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Consumer Reports: 5 Smart Home Products We're Psyched to See at CES—Again

Tue, 23 May 2017 01:35:46 GMT

"You look so familiar!" "Are you sure we haven’t met before?" "Do you come here often?"These are all lines you’d expect to overhear in Las Vegas, just not necessarily on the floor of the Consumer Electronics Show, the largest tech trade show in the world. Of the many thousands of new products that debut each year at CES, a smattering seem more than vaguely familiar to our experts. That’s because after an initial unveiling, some CES products are slow to transition from prototype to production line, and are essentially being introduced all over again.One reason for the holdups may simply be that companies, eager to make news at trade shows, are overly ambitious in their release schedules. “Small start-ups are eager to secure funding or start turning a profit, and big companies want to be seen as innovators and thought leaders,” says Angela McIntyre, Research Director at Gartner Associates, an information technology advisory firm.Issues of scale also complicate the process. “A company may make 100 working units before a trade show and find that one fails. That’s not a big deal, but if that same 1 percent failure rate holds when you start producing 100,000 units, it can cause serious production delays,” she says.Another issue is the nature of what products are expected to do. “Voice recognition and artificial intelligence in particular are being used more and more, and they’re two of the most complicated technologies to build into a new product,” says Jim Barry of the Consumer Technology Association. Since smart home products rely disproportionately on both technologies, the delays can really add up for connected devices.So, as CES 2017 kicks off, we’d like to revisit a few of those smart home products we first met last year. Here’s hoping that this year, what happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas. See Consumer Reports' CES 2017 coverage.Delta Leak Detector (shown above) What we liked: Connected leak detectors are nothing new, but these offer remote monitoring with a free app, eliminating the need to invest in a costly smart hub. They’ll also detect as little as several drops of water—other models often require 1/16 inch of standing water before they’ll go off. What to expect: Delta aims to make their leak detectors ($79.99) available for pre-order by July and start delivering by fall.Halo and Halo+ Smart Smoke Alarms What we liked: The first smoke detectors that actually do what all models should—combine both types of smoke detection (ionization and photoelectric) along with a carbon monoxide alarm. Like all smart alarms, they’ll warn you via a smartphone app if they go off, which is helpful if you’re not at home. The Halo+ has the added feature of audibly announcing severe weather warnings for your area, or sending them to your phone. What to expect: We’re told the Halo ($99) and Halo+ ($129) will both be available later in January 2017 and sold through retailers like Amazon and Lowe's. iDevices Outlets and Light Switches What we liked: Too many smart home products require buying and connecting platform-specific hubs, bulbs, and fixtures. iDevices plans to do away with all of that by offering hard-wired outlets and light switches with a built-in WiFi chip, allowing you to use a single app to control just about anything in your home. Plus they’ll work with Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, and Google Home to let you turn things on and off with voice commands. What to expect: iDevices has made switches and outlets ($99.95 each) available for pre-order now, and intends to offer dimmer switches later this year. SimpliSafe Smart Camera What we liked: SimpliSafe’s smart camera offers features you’d find on most models, like live streaming, night vision, and intelligent recording. But what makes it unique is the one feature you can’t see—real-time monitoring by security pros. It pairs with SimpliSafe’s other connected security products, [...]



FHP investigates deadly crash involving vehicle, pedestrian in Orange CountyDaytona house fire started by matches prompts arson investigationPolice: Child who set books on fire for YouTube video caused Brevard brush fireMan injured in Cocoa ATV crash, officials sayAgain? Woman gets locked in Titusville CVS

Tue, 23 May 2017 01:35:11 GMTTue, 23 May 2017 01:24:35 GMTTue, 23 May 2017 01:10:00 GMTTue, 23 May 2017 00:23:15 GMTMon, 22 May 2017 23:38:44 GMT

A pedestrian died Monday evening after he or she was hit by a vehicle on Colonial Drive, near Chickasaw Trail in Orange County, officials said.

The crash took place about 7:35 p.m., said Sgt. Kim Montes, a spokesperson for the Florida Highway Patrol.

The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the Orlando Regional Medical Center.

Stay with News 6 for the latest information.

An arson investigation is underway after firefighters said the Daytona Beach house fire they spotted Monday morning was intentionally set in multiple rooms in the home by someone using matches.

A 12-year-old student apparently attempting to burn his school books set off a brush fire that led to at least half a dozen homes being evacuated in a West Melbourne neighborhood, police said.

A man was flown via helicopter to a trauma center after he was injured in an all-terrain vehicle crash Monday, Brevard County Fire Rescue said.

A quick pit-stop at a Titusville CVS turned into panic for a woman who found herself locked inside.




British police: 19 dead after blast at Ariana Grande concert in ManchesterFatalities after suspected bombing at Ariana Grande concertSecurity incident at Sweden's Landvetter AirportPolice arrest man at Heathrow on terrorism-related chargesTerrorism and global tensions are hurting these vacation hot spotsFrom economic woes to terrorism, a daunting to-do list for France's next president

Tue, 23 May 2017 01:14:00 GMTTue, 23 May 2017 00:57:12 GMTMon, 22 May 2017 22:58:34 GMTFri, 05 May 2017 00:00:18 GMTMon, 01 May 2017 12:28:46 GMTTue, 25 Apr 2017 17:44:02 GMT

At least 19 people are dead and about 50 injured in a possible terrorist incident Monday night at Manchester Arena in England, where pop singer Ariana Grande was performing, Greater Manchester Police said.

"This is currently being treated as a terrorist incident until police know otherwise," Manchester police said on Twitter.

"We can confirm there was an incident as people were leaving the Ariana Grande show last night. The incident took place outside the venue in a public space. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims," police said early Tuesday on Twitter.

After the initial incident, police carried out a precautionary controlled explosion nearby but the item turned out to be discarded clothing, not a "suspicious item," Greater Manchester Police said.

Investigators are looking into the possibility of a suicide bombing outside of the arena, according to a Western law enforcement official and a US law enforcement official.

Earlier police had warned people to stay away from Manchester Arena after reports of two loud explosions. The crowd was made up of mainly younger people who had come to see Grande in her first of three scheduled concerts in the UK, on her European and Latin American tour.

Ivo Delgado, a witness, told CNN he heard one explosion after the concert ended. He said there was smoke in a main corridor outside the arena seating and stage area as he and others were heading out of the building.

"It was a really big explosion. Everybody started screaming and running," he said.

Delgado said: "There were people on the floor ... There was a lot of confusion."

Social media posts from the scene showed panicked concertgoers running down the arena's stairs in an attempt to get away.

British Transport Police told CNN it was in the process of closing some transport in the area.

Video from near the scene showed a caravan of ambulances heading to the arena.

Universal Music Group, parent company for Grande's record label, Republic Records, posted a statement on Facebook.

"We are deeply saddened to learn of tonight's devastating event in Manchester. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this tragedy," the post says.

The leader of Britain's Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, offered support on Twitter. "Terrible incident in Manchester. My thoughts are with all those affected and our brilliant emergency services."

Musicians such as Ed Sheeran, Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry all offered supportive tweets.

Perry tweeted Monday that she is "Praying for everyone at @ArianaGrande's show."

At least 19 people were killed at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England on Monday, May 22.

Swedish police are working to determine if there are explosives in a bag found at Landvetter Airport in Gothenburg, Sweden, authorities said Monday evening.

British police arrested a man at London's Heathrow Airport on Thursday on suspicion of terrorism-related offenses, Metropolitan Police said.

It's getting harder and harder to find a worry-free vacation destination.

Winning the election is just the start of it. The list of troublesome issues facing the next president of France is lengthy, and it will not be easy to solve any of them.




Trump's first budget: Trillions in cutsAmerica's safety net is at risk from Trump's budget axTrump's budget to include paid family leaveCongress back to work while Trump overseas: Budget, RussiaTrump budget: $800 billion in Medicaid cutsPresident's fiscal 2018 budget would slash EPA spending by 30%

Tue, 23 May 2017 01:25:19 GMTTue, 23 May 2017 01:02:03 GMTMon, 22 May 2017 16:49:16 GMTMon, 22 May 2017 11:37:41 GMTMon, 22 May 2017 04:19:08 GMTSat, 20 May 2017 11:25:12 GMT

President Trump's first full budget proposal lands on lawmakers' desks Tuesday morning.It calls on Congress to spend $4.1 trillion next year, a little more than what is being spent this year. But it would greatly reallocate where many federal funds go -- beefing up spending in some areas, while slashing it in others over the next ten years.Trump is proposing to spend more on defense, border security and infrastructure. And he wants to create a first-ever federal paid family leave program.At the same time, he's calling for drastic cuts to many safety net and other domestic programs that focus on everything from the environment and education to student loans and scientific research.The administration estimates that the president's budget would reduce overall spending by $3.6 trillion over the next 10 years.The end result, on paper anyway, is a fiscal conservative's dream: A balanced budget by 2027 with a reduction in the nation's cumulative debt as a share of the economy.But the White House arrives at those projections in part by using assumptions that few economists or policy experts outside the administration view as realistic. Trump's economic and budget teams assume a higher economic growth rate than others. They also assume that tax reform won't add to deficits and that the controversial House-passed version of Obamacare repeal will be law.Of course, a president's budget is never adopted wholesale by Congress or, in some years, even in parts. But it does lay out for lawmakers where the president's fiscal and legislative priorities lie -- and where they don't -- as they start to craft a budget for next year.Here are a few takeaways from Trump's 2018 budget blueprint: More money for defense and border security The Trump budget would lift the legal spending cap on defense and add $54 billion to its topline funds for 2018. It also would increase funding for defense for every other year in the next decade relative to baseline projections.He is also calling for $2.6 billion to be spent on border security. The bulk of that -- $1.6 billion -- would pay for a "new and replacement" border wall that Trump campaigned on. Less money for nondefense domestic programs To offset all the extra defense funding, Trump is proposing to slash nondefense discretionary spending by $54 billion next year and then continue to cut funding by 2% a year for the rest the decade.This category of spending accounts for the smallest part of the federal budget and covers everything from education, legal aid and national parks to government-funded research and diplomacy.Even without Trump's proposal, spending on nondefense discretionary programs is already historically low. As a share of the economy it's at its lowest level since 1998 and is well below where it was 50 years ago, according to data from the Congressional Budget Office. Safety net program cuts Several programs geared to helping low-income and disabled Americans would come under the knife in Trump's budget. It would reduce spending on programs like food stamps (or SNAP), Social Security disability insurance benefits, additional income for poor seniors, disabled adults and children (SSI), and public assistance for needy families (TANF).Part of the reduction would result from Trump's proposal to tighten eligibility requirements for benefits in these programs and "encourage" work. White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney put it this way in a briefing with reporters: "If you're on food stamps and able-bodied, we need you to go to work." Tax credit changes Mulvaney noted that the Trump plan would require working adults whose low income otherwise qualifies them for the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit to have a Social Security number. The goal is to prevent illegal workers from claiming them, even if they have children who are American citizens.The administration estimates the change would save $[...]



Daytona house fire started by matches prompts arson investigation

Tue, 23 May 2017 01:24:35 GMT

An arson investigation is underway after firefighters said the Daytona Beach house fire they spotted Monday morning was intentionally set in multiple rooms in the home by someone using matches.

Daytona Beach firefighters said they were returning to the station around 8:30 a.m. when they saw smoke from a house fire in the Pelican Bay neighborhood. The fire hadn't been reported at the time.

When crews arrived at the Tropic Bird Court home, they found a woman lying on the ground in front of the house. Firefighters carried her to safety and she was taken to a hospital.

"She was out here on the sidewalk -- laying down on the sidewalk, flat," neighbor Carl Peters said. "(Everyone) came over and tried to comfort her."

He said the woman suffered smoke inhalation and burns on her hands from trying to open doors with hot doorknobs.

Investigators said fires were discovered in the living room, kitchen and a bedroom. Firefighters found multiple points of origin throughout the house, the Daytona Beach Fire Department said.

Firefighters contained the blaze and prevented it from spreading to nearby homes.

The woman's current condition was unknown as of Monday evening.

Firefighters were told that a husband and wife were renting the single-family home. The husband was not home when firefighters arrived.

The fire is being investigated by the state fire marshal as arson.

Officials estimated the damage to the home at $40,000.




Police: Child who set books on fire for YouTube video caused Brevard brush fire

Tue, 23 May 2017 01:10:00 GMT

A 12-year-old student apparently attempting to burn his school books set off a brush fire that led to at least half a dozen homes being evacuated in a West Melbourne neighborhood, police said.

The boy called 911, and told Melbourne dispatchers about the fire around 2:30 p.m. Monday, according to a news release from the Melbourne Police Department.

The blaze was burning in the 3000 block of Snicole Avenue, near Dairy Road, police said.

Several lots were on fire as Brevard County Fire Rescue crews converged on the heavily wooded area to contain the fast-moving flames, News 6 partner Florida Today reported.

The fire was quickly encroaching on homes in the Manchester Lakes subdivision, fire officials said. People were evacuated as a precautionary measure.

The fire was contained by late Monday.

Sgt. Brian Hart of the Melbourne Police Department said the boy told 911 that he set fire to the school books and planned to post the incident to YouTube. But then the situation got out of hand.

"That's what the (caller) stated," Hart said.

The boy faces the following charges: intentional burning of lands and criminal mischief, which are both  third-degree felonies. Based on the child’s age, a juvenile referral has been completed and sent to the state attorney’s office.

Firefighters from Brevard County, Palm Bay and Melbourne worked to contain the blaze. Winds picked up throughout the afternoon.

An investigation is ongoing. The fire burned a yard and a fence, but no structures were damaged.




Man injured in Cocoa ATV crash, officials say

Tue, 23 May 2017 00:23:15 GMT

A man was flown via helicopter to a trauma center after he was injured in an all-terrain vehicle crash Monday, Brevard County Fire Rescue said.

Fire officials said it happened on the north end of Satellite Boulevard in Canaveral Groves.

No other details were immediately released.

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




Again? Woman gets locked in Titusville CVSWoman locked inside vault after attempted jewelry theft foiledCustomer locked inside St. Cloud CVS: 'Hello, let me out'

Mon, 22 May 2017 23:38:44 GMTTue, 28 Mar 2017 14:43:10 GMTThu, 16 Feb 2017 19:35:21 GMT

A quick pit-stop at a Titusville CVS turned into panic for a woman who found herself locked inside.Lillian Rimmel, an Orlando resident in town to visit a friend, said she stopped by the CVS store located on Garden Street to pick up a birthday card Friday night. She walked in the store around 9:50 p.m., not knowing the store closed at 10 p.m., she said. But as she walked toward the front of the store to check out, just minutes after the 10 p.m. closing, she triggered a motion sensor alarm and found herself barricaded inside. A metal security gate blocked the front entrance as sirens began blaring."I started screaming, "Is anyone here? Can anyone help me?" said Rimmel, assuming employees would be counting a register or cleaning.She panicked, she said, dropped the card on the floor and dialed a friend who advised her to call 911."All I could hear were alarms," said Jacqueline Burt, Rimmel's friend. "I told her to call 911 because I didn't want them to go in there with guns."Rimmel told Florida Today that she was paranoid someone might think she was a burglar, so she stood in front of a security camera and dialed police."I was shaking. I was scared, but I wasn’t scared for my life. I was just so nervous that I did something wrong," she said. "I didn’t know how this could happen. I was dumbfounded."She sat down facing the front door and waited for police."They told me to stay where I was and they would call me back when they found someone to let me out," said Rimmel, who said police needed to find someone with keys to free her from the store.Burt called another CVS store in Titusville, whose employees were able to reach the manager of the Garden Street location.Amy Matthews, a public information officer for the Titusville Police Department, said officers responded to the 911 call, which came in at 10:09 p.m. When police got there, they waited for a key holder to arrive and never entered the premises. There was no wrongdoing from either party, she said, but officers did help calm down Rimmel, who was shaken up.When the CVS manager arrived, she opened up the store and then asked Rimmel if she would still like to purchase the card — which she did.Rimmel said there was no announcement warning of the store closure and there were other customers in the store when she arrived. She said was unsure how employees didn't know she was still in the store, and was surprised by how quickly the store was emptied after the closing."I’m 6 feet tall. I can overlook all the partitions, I can look over every one of the aisles, so I don’t know how they didn’t see me. No one said anything to me. No one did nothing," she said. "There was no indication it was closing at all. The music was still on and so were the lights."A nearly identical situation was reported in February at a St. Cloud CVS.A CVS spokesperson said Monday that corrective action has been taken at both locations.“We sincerely apologize for the incident at our Titusville store,” a CVS spokesperson said in an email to News 6. “We are reinforcing the correct store closing procedures with all of our stores to prevent this from occurring again.”A 46-year-old woman who tried to trick a Boca Raton jewelry store owner so she could walk away with more than $6 million in jewels was arrested.It's a shopping trip St. Cloud resident Christian Hathaway will never forget.[...]


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Orlando Magic hires Jeff Weltman as president of basketball operations, sources sayLeBron doesn't talk to Cavaliers owner, sources sayOrlando Magic will have sixth pick in NBA draftOrlando Magic to buy Orlando Solar Bears

Mon, 22 May 2017 23:22:35 GMTSat, 20 May 2017 00:14:24 GMTWed, 17 May 2017 11:31:01 GMTWed, 03 May 2017 22:48:20 GMT

The Orlando Magic fired a handful of basketball operations staff members Monday as management made its pick for the new president of basketball operations, News 6 Sports Director David Pingalore has learned through an NBA source.

Jeff Weltman accepted an offer to be Orlando Magic president of basketball operations, sources confirmed Monday evening to News 6's Pingalore.

Weltman is currently the general manager in Toronto, working under Raptors President Masai Ujiri.

Weltman spent 13 years with the Clippers as director of player personnel and six years as assistant GM in Denver.

Weltman’s father, Harry Weltman, was a longtime general manager in the NBA and ABA.

Asked for the number of employees fired Monday, Magic management declined to comment.

The basketball operations manager, analytics manager and the salary cap manager are among those cut, sources told News 6.

It is not clear if interim General Manager Matt Lloyd will remain as the general manager.

Rob Hennigan was fired April 13 after five losing seasons.

The Magic are courting Cavaliers GM David Griffin as a replacement general manager, NBA sources say.

The NBA draft is still a little more than a month away, but this year the Orlando Magic will have to be patient when it comes to making their pick.

The Orlando Magic is planning to purchase the Orlando Solar Bears franchise in an effort to keep it from folding, sources told News 6.


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Orlando changes how officers handle opiods after Ohio officer almost dies

Mon, 22 May 2017 23:22:18 GMT

The Orlando Police Department is no longer allowing officers to field test substances believed to be heroin after an officer in Ohio overdosed while arresting two people on drug charges last week.

Police said the Ohio officer nearly died because the synthetic opiod fentanyl touched his skin.

After that near deadly incident in Ohio, Orlando Deputy Chief Robert Anzueto sent a memo to all employees advising them of the change.

"We saw that story, we said we have to make a decision on moving forward," Anzueto said.

Fentanyl deaths increased by almost 140 percent in 2016 compared to the first half of 2015, according to the 2016 Florida Medical Examiners report. Fentanyl was the No. 1 drug-related killer in 2016, the report said.

"Effective immediately, any officer who contacts a suspect with a substance believed to be heroin shall not conduct any presumptive field tests," the memo reads.

In the past, if an officer suspected a substance was a narcotic, they had test kits that allowed them to test it immediately. Because of the potency of fentenyl and other opiods, the deputy chief want officers to limit their contact.

"The number one priority in all of this is our officers safety," Anzueto said.

Police said fentanyl is often sold as heroin, but is much more potent. It is so dangerous and spreading around the country so fast, the Drug Enforcement Administration made a video warning police and emergency responders of the risks. 

The Orlando Police Department quickly took action. 

The memo sent to officers advises how the drug should be handled: "...suspected heroin will be safely handled using gloves, and a mask, and properly packaged," the memo reads.

The substance will then be sent to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for testing.           

"We don't want to put our officers at risk by touching this suspected substance and falling ill from it," Anzueto told News 6.

The turnaround time to get test results from FDLE is between 30-60 days. 

If the test comes back positive, an arrest warrant will be obtained for the suspect.

When asked if the extra time it could take to arrest someone on drug charges posed a risk to the community, Anzueto said, "No."  He added that the policy is what is best for his officers.

The policy change is temporary.  Department heads will meet with representatives of other agencies, including FDLE, to come up with "best practices" for officers and a permanent policy regarding the handling of opiods.


