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    Country music star Miranda Lambert has found love again. The 'Mama's Broken Heart' singer took to social media Saturday to tell fans that she secretly married Brendan Mcloughlin. >> Read more trending news  'In honor of Valentine’s Day I wanted to share some news,' Lambert, 35, wrote in a Facebook post. 'I met the love of my life. And we got hitched! My heart is full. Thank you Brendan Mcloughlin for loving me for.... me.' >> See the Facebook post here According to People magazine, Mcloughlin is an officer with the New York Police Department and has a 3-month-old child from a former relationship. Lambert was previously married to country singer and 'The Voice' coach Blake Shelton from 2011 to 2015.  Read more here.
  • David Ryan Adams is a 44-year-old singer-songwriter born in Jacksonville, North Carolina. He has had a long career across multiple genres and musical acts. He is also the subject of a New York Times expose on numerous accusations he psychologically abuses women. Background Adams first came on the music scene in an alt-country band he founded called Whiskeytown. The group released three major albums, making it big with “Strangers Almanac” in 1997. The group split in 2000, after what a Guardian story called a “particularly gruesome Michigan show.” >> Ryan Adams covers Bryan Adams and the internet can't get enough Solo career Adams’ first solo album, “Heartbreaker,” was a hit, especially with critics. A Pitchfork review called it “a startling 15-song masterpiece.” His follow-up, “Gold,” was also a hit and earned him three Grammy nominations. However, as the Guardian article put it, “Then something went askew… (he) got a reputation for being a boozy, druggy brat.” At one point, Adams left a scathing message with profanities on the answering machine of the music critic for the Chicago Sun-Times. Since then he has performed with the band The Cardinals and done more solo work. He is known for his 2015 release “1989,” a song-for-song alt-country cover album of Taylor Swift’s album “1989.” He is a prolific producer, working with Willie Nelson and Fall Out Boy. He has also worked with Weezer, Norah Jones and Counting Crows. Abuse allegations On Wednesday, the New York Times published a story detailing allegations of abuse against Adams. “In interviews, seven women and more than a dozen associates described a pattern of manipulative behavior in which Adams dangled career opportunities while simultaneously pursuing female artists for sex,” Joe Coscarelli and Melena Ryzik wrote. >> Read more trending news  For example, 20-year-old musician Phoebe Bridgers told the Times that Adams invited her to his studio. She said he praised her music, and the two had a short relationship. However, she said, when she broke off the relationship, Adams rescinded an offer to be the opening act on his European tour. One of the women who talked to the Times was Adams’ ex-wife, actress and singer Mandy Moore. She said he psychologically abused her and blocked her progress as a musician. They divorced in 2016. Megan Butterworth, who was engaged to Adams recently, also called him “controlling and emotionally abusive.” She told the Times he tried to isolate her “socially and professionally.” They broke up in 2018. Adams allegedly corresponded with a fan as well, starting when she was 14. She said he exposed himself during video calls on Skype.  According to texts reviewed by the Times, Adams questioned her about her age and sometimes she gave a false, older one.  In one text, he told the girl,” And tell me that your mom is not gonna kill me if she finds out we even text.”  Adams called the article “inaccurate.” Read more here.
