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Sessions defends Comey firing, ties it to Clinton email case

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday strongly defended President Donald Trump's firing of James Comey, linking the FBI director's abrupt dismissal to his handling of the Hillary Clinton email server investigation. But he refused to discuss any private conversations he had with the president leading up to Comey's firing and would not say if he had discussed with the president an FBI investigation into potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign.

Sessions, appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, said it was "the first time I'm aware of" in which an FBI director had performed the traditional role of Justice Department prosecutors by announcing on his own the conclusion of a federal investigation — that no charges would be brought against Clinton.

He said he was further galled when Comey, one week before his firing, insisted to Congress that he would have taken the same actions again.

Sessions' insistence that Comey's firing was motivated by displeasure over the Clinton email case is consistent with the initial White House explanation. But Trump himself has at times appeared to undercut that explanation, saying he would have fired Comey even without the recommendation of the Justice Department and that he was thinking of "this Russia thing" when he dismissed him on May 9.

Trump has accused Comey of having prematurely exonerated Clinton, even though the Justice Department's own explanation for the firing cited his decision to effectively reopen the probe days before the November election.

The FBI's investigation is now being run by the Justice Department's special counsel, Robert Mueller. After initially balking at the question, Sessions said that he had not been questioned by Mueller's team of investigators. He has been seen as a possible witness in the case given his involvement in the firing of Comey.

Sessions stressed at the outset that he would not discuss any private conversations with the president and he largely abided by that principle, deflecting questions not only about the Russia investigation but also about the president's pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, among other topics.

The Russia probe has shadowed much of Sessions' tenure as attorney general, even though he recused himself in March because of his role as a stanch Trump campaign ally. It was a central focus the oversight hearing, too, as lawmakers repeatedly pressed Sessions about his contacts with the former Russian ambassador to the U.S., his discussions with Trump about the investigation and his involvement in the firing of Comey.

Though he refused to say whether he discussed with Trump Comey's involvement in the Russia investigation, or his private conversations with Trump, Sessions did say that the president had asked him and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for their recommendations about what to do with Comey.

"He did ask for our written opinion and we submitted that to him," Sessions said under questioning from Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the committee's top Democrat. "It did not represent any change in either one of ours opinions."

The routine oversight hearing is Sessions' first before the committee since his January confirmation, and it comes as has worked quickly to reshape the department with an intense focus on immigration, drugs, gangs and violent crime.

He also faced questions from lawmakers about his swift undoing of Obama-era protections for gay and transgender people and his rollback of criminal justice policies that aimed to reduce the federal prison population, among other changes he has made in nine months since taking office.

Sessions has tried to pressure so-called sanctuary cities into cooperating with federal immigration authorities by threatening to withhold grant money, and he was the public face of the Trump administration's decision to end a program benefiting hundreds of thousands of young people who entered the U.S. illegally as children. Congress is seeking a legislative solution to extend the protections before recipients' work permits expire.

It is standard policy for attorneys general to appear each year before the Justice Department's congressional overseers on the House and Senate judiciary committees. Yet, in a reflection of the extent to which the Russia investigation and his own role as a Trump campaign ally have dominated public attention, Sessions made his first appearance on Capitol Hill as attorney general before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Democratic senators have already made clear they want Sessions to detail his private conversations with Trump, particularly in the run-up to the Comey's firing, or announce that Trump is invoking executive privilege to protect those communications. Sessions repeatedly refused to discuss his talks with Trump during his three-hour appearance before the Senate intelligence panel.

He did not say he was using executive privilege, but rather adhering to longstanding tradition of Justice Department leaders to refrain from revealing the contents of private conversations with the president. That explanation left many Democrats unsatisfied and is unlikely to put to an end demands for detailed accounts of those conversations.

These are 25 of the happiest cities in the U.S., study says

Regular dental checkups and vacation time may not seem related, but according to a survey measuring happiness in U.S. cities, they are both good indicators of overall well-being.

A study compiled by National Geographic, author Dan Buettner and Gallup used 15 factors that also include quality of diet, financial security, and daily learning, among others. The findings are based on 250,000 interviews done across the country from 2014 to 2015 as part of the National Geographic Gallup Special/Blue Zones Index.

Boulder, Colorado toped the list thanks to its proximity to nature, a strong feeling of community, a largely active lifestyle and sustainable development, among other qualities.

