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Gambia: Defeated leader Jammeh leaves country after election loss

<p>Gambia's longtime leader, Yahya Jammeh, has left the country after stepping down as president, following tense negotiations amid the prospect of West African military intervention.</p><p>In a televised address on Saturday morning, Jammeh said it was his duty to "preserve at every instant" the lives of Gambians.</p><p>"I have decided today in good conscience to relinquish the mantle of leadership of this great nation with infinite gratitude to all Gambians," he said.</p><p>The longtime leader was facing a showdown with troops from neighboring Senegal who entered the small West African country less than 24 hours earlier to enforce the results of last month's presidential election.</p><p>The UN Security Council had backed an effort by regional states to remove Jammeh as president.</p><p>There was a brief ceremony for Jammeh at the airport in Gamibia's capital, Banjul. His loyalists cried while others jeered the outgoing leader.</p><p>Last-minute negotiations with the presidents of Guinea and Mauritania focused on encouraging Jammeh to cede power to new President Adama Barrow.</p><p>The Commission of the Economic Community of West African States, or ECOWAS, gave Jammeh until noon Friday to step aside or face being forcibly removed.</p><p>"If at noon he doesn't accept to leave Gambia, the troops will intervene militarily to remove him by force so we can install the new President with all his powers in accordance with the Gambian Constitution," Marcel A. de Souza, the commission's president, told Reuters.</p><p>"By land, sea and air, Gambia is surrounded. A total of 7,000 men will participate in the mission to re-establish democracy in Gambia."</p><h3>New President sworn in</h3><p>Jammeh, who took power in a 1994 military coup, suffered a surprise election defeat in December to Barrow, who won 45% of the vote. Jammeh originally conceded the presidency but then announced his "total rejection of the election results." </p><p>Barrow was sworn in Thursday in Senegal.</p><p>Around 45,000 people have reportedly arrived in Senegal from Gambia amid the turmoil, the UN refugee agency said Friday, citing the Senegalese government.</p><p>The United Nations called on "all stakeholders, within and outside the Gambia, to exercise restraint, respect the rule of law and ensure the peaceful transfer of power." </p><p>Senegal, Ghana, Togo and Mali are among the West African countries contributing to the military effort, while the Nigerian air force said 200 of its troops would join forces from ECOWAS.</p><h3>Talks to urge Jammeh to leave</h3><p>Two West African leaders and a UN representative met on Friday with Jammeh to convince him to step down peacefully, an official on the longtime ruler's team told CNN.</p><p>Mohamed Ibn Chambas, special representative of the UN secretary-general and head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel, was a key figure in talks by regional leaders to convince Jammeh to leave, the official said.</p><p>An African Union statement welcomed Barrow's swearing-in as the legitimate president and expressed "the readiness of the AU to work closely with the new Gambian authorities to promote peace, security, stability and reconciliation in their country."</p><p>The South African government also called upon Jammeh to step down peacefully.</p><h3>Leader in waiting</h3><p>Barrow has been waiting in Senegal -- which surrounds Gambia -- for the handover of power. In his first speech as leader, he hailed the "victory of the Gambian nation." </p><p>"Our national flag will now fly high," he said Thursday. "Violence is finished forever from the life of the Gambians. There is no loser in this election. We promise to unify our people. Today most Gambians are united in order to give Gambia a new start. Today, I am the President of all Gambians."</p><p>He pledged to "respect the rule of law and fundamental freedoms" and promised "significant democratic reform."</p><p>And he called on the country's military to remain loyal: "I command all members of the armed forces to remain in their barracks. Those found wanting, or in possession of firearms, without my order, shall be considered rebels."</p><p>But Maj. Gen. Ousman Badjie, defense chief of the Gambian armed forces, told CNN he now considered Barrow the commander in chief.</p><p>Badjie said the situation needed to be solved politically, not militarily.</p><h3>Seeking safety</h3><p>Save the Children warned of the danger of a humanitarian emergency as people fled their homes.</p><p>"These children are largely fleeing to parts of both Gambia and Senegal where public services such as health facilities and schools are already under a great deal of strain," said Bonzi Mathurin, Save the Children's Senegal director.</p><p>Hundreds of tourists have been pouring out of Gambia as the risk of violence grows, and the United States and UK issued warnings to citizens to consider leaving the country. </p><p>In a statement on its website, tour operator Thomas Cook said it was "working hard to get our UK customers home" and it expected to fly about 3,500 vacationers out of Gambia by the end of Friday.</p><p>British tourist Sara Wilkins, 44, told CNN she and her husband arrived in Gambia nearly a week ago and noticed a lot of military on the streets. She said they had not been able to leave their hotel in recent days.</p><p>Wilkins said she had witnessed "manic" scenes at the airport and at the hotel, where "everyone was panicking and crying."</p><p>The UK warned that "potential for military intervention and civil disturbance is high and could result in Banjul International Airport being closed on short notice." </p>

Published: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 02:59:05 GMT

Protesters rally worldwide in solidarity with Washington march

<p>Protesters in the United States and around the world joined marches Saturday to raise awareness of women's rights and other civil rights they fear could be under threat under Donald Trump's presidency.</p><p>The key focus of the day was the Women's March on Washington, which organizers say may have attracted a quarter of a million participants.</p><p>But there were also hundreds of "sister marches" around the United States, with some of the biggest in Boston, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.</p><p>And women and men in cities around the world -- including Sydney, Berlin, London, Paris and Cape Town, South Africa -- also marched in solidarity and in opposition to the values they think Trump represents.</p><h3>Near and far</h3><p>A crowd of people gathered near the US Embassy in Mexico City on Saturday, shutting down the street and holding signs.</p><p>"Say it loud, say it clear, migrants are welcome here," they shouted.</p><p>Not all of the protesters were Mexican. Some Americans were there, too, in a show of solidarity.</p><p>One man told CNN, "It's a little strange to have this kind of shame and lack of pride for what direction the United States is heading in."</p><p>A "pro-peace, pro-environment" march also took place on Antarctica. Twitter user Linda Zunas posted pictures of people there taking part in the global event.</p><p>"Love rules in Antarctica," read one poster, held by a man bundled up on the snowy landscape in Paradise Bay.</p><p>"We are allies, not bystanders," read another sign, held by a woman posing in front of a glacier.</p><h3> 'Girl Power vs. Trump Tower'</h3><p>Australia was the scene of the first major international march, with thousands joining an anti-Trump demonstration in downtown Sydney.</p><p>Organizers said as many as 5,000 people attended the protest at Martin Place; police estimated the number was closer to 3,000. </p><p>Chants from the crowd included "Women united will never be defeated" and "When women's rights are under attack, what do we do, stand up, fight back." Some carried banners with messages such as "Girl Power vs. Trump Tower" and "Dump the Trump."</p><p>A separate group of about 30 Trump supporters held a rally in Sydney. The police restrained some of them, blocking them from entering the same area as the Trump protest group.</p><p>Protest organizers in New Zealand's capital, Wellington, said about 700 people turned out there for a women's march. Marches were also held in Auckland, Christchurch and Dunedin.</p><p>Protesters also joined together to march in Nairobi, Kenya -- the African nation that was the home country of former President Barack Obama's father.</p><p>Marchers in Cape Town, South Africa, carried banners with slogans such as "Climate change is a women's issue" and "So over mediocre men running things."</p><p>Other African nations staging women's marches included Ghana and Malawi.</p><h3>Europe marches</h3><p>Big crowds turned out Saturday in dozens of cities across Europe, with marchers including men, women and children. </p><p>Protesters who gathered outside one of Rome's most famous structures, the Pantheon, on Saturday morning carried signs reading "Yes we must" and "Women's rights are human rights."</p><p>Demonstrators also took to the streets of Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich and other cities in Germany. </p><p>Katy Rea, who was at the march in Berlin, told CNN: "There are around 1,000 people. Lots of families, children. Very friendly atmosphere. Some police are present, but it's tame and relaxed."</p><p>Marches also took place in cities up and down the United Kingdom, from London to Cardiff, Liverpool, Manchester, Belfast and Edinburgh.</p><p>In London, large crowds joined a two-mile march starting outside the US Embassy and ending with a rally in the city's historic Trafalgar Square.</p><p>Marcher Victoria Dawson told CNN the atmosphere was "positive, inclusive, electric." </p><p>Women's rights weren't the only issue on the agenda, with placards also bearing slogans to do with Brexit, nuclear weapons, workers' rights and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.</p><p>Speakers at Trafalgar Square told the crowds at least 100,000 people had turned out. London's Metropolitan Police do not provide crowd estimates, but aerial footage showed large numbers of people gathered in the square.</p><p>London Mayor Sadiq Khan -- who before the US presidential election told CNN that Trump's views of Islam were "ignorant" -- posted a tweet encouraging Londoners to join the march and "show how much we value the rights every woman should have."</p><p>In Paris, demonstrators gathered near the iconic Eiffel Tower before marching through the streets waving flags and banners.</p><p>"A woman's place is in the house -- the White House," read one pink poster at the Paris event.</p><p>Other French cities including Marseille, Toulouse and Bordeaux were also holding events.</p><p>Protesters in Barcelona, Spain, chanted "We will not be silent" and "My body, my choice" as they marched.</p><p>On Friday night, a crowd of predominantly female protesters gathered in Brussels, Belgium, to denounce sexism and protest against Trump.</p><p>Marches also took place in Greece, Kosovo, the Czech Republic and Georgia.</p><h3>'Sea of pink'</h3><p>The Women's March on Washington, which began at 10 a.m. ET near Capitol Hill, came on the heels of a slew of protests there on Inauguration Day.</p><p>The march, which began with a modest Facebook call in the aftermath of the November election, has grown into what could be one of the larger political demonstrations ever seen in the US capital.</p><p>Many of those taking part said they are concerned about Trump's agenda, his past remarks that appeared to demean women and allegations against him of sexual misconduct -- which he has denied.</p><p>Thousands of people have also been busy making cat-eared knit hats to wear at the march, with the aim of creating a "sea of pink" on the National Mall.</p><p>Organizers of the so-called Pussyhat Project said they have received tens of thousands of handmade hats to distribute to marchers, with submissions flooding in from all 50 states and as far away as France and New Zealand.</p><p>Elizabeth England posted footage on Twitter showing scores of protesters, many in pink hats, gathered close to the Baltimore Penn Station on their way to the march. She told CNN: "Everyone is friendly and excited and hoping the trains start running more!"</p>

