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Suns’ Devin Booker scores 70 in loss to Celtics

Suns’ Devin Booker scores 70 in loss to Celtics

The Phoenix Suns made history two nights in a row. >> Read more trending news The Suns started the youngest lineup ever Thursday, with an average of 21 years and 14 days. Worse, the Suns were down to eight players and lost by 26 to the Brooklyn Nets. The lineup was younger than several of the Sweet 16 teams still in the NCAA tournament.  Friday also netted a loss, but Devin Booker kept them in it. He scored 70 points for the Suns, and helped Phoenix claw back from a 20-point first quarter deficit. Booker’s scoring eventually won over the Boston crowd, who began cheering for him as the Suns tried to keep the game going late, calling timeouts to give Booker a chance to score more points. He finished with the highest single-game total in franchise history, but lost to the Celtics 130-120. Booker joined Wilt Chamberlain, David Robinson, David Thompson, Elgin Baylor and Kobe Bryant as players to reach 70 in one game. Booker was 21 of 40 from the field, four of 11 from the 3-point range and was 24 of 26 shooting free throws. The former Kentucky star also had eight rebounds and six assists. He averaged 20.9 points per game before Friday. 

1 dead after plane crashes into home in Georgia

1 dead after plane crashes into home in Georgia

One person has died after a plane crashed into a home in a Marietta, Georgia, neighborhood Friday evening. The Federal Aviation Administration said a Cessna Citation I aircraft en route to the Fulton County Airport went down around 7:20 p.m. The pilot was the only person on the plane and died in the crash. Cobb County fire officials said the plane left from Wilmington, Delaware. Fire officials said the plane landed in the home's front yard and sent the house up in flames.  >> Read more trending news 'From what it looks like at this point, it came over from the top of the house and landed in the front yard,' Danell Boyd with the Cobb County fire department said.  The family was at church at the time of the crash and not at home.  Witnesses said the plan spun out and nose-dived to the ground. 'I heard a swoosh and then a clap and an explosion and I pretty much knew before I looked outside that it was a plane crash,' neighbor Joe Thomas said. A few homes were evacuated while firefighters investigated. The neighborhood will be blocked off for a time as National Transportation Safety Board investigators look into the crash.  'Seeing a plane on fire and a house starting to burn and wondering if your neighbors are OK -- it's not just something you hear on the news,' neighbor Samantha Strickland said. The FAA will investigate and the NTSB will determine the cause of the crash.  

Missing Washington, D.C., teens: What to know

Missing Washington, D.C., teens: What to know

On March 24, a surge of photos posted by everyday people and celebrities such as Taraji P. Henson and LL Cool J on social media show images with text claiming that 14 girls have disappeared in the last 24 hours in Washington, D.C., and the images have continued to pick up steam.   >> Read more trending news WRC reported however, that the information in those images is not entirely true. Here are things to know about the missing teens in Washington: Police say that 14 teen girls have not disappeared from Washington in one day. The girls pictured in the viral image went missing at different times. Relisha Tenau Rudd, pictured on the far left of the image, was last seen in Washington on March 1, 2014. Pheonix Coldon was last seen December 18, 2011 in St. Louis. Shaniah Boyd was last seen in Washington. Makayla Randall, pictured on the far right, has been missing since October 1, 2012 and was last seen in Oak Park, Missouri. WRC reported that police have changed their method of communicating information about missing persons. There has been no increase in the number of missing people.  The Metropolitan Police Department has changed how it shares information on missing persons. “We've just been posting them on social media more often,” Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman Rachel Reid said. Chanel Dickerson, commander of the Washington police’s Youth and Family Services Division, told The Washington Post that the 211 people reported missing in January reflected  better reporting by families, not an increase in missing teens. Many of the missing teens are black or Latino. Outrage over the missing persons comes from a perception that people of color who are missing are not covered in the media as often as white missing persons. Derrica Wilson, the co-founder and chief executive of the Black and Missing Foundation, which works to raise awareness of missing people of color, told The Huffington Post 40 percent of missing persons in the U.S. are people of color. Police say there is not a known link between the missing persons and human trafficking. Police spokeswoman Karimah Bilal told WRC the teens reported missing so far in 2017 left voluntarily. WUSA reported that since many teens left on their own, Amber Alerts have not been issued for them. “Because of the number of releases, there have been concerns that young girls in the District of Columbia are victims of human trafficking or have been kidnapped,” Bilal said. “We look at every case closely to make sure that doesn't happen, but to my knowledge, that hasn't been a factor in any of our missing person cases,” Bilal said.  Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser and Washington police told WUSA they confirmed that there is no link between the missing persons and human trafficking. Lawmakers are calling on the FBI to investigate many of the missing persons cases. The Associated Press reported that Congressional Black Caucus chairman Cedric Richmond, D-La., and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, who represents the District of Columbia in Congress, sent a letter Tuesday that called for Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director James Comey to devote time to investigating the number of missing children in Washington and “determine whether these developments are an anomaly or whether they are indicative of an underlying trend that must be addressed.” 'Ten children of color went missing in our nation's capital in a period of two weeks and at first garnered very little media attention. That's deeply disturbing,' the letter sent to the Justice Department said. The number of missing persons in Washington changes daily. The Metropolitan Police Department reports the number of open and closed missing person cases and has them broken down by year, critical and non-critical, and juvenile and adult. Recent data from the department shows a decrease in reported missing person cases from 2,433 in 2015 to 2,242 in 2016. The regularly updated list of missing persons, including flyers of missing persons, are on the Metropolitan Police Department website. 

