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Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump said Rolling Thunder will be back in Washington next year -- just hours before the motorcycle rally was set to hold its final event in the nation's capital.

"The Great Patriots of Rolling Thunder WILL be coming back to Washington, D.C. next year, & hopefully for many years to come," the president tweeted Sunday morning. "It is where they want to be, & where they should be. Have a wonderful time today. Thank you to our great men & women of the Pentagon for working it out!"

The announcement to extend the rally for at least another year came as motorcyclists had started gathering in the nation's capital Sunday for the noon ride.

The national ride started in 1988 and has gradually accumulated support -- netting more than a half a million participants last year. It is a demonstration to bring attention to and demand accountability for prisoners of war and those who are missing in action.

In December, one of the advocacy group's co-founders said that, after 31 years, this year's Memorial Day would be the last because of funding.

In 2018, the ride drew more than half a million participants, but rising costs and "increased harassment" from the Pentagon and police in Washington led the group to decide the ride was no longer feasible, according to its founder and executive director Artie Muller.

Pentagon spokesperson Sue Gough pushed back on these claims in a statement to ABC News in December.

"The department supports the peaceful, lawful exercise of American citizens' First Amendment rights, and remains focused on ensuring the safety and security of the demonstrators and the Pentagon Reservation," Gough said. "The department is prepared to support the 2019 Rolling Thunder ride, as we have for the last 31 years."

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie was scheduled to give a speech at Sunday's rally.

Rolling Thunder organizers have not announced any changes to their schedule. The organization's website had information about the 2019 event and its Twitter feed was filled with photos from the weekend's events.

Back in December, Joe Chenelly, the executive director of AMVETS, urged participants on Twitter not to cancel their hotel reservations for 2020.

"We have been concerned this was coming for some time, so we've prepared," he wrote last year. "We will not let this vital demonstration in our nation's capital end."

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Courtesy Troy Helmer(MAUI, HI) -- She spent 16 days lost in a dense forest in Hawaii but after less than two days in a hospital, Yoga instructor Amanda Eller was discharged to go home and start her second chance at life.

Eller, 35, left the Maui Memorial Medical Center on Sunday, after being treated for fracture and minor injuries to her ankles and feet.

"We are thrilled to report the great news that Amanda Eller was able to leave the hospital on her own accord to continue her rehab and recovery with family and loved ones,” Michael Rembis, chief executive officer of Maui Health System, said in a statement. “The staff and physicians at Maui Memorial Medical Center involved in her treatment and care are rejoicing at the miraculous news of her great outcome.”

Eller, a yoga teacher and physical therapist from Maui, disappeared after going for a hike on May 8 on the Kahakapao Trail in East Maui's Makawao Forest Reserve. Her white Toyota RAV4 was found in the forest parking lot with her phone and wallet inside, but she was nowhere in sight.

Police suspended the search for her on May 14, but friends, loved ones and volunteers never gave up and kept looking for her.

On Friday afternoon, their efforts paid off when a helicopter crew searching for Eller spotted her waving up at them about 3:45 p.m. near the Kailua reservoir. She was in a creek bed with waterfalls on both sides, rescuers said.

The rescue crew plucked her from the ravine and whisked to safety.

"There were times of total fear and loss and wanting to give up, and it did come down to life and death, and I had to choose," Eller said from her hospital bed on Saturday. "I chose life."

Eller said she survived by eating wild berries and guava she foraged in the jungle and drank water when she was sure it was clear enough. She said she lost her shoes several days into her misadventure when they got washed away in a flash flood while she was attempting to dry them out.

She was severely sunburned and her ankles and feet were chewed up from the rough terrain, but overall she was alert and in good physical condition when she was found.

In a video post on the Facebook page "Find Amanda," which was created soon after she went missing, Eller thanked all the volunteers who refused give up searching for her despite the long odds of finding her alive.

"People that know me, that don't know me, just under the idea of helping one person make it out of the woods alive just warms my heart," she said in the video. “And just seeing the power of prayer and the power of love when everybody combines their efforts -- is incredible. It could move mountains.”

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KOCO-TV(RENO, Okla.) -- At least two people were killed and 29 injured, some critically, when a tornado ripped through an Oklahoma City suburb in the middle of the night, wiping out a hotel, a mobile-home park and several other buildings in just four minutes.

