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How to prepare to fly around the moon

<p>Want to take a vacation in space? That journey used to involve intense training, including building a tipi out of birch trees in a cold Russian forest.</p><p>Going to space is a rare privilege, but it's also a lot of work. Typically, only the world's wealthiest governments had the expertise and deep pockets to pull off trips to space. And those trips went to highly trained astronauts in peak physical form. Roughly 500 people have had the chance to gaze at Earth from miles above it.</p><p>But now SpaceX, a 14-year-old company, made a bold, historic announcement Monday, revealing plans to fly two average Joes around the moon in 2018.</p><p>Space vacations are becoming a business, like buying a ticket on an African safari.</p><p>"The tourists have established a new low standard for flying in space," said Charles Simonyi, who traveled to the International Space Station with Russian cosmonauts in 2007 as a tourist.</p><p>The rank and file of humanity have indeed gone to space before. A handful of non-astronauts cut deals with Russia to make such a trip. And a teacher rode on the ill-fated Challenger in 1986. But no space tourist has ever gone as far as SpaceX is planning.</p><p>It will be the first time any human has been past low earth orbit -- which is essentially the threshold of space -- since the final Apollo mission in 1972.</p><p>The SpaceX customers will start training later this year and must complete health and fitness tests. SpaceX hasn't revealed exactly what they'll go through, but it will likely be demanding.</p><p>Several space tourists recounted to CNNTech the months of training they went through to make their journeys.</p><p>Dennis Tito, the first space tourist, described his 2001 journey as eight days of solid euphoria -- the best of his life. He thinks about the trip every day. But before he could get to space, there were eight months of training. Nearly all of it was spent in Russia.</p><p>Tito, who is American, missed his family. The food was terrible.</p><p>In one memorable experience, the Russians trained Tito to use an unusual weapon that resembled a sawed-off shotgun. It could fire flares, shotgun shells and rifle bullets. Tito, who says he's no marksman, did his best to fire accurately during target practice. The weapon's handle -- a leather covering -- could be removed to reveal a machete. The thinking was that if Tito's capsule returned to Earth in an unexpected location, he might need to defend himself.</p><p>Tito said some of the most valuable training he did was in experiencing G forces, sudden accelerations that stress our bodies.</p><p>He believes it's essential for space tourists to spend time spinning in a centrifuge. Tito's landing on Earth didn't go as planned, and he experienced far more G forces than planned. The training got him through it.</p><p>Before his 2007 trip, Simonyi first spent two days alone in a forest near Moscow as part of his training. He was technically only a few hundreds yards from a motel, where a ground crew and psychologist slept comfortably.</p><p>Meanwhile, Simonyi cut down trees to make a tipi, and used the spacecraft's 10,000-square-foot parachute as a shell-like covering. He survived on food and water from a survival kit.</p><p>In his toughest training experience, Simonyi had to practice taking off his spacesuit in the cramped capsule he'd return to Earth in.</p><p>He compared the experience to sitting with two friends in the front of a VW bug. But everyone is wearing a bulky space suit. And everyone needs to change into their water survival gear.</p><p>"It's wall-to-wall people," Simonyi told CNNTech.</p><p>So Simonyi learned the exact order needed to take off a space suit effectively.</p><p>Simonyi also spent days in a full-size mock-up of the International Space Station. There were simulations of the station catching fire or depressurizing. He learned how to handle each alongside the cosmonauts.</p><p>It's unclear if the SpaceX tourists will be traveling alone, or with professional astronauts, as previous space tourists have.</p><p>Space travel requires toughness, smarts and a detail-oriented nature.</p><p>"Every single theorized or experienced malfunction that has ever taken place in the history of space flight, you will review [in training]," said Richard Garriott, who visited the International Space Station as a tourist in 2008.</p><p>He compared getting ready for a space journey to getting a SCUBA license. Space tourists need to master the ins and outs of their vessel, whether that's stowing supplies, preparing a meal or dealing with the waste receptacles.</p><p>"You need to be fascinated with life support, you need to be fascinated with radios," Garriott told CNN. "You need to be fascinated with all the other bits of operational detail."</p><p>The very first astronauts were akin to adventurers on Columbus' journey to the New World. Their trips were demanding, dangerous and required an obsession with survival. Nowadays, retracing Columbus' journey is easy. One needs to only be in middling health to crisscross the oceans.</p><p>We aren't there yet with space flight. SpaceX's tourists are taking a risky trip. But SpaceX does appear to be lightening the workload for its space travelers. The capsule they'll fly in is fully autonomous, according to SpaceX. The rocket that propels them to space will likely return to Earth, landing upright, ready to be reused on a future journey.</p><p>The trip is a landmark step toward hassle-free, safe and affordable space travel for all of humanity. Much work remains, but we're probably done with cutting down birch trees.</p>

Published: Wed, 01 Mar 2017 16:42:23 GMT

Oprah for president?

<p>President Donald Trump's 2016 victory may have been Oprah Winfrey's aha moment, as the talk show icon is now signaling she may be open to a presidential bid.</p><p>Asked whether she may be able to break the glass ceiling to be elected president, Winfrey smiled.</p><p>"I actually never thought that that was --- I never considered the conversation even a possibility. I just thought, oh, oh," she said in a conversation with billionaire David Rubenstein on Bloomberg's "The David Rubenstein Show: Peer-to-Peer Conversations."</p><p>She later added, "No, that won't be happening, but I mean, I did used to think, well gee, you had to know so much more than I thought you had to know."</p><p>The show taped December 12, according to spokeswoman Rachel Nagler, but it was released Wednesday morning.</p><p>"It's clear that you don't need government experience to be elected president of the United States, right?" Rubenstein said.</p><p>"That's what I thought. I thought, 'Oh gee, I don't have the experience, I don't know enough,'" Winfrey said. "And now I'm thinking, 'Oh! Oh.'"</p><p>Winfrey seemed less open to the idea in a January appearance on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert."</p><p>"Never!" she proclaimed.</p><p>A spokesperson for Winfrey's OWN Network did not immediately return CNN's request for comment.</p><p>The former talk show host is no stranger to the political arena, often addressing political issues on her eponymous show. And she was an early supporter of Barack Obama's 2008 campaign, giving the then-senator a boost in his primary fight against Hillary Clinton.</p><p>She even hit the campaign trail on his behalf in Iowa in 2007.</p><p>Winfrey gave a less enthusiastic endorsement of Hillary Clinton's 2016 bid.</p><p>"She's not coming over to your house," she said on the T.D. Jakes Show. "You don't have to like her. Do you like democracy, or do you want a demagogue?"</p><p>Trump's victory may have been an aha moment for others rooted in business or entertainment, without government experience: Kanye West, Mark Zuckerberg and Bob Iger have also toyed with the idea of a future presidential run.</p>