Half a million adults across the United States reveal who's happy and who's not https://t.co/0RFXT5HBon

— National Geographic (@NatGeo) October 18, 2017

Cities from other states included San Diego, Minneapolis-St. Paul, and Washington D.C.

Santa Cruz-Watsonville, California; Charlottesville, Virginia; and San Luis Obispo-Paso, California; were also in the top 5.

Other cities that did not make the list and ranked at the very bottom of the happiness scale were Charleston, West Virginia; Fort Smith, Arkansas; and Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, North Carolina.

In general, Buettner found that people living in happy cities socialize more during the day, laugh and smile more often, feel financially secure and have access to green spaces.

After conducting 250,000 interviews across the country, these just might be the happiest places in the U.S. https://t.co/6ctcjHVAvM

— National Geographic (@NatGeo) October 18, 2017

Here is the full list:

    1. Boulder, Colorado
    2. Santa Cruz-Watsonville, California
    3. Charlottesville, Virginia
    4. Fort Collins, Colorado
    5. San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, California
    6. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California
    7. Provo-Orem, Utah
    8. Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Connecticut
    9. Barnstable Town, Massachussetts
    10. Anchorage, Alaska
    11. Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, Florida
    12. Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, California
    13. Salinas, California
    14. North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida
    15. Urban Honolulu, Hawaii
    16. Ann Arbor, Michigan
    17. San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, California
    18. Colorado Springs, Colorado
    19. Manchester-Nashua
    20. Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California
    21. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC Metro Area
    22. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minnesota
    23. San Diego-Carlsbad, California
    24. Portland-South Portland, Maine
    25. Austin-Round Rock, Texas

 

Iowa American Water switches to ammonia-free chlorine in water main flushing program

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Iowa American Water announced a temporary adjustment to its treatment process in the Iowa Quad Cities as part of the regular, ongoing water main flushing program.

The company will now use a form of chlorine known as “free chlorine,” which does not contain ammonia, in its disinfection method. The temporary change will affect customers in Bettendorf, Davenport, LeClaire, Riverdale, and Panorama Park. It will NOT affect customers in Blue Grass, Dixon, or Clinton.

According to a statement released Wedneday, due to the change in the type of chlorine used, customers who are sensitive to chlorine may notice more of a chlorine taste or odor in their tap water. There is no reason for concern as the water will continue to be monitored closely by water quality experts and meet all state and federal water in quality regulations; the differences are due only to the switch in type of chlorine.

“The temporary switch in treatment is designed to make the routine flushing of water mains more effective and ensure we maintain our high quality water standards,” said Mary Jane Midgett, director of operations for Iowa American Water.

The company advises any customers with fish aquariums to take note of the change and make adjustments if necessary.

While crews are flushing nearby, customers may experience a drop in water pressure or some discoloration of their water. Iowa American Water recommends that any customers experiencing discolored water let their cold water run to clear before using it again and refrain from doing laundry. Any problems should only last a short period.

The flushing will take place on weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and will continue through November 18, 2017.

Customers experiencing persistent problems can contact Iowa American Water’s customer service line toll free at 1-866-641-2108.

 

Autumn warmth stays put until weekend rain returns

Lower 70s were common across the area again and will continue to be such right through Saturday.  During this period, even overnight lows will be in the upper 40s which is well above the lower 40s for normal lows!

Plenty of sunshine still expected through this period with the exception of Saturday when a front races on in bringing an increase in clouds.  Eventually later that day is when the rainfall returns before ending around sunrise on Sunday.

Both Sunday and Monday highs will be in the 60s before we chill temperatures quickly in the days to follow with highs just over 50 degrees.

Chief meteorologist James Zahara

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NEWS 8 TRIO: roasted pumpkin seeds

Catch the NEWS 8 TRIO every Tuesday and Thursday night on “News 8 at 6:30” for three great ideas to make your life better and more interesting.

Denise and Johnnie are back in the kitchen to share three amazing ways to add flavor to your roasted pumpkin seeds this fall!

  1. Pumpkin Pie pumpkin seeds
  2. Garlic pumpkin seeds
  3. Bar pumpkin seeds

Enjoy!

Join News 8's Denise Hnytka and Johnnie Jindrich every night for your top news, weather, health, and lifestyle ideas on "News 8 at 6:30".