The National Weather Service confirmed Sunday that a tornado hit El Reno, a town with a population of nearly 20,000, on Saturday and left a swath of damage that will take weeks to clean up and pain loved ones of the dead will likely never get over.

"This community is brokenhearted, we're hurt, we're absolutely devastated," El Reno Mayor Matt White said at a news conference Sunday morning.

White said the two deaths occurred in the area of the Sky View mobile-home park where the twister touched down at 10:28 p.m. While sirens signaled the approaching funnel cloud, residents said there was little time to seek shelter.

Search-and-rescue teams, according to White, were conducting grid searches through the devastated area, "picking up walls of debris to make sure nobody is under there."

He said an unknown number of people are unaccounted for.

White said 16 people were taken by ambulance to hospitals from the epicenter of the calamity and another 13 were raced to emergency rooms in private vehicles. He said injuries ranged from minor to critical, and that several people were undergoing surgery at the Oklahoma University Medical Center in Oklahoma City.

A woman who survived the tornado told ABC station KOCO in Oklahoma City that she and her two grandchildren escaped their mobile home only to find themselves in the middle of a "disaster zone."

"We heard screaming and stuff, children and adults both," she said. "A lot of destruction, a lot of chaos and .... death."

The National Weather Service meteorologists in Norman, Oklahoma, rated the tornado an EF3 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, meaning it generated wind speeds in the range of 136 to 165 mph. The highest rating on the scale, an EF5, packs winds topping 200 mph.

The weather service reported that the twister cut a 2.2-mile long path of destruction, and was about 75 yards at its widest point.

The tornado carried debris more than 4 miles northeast of El Reno, officials said.

Video showed the devastation. The tornado slammed a two-story American Budget Value Inn off Interstate 40, ripping off most of its second floor, and reducing much the structure to splintered pieces of wood and shattered glass.

"As far as we know right now, there is no one in the rubble," the hotel's owner, Ramesh Patel, told KOCO.

A woman who was working in the office when the tornado hit suffered a broken leg, Patel said.

White confirmed that everyone at the hotel when the tornado struck has been accounted for.

At sunrise Sunday, video showed a mobile home park next to the hotel strewn with shattered glass, wood and other debris that just hours earlier were residences of a thriving community. Aerial footage showed the twister slammed residences in a corner of the mobile home park while leaving other homes virtually unscathed.

Several vehicles were overturned and others were smashed by debris.

After striking the Sky View mobile home park, the tornado hit the hotel and a nearby Dodge dealership, tearing the roof off the business, aerial footage showed.

"We have absolutely experienced a traumatic event here in El Reno," White said.

White asked people to stay away from the area until search-and-rescue teams finish combing through the rubble.

"I think El Reno, Oklahoma, needs a lot of prayers. It's been a traumatic experience," White said. "None of this is easy. We're all shook up."

Police in the neighboring town of Union City put out an all points bulletin -- for prayer.

"Please pray for those affected by these storms as well as the emergency services workers assisting in this ongoing rescue," Union City police said in a statement posted to Facebook. "This is an unfortunate example of just how quickly these types of storms can develop from a simple thunderstorm into a deadly supercell tornado."

A National Weather Service meteorologist confirmed the catastrophic weather event was a tornado by analyzing radar images and seeing a "debris ball" in the area, and by detecting telltale evidence of a twister by examining pictures of the damage and eyeballing the devastation in person, officials said.

 

El Reno damage pic.twitter.com/XLf2T3YhM0

— Dillon Richards (@KOCODillon) May 26, 2019

 

The tornado that hit El Reno comes on the heels of a very active severe weather week in the Southern Plains. There were 104 tornadoes reported across eight states -- Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, and Maryland -- from Monday to Thursday.

Three people were killed in Golden City, Missouri, on Thursday as a tornado moved through the region. The state's capital, Jefferson City, about 170 miles northeast of Golden City, also suffered severe damage the same night from a tornado, but no one was killed.

At least four other people were also killed from storms, including flash flooding, in the central U.S. this week.

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ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- A woman was critically injured and her husband and child were also hurt when a water log ride at a California amusement park malfunctioned and flipped over, throwing them from their seats, officials said.

