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Lock down lifted at Air Force base after reports of 'gunshot sounds'

A lock down order has been lifted at a U.S. Air Force base in Arizona after officials got reports of "gunshot wounds" on Monday morning.

The lock down was lifted around 11:40 a.m. MST, about an hour and a half after officials at Tucson's Davis-Monthan Air Force Base warned people to take shelter.

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All clear, the lockdown has been lifted. Base personal are free to resume all normal operations. We will continue with updates as available— Davis-Monthan AFB (@DMAFB) January 23, 2017

The base is currently on lock down. There are unconfirmed reports of gun shot sounds. Seek shelter immediately. More updates will come once they are available.Posted by Davis-Monthan Air Force Base on Monday, January 23, 2017

Officials with the Tucson Police Department and Pima County Sheriff's Office told the Arizona Daily Star that they had officers watching the situation but they were not asked to assist.

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Elk walks into gift shop, stays 45 minutes

A Colorado gift shop owner got a surprise over the weekend when an elk decided to do some window shopping in his store.

Pratek Fhakya, owner of Water Wheel Gift Corner in Estes Park, told Fox 31 in Denver that he had the front doors propped open for customers on Saturday when he saw the large bull elk standing in the doorway. He was set to call 911 when he saw police officers already outside, trying to lure the elk away with some apples.

The plan worked -- initially. The elk came back a few minutes later and stuck around for 45 minutes. Video that Fhakya shot of the elk shows him standing around in the store among the hats, sunglasses, stuffed animals and other trinkets.

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Fhakya told Fox 13 that he was worried about whether his insurance company would cover acts of elk, but that worry was for naught. The elk remained calm the entire time and did not mess up the store.

The store owner did say he would no longer keep his doors propped open for his human customers, the news station reported. 

NC pastor, wife expecting twins after losing sons in deadly crash

A Charlotte couple who lost both of their children in a crash in 2015 is expecting twins.

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Hadley and Gentry Eddings made the announcement Sunday on the Prayers for the Eddings Family Facebook page.

Gentry, who is a pastor at Forest Hill Church, and his wife Hadley, who teaches 4-year-olds at the church, expressed their gratitude to the community, which has supported them since the Memorial Day weekend accident.

"Y'all have held us up in prayer and we are so grateful," the post reads. "Now we ask you to add two more (Eddingses) to your prayers! We are expecting twins this summer!" 

Y'all have held us up in prayer and we are so grateful! Now we ask you to add two more Eddings to your prayers! We are expecting twins this summer!Posted by Hadley Eddings on Sunday, January 22, 2017

Matthew Deans, 28, was sentenced to 27 to 32 months in prison after the truck he was driving rear-ended Hadley's car on Highway 17. The family was returning from Gentry's sister's wedding on Memorial Day weekend when Deans crashed a box truck into the family's cars at a red light near Wilmington, North Carolina.

Dobbs Eddings, 2, was killed immediately. Reed Eddings, who had not yet been born, was delivered by emergency C-section but died at a hospital. Hadley Eddings was eight months pregnant.

Posted by Hadley Eddings on Thursday, May 28, 2015

"The Lord has not left us for one second in our grief of losing our two boys almost 2 years ago," the couple said in a statement. "God is a redeemer and a restorer! God blesses us beyond what we deserve or could ever imagine. We are excited that Dobbs and Reed are going to be big brothers to twins! We are so thankful for our family and so many friends who have prayed for us and cheered us on our way. We're rejoicing, and thank Jesus for these two precious little ones."

Deans pleaded guilty and apologized to the Eddingses in an emotional court hearing in September 2015.

The couple publicly announced that they forgave Deans.

"We are thankful that Matthew Deans was willing to accept responsibility for what has happened. We believe he was sincere in his apology. Our hearts still have compassion for him, and we were glad to have the opportunity to express our forgiveness to him directly. Our hope and prayer is that he would be restored and live a good life," the Eddingses said in a statement.

Merriam-Webster says Kellyanne Conway described false statements as 'alternative facts'

Frank Luna contributed to this report.

During a interview Sunday with Kellyanne Conway, NBC's Chuck Todd asked the counselor to the president why the new White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, "(uttered) a provable falsehood" when talking about the size of the crowd that attended the inauguration of President Donald Trump on Friday.

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During his first official press conference, Spicer scolded the media for its reporting on the size of the crowd at Friday's inauguration.

"This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period," Spicer said, contradicting all available data.

