Actor and comedian Tom Arnold filed a report Monday with the Los Angeles Police Department after he said he was attacked by famed producer and MGM Chairman Mark Burnett at a pre-Emmys party in Los Angeles one day earlier.
Update 3:45 p.m. EDT Sept. 17: Los Angeles police spokeswoman Det. Meghan Aguilar confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that Arnold met with officers in West Los Angeles on Monday to file a battery report in connection to the incident.
The Times reported that Arnold and Burnett got into a confrontation over alleged secret recordings from “The Apprentice.” Burnett produced the show, which was hosted by Donald Trump for 14 seasons before his 2016 presidential run.
Arnold’s new show, "The Hunt for the Trump Tapes," follows the comedian’s attempts to find recordings that show Trump expressing bigoted views on the reality show.
Arnold said earlier Monday that he planned to file charges against Burnett, who he said "lost his mind, attacked & chocked me last night at Katzenberg's Night Before The Emmy's Party."
Authorities are investigating the case.
Original report: Two nights before the premiere of his new Viceland show, "The Hunt for the Trump Tapes," actor Tom Arnold took to Twitter late Sunday to accuse famed producer and MGM Chairman Mark Burnett of attacking him at a pre-Emmys party in Los Angeles.
"Mark Burnett just went (expletive) and choked me at this huge Emmy party then he ran away with his torn Pink shirt & missing gold chain," Arnold tweeted just before 9:30 p.m. PDT.
"I'm waiting for LAPD," he added, referring to the Los Angeles Police Department.
>> See the tweet here (WARNING: Linked page contains profanity.)
Minutes after Arnold tweeted that Burnett had "choked" him Sunday night, Burnett's wife, Roma Downey, fired back with her own tweet.
"Got this bruise tonight when Tom Arnold tried to ambush my husband Mark and me at a charity event," she wrote. "Is your TV show worth it Tom? Please stop."
Arnold replied: "You lie your crazy husband attacked me you psycho. I'm filing police report & suing you for defamation."
>> See his tweet here (WARNING: Linked page contains profanity.)
It was not immediately clear whether Los Angeles police responded to the scene. Burnett has not publicly commented on the incident.
Arnold, a frequent critic of President Donald Trump, has alleged that outtakes from "The Apprentice" show Trump using sexist and racist language, including the N-word. Arnold claims that Burnett, who created the reality show, won't release the tapes because he's protecting Trump.
Trump denied the existence of the alleged "N-word tape" last month when former "Apprentice" star and Trump aide Omarosa Manigault Newman released "Unhinged: An Insider's Account of the Trump White House." In the book, she discusses her efforts to learn more about the rumored recording.
"@MarkBurnettTV called to say that there are NO TAPES of the Apprentice where I used such a terrible and disgusting word as attributed by Wacky and Deranged Omarosa," Trump tweeted on Aug. 13. "I don’t have that word in my vocabulary, and never have. She made it up."
"The Hunt for the Trump Tapes," which follows Arnold's quest to find "the truth behind the many rumored, potentially damaging recordings" of the president, premieres Tuesday, according to the show's website.
Six people, including the suspected shooter and his wife, are dead after a gunman opened fire in Bakersfield, California, authorities said late Wednesday.
Here are the latest updates:
Update 3:45 p.m. EDT Sept. 13: Authorities identified the shooter Thursday as 54-year-old Javier Cazarez.
“This has the (indications) of a domestic violence case,” Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said Thursday at a news conference. He added, however, that “it appears to be more than just a husband and wife got into an argument, because there are other people targeted.”
He said investigators believe Cazarez and Petra Maribel Bolanos de Cazarez, 45, got divorced about four months before Wednesday’s shooting.
Deputies said Cazarez brought his estranged wife to T&T Trucking in Bakersfield around 5:20 p.m. Wednesday. There, he pulled out a .50-caliber handgun and fatally shot Emanuel Contreras, 50, before turning the gun on his wife, according to deputies. He shot and killed her as well, Youngblood said.