The incident occurred at Castle Park in Riverside on the Log Ride, which, according to the park's website, features a 48-foot drop.

Riverside Fire Department officials said they were called to the park at 4:37 p.m. and said three members of one family were tossed into the water after something went haywire with the log they were riding in and overturned.

"One of the injuries we categorized as critical. With the two others being minor. All were transported to a hospital," a fire official at the scene told ABC Los Angeles station KABC-TV.

Witnesses said a 10-year-old boy injured in the incident appeared to suffer a cut to his ear and head injuries, while his father suffered scrapes to his arm and back.

The names of the injured family members were not released.

Video of the incident showed the injured boy and his father in the water after the log they were in flipped over.

Fire department officials said a mechanical problem with a ride's water pump apparently caused the accident.

An investigation is underway by the California Department of Health and Safety to determine the exact cause of the malfunction.

The Log Ride was immediately shut down pending the outcome of the probe, officials said.

A spokeswoman for the Castle Park told KABC that the ride had been inspected earlier Saturday and nothing was found wrong.

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Courtesy Arlington National Cemetery(WASHINGTON) --  As Maj. Stephen Von Jett placed the American flag exactly 1 foot in front of his friend’s headstone, he took the time to reflect back on their friendship.

"I’ve dealt with the feelings about that loss for a long time," said Von Jett, remembering his battle buddy Maj. Paul Carron who had died nine years ago in Afghanistan.

"I took a moment and I thought about our friendship and I placed a flag and I think that’s what a lot of Old Guard soldiers are doing today because we all have -- many of us, many of us have people that we’ve lost throughout this time and coming together to honor those who have fallen means so much to us," he added.

Thursday morning, ahead of Memorial Day weekend, Von Jett made his first stop at Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery. That's where most service members who died in Iraq and Afghanistan are buried.

An annual tradition that has been repeated since 1948, "Flags In" is a time to remember and honor the fallen heroes who sacrificed their lives for the nation.

Within just four hours, soldiers placed small American flags in front of more than 228,000 headstones and at the bottom of approximately 7,000 niche rows in Columbarium Courts and the Niche Wall.

Elsewhere in Arlington National Cemetery, Capt. Christopher Kittle stood in front of a headstone for his wife’s uncle. Chief Warrant Officer David Gibbs, who died in a helicopter accident in Bosnia in 1999.

"The feeling is very hard to describe,” he said. "You’re coming here and visiting a tombstone while recognizing the name -- a name somebody that means a lot to my family, somebody who is very near and dear to our hearts."

For Kittle, Memorial Day had been just another day to get together with his family for a cookout, until he became a part of the Old Guard -- the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment which carries out "Flags In” each year at Arlington. Though he never personally met Gibbs, Kittle said it was a humbling experience.

"Being able to plant a flag personally … I just sat there and I was trying to understand the emotion I was feeling because I didn’t know him personally but I just felt very honored," he said.

But this day wasn’t just for service members who experienced losing a direct family member or close friends, Von Jett reiterated. He believes that Memorial Day weekend and the "Flags In” tradition is a chance for all military members to reconnect with history, remember the legacy and to honor fallen heroes.

"And really, find out where our freedom came from and you know, place a flag and see what it costs."

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Logan City Police Department(LOGAN CITY, UT) -- A desperate search is underway in Utah for a missing 5-year-old girl who was last seen with her uncle, police said Sunday.

Elizabeth Jessica Shelley hasn't been seen since Saturday at 2 a.m., according to the Logan City Police Department. She was with Alex Whipple, her mom's brother, when she vanished, the department's captain, Tyson Budge, said.

Whipple, 21, is considered the main suspect in the girl's disappearance, Budge said, but he is not cooperating with authorities.

"We know he was with her," the Budge told ABC News.

Whipple was taken into custody Saturday at about 6 p.m. for absconding probation and, among other charges, receiving stolen property and drinking under the influence, Budge added.

He is being held on $250,000 bond, according to the Cache County Sheriff's Office's website.

Whipple has not been formally arrested in connection with Elizabeth's disappearance, but Budge told ABC News authorities are "pretty confident" he had something to do with it. A burner phone Whipple was allegedly using was among the evidence found at the girl's home, allegedly linking him to her disappearance, according to Budge.