  • The Latest on the investigation of the attack on Jussie Smollett (all times local): 11 p.m. Attorneys for Jussie Smollett say there is no truth to reports that the 'Empire' actor played a role in an assault on him last month by what he described as two men shouting homophobic and racial slurs. In a statement late Saturday the lawyers say: 'Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying.' His lawyers say that Smollett will continue to cooperate with a Chicago police investigation into the reported attack. Chicago police earlier Saturday said their investigation of the attack had 'shifted' following the interrogation of two men. The brothers from Nigeria were first considered suspects, but then released from police custody Friday without being charged. Smollett's attorneys say that one of the men was the actor's personal trainer, hired to prepare him physically for a music video. ___ 7 p.m. Chicago police say 'the trajectory of the investigation' into the reported attack on Jussie Smollett has shifted and they want to conduct another interview with the 'Empire' actor. Chicago police late Friday released without charges two Nigerian brothers they had detained for questioning earlier in the week. On Saturday, Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told CBS Chicago: 'We can confirm that the information received from the individuals questioned by police earlier in the Empire case has in fact shifted the trajectory of the investigation. We've reached out to the Empire cast member's attorney to request a follow-up interview.' Smollett, who is black and gay, has said he was attacked by two masked men shouting racial and anti-gay slurs and 'This is MAGA country!' He said they looped a rope around his neck before running away as he was out getting food at a Subway restaurant early on Jan. 29. He said they also poured some kind of chemical on him. Police have been unable to find surveillance video of the attack. A spokeswoman for Smollett did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Guglielmi's comment. ___ See AP's complete coverage of the Jussie Smollett case: https://www.apnews.com/JussieSmollett
  • Chicago police released two brothers of Nigerian descent Friday who had been arrested on suspicion of assaulting “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett. >> Read more trending news  The men were picked up by police Wednesday at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, and their apartment was searched Thursday. They were questioned Friday but police were obliged to release them.   Update 11 p.m. EST Feb. 16: Jussie Smollett’s attorneys released a statement Saturday evening: 'As a victim of a hate crime who has cooperated with the police investigation, Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with. He has now been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack. Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying. 'One of these purported suspects was Jussie’s personal trainer who he hired to ready him physically for a music video,It is impossible to believe that this person could have played a role in the crime against Jussie or would falsely claim Jussie’s complicity. 'Jussie and his attorneys anticipate being further updated by the Chicago Police Department on the status of the investigation and will continue to cooperate. At Present time, Jussie and his attorneys have no inclination to respond to 'unnamed' sources inside of the investigation, but will continue discussions through official channels.' Update 9:45 p.m. EST Feb. 16: Chicago police said Saturday evening that “the trajectory of the investigation” into the reported attack on Jussie Smollett has shifted and they want to conduct another interview with the “Empire” actor. According to the Associated Press, Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi issued a statement saying: “We can confirm that the information received from the individuals questioned by police earlier in the Empire case has in fact shifted the trajectory of the investigation. We’ve reached out to the Empire cast member’s attorney to request a follow-up interview.” Update 8:30 p.m. EST Feb. 16: Sources told CBS that the two brothers who were detained were paid $3,500 before leaving for Nigeria on Wednesday and were promised $500 more when they returned to the United States. In addition to the rope that was purchased at a hardware store, sources also said that the red hats worn in the attack were purchased at beauty supply store. Update 7 p.m. EST Feb. 16: Law enforcement sources told WFLD that police are interested in speaking with Jussie Smollet’s lawyer after new evidence surfaced after they conducted interviews with two Nigerian brothers Friday.  According to CNN, police reportedly believe that the brothers were paid by Smollett to “orchestrate the assault.” CNN did not identify their sources. CNN also said that the brothers purchased the rope at hardware store that matched the rope used in the assault. Original report:  Chicago police denied reports that Jussie Smollett staged his own attack because he is being written off the show “Empire.”  Two Chicago TV stations, citing anonymous sources, are reporting that Smollett lied to police about the Jan. 29 attack and that he helped plan it with two others who were extras on the show. “We have no evidence to support their reporting and their supposed CPD sources are uninformed and inaccurate,” police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said. Investigators have confirmed they are interviewing two “persons of interest” in the attack. The two men “are not considered suspects at this time,” but may have been in the area where the attack occurred, according to Guglielmi. Guglielmi also said police won’t release any details about the case, including a timeline of events during the attack or the identities of those being questioned. Police reportedly raided the home of the two “persons of interest” Wednesday night, according to WBBM-TV, removing bleach, shoes, electronics, and other items.  The station is also reporting the two men have appeared as extras on “Empire,” meaning Smollett may have known them. Smollett told police he was attacked around 2 a.m. Jan. 29 in the city’s Streeterville neighborhood by two men shouting racial and homophobic slurs. He said they attacked him and wrapped a noose around his neck. He was hospitalized briefly for treatment of his injures. >> Related: 'I will only stand for love': 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett performs in California after attack It’s taken police weeks to find the people they believe were in a surveillance video taken the morning of the attack. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • Chicago police said Saturday the investigation into the assault reported by Jussie Smollett has 'shifted' due to information received from two brothers questioned in the case, and attorneys for the 'Empire' actor blasted reports alleging he played a role in his own attack. Chicago police had arrested, then released the two Nigerian brothers without charges late Friday and said they were no longer suspects in the attack. 