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Seattle mayor willing to sue President Trump over executive orders

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is willing to sue President Donald Trump over his executive orders.

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KIRO 7 News confirmed with the Mayor’s office that Murray is expected to announce a plan during his State of the City address at a North Seattle mosque.

SEATTLE - Mayor Ed Murray's office confirms they're challenging Trump admin on exec orders, will sue in 20 dys if no response @KIRO7Seattle— Rob Munoz (@RobKIRO7) February 21, 2017

Murray is expected to demand answers on the intention of Trump’s executive orders, as well as his plans for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy and sanctuary cities.

If the Trump administration does not respond within 20 business days, Murray plans to sue.

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit against Trump’s travel ban weeks ago.

>> Related: Washington becomes first state to sue Trump over travel ban

Ferguson announced a complaint that asked the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington to declare key provisions of the executive order unconstitutional and illegal.

Ferguson also filed a motion for temporary restraining order seeking an immediate halt to the executive order’s implementation in the state and nationwide. 

>> Read a full explainer on the lawsuit

U.S. District Court Judge James Robart of Seattle issued a ruling last week granting the restraining order brought by the state of Washington. This means Robart’s decision temporarily halted Trump’s travel ban. The Department of Justice filed a motion with the San Francisco-based 9th Circuit Court of Appeals -- requesting President Donald Trump's travel ban be temporarily resumed pending the White House’s appeal. 

After arguments, 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judges upheld a lower-court ruling that suspended the ban.

>> Related: U.S. Appeals Court unanimously upholds suspension of Trump travel ban

Nearly a week later, Trump’s administration said in a court filing that it would replace the travel ban with a new one. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Saturday that Trump is working on a "streamlined" version of his executive order banning travel from the seven nations to iron out the difficulties that landed his first order in the courts.

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Police department halts high five program with students after parent concerns

Students in Northampton, Massachusetts, used to begin Friday mornings with high fives and fist bumps from local police officers, but because of concerns from parents that program has been halted.

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The “High Five Friday” program aimed to bring uniformed police officers to the city’s elementary schools on Fridays to welcome students to school. The idea for the program began after a law enforcement conference in San Diego, in which High Five Fridays were promoted as a way for officers to engage with young people, the Northampton Police Department wrote in a Facebook post.  

Today we started "High-5 Friday". Leeds School hosted week 1. Officers and kids had a great time! #northamptonma #high-5 pic.twitter.com/u3P7MfeZwM— Northampton Police (@NorthamptonPD) December 2, 2016

Northampton police said they received a lot of support for the program from the public, but there were also concerns.

During a school committee meeting, concerns were raised that not all children would feel comfortable with a police presence at the beginning of the school day.

"Others questioned the long-term impacts of the program and wondered if it was truly valuable," the department wrote in a post.

After the meeting, police were asked to pause the program, and they did.

Police attended a follow-up meeting with members of the public to discuss High Five Friday again. Concerns were shared that some students "might respond negatively to a group of uniformed officers at their school."

"People were specifically concerned about kids of color, undocumented children or any children who may have had negative experiences with the police," the post said.

Northampton police made the decision to end the program after that meeting.

In the Facebook post, Northampton police said it will continue to explore ways to connect more with young people and will still accept high fives and fist bumps from anyone who asks an officer on the street.

We are aware that there is an article circulating through social media related to NPD’s High Five Friday program.  There...Posted by Northampton Police Department on Saturday, February 18, 2017

WATCH: Coyote chases doctor out of office

A doctor in South Carolina got a huge surprise when a coyote followed him into his office.

Surveillance video from outside the office shows the doctor and the animal entering the office last week. Moments later, the doctor bolts out the door with the coyote close behind him.

Dr. Steve Poletti said he was minding his own business when he walked into the office and didn’t even notice the coyote. He thought it was a dog at first.

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“It kind of bared its teeth and started growling,” Poletti said. “I kind of put my hands up and jingled my keys, and the coyote took a step back, and basically I came back here and pushed the exit button and took a run for it.”