Elizabeth's parents reported the incident to police at 10 a.m. Saturday.

In addition to Logan City police, the search for the little girl includes the sheriff's office, the FBI and the county's search and rescue unit. A helicopter has been deployed, too, Budge said.

Authorities are urging residents in the area where Elizabeth went missing to check their surveillance, including smart doorbells and other cameras, between the hours of 2 a.m. and noon on Saturday.

Elizabeth was wearing either blue jeans or a teal-colored plaid skirt when she was last seen, police said. She's described at standing about 3-feet-6-inches tall with shoulder-length, curly brown hair with bangs, and has brown eyes.

Authorities urged anyone with information to call 435.753.7555.

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ABC News(MELBOURNE, Fla.) --  An alligator attacked a woman out for a holiday weekend swim in a Florida lake, leaving her seriously injured and having to be airlifted to a local hospital, officials said.

The 26-year-old woman, whom authorities identified as Nichole A. Tillman of Melbourne, Florida, was swimming on Saturday afternoon at Key Lake Wilderness Park in Cocoa, on the state's eastern coast, when she was attacked suddenly by an 8-foot-6-inch long gator.

"We're hanging out about waist to chest deep in the lake, next thing you know a girl starts screaming and luckily a couple guys reacted and grab her," eyewitness Dave Nygard told ABC News. "I thought she was more or less joking around ... next thing you know we pull her out and her side and her thigh were open. So then about 30 seconds later I see a gator head pop up. It was every bit of 8 foot."

Rescuers who rushed to help Tillman put her on an all-terrain vehicle and drove her a couple of miles out of the woods to a nearby road, where she was loaded into a medical helicopter and flown to Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, officials said.

"We have a female who was allegedly bit by an alligator. She was out in the woods, swimming in a lake, from what we understand," Brevard County Fire District Chief Thomas Uzel said. "She was classified as a trauma alert and she was transported to Holmes."

Officials did not release information on the extent of her injuries, only calling them "significant." The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said only that they were "non-life threatening."

An alligator trapper responded to the scene and successfully removed the gator that attacked Tillman from the area, officials said.

"I mean, it's scary," Nygard said. "Just thankful a little kid wasn't in the lake at the time, because more or less the gator probably would've gotten the kid."

Nygard said there were about a dozen people swimming in the lake at the time.

"Several people grabbed towels and shirts and wrapped her side and leg and then they rushed her up here to the [road]," he said.

Uzel said the gator attack was very unusual, and not something he had seen regularly.

"Not very often," Uzel said. "As far as alligator bites, I think this was the second in 35 years."

Uzel said there was an off-duty paramedic at the lake who also assisted Tillman.

"Usually gators are not intrusive on people," Nygard said, echoing emergency personnel. "They're more or less more scared of us than we are of them, so for the gator to come up and -- he was curious more or less -- so thank goodness we got her out and hopefully she's doing fine right now."

"You hear of shark bites, yet we keep going in the ocean," he added. "Born and raised in Florida, not going to keep us out of lakes."

A woman was killed by an alligator in Hilton Head, South Carolina, in August trying to save her dog from attack, while a man in Lakeland, Florida, suffered a severe injury when he was bit by a gator in December.

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KITV(HONOLULU) -- A man was killed in a shark attack swimming off the coast of Maui on Saturday morning.

The victim, described as being in his 50s, was about 150 yards into the water at Kaanapali Shores when the attack occurred, according to the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources.

"He apparently came into contact with a shark, [and] was seen in distress by witnesses who called 911," Chief Jason Redulla of Hawaii's Division of Conservation and Resource Enforcement told ABC News Radio.

He was found unresponsive in the water and brought to shore on a jet ski, according to Honolulu ABC affiliate KITV.

"County first responders responded and found the male in the water," Redulla said. "He was subsequently brought back to shore and unfortunately he succumbed to his injuries, which we believe at this point may have been a shark attack."

CPR was performed, but the man was pronounced dead.

He was a resident of California, according to KITV-TV.

Hawaii's Division of Aquatic Resources tracks shark attacks in the state. According to its numbers, this would be the sixth shark attack in the state this year. There were only three tracked all of last year.

"In an island state that's surrounded by water, human and shark conflicts do occur from time to time," Redulla said. "There is always the potential for conflict between animal and human and we just have to be aware of that and respect that."

