Virginia Governor Declares State Of Emergency In Response To White Nationalist Rally

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Hundreds of people chanted, threw punches, hurled water bottles and unleashed chemical sprays on each other Saturday morning at white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency and police dressed in riot gear ordered people to disperse after chaotic violent clashes between white nationalists and counter protesters.

Right-wing blogger Jason Kessler had called for what he termed a “pro-white” rally to protest the city of Charlottesville’s decision to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a downtown park.

Colleen Cook, 26, stood on a curb shouting at the rally attendees to go home.

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Cook, a teacher who attended the University of Virginia, said she sent her son, who is black, out of town for the weekend.

“This isn’t how he should have to grow up,” she said.

Cliff Erickson leaned against a fence and took in the scene. He said he thinks removing the statue amounts to erasing history and said the “counterprotesters are crazier than the alt-right.”

“Both sides are hoping for a confrontation,” he said.

It’s the latest confrontation in Charlottesville since the city about 100 miles outside of Washington, D.C., voted earlier this year to remove a statue of Lee.

In May, a torch-wielding group that included prominent white nationalist Richard Spencer gathered around the statue for a nighttime protest, and in July, about 50 members of a North Carolina-based KKK group traveled there for a rally, where they were met by hundreds of counter-protesters.

Kessler said this week that the rally is partly about the removal of Confederate symbols but also about free speech and “advocating for white people.”

“This is about an anti-white climate within the Western world and the need for white people to have advocacy like other groups do,” he said in an interview.

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Between rally attendees and counter-protesters, authorities were expecting as many as 6,000 people, Charlottesville police said this week.

Among those expected to attend are Confederate heritage groups, KKK members, militia groups and “alt-right” activists, who generally espouse a mix of racism, white nationalism and populism.

Both the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center, which track extremist groups, said the event has the potential to be the largest of its kind in at least a decade.

Officials have been preparing for the rally for months. Virginia State Police will be assisting local authorities, and a spokesman said the Virginia National Guard “will closely monitor the situation and will be able to rapidly respond and provide additional assistance if needed.”

Police instituted road closures around downtown, and many businesses in the popular open-air shopping mall opted to close for the day.

Both local hospitals said they had taken precautions to prepare for an influx of patients and had extra staff on call.

There were also fights Friday night, when hundreds of white nationalists marched through the University of Virginia campus carrying torches.

A university spokesman said one person was arrested and several people were injured.

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Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer said he was disgusted that the white nationalists had come to his town and blamed President Donald Trump for inflaming racial prejudices with his campaign last year.

“I’m not going to make any bones about it. I place the blame for a lot of what you’re seeing in American today right at the doorstep of the White House and the people around the president.”
Charlottesville, nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is a liberal-leaning city that’s home to the flagship University of Virginia and Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson.

The statue’s removal is part of a broader city effort to change the way Charlottesville’s history of race is told in public spaces. The city has also renamed Lee Park, where the statue stands, and Jackson Park, named for Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. They’re now called Emancipation Park and Justice Park, respectively.

For now, the Lee statue remains. A group called the Monument Fund filed a lawsuit arguing that removing the statue would violate a state law governing war memorials. A judge has agreed to a temporary injunction that blocks the city from removing the statue for six months.

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Police: Drunk Driver Crashes Through Lobby Of Atlantic City Motel

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ. (CBS) — A man was arrested and charged with DWI after he crashed his vehicle into a motel in Atlantic City.

It happened around 5 a.m. Saturday at the Econo Lodge at Morris and Pacific Avenues.

Police say 22-year-old Jorge Parada lost control of his pickup truck, struck a traffic light pole, and then crashed through the lobby of the motel. Authorities say Parada initially fled the scene, but eventually returned.

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Investigators say moments earlier, Parada struck a vehicle after he failed to stop at a red light a few blocks away.

There were no injuries reported in either accident but the Econo Lodge did sustain extensive damage inside.

Parada was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident and related offenses.

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Vehicle Crashes Into Pizzeria In Abington

ABINGTON, Pa. (CBS) — Police are investigating after a vehicle crashed into a restaurant in Montgomery County.

