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Man remains critical after being trapped under tree during Hurricane IrmaHeroic efforts save Clermont man trapped in home during Hurricane Irma

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 03:25:29 GMTMon, 11 Sep 2017 16:07:47 GMT

In the peak of Hurricane Irma pushing through the area, a tree smashed into a home and forced emergency crews to risk their lives to save a man.

"The neighbors said it sounded like a bomb went off," Kristi Human said.

Video shows how deep the branches of the tree came inside the home, pinning down Cole Pruitt, 25. A mattress, now unrecognizable, was covered in debris.

Human said the damage to the outside of the house doesn't even compare to the destruction inside.

"They have lost everything," she said. "I mean, clothes, furniture -- you name it. Every room has a branch penetrating, the ceiling has fallen, the ceiling fans have fallen, there's insulation everywhere."

Human said the tree crashed in with so much force that it broke her brother's ribs and punctured his lungs.

"The tree branches have pinned the mattress so deeply that the mattress is depressed," she said.

She said her mom called her in a panic that night, not knowing how long it would take emergency crews to show up.

"My mom called 911 and they said, unfortunately we can't give you an arrival time because there are 70 mph winds," Human said.

Police said it was difficult to get to Pruitt because hurricane winds were starting to pick up at that time.

Human said since then, Pruitt has been in the hospital for eight days and has undergone five surgeries. They have put up a GoFundMe page for help with the medical expenses.

"He was pretty emotional when he could talk, very thankful for the first responders who essentially risked their lives to save his life," Human said.

The house has been condemned and the siblings' mother is staying at a hotel nearby.

Pruitt remains in the hospital in critical condition.

Police say first responders saved a Clermont man by extricating him from his home, which was damaged by a tree toppled during Hurricane Irma.

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Orange County deputy charged with grand theftSeminole High School student fatally stabbed at Sanford apartments, police sayDetectives arrest cousin in Palm Coast man's homicideNew Smyrna Beach officials vote in favor of banning medical marijuana dispensariesTitusville woman dies, 2 others seriously hurt in crash

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 02:46:58 GMTWed, 20 Sep 2017 03:51:46 GMTWed, 20 Sep 2017 02:13:25 GMTWed, 20 Sep 2017 02:08:36 GMTWed, 20 Sep 2017 00:41:58 GMT

A deputy with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office is accused of grand theft after stealing items from a crime scene, including cash, and possibly using stolen credit cards in another county, investigators said Tuesday.

The Sheriff’s Office learned of the allegations against Joseph Suheil Haddad on Sunday, which is when the alleged theft took place.

The situation started when Haddad responded to a reported burglary on Heming Way in Orange County. The victim in the case, Sammy Shehata, called officials to report what had happened, and then the case somehow evolved into a narcotics investigation, the Sheriff’s Office said.

A second deputy came to the address on Heming Way to handle the drug case, which resulted in Shehata’s arrest, officials said.

When Shehata asked to gather his belongings, he noted some missing items and complained to the Sheriff’s Office regarding the alleged theft of a wallet, credit cards and $1,750 in cash.

This prompted the Professional Standards Section, which is affiliated with the Sheriff’s Office, to launch an investigation into the missing items.

Officials said they secured evidence and found probable cause against Haddad for the theft of a wallet, cash and credit cards.

The investigative team then contacted the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office regarding the illegal use of the credit cards in several separate incidents in that jurisdiction, authorities said.

This resulted in a joint investigative effort by both agencies. Osceola County investigators will handle the alleged crimes and charges that involve their region.

Officials in Osceola County served Haddad with a search warrant on Tuesday, arrested him and booked him at the county jail.
Haddad, who has been with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office since April 2016, was immediately relieved of duty without pay and his law enforcement authority was revoked.

He will remain in this status as the court proceedings move forward and until the Professional Standards investigation is finished.

Haddad was previously assigned to East Orange County patrol duties.

A teenage boy was fatally stabbed at an apartment complex Tuesday afternoon, the Sanford Police Department said.

Less than eight hours after a man was found shot in his Palm Coast driveway, Tuesday Flagler County detectives said they had arrested his cousin in the homicide case.

At a public hearing Tuesday night, the New Smyrna Beach City Commission voted 3-2 in favor of banning of medical marijuana dispensaries within the boundaries of the city.

A 75-year-old Titusville woman died and two others were seriously injured Tuesday in a two-vehicle crash in front of Target Plaza on State Road 405, police said.

Ocala couple's cruise turns to rescue mission in Caribbean sea after IrmaBrevard boats damaged, sunk by Hurricane Irma to take months to be removedFederal disaster loans available for Florida homeownersFlorida Hurricane Irma insurance claims top $2.1 billionOrlando Magic personnel package up food for hurricane victims

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 03:28:39 GMTTue, 19 Sep 2017 23:36:56 GMTTue, 19 Sep 2017 22:48:54 GMTTue, 19 Sep 2017 22:39:56 GMTTue, 19 Sep 2017 22:40:54 GMT

A Marion County couple are back home after an extended trip at sea. The cruise ship they were on took the turn of a lifetime during Hurricane Irma and wound up on a rescue mission.

Robert Mahoney and his wife boarded Royal Caribbean's Majesty of the Sea days before Irma hit, but after cruise officials said the vessel would be used to provide humanitarian relief for hard-hit islands, only 78 of the 1,800 passengers stayed on board. Mahoney said that number eventually decreased to just 26.

"There are still good people left in this world. It was just a really, really emotional thing to go through," Mahoney said. "We had people that are elderly people stay on board. We had people that were young as 20. A couple of honeymoon couples on the ship."

Mahoney said after riding out the storm on the west coast of Cuba, the ship picked up hundreds of pallets of supplies in Puerto Rico and took it to St. Thomas and St. Martin, along with picking up Federal Emergency Management Agency and Red Cross workers.

Mahoney also said that hundreds of evacuees turned to only a couple dozen passengers left on the ship for emotional support.

"Like relief counselor, you know what I'm saying?" Mahoney said. "Just talk to these people, you know what I'm saying? Ask them how you are doing, how they are feeling."

Of the people he met, Mahoney said he most clearly remembers greeting a man on board named Scott. He said Scott walked 7 miles to the port to be saved. He said Scott was from the New England area and had stayed through the storm to protect his boating business.

"He had the same accent," Mahoney said. "We chit-chatted. I told him what was going on the ship up top. He told me what he lost, but he's just glad to be alive,."

Mahoney said the hundreds of people being rescued were given access to the ship's buffet, pool and free estate rooms with warms showers.

"It will touch your heart. It really will. It will make you think you know how precious life is," Mahoney said.

Impressed by the efforts of Royal Caribbean, Mahoney said he's already planned another family cruise for January.

Dozens of derelict vessels need to be removed from Brevard County waterways after Hurricane Irma.

The U.S. Small Business Administration will offer loans to Florida homeowners in need after Hurricane Irma.

Officials with the Florida Office of Insurance Regulations said Tuesday that reported insurance claims have already topped 372,000.

The Orlando Magic are trying to help the people in the most need after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

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Hurricane Irma's stench leaves residents holding their nosesHurricane Irma poses major challenge to grocery pipelineDuke Energy admits mistakes, apologizes for Hurricane Irma outagesSeminole State Planetarium ‘Star Party' offers reprieve from Irma

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 22:30:47 GMTTue, 19 Sep 2017 10:54:28 GMTTue, 19 Sep 2017 11:15:19 GMTTue, 19 Sep 2017 20:21:12 GMT

There's been a stinky stench about Central Florida since Hurricane Irma rolled through. Residents who got a whiff Tuesday morning wanted to know “What is that awful smell?”

The smell is a dirty gift from Irma's aftermath.

"At first I thought it was a sewer smell,” Longwood resident Angela Lee said.

Kelly Charleston, also of Longwood, agreed. It’s bad.

"It smelled like a bathroom, like a dirty bathroom,” Charleston said.

Officials with the Environmental Protection Agency said what stinks could depend on the location.

For people with homes on streets still lined with debris that needs to be collected the smell could be coming from rotting trees and branches, EPA’s Dave Herbster said.

"That would make sense because it's been here laying out for quite a while," Lee said of all the debris.

For anyone who lives near a body of water that overflowed during Hurricane Irma, which has since receded, the culprit is likely dead fish that washed ashore now rotting on land.

But the worst case scenarios are for communities with septic tanks, like near Shingle Creek in Osceola County, where sewage may have seeped into the creek when it swelled from the storm.

"That wouldn't surprise me. Everyone here's on septic tanks, it's going some place," said resident Scott Kilmer.

The smell is so pungent at Shingle Creek the Osceola County Health Department is testing the creek for possible sewage and other contaminants.  

Grocery stores up and down Florida are still trying to restock shelves a full week after Hurricane Irma.

Duke Energy has apologized for missing the deadline it set to have power restored in Central Florida after Hurricane Irma.

Take a break Central Florida, put down the garbage bags and look up.

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TRACKER/UPDATES: Jose weakens to tropical storm, Maria's eye nears St. CroixDuke Energy admits mistakes, apologizes for Hurricane Irma outagesAs school resumes, some remain without power in Lake CountyHurricane Irma already blamed for $2 billion in insured losses in FloridaFlorida power outage map: How to check who has power

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:13:52 GMTTue, 19 Sep 2017 11:15:19 GMTTue, 19 Sep 2017 03:46:00 GMTMon, 18 Sep 2017 23:29:49 GMTTue, 19 Sep 2017 23:23:54 GMT

Here's the latest on the tropics, including Hurricane Maria.11 p.m.Jose has weakened to a tropical storm, but forecasters expect dangerous surf and rip currents will continue along the East Coast of the U.S. for several days.The National Hurricane Center in Miami says Jose's top winds have decreased to about 70 mph (110 kph) Tuesday night, and it's expected to weaken more over the next two days.The storm is 230 miles (275 kilometers) south of Nantucket, Massachusetts, and is forecast to pass well east of New Jersey's coast Wednesday.---------The eye of Category 5 Hurricane Maria is approaching St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands.The National Hurricane Center in Miami reported Tuesday night that the storm was about 30 miles (45 kilometers) south-southeast of St. Croix and about 120 miles (190 kilometers) southeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico.Maria has 175 mph (280 kph) winds and is moving west-northwest at 10 mph (17 kph).Forecasters expect the core of storm with to reach southeastern Puerto Rico on Wednesday morning.7 p.m.Category 5 Hurricane Maria's maximum sustained winds have increased to 175 mph (280 kph).The National Hurricane Center in Miami says an Air Force Reserve hurricane hunter plane took the reading Tuesday evening as the storm was about 70 miles (115 kilometers) southeast of St. Croix.Maria is moving west-northwest at 10 mph (17 kph), and is expected to pass near the U.S. Virgin Islands on Tuesday night and hit Puerto Rico on Wednesday.5 p.m.An even stronger Hurricane Maria is moving steadily toward the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico and is likely to still be a powerful category 5 storm when it arrives.The National Hurricane Center in Miami reported that Maria's winds had intensified to 165 mph (265 kph) late Tuesday afternoon, and that some additional strengthening was possible Tuesday evening.At 5 p.m. Tuesday, Maria was centered about 175 miles (280 kilometers) southeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and was moving west-northwest at 10 mph (16 kph).A hurricane warning was in effect for Puerto Rico and the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, as well as St. Kitts, Nevis, and Montserrat and portions of the Dominican Republic.Hurricane center forecasters say it "now appears likely" that Maria will still be at category 5 intensity when it moves over the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.The center of the hurricane was forecast to move near or over the U.S. Virgin Island of St. Croix and Puerto Rico on Tuesday night and Wednesday, bringing with it "life-threatening" flooding from rain and storm surge.4:30 p.m.France's interior minister has made an initial damage assessment after Hurricane Maria passed over two French Caribbean islands and says at least 150,000 homes are without electricity.Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said in Paris on Tuesday that the hurricane left 80,000 households in Guadeloupe and 70,000 in Martinique without power.Collomb warned that Maria still was passing through St. Martin and St. Barts islands, French territories that suffered extreme damage from Hurricane Irma.The extent of the damage from Tuesday's hurricane is yet to be assessed on those islands and in Guadeloupe. Collomb says Martinique's airport is still operating.The Guadeloupe prefecture said earlier that one person died and two others were missing there. Collomb said there were three people wounded in Martinique, including one seriously.3:50 p.m.Potentially catastrophic Category 5 Hurricane Maria is lashing the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico with rain.The National Hurricane Center in Miami says the powerful storm was located about 195 miles (315 kms) southeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico, at 3 p.m. Monday. It had maximum sustained winds of 165 mph (265 kmh) and was moving 10 mph (17 kmh).The center said the hurricane was expected to remain an "extremely dangerous" category 4 or 5 hurricane when it passes near or over the Virgin Islands overnight, and Puerto Ri[...]

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Tour Isleworth's most expensive mansions for sale

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:51:51 GMT

Two Florida housing markets are in the top 10 for where future homebuyers are likely to make purchases, according to a report released last week.The report, recently released by real estate data firm Attom Data Solutions, said that Tampa-St. Petersburg and Jacksonville were two of the top 10 housing markets where future homebuyers are likely to move during the third-quarter of this year. The firm made its estimate using data in 122 metro areas from loan applications on residential real estate transactions.A report from Trulia, meanwhile, listed Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach as the third hottest real estate market in Florida in 2017. Trulia based its ranking of the 100 largest metro areas across the country on five criteria: a high search interest, a decreasing rate of vacancy, high affordability, a high rate of job growth and a high population of people happy with the outcome of the presidential election.Isleworth, an affluent community near Windermere in Orange County, wasn't included on either list, but it certainly could be considered one of the priciest neighborhoods in Central Florida.So how much would it cost to live in an Isleworth mansion?Well, according to, the most expensive home in Isleworth can be yours for just $15 million. Recent Powerball winner Mavis Wanczyk can certainly afford that, but the Average Joe will have to keep playing the lottery to make that dream come true.Here's a look at six of the most expensive homes in Isleworth. 1. 5536 Isleworth Country Club Drive  2. 5115 Fairway Oaks Drive 3. 5318 Isleworth Country Club Drive4. Address not listed5. Address not listed6. 9711 Deacon CourtValue of your homeLooking at the listings above and hearing about the housing market may have you asking, "What's the current value of my home?" offers a tool that provides an estimate of property values. All you have to do is enter the address at (Note: The value listed is an approximation provided by and may not reflect the best price a homeowner can get.)Overall, U.S. home prices climbed higher in June (most recent statistics available) with gains that are eclipsing income growth -- creating affordability pressures for would-be buyers.The Standard & Poor's CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 5.7 percent in June. The separate national average rose as well, putting it 4.3 points above its housing bubble-era peak in July 2006.The price increases are different from the bubble period, when subprime mortgages led to a housing bust. There is a shortage of properties for sale, causing the prices to steadily rise at more than double the pace of average hourly earnings.The largest price gain over the past year occurred in Seattle with a 13.4 percent increase year-over-year. Portland, Oregon and Dallas also recorded strong price growth.Home-selling tipsWhat can you do to increase the value of your home?Here are eight tips experts say might help: Spend at least an hour with a pro: Invite a realtor or interior designer over to visit and assess your home. Paint: Freshly painted walls increase value, and be sure to use neutral colors! Look to magazines and television shows for inspiration around design and renovations. Make your home green. You can cut energy costs with energy saving appliances and fixtures. Get rid of popcorn ceilings. Most popcorn ceilings can be cleared by applying solution to soften texture, then scrape away popcorn. Clean up the lawn and landscape. Get rid of oversized plants: trim your lawn and hedges. Have your carpets cleaned. Hiring a cleaning service to do a deep clean on your carpets can create more appeal. Visually increase your home's square footage by adding mirrors to a small space or getting rid of oversized drapery and furniture. Bre[...]

