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Carnival Cruise Lines(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) -- A Chinese man with stage 4 cancer and his wife were detained on Monday after the Carnival cruise they were on docked at a port in Florida, according to the couple's family.

Yuanjun Cui and Huan Wang came to the U.S. in December on a multiple entry travel visa valid for 10 years, their son-in-law, Joseph McDevitt, told ABC News.

After Cui had his stomach removed and endured up to eight rounds of chemotherapy, McDevitt and his wife had invited her parents to come stay with them in the U.S. so the dying grandfather could get to know his grandchildren during his final months, McDevitt said.

The family, who are from the Ozarks region of Missouri, had an "awesome" time on their cruise aboard the Carnival Elation, which departed Jacksonville, Florida, on Thursday and returned on Monday after traveling to the Bahamas, McDevitt said.

But, in hindsight, McDevitt realized there were some red flags, he said.

When they first got on the boat, there was an "issue" with the family's paperwork, but they were finally allowed to board after about an hour, with the attendant ensuring them that "if there were any problems, they would fix them en route," McDevitt said.

Then, during the trip, McDevitt was called up to the front desks a total of four times to show cruise personnel their paperwork, he said, adding that Carnival employees "knew something" was wrong.

"They should have never let us on the boat," McDevitt said. "I would have rather lost my money on a cruise than my family."

Once the cruise docked in Jacksonville on Monday, the family was the first off the boat after they were deemed "persons of interest," McDevitt said.

They brought the family to the front, fingerprinted his wife's parents, separated the family, and threatened to arrest them, he said.

McDevitt's children, ages 3 and 4, remained with his wife, while he and his wife's parents were placed in separate rooms. McDevitt then requested to be released because he "was being detained for no reason," and called an attorney once he got out.

"Eventually, my wife was released, and my kids, and we never saw her parents again," he said.

Since then, the family has been holed up in a Florida hotel room for two days as they try to figure out what happened to his wife's parents, McDevitt said. They have had no indication of what happened to them since they last saw them on Monday, he said.

McDevitt, a U.S. citizen, is a business owner and active duty member of the Army National Guard, ABC affiliate station WJXX in Jacksonville reported. His wife gained citizenship through marriage.

His wife's parents did not have any money or keys to their home in China when they were detained, McDevitt told WJXX.

The family's immigration attorney, Susan Pai, described the couple's detention as "illegal" in a letter sent to federal officials, according to WJXX. Pai said that the couple "did not voluntarily or knowingly withdraw their application for admission under their ten-year B1/B2 visas" and said they were forced to sign a paper with contents unknown to them because they only understand Chinese, WJXX reported.

Pai hypothesized that the recent green card applications filed by Wang and Cui were invalidated when they left the country on the cruise, according to WJXX. But the valid travel visa should have guaranteed the couple's return, she told the station.

Officials told McDevitt that Carnival would pay for his in-laws' plane ticket back to China, according to WJXX. Both Cui and Wang are in their 60s, WJXX reported.

A spokesperson for Carnival Cruise Line did not immediately return ABC News' request for comment.

In a statement, a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Control said the agency "welcomes more than a million passengers arriving in the United States every day," and that border patrol officers are "charged with enforcing not only immigration and customs laws" but also enforcing more than 400 laws from 40 other agencies.

"Under U.S. immigration law [Section 291 of the INA [8 USC 1361] applicants for admission bear the burden of proof to establish that they are clearly eligible to enter the United States," the statement read. "In order to demonstrate that they are admissible, the applicant must overcome ALL grounds of inadmissibility."

The statement did not comment specifically on the couple's case.

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moodboard/Thinkstock(LAUREL, Mississippi) -- Two Mississippi police officers could be facing additional charges after they were terminated by the Laurel Police Department (LPD) for allegedly beating 36-year-old James Barnett last week.

Barnett was pursued by officers after reaching a vehicle checkpoint and turning around in Jasper County. Following a short chase, Barnett was pulled over and the officers approached his car with their guns drawn, according to Barnett.