Published: Wed, 01 Mar 2017 17:33:15 GMT

Markeith Loyd presents 'sovereign citizen' argument in court

<p>A judge on Wednesday entered a plea of not guilty on two indictments against Markeith Loyd, who is accused of shooting and killing an Orlando police officer and his pregnant ex-girlfriend, and set separate trial dates for each murder case.</p><p>Loyd, 41, faces numerous charges in the deaths of Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton, who was slain Jan. 9, and Sade Dixon, who was killed Dec. 13.</p><p>Chief Judge Frederick J. Lauten set a trial date of May 1 in the Dixon case and a date of June 19 in the Clayton case.</p><p>Loyd is scheduled to next appear in court March 20 for a status hearing.</p><p>Loyd wore handcuffs and a patch over his left eye, which he earlier said he lost because of his treatment by authorities when they took him into custody in January after a nine-day manhunt in Orlando.</p><p>He often remained silent when questioned by Lauten but also spoke over the judge, apparently claiming to be a sovereign citizen.</p><p>“For the record, I want to state that I am Markeith Loyd, flesh and blood human being,” he said. “MARKEITH LOYD, in all capital letters, that’s not me. That’s a corporation that was created at my birth that I do not accept. That’s not me.”</p><p>Loyd was apparently arguing that he is a sovereign citizen and not subject to the government's laws.</p><p>“It’s oftentimes misguided, but it’s not the first time the court has heard that position,” Lauten said.</p><p>The hearing began with Lauten asking Loyd how he was doing.</p><p>After refusing to answer, Loyd finally said, "I"m alright."</p><p>Lauten asked Loyd if he was pleading guilty, not guilty or no contest to the charges he faces, but Loyd refused to answer and tried to change the topic.</p><p>"Y'all can't do nothing to me," Loyd said.</p><p>Lauten then entered not guilty pleas on Loyd's behalf for both indictments.</p><p>Loyd maintained that he does not want a lawyer appointed to represent him, and Lauten again affirmed that Loyd was competent to make the decision to waive counsel.</p><p>After a contentious exchange, Lauten told Loyd that there were certain matters he had to go over with him.</p><p>“I’m required by law to cover this with you, whether you like it or not,” Lauten said.</p><p>Lauten said a public defender will serve as standby counsel for Loyd.</p><p><em><strong>PREVIOUS STORY:</strong></em></p><p>Murder suspect Markeith Loyd is expected to enter a plea Wednesday morning on the six charges he faces in relation to his pregnant ex-girlfriend’s death and the five charges in connection with an Orlando police officer’s death.</p><p>Loyd, who is accused of fatally shooting Sade Dixon and Lt. Debra Clayton, passed the judge a handwritten note during his <a href="" target="_blank">court appearance on Feb. 22</a> asking to be given a written copy of the charges against him.</p><p>In the letter, he said that he would need an additional week to enter a plea because he was not given sufficient notice of the charges against him.</p><p>Court records show that Loyd filed a motion on Monday to have his hearing rescheduled to Friday. Loyd wrote that when he put in his original request on Feb. 22, he had mistaken the dates.</p><p>The judge denied the request because the court had already scheduled the hearing for 10 a.m. Wednesday.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank"><em><strong>Timeline: How the manhunt and capture of Markeith Loyd unfolded</strong></em></a></p><p>Wednesday’s appearance will be Loyd’s sixth time in court since his arrest on Jan. 17. He’s accused of shooting Dixon outside her Pine Hills home on Dec. 13, then evading authorities until Clayton approached him outside an Orlando Walmart on Jan. 9.</p><p>Officials said Loyd killed Clayton, then hid out in the Central Florida area until authorities found him hiding out at an abandoned home in Carver Shores on Jan. 17.</p><p>In Dixon's death, Loyd is charged with first-degree murder with a firearm, killing of an unborn child by injury to the mother, attempted first-degree murder with a firearm, two counts of attempted felony murder with a firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to the State Attorney's Office.</p><p>Loyd is also facing charges of first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer with a firearm, attempted first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer with a firearm, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, carjacking and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in connection with Clayton's death.</p><p>No charges have been filed against Loyd in connection with the death of Orange County Deputy Norman Lewis, who was fatally struck while he was on his motorcycle assisting in the search for Loyd after Clayton's death.</p><p>A grand jury indicted Loyd on Feb. 15. It’s unclear if he will face the death penalty.<br />  </p><p><em><a href="" target="_blank">Mobile users click here to use the interactive timeline.</a></em></p><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="800" src="" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Watch News 6 for more on this story.</p>

Published: Wed, 01 Mar 2017 17:22:22 GMT

Ex-employee fatally stabs current employee at Walmart gas station, deputies say

<p>A former employee fatally stabbed a current employee at a Walmart Neighborhood Market gas station Wednesday morning, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.</p><p>The stabbing was reported at the store at 902 Lee Road shortly before 9 a.m. </p><p>Officials don't know what led to the stabbing, but a witness said he saw a struggle between the two men continue into the parking lot.</p><p>The victim, a 25-year-old man, died from his injuries. The suspect fled the scene on foot, officials said. Deputies said they know the assailant's identity, but aren't releasing the 23-year-old man's name to the media at this time.</p><p>A Walmart spokesperson said the gas station will remain closed today. However, the store is open for business. </p><p>Watch News 6 and stay with for more on this story.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">PIO en route to stabbing scene at Wal-Mart Market at Lee and Adanson Rds. All info given at scene.</p>— OCSO FL News (@OrangeCoSheriff) <a href="">March 1,</a></blockquote> <p>Several violent crimes have been reported at Central Florida Walmart stores so far this year, including the shooting death of Lt. Debra Clayton. Below is a look at some of those recent incidents.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Witness describes moments after OPD officer was fatally shot outside Walmart</a></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Deputies shoot man armed with ax, knife outside Walmart</a></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Suspect ID'd in police-involved shooting at Orlando Walmart</a><br /> <br /> <a href="" target="_blank">Suspected diaper thief dead after shooting at Walmart, deputies say</a></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Woman accused of getting drunk inside Walmart, grabbing EMTs crotch</a><br />  </p>

