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Port Canaveral/Twitter(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) -- A desperate search continued Sunday for two off-duty firefighters who never returned from a fishing trip off the eastern coast of Florida, officials said.

Brian McCluney, a Jacksonville, Florida, firefighter, and Justin Walker, a member of the Fairfax, Virginia, Fire Department, were last seen on Friday launching a 22-foot fishing boat at Port Canaveral, which is near the Kennedy Space Center, U.S. Coast Guard officials said on Sunday.

Relatives reported the men missing Friday night when they failed to return as scheduled from their fishing trip.

About 50 firefighters from the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department joined the Coast Guard is searching for the lost firefighters, combing the waters between Daytona Beach and Vilano in 11 boats over the weekend.

Also looking for the men were crews from the U.S. Navy, the Florida Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Brevard County Sheriff's Office. The Coast Guard also deployed a C-130 plane to search from the air.

Search-and-rescue crews had covered an estimated 4,800 miles of ocean between Port Canaveral and the city of Jacksonville, about 80 miles to the north, Coast Guard officials said in a statement on Twitter Sunday.

Surveillance footage released by the Coast Guard showed McCluney and Walker on Friday at a boat ramp in Port Canaveral putting a fishing vessel into the water.

Patrick Gouin, the district chief from McCluney's fire station, told ABC affiliate WJXX-TV said that seven of the Jacksonville firefighters helping in the search are from McCluney's shift, and that colleagues are covering their shifts to free them up to search for McCluney and Walker.

Jacksonville Fire Chief Keith Powers said McCluney's wife, Stephanie, was also in Port Canaveral monitoring the search.

"In our business, you feel like you need to be doing something," Powers told WJXX. "But in this situation, our doing is just helping them try to coordinate and provide support for the family and coordinate any needs that they have."

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A stalled weather system that has been bringing rain to parts of the Southeast will begin to slide northward over the next day bringing with it pop up thunderstorms and heavy downpours up and down much of the east coast and to parts of the Midwest.

The result of this weather pattern means that 1 to 3 inches of rain and possible flash flooding could affect regions in New York and Pennsylvania, parts of Illinois and Indiana, and northern Florida and southern Indiana.

As a cold front slides eastward and interacts with tropical moisture, it will likely cause pop up thunderstorms in parts of the northeast on Monday, with locally heavy downpours possible.

Meanwhile, the Midwest had over 150 reports of severe weather on Saturday including 114 reports of strong winds. The severe weather occurred in parts of the Northeast, parts of the upper Midwest, and parts of the central plains.

An intense weather system is also expected to move across southeast Kansas and into parts of Missouri, Arkansas, and northeast Oklahoma today.

It is in this area that a Severe Thunderstorm Watch will remain in effect until 10AM CDT with damaging winds being the main threat along with heavy rainfall of up to 1 to 2 inches per hour which could cause flash flooding as well.

A similar – but less intense – system is also expected to move through parts of Minnesota and Iowa with the possibility of heavy rain and localized flash flooding.

Dangerous summer heat will be making its return to much of the country over the next few days as well.

Temperatures in parts of the northeast will get into the 90’s again, including Philadelphia, where a heat advisory has been issued. Luckily this stretch of heat doesn’t look as pronounced or as long as some of the periods of heat the region had in July.

Meanwhile, in the southern states it will be another hot day with heat indices well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit in parts of Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana.

In the west the heat will increase once again this upcoming week with temperatures approaching 115 or higher in Death Valley and Palm Springs by Wednesday.

In Phoenix temperatures could reach as high as 112 on Wednesday and Las Vegas will be near 109 by Thursday.

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Mahoning County Jail(NEW MIDDLETOWN, Ohio) -- An Ohio man has been arrested for making threats toward a local Jewish community center in New Middletown.

James Reardon Jr., 20, has been charged with telecommunications harassment and aggravated menacing and is being held in the Mahoning County Jail on $250,000 bond with a court hearing planned for Monday morning.

On Friday, the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force raided Reardon’s house and seized a cache of weapons and ammunition, including dozens of round of ammo, multiple semi-automatic weapons, a gas mask and bulletproof armor.

"Grateful for the work of the FBI, local law enforcement and our community partners in the Youngstown Jewish community. We will continue to employ all our resources to stop the spread of white nationalism and violent extremism," the Anti-Defamation League in Cleveland tweeted.

