Thu, 27 Oct 2016 17:49:39 GMT
A Honduran man on death row for a double murder in Seminole County will get a new trial based on new evidence, the Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
Clemente Javier Aguirre-Jarquin was convicted and sentenced to death in 2006 for the 2004 murders of Cheryl Williams, 47, and Carol Bareis, 68, both of whom were stabbed to death in their home.
The victims, a mother and daughter, who lived in a mobile home next door to Aguirre.
Aguirre, an undocumented immigrant from Honduras, initially told authorities that he didn't know anything about the murders because he was in the U.S. illegally and didn't want to be deported.
He asked to talk to police again on the day he was initially questioned and said he found the bodies when he went into a home to get a beer, according to the Innocence Project of New York.
During Aguirre’s trial, the jury recommended a death sentence for Williams' murder on a 7-5 vote and a 9-3 vote for Bareis' murder.
The court sentenced Aguirre to two death sentences with the jury’s recommendations and life in prison on a burglary conviction.
Aguirre filed a post-conviction appeal in 2014, claiming that trial counsel was ineffective for failing to investigate other suspects, including Samantha Williams, the daughter of Cheryl Williams, and additional DNA evidence.
Justices said DNA tested after the trial showed that Samantha Williams' blood was at the scene where her mother and grandmother were found in 2004.
In his appeal to the Seminole County Circuit Court, Aguirre claimed that Samantha Williams confessed to killing her mother and grandmother. The court ruled Samantha Williams’ statements inadmissible because they were made to a third party.
The Supreme Court on Thursday overruled the circuit court’s denial of Aguirre’s post-conviction motions, making way for a new trial.
The Florida Supreme Court on Oct. 14 ruled that a death sentence requires a unanimous jury vote, striking down a newly enacted law allowing a defendant to be sentenced to death if 10 out of 12 jurors recommend it.
The U.S. Supreme Court in January declared Florida's death penalty sentencing law unconstitutional. State legislators responded by overhauling the law.
There are 386 inmates on Florida’s death row, according to the Florida Department of Corrections.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 16:37:32 GMTMon, 24 Oct 2016 00:59:07 GMTTue, 25 Oct 2016 03:51:50 GMT[Breaking news update at 2:14 p.m. ET] North Dakota authorities have started removing illegal roadblocks and protesters trespassing on private property during the Dakota Access Pipeline demonstrations, the Morton County Sheriff's Department said Thursday. [Previous story, published at 11:16 a.m. ET] The heated protests over the Dakota Access Pipeline appear to be approaching a final showdown.After protesters refused to heed authorities' demands to leave private property, North Dakota officials sought outside help to beef up their presence.The Nebraska State Patrol responded and sent support, spokeswoman Deb Collins said. She said North Dakota, not Nebraska taxpayers, will pay for the aid.The long-brewing conflict stems from protesters who say construction of the 1,172-mile pipeline will threaten the environment and destroy Native American burial sites, prayer sites and culturally significant artifacts.But hundreds of protesters have trespassed onto private property in North Dakota, and some have vandalized construction equipment, authorities said."Protesters' escalated unlawful behavior this weekend of trespassing onto private property and establishing an encampment has forced law enforcement to respond," Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier said."I can't stress it enough -- this is a public safety issue. We can not have protesters blocking county roads, blocking state highways, or trespassing on private property."More than 127 protesters have been arrested in the protests, including "Divergent" actress Shailene Woodley. Presidential candidate Jill Stein was charged with misdemeanors after video showed her spray-painting a bulldozer.To fully understand the debate, here's what you need to know about the pipeline: What is the Dakota Access Pipeline? It's a $3.7 billion project that would cross four states and change the landscape of the US crude oil supply. Depending on who you ask, the results could be an economic boon that makes the country more self-sufficient or an environmental disaster that destroys sacred Native American sites.The 1,172-mile pipeline, currently under construction, would stretch from the oil-rich Bakken Formation -- a vast underground deposit where Montana and North Dakota meet Canada -- southeast into South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois.The oil potential in Bakken is massive. An estimated 7.4 billion barrels of undiscovered oil is believed to be in its US portion, according to the US Geological Survey.After the pipeline is completed, it would shuttle 470,000 barrels of crude oil a day, developer Energy Access Partners said. That's enough to make 374.3 million gallons of gasoline per day.From Illinois, the oil could go to markets and refineries across the Midwest, East Coast and Gulf Coast. Who approved it? The US Army Corps of Engineers approved the project and granted final permits in July.But the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe sued the Corps, saying the pipeline "threatens the Tribe's environmental and economic well-being, and would damage and destroy sites of great historic, religious, and cultural significance to the Tribe."The Army Corps of Engineers has declined to comment to CNN, citing pending litigation.But an advocacy group says the tribe's claims are misleading, saying the pipeline "does not cross into the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's reservation."The Midwest Alliance for Infrastructure Now also said 100% of the affected landowners in North Dakota, where part of the tribe lives, voluntarily signed easements to allow for construction. What's the argument for and against? Pro: The pipeline wouldn't just be an economic boon, it would also significantly decrease U.S. reliance on foreign oil, the developer Energy Transfer Partners said. The pipeline would also help free up railways to transport "crops and other commodities currently constrained by crude oil cargos."Con: Construction for the pipeline will "destroy our burial sites, prayer sites and cultur[...]
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 14:46:20 GMTFri, 21 Oct 2016 07:00:44 GMTWed, 26 Oct 2016 22:47:58 GMTNo deaths were reported Thursday in a part of central Italy rocked hours earlier by two powerful quakes, but the destruction of historic buildings led people to count the damage in the loss of their precious cultural heritage.As dawn broke in the area, about 50 miles north of where a deadly quake killed nearly 300 people in August, rescuers were fearful of mudslides and wary about the risk of bringing heavy equipment up narrow roads linking the towns, villages and hamlets in this hilly region of the country.The two temblors were followed by small aftershocks and one larger aftershock, measuring magnitude 4.3, which struck at 8:21 a.m. (2:21 a.m. ET) Thursday. There were no immediate reports of further damage resulting from that aftershock.The second of the two quakes Wednesday -- with a magnitude 6.1 -- was 3.2 kilometers (2 miles) north of Visso and 58 kilometers (36 miles) from Perugia, the US Geological Survey reported.A few hours earlier, a magnitude 5.5 quake struck the same region. The epicenter was about 9 kilometers away, south-southwest of Visso. That quake hit at 7 p.m. (1 p.m. ET) between Perugia and Macerata, according to ANSA.Italy's Civil Protection Agency said one person injured in Visso was taken to a hospital in Camerino, nearly 20 miles away, while dozens of others required medical attention in health facilities in the area.The agency said a fire department helicopter would take off as soon as weather conditions allowed to rescue five people stranded overnight because of a landslide in Acquasanta.There was significant damage to some buildings in Visso and another town, Campi, where the tremors destroyed the historic church, San Salvatore -- the first severely damaged the 15th-century structure, and the second finished it off.There were constant, small aftershocks throughout Thursday morning in Campi.Residents, some with tears in their eyes, came to see what remained of San Salvatore, not only a part of the area's cultural heritage but also of significance as the scene of baptisms, weddings and funerals.Civil Protection Agency officials assisted one elderly man carrying a basket of flowers he wanted to leave at the cemetery.Earlier, streetlights, likely powered by generators, remained on in Campi, but houses were dark. In many small towns, in the pre-dawn hours, there was little light, further hampering rescue efforts.Hundreds of people slept in their cars in Campi, with blankets covering the windows. Cars were parked everywhere -- streets, gas stations, parking lots. Some residents had their dogs with them.Local media said one man had suffered a heart attack.Residents expressed worry that another, bigger tremor might cause even more damage.The US Geological Survey said both of Wednesday's earthquakes were shallow.The main square and church in nearby Norcia, a couple of miles to the south, were badly damaged, but the church was still standing. Reminders of August quake Tommaso Della Longa, a spokesman for the Italian branch of the Red Cross, told CNN that many people left their homes after the first shock and went outside when the second earthquake hit about two hours later.Visso is about 110 miles northeast of Rome and 50 miles north of Amatrice, the small town that lost about 270 residents when a magnitude 6.2 quake hit on August 24. Another 20 people were killed in nearby towns.The impact from Wednesday's quakes was even felt in Rome.Video recorded by CNN affiliate Rai television showed a road to Visso that was largely blocked by a massive boulder. Cars were having to drive carefully around it.Stone buildings in the town also were heavily damaged.Della Longa said buildings that fell in the Amatrice area have been unoccupied since the August quake. The area remains off-limits. People displaced by that quake have been forced to move once again.A preliminary 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck Japan on Friday, according to the US Geological Survey.[...]Rubble and collapsed infrastructure litter the ground following two powerful earthqua[...]
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 18:00:31 GMTTue, 25 Oct 2016 03:51:50 GMTFri, 21 Oct 2016 20:00:38 GMT
A police officer shot and killed a man who tried to stab him as he stood guard outside the US Embassy in Nairobi Thursday, authorities said.
