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Hundreds of NYPD officers applaud as injured cop leaves hospital

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By Kelly Terez

WABC-TV(NEW YORK) — Hundreds of New York Police Department officers and hospital staff members stood shoulder to shoulder as 30-year-old officer Hart Nguyen left Jamaica Hospital Medical Center on Friday.

Nguyen was shot while responding to a call from a mother who said her emotionally disturbed son was acting erratically in their Brooklyn home on Thursday, police said. That man, later identified as 29-year-old Andy Sookdeo, barricaded himself in a room, leading to a standoff, according to police.

Sookdeo’s mother originally told 911 dispatchers her son was not violent or armed, police said.

When officers approached the bedroom where Sookdeo was reportedly barricaded, Sookdeo opened fire, hitting Nguyen, police said.

Nguyen was shot three times — twice in the chest and once in his forearm. Fortunately, Nguyen was wearing a bulletproof vest, which is credited with saving his life.

“This young man was definitely saved by his vest, it made all of the difference here,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference after the shooting.

Nguyen has only been on the force for two years, but his family in blue showed up in droves to celebrate his release from the hospital.

Nguyen grinned from ear to ear, waving to his fellow officers and giving them a thumbs-up as they thunderously applauded.

Officers knelt and took photos as Nguyen climbed into a vehicle to be escorted home.

Sookdeo was later found dead inside the bedroom of the apartment from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said. There were two guns near Sookdeo’s body, according to police.

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Virginia governor orders National Guard on standby ahead of 'alt-right' rally

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By Kelly Terez

iStock/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has placed the National Guard on standby in preparation for a rally in Charlottesville on Saturday, where at least 1,000 nationalists are expected to attend.

The Unite the Right rally is scheduled to take place Saturday at McIntire Park in Charlottesville, the city said on its website. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said in a statement that the event could be the “largest white supremacist gathering in a decade.”

McAuliffe said in a statement that while he believes the majority of the rally’s participants will express their views “safely and respectfully,” he believes that some attendees may be violent.

“Virginia is the birthplace of the rights to freedom of speech and peaceful assembly that make our country great,” McAuliffe said. “…However, in advance of tomorrow’s rally, there have been communications from extremist groups, many of which are located outside of Virginia, who may seek to commit acts of violence against rally participants or law enforcement officials.”

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McAuliffe urged residents who plan to attend — whether in support or opposition of the rally — to make alternative plans.

“Many of the individuals coming to Charlottesville tomorrow are doing so in order to express viewpoints many people, including me, find abhorrent,” he said. “As long as that expression is peaceful, that is their right. But it is also the right of every American to deny those ideas more attention than they deserve.”

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is representing the event’s organizer — right-wing blogger Jason Kessler — in a lawsuit filed Aug. 10 against the city of Chartlottesville and City Manager Maurice Jones. The suit claims that Kessler’s first amendment and constitutional rights were violated because on Aug. 7, city officials initially tried to revoke his original event permit, and then changed the location of the event.

The city claimed that this was a result of the high number of expected attendees, and not because of public pressure to stop the rally from taking place, Claire Gastañaga, executive director of the ACLU of Virginia, told ABC News.

While Gastañaga said the ACLU disagrees with Kessler’s speech, she criticized city officials for attempting to revoke the permit without due process.

“We think it’s important the government make decisions in the sunlight,” she said.

A representative for the city of Charlottesville did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for a comment in regard to the lawsuit.

The rally is expected to draw at least 1,000 participants, according to an affidavit from Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas, which was provided to ABC News from the ACLU. Emancipation Park, the original event location, would have been unable to accommodate a peaceful crowd safely, Jones said in an affidavit.

“There is no doubt that Mr. Kessler has a First Amendment right to hold a demonstration and to express his views,” the city manager wrote in a statement on Aug. 7. “Nor is there any doubt that we, as a city, have an obligation to protect those rights, the people who seek to exercise them, and the broader community in which they do. We have determined that we cannot do all of these things effectively if the demonstration is held in Emancipation Park.”

Large crowds are also expected in downtown Charlottesville on Saturday, the city said, with high numbers of protesters demonstrating against the rally expected to be among those in attendance.

When Kessler applied for the permit on May 30, he proposed the event as a “free speech rally in support of the Lee monument,” according to Jones’ affidavit. The city has plans to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from Emancipation Park, which was formerly known as Lee Park, according to the complaint.