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Moss Park swimming area could close permanently after gator attackGirl says Gatorland visit taught her how to fend off alligatorNearly 9-foot alligator attacks girl at Orlando parkDeputies search for culprit who tortured alligator, gouged its eyes out

Mon, 22 May 2017 23:19:09 GMTTue, 09 May 2017 10:19:55 GMTMon, 08 May 2017 18:19:28 GMTThu, 18 May 2017 20:46:30 GMT

The future of a longtime swimming spot at Moss Park is uncertain two weeks after an alligator bit a 10-year-old girl at Lake Mary Jane, Orange County officials said.

Juliana Ossa suffered an injury to the front of her knee and several puncture wounds to the back of her knee and lower thigh when the alligator, which was 8 feet 9 inches long, bit her May 6.

Since then, the beach area of the park has been closed and officials said they aren't sure when or if it will reopen.

Signs at the park warn visitors of alligators and that they should swim at their own risk, but buoys and lifeguards at the public park make it feel safe. 

But as Ossa learned, there's nothing to stop the alligators that are often spotted outside the designated swimming area from ducking under the rope and past the buoys to lurk around the swimmers.

Park visitor Dustin Benton said he would have gone in the water Monday if the area had reopened, but his fiancee Angie Frankino was against it, especially after learning that there have been two alligator attacks in the area in the past seven years.

Benton said parkgoers should be able to decide for themselves if they want to go in the water.

"I mean, if the county wants to open a park in a place where the alligators have lived, I guess personally that's our decision to come here and decide to swim," Benton said.

Frankino disagreed.

"See, now, me as a new mom with a little one, I'd say close it. It's not even worth it," Frankino said.

Officials said they are considering closing the area permanently, they said they have to weigh the beauty and recreation the park offers with the liability the county could face if there is another gator attack.

Orange County personnel said they will continue to consult with Florida Fish and Wildlife officials to determine if the water is safe for swimming.

A 10-year-old girl recovering after she was bitten by an alligator at Lake Mary Jane says she is alive because of tips she learned at Gatorland.

A young girl is recovering after she was bitten by an alligator at Lake Mary Jane, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Martin County deputies are searching for the public's help identifying the culprit accused of torturing an alligator by gouging its eyes out with a blunt object.


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TUI Fly flight returns to Sanford airport after crew becomes sick

Mon, 22 May 2017 23:16:44 GMT

A flight from Orlando Sanford International en route to England Sunday night had to return after crew and passengers reported not feeling well, airport officials said.

Flight attendants aboard German Budget airline TUI Fly 375 complained of nausea and dizziness.

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After returning to Orlando Sanford International Airport, 27 of the 287 passengers and crew were treated on scene. Four people were taken to a hospital.

The Seminole County Fire Department’s special hazards and operations team checked the air quality of the plane, which was in normal range, airport officials said.

The cause of the illnesses are unknown.

About 150 passengers were taken to local hotels for the night and are scheduled to depart on another flight at 4:30 p.m. Monday.


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Mueller briefed on secret Comey memos, source saysChaffetz's hearing with Comey postponedRussia foreign minister denies talking to Trump about ComeyComey's father: Trump was 'scared to death' of FBI directorSource: Comey believes Trump was trying to influence himSenators: Comey to testify publicly before intelligence panel

Mon, 22 May 2017 22:12:18 GMTMon, 22 May 2017 22:08:13 GMTSat, 20 May 2017 17:03:02 GMTSat, 20 May 2017 19:46:05 GMTSat, 20 May 2017 02:53:50 GMTSat, 20 May 2017 01:21:27 GMT

Robert Mueller -- the former FBI director now overseeing the Department of Justice's investigation into Russia's election-year meddling and contact with the Trump campaign -- has been briefed on the contents of some of the memos that former FBI Director James Comey kept to document his conversations with President Donald Trump, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Additionally, he has already visited FBI headquarters, where he met with the counterintelligence agents who have been working on the case since last July, according to two people familiar with the matter.

In one memo, Comey wrote that Trump asked him to end the FBI probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, according to a person familiar with the matter.

One source added that part of Mueller's investigation is expected to focus on obstruction of justice. In that case, Comey would be a witness and Mueller will likely interview him as part of the probe.

Potentially complicating that effort is Comey's acceptance to testify on Capitol Hill after Memorial Day. The source says Comey likely will be limited with what he will be able to say now that the Russia probe is in the hands of Mueller.

"There's no way in the world Mueller wants his witness testifying," the source said. "He wants to question him before anyone else does but before that he'll have to go through tons of documents."

That means there will likely be a lot of negotiating happening in the early stages of the investigation particularly when it comes to congressional inquiries on the same material.

The source says Mueller is likely going to want to talk to people involved in the House and Senate investigations to make sure that he has the lead on everything involved with this investigation.

On Monday, Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, the vice chairman of the Senate intelligence panel, told CNN that he and the committee's chairman, North Carolina Republican Sen. Richard Burr, hoped to meet with Mueller to talk about what Comey can and cannot say in his testimony.

"Our hope is that the chairman and I will be able to sit down and again just kind of get the rules of the road for us going forward with Director Mueller," Warner said.

Also on Monday, Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah, chair of the House oversight committee, tweeted that he would postpone a planned Wednesday hearing because Comey told him he wants to speak with Mueller before testifying publicly.

House oversight committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz has postponed his hearing scheduled for Wednesday, the Utah congressman announced Monday, after reaching former FBI Director James Comey, whom Chaffetz wanted to testify.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov denies discussing the firing of former FBI Director James Comey with President Donald Trump during his White House visit earlier this month.

The father of former FBI Director James Comey says his son was fired because President Donald Trump was "scared to death of him."

Former FBI Director James Comey now believes that President Donald Trump was trying to influence his judgment about the Russia probe, a person familiar with his thinking says.

Former FBI Director James Comey will testify publicly before the Senate intelligence committee, committee leaders announced Friday.




Security incident at Sweden's Landvetter Airport

Mon, 22 May 2017 22:58:34 GMT

Swedish police are working to determine if there are explosives in a bag found at Landvetter Airport in Gothenburg, Sweden, authorities said Monday evening.

Airport spokesman Anders Porelius said the situation is "ongoing," and that there is an "indication of explosives" in a bag found at Sweden's second-largest airport.

Police said a "suspected dangerous object" was discovered in the departure hall of the airport.

The airport is evacuating around 600 passengers to the south side of the airport from six grounded planes on the runway, Porelius said.




Sessions hearing rescheduled for JuneState AGs to Sessions: Rescind criminal charging guidanceAlabama Rep. Mo Brooks announces bid for Sessions' Senate seatDemocrats -- and at least 1 Republican -- criticize Sessions' new directive on criminal chargesAG Sessions paves way for stricter sentencing in criminal casesSessions, Rosenstein interviewing potential interim FBI directors Wednesday

Mon, 22 May 2017 22:38:05 GMTFri, 19 May 2017 20:03:22 GMTMon, 15 May 2017 16:12:15 GMTFri, 12 May 2017 18:14:12 GMTFri, 12 May 2017 15:29:03 GMTWed, 10 May 2017 19:27:11 GMT

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is no longer appearing before two congressional committees this week.

The Senate Appropriations hearing has been rescheduled for June.

Sessions was scheduled to testify before House and Senate appropriations subcommittees on Wednesday and Thursday to talk about the Justice Department budget, but he was sure to face questions over the firing of former FBI Director James Comey and his recusal from the Russia investigation.

Many Democrats criticized Sessions for playing a role in the firing of Comey over his recusal in the Russia investigation after Trump said that the investigation was part of his decision to dismiss Comey.

An administration official said the hearing was rescheduled due to a scheduling conflict, because Sessions was traveling.

More than a dozen state attorneys general sent US Attorney General Jeff Sessions a letter Thursday asking him to rescind criminal charging guidance he sent to prosecutors last week.

Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks announced Monday he will run for Attorney General Jeff Sessions' old Senate seat.

Members of Congress reacted Friday with mixed reviews -- some sharply critical -- of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' new directive that could potentially ramp up criminal charges in cases involving nonviolent drug crimes.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has a new directive for federal prosecutors across the country: charge suspects with the most serious offense you can prove.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein are interviewing four potential interim FBI directors Wednesday, according to a Justice Department official.




Campus killing: Suspect is a member of 'Alt-Reich' Facebook group, police sayMississippi man sentenced for hate-crime killing of transgender womanCourt: West Virginia hate crime law doesn't include anti-gay attacksU.K. says Facebook and Google must tackle hate speechFresno hate crime suspect describes anger toward white men

Mon, 22 May 2017 20:50:02 GMTMon, 15 May 2017 23:01:26 GMTFri, 12 May 2017 19:34:28 GMTMon, 01 May 2017 13:30:03 GMTTue, 25 Apr 2017 06:31:43 GMT

A judge has denied bond for a white University of Maryland student accused of fatally stabbing a young black student at a campus bus stop.Sean Christopher Urbanski, 22, of Severna Park, Maryland, is charged with murder in the death early Saturday of Richard Collins III, 23, a recently commissioned US Army second lieutenant who was due to graduate this week from nearby Bowie State University.Urbanski is a member of a Facebook group called "Alt-Reich," which spews hatred toward minorities "and especially African-Americans," University of Maryland Police Chief David Mitchell said. Given that evidence, the FBI is assisting the investigation as officials try to determine whether the incident was a hate crime, the agency announced. While denying Urbanski bond on Monday, Maryland District Judge Patrice E. Lewis called him "an absolute danger to the community."A promising life ends in bizarre encounterCollins was just three days away from graduating from Bowie State when he went to visit friends at the University of Maryland, the police chief said. About 3 a.m. Saturday, Collins and his friends were approached by Urbanski, police said. Urbanski started yelling bizarre commands at Collins, witnesses said, according to police. "He said to the victim, 'Step left, step left if you know what's good for you,'" the witnesses said, according to the police chief. "The victim looked at him puzzled with the other friends of his and said 'No,'" Mitchell said. "It was then that (the suspect) stabbed the victim in his chest."Collins fell backward, Mitchell said. His friends tried to help him before university officers arrived and performed CPR, he said. Collins was pronounced dead at a hospital. Urbanski has been charged with first- and second-degree murder as well as first-degree assault. At a bond hearing, Urbanski's attorney, William C. Brennan Jr., argued his client was intoxicated at the time of the alleged crime. Brennan declined to comment after court. Maryland State Attorney Angela D. Alsobrooks told reporters on Monday that authorities will consider every angle in the investigation, as with all cases. "Whether or not it's a hate crime is one of those angles that will be considered," she said. "I can tell you that at this early stage in this investigation, we do not have enough evidence to say conclusively whether this is a hate crime."She said the priority is first completing the homicide investigation before the FBI could determine whether the stabbing is a hate crime, meaning it could be prosecuted on the federal level.Alsobrooks said: "We assure you that we will work until we get it right, until we have answers to provide to this community." She said authorities "need something probably more than just a Facebook posting" for the killing to be considered a hate crime. 'Alt-Reich' group now offlineCentral to the FBI deciding whether the incident could have been a hate crime is the "Alt-Reich" Facebook page."When I looked at the information that's contained on that website ... it's despicable," Mitchell said."It shows extreme bias against women, Latinos, members of the Jewish faith and especially African-Americans, which brings up questions as to the motive of this case," he said. Mitchell said Sunday authorities have not seen a post from Urbanski on the Facebook page, "however, that doesn't mean it's not there," he said. The Facebook page has since been taken offline. The Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate crimes and hate groups, said it had not heard of "Alt-Reich" before the Maryland killing.In recent months, there has been a jump in racist groups naming themselves variations of the term "alt-right," said Heidi Bei[...]



In Mississippi, 3 teens charged in boy's death are denied bondMississippi man sentenced for hate-crime killing of transgender womanACLU sues Mississippi sheriff over alleged excessive force, racial profilingTulsa jury foreman: Shooting of unarmed black man 'tragic but justifiable'Tulsa officer acquitted in fatal shooting of Terence CrutcherJordan Edwards' father sues officer in fatal shooting10 shot, 2 killed in 'brazen' Chicago gang shooting

Mon, 22 May 2017 20:14:07 GMTMon, 15 May 2017 23:01:26 GMTSat, 13 May 2017 17:44:48 GMTSun, 21 May 2017 02:50:51 GMTThu, 18 May 2017 08:45:59 GMTMon, 08 May 2017 23:47:03 GMTMon, 08 May 2017 05:07:21 GMT

Three Mississippi teens accused of killing a 6-year-old boy last week were denied bond during their first court appearances on Monday.

Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest briefed reporters Monday about the case and said there would be no more arrests.

The suspects have been charged with capital murder in the shooting death of Kingston Frazier. The boy was found dead in his mother's car on Thursday morning, hours after the vehicle was reported stolen.

Byron McBride, 19, Dwan Wakefield, 17, and D'Allen Washington, 17, were being held without bond in the Madison County Detention Center, authorities said.

A preliminary hearing has been set for June 26.

A theft, then an Amber Alert

The incident occurred early Thursday in Jackson, the Mississippi state capital located in Hinds County.

The boy had been left alone in a Toyota Camry in a Kroger parking lot at 1:15 a.m.

The three suspects pulled into the parking lot in a separate car, the Hinds County Sheriff's Office said.

One of them allegedly got into the Camry before both vehicles pulled away. It's not clear whether the driver of the Camry knew the child was in the car.

When Kingston's mother came out of the store, she alerted a nearby sheriff's deputy that her vehicle was missing.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation issued an Amber Alert when it became clear a child had been inside the stolen vehicle.

Kingston was found dead later Thursday morning in neighboring Madison County when a passerby noticed the car abandoned on the side of the road and recognized it from the Amber Alert.

The boy was shot in the back of the head, the Madison County sheriff's office said.

A Mississippi man was sentenced to 49 years in prison Monday and fined $20,000 for killing his ex-girlfriend because she was transgender, the US Justice Department said.

The ACLU claims a police agency is out of control in central Mississippi.

A jury acquitted a white Tulsa police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man because there was no evidence the officer acted outside her training, the jury foreman said in a letter released Friday.

After nine hours of deliberations, a jury acquitted Tulsa police Officer Betty Shelby in the shooting death of Terence Crutcher, an unarmed black man.

The father of Jordan Edwards, the 15-year-old boy who was fatally shot by a Texas police officer last month, has filed a lawsuit alleging that excessive force from a poorly-trained officer with a "violent temper" led to his son's death.

Ten people were shot, two fatally, in a "brazen act of gang violence" in Chicago Sunday, police say.




Warner: Door open to holding Flynn in contempt after invoking Fifth AmendmentTrump administration picksTimeline: Trump, his White House and RussiaSources: Russian officials bragged they could use Flynn to influence TrumpSenate intel chairman: No decision from Flynn on honoring subpoenaFlynn rejected Obama's offer to arm Syrian KurdsFresh questions over Flynn add to White House turmoilYates on Flynn: 'There was nothing casual about this'

Mon, 22 May 2017 20:20:03 GMTThu, 16 Feb 2017 14:20:17 GMTTue, 16 May 2017 14:38:07 GMTSat, 20 May 2017 01:26:10 GMTThu, 18 May 2017 18:07:05 GMTThu, 18 May 2017 17:19:11 GMTThu, 18 May 2017 11:47:52 GMTWed, 17 May 2017 03:20:13 GMT

The ranking Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee is leaving open the option to hold Michael Flynn in contempt of Congress, after the former national security adviser said he would invoke his Fifth Amendment rights rather than comply with a subpoena. Two other former Trump campaign officials have turned over documents to the Senate intelligence committee related to its investigation of Russian meddling in the US election, but Flynn is expected to plead the Fifth Amendment as opposed to complying with the panel's subpoena, according to a source close to Flynn. "As a consequence, the subpoena seeks to compel (Flynn) to offer testimony through the act of producing documents that may or may not exist. In these circumstances, (Flynn) is entitled to, and does, invoke his Fifth Amendment privilege against production of documents," Flynn's lawyer wrote in a letter to the Senate intelligence committee, verified by CNN. When asked by CNN whether his panel would hold Flynn in contempt, Democratic Sen. Mark Warner said, "We have to find out whether we have the ability to either hold Gen. Flynn in contempt or whether it's just Fifth Amendment. I've got to get the legal answer to that first."Warner said he was "disappointed" Flynn didn't produce the documents that were requested, and the committee was still determining if it had other options to get a hold of them.Flynn's refusal to cooperate comes as he faces scrutiny in several inquiries, including by Capitol Hill and a federal grand jury that has issued subpoenas to associates of the ex-national security adviser.Flynn's refusal to cooperate will also intensify scrutiny over Trump's decision to hire him initially for the job and his decision to keep him on staff for 18 days after the President was warned by former acting Attorney General Sally Yates that Flynn may have been compromised by the Russians.Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has turned over documents to the committee, a source familiar with the filing told CNN on Monday. Former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone has also complied with the committee's requests and answered its questions, according to Stone's attorney, Robert Buschel.The Senate committee had asked Flynn earlier this month to produce all records over his communications with Russian officials by this Wednesday. But Flynn is expected to send a letter later Monday invoking his Fifth Amendment rights.The source close to Flynn said it would be "highly imprudent for him not to exercise his Fifth Amendment rights" given that several members of Congress have called for his prosecution.The Associated Press first reported Flynn's plans to invoke the Fifth Amendment.Flynn's decision to decline the subpoena does not come as a surprise to Senate intelligence leaders, as Flynn's lawyer also told the panel last month he would not provide documents in response to an April request.Interactive: The many paths from Trump to Russia Flynn was back in the news last week following the revelation that former FBI Director James Comey wrote in a memo that Trump had asked Comey in a meeting to end his investigation into the former national security adviser. Comey has agreed to testify before the Senate intelligence panel after Memorial Day. Warner said he and Senate intelligence Chairman Richard Burr of North Carolina hoped to meet with Robert Mueller, the Justice Department's special counsel in the Russia investigation, to talk about what Comey can and cannot say in his testimony."Our hope is that the chairman and I will be able to sit down and again just kind of get the rules of the road for us going forward [...]



Church community mourns members killed in crash3 dead in crash on State Road 50 in Orange County, FHP saysTeenage driver dies after crashing into tree, FHP saysDriver killed when vehicle flies off SR 408 ramp, police say

Mon, 22 May 2017 22:09:05 GMTSun, 21 May 2017 03:44:46 GMTThu, 18 May 2017 22:09:07 GMTWed, 17 May 2017 16:38:41 GMT

It was with heavy hearts that congregation members walked through the doors of Christmas Church of God on Sunday.

The Florida Highway Patrol said church members Linda McCormick, 69, and her grandson, 13-year-old Dylon McCormick, were killed when a blue BMW crossed the median on State Road 50 near Gloucester Street Saturday afternoon.

"There were some that just couldn't deal with the trauma of coming to church and Linda not being here and Dylon not being here," Pastor J.D. Simmons said.

Simmons got the call about the fatal crash Saturday afternoon from Linda's son, Rick.

The BMW crashed into the truck Linda was driving. Troopers said Linda and the driver of the BMW died at the scene.

Dylon was taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital, where he later died. 

"It was a shock to us because she was such a huge part of the church, a huge part of the community. And to say that everyone loved Dylon is an understatement," Simmons said.

The two other people in the truck, Linda's husband, Ted, and his brother, Carl, both in their 70s, were taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

"(Ted) has a severe hematoma on his forehead. Yesterday morning, the doctors did a heart (catheter) to be able to do a contrast dye into his brain to see if there was any fresh bleeding in the brain," Simmons said.

Simmons said Linda and her husband have been members of the church for about 20 years.

Always with them was Dylon.

Simmons said Dylon and his grandmother shared a special bond.

"They had a relationship that a lot of mothers and sons and mothers and daughters don't have," Simmons said.

Authorities have yet to release the identity of the man in the BMW.

There's no word on when funerals for Linda and Dylon will be held.

Three people are dead after a crash Saturday afternoon on State Road 50 in Orange County, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

A teen is dead and another is in serious condition after a crash in Volusia County, troopers say.

Police say a driver was killed after a vehicle struck some barrels on State Road 408, went over the ramp and crashed to the ground below.


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Chaffetz's hearing with Comey postponedRussia foreign minister denies talking to Trump about ComeyComey's father: Trump was 'scared to death' of FBI directorSource: Comey believes Trump was trying to influence himSenators: Comey to testify publicly before intelligence panelNYT: Trump brags to Russians about firing 'nut job' Comey

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House oversight committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz has postponed his hearing scheduled for Wednesday, the Utah congressman announced Monday, after reaching former FBI Director James Comey, whom Chaffetz wanted to testify.

"Spoke with Comey. He wants to speak with Special Counsel prior to public testimony. Hearing Wed postponed. @GOPoversight," Chaffetz tweeted.