Published: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 16:05:03 GMT

Madonna delivers R-rated, anti-Trump speech

<p>Ever the provocateur, Madonna dropped a trio of f-bombs and admitted that she's "thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House" during a speech at the Women's March on Washington on Saturday.</p><p>"It took this horrific moment of darkness to wake us the f--k up," she told the crowd. "It seems as though we had all slipped into a false sense of comfort, that justice would prevail and that good would win in the end."</p><p>"Well, good did not win this election. But good will win in the end," she said.</p><p>The pop star later went into a rendition of "Human Nature" with added R-rated lyrics, including a call for Trump to perform an obscene act to himself.</p><p>Madonna, who supported Hillary Clinton during the campaign, was one of a number of celebrities on Saturday who spoke out as part of Women's Marches in cities across the world.</p><p>But of those high-profile speeches, Madonna's was particularly confrontational. She said that the march represented the beginning of a "revolution" and affirmed that "we will not back down."</p><p>"And to our detractors that insist that this march will never add up to anything: F--k you. F--k you," she said. "It is the beginning of much-needed change."</p><p>Madonna also said she was "angry" and "outraged" in the wake of Trump's inauguration.</p><p>"Yes, I'm angry. Yes, I am outraged. Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House," Madonna said. "But I know that this won't change anything. We cannot fall into despair."</p>

Published: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:06:27 GMT

Trump criticizes 'dishonest media' in CIA speech

<p>President Donald Trump started and finished a speech he gave at the CIA headquarters Saturday afternoon by criticizing the "dishonest media." Several of the things he said were inaccurate.</p><p>Some members of the media expressed astonishment about the setting and the tone of the speech.</p><p>"The stars on the wall behind Trump, who is talking about his crowd sizes and complaining about the media, mark dead CIA operatives," Los Angeles Times columnist Cathleen Decker tweeted.</p><p>"The president just tried to rally CIA workforce around the idea that media is the enemy. Let that sink in," wrote Mark Mazzetti, a Washington investigations editor at The New York Times.</p><p>Trump himself called it a "war," further ratcheting up his extreme anti-media rhetoric from the campaign trail.</p><p>"As you know, I have a running war with the media. They are among the most dishonest human beings on Earth," Trump said.</p><p>Some CIA staffers in the room applauded the insult, but the senior leadership in the front rows did not, according to a CNN producer who was there.</p><p>"They sort of made it sound like I had a 'feud' with the intelligence community." Nonsense, Trump said, "it is exactly the opposite, and they understand that too."</p><p>In fact, Trump repeatedly and publicly questioned the country's intelligence services amid reporting about Russian attempts to interfere in the election.</p><p>"He referred to it repeatedly in tweets as 'intelligence' in quotes. He was undermining" them, CNN chief national security correspondent Jim Sciutto said afterward.</p><p>CNN chief political correspondent Dana Bash added, "It's unfortunate that he said that there, on hallowed ground. It happens to be not true that we conflated things that he said. All you have to do is look at his Twitter feed to see what he said."</p><p>Trump also exaggerated the size of the crowd at his swearing-in ceremony Friday and complained about what he said was unfair coverage.</p><p>He said it looked to him "like a million, million and a half people" were in attendance for his inauguration, but that a television network (which he did not name) "showed a field where there was practically nobody standing there."</p><p>He also said the crowd "went all the way back to the Washington Monument," but it did not.</p><p>Major television networks shared a camera at the top of the monument that showed lots of open space during Trump's inauguration.</p><p>Trump even described the inauguration weather inaccurately, saying that the skies became "really sunny" after his speech, when in fact it remained cloudy.</p><p>At the beginning of the speech, Trump struck a more positive tone about the press, saying "they did treat me nicely on that speech yesterday."</p><p>But at the end, he returned to his anti-media rhetoric. He made a brief mistake by a Time magazine reporter, Zeke Miller, sound like an ongoing scandal.</p><p>When a small group of journalists, known as a "pool," was allowed into the Oval Office on Friday evening, there was some confusion about whether a bust of Martin Luther King, Jr. was still there. The bust had been controversial when former President Obama moved it into the Oval Office, replacing a bust of Winston Churchill that had been there.</p><p>Pool reporter Zeke Miller of Time initially couldn't see the MLK bust, and he sent word to the rest of the press corps that it had been removed.</p><p>But it was still there, albeit out of Miller's line of sight. A correction went out to the press corps within half an hour.</p><p>Trump press secretary Sean Spicer tweaked Miller about the incident on Twitter, calling it "a reminder of the media danger of tweet first check facts later."</p><p>Miller apologized to his colleagues, and Spicer tweeted, "Apology accepted."</p><p>Trump said the incident showed "how dishonest the media is." He said the MLK bust removal was a "big story," when in fact it was not treated like a big story by any major news outlets.</p><p>Trump concluded his comments about the press by saying, "I love honesty. I like honest reporting."</p>

Published: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 22:30:19 GMT

Mississippi storm: At least 4 dead; damage reported in Hattiesburg area

<p>A possible tornado and other severe storms shattered parts of southern Mississippi early Saturday, killing at least four people and injuring more than 20 others in Forrest, Lamar and Perry counties, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said.</p><p>The National Weather Service office in Jackson dispatched a damage survey team to the area to investigate what was a likely tornado that also damaged buildings in Hattiesburg and Petal, including parts of a college and a fire station, officials said.</p><p>Preliminary survey finds evidence of tornado that may have been at least EF-3 intensity, weather service said on Twitter. </p><p>"There are widespread power outages as the tornado ran across three counties lines," said Greg Flynn, spokesman for the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. </p><p>Officials warned of downed power lines and debris spread over large areas and urged people to avoid traveling. </p><p>Gov. Phil Bryant said he has been in regular contact with the emergency agency and "ordered all available resources toward rescue and recovery."</p><p>"I will travel to the affected areas today to get a full assessment of the damage and the need," Bryant said in a Facebook post. </p><p>Hattiesburg has taken a lot of damage, the National Weather Service said in an advisory. It's the largest city in Forrest County with about 46,000 people.</p><p>A search and rescue operation is underway in the city, Mayor Johnny DuPree said before dawn Saturday. A tornado may have caused the damage, CNN affiliate WDAM-TV reported.</p><p>Most of Hattiesburg's damage appeared to be on the downtown's outskirts, DuPree said. A fire station was damaged, as were parts of William Carey University, a private Christian college with about 4,000 students.</p><p>Students at William Carey were reporting minor injuries, the university said. Dormitories and other buildings were damaged, the school said. </p><p>"Officials working to ensure students are safe. Some students reporting minor injuries. Damage to dorms, Tatum Court, Thomas Hall," the university said on Twitter.</p><p>Volunteers began cleaning up the damage Saturday afternoon.</p><p>Windows were blown out and roofs of buildings peeled back at the Hattiesburg Salvation Army, WDAM reported. </p><p>WDAM reporters and editors posted to Twitter pictures of severe damage in Hattiesburg and in Petal, an adjacent city of about 10,400 people.</p><p>Parts of an AT&T store and a loan shop collapsed at a shopping center in Petal, one of the images showed.</p><h3>Storms hit southern Mississippi, Alabama</h3><p>Interstate 59 north of Hattiesburg was closed because of debris, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said.</p><p>The storms were part of a system moving through southern Mississippi and Alabama on Saturday morning. </p><p>The National Weather Service in Jackson warned of hazardous weather Saturday in parts of southeast Arkansas, northeast Louisiana and in central, north central, northwest and west central Mississippi. </p><p>Severe thunderstorms are likely Saturday evening in those areas, with the possibility of golf ball-size hail, heavy winds and tornadoes. </p>

