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Happy anniversary, Batman: Bat-Signal lights up city skies to celebrate 80th year

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DC Comics(NEW YORK) — In celebration of 80 years of Batman, DC Comics is asking you to look to the skies — or buildings — to get a glimpse of the Bat-Signal.

The iconic image of the Batman logo was lit up like a spotlight when Gotham City needed Bruce Wayne to become the Dark Knight and take on the city’s latest threat, and on Saturday night major cities across the globe will likewise honor the caped crusader.

“The Dark Knight has stood as a symbol of determination, bravery and justice to generations of fans,” DC Comics said in a statement. “Since appearing in the pages of ‘Detective Comics #27’ on March 30, 1939, Batman continues to leave his mark in every form of entertainment imaginable.”

The “Batman Bat Tracker” will be visible in New York City, on the former Domino Sugar Factory building in Brooklyn. Other Bat-Signal cities listed by DC include Los Angeles, London and Tokyo.

Bat-signal cities

  • Berlin at Potsdamer Platz
  • Barcelona at Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya
  • Johannesburg at the Leonardo
  • London at the Senate House
  • Los Angeles at City Hall
  • Melbourne at Fed Square
  • Mexico City at Torre Reforma
  • Montreal at Complex Dupuis
  • New York City at Domino Sugar Factory Brooklyn
  • Paris at Galeries Lafayette
  • Rome at the Piazza dei Cinquecento
  • São Paulo at Itaúsa
  • Tokyo at Shibuya Scramble Crossing

Throughout Batman Day, Warner Bros. and DC Comics hosted sales at comic book stores, 5K runs and more.

For a full list of Batman Day 2019 visit the official Batman Day website.

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Chicago police officer shot, search underway for 'armed and dangerous' suspect

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ABC News(CHICAGO) — Police said they’ve apprehended a man they believe shot a Chicago police officer Saturday morning.

The officer lost nearly a third of his blood from the gunshot wounds, but was rushed to a local hospital for surgery and is in stable condition, according to Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.

The officer managed to apply a tourniquet to stop the bleeding following the shooting in West Englewood in the city’s South Side, Guglielmi said.

Police identified the suspect as 45-year-old Michael Blackman.

Guglielmi said Saturday evening a person of interest was apprehended and that person “is believed to be Michael Blackman.”

Blackman fled the scene and is on the run. He is considered armed and dangerous, according to Guglielmi.

He is also the alleged suspect from a different shooting on Wednesday that left a woman injured by gunfire in the 200 block of N. Milwaukee Ave, police said.

Saturday’s incident began around 8:40 a.m. in the 1900 block of West 65th Street. It was not immediately clear what unfolded before shots were fired.

The officer, who has not yet been identified, was shot twice in the groin area, said Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford, according to ABC Chicago station WLS. Calls to Langford by ABC News were not immediately returned.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she is aware of the situation and monitoring for updates.

“I ask all Chicagoans to join me in praying for the officer shot earlier today and his family, and for the continued safety of our first responders and law enforcement who work day and night to protect our residents,” Lightfoot wrote in a tweet.

The U.S. Marshals Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms were at the scene searching for the suspected gunman.

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Detour leads Massachusetts man, Peter Levesque, to a $10 million lottery win

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Masslottery.com(TAUNTON, Mass.) — A minor detour led to major winnings for one Massachusetts man.

Peter Levesque was driving back to his Taunton home from lunch when he came across road closures and was forced to take a different route, through the nearby town of Raynham, according to the Massachusetts State Lottery.

Along the way, Levesque stopped at a Stop N Go Express gas station and decided to purchase a $10,000,000 Big Money scratch ticket, the lottery said Tuesday.

The ticket ended up being a $10 million winner.

Levesque hopes to use his winnings to either build or buy a new home, according to the lottery.

He could not be reached for comment.

The lucky winner chose to receive his prize with a one-time payment of $6,500,000, before taxes, according to the lottery.

The gas station will receive a $50,000 bonus for its sale of the ticket.

