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Atlas V rocket launches from Cape Canaveral

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:16:33 GMT

A 19-story Atlas V rocket was set to roll to its pad Wednesday morning for the year's first launch from Cape Canaveral.

A planned Thursday evening blastoff with a U.S. missile warning satellite onboard was scrubbed to Friday due to a violation of Eastern Range safety criteria, ULA officials said. The rocket launched Friday evening.


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1 killed in fire in Winter Springs, officials say

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:15:38 GMT

The Seminole County Fire Department is investigating a deadly fire at 1505 Casa Park Circle on Thursday night.

Officials said one person was killed in the fire.

No other details were immediately released.

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Balloon left at cemetery cuts power to nearly 1,400, KUA says200 roosters were being prepared for cockfighting at Apopka propertyFirst responder with PTSD: There's no protection to get wellWoman, dog rescued in Merritt Island house fire, fire rescue saysSign up for ClickOrlando.com breaking news alerts, email newsletters

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:35:25 GMTFri, 20 Jan 2017 19:19:14 GMTFri, 20 Jan 2017 04:34:04 GMTFri, 20 Jan 2017 19:16:33 GMTThu, 05 Jan 2017 18:02:09 GMT

A balloon left at a grave in a cemetery knocked out power to nearly 1,400 Kissimmee homes and businesses Thursday afternoon, the Kissimmee Utility Authority said.

The balloon broke free from a flower arrangement left at a grave in Osceola Memory Gardens on Old Boggy Creek Road and made contact with nearby power lines, which cut power to 1,354 customers, the KUA said. After contact with the power lines, the balloon caught fire and fell to the ground inside the Rose Hill Cemetery, and started a small ground fire.

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KUA crews extinguished the fire before it could further damage the property.

The outage began around 12:30 p.m., according to the KUA, and all service was restored 20 minutes later.

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KUA offered safety rules for those remembering loved ones, celebrating birthdays or other special occasions with metallic balloons.

  • Secure a helium-filled balloon with a weight heavy enough to prevent it from drifting away.
  • Keep metallic balloons indoors and never release them outside.
  • Never attach metallic streamers to any balloon, whether it’s latex or metallic.
  • Do not attempt to retrieve a balloon, or any foreign object, tangled in power lines. Instead, call KUA at 407-933-9898 to report the problem.

Police found more than 200 roosters that were being prepared to be sold for cockfighting at a property in Apopka, according to a news release.

 

A local EMT is one of many first responders fighting to get the law changed so they can be allowed time to recover from the effects of PTSD.

A woman and her dog were rescued Friday morning after a house fire in Merritt Island, according to the Brevard County Fire and Rescue Department.

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Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway turns heads with 'Revolutionary Wear'Trump greets crowds during inaugural paradeUranium stocks are booming, thanks to TrumpTrump's inauguration, weekend protests: What to knowStocks greet Trump era with a bounceTwitter transfer of power: Trump gets @POTUS

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:53:10 GMTFri, 20 Jan 2017 22:13:41 GMTFri, 20 Jan 2017 16:47:17 GMTFri, 20 Jan 2017 16:42:36 GMTFri, 20 Jan 2017 17:35:03 GMTFri, 20 Jan 2017 16:21:43 GMT

Social media lit up over the colorful outfit worn by Kellyanne Conway.

The Trump senior adviser called the red, white and blue coat with gold buttons "Trump Revolutionary Wear."

Some Twitters users felt it had a definite Napoleonic flavor.

The coat is from Gucci and sells for $3,600.

Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States on Friday, vowing to drain power from Washington elites and always put "America first" in its dealings with the world at a moment of transformative political change.

Uranium stocks are, uhhh, going nuclear lately thanks to hopes that Donald Trump and his administration will be more willing to invest in nuclear power.

After about two years' worth of campaigning, a wild election and a tumultuous transition period, this Friday Donald Trump will become the 45th President of the United States.

Wall Street has kicked off the Trump presidency with a bounce.

Shortly after Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, he will gain another prestigious title: @POTUS.




Trump's inauguration, weekend protests: What to knowWashington celebrates Trump inaugurationTrump administration picksNotable figures not attending Trump inaugurationPerformers, notable people attending Trump inaugurationFull schedule of Trump's inauguration dayTrump greets crowds during inaugural paradeColbert, Fallon and Meyers prepare for Trump's inaugurationPolice injured, more than 200 arrested at Trump inauguration protestsHere's Donald Trump's inaugural lunch menu

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:42:36 GMTFri, 20 Jan 2017 18:43:14 GMTThu, 19 Jan 2017 15:58:16 GMTTue, 17 Jan 2017 20:23:23 GMTSun, 15 Jan 2017 14:52:43 GMTFri, 20 Jan 2017 14:26:27 GMTFri, 20 Jan 2017 22:13:41 GMTFri, 20 Jan 2017 13:51:41 GMTFri, 20 Jan 2017 21:31:57 GMTTue, 17 Jan 2017 21:00:23 GMT

After about two years' worth of campaigning, a wild election and a tumultuous transition period, this Friday Donald Trump will become the 45th President of the United States.Trump officially becomes President at noon and will take the oath of office at his inauguration around that time.It's a historic moment as a man who has never before served in government ascends to the nation's highest public office.Here are a few things to know if you want to watch the festivities that make up the beginning of Trump's presidency. What is the inauguration? The inauguration is the formal transfer of power from one president to the next. On Friday, President Barack Obama will complete his second term in office and cease to be the sitting president, transferring the authority of his office to his elected successor, Trump.At noon, Trump will become the President and Vice President-elect Mike Pence will become the sitting vice president.Trump will take the oath of office administered by Chief Justice John Roberts and deliver a speech commemorating the occasion.And as is tradition, the President and vice president will lead a parade to the White House after their inauguration. What else is going on this weekend? The inauguration ceremony is sandwiched amidst days of events, including lavish dinners, the parade and concerts.Thursday kicks off the first performances organized by Trump's inaugural committee.An event billed as "The Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration" will be at Lincoln Memorial at 4 p.m. ET and open to the public. Artists including Toby Keith, 3 Doors Down and Lee Greenwood are scheduled to perform.The inaugural committee also announced another pre-inaugural celebration, called "Voices of the People," which the team said "will feature groups from the hundreds of applications received by the Presidential Inaugural Committee to take part in inaugural festivities."After Friday's official ceremonies, inaugural balls are also part of the week's traditions. Trump will attend three balls: two inaugural balls and a ball "saluting armed services and first responders."Didn't get an invite to one of the official balls but still want a night on the town? A number of organizations sell tickets to their own balls during inauguration week. Here's a list of some of them from USA Today.There are also a number of pro- and anti-Trump rallies scheduled for this weekend; the Department of Homeland Security expects as many as 99 groups to gather this weekend. Organizers from the Women's March on Washington said they were expecting upwards of 200,000 people for their event. How do I watch on CNN? CNN will bring full coverage of the inauguration and all the goings-on in the nation's capital that weekend, both online and on TV.Official inauguration coverage on television begins at 5 a.m. ET live from Washington and will continue through the inaugural events. CNN will carry the official ceremonies like the swearing-in, the parade, the inaugural balls and all the official events as well as coverage of protests, executive actions and everything else that happens throughout the weekend.Television coverage will come on CNN, CNNI and CNN en Español. Live streaming will be available right on CNN's homepage and apps starting at 6 a.m. ET on Friday.Additionally, CNN Politics will have a live blog for instant coverage and analysis on Inauguration Day and the women's march on Saturday. Can I still get tickets to go to the inauguration? It depends on how close to the action you want to be. Anybody can go watch for free from the National Mall.But watching from the West Front of the Capitol Building requires a ticket. The inaugural event itself is a tightly formal affair on Capitol Hill and attendance is managed by a bipartisan team of congressional leaders and the President-elect's inaugural committee. Members of Congress, Supreme Court[...]



Obamas leave White House for last timeDemocrats at inauguration to wear pins supporting ObamacareObama's last transfer of Gitmo detainees, Trump inherits 41Obamacare's impact on this Alaska town with only one doctor's officeObama pens goodbye letter to the American peopleObama commutes 330 sentences, most in single day

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:00:43 GMTFri, 20 Jan 2017 12:48:20 GMTFri, 20 Jan 2017 01:27:15 GMTThu, 19 Jan 2017 14:02:03 GMTThu, 19 Jan 2017 19:51:50 GMTThu, 19 Jan 2017 20:44:50 GMT

The Obamas departed the White House for the final time Friday, ending their 8-year legacy as president and first lady of the United States.

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President Obama departed the Oval Office for the final time Friday, slipping a letter for Donald Trump into the top drawer of his desk and striding toward the Residence.

He was upbeat, smiling and revealing no apprehension about the man he's about the meet and escort to the US Capitol.

"Are you feeling nostalgic?" inquired a reporter from the Rose Garden.

"Of course," said the President.

"Any final words for the American people?" asked another.

"Thank you," he said.

House Democrats who decided to attend Friday's inauguration say they plan to sport pins to show their support for Obamacare.

The Pentagon announced Thursday that four more inmates were transferred out of the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, marking the final such transfer under President Barack Obama and leaving the facility's population at 41.

For Dr. John Cullen, work days at his Valdez, Alaska, medical practice are highly unpredictable.

President Barack Obama penned an emotional public letter, published Thursday, thanking Americans and encouraging them to participate into "daily acts of citizenship."

President Barack Obama granted 330 commutations, the White House announced Thursday, the most commutations given in a single day by a US president.




Obama tweets final message from White House, announces new websitePresident Barack Obama's last days in officeObama tweets final message from White House, announces new websiteObama's White House empties out - photos and allTrump greets crowds during inaugural paradeObamas leave White House for last timeDemocrats at inauguration to wear pins supporting Obamacare

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:30:27 GMTTue, 10 Jan 2017 15:19:32 GMTFri, 20 Jan 2017 15:30:27 GMTFri, 20 Jan 2017 15:25:04 GMTFri, 20 Jan 2017 22:13:41 GMTFri, 20 Jan 2017 15:00:43 GMTFri, 20 Jan 2017 12:48:20 GMT

President Barack Obama tweeted the American people in his final hours as head of state promising to continue his work with them, and unveiling a new website.

"It's been the honor of my life to serve you. You made me a better leader and a better man," he said.

His post-White House website, Obama.org, features a request form for scheduling events and a page for fundraising.

"As we look forward, I want our first steps to reflect what matters most to you. Share your thoughts with me at Obama.org," he tweeted.

"I won't stop; I'll be right there with you as a citizen, inspired by your voices of truth and justice, good humor, and love," Obama also tweeted.

The final tweet from the Obama administration's control of the account @WhiteHouse came shortly thereafter, and featured a photo of Obama hand-in-hand with Rep. John Lewis as well as other civil rights activists in Selma, Alabama, in 2015.

"Yes we can. Yes we did. Thank you for being a part of the past eight years," the account tweeted.

The tweets come as more than 50 Democratic lawmakers -- including Lewis -- are planning to boycott Donald Trump's inauguration out of concern for how he came to power following US intelligence pointing to Russia's involvement in meddling with the 2016 election. Trump tweeted after Lewis' announcement to boycott that the civil rights icon was "all talk."

And other lawmakers expressed concern about Trump's rhetoric and proposed policies towards women, immigrants, Latinos and other groups that overwhelmingly supported Hillary Clinton in the campaign.

"I'm still asking you to believe - not in my ability to bring about change, but in yours. I believe in change because I believe in you," Obama tweeted.

Obama wrote an emotional public letter, published Thursday, thanking Americans and encouraging them to participate into "daily acts of citizenship."

"Before I leave my note for our 45th president, I wanted to say one final thank you for the honor of serving as your 44th," he wrote. "Because all that I've learned in my time in office, I've learned from you. You made me a better president, and you made me a better man."

President Obama will make a farewell speech Tuesday night. Take a look back at his final days as president of the United States.

President Barack Obama tweeted the American people in his final hours as head of state promising to continue his work with them, and unveiling a new website.

It isn't just that all the staffers in the Obama administration moved out of the White House overnight. Offices were cleared, desks were emptied. And yes, even photos came off walls.

Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States on Friday, vowing to drain power from Washington elites and always put "America first" in its dealings with the world at a moment of transformative political change.

The Obamas departed the White House for the final time Friday, ending their 8-year legacy as president and first lady of the United States.

House Democrats who decided to attend Friday's inauguration say they plan to sport pins to show their support for Obamacare.




Half of primates face extinction, report saysGadget trash is piling up in AsiaGroup says Japanese ship caught with dead whaleHow to manage polluted air you breatheBumblebee listed as endangeredThese birds are choking on a plastic ocean

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:08:57 GMTMon, 16 Jan 2017 21:42:03 GMTMon, 16 Jan 2017 06:14:19 GMTWed, 11 Jan 2017 15:27:17 GMTWed, 11 Jan 2017 14:47:53 GMTMon, 02 Jan 2017 14:55:39 GMT

A new report reveals that primates are facing an impending "extinction crisis," with 60 percent of all primates now at risk of extinction.The research, published in the journal Science Advances, assessed the conservation status of 504 species of nonhuman primates and found that three-quarters of the world's primate species are undergoing an "alarming" population decline.The primates are a diverse order that include apes -- our closest biological relatives -- as well as monkeys, lemurs, lorises and tarsiers."The situation turns out to be worse than most of us thought going in," the study's co-author Dr Paul Garber, professor of anthropology at the University of Illinois told CNN. "Primates worldwide are facing mass extinction.""It was surprising to learn that the rate of decline was so high," agrees the study's other co-author, Dr Alejandro Estrada, a senior research scientist at the Institute of Biology, National Autonomous University of Mexico. "This is of great concern as the figures suggest that we may be reaching a tipping point -- or perhaps we are already there." Human activity to blame All of the current threats to primates, including habitat loss, bushmeat hunting and the illegal pet trade, are being driven by human activity, researchers said."The destruction of habitat extinguishes resources such as shelter, food and water, divides social groups, and also leaves primates open to the risk of predation and contamination from pathogens," Estrada said.Activities such as mining, industrial agriculture, cattle ranching, oil drilling and logging are all responsible for dramatic deforestation in the tropical forests inhabited by primates."There are a lot of multinational corporations working (in these areas) and their goal is to extract resources as quickly and as cheaply as they can," says Garber. "No matter which industry, there is rarely an attempt made to do it in a way that is sustainable."Estrada tells CNN that he wants the research to be a "call for global action to the scientific community at large, and to the public and policymakers to prevent this before it is too late.""If we are going to save these primates in the next few decades, it's going to need governments to start working with the business communities. It can't be business as usual or these species are going to go extinct," adds Garber. Habitats destroyed for palm oil There are several primate species already on the precipice of extinction.The Miss Waldron's red colobus, which resides in southern Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire, has not been seen by primatologists in 25 years.The Javan slow loris is another leader in the current race to extinction, due largely to illegal trade. The same applies many langurs in Asia, lemurs in Madagascar, orangutans in Southeast Asia and gorillas and chimpanzees in Africa.The Sumatran orangutan population has also slid dramatically over the last 10 years, with only 14,500 now remaining. The swampy forests that they inhabit are increasingly being cut and drained for palm oil production, one of the most damaging practices currently affecting primate habitat around the world.Consumers who seek to mitigate their impact on primate populations can choose to buy FSC-certified wood and paper products, as well as avoiding products containing palm oil -- a major contributor to habitat destruction."Palm oil is most notably in soap, but it's even things like chocolates, most margarines and a lot of ice creams," points out Colin Groves, professor of biological anthropology at The Australian National University."Consumers need to do a lot of squinting to find out if a product has palm oil listed on it -- it's sometimes listed as its scientific name, Elaeis guineensis. You need to be vigilan[...]



Fallen officers: 4 killed in the line of duty in 2017Suspect in Orlando cop killing hurt; police chief says he resisted arrestOrlando nightclub shooter's widow pleads not guiltySuspect in cop killing captured, Orlando police sayOrlando shooter's widow knew he'd attack, prosecutor saysWidow of Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen arrested

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:12:52 GMTFri, 20 Jan 2017 00:20:03 GMTWed, 18 Jan 2017 20:02:50 GMTWed, 18 Jan 2017 13:29:08 GMTTue, 17 Jan 2017 18:42:37 GMTTue, 17 Jan 2017 06:07:26 GMT

Four police officers have been killed in the line of duty this year, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.Last year, 64 officers died in the line of duty. The decade's highest total came in 2011, with 73 officers killed.Here's a look at the officers who have been killed as of January 20, 2017: FLORIDA MASTER SGT. (OFFICER) DEBRA CLAYTON Clayton, 42, was shot and killed when she tried to confront a murder suspect in the parking lot of a local Walmart in Florida on January 9.When police arrived on the scene they found the 17-year veteran dead from gunshot wounds. Officers could not revive her after performing CPR.The Orange County Sheriff's Office launched a manhunt that eventually led to the capture of Clayton's suspected shooter -- Markeith Loyd.Loyd had been on the run from authorities for nearly a month. He was wanted in connection to the fatal shooting of Sade Dixon, 24, his pregnant ex- girlfriend outside her home in the Pine Hills neighborhood on December 13, 2016, CNN affiliate WFTV reported.Loyd, 41, has been charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of Dixon and Clayton, said Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings. He also faces charges of attempted murder and aggravated assault for injuries Dixon's family member sustained in the alleged encounter.Clayton's death marks the first fatal shooting of a police officer in the US this year, according to the memorial fund.Clayton was married and the mother of a college-age son. She was promoted posthumously to lieutenant at her funeral. DEPUTY OFFICER NORMAN LEWIS Lewis, a deputy first class with the Orange County Sheriff's Office, was killed in a vehicle accident while searching for Clayton's gunman.Lewis, 34, was driving a motorcycle when another vehicle turned in front of him. He died in the crash a couple hours after Clayton was shot.The 11-year veteran in the sheriff's department, mostly worked in the traffic division. The University of Central Florida graduate played in the offensive line on the school's football team from 2000-2003 and earned his degree in criminal justice in 2004, CNN affiliate WFTV reported. NORTH DAKOTA DEPUTY SHERIFF COLT ALLERY Allery, 29, of the Rolette County Sheriff's Office, was fatally shot during a pursuit of a stolen vehicle on Wednesday. The suspect was killed and another officer was wounded in the incident, according to the memorial fund. Allery is the first officer killed in North Dakota this year, the fund said. TEXAS DETECTIVE JERRY WALKER Walker, 48, was shot and killed while responding to a 911 call about an armed man outside a home in the Dallas suburb of Little Elm on Tuesday. A standoff ensued. The suspect opened fire from inside the home striking Walker. The suspect was found dead in the home hours later.Walker was transported by helicopter to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries, police said.Walker leaves behind a wife and four children, the youngest just a few months old. The oldest is 22 years old.Orlando police will investigate the force used to apprehend Markeith Loyd, who is suspected of fatally shooting his pregnant girlfriend and later a police officer who tried to arrest him, authorities said Thursday. The widow of the man who killed 49 people at an Orlando gay nightclub last year pleaded not guilty in a federal court in Oakland, California, on Wednesday to allegations that she aided her husband ahead of the massacre.After more than a month on the run, a man accused of killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend and an Orlando police officer has been captured, officials said Tuesday night.The widow of the man who killed 49 people at an Orlando gay nightclub knew he was going to attack, a federal prosecutor said Tuesday at her initial court appearance on charges that she aided and abetted the gunman in the[...]