Another man, identified as Antonio Valdez, 50, fled from T&T Trucking after the incident. Youngblood said Cazarez shot at Valdez as he ran from the area. When the bullets missed, Cazarez got in his car and gave chase, shooting and killing Valdez minutes later outside of Bear Mountain Sports, Youngblood said.
After the shooting, Cazarez drove to a home on Breckenridge Road, where he confronted Eliseo Cazares, 57, and his daughter, Laura Garcia, 31, according to officials.
“We believe that she may have tried to intervene to keep the suspect from approaching her father,” Youngblood said. “He shot and killed both of them.”
A short while later, Cazarez carjacked a woman who was on Fillmore Avenue with her child, Youngblood said.
“The suspect made reference to the fact that he wasn’t a bad guy and he allowed the female to remove her child and herself” from the car before driving off in the vehicle, Youngblood said.
Cazarez drove to a business on Edison Highway that was owned by one of his friends, Youngblood said, where he was confronted by deputies.
“There was a short ... conversation,” he said. “The suspect then shot himself in the stomach and he also died.”
It was not immediately clear what sparked the shooting. Authorities are investigating the connection between the victims and the suspect.
“These cases are without a doubt overwhelming (with) different crime scenes – it was all hands on deck last night,” Youngblood said. “We’re seeing this across the nation – people are taking handguns and shooting more than one person at a time. … It’s something that I hope we don’t become immune to.”
Original report: According to KERO-TV, the gunman and his wife entered an area trucking business about 5:20 p.m. PDT, where he confronted another man, shot him, then shot and killed his wife, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said at a Wednesday night press conference.
Authorities said the gunman also shot and killed a witness to the shootings before heading to a Breckenridge Road home, where he fatally shot two more people, KERO reported.
Next, he stole a car carrying a woman and child inside, who escaped safely, Youngblood said. After the shooter fled to Edison Highway, a sheriff’s deputy confronted him, Youngblood said. The gunman then shot and killed himself, Youngblood said.
Authorities have not yet released the names of the suspect or victims.
As Hurricane Florence nears the U.S., the Category 2 storm already is causing heavy rain, strong winds, choppy waters and impressive waves along the Carolina coast.
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Duke Energy said Wednesday that power outages related to Hurricane Florence could affect up to 75 percent of its customers in North and South Carolina.
More than 10,000 Duke utility workers and 9,400 from other companies have been stationed in the Carolinas to restore power, the release said.
"Despite our work force, customers should continue to make plans for their homes and facilities," Howard Fowler, Duke Energy's incident commander, said in a statement. "It's important for people to know this is no ordinary storm, and customers could be without power for a very long time – not days, but weeks."
Officials also urged customers to avoid downed power lines, prepare an emergency supply kit, stock up on nonperishable food and water, charge electronic devices such as cellphones, and make plans to safely evacuate family members and pets.
Hurricane Florence hasn't made landfall just yet, but a North Carolina Walmart is already experiencing its own kind of storm surge – of customers.
In a viral video shot Tuesday by WTVD, chaos erupted at the Durham store as shoppers made a mad dash for food, water, generators and other items. The station said people "pushed, shoved [and] tugged" as security workers "tried to keep order."
WSOC-TV in Charlotte reported early Wednesday that Florence, currently a Category 4 storm, is expected to make landfall as a major hurricane early Friday along the Carolina coast.
It will be a day forever etched in the collective minds of the nation, when a quiet September morning was shattered after hijackers took control of four planes, crashing them into New York’s World Trade Center towers; the Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia; and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Seventeen years later, thousands will take a moment to remember the 3,000 people who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Here are some ways people are paying tribute across the country:New York
The National September 11 Memorial and Museum is hosting the annual ceremony in remembrance of the victims of the 2001 and 1993 World Trade Center attacks. Starting at 8:39 a.m., family members of those who died started reading the victims' names at the World Trade Center's Memorial Plaza. There were six pauses during the readings to mark when each plane struck the towers, when each tower collapsed, when the plane hit the Pentagon, and when Flight 93 crashed in Pennsylvania, according to WABC.