Published: Wed, 01 Mar 2017 17:22:05 GMT

McCain, Graham to appear at CNN town hall

<p>Just five weeks into Donald Trump's presidency, Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham have already proven to be major headaches for the new President.</p><p>While many of their Republican colleagues in Congress have worked to make inroads with the new administration, hoping to capitalize on GOP control over two branches of government, the two senators have repeatedly broken with the White House. McCain has accused Trump of running an "administration in disarray." Graham called his budget proposal "dead on arrival" on Capitol Hill.</p><p>Now, the two are set to make their case to a national audience in a 9 p.m. ET Wednesday town hall hosted by CNN and moderated by chief political correspondent Dana Bash.</p><p>The town hall comes just one day after Trump delivered his first primetime speech to a joint session of Congress.</p><p>And two issues -- immigration and defense spending -- could provide Graham, a South Carolina Republican, and McCain, an Arizona Republican, new fodder.</p><p>Graham could have reason to praise Trump. He has long called for comprehensive immigration reform, including a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants -- particularly "Dreamers" who were brought into the country illegally as children.</p><p>Trump's call Tuesday night for both sides to compromise on immigration could create a political avenue for such reforms.</p><p>McCain, however, has been displeased by Trump's calls for increases in defense spending that don't match the Arizona Republican senator's targets.</p><p>He continued to express concerns about the President's defense budget proposal Tuesday, saying there's "not nearly enough" money for programs.</p><p>"And it simply won't take care of the issues and challenges that we have," McCain said. "For example, half the F-18 (Super Hornets) are now grounded for lack of parts and we have increased operations in both Syria and Afghanistan. There's a need for $640 billion, just as we laid out in our white paper."</p><p>McCain and Graham are both unsuccessful former presidential candidates. McCain ran in 2000 and was the GOP nominee in 2008, while Graham was a member of the crowded Republican primary field in 2016 from which Trump emerged. The two are among the Senate's foremost national security hawks, and are typically in lockstep on foreign policy issues -- urging a larger US role in combating terror threats such as ISIS in Iraq and Syria and a tougher approach to Russia.</p><p>During the campaign, Trump feuded with both McCain, whose war-hero status he questioned, and Graham, whose personal cell phone number he read aloud while on national television.</p><p>And both have frequently criticized Trump during his five weeks in office.</p><p>In Munich in February, McCain fretted about "the growing inability, and even unwillingness, to separate truth from lies" -- a clear shot at Trump, who has espoused falsehoods about crowd size, voter fraud and more.</p><p>Graham, meanwhile, declared Trump's budget "dead on arrival" Tuesday, pointing to its cuts to the State Department and complaining that Trump didn't call for more significant increases in defense spending.</p>

Published: Wed, 01 Mar 2017 17:14:45 GMT

2 hurt as gun goes off during French President's speech

<p>Two people were wounded when a weapon was accidentally fired Tuesday as French President Fran��ois Hollande was giving a speech in the western city of Villognon, the mayor told CNN.</p><p>Hollande was not injured, but two other people were, Mayor Claude Guitton said. Their injuries were not life-threatening.</p><p>According to CNN affiliate BFM-TV, a local police officer aiding in the security detail for the President's visit accidentally discharged his weapon. The officer is a sniper and was positioned on top of a building, the Prefet of Charente Pierre N'Gahane told BFM-TV.</p><p>The President was speaking at the inauguration of a high-speed train line.</p><p>Video on the French presidential ��lys��e website showed Hollande speaking, and then a gunshot is heard. "I hope it is nothing serious," he said. "I don't think so."</p><p>An investigation has been opened.</p><p>"This seems to have been an accident," Guitton said. He said Hollande has since left the city.</p><p>No other details were released about the injured.</p>

Published: Wed, 01 Mar 2017 01:18:25 GMT

Tallahassee mayor, Miami native Andrew Gillum running for governor

<p>Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum is running for governor of Florida in 2018.</p><p>Gillum, 37, announced his intentions Wednesday on Facebook and Twitter.</p><p>The Democrat also released a nearly six-minute YouTube video, called "Bring It Home," in which he discusses his vision for Florida's future.</p><p>"Growing up in Miami, every one of my older brothers had some kind of criminal background history," Gillum said in the video. "There might be a knock at the door and be a police officer telling my mother that my brother had gotten in trouble and that she or my dad would need to come and see about him. I remember very distinctly my mother closing the door and just watching tears well up in her face. I remember making the promise to myself that I wasn't going to make my mom cry like that, that she was going to cry, because she was happy."</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Gillum spoke about a Florida that provided second chances for criminals who have paid for their mistakes.</p><p>"Our society doesn't look well on people who have a criminal record," Gillum said. "I believe firmly that people deserve second chances, that you make mistakes, you break the law, you pay the penalty, but that you ought to be given a second chance. Yet, we punish people for a lifetime for a mistake."</p><p>Gillum was born in Miami, the fifth of seven children, before moving to Gainesville, where he graduated from high school. Gillum then moved to Tallahassee, where he graduated from Florida A&M University.</p><p>When he was 23, Gillum made history by becoming the youngest person ever elected to Tallahassee's city commission. He was elected mayor in 2014.</p><p>Gillum touted a Florida that "puts people to work at every rung on the income level."</p><p>"As governor of Florida, I can't wait to invest the kind of resources to build the infrastructure of this state that makes us a 21st century state," Gillum said. "I can't wait to have an education system that rewards teachers, that educates children, creates an opportunity to learn for all of them, because regardless of what anyone says, it is still true that access to a good quality education can be the difference between living in inner-generational poverty and deciding for yourself whether or not you're going to have a different future that allows you to keep a roof over your head and food on the table and a good job that doesn't require you to have to have three jobs just to make end's meet."</p><p>Gillum, who is married with twins, is the first person to enter the governor's race.</p>

