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Man charged with attempted murder of Illinois state trooper

WHEELING, Illinois (AP) — A 43-year-old suburban Chicago man has been charged with attempted murder for shooting and wounding an Illinois state trooper who was serving a warrant at the man's home.

Authorities say Volodymyr Dragan of Wheeling shot the 32-year-old trooper about 6:30 p.m. Thursday, August 15.

The trooper was among a group of officers serving a warrant for aggravated assault on a police officer and other allegations stemming from a state police traffic stop on Interstate 294 early Thursday. The trooper's injuries were not life-threatening.

Dragan was scheduled for a bond hearing Saturday. He also is charged with aggravated battery with a firearm to a police officer, aggravated unlawful restraint and aggravated assault of a police officer.

It was unclear Saturday whether Dragan has a lawyer to comment on his behalf.

Congressman Steve King says he’s owed an apology after his comments on rape and incest

BUENA VISTA COUNTY, Iowa -- Iowa Congressman Steve King has spent the last week fending off social media backlash after comments he made about rape and incest went viral and sparked outrage. Now, the congressman says he is owed an apology.

King made the controversial comments while speaking to the Westside Conservative Club in Urbandale Wednesday.

“What if we went back through all the family trees and just pulled out anyone who was a product of rape or incest? Would there be any population of the world left if we did that? Considering all the wars and all the rapes and pillages that happened throughout all these different nations, I know that I can't say that I was not a part of a product of that,” King said Wednesday.

King was speaking on his views of abortion and went on to say he believes all life is precious and the circumstances of the parents are not the baby's fault. However, others say his comments undermine the victims of sexual abuse. King told people in his Buena Vista County town hall Saturday that the controversy stems from a misquote, and he wants an apology.

“Iowans are significantly more positive than they are negative, and they know it's a misquote and they know that the AP has, I'll say, retracted the quote that they initially used because they relied on the Des Moines Register who did the same. And so when we have a national, viral attack that comes down on a misquote, and it's absolutely proven, all the folks that did that attack, I think they owe me an apology, including my own leadership,” said King Saturday.

The AP did issue a correction the day after the story broke. They say they misquoted King when he said he knew 174 people who say they don`t want exceptions for rape and incest because they understand it's not the baby's fault.

However, others within the Republican Party say they don't appreciate his comments.

“Never ever is incest or rape OK. It's never OK. And I just wish we could stop with this. Let’s focus. Let's focus on the work that we have to do in Congress,” Sen. Joni Ernst said.

Munchie Mondays: Fried Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwiches

MOLINE, Illinois -- We are remembering the late singer Elvis Presley by eating fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches, one of his favorite snacks.

Presley died of a heart attack at 42-years-old on August 16, 1977. Friday marked the 42nd anniversary of his death.

The singer was known for many hits, including "Jailhouse Rock" and "Can't Help Falling in Love."

Elvis liked to eat different sandwiches during his career, including this one. News 8's Jonathan Ketz and Storm Track 8 meteorologist Eric Sorensen tried just the basics: peanut butter and bananas.

Click on the video to find out if they liked the famous snack. You can also get the recipe for the sandwich by clicking here.

Suspect fled, no one injured in East Moline armed robbery

EAST MOLINE, Illinois -- The East Moline Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that occurred Saturday, August 17.

One suspect demanded money from the cashier at gunpoint at Stop and Shop Convenience Store at 702 17th Avenue, East Moline around 11 a.m., according to a press release posted on the City of East Moline Police Department Facebook page. The suspect was described as a black male wearing all black clothing.

The suspect fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money. No injuries were reported.

Police conducted a search of the area, but were unable to find the suspect.

Police ask that anyone with information about the suspect or the incident to call the East Moline Police Department at 309-752-1555 or Crime Stoppers at 309-762-9500.

Trump’s idea of buying Greenland is ‘absurd,’ Danish PM said

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Greenland is not for sale and U.S. President Donald Trump's idea of buying the semi-autonomous Danish territory in the Arctic from Denmark is "an absurd discussion," Denmark's prime minister said.

