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United States Marshal(CLEVELAND) -- Authorities are searching for a former Cleveland police officer who allegedly cut off his GPS tracker and they say is on the run, one week before he is set to go on trial for rape and kidnapping.

Tommie Griffin, 52, is wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service and the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office for the bond violation, according to Pete Elliott of the U.S. Marshals Service.

He is considered armed and dangerous, Elliott said.

Griffin resigned from the department, Cleveland police told ABC News.

He pleaded not guilty, his attorney, Patrick Leary, told ABC News. Leary declined to comment further.

Griffin's trial is set to begin on Oct. 30.

Police said Griffin, of Parma, Ohio, is 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 240 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at 1-866-4WANTED.
 
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Marin County Sheriff(OCALA COUNTY, Fla.) -- Florida authorities released images of suspects in a string of robberies that were perpetrated in October 2017 by a pair of individuals wearing Freddy Krueger and "Scream" masks.

Two businesses in Florida got an early scare this month.

Robbers wearing Freddy Krueger and Ghostface masks stole money from a Pizza Hut and a Krystal fast food burger chain over a three-day span.

Police in Ocala and Marion counties would not reveal how much money was stolen from each business. The masked pair also attempted to rob a Super 8 motel, but fled the scene when the doors were locked, police said.

The suspects are still at large.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office and Ocala Police Department are asking residents to reach out with information on the burglaries.

Officials would not say if the thieves were men or women.

“In all of the incidents, one is armed and threatens the employees while the other gathers currency in a bag,” the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post.

The robberies occurred between Oct. 16 and 19.

No further masked robberies have been reported in Ocala or Marion counties.
 
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ABC News(MONROVIA, Calif.) -- Three fuzzy intruders dove into a backyard pool in southern California on Saturday to beat the heat.

A brown-colored mama bear and her two cubs were caught on video by a Monrovia, California, resident who was separated only by a pane of glass while the wild animals enjoyed the cool water.

At one point the mama bear came right up to the glass before moving back toward the cubs.

The large bear had a yellow tag on her right ear, indicating that she is tracked by the city's wildlife officials.

"Animal control officers are equipped and trained to handle these and many other types of animals," according to the city's website.

Monrovia animal control services did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.


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ABC News(NEW YORK) - Arizona Sen. John McCain weighed in on the war of words over President Donald Trump’s handling of a phone call to an Army widow as she was grieving over the loss of her husband Army Sergeant La David Johnson.

"We should not be fighting about a brave American who lost his life serving his country," McCain said in an appearance on “The View” today. "That should not be the topic of discussion in America today."

Sgt. Johnson was one of four U.S. military members to lose their lives during an ambush in Niger. On Tuesday, Trump called the family of Sgt. Johnson and according to Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson, Trump told Myeshia Johnson that her husband “knew what he signed up for. But I guess it still hurt.” Trump denied he said so, though Myeshia Johnson said on "Good Morning America" Wilson was "100 percent correct."

Earlier on Monday, Myeshia Johnson said on "Good Morning America" that Trump struggled to remember her husband’s name. Trump defended himself on Twitter, arguing he said Sgt. Johnson’s name right away and “without hesitation.”

McCain has been pressing the Trump administration for more details on what happened during that fateful Oct. 4 military ambush.

"Americans should know what’s going on in Niger," McCain said.

McCain said "one of the fights" he's waging with the Trump administration is that the Senate Armed Services Committee he chairs "is not getting enough information."

The Arizona senator also weighed in on his personal feud with President Donald Trump.

Asked if he has working relationship with the president, McCain said he has “almost none.”

In a response to McCain’s speech last Monday in which the lawmaker slammed the ”half-baked, spurious nationalism” sweeping the U.S. -- widely seen as a criticism of the tenor coming from the current administration -- Trump warned “at some point I fight back.”

When asked today if he was scared of Trump’s threat, McCain laughed and said he has faced "greater challenges."