The House committee had scheduled a hearing titled "Oversight of the FBI's Independence" on Wednesday, though at the time Chaffetz said he was still trying to reach Comey.

Comey has agreed to meet with the Senate intelligence committee after Memorial Day.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov denies discussing the firing of former FBI Director James Comey with President Donald Trump during his White House visit earlier this month.

The father of former FBI Director James Comey says his son was fired because President Donald Trump was "scared to death of him."

Former FBI Director James Comey now believes that President Donald Trump was trying to influence his judgment about the Russia probe, a person familiar with his thinking says.

Former FBI Director James Comey will testify publicly before the Senate intelligence committee, committee leaders announced Friday.

President Donald Trump bragged to two top Russian officials last week that firing "nut job" FBI Director James Comey eased "great pressure" on him, The New York Times reported Friday.




Deltona dog killed by coral snakeDogs rescued from Orlando condo fireSPCA: Couple abandons adopted dog, second dog found days laterWoman says jogger fatally shot her dog

Mon, 22 May 2017 21:58:48 GMTFri, 19 May 2017 11:31:48 GMTFri, 19 May 2017 22:08:21 GMTThu, 18 May 2017 22:16:40 GMT

Members of the Quiles family said they've lived in their Deltona home for five years and have encountered rat snakes and garden snakes but never coral snakes -- until now.

A 2 1/2-foot coral snake slithered into the family's yard Sunday morning.

Eliud Quiles said he heard barking, went outside and saw the snake within inches of his foot.

"My first reaction was 'Jump. Get away from it,'" he said.

Cachi, the family's 2 1/2-year old Chihuahua, attacked the reptile.

"She was the bravest of six that we had," Quiles said.

Quiles looked at the dogs, which he said appeared to be fine, until about 20 minutes later.

"Cachi was all shaking and vomiting," Quiles said.

The family rushed Cachi to the nearest veterinarian who said Ocala was the closest place to get a $5,000 anti-venom medication.

"She's not going to make it over there," Quiles said.

Quiles brought the dog home, where she died 45 minutes later.

"We woke up today like something's out of place. We don't have our Cachi anymore," said Quiles.

Now, the family wants others to be aware of what's lurking in the yard, and is thankful Cachi was there to protect them.

"It could have been one of the kids or it could have been one of us -- the adults, my wife, me or my oldest son. But she killed him.  I could say that," Quiles said.

The Red Cross is helping several people after a fire tears through part of an Orlando condo complex.

The SPCA says two adopted dogs were abandoned by their owners.

A Volusia County woman says a jogger shot her rescue dog named Lucky.


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Dems: New documents show Flynn lied to investigators about Russian tripsWarner: Door open to holding Flynn in contempt after invoking Fifth AmendmentChris Christie: I warned Trump about FlynnSources: Russian officials bragged they could use Flynn to influence TrumpSenate intel chairman: No decision from Flynn on honoring subpoenaFlynn rejected Obama's offer to arm Syrian Kurds

Mon, 22 May 2017 21:38:36 GMTMon, 22 May 2017 20:20:03 GMTMon, 22 May 2017 19:07:17 GMTSat, 20 May 2017 01:26:10 GMTThu, 18 May 2017 18:07:05 GMTThu, 18 May 2017 17:19:11 GMT

A new letter from the leading Democrat on the House oversight committee, Rep. Elijah Cummings, reveals new information about former national security adviser Michael Flynn and what he told investigators about his ties to foreign governments when he was interviewed about his security clearance.According to the Report of Investigation, which Cummings refers to in his letter to committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, Flynn made false statements to investigators about who funded his foreign trips, including a 2015 trip to Russia where Flynn was paid roughly $45,000 to speak at an event in Moscow. According to the letter released Monday by Democrats on the committee, Flynn claimed they his trips were funded by "US companies."The report stated that Flynn said he "had not received any benefit from a foreign country."Flynn also claimed to investigators he had no substantial contacts with foreign government officials, saying he only had "insubstantial contact." Flynn was shown sitting next to Russian President Vladimir Putin at the 2015 dinner.The committee Democrats say Chaffetz must subpoena documents from the White House to determine what the White House was told about these foreign contacts and trips."We need to know what the President, Vice President, White House Counsel, and other top officials knew about General Flynn ---- and when they knew it," Cummings writes in the letter.The request comes after a blockbuster New York Times report that Flynn's lawyer had informed the Trump transition team weeks ahead of the inauguration that Flynn was under investigation for allegedly working for the Turkish government during the 2016 presidential campaign.The letter also comes the same day that Flynn said he would not comply with a Senate intelligence committee subpoena for information and will invoke the Fifth Amendment.In the letter, Cummings accuses Chaffetz of defying the interests of the investigation by not subpoenaing the records. Time is ticking as Chaffetz is expected to step down as a member of Congress on June 30."In refusing our requests for a subpoena, you have made the same argument as President Trump -- that you believe the White House bears no responsibility for vetting General Flynn for the position of National Security Advisor because he received his latest security clearance renewal under the Obama Administration in early 2016," the letter goes on.The oversight committee had previously sent a bipartisan request to the White House that it wanted any information into how the Trump transition team vetted Flynn as well as any communication White House officials may have had about Flynn's alleged connects to foreign nationals.The ranking Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee is leaving open the option to hold Michael Flynn in contempt of Congress, after the former national security adviser said he would invoke his Fifth Amendment rights rather than comply with a subpoena. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said on Monday that if it were up to him, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn never would have had a White House job.Russian officials bragged in conversations during the presidential campaign that they had cultivated a strong relationship with former Trump adviser retired Gen. Michael Flynn and believed they could use him to influence Donald Trump and his team, sources told CNN.Retired Gen. Michael Flynn has not yet told the Senate intelligence committee how he plans to respond to a subpoena for document[...]



Video: Man drives through Clermont with hood covering windshield

Mon, 22 May 2017 21:26:09 GMT

Video filmed in Clermont shows a man driving through the city with the hood of his SUV covering the windshield.

Clermont police said the driver told them that he had recently been involved in a crash and ever since, his hood wouldn't stay down so he would just look through a gap when driving.

Rocky Walsh said he filmed for at least a mile as the man drove down Highway 50.

"I saw him looking like an old lady, hovered up there, just looking through a small slit in the hood trying to make his way down Highway 50 for well over a mile, I saw him, when the police were after him," Walsh said.

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Video shows an officer trying to get the driver's attention to pull him over. Walsh said his 15-year-old daughter was driving and he used the other driver as an example of what not to do on the road.

"I was shocked and I told her earlier, 'you have to be prepared on the road, you never know what you'll see,' but I never thought that would be what we were seeing," Walsh said.

Clermont police were eventually able to get the man's attention so they could pull him over. They said they secured his hood and issued him a citation for driving with an obstructed view.

Walsh said he hopes that driver learned his lesson and that others who see his video will be reminded of the importance of being safe while behind the wheel.

"I hope people learn some driver safety and you never know what you'll see and to just be prepared and if you have a problem with your car you should pull off to the side," Walsh said.


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Universal CityWalk guest accused of punching, tackling copDisney guest chokes girl who was blocking view of fireworks, deputies sayDisney stroller thief caught, deputies sayFather accused of drunken tirade, letting child get sunburned at DisneyWife of man accused of child neglect at Disney comes to his defenseMom uses social media to identify stroller thief at Disney

Mon, 22 May 2017 21:08:33 GMTFri, 07 Apr 2017 13:13:25 GMTSat, 13 May 2017 00:54:06 GMTWed, 17 May 2017 18:43:28 GMTThu, 18 May 2017 11:00:18 GMTSat, 22 Apr 2017 22:47:22 GMT

A Kissimmee man visiting Universal CityWalk punched and tackled an Orlando police officer while hurling insults Sunday evening, according to the Orlando Police Department.

Universal security team members called an officer to the area around 6:20 p.m. to help control two men who were being "uncooperative and physically aggressive with other patrons of Universal Studios," the arrest affidavit said.

Daniel Melendez, 21, refused to follow the officer's commands to get off the property, instead he walked toward the boat docks and shouted, "I'm going to get my girl," at the officer, police said.

Melendez approached a woman who security was attempting to escort off the property. Police said he stood in an aggressive manner and balled up his fist as if he were going to hit her.

Fearing Melendez would hit the woman, the officer grabbed Melendez by the arm to separate the couple. Melendez shouted at the officer, "Get the (expletive) off me, don't touch me you (expletive) pig," the report said. 

Police said Melendez punched the officer in his face, grabbed him and tackled him into a bush. Melendez also repeatedly struck and push a Universal security team member who was trying to get Melendez off the officer, according to the affidavit.

During the struggle, Melendez shouted obscenities at patrons who had gathered to watch, police said.

After Melendez was arrested, he reportedly apologized for his actions.

"I am sorry man, I have never fought a cop. I was just super (mad) at those guys and the security guards," Melendez said, according to the report.

Melendez was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, battery on a uniformed security officer and disorderly conduct.

A woman is accused of choking a girl who was blocking her view at the Magic Kingdom fireworks show.

Michele Craig turned herself in only two hours away from where she allegedly stole a stroller at Disney World.

A father visiting Walt Disney World with his family is in jail, accused of child neglect, after what witnesses describe as a drunken tirade through one of the resorts.

The wife of a man accused of neglecting his infant son while drinking poolside at Disney World disputes criminal charge against him.

In a matter of minutes, Lauren Collazo's trip to Disney went from amazing to miserable, after someone stole her daughter's stroller, which contained all the family's valuables, including a wallet and car keys.




Police seek Clermont Target flasherMan flashes woman outside Walmart in OviedoPolice search for serial flasher in Ormond BeachClermont police searching for flasher

Mon, 22 May 2017 20:56:47 GMTWed, 26 Apr 2017 11:32:23 GMTFri, 28 Oct 2016 11:28:38 GMTWed, 26 Oct 2016 22:32:21 GMT

Police are looking for a man who exposed himself to at least one customer at a Target in Clermont, according to an incident report.

A customer was at the East Highway 50 store on May 15 when a young man pulled over his car and asked her where the nearest Publix was, then flashed his genitals, police said.

An email was sent out to employees later that week warning them of what happened, and that's when a woman who works at the Starbucks inside the store reported that the same thing happened to her around 10:25 a.m. May 15.

The employee said the man asked her to point out the nearest Publix, but she knew he had his zipper undone, so she walked away, according to the report.

The man did not expose himself to that woman. She wrote down his license plate number to give to police.

Clermont police Sgt. Shane Strickland said it's possible the flasher could have more victims.

"These are the only two reports that we have. If anyone else has information and if somebody has exposed themselves to them in the Target parking lot or anywhere else for that matter, please contact us and let us know," Strickland said.

Police said the man is between 21 and 26 years old and was last seen driving a white Chevrolet.

Seminole County deputies are working to find the flasher who targeted a woman outside a Walmart.

Police are looking for a man they say has exposed himself to three different women in Ormond Beach during the past few months, according to the Ormond Beach Police Department. 

Clermont police are searching for a man they said flashed a woman while she was doing laundry at her apartment complex.


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Man shot in Avalon Park home invasion chased outside while naked, deputies say

Mon, 22 May 2017 20:50:08 GMT

A man was shot Sunday when two armed intruders forced their way into his Avalon Park apartment and beat him, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

The girlfriend of the shooting victim told deputies that while her boyfriend was in the shower there was a knock at the door of the apartment at 12102 Magazine Street. When she answered the door the two men pushed themselves inside the apartment.

The two armed men forced the woman to the ground then told her to call to her boyfriend and ask him to get out of the shower. When the male victim got out of the shower the men wrestled him to the ground and one or two handguns went off, the woman told deputies.

Deputies said they found three bullet casings on the living room carpet and at least three bullet holes in the door that were shot form the inside.

The man was shot in his right leg and treated at Orlando Regional Medical Center. He told deputies he is willing to testify in court.

A witness in the parking lot told deputies they saw three men running down the stairs and two of them beating up the naked victim.

Several witnesses said the men left in a white four-door vehicle, possibly a Toyota or a Lexus.

The woman described the home invaders as a black man with gold teeth around 6 feet tall, the second man was a white or Hispanic man around 6-feet tall.

The woman said she wanted to prosecute, but would not testify in court if called upon, according to the report.

K-9 units at the scene found multiple  baggies of marijuana inside the woman's car and she was arrested on drug charges, according to the report.

 


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Injured owl rescued from pool by Polk County firefightersFlorida woman finds iguana in toilet bowl, calls 911Audubon Center for Birds of Prey to host owl baby showerCommerson's dolphin calf dies at Aquatica

Mon, 22 May 2017 20:44:30 GMTWed, 17 May 2017 15:23:16 GMTFri, 14 Apr 2017 20:52:44 GMTMon, 22 May 2017 17:46:59 GMT

Polk County firefighters proved they gave a hoot when they saved an injured owl from a man's pool Monday morning.

The resident was not sure who to contact when he saw the animal in the water, so he called Polk County Fire Rescue.

Capt. James Towns, Engineer Darren Monk and Firefighter James Parker responded to the call. The three men found the owl standing in about a foot of water. The bird was unable to fly because one of its claws was tangled in the pool tarp.

The firefighters removed the bird, and quickly realized it had been injured.

The owl was handed over to Woodland Wonders, which will help it through rehabilitation. 

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What did a Florida woman do when she lifted the lid on her toilet and found an iguana inside?

The Audubon Center for Birds of Prey recently welcomed some baby owls, and they want to welcome them into the world by throwing them a shower.

A Commerson's dolphin calf died Sunday night a few minutes after being born at SeaWorld's water park, Aquatica.




KPMG training facility to bring jobs to Lake NonaFlorida jobless rate dips in AprilLockheed Martin moving 300 ballistic missile jobs to BrevardSign up for ClickOrlando.com breaking news alerts, email newsletters

Mon, 22 May 2017 20:28:21 GMTFri, 19 May 2017 14:45:12 GMTFri, 05 May 2017 17:44:42 GMTMon, 08 May 2017 13:22:15 GMT

Local leaders broke ground Monday on a new training facility that's bringing dozens of jobs to Central Florida.

The 55-acre campus is being built in Orange County by KPMG, one of the largest accounting firms in the world.

"This is about creating a place where everyone from KPMG will come to learn to develop, to collaborate with clients in innovative new ways," KPMG CEO Lynne Doughtie said.

At a groundbreaking ceremony, Doughtie said the training center will bring 80 jobs to the area and another 250 are expected to come to Florida by 2020.

When completed, the KPMG Learning, Development, and Innovation Facility will house meeting and learning spaces with flexibility to accommodate 1,000 attendees.  The facility will also feature 800 single occupancy rooms.

"They'll be bringing employees from all over the country, so this also gives us an opportunity to showcase what Orlando is," Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs said.

The training complex is being built in the 14-square-mile community of Lake Nona, which is considered one of the fastest growing areas in Florida.

Multiple dining options are also planned as part of the campus, as well as a fitness facility, biking paths and a softball field.

Construction on the training facility is expected to be completed in late 2019.

 

State officials announce that the unemployment rate dips to 4.5 percent in April.

Lockheed Martin  plans to move about 300 fleet ballistic missile program jobs to the Space Coast.

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Trump: 'I never mentioned the word or the name Israel' to RussiansTrump's first foreign trip as presidentTrump lands in Israel: What to watchWhat do Israelis and Palestinians expect from Trump visit?Israelis on edge before Trump visitCan Trump solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

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President Donald Trump sought to rebut claims Monday that he damaged Israeli intelligence capabilities by revealing highly classified information to Russian operatives earlier this month.

"Just so you understand, I never mentioned the word or the name Israel," Trump said ahead of a bilateral session with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Trump is accused of disclosing the information during an Oval Office session with the Russian foreign minister and the Russian ambassador to the United States on May 10. The information centered on attempts by terrorist groups to load bombs into laptops in an attempt to blow up airliners.

The accusations, however, never suggested that Trump told his Russian visitors that the information came from Israel. Instead, the information Trump revealed is thought to have been so specific that its origin was clear.

Standing alongside Netanyahu on Monday, Trump nearly escaped answering questions about the intelligence dust up. He appeared to walk away from his Israeli counterpart before shaking hands, and then returned to finish the photo-op.

In a chaotic moment, reporters began shouting questions about the matter, leading to aides urgently trying to remove the press from the room.

Trump himself quelled the frenzy, extending his hands to to quiet the shouting and declaring, twice, that he didn't mention Israel in his conversation with the Russians.

Netanyahu maintained that "intelligence cooperation is terrific" between Israel and the United States in the wake of the revelations.

Trump, meanwhile, claimed the story had been misreported.

"You have another story wrong," he said.

President Donald Trump is abroad for the first time as commander in chief, undertaking an ambitious agenda of diplomacy in a nine-day, five-country trip. Here are some highlights so far.

President Donald Trump landed in Israel on Monday for the second leg of his first foreign trip as president where he will tackle the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, address regional security issues and reaffirm the US' commitment to its alliance with Israel.

When President Donald Trump travels from Jerusalem to Bethlehem on Tuesday for the final leg of his fact-finding mission to the Middle East, you can be sure he won't be taking the bus.

Only days before President Donald Trump visits Jerusalem, Israeli politicians describe an atmosphere of "nervousness" and "confusion."

US President Donald Trump arrives in Israel Monday in search of what he has called "the ultimate deal".




Trump proposing massive cuts to food stampsTrump's budget to include paid family leaveCongress back to work while Trump overseas: Budget, RussiaTrump budget: $800 billion in Medicaid cutsPresident's fiscal 2018 budget would slash EPA spending by 30%

Mon, 22 May 2017 19:22:38 GMTMon, 22 May 2017 16:49:16 GMTMon, 22 May 2017 11:37:41 GMTMon, 22 May 2017 04:19:08 GMTSat, 20 May 2017 11:25:12 GMT

The budget President Donald Trump is expected to unveil this week will include massive cuts to Medicaid, to child tax credit, to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families -- and to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) aka food stamps.

Based on a document circulated on Capitol Hill from the White House, the budget will slash $193 billion from SNAP. That may not go down too well with those who voted for him.

A CNN analysis found that of the top 10 places with the largest percentage of residents who use SNAP, seven voted for Trump in the 2016 elections.

President Donald Trump's 2018 budget will push for the creation of a federal paid family leave program that will provide families after the birth or adoption of a child with six weeks of paid leave, a Trump administration official tells CNN.

Congress will be back in session Monday, and it will be interesting to see if President Donald Trump's overseas trip will ease the Washington drama or if his international events will lead to more controversies.

Donald Trump's budget that is expected to be unveiled on Tuesday will include $800 billion in cuts to Medicaid -- a move that underscores the President's resolve to significantly downsize the federal program even as Republican lawmakers are clashing over the issue in Congress.

President Donald Trump's fiscal 2018 budget request would slash EPA spending by almost a third, according to a copy of the President's proposal obtained by CNN.




Chris Christie: I warned Trump about FlynnWarner: Door open to holding Flynn in contempt after invoking Fifth AmendmentSources: Russian officials bragged they could use Flynn to influence TrumpSenate intel chairman: No decision from Flynn on honoring subpoenaFlynn rejected Obama's offer to arm Syrian KurdsFresh questions over Flynn add to White House turmoil

Mon, 22 May 2017 19:07:17 GMTMon, 22 May 2017 20:20:03 GMTSat, 20 May 2017 01:26:10 GMTThu, 18 May 2017 18:07:05 GMTThu, 18 May 2017 17:19:11 GMTThu, 18 May 2017 11:47:52 GMT

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said on Monday that if it were up to him, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn never would have had a White House job.After ending his own presidential bid in 2016, Christie was one of the first major Republican figures to endorse Donald Trump and served as the head of his transition team before being replaced by Vice President Mike Pence after the election."I think it's safe to say that General Flynn and I didn't see eye-to eye," Christie told reporters at a news conference in Trenton, New Jersey. "I didn't think that he was someone who would bring benefit to the President or to the administration, and I made that very clear to candidate Trump, and I made it very clear to President-elect Trump."Trump fired Flynn as national security adviser less than a month after taking office and 18 days after then-acting Attorney General Sally Yates warned the White House about Flynn's potential vulnerability to Russian blackmail.Flynn is reportedly the subject of a criminal inquiry, and CNN reported earlier this month that federal prosecutors in Virginia issued grand jury subpoenas to his associates.A source told CNN on Monday that Flynn planned to invoke his Fifth Amendment rights in the face of a subpoena from the Senate intelligence committee.Christie said he had no "need to feel vindicated," but also said he would have acted differently than Trump had."If I were president-elect of the United States, I wouldn't let General Flynn into the White House, let alone give him a job," Christie said.Claiming Flynn was simply not his "cup of tea," Christie disputed reports that the two had gotten into altercations during intelligence briefings.Christie also reiterated a comment he has made in the past about who's to blame for the controversy surrounding the administration."I think the President could be better served than he's been served," Christie said. "I think that that leads to a lot of the confusion and a lot of the tumult, and I think there's a breathless kind of press coverage of this administration like none I've ever seen before, and I think there's also the President's own approach on social media, etc., that tend to make it more difficult to have a coordinated approach to public communication."The ranking Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee is leaving open the option to hold Michael Flynn in contempt of Congress, after the former national security adviser said he would invoke his Fifth Amendment rights rather than comply with a subpoena. Russian officials bragged in conversations during the presidential campaign that they had cultivated a strong relationship with former Trump adviser retired Gen. Michael Flynn and believed they could use him to influence Donald Trump and his team, sources told CNN.Retired Gen. Michael Flynn has not yet told the Senate intelligence committee how he plans to respond to a subpoena for documents relevant to the former national security adviser's interactions with Russia, committee chairman Richard Burr said, reversing his earlier comment that Flynn would not cooperate.[...]The Obama administration wanted the incoming Trump administration to sign of[...]



