Allen Kee / ESPN Images(CHICAGO) — It appears the Chicago Cubs are close to landing Kansas City Royals closer Wade Davis.

ESPN reports the Cubs “moved to the verge of a deal” for Davis Tuesday night. Sources, however, told ESPN the move has not yet been finalized and both clubs still need to approve medical information.

While details of the proposed trade were not made available, a source told ESPN should it go through, Chicago may give up outfielder Jorge Soler in exchange.

Davis, 31, has a career 3.53 ERA with 47 saves and 689 strikeouts. This past season, he had a 1.87 ERA, 27 saves and 47 strikeouts.

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Linda Davidson/The Washington Post via Getty Images(COLLEGE STATION, Texas) — Hundreds of protesters turned up at an appearance by white nationalist Richard Spencer at Texas A&M University on Tuesday.

Spencer, who leads a white nationalist organization, came to national attention when video surfaced of him at a Washington, D.C. conference in November shouting “Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory!” as some members of the crowd raised their hands in a Nazi salute.

Hundreds gathered outside the Texas A&M union where Spencer appeared on Tuesday, according to ABC affiliate WFAA.

The university did not invite Spencer, who appeared in an event space on the campus reserved by a former student.

The demonstrators held signs and some attempted to drown out Spencer’s speech with chants and jeers.

At one point during the event, a physical struggle broke out between a black female and a white man, who snatched a microphone from her hands by force.

The night ended with police in riot gear pushing people out of the building where Spencer spoke.

Texas A&M spokesperson Amy B. Smith said last month in a statement to The Battalion, the university’s student newspaper, that Spencer’s views were not shared by the university, but added that there was little it could do to stop him from speaking on campus.

“Private citizens are permitted to reserve space available to the public as we are a public university,” Smith said.

In an interview with WFAA ahead of Tuesday’s event, Spencer said that the controversial video of people doing Nazi salutes at his speech was taken out of context.

“Those people were being funny,” he said. They were being ironic, I got the joke and I think most young people got the joke.”

Max Glauben, a Holocaust survivor who drove from Dallas to attend the Texas A&M rally, doesn’t see the humor.

“What we need to do right now is when you see a bad thing done then you do something about it or say something. Don’t allow it,” he told WFAA.

A&M alum Shannon Taylor-Kerne, who also attended the protest rally, said, “Most people here tonight are not against something. They are for all people and they are for the values of respect.”

Students wrote messages on a makeshift “unity wall” on the campus that included “Aggies against hate,” “Love & Respect,” and “United We Stand,” according to WFAA.

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iStock/Thinkstock(CHARLESTON, S.C.) — The federal death penalty trial is set to begin for 22-year-old Dylann Roof, who authorities say is responsible for killing nine people in a Charleston, South Carolina, church last year.

Roof, who is white, is accused of fatally shooting nine black parishioners during a Bible study at the predominantly black Emanuel AME Church on June 17, 2015. One of the nine victims killed was Rev. Clementa Pinckney, a church pastor and a member of the South Carolina Senate.

Roof, who was 21 at the time, was arrested the day after the shooting in Shelby, North Carolina, about 250 miles north of Charleston.

Opening arguments in the federal case against Roof are expected to take place Wednesday.

According to the federal indictment, Roof maintained a website on which he posted “a manuscript and photographs expressing his racist beliefs.” In the manuscript, he used racial slurs and decried integration, the indictment states. The photos include one of Roof holding a confederate flag, according to the indictment.

In the months before the shooting, Roof “decided to attack African-Americans because of their race,” and he selected black worshipers at a predominantly black church “to make his attack more notorious,” according to the indictment.

On June 17, 2015, Roof entered the Emanuel AME Church armed and “with the intent of killing African-Americans engaged in the exercise of their religious beliefs,” the indictment states.

The parishioners welcomed Roof into their Bible study group, according to the indictment, after which Roof drew his pistol and opened fire, killing nine and wounding three.

Roof hoped the attack would “increase racial tensions across the Nation” and bring “retribution for perceived wrongs he believed African-Americans had committed against white people,” the indictment states.

At Roof’s first court appearance the day after his capture, several of the shooting victims’ family members expressed forgiveness for Roof amid their grief.

“I forgive you,” the daughter of victim Ethel Lance said through tears to Roof, who appeared at the bond hearing via video conferencing from jail. “You took something very precious from me and I will never talk to her ever again. I will never be able to hold her again. But I forgive you. And have mercy on your soul.”

Roof was originally granted permission to represent himself in court on Nov. 28 after requesting to move forward without his counsel, according to ABC affiliate WCIV in Charleston. However, Roof then sent a letter to the judge on Sunday asking that his lawyers be rehired until a verdict is reached and that he would then represent himself in the penalty phase. The judge has agreed to this new request.

