• WLS-TV(CHICAGO) -- Thousands of people gathered Saturday morning to mourn a decorated Chicago police officer, who was gunned down while on duty this week.A line of mourners wrapped around the street as they waited to enter the Nativity of Our Lord Church for the funeral service of Chicago police Cmdr. Paul Bauer, according to ABC station WLS-TV. Bauer's wife, Erin, and their 13-year-old daughter, Grace, stood on the church steps to greet family, friends and law enforcement officers as they went inside.Grade did the first reading for her father's funeral Mass. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, police Capt. Mel Roman as well as John Escalante, who retired from the department in 2016 and is now the police chief at Northeastern Illinois University, were among those who delivered remarks about the fallen officer."Chicago is blessed to have known and been served by Paul Bauer," Emanuel said. "Chicago will never forget his grace and his goodness."After the funeral mass, a sea of officers in blue as well as local citizens lined the procession route from Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood to the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in honor of the slain officer and the loved ones he leaves behind.Bauer was shot and killed after engaging with a suspect near the Thompson Center in downtown Chicago on Tuesday.There was a report of a suspicious person spotted by a police officer who was patrolling the grounds by the Thompson Center, otherwise referred to as the State of Illinois Building, which has businesses on the first floor and a food court on the floor below. An officer made initial contact with the suspect but the person fled, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told a press conference Tuesday.Bauer spotted the suspect and engaged him, but was shot multiple times, Johnson said.The suspect, 44-year-old Shomari Legghette of South Side Chicago, was later arrested. A weapon was recovered at the scene.Legghette, a convicted felon, faces felony charges in the brazen shooting death, including first-degree murder and armed violence. He is being held without bond.
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  • Mark Wilson/Getty Images(PARKLAND, Fla.) -- A 17-year-old boy whose last social media post said his girlfriend was "a greater blessing than I could ever imagine" will be mourned at a funeral on Saturday, the latest service for the 17 people killed in a shooting massacre at a Florida high school.Joaquin Oliver was a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where a former student allegedly opened fire Wednesday. It's the deadliest school shooting in the U.S. since the 2012 rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, which killed 26.Oliver was born in Venezuela and became a U.S. citizen in January 2017, according to ABC affiliate WPLG-TV. He was an avid fan of Venezuela's national soccer team, American football, basketball, Florida State University and R&B artist Frank Ocean.His last social media post was dedicated to his girlfriend, according to WPLG-TV.His funeral will take place Saturday afternoon.Funeral services have already been held for some other victims. The service for Alyssa Alhadeff, 14, who played soccer, was held in North Lauderdale on Friday morning. The funeral for Meadow Pollack, 18, a college-bound senior, took place in Parkland on Friday afternoon.There have been multiple community vigils and religious services in Broward County in the wake of the Feb. 14 shooting.Life Fellowship Church in Coral Springs organized a prayer and peace walk around the community Saturday morning. Alexander-Levitt Funerals and Cremations in Tamarac will host a candlelight vigil Saturday evening. First United Methodist Church in Coral Springs will hold prayer services Sunday morning. And Tomorrow's Rainbow, a nonprofit in Coconut Creek, is hosting candlelight vigils and offering bereavement counselors every night through March 10 from 6-7:30 p.m. ET.Investigators believe approximately 150 shots were fired during Wednesday's attack, a law enforcement source told ABC News. In addition to the 17 killed, more than a dozen people were injured. As of Saturday, the hospitals have one patient in critical condition and four patients in fair condition.The Broward Education Foundation, which raises money for the public school system, has set up an official page on crowdfunding site GoFundMe for those wanting to make monetary donations to the affected individuals and families. There are other pages set up for specific victims and their loved ones.GoFundMe spokesman Bobby Whithorne said they have removed campaigns with no direct connection to the victims in the shooting or their families."We guarantee the money raised by those campaigns will be transferred to the right person," Whithorne told ABC News. "We will continue to monitor the platform and will stay in close touch with Florida officials."The alleged gunman in Wednesday's rampage, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, has been arrested and charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. He is being held in a Broward County jail without bond.Cruz had been expelled from the high school last year for unspecified disciplinary reasons, authorities said. He allegedly used an AR-15-style rifle that he legally purchased within the past year from a federally licensed dealer, law enforcement officials told ABC News.Meanwhile, more than 100 protesters stood outside the National Rifle Association headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia, on Friday night, demanding action on gun control following the school shooting in Florida. Among the crowd of demonstrators were friends of some of the students and faculty members who were killed at Marjory Stoneman; Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va.; and relatives of those fatally shot at Virginia Tech in 2007."Children are dead because of you," Connolly said of the NRA, according to ABC affiliate WJLA-TV. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) -- A violent mix of white supremacists, counterprotesters and law enforcement in riot gear took over the small Virginia town of Charlottesville six months ago, raising questions about race and racism to the surface and exposing a number of societal divisions.“I think, for a lot of Americans, they did not realize that there are so many of these people until they saw Charlottesville,” said Heidi Beirich, the director of the Intelligence Project at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).The rally, initially launched by white nationalist group Unite the Right, started on Friday, Aug. 11 and carried into the next day, with the imagery sparking questions and concerns nationwide.“Fringe elements of society were rising up and getting emboldened, and so it all sort of came together in Charlottesville. And the lasting images that people have of young white men talking about how ‘The Jews will not replace us,’ the violence, the sheer volume of extremists that showed up were a wake-up call to other Americans across the country,” said Oren Segal, the director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL)'s Center on Extremism.Reverberations from the rally and ensuing violence -- including a woman who was deliberately mowed down -- continued for months, including online.In the months since the violence, social media companies and Internet-based operations worked to curtail their platforms' use by individuals associated with white supremacist or other hate groups, experts said.“I’ve heard other officials at technology companies say Charlottesville was so shocking and so in-your-face that they realized they didn’t want to play a role in furthering it,” Beirich told ABC News.One example came days after a motorist fatally rammed counterprotester Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, when Google notified neo-Nazi news website The Daily Stormer that they had to find a new web server.Social media sites, including Twitter, took similar actions. Twitter adjusted its guidelines in December and removed individuals whose content did not meet the company's guidelines.This led to the banning of a number of individuals associated with neo-Nazi or white supremacist groups, according to the ADL.Segal said the moves by tech companies, as well as other issues such as infighting among the members of the hate groups, makes it “not surprising that the movement is not as coherent as they'd hope it would be.”“The harmony in the movement was pretty short-lived,” he said.“But they are still around, and they are still trying to mainstream their message. They're still trying to find ways to amplify their narratives and their voices,” he said.While President Donald Trump’s immediate reaction to the violence in Charlottesville -- which, at first, was no reaction at all, followed by a statement that included a condemnation of the violence “on both sides” of the protests -- was a source of criticism for the administration, Trump’s statements were not the only ones to come out of it.In September, Congress passed a joint resolution "condemning the violence and domestic terrorist attack" in Charlottesville, which was later signed by Trump. The resolution rejected white nationalists, members of the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and other hate groups.“My hope is that the resolution will stand the test of time,” Beirich said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A pair of disturbances taking shape in the south-central U.S. will come together during the day Saturday and accelerate toward the Northeast, bringing a quick hit of snow to major I-95 cities from Philadelphia to Boston.Winter storm warnings have been issued for parts of New Jersey through southern Massachusetts, including Manhattan and the Bronx. Coastal areas such as Staten Island, Brooklyn, parts of Queens, Long Island and Cape Cod have a winter storm watch due to the uncertainty of how much warm air will inhibit snowfall accumulation.The storm begins to take shape later Saturday, with snow arriving into parts of the Northeast in the early evening hours. The rapid precision mesoscale (RPM) forecast model is currently showing snow falling in Philadelphia and New York City as early as 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The storm is moving quickly though, with only about six to 10 hours of accumulating snowfall expected.Right now, the highest uncertainty is along the coast from New Jersey to Massachusetts. The storm is