Grateful for the work of the FBI, local law enforcement and our community partners in the Youngstown Jewish community. We will continue to employ all our resources to stop the spread of white nationalism and violent extremism.

— ADL Cleveland (@ADL_Cleveland) August 18, 2019

Police initially became aware of Reardon on July 11 when he posted a video on Instagram of a man shooting a semi-automatic rifle with sirens and screams in the background. He tagged the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown in the post.

"That kicked off an intense investigation, a very rapidly evolving investigation, because of the way the world is," New Middletown Police Chief Vince D’Egidio told Youngstown ABC affiliate WYTV.

Reardon is an avowed anti-Semite and white nationalist and attended the deadly "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017, according to WYTV. During the raid on his house on Friday police also discovered anti-Semitic and white nationalist propaganda.

Extra security was given to the community during the police investigation, which will remain in place for the near future, police said. But even though the active threat has ceased, there is still active concern among some in the community.

"I’m confident that we are doing what we need to do at this point, but the world has changed and we always have to assess what we are doing moving forward," said Andrew Lipkin, from the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation.

A man killed 11 people when he opened fire on a synagogue in Pittsburgh, only an hour southeast of Youngstown, last October.

Reardon had publicly stated before that he wanted to see a homeland established for white people when he was interviewed for a documentary, according to D'Egidio. Police also discovered that his social media feed was filled with racial slurs and derogatory statements about minorities.

"This is a person that has declared himself as a white nationalist. With the hate crimes and everything else going on, we want to make sure we do our part to make sure this person was taken off the streets very quickly," D’Egidio said.

The FBI has not yet announced whether they will pursue federal charges against Reardon.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Two people are dead after a small plane crashed into a home in upstate New York on Saturday. A person on the plane was killed as well as one person on the ground, officials said.

The Cessna 303 aircraft crashed into the home at about 4:30 p.m. in Union Vale, New York, near Poughkeepsie. There were three people on board the plane, according to the Federal Aviation Administration, and three people in the house, New York State Police Capt. Paul DeQuarto said.

"The aircraft departed from Republic Airport in Farmingdale, N.Y., and was headed to Sky Acres Airport in LaGrangeville, N.Y.,” a statement from the FAA said.

Two people on the plane survived the crash, but one on board was killed, according to officials.

"I saw the house completely engulfed in flames," neighbor Rick Plambeck said. "There was a woman in the house and she jumped out of the window onto a ladder with her dog and she told us that there was a man in the house, which was her father. But we didn't know, or see him at all.

"The plane was in the back of the house, on the back porch."

DeQuarto initially said there were three people inside the house, with one uninjured, one suffering life-threatening injuries and another that was unaccounted for. Hours later, a New York State Police spokesperson said one of the people inside the house had died.

The spokesperson was unsure if it was the person with life-threatening injuries or the missing person who was dead.

The FAA is investigating the accident, while the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the cause.

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iStock(PORTLAND, Ore.) -- Thirteen people were arrested and six were injured, as over 1,000 right-wing demonstrators and counter-protesters descended on downtown Portland on Saturday, police said.

There were "at least 13 arrests," in six hours, Portland Police Lieutenant Tina Jones said in a statement. "We are aware of four individuals who have been evaluated by Portland Fire medics," the statement said.

Jones also said that one person had been taken to a hospital and that "Portland Fire medics report that all known injuries are considered to be minor."

However, as the day progressed, tensions seemed to be mounting. At around 4:30 p.m. local time, and the Portland Police tweeted, that "Police are having plastic water bottles thrown at them as they are making an arrest on SW Yamhill and Park." After that, police began advising people to clear the streets or face arrest.

"Police are advising this is now a civil disturbance. Crowd needs to leave the area and go Northbound on Park or any direction eastbound. This means everyone," Portland Police tweeted.

The city has been bracing for several militant right-wing groups to arrive in the city, along with scores of counter-protesters.

Enrique Tarrio, national head of the Proud Boys, who describe themselves as an all-male "western chauvinist" group, and former InfoWars personality Joe Biggs, organized the “End Domestic Terrorism” rally on Saturday that started at 11 a.m. local time. Initially, the crowds moved in slowly, and were met by a heavy police presence, in which local police were bolstered by more than a dozen other law enforcement agencies.

