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    Police in Orlando say they are investigating a shooting that happened at a 7-Eleven gas station near Universal Sunday night.  They say it happened around 10:30 pm, where they found a man with a gunshot wound. The victim, now identified as 23 year old Thiago Neves was taken to the hospital were he was pronounced dead. During the investigation, detectives focused the majority of their attention on a red car parked at a gas pump.  Police say this is an isolated incident and they are working to identify the people involved in the shooting.  Meanwhile, they are asking anyone who know any information about this incident to call Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS.
  • Police in Orlando want to know who is responsible for leaving a newborn baby on the doorstep of an Orlando apartment complex Saturday morning. They say around 10 a.m., the 1 day old baby was found wrapped in a T-shirt at the Willow Key Apartments on Arnold Palmer Drive. The baby was taken to the hospital in good health.  Investigators along with the Department of Children and Families are looking into the incident. Police want to remind everyone of Florida's safe haven law. If you are unable to care for a newborn baby within seven days after they were born, you can drop them off at a local hospital or fire station and you won't face any criminal charges.  If you have any information about this incident, you are asked to contact Orlando police at 321-235-5300.
  • Ladies and gentlemen, the 10 year reign of Avatar as top grossing film of all time has come to an end. On Saturday, Marvel Studios Chief Feige shared the news to fans during the Marvel Studios Panel at San Diego Comic Con. He said 'Thanks to you, Avengers: Endgame is the biggest film of all time.'  As of Friday, the Avengers movie has claimed a worldwide box office revenue of $ 2.7892 billion, beating Avatar's $2.7897 billion. Now while there is still a gap of less than 500 thousand, the ending result of this weekend's box office will put Endgame above Avatar.  The good news was also confirmed by Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn in a statement: 'A huge congratulations to the Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Studios teams, and thank you to fans around the world who lifted Avengers: Endgame to these historic heights.
  • July 21st is National Ice Cream Day, and businesses around the nation want you to stop by your local favorite dessert spot and enjoy some deliciousness to keep you cool in the summer heat. 35 years ago, President Ronald Reagan declared the third Sunday of July as National Ice Cream day, and the month of July as National Ice Cream Month. This move came as Reagan noted that the industry generated over 3 billion dollars in annual sales.  As with all deals and freebies, be aware that not all locations may be participating, so its important to check ahead of time and plot your course.  Baskin Robbins: For $7.99 on Sunday, you can get two pre-packed quarts of any flavor you want.  Carvel: Buy a soft serve cup or cone and get another one free. Locations can be found here:  https://www.carvel.com/coupon  Dairy Queen: If you download their mobile app, they have coupons and deals you can use at participating locations.  Dippin' Dots: Get a free mini cup during the two hour window at select spots. Learn more here:  https://www.dippindots.com/NICD-2019  Longhorn Steakhouse: They have a special Steak and Bourbon ice cream for just $3.99 at participating locations. Learn more about it here:  https://www.longhornsteakhouse.com/specials/steak-bourbon-ice-cream  Nestle Toll House Cafe by Chip: Buy one scoop, get another free Sunday, and it lasts throughout the end of the month. Find one near you here: https://nestlecafe.com/locations Omni Hotels & Resorts: Through Sunday, get free passion fruit ice cream in the lobbies as part of their Summer of Passion Fruit program. Learn where they will be participating here:  https://www.omnihotels.com/destinations PetSmart: This one only applies to dogs. While supplies last, they can get a free 4 ounce serving of ice cream that's safe for them to eat. It comes topped with dog biscuit treats.  Public: From 4pm to 7pm, they have free samples of their premium brand Cookie Butter Creme ice cream.  Wendys: They have 50 cent small Frostys for a limited time.
  • We are only a few months away from the scariest holiday of the year, and if you have a trip planned to Universal Orlando, who you gonna call? Ghostbusters! Hard to believe, but this year marks the 35th anniversary of the classic film. In honor of the celebration, for the first time ever, the Sony Pictures film will be featured in a new haunted house.  Once inside, you will be transported back in time to the streets of 1984 New York City, where you will no doubt run into spooks and spirits of all shapes and sizes, many of whom you may recognize if you watched the films, like Slimer and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. Some of the famous scenes you will also get to experience include the New York Public Library and the Temple of Gozer.  Never fear though. Peter Venkman, Raymond Stantz, Egon Spengler, and Winston Zeddemore will be ready with their proton packs to fend off any ghouls that will try and get you. Universal's Halloween Horror Nights starts Friday, September 6th and runs until November 2nd.
