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Monroe County BOCC/Facebook(MONROE COUNTY, Fla.) When Jen Shockley Brack saw a baby deer running for its life, she jumped into the flames to save the endangered Key deer fawn.

“I wasn’t scared. I saw his big eyes and he was so scared and trembling, I just had to get him,” Shockley Brack told ABC News.

The Monroe County Fire Rescue firefighter saw the young spotted fawn while responding to the Big Pine Key brush fire in the Florida Keys. It's the beginning of the wildfire season in the area, and the fire was moving rapidly after starting Sunday afternoon.

Shockley Brack, who’s been working with the Monroe County Fire Rescue for three and a half years, and her team were holding the fire line to protect exposures in the area Sunday.

“I saw this little guy run out and he was terrified,” Shockley Brack said. “He was scared to death and his little legs were shaking.”

She told her coworker she was going in after him because the area where the fawn ran was fully engulfed. When she got to the fawn, he laid down and looked up at her.

“I think he knew I was there to help him,” she said.

Shockely Brack scooped up the fawn in her arms, singeing her eyelashes a little as she reached into the burning bush where the fawn hid.

While it is not uncommon to find Key deer near fires, they have adapted to stay safe in instances of fire. This was a unique situation because the fawn was found without its mother.

Rescue workers brought the fawn to a truck, giving him oxygen, water and wrapping him in a sheet while the fire was brought under control. The young deer was unharmed and, in accordance with the Key Deer Refuge Policy, was released back into the wild.

Shockley Brack said the fire was particularly bad because of the devestation caused by Hurricane Irma last summer. She said the hurricane knocked down a lot of trees, providing more fuel for the fire. Wildfires are natural to the ecosystem in the Florida Keys, but this one was particularly large.

The fire burned 100 acres and took one residence. But the property loss could have been much worse if the crews hadn't responded as quickly and effectively as they did, she explained.

Shockley Brack and her team evacuated residents’ pet dogs and cats, including a Mastiff and Saint Bernard.

Since it’s a small area, she said, she thinks the fawn will easily be able to meet back up with the rest of the herd.

“Hopefully that little guy is out there," she said, "and doing OK."

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iStock/Thinkstock(ADRIAN, Mich.) -- Birdies on the golf course are usually a good thing. Just not when that bird is a very angry goose.

At a high school golf tournament in Adrian, Michigan, a Blissfield High School foursome had teed off and was walking down a fairway where a goose was sitting on an egg in a nest off to the side. There was a sign warning them of the goose and the golfers were respecting its space.

But that's when an additional goose suddenly came up behind the golfers.

And it was not happy.

The foursome was attacked by the goose, with one particular golfer, in his purple pullover, coming under direct assault.

Devon Gilson-Pitts, whose husband is an assistant coach for the Blissford team, says she drove in a golf cart with her husband to get between the golfer and the goose. She said it took four carts to keep the goose away and help retrieve the golfer’s clubs, which fell out during the attack.

Neither man nor goose was injured.

Blissfield finished ninth of the 13 teams in the Saturday tournament.

Isaac Couling, who was competing against Blissfield for Concord High School, was identified as the victim in the attack by The Detroit News. He says he parred the hole.

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Subscribe To This Feed CITY, N.J.) -- A dead baby girl found in a suitcase in April has been identified as a missing two-year-old girl from Virginia.

A Port Authority employee completing a routine inspection midday April 11 found the child's remains in a suitcase near train tracks in Jersey City, just a few miles away from lower Manhattan, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said previously.

The child was identified as Te'Myah Plummer, according to the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office. Her father, Travis Plummer, was arrested in Puerto Rico on April 19 and is awaiting extradition proceedings to Hudson County.

Police in Richmond, Virginia, had asked for the public's help finding the girl and Plummer in March, according to a press release obtained by ABC News.

They had not been seen since August, according to the press release, when it was believed they had moved to Charlotte-Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, area or Jersey City.

Plummer has been charged with desecrating human remains.

The child's cause and manner of death have not yet been shared publicly.

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Metro Nashville Police Department(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The suspected gunman in the Waffle House shooting near Nashville, Tennessee, that left four people dead was captured Monday afternoon in a wooded area less than two miles from where he allegedly committed the massacre, authorities said.

Travis Reinking was taken into custody at 1:07 p.m., about an hour after police officials said they had received no credible sightings of the suspect since Sunday morning. Reinking was caught in a wooded area behind an apartment complex where he lives after a civilian spotted him and called 911, police said.

Reinking has been booked into the Metro Jail on four counts of criminal homicide. He is being held on $2 million bond.

He is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.

More than 160 law enforcement officers -- including SWAT teams, K-9 units and helicopter crews -- had fanned out across the Nashville suburb of Antioch in search of Reinking, who police suspected was armed and dangerous.

Don Aaron, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, said Reinking was taken into custody without incident and transported to the South Precinct station in Nashville.

"He immediately requested a lawyer and refused to make a statement," Aaron said.

He said Reinking was taken to Nashville General Hospital to be examined and was expected to be jailed later today on four counts of criminal homicide.