Published: Wed, 01 Mar 2017 16:52:53 GMT

Timeline: How the hunt and capture of Markeith Loyd unfolded

<p>What began with the fatal shooting of a pregnant woman in Pine Hills nearly a month ago turned into an all-out manhunt for the man accused of killing her and an Orlando police officer. </p><p>The search for 41-year-old Markeith Loyd gripped the Central Florida community for more than nine days before the wanted man was arrested. Below is a look at the events that led to that search and what has unfolded since it began. Please note that some times are approximate.</p><p><em><a href="" target="_blank">Mobile users click here to use the interactive timeline.</a></em></p><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="800" src="" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><strong>Dec. 10: </strong>Sade Dixon, a 24-year-old pregnant mother of two, moves back into her parents' Pine Hills home. She provides few details on why she decided to make the move, but she does tell her family that her then-boyfriend, Markeith Loyd, <a href="" target="_blank">had bitten her during a fight</a>. Her family said that she had to go to the doctor to get a tetanus shot.</p><p><strong>9:13 p.m., Dec. 13: </strong>Dixon is at home eating dinner with her family when she gets a call and goes outside to talk to Loyd, her family says. The two started arguing and shots were fired, police said. <a href="" target="_blank">Dixon is fatally shot</a> and her 26-year-old brother, Ronald Steward, is wounded in the gunfire trying to protect his sister. Dixon's children, ages 2 and 8, were home at the time of the shooting. They were unharmed.</p><p><strong>Afternoon, Dec. 14:</strong> Stephanie Dixon-Daniels and Ron Dixon <a href="" target="_blank">held a press conference</a> outside their Pine Hills home to beg the community for help in finding their daughter's killer. “We would like the killer, you know who you are – turn yourself in. Don't make them come get you,” Dixon-Daniels said. Orlando City Commissioner Regina Hill also attended the press conference.</p><p><strong>5:15 p.m., Dec. 14: </strong>The Orange County Sheriff's Office <a href="" target="_blank">named Loyd as a suspect</a> in Dixon's murder and her brother's shooting. A news release listed Loyd as armed and dangerous.<br /> <br /> <strong>5 p.m., Dec. 15:</strong> Loyd's criminal history starts to come to light. He was <a href="" target="_blank">arrested on a murder charge</a> in 1995, but that charge was later dropped because a witness lied about key information. In 1998, he's accused of battery on a law enforcement officer, for which he spends four years in jail.</p><p><strong>7:17 a.m., Jan. 9:</strong> A civilian at Walmart at Princeton Street and John Young Parkway approached Orlando police Master Sgt. Debra Clayton, 42, and told her that Loyd is at the store. Clayton radioed in for backup and approached Loyd. A <a href="" target="_blank">witness told News 6</a> that Loyd started shooting when Clayton yelled for him to stop running. Orlando Police Chief John Mina said additional officers arrived within 28 seconds, but by that time Clayton was already down and Loyd had left the scene. </p><p><strong>7:19 a.m., Jan. 9: </strong>Officers at Walmart radioed in to say an officer was down and broadcasted a call for help. First responders perform CPR on Clayton and transport her to a local hospital.</p><p><strong>7:26 a.m., Jan. 9: </strong>Orange County Sheriff's Office Captain Joe Carter sees a vehicle matching the description of Loyd's vehicle. Carter follows Loyd into Royal Oaks Apartments. Loyd steps out of the dark green Mercury and <a href="" target="_blank">fires two shots at Carter's unmarked Ford Explorer</a>. Carter is unharmed.</p><p><strong>7:29 a.m., Jan. 9: </strong>A man calls 911 to say that someone matching Loyd's description carjacked him at gunpoint. The caller said the man drove his 2013 Volkswagen Passat through a fence. The victim later identified Loyd as the man who carjacked him, police said.</p><p><strong>7:40 a.m., Jan. 9: </strong>Clayton, 42, is pronounced dead at Orlando Regional Medical Center. <a href="" target="_blank">Clayton was a 17-year veteran</a> of the Orlando Police Department as well as a wife, mother and University of Central Florida alumna with a bachelor's degree in public administration and a master's degree in criminal justice.</p><p><strong>9 a.m., Jan. 9: </strong>Seventeen Orange County schools are placed on lockdown.</p><p><strong>9:36 a.m., Jan. 9: </strong>The Orlando Police Department names Loyd as the suspect in Clayton's death.</p><p><strong>9:43 a.m., Jan. 9: </strong>A motorcycle deputy responding to the search for Loyd is <a href="" target="_blank">fatally struck</a> by a van on Pine Hills Road and Balboa Drive.<br /> <br /> <strong>10:45 a.m., Jan. 9: </strong>City officials hold a news conference detailing the deaths of the two law enforcement officers and the search for Loyd. Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings calls the day one of the worst in his career. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer calls for a citywide day of mourning.</p><p><strong>12:53 p.m., Jan. 9: </strong>The <a href="" target="_blank">Crimeline award</a> for information leading to Loyd's arrest is increased to up to $60,000. More information on how Crimeline works to collect tips is available <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p><strong>3 p.m., Jan. 9: </strong>OPD announces that it's focusing its search on Brookside Apartments, located at Rosewood Way and Cinderlane Parkway. Videos and pictures from the scene showed a heavy police presence and armed SWAT officers as officials searched the area.</p><p><strong>3:20 p.m., Jan. 9: </strong>Lockdowns at several Orange County Public Schools are lifted.</p><p><strong>5:09 p.m., Jan. 9: </strong>Officials identify Deputy First Class Norman Lewis as the deputy who was fatally struck while on his motorcycle attempting to aid in the search for Loyd. <a href="" target="_blank">Lewis had been</a> with the Orange County Sheriff's Office since 2005, before that he was a student at the UCF and played for the school's football team.</p><p><strong>6 p.m., Jan. 9:</strong> The search at Brookside Apartments ends and residents are allowed back into their homes. Loyd was not found. The manhunt continues into the night.</p><p><strong>10 p.m., Jan. 9:</strong> A <a href="" target="_blank">GoFundMe page</a> was created for Clayton's family. The goal was set at $10,000, but about 15 hours later more than $13,000 would be donated.</p><p><strong>7:15 a.m., Jan. 10: </strong>Demings tells News 6 that officials are continuing to search for Loyd and follow tips. He said that while he does still believe Loyd is in the area, the search is not as concentrated as it was the day before at Brookside Apartments. He reiterated that Loyd will be found.</p><p><strong>12 p.m., Jan. 10: </strong>Lake County Sheriff's Office helps OCSO and OPD <a href="" target="_blank">search a home in Clermont</a>, acting on a lead that Loyd could be inside. The homeowner consents to the search. Loyd was not found.</p><p><strong>1:48 p.m., Jan. 10:</strong> The FBI Most Wanted Twitter account <a href="" target="_blank">tweeted a photo</a> of Loyd.</p><p><strong>1:50 p.m., Jan. 10:</strong> Officials announce that Clayton's funeral will be held Saturday at 2 p.m.</p><p><strong>2:30 p.m., Jan. 10: </strong>Demings announces that the Crimeline reward has been raised to $100K, the biggest reward Crimeline has ever received. Officials said they are working to get arrest warrants signed for the people they believe have been helping Loyd evade arrest for several weeks.</p><p><strong>2:45 p.m., Jan. 10: </strong>More details on the <a href="" target="_blank">funeral arrangements</a> for Clayton and Lewis are announced. Lewis' will be 11 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Orlando with a viewing Thursday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Clayton's will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church.