.

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Florida house speaker asks governor to suspend state attorney Aramis Ayala

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:34:24 GMT

Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran has called on the governor to suspend a prosecutor for pledging to not seek the death penalty in any case while she is in office.
 
Corcoran said Thursday that Orlando State Attorney Aramis Ayala was "violating the constitution" because she is not even considering the death penalty. Capital punishment is authorized under the Florida Constitution.
 
Corcoran added that if Florida lawmakers had the power to impeach Ayala, they would already be doing so.
 
Gov. Rick Scott removed Ayala from a high-profile police murder case last week after she announced her decision against the death penalty. Ayala argues Scott has overstepped his bounds and filed a motion in response, asking a judge to let her present her argument in court.

 


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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to honor fallen airmen

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:17:54 GMT

Two fallen airmen with ties to Volusia County will be remembered during vigils at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. 

Vigils will be held Friday for U.S. Air Force Capt. Andrew Becker and 1st Lt. Frederick "Drew" Dellecker. 
 
The airmen were killed March 14 when their plane crashed during a training exercise in New Mexico. 
 
A third pilot also died in the crash. 
 
Becker was a 2007 graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. 
 
Dellecker was a native of Ormond Beach and graduated from Seabreeze High School. 
 



Lake County Fire Rescue to dedicate three new fire trucks

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:11:53 GMT

Three new fire trucks will soon be hitting the road in Lake County and helping to get results for the community. 

Lake County Fire Rescue is holding three pushback ceremonies on Friday to officially name the new trucks. 

Fire officials tell News 6 two of the trucks will be named after fallen firefighters. 

One truck, which will be based in Lady Lake, will be named "April" for April Hoover, the Lake County deputy fire chief who died in 2008 of ovarian cancer. 

Another truck will be called "Leathers" in honor of former firefighter Clifford Leathers, who died of a heart attack while working on a patient in 1989. 

The third truck will be named "Iris" for a Safe Haven baby dropped off at a Clermont firehouse in 2006. 

The new trucks will replace 17-year-old fire trucks previously used by the department. 




Friday daytime forecast: breezy weather, highs in 80s

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:58:22 GMT

The local weather pattern remains dominated by an expansive area of high pressure pushing off the middle Atlantic coast. 

Expect a breezy afternoon with winds moving in from the east between 10 to 15 miles per hour. Large and rough surf will remain a concern because of this along with the Atlantic beaches with breaking waves between 5-7 feet. A high surf advisory will remain in effect through this evening, along with a high risk of rip currents. 

Along the strong breeze, an isolated shower could produce a brief light sprinkle along the coastal counties.

Expect an increase in sunshine compared to Thursday, with highs warming to near 80 degrees.

We will remain mostly dry and warm through the weekend, with highs topping off in the upper 70s to low 80s. 




Did London attack expose city's 'weak spot'?Westminster attack: What you need to knowLondon attack inquiry focuses on radicalization of perpetratorKhalid Masood: What we know about the London attackerLondon unites against terror in defiant vigilLondon attack: Assailant shot dead after 4 killed near Parliament

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:26:30 GMTWed, 22 Mar 2017 20:21:52 GMTSat, 25 Mar 2017 01:38:02 GMTFri, 24 Mar 2017 04:42:59 GMTThu, 23 Mar 2017 23:52:51 GMTFri, 24 Mar 2017 02:59:02 GMT

The terrorist attack on Westminster -- the heart of government in Britain since the 16th century -- did not come as a surprise to authorities.In the aftermath of atrocities in France last year, London's most senior police officer warned that an attack was "highly likely" -- a case of "when, not if."Given the threat, it may come as a surprise to people unfamiliar with the British model of policing that fewer than one in 10 London police officers carries a gun in their daily duties. Keith Palmer, the 48-year-old officer stabbed to death at the gates of Parliament, was unarmed.Only a select number of police officers in Britain are trained as firearms specialists; the rest carry tools including batons and stun guns.In London, it's common to see tourists posing with police as they guard the city's landmarks. Weak spot Palmer was standing guard at Carriage Gates, the wrought-iron entrance from Parliament Square that gives onto New Palace Yard, where cars carrying Members of Parliament sweep through into the underground parking lot below.After plowing a rental car through crowds on Wesminster Bridge, 52-year-old Khalid Masood crashed the vehicle into Parliament's perimeter fence, dashed round the corner, stabbed Palmer and pushed through into the compound before being shot by an armed officer.There were questions about why the gate, which can only be used by parliamentary pass holders, was ajar and not bolted shut. "It's a terrible, terrible day for parliament, the one weak spot on our estate is those carriage gates," said Mary Creagh, a member of parliament, said, according to The Telegraph.When asked why an armed policeman was not on the gate, Iain Duncan Smith, a former cabinet minister, said it was a "little bit of a surprise that there was not." He said the gate was a "vulnerability" because vehicles come and go through it.However, another lawmaker, Richard Benyon, said on Twitter he was irritated by reports of a security breach, calling it a "highly professional response." More police? London has stepped up security in the wake of the attacks. Mayor Sadiq Khan told CNN that Londoners would see more armed and unarmed police officers patrolling the streets."One of the reasons I can say London is the safest global city in the world and one of the safest cities in the world is because there are literally tens of thousands of Keith Palmers keeping our cities safe, working with members of the public who provide intelligence and information, working with our security services," he said.Last year, shortly after the Nice truck attack, the Metropolitan Police, which covers most of London and is usually referred to simply as "the Met," increased its number of firearms officers by 600 to 2,800 -- ho[...]



