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    SpaceX recorded a new “first” for the company this morning, launching a recycled Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The mission had been delayed several times since September, but Friday’s launch was picture perfect. Eight minutes after launch, the first stage of the rocket landed safely at the Cape to be reused during a future mission.   The Dragon Capsule is now on its way toward a rendezvous with the International Space Station.  The capsule is carrying supplies and other cargo. Today’s launch marks the 13th operational cargo delivery flight to the I.S.S. and the first at Launch Complex 40 since a rocket explosion last year.
  • Police in Daytona Beach need your help locating a missing girl. Chloe Took, 16, was reported missing on Sunday.  She was last seen at Lenox Playground. Daytona Beach police detective Dave Dinardi is working the case.   Anyone with information about Took’s whereabouts is asked to call Dinardi.
  • Orlando police are investigating the robbery and shooting of a man at a hotel near the city’s busy tourist district. Investigators say the victim was standing outside of a room at the Super 8 motel on American Way last night when someone robbed him of his cell phone and shot him. Early Tuesday, O.P.D. tweeted out a picture from surveillance video of a man seen outside the hotel near the time of the robbery. The victim was hospitalized overnight with non-life threatening injuries.   Anyone with information about the robbery and shooting is asked to call Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS.
  • Police in Palm Bay need your help locating a Peeping Tom. The man in question was reported using a cell phone to record two children inside a stall in the women’s restroom in a Walgreens Pharmacy Saturday night.  Investigators say the man recorded the children through an opening on the stall door. The children reported the incident to a store employee who confronted the man inside the restroom.   By the time police arrived at the store at 5245 Babcock Street, the man had fled the scene. The suspect is described as a tall, thin black male with an afro-style haircut.  He was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, red shorts and black shoes. If you recognize the man in the surveillance image above, you’re asked to call Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS.   You can also submit a tip anonymously by going to CRIMELINE.ORG.
  • Video of a fierce battle between two deer is making the internet rounds. The video shows two bucks locking antlers in a struggle.  A Tennessee woman recorded the fight with her cell phone and posted it to Facebook over the weekend. The video was viewed more than 1.5 million times in just 48 hours. According to the woman’s account, it happened Saturday in the Cades Cove area of the Great Smokey Mountains.  Within minutes, other drivers pull over to witness the battle.  After about 5 minutes, one of the deer runs off with the other chasing behind.
  • The Orlando Police Department reports two adults and a child have died in a fiery crash that forced troopers to close part of West Colonial Drive late Tuesday morning. No identities have been released at this time. Witnesses reported seeing the vehicle leave the roadway before slamming into a pole and bursting into flames.  The driver was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene. Colonial Drive will remain closed for the OPD traffic homicide investigation. Stay with News 96.5 WDBO throughout the day for Red Alert traffic updates.
  • The South Florida Water Management District is going to great lengths in an effort to rid the Everglades of invasive pythons. Over the past few weeks, the district has been sharing photos and videos of python hunters with their catches.  As of August, more than 500 pythons have been removed from public lands. One of those videos, shared this week on Facebook, appears to show a record breaking python harvested by a veteran python hunter. Jason Leon already holds a state record for the largest python captured and killed at 18-feet 8-inches.  Leon harvested that snake back in 2013. At 17-feet 1-inch, Leon’s python is the largest snake killed in the district’s latest hunt.
  • Chevrolet is out with its latest Corvette and the U.S. automaker vows the ZR1 is the “Return of the King.” The 2019 Corvette ZR1 will make its formal debut Friday at the L.A. Auto Show. The new Corvette is generating a lot of buzz for General Motors. News 96.5 WDBO spoke exclusively with Chevy’s Corvette Project Manager about the car.  Harlan Charles says the new Corvette will be available as a coupe and a convertable. “It’s really the ultimate super car, capable of 212 mph (with a) 755 hp supercharged V8,” said Charles. The car utilizes carbon fiber to reduce weight. “This is one of the ultimate performance cars available at any price,” said Charles. As for the price, Charles says the coupe starts at $119,995 for the coupe.  The convertible will set you back another $4,000.   
  • America’s independent craft breweries are raising money to attempt a massive purchase. The #TakeCraftBack campaign is an effort crowd source $213 billion to offer to buy Anheuser Busch InBev. AB-InBev and other large beer companies have begun purchasing craft breweries and distributing their products. Julia Herz with The Brewers Association says #TakeCraftBack a tongue-in-cheek attempt to ensure an advanced beer marketplace and culture.   “Beer gives back to our communities in so many exponential ways, and that’s due to the 5,000 plus independent breweries in the United States,” said Herz.  So far, the effort has raised a little more than $3.5 million.   If you want to pledge a donation toward the cause, click HERE.