A 6-year-old boy is said to be in serious condition, after nearly drowning in the Bartram Springs community pool, just off Racetrack Road, near Philips Highway.   According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, the child was with his family and lifeguards were on duty.   '[He] had some type of a condition, was observed under the water, was pulled out of the water, basic life support was initiated on the child,' explains a JSO officer.   The boy was rushed to Baptist South and eventually transferred to Wolfson Children's Hospital.
One 24-year-old man is dead; another is behind bars.   The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has announced the arrest of 24-year-old Toray Ricketts, after a deadly, overnight shooting outside the Suite nightclub at the St. Johns Town Center.   According to JSO, there was some sort of verbal argument that turned physical, with Ricketts and the victim, Sina Sharifai, both ending up on the ground.   'At that point, that's when Ricketts pulled a handgun from his waistline and fired two shots, striking Mr. Sharifai,' explains a JSO official.   Sharifai was rushed to the hospital, but later died from his injuries.   Ricketts was eventually arrested without incident and is now charged with second-degree murder, as well as carrying a concealed firearm without a permit.
A man who was shot early Friday outside SUITE Club near the St. Johns Town Center has died.  The man was shot and rushed to the hospital to be treated.  According to JSO, a fight started just after 2am Friday in the parking lot following an 18 and over party.  Off-duty police officers in the area were able to make a quick arrest.  Detectives were speaking with witnesses in the hours after the shooting.   Through the day we’ll be working to update charges the suspect will be facing.
Every little bit helps.   Saturday is the 22nd annual St. Johns River Celebration Cleanup and they're still looking for volunteers.   The chair of Keep Jacksonville Beautiful, Christine Buckley, says, 'If there's a site that's out there, that's near you, we would love to have you just drop in.'   If you're interested, volunteers must be 18-years-old or accompanied by an adult.   The cleanup officially begins at 8 am, with nearly 50 pre-selected riverfront and inland sites throughout the city:   Arlington/Beaches 8 a.m. -11 a.m.   -Arlington Lions Club Park, 4221-1 Richard Denby Gatlin Rd.  -Atlantic Boulevard at the Ocean  -Beach Boulevard at the Ocean  -16th Avenue South at the Ocean  -Beach Boulevard Boat Ramp, 8508 Beach Blvd., next to All Wet Sports. A personal or rented kayak, canoe or boat is required for this site. Participants use water vessels at their own risk. This site not recommended for children.  -Blue Cypress Park, 4012 University Blvd. N  -Castaway Island Preserve, 2921 San Pablo Rd. S  -Exchange Club Island Park Canoe/Kayak required.Meet at 5130 Arlington Rd.(9 a.m. – 12 p.m.)  -Ft. Caroline National Memorial, 12713 Fort Caroline Rd. (9 a.m. – 11 a.m.)  -Mike McCue Park and Boat Ramp, 2510 2nd Ave. N  -Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, 500 Wonderwood Rd. *Exception: Volunteers must arrive before 9:30 a.m. to participate.  -Reddie Point Preserve, 4499 Yachtsman Way  Naval Station Mayport, Jetties Pavilion # 3 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.  *Exception: Volunteers must have base access or arrange for base access*  Urban/Riverside Avondale/San Marco/Murray Hill/Springfield 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.  -Azalea Creek/Boone Park, 3700 Park St. (8 a.m. – 11 a.m.)  -Balis Park/San Marco Square, 1987 San Marco Blvd.  -Bee Street Park, Corner of Bee Street and Utah Avenue  -Fishweir Creek/Fishweir Park, 3999 Valencia Rd.  -Five Points, Meet in front of Sun-Ray Cinema, 1028 Park St. (Cigarette litter pick up)  -Hollybrook Park, 319 Cherokee St.  -Historic Murray Hill, Murray Hill Public Library, 918 Edgewood Ave. S  -Klutho Park, West 2nd St. at Boulevard St.  -Memorial Park, 1620 Riverside Ave.  -Northbank Riverwalk at Sydney J. Gefen Park, 505 Alfred DuPont Pl.  -Riverside Park, 753 Park St.  -River Oaks Park/Craig Creek, 1000 River Oaks Rd.  -S-Line Urban Rail Trail/Hogan Creek, 2335 N. Davis St. (10 a.m. – 12 p.m.)  -Willowbranch Park, 2870 Sydney St. (8 a.m. – 11 a.m.)  -Yacht Basin Park, 2941 St. Johns Ave.  Southeast 8 am. - 11 a.m.  -Burnett Park, 3740 Burnett Park Rd.  -John Lowe Boat Ramp at Goodbys Lake, 9020 San Jose Blvd.  -Mandarin Park (Mandarin Boat Ramp), 14780 Mandarin Rd.  -Palmetto Leaves Regional Park (South Entrance), 13799 Old St. Augustine Rd. (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.) Clean up the boat ramp area, or bring a personal kayak/canoe to participate in the water-based portion of the cleanup.  -Walter Jones Historical Park, 11964 Mandarin Rd.  Southwest 8 a.m. - 11 a.m.  -Curtis Lee Johnson Marina Boat Ramp, 5434 San Juan Ave. A personal kayak/canoe is necessary to participate in the water-based portion of the cleanup.  -Ringhaver Park, 5198 118th St.  -Wayne B. Stevens Boat Ramp, 4555 Ortega Farms Blvd. (9 a.m. – 12 p.m.) A personal kayak/canoe is encouraged to participate in the water-based portion of the cleanup.  Northeast 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.  -Jim King Park & Boat Ramp at Sisters Creek, 8203 Heckscher Dr.  -Joe Carlucci Sisters Creek Park & Boat Ramp, 8414 McKenna Dr.  -Little Talbot Island State Park, 12157 Heckscher Dr.  North 9 a.m. -11 a.m.  -North Shore Park, 7901 Pearl St.  -Jacksonville Zoo, 370 Zoo Pkwy (Limited to 25 volunteers. Volunteers will have free access to zoo after cleanup.)  In 2016, 839 volunteers donated 1,989 hours of their time to collect 8.3 tons of trash.
Update at 7:19 am Friday: The fire is now 75% contained. Update at 3:21 pm Thursday: Nassau County Emergency Management lifting evacuation orders in the Bryceville area. Update at 1:30pm Thursday:  Florida Forestry officials say the fire is 65% contained and is now 696-acres.  Nassau County Emergency Management says it will spend the afternoon assessing the cost of the property loss.  A preliminary assessment finds two structures were destroyed, six were damaged, and 19 accessory buildings were either destroyed or severely impacted.  Nassau County Emergency Management says the official emergency shelters  set up for evacuees is the Bryceville Baptist Church at 7732 US Hwy 301 and at the First Baptist Church in Callahan. The American Red Cross is cooperating with that shelter. At a briefing early Thursday, officials said 150 people have been affected because of evacuations.    The Florida Highway Patrol says two other shelters have been established- one at Gray Gables Church, 54031 Church Road and one at Callahan First Baptist Church, 45090 Green Avenue. As of 7:15am Thursday the 400-acre fire was 65% contained,  according to the Florida Forest Service.  Shifting winds drove the fire, which the Florida Forest Service for the District says is more than 400 acres around CR 119, CR 121, and Countryside Acres.  The evacuations will remain in effect until the fire is completely contained. The Florida Forest Service Jacksonville says the fire started with someone burning paperback books, and that it is illegal to burn household garbage in Florida.  Our partner Action News Jax reports the landowner will be held responsible. Nassau County Firefighters, the Florida Forest Service, and Jacksonville Fire and Rescue are all working the scene. Facilities have been taking in animals from anyone who had to evacuate. All Paws Boarding at 8356 US Hwy 301 is sheltering dogs and cats. You’re asked to bring a crate and vaccination history if you can. The Walker Quarter Horse Farm at 14452 Normandy Blvd is taking in horses for free, but request owners bring feed, hay, and supplies.
It led to road closures, right around rush hour Thursday afternoon.   The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is investigating after a triple shooting in the Magnolia Gardens neighborhood in Northwest Jacksonville.   Police say they were called about multiple people shot at the intersection of New Kings Road and Edgewood Avenue and when they arrived they found three victims with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries.   According to JSO, it's believed the suspect(s) pulled up next to the vehicle the victims were in and fired several shots into the car.   At this time, there's no information or description of the suspect(s). 
Trump, Republicans give up on GOP health care bill

Unable to convince GOP lawmakers to get on board with a plan to overhaul the Obama health law, Republicans in the House decided not to even force a vote on the measure, a major setback for both President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan.

“This is a setback – no two ways about it,” said Speaker Paul Ryan, after he told GOP lawmakers that there were not enough votes.

“I will not sugarcoat this; this is a disappointing day for us,” Ryan added. “We came really close today, but we came up short.”

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