Barack Obama's first inauguration on Jan. 20, 2009, attracted the largest crowd of people on record, with an estimated 1.8 million attendees.

>> A look back at presidential inaugurations: Past performers, attendance numbers

Official estimates of attendees at the inauguration of Donald Trump have not been recorded, but preliminary estimates said 700,000 to 900,000 people were expected to attend the event on Friday.

>> Whose inauguration crowd was bigger, Trump or Obama?

Conway, on NBC's "Meet the Press," defended Spicer by suggesting he was putting forth "alternate facts" in reference to the crowd size.

"Why (did) the president ask the White House press secretary to come out in front of the podium for the first time and utter a falsehood?" Todd asked. "It undermines the credibility of the entire White House press office on day one."

"No it doesn't. Don't be so overly dramatic about it," Conway said. "You're saying it's a falsehood … and Sean Spicer, our press secretary, gave alternative facts."

"Wait a minute, alternative facts?" Todd said. "Four of the five facts he uttered were just not true. Alternative facts are not facts. They are falsehoods."

>> #AlternativeFacts: Twitter trolls Trump team over Conway, Spicer comments

 

 

Merriam-Webster, known for publishing dictionaries, took to Twitter Sunday after the interview to clarify the definition of "fact."

"A fact is a piece of information presented as having objective reality," the tweet said. 

The tweet was liked more than 40,000 times.

A fact is a piece of information presented as having objective reality.https://t.co/gCKRZZm23c— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) January 22, 2017

Merriam-Webster said that "lookups for 'fact' spiked after Kellyanne Conway described false statements as 'alternative facts.'"

"In contemporary use, fact is generally understood to refer to something with actual existence, or presented as having objective reality," the listed definition explained.

Lauren Naturale, Merriam-Webster's social media manager, is known for posting sarcastic messages on the company's social media platforms.

Maverick, golden retriever who won hearts while battling cancer, dies

A 9-year-old golden retriever who won thousands of hearts with his sweet wagon rides throughout his Florida community as he battled cancer, has died, his owners announced Sunday.

Maverick died peacefully in his sleep Saturday night, owners Joey and Allison Maxwell, announced on his Facebook page, Everybody Loves Maverick.

“He gave no signs of being ill, and didn’t suffer at all. He simply went to sleep after dinner,” Joey Maxwell, of DeLand, wrote on the page. “Allison and I are absolutely heartbroken, yet we are at peace knowing that Maverick is now at rest.”

Maverick began making national headlines in October after workers at Maxwell’s local Lowe’s store helped make a wish for Maverick come true. Maxwell, who knew that his beloved dog’s time was short, wanted to take him on a wagon ride through town to visit friends, but could not find a wagon.

The staff at Lowe’s called area stores until they found a wagon for Maverick, who was unable to walk because of his illness. They had it sent to the store and put it together for him.

"Dear Lowe's Home Improvement, Lowe's, I cannot thank you enough for making this picture possible. Let me...Posted by Love What Matters on Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Maverick’s joyful rides through DeLand, during which he made many new friends, didn’t just bring him a following of nearly 14,000 people on Facebook. They also helped him pull off a brief remission of his cancer, including regaining some movement in his hind legs.

He had a good checkup at the vet as recently as Jan. 10. Photos and videos on Maverick’s Facebook page showed him eating, relaxing and playing with his toys.

The final video that Maxwell posted of Maverick was of him enjoying his breakfast on the morning of the day he died.

Posted by Everybody Loves Maverick on Saturday, January 21, 2017

Maxwell thanked Maverick’s followers for their love, kindness and support.

“You have all loved Maverick as though he were your own, and we know that ours are not the only hearts breaking today,” Maxwell wrote. “Please know that Maverick heard and felt all of your comments, well wishes and love. We read him every one we could and gave him every hug and kiss you sent his way.

“Today is going to be hard for all of us. Allison and I are thoroughly convinced that Maverick more than served his purpose during his brief time with us, and know that his legacy will live on.”

Good morning everyone. We are so incredibly sorry to have to share bad news with you all this morning. Last night at...Posted by Everybody Loves Maverick on Sunday, January 22, 2017

Man's ear bitten off during fight about President Trump, police say

Pittsburgh police were called Monday morning to a gas station on Baum Boulevard in East Liberty for a report of a man who had been assaulted.

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According to police, the 30-year-old victim told officers he had been assaulted in his apartment on Amber Street when an argument about President Donald Trump turned physical.