Police told Barnett to get down on the ground and when he did, they began kicking him, Barnett said to ABC News.

Barnett also claimed that he never fought back.

The police then transported him to the South Central Regional Medical Center, where he was beaten more, Barnett claimed.

The police charged him with five misdemeanors, including resisting arrest and driving with a suspended license.

Barnett posted pictures of his alleged abuse on his Facebook page last week.

“I’ve never been so afraid in my life,” Barnett wrote in the Facebook post. “I will not let this go, I don’t [want] this to happen to anyone else. There is no justice in what they did to me!! But I will get JUSTICE!!"

The supervisor on duty realized that there was a problem with the arrest that occurred, according to the Laurel Police Department. The department's Internal Affairs (IA) began investigating hours after the incident occurred and the next day the officers, who were not named, were fired.

The police department has been in contact with the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations (MBI) on the possibility of pressing additional charges against the involved officers.

“The Officers and Administration of LPD take these types of allegations very seriously,” the Laurel Police Department said in a statement to ABC News. “It should be noted that the IA was initiated only hours after the incident occurred before any media attention, social media posts or even a formal complaint from the individual involved.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(GREENSBORO, North Carolina) -- The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a 50-year-old man who was reported missing from a Carnival cruise ship on Tuesday.

Greensboro, North Carolina, resident Brian Lamonds was reported missing around 10 a.m. after he reportedly went overboard from the Carnival Paradise, the Coast Guard said in a press release.

Helicopter crews from Clearwater, Miami and Key West were circling an area about 85 miles west of Fort Myers, Florida, according to the release.

Further details were not immediately available.

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Tisdale Family(SANTA FE, Texas) -- Cynthia Tisdale, an art room teacher's aide and loving wife and mother, was among the 10 students and staff gunned down inside Santa Fe High School in Texas on Friday. As her loved ones mourn the shocking loss, her high-profile death has provided one blessing for the family.

Tisdale's husband, William Tisdale, has idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a fatal lung disease, according to their son, William Recie Tisdale, who goes by Recie.

On March 29, the family started a GoFundMe page to raise money for stem cell treatment. They set an initial goal of $13,000, but the money was only trickling in. Prior to the Santa Fe shooting, the campaign had raised $1,215, GoFundMe spokesperson Kate Cichy told ABC News.

Now, in the days since Cynthia Tisdale's highly publicized death, the GoFundMe page has raised over $112,000, with donations from all 50 states and 33 countries, Cichy said.

"We have been blessed," Recie Tisdale told ABC News via text Tuesday. "And I would prefer any more outpouring be given to Santa Fe High School for all the victims."

Recie Tisdale said his father's "GoFundMe page was done prior to this tragedy and we are now blessed we can get stem cell, maybe lung transplant," and still have extra funds to help him with home health care.

"Our mother's main priority was to make sure our father was taken care of and now he gets to have his stem cell treatment and the true blessing is now he has a chance at long-term health care," the Tisdale family wrote on the GoFundMe page Monday night. "We feel all the support and thank you all so much."

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Scott Legato/Getty Images(NEW YORK CITY) -- R. Kelly is being sued in New York City by a woman alleging sexual battery, false imprisonment and failure to disclose a sexually transmitted disease, according to documents obtained by ABC News.

Faith A. Rodgers claims in the lawsuit that she was 19 when she met the singer after a performance in San Antonio in March 2017 and that they spoke regularly by phone for a few months before he arranged for her to meet him in New York. It was there he allegedly "initiated unwanted sexual contact" in a hotel room, the suit claims.

Rodgers also alleges in the suit that Kelly did not tell Rodgers, now 20, that he was infected with herpes, which she contracted.

A representative for Kelly declined to comment when reached by ABC News. He has previously denied her allegations.