Puerto Rico governor: Still time to get to shelters before Hurricane MariaHow to get ready: Hurricane prep checklist10 most expensive hurricanes to hit USRecord-breaking Hurricane Irma by the numbersHurricane Maria barrels through CaribbeanDominica PM: Hurricane Maria 'devastates' islandHurricane Maria poses new threat to debt-laden Puerto RicoHurricane Maria now Category 3Hurricane Maria is following Irma's path and getting stronger

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:38:12 GMTThu, 07 Sep 2017 10:09:09 GMTMon, 11 Sep 2017 05:27:11 GMTMon, 11 Sep 2017 15:06:40 GMTTue, 19 Sep 2017 13:59:51 GMTTue, 19 Sep 2017 06:29:17 GMTMon, 18 Sep 2017 19:46:22 GMTMon, 18 Sep 2017 15:15:45 GMTMon, 18 Sep 2017 00:08:07 GMT

There is still time for Puerto Ricans to get to a government-run shelter before powerful Hurricane Maria clobbers the island, Gov. Ricardo Rossell������ told CNN late Tuesday.But the window of opportunity is closing. "There's still time ... but people need to move fast," Ricardo Rossell������ told CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360������."Conditions on the US territory were deteriorating rapidly, he said. Maria is a Category 5 storm with sustained winds of 175 mph (281 kph). It is expected to smash into the Virgin Islands Tuesday night and make landfall in Puerto Rico on Wednesday morning. "Winds are starting to pick up, the glass is starting to bow back and forth. We're soon going to take shelter in a safe room," Mike Theiss, a hurricane chaser who is staying in Fajardo, told CNN's Don Lemon.Maria has already obliterated parts of Dominica and killed at least one person in Guadeloupe.Rossell������ said there are about 500 shelters open. Emergency workers are still out, but will head in when sustained winds reach 50 mph, the governor saidMany people live on the eastern half of Puerto Rico, which forecasters worry will endure the brunt of the most powerful hurricane ever to hit the island. Residents of Puerto Rico, who were spared some of Irma's wrath when that hurricane's core passed north of the island, boarded up homes and businesses Tuesday. People who fled to the US territory as Maria advanced on their islands sought refuge in hotels and shelters. Jessica Mangiaracina and Bob Perkins came to San Juan from St. Thomas with their two children. Irma destroyed everything around them and threw the island into chaos.It took them six days to get off St. Thomas, they said, killing chickens for food and making their way through areas being looted. They got to Puerto Rico by catamaran, where, like many others, they tried to get a flight out with no success.Now they are coping with the reality that they've escaped into the middle of Hurricane Maria's angry path. The couple is among thousands of people in shelters. When asked what their current plan is, Perkins responded, "survive." Millions of Puerto Ricans are hoping to survive what could be the most powerful storm to ever hit the island. Maria likely will be the first Category 4 or 5 hurricane to make landfall in Puerto Rico in more than eight decades. "No generation has seen a hurricane like this since San Felipe II in 1928," Rossell������ said earlier. "This is an unprecedented atmospheric system." President Donald Trump said the federal government will aid Puerto Rico in the aftermath of the storm."Puerto Rico being hit hard by new monster Hurricane," the President tweeted. "Be careful, our hearts are with you -- will be there to help!"Maria has already killed one man in Guadeloupe after he ignored orders to stay inside and was struck by a falling tree, the island's government said. Man killed by falling tree in GuadeloupeTwo other people are missing after a boat sank off the coast of La D������sirade, a smaller island near the mainland of Guadeloupe. The government said about 80,000 people, or 40% of the households on the island, are without power. The storm also caused "widespread devastation" in Dominica, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said Tuesday. The hurricane shredded the prime minister's house overnight and left much of the island -- population 73,000 -- in ruins."So far we have lost all what money can buy and replace," Skerrit posted on Facebook Tuesday. He said his greatest fear was "news of serious physical injury and possible deaths as a result of likely landslides triggered by persistent rains."A few hours earlier, the Prime Minister posted, "My roof is gone. I am at the complete mercy of the hurricane. House is flooding." Maria is now the strongest hurricane on record to make landfall in Dominica, a former French and British colony who[...]

Nerf guns can pose serious eye risk, doctors warnHow pet's illness could put mental health at riskStudy: Fluoride exposure in utero linked to lower IQYour kids want tattoo or piercing? Here's what pediatricians recommend235 sickened by salmonella outbreaks linked to papayasTrypophobia: A fear of holes, bumps and clusters

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:49:49 GMTTue, 19 Sep 2017 13:54:23 GMTTue, 19 Sep 2017 05:01:58 GMTMon, 18 Sep 2017 14:07:41 GMTFri, 15 Sep 2017 19:54:59 GMTThu, 14 Sep 2017 15:17:58 GMT

Just about everyone who's played with a projectile toy has gotten a version of the warning "You'll shoot your eye out!" But in a report published Monday in the medical journal BMJ Case Reports, doctors warn that popular toy Nerf guns really can put eyes at risk.The case report details three unrelated cases within three months treated in the Moorfields Eye Hospital accident and emergency department in London. Two adult patients had pooling of blood and inflammation in the eye after being shot with a Nerf gun. One 11-year-old patient had pooling of blood, inflammation and damage to the outer retinal layers of the eye."Significant Nerf gun ocular injuries are not reported in the literature, as far as we know," the researchers write. In the emergency room at the eye hospital, doctors are used to attending to traumatic injuries. It was the extent of the injury from a children's toy that surprised Dr. Mukhtar Bizrah, the lead author of the study. "Nerf guns are used by children, and I was not expecting to see blood," he said. All the patients complained of blurred vision and red eyes and were treated to reduce pressure inside the eye, and their symptoms resolved after a few weeks.Bleeding under the white part of the eye, the conjunctiva, is common and not that dangerous, Bizrah said, but bleeding in the space between the cornea, the eye's outer layer, and iris, the circular colored portion of the eye, is far more dangerous. "One of the patients had angle recession, which is a risk factor for developing glaucoma down the line," he said. All the injuries documented in the case study involved Nerf guns shot from a close distance. One of the patients had been shot by "bullets" from an unlabeled brand, which have firmer heads than branded ones, the researchers said, noting that unbranded bullets are cheaper and tend to be preferred by parents. However, the authors said they could not verify whether branded bullets would have had caused less trauma.Julie Duffy, senior vice president for global communications for Nerf's maker, Hasbro Inc., wrote in an email that Nerf foam darts and foam rounds are not hazardous when used properly. The guns should never be aimed at a person's eyes or face, and the products should never be modified, she said. She added that darts that claim to be Nerf-compatible may not meet safety standards and regulations. "NERF products are designed based on years of consumer insights and research, and undergo rigorous reviews and testing to assure that they are safe and fun to play with, and meet or exceed global standards and regulations."Duffy urges parents to read product packaging and note age recommendations: "Ultimately, a parent or caregiver knows his or her child best and is best equipped to make decisions on what forms of play and entertainment are most appropriate for his or her child," she said.Dr. Paul Kivela, president-elect of the American College of Emergency Physicians, said that the study raises concerns."Parents typically afraid of pellet guns. So soft-bullet guns give them a false sense of security that kids are safe. That is clearly not the case," said Kivela, who was not involved in the study. "The pressure of the projectile is important." His advice: If you are going to play with projectiles of any kind, it's best to wear protective eyewear, even though that could be especially tough for children younger than 5."It's best to not have this toy around small children, even if there are older kids in the house," Kivela said. "It is also important to tell children to not shoot at a person's face or from a relatively close distance."Pediatric ophthalmologists at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, were not at all surprised by the report. "We see eye injuries from projectile toys all the time, including Nerf guns. We know that there is always a risk of projectile toys hitting the eye," Dr. Marylou [...]

How pet's illness could put mental health at risk12 hotels perfect for animal loversSan Diego Zoo cares for smuggled tiger cubStray kittens find homes, thanks to touring circus catsCats inherit $300,000 from late ownerAirbnb offers daily dachshund rental

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:54:23 GMTWed, 06 Sep 2017 15:26:51 GMTFri, 25 Aug 2017 20:08:14 GMTMon, 11 Sep 2017 15:44:26 GMTFri, 25 Aug 2017 15:13:17 GMTThu, 24 Aug 2017 11:57:34 GMT

It was a difficult season of loss for Sean Owens' family.Shortly after his father died of kidney cancer in 2010, his mother's beloved black Labrador retriever mix -- Mary Margaret, or Maggie -- was diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma, a rapidly growing tumor of the blood vessels. Maggie had a history of health problems, and Owens' mother was distraught."That's not an uncommon scenario in veterinary medicine," said Owens, veterinarian and professor of clinical pathology in the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis."If you ask most veterinarians the hardest thing they do, it's telling the senior man or woman that comes in, having just lost a significant other or spouse or partner, that now their animal, their dog or cat or whatever their loved one is, now has a terrible disease as well," he said. "Those conversations ... they just tear the heart out of you."In the months leading up to his father's death and Maggie's diagnosis, Owens said, his mother was the primary caregiver for both her husband and her dog. Watching the emotional toll that caregiving took on her was difficult."My mother would often have to take my father to the hospital. They'd all load up in the car. There would be the dog in the car, my dad in the car. My mother would have to take my dad to the hospital down in Philadelphia, and then she'd take the dog to the veterinarian," Owens said."Caregiver burden is a real thing. It's not an embarrassing thing. ... There should be no stigma attached to it. It's a normal part of loss and grief," he said, adding that such burden can affect the well-being of pet owners caring for an ailing animal.Maggie, his mother's four-legged friend with white spots on her black paws, died soon after she was diagnosed with cancer, Owens said.A new paper published in the journal Veterinary Record on Monday ties caregiver burden in pet owners to elevated stress and general symptoms of depression and anxiety, as well as poorer quality of life -- similar to the burdens of caring for a human loved one.The findings are the first to show how providing daily care for a sick pet could affect a pet owner, said the paper's lead author, Mary Beth Spitznagel, associate professor of psychological sciences at Kent State University in Ohio."It is important that we do not minimize what family caregivers are experiencing in human caregiving relationships. I would not say that pet caregiving is the same, for example, as providing care for a parent with dementia or a spouse who has had a stroke," Spitznagel said."But pet caregiving in the context of a chronic or terminal disease is clearly stressful for the pet owner, and we can probably learn a lot about how to help people in this situation by looking at what helps reduce stress in human caregiving," she said.Owens' mother died unexpectedly last year, he said. As he reflects on her experiences as Maggie's caregiver, he hopes that her story -- and the new paper -- shed light not only on caregiver burden but on ways to help pet owners better manage caregiver challenges."My mother would be tickled pink to know that one of her stories could help anybody else," said Owens, who was not involved in the new paper. The burden of caring for a sick pet The paper involved 238 pet owners and their dogs or cats. The researchers separated the owners, who were recruited through social media, into two groups: 119 with pets who were diagnosed with a chronic or terminal disease and 119 with healthy pets. Then, through questionnaires and testing scales, the researchers measured each pet owner's level of caregiver burden, stress, depressive symptoms, anxiety and quality of life. All of the questionnaires and measurement scales were borro[...]

Tensions in St. Louis: How did we get here?Protesters back in St. Louis streets after night of violenceSt. Louis sees second night of protests over ex-cop's acquittal

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:26:20 GMTTue, 19 Sep 2017 02:30:02 GMTSun, 17 Sep 2017 07:38:09 GMT

Since white ex-St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley was acquitted Friday in the 2011 fatal shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith, a 24-year-old black man, demonstrators have taken to the streets every night. Largely peaceful in the daytime and sometimes turning violent after dark, the protests have reignited the national conversation over race, police conduct and the use of the deadly force.Protests also broke out in the aftermath of the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014, and again later that year after a grand jury declined to indict Officer Darren Wilson.Tensions in St. Louis are likely to persist, given the rarity of convictions for police officers in fatal shootings -- even in high profile cases with strong video evidence. Here is an overview of the events that brought St. Louis to this moment:Fatal shooting of Anthony Lamar SmithOn December 20, 2011, Stockley, then a member of the St. Louis police force, and his partner, Brian Bianchi, tried to stop Smith after witnessing what they believed to be a drug transaction in a restaurant parking lot, according to a police report obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, a CNN affiliate. Bianchi told Stockley that Smith was reaching for a weapon, the report said. Stockley got out of the police SUV, carrying his department-issued handgun, and his personal AK-47 pistol, a violation of department policy, according to a criminal complaint.But Smith tried to drive away, knocking Stockley sideways. Stockley fired several shots at the vehicle, the report said.With Bianchi driving, the officers chased Smith at speeds of more than 80 mph before the police vehicle crashed into Smith's Buick, according to a criminal complaint. Smith was alive after the crash, and officers approached his car with their weapons drawn. Stockley ordered Smith to show his hands, believing Smith was reaching for a handgun between the passenger seat and the center console, according to an internal report. Stockley fired five times into the vehicle, hitting Smith in the chest. Stockley said he returned to his police SUV for supplies to give Smith first aid, but it was too late by the time Stockley got back to the Smith's car. Stockley entered Smith's car "to locate the weapon and render it safe," and removed ammunition from the silver revolver, he said in the report. Only Stockley's DNA was found on the gun he said belonged to Smith, the criminal complaint said. The shooting made few headlines nationally. Neither officer was charged. In 2013, Stockley left the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. Fatal shooting of Michael BrownA year later, another shooting sparked protests in Ferguson, a suburb northwest of St. Louis. On August 9, 2014, Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black man during a struggle. Protestors quickly took to the streets, clashing with police, who used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd. A movement that grew out of the Trayvon Martin shooting in 2012, #BlackLivesMatter, became an integral part of the protests that gained national attention. Protests erupted again in Ferguson and across the nation after a grand jury declined to indict Wilson on November 24, 2014.Wilson ultimately resigned from the force. Thomas Jackson, the police chief of Ferguson at the time of Brown's death, also resigned in March 2015 following a scathing Justice Department report that found systemic racial discrimination by Ferguson police and court system against African Americans. A DOJ investigation ultimately determined Wilson did not violate Brown's civil rights. Brown's death and the protests surrounding it also renewed interest in the Jason Stockley case. "Without the Mike Brown case ... the prosecution of Jason Stockley never would have happened," CNN's Thomas Lake wrote[...]