  • The UCF Board of Trustees has a meeting set for Thursday to discuss a plan to prevent the misuse of funds that led to the firing or resignation of some of its top leaders in just the last year, which included former President Dale Whittaker.. You may remember that audits showed nearly 100 million state funded dollars were wrongly transferred to construction projects on campus, one of the big ones being Trevor Colbourn Hall.  The Board of Trustees now call for a new plan, which creates a system of checks and balances, technology to enhance internal control of the budget, and better protocols so that no single person is the sole authority in handling public funds.  The plan was approved by the school's audit and compliance committee, but it must be put to a vote. The meeting is open to the public, which is scheduled to run for 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the campus.  As for all current construction projects, they have been placed on hold until the state Board of Governors decides that the revised procedures are appropriate and trustworthy.
  • As Star Wars fans eagerly await the opening of Galaxy's Edge on August 29th, even more excitement is expected following the announcement of a new attraction which will open just 4 months after that.   Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will open on December 5th, which coincidentally, also happens to be Walt Disney's birthday.  So what's this ride all about? You will be recruited to join Rey and General Organa at a secret base, and along the way, you will be captured by a First Order Star Destroyer. From there, you must escape and protect the base from the First Order and Kylo Ren.  Once Disney Imagineers complete the ride here, they will head to California to complete work on the Disneyland version of the same ride which will open on January 17, 2020.
  • Birthdays are nothing new to people and companies. This year, Krispy Kreme turns 82, and they have made a couple offers that are tough to pass up. On July 15, for a week, they will feature a birthday-themed doughnut that has strawberry icing, sprinkle toppings, and is filled with birthday cake batter.  Following that offer on July 19th, you can get a dozen Original Glazed Doughnuts for just a dollar. So what's the catch? You have to buy any dozen first, but at least you get a second dozen for just one dollar, which is big enough to feed a family or perhaps an office party.  Click here to find out which Krispy Kreme locations will be participating in this event.
  • Hard to believe that 50 years ago on July 16th, the Apollo 11 mission would be the first time that humans landed on the Moon. The worldwide televised event was described by Commander Neil Armstrong as 'one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.' In honor of the celebration, there are a number of events going on around Central Florida.  Here are some of the milestone events that will take place at the Kennedy Space Center.  July 15  Apollo/Saturn V Center Transformation Celebration- This event starts in the Apollo 8 Firing Room, and has representatives there to show you what is new inside the facility, and then you get to tour the transformed Apollo/Saturn V Center. The event runs from 10:30 to 11 a.m..  July 16  Apollo 11 Launch Flashback Event- You will spend time in the new Moon Tree Garden, a chance to check out vintage cars from the 1960’s, including Armstrong's actual Blue Corvette as well as a special re-airing of the original 1969 CBS footage, featuring special guests and speakers. The events runs from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m.  Global Launch Event- Future astronauts in your family can visit the Junior Astronaut Activity Tent in the Rocket Garden where they can build and launch rockets of their own. That event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m..  July 19  NASA's Giant Leaps: Past and Future- NASA TV will broadcast live for its nationwide two hour program celebrating the 50th anniversary. The even runs from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. To see even more events at the Kennedy Space Center, click here.  Meanwhile, on Saturday, July 20th, there are also two big events going on in Orlando and Sanford.  From 10 am to 2pm, you can check out One Giant Leap: A 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Moon Landing at the Orange County Regional History Center. This free event will feature a variety of activities, including a chance to build an astronaut egg drop, marble moon painting, and moon crater mini golf. You can read more about this event here. Later that evening from 7 to 9 p.m., Seminole State College will be hosting a Film Screening and Talk of Apollo 11 at the Emil Buehler Planetarium. The CNN documentary will be played, along with a discussion by former Director of the Office of the Chief Engineer Warren I. Wiley. It is located at 100 Weldon Boulevard in Sanford at the B117C Planetarium.