Galaxy Note 7: Samsung set to reveal what made the phones explodeObama tweets final message from White House, announces new websiteNATO: We ward off 500 cyberattacks each monthRobot deliveries are about to hit US streetsSpace junk mission leads 2017 rocket launchesWhat your emojis say about youTwitter officially shuts down Vine

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:57:44 GMTFri, 20 Jan 2017 15:30:27 GMTFri, 20 Jan 2017 04:22:47 GMTWed, 18 Jan 2017 15:58:09 GMTWed, 18 Jan 2017 15:53:33 GMTWed, 18 Jan 2017 10:01:50 GMTTue, 17 Jan 2017 15:52:29 GMT

Samsung is finally ready to answer the burning question of what caused its Galaxy Note 7 phone to catch fire.

The world's biggest selling smartphone maker will hold an event Monday (late Sunday in the U.S.) to reveal the results of a months-long investigation into why some Note 7 devices burst into flames while charging.

It's the giant South Korean company's second attempt at explaining what went wrong with the flagship phone. The first time around, Samsung blamed the problem on one of its battery suppliers, but its response failed to stop the reports of fires.

"They really have to get it right this time given how their initial assessment turned out to be embarrassingly wrong," said Bryan Ma, vice president of device research at IDC.

The event, which will be live streamed on Samsung's website, will be closely watched by investors and devoted Samsung users.

The company said that independent experts who carried out their own investigations will also present their findings on Monday.

Problems with the Note 7 emerged right after its launch in August, with several reports of phones catching fire. Airlines and aviation authorities started warning passengers not to use or charge the devices on planes.

Samsung stumbled in its early response to the crisis, issuing a massive worldwide recall and offering replacements that it said were safe. But then reports started coming in that the replacement phones were catching fire, too.

The company finally killed off the troubled device altogether in early October.

In an effort to avoid further damage to its image after the humiliating fiasco, Samsung said it will discuss on Monday the new measures it's taking to make sure there's no repeat of the Note 7 debacle.

But the smartphone maker still has a long way to go before it fully restores confidence among customers, experts say.

"They have to reestablish credibility and trust," said Ma. "I also hope that they put a more human touch on the messaging this time to show consumers that they really care."

The handling of the Note 7 recall rubbed many consumers the wrong way, even in South Korea, the so-called "Republic of Samsung."

Hundreds of South Koreans filed a lawsuit against Samsung seeking compensation for the "psychological shock" of carrying around a device that could catch fire at any moment.

The crisis burned through the company's smartphone profits in the third quarter of 2016. And it found itself the butt of jokes on social media.

The Note 7 isn't the company's only recent headache.

Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong is a suspect in an investigation into a huge political corruption scandal that has rocked South Korea. Lee and Samsung have denied any wrongdoing.

Monday's Note 7 event should help bring at least one of Samsung's prolonged public relations nightmares to an end.

-- Jethro Mullen contributed to this report.

President Barack Obama tweeted the American people in his final hours as head of state promising to continue his work with them, and unveiling a new website.

NATO warded off 500 cyberattacks each month in 2016, according to statistics compiled by the military alliance.

The newest deliveryman in Redwood City, California, and Washington, D.C., isn't a person, but a six-wheeled robot.

Space needs cleaning if costly catastrophic collisions are to be avoided, scientists warn.

Whether you like it or not, cartoon faces, stomping flamenco dancers and applauding hands have now entered your social life, albeit digitally.

Vine's six seconds of fame are about to come to an end.




Obama's White House empties out - photos and allTrump greets crowds during inaugural paradeObamas leave White House for last timeDemocrats at inauguration to wear pins supporting ObamacareObama's last transfer of Gitmo detainees, Trump inherits 41

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:25:04 GMTFri, 20 Jan 2017 22:13:41 GMTFri, 20 Jan 2017 15:00:43 GMTFri, 20 Jan 2017 12:48:20 GMTFri, 20 Jan 2017 01:27:15 GMT

It isn't just that all the staffers in the Obama administration moved out of the White House overnight. Offices were cleared, desks were emptied. And yes, even photos came off walls.

Photos of President Barack Obama and his family that had lined the walls of the West Wing corridors were taken down.

It made for a surreal scene. The residence and office of the most powerful man in the world, always a hive of activity -- gone silent.

But it was only for a few hours. Friday brought a new beginning - the beginning of a new era.

Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States on Friday, vowing to drain power from Washington elites and always put "America first" in its dealings with the world at a moment of transformative political change.

The Obamas departed the White House for the final time Friday, ending their 8-year legacy as president and first lady of the United States.

House Democrats who decided to attend Friday's inauguration say they plan to sport pins to show their support for Obamacare.

The Pentagon announced Thursday that four more inmates were transferred out of the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, marking the final such transfer under President Barack Obama and leaving the facility's population at 41.




Full schedule of Trump's inauguration dayWashington celebrates Trump inaugurationWashington prepares for Trump's big moment2001, 2009 handoff notes offered encouragementInauguration performers respond to backlashPolice injured, more than 200 arrested at Trump inauguration protests

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:26:27 GMTFri, 20 Jan 2017 18:43:14 GMTFri, 20 Jan 2017 03:30:14 GMTFri, 20 Jan 2017 05:41:33 GMTFri, 20 Jan 2017 14:25:40 GMTFri, 20 Jan 2017 21:31:57 GMT

Welcome to Inauguration Day where Donald J. Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. Here's what's on his schedule:

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8:30 a.m. President-elect Trump will attend a church service with his family. Vice President-elect Mike Pence and his family will also join the soon-to-be first family along with Cabinet designees, other family members and friends.

Where? Saint John's Church, across the street from the White House.

9:30 a.m. Trump will attend a White House tea reception hosted by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Pence and his family will also be in attendance.

Where? South Portico of the White House

10:30 a.m. The President-elect and his family will travel to the US Capitol for the swearing in ceremony.

Around noon President-elect Trump and Vice President-elect Pence will be sworn in. Their families, the Obamas, members of Congress and the US Supreme Court justices will be among the attendees.

The ceremony concludes and President Trump and Vice-President Pence will bid farewell to the Obamas and the Bidens. The Obamas will then board "Executive One."

Where? West Lawn of the US Capitol

1:00 p.m. President Trump, Vice-President Pence, Melania Trump and Karen Pence will attend a joint congressional inaugural committee luncheon.

Where? The US Capitol

2:30 p.m. The President and Vice-President will attend a military review.

Where? US Capitol on the East Front

3 p.m. Trump and Pence, along with their families will attend the inaugural parade in stands just outside of the White House.

7 p.m. President Trump, Vice-President Pence, Melania Trump and Karen Pence will attend the Liberty and Freedom Ball.

Where? The Washington Convention Center off Mount Vernon Ave.

After the Freedom Ball they will attend the Military Ball.

Where? National Building Museum

The festivities are underway for Friday's inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.

Donald Trump has arrived in Washington -- and he's going to be here for at least four years.

On the eve of President Barack Obama handing off the reins of power to his successor, Donald Trump, the George W. Bush Presidential Library has released the letters that former President Bill Clinton and Bush penned to their successors.

Artists who are taking part in Donald Trump's inauguration festivities are not apologetic.

Six police officers were injured and 217 protesters arrested after they smashed windows, damaged cars and threw rocks at police near Donald Trump's inauguration ceremony on Friday in Washington.




Gambia: Defeated leader Yahya Jammeh faces military showdownSenegal troops enter Gambia to remove defeated President

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:50:12 GMTThu, 19 Jan 2017 22:26:02 GMT

Gambia's longtime leader Yahya Jammeh is facing a showdown with troops from neighboring Senegal who have entered the small West African country to enforce the results of last month's presidential election.Thousands of troops from Senegal entered Gambia on Thursday, while the UN Security Council has backed an effort by regional states to remove Jammeh as president.The Commission of the Economic Community of West African States, or ECOWAS, has given Jammeh until noon Friday to step aside in favor of new President Adama Barrow or face being forcibly removed."If at noon he doesn't accept to leave Gambia, the troops will intervene militarily to remove him by force so we can install the new President with all his powers in accordance with the Gambian Constitution," Marcel A. de Souza, the commission's president, told Reuters."By land, sea and air, Gambia is surrounded. A total of 7,000 men will participate in the mission to re-establish democracy in Gambia." New President sworn in Jammeh, who took power in a 1994 military coup, suffered a surprise election defeat in December to Barrow, who won 45% of the vote. Jammeh originally conceded the presidency but then announced his "total rejection of the election results."Barrow was sworn in Thursday in Senegal.Around 45,000 people have reportedly arrived in Senegal from Gambia amid the turmoil, the UN refugee agency said Friday, citing the Senegalese government.The United Nations called on "all stakeholders, within and outside the Gambia, to exercise restraint, respect the rule of law and ensure the peaceful transfer of power."Senegal, Ghana, Togo and Mali are among the West African countries contributing to the military effort, while the Nigerian air force said 200 of its troops would join forces from ECOWAS. Talks to urge Jammeh to leave Two West African leaders and a UN representative are planning to meet Friday with Jammeh to convince him to step down peacefully, an official on the longtime ruler's team told CNN.Mohamed Ibn Chambas, special representative of the UN secretary-general and head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel, has been a key figure in talks by regional leaders to convince Jammeh to leave, the official said.The Guinean and Mauritanian presidents are also expected in Gambia soon, the official added.An African Union statement Friday welcomed Barrow's swearing-in as the legitimate president and expressed "the readiness of the AU to work closely with the new Gambian authorities to promote peace, security, stability and reconciliation in their country."The South African government also called upon Jammeh to step down peacefully. Leader in waiting Barrow has been waiting in Senegal -- which surrounds Gambia -- for the handover of power. In his first speech as leader, he hailed the "victory of the Gambian nation.""Our national flag will now fly high," he said Thursday. "Violence is finished forever from the life of the Gambians. There is no loser in this election. We promise to unify our people. Today most Gambians are united in order to give Gambia a new start. Today I am the President of all Gambians."He pledged to "respect the rule of law and fundamental freedoms" and promised "significant democratic reform."And he called on the country's military to remain loyal: "I command all members of the armed forces to remain in their barracks. Those found wanting, or in possession of firearms, without my order, shall be considered rebels."Barrow's spokesman, Halifa Sallah, said the military "will have to decide which side they are on."Maj. Gen. Ousman Badjie, defense chief of the Gambian[...]



Europe is falling apart. Saving it won't be easyGambia: Defeated leader Yahya Jammeh faces military showdown'Angels! Angels!' Avalanche survivors call out to rescuersTehran building collapse: Search continues for missing firefightersReports: ISIS destroys Roman facade in Palmyra4 dead as car hits crowd in Australia

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The future of Europe is in doubt.The region has suffered a series of major setbacks in recent months. Britain is hurtling out of the European Union. In Italy, voters rejected key reforms in a stunning rebuke of the establishment.Now, national elections loom in the Netherlands, France, Germany and possibly Italy. Russia will try to influence those votes, U.S. vice president Joe Biden warned this week.Meanwhile, the forces of populism are on the march. Marine Le Pen, leader of France's National Front, is polling at around 25% in a crowded field. The anti-EU Party for Freedom could be the largest party in the Dutch parliament after elections in March.The rise of nationalist parties -- on left and right -- threatens to reverse nearly 70 years of integration in Europe. The Greek bailout is in danger of collapsing. There are doubts about the future of the euro."The currency can muddle through for some time to come," Otmar Issing, the European Central Bank's first chief economist, wrote this week for CNNMoney. "But it cannot survive indefinitely unless ... fundamental problems are addressed."Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, George Soros said that the process of disintegration would be very hard to reverse. Others attending the annual gathering had similar warnings.JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon said the eurozone may not survive."I say this out of respect for the European people, but they're going to have to change," he told Bloomberg. "It may be forced by politics, they may be forced by new leadership."But what to change? There's little consensus yet.Martin Schulz, a leading German Social Democratic politician, argued passionately in defense of the bloc's original mission: to prevent another conflict on the war-scarred continent."More than ever, we need in the 21st Century an ever closer union of citizens," he said.Mark Rutte, the prime minister of the Netherlands, rejected that argument, saying that the concept of ever closer union, which has been an EU rallying cry for nearly 30 years, was "dead."Instead, he said the bloc must focus on delivering practical results to reconnect with its citizens."We need to have a pragmatic approach -- and to stop the lofty speeches."Rutte said his country had systematically overhauled its economy, but many others had not. He singled out France and Italy for not implementing promised reforms.The rift reflects divisions between wealthy northern European nations and those in the South, where public finances are strained and youth unemployment remains a major problem.Rutte insisted that major progress could be made this year. But many of Europe's leaders will be distracted by elections. In Italy, there appears to be little appetite for change: Matteo Renzi resigned as prime minister after voters rejected reforms he had championed.Ngaire Woods, dean of the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford, said it was unrealistic to expect radical change, especially when countries such as Poland and Hungary were already violating EU norms."The eurozone crisis really did split the EU into creditors and debtors, and destroyed a certain solidarity that was holding it together," she said. "This has shown that it's almost impossible to continue with a deepening integration on fiscal affairs."A core group of EU countries could continue with further integration, but a wider group of members will increasingly go their own way, she said.Britain's departure from the EU, which will be negotiated over just two years, will also distract attention from reforms. There will be pressure to wrap up Brexit talks quickly, but the EU is not known for[...]



Democrats at inauguration to wear pins supporting ObamacareFull schedule of Trump's inauguration dayInauguration performers respond to backlashJennifer Holliday talks backlash over Trump inaugurationTrump wrote inauguration speech himselfFun facts from past inaugurations

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House Democrats who decided to attend Friday's inauguration say they plan to sport pins to show their support for Obamacare.

Close to 60 Democrats announced in recent days they would boycott President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration after Rep. John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat and 1960s civil rights leader, said last week he didn't believe Trump is a "legitimate president" in the wake of the US Intelligence Community assertion that Russians meddled with US elections, and said he didn't plan to attend the ceremony at the US Capitol.

But the two-thirds of House Democrats who are going won't use the term "Obamacare" and instead the pins will use the phrase "#ProtectOurCare."

The pins, which are being handed out by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's office, will tout support for the Affordable Care Act, the official title of the health care law enacted in 2010, and will be distributed before House Democrats head out to the platform on the West Front of the Capitol.

Lewis wrote a letter to fellow House Democrats on Wednesday urging those who were attending to show support for the health care law. He thanked his colleagues for supporting his decision to boycott, but said for those going they should "demonstrate their commitment to the work ahead by showing their solidarity," on preserving Obamacare, which Trump and Republicans on the Hill are already working to dismantle as the first major move of the new Congress.

Texas Democratic Rep. Marc Veasey announced his decision to attend Trump's inauguration on Thursday to "serve as a reminder to the President-elect that as Members of the US House of Representatives, my colleagues and I constitute a co-equal branch of government."

He also said, referring to Lewis's push to defend the ACA, "I will be proudly wearing a symbol of solidarity for my friend and colleague, Congressman John Lewis."

This story has been updated.

Welcome to Inauguration Day where Donald J. Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. Here's what's on his schedule:

Artists who are taking part in Donald Trump's inauguration festivities are not apologetic.

Jennifer Holliday said it never dawned on her she would receive so much backlash over her initial decision to perform at President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration.

President-elect Donald Trump has written his inauguration address draft himself, two senior Trump transition officials told CNN Tuesday.

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It might literally rain on Donald Trump's parade.The weather forecast for Washington, D.C. on Inauguration Day looks gray and damp. Rain will be moving in from the south and could reach Washington around the noon hour Friday, when Trump is putting his hand on the Bible to become president.The chance of showers will be increasing throughout the afternoon -- from around 50% at noon to 75% by 3 pm, when the inaugural parade is set to begin making its way through the District's streets. If you are planning to attend the inaugural festivities, bring your rain jacket or poncho but leave your umbrellas at home. They are prohibited (along with a bunch of other items you can see here).Though the forecast looks wet, it could be worse. Temperatures will be above average --- topping out near 50 degrees Fahrenheit. This would make Trump's inauguration the warmest since George H. W. Bush's in 1989 and one of the warmest January inaugurations ever.According to the National Weather Service in nearby Sterling, Virginia, the average historical temperature during the noon swearing-in ceremony is 37 degrees Fahrenheit, with a windchill of 31. This year should be at least 10 degrees above that average. Harrison's folly Weather has been a key part of the presidential inauguration since it was first moved outside in 1817, when President James Monroe was sworn into office.Since then we have seen extreme weather affect the festivities on many occasions.The most infamous inaugural weather occurred when President William Henry Harrison took the oath on a cold and windy March day in 1841 (presidential inaugurations were held in early March until 1937, when they were moved to January 20).Despite the cold, the new President gave a speech that lasted 1 hour and 40 minutes, and rode a horse to and from the Capitol without wearing an overcoat.Harrison caught a cold that developed into pneumonia and died one month later. An inaugural blizzard The worst weather for Inauguration Day, according to the National Weather Service, occurred on March 4, 1909, during President William Howard Taft's inaugural. The ceremony had to be moved indoors as a blizzard had dumped 10 inches of snow on Washington and toppled trees and telephone poles.The parade was still held, but only after 6,000 men with 500 wagons worked through the night to clear 58,000 tons of snow from the route.President Ronald Reagan holds the unique distinction of having both the warmest and coldest January inaugurations. Reagan took his first oath outside in a mild 55 degrees, while his second swearing-in in 1985 was moved indoors as the temperature outside was only 7 degrees F with a windchill as low as -20.While rain is likely for this Friday, it will probably not come close to the type of washout that occurred during President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's second inauguration in 1937 -- the first to be held in January.With temperatures hovering just above freezing at 33 degrees F, a cold, heavy rain poured down throughout the day -- the worst of it during the swearing-in ceremony. The rainfall total for the day reached 1.77 inches, still a record for January 20.Soon after he's sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump will dine on Maine lobster, Gulf shrimp, and Seven Hills Angus beef, to name a few dishes.President-elect Donald Trump has for decades hobnobbed with famous faces -- A-list models, actors and musicians.Dozens of Democratic lawmakers are boycotting Donald Trump's inauguration, particularly after revelations of Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 election and his rebuke of civil rights icon John Lewis. No senators have yet[...]