"We've got to lift the national dialogue. Let’s stop insulting each other. Let's start respect each other's views," McCain said, adding, "We need to have a kinder more respectful, but vigorous debate and discussion. But based on what we want the country to do, not whether somebody's a jerk or not.”

Over the weekend, McCain appeared to take another swipe at Trump -- this time for his deferments from the Vietnam War.

“One aspect of the [Vietnam] conflict, by the way, that I will never ever countenance is that we drafted the lowest-income level of America, and the highest-income level found a doctor that would say that they had a bone spur,” McCain said in an interview for a CSPAN documentary that aired Sunday. “That is wrong. That is wrong. If we are going to ask every American to serve, every American should serve.”

McCain said today he wasn’t speaking about the president.

“I was talking about the entire Vietnam conflict and what a tragedy is,” McCain said.

“I don’t consider him so much a draft dodger as I feel that the system was so wrong that certain Americans could evade their responsibilities to serve the country,” McCain said.

McCain had served in the Vietnam War and was captured and held as a prisoner of war for nearly five and a half years. Last year, Trump criticized McCain’s war record, saying he liked “the ones who weren’t captured.”
 
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@SCPDHq/Twitter(NEW YORK) -- A Long Island mother and her adult son and daughter were arrested and charged in connection with a string of armed robberies over the weekend, including a stick-up that occurred on Saturday, police said.

Deborah Salvatore, 55, along with her son Rick Mascia, 25, and daughter Lauren Mascia, 31, were arrested on Saturday night, accused of robbing six businesses -- one of them twice -- over the past month, police said.

The family, all of the Long Island area, was apprehended late Saturday after Rick Mascia allegedly entered a Dunkin Donuts in Coram, located about an hour east of Manhattan, with a knife and demanded money, according to a police statement.

We arrested a Mastic Beach woman & her 2 adult children in connection with 7 armed robberies at #SuffolkCounty businesses in the past month. pic.twitter.com/BMMA4fNFuw

— Suffolk County PD (@SCPDHq) October 22, 2017

The cashier reportedly opened the register and then ran toward the back of the store, according to the Suffolk County Police Department. Mascia then emptied the register and fled toward his mother, who was waiting for him in a getaway car parked outside, but police were already closing in on them by that point.

The two were arrested on the scene as a part of an undercover police operation, police said. The ensuing investigation led to the arrest of Lauren Mascia, according to police.

“We were able to develop investigative leads that allowed us to identify several suspects,” Suffolk County Police Timothy Sini said during a press briefing on Sunday. “We then launched a comprehensive surveillance plan and were able to catch them in the act.”

Police say the family was allegedly involved in a total of seven late-night robberies, including two Family Dollar locations and two Carvel locations. The alleged heists all took place around Long Island dating back to September 23.

Rick and Lauren Mascia were each charged with six counts of first-degree robbery. Deborah Salvatore was charged with one count of robbery in the first degree.

"They committed robberies together and now they'll go to jail together," Sini said. "It was only a matter of time that we would catch them and we did. I'm glad that we were able to catch them before anyone got hurt."

The suspects were arraigned on Saturday in Central Islip, where they all plead guilty to first degree robbery, according to ABC's New York station WABC. It was not clear if they had obtained attorneys.
 
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@CALFIRE_PIO/Twitter(LOS ANGELES) -- Parts of California will be at an enhanced risk of wildfire ignition this week amid record-breaking heat and gusty winds, meteorologists said.

The greatest risk will be in southern parts of the state where temperatures are forecast to hit dangerous triple-digit levels on Monday and Tuesday, meteorologists said.

The heat, coupled with gusty winds, will create “the most dangerous fire weather conditions seen in the past few years,” according to the National Weather Service. Wind gusts could top between 50 miles per hour in some areas on Tuesday.

