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    When a man learned why a group of Georgia youth were cleaning up their neighborhood, he started recording. Al Grant, of Taylor County, is praising 14 young men for taking initiative and doing good for the community. >> Read more trending news When Grant asked the young men who made them come out and clean, they responded in unison, nobody.' 'We aren't in trouble,' one man said. 'It just feels good to give back to the community.' The young men told Grant that they are not looking for any recognition, 'We save money to buy bags and all,' another boy said. 'It just brings us together.” Channel 2's Kimberly Richardson spoke with one of the men who was cleaning the neighborhood. Zac Ross said he's just doing it for the children in the community. 'We have kids watching people throw trash everywhere,' Ross explained. 'They desperately need bigger role models.' Ross went on to explain that their community needs unity and positivity, especially in today's world. 'It doesn't matter what color you are,' Ross said. 'We want to help.' In the video, Grant tells the young men that he wishes that he had done this as a boy, and that he feels 'real ashamed.' The conversation was posted on Grant's Facebook page on July 16. Since posting, it has been seen 3.2 million times. Grant said he hopes the video will help “promote a positive image of African-American youth.
  • Body camera footage was released Thursday of the Minneapolis Police officer who climbed a fence and shot two dogs while he responded to a false alarm. >> Read more trending news The graphic, point-of-view video shows Officer Michael Mays take aim, then fired at Ciroc hitting the dog in the jaw as it slowly walked toward him during the incident July 8. Another dog, Rocko, then runs into the frame and Mays fires twice striking the dog. “Hey I’m going to sit there and say sorry about this,” Mays tells Courtney Livingston, who lives at the home, in the video. “I don’t like shooting no dogs. I love dogs so it’s unfortunate.” Both of the staffordshire terriers survived but require extensive surgery. The department has said they will help pay for the vet bills. A GoFundMe to help the family has raised more than $36,000. “Rocko is physically at 75 percent,” said homeowner Jennifer LeMay, who said the dogs are service animals for her children. “Emotionally and physically he’s not there.” LeMay hired an attorney who questioned the police response. “They need to assume responsibility,” LeMay told WCCO. “They need further training.” Former police Chief Janee Harteau said they department would look into officer training for interacting with dogs. “I’ve watched the video, and as someone whose family has included dogs most of my life, I can say that it was difficult to watch. This was an outcome that no one wanted. I’ve asked for an Internal Affairs use of force review. We are reaching out to the family to help them with the veterinary care bills to ensure that both dogs are adequately taken care of,” Harteau said in the statement. “To help us prevent similar outcomes in the future, we will be implementing updated mandatory training specifically for officers identifying effective tools and tactical strategies with police and dog encounters.” Harteau resigned Friday in the wake of another officer-involved shooting. A woman was fatally shot after she called police to reporting a possible sexual assault in an alley behind her home.
  • A Colorado man was arrested Saturday in connection with the 2012 death of his 13-year-old son, police said. Mark Redwine's arrest in Bellingham, Washington, followed a grand jury indictment for second-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death. Redwine is being held on $1 million cash-only bond, KDVR-TV in Denver reported (http://bit.ly/2uLOZt4). Mark Redwine and Elaine Hall, the boy's mother, had gone through a contentious divorce and custody battle. Mark Redwine has denied any involvement in Dylan's death. Some of Dylan Redwine's remains were found about 10 miles from his father's home in Vallecito in 2013. The boy had reluctantly traveled to be with his father for a court-ordered visit the previous Thanksgiving. Dylan's skull was found by hikers in 2015, and forensic anthropologists said the skull had injuries consistent with blunt force trauma at two locations, the indictment said. Surveillance video from the airport where Dylan's flight arrived shows little or no interaction between the boy and his father, according to the indictment. Several witnesses said Dylan did not want to visit his father, after the two argued and fought during his previous visit. Text messages showed that Dylan had asked to stay with a friend on the night of his arrival, but Mark Redwine denied the request, the indictment said. Next morning the boy's friend sent a text to Dylan asking 'where are you' and got no response. Mark Redwine and Hall leveled accusations at each other during appearances on the syndicated 'Dr. Phil' TV show in 2013 as the case drew national attention, the Denver Post reported (http://dpo.st/2uLvUId). TV host Nancy Grace also did a show Dylan's disappearance. Shortly after his disappearance, bracelets imprinted with 'Find Dylan Redwine' sold for $5 each to raise money for the search, the Post reported. Volunteers scoured a forest near Lake Vallecito. A benefit dinner, Crime Stoppers and assorted donors raised $50,000 in a single month to offer as a reward, the newspaper reported. ___ Information from: KDVR-TV, http://www.kdvr.com
