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Elderly couple found dead in snow likely died of hypothermia: Arkansas authorities

carlballou/iStock(ASH FORD, Ark.) --  An elderly couple found in the snow-filled field of an Arkansas home likely died of hypothermia, according to authorities.

The man and woman, both in their 70s, were discovered off Crookton Road in Ash Fork, about 140 miles north of Phoenix, on Friday, officials from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office said in a news release.

Homeowners Mike and Diane Haas noticed two bodies under the snow in their yard when they were leaving the house and called 911, they told ABC Phoenix affiliate KNXV.

“I said 'Sir, sir!' and of course they didn’t respond," Mike Haas said. "It came pretty obvious pretty quick, their skin color and other details that they were deceased."

The couple's car was found one mile away from the home, KNXV reported. They lived nearby and attempted to walk after their car got stuck in the snow. The area got about 10 inches, according to KNXV.

The Haas' front porch light was on, so they believe the couple was heading toward their house. They were 100 yards short, Mike Haas said.

They found the man lying on top of his wife, possibly in an attempt to keep her warm, according to the homeowners.

"It’s sadness,” he said. “You wish you could’ve helped. You could’ve saved a life perhaps. Maybe two lives."

Diane Haas believes that if the couple had stayed in their car, someone driving along the road would have rescued them.

A preliminary investigation found no evidence of foul play, authorities said. The time of the couple's deaths has not been established.

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Arkansas police officer 'ambushed and executed' outside station, police say

Fayetteville Police Department(FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.) -- An Arkansas police officer has been shot and killed outside their police precinct.

Officers with the Fayetteville Police Department were inside the building when they heard gunshots outside at approximately 9:42 p.m. on Saturday, according to a statement from the Fayetteville Police Department.

When two responding officers went outside they located an armed suspect, later identified as London T. Phillips, directly behind the police department.

Phillips exchanged gunfire with officers and was shot during the encounter, police said.

The victim, Officer Stephen Carr, was later found shot inside his patrol vehicle that was parked in the police department parking lot, authorities said.

Emergency medical personnel responded to the scene and treated the officer and the suspect but both of them succumbed to their injuries. and were pronounced dead on scene.

An investigation showed Carr was "ambushed and executed" while sitting in his patrol vehicle, police said.

In a brief press conference Fayetteville Police Chief Mike Reynolds said there seems to have been no motive at all and it "appears the suspect came into the back parking lot and just executed my officer."

 Carr was assigned as a patrol officer and had been with the department since April 2017.

"He served our community with dedication and professionalism for the past 2 ½ years, he is a HERO," police said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Carr’s family during this tragic time."

The Washington County Sheriff's Office and the FBI will conduct an independent investigation into the incident, police said.

The officers who fatally shot the suspect were placed on paid administrative leave in compliance with department policy until the police chief can review the investigation.

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California man arrested after rehearsing mass shooting plot on video, police say

Google Maps(SAN DIEGO) -- A California man has been arrested after residents reported that he'd been rehearsing a mass shooting plot in videos posted online, police said Friday.

Steve Homoki, 30, was arrested and charged with possession of an assault weapon, possession of a high-capacity magazine and child endangerment, according to the San Diego Police Department.

Police arrested Homoki in San Diego on Thursday, nearly four days after receiving "a tip concerning very distressing YouTube videos threatening firearm violence linked to San Diego," according to a statement released on Friday.

The videos allegedly showed a man pointing assault weapons at several unassuming pedestrians from a hotel window in downtown San Diego. Officers with the San Diego Joint Terrorism Task Force launched an investigation and identified Homoki as the man in the videos.

 "An Investigation was initiated by the JTTF that day and over the course of the next 48 hours, Steven Homoki was identified as the person responsible for the videos," the department said in a statement. "A search warrant was obtained for his residence in Spring Valley, California."

Police arrested Homoki on Thursday and recovered several firearms from his home. He allegedly has at least 14 firearms registered in California, according to San Diego ABC affiliate KGTV, which obtained a copy of a warrant for his arrest.

According to the warrant, Homoki allegedly booked a hotel room at the Sofia Hotel, located across the street from the San Diego courthouse, and used the space to practice aiming the weapon from the hotel room's window.

The YouTube videos, posted Sept. 17 and 18, appeared to be recorded using a body-worn camera. They showed a man displaying two assault-style rifles on a couch, along with a female mannequin head, a Department of Homeland Security license plate, an envelope and ammunition scattered on the room's floor.