“The combination of strong, gusty Santa Ana winds, unseasonably hot and very dry conditions will bring an extended period of critical fire weather conditions across much of southern California,” ABC News Meteorologist Daniel Peck said Sunday. “The concern is that things could go from good to very bad, very quickly in southern CA this time around.”

An Excessive Heat Warning is in effect for much of southwestern California, including San Diego to Los Angeles through Tuesday, where temperatures will be running upwards of 20 degrees above average for this time of the year, meteorologists said.

Decades-old daily record highs, some dating back to the early 1900s, are expected to be broken in many SoCal cities on Monday and Tuesday. Long Branch, located about 30 minutes south of Los Angeles, could see temperatures as high as 104 degrees on Monday, which would break a 52-year-old daily record high.

Meanwhile, Los Angeles could hit a high of 102 degrees on Tuesday, which would top the daily temperature record of 99 degrees reached in 1909.

After battling some of the deadliest and most destructive wildfires in the state's history in recent weeks, CAL Fire said it would increase its staffing levels with additional firefighters, fire engines, fire crews, and aircraft to respond to any new wildfires.

“This is traditionally the time of year when we see these strong Santa Ana winds,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, director of CAL FIRE said in a statement. “And with an increased risk for wildfires, our firefighters are ready."

CAL FIRE Mobilizing for #SantaAnaWinds in Southern California: https://t.co/QnxTnJUV9l pic.twitter.com/p9EfUUf9M5

— CAL FIRE PIO (@CALFIRE_PIO) October 21, 2017

"Firefighters from other states, as well as Australia, are here and ready to help in case a new wildfire ignites," he added.

Nearly 6,000 firefighters continued to battle 10 large wildfires burning across the Golden State on Sunday. At the peak, there were 21 major wildfires that together charred more than 245,000 acres of land in recent weeks.

The fires destroyed more than 8,400 homes and buildings and have been blamed for the deaths of 42 people. All of the remaining fires were more than halfway contained as of early Monday, authorities said.

The National Weather service has issued several Red Flag Warnings and Fire Weather Watches across Southern California due to gusty winds, low humidity and high temperatures. There will be a slight improvement with the heat on Wednesday, with notable relief expected between Thursday and Friday, meteorologists said.
 
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ABCNews.com(MIAMI) -- A Miami-area man has been arrested for allegedly plotting to plant a bomb at a Miami shopping mall, two people familiar with the matter told ABC News on Sunday.

The man, Vicente Solano, was allegedly inspired by ISIS, as first reported by the Miami Herald.

Solano was caught up in an FBI sting operation, where he allegedly thought he was engaging with a like-minded radical but was actually in touch with someone working for the FBI, the sources said.

He never had access to any real, operative explosives because the device he was allegedly planning to use was inert, they said.

He will be charged with an offense related to use of a weapon of mass destruction, one of the sources told ABC News.

The Dolphin Mall was his alleged target, the Herald reported, adding that he was scheduled to have his first appearance in Miami federal court Monday to face a criminal complaint and affidavit.

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Tampa Police Department/Facebook(TAMPA, Fla.) -- Police in Florida are searching for whoever is "terrorizing" a Tampa neighborhood after three people were shot and killed in the same vicinity in less than two weeks.

The latest slaying occurred Thursday night when Anthony Naiboa, a 20-year-old man with autism, was killed in the southeast Seminole Heights neighborhood while on his way home from work, according to the Tampa Police Department.

Officers were patrolling the neighborhood when they heard the shots fired, Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan said in a news conference on Friday. After they canvassed the area, one of the officers found Naiboa.

"But it was too late," Dugan said. "He was already dead when our police officers came upon him."

It appears that Naiboa had taken the wrong bus to the neighborhood and was walking north to another bus stop when he was shot, Dugan said. His father had called the police department, "worried that his son was missing," Dugan added.

"He should not have been in this neighborhood," Dugan said of Naiboa.

