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Panthers-Vikings game declared 'extraordinary event,' allowing for extra security

Sunday's NFL matchup between the Carolina Panthers and Minnesota Vikings has been declared an "extraordinary event," which gives police more manpower, officials in Charlotte, North Carolina, said Saturday.

>> Read the press release here

According to a news release, Charlotte's interim city manager, Ron Kimble, made the declaration "to enhance public safety."

"An Extraordinary Event is defined as a large-scale​ event or an event of national or international significance which might attract a significant number of people to a certain geographic area of the city," the release said, adding that the designation "allows the city to modify its permitting process for activities such as parades and specifies particular items that are prohibited from being brought into certain boundaries of the event."

The game comes just one day after the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department released dashcam and body camera videos of the encounter in which an officer fatally shot Keith Lamont Scott. Scott's death Tuesday sparked protests throughout the week. 

>> Dashcam and body camera footage released in shooting of Keith Scott

Before the start of the 2016 season, the Panthers announced increased security changes.

There are now metal detectors and walk-through scanners, and surveillance has been doubled.

The team said earlier this week that they’ve been in contact with government officials and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department to prepare for Sunday’s game.

>> Police provide explanation of video footage in shooting of Keith Scott

This week, CMPD Chief Kerr Putney said that he's confident the department has the resources to keep the city safe.

Fans should also expect to see highly trained bomb-sniffing dogs around Bank of America stadium Sunday afternoon when the Panthers take on the Minnesota Vikings.

Panther’s fans said they aren’t overly concerned about game security.

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“[I’m] a little nervous, but not too worried," one fan said. "I know they got a handle on things pretty well down here. There’s a lot of police and stuff uptown. You see the guys in uniform. I think it'll go pretty smoothly tomorrow."

A spokesman said the National Guard is still expected to be in Charlotte on Sunday, but could not say whether guardsmen would be on hand at Bank of America Stadium for the game.

– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Suspect in Washington state mall shooting arrested

The suspect in a shooting at a Washington state mall that left five dead is in custody, authorities said Saturday.

Arcan Cetin, 20, of Oak Harbor, was found and taken into custody about 6:30 p.m. Saturday in connection with a deadly shooting at the Cascade Mall in Burlington on Friday night, police said. Authorities say the motive for the shooting, which left four females and one male dead, is unknown.

>> Washington state mall shooting: A timeline of events

Washington State Patrol public information officer Sgt. Mark Francis tweeted an image of Cetin.

Law enforcement staged a massive search over more than 20 hours for the suspect, initially described by witnesses as a young Hispanic male wearing black. Cetin wrote on his Facebook page that he is from Turkey.

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Authorities had said that a rifle had been found at the scene.

The motive was unknown for the shooting about 60 miles north of Seattle. The FBI was assisting local authorities, but it said there was no evidence to point to terrorism

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

D.C. Comics, IDW to memorialize Pulse tragedy in graphic novel, ‘love letter to LGBTQ' community

D.C. Entertainment, IDW Publishing and more than 200 writers and artists have teamed up to pen “Love is Love,” a graphic novel being published in memory of the Pulse nightclub shooting.

The anthology graphic novel was curated by D.C. Comics writer Marc Andreyko and all proceeds will be donated to Equality Florida, IDW announced this week.

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The 144-page project will include iconic D.C. characters.

“When tragedy happens, art responds,” Andreyko said. “And after the Pulse massacre, the comics community responded quickly, decisively and with open hearts.

“The talent and emotion on every page is staggering. ‘Love is Love,’ mourns the 49 lost, honors the survivors and celebrates love in all forms.”

IDW Chief Creative Officer Chris Ryall said signing on to the project was a no-brainer.

“When Marc brought this project to me, there was no hesitation about us getting involved,” he said. “To echo Marc’s sentiments, we are proud of the hard work and talent that has gone into this project and to be involved in any way to support the survivors and their families in the face of tragedy.”

