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    A skyride malfunctioned Monday night at SeaWorld San Diego, initially stranding nine adults and seven children – including an infant. Here are the latest updates: Update 11:26 p.m. PST: Rescue workers have saved all 16 people who were trapped on the Bayside Skyride at SeaWorld San Diego, the San Diego Fire Department tweeted late Monday. >> See the tweet here Original story: A rescue is underway at SeaWorld San Diego after a skyride malfunctioned Monday night, initially stranding nine adults and seven children – including an infant. >> See a photo from the scene here >> Read more trending news  As of 10:30 p.m. PST, crews had rescued 14 people from the Bayside Skyride, which stalled when heavy winds 'tripped a circuit breaker' more than three hours earlier, KSWB reported. Two people were still trapped on the ride's gondolas, the San Diego Fire Department said. >> See the tweet here KSWB said some of the gondolas were over Mission Bay when the ride stopped working. Those trapped were 'lowered by harnesses & rescued by [San Diego Lifeguards] boats,' the Fire Department tweeted. Read more here.
  • A University of Central Florida employee suffered burns Monday after a chemical reaction, according to Orange County Fire Rescue officials. Firefighters were called to 3512 Perseus Loop Lane near the Facilities Operations building on UCF's campus around 3 p.m.  The 29-year-old who was the only person in the building at the time, and was transporting the chemicals when a static discharge sparked a fire.  He was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center with burns to his face, arms and chest according to responding firefighters.  A university spokeswoman said the incident happened in a building on campus that is designed to handle chemicals and no students were involved in the incident or ever in any danger.  The worker's name was not released. Mike Jachles with OCFR said he was conscious and alert when he was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center.
  • Following two accidents in recent months, the Orlando Fire Department has announced new roadway safety procedures. The changes include shutting down two additional lanes of traffic on major highways and other roads, as well as placing cones between the crash and the responding unit, and requesting additional backup from the Orlando Police Department following an accident. This will include accidents on major roads such as I-4, State Road 408 and State Road 417. An additional fire suppression unit will also head to the scene, and be angled in a way to alert drivers of an upcoming accident. It comes after an accident Sunday on I-4, when a car slammed into a fire truck, injuring four firefighters and two others. Also, on December 21st, 2018, a vehicle rear ended a fire engine on State Road 408, causing minor injuries to the driver and three Orlando firefighters. The changes are set to take effect immediately. 
  • It's Star Wars movie season once again, and the latest installment in the series has finally finished filming. Director J.J. Abrams made the announcement on Twitter saying: ' It feels impossible, but today(Friday) wrapped photography on Episode IX. There is no adequate way to thank this truly magical crew and cast. I'm forever indebted to you all.'  To celebrate the occasion, he posted a picture of stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac embracing each other on the final day of filming.  Now that the filming is out of the way, the fun part is getting everything else done before the December 20th deadline, when it is released in theaters. So far there has been no official title, trailer, or teaser of any kind, but of course, we can expect that to come out as we get closer.
  • Kissimmee police say one person was killed and another  injured in a Sunday night  shooting of  N. John Young Parkway. It happened in the area of Hill Street and Person Street, Police say they received a 911 call about shots fired around 11:45 p.m.  Police say around the same time off the 9-1-1 call, two men with gunshot wounds arrived at a nearby hospital.  One died of his injuries the second victim is reported to be in stable condition today and police are hoping he'll be able to explain what happened.  Investigators are still on the scene gathering evidence. Channel 9's Field Sutton reports from the scene that at least a dozen shots were fired.  The identities of the victims were not released.  Crimeline is now offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. If you saw anything or know anything you are urged to call crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS 
  • Orange County mayor Jerry Demings will host a Regional Economic Summit on March 29. The summit is a collaboration with the Orlando Economic Partnership. Mayor Demings will highlight representatives from local small business and entrepreneurial programs.  There will also be a panel discussion on “Regional Topics and Vision.” The panel will include mayor Demings, Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer, CEO and president of the Orlando Economic Partnership, Tim Giuliani, Seminole County chair Brenda Carey, Osceola County chair Cheryl Grieb and Lake County chair Leslie Campione. The director of the University of Central Florida Institute for Economic Competitiveness, Sean Snaith, will also give his annual economic update. The Regional Economic Summit will be held Friday, March 29, at the Orange County Convention Center. To register for the event CLICK HERE.