The man told investigators that his right ear was bitten off, and he ran to the gas station for help. He was taken to a hospital in stable condition.

Officers recovered the ear in the apartment. 

No arrests were immediately made.

At least 15 dead in severe storms across Georgia

At least 15 people died in Georgia as two rounds of severe weather swept through over the weekend.

North Georgia avoided the deadly storms and tornadoes that hit South Georgia on Sunday afternoon, but did have a few severe storms move through.

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In Gordon County, strong winds knocked down trees and power lines, closing several roads. There was also widespread flooding in the county. Gordon County Schools decided to close on Monday because of the damage and closed roads.

Albany's fire chief confirmed a tornado touched down around 3 p.m. Sunday. The same tornado also hit East Albany, leaving significant damage.

At least four people died in the area, bringing the overall toll to at least 19 people killed over the weekend by a severe weather system sweeping the Southeast.

>> Related: Severe weather kills 19 in Georgia and Mississippi; death toll could rise

Local officials say search and rescue operations are underway after a reported tornado caused widespread destruction in the county Sunday evening.

Before the three latest deaths were confirmed, Georgia officials had reported 12 deaths statewide.

Four died Saturday in Mississippi.

During a news conference Sunday afternoon, President Donald Trump promised federal help for Georgia communities hit by the storms.

11 killed in first round of severe storms

Eleven people were killed and 23 injured after strong storms moved through Georgia Saturday night into Sunday morning. 

Following the storm, Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency for seven south-central Georgia counties: Atkinson, Berrien, Brooks, Colquitt, Cook, Lowndes and Thomas. 

Seven of the 11 people who died in the tornadoes were killed at a mobile home park in Cook County, Coroner Tim Purvis said. 

"All you hear is people screaming, 'Help me, help me,'" said AJ Miley, who lives in the Sunshine Mobile Home Park.

Devocheo Williams said he walked out of his mangled trailer to see his neighborhood and neighbors being tossed through the air.

"All I saw was a little girl flown up and thrown in a ditch. Three seconds later, the trailer got picked up off the ground and landed on top of the mother and son," Williams said. 

The trailer park is located on Callie Harris Road, south of Adel. Most of the 40 homes in the park were either damaged or wiped out altogether.

"It's heartbreaking," said Edward Allen, who spent the day looking for survivors and clearing debris. "It's really affected our community."

Authorities told Thomas that about two dozen people were hurt in the county, some very seriously. They said the number of deaths could rise.

Two people died in Brooks County, Sheriff Mike Dewey said. Both were in the same home in Barney that was displaced into Highway 122. 

The Berrien County Sheriff's Office also confirmed that at least two people died during the storm.

Berrien County Coroner Robert S. Lovein Jr. said the damage is extensive and "terrible."

At least three more injuries were confirmed in Thomas County.

The Sheriff's Office said a mobile home at Airline and Centennial roads was destroyed while a man was still inside.

This is believed to be the deadliest storm since the April 27, 2011, tornado outbreak in Ringgold and Cedartown that killed 15 people. It is also the second major storm to rip through South Georgia this month.

Other killer storms in recent years:

  • March 27, 1994: 18 were killed on Palm Sunday in the Floyd County area.
  • March 20, 1998: 14 were killed in Hall and White counties.
  • April 8, 1998: Seven were killed in and around Dunwoody city in DeKalb, and in Cobb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties.
  • Feb. 14, 2000: 19 were killed in Southwest Georgia/Mitchell County,Grady County, Colquitt County.
  • March 20, 2003: Six were killed in southwestern Georgia.
  • March 1, 2007: Six were killed in Newton.
  • March 14, 2008: One was killed in Atlanta.
  • April 27, 2011: Ringgold and Cedartown reported 15 deaths.
  • January 2013: One was killed in Adairsville.

Skittles destined for cattle feed spills on highway

Skittles manufacturer Mars Inc. is investigating the intended destination of a load of the candy after a spill left a Wisconsin roadway “tasting the rainbow” instead of its potential consumers -- cattle.

Hundreds of thousands of red Skittles spilled out onto a Dodge County highway the night of Jan. 18, according to the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office. Initially, investigators were unclear on how the massive amount of candy ended up on the road, but further investigation found that a cardboard box being trucked from a northern Illinois Mars factory was soaked by rain and broke open.

“It is reported that the Skittles were intended to be feed for cattle, as they did not make the cut for packaging at the company,” the Sheriff’s Office reported on its Facebook page. “In the end, these Skittles are actually for the birds!”