Published: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:02:03 GMT

Women descend on Washington to protest Trump's agenda

<p>Streets in the monumental core of downtown Washington were brought to a standstill Saturday as droves of women marched to protest Donald Trump's presidency and his history of derogatory comments about women.</p><p>Protesters filled Pennsylvania Avenue, the same iconic street Trump walked down a day before during his inaugural parade, as they moved in the direction of the White House. </p><p>The large turnout wasn't limited to Washington. Similar protests unfolded throughout the day in cities such as New York, where crowds spilled across Fifth Avenue. Boston Police Chief William Cross said the crowd there was too big for the march route and could not proceed because "it would be like a snake eating its tail." In Los Angeles, some protesters eventually moved to streets parallel to the march so they could move and still feel like they were participating.</p><p>The marches in the United States and around the world amounted to a remarkable protest against Trump on his first full day in office. The question going forward is whether the marches are simply a cathartic moment for people upset over Trump's election victory or a more enduring opposition movement. </p><p>While the mood at the main march in Washington was mostly jovial, the day underscored some of the challenges facing the left in the aftermath of Trump's victory. It was not immediately clear what political impact the marches would have on the Trump administration or Republicans in Congress. Trump didn't address the march during remarks he delivered Saturday afternoon at CIA headquarters in Virginia.</p><p>One central hurdle for protesters: their effort to draw attention to so many different political priorities. Even the signs they carried reflected the diversity of their agendas.</p><p>Some were there advocating for Black Lives Matter movement while others aimed to bring attention to reproductive rights. Some focused on the fight for equal pay and their opposition to the rollback of former President Barack Obama's health care law. </p><h3>Differing approaches</h3><p>They also differed in their approach to influencing the new administration. Some women wore blue and white sashes that said "dissent is patriotic." Homemade signs and rainbow flags bore symbols of peace and love -- others emblazoned with the printed message "Women Won't Back Down." </p><p>Many women in attendance also wore the now-famous T-shirts with hearts embracing Trump's phrase about Hillary Clinton: "Nasty Woman." </p><p>Meanwhile, the Democratic mantra so prevalent in the final weeks of the campaign -- "when they go low, we go high" -- was largely absent. Actress Ashley Judd, for instance, read a poem that said Trump bathes in "Cheeto dust." Madonna delivered remarks laden with expletives.</p><p>Dozens of older women held signs that said "I can't believe I still have to protest this s---." </p><p>Many signs referenced to Trump's vulgar comments that emerged weeks before the election that reveal him bragging on a decade old tape about his ability to grab women by the genitals because of his fame. One protester held a sign that said "If you're going to grab my pussy, keep your hands off my healthcare." </p><p>In interviews, marchers said they were hoping to maintain a positive vibe -- a respectful demonstration of democracy and expression of free speech.</p><p>Democratic Rep. Debbie Dingell said that some 7,500 people were coming from her home state of Michigan on 100 buses. Since the election, she said "People are showing up at any kind of activist meeting because they want to do something and they don't know what to do."</p><p>"None of us are single issue voters," Dingell said. "We want to make sure Americans have quality, affordable health care, funding for Planned Parenthood and that women are treated fairly in the work place."</p><p>She said she believes Trump is "a man who listens to how people feel."</p><p>"I think he's a smart man, and I think he will see a movement. He will see women scared about what's going to happen to the country," Dingell said. </p><p>The march has evolved organically from a post-election call to action on Facebook to an organized effort that included a roster of high-wattage activists and attendees including feminist Gloria Steinem, singer Katy Perry, actors America Ferrera, Ashley Judd and Scarlett Johansson. </p><p>Leaders and activists from hundreds of left-leaning groups are joining the march, including the NAACP, Planned Parenthood, the American Federation of Teachers, as well as pro-immigrant and pro-environment groups. </p><p>Margaret Huang, the executive director of Amnesty International USA, which is co-sponsoring the march, said the group's members were concerned about talk of a Muslim registry and Trump's "willingness to use policies to exclude particular communities."</p><p>"These sorts of rhetorical commitments that (Trump) made on the campaign trail cannot become policy," she said.</p><h3>Mother and daughter</h3><p>Mother and daughter Deborah and Maeve Kelly of New Jersey decided to attend the march after being deeply frustrated by the results of the November election. They left the Alice Paul Institute in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, at 6 a.m. ET on Saturday, and their group plans to return to New Jersey later in the evening. </p><p>Deborah Kelly, 61 of Chesterfield Township, New Jersey, said she was inspired to march after being stunned by the number of women who voted for Trump in November.</p><p>"I didn't feel like women were voting in their own interests," she said in a telephone interview before Saturday's event. "This march was a way to demonstrate to the public that there is a large group of women out there who feel that the rights and progress made over the last decade are really threatened and could be eroded."</p><p>She encouraged her daughter to attend with her as part of the show of force by all generations: "We have to be very vigilant," Kelly said. "This is almost a symbolic passing of the torch to the younger generation, who have to be active to protect the rights that we have fought for." </p><p>Maeve Kelly, 25 of Lambertville, New Jersey, said she didn't want American voters to forget about the comments Trump has made over the years judging women by their looks and their weight. </p><p>"That's just something that really angers me, and I don't think it has any place in my world," she said in an interview. "It feels like everything we have worked toward, and all that suffragettes worked toward -- so we could vote and be successful -- is threatened now." </p><p>The march, she said, is "mostly just a message of solidarity."</p><p>"There are so many people traveling from all over the country to show that we are going to stand together and not let the President of our country bully us or make us feel like we don't belong," she said. "It's really just taking a stand for women's rights." </p>

Published: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:26:02 GMT

Thousands gather for Central Florida Women's Rally at Lake Eola

<p>A connection over social media and a pact between two longtime friends turned into the grassroots movement that brought together an estimated 6,000 people for a women’s support rally at Lake Eola Saturday.</p><p>The Central Florida Women’s Rally was one of more than 600 events happening around the world the same day in an effort to bring attention to women’s rights and issues.</p><p><a href="http://www.clickorlando.com/news/central-florida-womens-rally-at-lake-eola"><strong>[PHOTOS: Central Florida Women's Rally at Lake Eola]</strong></a></p><p>Organizers with the Women’s March on Washington estimated more than 1 million people would participate across 59 countries.</p><p>Gricel Fernandez, of Orlando, said she and her friend of 20 years, Autumn Huff Garick, wanted to go to the march in Washington, but one thing led to another and it wasn't going to happen for them. They both still wanted to be involved in the movement on a local level.</p><p>"We heard about what was going on in D.C. and decided we could serve our own community by having an event right here," Garick said. </p><p>In November, Fernandez said she found a group on Facebook that seemed like a good place to start.</p><p>It was clear there was a lot of interest in a local women’s movement but no one knew how to begin organizing an event, she said.</p><p>As the Washington march quickly approached, Fernandez said she volunteered to get some things started, tapping her friend Garick to help.</p><p>“So do you want to see if we can make something like this happen or not?” Fernandez said she asked Garick.</p><p>In the eight weeks since that conversation, a grassroots movement was born that had “taken on a life of its own,” Fernandez said.</p><p>In about a month's time, the ladies rounded up about two dozen volunteers, and expected thousands of people at Lake Eola Saturday. </p><p>The rally was 100 percent self-funded, with donation money covering the permitting fees and anything directly involved with the event, Fernandez said.</p><p>The YouCaring crowdfunding page set up by the organizers exceeded its $3,000 goal by Dec. 21.</p><p>Anything left over from the fund will be donated to local health advocacy, environmental, youth and education nonprofits participating in the event.</p> <h3> <em><a href="http://www.clickorlando.com/news/sign-up-for-clickorlandocom-breaking-news-alerts-email-newsletters">Sign up for ClickOrlando breaking news alerts and email newsletters</a></em></h3> <p>Sara Isaac, co-president of the League of Women Voters Orange County, took a bus to the nation's capitol this weekend. Meanwhile in Orlando, the chapter was at the sister event to educate more women and men about how their government operates.</p><p>As a nonpartisan group, it was up to the national board to decide if the League of Women Voters would participate in any of the marches or events. The board voted to participate in the Washington march.</p><p>“Because we are an activist organization, it’s not that we would ever oppose the president-elect. We basically oppose certain types of policies,” Carol Davis, co-president of the League of Women Voters Orange County, said. “Some issues, we felt, didn’t meet our principle and how democracy works.”</p><p>Davis said the Orange County group has grown in leaps during the past year because of the Pulse nightclub shooting and the election, with more than 700 members, one of the largest in the U.S.</p><p>"After the Pulse shooting, our gun safety committee grew by leaps and bounds," Davis said.</p><p>Lake Eola’s event was different from the Women’s March in Washington, seen as a protest of Donald Trump’s inauguration as the nation's 45th president, the organizers said. The goal is to open a dialogue on issues in the area.</p><p>Trump’s comments about women, heard during the tumultuous election, and his plan to defend Planned Parenthood, lit a fire in the U.S. women’s movement, triggering the march that was expected to dwarf the inauguration.</p><p>“It’s a solidarity event in line with and in support of the D.C. event,” Fernandez said. “But none of the local events are the same.”</p><p>Fernandez said each one has its own flavor and a different theme.</p><p>In Orlando, “we did not want this to be about politics, but about the people,” she said.</p><p>There were three Central Florida events Saturday.The Lake Eola rally, a march at Riverside Park in new Smyrna Beach at 11 a.m. and a 1.7 mile march in Daytona Beach all took place.  Across the Sunshine State, gatherings are planned in Miami, Naples, Key West, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Ocala, Gainesville and into the Panhandle, more than 10 in all.</p><p>Through social media and the Women’s March website, participants organized transportation to Washington to spread the word about local “sister” events.</p><p>"It's been such a grassroots event," Davis said. "It started with people in the community who contacted (the League of Women Voters) very early on and said they were going to have buses going to D.C."</p><p>The focus of the Central Florida Women’s Rally was a call to action to help people learn how to do something about the issues they are passionate about. Fernandez said she hoped the peaceful non-partisan rally would help people find their voice.</p><p> “Over 5,000 people are showing up at Lake Eola park because of me?” Fernandez said. “Imagine if each one of those people went out and shared their story?”</p><p>Each speaker at the rally will told their own personal anecdote of adversity and told attendees what they can do to help.</p><p>They are “all ages, all walks of life, all everything,” Fernandez said of the nine-person speaker lineup.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Recognizing the speakers at the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/women?src=hash">#women</a>'s rally <a href="https://twitter.com/LakeEolaPark">@lakeeolapark</a> <a href="https://t.co/T8sEyyVzO5">pic.twitter.com/T8sEyyVzO5</a></p>— Emilee Speck (@EMSpeck) <a href="https://twitter.com/EMSpeck/status/822907992253272067">January 21, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>"All” does encompass those who were scheduled to speak at the Walt Disney Amphitheater including LGBT advocates, Orlando City Commissioner Regina Hill, former Orange County Mayor Linda Chapin, the director of women’s and gender studies program at the University of Central Florida, an Olympia High School senior, a first generation Iranian-American and two advocates for Americans with disabilities.</p><p>Fernandez said when each person got up there to take the microphone, they would be speaking directly about something in those key issues, calling each speech "a personal story about an issue and ending with a call to action.”</p><p>The Pulse shooting was heavily mentioned throughout the gathering. District 4 City Commissioner Patty Sheehan encouraged community members to come together the way they did after June 12.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">The <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Pulseshooting?src=hash">#Pulseshooting</a> is very much present at the Women's rally <a href="https://twitter.com/LakeEolaPark">@LakeEolaPark</a> <a href="https://t.co/PJuA3lOPw6">pic.twitter.com/PJuA3lOPw6</a></p>— Emilee Speck (@EMSpeck) <a href="https://twitter.com/EMSpeck/status/822901427781636098">January 21, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>Hannah Willard, with Equality Florida, challenged people to "come out in a way that's meaningful to them," saying others can "learn from LGBT" community members.</p><p>As far as steps people can take to make their voices heard, Davis said the League of Women Voters is always wanting to hear from members of the community to help determine what issues are important to them.</p><p>"We select priorities based on what our community members determine is important," Davis said.</p>