Toys 'R' Us files for bankruptcyRetailers who filed for bankruptcy in 2017Store closings in 2017Equifax says March breach not related to major hackTrudeau warns Boeing over trade disputeIt's official: Foxconn will get $3 billion to build a plant in WisconsinRhode Island will pay for Dreamers to renew their DACA statusToys 'R' Us bankruptcy fears hit Mattel and HasbroHackers infiltrate free PC cleaning software

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:52:40 GMTTue, 19 Sep 2017 20:10:29 GMTWed, 06 Sep 2017 15:12:29 GMTTue, 19 Sep 2017 04:20:02 GMTTue, 19 Sep 2017 03:49:45 GMTMon, 18 Sep 2017 23:46:30 GMTMon, 18 Sep 2017 22:39:53 GMTMon, 18 Sep 2017 20:34:06 GMTMon, 18 Sep 2017 19:01:42 GMT

Suffering from slumping sales and mountains of debt, Toys 'R' Us has filed for bankruptcy.The 69-year old Toys 'R' Us was once the mecca of kids' gifts. But it was eventually overtaken by Walmart and ultimately Amazon.In its fight to stay relevant, Toys 'R' Us amassed $5 billion in debt. That came from slashing prices, signing major,exclusive licensing deals with toymakers and buying up other toy giants FAO Schwartz and KB Toys over the past decade.At one point, Toys 'R' Us showed signs of a turnaround. After being taken private in 2005, Toys 'R' Us filed for an initial public stock offering in 2010. It ultimately withdrew its filing, citing "unfavorable market conditions."Late Monday, Toys 'R' Us announced that it scrounged up $3 billion in bankruptcy financing, which it plans to use to restructure the company, alleviate its debt burden and revamp its stores.The bankruptcy filing comes just ahead of the holiday season, the busiest time for the year for Toys 'R' Us. The company said it plans on keeping its 1,600 Toys 'R' Us and Babies 'R' Us stores open across the world, though the Wall Street Journal reported that the company will eventually close some of its underperforming locations as part of the bankruptcy process.Toys 'R' Us noted in a press release that "the vast majority" of its stores are profitable. But the trend line is pointing in the wrong direction. The company reported that same-store sales fell by more than 4% last quarter, losing $164 million.CEO Dave Brandon on Monday called the retail landscape "increasingly challenging and rapidly changing" but said he was confident that the Toys 'R' Us brand will "live on for many generations.""Today marks the dawn of a new era at Toys 'R' Us where we expect that the financial constraints that have held us back will be addressed in a lasting and effective way," said Brandon in a prepared statement.Toys 'R' Us joins a list of hundreds of companies that have succumbed to the online threat and filed for bankruptcy protection this year. That includes the children's clothing store Gymboree, teen outlet Rue21 and Payless Shoe Source.It closed its gigantic store in New York's Times Square at the end of 2015. It recently opened a temporary, smaller store for the holidays in another part of the popular Manhattan tourist spot though.The troubles facing Toys 'R' Us aren't just about competition from Amazon and Walmart. A lackluster summer at the box office might be hurting the entire toy industry, which depends on hit movies to drive sales of licensed toys.Toy companies also have to deal with the fact that many kids are increasingly playing games on consoles, phones and tablets and not with old-school action figures, dolls and other toys.Even Lego has been struggling lately. Investors are worried that Mattel and Hasbro could be in trouble, too.Mattel, acknowledging the threat from tech, recently hired a new CEO who used to be an executive at Google. Its stock dropped 6% on Monday, to its lowest level since 2009, and Hasbro fell 1%. Each company relied on Toys 'R' Us for more than 10% of its sales in the most recent fiscal year.- Paul LaMonica contributed to this reportDozens of retailers have filed for bankruptcy in 2017, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence. Here's a look at some of those companies.The world of brick-and-mortar retailers are being hit hard in 2017, here's a look at companies who have announced store closings this year.Hackers breached an Equifax payroll-related service in March, months before the company said criminals accessed the personal records of 143 million people. [...]Canadian Prime Minister Ju[...]

Study: Fluoride exposure in utero linked to lower IQIs granola healthy?Singapore, Nordic countries outrank US in achieving UN health goalsIs dried fruit healthy?Warren to co-sponsor Sanders' single-payer health care billRepublicans flirt with 'B' word on health care: BipartisanshipNew class of drugs targets aging to keep people healthy11 tips to get kids to eat healthy

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 05:01:58 GMTWed, 13 Sep 2017 02:36:01 GMTWed, 13 Sep 2017 00:37:59 GMTFri, 08 Sep 2017 14:17:51 GMTFri, 08 Sep 2017 12:44:46 GMTWed, 06 Sep 2017 12:22:00 GMTTue, 05 Sep 2017 04:02:46 GMTWed, 30 Aug 2017 09:32:13 GMT

Increased levels of prenatal fluoride exposure may be associated with lower cognitive function in children, a new study says.The study, published Tuesday in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, evaluated nearly 300 sets of mothers and children in Mexico and tested the children twice for cognitive development over the course of 12 years. Fluoride is not added to public water supplies in Mexico, but people are exposed through naturally occurring fluoride in water and fluoridated salt and supplements.The study found a drop in scores on intelligence tests for every 0.5 milligram-per-liter increase in fluoride exposure beyond 0.8 milligrams per liter found in urine. However, although the researchers found a potential connection to a child's exposure to fluoride in utero, they found no significant influence from fluoride exposure on brain development once a child was born."Childhood exposure to fluoride is safer than prenatal. There is pretty good science now to support the fact that the fetal system tends to be more sensitive to environmental toxicants than once the child is born," said the study's lead author, Howard Hu, founding dean of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.The authors measured fluoride exposure for the Mexican mothers and their children by looking at the chemical content in their urine. "Since we're using an integrated biological marker, it will give you a fairly standardized measure," Hu explained. Previous studies measured fluoride exposure by analyzing it in the environment, such as in water.On average, the researchers found that the mothers had 0.90 milligrams per liter of fluoride in their urine. Currently, there have been no such measurements for pregnant American women. There are similar measurements from a study in Poland that found healthy pregnant women to have fluoride levels just less than what was found in the Mexican women."The levels in this population that were measured in urine were high, but not crazy high," said Linda Birnbaum, director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Birnbaum was not involved in the study. Most Americans get fluoride from public water About 75% of Americans are exposed to fluoride through public water, the main route of exposure aside from toothpaste and mouth rinses. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has called water fluoridation one of the 10 greatest public health achievements of the past century. Since fluoride was introduced into community water over 70 years ago, the CDC says, there has been a 25% reduction in cavities in children and adults. Fluoride is commonly added to drinking water in the United States in order to improve dental health, though a number of communities including Portland, Oregon, and Tuscon, Arizona, have rejected water fluoridation. What the new research means for pregnant women in the United States is up in the air. Hu cautioned that this was just one study. "It needs to be reproduced in other populations by other scientists," he said. Because the study evaluated samples that had been collected for other studies, researchers weren't able to determine specific levels of fluoride exposure. "That's a big unknown. We don't have the whole picture," said Dr. Angeles Martinez-Mier of the Indiana University School of Dentistry, another researcher involved with the study. However, despite these limitations, this is one of the most rigorous studies to look at fluoride and neurodevelopment, Hu said. It is the largest and longest study to evaluate fluoride exposure and its impact on the developing brain. Fluoride as a neurotoxin Birnbaum agreed that some caution should be taken when evaluating the sig[...]

Spicer: 'Of course' I regret inauguration crowd lectureSean Spicer makes surprise cameo at EmmysSpicer, Kimmel talk facts, Trump, inauguration crowdSean Spicer hitting the paid speaking circuitSean Spicer meets Pope Francis at last

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 04:45:46 GMTMon, 18 Sep 2017 03:25:31 GMTThu, 14 Sep 2017 05:30:30 GMTTue, 05 Sep 2017 13:54:08 GMTTue, 29 Aug 2017 18:59:53 GMT

Sean Spicer said "of course" he regrets the time he trashed the press for reporting accurately on President Donald Trump's Inauguration Day crowd, The New York Times reported.

"Of course I do, absolutely," the former White House press secretary told the newspaper Monday.

The day after Trump's inauguration, the President sent Spicer into the briefing room to dispute the true size of the crowd he drew at the inauguration. Side-by-side photos showed a larger gathering for former President Barack Obama, but Spicer declared, "This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period."

The Times did not state specifically the wording of the question Spicer was responding to.

Spicer, in a late-night show following his resignation, said that interaction in the briefing room was not "probably the best start."

Kellyanne Conway, a senior adviser to Trump, said Spicer was using "alternative facts" when he disputed the inauguration coverage.

Spicer's latest comments came a day after he played a prominent role in the Emmy Awards, taking the stage and mocking the first comments he made in the White House briefing room as the President's principal spokesman.

"This will be the largest audience to witness the Emmys, period -- both in person and around the world," he said.

Spicer, who resigned when Trump tapped Anthony Scaramucci for what became a brief stint as communications director, drew controversy on the job for his misleading statements and confrontational approach to the press corps.

Many observers viewed Spicer's inclusion in the ceremony as well as his recent selection for a visiting Harvard fellowship as institutions assisting the former administration official to rehabilitate himself in the public eye.

Anyone could have predicted that Stephen Colbert's opening Emmy monologue would include talk of politics and mentions of President Donald Trump, but no would could have predicted a surprise cameo from White House alum Sean Spicer.

In his late night debut Wednesday night, Sean Spicer spoke with Jimmy Kimmel about President Donald Trump, facts and the White House press conference that started it all.

Sean Spicer may be gone from the briefing room podium, but new podiums are in his future: the former White House press secretary is hitting the paid speaking circuit.

Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer has finally crossed an important item off his personal bucket list: meeting Pope Francis.

Commissioner calls for voter fraud hard-liner's resignationTrump election commission head lambasted for voter fraud claims

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 04:41:17 GMTWed, 13 Sep 2017 09:04:27 GMT

A member of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity is calling on a voter fraud hard-liner to resign from the panel after a controversial email he sent about the panel's makeup became public.Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap said it remains "an open question" whether the commission can continue its mission and stopped short of demanding Heritage Foundation expert Hans von Spakovsky step down -- but said "certainly" he should start with an apology.At issue is an email sent by von Spakovsky that ended up with the Justice Department in February that was made public in a Freedom of Information Act request by the Campaign Legal Center last week. The names on the email were redacted by the government. Von Spakovsky was named to the commission in June.In the email, which made its way to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, von Spakovsky says he had received a "very disturbing phone call" that the commission would be "bipartisan and include Democrats.""There isn't a single Democratic official that will do anything other than obstruct any investigation of voter fraud and issue constant public announcements criticizing the commission and what it is doing," von Spakovsky wrote. "If they are picking mainstream Republican officials and/or academics to man this commission it will be an abject failure because there aren't any that know anything about this or who have paid any attention to the issue over the years."Dunlap told CNN: "I think this email that he sent is really quite damaging to the relationships on the commission. It undermines the statement of the vice president that there are no foregone conclusions, and it undermines the chair and the vice chair and the rest of the commission."A Heritage spokesman for Von Spakovsky said he had no plans to resign. Neither Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, vice chairman of the panel, nor the office of the vice president, who chairs the panel, responded to requests for comment. In a statement provided to CNN after the publication of the story, von Spakovsky clarified that the email was sent to private individuals and he was unaware that it made its way to Sessions through a series of forwards. "I did send a private email in February to private individuals who were not in the administration to express my personal concerns about the efficacy of the President's Advisory Commission on Election Integrity months before it was organized or any of its members were selected," von Spakovsky said. "After my own participation as a member, I'm confident that all the members of the Commission are committed to uncovering the truth about election integrity and the other issues present in our election system and developing recommendations to safeguard and improve the voting process."Von Spakovsky and Kobach are known advocates for the idea that voter fraud is widespread and proponents of tough voting laws to limit such fraud -- an assertion that has not been backed up by virtually any credible study of the issue. President Donald Trump established the commission to look into the integrity of elections after making repeated assertions that there were millions of illegal votes cast in 2016, a claim that has also been debunked and is not supported by evidence. Von Spakovsky's email served as confirmation to critics of the panel that the objective was to back up the President's claims, though the commission's organizers insist there are no predrawn conclusions. "If we are going to continue, von Spakovsky has a lot of explaining to do to Democrats on the panel and anyone he classifies as a mainstream Republican," Dunlap said, insisting that despite his party affiliation, he works with members of all parties as secretary of state. "That's [...]

Kissimmee party planner accused of taking money, skipping town

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 03:45:39 GMT

It pains Cindy Amy to think of the $2,000 she lost after paying Max Wasserman of Party Masters of Kissimmee to throw her daughter's Sweet 16 party.

Amy said all the money she saved suddenly vanished after she received a letter from Wasserman saying the party was off and detailing his plans to file for bankruptcy.

"Everything (my daughter) wanted, Max promised her," Amy said. "Now she doesn't have it."

School officials from The Cruz Institute said they ran into a similar situation after putting down $1,200 for an October graduation.

"I have no place to go because he didn't commit to the contract that he said," said Karina Morelli, of the institute.

Carmen Ruiz said she gave Wasserman $7,500 for her daughter's quinceañera.

"I planned that for two years and now I cannot even do it," she said.

The women are among more than two dozen people who, according to Wasserman, gave him money for parties that will not happen.

Many of them are now scrambling to make do, to throw some kind of party.  But not Brenda Chavez and her fiance, who put down more than $6,000 for a dream December wedding. With their money gone, they are no longer having a reception.

"He was gonna (provide) everything for us," Chavez said. "The food, the decorations -- everything."

Many of these would-be customers found Party Masters through the internet and said Wasserman told them he'd throw the perfect party for one price, or he offered steep discounts if they paid in cash.

"Who wouldn't take 30 percent off the whole thing, right?" Chavez's fiance said.

Now, these victims want Wasserman to pay them back or go to jail.

Wasserman told News 6 over the phone that he moved to California on Sept. 1 and is staying with family. He added that he was living in his office, but he was evicted.

He also admitted that he's $150,000 in debt, mostly to vendors, and that he's "in the process" of filing for bankruptcy. 