Lt. Carlos Lara of police department's Specialized Investigation Narcotics Unit said his team was investigating tips from the public when a caller contacted dispatchers to report a man matching Reinking's description walking through a construction site behind an apartment complex where the suspect lives.

Lara said officers responded to the Discovery at Mountain View apartment complex, where construction workers directed them to a path they saw the suspect take into a wooded area.

Taken at gunpoint

While walking through the woods, Det. Kyle Williams spotted a man in front of him, Lara said.

"As he was walking forward, the suspect turned around and Det. Williams saw his face and realized that that is the suspect we were looking for," Lara said. "At that point, Det. Williams drew down on the suspect. He told him to get on the ground. He got on the ground immediately.... Other detectives came and assisted, put him into custody and put him in cuffs."

At the time of his arrest, Reinking had a backpack on that detectives cut off while he was in handcuffs, Lara said.

"When they looked into the backpack they saw a silver Kimber semiautomatic weapon with .45-caliber ammunition, a flashlight, and a holster," Lara said.

He said Reinking was also carrying a wallet in his back pocket that contained his Colorado identification.

Prior to Reinking's capture, there had been no credible sightings of him since a resident saw him about 8:30 a.m. Sunday entering the woods shirtless behind the Discovery at Mountain View apartments, Aaron said. When he was arrested, Reinking was dressed in a torn maroon shirt and jeans.

Nashville Mayor David Briley praised the huge law enforcement contingent that included FBI and state police for apprehending Reinking in less than 34 hours.

"I'd like to say thanks to the citizens of Nashville. A tip from the community is what led to the arrest today and their being vigilant was really an important part of what happened today," Briley said.

Police helicopter crews had focused their search on the wooded area in which Reinking was last seen. Officers on the ground had searched the woods on foot with K-9 units, Aaron said.

Police suspect that Reinking, 29, went to the Waffle House in Antioch about 3:19 a.m. Sunday and waited in his gold-colored Chevrolet Silverado pickup for up to four minutes before allegedly commencing with his deadly rampage.

Police believe the suspect showed up at the restaurant wearing only a green jacket and nothing on underneath.

He fled the business after patron James Shaw Jr., 29, confronted him and took his gun during a tussle, threw it over a counter and forced the gunman outside.

Reinking fled the restaurant on foot and, police said. He ran to his apartment at Discovery at Mountain View complex, where he put on a pair of dark pants and apparently grabbed some extra clothes and his backpack containing the handgun. Police said they seized two hunting rifles from Reinking's apartment when they searched it on Sunday.

Victims killed

Killed in the Waffle House shooting were: Taurean Sanderlin, 29, a cook at the restaurant who was on a cigarette break and was one of the first slain in the shooting; DeEbony Groves, 21, an honor student at Belmont University in Nashville; and Akilah DaSilva, 23, a Middle Tennessee State University student. The youngest victim was 20-year-old Joe Perez, whose mother wrote in a Facebook post, "Me, my husband and sons are broken right now with this loss. Our lives are shattered."

Two victims remain hospitalized in critical but stable condition, officials said.

"I hope everybody will share a commitment that I have to help the families who lost their loved ones and who are still suffering in the hospital right now," Mayor Briley said. "We're going to have to gather around them and lift them up over the coming weeks.

"Obviously, this is a tragedy. We put an end to part of it today," he said. "We need to move on as a community and do what we can to curb this violence in the future."

Suspect's troubled history

Police said Reinking was raised in Illinois and has a history of mental problems and run-ins with the law.

In July 2017, he was arrested by U.S. Secret Service at the White House after he breached a restricted area and refused to leave, officials said. He demanded to meet with President Donald Trump.

Weeks later on Aug. 24, 2017, Tazewell County, Illinois, sheriff's deputies retrieved Reinking's guns, including one Kimber pistol, a Bushmaster AR-15, a .22 caliber rifle and a Remington 710 with miscellaneous ammunition, according to a report filed.

Reinking's firearms license was also revoked, according to a report from the Tazewell County Sheriff's Department.

The weapons landed back in Reinking's father's possession. The father admitted to authorities Sunday that he gave the guns back to his son, according to the sheriff's department.

The AR-15 assault rifle that had been seized was used in the Waffle House attack, police said.

Reinking had also threatened to commit suicide in May 2016 in a parking lot in his hometown of Morton, Illinois, and at the time his family told authorities he was having "delusions" involving Taylor Swift. He believed the singer was stalking him and harassing him, according to police records obtained by ABC News.

Police said he moved to Nashville in the fall of 2017 and landed a construction job, but was fired three weeks ago. He went to work for another construction company on April 16 but failed to show up after one day, police said.

Suspect suspected in car theft

He is suspected to have stolen a BMW on Tuesday from a local dealership, Arron said. The suspect went to the dealership in Brentwood in neighboring Williamson County and stole the BMW after he refused a request from a salesman to show his identification, he added.

Reinking had somehow obtained a fob for the BMW, got in it and drove away, Aaron said, adding that Brentwood Police spotted the stolen car and gave chase but called off the pursuit when it became too dangerous.

The stolen car, which was equipped with GPS, was located at the apartment complex where Reinking lives.