Naiboa was the eldest of five children and had just graduated from Tampa's George S. Middleton High School last year, Dugan said.

"He was in the prime of his life, and it has been taken instantly," the police chief said.

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Naiboa was killed about 200 to 300 yards away from where 22-year-old Benjamin Mitchell was killed on Oct. 9, Dugan said. His body was found almost directly in front of Mitchell's home, Dugan said.

Investigators are searching for a person who was seen in surveillance video near the area the night that Mitchell was killed.

"We don’t know if that is him, her or what, Dugan said. "Do not assume this is a white person, do not assume it’s a black person and do not assume it’s a male."

On Oct. 13, the body of Monica Caridad Hoffa was found about a half mile from where Mitchell was found, Dugan said in a news conference Tuesday. Police believe she died Oct. 11.

After Hoffa's body was found, police immediately linked her death to Mitchell's because of the proximity of the shootings, but Dugan called the circumstances "unusual" with "no clear connection." Authorities believe all three killings are linked because of when the shootings occurred and because all the victims were alone when they died.

None of the victims was connected to each other, police said.

Authorities have not yet determined any leads or motive for the killings and are offering $25,000 for information leading to an arrest, Dugan said. He described Mitchell as a "good person who comes from a good family" and said that while Hoffa "had some challenges in her life," there is no reason to believe there was motive to kill her.

Police are instructing residents of the neighborhood to turn on their porch lights at night.

Dugan added that it's not necessary to hide in their homes but to remain aware of their surroundings.

"Do cookouts, walk your dog," he said. "We're not going to be held hostage by whoever's doing this."

A heavy police presence will continue there, Dugan said, adding that the area has been "blanketed" with officers.

Police are not labeling the suspect as a serial killer at this point, and they are frustrated with the unsolved cases, Dugan said.

“This is, you know, very frustrating," Dugan said. "I go from frustration to anger on these unsolved homicides. And now, we have someone who is terrorizing the neighborhood. It’s just difficult to see this happen.”

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U.S. Army(HOLLYWOOD, Fla.) -- U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson, who was among four American service members killed in Niger earlier this month, was laid to rest in his home state of Florida on Saturday.

A flag-covered coffin holding Johnson's remains was carried into South Florida's Christ The Rock Church for a private funeral service Saturday morning. American flags flew at half-staff across the Sunshine State as Johnson's body was then taken to Hollywood Memorial Gardens where he was buried.

An emotional public viewing for Johnson, 25, was held the previous night at the church in Cooper City, where gospel music filled the room while loved ones and strangers cried, prayed and hugged each other. His family, wearing red shirts, sat in the front row, a short distance from his closed casket, flanked by a heart-shaped wreath made of red roses.

Instead of wearing a red shirt, Johnson's aunt, Sharon Wright, wore a military green U.S. Army T-shirt and sat outside the church on a bench weeping, according to ABC affiliate WPLG-TV.

Johnson, a native of Miami Gardens, and three other U.S. service members, were killed during an ambush near a village close to Niger's border with Mali on Oct. 4.

Johnson leaves behind his wife Myeshia, who is expecting their third child in January. They also have a 2-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter.

Terkiya McGriff, who told the Miami Herald she was Johnson's sister on his father's side, said she had spoken to him on Facetime before he left for Niger. She said it's been tough accepting he's gone.

“I'm not going to ever have my brother anymore,” she told the newspaper.

Throughout Johnson's viewing on Friday night, soldiers marched up to the casket, stopped, saluted and marched away.

As people waited in line, two screens broadcast photos of Johnson -- some in his army fatigues, others holding his children, the Miami Herald reported.

Many of those who attended the viewing were veterans who did not know Johnson, but wanted to pay their respects.

"I'm here for the fallen soldier. I'm here for his family," Vietnam veteran L.C. Deal told WPLG-TV. "I think they need to feel that they aren't just out here because they lost a loved one. There's a healing process and it's going to take time."