 The suspect was also seen loading and pointing the rifles at people walking outside, while repeating "jams, boom." He was also seen pulling the trigger while the firearm's chamber was empty, or "dry firing."

"One down, more to go," he said at one point, according to the court documents.

The San Diego Police Department credited community members for reporting the videos and thanked them for speaking up about "an immediate threat to San Diegans."

"This arrest is an example of a community member coming forward with information that posed an immediate threat to San Diegans," the department said in a statement. "The San Diego Police Department would like to thank the community for their shared efforts to keep everyone safe."

San Diego FBI Special Agent In Charge Scott Brunner called the arrest "an extraordinary accomplishment."

"The extraordinarily swift investigative efforts put forth by the dedicated Agents and Officers of the San Diego JTTF quickly identified, located and arrested Mr. Homoki, preventing further incident," Brunner said in a statement Friday. "Just three days ago Mr. Homoki was an unknown poster of disturbing videos and is now behind bars, his threats neutralized. This investigation is a truly extraordinary accomplishment."

Homoki was being held on $20,000 bail and is scheduled for arraignment on Monday afternoon. It's unclear if he has obtained an attorney.

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Heavy rain, strong winds and snow to hit parts of Western US

ABC News(NEW YORK) --  A storm in the western United States is bringing heavy rain, gusty winds and mountain snow from California to the Rocky Mountains this morning.

Heavy rain from the storm brought flash flooding to San Francisco on Saturday prompting road closures in parts of the city. North of the Bay Area, 5.75 inches of rain was reported in Hobergs, CA. Gusty winds also downed some trees in the area.

In the Sierra, snow has already accumulated up to 8 inches this morning. Snow totals through Monday could reach as much as 3 to 4 feet. This will cause significant travel delays in the mountain passes.

Heavy rain in northern California will continue to bring the threat for rock slides and landslides today. Additionally, there is a threat for avalanches in parts of the Sierra, especially near the Lake Tahoe Area. There is an avalanche warning in this area through the morning hours of Sunday.

This storm is about to move eastward today, and part of this overall system will emerge from the Rockies late tonight and rapidly change the weather for the central and eastern U.S. over the next few days. Winter Storm warnings remain posted for the Sierra today and winter weather advisories are in effect for parts of the Rockies and upper Midwest.

By tomorrow morning, a new low pressure system will quickly move into the upper Midwest and bring some snow to parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin. The morning commute in those regions could be treacherous with snow falling heavily at times.

Ahead of the low pressure, heavy rain is expected to develop. Especially in parts of the northeast U.S. where snowfall was heavy just 1 week ago, the combination of rapid snow melt and locally heavy rain could bring some localized flooding.

As the storm moves into Canada, the extended cold front will become quite powerful and stretch deep into the southern U.S.

The impacts of this cold front are both in precipitation and in temperature. First, ahead of the cold front, warm mild air will allow temperatures to rapidly rise into the 50s and 60s -- especially on Tuesday.

For parts of the east coast -- especially in the northeast -- that will be a nice welcome. However, the approaching cold front will bring rain, which could be heavy at times and bring 1 to 2 inches of rain, especially in the northeast U.S.

As the cold front passes, temperatures will plummet. It is looking more and more likely that there could be a 20 to 30 degree temperature difference within just a few hundred miles on Tuesday in parts of the southern and eastern U.S. as can be seen between New Orleans, 68 degrees, and Dallas 38 degrees, on Tuesday morning.

In New York it will be in the upper 50’s on Tuesday, but on Wednesday, temperatures will be the upper 20’s and low 30’s.

The global forecast models are now also indicating that a decent amount of precipitation will linger behind the cold front.

This should result in some notable weather drama, with parts of the southern and eastern U.S. going from mild rain to a mix of cold and snow. Even in the northeast U.S., it is now appearing that a burst of snow is likely on Wednesday morning.

 The result of this combination of events is locally 1 to 2 or more inches of rain in parts of the eastern U.S. and locally 6 inches of snow in parts of the upper Midwest through Tuesday.

On Tuesday night and into Wednesday, a quick burst of snow could bring a couple of inches to parts of the northeast which could cause problems for the Wednesday morning commute.

 Behind this front, the door will open in the Midwest for very cold air with temperatures crashing. Wind chills could go as low as -20 and -30 in parts of the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The good news is that this cold blast doesn’t look long-lived, and it seems to fall apart to some degrees as it heads to the eastern U.S. late next week.

