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    A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 being relocated to California made an emergency landing shortly after takeoff at Orlando International Airport Tuesday afternoon.  >> Read more trending news  Two pilots were the only people on board the Max 8 plane—which was being relocated to Victorville—when it took off shortly before 3 p.m., according to OIA spokeswoman Carolyn Fennell.  Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration said the flight's crew 'declared an emergency after the aircraft experienced a reported engine problem while departing.'  Airport operations were not significantly affected by the emergency landing, Fennell said.  Southwest released the following statement:  'Southwest 8701 operating as a ferry flight with no passengers on board returned to Orlando International Airport just before 3pm EDT after Pilots reported a performance issue with one of the engines shortly after takeoff. The Crew followed protocol and safely landed back at the airport. The flight was scheduled to fly to Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville, Calif., for short-term storage. The Boeing 737 MAX 8 will be moved to our Orlando maintenance facility for a review.' >> Related: Ethiopian Airlines crash: Captain reported issues shortly after takeoff The flight was scheduled to land in Victorville around 5 p.m., flight records show.  The FAA is investigating, officials said.  This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.
  • A school bus carrying children ran over an embankment in a construction zone in Mars, Pennsylvania, Monday afternoon and landed on its side. >> Read more trending news  Update 5:45 p.m. EDT Sept. 24: The exact number of students who received medical care is not known, but Mars district officials said six children were hospitalized immediately for treatment of minor bumps and bruises. Other students were taken to area hospitals for a check-up as a precaution. (Original story) Police and emergency responders are on the scene, according to WPXI-TV, and multiple injuries have been reported. At least four people were receiving treatment at the scene for minor injuries, according to officials with the Mars Area School District, who also confirmed 41 students were on the bus at time of the accident.  Here’s the statement the district issued after the accident. “Mars Area School District School Bus #4 was involved in a single vehicle accident on Route 228 at approximately 3 p.m. today (Monday, Sept. 24). As per District procedure, 911 was immediately called and emergency responders were dispatched to the scene. All students are being examined by emergency medical personnel. Some minor injuries were reported. The District is contacting the parents of all students who were on the bus at the time of the accident directly. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.” >> Related: Parents feel pressured when making child safety choices, study says  Mars is located between Pittsburgh and Butler in southern Butler County.
  • Neil Simon, the author of iconic plays such as “The Odd Couple,” “Barefoot in the Park” and “Lost in Yonkers,” died Sunday, The Washington Post reported. He was 91. >> Read more trending news  According to TMZ, Simon died at 1 a.m. Sunday morning. His death was announced by his publicist, Bill Evans, The New York Times reported. According to a statement,“Neil Simon the Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright, died last night at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. The cause was complications from pneumonia. “His wife, Elaine Joyce Simon, was at his bedside along with Mr. Simon’s daughters, Ellen Simon and Nancy Simon.” Simon, who was born in The Bronx, won a Pulitzer Prize, three Tony Awards, a Kennedy Center Honor and a Golden Globe Award, The New York Post reported. IKn 1983 a Broadway theater was named after him, making him the only living playwright to have such an honor, the newspaper reported. >> Photos: Notable deaths of 2018 Time magazine once called Simon the “patron saint of laughter.” Simon wrote dozens of plays, the scripts for five musicals and more than 20 screenplays, the Washington Post reported. In the late 1960s and in the mid-1980s, there were four Simon shows playing simultaneously on Broadway, according to the Washington Post. In 1966, those plays were “Sweet Charity,” “The Star-Spangled Girl,” “The Odd Couple” and “Barefoot in the Park,” according to Variety. “The Odd Couple” also had success as a film and as a television series, while “Barefoot in the Park” also had a memorable run as a film.
  • Pop star Demi Lovato suffered an apparent drug overdose Tuesday and was revived by emergency responders at her home in Hollywood Hills, California, before she was transported to an area hospital,  according to multiple news reports. >> Read more trending news    Update 10:50 p.m. EDT July 24: Lovato’s aunt Kerissa Dunn said in a social media post that the singer is “awake and in stable condition” at a Hollywood area hospital. Dunn asked for prayers and said “we almost lost her today” in reference to the apparent overdose that put the troubled star in the hospital. (Original story) Lovato, 25, reportedly suffered the overdose at her home in Hollywood Hills just before noon and was treated with Narcan, a medication used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, before being rushed to an area hospital, TMZ reported. People is reporting she’s “Okay and stable,” according to a source. Related: ‘Addiction is a terrifying disease’: Celebrities react to Demi Lovato’s reported heroin overdose Lovato has battled substance abuse for years, including several stints in rehab.  Although she celebrated 6 years of sobriety in March, she admitted she relapsed in a song called 'Sober,' released in June. The single’s release came two months after a photo of her appearing to hold a glass of alcohol at a party surfaced on Instagram. Related: Demi Lovato details 2016 Met Gala encounter that led her to an AA meeting She performed the song Sunday at a concert with Iggy Azalea at the California Mid-State Fair. Related: Photos: Demi Lovato through the years Lovato admitted that she started using drugs at age 17 in her 2012 documentary, 'Stay Strong.' She entered treatment for the first time at age 18 after a two month bender that included cocaine and adderall. She later relapsed again. “I was using while I had a sober companion and I went through like 20 sober companions. I was either craving drugs or on drugs. I was not easy to work with,” Lovato said in her documentary. “It’s embarrassing to look back at the person that I was.” In 2016, she became co-owner of CAST Centers in Los Angeles, the same treatment center she went to when she was 18. She reportedly split from the center and her former life coach and CAST Centers founder, Mike Bayer, in 2018. Check back for more on this developing story. Kelcie Willis with the Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this story.