The most recent attack was a woman bit off the coast of Oahu on May 8. She suffered injuries to her arm and hand while swimming.

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Deborah Goldsmith-Dolan/Facebook(BOSTON) -- An arrest has been made following the mysterious death of a 13-year-old girl earlier this week in Massachusetts, authorities said Saturday.

Carlos Rivera, 47, was arrested early Saturday after an investigation into the girl's death, according to a press release tweeted out by the Essex District Attorney.

The girl -- whom a source and relatives have identified as Chloe Ricard -- died Monday afternoon after being dropped off at a local hospital, officials said.

The district attorney, Jonathan Blodgett, said in a statement that Rivera, of Lawrence, had been with the girl and another female -- also a teenager who was under 16 years old -- on Sunday and "during most of the next day" at his apartment.

Just before 5 p.m. on Monday, Rivera and the other teen allegedly dropped off the 13-year-old girl at Lawrence General Hospital, according to the statement.

Chloe died a short time later.

Ricard's mom, Deborah Goldsmith-Dolan, asked earlier this week, "Who can do that?"

"Who can take and just dump her?" she asked, according to ABC Boston affiliate WCVB-TV.

Rivera was charged with two counts of distribution drugs to a minor, two counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 years old, and the same charge for a person over that age, according to the statement.

The other girl, who was not identified, was not charged.

It was unclear how Rivera allegedly met the girls, but a source said he knew them in some capacity before Sunday.

An autopsy was performed on Chloe but authorities said the medical examiner has not ruled on the cause of death yet.

The investigation is still ongoing.

"We will continue our diligent pursuit of justice for this victim," Blodgett said in the statement.

It was not immediately clear if Rivera had legal representation. He is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday.

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iStock/dragana991(CHICAGO) -- As the family of a heavily pregnant teen who was killed for her unborn child laid the 19-year-old rest on Saturday, supporters announced plans to lobby for a new law to protect other families.

The funeral for Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, who was murdered last month after responding to a Facebook ad for free baby clothes, was held on Saturday in Stickney, Illinois. Ochoa-Lopez, the mother of a three-year old, was strangled to death and then had her unborn son cut from her womb.

At the chapel service, which was conducted in Spanish and English, dozens of mourners wore white T-shirts printed with Ochoa-Lopez's face.

A woman, as well as her daughter and her boyfriend, have been charged in her killing. Prosecutors say the woman lured Ochoa-Lopez to her Chicago-area home, strangled her and then removed Ochoa-Lopez's baby to raise as her own after her own son died.

Investigators believe the murder took place on April 23. Ochoa-Lopez's infant son remains in the hospital on life support.

Julie Contreras, a family friend who has been acting as the family's spokeswoman, announcing plans for a bill she called "Marlan's Law," which would require women who claim they had their babies at home, to provide DNA proof of maternity.

"Marlan was not only the daughter of her parents and the wife of her husband. She is the daughter of our pueblo," Contreras said at the funeral service, adding that if "Marlan's Law" were to be enacted, the young mother would "be etched forever in the laws of the state of Illinois and in this country."

"We will not allow this to happen [to another family]," Contreras said.

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Javier Cantellops(HONOLULU) -- The woman who was rescued after going missing for more than two weeks in a forest in Hawaii said on Saturday that she had to choose between life and death in order to stay alive.

"There were times of total fear and loss and wanting to give up, and it did come down to life and death, and I had to choose," said Amanda Eller, 35, from her hospital bed, hours after rescuers in a helicopter plucked her from a ravine. "I chose life."

Eller had been missing for 16 days when she was found in good condition on Friday at about 5 p.m. local time.

She thanked the Maui community, the volunteers who helped look for her and those who donated to help fund the search.

"People that know me, that don't know me, just under the idea of helping one person make it out of the woods alive just warms my heart," she said in a video posted on the Facebook page "Find Amanda," which was created after she went missing.

Eller is recovering from her ordeal "remarkably" with only a fracture on her leg and needs some treatments on her ankles, her mother, Julia Eller, told Fox affiliate KHON-TV.

"She had been working on herself — she's a physical therapist by training, so apparently those healing touches had done her well. And they said for what she had been through, she was in surprisingly good shape," Julia Eller said.