Published: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:22:23 GMT

Rain, storms possible Sunday in Central Florida

<p>Saturday was warm, humid and a little windy, setting up the atmosphere for rain and possible storms Sunday.</p><p><strong>[WEATHER: <a href="http://www.clickorlando.com/weather">Extended forecast | Radar</a> | <a href="http://www.clickorlando.com/weather">Warnings</a> | <a href="http://www.clickorlando.com/weather/attractions">Pinpoint Weather Zones</a>]<br /> [DOWNLOAD: <a href="http://www.clickorlando.com/news/download-free-apps-from-news-6">Pinpoint, Hurricane apps</a> | SHARE: <a href="http://share.clickorlando.com/">Weather pictures</a>]</strong></p><p>No major changes are expected overnight, except for some building clouds. Lows Saturday night will range from 66 degrees in Orlando to 67 degrees in Daytona Beach, and 68 degrees in Melbourne. Rain chances are about 10 percent until 7 a.m.</p><p>%<inline>INLINE</inline>%</p><p>Sunday will be an active weather day beginning with cloudy skies in the morning and a 20 percent chance of rain. An approaching cold front will enter the picture by afternoon taking the rain chances up to 70 percent.</p><p>Isolated showers and downpours are expected through the afternoon with strong gusty winds of 15-25 mph, maybe gusting to 30 mph.</p><p>On Sunday night, the change of rain jumps to 80 percent as a cold front passes through the area. This will increase the chance of thunderstorms and heavy rains of a quarter to one-half inch. Some storms could be severe. Most of the action will be over by midnight.</p> <h3> <em><a href="http://www.clickorlando.com/news/sign-up-for-clickorlandocom-breaking-news-alerts-email-newsletters">Sign up for ClickOrlando breaking news alerts and email newsletters</a></em></h3> <p>Monday morning will see some lingering clouds and wind, but will also see the arrival of much-cooler temperatures. The high on Monday will only reach 70 degrees.</p><p>Tuesday through Thursday will be mostly sunny with temperatures in the comfort zone of 70s.</p><p>Much colder air could arrive next weekend.</p>

Published: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:15:48 GMT

Trump's Day Two: Prayer service, visit CIA, hit media

<p>President Donald Trump made a peace offering to the CIA and sought divine blessing for his administration Saturday, but mass protests in multiple cities provided a graphic demonstration of the nation's huge political divides.</p><p>Trump traveled to the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, for a briefing from senior agency leaders and spoke to several hundred people in the spy agency's foyer, in front of the wall of honor where fallen operatives are remembered with stars.</p><p>"This is my first stop officially, there is nobody that feels stronger about the intelligence community and the CIA than Donald Trump, there is nobody," Trump said. "I am so behind you and I know that maybe sometimes you haven't got the backing that you wanted."</p><p>But the President also made several departures and digressions from the issue of the CIA, complaining about the media's treatment of him, and accusing television stations of lying about the size of the crowd at his inauguration. </p><p>"I have a running war with the media, they are among the most dishonest human beings on Earth -- they sort of made it sound like I had a feud with the intelligence community. The reason you are the number one stop is exactly the opposite," he said.</p><p>At the same time, the gesture of the visit was an important moment for Trump, who raised doubts about his relationship with US intelligence agencies by initially casting doubt on their assessment that Russia intervened in the election by hacking Democratic email accounts. He had also spurred doubts about his willingness to accept traditional presidential daily briefings on the gravest security threats facing the United States.</p><h3>Prayer service and calls for unity from clergy</h3><p>Earlier, at Washington's National Cathedral, Trump listened as the prayer service unfolded, watching clergy from various faiths including Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and Islam offer prayers for his administration and the nation.</p><p>In his opening prayer, the Very Reverend Randolph Marshall Hollerith, the Dean of Washington National Cathedral, appeared to be making a point about the need for unity after the bitter, divisive election campaign that made Trump president.</p><p>"Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne through Jesus Christ our Lord," Hollerith said, reciting an excerpt from the Book of Common Prayer.</p><p>Trump, who was accused of discrimination against followers of Islam throughout the campaign, also sat quietly as a Muslim prayer echoed through the nave.</p><p>The imam, Imam Mohamed Magid, executive director of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society, had been expected to deliver the Islamic call to prayer, but instead recited two verses from the Quran that contained clear political messages for the new president and his administration.</p><p>The President did not speak, making the prayer service an unusual moment in a political journey shaped by his own brash comments, speeches and tweets.</p><h3>Worldwide protests against Trump</h3><p>As Trump became accustomed to the realities of power, those opposed to his presidency sent their own message, as a huge crowd gathered in Washington for a women's march and demonstrators gathered in massive numbers in cities including Chicago, Boston and Seattle. Protests also took place across the world, including in Sydney, Australia, London, Paris and Berlin.</p><p>The President's motorcade passed some of the protestors as he left the White House for the CIA. The protests were part of a grassroots organizing effort meant to demonstrate a show of force to the new administration that women's rights are human rights and to stress respect for racial, gender and political diversity that organizers say were threatened by Trump's campaign. </p><p>In Boston, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren said that Trump's presidency should serve as a rallying point for progressives.</p><p>"Yesterday, Donald Trump was sworn in as President,. That sight is now burned into my eyes for ever and I hope the same is true for you," Warren told the crowd.</p><p>"We will not forget, we don't want to forget. We will use that vision to make sure we fight harder, we fight tougher and we fight more passionately than ever."</p><p>Before spending his first night in the White House, Trump moved quickly to consolidate his power and to make an immediate break with the Obama administration. He signed an executive order that will begin the process of chipping away at the Affordable Care Act, the centerpiece of former President Barack Obama's domestic legacy. </p><p>The 45th President also signed documents validating the appointments of his newly confirmed cabinet members Defense Secretary James Mattis and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. Other cabinet picks, including the incoming CIA director Mike Pompeo, are expected to receive votes from Monday, though partisan wrangling is still delaying many cabinet appointments.</p><p>White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus sent out a memo to all government agencies and departments calling for a freeze on new regulations.</p><h3>World worries about speech</h3><p>Trump was still buzzing on Saturday morning after the day of ceremony on Friday, which included his inaugural address in which he staked out stark themes rooted in nationalism and populism, promising to put "America first" in its dealings with the rest of the world.</p><p>"A fantastic day and evening in Washington D.C.Thank you to @FoxNews and so many other news outlets for the GREAT reviews of the speech!" Trump said in the first tweet from his personal Twitter account of his presidency.</p><p>Hours earlier, he swept into several inaugural balls with First Lady Melania Trump, and the couple danced to Frank Sinatra's "My Way." The President told the crowd at one event that even people who had not been nice to him said "we did a really good job today. They hated to it but they did it. And I respect that. I respect that."</p><p>The impact of Trump's inaugural address was reverberating around the world on Saturday. Foreign newspapers narrowed in on the nationalistic turn in US foreign policy.</p><p>"Trump offers fearful vision as he promises 'America First,'" the Irish Times said in a front page splash. The Dawn newspaper in Pakistan highlighted Trump's inaugural vow to unite the world against "radical Islamic terrorism."</p><p>One of the world's most important leaders, German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged to work with Trump to find "compromises and solutions" on the basis of mutual respect. Asked at a news conference about Trump's address and its America-first tone, she said: "I believe firmly that it is best for all of us if we work together based on rules, common values and joint action in the international economic system, in the international trade system, and make our contributions to the military alliances."</p><p>"And second, the trans-Atlantic relationship will not be less important in the coming years than it was in past years."</p><p>Trump raised eyebrows in an interview while he was still President-elect in which he said he had similar levels of respect for Merkel, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is widely regarded as a US enemy in Washington.</p><p>Some changes were already evident in the Oval Office Friday night. Red drapes had been replaced with yellow drapes. A bust of Winston Churchill had been returned after an eight year absence during the Obama administration. And the carpet was a new sunburst pattern. </p>