Judge who blocked Trump's travel ban gets threatsToronto schools ban student trips to USCalifornia waiter fired for asking diners for proof of residencyPoll: Americans break with Trump on immigration policyTrump's new travel ban blocked: What you need to know5 GOP-nominated judges signal support for travel banJudges address legal future of travel ban Wednesday

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:56:27 GMTFri, 24 Mar 2017 06:44:54 GMTMon, 20 Mar 2017 10:59:03 GMTFri, 17 Mar 2017 11:48:29 GMTThu, 16 Mar 2017 10:14:12 GMTThu, 16 Mar 2017 04:05:36 GMTWed, 15 Mar 2017 13:07:47 GMT

A Hawaii federal judge who ruled against President Donald Trump's revised travel ban has been the target of threatening messages, the FBI says.US District Judge Derrick Watson's ruling last week resulted in a temporary restraining order nationwide -- hours before the revised travel ban was set to go into effect.In the 43-page ruling, Watson concluded that the new executive order failed to pass legal muster, and the state had established "a strong likelihood of success" on their claims of religious discrimination.Watson, who presides in Honolulu, has received threatening messages since the ruling. FBI spokeswoman Michele Ernst said the agency is aware of the situation and prepared to assist.The FBI declined to provide additional details on the investigation. The US Marshals Service, which is spearheading the investigation, said it does not discuss specific security measures."The US Marshals Service is responsible for the protection of federal judicial officials, including judges and prosecutors, and we take that responsibility very seriously," it said in a statement."While we do not discuss our specific security measures, we continuously review the security measures in place for all federal judges and take appropriate steps to provide additional protection when it is warranted."Trump decried Watson's ruling during a rally in Nashville, Tennessee, last week."This is, in the opinion of many, an unprecedented judicial overreach," Trump said before pledging to take the issue to the Supreme Court if necessary.Watson's ruling, which applies nationwide, means people from six Muslim-majority countries and refugees will be able to travel to the US.Unlike the previous executive order, the revised one removed Iraq from the list of banned countries, exempted those with green cards and visas, and removed a provision that arguably prioritizes certain religious minorities.The new ban was announced this month. It would have banned people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the US for 90 days and all refugees for 120 days."The illogic of the government's contentions is palpable. The notion that one can demonstrate animus toward any group of people only by targeting all of them at once is fundamentally flawed," Watson wrote.After Trump initially blasted a federal judge in Seattle on Twitter for blocking the original travel ban, and several other federal courts halted its implementation last month, the White House went back to the drawing board for over a month and rewrote the ban -- hoping this one would survive legal scrutiny. It did not survive Watson's.Watson is not the only judge who blocked the ban. Federal Judge Theodore Chuang of Maryland specifically blocked the 90-day ba[...]



Is there something wrong with this White House photo?Trump plays his hand in health care battleRevised Republican health care bill is more costly, but doesn't insure more peoplePoll: 56% of voters disapprove of Republican health care planTrump, desperate for a win, bets on health careDeductibles would likely rise under GOP health care billKochs pledge millions to reps -- if they vote no on health care billUpstate New York gets $2.3 billion in GOP health care bill

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 06:57:52 GMTFri, 24 Mar 2017 03:26:00 GMTThu, 23 Mar 2017 22:59:02 GMTThu, 23 Mar 2017 17:58:18 GMTThu, 23 Mar 2017 12:05:03 GMTThu, 23 Mar 2017 09:38:06 GMTThu, 23 Mar 2017 02:10:01 GMTWed, 22 Mar 2017 04:53:08 GMT

Democrats, women's groups and liberals seized on a photo Thursday shared by Vice President Mike Pence of a meeting he attended with President Donald Trump and members of the House Freedom Caucus.Their gripe? The photo featured no women, even though lawmakers were discussing Republicans' health reform proposal -- and members of the House Freedom Caucus want to strip a requirement that health insurance plans cover essential benefits, including coverage for maternity services."Appreciated joining @POTUS for meeting with the Freedom Caucus again today. This is it. #PassTheBill"Sen. Patty Murray, a Washington Democrat, fired off an ironic tweet making that point, calling the female-free meeting a gathering of the GOP's women's health caucus.Trump has held a lot of meetings about health care reform, some more public than others, most with documentary proof of women in attendance.After the criticism of Pence's photo, Trump's director of social media, Dan Scavino, tweeted a photo of Trump meeting with lawmakers including a number of Republican women from the more moderate Tuesday Group.The larger issue for the earlier photo had more to do with the simultaneous debate over maternity care.It has long been a conservative talking point that under Obamacare, plans must cover services that only apply to half the population. Democrats' snappy reply is that everyone benefits from healthy moms and babies.It wasn't the first uncomfortable moment for Republicans on the issue.Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas was asked how he felt about the idea of stripping those benefits and he ironically replied to a Talking Points Memo reporter that, "I wouldn't want to lose my mammograms."Roberts quickly apologized, which showed he was sensitive to the gaffe. It would be harder for members of the Freedom Caucus to change the optics of their photo; there aren't any women members. At least there don't appear to be. Their official Twitter account follows 12 members of Congress, and none are women.It should probably not come as a complete surprise that a large grouping of Republican members would not include a woman.Less than 20 percent of the 430 sitting members of the House of Representatives are women, and most of the women in office are Democrats. Of the 237 Republicans in the House, 21 of are women, according to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers.The White House will face problems if it gives too much to the Freedom Caucus; because more moderate members, including some Republican women, are likely to oppose the bill.In fact, House leaders had to put the skids on a planned Thursday vote as they scraped for more Republicans to support it.[...]To make a deal, you have to know when it's time to [...]