  • In case you missed out on the Women's World Cup Final, you also missed out on an opportunity to see something magical: Disney's first trailer for the upcoming live action Mulan movie. However, we have you covered. Here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01ON04GCwKs This remake of the classic 1998 animated movie features Chinese actress Liu Yifei as the titular character along with many others, including Donnie Yen as Commander Tung and Jet Li as The Emperor. In addition, this remake will feature some new characters, but in the process, we will lose some favorites like love interest Li Shiang. As to whether or not the loveable sidekick Mushu will be in the new remake, nothing is confirmed yet, so we will have to wait and see. We are also waiting to see if this movie will feature any of the songs from the original film.  Mulan is scheduled to be released on March 27, 2020.
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  • An infant recovered from a debris area in Ohio's Mad River on Tuesday evening has died despite CPR and other life-saving measures, the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office said. >> Read more trending news A female canoer called 911 about 2:16 p.m. to report that her infant had fallen into the water from her lap and disappeared under the rushing water as she and other members of her party, floating down the river, approached the area of several fallen trees and debris south of state Route 55, authorities said. A dive team and several other rescue crews were requested to Ohio 55 at the Mad River, just east of Ohio 560, after receiving reports that the infant went into the river.  At least seven people were on a flotation device when it reached a strainer (a large tree placed in the water more than halfway across the river) and overturned, German Township Fire/EMS Chief Tim Holman said. Everybody on the device – including the infant – was dumped into the river. Chief Holman said the victims were “freelancing” because that part of the Mad River where the strainer is set up is too dangerous for canoes, flotation devices and rescuers.  The survivors were able to make their way to a small island next to the strainer, approximately a half-mile south of state Route 55, where they were rescued, the chief said. No one was wearing a life preserver and a language barrier exists between the victims and the rescuers. Rescuers located the child in a debris area just after 5 p.m. and began CPR, which continued as they rushed the child to a waiting ambulance.  Life-saving measures continued at Mercy Hospital in Urbana, but were unsuccessful.  Holman said neither the age nor gender of the infant is known. “When it’s a kid, it takes a toll on everybody,” Holman said. “We live with that on a daily basis.” Two of the seven rescued people suffered minor injuries. All of them were taken to Mercy Memorial Hospital. German Township fire crews have had to perform three rescues on that part of the river recently. “The water is deep there and the current is fast,” Holman said.  The Sheriff's Office and the Champaign County Coroner's Office are continuing their investigation of this incident.
  • The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reports that the vehicle believed to be involved in an Amber Alert out of Fairmont, West Virginia, was spotted on Interstate 40 near Holbrook, Arizona, on July 17. It's unclear what direction the gold 2001 Subaru Forester was headed. >> Read more trending news The news came one day after West Virginia State Police issued an Amber Alert for Gracelynn June Scritchfield, 4. Police said she was last seen in Fairmont on July 6 and is believed to be in extreme danger. Police said she was most likely abducted by her biological father, 26-year-old Arlie Edward Hetrick III. He's described as Caucasian with brown hair and blue eyes. He weighs about 140 pounds and stands 5-feet, 9 inches tall, authorities said. Scritchfield is described as Caucasian with brown-blonde hair and blue eyes. She weighs about 35 pounds and stands 3 feet tall, police said. Authorities said she was last seen wearing summer clothes, but they did not have a description of her clothing. Police said she and her biological father may be traveling in a gold 2001 Subaru Forester with West Virginia license plate 1TH163. If you have any information on her whereabouts, you're asked to call 911 immediately.