Munson Hybrids adds Wisconsin distribution center

GALESBURG, Illinois — Munson Hybrids announced Wednesday the purchase of a partially-constructed building in Necedah, Wisconsin.

The long-desired Wisconsin warehouse distribution center will serves customers from Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.

Altmann Construction, out of Wisconsin Rapids, will complete the construction of the building, that will contain offices, maintenance facilities, and plenty of warehouse space.

CEO & President of Munson Hybrids John Hennenfent says the company is looking forward to becoming a part of the Necedah community and helping to augment the beauty and industriousness of the area. “Our slogan is ‘Performance is Personal’ and this new warehouse distribution center means our performance will be improved for our customers with a better flow of seed into and out of both our Illinois and Wisconsin facilities,” said Hennenfent.

The building renovations are expected be done in time for a grand opening on December 1, 2017.

 

Federal employee accused of using popular app to seek child pornography

AURORA, Ill. - A federal employee has been using the musical.ly app to ask teenage girls to send him nude photos, officials say. He’s also accused of threatening to rape and kill them if they didn’t send him pictures, according to WGN.

Richard Barnett, 39, hid behind the username “davidbanks1014,” according to the Beacon-News.

Police arrested Barnett Monday at his home in Aurora.

According to his LinkedIn account, Barnett has spent 14 years in the U.S. military. He currently works at the Federal Aviation Administration in Des Plaines, and previously worked for the Department of Homeland Security.

In his messages to girls on the internet he often bragged about how many guns he owned. At one point, he sent a picture of a semi-automatic handgun with the words, “That’s mine; I can and will shoot you; keep talking crap; I’m sick of your crap; now your [sic] done.”

He later sent the message, “I can hurt you and then dump you where no one will find you. I carry a gun every day.”

He told some of his female victims he would kidnap, rape, and kill them.

The FBI said if you suspect your child could be talking to a predator online you must call police.

“You’ve got to have an open line of communication with your child. Know what they’re doing online,” Garrett Croon, FBI Chicago media coordinator, said.

Barnett is facing up to 30 years in prison. He’ll be in court for the first time on Wednesday.

3 killed, 2 wounded in shooting at Maryland office park, authorities say

(CNN) — [Breaking news update, published at 2:24 p.m. ET]

Radee Labeeb Prince, the suspect in Wednesday morning’s shooting at a business in Maryland, also is a suspect in a shooting that happened later in the morning in Wilmington, Delaware, said Jeffrey Gahler, sheriff of Harford County, Maryland.

Prince still is on the loose, and is believed to be driving a 2008 black GMC Acadia with Delaware license plate PC64273, Gahler said.

Gahler didn’t offer details about the shooting in Wilmington.

Prince worked at the Maryland business, Advanced Granite Solutions in Edgewood, for the last four months, and he was scheduled to work there Wednesday, Gahler said.

[Original story, published at 1:43 p.m. ET]

A gunman is on the loose after shooting five people — killing three — at a Maryland home-remodeling business on Wednesday morning, authorities say.

Radee Labeeb Prince, 37, is believed to have shot five people at Advanced Granite Solutions at the Emmorton Business Park in Edgewood, roughly 30 miles northeast of Baltimore, Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler told reporters in a news conference.

The five people shot are believed to be employees of the business, and the two injured were taken to a hospital Wednesday morning, Gahler said.

The shooting was reported to police at 8:58 a.m. ET, and officers arrived at the office park, located just south of an Interstate 95 interchange, four minutes later, Gahler said. Investigators believe Prince drove away in a 2008 black Acadia, with Delaware license plate PC64273.

“There’s an individual out there on the loose who committed one of the most heinous acts we’ve ever seen in our county. Certainly we consider him armed and dangerous,” Gahler said.

The two injured were in critical condition at Baltimore’s Shock Trauma Center, the center said on Twitter; Gahler told reporters the two were in serious condition.

Shooting appears targeted, sheriff says

The sheriff said a motive isn’t known, but that “this does appear to be a target attack limited to that business.”

Gahler said Prince is believed to be “associated with that business,” but he did not elaborate.

“We do not believe there’s an immediate threat to the community — we do believe that this was targeted, with the qualifier that there is an armed and dangerous suspect out there,” Gahler said.

Prince is believed to have shot the five with a handgun, said the sheriff, who added that investigators were speaking with witnesses. Gahler didn’t say what the witnesses saw or whether any of them were in the building when the shooting happened.