The facility is closed to the public until Tuesday afternoon to allow the families of those killed to remember their loved ones.
The Memorial Plaza will be open to the public from 3 p.m. to midnight. The Tribute in Light also will shine two beams of light four miles into the night sky.Shanksville, Pennsylvania
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump attended the annual Sept. 11 observance at the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where the new Tower of Voices monument was dedicated over the weekend. The ceremony, scheduled from 9:45 a.m. to 11 a.m., was free and open to the public. At 10:03 a.m., the moment Flight 93 crashed, the names of the 40 victims were read, and the Bells of Remembrance rang in tribute. Learn more here.
Vice President Mike Pence attended the annual ceremony at the Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, honoring the 184 people who died when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. The ceremony, which ran from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., was not open to the public. The memorial reopened to the public after the event.
– The Associated Press contributed to this report.
One person is dead and four people were hurt after gunfire erupted at a McDonald’s near Auburn University in Alabama.
According to Auburn police, a shooter opened fire about 2:30 a.m. Sunday at the fast-food restaurant near the university campus, killing a 20-year-old Tuskegee man. Four others were wounded, including a 16-year-old boy with serious injuries and a 17-year-old boy, 19-year-old woman and 21-year-old man injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening, police said.
Update 8:40 a.m. EDT Sept. 10: Authorities on Sunday arrested a juvenile, identified only as a 17-year-old boy from Opelika, on a murder charge in connection to the shooting, police said.
He was arrested at a home in Auburn and taken to Lee County Jail, where he was being held Sunday on a $150,000 bond, according to authorities. He will be charged as an adult, officials said.
The teenager is accused of shooting and killing Evan Mikale Wilson, 20, after an unspecified altercation escalated, police said.
Authorities continue to investigate the shooting.
Update 2:36 p.m. EDT Sept. 9: The McDonald's where the shooting occurred reopened for business Sunday afternoon, the Opelika-Auburn News reported. Police have still not released the identity of the person killed or the names of the victims, the newspaper reported.
Update 12:06 p.m. EDT Sept. 9:Three of the injured victims were taken to East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika with non-life threatening injuries. Two were treated and released, WFSA reported.
The 16-year-old was flown to Piedmont Columbus Regional Medical Center in Columbus, Georgia, with serious injuries, the television station reported. The boy is in stable condition, WFSA reported.
Update 8:14 a.m. EDT Sept. 9: An altercation occurred prior to the shooting, Auburn police said in a statement. The three teens were from Opelika, Alabama, while the 21-year-old was an Auburn University student from Hilton Head, South Carolina, according to Auburn police.
“Auburn Police Officers were already in the immediate vicinity of the call dispersing a large crowd. Officers confirmed shots were being fired and located several victims,” according to a statement from police.
The winner of the Miss America 2019 competition wasn't the only contestant to make headlines Sunday night.
Hours before Miss New York Nia Franklin was crowned, Miss Michigan Emily Sioma stunned the audience by using her introduction to share some not-so-subtle criticism for officials' response to Flint's water crisis.
"From the state with 84 percent of the U.S.'s fresh water but none for its residents to drink, I am Miss Michigan Emily Sioma," she said onstage.
Many Twitter users praised Sioma for her remark.
Much to the dismay of her new fans, Sioma, who graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in women's studies, was not among the top 15 finalists.
An off-duty Dallas police officer fatally shot a man Thursday night when she walked into the wrong apartment after work, officials said.
Officer Amber Guyger, a four-year veteran with the department, came home about 10 p.m., went into what she thought was her apartment and fatally shot the man who lived there, 26-year-old Botham Shem Jean, police said.
Guyger, 30, likely will be charged with manslaughter in the case, the Dallas Morning News reported.
Here's what we know about the victim:
1. Jean was originally from Saint Lucia. In a Friday press release, the Embassy of Saint Lucia said it was "shocked and saddened" to learn of his death, offering condolences to his mother, who worked for the government, and other family members.