Showers pop up across Central Florida

Mon, 22 May 2017 15:26:42 GMT

Spotty showers are popping up across Central Florida.

"Moisture is increasing with a south wind across Central Florida," News 6 meteorologist Troy Bridges said. "That moisture with the south wind is working with an area of low pressure developing in the Gulf of Mexico and in the southeastern U.S."

Rain chances stand at 60 percent during the day and 40 percent Monday evening.

"It will not rain all day all the time, but we will see off-and-on rain that will help with the rain deficit," he said. "We are currently 9.67 inches below in the rain gauge since January 1."

SWAT standoff
A man has allegedly barricaded himself Monday morning at on Sea Oats Circle on Daytona Beach Shores. SWAT is at the scene and officials have closed State Road A1A. Click here to read more on the standoff as it unfolds.

Murder suspect on the run
The search is on for a man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend's boyfriend on Sunday. Police said Jeremy Harrison, 25, killed his 25-year-old romantic rival in Leesburg. Click here to see a picture of the suspect and the vehicle he might be driving.

SeaWorld dolphin gives birth
A Commerson dolphin named Ringer at SeaWorld Aquatica that got pregnant despite being on birth control gave birth Sunday night, but the calf died shortly after being born. Officials said Ringer is eating and appears to be doing well. She will remain under observation. Click here to read more about some of the risks involved with her pregnancy.




Iran calls Trump's Saudi visit 'theatrical'Trump's first foreign trip as presidentIranian President Hassan Rouhani wins re-election in victory for moderatesTrump lands in Israel: What to watchTrump foreign trip: Who, what, when, whereTrump lands in Saudi Arabia as controversies swirl at homeMelania and Ivanka Trump arrive in Saudi Arabia sans headscarves

Mon, 22 May 2017 14:59:02 GMTMon, 22 May 2017 14:33:35 GMTSat, 20 May 2017 18:41:03 GMTMon, 22 May 2017 12:05:04 GMTSat, 20 May 2017 17:55:43 GMTSat, 20 May 2017 15:59:03 GMTSat, 20 May 2017 18:41:53 GMT

Newly re-elected Iranian President Hassan Rouhani dismissed US President Donald Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia over the weekend as a "theatrical gathering" that would do nothing to combat terrorism in the region.In a news conference in Tehran on Monday, Rouhani said Trump's first visit abroad was a "theatrical gathering with no practical or political value.""You can't solve terrorism just by giving your people's money to a superpower," Rouhani said. He was referring to a $110 billion military deal Trump clinched with Saudi Arabia during the US President's first foreign trip since he took office, one of the biggest arms sales in history.Earlier Monday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi called on Washington to abandon its "warmongering policy, intervention, Iranophobia and sales of dangerous and useless weapons to the main sponsors of terrorism," according to state-run Press TV."Unfortunately, under the hostile and aggressive policies of the American statesmen, we are witnessing a renewed strengthening of terrorist groups in the region and miscalculation of the dictatorships which support these groups," he was reported as saying.Using more measured tones, Rouhani said Tehran was waiting before passing any judgment on the new government in Washington.The 68-year-old leader also said the US had been wrong in its interventions in Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen. "The Americans do not know our region. That's the problem. Those who are advising the Americans are unfortunately rulers who deviate America with unsound advice or buy some influence in the US with their money," he said. In a further dig at Iran's biggest rival in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia, Rouhani reiterated the Iranian assertion that Saudi Arabia had been behind the September 11, 2001 terror attacks in the US in which nearly 3,000 people died.He said people in the US would not be willing "to exchange what they lost in the 9/11 terrorist attacks for certain sums and then forgive those acts."Trump says Iran is region's main sponsor of terrorismIn a speech to Arab Muslim leaders in Riyadh on Sunday, Trump singled out Iran as the world's biggest sponsor of terrorism."From Lebanon to Iraq to Yemen, Iran funds, arms, and trains terrorists, militias, and other extremist groups that spread destruction and chaos across the region," Trump said."For decades, Iran has fueled the fires of sectarian conflict and terror. It is a government that speaks openly of mass murder, vowing the destruction of Israel, death to America, and ruin for many leaders and nations in this room."Rouhani, a pragmatist and in Iranian terms a moderate, was re-elected for a second term with 57% of the vote in presidential elections last Friday, promising better relations with the rest of the world and more jobs for Iran's young people. In his news conference, Rouhani vowed to defeat terrorism in the region during his four-year term. He also said Iran would continue with its ballistic missile program."Our missiles are for peace and for defense... American officials should know that whenever we need to technically test a missile we will do so. We don't need their permission."Rouhani was a key architect of the 2015 nuclear deal with t[...]



Video: Sea lion drags girl into waterMotorcyclist injured after hitting 10-foot alligatorDeputies search for culprit who tortured alligator, gouged its eyes outMore monkeys spotted roaming Central FloridaMystery monkey spotted again in ApopkaSign up for ClickOrlando.com breaking news alerts, email newsletters

Mon, 22 May 2017 14:54:10 GMTFri, 19 May 2017 13:05:50 GMTThu, 18 May 2017 20:46:30 GMTTue, 09 May 2017 16:22:57 GMTMon, 01 May 2017 21:24:57 GMTMon, 08 May 2017 13:22:15 GMT

 Tourists in British Columbia got a bit of a scare when a sea lion grabbed a girl and dragged her into the water.

Michael Fujiwara was sitting on a dock at the Steveston Fisherman's Wharf in Richmond, British Columbia on Saturday, when the California sea lion popped its head out of the water.

Fujiwara grabbed his phone and started shooting video.

He says the animal attracted a lot of attention and the girl and her family came to the edge of the dock.

"Her family started feeding the animal and the sea lion started to become comfortable," Fujiwara said. In the video, you can hear people laughing and whistling at sea lion and holding their hands over the water, as if they were holding a treat.

At one point, the sea lion lunges within inches of the little girl's face. It seems like a friendly move, and the girl cackles with delight.

That glee turns to terror a few seconds later, when the seal lunges again -- grabbing the girl and yanking her backwards into the water.

A man, who Fujiwara thinks was a relative, jumps in after her and bystanders pull them to safety.

"After being pulled back onto the dock, the family quickly walked away from the area without saying much," Fujiwara said. "They were probably very shaken up and just wanted to get away from the sea lion as fast as possible."

Bob Baziuk, the general manager of the Steveston Harbour Authority, told CNN that the girl and her rescuer were not hurt, and that he is trying to get more information about the incident.

He says the harbor is on the sea lions' migratory route and that males sometimes swim into the area looking for free food.

Baziuk says that they've been warning visitors not to feed the animals for years.

"It's not Sea World, it's a place where you buy fish," Baziuk said. "If you feed the animals like this you're asking for trouble."

Drivers are seemingly more frequently finding strange obstacles on Florida roadways.

Martin County deputies are searching for the public's help identifying the culprit accused of torturing an alligator by gouging its eyes out with a blunt object.

Wildlife officials issue an alert after more monkey sightings are reported in Central Florida.

A mystery monkey is spotted again in Apopka, but the animal remains on the run.

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Drake comes out on top at Billboard awardsNo shortage of stars at 2017 Billboard Music AwardsSinger Chris Cornell hanged himself, medical examiner saysJay Z, Beyoncé worth more than $1 billionBow Wow responds to #BowWowChallenge

Mon, 22 May 2017 14:14:10 GMTMon, 22 May 2017 05:20:48 GMTThu, 18 May 2017 17:59:02 GMTThu, 18 May 2017 03:51:04 GMTFri, 12 May 2017 15:51:01 GMT

Drake surpassed Adele's record at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, picking up 13 awards.The Associated Press reports that Adele set a record at the show in 2012 with 12 wins. Drake started the show with 22 nominations and won top artist, top male artist and top Billboard 200 album ("Views"), among others, at the show in Las Vegas.Cher, who received the Icon award, sang "Believe" in a glittery outfit with blonde hair, then switched to a huge, curly black 'do and a black sheer bodysuit for "If I Could Turn Back Time."Celine Dion performed "My Heart Will Go On," the Oscar-winning song from "Titanic," under an immense chandelier.Dan Reynolds of the band Imagine Dragons led a moment of silence for Chris Cornell, Soundgarden and Audioslave singer who died Thursday."We send our respects as well as our love to Chris' family at this time," Reynolds said.Miley Cyrus sang her new single, "Malibu," and was teary eyed at the end of the performance.Nicki Minaj kicked off the show with an explosive nine-minute performance of her hit songs alongside her mentor Lil Wayne and frequent collaborator David Guetta.The Chainsmokers -- who tied Drake with 22 nominations -- won top collaboration for "Closer" with singer Halsey. The song, which spent 12 weeks at No. 1 last year, also won top Hot 100 song.Other performers include Lorde, Sam Hunt, Halsey, Camila Cabello and Julia Michaels.Blake Shelton won top country artist and showed love for Gwen Stefani."I felt like the luckiest guy in the room 'cause Gwen was here with me anyway," he said.Here, according to Rolling Stone, are the winners and nominees:Top Artist: Drake Adele Beyonce Justin Bieber The Chainsmokers Ariana Grande Shawn Mendes Rihanna Twenty One Pilots The Weeknd Top New Artist: Zayn Alessia Cara Desiigner Lil Uzi Vert Lukas Graham Billboard Chart Achievement Award Presented by Xfinity: Twenty One Pilots Luke Bryan Nicki Minaj The Chainsmokers The Weeknd Top Male Artist: Drake Justin Bieber Future Shawn Mendes The Weeknd Top Female Artist: Beyonce Adele Ariana Grande Rihanna Sia Top Duo/Group: Twenty One Pilots  The Chainsmokers Coldplay Florida Georgia Line Guns N’ Roses Top Billboard 200 Artist: Drake Beyonce Prince Twenty One Pilots The WeekndTop Hot 100 Artist: Drake The Chainsmokers Rihanna Twenty One Pilots The Weeknd Top Song Sales Artist: Drake The Chainsmokers Prince Justin Timberlake Twenty One Pilots Top Radio Songs Artist: Twenty One Pilots Justin Bieber The Chainsmokers Drake RihannaTop Streaming Songs Artist: Drake The Chainsmokers Desiigner Rihanna Twenty One Pilots Top Social Artist: Justin Bieber BTS Selena Gomez Ariana Grande Shawn Mendes Top Touring Artist: Beyonce Justin Bieber Coldplay Guns N’ Roses Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Top R&B Artist: Beyonce Bruno Mars Frank Ocean Rihanna The Weeknd Top R&B Tour: Beyonce Lionel Richie Rihanna Top Rap Artist Drake J. Cole Desiigner Future Rae Sremmurd Top Rap Tour Drake Future Kanye WestTop Country Artist: Florida Georgia Line Blake Shelton Ke[...]



WH: Trump was 'exhausted' when he said 'Islamic extremism'Trump's first foreign trip as presidentTrump foreign trip: Who, what, when, whereTrump lands in Israel: What to watchCongress back to work while Trump overseas: Budget, RussiaCan Trump solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?What do Israelis and Palestinians expect from Trump visit?

Mon, 22 May 2017 12:38:03 GMTMon, 22 May 2017 14:33:35 GMTSat, 20 May 2017 17:55:43 GMTMon, 22 May 2017 12:05:04 GMTMon, 22 May 2017 11:37:41 GMTMon, 22 May 2017 09:17:16 GMTMon, 22 May 2017 01:55:03 GMT

The difference between "Islamic extremism" and "Islamist extremism"? One exhausted President.President Donald Trump's substitution of the slightly different terms during his highly anticipated speech in Saudi Arabia on Sunday might go unnoticed by the average US listener. But the subtle change -- or slip, as the White House called it -- could mean the difference between offending Middle Eastern allies and not, a concern for any president looking to create a good first impression with a key ally on a first trip abroad.Using the word "Islamic," a reference to the religion, in the same breath as "terrorism" could be seen by Muslims as an affront to their faith and actually play into the terrorists' "clash of civilizations" narrative -- reasons why President Barack Obama assiduously avoided the combination during his presidency."Islamist," meanwhile, refers to political movements that seek to implement Islamic law and theology, making it less objectionable to Muslims when paired with "terrorism," the idea goes.Trump, however, often repeated the more controversial "radical Islamic terrorism" on the campaign trail in a deliberate and implicit criticism of Obama, implying that his preferred phrasing betrayed naivete or, worse, political correctness at the expense of realism about how to defeat the terrorist threat.Trump's speech marked a departure from his rhetoric on the campaign and in the Oval Office -- at least, to a degree. Although the prepared remarks referred to "Islamist extremism," Trump actually referred to both "Islamists" and "Islamic extremism," as well as "Islamic terror," in the speech."There is still much work to be done," Trump said. "That means honestly confronting the crisis of Islamic extremism and the Islamists and Islamic terror of all kinds."On Sunday night, a senior White House official said Trump's decision to say "Islamic extremism" instead of "Islamist extremism" as written in his prepared remarks was not intentional but the product of exhaustion brought on by the rigorous travel schedule."Just an exhausted guy," the senior White House official said.According to the White House, the 70-year-old President hadn't gotten much sleep. He edited the speech with his aides during the 14-hour journey from Washington, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said, and spent the remainder of the flight reading newspapers, an aide said.Asked on Air Force One about the President's fatigue, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters Monday, "He's doing better than I am. And he's got a few years on me."Reset with Muslim worldTrump's trip, in which he also is visiting Israel and Europe, gives him an opportunity to reset relations with the Muslim world. The President chose Saudi Arabia -- home to the world's two holiest Muslim sites -- for his first overseas stop in what his top aides have described as an overtly symbolic gesture.During his presidential campaign, Trump's rhetoric often blurred the lines between Islam at large and "radical Islam" -- like when he said "Islam hates us" in a CNN interview in March 2016. Beyond his Muslim ban proposal and call to surveil US mosque[...]



Trump lands in Israel: What to watchTrump's first foreign trip as presidentWhat do Israelis and Palestinians expect from Trump visit?Netanyahu says all government ministers must attend Trump's arrivalTrump's new tune on Islam unconvincing, experts in Mideast sayBilly Bush talks Trump 'Access Hollywood' tape: 'I wish I had changed the topic'

Mon, 22 May 2017 12:05:04 GMTMon, 22 May 2017 14:33:35 GMTMon, 22 May 2017 01:55:03 GMTSun, 21 May 2017 19:12:41 GMTSun, 21 May 2017 17:43:19 GMTMon, 22 May 2017 02:14:13 GMT

President Donald Trump landed in Israel on Monday for the second leg of his first foreign trip as president where he will tackle the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, address regional security issues and reaffirm the US' commitment to its alliance with Israel.The visit is the second of three stops on the President's schedule aimed at highlighting the importance of the world's three largest monotheistic religions. He arrived in Israel after visiting Saudi Arabia, home to the two holiest sites in Islam, and will next head to the Vatican, home of the Catholic Church."Young Israeli and Palestinian children deserve to grow up in safety, and to follow their dreams free from the violence that has destroyed so many lives," said Trump, in remarks alongside Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem on Monday."Thank both you and Prime Minister (Benjamin) Netanyahu for your commitment to achieving peace between Israelis and Palestinians," Trump told Rivlin. "I also look forward to discussing the peace process with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas."The schedule:After landing in Tel Aviv, Trump will head to Jerusalem for a series of meetings, speeches and symbolic visits.Day 1:Meets with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin Visits the Church of the Holy Sepulcher Visits Western Wall Meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuDay 2:Travels to the West Bank city of Bethlehem to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas Visits Israel's Holocaust museum, Yad Vashem, to lay a wreath Delivers remarks at the Israel MuseumBut who will be there to greet him?Netanyahu has demanded his government ministers attend Trump's arrival ceremony Monday morning after several of them said they were going to give it a pass, one of the ministers' offices said.The office source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the visit, told CNN that a number of ministers intended to skip the ceremony at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport because it is expected to be brief, and Trump is only expected to shake the hands of Netanyahu and Rivlin.When Netanyahu realized the number of expected ministerial no-shows, however, he made attendance mandatory, the minister's office told CNN.What's at stake? US-Israeli tensions over Trump's revelation to Russians?This is the unexpected cloud that may hang over Trump's visit. It comes a week after the US alliance with Israel was put to the test amid reports that Trump divulged highly classified intelligence obtained by the Israelis during his meeting with the Russian foreign minister.The US-Israeli intelligence cooperation agreement is one of the most significant relationships in the world and Trump's decision to reveal information the Israelis did not want shared could make for tension during Trump's visit.Neither the US nor Israel have confirmed the source of the intelligence was indeed Israel, as widely reported, but the Israelis have publicly refuted any talk of friction in the relationship. Israeli Ambassador to Washington Ron Dermer reaffirmed Israel's "full confidence in our intelligence sharing rel[...]



Hearing for Markeith Loyd's ex-girlfriend continued'Lt. Clayton's handcuffs are on the suspect:' Radio transmissions detail Loyd's arrestMarkeith Loyd walks out of Walmart; seconds later, gun battle erupts, video showsOfficers kicked, punched accused double murderer Markeith Loyd, records show

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A court hearing has been continued for a woman once charged with helping accused killer Markeith Loyd avoid capture during his manhunt.

Jameis Slaughter was expected to be in court Monday. A date for her next competency hearing has not been scheduled.

Felony charges of accessory to murder were dropped against Slaughter in March, but Loyd's former girlfriend is still charged with giving a fake name to investigators.  

Lawyers say Slaughter is incompetent to stand trial because of mental illness. Slaughter was ordered to undergo evaluations in April, but only one has been performed.

Loyd stands charged of murder in the shooting deaths of his pregnant ex-girlfriend, Sade Dixon, and Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton.

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Radio transmissions released Wednesday detail police efforts as they worked to arrest accused double murderer Markeith Loyd. 

The fatal gun battle that killed Lt. Debra Clayton was over in minutes, new records shows.

Accused double murderer was kicked and punched multiple times as authorities arrested him outside an abandoned home in Carver Shores, court documents show.




North Korea fires second ballistic missile in a week

Mon, 22 May 2017 03:08:02 GMT

North Korea conducted its second missile test within a week, sending a medium-range ballistic missile into the waters off its east coast Sunday, according to statements from North Korea and other governments.North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised the test fire of the ground-to-ground strategic ballistic missile Pukguksong-2, state news agency KCNA reported. The report was issued Monday local time and does not state when the missile test took place. "The Supreme Leader issued an order to launch the missile at the observation post," KCNA reports. "Together with officials, he analyzed the results of the test launch and expressed his great satisfaction over them, saying it is perfect."Kim said the test showed the missile is ready for deployment and mass production, according to KCNA.South Korea, which on Sunday had called the launch "reckless and irresponsible," said Monday the launched showed progress in the North's missile program."South Korean and U.S. intelligence authorities assess that North Korea, through its missile launch yesterday, has secured meaningful data for improving the credibility of its missile technology," said Roh Jae-cheon, spokesman for South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff.The Pukguksong-2 is a land-based version of North Korea's main submarine-launched missile. First tested in February, it uses solid rocket fuel.Solid fuel is like an explosive jelly, and less corrosive than liquid fuel, meaning it can be easily stored in the rocket's fuel tank, unlike the liquid alternative, which requires specially lined tanks.Solid fuel-powered missiles need much less infrastructure, making them difficult for those monitoring North Korea's military movements to spot, as there are fewer indicators, such as movement of trucks, for South Korean or US satellites and other surveillance to pick up on.South Korea said the missile flew about 500 kilometers (300 miles) from an area near Pukchang, in western North Korea. Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada said the missile hit the water about 350 kilometers (217 miles) from the east coast of North Korea. She said the missile did not go higher than 1,000 kilometers (620 miles), according to preliminary data.Altitude was key to the test a week earlier, which analysts called North Korea's most successful ever in its quest to develop ballistic missiles that can carry nuclear warheads.The May 14 test reached an altitude of more than 2,100 kilometers (1,300 miles), according to North Korea. Analysts said that test gave North Korea critical information on developing a re-entry vehicle for nuclear warheads and showed Pyongyang had a missile capable of striking the US territory of Guam.Analysts say North Korea's tests may be providing information that will bring it closer to its goal of developing an intercontinental ballistic missile that could possibly threaten the US mainland.After the May 14 test, Melissa Hanham, senior research associate at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies in California, said it could be a stepping stone to a longer-ran[...]