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FBI probing whether Pensacola naval base suspect watched mass-shooting videos prior to attack, sources say

FBI(PENSACOLA, Fla.) -- Investigators are probing a report that the suspect in the Pensacola naval base shooting had watched mass-shooting videos in the presence of some friends in the days prior to the attack, two people briefed on the probe told ABC News.

Three people were killed during the shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola on Friday morning. The alleged shooter, identified by authorities as Mohammed Alshamrani, 21, a Saudi national and member of the country's air force who was in the U.S. for flight training, was shot and killed at the scene by officers, police said.

Agents are trying to confirm whether the investigative lead is accurate and have been going through the Alshamrani's devices to find evidence of those videos. The information about these videos came from interviews with classmates of Alshamrani, sources said.

Investigators are being led to believe that this was not some sort of gathering called specifically to watch the videos or that the friends who were present were part of any plot. Investigators have been told the friends got together with Alshamrani in an unplanned get-together and once they were together, Alshamrani apparently turned on the videos, the sources said.

Alshamrani is said to have wanted to "pump" himself up in the run-up to the planned shooting and the friends present were not aware that he was allegedly planning a lethal attack.

The preliminary assessment of investigators is that the shooter was not connected to a group of band of conspirators. Instead, it is believed he acted alone.

The FBI has declined to comment on this but has scheduled a press conference for 12 p.m. Sunday.

The victims killed in the shooting were identified Saturday night as Ensign Joshua Watson, 23; Airman Mohammed Haitham, 19; and Airman Apprentice Cameron Walters, 21.

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Storm to bring wind and heavy rain to West, snow to Upper Midwest

iStock(NEW YORK) -- A storm has moved into the Western U.S. and it's bringing heavy rain, wind and snow to the region today, before it moves toward the Midwest on Sunday night and early Monday.

There are wind alerts, winter storm warnings, flash flood watches and winter weather advisories issued for parts of California to parts of Montana and Idaho.

As the storm brings widespread precipitation to the West this weekend, it will bring periods of heavy rain to coastal California, including San Francisco and Los Angeles. Between 1- 4” of rain is expected in the San Francisco Bay area, which could cause flooding in areas.

North of the Bay Area, some of the heaviest rain forecasted will fall over recent burn scars, increasing the threat of debris flows and mudslides. This includes areas affected by the Camp Fire, Mendocino Complex Fire, Carr Fire, and Kincade Fire.

Rainfall rates at some of these burn areas could be as high as 0.75” per hour. Additionally, winds could gust up over 40 mph at times, which could lead to power outages in Northern California.

Meanwhile in the Sierra, it will be dangerous to travel this weekend, especially in the mountain passes of I-80. Four feet of snow is expected, making travel extremely difficult. Snowfall rates could be intense at times, especially Saturday night in the Sierra near Reno, where whiteout conditions are possible.

This system will join up with a couple of disturbances to bring some hazardous impacts Sunday night and Monday. The main concern will be a narrow band of snow that is likely to move into the Upper Midwest, including parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin. Additionally, heavy rain will move into parts of the Ohio Valley and East Coast.

Up to 6" of snow is possible in parts of the Upper Midwest through Monday, especially along the border of Wisconsin and Michigan. Snow is likely to impact the morning commute in Minneapolis on Monday.

However, the most notable impact from this latest storm will be that it opens the door for very cold air to come into the U.S. On Wednesday morning, temperatures will drop dramatically. Wind chills will be as low as -35 in parts of the Midwest, and even down toward Chicago wind chills will be below zero. It appears right now that Minneapolis will likely not reach above zero degrees on Wednesday.

By Thursday of next week, a large swath of the Central and Eastern U.S. will see temperatures below average.

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The Pensacola naval base shooting suspect was identified as member of the Saudi military. Why was he there?

iStock(PENSACOLA, Fla.) -- Friday's shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola, in which four people, including the shooter, died, marks the second time this week gun violence erupted at a U.S. military installation.

But while Wednesday's shooting in Hawaii was related to a domestic issue, the attack on Friday became international incident after it was reported the suspect was a second lieutenant in the Royal Saudi Air Force.

Mohammed Alshamrani, according to authorities, was one of about 200 foreign nationals receiving training on the naval air base as part of a program in which U.S. allies send members of their armed forces there to study aviation.