"To have such a promising life taken so violently is devastating," the release said. "While we await more details on this tragic event, we place our faith in the system and trust that a full and thorough investigation will be conducted."
2. He graduated from Arkansas' Harding University in 2016, where he studied accounting. He served as a worship leader and resident assistant at the private, Christian liberal arts school, the university said in a news release. He also was a member of the Good News Singers.
University President Bruce McLarty recalled Jean's enthusiastic reaction to leading singing one evening.
“Because of the subject, there was a particular old hymn that I asked him if he would mind leading,” McLarty said, according to the release. “He didn’t say anything about not knowing the song, but he had never heard it before in his life. He came up that evening and was just smiling and excited about leading it. He told me he had never heard the song before, but that day, he called back to St. Lucia and asked his grandmother to teach him that old hymn on the phone. So he shared it with us at lectureship that night, and it was a truly special moment.”
3. He later moved to Dallas, taking a job in risk assurance at accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.
"This is a terrible tragedy," the company said in a statement Friday. "Botham Jean was a member of the PwC family in our Dallas office, and we are simply heartbroken to hear of his death."
4. He was active at the Dallas West Church of Christ and cared deepy about social justice.
"I would have heard this story, if this wasn't Bo, and I would have immediately texted him, and we would have a dialog about that," Jessica Berry, daughter of the church's minister, Sammie Berry, told KXAS. "He was a very smart young man and just had a nice, sweet, humble heart. That's the best way I can explain it."
5. His mother, Allison Jean, questioned Guyger's story and said her son's death "feels like a nightmare."
"I don't want to judge her," she said of Guyger in an interview with KXAS-TV. "We are Christians. We forgive. But I need to look into her eyes and ask her why she [did] that to my son. She took away my heart, my soul. He didn't deserve to die. The explanation does not make sense."
She also wondered whether her son was shot because he was black.
"If he was a white man in that apartment, would it have been different?" Allison Jean asked. "Would she have reacted differently?"
A man has been found dead after he reportedly went overboard Saturday night off Peddocks Island in Massachusetts' Boston Harbor.
According to the U.S. Coast Guard and Massachusetts State Police, divers found the body of 21-year-old Aaron Dibella, of Peabody, about 1 a.m. Sunday after a ferry, the Provincetown II, reported a man overboard at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
State police said they will be conducting the death investigation.
"We would like to remind the public to maintain situational awareness and exercise caution while on the water," Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Lucy Daghir said in a statement.
Please return for updates on this developing story.
The animated expressions of a Montana high school senior during President Donald Trump’s rally Thursday have gone viral and have earned the teen a new nickname on social media: #plaidshirtguy.
Tyler Linfesty, 17, attends Billings West High School. His eyebrow-raising, puzzled facial expressions during Trump’s rally at Metra Park was immediately picked up by social media, the Billings Gazette reported.
Linfesty and fellow seniors Erik Hovland and Christian Dunlap were seated behind the president’s right shoulder and eventually were asked to vacate their seats by people they believed were Trump campaign staffers, the newspaper reported.
"I didn't really have a plan," Linfesty told the Gazette. "I was just going to clap for things I agreed with and not clap for things I didn't agree with.
Linfesty said he did not think he would become an internet sensation.
“I don’t think any of us had any idea we were going to be that big on TV, because whenever I see a Trump rally, you see Trump, you see hundreds of people behind him — that’s my experience at least," Linfesty said. "In this case, there were like seven people (on screen). I did not know that I was going to be that big.”
Hovland, who was wearing a red “Make America Great Again” hat at the rally, has been dubbed “MAGA hat girl on social media.”
As the speech progressed, reporters noted that Linfesty pinned a rose emblem representing the Democratic Socialists of America to his right breast.
The trio were escorted from their seats, the Gazette reported.
Linfesty said that as a joke, he gave a copy of “The Communist Manifesto” wrapped in a dust jacket of Trump’s “Art of the Deal” to Secret Service agents and asked to have the president sign it, the newspaper reported.
His request was denied.