Tehran building collapse: Search continues for missing firefightersIran: 'More than 20 firefighters dead' in Tehran building collapseOfficial: US Navy ship fires warning shots at Iranian boatsFormer Iranian President Rafsanjani diesIran says Boeing deal will cost just $8 billion

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Emergency workers have dug tunnels into the wreckage of a collapsed high-rise in downtown Tehran in their search for survivors and bodies, Iranian state TV reported.

They have not yet found any of the firefighters believed to be buried under the rubble, Iran's fire chief told the official Islamic Republic of Iran News Network. More than 20 are thought to have died.

The two tunnels lead from adjacent buildings into the collapsed 17-story Plasco building, IRINN reported. The huge size of the site makes reaching the trapped firefighters very difficult, the station said.

Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, issued a statement Thursday supporting the firefighters' rescue efforts and giving his condolences to the families of the firemen who died.

"More than 20 of our colleagues in the fire department have lost their lives while trying to save the people in the fire," Tehran mayor Mohammad Baqer Ghalibaf was cited by IRINN as saying Thursday.

Earlier Thursday, Tehran's fire department spokesman Jalal Maleki told IRINN an estimated 20 to 30 firefighters were on the third floor of the Plasco building when it collapsed.

The cause of the fire and collapse is being investigated, he added.

Housing garment manufacturers and other businesses, the Plasco building was one of Tehran's oldest high-rises and a feature of the city's skyline.

The commercial building's dramatic collapse on live TV came after a fire raged for hours through its upper floors.

Official news agency IRNA cited Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi as saying Friday that all necessary measures had been taken to secure the German, Turkish and British embassies nearby.

Located on Jomhouri Avenue in central Tehran, the Plasco building was constructed in 1962. It was named after a successful plastics business, Plascokar.

Seventeen stories tall, it was the country's first private high-rise building and soon became a well-known feature of the city's skyline.

More than 20 firefighters were killed in Tehran on Thursday when a multi-story building collapsed as they were battling a blaze, the city's mayor told Iranian state TV channel.

A US Navy ship fired warning shots at Iranian boats on Sunday near the Strait of Hormuz, US Defense officials said Monday.

Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani died Sunday after suffering a heart attack, Iranian state-run media said. He was 82.

Boeing's deal to sell $16.6 billion worth of aircraft to Iran may be worth only half that.




Extradited 'El Chapo' Guzman arrives in US; hearing set for FridayPrize-winning environmental activist shot dead in MexicoCorona has a Trump-Mexico problemMexico club shooting: 5 killed after gunfire erupts at festival

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Drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, a legend in Mexico through his dramatic prison escapes and years of staying just ahead of the law, arrived late Thursday in New York after his extradition to the United States.Guzman will appear Friday in a federal courtroom in Brooklyn, where he will stand trial at a later date. Stringent security measures were being put in place around the Manhattan jail where Guzman is to be held, a law enforcement source said. The Brooklyn Bridge will be closed while the drug lord is being transported to court.The extradition may have been timed. Mexican authorities wanted to turn over Guzman, head of the Sinaloa cartel, before Friday's inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, a US official told CNN. Trump angered Mexico during his campaign by demanding it pay for a border wall.A Mexican deputy attorney general, however, said Trump's pending inauguration "had nothing to do with it.""It was resolved today, and in terms of the international treaty, we had to immediately hand over the person requested by the United States," Alberto Elias Beltran said. "Not doing so would generate a nonfulfillment to the international norms, specifically with the treaty shared between Mexico and the United States."Guzman, who was moved last year to Ciudad Juarez, was picked up by a team from the Drug Enforcement Administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and US marshals. Six separate indictments across the United States lay out wide-ranging cases against Guzman and others, alleging they have brought in billions in drugs to the United States and laundered profits back to Mexico.The extradition brings an end, at least for now, to Guzman's exploits in Mexico, which included a 2015 prison escape through a mile-long tunnel that featured a motorcycle on tracks.Guzman will not face death penalty in the USA court in Mexico City on Thursday denied the drug lord's appeal of the extradition.The US Justice Department thanked officials in Mexico "for their extensive cooperation and assistance in securing the extradition of Guzman ... to the United States."Guzman and other cartel leaders were indicted in 2009 in US District Court in Brooklyn on charges of conspiring to import more than 264,000 pounds of cocaine into the United States between 1990 and 2005. The alleged traffickers are accused of sharing drug transportation routes and obtaining their drugs from Colombian drug organizations.Guzman also faces charges in California, Texas, Illinois, Florida and New Hampshire. Mexico's foreign ministry has said it had received assurances that if convicted Guzman would not receive the death penalty. Mexico opposes death sentences.Federal indictments described the Sinaloa cartel as an enterprise that uses murder, kidnappings and bribes.The indictments refer to Guzman by various nicknames, including "El Rapido," "Papa," "El Viejo" and "El Chapo" (which means "Shorty." Guzman is 5 feet 6 inches tall.) Over the years, Guzman gained near-mythic status in his home country. He has been the subject of ballads called "narcocorridos," a subgenre dedicated to cartels and their narco-violence.Tunnels and a laundry cart getawayFor years, the notorious cartel leader proved slippery, staying just ahead of the law. He is known for using intricate tunnel systems for both evading authorities and moving the massive quantities of drugs that made the Sinaloa cartel so powerful.Guzman's recapture in January 2016, after six months on the lam, represented a major success in what has been an embarrassing ordeal for Mexico. For many, "El Chapo" is a symbol of the Mexican government's corrupt[...]



'Picture perfect' Friday forecast

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:19:00 GMT

Central Florida continues to see beautiful weather wrapping up the workweek and into Saturday but things change Sunday, News 6 meteorologist Candice Campos said.

Seeing temperatures about 15 degrees above average for January Central Florida’s high will be 84 degrees around 4 p.m. Friday.

The weather will be nice and dry for the Monster Jam event in Orlando Saturday. High temperatures will be between 81 and 83 degrees.

On the coast, there is a low risk of rip currents and the ocean is 61 degrees.

Campos called the beach conditions  “picture perfect.”

Sunday, things change as Central Florida will see some severe weather, including rain.

Storm chances increase after 1 p.m. Sunday with a risk for isolated severe storms.

Next week, temperatures will cool down to about average, Campos said.




4 dead as car hits crowd in AustraliaTaliban video purportedly shows US, Australian hostages

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:49:46 GMTThu, 12 Jan 2017 08:47:41 GMT

A baby being pushed in a pram was among four people killed when a driver repeatedly ran over pedestrians in a busy street in central Melbourne.

Photos from the scene showed wreckage of the baby's pram atop the car's bonnet, as emergency workers attended to injured people nearby on the ground.

At least 20 people were injured in the incident, Victoria Police said, which unfolded around 2 p.m. local time Friday and ended when police shot and wounded the driver before taking him into custody.

Video showed the driver being dragged from the car by several officers and hand-cuffed on the ground, dressed only in red underwear and white trainers.

"People were running out of the way, they were going very, very fast. I saw him hit a few people," a witness told CNN affiliate Sky News.

"I saw bodies flying into the air."

Stabbing and chase

The incident appears to have started with an argument between acquaintances several miles away. The driver of the car was allegedly involved in a stabbing in Windsor in south Melbourne early Friday morning, police said.

He then allegedly took a woman hostage and sped off in a maroon red car. Police said the driver knew both the stabbing victim and the woman, who managed to escape from the car on the Bolte Bridge.

The man had been driving erratically before mounting the curb.

"Earlier in the incident we believe this male did some donuts at Flinders Street and Swanston Street," police superintendent Stuart Bateson told reporters, according to Seven News.

"He then turned left into the Bourke Street Mall and then he deliberately drove into the crowd, continued over Elizabeth Street over the footpath and collided with further pedestrians."

Seven reported that the driver "sped down Swanston Street, up to Bourke Street, at times along the footpath, running down dozens of pedestrians."

'Bodies flying into the air'

A witness told Sky News "there was just all this noise and mayhem and then all of a sudden police flying everywhere and just bodies lying all over the ground."

Six people are "in a critical but stable condition" at Melbourne's Alfred Hospital, while 10 are being treated at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Four children were admitted at the Royal Children's Hospital, including a baby who later died.

A doctor told reporters the patients include a 2-year-old, 9-year-old and a 12-year old.

The Afghan Taliban released a new video Wednesday purportedly showing two teachers from the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul begging Donald Trump to make a deal for their release.




Loyd yells at judge, says he will defend himself in first court appearancePhotos: Orlando officer slain, Orange County deputy dies, manhuntSade Dixon accused Markeith Loyd of abuse before her death, family saysManhunt ends: Markeith Loyd taken from ORMC to jailNeighbors say they didn't know Loyd was hiding in empty houseMarkeith Loyd could face death penalty, legal experts say

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The man accused of fatally shooting his pregnant ex-girlfriend and an Orlando police officer said he will defend himself Thursday morning during a profanity-filled first appearance before a judge.Wearing a green padded vest and bandages covering his left eye Markeith Loyd appeared before Orange County Judge Jeanette Dejuras Bigney.Loyd refused to fill out an application for a public defender and when the judge asked him about his decision Loyd said "It don't matter."The judge denied Loyd's bond for his first-degree murder charges and ordered him not to make contact with any witnesses and victims.Editor's note: The video available above contains profanity. Viewer discretion is advised.The murder suspect accused authorities of "making up" allegations against him.Loyd also claimed no one helped him while he was on the run. "I didn't receive nothing from nobody," he said. "I was out there by myself. How in the hell anybody helping me do anything? I went to Walmart myself to buy food wasn't anybody doing nothing for me." In an outburst as he was leaving the room, Loyd cursed at the judge repeatedly and accused authorities of beating him.“They done took my eye.They broke my nose they broke my jaw they did all this s-- said I resisted," Loyd said. "I didn't resist s--. They just did that s-- and they're trying to hide it from the news people. But I'm here right now."%INLINE%Loyd has been charged with first-degree murder with a firearm, unlawful killing of an unborn child, attempted first degree-murder with a firearm and two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm in connection with the Dec. 13 shooting death of 24-year-old Sade Dixon in Pine Hills.Dixon's mother was in court Wednesday to see the man accused of killing her daughter."I could not believe what I saw in the courtroom," Stephanie Dixon-Daniels told News 6. "It just shows his ignorance, but justice is going to prevail."Dixon-Daniels said she was frustrated but not surprised by what she saw and heard from Loyd."I have to keep my composure and be strong for her children and for myself," Dixon-Daniels said.Timeline: How the manhunt and capture of Markeith Loyd unfoldedOfficials have not announced what charges Loyd will face in connection with the shooting death of Orlando Police Lt. Debra Clayton at an Orlando Walmart the morning of Jan. 9.News 6 legal analyst Steven Kramer said it's unclear at this point if Loyd will face a felony murder charge in the death of Orange County Deputy Norman Lewis, who was fatally struck by a vehicle while he was on his department-issued motorcycle assisting in the search for Loyd.Loyd was arrested Tuesday at an abandoned home in the Carver Shores neighborhood in Orlando, bringing the nine-day manhunt to an end. Loyd had visible facial injuries when he arrived at Orlando Police headquarters. He was transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center shortly thereafter and was treated for more than 20 hours.Deputies transported Loyd to the Orange County Jail around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.While in jail, Loyd will be kept in isolation away from other inmates, including his 19-year-old son who has been in the Orange County Jail since November on carjacking and burglary charges. Markeith Loyd could face death penalty, legal experts say %INLINE% "Particularly in the case of[...]


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‘All walks of life' to participate in Central Florida Women's Rally, Washington marchSign up for ClickOrlando.com breaking news alerts, email newslettersA brief history of inaugurationsTrump takes charge: Sworn in as nation's 45th presidentCentral Florida teachers protest secretary of education nominee Betsy DeVos

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A connection over social media and a pact between two longtime friends turned into the grassroots movement bringing together an estimated 6,000 people for a women’s support rally at Lake Eola Saturday.The Central Florida Women’s Rally is one of more than 600 events happening around the world on Jan. 21 in a bringing attention to women’s rights and issues.Organizers with the Women’s March on Washington estimate more than one million people will participate across 59 countries.Gricel Fernandez, of Orlando said she and her friend of 20 years, Autumn Huff Garick, wanted to go to the march in Washington, but one thing led to another and it wasn't going to happen for them. They both still wanted to be involved in the movement on a local level."We heard about what was going on in D.C. and decided we could serve our own community by having an event right here," Garick said. In November, Fernandez said she found a group on Facebook that seemed like a good place to start.It was clear there was a lot of interest in a local women’s movement but no one knew how to begin organizing an event, she said.As the Washington march quickly approached, Fernandez said she volunteered to get some things started, tapping her friend Garick to help.“So do you want to see if we can make something like this happen or not?” Fernandez said she asked Garick.In the eight weeks since that conversation, a grassroots movement was born that has “taken on a life of its own,” Fernandez said.In about a month's time the ladies have rounded up about two dozen volunteers and as of right now they're expecting thousands of people at Lake Eola Saturday. The rally is 100 percent self-funded with donation money covering the permitting fees and anything directly involved with the event, Fernandez said.The YouCaring crowdfunding page set up by the organizers exceeded its $3,000 goal by Dec. 21.Anything left over from the fund will be donated to local health advocacy, environmental, youth and education nonprofits participating in the event. Sign up for ClickOrlando breaking news alerts and email newsletters Sara Isaac, co-president of the League of Women Voters Orange County, will be on a bus to headed to D.C. this weekend. Meanwhile in Orlando, the chapter plans to be at the sister event to educate more women and men about how their government operates.%INLINE%As a nonpartisan group it was up to the national board to decide if the League of Women Voters would participate in any of the marches or events. The board voted to participate in the Washington march.“Because we are an activist organization, it’s not that we would ever oppose the president-elect. We basically oppose certain types of policies,” Carol Davis, co-president of the League of Women Voters Orange County, said. “Some issues, we felt, didn’t meet our principle and how democracy works.”Davis said the Orange County group has grown in leaps during the past year because of the Pulse nightclub shooting and the election, with more than 700 members, one of the largest in the U.S."After the Pulse shooting our gun safety committee grew by leaps and bounds," Davis said.Lake Eola’s event will be different from the Women’s March in Washington, seen as a protest of President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, the organizers said. The goal is to open a dialogue on issues in the area.Trump&[...]


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Washington prepares for Trump's big momentWashington celebrates Trump inaugurationJennifer Holliday talks backlash over Trump inaugurationTrump wrote inauguration speech himselfFun facts from past inaugurations2,000 GM workers to lose jobs on Inauguration DayDonald Trump's inauguration security: By the numbers

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Donald Trump has arrived in Washington -- and he's going to be here for at least four years.The reality of the moment, that the real estate mogul and reality show star will recite the oath of office Friday, is finally taking hold.At noon Friday, the most divisive campaign in recent history -- and a similarly contentious transition period, marked by Trump's attacks on Rep. John Lewis, a civil rights icon, and dozens of House Democrats saying they'll boycott Trump's swearing-in over it -- reaches its end.Trump's brash statements about ISIS, his cozy relationship with Russia and his criticism of NATO have the world bracing for a new type of American president.But before all that, Republicans and Trump's still-growing staff are set for a celebration. Trump and Vice-President elect Mike Pence go through the ceremony at the Capitol at noon, followed by a parade up Pennsylvania Avenue -- and past Trump's new hotel -- to be followed by a weekend of balls and an anticipated flurry of new executive actions Monday.Speaking at a pre-inauguration concert Thursday night at the Lincoln Memorial, which featured performances by Lee Greenwood, Toby Keith and 3 Doors Down, Trump told the crowd he vowed to be a president "for all our people.""It's a movement like we've never seen anywhere in the world, they say. There's never been a movement like this. And it's something very, very special," Trump said. "And we're going to unify our country. And our phrase, you all know it -- half of you are wearing the hat, 'Make America great again.' But we're going to make America great for all our people, everybody. Everybody throughout our country. That includes the inner cities. That includes everybody."Later, speaking at a dinner held at Washington's Union Station, Trump thanked Pence, his top advisers and his family as he reflected on his election victory."That was some big victory. That was some victory," said Trump, who also mused that "next time, we're going to win the old fashioned way," an apparent reference to victory in the popular vote as well as the Electoral College. Protesters, police scuffle Protesters and Washington police scuffled Thursday night outside a meeting of pro-Trump conservatives, the first of several demonstrations aimed at disrupting the new administration's inaugural weekend.Protesters gathered on 14th Street outside the National Press Club to demonstrate against "DeploraBall," an event organized by some of Trump's most fervent supporters. The name riffs off the campaign description of some Trump backers by his defeated opponent, Hillary Clinton, as a "basket of deplorables."As attendees -- some of whom were clad in suits and red hats, others dressed in gowns -- entered the event, demonstrators chanted "Shame" and "Nazis go home" behind a phalanx of police. Some held signs that read "No Alt Reich" and "No Nazi USA."Other protesters chanted against the "alt-right," "fascists" and "Nazi scum," though it could not be immediately determined who was attending the event.Some protesters could be seen setting small fires in the streets, though it was unclear what was set ablaze. A motorcycle was damaged on the street, and police could be seen pepper-spraying some protesters. Washington waits Meanwhile, the transition of power[...]



