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White House targets filibuster as shutdown enters day 2White House budget director: 'Kind of cool' to be in charge of government shutdownAcrimony deepens after government shutdown's first dayShutdown heads into day two with divides deepeningSchumer: There needs to be a big deal for the government to reopenMembers of Congress to donate pay during shutdown

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 15:02:09 GMTSat, 20 Jan 2018 22:26:03 GMTSun, 21 Jan 2018 09:20:15 GMTSun, 21 Jan 2018 13:23:05 GMTSun, 21 Jan 2018 00:35:03 GMTSat, 20 Jan 2018 19:26:03 GMT

The White House on Sunday called for Senate Republicans to eliminate the filibuster as the funding impasse continued into its second day.

President Donald Trump tweeted his call for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to invoke the so-called nuclear option and thereby remove leverage for Senate Democrats.

 

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"Great to see how hard Republicans are fighting for our Military and Safety at the Border. The Dems just want illegal immigrants to pour into our nation unchecked. If stalemate continues, Republicans should go to 51% (Nuclear Option) and vote on real, long term budget, no C.R.'s!" Trump tweeted.

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said on CNN's "State of the Union" that eliminating the filibuster would be one avenue they back to ending the shutdown.

"There's a bunch of different ways to fix this," Mulvaney said. "We just want it to get fixed."

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney described it as "kind of cool" that he's technically in charge of shutting down the government during an interview Friday.

Day one of the government shutdown ended with recriminations between the parties deepening and no sign of progress towards ending the impasse.

The government shutdown went into a second day Sunday with recriminations deepening between the parties and with no sign of progress towards ending the impasse.

Sen. Chuck Schumer said Saturday that there needs to be a big deal on a range of topics -- including not just immigration, but also domestic spending levels -- for the government to reopen.

Several members of Congress have asked that their pay be withheld during the government shutdown, with some saying they will donate that money to charity.




Pence: Immigration talks over until government reopensPence leaves for Middle East as government shutdown loomsBernie Sanders on new Trump immigration ad: 'It is really sad'GOP leaders promise to whip hard-line immigration billDOJ asks Supreme Court to review DACA ruling

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 16:11:06 GMTSat, 20 Jan 2018 04:32:05 GMTSun, 21 Jan 2018 15:41:02 GMTFri, 19 Jan 2018 07:26:06 GMTFri, 19 Jan 2018 01:50:07 GMT

Vice President Mike Pence told US service members on Sunday that immigration talks between lawmakers and the White House couldn't proceed until the government reopens.

"We're going to demand they reopen the government," Pence told American servicemen at a US airbase here on the Syria-Jordan border. "In fact, we're not going to reopen negotiations on illegal immigration until they reopen the government and give you, our soldiers, and your families the benefits and wages you've earned."

Pence was addressing the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing, which delivers much of the ammunition being used in Operation Inherent Resolve, the US military campaign against ISIS. CNN has withheld the name and location of the military facility for security purposes.

Speaking before an American flag and camouflaged tarpaulins, Pence told the crowd that President Donald Trump stood behind them and would work to ensure their pay continues uninterrupted as the government enters the second day of a shutdown.

"Despite bipartisan support for a budget resolution, a minority in the Senate has decided to play politics with military pay, but you deserve better," he said. "You and your families shouldn't have to worry for one minute about whether you're going to get paid as you serve in the uniform of the United States."

Pence, who flew to the military facility with his wife, second lady Karen Pence, aboard a C-17 military jumbo jet, praised the troops' service in helping combat Islamic State fighters in nearby Syria.

"Because of your courage and valor and professionalism, we are driving the evil of ISIS from the face of the earth," Pence said, later adding: "We will be finished with ISIS very soon."

Vice President Mike Pence went ahead with his delayed trip to the Middle East on Friday, despite the looming government shutdown.

Sen. Bernie Sanders denounced a web ad recently put out by President Donald Trump's reelection campaign, which called Democrats "complicit in every murder committed by illegal immigrants."

Conservative House members say they got a promise from leadership to pursue a separate hard-line Republican-only immigration bill in exchange for their votes to pass government funding Thursday night -- a measure that several Republicans doubt could pass the House, let alone the Senate.

The Justice Department formally asked the Supreme Court Thursday night to review a federal judge's ruling from last week that blocked the Trump administration's effort to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.




One year later, Women's March returnsEverything you need to know about women's marches this weekendAnti-abortion bill passes the House ahead of 'March for Life'Senior BBC editor steps down to protest 'illegal' unequal paySAG Awards get ready for #MeToo close-upMatt Damon vows to 'close my mouth for a while' after his #MeToo comments

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 17:47:06 GMTSat, 20 Jan 2018 11:11:09 GMTFri, 19 Jan 2018 20:26:05 GMTMon, 08 Jan 2018 11:14:14 GMTThu, 18 Jan 2018 17:17:05 GMTTue, 16 Jan 2018 20:17:13 GMT

One year after women took to the streets in droves to protest President Donald Trump's inauguration, marchers are gathering again in cities across the country and around the world in sharp rebuke to Trump's presidency and in continuation of a still-growing international movement.This second year of the Women's March also comes in the middle of the #MeToo movement, which has shed light on sexual misconduct and ushered in social change in a wide bevy of industries. It also comes months ahead of the midterm elections in the United States, in which progressive women hope to turn their activism into victories at the ballot box.In Washington, where one year ago hundreds of thousands of women clad in pink hats took to the streets and vowed to resist Trump's presidency, Heather Tucci said she didn't want to stay on the sidelines."Before Trump, I was content to sit back and watch the government just go by me, now I'm not," Tucci, from Harford County, Maryland, told CNN. "It is dire that we do something because it is just ridiculous what is happening to this country, what people think about us around the world and just undermining the basic fundamentals of humanity and the constitution and what democracy should stand for."Kelley Robinson, Planned Parenthood's national organizing director, told CNN that it's "nothing new for women to be involved in elections," but said that many women who marched last year had been spurred to run for office themselves."It's a time where we're not just showing up, folks are saying that, 'Hey, we actually need to be sitting in those chairs,'" Robinson said. "You know, so everyone who was out in the airports rallying last year and marching in the streets, many of them are now sitting in state legislatures across the country. It's a powerful moment that we're in."That movement, Robinson added, "is evolving into something more powerful every single day."Marchers gathered across the country hours after much of the federal government shut down after members of Congress failed to reach an agreement on a spending measure, casting uncertainty over much of the nation. Marchers, however, stayed the course.Kathleen Whitehead and her 13-year-old daughter, Casey Feldman arrived early to the Los Angeles women's march. Feldman carried a green sign that said, "Respect Existence or Expect Resistance.""The battle against women and health care is killing us," Whitehead told CNN. "It is 2018. I am 46 years old. My mother had to do this battle. Why do I, why? We have gone the wrong way"Gioconda Aviles came to the Los Angeles march with her two 9-year-old twin daughters."I think women are more empowered this year," Aviles, who attended the march last year as well, told CNN. "I can't believe we have the President we have. I'm Latina, pushed to get Latinos to vote. Clearly we didn't do a good job. I think we need to make the difference in 2018."In New York, Maura O'Meara, 47, of New Paltz, organized a group of women from the Hudson Valley area to travel to New York City together to participate in the March. She said her motivations for marching are largely the same as last year, when she traveled to DC, but have gained new urgency."We haven't been quiet since last year. We've been up and out trying to fight for the rights of women and the vulnerable," she said. "I actually have more hope now."This weekend is the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump's swearing-in. But hundreds of thousands of activists across the US also are marking the anniversary of last January's Women's March, and the movement it sparked in 2017.An anti-abortion rights bill passed in the House Friday morning ahead of the March for Life, the biggest yearly event for anti-abortion activists in Washington.[...]One of the BBC's most senior international journalists has resigned her po[...]



Scattered light showers across Central Florida early Sunday

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 15:41:25 GMT

Scattered light rain showers will continue to move over portions of Central Florida Sunday morning and begin to fade away by the afternoon.

This means the clouds will be a little thick and then gradually part for more sunshine later Sunday.

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Highs will reach the upper 60s along the coast to the mid 70s areas inland.

There are no advisories on the water and boating conditions are favorable. Seas will average 2 to 3 feet.

Tonight will be clear to partly cloudy, with temperature in the 50s.

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Patchy fog will settle in late Sunday into Monday morning.

Monday will shape up nicely, with highs returning to the upper 70s ahead of the next cold front that will move in Tuesday.




The government just shut down. What happens next?Government shuts down as lawmakers still searching for a dealWhite House slams Democrats as 'obstructionist losers'How senators voted on the government shutdown5 ways the government shutdown could be bad for your healthPence leaves for Middle East as government shutdown loomsHere's what the last government shutdown looked like

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 06:26:05 GMTSat, 20 Jan 2018 09:29:06 GMTSat, 20 Jan 2018 06:08:04 GMTSat, 20 Jan 2018 05:59:05 GMTSat, 20 Jan 2018 05:50:06 GMTSat, 20 Jan 2018 04:32:05 GMTFri, 19 Jan 2018 23:44:10 GMT

In the final moments leading up to Friday's midnight deadline, Senate Republicans and Democrats were unable to agree on a stopgap funding measure to continue government services.So what happens next? Here's a rundown of what will happen if the government remains shut down. Furloughs Thousands of federal employees will be placed on furlough -- meaning they won't report to work Monday. Whoever works for agencies and departments that are considered nonessential, including agencies that pay out small business loans and process passport requests, will cease to work effective immediately until Congress is able to agree on a bill for the federal budget. The employees in these departments would be placed on "furlough." In previous shutdowns, everyone who stayed home was paid retroactively after an agreement was reached in Washington. At the peak of the 2013 government shutdown, about 850,000 employees were furloughed per day, according to the Office of Management and Budget. White House The White House said Friday that 1,056 members of the Executive Office of the President would be furloughed, and 659, considered essential, would continue to report to work. Furloughed staff will still be expected to report to duty on Monday, the White House said in a contingency plan posted to its website Friday. But they can stay for no longer than four hours to engage in "shutdown activities" like setting out-of-office messages or explaining how to carry out functions to colleagues who are not furloughed. Military The military is considered essential and will still report for duty. However, the troops -- including those in combat -- will potentially not be paid during a shutdown. If the shutdown goes on for weeks, about 1.3 million active-duty military will be expected to work potentially without pay. The military is currently paid through February 1. In addition, many civilian Department of Defense employees will not be working during the shutdown, including instructors at military academies and maintenance contractors. Special counsel Special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation team will continue to operate, a Justice Department spokesperson told CNN. "All employees with the Special Counsel's Office are considered exempt and would continue their operations in the case of a lapse in appropriations," the spokesperson said. National parks and gun permits If you had plans for a vacation to visit any national parks, zoos or museums, some of those may be closed. The popular panda cameras at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington will be turned off, according to a statement from the Smithsonian Institution. Visitors will still be able to visit the National Zoo, as well as Smithsonian museums, over the weekend. But the zoo and the museums would be closed beginning Monday. The shutdown will also affect the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, meaning if you wanted a gun permit, you'll have to wait until the shutdown is over. TSA, air traffic control and mail services Essential services, such as Social Security, air traffic control and the Transportation Security Administration, will continue to be funded even if some employees of those agencies are not. The US Postal Service won't stop serving residents -- you'll still get your mail. DC city services In 2013, the shutdown especially affected residents of Washington. But this time around, Mayor Muriel Bowser vowed that services in the city will continue, unlike last time. "Washington, DC, is open," Bowser said in a statement published Friday. "DC government will continue to provide services to our residents, the services they expect and deserve, uninterrupted." National Mall Bowser also said the city plans to help the federal government maintain the National Mall. "I've called on my agencies, where we are able, to step in for the federal government,"[...]



Woman killed in Orange County shooting identified, deputies sayDeputies: 1 killed, 1 hurt in Orange County shootingMan dead after shooting at deputies in Polk County, officials sayReward offered as deputies search for duo in connection with armed robbery42 displaced by fire at Orlando apartment complex, officials sayOrlando-area national parks impacted by government shutdown

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 04:04:27 GMTSun, 21 Jan 2018 01:57:13 GMTSat, 20 Jan 2018 23:18:34 GMTSat, 20 Jan 2018 22:52:34 GMTSun, 21 Jan 2018 04:25:09 GMT

A woman is dead and another person is injured after a Saturday shooting, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies responded to an address near the 1000 block of 23rd Street after receiving a report about gunshots.

Officials said deputies found a female victim identified as Kelly Foley and a yet-unidentified male victim, both suffering from gunshot wounds.

Both victims were taken by Orange County Fire Rescue personnel to Orlando Regional Medical Center, where Foley was pronounced dead, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Homicide detectives and forensics investigators were at the scene Saturday night as the investigation continues, officials said.

Officials said they are not releasing the name of the wounded man at this time.

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

A call regarding domestic violence at a Lake Wales home led to a deputy-involved shooting that left a man dead, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in identifying two people in connection with an armed robbery on New Year's Day.

More than 40 people are displaced after a fire broke out at an Orlando apartment complex, according to the Orlando Fire Department.

The Orlando area is feeling the ripple effects from the government shutdown at local national parks, national wildlife refuge sites and along the Space Coast.


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Man dead after shooting at deputies in Polk County, officials sayTitusville man flees after stabbing mother, stepfather, deputies sayLawsuit claims Melbourne police lieutenant raped officerTeens fleeing burglary cause fatal crash killing innocent bystander, FHP saysRapper Kodak Black arrested again in FloridaBrevard undercover operation leads to heroin suppliers

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 20:54:46 GMTSat, 20 Jan 2018 17:19:37 GMTSat, 20 Jan 2018 04:25:14 GMTSat, 20 Jan 2018 03:51:55 GMTFri, 19 Jan 2018 13:26:57 GMTThu, 18 Jan 2018 23:21:49 GMT

A call regarding domestic violence at a Lake Wales home led to a deputy-involved shooting that left a man dead, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.The Sheriff's Office received a call around 8 a.m. Saturday from the 4200 block of Cottage Hill Street about an armed disturbance and domestic violence.Officials said Shannon Cables, 46, was threatening his 45-year-old wife and 19-year-old daughter with various weapons.The caller told dispatchers that so far, Cables had injured one or both of the victims with a large diaper pin, a pool cue and Mace spray, officials said. The victims fled to a neighbor's home before calling law enforcement.Deputies set up a perimeter around the house and called for the suspect to come out. Officials said the deputies eventually determined nobody was in the home and they initiated a K-9 track to search for him.Detectives arrived to investigate the domestic violence, take statements from the victims and escort them to a hospital to be treated for their injuries, officials said.The K-9 team tracked in the wooded area around the home for about two hours, but did not find Cables. Officials said detectives initiated an arrest warrant for Cables, but already had probable cause to arrest him for domestic violence should they find him before the warrant was signed.Two detectives escorted the victims home from the hospital and they arrived around 2:15 p.m. Officials said two patrol deputies were still at the home.While both of the victims and the four deputies/detectives were in the home, one of the victims saw Cables through a window, approaching the rear of the home, holding an AR-15 and a shotgun, officials said. She alerted the deputies.Officials said one detective came out of a side door of the home and ordered him to drop his firearms.Cables pointed the AR-15 in the direction of the detective who was yelling at him to drop it, at which time a gunfight ensued, officials said.Another detective and patrol deputy also engaged Cables from the area of the back door. Officials said that once the threat from Cables was eliminated, the deputies rendered first aid and summoned emergency medical services to take him to Lake Wales Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.Officials said Cables had been in the Polk County Jail on three prior occasions: 1995 - fleeing to elude, resisting arrest 2000 - boating under the influence 2011 - grand theft, dealing in stolen property "In one week, two different suspects have chosen to shoot at our deputies," Sheriff Grady Judd said. "Our message is clear: If you point a gun at or shoot at a deputy sheriff, we will shoot back, until the threat is eliminated. We are grateful this evening that this suspect did not significantly injure or kill his wife or daughter, or shoot my deputies." According to the Sheriff's Office, there are four ongoing investigations: A death investigation by the PCSO Bureau of Criminal Investigations; an internal investigation by the PCSO Administrative Investigations Unit; an autopsy by the medical examiner; and the State Attorney's Office, which is at the scene and will also review all of the investigations once they are completed. Stay with News 6 and ClickOrlando.com for updates on this story.[...]Heavy law enforcement activity was reported in the Titusville area Saturday morning as authorities apprehended a man wanted for stabbing his mother and stepfather, Brevard County deputies sayA former officer with the Melbourne Police Department has filed a federal lawsuit claiming she was repeatedly raped by a superior officer over the course of eight months.Three teenage suspects fleeing law enforcement after burglarizing a Kissimmee pawn shop caused a crash Tuesday that resulted in an innocent driver's death, Florida Highway Patrol officials tell News 6.Dieuson Octave, better known as rapper Kodak Black, i[...]