Members of other far-right extremist groups, including the American Guard, the Three Percenters, and the Daily Stormers, were also expected to attend in the hopes of declaring militant leftists, or anti-fascists known as "anitfa," a domestic terrorist group.

One right-wing militia group, Oath Keepers, disavowed the rally for fears of being associated with white supremacists.

“We do not believe the organizers are taking the steps necessary to ensure that white nationalist and suspected white nationalist groups and individuals will be excluded," said Stewart Rhodes, the group's founder, in a statement on its website.

— Oath Keepers (@Oathkeepers) August 15, 2019


Early Saturday, Trump criticized antifa in a tweet, and said Portland is "being watched very closely."


Major consideration is being given to naming ANTIFA an “ORGANIZATION OF TERROR.” Portland is being watched very closely. Hopefully the Mayor will be able to properly do his job!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2019


"Major consideration is being given to naming ANTIFA an 'ORGANIZATION OF TERROR,'" the tweet read. "Hopefully the Mayor will be able to properly do his job!"

The president did not, however, criticize the right-wing organizers.

Previous rallies featuring right-wing groups and antifa have turned violent in Portland, prompting a warning from Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler.

Ahead of Saturday's rallies, Wheeler issued a video message stating, "if you're planning on coming here on August 17th with the intent to commit violence, we don't want you here."

It was unclear whether Joey Gibson, the leader of right-wing Patriot Prayer, will attend the rally. He and five other men have been arrested this month, on charges stemming from a violent outburst on May 1 at Cider Riot, a bar that is a haven for the city's leftists. Videos of the May Day incident show men associated with the group spraying pepper spray, fighting and striking people with batons.

He turned himself in to authorities and bailed out on Friday.

Local authorities have beefed up security and have been joined by an array of other law enforcement agencies "on a scale that this city hasn't seen in years," Wheeler said.


A message to anyone who plans on using Portland on August 17th to commit violence and spread hate:


Stop using our beautiful city and our home to spread fear and disrupt our lives.

— Mayor Ted Wheeler (@tedwheeler) August 7, 2019


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JANIFEST/iStock(PHILADELPHIA) -- The suspected gunman who unleashed a torrent of bullets at Philadelphia police while barricaded indoors was charged Saturday with attempted murder, court records show.

Maurice Hill, 34, was also charged with aggravated assault, assault of law enforcement officers, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person, according to records from Philadelphia County Court.

Police identified Hill as the suspect who holed himself up in a North Philadelphia building during an hours-long shootout on Wednesday that left six officers wounded.

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner will announce the charges against Hill Monday morning at a press conference. Charges against four other people related to the case will also be announced.

The shootout began during a narcotics operation around 4:30 p.m. as officers entered the home to serve a search warrant. Two officers got trapped inside, while others escaped through windows, police said.

The trapped officers were safely removed from the home as of 9:30 p.m.

The suspect eventually surrendered to police at midnight, and all six officers who were shot have since been released from area hospitals, police said.

Hill has a lengthy criminal record, which includes a federal conviction, going back to the early 2000s, authorities said. He was under federal supervision until 2016, officials said.

In the wake of the shooting, local politicians have called for greater gun control, including passage of a universal background check bill and a ban on military-style assault weapons.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney saying that police need help keeping weapons out of criminals' hands.

Hill’s lawyer, Shaka Johnson, told ABC News Thursday he didn’t believe any of the shooting was planned, but that things got out of hand.

Johnson said Hill, who just welcomed a baby, was afraid that he would be shot during the incident.

Johnson could not immediately be reached on Saturday.

Hill’s preliminary hearing will be Sept. 5.

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dragana991/iStock(EL PASO, Texas) -- Exactly two weeks ago, Antonio Basco lost his wife, and only family member, in the El Paso massacre.

On Saturday morning, he said his final goodbye to his beloved Margie Reckard -- but with hundreds of fellow community members standing behind him.

More than 3,000 people paid their respects Friday night at a visitation for Reckard in El Paso, according to the Perches Funeral Homes. Hundreds were expected to attend her funeral Saturday morning.

"It was the most beautiful thing I've ever seen," Basco said outside the cemetery early Saturday, speaking about all who have supported him.

