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Storm moves east after knocking out power for thousands

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By Anthony Ali

thinkstock/iStock(NEW YORK) — The storm that knocked out power for thousands, closed down local businesses and dropped a tornado in Indiana on Saturday is tracking eastward, ABC News meteorologist Brittany Borer said.

Americans from Florida to Maine are getting a piece of this storm Sunday. Radar is showing rain for most, while parts of Maine and even the Buffalo area are seeing cool enough temperatures to receive a wintry mix or snow.

Wind gusts of up to 50 mph are expected in some areas, bringing power outages as wind speeds go high enough to break tree limbs.

Temperatures will be falling throughout the day as the cold air works in behind the frontal boundary around the East.

For the remainder of the day Sunday, lake-effect snow can be expected in eastern portions of the Great Lakes region.

Due to the colder air and high wind speeds behind the system, wind chill values will be in the teens and 20s from Marquette, Wisconsin, to Pittsburgh.

Folks in far upstate New York could be feeling wind chill values that are below zero Monday morning. Other areas, such as Washington, D.C., New York City and Boston, will feel like the temperature is in the 20s as people head out on their morning commute Monday.

In the Northwest, rain is expected to begin Sunday evening in Seattle with windy conditions ahead of the approaching front. Winds could gust up to 55 mph on Sunday.

A second system will move up the West Coast on Tuesday, bringing Pacific moisture ahead of it to tag onto the previous system. This will enhance rainfall totals through Tuesday night into Wednesday.

The highest rainfall totals of 4-plus inches will be at upper elevations along the Cascades. Portions of the northern Rockies will be seeing heavy snowfall with this system, making travel difficult as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches.

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Gunman sought after Pennsylvania police officer killed in traffic stop

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iStock/Thinkstock(PITTSBURGH) — Police have found a vehicle they believe was involved in the killing of a Pennsylvania cop during a traffic stop, officials said Saturday.

“We were able to find and seize the vehicle that we believe to be involved in this incident,” New Kensington Police Chief James Klein said. “The investigation into the vehicle’s full involvement and the occupants that were in the vehicle is ongoing at this time.”

The discovery came after an announcement that the reward offered for information leading to an arrest of the gunman rose to $40,000 on Saturday, as an intense manhunt continued.

The shooting happened around 8 p.m. ET Friday in New Kensington, about 18 miles from Pittsburgh. Officer Brian Shaw was shot after a traffic stop led to him pursuing someone on foot, according to authorities.

Police later found an unoccupied Jeep Grand Cherokee not far from the scene that was wanted in connection with the shooting.

Shaw was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later, authorities said. The 25-year-old officer had been with the New Kensington Police Department for less than a year.

Shaw’s body was transported to a funeral home in Lower Burrell on Saturday afternoon after an autopsy was conducted.

“I can tell you standing there listening to the officers share stories about how he was vibrant, how he brought smiles and entertainment and wit and humor into their lives, he was obviously a very special person just by listening to how they talked about him,” Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Steven Limani said at a press conference Saturday.

Limani would not discuss other details of the case, including the reason for the traffic stop, saying it could compromise the ongoing investigation. Police have not yet released a description of the suspect they are searching for.

Several law enforcement agencies are involved in the ongoing search for the suspect. Westmoreland County detectives are leading the investigation and the FBI is assisting.

The FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) initially offered a $30,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest. On Saturday, the ATF increased its offer from $5,000 to $10,000 and the U.S. Marshals Service offered an additional $5,000, bringing the total reward to $40,000, authorities said.

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At least 27 injured, others unaccounted for after massive fire at senior living center

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By Michael Dobuski

iStock/Thinkstock(WEST CHESTER, Pa.) — More than two dozen people were injured while others remain unaccounted for after a massive fire engulfed a senior living facility west of Philadelphia on Thursday night, authorities said.

The five-alarm fire at Barclay Friends Senior Living Community in West Chester, about 35 miles from Philadelphia, began just before 11 p.m. ET Thursday, authorities said. It burned for hours before firefighters brought it under control early Friday.