"I didn't do it because I'm a communist," Linfesty told the Gazette. "I did it because I thought it was funny as a joke."
“I don’t think we meant to make a joke of the rally or make fun of people there,” Dunlap told the newspaper. “It wasn’t like we were making fun of Trump supporters.”
"They told us while we were sitting there, 'You guys have to keep clapping, you have to smile, you have to look enthusiastic,'" Linfesty said. "I had to be honest in my views."
A not-so-commonly used word has taken the internet by storm as sleuths speculate over who may have written an anonymous New York Times op-ed about administration officials' efforts to "resist" President Donald Trump.
Soon after the bombshell piece authored by a "senior official" was published Wednesday, "lodestar" appeared among Twitter's trending topics and sparked searches on Google and Merriam-Webster's website.
The term appears in a passage of the op-ed that described the late Sen. John McCain:
"We may no longer have Senator McCain," the op-ed reads. "But we will always have his example – a lodestar for restoring honor to public life and our national dialogue. Mr. Trump may fear such honorable men, but we should revere them."
But what does it mean? According to Merriam-Webster, a lodestar is "a star that leads or guides," such as the North Star, or "one that serves as an inspiration, model or guide." (Ironically, it was the site's "word of the day" on Aug. 28, about a week before the op-ed dropped.)
Twitter users zeroed in on the word, theorizing that Vice President Mike Pence could be the op-ed's author because he has used "lodestar" in several speeches.
For the record, Pence's office on Thursday denied that he had anything to do with Times piece, saying he and his staff are "above such amateur acts."
Others pointed out that former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said "lodestar" while describing McCain at the senator's funeral Saturday, so anyone who attended or watched the service could have latched onto the term.
So will "lodestar" shine any light on who authored the controversial piece? Only time will tell.
It seems like a typical American lunch: crispy chicken fingers paired with an ice-cold Coca-Cola. But one woman's way of combining the two has sparked a heated debate on social media.
According to Fox News, an unsuspecting tennis fan was caught on camera dipping a chicken tender in her soda cup Monday at the U.S. Open. ESPN posted the video clip on Twitter, where it quickly went viral.
The woman, later identified as Alexa Greenfield of New York, explained her food habit in an interview Tuesday.
"My dad started me with [dipping chicken fingers in soda] I think to cool it down, but I just loved the taste and kept going," she told Fox News. "Once I got older, I gave it up for a while, assuming it would be way too weird to bring it into adulthood."
But she eventually decided to bring back the curious combo – and social media users aren't quite sure what to make of it. While some commenters were just confused, others were appalled.
Other Twitter users had Greenfield's back.
One thing's for sure: If the internet can't handle the idea of dipping chicken strips in soda, it definitely isn't ready for the Southern tradition of combining Coke and peanuts.
Miss New York Nia Imani Franklin was crowned the winner of this year's Miss America competition Sunday night in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Here's what we know about the 25-year-old, who claimed a $50,000 scholarship with her win:
1. The classically trained singer, songwriter and composer wrote her first song at age 6. According to the Miss America website, the lyrics were, "Love, love, love, love, love, is the only thing that matters to me, hey, hey, hey, hey."
Her passion for music continued to flourish through the years.
"I grew up in a school with only 5 percent minority, but growing up, I found my love of arts, and through music, I felt positive about myself and who I was," Franklin said during the competition, according to E! News. "That's what I would encourage young girls to do: Find who you are."
For the talent portion of the pageant, Franklin performed the aria "Quand m'en vo'" from "La Boheme."
2. She earned a master's degree in composition from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts last year, according to college's website. The Winston-Salem native, who also was awarded a Kenan Fellowship at Lincoln Center Education in New York, previously earned a bachelor's degree in music composition from East Carolina University.
3. Her social impact initiative is "advocating for the arts." "For the Miss America Organization, I will bring my zeal for music and performance, and be a strong support for arts in education," she said in her bio on the Miss America website.