Another veteran, Mike Pacheco, told WPLG-TV that his thoughts were with Johnson's widow. "My condolences to her and her family," he said. "I hurt maybe not as much as you, but I hurt deeply because it's that kind of bond, and God Bless your family. I want to thank your husband for putting up the ultimate sacrifice and may he rest In peace."

Melvin Harris, a Korean war veteran, told the Miami Herald as he entered the church, "I came to pay my respects to my brother."

Earlier this week, Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Florida, was in a car with Myeshia Johnson when she received a call from President Donald Trump about her husband's death. Wilson took issue with what she said Trump told Mrs. Johnson: that her husband "must have known what he signed up for."

Trump later criticized the congresswoman and denied on Twitter her account of the conversation.

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@6News/Twitter(KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) -- A freight train derailed Saturday night in North Knoxville, Tennessee, slamming into nearby buildings.

According to ABC affiliate WATE-TV, the train consisted of three locomotives and 68 railcars. Twenty of those cars left the track, of which 19 carried shipping containers and one carried automobiles.

No injuries were reported. Crews are now working to remove the cars.

The train was not carrying any hazardous materials when it derailed, said Susan Terpay, director of public relations for Norfolk Southern Railway.

The derailment happened just after 10 p.m. EDT. According to WATE-TV, nearby residents said they heard a loud screeching sound before it happened.

Police tweeted about the incident Saturday night, confirming that at least two buildings were damaged.

At least 2 buildings damaged by train derailment at Inskip & Morton. @KnoxvilleFire accessing scene for any potential hazards. Avoid area. pic.twitter.com/6YwrM07YaL

— Knoxville Police TN (@Knoxville_PD) October 22, 2017


Norfolk Southern is leading the investigation into the cause of the derailment, WATE-TV reported, citing police.

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iStock/Thinkstock(BROOMFIELD, Colo.) -- The Boy Scouts of America has found a new unit for the 11-year-old boy who was booted from his den after engaging in a tense exchange with a Colorado state senator, the organization told ABC News in a statement.

Ames Mayfield was kicked out of his den last week after an Oct. 9 discussion with Sen. Vicki Marble hosted by his Cub Scout den in Broomfield, Colorado, his mother, Lori Mayfield, told ABC Denver affiliate KMGH-TV.

Lori Mayfield recorded the exchanged between her son and Marble and later posted the videos to YouTube. At one point, Ames asked the senator about controversial remarks she reportedly made at a legislative meeting on poverty at the Colorado State Capitol Building in 2013, when she was discussing the life expectancy of black people.

"I was astonished that you blamed black people for poor health and poverty because of all the chicken and barbecue they eat," Ames said.

Marble responded to the fifth-grader in a quiet, measured tone.

“I didn’t; that was made up by the media,” she said. “So, you want to believe it? You believe it. But that’s not how it went down. I didn’t do that. That was false. Get both sides of the story.”

Marble did not immediately respond to ABC News' request on Friday for comment.

In 2013, Marble said, "When you look at life expectancy, there are problems in the black race. Sickle-cell anemia is something that comes up. Diabetes is something that's prevalent in the genetic makeup, and you just can't help it," according to KMGH-TV.

At the time, Marble continued, "Although I've got to say, I've never had better barbecue and better chicken and ate better in my life than when you go down South and you, I mean, I love it. Everybody loves it.”

While Ames' den leader kicked him out of the program a few days after the meeting, he still remained part of the Cub Scout pack, the Boy Scouts of America said in a statement to ABC News. The organization said Friday that it worked closely with the Mayfield family to identify a new unit for Ames to join.

The organization is pleased that the matter has been resolved, a spokesman said, adding that it is a "wholly non-partisan organization and does not promote any one political position, candidate or philosophy.”

"The Boy Scouts of America and the Denver Area Council are pleased that the family will continue their participation in Scouting," the spokesman said. "We are committed to working with families to find local units that best fit their needs.”"

