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Tornado Outbreak Spawns 38 Reported Tornadoes in Four States

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A severe weather outbreak spawns 38 reported tornadoes in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska.

Both Texas and Oklahoma are reporting damage done and more than 47,000 customers were without power Tuesday morning.

The storms are on the warm side of a winter storm, which is bringing blizzard conditions to the High Plains.

The National Weather Service will investigate those 38 storm reports to determine if any were duplicates and whether they were in fact tornadoes.

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Over Fifty Arrests After Minneapolis Shooting Protests

iStock/Thinkstock(MINNEAPOLIS) — More than 50 people were arrested Monday during the second day of protests in Minneapolis over the shooting death of a black man by a police officer during an apparent struggle.

Hundreds of people protesting 24-year-old Jamar Clark’s shooting blocked Interstate 94 on Monday night, shutting down the northbound lanes for about two and a half hours.

Minnesota State Patrol Lt. Tiffani Schweigart said 43 adults and eight juveniles who refused multiple orders to disperse were arrested, ABC television affiliate KTSP-TV reports.

Schweigart said protesters illegally entered the freeway and “put themselves and the motoring public in danger.”

The names of the officers invovled in Clark’s death have not yet been released.

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Findlay Schools Approve Plan To Construct Dark Fiber Network

11/16/2015 – 9:30 pm

Findlay City Schools are moving forward with plans to build their own dark fiber network to connect all the school facilities and buildings. Findlay IT Director Martin White reviewed the plan Monday for the Findlay School Board. Findlay plans to run its own 288 dark fiber network around the City of Findlay which will reduce the school’s costs to rent services from AT&T.

Audio: Ed Kurt

The contract for the project was awarded to TSC Communications and will cost over $506,000. Both Hancock County and the City of Findlay were approached to partner on the project so that their respective agencies could benefit and help to share in the costs. Findlay and Hancock County have both indicated that they will work with the school on the project. White said that savings from building the network will bring significant savings to the school district and be paid off in a little over five years with help from the city and county.

School Superintendent Ed Kurt said that the board went ahead to approve the project in order to begin prep work on the lines before winter comes. Construction is slated to begin in earnest in the Spring of 2016.

Audio: Ed Kurt

With the schools current provider, the schools can run data at 100 megs per second. Once the dark fiber-optic network is running, data will be transferred at a rate of 10 gigs per second.

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ISIS Threatens to Attack Washington in New Video

Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — ISIS delivered a new threat to the United States in a video released on Monday, claiming that it will carry out an attack on the nation’s capital.

The terror group, which quickly claimed credit for the deadly Paris attacks last Friday, said that the carnage in France was just the beginning.

CIA Director John Brennan said the attacks in Paris should serve as a wake-up call for Americans.

“It’s not just Europe. I think we here in the United States need to be obviously quite vigilant,” Brennan said during remarks at the Center for Strategic & International Studies Global Security Forum.

“Their agenda is to kill. Pure and simple,” added Brennan.

Security is ramping up across the country. There is a heavy police presence in Times Square, and U.S. Capitol Police sent a security awareness reminder to congressional offices today. U.S. Park Police have also increased patrols to protect “treasured icons.”

“In light of the recent attacks, the United States Park Police remain ever vigilant,” said Park Police Chief Robert MacLean. “We stand prepared to protect the national icons entrusted to us and the visitors to them.”

U.S. officials are also worried that the attackers in Paris may have used encryption technology to hide their computer and cellphone communications. Belgian officials suspect that the killers also used gaming systems like Sony PlayStation to communicate off the grid.

Even though there is no specific, credible ISIS threat to the homeland, the FBI is intensifying surveillance of suspected ISIS sympathizers in all 50 states. More than 70 alleged supporters of ISIS were arrested in the last two years, some with deadly intentions.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and other officials are urging citizens to report any suspicious activity to the police.

“It’s not trite to say that if “you see something, say something,” cause it’s very important that officials have information just as soon as it’s available,” Bowser said outside the French Embassy on Monday.

“We already take the posture of being hyper-vigilant and we take any and every threat seriously,” she added.

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No Connection Between NY and Paris Attacks, Says FBI-NY Chief

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — So far there’s no connection between New York City and the Paris attacks, according to an FBI chief in New York.

Diego Rodriguez, the FBI’s assistant director in charge of the New York office, was asked about a possible connection on Monday during a press conference. He said: “At this time, no.”

The FBI’s office in New York City has dispatched a team of five agents to Paris as part of the U.S. response to Friday’s attacks. Additional agents, analysts or experts could be sent in the coming days, depending on events.

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio were also at the press conference and addressed the attacks and what NYC is doing in response to Paris.

After the press conference, a counter-terror official told ABC News in a pull-aside that no changes in public events are expected or asked for both the Thanksgiving parade next week and the rest of the holiday season.

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Suspect Charged After 6 Killed in Texas Campsite Incident

iStock/Thinkstock(PALESTINE, Texas) — A suspect has been charged after six people were found dead from a Texas campsite murder.

Sunday morning, police were called to a campsite between the Tennessee Colony and the Harmony Community after reports of a shooting. There they found the bodies of a male and female in a travel trailer, said police, but four males were unaccounted for.

ABC News affiliate KLTV reported that one female survivor was found on a road Sunday and called 911.

According to a statement from the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, 33-year-old William Hudson was arrested and charged with one count of murder on Sunday.

On Monday, police searched Hudson’s home and removed four bodies from a pond in his backyard.

Police have not released information about the deceased, but the survivor is related to some of them. The investigation is ongoing and Hudson’s bail is set at $2.5 million.