  • The Latest on President Donald Trump and his tweet barrage (all times local): 8:40 p.m. In a barrage of tweets early Saturday, President Donald Trump said he has 'complete power' to issue pardons, defended his son in connection with the Russia investigations and took a swipe at Democratic campaign opponent Hillary Clinton. It was part of a series of messages he posted from his Twitter account starting at daybreak. It wasn't the first time the president has sent a rapid-fire series of tweets in a short time span to vent about things bothering him. ___ 5:30 p.m. President Donald Trump woke up early Saturday morning with a lot on his mind, if you read his Twitter feed. He sent out tweets on a variety of subjects — the Russia investigation, Hillary Clinton, son Don Jr. and health care. And there was more — the commissioning of the USS Gerald Ford, an Islamic State terrorist who may be dead, his attorney general and his new White House communications aide. The tweets were unusual in their scope, even for Trump. ___ 4:26 p.m. President Donald Trump remains furious over multiple investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. That subject is prominent among several others the president addressed in nearly a dozen tweets early Saturday morning. Trump writes that people are asking why what he calls 'crimes' by election opponent Hillary Clinton and former FBI Director James Comey aren't being investigated. ___ 10 a.m. President Donald Trump says he has 'complete power' to issue pardons, an assertion that comes amid investigations into Russian interference in last year's presidential election. The subject of pardons is one of many topics that appears to have occupied the president's mind Saturday morning. In an early morning flurry of 10 tweets, Trump commented about pardons, former presidential rival Hillary Clinton, son Don Jr., health care, the USS Gerald Ford, the attorney general and other issues. Trump writes in one of his 10 messages: 'While all agree the U. S. President has the complete power to pardon, why think of that when only crime so far is LEAKS against us. FAKE NEWS.' The Washington Post reports that Trump has inquired about his authority to pardon aides, relatives or even himself.
  • About 30 people gathered outside CNN’s Atlanta headquarters Saturday to protest the network’s coverage of President Donald Trump. “Beware fake news” and “CNN. Criminal News Network” were some of the messages they delivered to people walking nearby and to fellow political conservatives watching the demonstration via live feed on Breitbart.com. >> Read more trending news The protest was the second recently held outside CNN’s headquarters in downtown Atlanta. This time it was joined by The Media Equality Project, a group started recently by two former talk show hosts who are friends with conservative commentator Sean Hannity. One of the organizers -- Debbie Dooley, co-founder of the Tea Party activist group Main Street Patriots -- said her group was outside CNN a month ago and would be back in August and September. “We’re going to keep on holding them accountable,” Dooley said.  She said the demonstration was not necessarily to show support for Trump but to call attention to what they see as “biased” coverage of the president, the investigation into Russia’s meddling in last year’s elections and Trump’s policies.  “We’re here to tell CNN no more fake news,” said another organizer, Melanie Morgan of the Media Equality Project. “They have to know people who are here expect fairness in journalism.” She had a list of people CNN has allegedly wronged, — including former Trump aide Monica Crowley and Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke. Also, they cited stories they think were unfair, like tracking down of the Reddit user who created a wrestling GIF that the President retweeted, and the Russian collusion story that CNN retracted and which resulted in some CNN employees resigning.  CNN spokeswoman Bridget Leininger declined to comment on the protest.
  • A 40-year-old woman was bit on her foot by a shark in the Florida Keys and airlifted to the hospital Saturday. >> Read more trending news A good Samaritan reported the shark attack around 12:30 p.m. to the U.S. Coast Guard, according to WTVJ. The woman, who has not been identified, said it was a small shark. She is in the hospital in good condition.
