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Staff disarms person with weapon at Genesis East

DAVENPORT, Iowa -- The campus surrounding Genesis East is secure after police identified a person who may be armed.

Genesis security got a warning from Bettendorf Police about the potentially-armed person, according to the facility's media coordinator, Craig Cooper.  The concern was that the person may be a harm to himself, not staff or other patients.

Staff was able to find the person and get the weapon from him peacefully, said Cooper.  There were no injuries.

Cooper said there was no threat to staff or patients and the campus is secure.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this post referred to the armed person as a "patient," which has been changed to "person," after a request from hospital leadership.

Flags ordered at half-staff in honor of California shooting victims

THOUSAND OAKS, California — The President of the United States has issued an order for all flags to be placed at half-staff in honor of those killed in the shooting in California.

The flags were ordered to be at half-staff effective immediately until sunset on Saturday, November 10.

All flags at public buildings, grounds and facilities apply.

Click here for full coverage on the shooting

 

Staff disarms person with weapon at Genesis East

DAVENPORT, Iowa — The campus surrounding Genesis East is secure after police identified a person who may be armed.

Genesis security got a warning from Bettendorf Police about the potentially-armed person, according to the facility’s media coordinator, Craig Cooper.  The concern was that the person may be a harm to himself, not staff or other patients.

Staff was able to find the person and get the weapon from him peacefully, said Cooper.  There were no injuries.

Cooper said there was no threat to staff or patients and the campus is secure.

Police searching for Davenport work release escapee

DAVENPORT, Iowa -- Police are looking for a man who failed to report back to the Davenport Work Release Center on Nov. 7.

Jason Ruplinger Jr. never showed back up to the facility after his work shift. He was convicted of robbery and other crimes in Scott County, according to a press release from the Iowa Department of Corrections.

The 20-year-old is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 173 pounds. He was put into work release on Oct. 17, 2018.

The Iowa Department of Corrections is asking anyone with knowledge of his location to contact local police.

First accumulating snow on track for tonight

Snow is on the way tonight and it may be just enough to cause some traffic troubles.

Today will be mostly cloudy with temperatures topping out around 41 degrees. Light snow will begin after 10pm tonight and continue into Friday morning. About an inch is expected for most areas, but a few spots could see two if it piles up on top faster than it melts on the bottom. Typically, the first snow of the season doesn't bring us too many problems, but this could be just enough to cause road conditions to become quite slippery and slick on Friday.

We could see two different rounds of light snowfall. The first ends by sunrise Friday, the other comes in Friday afternoon. Still though, only an inch or two is expected total.

Selfie attempt damages artworks by Salvador Dali, Francisco Goya

YEKATERINBURG, Russia – Artworks by Salvador Dali and Francisco Goya are in need of repair after a selfie attempt gone wrong in Russia.

Some women visiting Yekaterinburg’s International Arts Center Main Avenue were reportedly attempting a selfie near a temporary wall showcasing two artworks—an etching by Spanish painter Goya and Dali’s interpretation of it—when it toppled on Oct. 27, according to the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs.

surveillance videoshows a woman who appears to be snapping a photo of the display just as it falls toward her, causing her to take several quick steps back, per CNN. A woman behind the structure is revealed before a crowd forms.

A ministry official says three women in a tour group said they’d touched the wall “by accident” while attempting a selfie, though a gallery employee tells TASS there were four “girls” who “behaved inadequately. As a result, they damaged two works of art.”

The frames and protective glass of both artworks were broken, while Dali’s work “suffered damage to the picture,” the employee says. Though the value of the works and cost of repairs is unclear, the gallery has asked authorities to charge the women, per People.

CNN reports Yekaterinburg has so far refused to open a criminal case.

(A selfie-taker broke a famous artist’s glass pumpkin.)

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Ginsburg, 85, hospitalized after fracturing 3 ribs in fall

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says 85-year-old Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fractured three ribs in a fall in her office at the court and is in the hospital.

The court says the justice went to George Washington University Hospital in Washington early Thursday after experiencing discomfort overnight. The court says the fall occurred Wednesday evening.

Ginsburg was admitted to the hospital for treatment and observation after tests showed she fractured three ribs.

Ginsburg broke two ribs in a fall in 2012. She has had two prior bouts with cancer and had a stent implanted to open a blocked artery in 2014.