Mette Frederiksen, who was visiting the world's largest island to meet Premier Kim Kielsen, told reporters: "Greenland is not Danish. Greenland is Greenlandic. I persistently hope that this is not something that is seriously meant."

Frederiksen said Sunday that the Arctic, with resources that Russia and others could exploit for commercial gain, "is becoming increasingly important to the entire world community."

Retreating ice could uncover potential oil and mineral resources in Greenland which, if successfully tapped, could dramatically change the island's fortunes. However, no oil has yet been found in Greenlandic waters, and 80 percent of the island is covered by an ice sheet that is up to 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) thick, which means exploration is only possible in coastal regions.

Even there, conditions are far from ideal due to the long winter with frozen ports, 24-hour darkness and temperatures regularly dropping below minus 20 Fahrenheit (minus 30 Celsius) in the northern parts.

Zion Lutheran Church, built in 1779, stands on Disko Bay on August 04, 2019 in Ilulissat, Greenland. As the Earth's climate warms summers have become longer in Ilulissat, allowing fishermen a wider period to fish from boats on open waters and extending the summer tourist season. Long term benefits are uncertain, however, as warming waters could have a negative impact on the local fish and whale population. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Trump is expected to visit Denmark Sept. 2-3 as part of a trip to Europe.

Trump said Sunday that he is interested in the idea, but it's not a priority of his administration.

"Strategically it's interesting and we'd be interested, but we'll talk to them a little bit. It's not No. 1 on the burner, I can tell you that," the president said.

It wouldn't be the first time an American leader has tried to buy the world's largest island. In 1946, the U.S. proposed to pay Denmark $100 million to buy Greenland after flirting with the idea of swapping land in Alaska for strategic parts of the Arctic island.

Under a 1951 deal, Denmark allowed the U.S. to build bases and radar stations on Greenland.

The U.S. Air Force currently maintains one base in northern Greenland, Thule Air Force Base, some 1,200 kilometers (745 miles) south of the North Pole. Formerly military airfields in Narsarsuaq, Kulusuk and Kangerlussuaq have become civilian airports.

The Thule base, constructed in 1952, was originally designed as a refueling base for long-range bombing missions. It has been a ballistic missile early warning and space surveillance site since 1961.

Frederiksen, who became prime minister June 27, was on a planned two-day trip to Greenland before traveling to nearby Iceland for a meeting of the Nordic prime ministers.

"Thankfully, the time where you buy and sell other countries and populations is over. Let's leave it there. Jokes aside, we will of course love to have an even closer strategic relationship with the United States," Frederiksen said.

White Arkansas woman pulls gun on 4 black fundraising teens

(CNN) -- Four Arkansas teens were going door to door to raise money for their high school football team when a woman held them at gunpoint, police say.

The 10th-grade boys, who are all black and who were not identified because of their ages, were selling discount cards for restaurants and stores in Wynne, Arkansas, on August 7. Jerri Kelly, who told police that she is a former law enforcement officer and the wife of a county jail administrator, stopped them in front of her home, according to a police report.

Kelly, 46, who is white, said she saw the boys making a ruckus, according to the police report. She called the Wynne Police Department to report "suspicious persons" and in a later statement said, "All males were African American, and I know this residence to be white."

As the boys approached her home, walking up her driveway and standing in her yard, Kelly picked up her revolver and came out to ask what they were doing, according to her statements. Even though they said they weren't stealing, Kelly told police, she instructed them to get on the ground.

One boy told officers that he thought it was a joke until Kelly said to "get on the f***ing ground and spread your legs," the police report says.

When they were on the ground, the boys said in their statements, she told them she would shoot if they moved. She asked whether they knew who she was and whose house it was. When the boys tried to explain what they were doing, they told police, she accused them of lying.

"I thought she was going to shoot me in the head, how she was acting," one boy said in his statement.

When officers arrived, they found the four boys lying face-down on the ground, with their hands behind their backs, and Kelly standing about 10 feet from them with a gun drawn, according to the police report. One of the officers, who was also a school resource officer, recognized the boys and explained the situation to Kelly. They were allowed to stand, and the situation was defused.

As the boys were walking to the officers' patrol vehicle, Kelly told them to wait and began gesturing to her skin color and theirs.

