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iStock/Bogdan Khmelnytskyi(ORLANDO) -- Chaos erupted at Orlando International Airport Saturday after a man tried to breach a security checkpoint and travelers yelled out that the suspect had a gun, police said.

The man, Ryan Scott Mills, 38, was unarmed, Orlando Police said in a statement, adding that there was no gun involved in the incident and that “no shots were ever fired.”

Mills was attempting to cross the airport’s west checkpoint around noon on Saturday when he was stopped by TSA agents, who called police for assistance, authorities said. When police attempted to arrest him, he reached into his pocket, and that’s when “unknown persons in the screening area yelled that he had a gun,” police said.

“The commotion caused a panic and persons in the screening area fled,” the police statement said. “Some of them ran past the checkpoints, which caused TSA to immediately suspend screening operations. Several travelers were injured due to the panic (pushing from the crowd) but all were minor in nature.”

Video from the incident shows people becoming increasingly panicked as they ran away from the screening area. With alarms blaring, children can be seen crying and rope barriers are strewn across the floors.

The person who took the video can be heard saying that the suspect had “a grenade or something in his hand” as he runs through the hallways of the airport.

Caroline Fennell, senior director of public affairs at the airport, said in a statement that the incident happened during one of the busiest times for security screening at the airport but that operations have resumed.

Orlando International Airport also tweeted that the checkpoint was “fully operational” but “delays continue.” Passengers scheduled for flights Saturday afternoon should check for status updates, according to the tweet.

Mills was taken into involuntary protective custody and he will be charged with disorderly conduct and resisting officer without violence, according to the police statement.

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Sean Gallup/Getty Images(MUNICH) -- As tension in Venezuela continues to escalate, Vice President Mike Pence took the stage at the Munich Security Conference in Germany Saturday to call on European nations to stand by the United States in recognizing Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s president.

“The struggle in Venezuela is between dictatorship and democracy. Nicolas Maduro is a dictator with no legitimate claim to power, and Nicolas Maduro must go,” Pence said, referring to Venezuela's president.

Pence, who has been heavily involved in the Trump administration’s efforts to resolve the ongoing tension in Venezuela, called for European allies to do more.

“Now, it’s time for the rest of the world to step forward,” he stated.

Over the past few weeks, the Trump administration has challenged Maduro's claim to the presidency and instead recognized Guaido as the country's leader, amid sustained and at times violent protests.

Pence told reporters that USAID is working closely with Guaido to make sure humanitarian aid gets to those suffering in the country.

“I know that USAID officials have been working very closely with Juan Guaido to ensure that the humanitarian aid that has already been delivered, additional aid that is in route from the United States and other countries is positioned in a place where we will be able to move it into Venezuela to assist the families that are struggling there,” Pence said.

Pence, who held a roundtable discussion earlier this month with exiles from Venezuela in Florida, has vowed to continue to apply pressure “until the suffering is over and freedom is restored.”

On Friday, the U.S. Treasury announced it is sanctioning five top Venezuelan officials as it seeks to tighten the hold on Maduro and his government and force the socialist leader to resign.

Maduro, meanwhile, told the Associated Press this week that his government has had secret talks with the United States. He also told the wire service he expects to survive the increasing calls for him step down.

The president also said his foreign minister Elliott Abrams, the Washington-based special envoy for Venezuela, to visit the country.

“If he wants to meet, just tell me when, where and how and I’ll be there,” Maduro said without providing more details, according to the AP.

The Munich Security Conference brings together more than 450 senior leaders from all over the world including presidents, ministers and heads of states.

As Pence spoke, there were familiar faces in the audience. The largest U.S. congressional delegation traveled to Munich to attend the conference, including some prominent skeptics of Trump’s national emergency declaration.

Among those attending were South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, whom Pence recognized at the top of his remarks.

President Donald Trump met with Colombian President Ivan Duque Marquez on Thursday to discuss what they called “the democratic and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.”

The United States and Colombia vowed to work together with Guaido to provide aid to Venezuelans in need and to “restore, freedom, democracy, and prosperity,” according to White House statement.

When asked if the White House is considering military action in the country, Trump replied he is looking at “a number of different options.”

The president is expected to travel to Florida on Monday to continue to express support for Venezuela.

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@richardbranson/Twitter(NEW YORK) -- Before Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson accomplishes his dream of sending paying customers to space, he'll try it out himself. In an interview with ABC News, the billionaire entrepreneur said his birthday this summer coincides with the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11's historic moon landing, a moment he said inspired him to set up what he calls a "space line."

