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Power outage in parts of New York City, officials say

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(NEW YORK) — Parts of midtown Manhattan in New York City were hit with a power outage on Saturday evening, causing Times Square billboards and to go dark and disrupting subway service.

Consolidated Edison Inc, New York City’s power provider, said in a post on Twitter that it is “responding to extensive outages on the Westside of Manhattan.”

Photos circulated on social media showing the iconic sign of Radio Music Hall unlit, movie-goers evacuating from Lincoln Center’s cinema and the sprawling Columbus Circle subway station without lights.

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A spokesman for the city fire department said they were responding to multiple calls about stuck elevators and power outages, going from midtown, near Times Square, and extending up to the Upper West Side, the area close to Lincoln Center performing arts complex.

The Twitter account for New York subways said the agency is working to keep trains moving and will bypass affected stations.

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Rifle-toting man throwing "incendiary devices" at ICE detention center fatally shot by police

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Jason Redmond/AFP/Getty Images(TACOMA, Wash.) — A man armed with a rifle, flares and “incendiary devices” at an U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center in Washington state was fatally shot by police early Saturday, authorities said.

The unidentified man was allegedly throwing lit objects at buildings at Tacoma’s North West Detention Center on Saturday when he was shot following a confrontation with responding officers, Tacoma Police Department officials said in a statement released on Saturday.

A worker first reported that a man outside the facility was armed with a rifle around 4 a.m., Tacoma police said.

“It was reported the male was throwing incendiary devices at the Detention Center and then at vehicles in the parking lot,” the statement said. “A vehicle was set on fire. The male attempted to ignite a large propane tank and set out buildings on fire. The male continued throwing lit objects at the buildings and cars.”

Upon arriving on the scene and locating the man, “officers called out shots were fired,” according to the Tacoma Police statement. “Officers noted that in addition to the weapon, he was wearing a satchel and had flares on his person.”

Police did not immediately identify the deceased man, citing an ongoing investigation.

None of the police officers involved in the incident were injured. They were not identified by name but police officials said that the four male officers involved were placed on paid leave per department policy after an officer-involved shooting.

The officers involved include: a 45-year-old who has been with the Tacoma Police Department for 20 years, a 27-year old with four years on the force, a 28-year old with one year as a Tacoma police officer, and a 24-year old with nine months on the force.

Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) from the Seattle field office also responded to the scene, according to officials.

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Police bodycam footage shows fatal shooting of Hannah Williams in Anaheim

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MIguel Marin/EyeEm/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — A call from a 17-year old southern California girl’s father after she was fatally shot by police served as a heartbreaking postscript to bodycam video showing the teen’s final moments, during which she was shot after appearing to aim a gun at a responding officer.

Fullerton police released the bodycam footage of the shooting of high school senior Hannah Williams on Friday, and other new details about the incident, which occurred about a mile from the girl’s home.

“In an effort to be transparent with the community that we serve, the Fullerton Police Department is releasing its second Critical Incident Community Briefing, which will provide details to the community about the incident, as we know them today,” according to a Fullerton Police statement. This includes Body Worn Camera (BWC) video footage from the incident itself, still photos, radio traffic, and a 9-1-1 call for service,”

“Please keep in mind this is an initial review, and our understanding of this incident could possibly change as additional evidence is collected, analyzed, and reviewed,” the statement said. “While body worn cameras are an excellent investigative tool, they do not always show what the officers may have seen, and vice versa, the officers don’t always see and experience what the body camera footage shows.”

Just after 7 p.m. on July 5, Flynn attempted what was initially a traffic stop in Anaheim in Orange County, after a black rental SUV sped by with Williams at the wheel, according to a videotaped statement by Fullerton Police Lt. Jon Radus introducing the footage.

The driver of the black SUV seemed to intentionally drive into the police car, before an attempting a U-turn into oncoming traffic, Radus said.

The video shows Williams being apprehended by police and getting out of the SUV and appearing to point a gun at the officers. Police later recovered a BB gun designed to look like a Beretta 92 FS handgun at the scene next to Williams, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

In the scenes that follow, Williams is seen laying on the ground crying for help and moaning and repeating, “I can’t breathe.” Asked where she was hit, she responds, “my chest.”

Police, including an Los Angeles Police Department officer are also seen attending to the injured girl, discussing cutting off her shirt and applying seals to her chest and tying a tourniquet to her injured leg. Later she is heard coughing as police note that she is “going to gag.”

Fullerton Police also released the 911 call placed by Benson Williams, Hannah’s father, who, not knowing about the shooting, phoned to report her as missing about 90 minutes after the incident occurred. The girl’s father told the dispatcher that she had driven off with the rental car and was on antidepressants.

Asked if he was concerned she may want to harm herself, he replied, “I am.”

Asked if Hannah had ever mentioned hurting herself, Williams answered, “No ma’am…But like I said, she is on medication right now” and said “it’s just you know out of the blue.. she’s never done this.”

Asked if she was “white, black, Asian or Hispanic,” Williams responded, “white.”

Before Fullerton Police released the video publicly Police Chief Robert Dunn and Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer met with the Williams’ family to offer them the chance to view the video before it was released publicly, the police statement said.

As a press conference on Friday, S. Lee Merritt, a civil rights attorney who’s been assisting Williams’ family, told reporters he viewed the video on behalf of the Williams’ family, who did not want to watch it.