4. She also plans to raise awareness for cancer research. Franklin even donated her stem cells to her father, who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and "essentially saved his life," the University of North Carolina School of the Arts reported.
5. She's the first winner of what organizers have dubbed "Miss America 2.0," which replaced the swimsuit competition with onstage interviews. Franklin praised the move while speaking with reporters Sunday night.
“These changes, I think, will be great for our organization," she said, according to the AP. "I’ve already seen so many young women reaching out to me personally as Miss New York asking how they can get involved because I think they feel more empowered that they don’t have to do things such as walk in a swimsuit for a scholarship."
She added: “And I’m happy that I didn’t have to do so to win this title tonight because I’m more than just that, and all these women onstage are more than just that.”
Four years after reports surfaced that tap water in Flint, Michigan, was contaminated with lead, Detroit's public school district is shutting off drinking water after tests revealed large amounts of lead or copper at a majority of its schools.
The Associated Press reported Wednesday that Detroit Public Schools Community District Superintendent Nikolai Vitti decided to turn off the water at the district's 24 schools after "water in 16 of them was found to have high levels" of the substances.
"Although we have no evidence that there are elevated levels of copper or lead in our other schools where we are awaiting test results, out of an abundance of caution and concern for the safety of our students and employees, I am turning off all drinking water in our schools until a deeper and broader analysis can be conducted to determine the long-term solutions for all schools," Vitti said in a statement to the Detroit Free Press on Wednesday.
District officials said aging water fixtures may have caused the contamination, the AP reported. The Great Lakes Water Authority, which provides water to the schools, "says its water surpasses all federal standards," according to the AP.
Over 40,000 students attend schools in the district, whose school year begins next week.
– The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Two people were killed and 10 others were wounded by gunshots when Baltimore resident David Katz opened fire Sunday during a video game competition in Jacksonville, Florida, officials said. One other person sustained injuries that were not gunshot wounds, according to authorities.
Katz, 24, killed himself in the melee, police said.
Although investigators have not released or confirmed the victims' identities, the victims' families told ActionNewsJax that competitors Eli Clayton and Taylor Robertson were fatally shot during the "Madden 19" tournament.
Here's what we know so far:
Eli Clayton, 22, of Woodland Hills, California, was a talented "Madden 19" player who enjoyed success using the Jacksonville Jaguars in tournaments, according to ActionNewsJax. He was recognized by the team in 2017 for taking its digital likeness to the national finals that year, the news station reported.
A haunting video from Sunday's tournament in Jacksonville showed what appeared to be a gun's laser point on his chest before he was shot and killed, the Miami Herald reported.
Known in gaming circles as "True" and "Trueboy," Clayton was "consistently one of the best in competitive 'Madden,'" his EA Sports profile says. He reportedly took home $51,000 in prizes in head-to-head live events, winning 40 percent of his 20 games.
"Despite a rough season, True remains one of the best around and can potentially win it all when it's done," the EA Sports website says.
In an April article by EA Sports, Clayton described himself as "really easy to get along with."
"I'm not a troublemaker," he said. "I'm always laughing and joking around. I'm just me, a cool dude. There's really nowhere to go but up, honestly."
Competitive gamer Shay "Young Kiv" Kivlen of Seattle called Clayton "one of my best friends in life" in a Twitter tribute Sunday.
"I talked to u almost everyday for the last 5 years," he wrote. "U were one of the most kind and genuine people I've ever met. I love u like a brother. I'm gonna miss hearing you laugh everyday and seeing your genuine smile."
Taylor Robertson, a 27-year-old father from Ballard, West Virginia, also was killed in Sunday's mass shooting, ActionNewsJax reports. He is survived by his wife and young son, according to the Metro News.
Robertson, known in the gaming world as "SpotMePlzzz," had "the skill to completely take over any 'Madden' tournament," his EA Sports profile says. He reportedly took home $80,500 in prizes in head-to-head live events, winning 72 percent of his 18 games.
"His potent offensive talent paired with his skill on defense makes him one of the toughest opponents in competitive 'Madden,'" the profile says.