"The officer fired back in self-defense and managed to kill (the attacker). My officer is in hospital in a stable condition. The victim died on the spot," Vitalis Otieno, the Gigiri division commanding officer of the Nairobi Police, told CNN.
The man killed was a Kenyan national, police said, but they are not releasing his name while the case is under investigation. His motive was not immediately clear.
The US Embassy confirmed that a shooting had taken place outside its premises and said none of its staff members were involved.
Photos circulating on social media showed what appeared to be the man, lying lifeless next to a pool of blood as a uniformed officer looks over him, taking notes.
The US Embassy is located in Nairobi's Gigiri district among several other embassies and United Nations offices.
Developing story - more to come
Four people were killed and 14 -- including five UN peacekeepers -- were injured in anti-UN violence Monday in the Central African Republic, according to a statement from the stabilization mission in the country.
Call it "museum mania."
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 17:55:37 GMTFri, 21 Oct 2016 01:48:34 GMTThu, 13 Oct 2016 14:27:38 GMTFri, 30 Sep 2016 22:50:23 GMTFri, 30 Sep 2016 17:59:39 GMTMon, 26 Sep 2016 17:31:42 GMT
Two men who chased and threatened passersby while dressed as creepy crowns over the course of several days have been charged, according to the Melbourne Police Department.
The first incident was reported on Oct. 15, when police received two separate calls about a man dressed as a clown who would approach victims and begin yelling death threats. The clown would then chase the victim while threatening him or her with a large bat or stick, police said.
A nearly identical incident was reported on Oct. 20. Just like in the previous incident, the suspect was gone before police arrived.
The Melbourne Police Department worked with members of the Community Response Team to identify 18-year-old Christopher D. McCarthy and 20-year-old Nicholas Antonellis as the men responsible.
The men haven't been arrested but McCarthy has been charged with aggravated assault and Antonellis has been charged with principal to the crime in the first degree.
Several other clown incidents have been reported in Brevard County this year starting in January when three men in clown makeup attempted to rob a woman in Cocoa, Florida Today reports.
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A teen who was walking down the road in a skull mask late at night is now facing charges, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.
The Palm Bay Police Department has received five reported sightings of "creepy clowns" in the last 30 days.
Flagler County deputies say a woman spotted a clown holding two pink balloons on Friday afternoon in her backyard.
The "creepy clown" reports have extended into Indian River County, according to the sheriff's office.
The "creepy" clown craze spreading across the United States returns to Florida.
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 05:41:08 GMTThu, 27 Oct 2016 11:21:49 GMTTue, 25 Oct 2016 17:49:18 GMTSun, 23 Oct 2016 08:31:23 GMTWed, 26 Oct 2016 17:56:43 GMTWed, 26 Oct 2016 17:22:16 GMTWed, 26 Oct 2016 04:05:17 GMTAs of last week, it seemed next to impossible for Kyle Schwarber even to play in the World Series.Now, improbably, Schwarber, who underwent surgery for a torn ACL and LCL in his left knee less than seven months ago, has helped the Chicago Cubs even the series against the Cleveland Indians, giving the Cubs their first win in a Fall Classic game in 71 years.Schwarber had two RBI singles, Anthony Rizzo drove in a run and scored two more, and Ben Zobrist chipped in with an RBI and a run, and the Cubs leveled the best-of-seven series, winning 5-1 in Game 2 at Progressive Field in Cleveland."This is the moment that we all look forward when we were little kids, to play in the World Series," Schwarber said. "We just took a small step today, but we've still got a long way to go."It's the first time the Cubs have been victorious in a World Series game since 1945, a series they lost to the Detroit Tigers in seven games. It also was the same World Series when the supposed billy goat curse was put on the club.The Cubs haven't won a World Series since 1908, the longest drought between championships in Major League Baseball.The question now, though, is how much Schwarber will be able to play in Games 3, 4 and 5 at Wrigley Field in Chicago. The DH isn't an option at a National League ballpark, and Schwarber has yet to be cleared by the medical staff to play in the outfield."We'll see," Schwarber said when asked if he's ready to play defense. "I haven't tried it. We'll take it day by day."Game 3 is Friday. Both teams are scheduled to work out at Wrigley Field on Thursday.What can Schwarber do in Chicago?The 23-year-old Schwarber, who aside from five plate appearances in April, missed most of the season following that knee surgery. Now he's a key player on the Cubs' World Series roster, having been utilized as the designated hitter for Games 1 and 2.Before Wednesday, Schwarber had already made a bit of history. In Game 1, the second-year player hit a hard and deep double in the fourth inning for his first hit in 2016 -- making him the first non-pitcher to get his first hit of the entire season during the World Series.But how much can Schwarber contribute at Wrigley?If he's not given the OK to play outfield, Schwarber likely only could contribute as a pinch hitter, meaning the Cubs would have a gaping hole in their lineup beginning on Friday."We'll see where it goes," Schwarber said. "Nothing is set in stone. No one has told me anything, so as of right now, the story is still the same."Cubs manager Joe Maddon said that doctors will determine what Schwarber will be cleared to do."We have a mandatory workout tomorrow, so we're going to be at the ballpark," Maddon said. "If it's OK, we possibly might see him taking some fly balls if there's any chance at all. But I honestly don't know. That's something I'm waiting to hear from, from our guys, our medical side."Because obviously he looks good. Looks good at the plate. At running the bases, he looks pretty good so far. ...There's nothing about watching him that tells me that he's inhibited right now."Fast start for Chicago in Game 2In Game 1 on Tuesday, it was Cleveland that got off to a quick start. On Wednesday, Chicago struck first, and it came in the top of the first inning off Indians starter Trevor Bauer.Third baseman Kris Bryant singled for his first career World Series hit. The next batter, first baseman Rizzo, doubled to right, driving Bryant in for the first run of the game.And with that, it was 1-0, giving the Cubs their first lead in a World Series game since October 8, 1945.In the top of the third inning, with runners on first and second, Schwarber connected on a base hit to center field, driving in Rizzo to make it 2-0.Bauer's World Series debut lasted 3 2/3 innings. He gave up two earned runs and six hits, walking two and striking out two.It was longer than his last outing, when he was forced to make an early exit in Game 3 of the American Leagu[...]
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 16:59:27 GMTWed, 26 Oct 2016 22:32:21 GMTTue, 30 Aug 2016 11:53:34 GMTThu, 20 Oct 2016 11:31:05 GMT
Police are looking for a man who they say has exposed himself to three different women in Ormond Beach during the past few months, according to the Ormond Beach Police Department.
A woman told police she was jogging on the beachside Aug. 22 when she noticed a man who was wearing only a T-shirt. As she got closer, the man pulled up his shirt to reveal his genitals.
The woman ran away from the man and called police. She said she'd never seen the man before the incident.
Since then, two other women have reported similar incidents. All three incidents happened between 5 and 5:30 a.m. while the victims were jogging or walking their dogs.
The women described the man as a white male with dark wavy hair down to his chin, between the ages of 25 and 35. He's believed to weigh 150 to 175 pounds and is between 5 feet, 9 inches and 6 feet tall. One woman said he might have fled the scene in a dark compact vehicle, possibly a hatchback.
Officers said anyone who encounters the man should not approach him but should call 911 immediately.
Anyone with information is asked to call Ormond Beach police at 386-677-0731 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-277-TIPS.
Clermont police are searching for a man they said flashed a woman while she was doing laundry at her apartment complex.
A flasher riding a motorcycle is on the loose in Flagler County, deputies say.
For the second time this year, an Orlando man is in jail accused of peeping into a woman's window.
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 16:47:30 GMTWed, 26 Oct 2016 12:59:27 GMTWed, 26 Oct 2016 12:11:44 GMTTue, 25 Oct 2016 17:22:50 GMTMon, 24 Oct 2016 10:51:39 GMTWed, 19 Oct 2016 11:13:48 GMT
Police say two people were shot at an apartment complex parking lot.
Deputies say a 33-year-old man was shot at an Orange County gas station.
Deputies say a man was shot while he was sleeping in Orange County.
An Orlando man is recovering from injuries after police say he was pistol-whipped and shot during a fight.
Police say a man was shot to death while sitting in a car in Daytona Beach.
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 16:35:14 GMT
A piece of history went on a on a short, but very important, trip Thursday.
Crews floated the "Ma Barker" house across Lake Weir in Marion County.
The house was made famous in 1935, when gangster Fred Barker and his mother were killed in a shootout with the FBI.
The land the home sat on was recently sold.
Crews moved the house across Lake Weir to the Carney Island Conservation Area, where the county plans to preserve it and turn it into a museum.
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Thu, 27 Oct 2016 16:32:49 GMT
A stolen car was discovered in Lake Monroe early Thursday, according to investigators.
The car was found in Lake Monroe near the Regatta Shores apartments at Rachelle Avenue and West Seminole Boulevard.
Divers, who initially didn't know the car had been stolen, searched the lake, but didn't find anyone, officials said.
The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating.
No other details have been released.