  • Citing unforeseen costs, Amanda Knox and her fiance are asking for donations to their wedding following a trip to Italy in June.  >> Read more trending news Knox and her fiance, Christopher Robinson, wrote on their registry website that their wedding funds were spent on a trip to Italy last month when she was invited to speak at a criminal justice summit hosted by the Italy Innocence Project. The trip was Knox's first time back in Italy since being acquitted in 2015 in the murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher. 'We weren't expecting to be planning a wedding and Amanda's first ever return trip to Italy at the same time,' the registry reads. 'With scant time to plan, and no financial backing, we had to spend our wedding funds on this challenging and important journey.' The registry asks for donations either for specific costs or at a patron level. The patron level ranges from $500 to $10,000, with each level having a title: Stellar patron, galactic patron and temporal patron.  People can also donate to aspects of the wedding ranging from the venue, special effects, costumes and the honeymoon.  All donors will receive a signed copy of 'The Cardio Tesseract,' a joint book of love poems written by Knox and Robinson. The website for the book describes it as alternating love poems written in conversation with each other, 'revealing the dynamics of their private life, their hopes, fears, and dark places.' Knox responded to criticism of the registry on her Twitter account.  Knox spoke at the conference on the role of the media in judicial errors. She and her former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were initially convicted in the slaying of Kercher in 2007. Their convictions were annulled by the country's highest court in 2015 after a yearslong series of flip-flop higher-court decisions. Judges in that final ruling cited flaws in the investigation and said there was a lack of evidence to prove their wrongdoing beyond reasonable doubt, including a lack of 'biological traces' connecting them to the crime. – The Associated Press contributed to this report. 
  • A north Alabama man was arrested Friday in connection with two homicides after patrol officers in another part of the state said they found him driving around with his dead wife’s body in the front seat beside him. Fred Sommerville, 47, is accused of killing his estranged wife, Lakresha Sommerville, 39, of Ardmore, Tennessee, who was reported missing Thursday in Limestone County, Alabama. Ardmore sits on the southern Tennessee state line and abuts its sister city of the same name in Alabama. Law enforcement officials have spelled the couple's name Sommerville, though their social media profiles show the spelling as Somerville. Fred Sommerville was taken into custody following a police pursuit in Pickens County, more than 150 miles away in west Alabama. “His wife, Lakresha, was in the front seat of the vehicle. She was dead and had been dead for several hours,” Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely said during a news conference Monday evening. As of Tuesday morning, Fred Sommerville remained in the Pickens County Jail on charges of abuse of a corpse, attempt to elude, first-degree theft of property and reckless endangerment. He is expected to be transferred to Limestone County, at which point he will face a charge of first-degree murder for the murder of two or more people. Blakely said along with the slaying of his estranged wife, Fred Sommerville is also a suspect in the Thursday night killing of Bruce Cosman, 74, of Ardmore, Alabama. The News Courier in Athens reported that Cosman and his wife were inside their home around 7:30 p.m. Thursday when they heard suspicious noises outside. Cosman went outside to investigate the noises and his wife heard gunshots. According to the newspaper, Cosman was shot multiple times, dying in the yard. Blakely said Monday that investigators have evidence placing Fred Sommerville at Cosman’s home at the time of the shooting. He did not say what that evidence is. “There’s a lot of things we can’t go into at this time because it’s still an ongoing investigation,” Blakely said. He said a lot more legwork needs to be done in the case, but he is confident that the killer is in custody. Blakely said one reason he held the news conference was to calm the fears of residents in Ardmore. “We don’t have a murderer running loose up there in Ardmore. We have the person. He is in custody,” Blakely said. “We’re very confident he is the one that murdered Mr. Bruce.” >> Read more trending news  The timeline of the killing of Lakresha Sommerville is still not nailed down, Blakely said. He told reporters Monday that the victim’s mother reported her missing, with a possible kidnapping by her estranged husband, late Thursday night. Fred Sommerville was apprehended in Pickens County, in the town of Aliceville, around 11 a.m. Friday. Lakresha Sommerville had obviously been dead for hours at that point, the sheriff said. Blakely said there is no indication Fred Sommerville knew Cosman or his family. “We have some theories and possibly some evidence that’s going to indicate why he wound up at that residence, but we’re not prepared to discuss those at this time,” Blakely said. Watch the entire news conference with Limestone County officials below.  