Prince Harry reveals why Charles walked Meghan up the aisle

(CNN) — Britain’s Prince Harry has praised his father, the Prince of Wales, for walking Meghan Markle down the aisle at the royal wedding in May.

Harry, the Duke of Sussex, asked Prince Charles to step in and perform the symbolic role after Meghan’s father pulled out for medical reasons.

“I asked him to and I think he knew it was coming and he immediately said, ‘Yes, of course, I’ll do whatever Meghan needs and I’m here to support you,'” Harry said in an interview for a new BBC documentary.

Harry, 34, revealed that Charles was keen to “step up and be that support,” according to a transcript released by the UK’s public service broadcaster.

The inside story of the wedding, which took place in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, is part of a documentary to be aired later on Thursday marking the Prince of Wales’ 70th birthday next week.

Footage from the wedding shows Harry whispering a quick thank you to his father for the gesture, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, spoke of the emotional moment in the film.

“I think that was very touching. Sitting where I was, you couldn’t hear what he said,” Prince Charles’ wife said. “But afterwards, watching it on the television, I think it was a very … it was a lovely gesture.”

US actress Meghan Markle (L), accompanied by Britain’s Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (R) walks down the aisle toward her husband-to-be Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 during their wedding ceremony. (Photo by Owen Humphreys / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read OWEN HUMPHREYS/AFP/Getty Images)

Harry then underlined his gratitude to his father.

“I’ve been brought up well. You’ve gotta say thank you. Just because he’s my father that doesn’t mean I can just sort of go, ‘Okay, that’s all, I’ll take it from here,'” he said. “I was very grateful for him to be able to do that.”

Camilla also mentioned her husband’s attention to detail, including the moment he held hands with Doria Ragland, Meghan’s mother, during the ceremony.

“Seeing my husband actually take the bride’s mother by the hand to sign the registry, it’s something that moved everybody,” said Camilla.

“It’s the things he does behind the scenes that people don’t know about. I don’t think people realize quite how kind he is.”

White House bans CNN reporter after confrontation with Trump

NEW YORK (AP) — The White House has suspended the press pass of CNN correspondent Jim Acosta after he and President Donald Trump had a heated confrontation during a news conference.

They began sparring Wednesday after Acosta asked Trump about the caravan of migrants heading from Latin America to the southern U.S. border. When Acosta tried to follow up with another question, Trump said, “That’s enough!” and a female White House aide unsuccessfully tried to grab the microphone from Acosta.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders released a statement accusing Acosta of “placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern,” calling it “absolutely unacceptable.”

The interaction between Acosta and the intern was brief, and Acosta appeared to brush her arm as she reached for the microphone and he tried to hold onto it. “Pardon me, ma’am,” he told her.

Acosta tweeted that Sanders’ statement that he put his hands on the aide was “a lie.”

CNN said in a statement that the White House revoked Acosta’s press pass out of “retaliation for his challenging questions” Wednesday, and the network accused Sanders of lying about Acosta’s actions.

“(Sanders) provided fraudulent accusations and cited an incident that never happened. This unprecedented decision is a threat to our democracy and the country deserves better,” CNN said. “Jim Acosta has our full support.”

Journalists assigned to cover the White House apply for passes that allow them daily access to press areas in the West Wing. White House staffers decide whether journalists are eligible, though the Secret Service determines whether their applications are approved.

The post-midterm election news conference marked a new low in the president’s relationship with journalists.

“It’s such a hostile media,” Trump said after ordering reporter April Ryan of the American Urban Radio Networks to sit down when she tried to ask him a question.

The president complained that the media did not cover the humming economy and was responsible for much of the country’s divided politics. He said, “I can do something fantastic, and they make it look not good.”

His exchanges with CNN’s Acosta and NBC News’ Peter Alexander turned bitterly personal, unusual even for a forum where the nature of their jobs often put presidents and the press at odds.

“I came in here as a nice person wanting to answer questions, and I had people jumping out of their seats screaming questions at me,” said Trump, who talked for nearly 90 minutes despite the run-ins with reporters.

Acosta asked Trump why the caravan of migrants was emphasized as an issue in the just-concluded midterm races, and he questioned Trump’s reference to the caravan as an invasion.

“You should let me run the country,” Trump said. “You run CNN and if you did it well, your ratings would be much better.”

After Acosta asked about the investigation of Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election, Trump tried to turn to Alexander, but Acosta continued to ask questions.