"It ain't about that," she said, according to the responding officer's statement. "If you're going to sell cards, act like you're selling cards. ... Don't be hanging out up there, and then don't walk over to my house. Don't act like that. Be men about it and sell cards."

Two of the boys told police that Kelly then made them shake her hand.

Kelly told the police that it didn't appear to her that the boys were selling anything, the report says. "They spent a good five minutes goofing off and screwing around in [the neighbor's] driveway and up around their house. That's not selling cards," she said, according to the report.

Neighbors told an officer that they saw the boys walking down the street, playing and running around, but "nothing out of the ordinary," the report says.

Kelly was arrested Monday and charged with four counts of aggravated assault and first degree false imprisonment -- both felonies -- as well as four counts of endangering the welfare of a minor in the second degree.

Police didn't immediately take a mugshot of Kelly, but Cross County Sheriff David West -- for whom Kelly's husband works -- told CNN affiliate WMC that it wasn't because of preferential treatment but because of a "medical issue" during her booking. A mugshot was taken later.

It's not clear whether Kelly entered a plea at her first appearance in court on Thursday. Her next hearing is scheduled for September 30. CNN could not immediately determine whether she has an attorney.

Wynne County Schools Superintendent Carl Easley said in a statement that his district will review the fundraising policy and "will consider banning any door to door sales."

"We are very concerned for our kids," he said.

Coast Guard searching for two firefighters who disappeared on a Florida fishing trip

(CNN) -- Authorities say they have searched almost 5,000 square miles of ocean for two firefighters who disappeared after setting out from Port Canaveral, Florida, on a fishing trip.

Brian McCluney and Justin Walker were last seen Friday morning on surveillance video launching their boat into the water at the 300 Christopher Columbus boat ramp, according to the Coast Guard. Their destination was 8A Reef, an offshore fishing spot, the Coast Guard said.

Family members contacted the Coast Guard after the men didn't return Friday evening. Both men have been identified as firefighters -- McCluney with Jacksonville Fire and Rescue and Walker with Fairfax County, Virginia, Fire and Rescue.

The Coast Guard, along with multiple local and county agencies, started searching by boat and air on Friday night.

"I hoped that by daylight it would bring us something," McCluney's wife, Stephanie, told CNN affiliate WFTV on Saturday. "I understand it is like a needle in a haystack. But these two men are probably the most resourceful men."

The mens' boat belonged to McCluney's late father, who passed away last month, according to McCluney's brother Kevin. McCluney's wife told CNN affiliate WKMG that the boat has had mechanical problems in the past.

By Sunday, the Coast Guard said its boats and an airplane had searched an estimated 4,800 square miles -- as far north as the Georgia coast -- trying to locate the fishermen. More than a dozen good Samaritans with boats also have joined officials in the search effort.

"Want to know about our bond with each other? These are the times that we come together to accomplish amazing things...we have about 11 boats with nearly 50 firefighters assisting @USCGSoutheast with search out of Vilano and Daytona beach this am," tweeted the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department.

As the search continues, the Coast Guard is asking for anyone with information to call 904-714-7558.

There could have been three more mass shootings if these men weren’t stopped, authorities say

(CNN) -- Authorities this weekend announced they had foiled three potential mass shootings after arresting three men in different states who expressed interest in or threatened to carry them out.

All three cases were brought to authorities' attention thanks to tips from the public.

Here's what we know about them.

Police say he had the motivation and the ammunition

In Connecticut, 22-year-old Brandon Wagshol was arrested after authorities said he had expressed interest in committing a mass shooting on Facebook, according to a statement from the FBI and the Norwalk Police Department.

He faces four charges of illegal possession of large capacity magazines, and is being held on a $250,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court September 6.

According to the statement, authorities received a tip that Wagshol was trying to buy large capacity rifle magazines from out of state.

As the FBI and the Norwalk Police Department were investigating the tip, they discovered Wagshol was trying to build his own rifle and had allegedly posted on Facebook about his interest in committing a mass shooting, the statement said. Authorities did not provide details on what the post said.