"I realized that governments were not really interested in you and me going to space," he said.

"We could make it possible hopefully to put thousands of people in the years to come. So yeah, July the 18th is my birthday so why not? We'll go for that."

So who, besides Branson, is lining up for a round-trip flight to space? Apparently, quite a few, although the exact number has not been released.

"The amount of people who want to go into space is ridiculously large and we've just got to make sure that we can make it affordable for a lot of them."

The plan at Virgin Galactic is to carry six passengers at a time into space for four minutes of weightlessness. The price tag right now is about $250,000.

"We're a business and we're not making money by not taking customers yet," said Mark "Forger" Stucky, one of the pilots at Virgin Galactic.

"So we need to get through the flight test program and get on with taking customers."

In December 2018, Stucky and Frederick “C.J.” Sturckow piloted the latest test flight of their spaceplane VSS Unity to 51.4 miles over the California desert, just crossing the Federal Aviation Administration's definition of space for the first time.

Two months later, Sturckow and Stucky were awarded their commercial space flight wings in a joyous ceremony at FAA headquarters. Branson spoke at the event and took the opportunity to reflect on the company's journey.

"It's taken 14 years. We expected it to take seven," he told ABC News. "We've had tears, we've had joy, we've got a fantastic dedicated group of engineers who've made it all possible and the brave test pilots."

A tragic setback occurred in October 2014 when a Virgin Galactic test flight ended catastrophically with the death of pilot Michael Alsbury. Pilot Peter Siebold survived the incident, parachuting to the ground after the aircraft broke up mid-flight at an altitude of about 50,000 feet.

So why the risk? Why are these pilots so determined to get normal citizens into space?

"The more people that see our planet from space the more that we'll appreciate this place where we're living and hopefully take better care of it," said Sturckow.

"I think it's good for all humanity that we get the most people up there we can."

Branson echoed the sentiment. He's heard from many astronauts who have seen the Earth from space and said they come back with a different perspective.

"They view the Earth very differently having been to space and they come back determined to protect this beautiful planet we live on and we are hoping that we can inspire thousands of people in that way."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- It’s American Heart Month, meaning it’s the perfect time to for a refresher on heart disease and how to prevent it.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, with 800,000 people dying each year from it. Nearly half of all Americans have some form of cardiovascular disease, according to the American Heart Association. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that at least 200,000 deaths from heart disease and stroke can be prevented.

People face an increased risk for heart disease when they don’t get enough physical activity, have poor diets and higher body weights, smoke cigarettes and have poor cholesterol, high blood pressure or diabetes. Here are some basics for preventing heart disease.

Be more mindful of the foods you eat.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more people are now eating foods that are high in calories, fat, added sugar and salt/sodium. Not enough people, on the other hand, are eating enough nutritious foods, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes and whole grains. These foods should make up the majority of someone’s diet, and WHO recommends eating five servings of fruits and vegetables each day.

Cardiologists at the Mayo Clinic suggest eating oily fish, such as salmon, tuna or sardines, twice a week to provide the body with heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids — essential nutrients that lower blood pressure and triglyceride levels. Also, cook with olive oil, canola oil or peanut oils, as these are high in monounsaturated “good” fat and lower in saturated “bad” fats.

Get off the couch and out of the house.

The CDC recommends that adults partake in aerobic activity for at least 150 minutes at a moderate intensity (brisk walking, gardening or slow biking) or 75 minutes at a high intensity (walking uphill, jogging, running, swimming or tennis). Adults should also do strength training using free weights, weight machines or resistance bands on at least two days of the week, making sure to target every muscle group with moderate or greater intensity. If you need motivation, consider getting a dog so that you’ll be forced to go on walks or start a family hobby involving sports, such as a weekly soccer match.

Make sure you’re sleeping the recommended amount of hours.

Getting good sleep is important for several reasons, but with regard to the heart, not getting enough has been associated with high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease.

The recommended amount of sleep the average adult should be getting each night should be between seven to nine hours, according to the Mayo Clinic. Digital devices can contribute to lost sleep because the blue light they emit suppresses the production of melatonin, a hormone that plays a role in sleep. To avoid this from happening, most smartphones now have settings that allow you to change the light emitted from the screen to a red rather than blue color once the sun goes down. It’s possible this might improve sleep quality.