“CNN should be ashamed of itself having you work for them,” the president said to Acosta. “You are a rude, terrible person. You shouldn’t be working for CNN. The way you treat Sarah Sanders is horrible. The way you treat other people is horrible. You shouldn’t treat people that way.”

Alexander came to his colleague’s defense. “I’ve traveled with him and watched him,” Alexander said. “He’s a diligent reporter who busts his butt like the rest of us.”

“I’m not a big fan of yours, either,” Trump replied.

“I understand,” Alexander said, attempting to ask a question. Acosta stood back up and noted the explosive devices that were recently sent to CNN and some of the president’s political opponents.

“Just sit down,” Trump said. “When you report fake news, which CNN does a lot, you are the enemy of the people.”

TOPSHOT – US President Donald Trump points to journalist Jim Acosta from CNN during a post-election press conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC on November 7, 2018. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP) (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

CNN said Trump’s attacks on the press have gone too far.

“They are not only dangerous, they are disturbingly un-American,” CNN tweeted after the exchange. “While President Trump has made it clear he does not respect a free press, he has a sworn obligation to protect it. A free press is vital to democracy, and we stand behind Jim Acosta and his fellow journalists everywhere.”

In announcing Acosta’s suspension, Sanders said, “The fact that CNN is proud of the way their employee behaved is not only disgusting, it is an example of their outrageous disregard for everyone, including young women, who work in this administration.”

The White House Correspondents’ Association released a statement Wednesday saying it “strongly objects to the Trump Administration’s decision to use U.S. Secret Service security credentials as a tool to punish a reporter with whom it has a difficult relationship. Revoking access to the White House complex is a reaction out of line to the purported offense and is unacceptable.”

The WHCA called on the White House to “immediately reverse this weak and misguided action.”

During the news conference, Trump also turned on reporter Yamiche Alcindor of PBS’ “NewsHour.” She said that “on the campaign trail, you called yourself a nationalist. Some people saw that as emboldening white nationalists.” Trump interrupted her, calling it a racist question.

Alcindor pressed on: “There are some people who say the Republican Party is seen as supporting white nationalists because of your rhetoric. What do you say to that?”

“What you said is so insulting to me,” he said. “It’s a very terrible thing you said to me.”

Alcindor moved on to a different topic. Later, via Twitter, she said that she has interviewed white nationalists who say they are more excited by Trump than they have been about other presidents. “Even if President Trump doesn’t intend it, some see him as directly appealing to the racists,” she wrote.

Trump told Ryan, of American Urban Radio Networks, repeatedly to sit down when she attempted to ask Trump about accusations of voter suppression. He said she was rude for interrupting another reporter, though he did briefly answer one of Ryan’s questions.

Illinois Midterm voter turnout highest ‘since 1990’

(Illinois News Network) — Voters in Illinois showed up yesterday in a way that they hadn’t since they were voting for Jim Edgar’s first term.

The final vote tallies won’t be locked in until December 3rd, but preliminary voting totals show 54 percent of registered voters in Illinois filled out a ballot.

Matt Dietrich with the Illinois State Board of Elections says you have to go back decades to see that kind of turnout in a midterm election.

“It was pretty remarkable,” he said. “That would be the highest voter turnout we’ve had since 1990.”

Dietrich points out that voter turnout in the 1982 midterm election was 65 percent.

Sarah Rosier with Ballotpedia said Gov. Bruce Rauner got fewer votes than in 2014, despite the much higher turnout.

“Compared to his 2014 run, [Rauner] only received 100,000 fewer votes,” she said. “But, when you look at how that’s affected by the turnout, that was a significant decrease.”

Attorney General candidate Erika Harold got 175,000 more votes than Rauner did.

Gov. Elect J.B. Pritzker finished the night with more than 2.3 million votes, but he wasn’t the top vote-getter in the state. That title again goes to Secretary of State Jesse White, who amassed nearly 3 million votes.

The Cook County Board of Election Commissioners reported a 55 percent turnout rate, with more young people voting than people older than 65. That’s a higher midterm turnout than every midterm election in the past three decades.

This election also marks the first that Chicago residents could register to vote using CityKey, a city-issued identification that was readily issued to residents who couldn’t otherwise get a government-issued ID. The program was criticized by officials outside the city who worried that the program would lead to voter fraud.

Officials with the CityKey program weren’t immediately available for comment.

