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No Evidence Of Shots Fired At Los Angeles Hospital; Suspect Is Arrested After Reports Of Active Shooter

A man who caused a disturbance at a Southern California hospital was taken into custody and a handgun was recovered Tuesday, but authorities now say there’s no evidence that he fired any shots. Noone was hurt in the incident at Kaiser Permanente Downey Medical Center near Los Angeles, according to reports. The suspect threw a chair through a window before pulling out a handgun at a medical office building separate from the main hospital. The man was unarmed when he surrendered without incident a short time later just outside the building, and a gun was later found. The man was described as a 34-year-old resident of nearby Lynwood, and there were unconfirmed reports that he was a patient at the hospital. Police and Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies cleared the building room by room. Downey is a city of about 110,000 people southeast of downtown Los Angeles. ...Read more

FEMA Warns Residents To Evacuate Ahead Of Hurricane Florence

Those living within the path Category 4 Hurricane Florence were advised on Tuesday to “take action now” by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Florence is headed toward the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic states with 140 mph winds and is expected to make landfall late Thursday or early Friday. More than 1.5 million people have been ordered to evacuate. FEMA Associate Administrator Jeff Byard warned residents in a press conference to expect infrastructure damage, power outages, and that the storm “has the potential to cause loss of life. We cannot emphasize the importance to take action now.”  ...Read more

U.S. Shutting Down The Palestine Liberation Organization Office In Washington DC

State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert confirmed in a statement that the U.S. is shutting down the Palestine Liberation Organization’s office in Washington D.C., blaming the PLO for not taking “steps to advance the start of direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel.” National Security Advisor John Bolton also announced the Trump administration’s closure of the PLO office at a speech before the conservative Federalist Society. He announced the U.S. will ban ICC judges and prosecutors from entering the U.S., sanction their funds in the U.S. financial system, and prosecute them in American courts. Just minutes before Bolton made his announcement, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley convened a special meeting of the Security Council to discuss ways to combat corruption around the world. ...Read more

Hurricane Florence Grows To Category 4 As Coastal Evacuations Begin

 Hurricane Florence grew even stronger early Monday afternoon as the storm continued moving across the Atlantic Ocean, with it’s eye set on parts of the U.S. mid-Atlantic coast. Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center said in a special noon advisory, that Florence rapidly intensified to a potentially catastrophic Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds near 130 mph. Only an hour before, Florence had been upgraded to Category 3 strength but the storm soon grew stronger as it moved over warm Atlantic waters. Its center will move between Bermuda and the Bahamas from Tuesday to Thursday, before approaching the Carolinas on Thursday. ...Read more

Dallas Police Officer Who Killed Unarmed Man After Entering Wrong Apartment Arrested On Manslaughter

A Dallas police officer was arrested Sunday on a manslaughter warrant in the shooting of a black man at his home, Texas authorities said. The Texas Department of Public Safety said in a news release that Officer Amber Guyger was booked into the Kaufman County Jail and that the investigation is ongoing. It said no additional information is available at this time. A statement from the Dallas Police Department Saturday says the officer is Amber Guyger, a four-year veteran of the force assigned to the Southeast Patrol Division. Guyger has told investigators that she was off-duty on Thursday night when she mistakenly went to the wrong apartment and shot Botham Jean. In the days following Jean’s death, rumors have swirled around the internet showing a photo taken from Jean’s Instagram account with him pictured, smiling, with three other women. Many have stated that one of the women in the photo was Guyger, but that rumor was shot down after Jean’s former employer, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, LLC, said that the women were colleagues of Jean’s. Jean, of St. Lucia, a Caribbean island, had previously attended Harding University in Arkansas before working for PriceWaterhouseCoopers, LLC in Dallas. ...Read more

Hurricane Florence Strengthens As It Aims For Southeast Part Of U.S.