Rodgers claims she carried on a year-long relationship with Kelly, 51, during which he "routinely engaged in intimidation, mental, verbal and sexual abuse, during and after sexual contact" in an effort to "humiliate, embarrass, intimate and shame her."

Rodgers also alleges that Kelly recorded their sexual encounters without asking her and often kept her locked in secluded areas, including rooms, studios and motor vehicles, to punish her for violating his "prescribed code of conduct."

Rodgers' lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.

Earlier this year, an online campaign, #MuteRKelly, was launched by a subsection of the #TimesUp movement called "Women of Color," and listed a number of sexual misconduct allegations made against the singer. He faces no criminal charges.

"R. Kelly supports the pro-women goals of the Time's Up movement. We understand criticizing a famous artist is a good way to draw attention to those goals -- and in this case, it is unjust and off-target," his representative told ABC News at the time. "We fully support the rights of women to be empowered to make their own choices. Time's Up has neglected to speak with any of the women who welcome R. Kelly's support, and it has rushed to judgment without the facts. Soon it will become clear Mr. Kelly is the target of a greedy, conscious and malicious conspiracy to demean him, his family and the women with whom he spends his time."

After a campaign from #MuteRKelly and others to sanction R. Kelly, Spotify announced earlier this month that his music would no longer appear on its playlists, which, The Associated Press reported Monday, has had no impact on his streaming numbers.

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Google Maps(SYRACUSE, N.Y.) -- A New York judge on Tuesday ordered a 30-year-old man to vacate his parents’ home after they took him to court when he refused to leave.

"I want you out of that household," New York State Supreme Court Judge Donald Greenwood told Michael Rotondo, pointing at him with his right index finger, according to ABC Syracuse affiliate WSYR-TV.

Rotondo was displeased, the station reported.

"That's outrageous," he said. He later confirmed that he plans to appeal the decision.

The judge explained that Rotondo was given numerous notices, but Rotondo tried to argue as his own attorney that he needed more time, according to WSYR-TV.

"I don't see why we can't just wait a little bit for me to leave the house," he said to the judge.

After the judge ruled in Rotondo's parents' favor, he approached the judge's bench to ask for one last consideration.

But Greenwood told him, "Sir, I've already ruled."

Rotondo told WSYR-TV after Greenwood's ruling that he plans to get some things from the Camillus, New York, home, adding that he wasn’t sure where he would stay now.

The judge also asked the state's protective services to check on the well-being of Michael Rotondo's parents, Christina and Mark Rotondo, according to WSYR-TV.

Their son moved back into the home eight years ago after losing a job, he told WSYR-TV, adding that he and his parents aren't on speaking terms. He said he now runs a “website business.”

The parents declined to comment after the judge’s ruling. Attempts to reach the parents and their attorney were unsuccessful.

They took their son to court after several failed attempts to get him out, including a cash offer of $1,100 to move his belongings and get his Volkswagen Passat off their driveway, court documents obtained by ABC News show.

Outside court, Michael Rotondo said he took the money, but didn't go on a search for a place to live, WSYR-TV reported.

"I spent it on expenses," he said.

The parents penned several letters to him going back to February, all asking him to leave the home they say they’ve owned since 1975, according to a civil petition they filed in Odondaga County Court. But Michael Rotondo wouldn't budge.

In court, Michael Rotondo asked the judge for six months, then, after the judge disagreed with his interpretation of the case, he said he could leave sooner.

"I don't presently expect to be there three months from now," he told the judge.

Michael Rotondo said that he's "not a burden to them in the home" and the parents "don't provide laundry or food."

But the judge didn't appear convinced, at one point bringing Michael Rotondo and the parents' attorney to his bench to consider mediation.

The parent's attorney told the judge that neither Mark nor Christina Rotondo have any "obligation to provide support" to their 30-year-old son and that they are considering becoming "empty nesters" and want the option "to sell their large house and move to smaller quarters that suits their needs."

The letters included in the petition illustrate their rising frustration.