'We can confirm that the information received from the individuals questioned by police earlier in the Empire case has in fact shifted the trajectory of the investigation,' Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in an emailed statement Saturday. 'We've reached out to the Empire cast member's attorney to request a follow-up interview.' Guglielmi did not elaborate on what he meant by a shift in the case. Smollett's attorneys later Saturday issued a statement saying the actor would continue to cooperate with police, but felt 'victimized' by reports that he might have been involved in the attack. 'Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying,' the statement from attorneys Todd Pugh and Victor P. Henderson said.. Smollett, who is black and gay, has said he was physically attacked by two masked men shouting racial and anti-gay slurs and 'This is MAGA country!' He said they looped a rope around his neck before running away as he was out getting food at a Subway restaurant. He said they also poured some kind of chemical on him. On Wednesday, Chicago police picked up the brothers at O'Hare International Airport as they returned from Nigeria. They described them as 'suspects' in the assault, questioned them and searched their apartment. Then, late Friday evening they released the two men without charges and said they were no longer suspects. They said they had gleaned new information from their interrogation of them. One of the men is Smollett's personal trainer who he hired to get him physically ready for a music video, the statement from Smollett's attorneys said. 'It is impossible to believe that this person could have played a role in the crime against Jussie or would falsely claim Jussie's complicity,' the statement said. Police have said they were investigating the attack as a possible hate crime and considered Smollett a victim. Reports of the assault drew outrage and support for him on social media, including from U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris of California and TV talk show host Ellen DeGeneres. Smollett gave an emotional speech during a concert in West Hollywood, California , on Feb. 2 saying that he went ahead with the show because he couldn't let his attackers win. Smollett also gave an interview to Robin Roberts of ABC News that aired Thursday, saying that he was 'pissed' at people who did not believe he was attacked. 'I've heard that it was a date gone bad, which I also resent that narrative,' he said. 'I'm not gonna go out and get a tuna sandwich and a salad to meet somebody. That's ridiculous. And it's offensive.' Earlier this week, police said reports that the attack against Smollett was a hoax are unconfirmed .. Producers of the Fox television drama have supported Smollett, saying his character on 'Empire,' James Lyon, was not being written off the show. Police said they combed surveillance video in the heavily-monitored downtown Chicago area but were unable to find any footage of the attack. Smollett turned over redacted phone records that police said were not sufficient for a criminal investigation. ___ See AP's complete coverage of the Jussie Smollett case: https://www.apnews.com/JussieSmollett
  • Country star Miranda Lambert celebrated Valentine's Day weekend with the announcement that she secretly got married. A representative for the singer confirmed the marriage after Lambert posted photos on social media Saturday showing her in a white lace gown with her new husband, Brendan Mcloughlin. She wrote that in honor of Valentine's Day, she wanted to share that she 'met the love of my life. And we got hitched!' It's unclear when the marriage occurred. The two-time Grammy winner was previously married to country star Blake Shelton, but she hadn't spoken publicly about her relationship with Mcloughlin before Saturday. The Texas-born singer who is also a member of the group Pistol Annies has had hits with songs like 'The House That Built Me,' ''White Liar,' ''Mama's Broken Heart,' and 'Gunpowder and Lead.
  • Israeli director Nadav Lapid's 'Synonyms,' a movie about a young Israeli man who uproots himself to France and is determined to put his homeland behind him, won the Berlin International Film Festival's top Golden Bear award on Saturday. A jury headed by French actress Juliette Binoche chose the movie from a field of 16 competing at the first of the year's major European film festivals. Set in Paris, it stars Tom Mercier in the role of Yoav, who refuses to speak Hebrew and is accompanied by an ever-present French dictionary as he tries to put down roots and create a new identity for himself. Lapid said as he accepted the award that some in Israel might be 'scandalized' by the movie 'but for me, the film is also a big celebration — a celebration, I hope, also of cinema.' 'I hope that people will understand that fury and rage and hostility and hate ... are only the twin brothers and sisters of strong attachment and powerful emotions,' he said. The festival's best actor and best actress awards went to Wang Jingchun and Yong Mei, respectively, for their roles as a couple who lose their son in director Wang Xiaoshuai's 'So Long, My Son.' The three-hour Chinese family saga spans three decades of history from the 1980s to the present, portraying a society in constant change. The best director honors went to Germany's Angela Schanelec for her family drama 'I Was at Home, But.' The festival's jury grand prize award was won by French director Francois Ozon's 'By the Grace of God,' a movie about the long-term effects of sexual abuse in the Catholic church. Italian anti-Mafia journalist Roberto Saviano, along with Maurizio Braucci and Claudio Giovannesi, took the best script award for 'Piranhas,' a film following teenagers growing up in a dangerous world of crime in Naples. Saviano said writing the screenplay was meant to 'show resistance,' and added that 'speaking the truth in our country has become very complex.' This year's competition originally comprised 17 films, but famed Chinese director Zhang Yimou's 'One Second,' set amid the chaos and violence of the country's 1966-76 Cultural Revolution, was withdrawn after festival started. A festival statement on Monday said it wasn't possible to present it 'due to technical difficulties encountered during post-production.' It did not elaborate. Binoche said at Saturday's ceremony that jury members 'regret that we were not able to consider' the film. This year's 'Berlinale' was the last under Dieter Kosslick, its director of the last 18 years. German Culture Minister Monika Gruetters said he 'always positioned the Berlinale on the fronts of the big, controversial debates of our times.' Kosslick will be replaced by a team of Carlo Chatrian and Mariette Rissenbeek. Locarno film festival chief Chatrian will become the festival's artistic director and Rissenbeek, a German movie industry official, will be its managing director.
