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Obama: Now Is the Time to Change Policing

Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post(WASHINGTON) — Receiving a report Monday from his post-Ferguson, Missouri task force on policing, President Obama said now is the time to make changes in law enforcement practices.

“A lot of our work is going to involve local police chiefs, local elected officials, states recognizing that the moment is now for us to make these changes,” Obama said, appearing briefly with his Task Force on 21st Century Policing earlier Monday.

“We have a greater opportunity, coming out of some great conflict and tragedy, to really transform how we think about community law enforcement relations so that everybody feels safer,” he said.

The president noted a need for more data — specifically on how often police shootings occur.

“We do not have a good sense…of how frequently there may be interactions with police and community members that result in death, result in a shooting,” Obama said.

The task force’s report will be made available online.

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“RHOA’s” Kenya Moore Explains Why She Thinks Apollo Nida Is Telling the Truth About Wife’s Infidelity

Alex Martinez/Bravo(NEW YORK) — Real Housewives of Atlanta viewers were shocked Sunday night when Kenya Moore appeared to believe Apollo Nida, who claimed that his estranged wife Phaedra Parks was cheating on him as he was turning himself into prison. Nida revealed text messages, claiming that they proved infidelity occurred.

Many thought Moore wouldn’t believe Nida, who has also lied in the past, claiming Moore tried to have sex with him in Los Angeles.

“When he accused me of seeing him in L.A., it was just an accusation. He didn’t have a text message, a photo, he didn’t have anything. It was just something he said,” she tells ABC News Radio. “So when he said this about Phaedra, he had proof. And the proof was in the text messages.”

Moore continues that although Nida has proven he’s a liar, Parks has also.

“Apollo exonerated her from any involvement in his criminal activity? Was that a lie?” Moore questions.

Last year, Nida was sent to prison for eight years on fraud charges.

“Phaedra has proven to be a liar,” Moore continues. “She has lied about her pregnancy, she has lied…that she didn’t use that kind of language when she said that Cynthia [Bailey] wasn’t invited to her baby shower, and she also lied when she said that she had seen the text message of me propositioning Apollo. That was a bold-faced lie.”

Indeed, in season three many of the housewives questioned why Parks lied about when she had gotten pregnant with her first child, Ayden. Many of the housewives believed it was because she had conceived the baby boy before marrying Nida, which would be against her religion. Also, Parks was caught in a lie when she claimed she invited Bailey to Ayden’s baby shower. RHOA cameras caught her saying, she doesn’t “give a f*** if Cynthia” attended. Parks said Cynthia was lying because she never uses curse words, as a Christian woman.

Real Housewives of Atlanta returns to Bravo on Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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Stocks ‘Party Like It’s 2000′ During Record Highs

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 are trading to new record highs, and the tech-heavy NASDAQ is “partying like it’s 2000.” The NASDAQ broke through 5,000 Monday morning for the first time in 15 years, since the height of the tech bubble in March 2000.

Many stocks hit new all-time-highs Monday morning including: Disney, Apple and Starbucks. The Walt Disney Company is the parent of ABC News.

One stock not enjoying Monday’s run: Lumber Liquidators. After a damning 60 Minutes report Sunday night, the stock was down 25 percent before markets opened for the week and is now halted with news pending.

Last Wednesday, the stock cratered 26 percent when CEO Robert Lynch mentioned in the Lumber Liquidators earnings conference call that the 60 Minutes report was coming, as well as the possibility of a criminal charges from the Department of Justice.

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Model Dating Boris Nemtsov: ‘Nothing Suspicious Happened’ Before Shooting

Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — The 23-year-old model who was with Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov when he was assassinated told a Russian TV channel that she didn’t see the shooter.

In a Skype interview with Dozhd TV, Ukrainian model Anna Duritskaya added that “nothing suspicious happened” before the shooting.

Nemtsov, who was a critic of President Vladimir Putin, was gunned down while walking across a bridge near the Kremlin Friday night. The couple had been heading back to Nemtsov’s apartment after having dinner.

According to Russian news reports, a car pulled up and someone fired “at least seven or eight shots” before fleeing the scene.

“I did not see a man,” Duritskaya told Dozhd TV. “When I turned around I saw a light colored car, but I did not notice the brand of the car or the license plates of the car which was leaving.”

Duritskaya said she went to a snowplow driver to ask for the police’s phone number after the shooting.

Duritskaya rejected a suggestion that Nemtsov’s relationship with her could have anything to do with the assassination and said neither of them had received any recent threats.