Toronto schools ban student trips to USCalifornia waiter fired for asking diners for proof of residencyPoll: Americans break with Trump on immigration policyTrump's new travel ban blocked: What you need to know5 GOP-nominated judges signal support for travel banJudges address legal future of travel ban WednesdayChallengers race to block new travel ban before it goes into effect

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 06:44:54 GMTMon, 20 Mar 2017 10:59:03 GMTFri, 17 Mar 2017 11:48:29 GMTThu, 16 Mar 2017 10:14:12 GMTThu, 16 Mar 2017 04:05:36 GMTWed, 15 Mar 2017 13:07:47 GMTMon, 13 Mar 2017 17:38:01 GMT

Canada's largest school system announced it will no longer allow student or staff trips to the US, citing uncertainty over the travel ban.Toronto District School Board expressed concern over how the US immigration policy could affect students on school trips."We strongly believe that our students should not be placed into these situations of potentially being turned away at the border," the board's director of education, John Malloy, said in a statement.Under the travel ban, citizens from six different Muslim-majority countries may not be allowed in the US under certain circumstances. The ban affects people outside of those six countries as well, since citizens from those countries could be living elsewhere, like Canada.The US travel ban has not taken effect after rulings by two federal judges that temporarily blocked President Donald Trump's executive order. White House press secretary Sean Spicer has said the Trump administration plans to appeal.The ongoing predicament left the Toronto District School Board with what it called a "difficult choice."The board decided that the 24 pre-approved trips to the US would continue, but it will not permit new ones."We feel it strikes a balance between our equity and inclusion commitments as a school board, while not canceling already approved trips for which a financial loss would be incurred," Malloy's statement said.The board serves 246,000 students in 584 schools throughout Toronto.Its decision is similar to one made earlier this month by the Girl Guides of Canada, which is a Canadian version of the Girl Scouts.The Girl Guides had announced it would no longer authorize trips to the United States and that it would avoid connecting flights through the country.The group had called it a "very difficult decision to make," in a notice that didn't specifically mention Trump's travel ban, but the message directly referred to the current immigration situation."While the United States is a frequent destination for Guiding trips, the ability of all our members to equally enter this country is currently uncertain," its statement read.A California waiter has been fired after asking patrons at a Huntington Beach restaurant for proof of residency when they ordered a drink. Americans disagree with President Donald Trump's immigration priorities, according to a new CNN/ORC poll, with nearly two-thirds of Americans saying they'd like to see a path to legal status for undocumented immigrants rather than deportations.Just hours before it was due to go into effect, US President Donald Trump's revised executive order banning travelers from six Muslim-majority nations was struck down by a federal court in Hawaii la[...]



London unites against terror in defiant vigil3 killed in London terror attackLondon victims: Police officer, teacher, American tourist killedLondon attack: Khalid Masood named as perpetratorSomeone put up a poster of a burning British flag after the London attackLondon tourism at risk after terror attackTourists stranded on London Eye during terrorism incidentVehicles as weapons: London attack is part of a disturbing trendLondon attack: Assailant shot dead after 4 killed near ParliamentPolice officer killed in London attack was father, 15-year police veteranAmid London chaos, MP rushes to victim's aid

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 23:52:51 GMTThu, 23 Mar 2017 15:47:59 GMTThu, 23 Mar 2017 20:44:02 GMTThu, 23 Mar 2017 18:26:02 GMTThu, 23 Mar 2017 16:56:50 GMTThu, 23 Mar 2017 14:50:03 GMTWed, 22 Mar 2017 18:17:25 GMTThu, 23 Mar 2017 00:23:39 GMTFri, 24 Mar 2017 02:59:02 GMTThu, 23 Mar 2017 05:54:32 GMTWed, 22 Mar 2017 23:11:03 GMT

A day after Londoners were confronted with a cruel and ruthless attack, crowds gathered in the heart of the city to pay tribute to the victims.Just a few minutes away from the scene of Wednesday's carnage, helicopters circled above Trafalgar Square -- a location for protests, celebrations and rallies, but increasingly the site of impromptu vigils in the wake of recent terror attacks in Europe.With the work day done, hundreds slowly trickled into the square and together with the Mayor, the Home Secretary, members of the police and figures from several religious communities they projected a display of solidarity and defiance to the world."We come together as Londoners tonight to remember those who have lost their lives and all those affected by the horrific attack yesterday. But also to send a clear message, Londoners will never be cowed by terrorism," Mayor Sadiq Khan told the crowd."Those evil and twisted individuals who try to destroy our shared way of life will never succeed and we condemn them."The displays came in different forms.Four homeless street artists sketched colorful messages of solidarity on the stone slabs in front of the National Gallery.Putting the finishing touches on a drawing of the iconic London Tube sign, emblazoned with the words "we are not afraid," Dwaine Rossiter told CNN he came out after reading about the attack in the free sheet Metro newspaper."Normally I come out with money on my mind, but today I came to spread the message that we are not afraid. The world's a dangerous place, but I wanted the public to know we're all in this together," said 24-year-old Rossiter, who moved to London from Dublin last November.Gathered at the foot of the Gallery's steps, a small group of men, each in an #IAmAMuslim T-shirt, held a banner "Love for all, hatred for none" between them.One of them, 27-year-old Imam Abdul Quddus, who grew up in London, told CNN that being British and Muslim are not contradictory things."It's unfortunate that something like this has happened and that it is associated with Islam," he said."For me it's important to come here [and] say this is not what Islam is about."Lipa Nessa, 18, a sports student from London agreed."As a Muslim I felt I had to come here to show that nothing can divide us, that we are united together, to make London stronger."London has a long history of standing up to terror, and some at the vigil remember the devastation caused by IRA bombings of decades gone by. "I've been here since 1975, so I was here during the IRA bombings and it hasn't deterred me," said 67-year-old Jennifer Richards."I [...]