Published: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:02:02 GMT

Trump calls slain officer's husband, AG says

<p>Lt. Debra Clayton’s husband received a phone call from President-elect Donald Trump after she was killed, according to Florida State Attorney General Pam Bondi.</p><p>Bondi said Wednesday that Trump had a phone conversation with Clayton's husband, Seth. Clayton was fatally shot outside a Walmart store in Orlando last week.</p><p>Bondi described the conversation as "a brief, very touching, private conversation between two husbands."</p><p>A suspect wanted for Clayton's slaying was taken into custody Tuesday night after a manhunt that lasted more than a week.</p><p>Clayton was shot after she approached Markeith Loyd, who was wanted at the time for the killing of his pregnant ex-girlfriend.</p><p>Loyd's first court appearance is scheduled for Thursday.</p>

Published: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:20:07 GMT

Donald Trump waxwork unveiled at Madame Tussauds

<p>For five months, the team at Madame Tussauds has been quietly prodding, polishing and painting the face of the 45th president of the United States.</p><p>This is President-elect Donald Trump as you have never seen him before: up close and personal and made entirely of wax.</p><p>Created by Madame Tussauds, the waxwork is one of four being made in London. Three others have already been shipped to Washington D.C., New York and Orlando to coincide with Trump's inauguration on Friday.</p> <h3> Labor of love</h3> <p>For the team behind the artwork, it's been a labor of love.</p><p>"I was lucky enough to get some measurements from a sitting we had in 1997 at the Trump towers," chief sculptor David Gardner told CNN.</p><p>"At the sitting we would take the measurement of the head and we would also use anchor points."</p><p>Gardner said seeing recent photos and videos of Trump in the media made it more exciting for him to sculpt the President-elect's model.</p><p>"He made my job slightly easier because of his character. It was almost as far as doing a caricature and bringing it back," said Gardner.</p><p>But the waxwork presented the team with some new challenges.</p><p>His golden coif -- perhaps his most famous feature -- required some research, which involved calling the stylist from "The Apprentice".</p><p>"We did a lot of research about how he styles his hair. It's hairspray and almost like a lacquer," explained Gardner.</p> <h3> Capturing Trump's character</h3> <p>Styling the waxwork's head of hair wasn't the biggest concern, it was the color.</p><p>"His hair is a mixture of human hair and yak hair. We use yak hair with people with white hair because human hair is not readily available," said hairstylist Kelly Cox.</p><p>To get the exact look, the team used as many as four color samples and from there they inserted each strand of hair individually -- a process that took about four weeks. For the President-elect's eyebrows, the team used squirrel hair.</p><p>Getting his tone right was also a challenge for coloring artist Verity Talbot whose palette is full of pink and magenta; an array of tones that she hopes will bring the President-elect to life.</p><p>"We'll look at everything so we'll try and get every little capillary, every wrinkle, slight marks on the skin, any moles," said Talbot.</p><p>"He's got such a character about him. It was about trying to capture that."</p>

Published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:13:21 GMT

George H.W. Bush, wife Barbara, recovering from illnesses in hospital

<p>A spokesman for former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, said both are improving and had a good night as they recover from illnesses at Houston Methodist Hospital.</p><p>Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath said the 92-year-old former president is likely to remain in intensive care for a few more days, as he's being treated for breathing difficulties from pneumonia. He's been in the Houston hospital now for a week.</p><p>McGrath said Saturday that the nation's 41st president is breathing well without mechanical assistance and called his office Friday evening to check in.</p><p>Former first lady Barbara Bush entered the hospital Wednesday with bronchitis. McGrath said she could be discharged Sunday.</p><p>Their 72-year marriage is the longest of any presidential couple in American history.</p> <h3> <em><a href="http://www.clickorlando.com/news/sign-up-for-clickorlandocom-breaking-news-alerts-email-newsletters">Sign up for ClickOrlando breaking news alerts and email newsletters</a></em></h3>

Published: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:42:03 GMT

Family finds dog that went missing after fatal crash

<p>A dog missing after a fatal Daytona Beach car crash has been found after six days and reunited with its owners.</p><p>The redbone coonhound named Copper took off after the <a href="http://www.clickorlando.com/news/daytona-beach-family-seeks-missing-dog">Jan. 14 crash</a> that killed 35-year-old Crystal Duncan.</p><p>The <a href="http://bit.ly/2kdBHRJ">Daytona Beach News-Journal</a> reported that Duncan was taking the dog to a veterinarian when the crash happened.</p><p>Duncan's partner, Scott Jackson, had been looking for the 2-year-old dog since then.</p><p>Copper was found Friday huddled in bushes near a college campus. The dog needed a few stitches from a neck wound likely suffered in the car crash.</p><p>Jackson said Copper will be attending a memorial service Saturday for Duncan.</p> <h3> <em><a href="http://www.clickorlando.com/news/sign-up-for-clickorlandocom-breaking-news-alerts-email-newsletters">Sign up for ClickOrlando breaking news alerts and email newsletters</a></em></h3>

Published: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:35:25 GMT

Chili cook-off raises money for Crimeline

<p>Crimeline is a vital tool for law enforcement across central Florida. Many agencies and community members gathered Saturday morning for a chili cook-off fundraiser to benefit the anonymous tip line.<br /> <br /> "We'll always be here to help law enforcement bridge that gap of communication," Crimeline executive director Barb Bergin said.<br /> <br /> Bergin says Crimeline takes tips 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. According to their website, the tip line has helped make more than 500 arrests and clear almost 700 cases in the past 12 months.</p> <h3> <em><a href="http://www.clickorlando.com/news/sign-up-for-clickorlandocom-breaking-news-alerts-email-newsletters">Sign up for ClickOrlando breaking news alerts and email newsletters</a></em></h3> <p>Crimeline's role was recently highlighted during the search for accused cop killer Markeith Loyd.<br /> <br /> Bergin said the call center took 1,433 tips during the nine-day manhunt and the days following Loyd's arrest.<br /> <br /> She told News 6 the call center never expected a case like that.</p><p>"We take a thousand [tips] a month, so you can see where between staff being overloaded and the call center being overloaded," Bergin said. "Just our 800 number, people don't stop to think that that costs us pennies, dimes and dollars every time they call the number, but that's why we're there."</p><p>%<inline>INLINE</inline>%<br /> <br /> Bergin said Crimeline runs on money from a state grant, but relies on fundraisers like the chili cook-off to pay for other costs and sometimes contribute to the reward money.<br />  <br /> "I want to cover my bills, and then anything over and above is good," Bergin said.</p><p>The chili cook-off was held at the Seminole Harley Davidson. Law enforcement agencies from across central Florida participated with their own recipes. News 6 meteorologist Tom Sorrells was a celebrity judge.</p><p>Participants said it's a fun and delicious way to support Crimeline and keep central Florida safe.</p><p>"This way we're able to help solve crimes. Today is all about that," Winter Park Police officer Javier Rodriguez said.</p>