It was unclear why Fred Sommerville drove to Pickens County, though investigators said he has an uncle who lives there. Blakely said Sommerville also drove through other areas of Alabama for hours before his capture. The News Courier reported Fred Sommerville was caught after Aliceville police officers, who had heard reports regarding Lakresha Sommerville’s missing vehicle, spotted him downtown and attempted to pull him over. The officers ultimately fired at the car to stop it, the newspaper reported. The sheriff said Lakresha Sommerville had filed several complaints against her estranged husband alleging domestic violence and stalking. “According to the reports we’ve received so far, she was scared of him,” Blakely said. It was not yet clear exactly where Lakresha Sommerville was slain. According to investigators, she was shot once in the head. A Facebook page apparently belonging to Fred Sommerville, listed under the name Fila Somerville, shows multiple angry public posts that appeared to be directed at his estranged wife over the past few months. “All the slander you do towards me only gonna make that number bigger,” he wrote less than a week before Lakresha Sommerville was slain. “Get your lawyer, ‘cause you gonna pay dearly. Bet that.” Several people have commented on the post since the slaying last week. 'Why, Fred? Why?' Lakresha Sommerville's mother, Cindy Surles, wrote. 'Why would you take away the only person that was taking care of your son?' She wrote that Fred Sommerville did not care about the boy, who, according to Lakresha Sommerville's Facebook page, turned 13 earlier this year. 'All you care about is Fred and if it's not about Fred, then it ain't about nothing,' Surles wrote. On July 2, Fred Sommerville posted that he was in a domestic partnership with Lakresha, who appeared to express surprise at the relationship status. A friend asked Fred if he was OK. Fred Sommerville wrote that he had some business to take care of. 'This (expletive) the reason y,' he wrote, indicating his estranged wife. Other friends wrote that Lakresha Sommerville was not the source of his problems and urged him to accept that the relationship was over. On Friday, a woman named Stacey Smith commented on the status, along with several others on the Facebook page, telling those who saw her posts that Fred and Lakresha Sommerville were missing. 'No one has heard from them since yesterday afternoon,' Smith wrote. 'Their son was left behind and haven’t heard from them! If anyone knows or heard anything please let us know!' The following day, after news of Lakresha Sommerville's slaying emerged, the comments on Fred Sommerville's page turned to anger and anguish. 'You sorry (expletive), you didn’t have to kill her,' one person wrote. 'You could’ve thought of your son.' A friend of Lakresha's, April Robison, wrote on a Facebook fundraiser to help Surles fund her daughter's funeral and raise her son, that Lakresha Sommerville was loved and respected by many. 'Kresha was dedicated to her son, her mom, her whole family,' Robison wrote. 'She could light up a room with her smile. Her laugh was infectious. She will be missed by this entire town. We have lost a truly beautiful soul.' In a December post thanking her friends for birthday wishes, Lakresha Sommerville wrote that she thanked God for life and was looking forward to what the next year of life held for her. 'Just being honest I'm not living my best life yet, but if it's in God's will, I'm on my way,' she wrote. She wrote that she was looking forward to new and exciting things and a drama and stress-free year. 'May Chapter 39 be the best year yet!' she wrote.

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  • The White House on Tuesday defended the details of a major budget deal worked out between President Donald Trump and Democrats in the Congress, even as conservative groups and some GOP lawmakers denounced it as a budget boondoggle which would only increase spending and further raise deficits and debt. 'This deal on the discretionary spending caps is nothing short of a surrender by Republican “leadership” in the House and Senate and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin,' said the group Freedom Works. The plan would raise spending levels to $320 billion more than the budget caps in current law for 2020 and 2021 - though the actual increase in spending from 2019 would be much less. With no briefings at the White House, the public argument on behalf of the deal was carried in the rain on Tuesday by the President's top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow. On Capitol Hill, Republicans said it was the best deal possible. 'In a compromise, neither side gets 100 percent of what they want,' said Sen. David Perdue (R-GA). But the details produced a lot of grumbling from GOP lawmakers in the House, who want to see less spending - not more. 'The spending deal before us would continue Washington’s reckless spending with an unlimited line of credit,' said Rep. Mark Green (R-TN). 'This deal irresponsibly jacks up spending by $320 billion,' said Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who complained 'this deal just kicks the can down the road again.' 'This proposal digs the US deeper into debt,' said Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), who said it was hard for budget haws to support a deal that adds more money to the deficit. 'Our credit card is maxed out,' said Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC). 'What this budget deal does is ask the credit card company for another $320 billion in credit.' A House vote is expected on the plan by Friday, with Senate action expected next week. Lawmakers needed to act now - before going home on an extended summer break - because Trump Administration officials were worried that the debt limit needed to be expanded soon after Labor Day.