The couple had reportedly been dating for several years.

No arrests have been made and the reason for the shooting remains unknown. Investigators said they were looking into several possible motives and have offered 3 million rubles — nearly $50,000 — for information.

Nemtsov was a deputy prime minister under former President Boris Yeltsin during the 1990s, but fell out with the Russian president and formed Russia’s People’s Freedom Party.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Putin called the shooting a provocation.

“Putin noted that this cruel murder has every sign of being a contract one which has solely provocative nature,” Peskov said, according to the Interfax news agency.

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“Walking Dead” Town Buildings on Sale on eBay for $680,000

Gene Page/AMC(GRANTVILLE, Ga.) — If you’ve got $680,000 to spare, you could be the new owner of part of a town featured on The Walking Dead and other movies.

Nine buildings in downtown Grantville, Georgia, 35 miles outside of Atlanta, are now collectively on auction on eBay.

The historic area has been a set for several recent movies — including Lawless with Shia LaBeouf and Jessica Chastain, The War with Kevin Costner and Elijah Wood, and Dumb and Dumber To with Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels — former Grantsville Mayor Jim Sells told ABC News on Monday.

Sells bought the commercial properties when they were in foreclosure, he said.

“Scouts from the entertainment industry love the brick, ‘old-town-square-type’ buildings,” he said. “Downtown Grantville has an historic appeal. A lot of the buildings were built in the 1880s, and we have a railroad runs right through the heart of town.”

Four new movies, including the The Ring 3 and 83 Days with big name stars Tom Cruise, Bryan Cranston and Danny Glover, just contacted him to shoot in the area, he added.

“I would love to see a movie studio or a commercial developer buy it and get everything rented out,” Sells said. “It’s dirt cheap at about $30 per square foot, and we’ve done all the dirty work by renovating everything.”

The town died down after the textile mills closed during the recession, Sells said.

Now, most of downtown Grantville’s revenue comes from tourists from all over the globe to tour the site that’s been popular with the entertainment industry, he added.

“There is so much potential for revenue with buses of tourists coming in and our commuter residents who’d like to see more local business,” Sells said.

The nine buildings up for sale, which include about 20,000 to 25,000 square feet of usable space in total, can be developed into retail areas, loft apartments, bars or pubs, restaurants, pharmacies or office spaces, Sells said. Property tours are held everyday at 2 p.m., he added.

As of Monday morning, 194 eBay users had the listing on their watch list, though none have made an offer yet for the vacant commercial lot on auction for the starting price of $680,000.

“We’ve gotten several curious calls, but we’re still hoping for a serious buyer,” Sells said. “This is a huge opportunity for someone to own a piece of history and revitalize a town with great potential.”

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Skydiver Rescued in Mid-Air After Suffering Seizure

ABCNews.com(SYDNEY) — The tense moments when a skydiver fell unconscious in mid-air were all caught on camera.

The skydiver, 22-year-old Christopher Jones, was doing a routine training dive to become a skydive instructor when he jumped from a plane 12,000 feet over Western Australia.

At 9,000 feet, Jones suddenly fell unconscious as he suffered a seizure in mid-air.

For 30 terrifying seconds, Jones, who suffers from epilepsy but believed his condition was under control, plummeted towards the ground at 124 miles per hour.

Jones, who was visibly convulsing during his descent, fell further and further away from his instructor, Sheldon McFarlane.

Just as Jones reached 4,000 feet, a quick-thinking McFarlane was able to reach Jones and pull his ripcord, releasing Jones’ parachute.

“I was just glad to get to him, stop him turning and make sure he had a parachute above his head,” said McFarlane, an instructor at the West Australia Skydiving Academy.

Jones said he regained consciousness another 1,000 feet after the rescue, at around 3,000 feet.

“Then the next thing I know I wake up at 3,000 feet, thankfully underneath a fully inflated parachute,” he said.

The near-death accident occurred last November while Jones was on stage five of what he calls the school’s Accelerated Free Fall program. He posted the video of his fall on YouTube Sunday, where it has already been viewed nearly four million times.

“He’s a hero. He’s a massive hero,” Jones said of McFarlane.

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Report: Justice Department Report to Criticize Ferguson PD Practices

Scott Olson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The Justice Department is getting close to releasing the report on its investigation of the Ferguson, Missouri police department. It’s expected to be critical of the department’s practices leading up to last year’s shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown.