currently forecast to track close to shore and keep those areas too warm to see rapidly accumulating snow.By sunrise on Sunday, the storm is already moving offshore, with only a few snow showers remaining in parts of New England.The current snowfall forecast for much of the I-95 corridor area from Philadelphia to Boston is generally 2 to 5 inches of snow. North and west of the major cities have the best chance for exceeding and meeting the higher end of that snowfall range. Areas southeast of the major cities will see the lower end of that range.Ultimately, the snowfall accumulation will be determined by the exact track of the storm, relatively warm ground temperatures and near-freezing temperatures. If the storm nudges just a little closer to the coast than the present forecast, the snow will not accumulate in the I-95 corridor. If the storm nudges just a little south and east, the heftier snows could accumulate in New York City as well as many coastal regions.Warm weather on the wayWhatever snow does fall will not be sticking around. Temperatures are going to quickly warm up this week across the eastern U.S.On Tuesday, daily records are possible across much of the eastern U.S., with many locations all the way into the mid-Atlantic reaching 70 degrees or higher.Northwest also seeing snowA potent winter storm is also currently heading into the Northwest. It will bring heavy rain along the Northwest coast, and heavy snow to the hills and mountains of the northwest and northern Rockies.In Washington, winds up to 50 mph or higher are expected Saturday. Heavy mountain snow, including the mountain passes in the Cascades, are expected through Sunday. Totals will range up to 3 feet in some parts of Washington by Sunday afternoon.The storm will bring a swath of snow to the northern Rockies. Blizzard-like conditions are expected in parts of Idaho and Monday by Saturday night and Sunday.Some of the snow will also break off and head toward the Northern Plains, including Rapid City, South Dakota, and Duluth, Minnesota. The potential for snow will bring possibly dangerous travel on Sunday from Wyoming to Minnesota.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(FAIRFAX, Va.) -- More than 100 protesters stood outside the National Rifle Association headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia, on Friday night demanding action on gun control in the wake of Wednesday's school shooting in Florida.Among the attendees were friends of some of the 17 students and teachers who were killed in Parkland, Florida; Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va.; and relatives of those shot and killed at Virginia Tech in 2007."Children are dead because of you," Connolly said of the NRA, in comments reported by ABC's Washington, D.C. affiliate WJLA-TV.One of the attendees at the vigil was the friend of Nicholas Dworet, a 17-year-old senior at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School who was killed in Wednesday's shooting. Dworet had committed to the University of Indianapolis swim team."I'm burying my best friend next week," the teen, who did not want to be identified, told WJLA-TV. "I cheered with these people, and I cheered with one of these girls. Now I have to bury my best friend who is committed to the University of Indianapolis for swimming. I grew up with him."Peter Reed, whose daughter Mary was among the 32 people killed in a shooting at Virginia Tech in April 2007, said the shooting on Wednesday brought back horrible memories."It very quickly takes us back to where we were in April of 2007. It's numbing. It's maddening," Read told WJLA-TV.The NRA, a regular financial backer of Republican politicians, has not commented on Wednesday's deadly shooting. The NRA has defended sales of the AR-15, the semi-automatic weapon used in Parkland and a number of other mass shootings.The NRA said the AR-15 has "soared in popularity" because it is "customizable, adaptable, reliable and accurate" and "can be used in sport shooting, hunting and self-defense situations."Flags were flying at half-staff outside NRA headquarters on Friday.
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  • KABC-TV(RIALTO, Calif.) -- Five people are dead after the driver of a tractor-trailer lost control on the 10 freeway in Railto, California, plowed through the median and into oncoming vehicles on the other side of the road.Authorities told Los Angeles ABC station KABC-TV that at least five people were killed in the fiery accident that shut down the freeway on both sides for hours. In addition to the semi, at least three other vehicles were involved in the crash, including a motorcycle.Video and photos shot by onlookers showed the trailer on its side and consumed by flames. All that remained by the evening were the burned-out hulks of the trailer and several other vehicles.The truck lost control while driving down the westbound side and plowed into traffic coming toward the driver on the eastbound side. The eastbound lanes were expected to be closed until 3 a.m., KABC-TV reported.KABC said it was still unclear what caused the trailer to lose control.Rialto, California, is about an hour east of Los Angeles.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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