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 16:31:36 GMTThu, 27 Oct 2016 17:55:37 GMTThu, 27 Oct 2016 15:38:11 GMTThu, 27 Oct 2016 16:35:14 GMTThu, 27 Oct 2016 15:30:31 GMT
Authorities are looking for a man who they say stole a BB gun from a Walmart in Volusia County and used it to rob the store before he carjacked a 19-year-old woman.
The robbery and carjacking were reported about 8 a.m. Thursday at the Walmart in Ormond Beach.
Police said the man entered the store and stole the gun before heading to customer service, where he took an unknown amount of cash.
He then left the store, followed a teen, pointed the gun at her and threatened her, police said. He stole her car, a gray 2013 Ford Focus with Florida license plate 4530JJ, police said. The car has a Daytona State sticker and a “Princess” sticker.
The assailant was described as a heavyset man with dark hair. He was wearing a green polo shirt and black basketball shorts with flip-flops or shower shoes.
No other details have been released.
Authorities initially said the carjacking victim was punched in the face.
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Two men who chased and threatened passersby while dressed as creepy crowns over the course of several days have been charged, according to the Melbourne Police Department.
An Orlando woman was sexually assaulted by her friend's 19-year-old son, according to Orlando police.
A piece of history will go on a small, but very important, trip.
Authorities in Florida say two guests who tried to carry guns into Walt Disney World theme parks have been charged with carrying a concealed firearm.
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 16:30:24 GMTThu, 27 Oct 2016 03:36:07 GMTThu, 27 Oct 2016 10:23:42 GMTWed, 26 Oct 2016 22:23:14 GMT
One man was killed and another was wounded Wednesday night in a shooting at an Orange County barber shop, deputies said.
The shooting was reported about 8 p.m. at Strictly Skillz Barber Shop and Salon at 400 Pine Hills Road near State Road 408.
According to the Orange County Sheriff's Office, 33-year-old Brian Berry was killed inside the barber shop.
Another man, 28-year-old Reginald Trammel, suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center.
Trinice Brown, a nearby business owner, said Berry worked at the barber shop for years.
"I don't know how it happened and I don't know why they would just take somebody so innocent like that," Brown said. "It was a horrible scene that happened and I just kind of broke down. I've just kind of been dazed."
She said the shooting begs questions.
"We've got to stop. We've got to stop this violence. This is nonsense," Brown said. "What's the anger about? What's the beef about? Why are people just taking peoples lives? I don't know why someone would take his life to take him like that. It's horrible."
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An Orange County resident tells News 6 someone posted a fake ad online trying to rent out the home in which she lives.
Deputies say three people were shot during a fight at some basketball courts in Orange County.
Three days before President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak at the University of Central Florida while campaigning for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, a construction sign along Rouse Road near Research Park read "Hillary for Prison."
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 16:15:26 GMT
A pet cat was shot in the face and ultimately had to be euthanized because of her injuries, and deputies are looking for the person responsible, according to the Flagler County Sheriff's Office.
Christina Deangelis told deputies she found her 5-year-old feline, named Baby Cat, severely injured in her driveway recently. She rushed her pet to Flagler Animal Hospital, where the vet told her the cat had been shot in the face.
The vet said the bullet entered through the cat's jaw and then lodged above the shoulder. Baby Cat had to be euthanized because her injuries were so severe, deputies said. Flagler Animal Hospital notified the sheriff's office of the incident on Oct. 16.
Deangelis is worried another one of her cats may have been killed as well since the animal went missing earlier this month. In her three years living Laguna Forest Trail, this is the first time she's ever had any problems regarding her pets.
Deputies interviewed neighbors and checked with Palm Coast Animal Control for any recent complaints about cats in the neighborhood, but so far, no persons responsible have been identified.
Anyone with information about what happened to Baby Cat is asked to call the Flagler County Sheriff's Office at 386-313-4911 or Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida at 1-888-277-8477.
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:35:08 GMTThu, 20 Oct 2016 17:44:07 GMTWed, 19 Oct 2016 16:22:11 GMTSun, 16 Oct 2016 22:45:29 GMTFri, 14 Oct 2016 03:57:57 GMTFri, 21 Oct 2016 04:39:39 GMTSun, 16 Oct 2016 15:41:44 GMTSat, 15 Oct 2016 17:53:22 GMTThu, 13 Oct 2016 09:06:59 GMTWed, 12 Oct 2016 18:13:02 GMTTue, 11 Oct 2016 12:58:02 GMTRegime airstrikes on a school complex in northwestern Syria killed at least 35 people, including 20 children, the Syria Civil Defense volunteer rescue group said, in what could be one of the deadliest strikes yet on a school in the nation's five-year war, according to the UN.The death toll is expected to rise as dozens of others were injured in the Wednesday attacks, said Majd Khalaf, a communications officer with the rescue group, also known as the White Helmets. Another rescuer told the activist-run SMART News Agency that around 50 children were leaving the front door when the strikes hit. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights blamed the strikes on the Syrian regime and Russia, but it is generally difficult to distinguish between Syrian and Russian jets. Russia has been supporting President Bashar al-Assad's regime with airstrikes since September 2015, and the allies have been widely criticized for targeting civilians, and hospitals and schools in rebel-held areas.Jets hit the complex and the surrounding area in the village of Hass, in Idlib province, six times and many people remain in critical condition, Rami Abdulrahman, director of the Observatory told CNN. The school had students from the first to ninth grade enrolled, he said.The White Helmets said that there were three schools in the complex, and shared photos on social media showing buildings reduced to rubble.'Such barbarity'UNICEF, the UN agency for children, said that the strikes may amount to a war crime. "It's a tragedy. It's an outrage. And if deliberate, it's a war crime" UNICEF executive director Tony Lake said in a statement."This latest atrocity may be the deadliest attack on a school since the war began more than five years ago," he said. "When will the world's revulsion at such barbarity be matched by insistence that this must stop?" The Syrian Civil Defense -- a volunteer rescue group also known as the White Helmets -- said that there were three schools in the complex, and shared photos on social media showing buildings reduced to rubble.Many hospitals and schools in Syria have been forced underground to avoid becoming targets of regime and Russian airstrikes, particularly in rebel-held eastern Aleppo. A UN report in August found "sufficient evidence" that the regime had used chemical weapons on civilians, particularly barrel bombs laden with chlorine gas in Aleppo. The Syrian government and Russia both deny the accusations.'Next generation is a lost generation'The school strikes come as pressure mounts on the international community to find a solution to the war, even though talks are faltering between the US and Russia, major players in the conflict. Attention in the fight against ISIS has also been diverted to Iraq in the past two weeks as a major operation got underway, involving a coalition of more than 100,000 people, to seize the city of Mosul from ISIS control.Stephen O'Brien, the UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, made a desperate plea to the UN Security Council Wednesday in New York for progress on a solution.You can listen to part of the speech here:He highlighted how children had been caught in the conflict's crosshairs, especially in the city of Aleppo. "Children in besieged eastern Aleppo were due to resume school in late September. They didn't. Instead, shell-shocked children are retrieved from rubble and left writhing in bloody clothes on dirty hospital floors," he said. He said that across the country, one in four schools had shut down, more than 52,000 teachers had left their jobs and over 2 million children remained out of school. "And another 400,000 are at risk of dropping out as the horrors of this brutal and savage war continue unabated," he said. "What futu[...]
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 14:41:05 GMTWed, 26 Oct 2016 17:49:19 GMTWed, 26 Oct 2016 13:09:34 GMTTue, 25 Oct 2016 14:02:02 GMTMon, 24 Oct 2016 19:12:06 GMTFri, 21 Oct 2016 17:50:02 GMTMon, 24 Oct 2016 19:45:09 GMTSun, 23 Oct 2016 20:28:41 GMTFrench riot police massed outside a migrant camp in Calais on Thursday amid chaotic scenes as about 100 unregistered children were left with nowhere to go.Officials had pledged to close the camp, known as "The Jungle", and resettle all of the remaining migrants. But aid workers said hundreds of unaccompanied children remained unregistered by the end of Wednesday and some were forced to sleep outdoors overnight.As of Thursday afternoon, the group of about 100 minors was gathered outside the camp. They appeared to be in limbo, uncertain about whether they would be helped or arrested, CNN's Melissa Bell reported.Aid groups said they were told to bring the children -- who say they have been trying for days to register without success -- outside the camp entrance, where buses would come to take them to a registration site.But, they said, no buses had come.Bell said there had been no violence as yet between police and migrants but that anxiety was growing among the unaccompanied teenagers, many of them from Afghanistan, about what might happen.Children face arrestInca Sorrell, of the NGO Help Refugees, told CNN that authorities had said children who were not registered by 2 p.m. local time (8 a.m. ET) Thursday would face arrest -- but that there had been no information from the officials in charge of the registration process. "There's no one here to register these children, so we have no idea -- it's just waiting and making sure they are okay."She said she had already seen police that morning arrest four children with wristbands showing they had registered.The Calais prefecture told CNN that no one had been arrested by Thursday lunchtime but that if a migrant at the camp refused to leave, the border police would intervene, ask for the person's papers and place them in "administrative custody." Those whose papers are not in order risk being sent home."What is going to happen for those who do not want to leave is that we will give them two solutions: either they join a shelter, or else they will have to leave Calais and be faced with the French law," the prefecture said.Officials told CNN they had processed and found shelter for about 6,000 migrants. "This really is the end of the Jungle ... Our mission is accomplished and it is now time for the migrants to start a new chapter as they begin a new life," Calais prefect Fabienne Buccio said Wednesday.She had earlier vowed that the camp would shut down that night "no matter what."Muhammad, a 16-year-old Egyptian migrant, told CNN he had slept rough because he wasn't registered by the authorities, a process that would have allowed him to sleep inside shipping containers at the site.He said he had slept on the ground just in front of the containers, with some 20 to 30 other minors.The British Red Cross urged the French authorities to ensure that no child spent another night outside.Gloria Micallef, of the NGO Care4Calais, told CNN Thursday morning that some children had stayed in some of The Jungle's remaining structures overnight but others had slept on a pile of rubbish, too scared of the fires to sleep in a confined space.They ranged in age from 13 to 17 years, she said.Lives in danger"These children have escaped from terrible situations and they've come to Europe with the hopes of having a better life, and yet we are endangering their lives once again," she said. French immigration officials have been carrying out the registration process but aid workers have criticized a lack of organization, saying extremely long lines had prevented many children getting registered since the process began Monday.Micallef said that at 1 p.m. Wednesday police had turned children away back into The Jungle, saying there wa[...]