Aaron said the fob used in the auto theft was found in Reinking's apartment when police searched it Sunday.

"We don't know what his plan was. What his intention for taking the BMW car remains to be seen," Aaron said.

He also said that several hours after the Waffle House massacre Sunday, a laptop case containing a card with Reinking's name written on it was found at a truck stop at Interstate 24 and Old Hickory Boulevard, about 20 miles from area Reinking was last spotted.

It’s unclear whether Reinking managed to get that far after the shooting or whether the laptop case was left there before the shooting, Aaron said.

"We have a myriad of questions for him," Aaron said.

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Michael Bryant-Pool/Getty Images(NORRISTOWN, Pa.) -- The defense team in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, rested its case on Monday, paving the way for key closing arguments Tuesday.

“You now have all the evidence," Judge Steven T. O’Neill told the 12 primary and six alternate jurors, before advising they “rest up” in anticipation of closing arguments.

Seven men and five women, two African-Americans among them, will likely begin deliberations late Tuesday or on Wednesday morning.

The hard-fought, high-profile case was marked by colorful witnesses, devastating cross-examinations and heartbreaking claims of abuse.

Surprising new developments unfolded inside and outside of the courtroom, often on the same day.

Earlier on Monday, the comedian informed the judge that he would exercise his right not to testify in his own defense, the same choice he made at last summer’s trial, which ended in a hung jury and a mistrial.

Cosby is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault for allegedly drugging and molesting Andrea Costand, the former director of operations for the women’s basketball team at Temple University, where for years Cosby was a trustee and major financial donor.

He has pleaded not guilty and has denied ever drugging or assaulting anyone.

Of dozens of women who have come forward in recent years to accuse the entertainer of similar assaults stretching back to the 1960s, only Constand’s allegations fall within the statute of limitations.

During Monday morning’s court session, the defense called two final witnesses to support their contention that Cosby wasn’t at his Philadelphia estate in January 2004, the month during which Constand said she was assaulted.

Prosecutors pointed out that records of performances and flight logs from his private jet did not necessarily mean he wasn’t in the Philadelphia area -- just that he hadn’t performed or flown there.

This time around, the same prosecution team faced off against an entirely new defense team, led by celebrity attorney Tom Mesereau, who mounted a far more aggressive strategy in defending Cosby than the previous team by focusing on attacking the credibility of Constand.

It remains to be seen whether that more muscular strategy will pay off or backfire.

The primary difference between Cosby’s first trial and his second was that at last summer’s trial the judge in the case, O’Neill, allowed only one additional accuser to testify and support Constand’s account, based on the prosecution’s argument that it needed to show a common scheme or pattern to Cosby’s alleged assault of Constand.

This time around, the judge allowed five such women to take the stand.

Another new element in this year’s trial was O’Neill's decision to allow the testimony of Marguerite “Margo” Jackson, a former colleague of Constand’s at Temple, who testified that Constand once mused about framing a celebrity. The judge had rejected her testimony in the first trial as hearsay. Constand has denied Jackson's claims.

Unlike last summer, when a parade of Cosby accusers turned up inside and outside the courthouse, just three steadfast accusers -- Victoria Valentino, Theresa Serignese and Lili Bernard -- sat quietly in the back of the court for virtually every moment of the lengthy pre-trial motions process, the jury selection and the trial.

Cosby faces up to 10 years in prison for each count, if convicted.

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Subscribe To This Feed -- United States Customs and Border Protection is not the apple of Crystal Tadlock's eye.

Tadlock told Fox affiliate KDVR she was on a Delta flight back from Paris headed to Minneapolis when flight attendants passed out free apples in plastic bags. She said she took one despite not being hungry, and instead saved it for later on her connecting flight to Denver.

"I wasn't hungry at the time so I jammed it in my carry-on," Tadlock told KDVR in Denver, which she lives just outside of.

Tadlock said she was going through Customs when she said her bag was randomly searched by an agent who found the apple inside the plastic bag it was originally handed out in.

According to Tadlock, the agent asked if her trip to France was expensive, and she replied yes.

"It's about to get a whole lot more expensive after I charge you $500," the agent then allegedly said to Tadlock, she told KDVR.

She said she was then fined $500 and lost her global entry status.

In a statement to ABC News, Delta said, "We encourage our customers to follow U.S. Customs and Border Protection protocols."

Tadlock told KDVR that she feels that Delta should have warned customers not to take the apples off the plane or not hand them out at all.

"I understand the laws and I understand the Department of Agriculture doesn't want certain insects in the U.S. and such, but once again the apple is from Delta," Tadlock said.

In a statement to ABC News, CBP said "Privacy policy prohibits CBP from discussing the details of any individuals specific inspection, however all agriculture items must be declared. Prohibited items that are not declared by a passenger are confiscated and disposed of by CBP. More importantly, civil penalties may be assessed for failure to declare prohibited agricultural products and may range up to $1,000 per first-time offense for noncommercial quantities. If the items are determined to be for commercial use, violations will be assessed at a much higher rate."

According to the CBP website, travelers must declare fruits, vegetables, plants and animal products.

