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Suspect in Arizona Highway Shootings Taken into Custody

Arizona Department of Public Safety(PHOENIX) — A man who allegedly shot at passing cars while driving the wrong way on a highway was taken into custody Wednesday morning, according to police.

The suspect, whose name was not released, is in his mid-30s and a resident of Phoenix, according to Department of Public Safety Public Information Officer Damon Cecil.

Multiple police agencies, including DPS and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, responded to reports of someone shooting at passing cars on Highway 87 near Gilbert, Arizona, Tuesday night.

Cecil said two vehicles had been shot, one even catching fire because of the gunfire.

The suspect then drove to a convenience store and allegedly carjacked someone. He then fled north on State Route 87.

“This was an active-shooter situation,” Cecil said.

At least five vehicles, including a DPS patrol car, were shot. Cecil said there were multiple reports from people who may have been shot, but did not stay at the scene. Troopers are investigating.

The Mesa Police Department air unit found the suspect’s abandoned vehicle in the desert near milepost 201, Cecil said. The suspect was found roughly a quarter-mile away in the fetal position.

Authorities said the suspect was alive, but not responsive and not listening to commands. A K-9 was released and bit the suspect, who was eventually taken into custody.

He suffered a minor injury and was taken to a hospital for treatment, officials said.

At least two people were injured in the shootings. One person was “grazed” by a bullet to the head, but refused medical treatment.

A second person was shot in the leg and drove to the casino for help. That person’s injury is considered to be non-life-threatening.

No officers or troopers were injured.

Highway 87 is shut down in both directions because of the investigation. Cecil said it would remain closed for several hours.

Cecil said “multiple rifles,” including a semi-automatic AR-15, were found by the suspect’s vehicle, along with ammunition and body armor.

He will be booked on several counts of aggravated assault, carjacking and other criminal charges.

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Severe Weather Sweeps Across Plains; Two Injured in Kansas

Brad Guay(DODGE CITY, Kan.) — Two people were critically injured in Kansas Tuesday evening following severe weather that swirled through the Plains, according to officials.

In a statement issued by the Kansas Adjutant General’s Office, the two injured people were taken to Western Plains Medical Center in Dodge City. It also said that the storms affected the western and south-central parts of the state.

About 26 tornadoes were reported Tuesday in five different states spanning from Michigan to Texas.

Great tornado time lapse within a few miles of the farm. #kswx #tornado pic.twitter.com/TAHcYKayy5

— Ramsey Farms (@Ramsey_Farms) May 24, 2016

Most of the reported damage so far was just north of Dodge City in Kansas, where a strong tornado appeared to have damaged six homes, according to ABC News’ meteorologist Max Golembo.

Scott city Kansas tornado all photos taken by Justin R Groth at 417-430 pic.twitter.com/cA3IV00TPZ

— jennifer a groth ✈️ (@jennifergroth) May 24, 2016

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Chaotic Scene Erupts Outside Trump Rally in New Mexico

iStock/Thinkstock(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) — A protester was arrested after a chaotic scene erupted outside a Donald Trump rally in New Mexico overnight, which left several officers injured after being pelted by rocks.

Several #APD officers are being treated for injuries as a result of being hit by rocks. At least one subj arrested from the riot.

— Albuquerque Police (@ABQPOLICE) May 25, 2016

Throngs of protesters gathered outside the rally in Albuquerque and several protesters were escorted out of the rally Tuesday evening.

Police confirmed to ABC News that they used pepper spray and smoke grenades to control the situation.

At one point, protesters broke through a barricade erected by police, rushing the convention center where Trump was speaking. While Albuquerque police prevented them from getting inside, police say protesters started to throw rocks and bottles at their horses.

It was Trump’s first campaign event after a brief hiatus from the trail. He last spoke at the NRA’s annual convention after receiving the group’s endorsement on Friday.

The business mogul was met with familiar faces, but protesters were also an hand — angry at the presumptive nominee’s presence.

Dozens broke through barricades, threw rocks at police and disrupted the event. Many linked themselves to barricades to prevent themselves from being removed.

Inside, Trump spoke to thousands of his supporters. But as he made his remarks, he was interrupted several times by protesters. One woman trying to avoid removal tried to lock herself to a metal barricade. Police were forced to carry her out of the arena.