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 20:16:47 GMT
Orlando police identified the man who died as Rodney Watts, 49.
No description of the shooter has been released.
An investigation is ongoing.
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 17:17:00 GMT
After it was repeatedly defaced over the last several months, Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is no more.
The polished emblem of the Republican candidate's The Apprentice celebrity is seen being hacked away by a man dressed as a city worker wielding a pickaxe and sledgehammer.
According to Deadline, which claims to have spoken to the man responsible, the incident occurred at about 5:45 a.m. Wednesday. By the time LAPD officers arrived, the man had reportedly left the scene.
However, a video of the star's destruction was provided to Deadline. In it, sparks fly as the metal and stone square is smashed to bits. The camera briefly zooms in on the 'R' in 'TRUMP' after it was ripped out of the sidewalk.
A photo taken by Pete Demetriou of KNX 1070 radio shows the star is totally unrecognizable as Trump's.
What appears to be the final act of vandalism on the billionaire's star comes after months of reports of less permanent acts of aggression against it.
A swastika was spray-painted on the star at one point in the drawn out 2016 election. An artist also erected a wall meant to evoke Trump's proposed barrier between the U.S. and Mexico.
Deadline says the man who destroyed the star told them his intent was to it auction it off in order to raise funds for the women who have come forward to accuse Trump of sexual misconduct in recent weeks.
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Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:41:00 GMT
An airline passenger flying over Paris recorded the startling moment lightning suddenly struck his plane.
Passenger Mitchell Stewart was recording his plane cutting through the clouds when lightning struck the wing. The bolt of electricity could be seen shooting out like a laser into the sky.
The Science Channel’s Outrageous Acts of Science premiere will delve into how and why the lightning appeared this way. The show features mind-blowing viral videos and a team of experts explaining the science behind them.
Materials chemist Sujata Kundu said on the show: “Lightning strikes occur when there is a build-up of charge inside a cloud and on another surface such as the ground or this airplane wing.
"This actually happens — surprisingly — quite regularly, which is why planes are built with a metal framework around them. It is capable of conducting up to 200,000 amps of current without the plane getting damaged.”
But due to the build of the plane and the amps it conducts, passengers didn't feel a thing.
Astrophysicist Hakeem Olyseyi explained why the lightning darted horizontal and not straight down.
“The glowing air, which has been ripped apart by the lightning strike, has been left behind as the airplane flies forward,” he explained.
Outrageous Acts of Science premieres October 26 at 9/8c p.m.
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Wed, 26 Oct 2016 19:26:06 GMTWed, 26 Oct 2016 19:11:20 GMTWed, 26 Oct 2016 19:32:07 GMTWed, 26 Oct 2016 16:03:07 GMTWed, 26 Oct 2016 15:53:04 GMTWed, 26 Oct 2016 10:20:39 GMT
Republican Sen. Rand Paul said on Wednesday that polls showing Hillary Clinton with a lead over Donald Trump are "designed to suppress turnout."
The Kentucky senator, who is ahead in surveys for his own re-election bid, was asked on, "The Tom Roten Morning Show," an 800 WVHU West Virginia radio program, about Clinton's national polling lead when he made the comment.
"You know, I think sometimes polling is done to dampen election turnout so when Trump says the thing's rigged, I'm not sure exactly what he means and I'm not sure I always agree with him," Paul said. "But I do think that when we say over and over someone can't win that is a form of rigging in the sense that it is designed to suppress turnout."
Though there is no evidence to support his argument, Trump has repeatedly said that the election is "rigged" in Clinton's favor, saying that he means this both in the sense of electoral fraud and media bias. While there is also no evidence of pollsters intentionally skewing results to benefit one party or candidate over another, Paul, a rival of Trump's during the Republican primary who has since endorsed him,contended that Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin's unexpected victory in the gubernatorial race last year was an example of this phenomenon.
"In Kentucky, in our governor's race in 2015, the media said over and over and over again the Democrats were up 8 points," Paul said. "The hope I think was to depress Republican turnout and these were coming from liberal newspapers in our state. And turns out the Republicans won by 8. They were off like by 16 --- 14, 16 points. And but I think some of that is intentional. The polls are put out, you know to make it either look closer than it is or to make it look like Democrats have a better chance. And I think it's done by design to try to dampen turnout."
Paul added that he thought that Trump would win Kentucky and West Virginia. Though are considered solidly red, voters there should not be discouraged by his deficit in the polls nationally and in swing states.
Lawmakers want the U.S. Women's Open moved from a Trump-owned property.
Donald Trump told CNN Wednesday he is prepared to open up his wallet and donate considerably more to his campaign in the closing days of the race.
Donald Trump has a 2 percentage point edge over Hillary Clinton in Florida, according to a new poll released Wednesday, as both presidential campaigns blanket the critical swing state in a full sprint to Election Day.
Radio host Howard Stern says he is proud that the interviews he conducted over the years with Donald Trump were able to get to the heart of his personality.
Top House Republicans are moving to quiet dissent over Speaker's Paul Ryan's rocky relationship with Donald Trump as some on the far right of the GOP conference are threatening to stir up trouble in leadership elections next month.
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 19:11:20 GMTWed, 26 Oct 2016 19:32:07 GMTWed, 26 Oct 2016 16:03:07 GMTWed, 26 Oct 2016 15:53:04 GMTWed, 26 Oct 2016 10:20:39 GMTTue, 25 Oct 2016 21:45:52 GMTWed, 26 Oct 2016 00:19:37 GMTWed, 26 Oct 2016 00:04:11 GMTTue, 25 Oct 2016 23:18:04 GMTTue, 25 Oct 2016 21:15:52 GMTLawmakers want the U.S. Women's Open moved from a Trump-owned property.But so far, the USGA is staying on course. A spokesperson declined to comment on the matter, saying the organization doesn't discuss politics.The Open is scheduled for July 10-16, 2017 at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.The USGA received a letter Monday from U.S. Senators Bob Casey, Ed Markey and Richard Blumenthal urging it to move the tournament to another golf course in light of Trump's "pattern of degrading and dehumanizing women that has occurred over decades."The USGA did say publicly in July that Trump's comments don't reflect its values of inclusion, but it didn't mention any plans to change the venue."We have reiterated for more than a year that we do not share his views, and that is still true," the statement from July said. "With the 2017 U.S. Women's Open less than a year away, our focus is still on conducting an excellent championship for the players, the spectators, the fans, and the volunteers."The association confirmed to CNN that its stance hasn't changed -- even in light of Trump's comments about assaulting women.But Trump's resort empire has lost business elsewhere as a result of his campaign. In June, the PGA Tour moved an event from the Trump National Doral golf course near Miami to a course in Mexico after the PGA Tour couldn't raise the necessary sponsorship funds.That switch came after Trump's offensive comments about Mexicans in July 2015, saying his friends in the golf industry agreed. At the time, the USGA, LPGA, PGA and PGA Tour issued a statement condemning his remarks."In response to Mr. Trump's comments about the golf industry 'knowing he is right' in regards to his recent statements about Mexican immigrants, we feel compelled to clarify that those remarks do not reflect the views of our organizations," the statement read.That same month, the PGA also pulled one of its golf tournaments from a Trump-owned course near Los Angeles.Donald Trump told CNN Wednesday he is prepared to open up his wallet and donate considerably more to his campaign in the closing days of the race.Donald Trump has a 2 percentage point edge over Hillary Clinton in Florida, according to a new poll released Wednesday, as both presidential campaigns blanket the critical swing state in a full sprint to Election Day.Radio host Howard Stern says he is proud that the interviews he conducted over the years with Donald Trump were able to get to the heart of his personality.Top House Republicans are moving to quiet dissent over Speaker's Paul Ryan's rocky relationship with Donald Trump as some on the far right of the GOP conference are threatening to stir up trouble in leadership elections next month.Donald Trump warned in an interview Tuesday that Hillary Clinton's policies as president to address the Syrian conflict would lead to World War III, arguing the Democratic nominee would draw the US into armed confrontation with Russia, Syria and Iran.Donald Trump said Tuesday he'd "love" to fight Vice President Joe Biden, days after Biden said he wished he could fight the Republican nominee.Donald Trump's campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said Tuesday people are being actively vetted for positions in the Republican nominee's cabinet to be ready if he wins the presidency.Rallying supporters in this city where 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed, Donald Trump on Tuesday described African-Americans as "living in hell" and ge[...]