The Williams’ family spoke with the district attorney and wants a full and through investigation into Hannah’s shooting, Merritt said. He added that the family hoped that law enforcement would come up with better procedures in Hannah’s name and memory.

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Serena Williams misses historic 24th Grand Slam with Wimbledon loss

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Mike Hewitt/Getty Images(LONDON) — Serena Williams lost to Simona Halep at the Wimbledon final Saturday, falling short once again of an elusive landmark.

Halep beat Williams in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2.

With this loss, Williams missed her latest opportunity to win her 24th Grand Slam title, which would put her tied with the record for most Grand Slam wins ever, a record Margaret Court set over four decades ago.

Williams, 37, has been chasing that 24th win since the 2017 Australian Open, which she won shortly after learning she was pregnant. Since returning from giving birth to daughter Olympia, Williams has competed in three Grand Slam finals — including this one at Wimbledon — but has not won a final match.

Heading into the final, Williams appeared calm and measured, with that history-making number far from her mind.

In an Instagram story between the semifinal and final, she delightfully kicked around a soccer ball with her daughter. On Twitter Thursday, Williams posted about one of her favorite topics — superheroes — asking, “Hela or Thanos- who wins?”

“It’s really not about 24, 23 or 25. It’s about going out there and giving my best no matter what. No matter what I do, I will always have a great career,” she said at the tournament Thursday, according to Reuters. “I just kind of let it go this morning. I feel really calm about it.”

The tennis icon breezed into the final with a semifinal match Thursday against Czech player Barbora Strýcová. She won in just under an hour in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2.

But her challenger, Halep, 27, was coming in similarly charged up. She won her semifinal match over Ukrainian Elina Svitolina also in straight sets Thursday, 6-1, 6-3. Halep had previously beaten teen Wimbledon phenom Coco Gauff — who knocked Williams’ sister, Venus, out in the first round — in straight sets.

Halep, who had won one Grand Slam before Saturday — the 2018 French Open — described herself Thursday as “desperate to win Wimbledon,” according to Reuters, adding that she was focused more on that for herself than on Williams’ record.

The Saturday match was Halep’s first Wimbledon final appearance, compared to Williams’ 11th.

Williams caught attention during this Wimbledon for more than her hunt for 24.

In the mixed doubles, she played with Andy Murray, who said at the beginning of this year that he would retire from tennis after Wimbledon due to a hip injury.

The power duo made it to the round of 16 before falling, but were widely praised for their combined skills, including Williams’ ability to return a 138 mph serve from Fabrice Martin — apparently surprising even herself.

Williams also had one royal supporter in the stands at Wimbledon: her pal Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex.

Even so, what really mattered was on the court in the ladies’ singles competition.

It’s been a long road to this Wimbledon final for Williams, who won her first Grand Slam in 1999, and the path to this final since her return from pregnancy has not been easy. Her last Grand Slam final was a dramatic one at the 2018 U.S. Open, where her loss to Naomi Osaka was marred by a controversial confrontation with an umpire.

That last final left her shaken, she explained in an essay for Harper’s Bazaar published this month, and uneasy about picking a racket back up.

But, she wrote, her daughter inspired her.

“Love breathes life and newfound perspective into people,” Williams wrote. “It is not about quitting when someone presents a challenge; it’s about getting up when you are down, dusting yourself off and asking, ‘Is that the best you got?'”

Her next opportunity for another Grand Slam title will be at the U.S. Open next month.

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Duchesses Kate, Meghan visit Wimbledon together to watch Serena Williams in final

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Karwai Tang/Getty Images(LONDON) — For the second year in a row, royal sisters-in-law Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, stepped out together for the Ladies’ Singles Final at Wimbledon.

And for the second year in a row, the pair watched Meghan’s close friend Serena Williams compete in the final, vying for her 24th Grand Slam title.

Duchesses Kate and Meghan watched from the royal box Saturday as Williams took on seventh-seed Simona Halep.

“She couldn’t be a better friend to me,” Williams said of Meghan in a press conference Wednesday following her semifinal win. “Low moments, high moments, she’s always there and that’s all I want to be to her.”

Saturday also marked the second Wimbledon appearance this year for both Kate and Meghan.

The Duchess of Sussex made a surprise appearance at Wimbledon last week to watch Williams win her second round match. That visit drew some controversy over allegations of extra tight security around the duchess, who sat with friends in the members’ section.

Kate, patron of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, also visited Wimbledon last week, watching a British player compete and visiting the practice courts and warm-up area.

Saturday’s appearance at Wimbledon is the second joint outing this week for Kate and Meghan.

The pair stepped out, with their kids in tow, on Wednesday to watch their husbands, Prince William and Prince Harry, play a charity polo match.

Meghan was a newlywed last year when she sat courtside with Kate for the Ladies’ Singles Final, in which Williams lost to Angelique Kerber. Williams and her husband, Alexis Ohanian, were guests at Harry and Meghan’s May 2018 wedding in Windsor.

Kate is a longtime tennis fan and a tennis player. She told guests at Wimbledon last week that eight-time Wimbledon winner Roger Federer, also a semifinalist in this year’s tournament, is the favorite player of her 5-year-old son Prince George.

She also said the superstar has even played tennis with George, which Federer said took place at Kate’s parents’ home in Bucklebury.

Kate and Prince William plan to attend the Men’s Singles Final Sunday at Wimbledon, according to Kensington Palace.

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