Advanced Granite Solutions designs, manufactures and installs granite, marble and engineered stone countertops, vanity tops and surfaces, in part serving people who are remodeling their kitchens, bathrooms and fireplaces, the company’s website says.

The office park includes a number of buildings housing various businesses. Four hotels are across the street and down the road from Advanced Granite Solutions.

Mike Sullivan, who works at a business located in the next row of buildings from Advanced Granite Solutions, told CNN affiliate WBAL-TV that a client with a CB radio warned him to take cover, citing reports of a shooter.

“Right now, it’s total chaos,” Sullivan told WBAL by phone, shortly after the shooting was reported. “We’re actually locked in right now with three of our clients.”

Aerial video Wednesday morning from WBAL showed numerous police vehicles at the office complex.

Special agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were at the shooting scene to help the sheriff’s department, the ATF said.

Five schools in the Edgewood area were placed on lockdown — meaning students were kept in the buildings, and visitors weren’t permitted — in the morning as a precaution at the advice of the sheriff’s office, the county school system said on its website.

The lockdown eventually was lifted, according to a message on the site updated shortly after noon.

“We will proceed with all remaining activities today, including athletic events, as planned,” the message read.

Rugs donated to Franklin Elementary School

MOLINE, Illinois -- Five rugs are being donated to Franklin Elementary School after a fire damaged their building in September.

Moline's Superintendent Lanty McGuire and businessman David Williams were at Carpetland in Moline on Tuesday, October 17th picking out the most stain-resistant swatches.

"I'm so impressed with how many have already stepped up, and if a few more can do so, and see what we've been able to do, I'd be thrilled with that," said Williams.

Students hope to be back at Franklin Elementary School next fall.

Related: Franklin Elementary School students and staff settle in to temporary location after fire

‘Jeopardy!’ contestant loses nearly everything, wins with just $1

A “Jeopardy!” contestant eked out an unlikely victory Tuesday after losing nearly all of his money on the last question.

Manny Abell, a naval officer from Lacey, Washington was the first to answer Alex Trebek’s question: “What country bordered the Caspian Sea and the Persian Gulf?”

2017 keeps delivering. pic.twitter.com/8avr0zCZl9

— Jason Sparks (@sparksjls) October 17, 2017

Abell, the returning champion, lost $999 of his $1,000 with the incorrect guess “Iraq.”

With just a dollar left, things looked grim for Abell. Luckily for him, both of his competitors would bet everything on “Azerbaijan” and “Tibet,” respectively, wiping them both out. The correct guess was “Iran.”

Abell isn’t the first to win with just $1, but Trebek commented said afterward that it was the “smallest win in many, many years.”

Utah high school investigating viral video of students shouting racial slur

PLEASANT VIEW, Utah – A video of five Utah students recorded last year has since gone viral, and some of the girls in the video are receiving death threats, according to KSTU.

“It was not filmed at the school, nor was it related to any school function or activity.  The students were on a trip outside of school on their own personal time,” the Weber School District said in a press release – the second press release of the day related to the video, which has gained national attention.

The girls from Weber High School were believed to be saying gibberish words into an app. They recorded a phrase that when played backwards sounded like a racial slur, district officials wrote.

"A year after the video was made, one of the girls shared it on a social media platform as a private post.  It was viewed by other students who then reposted it to other social media sites," the statement said.

Weber School District is investigating the situation to determine if the girls have violated the school's code of conduct in any way.  If they are found to have violated any policy, the school will take, "appropriate disciplinary action," the press release said.

Weber School District acknowledged the seriousness of the situation, and the strong response it has gotten within the community and online. In their statement, they said:

We understand this is a very sensitive matter and it has invoked a lot of strong emotional response from people all over the world.  There is no excuse for these girl’s action.  With that being said, neither shouldn’t there be justification for threats toward them and their families.  Hatred only breeds more hatred.  These are teenagers who made a big mistake, and they will be held accountability (sic).  Please be patient and reasonable as we deal with this situation.

The school district released another statement earlier Tuesday regarding the incident.

Cold Case: Police digging into 1990 disappearance of Moline man

MOLINE, Illinois — It’s been 27 years since 52-year-old Jerry A. Wolking was last seen and still police are looking to solve the mystery of his disappearance. 