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Violence flares after quiet vigil for Georgia Tech student shot by policeGeorgia Tech shooting victim called policeGeorgia Tech police fatally shoot student after knife confrontation

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 05:36:10 GMTTue, 19 Sep 2017 02:08:16 GMTSun, 17 Sep 2017 23:02:07 GMT

Violence erupted late Monday on the campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta after a vigil for a student shot and killed by police.Attendees at the vigil for Scout Schultz said that gathering ended quietly after less than half an hour, and about 20 minutes later a separate gathering developed with chanting, marching and, ultimately, confrontations at the campus police headquarters.A campus police car burned after its windshield was smashed, and videos taken by people at the scene showed police handcuffing individuals who had been forced to the ground.Georgia Tech said in a statement late Monday that about 50 people had marched to the police station. Three arrests were made and two officers received minor injuries. Those arrested were charged with inciting a riot and battery of an officer, Tech said, although it did not say whether the three were students.The later demonstration began with a "core group" of about a dozen people chanting "This is not OK" and unfurling a banner that read "Protect LGBTQ," according to Xincheng Shen, a doctoral student at Tech who attended the earlier vigil.Schultz was a leader in the school's LGBTQ community. Eyewitness account Demonstrators also chanted, "Justice now," and marched around part of the campus before heading to the police headquarters. "I realized this was going to be very bad" when the protest group headed toward police headquarters, Shen said. Fireworks went off but it was not clear who set them off, he said. A person from the group jumped on the hood of a police car parked near the station and the windshield was smashed. Video on social media from the scene shows the police car ablaze. Demonstrators -- some with their faces covered with bandanas -- confronted officers who were making arrests at the scene. Two people who ran past Shen had their faces covered with bandanas and were carrying what appeared to be "tools," he said. "One of them was carrying what looked like a pipe." More police arrived on the scene. "I saw a couple of students forced to the ground handcuffed. Police were not arresting everyone," Shen said. "They were only after certain people." Georgia Tech police had urged students to stay inside and lock their doors because of "violent protests on campus." Hours later, university said the campus was back to normal -- Shen described it as "eerily quiet" -- and that classes would resume as scheduled Tuesday morning. The shooting Schultz, a fourth-year computer engineering student at the school, was shot Saturday night after police responded to a 911 call at 11:17 p.m., with the caller reporting a suspicious person on campus. The caller said the person -- described as a white male with long blond hair, white T-shirt and blue jeans, possibly intoxicated -- was holding a knife and possibly a gun. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Schultz made that 911 call. Cell phone video shows the officer repeatedly yelling at Schultz to put the knife down and not move. In the video, after Schultz takes a few steps forward, an officer opens fire. Three suicide notes were found in Schultz's dorm room, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said. No gun was found at the scene and the only knife found was one inside a multipurpose tool, the GBI said. Family attorney: Officer who fired overreacted Earlier on Monday, family attorney L. Chris Stewart said Schultz was barefoot and "disoriented," in the middle of a "mental breakdown." Stewart also accused the officer who opened fire of overreacting. He also accused the school [...]

Airport lost and found items, firetrucks for sale in online auctionUnclaimed property up for auction Saturday in OrlandoStetson student accused of making bomb-related threat against schoolWinter Park police officer shoots armed woman threatening suicide, police sayHurricane Irma already blamed for $2 billion in insured losses in Florida70-year-old slashed man with machete during parking dispute, police saySuspects accused of stealing downed Duke Energy power linesCentral FL donating supplies to Puerto Rico ahead of MariaCentral Florida schools reopen week after Hurricane IrmaFlorida power outage map: How to check who has power

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 03:45:03 GMTFri, 25 Aug 2017 23:23:07 GMTMon, 18 Sep 2017 22:36:37 GMTMon, 18 Sep 2017 18:59:01 GMTMon, 18 Sep 2017 23:29:49 GMTMon, 18 Sep 2017 18:29:40 GMTTue, 19 Sep 2017 10:24:42 GMTMon, 18 Sep 2017 16:42:18 GMTMon, 18 Sep 2017 16:39:41 GMTTue, 19 Sep 2017 23:23:54 GMT

It's kind of like the Island of Misfit Toys.But in this case, a yard and warehouse full of goods is where all the old items from different cities, counties and municipalities end up when they have served their time."When they get the new, we get the old," said George Gideon, who runs the unique business tucked away behind a gas station off north U.S. Route 441 in Zellwood, Florida.In his fenced-in yard News 6 found more than 30 school buses, dozens of cars, construction equipment and even three firetrucks."The small one is from the city of Palm Bay; the large one is from Mount Dora," said Gideon as he showed News 6 the current firetrucks for sale. "The other one back here is from Sumter County."Gideon has even had broken-down helicopters brought there."We have some smaller municipalities that will bid on them," said Gideon. "A lot of the buses come from Orange County schools. They'll end up a lot of times with churches and do get exported to foreign countries."But inside the warehouse, it's a whole different world.Everything from old laptops, copy machines and computer monitors to all-terrain vehicles and Segways are up for sale. So are strollers and car seats and boogie boards. A unique hodgepodge of stuff, all ready and waiting for a new home."I say on average we probably sell about 150 to 200 laptops a month," said Gideon.Even boxes of clothes, belts, sunglasses and neck pillows left at the Orlando International Airport are up for auction there."We have boxes and boxes of neck pillows," says Gideon. "They stay at the airport 90 days, and then we get them shipped here."And this does not include all the items confiscated by the Transportation Security Administration.Gideon started this unique business 40 years ago, and he currently works with 50 government agencies -- auctioning off all their old stuff for a cut of the profits and then sending the rest right back to the cities and counties and agencies he has a contract with."Everything from a dump truck to a tractor to a copy machine to a file cabinet," said Gideon.George Gideon Auctions holds dozens of contracts to sell off surplus and end-of-life items."The motorcycle came from one of the local sheriff's offices," said Gideon. "The tractors that have come in from Volusia County. I mean, its different agencies from here in Central Florida with all of their surplus items. And all of this stuff here now will end up getting sold in the next couple of weeks."Gideon has been an auctioneer for almost four decades. But gone are the old days of live Saturday morning auctions.Now he runs his business online.And he says it has definitely increased his circle of buyers."It's similar to eBay. You just have to register with us," said Gideon. "Go on there and bid and buy, come here and pay for it and pick up."As for all the cars for sale, most of them have been pretty well maintained since they were with the city and county agencies and often got regular oil changes and tune-ups."We are the largest Florida-based auction site of its kind," said Gideon.So what’s the priciest item he has ever sold?"The most expensive item I have sold is a crane that brought close to a million dollars,” said Gideon. “We've sold airplanes, helicopters, but that would be the most expensive."If you'd like to register and see what's up for bid, here is the link with all the details.[...]Jewelers, collectors, and people simply looking for a good deal are all expected to crowd the St[...]

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As school resumes, some remain without power in Lake County

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 03:46:00 GMT

Schools in Lake County are about to reopen Tuesday following Hurricane Irma.

As students return, Duke Energy estimates that about 10,000 customers were still without power as of Monday night. The latest restoration deadline is set for 11 p.m. Tuesday.

Juan Mendez said it's been more than a week since he has been able to turn on his lights or air conditioning without the help of a generator.

He said his two children are returning to school Tuesday, while his family waits for the power to be restored at home.

"For the kids, it's different," Mendez said. "They have to get showered and get ready and all that with cold water -- if you got water. If not, like us that live in the countryside, we got wells."

William Hilliard said he understands that living near the orange groves in a rural area, it might take longer for crews to restore power, but by day eight, he's exhausted.

"The trips we are making back and forth, you know, the animals we got -- trying to take care of them and all the stuff for them and everything (is) tough," said Hilliard, who lives along Fish Camp Road in Grand Island.

Duke Energy said the reason for the delay in restoring power to Lake County is due to workers having to rebuild the entire electrical system.

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Trump to UN: 'Rocket Man is on a suicide mission'US government wiretapped former Trump campaign chairmanTrump retweets GIF of him hitting Clinton with golf ballDems urge Trump to make appointments amid North Korea crisisLeaders line up to meet with Ivanka Trump at UN gatheringIran's Rouhani: US will pay a high cost if Trump scraps nuclear dealTrump calls for whistleblower protections as part of UN reforms

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:05:34 GMTMon, 18 Sep 2017 23:39:08 GMTMon, 18 Sep 2017 02:05:09 GMTMon, 18 Sep 2017 20:14:59 GMTMon, 18 Sep 2017 20:27:08 GMTMon, 18 Sep 2017 19:17:23 GMTMon, 18 Sep 2017 17:14:24 GMT

President Donald Trump delivered Tuesday a doomsday warning to North Korea and mocked its young leader, a pugnacious escalation in rhetoric in a wide-ranging debut address to the United Nations, the world's foremost diplomatic body.In blunt terms, Trump warned the US would "totally destroy North Korea" if forced to defend itself or its allies. He said while the US has "great strength and patience," its options could soon run out.Directly putting the country's leader on notice, Trump suggested Kim Jong Un could not survive an American attack."Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself," he said.It was a characteristically bombastic approach to a crisis that's growing in scale. Throughout his address -- the most closely watched foreign policy remarks of his presidency -- Trump brought frank assessments to a range of sticky global flashpoints.He declared the Iran nuclear deal all but dead, saying it was an "embarrassment" to the United States. He bluntly described some regions of the world as "going to hell." And he revived his use of the term "radical Islamic terrorism," vowing to stamp out terrorists worldwide.But it was Trump's remarks about North Korea that prompted the loudest buzz in the soaring, green-hued General Assembly hall, where Trump spoke to more than 100 world leaders and diplomats."It is an outrage that some nations would not only trade with such a nation but would arm, supply and financially support a country that imperils the world," he said.He warned nations against becoming "bystanders to history" and thanked members of the UN Security Council -- where he's secured key victories through passage of sanctions measures against North Korea -- for escalating their rebukes of Pyongyang. Iran He directed similar ire toward Iran, which he accused of supporting terrorists and destabilizing the region. "The Iranian government masks a corrupt dictatorship behind the false guise of a democracy," Trump said. "It has turned a wealthy country with a rich history and culture into an economically depleted rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed and chaos." He left little doubt to his plans for the nuclear deal, which was brokered under the Obama administration and lifted some sanctions on the country in exchange for curbing aspects of its nuclear program. "The Iran deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions," Trump said. "That deal is embarrassment to the US and I don't think you've heard the last of it, believe me." Trump faces a mid-October deadline for re-certifying Iran's compliance with the agreement. US officials say Trump is still weighing his next moves and plans to announce his intentions next month. He also lambasted Venezuela's leader Nicolas Maduro, accusing him of depriving his people in the same of socialist ideas. "The Venezuelan people are starving and their country is collapsing," Trump said. 'Sovereignty' Trump has delivered major foreign policy addresses before, but the issues at the United Nations are broader and the geographic spread of Trump's audience wider. The message he delivered here will resonate in capitals worldwide, where officials and leaders are still seeking a cohesive foreign policy doctrine from new American leader. In his remarks, Trump sought to encapsulate his worldview through the theme of "sovereignty," suggesting that nations acting in their own self-interest would create a [...]

News 6, 'Inside Edition' investigate accused 'con man' who used cancer to find love'Cancer' grooms ex-girlfriend: He stole my hopes and dreams

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 01:53:21 GMTFri, 26 May 2017 09:56:41 GMT

News 6’s investigation into the man accused of using cancer to meet women online hit "Inside Edition" Monday evening.Investigator Mike Holfeld broke the story of Ken Boyer and his alleged cancer diagnosis months ago, but when Boyer was recently faced with cameras, he appeared to be perfectly healthy.  The investigation into Boyer’s alleged fatal diagnosis made international headlines. “I've had a really good life. God had been good to me, and if this is my time, this is my time,” Boyer, who appeared to be in tears over his health, said in May. The emotion seemed real from a man who claimed to be dying from stage 4 cancer when he reconnected with an old love, exchanging wedding vows with a ring and a kiss, until News 6 uncovered a trail of women across the state who had all shared a similar tale with Boyer’s alleged line of “love at first sight” and terminal cancer. “He loved every single one of us and he loved us all from the second he laid eyes on us,” Karen Hagerty said.Boyer’s daughter Hannah said her father called her in February to tell her doctors felt he wouldn’t make it past his June 4 birthday. Lisa Guerrero and the investigative team from "Inside Edition" teamed up with News 6 to track Boyer to his home state of Missouri. The man who claimed he wouldn’t be alive past June seemed more defiant than sickly.“This case was particularly reprehensible because of the cancer card,” Guerrero said.Guerrero said the investigation into Boyer’s relationships offered women a platform to tell their stories while knowing they were not alone.“And I believe that there are gonna be women that are gonna come forward after they see this story and say, ‘This happened to me, too,’” Guerrero said. “Maybe not this Ken Boyer, but there are other 'Ken Boyers' out there that are hurting women and we want to see that end.”A Brevard County woman claimed earlier this year that Boyer used her while they were dating from September 2015 to November 2016 to finance his life and love affairs while claiming to be fighting cancer.Barbara Jones-Leyden, 63, a former Long Island police employee, told News 6 that Boyer lived with her from September 2015 to November 2016 and was probably cheating on her the entire time.Boyer never allowed Jones-Leyden to accompany him to a doctor’s office, there were no medical bills and, according to Jones-Leyden, no prescriptions for cancer treatments.Records show she wrote checks for $16,000 in January of 2015 and an additional $6000 in March of that same year.Jones-Leyden has access to Boyer’s cell phone records because she paid the monthly bill for Boyer and his daughter.She made random calls to phone numbers listed on those records and found women in Tampa, New Haven, Winter Park, Jacksonville and Miami, all of whom confirmed  they were dating Boyer and admitted he told them he loved them and wanted to live with them.Trish Marsee, a hair stylist in Winter Park, said Boyer claimed he fell in love with her and wanted to move in with her after their first lunch date.Boyer married Michelle Kimbrel, of Missouri, on May 1 in Palm Bay in a story that went viral.It is unclear whether Boyer lied to his new wife, or if there are more victims out there, but Holfeld and Guerrero found that Boyer was alive and in good health in Missouri. Holfeld was part of the "Inside Edition"[...]

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US government wiretapped former Trump campaign chairmanMueller, New York AG working together on ManafortSpecial counsel subpoenas Manafort's former attorney and spokesman

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 23:39:08 GMTThu, 31 Aug 2017 02:21:36 GMTTue, 29 Aug 2017 20:18:04 GMT

US investigators wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret court orders before and after the election, sources tell CNN, an extraordinary step involving a high-ranking campaign official now at the center of the Russia meddling probe.The government snooping continued into early this year, including a period when Manafort was known to talk to President Donald Trump.Some of the intelligence collected includes communications that sparked concerns among investigators that Manafort had encouraged the Russians to help with the campaign, according to three sources familiar with the investigation. Two of these sources, however, cautioned that the evidence is not conclusive.Special counsel Robert Mueller's team, which is leading the investigation into Russia's involvement in the election, has been provided details of these communications.A secret order authorized by the court that handles the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) began after Manafort became the subject of an FBI investigation that began in 2014. It centered on work done by a group of Washington consulting firms for Ukraine's former ruling party, the sources told CNN.The surveillance was discontinued at some point last year for lack of evidence, according to one of the sources.The FBI then restarted the surveillance after obtaining a new FISA warrant that extended at least into early this year.Sources say the second warrant was part of the FBI's efforts to investigate ties between Trump campaign associates and suspected Russian operatives.Such warrants require the approval of top Justice Department and FBI officials, and the FBI must provide the court with information showing suspicion that the subject of the warrant may be acting as an agent of a foreign power.It is unclear when the new warrant started. The FBI interest deepened last fall because of intercepted communications between Manafort and suspected Russian operatives, and among the Russians themselves, that reignited their interest in Manafort, the sources told CNN. As part of the FISA warrant, CNN has learned that earlier this year, the FBI conducted a search of a storage facility belonging to Manafort. It's not known what they found.The conversations between Manafort and Trump continued after the President took office, long after the FBI investigation into Manafort was publicly known, the sources told CNN. They went on until lawyers for the President and Manafort insisted that they stop, according to the sources.It's unclear whether Trump himself was picked up on the surveillance.The White House declined to comment for this story. A spokesperson for Manafort didn't comment for this story.Manafort previously has denied that he ever "knowingly" communicated with Russian intelligence operatives during the election and also has denied participating in any Russian efforts to "undermine the interests of the United States."The FBI wasn't listening in June 2016, the sources said, when Donald Trump Jr. led a meeting that included Manafort, then campaign chairman, and Jared Kushner, the President's son-in-law, with a Russian lawyer who had promised negative information on Hillary Clinton.That gap could prove crucial as prosecutors and investigators under Mueller work to determine whether there's evidence of a crime in myriad connections that have come to light between suspected Russian government operatives and associates of Trump. Origins of the FBI's interest in Manafort The FBI[...]