‘Breaking Bad’ movie is in the works, Bryan Cranston confirms

The groundbreaking AMC series "Breaking Bad" will be returning to the small screen — or the big screen — in the form of a movie.

No word yet if the show's original stars, such as Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul or Anna Gunn, will be involved.

Cranston confirmed news of the movie during a phone interview Wednesday on "The Dan Patrick Show." Cranston said he hasn't read the script, but would "absolutely" like to play Walter White if his character is in it.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Vince Gilligan, the creator of the series, is working on a two-hour film.

It is unclear if it will be made for television or get a theatrical release. It is also unknown if the film will be a prequel like the AMC spin-off series, "Better Call Saul."

Gilligan will write, produce and likely direct the project, which is set to begin production in New Mexico later this month.

The series which ran for five seasons and won multiple Emmy Awards, ended in 2013.

Some at California bar shooting survived the Las Vegas mass shooting, report says

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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – When Chandler Gunn’s mother came into his room to tell him about the shooting inside the Borderline Bar in Thousand Oaks, California, he immediately called a friend who works there, The Los Angeles Times reported.

That friend was also in Las Vegas when a gunman opened fire during a Jason Aldean concert in October of last year, he told the paper.

“A lot of people in the Route 91 situation go here,” he said, referring to the Vegas shooting that left 58 people dead and hundreds of others injured. “There’s people that live a whole lifetime without seeing this, and then there’s people that have seen it twice.”

The Borderline Bar hosts a “College Country Night” every Wednesday. It’s open to people 18 and over.

Gunn, 23, said he hasn’t been able to contact his friend since his initial call, but he told the Times he knows she’s safe. He said she told him the shooter threw tear gas into the bar and then she heard gunshots and ran out the back.

‘He’s like a dog’: Owner of 7-foot alligator found in home vows to get his pet back

KANSAS CITY, Missouri -- Animal control officers removed a 7-foot alligator from a Kansas City home Wednesday during an eviction, and the gator's owner says he'll fight to get him back.

“He had his own way of saying, 'Hi,' to people,” Casey said. "They’re not big ferocious animals like people think. They have personalities."Sean Casey said when officials showed up Wednesday morning to evict him, he had just minutes to get out of the home near 55th and Phelps. So he had to leave everything behind, including his pet alligator, "Catfish," three snakes and a rabbit named "Dinner."

Casey said the house belonged to his grandmother who is currently in a nursing home. The owner of the home, a trustee, evicted him.

"I don't have anything good to say about the man, so I probably shouldn't say anything at all. But he's doing my family wrong," Casey told WDAF.

Casey said the creature was only 15 to 18 inches long when he first got him four years ago.

But now, Catfish is the largest alligator Kansas City animal control officers have ever had to deal with. They had to call in an animal rescue group to help them remove Catfish since they aren't equipped to deal with a more than 200-pound alligator.

"This thing was massive in size, and it took over four of us to handle this," said James Donovan with KC Animal Control.

But this exciting rescue was painful for the gator's owner.

“He had his own way of saying, 'Hi,' to people,” Casey said. "They’re not big ferocious animals like people think. They have personalities."

Casey said the animal’s diet consisted of chicken nuggets, steak, deer and fish. He added that Catfish acts like a dog.

"He was like a dog. I don't think he knew he was an alligator," he said. "I tell people all the time I've got an alligator who can't swim. He is scared of the dark and scared of thunderstorms."

And like a dog, Catfish roamed around the house.

"I built him a ramp to get back in his tank because he is a big lizard. He was going to come out and play. He liked to come out and play," Casey said. "Oddly enough he liked to come sit on my lap."

But alligators are prohibited in Kansas City. Catfish is now in the care of Dana Savorelli at Monkey Island, an exotic animal rescue group in Greenwood.

Savorelli said well-meaning people buy alligators when they're small and don't realize how big they are going to get. He said his sanctuary is full after he rescued two other large gators a few months ago.

"Problem is you can't put these guys together. You can't really throw them all in together. They will be fighting like dinosaurs," he said.

Thankfully, he found space for Catfish, who appears to be doing well.

But Casey said he plans to find a way to get his beloved pet back.

“I don’t know what the procedure will be to get him back, but I’m going to fight to get him back,” he told WDAF.

Animal control said that's not going to happen.

As for Casey's other pets, they're now being cared for at KC Pet Project.

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