>>Georgia's 'Coyote Challenge' sparks outrage

The doctor called police, who referred him to animal control officers, who then suggested the doctor hire a trapper.

Mount Pleasant’s mayor said that’s the protocol, but she would not comment further on the town’s response until she could talk to her staff.

Chelsea Clinton takes 2-year-old daughter to her first protest

A protest held Sunday in New York City’s Time Square called “I Am Muslim Too” was held in response to President Donald Trump’s travel ban executive order.

The executive order, which was met with opposition from federal entities, temporarily banned travelers from seven different countries from entering the U.S. and indefinitely banned refugees from Syria.

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In attendance was a first-time protester: Chelsea Clinton’s 2-year-old daughter, Charlotte.

Clinton, an outspoken critic of the president, posted a photo to Twitter from the event with a message that read: “Thank you to all who organized #IAmAMuslimToo today -- Charlotte’s 1st protest rally. #NoBanNoWallNoRaids.”

Thank you to all who organized #IAmAMuslimToo today - Charlotte's 1st protest rally. #NoBanNoWallNoRaids pic.twitter.com/5mSXGQtPJU— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) February 19, 2017

The protest, which drew about 1,000 participants, was organized in part by hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, who spoke to the crowd during the event.

"@iamamuslimtoo: .@UncleRUSH's opening remarks at #IAmAMuslimToo pic.twitter.com/juCftOnHvq"— Dipika (@_DipikaR) February 19, 2017

“We are here today to show middle America our beautiful signs and, through our beautiful actions and intention that they have been misled,” Simmons said as he spoke to the crowd. “We are here unified because of Donald Trump. We want to thank him for bringing us together.”

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio also addressed the crowd, telling protesters that America is “a country founded to protect all faiths and all beliefs.”

Mother dies from burns after trying to save son from fire

An Ohio woman has died from the injuries she suffered while trying to save her son from a burning apartment earlier this month.

Sheila and Robert Drake’s son Jacob, 18, had cerebral palsy and was trapped inside the family’s apartment after an early-morning explosion on Feb. 9, local news outlets reported.

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 The Drakes were both critically injured trying to rescue the teen who died in the flames, according to Cleveland 19. Robert Drake’s condition has now been updated from critical to fair.

Authorities are still investigating what caused the fire at the apartment building, but believe that it might have been sparked by a natural gas explosion.

A GoFundMe page for the family has already raised more than its $10,000 goal to help pay for funeral and medical costs.

Nephew of Allman Brothers' Butch Trucks says uncle was 'looking forward'

In a new interview with Rolling Stone magazine, guitarist Derek Trucks, the nephew of late Allman Brothers drummer Butch Trucks, says that he is unsure why his uncle committed suicide last month at his Florida home, but that he seemed to be "looking forward."

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Derek Trucks, who was also a member of the Allmans as well as his own band and The Tedeschi Trucks Band with singer wife Susan Tedeschi, said he hadn't been that close with Butch since the Allmans disbanded. As he told Rolling Stone's David Fricke online and in the magazine's current issue:

"Our relationship since the split of the band – it didn't get closer. I needed to find some fresh air. But I would read interviews with him. He was as rambunctious as ever, his full Butch-blazing self right to the end."

>> Related: Butch Trucks, Allman Brothers Band drummer and founding member, dies at 69

Trucks told Rolling Stone that he had just read Butch's last interview.

"I read it thinking maybe there was some insight into why it happened, what happened. He was talking about the band he was playing with. There was a lot of looking forward. It didn't seem like a note."

>> Related: Police: Founding Allman Brothers Band member, Butch Trucks, committed suicide

In the article, he credited his uncle with keeping the band focused on co-founder Duane Allman's philosophy of playing with gusto and integrity. He also praised the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's powerhouse shuffle drum style and called him "the heart in the engine" of the Allman Brothers Band.

Donald Trump joins ranks of politicians with stuff thrown at them

Call it an attack or call it a juvenile prank: Either way, the actions of a middle-school student Friday evening made international headlines after the youth threw a block of wood at President Donald Trump's motorcade as it drove from Palm Beach International Airport to Mar-a-Lago.