"I'm just so incredibly grateful to have my girl home," the elder Eller said. "I never gave up hope for a minute. And even though at times, you know, I would have those moments of despair, I stayed strong for her because I knew we would find her."

Eller, 35, disappeared after apparently going for a hike on May 8. Her boyfriend was the last person to see Eller, a yoga teacher and physical therapist, that morning, but when she did not return home he reported her missing to police the next day.

Eller's SUV was found Thursday, not long after she'd been reported missing, at the base of the Kahakapao Trail.

Sarah Haynes, a friend who ran the Facebook page, told ABC News that Eller was located by a search helicopter Friday afternoon in a ravine near Twin Falls. Eller was able to flag down the helicopter, Haynes said.

One of the rescuers said they found her in a stream bed.

"She was waving up at us while we were in the helicopter, and we got her out nice and safe," Chris Berquist, who was in the helicopter, told ABC News Radio late Friday. "She was not injured. She has a little bit of exposure from the sun, a little bit of sunburn. She lost her shoes a few days in. But no injuries."

Eller was in good condition, considering the circumstances, and spoke to her father from the helicopter. She was met by an ambulance at the helipad and taken to Maui Memorial Hospital.

"She was very alert, she knew her father's phone number, she knew who she was, where she was, knew exactly how long she had been out there — very surprised to see us," Berquist said. "I've never felt something quite that overpowering."

Haynes said her friend had been living on water and plants.

"She was several miles above Twin Falls, over in deep H'aiku, way off the beaten track," Berquist said.

Earlier in the day, just hours before she was found, the reward for finding Eller was raised to $50,000.

"I haven't seen [the family] yet, but while I was assessing her up, [another rescuer] made the call to the father and let him know. I think there was some disbelief there — 'Are you serious? You really found her?' — and then just explosions on both ends," Berquist said.

Her boyfriend, Benjamin Konkol, told ABC News on May 16 that he believed she was still in the forest and did not suspect foul play.

"She's my soulmate, she's the love of my life and I feel that she's still out there. ... I'd really like to stop spending my evenings alone and have my love back," he said at the time.

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iStock/anouchka(LOS ANGELES) -- The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) released new video from a dramatic police shootout last month that shows a bystander suddenly opening fire on police in south Los Angeles.

On April 20, at 9:20 at night, two LAPD Gang Enforcement Division officers spotted a white BMW rolling through a stop sign, turning left and then speeding ahead, LAPD Captain Giselle Espinoza said in a Critical Incident Video Release compiled from the officers' bodycam videos and neighborhood surveillance videos posted on YouTube.

After a short pursuit, the driver suddenly stopped and exited the car, then ran with a gun into the Pueblo Del Rio public housing project in LA's Central-Alameda neighborhood, Espinoza said.

On April 20 LAPD Newton ofcrs stopped a car for running a stop sign, the driver fled on foot & they gave chase. A bystander then came out of nowhere & shot an ofcr at point-blank range. Fortunately, the ofcr survived this terrifying incident. Full video 🔗 https://t.co/zh9KXInqiT pic.twitter.com/WjCg4wJ9jn

— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) May 24, 2019

The two officers chased after the driver, who they described as a black male, the video shows. But then, a second man wearing in a white shirt, who was later identified as Curley Duff, is seen approaching one of the officers, Enrique Trujillo, the video shows.

Duff, 39, pulled out a handgun from his waistband and shot at Trujillo, who then fired back several shots. Both men were injured in the gunfire. The first officer then doubled back to assist his partner.

On April 24, prosecutors charged Duff with the attempted murder of a police officer.

The investigation remains ongoing.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The storm system that brought the tornado outbreak from the Plains to Mid-Atlantic spawned 104 reported tornadoes across eight states from Texas to Maryland is long gone, but the holiday weekend will not be a quiet one.

A new storm system that began in the Plains on Thursday has brought 24 reported tornadoes in the last 48 hours across eight states: Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota and North Dakota.

These storms are also bringing very heavy rain to places that are already very saturated. Parts of Kansas received up to 4 inches of rain on Friday.

Flash flood watches are in effect in parts of six states Saturday from Texas to Wisconsin. Flood warnings remain in effect in parts of Oklahoma and Kansas, where they have been dealing with relentless rain.