Alshamrani's training on the base, which included English language and basic aviation courses, started in August 2017 and was scheduled to finish by August 2020, according to the Department of Defense.

His participation in the program is part of a military practice that goes back decades, NAS Pensacola base commander Capt. Timothy Kinsella said during a press conference in the aftermath of the shooting.

"The cross-training with allies is something that we have done for a long time," he said. "In World War II, we had Royal Air Force folks training here."

Saudi Arabia, according to the Pentagon, is one such ally, and has supplied 852 of the more than 5,000 foreign military students spread throughout the U.S.

Germany, Singapore, Italy, Denmark and Norway have also sent students to Naval Air Station Pensacola, also known as the "Cradle of Naval Aviation."

NAS Pensacola employs more than 16,000 military and 7,400 civilian personnel, according to the base's website. The facility includes the Naval Aviation Schools Command, Naval Air Technical Training Center, Marine Aviation Training Support Group 21 and 23, the Blue Angels and the headquarters for Naval Education Training Command.

According to Kinsella, only authorized security forces are allowed to carry weapons on the base. It's still unclear how Alshamrani was able to bring a handgun into the classroom and begin shooting.

And while Alshamrani's motive remains unclear, law enforcement officials briefed on the investigation told ABC News authorities are focusing on two possibilities: that he was acting for ideological reasons, or that some kind of hostilities developed over the course of his training.

Shortly after the shooting, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Saudi Arabia was "going to owe a debt here," and numerous Saudi officials condemned the attack in statements.

"Today's tragic shooting at Pensacola, Florida was a heinous crime. The Kingdom expresses its deepest condolences to the families of victims, and to the American people. We salute the bravery of those who neutralized the threat and saved lives," Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan tweeted.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper told reporters on Friday that the vetting process for foreign military nationals in the U.S., including screenings by the Department of Defense and U.S. embassy personnel, will be reviewed.

"I want to make sure we're doing our due diligence," Esper said, "to understand what are our procedures."

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California power utility PG&E reaches $13.5B settlement for 2017-2018 wildfires

iStock(LOS ANGELES) -- PG&E, the California power utility, has reached a $13.5 billion settlement with victims of the catastrophic Northern California wildfires of 2017 and 2018.

The agreement settles the last major lawsuit to arise from the 2017-2018 fires, following a $1 settlement with affected cities and counties, and an $11 billion settlement with the insurance companies handling claims.

Officials with PG&E, which last year filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in anticipation of its legal challenges, said Friday's settlement will put the utility on a path to emerge from Chapter 11 by the state-imposed June 30, 2020 deadline.

“From the beginning of the Chapter 11 process, getting wildfire victims fairly compensated, especially the individuals, has been our primary goal," PG&E CEO and President Bill Johnson said in a statement. "We want to help our customers, our neighbors and our friends in those impacted areas recover and rebuild after these tragic wildfires."

In addition to covering the 2017 Northern California wildfires and the 2018 Camp Fire, the agreement settles claims related to the 2017 Tubbs fire and the 2016 Ghost Ship warehouse fire, although PG&E did not admit fault in the latter two fires.

The Camp Fire, the most devastating in the state's history, was responsible for at least 80 deaths. More than 18,600 structures were destroyed in the blaze, which scorched upwards of 150,000 acres in Northern California's Butte County.

Improperly maintained PG&E power lines were found to be responsible for sparking the blaze.

Friday's settlement is subject to approval by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

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School crowns all-girls Chicago chess team at pep rally after big win at state championship

iStock(CHICAGO) -- St. Ethelreda School on the South Side of Chicago placed highly at the state championships and came together to celebrate.

A group of three eighth grade girls brought home a big win during an Illinois state chess tournament.

And to celebrate, their classmates made more noise than you would ever expect for competitors in a chess tournament -- at a pep rally.

With families and friends alike, Shakira Luster, 13, Trechelle Williams, 14, and Imani Hill, 14, ruled the halls of St. Ethelreda School, on the South Side of Chicago.

Together, they took the third, fourth and 10th places at November's Illinois State All Grade Chess Championship.

"The pep rally was very empowering because we could see how our fellow classmates are looking up to us, believing in us and celebrating us for winning," Imani said in excitement.

While this deserved win was more than enough reason to celebrate, chess holds a special place in the experiences for the students at St. Ethelreda School.

Eric Luster, the chess coach and a math teacher at St. Ethelreda, as well as Shakira's father, has a longtime love of the game.