"I love El Paso and [I'm] glad to be your family. Thank you very much," he said. "I got the world's largest family."

Basco welcomed strangers to attend the services because he didn't have any family nearby.

The response to his invitation was so overwhelming that the funeral staff relocated the service to a bigger venue.

“We didn’t know Margie, but we felt that we should be here to pay our respects to Mr. Basco. I don’t know how it feels to not have anybody,” Dolores Luna, a resident of El Paso, said at Reckard’s visitation Friday night. “We are his family here in El Paso. That’s why we’re all her to support him.”

Reckard was an employee of the Walmart, where she and 21 others were killed and more than two dozen were injured when a gunman opened fire on Aug. 3.

Basco arrived at the prayer service Friday to a standing ovation from the hundreds in attendance who had lined up outside for hours and hugs from dozens of attendees.

"Thank you for allowing us to go through this process, for inviting us in. We thank you, Tony, for inviting us. We would have never known that you needed us to be friends, but look at all these friends you have," Harrison Johnson, director of the Perches Funeral Homes, said during the service.

Jordan Ballard, who is from Los Angeles, flew to El Paso specifically to attend the memorial and funeral, despite being a total stranger.

"His story moved me," Ballard told El Paso ABC affiliate KVIA.

Daniel Ramos, an assistant special agent at the FBI El Paso Division, said he felt it was his duty to be there for Basco.

"I had to come. Most of my co-workers felt the same way: to show that we're all a family," Ramos said while waiting in line.

The service was originally scheduled to be held in a chapel that seats 250 people, but Perches had "more than 250 calls" from well-wishers all over the country so they were moved to La Paz Faith Memorial and Spiritual Center, a facility owned by Perches.

"The outpouring and amazing response from all over, not just our city, but the country is gonna be more than the capacity of the venue that we have," Johnson told ABC News early Friday.

"I’m sure it’s gonna be thousands," he added.

La Paz seats 500 people.

"I've been doing this for over 30 years and I’ve never seen this ... for, I guess so to speak, a non-high profile person," Johnson said. “I’ve never experienced such an outpouring of love and support and caring for what you would say is pretty much just an ordinary citizen, you know a loving person.”

Since Perches posted on Facebook that Basco "welcomes anyone to attend his wife’s service" because he had no nearby family, people from as far away as California have expressed interest in attending Reckard’s funeral, Johnson said.

He said Basco has been "overwhelmed" by the response. After speaking with Basco Friday morning, Johnson said he seemed to be “doing well.”

Basco could not immediately be reached.

Reckard’s two sons and her daughter arrived in El Paso Thursday to attend their mother’s funeral, Johnson added.

The FBI El Paso Division and its Victim Service Specialists will be in attendance at Reckard’s service Friday.

“As part of this community, we won’t let anyone so severely hurt by this tragedy go through this alone,” the department tweeted Thursday. “Mr. Basco, we stand with you.”

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NYPD(NEW YORK) -- A suspect taken into custody early Saturday in relation to the abandoned rice cookers that caused a bomb scare in New York City has been charged, police said.

Larry Griffin, of West Virginia, was apprehended by police early Saturday.

The 26-year-old has been charged with three counts of placing a false bomb for the scare that caused havoc on the New York City subway system during the Friday morning commute.

The bomb scare was set off Friday morning when a subway passenger approached two NYPD counterterrorism to alert them about suspicious packages at the Fulton Street subway station in Manhattan. The items turned out to be rice cookers.

A third suspicious package was reported near a trash can at West 16th Street and 7th Avenue, also in Manhattan, police said.

The NYPD's bomb squad responded to both locations and deemed the cookers safe. Officials investigated whether the incidents were related.

Later in the day, police identified Griffin as a person of interest and released a picture they say was him.


The NYPD is looking to locate and identify this individual who’s wanted for questioning in regard to the suspicious items inside the Fulton Street subway station this morning in Lower Manhattan. Contact @NYPDTips at #800577TIPS with info — alert a cop or call 911 if you see him.

— Chief Terence Monahan (@NYPDChiefofDept) August 16, 2019

At a news conference, NYPD Deputy Commissioner John Miller said Griffin wasn't a suspect, "but certainly someone we want to interview."