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Flash floods threaten Central U.S. as tropical systems develop in Atlantic and Pacific

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ABC News(KANSAS CITY) — Flash flooding and severe storms are possible across the Central United States today, as a strong cold front sweeps across much of the region.

Moisture that was once associated with the remnants of Imelda will interact with a strong cold front developing across the Central U.S. this weekend. Storms are already moving through parts of the Northern Plains, and will continue to move eastward through the day.

There have been numerous reports of large hail, some the size of baseballs, in parts of the Dakotas overnight. Additionally, there have been reports of flash flooding near Bismarck and Grand Forks, North Dakota, and there has been a preliminary report of at least 8 inches of rain near Sheridan and Burleigh counties in North Dakota.

A flash flood watch has been issued from Eastern Kansas to Western Illinois, including the Kansas City area. This is due to the threat of significant flooding this weekend from storms that move through the region.

Later on Saturday, numerous strong storms will develop across the Central U.S. and move into parts of the Northern and Central Plains, with some storms even getting into parts of Chicago and Milwaukee. There is a slight risk of severe weather in parts of Northern Minnesota Saturday afternoon, including the risk of strong winds and brief tornadoes.

The action will then fire up further south in parts of the Southern and Central Plains, and across parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Iowa. Trailing thunderstorms are likely to bring heavy rainfall, with rates approaching 2″ per hour, which could cause dangerous flash flooding at night.

Additionally, there is a slight risk of severe weather from Wichita to Des Moines. including the possibility of damaging winds, large hail, and brief tornadoes.

Then on Sunday night, storms will fire along the cold front as it moves eastward with numerous strong storms, perhaps with locally heavy downpours from Arkansas to Michigan including Paducah and Indianapolis. Localized flash flooding will be possible.

In the Atlantic basin, Jerry has transitioned to a tropical storm this morning with 65 mph winds. The storm is moving northwestward over the Western Atlantic and will still bring heavy rainfall to parts of the Northern Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico. On the forecast track, it remains possible that Jerry will be near Bermuda later in the coming week, but it remains to early to determine what, if any, impact the storm will have on the Island nation.

Meanwhile in the rest of the Caribbean, two different tropical waves are being monitored. A tropical wave east of the Windward Islands will begin to move westward this weekend and possibly become a tropical depression later this weekend. A Hurricane Hunter Aircraft will investigate this tropical wave later on Saturday. Currently there is a medium chance of development over the next 2-5 days.

There is also a disorganized tropical wave located in the Western Caribbean near Haiti. This system only has a low chance of development over the next 5 days. Regardless of the development of these two tropical waves, heavy rainfall is expected over parts of the Lesser Antilles, Puerto Rico, Hispanola, Jamaica and Cuba. Tropical rainfall could cause flash flooding and mudslides in some of these Caribbean Islands.

Lastly, a new tropical wave is moving off the western coast of the African continent this weekend. Environmental conditions look favorable for development immediately as the system moves into the warm Atlantic water. As a result, a tropical depression or storm is likely to form early in the upcoming week.

In the eastern Pacific, there are three different tropical disturbances that are being tracked. Two of them pose a concern to Mexico and perhaps the Southwest U.S. Hurricane Lorena is currently moving parallel and east of the Baja California peninsula.

Mario, located well south of Cabo San Lucas, will move parallel on the western side of the Baja California peninsula.

Both of these storms look to fall apart as a distinct entity within the next 2-4 days, and therefore do not pose a true tropical threat to the U.S. However, both storms will push moisture into the Southwest U.S. Some of this moisture will get caught up in the semi-permanent low in Southern California, and a cold front that is stalling out in the desert. The result is an increasing possibility of heavy rainfall in the desert Southwest, including Phoenix and Tucson early next week.

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String of shootings at high school football games continues with 2 teens injured in Philadelphia

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WALA(PHILADELPHIA) — For at least the fifth week in a row, a shooting has taken place during a high school football game.

Two teens injured in Philadelphia are the latest victims in a string of shootings that have taken place at or near high school football games across the country.