42 displaced by fire at Orlando apartment complex, officials sayFHP: 2 teens die after car flips in Ocala National Forest6 hospitalized after 13-day cruise aboard Carnival ship, official saysDog attacks, severely mauls 4-year-old in MelbourneWoman accused of dragging deputy with her car, firing his gun2 dogs die in Daytona Beach house fire caused by space heater

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 17:36:38 GMTSat, 20 Jan 2018 16:35:39 GMTSat, 20 Jan 2018 16:24:57 GMTFri, 19 Jan 2018 12:02:03 GMTThu, 18 Jan 2018 21:45:16 GMTThu, 18 Jan 2018 20:32:03 GMT

More than 40 people are displaced after a fire broke out at an Orlando apartment complex, according to the Orlando Fire Department.

(image) Fire officials said 42 people, including 25 children, were unable to return to their homes after the blaze affected 10 units and 11 families at Windsor Cove Apartments.

Burned insulation is still scattered across the ground in front, as the American Red Cross was at the scene to offer assistance to the displaced families.

"We can provide temporary housing, whether it's setting them up in a hotel for the time being," said Janice Moran with the American Red Cross. "Whether its eyeglasses, medication, clothing, whatever their emergency needs are since they would've lost it in the fire."

No injuries were reported in the fire, officials said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, firefighters said.

Two teenagers died Friday afternoon after the vehicle they were in flipped in the Ocala National Forest, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Multiple people aboard a docked cruise ship at Port Canaveral were taken to nearby hospitals Saturday morning, according to Brevard County Fire Rescue personnel.

A dog attacked and "severely mauled" a 4-year-old girl in Melbourne, according to Brevard County authorities.

A woman is behind bars after being accused of fleeing a deputy while dragging him with her vehicle and using his agency-issued firearm in an attempt to shoot him.

Two dogs died when a space heater sparked a house fire in Daytona Beach Thursday afternoon, according to the Daytona Beach Fire Department.




FHP: 2 teens die after car flips in Ocala National ForestTeens fleeing burglary cause fatal crash killing innocent bystander, FHP saysSecond person killed by Brightline train in less than a weekSunRail train fatally hits pedestrian in Winter Park, police sayJaguars RB Leonard Fournette involved in three-vehicle crashCar crashes in aftermath of Pine Hills shootout, deputies say

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 15:11:39 GMTSat, 20 Jan 2018 03:51:55 GMTWed, 17 Jan 2018 23:29:04 GMTWed, 17 Jan 2018 18:52:07 GMTTue, 16 Jan 2018 19:24:59 GMTMon, 15 Jan 2018 16:33:31 GMT

Two teenagers died Friday afternoon after the vehicle they were in flipped in the Ocala National Forest, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Troopers said William Wetherington, 16, of Silver Springs, was driving a Chrysler 300 east on Northeast 14 Street Road in the forest around 5:50 p.m. when he failed to follow a left curve in the road.

The Chrysler veered off the road and onto the south shoulder, troopers said.

Wetherington and his passenger, 17-year-old Katherine Livengood, of Bellview, continued driving along the shoulder until the vehicle hit a large tree and flipped, according to the crash report.

Livengood, who was wearing a seatbelt, was thrown from the vehicle, the report said. She was taken to Ocala Regional Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead, troopers said.

Wetherington died at the scene, according to the report.

A spokesperson for Marion County Public Schools said both teenagers were students at Lake Weir High School.

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

Three teenage suspects fleeing law enforcement after burglarizing a Kissimmee pawn shop caused a crash Tuesday that resulted in an innocent driver's death, Florida Highway Patrol officials tell News 6.

A man was killed Wednesday by a Brightline train in Boynton Beach, officials said.

SunRail has suspended service to one of its trains that hit a pedestrian in Winter Park Wednesday, according to the Winter Park Police Department.

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette was involved in a three-vehicle crash Tuesday morning on Interstate 295 near the Dames Point Bridge, authorities said.

No one was injured when the occupants of two vehicles shot at each other in Pine Hills Sunday night, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.




Orlando-area national parks impacted by government shutdownPartial government shutdown impacting local attractionsThe government just shut down. What happens next?How senators voted on the government shutdownThis is what happens during a US government shutdownBlame game begins after Senate fails to stop shutdown

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 18:24:42 GMTSat, 20 Jan 2018 13:54:50 GMTSat, 20 Jan 2018 05:59:05 GMTFri, 19 Jan 2018 20:23:02 GMTSat, 20 Jan 2018 14:59:02 GMT

The Orlando area is feeling the ripple effects from the government shutdown at local national parks, national wildlife refuge sites and along the Space Coast.

Orange cones are blocking part of the entrance to the Canaveral National Seashore.

(image) "There was a closed sign on the booth that we don't have to pay to come into the park because nobody is manning it right now," visitor Diane Lorenz said. 

News 6 was there as park rangers posted signs at the entrance gate and ranger center that read in part, "Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, the National Park Service (NPS) is unable to fully staff the properties under its management. It is not feasible to close or otherwise prohibit all access to NPS properties."

Visitors are allowed to enter the park during the government shutdown, but park rangers won't be working or maintaining the facility. According to the notice, that includes collecting trash, operating bathrooms, or helping visitors.

"Can't ask questions or get a map or know where we're going or any information," Lorenz said. 
Park officials tell News 6 about 60 full-time and temporary employees at Canaveral National Seashore won't be working during the shutdown. 

Just a few miles down the road, the gates are locked at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. 

Several drivers pulled in and were surprised to see the facility closed. They were forced to turn around.

"The government does everything. Why take away national parks and stuff? I think the government stinks," visitor Sonia Yaroma said. 

Many visitors were frustrated, but they are still trying to enjoy the beach and wildlife while they can.

Everyone said they're hopeful politicians in Washington can figure out how to fund the government and let nature take its course. 

"I hope it gets up and rolling and they can control everything and get things going again," visitor Cindy McCormick said. 

The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is open during the government shutdown. Officials tell News 6 all attractions at the visitor complex remain open, as well as the Kennedy Space Center bus tour, which will continue taking guests onto the Kennedy Space Center and the Apollo/Saturn V Center.

Special interest tours, including the Explore Tour, Launch Control Center Tour, and Early Space Tour are temporarily suspended starting Saturday due to the government shutdown.

"Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is monitoring the situation very closely and will resume tours when the situation is resolved," officials said in a statement.

In the final moments leading up to Friday's midnight deadline, Senate Republicans and Democrats were unable to agree on a stopgap funding measure to continue government services.

Legislation to prevent the government from shutting down failed Friday night in the Senate ahead of the midnight deadline. The total was 50-49, but 60 votes were needed for passage.

If both houses of Congress are unable to pass a funding proposal -- which, at this point, looks very possible -- the United States federal government will shut down Friday.

First came the failed vote. Then the finger-pointing.


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Acrimony deepens after government shutdown's first dayShutdown, protests welcome Trump's second year in officeBlame game begins after Senate fails to stop shutdownThe government just shut down. What happens next?White House slams Democrats as 'obstructionist losers'How senators voted on the government shutdownHere's what the last government shutdown looked like

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 18:35:06 GMTSat, 20 Jan 2018 14:59:02 GMTSat, 20 Jan 2018 13:54:50 GMTSat, 20 Jan 2018 06:08:04 GMTSat, 20 Jan 2018 05:59:05 GMTFri, 19 Jan 2018 23:44:10 GMT

Day one of the government shutdown ended with recriminations between the parties deepening and no sign of progress towards ending the impasse.The White House, Republican and Democratic leaders spent most of Saturday apportioning blame and flexing partisan muscles after the Democrats blocked a Senate bill to fund the government and the federal machine ran dry on cash at midnight on Friday.While both the House and Senate were in session Saturday, there was little sign of an opening, as leaders who will eventually have to talk to one another to resolve the showdown stayed in their corners."Everyone's dug in. No movement at all from either side," said a Democratic aide.President Donald Trump had been hoping to be the star of the show at a glitzy fundraiser at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida Saturday celebrating the anniversary of his inauguration. But he was forced to stay in Washington."There shouldn't be a shutdown, but there is," Trump said in a video recorded for showing at the event, according to a person who saw the footage. "It's caused by the Democrats. But we're gonna end up winning another victory."But Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer pinned the blame directly on the President, implying that he was falling well short of his "Art of the Deal" reputation and was being led astray by hardline White House aides, Hill Republicans and conservative media."Negotiating with this White House is like negotiating with Jell-O, it is next to impossible," Schumer told reporters. "The President needs to pull up a chair to end this shutdown."Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell warned "the solution is to end the foolishness. It's hurting millions of Americans who have done absolutely nothing to deserve this."By the end of the night, McConnell warned that the Senate would vote on a three-week stopgap spending measure at 1 a.m. Monday unless Democrats agreed to move up the vote.Most of the energy on both sides Saturday was devoted to key players branding the impasse either the "Trump shutdown" or the" Schumer shutdown." And for all the posturing, sources told CNN that Schumer and McConnell had not spoken since their interactions on the Senate floor in the dramatic early moments of Saturday. A Democratic source said there had been no conversations between the top Democrat and anyone in the White House on Saturday. Both sides appeared to be waiting for the other to make the first move.Republicans are resolute: No talks on DACA, the expiring Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, until Democrats give them enough votes to reopen the government. Democrats, meanwhile, say they have to have an answer on extending protection to nearly 700,000 people brought to the US illegally as children who face deportation after early March."It is kind of hard to understand. When you're holding our troops hostage and essentially denying services to law-abiding Americans and denying funding to our border agents, how you can negotiate on DACA during that?" Marc Short, the White House legislative affairs director asked. "I think the administration's position is that as soon as they reopen the government, we'll resume negotiations on DACA, but it's hard to negotiate on that while they're keeping our border agents unpaid, keeping our troops unpaid, and not paying for American services."  GOP leaders see how much support there is for a three-week extension   The Senate and the House will come back into session on Sunday afternoon. For now, the only possible off ramp is a three-week spending bill to fund the government until February 8 that most Democrats are not willing to embrace. McConnell, who spoke w[...]


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Reward offered as deputies search for duo in connection with armed robberyTeens fleeing burglary cause fatal crash killing innocent bystander, FHP saysTitusville man flees after stabbing mother, stepfather, deputies say6 hospitalized after 13-day cruise aboard Carnival ship, official saysFHP: 2 teens die after car flips in Ocala National Forest

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The Orange County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in identifying two people in connection with an armed robbery on New Year's Day.

Around 6:12 a.m. Jan. 1, the victim arranged to meet with the female suspect on a social media application, officials said. The female suspect arrived at the victim's home in the 5200 block of Old Cheney Highway, along with a male suspect who waited in a vehicle.

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Officials said that when the female suspect arrived, she removed a firearm from her sweatshirt pocket and demanded the victim give her all his money.

A physical altercation ensued between them, at which time the driver in the vehicle threatened to shoot the victim, officials said. The female suspect fled to the vehicle, and both suspects left the area in a light-colored or silver vehicle, possibly a Toyota.

The female suspect is described by authorities as white, 5 feet 5 inches tall with blond hair and a medium build. The male suspect is described as Hispanic with short black hair.

Officials said anyone with information may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Crimeline can be reached at 800-423-TIPS (8477).

Three teenage suspects fleeing law enforcement after burglarizing a Kissimmee pawn shop caused a crash Tuesday that resulted in an innocent driver's death, Florida Highway Patrol officials tell News 6.

Heavy law enforcement activity was reported in the Titusville area Saturday morning as authorities apprehended a man wanted for stabbing his mother and stepfather, Brevard County deputies say

Multiple people aboard a docked cruise ship at Port Canaveral were taken to nearby hospitals Saturday morning, according to Brevard County Fire Rescue personnel.

Two teenagers died Friday afternoon after the vehicle they were in flipped in the Ocala National Forest, the Florida Highway Patrol said.




Titusville man flees after stabbing mother, stepfather, deputies sayWJXT: Teen stabs sleeping parents, police sayVideo: Man stabbed after asking neighbor to turn down musicMan found at scene of fatal Citra stabbing arrested, charged, deputies say6 injured after fight leads to stabbing in Orlando, police sayOcoee man, 70, stabbed during random attack, police say

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Heavy law enforcement activity was reported in the Titusville area Saturday morning as authorities apprehended a man wanted for stabbing his mother and stepfather, the Brevard County Sheriff's Office said.

Sheriff's Office vehicles, including a crime scene unit, were gathered at the Intercoastal Estates Mobile Home and RV Park on North Washington Avenue, according to News 6 partner Florida Today. Law enforcement vehicles were also seen in the area of Garden Street and Singleton Avenue.

Robert Jaron Hamm, 28, was charged with two counts of attempted murder, Sheriff's spokesman Tod Goodyear said. 

Deputies responded to the 1400 block of North U.S. 1 about 4:45 a.m. A woman outside the home said she had been stabbed by her son, who she said was inside with her husband. Deputies found the husband inside, also injured, but Hamm had fled. 

Brevard County Fire Rescue took both to a hospital. They were in serious condition, Goodyear said.

Titusville police assisted in the search for Hamm and found him in the area of Jay Jay Road and Snowy Egret Drive, Goodyear said. He was taken into custody.

Parrish Medical Center spokeswoman Natalie Sellers told Florida Today that the hospital took some precautions this morning because of the police activity happening near the campus, located at 951 N. Washington Ave. The hospital limited access to the hospital to its main and emergency room entrances. As of 9:50 a.m., operations were back to normal, Sellers said. 

Anyone with more information on this domestic incident can call Agent Cynthia Young of the Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit at 321-633-8419.

Two days after a man and woman were stabbed as they slept, Jacksonville police have charged their 16-year-old son with two counts of aggravated battery.

A 66-year-old Missouri man was charged with assault after police say he stabbed his neighbor for asking him to turn his music down on Sunday.

A man was arrested Wednesday in connection with the death of one man and the attempted killing of another Tuesday in Citra, deputies said.

At least six people were injured early Sunday after a fight in downtown Orlando led to a stabbing, the Orlando Police Department said.

Officials say an Ocoee man was stabbed several times during an attack at his own home.




6 hospitalized after 13-day cruise aboard Carnival ship, official saysBrothers aboard Holy Ship! cruise hide ecstasy in rectums, police say24 people arrested on drug charges before EDM cruise, deputies sayParty ship hits the high seas as prosecutors warn about pot lawsSerenade of the Seas cruise ship arrives at Port Everglades after fatal bus crash in Mexico

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Multiple people aboard a docked cruise ship at Port Canaveral were taken to nearby hospitals Saturday morning, according to Brevard County Fire Rescue personnel.

Officials said the six people on the boat, which was docked at the Carnival Cruise line terminal, were transported around 7:30 a.m. for injuries or illnesses. Crews did not immediately release details about their conditions.

