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New reports explain how quadruple amputee allegedly shot, killed parents

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Nearly a year after an Orange County couple was murdered in their home, newly released reports are detailing how it happened.

Autopsies show Nancy Petrozzino, and her husband, Michael Patrozzino, were shot multiple times last November.

Investigators concluded their son, Sean Petrozzino, 30, was the shooter, who then killed himself after being pulled over in Tennessee.

A new report explains how Petrozzino, a quadruple amputee who lost his hands and legs from a rare form of meningitis, was able to commit the crime.

He was seen using his parents’ ATM card after the killings and quickly became a suspect after physical evidence was connected to the crime.

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In a 12-page report, investigators found despite his physical capabilities, Petrozzino was an avid gun user and altered his weapons to accommodate his disabilities.

A family friend told investigators Petrozzino owned an M-16 assault rifle and tripod which he’s seen him fire, among several other weapons, at a gun range.

The report also found Petrozzino may not have left right after the murders because no shell casings were found at the scene.

Another finding from the report describes how Petrozzino appeared distraught over a break-up with his wife of four years.

House Republicans overcome differences, approve 4-week funding bill for Uncle Sam

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 2:37 PM

After a full day of uncertainty, the House of Representatives on Thursday evening approved a plan to fund the federal government until February 16, sending the measure to the Senate, where the bill is likely to be derailed by strong opposition from Democrats and a few Republicans.

The final House vote was 228-196 in favor of the plan to fund the federal government to February 16, as Republicans made clear that if a shutdown occurs, it should be blamed on the Democrats.

“My friends on the other side are showing why the people, the American people, like root canals, head lice, colonoscopies more than Congress,” said Rep. Pete Olsen (R-TX).

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Democrats fired right back, saying that Republicans were to blame for the legislative brouhaha over government funding, repeatedly saying the GOP is in charge of the House, Senate, and White House.

“You can do anything you want,” said Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ).

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi was even more pointed, arguing that an extra item in the funding bill to insure resources for children’s health coverage was “like a bowl of doggie doo with a cherry on top.”

For other Democrats, the calculus on this vote was simple – if there was no provision in the measure to deal with the DACA program and the future of illegal immigrant “Dreamers,” then they weren’t going to support it.

“No DACA,” said Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV). “I am a nay vote tonight.”

As the day went on, there was a distinctly higher volume of verbal barbs between the two parties, as President Donald Trump and GOP leaders took clear aim at Democrats in Congress, hoping to win the battle of public opinion on who would be responsible for any government shutdown.

Just a few hours before the House vote, a bloc of more conservative Republicans in the House Freedom Caucus had vowed to vote against the bill, frustrated with the process that has once again left Congress far behind on budget work for 2018.

“I mean it’s a broken system,” said Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL). “It baffles me and it perplexes me, because I come from the business world, that we don’t run our country better.”

“When will Republicans start limiting government?” asked Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), who voted against the temporary funding plan.

The head of the Freedom Caucus, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), told reporters that he won assurances from GOP leaders for votes in coming weeks to hold votes on funding for the military, along with a vote on a GOP designed immigration bill.

But even if those bills were to be approved in the House, they would not have 60 votes to make it through the U.S. Senate, which could bring the Congress, the President, and the nation to the brink of the first government funding crisis since 2013.

In October of that year, Republicans in the Senate blocked action on funding bills to protest the Obama health law – but after 16 days, they gave in, and their effort fared badly in some polls, though it seemingly had no effect on the GOP in the next election.

In the Senate, Republicans were clearly preparing to blame Democrats for stopping the stopgap budget – known as a “CR” or “Continuing Resolution,” even though there may not even be a majority ready to vote for the funding plan.

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Central Florida workers relieved as work authorization extended for Haitian refugees

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 3:44 PM

Work Authorization Extended For Haitian Refugees

Haitians living in the U.S. under the temporary protection status will get to keep working in the country -- for now.

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The status, which was granted to Haitians who immigrated to the U.S. after the devastating 2010 earthquake, was extended to July 2019, but the employment authorization documents were not.