Michael Rotondo attempted to answer the claims and stated in a motion to dismiss that "he is a family member, who cannot be evicted" and cited 2006 legal case cited the 2006 case of Kosa v. Legg, placing the blame on his parents for violating law by forcing him out of their home without enough notice.

Michael Rotondo claims he hasn't "made life difficult" for his parents and that there was never any expectation on him to "contribute to household expenses" or do chores or maintain the home, the motion states.

The parents' letters to him paint a different picture.

On Feb. 2, his parents wrote him four sentences demanding "that you must leave this house immediately" and giving him two weeks "to vacate."

"You will not be allowed to return," the letter reads. "We will take whatever actions are necessary to enforce this action."

On Feb, 13, three days shy of the 14 days they promised, the parents wrote Michael Rotondo informing him that they retained an attorney.

They gave their son 30 days "to vacate the premises" and threatened a "legal procedure," if he didn't abide by the letter, the petition reads. They also warn him to refrain from "threatening or harassing action" that he might consider taking.

Then they offer Michael Rotondo the cash.

"Here is $1,100 from us to you so you can find a place to stay," they wrote in a Feb. 18 letter, included in the petition.

It came with "advice" that he start organizing his belongings and hawk the rest.

"Sell other things you have that have any significant value, (eg. stereo, some tools etc.)," the letter in the petition reads.

This applied to weapons too.

"This is especially true for any weapons you may have," the letter adds. "You need the money and will have no place for the stuff."

The letter also advises Michael Rotondo not only move out but get a job.

"There are jobs available even for those with a poor work history like you," they write in the letter. "Get one -- you have to work!"

More letters in the petition were sent in March. Each demands Michael leave and get his car fixed and off the parents' property.

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Scott Olson/Getty Images(SANTA FE, Texas) -- Speaking to ABC News, 15-year-old Courtney Marshall clutched her cellphone, watching videos of her art classmates just a few weeks ago laughing and joking and primping for the camera.

Now, half of them are dead or recovering from gunshot wounds, Courtney included, after Friday's mass shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas.

"We couldn’t get the back door open and we tried to break through the glass windows in the back of the class but couldn’t," she told ABC News.

Courtney's best friend, Christian Garcia, "grabbed me and my teacher and got us into the closet," she said. "[The gunman] just shot into the closet. I saw my teacher just die in front of me and I just saw my best friend die in front of me.”

She said the suspected gunman, 17-year-old student Dimitrios Pagourtzis, looked her right in the eye and kept firing.

In the frenzy, Courtney managed to call her mother, who told her to run. As her teacher and friends died around her, Courtney said she bolted for the door while the gunman reloaded.

“When I saw the door open and he was reloading, I just ran. I fell down outside and another boy came and helped me up and we just ran and ran," she said. "He was just firing at us. I didn’t even know that I had been hit until I reached my uncle’s truck.”

Ten people were killed and 13 others wounded in the two art rooms.

Those remaining art students are in a group chat trying to figure out how to handle the carnage they saw, Courtney said.

She said they want to return to the art rooms for closure on Wednesday.

Courtney said she is speaking out so her friend Christian's parents know he saved her life and that he tried to save their teacher’s life too by pulling them into the closet.

"Christian saved my life -- he’s a hero," she said.

Courtney's mother, Candy Marshall, said she doesn’t know what the answer is to the school violence, but she knows she'll never forget her daughter's phone call and the line going dead.

When Courtney had reached the hallway, her call to her mother dropped, leaving Marshall in an agonizing wait to know if Courtney made it out of school alive.

“It’s a call I will never forget," Marshall said. "All I can do is think about those parents whose kids didn’t make it out.”

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Drew Angerer/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- When “Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli finally pays for his fraud, the federal government argues its coffers should be filled first.

Shkreli, who was convicted of securities fraud and is serving a seven-year prison sentence, owes the IRS more than $1.6 million, according to a new court filing.

