Mexican Attorney General’s Office(NEW YORK) — A Massachusetts politician honored Houston’s police department Monday morning for its role in recovering Tom Brady’s stolen jersey from the 2017 Super Bowl.

The police department accepted a commendation from Massachusetts state representative Harold Naughton, who chairs the state’s public safety and homeland safety committee, while Naughton was on a trip to Texas.

Matt Slinkard of the Houston police department praised his officers for taking the lead in the investigation and partnering with other groups including the Texas Rangers, the FBI and NFL after the quarterback’s jersey went missing after the New England Patriots’ Feb. 5, 2017, Super Bowl victory.

Naughton said the “tremendous job that was done with the entire handling of the Super Bowl … means a great deal.”

“When that jersey went missing, all of Patriots Nation was concerned,” Naughton said. “But we had tremendous faith in the people here, in the law enforcement.”

Naughton applauded the police department’s “valiant efforts” to recovery Brady’s stolen jersey.

“We take our politics and our sports pretty seriously up in Massachusetts and in New England,” he said. “These things mean a lot to us were very nostalgic about our sports teams.”

Houston police chief Art Acevedo said last week that the jersey was found in Mexico.

A former Mexican newspaper director, Mauricio Ortega, is accused of reaching into the star quarterback’s bag after the Patriots’ win and then sneaking away with the valuable jersey, officials said.

The NFL said the jersey was part of a larger haul that was in the possession of a credentialed member of the press. Brady’s jersey from the Patriots’ 2015 Super Bowl win over the Seattle Seahawks was also recovered, officials said.

Brady’s 2017 Super Bowl jersey had an estimated value of $500,000, according to a complaint filed with the Houston Police Department in February.

Brady, listed as the complainant in the Feb. 6 police report, told reporters the day after the Super Bowl, “I put it in the bag, and then I came out and it wasn’t there anymore. So it’s unfortunate because that’s a nice piece of memorabilia. So if it shows up on eBay somewhere, someone let me know.”

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Courtesy Cochran Family(NEW YORK) — The family of an American who was killed in the London terror attack last week thanked the public for their generosity and prayers.

Utah resident Kurt Cochran was in Europe with his wife Melissa to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary when the attacker, Khalid Masood, drove into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge.

“So many people have been so kind, and we are deeply touched by their goodness and generosity,” Melissa Cochran’s brother, Clint Payne, said at a press conference Monday.

Payne testified to his brother-in-law’s virtues as a person, including his passion for music, and expressed sadness over the attack.

“The most difficult part of this is that Kurt is no longer with us,” he said.

Meanwhile, in the Cochrans’ hometown of Utah, friends and musicians gathered inside the Bountiful Davis Art Center to pay tribute to Kurt’s life, according to ABC affiliate KTVX-TV in Utah.

Bret Layton, a musician who played alongside Kurt for decades, told the station that he was at work when he heard the news of the terror attack.

“I texted him on Facebook Messenger. I said, ‘Hey, I heard this terrorist report in the news, I’m just curious — do you guys know what’s going on? Are you guys alright?’ And I didn’t hear anything back,” he said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(DENTON, Texas) — A severe storm brought gigantic hail to parts of Oklahoma and Texas on Sunday.

The storm also delivered heavy rain and winds as high as 65 miles per hour in some areas in the Southern Plains.

Several cars with severe hail damage in the Kroger parking lot in Bartonville on FM 407 😥 #wfaaweather

— Lauren Zakalik (@wfaalauren) March 27, 2017

Social media users posted images of shattered car windows and comparisons of the hail next to oranges and golf balls.

The largest hail report was from Denton, Texas, where residents reported softball-sized hail of about 4.25 inches in diameter.

In Lewisville! #wfaaweather

— Andrea (@OfficialAnnieB) March 27, 2017

There were 70 reports of severe weather on Sunday, with about 57 hail reports across the Southern Plains.

Everybody after the storm: “oh no let’s go check for hail damage!”

Little bro: “nah imma work on my short game with these free golf balls”

— Tanner (@TannerDio) March 27, 2017

The storm is now moving east toward to the Mississippi River valley, spanning from Mississippi to Indiana. That area will be at an enhanced risk for severe storms on Monday, with very large hail and damaging winds possible.

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DigitalVision/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) — An organization representing the Indian-American community of Houston honored the man who was shot last month while trying to protect two Indian men who were targeted in a suspected hate crime.