Obamacare repeal could cost the poor a third of their incomeTrump team ultimatum: No more talks, time to votePoll: 56% of voters disapprove of Republican health care planTrump, desperate for a win, bets on health careDeductibles would likely rise under GOP health care billGOP fails to reach health care dealKochs pledge millions to reps -- if they vote no on health care billWhat's inside the Republican health care bill?Upstate New York gets $2.3 billion in GOP health care billTrump warns GOP: Don't break your health care promisesIn the Senate, leaders confident House health care bill can pass

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:51:27 GMTFri, 24 Mar 2017 02:20:16 GMTThu, 23 Mar 2017 17:58:18 GMTThu, 23 Mar 2017 12:05:03 GMTThu, 23 Mar 2017 09:38:06 GMTThu, 23 Mar 2017 05:58:24 GMTThu, 23 Mar 2017 02:10:01 GMTWed, 22 Mar 2017 10:20:02 GMTWed, 22 Mar 2017 04:53:08 GMTWed, 22 Mar 2017 03:26:21 GMTTue, 21 Mar 2017 22:28:54 GMT

The poorest American families could lose federal benefits worth a third of their income, on average, if the House Republican health care bill becomes law, according to a new report. At the same time, the richest households would receive a tax break of $5,640 a year, according to the study conducted by the Urban Institute and the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, which looks at the impact on families with different incomes in 2022.The legislation, which is expected to be voted on Friday, would hit those making less than $10,000 a year so hard because these folks receive hefty amounts of government assistance from Obamacare. Many benefit from the expansion of Medicaid to low-income adults, while those who earn just a bit more receive generous subsidies that lower their premiums, deductibles and co-pays.The GOP bill, titled the American Health Care Act, would eliminate the enhanced federal funding for Medicaid expansion and cap federal support of the entire program. It would also replace Obamacare's subsidies with less generous tax credits based mainly on age, rather than income. (Individuals who earn more than $215,000 and couples making more than $290,000 don't qualify for tax credits, under the GOP bill.)On average, families who earn less than $50,000 a year would be worse off under the bill, researchers concluded.A Congressional Budget Office report found that 24 million fewer people would be insured in 2026, including 14 million who would have had Medicaid, if the GOP bill becomes law.On the flip side, the House bill would jettison two taxes that fall on individuals making more than $200,000 and couples making more than $250,000, starting this year. So wealthier taxpayers would benefit most from the bill.Top White House officials descended on Capitol Hill Thursday night to personally deliver President Donald Trump's ultimatum to House Republicans: Negotiations on their health care bill are over, and the House will vote Friday.The majority of American voters, 56%, disapprove of the Republican health care plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday.It's D-Day for Republicans in their epic quest to kill Obamacare.Republican leaders have repeatedly blasted Obamacare for having sky-high deductibles that leave consumers unable to afford a doctor's visit.A frenzied 24 hours filled with hushed deliberations on Capitol Hill, senior-level meetings at the White House and back-to-back phone calls with the President came to an end Wednesday -- quietly and unceremoniously.In a last-minute effort to sink the Republican health care bill, a powerful network of conservative donors said Wednesday it would create a [...]



First on CNN: Secret Service employees expected to face discipline over WH fence jumperFirst on CNN: White House jumper on grounds for 15 minutes before caught, Secret Service source saysJudge orders release of White House fence jumper

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 03:17:03 GMTFri, 17 Mar 2017 18:30:16 GMTMon, 13 Mar 2017 22:20:46 GMT

At least six Secret Service employees are expected to face discipline over a security breach on March 10 in which a man gained entry to White House grounds, a Secret Service source told CNN Thursday.On the evening of March 10, a man managed to jump multiple fences and was on White House grounds for more than 16 minutes before he was apprehended beneath President Donald Trump's bedroom windows. Trump was in the White House at the time.The source said the employees facing discipline include officers from the uniformed division as well as special agents. None of them were on administrative leave, the source said.A Secret Service spokesperson refused to comment on the issue of employee discipline.The source told CNN the Secret Service's Office of Professional Responsibility is expected to recommend specific discipline for each employee involved within the next two weeks. Those recommendations will then be turned over to the agency's Office of Integrity to make a final determination.Previously, the Secret Service said there were "lapses in security protocols" that allowed the fence jumping incident to occur and said immediate steps had been taken to fix them. The steps included additional officers at posts, technology enhancements and additional response.In a statement last week, the agency said: "The men and women of the Secret Service are extremely disappointed and angry in how the events of March 10 transpired."The suspect, 26-year-old Jonathan Tran, was found carrying two cans of mace and a letter for Trump. He was released on his own personal recognizance on the condition he be fitted with a GPS tracking device. He was allowed to go back to California but has to remain within 100 miles of his home in San Jose, stay away from the White House and remain in the US.There have been several White House security incidents in recent weeks, including the fence jumper. A man drove up to the White House last weekend saying he had a bomb, and another man jumped over a bike rack in front of the White House. The Secret Service stopped the two people in the latter incidents before they could enter White House grounds.CORRECTION: This story has been updated to correct President Trump's location the night of the incident and clarify the fence jumper's actions as he approached the White House door.The accused White House fence jumper was on the White House south grounds for 15 minutes or more before he was caught Friday, a Secret Service source with knowledge of the matter told CNN Friday, and officials are investigating multiple failures that allowed it to happen.A federal district court judge in Washington on Monday released Jonathan Tran, the [...]