Group Editor James Rich, group editor of D.C.’s Vertigo imprint, was shocked by the emotion of the writers and artists who have contributed to the project.

“As an editor on the book, I continue to be moved every day by the expressions of hope and love the contributors have put forth, and can only image the profound impact the book will have on readers, as well,” he said.

“Love is Love,” will be released in December.

Exclusive pages from Love Is Love from James Asmus, Ming Doyle, Steve Orlando, & Iain Laurie. Check them out over at Los Angeles Times http://lat.ms/2cLa0xKPosted by IDW Publishing on Wednesday, September 21, 2016

First Presidential debate: What time, what channel, who is the special guest?

It’s expected  to be the most watched debate in U.S. history.

Upward of 100 million people could tune in Monday night to see the first presidential debate between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump.

The two will meet in  New York for the first of three debates scheduled for the next few weeks.

Here’s a quick look at Monday’s debate.

What time is it on?

The debate begins at 9 p.m. It will be 90 minutes long, without commercial interruption.

Where can I see it?

The debate will be broadcast live on cable news networks, the three major networks and other media outlets including social media.

Where is it?

The debate is being held at Hofstra University on Long Island, N.Y.

What is the structure  for the debate?

The first debate will be divided into six 15-minute segments. The moderator will open each segment with a question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. Candidates will then have an opportunity to respond to each other. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a deeper discussion of the topic.

Who will moderate the debate?

The moderator of the first debate will be NBC's Lester Holt.

What are the topics for the debate?

The topics will include "America’s Direction," "Achieving Prosperity" and "Securing America," in that order. 

Will anyone else be on the debate stage?

No, the Libertarian candidate, Gary Johnson, and the Green Party candidate, Jill Stein, failed to qualify for a spot on the debate stage.

Special guest?

Rumors are that Gennifer Flowers, who in the 1990s had an affair with Bill Clinton, will be in the front row of the debate audience. Apparently, Trump invited Flowers after he was told that Dallas Mavericks owner and Trump detractor  Mark Cuban would be attending the debate, sitting in the front row.  

Loretta Lynn postpones more concerts due to health concerns

Country music icon Loretta Lynn is still in recovery mode after injuring her chest in a terrible fall. As a result, she’s been forced to postpone all of her remaining concerts through the month of September.

Those canceled show dates were to take place on Sept 23-24 at Gruene Hall in New Braunsfels, Texas.

Venue officials first made the announcement via Facbook on Tuesday. Representatives from Gruene Hall stated in the message that they are, “currently working to find a replacement date” for the concert, and “in the meantime tickets will be refunded at [the buyers] point of purchase.”

In a previous report, Rare Country shared that the incident happened on Aug. 30. About a week later, a doctors note on Lynn’s official website revealed to fans that she had to undergo minor surgery and was advised to “stay off the road until she’s made a full recovery.”

Thus far, Lynn has had to cancel a string of gigs, which include her annual Labor Day show at her ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee and an appearance at the Grande Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennesse.

Despite her injury, Lynn has no intention of slowing down. Earlier this year, she dropped her first studio album of 12 years, titled “Full Circle.” And, on Oct. 7, she’ll release her first holiday album of 50 years called “White Christmas Blue.” Following that release she is scheduled to perform on Oct. 8 in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Washington state mall shooting: Timeline of events

Five people were killed when a gunman targeted people inside the Macy’s store at Cascade Mall in Burlington, about an hour and 20 minutes north of Seattle.

More than two dozen law enforcement agencies were looking for the shooter, who was not immediately identified.

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Below is a timeline of events:

Friday, Sept. 23

(ALL TIMES ARE PDT)

6:52 p.m.: According to a screengrab on mall surveillance footage, this is the time the shooting suspect was seen walking through Macy’s with a rifle. The State Patrol later said the shooting happened near the makeup counter.

