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Explosive devices sent to Maxine Waters, Robert De Niro similar to those sent to Obama, Clinton

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A suspicious package sent to Rep. Maxine Waters in California contained a live explosive device, ABC News has confirmed.

The package, discovered last night in Los Angeles, is similar to ones sent to Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. A similar-looking package also may have been sent to Joe Biden, sources told ABC News.

The package possibly sent to Biden is considered the eighth possible packaged explosive in this domestic terrorism investigation. Packages also were sent to CNN’s headquarters in New York and former Attorney General Eric Holder.

A ninth potential device was discovered early Thursday morning in New York’s Tribeca neighborhood, ABC News confirmed. It was addressed to Robert De Niro. New York police removed the device in a bomb containment vehicle.

Law enforcement officials told ABC News the contents of at least five of the packages resembled pipe bombs intended to maim or kill. The packages — bubble-wrap-lined manila envelopes with computer-printed labels — were sent to the FBI lab in Quantico, Virginia, for further analysis.

Several of the packages listed as a return address that of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., but her name was misspelled.

The deliveries of explosives come about two days after a pipe bomb was found in the New York home of billionaire George Soros, a Democratic supporter often criticized by right-wing groups.

“The FBI advises the public to remain vigilant and not touch, move or handle any suspicious or unknown packages,” the FBI said in a statement Wednesday evening. “We ask anyone who may have information to contact the FBI.”

The package addressed to Hillary Clinton was intercepted Tuesday night by the Secret Service at a screening facility. It didn’t reach her home in Westchester County.

All packages were intercepted before reaching their intended targets. It’s not entirely clear whether the incidents are linked, but authorities said they feared other bombs may have been sent.

Bryan Paarmann, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division and Joint Terrorism Task Force in New York City, said at a press conference on Wednesday that the mailings appear to be political in nature.

“The utilization of violence in order to further one’s own political agenda is unacceptable to us,” Paarmann said. “We will turn over every rock, we will turn every corner, and we will talk to everybody that we have to in order to mitigate this threat.”

President Trump on Wednesday night called for “peace and harmony” from a rally in Mosinee, Wisconsin, but added, “The media has a responsibility to set a civil tone and to stop the endless hostility and constant negative and oftentimes false attacks in stories.”

Also on Wednesday, from the White House, Trump said his administration is “extremely angry” about the incidents, adding that “the full weight of our government is being deployed to conduct this investigation and bring those responsible for these despicable acts to justice.”

Democratic leaders noted that most of the people targeted on Tuesday had been ridiculed by Trump.

“We listened with great interest to the president’s remarks this afternoon. We all take an oath to support and defend the Constitution and protect the American people, and that is our first responsibility. However, President Trump’s words ring hollow until he reverses his statements that condone acts of violence,” Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the House minority leader, and Sen. Chuck Schumer, the Senate minority leader, said in a joint statement released Wednesday afternoon. “Time and time again, the president has condoned physical violence and divided Americans with his words and his actions: expressing support for the Congressman who body-slammed a reporter, the neo-Nazis who killed a young woman in Charlottesville, his supporters at rallies who get violent with protesters, dictators around the world who murder their own citizens, and referring to the free press as the enemy of the people.”

Hillary Clinton, speaking at a campaign event in Florida, said, “We are fine, thanks to the men and women of the Secret Service who intercepted the package addressed to us long before it reached our home.”

“But it is a troubling time, isn’t it?” Clinton added. “And it’s a time of deep divisions, and we have to do everything we can to bring our country together.”

Security was tight at the event in Coral Gables where she spoke. Her daughter tweeted thanks to the Secret Service for not letting the package reach her mother.

“Every day, I am grateful to the women and men of the United States Secret Service,” Chelsea Clinton wrote. “Thank you.”

Her father also tweeted about it.

ABC News has confirmed the following:

— A pipe bomb was found Monday afternoon in the home mailbox of Soros in Westchester County north of New York City.

— A package addressed to Hillary Clinton containing an explosive was intercepted Tuesday night by the Secret Service at a screening facility. It never reached her home, where Bill Clinton was at the time.

— A package containing an explosive and suspicious powder was found Wednesday morning in the mailroom of the Time Warner Center in Manhattan, where CNN is located. It was addressed to John Brennan, former director of the CIA. New York City police officers were present when it was found.

— The package addressed to Holder did not reach its intended destination and was returned to Wasserman Schultz’s address in Florida, the FBI said.

— The devices found in New York, Washington and Florida were all similarly constructed, using digital clocks as a switch, a powder charge and a battery power source, law enforcement sources told ABC News. They were built using PVC pipe and contained materials likely intended to do additional harm.

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Funeral to be held for boy with autism found in creek after dayslong search

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iStock/Thinkstock(GASTONIA, N.C.) — A 6-year-old boy whose body was found in a North Carolina creek after a dayslong search is being laid to rest.

The funeral for Maddox Ritch is slated for Friday in his hometown of Gastonia, according to ABC station WTVD.