Trump team ultimatum: No more talks, time to voteTrump, desperate for a win, bets on health careDeductibles would likely rise under GOP health care billKochs pledge millions to reps -- if they vote no on health care billWhat's inside the Republican health care bill?Trump warns GOP: Don't break your health care promises

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 02:20:16 GMTThu, 23 Mar 2017 12:05:03 GMTThu, 23 Mar 2017 09:38:06 GMTThu, 23 Mar 2017 02:10:01 GMTWed, 22 Mar 2017 10:20:02 GMTWed, 22 Mar 2017 03:26:21 GMT

Top White House officials descended on Capitol Hill Thursday night to personally deliver President Donald Trump's ultimatum to House Republicans: Negotiations on their health care bill are over, and the House will vote Friday.Then, there was this: If the bill doesn't pass Friday, Trump is ready to move on and Republicans will be "stuck with Obamacare."That message, conveyed by Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney to tired lawmakers over Chick-fil-A and Corner Bakery snacks, finally put an end to the looming question of whether the GOP health care legislation would end up on the House floor. It also dared Republican critics and skeptics of the bill like the conservative House Freedom Caucus to own the political consequences of reneging on the party's years-long pledge to gut President Barack Obama's landmark health care law.The outcome of Friday's vote is unclear. If the bulk of the Freedom Caucus remains opposed to the bill, leadership does not believe it has the votes to clear the bill in the House.According to CNN's ongoing whip count, 27 House Republicans have said they will vote against the bill and four more have indicated they are likely to oppose it. Republicans can't lose more than 21 members of their caucus and still pass the bill, since no Democrats are expected to support it. The dramatic scene on Capitol Hill followed 24 hours of tense negotiations and hushed meetings on both ends of Pennsylvania Ave. By Thursday afternoon, GOP leaders had postponed the vote scheduled for that day.The decision to end negotiations came from the White House, a person with direct knowledge said. Leadership and top White House aides spent the late afternoon "trying to grind them down," the source said, referring to the Freedom Caucus. But there was no clear progress, so in private conversations, even as meetings were ongoing with the Freedom Caucus, Trump made the decision to go ahead with the vote."There's nothing more we want to -- or really can -- give them," the source saidTrump and House Speaker Paul Ryan spoke by phone for nearly 45 minutes late Thursday, multiple sources told CNN. A source familiar with the discussions said was an "entirely positive call."But the struggle to repeal Obamacare has highlighted both Trump's and Ryan's struggles to reconcile their own party's deep and glaring internal divisions.Both men have been furiously lobbying lawmakers and especially the Freedom Caucus to get behind the legislation, as the group has tried to push the bill to the right but whose proposals have alienated moderate Republicans.Meanwhile, the Congressional Budget Office came out with more [...]



London attack: Assailant shot dead after 4 killed near Parliament3 killed in London terror attackBritish politicians tweet through their lockdown in ParliamentWestminster attack: What you need to knowAmid London chaos, MP rushes to victim's aid

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 02:59:02 GMTThu, 23 Mar 2017 15:47:59 GMTWed, 22 Mar 2017 17:35:45 GMTWed, 22 Mar 2017 20:21:52 GMTWed, 22 Mar 2017 23:11:03 GMT

Four people were killed and scores injured when an attacker plowed a car through crowds in central London before attempting to storm the Houses of Parliament in what police believe was an act of Islamist-inspired terrorism.Police indicated they knew the identity of the assailant, who fatally stabbed unarmed police officer Keith Palmer, a 15-year-veteran, on the grounds of Parliament after ramming a car onto the crowded sidewalks nearby. Armed officers shot the attacker dead.It was the first mass-casualty terrorist attack in Britain since 2005 when 52 people and four attackers died in the July 7 bomb attacks on the London public transportation system. The use of a vehicle as a weapon of terror echoed the methods used in the past year by attackers in Nice and Berlin.The London assault, which came on the one-year anniversary of the ISIS bomb attacks in Brussels, brought carnage to Westminster, the heart of political life in Britain.Prime Minister Theresa May described the attack as "sick and depraved." She said attempts to defeat through violence the values Parliament represents would be "doomed to failure.""The location of this attack was no accident. The terrorist chose to strike at the heart of our capital city, where people of all nationalities, religions and cultures come together to celebrate the values of liberty, democracy and freedom of speech," she said.Parliament was placed on lockdown for several hours and lawmakers were forced to remain in the main debating chamber of the House of Commons as officers rushed to the scene outside.Pictures showed scenes of carnage in the aftermath of the attack, which happened as Parliament was in session. One member of the British government gave mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to the officer who died from stab wounds.'Islamist-related'Mark Rowley, Britain's most senior counterterror police officer, told reporters late Wednesday that authorities believe they know the attacker's identity but are not releasing it, and are operating on the assumption the incident was "Islamist-related terrorism.""This is a day that we had planned for -- that we all hoped would never happen -- but sadly it is now a reality," said Rowley, acting deputy commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.He said Palmer, 48, was a father and a husband.Rowley said 40 people were hurt. Incident began near Westminster BridgeThe area around Westminster was teeming with people when the attack began at about 2:40 p.m. Witnesses said the attacker drove his car over Westminster Bridge and into the crowds. The vehicle hit a large number of people, including three police officers."[...]