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:57:55 GMTWed, 26 Oct 2016 13:09:34 GMTTue, 25 Oct 2016 14:02:02 GMTMon, 24 Oct 2016 19:12:06 GMTSat, 22 Oct 2016 16:06:21 GMTWed, 19 Oct 2016 02:04:33 GMT
This year has become the deadliest for migrants crossing the Mediterranean bound for Europe, the UN refugee agency said Wednesday, with those seeking to make the journey from Libya at greatest risk.
"We can now confirm that at least 3,800 people have died, making 2016 the deadliest ever," William Spindler, a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, wrote on Twitter.
According to UN Radio, 3,771 lives were lost during 2015, the previous highest number.
"This is the worst we have seen," Spindler told journalists at a briefing Tuesday in Geneva, Switzerland, as the grim record for 2016 loomed.
"The high loss of life comes despite a large overall fall this year in the number of people seeking to cross the Mediterranean to Europe."
He said at least 1.02 million made the crossing in 2015, while 327,800 have so far this year.
"From one death for every 269 arrivals last year, in 2016 the likelihood of dying has spiraled to one in 88," Spindler said.
On what's known as the Central Mediterranean route between Libya and Italy, "the likelihood of dying is even higher, at one death for every 47 arrivals," he said.
Libya is a popular jumping-off point for migrants seeking to reach Europe from North Africa. Smuggling networks are well established there, and the lack of an effective central government makes the job of traffickers easier.
But the crossing can be treacherous, with too many migrants -- some fleeing war or persecution, others seeking a better life -- crammed into what are often barely seaworthy boats.
The UN refugee agency considers the route "extremely dangerous due to the open sea, strong currents and grim weather," UN Radio said.
This year, about half those attempting the journey have taken the Central Mediterranean route, Spindler said.
He also attributed the higher death toll to people smugglers "using lower-quality vessels -- flimsy inflatable rafts that often do not last the journey."
Bad weather during the crossings may also have played a role, and he said smugglers have changed tactics so "there have been mass embarkations of thousands of people at a time," making rescuers' work more difficult.
An agreement in March between the European Union and Turkey resulted in a big reduction in the numbers setting off from Turkey for Greece, a much shorter and less treacherous route, Spindler told UN Radio.
Migrants torched dozens of makeshift shelters in "The Jungle" refugee camp in France on Wednesday, sending raging fires through the heart of the settlement that firefighters were struggling to extinguish.
A team of workers in France began the long-awaited demolition of the "Jungle" migrant camp on Tuesday, pulling down tents, shacks and other makeshift shelters that thousands have called home over the past two years.
French authorities began clearing the "Jungle" refugee camp on Monday, busing out more than 2,000 people by the afternoon as the country readies to raze the patch of wasteland where thousands have made temporary homes.
Rescuers came to the aid of 3,300 migrants and refugees off the coast of Libya in 24 operations Friday, the Italian coast guard said.
A Somali immigrant speaking Swahili while visiting a Minnesota Applebee's last year was left stunned and bleeding when another female customer hit her with a beer mug. This week that customer pleaded guilty to the attack, which police said was racially motivated.
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:08:52 GMT
The economic participation and opportunity gender gap has widened, a new CBS News report shows.
The Global Gender Gap Report from the World Economics Forum suggests that the gap is the largest since 2008.
According to WEF projections, the gap won't close until 2186, 170 years from now.
Equality among economic opportunity has decreased over the years, with the gap now at 59 percent. Women around the world are making only half the salary that men are, yet they are working more hours. There are also very few women in senior corporate positions
However, political empowerment has increased and is at its highest level since 10 years ago.
The Global Gender Gap Report shows Iceland and Finland as the top countries for gender equality. The U.S is ranked at number 45.
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:02:01 GMT
Television host Jerry Springer is coming to Orlando to host "The Price is Right Live" on Sunday April 2, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts announced on Wednesday.
The live interactive stage show based on the television game show will be performed at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. April 2 in the Walt Disney Theater.
Tickets, which start at $36.50, are on sale now and can be purchased at drphillipscenter.org.
Participants can win cash, appliances and a new car during "The Price is Right Live," according to a news release.
Springer recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of his talk show "The Jerry Springer Show.”
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:09:34 GMTTue, 25 Oct 2016 14:02:02 GMTMon, 24 Oct 2016 19:12:06 GMTFri, 21 Oct 2016 17:50:02 GMTSat, 22 Oct 2016 16:06:21 GMTMon, 24 Oct 2016 19:45:09 GMTMigrants torched dozens of makeshift shelters in "The Jungle" refugee camp in France on Wednesday, sending raging fires through the heart of the settlement that firefighters were struggling to extinguish.A single fire was lit in the early hours of the morning, but by 11 am local time, dozens of tents and shacks were ablaze -- a suffocating blanket of black smoke over the camp.The fires followed several nights of clashes this week between police and migrants who refused to leave the camp, as French authorities began bussing residents out by the thousands and demolition teams started tearing the camp down."We had anticipated this by pre-positioning firefighters as part of this operation and also passed the message to migrants and community representatives not to set fire to the shelters," a Calais prefecture spokesperson aid."The cleaning company will today continue the removal of empty shelters to limit the risk of further fires."The Jungle has become a wretched symbol of Europe's migrant crisis, and France has tried to shut it down several times, only to be denied by the courts. Migrants have long refused to leave the camp, which sits some 30 miles across the Eurotunnel to the UK, one of the more desirable countries for refugees in the region.Calais prefect Fabienne Buccio told a press conference that four Afghan migrants had been arrested over the fires, and that authorities planned to have moved everyone out of the camp by the end of the day. Bulldozers would go in tonight to raze the settlement, she said."I think by the end of the week we will have a clear future vision for Calais going forward," she said. 'Trying to get to England' A group of young volunteers from several countries, who have for the past three days stationed themselves to monitor for fires in the camp, rushed to the first large fire set Wednesday.With no plumbing in the camp, they relied on small extinguishers and a hose attached to a water tank, and tore down surrounding tents to stop the fire spreading.The shelter had housed a group of Syrians, the activists said, explaining it had taken four days for volunteers to build.Authorities had by Tuesday night sent more than 4,000 refugees off to other parts of France to begin the process of resettlement.There are believed to have been up to 10,000 migrants in the camp before the process began Monday.Many have refused to be settled in France, and have run away to try their chances on the streets of Calais.Others are refusing to leave, still clinging on to hope that they will make it to Britain.A 16-year-old Afghan was one of them. He came to the Jungle alone and has lived there for nine months. He doesn't want to stay in France.He told CNN his name -- Hashoq -- but couldn't say how it was spelt."I never learned to write," he said."I go. Jungle finished," he said, but couldn't say where he planned to go."I'm here working, working, trying to England."A team of workers in France began the long-awaited demolition of the "Jungle" migrant camp on Tuesday, pulling down tents, shacks and other makeshift shelters that thousands have called home over the past two years.French authorities began clearing the "Jungle" refugee camp on Monday, busing out more than 2,000 people by the afternoon as the country readies to raze the patch of wasteland where thousands have made temporary homes.[...]French autho[...]
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:39:54 GMT
President Obama will speak Friday afternoon at the University of Central Florida while campaigning for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
The event will be held at UCF’s CFE Arena. Doors open at 3 p.m.
To attend, RSVP at hillaryclinton.com or pick up tickets on Wednesday or Thursday at CFE arena.
The last time the president came to Orlando was after the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in June. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden both visited with victims' families and laid white roses at the Dr. Phillips Center memorial.
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In preparation for the event UCF will be closing the following roads down on Friday:
The roads will reopen after the event at 9 p.m.
Garage F will close at 7 a.m. Friday.
Students who live in Towers 1 and 2 and park in Garage G will need to move their vehicles by 7 a.m. All floors on the east side of Garage G, nearest to the arena will be closed for parking.
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:30:20 GMT
A pickup truck stolen from a Jacksonville police officer was recovered Tuesday evening in Springfield following a chase and one teenager was arrested, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said.
About 9 p.m., officers observed a pickup truck that had been reported stolen leaving the Roosevelt Gardens Apartments on Lincoln Court.
A pursuit followed, which ended when the pickup struck a police cruiser then crashed into a power pole on North Davis Street, splitting it in half, according to police.
Police said 14-year-old Patrick Bell, who driving the truck was taken into custody after a short foot chase when a K-9 unit was deployed, but a passenger in the pickup ran off.