Hundreds of first responders scrambled to rescue the elderly residents from the burning building, evacuating them on beds and in wheelchairs.

Approximately 27 people were hospitalized for injuries related to the blaze, West Chester Police Chief Scott Bohn said at a press conference Friday afternoon. All of them are expected to survive, Bohn added.

The police chief estimated that 160 people, including residents and staff, were evacuated from the flaming center. The blaze was contained Friday afternoon but continued to burn.

Authorities were unclear on the exact amount of people unaccounted for and whether that number includes residents or staff.

“As you can imagine it was a little chaotic during the evacuation. There were some folks who were evacuated to West Chester University, some folks went home with family, so we’re still trying to account for everybody,” Donald Robinson, special agent in charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) National Center for Explosives Training and Research, said at the press conference Friday afternoon.

The investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing, and the ATF was on scene Friday.

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Family of 86-year-old man seen tased by police in video settles for $900K

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By Michael Dobuski

iStock/Thinkstock(KINGSTREE, S.C.) — The family of an 86-year-old South Carolina man has settled with the city of Kingstree just a month after the man was tased by police following a car chase.

Police dash cam video of the incident shows Albert Chatfield immediately emerging from his car at an intersection and backpedaling from two police officers, who repeatedly shout for him to “stop.” As he continues to back up through the street, one officer pulls out his Taser and, after the other officer is heard shouting “tase him,” fires it. Chatfield is knocked to the ground instantly.

The city agreed to pay $900,000 to Chatfield’s family over the incident, one of the fastest settlements in a Taser case in the state ever, according to the family’s lawyer. Chatfield remains in the hospital after suffering bleeding on his brain due to the fall, according to ABC affiliate WCIV.

Police had claimed Chatfield assumed a “fighting stance” as he backpedaled from police. The video shows the man raising his hands, but he is slowly backing away from the officers throughout. The police report also described the scene as a busy street, saying they were trying to protect Chatfield and others’ safety, though the video shows just one car in the intersection.

“Our lives have been permanently changed,” Chatfield’s daughter Jodie said at a news conference Friday to announce the settlement. “We’ve been in ICU for an entire month.”

The family’s lawyer, Justin Bamberg, blamed the police chase on a mental issue. Police had been called after Chatfield was aggressively tailgating other vehicles.

Bamberg said the money would be used to pay for Chatfield’s medical expenses.

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What to see and what to skip in Los Angeles

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By Michael Dobuski

iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — The City of Angels is getting all dolled up over the next decade – the Summer Olympics are coming to L.A. in 2028!

For value seekers, though, the time to visit is now, thanks to more places to stay – 9,000 new hotel rooms by the end of 2018 – and more ways to fly here – 10 new domestic routes in the last year. More availability almost always means lower prices.

Throw in the fact that what’s world-famous about L.A. hasn’t changed, from its celebrity residents to the perfect weather to an exploding food scene, and an L.A. visit is a no-brainer.

Haven’t been in awhile? Here’s more of what makes California’s largest city awesome.

Skip Rodeo Drive, shop Abbot Kinney

Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills is a paradise for well-heeled shoppers, but the ritzy storefronts relegate most of us to window shopping. In nearby Venice, Abbot Kinney Boulevard is a mile-long thoroughfare close to the beach that’s quickly become a trendy epicenter for food, fashion and art. Aust features creative wares by Australia’s up-and-coming designers, The Tasting Kitchen draws big brunch crowds, and The Otheroom pours fine wine and beer late into the night. Every month, First Friday brings out dozens of food trucks and shoppers on the hunt for special deals.