Customers outraged to find maids rifling through belongingsSurveillance video catches man breaking into Orlando homeMen wanted in attempted carjacking caught on surveillance videoAuthorities release video of attempted abduction outside Walmart

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 02:02:00 GMTWed, 15 Feb 2017 20:09:12 GMTTue, 21 Feb 2017 23:13:32 GMTTue, 21 Mar 2017 21:34:36 GMT

A Casselberry couple was shocked to find the maids whom they hired to clean their home rifling through belongings, snooping through a purse and throwing away prescription medicine.Daryna and Paul DelPadre hired Molly Maid service Wednesday morning to help clean their home. The couple has four children, which means that finding time to clean can be difficult, Daryna DelPadre wrote on Facebook.The DelPadres have a surveillance system set up that allows them to see what's happening in their home in real time. They said they watched and listened as the two maids made negative comments about their finances and home.The system streams video and audio, but only records video.%INLINE%At one point, video shows one woman walk into the living room with a white bra she found in an underwear drawer. Daryna DelPadre said it was her 9-year-old daughter's training bra and the woman was making fun of its size.Video also shows one maid throwing away a bottle of prescription pills for the family's dog. "I can't even explain to you how I felt. I paid for them to go through my things, to make fun of me and my children, to take photos of my home," Daryna DelPadre wrote on Facebook.She said the service was supposed to help her, not hurt her."Yes, my home is cluttered, and that's why we hired them," she wrote. "They were supposed to be my life savers. I just wanted to be able to walk in to a clean home and not have to clean it myself."Daryna DelPadre called the company and drove home when she saw what was happening inside her home. She confronted the two women about their behavior and asked them to leave. She claims one woman was apologetic and the other argued with her.Molly Maid wrote on Daryna DelPadre's Facebook page that the maids did not steal anything, they only moved what was necessary in order for them to clean. The company added that some portions of the surveillance video were "misleading."Management provided a statement to the media saying, in part, that the women involved were punished for their inappropriate behavior:  "At Molly Maid of Orlando and Seminole County, we go to great lengths to perform thorough background checks and provide training for all of our employees so that our customers feel secure about our staff members in their homes. After being contacted by the customer, who has welcomed our services on three occasions, we have apologized, refunded all three cleaning charges and requested a full copy of the video footage referenced to r[...]


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Schiff: New evidence shows possible Trump-Russia collusionUS officials: Info suggests Trump associates may have coordinated with RussiansSenate Russia investigators put focus on Paul ManafortTillerson plan to skip NATO, visit Russia puts allies on edgePartisan chasm builds at center of House Russia investigationFBI: Trump campaign, Russia ties investigated, no wiretap evidence foundDemocrats focus on Trump-Russia links, GOP on Trump-Russia leaksCotton: Collusion allegations 'unsubstantiated'; no evidence of wiretappingRussian bank claims effort to frame it for connections to Trump OrganizationFlynn paid over $30,000 by Russian TV, top House Dem says

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The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee is claiming that he has been presented with new information on collusion between associates of President Donald Trump and Russia, suggesting "it's the kind of evidence" that a grand jury investigation would want to consider.Rep. Adam Schiff told CNN Thursday that he had seen additional evidence, but would not specify what it was."We continue to get new information that, I think, paints a more complete picture of at least what we know at the outset of our investigation," Schiff said. Asked to explain his comments earlier in the week when he said there was more than just "circumstantial evidence of collusion," Schiff said, "I do think that it's appropriate to say that it's the kind of evidence that you would submit to a grand jury at the beginning of an investigation."It's not the kind of evidence that you take to a trial jury when you're trying to prove something beyond a reasonable doubt. But we're at the beginning of an investigation, and given the gravity of the subject matter, I think that the evidence certainly warrants us doing a thorough investigation."An aide said that Schiff was not suggesting that a grand jury should be empaneled, but was using an analogy drawing upon his time as a prosecutor.On Thursday night, House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes said he has "no idea" and is "not familiar" with the evidence Nunes described.The California Democrat said it was "baffling" that his Republican counterpart on the committee, Nunes, would not rule out that the information he disclosed Wednesday -- the California Republican said communications of Trump and his associates may have been collected by intelligence agencies -- came from the White House.Nunes' disclosure -- and decision to speak to the press and White House before informing the Democrats on the Intelligence Committee -- infuriated Democrats and led him to apologize earlier Thursday, according to Rep. Jackie Speier, D-California. Other Democrats have said Nunes' actions mean he can't conduct an impartial investigation into potential Trump-Russia ties.Schiff, however, told CNN that Democrats won't boycott the investigation, saying if they don't participate, "there isn't going to be an investigation in the House."Nunes later told CNN he wasn't aware of Schiff's new evidence. Nunes again declined to reveal his sources for his claim -- not even to Schiff, the California Republican said.The tension on the Intelligence Committee comes a day after CNN reported that the FBI has information that may indicate assoc[...]



Laquan McDonald death: Officer indicted on 16 new charges

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 23:46:09 GMT

Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke has been indicted on 16 new criminal charges on top of the six counts of first-degree murder he faces in the fatal 2014 shooting of teenager Laquan McDonald, prosecutors said Thursday.

Van Dyke, the first Chicago officer charged with first-degree murder since 1980, faces an additional 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm, with the new charges apparently corresponding to each shot he fired at McDonald.

He pleaded not guilty through his attorney, Dan Herbert, during a hearing in Cook County on Thursday. Van Dyke's next court appearance will be April 20.

Special Prosecutor Joseph McMahon said a grand jury handed up the indictment last week.

Dashcam video of the shooting contradicted nearly everything police said happened the night McDonald died in October 2014. It showed McDonald walking away from police as he held a 4-inch knife, not lunging toward officers, as police had said.

Van Dyke jumped out of his vehicle and pulled his gun, firing at McDonald six seconds after arriving on the scene.

Van Dyke continued to fire, unloading every round from his gun in 15 seconds.

The video appears to show McDonald's body getting hit by bullets even after he was on the ground. All 16 bullets struck McDonald, 17.

Van Dyke said he opened fire after McDonald lunged at him, "swinging the knife in an aggressive, exaggerated manner," and ignored the officer's orders to drop the knife. He said McDonald continued to grasp the knife, pointing it at Van Dyke as tried to get up from the ground.

His partner and four other officers allegedly backed up his account, saying McDonald refused officers' orders and continued to advance toward them while waving the knife.