Authorities executed a search warrant at his home and found multiple weapons, including a handgun, a rifle, a rifle scope with a laser, numerous rounds of ammunition, body armor, a ballistic helmet and other tactical gear, police said. Some of the weapons were registered to Wagshol's father, but he had access to them, authorities said.

CNN has reached out to the prosecutor and defense attorney.

He allegedly told his ex 'A good 100 kills would be nice'

Tristan Scott Wix of Daytona Beach, Florida, was arrested in a Winn-Dixie parking lot on Friday after he sent his ex-girlfriend a series of disturbing texts in which he allegedly threatened to commit a mass shooting, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said. The ex-girlfriend alerted authorities.

In the messages, the 25-year-old said he wanted to open fire on a large crowd of people, the sheriff's office said in a news release. "A good 100 kills would be nice," one message allegedly read. Wix also said he already had a location in mind, according to the sheriff's office.

"A school is a weak target.. id be more likely to open fire on a large crowd of people from over 3 miles away.. I'd wanna break a world record for longest confirmed kill ever," another message read, according to the sheriff's office.

Wix wrote that he wanted to die and "have fun doing it," authorities said.

Volusia County Sheriff Michael Chitwood said on CNN Sunday that authorities had recovered a .22-caliber hunting rifle and 400 rounds of ammo in Wix's apartment. Wix had initially told investigators he did not own any firearms but that he was fascinated with mass shootings, the sheriff's office said.

Wix was being held without bond Sunday at the Volusia County Branch Jail. CNN could not immediately determine Sunday whether Wix had an attorney.

He's accused of threatening a Jewish community center

And in Ohio, 20-year-old James Patrick Reardon was arrested for allegedly threatening to carry out a shooting at a Youngstown Jewish community center.

An Instagram account belonging to Reardon shared a video that showed a man firing a gun, New Middletown Police Chief Vincent D'Egidio told CNN. The post -- which was shown to an officer out on an unrelated call -- tagged the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown, D'Egidio said.

It's unclear whether the man shooting the gun was Reardon or someone else.

Andy Lipkin, the executive vice-president of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation, said the post was accompanied by a caption that read, "Police identified the Youngstown Jewish Family Community shooter as local white nationalist Seamus O'Rearedon" -- Seamus being a Gaelic version of Reardon's name.

The rest of the Instagram account contained anti-Semitic comments, white nationalist content, and images of Reardon or someone else shooting guns, D'Egidio said.

A search warrant was executed and authorities found a cache of weapons and ammunition, D'Egidio told CNN.

Reardon was arrested without incident and booked into the Mahoning County Jail on Saturday on one count of telecommunications harassment and one count of aggravated menacing, according to online jail records. He's set to be arraigned Monday morning, the police chief said.

It was unclear whether Reardon was represented by an attorney.

NASCAR gives free race tickets to the first responders of Dale Earnhardt’s plane crash

(CNN) -- NASCAR paid back the first responders of the plane crash that Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his family survived with a night at the races.

The Carter County Tennessee Sheriff's Office said it got free tickets to the Bristol Motor Speedway night race along with others who responded to the crash.

"We had a great time with our first responder family at the BMS night race! A big thank you to NASCAR for giving us and all the agencies that responded to Dale Jr.'s plane crash free tickets!," it said on Facebook.

Earnhardt, a famed former NASCAR driver and current racing analyst, was landing at Elizabethton Municipal Airport in east Tennessee on a private jet with his wife and daughter Thursday afternoon when it crashed into a fence at the end of a runway and caught fire, officials said.

All five people on board, including the two pilots, escaped and were taken to the hospital out of precaution. Earnhardt was released after a few hours.

Although he was scheduled to be at the race, NBC Sports, Earnhardt and his team agreed that he should take the weekend off to be with his family.

One man shot and killed in Rock Island after reports of shots fired on 7th St

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois – Rock Island Police Department responded to the 600 block of 7th St. to a call of shots fired.

Officers arrived at the scene to find an adult male outside a house with a gunshot wound.  The victim was transported to UnityPoint Health Trinity in Rock Island where he was later pronounced dead.

Rock Island Police are investigating the incident as a homicide.

Anyone with more information to the case should contact Rock Island Police Department at 309-732-2677 or CrimeStoppers at 309-762-9500.