Relatives of Griffin told police he contacted them and knows officers want to interview him, the source told ABC News. Griffin told them he didn't know what to do, the relatives told police, according to the source.

Griffin told family members he found the three rice cookers in front of an Asian restaurant, relatives told police, and only took them because he collects items he finds on the street, the source added.

Police found Griffin in the Bronx in the predawn hours of Saturday after responding to a 911 call about two people possibly overdosing, the source said. EMS responded, and Griffin was rushed to Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx.

Cell phone video obtained by ABC News appears to show Griffin in a wheelchair as emergency responders transported him.

The NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea tweeted that Griffin has been apprehended and that the investigation continues.

Griffin will be treated medically before authorities can interview him about the rice cookers.

Meanwhile, the Logan County's Sheriff's Office in West Virginia, where Griffin has family, posted on Facebook that officers there helped contact the relatives after the FBI Joint Task Force in New York City contacted them. They had hoped to find a location in the New York City area where police could find Griffin, but the relatives didn't know.

Griffin has told them that he lives on the streets in New York, the source told ABC News.

The Logan County Sheriff's Office posted that Griffin has been arrested there at least three times in the past eight years for charges ranging from drugs to weapons to "obscene material to seduce a minor." He was indicted by the Logan County Sheriff's Department in 2017 for the latter charge, though it was not immediately clear if it resulted in a conviction.

The sheriff's office added that there was a warrant out for Griffin's arrest, which was issued in March, stemming from his alleged failure to report for missing drug screens as part of a pre-trial bond supervision.

Since Griffin has not been arrested, it was unclear Saturday if he has legal representation.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Very heavy rainfall was falling across parts of eastern Kansas and western Missouri on Saturday morning, while gusty winds up to 75 mph have been reported in Kansas as well. Some storms are also firing in parts of Illinois and Indiana, too.

Flash flooding will remain a concern through the morning hours in these regions, before the flood concern shifts slightly eastward through Missouri and parts of Illinois through the day.

The storms will eventually lose strength by mid to late morning, however, as the system moves closer to Chicago by midday storms, some severe, could fire up again. Meanwhile a frontal system approaching from the north and west will also reignite severe storms in parts of the Dakotas, and into parts of Iowa and Minnesota. A couple lines of strong to severe storms are likely there late Saturday and early Sunday.

As a result, there is an enhanced risk for severe storms in parts of the region, including Sioux Falls, South Dakota. There is a slight risk for severe weather from Nebraska to Illinois, including Omaha, Nebraska; Des Moines, Iowa; and Chicago.

A stalled stationary boundary continues to interact with tropical moisture in the Southeast. There have been reports of over 11 inches of rain in parts of the swamps west of Gainesville, Florida. Some of the towns in parts of that region of Florida have reported flooding, but it appears the heaviest of the rain is falling mainly over swampland.

Unfortunately, the chance for tropical downpours will continue through the weekend as the stationary front slowly falls apart. The National Hurricane Center is monitoring the entire system for possible tropical development, as a the low moves into the Atlantic Ocean over the next few days. However, chances remain relatively low that anything truly tropical develops from this.

Heat will subside slightly in the West on Saturday, but some of that heat will build into the Southern Plains with heat indices reaching over 100 degrees in parts of Texas and Oklahoma. There are some heat advisories in effect for parts of that region on Saturday.

After a relatively cool period in the Northeast, heat will return to the major Northeast cities over the next couple days, with temperatures rising close to or above 90 degrees from Washington, D.C., to Boston. On Monday, it will be 95 degrees in Philadelphia and 96 degrees in Washington, D.C.

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KTRK(HOUSTON) -- The father of a 12-year-old girl who allegedly got behind the wheel of a car and accidentally ran down her neighbor has been charged with criminally negligent homicide.

Tomas Mejia Tol, 42, was arrested on Friday after his daughter allegedly was driving in the parking lot outside their home and killed a man who was walking his three dogs and then crashed into a tree. Enrique Vazquez, 47, was killed in the accident.

One of the man's dogs was also killed in the crash.

"So he actually said that he was the driver, but we do have video showing that it was his 12-year-old daughter who was the driver," a spokesperson for the Harris County District Attorney's Office told Houston ABC station KTRK. "The 12-year-old did indicate that her dad was allowing her to drive the car to practice driving."