Members of the "Madden" community said Robertson competed to help support his family.
"Always spoke about his wife & newborn and how he wanted the money to better their lives," @EricRayweather tweeted.
– ActionNewsJax contributed to this report.
Eight people ranging in age from 3 months to 16 years died Sunday when a fire blazed through a home during a sleepover in Chicago, according to multiple reports.
Update 10:45 a.m. EDT Aug. 27: The fire, reported early Sunday at a home in Little Village, is the deadliest blaze in Chicago in more than a decade, fire department spokesman Larry Langford told The Chicago Tribune.
Officials said Saturday that firefighters found no working smoke detectors in the home.
"It was not hard to get out. The fire started in the rear, and the entryway to the front was wide open," Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford told the Tribune. "Had they been awake or if someone had woken them, they would have gotten out."
Marcos Contreras, 15, told the Tribune his sister woke him Sunday to alert him to the fire, which happened at a home that some of his siblings and cousins were visiting for a sleepover.
“By the time we got here, the whole house was on fire,” Marcos told the Tribune. “They were taking out my cousins and my brothers. ... I don't even got words to explain the pain I'm feeling right now. ... It just feels like my whole world is crashing."
Authorities have not released the names of the people killed in the fire. Family members told WLS-TV the victims came from at least two families and ranged in age from 3 months to 16 years.
Fire officials said Sunday that investigators determined the blaze started on an enclosed porch at the back of the building. Authorities are still investigating to determine what sparked the fire.
Original report: According to CNN, officials with the Chicago Fire Department said one of the dead was a baby. Two children and a firefighter also were being treated for injuries at a nearby hospital, authorities said. The firefighter was in good condition, WGN reported. One teen and an adult were in critical condition, the television station reported.
Fire officials, who said the home had no smoke detectors, were still investigating what caused the fire.
Firefighters were called just before 4 a.m., Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Merritt said. The blaze consumed at least two buildings, according to The Chicago Tribune. The blaze was brought under control by 5:10 a.m., WLS reported.
Merritt said that all of the people killed and injured were all taken from the same residence, the Tribune reported.
The family of Shanann Watts paid tribute to the slain Colorado mom, her two daughters and unborn son in an obituary released over the weekend.
Watts, 34, "was our pride and joy, a true gift from God," reads the obituary, which appears on the websites for the Sandhills Sentinel and Boles Funeral Home in Pinehurst, North Carolina, near where she grew up. "We were so blessed to have such a joyful and wonderful daughter whose beauty was that of a doll."
Watts and her two daughters, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3, were reported missing in Frederick, Colorado, on Aug. 13 before their bodies were found days later. Watts was 15 weeks pregnant with a son, Nico Lee. Watts' husband, Chris Watts, 33, is accused of killing them.
The obituary says Shanann Watts, who had Lupus, "loved and cherished" her daughters and was excited to learn she was pregnant with a baby boy.
"With the anticipation of her son to join them, she knew he would be loved by his sisters and family," the obituary reads.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for memorial donations to the Lupus Foundation of America; the Frederick, Colorado, Police Department Missing Persons Division; or St. Jude's Children's Hospital.
The obituary makes no mention of Chris Watts' side of the family.
Last week, he was formally charged with five counts of first-degree murder – including two for allegedly killing a child under the age of 12 while the defendant was in a position of trust, one count of unlawful termination of a pregnancy and three counts of tampering with a deceased human body. He is being held without bail in Colorado's Weld County Jail.
In a confession to police, he claimed that his wife strangled the girls early Aug. 13 after he told her he wanted to separate, authorities said. Investigators said he had been having an affair with a co-worker.
Chris Watts told police that he “went into a rage” and strangled his wife after seeing her strangling Celeste on the feed of their baby monitor, an arrest affidavit said. Authorities said he admitted to disposing of their bodies, which were found on property belonging to Anadarko Petroleum Corp., his former employer. Investigators discovered Shanann Watts' body in a shallow grave near oil tanks where the bodies of Bella and Celeste had been found submerged in crude oil.