“Martin Shkreli has failed, neglected, or refused to pay in full the liability for the income tax year 2015,” government tax attorney Stephanie Chernoff said in the court filing.

The feds asked a judge to determine whether Shkreli should pay that debt before others. Last month the commissioner of Taxation and Finance in New York said Shkreli should first repay his state tax lien of $480,000, “an interest superior to that of the United States of America,” the state attorney general argued.

The state said its tax lien dates to January 2017, well before Shkreli was ordered in March to forfeit more than $7 million in assets to satisfy his securities fraud conviction.

The federal government said its tax lien is even older.

“The long-established priority rule with respect to federal tax liens is that ‘the first in time is the first in right,’” Chernoff said. “The federal tax lien has priority over the commissioner's liens.”

If Shkreli cannot pay, the IRS wants a piece of his other forfeited assets, including an E-Trade brokerage account, a Picasso work and the rare Wu-Tang Clan album “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin.”

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Galveston County Sheriff's Office(NEW YORK) -- Some school shooters act out and get in trouble with either school officials or police before making the deadly decision to open fire.

For others, the shooting may be their first significant instance of violence.

By all public accounts so far, Dimitrios Pagourtzis fell into the latter category up until the moment he shot and killed 10 people at his high school and injured 13 others last Friday.

Pagourtzis's clean record contrasts with that of Nikolas Cruz, the alleged shooter who killed 17 people in Parkland in February.

According to school records obtained by ABC affiliate WPLG, Cruz was involved with an assault in January 2017, less than a month before the shooting. On the same day as the assault, he was suspended for one day and a threat assessment was ordered for him. He had been suspended for two days one month earlier. It is unclear what the result of the threat assessment was or whether one was even conducted.

In spite of an apparent lack of disciplinary issues with Pagourtzis, that doesn't mean there were no warning signs, experts say.

Scanning social media

Steve Gomez, a former FBI special agent in charge and current ABC News consultant, pointed to a T-shirt bearing the words "Born to Kill" that the teen posted on a social media account less than a month before the shooting.

"Threatening people at school, talking about violence, sharing social media posts showing guns, knives, T-shirts that say, in his case, 'Born to Kill,' are all signs," Gomez said.

Robert Boyce, a recently retired New York Police Department chief of detectives who is now an ABC News consultant, noted that social media can hold a number of clues.

"If someone sees something eerily or out of character on social media, someone needs to step forward. Go tell a teacher," he said.

Boyce was still working for the NYPD immediately after the Feb. 14 shooting in Parkland, and he said suspected school shooter complaints at schools "went way up" in the aftermath.

Other clues

Pagourtzis had reportedly been wearing a trench coat and heavy boots in the weeks before the shooting -- something that should have raised questions given that temperatures in Texas regularly hit the 80s and 90s in late spring, Boyce said.

Other changes in behavior, such as self-imposed social isolation, could also suggest a turn for the worse, Boyce said.

Sandy Hook Promise, a gun violence prevention group founded by the parents of two victims of the 2012 elementary school shooting, started a "Know the Signs" program that teaches students, parents and educators how to recognize red flags on social media and elsewhere before violence unfolds.

The group also notes on its website that "most mass shootings are planned for six months to a year. In almost every documented case, warning signs were given off that were not understood, were not acted upon quickly or was not shared with someone who could help."

Gomez said changes in romantic relationships, especially the ending of a relationship, or an individual "not taking no for an answer" and becoming aggressive are potential warning signs. School administrators need to be notified as well as law enforcement about these red flags, he added.

"What law enforcement has to do is they have to engage with the schools, the school districts, school administrators as well as parents, so they can explain to them the kind of red flags and behavioral indicators of concern that they need to look for with students who may potentially commit such violent attacks," Gomez said.

An extreme step

Another step, which Gomez acknowledges is controversial, is to stop children and teens from having access to guns and gun training.