There are 33 counts against Roof in the federal trial: counts 1-9, hate crime act resulting in death; counts 10-12, hate crime act involving an attempt to kill; counts 13-21, obstruction of exercise of religion resulting in death; counts 22-24, obstruction of exercise of religion involving an attempt to kill and use of a dangerous weapon; counts 25-33, use of a firearm to commit murder during and in relation to a crime of violence.

He has pleaded not guilty.

Roof is also facing a state trial, in which he may also face the death penalty. The state trial is set for early next year.

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iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — The FBI has found no evidence that the terror threat that caused heightened security at Los Angeles Metro stations on Tuesday is credible, an FBI official said on Tuesday.

Officials now believe the tip may have come from an individual who has made previous reports that turned out to be false.

“Based on significant similarities, law enforcement partners also believe the anonymous caller may have, on a previous occasion, reported threats that did not materialize,” the official said.

“The Joint Terrorism Task Force will continue to investigate to determine the identity of the caller and will continue to evaluate information developed from investigative efforts.”

The tip, called in anonymously by an individual in Australia, caused local and federal law enforcement to deploy security measures that included large water-filled barriers, a bomb-sniffing dog and heavily armed Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies at the city’s Universal City Metro station, according to KABC.

Any individual who knowingly provides false threat information to law enforcement is subject to prosecution, the FBI warned.

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


Orlando 124, Washington 116
NY Knicks 114, Miami 103
Detroit 102, Chicago 91
San Antonio 105, Minnesota 91
Memphis 96, Philadelphia 91
Utah 112, Phoenix 105


NY Islanders 4, NY Rangers 2
Philadelphia 3, Florida 2 (OT)
New Jersey 3, Vancouver 2
Buffalo 4, Edmonton 3 (OT)
St. Louis 3, Montreal 2 (OT)
Detroit 4, Winnipeg 3 (SO)
Nashville 4, Colorado 3
Calgary 2, Dallas 1
Chicago 4, Arizona 0


(1) Villanova 89, La Salle 79
(3) Kansas 105, UMKC 62
(5) Duke 84, (21) Florida 74
(14) Virginia 76, East Carolina 53
(18) Purdue 97, Arizona St. 64
(20) Arizona 79, UC Irvine 57
(23) Notre Dame 87, IPFW 72

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ABC News(NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C.) — Feidin Santana, the witness who recorded video of the fatal Walter Scott shooting, told ABC News he feels it was “hard to see” a mistrial for former police officer Michael Slager.

The mistrial was announced Monday after jury members said they were unable to come to a unanimous decision in Slager’s state murder trial. They had deliberated since closing arguments ended last Wednesday.

Slager, who is white, was accused of killing Scott, an unarmed black man, at a traffic stop on April 4, 2015, in North Charleston, South Carolina, when Slager was a North Charleston Police Department officer. Witness video shot from Santana’s cell phone surfaced shortly afterward and appeared to show the moment Slager fatally shot Scott as he ran away. The video garnered national attention, propelling Slager into the spotlight.

Slager had pleaded not guilty to murder.

Santana told ABC News that for him, “it was hard to see” this outcome with “the case as clear as it is, with this type of evidence.”

“It’s not a loss, but also it’s not a victory for justice,” he said. “And you ask yourself, what if there was no video? What if I wasn’t there? Would we have gotten this far in this trial?

“It’s hard sometimes,” Santana added. “That’s the way justice is over here and we have to understand it. But it’s a little bit disappointing.”

After the mistrial was announced, Solicitor Scarlett Wilson vowed she would seek a retrial. Slager also faces a federal trial, which is scheduled for next year.

Santana was called to testify by the prosecution last month, telling the court of the moments before, during and after he witnessed the deadly shooting.

Santana told the court how he first saw Scott running and Slager running after him. Santana said he later saw Scott on the ground and heard an “electric sound” and said he decided to approach the scene and start recording.

“It was a lot of movement from both men,” Santana said. “I continued hearing the electric sound as I was approaching to the fence. They were moving a lot. The black man … he just tried to get away from the Taser that I was hearing. But I didn’t know [at the time] that it was a Taser — I just knew that it was something electric sound.”

Santana said the officer’s left hand was trying to control Scott and the officer was on top of him.

Then both men stood up, Santana said, and he saw “the black man trying to get away and the officer trying to control the person.”

“Both men get up very quick,” Santana said in court. He said the officer was holding onto Scott but Scott was able to break away.

“After he got away … it’s been something that I didn’t expect,” Santana said. “[The officer] shoot the man running from him. And he shoot until he gets on the ground.”

In court, defense attorney Andy Savage said Slager shot Scott because he was in fear for his life. Savage added that Slager didn’t know what Scott would do and said Scott could have hurt someone if he got away.