  • A major Pokemon Go festival in Chicago Saturday to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the virtual game went badly awry when technical glitches prevented many fans from logging on. The problems forced Niantic Inc., the developer of the wildly popular augmented reality game, to issue a statement saying everyone who registered for the event would get a full refund for the $20 tickets and $100 in credits for use of the app. Niantic CEO John Hanke was booed when he took the stage at Chicago's Grant Park to address the thousands of frustrated Pokemon enthusiasts. Some in attendance had paid as much as $400 online for the tickets, which sold out within minutes of their June release. While no official attendance figures were available, organizers had planned for as many as 20,000 Pokemon players and 'trainers' at the festival billed by Niantic as the first official anniversary event in the world. John Haberkorn of Chicago, a member of the Official Pokemon Go 40 Club, an international online community of high-level players, said he started waiting in line for the opening of the festival at 6 a.m. 'The excitement has just been drastically minimized because of what we've experienced today,' Haberkorn told the Chicago Tribune. Late in the day, Niantic's Chief Marketing Officer Mike Quigley tried to placate irritated players by announcing that everyone who scanned a code when they entered the park would automatically receive the Legendary Pokemon Lugia, a rare and powerful creature difficult to defeat in virtual battle and prized by Pokemon enthusiasts. Niantic says Pokemon Go has been downloaded 750 million times since it was launched. The augmented reality game that uses GPS to locate, capture, battle and train virtual creatures was introduced in the United States in July 2016. ___ Sign up for the AP's weekly newsletter showcasing our best reporting from the Midwest and Texas: http://apne.ws/2u1RMfv
  • Boston police officers and firefighters broke into a car Thursday evening to save a couple of dogs trapped inside. Boston 25 was there when police pulled the dogs from the car and put them into a police cruiser. A woman told us she was out for a run on Columbia Road in South Boston when she saw the dogs inside the car. >> Read more trending news She said she checked the temperature on her phone and it was 87 degrees outside. She ran to get police, and officers broke in and took the dogs. The woman was talking to our crew when the dog's owner returned about two hours after the dogs were found. The man said to us, 'There is no problem. What's the problem?' Alan Borgel, of the Animal Rescue League of Boston, said he often gets a similar reaction. 'People never think they did anything wrong,' he said.  If you see an animal locked in a car, call police. Borgel said people should not break the window or open doors because the laws have changed.  Owners could be charged with a felony and get jail time for keeping an animal in a hot car. The owner from Thursday evening was cited for violating the state's tethering law and not vaccinating one of his dogs. He was fined $200. He was given his dogs back, which are in good condition.  When we checked the temperature inside a car Friday, a heat gun showed 152 degrees Fahrenheit on the dashboard and 91 in the seats.
  • President Donald Trump's performance in the White House will make it harder for Republicans — and billionaires — in the coming elections, two of his most prominent critics said Saturday. Billionaire businessman Mark Cuban and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush lashed out at the Republican president during separate remarks at a summer festival in New York City's Central Park. Cuban, who owns the Dallas Mavericks basketball team, said he may challenge Trump in 2020. 'If he lasts four years, I'll be there to kick his (butt),' Cuban declared as the young New York crowd roared. 'We'll see. I'm not making any proclamations yet.' Cuban also warned that Trump 'might ruin the path' for another billionaire outsider to run for president in the future. 'He's not setting the best example,' Cuban said. After six months in office, Trump and his party have failed to enact any major legislation. His poll numbers are near historic lows and an investigation into Russian interference in the last election is focusing on his closest aides and family members. Energized Democrats hope they can capitalize on the GOP's political struggles in next year's midterm elections when the House majority is at stake. Bush, a regular target of Trump's personal attacks during the 2016 Republican primary election, said he would not run for president again. He also tried to distance his party from the new president, noting that Trump was registered as a Democrat in recent years. 'He's not really affiliated with the party, just to be clear. He's Trump,' Bush said, speaking less than a mile from Trump Tower. Bush also lamented the rise of celebrity politicians — Cuban, among them — as he pondered the future of the GOP. 'We may have really talented people that are really good on TV being our leaders for a while until we sort things out,' Bush said, noting that Cuban was on Saturday's speaking program. 'Ideas and policy really matter. It's not just about personality.' He said Republicans have 'a huge opportunity' with control of the White House and both chambers in Congress. Should the GOP squander that, he said, Republicans may struggle in 2018 and 2020. Despite the criticism, Bush said he's rooting for Trump to succeed. 'I find him deeply troubling in a lot of ways. But I pray for him every night. And I pray for our country every night,' Bush said. 'I care about my grandkids.
  • A quick-thinking attendant prevented a small fire at a Southwest Austin gas station from becoming much, much worse, Austin fire officials said. The fire at an Exxon station at U.S. 290 and FM 1826 was confined to a single pump. It was reported just before 8 p.m. Friday. >> Read more trending news The Austin Fire Department said a car drove off with the fuel nozzle still in its gas tank, ripping the pump out of the ground and dragging it a short distance. The resulting friction sparked a fire. A gas station clerk saw what happened and hit the emergency shutoff button, preventing the fire from spreading.