Skip Beverly Hills, do West Hollywood

While he doesn’t completely discount Beverly Hills for celeb spotting, “West Hollywood is better,” says Gregg Gant, business development manager at Travelzoo’s L.A. office. “Check out restaurants like The Ivy on Robertson for a late lunch, and do the Nice Guy for dinner. Get a day pass to Equinox in West Hollywood and work out with stars like Common or Tyler Perry. Check out Catch, the hot new club. Or see a concert at the famous Troubadour, where bands like the Elton John, Kelly Clarkson, Van Morrison, The Eagles & James Taylor have played.” Exploring West Hollywood is easy when you board the WeHo Pickup, a totally free shuttle that runs weekends and does a six-mile loop along Santa Monica Boulevard’s hot clubs, eateries and shops.

Skip the hotel, stay at the ranch

“I recently discovered and stayed at Calamigos Ranch — OMG, this is a serious hidden gem!” says Rifi Sachdev, business development director at Travelzoo Los Angeles. Although this Malibu property has been around since 1947, the on-site resort opened to the public just two years ago. “I planned a girls’ getaway here and we did a number of activities all within a 10-minute drive. On Saturday, we stayed at Calamigos, went horseback riding through the mountains, checked out Cornell Winery and Malibu Wines and had dinner at The Sunset restaurant. On Sunday, we enjoyed an amazing free breakfast at Calamigos Ranch (part of their $25 resort fee). They also have pretty snazzy Tesla cars that take you to Malibu Café or their private beach club, where you can take advantage of their SUP, kayaks or just lay out — umbrellas and towels provided!”

Skip Malibu, see Pacific Palisades

Malibu is gorgeous, stretching along the Pacific toward the L.A.-Ventura County line. But neighboring Pacific Palisades, my hometown, is an alternative seaside, celeb-laden community. Much smaller and anchored by famous Sunset Boulevard, it’s home to Tinsel Town names like Matt Damon, Steven Spielberg and Goldie Hawn. And special local attractions abound, from the peaceful oasis known as the Lake Shrine to bucolic Will Rogers State Park.

See the real stars

Celeb-spotting is a favorite L.A. pastime, but don’t forget about the stars above. Griffith Park is open until 10 p.m., making it ideal for a night of hiking and sky watching. The Griffith Observatory — its iconic architecture makes it a regular backdrop in movies, from “The Terminator” to “La La Land” — features public telescopes, planetarium shows and interactive space exhibits. Getting in is free and, at more than 1,100 feet above sea level, the views of the city and even the Hollywood sign are beautiful. Griffith Park spans 4,500 acres, making it L.A.’s largest historical landmark.

Skip the entry fee, visit museums for free

Some of the best museums in L.A. are free every day. Art buffs flock to the Hammer Museum in Westwood. History buffs love the Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades and the Getty Center in Brentwood (advanced reservation for $15 parking at both locations is a good idea). And kids are always awed by exhibits like the Space Shuttle Endeavour at the California Science Center at Exposition Park. “The Broad museum featuring the Yayoi Kusama exhibit is a must,” adds Sachdev. “This block of L.A. is truly a piece of art. You can visit The Broad for free, catch a show at the iconic Disney Concert Hall or L.A. Phil and have a beautiful meal at Otium, all within a five-minute walking radius.” Many other museums, like the L.A. County Museum of Art, offer free days at least once a month. For a real art party, join DTLA’s all-day Downtown Art Walk the second Thursday of every month.

Skip the coast, go downtown

When I grew up in L.A., you avoided downtown. Today, thanks to major investment and concerted planning, downtown is a mecca for those seeking culture, dining and nightlife. “I did a guiding walking tour of downtown L.A., and it was awesome,” says Gant. “I learned so much about the city, its history and its culture.” There are dozens of happy hour hot spots here, like the Whiskey Lounge, Triple 8 China Bar & Grill and Orchid Bar Kitchen. There are plenty of parks and green spaces. And you’ll find famous entertainment venues like L.A. Live and the Staples Center here, too. One of the hottest not-to-be-missed attractions is OUE Skyspace LA on the 71st floor of the U.S. Bank Tower. Interactive educational exhibits about Los Angeles lead you to two large …read more

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