</p><p><strong>7 p.m., Jan. 10: </strong>Mourners <a href="" target="_blank">gather for a vigil</a> at the Walmart where Clayton was fatally shot. Community leaders at the event urged the public to step forward if they have any information that could help authorities arrest Loyd.</p><p><strong>9:21 p.m., Jan. 10: </strong>Zarghee Mayan is <a href="" target="_blank">booked into the Orange County Jail</a> on a charge of accessory after the fact to first-degree murder. Officials said Mayan helped Loyd avoid arrest after Dixon's murder in December. He also told authorities that Loyd has been wearing a bulletproof vest.</p><p><strong>12:39 p.m., Jan. 11: </strong>OCSO tweets a <a href="" target="_blank">link to a GoFundMe</a> page to benefit Lewis' family.</p><p><strong>3 p.m., Jan. 11: </strong>Lakensha Smith-Loyd, Markeith Loyd's niece, is <a href="" target="_blank">arrested on an accessory after the fact to first-degree murder</a> charge for transporting $200 to her uncle after Dixon's murder, police said.</p><p><strong>8:15 p.m., Jan. 11: </strong>A <a href="" target="_blank">third person is arrested</a> in connection with the search for Loyd. Officials identified the woman as Jameis Slaughter, one of Loyd's ex-girlfriends.</p><p><strong>9:30 a.m., Jan. 12:</strong> Smith-Loyd and Slaughter appear before an Orange County judge. Slaughter's bond is set at $505,000 and Smith-Loyd's bond is set at $750,000. The prosecutor said in court that Smith-Loyd knows where her uncle Markeith Loyd is. "I think it's reasonable to assert that as she stands here today, she knows where he is and has not furnished that information," the prosecutor said.</p><p><strong>3:30 p.m., Jan. 12: </strong>More than 100 places have been searched in the manhunt for Loyd, Orlando Police Chief John Mina said. Loyd's clothing was found <a href="">near the crime scene were he allegedly shot and killed Sgt. Clayton. </a>Police said Loyd was wearing a bulletproof vest when he shot Clayton and she returned fire. The vest may have saved his life, Mina said. Crimeline Executive Director says more than 800 tipsters have called in.</p><p><strong>12:55 a.m., Jan. 13: </strong>The Orange County Sheriff's Office announces that the <a href="" onclick=", '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">funeral for Lewis</a> has been postponed until Sunday because of a family emergency.</p><p><strong>8:10 a.m., Jan. 13:</strong> The search for Loyd expanded into Polk County, as <a href="" onclick=", '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">authorities in Haines City issued an alert</a> about the suspected cop killer. Haines City police said Loyd has family in the area and may be hiding in the city. Lakeland police and the Polk County Sheriff's Office also tweeted information about the search for Loyd, urging residents to call 911 and vowing to find Loyd if he's in the area.</p><p><strong>2:45 p.m., Jan. 14: </strong>Orlando Police Chief John Mina <a href="" target="_blank">posthumously promoted</a> fallen Master Sgt. Debra Clayton to the rank of lieutenant during her funeral.</p><p><strong>2:30 p.m., Jan. 15: </strong>Mourners gather for <a href="" target="_blank">Deputy Norman Lewis' funeral</a>, during which Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings posthumously awards him the agency Purple Heart.</p><p><strong>3:30 p.m., Jan. 17:</strong> Mina releases a new digitally altered photo of Loyd after receiving tips that he may have shaved his head. Loyd is added to the <a href="">U.S. Marshals 15 Most Wanted list.</a></p><p><strong>7:30 p.m., Jan. 17: </strong><a href="">Loyd is caught and arrested</a>, according to Orlando police, ending a nine-day hunt for the wanted man.</p><p><strong>9 a.m., Jan. 18:</strong> Mayan's <a href="" target="_blank">bond is lowered</a> to $400,000.</p><p><strong>6:30 p.m., Jan. 18:</strong> Loyd is taken from Orlando Regional Medical Center, where he was being treated for injuries sustained during his arrest, to the Orange County Jail. </p><p><strong>9 a.m., Jan. 19:</strong> Loyd has his first court appearance on charges related to Dixon's death. <a href="" target="_blank">He repeatedly curses</a> at the judge, accuses the police of beating him up and insists that he will represent himself in court. </p><p><strong>2:30 p.m., Jan. 19:</strong> The Orlando Police Department <a href="" target="_blank">releases helicopter video</a> of Loyd's arrest, which appears to show at least one officer kicking the suspect in the face. Mina holds a news conference that afternoon announcing that the department will be investigating the officer's use of force.</p><p><strong>9 a.m., Jan. 20: </strong>Loyd has his<a href="" target="_blank"> first court appearance on charges related to Clayton's death</a>. He asks the judge her name several times and denies that he is Markeith Loyd.</p><p><strong>9 a.m., Jan. 25:</strong> Loyd <a href="" target="_blank">has his first appearance</a> on the resisting arrest charge. As in prior appearances, he cursed at the judge. "I'm here for what? Resisting arrest? And this is what happened to me? F*** you," he said. His bond is set at $500.</p><p><strong>9 a.m., Jan. 26</strong>: A judge rules that Loyd is <a href="" target="_blank">competent to represent himself</a>, but no decision is made as to whether or not he actually will. He tells the judge that he's been prohibited from making any phone calls. He also claims police knocked his eye out.</p><p><strong>2:30 p.m., Jan. 26: </strong>Smith-Loyd <a href="" target="_blank">bonds out of jail</a>. A judge lowered her bond to $10,000 the night before. She was previously being held on $750,000 bond.</p><p><strong>7 p.m., Jan. 26: </strong>Mayan's attorney <a href="" target="_blank">files a motion</a> to have his client's bond lowered to $10,000 since Smith-Loyd has bonded out of jail.</p><p><strong>9 a.m., Jan. 29: </strong>Loyd <a href="" target="_blank">appears in court</a> after refusing to show up the day before on a new set of charges filed in connection with an <a href="" target="_blank">incident in August</a>. The appearance was brief.</p><p><strong>9 a.m., Feb. 1:</strong> A judge <a href="" target="_blank">denies a request</a> to lower Mayan's bond. It remains at $400,000.</p><p><strong>9:15 a.m., Feb. 7:</strong> A judge <a href="" target="_blank">lowers Slaughter's bond</a> from $500,000 to $20,000. She's ordered not to have contact with Loyd, Mayan or Smith-Loyd.</p><p><strong>10 a.m., Feb. 7:</strong> The state attorney's office announces that <a href="" target="_blank">formal charges will not be filed</a> against against Smith-Loyd, who was accused of helping murder suspect Markeith Loyd avoid capture.</p><p><strong>Afternoon, Feb. 7: </strong>The state attorney's office <a href="" target="_blank">agrees to lower</a> Mayan's bond to $20,000. He must stay in the state and not have contact with Slaughter, Smith Loyd or Loyd.</p><p><strong>2:30 p.m., Feb. 8:</strong> Mayan posts bond and leaves the Orange County Jail.</p><p><strong>4 p.m., Feb. 15: </strong>The State Attorney's Office announces that a grand jury has <a href="" target="_blank">formally indicted Loyd</a> on charges related to Dixon's and Clayton's death. A grand jury indictment is required on all first-degree murder cases, she said. It's still unclear if Loyd will face the death penalty.</p><p><strong>10 a.m., Feb. 22: </strong>Loyd appears <a href="" target="_blank">appears in court</a> for an arraignment. He gave the judge a handwritten letter asking for a copy of the charges against him. The judge set a hearing for March 1 for Loyd to enter a plea. </p><p><strong>10 a.m., March 1:</strong> A judge enters a <a href="" target="_blank">not guilty plea</a> on Loyd's behalf. Chief Judge Frederick J. Lauten set a trial date of May 1 in the Dixon case and a date of June 19 in the Clayton case. His next court appearance will be 10 a.m. March 20 for a status hearing.</p> <h3 style="background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-size: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial;"> <em><a href="">Sign up for ClickOrlando breaking news alerts and email newsletters</a></em></h3>