ABC News has reached out to Lori Mayfield for additional comment.

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John Moore/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The United States Air Force could recall as many as 1,000 retired military pilots to active-duty service to address an acute shortage in its ranks.

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday allowing the Air Force to call back to service up to 1,000 retired aviation officers who wish to return, the White House and the Pentagon announced.

By law, only 25 retired pilots can be recalled through voluntary programs to serve in any one branch. Trump's executive order temporarily removes this limit by expanding a state of national emergency declared by President George W. Bush after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, as part of efforts "to mitigate the Air Force's acute shortage of pilots," according to Pentagon spokesman Navy Commander Gary Ross.

Secretary of Air Force Heather Wilson said the service was short 1,555 pilots at the end of the 2016 fiscal year, including 1,211 fighter pilots.

To help make the pilot job more attractive, the Air Force expanded its aviation bonus program in August and increased incentive pay earlier this month for officers and enlisted crew members for the first time since 1999, according to Wilson.

“We need to retain our experienced pilots and these are some examples of how we’re working to do that,” Wilson said in a statement announcing the new measures on Aug. 25. “We can’t afford not to compensate our talented aviators at a time when [commercial] airlines are hiring unprecedented numbers.”

On Friday, the government announced it was going further with a recall of retirees into active service.

"We anticipate that the secretary of defense will delegate the authority to the secretary of the Air Force to recall up to 1,000 retired pilots for up to three years," Ross said in a statement Friday. "The pilot supply shortage is a national-level challenge that could have adverse effects on all aspects of both the government and commercial aviation sectors for years to come."

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A federal appeals court has temporarily blocked an undocumented, unaccompanied minor -- who is under federal custody -- from obtaining the abortion she is seeking.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on Friday ruled that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which is supervising the detention of the 17-year-old, has until Oct. 31, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. to secure a sponsor for the teen, which would allow for her release.

If a sponsor is not found and the teen is not released by that time, the lower court may re-enter its ruling, which had ordered the government to allow to teen to move forward with the abortion.

The minor, who is being held in an HHS-contracted facility in Texas, is 15 weeks pregnant. Texas bans abortions after 20 weeks. Her attorney made it clear on Friday that delays could cause further delays because of the limited access to abortion doctors in Texas and specific laws governing abortions in the state. Her attorney also pointed out that she has been in custody for weeks and the department hasn’t yet found a suitable sponsor.

"Justice is delayed yet again for this courageous and persistent young woman. She continues to be held hostage and prevented from getting an abortion because the Trump administration disagrees with her personal decision,” Brigitte Amiri, senior staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Reproductive Freedom Project, said in a statement after the order was issued.

Amiri, who argued on behalf of the teen in court on Friday, said the ACLU is "investigating all avenues to get justice for her."

A three-judge circuit court panel heard oral arguments in the case, Garza v. Hargan, this morning in Washington, D.C.

The Trump administration argued Friday that it was "refusing to facilitate" an abortion for an unaccompanied minor, who entered the country unlawfully and is currently under federal custody.

“For however much time we are given, the Office of Refugee Resettlement and HHS will protect the well-being of this minor and all children and their babies in our facilities, and we will defend human dignity for all in our care,” the Administration for Children and Families at HHS said in a statement.

A few weeks ago, the teen received a state judicial order, as is required in Texas without parental consent, allowing her to proceed with the abortion, but so far the Trump administration has blocked her efforts.

“The government has not put any obstacle in her path, rather the government is refusing to facilitate an abortion, which it is permitted to do in furtherance of its legitimate and significant interests,” Department of Justice attorney Catherine Dorsey said on behalf of the government in her opening remarks.

The teen is under HHS supervision, as is the policy for minors entering the United States illegally without a parent, at a detention facility in Texas. The department has been led by acting Secretary Eric Hargan since Trump-appointed HHS Secretary Tom Price resigned at the end of September after it was revealed that he had repeatedly chartered private planes for government travel.