Tadlock told KDVR that she plans to fight the fine in court.

"It’s really unfortunate someone has to go through that and be treated like a criminal over a piece of fruit," Tadlock said.

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Subscribe To This Feed -- An unruly passenger was shot with a stun gun, arrested and forcibly removed from a flight Sunday evening in an incident fellow passengers caught on video.

The Chicago-bound American Airlines plane sat at the gate at Miami International Airport Sunday for over an hour due to the disturbance, according to an airline statement.

Video posted on Twitter taken by a fellow flyer shows a male passenger getting held down and Tasered several times by three Miami-Dade police officers. The male passenger asks why he is getting removed from the plane, and an officer responds with, “You just assaulted a lady.”

According to an American Airlines statement obtained by ABC News, the incident started with a disagreement between two passengers. The instigating passenger was asked by the crew to deplane but refused. Police officers were called onto the plane.

“Once law enforcement was on the aircraft, the passenger then became combative with the officers from the Miami-Dade Police Department. The same passenger was subsequently arrested by law enforcement,” reads a statement from the airline.

All other passengers remained on the plane.

The flight departed an hour later than scheduled, and successfully reached its destination at Chicago’s O’Hare airport early Monday morning.

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Subscribe To This Feed, N.Y.) -- Syracuse University removed more than a dozen Theta Tau fraternity members from classes on Sunday after video emerged showing members participating in racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic skits, according to to school officials.

The university said 18 students had been "removed from academic participation" in connection with the video, which it said showed Theta Tau members acting in an "extremely racist" and "homophobic" manner.

One of the videos -- made public by the school's independent newspaper, The Daily Orange, last week -- showed members of the engineering fraternity using racist, ethnic and sexist slurs while pretending to perform sexual acts on each other. The paper published a second video over the weekend which it said showed people in Theta Tau’s house miming the sexual assault of a person with disabilities.

The students removed were all "present at the sponsored event" where the video was filmed, the central New York school's chief of the Department of Public Safety, Bobby Maldonado, said in a statement Sunday.

"Out of an abundance of caution and ongoing concern for our campus community, Provost Michele Wheatly and Dean of Students Rob Hradsky notified the 18 students of their removal from academic participation, effective immediately," Maldonado said. "Alternative class and study arrangements will be made for these students as the judicial process moves forward."

He said other students could be implicated as the investigation continues, according to the statement.

The university permanently expelled the fraternity chapter on Saturday, warning that it could take disciplinary actions against the individual students involved at a later time.

"Our investigation is ongoing and others may be implicated in the coming days," Maldonado said Sunday. "We have not and will not release the videos that are a part of our investigation, he added, noting that his office refused to be “party to the distribution of this hateful and hurtful content."

Portions of the video, originally posted to a secret Facebook group called "Tau of Theta Tau," were still available on The Daily Orange's website as of early Monday.

The fraternity chapter apologized on Friday, saying the activity depicted in video was meant to be "satirical."

"Each semester our new members are given the opportunity to write and act out a skit, in order to roast the active brothers. This event was never intended to be centered around racism or hate. This year, one of these brothers is a conservative Republican, and the new members roasted him by playing the part of a racist conservative character," the university's Theta Tau chapter said in a statement. "It was a satirical sketch of an uneducated, racist, homophobic, misogynist, sexist, ableist and intolerant person.

"The young man playing the part of this character nor the young man being roasted do not hold any of the horrible views espoused as a part of that sketch," it added.

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Nashville Police Department(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Four people were killed and two others critically injured when a man naked from the waist down and wielding an AR-15 assault-style rifle opened fire at a Waffle House in Tennessee early Sunday, police said.

The suspected gunman was identified as Travis Reinking, 29, from Morton, Illinois. He was arrested in July for allegedly breaching a barrier at the White House and demanding a meeting with President Donald Trump, officials said.

Reinking had also threatened to commit suicide in May 2016 in a parking lot in Illinois and at the time his family told authorities he was having "delusions" involving Taylor Swift. He believed the singer was stalking him and harassing him, according to police records obtained by ABC News.

Early Sunday, Reinking ran from the scene after a patron at the restaurant wrestled the rifle away from him, police said. Police on Sunday evening were using dogs and a helicopter to search a wooded area near the restaurant where the gunman was last seen.

"He's murdered four times with no apparent reason, no apparent motive. So we're very concerned," said Chief Steve Anderson of the Metropolitan Nashville Police.

Anderson said a pistol belonging to Reinking had not be recovered and he should be considered armed and dangerous.

A witness to the shooting, Chuck Cordero, 50, told ABC News that he had just pulled up to the Waffle House in Antioch, a suburban area about 12 miles from downtown Nashville, when gunfire broke out.

"He was only wearing a jacket and nothing else on," Cordero, a roadside-assistance worker, said of the gunman.

Police said two of the dead were shot outside the restaurant and one inside. A fourth person who was shot inside the restaurant later died at the hospital.

Two other people shot in the incident were in critical but stable condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. Other victims were struck by shattered glass.

The person who wrestled the rifle away from the shooter is a "hero," police said.

Cordero used the same word.

