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7 things to know now: Trump on wiretapping; March Madness begins; Trudeau, Ivanka go to a show

Published: Thursday, March 16, 2017 @ 7:08 AM
Updated: Thursday, March 16, 2017 @ 7:13 AM


            FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2017, file photo, Kansas coach Bill Self carries his 13th Big 12 championship trophy following the team's NCAA college basketball game against TCU in Lawrence, Kan. In the most damaging instance of legal trouble at Kansas this season, police investigated a reported rape at the dorm that houses the basketball team. No charges have been filed. From there, more headlines kept piling up involving no fewer than four players. Self said he's proud his team has rallied despite the steady stream of issues. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)
FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2017, file photo, Kansas coach Bill Self carries his 13th Big 12 championship trophy following the team's NCAA college basketball game against TCU in Lawrence, Kan. In the most damaging instance of legal trouble at Kansas this season, police investigated a reported rape at the dorm that houses the basketball team. No charges have been filed. From there, more headlines kept piling up involving no fewer than four players. Self said he's proud his team has rallied despite the steady stream of issues. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today.

What to know now:

1. Travel ban on hold: A federal judge in Hawaii blocked the second version of President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration Wednesday, questioning whether the administration was motivated by national security concerns when it issued the order. The ban was to go into effect Thursday. Trump called the ruling, 'unprecedented judicial overreach.'

2. Let the ‘madness’ begin: The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament begins Thursday with a full slate of games. In the day’s opening rounds, you can catch Wisconsin and Virginia Tech; Florida State and Florida Gulf Coast and one of the surprise teams in the tournament – Northwestern – playing Vanderbilt.

3. “Things” coming to committee: President Trump told Fox News host Tucker Carlson that his administration would soon be “submitting things” to the House Select Committee on Intelligence concerning the alleged wiretapping of Trump Towers in Manhattan. He told Carlson he will be “perhaps speaking publically about this next week.” Trump has accused former president Barack Obama of wiretapping his campaign during his 2016 presidential run.

4. Budget plan to be released: The White House will release details Thursday of its plan to cut the federal budget. The "America First" budget outline is said to contain deep cuts at the State Department, including a 38 percent reduction in foreign aid spending. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Environmental Protection Agency are said to be facing similar budget cuts. The Defense Department will see a boost in spending.

5. Fed raises rates: The Federal Reserve raised short-term interest rates on Wednesday by a quarter of a percentage point, a move that had been expected due to the strengthening of the economy in the past few months. It is the third time the Fed has raised rates since December of 2015.

And one more

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, along with his guest, Ivanka Trump, took in a show on Wednesday night in New York City. The new musical shines a light on the compassion of Canadians following the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. “Come From Away” highlights the stories of those in the Newfoundland town of Gander who took in travelers after flights to the United States were canceled following the 9/11 attacks.

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Boy, 10, dies after getting tangled in park swing

Published: Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 5:38 PM

A 10-year-old boy died Friday night after getting tangled in chains on a park swing. (Photo: ActionNewsJax.com)
A 10-year-old boy died Friday night after getting tangled in chains on a park swing. (Photo: ActionNewsJax.com)

A 10-year-old boy died Friday night after becoming tangled in chains on a swing at a park in Northwest Jacksonville, deputies said.

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Jacksonville sheriff's deputies responded at 6:15 p.m. to Charles "Boobie" Clark Park where they found the unresponsive boy, who investigators identified as NaShon Green.

Earlier, NaShon's mother walked with NaShon and her other three kids -- ages 9, 6 and 4 -- to play at the park. NaShon was standing on the swing, police said.

When the mother looked back at the boy, she saw the swing’s chains wrapped around his neck. She took him down from the swing and called 911.

NaShon was taken to UF Health Jacksonville, where he died of his injuries. 

The child's mother and other children are being questioned, but police said no foul play is suspected and the incident is being called a tragic accident by JSO.

The American Music Awards 2017: What time, what channel, who is performing at the AMAs?

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 11:29 AM

7 Things You Didn’t Know about the American Music Awards

The 45th American Music Awards ceremony is set for Sunday in Los Angeles, and if the past is any indication, you can expect a night with a few surprising moments. 

