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Mueller indicts 13 Russians, 3 Russian entities in election meddling probe

Thirteen Russian nationals and three Russian entities have been indicted by a federal grand jury, accused of interfering with U.S. elections and political processes, the Justice Department announced Friday.

READ MORE: Who is Robert Mueller?What is a grand jury and how does it work?What is obstruction of justice?Who are the key players in the Russia/Trump saga?MORE

All clear issued after reports of gunshots prompt lockdown at Washington college

Reports of gunshots heard at Washington’s Highline Community College prompted officials to close the campus for hours Friday morning.

School officials later said the scene was cleared without authorities finding any evidence that a shooting had taken place.

READ MORE: What to do if you are in an 'active shooter' situationMORE 

Mitt Romney announces US Senate run

Former Massachusetts governor and 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced Friday his plans to run for a U.S. Senate seat in Utah.

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Rumors swirled that Romney would announce his candidacy after Sen. Orrin Hatch, who currently holds the Senate seat, said last month that he would not run for re-election in November.

“I have decided to run for United States Senate because I believe I can help bring Utah’s values and Utah’s lessons to Washington,” Romney said in a video announcing his decision to run. “Utah is a better model for Washington than Washington is for Utah.”

>> Related: Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch to retire

In a statement obtained by Politico, officials with Romney’s campaign said he plans to visit all of Utah’s counties in the coming months.

Romney has been a frequent and vocal critic of President Donald Trump, despite the fact that the president once considered Romney a candidate to serve as his secretary of state.

>> Related: Report: Donald Trump 'furious' after Kellyanne Conway steps up Mitt Romney attacks

He called Trump a “phony” and “a fraud” during a speech in Utah during the presidential campaign.

"His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University," Romney said in March 2016. "He's playing members of the American public for suckers. He gets a free ride to the White House, and all we get is a lousy hat."

Romney is expected to win the Senate race due to his popularity among Utah voters, according to CNN. Romney attended Brigham Young University and has deep connections to the Mormon church.

Family’s pit bull protects boy, 9, from intruder, police say

A family’s pit bull protected a 9-year-old boy who was home alone, scaring off a burglar Wednesday afternoon, according to police

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The boy, who is not being identified, was upstairs while his mother went to pick up his siblings from school around 5 p.m. when the burglar entered the front door, according to the Linconl Journal Star

The boy came downstairs thinking his mother had returned, only to lock eyes with the intruder. 

“He started chasing me upstairs and I called my dog down and they started to fight when my dog got downstairs," the boy told KLKN

That’s when Baby Girl, the family’s pit bull, sprang into action. She jumped between the boy and the burglar, who ran from the house without taking anything, according to KLKN.

"The dude pulled the blinds down on my dog's head and then ran away and shut the door," the boy told KLKN

The boy ran to a neighbor’s house and called police. 

Lincoln police said the parents of the 9-year-old will not be cited for leaving the child home alone. 

Baby Girl was treated to a lollipop for her heroic actions.

Florida school shooting timeline: Seven minutes, three floors and 17 dead

Nikolas Cruz, the gunman charged with killing 17 people at a Parkland, Florida, high school Wednesday afternoon, has reportedly confessed to the shooting and, his attorney says, is now on suicide watch.

Cruz, according to a timeline put together by police, set off alarms as he entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, the school he had been expelled from, hoping to get more people into the hallways and into his line of fire.

After firing into classrooms and at students in the hallways, Cruz dropped the weapon he had with him, an AR-15 weapon purchased legally one year ago, and blended in with the crowd of students fleeing the building.

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From the school, he headed to a Subway and bought himself a soft drink, went to a McDonald's to sit for a few minutes, left the restaurant and was arrested a short time later without incident.

On Thursday, he was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder.

Here, from information from the Broward County’s Sheriff’s Office, is a timeline of the events that happened that day.

Feb. 14, 2018 (all times are local Florida time)

  • 2:06 p.m.: An Uber driver picks up Cruz, who asks to be driven to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
  • 2:19 p.m.: It takes 13 minutes to get to the front of the school where the Uber driver drops Cruz off. He has with him an AR-15 inside of a soft gun case and a backpack filled with ammunition. According to a police report, a school employee recognizes Cruz and radios to a colleague that Cruz is headed toward the school’s Building 12.
  • 2:21:18 p.m.: Cruz enters the east stairwell of Building 12 with a rifle inside of the case. Police said the 19-year-old also had smoke grenades and a gas mask.
  • 2:21:30 p.m.: Twelve seconds later, Cruz has taken the rifle from the bag and readied it to fire. At some point, he pulls the fire alarm. Students would later say they were confused by the sound of a fire alarm because they had had a fire drill earlier that morning.
  • 2:21:33 p.m.: As students began to leave the building after the fire alarm, Cruz begins shooting into rooms 1215, 1216 and 1214. Students and teachers, hearing the gunshots, head back into the classrooms. Cruz goes back to rooms 1216 and 1215 fires into them again, then walks to 1213 and fires again. Cruz then takes the west stairwell to the second floor and shoots a person in room 1234.
  • 2:24:39 p.m.: Three minutes after the first shots are fired, Cruz heads up the east stairwell to the third floor of Building 12. According to some reports, he tries to bust out a window on the third floor to shoot at students as they flee the building. The windows in that part of the facility are shatterproof, and Cruz is unable to fire down from the third floor.
  • 2:27:37 p.m.: Three minutes after he gets to the third floor, he goes back into the stairwell, drops the rifle and his backpack and runs down the stairs.
  • 2:28:35 p.m.: Among the fleeing students and staff, he leaves Building 12 and runs west toward the school’s tennis courts, then turns and heads south.
  • 2:29:51 p.m.: A little more than a minute later, Cruz crosses a field and runs west, meeting up with others running from the school.
  • 2:50 p.m.: Some 30 minutes later, he arrives at Walmart. He goes to the Subway located inside the Walmart and buys a soft drink. He then leaves on foot.
  • 3:01 p.m.: Cruz goes to a McDonald’s and sits in the restaurant for a few minutes. He leaves the restaurant on foot.
  • 3:41 p.m.: Forty minutes later, an officer from the Coconut Creek Police Department spots Cruz on Wyndham Lakes Drive in Coral Springs. The Broward Sheriff’s Department responds to the call that the young man who is now a suspect in the shootings has been spotted. He is positively identified by officers and taken into custody without incident.