A spokesperson for the cruise line later told News 6 that the Carnival Sunshine was scheduled to return to the port Saturday from a 13-day trip, and that the guests were required to be checked out upon their arrival after experiencing a variety of medical issues during their stay. The spokesperson called the incident "nothing out of the ordinary." 

No other details were immediately available. 

Two brothers are arrested on drug trafficking charges ahead of the second leg of the Holy Ship! electronic dance music party cruise.

Deputies say they arrested 24 people on drug charges as they were attempting to board an EDM cruise.

The party ship carrying thousands of revelers out to sea for a music festival, returned to Port Canaveral on Wednesday, less than a week after a New York-based DJ and two dozen others were arrested on marijuana and other drug charges.

Royal Caribbean's Serenade of the Seas cruise ship arrived at Port Everglades early Friday, days after four of its passengers were involved in a fatal bus crash in Quintana Roo, Mexico.




Man killed in Volusia County crash on I-95, FHP says

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 16:06:53 GMT

A man was killed in a Volusia County crash after 2 a.m. Sunday morning when his vehicle
was stopped in the right lane, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

The man killed in the crash was identified by authorities as 61-year-old John Beneduce of Middleburg, Florida. 

Officials said the driver of the vehicle did not see Benduce's car when he struck it.

After the collision, Beneduce's vehicle traveled off the road, overturned and caught fire.

The victim was ejected from his vehicle and died at the scene, officials said.

Officials said the crash remains under investigation.




Shutdown heads into day two with divides deepeningAcrimony deepens after government shutdown's first daySchumer: There needs to be a big deal for the government to reopenMembers of Congress to donate pay during shutdownSchumer tweaks Trump ego in shutdown blame gameWhite House budget director: 'Kind of cool' to be in charge of government shutdown

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 13:20:05 GMTSun, 21 Jan 2018 09:20:15 GMTSun, 21 Jan 2018 00:35:03 GMTSat, 20 Jan 2018 19:26:03 GMTSat, 20 Jan 2018 23:23:02 GMTSat, 20 Jan 2018 22:26:03 GMT

The government shutdown went into a second day Sunday with recriminations deepening between the parties and with no sign of progress towards ending the impasse.The House and the Senate will be back at work by early afternoon, but after a day of futility on Saturday, there are few hopes of a sudden breakthrough to resolve a showdown over the refusal of Senate Democrats to vote to fund the government until President Donald Trump agrees to deal with the fate of 700,000 people brought to the US illegally as children.The White House, and Republican and Democratic leaders spent most of Saturday apportioning blame as they sought to shape the political fallout from the shutdown that will only truly begin to hit home on Monday when government departments stay dark after the weekend as federal workers are furloughed."Everyone's dug in. No movement at all from either side," said a Democratic aide.Trump had been hoping to be the star of the show at a glitzy fundraiser at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida Saturday celebrating the anniversary of his inauguration. But he was forced to hole up in Washington when his trip was canceled because of the shutdown."There shouldn't be a shutdown, but there is," Trump said in a video recorded for showing at the event, according to a person who saw the footage. "It's caused by the Democrats. But we're gonna end up winning another victory."But Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer pinned the blame directly on the President, implying that he was falling well short of his "Art of the Deal" reputation and was being led astray by hardline White House aides, Hill Republicans and conservative media."Negotiating with this White House is like negotiating with Jell-O, it is next to impossible," Schumer told reporters. "The President needs to pull up a chair to end this shutdown."Republican Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell warned that Schumer "wants to keep the government shut down for hundreds of millions of Americans until we finish negotiating on the subject of illegal immigration."Most of the energy on both sides Saturday was devoted to key players branding the impasse either the "Trump shutdown" or the" Schumer shutdown." And for all the posturing, sources told CNN that Schumer and McConnell had not spoken since their interactions on the Senate floor in the dramatic early moments of Saturday. A Democratic source said there had been no conversations between the top Democrat and anyone in the White House on Saturday. Both sides appeared to be waiting for the other to make the first move.The White House did put out some photos of the President on the phone and showing him surrounded by smiling members of his staff.Republicans are resolute: no talks on DACA, the expiring Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, until Democrats give them enough votes to reopen the government. Democrats, meanwhile, say they have to have an answer on the program since those affected could face deportation beginning in early March."It is kind of hard to understand. When you're holding our troops hostage and essentially denying services to law-abiding Americans and denying funding to our border agents, how you can negotiate on DACA during that?" Marc Short, the White House legislative affairs director, asked. "I think the administration's position is that as soon as they reopen the government, we'll resume negotiations on DACA, but it's hard to negotiate on that while they're keeping our border agents unpaid, keeping our troops unpaid, and not paying for American services.&q[...]



Kabul hotel siege ends after 12 hours with 18 dead, Afghan officials sayGunmen launch siege at Intercontinental Hotel in KabulUS soldier killed in AfghanistanUS official: High-level al Qaeda commander killed in Afghanistan

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Gunmen raided the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul killing at least 18 people during a 12-hour standoff with security forces that ended Sunday, Afghan authorities said. Of those killed, 14 were foreign nationals and four were Afghans, according to Najib Danish, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior.Four gunmen were also killed by Afghan security forces responding to the attack, he said.Nasrat Rahimi, a deputy spokesman for the Interior Ministry, had said earlier that foreigners were among the dead, but did not provide details on the nationalities of the victims. Seven Afghans were wounded, he said.Afghan security forces went on every floor of the six-story hotel in a clearing operation, said Danish.He said four attackers were involved, but the Taliban released a statement claiming responsibility and saying it was carried out by five assailants. The attackers were affiliated with the Pakistan-based Haqqani network, according to the Interior Ministry. The ministry said that 153 people -- including 41 foreigners -- were rescued from the hotel.After the Interior Ministry declared the siege over, TOLO news channel reported that two attackers were still inside the hotel and gunshots were still ringing. Gunmen attacked the hotel about 9 p.m. Saturday (11:30 a.m. ET) and were still trading fire with Afghan special forces Sunday morning local time, the station reported.Ambulances raced to the scene during a lull in the shooting, a witness who lives near the hotel told CNN.Guests try to escapeDuring the standoff, the hotel's third floor, where the kitchen is located, caught fire, Rahimi said. Lotfullah Najafizada, the head of TOLO, tweeted that the last attacker was on the hotel's top floor.TOLO showed images of people apparently hanging off balconies, saying they were "desperate guests and staff trying to escape" from the burning hotel.The attackers had been in the kitchen, then moved to the fourth floor, an Afghan special forces commander told CNN.Haqqani networkThe US State Department had warned last week of a possible attack by extremist groups targeting Kabul hotels. The Afghan Interior Ministry blamed the Haqqani network for the attack. The group based in the Pakistani tribal area of Waziristan, and known for its high-profile attacks on Western targets in Afghanistan. The network maintains close ties to al Qaeda and the Taliban, and seeks to reestablish Taliban rule in Afghanistan.In 2001, then-US Ambassador Ryan Crocker accused the Haqqani network of a daylong attack against the US Embassy in Kabul.This month, President Donald Trump announced that his administration would suspend aid to Pakistan until the country took more assertive steps to rein in terror organizations, referring to the Haqqani network by name.Pakistan's ministry of foreign affairs issued a statement condemning the attack on the Intercontinental in Kabul. "We reiterate our strong condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. In our view, cooperation among the states is important for effectively combating and eliminating the scourge of terrorism," it said in a statement.US Ambassador John R. Bass also condemned the attack and commended the security forces' quick response. "Such violence has no place here or anywhere in the world," Bass said. "Afghanistan deserves peace and security -- not deliberate and murderous attacks on innocent civilians," he said in a statement.The British ambassador to Afghanistan, Nicholas Kay, also tweeted his condolences, saluting the bravery of the Afghan security forces."When it's over, Kabul will show its resilience again," Kay said.Hotel was attacked in 2011In June 2011, seven Tali[...]



Trump campaign releases ad tying Democrats to murders by illegal immigrantsTrump says he wants immigrants from 'everywhere'US could send these 250,000 immigrants awayWH denies NYT report that Trump said Haitian immigrants 'all have AIDS'How GOP tax bills hurt undocumented immigrantsAcrimony deepens after government shutdown's first dayDOJ asks Supreme Court to review DACA rulingUS to deport undocumented immigrant acquitted in Steinle death

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 02:20:02 GMTTue, 16 Jan 2018 18:47:05 GMTMon, 08 Jan 2018 19:41:02 GMTSat, 23 Dec 2017 19:36:27 GMTMon, 04 Dec 2017 11:15:19 GMTSun, 21 Jan 2018 09:20:15 GMTFri, 19 Jan 2018 01:50:07 GMTFri, 01 Dec 2017 21:35:57 GMT

Hours into the government shutdown, President Donald Trump's reelection campaign released a hard-right ad accusing Democrats of being "complicit in all murders" committed by undocumented immigrants.

The 30-second video opens with footage of a recent courtroom outburst by Luis Bracamontes, a twice-deported undocumented immigrant accused of killing two Sacramento-area deputies in 2014. The ad labels Bracamontes as "pure evil."

"Now Democrats who stand in our way will be complicit in every murder committed by illegal immigrants," the video's narrator says. "President Trump will fix our border and keep our families safe."

A Republican familiar with the effort tells CNN that the video, titled "Complicit," will only appear online -- not on TV -- for now.

In a statement, Michael Glassner, the executive director of Trump's reelection campaign committee, said the ad was intended to highlight "the stark contrast between 'complicit' Democrats and the President for his full commitment to build a wall and fix our border to protect Americans from drugs, murder and other atrocities."

Trump has seized on crimes committed by undocumented immigrants to push for a hardline immigration agenda in the past. The death of Kate Steinle, for which Jose Ines Garcia Zarate was found not guilty in December, was a rallying cry for Trump on the campaign trail.

Although the ad does not explicitly mention the shutdown, it comes as congressional leaders from both parties try to reach a deal to fund the government and find a fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Republicans and the White House maintain that they will not discuss DACA until the government reopens, while Democrats are resolute that they will not vote for a continuing resolution until there are talks on immigration.

President Donald Trump said Tuesday he wants immigrants who come from "everywhere," following reports last week that he disparaged immigrants from African countries and Haiti and welcomed more people from Norway.

They number upwards of 250,000.

The White House strongly pushed back on a report that President Donald Trump spoke about immigrants in a demeaning fashion..

The tax bills passed by the House and the now the Senate include slightly more generous benefits for parents. Unless their children are undocumented immigrants.

Day one of the government shutdown ended with recriminations between the parties deepening and no sign of progress towards ending the impasse.

The Justice Department formally asked the Supreme Court Thursday night to review a federal judge's ruling from last week that blocked the Trump administration's effort to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

A Mexican man will be deported after he was found not guilty in the killing of Kate Steinle, whose death while out walking on a San Francisco pier reignited a national debate over immigration policy.




Body of Montecito woman found, brings mudslide death toll to 21Woman sobs after reuniting with cat lost in Calif. mudslidesCalifornia mudslides cause massive damage3 remain missing in deadly California mudslidesMudslides, wildfires, earthquakes and flu. 2018's off to a rough start in CaliforniaCalifornia mudslides: Death toll rises to 20, 4 still missingCalifornia mudslides: Death toll rises after searchers find bodyCalifornia mudslides: Evacuation zones expanded as searches continueCalifornia mudslides: Crews search for missing peopleCalif. mudslides leaves swath of damage

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 03:02:05 GMTThu, 18 Jan 2018 16:10:02 GMTWed, 10 Jan 2018 15:01:06 GMTTue, 16 Jan 2018 01:47:02 GMTSat, 13 Jan 2018 11:35:09 GMTSun, 14 Jan 2018 23:41:06 GMTSun, 14 Jan 2018 03:35:06 GMTFri, 12 Jan 2018 02:59:03 GMTSat, 13 Jan 2018 17:19:27 GMTWed, 10 Jan 2018 12:57:15 GMT

The body of a 28-year-old California woman, missing since savage mudslides hit nearly two weeks ago, was found Saturday, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's office said.

Faviola Benitez Calderon was one of three people still missing after the catastrophe swept away homes and lives in the coastal town of Montecito.

A search team using detection dogs found her body Saturday morning.

At least 21 people died in the mudslides, including Calderon's son, niece and sister-in-law, the California Department of Fire and Forestry Protection said.

The rain poured down on hillsides charred by recent wildfires that had burned vegetation that otherwise could make the terrain more resistant to mudslides.

For days, rescuers searched frantically for the missing after mud and boulders barreled into neighborhoods in and near Montecito, an affluent seaside community east of Santa Barbara. The mudslides demolished homes and left roads impassable.

A California couple whose home was destroyed in recent mudslides held onto hope that they'd see their cat, Koshka, again.

Destructive waves of mud sliding down barren hillsides in Southern California slammed everything in sight. As of Thursday, 17 people were killed and more than 160 others were injured. Here are images from the devastation. 

Searchers in California sifted through mud-caked debris Monday for three people missing in mudslides that have killed at least 20 and walloped Montecito, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office said.

California evokes images of sunny beaches, majestic mountains, Hollywood celebs, coastal highways and all variations of good times.

At least 20 people have died as a result of the mudslides that devastated Montecito, California, according to the California Department of Fire and Forestry Protection.

Search and rescue crews found the body of a 25-year-old woman Saturday morning, raising the death toll from the California mudslides to 19, authorities said.

As teams frantically searched areas of Southern California smothered by rivers of mud and boulders, officials on Thursday increased the size of the evacuation zones.

Rescue workers in California are still searching for missing people after deadly mudslides
around Montecito.

A community deals with devastation after downpours sent mud and boulders roaring down hills
in Southern California. 




Orlando area feels warmer temps ahead of another cold frontMild with more clouds Saturday night in Central Florida42 displaced by fire at Orlando apartment complex, officials sayOrlando-area national parks impacted by government shutdownMissing Child Alert issued for 15-year-old South Florida girlWoman dead after falling from balcony of Carnival cruise shipFHP: 2 teens die after car flips in Ocala National Forest

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Warmer temperatures returned to the Orlando area Saturday and brought some clouds back with them.

"High temperatures Saturday got closer to normal, and by Sunday, the temps will be slightly above normal," News 6 weather anchor Danny Treanor said. "But in the meantime, the overnight lows will still have a bit of a chill."

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Lows Saturday night will range from 47 degrees in Ocala, with a 20 percent chance of rain, to 55 degrees in Orlando, with a chance of sprinkles, and 50 degrees in Palm Bay, with more clouds.

Sunday will be warmer, but expect to see more clouds. Highs will range from 74 degrees in Melbourne, to 73 degrees in Orlando and 68 degrees in Daytona Beach.

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Many areas will experience foggy conditions Sunday night and Monday morning.

Monday will be a warm day, with a chance of rain present by Monday night and Tuesday.

Another cold front returns Wednesday to clear skies, but won't bring back the freeze. Temperatures Wednesday and Thursday will be in the 60s.

More than 40 people are displaced after a fire broke out at an Orlando apartment complex, according to the Orlando Fire Department.

The Orlando area is feeling the ripple effects from the government shutdown at local national parks, national wildlife refuge sites and along the Space Coast.

A Florida Missing Child Alert was issued Friday night for a 15-year-old girl from Homestead.

A woman fell from her balcony on a Jacksonville-based cruise ship and died, a Carnival spokeswoman confirmed to News4Jax.

Two teenagers died Friday afternoon after the vehicle they were in flipped in the Ocala National Forest, the Florida Highway Patrol said.