India House Houston, a non-profit organization based in Houston, Texas, called Ian Grillot a “genuine hero” and awarded him with $100,000 on Saturday for intervening in a deadly shooting at a bar in Kansas.

“It is not always that we get an opportunity to meet a genuine hero — a person who risks his life for another, a person who takes a bullet for a complete stranger, a man who reminds us of the promise of America and its greatness. Ian Grillot is such a man,” the organization said in a video posted on its Facebook page on Monday.

The organization honored Grillot during its 14th Annual Gala on Saturday. India House Houston said the money would help him to buy a house.

Grillot, 24, was shot while trying to stop a gunman who witnesses said yelled “get out of my country” before shooting two Indian men at a bar in Olathe, Kansas, last month, killing one.

Adam Purinton, a 51-year-old Navy veteran and former air traffic controller, is being charged with murder and attempted murder in the shooting that killed Srinivas Kuchibhotla and wounded Alok Madasani, both 32-year-old employees of the technology company Garmin.

Authorities are investigating if the shooting was a hate crime.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:


Houston 5, Washington 1
Texas 3, L.-A. Dodgers 2
Oakland 11, Milwaukee 1
Seattle 7, Cincinnati 6
Chi. White Sox 4, San Francisco 3
Cleveland 6, Arizona 5


Toronto 4, Detroit 3
Boston 7, Minnesota 2
N.-Y. Yankees 7, Tampa Bay 4
Baltimore 2, Toronto 1
Kansas City 8, L.A. Angels 7


Philadelphia 6, Pittsburgh 3
St. Louis 3, Miami 0
N.-Y. Mets 8, Atlanta 2
San Diego 9, Chi Cubs 4
Chi. Cubs 22, Cincinnati 4
Colorado 4, San Diego 1


Brooklyn 107, Atlanta 92
Charlotte 120, Phoenix 106
Sacramento 98, L.A. Clippers 97
Chicago 109, Milwaukee 94
Houston 137, Oklahoma City 125
Boston 112, Miami 108
Indiana 107, Philadelphia 94
Golden State 106, Memphis 94
New Orleans 115, Denver 90
Portland 97, L.A. Lakers 81


OT/Detroit 3, Minnesota 2
OT/Dallas 2, New Jersey 1
Philadelphia 6, Pittsburgh 2
Winnipeg 2, Vancouver 1
Anaheim 6, N.-Y. Rangers 3


(1) North Carolina 75, (2) Kentucky 73
(7) South Carolina 77, (4) Florida 70

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Phil Ellsworth/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — The Final Four of the NCAA Tournament is set, with one more impressive victory after another filling out the final two spots.

In Sunday’s first game, seventh seeded South Carolina took on fourth seeded Florida in an SEC mathcup. By the end of the first half, the Gamecocks were down 40-33, but South Carolina’s defense came alive in the second half.

SC held the Gators to no three pointers and outscored them 44-30 in the second, to advance to their first Final Four in program history with a 77-70 victory. The Gamecocks take on first seeded Gonzaga, who also made their first Final Four, next Saturday.

The second game featured first seeded North Carolina take on second seeded Kentucky. The two met in one of the best games of the regular season, with the Wildcats defeating the Tar Heels 103-100.

Much like that contest, this game was tight until the end. Kentucky’s Malik Monk hit a three to tie the game at 73. As Tar Heel fans were flashing back to last year’s final, when they lost on a heartbreaking buzzer beater to Villanova, UNC drove down the court and Luke Maye hit a jumper with under a second to go to seal the victory for North Carolina.

Déjà vu.

Seconds after Malik Monk tied the game with a clutch 3, Luke Maye hit the game-winner for UNC. #SCtop10

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 27, 2017

UNC will play third seeded Oregon on Saturday.

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iStock/Thinkstock(LAS VEGAS) — The suspect in a shooting that left one person dead and another wounded on a bus in Las Vegas has been identified as Rolando Cardenas.

Cardenas, 55, was booked at Clark County Detention Center on four charges including murder, burglary, and discharging a gun within a vehicle.

The armed suspect was involved in a tense standoff with police on Saturday when he barricaded himself inside the bus.

The suspect surrendered peacefully after several hours, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police said.

