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Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Multiple news outlets were excluded from a White House gaggle with press secretary Sean Spicer on Friday afternoon, according to reporters present, sparking criticism from the White House Correspondents' Association and other observers.

The move comes amid President Donald Trump's ongoing battle with many news organizations, which he has characterized as "fake news" and the "enemy of the American People," an assertion which he doubled down on Friday during the Conservative Political Action Conference.

The gaggle, which took place in Spicer's office, was being held in lieu of a traditional briefing in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room, which seats 49 reporters but is often filled with others who line the sides and back of the room.

The outlets invited to join Spicer on Friday included the Washington Times, One America News Network and Breitbart News, as well as television networks including ABC, CBS, Fox News and NBC, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg, among others.

The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Politico and CNN were among the group excluded from the meeting. Upon learning of the restrictions, reporters from the Associated Press and Time boycotted the gaggle.

The session was recorded and ultimately distributed to the White House press pool, including those excluded.

ABC News' Cecilia Vega challenged Spicer about the move, questioning if the outlets were excluded because the White House did not like their coverage.

"Because we had a pool and then we expanded it," Spicer responded. "And we added some folks to come cover it."

Vega noted that there was space in the room for other outlets.

"I understand that there are way more than six that wanted to come in. We started with the pool and we expanded it," Spicer responded. "I think we've gone above and beyond when it comes to accessibility and openness and getting folks, our officials our team, and so respectfully I disagree with the premise of the question."

In a statement, the White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) blasted the move.

"The WHCA board is protesting strongly against how [Friday's] gaggle is being handled by the White House," said Jeff Mason of the WHCA board. "We encourage the organizations that were allowed in to share the material with others in the press corps who were not. The board will be discussing this further with White House staff."

Earlier in the day during a speech at CPAC, Trump attacked the media for reporting what he labeled as "fake news," and said he wanted the press barred from using unnamed sources, in particular. This, despite his administration's use of background briefings and insistence upon the exclusion by the media of officials' names when reporting on the information from the briefings.

Trump did note, however, that he is a supporter of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

"I love the First Amendment; nobody loves it better than me. Nobody," said Trump.

White Houses' taking on the press or specific outlets is not unprecedented.

The Obama administration battled with Fox News, excluding anchor Chris Wallace from a round of Sunday show interviews with Obama in 2009.

“We simply decided to stop abiding by the fiction, which is aided and abetted by the mainstream press, that Fox is a traditional news organization,” said Dan Pfeiffer, the deputy White House communications director, according to a New York Times report from the time.

Fox was also excluded from a network pool round robin interview with former pay czar Ken Feinberg on Oct. 22, 2009, but ultimately relented when other organizations boycotted.

According to a Mediaite report at the time, the Treasury Department denied that Fox was excluded.

And former President Richard Nixon was privately recorded in the Oval Office in 1972 saying "the press is the enemy," according to a Times report. The tapes were later released.

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ABCNews.com(LAWRENCE, Kan.) -- The family of an Indian man killed in a possible hate crime shooting in Kansas spoke out Friday and urged authorities to thoroughly investigate the matter, which they said they believed was not a random incident.

The Indian government "should voice out this strongly [to U.S. authorities] because our brothers, sisters and our relatives are there," Venu Madhav, a brother of shooting victim Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, told South Asian news agency Asian News International (ANI) on Friday.

Madhav suggested to ANI that he believed the incident was not just a random shooting, saying, that "if you really look into this incident, this is not done by a teenager or a burglar, or something like that [or] a drug addict. It is [allegedly] done by a [51-year-old] man."

Another brother to Kuchibhotla, K.K. Shastri, told ANI that he wants authorities to release Kuchibhotla's body to the family overseas as soon as possible.

"We want the body to be here at the earliest," Shastri said. "We are waiting."

As the brothers spoke to reporters outside of their home in India, other relatives of Kuchibhotla were seen on video mourning quietly in the home, including one woman who was wiping away tears.