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DC Women's March brings protesters to National MallGallery: The return of the Women's MarchCelebrities rally attendees at LA Women's March, declare Time's UpTrump tweets support of Women's March that's also protesting...himViola Davis speaks to 'Me too' moment at LA Women's MarchOne year later, Women's March returns'Woke' grandma embodies spirit of Women's MarchEverything you need to know about women's marches this weekendAcross the nation, Women's March focuses on ballot box

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The National Mall was filled with more than its usual crowd of tourists and joggers Saturday morning as protesters descended on the space in front of the Lincoln Memorial for the one-year anniversary of the Women's March.A sea of homemade signs and pink hats could be seen marching toward the White House, and several speakers -- including members of Congress -- addressed the group on a day that also marked both the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump's swearing in and the onset of a government shutdown.The march in Washington, DC, was just one of several events that took place around the country on Saturday to protest the first year of Trump's presidency. But beyond the frustration expressed by those participants, the focus this year has shifted to harnessing the protest energy into something tangible."I think we've moved from doing the important culture change work to now starting to think about institutional change and passing policies," said Kelley Robinson, the national organizing director for Planned Parenthood.Democratic Reps. Val Demings of Florida and Joyce Beatty of Ohio both noted to CNN that they were at last year's march."The fight for women's equality and women's rights continues on, and I'm glad to be a part of it," Demings said."I was here last year," Beatty said. "I'm proud to return because enough is enough. Fighting for women's power to the polls to make a difference."The Women's March organizers are holding an event Sunday in Las Vegas titled "Power to the Polls" to kick-start a national initiative aimed at registering voters in swing states."Women's March has created a powerful movement that has ignited thousands of activists and new leaders," Tamika D. Mallory, the Women's March co-president, said in a statement on the Power to the Polls website. "In 2018, we must turn our work into action ahead of the midterms. This new initiative will address voter registration and voter suppression head on. We marched for justice in DC, we created our plan in Detroit and now we're bringing the power of the polls to Nevada."Trump tweeted about the protests happening around the country on Saturday: "Beautiful weather all over our great country, a perfect day for all Women to March. Get out there now to celebrate the historic milestones and unprecedented economic success and wealth creation that has taken place over the last 12 months. Lowest female unemployment in 18 years!"Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez also talked about moving the Democratic Party's energy forward in upcoming elections, citing the party's organizing efforts."Our democracy is at risk here," Perez told CNN on Saturday. "We understand that this is the most serious stress test of our democracy in our nation's history, and we have to do what we've always done in times like this, which is organize, mobilize, elect good democrats, lead with our values, and that's precisely what we've been doing in 2017, and we're going to continue that momentum in 2018.""It's a time where we're not just showing up, folks are saying that, hey, we actually need to be sitting in those chairs," Robinson said. "You know so everyone who was out in the airports rallying last year and marching in the streets, many of them are now sitting in state legislatures across the country. It's a powerful moment that we&#[...]



How the seizure of a US spy ship by North Korea nearly sparked nuclear war

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 01:05:09 GMT

"This is it, they're taking us out here to kill us," Stu Russell thought as he trudged through the snow in the middle of the night into a dark forest.Russell was one of 83 Americans held captive inside North Korea, following the seizure of the USS Pueblo spy ship in international waters, on January 23, 1968.For weeks they were kept in a sparse, freezing-cold building they nicknamed "the Barn." It had no running water and was infested with rats and bed bugs. Inside, the men were denied sleep, forced into stress positions, whipped and beaten. Their officers, particularly Lloyd Bucher, the ship's commander, came in for vicious punishments, as their interrogators demanded they sign "confessions" stating they were illegally spying in North Korean territorial waters when they were captured.Like today, 1968 was a period of heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula. The war that led to the division of the country had only stopped 15 years earlier and bloody skirmishes were still common.The crew were terrified of the North Koreans. During one interrogation, after Petty Officer Donald McClarren refused to sign a confession, his guard pulled out a gun, put it to McClarren's head and pulled the trigger. The unloaded weapon clicked, and McClarren passed out.Mock executions like this were routine, as were beatings which seemed like they would never end.That night in the forest, as Russell shivered and slipped on the icy ground, he became ever more convinced the end had come. Alarm The seizure of the Pueblo remains one of the most embarrassing incidents in US military history, the first hijacking of a naval vessel since the Civil War, 153 years earlier. The incident -- reconstructed here from top secret diplomatic cables; CIA, NSA and State Department reports; and interviews with and testimonies from the crew -- raised tensions in the region to near breaking point. Fifty years on, it remains the closest the world came to a second Korean War, one that cables show US generals were prepared to use nuclear weapons to fight, and could have sucked in both the Soviet Union and China. That the Pueblo's seizure did not result in war was the result of months of careful diplomatic negotiations between North Korea and the US, held in near secret at Panmunjom, the so-called "truce village" on the demilitarized zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea. As those negotiations dragged on, the crew of the Pueblo were beaten, tortured, and forced to sign increasingly ludicrous confessions, even as they fretted they would face further punishment on return to the US. If they ever got back. Capture It was a lousy mission from the start. After leaving the Japanese port of Sasebo on January 11, the crew of the Pueblo had to deal with equipment failure, frigid weather that meant ice had to be constantly chipped off instruments, and rough seas. When the crew wasn't vomiting from seasickness, they were bored and listless. Most had little to do as the spy ship's instruments listened in on North Korean communications from international waters, taking special care not to cross the 19-kilometer (12 miles) maritime border claimed by Pyongyang. Things finally picked up on January 22, when two North Korean fishing ships circled the Pueblo, their decks packed with people straining for a look at the American ship, some holding binoculars and cameras. Russell, the ship's cook, came out from the galley to look at the North Koreans. G[...]



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Schumer: There needs to be a big deal for the government to reopenSchumer lays out Democrat's terms for reopening governmentTimeline: Past government shutdownsWho gets paid in a government shutdown?Schumer tweaks Trump ego in shutdown blame gameWhite House budget director: 'Kind of cool' to be in charge of government shutdownAcrimony deepens after government shutdown's first dayDeployed troops can't watch NFL football during shutdownBlame game begins after Senate fails to stop shutdownHow senators voted on the government shutdownWhite House budget director explains impact of government shutdown

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Sen. Chuck Schumer said Saturday that there needs to be a big deal on a range of topics -- including not just immigration, but also domestic spending levels -- for the government to reopen.

Speaking to CNN's Manu Raju on Capitol Hill, the Democratic minority leader said he will not agree to a three-week continuing resolution and that immigration is not the only topic that he wants to see addressed in a bill that he would support.

"We need a good bipartisan agreement that allows us to get a good defense number, get a good non-defense number, get a vote on the Dreamers bill and get that done, and deal with the disasters, too," Schumer said. "There's a whole lot to do, and our Republican colleagues have sent us just a CR which doesn't do the job."

When asked why he won't agree to the three-week stopgap measure and just deal with the other issues afterward, Schumer said this would be the fourth time in a year that Congress has passed a continuing resolution, and he refuses to do it again.

Schumer also said that he had not spoken to the President Donald Trump on Saturday, despite seeking a meeting. On Friday, just hours before the midnight deadline, Schumer met with the President at the White House, but the two men could not come to a consensus, and Schumer returned to the Hill without a deal in place. Trump's chief of staff, John Kelly, called Schumer later that day with a list of more demands, drawing Schumer further away from agreeing to a deal. Hours later, the government shut down.

On Saturday, thirteen hours into the government shutdown, Schumer made a flagrant attempt to peel Trump away from his Republican colleagues and White House aides, casting rhetorical flies to try to hook the President into a deal his party may not support.

"Negotiating with this White House is like negotiating with jello, it is next to impossible," Schumer said at a press conference.

"It's next to impossible to strike a deal with the President, because he can't stick to the terms," Schumer said. "I have found this out, Leader McConnell has found this out, Speaker Ryan has found this out."

Congress has until midnight ET Friday to stop a federal government shutdown. Here's a look at past shutdowns.

One of the most frequently asked questions Americans ask when a government shutdown happens is, who continues to get paid and who doesn't? Take a look at who continues to collect a paycheck during a shutdown.

Sen. Chuck Schumer jabbed President Donald Trump on Saturday in his most sensitive spot --- effectively telling the President, you just don't get the art of the deal.

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney described it as "kind of cool" that he's technically in charge of shutting down the government during an interview Friday.

Day one of the government shutdown ended with recriminations between the parties deepening and no sign of progress towards ending the impasse.

Members of the military hoping to tune into this weekend's NFL playoff games on AFN will be sorely disappointed.

First came the failed vote. Then the finger-pointing.

Legislation to prevent the government from shutting down failed Friday night in the Senate ahead of the midnight deadline. The total was 50-49, but 60 votes were needed for passage.


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Members of the military hoping to tune into this weekend's NFL playoff games on AFN will be sorely disappointed.

While active duty members of the military are considered essential personnel and will continue to work despite the government shutdown, their entertainment options are affected unless Congress and the President can come to an agreement.

According to the Pentagon, the Armed Forces Network, known as AFN, will not be operating during the government shutdown.

AFN provides US radio and television news, information, and entertainment programming to active, guard, and Reserve military service members, Department of Defense civilians and contract employees, and their families overseas, on board Navy and Coast Guard ships, and other authorized users. The network provides eight television, 12 radio, and nine streaming Internet radio services to military audiences in 168 countries and US Navy ships at sea around the world.

Because AFN is run by the Department of Defense, operation of the network came to a halt when the government shut down at midnight.

All of AFN's social media channels displayed the same message on Saturday alerting viewers that services are unavailable due to the shutdown.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted about the outage on Saturday, saying she received an message from a young man serving in Afghanistan showing a picture of the AFN screen explaining the outage due to the shutdown.

"I received this from a young infantryman serving in Afghanistan this morning. Sad that the men and women who have sacrificed so much are deprived of even the most basic connection to home bc Democrats are playing political games. #SchumerShutdown," Sanders' tweet read, employing the political message the White House has been using during the shutdown.

Congress has until midnight ET Friday to stop a federal government shutdown. Here's a look at past shutdowns.

One of the most frequently asked questions Americans ask when a government shutdown happens is, who continues to get paid and who doesn't? Take a look at who continues to collect a paycheck during a shutdown.

The U.S. government is closed. And if it doesn't reopen by Monday, Americans expecting refunds or waiting to hear back from the IRS on an existing audit or other tax matter may be out of luck.

Day one of the government shutdown ended with recriminations between the parties deepening and no sign of progress towards ending the impasse.

First came the failed vote. Then the finger-pointing.

Legislation to prevent the government from shutting down failed Friday night in the Senate ahead of the midnight deadline. The total was 50-49, but 60 votes were needed for passage.

A government shutdown could potentially hurt the health of more than the government workers who will be plagued with the uncertainty and stress of not knowing when they'll get back to work and collect a paycheck. The shutdown could impact you, too.

About 850,000 federal employees were sent home, with a total of 6.6 million work days lost.

CNN's Phil Mattingly is on Capitol Hill with more on the failed Senate vote that caused the Government Shutdown




Missing Child Alert issued for 15-year-old South Florida girl

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 04:11:40 GMT

A Florida Missing Child Alert was issued Friday night for a 15-year-old girl from Homestead.

Authorities are searching for Monica Ponce De Leon, who was last seen in the 100 block of Southeast 28th Place in Homestead, according to a release from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Monica is described by officials as a white/Hispanic girl who is 5 feet, 9 inches tall, weighs 120 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information regarding Monica's whereabouts is asked to call FDLE, the Homestead Police Department at 305-247-1535 or 911.

This article is courtesy of News 6 sister station WJXT-TV.




Woman dead after falling from balcony of Carnival cruise ship6 hospitalized after 13-day cruise aboard Carnival ship, official saysBrothers aboard Holy Ship! cruise hide ecstasy in rectums, police sayParty ship hits the high seas as prosecutors warn about pot laws24 people arrested on drug charges before EDM cruise, deputies saySerenade of the Seas cruise ship arrives at Port Everglades after fatal bus crash in Mexico

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A woman fell from her balcony on a Jacksonville-based cruise ship and died, a Carnival spokeswoman confirmed to News4Jax.

Early Friday morning, the cruise line said, the guest fell from her balcony on the Carnival Elation and landed several decks below.

"The ship’s medical team responded immediately, but, unfortunately, she passed away," a statement from Carnival Cruise Line reads, in part. "The incident was reported to all proper authorities and CARE Team support was offered to fellow travelers and her family."

The Carnival Elation departed Jacksonville Thursday on a four-day cruise to the Bahamas. 

The woman's name and age have not been released.

This article is courtesy of News 6 sister station WJXT-TV.

Multiple people aboard a docked cruise ship at Port Canaveral were taken to nearby hospitals Saturday morning, according to Brevard County Fire Rescue personnel.

Two brothers are arrested on drug trafficking charges ahead of the second leg of the Holy Ship! electronic dance music party cruise.

The party ship carrying thousands of revelers out to sea for a music festival, returned to Port Canaveral on Wednesday, less than a week after a New York-based DJ and two dozen others were arrested on marijuana and other drug charges.

Deputies say they arrested 24 people on drug charges as they were attempting to board an EDM cruise.

Royal Caribbean's Serenade of the Seas cruise ship arrived at Port Everglades early Friday, days after four of its passengers were involved in a fatal bus crash in Quintana Roo, Mexico.




Blame game begins after Senate fails to stop shutdownGovernment shuts down as lawmakers still searching for a dealThe government just shut down. What happens next?How senators voted on the government shutdownHere's what the last government shutdown looked likeWhat Trump was saying during the last government shutdown

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 14:14:12 GMTSat, 20 Jan 2018 09:29:06 GMTSat, 20 Jan 2018 13:54:50 GMTSat, 20 Jan 2018 05:59:05 GMTFri, 19 Jan 2018 23:44:10 GMTFri, 19 Jan 2018 23:02:03 GMT

First came the failed vote. Then the finger-pointing.Minutes after a Senate bill collapsed Friday night, the blame game for the federal government shutdown began. Republicans labeled it the "Schumer shutdown," after Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. The New York Democrat fired back, calling it "the Trump shutdown."Here are some tweets from lawmakers and the President reacting to the situation: DemocratsSen. Kamala Harris:"This shutdown was avoidable. The WH created this crisis & the GOP leaders in Congress refused to negotiate with Democrats. We must pass a bipartisan solution to fund the government, guarantee health care for millions of kids & protect Dreamers. Americans expect & deserve it."House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi: "Tonight, on the eve of the first anniversary of his inauguration, President Trump earned an 'F' for failure in leadership. President Trump and Congressional Republicans' obsession with passing a tax scam to benefit the wealthiest and corporations has blinded them to their responsibilities to the American people."Sen. Cory Booker: "The way forward is clear: Republican leaders and the President must pass a bipartisan solution like the one on the table to reopen the government, restore CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program), and provide a place in America for DREAMers. The American people deserve nothing less. If anything, tonight has revealed once again -- the President does not have compassion for our fellow Americans who he put in this perilous situation."Rep. Steny Hoyer: "Republicans control all the levers of government. There can be no disputing who ultimately is responsible for the grossly irresponsible act of shutting down the government. Democrats have said from the very beginning that we are ready to sit down with Republicans & POTUS to pass legislation to prevent a shutdown and address pressing matters where we are already in agreement. I urge Republicans to end their #GOPshutdown without delay. Sit down with Democrats, and let's work together to meet Congress's responsibilities to the American people."RepublicansPresident Donald Trump:"Democrats are far more concerned with Illegal Immigrants than they are with our great Military or Safety at our dangerous Southern Border. They could have easily made a deal but decided to play Shutdown politics instead. #WeNeedMoreRepublicansIn18 in order to power through mess!""This is the One Year Anniversary of my Presidency and the Democrats wanted to give me a nice present. #DemocratShutdown""Democrats are holding our Military hostage over their desire to have unchecked illegal immigration. Can't let that happen!"House Speaker Paul Ryan: "Senate Democrats have let down our troops, our children, and all Americans. They will do anything to appease their base, even shut down the federal government. There is nothing in this bill to keep the government open that Democrats actually oppose, and yet they are blocking it nonetheless in a dangerous political ploy. All of this is just unnecessary. It is reckless. Senate Democrats have brought us to a shutdown."Sen. Susan Collins: "To prevent a government shutdown that would damage our economy and disrupt health care coverage for low-income children, I voted in support of the stop-gap funding bill. A government shutdown represents the ultimate failure to govern." S[...]