Rhode Island will pay for Dreamers to renew their DACA statusDACA deal: Here are just some of the things that could go wrongThe DACA debate isn't the only immigration fight in CongressJimmy Carter defends Trump on DACA actionsTrump, Dems move closer to deal on DACAHill leaders, White House try to chart course for DACATrump to dine with Schumer and Pelosi, talk DACA

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 22:39:53 GMTFri, 15 Sep 2017 10:45:11 GMTThu, 14 Sep 2017 19:19:10 GMTThu, 14 Sep 2017 19:54:18 GMTThu, 14 Sep 2017 13:53:25 GMTWed, 13 Sep 2017 22:47:11 GMTWed, 13 Sep 2017 15:45:31 GMT

Rhode Island is taking an unprecedented step to hold on to its Dreamers.The state will cover the $495 application fee for all DACA recipients who are eligible to reapply to the program before it ends, Gov. Gina Raimondo announced Monday."We're not going to allow $495 to stand in the way of our neighbors' dreams," Raimondo, a Democrat, said in a statement.Earlier this month, the Trump administration decided to terminate the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals program, which has allowed roughly 800,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children to live, work and study in the country without fear of deportation.Trump gave Dreamers whose DACA permits expire before March 5, 2018 one month (or until October 5) to apply for a renewal. Those permits will remain valid for another two years.Rhode Island is the first state cover renewal fees for residents as they scramble to get their applications in, Raimondo's office said."As if it weren't stressful enough ... to have the rug pulled out from under you, you basically have a couple of weeks to get renewed," Raimondo said at a press conference. "And you have to come up with $500."About 1,200 Rhode Island residents are DACA recipients, according to data from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.The state believes between 250 and 350 people are eligible to renew their status.So far, more than $170,000 has been collected from local and national donors to bankroll the initiative. The Rhode Island Foundation, which finances nonprofits in the state and coordinated the fundraising effort, did not reply to a request for information as to who has contributed.Several other groups have also stepped up to cover DACA renewal fees for Dreamers around the country.Advocacy groups and United We Dream have banded together to form the "DACA Renewal Fund," which is soliciting donations to subsidize fees for those who need it. The groups say they've helped 700 DACA recipients reapply to date.And Mission Asset Fund, a San Francisco-based nonprofit, announced last week that it's offering $1 million in DACA renewal scholarships to those who qualify. Organizers expect to assist more than 2,000 people.Half of the fund is earmarked for California students attending community colleges, California State universities or the University of California.In all, about 154,000 Dreamers are eligible to re-up their DACA permits before the Oct. 5 deadline, the Mission Asset Fund said.Consensus is building in Washington for a deal that would pair border security and a solution for young undocumented immigrants -- but that doesn't mean anything will be easy. Even as Democrats and President Donald Trump near consensus on a deal to protect young undocumented immigrants, a bill passed in the House on Thursday reveals the deep divisions over immigration that remain on Capitol Hill.President Donald Trump's moves on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program found an unlikely defender Wednesday night: former President Jimmy Carter.President Donald Trump is moving closer to a deal with Democrats that would protect hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants from deportation.Nearly everyone in Washington agrees -- they want a solution to the pending DACA expiration. But just as near universal are the sharp divides remaining over how to do it.[...]The top two Democrats on Capitol Hill will join President Donald Trump for dinner Wednesday night at the White[...]

FHP: 1 hurt when Gatorade-hauling semi slams into Orange County guardrailSunRail resumes full service after Hurricane Irma2 cats rescued from house fire in Merritt IslandMissing child alert issued for 14-year-old Sarasota teenWinter Park police officer shoots armed woman threatening suicide, police say70-year-old slashed man with machete during parking dispute, police say

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 22:54:23 GMTTue, 19 Sep 2017 11:09:02 GMTMon, 18 Sep 2017 22:28:18 GMTMon, 18 Sep 2017 19:47:31 GMTMon, 18 Sep 2017 18:59:01 GMTMon, 18 Sep 2017 18:29:40 GMT

The driver of a semitruck was injured Monday in an Orange County crash, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Orange County Fire Rescue personnel said the crash took place just before 5:30 p.m. when the driver of the truck, which was hauling Gatorade north on State Road 429, hit a guardrail on the on-ramp to the Florida Turnpike and overturned.

Troopers said the driver was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries.

The ramp was closed following the crash, the Highway Patrol said.

Troopers said no other vehicles were involved in the crash.

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

SunRail will offer full service Tuesday, officials say.

Brevard County Fire Rescue rescued two cats from a house fire in the 10000 block of South Tropical Trail just south of the Pineda Causeway Monday afternoon.


Officials have issued a missing child alert for 14-year-old Jabez Spann Monday. 

A male officer shot the woman after she did not respond to several commands to put the gun down.

Police say a 70-year-old man slashed another man in the face with a machete during a parking dispute.

Duke Energy admits mistakes, apologizes for Hurricane Irma outagesFlorida power outage map: How to check who has powerCable, internet outages loom even for Central Floridians who have powerMarion County family thanks News 6 after power restored at homeFPL incorrectly tells customer her power was restoredFamily vows to name baby 'Duke' if they get power restored

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:15:19 GMTTue, 19 Sep 2017 23:23:54 GMTTue, 19 Sep 2017 15:29:11 GMTMon, 18 Sep 2017 00:37:58 GMTFri, 15 Sep 2017 22:33:08 GMTFri, 15 Sep 2017 22:31:48 GMT

Last week, both Duke Energy and Florida Power & Light promised repeatedly that most customers would have their electricity restored by Sunday night.That deadline came and went.As of Monday afternoon, around 75,000 Central Florida customers still did not have power.Paul Lamb, a resident at Sandy Shores mobile home park next to Lake Fairview in Orlando, is one of them."It's been hot for eight days without power," Lamb said. "We've been waiting on Duke Energy to get here and we haven't seen any sign of hope or any kind of workers maybe but once. Duke, I know you're doing a lot but come over here and help us out, too. We're dying over here. Forgotten is an understatement. I thought we would've had it on the latest Sunday night."Monday afternoon, Duke Energy spokesman Jeff Brooks apologized for the missed deadline."We know customers are uncomfortable and frustrated," Brooks said. "And we apologize this is taking a little longer than any of us would like it to. Certainly part of it is the scale of the damage. This is the largest storm to ever hit the Duke Energy service area. And if you can imagine, one outage that you work for two to three hours and it only restores 30 to 40 customers and multiply that by thousands across the area, you begin to understand the scale of the damage. With that said, there's a lot of things we would like to do better. Our communications, we haven't done the way we would like for our customer experience."Brooks said Duke has 4,000 line workers in Orange and Seminole counties as of Monday afternoon and continues to bring in more crews."We know all the progress we've made doesn't matter if you're the person with your lights still off so all we can say is we're very sorry and we're going to work very hard to get you restored as quickly and safely as possible," Brooks said. "I will say if you haven't seen a truck, it doesn't mean that we're not working on your power. Sometimes we may be several streets away or there may be a substation that we have to restore first in order to then come and restore power in your neighborhood."Brooks said it was a mistake that some customers received voicemails or were told when they called that their power was on when it really wasn't."We had some inaccuracies in how the estimates in the reporting was done, we've worked to address that, but when we get to that less than 1 percent the system will identify that as being fully restored," Brooks said. "In reality we realize there's some pockets of customers that may be restored and we need to make some improvements and look at how that process goes.""We have heard from some customers that said, 'I got the notification that my power is back on.' That doesn't necessarily mean we don't know that it's on, it just means that based on the line that serves their area, if it came they may have gotten that notification. That can be very confusing, and we need to address and look at more closely," Brooks said.As News 6 was leaving Sandy Shores, several Duke Energy line workers pulled up and began removing a tree that ripped down a powerline. Power was restored within 45 minutes."We definitely thank Channel 6 and Erik von Ancken definitely for getting some results because we hadn't seen any power guys yet, nothing," [...]

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Irma storm debris pickup begins in Brevard CountyWhat to do with your Hurricane Irma storm debrisIrma creates 1M cubic yards of debris in Seminole, 67 times more than MatthewHurricane Irma already blamed for $2 billion in insured losses in FloridaAgriculture leaders to tour state, survey Hurricane Irma damageFlooding remains major issue in Central Florida following Hurricane Irma

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 22:29:03 GMTMon, 18 Sep 2017 21:39:47 GMTTue, 12 Sep 2017 19:32:21 GMTMon, 18 Sep 2017 23:29:49 GMTMon, 18 Sep 2017 12:54:24 GMTMon, 18 Sep 2017 12:45:43 GMT

At the Palm Bay Estates mobile home park off U.S. 1, a vacant lot has become the dumping ground for Hurricane Irma's destruction.

The city of Palm Bay Monday began picking up the mess surrounding the residences of one of the hardest-hit parts in Central Florida. Irma spawned six tornadoes in Brevard County, one of which destroyed six mobile homes at the Palm Bay Estates.

Resident Richard King evacuated ahead of the storm and returned last week, thankful that his home was still standing and that, most important, no one was hurt.

King said he plans to pick up the pieces and keep on going.

"Happy nobody got hurt and that's the main thing. The rest of this stuff can be replaced," King said.

Meteorologists with the National Weather Service said the tornado started across U.S. 1 as a waterspout in the Indian River off of Worth Court and Anglers Drive.

Debris pileup in that neighborhood also stood tall Monday while awaiting pickup.

And while most people in the county have their power back, linemen like Daniel Monroe, with Young's Communications in Melbourne, are still working to restore residents' cable and internet.

"There's a lot of work, still," Monroe said. "We've got 10 crews that I know of and we're out from morning until dark just doing what we can in the time we got."

Despite what the damage in that corner of Palm Bay may lead people to think, the county estimates debris from Irma is less than what Hurricane Matthew left last year.

For those putting out debris, leaders say your storm debris needs to be separated from other household trash and recyclables.

Leaders also advise storm debris itself be sorted into five categories--vegetative, construction and demolition, appliances, electronics and household hazardous waste.

Find a list of Central Florida locations where storm debris can be dropped off.

Initial estimates indicate Hurricane Irma left nearly 1 million cubic yards of debris in Seminole County.

Get the latest on Hurricane Irma and the recovery efforts in Florida.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue is scheduled to survey agricultural damage in Florida.

In the wake of Hurricane Irma, flooding concerns continue across Central Florida. 

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2 cats rescued from house fire in Merritt IslandMother saves toddlers from Orlando house fireCommunity gets power restored; tree branch catches fire10-year-old child dies in Marion County mobile home fire

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 22:28:18 GMTMon, 18 Sep 2017 20:53:43 GMTSun, 17 Sep 2017 00:33:10 GMTThu, 14 Sep 2017 16:14:56 GMT

Brevard County Fire Rescue rescued two cats from a house fire in the 10000 block of South Tropical Trail just south of the Pineda Causeway Monday afternoon.

Just after 1 p.m., fire rescue units, along with Brevard County Sheriff's Office personnel, converged at the home.

No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Piles of yard debris lined the edges of South Tropical, remnants of Hurricane Irma last week. Florida Power and Light contractors were also in the area to repair broken power lines from the storm.

A neighbor who did not wish to be named said that he had seen sparks and a small fire on the lines near his home earlier in the day. BCFR was not immediately able to provide comment on if the fire was caused by the nearby electrical work. 

Three toddlers who were hiding in a bathroom were rescued after a home in Orlando caught fire Monday afternoon, according to the Orlando Fire Department.


While many people in Central Florida are still without power, one community had quite the tease Saturday afternoon when its power came back on, but only for less than an hour.

A child died in a Marion County mobile home fire, deputies said.

Cable, internet outages loom even for Central Floridians who have powerWhy some are still without internet connectivity after Hurricane IrmaFlorida power outage map: How to check who has powerSuspects accused of stealing downed Duke Energy power linesPower company, county or electrician? Who should help Ocklawaha couple?

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:29:11 GMTSat, 16 Sep 2017 15:23:03 GMTTue, 19 Sep 2017 23:23:54 GMTTue, 19 Sep 2017 10:24:42 GMTMon, 18 Sep 2017 00:11:20 GMT

Sitting outside his quiet Winter Park home, writer Asili Nadhiri can't help but laugh when he gets an automated response and then hung up on by Spectrum."We apologize for your inconvenience," the automated voice says before hanging up."I've been calling," Nadhiri laughs. "They give you this quick deal whip and that's it."Being a writer, now on the editing phase of his novel, he needs the internet and simply wants to know when it will be turned back on."Just restore the internet," he said. "Or if you can't restore it and there is a technical problem, I can understand, just say it."But according to a director of charter communications Joseph Durkin, the answer isn't that simple."The primary cause of Spectrum service being out is the massive loss of commercial power that the state suffered. In some cases, commercial power is back on but the cable is still out. As our network relies on commercial power there may a loss of power further down the line to one of our hubs that power a given area, preventing the delivery of Spectrum services," he said. "We don’t provide customer numbers because they constantly change due to the fact that most customer issues are power related."That was the same reasoning other major cable companies including CenturyLink, Comcast Xfinity and AT&T all offered Monday.None of those companies were able to provide a timeline on when cable and internet can be restored.However, many are offering credit to customers for when they didn't have service and waiving late fees. It's a move that comes after Sen. Bill Nelson sent a letter asking for that last week.Below is a list of responses from cable service providers:CHARTER STATEMENT ON CREDITING CUSTOMERS: Charter wants to ease concerns of our customers impacted by the storm and assure them Spectrum crews are working around the clock to restore service. We recognize the extraordinary impact Irma has had on the lives of many Floridians and are committed to working with customers to provide appropriate credits.  Customers who have suffered damage to their homes will not be charged for any equipment damaged or lost during the storm, and we have also suspended collections in impacted areas.  We and our more than 7,500 Florida employees are part of the communities we serve, and we will be supporting recovery efforts in the days and weeks to come.RESPONSE FROM CENTURY LINK:CenturyLink offers free Emergency Call Forwarding and other services to central Florida customers impacted by Hurricane IrmaAPOPKA, Fla. – CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) announces it is offering Emergency Call Forwarding for 90 days free of charge to residential and small business customers in central Florida impacted by Hurricane Irma. The service allows customers who have been displaced from their home or business due to flooding, wind damage or emergency evacuations to receive their home or business phone calls on an alternative number, helping them keep in touch with family and business associates. This service is available to CenturyLink customers throughout central Florida region. Emergency Call Forwarding service allows calls to be forwarded to a wireless or landline phone of the customer’s choice. To activate this service, customers can call the C[...]