Published: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:04:41 GMT

Attorney for Markeith Loyd's neice wants bail lowered

<p>The attorney of Lakensha Smith-Loyd, 27, who was accused of helping her uncle, murder suspect Markeith Loyd, 41, avoid authorities after police said he shot and killed his pregnant ex-girlfriend, Sade Dixon, wants her client's bond lowered to $5,000, according to a motion filed Tuesday.</p><p><strong>[Scroll down to read the motion in its entirety]</strong></p><p>Smith-Loyd was arrested Jan. 11, two days after Loyd was accused of shooting and killing Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton, on a charge of accessory after the fact to a life or first-degree felony, according to the arrest warrant.</p><p>Smith-Loyd's bond was set at $750,000 during her first appearance, but her attorney, Carrie Rentz, filed a motion asking that it be lowered to $5,000, as her client "is absolutely financially unable to post a bond in any amount."</p><p>Rentz also added that Smith-Loyd has three young children for whom she is the sole provider, and that she was also helping to take care of her grandmother and great-grandmother, both of whom were struggling to their health. </p><p>The motion also said that Smith-Loyd's only source of income "comes from food stamps and the small amount of earnings she makes on a part-time, as needed, basis," and that if she was given a reasonable bond, she would be relying completely on the help of family members to post it. According to the motion, Smith-Loyd just got the part-time, as needed job in December.</p><p>Smith-Loyd was born and raised in Orange County and does not have criminal convictions of any kind, Rentz said.</p><p><strong>[INTERACTIVE: <a href="http://www.clickorlando.com/news/markeith-loyd-timeline" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Timeline for manhunt of Markeith Loyd</a>]</strong></p><p>Smith-Loyd was one of three people arrested for allegedly helping Loyd. <a href="http://www.clickorlando.com/news/attorney-of-man-accused-of-helping-markeith-loyd-wants-client-released-on-bond">Zarghee Mayan</a>, 33, and Loyd’s ex-girlfriend, <a href="http://www.clickorlando.com/news/third-arrest-could-be-coming-as-search-continues-for-accused-orlando-police-killer" target="_blank">Jameis Slaughter</a>, 25, were also charged with accessory after the fact to first-degree murder.</p><p>The attorney of Zarghee Mayan requested that his client's bail be lowered to less than $10,000, according to a motion filed Jan. 12.</p><p>Smith-Loyd's next court appearance is scheduled for Thursday.</p> <h3> <em><a href="http://www.clickorlando.com/news/sign-up-for-clickorlandocom-breaking-news-alerts-email-newsletters">Sign up for ClickOrlando breaking news alerts and email newsletters</a></em></h3> <p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" data-aspect-ratio="0.7729220222793488" data-auto-height="false" frameborder="0" height="800" id="doc_37661" scrolling="no" src="https://www.scribd.com/embeds/337163804/content?start_page=1&view_mode=scroll&access_key=key-gFP9oCPk3nbO6hnv3N7G&show_recommendations=true" width="600"></iframe></p><p><strong>More News 6 team coverage: </strong></p><p><a href="http://www.clickorlando.com/news/markeith-loyd-timeline">Timeline: How the hunt for Markeith Loyd unfolded</a></p><p><a href="http://www.clickorlando.com/news/friends-mourn-loss-of-deputy-killed-searching-for-suspected-cop-killer">Friends mourn loss of deputy killed searching for suspected cop killer</a></p><p><a href="http://www.clickorlando.com/news/debra-clayton-shot-and-killed-in-the-line-of-duty">What we know about fallen Orlando police Master Sgt. Debra Clayton</a></p><p><a href="http://www.clickorlando.com/news/witness-describes-moments-after-opd-officer-was-fatally-shot">Witness describes moments after OPD officer was fatally shot</a></p><p><a href="http://www.clickorlando.com/news/crime/shooter-in-pregnant-womans-death-has-extensive-criminal-history">Shooter in pregnant woman's death has extensive criminal history</a><br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.clickorlando.com/news/photos-search-for-orlando-police-officer-shot-killed">Photos: Orlando officer slain, Orange County deputy dies, manhunt</a></p>

Published: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 16:53:14 GMT

Parents keep kids home after numerous high school threats

<p>The fear began Wednesday when Amy Sadler got a call and email from Astronaut High School.</p><p>"I'm a little nervous. Scared to send my kid to school," Sadler said.</p><p>The notification was about a potential bomb threat at the school.</p><p>Sadler's son stayed home Friday after hearing rumors of a shooting.</p><p>"As soon as I heard about the mass shooting, I thought it's better safe than sorry. So, I just made the decision, even if it's just rumors, I would rather him be safe today than worry that he's in school," Sadler said.</p><p>The latest rumor comes after two days of bomb threats made at the school. Students were evacuated Thursday after receiving word of the threat.</p><p>"We believe that all of the people involved here that are making the threats are friendly or talk with each other," Titusville Police Deputy Chief Todd Hutchinson said.</p><p>Three Astronaut High School students have been arrested as a result of the bomb threat. One 16-year-old student has been charged with criminal conspiracy, corruption by threat to public and threat to a place a destructive device. The other 16-year-old was charged with criminal conspiracy and corruption by threat to public. The third student was charged with disrupting a school facility and resisting arrest. More arrests could be made in the near future.</p> <h3> <em><a href="http://www.clickorlando.com/news/sign-up-for-clickorlandocom-breaking-news-alerts-email-newsletters">Sign up for ClickOrlando breaking news alerts and email newsletters</a></em></h3> <div> Hutchinson said while there's no sign of a threat, they're taking it seriously. In turn, it's taking up a lot of the department's resources.</div> <p>"It's frustrating for everyone involved when we're using that amount of manpower and resources when they could be going to something else," Hutchinson said. "However, we're committed to school safety."</p><p>The students charged could also face restitution charges for the overtime used by investigators.</p><p>The school alerted parents through their app, email and phone calls.</p><p>Additional law enforcement was on the school's campus as a precautionary measure.</p><p>But Sadler said she's still not sure if she'll send her son to school come Monday.</p><p>"I'm still scared today. I am hoping that everybody is safe there today and next week. You know, what does next week gonna bring to the schools," Sadler said.</p><p>Deputy Chief Hutchinson said they're getting a lot of help from students at the school. They're hoping they'll use the SpeakOut hotline. It works like Crimeline, allowing people to call in tips anonymously. However, it's geared toward students in school.</p><p>A cash reward is being offered for information identifying people responsible for making or writing the bomb threats. </p>

Published: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:47:24 GMT

Palm Coast man being sought by Mass. police

<p>The Barnstable Police Department in Hyannis, Massachusetts, is looking for a fugitive who they say fled a routine vehicle stop this week.</p><p>Barnstable police said they stopped a man driving a black 1999 Mercedes ML340 with a Massachusetts registration around 9:30 p.m. Thursday for a minor traffic violation. </p><p>The driver had no identification and provided the officer with with what turned out to be a false name, according to police.</p><p>While the officer was trying to verify the man's actual identity, police said the man fled on foot towards Barnstable Road. Several officers with the BPD responded to the area and tried to locate the man, but were unsuccessful.</p> <h3> <em><a href="http://www.clickorlando.com/news/sign-up-for-clickorlandocom-breaking-news-alerts-email-newsletters">Sign up for ClickOrlando breaking news alerts and email newsletters</a></em></h3> <div> During a follow-up investigation, police identified the driver as David Willett, 30, of Palm Coast, who is a fugitive wanted by the Flagler County Sheriff's Department, police said. The warrant was issued Jan. 10.</div> <p>Officers said Willett has an extensive criminal history in Florida, including narcotics charges and property-related crime.</p><p>The vehicle Willett was driving was registered to an address in Bourne, Massachusetts, and was reported stolen by a 48-year-old woman on Thursday, according to police.</p><p>Along with the outstanding charges from Florida law enforcement, the Barnstable Police Department said they obtained an arrest warrant charging Willett with failure to stop at a stop sign, providing a false name to a police officer, operating a motor vehicle with an open container of alcohol, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and receiving a stolen motor vehicle.</p><p>Police described Willett as white, 5 feet, 7 inches tall, 155 pounds, with several tattoos. </p><p>The Barnstable Police Department asked that anyone with information relating to Willett's whereabouts to call 508-775-0387.</p>