Warmer weather returns to Orlando areaNews 6 Saturday morning forecast -- 1/20/18News 6 gives away more gifts with 2nd Chance contestEye tracking technology helps disabled Floridians communicate with their eyesULA launches Air Force missile-warning satellite from Cape CanaveralSix key subplots in AFC championship gameIce cream fundraiser helps family after son dies of rabiesHurricane Irma victims in Orlando area still living in motels

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 13:40:19 GMTSat, 20 Jan 2018 00:05:53 GMTSat, 20 Jan 2018 04:29:10 GMTSat, 20 Jan 2018 00:55:04 GMTSat, 20 Jan 2018 00:48:37 GMTFri, 19 Jan 2018 23:01:48 GMTFri, 19 Jan 2018 23:00:58 GMT

Saturday morning is off to a chilly start, with temperatures in the mid- to upper 40s, but things are expected to warm up in the Orlando area.

A frost advisory in Marion County will remain in place Saturday for part of the morning. 

As the day goes on, temperatures will be a bit warmer. High temperatures will reach about 70 degrees. 

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"It's not a bad day for boating, just a little cool on the water," News 6 meteorologist Samara Cokinos said. 

Expect highs in the upper 60s along the coast.

"With seas between 2 and 3 feet and fairly light northeast winds, no advisories are in place for boaters," Cokinos said.

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A few high clouds will thicken later Saturday, and there could be a few sprinkles of rain, but most areas will remain dry.

Skies will be cloudy Saturday night, with lows in the mid-50s. 

Sunday will be even warmer, with highs in the mid-70s. Temperatures are expected to get closer to 80 degrees by the beginning of the workweek. 

If you didn't get that special gift you were dreaming of for the holidays, News 6 thinks you deserve a second chance.

A device that uses a computer monitor, a specialized camera and software that can use your eyes to trigger commands. It is called Eyegaze Edge and it is already being used with about a half-dozen patients in Florida.

The satellite joins three others in assisting Air Force missile defense efforts.

The former school of a Lake County boy who died of rabies will hold a fundraiser  to help his family.

While many people in Florida have cleaned up all the damage and debris left behind by Hurricane Irma, some are still living out of suitcases in a FEMA-participating hotel more than four months later.


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Government shuts down as lawmakers still searching for a dealSenate fails to avoid shutdownTimeline: Past government shutdownsWho gets paid in a government shutdown?Government shutdown: Where the senators standWhite House slams Democrats, preps for shutdownTrump slams Senate Dems as shutdown loomsSource: Trump cancels Mar-a-Lago trip ahead of anticipated government shutdownWho's affected by shutdown: By the numbersTensions rise as government shutdown loomsRyan hopes cooler heads prevail in shutdown debateTrump: Dems want shutdown

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The federal government shut down at midnight Friday as senators continued to scramble to reach a deal to fund the government.This is the first modern government shutdown with Congress and the White House controlled by the same party, and it comes on the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration.Trump's White House however immediately blamed Democrats for the shutdown."Tonight, they put politics above our national security, military families, vulnerable children, and our country's ability to serve all Americans," White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement moments before midnight. "We will not negotiate the status of unlawful immigrants while Democrats hold our lawful citizens hostage over their reckless demands. This is the behavior of obstructionist losers, not legislators."Trump and his representatives had been labeling the event the "Schumer shutdown" after Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, but the New York Democrat was quick to call it "the Trump shutdown.""It's almost as if you were rooting for a shutdown," Schumer said from the Senate floor. "And now we will have one. And the blame should crash entirely on President Trump's shoulders. This will be called the Trump shutdown. This will be called the Trump shutdown because there is no one, no one, who deserves the blame for the position we find ourselves in than President Trump."Sixty votes were needed to advance the bill to keep the government open for four weeks. Republicans only control 51 seats, so GOP leaders needed Democratic votes to cross that threshold. It failed 50-49. Key issue is setting a date One of the key issues Friday has been just how long to extend funding. The House passed a measure Thursday night to continue funding the government through February 16, and that measure is the one that failed in the Senate early Saturday morning. Democrats have pushed for a shorter-term continuing resolution of a couple days. Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican who said he would not vote for the House proposal, pushed a plan to keep the government open until February 8. After the vote, McConnell said he will offer a new continuing resolution to fund the government through February 8. McConnell said he wanted to introduce it during this early morning session, but he wasn't able to for procedural reasons and it wasn't clear if that measure would have enough Democrats it to advance. "I'll be offering an amendment to change the date to February the eighth," McConnell said around 12:30 a.m. ET. "Unfortunately we'll not be able to get that vote tonight ... And that's the date the senator from South Carolina, the senior senator from South Carolina that I've been talking about, Democratic leader and I have been talking about, which begins to move a little bit close to our friends on the other side said they wanted to be. but a reasonable period of time." Two GOP sources say that Graham's three-week compromise idea wasn't by accident -- it is the off-ramp on the table, if Democrats are willing to take it. "It's a live option," one of the sources said -- one Democrats have been told is an acceptable c[...]


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On this day: January 20

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White House slams Democrats as 'obstructionist losers'Government shuts down as lawmakers still searching for a dealHow senators voted on the government shutdown5 ways the government shutdown could be bad for your healthHere's what the last government shutdown looked likeWhat Trump was saying during the last government shutdownThis is what happens during a US government shutdown

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The White House issued a harshly worded statement late Friday condemning the Senate's failure to avert a government shutdown, calling Senate Democrats "obstructionist losers, not legislators."

"Senate Democrats own the Schumer Shutdown. Tonight, they put politics above our national security, military families, vulnerable children, and our country's ability to serve all Americans," White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said, referring to Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, in a statement.

Sanders also warned any negotiations over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program would be shelved until a government funding measure was passed, saying that the administration "will not negotiate the status of unlawful immigrants while Democrats hold our lawful citizens hostage over their reckless demands."

In a separate tweet, Sanders touted the administrations economic policies, asking, "Democrats can't shut down the booming Trump economy. Are they now so desperate they'll shut down the government instead?"

The federal government shut down at midnight Friday as senators continued to scramble to reach a deal to fund the government.

Legislation to prevent the government from shutting down failed Friday night in the Senate ahead of the midnight deadline. The total was 50-49, but 60 votes were needed for passage.

A government shutdown could potentially hurt the health of more than the government workers who will be plagued with the uncertainty and stress of not knowing when they'll get back to work and collect a paycheck. The shutdown could impact you, too.

About 850,000 federal employees were sent home, with a total of 6.6 million work days lost.

Seven months after former President Barack Obama was sworn in for his second term, House Republicans, with a shove from Sen. Ted Cruz, faced down the White House with an ultimatum: Sign off on legislation that delays or defunds the Affordable Care Act or risk a government shutdown.

If both houses of Congress are unable to pass a funding proposal -- which, at this point, looks very possible -- the United States federal government will shut down Friday.




How senators voted on the government shutdownGovernment shuts down as lawmakers still searching for a deal5 ways the government shutdown could be bad for your healthPence leaves for Middle East as government shutdown loomsHere's what the last government shutdown looked likeWhat Trump was saying during the last government shutdownThis is what happens during a US government shutdown

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Legislation to prevent the government from shutting down failed Friday night in the Senate ahead of the midnight deadline. The total was 50-49, but 60 votes were needed for passage.Here's how every senator voted: Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Republican: YES Sen. Dan Sullivan, Republican: YES Alabama Sen. Doug Jones, Democrat: YES Sen. Richard Shelby, Republican: YES Arkansas Sen. John Boozman, Republican: YES Sen. Tom Cotton, Republican: YES Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, Republican: NO Sen. John McCain, Republican: Did not vote California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Democrat: NO Sen. Kamala Harris, Democrat: NO Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, Democrat: NO Sen. Cory Gardner, Republican: YES Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Democrat: NO Sen. Christopher Murphy, Democrat: NO Delaware Sen. Thomas Carper, Democrat: NO Sen. Chris Coons, Democrat: NO Florida Sen. Bill Nelson, Democrat: NO Sen. Marco Rubio, Republican: YES Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson, Republican: YES Sen. David Perdue, Republican: YES Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono, Democrat: NO Sen. Brian Schatz, Democrat: NO Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst, Republican: YES Sen. Chuck Grassley, Republican: YES Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo, Republican: YES Sen. Jim Risch, Republican: YES Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth, Democrat: NO Sen. Dick Durbin, Democrat: NO Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly, Democrat: YES Sen. Todd Young, Republican: YES Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran, Republican: YES Sen. Pat Roberts, Republican: YES Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, Republican: NO Sen. Rand Paul, Republican: NO Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy, Republican: YES Sen. John Kennedy, Republican: YES Massachusetts Sen. Edward Markey, Democrat: NO Sen Elizabeth Warren, Democrat: NO Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin, Democrat: NO Sen. Chris Van Hollen, Democrat: NO Maine Sen. Susan Collins, Republican: YES Sen. Angus King, Independent: NO Michigan Sen. Gary Peters, Democrat: NO Sen. Debby Stabenow, Democrat: NO Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Democrat: NO Sen. Tina Smith, Democrat: NO Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, Republican: YES Sen. Claire McCaskill, Democrat: YES Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran, Republican: YES Sen. Roger Wicker, Republican: YES Montana Sen. Steve Daines, Republican: YES Sen. Jon Tester, Democrat: NO North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr, Republican: YES Sen. Thom Tillis, Republican: YES North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, Democrat: YES Sen. John Hoeven, Republican: YES Nebraska Sen. Deb Fischer, Republican: YES Sen. Ben Sasse, Republican: YES New Hampshire Sen. Maggie Hassan, Democrat: NO Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Democrat: NO New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, Democrat: NO Sen. Robert Menendez, Democrat: NO New Mexico Sen. Martin Heinrich, Democrat: NO Sen. Tom Udall, Democrat: NO Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, Democrat: NO Sen. Dean Heller, Republican: YES New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Democrat: NO Sen. Chuck Schumer, Democrat: NO Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, Republican: YES Sen. Sherrod Brown, Democrat: NO Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe, Republican: YES Sen. James Lankford, Republican: YES Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley, Democrat: NO Sen. Ron Wyden, Democrat: NO Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey, Democrat: NO Sen. Pat Toomey, Republican: YES [...]



5 ways the government shutdown could be bad for your healthGovernment shuts down as lawmakers still searching for a dealPence leaves for Middle East as government shutdown loomsHere's what the last government shutdown looked likeGovernment shutdown: Where the senators standWhat Trump was saying during the last government shutdownThis is what happens during a US government shutdownMattis: Military will continue to function, but shutdown will have 'terrible impact'

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A government shutdown could potentially hurt the health of more than the government workers who will be plagued with the uncertainty and stress of not knowing when they'll get back to work and collect a paycheck. The shutdown could impact you, too.The government plays an outsized role in protecting our public health. A little more than half of the employees at the Department of Health and Human Services -- 41,203 out of 82,148 -- would be furloughed, according to the department's 2017 contingency plan. That means entire projects will stop and whole safety programs could go on hiatus.If the shutdown happens, workers considered "nonessential" stop working until Congress can agree on a federal budget bill. At its peak of the 2013 government shutdown, about 850,000 employees were furloughed per day, according to the Office of Management and Budget.Social Security checks will still go out and food stamps are still funded, but other public health work cannot go on as planned.Here are five ways the shutdown could impact you and your health: 1. Flu fighters may be furloughed Emergency rooms across the country are filling up with flu cases -- doctors say it's one of the worst flu seasons in recent years -- but despite the demand, the flu fighters who monitor the outbreak and help with testing at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention might not stay on the job. "The 2013 shutdown gives us a good window into what could happen this time, and if we are not careful, something could happen because things are not being well surveyed," said Dr. Irwin Redlener, director of Columbia University's National Center for Disaster Preparedness. Managers help decide who is essential or not and during the 2013 shutdown, the CDC had to furlough 68% of its staff in the United States and around the world. This time, the plan is to furlough 61% of the staff. However, the CDC's immediate response to urgent disease outbreaks, including seasonal influenza, would continue, the agency said Friday. It said the Department of Health and Human Services "would use the full extent of the authority under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) to protect life and property under a lapse in appropriations." The CDC said it would continue collecting data reported by states and hospitals and report "critical information" needed for authorities to track and treat the flu. In the 2013 shutdown, public health surveillance work was left undone, and the flu surveillance program that helps people get flu shots and tracks cases shut down, making it hard to keep the country safe from the flu, according to a study in the Journal of Science Policy and Governance. That meant scientists were making public health decisions based on "luck," rather than actual information like the gold-standard CDC data the agency usually collects, former CDC director Dr. David Satcher wrote at the time. Programs that monitored hepatitis and tuberculosis cases that crossed state lines stopped, too. 2. Food safety concerns If CDC workers are sent home that also means they are no longer going to be able to help state and local agenc[...]



Eye tracking technology helps disabled Floridians communicate with their eyesTechnology helps disabled Floridians communicate with eyesPonce Inlet police chief pushes for license plate reader camerasGoogle's face match feature doesn't work in Illinois and TexasPart 2 of powerful NOAA weather satellite fleet readies for launchBozoma Saint John: I'm on a 'personal mission' to help fix UberStudies show handwriting improves memoryThis is what the Pan Am Flight 73 hijackers may look like now

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 04:00:55 GMTThu, 18 Jan 2018 04:25:14 GMTWed, 17 Jan 2018 22:32:05 GMTTue, 16 Jan 2018 22:52:58 GMTMon, 15 Jan 2018 14:56:01 GMTTue, 16 Jan 2018 21:23:18 GMTSat, 13 Jan 2018 08:56:07 GMT

Some are calling it a medical miracle.A device that uses a computer monitor, a specialized camera and software that can use your eyes to trigger commands. It is called Eyegaze Edge and it is already being used with about a half-dozen patients in Florida.Maylan Chavez is one of them. She has spinal muscular atrophy and says the eye tracking technology changed her life."My energy varies," said Chavez. "So being able to use the Eyegaze, I can compose emails, check my social media, stream movies and music -- all with minimal effort, just using my eyes."The 23-year-old, who lives in Miami, said she discovered the device while attending a medical conference in Orlando last year. And while her specialized wheelchair helps her get around her home and around town, the Eyegaze Edge computer system she has on loan has expanded her horizons even more."As long as we're given the tools, we can live life like anyone else," said Chavez.She refuses to let her genetic condition slow her down or prevent her from living a full life.She has attended camps, attended college and was even named a finalist in the Miss Wheelchair national pageant.She's also engaged."The disabled community is enormous," said Chavez. "And we're out there, and we have our own lives and to have this technology just facilitates that."Chavez says this technology could help hospitals get results for their patients, especially those who are sent to the emergency room or trauma unit.News 6 has learned that hospital use of the technology is in the works, with a beta test site already planned at a hospital in Jacksonville.Patients in the emergency room there can use a device similar to the Eyegaze Edge to communicate with the doctors and nurses. With pinpoint accuracy, it can help them explain their level of pain, show where the pain is coming from and express their wishes about what they want their treatment to be -- all in the blink of an eye, without saying a word.According to one intensive care unit nurse in the focus group, the hospital device will be called Eyevoice and will be able to track the patient as the slide in a hospital bed."They want to get back to everyday life, just like you and I want to," said speech-language pathologist James Brinton.Brinton is the spokesperson for LC Technologies Inc., the company behind the Eyegaze and Eyevoice hardware and software.He said he has seen firsthand how these eye trackers get results for people with Lou Gehrig's disease, which is also called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS; muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy, cerebral palsy and traumatic brain injuries such as locked-in syndrome, or pseudocoma. It has also helped get results for those who have been paralyzed. Brinton said the first patient to use the technology was a poli[...]