  • ORLANDO, Fla. -- A 24-year-old is dead after being ‘unintentionally’ run over by his girlfriend early Monday morning in a neighborhood near Pine Hills. Florida Highway Patrol says Kevin Singh and 21-year-old Lakshmi Haimraj were driving from a friends’ house at about 3:15 a.m.  when he asked to get out of the car. After he got out, Haimraj continued driving down the street but eventually circled back around to find him.  “As she came back around to see if she could locate him, she felt her vehicle run over something,” said Lt. Kim Montes. A preliminary investigation suggests the victim was either sitting or laying near the intersection of Willowood St. and Providence Cir. when he was hit by a slow-moving car. There was minimal damage to the vehicle, Montes said. Singh was transported to Health Central hospital where he was pronounced dead. “We do not suspect that this was an intentional act or domestic. We just believe that this was an unfortunate crash that occurred after she tried to come back around to look for him,” said Montes.
  • A man is dead after three port-a-potties caught fire Sunday afternoon outside M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, authorities said. >> Read more trending news  According to WMAR, firefighters responded to the scene about 3 p.m. after a security guard spotted the blaze in a parking lot outside the stadium, home to the NFL's Baltimore Ravens.  The Baltimore City Fire Department tweeted that 'an adult male was seen on fire coming from a Port A Potty.'  'Upon arrival, the adult male was pronounced deceased & three Port A Potties engulfed in flames,' the tweet said. >> See the tweet here Officials are still trying to determine what caused the fire, WMAR reported. Read more here.
  • Although Chinese New Year is not a typical thing you see celebrated here in Florida, that's not stopping the city of Orlando from joining in the celebration of the Year of the Pig. 2019, which according to the Chinese Zodiac is the Year of the Pig, marks the 8th annual Central Florida Dragon Parade and Lunar New Year Festival held in Orlando.  This year's parade takes place at 728 North Thornton Avenue. It will start at 11 am the corner of Lake Highland Drive and North Mills Avenue and will end at North Thornton Avenue and East Colonial Drive. The parade comes ahead of the festival, which is led by City of Orlando and Orange County leaders, teaming up with representatives of numerous Asian organizations.  Following the parade will be four hours of the Lunar Festival, which will feature good wholesome entertainment such as dragon dancing, martial arts, taiko drummers, arts and crafts, and of course, food glorious food! This holiday is also used an occasion for celebrating families to reunite and honor their ancestors. Families partaking may even do a 'spring' cleaning to their house to get rid of any bad fortune. If you are new to the experience, here is a preview of last year’s parade:
  • Denny Hamlin came to the Daytona 500 determined to honor his late car owner with a victory. He delivered with a storybook tribute for Joe Gibbs Racing. Hamlin won NASCAR's biggest race for the second time in four years Sunday, leading JGR in a 1-2-3 sweep of the podium in overtime. The race and the season have been dedicated to J.D. Gibbs, Joe Gibbs' eldest son who died last month after battling a degenerative neurological disease. J.D. Gibbs helped his father start the race team, ran it while Joe Gibbs was coaching the Washington Redskins, was a tire changer on the team's first Daytona 500 victory and the one who discovered Hamlin during a test session at Hickory Motor Speedway in North Carolina. Hamlin was hired to drive the No. 11 — the number J.D. Gibbs used when he played football — and J.D. Gibbs' name is on the Toyota. When Hamlin stopped his car along the frontstretch to collect the checkered flag, he immediately credited J.D. Gibbs. 'The whole family, they did so much for me over the course of my career, and this one is for J.D,' Hamlin said. 'We are desperately going to miss him the rest of our lives. His legacy still lives on through Joe Gibbs Racing and proud to do this for them.' Hamlin was met in victory lane by the entire Gibbs family, including J.D.'s widow and four sons. 'He meant a lot to me and it's hard for me not getting choked up because I've been choked up about 100 times about it,' Hamlin said. 'Just to have Melissa (Gibbs) and all the kids here, it's just crazy.' Joe Gibbs, the Hall of Fame NFL coach with three Super Bowl victories, ranked the tribute win to his son first in his career accomplishments. J.D. Gibbs encouraged his father to move the team from a crowded-Chevrolet camp to become Toyota's flagship team in 2008 and the Daytona 500 victory was the 100th for JGR in a Camry. 'It is the most emotional and biggest win I've ever had in my life, in anything,' Gibbs said. 'It was the most important night in my occupational life. I know J.D. and everybody in my family was emotional.' Kyle Busch and Erik Jones finished second and third as JGR became the second team in NASCAR history to sweep the Daytona 500 podium. Hendrick Motorsports did it in 1997 with Jeff Gordon, Terry Labonte and Ricky Craven. Busch, now winless in 14 Daytona 500s, was initially openly disappointed in falling short. 