"There's a hero," Cordero said. "I don't know what his name is, but there's a gentleman who was in there, who when this guy stopped to reload or stopped to do something with his gun, he took that opportunity and wrestled the guy till the gun went flying and then the dude took off running."

"I talked to him afterward and told him, 'You are a hero, man,' because had that guy reloaded, there were plenty more people in that restaurant," he said.

But the courageous patron, identified as James Shaw Jr., 29, refused to call himself a hero.

"I just knew it was me or him. It was that type of scenario," Shaw said at a news conference Sunday afternoon. "So I chose to go with what I wanted to go with and it worked."

Shaw said that when the gunfire broke, a bullet grazed his elbow as he ducked for cover near the restaurant's restroom. He said that when he saw the gunman look down at his weapon apparently to reload, he made his move.

"It was at that time I kind of made up my mind ... that if it was gonna come down to it, he was going to have to work to kill me," Shaw said.

Cordero said there were about 30 people in the restaurant at the time of the shooting.

He said the first victim, identified by authorities as Joe E. Perez, 20, of Nashville, was killed at the front door of the restaurant. Cordero said the second victim was a friend, a cook at the Waffle House identified by police as Taurean C. Sanderline, 29, of Goodlettsville, Tennessee, who was outside on a cigarette break when he, too, was fatally shot while trying to run from the gunman.

The gunman fired into the window of the restaurant, shattering it, before entering and unleashing more gunfire. Killed inside the restaurant was 21-year-old DeEbony Groves, from Gallatin, Tennessee. Groves was a student at Belmont University.

"The entire campus community is shocked and devastated by how such senseless violence has taken the life of this young woman, an individual full of immense potential," the school said in a statement. "We extend our thoughts and prayers to her family and friends as they come to terms with unimaginable grief."

Akilah DaSilva, 23, of Antioch was also shot and later pronounced dead at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, police said.

"Once he started shooting inside I dropped to the ground and I started to crawl around my car because I didn't know if he was going to come after me," Cordero told ABC News. "So I was able to see his feet from underneath the car. Once he went inside I tried to run across the parking lot and I fell because my legs just ... I was scared."

Cordero said the shooter seemed to remain silent, saying nothing during the rampage.

But Shaw said the gunman was cursing at him for intervening "like I was in the wrong trying to save my life."

Don Aaron, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, said the suspect arrived at the restaurant in a gold-colored Chevrolet Silverado pickup at 3:19 a.m.

"Reinking sat in the pickup truck for three-and-a-half to four minutes just looking at people inside the restaurant," Aaron said. "After about four minutes, Reinking got out of his truck armed with an AR-15 rifle and started shooting."

He said Reinking was only wearing a green jacket with nothing on underneath, Aaron said.

Aaron said the gunman shed his jacket after Shaw wrestled away his weapon. He said the suspect fled on foot, leaving his truck parked outside. The truck was registered to Reinking, he said.

Police found several ammunition cartridges in Reinking's jacket, which he left at the scene, Aaron said.

Aaron said police believe Reinking ran to a nearby apartment complex where he lives, put on a pair of pants and ran into the nearby woods shirtless.

He said Reinking's has an Illinois driver's license and is known to law enforcement in Illinois. Reinking is believed to be from Morton, Illinois, but had been living in the Nashville area since the fall of 2017, Aaron said.

A motive for the shooting remains under investigation, Anderson said.

"We suspect some mental issues, but at this time there's no note, no verbal explanations," Anderson said. "So we don't have a motive at this time."

Todd Hudson of the U.S. Secret Service Nashville Office said Reinking was arrested on July 7, 2017, after he allegedly crossed an exterior barrier at the White House, breached a restricted area and refused to leave. Hudson said Reinking asked to meet with the president.

He was arrested on suspicion of unlawful entry and later interviewed by FBI agents in Illinois.

Reinking entered a deferred prosecution agreement over the misdemeanor charge on July 26, which called for him to stay away from the White House for four months and perform 32 hours of community service, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia said. He met those conditions and the case was dismissed Nov. 17.

As a result of the White House arrest, Reinking's firearms license was revoked and his four guns were seized by the Tazewell County, Illinois, Sheriff's Office.

Matthew Espenshade, special agent in charge of the FBI's national office, said the bureau's agents conducted a thorough investigation of Reinking, including database reviews and interviews with people familiar with Reinking.

"After conducting all appropriate investigation, the FBI closed its assessment of Mr. Reinking in October of 2017," Espenshade said. "I feel confident that the FBI took the appropriate steps and did everything within our federal jurisdiction that we could at the time."

Anderson said the guns seized from Reinking were eventually turned over to his father, including the AR-15 rifle used in Sunday's shooting.

"It's my understanding the guns were surrendered to him [Reinking's father] and that's part of Illinois law because he could properly possess them," Anderson said. "At some point, he returned them to the son."

Anderson said only two of the Reinking's four guns have been accounted for: the AR-15 and another gun found in a search of his residence.

Two other guns, a hunting rifle and a handgun, have not been located and Anderson said he feared Reinking is now armed with them.