It was October 18, 1990 when Wolking was last seen leaving his girlfriend’s home in Rock Island, headed back to his Moline home, according to the Moline Police Department.  Evidence shows that he made it home, but then didn’t show up for his job at John Deere the next day.

Image from the Moline Police Department

Days later, Wolking’s blue/silver 1988 Chevrolet Suburban was found in long term parking at the Quad City Airport, police said.   The vehicle was found with mud stuck in the tires and underneath the car and had blood stains inside that were later determined to be Wolking’s.

“Evidence shows that Mr. Wolking was likely involved in an argument near his residence and then struck by his own vehicle,” said a statement from the police. “The suspect then placed Mr. Wolking into the rear of the Chevrolet Suburban and took him to an unknown location, as Mr. Wolking has not been seen since that date.”

During a cold case review in 2013, police said new witnesses came forward, saying that Wolking was afraid of his girlfriend’s estranged husband, concerned that he would cause him harm.

Foul play had always been suspected in the case, according to previous reports.  Back in June of 2013 detectives and crime scene investigators converged on a wooded area off of John Deere Road as part of a renewed search for the Moline man’s remains.  Even earlier, in April of that year, police excavated a site in rural Milan, taking soil samples. The land was once owned by the parents of a longtime person of interest in the case, who has since died.

Now, in 2017, Moline Police are asking for anyone who has information about Wolking’s disappearance to speak up, “to come forward and put this case to rest for Mr. Wolking’s family.”

If you know anything you would like to share with police, you are asked to call the Moline Police Department at 309-524-2140.  If you want to stay anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 309-762-9500.

Ft. Madison prison on lockdown after attack on staff member

FORT MADISON, Iowa — A staff member at the Iowa State Penitentiary was seriously injured after being attacked by an inmate on Wednesday, Oct. 18.

This is the second attack on a staff member at the prison in a week, following another attack that resulted in hospitalization on Oct. 15.

According to a release from the Iowa Department of Corrections, inmate Keith Piper struck the staff member multiple times with a weapon while he was being escorted from one location in the prison to another. Despite the injuries, the staff member, with assistance from others, was able to subdue Piper.

The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Iowa Council 61 issued a statement that said the staff member was a correctional officer at the facility and accused Piper of having 10-inch shanks and stabbing the officer five times.

In their statement, AFSCME said that there was a “blatant disregard for security that must be immediately addressed within the Department of Corrections.”

Click here to read the full statement. 

The injured staff member was transported initially to Fort Madison Community Hospital then transferred to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. A condition update was not made available.

“Our thoughts are with the two correctional officers who were the victims of the Department of Correction’s inaction,” said AFSCME’s statement.

Piper, who is currently serving a 45-year sentence as a habitual offender, may face additional charges as a result of the incident, which remains under investigation.

The prison remains on lockdown/restricted movement and visiting for all offenders has been suspended indefinitely.

This is the third known attack on correctional staff in the region in October, including the attack on an East Moline Correctional Facility officer that prompted union members there to hold a press conference to draw attention to increasingly dangerous conditions.

No Aaron Rodgers? Packers fans start a petition for the perfect replacement — Colin Kaepernick

(CNN) — The Green Bay Packers are in a funk.

The Super Bowl hopes and dreams of pretty much the entire state of Wisconsin crashed into the turf along with Aaron Rodgers’ shoulder after the star Packers QB was hurt in Sunday’s game. He has a broken collarbone and may miss the rest of this season.

But Packers fan have the perfect replacement in mind — Colin Kaepernick.

Tracey Corder, a Packers fan from California, started a change.org petition addressed to Green Bay, urging the team to sign Kaepernick.

“Aaron Rodgers is possibly out for the rest of the season but there’s a Wisconsin-born QB who should be on our team!” the petition reads. “Lets makes sure the organization know we support Kaepernick to the Packers!”

It’s been signed more than 10,000 times.

Football phenom

Kaepernick became a football sensation five years ago, when he led the San Francisco 49ers to Super Bowl XLVII in just his second season. But he’s not playing in the NFL right now after he began protesting during the National Anthem. During the 2016 NFL preseason, Kaepernick said he was compelled to kneel in part because of a spate of police-involved shootings that resulted in the deaths of black men, including Philando Castile and Alton Sterling.