'He's got two, I've got none, and that's just the way it goes sometimes,' Busch said. But he reiterated the JGR and Toyota goal of working together to win the race and noted he didn't have much of a shot at beating Hamlin because the field had been decimated by a flurry of late accidents. 'Was trying to make sure one of us gets to victory lane, first and foremost,' Busch said. 'There wasn't enough cars out there running at the end. I don't know how it would have played out.' The Cup Series slogged through three uninspiring exhibition races during Speedweeks to cause concern over a potentially disappointing main event. Jim France, who took over as chairman of NASCAR last August, used the pre-race driver meeting to ask the drivers to liven up the activity. Hamlin and Chase Elliott were the rare drivers to use the bottom lane in the exhibition races while the rest of the field ran single-file along the top. 'I hope a few of you drivers out there will get down on the bottom with Denny and Chase and put on a good show today,' France told the field. The drivers obeyed and delivered an action-packed and wreck-filled running of 'The Great American Race.' There was an accident on pit road, a 21-car crash, 12 cautions and five wrecks in the final 20 laps of regulation. The race was stopped twice for cleanup totaling nearly 40 minutes in the final stretch. During the second red-flag, one of NASCAR's track-drying trucks broke down while cleaning oil off the racing surface. Hamlin and Busch alternated as the leaders during the handful of late restarts, and the final rush to the checkered flag was a push to hold off Ford driver and reigning NASCAR champion Joey Logano. The Ford camp went 1-2-3 in both of Thursday's qualifying races and was favored to win the Daytona 500. Logano, who started his career at JGR, settled for fourth and also took a moment to honor J.D. Gibbs. 'I'm not a Gibbs driver but for what J.D. has done for my career is the reason why I'm sitting here today,' Logano said. 'As bad as I want to win it, it is pretty cool to think that the first race after his passing, to see those guys one, two, three, it just says he's up there watching and maybe gave (those) guys a little extra boost there at the end.' Michael McDowell was fifth in a Ford but aggravated Logano by not working with him in the two-lap overtime sprint to the finish. 'I just told him that my team doesn't pay me to push Joey Logano to a win,' McDowell said. Ty Dillon was sixth in the highest-finishing Chevrolet. The race featured eight drivers making their Daytona 500 debuts and rookie Ryan Preece, a short track racer from New England, was best in class with an eighth-place finish. Ross Chastain, the eighth-generation watermelon farmer who lost his main ride for this year when the FBI raided his sponsor right before Christmas, finished 10th, Jamie McMurray, the 2010 winner, led six laps and was in the mix until he was collected in one of the late accidents. He finished 22nd in his final race before retirement. William Byron and Alex Bowman were the youngest front row in race history but had little to show for it after the race. Bowman finished 11th and Byron, the pole-sitter, was 21st. Hamlin last year suffered through his first winless season in the Cup Series and made a crew chief change during the offseason. When he won the 500 in 2016 it was his debut race with crew chief Mike Wheeler, and this victory came in his first race with Chris Gabehart. Hamlin's first Daytona 500 victory was in a photo finish against Martin Truex Jr. and the celebration was a blur. This one, he said, he will enjoy. 'I think I was so dumbfounded about everything that happened the first time with the photo finish and everything,' Hamlin said. 'This one lets me soak it in a little bit more. I'm going to have a terrible hangover tomorrow, but I'm going to enjoy it the rest of my life.' ___ More AP auto racing: https://apnews.com/apf-AutoRacing and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

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  • A loaded gun was brought inside a Pittsburgh elementary school Monday, officials said. >> Watch the news report here WPXI-TV reports that the weapon wasn't found until after school, when another student told a bus driver that someone had a gun. Children are not required to go through the metal detectors at Pittsburgh Faison Elementary School in Homewood, but a district spokesperson told WPXI that there are going to be changes in security measures starting Tuesday morning. >> Read more trending news  The kindergarten student had the loaded gun, with the safety on, in his backpack, inside his locker. Officials told WPXI that parents got a notice from the district's phone system. WPXI is working to find out if the child's parents will be charged.
  • Razor blades have been found under the handles of shopping carts at a Walmart store in North Carolina, police said. >> Watch the news report here The blades were found at the store in Siler City, about 35 miles south of Greensboro, WSOC-TV reported. Two people reportedly have been hurt. Siler City police are seeking two people of interest, both described as white men in their 30s. Police said the men were seen in a tan Chevrolet Suburban or GMC SUV. >> Read the full descriptions here >> See the surveillance photos here – The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.