There were 35 officers from three precincts responding to the shooting, police said. The FBI and federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives agents were also assisting in the investigation.

Pat Warner, director of public relations and external affairs for Waffle House, called it a "very troubling" situation.

"We are sending our corporate team from Atlanta and heading to Nashville now," Warner said. "Our thoughts are with those affected."

"We are deeply saddened by this tragic incident," Waffle House said later in a statement. "Right now, our first thoughts are with the victims and their families, and we will be there for them in this most difficult time. We are still gathering the details, and so we do not have much information to share ... This is a very sad day for the Waffle House family."

Nashville Mayor David Briley noted that the shooting came just seven months after another mass shooting at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Nashville that left one person dead and seven injured. Emanuel Kidega Samson, a 25-year-old native of Sudan, was arrested and charged in the shooting.

"We need comprehensive gun reform to address mass shootings, domestic shootings, accidental shootings and homicides," Briley said. "If we can all just come together for the greater good, we can take these weapons of war off the streets of our country."

The mayor added: "Clearly the victims of this shooting deserve our prayers and our thoughts, but they also deserve leaders who will step up and take action and do something to get these weapons off our streets."

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Jessica Drake, an adult-film star who claims she refused a $10,000 offer to have sex with Donald Trump after meeting him at a Lake Tahoe golf event in 2006, says Stormy Daniels told her Daniels was threatened by someone to stay silent about Daniels' alleged sexual tryst with Trump.

Daniels and her attorney recently released a sketch based on Daniels' recollection of the man they say threatened her in a parking lot in 2011 after she told her story of a 2006 tryst with Trump at a celebrity golf tournament to a tabloid magazine.

In an interview airing on Good Morning America on Monday, Drake told ABC News that Daniels, her friend and fellow porn star, is telling the truth.

"She actually told me about the threat twice,” Drake said. “So the first time she told me about the threat was shortly after it happened. She relayed the experience to me. I said something like, 'I'm so sorry, I can't even imagine. What are you going to do?'"

Daniels did not report the alleged threat to authorities.

Drake says that Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, reminded her of the story when Drake came forward with her own allegations of sexual misconduct against Donald Trump at a 2016 news conference.

The Trump campaign issued a statement at the time calling the allegation "totally false and ridiculous." The campaign added: "Mr. Trump does not know this person, does not remember this person and would have no interest in ever knowing her."

“She goes, ‘Remember what I told you about all those years ago,’” Drake said of her conversation with Daniels. “She goes, ‘Be careful, be really careful. You know, don't be alone.’”

Trump has denied Daniels' claim of the affair, but Drake says she was with Daniels during one of her encounters with Trump at the 2006 golf event.

According to Drake, she and Daniels met the future president earlier that day and was later invited to his hotel room a third woman, where Trump allegedly proceeded to kiss them and ask questions.

"Well, we were ushered into the room,” Drake said. “And I remember he was wearing pajamas. And he kissed all of us on the lips and kind of, you know, one of those real close, full-body contact hugs. I do believe 100 percent that he was vetting us to see which one or how many of us he liked.”

The women left, Drake says, but she later received a call inviting her back to the hotel room. When she refused, someone who worked for Trump called her back to offer her $10,000 to return, she claims.

Drake, whose real name is Angel Ryan, says she refused again but Daniels, her friend told her later, went back to Trump’s room on her own.

"I relayed my experience to her,” Drake said of Daniels. “Like, what happened with me after we left the room. At the time that I relayed that experience to her, I didn't yet know of her experience -- until she said, ‘He didn't offer to pay me.’”

Drake said she is speaking up now to back up her friend Daniels, who filed a lawsuit against Trump in March, seeking to invalidate a nondisclosure agreement she signed shortly before the 2016 election.

Drake is named in the agreement as someone with whom Daniels discussed the alleged sexual tryst with Trump.

A payment, worth $130,000, was made by Trump's longtime attorney Michael Cohen, who is now under criminal investigation. Cohen has said he made the payment personally from his own funds. Trump has said he did not know about the payment by Cohen.

Trump denies having an affair with Daniels.

Meanwhile, Daniels has not mentioned Drake in interviews about the alleged affair -- nor did she mention being in Trump's room with other women. Daniels' lawyer, Michael Avennati, did not comment to ABC News about Drake's account.

Drake said she is not trying to sell her story and does not intend to sue the president, but her attorney, Gloria Allred, has warned the commander-in-chief to mind what he says -– and tweets -– about her client.

“If he gets enraged and upset and says something about Jessica that is, in fact, defamatory, then we're gonna need to review our legal options,” Allred sai

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Police in New York City are searching for a subway commuter who did anything but "Make America Great Again."

New York ABC station WABC reports the New York City Police Department is looking for a man who attacked a fellow subway rider on Friday. The suspect was wearing a red "Make America Great Again" cap, sold by Donald Trump during his presidential campaign, and a red "Make America Great Again" T-shirt at the time of the attack, police said. 

According to police, the Trump supporter got into a verbal argument with the fellow rider before punching him in the head on a 4 train as it approached the Union Square station in Manhattan. He then followed the victim, described by police as a 24-year-old Hispanic man, off the train and shoved him onto the tracks.