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SunRail resumes full service after Hurricane IrmaSunRail, Amtrak, Lynx alter schedules for Hurricane IrmaSpike in SunRail deaths '100 percent preventable,' FHP says

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:09:02 GMTTue, 12 Sep 2017 10:27:21 GMTTue, 29 Aug 2017 22:13:09 GMT

SunRail resumed full operations Tuesday after Hurricane Irma halted service last week.

The trains began limited service for free Monday, and officials said fares would also be waived Tuesday when full service resumes.

The limited service was needed to give crews time to complete work at some railroad crossings, SunRail said. Officials said crews will continue working as full service runs, but will try to limit delays.

Riders who have weekly, monthly and annual passes will receive credit for the time SunRail was down. SunRail's customer service line can be reached at 855-724-5411.


SunRail, Amtrak and Lynx make schedule changes because of Hurricane Irma.

A spike in deadly SunRail train crashes involving pedestrians this year could have been avoided, transportation officials told News 6.

News 6 partners with Centra Care for flu shotsHealthy Living Expo Vendor ResourcesTitusville man accused of stabbing woman, beating her childrenFlorida city commissioner uses bricks to save dog from alligatorNice day on tap in Central Florida as Hurricane Maria loomsFlorida gas prices higher than national average, AAA saysTeen struck in front of West Orange High SchoolMan arrested at Aldi in connection with Sumter County bank robbery, police sayCentral Florida schools reopen week after Hurricane Irma

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:29:58 GMTFri, 04 Aug 2017 13:53:07 GMTMon, 18 Sep 2017 15:02:00 GMTMon, 18 Sep 2017 15:01:20 GMTMon, 18 Sep 2017 14:56:54 GMTMon, 18 Sep 2017 14:36:50 GMTMon, 18 Sep 2017 14:33:29 GMTMon, 18 Sep 2017 13:48:51 GMTMon, 18 Sep 2017 16:39:41 GMT

News 6 is partnering with Centra Care to help you get results this flu season by hosting a phone bank on Sept. 20 and the 16th annual Fast & Free Flu Shot event on Sept. 27. 

The phone bank runs from 4 to 8 p.m.. The number to call is 888-436-6665.

The event is scheduled at different Centra Care locations in Sanford, Palm Coast, Winter Garden, Orlando and Kissimmee.

Wednesday, Sept. 27:
2-5 p.m.
Sanford Centra Care 4451 W 1st St
Sanford, FL 32771

Friday, Sept. 29:
2-5 p.m.
Palm Coast Centra Care 1270 Palm Coast Pkwy NW
Palm Coast, FL 32137

Wednesday, Oct. 4:
2-5 p.m.
Winter Garden Centra Care
3005 Daniels Rd
Winter Garden, FL 34787

Monday, Oct. 9: (Columbus Day)
2-5 p.m.
Colonial Town Centra Care 630 N Bumby Ave
Orlando, FL 32803

Wednesday, Oct. 11:
(School Early Release Day)
2-5 p.m.
Hunsters Creek Centra Care
3293 Greenwald Way N
Kissimmee, FL 34741

“We want to do everything we can to encourage entire families to get vaccinated,” says Centra Care president & CEO Scott Brady, MD. “The more people who get vaccinated, the less chance of a large flu outbreak. Vaccines are not only important in preventing the flu, they are also important in protecting those who are vulnerable to flu complications.”

A 33-year-old Titusville man is accused of stabbing a woman and beating her three children.

During cleanup from Hurricane Irma, a fishing guide and a Lakeland City Commissioner save a dog named Dixie from an alligator's jaws.

It will be a nice day in Central Florida, but all eyes are on the tropics.

During Hurricane Irma, the price for a gallon of gas was around $2.73, officials said. 

Officials say a teenager was struck by a vehicle outside West Orange High School in Winter Garden.

Thousands of students across Central Florida head back to class. 

Dems urge Trump to make appointments amid North Korea crisisNorth Korean defectors, resettled in the US, torn as tensions escalateLatest North Korea missile test renews US talk of military optionTrump: Options for North Korea are 'effective and overwhelming'Albright calls for diplomatic approach to North Korea crisisJapan split over how to deal with North Korean missile launches

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 20:14:59 GMTSun, 17 Sep 2017 05:33:01 GMTSat, 16 Sep 2017 17:05:15 GMTFri, 15 Sep 2017 20:38:14 GMTFri, 15 Sep 2017 18:27:11 GMTFri, 15 Sep 2017 10:08:54 GMT

Amid increased tensions with North Korea, a group of Senate Democrats have written a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to make appointments to several unfilled posts with responsibility for the region, including the ambassador to South Korea.The letter's 10 authors, including members of the Intelligence, Armed Services, and Foreign Relations committees, expressed "deep concern" that no ambassador had been nominated."As North Korea continues its illegal nuclear weapons program, commits blatant violations of international law, and makes threats to our country and allies, the confirmation of a US ambassador to the Republic of Korea must be prioritized," the letter said.The letter noted that the Senate had already confirmed 20 ambassadorships, saying that the appointment of an ambassador to Seoul would "affirmatively convey to our (South Korean) allies that our relationship is valued in the same manner as these nations."The authors also called for the appointment of an Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs as well as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, saying that permanent appointees would help ensure that recent sanctions aimed at curbing Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs were properly enforces.Currently both posts are being filled by senior civil servants in an acting capacity.The letter's signatories included Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Mark Warner, Mazie Hirono, Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth, but did not include the ranking members of either the Senate Armed Services or Foreign Relations committees.In the days leading up to the UN General Assembly in New York Trump has been actively engaged in diplomacy with countries in the region, conversations that have focused mainly on the threat posed by North Korea.On Sunday, Trump spoke with his South Korean counterpart, Moon Jae-in, where they agreed to intensify economic and diplomatic pressure against North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un -- or "Rocket Man," as Trump nicknamed him in a tweet -- over his nation's repeated nuclear and missile tests, according to a transcript of their conversation released by both presidential offices."President Trump and President Moon committed to continuing to take steps to strengthen deterrence and defense capabilities, and to maximize economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea," the White House said in a statement.Trump also spoke Monday with China's President Xi Jinping "to discuss North Korea's continued defiance of the international community and its efforts to destabilize Northeast Asia," according to a statement issued by the White House.As North Korea continues to boast of its military power with missile launches and bomb tests, resettled defectors from the totalitarian nation are torn: Some hope for an end to the vocal hostilities between North Korea and the United States, while others wish the tense rhetoric would result in military action against the regime of Kim Jong Un.North Korea's latest ballistic missile test has renewed discussion at the highest levels of the Trump administration about how military force could be used to stop Kim Jong Un's development of nuclear warheads and ballisti[...]

Missing child alert issued for 14-year-old Sarasota teenMissing child alert issued for Port St. Lucie teenHurricane Irma already blamed for $2 billion in insured losses in FloridaMother saves toddlers from Orlando house fireStetson student accused of making bomb-related threat against schoolWinter Park police officer shoots armed woman threatening suicide, police say70-year-old slashed man with machete during parking dispute, police say

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 19:47:31 GMTMon, 24 Jul 2017 14:50:34 GMTMon, 18 Sep 2017 23:29:49 GMTMon, 18 Sep 2017 20:53:43 GMTMon, 18 Sep 2017 22:36:37 GMTMon, 18 Sep 2017 18:59:01 GMTMon, 18 Sep 2017 18:29:40 GMT

Officials have issued a missing child alert for 14-year-old Jabez Spann Monday. 

Spann was last seen in the area of 22nd street in Sarasota on Sept. 4. 

Read: What is the difference between an AMBER Alert, Missing Child Alert?

He is described as a black male with brown eyes, black hair and is 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing 120 pounds.

He was last seen wearing a turquoise shirt.

Port St. Lucie police issued a missing child alert Monday morning for 16-year-old Jada Hallums.

Get the latest on Hurricane Irma and the recovery efforts in Florida.

Three toddlers who were hiding in a bathroom were rescued after a home in Orlando caught fire Monday afternoon, according to the Orlando Fire Department.


A Stetson University student was recently arrested after making threats to shoot up the school, DeLand Police Department officials said.


A male officer shot the woman after she did not respond to several commands to put the gun down.

Police say a 70-year-old man slashed another man in the face with a machete during a parking dispute.

Mother saves toddlers from Orlando house fireCommunity gets power restored; tree branch catches fire10-year-old child dies in Marion County mobile home fire3 die of carbon monoxide poisoning in 'tragic accident,' deputies say

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 20:53:43 GMTSun, 17 Sep 2017 00:33:10 GMTThu, 14 Sep 2017 16:14:56 GMTWed, 13 Sep 2017 22:41:13 GMT

Three toddlers who were hiding in a bathroom were rescued after a home in Orlando caught fire Monday afternoon, according to the Orlando Fire Department.

The mother of the children rushed inside the home to save the toddlers.

"They were in grave danger. If the mom wouldn't have been able to get them out who knows what would have happened to them," assistant fire chief Paul Plaugher said. "She suffered minor burns but all in all she saved her children's lives."

Officials said six people in total were displaced by the fire on Radleigh Place. Bars on the windows of the home made it difficult for the occupants of the home to escape the flames.

The fire was extinguished by 1:15 p.m. 

Officials from the Orlando Utilities Commission said the home did have power at the time of the fire and that there were no wires down in the area.

The American Red Cross has been notified.

While many people in Central Florida are still without power, one community had quite the tease Saturday afternoon when its power came back on, but only for less than an hour.

A child died in a Marion County mobile home fire, deputies said.

A woman and two teens died in a "tragic accident" after Orange County deputies say a generator was used inside an Orlando home that didn't have power.

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Iran's Rouhani: US will pay a high cost if Trump scraps nuclear dealIran, North Korea expected to dominate Trump's first UN General AssemblyNetanyahu: Only strong position on Iran 'would avert war'Iran's tourism industry is boomingIran rejects US call for more nuclear inspectionsQatar restores ties with IranIran's Revolutionary Guards blame Saudis for Tehran attacksIran calls Trump's reaction to ISIS attacks "repugnant"

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 19:17:23 GMTMon, 18 Sep 2017 15:20:11 GMTTue, 12 Sep 2017 19:50:28 GMTTue, 05 Sep 2017 15:46:49 GMTWed, 30 Aug 2017 10:01:14 GMTThu, 24 Aug 2017 07:38:05 GMTThu, 08 Jun 2017 21:23:03 GMTThu, 08 Jun 2017 15:14:02 GMT

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Monday that America will pay a "high cost" if US President Donald Trump makes good on his threats to scrap the Iran nuclear deal. Speaking in an exclusive interview with CNN in New York, Rouhani said: "Exiting such an agreement would carry a high cost for the United States of America, and I do not believe Americans would be willing to pay such a high cost for something that will be useless for them."Rouhani said such an action by the Trump administration "will yield no results for the United States but at the same time it will generally decrease and cut away and chip away at international trust placed in the Unites States of America." The US extended sanctions relief for Iran last week as part of the 2015 nuclear agreement, which Trump has described as "the worst deal ever." It was mainly a procedural move, but it was significant, as re-imposing nuclear-related sanctions could lead to Iran ending its compliance with the deal and reverting back to rapid uranium enrichment -- something Iran has threatened to do if the US reneges on its end of this bargain. The next major deadline comes in October, when Trump will decide whether to certify that Iran is complying with the agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). If he does not, Congress has 60 days to decide whether to reimpose sanctions waived under the deal.Rouhani said Iran was ready to respond to the possibility of Trump walking away from the agreement."Given that Mr. Trump's actions and reactions and policies are somewhat unpredictable, we have thought long and hard about our reactions," he said. He said any riposte from Iran would come "quite swiftly" and "probably within a week," adding that "if the US wants to increase the tensions it will see the reaction from Iran." Rouhani, who was reelected by a popular vote to a second presidential term earlier this year, was a key architect of the 2015 nuclear agreement with the United States, the European Union and other partners.The deal led to the lifting of most international sanctions against Iran in return for curbs on its nuclear program. The agreement is expected to feature high on the agenda at this week's UN General Assembly in New York, which both Rouhani and Trump are attending. On Thursday, Trump again attacked the agreement, calling it "one of the worst deals I have ever seen.""You'll see what I'm going to be doing very shortly in October," Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One. "But I will say this, the Iran deal is one of the worst deals I've ever seen, certainly at a minimum the spirit of the deal is just atrociously kept. But the Iran deal is not a fair deal to this country. It's a deal that should have never ever been made. And you'll see what we're doing in a couple of weeks."Trump promised the US is "not going to stand for what they (Iran) are doing," arguing Iran has "violated so many different elements" of the deal.He promised his upcoming action on the deal in October would be "very evident."In the meantime, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN's nuclear watchdog, says Iran is complying with its commitments under the deal, including inspections.North Korea Rouhani warne[...]

Stetson student accused of making bomb-related threat against schoolStetson University football player collapses on practice field, diesStudent raped in dorm room at Stetson University, police sayDriver fears Stetson player could walk after shootingStetson basketball player arrested for shooting at carTeens rob Stetson University students at gunpoint, police say

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A Stetson University student was arrested Sunday after making an online threat against the campus community, DeLand Police Department officials said.

DeLand police Chief Jason Umberger said Griffin Powell, 18, used Snapchat to make the threat.

“All I’ll say is about the nature of threats is they were specific and they were concerning to us. There was some references made to bombs and gas and they were very specific and we immediately took action,” Umberger  said.

Another student saw the online threat and contacted campus safety officials, who in turn contacted the DeLand Police Department. Powell was arrested in his hometown in Clay County on Sunday, police said. He did not have bombs or bomb-making materials in his possession when he was arrested.

“Nobody was in danger on the campus,” Umberger said, adding that no specific individuals were named in the threat.

Powell was charged with threatening to throw, place or discharge a destructive device. He has since been released on bond.

Stetson University president Wendy Libby wrote in a message to the campus community that any student who witnesses another student making threats or any other possible crime should contact Public Safety at 386-822-7300.


Officials say a 19-year-old Stetson University football player died after collapsing at practice.

An Orlando man is accused of raping a disabled Stetson University student in her dorm room.

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

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

Police say two Stetson University students were robbed at gunpoint by two teens.

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Winter Park police officer shoots armed woman threatening suicide, police sayWinter Park votes against police body camerasVolusia deputy dismissed amid internal affairs investigation into June shooting, officials say'Heroes that fell together:' Joint funeral held for slain Kissimmee officers

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 18:59:01 GMTThu, 31 Aug 2017 11:48:10 GMTWed, 06 Sep 2017 03:03:13 GMTFri, 25 Aug 2017 03:41:00 GMT

A Winter Park police officer shot a woman Sunday morning after she pointed a gun at the officer, officials said.