Bettendorf neighbors still feel safe after armed robbery kills convenience store cashier

BETTENDORF, Iowa – Bettendorf Police are looking for the shooter in a deadly armed robbery at a BP gas station on the corner 53rd Avenue and 18th Street Saturday night.  A 28-year-old woman who was working there as a cashier was shot and killed.

Sunday, the day after the shooting, the BP appears open to people driving by.  It’s not until people reach the door or the gas pumps that they are met with a sign saying “Store Currently Closed, we will reopen as soon as possible! We apologize for any inconvenience! Thank you!”

Neighbors say they are shocked a crime of the sort happened in this area, which many say is a safe place.

“It’s just sad, you don’t like to see those things,” says Fran Ault, who live four blocks away from the convenience store. “This is a good town and good people.”

Ault came Sunday afternoon to buy her weekly Des Moines Register, when she was also met with the sign on the door.  She also says she knows a lot of the people who work inside.

“There’s a couple girls in there I know, and I’ve seen at one time or another,” Ault says.

Whitney Robbins says he was in the store making a purchase from the clerk 4 PM Saturday evening, an hour before she was killed.  He recalls hearing her talking loudly on her phone when he walked in.

“Then an hour later she’s gone, that’s a weird feeling, that’s a very weird feeling,” Robbins says.

Maysara Saeed was also at the BP gas station around 4 PM filling up his car’s tank.

“I don’t know, it’s kind of a crazy feeling to know that a few hours ago there was a shooting here and some people killed,” Saeed comments. “I don’t know, it’s a bad feeling and people are feeling unsafe.”

When he came back Sunday morning to fill up, the gas pump was also out of service reading “Site Pause Active”, which forced customers to find gas somewhere else.

“It’s my neighborhood and I don’t want to have that kind of feeling, so I won’t,” mentions Ault. “I just won’t have that kind of feeling about my neighborhood.”

Bettendorf Police Department is completing the investigation and is looking into surveillance video at the Big 10 Mart to identify the shooter.

No arrests have been made at this time.

Police are not releasing the victim’s name until all family members have been notified.

Confirmed tornado touchdown near Grand Mound, Iowa Sunday

GRAND MOUND, Iowa — A National Weather Service team from the Quad Cities concluded that an EF-0 tornado touched down just 2.8 miles southwest of Grand Mound, Iowa in Clinton County early Sunday morning.

Survey teams found damage consistent with a downburst-induced tornado that briefly spun up on the eastern edge of private property. Numerous tree branches were down and one tree was uprooted completely. The home sustained trim and shingle damage with one broken window. Grass was splattered on the garage and wind-driven hail was also seen on the west side of the home. No injuries were reported.  The tornado traveled a tenth of a mile and had a maximum width of 20 yards, lasting about one minute.

EF-0 tornadoes are considered weak on the Enhanced Fujita scale with winds of 65 to 85 miles per hour. The Quad Cities typically sees several EF-0 rated tornadoes each year.

Police: Social media feud between rappers led to the death of a 9-year-old Dallas girl

A social media rivalry between two Dallas rappers escalated into a shooting that left a 9-year-old girl dead days before school started, police said.

East Dallas resident Brandoniya Bennet was struck by a bullet in the head Wednesday as she sat on a couch after getting her nails done for the first day of school, CNN affiliate KTVT reported.

The suspect, Tyrese Simmons, 19, turned himself in Thursday and faces a capital murder charge, Dallas Police said in a statement.

Simmons allegedly went to an apartment complex to confront a rival rapper after the two exchanged disparaging comments about one another on social media, according to authorities. The other person did not come out of his apartment, so Simmons circled around to the back, police said.

Then Simmons opened fire, shooting at the wrong apartment and fatally wounding Brandoniya, police said.

“As adults, as parents as police officers, we’re supposed to make them safe, as community leaders, we’re supposed to make them safe,” Dallas Police Department Maj. Danny Williams told the affiliate. “She was sitting in her house, she felt safe … she was only 9-years-old.”

Simmons’ bail was set at $500,000. Information on his attorney was not immediately available.