Mejia has been charged with criminally negligent homicide and endangering the welfare of a child.

Mejia's 2-year-old child was also in a car seat in the back of the vehicle at the time of the crash, prosecutors said.

The accident took place at about 4 p.m. on Thursday, authorities said.

The accident in still under investigation.

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Trinity County Sheriff's Office(REDDING, Calif.) -- Authorities suspended search-and-rescue operations for a missing hiker in the mountains of Northern California on Friday night, but said they planned to return to the area on Saturday.

Daniel Komins had embarked on a solo hiking trip in the Trinity Alps, about 75 miles northwest of Redding, on Aug. 10. He has not been seen since one day later when backpackers told the Trinity County Sheriff's Office they had seen him on the trail.

The 34-year-old, who is an experienced hiker, also spoke to his girlfriend on the night of Aug. 11 and "informed her that the trip was going as planned," according to the sheriff's office.

He was expected to return from the hike on Aug. 14.

Komins' empty car was found near the trailhead on the same day, officials said. He had food, water and backpacking supplies with him on the hike.

"Komins is an experienced hiker and an Emergency Medical Technician," the sheriff's office said. "He has with him a Global Positioning System (GPS) tracker, which is not presently operating appropriately. Komins also has with him his cellular telephone, which has seen no activity since August 11, 2019."

The search-and-rescue efforts began at daylight on Thursday and continued throughout the day on Friday with no success.

The Trinity County Sheriff’s Office, Trinity County Search, Butte County Search and Rescue, Marin County Search and Rescue, Contra Costa County Search and Rescue and the California Highway Patrol have all been involved in the search, which has included ground and helicopter teams.

Forty people were involved in the ground search on Friday, the sheriff's office said.

Officials said they were widening the search area after speaking with the other hikers who had crossed paths with Komins on Aug. 11.

"Based on the information provided by these individuals, additional areas have been plotted to be searched, as it appears that Komins may have deviated from his initial itinerary," officials said.

The search was set to resume at sunrise on Saturday.

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iStock(NEW ORLEANS) -- A TV reporter for the local Fox affiliate in New Orleans was killed on Friday when the stunt plane she was filming a piece in crashed near Lakefront Airport.

Nancy Parker, 53, had worked for the station for 23 years, WVUE said.

Franklin J.P. Augustus, the pilot of the plane, was also killed.

"This information is preliminary and subject to change as the investigation continues: Earlier today, a Pitts A-2B aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances, approximately one-half mile south of Lakefront Airport, New Orleans," the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement. "The NTSB will lead the investigation, and the FAA’s investigation will become part of the NTSB’s series of reports."

Parker was filming a piece about Augustus, who was honoring the pioneering World War II-era African American pilots the Tuskegee Airmen, the station said.

"For more than two decades, Nancy Parker sat opposite John Snell as the FOX 8 co-anchor and gave us the news of the day," New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said in a statement. "She told it to us straight, but with a combination of professionalism, intelligence, warmth and grace we may never experience again. New Orleans did not just lose a five-time Emmy-winning journalist, or a familiar, comforting face on our TV screens. We lost a loving mother of three, a beautiful human being, and an invaluable member of our community."

Cantrell also honored Augustus, saying, "He never forgot the magic he felt as a youth about flying. He spent countless hours introducing flying to area youth through the Young Eagles program and Civil Air Patrol."

New Orleans EMS, fire department and police department all responded to the accident at about 3 p.m. local time.

The New Orleans Police Department said, "At the NOPD we strive everyday to better the lives of our residents -- to make our home a better place to live, work and visit. Fox 8 anchor Nancy Parker shared that same mission. A true lover of New Orleans -- and New Orleans truly loved her back."

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Marilyn Nieves/iStock(NEW YORK) -- The Manhattan District Attorney’s office has presented the criminal case against Harvey Weinstein to a grand jury for a second time to include testimony from a one-time Sopranos actress, new court filings show.

Prosecutors are hoping the grand jury returns a new indictment against the disgraced film producer based, in part, on the accounts of Annabella Sciorra, the actress who has claimed Weinstein raped her in 1993.

Sciorra made public claims against Weinstein in the media but only came forward to the Manhattan District Attorney’s office in the months after the original indictment was returned, sources familiar with the case told ABC News. As a result a judge declined to allow her to testify at trial.