Congress back to work while Trump overseas: Budget, RussiaTimeline: Trump, his White House and RussiaHouse panel looks at Trump campaign communications adviser for Russia tiesRubio: Russia 'cloud' impacts everythingNYT: Trump brags to Russians about firing 'nut job' ComeyTrump budget: $800 billion in Medicaid cutsPresident's fiscal 2018 budget would slash EPA spending by 30%

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:37:41 GMTTue, 16 May 2017 14:38:07 GMTSun, 21 May 2017 15:50:03 GMTSun, 21 May 2017 19:59:03 GMTFri, 19 May 2017 21:15:26 GMTMon, 22 May 2017 04:19:08 GMTSat, 20 May 2017 11:25:12 GMT

When the President's away, Congress won't play.In fact, the nation's legislative branch is still trying to get some work done. Both chambers will be back in session on Monday, and it will be interesting to see if President Donald Trump's long overseas trip will lower the daily drama in Washington or if his international events will lead to more controversies that lawmakers will wake up to each day and have to react.The congressional investigations into Russia's meddling into the U.S. presidential election will be a major focus in both chambers. Former FBI Director James Comey isn't expected to testify before the Senate intelligence committee until after Memorial Day, but there are still several events on the calendar next week that will keep Russia and its relationship with the Trump administration in the spotlight.Most notably, Attorney General Jeff Sessions appears before a Senate panel Thursday about the Department of Justice's budget request for next year. He is likely to face questions on Comey's firing, his own recusal from his department's Russia investigation and other side issues. His deputy Rod Rosenstein gave back-to-back closed-door briefings before both chambers of Congress, each of which generated several headlines about the Trump administration's relationship to the department.Before that, the House intelligence committee will hear from former CIA Director John Brennan on Tuesday about the Russia Investigation Task Force. The committee has also left room for a closed hearing to follow if needed.Over the weekend, news broke that the House intelligence panel has reached out to a Trump presidential campaign communications adviser, Michael Caputo, to "produce certain documents and other materials to the Committee and participate in a voluntary, transcribed interview at the Committee's offices," according to a copy of a May 9 letter obtained by CNN. The House panel asked that Caputo submit any documents or materials by Monday.On Wednesday, the House oversight committee has also scheduled a hearing titled "Oversight of the FBI's Independence" to which Comey has been invited, but the former FBI director is not expected to attend. Last week, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and the ranking Democrat on the panel, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, issued a joint statement saying they were "extremely disappointed" he declined an invitation to testify before their panel.As for who will permanently replace Comey, lawmakers will be watching for movement on the nomination of an FBI director, which might be on hold until Trump is back in town -- though it's not out of the realm of possibility. Will former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman be the pick and cause an awkward situation for uncomfortable Democrats, or will Trump pick someone with a deeper law enforcement background like many Democrats are recommending? The budget Meanwhile, the Trump Administration will deliver its fi[...]



Deputy shoots, kills DUI suspect in Osceola CountyMarkham Woods Middle School student killed in SunRail crashMan accused of fatally shooting ex's boyfriend remains on run, police sayFlorida woman calls cops worried semen in thermos might explodeMan found dead in Marion County neighborhoodGood Samaritans rescue driver from sinking minivan in Indian River

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:29:47 GMTMon, 22 May 2017 17:26:53 GMTMon, 22 May 2017 15:54:24 GMTSun, 21 May 2017 15:57:59 GMTMon, 22 May 2017 10:19:33 GMTSun, 21 May 2017 13:48:03 GMT

A DUI suspect was fatally shot by an Osceola County deputy Saturday night when they fought while the deputy tried to arrest him following a traffic stop and foot pursuit, the Sheriff's Office said.Deputies received a report about a possible drunken driver near the 200 mile marker of the Florida Turnpike, the Sheriff's Office said. Osceola Deputy John Stubbs found and stopped the vehicle at 11:30 p.m. near mile marker 196, deputies said.The suspect, identified as Carlos Petrovich, 37, of Orlando, would not cooperate with Stubbs and fled from the traffic stop, Osceola deputies said.Stubbs searched the area for Petrovich and found him at a nearby Pilot gas station, the Sheriff's Office said. As the deputy approached Petrovich to arrest him, deputies said Petrovich fled on foot.Deputy Stubbs chased Petrovich and made multiple attempts to take him into custody, but he became violent and bit and attacked Stubbs, the Sheriff's Office said.During the physical altercation, Stubbs fired his gun and hit Petrovich, who died at the scene, according to the Sheriff's Office.Stubbs was taken to a nearby hospital for injuries he received during the fight. He was treated and released. Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson said Stubbs is a two-year veteran of the Osceola County Sheriff's Office. When asked if he felt the shooting was justified, he said, "From what I see, absolutely," adding the deputy felt his life was in danger.Gibson said Petrovich has a history of traffic offenses in Georgia and Florida, including DUIs. It is unknown whether Petrovich was armed during the shooting.Deputies said the altercation between Subbs and Petrovich began on one side of the Pilot gas station and the shooting take place on the opposite side. The shooting is being investigated by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. No other details were available. Stay with News 6 and ClickOrlando.com for updates on this story.A SunRail train hit and killed a 13-year-old boy during the Friday rush hour, Sanford police said.A Leesburg man has died after police say he was shot by his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend.A Florida woman trying to get pregnant through artificial insemination called police because she was scared the thermos she was storing sperm and dry ice in might explode.Marion County deputies say they're investigating after a 29-year-old man was found dead in Marion Oaks Sunday morning.A driver who plunged his minivan into the Indian River Saturday is lucky to be alive after Good Samaritans came to his rescue.[...]


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Volcano Bay, 'Pandora' to open this weekVolcano Bay ticket price information releasedA look at Disney World's new Pandora-World of Avatar landDisney to hire 800 for 'Pandora: World of Avatar' land

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:16:56 GMTThu, 30 Mar 2017 16:32:00 GMTFri, 12 May 2017 22:14:24 GMTMon, 24 Apr 2017 17:21:03 GMT

Two big grand openings are scheduled this week at some of Central Florida's most popular theme parks.

Volcano Bay is scheduled to open on Thursday.

The new water park along Interstate 4 includes a 200-foot volcano shooting into the sky. Inside the man-made structure is a raft ride and several other attractions.

Disney will debut "Pandora: The World of Avatar" on Satuday at Animal Kingdom.

The 12-acre land, inspired by the "Avatar" movie, cost a half-billion dollars to build.

The marquee attraction is Flight of Passage, where a 3-D simulator plunges riders into a cinematic world. You feel like you're riding on the back of a banshee, a bluish, gigantic, winged predator that resembles something out of the Jurassic era. Wearing 3-D glasses and straddling what resembles a stationary motorcycle, you're strapped in, then the lights go out, a screen in front lights up and you're swooped into a world of blue, gigantic aliens called Na'vi, with moon-filled skies, plunging waterfalls, jumping marine animals and towering ocean waves.

The ride provides an enchanting and intoxicating five minutes that touches all the senses. Blasts of air and spritzes of mist hit your face, and as you fly through a lush forest, a woodsy aroma wafts through your nostrils. A visitor could go on the ride 20 times and not catch half the visual details.

 

Ticket pricing information for Volcano Bay, the upcoming Universal Orlando water park, has been released.

Visitors to Disney World's Pandora-World of Avatar land are in for a cinematic experience.

Pandora: The World of Avatar debuts in May and Disney says its impact extends well beyond the Animal Kingdom.




Marta scores for Orlando Pride in draw with SeattleNYCFC beats Orlando City 3-0Sign up for ClickOrlando.com breaking news alerts, email newsletters

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:09:43 GMTMon, 22 May 2017 04:21:56 GMTMon, 08 May 2017 13:22:15 GMT

The Orlando Pride (1-2-3, 6 points) played to a draw Sunday at Seattle.

Marta scored her second goal in purple to secure a point for Orlando on the road. The win gave the Pride points in three straight matches, its last two against the league's top teams.

“We’re delighted to come [to Seattle] and come away with a point. [Memorial Stadium] is a bit of a fortress and Seattle have a great habit of scoring many goals so to come away with a 1-1 draw is a great result for us,” Pride Head Coach Tom Sermanni said.  “We had to hang on tight for the last 25 minutes but I thought we had great momentum at the start of the second half. I thought we defended valiantly and really toughed out the game.”

The Pride were able to hold a potent Reign offense to just one goal, fending off 12 shots including a late-game push from the home side.

Seattle took a 1-0 lead into the locker room on a goal by Beverly Yanez. 

In the 52nd minute, Reign goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer tried to play a quick goal kick into the middle of the pitch to Fishlock, but Camila stepped in to put on pressure and caused a turnover at the top of the Reign box. Camila slid a quick pass to fellow Brazilian Marta and the forward made no mistake, firing her second goal of the season to tie things up.

The Pride wrap up a two-game road trip next weekend, traveling to face Sky Blue FC on May 27 at Rutgers University. Orlando returns to Orlando City Stadium on June 3 to host the Boston Breakers at 4 p.m.

David Villa scored twice and New York City FC beat Orlando City 3-0 on Sunday night to extend its unbeaten streak to four games.

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Can Trump solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?Trump lands in Israel: What to watchWhat do Israelis and Palestinians expect from Trump visit?Billy Bush talks Trump 'Access Hollywood' tape: 'I wish I had changed the topic'House panel looks at Trump campaign communications adviser for Russia tiesPoliticians knock Trump on human rights promotion

Mon, 22 May 2017 09:17:16 GMTMon, 22 May 2017 12:05:04 GMTMon, 22 May 2017 01:55:03 GMTMon, 22 May 2017 02:14:13 GMTSun, 21 May 2017 15:50:03 GMTSun, 21 May 2017 21:12:05 GMT

US President Donald Trump arrives in Israel Monday in search of what he has called "the ultimate deal".When he hosted Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Washington earlier this month, Trump said: "we will get it done," as the two men discussed a deal to end the conflict in the Middle East.But like so many US presidents who have believed it their duty to bring peace to the region, Trump will face a series of challenges, which have grown increasingly insurmountable.Seven years on since Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last held talks, the same issues remain -- disagreements over borders, security, Jerusalem, a right of return for refugees and mutual recognition are no closer to being solved."Everybody wants peace, they just want it on their terms," Senator George Mitchell who worked on peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians in 2010, told CNN."I don't think it's a case of finding people who want to make peace. If you said to everyone: 'do you want peace?' then of course they'll say they want peace. But they define peace differently and want it according to their definition, not the other side's definition." Trust One of the most difficult challenges facing Trump is trust between the two parties involved, according to former US Envoy to the Middle East, Dennis Ross.Ross, a William Davidson distinguished fellow and counselor at the Washington Institute, helped establish the 1995 Interim Agreement between Israel and the Palestinians as well as the 1997 Hebron Accord.A part of both the George H.W. Bush and Clinton administrations, Ross says the challenges are as much psychological as they are practical."The level of disbelief between the Israelis and Palestinians, not just the leadership, but also the public, has never been wider," Ross told CNN."You have to somehow recreate a sense of possibility which has been completely lost."It's nearly seven years since Netanyahu and Abbas took part in a trilateral meeting with then US President Barack Obama in New York in September 2009. Obama -- working with both Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in his first term and Secretary of State John Kerry in his second -- tried to advance the peace process in two rounds of negotiations.The most recent negotiations fell apart in April 2014 after nine months of talks, with both sides blaming each other. Two months later, the Gaza war started, causing a further deterioration in relations between the Israeli and Palestinian leadership.David Makovsky, a Ziegler distinguished fellow at The Washington Institute and director of the Project on the Middle East Peace Process, who was involved in those talks, said a failure to agree over the five core issues (borders, security issues, Jerusalem, refugees and mutual recognition) was the reason for the breakdown."We couldn't [...]



Man found dead in Marion County neighborhoodMarkham Woods Middle School student killed in SunRail crashGood Samaritans rescue driver from sinking minivan in Indian River3 dead in crash on State Road 50 in Orange County, FHP saysCrash blocks I-4 traffic in DeltonaElderly couple killed in Windermere house fire, police say

Mon, 22 May 2017 10:19:33 GMTMon, 22 May 2017 17:26:53 GMTSun, 21 May 2017 13:48:03 GMTSun, 21 May 2017 03:44:46 GMTSat, 20 May 2017 23:45:13 GMTSat, 20 May 2017 22:35:12 GMT

Marion County deputies are investigating after a man was found dead in Marion Oaks early Sunday morning, deputies said.

Deputies said they received a call about a shooting at 2:30 a.m. near Marion Oaks Lane and Southwest 39th Circle.

When deputies arrived to the scene, they found 29-year-old Leon Roberts dead, the Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies asked that anyone with information about the incident call Crime Stoppers of Marion County at 352-368-7867.

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

A SunRail train hit and killed a 13-year-old boy during the Friday rush hour, Sanford police said.

A driver who plunged his minivan into the Indian River Saturday is lucky to be alive after Good Samaritans came to his rescue.

Three people are dead after a crash Saturday afternoon on State Road 50 in Orange County, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Lanes were blocked Saturday after a crash on I-4 in Deltona.

A 71-year-old man and 69-year-old woman were killed in a house fire early Saturday morning, Windermere police say.




Woman struck by car, critically injured in OrlandoMarkham Woods Middle School student killed in SunRail crashDeputy shoots, kills DUI suspect in Osceola CountySign up for ClickOrlando.com breaking news alerts, email newsletters

Mon, 22 May 2017 10:15:10 GMTMon, 22 May 2017 17:26:53 GMTMon, 22 May 2017 11:29:47 GMTMon, 08 May 2017 13:22:15 GMT

A woman was critically injured early Monday when she was struck by a car in Orlando, police said.

The crash was reported at 1:30 a.m. on South Street, west of Bumby Avenue.

The victim was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center.

The driver was not injured, police said.

Westbound South Street and Bumby Avenue were closed while police investigated, but the roads were later reopened.

Details about the crash have not been released.

Watch News 6 and stay with ClickOrlando.com for more on this story.

 

A SunRail train hit and killed a 13-year-old boy during the Friday rush hour, Sanford police said.

Osceola deputies say a DUI suspect was killed in a deputy-involved shooting Saturday night after the man fled from the deputy multiple times.

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No fruit juice for kids under 1, pediatricians adviseCotton swabs send children to ERs each day, study says'Alarming' rise in hospitalizations of suicidal childrenStudy: 16 children hospitalized with gunshot wounds each dayStudy: Children with high lead levels not being tested

Mon, 22 May 2017 08:10:27 GMTThu, 11 May 2017 13:59:51 GMTFri, 05 May 2017 11:59:39 GMTThu, 04 May 2017 08:57:09 GMTThu, 27 Apr 2017 11:45:50 GMT

Children should not be given fruit juice before they are 1 year old unless it's advised by a doctor, according to new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics, published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.The group had previously advised parents to wait to offer juice until a child reached 6 months old but decided to make the change based on rising rates of obesity and concerns about tooth cavities."We couldn't really see any reason why juice was still part of the potential recommendation for 6- to 12-month-old kids," said Dr. Steven A. Abrams, chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas, and co-author of the policy statement. "We recommend breastfeeding or formula in that age group, and there really isn't any need or beneficial role for juice, so we kind of made that adjustment."It is the first change to the academy's fruit juice recommendations since 2001.It wasn't "some magical new science" that inspired the alteration, noted Abrams, but rather "this (guideline) hadn't been looked at in a long time, so we thought it was time to take a close look." 'Not good for the teeth' Children and teens continue to be the top consumers of juice and juice drinks in the US, the policy statement notes."The problem is, parents will stick a bottle or sippy cup in the kid's mouth and kind of leave it there all day. That's not good from the calorie-intake perspective, and it's sure not good for the teeth," Abrams said. "What happens is, the kid then gets used to all the sugar, and then they won't drink water."Despite this important caveat, the academy is standing by juice. The new guidelines state that 100% fresh or reconstituted fruit juice can be a healthy part of a well-balanced diet for children older than 1.That said, the academy advises parents to limit juice to 4 ounces daily for toddlers between 1 and 3 years old. Juice should be provided in a cup, not a bottle or a box, both of which make it easy to drink juice all day, it says.For children between 4 and 6, fruit juice should be restricted to 4 to 6 ounces daily. Children between 7 and 18 years old should have no more than 8 ounces (or 1 cup) of juice a day, making up one of the recommended daily 2 to 2½ cups of fruit.The academy also strongly discourages unpasteurized juice products and says grapefruit juice should not be served to children taking certain medications -- ibuprofen, flurbiprofen, warfarin, phenytoin, fluvastatin and amitriptyline -- because it interferes with their effects.Finally, the group says, fruit juice is not appropriate in the treatment of dehydration or management of diarrhea."We primarily are supporting that kids learn how to eat fruit rather [...]



Sea lion grabs girl, pulls her into waterJapanese Princess Mako set to marry 'Prince of the Sea'Parasites could be lurking in your sushi, doctors warn

Mon, 22 May 2017 06:07:43 GMTWed, 17 May 2017 06:42:16 GMTFri, 12 May 2017 01:53:05 GMT

Tourists in British Columbia got a bit of a scare when a sea lion grabbed a girl and dragged her into the water.

Michael Fujiwara was sitting on a dock at the Steveston Fisherman's Wharf in Richmond, British Columbia on Saturday, when the California sea lion popped its head out of the water.

Fujiwara grabbed his phone and started shooting video.

He says the animal attracted a lot of attention and the girl and her family came to the edge of the dock.

"Her family started feeding the animal and the sea lion started to become comfortable," Fujiwara said. In the video, you can hear people laughing and whistling at sea lion and holding their hands over the water, as if they were holding a treat.

At one point, the sea lion lunges within inches of the little girl's face. It seems like a friendly move, and the girl cackles with delight.

That glee turns to terror a few seconds later, when the seal lunges again -- grabbing the girl and yanking her backwards into the water.

A man, who Fujiwara thinks was a relative, jumps in after her and bystanders pull them to safety.

"After being pulled back onto the dock, the family quickly walked away from the area without saying much," Fujiwara said. "They were probably very shaken up and just wanted to get away from the sea lion as fast as possible."

Bob Baziuk, the general manager of the Steveston Harbour Authority, told CNN that the girl and her rescuer were not hurt, and that he is trying to get more information about the incident.

He says the harbor is on the sea lions' migratory route and that males sometimes swim into the area looking for free food.

Baziuk says that they've been warning visitors not to feed the animals for years.

"It's not Sea World, it's a place where you buy fish," Baziuk said. "If you feed the animals like this you're asking for trouble."

Japan's Princess Mako is giving up her royal status -- all in the name of love.

Anisakiasis, an illness caused by eating parasite-contaminated fish or seafood, is on the rise in western countries where eating sushi and other raw or undercooked fish and seafood dishes has gained popularity, according to a report published Thursday in BMJ Case Reports.