It took 400 days to release the dashcam video to the public. After the city's objections, a judge ordered the release in November 2015.

In addition to the six counts of first-degree murder, Van Dyke is charged with one count of official misconduct.

If convicted, he could face up to life in prison.

The shooting led to reforms and fueled a national conversation about police use of deadly force.




Revised Republican health care bill is more costly, but doesn't insure more peopleTrump team ultimatum: No more talks, time to votePoll: 56% of voters disapprove of Republican health care planTrump, desperate for a win, bets on health careDeductibles would likely rise under GOP health care billGOP fails to reach health care dealKochs pledge millions to reps -- if they vote no on health care billWhat's inside the Republican health care bill?Upstate New York gets $2.3 billion in GOP health care billTrump warns GOP: Don't break your health care promisesIn the Senate, leaders confident House health care bill can pass

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:59:02 GMTFri, 24 Mar 2017 02:20:16 GMTThu, 23 Mar 2017 17:58:18 GMTThu, 23 Mar 2017 12:05:03 GMTThu, 23 Mar 2017 09:38:06 GMTThu, 23 Mar 2017 05:58:24 GMTThu, 23 Mar 2017 02:10:01 GMTWed, 22 Mar 2017 10:20:02 GMTWed, 22 Mar 2017 04:53:08 GMTWed, 22 Mar 2017 03:26:21 GMTTue, 21 Mar 2017 22:28:54 GMT

Recent revisions to the Republican health care bill means it would cost more, and still leave 24 million fewer people insured by 2026, new estimates from the Congressional Budget Office show.The legislation to repeal major portions of Obamacare would reduce federal deficits by $150 billion over 10 years, according to the revised estimates. The original bill would have lowered the deficits by $337 billion.The new score comes as House Republicans frantically try to shore up support for the bill. House leaders were forced to postpone voting on the measure Thursday, as conservative members continued to oppose it.The agency revised its figures to reflect amendments made to the bill that were announced on Monday. The new numbers do not take into account a deal underway to woo House conservatives to support the measure.Though the bill would be more costly, it would still leave 24 million fewer people insured than under current law. Some 52 million people would be uninsured in 2026 under the GOP legislation, compared to 28 million if Obamacare continued -- the same as the prior estimate.Also, it did not change the agency's outlook on premiums, which it expects would be higher initially, but then roughly 10% lower than Obamacare by 2026.The initial score sparked outrage and concern that so many people would be left uninsured. Under Obamacare, the uninsured rate fell to the lowest level on record.Much of the added costs stem from letting taxpayers deduct more of their medical expenses and repealing a slew of Obamacare taxes -- include two levied on higher-income Americans -- a year earlier. The House purposely made legislation more expensive so the Senate could provide more generous tax credits to older consumers shopping in the individual market. House GOP lawmakers have come under fire because their bill would cause premiums to spike for those in their 50s and early 60s.Funding for the additional tax credits -- which will be crafted by the Senate -- would come by allowing taxpayers to deduct medical expenses that exceed 5.8% of their income, according to a House staffer. The change would give the Senate $90 billion over 10 years to work with, the CBO found.The original GOP bill set that threshold at 7.5%. Under Obamacare, taxpayers could only deduct medical costs greater than 10% of their income.Other amendments to the original bill were mainly aimed at toughening Medicaid rules for adults, but making some allowances for the disabled and elderly covered by the program. Overal[...]



Woman starts business to get results for victims of disaster in HaitiGetting Results Award winner offers compassion, guidance to HIV clientsBrevard sheriff's 'Wheel of Fugitive' videos go viral, get resultsNews 6 'Gets Results' for storm victimCommunity gets results for woman whose bike was stolenSign up for ClickOrlando.com breaking news alerts, email newsletters

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:56:44 GMTTue, 14 Mar 2017 15:38:19 GMTThu, 09 Mar 2017 16:40:17 GMTThu, 09 Mar 2017 04:32:04 GMTMon, 06 Mar 2017 04:32:45 GMTMon, 06 Mar 2017 18:39:39 GMT

When a disastrous earthquake hit Haiti in 2010, the humanitarian response was immediate, and Julie Colombino, who worked with the United Way at the time, was among the first group of responders.Colombino said she just couldn’t leave knowing that there was more to be done to help the victims."Within days, people were saying, ‘We don't need water. We need jobs,’” Colombino said. “They knew we would go one day and they would be left with this poverty and this huge mess."That sparked an idea for Colombino. She decided she would train Haitian people for factory jobs, and started a non-profit organization called Rebuild Globally.She soon encountered a problem, though. There was no place to work.Colombino then started a for-profit business called Deux Mains Designs, which creates products made by Haitians.Because of the business, 100 women now have jobs that pay 225 times more than the average wage in Haiti."We have women who own their own land, which is unheard of,” Colombino said. “They pay for kids to go to school. They have health insurance. The entire economy is changing from these jobs."Deux Mains Designs sells shoes, handbags and accessories made from used tires and leather – all sourced from Haiti – but is making an impact all across the world. Kenneth Cole, a popular American clothing designer, even helped develop some of the products.Colombino spent four years living in and helping the people of Haiti, but she said there’s ways people can help from home.Deux Mains has a special offer for News 6 viewers who would like to help with the cause. Use the coupon code 10offNews6 for a 10 percent discount.Robin Grieves is this week's News 6 Getting Results Award winner.The mug shot that the wheel lands becomes the "fugitive of the week."“There were three leaks inside the house. One in the kitchen, one in the living room, and one in my daughter’s room,” said Schmidt. “I definitely thought it was a little strange we had three leaks happening at the same time, Patrick Schmidt  told News 6 investigator Mike DeForest. ClickOrlando.com offers an email breaking news alert and newsletter service to help you stay on top of local, state, national and international news, weather and more.[...]