  • A duck boat accident on Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri, killed 17 people Thursday night, including the boat’s driver and nine members of an Indiana family, according to authorities. Fourteen other people were injured. >> Read more trending news  Update 12:50 p.m. EDT July 22: The 17 people killed in the duck boat accident have all been identified, according to The Associated Press. They are: Indiana family members 45-year-old Angela Coleman, 1-year-old Arya Coleman, 69-year-old Belinda Coleman, 76-year-old Ervin Coleman, 7-year-old Evan Coleman, 40-year-old Glenn Coleman, 70-year-old Horace Coleman, 2-year-old Maxwell Coleman, and 9-year-old Reece Coleman. Missouri natives 69-year-old William Asher, 68-year-old Rosemarie Hamann, 63-year-old Janice Bright, 65-year-old William Bright, and 73-year-old Bob Williams. Arkansas natives 53-year-old Steve Smith and 15-year-old Lance Smith. Illinois native Leslie Dennison, 64. Update 8:45 a.m. EDT July 21: The Stone County coroner confirmed to KSDK that William Asher, 69, and his girlfriend, Rose Hamann, were among those killed in Thursday night's duck boat accident in Missouri. The news station reported that the couple lived in St. Louis County, Missouri. They were visiting Branson to celebrate Hamann’s birthday, which was on Monday, according KSDK. Todd Dennison’s mother, 64-year-old Leslie Dennison, was also killed in the boat accident, the Kansas City Star reported. In an emotional and brief interview Friday, Todd Dennison told the newspaper that his mother was visiting Branson with his 12-year-old daughter, Alicia, and that they were together for less than an hour before they boarded the duck boat. He told the Star that while in the hospital on Thursday night, his daughter told him that she could feel her grandmother pushing her upward from below while the boat was sinking.“She said her grandmother saved her,” Todd Dennison told the Star. Update 1:30 a.m. EDT July 21: Authorities have identified more victims in the duck boat accident. Steve Smith and his teenage son, Lance Smith, from Osceola, Arkansas, were among those killed in the crash. Steve Smith was a pastor and Lance Smith was preparing to open his own church in less than a week, according to CNN, first reported by The Christian Chronicle.  Steve Smith’s daughter, Loren Smith, suffered a concussion during the accident but survived. Smith’s wife, Pam Smith, opted to stay behind and was not on the boat. William and Janice Bright from Higginsville, Missouri, near Kansas City, were also identified as victims in the crash. WDAF reports that the couple had three children, 16 grandchildren and had been married for 45 years. “My great nieces and nephews now have no grandparents,” Karen Abbott, William Bright’s sister, told WDAF. Update 11:00 p.m. EDT July 20: A summer vacation ended in tragedy for nine members of an Indiana family, along with eight other tourists, killed when a duck boat capsized Thursday evening on a lake in Branson, Missouri. The Coleman family had traveled to Branson for their annual road trip, according to The New York Times, which interviewed Carolyn Coleman. Coleman said she lost two of her brothers-in-law and that three generations of the family died in the accident, including four young children, the Times reported. “We just lost some wonderful people,” she said. The Indianapolis Star reported that the four children killed in the accident were all under the age of 10. 'They were very loved,' Ingrid Coleman Douglas said in a telephone interview with the Star. Coleman Douglas said the victims included two of her uncles, cousins and their children. 'It’s a huge family on all sides. It’s unimaginable. I would never have thought I would have lost this number of people this way,' she said. Coleman Douglas identified the victims as her uncles Horace 'Butch' Coleman and Irving Raymond Coleman; Horace Coleman's wife, Belinda Coleman; her cousins, Angela Coleman and Glenn Coleman; Angela's 2-year-old son Maxwell; Glenn's two sons Evan and Reece; and his 1-year-old daughter, Arya. Glenn's wife, Tia Coleman, and Angela's older son, whose name has not been released, survived the accident, the Star reported. Update 5:15 p.m. EDT July 20: Stone County authorities now say all 17 of the victims in the duck boat accident have been accounted for and that nine of the victims were from the same family, according to Gov. Mike Parson’s office. Two members of the family, identified by local news outlets as the Coleman family, survived. Officials said the victims range in age from 1 to 70 years old. Meantime, mourners are putting flowers on the victims’ cars in the Ride the Ducks parking lot, and the community of Branson, Missouri, is holding several candlelight vigils Friday night in memory of those killed.  One of the vigils is scheduled at Table Rock Lake where the accident happened, according to KY3-TV. Update 4:30 p.m. EDT July 20: Family and friends are mourning the staggering loss of life on Table Rock Lake Thursday evening. One woman lost nine members of her family, USA Today reported, citing Gov. Mike Parson’s office. Update 2:20 p.m. EDT July 20: Branson Mayor Karen Best told The Associated Press that Bob Williams, the man who was driving the Ride the Ducks boat that sunk Thursday in a southwest Missouri lake, was a “great ambassador for Branson” who “was at every event.” Seventeen people died, including Williams, and 14 others were injured Thursday when the duck boat capsized in Table Rock Lake, according to authorities. Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said earlier Friday that the boat’s captain survived. In a statement posted on Facebook, employees of Ride the Ducks Branson said the business would be closed “while we support the investigation, and to allow time to grieve for the families and the community.” “This incident has deeply affected all of us. Words cannot convey how profoundly our hearts are breaking,” the statement said. “Thank you for your support, and we ask that your thoughts and prayers be with the families during this time.” Update 11:40 a.m. EDT July 20: Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said Friday morning that authorities recovered four more bodies after a duck boat capsized in southwest Missouri, KSMU reported, bringing the death toll from Thursday’s incident to 17. Rader said 14 people were taken to hospitals after the incident. He said the driver of the Ride the Ducks boat died. The captain survived. Update 11:20 a.m. EDT July 20: Nearly two decades ago, the National Transportation Safety Board issued a warning about boats with overhead canopies like the one that sank Thursday on Table Rock Lake after a deadly accident claimed 13 lives in Arkansas, according to the Kansas City Star. The Miss Majestic duck boat was carrying 21 passengers when it sank in 1999 in Lake Hamilton, the Star reported. Authorities found seven dead passengers trapped inside the boat when they recovered it, four of which were pinned to the underside of the canopy, according to the Star. “Contributing to the high loss of life was a continuous canopy roof that entrapped passengers within the sinking vehicle,” NTSB officials said in an accident report. Authorities continued searching Friday for four people who are presumed dead after Thursday’s accident in southwest Missouri. Officials said 13 other people have been confirmed dead in the incident. Update 10:25 a.m. EDT July 20: Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said divers are going back in the water Friday in search of four people who remain missing and are presumed dead after Thursday’s duck boat accident on Table Rock Lake. Rader said the search had shifted to “recovery mode for the bodies that are still missing,” at a news conference Friday morning. 'It's been a long night,” Rader said. “It's been a very trying night.” Rader said the driver of the Ride the Ducks boat died but that the captain survived. Update 10:05 a.m. EDT July 20: Authorities are expected to provide an update on the investigation into Thursday's deadly duck boat accident in Missouri at a news conference Friday. Update 9:55 a.m. EDT July 20: President Donald Trump shared sympathies Friday to the families and friends of the people involved in Thursday’s deadly duck boat accident in southwest Missouri. “Such a tragedy, such a great loss,” the president wrote Friday in a tweet. “May God be with you all!” Update 8:15 a.m. EDT July 20: Officials with the State Highway Patrol said Friday that two more bodies have been found after Thursday’s duck boat accident in southwest Missouri, bringing the death toll to 13.  >> On AJC.com: Bahamas boating tragedy brings vacation safety to the forefront State Highway Patrol Sgt. Jason Pace said four other people remained missing. Original report: Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said 14 people were taken to hospitals after the incident. Seven were being treated early Friday, he said. The boat capsized after a strong line of thunderstorms moved through the area around 7 p.m. Thursday. Rader said weather “was a factor” in the incident. Authorities said the boat had 31 people on board, including children, when it capsized.  The boat had life jackets on board, according to CNN. The news network reported that other boats on the water docked before the bad weather hit. The National Transportation Safety Board has sent a team to investigate and are asking anyone who witnessed the accident to come forward. A dive team and rescue officials worked through the night to find survivors. They ended the search around 11 p.m., according to KY3. Emergency responders set up a staging area overnight on the lakeshore near the Showboat Branson Belle, local media reported, although the Belle was not involved in the accident. Branson officials opened an emergency shelter inside city hall for the victims. National Weather Service meteorologist Steve Linderberg said a top wind speed of 63 mph was measured around 7 p.m. Thursday at Branson Airport.  “There’s nothing to slow down winds in an open area,” he said. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is watching the developments. DUKW, known as duck boats, are six-wheel-drive amphibious vehicles that were used by the U.S. military during World War II and the Korean War.  Since then, duck boat tours have become popular and are offered on lakes and rivers around the United States, including Missouri, Wisconsin, Massachusetts and Alabama. Ripley Entertainment acquired the Ride The Ducks in Branson in late 2017 from Ride the Ducks International, a subsidiary of Norcross, Georgia-based Herschend Family Entertainment Corp. Ride the Ducks International manufactures amphibious vehicles and licenses them for tours at affiliates. It also operates duck tours at Stone Mountain Park in Georgia. The company formerly operated tours in several other cities, including Baltimore, San Francisco and Philadelphia. But in recent years it ended operations following deadly accidents.  In 2015, a Ride the Ducks tour bus collided with a charter bus carrying student on the Aurora bridge in Seattle. Five students were killed and several others injured. The Associated Press and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution contributed to this report.