The work authorizations were set to expire this week, but starting Thursday, workers will be able to re-register their paperwork, officials with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said.

Officials will automatically extend the validity of the documents for Haitians with TPS for 180 days, through July 21.

Wilna Destin had no idea what would have happened to her and her husband if the U.S. Department of Homeland Security hadn't announced the extension. 

"Yeah, it's really a relief for us," Destin said. "Everything is good for now. For now, but yeah."

The extension was good news for immigrants, but also for companies like Rosen Hotels and Resorts, which rely on the Haitian refugees who make up a large part of the workforce.

The company operates numerous hotels in Orlando, and without the Haitian workers, president Harris Rosen said that they wouldn't be able to operate.

"A third of our associates are from Haiti, and without them, we could cease to exist," Rosen said. "We need them so desperately."

About 50,000 Haitian refugees live in the United States, and if their temporary protected status isn't extended again in July 2019, all will have to leave at some point.

Rosen didn't understand why the Trump administration would cause so many people to be forced from the country, and vowed to push back.

"They're working," Rosen said. "We love them. Why disrupt their lives?

"We are fighting, fighting to make sure that TPE is going to be extended."

Disney union leaders reiterated Rosen's stance, saying they will be fighting for the hundreds of Haitian refugees currently working for the company.

"If we don't fight, then 2019 is going to be the same thing, the same worry," Destin said. "So that's why we have to fight and to make it permanent."

Highly anticipated Beastie Boys memoir to be released this year

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 6:51 PM

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A memoir written by the surviving members of the Beastie Boys is expected to be published this year. 

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Mike D, speaking in an interview with Matt Wilkinson, said the highly anticipated memoir will be unlike any other music book and should be available in the fall.

“We’re actually going to finish it, and it’s going to come out finally. Like many things we embark on, there are many false starts and, honestly, directions we went in that we realized were not the directions we should be going in, but it’s gonna be coming out in the fall of this year,” he said.

In the wake of Adam Yauch’s death in 2012, surviving group members Mike D and Ad Rock signed a deal in 2013 for a book to be published by 2015. The timeline for its completion continued to be pushed back. 

“To tell our story, we have to give the cultural history of where we came from," Mike D said. "So New York City in the Eighties, you had all this incredible, exciting music, art, film. All of that sort of has to converge to be able to explain. We just had the good fortune of being around all of it, so I think that's No. 1."

Mike D added: 

"I can say pretty confidently, it will be unlike any other music book.”

Disney: Best time to visit theme park

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 6:06 PM

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Theme-parkgoers at Disney World are always trying to crack the code to see when it’s the best time to visit.

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Channel 9’s Jamie Holmes crunched the wait time numbers and learned the quieter times at the park are changing.

Peter Pan has been flying over Neverland since Magic Kingdom opened in 1971. The wait time is still among the longest of all the rides at all four parks.

Disney does not release park attendance numbers on a monthly basis, but ride wait times can be an indicator of when crowds hit the parks.

EasyWDW, a website dedicated to all things happening at Disney World, tracks wait times every day.

The website said on average the wait to get on the Peter Pan ride in December was 74 minutes. It January, the wait time edged down to 72 minutes. 

EasyWDW said the best time to ride Peter Pan is in September with a 49-minute wait.

“September is the one lull after the end of summer and the start of Halloween and convention season, which makes it a great time to go, especially on weekdays, and even weekends in September aren't that bad,” said Rick Munarriz, with The Motley Fool.

To add to the crowds, Brazil is slowly emerging from a recession and the euro is stronger.

Financial analysts have said with the Toy Story and Star Wars attractions coming soon, the quieter times may be gone forever.

"This may be the end of the slow season as we know it. Which is good for Orlando tourism in general, but maybe not so good for us as pass holders,” Munarriz said.

Disney didn't comment for the story.

Wait times don't always reflect park attendance.

If a ride is down, or fewer vehicles are running, ride times could be up even if park attendance is lower.