9-year-old Florida boy helps deliver baby sister thanks to 911 dispatcher

TAMPA, Fla. (WFTS) — A family in Tampa has a lot to celebrate — a new bundle of joy who made a surprise appearance – and her 9-year-old brother who helped it happen.

Princess Anntte Brantley’s family says she was born August 6, weighing 6 lb. 14 oz.

“I see that she’s cute and I think, I think she’s having a good dream,” her big brother, Lindell Lyons, said.

He can’t stop looking at her.

“I was just in shock, like I didn’t know what was gonna happen,” Lyons said.

He said while he was eating breakfast and watching TV his mom, Shanelle Brantley, told him to call 911 — she said she had gone into labor.

“He was cool and calm and collected and she just came out,” she said.

Lyons called 911, told dispatchers his mom was having a baby and followed their instructions.

“I was thinking, trying to remember what they said,” Lyons said.

Jared McYeo, a communications training officer with Tampa Fire Rescue, was on the other end of the call following their protocols.

“He did a fabulous job. He’s the one that deserves all the credit. He really held his cool, he went and followed the instructions to the letter and helped his mom deliver his baby sister,” McYeo said.

McYeo said he’s delivered two other babies in his decade as a dispatcher, but none with someone so young on the other end of the call.

“I’m getting ready to have a baby on Friday so all I was thinking about was ‘OK, what if I had to do this,’ you know somebody had to tell me how to do this. I would want it to be explained the best possible way, the easiest way,” McYeo said. “But talking to little kids on 911, they’re amazing, they’re far better than adults in my opinion.”

A week and a half later, mom and baby are doing well.

“It was a kind of a dream to me I was kind of nervous at the same time for him but I said I knew he could do it,” Brantley said.

Lindell said he’s proud of himself.

“I feel like a hero,” he said.

The young hero now has quite a story and he can’t wait to tell his new sister.

“I’ll start off from beginning to end. And every single detail,” he said.

But, Lyons said, she just might not believe it.

Man shoots Taco Bell employee after asked to pull forward in drive-thru

OKLAHOMA CITY – A verbal altercation between a customer and employee at a northwest Oklahoma City Taco Bell landed the employee in the hospital with a gunshot wound.

Authorities said they were called to the Taco Bell around 1 a.m. Saturday.

An employee asked a customer to pull forward in the drive-thru. The customer argued but eventually pulled forward. Upon doing so, he pulled out a gun and shot the employee.

The employee was taken to the hospital and was treated and released.

Authorities are still searching for the suspect.

Nearly 4 tons of marijuana was discovered inside a shipment of jalapeños

A shipment of jalapeños from Mexico to the US was discovered to be carrying more than just a spicy kick when Border Patrol agents found nearly 4 tons of marijuana hidden in the cargo.

The discovery was made Thursday when a truck driver was flagged for a secondary inspection at the Otay Mesa border crossing in California.

During the inspection, a K-9 team alerted officers to the container with peppers, according to a press release from US Customs and Border Protection.The federal agency didn’t say why the driver, a 37-year-old male Mexican citizen, was initially flagged for a secondary inspection.

Inside the pallets of peppers officers discovered over 300 green packages that field-tested for marijuana. Officials estimate the seized drugs are worth $2.3 million.

“I am proud of the officers for seizing this significant marijuana load,” said Otay Mesa Port Director Rosa Hernandez in the press release. “Not only did they prevent the drugs from reaching our community, they also prevented millions of dollars of potential profit from making it into the hands of a transnational criminal organization.”

There was no word on potential criminal charges against the truck’s driver.

Thursday’s bust follows a seizure of more than 10,000 pounds of marijuana in a shipment of plastic auto parts that occurred August 13 at the same cargo facility.

Tracking increasing humidity Monday

Another nice pocket of beneficial rains greeted the Quad Cities Sunday morning, along with plenty of lightning and a few strong wind gusts. Many locations, especially north and west of the Quad Cities saw anywhere from one-half inch to nearly two inches of rainfall. Not too shabby!

A cold front sweeping through Sunday evening will end the storm chances, but it will only somewhat scour out any remaining humidity depending on where you live.