  • Dashcam footage from two different vehicles captured a plane crash Sunday on a busy Clearwater road. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office shared the video on YouTube Sunday, within hours of the crash. Two deputies were driving on North Keene Road as the plane tried to make an emergency landing.  The plane’s wing clipped a wing, sending the plane crashing into a wooded area. A resident in the area quickly recorded video of the response. According to reports, the pilot and passenger were able to escape the wreckage uninjured. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are both investigating the incident.
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    Darrell Moody joined News 96.5  in April 2013.

    He is a 6th generation native Floridian, born and raised in central Florida.  He graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2003.  In 2007, Darrell began his radio career with the Florida News Network and WFLF in Orlando.  Since then, he has worked for Metro Networks, Virtual News Center and several local News/Talk radio stations.  He also hosted the public affairs program Focus Orlando on AM 660 WORL for two years and for nearly four years he was a breaking news helicopter videographer for Central Florida News 13.

    Darrell lives in Winter Park with his wife and two daughters.  In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf and working in his yard.

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  • If Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Hollywood Studios is anything like its film counterpart, The Last Jedi, Disney is about to make a whole lot of money. The theme park unveiled new concept art that shows off what the Millenium Falcon will look like when it flies into Hollywood Studios in 2019.  (Photo) Over the weekend, Park Imagineer Scott Trowbridge and his team also offered a sneak peak at the planet of Batuu during the Star Wars: Galactic Nights event.  (Photo) Die hard Star Wars fans can also look forward to finally tasting the series' infamous blue milk. The strange beverage has made an appearance as an easter egg in most of the Star Wars movies and will be available to purchase at the shops on planet Batuu.
  • Even with tempers flaring during the massive Atlanta airport blackout, there was still a way to find humor in the madness. Take this airport employee for example. Instagram user @sarahmanleyy posted video of a Hartsfield-Jackson airport worker making the best of a crowded escalator by  sliding down the middle of it like a boss to go and help passengers.  “Dealing with the power outage at the Atlanta airport was actually insane and I'll post other scary videos later. But the staff was having to slide down the escalators to help people and it was amusing,” @sarahmanleyy writes. (Instagram) When the worker reached the bottom, he received a well-deserved high-five and cheers from the crowd.
  • Orange County Sheriff’s Office deputies are responding to reports of multiple fights at the Orange Regional Juvenile Detention Center.   The reports came in about 4:30 a.m. Monday at the center on Bumby Avenue.    Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the incident.    No other details were released. (tweet)
  • Former Ballon d'Or winner Kaka says he is retiring from soccer at age 35.   Kaka, who played for Brazil, AC Milan and Real Madrid, told Brazil's Globo TV on Sunday that 'my last word is that the cycle of my career as a player ends here.'    'I needed time to think and take a decision calmly,' Kaka said. 'I have arrived to the conclusion that now is the moment to finish my career as a professional player.'    A graceful midfielder, Kaka won 92 caps for Brazil, scoring 29 goals and featuring at three World Cups. He was part of the Brazil squad that lifted the trophy in 2002.    Kaka said that he would like to remain linked professionally to soccer, perhaps as a manager or sports director of a team.    The dangerous playmaker won the Ballon d'Or and FIFA's World Player award in 2007 while playing for Milan. Kaka was part of the Milan team that won the 2007 Champions League final against Liverpool.    Kaka joined Real Madrid in 2009 for 67 million euros ($78.7 million) but had an up-and-down stint due to injuries.    Kaka was a free agent after leaving MLS team Orlando City in October.