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17-year-old shot near downtown, Sanford police sayTeen shooting in Sanford concerns neighborsIce cream fundraiser helps family after son dies of rabiesMelbourne woman killed mother with decorative item, police sayHurricane Irma victims in Orlando area still living in motelsFormer SWAT commander wants nonpartisan Orange County sheriff's race

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 22:37:56 GMTFri, 19 Jan 2018 23:01:48 GMTFri, 19 Jan 2018 23:34:40 GMTFri, 19 Jan 2018 23:00:58 GMTFri, 19 Jan 2018 23:46:09 GMT

A 17-year-old was shot Friday afternoon near Historic Goldsboro Boulevard, Sanford police said.

The shooting was reported near 13th Street and Olive Avenue after 3 p.m., Sanford Fire Department officials said.

Police said the victim was inside a home on Olive Avenue with friends when he was shot. The shooter is known to the victim, officials said.

The shooting is an isolated incident and there are no suspects outstanding, according to police.

The Sanford Fire Department took the victim to a hospital for medical treatment. Police said the victim is in stable condition, according to the information received.

Investigators are interviewing several witnesses who were in the home when the teen was shot. Police said all the witnesses are cooperative and continue to assist the investigation.

Anyone who wishes to report information regarding the shooting are asked to call the Sanford Police Department or Crimeline at 800 423-TIPS (8477) or visit crimeline.org. Police said calls made to Crimeline remain anonymous and tips to Crimeline that lead to solving a felony case are eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

The former school of a Lake County boy who died of rabies will hold a fundraiser  to help his family.

A Melbourne woman was arrested this week after police said she bludgeoned her mother to death with an Asian-style decorative statue and told at least two people she wanted her mother dead.

While many people in Florida have cleaned up all the damage and debris left behind by Hurricane Irma, some are still living out of suitcases in a FEMA-participating hotel more than four months later.

Retired SWAT commander Capt. Tom Stroup and candidate for Orange County sheriff said he wants the election to be based on substance, not partisan politics.


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Lawsuit claims Melbourne police lieutenant raped officerFormer officer files suit against cityMelbourne woman killed mother with decorative item, police say17-year-old shot near downtown, Sanford police sayIce cream fundraiser helps family after son dies of rabiesHurricane Irma victims in Orlando area still living in motels

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 04:00:55 GMTFri, 19 Jan 2018 23:34:40 GMTSat, 20 Jan 2018 04:27:15 GMTFri, 19 Jan 2018 23:01:48 GMTFri, 19 Jan 2018 23:00:58 GMT

A former officer with the Melbourne Police Department has filed a federal lawsuit claiming she was repeatedly raped by a superior officer over the course of eight months.

According to the lawsuit, the officer claims the assaults were committed by Lt. Pete Mercaldo, and they started in June 2015.

[RELATED: 2 Melbourne officers on paid leave after accusations of sex assault, use of force]

The lawsuit claims Mercaldo got the officer's address from the police department's database, then traveled to her home where he raped her.

She claims in the lawsuit that her supervisors asked her about bruises on her arm and her weight loss, but she said she was scared of Mercaldo and stayed silent.

"On numerous occasions, Mercaldo told Plaintiff that he was all-powerful at the police department; he told her to stay quiet and ordered Plaintiff to delete all the text messages from him."

According to the lawsuit, the assaults continued through December 2015, when the department forced her to resign, at which point she told her supervisors about Mercaldo, with no action being taken.

The lawsuit claims the sexual assaults continued after she left the department.

According to the suit, the officer is demanding her job back with benefits and seniority. She is also seeking lost wages and compensatory damages for her embarrassment, anxiety, humiliation and emotional distress.

The State Attorney's Office declined to prosecute any criminal case against Mercaldo.

News 6 reached out to the Melbourne Police Department and the city of Melbourne to find out if Mercaldo is still on the force and patrolling the streets. They have not commented.

A Melbourne woman was arrested this week after police said she bludgeoned her mother to death with an Asian-style decorative statue and told at least two people she wanted her mother dead.

A 17-year-old was shot Friday afternoon near Historic Goldsboro Boulevard, Sanford police said.

The former school of a Lake County boy who died of rabies will hold a fundraiser  to help his family.

While many people in Florida have cleaned up all the damage and debris left behind by Hurricane Irma, some are still living out of suitcases in a FEMA-participating hotel more than four months later.


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Teens fleeing burglary cause fatal crash killing innocent bystander, FHP says

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 03:51:55 GMT

Three teenage suspects fleeing law enforcement after burglarizing a Kissimmee pawn shop caused a crash Tuesday that resulted in an innocent driver's death, Florida Highway Patrol officials tell News 6.

An Osceola deputy says he was driving by the Value Pawn and Jewelry shop on West Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway in Kissimmee at 1:24 a.m. Tuesday when he saw a dark green Toyota 4Runner SUV parked outside with its headlights on and backed up to the front doors of the store.

The deputy pulled into the parking lot and saw two teens wearing black ski masks climbing out of a smashed window from the business. Three teens, later determined to be 14, 16 and 17, jumped into the SUV and pulled out of the parking lot.

The deputy followed the robbery getaway vehicle, but stopped after their driving became too reckless and his commanding officer pulled him off, according to the report. The deputy said the 4Runner was running multiple red lights and continued to speed up.

About two miles away, the juveniles crashed at Parkway Boulevard and West Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, according to the report.

Officials from the Florida Highway Patrol said the teens were speeding westbound on US-192 in the stolen 4Runner when they ran a red light and struck the right side of a 2003 Chevrolet Impala that was attempting to make a left turn onto Parkway Boulevard.

The driver of the Chevy Impala, 37-year-old Calvin Spann, was taken to Osceola Regional Hospital where he died Wednesday afternoon, troopers said.

The three teenage suspects were all taken to Osceola Regional Hospital. The 14-year-old was later transported to Arnold Palmer Hospital, according to the report.

The 14-, 17-, and 16-year-old suspects all face grand theft, criminal mischief and burglary charges.

An FHP traffic homicide investigation is ongoing.




Officials: The kids were starved. The dogs were well-fed.Parents of 13 kids face torture, child endangerment chargesEscape from torture house planned for 2 yearsInvestigators search California torture house'This is depraved conduct,' DA says of California couple accused of torturing kidsCalifornia torture case raises questions about home school regulation13 siblings held captive in filthy California home, police sayCalifornia family projected happy, wholesome image on social media

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 01:17:07 GMTFri, 19 Jan 2018 02:59:02 GMTThu, 18 Jan 2018 18:38:04 GMTTue, 16 Jan 2018 16:38:01 GMTTue, 16 Jan 2018 16:14:04 GMT

When authorities arrived Sunday night to a home in the California town of Perris, they found a family with 13 children, most of them starved and startlingly skinny.

They also found two female dogs. Well-fed, in good shape, seemingly well-trained.

The parents, David and Louise Turpin, were arrested and face dozens of charges each that include torture of their children. The Turpins pleaded not guilty on all counts.

The children -- seven adults, six kids -- are in the hospital, recovering from years of alleged abuse and neglect.

The dogs are at a shelter, and authorities plan to find a new home for them as a pair.

"They are in good condition, very active and friendly," Perris city spokesman Joseph Vargo said of the two 1-year-old Maltese mixes.

The dogs will get a new home on February 5 when the winners of a raffle, open to locals only, are announced.

City residents will need to apply in the next week and be prepared to have their homes checked out.

Vargo said the dogs -- a black one named Fluffy and a white one with no known name -- bark and wag their tails when they meet people and look pretty happy.

The dogs will get their shots and be spayed before being adopted out.

Authorities have accused the elder Turpins, whose children are between 2 and 29 years old, of beating, choking and tying most of the siblings up as punishment. Prosecutors have not alleged the 2-year-old was tortured. The parents allegedly deprived the children of water and fed them small portions of food on a strict schedule.

The 29-year-old child weighs just 82 pounds, prosecutors said and the other children are so thin they all look younger than their actual ages, authorities said.

The parents have pleaded not guilty to 37 charges. David Turpin also pleaded not guilty to one count of lewd conduct with a minor.

A California district attorney painted a horrible picture of physical and emotional abuse as he announced torture charges Thursday against a Riverside County couple accused of keeping their 13 children captive and malnourished in their home.

David Turpin, administrator and principal of a Southern California private school operated out of his home, gave it an inviting name: Sandcastle Day School.

A couple was arrested after police discovered that their 13 children had been held captive in their California home in filthy conditions, some shackled to beds with chains and padlocks, officials said Monday.

The Turpin family, on social media at least, is just like the rest of us -- posting the best pictures showing everyone smiling and having a great time during family trips and other special occasions.


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Tom Petty died of accidental drug overdose, medical examiner saysSpotify sued for $1.6 billion over Tom Petty, Doors songsDrug overdoses contribute to record number of organ donorsAetna waives co-pay for opioid overdose drug

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 00:49:05 GMTWed, 03 Jan 2018 21:36:48 GMTThu, 11 Jan 2018 01:08:01 GMTWed, 13 Dec 2017 00:45:32 GMT

Musician Tom Petty died of an accidental drug overdose of several medications, a statement from his family, posted on tompetty.com, and a news release from the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner said Friday.The family statement, which also was posted on Facebook, said Petty, 66, had suffered several ailments before his October 3 death."Despite this painful injury he insisted on keeping his commitment to his fans and he toured for 53 dates with a fractured hip and, as he did, it worsened to a more serious injury."On the day he died he was informed his hip had graduated to a full-on break and it is our feeling that the pain was simply unbearable and was the cause for his over use of medication," according to the statement from Dana Petty, his wife, and Adria Petty, his daughter.The medical examiner's news release said the autopsy found these drugs in Petty's system: fentanyl, oxycodone, acetyl fentanyl and despropionyl fentanyl, which are opioids; temazepam and alprazolam, which are sedatives; and citalopram, an antidepressant.The cause of death was "multisystem organ failure due to resuscitated cardiopulmonary arrest due to mixed drug toxicity" and the manner of death was "accident," the medical examiner's news release said. Petty also suffered from coronary artery atherosclerosis and emphysema, it said.Acetyl fentanyl has not been approved for medical use in the United States and there are no published studies on safety for human use. It is classified as a schedule I drug.Fentanyl, a powerful prescription painkiller, has created a national health crisis.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that of the more than 64,000 US overdose deaths in 2016 from all drugs, more than 20,000 were attributed to synthetic opioids, many of them related to fentanyl and its variations.Fentanyl has previously struck the music world. Prince died of an overdose of the drug at his home in 2016.Petty collapsed at his home in Malibu and was taken to UCLA Medical Center, where he died. At the time, his manager attributed the death to cardiac arrest.The statement from Petty's wife and daughter said: "We knew before the report was shared with us that he was prescribed various pain medications for a multitude of issues including fentanyl patches and we feel confident that this was, as the coroner found, an unfortunate accident."As a family we recognize this report may spark a further discussion on the opioid crisis and we feel that it is a healthy and necessary discussion and we hope in some way this report can save lives. Many people who overdose begin with a legitimate injury or simply do not understand the potency and deadly nature of these medications."Petty had talked about his drug problems in the past. In a 2015 biography, Petty discussed his struggle with heroin addiction in 1997, following the collapse of his 20-year marriage and a failed album."Tried to go cold turkey, and that wouldn't work," Pet[...]



Six key subplots in AFC championship gameTom Brady on injured hand: 'I'm not talking about it'Jaguars fans invading New England for AFC ChampionshipJaguars quarterback Blake Bortles ignores the noise, focuses on Patriots

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 00:48:37 GMTFri, 19 Jan 2018 19:28:02 GMTFri, 19 Jan 2018 21:21:00 GMTThu, 18 Jan 2018 00:39:42 GMT

Six subplots to keep an eye on in Sunday's AFC championship game:1.  Tom Brady vs. Jacksonville's pass rushThe Patriots signal caller reportedly injured his throwing hand during Wednesday's practice and has been seen wearing a glove in subsequent practices and during Friday's press conference.  Despite a playoff resume some consider incomparable, Brady will need to be healthy and sharp against Jacksonville's vaunted defense.  The Patriots love to utilize crossing routes and running back screens to move the chains.  Jacksonville's overall physicality could lead to success in neutralizing those tendencies.2.  Leonard Fournette vs. New England's defenseJacksonville's star running back gained more than 1,000 yards during the regular season, and ran for 109 yards and three touchdowns in the Jags' win over Pittsburgh last Sunday.  But he also injured his ankle midway through the second quarter, and his numbers suffered.  Fournette amassed only 27 yards on the ground after returning to action.  If Fournette is still banged up, that's a huge win for the Patriots since his ability to find the end zone is critical against a defensive unit that thrives in the red zone.3. Blake Bortles' accuracySo far, so good when it comes to the Oviedo native's first foray into the postseason.  Not spectacular, per se, but definitely good enough.  Bortles didn't commit a turnover in playoff wins over Buffalo and Pittsburgh, and that ball security will be essential on the road in a hostile environment.  The Patriots are notorious for taking care of the ball themselves, so drawing even or perhaps winning the turnover battle against New England would be a giant advantage for the Jags.4. The glare of the spotlightJust how integral is playoff experience?  Patriots coach Bill Belichick shoots down its importance whenever asked, but the fact of the matter is New England is about to play in its 12th conference championship since 2001.  While many of the names and faces have changed over time, Belichick and Brady have been the constants.  With so much experience in big games, it's foolish to think the moment will be too big for them.  On the other side of the field, however, is a team making its first conference championship appearance since the 1999 season.  The Jags proved a lot of doubters wrong with their 45-42 win in Pittsburgh in last week's divisional round, but the stakes have never been greater against a team with such an incredible playoff pedigree as New England.5. Containing "Gronk"New England won the Super Bowl a year ago without the services of All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski.  Now, he's healthy and hungry.  Considered too big for defensive backs and too fast for linebackers, "Gronk" is a matchup nightmare for any team.  Jacksonville's [...]



Family: Tom Petty died of accidental drug overdoseSpotify sued for $1.6 billion over Tom Petty, Doors songsTom Petty's Daughter Pays Tribute to Her 'American Icon' Dad: 'Your Songs Are Dreams Manifested'Rock and Roll Icon Tom Petty Dead at 66

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 00:31:46 GMTWed, 03 Jan 2018 21:36:48 GMTTue, 03 Oct 2017 16:04:00 GMTMon, 02 Oct 2017 20:15:13 GMT

Tom Petty's family says his death last year was due to an accidental drug overdose.

His wife and daughter released the results of Petty's autopsy via a statement on his Facebook page Friday night. Dana and Adria Petty say they got the results from the coroner's office earlier in the day that the overdose was caused due to a variety of medications.

They say Petty suffered from emphysema, a fractured hip and knee problems that caused him pain but he was still committed to touring.

"We knew before the report was shared with us that he was prescribed various pain medications for a multitude of issues including fentanyl patches and we feel confident that this was, as the coroner found, an unfortunate accident," a statement from the Petty family read. "As a family we recognize this report may spark a further discussion on the opioid crisis and feel that it is a healthy and necessary discussion and we hope in some way this report can save lives." 

Petty had just wrapped up a tour a few days before he died in October at age 66.

A leading music publishing company is going after streaming giant Spotify with a $1.6 billion lawsuit.

As her father laid inside a California hospital room Monday prior to his death, Tom Petty’s daughter, AnnaKim Violette, took to Instagram to showcase some glorious memories she had shared with her dad.

Read: Rock and Roll Icon Tom Petty Dead at 66

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Tom Petty has died at a California hospital after being found unconscious at his home. He was 66.

The "Runnin’ Down a Dream" singer was not breathing when he was found at his Malibu home Sunday.

He had apparently suffered cardiac arrest and was taken to UCLA Santa Monica Hospital where he was put on a respirator, according to reports.