If you snore a lot or consistently feel fatigued during the day, you may have sleep apnea, a condition characterized by the throat muscles intermittently relaxing and contracting, and causing breathing to start and stop. If you think you have sleep apnea, see a doctor. Researchers have estimated that untreated sleep apnea may raise the risk of dying from heart disease by up to five times.

Make an effort to see your doctor for a once-yearly physical.

The best way to predict heart troubles is by visiting your doctor, who will assess your blood pressure, cholesterol and weight to figure out how your body and heart are doing. Chronically high blood pressure can put excessive strain on the heart over time. If your LDL “bad” cholesterol is higher than normal or your HDL “good” cholesterol is low — or you have both — your doctor may prescribe you medication that will help prevent a heart attack in the future.

Try your best to quit smoking.

Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable death, according to WHO. Not only does it cause heart disease, it is also a major risk factor for stroke, lung cancer and lung disease and damages nearly every organ in body, including the mouth, esophagus, cervix and colon. Second-hand smoke is also dangerous to those around you and increases their risk of these diseases and cancers.

It’s never too late to quit smoking. Quitting at any age adds extra years to your life, but the earlier you quit, the better. Research suggests that smokers who quit at 35 years old will gain six to eight additional years in life when compared to people who continue to smoke. Even people who quit at age 65 can gain another two to three years, according to the research. Quitting can be hard, but there are free resources available that can help.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- A powerful Democratic House chairman on Friday warned the White House legal counsel that his committee is now in possession of material that his panel says shows President Donald Trump’s lawyers “may have provided false information” to federal officials about reimbursements to Trump’s former fixer for 2016 hush money payments over alleged extramarital affairs.

House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, in a letter to White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, said “the panel has now obtained internal notes taken by the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) describing their interactions with the White House lawyers regarding the President’s payments and debts to Michael Cohen.”

Cohen, Trump’s former longtime personal lawyer and fixer, has been convicted of crimes including campaign finance violations, tax evasion, and lying to Congress. He was sentenced to three years in prison.

In particular, Cummings takes aim at the president’s personal attorney, Sheri Dillon, who the chairman says “repeatedly stated to federal officials at OGE that President Trump never owed any money to Mr. Cohen in 2016 and 2017.”

Cohen said in his August plea hearing that those are the years during which then-candidate Trump directed the hush money deals made in the closing weeks of the 2016 campaign. Cohen told the court he acted “in coordination with and at the direction of a candidate for federal office,” referring to then-candidate Trump.

Trump has denied the affairs and has previously said the payments amount to nothing more than a “simple private transaction,” and that they do not qualify as campaign finance violations.

However, Cummings points to Office of Government Ethics notes, not released publicly by the committee, allegedly indicating that officials tried, on three occasions starting in mid-March 2018, to get Dillon to confirm that Trump did not owe Cohen money paid on the presidential candidate’s behalf to Stephanie Clifford, an adult film actress who goes by Stormy Daniels to prevent her from discussing the alleged affair.

Such a payment would need to be reported on government financial filings.

On the officials’ second attempt to confirm with Dillon, Office of Government Ethics officials, according to Cummings, asked, “Like for 2017, if there was any money owed in 2016, he would have to amend to report that, so please confirm he did not owe Mr. Cohen money...At any point did he owe Mr. Cohen money?”

“Not that I’m aware of,” Dillon replied, according to the committee-released documents.

After multiple attempts to get Dillon to confirm this information, the president’s attorney on April 26, 2018 - according to OGE officials - responded that she “confirmed that with the filer,” an apparent reference to President Trump.

The committee noted that Office of Government Ethics also made one undated reference in which officials “summarized the position being relayed by the president’s representatives: ‘Michael Cohen did not loan Pres Trump $.’”

But the chairman - in a heading in the letter entitled “False Claims of a ‘Retainer’ Agreement” - notes that the story about the payments to Cohen changed soon after.

Referencing an interview that Rudy Giuliani did on Fox News May 2, 2018, in which the president’s personal attorney appeared to acknowledge that his client reimbursed Cohen - calling the payments a “retainer” that was “funneled through a law firm,” and also noting a Trump tweet a day later confirming the reimbursement as “a private contract between parties,” Cummings said OGE officials then asked Dillon about the money.

“At that point, Dillon abandoned her previous argument that President Trump never made any payments to Mr. Cohen,” the letter to Cipollone states, adding, “Instead she told OGE officials: ‘Mr. Cohen always knew that he would be reimbursed but the mechanisms for reimbursement changed over time.’” Dillon, according to the committee documents, likened the reimbursements to “payments for a kitchen remodel.”

