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Michigan vs. Villanova for NCAA title game

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By Brittany Martinez

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The NCAA national championship game is set as Michigan will take on Villanova.

Villanova beat Kansas 95-79 on Saturday night and Michigan put an end to Loyola Chicago’s Cinderella story with a 69-57 win.

Michgian hasn’t won a NCAA title since 1989; Villanova’s came only two years ago in 2016.

They meet Monday, April 2. The title game will tip off at 9:20 p.m. ET.

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Baton Rouge chief showed 'courage' for not firing police officer who Tasered Alton Sterling: Attorney

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iStock/Thinkstock(BATON ROUGE, La.) — The attorney for one of the police officers in the deadly confrontation with Alton Sterling said the Baton Rouge police chief showed “courage” for not terminating — and only suspending — his client.

Kyle Kershaw, who represents Police Officer Howie Lake II, told ABC News that Police Chief Murphy Paul didn’t cave to pressure by people demanding he be fired.

“I think the chief did show courage because some people were calling for both of them to be terminated,” Kershaw said, referring to Lake and Police Officer Blane Salamoni, the other officer involved in the fatal encounter.

Sterling, a 37-year-old black man, was shot and killed on July 5, 2016, after authorities and law enforcement officials claim he resisted after being confronted by Salamoni and Lake outside a Baton Rouge Triple S Convenience Store.

Unlike Salamoni, who drew his pistol and shot Sterling six times, Lake only used a stun gun twice.

Lake was suspended and for three days and docked pay for his role in the incident.

Paul concluded that both officers made bad decisions that led to Sterling’s death.

“These actions were not minor deviations from policy, as they contributed to the outcome that resulted in the death of another human being,” Paul said.

Kershaw, however, still railed the decision to punish Lake at all.

“There was absolutely no reason for Lake to be reprimanded for the force he used,” Kershaw said. “Every step he took was non-lethal and by the book, and he met resistance every step of the way.”

Kershaw told ABC News that his client was being disciplined specifically for “language he used” that night. He acknowledged that Lake, who was heard on the body camera and surveillance footage from the shooting released on Friday, used some profanities when he and Salamoni were squaring off with Sterling.

In the footage, Salamoni and Lake are heard using profanities to get the 327-pound Sterling under control.

At one point, Lake is heard barking orders at Sterling and using strong language. But Kershaw said that the four-year veteran was under a lot of duress.

“It happened when they were struggling and when they were on the ground,” Kershaw said. “He was trying to make it clear: ‘Hey don’t do that!’ It was completely reasonable.

Kershaw said he was going to meet with Lake to discuss in the coming week how to move forward. But for now, the news that Lake would be able to keep his badge was a major relief.

“I was being told they were both getting terminated,” Kershaw said. “We were happy and surprised that didn’t occur.”

Meanwhile, Salamoni was fired by Chief Paul for shooting Sterling; his attorney, John McLindon, vowed to appeal that decision next week.

Despite criticizing the Salamoni’s dismissal, McLindon praised for Paul supporting police officers in general.

“Although I disagree with his decision, what impressed me was he spoke to the community and said do not resist police officers, and give police officers the respect they deserve,” McLindon said. “That hit home with us because if Alton Sterling had just complied, none of this would have happened.”

On Friday, Paul asked the public to respect police orders to prevents encounters from escalating.

“Treat our police officers with the respect that their positions deserve, and I assure you that the men and women of the Baton Rouge Police Department will reciprocate that gesture,” Paul said. “Please stop resisting. Stop running. When a police officer gives you directions, listen.”

A wrongful death lawsuit was filed last June by lawyers for Sterling’s five children against both officers, the police department, its chief, and the city of Baton Rouge. The suit accuses the Baton Rouge Police Department of lax training and poor procedures — factors that caused Sterling to be shot and killed.

The suit is still pending.

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Shooting of unarmed black man by Sacramento police sparks 5th consecutive day of protests

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By Jonah Haskell

@alexreagan123/Twitter(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — Dozens of protesters hit the streets for a fifth consecutive day to call for justice in the wake of the shooting of Stephon Clark.

Black Lives Matters and other various groups again protested the shooting of the 22-year-old man, who was shot to death by police in his grandmother’s backyard on March 18. Clark was clutching only a cellphone when two Sacramento police officers, who were wearing body cameras, fired a fusillade of 20 shots.

Jamilia Land, a family friend of the Clarks, stood at a podium Saturday above two poster board signs with Clark’s likeness as well as one of Joseph Mann, the 50-year-old local who was wielding a knife when police shot and killed him in July 2016.

She told the approximately 150 protesters that living in the community where Clark was shot was like living in “war zones.”

She also charismatically took aim at the city’s failure to treat mental illness in lieu of Clark’s 19-year-old brother Stevante who has been witnessed in a series of public outcries.

Land also said Clark’s brother, Stevante — who broke up a City Council meeting last week to protest the shooting — has had to cope with the loss of his brother. Their grandmother, too, is riddled with guilt for not being able to help Stephon Clark before the officers fired.

“You don’t know what it’s like to go to the home that you grew up and feet from the couch you live on, your brother was murdered in his grandmother’s backyard,” Land shouted and cried. “You don’t know the pain his grandfather is feeling for hearing him knock on the window that night for help.”

Former NBA player Matt Barnes helped organize the Saturday’s rally, which assembled across from the California capital’s City Hall.