Woman murdered, dismembered man in Daytona Beach, police sayWoman accused of killing boyfriend appears in courtNew details emerge in botched murder-for-hire plotMore drug dealers arrested on murder charges in Seminole CountyPolice say mom was killed by son after video game argument

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 22:26:22 GMTMon, 15 Jan 2018 21:53:19 GMTTue, 16 Jan 2018 00:49:15 GMTMon, 15 Jan 2018 21:54:54 GMT

A woman has been arrested months after authorities say she shot a man in the head, cut off his arms and legs and discarded them at a fernery, according to the Daytona Beach Police Department.Police said they were called to a residence at 1222 North St. for a well-being check and they found the body of Jeffrey Albertsman, 55, badly decomposed.He had been shot in the head and the chest and his arms and legs were missing, according to an affidavit.Police said Albertsman's arms and legs were found at a fernery in western Volusia County two months later.Nelci Tetley was arrested Thursday on a first-degree murder charge in connection with Albertsman's death after police said they got the DNA results from the crime scene."We processed the crime scene, we had to send some blood evidence off her DNA,"  Daytona Beach Police Chief Craig Capri said.Records show that Tetley was arrested in October 2016 after she struck Albertsman and told him, "I could kill you tonight if I wanted."The arrest affidavit notes that Tetley and Albertsman had been in a romantic relationship for nine years.She completed her 11 months of probation in connection with that case in May 2017.A neighbor who spoke with News 6 said the two were a couple and that there were warning signs."It's good to find out that they can know who and get some closure on the case, because it's not fair to this guy that was killed," a neighbor said.The neighbor said she saw Tetley at the house all the time, and that there was always something off."She was very possessive of him. She would follow him to work. She would follow him back home," the neighbor said.Capri agreed that the couple's 10-year relationship was filled with abuse and ended in tragedy,"That's the big thing. Getting justice for the family and justice for our victims," Capri said.Police said Tetly was also a person of interest in a similar homicide case out of Ormond Beach that happened 10 years ago. Police there said they're still investigating.An arrest affidavit notes that Albertsman and the other man, Michael Louis, were both dismembered in an unusual way with the use of a knife. Tetly denied remembering that Louis, a man she dated, had been murdered, according to the report.A relative of Louis claimed that he became shy and reserved when he started dating Tetly.Tetley is being held without bond.Victims of domestic violence can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline, 24 hours a day, at 1-800-799-7233 or in Central Florida the Harbor House 24-hour crisis hotline at 407-886-2856.The Osceola County Sheriff's Office releases new details in what it is calling a botched murder-for-hire plot.Seminole County authorities have arrested eight alleged drug dealers in less than a year-and-a-half on murder charges for allegedly selling a toxic dose of drugs that kil[...]


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ULA launches Air Force missile-warning satellite from Cape CanaveralWhere to watch a rocket launch on the Space Coast2018 space exploration preview: More launches, commercial space growthSpaceX, ULA set to increase Space Coast's rocket launch rate in 2018

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After being scrubbed on Thursday, the launch of a U.S. Air Force satellite designed to detect missiles lifted off from Cape Canaveral Friday evening.

The Atlas V launched at 7:48 p.m., right at the start of the 40-minute launch window. The launch is the first ULA mission from the Space Coast this year.

Officials announced at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday, a little more than a half an hour before the launch window was set to open, that the launch had been scrubbed for the day.

Officials said "a ground issue associated with the booster liquid oxygen system" was the cause for the scrub.

Friday afternoon ULA announced the Atlas V was cleared for launch.

The Space Based Infrared System, or SBIRS, GEO Flight 4 satellite was processed at Astrotech Space Operations facility, in Titusville, where it arrived Oct. 31 from California. The satellite joins three others in assisting Air Force missile-defense efforts.

What to know

Rocket: U:A Atlas V 411 configuration
What: Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) GEO Flight 4 satellite for the U.S. Air Force
When: Friday, Jan. 19, 2018
Launch window: 7:48 p.m.
Weather: 90 percent
Launch pad: Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
Sonic boom: No

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Former SWAT commander wants nonpartisan Orange County sheriff's raceFormer SWAT commander plans to run for Orange County SheriffPotential candidates for Orange County sheriff emergeSheriff Jerry Demings to focus on public safety, growth in run for mayorOrlando police chief remembers fallen hero on 'Flashpoint'

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Retired SWAT commander Capt. Tom Stroup said he checked the Republican party box last week when filing documents to run in the Orange County sheriff election, but he wants the election to be based on substance, not partisan politics.During an exclusive interview with News 6, the 30-year veteran of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said he wants his office to be on the first floor as a sort of bridge to the community.“I don’t want to be in an office that appears to be in an ivory palace,” Stroup said. “I plan reaching out to victims of crime personally. None of us is exempt from the realities of life.”Current Sheriff Jerry Demings announced last summer he is running for Orange County mayor. If elected, he would replace Mayor Teresa Jacobs, who cannot run again due to term limits.Stroup, a physical fitness fanatic, defies his 60 years of age. The high-energy grandfather said he is ready for the next challenge in his career and believes he has the right experience to win voter support. “I started as a rookie deputy with a GED and retired as a captain with a master's degree,” Stroup said. “I was on about 3,000 SWAT missions. I learned to deal with people on a one on-one level.”Stroup graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2009, with a master's degree and retired from the force in 2012. Although a virtual unknown to Orange County voters, Stroup said he is ready to take on candidates with more name recognition, including Orlando Police Chief John Mina. Stroup said he personally called Mina and other potential candidates, to assure them that there would be no mudslinging in his campaign. “I do intend to announce my intentions very soon,” Mina wrote in an email to News 6 about his decision to run. The chief said that if he runs, he will run as a Democrat. Stroup likened Mina's name recognition edge to a race against a faster athlete. “I’m still going to run my race as fast as I can," Stroup said. “ I’m not running this race to run necessarily against anybody else, I’m running this race because I think I would be the best candidate for orange county sheriff .” Stroup filed his intention to run for sheriff on Jan. 9. He said he has heard several names, including Mina's, mentioned as possible candidates. “I consider John a very good chief of police, and he’s always considered me a great leader in my department," Stroup said. “What I hope people don’t do is base their vote on the team they know. Don’t treat it like a sporting event. Treat it like an election." The former SWAT commander said Orange County residents expect their sheriff the to be a personable, approachable, hands-on p[...]


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Terrorism expert will testify at Noor Salman TrialNoor Salman's federal court hearing concludesHearings take place ahead of trial for Pulse gunman's widowNoor Salman, widow of Pulse nightclub gunman, to appear in federal courtPulse gunman's friend ‘Nemo' plans to invoke Fifth Amendment during trial

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Three days worth of hearings leading up to the federal trial against Pulse gunman widow Noor Salman concluded Friday morning with the judge ruling that a terrorism expert will be allowed to testify at trial. Salman is charged with aiding and abetting a terrorist and obstruction as prosecutors allege she knew about gunman Omar Mateen's plan to attack Pulse nightclub June 12, 2016. Friday morning, federal prosecutors argued why they want and need Braniff to testify.[Click here to read more about Braniff's background and expertise]Braniff testified in court that he is the executive director of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, the largest terrorism research center in world."We study terrorism the way a criminologist would study homicides," Braniff told the judge at the hearing.Prosecutors said they will have Braniff "testify as an expert witness regarding certain terrorist organizations and leaders, written and recorded materials from those organizations and leaders, and terminology, as necessary to explain statements by Omar Mateen as well as items found on [Mateen's] electronic devices."Prosecutors indicated Braniff may also testify on the topics of terrorist organizations such as the rise and evolution of ISIL, also known as ISIS and the Islamic State.Friday, prosecutors showed a video they said Mateen watched May 21, 2016, just weeks before the Pulse attack, which had ISIS spokesperson Abu Muhammad Al-Adnani calling for attacks on the United States during Ramadan. He also may testify about individuals such as terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki, and the Boston Marathon bombers, among other, because Mateen mentioned those names in his various conversations with Orlando Police Department negotiators the morning of the Pulse attack."These are not names people would know," U.S. prosecutor Sara Sweeney said. "It would be impossible for the jury to understand."The defense originally filed a motion in opposition, fighting to prevent Braniff from testifying, questioning his reliability as an expert."At present, the Government has not met that burden because its expert report does not set forth Mr. Braniff's particular experience with regards to the subject areas of his testimony," the motion filed by the defense read. However, after Braniff took the stand and explained his resume, the defense lawyers changed their minds. But Salman's attorney Charles Swift still questions why Braniff's testimony will be relevant in Salman's aiding and abetting case, asking if Braniff reviewed any evidence if Salman's engaged in any terrorism-like activities online. Braniff answered no."You haven't reviewed her online activities?" Swift asked. "So you k[...]


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CNN Poll: President Trump's approval rating edges up to 40%New polls show Trump at 37% approvalHas Trump's approval rating caught up to Obama's?Papadopoulos' fiancee says he didn't act 'without campaign approval'Trump's approval rating just entered a league of its ownTrump's approval rating at 32%

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President Donald Trump's approval rating ticked up to 40%, matching his highest mark since last April but still the lowest for any elected president at the one-year mark since modern public opinion polling began, according to the latest CNN poll conducted by SSRS.A majority of Americans, 55%, say they disapprove of Trump's job performance.The President's approval rating improved 10 percentage points among conservatives and 7 points among independents, mostly among those who lean toward the Republican Party. He also improved 8 points among men.Trump's job approval rating was most recently at 35% in December. It has fluctuated between 35% and 40% for the last nine months.But Trump's approval rating of 40%, while an improvement for him, is the lowest mark for any elected president at this point in their term in the White House in the last seven decades. Both Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama had approval ratings below 50% at this point in their first terms, but all seven of the other presidents for whom data are available were above 50% approval at this point. Of course, both Reagan and Obama went on to be re-elected while presidents with better approval ratings after a year, like Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush, did not.Polarized partisan politics plays a big role in the approval splits for Trump: A broad 87% of Republicans say they approve of Trump's job performance vs. only 6% of Democrats who say they approve. Four in 10 independents, 40%, say they approve of Trump's handling of the presidency.The CNN Poll was conducted by SSRS January 14-18 among a random national sample of 1,005 adults reached on landlines or cellphones by a live interviewer. No interviewing was completed on January 16 due to weather conditions at call center locations. Results for the full sample have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points, it is larger for subgroups.Two new polls released Thursday show President Donald Trump's approval rating at 37% nearly one year into his presidency.President Donald Trump claimed Friday that his approval ratings at this point in his presidency rival those of Barack Obama, citing a report from "Fox & Friends."The fiancee of former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, is speaking out publicly to push back against claims by President Donald Trump and his team that Papadopoulos was just a "coffee boy" on the campaign.President Donald Trump's approval rating sank to a new low in CNN polling on Tuesday, earning the approval of just 35% of Americans less than a year into his first term.President Donald Trump's approval rating sits at 32%, according to a new poll released by the Pew Research Center, matching the lowest level in any poll on his approval since he took office in[...]



Orlando area to feel warmer temps throughout weekendSeminole County Public Schools sends flu notice to parentsSushi-loving man pulls 5-foot tapeworm from body, visits ER laterMom's post about charging 5-year-old daughter rent goes viralJacksonville hosts celebration ahead of Jaguars' AFC title gameHurricane Irma victims in Orlando area still living in motels

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Temperatures began warming back up in the Orlando area Friday and will continue to warm through the weekend.At 4 p.m. the temperature at Orlando International Airport reached 64 degrees. The normal high this time of year is 71 degrees."So while we are still below normal, its the warmest we have been since the cold air arrived mid-week," News 6 chief meteorologist Tom Sorrells said. [WEATHER: Extended forecast | Radar | Warnings | Pinpoint Weather Zones] [DOWNLOAD: Pinpoint, Hurricane apps | SHARE: Weather pictures] A frost advisory is in place for Marion County Friday night, as the temperature in Ocala is expected to drop to 35 degrees. "Everywhere else in Central Florida will have a much milder night," Sorrells said. The low in Orlando is set to drop to 45 degrees and no freeze warnings are in effect for the area. [SIGN UP: Subscribe to ClickOrlando.com newsletters] On Saturday, skies will be partly sunny, with temperatures expected to reach a high of 70. Sunday will be even warmer with a high of 74 degrees. Overnight lows will drop to 57 degrees. The high Monday will be up to 78 degrees. Rain chances return to the forecast Tuesday with a 20 percent chance. Temperatures will reach a high of 75 degrees.As the flu virus continues to spread throughout the Orlando area and beyond, officials with Seminole County Public Schools notified parents of the increase in illnesses via e-mail Friday.A man with a hearty appetite for sushi pulled a 5-and-a-half foot tapeworm out of his body, and then went to the emergency room to find out what was happening.It's no surprise when some parents charge their grown children rent when they come back to live at home, but should a 5-year-old be forced to pay up?[...]

With the hometown team one win from a trip to the Super Bowl, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry wants fans to join him Friday for a rally at City Hall.

While many people in Florida have cleaned up all the damage and debris left behind by Hurricane Irma, some are still living out of suitcases in a FEMA-participating hotel more than four months later.




Ice cream fundraiser helps family after son dies of rabiesEvent held for boy who died of rabies6-year-old Eustis boy dies of rabies contracted from bat

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:02:43 GMTTue, 16 Jan 2018 04:34:56 GMT

A Lake County community continues to grieve after a 6-year-old boy died of rabies Sunday.

Now the community is raising money to help the boy's family.

Ryker Roque, 6, passed away Sunday after contracting rabies from an infected bat that scratched him at his home. 

"Once we heard he passed away, we immediately jumped on things to make sure we had something for his family," said Connor Jenkins, with Christian Academy Preschool, where Ryker previously attended. 

Christian Academy Preschool in Eustis took it upon itself to raise $1,000 for Ryker's family. 

"He was very sweet," Jenkins said. "He was one of the sweetest boys we had here and nice to all the kids. All the kids liked to play with him." 

Teachers and staff also created a book titled "To Pet or Not To Pet," to help teach preschoolers about rabies. 

"If the kids know, they may remember it and tell their parents that as well," Jenkins said.

A lesson everyone can take away, just ask Ryker's parents. 

"If I had this book, and if he read it, he would be alive today,"  mother Michelle Roque said. "It's so hard, it's unbearable."

Earlier in the day, the Roques completed their final round of rabies shots. But now, they're making it their mission to honor their son's life. 

"I want to raise awareness," father Henry Roque said. "I can't imagine this happening to another family, another kid. It's just unbearable. The pain never leaves, it just gets worse."

Ryker's funeral is scheduled for next Saturday in Eustis. 

A GoFundMe page has been created to help pay for Ryker's medical expenses.

 

A 6-year-old Florida boy dies from rabies.


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Victim in Osceola murder-for-hire plot remembered at serviceService held for woman killed in botched murder-for-hire plot

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:06:34 GMT

Family and friends gathered Friday to remember a Kissimmee mother who was killed after deputies say she was mistaken for someone else in a murder-for-hire plot.  

A funeral service was held for Janice Zengotita-Torres at the San Juan Funeral Home in Kissimmee. 

Osceola County deputies said Zengotita-Torres was abducted earlier this month and then suffocated. Her body was then dumped in Ormond Beach.  

Deputies said three suspects were behind the plot: Ishnar Lopez Ramos hired Alexis Ramos Riveria and Glorianmarie Quinones Montes to kill a romantic rival. However, they mistook Zengotita-Torres for the intended target, police say. 

All three suspects are charged with first-degree murder. They are currently being held in jail without bail.

On Friday, Zengotita-Torres' family members thanked the community for the outpouring of support and asked for privacy as they grieve. 

"She had excellent qualities, loved by everyone. Janice's humbleness won her many friendships that today suffer the loss with us. And we do have the certainty that Janice will dwell with the Lord and she will always dwell in our hearts and in the hearts of everyone," Zengotita-Torres' sister said. 

Her sister added they're confident justice will be served.

"We ask the authorities that the appropriate penalties and sentences be given to those responsible for the death of Janice," Zengotita-Torres' sister said.