The out-of-work quarterback recently filed a grievance against the NFL, saying the league’s owners were colluding to keep him out of the game.

But Kaepernick coming back to the NFL via the Pack isn’t such a crazy idea. Kaepernick is a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and grew up a Packers fan.

Sportswriter Harry Lyles Jr. tweeted out a picture of what appears to be a young Colin Kaepernick standing in front of Lambeau Field, wearing a Brett Favre jersey.

But it’s not clear if the Packers are interested in Kaepernick. The team has not publicly responded to the petition, and head coach Mike McCarthy was miffed when a reporter asked about bringing on Kaepernick. McCarthy stressed that Rodgers’ backup, Brett Hundley, will be taking snaps for the near future.

Three arrested for car and home burglaries in Kewanee

KEWANEE, Illinois — Three teens were arrested and charged with burglary, theft and criminal damage to property in connection with a spate of car and home break-ins over Oct. 13 and 14.

Arrested were Thomas G. Ensley and two juveniles. Police are not releasing the ages of the juveniles, who were released to the custody of their parents and referred to juvenile probation. Ensley was booked into the Henry Countuy Jail on a $75,000 bond.

According to police, the trio stole items from multiple vehicles and broke into two homes during the two-night spree. Recovered items included a stolen rifle, cash, televisions, video game consoles and three bicycles. Police are continuing to attempt recovery of additional stolen property and to determine if other suspects were involved.

Anyone with additional information concerning the case, is asked to contact the Kewanee Police Department at (309) 853-1911.

Kewanee Police Chief James Dison also reminded residents to lock vehicle doors and remove or hide valuables inside cars, noting that most of the burglarized vehicles were unlocked.

Security guard shot in Las Vegas massacre breaks silence

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The security guard who approached Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock’s hotel suite before the massacre said he heard “drilling sounds” before he was shot through the door.

In an episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” set to air Wednesday, Jesus Campos recounts for the first time on TV the night of the shooting.

Campos was wounded by Paddock on October 1, minutes before the gunman sprayed gunfire on concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest Festival from a hotel room in the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort Casino.

Paddock killed 58 people and left nearly 500 concertgoers wounded. It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

More than two weeks after the attack, Campos said his health is improving.

“I’m doing better each day, slowly but surely. Just healing mentally and physically,” he told DeGeneres.

Campos had been in the building, patrolling the halls when he was sent to check on a door on the 32nd floor. He used the stairwells to get there, but couldn’t get past a barricaded door and had to use the elevator.

“There was metal bracket holding the door in place,” he said.

He said he called security dispatch to report the blocked door and that’s when he heard drilling sounds.

“As I was walking down, I heard rapid fire.” Campos said. “And at first I took cover. I felt a burning sensation. I went to go lift my pant leg up and I saw the blood. That’s when I called it in on my radio that shots have been fired.”

Paddock shot through the door, striking Campos in the upper right thigh.

“And I was going to say that I was hit, but I got on my cell just to clear the radio traffic so they could coordinate the rest of the call.”

While hiding in a doorway, Campos alerted a hotel building engineer who was called to check on the door and a woman who came out of another room.

He thanked first responders, medics and members of the community who helped everyone in need that night.

“Everything puts pieces together on how everyone came together to help that night even in the darkest hour,” he said.

Campos had been scheduled to appear on several news networks last week but those interviews were canceled.

“Jesus Campos wants to tell his story at a time and place of his choosing. He’s asked that everyone respect his request for privacy. We could not be more proud of Jesus,” MGM said in a statement.

Campos had been hailed a hero by authorities who initially said he diverted the gunman’s attention and made him stop firing on the crowd.

But last week, authorities said Campos was shot six minutes before the shooting on the crowd started.

The resort’s owner had disputed the times earlier provided by police but recently said Paddock was shooting at concertgoers “at the same time as, or within 40 seconds after,” Campos first reported shots.

The change in the timeline of events has raised questions about why police didn’t make it to Paddock’s room sooner to break down the door.

The Latest: Senators announce plan for insurance markets

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is backing away from his positive response to a bipartisan Senate proposal to stabilize health insurance markets unsettled by his order to end “Obamacare” low-income subsidies.

Speaking in the Rose Garden, Trump had called the deal reached by Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington “a short term solution.” But hours later the White House said Trump is supportive of efforts to seek a solution but opposes the Alexander-Murray plan.