  • From young talents like Alexa Chung and Simone Rocha to London design veteran Jasper Conran, London Fashion Week showed off a diverse range of womenswear ideas for the upcoming autumn and winter season with a busy day of catwalk shows Saturday. The spectacle is bringing much needed color and verve as gray London shakes off its winter blues amid the first hints of warmer weather. A look at some highlights: HOUSE OF HOLLAND London may not have Paris's haute couture or Milan's grand fashion houses, but the British capital has always been proud to be the wild child on the style front. That irreverent, street-wise London sass was on full display at House of Holland's show, where designer Henry Holland threw together '80s power dressing, Asian dress details and loud, clashing tie-dye prints for his latest collection. Holland said the show was all about the rebellious, and indeed these were flamboyant, look-at-me statement clothes. Models opened Saturday's show with tailored coats and jackets in the traditional Prince of Wales check — albeit in bright orange and paired with slinky green velvet animal prints. Then came everything from patchwork print kaftans, oversized silky pussy bow neckties to denim overalls, all worn with berets, clunky platform boots and plenty of attitude. Quilted jackets and miniskirts, Mandarin collars and obi tie belts brought an Asian aesthetic. The designer emphasized a 'global citizen' as his show's theme and incorporated traditional Cambodian textile techniques into the urban mix. ___ MONASTIC CHIC AT JASPER CONRAN Who knew monks' garbs could be so fashionable? High necks, long sleeves, dropped waistlines, skirts that brush the calf or ankle: Veteran designer Jasper Conran took inspiration from 'monastic' shapes with a new collection of utilitarian, sleek tunics and dresses that quietly exuded sophistication rather than screamed glamour. Conran, a founding father of London Fashion Week, dialed down his signature flair for color for the upcoming autumn and winter season, opting instead for a mostly severe palette of earthy browns, rust, mustard and indigo. The designer focused on dresses that rival the comfort of sportswear. Some outfits — like several brown-all-over sweater dresses — bring to mind something a friar might wear. But Conran always kept things modern with a thigh-high side slit here, a slashed neckline there, a bright sporty piping or geometric color blocks. Conran ditched the covered-up look for the show's final section, a collection of architectural column gowns. The colors are still understated here, but bare shoulders and sheer organza panels brought out the drama. ___ SIMONE ROCHA IMPRESSES WITH IMAGINATIVE SHOW Designer Simone Rocha turned in a bold, confident show impressive for its variety and thoughtfulness. Even American Vogue editor Anna Wintour skipped her signature sunglasses for a closer look at the stunning array of ensembles. Rocha seems to grow in stature each year, earning her reputation as one of the major new talents on the London scene. She said the theme Saturday was 'intimacy, privacy, security, femininity.' There was no single look to the show, but Rocha did experiment with outfits that used sparkly bras or camisole tops on top of dresses. Elaborate coat-dresses, some with gauzy skirts, appeared, along with ethereal, pale pink dresses and one extremely gaudy gold number. A series of gorgeous, black-themed floral dresses, many tiaras, some whimsical Alice In Wonderland dresses and updated baby doll outfits also turned up. Rocha's approach was playful, but her fashion intent was serious, and she made a point of using some slightly older models and also ones who were not rail-thin. She said after the show that she had asked many of her close model friends if they would take part in a show about intimacy and exposure. 'Last season was all about my family, and by the end of it I felt so exposed, like telling everybody about my aunties and uncles,' she said. 'I felt like I needed to look in, and I looked at all these photographs of women being exposed.' ___ ALEXA CHUNG SHOWS QUIRKY CLASSICS Model and TV presenter Alexa Chung has a loyal fan base and her many admirers flocked to Saturday's show in London's redeveloped King's Cross neighborhood. They weren't disappointed as Chung offered a new collection featuring her quirky, feminine take on classic designs. For her second London Fashion Week show, called 'Off the Grid,' the designer announced she had lost all interest in 'prettiness' and was imagining a 'gaggle of women' who have retreated to California's Big Sur coastal wilderness to regroup. Some of the models wear long coats with matching head scarves that are evocative of the American prairie. Many of the deceptively simple dresses emphasize the shoulders, giving the women an outline of physical strength, and much of the outerwear is masculine in style, particularly a forest green suit. Chung showed an easy, eclectic touch in a collection that included long black coats, several sexy gold dresses, and a few beautiful green midi dresses, including one that she wore to the show.