By Monday afternoon the front will have cleared much of eastern Iowa and Northern Illinois, with the exception of areas around Burlington down towards Peoria. This is where dew point values will still rise into the 70s making for a rather humid afternoon. Meanwhile to the north, these moisture levels will be much lower keeping things comfortable.

By Tuesday everyone of us will be feeling the increasing humidity along with warmer temperatures ahead of a disturbance working in from parts of Iowa. This will switch winds to the south again and draw up higher dew point values well into the lower 70s. Combine this with daytime highs in the low 90s and we are easily looking at heat index values near 100 degrees by the afternoon.

The one challenge for Tuesday remains the timing and placement of potentially severe storms. Several ingredients will be coming together to support strong storm development, including ample instability and wind shear. If storms can hold off until the afternoon hours, then our severe weather threat will increase. However, if they come through during the early morning hours like the above model indicates, the severe weather threat would be more isolated in nature. We'll continue to track this threat in the next 24 hours.

Once these storms clear out by Tuesday evening we'll be welcoming in a refreshingly cooler and less humid air mass to carry us through the rest of the week. The strength of the cool air is quite impressive as the core of it lingers just north of the Great Lakes. The jet stream will be pushed substantially south allowing the cooler air to keep highs limited to the upper 70s and low 80s by Wednesday. No major warmth looks to return until the end of next weekend that coincidentally that will be our next chance for widespread rain beyond Tuesday.

Meteorologist Andrew Stutzke

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Ohio police rescue pup stuck under grate

TALLMADGE, Ohio -- A dog has been reunited with its owner after being trapped under a grate in the ground.

According to the city, the Tallmadge Police and Street Departments rescued the dog Thursday after a lawn care company alerted them to the stuck pup.

Video shows crews holding up the grate while an officer reaches in and offers the dog food to gain its trust. After getting a grip on a collar, the officer pulled the pup out. Once the dog was safely on the ground, it was given pets and treats, offered comfort by the officers.

The dog is now home with its owner.

A chemical spill near Lake Michigan leaves beaches closed and hundreds of fish dead

(CNN) — The National Park Service has closed several portions of Indiana Dunes National Park after a chemical spill killed hundreds of fish in the area, according to a statement by Portage, Indiana, a nearby city.

The spill occurred last week at the east branch of the Little Calumet River, about three miles upstream from Lake Michigan, Indiana Dunes National Park confirmed in a statement. The National Park Service has closed the Portage Lakefront, the Riverwalk beach area and waters out to 300 feet.

The company responsible is ArcelorMittal, a steel and mining company headquartered in Luxembourg. In a statement released Friday, the company said the incident was due to a failure in a blast furnace water recirculation system at its steelmaking plant in nearby Burns Harbor.

The accident released wastewater containing high levels of ammonia and cyanide into the river. The company called it an isolated event.

“ArcelorMittal apologizes and accepts responsibility for the incident from the Burns Harbor facility. We are working closely with state and federal regulatory agencies to address the situation and to prevent its reoccurrence,” the statement read.

Tim McNicholas, a reporter with CNN affiliate WBBM, posted photos on Twitter that showed dead fish floating in the waters of a marina in Portage.

“It’s just horrible — all these dead animals in here; all these dead fish. It’s so sad,” resident Angela Talmadge told WBBM. “A lot of people use this waterway, you know, to go out to the lake.”

Barb Lusco, a harbormaster at the marina in Portage, expressed similar disgust.

“The odor is unbelievably bad because they decay pretty quickly,” he told CNN affiliate WLS. “So the odor is just awful. You can’t stand it.”

ArcelorMittal said its Burns Harbor facility is allowed to discharge wastewater containing low levels of the chemicals, but the failure “caused the facility to exceed applicable limits.” The system has since been fixed and normal operations have resumed, the company said.

John Cannon, mayor of Portage, said in a statement posted to Facebook that he partly blamed Indiana Department of Environmental Management for not alerting the city about the spill until Thursday, three days after IDEM knew of the environmental concerns.

“The Mayor is calling for action to be taken. Further, the City of Portage will be taking aggressive action with the EPA to ensure the breakdown of communication, like this, does not occur again,” he said in a statement.

Residents have been advised to avoid eating the fish from the affected area.

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