What do Israelis and Palestinians expect from Trump visit?Israelis on edge before Trump visitTrump will not announce promised embassy move during Israel tripErdogan slams treatment of Palestinians; Israel issues angry responseTrump vows to work as 'mediator' for Israeli-Palestinian peaceHamas says it accepts '67 borders, but doesn't recognize IsraelIsrael 'shocked' over Trump aide's Western Wall comments

Mon, 22 May 2017 01:55:03 GMTFri, 19 May 2017 00:08:18 GMTWed, 17 May 2017 20:29:33 GMTTue, 09 May 2017 02:12:21 GMTWed, 03 May 2017 16:53:53 GMTTue, 02 May 2017 07:11:04 GMTTue, 16 May 2017 13:46:44 GMT

When President Donald Trump travels from Jerusalem to Bethlehem on Tuesday for the final leg of his fact-finding mission to the Middle East, you can be sure he won't be taking the bus.It is a shame. Bus stations, and the travelers you meet there, can tell you a lot about a place.From Israel to the Palestinian territories, a two-hour journey can take you just a few miles, or to the other side of the country, depending on who you are and where you are going.Last Friday, CNN went to talk to people waiting for buses at two very different locales, to gauge the mood on both sides of the divide and ask about their hopes for the U.S. President's visit ahead of his arrival on Monday. Bethlehem The first stop was the Jerusalem side of Checkpoint 300, the main crossing from Bethlehem to the Holy City, a military checkpoint through the 15-year-old wall that divides the West Bank from Israel.If President Trump and his entourage choose this way to enter Bethlehem, it will surely be a speedy passage through the concrete barrier -- possibly a prototype for the one he wants to build on the Mexico-US border.The checkpoint is dreaded by Palestinians, turning what should be a short 20-minute walk into a two-hour ordeal.First they have to take a yellow taxi to the crossing, which consists of a taxi rank with a few hawkers selling food and refreshments or toys and gifts. There, their papers are checked by Israeli soldiers.If they are among the lucky ones with a permit to cross, they have no choice but to walk the rest of the way through the grim concrete tunnel. Once out on the other side, they then take the 234 bus to Jerusalem.It was the beginning of the weekend and the main flow of people we met were visiting relatives or heading to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem's Old City for Friday prayers.Yara Bahar, 36, is a Palestinian Christian who lives in the Old City of Jerusalem. She has come to the checkpoint with her daughter Rujina, 5, to pick up her son Josef, 13, who was visiting his grandmother in Bethlehem. She has been waiting an hour for him to cross the wall."I hope Trump brings peace so both sides can live in peace," she says. "He will come here, he will see this wall, he will see this checkpoint, but I don't think he will see what we are going through. I have been waiting an hour to take my son back to Jerusalem, and it is a nightmare. I do believe if the wall and the checkpoint are removed we can both live together peacefully. I hope Trump will be able to convince the Israeli side that the checkpoint is useless for peace."Alia Malash, 55, is taking her 14-year-old grandson Ahmed to Al-Aqsa, the third holiest site in Islam. She said she wanted to take him now, because in two years he will not be able to freely[...]



NYCFC beats Orlando City 3-0

Mon, 22 May 2017 04:21:56 GMT

David Villa scored twice and New York City FC beat Orlando City 3-0 on Sunday night to extend its unbeaten streak to four games.

Orlando City (6-4-2) lost for the first time in seven matches at its new stadium, dating to a 1-0 win over NYCFC on March 5.

Villa converted from the spot, after Ricardo Kaka's hand ball in the penalty area, to open the scoring for NYCFC (6-4-2) in the 14th minute.

Wallace connected in the 35th. Jack Harrison's pass from the top-right corner of the box led Ethan White toward the endline, where his cross — through the 6-yard box — found Wallace for a sliding finish at the far post.

Cyle Larin missed a penalty kick off the post in the 64th minute for Orlando City before Villa capped the scoring in the 82nd.




Crews battle structure fire in New Smyrna Beach

Mon, 22 May 2017 02:40:41 GMT

Firefighters extinguished a fire at 205 Milford Place Sunday, fire officials said.

Firefighters said they arrived to a structure with heavy smoke and fire that was burning from a dining room into the attic.

Crews attacked the fire and prevented it from extending throughout the attic and into the rest of the home.

Edgewater and Volusia County firefighters were on site assisting.

 

The cause of fire is under investigation.




'Click it or Ticket' enforcement begins ahead of Memorial Day

Mon, 22 May 2017 02:39:26 GMT

Local law enforcement agencies will participate in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration national "Click it or Ticket" campaign in an effort to save lives through increased seatbelt use May 22 through June 4, the Orange County Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies said the OCSO Motor Unit will be conducting seatbelt enforcement details at various locations throughout Orange County, adding that tickets will be issued for improperly restrained children.

The OCSO said Florida's seatbelt use reached a record high of 89.6 percent in July 2016. That's up from about 60 percent in 2000.

“Hundreds of thousands of citizens will be traveling this Memorial Day weekend,” OCSO Motor Unit Master Deputy Greg Rittger said. “As law enforcement, we have a special role in helping protect the safety of our citizens. We want to make sure that motorists buckle up to keep everyone safe.”

Deputies reminded drivers that not wearing a seatbelt in Orange County is a $114 fine, while failure to properly restrain children ages 5 and under is a $164 fine.




Teen passenger killed when car strikes pole, FHP says

Mon, 22 May 2017 02:18:47 GMT

A 17-year-old girl was killed in a crash at Rock Springs Road and Tanglewood Drive Sunday afternoon in Orange County.

The Florida Highway Patrol said Erik Morales Lebron, 18, was driving an SUV south on Rock Springs Road when for an unknown reason he lost control of the vehicle and struck a pole.

Troopers said Lebron was seriously injured and was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center, while his passenger, Delisha Monge Pena, died from her injuries.

Troopers said the crash is under investigation.




Saudis, UAE pledge $100 million to Ivanka Trump-proposed fundSaudi Arabia pledges $20 billion to firm for US infrastructureMelania Trump gets rave reviews in Saudi pressTrump, White House officials bounce along to Saudi sword danceMelania and Ivanka Trump arrive in Saudi Arabia sans headscarvesTrump signs Kushner-negotiated $100B Saudi arms deal

Mon, 22 May 2017 01:23:18 GMTSun, 21 May 2017 18:02:26 GMTSun, 21 May 2017 17:31:58 GMTSat, 20 May 2017 21:27:12 GMTSat, 20 May 2017 18:41:53 GMTFri, 19 May 2017 21:59:03 GMT

Just two days into President Donald Trump debut foreign trip, a member of his inner-circle has already reaped benefits to the tune of $100 million.In a sunlit ballroom Sunday morning at the Tuwaiq Palace in Saudi Arabia, Ivanka Trump's proposed Women Entrepreneurs Fund -- a concept she first shared during her own inaugural international trip as first daughter last month to Berlin, Germany -- was promised a combined $100 million by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates specifically to help women in the Middle East.The fund, which will be run by World Bank, not Ivanka Trump, aims to provide to female entrepreneurs with financial support in the form of capital and access to networking and financial markets, something Trump says she anticipates will be important to the future growth of women.But Saudi Arabia places severe restrictions on women's rights and participation in society, including prohibitions on driving and finances. The creation of a fund that solicits donations from such countries and is championed by Trump's daughter, one of Trump's closest advisers, could open the President up to charges of hypocrisy, saying that the concept is not dissimilar to the Clinton Foundation, which he roundly criticized as a candidate.The first daughter spoke of the need for transformation at Sunday's women's economic empowerment roundtable, which was attended by 15 women, most of them Saudi business and government leaders and entrepreneurs."We are living in a pivotal moment in history for women," she said. "Around the world, women continue to achieve unprecedented levels of rights and freedoms. Today, you all stand on the front lines of the fight for gender equality. You recognize the indisputable truth that empowering women is key to driving economic transformation.""Yet in every country, including United States, women and girls face unique challenges that hold them back from full and meaningful participation in all parts of society," added Trump, who wore a powder blue designer suit; the rest of the women in attendance at the roundtable wore traditional Muslim garb, their hair covered in abayas or scarves, according to reporters traveling with the first family.Last year, however, Donald Trump bashed the Clinton Foundation for accepting money from countries with human rights issues, implying the move was in direct contrast to the help the foundation was established to provide."Saudi Arabia and many of the countries that gave vast amounts of money to the Clinton Foundation want women as slaves and to kill gays," Trump wrote on Facebook. "Hi[...]



Melania Trump gets rave reviews in Saudi pressTrump's first foreign trip as president'Drive them out': Trump calls on Muslims to share burden in terror fightHouse panel looks at Trump campaign communications adviser for Russia tiesTrump 'loves' Egyptian president's shoesPartisans bend to label Trump's 'bow'Melania and Ivanka Trump arrive in Saudi Arabia sans headscarvesTrump signs Kushner-negotiated $100B Saudi arms dealHow Trump's first foreign trip compares with past presidents

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First lady Melania Trump's fashion choices got rave reviews in local Saudi Arabian press Sunday, despite forgoing the customary headscarf.Both the first lady and first daughter Ivanka Trump have been closely watched in Saudi Arabia for both style and substance.On Sunday, the first lady conducted a few solo events while her husband continued bilateral meetings with the Gulf Cooperation Council. She visited the American International School in Riyadh and an all-women General Electric service center, tweeting out images from both visits, calling the visits an "honor" and praising "international perspective and education to children."Similarly, Ivanka Trump separately attended a women's empowerment roundtable at Tuwaiq Palace with civil society leaders, prominent businesswomen and female Saudi elected government officials, according to the White House."It is important to hear directly from local women about progress they and their country have been able to make and the challenges they still face," a White House official said.Both women went sans headscarf during their time in the kingdom, despite the fact that President Donald Trump once criticized Michelle Obama for doing the same."Many people are saying it was wonderful that Mrs. Obama refused to wear a scarf in Saudi Arabia, but they were insulted. We have enuf enemies," he tweeted in January 2015.Arab News, circulated in a special English print edition for US press, heaped praised on the first lady, calling her outfits "classy and conservative." A full-page color photo accompanied, showing a glowing Trump in a black jumpsuit.In a country that favors abayas for women over almost anything else, Trump stepped off Air Force One in the jumpsuit, which appeared to be from British designer Stella McCartney. Cuffed at the sleeves and cinched at the waist with a large gold belt, the flowing look closely resembled an abaya, which her spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said was not a coincidence."If you look at her style, it's still very much her and her style of dress but being sensitive to the place and host nation for sure," Grisham said.Arab News noted the resemblance as well, quoting a boutique-owner in Jeddah, Nahed Andijani: "When I saw her arrival pictures wearing a modest outfit respecting our culture, I was like, 'This looks so much like my abaya!' "Trump wore the jumpsuit for a day of bilateral meetings before changing in the evening into a sweeping magenta gown, complete with flowing cape sleeves, for dinner at the Saudi palace. American pr[...]



Saudi Arabia pledges $20 billion to firm for US infrastructureTrump's first foreign trip as presidentTrump's new tune on Islam unconvincing, experts in Mideast sayMelania Trump gets rave reviews in Saudi pressTrump, White House officials bounce along to Saudi sword danceRoger Stone: Trump's Saudi award 'makes me want to puke'Melania and Ivanka Trump arrive in Saudi Arabia sans headscarvesTrump lands in Saudi Arabia as controversies swirl at homeTrump signs Kushner-negotiated $100B Saudi arms dealSaudi Arabia, US companies reach $55 billion in deals

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Saudi Arabia is pledging $20 billion to an American private investment firm to pay for infrastructure projects in the United States.The firm at the center of the deal, the Blackstone Group, has a close connection to President Donald Trump. Blackstone CEO Steve Schwarzman advises the president on policy issues ranging from trade to infrastructure.The $20 billion in Saudi money is part of a larger effort by Blackstone to invest stateside in toll roads, airports and other public works.The firm said Saturday that it will raise another $20 billion from other investors. With debt financing, Blackstone hopes eventually to bring the total to $100 billion.The announcement Saturday was a year in the making, but the timing was significant. It came as Trump kicked off his first overseas trip this weekend in Saudi Arabia, where he touted his ability to attract foreign investment in the United States.The announcement also came days before the Trump administration is expected to reveal its 2018 budget proposal. And further details about his long-awaited $1 trillion infrastructure plan could come by the end of the month.For that plan to work, the administration needs to attract private capital.Late last year, Schwarzman, who doesn't hold an official White House position, helped put together a team of corporate executives to advise Trump on jobs and the economy. The group includes JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, Walt Disney boss Bob Iger and former GE leader Jack Welch.President Obama put together a similar panel of CEOs to advise him on the economy in 2009.When CNNMoney asked Schwarzman about Trump's priorities at a meeting with the CEO group in April, he said infrastructure was high on the list.Trump is "very engaged in infrastructure," Schwarzman said. "He was a builder and so he understands intuitively the benefit of building things for employment."The Saudi investment will come from the country's Private Investment Fund, which was created in 1971 to manage the Saudi government's investments at home and abroad.Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has led PIF since May 2015, has supported the fund's diversification away from oil.Last fall, the kingdom committed $45 billion from the fund to investments in the tech industry. The deal was made with the Japanese tech conglomerate SoftBank, which recently said it is nearing its goal of raising $100 billion.--CNNMoney's Jill Disis and Zahraa Alkhalisi contributed to this story.[...]President Donald Trump is abroad for the first time as commander in chief, undertaking[...]



10 hospitalized with botulism tied to nacho cheese sauceFrozen burritos recalled over listeria fearsFiat Chrysler recalls 1.3 million Ram pickups for possibly fatal software problemAunt Jemima frozen pancakes, waffles and French toast recalledPerdue recalls chicken sausage links after plastic sightingsGin recalled for having too much alcoholYet another dog food lot recalled because it may contain euthanasia drug

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Ten people have been hospitalized after they contracted botulism from eating nacho cheese sauce served at a gas station outside of Sacramento, California, according to state and local officials.The Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement last week that the cause of the illness "appears to be prepared food, particularly nacho cheese sauce" from a gas station in Walnut Grove.Botulism is a rare illness caused by nerve toxins released from bacteria, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Symptoms can include blurred vision, drooping eyelids, slurred speech and paralysis, among others. Some cases can be fatal.CNN affiliate KTXL reports that one woman, Lavinia Kelly, was reportedly hospitalized after putting the nacho cheese sauce on some Doritos chips on April 21."My phone rings and I pick up the phone and it's her, and she can't articulate a word," her sister, Theresa Kelly, told KTXL. She said that at first she thought her sister was going to die.Kelly has spent more than three weeks in the intensive care unit, KTXL reports.The store was ordered to stop selling prepared foods on May 5, but was allowed to reopen and sell prepackaged food items only on May 8 after a California Department of Public Health officer seized four bags of the cheese sauce, according to a Sacramento County inspection report.In a statement sent to CNN, state health officials confirmed that the outbreak is believed to have been caused by the nacho cheese sauce. There does not appear to be an ongoing risk to the public, CDPH said.Botulism outbreaks are rare, according to the CDC's website.Foodborne botulism is spread through ingesting the contaminated food, the CDC said. Symptoms typically begin to appear around 18 to 36 hours after eating the food.While botulism can be fatal, the CDC's website said only 3 percent to 5 percent of patients die.A company in New Mexico is recalling about 253,000 pounds of frozen burritos in four states over fears of listeria contamination.Fiat Chrysler is recalling 1.3 million pickup trucks because of a software problem that may be tied to at least one death and two injuries.A New Jersey food company is recalling Aunt Jemima frozen pancakes, waffles and French toast over fears of listeria contamination. Chicken sausage products that might contain bits of plastic are being recalled by Perdue Foods, the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said Saturday.[...]Canadian health authorities have launched a [...]



Man shot during Avalon Park home invasion, deputies say

Mon, 22 May 2017 00:12:35 GMT

Deputies are investigating a shooting that happened during a home invasion Sunday in Avalon Park.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office said a man was shot in the 12000 block of Magazine Street, but that he did not suffer life-threatening injuries.

The victim was taken to the Orlando Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Officials said the victim was being uncooperative and was unwilling to assist in the investigation.

No other details were immediately released.




20-acre brush fire burns in Geneva

Sun, 21 May 2017 23:00:28 GMT

The Seminole County Fire Department is battling a brush fire that is burning in a heavily wooded area in Geneva, officials said.

The fire was reportedly about 20 acres in size and was moving west, but no homes are in danger.

 

The Seminole County Sheriff's Office is utilizing a helicopter to do bucket drops in the area.

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No other details were immediately released.

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




House panel looks at Trump campaign communications adviser for Russia tiesTimeline: Trump, his White House and Russia'Drive them out': Trump calls on Muslims to share burden in terror fightTrump 'loves' Egyptian president's shoes'SNL' finale has Baldwin's Trump singing and 'The Rock' running for POTUSPartisans bend to label Trump's 'bow'On day one of foreign trip, Trump was seen but not heardTrump, White House officials bounce along to Saudi sword danceRoger Stone: Trump's Saudi award 'makes me want to puke'Russia foreign minister denies talking to Trump about ComeyComey's father: Trump was 'scared to death' of FBI director

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As part of its probe into Russian election interference, the House Intelligence Committee has reached out to a Donald Trump presidential campaign communications adviser, Michael Caputo. The House panel has requested that Caputo "produce certain documents and other materials to the Committee and participate in a voluntary, transcribed interview at the Committee's offices," according to a copy of a May 9 letter obtained by CNN. The New York Times was the first to report on the committee's requests. The House panel asked that Caputo submit any documents or materials by Monday that "reasonably could lead to the discovery of any facts within the investigation's publicly-announced parameters."Caputo has complied with the committee's request for documents, a source familiar with the matter said.The committee said an interview could entail discussing "Russian cyber activities directed against the 2016 US election, potential links between Russia and individuals associated with political campaigns, the US government's response to these Russian active measures, and related leaks of classified information." The FBI and both chambers of Congress are investigating whether there were improper contacts between Trump associates and Russia during the 2016 election. During a March 20 House Intelligence hearing featuring then-FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Mike Rogers, Rep. Jackie Speier, a Democrat from California, invoked Caputo's name as part of a "tarantula web" of links to Russia. She mentioned his former work in Russia, his marriage to a Russian woman and his work for "Gazprom-Media to improve Putin's image in the United States." Caputo has asked to participate in public testimony to clear his name, according to a source familiar with the situation. In recent months, the former campaign communications adviser has repeatedly taken to social media to reject accusations of links between Russia and Trump's campaign. In his written response to the committee, Caputo said he neither had contact with Russian officials nor discussed Russia with Trump or other campaign aides while working for the campaign from November 2015 until June 2016. "The only time the President and I talked about Russia was in 2013, when he simply asked me in passing what it was like to live there in the context of a dinner conversation," Caputo wrote to the committee.Top Donald Trump advisers are in the hot seat for their interactions with Russia over the course of the presiden[...]



Northbound Kirkman Road, I-4 exit ramp to close for constructionBig Drive construction moving ahead at 'full force'St. Cloud brush fire flare-ups prompt road closuresNew changes on I-4 mark big step for Big DriveDo you know the proper way to wear your seat belt?Weekend ramp closures in effect as eastbound side of I-4 shifts

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Northbound Kirkman Road and access to Kirkman Road from eastbound Interstate 4 Exit 75B will be closed intermittently for bridge work for a portion of this week, Florida Department of Transportation officials said.

The closures will take place from Sunday afternoon to Wednesday morning. The closures will be from 4 p.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday, and then again from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each day from Monday night to Wednesday morning.

Crews are building a new exit ramp from westbound I-4 to southbound Kirkman Road that will replace the current left exit, the FDOT said. A new bridge is needed in order to complete the ramp. Crews will bridge beans over northbound Kirkman Road during the closures.

Scheduled construction could be extended or modified due to weather conditions.

News 6 traffic anchor Amy Biondello gives an update on Big Drive construction.

Several roads were shut down Friday because of flare ups from the brush fire near St. Cloud Elementary.

News 6 traffic anchor Amy Biondello has all the details on the changes that went into effect on I-4 Friday morning and how long they will be impacting drivers. 

It's something that we hear about often: the importance of buckling up.

More changes are scheduled to take place along I-4 as the eastbound side of the interstate prepares to shift in the heart of the downtown stretch of the highway.




Sheriff David Clarke plagiarized portions of his master's thesis on homeland securityWho is controversial Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke?Controversial Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke faces protests MondayMilwaukee County Sheriff Clarke says he's accepted DHS job -- but was it offered?

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Controversial Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, who this week announced he will be joining Donald Trump's administration as assistant secretary in the Department of Homeland Security, plagiarized sections of his 2013 master's thesis on US security, a CNN KFile review has found.Clarke, a visible surrogate for Trump during the campaign known for his incendiary rhetoric, earned a master's degree in security studies at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. In his thesis, "Making U.S. security and privacy rights compatible," Clarke failed to properly attribute his sources at least 47 times. In all instances reviewed by CNN's KFile, Clarke lifts language from sources and credits them with a footnote, but does not indicate with quotation marks that he is taking the words verbatim. According to guidelines on plagiarism posted on the Naval Postgraduate School's website, "If a passage is quoted verbatim, it must be set off with quotation marks (or, if it is a longer passage, presented as indented text), and followed by a properly formulated citation. The length of the phrase does not matter. If someone else's words are sufficiently significant to be worth quoting, then accurate quotation followed by a correct citation is essential, even if only a few words are involved."The school's honor code defines plagiarism as "submitting material that in part or whole is not one's own work without proper attribution. Plagiarism is further defined as the use, without giving reasonable and appropriate credit to or acknowledging the author or source, of another person's original work, whether such work is made up of code, formulas, ideas, language, research, strategies, writing or other form(s)."Sources Clarke plagiarized include a 2002 ACLU report about "The Government's Demand for New and Unnecessary Powers After September 11," a 2003 ACLU report critical of the FBI's records-collection practices, a 2007 ACLU report on "fusion centers," and a 2011 ACLU report on the need to overhaul secrecy laws. Other sources Clarke lifted words from include: the 9/11 Commission Report, a 2011 article in the Homeland Security Affairs journal, the Pew Research Center, a 2012 report by the Constitution Project, a 2003 report by the US General Accounting Office, a 2011 Brennan Center report, a 2013 Washington Post article about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, Comparative Homeland Security: Glo[...]