Police and security carrying out female protestor by her limbs at Trump NM rally. @ABCPolitics pic.twitter.com/IXgt8Yo0lT

— Tom Llamas (@TomLlamasABC) May 25, 2016

“This is so exciting, isn’t it?” Trump said when another protester was escorted out by police. “Still wearing diapers, look at this guy! I’m telling you the kid looks like he’s 10 years old,” Trump added.

Even amid protests, Trump continued to tout his more controversial policies. Declaring that he would “build that wall” and vowing to keep Syrian refugees out of New Mexico.

He also hit his presumptive rival Hillary Clinton for being bad for the economy and jobs, joking that she still hasn’t beaten “crazy” Bernie during the Democratic primary.

And he went on to address Clinton’s recent attack — a campaign web video that quoted a comment he made in 2006, saying “I sort of hope” that the real estate market would crash so that Trump could “make a lot of money.”

Trump, in turn, called her a “low life.”

“I’m a businessman — that’s what I’m supposed to do. That’s what I’m supposed to do. I mean, I’m a businessman, so when the housing market goes down — I like it if it goes down,” he said.

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Romanian Hacker ‘Guccifer’ Expected to Plead Guilty in Federal Court

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The notorious Romanian hacker known as Guccifer is expected to plead guilty in federal court on Wednesday, according to prosecutors.

Guccifer, whose name is Marcel Lehel Lazar, 44, allegedly hacked into emails and social media accounts and released the personal information of numerous high-profile victims.

His alleged victims include former Secretary of State Colin Powell and family members of former President George W. Bush.

Earlier this month, Lazar made headlines when he said he had hacked into Hillary Clinton’s private email server, but officials remain skeptical of his claims.

In 2014, he was indicted on charges of wire fraud, unauthorized access to a protected computer, aggravated identity theft, cyberstalking and obstruction of justice, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Lazar hacked accounts of a “family member of two former U.S. presidents, a former U.S. Cabinet member, a former member of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff and a former presidential adviser,” the press release states.

“After gaining unauthorized access to their email and social media accounts, Lazar publicly released his victims’ private email correspondence, medical and financial information, and personal photographs,” according to the press release.

Lazar initially pleaded not guilty to the charges against him on April 14, but a change-of-plea hearing was scheduled last week, according to court records.

In March, his extradition from Romania was approved, and he made his initial court appearance on U.S. soil on April 1. “Mr. Lazar violated the privacy of his victims and thought he could hide behind the anonymity of the Internet,” Dana J. Boente, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, said in a statement at the time of his extradition.

His court-appointed attorney, Shannon Quill, declined to comment on his case, citing office policy.

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Surveillance Footage Released in Killing of Houston Boy, 11

KTRK-TV(HOUSTON) — Authorities released surveillance footage Tuesday that captured a Houston, Texas boy’s journey home from school moments before he was stabbed to death in a brazen daytime attack.

In footage given to police from a neighbor’s home-security system, Josue Flores, 11, could be seen on May 17 at one point crossing the street and then making his way home on the sidewalk. He is carrying a green backpack.

Police said just two blocks from where the footage was taken, the sixth-grader at Marshall Middle School was fatally stabbed around 4:45 p.m. He’d reportedly stayed late at school that day to attend a science club party.

According to police, witnesses said they “heard loud screaming” and saw Josue struggling with someone who eventually then ran off. Police said they found Josue collapsed in the grass near the sidewalk.

“Josue was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital to be treated for multiple stab wounds, but was pronounced dead a short time later,” police said.

Josue’s funeral was held Tuesday at Holy Name Catholic Church. Funds were being raised to help with the cost of funeral expenses.

“I wake up believing it’s just a horrible dream, that I’ll wake up and be able to see my brother again, talk to him about this,” Juan Flores, Josue’s brother, told ABC News affiliate KTRK-TV. “When the burial is over it’s something I have to accept, that it’s reality.”

In a plea for the public’s help, authorities released the surveillance video hoping that it would lead them to the boy’s killer. Investigators are still awaiting results on DNA evidence.

“This is a monstrous crime — and I say that not just as district attorney but as a mother,” Harris County district attorney Devon Anderson said recently during a news conference. “There is a monster who is out among us. You may know who he is. … Your conscience needs to be your guide.”