6:58 p.m.: A 911 dispatcher receives the first call about the active shooter. He was described as wearing black clothing and carrying a rifle. More than 26 agencies respond and about 200 law enforcement personnel were there at the height of the incident. The State Patrol later said video showed the man entering the mall without a weapon and reappeared on Macy’s surveillance video carrying a rifle.

7:06 p.m. Breaking Skagit first tweets initial details from the scanner about a shooting at Macy’s, telling people to stay clear of the Cascade Mall, which is at 201 Cascade Mall Drive in Burlington, about an hour and 20 minutes from downtown Seattle.

7:33 p.m.: State Patrol Sgt. Mark Francis, the agency spokesman for Skagit County, confirms an active shooter, tweeting the description: “Hispanic male wearing gray. Last seen walking toward I-5 from Cascade Mall Burlington.”

7:43 p.m.: The Skagit County Department of Emergency Management tweets for people to avoid the Cascade Mall area in Burlington and follow all road closures. 

7:55 p.m.: Francis tweets that he is at the mall and tells media to look for updates on his Twitter account instead of by phone because of the volume of calls.

8:03 p.m.: Francis confirms four people are dead in the mall and the shooter or shooters left the scene before police arrived. Francis said there may be one shooter, but the total number is unknown. He also tweets that police are clearing the mall.

8:04 p.m.: Reporters and photographers begin staging in the southwest corner of the Cascade Mall parking lot.

8:21 p.m.: Family and friends of people in the mall are told by the State Patrol that survivors will be taken from the mall to His Place Community Church at 1480 S. Burlington Blvd. in Burlington.

8:24 p.m.: Medics enter the mall with a police escort after police initially checked the mall for the shooter. Francis tweets that they are holding out hope the number of deceased goes down. It does not.

9:01 p.m.: Police dogs were dispatched to the AMC Theatres at Cascade Mall for a secondary search.

9:02 p.m.: Skagit County scanner traffic discuss a possible suspect two blocks west of the Cascade Mall on Markwood Road. 

9:12 p.m.: The first picture of the shooting suspect is released on the Skagit County Department of Emergency Management’s Twitter account. It is a cropped image of the suspect holding a rifle.

9:15 p.m.: A full frame of the suspected shooter photo is obtained by KIRO-TV. The image, which was previously cropped by authorities, shows the suspect holding a rifle.

9:20 p.m.: The same cropped image of the wanted shooting suspect is distributed by the State Patrol, through Francis’ Twitter account.

9:26 p.m.: After talking with investigations, people who were inside the mall leave the scene for His Place Community Church.

9:29 p.m.: Gov. Jay Inslee tweets “Tragedy has struck in Washington tonight. Our hearts are in Burlington where a shooter has taken the lives of at least four people.” He said questions remain, but that troopers and law enforcement officers are working swiftly to locate the shooter. Inslee asks for people to follow the detour warnings and to stay close to friends and loved ones as we await more information. “Trudi and I send our condolences to the families of the victims and prayers for anyone injured.”

9:35 p.m.: Francis changed the number of dead, saying three women were killed at the Cascade Mall. He said one female with non-life-threatening injuries was at a local hospital, and a man was being flown to Harborview Medical Center, the regional trauma center, with life-threatening injuries. He did not have specific ages or immediately know if it was a targeted attack. Francis said the shooter hand a long gun, but did not give caliber. He asked people to stay inside their homes.

10:07 p.m.: The Seattle Mariners tweet that “Our thoughts are with those affected by the tragedy tonight at Cascade Mall. For those in Burlington, please stay safe.”

10:10 p.m.: Skagit County Department of Emergency Management’s Twitter account tells people to come back Saturday to get their vehicles at the Cascade Mall.

10:38 p.m.: The FBI said they’re assisting in the case, and that they have no information to suggest additional attacks were planned in Washington state.

10:50 p.m.: Francis said police were “about 2/3 of the way through doing the final clear” of the mall. There were “a lot of locked doors and room that had to be opened.” Francis later clarifies that the mall is 434,000 square feet with secure rooms and doors.