First responder with PTSD: There's no protection to get wellLocal first responder collecting PTSD video accounts on FacebookCombat K-9s show signs of PTSDGirl attacked by police K-9 in Lake County showing signs of PTSD, lawyer says

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 04:34:04 GMTMon, 19 Dec 2016 23:25:48 GMTTue, 28 May 2013 10:23:03 GMTTue, 28 Jul 2015 13:11:22 GMT

When the call “vehicle-pedestrian” came over the Cocoa Fire Department’s emergency radio last July, it was a call Josh Vandegrift had handled hundreds of times before.
“Sometimes it comes up in dreams, calls I’ve run 10 years ago, just the horror of it,” Vandegrift said.
Still, the veteran EMT-firefighter said  those life-or-death moments never got the better of him until he saw the face of the man hit by a van on U.S. 1 and Peachtree Street.  
“Grabbed my bags walked up to clear the people out of the way, and my brother had a tattoo on his neck and I saw the tattoo and I thought how is that possible?” he said.
As far as Vandegrift knew, his younger brother, Nate, was supposed to be in Melbourne.
At first he tried to be professional, but when police officers realized what had happened they pulled him away.
Wiping tears from his eyes, he recalled the nightmarish moment.
“When I was taken away, I was screaming his name … he moved his fingers … so I know he heard me,” Vandegrift said.
Nate Vandegrift was taken off life support later that afternoon.
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For the past six months, Josh Vandegrift has been going to therapy trying to get the will to go back to the job he’d loved for 11 years.  He’s been diagnosed with PTSD.
“I am  just  a  shell of what  I used to be,” he said.
State law doesn’t provide long term disability wages for PTSD unless there is a physical injury as well.
Now he is joining other Central Florida first responders and state law makers to change that law.
State Sen. Victor Torres, of Kissimmee, is crafting the language for the proposed change.
The former New York Transit cop and detective has seen the effects of PTSD first-hand and said change is needed to protect Florida’s first responders.
For more information on PTSD  and how to get help for someone you know, go to: ptsdusa.org/get-help/first-responders/ptsd-assessment-form.
 

A local first responder who has faced PTSD hopes to help others cope with the disorder.

Man's best friend is dealing with anxiety and PTSD after tours overseas.

A lawyer for the family of a Fruitland Park girl who was bitten by a neighbor's police K-9 says she is showing signs of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. 


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Commissioner Regina Hill defends OPD's actionsPolice investigating use of force in Markeith Loyd arrestLoyd yells at judge, says he will defend himself in first court appearanceOPD Chief Mina: Slain Orlando officer ‘shot execution style'Manhunt ends: Markeith Loyd taken from ORMC to jail

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Markeith Loyd has repeatedly claimed police beat him as they took him into custody Tuesday night.

Police released helicopter video showing Loyd's takedown and what appears to be a law enforcement officer kicking Loyd during his arrest.

Loyd was in jail Thursday night with his face wrapped up in bandages. Police said video of the Loyd's arrest has launched an investigation on the "use of force."

[RELATED: Police investigating use of force in Markeith Loyd arrest]

News 6 spoke Thursday to Commissioner Regina Hill, and she said she has no sympathy for Loyd.

"I find it funny and ironic that he was able to gun down women, but when he was now confronted by men, he crawled on his belly and wanted mercy," Hill said.

Hill believes police did what they needed to do.

"They showed great strength with bringing him in alive," Hill said. "What I saw was not brutality. What I saw was a very viciously and vile man apprehended that we could not put anymore lives in harm's way."

After what looks like a kick to the face, the helicopter quickly pans off the accused cop killer. In a press conference Thursday afternoon, Chief John Mina said officers weren't taking any chances.

"He could of had guns that was in his waistband and it could of been a setup to kill more officers, which he said he would do," Hill said.

As Loyd was being taken into custody, he yelled at News 6's camera, claiming officers beat him. OPD is now investigating the use of force.

Loyd's facial injuries were obvious in his first appearance Thursday morning. The accused murderer showed no remorse for his actions, later cursing at the judge.

"His family now can go to the jail and visit him, friends and family of Sade and Officer Clayton now have to go to a cold grave that he put them in to visit her," Hill said. "This was a dangerous man. They did need to apprehend him the way that they did."

OPD said the helicopter video is the only video showing the arrest. They said no other officers had body cameras on during the takedown.

Orlando Police on Thursday released video of Markeith Loyd's arrest, hours after the accused murderer repeatedly cursed at a judge and accused police of beating him during his first court appearance.

 

The man accused of fatally shooting an Orlando police officer was denied bond during an expletive-filled first appeared before a judge.

Mina said in an interview Wednesday there is surveillance video of Loyd shooting Lt. Debra Clayton.

The man accused of killing an Orlando police officer and his pregnant ex-girlfriend is in custody, according to the Orlando Police Department.

 


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New showroom set to open for displaced Artegon artistsArtegon Marketplace 'discontinuing operations'Foreclosure complaint filed against Fashion Square Mall, records showWet 'n Wild Orlando closing after nearly 40 years

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 03:52:11 GMTThu, 12 Jan 2017 20:07:42 GMTWed, 04 Jan 2017 21:06:07 GMTFri, 30 Dec 2016 17:34:45 GMT

A local business owner is planning to open a showroom in Winter Park for artists who are now looking for a new location after the Artegon Marketplace closes next week.
The mall owners said in a statement last week they are taking the property in a new direction. The mall is closing on Jan. 26, leaving artists and business owners two weeks to find a new location.
Many businesses have already shut down their stores and locked up. News 6 saw some stores holding "Mall Closing" sales on Thursday.
Shannon Youngs is hoping she can help the artists who are being displaced. She is planning to open a showroom in an empty office building in Winter Park. 
"I felt really bad for the artists over there," Youngs said.
Youngs will call the showroom "The World Bazaar." She said the building will be colorful and there will be awnings decorating the outside. She also has plans to have edible plants lining the walkway.
She said it will look and feel like an outdoor market, even on the inside.
"With tapestries on the ceiling, each of the individual, what were office spaces, will look like small little store fronts," Youngs said.
Youngs said her friends are vendors at Artegon and she felt the need to help when she heard of the news of the mall closing. 
She wants this space to be a place where artists cans show their work and run their businesses.
"We have some painters and sculptors that are talking about going in on a space together. We have a fashion designer from South America. We have an individual who makes wares from alpaca furs," she said. 
Youngs added that she thinks the artists will have more success in the Winter Park area.
"International Drive is kinda where you go when you want to be flung on a slingshot or take a picture of yourself next to a shop that looks like a wizard," she said. "This is a classier area. I think the patrons that are in this area are more fit for these types of clients."
She's getting results and keeping creativity alive. 
"If we can get this together, then it will work out for everybody."
The showroom is located at 1280 Palmetto Avenue. Youngs plans to open in March and eventually expand to add more space. 
Anyone interested in learning more is asked to contact Billy Eubank at dynamovoltage@gmail.com.
 

The parent company of Artegon says the marketplace featuring local artists is headed in a "new direction."

The future off the Fashion Square Mall in Orlando is in question after the mall lender filed a foreclosure complaint.

As the countdown to 2017 continues, time is also running out to visit one of Central Florida's oldest attractions.


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Lanes reopen on southbound I-95 south of US 1 after crash blocks trafficTruck hits school bus in Orlando, fire rescue saysCentral Florida drivers could soon pay less at the pumpMan hit, killed on Volusia bridge ID'dFatal 4-vehicle crash closes Kissimmee road

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 03:43:05 GMTThu, 19 Jan 2017 13:16:11 GMTWed, 18 Jan 2017 22:16:36 GMTTue, 17 Jan 2017 18:22:26 GMTTue, 17 Jan 2017 17:58:14 GMT

A crash in the southbound lanes of I-95 blocked all lanes of traffic Thursday evening.

The crash happened near mile marker 296, south of U.S. 1.

Officials said if an alternate route is not used, then traffic may get by the scene by using the left shoulder. Drivers were advised to use caution.

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Later Thursday night, the Flagler County Sheriff's Office said all lanes were open.

A truck slammed into the back of a school bus on Clarcona Ocoee Road Thursday morning, according to the Orange County Fire and Rescue Department.

An temporary end to rising gas prices could be coming soon for Central Florida drivers.

The FHP says a man was struck and killed in Volusia County.

A four-vehicle fatal crash prompts officials to close a Kissimme road.




Massive Pittsburgh area mall sold for $100

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 03:40:07 GMT

A 1.1 million square foot mall in a Pittsburgh suburb just sold for about as much money as you'd expect to spend on a pair of snow boots.

Wells Fargo purchased the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills, located in northeast of the city, for $100 at a foreclosure auction Wednesday.

The bank was already the trustee of a trust that owned the property, but now Wells Fargo owns the property, according to C-III Asset Management, which serves as a special servicer for the trust. The developers behind the mall -- Zamias Services and the now-bankrupt Mills Corporation -- owe about $143 million on the property.

Wells Fargo declined to say what it plans to do with the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills. The venue opened in 2005 and failed to attract the foot traffic the mall developers expected. According to local news reports, about half of the mall's available retail space lies dormant.

It's a rough time for malls all over the country. Thanks to the rise of online shopping spearheaded by tech giants like Amazon shoppers no longer flock to malls in the numbers they once did.

Many mall staples -- like Macy's and Kmart -- have announced stores closures in recent months. The Pittsburgh Mills mall once housed a Sears that was shuttered in 2015.




LaGuardia Airport collision is 2nd this weekLondon Tube strike sparks travel chaos

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 02:55:20 GMTMon, 09 Jan 2017 16:43:46 GMT

A United Airlines flight set to depart from New York to Denver early Thursday morning hit a fuel truck on the tarmac at LaGuardia Airport, according to a United spokesman. It was the second collision of the week.

Flight 1561 was moving back "very slowly" from the gate when it hit the truck, the spokesman, Jonathan Guerin said.

Just the tip of the plane's winglet collided, causing very minor damage and no injuries, Guerin said.

The plane, a Boeing 737-800, returned to the gate where the passengers were taken off safely and put on another aircraft, Geurin said. They arrived in Denver about 90 minutes late, according to online flight tracker flightaware.com.

On Tuesday, an American Airlines plane hit the right wingtip of a Republic aircraft while pushing back from the terminal gate, the FAA said.

There were also no injuries in that collision and the passengers on the American flight made it to Miami safely on a new aircraft, airline spokesman Ross Feinstein said.

Millions of Londoners battled to get to work on Monday because of a Tube strike that brought traffic to a standstill, giving many no other alternative but to walk.




Pedestrian dead after crash in Ocala1 killed in fire in Winter Springs, officials say3 people injured when car hits bus in Kissimmee200 roosters were being prepared for cockfighting at Apopka propertyTavares High School teacher accused of inappropriately touching student

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 02:05:40 GMTFri, 20 Jan 2017 19:15:38 GMTThu, 19 Jan 2017 23:24:59 GMTFri, 20 Jan 2017 19:19:14 GMTThu, 19 Jan 2017 23:14:23 GMT

A pedestrian is dead after a crash Thursday evening in Ocala, authorities said.

The incident happened after 6:30 p.m. at U.S. 441 and Southeast 80th Street.

Troopers said the pedestrian was pronounced dead at Ocala Regional Medical Center.

All southbound lanes were blocked due to the incident.

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No other details were given.

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

The Seminole County Fire Department is investigating a deadly fire at 1505 Casa Park Circle on Thursday night.

Three people had to be taken to the hospital with minor injuries after a car crashed into a car in Kissimmee Thursday afternoon, according to Osceola Fire Rescue.

 

Police found more than 200 roosters that were being prepared to be sold for cockfighting at a property in Apopka, according to a news release.

 

A student says a Tavares High School teacher inappropriately touched her in his classroom, according to an arrest warrant.




Bushes' spokesman: George H.W., Barbara 'both on the upswing'George H.W. Bush through the yearsBush daughters offer advice to Malia, SashaAxelrod: Obama looking to Bushes as a post-presidential model

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:48:25 GMTFri, 10 Jun 2016 07:17:12 GMTFri, 13 Jan 2017 05:50:45 GMTTue, 27 Dec 2016 03:29:57 GMT

Former President George H.W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush are "both on the upswing," Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath said Thursday, adding, "they may not be out of the woods yet, but we can see the edge of the forest." McGrath said Barbara Bush continues to be treated for her bronchitis with antibiotics, and she said she feels "a thousand percent better today."He said President Bush 41 is also on the upswing. He is alert and remains in stable condition in intensive care, and he said the good news he is being actively evaluated for having his breathing tube removed. "He is doing better -- of course he has a ways to go -- but it's hard not to be encouraged," McGrath said Thursday night. McGrath said both had a great night's sleep.Their son Neil Bush has been over to visit. No other family members are flying in because they feel everything is stable and moving in the right direction. Former President George W. Bush is still going to the inauguration, McGrath said.The 92-year-old former President was admitted to the intensive care unit at Houston Methodist Hospital to address "an acute respiratory problem stemming from pneumonia. Doctors performed a procedure to protect and clear his airway that required sedation," McGrath said in an earlier statement. By Wednesday evening, the former President was no longer sedated. McGrath told CNN doctors wanted to keep George H.W. Bush in ICU for observation, because he's still intubated and their intention is to keep his airway open. At first, McGrath reported that he was responding well to the drugs. But Wednesday, the 41st President's condition changed and he was admitted to the intensive care unit, sedated and intubated. "It's definitely very concerning," said Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent, who noted that it is the first time President Bush has been intubated to protect his airway. "Certainly when someone is sedated, they're having trouble breathing on their own."Barbara Bush treated with antibioticsBarbara Bush also was admitted to the hospital Wednesday morning as a precaution after "experiencing fatigue and coughing," McGrath said in the same initial statement.McGrath said Wednesday evening the first lady has bronchitis, not pneumonia like her husband. Bush, who served a single term as President from 1989 to 1993, was already not expected to attend the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump in Washington on Friday due to health concerns.Bush sent a letter to the President-elect on January 10, apologizing for missing the ceremony and saying that he and Barbara "wish you the very best as you begin this incredible journey of leading our great country.""My doctor says if I sit outside in January, it likely will put me six feet under. Same for Barbara," Bush wrote, in a letter first reported by ABC News. "So I guess we're stuck in Texas."Trump responded on Twitter Wednesday, wishing the Bushes a speedy recovery and thanking them for their note."Looking forward to a speedy recovery for George and Barbara Bush, both hospitalized. Thank you for your wonderful letter!" he tweeted.President Barack Obama said at a White House news conference Wednesday his White House has been in touch with the Bush family."They have not only dedicated their lives [...]



Suspect in Orlando cop killing hurt; police chief says he resisted arrestOrlando nightclub shooter's widow pleads not guiltySuspect in cop killing captured, Orlando police sayOrlando shooter's widow knew he'd attack, prosecutor saysWidow of Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen arrestedOrlando shootings: Markeith Loyd stays out of reach

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:20:03 GMTWed, 18 Jan 2017 20:02:50 GMTWed, 18 Jan 2017 13:29:08 GMTTue, 17 Jan 2017 18:42:37 GMTTue, 17 Jan 2017 06:07:26 GMTMon, 16 Jan 2017 09:39:48 GMT

Orlando police will investigate the force used to apprehend Markeith Loyd, who is suspected of fatally shooting his pregnant girlfriend and later a police officer who tried to arrest him, authorities said Thursday. Loyd suffered a fractured left orbital bone and damage to one eye, Orlando Police Chief John Mina told reporters. Loyd had refused to surrender, Mina said. A nationwide manhunt ended Tuesday night when a team of heavily armed officers surrounded a house in Orlando and arrested Loyd.He appeared in court Thursday wearing bandages on his head, and accused police of injuring him. Orlando police also released the video taken from a police helicopter of Loyd's arrest after he emerged from a vacant home. Mina told reporters, "The first night that he was captured and brought into custody, we did not try to hide what had happened to him. Obviously, we want to be very transparent and open. He resisted arrest. We used force. He was injured. It will be investigated."Mina urged the public not to rush to judgment and "let the use-of-force investigation play out, and remember that we're dealing with an extremely violent and dangerous and very unpredictable person."He also expressed confidence in officers' actions."I think the officers showed incredible restraint," Mina said. Mina said Loyd had tried to escape from the house through a back door but officers confronted him. He retreated into the home and emerged through the front door with two handguns and body armor. He crawled to police and refused to comply with their orders, Mina said. Earlier on Thursday, an Orlando judge denied Loyd bond. During a brief hearing, Loyd said he planned to represent himself in court, denied resisting arrest and said arresting officers "took my eye" and broke his jaw and nose. "I didn't resist," he said. "They just did this." Loyd also said the full story has not been told about the fatal shooting of his girlfriend, Sade Dixon, and the wounding of other people on December 13. "A gun was pulled on me first, but you're acting like I just went there and shot her," he told the judge.In that case, he is charged with first-degree murder with a firearm, killing an unborn child by injury to a mother, attempted first-degree murder with a firearm and two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm.Loyd faces another first-degree murder charge in the killing of Orlando police Lt. Deborah Clayton. He has also been charged with carjacking with a firearm and wearing a bulletproof vest in the act of committing an offense in that killing, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.Loyd cursed as officers led him out of the courtroom Thursday.'He didn't surrender'On Thursday, Mina said the officers involved in Tuesday's take-down were still on duty. Orlando officers were among several officers who responded to the home in attempt to arrest Loyd.Loyd was standing when he emerged from the home, and at some point went to the ground and crawled towards the officers, who ordered him to put his hand behind his back, Mina said.Officers also were concerned about what may have been underneath Loyd as he crawled, the police chief said.Mina said officers gave Loyd the opportunity to surrender. "We were the ones who found him. He didn[...]



Obama's last transfer of Gitmo detainees, Trump inherits 41Obama pens goodbye letter to the American peopleObama commutes 330 sentences, most in single dayFirst lady Michelle Obama bids the White House goodbyeChelsea Manning thanks Obama for commutationPoll shows last-minute love for ObamacareObama offers reassurance mixed with warningsObama drops last-minute education rule changeCotton, Manchin praise Obama's 'dignity'Obama's parting words: 'We're going to be OK'

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 01:27:15 GMTThu, 19 Jan 2017 19:51:50 GMTThu, 19 Jan 2017 20:44:50 GMTThu, 19 Jan 2017 15:23:50 GMTThu, 19 Jan 2017 16:28:45 GMTThu, 19 Jan 2017 11:14:29 GMTThu, 19 Jan 2017 07:32:18 GMTThu, 19 Jan 2017 04:55:41 GMTThu, 19 Jan 2017 04:52:53 GMTWed, 18 Jan 2017 20:35:30 GMT

The Pentagon announced Thursday that four more inmates were transferred out of the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, marking the final such transfer under President Barack Obama and leaving the facility's population at 41.Thursday's transfer concludes the Obama administration's final push to empty the facility as much as possible prior to Friday's inauguration, with 19 inmates being transferred since Election Day. One of the inmates is going to Saudi Arabia and the other three are being taken in by the United Arab Emirates.There were 242 detainees at Guantanamo when Obama came into office in January 2009 and he had pledged to close the controversial center within one year in an executive order he signed shortly after his own inauguration. But in recent days, administration officials have acknowledged that this goal was out of reach."I don't anticipate that we will succeed in that goal of closing the prison, but it's not for a lack of trying -- that, I assure you," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Tuesday.Earnest blamed both Republicans and Democrats in Congress for the administration's failure to close the detention facility."Because of the obstacles erected by Congress, terrorist organizations have a powerful recruiting tool, and millions in taxpayer dollars are wasted to operate this large facility," he said.President-elect Donald Trump will now come into office with responsibility for the remaining 41 prisoners.Four of the remaining inmates have undergone a security review process and are eligible for transfer.But their transfer, as well as any others, looks unlikely as Trump has slammed the most recent efforts to empty the prison, nicknamed Gitmo."There should be no further releases from Gitmo. These are extremely dangerous people and should not be allowed back onto the battlefield," Trump tweeted on January 3, one of several statements about keeping the prison open.The prison's peak population was 684 detainees in June 2003.The Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which tracks recidivism among former inmates, said in a September report that nine of 161 inmates released since January 2009 had returned to supporting terrorist groups. An additional 11 are "suspected" of having gone back to terrorist activity, though the report notes that the Defense Intelligence Agency puts that number at 15.President Barack Obama penned an emotional public letter, published Thursday, thanking Americans and encouraging them to participate into "daily acts of citizenship."President Barack Obama granted 330 commutations, the White House announced Thursday, the most commutations given in a single day by a US president. Michelle Obama is saying goodbye to the White House. The first lady put up a series of sentimental social media posts before the new first family assumes the role on Friday.Chelsea Manning thanked Barack Obama Thursday after the President commuted the sentence of the former Army soldier earlier this week. "Thank you @BarackObama for giving me a chance. =,)," she tweeted.[...]Americans views of Obamacare tilt narrowly positive, according to a new CNN/OR[...]