The attacker allegedly made a number of racially derogatory statements during the assault.

The victim suffered cuts on his head, and was treated at an area hospital, police said.

The alleged assault comes just eight days after a Danish tourist wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat was attacked and robbed of the hat at the same Union Square subway station. In that case, the attacker actually flashed a knife at the victim, according to police. The attacker in last week's case does not meet the same description as Friday's suspect.

Anyone with information about either incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A 2-year-old girl is dead after being shot in an apparent tragic accident late Friday at a Cleveland-area hotel.

Police in Wickliffe, Ohio, said Saturday that it appears as though the mother of the child was handling the gun when she dropped it and it went off, hitting the girl. Police said the girl was struck in the chest and rushed to the hospital where she died.

Wickliffe is a suburb of Cleveland, about 16 miles northeast of downtown.

Cleveland ABC affiliate WEWS-TV reported that the mother admitted to dropping the gun in a 911 call and said the girl was not breathing. She also told operators she thought the safety was off, but then later told authorities the safety was on, WEWS reported.

Police said the gun was legally registered and she owned a concealed carry permit.

Any criminal charges would have to be filed by the prosecutor's office after an investigation by the Lake County Crime Lab, according to WEWS.

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Scott Olson/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- Barbara Bush was remembered at her funeral as a loving wife, mother and friend with a devilish sense of humor and who represented the best of the World War II generation.

"Barbara Bush was the first lady of 'the greatest generation,'" presidential historian Jon Meacham, a friend of the Bush family, said in a eulogy at Saturday's funeral service in Texas that drew signatories from across the nation and around the world.

Meacham recalled the snowy-haired former first lady's "long and consequential life," not least her promotion of literacy, her quick-witted humor and her trademark faux pearls.

"She was candid and comforting," Meacham said, describing her as a “point of light" who "kept everything and everyone together."

Some 1,500 guests filled St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston for the service. Barbara Bush, who died on Tuesday at the age of 92, had requested in her last wishes a modest funeral at the Gothic-style cathedral, where she and her husband, former President George H.W. Bush, were devoted members for decades.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in his homily described his "precious mother" as someone who "filled our lives with laughter and joy."

"She was our teacher and role model on how to live a life of purpose and meaning," he said.

Susan Baker, the wife of James Baker who served as secretary of state under former President George H.W. Bush., also paid tribute to her longtime friend, Barbara Bush, whom she called "Bar."

In her homily, Susan Baker recalled how the former first lady "took me under her wing." She described her as "smart, fun and feisty" and an "amazing, caring and beautiful friend."

"The world saw a compassionate but strict mother who inspired her children with tender but firm lessons," she said. "Barbara, the tough but loving enforcer, was the secret sauce of this extraordinary family."

"Bar’s beauty was evident in every day of her life," she added. "Saying goodbye to our special friend is painful."

Barbara Bush's casket on Friday arrived at St. Martin's, the nation's largest Episcopal church, where she lay in repose as the public was invited to pay respects from noon to midnight, according to the Geo. H. Lewis & Sons Funeral Home in Houston.

The Rev. Russell Levenson Jr. and the Rev. Dr. Peter Cheney will be co-officiants of Saturday's service, which is set to begin at 11 a.m. ET. Barbara Bush's son, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, will deliver a eulogy along with her longtime friend, Susan Baker, and historian Jon Meacham, according to a statement from the Bush family.

Four of the five living ex-presidents are attending Saturday's funeral service, including former President Barack Obama and his wife, former first lady Michelle Obama, as well as former President Bill Clinton and his wife, former Secretary of State and first lady Hillary Clinton. The Clintons' daughter, Chelsea Clinton, is also in attendance.

Following the service, a funeral procession will bring Barbara Bush's casket to the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum near Texas A&M University in College Station for a private service, where she will be buried in a family plot beside her daughter, Robin, who died of leukemia at the age of 3 in 1953. The Texas A&M Corps of Cadets are expected to line Barbara Bush Avenue outside the library to pay tribute to the former first lady.

First lady Melania Trump is attending Saturday's service “on behalf of the first family,” White House deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters said in a statement. “To avoid disruptions due to added security, and out of respect for the Bush Family and friends attending the service, President Trump will not attend.”

Similarly, in 2016, then-President Obama did not attend the funeral of former first lady Nancy Reagan, while his wife did. Sitting presidents have rarely in recent decades gone to the funerals of former first ladies, according to, a project of The Annenberg Public Policy Center in Philadelphia.

Trump, who's at his Mar-a-Lago resort in South Florida for the weekend, extended his "thoughts and prayers" to the Bush family via Twitter and said he planned to watch Barbara Bush's funeral service from the "Southern White House."

Barbara Bush served as first lady from 1989 to 1993. She died shortly after deciding to forgo further medical treatments for her failing health.

Former President George H.W. Bush is "broken-hearted to lose his beloved Barbara, his wife of 73 years," according to Jean Becker, chief of staff at the 93-year-old former president's office.

"He held her hand all day today and was at her side when she left this good earth," Becker said in a statement.