Published: Wed, 01 Mar 2017 16:50:47 GMT

Mississippi murder suspect captured in Kansas

<p>An armed and dangerous fugitive wanted in connection with the murder of his girlfriend and the attempted killing of another woman in Mississippi is now in custody.</p><p>Alex Bridges Deaton was captured near Dorrance, Kansas, the Kansas Highway Patrol said Wednesday. </p><p>A nationwide manhunt was launched to find Deaton after his girlfriend was found dead last week in Rankin County, Mississippi, near Jackson, and a jogger was shot near the girlfriend's apartment. </p><p>He was spotted in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Tuesday night, where he allegedly carjacked a couple there, according to the Rankin County Sheriff's office. The couple was able to escape but the male victim sustained a gunshot wound, the sheriff's office said. He escaped in a Honda passenger car, police said. </p><p>Deaton, 28, is also considered a person of interest in a third killing in Mississippi. </p><p>Local and federal authorities offered a reward up to $32,500 for information leading to his capture.</p><h3>Suspect's girlfriend found dead, jogger shot </h3><p>Deaton's girlfriend, Heather Robinson, 30, was found dead in her apartment Friday afternoon following a welfare check. Earlier that morning near the apartment, a jogger had called 911 to say she had been shot by a man who was driving a white SUV, believed to belong to Robinson, authorities said. The jogger was shot in the thigh and is expected to recover. </p><p>The Robinson family sent a statement to CNN affiliate WJTV, saying in part:</p><p>"Our family has been overwhelmed by our tragic loss since Friday afternoon. Our lives are forever changed and words cannot express our pain and sorrow. For those that did not know Heather, she had a BS degree in nursing and enjoyed her career in the medical field. She was a very hard working and determined young lady and held respect for all. At this point we ask that our privacy be respected so we can grieve as a family."</p><h3>Woman killed in church</h3><p>Deaton also is "a person of great interest" in the Thursday shooting death of Brenda Pinter, 69, at a church in Neshoba County, Mississippi, said Sheriff Tommy Waddell.</p><p>Surveillance video showed an SUV similar to the one in the jogger incident entering the parking lot of Dixon Baptist Church that day. Pinter, a member of the church, came by herself around 4 p.m. to clean. Later that afternoon, her husband tried unsuccessfully to reach her by phone and then drove over to the church to check on her. He found her body in the church office. She had been shot to death.</p><p>"I have a video showing a vehicle that is very similar to the vehicle that he (Deaton) was known to be driving," the Neshoba sheriff said. "That vehicle belonged to a victim that was found deceased in Rankin County. There is no link we know of between this woman and the other two victims."</p><p>Deaton has been charged with one count of first-degree murder in his girlfriend's death as well as aggravated assault in the jogger's shooting, according to Rankin County District Attorney Michael Guest. He has not been charged in the Neshoba killing.</p><p>The preliminary cause of death in the Robinson case was manual strangulation, he said.</p><p>"The charges may be upgraded to capital murder once we have received the final report from the medical examiner," Guest told CNN.</p>

Published: Wed, 01 Mar 2017 16:28:02 GMT

Face-eating suspect says he fled demon-like figure before killings

<p>A Florida college student accused of randomly killing a couple and chewing on the dead man's face told TV personality Phil McGraw he had been running from a demon-like figure named "Daniel" before the attack.</p><p>In a video released Tuesday by prosecutors, Austin Harrouff, 20, told McGraw he only had vague memories of killing John Stevens and Michelle Mishcon last Aug. 15.</p><p>The video had been scheduled to air on McGraw's "Dr. Phil" television show last October, but it was pulled at the last minute without explanation.</p><p>McGraw interviewed Harrouff last fall before the Florida State University student was released from the hospital and arrested.</p><p>In the interview, Harrouff was asked what he would say to the victims' family.</p><p>"I hope that you can find it in your heart to forgive me," Harrouff cried. "And I'm so sorry, and I never wanted this to happen."</p><p>When asked by Dr. Phil if he was ashamed of what he did, Harrouff replied, "Yes, yes, yes."</p><p>Harrouff is charged with murder in the Aug. 15 deaths of Stevens and Mishcon outside their home.</p><p>Detectives said Harrouff also attacked the couple's neighbor, Jeffrey Fisher, 47, who was trying to help them. Fisher was released from the hospital days after the attack.</p><p>The couple was attacked shortly after Harrouff stormed out of a dinner with his father and others. His parents said he had been acting strangely.</p><p> </p>

Published: Wed, 01 Mar 2017 16:37:54 GMT

President Trump to visit Orlando for school choice discussion

<p>President Trump will fly to Orlando on Friday to attend a listening session on school choice at St. Andrews Catholic School in Pine Hills, White House deputy press secretary Sarah H. Sanders told reporters Tuesday.</p><p>Trump appears to be planning stops in both Orlando and Palm Beach before his fourth presidential trip to Mar-a-Lago, the <a href="">Palm Beach Post</a> reported. </p><p>St. Andrews is a Notre Dame ACE Academy school of choice.</p><p>The Federal Aviation Administration warned pilots on Monday to expect restrictions around Orlando, which normally indicates a Trump visit. </p><p>Trump rallied supporters in Melbourne on Feb.18, saying that he wanted to be "among my friends and among the people."</p><p>Trump's last stop in Orlando was Dec. 16 during his "Thank You Tour" before his inauguration. The event was held at the Central Florida Fairgrounds in Orange County. Vice President Mike Pence was also in attendance. </p><p>Trump's visit to Orlando on Friday will also be an opportunity for Trump to drive home his calls for education reform, which he is also slated to address Tuesday night.</p><p><em>CNN contributed to this report.</em></p> <div class="mv-widget" data-height="auto" data-id="dFk0bqki2Z8b4x611eQO3CCJfaV" data-widget="poll" data-width="100%">  </div> <script src="//" async></script>

Published: Wed, 01 Mar 2017 16:27:49 GMT

Senate approves Trump's nominee for Interior

<p>The Senate voted to confirm Wednesday Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke to lead the Department of the Interior.</p><p>During his confirmation hearing, the Republican congressman promised to review Obama-era actions limiting oil and gas drilling in Alaska and said he rejected President Donald Trump's past comment that climate change is a "hoax."</p><p>Like many of Trump's nominees, Zinke agreed that the climate is changing but said the impact by humans was subject to debate.</p><p>Zinke has also ruled out the sale or transfer of federal lands, a position supported by many Democrats, and said he would prioritize maintenance funds for national parks and federal lands.</p><p>As for the contentious debate over national monument designations -- of which the Trump administration is being pressured by some to rescind -- Zinke declined to commit to supporting such action but neither did he rule it out.</p>

Published: Wed, 01 Mar 2017 16:21:52 GMT

FedEx driver carjacked in Kissimmee, deputies say

<p>A Kissimmee man ordered a FedEx driver out of his truck and then stole the vehicle, according to the Osceola County Sheriff's Office.</p><p>The victim told deputies that Jonathan Torres, 24, approached him Tuesday near Sandalwood Drive and demanded that he get out of the truck. The FedEx employee said he complied because Torres was acting irrationally and he feared for his safety, according to a news release.</p><p>Torres drove the delivery truck around the neighborhood for about 10 minutes, deputies said. Witnesses thought he had barricaded himself inside a home, so deputies treated the incident as a standoff situation.</p><p>About three hours later, deputies entered the home with a warrant and realized Torres was not inside, the release said.</p><p>Deputies later located and arrested Torres.</p><p><img embed-content-articleid="undefined" embed-content-groupid="undefined" embed-content-id="507696949" embed-content-index="0" embed-content-type="PHOTO" src="" /></p><p><em>Check back to and watch News 6 for updates.</em></p>