Hurricane Florence strengthened Sunday as it moved across the Atlantic toward a possible direct hit on the U.S. Southeast by the end of the week. The storm prompted warnings for residents up and down the coast, and red flags flying on beaches warned swimmers to stay out of waters. Florence passed the 74 mph threshold from tropical storm to hurricane Sunday morning, and by evening its winds were up to 85 mph. Drawing energy from the warm water, it could become a Category 4 hurrixane with winds of 130 mph or more by Tuesday. Forecasters urged residents from South Carolina to the mid-Atlantic to get ready,with some forecasting models showing it could unload a foot or two of rain in places, causing devastating inland flooding. ...Read more

Senator Cory Booker Violates Senate Rules By Releasing Confidential Documents On Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh

In a move that broke Senate rules, Democratic Senator Cory Booker released confidential committee documents on Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh regarding racial profiling. The move was headed by New Jersey Senator Booker, as well as Senators Mazie Hirono of Hawaii and Dick Durbin of Illinois. Booker said he understood by releasing documents and emails that were deemed only available to Senate Judiciary Committee members — and not to the general public — could result in expulsion from the Senate. Booker said, “I understand the penalty comes with potential ousting from the Senate…I openly invite and accept the consequences of my team releasing that email right now.” Booker released 12 pages of emails from 2002 that Kavanaugh sent during his time as a staffer for President George W. Bush. With the email subject line “racial profiling,” Kavanaugh discussed whether “airport security and other law enforcement” should be working toward a “race-neutral” system after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, according to the emails released by Booker’s office.  ...Read more

Kim Jong Un Reaffirms Commitment To Denuclearization As Koreas Set Summit

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his commitment to a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula and to the suspension of all future long-range missile tests.  He also reaffirmed his faith in President Donald Trump’s efforts to settle a nuclear impasse, according to South Korean officials and the North’s official media. Kim also reportedly expressed frustration with outside skepticism about his nuclear disarmament intentions and demanded that his “goodwill measures” be met in kind. A South Korean delegation returned from talks with Kim where they set up a summit for Sept. 18-20 in Pyongyang between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, their third meeting since April. ...Read more

Emirates Dubai-New York Flight Quarantined At JFK After Passengers Fall Ill

Health and safety officials are investigating an illness that struck people on an Emirates Airline flight from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on Wednesday morning. Seven crew members and three passengers were taken to the hospital, Emirates Airline said.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said around 100 people on the overnight Flight 203 had complained of illness with symptoms ranging from a cough to a fever. Ten people were taken off the plane for treatment at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, said Eric Phillips, press secretary for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. He said nine others were found to be sick but declined medical attention. The aircraft was carrying around 521 passengers. Phillips stated “the plane’s been quarantined and the CDC is on the scene.” Though it has not been determined what caused the illness, Phillips stated that possibly a “flu outbreak” in Mecca, Saudi Arabia might be to blame, saying “it appears some of the ill passengers came from Mecca before getting on in Dubai.” ...Read more

President Trump Slams Bob Woodward’s Book As ‘A Work Of Fiction’

President Trump on Wednesday continued to slam Bob Woodward’s new book, “Fear: Trump in the White House”, that paints an unflattering picture of his presidency. “The book means nothing,” Trump told reporters at the White House during a meeting with Kuwaiti emir. “It’s a work of fiction.” Excepts of the book published by the Washington Post on Tuesday has Woodward quoting several current Trump administration officials — including Chief of Staff John Kelly and Secretary of Defense James Mattis — making disparaging comments about the president.  But Trump said both men disputed Woodward’s account, and were “insulted” by the remarks attributed to them. Kelly was in the room Wednesday as Trump spoke. The White House has issued several statements since the excerpts were published, including one from Kelly who said “the idea I ever called the president an idiot is not true.” In a statement in response to complaints from the White House staff and the president, Woodward was unwavering, however, saying “I stand by my reporting.”  The release date for Woodward’s 448-page book is September 11th. ...Read more