Their eldest child, former President George W. Bush, described his mother as a "fabulous first lady and a woman unlike any other who brought levity, love, and literacy to millions."

"To us, she was so much more," he said in a statement after her death. "Mom kept us on our toes and kept us laughing until the end. I’m a lucky man that Barbara Bush was my mother. Our family will miss her dearly."

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Elyce Gray(BARSTOW, Calif.) -- The family of an unarmed black man who died in a hail of police bullets at a Walmart parking lot is still looking for answers -- days after video surfaced that captured the cacophony of gunfire from police officers shooting into the car he was driving.

Diante Yarber, a 26-year-old father of three, was behind the wheel of a black Ford Mustang when Barstow police officers fired more than 30 rounds into the vehicle earlier this month.

"There's no justification for what they did to him," Nakia Little, Yarber's sister, told ABC News station KABC-TV. "It's like I'm in a twist between anger and hurt."

Little's anguish comes as video emerged showing officers repeatedly firing into the vehicle on April 5. They responded to a call "regarding a suspicious vehicle" after a car was reported stolen earlier, according to the Barstow Police Department.

When the officers arrived to perform a traffic arrest at the store's parking lot, officers exited their cars and "commanded the driver to exit his vehicle," according to a Barstow Police Department release.

Police say Yarber -- who was in the vehicle with three passengers, all of whom survived -- "accelerated forward toward the officers, and then accelerated in reverse towards officers and striking another patrol vehicle," according to the release.

The Barstow Police Department did not immediately respond Saturday to ABC News' request for comment.

Meanwhile, the video, posted online by attorney S. Lee Merritt, shows the Mustang apparently pinned between two marked Barstow Police Department cruisers and then slowly reversing into one of them as a fusillade of bullets can be heard firing.

Merritt has been retained by the family and has already declared that they are going to pursue a lawsuit for Yarber's shooting death, according to KABC-TV.

"Video evidence shows the black Ford Mustang Yarber was operating backing slowly away from police when they opened fire," he told the station.

He also told KABC-TV that the officers' "firing over 30 rounds into a car occupied by four unarmed pedestrians in a crowded Super Walmart parking lot in the middle of the day was massively irresponsible and reckless."

Police argued the footage of the Mustang slowly reversing into the police cruise only shows the moments after Yarber allegedly rammed the squad car.

Anthony Riley, a public information officer for the Barstow Police Department, said in the statement that one officer involved suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

A woman in the Mustang struck by the gunfire was airlifted to Loma Linda Medical Center, according to the statement. The other two men in the car exited the vehicle and were detained by Barstow Police.

Yarber's family released footage of the gunshot-riddled Mustang showing bullet holes on the cracked front windshield. The camera also pans over the side window where the interior of the car is completely destroyed in the aftermath of the shooting.

Yarber's death comes several weeks after a separate police-involved fatal shooting of an unarmed black man. On March 18, two Sacramento cops fired 20 shots at Stephon Clark, who was only carrying a cell phone.

That killing was followed by a spate of protests and civil unrest.

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Ethan Miller/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- She may be young, but Havana Chapman-Edwards is already a force to be reckoned with. On Friday, as students all over the country participated in the National School Walkout in support of gun control reform, Havana walked out too -- of her elementary school.

The Alexandria, Virginia, first-grader was the only one to walk out of Fort Hunt Elementary School, but she knew why she had to do it.

"I wanted to stand up for the kids who died in Columbine and Sandy Hook and other schools too and can't stand up for themselves anymore," Havana told ABC News.

Her classmates did not participate in the walkout with her, instead choosing to continue with their math work, Havana said. According to Havana's mom, Bethany Edwards, the school said in March that they did not have enough supervision on hand to facilitate a walkout during the March for Our Lives protest.

This time, Edwards decided to take matters into her own hands and sign Havana out.

Edwards said initially she was crushed when they walked out and she saw Havana was alone. After sitting in silence to honor the Columbine victims, however, the two tuned in to watch a live feed of walkouts at other schools.

That's when Havana told her mom, “I am going to tell my friends I did this, and then next time there will be more of us. That means we are winning.”

"I know I am just a kid, but I know you are never too little to make a difference," Havana told ABC News. She added that she was inspired by her heroes, Audrey Faye Hendricks and Ruby Bridges, both young African-American civil rights activists of the 1960s.

Already graced with more wisdom than many her age, the first-grader takes her lessons from history, but has her mind on the future.

Havana's tweet about her solo walkout had received more than 2,000 retweets and 9,000 likes by Friday night. And that space suit Havana was wearing in the photo -- Mom said that was an intentional choice.

"She [wanted] to show the people who make laws that they are not just little kids, but kids with big dreams."

Havana speaks eight languages, and has already started a book club and fundraiser for the African-American children in her choir so they can have books at home. She wanted to participate in Friday's walkout after she participated in the March for Our Lives rally in Washington, D.C. last month. She says another reason she decided to walk out on Friday was the 2009 death of her cousin, Tony, who was shot and killed on the way to school.

Her mom said after Havana's walkout Friday, she knows her daughter understands "what it means to be a leader, even in the most simple of terms."

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