"As a casual chess player myself -- and looking at the research on how chess can help improve students' math scores -- I wanted to create a chess team here at the school," Luster told ABC News. "We've been playing chess here for over seven years now, and we have definitely seen an improvement in math scores and an overall growth in academic performance, particularly for the students who participated in the team."

In those past seven years, the chess team has grown to become a source of community and fun for students.

"There is something about being a member of the chess team here. You might not be an athlete, you might not be the smartest kid in the classroom, but you're still on the team," said Dr. Denise Spells, principal of St. Ethelreda School. "You get on the bus to go to your tournaments. You come in your T-shirts ready to play. We, as a school, win a trophy and everybody is happy. It's our own little community."

Although St. Ethelreda School has collected a fair amount of trophies, these state wins have been historic.

"First off, we're talking all girls -- that hasn't happened in the state's history that just a group of all girls went as a team and won the state championship," Luster said. "Second, we're talking about a group of African American girls, and I don't think that's happened in the state's history either."

"We always thought we were the best eighth grade team, but when we actually won, it felt empowering to know that we made history," Trechelle said.

Spells wanted to do something big for the girls to show them how proud the entire school was of them, she said. As Shakira, Trechelle and Imani walked through the hallways of St. Ethelreda School, they were crowned alongside Luster, their coach, to make them feel like kings and queens of the school.

"Because the chessboard is ruled by the king, and the most important piece is the queen, they decided to crown us at the pep rally -- which surprised us because we were not expecting it," Luster said.

Winning at the state championships, in many ways, is really just the beginning for these girls.

"Being on the chess team means a lot to me because it has helped out with my math and test scores a lot," Shakira said. "So the more I play chess, the more I feel like my scores are going up."

And to that, checkmate.

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NASA is enlisting elephant seals to help them study climate science

iStock(NEW YORK) -- NASA scientists have playful helpers for studying the earth's climate: elephant seals wearing hat-like antenna.

The antennae have sensors that take in information about the ocean's temperature and currents as the seals dive. While scientists have been tagging seals for decades to study their behavior, using them to study climate is a newer phenomenon.

Seals spend roughly nine months of the year at sea, swimming thousands of miles and diving upward of 80 times per day, sometimes to depths of 3,300 feet. They surface for air, but can stay underwater for up to two hours at a time. Seals can also swim under the Antarctic sea ice, meaning they can accesses places that technical equipment can't reach, according to NASA.

The tags, which are attached with glue, fall off during molting season if scientists fail to collect one when retrieving the data.

Lia Siegelman, a visiting scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, has been using data from a tagged female seal for a paper she published this week in the journal Nature Geoscience.

"Southern elephant seals may look sluggish on land, but in the water they're endurance athletes," Siegelman told ABC News. "With all this diving, a tagged elephant seal collects data from the entire top layer of the Southern Ocean."

The data the seals collect will help scientists to better understand how the oceans store heat, which could be crucial as our climate warms.

"Most current modeling studies indicate that the heat would move from the surface to the ocean interior in these cases, but with the new observational data provided by the seal, we found that that's not the case," Siegelman said in a statement.

"This could be an important implication for our climate and the ocean's role in offsetting the effects of global warming by absorbing most of the heat," she added.

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First lady Melania Trump makes annual holiday visit to children's hospital to read to patients

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- First lady Melania Trump continued a nearly 70-year-long tradition Friday when she made her annual visit to Children’s National Hospital where she met with patients, their families and nursing staff before reading them a children’s book.

She is the latest in a long line of first ladies to visit the Washington, D.C. hospital, starting with Elizabeth "Bess" Truman, the wife of former President Harry Truman, over 60 years ago. Other first ladies who have participated in the tradition are: Jacqueline Kennedy, Eleanor Roosevelt and more recently, Michelle Obama.

During her visit, Trump stopped in a play room to visit with the young patients and participate in an art project centered on the upcoming Christmas holiday.

She spent extra time crafting with three children in particular: 8-year-old Brooke Hilton, 7-year-old Nathalia Vasseur Hoffman and 8-year-old Dwayne Salmon, to whom she offered words of advice and encouragement.

"Hi sweetheart, how are you feeling?” Trump asked Hilton. She continued to make small talk, asking the children when she walked in if they were ”Feeling strong?”

The first lady then went on to ask if they had written to Santa yet.

“He’s so busy right now,” Trump said of Santa Claus. “You should write him this weekend.”