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Once the president was safely inside his Palm Beach estate, members of the motorcade returned to the scene on Southern Boulevard between Parker and Lake avenues, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said Saturday. The student eventually confessed, and implicated four other kids in the act.

Neither the student nor the other kids have been identified. PBSO said the State Attorney's Office will decide whether any charges will be filed in the case.

>> Related: Middle school student threw wood at Trump’s motorcade

It's not the first time someone has chucked something at a president, whether in a motorcade or otherwise. And the penalties that go along with such an act can be stiff: A man who rode a rented bicycle near President Barack Obama's motorcade last year in New York City was thrown to the ground by police officers, briefly detained at the scene and issued a notice to appear for disorderly conduct, the New York Daily News reported.

Here's a look at some of the most notorious close calls for presidents and presidential candidates.

President George W. Bush and the shoes

On a 2008 visit to Iraq, a local journalist heaved his shoes at President George W. Bush as the head of state spoke at a news conference with the Iraqi prime minister — who tried to intercept the journalist's second shoe.

Muntader al-Zaidi yelled, "This is a gift from the Iraqis; this is the farewell kiss, you dog!" before sending his shoes flying through the air one-by-one at the president. Al-Zaidi was arrested and sentenced to three years in jail, of which he served nine months.

The shoe-thrower became a bit of a folk hero in the Middle East, with one artist crafting a massive sculpture of one of al-Zaidi's shoes outside an Iraqi orphanage.

President Bill Clinton and the egg

While on a tour of Europe in 2001, former President Bill Clinton was hit in the arm by a raw egg thrown by a protester in Poland. A spokeswoman for Clinton told ABC News that he "laughed off the matter saying 'it was good for young people to be angry about something.'"

Sarah Palin and the tomatoes

The former vice presidential candidate was signing copies of her book, "Going Rogue," at the Mall of America in Minnesota in 2009 when a man threw a tomato at her — missing by a pretty wide margin. CBS News reports the tomato splatted onto the stage about 10 feet from Palin, with red, pulpy pieces splashing onto two nearby police officers.

The tomato tosser, Jeremy Paul Olson, was charged with assault and disorderly conduct. When police took him into custody, they found two more tomatoes, according to CBS News.

President Barack Obama and the book

A book thrown at President Barack Obama at a 2010 campaign rally seemed to barely draw the president's attention. Video from the event shows the book sailing through the air several feet from Obama — while he carries on waving to the crowd. No one was arrested in the incident.

Hillary Clinton and more tomatoes, and more shoes

While visiting Egypt in 2012, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's motorcade was pelted with shoes and tomatoes. One tomato hit an Egyptian official in the face, as protesters chanted "Monica, Monica" and "leave, Clinton" at the passing vehicles, Reuters reports. The armored vehicle in which Clinton was riding was out of range by the time protesters began lobbing veggies at the motorcade, with a U.S. official telling Reuters she was around the corner from the incident.

4 Americans among 5 killed when charter plane crashes into Australian mall

Four tourists, including three from Texas, and a pilot were killed when their small charter plane crashed into a shopping mall in Melbourne, Australia on Tuesday.

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Greg DeHaven of Spicewood, bankruptcy lawyer Russell Munsch of Austin, and retired Austin executive Glenn Garland have been identified by relatives on social media and Australian media reports as three of the victims.

The Australian pilot, Max Quartermain, and owner of the charter service that was ferrying the tourists on their golfing vacation, also was killed.

The U.S. Embassy in the Australian capital of Canberra confirmed that four victims were American citizens, but the fourth victim has not yet been identified.

The twin-propeller Beechcraft Super King Air was supposed to carry the four tourists from Melbourne, on Australia's southern coast, about 150 miles offshore to King Island, just north of Tasmania.

But shortly after takeoff, the plane crashed into an outlet mall near the airport in suburban Essendon about 45 minutes before shops were to open, Melbourne Police Minister Lisa Neville told the Associated Press.