Published: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:38:15 GMT

How Trump's speech played on Capitol Hill

<p>Perhaps Dan Quayle said it best: "He was the same old Donald Trump."</p><p>The former Republican vice president, inside the Capitol following Friday's inauguration ceremony, extolled the new president's speech as "fabulous" and "right on target."</p><p>"He's going to make America great again," Quayle said. "He's going to bring people together. And that's the only way to make America great again is to work together."</p><p>But just as they did during the blistering 2016 campaign, different ears heard different things during Trump's inaugural speech to the nation. That was particularly true among many of those who sat behind him as he took the oath of office, those who served as a backdrop as he assumed the ultimate mantle of power -- members of Congress with whom President Trump now has to work.</p><p>Inaugurations are generally intended to be feel-good events that bring the country -- and the capital -- together, if only for a brief moment in time. A strong inaugural address includes memorable lines that outlive a presidency and a president, soaring rhetoric that even the most partisan politicians can admire. Think Franklin D. Roosevelt: "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." Think John F. Kennedy: "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country." </p><p>High standards, to be sure. But even lesser orators than FDR and JFK have risen to the moment in their own way, painting a vision that inspires Republicans and Democrats to work together for the greater good.</p><p>Trump had some memorable lines, most notably: "This American carnage stops right here and stops right now." </p><p>But his sometimes dark rhetoric was often more cajoling than inspiring.</p><p>Trump's speech echoed many of the themes of his campaign. It emphasized populism, putting "America first" and returning the country to some previous greatness. Music to the ears of his supporters. But a bit scratchy to other listeners.</p><p>"It was a continuation of what he campaigned on," Sen. John McCain, the Arizona Republican who was at times critical of that campaign, repeated three times in quick succession. "I didn't particularly like or dislike any part of it. I thought it was a continuation of his campaign for president."</p><p>As they filed into the Capitol following the inauguration, a number of Democrats signaled their dismay by simply walking away as a reporter asked for their reactions. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, a frequent Trump critic, didn't have a word to say as she strode briskly through the ornate Rotunda. Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota let a staffer intervene on his behalf with a simple "no comment."</p><p>Sen. Amy Klobuchar, also a Minnesota Democrat, said she wanted to read the speech before speaking about it. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who sought the Democratic nomination, said he wanted to "hold off on a statement at this point." Both senators then walked away.</p><p>Other Democrats were more expansive -- and critical.</p><p>"I think America's the leading world power and that was not a speech that was uplifting or committed America to continued leadership in the world," said Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia.</p><p>Given the divisiveness of the campaign and the fact that Trump lost the popular vote to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, some Democrats expected him to offer something of an olive branch to voters -- and maybe even to politicians -- who might not have supported him.</p><p>"I thought it was a missed opportunity," said Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon. "This is what I thought was going to happen: The president would say, 'I want to talk to all Americans who didn't vote for me. And all of you who didn't vote for me, I want to make sure we're all together in terms of working for solutions.' And, in that sense, even a handful of sentences like that I think could have made a big difference."</p><p>"I was hoping for more of a unity speech," added Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr., of Pennsylvania. "An inaugural address is important, but what happens is obviously a lot more important. So we'll wait to see how he approaches his new responsibilities."</p><p>Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri was incensed that Trump seemed to impugn the integrity of elected officials who preceded him in public service.</p><p>"For too long, a small group in our nation's capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost," Trump declared. "Washington flourished -- but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered -- but the jobs left, and the factories closed. The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country."</p><p>"I just didn't realize that we were that terrible," McCaskill said. "I think he was so anxious to try to convince everyone that America is terrible now so that he can make it better that it felt awkward to me." </p><p>"It's always such a day of pride for our country," she said of the quadrennial presidential inauguration. "And for his laundry list of our shortcomings to take such a prominent part of his speech was weird to me."</p><p>Republicans defended their new standard bearer, saying he laid out the challenges facing the nation and pledged to overcome them.</p><p>"I thought it was a good positive upbeat and hopeful speech," said Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee.</p><p>Sen. Tim Scott, a Republican from South Carolina, had a different reason to like Trump's speech.</p><p>"Seventeen minutes. It was amazing," he said. "I liked it because it was short. What we say is less important than what we do. So let's get on about doing the work of the people's business."</p><p>As for the divergent reactions among his Senate colleagues, Scott offered this explanation:</p><p>"We all have learned to decipher what he said so that we know what he meant. I think he meant for us to blame less and work more."</p>

Published: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 01:52:53 GMT

Enjoy Saturday's beautiful weather, big changes possible Sunday

<p>"Take advantage of today because a strong cold front is making its way into central Florida, bringing strong storms with it," News 6 meteorologist Madeline Evans said.</p><p>On Saturday, Orlando will reach a high of 83 degrees with a lot of sunshine and no chance of rain. There will be a slight breeze with winds coming from the south southwest at 5-15 mph.</p><p>Saturday night will reach a low of 66 with patchy fog developing once again.</p><p>"The big story is Sunday," Evans said. "We start off the day with a slight chance of showers and mostly cloudy skies. We reach a high of 80 but have a 80 percent coverage of strong to severe storms." </p><p>The time for the highest risk of severe weather will be late afternoon, and continue late Sunday night. This could bring heavy widespread rain, damaging winds, frequent lightening and a chance of isolated tornadoes.</p><p>"Once we get through Sunday, we finally cool off into the high 60s and low 70s," Evans said.</p> <h3> <em><a href="http://www.clickorlando.com/news/sign-up-for-clickorlandocom-breaking-news-alerts-email-newsletters">Sign up for ClickOrlando breaking news alerts and email newsletters</a></em></h3> <p> </p>