Much-needed rain expected to arrive in Central FloridaPolice distribute masks to St. Cloud residents affected by brush fireMarkham Woods Middle School student killed in SunRail crashSt. Cloud brush fire flare-ups prompt road closuresGood Samaritans rescue driver from sinking minivan in Indian RiverElderly couple killed in Windermere house fire, police say

Sun, 21 May 2017 19:29:41 GMTSun, 21 May 2017 17:47:01 GMTMon, 22 May 2017 17:26:53 GMTSun, 21 May 2017 15:11:49 GMTSun, 21 May 2017 13:48:03 GMTSat, 20 May 2017 22:35:12 GMT

The mixed sky cover Sunday has confirmed the moisture buildup that will help bring about some much-needed rain throughout the next four to five days.

It does, however, seem like it will clear in time for next weekend.

Storms moving across the Gulf of Mexico and the Southeast are advancing toward Central Florida.

"That, combined with a moist southeast air flow, will support a 40 percent chance of rain tonight and a 60 percent chance of rain Monday," News 6 weather anchor Danny Treanor said.

Under cloudy skies, Sunday night lows are expected to reach 72 degrees in Orlando, 71 degrees in Ocala and 70 degrees in Palm Bay.

Some sunshine Monday morning will be followed by building clouds by noon and possibly rain by 2 p.m.

Temperatures are expected to hit 89 degrees in Orlando, 87 degrees in Melbourne and 86 degrees in Daytona Beach.

"An umbrella would be a good idea for the next few days until Friday, when drier air returns," Treanor said. "Hopefully these rains will put a dent in our drought and reduce the fire danger."

The St. Cloud Police Department was distributing masks to residents affected by a brush fire in the area.

A SunRail train hit and killed a 13-year-old boy during the Friday rush hour, Sanford police said.

Several roads were shut down Friday because of flare ups from the brush fire near St. Cloud Elementary.

A driver who plunged his minivan into the Indian River Saturday is lucky to be alive after Good Samaritans came to his rescue.

A 71-year-old man and 69-year-old woman were killed in a house fire early Saturday morning, Windermere police say.




Venezuela: Mass rally, violent clashes in 50th day of protestsVenezuela: Mass rally, violent clashes in 50th day of protestsAs Venezuela dives into chaos, next door Colombia has a star turnUS Treasury slaps sanctions on 8 Venezuela court justicesVenezuela health minister fired after revealing data showing 66% rise in maternal deathsAmid chaos in Venezuela, infant deaths, malaria cases skyrocketMan plays violin in middle of chaotic Venezuelan protestWife: Jailed Venezuelan leader says 'we can't stop'

Sun, 21 May 2017 11:52:58 GMTSun, 21 May 2017 11:52:58 GMTFri, 19 May 2017 16:31:43 GMTThu, 18 May 2017 23:44:56 GMTFri, 12 May 2017 16:14:02 GMTWed, 10 May 2017 18:26:50 GMTTue, 09 May 2017 12:17:40 GMTMon, 08 May 2017 06:32:22 GMT

Massive demonstrations, violence and a rising death toll marked 50 consecutive days of anti-government protests in Venezuela. Hundreds marched on Saturday along Caracas's Francisco Fajardo highway, one of city's major routes, while some flanked a gigantic sign that read "Elections Now" over an overpass."Fifty days facing threats, tear gas and pellets. Fifty days in which we have transformed fear into courage and strength," opposition leader Miguel Pizarro wrote on Twitter. Anti-government protesters want new elections and have called for President Nicolas Maduro's resignation. The government has repeatedly blocked any attempts to oust Maduro from power by a referendum vote. It has also delayed local and state elections.Since March 29, opposition leaders have faced off with Maduro and his supporters, accusing him of imposing a dictatorship.Violence erupts Protests turned violent in Caracas later on Saturday when demonstrators and police clashed surrounded by a mix of tear gas and exploding Molotov cocktails.Video footage shows dozens of protesters wearing helmets, bandanas and gas masks as they run through the streets. Military tanks rolled down the streets with gas canisters hurling up in the air. As small explosions erupted, medics were seen carrying the injured to nearby ambulances. It's unclear how many people were injured but more than 950 have been injured in Venezuela since the protests began, the country's attorney general's office said Saturday. Mourning the victimsFamily and friends buried 15-year-old Francisco Guerrero, a boy who was killed late last week amid protests in Venezuela's western state of Tachira. At the cemetery, Guerrero's coffin -- draped in a Venezuela flag -- was carried to his last stop on Saturday while a song with lyrics "they killed an innocent" were played. The teen was at a market in an area where anti-government protests were happening when he was shot in the abdomen, according to Venezuela's attorney general's office.His family has accused the National Guard of the shooting. Some 2,000 National Guard troops and 600 special operations forces were deployed to Tachira last week as part of what the government calls a strategy to protect and defend the nation. Guerrero's death is one of 48 protest-related deaths that the attorney general's office is investigating. Some deaths have been linked to both opp[...]



Police distribute masks to St. Cloud residents affected by brush fireDowned power line causes St. Cloud brush fireSt. Cloud brush fire flare-ups prompt road closuresElderly couple killed in Windermere house fire, police sayFire officials: 'Illegal burning needs to stop'25-acre brush fire burns in Melbourne

Sun, 21 May 2017 17:47:01 GMTFri, 19 May 2017 16:23:15 GMTSun, 21 May 2017 15:11:49 GMTSat, 20 May 2017 22:35:12 GMTThu, 18 May 2017 21:50:09 GMTSun, 14 May 2017 23:25:02 GMT

The St. Cloud Police Department was distributing masks to residents affected by a brush fire in the area.

As smoke and wind are expected to continue in the area throughout the next few days, police said masks would be available to anyone in need.

Police said masks could be picked up at the police station from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, but officers ended the distribution around 1:30 p.m. Sunday. The station is at 4700 Neptune Road.

Police also asked residents to remember that their pets also can be affected by smoke and their exposure to it should be limited.

The 36-acre brush fire was caused by a downed power line Thursday and prompted the evacuation of St. Cloud Elementary School, police said.

The St. Cloud Fire Department continues to work and monitor the brush fire. Police said the fire has encompassed 53 acres and is 100 percent contained.

Crews were able to significantly reduce the smoke in the area over the last 12 hours, police said.

Budinger Avenue will remain closed from Nolte Road to 17th Street for the remainder of the weekend as crews continue to work, police said.

School officials evacuate St. Cloud Elementary School because of a brush fire.

Several roads were shut down Friday because of flare ups from the brush fire near St. Cloud Elementary.

A 71-year-old man and 69-year-old woman were killed in a house fire early Saturday morning, Windermere police say.

Officials are warning Floridians that they could be prosecuted for starting fires during a burn ban.

A 25-acre fire was burning Sunday in West Melbourne, according to Brevard County Fire Rescue.


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Aid worker killed, another abducted in Kabul attackCar bomb kills eight people near US Embassy in KabulAfghan warlord returns to Kabul after nearly 20 years6 dead in ISIS attack on TV station in AfghanistanTurnbull 'open' to sending more Australian troops to AfghanistanSenators open to idea of more troops in AfghanistanLatest on Afghanistan options expected to hit Trump's desk this weekISIS leader in Afghanistan killed, US confirmsPentagon considers sending more troops to AfghanistanPentagon: US soldiers possibly killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan2 US service members killed in Afghanistan

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A German woman was shot and killed and her Afghan guard beheaded when attackers targeted a guest house for aid workers Saturday night in Kabul, Afghanistan, according to Afghan Interior Ministry acting spokesman Najib Danish. A Finnish woman also staying at the guest house was abducted, Danish said.The German and Finnish nationals were members of the NGO Operation Mercy, according to a statement on the group's website. Finland's Ministry for Foreign Affairs is investigating, according to a statement from the Finnish government. "At the moment, the identity of the kidnappers is not known," the statement said.The German Foreign Ministry confirmed a German national was killed in the Kabul attack. A Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said German authorities are in touch with officials in Kabul, but declined to provide further details. The attack on aid workers comes as Afghan authorities and coalition allies struggle to stifle terror groups in Afghanistan.Eight people were killed and 25 injured earlier this month when a car bomb targeting a convoy of foreign troops exploded near the US Embassy in Kabul. Three US troops were among the wounded, a US military official said. ISIS claimed responsibility for the blast.The Taliban has also contributed to destabilizing the security situation in Afghanistan. The terror group carried out an attack on the Camp Shaheen army base last month that killed as many as 140 people, sources told CNN. In February, Gen. John Nicholson, commander of US forces in Afghanistan, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that leadership assesses "the current security situation in Afghanistan as a stalemate.""We remain concerned about multiple critical factors," he said.Nicholson cited the government's stability; Afghan military casualties; the influence of Pakistan, Russia and Iran; "the convergence" of various terror groups; the narcotics trade, and corruption.A car bomb targeting a convoy of foreign troops exploded near the US Embassy in Kabul on Wednesday, killing eight people and wounding 25 others, an Afghan official said. One of Afghanistan's most notorious warlords Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has returned to the Afghan capital Kabul after nearly two decades in exile, reported Tolo, an Afghan news agency. [...]ISIS has claimed responsibility for an attack on a television [...]



'Drive them out': Trump calls on Muslims to share burden in terror fightTrump's first foreign trip as presidentTrump on Twitter: His most notable tweets'SNL' finale has Baldwin's Trump singing and 'The Rock' running for POTUSWill Trump hit reset with Muslims?Partisans bend to label Trump's 'bow'On day one of foreign trip, Trump was seen but not heardTrump, White House officials bounce along to Saudi sword danceRoger Stone: Trump's Saudi award 'makes me want to puke'Russia foreign minister denies talking to Trump about ComeyMelania and Ivanka Trump arrive in Saudi Arabia sans headscarves

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President Donald Trump looked to make clear that the United States is not at war with Islam in a major speech here on Sunday, instead defining the battle against terrorist groups as a "battle between good and evil" as he urged Muslim-majority countries to redouble their counterterrorism efforts."This is not a battle between different faiths, different sects or different civilizations," Trump said. "This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life, and decent people of all religions who seek to protect it. This is a battle between good and evil."In a departure from the Islamophobic rhetoric he sometimes deployed on the campaign trail, Trump acknowledged that the overwhelming majority of victims of terrorism are Muslim, calling Islam "one of the world's great faiths." He also dismissed "Islamists" as the "footsoldiers of evil," with no religious legitimacy, effectively putting distance between Islam and the ideology that fuels terrorist groups like ISIS.While Trump promised that he was "not here to lecture" the Muslim world, his speech went beyond outreach. In his most forceful argument on Sunday, Trump exhorted Muslim-majority countries to do more to eradicate terrorist groups that claim the mantle of Islam, urging Muslims to "drive out" terrorists."Drive them out," Trump said. "Drive out the terrorists. Drive out the extremists. Drive them out of your places of worship. Drive them out of your communities. Drive them out of your holy land and drive them out of this Earth."Middle Eastern countries "cannot wait for American power," Trump said, but must instead "decide what kind of future they want for themselves, for their countries, and for their children."The major speech, which Trump delivered Sunday during an Arab-Islamic-American summit in Riyadh to leaders of 55 Muslim-majority countries, marks Trump's first effort to reach out to the world's 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide. The speech was aimed at resetting his relationship with the Muslim world after making a slew of Islamophobic remarks on the campaign trail, calling for a ban on Muslims and declaring "Islam hates us."The speech ca[...]



'Drive them out': Trump calls on Muslims to share burden in terror fightTrump says he's 'very close' to naming a new FBI directorPresident Trump defends sharing information with RussiansBREAKING: Trump fires FBI Director James Comey, report saysState Department promotion of Trump's Mar-a-Lago draws fireBetsy DeVos booed while delivering B-CU commencement speech

Sun, 21 May 2017 16:29:28 GMTThu, 18 May 2017 20:08:20 GMTTue, 16 May 2017 17:07:51 GMTTue, 09 May 2017 22:22:15 GMTMon, 24 Apr 2017 21:14:39 GMTThu, 11 May 2017 05:56:36 GMT

President Donald Trump looked to make clear that the United States is not at war with Islam in a major speech here on Sunday, instead defining the battle against terrorist groups as a "battle between good and evil" as he urged Muslim-majority countries to redouble their counterterrorism efforts."This is not a battle between different faiths, different sects or different civilizations," Trump said. "This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life, and decent people of all religions who seek to protect it. This is a battle between good and evil."In a departure from the Islamophobic rhetoric he sometimes deployed on the campaign trail, Trump acknowledged that the overwhelming majority of victims of terrorism are Muslim, calling Islam "one of the world's great faiths." He also dismissed "Islamists" as the "footsoldiers of evil," with no religious legitimacy, effectively putting distance between Islam and the ideology that fuels terrorist groups like ISIS.While Trump promised that he was "not here to lecture" the Muslim world, his speech went beyond outreach. In his most forceful argument on Sunday, Trump exhorted Muslim-majority countries to do more to eradicate terrorist groups that claim the mantle of Islam, urging Muslims to "drive out" terrorists."Drive them out," Trump said. "Drive out the terrorists. Drive out the extremists. Drive them out of your places of worship. Drive them out of your communities. Drive them out of your holy land and drive them out of this Earth."Middle Eastern countries "cannot wait for American power," Trump said, but must instead "decide what kind of future they want for themselves, for their countries, and for their children."The major speech, which Trump delivered Sunday during an Arab-Islamic-American summit in Riyadh to leaders of 55 Muslim-majority countries, marks Trump's first effort to reach out to the world's 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide. The speech was aimed at resetting his relationship with the Muslim world after making a slew of Islamophobic remarks on the campaign trail, calling for a ban on Muslims and declaring "Islam h[...]



Florida woman calls cops worried semen in thermos might explodeDriver stuck in Florida traffic practices yoga on highwayFlorida woman found with meth in bra says it came from yard saleDeputies search for culprit who tortured alligator, gouged its eyes outFlorida woman finds iguana in toilet bowl, calls 911Woman claims to find squid-like substance in coconut water bottle

Sun, 21 May 2017 15:57:59 GMTThu, 11 May 2017 10:18:49 GMTWed, 17 May 2017 15:39:26 GMTThu, 18 May 2017 20:46:30 GMTWed, 17 May 2017 15:23:16 GMTTue, 16 May 2017 19:59:44 GMT

A Florida woman trying to get pregnant via artificial insemination called police because she feared the thermos she was using to store sperm and dry ice might explode.

Felicia Nevins sought the Pasco County Sheriff's Office help after she forgot to remove a rubber O-ring from the container.

The next thing Nevins knew, the incident was all over social media. That's because the sheriff's office posted details on Facebook.

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Nevins told the Tampa Bay Times she was upset because the post was not removed Friday. Nevins was not identified by name but she said she was mortified that enough information was posted for her to be identified.

The sheriff's office defended its action, saying it was important to provide the type of safety information contained in the post.

A late morning traffic accident that shut down the northbound lanes of I-95 sent one woman to the dogs... the downward dogs.

A Florida woman claims to have scored meth by simply buying a bra at a yard sale.

Martin County deputies are searching for the public's help identifying the culprit accused of torturing an alligator by gouging its eyes out with a blunt object.

What did a Florida woman do when she lifted the lid on her toilet and found an iguana inside?

A New York woman says she found a squid-like substance that made her violently ill in a bottle off coconut water.




St. Cloud brush fire flare-ups prompt road closuresFire officials: 'Illegal burning needs to stop'Downed power line causes St. Cloud brush fire

Sun, 21 May 2017 15:11:49 GMTThu, 18 May 2017 21:50:09 GMTFri, 19 May 2017 16:23:15 GMT

Several roads were shut down Friday because of flareups from the brush fire near St. Cloud Elementary, fire officials said.

Budinger Avenue from Progress Lane to the south entrance of St. Cloud Elementary is shut down until further notice, according to the St. Cloud Fire Department.

All buses and parents picking up students are asked to go to the north entrance using the 17th Street side of Budinger Avenue.

The school is implementing inclement weather procedures for students who walk home, according to Osceola County officials.

The school was evacuated Thursday after the 40-acre brush fire was caused by downed power lines.

St. Cloud police said Sunday that Budinger Avenue will remain closed from the South entrance of St. Cloud Elementary to Progress Lane through the beginning of the week.

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The fire, which burned near Bailey Road, was 100 percent contained as of 6:30 p.m. Thursday. No structures were damaged and no injuries were reported. 

Officials are warning Floridians that they could be prosecuted for starting fires during a burn ban.

School officials evacuate St. Cloud Elementary School because of a brush fire.




Good Samaritans rescue driver from sinking minivan in Indian RiverMarkham Woods Middle School student killed in SunRail crash3 dead in crash on State Road 50 in Orange County, FHP saysCrash blocks I-4 traffic in DeltonaElderly couple killed in Windermere house fire, police sayFHP: Man splits motorcycle in two, strikes pole while driving drunk

Sun, 21 May 2017 13:48:03 GMTMon, 22 May 2017 17:26:53 GMTSun, 21 May 2017 03:44:46 GMTSat, 20 May 2017 23:45:13 GMTSat, 20 May 2017 22:35:12 GMTSat, 20 May 2017 21:39:34 GMT

A driver of a minivan that plunged into the Indian River on Saturday afternoon is lucky to be alive after some good Samaritans were nearby to assist in his rescue, News 6 partner Florida Today reported.According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the Nissan Quest traveled at a high rate of speed on a bumpy dirt road adjacent to the bridge, on the north side of State Road 528 and crashed into the water, the minivan submerging.Witnesses described the speed of the minivan at 35 mph just before impact."I was fishing and was standing next to the car when he began accelerating," said Frankie Maldonado, 38, of Kissimmee.The driver nearly struck a 7-year-old boy who was fishing.Philipp Mehlenbacher, 37, of Winter Garden had arrived at the fishing area with his wife, Melissa,and two sons, Scott and Skyler, about 20 minutes before the near-tragedy."The driver came hauling through," Mehlenbacher said. "It definitely wasn't an accident."His eldest son, Scott, 7, was fishing within a short distance of the minivan's path."I almost lost my son," the father of two told Florida Today.He and his wife, Melissa, briefly debated the safety issues of Mehlenbacher trying to help the man in the sinking Nissan. But Mehlenbacher stripped down to his underwear and dived into the river, which was about 12 feet deep. Maldonado also dived into the water.A boater was in the vicinity and aided the swimmers by providing an anchor. Mehlenbacher grabbed the anchor, smashing the rear passenger window of the van so that the reluctant driver could escape."He was fighting with us the whole time," Mehlenbacher said. "The van was literally underwater when I felt him trying to struggle. I grabbed him by the shoulder and pulled him out."The driver's identity was not available Saturday.The Brevard County Sheriff's Office dive team and Schlenker Automotive, a Rockledge company that brought a wrecker, teamed up to pulled the van out of the river. The divers hooked a line to the Nissan, then the wrecker pulled it from the water.[...]A SunRail train hit and killed a 13-year-old boy during the Friday rush hour, Sanford poli[...]


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Another hot, muggy day in Central FloridaPolice distribute masks to St. Cloud residents affected by brush fireUCF becomes co-AAC conference regular season champions after 3-2 win over USFElderly couple killed in Windermere house fire, police sayCrews work to put out Orange County brush fires, officials saySouth Florida homeowner startled by 8-foot python inside garage

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Sunday is expected to be another hot and muggy day in Central Florida.

Orlando will reach a high of 93 degrees, which is 4 degrees warmer than the usual high for this time of year.

"There will be high humidity, which will keep our rain chances hovering around 30 percent," News 6 meteorologist Madeline Evans said.

It will stay dry for most of the day, until 4 p.m., when some spotty showers will show up.

"Then, overnight, we could see some heavier spots of rain around the I-4 corridor; even some possible storms mixed in," Evans said.

Sunday night will reach a low of 71 degrees, under a mostly cloudy sky with rain still possible.