10:52 p.m.: A witness who said she was in a fitting room during the Cascade Mall shooting said the lone man shooter was yelling a female’s name as he shot people.

10:58 p.m.: Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he is “deeply saddened by the tragedy in Burlington tonight. Thoughts and prayers go out to all affected by this horrific event.”

11:11 p.m.: Francis said 11 search teams were 90 percent complete on their building search. Two canine teams were on the perimeter “still actively searching for (the) suspect throughout the area.”

11:21 p.m.: The official count of deceased changed again. Francis said four women were killed in Macy’s. One man was flown to Harborview.  Francis said the mall search went from the south to the north. Still no word on a motive.

Saturday, Sept. 24

(ALL TIMES ARE PDT)

12:22 a.m. A law enforcement helicopter remains in the air searching for the suspect.

3:28 a.m.: The State Patrol confirms the fifth victim, the man flown to Harborview Medical Center, died.

4:30 a.m. The full search of the Cascade Mall is completed. Surrounding parking lots remain closed during the investigation.

8:04 a.m.: A multi-agency police briefing begins across from Burlington Police Department headquarters. Mount Vernon police Lt. Chris Cammock said the shooter entered the mall without a weapon, then reappeared 10 minutes later in Macy’s with a rifle. The victims ranged in age from a teenager to a senior.

8:13 a.m.: Burlington Mayor Steve Sexton said “the city of Burlington is probably changed forever, but I don’t think our way of life needs to change in our community.” He praises law enforcement who responded to the senseless act and said “now our support goes with them to help them extend the long arm of the law to bring the son of a bitch to justice who did this to our community.” 

8:15 a.m.: Cammock said the suspect appears to be a man in his late teens to mid-20s. He said police have been getting a number of tips, but nothing that’s led to an arrest. Asked specifically if investigators knew his name, Cammock said: “We do not have an identity on the individual yet, and we could certainly use the community’s help on that.”

8:17 a.m.: KIRO-TV asks Cammock why authorities think the shooting suspect is Hispanic. “I think that’s conclusions drawn by people who have looked at the photograph,” he said. “Dark hair. Photographs aren’t exact replicas because we’re taking it off of security footage, but (it) appears to be a little bit darker complected, so I suppose the race could be anything in there. But I think that’s why conclusions are being drawn.” He encourages reporters to look at the photo and see what conclusions they draw.

8:19 a.m.: There is no evidence that the Cascade Mall shooting was a terrorist attack, said Michael Knutsen, assistant special agent in charge of the Seattle FBI office. Knutsen said he can’t discount that, but can’t conclude the shooting was a terrorist act.

8:40 a.m.: The Skagit County Department of Emergency Management asks people with information to call police at (360) 428-3211 or scinv@co.skagit.wa.us. Additional photos of the shooting suspect are tweeted.

8:58 a.m.: A vigil forms at Maiben Park at 1011 E. Greenleaf Ave. in Burlington.

9:12 a.m.: Francis tweeted additional suspect photos using the hashtag #CascadeMallShooting

10:22 a.m.: State Patrol spokesman Kyle Moore said multiple agencies were reconstructing the entire mall scene, conducting forensic scanning and collecting evidence. Detectives continued to ask for tips and leads from the public.

2:19 p.m.: The Skagit County Medical Examiner’s office staff entered the Cascade Mall. Authorities said official family notifications had not been made.

2:23 p.m.: State Patrol spokesman Kyle Moore tells KIRO-TV it’s very possible we may not get any new information “until there’s a break in the case.” He said no news conferences are scheduled because they don’t know anything more than they knew at 8 a.m. this morning and that the suspect has not been identified. Investigators were going through all surveillance images/video to see if a clearer image is available to be shared.

3:22 p.m.: Am alert was sent to riders on nine Washington State Ferry routes saying law enforcement is looking to help identify the active shooter involved in the Cascade Mall shooting. “If you can help,” the message reads, “please contact 911.” Authorities did not elaborate if they think the shooter took a ferry. 