No injuries were reported. The officer's missing dog was not in the pickup.
Bell was charged with armed burglary and auto theft. He was also charged with one count of aggravated battery on an officer and three counts of aggravated assault on an officer.
Anyone who knows the whereabouts of the second person who ran from the pickup is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS.
Friends of the police officer began searching for his dog after he said burglars broke into his Murray Hill home Monday afternoon and stole guns, jewelry and his pickup truck.
There is a $500 reward for the safe return of Hemingway, who is a pit bull and wears a brown leather collar. He has not yet been found.
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:06:47 GMTTue, 25 Oct 2016 13:59:01 GMT
Night had fallen over the Wanaque River in northern New Jersey. A few minutes after 8 p.m., John Spincken stood at the edge of the Interstate 287 overpass with both of his little boys, 100 feet above the chilly waters.
Moments later all three plunged from the bridge, according to state police. The toddlers, ages 1 and 3, survived the fall. But they were left fatherless as the 37-year-old resident of Pequannock, New Jersey, died in an apparent suicide Monday, state police said.
"When the officers found the children conscious and alert, it was nothing short of a miracle, that's for sure," said Capt. Christopher DePuyt of the Pequannock Township Police Department at a news conference Tuesday.
Police had responded early Monday to a residence in Pequannock Township for a domestic dispute call, DePuyt said.
A woman there told officers that she had argued with her husband and that he had threatened to harm the children. Shortly after, he had taken off with their boys in his car, the statement said.
Authorities tracked down the vehicle using the GPS signal on the man's phone, DePuyt said.
Authorities found Spincken's car on the shoulder of the Interstate 287 overpass. Police then discovered the two children injured but conscious in a wooded area beneath the bridge.
Spincken, found in the same location, was pronounced dead at the scene within an hour after the initial report, police said.
Paramedics treated both children at the scene before transporting them to the St. Joseph's Medical Center in Paterson, New Jersey.
According to DePuyt, trees underneath the bridge might have broken the fall of each of the toddlers. That's one reason why they're likely both alive.
"I, like anybody that's hearing this story now or last night, if you hear the beginning of the story you're expecting the worst," DePuyt said.
Police are asking for any possible witnesses to come forward so they can determine if Spincken threw the children off the bridge and then jumped, or if he was holding them when he jumped.
State police said the investigation is active and ongoing.
Both children were in fair condition at St. Joseph's on Wednesday morning, hospital spokeswoman Liz Asani said.
Two toddlers survived a 100-foot fall after their father -- possibly holding them in his arms -- intentionally jumped off an interstate bridge over a river in northern New Jersey, state police said.
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 23:59:35 GMTMon, 10 Oct 2016 16:01:00 GMTMon, 03 Oct 2016 21:09:03 GMT
After well over a century in the car business, Mercedes-Benz is just getting around to making its first luxury pickup truck. A concept version was revealed Monday.
Plans for the truck were first announced in March, 2015, but this is the first detailed look we've had at the design.
It's expected to go on sale late next year in parts of Europe, Africa, South America and Australia. But it won't be available in the United States, even though big, luxurious trucks are extremely popular here.
Mercedes showed off two versions of the truck, called the X-class, at a presentation in Stockholm, Sweden on Tuesday. One, a green truck, was outfitted for off-road use. The other truck, which was white, was more of a high-end luxury model with a wood-trimmed interior.
Customers will be able to choose from a variety of options and features -- such as high-end materials and familiar entertainment technologies -- that are available on other Mercedes-Benz models.
The top-of-the-line version will have a powerful six-cylinder diesel engine and full-time all-wheel-drive. Mercedes points to the growing market around the world for more luxuriously-equipped personal-use trucks as evidence that there is a market for a pickup with a Mercedes badge.
In the United States, both General Motors' Cadillac and Ford's Lincoln luxury division have offered luxury trucks in the past, but neither does so currently. Instead, they sell trucks like the GMC Sierrra Denali and the Ford F-150 Limited that offer the accoutrements of a luxury vehicle but with a brand name associated with serious work trucks.
Mercedes-Benz isn't new to trucks -- it sells large commercial trucks all over the world.
Mercedes was also one of the first luxury manufacturers to enter the luxury crossover SUV market, when it introduced the M-class SUV in the 1990s. The G-class SUV, a more rugged off-road vehicle, has been in production since 1979.
Mercedes traces its roots back to Karl Benz and his 1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen, which is generally credited as being the first internal combustion-powered automobile.
With its eye-catching looks and Formula One-rated velocity, this prototype ticks all the "supercar" boxes -- but this is no ordinary speed machine.
For automakers, the long run of sales growth has reached the end.
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:42:23 GMT
A man has died after he was seriously injured when a car hit himTuesday in Leesburg, according to police.
Terrald Norris, 54, was on U.S. Highway 27 when he was hit by a Volkswagen Jetta driven by 19-year-old Taylor Walker, Leesburg police said.
Norris was seriously injured and was taken to Leesburg Regional Medical Center, where he died.
The crash is still under investigation.
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:13:33 GMTFri, 30 Sep 2016 07:52:30 GMT
Miss Iceland has quit an international beauty pageant after she was allegedly told to lose weight.
Arna Ýr Jónsdóttir said staff from the popular contest, Miss Grand International, told her to eat less ahead of the final.
In a "goodbye" letter posted on Instagram Monday, she wrote: "I am a very strong woman, but sometimes my strength isn't enough.
"Your staff told me that I had to lose weight for the finals because I have too much fat on me and also too big shoulders."
In a statement, the president of Miss Grand International Organization, Nawat Itsaragrisil, said that when Jónsdóttir asked his staff about her weight, they said she "may be a little bit fat" and recommended that she try to lose some weight to win.
He added: "This is a normal process for the three weeks during the pageant, everyone should show their improvement.
"Similarly the staff give the same advice for others who asked what should they do to improve in order to win."
He said that he had spoken with Jónsdóttir along with the company's vice president and clarified matters, adding that "all seems fine."
The 20-year-old from Reykjavik said she was told that the pageant in Las Vegas would like her more if she ate less.
"I decided to leave ... Miss Grand international doesn't deserve my face, body, personality or heart."
The Icelandic model, who has been a gymnast since she was 10, said she hopes the pageant organizers "open their eyes."
"The year is 2016 and if you are gonna hold an international pageant you have to be able to see the international beauty."
Jónsdóttir has received support across social media for speaking out on the issue.
One user wrote it was "supercool" that the model told the contest "to shove it" when "told to eat air in prep for the competition."
Another said: "Miss Iceland is great and I hope this starts a revolution because pageants are dumb and set women up for disappointment."
The winner of the pageant, who will be crowned Wednesday evening, is expected to be an advocate for the Stop The War and Violence campaign, the pageant says, and part of her duties may include visiting refugee camps.
So, what now for Jónsdóttir?
She says she'll stay in Las Vegas until Wednesday to explore the city and and most importantly, "eat good food."
Donald Trump's campaign manager acknowledged Thursday that she reprimanded the Republican presidential nominee over his past comments on women.
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:00:15 GMTWed, 26 Oct 2016 12:59:27 GMTWed, 26 Oct 2016 20:16:47 GMTWed, 26 Oct 2016 09:47:27 GMT
A bullet flew through the bedroom window of a Melbourne home late Tuesday, but no injuries were reported, according to police.
The shooting was reported at 10:26 p.m. in the 3400 block of Sparrow Court.
According to Melbourne police, authorities received two emergency calls after gunshots were heard, and officers discovered that a bullet entered a home through a bedroom window.
A witness said a possible newer model silver Ford Mustang left the area at a high rate of speed, according to police.
Melbourne police said it's not known whether the home was the primary target or if it was a stray bullet from a nearby disturbance.
There is no evidence that the incident is related to a shooting at the Portofino Villas, police said.
An investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Melbourne Police Department at 321-608-6731 or Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS.
Police say two people were shot at an apartment complex parking lot.
Police say one man was killed and two were injured in a shooting in Orlando.
Newly released surveillance video shows the moments that led up to a double fatal shooting inside a Titusville hospital in July.
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:59:27 GMT
Two people were shot Tuesday night at an apartment complex parking lot, police said.
The shooting took place about 8:30 p.m. at Portofino Villas on Granada Bay Drive.
The victims were stable at a nearby hospital, police said.
Officers with the Melbourne Police Department are searching for the shooter and trying to determine a motive. It’s unclear if they knew each other, police said.
Meanwhile, police said there's no evidence that the incident is connected to another nearby shooting.
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 05:24:42 GMTMon, 10 Oct 2016 14:17:47 GMTWed, 05 Oct 2016 19:15:19 GMT
Starting a new business in New Zealand takes less than one day. In Venezuela, it takes 230.
That startling difference helps explain why the World Bank has rated New Zealand as the easiest place on the planet to do business -- and why Venezuela languishes 187th out of 190 economies.
This year's report is the first time New Zealand has seized the top spot in the rankings. It toppled Singapore, which had kept a stranglehold on first place for the past decade.