When asked what he would say to parents today, Gomez responded, "You may think your kid is mature enough [to handle guns] but you don't know when your kid is going to have a bad day and take a gun into school and shoot away their problems just like 10 to 20 other students have done in the last year."

He said that the Santa Fe shooting "is a game changer" because it occurred three months after the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.

"You would have thought things were done to stop this, prevent this after Parkland but then this happened," he said.



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ABCNews.com(NEW YORK) -- Flooding has hit from North Carolina to Florida to New Mexico as the Southeast braces for more rain later this week.

Up to 4 inches of rain has fallen near Raleigh, North Carolina, causing flash flooding, stalling cars and prompting water rescues.

Four more inches of rain brought flooding to some southern Florida neighbors, and some areas have seen more than a foot of rain in the past nine days.

Also, flash flooding prompted water rescues in New Mexico, where at least one person has died.

This unsettled pattern will continue around the country with more flash flooding possible in spots.

The biggest threat for flooding will be in the Southeast over the next several days, as tropical moisture continues to stream into the region.

A disturbance in the northern Caribbean might develop into a tropical or subtropical cyclone over the next several days but, whether it develops or not, more heavy rain is forecast for the Southeast this week.

Some areas could see more than 6 inches of rain today through Saturday.

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Steve Parsons - Pool / Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- All eyes were on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their wedding day Saturday, except for the nearly 14 minutes when the Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry made history with a soul-stirring sermon at St. George's Chapel that is still generating buzz.

"It’s been remarkable and very surprising," Curry said today on "Good Morning America" of the reaction to his sermon.

he New York-based Curry, who’s the first black leader of the Episcopal Church in the United States, made history again as the first American to preach at a British royal wedding.

Curry said it was Meghan and Harry's decision, in consultation with leaders of the Church of England, to include him in the wedding.

"I didn’t believe it because a member of my staff called and said, ‘They’d like you to preach at the royal wedding,'" Curry recalled. "I said, ‘Get out of here; it’s April Fools. You’ve got to be kidding me.’"

Harry, 33, and Meghan, 36, now known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, wed Saturday at St. George's Chapel in front of about 600 guests and a worldwide audience of billions.

Curry, the head of the Episcopal Church, spoke in his royal wedding address about the power of love and at one point quoted U.S. civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

"We must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love. And when we do that, we will make of this old world a new world," the bishop said Saturday. "Love is the only way. There's power in love. Don't underestimate it. Don't even over-sentimentalize it. There's power, power in love."

King's daughter, Bernice King, immediately recognized her late father's words.

She tweeted, "#MLK quote at the #RoyalWedding. Your life, teachings and words still matter so much, Daddy. Congrats, Harry and Meghan!"

What to know about Bishop Curry

Curry was installed as the 27th presiding bishop and primate of the Episcopal Church in 2015, according to the church's official website. He was elected to a nine-year term.

A descendant of African slaves, Curry, 65, was born in Chicago, according to his official bio.

After attending school in Buffalo, New York, he graduated from Hobart College in 1975, and earned a Master of Divinity degree from Yale University in 1978. That same year, he was ordained as a deacon at St. Paul's Cathedral in Buffalo, and went on to work as deacon-in-charge at St. Stephen's in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Later, he became the rector of St. James' in Baltimore, until he was elected as the 11th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina in 2000.

Curry is passionate about social justice issues, marriage equality and immigration policy. He has authored three books: "Following the Way of Jesus: Church's Teachings in a Changing World," "Songs My Grandma Sang," and "Crazy Christians: A Call to Follow Jesus," and is a regular speaker in houses of worship and at conferences around the United States and internationally.

Married to Sharon Clement, Curry is the father to two adult daughters, Rachel and Elizabeth.

Read Bishop Curry's full royal wedding sermon HERE.

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ABCNews.com(BALTIMORE) --  A 16-year-old boy is in custody after being accused of first-degree murder for allegedly hitting a Baltimore County police officer with a car, according to charging documents.