  • Swiss actor Bruno Ganz, who played Adolf Hitler cooped up in his Berlin bunker in 'Downfall' and an angel in Wim Wenders' 'Wings of Desire,' has died. He was 77. German news agency dpa reported that Ganz's management said Saturday he died in Zurich. Ganz, a prominent figure in the German-language theater world, shifted into movies in the 1970s, appearing in Werner Herzog's 'Nosferatu' and Wenders' 'The American Friend' among others. In one of his more recent appearances, he starred as Sigmund Freund in 'The Tobacconist,' released last year. Berlin Mayor Michael Mueller said Ganz was 'one of the greats' of the screen and stage. He said that 'the death of Bruno Ganz is a great loss for the German-speaking theater and film world.
  • Kofi Burbridge, the longtime keyboardist and flautist for the Tedeschi Trucks Band, died Friday. He was 57. >> Read more trending news  The multi-instrumentalist, who moved to Atlanta in 1987 to join the band Knee-Deep, was hospitalized last month after a setback stemming from his 2017 emergency heart surgery in Atlanta. In January, the band alerted fans about Burbridge’s condition and his inability to join them on their current tour, which played Washington D.C., on Friday with fill-in keyboardist Gabe Dixon. The news of Burbidge’s passing was shared early Saturday by former bandmate Yonrico Scott; the cause and location of death has not been announced. In an April 2018 interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Derek Trucks spoke excitedly about how well Burbridge had recovered from his 2017 surgery. >> PHOTOS: Notable deaths 2019 “Kofi is full force. It reminds me of ‘Lord of the Rings’ when Gandalf goes down and comes back as the white wizard -- he’s got a few extra layers of magic! His musicianship has always been amazing, but listening back to the studio (recordings) the last few days, he crossed over there for a minute!,” Trucks said in a preview of the band’s performance – with Burbridge – at SweetWater 420 Festival.  Burbridge and his brother Oteil, a familiar presence on bass in the Allman Brothers Band and Dead & Company, met Bruce Hampton and the Aquarium Rescue Unit in Atlanta in the late-1980s. Kofi joined Oteil in the band after Hampton departed in 1994; Kofi Burbridge joined the Derek Trucks Band in 1999 and remained with Trucks when he formed TTD in 2010 with wife Susan Tedeschi. On Friday, TTD’s new album, “Signs,” was released -- featuring keyboards and flute from Burbridge. 

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  • A Georgia father has been arrested after deputies say his 2-year-old ate meth.  Keith Edward Teubner Sr. of Spalding County was charged with cruelty to children in the second degree, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and other charges.  >> Read more news stories  Deputies were called to WellStar Spalding Regional Hospital on Thursday on reports that a child had eaten methamphetamine.  Deputies got a warrant for Teubner's home on Greer Road, where they found drugs in the bedroom, authorities said. Deputies also learned Teubner knew his child had ingested the drug but didn't seek medical care, authorities said. It's unclear who took the toddler to the hospital.  The child was turned over to the Division of Family and Children's Services. 