Rain chances will increase and stick around Monday. Temperatures will reach a high of 90 degrees with a 60 percent coverage of rain by the early evening hours.

"Rain chances will stick around all week and we'll dry out by Friday, with highs in the low 80s," Evans said.
 

 

The St. Cloud Police Department was distributing masks to residents affected by a brush fire in the area.

The UCF Knights won its first regular season title since 2004 by beating I-4 rival, USF, 3-2 on Saturday afternoon.

A 71-year-old man and 69-year-old woman were killed in a house fire early Saturday morning, Windermere police say.

Crews worked to put out two brush fires Saturday, Orange County Fire Rescue personnel said.

A Pembroke Pines homeowner was startled by what he found in his garage Friday morning, and some quick thinking might have saved his dog's life.


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Cloud Computing takes Preakness as Derby winner Always Dreaming fadesPreakness: Always Dreaming eyes second leg of Triple CrownCo-favorite Always Dreaming wins Kentucky DerbyHow to bet (legally) on the Kentucky DerbyBest Kentucky Derby bet? Try the racetrack itselfOne-eyed Patch aiming for Kentucky Derby glory

Sat, 20 May 2017 23:56:03 GMTFri, 19 May 2017 12:00:48 GMTSat, 06 May 2017 23:49:31 GMTFri, 05 May 2017 19:26:05 GMTFri, 05 May 2017 19:19:48 GMTThu, 04 May 2017 19:52:46 GMT

Cloud Computing, ridden by Javier Castellano, finished first in the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, denying Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming a chance to capture horse racing's Triple Crown."Today is a special day," Castellano told broadcaster NBC just after the race. "I'm so happy, really happy."Cloud Computing, a 13-1 betting choice, crossed the finish line just a head in front of Classic Empire, the second-place horse. The winning time was 1:55.98.Always Dreaming, which led much of the race, finished well back after fading down the stretch at Pimlico Race Course near Baltimore. He was eighth, almost 14 lengths behind the winner.Cloud Computing is the fourth horse in 34 years to win the Preakness after not running in the Kentucky Derby."I'm not going to dispute the fact that we brought in a fresh horse -- that was part of our strategy," trainer Chad Brown said.It was the first victory in a Triple Crown race for Brown."It's a dream come true. It's a culmination of a lot of hard work," he said.Always Dreaming and Classic Empire broke well from the gate and galloped to the lead with Always Dreaming along the rail and Classic Empire on his shoulder. Many of the record crowd of 140,327 were sure it was a two-horse race as the field went down the backstretch.The focus grew on Classic Empire, which finished fourth at the Kentucky Derby, as the colt raced past Always Dreaming in the final turn and took a significant lead.Cloud Computing sat third at each quarter pole, waiting for the home stretch to make a move.The Klaravich Stables entry, having not raced in six weeks, had enough to run down Classic Empire and edge him at the line.The final leg of the Triple Crown is the Belmont Stakes on June 10 in Elmont, New York. Brown indicated that it has not been determined whether Cloud Computing will race."It's possible," he said.It's one of American sport's most fabled feats.Co-favorite Always Dreaming, ridden by John Velazquez, won the 143rd Kentucky Derby at Louisville's Churchill Downs on Saturday.[...]Betting on sports is ill[...]



'SNL' finale has Baldwin's Trump singing and 'The Rock' running for POTUSVanessa Bayer will leave 'SNL' after 7 seasonsWhat's next for 'SNL' after season's big ratings win?Bobby Moynihan exiting 'SNL''SNL' asks 'Where in the World is Kellyanne Conway?'

Sun, 21 May 2017 04:54:09 GMTSat, 20 May 2017 22:50:11 GMTFri, 19 May 2017 21:01:22 GMTThu, 18 May 2017 04:43:58 GMTSun, 07 May 2017 05:05:08 GMT

"Saturday Night Live" has come full circle."SNL" brought back Alec Baldwin's President Donald Trump as well as many of the characters from his White House to open its season finale Saturday night.The NBC variety show referenced itself by having Baldwin's Trump, as well as Kate McKinnon's Kellyanne Conway, Scarlett Johansson's Ivanka Trump and others in the administration sing Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" at a piano to open the show.This was reminiscent of how the show opened its first post-election episode with McKinnon as Hillary Clinton playing the song at the piano."I'm not giving up," Baldwin's Trump said, echoing McKinnon's words from November. "Because I didn't do anything wrong."Following the cold open, NBC kept things political with its host, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, announcing that the rumors are true: He's running for president in 2020."Now, in the past I would have never considered running for president. I mean I didn't think I was qualified at all," Johnson said during his opening monologue. "But now I'm actually worried I'm too qualified."Johnson was also joined on stage by his 2020 running mate, Tom Hanks."The truth is, America needs us," Hanks said. "No one seems to agree on anything anymore, except for two things ...""Pizza and us," Johnson responded.The two would eventually say they were joking, leading Johnson to say that "when it comes to politics, we need more poise and less noise. Americans deserve strong capable leaders. Leaders who care about this country and care about its people."After these words, Hanks looked at Johnson surprised."Dwayne, that kind of sounds like you and me," Hanks said. "We got to do it!"This led to a giant banner reading "Johnson/Hanks 2020" to fall from the sky with confetti and "Hail to the Chief" playing in the background.[...]"Saturday Night Live" will bid farewell to another longtime cast member."Saturday [...]



Tulsa jury foreman: Shooting of unarmed black man 'tragic but justifiable'Tulsa officer on trial tells of killing unarmed black manTulsa officer acquitted in fatal shooting of Terence Crutcher

Sun, 21 May 2017 02:50:51 GMTTue, 16 May 2017 00:23:02 GMTThu, 18 May 2017 08:45:59 GMT

A jury acquitted a white Tulsa police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man because there was no evidence the officer acted outside her training, the jury foreman said in a letter released Friday."The jury concluded that any officer put in that situation at that exact moment and regardless of the skin color, gender or size of the suspect, would have performed the same way, which is in accordance with their law enforcement training," wrote the foreman, who was not identified by name.The foreman emphasized officer Betty Shelby's training throughout the three-page letter, which was made public through the court system "to placate the desire of various media members to interview members of the jury."Shelby had been charged with felony manslaughter in the September 16, 2016, death of Terrence Crutcher -- a shooting captured on video and seen across the nation. She was found not guilty on Wednesday. Could Taser have been used? The jurors -- nine white and three black -- deliberated nine hours. They asked the judge to allow them to explain their thinking in open court, but he said they could do that after court adjourned.Agreement did not come easy, the foreperson wrote.Some jurors "could never get comfortable" with saying Shelby was blameless in the death because it appeared she could have used a Taser in the moments before Crutcher reached into the vehicle, the letter said."However, there was no evidence presented that her extensive training allowed such an option," the letter said. "The jury could not, beyond a reasonable doubt, conclude that she did anything outside of her duties and training as a police officer in that situation."During cross-examination, Assistant Tulsa County District Attorney Kevin Gray asked Shelby why she didn't use her Taser.Shelby said she believed her gun was an appropriate level of force. She said she "thought he [Crutcher] had a gun" because he repeatedly put his hands in and out of his pockets and reached inside of his car window[...]



Chance of rain to increase in Central Florida in week aheadSouth Florida homeowner startled by 8-foot python inside garagePolice distribute masks to St. Cloud residents affected by brush fireElderly couple killed in Windermere house fire, police sayKnights take revenge in 9-1 domination over Bulls to even series up at one

Sun, 21 May 2017 03:46:33 GMTSat, 20 May 2017 20:44:43 GMTSun, 21 May 2017 17:47:01 GMTSat, 20 May 2017 22:35:12 GMTSat, 20 May 2017 04:06:31 GMT

Saturday has been another summer-like day, but not as rainy as Friday.

The chance of rain is increasing and will reach 50 percent by Monday and again Wednesday.

"Some scattered rains will be around tonight, but mostly on the west side of the state where sea breeze collisions will take place," News 6 weather anchor Danny Treanor said.

Saturday night lows will range from 73 degrees in Orlando and Palm Bay to 71 degrees in Ocala.

Sunday will be warm, with temperatures ranging from 90 degrees in Melbourne and Orlando to 89 degrees in Daytona Beach.

There is a 20 percent chance of rain Sunday along the Volusia coast, 30 percent along the Brevard coast and 40 percent in the inland areas.

A storm system will move in Monday, increasing the chance for rain. The chance of rain will stay up through Friday.

"Burn bans are still in effect," Treanor said. "Drink plenty of water and use sunscreen."
 

A Pembroke Pines homeowner was startled by what he found in his garage Friday morning, and some quick thinking might have saved his dog's life.

The St. Cloud Police Department was distributing masks to residents affected by a brush fire in the area.

A 71-year-old man and 69-year-old woman were killed in a house fire early Saturday morning, Windermere police say.

On Saturday afternoon, UCF will have the chance to claim it's first ever AAC regular season title thanks to its 9-1 win over USF on Friday night.


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3 dead in crash on State Road 50 in Orange County, FHP says1 dead after moped crashes into Lynx bus, troopers sayFHP: Man splits motorcycle in two, strikes pole while driving drunkMen arrested in connection to Weirsdale double homicide, deputies sayCrews work to put out Orange County brush fires, officials say

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Three people are dead after a crash Saturday afternoon on State Road 50 in Orange County, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

The crash involving a BMW and a pickup truck happened around 5:10 p.m. on State Road 50 near Gloucester Street, west of State Road 520.

Troopers said the driver of each vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene, and a male teenager was pronounced dead at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children.

Two other people in the pickup truck were taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center, troopers said.

State Road 50 was shut down in both directions at the scene for a few hours, but reopened at 10 p.m.

Troopers said a man was behind the wheel of the BMW and that people who saw the crash told them he was traveling westbound on Colonial Drive and driving aggressively, when he veered into the eastbound lanes and slammed into the pickup truck head-on.

The 45-year-old man in the BMW and a woman driving the truck were trapped inside their vehicles, and later, pronounced dead, troopers said. The woman was identified by FHP as Linda McCormick, 69. The teenager was identified by troopers as Dylon McCormick, 13.

The crash happened just beyond a roadside memorial, warning people to drive safely.

One man is dead after troopers say a moped crashed into a Lynx bus early Saturday.

A man accused of striking and injuring a motorcyclist, causing the bike to split in two, then leaving the scene while he was driving drunk was arrested early Friday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Two men have been arrested in connection with a double homicide in January, the Marion County Sheriff's Office said.

Crews worked to put out two brush fires Saturday, Orange County Fire Rescue personnel said.


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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani wins re-election in victory for moderates

Sat, 20 May 2017 18:41:03 GMT

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani handily won re-election in what amounts to a victory for the Shiite nation's reformist camp and a sign that citizens favor fruitful engagement with the outside world."I humbly bow my head down to you," Rouhani said to his people in a tweet translated from Farsi. "I will remain loyal to my promise to you." Rouhani, who defeated his conservative challenger Ebrahim Raisi in the Friday elections, garnered 57% of the vote, Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli said. He'll serve another four years in the post."This hope with which you've entrusted me, I do feel the weight of this responsibility," Rouhani said in a televised address Saturday, "and I do pray to God to be a worthy carrier of your hopes and your dreams."In his remarks, he passed along his gratitude to his "good dear and close friend" former President Mohammed Khatami, a reformist figure who is popular among more liberal Iranians. Rouhani also remembered fondly the late statesman Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani as a man of "reconstruction and progress.""His place among us in this morning of victory is quite empty," Rouhani said of Rafsanjani.Rouhani, a moderate, was a key architect of the 2015 nuclear deal with the United States, the European Union and other partners, and his first term was marked by an emergent international outreach.The agreement has been controversial in both the United States and Iran, and it emerged as a top campaign issue, with the election seen in part as a referendum on the deal.Raisi got 38% of voteThe victory reverberated in seats of power across the globe, on the Iranian streets and at the highest level of Iranian power. Among the first world leaders to issue congratulations to Rouhani were Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Russian President Vladimir Putin. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who was traveling in Saudi Arabia with President Donald Trump, said the United States hopes Rouhani will end Iran's destabilization campaign i[...]



Crash blocks I-4 traffic in DeltonaFHP: Palm Bay woman killed, 3 children injured after truck overturns1 dead after moped crashes into Lynx bus, troopers sayFHP: Man splits motorcycle in two, strikes pole while driving drunkRoad rage incident lands Mims man behind bars, deputies say

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Lanes were blocked Saturday after a crash on I-4 in Deltona.

The crash occurred on the interstate at mile marker 114.

Volusia County Fire Rescue personnel said at least three cars were involved in the crash, including one that was on fire.

All westbound lanes were blocked Saturday afternoon due to the crash.

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

A crash that killed a 34-year-old Palm Bay woman has closed the northbound lanes on Interstate 95 on Friday evening at Pineda Causeway, officials reported.

One man is dead after troopers say a moped crashed into a Lynx bus early Saturday.

A man accused of striking and injuring a motorcyclist, causing the bike to split in two, then leaving the scene while he was driving drunk was arrested early Friday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Deputies said an episode of road rage landed a Mims man in jail Thursday, according to News 6 partner Florida Today.




On day one of foreign trip, Trump was seen but not heardRoger Stone: Trump's Saudi award 'makes me want to puke'Trump lands in Saudi Arabia as controversies swirl at homeWill Trump hit reset with Muslims?Trump signs Kushner-negotiated $100B Saudi arms dealTrump foreign trip: Who, what, when, whereMelania and Ivanka Trump arrive in Saudi Arabia sans headscarves

Sat, 20 May 2017 21:15:45 GMTSat, 20 May 2017 20:54:15 GMTSat, 20 May 2017 15:59:03 GMTSat, 20 May 2017 17:29:05 GMTFri, 19 May 2017 21:59:03 GMTSat, 20 May 2017 17:55:43 GMTSat, 20 May 2017 18:41:53 GMT

For someone who is rarely short on words -- on Twitter, if nowhere else -- President Donald Trump was downright silent Saturday.The commander in chief uttered a total of 26 words in public during the first day of his maiden foreign voyage. The entirety of his public remarks, made ahead of a meeting with the Saudi crown prince, could have fit in a single tweet.Instead, Trump let the pictures do the talking, and he almost certainly liked what they were saying.The U.S. leader was greeted in elaborate royal fashion here in the Saudi capital, where leaders hoped to woo him with displays of pomp and respect.It's a feeling he's longed for at home, where a swirl of scandal has surrounded his first months in office. Instead of deference, Trump got a special prosecutor and nearly a week of damaging headlines.If Washington is Trump's agony, however, Riyadh amounted to his ecstasy, replete with lavish displays of admiration for the new leader.In Washington, activists project provocative phrases onto the side of the Trump International Hotel (the latest, on Monday, read "Pay Trump Bribes Here"). In Riyadh, government officials project a five-story image of Trump's face onto the side of his hotel instead.Red carpets are abundant. Outside the Royal Terminal at the King Khalid airport, workers were busy fluffing the scarlet strip until the moment Trump emerged from Air Force One.Brass bands played. Coffee was poured. Trump, who for weeks has angrily lashed out at the latest Russia reports, looked content.The elderly King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, leaning on a cane, made the trip from central Riyadh to greet the plane. He accompanied Trump nearly everywhere, including on the 30-minute drive from the airport, which was lined with billboards featuring both men's faces.Trump even offered a thumbs up to reporters, his avowed enemy. The gesture was listed as offensive in an embassy etiquette g[...]



President's fiscal 2018 budget would slash EPA spending by 30%

Sat, 20 May 2017 11:25:12 GMT

President Donald Trump's fiscal 2018 budget request would slash EPA spending by almost a third, according to a copy of the President's proposal obtained by CNN.The budget blueprint, which the White House plans to submit to Congress next week, would cut the EPA's total budget by more than 30% and its operational budget by 35% compared to current funding levels.Some of the biggest cuts would go to categorical grants for science and technology and environmental program and management spending, which would face 40% and 35% decreases, respectively. Some of the hardest-hit programs would include clean air efforts in the environmental program and management category, which would be cut nearly in half. The budget would also zero out money for states for dealing with such problems as non-point source pollution, radon, lead, underground storage tanks, pollution prevention and beach protection. Other state grants that would be zeroed out under the budget plan include those that fund specific clean-up efforts, such as in the Chesapeake Bay, Long Island Sound, Lake Champlain and Gulf of Mexico.Presidential budget requests are just the first step in extended negotiations with Congress and typically see dramatic changes before lawmakers pass concrete spending proposals.The proposed budget numbers track with those the White House put out in March, and would drop the agency's budget to $5.7 billion from nearly $8 billion, one of its lowest levels in 40 years. The cuts are part of an overall belt tightening at EPA that includes thousands of employee buyouts and ending numerous programs.Trump made a campaign trail promise to eliminate the EPA, an agency once looked to as an important national force for tackling climate change, and during his first 100 days in office has held true to his word, taking swift strides towards dismantling the agency and rolling back regulations. The administration's act[...]



Elderly couple killed in Windermere house fire, police sayHome warranties are falling short, Central Florida homeowners say​Sister accepts murdered brother's high school diplomaMarkham Woods Middle School student killed in SunRail crashBurglarized home belongs to daughter of Orange County property appraiserFormer Eatonville mayor found guilty in voter-fraud trial

Sat, 20 May 2017 22:35:12 GMTSat, 20 May 2017 12:05:24 GMTSat, 20 May 2017 03:28:06 GMTMon, 22 May 2017 17:26:53 GMTSat, 20 May 2017 03:15:41 GMTSat, 20 May 2017 01:52:29 GMT

An elderly couple was found dead after a home caught fire near downtown Windermere early Saturday morning, Windermere police said.Police said the fire started before 12:45 a.m. in the 1000 block of Main Street.Lane Rickerson, who lives down the road from the home, said his wife woke him up to the news."She said it looks like an orange fire ball," Rickerson said.Officers said they arrived at the home and tried to see if anyone was inside. Windermere Police Chief Dave Ogden said the home was too engulfed in flames for officers to get inside."They tried to break a window and it was too hot to the touch," Ogden said. "They had to get out of there." Ocoee Fire Department and Orange County Fire Rescue crews arrived at the home to put out the fire, police said.Police said Ken Ward, 71, and Susan Ward, 69, were found dead inside the home.Ogden said the amount of trees and foliage near the home made it hard for firefighters to get a handle on the fire."It's a difficult location to get into, make entry into. We can't get some of the equipment in there," Ogden said.Ocoee firefighters were at the scene hours after the fire. Ogden said the home is still smoldering and they are checking hot spots.Crews will continue monitoring the structure for the next few hours.Windermere police, along with local and state fire marshals, are conducting a death investigation. The cause of the fire is unknown."We really have nothing; it's too early. We still haven't been in there. We don't expect any foul play at this particular time, so it's going to take some time to really sift through this investigation," Ogden said.A portion Main Street near the home was blocked off following the fire. Drivers were being redirected through neighborhoods to get around the scene."Everybody's in shock," Ricker[...]


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FHP: Man splits motorcycle in two, strikes pole while driving drunkMan gets 30 years for killing 2 women in Casselberry DUI crashMan accused of fleeing scene of fatal crashBoy dies after former law enforcement officer hits children at bus stop, sheriff says1 dead after moped crashes into Lynx bus, troopers sayMarkham Woods Middle School student killed in SunRail crash

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A man accused of leaving the scene after injuring a motorcyclist when his vehicle struck the rider's bike and split it in two as he was driving drunk was arrested early Friday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.A trooper who went to the crash at 11:30 p.m. Thursday said he saw the injured motorcyclist being put into an ambulance and received a call from an Orange County deputy who said he had found the driver who hit the motorcyclist.The deputy told the trooper that the driver had struck a light pole about a half-mile from the initial crash site, causing it to split in half. Live wires were blocking the road, the trooper said.Troopers said Alexander Nolan, 19, said he had just gone through the intersection of OBT and Central Florida Parkway when "he hit someone or someone hit him," according to the arrest report.When troopers asked Nolan why he didn't stop to check on the person he hit, he told them "he didn't know why," the report said.When asked how his car ended up a half-mile from the original crash, Nolan told troopers he was trying to go around a curve in the road when he lost control and struck the light pole, causing it to fall across the road, according to the report.After multiple field tests, the trooper arrested Nolan on suspicion of driving under the influence.Nolan was taken to the Orange County Breath Center, where his breath sample indicated his blood-alcohol level was 0.127, which is almost 1.5 times the legal limit for drivers over the age of 21, more than two hours after the crash involving the motorcyclist, troopers said. Nolan was later taken to the Orange County Jail.The motorcyclist was taken to Osceola Regional Medical Center as a trauma alert, troopers said. No other details about his condition were available.[...]A judge sentences a man to 30 years in priso[...]