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Utah Judge Steps Aside From Gay Foster Parent Case

iStock/Thinkstock(SALT LAKE CITY) — A judge in Utah has removed himself from a controversial case.

Judge Scott Johansen ordered a 9-month-old girl to be taken away from her lesbian foster parents, April Hoagland and Beckie Peirce, last week, a decision that received a lot of national backlash.

Both women, who have cared for the child since August, are married, licensed foster parents and want to adopt her, reported the Salt Lake Tribune.

The judge said it was “not in the best interest of children to be raised by same-sex couples,” according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

His reasoning was that research showed children were better off in families with a mother and a father, a claim that the American Psychological Association says is false.

Last week, Johansen reversed the decision, but as the public called for his impeachment and the couple asked to have him disqualified, he decided Monday to step aside from the case.

In a statement through LGBT advocacy group Equity Utah, Hoagland and Peirce said, “We are thankful that Judge Johansen has decided to step aside. Our greatest concern now is taking care of our beautiful baby foster daughter. We are grateful for the outpouring of love and support from people all across the nation. We are grateful that our family is now being treated equally under the law.”

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Public Invited To Review Findlay City Street Proposals

11/16/2015 – 3:13 pm

The City of Findlay is looking to make more changes and upgrades downtown. Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik says that the changes will be to help ensure public safety as well as make downtown Findlay an attractive place for people to visit and shop.

Audio: Mayor Lydia Mihalik

The changes include putting in mid-street crosswalks with pavers to prevent traffic from moving too close to pedestrians, as well as planting more trees and grasses in the walks. Additionally, Findlay will look into developing bike lanes for residents who wish to use their bicycles. While there was some discussion as to whether Findlay would designate more streets as one-way streets now that Crawford Street has been changed, Mayor Mihalik said that there are no plans in the works to drastically alter the streets, just improve upon them.

Audio: Mayor Lydia Mihalik

The public will have a chance to review and comment on the changes today until 6:00 pm at the Findlay Municipal Building. A look at the proposed changes can be found below, and also online at

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Capital Christmas Tree Makes Stop In Findlay

11/16 /15 – 1:16 P.M.

The Capital Christmas Tree made a stop in Findlay Monday. The tree will eventually be on display at the U.S. Capital building, but started its journey in Alaska…

Audio: Bruce Ward

Bruce Ward is with the “Choose Outdoors” organization. He says the tree gets a great reception wherever it goes…

Audio: Bruce Ward

Around 300 people were on hand at the Hancock County Courthouse Monday morning to see the display.

Garner Transportation in Findlay helped arrange the stop in Findlay.

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How US is Stepping Up Security in Wake of Paris Attacks

John Moore/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Security is on high-alert in the U.S. in the wake of Friday’s deadly terror attacks in Paris, where at least 129 people died after they were targeted at public places, from restaurants to a soccer stadium to a concert hall.

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Monday that protecting America from terrorist attacks is one of her highest priorities and the U.S. is taking “appropriate steps to ramp up our defenses.”

Lynch called ISIS “one of the most deadly terrorist organizations” and said “we are always watching, and always vigilant, to determine their impact and whether or not they have sufficient reach within the U.S. to carry out similar attacks.”

While Lynch urged Americans to “be on the alert,” she added that Americans cannot “let this change our way of life or our values.”

Here’s how some parts of the U.S. are impacted by the heightened security.

Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Park Police is increasing patrols around “treasured icons,” a Sergeant with the U.S. Park Police told ABC News on Monday.

The Park Police “always maintains a robust patrol presence,” Sergeant Anna Rose told ABC News in a statement, adding that, “In the wake of these horrific attacks we have enhanced our efforts by increasing patrols around our treasured icons.”

“We would like to remind everyone: If you see something, say something, dial 911,” Rose said.

At the Capitol Complex, there is currently no known threat, Captain Kim Schneider of the U.S. Capitol Police said in a statement, but said “enhanced patrols throughout the Capitol Campus may be observed, conducted out of an abundance of caution.”

A “Security Awareness Reminder” sent from the U.S. Capitol Police Board to congressional offices today said, despite the lack specific threat to the Capitol Complex, “it will always be an appealing target,” and the Capitol Police have increased visibility in a number of areas.

“The increased presence and visibility is a proactive enhancement of our already heightened security posture,” the U.S. Capitol Police Board statement said.

“If something looks amiss, please do not hesitate to bring it to someone’s attention,” the statement said. “Also, out of an abundance of caution, take simple precautions, such as using the tunnels when coming to the Capitol or informing your office of your whereabouts.”

D.C.’s Metro Transit Police Department has also increased patrols system-wide “for an unspecified period of time” and will also conduct more random explosives screenings, the department said.

New York

In New York state, agencies including the State Police, National Guard, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services were instructed “to be on a heightened state of alert,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said over the weekend.

In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton announced Monday afternoon the first deployment of NYPD’s new Critical Response Command of the Counter-Terrorism Bureau. The officers will conduct daily deployments at critical infrastructure and sensitive locations in the city.

De Blasio said the group had “some of the very best training on this earth.”

“With this crucial additional capacity, we are the best equipped city in America to deal with any terrorist threat,” De Blasio said.

NFL Stadiums

One of the sites targeted in Paris was a crowded stadium during a soccer match between France and Germany. While the NFL said there were no known threats against its stadiums, the league said it amped up its security inside and outside stadiums at this weekend’s games.

The NFL said its “procedures have been certified and designated by the Department of Homeland Security since 2008 as effective anti-terrorism technology” and said “All NFL clubs use mandatory metal detector screening and multiple layers of perimeter security external to the stadium to safeguard fans and the stadium from explosive threats.”

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