  • It’s an important election cycle in Duval County, with Mayor, Sheriff, 15 City Council seats, Property Appraiser, and Tax Collector all up for a vote.  FULL LIST: Candidates for office in Duval County WOKV is bringing you the information you need to get ready for Election Day. How the Unitary elections works There are two election days coming up, March 19th and May 14th. March is not considered a primary, rather it’s the “First Unitary Election”. It’s an important difference from what you generally consider a primary, because in Florida, partisan primary elections are closed to only voters registered in the party on the ballot. This First Unitary Election is open to all voters regardless of party registration, and you will be able to vote in all of the races that are relevant for you based on where you live- and therefore which City Council District you’re in- not your party affiliation. You can get a sample ballot, which lists all the races that you will vote on, through the Duval County Supervisor of Elections website. Some races will be settled in the March election. If, in a race, a candidate does not get 50%+1 of the votes, then the top two vote-getters advance to the General Unitary Election in May, where a winner will be decided. While you do not have to be registered with any specific party to participate in these elections, you do have to be registered to vote. The deadline for that is February 19th for the March election, and April 15th for the May election. The Duval Supervisor of Elections website has more information about how to register to vote. Vote-by-mail To vote absentee in March, you must request a ballot be mailed by March 13th at 5PM. That deadline for the May election is May 8th. Military and overseas voting has different deadlines, with full information also on the Supervisor of Elections website. If you are going to vote-by-mail, it is incredibly important to ensure how you sign your name matches the signature on file with the Supervisor of Elections, because that is how your identity is confirmed, and therefore how your vote is counted. You must fill out a signature affidavit if there is a signature problem, including a mismatch or missing signature. You can avoid the problem outright by contacting the Supervisor of Elections Office ahead of time to verify your signature. Vote-by-mail ballots must be received at the Supervisor of Elections by 7PM on Election Day. If you have a completed absentee ballot, you can either mail it or turn it in at the Supervisor of Elections. If you received an absentee ballot but decide you want to vote on Election Day instead, you can turn in your vote-by-mail ballot to any early voting site or polling location, and cast your ballot in person. Early voting and Election Day For the March election, early voting takes place over 14 days- Monday, March 4th through Sunday, March 17th. May election early voting begins Monday, April 29th and lasts through Sunday, May 12th. The locations are open 8AM through 5PM weekdays and 10AM through 6PM weekends.  There are 19 early voting sites, and you can vote at any of them, regardless of what precinct you would normally use on Election Day. Among the locations, early voting will be held at the University of North Florida and Edward Waters College for only the second and third time- in March and then May- after being first done in November. There are 199 precincts where voters cast ballots in Duval County on Election Day. To find the one you vote at, you can check on the Supervisor of Elections website.  Whether voting early or on Election Day, you must show a current, valid picture and signature ID, which can include a Florida driver license, US passport, Florida ID card, or similar forms.  Provisional ballots If there are any problems with your ballot, including if you do not have a photo and signature ID,  you will be issued a provisional ballot. If the provisional ballot relates to an ID issue, the ballot will be compared to your voter registration record by the Canvassing  Board. If your ballot deals with any other issue, like you were at the wrong precinct, you will be able to present evidence of your eligibility.  You can check the status of your ballot on the Supervisor of Elections website.
  • As the investigation of a quadruple shooting in Northwest Jacksonville continues, police now say the situation escalated from a planned fight. JSO responded to Elizabeth Powell Park on Redpoll Avenue Thursday night following reports of a shooting. Police initially said several people were gathered at the basketball courts when a fight broke out and several people on scene shot at each other. In all, a 14-year-old and a 24-year-old were killed, and two other people suffered non-life threatening injuries. Investigators now say the fight was actually planned in advance between two female acquaintances who were in an ongoing dispute. JSO says people learned about the fight and gathered to watch, and several ultimately got involved. Some of those spectators then pulled guns and started shooting. In light of this, JSO says they do not believe the shooting was random. Police are asking for any information you have, including asking people who were at the park or watching the fight to come forward. If anyone has video of the fight or has seen posts on social media, they’re asking those people to let them know. You can contact JSO at 904-630-0500 or JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org. You can also submit an anonymous tip and be eligible for a possible $3,000 reward by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.
  • A gunman opened fire at the Henry Pratt Company, a valve manufacturer in suburban Chicago on Friday, killing five people and wounding at least five police officers before he was fatally shot, police said. >> Read more trending news Officers arrived within four minutes of receiving reports of a shooting and were fired upon as soon as they entered the 29,000-square-foot manufacturing warehouse, Aurora, Police Chief Kristen Ziman said in a news conference. Update 6:45 p.m. EST Feb. 15: The chief of police says five people were killed and five officers were wounded in a shooting at a business in suburban Chicago. Aurora Police Chief, Kristen Ziman, identified the gunman as 45-year-old Gary Martin. Ziman says the gunman was also killed. The five police officers that were injured in the shooting are in stable condition according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Update 5:15 p.m. EST Feb. 15: A spokesman for the coroner’s office says at least one person is dead following a shooting at a business in suburban Chicago.  Kane County coroner’s office spokesman Chris Nelson says at least one person was killed in the attack Friday afternoon at the Henry Pratt Co. building in Aurora. Update 4:45 p.m. EST Feb. 15: A city spokesman told WGN that at least four police officers were injured.  Police have not said if anyone else has been injured. Update 4:15 p.m. EST Feb. 15: Initial reports indicate that the shooter has been apprehended, but the area is still on lockdown. Update 3:55 p.m. EST Feb. 15: A man who said he witnessed Friday’s shooting told WLS-TV that he recognized the person who opened fire at the Henry Pratt Company. The man told WLS-TV that the shooter was one of his co-workers. Update 3:50 p.m. EST Feb. 15: Police confirmed they are continue to respond Friday afternoon to an active shooting reported in Aurora. Update 3:45 p.m. EST Feb. 15: Citing preliminary reports from the scene, the Daily Herald reported several people were injured in the ongoing active shooter situation reported Friday afternoon in Aurora. Police did not immediately confirm the report. Update 3:40 p.m. EST Feb. 15: Authorities with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are responding to the reported shooting, officials said. Check back for updates to this developing story.