“Just as the Unite the Right participants have the right to air their views, so do those who want to protest against those views,” said Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer in a statement. “Democracy can be noisy, and it can be messy. But by ensuring we protect both public safety and the Constitution through the city manager’s decision, I firmly believe that we will emerge from the weekend of August 12 a stronger community than ever.”

ADL CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt said the organization agrees with Signer.

“The white supremacist rally in Charlottesville is the latest indication that the darkest corners of society are emboldened to come forward and openly parade their bigotry on main street,” said Greenblatt. “We continue to stand with Charlottesville Mayor Signer and those who reject intolerance. Hate has no place in our communities.”

On May 13, noted white nationalist Richard Spencer led protesters with torches in a Charlottesville rally against the planned removal of Confederate statues in the city.

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Judge throws out civil trial claims against Taylor Swift

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iStock/ThinkStock(DENVER) — The judge in the Denver, CO, civil trial of pop superstar Taylor Swift has thrown out all claims by former radio disc jockey David Mueller against the singer.

Both sides rested their cases earlier today. Swift’s legal team rested without calling a single witness, relying instead on defense testimony to make their case.

The judge has allowed Mueller’s case against Swift’s mother, Andrea Swift, and Swift’s manager, Frank Bell, to proceed. Each side has been allotted an hour for closing arguments.

Mueller’s attorney had already questioned Swift, her mom and her bodyguard, among others, all of whom backed the singer’s claim that Mueller put his hand up Swift’s skirt and grabbed her bare behind during a backstage photo op in 2013.

Swift smiled and her legal team shook hands as the judge read his decision. After the judge adjourned court for the day, Swift and her legal team exchanged embraces.

Usually when as judge throws out claims in this manner, it means he or she has determined that as a matter of law, there wasn’t enough evidence presented during the trial, regarding this particular aspect of the case, for a reasonable jury to find in favor of the relevant party.

Mueller sued Swift, saying her claim that he groped her is false, and caused him to be fired. Swift is counter-suing, claiming assault and battery for “offensive and harmful physical contact.” Her portion of the suit will move forward.

Closing arguments will come Monday, and the jury should get the case by Monday afternoon.

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Marine Corps grounds aircraft for 24 hours following deadly crashes

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By Kelly Terez

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — In the wake of two deadly aviation accidents, the Marine Corps has ordered a 24 hour “operational reset” that will ground all of its aircraft to reinforce safety and training procedures among Marine pilots, air crews and maintenance teams.

The pause ordered by General Robert Neller, the commandant of the Marine Corps, will occur at the discretion of unit commanders over the next two weeks, so as to not impact air operations.

According to a Marine statement, the operational reset will “focus on the fundamentals of safe flight operations, standardization, and combat readiness.”

“The intent is for flying squadrons to review selected incidents which occurred enterprise-wide and study historical examples of completed investigations in order to bring awareness and best practices to the fleet,” the statement continued.

The safety stand down was ordered after three Marines were killed last week when a MV-22 Osprey aircraft crashed off the coast of Australia. In July, 15 Marines and a sailor were killed in the crash of a Marine Reserve KC-130T in Mississippi.

The last time the Marine Corps conducted such a safety stand down was in August 2016, following a series of fatal F/A-18 crashes.

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'Munsters' TV reboot in the works

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L-R: Al Lewis, Fred Gwynne, Yvonne De Carlo and Butch Patrick; CBS Photo Archive via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Munsters is returning to TV, with a new address and a on a new network, according to Deadline.

This time, the family of friendly ghouls trade their house at at 1313 Mockingbird Lane in the fictional Los Angeles suburb of Mockingbird Heights, for hipster Brooklyn, New York. The new take on the comedy series — which originally aired on CBS from 1964-1966 and starred Fred Gwynne, Yvonne De Carlo, Al Lewis, Butch Patrick and Pat Priest — comes from Late Night host Seth Meyers for NBC, with a script from Odd Mom Out creator Jill Kargman.

If this sounds fmamiliar, here’s why: NBC previously attempted to resurrect the show several years ago as an hour-long series starring Jerry O’Connell, Portia de Rossi, Eddie Izzard and Charity Wakefield, but it never made past the pilot episode. Instead, it aired as a Halloween special called Mockingbird Lane.

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