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NYPD cops shot in the Bronx in two separate incidents, one suspect in custody

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NYPD/Chief Rodney Harrison(NEW YORK) — A New York City police lieutenant was shot in the arm in the Bronx Sunday morning, about 12 hours after another officer was shot in the head while on patrol nearby, police authorities said.

The Sunday morning incident took place in the 41st Precinct in the Longwood neighborhood of the Bronx, where cops quickly cordoned off the streets and apprehended a suspect, who is believed to be connected to the previous night’s shooting, multiple officials told ABC News.

Another officer was wounded in Sunday’s incident. Both officers, who have not been identified, were rushed to a hospital, and their injuries do not appear life-threatening, according to police.

The neighborhood was rocked with violence Saturday night when a suspect allegedly walked up to a marked police vehicle and began asking for directions before opening fire at the officer, according to ABC News’ New York station WABC-TV.

The investigation was ongoing and New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea and Mayor Bill de Blasio were slated to provide an update later in the day.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo tweeted Sunday morning that he was horrified by the multiple attacks and promised to bring the suspects to justice.

“NY’s law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe. These attacks are heinous,” he wrote.

Police say the officer wounded in Saturday’s attack yelled once he saw the gun and put the police car into drive but was struck by a bullet in the neck and chin during the commotion. Officers were not able to return fire during the incident.

The officer’s partner then immediately drove the injured man to Lincoln Hospital where he was being treated and is expected to survive. The officer has not yet been publicly identified but authorities have confirmed that he is an 8-year veteran assigned to the 41st Precinct and that he has known his partner since they were in middle school.

“Multiple shots were fired by the perpetrator at close proximity into the van,” said Police Commissioner Shea during a press conference. “At least one, possibly two, shots struck the operator of the van. One struck him in the chin. One struck him in the neck narrowly missing the carotid region and it is a miracle that we are not here under worse circumstances.”

Mayor de Blasio echoed the commissioner’s sentiments during the same press conference.

“Our officer and his partner, under the most adverse possible situation, did everything right and thank God both of them are safe,” said de Blasio. “But I want New Yorkers to be clear, this was an attempt to assassinate police officers.”

The suspect in Saturday’s shooting has been described as a 20-30-year-old man dressed in black with a black hat, and approximately 5’7″ in height.

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UFC 247: Jon Jones defeats Dominick Reyes by unanimous decision

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Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(HOUSTON) — It was a close call but Jon Jones came out victorious Saturday night at UFC 247, keeping his light heavyweight title.

Jones was named the winner of the fight over Dominick Reyes by unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 49-46) after the fifth round. The victory came even after Reyes landed more significant strikes than Jones, marking the first time the 32-year-old had been outstruck by an opponent in his fight career, according to ESPN.

With the win, Jones passed Georges St-Pierre to become the winningest UFC fighter in title bouts with 14.

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Man arrested after allegedly driving van into GOP registration tent

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Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — A man has been arrested after allegedly deliberately driving a van into a tent full of Trump supporters who were working to register new voters at a shopping center parking lot.

The incident occurred on Saturday afternoon in the Kernan Village Shopping Center in eastern Jacksonville, Florida, when a man, later identified by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office as 27-year-old Gregory Timm, allegedly drove a van through a tent where people were working to register voters. The driver narrowly missed several people in the tent and fled the scene after the incident by car.

Images posted on Twitter by the Duval County GOP show a multi-colored brown and gold van fleeing in the aftermath of the incident.

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“We are outraged by this senseless act of violence toward our great volunteers,” said Duval GOP Chairman Dean Black in a statement on Facebook. “The Republican Party of Duval County will not be intimidated by these cowards and we will not be silenced. I call on every Republican in our great city to stand up, get involved, and show these radicals that we will not be intimidated from exercising our Constitutional rights.”

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry posted a statement on Twitter condemning the senseless act of violence.

“I just spoke to the local GOP chair. This is outrageous. The hate is toxic and dangerous. Thankfully no one was injured but certainly they are shaken after being targeted because they were registering voters. I’ve spoken to the Sheriff and of course his team is on top of this,” Curry said in the statement.

The case also caught the attention of President Donald Trump, who tweeted out a stern warning.