Police investigating use of force in Markeith Loyd arrestPhotos: Orlando officer slain, Orange County deputy dies, manhuntLoyd yells at judge, says he will defend himself in first court appearanceManhunt ends: Markeith Loyd taken from ORMC to jailNeighbors say they didn't know Loyd was hiding in empty houseSade Dixon accused Markeith Loyd of abuse before her death, family says

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:26:01 GMT2017-01-20T18:59:03.532ZFri, 20 Jan 2017 10:46:04 GMTThu, 19 Jan 2017 00:20:51 GMTWed, 18 Jan 2017 23:15:32 GMTWed, 18 Jan 2017 19:59:17 GMT

Hours after accused murderer Markeith Loyd cursed at a judge during his first court appearance and accused authorities of beating him, the Orlando Police Department released video showing a law enforcement officer kicking Loyd during his arrest.Loyd is accused of fatally shooting his ex-girlfriend, Sade Dixon, on Dec. 13 and killing Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton when she tried to apprehend him at an Orlando Walmart on Jan. 9.Police arrested Loyd on Tuesday night at an abandoned home in the Carver Shores neighborhood of Orlando, bringing a massive nine-day manhunt to an end.About 7 1/2 minutes into the 16-minute helicopter video, Loyd can be seen crawling on his stomach through the yard toward police officers who were surrounding the residence.When Loyd reaches the law enforcement officers about two minutes later, one of the officers appears to kick Loyd while he's lying flat on his stomach. The helicopter spotter recording the video then turns the camera away.The video does not show Loyd's actions during his arrest. A video edited for length is available above and the full video is available here.Police Chief John Mina held a news conference at 3 p.m. Thursday to address the content of the video and provide further details on Loyd's arrest.He said officers were concerned Loyd may have been hiding something in his body armor because of the way he struggled as he crawled toward them. The arresting officers found a large bag of ammunition underneath Loyd when he was apprehended, Mina said. Loyd had already discarded two guns, including one with a 100-round capacity, officials said.%INLINE%Mina said Loyd did not comply with the officer's demand to put his hands behind his back and that's why force was used. Mina said he stood behind the actions of arresting officers, especially considering Loyd's "extremely violent criminal history." He urged the public and the media to not rush to judgment. "We're professionals and I will say based on what I know, I think our officers showed great restraint," Mina said. An investigation will be conducted into the use of force. All the officers who were involved in the arrest are on duty. Loyd appeared before a judge Thursday morning with a bandage over his left eye, abrasions and swelling on his face and visibly swollen lips. Loyd spent about 20 hours being treated at Orlando Regional Medical Center before he was taken to the Orange County Jail around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. “They done took my eye.They broke my nose. They broke my jaw. They did all this s--- , said I resisted," Loyd said during his first court appearance Thursday morning. "I didn't resist s---. They just did that s--- and they're trying to hide it from the news people. But I'm here right now." Graphic content: Watch unedited video of Loyd's first court appearance At the time of Loyd's arrest, Mina described Loyd's injuries as minor. During the news conference Thursday afternoon, he said he didn't have complete details on Loyd's condition. In reference to the courtroom outbursts, Mina said he[...]


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Volunteers hit streets of Sanford during monthly community cleanupsSign up for ClickOrlando.com breaking news alerts, email newslettersGetting Results: Woodworker close to completing 500 canes for veterans

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:45:44 GMTThu, 05 Jan 2017 18:02:09 GMTThu, 01 Dec 2016 23:25:33 GMT

John DiDonna is this week's News 6 Getting Results Award winner.
 
DiDonna, along with Sanford residents Zach Waters and Paul Williams, took a conversation on social media and turned it into a monthly community cleanup.
 
"I saw a lot of people complaining about trash," DiDonna said, while filling a bag along Highway 17-92. "So I started asking some questions. Someone wanted to start a cleanup, and it never happened. I found out who those guys were. It was Zach and Paul. So I contacted them and said, 'do you want to do this?'"  
 
That was a year ago. Currently, 50 to 75 volunteers on Sunday mornings, once a month, are combing the streets for trash.
 
"It's kind of a way to get the community together," Waters said. "We call it Keep Sanford Sparkling. It's a way to inspire." 
 
Cynthia Santos brought her 5-year old daughter, Kendall, along to a recent cleanup.
 
She said her family has a legacy of volunteering, and she wanted to pass it on to her daughter.
 
"This is my neighborhood. I live in Goldsboro," Santos said. "I want to stay in Goldsboro. I don't want to leave, and I know we need to clean it up. So if I can, I'll be part of the solution."
 
Many of the volunteers expressed similar thoughts. They said they see the city moving in a positive direction and want to be part of the change.
 
"It's about community," DiDonna said. "People care about Sanford, you know, people love Sanford. It's a great town, and there's a lot of good people who live here and care about what goes on and want it to look good."      
 

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3 people injured when car hits bus in KissimmeeTruck hits school bus in Orlando, fire rescue saysTrain, box truck collide in KissimmeeGreyhound bus strikes, kills pedestrian in Orlando

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Three people had to be taken to the hospital with minor injuries after a car crashed into a car in Kissimmee Thursday afternoon, according to Osceola County Fire Rescue.

The crash was reported at 2:50 p.m. at Royal Palm Drive and Gardener Lane.

Troopers said a minivan rear-ended a sedan, which caused the sedan to be pushed under the bus. Four children were on the school bus at the time. None of them were hurt.

The passengers in the sedan were taken to a hospital. The minivan driver was not.

A truck slammed into the back of a school bus on Clarcona Ocoee Road Thursday morning, according to the Orange County Fire and Rescue Department.

No one was injured during a train vs. box truck accident in Kissimmee, police said.

Police say a pedestrian was struck and killed by a Greyhound bus in Orlando.




Tavares High School teacher accused of inappropriately touching studentAvalon Middle School teacher accused of receiving nude photos from teenSouth Florida high school teacher reassigned after 'good a-- sex' videoStudents claim Avalon Middle School teacher requested nude photos

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:14:23 GMTThu, 05 Jan 2017 21:50:55 GMTThu, 29 Dec 2016 01:05:50 GMTThu, 08 Dec 2016 13:12:38 GMT

A Tavares High School teacher and track coach has been arrested after a student accused him of inappropriately touching her while she was in his classroom, according to the Lake County Sheriff's Office.The student spoke to deputies earlier this month after hearing that they were investigating accusations that Brian Wall, 29, was sending and receiving inappropriate photos to and from female students and student athletes, the arrest warrant said.The victim told deputies that she was in Wall's classroom on Nov. 15 working to complete assignments that she had missed when Wall began walking in and out of the classroom, as if he were making sure no one else was in the area.The girl offered to clean the whiteboard or the desks or sweep the floor so that her work could be graded in time to count toward her final grade. Wall declined her offers and instead told her that she could give him a hug for every completed worksheet, deputies said.Wall hugged the girl several times, the warrant said.Deputies also said Wall picked up the victim's cellphone, made comments about the way the girl looked in the pictures on her phone and offered to send the girl pictures of himself. The girl said she pretended not to hear his offer.Deputies said Wall touched the girl's undergarments after he asked her to expose them.Wall told the girl to take an elevator to a copy room and said he would meet her there, according to the warrant. The victim told deputies she went to the room because she felt like she had to since Wall was her teacher. She was worried she would fail his class if she didn't comply, the warrant said.Deputies said Wall told the girl multiple times that she should leave "before anything else happens," so she did. Wall hugged her for an extended period of time before she left, deputies said.A spokeswoman for the Lake County School District said Wall, a language arts teacher, was removed from the classroom on Jan. 9, a day after the school became aware of the accusations against him, and was ordered not to have contact with students.Wall submitted his resignation on Jan. 3, citing personal reasons. His last day as a school district employee was Tuesday. Deputies began investigating allegations that Wall received inappropriate pictures from students on Dec. 9, the sheriff's office said.Wall was arrested Wednesday on a simple battery charge. He has since bonded out of the Lake County Jail. Sign up for ClickOrlando breaking news alerts and email newslettersAn Avalon Middle School teacher accused of using social media to try to solicit nude photos from two underage girls was arrested Wednesday, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.(WPLG) A South Florida teacher who spoke about wanting "good ass sex" on a video that was posted on the internet has been reassigned while school district officials investigate.[...]

An Avalon Middle School teacher is accused of requesting nude photos of two female students through social media.

 


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Palm Bay motorcyclist killed in Micco crash, FHP saysTroopers try to ID woman after fiery fatal crash in Osceola CountyMan arrested in fatal shooting after barricading himself in Apopka home1 dies in Polk County fire

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:38:06 GMTMon, 16 Jan 2017 15:57:08 GMTMon, 16 Jan 2017 12:18:45 GMTWed, 11 Jan 2017 18:26:40 GMT

Two people were arrested Wednesday night after a 50-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a crash along a rural stretch of Micco.

The deadly crash happened about 10:25 p.m. near the intersection of Micco and Brown roads in the southern Brevard town when a Ford SUV hit the side of a motorcycle, ejecting the motorcycle driver.

The motorcyclist, Jorge Rivera of Palm Bay, was pronounced dead at the scene, Florida Highway Patrol said.

The driver of a Ford SUV, Treasure Deal, 66, of Barefoot  Bay, was arrested and charged with DUI manslaughter and the passenger, Barney Lynch, 56, was arrested on a warrant out of Wisconsin, according to FHP.
Deal and Lynch both made first appearances before a Brevard County judge Thursday.
A judge set deals bond at $16,000 under conditions that she cannot drive or drink alcohol.
Lynch waived his right to extradition.
A FHP investigation is ongoing.
Troopers say the crash was the first DUI-related fatal accident of the year in Brevard County under their investigation.
 

The FHP says a woman was killed in a fiery crash in Osceola County.

Officials say a man has been arrested in a fatal shooting after he barricaded himself in an Apopka home.

Authorities are investigating a fatal fire in Polk County.


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Obama pens goodbye letter to the American peopleFirst lady Michelle Obama bids the White House goodbyeChelsea Manning thanks Obama for commutationObamacare's impact on this Alaska town with only one doctor's officePoll shows last-minute love for ObamacareObama offers reassurance mixed with warnings

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President Barack Obama penned an emotional public letter, published Thursday, thanking Americans and encouraging them to participate into "daily acts of citizenship."

"Before I leave my note for our 45th president, I wanted to say one final thank you for the honor of serving as your 44th," he wrote. "Because all that I've learned in my time in office, I've learned from you. You made me a better president, and you made me a better man."

The President recalled tragedies such as the Charleston church massacre and celebrations such as military graduations. He also celebrated gay and lesbian Americans who now have their marriages recognized and ill people who now have access to health care.

Obama went on to challenge voters -- regardless of political affiliation -- to commit themselves to improving the common good.

"I've seen you, the American people, in all your decency, determination, good humor and kindness. And in your daily acts of citizenship, I've seen our future unfolding," he said. "All of us, regardless of party, should throw ourselves into that work -- the joyous work of citizenship. Not just when there's an election, not just when our own narrow interest is at stake, but over the full span of a lifetime."

Obama has said he will remain engaged in issues he cares about in his post-White House life.

"I'll be right there with you every step of the way," he wrote. "And when the arc of progress seems slow, remember: America is not the project of any one person. The single most powerful word in our democracy is the word 'We.' 'We the People.' 'We shall overcome.' "

"Yes, we can," he added.

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Michelle Obama is saying goodbye to the White House. The first lady put up a series of sentimental social media posts before the new first family assumes the role on Friday.

Chelsea Manning thanked Barack Obama Thursday after the President commuted the sentence of the former Army soldier earlier this week. "Thank you @BarackObama for giving me a chance. =,)," she tweeted.

For Dr. John Cullen, work days at his Valdez, Alaska, medical practice are highly unpredictable.

Americans views of Obamacare tilt narrowly positive, according to a new CNN/ORC poll, marking the first time more have favored than opposed the law since its passage in 2010. The shift comes at the same time more than 8-in-10 say the law is likely to be repealed and replaced by incoming president Donald Trump.

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Trump Treasury pick: 'I have been maligned'Thursday's Trump Cabinet confirmations: What to watchSource: Trump to tap Sonny Perdue for agriculture secretaryTrump makes $25 million payment for Trump U settlementJennifer Holliday talks backlash over Trump inaugurationTrump's EPA pick: Human impact on climate change needs more debate

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Grilled by Senate Democrats on Thursday, Steven Mnuchin firmly defended his record as a banker. He insisted that regulators -- not the California bank he owned -- were at fault for a series of troubling foreclosures on widows, military families and other vulnerable homeowners during the Great Recession.One of the final Donald Trump Cabinet picks to face Congress, Mnuchin went before the Senate Finance Committee. He faced policy questions about taxes, the debt ceiling and banking regulation. The opposing party also focused squarely on failed subprime lender IndyMac, which Mnuchin bought in 2009 and renamed OneWest. The bank has been accused of discriminating against minority borrowers, a charge that Mnuchin denied. Democratic senators asked sharp questions about whether OneWest worked hard enough to help struggling borrowers. They read out a number of anecdotes about homeowners, including families of military servicemembers, who lost their homes to foreclosure."Since I was first nominated to serve as Treasury secretary, I have been maligned as taking advantage of others' hardships in order to earn a buck. Nothing could be further from the truth," Mnuchin said. He said his bank extended more than 100,000 loan modifications to delinquent borrowers to try to help them. But he said his bank was often bound by prior contracts. Mnuchin said he was concerned with the foreclosure practices while he ran the bank, but was given no choice by federal rules he was required to follow. "My group had to adhere to servicing agreements which limited our ability to modify loans that could have helped borrowers," he said.The bank's foreclosure record, particularly with reverse mortgages given to elderly homeowners,also got a lot of attention at the hearing. It's not just his banking record that's generating criticism. Even before the hearing began, Democrats went on the attack Thursday about offshore investments Mnuchin has in the Cayman Islands, which they charged had not been submitted to the committee as part of his financial disclosure."Mnuchin's failure to disclose his Cayman Islands holdings just reeks of the swamp that the President-elect promised to drain on the campaign trail," said Sen. Charles Schumer, the Democrats' senate leader. "It's no wonder that Republicans are trying to rush these nominees through the Senate, but the American people and Senate Democrats are not going to stand for it."Under questioning about those holdings, Mnuchin said the offshore entities were set up to benefit clients of his client, including pension funds and not-for-profits. He denied that he had used these holdings to reduce his personal taxes. He also said he supports simplifying the tax code, which would eliminate such offshore loopholes.But Democrats on the committee still questioned and criticized Mnuchin for setting up the offshore entities, even if he didn't use them to lower his own taxes."What you did may have been legal but it was to help people and entities avoid U.S, taxes," said Sen. Bob Menend[...]



Obama commutes 330 sentences, most in single dayObama pens goodbye letter to the American peopleFirst lady Michelle Obama bids the White House goodbyeChelsea Manning thanks Obama for commutationObamacare's impact on this Alaska town with only one doctor's officePoll shows last-minute love for ObamacareObama offers reassurance mixed with warningsObama drops last-minute education rule changeCotton, Manchin praise Obama's 'dignity'Obama's parting words: 'We're going to be OK'Obama commutes FALN member Oscar López Rivera's prison sentence

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President Barack Obama granted 330 commutations, the White House announced Thursday, the most commutations given in a single day by a US president. The announcement comes within 24 hours of the transfer of power from Obama to President-elect Donald Trump. A White House official told CNN this is Obama's final batch of clemency. The move brings the total number of individuals who sentences Obama reduced to a total of 1,715, including 568 who had been sentenced to life in prison.The large majority of sentences Obama commuted Thursday -- and in total -- were those that came from nonviolent drug offenses.If these are Obama's final acts of clemency that would apparently close the door on such an action for former American prisoner of war Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who has asked Obama for a pardon, Justice Department officials told CNN in December. Bergdahl faces charges for leaving his post in Afghanistan in 2009. His court-martial is scheduled for February 6. Trump has been a staunch critic of Bergdahl and the prisoner swap made under Obama.In 2014, Bergdahl was released after nearly five years in captivity by the Taliban in exchange five detainees at Guantanamo Bay.During the campaign, Trump frequently called Bergdahl a "traitor" and suggested that he should face harsher punishment.Earlier this week, Obama commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning, who was convicted of stealing and disseminating 750,000 pages of documents and videos to WikiLeaks.Obama has granted more commutations than any previous president, even surpassing the number of commutations granted by the past 13 presidents combined."The President set out to reinvigorate clemency, and he has done just that," White House Counsel Neil Eggleston said Thursday. Eggleston said that those granted clemency under Obama were granted a second chance because "the President sees the potential in you."Many of those whose punishments he's reduced were incarcerated for crimes involving crack cocaine, which had with mandatory sentences that were longer than those for the drug's powdered version. The discrepancy -- a byproduct of the war on drugs -- overwhelmingly affected African-Americans.Obama had hoped for legislation to permanently end the disparities in sentencing laws. While an unlikely group of activists have pushed in Congress for a bill that would alter mandatory minimums and reform the prison system, no legislation passed from the effort. Instead, Obama encouraged Americans serving lengthy terms to apply for clemency, prompting a flood of applications to his Justice Department. A group of legal aid groups established the Clemency Project to help screen applicants and complete the required paperwork.President Barack Obama penned an emotional public letter, published Thursday, thanking Americans and encouraging them to participate into "daily acts of citizenship."Michelle Obama is saying goodbye to the White House. The first lady put up a series of sentimental social media posts before the new first fam[...]