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Larry French/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) — The wife of slain New Orleans Saints star Will Smith broke down on the stand Tuesday in the trial of her husband’s alleged killer, saying “my worst nightmare happened for no reason,” according to ABC News affiliate WGNO-TV.

Racquel Smith was also wounded in the apparent road-rage shooting in New Orleans on April 9 that left her 34-year-old husband dead.

“I don’t want sympathy, I want justice,” she said on the stand, according to WGNO-TV. “He is not here today so I am his voice.”

Cardell Hayes, a former semiprofessional football player, was charged with second-degree murder to which he pleaded not guilty.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and former Saints player Steve Gleason were among those gathered at the courthouse for support on the first day of the trial.

On Tuesday afternoon, the victim’s wife took the stand for the prosecution and recounted the day of the shooting.

She said that morning “we got dressed, we kissed the kids goodbye, and we told them we would be back,” WGNO-TV reported.

The former Saints player posted a photo the day of the shooting, writing “Having a blast” at New Orleans’ French Quarter Fest.

According to WGNO-TV, Racquel Smith testified that, at one point during the alleged altercation between Hayes and her husband, “I looked at my husband in the eyes and said this is not worth it … and he walked away with me.”

“We were walking back to the car and I heard a pop pop,” she said, according to WGNO-TV. “I fell to the ground and played dead then I heard more pops.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — Dominique Coleman, 16, is being charged as an adult in Kentucky for allegedly shooting his 14-year-old friend, Troyvonte Hurt, to death.

But the defendant has some unexpected supporters — the victim’s family.

“We feel like he shouldn’t be charged,” Hurt’s mother, LaNesha Harris, told ABC News affiliate WHAS-TV outside court Monday, when Coleman was arraigned on his indictment. “I got a lot of hope that some type of way he gets off, like he’s acquitted, no charges filed because really and truly I think the people that came through shooting should be the ones they are looking for,” Harris said.

Coleman is facing one count of capital murder, one count of tampering with physical evidence and one count of weapons possession in the August shooting and could face the death penalty if convicted, according to court documents.

According to police, the teenagers were on Clay and Jacob streets in Smoketown, a Louisville neighborhood, at 8:45 p.m. on Aug. 24, when a shooting began that resulted in Coleman’s allegedly killing hurt.

In a press conference, Lt. Todd Kessinger, of the Louiville Metro Police, described the chaotic scene leading up to the incident.

Kessinger said that a vehicle “fired multiple rounds at a crowd of people standing on the corner,” according to WHAS-TV.

“The people returned fire at the car as it was driving down the road. During the course of that, as they were returning fire, the victim was shot in the back of the head and killed by one of his friends, one of his known associates.”

Kessinger said at the time investigators believed it was a gang shooting because it was in an area “known for gang activity,” according to the affiliate. Is it unclear if Coleman was part of a gang.

WHAS-TV reports the victim’s family believes others who were on the scene with the two minors started and shooting are responsible for Hurt’s death.

The victim’s grandfather, Henry Booker, was also in the courtroom Monday hoping to see Coleman’s charges dropped. During the hearing, Coleman pleaded not guilty.

“The boy’s a good boy. [Coleman’s] a good person regardless we know him and we know that everything that happened, happened so fast that he wasn’t the one,” Booker said, according to WHAS-TV.

If he’s convicted, Coleman will be sentenced in the juvenile system until the age of 18, when he would be resentenced as an adult. Until that age, Coleman would remain in a juvenile detention facility, says Jefferson County Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s spokesperson, Jeffrey Cooke.

Coleman is being held in lieu of $100,000 cash bail and is due in court on Jan. 4 for a bond hearing.

The victim’s family has started a mentorship program for other youths in the community called “Troyvonte’s Troopers.” Booker says the group is meant “to help the kids and show them a different way,” apart from gun violence.

Darlene Campbell, at Bates Memorial Baptist Church in Louisville, tells ABC News the group, started by Booker in memory of his grandson, is meant to “educate kids and keep them off the streets.”

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Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The former Marine general tapped to become Donald Trump’s secretary of defense has been hailed as an “iconoclastic thinker” and a “warrior monk,” but a decorated ex–special operations officer recently remembered him another way: as the commander who he said left soldiers “to die” in Afghanistan.

Trump announced retired Gen. James Mattis as his pick for the next defense secretary Thursday, sparking a renewed interest in the blunt-talking Marine’s history. The next day, a controversial incident from 15 years ago came under the spotlight in the form of a Facebook post by former Army Green Beret Jason Amerine, who won the Bronze Star for valor in Afghanistan.

In the post, Amerine told the story of when his Special Forces team, along with “scores” of allied Afghan fighters, reportedly was hit by friendly fire in December 2001, just weeks after the initial invasion of Afghanistan. With men seriously wounded, Amerine said his team reached out for rescue to the closest American military installation: a Marine contingent commanded by then-Brig. Gen. Mattis.