Meanwhile, law enforcement agencies in the U.S. are investigating whether the shooting that left Kuchibhotla dead was a hate crime.

The shooting happened at the Austins Bar and Grill in Olathe, Kansas, on Wednesday evening, according to authorities.

 

A day after triple shooting that left one dead outside Austins Bar and Grill in Olathe, flowers adorn a makeshift memorial in front of bar. pic.twitter.com/pjVgYP7GSq

— Toriano Porter (@torianoporter) February 23, 2017

 

The FBI is investigating whether the shooting was a bias crime, according to Kansas City FBI Special Agent-in-Charge Eric Jackson. He said that the FBI was going to investigate "from every angle to "determine what the true facts are."

Local police added that they would also look into whether the shooting was racially motivated.

 

Authorities have done dozens of interviews of witnesses. Asking those w/ info to contact @OlathePolice pic.twitter.com/TK7iQDSuxY

— Laura Ziegler (@laurazig) February 23, 2017

 

The shooting killed Kuchibhotla and injured two others -- Alok Madasani, 32, and Ian Grillot, 24, officials said.

Madasani and Grillot were taken to a local hospital where they were listed in stable condition, officials said.

The suspect, Adam W. Purinton, fled after the shooting, according to Olathe Police Chief Steven Menke.

Purinton was found and arrested early the following morning in Clinton, Missouri, and charged with one count of premeditated murder and two counts of premeditated attempted murder, according to Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe.

Purinton is being held on a $2 million bond, Howe said.

The triple-shooting has shaken many, both in the U.S. and in India.

"I am very disturbed by last night's shooting in Olathe," Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran said in a statement. "I strongly condemn violence of any kind, especially if it is motivated by prejudice and xenophobia."

 

I strongly condemn violence of any kind, especially if it is motivated by prejudice & xenophobia―my statement on the tragedy in Olathe: pic.twitter.com/4Nn079Q3Wv

— Jerry Moran (@JerryMoran) February 24, 2017

 

India's minister of external affairs, Sushma Swaraj, wrote on Twitter that she was "shocked at the shooting incident in Kansas in which Srinivas Kuchibhotla has been killed."

Swaraj said she sent her "heartfelt condolences to [the] bereaved family" and that she has been in contact with Navtej Sarna, India's ambassador to the U.S. Swaraj said Sarna told her that two Indian embassy officials "have rushed to Kansas."

 

I have assured all help and assistance to the family.

— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) February 24, 2017

 

"We will provide all help and assistance to the bereaved family," Swaraj said. "I have spoken to the father and Mr. K.K. Shastri, brother of Srinivas Kuchibhotla, in Hyderabad and conveyed my condolences to the family."

Madasani, who survived the shooting, has been discharged from the hospital, Swaraj noted on Twitter.

Grillot, the other survivor of the shooting, said in an interview from his hospital bed that he was "incredibly lucky."

"I could have never walked again or seen my family again," he said in a video posted online by the University of Kansas Health System.

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iStock/Thinkstock(OLATHE, Kan.) — Authorities are investigating whether a triple shooting at a Kansas bar, which resulted in one death, was a hate crime.

On Wednesday evening, police responded to a 911 call of shots fired at Austin's Bar and Grill in Olathe, located about 20 miles southwest of Kansas City, said Olathe Police Chief Steven Menke.

The suspect, Adam W. Purinton, was arrested in the early morning hours on Thursday in Clinton, Missouri and is being held on $2 million bond, said Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe. Purinton had fled the scene of the shooting, according to Menke.

Authorities said the perpetrator of the attack shot Alok Madasani and Srinivas Kuchibhotla, both 32, and 24-year-old Ian Grillot.

All three victims were taken to a local hospital, where Kuchibhotla died, Menke said, adding that authorities have been in contact with all of the victim's families. The other two victims are in stable condition, Menke said.

Kuchibhotla worked as an engineer at Garmin.