With the continued threat of heavy rain over the next several days, many rivers are in major flood stage and rising along the Mississippi, Missouri and Arkansas rivers.

A stationary front draped across the central U.S. will continue to bring the threat for severe storms in the Southern and Central Plains, across the Texas Panhandle, western Oklahoma and much of Kansas on Saturday.

In the enhanced risk region the biggest threat will be large hail, but isolated tornadoes and damaging winds are expected. Flash flooding also remains a major concern, especially in Oklahoma and Kansas.

A second severe weather concern exists across parts of the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes, including Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Buffalo, New York. The main threat Saturday afternoon will be damaging winds, but hail or a brief tornado can’t be ruled out.

The same regions are under a severe threat on Sunday – across the Plains from Texas to South Dakota and a smaller area in the Ohio Valley, from Indianapolis to Columbus, Ohio.

The stalled system will continue to bring rounds of severe storms and heavy rain across the Plains on Sunday, with the enhanced risk region in the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles, western Kansas and southern Nebraska.

Heat is on in Southeast

In the Southeast, scorching hot temperatures are on the way over the holiday weekend and into next week, with some spots hitting triple digits.

The heat index numbers for Sunday are in the high 90s across much of the region. Record highs are possible in this area over the next several days.

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iStock/WoodysPhotos(NEW YORK) -- The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) suspended all service to the Hamptons and Montauk for Saturday after an overnight work train derailment, the New York Metropolitan Train Authority (MTA) said.

The disruption to eastbound service is bound to cause problems for holiday travelers over Memorial Day Weekend, the official start of the summer season for urban beach goers from New York City as well as commuters.

A Montauk-bound train that left Manhattan's Penn Station at 1:09 a.m. Saturday sideswiped a non-revenue train as part of a passing maneuver, the MTA told WABC, suspending train service to the Hamptons and Montauk for at least all of Saturday, LIRR officials said.

LIRR service east of Patchogue, including to the Hamptons and Montauk, will be suspended all day – customers should not go to Penn Station, Atlantic Terminal, Jamaica or their local station expecting service to resume east of Patchogue, although regular service to Patchogue and Riverhead remain in effect.

The Montauk train traveling at approximately 30 miles per hour sideswiped a non-revenue train on a side track east of Speonk as part of a passing maneuver, MTA officials said.

It was due to arrive in Montauk at 4:09 a.m. ET.

The engine of the Montauk train and the last car of the non-revenue train derailed, causing extensive damage to the tracks, the MTA said.

None of the commuter train's 32 passengers or LIRR employees suffered any injuries.

One alternative for eastbound travelers, the Hampton Jitney, was selling out, presumably as a result of the train problems. Buses were fully booked until 10:15 p.m. on its regular and Ambassador class coaches, according to a representative who answered the phone Saturday afternoon.

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Twitter/@CBPArizona(TUSCON, Arizona) -- An ultralight aircraft carrying half a million dollars worth of methamphetamine and fentanyl across the southern border was nabbed by Border Patrol agents late Thursday, according to the agency, but the pilot managed to make an escape.

The single-person aircraft was tracked flying across the U.S.-Mexico border by agents in the Nogales and Tucson, Arizona, stations at about 11 p.m. The ultralight craft was tracked to a landing site on a dirt road south of Tucson, Customs and Border Protection said in a press release.

The drugs were found, but the pilot was not.

"An [Air and Marine Operations] helicopter crew and Border Patrol agents conducted an exhaustive search of the area, but did not find the presumed pilot," CBP said in a statement.

Authorities seized 143 pounds of meth and 220 grams of fentanyl worth about $500,000 -- packed into two plastic containers riding shotgun on the aircraft.

Despite the relatively small quantity, fentanyl is so strong -- about 50 times stronger than heroin -- that it is measured in micrograms, or 1 milllionth of a gram, according to the Harm Reduction Coalition.

Authorities seized 143 pounds of meth and 220 grams of fentanyl worth about $500,000 -- packed into two plastic containers riding shotgun on the aircraft.

Despite the relatively small quantity, fentanyl is so strong -- about 50 times stronger than heroin -- that it is measured in micrograms, or 1 milllionth of a gram, according to the Harm Reduction Coalition.

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