Three other suspects -- all teenage boys -- were also taken into custody in connection with the Monday killing of officer Amy Caprio, police said.

The incident began as the teen sat in a Jeep Wrangler while the three other suspects burglarized a Baltimore County home, according to the documents.

Caprio responded and the teen, Dwanta Anthony Harris, fled down the street, according to the documents.

Someone saw the Jeep Wrangler drive directly at Caprio, striking her and then fleeing the area, according to the documents.

Harris admitted that he drove at the officer, the documents said.

He abandoned the Jeep a short distance away and was captured a block from there, the documents said.

Caprio suffered "traumatic injuries" and was later pronounced dead, according to the documents.

Harris was charged as an adult with first-degree murder, police said. He is being held at the Baltimore County Department of Corrections in Towson and is set to appear at a bail review this afternoon.

The slain officer would have been a four-year veteran of the department this July, police said.

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Mario Tama/Getty Images(PUNA, Hawaii) -- Kilauea, the volcano in Hawaii that began erupting almost three weeks ago, exploded again Monday evening, authorities said.

The latest eruption occurred around 5:51 p.m. local time, according to the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency, citing a report from the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

"Eruptive lava activity at multiple fissures continues with one flow entering the ocean," the agency said in a post on Facebook. "Fissure 22 continues to produce most of the lava feeding the flows."

Lava from Fissure 22 has reached Puna Geothermal Venture property and "county, state, and federal partners have been collaborating closely to monitor the situation and work with PGV to ensure the safety of the surrounding communities," the agency wrote in its post.

Residents nearby should be prepared to leave the area, as gas levels remain high.
This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.



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NPS/Instagram(WASHINGTON) -- The National Park Service has released its first-ever report on how the impact of sea level rise and flooding from storms could impact national parks around the country.

More than a quarter of the property managed by the park system is on a coast, according to the report, and many face increasing threats from rising sea levels connected to global warming and increased threats of flooding from storms in the coming decades.

The report had been edited to remove references to the human impact on climate change, causing Democrats to call for an investigation into whether the report was edited to remove references to the human impact on climate change, after a report from a nonprofit journalism organization reported that references to the human impact on climate change were removed from a draft of the report earlier this year.

The authors wrote that the National Park Service should be aware of the possible impacts of combined sea level rise and storm surge and that the report will help the National Park Service plan how to adapt.

"Sea level change and storm surge pose considerable risks to infrastructure, archaeological sites, lighthouses, forts, and other historic structures in coastal units of the national park system," the authors explained.

National parks already face more than $11 billion in backlog for maintenance. Flooding or hurricanes can cause even more expensive damages. Repairs to national parks after Hurricane Sandy cost more than $370 million, according to the report.

The new report released Friday found that parks in Washington, D.C., face the highest sea level rise by 2100 but that the parks are not directly on a coast and that parks in the Capitol region are very close together so each park would be affected differently.

In the case of a category 2 hurricane, for example, the report found that as much as 3 meters of flooding could travel up the Potomac River, potentially causing flooding in almost every park in the Capitol area, including the museums and war memorials on the National Mall.

"Such a storm surge could be worse by the end of this century given projected sea level rise around the Capital region of up the 0.8 meters," the report says.

National parks in the Southeast, especially the Everglades National Park, face threats from storm surge that are exacerbated by sea level rise, the report found. By the year 2100, the Wright Brothers National Memorial could be completely flooded if hit by a hurricane category 2 or higher, according to the report.

Research shows that global sea levels are changing because rising global temperatures from greenhouse gas emissions cause ice to melt, especially in places like Greenland and Antarctica. The report published by the National Park Service uses models from the United Nations' climate change panel, National Oceanic, and Atmospheric Administration, and research from the University of Colorado Boulder to estimate how national parks could be affected by sea level rise if greenhouse gas emissions continue at current levels.