Published: Wed, 01 Mar 2017 16:15:36 GMT

Toddler dies after being left in hot car in Florida

<p>A 2-year-old boy died after his half-sister left him inside her sports utility vehicle while she worked in a day care center near Tampa, deputies said.</p><p>Hillsborough County sheriff's spokesman Larry McKinnon said in a news release that Fiorella Vanessa Silva-Tello, 21, left Jacob Manchego in her silver Chevy Equinox about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday when she went to work at the BFF Kidz day care center in Brandon. She found him unresponsive about five hours later, deputies said.</p><p><iframe align="right" frameborder="0" height="700" scrolling="yes" src="//" style="border:none;" title="Heatstroke facts" width="300"></iframe>McKinnon said Silva-Tello took the boy to a nearby dialysis center, where first aid was administered. Fire rescue crews arrived and took the boy to a hospital, where he died.</p><p>“It’s gut-wrenching, physically debilitating. (There's) no way around it,” McKinnon said.</p><p><strong>[RELATED: Read more about <a href="" target="_blank"></a>]</strong></p><p>There’s a sign on the day care where the woman works that warns parents and guardians to “Look before you lock. Never leave a child alone in a car.”</p><p>The temperature was in the high 80s in Tampa on Tuesday. Brandon is in suburban Tampa.</p><p>Investigators interviewed the woman and other witnesses, but no charges have been filed.</p> <div class="ftb-widget" data-height="534" data-href="" data-widget-id="l1cvV4F9ZYx" data-width="600">  </div> <script async src=""></script>

Published: Wed, 01 Mar 2017 16:15:05 GMT

Truck goes airborne to end wild chase

<p>The only thing missing from the end of a wild police chase in Louisiana Tuesday was Bo and Luke Duke.</p><p>In a scene usually found in an old episode of the iconic 70's show "Dukes of Hazard," the chase came to a dramatic end when the truck went airborne and landed on a car.</p><p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">KSLA</a></strong> reports the truck was driven by Kevonte Dekorey Austin, 18, who had escaped from a work-release program near Webster Parish.</p><p>The chase began after the truck Austin was a passenger in was pulled over for speeding. While the deputy was speaking to the driver outside the vehicle, Austin slid over to driver's seat and drove away.</p><p>During the chase, Austin reached speeds of 115 miles per hour.</p><p>It ended after the truck ran over spike strips placed in road, causing Austin to lose control of the vehicle and send it flying into the parking lot of a restaurant.</p><p>The truck landed on a car in the parking lot with a passenger inside.  The passenger was unhurt, but had to exit her vehicle from the passenger door.</p><p>Austin was soon taken into custody.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="true" allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="400" scrolling="no" src="" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" width="470"></iframe></p>

Published: Wed, 01 Mar 2017 16:14:35 GMT

Tornadoes rip through Midwest, Southeast; 3 killed

<p>Severe thunderstorms are leaving swaths of destruction for a second straight day in parts of the Midwest and Southeast after a string of tornadoes ripped through several states Tuesday.</p><p>At least three people were killed in Illinois and Missouri in Tuesday's storms. Others were injured and cars were left scattered on highways.</p><p>Wednesday could offer more of the same. Close to 100 million people are at risk for severe weather through Wednesday afternoon, according to CNN meteorologist Michael Guy.</p><p>Already Wednesday morning, storms were damaging homes, businesses and trees in Tennessee, Kentucky and southeastern Ohio.</p><p>The National Weather Service said it received more than 20 reports of tornadoes or possible twisters ripping through parts of Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Tennessee on Tuesday, and at least one report of a tornado in eastern Kentucky on Wednesday. </p><h3>Junked cars blown across highway</h3><p>Tornadoes wreaked heavy damage Tuesday in eastern Missouri, where one person was killed as a twister blew as many as 20 vehicles from a junkyard onto Interstate 55, authorities said.</p><p>The man driving on I-55 near Perryville was killed when he collided with the junked vehicles on the highway, state highway patrol Sgt. Al Nothum told CNN. Nothum said there were also several injuries, mostly among drivers and passengers in three tractor-trailer rigs also struck by the debris. </p><p>"This tornado picked up about 15 to 20 of these old cars, picked them up, blew them out of the junkyard, across the county road and into Interstate 55," he said. The injuries to the other drivers were minor, "which is amazing when you see how far these tractor-trailer units were pushed," Nothum said.</p><p>J.R. Wright told CNN affiliate KTVI that he was driving through Perryville when he saw what he characterized as "a disaster zone." He said when he got out of his car all he heard were "people screaming and crying. There were two or three women running up and down the road looking for their husbands."</p><p>Linda Maguire had also been on the highway when the storm hit. "I was driving back to school in Murray, Kentucky, and the wind was blowing something fierce," she said. </p><p>Maguire told CNN her dad alerted her to the storm.</p><p>"Right as he told me, I saw a tractor trailer was flipped over right off the side of the road. I saw two or three of them, and two cars in front of me were at a complete stop. The tornado had just passed. There were cars scattered all over the highway and the hills looked like a scrap yard."</p><p>All residents in the area south of Perryville impacted by Tuesday night's tornado have been accounted for, Perry County Sheriff Gary Schaaf said. </p><p>"We're now just trying to clear the roads the best we can so we can start cleaning up in the morning," he said. </p><h3>Deaths in Illinois</h3><p>In Ottawa, Illinois, a tree fell on two people Tuesday, killing Wayne Tutland, 76, and seriously injuring his companion, authorities said. A tornado was reported in the area.</p><p>Tutland and the other person was burning debris in his yard when someone warned them that a storm was approaching, said Rich Ploch, chief deputy with La Salle County coroner's office.</p><p>"It looks like they were in the process of returning to the home, and unfortunately the tree came down on him," Ploch said.</p><p>First responders also ere dispatched to Naplate, Illinois, after reports of damage from a tornado, according to CNN affiliate WBBM. Naplate is a small town just west of Ottawa. </p><p>A nursing home in that county also suffered damage from the storms but reported their residents were all accounted for and safe. </p><p>Near the southern Illinois village of Crossville, a man was found dead in a field behind his heavily damaged home, said the village's public works supervisor, Mark Pierce. A tornado had been reported in the area.</p><p>The man's wife sustained injuries in the storm and was taken to a local hospital, Pierce said.</p><p>Along with tornadoes and strong winds, the National Weather Center reported substantial hail throughout the region. </p><p>In Arkansas, the White County Office of Emergency Management said four people were injured after a possible tornado touchdown. The county was experiencing widespread power outages. </p><h3>Severe weather extends into Wednesday</h3><p>Severe thunderstorms are expected to spread across the Ohio and Tennessee Valley region and stretch into southern New England through Wednesday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service center </p><p>Residents could see damaging winds, tornadoes and hail. </p>