The pilot reported a "catastrophic engine failure" moments before the plane crashed into a storage area at the rear of the mall, police said.

No one outside the plane was injured, Police Assistant Commissioner Stephen Leane said.

Munsch, who was an undergraduate at the University of Texas, was a founding partner of the Texas commercial law firm Munsch, Hardt, Kopf and Harr, which has offices in Dallas, Houston and Austin.

Garland was a former CEO at Austin-based CLEAResult Consulting, which designs energy-efficiency programs and strategies for utilities and businesses.

De Haven, whose sister Denelle Wicht posted on Facebook that her 70-year-old brother had been killed "on a once in a lifetime trip to Australia" with friends, is listed as a professional golfer on his LinkedIn profile, with a skill in golf instruction.

RIP GREG REYNOLDS DE HAVEN.  1946 -2017Dear friends and family, my handsome athletic big brother was killed today in a...Posted by Denelle Wicht on Monday, February 20, 2017

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Motorcyclist walks away from 90 mph head-on crash with SUV

Witnesses said a speeding motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet when he slammed into an SUV on Monday night, causing him to be thrown at least 20 feet before he got up, got into a waiting car and went to an Ohio hospital with minor injuries, police in Dayton said.

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"Miraculously, witnesses said he got up, walked to a car that had stopped to see if he was OK, and (then) that vehicle transported him to Good Samaritan Hospital," Sgt. Ryan Halburnt said.

The motorcyclist was treated for minor injuries and was expected to be released Tuesday. The slight injuries were a result of "good luck -- and some people say miracles happen," Halburnt said.

The driver of the SUV was a shaken up, "but everybody's going home in one piece," he said.

The crash, reported around 9:40 p.m. in the 1800 block of North Gettysburg Avenue, caused police to shut down the road from Cornell Drive to North James H. McGee Boulevard.

According to a preliminary investigation, witnesses told police the motorcycle was headed north on Gettysburg Avenue when it went left of center and into the path of the SUV. Investigators estimated the motorcyclist was traveling at a minimum of 90 mph on impact.

The debris field left by the crash was so large that police officers used the rooftops of several nearby buildings to search for victims. The motorcyclist's keys and wallet were found approximately 100 feet from where the collision occurred.

Authorities do not believe alcohol or drugs were factors in the crash.

Police said the motorcyclist, who was not identified, will likely be cited for failure to control his vehicle, speeding and reckless operation of a vehicle. The charges will be determined by police department traffic accident investigators.

Authorities continue to investigate.

The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

'Today' show host Hoda Kotb reveals adoption of baby girl

Hoda Kotb is really good at keeping a secret.

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In an emotional phone call with her co-anchors Tuesday, Hoda announced on-air on the "Today" show that she adopted a baby girl. 

Most of her co-anchors, aside from Matt Lauer and Kathie Lee, were surprised by the news.

Jenna Bush Hager and Kathie Lee cried when Hoda called in to share the news on-air.

“I’ve got the biggest mouth in the world and I’ve said zilch,” said Kathie Lee.

WATCH: "You were made to be a mom." @kathielgifford told @hodakotb https://t.co/UJom0hKR2O pic.twitter.com/oKKyovqFNL— TODAY (@TODAYshow) February 21, 2017

Hoda has been absent from the “Today Show” for a few weeks. Now, her fans finally know why.

Little baby Haley was born on Valentine’s Day.

“This is such fantastic news. This little girl, Haley, is the luckiest girl on the planet,” said Lauer. “You are going to be one of the most fantastic moms I can ever imagine.”

Hoda and her boyfriend, Joel Schiffman, have been dating since June 2013. She has no biological children and often shares her love of kids on-air. She is the proud aunt of her nieces Hannah and Ella.

Happy Saturday ! Xoxo A post shared by Hoda Kotb (@hodakotb) on Nov 26, 2016 at 9:10am PST

She says she’s excited to embark on this new journey. 

Congratulations to Hoda!

My girl#haleyjoy pic.twitter.com/CauLYRja3e— Hoda Kotb (@hodakotb) February 21, 2017

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