It happened around 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Goodfellas Pizzeria along the 1700 block of Old York Road in Abington.

There was no immediate word on injuries.

Police are working to determine what caused the crash.

Old York Road was closed between Welsh Road and Roy Avenue as a result of the accident, but reopened a short time later.

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Motorists Seeing Slightly Lower Gas Prices Across Region

TRENTON, N.J. (CBS/AP) — Motorists are seeing slightly lower prices at the pumps in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas in the Keystone State on Friday was $2.56. That’s down a penny from last week.

Motorists were paying $2.22 for gas at this time last year.

Across the river in New Jersey, the average price for a gallon of regular gas was $2.42. That’s also down one cent from last week.

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Drivers in the Garden State were paying $1.91 for gas at this time last year. A 23-cents-per-gallon gas tax increase went into effect November 1.

The price drop ends a four-week stretch where gas prices had risen in New Jersey.

The national average gas price on Friday was $2.36, up 2 cents from last week. That’s also higher than the national average from a year ago, when motorists were paying $2.13.

AAA says gas inventories have risen in recent days, even though crude oil inventories have fallen.

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Chinese President Xi Calls For Restraint Over North Korea

By Steven Jiang and Angela Dewan

PHILADELPHIA (CNN) — Chinese President Xi Jinping called for restraint during a phone call Saturday with President Donald Trump, following a dramatic exchange of threats between the US President and North Korea.

Xi made clear in the call he was asking both sides to scale down the rhetoric and stressed the importance of diplomacy, China’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

“At present, relevant parties should exercise restraint and avoid words and actions that would escalate tensions on the Korean Peninsula,” Xi said, according to the statement.

Saber-rattling from the pariah state has dominated Trump’s 17-day working vacation in New Jersey.

Tensions came to a boil Tuesday, when Trump appeared to threaten nuclear war on North Korea, saying he would unleash “fire and fury like the world has never seen” if Pyongyang continued to threaten the US or its allies.

He made his comments after US intelligence analysts assessed that North Korea had produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead. Pyongyang also tested its first two known intercontinental ballistic missiles last month, bringing it a step closer to being able to carry out a nuclear strike on the US mainland.

Military solutions ‘locked and loaded’

Trump has doubled down on his statements on a daily basis since then. On Friday, he said in a tweet that he had “military solutions” that were “locked and loaded” at his disposal to use on North Korea.

Those comments came after Pyongyang announced a plan to strike the waters off the US Pacific territory of Guam with ballistic missiles.

Trump also said Friday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “will truly regret it and he will regret it fast” if he issued an overt threat or attacked Guam or a US ally.

But Trump also said he wants a peaceful solution to the problem.

“Nobody loves a peaceful solution better than President Trump, that I can tell you,” he said, referring to himself in the third person.

But he also warned that “we also could have a bad solution.”

When asked if that bad solution meant war, Trump responded: “I think you know that answer to that,” he said.

North Korean state-run media responded yet again on Saturday. The Minju Choson newspaper threatened “tragic doom” in response to the rhetoric.

“If Trump administration does not want the American empire to meet its tragic doom, they need to be prudent on what they say and how they act,” the unnamed author wrote, according to a report by the state-run KCNA news agency.

The article was written by an individual, which means it carries less weight than an official North Korean government statement.

Diplomats divided

Some countries have sounded the alarm over the provocative exchange and have, like China, called for calm. Others have backed Trump and his tough stance.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel described the escalation as “the wrong answer,” while Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said it was “very worrying.”

Foreign policy and national security experts have also raised questions about Trump’s response to North Korea — unprecedented for a US president — noting that past administrations have shied away from such comments to avoid adding to North Korea’s credibility.

But the UK’s ambassador to the United Nations, Matthew Rycroft, appeared to back Trump’s initial “fire and fury” comments when asked about them. He reiterated that the United Kingdom “stands shoulder to shoulder” with the United States on the issue.

Despite Trump’s powerful rhetoric, US Defense Secretary James Mattis has insisted that his country’s response is driven by diplomacy.

And it appears US representatives have quietly been in contact with their North Korean counterparts through a diplomatic back channel.