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Both Florida senators — Marco Rubio and Rick Scott — weighed in as well.

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Timm was arrested several hours later and charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a person 65 years of age or older, one count of criminal mischief and driving while driver’s license suspended, according to the Jacksonville’s Sheriff’s Office.

In the aftermath of the incident, the Duval County Republican party said: “The Republican Party of Duval County plans to redouble its efforts to register voters and will continue its fight with renewed intensity to re-elect President Donald Trump.”

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US Navy midshipman dies during physical readiness test

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wellesenterprises/iStock(ANNAPOLIS, Md.) — A U.S. Navy midshipman has died while undergoing the Navy’s semi-annual physical readiness test at the Naval Academy on Saturday.

“The Brigade of Midshipman, staff and faculty were notified of the midshipman’s death this afternoon,” the U.S. Naval Academy said in a statement posted to Facebook on Feb. 8. “Out of respect for the family’s privacy, the identity of the midshipman is being withheld for 24 hours after next of kin notification.”

The Naval Academy said that they are supporting the midshipman’s family, friends and loved ones during this period of grief.

“Grief counseling services and support are available to midshipmen, faculty and staff through chains of command, our chaplains, and the Midshipmen Development Center,” the Naval Academy said.

It is not currently known what the cause of the midshipman’s death was but investigations surrounding the circumstances are ongoing.

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Active week of weather lies ahead with significant storms, possible flooding on the way

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — A quick moving weather system brought a round of snow to northern Georgia on Saturday. Up to eight inches of snow was reported in the Blue Ridge Mountains and many northern suburbs of Atlanta saw a couple of inches quickly pile up.

A new storm is racing across the country on Sunday with heavy snow moving into parts of the Dakotas, Minnesota and Iowa. Snowfall rates in the next few hours could exceed one inch per hour in spots.

This storm is rapidly moving off to the east, meaning the Winter Storm Warnings, as well as Winter Weather Advisories, are being expanded into parts of Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Illinois, with Chicago now in the Winter Weather Advisory.

Heavy snow is expected to impact Chicago; Green Bay, Wisconsin; Milwaukee and Grand Rapids, Michigan by the middle of Sunday morning. Locally, three inches of snow will accumulate in the area, with winds gusting at times over 30 MPH which could cause low visibility.

By Monday morning, this storm will impact the Northeastern U.S., with rain for the big I-95 cities and snow for the interior Northeast. However, the main focus with this system will shift southward into the Ohio Valley and further south as a frontal system begins to stall out.

Heavy rain develops along the frontal system from Pittsburgh all the way to Dallas. As the front turns more stationary through the first few days of the week, a couple of disturbances will keep bringing heavy rounds of rain across the Southern U.S. from Texas to the Carolinas, and rain could be heavy at times with the possibility of rainfall rates exceeding one inch per hour.

By Tuesday, another system will begin to work through the four corners region, and bring snow to the southern Rockies while continuing to push more moisture into the stalled frontal system.

The result of this complicated pattern is, locally, three to six inches of snow from Minnesota to Michigan and into parts of New York, Vermont and New Hampshire.

However, the main concern this week will be the several rounds of heavy rain in the Southern U.S. Through the middle of the week, the rain forecast shows a rather widespread area of three to six inches or more of rain from eastern Texas into parts of Alabama and Tennessee.

There are several concerning notes in the forecast for the southern U.S., including additional moisture, instability along the stalled frontal boundary, strong upper level dynamics and surface heating by midweek which will bring a significant severe threat to parts of this region by Wednesday — especially from Louisiana to Alabama — where preliminary thinking is that all severe hazards, including tornadoes, destructive winds and hail will be possible.

Later this week, it appears that several rounds of heavy rain will target this area again and, by the end of the week, rainfall totals have the chance to exceed well past 6 inches of rain from Texas to Georgia.

There are parts of the south that are well above average for precipitation for the year. For example, Jackson, Mississippi, and Birmingham, Alabama, are running more than double their average year to date rainfall so far.

Given the forecast for widespread totals above six inches of rain, saturated ground across parts of this region, and ingredients for a significant severe threat on Sunday, it seems like it could be a dangerous and active week of weather across the country.

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