"I am very disturbed by last night's shooting in Olathe," read a statement from Kansas Senator Jerry Moran. "I strongly condemn violence of any kind, especially if it is motivated by prejudice and xenophobia."

Grillot said in an interview from his hospital bed that after the shooting started, he took cover until he thought the shooter's magazine was empty.

"I got up and proceeded to chase him down, try to subdue him," Grillot said in a video posted online by the University of Kansas Health System. "I got behind him and he turned around and fired a round at me."

Grillot said he was hit in the hand and the chest, and that a bullet narrowly missed a major artery.

"I was told I was incredibly lucky for what happened to me," Grillot said. "I could have never walked again or seen my family again."

Purington has been charged with one count of premeditated murder and two counts of premeditated attempted murder, Howe said. It will be up to Clinton County to decide whether to waive extradition, he added.

Howe would not disclose the type of weapon used in the attack, which he described as a "pretty traumatic event in a very open, public situation."

It is unclear if Purington has retained a lawyer.

The FBI is investigating whether the shooting was a bias crime, said Kansas City FBI Special Agent in Charge Eric Jackson. Local police will also aid in the investigation into whether the shooting was racially motivated.

Jackson FBI personnel are working the investigation into the shooting "from every angle to determine that the true facts are."

Authorities were unable to provide further details in the case, which is still under investigation.

"We've got a lot of work to do," Howe said.

Howe said the community around Olathe bonded together after a similar incident three years ago.

"In these tragic instances, often the community bonds together," Howe said. "I think we'll see this again. I'm very proud of this community."

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- ABC’s 20/20 anchors David Muir and Elizabeth Vargas sat down with the all of the Sharks, except for Lori Grenier, to celebrate Shark Tank’s seven-and-a-half-year journey leading up to their $100 million in deals made on the show.

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ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) -- Netflix has added comedian-actor Tracy Morgan to its growing roster of comedians with stand-up specials.

The streaming service announced Friday that Morgan has signed on for a new stand-up special, entitled Staying Alive. The special, which was shot at New Jersey's Count Basie Theatre, will debut globally on Tuesday, May 16.

According to Netflix, the show will find the comedian "exploring his fresh take on life, career and mortality" after his near-fatal traffic accident in 2014. This includes Morgan's recovery from a traumatic brain injury, learning how to walk again and tackling new challenges in life.

Morgan has made a strong comeback since his accident. The actor has landed roles in the Ice Cube comedy Fist Fight and the upcoming comedies The ClapperTAG and the biopic Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said? Morgan also is set to lead a new TBS comedy series executive produced by Jordan Peele.

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Jemal Countess/Getty Images(FORT WORTH, Texas) -- Former President George W. Bush's daughter, Barbara Pierce Bush, is scheduled to be the keynote speaker for a Planned Parenthood fundraiser next week.

On Wednesday, Bush, 35, will headline Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas' annual Forth Worth luncheon, according to an announcement from the women's health organization.

The older Bush daughter has publicly supported Planned Parenthood, despite her father's pro-life history. In a June New York Times interview with Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, Bush referred to Planned Parenthood as "exceptional." 

Bush, the CEO and co-founder of Global Health Corps, was also spotted at a Paris fundraiser for Hillary Clinton in October.

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iStock/Thinkstock(VANCOUVER, Canada) -- Five members of the Vancouver Canucks may have come down with mumps, the team said on Friday.

While the team says that only one player has received a confirmed diagnosis, four others have "presented with symptoms of mumps." The players with symptoms are being tested and quarantined for five days after the onset of symptoms, or until tests prove negative.

The team also said it was offering vaccination to minimize further risk of transmission and universal preventative hygiene measures would be undertaken. All dressing room areas will be disinfected.

Canucks general manager Jim Benning said in a statement that the team is "taking this very seriously given how easily mumps can spread."

Benning confirmed that defenseman Troy Stecher is the only player with a confirmed test result. Defenders Chris Tanev and Nikita Tryamkin, and centers Mike Chaput and Markus Granlund are the four others who have presented with symptoms.

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