New Zealand scored the highest worldwide in five of the 10 indicators that the World Bank looks at, such as starting a business, dealing with construction permits, registering property and getting credit.
The United States slipped down one place in the overall table, from seventh to eighth. It was ranked highly for getting credit and dealing with insolvent firms -- but it suffered from a pretty poor rating for starting a business (51st worldwide).
It wasn't one of the 137 economies around the globe that made it easier to start and run small and medium-sized businesses over the past year, according to the World Bank study.
The three places that have most improved their business environment through recent reforms are Brunei, Kazakhstan and Kenya, the report said.
The worst rated economy worldwide is Somalia, which wasn't included in last year's rankings. The war-ravaged East African nation scores particularly badly for paying taxes (the World Bank says no such practice exists in Somalia) and protecting minority investors.
Here's the top 10:
1. New Zealand
4. Hong Kong
5. South Korea
7. United Kingdom
8. United States
Big business has warned the British government that it must change its approach to exit negotiations with the European Union or risk serious damage to the economy.
As the Republican presidential nominee faces mounting scrutiny over his income taxes and his refusal to release them, the public has no definitive accounting about what Donald Trump did or did not pay the government.
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:11:44 GMT
A 33-year-old man was shot Tuesday night at an Orange County gas station, deputies said.
The shooting was reported just before 10 a.m. at the Shell station on Old Winter Garden Road near Pine Hills Road.
The victim was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center with a non-life-threatening injury, Orange County sheriff's deputies said.
Two culprits fled the area in a car, deputies said.
No other details have been released.
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:07:43 GMT
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:55:06 GMT
Baseball fans will soon know the name of Central Florida's new minor league team.
Officials will unveil the name and the team's logo during a ceremony Wednesday evening.
The team was created after the Brevard County Manatees officially moved to Osceola County and signed a four-year affiliation with the Atlanta Braves.
The unveiling is set for 6:30 p.m. at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee.
The new minor league team will play its first game in April 2017.
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:52:14 GMT
Thousands more people in Central Florida can now get help from FEMA if they had damage from Hurricane Matthew.
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:41:28 GMTMon, 03 Oct 2016 16:29:55 GMTThu, 13 Oct 2016 16:57:00 GMTThu, 20 Oct 2016 12:54:38 GMTSun, 02 Oct 2016 22:11:03 GMTWed, 28 Sep 2016 19:17:40 GMT
The largest auto recall of all time just got even bigger.
Japanese automaker Toyota said Wednesday it's recalling another 5.8 million vehicles around the globe because of Takata's exploding airbags. That brings the total number of vehicles Toyota has called back since the start of the Takata scandal to 23.1 million.
The main areas hit by the latest recall are Europe, Japan and China, Toyota said in an email. Hugely popular models like the Corolla, Yaris and Etios are affected.
The U.S. is not included in this round, the automaker said, because it has already recalled the models there that were produced during the relevant periods of time. In all, Toyota has so far recalled more than 4.5 million vehicles in the U.S.
The Takata airbags, supplied to leading carmakers around the world, have been known to explode. Instead of softening the impact of a crash, they have sprayed metal shrapnel into the bodies of drivers and front seat passengers. Victims appear to have been shot or stabbed, according to police officers who have responded to the accidents.
Takata airbags have already been linked to at least 11 deaths in the U.S. and to hundreds of injuries globally.
The crisis has resulted in a massive global recall of tens of millions of vehicles made by companies like Honda, General Motors and Volkswagen.
Takata, meanwhile, is seeking financial support as it struggles with the mounting financial burden.
-- Junko Ogura contributed to this report.
Lonely at the wheel? Toyota wants to sell you a talking robot to keep you company.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk is at it again. In a classically cryptic tweet to his more than 5.5 million followers earlier this week, Musk teased that a new product announcement was coming on October 17.
Tesla is now building cars equipped for full self-driving. The cars aren't smart enough yet to use this new technology but, Tesla says they will learn fast.
Tesla is selling twice as many cars as it was a year ago.
Volkswagen unveiled a new long-range electric car Tuesday in Paris, and, in terms of cost and range, it's miles ahead of anything coming to market soon.
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:31:48 GMT
A nice, breezy day is set for Central Florida.
"We are pinpointing a strong east wind on Wednesday," News 6 meteorologist Troy Bridges said. "The winds will gust near 25 mph off the ocean water, bringing on shore a couple of light showers."
Most areas will be dry, but there's a 10 percent chance of light sprinkles.
"That east wind will kick up through the afternoon and continue through part of the early evening hours," Bridges said.
Central Florida started off the day a little milder than the last couple of days.
"Rather than the 40s and 50s, temperatures are starting out in the 60s and 70s," Bridges said. "Afternoon high as will be right on target with the average of 83 in most spots."
Rain chances stay pretty much out of the picture across the board through the weekend, with afternoon highs near the average.
There are currently no weather systems in the tropics.
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:29:34 GMT
Busch Gardens in Tampa closed its Congo River Rapids ride on Tuesday after four people were killed in a similar ride in Australia.
The Tampa theme park shut down its ride while workers learn more and collaborate with other park operators and ride manufacturers. They hope to understand exactly what happened in Australia, where officials say the ride malfunctioned, killing two men and two women in their 30s and early 40s.
The Australian ride is known as Thunder River Rapids. Riders sit in circular rafts along a fast-moving man-made river.
The malfunction caused the people to be ejected from their raft, while two others were caught inside the ride.
Authorities say they don’t know if the two victims who were stuck in the rapids were trapped underwater, or caught in the machinery. Park staffers tried to help the victims, but their injuries were too severe.
It's unclear how long the Tampa ride will be closed. News 6 will check with Busch Gardens on Wednesday morning.
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:14:44 GMT
Tip-off for Wednesday's game against the Miami Heat is set for 7 p.m.
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 01:37:05 GMT
A Canadian nurse is facing first-degree murder charges in the deaths of eight assisted-living facility residents from 2007 to 2014, according to Canadian authorities.
Elizabeth Tracey Mae Wettlaufer is accused of poisoning residents who ranged in age from 75 to 90 in two Ontario facilities, the Ontario Provincial Police said at a news conference on Tuesday.
Wettlaufer, 49, appeared in Ontario Court of Justice in the city of Woodstock on Tuesday. She was charged with eight counts of first-degree murder and taken into custody.
Woodstock police received a tip on September 29 that a nurse had killed multiple patients, leading to Wettlaufer's arrest, police said in a statement.
Police would not discuss motive, citing evidence that could impact court proceedings.
Victims James Silcox, 84, Maurice Granat, 84, Gladys Millard, 87, Helen Matheson, 95, Mary Zurawinski, 96, Helen Young, 90 and Maureen Pickering, 79, were residents at Caressant Care Nursing and Retirement Home in Woodstock.
Arpad Horvath, 75, resided at Meadow Park Long Term Care in London, Ontario. He died on August 31, 2014, the last of Wettlaufer's alleged victims.
Wettlaufer's lawyers did not return CNN's request for comment.
Caressant Care Woodstock Long Term Care Home said it is cooperating with police. Wettlaufer left the home's employ two and a half years ago, spokesman Lee Griffi said in a statement.
"Our highest priority is to continue to provide for the physical, social and spiritual needs of our residents, and that remains our focus," Griffi said.
"We deeply regret the additional grief and stress this is imposing on the families involved. We are determined to avoid compromising the police investigation in any way and are therefore unable to provide any additional comment at this time."
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:50:02 GMTMon, 24 Oct 2016 15:23:27 GMTFri, 21 Oct 2016 15:24:28 GMTWed, 19 Oct 2016 10:34:27 GMTMon, 17 Oct 2016 17:55:57 GMTFri, 14 Oct 2016 14:08:29 GMTFri, 14 Oct 2016 05:22:03 GMTFri, 14 Oct 2016 04:59:50 GMTCollege tuition keeps going up, rising faster than inflation and family income.The average total cost of tuition, fees, and room and board rose 10 percent over the past five years at public colleges and by 12 percent at private institutions, adjusted for inflation, according to The College Board's annual report released Wednesday.Median family income rose just 7 percent over the same time period.The good news is that the cost of college is no longer skyrocketing like it did during the recession. For the current school year, the average price rose slightly less than the year before. It went up by 2.4 percent for in-state students at public colleges, and 3.6 percent at private schools.One reason for the rise in cost is that public colleges are still feeling the effects of a dramatic cut in state funding during the recession. While states are beginning to pump more money back into public university school systems, the total is still about 9 percent less in inflation-adjusted dollars from its peak in 2007.Meanwhile, fewer students are choosing to enroll at public colleges. More are moving out of state or attending private colleges, which now might look more affordable compared their state schools, depending on grant and scholarship awards.Average sticker price for tuition, fees, room and board-Two-year community college: $11,580-For-profit college: $16,000 (excludes room and board)-In-state at public college: $20,090-Out-of-state at public college: $35,370-Private college: $45,370Average net price for tuition, fees, room and boardMost families don't end up paying the published tuition price, known as the "sticker price," because their students receive scholarships and grants. The net price shows what families actually will pay this year, on average, after accounting for the discount.-Two-year community college: $7,560-In-state at public college: $14,210-Private college: $26,080Data is not available for net prices at for-profit colleges or out-of-state tuition at public colleges.It happens so fast you almost miss it.Thousands of Seattle teachers made for an inspiring sight when they wore Black Lives Matter shirts en masse to reinforce their commitment to black students in their public schools. An association representing faculty at 14 state universities in Pennsylvania said its members are on strike following heated negotiations over wages and benefits.President Barack Obama touted the highest US high school graduation rate on record Monday, while visiting a high school in Washington and encouraged students to continue their education.When Hua-Yu Sebastian Cherng was a math teacher at a majority-black middle school in San Francisco, he would sit and listen to the conversations his students would have with each other.[...]Donald Trump on Thursday offered up his most detailed prescriptions yet to address the student debt crisis, proposing an income-based cap on student loan payments an[...]