  • While power has been restored to the world's busiest airport, the travel woes will linger for days.Thousands of people were stranded Monday morning at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, where more than 1,000 flights were grounded just days before the start of the Christmas travel rush.A sudden power outage that Georgia Power said was caused by a fire in an underground electrical facility brought the airport to a standstill Sunday about 1 p.m.All outgoing flights were halted, and arriving planes were held on the ground at their point of departure. International flights were being diverted, officials said.Delta Air Lines, with its biggest hub in Atlanta, will be hardest hit. By Sunday evening, Delta had already canceled nearly 900 flights and another 300 Monday, nearly all of them in Atlanta, according to tracking service FlightAware.com.Robert Mann, an aviation consultant and former American Airlines executive, said it likely will be Tuesday before Delta's operations in Atlanta return to normal, and for passengers 'it could be most of the week' because there aren't many open seats on other flights in the last week before Christmas.One bit of good news, according to Mann: Delta has more spare planes and available crews in Atlanta than anywhere else, which should help it to recover.Delta customers flying to or from Atlanta can make a one-time change to travel plans without incurring a $200 change fee. The airline also encouraged travelers not to pick up their bags Monday because of anticipated congestion at the airport.Still, when flights at Atlanta were grounded for most of one day last spring, it took Delta five days — and about 4,000 canceled flights — before it fully recovered.Like Sunday's outage, that April storm hit Delta's largest hub at a busy travel time when there weren't many empty seats to accommodate customers from cancelled flights. At the time, CEO Ed Bastian vowed Delta would make 'significant improvements' to its system for scheduling and tracking aircraft crews to recover more quickly from disruptions.Other airlines also canceled flights for the rest of Sunday. American Airlines canceled 24 departures and an equal number of arrivals, said spokesman Ross Feinstein. The airline also diverted three planes that were headed to Atlanta when the outage struck, sending them instead to Dallas, Nashville and back to Philadelphia.The city of Atlanta provided shuttle service to the Georgia Convention Center on Sunday for travelers needing a place to stay.Delta passenger Emilia Duca, 32, was on her way to Wisconsin from Bogota, Colombia, when she got stuck in Atlanta. She said police made passengers who were in the baggage claim area move to a higher floor. She said restaurants and shops were closed. Vending machines weren't working.'A lot of people are arriving, and no one is going out. No one is saying anything official. We are stuck here,' she said. 'It's a nightmare.'Some passengers said there was a lack of information from airport officials and little help from first responders to get the disabled and the elderly through the airport without the use of escalators and elevators.'They had these elderly people, handicapped people lined up in wheelchairs,' said stranded passenger Rutia Curry. 'The people were helpless, they can't get down the stairs. It was just a nightmare.'Passenger James Beatty said there was no real method for evacuation.'I mean there was 40 or 50 people per the terminal area that were confined to wheelchairs and some that couldn't get through the airport very well, some of them actually couldn't walk and there was no plan at all to get them out of here without any power.'Beatty said passengers carried those who used wheelchairs down stairs.The FAA said it would staff the airport control tower throughout the night so it could handle flights once they resume. The FAA said the tower could operate normally but flights were affected because airport equipment in the terminals was not working.According to a Georgia Power statement, the utility believes a piece of equipment in an underground electrical facility may have failed, causing the fire. The fire was next to equipment for a backup system, causing that to also fail.'No personnel or passengers were in danger at any time,' the statement said.No areas outside of the airport were affected by the power loss. The utility said there are 'many redundant systems in place' to ensure the power supply to the airport and that such outages at the airport 'are very rare.'Anthony Foxx, who served as U.S. transportation secretary under former President Barack Obama, tweeted that he was among the many travelers stuck for hours on a plane on the tarmac.'Total and abject failure here at ATL Airport today,' he tweeted, adding that there was 'no excuse for lack of workable redundant power source. NONE!'In another tweet, Foxx said it seemed like the problem was 'compounded by confusion and poor communication.'Once he was off the plane, Foxx tweeted that he hoped to rent a car to drive to Charlotte, North Carolina, to catch a flight Monday morning.Sara Melillo and her husband, Greg Presto, were traveling from Kenya, where they live, to Pittsburgh to spend Christmas with his family when they were stuck on the tarmac for six hours. The couple had made stops in Nairobi and Amsterdam and landed shortly after the lights went out in Atlanta.Melillo said the pilot didn't have a lot of information for the travelers but the plane had air conditioning and attendants offered water and juice a few times. She described the Delta terminal as 'big chaos' with not enough customer service for the hundreds of people trying to find a flight to their next destination and a place to sleep for the night.With her new boarding pass handwritten and her bags still stuck on a plane, Melillo was hopeful that she and her husband would be able to get a flight in the morning to Pittsburgh, she said as she waited for an Uber ride to a hotel. But in a Monday morning email, Melillo told The Associated Press the morning flight had been rescheduled to the evening and they were going to the airport to try to get a different flight.Airport workers were distributing bottled water, and Dunkin' Donuts was giving out doughnuts. Chick-fil-A, which is usually closed on Sundays, opened to provide meals for travelers, according to the airport's Twitter feed.Officer Lisa Bender of the Atlanta Police Department said officers were at the airport to help with crowd control and managing traffic around the airport.At Southwest Airlines, about 70 Atlanta departures out of 120 scheduled for Sunday were canceled, an airline spokesman said in an email. United Airlines and JetBlue Airways were among carriers reporting delays or cancellations.American Airlines reported only a handful of diversions and cancellations because the carrier does not use Atlanta as a hub, airline spokeswoman Alexis Aran Coello.Hartsfield-Jackson, which serves 104 million passengers a year, is the world's busiest airport, a distinction it has held since 1998.The airport serves an average of 275,000 passengers daily, according to its website. Nearly 2,500 planes arrive and depart each day.___AP Airlines Writer David Koenig in Dallas and Associated Press writer Robert Ray in Atlanta contributed to this report.