On May 18, Houston authorities named and arrested a suspect, charging the man with murder in Josue’s slaying. On May 20, however, they announced that charges had been dropped because the man had a confirmed alibi.

“The murderer is still loose at this point,” Lt. Robert Blain said that day during a news conference.

Josue’s attacker is described as a black male, 25 to 30 years old, about 6 feet tall and weighing 180 to 200 pounds. Police said he had short hair and was wearing a black shirt, black pants and had a green jacket over his shoulders at the time of the attack.

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‘Large and Destructive’ Tornado Strikes Kansas, National Weather Service Confirms

ABCNews.com(DODGE CITY, Kan.) — A “large and destructive” tornado hit Kansas four miles southwest of Dodge City, Kansas Tuesday afternoon, the National Weather Service confirmed.

The tornado struck at 6:40 p.m., moving at 20 mph. The NWS called the weather event potentially “deadly” and cautioned residents to “take cover,” adding that mobile homes could be destroyed and homes, businesses and vehicles could sustain considerable damage.

It is unclear how much damage the tornado caused.

A Tornado Warning was issued for Northwestern Ford County until 7:15 p.m. Tuesday. “Catastrophic” hail was also forecast as a possibility.

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

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Bodies of Missing Washington Couple Found in Remote Area

Snohomish County Sheriff(SEATTLE) — The bodies of a Washington State couple who went missing last month after failing to attend a concert with friends have been found, authorities said.

Patrick Shunn, 45, and Monique Patenaude, 46, were found in a remote area a few miles north of their home in Arlington, according to Shari Ireton, Director of Communications for the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office. Detectives used information they received from suspect Tony Reed, who helped them pinpoint the exact location of the bodies, Ireton said.

Shunn and Patenaude were last seen April 11 after they planned to go to an Iron Maiden concert in Tacoma but never showed up. Neighbors reported them missing the next day.

Days later, police announced they had probable cause for the arrest of Tony Reed and his brother, John. Tony Reed, 49, was taken into custody on May 16 at the U.S.-Mexico border, Ireton said. He was booked into the Snohomish County jail on Saturday and is charged with helping his 53-year-old brother murder the couple.

The brothers fled to Mexico after the murder, according to police. John Reed is still at large. Investigators said they found a car belonging to him on April 16 in Ellensburg, Washington.

He was described by police as 5-foot-8 and 190 pounds with hazel eyes and gray hair.

A cause of death has yet to be determined by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner, Ireton said.

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Two Killed When Amtrak Train Collides with Car in California

Photodisc/Thinkstock(SAN LEANDRO, Calif.) — Two people were killed when an Amtrak train collided with a car in Northern California on Tuesday, the Alameda County Fire Department said.

The crash occurred in San Leandro, a city on the eastern shore of the San Francisco Bay.

Additional details surrounding the crash were not immediately available.

This story is developing. Check back for more updates.

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Feds Seeking Death Penalty Against Alleged Charleston Church Shooter Dylann Roof

ABC News(CHARLESTON, S.C.) — The Justice Department is seeking the death penalty against Dylann Roof, the South Carolina man who allegedly opened fire inside a Charleston church last year, killing nine.

“Following the department’s rigorous review process to thoroughly consider all relevant factual and legal issues, I have determined that the Justice Department will seek the death penalty,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced today. “The nature of the alleged crime and the resulting harm compelled this decision.”

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

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Two Planes out of Houston Airport Change Course After Threat

KABC-TV(LOS ANGELES) — A threat affecting planes originating in Houston prompted additional screening and course changes for at least two flights, ABC News has confirmed. The threat was found to be non-specific and non-credible.

First, a Delta flight from Houston to Atlanta was forced to turn around shortly after takeoff this morning due to security concerns. Customers and baggage were re-screened, and the flight was allowed to take off after a short delay.

Then, an American Eagle flight from Houston to Los Angeles with 71 on board landed and parked at a remote location at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) after officials became aware of a threat. Video appeared to show law enforcement officers approaching the aircraft with guns drawn.

An investigation to determine the person or persons responsible for the threat is in progress, according to a spokesperson for the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office.

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