Ford recalling 1.3 million F-series pickups

(CNN Money) — Ford is recalling 1.3 million F-series pickup trucks, the best selling vehicle in America, for a door latch problem that could allow the door to open while the truck is moving.

The affected models include some of the model year 2015, 2016 and 2017 F-150’s, as well as some 2017 Super Duty pickups. The recall includes trucks sold in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

In addition to the problem with the door opening unexpectedly, the latch can also prevent the driver from opening the door when they need to.

Related: Ford reveals $100,000 F-450 pickup truck

Ford estimates it will cost $267 million to make the repairs.

The F-150 pickup has consistently been the best selling vehicle in the country for decades. Ford sold 820,000 of the F-series trucks in the U.S. last year.

Related: Fiat Chrysler recalls nearly 500,000 pickup trucks due to fire risk

Ford said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with the problem.

Traffic lights impacted after collision at major Muscatine intersection

MUSCATINE, Iowa — Traffic lights at the intersection of Highway 38 and Highway 61 may not have complete function after utilities were damaged in a collision.

The crash happened Wednesday morning, October 18th and reportedly involved a semi and a car.

Because of “some damage to the utilities at that intersection,” the Muscatine Police Department’s said that stop lights there may be flashing on red for the next two to three days.

A News 8 viewer said they came upon the crash around 7 a.m.  The photos below are submitted images:

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Cow safe at sanctuary after escaping Brooklyn slaughterhouse, running amok

NEW YORK CITY —The runaway cow captured the attention of thousands of people as he escaped a slaughterhouse and evaded capture. Now he is safe at an animal sanctuary in New Jersey, according to WPIX.

Around 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, the dark brown steer - as a castrated bull is called - escaped from a Brooklyn slaughterhouse, according to police.  The steer was spotted running up Coney Island Avenue near Cortelyou Road, as well as on 17th Street and a variety of other locations.

According to one tweet, the steer bumped into a toddler, prompting a call to FDNY medics.  Eventually, the bovine ended up in a fenced soccer field in the Parade Grounds section of Prospect Park.  The also allowed NYPD officers to slowly corral the steer.

"First they tried to catch the cow in the soccer goals, and that didn't work," said Hillary Dovel, who lives half a block from where the steer ended up, and who live streamed the rescue attempts on the Citizen app.  "Then they tried to corral it with one car, but you know that doesn't work.  You just end up going in circles."

"It's been an entertaining morning," Dovel concluded.

Responding officers from an emergency services unit used at least one tranquilizer dart to sedate the animal, and other officers penned him in between two NYPD SUVs, with the fence and a stationary park bench serving as the other two sides of the four-sided pen.

There the steer remained for about a half hour until officers trained in large animal capture arrived.

Meanwhile, about 120 or so spectators watched, recorded on their phones and commented.

"It's not every day you see a cow in Prospect Park," said Steve Espinola, a local resident, who was recording the steer and his rescue on a smartphone.

For every person on scene watching, there were hundreds watching online, and commenting there.

"They scaring the poor cow," Barbara Rigable wrote while watching the situation on the PIX11 News Facebook page.

"They don't know.  They are not from Texas," Evelyn Sanabria responded.

"I wanted steak for dinner," wrote Marcel Black. "But looking at this poor cow, please save him and return back to where he came from."

He, and most people watching online and in person, got their wish.

Local animal activists coordinated with NYPD community affairs officers and came up with a solution.

"I think they did a pretty good job," said Mary Beth Artz, a Brooklyn animal rights advocate.  She and other activists connected the NYPD with their network of animal sanctuary operators.  Mike Stura, who runs the Skylands Sanctuary and Animal Rescue in Wantage, North Jersey, came to collect the animal after ESU officers managed to get a rope around its neck and lead it into an NYPD horse carrier.

"The whole day I hoped it would escape," said Dovel, the neighbor who'd recorded the corralling and rescue from the very beginning.  "Sanctuary is even better."

Agreeing with her was Artz, the animal rights advocate.  "This could also bring attention to the animals in slaughterhouses who aren't as lucky," she told PIX11 News.  She said that the as-yet unnamed steer is better off than all other meat cattle, thousands of which are slaughtered in Brooklyn yearly.  They "won't have a beautiful sanctuary to go to, like this beautiful bull will," she said.

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