The letter states that Deputy White House Counsel Stefan Passantino made similar statements, arguing the payments were merely “revolving credit” that “shouldn’t be disclosed,” according to the committee. When OGE officials became suspicious of the “retainer” explanation, they asked Dillon to review the agreement with Cohen, but she refused, according to the Office of Government Ethics and the House committee, citing “privilege.”

But prosecutors in New York, in documents related to Cohen’s guilty plea, indicated that there was no such retainer agreement.

And in May 2018, the president - on his financial disclosure forms - disclosed up to $250,000 in payments to Cohen, though a footnote on the document indicated that the disclosure was “not required.” But the chairman cited in the Cipollone letter court documents in the Cohen case which state that the payments actually totaled $420,000, significantly higher than that indicated on the financial disclosure form.

In the Friday letter to Cipollone, Cummings demanded that the White House Counsel release documents related to the entire Cohen matter and takes issue with the attorney apparently only offering the committee limited review “in camera” of two categories of documents.

“As an initial accommodation, the Committee is willing to review any documents that you make available,” the letter states, adding, “However, your offer does not obviate the need for the White House to fully comply with the Committee’s request and produce all of the requested documents within the timeline specified by the Committee.”

The White House and Dillon did not respond to messages seeking comment.

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Photo: Sean Mcglynn(NEW YORK) -- X-Files actor, director, and author David Duchovny recently released his second album, Every Third Thought, and is currently on tour overseas in support of it.

After dates in the States, he and his band played Moscow, St. Petersburg, Bucharest, Budapest, and Vienna last week.

Duchovny plays Poland tonight, followed by a Saturday night show in Berlin, and dates follow next week in the Netherlands, Manchester, and Dublin.

Duchovny tells ABC Radio of overseas audiences, "Somehow they're just really receptive. Not that they're not receptive here. But I think the mere fact that you've loaded up your gear and humped across the ocean, and came to their home to play for them -- there's a certain kind of appreciation for that."

"I never thought I'd perform for anybody, let alone record," admits the actor about exploring his musical side later in life. "So I felt no pressure at all...It was just like a dare to myself, to try to write a song, you know?"

Duchovny noted that there's a, "double edged sword," when it comes to actors trying to stretch their musical muscles.

"Without my notoriety in other fields, there's no way that I could play the size of the rooms [that I play] -- or even play at all, and I realize that," he says. However, he allows, "In many ways it doesn't bother me at all that -- let's say half the people came out because they wanted to see, you know, an actor that they like up there. I'm pretty confident that the music stands on its own....You know, it's either going to sit in your ear in a nice way or it's not."

Duchovny and company wrap things up next Friday night, February 22, at London's O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire concert hall.

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Paul Marotta/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A Fformer San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid have settled their collusion grievances against the NFL, according to a joint statement released by the players and the league.

"For the past several months, counsel for Mr. Kaepernick and Mr. Reid have engaged in an ongoing dialogue with representatives of the NFL," the statement, released separately by the league and the players, said. "As a result of those discussions, the parties have decided to resolve the pending grievances. The resolution of this matter is subject to a confidentiality agreement so there will be no further comment by any party."

Kaepernick and Reid filed separate collusion grievances in 2017 and 2018, respectively, over their employment with the NFL after becoming free agents and remaining unsigned. Both demanded arbitration hearings on the matter under the terms of the collective bargaining agreements they had with the NFL, choosing the law firm Geragos & Geragos to represent them rather than going through the NFL Players Association.

Kaepernick has not been with an NFL team since the end of the 2016 season. He drew national attention for kneeling during the national anthem before playing in games to protest police brutality against black people and people of color.

Reid, who played for the 49ers at the time, was the first player to join Kaepernick in kneeling, setting off a movement that would transcend the NFL and spark condemnation from those who opposed the protest, including President Donald Trump.

The NFL Players Association, which has supported the two players during the grievance process, reiterated its support in a statement on Friday.

"Today we were informed by the NFL of the settlement of the Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid collusion cases," a statement from the NFLPA said. "We are not privy to the details of the settlement, but support the decision by players and their counsel. We continuously supported Colin and Eric from the start of their protests, participated with their lawyers throughout their legal proceedings and were prepared to participate in the upcoming trial in pursuit of both truth and justice for what we believe the NFL and its clubs did to them. We are glad that Eric has earned a job and a new contract, and we continue to hope that Colin gets his opportunity as well."

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