The emotion that boiled over last summer had been simmering for a long time in Ferguson. For years, the report says according to The New York Times, the police created racial animosity within the city by pulling over and arresting African Americans disproportionately and relying on the fines to balance the city budget.

While officer Darren Wilson is expected to be cleared of civil rights charges in the shooting death of unarmed teen Michael Brown, this report could lead to a lawsuit against or settlement with the city.

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N. Korea Warns of ‘Merciless Strikes’ as It Launches Two Missiles into the Sea

iStock/Thinkstock(SEOUL) — Tensions on the Korean Peninsula are on the rise, with North Korea warning of “merciless” war and launching two missiles as the joint United States-South Korean forces launched annual military drills on Monday.

The communist country test-fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the East Sea from Nampo, located 37 miles southwest of Pyongyang, North Korea, early Monday. Both flew about 310 miles, according to South Korea’s Defense Ministry.

The test firings of missiles and rockets are often means of expressing dissatisfaction and are conducted regularly, especially during this time of the year. North Korea denounces the annual joint military exercises by U.S. and South Korean forces as rehearsals for a northern invasion aimed at toppling the country’s regime.

“Key Resolve and Goal Eagle, which will last ’til April 24, are dangerous nuclear war drills for invading the DPRK,” an unidentified staff of the North Korean military said in a statement carried by the state Korea Central News Agency (KCNA).

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un called for his military to become elite guard units in full preparation for war with the United States, KCNA reported Saturday. Kim’s statement was made as he inspected the new guard unit hall at a war museum. The title of guard is the highest given to elite units, and was created in 1950 during the Korean War.

Pyongyang offered last month to temporarily halt nuclear tests if the U.S. suspended those exercises with South Korea. Seoul and Washington have flatly rejected that proposal.

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Findlay Residents Asked To Move Cars From Streets Today

3/2/15 – 6:37 A.M.

The city of Findlay is asking residents to get their cars off the streets so plows can get through. A post on the city’s Facebook page says crews worked all day Sunday to clear the roads, but with the potential for heavy rain Tuesday they want to clear catch basins.

There is concern that if the basins aren’t cleared they could jam with ice. That could cause water to pool on roads, freezing over when the temperatures drop again at the end of the week.

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Officials: Mom Knew Her Son Mohammed Emwazi Was ‘Jihadi John’

Obtained by ABC News(NEW YORK) — The mother of the man identified as “Jihadi John” recognized immediately from his voice that her son was the alleged killer when he appeared in his first beheading video in August, Kuwaiti government officials told ABC News.

The parents of Mohammed Emwazi, who were questioned recently in Kuwait, told authorities they last heard from their son in mid-2013 when he called them from Turkey. Emwazi said he was going to do humanitarian work in Syria, the parents said, according to the officials. Emwazi’s father, a former policeman, said he’s been waiting for news of his son’s death ever since.

Instead of doing humanitarian work, Emwazi allegedly linked up with ISIS and has appeared in videos online apparently beheading Westerners, including several who were actual humanitarians.

The FBI said in September it had identified the black clad figure known in the media as “Jihadi John”, but the identity was kept secret until it was reported last week.

Ever since, a complex picture is emerging of the alleged murderer’s life before ISIS. Born in Kuwait, Emwazi moved with his family to London when he was a boy.

A school picture captured what appeared to be an angelic smile, but a teacher told the BBC Emwazi had anger management issues, for which he eventually went to therapy.

A former boss of Emwazi’s in Kuwait, when Emwazi briefly lived there in 2010, told The Guardian that Emwazi was a stellar employee, “calm and decent.”

“He was the best employee we ever had,” the former boss said of the then 21-year-old.

Even later, a member of the British activist group CAGE told reporters he saw Emwazi as a “beautiful young man.”

But at the same time, Emwazi was linked by court documents to a number of alleged jihadists in London who purportedly supported a terror group in Somalia.

In recent years Emwazi had attempted to move back to Kuwait to pursue a computer science job there but was denied entry, according to an official with CAGE, with whom he corresponded. Instead, Emwazi is alleged to have eventually gone to join ISIS.

Now, a former ISIS fighter says Emwazi is being used by the terror group.

“ISIS play him like a piano, a celebrity to attract our Muslim brothers in Europe,” the fighter told the BBC. “But some think he is showing off, they think he is being used by ISIS.”

The fighter described Emwazi as cold and “strange” when the two met in Syria.

Still, Emwazi is a high-value target for American and coalition airstrikes. But authorities told ABC News he has been careful to avoid using computers or his cell phone, which could give away his location.

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