Maj. Jacob Ruiz, a spokesman for the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, reiterated Friday that the death of Zengotita-Torres was an unspeakable tragedy. 

"It's just despicable and it's wild. There's no words to describe it. There's no words to describe it and I think that's why our communities have come together and there's so much talk about it because it's so unbelievable really, it's hard to describe," Ruiz said. 

He added that the investigation is still active. 

"We want to verify and make sure that we turn over a complete case to the state attorney's office. Make sure there's no holes and no information left out," Ruiz said.


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Here's what the last government shutdown looked likeMnuchin: I don't think there will be a shutdownFriday deadline looms for government shutdownTrump: Dems want shutdownRyan hopes cooler heads prevail in shutdown debateTensions rise as government shutdown loomsGovernment shutdown: Where the senators standGovernment shuts down as lawmakers still searching for a dealThis is what happens during a US government shutdownMattis: Military will continue to function, but shutdown will have 'terrible impact'White House slams Democrats, preps for shutdownSource: Trump cancels Mar-a-Lago trip ahead of anticipated government shutdownTrump slams Senate Dems as shutdown looms

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About 850,000 federal employees were sent home, with a total of 6.6 million work days lost.Hundreds of thousands of federal contractors, from janitorial and landscaping workers to engineers and scientists, were laid off temporarily.National parks and museums shut down for more than two weeks, hurting tourism and nearby economies.Some 700 small business owners seeking about $140 million worth of SBA loan guarantees were in limbo, leaving those businesses without financing.And daycare centers, grocery stores and youth sports programs at military bases were all closed due to lack of civilian employees. The 16-day long federal government shutdown in October 2013 was the most costly on record. With the U.S. government on the verge of yet another shutdown, it's worth noting just how much the episode five years ago disrupted the economy and the lives of millions of Americans."Shutdowns waste money, interrupt services that taxpayers deserve and chip away the public's faith that Congress and the administration know what they're doing," said Tony Reardon, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, the union that represents 150,000 workers at 32 federal agencies and departments. The 2013 shutdown cost the economy an estimated $20 billion, according to an estimate from Moody's Analytics. An official government estimate said it shaved 0.3% percentage points off of the nation's gross domestic product that quarter, the broad measure of overall economic activity. Federal government spending is a significant portion of the nation's economic activity, adding more than $1.1 trillion a year to the economy, according to the GDP report. It's true that the government will eventually spend most of that money after a shutdown. As many as 2 million federal workers could miss a paycheck, depending on the timing of a shutdown -- even those who are deemed essential and remain on the job, such as air traffic controllers, prison guards and FBI agents. That's what happened in 2013. Whether or not they stay on the job, most government employees will all probably get back pay eventually.But those delayed payments create a lot of uncertainty that hurts consumer spending. Many government workers will probably cut back their own spending during the shutdown. A survey of National Treasury Employees Union members in 2013 found that 84% of workers had cut back on necessities and 72% went further into debt because of that shutdown. And the businesses that miss out on that spending, like restaurants and movie theaters, aren't likely to recoup those sales. "The dollars and cents of federal spending matter, but [the problem] was really the impact on confidence due to the uncertainty," said Mark Zandi, chief economis[...]


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Seminole County Public Schools sends flu notice to parentsFlu cases spike to record highs at Orlando clinics, doctors sayFlu cases on the rise in Orlando areaYour 2017-18 flu season questions answeredFlu cases on the rise in Orlando area36 states face widespread flu activityFrom Crushed Garlic to Apple Cider Vinegar, the Best Remedies to Fight the Flu

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As the flu virus continues to spread throughout the Orlando area and beyond, officials with Seminole County Public Schools notified parents of the increase in illnesses via e-mail Friday.In the electronic letter, county officials said the Florida Department of Health is encouraging people to get vaccinated immediately and take other steps to avoid falling ill.Officials also encouraged parents to keep their children home from school if they contract the virus in order to prevent spreading it.Read the full letter below. January 19, 2018 Dear SCPS Families: The Florida Department of Health (the Department) reports that influenza, or “flu,” activity levels have increased sharply over the last several weeks. Flu is a contagious respiratory disease caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as young children, the elderly, and people with certain health conditions are at high risk for serious complications from flu. The Department is encouraging families to get vaccinated for flu now. Vaccination is the best way to protect against the flu and severe complications from the flu. Vaccination is most crucial for children with underlying health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, and neurological and neurodevelopmental conditions. The flu vaccine is offered in many locations including pharmacies, clinics, employers, and schools. Contact your health care provider, county health department, or visit http://www.floridahealth.gov/findaflushot to find a flu vaccine center near you. The flu vaccine is safe. The national Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends that all individuals six months of age and older receive the flu vaccine each year. Since infants under six months of age are too young to get vaccinated against influenza, it is important that family members (including pregnant or breastfeeding mothers) and other caregivers for these children be vaccinated to help protect them from the disease. It is especially important that parents keep sick children at home to prevent spreading the flu virus to others. Additional flu prevention steps include staying away from people who are sick, covering sneezes or coughs with a tissue or your elbow, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, and frequent hand-washing. If your child becomes sick with flu-like illness, contact your health care provider as soon after symptoms begin as possible. Symptoms of the flu often include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headaches, or fatigue. Antiviral medication for flu has been shown to reduce severity an[...]



Paramedics called to Justice Sonia Sotomayor's house for low blood sugar

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 21:32:03 GMT

US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor suffered "symptoms of low blood sugar" and paramedics were called to her home Friday, according to a Supreme Court spokesperson.

The spokesperson said Sotomayor, 63, is doing fine. The associate justice was treated and then returned to work.

Earlier this morning, Sotomayor attended the court's weekly closed door conference. The justices discussed whether to take up a challenge to President Donald Trump's latest version of his travel ban and later announced they would do so.

Sotomayor was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 8 and has been public about her struggle with the disease, writing about it in her memoir "My Beloved World."

In 2013, she discussed her illness in an interview with Diabetes magazine.

In the article, Sotomayor said she watches her diabetes closely and always has glucose tablets and a blood glucose meter on hand.

"I'm super vigilant when I'm in court," she told the magazine, saying her most "obvious sign" of an issue coming on is paleness. "If I start feeling any sort of lightness coming on, I immediately check."

In 2014 at an event at the New York Public Library, Sotomayor noted that when she was diagnosed as a child, life expectancy for diabetes was poor.

She said there was a "fear" in her but the fear turned into a "determination" to live life to the fullest.

She also writes in her memoir, "I believed most of my childhood, and I probably didn't change my mind until I reached 50, that I was going to die young. And the one thing that that thought gave me was a drive to pack as much as I could in my life as fast as I could."




Sushi-loving man pulls 5-foot tapeworm from body, visits ER later

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 19:55:08 GMT

A man with a hearty appetite for sushi pulled a 5-and-a-half foot tapeworm out of his body, and then went to the emergency room to find out what was happening.

KFSN reports the man walked into the Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno last August with the tapeworm wrapped around a toilet paper roll.

"He grabs it, and he pulls on it, and it keeps coming out," Kenny Banh, the doctor who treated the man, said on a podcast. "He then picks the thing up, 'looks at it, and what does it do? It starts moving.'"

The unidentified man said he realized something was wrong when he felt something hanging from his rectum while he was going to the bathroom. The man had complained of bloody diarrhea before finding the tapeworm.

Banh says the man admitted to eating sushi every day, particularly salmon sashimi.

Raw fish is a common cause of tapeworms. The report says the tapeworm was likely growing in the man's body for six months.

 




Mom's post about charging 5-year-old daughter rent goes viral

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:51:48 GMT

It's no surprise when some parents charge their grown children rent when they come back to live at home, but should a 5-year-old be forced to pay up?

A Georgia mom is being praised for a Facebook post saying she charges her young daughter a weekly rent as a teaching moment for the 5-year-old girl.

Essence Evans posted the item on Jan. 14 detailing that while she gives her daughter $7 in allowance each week, she takes back $5 for rent, water, electricity and food, leaving $2 for the girl to save or spend.

"This strategy not only prepares your child for the real world," wrote Evans. "But when they see how much real bills are they will appreciate you for giving them a huge discount."

However, Evans is actually taking the "rent" money and secretly keeping it in a savings account to give to her daughter when she turns 18. According to Evans, she'll have saved $3,380 by the time she hands it over in 13 years.

The post, which has since been made private or taken down, had been shared at Evans' urging over 300,000 times.




Jacksonville hosts celebration ahead of Jaguars' AFC title gameJacksonville teacher keeps students focused with Jaguars memePatriots' Tom Brady talks about game against Jaguars

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With the hometown team one win from a trip to the Super Bowl, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry wants fans to join him Friday for a rally at City Hall.He's asked everyone to get decked out in Jaguars gear and show up from 3-4 p.m. Friday for a "Duval vs. All Y'all" celebration.Fans were joined by the mayor, City Council members, Jaxson de Ville, The ROAR and Jax Pack.The rally inside Council Chambers began at 3 p.m.Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce president Daniel Davis said Chamber staff will be joining in the rally, and he encouraged member businesses to join in the fun."Hang a sign at your business. Post a photo of employees on social media. Our city is national news for this game. Let’s own it and celebrate it," he wrote in an email.Jacksonville heads to New England this weekend to take on the Patriots in Sunday's AFC Championship game.%INLINE%Ahead of the game, City Hall will be lit teal at night.JTA is also getting in the spirit, offering free rides on fixed-route buses all day Sunday.“JTA congratulates the Jacksonville Jaguars on their winning season and playoff wins,” said JTA CEO Nathaniel P. Ford Sr.  “Like all fans, the JTA is excited and will be watching and cheering for our hometown team on Sunday.”For a link to the system map and to plan your trip, visit www.jtafla.com or call JTA customer service at 904-630-3100; Florida Relay at 800-955-8771.  Customer service is open Monday through Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.To celebrate the Jaguars' appearance in the AFC Championship game, the Jacksonville Humane Society will be offering adoptions for $9.04 on Saturday and Sunday as part of its 904 Tailgate Adoption Event.Humane Society staff will be dressed in Jaguars gear and will yell "DUUUVALL," when a pet is adopted.“We want the Jaguars to know we are behind them 100% this weekend,” said Denise Deisler, JHS executive director. “We are proud to be partners with this amazing organization.” JHS is located at 8464 Beach Blvd. and will be open from noon to 7 p.m. Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. JHS will also be at PetSmart at Regency at 356 Monument Blvd. on Saturday only and the $9.04 fee will be offered there as well. For more details or to see adoptable pets go to www.jaxhumane.org .[...]A Jacksonville middle school teacher has a nifty way of getting her students to pay attention in history class.It's the right hand that's thrown 66[...]



Jaguars fans invading New England for AFC ChampionshipWarmup headed to Orlando areaScary Stephen King triviaBirthday quiz: Hooray for DollywoodHistory quiz: Watt's happening?

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Even though the AFC Championship game is two days away, Jacksonville Jaguars fans are already invading New England.

Multiple flights out of airports from Savannah to Orlando were packed with people who want to see the River City make history this weekend. 

News 6 sister station WJXT flew several crews out of Jacksonville International Airport this morning on a plane packed with teal, too.

Although the flight left very early, you couldn’t tell because of how upbeat the fans were. 

In fact, one got permission to take over the intercom system from the flight attendant. 

“Ladies and gentlemen, you just heard from the pilot, and now you’re going to hear from a Jags fan. On behalf of the Jacksonville Jaguars, We are going to overtake Boston and overtake this plane. Can I get a Duval?!”

With that, the plane erupted with the well known war cry.

“Duuuuuuvallllll,” could be heard throughout the plane. 

Rain chances return for Monday, when the high will be near 80.

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Source: Trump cancels Mar-a-Lago trip ahead of anticipated government shutdownShutdown looms larger in Senate after House voteHouse votes to avert government shutdownTrump says 'Democrats would like to see' a shutdownTrump: 'Worst thing' about shutdown would be effect on militaryThis is what happens during a US government shutdown

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President Donald Trump has canceled his planned trip to his posh Florida resort Friday, anticipating that lawmakers can't avert the looming government shutdown set to take effect at midnight, according to a government official.A White House spokeswoman denied that Trump's planned trip to Florida had been canceled, saying no decisions about travel beyond Friday have yet been made.The President had been planning to spend the weekend at Mar-a-Lago for the one-year anniversary of his inauguration and is hosting a Saturday night fundraising soiree with $100,000 tickets.The amount, confirmed to CNN by a person familiar with the dinner, pays for a couple's dinner and photograph with Trump. A $250,000 ticket will allow a pair to participate in a roundtable. All proceeds will benefit the Trump Victory Fund, the source confirmed. A Republican National Committee official told CNN they are determining what will become of fundraiser gala -- Trump could be beamed in via video or could be rescheduled, but many people are already in or en route to Palm Beach.Bloomberg first reported the ticket information.The White House was optimistic Thursday afternoon that lawmakers would come to a resolution, but that was ahead of the Senate's decision to abort action late Thursday night when they reached an impasse. A senior White House official said they discussed at a Friday morning staff meeting that Trump will stay in Washington until a bill is passed."He can't go until it's done," the official said before the decision to cancel the trip was made.The optics of being in Mar-a-Lago during a government shutdown would be terrible, the official said, but so far the contingency plan being most discussed is delaying departure until Saturday.Supporters from across the country have flown into Palm Beach for the big gala fundraiser, which Trump wants to attend, but it remains to be determined.Vice President Mike Pence is also scheduled to leave Washington Friday evening for his three-country swing to the Middle East. Pence will go to Egypt, Israel and Jordan.The House voted Thursday night to keep the government open through mid-February, and now the matter moves to the Senate. If the Senate passes the legislation, it would then be sent to Trump's desk for him to sign. CNN's Jim Acosta reported Thursday that White House staffers were mulling the idea that Trump could use Twitter later to signal that the federal government will not close down.The idea is that if the Senate passes the continuing resolution to keep the government o[...]



WSJ: Trump lawyer paid for porn star's silenceFox News shelved story on Trump and porn actress before electionWSJ: Trump lawyer arranged payment for porn star's silence

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Just weeks before the 2016 presidential election, President Donald Trump's lawyer formed a private LLC to pay a former porn star in exchange for not speaking publicly about an alleged sexual encounter with the then-candidate, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.The Wall Street Journal reported that the alleged encounter with Trump took place in July 2006 after a celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe.The company, Essential Consultants LLC, was reportedly created in Delaware -- which offers a higher standard of privacy to business owners -- by attorney Michael Cohen, according to the Journal's report, which cited corporate records and people familiar with the matter.The Wall Street Journal first reported last week that Cohen had paid the former porn star, Stephanie Clifford, known as Stormy Daniels, $130,000 in exchange for her silence about the alleged encounter. Following that report, Cohen said in a statement that Trump "vehemently denies" any encounter between the two.In addition to Essential Consultants LLC, a person familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal that aliases were used to hide the names of people involved, including "Peggy Peterson" for Daniels.CNN has not independently confirmed The Wall Street Journal's reporting, and Cohen did not immediately respond to a request for comment."These rumors have circulated time and again since 2011," Cohen said in a previous statement to CNN regarding last week's report. "President Trump once again vehemently denies any such occurrence as has Ms. Daniels."In a statement provided by Cohen from Daniels, she also calls the article "absolutely false.""My involvement with Donald Trump was limited to a few public appearances and nothing more," she wrote in a statement, dated January 10. "When I met Donald Trump, he was gracious, professional and a complete gentleman to me and EVERYONE in my presence. Rumors that I have received hush money from Donald Trump are completely false. If indeed I did have a relationship with Donald Trump, trust me, you wouldn't be reading about in the news, you would be reading about it in my book. But the fact of the matter is, these stories are not true."CNN asked Cohen, who had provided Daniels' statement, for her contact information, but he did not respond.Fox News had a story at the height of the presidential election that detailed an alleged sexual relationship between porn actres[...]