  • A skyride malfunctioned Monday night at SeaWorld San Diego, initially stranding nine adults and seven children – including an infant. Here are the latest updates: Update 11:26 p.m. PST: Rescue workers have saved all 16 people who were trapped on the Bayside Skyride at SeaWorld San Diego, the San Diego Fire Department tweeted late Monday. >> See the tweet here Original story: A rescue is underway at SeaWorld San Diego after a skyride malfunctioned Monday night, initially stranding nine adults and seven children – including an infant. >> See a photo from the scene here >> Read more trending news  As of 10:30 p.m. PST, crews had rescued 14 people from the Bayside Skyride, which stalled when heavy winds 'tripped a circuit breaker' more than three hours earlier, KSWB reported. Two people were still trapped on the ride's gondolas, the San Diego Fire Department said. >> See the tweet here KSWB said some of the gondolas were over Mission Bay when the ride stopped working. Those trapped were 'lowered by harnesses & rescued by [San Diego Lifeguards] boats,' the Fire Department tweeted. Read more here.
  • A University of Central Florida employee suffered burns Monday after a chemical reaction, according to Orange County Fire Rescue officials. Firefighters were called to 3512 Perseus Loop Lane near the Facilities Operations building on UCF's campus around 3 p.m.  The 29-year-old who was the only person in the building at the time, and was transporting the chemicals when a static discharge sparked a fire.  He was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center with burns to his face, arms and chest according to responding firefighters.  A university spokeswoman said the incident happened in a building on campus that is designed to handle chemicals and no students were involved in the incident or ever in any danger.  The worker's name was not released. Mike Jachles with OCFR said he was conscious and alert when he was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center.
  • Four days after the announcement of a series of executive actions to fund his signature border wall, President Donald Trump’s administration still needs to fill in the details on his plans to shift over $6.6 billion from the Pentagon and Treasury Department into funding border security, as members of Congress continue to wonder if the move will dig into their local military base construction projects. On Capitol Hill, lawmakers and their staffs were awaiting guidance on where the Pentagon would look for money in the $3.6 billion sought by the President in his emergency declaration from military construction projects, which was already the subject of new lawsuits. “Congress has not enacted any emergency legislation even remotely related to border wall construction, and thus the President’s reallocation of funds is unlawful,” read a suit filed against the President and Pentagon by several environmental groups. In a letter to the Acting Secretary of Defense, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) asked for a breakdown of which projects would be put on hold – as under the ‘national emergency’ law used by the President, the Pentagon would make those decisions – not the Congress. Congress approved $10.3 billion for military construction in Fiscal Year 2019 – the $3.6 billion sought by the President would be more than one-third of that amount – which has drawn expressions of concern from lawmakers. As Kaine noted in his letter, the move to shift money from military construction comes at a time when the Pentagon already was having to deal with hurricane damage at two major domestic bases – Camp Lejeune for the Marines in North Carolina, and Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida. Tyndall was seriously damaged by Hurricane Michael in 2018 – and despite support for rebuilding the base, Congress has not yet acted on extra money for the Pentagon – or on broader hurricane relief for those hit in Florida and Georgia. During the partial government shutdown, Democrats in the House approved a bill which had $12.1 billion in disaster aid, both for hurricanes and wildfires – but that bill does not seem to be on the agenda in the U.S. Senate at this point. @DrNealDunnFL2 Dr Dunn, we are hearing here in the Panhandle that Trump is going after Tyndall rebuilding money for his wall. Please don’t let this happen! No Tyndall would be catastrophic to our area. Please help! — Billy Shears (@BillyShears9) February 14, 2019 The Commandant of the Marine Corps said over the weekend that he needs $3.5 billion just for repairs at Camp LeJeune from damage caused by Hurricane Florence in September of 2018 – which is equal to the figure of how much in military construction the President wants to shift into a border wall. Earlier this month, Air Force officials said they planned to spend $3 billion to rebuild Tyndall, which was flattened by Hurricane Michael in October of last year. House Democrats say they plan to hold a hearing as soon as next week to get a better idea on what military construction projects the Pentagon wants to scrap – in order to move money to the wall. Also still unclear is the legal underpinnings for two other moves announced last week by the White House, where the President would move money from a Treasury Department drug forfeiture fund, as well as money from a Pentagon anti-drug account – into a border wall.