Police provide explanation of video footage in shooting of Keith Scott

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police released the dashcam and body camera footage Saturday of the encounter in which an officer fatally shot Keith Lamont Scott, and provided the following explanation of events from Tuesday’s shooting:

Two plain clothes officers were sitting inside of their unmarked police vehicle preparing to serve an arrest warrant in the parking lot of The Village at College Downs when a white SUV pulled in and parked beside them.

>>BODY CAM AND DASHCAM VIDEO CAN BE FOUND HERE

The officers saw the driver, later identified as Scott, rolling what they believed to be a marijuana “blunt.”

Officers did not consider Scott’s drug activity to be a priority at the time and they resumed the warrant operation. A short time later, Officer Brentley Vinson saw Scott hold up a gun.

Because of that, the officers had probable cause to arrest him for the drug violation and to further investigate Scott being in possession of the gun.

Due to the combination of illegal drugs and the gun Scott had in his possession, officers decided to take enforcement action for public safety concerns. Officers left the immediate area to outfit themselves with marked duty vests and equipment that would clearly identify them as police officers.

Upon returning, the officers again witnessed Scott in possession of a gun. The officers immediately identified themselves as police officers and gave clear, loud and repeated verbal commands to drop the gun. Scott refused to follow the officers' repeated verbal commands.

A uniformed officer in a marked patrol vehicle arrived to assist the officers. The uniformed officer used his baton to attempt to breach the front passenger window in an effort to arrest Scott.

Scott then exited the SUV with the gun and backed away from the vehicle while continuing to ignore officers’ repeated loud verbal commands to drop the gun. Vinson perceived Scott’s actions and movements as an imminent physical threat to himself and the other officers, and fired his issued service weapon, striking Scott.

Officers immediately rendered first aid and requested Medic to send personnel to the scene.

Homicide unit detectives interviewed multiple independent civilian witnesses at the scene and at police headquarters. Those witnesses confirmed that officers gave numerous loud verbal commands for Scott to drop the weapon and also confirmed that at no time did Scott comply with their commands.

A lab analysis conducted of the gun crime scene investigators recovered at the scene revealed the presence of Scott’s DNA and his fingerprints on the gun. It was also determined that the gun Scott possessed was loaded at the time of the encounter with the officers. The investigation also revealed that Scott was wearing an ankle holster at the time of the event.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Chief Kerr Putney released videos Saturday of the deadly encounter

Putney said he released one body-worn camera video, dashcam footage, photos of a gun, ankle holster and a marijuana “blunt” in Scott’s possession at the time. There are more videos, but the ones police released show the actual incident, officials said. 

Scott, a 43-year-old black man, was shot and killed Tuesday by Vinson, who is also black, officials said.  

Putney said Scott was "absolutely in possession of a handgun" based on evidence from the scene, but that the video does not definitively prove a gun was in his hand. He said that officials will have to look at the whole picture. 

CMPD Chief Kerr Putney speaks at police headquarters about off...WATCH LIVE: CMPD Chief Kerr Putney speaks at police headquarters about officer-involved shooting of Keith Scott.Posted by WSOC-TV on Saturday, September 24, 2016

Putney said the officers saw Scott with marijuana but were not interested in him until he brought out a gun. Putney said he will not charge the officers, but he added that the State Bureau of Investigation is still investigating.

"We do not shoot to kill. I wish I could control the outcome of the shootings," Putney added. 

Putney said he decided to release the videos Saturday because SBI officials told him it would not have any "adverse impact" to their independent investigation. Putney said his aim was to handle the situation correctly instead of quickly. 

He said if laws had been violated by the officers, he would likely be taking a different action. 

Hundreds of people chanted “Keith Scott” Saturday afternoon outside police headquarters. Protesters congregated earlier in the day at Marshall Park, chanting, "No tapes, no peace."