“We do believe that the trial jury should have the benefit of hearing the testimony of the remaining witness and therefore we will cure the deficiency by re-presenting the case to a new grand jury,” the prosecutor’s filing said.

The grand jury would indict Weinstein on the same five charges he currently faces but would take into account Sciorra’s testimony, which would allow prosecutors to call her as a witness to bolster their case at trial. Her allegation is outside the statute of limitations that was in effect at the time.

Weinstein's trial is currently scheduled to begin Sept. 9. The grand jury decision on a new indictment may not come until Aug. 26 and it’s possible there will be a delay.

Despite defense objections, Judge James Burke has allowed women like Sciorra to testify at trial even though their accounts are not part of the charges, a letter from the district attorney’s office revealed publicly for the first time. A similar decision doomed Bill Cosby.

“We also appreciate the significant Molineux decision by the Court, allowing the People to call additional witnesses,” the letter said, referring to the landmark 1901 Molineux ruling that allows prosecutors to introduce evidence of previous crimes at a defendant's trial.

The identities of the additional accusers who would be called to testify at trial have not been made public.

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vmargineanu/iStock(VAN BUREN, Mo.) -- A Missouri man who shot two police officers while they were serving him an eviction notice surrendered to authorities Friday afternoon after a long standoff.

The suspect shot a Missouri Highway Patrol trooper and a deputy with the Carter County Sheriff’s Department and then barricaded himself inside his home Friday morning, officials said.

The deputy was airlifted from the scene to an area hospital and is in stable condition, Corporal Dallas Thompson, of the highway patrol, told ABC News. The trooper, who was hit in the vest, was treated at a hospital and has since been released, Thompson said.

The suspect began firing from inside the home in Van Buren just after 9:50 a.m., according to a statement from the Missouri Highway Patrol.

Shortly after 3 p.m., the Missouri State Highway Patrol announced the suspect had exited the residence and has surrendered to a Highway Patrol SWAT team.

The suspect was believed to be the only person inside the home at the time of the incident.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said on Twitter that the officers were "ambushed."

"Missouri officials are devoted to making our state safer despite the risks they face every day," Parsons wrote.


A @MSHPTrooperG Trooper & Carter County Sheriff's Deputy were ambushed by a gunman from inside a residence today. Both officers were wounded & are hospitalized. Missouri officers are devoted to making our state safer despite the risks they face every day. #BacktheBlue

— Governor Mike Parson (@GovParsonMO) August 16, 2019


The Highway Patrol was assisting the sheriff's department with the notice, according to the statement.

The incident comes two days after six Philadelphia police officers were wounded when a gunman shot at them from inside his home, before barricading himself in the building with two officers trapped inside, police said.

The suspect finally surrounded around midnight, about seven hours after the shooting began. He began firing during a narcotics operation.

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Obtained by ABC News(MIAMI) --  A 26-year-old Cuban man who stowed away in the cargo hold of a flight from Havana to Miami was arrested Friday morning by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

"CBP received reports of a possible stowaway shortly after midnight after a ramp agent encountered the man while offloading baggage," CBP spokesperson Keith E. Smith told ABC News in a statement.

The man "was taken into custody by U.S. Customs and Border Protection," Greg Chin, Communications Director for the Miami-Dade Aviation Department told ABC News Friday.

According to FlightRadar 24, the Swift Air flight took off from Havana on Thursday at 11:11 p.m. EST and landed in Miami at 11:51 p.m. EST. Swift Air did not respond to a request for comment.

Local ABC affiliate WPLG reported the pilot could be heard talking to air traffic control saying, "Apparently someone came over in the belly on our aircraft."

A controller responds, "You need assistance, where, what gate?"

"Police, Police," the pilot says. "Juliet 9.. apparently we just came in from Havana.. apparently we had a stowaway on the belly."

Social media video and images obtained by ABC show the alleged "stowaway." He was wearing jeans and a short-sleeved dark blue shirt and appeared to be unharmed.

"CBP's mission is to facilitate travel while maintaining the highest standards of security for those who live here and for those who come to visit," Smith said.

Customs agents on average process a million travelers a day at airports, seaports and border crossings across the country.

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