Maddox, who had autism and was nonverbal, disappeared while on a trip to Rankin Lake Park with his father and another adult on Sept. 22, prompting a massive search.

A body was found partially submerged in a creek about a mile from the park on Sept. 27, and authorities confirmed that it was Maddox on Oct. 1.

Maddox’s father, Ian Ritch, had said his son started sprinting roughly 25 to 30 feet ahead of him before running out of sight.

“As soon as I got to the point where I couldn’t see him anymore, I started panicking,” he said last week.

After Maddox disappeared, a park employee called 911, sparking a wide search by local, state and federal investigators. They scoured the area with police dogs, searched dumpsters, waded through the park’s lake using sonar and divers, and scanned the area with helicopters and drones, police said.

Authorities also recorded messages from Maddox’s parents and played those messages in the woods in the hopes that their voices might persuade him to come out if he was there.

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Manhunt intensifies for Tennessee double murder suspect as potential sighting reported

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Tennessee Bureau of Investigation(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — A double murder suspect who is on the run after a string of violent crimes in Tennessee may have been spotted overnight, authorities said.

As the search intensifies for Kirby Gene Wallace in a rural area of Tennessee north of Nashville, a homeowner called 911 early Wednesday to report that he had heard his dogs barking and saw a man trying to get into his porch, authorities said Wednesday.

The man, who appeared to be carrying a gun, then fled into the woods, authorities said.

Investigators are trying to confirm if Wallace, 53, was the man trying to enter the porch, authorities said.

Another 911 call also came in overnight reporting possible suspicious activity, and since then authorities have deployed more resources and established a second search perimeter, they said.

Anyone with relatives or friends in the area is asked to reach out to them and make sure they are OK, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Susan Nilan said Wednesday.

Wallace is suspected of killing a 63-year-old woman after she and her husband came home from church on Sept. 23, Stewart County Sheriff Frankie Gray said, according to The Tennessean newspaper. The couple was bound and their house was set on fire, Gray said, according to the newspaper. The husband survived.

Wallace is also suspected of shooting and killing a man and stealing his truck on Monday in Montgomery County, The Tennessean reported.

Days earlier, a woman in her 80s was returning home from church when Wallace allegedly stopped her at her car and forced her into her home at knife-point, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said.

Inside the home Wallace allegedly showed the woman a loaded rifle, threatened her and took apart her phone to keep her from calling for help, the sheriff’s office said. Wallace allegedly tied her to her bed before fleeing in her car, officials said.

As the manhunt continues, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office urged residents to stay inside, keep their doors and windows locked and report any suspicious activity.

Authorities on Tuesday said they can’t rule out if Wallace is getting outside help and vowed to find him “one way or another.”

A $7,500 reward is available for information leading to his capture, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said.

Wallace is described as having gray hair, hazel eyes and possible facial hair. He stands at 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 157 pounds, authorities said.

Wallace is wanted on charges including first-degree murder, felony murder, attempted murder, aggravated arson and especially aggravated kidnapping, authorities said.

Anyone with information about his location is asked to call 911.

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Increasing tropical moisture will bring the chance for locally heavy rainfall to most of South Central Texas, but especially the Coastal Plains.

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Threats & Impacts:


Less than 2 inches west of Highway 281, 1-3 inches for the I35 corridor, and 2-4 inches for the Coastal Plains. Isolated locations could receive 5-7 inches (mainly in the Coastal Plains).

Timing and Overview:

While there is a 20% chance for tropical cyclone development, significant strengthening of the tropical disturbance is not expected. This disturbance will bring a chance of decent rainfall to the area beginning in the eastern half today and spreading to most of South-Central Texas Monday-Wednesday. While significant flooding is not expected due to dry antecedent conditions and breaks in activity, minor flooding is possible in areas that pick up the isolated higher totals. The disturbance is expected to exit the region by Wednesday, but if it strengthens/slows down, the rainfall total forecast could increase slightly.



Additional Information Resources:

NWS Austin / San Antonio Webpage: http://www.weather.gov/sanantonio
Report Flooding to us on Twitter using: @NWSSanAntonio and #ewxspotter
Sign up to be Rainfall Observer: http://cocorahs.org/Application.aspx
AHPS River Forecasts: http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=ewx

Nick Hampshire
NWS Austin / San Antonio
Weather Forecast Office
2090 Airport Road
New Braunfels, TX 78130

Shooting at Nashville mall leaves 1 victim critically injured; suspect in custody

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By Brittany Martinez

Nashville Fire Dept(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — At least one person has been hospitalized after a shooting at Nashville’s Opry Mills Mall, according to officials.

The male victim was taken to TriStar Skyline Medical Center in critical condition, the Nashville Fire Department wrote on Twitter.

The suspected shooter is in custody, according to the Nashville Police Department. The shooting appears to have started as a dispute, police said.

Investigators are sweeping the mall as a precaution, police said. The ATF also responded to the scene.

No other gunshot victims were reported, according to fire department.

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