Remember Garth Brooks declining the award, or the time Pat Boone dressed in leather? Yeah, it’s likely to be that kind of night.

The show will be broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

Here’s what you need to know about the show.

What time: The show begins at 8 p.m. ET

What channel: The AMAs will be broadcast live on ABC.

Who is hosting: Tracee Ellis Ross, star of “black-ish,” is hosting.

What about a pre-show: What would a music awards show be without a pre-show? AJ Gibson, Marc Malkin, Laura Marano and Oliver Trevena will host the official pre-show, “AMAs Red Carpet Live presented by Security Benefit.”

The two-hour pre-show will stream live from the Microsoft Theater beginning at 6 p.m. ET. You can watch the show on Twitter. Find it here. live.twitter.com/amas or via @AMAs. You can also watch “E! Live from the Red Carpet” from 6-8 p.m. ET. on the E! Network.

Who has the most nominations: Bruno Mars has the most nominations this year – eight.

Who is nominated for Artist of the Year: The Chainsmokers, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran are up for the award.

Who is up for Video of the Year: Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee ("Despacito"), Bruno Mars ("That's What I Like") and Ed Sheeran ("Shape of You") are the nominees.

For a complete list of nominees, click here.

Who is performing: Here is a list of those scheduled to perform:

Alessia Cara
Alesso
BTS
Christina Aguilera 
Kelly Clarkson 
Florida Georgia Line
Niall Horan
Selena Gomez
Imagine Dragons
Lady Gaga
Nick Jonas
Khalid
Demi Lovato 
Shawn Mendes
P!nk
Portugal. The Man
Diana Ross
Hailee Steinfeld
watt
Zedd

Anything special: Diana Ross, mother of host Tracee Ellis Ross, is both performing and receiving a lifetime achievement award.

Florida man covered in facial tattoos arrested in car theft, police say

Published: Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 5:15 PM

Robert Hardister was arrested and charged with grand theft auto after stealing a car in Putnam County, Marion County, deputies said. (Photo: WFTV.com)
Robert Hardister was arrested and charged with grand theft auto after stealing a car in Putnam County, Marion County, deputies said. (Photo: WFTV.com)

Marion County deputies, with the help of their K-9, helped find a car theft suspect covered in facial tattoos who was sought by Putnam County authorities, investigators said.

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Deputies said they noticed a stolen 2005 Hyundai Saturday as it pulled into the parking lot of the Queens Garden Resort in Ocala.

Robert Wade Hardister, 26, got out of the car and ran, deputies said. 

Deputy Matthew Hooper said he and K-9 Ramo tracked Hardister down, at which point Hardister surrendered to deputies without incident.

Hardister was arrested and charged with grand theft auto.

Stranger intervenes after distraught man can't afford child's $749 airline ticket

Published: Thursday, March 09, 2017 @ 4:43 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 09, 2017 @ 4:43 PM

Woman’s Act Of Kindness At Airport Goes Viral

A woman’s random act of kindness caught on camera is touching hearts around the world.

 

The heartwarming moment was captured by Kevin Leslie and posted on the Love What Matters Facebook page

 

While checking in for a flight this week, an airline agent told a man that his daughter couldn’t fly without a ticket.

 

The man was under the impression that his daughter could ride for free, since his daughter turned 2 after he bought his ticket. Instead, he needed to buy a last-minute ticket, which cost $749, according to the airline agent.

 

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"This woman needs to be commended. A gentleman was checking in for his flight when the agent asked how old his daughter...

Posted by Love What Matters on Wednesday, March 8, 2017

 

The witness said the man was distraught. He told the agent that he couldn't afford the extra ticket, then stepped aside to make phone calls. A woman overheard the exchange and approached the man, speaking to him for a few minutes.

The woman stepped up to the ticket counter and offered to pay for the child's ticket. 

The witness said the man hugged the woman and asked how he could repay her, but the woman repeatedly said, "Don't worry about it."

Love What Matters confirmed that they verified the ticket purchaser, but the woman has chosen to remain anonymous.

According to Facebook commenter Jennica Kettle, who claims to know the woman, this is not the first time that she has engaged in a random act of kindness.