Attorneys for the administration argued that the restrictions don't place an "undue burden" on the teen, because she can either leave the detention facility by either self-deporting or obtaining a sponsor inside the United States.

The identity of the minor, who is referred to as Jane Doe (J.D.), her country of origin and other details are under court seal to protect her privacy.

But the government lawyer did reveal that abortion is illegal in the teen's home country.

The government didn't deny that Jane Doe has a constitutional right to choose to terminate a pregnancy; it just argued that it’s not required to facilitate it, according to ABC News Supreme Court contributor Kate Shaw.

But the ACLU argued that the government isn't only refusing to facilitate, but blocking her from exercising that right, Shaw said.

“The government is violating well-established Supreme Court president” by refusing to transport her to have an abortion or to allow anyone else to transport the minor for an abortion, Amiri, arguing on behalf of the teen, said in court Friday.

The teen was also forced to visit a religious, anti-abortion crisis pregnancy center, and, over the minor' objections, told her mother about the pregnancy, according to the complaint.

Since the unaccompanied minor was granted judicial bypass to allow for the abortion in Texas, she was also appointed a guardian, Rochelle Garza, who is willing to accompany the teen to her appointment. Indeed, Garza and another attorney went with the minor to an abortion counseling session Thursday.

Texas law requires that counseling be done within 24 hours of an abortion by the same doctor who will perform the procedure, complicating the timeframe for the abortion and court ruling, Amiri said.

She has already been pushed form the first trimester to her second, because of the delays, according to her attorney.

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iStock/Thinkstock(GAINESVILLE, Fla.) -- Five arrests were made Thursday in connection with an event that self-described white supremacist Richard Spencer held at the University of Florida campus in Gainesville.

Three men were arrested for their alleged role in a shooting incident following Spencer's speech, according to the Gainesville Police Department. The three suspects "engaged in an argument with another group of people that turned violent with gunfire," police said in a press release today.

The three individuals -- Tyler Tenbrink, 28, William Fears, 30, and Colton Fears, 28 -- are all from Texas, according to police.

The police report for Tenbrink states that while in a car, the suspects pulled up to the victims and one of the three men shouted "Hail Hitler and other chants" before "an argument ensued." According to police, Tenbrink got out of the vehicle with a handgun and threatened to kill the victims, while the two other men encouraged him to shoot them. Polie said Tenbrink fired a single shot that "thankfully missed the group" and hit a nearby building.

One of the victims was able to get the car's license plate number before it drove away, police said.

The suspects fled in a car and were later arrested by an off-duty officer who noticed the car while driving home from working at the Spencer event, police said. At least two of the three suspects are connected to extremist groups, according to police. All three remain in the Alachua County Jail and are under at least $1 million bond.

The Alachua County Sheriff said two other people were arrested. Sean Brijmohan, 28, was charged with possession of a firearm on school property. The office said in a tweet that he had brought a gun onto the campus after being hired by a media organization as security. David Notte, 34, was charged with resisting an officer without violence.

Security measures were in place throughout Gainesville. The added precautions stem partly from Gov. Rick Scott’s decision on Wednesday to declare a state of emergency before the event.

Leading up to the start of the event, audience members at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts began to boo before Spencer even took the stage. Once he did, attendees began chanting phrases like "Go home, Spencer!" and "Say it loud, say it clear, Nazis are not welcome here!"

Spencer berated the audience for believing in free speech but not letting him speak.

"What are you trying to achieve then?" Spencer asked the crowd. "You all have an amazing opportunity to be a part of the most important free speech event perhaps in our lifetime. This is when the rubber hits the road with the question of the First Amendment."

While demonstrations remained peaceful, police continued to circulate among protesters and reporters in the street near the auditorium after the event began.