The children spent time reading quotes to her from Dr. Suess’ "Oh, the places you’ll go!"

After spending some time making paper snowflakes, the first lady and the children made their way to the main stage to join the crowd and commence the book reading.

This year, Trump read "Oliver the Ornament Meets Belle," the sequel to "Oliver the Ornament," which she read last year.

"Oliver the Ornament" is a seven-book series that celebrates the tradition and stories of Christmas ornaments. The story focuses on a little ornament who faces challenges, but is able to overcome all odds to save the day.

Joining Trump on stage were none other than Mr. and Mrs. Claus, as well as the book’s author, Todd Zimmerman.

Since launching "Oliver the Ornament," Zimmerman has donated over 3,000 copies of the book to hospitalized children and will be donating a percentage of profits from all books sold to various children’s charities.

Trump also toured the Surgical Care Unit and the Short Stay Unit to visit with patients, their families and the nursing staff.

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4 shooting incidents occurred on military bases in the US in 2019

iStock(NEW YORK) -- For the second time this week, a military base in the United States faced an active shooter incident. The latest on Friday in Pensacola, Florida, has left four people, including the shooter, dead.

The Friday shooting marked the fourth shooting incident to occur on a military base in the U.S. in 2019, according to news reports.

On New Year's Day, 20-year-old Lance Cpl. Riley Kuznia was killed by another on-duty Marine at the Washington, D.C., Marine Barracks.

Lance Cpl. Andrew M. Johnson was charged with murder in the shooting, which was originally classified as a death investigation rather than homicide, meaning it may have been an accident. A redacted copy of the charge sheets, obtained by Task & Purpose, said Johnson jokingly pointed his pistol at Kuznia's head and pulled the trigger, showing "wanton disregard for human life." Johnson entered a not guilty plea and his case is still pending.

At the Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Virginia, on April 5, 2019, a 25-year-old male Navy sailor was killed by base security after shooting a female sailor in the parking lot. The woman was taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Navy police reported the scene as an active shooting incident and it was later deemed a "domestic" incident, according to Navy Times.

A 22-year-old active duty sailor killed two people and injured another on Dec. 4, 2019 at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard near Honolulu, Hawaii, according to authorities.

The shooter opened fire on shipyard personnel with his M4 service rifle and then used his M9 service pistol to shoot and kill himself, an official said.

An active shooter was reported at theNaval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida, on Dec. 6, 2019. Four people, including the suspected shooter, were killed.

In the U.S. between 2000 and 2018, there were 277 active shooter incidents -- "an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area" -- identified by the FBI. In total, 2,430 people were either killed or injured.

Seven of those active shooter incidents were on military property.

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Officials: 4 dead in shooting incident at Pensacola naval base; suspect was Saudi national

choicegraphx/iStock(PENSACOLA, Fla.) -- Four people are dead including the suspect after an active shooting incident at Naval Air Station Pensacola, police said.

Four people are dead including the suspect after an active shooting incident at a naval base in Pensacola, Florida, police said.

The shooter was a Saudi national in the U.S. for flight training, two law enforcement officials familiar with the investigation told ABC News. Investigators are trying to determine whether the shooting was terror-related or not, the officials said.

Authorities responded to reports of a shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola at 6:51 a.m. on Friday, officials said. ATF and FBI also responded to the scene.

The shooting took place at one of the classroom buildings on the base, officials said. Officers with the Escambia County Sheriff's Office arrived on the scene and fatally shot the suspect after exchanging gunfire.

Three people, including the shooter, were pronounced dead on scene, police said.

Eight people were injured in the shooting and were transported to Baptist Hospital, a hospital spokesperson told ABC News. One of those transferred to the hospital later died from injuries, police said.

Two officers were among those wounded in the shooting. One officer was shot in the leg and is currently in surgery and the other officer was shot in the arm and is undergoing care at the hospital. They are both expected to survive.

"Walking through the crime scene was like being on the set of a movie," Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan told reporters, adding "The threat has been negated, our community is secured at this time."

"Base security and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service are currently investigating. The names of the victims will not be released until the next of kin have been notified," the Navy said in a statement.

Officials did not release any details about the shooter.

The ATF and FBI will assist local authorities in the investigation. The U.S. Attorney's Office is also involved.

The base is shut down until further notice and all personnel currently on the base will taken off the facility in an orderly fashion, said Captain Timothy Kinsella, commanding officer at NAS Pensacola.