Published: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 13:42:52 GMT

The world reacts as Donald Trump takes power

<p>On the streets, in small gatherings and in the halls of government, people around the globe weighed in on US President Donald Trump's inauguration Friday, anticipating how his policies may play out on the international stage. But it was Russia's officials who tweeted some of the most celebratory messages, with one senator calling the day "a defining moment in history." </p><p>Here is some of the reaction from around the world, from opposition to support -- and even indifference:</p><h3>Belgium</h3><p>A Women's March in Brussels elicited criticism of Trump's offensive comments about women and alleged cases of sexual harassment. The demonstration drew participants from a range of countries, including Norway and Spain.</p><p>Katrine Steinfeld, a Norwegian-Hungarian who works for gender equality in Brussels, said she fears that Trump's election will legitimize the ill treatment of women.</p><p>"It's crazy that this man can lead a country and assault women," Steinfeld said.</p><p>"His behavior creates legitimacy for attitudes that is not appropriate and that is a threat for women," she added.</p><p>Rebecca, who did not give her last name, was critical of Trump, but expressed cautiously optimism.</p><p>"I came because I don't want Trump to be the new normal," said Rebecca, a Spaniard residing in Brussels. "It's a threat for moral and human rights. I'm not against him. I'm against what he says."</p><p>"We need to watch and see what he will do," she added. "I give him credit and I will wait and see, but I fear it would be bad."</p><h3>Cuba</h3><p>Cuba's state media paid little attention to Trump's inauguration, perhaps wary of his promises to take a harder line on the communist-run island, CNN's Patrick Oppmann reports. </p><p>Granma, the official communist party newspaper, ran articles Friday on birth statistics, the end of the baseball season and a new, experimental strain of cigar tobacco, but made no mention of Trump's swearing-in. </p><p>During the presidential campaign, Trump pledged to reverse Obama's historic opening with Cuba if Havana didn't make concessions on human rights and religious freedom. Privately, Cuban officials have said they are waiting to see if Trump's action will match his rhetoric and so far have avoided criticizing him.</p><h3>China</h3><p>A wary China watched one of its toughest critics assume the presidency Friday, marking the start of what could be a more contentious bilateral relationship between the world's two largest economies. </p><p>Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Friday before Trump was sworn in. Chunying emphasized constructive bilateral relations between the two countries to "propel further development of China-US ties at a new staring point."</p><p>"We would like to join hands with the new US administration to uphold the principles of non-confrontation, non-conflict, mutual respect and win-win cooperation," Chunying said.</p><p>During his inauguration address, Trump took a populist tone, saying, "We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs." </p><p>Though he didn't mention China by name, he has vowed to be tougher on the country by renegotiating trade agreements and has even proposed imposing tariffs on Chinese imports. </p><p>State-run communist media did not shy away from criticizing Trump last year, calling the then-candidate a "clown" and "big-mouthed." But tabloid-style newspaper Global Times wrote in a Friday editorial, "A favorable Sino-US relationship represents great progress in human political civilization, and it is hoped that Trump will consolidate this trend."</p><h3>India</h3><p>Trump received a warm congratulations from India's prime minister and minister for information and broadcasting.</p><p>"Looking forward to working with President @realDonaldTrump to further deepen India-US ties & realise the full potential of our cooperation," Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted. </p><p>"Congratulations president @realDonaldTrump! Looking forward to enhanced Indo US ties. The two are natural allies in fight against terrorism," Minister for Information Rajyavardhan Rathore tweeted.</p><h3>Iran</h3><p>There was little love for Trump at the Grand Mosalla, a complex of religious halls and other facilities in Tehran, as people gathered for their usual fiery Friday prayers, CNN's Fred Pleitgen reports. Instead, they ripped the US for its policies toward Iran and its role in Syria.</p><p>"It makes no difference which president is in power," a young man wearing a scarf depicting Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told CNN. "Whoever is in power will have that same outlook on Iran, which is a pity."</p><p>The main topic on the minds of many of those in attendance was the future of the nuclear agreement between Iran, the US and other nations, aimed at curbing Iran's nuclear ambitions in return for sanctions relief. </p><p>Trump has called the agreement a bad deal, and said he wants to renegotiate it. Iran's government has rejected that idea, and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has insisted that one man cannot repeal the deal or change its terms.</p><h3>Israel</h3><p>Even before Trump's inauguration, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent him a welcome tweet.</p><p>"Congrats to my friend President Trump. Look fwd to working closely with you to make the alliance between Israel&USA stronger than ever." </p><p>Netanyahu has made it exceedingly clear that he's ready to work with Trump, especially as the relationship with President Obama deteriorated rapidly in its final weeks, CNN's Oren Liebermann reports. </p><p>Israeli leaders are already expecting Trump to follow through on one of his biggest campaign promises -- to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. </p><p>Israel's ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, said shortly after Trump's inauguration: "We look forward to your visit to Jerusalem, the capital of Israel." </p><p>Jerusalem's Mayor, Nir Barkat, even launched a campaign just before the inauguration, calling on Trump to move the embassy.</p><h3>Japan</h3><p>Scores of people -- mostly American expatriates, but also a few Japanese citizens -- marched in Tokyo on Friday evening to highlight what they say needs to be fought for during Trump's presidency. The event was organized by the group Democrats Abroad of Japan.</p><p>"I just want to make sure that Trump knows that we are here," event organizer Erica Summers said. "Women are not going anywhere. I want to make sure we have our reproductive rights. I want him to know we (women) are equal, and he cannot get rid of us."</p><p>About 550 miles to the southwest, a few hours before the inauguration, a few dozen Japanese conservatives enjoyed a celebration of the new American president at a restaurant in the city of Fukuoka.</p><p>Since the swearing-in would be happening too late for their gathering, diners watched Election Night footage on a big screen.</p><p>"Trump is such an honest, outspoken person who has the same way of political thinking as us," event organizer Yoko Mada said.</p><p>"What conservatives in Japan have been wanting is to bring this nation out of the so-called post-war regime, and one symbolic thing would be us owning our own military again, which Trump supports."</p><p>Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday extended his "heartfelt congratulations" to Trump.</p><p>In a letter, Abe reflected on their November "candid exchange of views" at Trump's home in New York. </p><p>"I look forward to working hands in hands with you to ensure peace and prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region and to address various challenges the international community faces," Abe said.</p><h3>Mexico</h3><p>President Enrique Peña Nieto tweeted nearly two hours after Trump's address, congratulating the new leader and expressing a desire to strengthen the relationship between the countries.</p><p>Former President Vicente Fox wasn't nearly as gracious. An outspoken critic of Trump's pledge to have Mexico pay for a border wall, the former head of state kept up his long-running taunting of Trump.</p><p>During Trump's address, Fox tweeted: "Speaking of allegiance, Trump? Speaking of greatness? America was already great and succesful, then you happened!"</p><p>And: "Prosperity comes in compassion and friendship. We will thrive, we will be succesful. Let the US lock themselves up!"</p><p>Earlier in the morning, Fox tweeted this: "Today we turn into an era of uncertainty. If Donald the Unready doesn't learn to behave, the rest of the world needs to come together."</p><p>Mexican Sen. Armando Rios Piter had some choice words for Trump: "Happiness is a good thing to work on and Mexico and the United States should be working in that way -- not in the way that Donald Trump has been talking."</p><p>Trump's address did little to calm tensions or improve his reputation among protesters in Mexico City. The roundabout marked by Mexico's Angel of Independence was surrounded by protesters calling Trump a fascist, racist and xenophobe. Carrying signs that said "Make America human again" and "Love trumps hate," protesters chanted "Get out Trump."</p><p>Juan Carlos Guerrero wore a souvenir T-shirt from Barack Obama's first presidential inauguration and asked two things of Trump: respect and a change in tone on NAFTA, the free-trade agreement Trump has threatened to eliminate to keep US jobs from moving to Mexico.</p><p>Marquis Staples traveled to Mexico City from Wisconsin to make sure Mexicans know there is opposition to Trump in the United States. Holding a sign that read "F*ck Trump," Staples said Mexicans appreciated his presence, giving him thumbs up, high fives and honking their horns at his sign.</p><h3>Palestinians</h3><p>Palestinian leaders offered few -- if any -- statements after the inauguration, but their primary concern echoed the mood on the streets. </p><p>Thursday, thousands of Palestinians demonstrated across the West Bank, protesting the potential move of the US Embassy to Jerusalem. Demonstrators held up pictures of Trump and waved Palestinian flags. </p><h3>Philippines</h3><p>Well before dawn in the United States, about 200 people marched Friday against Trump in the Philippines' capital, Manila, Reuters reported.</p><p>Demonstrators burned a mock, paper US flag before lighting an actual one. Chants included: "US troops out now!"</p><p>"Filipinos from Manila to Washington to New York are joining protest actions against what they believe to be ... a fascist and racist regime, and now the chief representative of US imperialism," Renato Reyes Jr., secretary-general of the Philippines' left-wing New Patriotic Alliance, told Reuters. </p><p>Some protesters carried signs labeled Bayan Muna, the leftist alliance's political party.</p><p>People also held signs with messages such as "Donald Trump, pullout US troops in the PH!" and "Fight Trump. Resist fascism and imperialism." </p><h3>Russia</h3><p>Late Friday, Russia's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a Facebook post: "In a world of many things can happen, except one: President Obama can't say anything anymore about Russia."</p><p>This follows a series of tweets from Alexei Pushkov, an outspoken Russian senator and former chairman of the Parliamentary Foreign Relations Committee. </p><p>Pushkov's tweets seems to pave the way for "improved" Russia-US relations.</p><p>"Аfter Mr.Trump inauguration his meeting with President Putin will be the most important event in world politics. A defining moment in history," he tweeted.</p><p>Pushkov also said the United States would need Russia to solve the ISIS problem. "Trump said that the destruction of ISIL is a main priority," Pushkov tweeted. </p><p>"To solve the problem, he won't need Warsaw, Kiev or [Lithuania's capital] Vilnius. He'll need Russia."</p><h3>South Korea </h3><p>Hours before the inauguration, acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn sent a letter of congratulations to Trump. Kyo-ahn highlighted the importance of the South Korea-U.S. alliance and urged close cooperation in countering North Korean nuclear threats. </p><p>Meanwhile, the country's semi-official Yonhap news agency called Trump's speech "strongly negative" toward America's security commitments overseas despite a promise to "reinforce all the alliances."</p><h3>United Kingdom</h3><p>The new American president drew a message of congratulations from the UK's foreign minister around the time of the inauguration speech.</p><p>"Congratulations to @realDonaldTrump @POTUS on his presidential inauguration day. Look forward to continuing strong UK - US bond," Boris Johnson tweeted.</p><p>Earlier in the day, a UK-based protest group used signs and bridges across the country to convey a less celebratory message.</p><p>The group unfurled an 80-foot banner reading "Bridges Not Walls" on the iconic Tower Bridge over London's River Thames on Friday morning -- one of more than 150 such strips that the group planned to display on bridges across the country.</p><p>Similar banners or signs were displayed on some of London's other spans, including Waterloo Bridge and Blackfriars Bridge.</p><p>The group, Bridges Not Walls, said it was showing support for people it believes stand to be marginalized under a Trump administration.</p><p>"On Trump's inauguration day we're taking action to show our support for groups under attack -- here in the UK, across Europe and in the USA -- and to reject the rise of a dangerous and divisive far right politics," a message from representative Nona Hurkmans says on the group's website.</p><p>Meanwhile, drinks flowed as some Republican US expatriates and like-minded Brits cheered Trump at an inauguration viewing party at the Royal Overseas League in central London, organized by Republicans Overseas UK.</p><p>"It gives me great confidence in our democracy," the group's chair, Malise Sundstrom, said. "I think in my lifetime I won't see a transition of power like this. A change like this. It's really exciting to see."</p><p>Gloria Martin looked like a proud American, wearing a red, white and blue sash while speaking with a crisp, British accent.</p><p>"I'm a Londoner and I love him," she said. "I think it's a movement now going across the whole of the Western world. We don't want to be represented anymore by politicians who do not listen to their voters."</p><h3>The Vatican</h3><p>Pope Francis is praying for Trump, the pontiff told the new president in a letter Friday.</p><p>"Upon your inauguration as the forty-fifth President of the United States of America, I offer you my cordial good wishes and the assurance of my prayers that Almighty God will grant you wisdom and strength in the exercise of your high office," Francis wrote, according to the Vatican.</p><p>"At a time when our human family is beset by grave humanitarian crises demanding farsighted and united political responses, I pray that your decisions will be guided by the rich spiritual and ethical values that have shaped the history of the American people and your nation's commitment to the advancement of human dignity and freedom worldwide. </p><p>"Under your leadership, may America's stature continue to be measured above all by its concern for the poor, the outcast and those in need who, like Lazarus, stand before our door. </p><p>"With these sentiments, I ask the Lord to grant you and your family, and all the beloved American people, his blessings of peace, concord and every material and spiritual prosperity."</p>

Published: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 06:05:03 GMT