  • Republican plans for tax reform could be less sweeping than originally envisioned by the White House and GOP leaders in Congress, as a provision in a House GOP budget blueprint would require any tax bill to be ‘budget neutral,’ which would force lawmakers to offset any tax cuts with revenue increases that could be difficult in some cases to gain approval. Deep in the fine print of the budget resolution for next year, the Republican plan allows for a tax reform bill under budget reconciliation, “if such measure would not increase the deficit for the total of fiscal years 2018 through 2027.” In other words, you can’t just cut taxes – which technically deprive the federal treasury of revenue, and therefore increase the budget deficit – you have to find revenue to pay for those tax cuts. And Republicans on the House Budget Committee were actively trumpeting that message. It’s time for deficit-neutral #taxreform, and our budget makes that possible. pic.twitter.com/naed7nv7o9 — House Budget GOP (@housebudgetGOP) July 19, 2017 On Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan was touting tax reform during a trip to a New Balance factory in Massachusetts. “First and foremost, we’re going to cut your taxes,” the Speaker said. But when a tax plan is deficit neutral – a cut for one person means that revenue must be found somewhere else to offset that reduction – in other words, some other tax increase, mainly one would assume by taking away deductions in the tax code. And many veterans of Capitol Hill say that’s not going to be easy. “I spent much of 2011-16 negotiating tax reform proposals in the Senate,” said Brian Reidl, a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, who used to work for Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH). “Revenue-neutral tax reform will make health care look easy,” Riedl said in a post on Twitter. Key Republicans have made clear that they want to put together a proposal that dramatically simplifies the current tax system. “So 96% of the people can do their tax return on a single postcard size,” said House Budget Committee Chair Rep. Diane Black (R-TN). To do that, you would lower tax rates, and then most likely eliminate or reduce tax deductions – and that’s where things get tricky. Revenue neutral tax reform is hard. pic.twitter.com/B5ohufu90y — John Arnold (@JohnArnoldFndtn) July 20, 2017 Do you get rid of the deduction for mortgage insurance? Lots of people talk about that, but it always goes nowhere. What about the deduction for state and local taxes? That has bipartisan opposition in and around big cities on the East Coast. The tax break on employer provided health care benefits? That went nowhere fast in the negotiations over the GOP bill to overhaul the Obama health law. End or restrict the business interest deduction? Hard to imagine. Deficit neutral tax reform – it sounds wonky. But it’s a pretty important development that may rein in the scope of a GOP tax plan.
  • Tulsa investigators are looking for two men who ambushed a female pizza delivery driver early Saturday morning. The incident happened around 12:40 a.m, near 23rd and Jackson. Police say the victim had just finished delivering her pizza.  She was walking to her vehicle, when the suspects hit her with an unknown object. “She said she fell to the ground and a suspect took an undisclosed amount of cash from her purse,” police said. Both suspects then fled the scene on foot.   The victim wasn’t able to get a good look at the suspects.   Anyone with information regarding the robbery is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS.   
  • Multiple children are lucky to be okay, after reportedly getting locked inside a vehicle on Friday.   EMSA tells us, witnesses at the scene spotted the children.   “The latest call, at the Aldi’s grocery store at 82nd street and South Olympia Avenue, included three children – reported to be one infant and two toddlers - locked in a car,” EMSA said.  “A caller called 911 and waited at the scene to wave down emergency responders. The patients were assessed at the scene and were not transported to a hospital.” No word on who drove the children to the store or why they were left inside.   As of 8 p.m. Friday, EMSA crews had responded to eight suspected heat-related calls.  Saturday could be even hotter, so please stay safe.
  • Saturday will be perfect for staying close to your air conditioner or making friends with somebody who owns a pool. National Weather Service Meteorologist Chuck Hodges says we have another scorcher ahead of us. “Another hot one for Saturday,” Hodges said.  “Sunny skies and it looks like the high temperature will be around 102, 103 degrees.” There is an Excessive Heat Warning in effect for Tulsa and surrounding counties until 8 p.m. NWS reports we’ll see more high temperatures on Sunday.  The sun will come back out and the high should be near 100 degrees.   There is also a small chance for storms on Sunday, during the afternoon hours.  
  • O.J. Simpson plans to return to Florida when he’s released from prison in Nevada, but where are the rest of the players from the Trial of the Century? The Washington Post says the cast of characters includes prosecutor Marcia Clark, who now writes murder mysteries. Judge Lance Ito is now retired. Simpson’s lead defense attorney Johnnie Cochran died in 2005. Prosecutor Christopher Darden now has his own law firm as a defense and civil litigation attorney. But the paper says famed defense lawyer F. Lee Bailey has probably fared the worst. The now 83-year-old was disbarred and filed for bankruptcy after a string of scandals and runs a small consulting business above a hair salon in Maine. You can read more about the story here.