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*****UPDATE:  The Skittles were confirmed to have fallen off the back of a truck.  The truck was a flatbed pickup and...Posted by Dodge County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The intended use of the candy had some people who visited the Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page upset.

“As a dairy farmer, I find this appalling, (farmers) feeding their animals Skittles,” wrote Janeen Hall Cole, of Bancroft, Michigan. “It is giving decent farmers a bad name.”

Josh Albrecht, of Scotts Valley, California, pointed out that liquid feed manufacturers get the sugar and corn syrup they use in their feed from sources including candy.

“Of course, they don’t direct feed them Skittles, but they take the waste or non-sellable products (including candy) and process them into feed,” Albrecht wrote.

Mars confirmed to the Wisconsin State Journal that some of its unused product does get sold for use in feed, but said that the factory that made the candy spilled last week does not usually sell its unused inventory for that purpose. The Skittles in question were supposed to be destroyed after a power outage at the plant resulted in the candy’s signature “S” imprint being left off of the individual pieces.

Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt told the newspaper, however, that he had spoken to the farmer the shipment of candy was intended for.

A Mars spokeswoman said that the company planned to contact both law enforcement and the farmer to learn more about what happened.

“We don’t know how it ended up as it did, and we are investigating,” the company said

What is an executive order, and is Donald Trump signing one today?

President Donald Trump will spend his first week in office signing executive orders on immigration and trade, according to his chief of staff, Reince Priebus.

Priebus, in an interview on "Fox News Sunday," said the president would undo some of former President Barack Obama's directives and begin work on re-negotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement – or NAFTA.

While both the Senate and the House enjoy Republican majorities, Trump will not need the Congress to carry out some of the changes he has promised. Those changes can be done with a signature on a document called an executive order.

Trump signed an executive order on Saturday pushing the secretary of Health and Human Services to “exercise all authority and discretion available to them to waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay” portions of the Affordable Care Act that would place a fiscal burden on individuals as well as states and health-care providers.

What is an executive order and how do presidents use them?

Here’s a look at how they work.

What is an executive order?

Executive orders are legally binding directives issued by the president to federal administrative agencies.

How can a president just issue an order?

Article II of the Constitution contains a praise that allows presidents a "grant of executive power.” Presidents use that term, along with other powers enumerated in the Constitution, to issue the orders. Many of the orders have to do with the military. For instance, an executive order can be used to send troops to war. The president is commander and chief of the armed forces.

Have many presidents issued executive orders?

Every president with the exception of William Henry Harrison have issued executive orders. Since 1789, according to the American Presidency Project, 13,766 executive orders have been issued.

Why do they do that?

An executive order is generally issued when the president cannot get the help of the Congress to do something he wants done. For instance, in 1948, President Harry Truman issued an executive order to integrate the armed forces. In 1942, Franklin Roosevelt issued one that led to the internment of thousands of Japanese-Americans during World War II.

What if the next president doesn’t like an executive order, can he or she get rid of it?

Yes, future presidents can get rid of executive orders they don’t favor. A future president simply has to sign an order rescinding it.

Can any other branch of government get rid of them?

Yes, the Judicial branch can.

Only two executive orders – out of more than 13,000 – have been overturned by the Supreme CourtBoth concerned striking workers. The first was an order from Truman that placed all the country’s steel mills under federal law. The order was meant to prevent strikes for higher wages during the Korean War. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled the order invalid because it said the order was an attempt to make law.

The second order overturned by the Supreme Court was one signed by President Bill Clinton in 1995 that prevented federal contracts with organizations that hire replacements for striking workers. The court ruled that it preempted the National Labor Relations Act, a law that says employers have the right to hire permanent replacements for striking workers. 

Congress cannot revoke an executive order. They can try to curtail an executive order by cutting funding for it.

Which president has issued the most executive orders?

Franklin Roosevelt issued 3,728 executive orders.

What are some examples of executive orders?

The most famous executive order belongs to Abraham Lincoln. The Emancipation Proclamation, issued on Jan. 1, 1863, changed the federal legal status of more than 3 million people from "slave" to "free” in areas of the South.

Franklin Roosevelt declared a “bank holiday” on March 6, 1933. It forbade banks from releasing gold coin or bullion.

Dwight Eisenhower used an executive order to send troops to Little Rock, Ark., in 1957 to enforce the integration of Central High School.

Obama issued an executive order in 2012 that stopped the deportation of thousands of undocumented aliens who were brought to the United States as children.

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