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17-year-old shot, killed outside Orlando club hosting teen nightDriver fears Stetson player could walk after shootingInteractive: Unsolved Orlando homicides mapSign up for ClickOrlando.com breaking news alerts, email newsletters

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:52:25 GMTWed, 22 Mar 2017 03:21:02 GMTFri, 10 Mar 2017 23:21:48 GMTMon, 06 Mar 2017 18:39:39 GMT

A 17-year-old was shot and killed late Tuesday night outside a nightclub in the heart of Orlando's tourist district, police said. Orlando police said officers were called to the Lux Ultra Lounge on International Drive after shots were fired. Investigators said they found a teen, later identified as Terron McCarty, shot in the parking lot. He was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. McCarty was shot in the back of the head and the leg, police said.Witnesses told police the shooting started from a fight inside the club, and the shooting happened in the parking lot."We did have extra duty officers working that night. There were three of them, they were focused on the rear parking lot where many of our issues at that club happened. So, the investigation is still continuing. We'll be looking at Crimeline tips as well as video surveillance," Orlando Police Chief John Mina said.Mina said police have been called to the club in the past."That club has had its issues in the past. It's not the first time there's been violence there. We'll be sending officers out there to take a look at what the club owners can do to enhance their security," Mina said.Jalen Pena,19, who works near the plaza, said the crime scene was chaos Wednesday morning."I thought it was just a fight, but then later, I found out that somebody was shot," Pena said.Orlando police said someone called 911 just before midnight to report the shooting at Lux Ultra Lounge.When police arrived, they found McCarty dead. The club was hosting an event Tuesday called "Spring Break Teen Bash" for 14- to 18-year-olds, according to the club's website. Police said they are looking through surveillance video to try and determine what happened. There was no information about the shooter available.News 6 spoke with business owners in the shopping strip.Florence Nsilva said she's had to lock the doors during business hours in the past because of rowdy crowds at times."Sometimes they have fights over there. Sometimes they drink too much and come here and sit there and just stay there," Nsilva said.Investigators looked through George Aruabara's surveillance video. His business neighbors the club."Now we need to be careful and watch out and maybe working closer to them and asking if there's any parties or private functions there that we can prepare for it too[...]


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Rain chances remain high through Thursday evening

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:43:45 GMT

A front is moving through Central Florida through the evening hours Thursday.

Rain chances will be fairly high at 50 percent until after 8 p.m.

Rain chances will only be at 20 percent through the late evening hours with a couple of heavier downpours but most of the rain will be pushed to the south.

There is a high-surf advisory for all of the Central Florida coast through 5 a.m. Friday. There is a wind advisory and a lake-wind advisory, as well as a small-craft advisory in effect for many areas across Central Florida.

That east wind will bring on enough moisture for a few showers in a couple of embedded thunderstorms.

Once the front passes, clearing skies can be expected overnight and into Friday afternoon, there will be lots of sunshine and a high of 78 with an east breeze sticking around.

Expect gusts near 20 to 25 mph Friday as well temperatures will be in the mid and upper 70s for Friday afternoon, warming into the low and mid-80s in time for the weekend.

Rain chances are out of the picture altogether for both Saturday and Sunday and the start of next week.

Rain chances return at 20 percent for Tuesday with a high into the mid-80s and morning lows are in the 60s.

 




Home Shopping Network severs ties with Winter Park companyNewlyweds: Wedding planner ripped us off'Serial con man' now pastor of online churchDiamonds: Get what you pay forFleet Farming: Bringing pedal-powered produce to people

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:31:21 GMTTue, 07 Feb 2017 04:44:27 GMTThu, 16 Feb 2017 23:40:40 GMTThu, 09 Feb 2017 04:24:04 GMTFri, 10 Feb 2017 13:39:57 GMT

The Home Shopping Network is no longer doing business with Winter Park company Bajalia International.The statement comes after a News 6 investigation on the company last month, where an artisan told investigator Louis Bolden that she was owed tens of thousands of dollars from Bajalia International after her jewelry appeared on HSN.  The Home Shopping Network stopped selling products from the company as it was looking over the allegations.Debbie Farah, CEO of  Bajalia International told News 6 investigator Louis Bolden that the company is disappointed in HSN's decision to no longer do business with them. “We are disappointed in HSN’s decision to cease its profitable and long-standing relationship with Bajalia based on the Times story relying on the word of only one unhappy vendor who failed to meet her obligations in terms of quality and reliability,"  Farah said.  "The profound impact harms impoverished women artisans abroad.  While this is an unfortunate setback, Bajalia will continue forward in other outlets, maintaining our commitment to showcasing and supporting international women artisans who continue to work and grow with Bajalia.”Previous story: Bajalia International said it helps women artisans in disadvantaged countries become entrepreneurs, but one Afghan woman said Bajalia International is the reason she is out of business.Debbie Farah, the founder and CEO of Bajalia International, has built a business that she says is devoted to helping female artisans around the world develop products for market."I founded Bajalia on a deep desire to help women globally," she says in a promotional video for the company.She has sold many of those products on the Home Shopping Network, and said in a HSN YouTube video she empowers women around the world."In Afghanistan alone, we have created about 450 jobs," she said.But HSN confirmed to News 6 it has "stopped selling Bajalia jewelry" and "removed it from its websites and programming," the CEO said in an email to News 6.The move comes after Bakht Nazira said she was never paid for her products."The order she didn't pay for, it was $70,000," Nazira said in a Skype interview with News 6. Nazira is from Afghanistan, but now lives in Pennsylvania.In a Bajalia International promotional video [...]


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