Published: Wed, 01 Mar 2017 12:29:04 GMT

Odds of a Fed rate hike in March surge

<p>Investors have grown dramatically more confident that the Federal Reserve will raise rates next month.</p><p>New York Fed President William Dudley told CNNMoney on Tuesday that the case for raising interest rates is growing.</p><p>"I think the case for monetary policy tightening has become a lot more compelling," Dudley told Richard Quest.</p><p>Dudley cited recent "sturdy" job gains, an increase in inflation and rising optimism among business owners and consumers as key reasons behind his case for raising rates "in the relatively near future."</p><p>After Dudley's interview, the chance of a rate hike in March doubled to 66% on Wednesday from 35% Tuesday morning, according to CME Group.</p><p>"The real news this week was the dramatic shift in rate hike expectations," says Peter Boockvar, chief market strategist at the Lindsey Group, an investing firm. Boockvar cited Dudley as well as comments made by other Fed members for the change.</p><p>The U.S. dollar also gained value Wednesday morning. Fed rate hikes -- or the anticipation of them -- tend to boost the currency.</p><p>"The gains in the U.S. dollar appear to be more a function of shifting expectations of Fed policy than new clarity on fiscal policy...President Dudley's remark that an increase in rates has become 'more compelling' was the catalyst," says Win Thin, head of emerging market currency strategy at Brown Brothers Harriman.</p><p>It wasn't just Dudley's remarks that boosted the odds of a rate hike. San Francisco and Philadelphia Fed Presidents John Williams and Patrick Harker have recently indicated interest in a potential March rate hike.</p><p>But Dudley's voice matters much more to markets. He is the third ranking member at the Fed behind Chair Janet Yellen and Vice Chair Stanley Fischer.</p><p>Dudley also has a permanent vote on the Fed committee that decides whether to raise, lower or maintain interest rates. Harker and Williams don't always have a vote.</p><p>Yellen speaks Friday and will give investors the best indication of where the Fed is headed going into its two-day meeting on March 14-15.</p>

Published: Wed, 01 Mar 2017 15:55:06 GMT

Trump speech sends Dow zooming above 21,000 for first time

<p>Wall Street is giving President Trump's first speech to Congress a standing ovation. </p><p>The Dow soared 250 points and topped the 21,000 level for the first time ever on Wednesday. The milestone comes barely a month after the Dow hit 20,000 for the first time.</p><p>Trump's primetime address to Congress received high marks from viewers and has clearly left Wall Street in good spirits, too. The Dow is on track for its best day since December 7.</p><p>It's not that the speech gave investors the policy details they were seeking. If anything, Trump gave fewer specifics on major issues like tax reform, Obamacare and deregulation than many expected.</p><p>The key for Wall Street is the tone of Trump's speech: he sounded a lot more optimistic and presidential than in previous speeches. </p><p>"The speech didn't break any new ground, but it was much more orderly and methodical than we are used to hearing," said Nicholas Colas, chief market strategist at brokerage firm ConvergEx.</p><p>"It was a solid speech from the perspective of putting Trump on a truly presidential footing," Colas said. </p><p>For instance, Trump asked members of Congress to "join me in dreaming big, and bold and daring things for our country." </p><p>That's a welcome shift given the turbulent start to Trump's term that has mired the administration in controversy. </p><p>Chris Krueger, a Cowen & Co. analyst, summed the speech up this way: "Bigly delivery, more optimism, less detail."</p><p>All told, the Dow has now skyrocketed 2,700 points since Trump's victory in November. </p><p>If the Dow closes above 21,000 on Wednesday, it would be just 24 trading days since the 20,000 milestone. That would tie the record set in 1999 for the shortest time period between 1000-point milestones, according to Ryan Detrick of LPL Financial. </p><p>Of course, that late 1990s rally took place from lower levels, making it more impressive on a percentage basis. It also occurred during what turned out to be the height of the dotcom bubble that imploded soon afterwards. </p><p>Bank stocks have been among the biggest winners of the Trump rally, and that was true again on Wednesday. But the latest bank surge didn't appear to be linked directly to Trump's speech, which didn't mention anything about efforts rip up the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law.</p><p>Instead, big banks like Bank of America and Citigroup jumped more than 2% apiece due to increased confidence that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates this month. That would be good news for banks, because ultra-low rates make it difficult for them to make money.</p><p>Rate hike hopes were on the rise after New York Fed President Bill Dudley told CNN's Richard Quest that the case for raising rates has become "a lot more compelling."</p><p>"There's no question that animal spirits have been unleashed a bit post the election," Dudley said. </p><p>--CNNMoney's Ivana Kottasova contributed to this report. </p>

Published: Wed, 01 Mar 2017 15:44:05 GMT

Trump delays new travel ban after well-reviewed speech

<p>President Donald Trump has delayed plans to sign a reworked travel ban in the wake of positive reaction to his first address to Congress, a senior administration official told CNN.</p><p>The decision came late Tuesday night as positive reviews flooded in for Trump's speech, which struck a largely optimistic and unifying tone.</p><p>Signing the executive order Wednesday, as originally indicated by the White House, would have undercut the favorable coverage. The official didn't deny the positive reception was part of the administration's calculus in pushing back the travel ban announcement.</p><p>"We want the (executive order) to have its own 'moment,'" the official said.</p><p>The sudden change of plans came as Trump and his top advisers returned to the White House after his address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night.</p><p>Trump's original executive order, signed a week after he took office, banned citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US and temporarily suspended the entry of all refugees. A federal court issued a temporary stay that halted implementation of the travel ban earlier this month, a decision that was later upheld by a federal appeals court.</p><p>The new travel ban will exclude legal permanent residents and existing visa holders from the ban entirely, sources familiar with the plans told CNN earlier Tuesday.</p><p>While sources caution that the document has not yet been finalized and is still subject to change, there will be major changes:</p><p>· The new executive order will make clear that legal permanent residents (otherwise known as green card holders) are excluded from any travel ban.</p><p>· Those with validly issued visas will also be exempt from the ban.</p><p>· The new order is expected to revise or exclude language prioritizing the refugee claims of certain religious minorities.</p><p>Speaking in Munich, Germany, earlier this month, Department of Homeland Secretary John Kelly promised a "phased-in" approach to minimize disruption this time around.</p><p>But what remains to be seen are the other key aspects of the new executive order, especially in terms of refugees, including:</p><p>· What happens to the suspension of the refugee program for 120 days?</p><p>· Will Syrian nationals still be barred indefinitely?</p><p>· Will the cap on the number of refugees change? The first version of the executive order caps it at 50,000 for fiscal year 2017.</p><p>Two sources also expect that the President will formally revoke the earlier executive order, despite repeated statements from White House press secretary Sean Spicer that the two orders would co-exist on a "dual track."</p><p>The administration could potentially argue that the existing challenges to the original executive order are moot, but the challengers tell CNN the legal battles will likely continue even after the new order is signed.</p><p>"Exempting lawful permanent residents and current visa holders will not cure the core legal problem -- that the ban was motivated by religious discrimination, as evidenced by the President's repeated statements calling for a Muslim ban," ACLU attorney Lee Gelernt explained. "That discriminatory taint cannot be removed simply by eliminating a few words or clever tinkering by lawyers."</p>

Published: Wed, 01 Mar 2017 15:44:13 GMT

2 children on bicycles hit by car, FHP says

<p>Two children, ages 8 and 5, were hit by a vehicle Wednesday morning while they were on their bicycles, the Florida Highway Patrol said.</p><p>The children, both boys, were hit at the intersection of Lakanotosa Trail and Alayafa Club Drive. The driver of the car stayed at the scene, troopers said.</p><p>The children's mother took them to the hospital in her own vehicle.</p><p>Stay with for more on this developing story.</p><p> </p>

Published: Wed, 01 Mar 2017 15:24:08 GMT