Police said it is unknown what provoked the shooting, but there was no evidence to suggest that the incident was related to a robbery overnight at Bellagio Resort & Casino.

According to a tweet from the LVMPD, part of the Las Vegas Strip was shut down after the gunman barricaded himself inside a bus. The area that was shut down, between Flamingo and Harmon streets, is where several large hotels are, including Planet Hollywood, Bellagio and the Cosmopolitan.

S. Las Vegas Blvd. between Flamingo & Harmon remains closed due to a barricade subject on bus. Please avoid the area. #LVMPDnews

— LVMPD (@LVMPD) March 25, 2017

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iStock/Thinkstock(HAYDEN, Ala.) — A family of four was killed in a small plane crash in Hayden, Alabama, after flying home from a vacation.

The parents, Joseph and Jennifer Crenshaw, and their two teenaged children were traveling from Florida to Tennessee when witnesses said the plane was ripped apart in mid-air, creating five debris sites scattered over a mile.

Authorities are investigating what caused the deadly plane crash. Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration were at the scene on Sunday.

Family members of the Crenshaws told ABC News that both husband and wife were experienced flyers.

Officials said Saturday that a band of wind and rain came through at the time of the crash.

“Right now weather does not seem to be the most likely cause, but it does seem to be a contributing factor in some way,” ABC News contributor and aviation consultant Stephen Ganyard said.

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WABC-TV(NEW YORK) — A New York City woman said she felt “helpless” after losing her wedding ring and band in the trash, but thanks to the city’s sanitation department, the items were returned to her.

“I had just cleaned them and I had them in a paper towel. I think I got distracted with the kids, it’s hard to figure out, and I think I just crumpled it up, and I didn’t feel the weight of them and I threw them out,” Shannon Lombardo told ABC station WABC-TV about her missing rings.

The crisis was put to rest when New York City sanitation workers went above and beyond the call of duty to locate Lombardo’s rings, sorting through the unimaginable horrors of a massive garbage heap to get it back to her.

New York City generates more than 14 million tons of trash per year, according to the city, putting it among the largest trash producers in the world.

Still, however, the workers are trained to locate small items in emergencies, and succeeded in getting Lombardo’s rings back to her safe and sound.

“Seeing the happiness on their face, and I said that it’s a great time for them to renew their vows and stuff. As long as they felt good, I felt good,” said Sekou Callender, a Sanitation worker who helped find the ring, told WABC-TV.

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Cincinnati Police Department(CINCINNATI) — Cincinnati police have yet to make arrests in a nightclub shooting early Sunday morning that killed one person and wounded at least 15.

Police said the violence started as a dispute between “local men” who were caught up in an argument.

The victim who died was identified by authorities Sunday as 27-year-old Obryan Spikes. Another victim is in critical condition, police said.

The shooting at around 1:30 a.m. at Cameo Nightclub created an atmosphere of “chaos,” said police, who described the 21-and-over nightspot as one frequented primarily by young people.

“The bar was very crowded” at the time, with hundreds of people inside, police said.

“People were going to have a good time and ended up being shot. That is unacceptable,” the city’s mayor, John Cranley, said at a press conference Sunday.

Police early on in their investigation ruled out terrorism as being behind the attack, but Cranley said that didn’t diminish the tragedy.

“To the victims, what difference does it make?” the mayor said.

Cincinnati Assistant Police Chief Paul Neudigate initially tweeted that only one person was responsible for the violence.

But at the press conference later in the day, police said more than one shooter was likely involved.

Police Sgt. Eric Franz told ABC News that investigators are working through “a large and complicated homicide scene,” and that “at this point we have multiple witnesses we’re interviewing and we have nobody in custody.”

Police said Cameo has had violent incidents in the past, and that despite efforts by the club to bolster security, several firearms were brought into the club prior to the shooting.

Mayor Cranley asked that members of the public “come forward and help us solve this crime. We must bring the shooters to justice.”

Gov. John Kasich tweeted that he was “saddened” to learn about the shooting.

Kelly Martin, a spokeswoman for University of Cincinnati Medical Center, told ABC News early Sunday that it admitted eigh people early this morning, three of them in serious condition and 1 in critical condition.

A spokesman for Bethesda North Hospital told ABC News it admitted two patients related to the shooting, but did not provide their conditions.

At Christ Hospital, a spokeswoman told ABC News it admitted two individuals with minor injuries from the shooting.

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