The shooting happened after police responded at 8:27 a.m. to a well-being check on Bobbie Sapp, 46, who had been threatening to commit suicide by cop at 1313 Buckingham Road, according to the Winter Park Police Department.

Officers were told that the woman had multiple firearms inside her home.

Winter Park police Sgt. Garvin McComey said officers tried to talk with the woman, who started pointing a gun at one officer. Officers tried to subdue the woman with a Taser, but she continued to point the weapon, police said.

The officer shot her in the right shoulder after she did not respond to several commands to put the gun down, he said.

The woman was taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, McComey said.

Police said Sapp made several comments while she was being transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center. She told first responders that she wanted to go to Florida Hospital instead of ORMC, she said she wasn't taking any drugs and she apologized, according to the report.

No one else was hurt.

The officer will be on paid administrative leave, which is standard protocol, while the Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigates the shooting. 

Sapp was charged with attempted first-degree murder on a law enforcement officer, assault on a firefighter or EMT, resisting an officer with violence and felony with a weapon.

Winter Park’s Police Department is one of the remaining Central Florida law enforcement agencies without a body camera program, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

At the end of August, the Winter Park City Commission voted against body cameras for its police force, citing the cost of the equipment.

This is a developing story. All new verified information will be updated here on and on News 6.

A Central Florida city votes against body cameras for its police force. 

A Volusia County deputy has been dismissed after an incident in June.

Two caskets draped with American flags stood before thousands of mourners who gathered Thursday to honor the lives of Sgt. Sam Howard and Officer Matthew Baxter from the Kissimmee Police Department.

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Clinton opens door to questioning legitimacy of 2016 electionHillary Clinton's most provocative statementsClinton 'convinced' there was collusion between Trump aides, RussiaClinton consumed by Russian meddling, she writes in bookDefiant Clinton looks to explain loss in new memoirNew Clinton book blasts Sanders for 'lasting damage' in 2016 raceIn memoir excerpts, Clinton details what went wrong in 2016 campaign

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 18:44:09 GMTMon, 24 Oct 2016 15:17:50 GMTTue, 12 Sep 2017 06:36:10 GMTWed, 06 Sep 2017 12:43:04 GMTWed, 06 Sep 2017 11:39:55 GMTTue, 05 Sep 2017 14:34:10 GMTWed, 23 Aug 2017 12:57:48 GMT

Hillary Clinton, in an interview that aired Monday on NPR, said she "would not" rule out questioning the legitimacy of the 2016 election if Russian interference is deeper than currently known.The comment, a remarkable step for the former Democratic nominee, exemplifies Clinton's belief that President Donald Trump and his campaign could have knowingly received help from Russian operatives in the 2016 election. Clinton has said previously that she conceded to Trump quickly and attended his inauguration because the nation's peaceful transfer of power is critical. But her comments to NPR signal that as the depths of Russia's interference are revealed she could envision a time when she questions Trump's legitimacy as president.NPR's Terry Gross asked Clinton directly during the interview whether she would "completely rule out questioning the legitimacy of this election if we learn that the Russian interference in the election is even deeper than we know now?""No. I would not," Clinton said. Gross asked: "You're not going to rule it out?" "No," Clinton said. "I wouldn't rule it out." Clinton is in the midst of a media blitz to promote her new memoir, "What Happened," a reflection on her stunning loss in the 2016 election and diagnostic for the Democratic Party going forward. The subsequent book tour has thrust Clinton back into the public eye after months largely out of the news.In the book, Clinton casts Trump as a toxic but hapless leader who won the White House by preying on the nation's fears. Nowhere in the book, however, does she directly question his legitimacy, although she certainly comes close in the 500-page memoir.Glen Caplin, a spokesman for Hillary Clinton, reiterated in a statement after the interview aired that the former secretary of state "has said repeatedly the results of the election are over but we have to learn what happened.""I would hope anyone in America concerned about the integrity of our democracy would feel the same way if we got there. But we're not," Caplin said. "Right now Bob Mueller and several congressional committees are investigating to what extent the Russians impacted our election and who exactly helped them do so."Clinton devotes an entire chapter to Russia, saying that the nation's intervention in the 2016 election -- which is currently being investigating by a host of congressional panels and a special counsel -- led to Trump's win."In many ways, Trump is the embodiment of everything they had been working toward, and the perfect Trojan Horse for Putin," Clinton writes. She adds, "No foreign power in modern history has attacked us with so few consequences, and that puts us all at risk."Clinton, in her interview with Gross, adds that there are likely no avenues, however, for her to challenge the 2016 results if she feels she needs to."Basically I don't believe there are. There are scholars, academics, who have arguments that it would be, but I don't think they're on strong ground," she told Gross. "But people are making those arguments. I just don't think we have a mechanism."Clinton also mentioned that the Kenyan Supreme Court overturned their rece[...]

Hurricane Irma already blamed for $2 billion in insured losses in FloridaSuspects accused of stealing downed Duke Energy power linesCentral FL donating supplies to Puerto Rico ahead of MariaFlorida power outage map: How to check who has powerFree breakfast, lunch offered to students in 48 counties across FloridaFlooding remains major issue in Central Florida following Hurricane IrmaWith parts of Central Florida still in the dark, Duke Energy explainsUN frees $10M for Irma aid as new Hurricane Maria aims at damaged area

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 23:29:49 GMTTue, 19 Sep 2017 10:24:42 GMTMon, 18 Sep 2017 16:42:18 GMTTue, 19 Sep 2017 23:23:54 GMTMon, 18 Sep 2017 16:04:42 GMTMon, 18 Sep 2017 12:45:43 GMTMon, 18 Sep 2017 11:09:34 GMTMon, 18 Sep 2017 04:42:20 GMT

The latest on Florida's recovery from Hurricane Irma.6 p.m.Florida students displaced by Hurricane Irma will be able to take virtual classes so they don't fall behind.Gov. Rick Scott announced Monday that Florida Virtual School will provide remote access to educational resources to all Florida students who were displaced by the massive storm. FLVS will also provide access to digital educational materials to help the hardest hit school districts as they work to return to normal operations.Many school districts were reopening Monday, with more set to reopen within the next week. Students unable to return to their home districts in the near future will be able to enroll in comparable FLVS classes and then re-enroll later at their old brick-and-mortar schools.4:15 p.m.Florida Gulf Coast University in storm-struck Fort Myers is holding graduation in December after all.The school thought it would need to push the commencement ceremony back to possibly January because of the impact of Hurricane Irma on its academic calendar and questions as to whether the on-campus Alico Arena could host such an event.But FGCU President Mike Martin says a deal was struck to hold the commencement in smaller bites, doing so by college. So the originally scheduled Dec. 16 date is back on.Martin says with help of student body president Jalisa White and others, "we've got a solution that ought to be acceptable to the vast majority."  2:15 p.m.Florida's agriculture commissioner says the path of Hurricane Irma "could not have been more lethal" to farmers.Commissioner Adam Putnam, along with U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, flew over hundreds of miles of Florida farmland Monday to view the damage.Putnam said the citrus crop in southwest Florida is particularly devastating. The scope of the damage is more evident this week because the dropped fruit is starting to turn from green to orange, leaving piles of ruined juice oranges in the groves.Florida is the nation's largest juice producer.He added that some groves are still underwater, which will likely kill the trees.Florida's citrus industry was already battling a deadly disease when Irma hit.1:10 p.m.Hurricane Irma is already being blamed for nearly $2 billion in insured losses in Florida and the amount is expected to keep rising.The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation on Monday released preliminary claims data that shows that more than 335,000 claims have already filed since the storm ripped across the state.State regulators say those claims are worth more than $1.95 billion.Irma tore through the Florida Keys, before moving across southwest Florida and up the state. So far regulators say that more than 243,000 homeowners have filed claims associated with the deadly storm.Hurricane Irma is the first major hurricane to strike Florida since Hurricane Wilma ripped through the state 12 years ago.NoonThe U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services has sent more than 700 employees to treat medical emergencies in areas impacted by Hurricane Irma.HHS Secretary Thomas Price visited Marat[...]

70-year-old slashed man with machete during parking dispute, police saySuspects accused of stealing downed Duke Energy power lines'Aggressive' dog attacks 10-year-old boy in Sanford, police say

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 18:29:40 GMTTue, 19 Sep 2017 10:24:42 GMTTue, 19 Sep 2017 16:37:00 GMT

A 70-year-old man slashed another man in the face with a machete Monday morning during a dispute over a parking space in Volusia County, police said.

The attack was reported around 11:20 a.m. at the Bank of America in downtown DeLand.

DeLand police said Arlen Hubbard and another man were arguing over the parking space when Hubbard took out a machete and sliced the man's face.

The victim was taken to a hospital, police said. The extent of his injuries are not known.

Police said Hubbard was arrested on a felony charge of battery.

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A man and a woman are accused of cutting and stealing power lines that fell in Altamonte Springs when Hurricane Irma hit the area, according to the Seminole County Sheriff's Office.


An "aggressive" dog attacked a boy in Sanford on Sunday, police said.

Dog who disappeared from Florida turns up in New York a year later

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:38:00 GMT

When Richard Moneck’s dog got loose in Florida more than a year ago, he gave up hope that he’d ever see her again.Moneck said the dog, “Relay,” escaped from his dad’s backyard in West Palm Beach in February 2016. Despite hours of searching, they couldn’t find her.Read: Purr-Fect Ending: Stray Kitten Rescued After Shutting Down Traffic on Busy Highway“We went to the gas station, and we figured we’d ask them if they had footage of her walking on the sidewalk, and they did,” Moneck said. “Some guy we saw on camera whistled for the dog to come over and that was the last I had seen her ever.”Moneck, 18, had Relay for two years before her disappearance. She was a stray dog who his family took in and he said losing her was hard.“I was devastated," Moneck said. "I cried."But as fate would have it, the 4-year-old German shepherd-mix turned up on Tuesday — in New York.Relay was reportedly turned over to Bobbi and the Strays Animal Rescue in Freeport on Long Island. After employees at the rescue scanned for her microchip, they contacted Moneck’s dad."I thought it was a scam at first," Moneck said. "I thought, 'Why would my dog be up in New York?’ I thought it was far-fetched."But when the rescue organization texted a picture of Relay to the family, they knew employees at rescue were for real.“I was really shocked,” Moneck said. “I doubt she walked all the way up there. Whoever took her brought the dog to a shelter.”Read: Dogs Annoyed by 4-Month-Old Rescue Calf Who Thinks He's One of ThemHowever it happened, Moneck said he’s just blessed to have his beloved pup back again.The pair will be reunited soon. A family friend is helping take care of the dog in New York until then.“I’m feeling really relieved. I’d never thought I’d see the dog again. And now she’s coming back to me and I feel really happy,” Moneck added.Watch: Rescuers Spend 3 Hours Cleaning Dog Found Trapped in a Barrel of Hot Tar allowfullscreen="" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//" style="width: 640px;height: 360px; border: none;" webkitallowfullscreen="">[...]

Suspects accused of stealing downed Duke Energy power linesWith parts of Central Florida still in the dark, Duke Energy explainsDuke Energy changes automated system so customers can reach customer service quicklyFamily vows to name baby 'Duke' if they get power restored

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:24:42 GMTMon, 18 Sep 2017 11:09:34 GMTSun, 17 Sep 2017 03:31:09 GMTFri, 15 Sep 2017 22:31:48 GMT

A man and a woman are accused of cutting and stealing power lines that fell in Altamonte Springs when Hurricane Irma hit the area, according to the Seminole County Sheriff's Office.

A witness called 911 around 7 p.m. on Saturday and said someone was cutting downed power lines on Academy Drive and Pisgah Drive. The neighborhood was without power and there was some slight flooding in the street.

When a deputy arrived, he saw Andrea Foster, 45, and Charles Mahoy, 41, in the witness' yard, the report said. Foster had wire cutters in her hand and Mahoy had gloves hanging out of his pocket, according to deputies.

Mahoy told the deputy that a white pickup truck parked nearby with spools of power line in the bed was his vehicle, the report said.

Foster and Mahoy were placed into custody in connection with the $5,000 worth of Duke Energy power lines that had been cut and placed into the bed of the truck, according to authorities.

After Mahoy was placed in handcuffs, he told the deputy that he didn't think he was stealing because the wire was on the ground and that he needed the money because his home was damaged during the storm, the report said.

The deputy searched Mahoy's vehicle and found four individual baggies of a green leafy substance presumed to be marijuana and a small baggie of methamphetamine inside a Play-Doh container in the center front storage compartment of the vehicle, according to the affidavit.

A glass smoking pipe and some loose marijuana were found inside a purse in the vehicle, deputies said.

A representative from Duke Energy told authorities that the company was willing to prosecute.

Mahoy and Foster were both charged with larceny during a state of emergency and other drug-related charges, jail records show. 


On Nicholas Lane in Forest City, the lights are on -- and have been all throughout Hurricane Irma.

Duke Energy said it has changed its automated system so consumers can reach customer service employees more quickly.

An Oviedo family made a sign joking that they would name their baby Duke if the energy company restored their power that same day.

Central FL donating supplies to Puerto Rico ahead of MariaCentral Florida schools reopen week after Hurricane IrmaAgriculture leaders to tour state, survey Hurricane Irma damageFlooding remains major issue in Central Florida following Hurricane IrmaLongwood residents say homes dry after Hurricane Irma now in dangerHurricane Irma closes Central Florida schools, cancels gamesNation's smallest post office survives Hurricane IrmaVolunteers clean up Leesburg neighborhoods after Hurricane IrmaCity of Winter Park gives update after Hurricane Irma

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While much of Central Florida is still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Irma, hundreds in the community are coming together in support of Puerto Rico, which faces a possible landfall from Hurricane Maria.

Over the weekend, more than 20,000 pounds of supplies were collected through donations made outside First Baptist Church of Orlando, organizers said.

A 43-foot trailer was filled on Sunday with water, food, toiletries and other essentials, which will be shipped to the island and donated through "Unidos Por Puerto Rico."

"Even though we still here in Orange County have almost 40,000 without power, we still know how to come together and help those in need in a time of crisis," organizer Peter Vivaldi said.

Like much of Florida, Puerto Rico also felt the effects of Hurricane Irma.  Many on the island are still without power, but also days away from impact from Hurricane Maria.

"If that water comes in through there all the way to the northwest corner, at least what's projected, it could be devastating," Vivaldi said.

The supplies are scheduled to arrive in Puerto Rico when the port reopens after the storm hits, but more supplies may be needed once the damaged is assessed.

"As soon as we receive information from the governor of Puerto Rico of what their first needs are, we're going to respond," Vivaldi said.  

Thousands of students across Central Florida head back to class. 

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue is scheduled to survey agricultural damage in Florida.

In the wake of Hurricane Irma, flooding concerns continue across Central Florida. 