Firefighters help with partner’s baby gender reveal announcement

Even the toughest of firefighters have a soft spot for babies. 

Members of the City of Decatur, Georgia, Fire Department helped a fellow firefighter find out if he’s having a boy or a girl. 

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As the YouTube post said, only the pump operator knew as buckets of blue-tinted and of pink-tinted water sat nearby.

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Firefighter Tubbs and his wife manned the hose that first shot out normal water, then quickly changed to pink as the rest of the fire crews waited and recorded the special moment. 

It’s a girl for The Tubbs family.

Disney announces when Toy Story Land will open

Fans of the “Toy Story” film franchise now know when they’ll be able to “shrink down” to the size of Andy’s toys and experience the immersive world Walt Disney Imagineers have been building.

Guests to Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios will officially be able to visit’s Andy’s backyard playsets starting June 30. 

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Imagineers have been busy designing and creating rides like Alien Swirling Saucers, where riders climb into flying saucers, accompanied by the little green men and they spin across the floor.

A third track will be available on the popular Toy Story Mania shooting game/ride that has been a park staple since 2008, park officials said.

Finally, the centerpiece of the new land riders can climb into Slinky Dog and race through the park on Slinky Dog Dash coaster.

Food won’t be an issue in the new themed land either with Woody’s Lunch Box, according to Walt Disney World officials, which looks just like a classic metal lunch box that will be a quick service location that creates “tasty meals and old-fashioned soda floats.”

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Dog food shipments pulled after euthanasia drug found in some brands

J.M. Smucker Co. is pulling back some of its shipments after a television news investigation found that some of the company’s dog food tested positive for a drug used for euthanasia.

The company is having shipments of wet canned Gravy Train, Kibble ‘N Bits, Skippy and Ol’ Roy foods returned to the the company, The Associated Press reported.

The move came after Washington, D.C.-based television station WJLA tested 15 cans of the Gravy Train brand and found 60 percent, or 9 out of the 15 cans, tested positive for the drug pentobarbital.

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The station’s investigation started after a woman said that shortly after feeding Evanger’s pet food to her five dogs, they were falling over and convulsing in 2016. She sent the rest of the dogs’ food and the remains of one of the dogs for testing, where the dog was found to have been poisoned by dog food and that the food contained pentobarbital, WJLA reported last week

In 2017, Evanger’s recalled a batch of its Hunk of Beef food because it was exposed to the drug.

Smucker’s officials, which doesn’t produce Evanger’s, told WJLA that it was investigating the results of the station’s investigation on its food and are working with suppliers. 

Smucker’s officials said this week that the low amounts of the drug found in the station’s investigation is not a threat to pets.

WJLA reported that their test showed non-lethal levels but any amount of the drug is not permitted according to federal law.

“However, the presence of this substance at any level is not acceptable to us and not up to our quality of standards,” Smucker’s officials told the AP.

The company said it doesn’t use meat from animals that were euthanized in its pet food products, the AP reported.

For more on the company’s decision to return the products, click here for Gravy Train information and here for Kibble ‘N Bits.

Trump heading to Palm Beach, making plans to visit Parkland

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive today to spend President’s Day weekend at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach.

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A White House advisory said Air Force One is expected to arrive at Palm Beach International Airport at 5:40 p.m.

The president will receive an Oval Office briefing today on Wednesday’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland that left 17 people dead. In a Thursday speech, Trump said he is “making plans to visit Parkland to meet with families and local officials, and to continue coordinating the federal response.”

The White House has not specified whether Trump will visit Parkland this weekend. The community in northern Broward County is about 40 miles from Mar-a-Lago.

This visit will be Trump’s 13th as president to Mar-a-Lago. He has spent about 39 days in Palm Beach County as president.

His last visit was two weeks ago and included a Super Bowl party at his Trump International Golf Club in unincorporated West Palm Beach.

American Airlines ticket agent stops 2 girls from meeting alleged trafficker 

Some fast thinking by an airline ticketing agent prevented two underage girls from boarding a cross-country flight to meet a man who promised them modeling and entertainment jobs, KTRK reported.

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Denise Miracle, who works for American Airlines, said she became suspicious when two girls, ages 17 and 15, approached the ticket counter at Sacramento International Airport.

Neither girl was accompanied by an adult, and neither had identification, KTRK reported. Miracle then discovered that the girls’ tickets were paid for with a fraudulent credit card. She called Sacramento County Sheriff's deputies, who discovered that the ticket had been given to the girls from a man they met on Instagram who went by “Drey,” KTRK reported.

The man allegedly told the girls, who went to the airport without their parents’ knowledge, they could earn $2,000 by modeling and performing in music videos. Deputies said the girls were shocked when they learned the tickets were only for one-way flights. The girls were reunited with their parents, KTRK reported. Deputies said the girls likely would have been victims of human trafficking had they gone through with the flight. There is no word on whether “Drey” has been caught by officials, or what charges he might face, KTRK reported.

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