Central Florida teachers protest secretary of education nominee Betsy DeVosSign up for ClickOrlando.com breaking news alerts, email newsletters

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:33:12 GMTThu, 05 Jan 2017 18:02:09 GMT

Local teachers are protesting President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of education ahead of Inauguration day.

Central Florida teachers said they are concerned about the agenda that could be set in place by the Trump administration with education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos leading the Department of Education.

Students staged a walkout Thursday at Lovell Elementary School as part of a protest. Students and teachers told News 6 that they want more emphasis placed on public schools, not less.

DeVos, whose family owns the Orlando Magic, has been a vocal advocate of charter and private schools. She said she wants tax dollars diverted from public schools to schools of choice.

"Our children deserve an education. Our children deserve to be treated like people," local education union leader Ron Pollard said.

Union leaders and students with colorful signs praising local public schools marched with teachers against DeVos, who they said would take away funding from public schools.

“We’re protecting our kids, we’re protecting our schools and want to resist any effort to demoralize them,” Pollard said.

DeVos’ confirmation hearing on Tuesday caused a stir in education circles, with some officials saying that she isn’t qualified for the position and has very little experience with the public education system.

"Have you ever taken out a student loan from the federal government to help pay for college?” Sen. Elizabeth Warren asked DeVos during the hearing.

DeVos said she and her children have not ever received help from the federal government to pay for education.

"It's time to shift the debate from what the system thinks is best for kids to what moms and dads want, expect and deserve," DeVos said.

Education union leaders said they disagree with such a shift.

"It worries me because our ethnic kids are the ones who will get hurt in this process, our poor kids, our families," Pollard said.

DeVos is likely to be confirmed as the education secretary.

News 6 contacted the Orange County School District for a response on the protest, but has not heard back.

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Mnuchin: 'I'd like us to raise the debt ceiling sooner rather than later'Trump's spokesman on Cabinet: 'It's not just about skin color or ethnic heritage'Washington prepares for Trump's big momentTrump Treasury pick: 'I have been maligned'Russian officials: We're not counting on Trump to lift sanctionsNancy Sinatra not happy Trump using father's songNew moth named in honor of Donald TrumpThursday's Trump Cabinet confirmations: What to watchSource: Trump to tap Sonny Perdue for agriculture secretaryTrump makes $25 million payment for Trump U settlement

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:31:21 GMTThu, 19 Jan 2017 19:54:09 GMTFri, 20 Jan 2017 03:30:14 GMTThu, 19 Jan 2017 19:47:02 GMTThu, 19 Jan 2017 18:08:36 GMTThu, 19 Jan 2017 18:24:13 GMTThu, 19 Jan 2017 17:27:55 GMTThu, 19 Jan 2017 12:29:04 GMTThu, 19 Jan 2017 07:34:12 GMTWed, 18 Jan 2017 21:05:13 GMT

Tea Party members and other fiscal conservatives might want to take note: President-elect Trump's Treasury pick would like to raise the debt ceiling ... soon and without drama."Honoring the U.S. debt is the most important thing. ... I would like us to raise the debt ceiling sooner rather than later," Steven Mnuchin said during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Finance Committee Thursday.It's one of the first issues Mnuchin will have to address as Treasury Secretary, should he be confirmed.His response to questions about the debt indicated he's not eager to see a crisis over the issue unfold the way it did in the summer of 2011 when some conservative lawmakers refused to raise the ceiling until their budget demands were met. The standoff -- which put the country on the brink of default -- earned the United States its first-ever credit downgrade and roiled markets.The ceiling is a legal cap that Congress periodically sets on how much the U.S. government may have in outstanding debt.Since the federal government takes in less revenue than lawmakers have committed to spend, the U.S. Treasury must borrow to make up the difference to pay all the country's obligations in full and on time.Treasury can't do that when the level of borrowing hits the ceiling, unless lawmakers vote to raise it again or, as they've done repeatedly in recent years,"suspend" it. A suspension basically lets Treasury borrow whatever it needs to pay the bills and when the suspension ends, the new ceiling is set at the amount of outstanding debt that day.That's likely to be just north of $20 trillion when the latest suspension ends on March 15. At that point, the Treasury Secretary will have some accounting tools at his disposal to keep the amount of debt just below the legal ceiling. But those so-called "extraordinary measures" aren't likely to buy lawmakers more than a few months to address the issue, according to estimates from the Bipartisan Policy Center.Mnuchin also made it clear that he doesn't believe that the Treasury should try to "prioritize debt" if Congress threatens not to raise the ceiling in time, as some lawmakers have suggested. The idea is that Treasury could avoid a technical default on the debt so long as it paid interest to bondholders first, and then paid all other obligations -- everything from Social Security checks to veteran benefits to contractor bills -- whenever it had sufficient money in hand."We have the obligation. There should be no uncertainty that we are paying the bills," Mnuchin said.Most independent fiscal experts argue that trying to prioritize debt is a terrible idea that could harm the economy, world markets and ruin the United States' gold-star reputation as the world's most reliable, liquid debt market.Incoming White House spokesman Sean Spicer defended President-elect Donald Trump's comm[...]



Trump's spokesman on Cabinet: 'It's not just about skin color or ethnic heritage'Washington prepares for Trump's big momentTrump Treasury pick: 'I have been maligned'Russian officials: We're not counting on Trump to lift sanctionsNancy Sinatra not happy Trump using father's songNew moth named in honor of Donald TrumpThursday's Trump Cabinet confirmations: What to watchSource: Trump to tap Sonny Perdue for agriculture secretaryTrump makes $25 million payment for Trump U settlementJennifer Holliday talks backlash over Trump inauguration

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Incoming White House spokesman Sean Spicer defended President-elect Donald Trump's commitment to diversity, saying that highlight the fact that the new Cabinet will be the first in 30 years without a Latino is "a very narrow way to look at it.""It is a priority but I think it is a very narrow way to look at it to say: 'If you don't appoint people to this particular position that's a problem,' " Spicer said Thursday at a news conference. "The No. 1 thing that I think Americans should focus on is, 'Is he hiring the best and the brightest? Is he hiring people that are committed to enacting real change?'"Arturo Vargas, executive director of National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, a nonprofit of more than 6,000 Latino elected and appointed public officials, responded Thursday."The exclusion of a Latino voice in President-elect Trump's cabinet has set back our nation. Latinos are the nation's second largest population group, one of every four of America's children, and the highest policy body of the country is void of its perspective," Vargas said in a statement." The onus now is on the President to bring in the voice and perspectives of Latinos into his decision making.'"Trump kicked off his campaign by labeling undocumented Mexican immigrants criminals and "rapists" and vowed to deport all undocumented immigrants living in the US during his campaign.Trump interviewed several Latinos for the two final Cabinet posts he sought to fill -- leaders for the Departments of Agriculture and Veterans Affairs -- but landed instead on white men for both posts.Thirteen of Trump's picks to form his official 16-member Cabinet are white men.But Spicer said 5,000 appointed positions still needed to be filled and Americans could expect more diversity in those lower level appointments."I guarantee you that as we continue to announce this, that problem will be something people look at and respect the level of diversity throughout his entire administration," he said.Only two of Trump's Cabinet appointees are ethnic minorities: Ben Carson, Trump's pick to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development is black and his choice for transportation secretary, Elaine Chao, is Asian. Trump also tapped Nikki Haley, the Indian-American governor of South Carolina, to serve as UN ambassador, which is a Cabinet-rank post, but not an official member of the Cabinet.Latinos have served in Cabinet positions in every presidential administration since 1988.Rep. Tony Cárdenas said Trump does not like to work with people who do not look like him."It's clear Donald Trump does not surround himself with people who do not look like or think like him. It's also clear he doesn't care to surround himself with Latinos or other diverse voices,&quo[...]



Prize-winning environmental activist shot dead in MexicoMexico club shooting: 5 killed after gunfire erupts at festivalCorona has a Trump-Mexico problem

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 19:38:29 GMTMon, 16 Jan 2017 18:08:01 GMTTue, 17 Jan 2017 11:15:23 GMT

An indigenous activist who protested against illegal logging in Mexico's Sierra Madre mountains has been killed, highlighting the dangers that Latin American environmentalists face.Isidro Baldenegro López, 51, a leader of the Tarahumara people and fervent environmentalist -- was shot dead Sunday at his uncle's home in the town of Coloradas de la Virgen in the state of Chihuahua, according to Mexican state-run news agency Notimex.He was shot at least six times by a gunman, who fled the scene along with the weapon, the Chihuahua prosecutor's office said.The police have launched an operation to capture the suspect. 'A fearless leader' In 2005, Baldenegro López won the Goldman Environmental Prize for his dedication in organizing peaceful protests against illegal logging."He was a fearless leader and a source of inspiration to so many people fighting to protect our environment and indigenous people's rights," the Goldman Environmental Foundation said in a statement Wednesday.Foundation President Susan R. Gelman sent her condolences to his family. She called on authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice and asked the international community to "come together to protect his legacy."In a tweet posted Wednesday, Erika Guevara-Rosas, Amnesty International's director for the Americas, said that the activist's death "generates a warning in Latin America.""The assassination of Isidro Baldenegro López is a tragic illustration of the many dangers that people who dedícate their life to defending human rights in Latin America suffer," she said in a statement from Amnesty International.She called Latin America one of the most dangerous in the world for activists and demanded Mexico investigate the killing.The death marks the second time that a Goldman Environmental Prize winner has been assassinated in Latin America.In March, Berta Cáceres, a Honduran activist who received the prize in 2015, was found shot dead inside her home in La Esperanza, Honduras.As a member of the Lenca indigenous group and co-founder of the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras, Cáceres led a successful campaign against one of Central America's biggest hydropower projects.Before her death, Cáceres had been subject to multiple threats and harassment. The killing of one of Honduras' best-known activists drew swift condemnation from government officials. 2015 called deadliest year on record Global Witness, an organization that seeks to expose corruption and environmental abuse, said 2015 was the deadliest year on record, citing the "killings of land and environmental defenders -- people struggling to protect their land, forests and rivers."A report from the group documented 185 killings across 16 countries in 2015. It fo[...]



Russian officials: We're not counting on Trump to lift sanctionsThursday's Trump Cabinet confirmations: What to watchSource: Trump to tap Sonny Perdue for agriculture secretaryTrump makes $25 million payment for Trump U settlementJennifer Holliday talks backlash over Trump inaugurationTrump's EPA pick: Human impact on climate change needs more debate

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:08:36 GMTThu, 19 Jan 2017 12:29:04 GMTThu, 19 Jan 2017 07:34:12 GMTWed, 18 Jan 2017 21:05:13 GMTWed, 18 Jan 2017 18:41:29 GMTWed, 18 Jan 2017 17:29:02 GMT

Russia is not banking on Donald Trump scrapping economic sanctions any time soon.First deputy prime minister Igor Shuvalov said the Russian government's plans for 2017 are based on the expectations that sanctions are here to stay."Perhaps the market is expecting an improvement in our relationship with Russia, [but] in our work, we operate on the basis of continued sanctions," Shuvalov said at the World Economic Forum in Davos.Russian markets rallied after Trump's election victory in November because of expectations he would seek a warmer relationship with Moscow. Russia's RTS stock market index soared 52% in dollar terms in 2016.Trump has indicated that trade restrictions imposed on Russia could be eased in return for a deal on nuclear weapons. Russia's foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, has said Moscow would welcome a dialogue.Shuvalov and other officials say the Russian economy can cope even if sanctions remain in place."We have adjusted not only to low oil prices but also sanctions," said Maxim Oreshkin, Russia's minister of economic development. "So what we are doing at the moment is concentrating on our own programs... we are not thinking much about the sanctions," he added.Russian businessmen in Davos struck a more optimistic note, saying they expect the relationship between the U.S. and their country to improve under Trump."We are quite optimistic about the Trump administration, we believe they will treat us with respect," said Kirill Dmitriev, CEO of Russia's sovereign wealth fund.Andrey Kostin, president and chairman of VTB Bank, said he expects that the first sanctions to be lifted could be those against Russia's leading financial institutions.The U.S. and European Union both imposed sanctions on Russia after it annexed Crimea in 2014 and backed separatists rebels in eastern Ukraine. They cut Russia off from international financing, banned exports of weapons, and prevented some Russian officials from traveling to the EU and the U.S.The sanctions hurt Russia's economy, which was already suffering because of low oil prices. Millions of ordinary Russians slumped into poverty as the country struggled to adjust.The sanctions were extended for a further six months in December 2016.Slovakia's foreign minister, Miroslav Lajcak, said Thursday the EU sanctions are unlikely to be lifted unless Russia fully implements a ceasefire agreement signed in Minsk in 2015.Donald Trump's Cabinet confirmation hearings continue Thursday, just one day before the President-elect is set to take the oath of office.President-elect Donald Trump picked the final member of his Cabinet on Wednesday, landing on former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to serve as agriculture secretary and in the process locking in an inaugural Cabinet devoid of any Latino representation.[...[...]



Chicago cop faces murder charges in off-duty shootingMexico club shooting: 5 killed after gunfire erupts at festivalOrlando shootings: Markeith Loyd stays out of reachTamir Rice shooting: Officers face administrative charges

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 03:10:44 GMTMon, 16 Jan 2017 18:08:01 GMTMon, 16 Jan 2017 09:39:48 GMTSat, 14 Jan 2017 23:48:35 GMT

A Chicago judge Thursday ordered a $150,000 bond and house arrest for a police officer charged with first-degree murder in the killing of a man while the officer was off duty.Officer Lowell Houser, 57, allegedly got into an argument with a man who was moving into a home on Chicago's northwest side on January 2. The argument escalated, and Houser allegedly fired multiple shots at the man, Jose Nieves, killing him.Nieves, 38, was unarmed at the time of the shooting, police said.The judge also ordered Houser to turn over his passport and weapons, and to have no contact with the victim's family or witnesses.Houser was arrested Wednesday, according to the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, which filed the charges against him.Police said Nieves and Houser knew each other and had an altercation weeks before the deadly shooting. Houser was stripped of his police powers shortly after the shooting, police said.Victim's family files lawsuit"The Nieves' family is devastated by the loss of Jose," said attorney Andrew Stroth, who is representing the victim's family. "The state's attorney's action... will not bring back Jose but it's an important and swift step in the criminal justice process."The Nieves family has filed a federal lawsuit against the city and Houser. The suit alleges that the officer "illegally detained and threatened to arrest and physically harm" Nieves before firing the deadly shots. A representative of the city's law department said it would not comment on pending litigation."The Chicago Police Department turned the case over to the state's attorney and the Independent Police Review Authority once the possibility of criminal violations were suspected," said Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi in a statement released Wednesday. "CPD will fully cooperate with the state's attorney throughout the judicial process."Feds find Chicago PD used excessive forceHouser is the second Chicago police officer currently facing murder charges. Officer Jason Van Dyke has been charged in the October 2014 fatal shooting of Chicago teen Laquan McDonald. Van Dyke has pleaded not guilty. The McDonald case prompted a US Department of Justice investigation into the Chicago Police Department in late 2015. The charges against Houser come less than a week after the Justice Department issued a report on its investigation. The agency announced Friday it uncovered a pattern of unconstitutionally excessive and deadly force, and the city has agreed to negotiate a reform plan to be overseen by a federal judge.US Attorney General Loretta Lynch said the deficiencies were due, in part, to poor training of officers, failure to collect data on misconduct complaints and the lack of review of use of force incidents.[...]Gunfire erupted early Monday at a club in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, leaving at least five peop[...]



Astronaut High School placed on lockdown for second day in a rowTeen arrested after fake bomb threatBomb threats cleared at high school, Jewish centerMaitland Jewish center evacuated following bomb threat

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 19:29:02 GMTThu, 15 Dec 2016 21:12:04 GMTWed, 18 Jan 2017 21:45:05 GMTMon, 09 Jan 2017 20:09:46 GMT

Astronaut High School was been placed on lockdown Thursday for the second day in a row after an "unsubstantiated threat," Brevard Public Schools said.

"All students and staff are safe and have been evacuated as a precaution," a spokeswoman said.

Titusville Police Department and the Brevard County Sheriff's Office are surveying the campus.

Officials did not provide further details on the threat that spurred the code black lockdown.

Parents who wish to pick their students up from the school can report to the War Eagle Boulevard with their ID.

The school district announced on Twitter that it would be canceling a soccer game and freshman expo scheduled tonight at the school.

On Wednesday, students had to be evacuated onto the football field after the school received a bomb threat. 
Check back with News 6 for more on this breaking news story.

 

A Central Florida teen is accused of calling in a fake bomb threat.

A local high school and a Jewish center both received bomb threats Wednesday morning, officials said.

 

A Jewish center in Maitland was evacuated just after 11 a.m. Monday following a bomb threat, the Maitland Police Department said.

 



Rick Perry: I regret calling for end of the Energy DepartmentThursday's Trump Cabinet confirmations: What to watchSource: Trump to tap Sonny Perdue for agriculture secretaryTrump makes $25 million payment for Trump U settlementJennifer Holliday talks backlash over Trump inaugurationTrump's EPA pick: Human impact on climate change needs more debate

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:44:03 GMTThu, 19 Jan 2017 12:29:04 GMTThu, 19 Jan 2017 07:34:12 GMTWed, 18 Jan 2017 21:05:13 GMTWed, 18 Jan 2017 18:41:29 GMTWed, 18 Jan 2017 17:29:02 GMT

Rick Perry once famously forgot that the Energy Department was on the list of government agencies he would like to shut down. On Thursday, Perry asked a group of senators for their approval to lead the organization, stating that he regrets calling for the agency's elimination."My past statements made over five years ago about abolishing the Department of Energy do not reflect my current thinking," Perry said. "In fact, after being briefed on so many of the vital functions of the Department of Energy, I regret recommending its elimination."Perry, most known for serving as governor of Texas for 15 years and running for president in 2012 and 2016, cast himself as an advocate for a range of energy sources while testifying before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, noting that he presided over the nation's leading energy producing state.His admission that he regrets his past comments about the Energy Department signals he's looking to move on, especially when, on a debate stage in 2012, he forgot that the department was among three that he had called to close.But Democrats were not prepared to let him do that."Congratulations on your nomination. In case you have may forgotten, you once called for the abolishment of this agency," Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington, the committee's top Democrat, said in her opening statement. "I suspect now, having a chance to learn about the importance of this department, you have a very different opinion."During a Republican presidential primary debate in 2011, the governor answered a question about cutting government by listing the three agencies he would like to cut but failed to remember the third -- the Energy Department."It's three agencies of government when I get there that are gone -- commerce, education and the um, what's the third one there? Let's see ... commerce, education," Perry said. When pressed to name the third one, Perry said, "I can't the third one. I can't. Sorry. Oops."While the comment became an albatross for Perry's doomed presidential campaign, the governor also used the flub to deflect from tricky questions on Thursday.When Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii asked Perry about reported cuts proposed by the incoming Trump administration, Perry quipped, "Well, senator, maybe they will have the same experience I had and forget that they said that."The comment and subsequent laughter shut down the questioning.Perry leaned heavily on his time as governor of Texas, the largest energy producing state in the country."From this experience, I learned how important energy is to the American economy, and the great responsibility we have to take care of what we've been[...]