The lead author of the report, Maria Caffrey of the University of Colorado Boulder, wrote on her website that a draft was finished in February 2017. The draft had been delayed and officials from the National Park Service deleted references to humans' role in climate change from draft versions of the report, according to nonprofit investigative news organization Reveal News' April report.

Terms like "anthropogenic climate change" and "human activities" releasing carbon dioxide were crossed out of previous drafts of the report, according to Reveal News. The phrases were in the version made public on Friday.

A spokesman said in an email to ABC News that the Park Service was confident the report was accurate and the final language of the document was a result of authors resolving conflicting edits.

"During multiple rounds of review, recommendations and suggested edits that focused the report on issues specific to national park units were offered for consideration by the author team. As often occurs, the author team experienced disagreements regarding the relative merits of incorporating some of the recommendations received before the report was finalized," the National Park Service spokesman said, adding, "The scientists preparing this report were doing just that when working drafts of the report were published in the news media before the authors had completed their deliberations."

Democrats requested that the Interior Department's internal watchdog look into whether the department was censoring scientists who worked on climate change, which would violate the agency's scientific integrity policy. The Inspector General Office has started looking into questions posed by lawmakers, according to Nancy DiPaolo, the Interior Department Inspector General's spokeswoman.



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Galveston County Sheriff's Office(SANTA FE, Texas) -- "Heroes" inside Santa Fe High School last week cornered the mass shooter within four minutes, keeping him contained until additional officers arrived to evacuate teachers and students, the Galveston County Sheriff said.

"Four minutes is about the only timeline that we need to key in on," Sheriff Henry Trochesset said Monday evening, offering new details on how police managed to stop the gunman in Friday’s deadly school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas.

"The heroes from that [Independent School District] engaged this individual in approximately four minutes and stayed engaged with him, keeping him contained and engaged," Trochesset said, "so the other heroes -- that continued to arrive -- could evacuate the teachers administrators in the students from this school."

Speaking at a press conference, Trochesset revealed that his children and grandchildren are students at Santa Fe High School and his wife attended the school.

"My granddaughter was three doors down from where this occurred in that school," Trochesset said. "Her best friend that spent the night at my house, swam in my pool, is dead."

"This tragedy in this community touches home more than you'd imagine," he added.

The sheriff said the deadly shooting ended with the suspect being trapped in a room, with police in a hallway. By the end, about 200 law enforcement officers descended on the scene to help school district officers apprehend the suspect, Trochesset said, adding that the entire ordeal lasted about 25 minutes.

Trochesset also said he doesn't believe that any students were killed in law enforcement's crossfire, but they would need to wait on autopsy reports to confirm.

"From what I’ve seen, I don’t believe any of the individuals that were killed were from the law enforcement," he said.

Alleged gunman Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, was arrested Friday morning after he opened fire on two art classrooms at the school, killing 10 and wounding 13 others. He's currently being held at the Galveston County Jail where he's under suicide watch, Trochesset said.

Pagourtzis, who's been charged with capital murder, allegedly was armed with a shotgun and a .38-caliber revolver, both of which were legally owned by his father.

Pagourtzis' attorney, Nick Poehl, told ABC News on Monday that other students told him that his client had been bullied by students and adults at Santa Fe High School.

"It's something that we're looking into," Poehl said. "This weekend Santa Fe ISD released a statement saying they had investigated the claims of bullying and found them to be not true."

"That was released less than 24 hours after the incident occurred," Poehl added. "It's not clear what the nature of that investigation was except that it is clear that they didn't reach out to any of the kids that were on TV claiming that it occurred, so we have some questions about that investigation."

The suspect's father, Antonios Pagourtzis, referred to his son as a "good boy" who was "bullied at school" in an interview on Monday.

"He never got into a fight with anyone. I don’t know what happened," the elder Pagourtzis told the Wall Street Journal in a phone interview on Monday. "I hope God helps me and my family understand. We are all devastated."

"It would have been better," he added, "if he shot me than all those kids."



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