  • President Donald Trump is moving quickly to announce a replacement for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement this week. Trump told reporters Thursday aboard Air Force One that he has narrowed his candidate pool down to four individuals, but declined to name them. Trump told reporters that he would make a decision this weekend and make a formal announcement Monday at 9 p.m. EDT. >> Read more trending news  Trump told reporters last week that he plans to announce his pick for the high court on July 9, according to news reports. The president also told reporters he’s considering two women and plans to interview several potential candidates for the job this weekend, The Associated Press reported. >> Related: Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announces retirement The president on Wednesday, the day Kennedy, 81, announced his retirement, said that he’ll draw from a list of 25 candidates that he used to nominate Justice Neil Gorsuch last year.  Kennedy was appointed to the nation’s highest court by President Ronald Reagan in 1987. >> From Jamie Dupree: Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy to retire “It has been the greatest honor and privilege to serve our nation in the federal judiciary for 43 years, 30 of those years on the Supreme Court,” Kennedy said in a statement. In announcing his retirement Wednesday, he also said he wanted to spend more time with his family. Kennedy is the longest-serving justice currently on the court. >> Related: 5 things to know about the Supreme Court  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also announced his intention Wednesday to move quickly in replacing Kennedy, saying that lawmakers will vote this fall before the mid-term elections to approve of Kennedy’s replacement.
  • The Associated Press - NASA astronauts Drew Feustel (FOY-stull) and Ricky Arnold emerged from the International Space Station on Wednesday to rearrange the space station's external cooling system by swapping the positions of two spare ammonia pumps. NASA wants the best spare in the best spot. One pump got too cold because of a power shutdown 17 years ago and is called Frosty. The other spewed out ammonia five years ago and is dubbed Leaky. Click here to see the spacewalk underway.
  • FDLE issued an Amber Alert this morning after a witness told police that a 15 year old girl was grabbed and forced into a charcoal colored SUV.  Police do not have a tag number. The black female was last seen between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. A juvenile and an adult said they saw the girl apparently kidnapped in the area of the 1600 block of Barna Avenue near Kings Court in Titusville, officials said.  No name or photo has been  provided by police. The girl is described as being approximately 15 years old, 5’5″ in height, wearing a green shirt and khaki pants. Police said she has multicolored braids in her hair. A photo was not initially available, but FDLE later released a sketch of the teen. Anyone with information on the girl’s whereabouts is urged to contact the Titusville Police Department at (321) 264-7800 or call 911.
  • Shine. They have performed this song at the March For Our Lives on Washington and at other locations, but today the official video of the song written by two students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was released. Sawyer Garrity and Andrea Peña said they wrote the song to inspire others to make change in the world.  The video opens with students holding up photos of the victims of the Feb. 14 mass shooting, then shifts to the school where the students have since returned and help support each other. The video also features live performances, the historic march in D.C. and finally the two student authors at a piano on a darkened stage at school’s performing arts building. Members of the school drama club are also featured in the official video. The video is dedicated to the victims. Proceeds from downloads will go toward a fund to help children recover through the arts. Click here to learn more. Mobile users can click here to see the YouTube video.
  • The Associated Press Authorities say the suspect in a quadruple homicide at a Waffle House in Nashville has been arrested.  Metropolitan Nashville Police announced Monday on Twitter that 29-year-old Travis Reinking was taken into custody not far from his apartment. Photos posted by police in Nashville showed him clothed and in a police car.  Police and agents with the FBI, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and troopers with the Tennessee Highway Patrol had mounted a massive manhunt following the slayings early Sunday.  Police say Reinking was nearly naked and brandishing an assault-style rifle when he opened fire in the parking lot and then stormed the restaurant. Four people killed, four others were injured.