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 10:05:56 GMTTue, 25 Oct 2016 10:38:07 GMTSun, 23 Oct 2016 20:14:07 GMTSun, 23 Oct 2016 05:50:02 GMTThu, 20 Oct 2016 04:59:01 GMTThu, 20 Oct 2016 04:32:47 GMTSun, 16 Oct 2016 06:22:35 GMTSat, 15 Oct 2016 21:28:25 GMTTue, 04 Oct 2016 07:29:25 GMTWed, 28 Sep 2016 15:30:10 GMTThu, 20 Oct 2016 18:26:02 GMTISIS is sending "suicide squads" from Syria to its Iraqi stronghold of Mosul, witnesses have told CNN, as tens of thousands of troops close in on the key city to take it from the militant group's control.Witnesses said most of hundreds of new arrivals had streamed into Mosul from the group's heartland of Raqqa, Syria, in the past two days, describing them as foreign fighters wearing distinct uniforms and suicide belts, and carrying light weapons.ISIS fighters have been seen rigging bridges across the strategic Tigris river with explosives and have prepared dozens of vehicle-borne suicide bombs.A coalition of around 100,000 forces began an operation on October 17 to retake Mosul, and have been slowly gaining ground toward the city, liberating villages from ISIS rule along the way.Clashes with ISIS fighters are expected to intensify the closer in troops get, and in Mosul itself, bloody street-to-street skirmishes are expected. Summary executions While the coalition has made sweeping gains, ISIS has put up a fierce resistance in pockets, relying on asymmetric warfare tactics, such as setting oil fields and even a sulfur factory alight to push coalition troops away, and using civilians as human shields.The group is also carrying out retribution killings, executing about 40 people on Saturday near a newly "liberated" village near Nimrud, southeast of Mosul, as revenge for those who had welcomed Iraqi forces. ISIS separately killed another 284 men and boys last week in and near Mosul.A UN High Commissioner for Human Rights spokesman, Rupert Colville, said Tuesday that his office had received reports of "barbaric acts" committed by ISIS as troops advance."We continue to receive reports of depredations -- including extrajudicial killings and summary executions -- against children and women, as well as male civilians, by ISIL as Iraqi Government forces close in on Mosul," he told a press briefing in Geneva, using an alternative name for ISIS."We also continue to receive information that reinforces the belief that ISIL are deliberately using civilians as human shields -- forcing them to move to sites where ISIL fighters are based, or preventing them from leaving other places for strategic reasons."He shared one case where three women and three young girls were allegedly killed Saturday after trailing behind a group that ISIS was forcing to relocate. The victims were lagging behind because one of the girls had a disability.He said that 15 civilians in Safina, a village south of Mosul, were killed and thrown into a river "apparently in an attempt to spread terror among the other residents."US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said Tuesday that efforts to capture of Raqqa would continue, and not be put on hold by the Mosul operation."There will be overlap, and that is part of our plan," Carter said."[...]
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:47:27 GMT
Newly released surveillance video shows the moments that led up to a double fatal shooting inside a Titusville hospital in July.
The video obtained by News 6 shows a suspect police identify as 29-year-old David Owens walking into Parrish Medical Center at approximately 2 a.m. on July 17.
The video shows Owens walking through the hospital, passing a child and her mother waiting in one of the hospital's waiting areas, and going by an empty nurse's station.
Titusville police say Owens made it to the third floor of the hospital's west wing, where the video shows him turning left into room 320. That's where investigators say he shot a gun twice, killing 88-year-old patient Cynthia Zingsheim and 36-year-old hospital worker Carrie Rouzer.
The video shows hospital workers panicking and running away from the area where they heard the shots fired.
Parrish Medical Center security officers then tackled Owens, kneeling on top of him to hold him until police arrive with their guns drawn.
The video also shows Owens' interview with Titusville police investigators. He appears incoherent and he sits down for his discussion. He fidgets and partially loses his hospital gown. He's heard answering questions he wasn't asked. "Do you remember having a gun?" the investigator is heard asking. "Are you a magician?" Owens responds. "No, I'm not a magician, but I'll show you how I do it later after we talk," the officer responds.
Owens was found not competent to stand trial on capital murder charges in Brevard County last week.
A judge ordered him to psychiatric care. Another hearing has been set for April.
Families and friends of Zingsheim and Rouzer have set up accounts to raise money for their burial costs and living expenses for Rouzer's son.
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:59:07 GMTWed, 19 Oct 2016 13:08:58 GMTSat, 15 Oct 2016 07:14:26 GMTFri, 14 Oct 2016 21:03:47 GMTThu, 06 Oct 2016 18:54:53 GMT
A British Airways flight from San Francisco to London was diverted to Vancouver Tuesday morning after members of the cabin crew became ill, the airline said.
All passengers on BA Flight 286 disembarked from the aircraft safely, but 25 crew members were treated in various hospitals in Vancouver "as a precaution," the airline said.
A spokesman for Vancouver Coastal Health, Gavin Wilson, told CNN that all patients have since been discharged.
When asked about media reports that crew members were treated for smoke inhalation, British Airways' London office told CNN that a number of people had been treated after becoming unwell.
Wilson said that "the earlier reports of smoke inhalation weren't substantiated."
BA spokeswoman Caroline Niven said that the airline is investigating the incident.
"Our team in Vancouver has ensured that all customers have been accommodated on different flights. We apologize for the disruption to their journeys," she wrote in a statement. She added that the crew would be returning to London.
Passenger Steve Lowy said he didn't notice anything odd or different while he was on the flight before it landed in Vancouver. He said people seemed "calm and a little nervous when the announcement happened, but that's it." He said he was on the top deck of the plane and didn't notice anyone feeling sick on the top deck.
Although he would be delayed 24 hours in returning to London, he told CNN: "We were all safe and well and that ultimately is the most important thing."
He later tweeted his dissatisfaction over the instructions provided by British Airways.
Another apparent passenger, Laura Dashwood, also tweeted about the situation, saying the airline had provided "zero info."
Kent Matthiesen, who says on Twitter that he works for an air systems service company in Vancouver, posted pictures of emergency vehicles around the plane with red lights shining in the darkness.
Vancouver Airport tweeted that British Airways check-in desks would open at 10 a.m. local time Tuesday to help rebook affected passengers.
The airline said it arranged hotel accommodation for the passengers and will help them book alternative flights "as soon as possible."
British Airways is owned by International Airlines Group (IAG), whose other airlines include Ireland's Aer Lingus and Spain's Iberia.
The Obama administration is cracking down on airlines' "hidden fees."
An African-American OB-GYN says she was discriminated against on a flight when attendants refused to let her help with an in-flight medical emergency.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices -- which are known to catch fire -- are being banned from all U.S. flights.
Airlines are canceling thousands of flights as Hurricane Matthew takes aim at Florida.
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 03:43:42 GMT
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation personnel are investigating the fatal shooting of a black bear in a Lake County neighborhood Tuesday, the agency said in a news release.
It is illegal to hurt a Florida black bear unless it is a threat to humans, the FWC said.
Amanda Coursey pulled into her driveway Monday afternoon and saw the bear motionless under a Magnolia tree in her front yard.
"It was a very, very large bear. We just assumed it had been hit by a car," Coursey said. "But my husband right away saw it wasn't breathing. We knew it was dead."
She says when FWC personnel came to to investigate, they flipped the 500-pound male bear and found it had been shot.
"It was very sad," Coursey added. "My husband is a hunter so I understand killing an animal for meat, but to kill an animal just to let it die, I think is just horrid."
She says FWC investigators have been talking to neighbors to find out what happened and hopes they find who ever shot the bear.
"I thought it was a felony apparently it's just a misdemeanor, which I think it should be more than that. I just don't know why anyone would feel the need to hurt an innocent animal," she said.
During the fall bears are more likely to be seen out in Florida neighborhoods looking for food, the FWC said.
The wildlife agency said it has spent $825,000 in Florida communities on preventative measures to deter black bears, such as bear-proof garbage cans.
In 2015, 300 bears were killed in the first Florida bear hunting season since 1994. FWC ended the hunt early after two days.
This summer, FWC officials voted to postpone a 2016 hunt until next year.
The FWC estimates there are 4,030 bears across the state.
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