Countries in the region, however, are not taking any chances.

Japan has deployed a land-based missile interception system, known as a PAC-3, to four locations.

Russia boosted its air-defense systems in the far east. And South Korea’s defense minister on Friday called on the military to “maintain full readiness” to counter provocations from North Korea with “powerful force.”

China’s influence

Washington has put continual pressure on China to use its influence on North Korea to persuade the state to end its provocations.

During his call with Xi, Trump informed the Chinese President that he plans to direct his administration on Monday to investigate Chinese trade practices, a senior administration official told CNN.

China is North Korea’s biggest trading partner and main supplier of energy.

But China voted in favor of new US sanctions on North Korea last weekend and says it is in line with the diplomatic community in its desire to see the Korean peninsula denuclearized.

The White House confirmed that Trump talked to Xi and said both leaders agreed North Korea must stop its provocative behavior.

“The leaders affirmed that the recent adoption of a new United Nations Security Council resolution regarding North Korea was an important and necessary step toward achieving peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula,” the White House said in a statement.

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Winning Mega Millions Ticket Worth $393 Million Sold In Illinois

By Chris Isidore

PHILADELPHIA (CNN) — One down, one to go.

There was one winning ticket in Friday’s Mega Millions drawing, paying out an estimated $393 million, according to Mega Millions officials. It was the fifth largest jackpot in the game’s 15-year history.

The winning ticket was bought in Palos Heights, Illinois, according to lottery officials. The winning numbers drawn Friday night were 23, 33, 53, 56, 58 and the Mega Ball was 6. It’s the first jackpot winner in Mega Millions since April 28.

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But if you didn’t win, you haven’t missed out on your chance for big bucks. That’s because the jackpot for Saturday night’s drawing for the competing Powerball game is $356 million. That is the 14th largest jackpot in Powerball’s history. That jackpot has been building since June 10.

There had been 34 straight drawings without a jackpot winner in one of the games before Friday night.

The odds of winning either game are extreme — one in 292 million for Powerball, and one in 259 million for Mega Millions. And if the odds against winning one are ridiculous, the odds of winning both are essentially ridiculous squared — roughly one in 76 quadrillion, or 76 followed by 15 zeros.

Even though Mega Millions’ jackpot is bigger, the odds are slightly better, and the $1 tickets are half the price of playing Powerball, many people were betting on both ahead of Friday’s drawing.

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“You see more people in line buying both tickets when both games are over $300 million,” said Jeff Lenard, spokesman for the National Association of Convenience Stores, whose members sell about two-thirds of the nation’s lottery tickets.

There’s no disputing Americans love buying lottery tickets. They spent just over $80 billion on lottery games last year, according to the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries. That’s more than on movies, video games, books, music and sports tickets — combined.

Each game is offered in every state except Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Mississippi, Nevada and Utah.

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Woman Shot 3 Times During Apparent Home Invasion In NE Philly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A woman was shot multiple inside her home in Northeast Philadelphia overnight during what police call an attempted home invasion.

Philadelphia police say the 58-year-old woman was sleeping in her bedroom in the 8500 block of Summerdale Avenue when she woke up after hearing noises outside. Captain George Fuchs says she looked out the window, didn’t see anything, and then went back to bed. That’s where she noticed she was shot.

“She called 9-1-1 at the same time her husband was coming in through the front door,” Fuchs said, “but she thought it was the bad guy who shot her not realizing it was her husband coming home from work. So he finally got into the house.”

The woman was shot three times. She was taken to the hospital in stable condition.

“Right now we don’t have any suspects,” Fuchs said. “We do have a scene. We have the actual screen, there is a big hole. And it appears someone would have had to actually climb up on a chair to actually fire into the bedroom area. And we don’t have any witnesses, no cameras in the area.”

Police say the suspect or suspects never gained entry to the home.

So far, police have made no arrests.

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Glasses-Mounted Camera Helps Officer Catch Shooting On Video

PHILADELPHIA (CNN)–When a South Carolina police officer was shot last year, he managed to capture the whole incident on video — thanks to a glasses-mounted camera he bought online.