Residents of a Seminole County neighborhood that was dry after Hurricane Irma is now worried a lake could flood their homes because the county is pumping in water from other flooded areas.

After Hurricane Irma flooded Central Florida cities and knocked out power for half the state this week, schools have extended their closure dates and rescheduled events.

Hurricane Irma spared the nation’s smallest post office at Ochopee, Florida in Collier County.

Several communities in Leesburg are picking up the pieces after Hurricane Irma hit nearly a week ago. Now volunteers are helping residents get results and clean up their neighborhoods.

The city of Winter Park provided an update Saturday evening after Hurricane Irma.

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Trump calls for whistleblower protections as part of UN reformsTrump, SK leader vow to increase pressure on 'Rocket Man' KimCohn: Trump still planning to withdraw from Paris climate accordIran, North Korea expected to dominate Trump's first UN General AssemblyFlynn's family sets up legal defense fundNYT: Cobb overheard talking about colleagues, Russia probe at DC steakhouse

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:14:24 GMTSun, 17 Sep 2017 13:29:11 GMTMon, 18 Sep 2017 15:27:37 GMTMon, 18 Sep 2017 15:20:11 GMTMon, 18 Sep 2017 12:29:54 GMTMon, 18 Sep 2017 12:19:42 GMT

President Donald Trump, in his first official remarks at the United Nations, said Monday that the United Nations must take steps to "protect whistleblowers."The President's call for protecting UN officials who speak up about internal wrongdoing came as he spoke about what he sees as the international body's failures and the needed reforms that could "make the United Nations great.""We seek a United Nations that regains the trust of the people around the world. In order to achieve this, the United Nations must hold every level of management accountable, protect whistleblowers and focus on results rather than on process," Trump said during remarks at a UN meeting.Trump's call for strengthening UN whistleblower protections came despite his frequent heavy-handed criticism of the leaks that have beset his administration. Trump has repeatedly denigrated anonymous officials who have released damaging or embarrassing information about the President and his administration. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in August that the Justice Department is pursuing triple the number of leak investigations that existed at the end of the Obama administration.But Trump has also signed legislation to strengthen whistleblower protections -- at least at the Department of Veterans Affairs.In June, Trump signed the Veterans Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act into law, declaring that the bill "protects whistleblowers who do the right thing.""We want to reward, cherish and promote the many dedicated employees at the VA," Trump said at the bill's signing ceremony.Whistleblower protections typically only apply to those who report wrongdoing internally -- like through an agency's inspector general -- but not to those who leak information to the media.It's those "leakers" that Trump has repeatedly lambasted, including by calling into question the veracity of anonymously-sourced news reports and calling leakers criminals -- even when the leaks are not damaging to US national security.President Donald Trump and his South Korean counterpart, Moon Jae-in, have agreed to intensify economic and diplomatic pressure against North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un -- or "Rocket Man," as Trump nicknamed him in a tweet -- over his nation's repeated nuclear and missile tests.A top White House adviser affirmed Monday that President Donald Trump plans to withdraw from the Paris climate accord after confusion arose on the issue this weekend.President Donald Trump totes his "America First" stance this week to the United Nations General Assembly, the annual inundation of diplomats and world leaders who this year await the new US leader with uneasy anticipation.The family of former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn has set up a legal defense fund to defray expenses connected to the investigations into Russian election meddling.[...]White House attorne[...]

Russia bombed location in Syria where US troops were presentRussian forces fire on US-backed rebel group in Syria, coalition saysUS-backed forces kick off offensive against ISIS in Syrian cityIsraeli jets reportedly launch strikes on Syrian military facilitySyrian forces break ISIS' siege of Deir EzzorFirst on CNN: US troops exchange fire with Turkish-backed rebels in SyriaYouTube and Syria: Tech's role as archivist

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:21:25 GMTSun, 17 Sep 2017 21:44:12 GMTSat, 09 Sep 2017 16:42:01 GMTThu, 07 Sep 2017 08:20:44 GMTTue, 05 Sep 2017 16:46:03 GMTTue, 29 Aug 2017 15:55:49 GMTThu, 24 Aug 2017 20:17:41 GMT

US troops were present when Russian warplanes bombed US backed anti-ISIS fighters in Syria on Saturday, two US officials told CNN, highlighting how close the two countries came to a major international incident.A team of US Special Operations Forces were advising US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces at the location the Russians struck in Deir Ezzor in eastern Syria, one US official said.US personnel were "at most a couple of miles" away from the where the bomb landed, the official added.The US troops provided medical care to members of the Syrian Democratic Forces that were wounded in the airstrike, an image of which was tweeted out by the coalition.The US is still looking at the possibility the strike so close to US troops, and the SDF fighters it supports, may have been an error by the Russian pilot or a bomb that went astray rather than a deliberate attack on US troops by the Russians, the US official said.Regardless of the circumstances of the strike, several US officials tell CNN it underscores the risk faced by having Russian, Syrian regime, US and US-backed fighters operating in extremely close proximity in eastern Syria.The US-led coalition fighting ISIS, Operation Inherent Resolve, issued a statement Saturday saying "Russian munitions impacted a location known to the Russians to contain Syrian Democratic Forces and coalition advisers."A coalition official told CNN that the coalition denied a Russian military request to strike an area in the province of Deir Ezzor, as there were coalition advisers and US-backed Syrian forces there. But the Russians decided to carry out the strike anyway.Russian Defense Ministry officials denied the Pentagon's charge Sunday, saying the airstrikes were directed at ISIS targets, according to state-run news agency TASS."The Russian Aerospace Force inflict pinpoint strikes only on targets, confirmed through multiple channels, in the districts controlled by IS," ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said.He added that Russian command "notified in advance the US counterparts about borders of the military operation" in Deir Ezzor.The incident sparked high level discussions Sunday between US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, as well as a phone call between the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph Dunford and his Russian counterpart Gen. Valery Gerasimov, the Russian Chief of General Staff.Coalition officials have said that the recent increased proximity between Russian-backed regime troops and coalition-backed Syrian Democratic Forces has necessitated increased "de-confliction" between the Russian and coalition militaries."The convergence of military forces in this area calls for increased awareness and de-confliction," coalition spokesman US Army Col. Ryan Dillon told reporters last week, referring to the regime and SDF offensives in Deir Ezzor pro[...]

3 dead, 16 injured in New York bus collisionFederal probe finds Tesla's Autopilot contributed to fatal crashTroy Gentry, of country duo Montgomery Gentry, killed in helicopter crash

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:08:24 GMTTue, 12 Sep 2017 20:12:59 GMTSat, 09 Sep 2017 00:08:05 GMT

Three people were killed and 16 were injured after a Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus and a private tour bus collided in Queens, causing one of the buses to crash into a building.

The driver of the Dahlia Travel and Tours bus, which struck the building, was killed in the crash, along with a passenger in the MTA bus and a pedestrian on the sidewalk, according to the NYPD.

"We've had a really tragic morning here in Flushing, Queens. Just shocking to see the scene over there. Hard to compare it to anything I've ever seen, the sheer destruction from the impact of this collision," said Mayor Bill de Blasio during a press conference Monday morning.

According to the MTA, a Q20 bus was struck by the private bus on Northern Boulevard and Main Street at 6:21 a.m. Investigators were interviewing the driver of the MTA bus, who is among the injured.

The injured all have been transported to nearby hospitals, de Blasio said.

"The first thing we need to understand is what happened here," he said, "because we do not know exactly what happened, if anybody was specifically at fault."

The FDNY was working on accessing the building impacted by the crash to make sure it is secure and safe.

"The impact of this collision on the building was very, very substantial," said de Blasio.

The cause of the collision is still being investigated.

"Very concerned about the speed, but the most important thing is safety. We want to make sure we understand exactly what happened and we prevent this from ever happening again," said MTA Chairman Joe Lhota.

A representative for Dahlia Travel and Tours could not immediately be reached for comment.

A federal investigation has found that Tesla's Autopilot is partly to blame in the fatal crash of a Model S last year.

Troy Gentry, of country duo Montgomery Gentry, has died following a helicopter crash in New Jersey, according to a statement posted on the group's official site. He was 50.

Free breakfast, lunch offered to students in 48 counties across FloridaParents raise concerns over school lunch time length at Osceola High SchoolStep up your school lunch game: A guide

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:04:42 GMTFri, 18 Aug 2017 20:58:19 GMTWed, 23 Aug 2017 22:21:34 GMT

Students across Central Florida will be able to have access to free breakfast and lunch from now until Oct. 20, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.

Students from kindergarten through high school in 48 FEMA major disaster declared counties are eligible including Brevard, Flagler, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Sumter and Volusia counties.

The free lunches are a part of the National School Lunch Program.

Students and family members at Osceola High School are pushing to get results.

Many parents have the packed-lunch thing down to a science: Throw a sandwich, an apple, some veggies or chips into a lunchbox, and call it a day. ... Let's spice up the menu, shall we?

'Aggressive' dog attacks 10-year-old boy in Sanford, police sayFlorida city commissioner uses bricks to save dog from alligatorNaked man accused of firing gun in early-morning dispute over dogOfficials deem Deltona home uninhabitable after foundation failure

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:37:00 GMTMon, 18 Sep 2017 15:01:20 GMTThu, 31 Aug 2017 22:08:08 GMTWed, 30 Aug 2017 21:36:29 GMT

A 10-year-old boy had to be hospitalized after an "aggressive" dog attacked him as he was riding his bicycle Sunday morning, according to the Sanford Police Department. 

The dog was sitting between two vehicles on Hays Drive when the boy rode past on his bike around 11:50 a.m. A man who was with the dog told the boy that the dog was aggressive at which point the dog attacked the boy and pulled him off his bicycle, according to the report.

The boy was bit several times on his neck, groin area and head. Police said the boy's right calf area was torn open.

The victim was taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children for treatment.

The dog's owner said he pulled the animal off the boy, the report said. The owner said the dog must have broken through the gate around his yard on Hays Drive.

Animal Control officers took custody of the canine. The dog's owner currently does not face any criminal charges in connection with the incident. 

Seminole County Animals Services said the dog is a male pit bull named Paco.


During cleanup from Hurricane Irma, a fishing guide and a Lakeland City Commissioner save a dog named Dixie from an alligator's jaws.

A Volusia County man was arrested after he and his neighbor got into a dispute over a dog that she said was loose on her property. The woman was reportedly injured from shattered glass prompted by a gunshot early Thursday morning.

A family of four and their dogs are forced out of a Deltona home because of a possible sinkhole.

Central Florida schools reopen week after Hurricane IrmaUN frees $10M for Irma aid as new Hurricane Maria aims at damaged areaLongwood residents say homes dry after Hurricane Irma now in dangerIrma evacuation nightmare: Next time some may not leave

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About a month after originally heading back to school, thousands of students across Central Florida again returned to class, this time thanks to Hurricane Irma.                     Schools in every county, except Lake, reopened Monday, and for some there were changes before students even got to campus. "I know there was a lot of flooding out there going on," parent Amber Williford said. Flooding and dangerous roads prompted Seminole County schools to move dozens of bus stops to avoid any potential dangers.  [READ: Temporary bus stop info for Seminole]Robin Goines waited with her grandchildren just down the road from one of those temporary stops at the corner of Winona Drive and Lake Harney Road. She tells News 6 the kids are ready to head back to school after being off for the past week because of the storm. "First day or two they were excited," Goines said. "They were all and after that it was like no electricity, so there was no electronics, no TV, no games, nothing." Another concern is debris on the sidewalks and roads. Orange County officials are suggesting parents check their students' routes for any potential debris or damage.Classrooms returned to normal after many schools were used as shelters during Hurricane Irma.Custodians in Orange County spent Friday cleaning and transforming what were once safe places for people to ride out the storm back into places of learning.That is just one of the reasons why it took so long for schools to reopen. Many schools lost power, keeping students out of class. Debris and flooding also posed safety concerns for parents dropping off their kids and for school bus drivers. Several high school students spent Friday cleaning up Bear Lake Elementary to make sure the playground was ready for students to return to school. Parents say schools reopening are another sign of recovery after the storm. "It's been pretty busy. We're really looking forward to getting back to a regular routine," Williford said. Lake County students will return to school on Tuesday. The latest on tropical weather in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.Residents of a Seminole County neighborhood that was dry after Hurricane Irma is now worried a lake could flood their homes because the county is pumping in water from other flooded areas.Some of the tens of thousands who heeded the warnings got stuck in massive traffic jams and waited in hourslong lines at a dwindling number of gas stations still equipped with fuel.[...]

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Cohn: Trump still planning to withdraw from Paris climate accordTimeline of Trump's economyTrump on Twitter: His most notable tweetsParis climate accord decision: What to knowIran, North Korea expected to dominate Trump's first UN General AssemblyIran: One issue Netanyahu wants to discuss with TrumpTrump retweets GIF of him hitting Clinton with golf ballTrump lawyer Michael Cohen to appear before Senate panel TuesdayCalifornia legislature tries to force Trump to release tax returns

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A top White House adviser affirmed Monday that President Donald Trump plans to withdraw from the Paris climate accord after confusion arose on the issue this weekend.Gary Cohn, Trump's top economic adviser, reiterated during a morning meeting with climate ministers that Trump intends to follow through with the withdrawal unless there's a way to strike an agreement more favorable to the United States. "Consistent with the President's announcement in June, we are withdrawing from the Paris Agreement unless we can reengage on terms more favorable to the United States," a White House official said Monday. "This position was made very clear during the breakfast."Cohn met with the climate ministers from more than a dozen large economy nations on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, where climate issues are expected to arise among world leaders. The planned withdrawal has created a major rift between Trump and many US allies.The message from Cohn came after a European diplomat told reporters over the weekend that a Trump administration envoy appeared to signal a softening stance during a meeting in Montreal. The White House denied there was any change in Trump's views, and other diplomats in the meeting said the comments were misinterpreted."This is obviously a misunderstanding," said German State Secretary Jochen Flasbarth, who attended the talks in Montreal. "The head of the US delegation did not imply that the US would reconsider its decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement."The Paris climate accord issue reappeared just as Trump makes his major diplomatic debut at the annual UN gathering in New York. The White House noted on Monday that Cohn was continuing a tradition of US-hosted climate meetings on the sidelines of the UN meetings."We are looking forward to continuing this conversation," the White House official said. Energy security and efforts to reduce emissions were also discussed during the session, the official said.In announcing a withdrawal from the Paris agreement in June, Trump maintained that he was open to renegotiating aspects of the deal as long as he believed the US was getting a fair shake.That would likely include drastically reducing the carbon reduction agreements made during the Obama administration. The Trump administration has vowed to discard the Obama-era regulations that would make those carbon targets possible.Once among Trump's most trusted aides, Cohn is said to be out of favor in the White House after he openly aired his disagreements with Trump over his equivocal comments about white supremacist violence in Virginia.During West Wing deliberations over the future of the Paris agreement this Spring, Cohn advocated for remaining in the pact while reducing the United States' commitments to reducing carbon emissions.[...]