One flare-up in the crowd occurred when a man wearing a shirt with Nazi swastikas entered the anti-Spencer protest area. The man was in the area for work and wanted to hear Spencer speak, he said.

As the man walked through the crowd, he was quickly surrounded by protesters and chanting. He also appeared to have been punched in the mouth and was seen with blood on his teeth and running down his mouth.

The protesters surrounded the man as he walked off campus. At first, police were not able to keep the crowd away from him and had to fall back several times. Police in riot gear and others with batons eventually formed a line to stop the crowd and escorted the man away.

Five people had minor injuries and were immediately treated by fire rescue teams, authorities said.

 

Arrested Man ID as Sean Brijmohan 28 YOA from Orlando FL. Arrested under FS790.115(2)(c)1 Carrying Firearm on School Property. pic.twitter.com/uY5B2EXtCU

— Alachua Co. Sheriff (@AlachuaSheriff) October 19, 2017

 

"Despite our worst fears of violence, the University of Florida and the Gainesville community showed the world that love wins," said University of Florida President Kent Fuchs. "We’re exceptionally grateful to our law enforcement partners and Governor Scott for providing the resources necessary to ensure the safety of our campus and community."

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Spencer is the president of a group called the National Policy Institute, which asked to organize an event at the university, a public school. The university originally denied his request in September because of safety concerns. The heightened concern about the event is due to violence surrounding a rally featuring him in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August. One person was killed after a driver plowed his car into a crowd of counterprotesters, and at least 19 others were injured.

But as a state-run entity prohibited from blocking free expression, the school ultimately honored the request, according to its website.

The Gainesville Police Department posted a message on its Facebook page Wednesday, writing, "For months, GPD has been preparing a comprehensive safety and security plan for this week."

"We have been very tight-lipped about our security measures for good reason ... and it's to keep you safe," the statement reads.

"We won't get into exact numbers ... but you can rest assured that there are plenty of extra law enforcement officers in town to help in any situation."

Security costs for the University of Florida Police Department, Gainesville Police Department, Alachua County Sheriff's Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Florida Highway Patrol and other agencies total more than $500,000, according to the school website.

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Mario Tama/Getty Images(SAN JUAN) -- At least 76 people are still missing in Puerto Rico 30 days after Hurricane Maria made landfall on the island as a powerful Category 4 storm, officials said.

A total of 49 people have died as a result of the storm, which barreled through Puerto Rico Sept. 20, leaving much of the island without power, cellphone signals and potable water in its wake.

Relief efforts are continuing, but less than 15 percent of the island has electricity a month after the storm, according to the office of Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rossello. Puerto Rico is now responsible for the largest usage of temporary power in U.S. history, the Department of Defense announced Friday.

While nearly 70 percent of the Caribbean island has running water, a boil-water advisory is in effect throughout the unincorporated U.S. territory.

More than half the island's telecommunications -- about 62 percent -- are up and running, the governor's office said. Nearly 90 percent of supermarkets and nearly 80 percent of gas stations are open.

Maria decimated much of the island's structures, forcing 4,246 people to continue to reside in 92 shelters.

The USNS Comfort, a floating Navy hospital, has cared for more than 150 patients, including an infant girl born on the ship, off Puerto Rico's shores. Two cases of leptospirosis and dengue have been confirmed as well, the governor's office said. All but two of the island's dialysis centers are now open.

The U.S. Department of Defense has conducted more than 700 air drops on the island, calling the relief efforts the "longest sustained air drop mission." In addition, the fourth largest cargo plane in the world was used to transport critical generators to Puerto Rico, the Defense Department said.

A total of 31 military planes, 89 helicopters and four Navy ships were used in the relief efforts, according to the Defense Department. More than 16,500 federal civilian personnel and military service members have participated in the cleanup as well.

President Donald Trump Thursday rated the disaster response in Puerto Rico a "10," describing Hurricane Maria as "worse than Katrina."

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