NAS Pensacola employs more than 16,000 military and 7,400 civilian personnel, according to the base's website. The facility includes the Naval Aviation Schools Command, Naval Air Technical Training Center, Marine Aviation Training Support Group 21 and 23, the Blue Angels, and the headquarters for Naval Education Training Command.

This is the second shooting incident on a Navy base in the last week.

A 22-year-old active-duty sailor opened fire on three civilian employees, killing two, before he fatally shot himself at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard near Honolulu on Wednesday, military officials said.

The suspected shooter opened fire on shipyard personnel with his M4 service rifle and then used his M9 service pistol to shoot himself, officials said.

ABC News' Christina Carrega contributed to this report.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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Coast Guard saves lucky dog swimming off Florida beach

US Coast Guard/Facebook(FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla.) -- A Coast Guard crew saved a very good boy off the coast of Fort Myers Beach on Wednesday.

The U.S. Coast Guard Station Fort Myers Beach shared a video and photos on Facebook of their K-9 rescue at Bowditch Point.

The night crew rescue team responded to a call at the beginning of their shift about a "dog in distress" and spotted the canine paddling in the water to stay afloat.

"Thanks to the crew’s expertise in intercepting non-compliant vessels (NCV) and recovering a person in the water (PIW), our 'star' of the night was safely recovered and returned to her owner," the Coast Guard said in the Facebook post.

During the video one of the Coast Guard members can be heard telling the wet dog, "You’re the best person I’ve ever rescued."

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Migrant child who died in Border Patrol custody seen vomiting with a fever in video

wingedwolf/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- House Democrats are demanding an investigation into the death of a migrant teen from the flu while in U.S. Customs and Border Protection custody after ProPublica released new video Thursday raising questions about the circumstances of the boy’s final moments.

"I was absolutely horrified and sickened by the video," Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., told ABC News Live.

"I think it was negligent homicide," Bass added.

Carlos Gregorio Hernandez Vasquez, a 16-year-old from Guatemala, was found traveling alone by U.S. Border Patrol agents in May after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border near McAllen, Texas.

A week later, Vasquez came down with a 103-degree fever and tested positive for the flu, according to an autopsy report obtained by ABC News. The report indicates he was prescribed Tamiflu the day before he died.

The video appears to dispute CBP’s account of how the boy was found in his holding cell. CBP reported to the medical examiner that Vasquez was found during a routine welfare check. But the video, obtained from the Weslaco Police Department by ProPublica, shows his cellmate discovering the 16-year-old's body and notifying a nearby official.

"The investigation into the death of Carlos Gregorio Hernandez Vasquez is ongoing," a CBP spokesperson said in a statement Thursday. "While we cannot discuss specific information or details of this investigation, we can tell you that the Department of Homeland Security and this agency are looking into all aspects of this case to ensure all procedures were followed."

In between medical checks Vasquez was seen vomiting while making several trips to the toilet in his cell, according to a review of surveillance video by the medical examiner.

"The inconsistencies between Border Patrol's official account and this video regarding the death of a migrant child is disturbing," the House Homeland Security Committee said in a tweet Thursday. "We need answers from Border Patrol on why their account doesn't match up with this video."

The Department of Homeland Security's inspector general did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether it was investigating the case.

Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, said in a statement, "Not only did CBP hold Carlos longer than the legal limit and apparently fail to care for him while he was sick, the agency seems to have been untruthful with Congress and the public about the circumstances around his tragic death. This is inexcusable."

"The DHS Office of Inspector General should examine all video from Carlos’ time in custody, complete their investigation expeditiously, and release their findings as soon as possible," he added.

Vasquez was one of thousands of youths held at Border Patrol stations at the height of the record influx of migrant kids and families crossing the southern border in May. At the time, CBP said the average number of minors held in custody on any given day was around 20,000. In response to the increasing number of unauthorized migrants, CBP ramped up medical personnel staffing and redirected agents from ports of entry to apprehend and process those crossing illegally.

The number of unauthorized crossings has declined since its peak in May, according to CBP data. After more than 11,000 in May, there were just 2,848 unaccompanied minors who crossed the southwest border in October.

"The men and women of U.S. Customs and Border Protection are saddened by the tragic loss of this young man and our condolences are with his family," acting CBP Commissioner John Sanders said in May. "CBP is committed to the health, safety and humane treatment of those in our custody."

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