Drugmaker fined $100M for hiking price 85,000%Trump: Drug companies 'getting away with murder'Morning sickness drug called into questionTexas sues FDA over impounded execution drugs

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 23:52:34 GMTWed, 11 Jan 2017 17:57:27 GMTThu, 05 Jan 2017 06:18:10 GMTWed, 04 Jan 2017 16:52:33 GMT

A drug maker was accused of slowly hiking the price of a life-saving medication used to treat infants from $40 a vial to more than $34,000 a vial, and preventing other pharmaceutical firms from creating a competitive drug.The company, Mallinckrodt, agreed Wednesday to settle charges of anti-competitive practices by paying a $100 million fine and allow a competitor to produce a similar medication.The Federal Trade Commission announced that the deal was reached with the FTC and three state attorney generals.The drug, H.P. Acthar Gel, is used to treat infantile spasms and multiple sclerosis. A spokesperson for New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman -- who was involved in the settlement -- said the drug is typically prescribed in "life-saving situations."Schneiderman's office said Mallinckrodt's U.S. subsidiary -- formerly known as Questcor -- purchased Acthar in 2001 and proceeded to slowly raise the price of the drug 85,000%. The complaint says a single course of treatment can cost "well over $100,000."The complaint also alleges that Questcor thwarted attempts by its competitors to introduce a similar drug to the U.S. market by out-bidding their efforts to acquire Synacthem, which is used to treat the same conditions, in 2013.Now, the company must give up its rights to Synacthem and allow another company to produce the product. "This is an egregious case of a monopolist doing a deal to eliminate potential competition and keep its power over pricing," Schneiderman said in a statement. "This settlement will restore the competition that was prevented by Questcor's illegal actions."Mallinckrodt shares plummeted nearly 14% during trading hours Wednesday before ending the day down 6% from the open.In a statement issued Wednesday, Mallinckrodt said, "We are pleased to confirm that we have entered into a settlement agreement with the FTC staff to fully resolve this matter, subject to approval by the commission. We will comment further at the appropriate time."President-elect Trump recently said drug companies were "getting away with murder" in their pricing.The issue also attracted attention during the presidential campaign last year when Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders lambasted pharma CEO Martin Shkreli for vaulting the price of an HIV treatment drug by 5,000%. EpiPen-maker Mylan was also acccused of price gouging last August when it hiked the price of the life-saving allergy treatment by 400% since 2009.Drug stocks tanked after President-elect Donald Trump, in his first press conference since the election, complained about big price increases and put the industry on notice.One minute, you have that blissful pregnancy glow, and the next, you're green with nausea. You're not alon[...]



Man found dead outside Mount Dora church youth center, police sayMan robbed at gunpoint at Sanford church, police sayWoman arrested for robbing, kicking 76-year-old Sanford churchgoer, police sayDeltona woman spit on deputy, assaulted churchgoers, deputies say

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:36:15 GMTSun, 01 Jan 2017 04:44:04 GMTMon, 05 Dec 2016 21:31:08 GMTWed, 14 Dec 2016 22:56:38 GMT

A 29-year-old man was found dead Tuesday evening outside a church in Mount Dora, police said.

Jeremy David Potter was found at Triumph Brotherhood in the Kingdom of God Church, located at 1020 Pine Ave. He had suffered multiple gunshot wounds, according to Mount Dora police.

Potter was found behind a tree in front of the church's youth center, police said.

According to Lake County Sheriff's Office records Potter was a resident of Sorrento and was born in Colorado. 

A $5,000 reward is offered for any information about the shooting death. Anyone with information is asked to call Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477).

The investigation is continuing.

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Sanford police are investigating an armed robbery that took place at a church Saturday morning, officials say.

A woman setting up for Sunday church service was robbed and kicked, Sanford police said.

A Deltona woman was arrested Tuesday after she hit Jehovah’s Witness churchgoers and assaulted a deputy in front of her children, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.




United thins management ranks, top exec departsTrump Treasury pick: 'I have been maligned'Budweiser bows out of Team USA sponsorshipGovernment sues America's largest student loan companyPizza Hut is hiring 11,000 workersThe U.S. shale oil business is not dead

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:33:48 GMTThu, 19 Jan 2017 19:47:02 GMTThu, 19 Jan 2017 16:34:52 GMTThu, 19 Jan 2017 16:08:03 GMTThu, 19 Jan 2017 15:44:41 GMTThu, 19 Jan 2017 15:06:30 GMT

United Airlines has tightened its belt and one of its highest-ranking executives is departing the company as the airline progresses deeper into its corporate makeover.The highest profile departure came Thursday when Julia Haywood, the carrier's chief commercial officer, left the company, a spokeswoman for the airline confirmed.The U.S.'s third largest airline said Wednesday it laid off some managing directors and disbanded, for example, its fuel hedging group, reassigning staff to other areas within the company."Our structure has to follow our strategy," Oscar Munoz, United's chief executive, said Wednesday.Since Munoz returned from a medical leave in March following a 2015 heart attack and a January 2016 heart transplant, United has restructured its products and management ranks.In August, the company revamped its financial officer positions, adding Haywood as chief commercial officer and recruited American Airlines executive Scott Kirby to be United's new president.However, Haywood's exit is an about face by the airline, coming just six months after she joined United from the Boston Consulting Group, where she will return. The spokeswoman said in a statement that "We appreciate the contributions Julia has made during this transformative period for United and wish her the best."Munoz acknowledged Wednesday that there have been layoffs among the management ranks after internal reviews "found some bureaucracy and redundancy in some areas," but noted that the re-structuring meant promotions for some staff.United declined to say how many staff had departed, but Munoz called the exits a "relatively small number."The company stresses that it is adding jobs to its front line employees like flight attendants and pilots.United under Munoz's leadership has been working to move the airline beyond the tumultuous half-decade of merger integration woes with Continental Airlines. The company hemorrhaged elite fliers, saw fresh labor strife and lackluster operational performance.The Chicago-based airline is retiring older jets and recently introduced a complete overhaul of its business class, introducing new in-flight and airport amenities for its highest-yield passengers and will soon be selling no-frills basic economy fares.Munoz, formerly a United board member and president of railroad CSX, took over the reins of the airline in September 2015.Grilled by Senate Democrats on Thursday, Steven Mnuchin firmly defended his record as a banker. He insisted that regulators -- not the California bank he owned -- were at fault for a series of troubling foreclosures on widows, military families and other vulnerable [...]



Fake deputy enters home, claims to be searching for cop killer on run

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:55:19 GMT

Joe Singleton said his wife answered the door at their home Tuesday night in the Villages of Largo to a woman they believed was a sheriff's deputy or detective.

"She fooled us," Singleton said. "She was wearing the normal green shirt like detectives wear, with Sumter County on it. It said 'deputy sheriff' on the back -- black pants, with a holster and a gun belt."

Singleton said he joined his wife at the door listening to the woman, who said that she wanted to warn them about the guy who killed an Orlando cop, still on the run at the time.

"She was worried about all the people in the neighborhood, and that she was stopping at all the houses that she saw a light on," Singleton said.

Singleton told News 6 she asked if she could come inside.

"The only thing I could figure out (at) that time was that she wanted to get a look inside the house. She asked questions that after a while we wondered about," Singleton said.

Questions like if they have an alarm system and if all the windows were locked.

Singleton said after looking around inside for a couple minutes, she told them she was onto the next house.
That's when he called 911.

"As far as I know, she didn't take anything," he said. "We went through the whole house and everything was locked up that night."

Detectives told Singleton no deputies were doing door knocks like the one he described. Now he said he is nervous knowing she was a fake.

"She was armed, but she acted like a deputy," he said. "She spoke the right words, so be careful."

Singleton notified his neighbors, but no one else saw the woman. He told News 6 it was too dark to see her car take off.

Anyone with information about the woman is asked to call the Sumter County Sheriff's Office.  


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Alexander Hamilton's letters sell for $2.6 million at auctionDonald Trump's childhood home heads to auction

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 03:31:13 GMTTue, 17 Jan 2017 18:58:13 GMT

Manuscripts, personal letters and hundreds of other documents from founding father Alexander Hamilton's desk sold for a total of $2.6 million Wednesday at Sotheby's in New York, according to the auction house.The wildly popular Broadway show "Hamilton" was expected to boost sales at the auction. Fans of the musical, historians, political-science enthusiasts and collectors were eager to get their hands on the collection of documents made available by Hamilton's descendants. The items came from a family collection passed down since the 18th century. Seven letters and manuscripts sold for more than $100,000 individually, according to the auction house. "Pacificus VI," a draft essay written by Pacificus, which was Hamilton's pseudonym while writing "The Federalist Papers," sold for $262,500. In the essay, unknown to the public before its introduction at the auction, Hamilton debates James Madison about America's neutrality in foreign tensions. A commissioning document appointing Hamilton to be Gen. George Washington's aide-de-camp sold for $212,500. The appointment is said to have been a pivotal moment in Hamilton's life, ultimately leading to his influential role in American history.The family archive also included a lock of Hamilton's hair, which sold for $37,500. In total, the auction's sales broke the previous record for any document handwritten by Hamilton, set back in 2001 with $44,650 paid for a single manuscript, according to Sotheby's.The Broadway show spurred interestThe collection at auction Wednesday included love letters between Hamilton and his wife, Eliza, a letter between Hamilton and Eliza's sister Angelica, a series of letters that Eliza received after Hamilton's death and letters from Hamilton's father-in-law, Philip Schuyler, to Eliza. For "Hamilton" fans, many of these letters correspond directly to famous songs in the musical. "Visitors could point to a document and say, 'Oh there's a song about that.' I think that shows how closely the show follows history," said Selby Kiffer, Sotheby's international senior specialist for books and manuscripts."Hamilton," which won 11 Tony Awards, revitalized the celebrity of the "young, scrappy and hungry" founding father. The musical was inspired by Ron Chernow's best-selling 2004 biography."There's no denying the Broadway show has exponentially increased interest in this period of American history and particularly in Alexander Hamilton," Kiffer said."What is so unusual about this is it's a cohesive integral whole that's survived since the 18th century. The pieces interrelate and inform each other. It's rare to have correspondence back and forth."[...]



First lady Michelle Obama bids the White House goodbyeObamacare's impact on this Alaska town with only one doctor's officePoll shows last-minute love for ObamacareObama offers reassurance mixed with warningsObama drops last-minute education rule changeCotton, Manchin praise Obama's 'dignity'

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:23:50 GMTThu, 19 Jan 2017 14:02:03 GMTThu, 19 Jan 2017 11:14:29 GMTThu, 19 Jan 2017 07:32:18 GMTThu, 19 Jan 2017 04:55:41 GMTThu, 19 Jan 2017 04:52:53 GMT

Michelle Obama is saying goodbye to the White House. The first lady put up a series of sentimental social media posts before the new first family assumes the role on Friday.

On Wednesday evening, Obama posted an image showing her embracing President Barack Obama. "Being your First Lady has been the honor of a lifetime. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. -mo," the caption read.

The first lady also shared a video of herself with the first dogs, Bo and Sunny, taking "one last walk through the People's House."

Last Wednesday, January 11, the first lady appeared on NBC's "The Tonight Show" and spoke of her last days in the White House.

"It has been surprisingly emotional for all of us, in ways that we didn't expect," Obama told host Jimmy Fallon, while also noting she was ready to leave after two terms.

Both the President and first lady will be in attendance at President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration on Friday.

For Dr. John Cullen, work days at his Valdez, Alaska, medical practice are highly unpredictable.

Americans views of Obamacare tilt narrowly positive, according to a new CNN/ORC poll, marking the first time more have favored than opposed the law since its passage in 2010. The shift comes at the same time more than 8-in-10 say the law is likely to be repealed and replaced by incoming president Donald Trump.

"The only thing that is the end of the world is the end of the world."

The Obama administration is dropping a last-minute effort to force hundreds of school districts to shift nearly $1 billion in spending from well-financed elementary and secondary schools to their schools with large numbers of low-income students.

In the final days of President Barack Obama's second term, a couple of his critics took a moment to express some kind words.




Palm Bay teen killed identified; grief counselors arrive at Heritage High

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:31:08 GMT

Grief counselors were set to talk with students and faculty members at Heritage High School on Thursday after a 17-year-old was killed while walking along a busy neighborhood street in the northwest section of Palm Bay.

The 11th grader was identified as Jasmine Monari, News 6 partner Florida Today reported.

The accident happened about 3 p.m. Wednesday during the late afternoon rush hour as Monari, carrying a skateboard, was walking near Emerson Drive and Glencove Avenue, police reported. Within moments, the teen was struck by an oncoming car.

"We're trying to determine just what happened. The vehicle wasn't traveling at excessive speed. Both the teen and the driver should have had a clear view of each other. Obviously, there is no crosswalk in that area," said Lt. Mike Bandish of the Palm Bay Police Department.

"It's just an unfortunate accident. It appears that they just didn't see each other," he said.

Police were looking into reports that a nurse was at the scene attempting to revive the teen before Palm Bay Fire-Rescue workers arrived. The teen was then airlifted to nearby hospital for further treatment of her injuries but was instead pronounced dead a short time later. Police blocked a portion of Emerson and Glencove during the traffic investigation as onlookers walked by a nearby canal.

At one point, Monari’s distraught father arrived at the site where the teen was struck. Word of the teen’s death also quickly spread on social media.

“You were a really good friend to me and I'm sorry I'm so, so sorry this happened to you,” posted Dylan James Lawless to Monari’s Facebook page.

Officials say students at Heritage will be granted access to grief counselors throughout the day.

It was the second major accident to involve a juvenile being struck on a neighborhood roadway in less than 24 hours. A 9-year-old boy riding a bicycle was seriously injured after being hit by a vehicle near the intersection of DeGroodt Road and Calabria Avenue in the southeast section of the city. He remains in critical condition after being airlifted to a hospital in Orlando.

An investigation is underway in both cases.




Chelsea Manning thanks Obama for commutationWikiLeaks celebrates Chelsea Manning's commutationObama commutes sentence of Chelsea Manning

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:28:45 GMTWed, 18 Jan 2017 17:04:28 GMTWed, 18 Jan 2017 02:07:32 GMT

Chelsea Manning thanked Barack Obama Thursday after the President commuted the sentence of the former Army soldier earlier this week. "Thank you @BarackObama for giving me a chance. =,)," she tweeted.

Manning was convicted of stealing 750,000 pages of documents and videos before leaking them to WikiLeaks.

Manning, a transgender woman, requested to transfer to a civilian prison after being sent to Fort Leavenworth, an all-male Army prison in eastern Kansas. She was sentenced in 2013 to a 35-year term.

A White House statement on Tuesday said her prison sentence is set to end on May 17.

Obama's decision drew sharp criticism from some Republicans and the President overruled his secretary of defense, who opposed the move.

"All I'll say about the Manning case is I did not support the direction the President went. But he's made his decision," Carter told CNN's Chris Cuomo in an interview that aired Thursday on "New Day." "That was not my recommendation." A former intelligence official told CNN that the "entire intelligence community is deflated by this inexplicable use of executive power."

The official added that the move was "deeply hypocritical given Obama's denunciation of WikiLeaks' role in the hacking of the (Democratic National Committee)."

Obama spoke about the commutation at his final White House press conference on Wednesday.

"Chelsea Manning has served a tough prison sentence," Obama said. "The notion that the average person who was thinking about disclosing vital classified information would think that it goes unpunished -- I don't think would get that impression from the sentence that Chelsea Manning has served."

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appears to be standing by his offer to submit himself for extradition to the US in exchange for the commutation of Chelsea Manning's sentence.

President Barack Obama on Tuesday overruled his secretary of defense to commute the sentence of former Army soldier Chelsea Manning, who was convicted of stealing and disseminating 750,000 pages of documents and videos to WikiLeaks.




Government sues America's largest student loan company

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:08:03 GMT

Sallie Mae has long drawn the ire of student loan borrowers struggling to pay back their debt.But as it turns out, they might have had a real reason to complain. On Wednesday, the federal government and the Washington state Attorney General sued Navient, formerly part of Sallie Mae, for allegedly cheating borrowers out of their repayment rights. Another lawsuit filed by the Illinois Attorneys General named both Navient and Sallie Mae. The two companies handle student loan payments from millions of borrowers. "At every stage of repayment, Navient chose to shortcut and deceive consumers to save on operating costs," said Richard Cordray, the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which brought the federal suit.Navient, which spun off from Sallie Mae in 2014, is currently the biggest student loan servicer in the country, handling more than 12 million accounts. About half of those borrowers have federal loans and the other half are private. About one in four student loan borrowers have Navient as their loan servicer, according to the CFPB. That means Navient is where they're sending their monthly checks to pay off their loans. The CFPB's allegations go back as far as 2010. It claims that Navient steered struggling borrowers toward paying more than they had to, and misallocated borrowers' payments when made across multiple loans, for example. It also alleges that in some cases, Navient erroneously reported borrowers had defaulted on their loans, damaging their credit score. In a statement, Navient said these allegations are unfounded and that "the timing of this lawsuit -- midnight action filed on the eve of a new administration -- reflects their political motivations.""The suit improperly seeks to impose penalties on Navient based on new servicing standards applied retroactively and applied only against one servicer," the company said. Navient is one of nine companies that are contracted by the government to service federal student loans. The government also claims Navient made it harder for borrowers to enroll in an income-driven repayment plan, which can be used to lower their monthly payment if they're struggling to pay. The suit says that Navient instead encouraged borrowers to enter forbearance (temporarily stopping payments altogether) because it required less paperwork and fewer staff resources. Meanwhile, these borrowers racked up additional unpaid interest.But Navient says that this assertion ignores the fact that almost half of the federal loans it services are enrolled in i[...]