“We came here today to raise awareness,” he said. “Not allow them to sweep this s— under the rug like they do with the rest of the things.”

Barnes said the call for justice for Clark was the beginning of a movement that should include an end to violence for children in black communities.

“We’re here for these kids and we’re also here to stop the violence in these streets,” he said.

Some protesters who rallied carried various signs, such as “Killer Cops” with blood red hand prints stamped around the words. Another read: “Sac PD: Judge, Jury, Executioner… Crime = holding a cell phone.”

The two officers, who have not been identified, that night responded to a 911 call by a neighbor, who described a man in a hoodie breaking into car windows in the 7500 block of 29th street.

When the officers encountered Clark there, according to the body cam footage as well as a chopper recording overhead, they believed Clark was in possession of a “toolbar,” according to police accounts.

Officers said Clark motioned toward them and one of them can be heard yelling: “Show me your hands… Gun, gun, gun.”

A private autopsy was performed by esteemed Dr. Bennet Omaly, a pioneer whose research led to revelations about chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in the NFL and whose story was depicted in the movie “Concussion,” which starred Will Smith.

Omalu said the autopsy revealed that Clark was struck eight times, including six bullets hitting him in the back.

“Each one of these bullets independently possessed a fatal capacity,” Omalu said a Friday news conference.

Both officers have since been placed on administrative leave.

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Winter weather returns with two separate storms over Easter weekend

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ABCNews.com(NEW YORK) — Two different fast-moving storms are set to affect the Midwest and Northeast over the next few days. Regardless of snow totals, much of the Midwest and eastern U.S. are entering a pattern similar to late February or early March as opposed to April.

The first storm is moving through the upper Midwest on Saturday morning with heavy snow already falling over parts of North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The snow is moving east toward Wisconsin and Michigan throughout the day on Saturday.

A blizzard warning was issued Friday night in the greater Fargo area due to the low visibility and gusty winds. Winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories have been posted from the Dakotas to northern Michigan.

Ahead of the storm, gusty winds will be a concern Saturday from Illinois to southern Michigan to western New York — including Chicago, Detroit and Buffalo. Wind gusts over 45 mph are possible, making scattered power outages a concern.

On Easter Sunday, another quick-moving disturbance develops in the Central Plains and brings a hit of heavy snow from Nebraska to northern Kentucky. Some mixed precipitation is possible across parts of Missouri during the day on Sunday.

Then on Sunday night, the snow moves across the Appalachians and heads toward the major I-95 cities.

The heaviest snowfall totals are expected north of Minneapolis and into western Wisconsin through Saturday night. Locally, over 6 inches are expected in the region.

On Sunday, accumulations should only be a couple of inches, mainly on grassy surfaces from Nebraska to Pennsylvania. Locally, heavier amounts are expected across the St. Louis and Louisville regions. Regardless of exact snow amounts, the snow should be enough to make roads slick in spots, with low visibility on a busy travel day.

Northeast snow on Monday

Snow moves into the major I-95 cities late Sunday into early Monday. It appears the snow will come down fairly heavily in a short period of time Sunday night. The bulk of the heaviest snow is forecast to stay south of New York City, but it will have direct impacts in New Jersey, southern Pennsylvania and Maryland.

With temperatures slightly above freezing early Monday, the snow will have trouble accumulating. Regardless, a couple of inches of snow remain possible — especially on colder surfaces. As a result, Monday’s morning commute could see some delays.

Blast of winter-like air

Behind these storm systems, much colder air will slip into the Midwest and Northeast. Wind chills below zero are likely Sunday morning across parts of the upper Midwest, with single-digits and teens across Iowa, Minneapolis and Chicago.

On Monday, the cold air makes it all the way to the Northeast. Temperatures on Thursday and Friday in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., were in the 70s — and on Monday, it should feel nearly 40 to 50 degrees colder.

The cold air on Monday makes it down into the Southern Plains and Tennessee River Valley with wind chills in the 30s.

The more concerning part of the forecast is that there is no sign of long-term relief for the Midwest and Northeast. Much of the first half of April will feature below-average temperatures across the region.

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Prisoner who escaped ICE custody at New York Airport captured in Chicago

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The prisoner who escaped from immigration officials at John F. Kennedy International Airport earlier this week was captured halfway across the country on Friday.

An Immigration and Customs Enforcement official confirmed Mohamadou Lamine Mbacke was taken into custody in Chicago Friday afternoon. Chicago ABC station WLS-TV reported Mbacke was found while at a Starbucks at about 1:30 p.m.

Mbacke, 31, was spotted by undercover officers at the coffee shop, according to a witness.

“All of a sudden — see seven cops kind of running from the outside into the inside, and they kinda huddled around him. There wasn’t any fuss or anything. It was just they all exchanged words with him, they got the handcuffs, and they left in like a group huddle,” Zimbo Gessert, a Starbucks employee, told WLS-TV.

Mbacke was being deported to his native Senegal on Tuesday night when he bailed from Terminal 4 at JFK Airport at about 8:30 p.m. According to ICE, surveillance footage showed Mbacke hailing a cab and driving off.

The prisoner was with officials at JFK while waiting for a connecting flight from Detroit to Dakar. New York ABC station WABC-TV, citing sources, said the officials had turned to get him food when he took off.

It is not clear how he got to Chicago.

Mbacke entered the U.S. legally in 2005, but was ordered to be deported in September 2015 after being released from state prison for multiple weapons and firearms offenses, according to ICE.

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