  • President Donald Trump declared a national emergency Friday to fund his promised wall on the U.S.-Mexico border after Congress passed a bipartisan border security bill that offered only a fraction of the $5.7 billion he had sought. >> Read more trending news  White House officials confirmed Friday afternoon that Trump also signed the spending compromise into law to avoid a partial government shutdown. Update 3:25 p.m. EST Feb. 15:A lawsuit filed Friday by an ethics watchdog group aims to make public documents that could determine whether the president has the legal authority to invoke emergency powers to fund his promised border wall. In a statement, officials with the nonpartisan Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington said the group requested documentation, including legal opinions from the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, to determine whether the president wrongfully used his emergency powers. “President Trump’s threatened declaration of a national emergency for these purposes raised some serious questions among the public and Congress that the president was considering actions of doubtful legality based on misstated facts and outright falsehoods to make an end-run round Congress’ constitutional authority to make laws and appropriate funds,” attorneys for CREW said in the lawsuit. >> Read the lawsuit filled by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington  The group said it submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the Office of Legal Counsel last month and that it got a response on Feb. 12 that indicated authorities would not be able to expedite the request or respond to it within the 20-day statutory deadline. “Americans deserve to know the true basis for President Trump’s unprecedented decision to enact emergency powers to pay for a border wall,” CREW Executive Director Noah Bookbinder said in a statement. Officials with the American Civil Liberties Union said the group also plans to file suit. Update 2:30 p.m. EST Feb. 15: Trump has signed a bill passed by Congress to fund several federal departments until September 30, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed Friday afternoon to The Associated Press. Update 12:35 p.m. EST Feb. 15: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, accused Democrats of playing partisan politics in refusing to fund Trump’s border wall. “President Trump’s decision to announce emergency action is the predictable and understandable consequence of Democrats’ decision to put partisan obstruction ahead of the national interest,” McConnell said. Democrats have repeatedly voice opposition to the border wall, which critics say would not effectively address issues like drug trafficking and illegal immigration, which Trump purports such a wall would solve. Update 11:25 a.m. EST Feb. 15: In a joint statement, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, condemned what they called “the president’s unlawful declaration over a crisis that does not exist.” “This issue transcends partisan politics and goes to the core of the founders’ conception for America, which commands Congress to limit an overreaching executive. The president’s emergency declaration, if unchecked, would fundamentally alter the balance of powers, inconsistent with our founders’ vision,” the statement said. “We call upon our Republican colleagues to join us to defend the Constitution.” Update 11:10 a.m. EST Feb. 15: Trump said he’s expecting the administration to be sued after he signs a national emergency declaration to fund the building of wall on the southern border. “The order is signed and I'll sign the final papers as soon as I get into the Oval Office,” Trump said Friday while addressing reporters in the Rose Garden.  “I expect to be sued -- I shouldn’t be sued,” Trump said Friday while addressing reporters in the Rose Garden. “I think we’ll be very successful in court. I think it’s clear.” He said he expects the case will likely make it to the Supreme Court, the nation’s highest court. “It’ll go through a process and happily we’ll win, I think,” he said. Update 10:50 a.m. EST Feb. 15: “I’m going to sign a national emergency,” Trump said. “We’re talking about an invasion of our country with drugs, with human traffickers, with all types of criminals and gangs.”  >> National emergency likely to be blocked by courts, DOJ tells White House: reports Update 10:25 a.m. EST Feb. 15: Trump will declare a national emergency and use executive actions to funnel over $6 billion in funds from the Treasury Department and the Pentagon for his border wall, Cox Media Group’s Jamie Dupree reported. “With the declaration of a national emergency, the President will have access to roughly $8 billion worth of money that can be used to secure the southern border,” Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told reporters in a call before the president’s announcement. >> From Cox Media Group's Jamie Dupree: White House: Trump using national emergency and executive actions for border wall Update 10 a.m. EST Feb. 15: Trump is expected on Friday morning to deliver remarks from the Rose Garden on the southern border after White House officials said he plans to declare a national emergency to fund his border wall. Update 10 p.m. EST Feb. 14: At 10 a.m. on Friday, President Donald Trump is expected to deliver remarks