Expect long lines at DC airports for inaugurationEiffel Tower could get makeoverUnarmed airport police told to stay away from disturbance callsDelta: The days of falling fares are over747 heads for U.S. retirement this yearJetBlue makes WiFi free on all flights

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:43:43 GMTMon, 16 Jan 2017 15:50:21 GMTThu, 12 Jan 2017 15:41:49 GMTThu, 12 Jan 2017 14:00:32 GMTThu, 12 Jan 2017 08:38:41 GMTWed, 11 Jan 2017 19:22:37 GMT

Washington, D.C.'s, airport authority is warning air passengers to expect longer wait times at ticket counters and security checkpoints at the region's airports during Donald Trump's inauguration weekend.

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority said the additional crowds are expected from Jan. 19 through Jan. 22.

Airports expected to be affected are Reagan National and Dulles International airports.

The day following the 2013 inauguration of President Barack Obama saw heavy air traffic, according to a MWAA release.

Passengers are advised to check in online and print their boarding passes before coming to the airport if possible.

 

 

The Eiffel Tower could get a makeover as Paris bids for the 2024 Olympics.

Chicago's aviation police officers, who aren't permitted to carry guns, have been told they won't be dispatched for any disturbance calls in baggage claim and other public areas in the wake of last week's deadly Fort Lauderdale airport shooting.

After years of falling prices, higher airfares are on the horizon, Delta says.

U.S. airlines without Boeing 747s are a bit like french fries without ketchup. Sure, you can do it, but it's just not the same.

The free perks keep coming for airline passengers.




Latest Takata air bag recall includes more than 652K vehiclesTakata settles lawsuit over Florida woman's death3 Takata workers indicted, accused of covering up air bag defectsToyota adds over 500K vehicles to Takata air bag recallsNew vehicles still being sold with defective Takata airbagsLawyer: Takata has not taken responsibility for woman's airbag deathDaimler, Volkswagen recall cars over Takata airbags

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:21:25 GMTFri, 15 Jul 2016 17:16:42 GMTFri, 13 Jan 2017 18:46:48 GMTFri, 13 Jan 2017 15:25:03 GMTWed, 01 Jun 2016 14:56:24 GMTWed, 20 May 2015 03:29:54 GMTWed, 10 Feb 2016 20:33:37 GMT

Thirteen automakers are recalling more than 652,000 vehicles in the U.S. in the latest round of dangerous Takata air bag inflator recalls. Automakers with recalls posted Thursday are Audi, Nissan, Jaguar-Land Rover, Subaru, Daimler Vans, Tesla, Mitsubishi, BMW, Ferrari, Mercedes, Mazda, McLaren and Karma. All the recalls are to replace front passenger inflators. Takata inflators can explode with too much force, blowing apart a metal canister and sending shrapnel into the passenger compartment. Sixteen people have died worldwide and more than 180 have been hurt due to the problem. The recall is among the latest round of Takata recalls covering 5.7 million vehicles involving 19 automakers in the U.S. In total, it's the largest auto recall in U.S. history, affecting 69 million inflators and 42 million vehicles. About 100 million inflators have been recalled worldwide. Owners can go to https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls and key in their 17-digit vehicle identification number to see if their vehicles are part of the recall. Here are the models included in the latest round. Most of the recalls are limited to certain states as part of the government's phased-in recall of Takata inflators: AUDI: 2009 A4 Cabriolet, S4 Cabriolet, A6 Avant, A6 Sedan and S6 Sedan; 2005-2008 A4 Avant, A4 Sedan, A6 Sedan, S4 Avant and S4 Sedan; 2007-2008 A4 Cabriolet, RS4 Sedan, S4 Cabriolet and S6 Sedan; 2006-2008 A6 Avant; 2008 RS4 Cabriolet. NISSAN: 2012 Versa hatchback; 2009-2010 Infiniti M35 and M45, 2009 Nissan Versa; 2005-2008 Infiniti FX35 and FX45, 2006-2010 Infiniti M35 and M45, and 2007-2008 Nissan Versa. JAGUAR-LAND ROVER: 2012 Jaguar XF, 2009 Jaguar XF, 2007-2009 and 2012 Range Rover. SUBARU: 2005-2006 Baja, 2009 Forester, Legacy and Outback and 2006-2011 Impreza. Also 2006 to 2012 Tribeca; 2009-2012 Forester, Legacy, Outback, and 2012 WRX. DAIMLER VANS: 2012 Freightliner 2500 and 3500 Sprinter and Mercedes-Benz 2500 and 3500 Sprinter; 2009 Dodge 2500 and 3500 Sprinter and Freightliner 2500 and 3500 Sprinter. TESLA: 2012 Model S MITSUBISHI: 2012 and 2014 i-MiEV electric vehicles. BMW: 2012 X5 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive35i, X5 xDrive48i, X5 xDrive50i, X5 M, X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDrive50i, and X6 M. 2009 X5 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive35i, X5 xDrive48i, X5 xDrive50i, and X5 M. 2008-2009 X6 xDrive 35i, X6 xDrive50i, X6 M, and 2009 X5 xDrive35d. 2007-2008 X5 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive35i, X5 xDrive48i, X5 xDrive50i and X5 M, and 2008 X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDri[...]



Thursday's Trump Cabinet confirmations: What to watchSource: Trump to tap Sonny Perdue for agriculture secretaryTrump makes $25 million payment for Trump U settlementJennifer Holliday talks backlash over Trump inaugurationTrump's EPA pick: Human impact on climate change needs more debateTrump wrote inauguration speech himself

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:29:04 GMTThu, 19 Jan 2017 07:34:12 GMTWed, 18 Jan 2017 21:05:13 GMTWed, 18 Jan 2017 18:41:29 GMTWed, 18 Jan 2017 17:29:02 GMTWed, 18 Jan 2017 17:38:03 GMT

Donald Trump's Cabinet confirmation hearings continue Thursday, just one day before the President-elect is set to take the oath of office.

Here's what's happening Thursday in Washington:

Secretary of the treasury confirmation hearing

Steven Mnuchin, a former Goldman Sachs banker, is scheduled to face the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday at 10 a.m. ET, according to the committee's website. Mnuchin has a diverse background, known on Wall Street, as well as in Hollywood as a movie producer. Congress is expected to question the candidate on fiscal policies including the debt ceiling, taxes and Dodd-Frank, according to a CNN report.

Secretary of energy confirmation hearing

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry will appear in front of the Senate Energy and National Resources committee at 9:30 a.m. ET, according to the committee's website. Trump tapped the former Texas Republican governor for the spot of energy secretary in December, and the pick is considered a hat tip to big oil and traditional energy. Ironically, Perry's first failed White House run is often remembered for a moment where he was unable to recall the name of a department he said he would eliminate as president -- now he is hoping to run that agency.

President-elect Donald Trump picked the final member of his Cabinet on Wednesday, landing on former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to serve as agriculture secretary and in the process locking in an inaugural Cabinet devoid of any Latino representation.

Two days before his swearing in, Donald Trump has forked over $25 million to settle three Trump University fraud lawsuits.

Jennifer Holliday said it never dawned on her she would receive so much backlash over her initial decision to perform at President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration.

Scott Pruitt, Donald Trump's pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, broke with the President-elect Wednesday and said he doesn't believe climate change is a "hoax."

President-elect Donald Trump has written his inauguration address draft himself, two senior Trump transition officials told CNN Tuesday.




The U.S. shale oil business is not dead

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:06:30 GMT

Saudi Arabia tried to kill off the U.S. oil boom. Instead, it just made the industry more efficient.

The U.S. shale industry is "much leaner and fitter" following a massive slump in oil prices last year, according to the International Energy Agency.

"Not only is the [U.S.] rig count rising, but recent reports tell us that the productivity of shale activity has improved in leaps and bounds," the IEA said in a new report released Thursday.

Crude oil prices hit a 13-year low around $26 a barrel last year due to excess supply in the market.

OPEC was behind the slump as the Saudi-led cartel insisted on pumping record amounts of oil to keep global prices down and put a squeeze on U.S. producers.

But crude prices have since doubled after OPEC agreed in late November to limit production. And so U.S. producers are getting back to work.

The IEA says American shale oil producers now have shorter drilling times and better production levels at their wells.

Industry research firm Wood Mackenzie recently predicted U.S. oil sector spending will grow by 23% to $61 billion this year as American companies capitalize on rising prices.

The oil slump in 2014 and 2015 led U.S. producers to slash over 51,000 jobs and reduce output.

U.S. firms have relatively high production costs so they feel the pressure more acutely when oil prices fall.

The IEA also predicts that Brazil and Canada will boost their output this year as long-planned oil projects come online. These two countries are also known to have relatively high production costs.




OPD Chief Mina: Slain Orlando officer ‘shot execution style'Sign up for ClickOrlando.com breaking news alerts, email newslettersLoyd yells at judge, says he will defend himself in first court appearanceManhunt ends: Markeith Loyd taken from ORMC to jailSade Dixon accused Markeith Loyd of abuse before her death, family saysTimeline: How the hunt and capture of Markeith Loyd unfolded

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Orlando Police Chief John Mina said in an interview Wednesday that there is surveillance video of Markeith Loyd shooting Lt. Debra Clayton at an Orlando Walmart.Loyd, 41, was captured Tuesday after more than a week-long manhunt since Clayton was shot and killed and more than a month after Loyd’s former pregnant girlfriend, Sade Dixon was killed at her home.Mina described the surveillance video from the Walmart off John Young Parkway to HLN and said it showed that Clayton was shot once and Loyd went back to shoot her again.“He choose to go to Lt. Debra Clayton and stand over her and shoot her multiple times,” Mina said.The chief said Clayton’s first gunshot was “non-fatal,” but when Loyd allegedly went back and shot her again she was killed.He would not say how many times Clayton was shot, but said she was shot "multiple times."In the interview via Skype, HLN’s Ashleigh Banfield asked Mina how they planned for Loyd’s arrest without anyone getting hurt.%INLINE%Mina said officers were not “taking any chances” before going in to capture Loyd at an abandoned house in Orlando.“We’re talking about a cold-blooded killer who shot the mother of this unborn child,” Mina said.Timeline: How the manhunt and capture of Markeith Loyd unfoldedThe chief explained that they used the best tactical teams available to arrest Loyd.Loyd is charged with first-degree murder with a firearm, unlawful killing of an unborn child, attempted first-degree murder with a firearm and two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm in connection with the Dec. 13 shooting death of 24-year-old Dixon in Pine Hills.Charges are pending for first-degree murder for Clayton’s homicide. Mina said Orlando police are making their case “rock solid” before filing those charges against Loyd.Loyd will appear before an Orange County judge Thursday morning.A judge will undoubtedly deny Loyd bail during his first appearance, News 6 legal expert Steven Kramer said.After his arrest, Loyd was transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center where he was treated for more than 20 hours. On Wednesday evening, he was booked into the Orange County Jail. Sign up for ClickOrlando breaking news alerts and email newsletters More News 6 team coverage: Timeline: How the hunt[...]


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Alibaba has bagged a big Olympic deal.For 12 years, the Chinese e-commerce giant will supply technology to the International Olympic Committee to help organize the Games, support a new shopping platform for merchandise and run a Chinese version of the Olympic internet TV channel.Jack Ma, the founder and executive chairman of Alibaba, announced the deal at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, alongside IOC President Thomas Bach.Ma called it a "historic day for Alibaba.""This is a long term agreement, we are the first Chinese company to engage in an agreement like this, and we are hoping we can empower the Olympic movement even more," Ma said.Alibaba will create a global e-commerce platform that will sell official Olympic products to fans."All our 206 national Olympic committees will be able to connect better with fans looking for Olympic-licensed products," said Bach.The deal will last until the 2028 summer Olympics, covering the next six games -- three winter, three summer.Alibaba will support the organizers of each games, and in return receive rights including advertising and promotional use of Olympic marks and imagery from the Olympic Games, as well as marks from the National Olympic Committees.Neither Alibaba nor the IOC would comment on the financial value of the deal.Alibaba has also become a partner of the "Olympic Channel," launched after the 2016 Rio Olympics to show Olympic content all year round online and on iOS and Android mobile apps.Bach said the deal was first discussed a year ago. "[Ma] inspired me from the very first moment...now we are here to announce this exciting partnership," he said.One area of potential friction is counterfeits on Alibaba's platforms. (The U.S. just returned Alibaba to its "notorious markets list" for pirated goods.) The IOC and national organizing committees go to great lengths to protect Olympic trademarks.Ma pledged to do more to tackle the problem. He said Alibaba is spending more than one billion yuan to fight the problem, but admitted there was no easy answer."We are listing more than 1.2 billion products on our site, this is a huge world, governing and managing a world like this is not easy," he said. "This is something that I am gonna fight for... we are confident that by working together [with t[...]



Truck hits school bus in Orlando, fire rescue says

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:16:11 GMT

A truck slammed into the back of a school bus on Clarcona Ocoee Road Thursday morning, according to the Orange County Fire and Rescue Department.

The accident happened at 6:06 a.m. on Clarcona Ocoee Road near Apopka Vineland Road.

The driver of the pickup truck became entrapped after the crash and was airlifted to a hospital.

Only one student was on board the bus when it was hit, a fire rescue spokesperson said. The bus was not an Orange County Public Schools owned or operated bus, according to the school district.

Both directions of Clarcona Ocoee Road are blocked off while the crash is being cleared.

No other details were available. Check back for updates.


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Teen stolen as baby still loves 'mother'FTC sues maker of routers, baby monitors over securityIndia baby trafficking racket busted

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Alexis Manigo has accepted what police say -- that she was born as Kamiyah Mobley and that the woman who raised her in South Carolina stole her as a newborn from a Florida hospital.But the 18-year-old told HLN's Ashleigh Banfield she loves the woman now sitting in jail and still considers her mom. "I still feel the same way about her," Manigo said in an interview that aired Wednesday. "My feelings toward my mother will never change."'She's not an animal'A DNA test revealed last week that Manigo was the infant who police said was stolen from a Jacksonville hospital in July 1998 by a woman posing as a nurse.That woman, police say, was Gloria Williams, 51, now held on charges of kidnapping and interfering with custody. She was extradited from South Carolina to Jacksonville this week and is awaiting trial with bail set at $500,000.Manigo's dismay has been apparent for days. Shortly after Williams' arrest last week, the teen wept and hugged her inside a jail in Walterboro, South Carolina, video shows."I'll probably cry more than I have in the past," she told HLN. "I just couldn't take that she was in cuffs. She's not an animal... I don't think she deserves to be in cuffs."Manigo declined to answer questions about when she began to suspect something was amiss. But court documents reveal Manigo may have known about her hidden past for months. Following up on a tip given to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in August, detectives interviewed a witness who said Manigo claimed a year and a half ago she was kidnapped from a Jacksonville hospital as a baby, according to the affidavit for Williams' arrest.The DNA test came during the probe sparked by the tip.Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams has said Manigo "had an inclination beginning a couple of months ago" that she may have been abducted. She had discovered she had a fraudulent Social Security card and birth certificate when she began looking for jobs, the sheriff said.She is working with an attorney to establish a valid birth certificate and Social Security number. Her birth name is just one of the shocks she is working through -- news media referred to her as Kamiyah Mobley when reporting the story last week.She used Manigo -- the name she grew up with -- in an interview that aired Wednesday on ABC's "Good Morning [...]



Thursday forecast: Above average tempertures; weekend rain on the way

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:51:36 GMT

The above average temperatures continue Thursday in Central Florida, News 6 meteorologist Candice Campos said.

Thursday morning will start with some fog which will clear into a sunny sky.

It will  be nice and dry during the day with a slim chance of rain in the morning -- less than 10 percent.

Temperatures throughout the day will remain well above average with a high of 80 to 82 degrees. The average for this time in January is in the mid 70s, Campos said.

Patchy fog will develop Thursday evening around 8 p.m. and the temperature will drop slightly to 68 degrees by 10 p.m.

The warming trend continues Friday into the weekend and might bring some needed rain.

“It’s been quite some time since we’ve seen some beneficial showers,” Campos said.

By Saturday, rain chances increase to 60 percent with the potential for some severe thunderstorms.


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Trump calls slain officer's husband, AG says

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:48:05 GMT

Lt. Debra Clayton’s husband received a phone call from President-elect Donald Trump after she was killed, according to Florida State Attorney General Pam Bondi.

Bondi said Wednesday that Trump had a phone conversation with Clayton's husband, Seth. Clayton was fatally shot outside a Walmart store in Orlando last week.

Bondi described the conversation as "a brief, very touching, private conversation between two husbands."

A suspect wanted for Clayton's slaying was taken into custody Tuesday night after a manhunt that lasted more than a week.

Clayton was shot after she approached Markeith Loyd, who was wanted at the time for the killing of his pregnant ex-girlfriend.

Loyd's first court appearance is scheduled for Thursday.




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President-elect Donald Trump picked the final member of his Cabinet on Wednesday, landing on former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to serve as agriculture secretary and in the process locking in an inaugural Cabinet devoid of any Latino representation.Trump will name Perdue to head the Agriculture Department on Thursday, a transition official told CNN on Wednesday. The other top contender for the post was former California Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado, who is Hispanic.The announcement will seal the makeup of Trump's inaugural Cabinet should all of his nominees be confirmed by the Senate.Only two of Trump's Cabinet appointees are ethnic minorities: Ben Carson, Trump's pick to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development is black and his choice for transportation secretary, Elaine Chao, is Asian. Trump also tapped Nikki Haley, the Indian-American governor of South Carolina, to serve as UN ambassador, which is a Cabinet-rank post, but not an official member of the Cabinet.Latinos have served in Cabinet positions in every presidential administration since 1988.But Trump's break with that precedent is even more notable given his divisive and inflammatory rhetoric about Latinos during his presidential campaign.Trump kicked off his campaign by labeling undocumented Mexican immigrants criminals and "rapists" and vowed to deport all undocumented immigrants living in the US during his campaign.Trump interviewed several Latinos for the two final Cabinet posts he sought to fill -- leaders for the Departments of Agriculture and Veterans Affairs -- but landed instead on white men for both posts.Thirteen of Trump's picks to form his official 16-member Cabinet are white men.Following reports of the agriculture pick, Georgia Sen. David Perdue, the former Georgia governor's cousin, went online to send his congratulations."Couldn't be prouder of my cousin Sonny Perdue for being nominated to be our next secretary of agriculture," Perdue wrote in a post on Twitter and Facebook.Two days before his swearing in, Donald Trump has forked over $25 million to settle three Trump University fraud lawsuits.[...]Jennifer Holliday said it never dawned on her she would receive so much bac[...]