A 15-year-old and a 14-year-old were shot Friday night during a football game at Philadelphia’s Simon Gratz High School, according to Philadelphia ABC affiliate WPVI.

The sound of the gunshots sent people running across the field as the P.A. announcer called on spectators to evacuate.

“Security, could you please clear the stadium,” the announcer said as spectators sprinted across the field. “Everybody out.”

It was not immediately clear if the shots rang out inside or outside the stadium, but police said multiple shell casings were found outside, according to reports. The shooting halted the game in the second quarter.

Police said no arrests have been made, and a weapon has not been recovered.

“People at the stadium, both the security the police officers and those that were present, are all trying to be helpful, but I think it was just such mayhem when the shooting rang out that nobody saw anyone with a gun,” acting Philadelphia Police Commissioner Christine Coulter told WPVI.

The incident comes a week after two people were shot when gunfire erupted during a youth football game in Fort Worth, Texas, on Sept. 14.

After some parents at the game got into a dispute, the shooter opened fire from a small hill overlooking the field, police said.

A woman was struck in the leg and a girl was grazed in the back.

Police arrested Chanita Holly, 39, for making a terroristic threat after witnesses reported hearing her say, “We’re gonna spray this [expletive]” during the argument. Police said they believed Holly placed a call to her son, who later came to the scene to carry out the shooting.

The day before the Texas shooting, three teenagers were shot Sept. 13 after a high school football game in Newport News, Virginia.

The shooting occurred at the end of a game at John B. Todd Stadium, police said.

A 14-year-old victim was found shot in the stadium’s parking lot, and two 19-year-olds were found on a street near the stadium. The victims were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

“I thought it had to do with the two rival schools,” a fan at the game told TV station WTKR.

Authorities said that an investigation was underway and that they would beef up patrols at future games at the stadium.

One week before that, a man was fatally shot Sept. 6 during a high school football game near Pittsburgh.

Dameian Williams, 48, of Jeannette, Pennsylvania, was shot during a verbal altercation outside Jeannette High School’s McKee Stadium.

The field and the stadium were evacuated with four minutes left in the game, Jeannette’s athletic director told Pittsburgh ABC affiliate WTAE.

Williams was pronounced dead after being taken to a hospital.

A suspect identified as 40-year-old Greg Harper, of Jeannette, told police that Williams struck him twice in the head, which knocked him to the ground, and he then shot Williams once in the torso. Harper was arrested on homicide and reckless endangerment charges, according to WTAE.

In the aftermath of the shooting, Jeannette City School District Superintendent Matthew Jones called for increased police presence at the school, WTAE reported.

Another shooting incident took place on the same night at a high school football game across the state.

Police said shots were fired after a football game at Morrisville High School in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Authorities told WPVI that a shooter in a car after the game fired three shots into another car.

A girl suffered what was described as a “scratch” to her leg in the incident, according to reports. No suspects were identified and no arrests were made in the aftermath of the incident.

A week prior, on Aug. 31, police said 10 people were shot following a high school football game in Mobile, Alabama.

The victims in the shooting ranged in age from 15 to 18. They were rushed to area hospitals, officials said.

Deangelo Parnell, 17, was arrested and charged with nine counts of attempted murder, Mobile Police Department spokesman Laderrick Dubose told ABC News.

Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Battiste admonished young people for “bringing their beefs that they have with each other in their neighborhoods” into public settings and “putting people in harm’s way.”

The incident “may have been a directed threat at one or two individuals and other people just happened to fall prey to their carelessness,” Battiste said.

A week before that, on Aug. 24, police responded to reports of a gunshot during a football game at Parkway North High School near St. Louis. Missouri.

Authorities said they believed the gunshot was fired when a series of fights broke out outside the school. Witnesses said a panic started after someone yelled “he has a gun,” according to TV station KMOV.

“Somebody pulled out their gun and then everybody started running because everybody got scared and didn’t know what to do,” one student told the station.

The game, part of a multi-school jamboree, was canceled following the incident.

The school superintendent announced that counseling would be providing to students on the Monday following the shooting.

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