from the Rose Garden about the southern border. >> From Cox Media Group’s Jamie Dupree: Congress passes border deal as Trump readies emergency for border wall The White House announced earlier that Trump will declare a national emergency that would enable him to transfer funding from other accounts for additional miles of border fencing. Update 9 p.m. EST Feb. 14: The House easily approved border funding plan, as President Donald Trump prepared an emergency declaration to fund a border wall. The bill also closes a chapter by preventing a second government shutdown at midnight Friday and by providing $333 billion to finance several Cabinet agencies through September. Trump has indicated he’ll sign the measure though he is not happy with it, and for a few hours Thursday he was reportedly having second thoughts. Update 4:30 p.m. EST Feb. 14: The government funding bill that includes $1.375 billion for 55 miles of border wall, passed the Senate with a 83 - 16 vote. The bill will go to the House for a final vote Thursday evening. Update 4 p.m. EST Feb. 14: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says if President Donald Trump declares a national emergency at the border he’s making an “end run around Congress.” “The President is doing an end run around the Congress and the power of the purse,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who reserved the right to lead a legal challenge against any emergency declaration. Pelosi said that there is no crisis at the border with Mexico that requires a national emergency order. >> Trump's border wall: What is a national emergency? She did not say if House Democrats would legally challenge the president. But Pelosi said if Trump invokes an emergency declaration it should be met with “great unease and dismay” as an overreach of executive authority. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Thursday afternoon that the White House is “very prepared” for a legal challenge following the declaration of a National Emergency. Update 3:15 p.m. EST Feb. 14: Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that President Donald Trump is going to sign a border deal and at the same time issue a national emergency declaration. The compromise will keep departments running through the fiscal year but without the $5.7 billion Trump wanted for the border wall with Mexico.  The House is also expected to vote on the bill later Thursday. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders sent a statement confirming that Trump intends to sign the bill and will issue “other executive action - including a national emergency.” An emergency declaration to shift funding from other federal priorities to the border is expected to face swift legal challenge. Update 12:40 p.m. EST Feb. 14: Trump said in a tweet Thursday that he and his team were reviewing the funding bill proposed by legislators. Congress is expected to vote Thursday on the bipartisan accord to prevent another partial federal shutdown ahead of Friday's deadline. Trump has not definitively said whether he’ll sign the bill if it passes the legislature. The bill would fund several departments, including Agriculture, Justice and State, until Sept. 30 but it includes only $1.4 billion to build new barriers on the border. Trump had asked Congress to provide $5.7 billion in funding. Update 9:55 a.m. EST Feb. 14: The more than 1,600-page compromise, made up of seven different funding bills, was unveiled early Thursday. It includes $1.4 billion to build new barriers on the border and over $1 billion to fund other border security measures. If passed, the bill would prevent a partial government shutdown like the 35-day closure that started after lawmakers failed to reach a compromise in December.  >> From Cox Media Group's Jamie Dupree: Five tidbits from the border security funding deal in Congress President Donald Trump has given mixed signals in recent days over whether he plans to sign the bill or not. He’s told reporters in recent days that a second government shutdown as federal workers continue to dig out from the last closure “would be a terrible thing.” However, Adam Kennedy, the deputy director of White House communications, told NPR that the president “doesn’t want his hands tied on border security.” 'I think the president is going to fully review the bill,' Kennedy said. 'I think he wants to review it before he signs it.' Original report: President Donald Trump is expected to sign the deal lawmakers have hammered out to avoid a second shutdown, CNN is reporting. >> From Cox Media Group’s Jamie Dupree: Trump hints at ‘national emergency’ to funnel money to border wall On Tuesday, Trump said he was “not happy” with the spending plan negotiators came up with Monday night, CNN reported. That deal includes $1.375 billion in funding for border barriers, but not a concrete wall, according to Cox Media Group Washington correspondent Jamie Dupree. “It’s not doing the trick,” Trump said, adding that he is “considering everything” when asked whether a national emergency declaration was on the table. He said that if there is another shutdown, it would be “the Democrats’ fault.” Trump also took to Twitter later Tuesday, claiming that the wall is already being built. >> See the tweet here The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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