The funeral for a slain Colorado mother, her two young daughters and unborn son will be held next weekend in North Carolina.
Shanann Watts, 34, and her two daughters, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3, were reported missing in Frederick, Colorado, on Aug. 13 before their bodies were found days later. Watts was 15 weeks pregnant with a son, Nico Lee. Watts' husband, Chris Watts, 33, is accused of killing them.
According to an obituary published Saturday in the Sandhills Sentinel, the funeral Mass is set for 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Pinehurst. The service will be livestreamed on the Boles Funeral Homes & Crematory Facebook Page.
Shanann Watts' brother, Frankie Rzucek, also shared the news on Facebook, asking members of the media to keep their distance.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for memorial donations to the Lupus Foundation of America; the Frederick, Colorado, Police Department Missing Persons Division; or St. Jude's Children's Hospital.
Shanann Watts was born in New Jersey but grew up in North Carolina, the obituary said.
Chris Watts was charged Monday with five counts of first-degree murder – including two for allegedly killing a child under the age of 12 while the defendant was in a position of trust, one count of unlawful termination of a pregnancy and three counts of tampering with a deceased human body. He is being held without bail in Colorado's Weld County Jail.
In a confession to police, he alleged that his wife strangled the girls early Aug. 13 after he told her he wanted to separate, authorities said. Investigators said he had been having an affair with a co-worker.
Chris Watts claimed that he “went into a rage” and strangled his wife after seeing her strangling Celeste on the feed of their baby monitor, an arrest affidavit said. Authorities said he admitted to disposing of their bodies, which were found on property belonging to Anadarko Petroleum Corp., his former employer. Investigators discovered Shanann Watts' body in a shallow grave near oil tanks where the bodies of Bella and Celeste had been found submerged in crude oil.
Meghan McCain, daughter of the late Sen. John McCain, posted an emotional tribute to her father Saturday night following his death from brain cancer.
"I love you forever - my beloved father @SenJohnMcCain," the co-host of "The View" tweeted along with a statement praising the former prisoner of war, longtime senator, political "maverick" and Republican presidential candidate, who died Saturday at age 81 in his Arizona home.
"All that I am is thanks to him," she wrote. "Now that he is gone, the task of my lifetime is to live up to his example, his expectations, and his love."
She called her father "a great fire who burned bright."
"We know that his flame lives on, in each of us," she wrote. "The days and years to come will not be the same without my dad – but they will be good days, filled with life and love, because of the example he lived for us."
She ended with words of comfort for those in mourning.
"John McCain, hero of the republic and to his little girl, wakes today to something more glorious than anything on this earth," she wrote. "Today the warrior enters his true and eternal life, greeted by those who have gone before him, rising to meet the Author of All Things: 'The dream is ended: this is the morning.'"
Read her full statement here:
"My father, United States Senator John Sidney McCain III, departed this life today.
"I was with my father at his end, as he was with me at my beginning. In the thirty-three years we shared together, he raised me, taught me, corrected me, comforted me, encouraged me, and supported me in all things. He loved me, and I loved him. He taught me how to live. His love and his care, ever present, always unfailing, took me from a girl to a woman – and he showed me what it is to be a man.
"All that I am is thanks to him. Now that he is gone, the task of my lifetime is to live up to his example, his expectations, and his love.
"My father's passing comes with sorrow and grief for me, for my mother, for my brothers, and for my sisters. He was a great fire who burned bright, and we lived in his light and warmth for so very long. We know that his flame lives on, in each of us. The days and years to come will not be the same without my dad – but they will be good days, filled with life and love, because of the example he lived for us.
"Your prayers, for his soul and for our family, are sincerely appreciated.
"My father is gone, and I miss him as only an adoring daughter can. But in this loss, and in this sorrow, I take comfort in this: John McCain, hero of the republic and to his little girl, wakes today to something more glorious than anything on this earth. Today the warrior enters his true and eternal life, greeted by those who have gone before him, rising to meet the Author of All Things:
"'The dream is ended: this is the morning.'"
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