Reporter Tina Terry said she heard protesters say they "will occupy the streets of Charlotte until police release the full video." 

Gov. Pat McCrory released the following statement:

"As governor of North Carolina, I concur with the Charlotte police chief's decision to release the tapes. I have been assured by the State Bureau of Investigation that the release will have no material impact on the independent investigation since most of the known witnesses have been interviewed. We have appreciated the ongoing dialogue and team work between state and city officials to seek public transparency while protecting the integrity of the investigation and the rights of all parties involved in this case."

Congresswoman Alma Adams, D-N.C., released the following statement:

"I continue to believe that we need greater transparency, accountability, collaboration and cooperation. As I expressed earlier in my letter to Chief Putney, law enforcement should release the official video. I am relieved to learn they will this afternoon. We all deserve the truth, justice and a way forward so that we can heal and become an example of a city that emerges stronger and safer because we chose to address our problems-even after all the television cameras have gone." 

Dashcam and body camera footage released in shooting of Keith Scott

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has released the dashcam and the body camera video of the encounter in which an officer fatally shot Keith Lamont Scott.

A file sent to the media Saturday also includes pictures of a handgun and marijuana that police say Scott possessed.

Body camera footage (WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO) 

Dashcam footage (WARNING:GRAPHIC VIDEO) 

The footage shows black man exiting an SUV and walking backward as he's shot at four times by Charlotte police, the Associated Press reported.

Snapchat introduces Spectacles video sunglasses

Snapchat is breaking into the fashion industry — kind of. The company just revealed Spectacles: sunglasses that record video.

The glasses allow wearers to record their daily activities in first person. Like with the traditional phone app, the glasses record videos in 10-second increments.

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Snapchat's CEO, Evan Spiegel, told The Wall Street Journal the camera has a 115-degree-angle lens, which is closer to the human eye's natural field of view.

It also records circular video. So, rather than be optimized for the rectangular shape of a smartphone, the video is shaped more like what a person is actually seeing.

But that technology and the freedom to use both hands comes at a price; the glasses cost about $130.

That is pretty cheap compared with Google's smart glasses. Those lenses can cost more than $1,400 for the latest versions. It's also worth noting that Google shut down commercial sales of Glass last year amid privacy and fashion concerns. Google Glass is now mostly sold for enterprise use, leaving Snapchat an opportunity to step in where Google failed.

Along with the glasses reveal, Spiegel announced a company rebrand. Now, Snapchat's website reads Snap Inc., and the homepage says it's a camera company.

This is the first piece of hardware from the company, and some say they believe this is just the beginning of a series of business ventures.

The glasses will be available in three colors. When asked about why he released the lenses now, Spiegel said the high-tech spectacles were just for fun.

Father hurls infant over 8-foot fence, flees without pants, police say

A 31-year-old Florida man was behind bars Friday after police said he threw his 4-month-old child over an 8-foot fence, stripped naked and fled on foot.

The man, later identified as Richard Harris, was eating dinner with his family Thursday night when he said he was going to take a walk with the baby, his wife told investigators.

When she came looking for the two, she walked outside just in time to see police tackle her naked husband in a nearby apartment complex parking lot.

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The baby was found face down in the dirt a few minutes later, police said.

Neighbor Kevin Reaves could not believe what happened.

“He just came over to the side where my trailer is and threw the baby over the fence into my other neighbor’s yard,” Reaves said.

After that, for some reason, Harris took off all his clothes, Reaves said.

“My neighbor said when he saw (Harris), he was in a pair of shorts, and then all of a sudden, he saw him sitting on the trashcan and by then had had no clothes on,” he said. “I’m just more bewildered about what was going through his mind to make him do something like that.”

The child received lacerations to its body and extremities, but was not seriously injured, investigators said.

Harris was arrested by Longwood police and charged with cruelty toward a child/aggravated child abuse, battery on an officer or firefighter and resisting an officer with violence.

He is being held without bail at the Seminole County Jail. 

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