Officer Quincy Smith of the Estill Police Department was shot at least three times while on duty on New Year’s Day in 2016, court records show. Smith lived to tell the tale — and managed to film the shooting, though not with a typical body camera.

Smith had purchased a pair of glasses online that were outfitted with a camera, and the footage he captured helped send Malcolm Antwan Orr to prison after the jury saw the video in full.

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According to CNN affiliate WJCL,Smith bought the glasses to wear on duty. The Estill Police Department does not have body cameras.

Multiple requests for comment to the Estill Police Department were not returned.

Orr, 29, of Hampton County, was convicted Wednesday of attempted murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. He was sentenced to 35 years.

The judge handed down the sentence after a two-day trial and less than 45 minutes of jury deliberation. Orr got the maximum sentence for both charges, 30 years for attempted murder and five years for the weapons charge, according to the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.

Supporters of body cameras argue they provide a real-time record of an encounter, improve officer safety and help provide a sense of transparency to the community. But body camera footage has been controversial in cases of officer-involved shootings.

After former Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in 2014, activists and lawmakers across the country called for a widespread use of body cameras.

Eric Garner died of a heart attack in 2014 after a New York police sergeant put him in a chokehold during an arrest for selling illegal cigarettes. The entire incident was caught on video. Two grand juries decided not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo in Garner’s death.

Dominique Heaggan-Brown, a former Milwaukee police officer, was found not guilty in the 2016 fatal shooting of Sylville Smith. Body camera footage that was shown to the jury showed Smith running from Heaggan-Brown on foot and climbing over a fence as he was shot two times.

Paul O’Neal, of Chicago, was shot and killed in 2016 by police who suspected him of stealing a car. The officer who fatally shot O’Neal did not have his body camera on at the time of the shooting.

Shots ring out on a holiday

Smith responded around 11 a.m. to a call of a suspicious man who was said to be stealing items from a nearby grocery store.

The man, who was later identified as Orr, can be seen in the video wearing camouflage and a red bandana and walking in a small grassy area.

Smith can be seen driving up behind him, getting out of his patrol car and calling to Orr. Orr, who is on the phone, appears to Smith’s commands and continues to walk away.

“Come here for a second. Come here! You better stop — if you don’t,” Smith repeats, while moving toward Orr.

Orr’s hand remains in his pocket and he stays on the phone while Smith repeatedly demands that he stop walking. Orr, meanwhile, occasionally glances back at Smith, with an annoyed look.

After several minutes of pursuing Orr with no response or compliance, Smith takes out his stun gun.

“If you don’t stop … I’m gonna Tase you,” he says. “I’m not playing with you. … Take your hands out your pocket!”

With the men just feet apart, Smith points his stun gun at Orr. Orr looks straight at him and pulls out what officials have said is a 9 mm handgun. He fires off at least eight rounds, hitting Smith at least three times.

Smith drops to the ground, the video shows, and runs back to his patrol car to call for help. At one point in the footage, Smith’s bloody hand can be seen dialing for assistance.

Smith tells a dispatcher he thinks he’s been hit in the neck and that his left arm is broken. For about eight minutes until emergency responders arrive, the officer pleads for help and talks to a bystander.

“Dispatch, please tell my family I love them,” he said.

Blood can be seen on the patrol car’s decal as Smith lies on his side and waits for help.

Emergency responders arrive and put Smith onto a stretcher — and secure the camera that captured the whole incident.

Officer still in recovery

More than 18 months later, Smith is still recovering, focusing on physical therapy after being shot in the neck, arm and torso, he told CNN affiliate WJCL.

“I had nightmares sometimes, stuff like that, about the incident,” Smith said. “Still trying to heal up injuries to my arm.”

Smith didn’t draw his firearm that day because he “didn’t think it was warranted. He was just walking away, but unfortunately I made a mistake … and he got the upper hand,” the officer said.

But Smith said he forgives Orr — and even prays for him and his family.

“Both our families are the ones really suffering the most,” he said. “Violence and guns are not the answer, that’s why I became a police officer.”

Smith is still on medical leave, but he told WJCL that he wants to return to the department by the start of next year.

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