Mattis, lacking information about the security situation on the ground and the number and severity of the wounded, decided against sending a rescue force without more intelligence, according to an account of the incident excerpted from the 2010 book “The Only Thing Worth Dying For” by author Eric Blehm.

“I hear you, but no, I’m not sending a rescue mission,” Mattis reportedly told another officer. “We. Don’t. Know. The situation.”

Amerine wrote on Facebook that Mattis finally allowed his Marines to help but only after an Air Force special operations unit stopped at his installation on its way to help the injured soldiers.

“‘Fog of war’ would rightly have delayed the situational awareness of Mattis but he also had a major and a sergeant major from our calls from my element, JSOC [Joint Special Operations Command] and the CIA,” Amerine wrote. “Mattis had an excuse to delay launching medevac while he gathered the facts, but not the six hours it took for AFSOC [Air Force Special Operations Command]” to come to the rescue with the “same information.”

“[Mattis] was indecisive and betrayed his duty to us, leaving my men to die during the golden hour when he could have reached us,” Amerine said. The “golden hour,” emergency responders say, is the short window immediately after a severe injury in which it is critical to get the victim to a medical facility for the best chance of survival.

Amerine, who declined to comment for this report, said an American soldier died around the time he finally reached the installation commanded by Mattis. In all, three American soldiers and at least five Afghans were killed in the incident.

While Amerine sharply criticized Mattis for the delay, others have defended the decision as prudent. Mattis has not spoken publicly about the incident, and Blehm, the author of “The Only Thing Worth Dying For,” told ABC News Mattis declined requests for comment on it prior to the book’s publication in 2010. Through representatives, Mattis also declined to comment for this report.

Bing West, a veteran and military author who interviewed Mattis multiple times for an upcoming book, said the whole story is “really unfair.”

“I understand that Amerine is very angry, but holy smokes,” West told ABC News.

West said that there were separate chains of command with regard to special operations and conventional forces, and that Mattis was not given operational control over the incident with the Army Special Forces.

A former Army Special Forces officer, who has spoken with other officers who were involved in the 2001 incident, backed up Amerine’s complaint and said West’s point is largely irrelevant

“That is a horrible answer. OPCON [Operational control] or not, a distress call is a distress call, especially with wounded Americans in a combat zone,” the officer said in an email. “[Mattis] would have authority to direct HIS forces to assist.”

But even if Mattis had the authority to do something, West said, “Mattis asked fundamental questions that couldn’t be answered.”

Jack Murphy, a former Special Forces soldier, likewise said that Mattis may have made the right call based on the scant information available. He said it was “curious” that Mattis and the officers who approached him face-to-face to request assistance for Amerine and his men were apparently not told whether the Special Forces team remained under fire — which would drastically change the kind of rescue mission that would be launched.

“They should’ve had that basic information,” said Murphy, now the managing editor at the special operations news website

A source who was briefed on Mattis’ version of events said the initial information that came in was conflicting both about where exactly the injured men were and what security situation on the ground there was. “They did everything they could, when they could,” the source said, adding that the incident would have come under review for Mattis’ various promotions through the military.

Murphy said that regarding rescue operations in general, “at the end of the day it comes down to the commander” to decide to endanger more troops at any given time.

“There’s no right answer. The guy on the ground has to make these kinds of assessments,” he said.

Murphy said any soldier who’s been in combat knows the frustration of waiting for even a minute longer than you believe you should have to for a medevac, with your friends’ lives on the line.

“The guy’s literally dying, and now there’s a ticking clock. You’re taking care of him as best you can, but you’ve got to get him back to a hospital,” he said. “A story like this really touches a nerve.”

The military’s U.S. Central Command conducted an investigation into the initial friendly fire incident, but it did not touch on the purported controversy over the response or rescue, outside of one interviewer’s aside that it “took a while for the helicopters to get there.”

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Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) — A refrigerator is being eyed as the “possible” point of origin in the Oakland warehouse fire that killed more than 30 people, an official briefed on the probe tells ABC News.

Investigators are working to determine if there was criminal liability, and if so, against whom, in the horrific blaze that killed 36 people after it sparked Friday night, said Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley.

An electrical fire broke out Friday night at the warehouse, nicknamed the Ghost Ship, during a concert party with as many as 100 people in attendance, authorities said.

Darin Ranelletti, who is serving as the interim director of the city’s Planning and Building Department, told the press that the party required a permit, which he said was not obtained.

Survivors of the inferno recalled waking up to a “wall of fire” and billowing smoke so powerful that it opened a window, letting in oxygen that apparently intensified the blaze.

Some victims texted messages to relatives such as, “I’m going to die” and “I love you,” according to Alameda County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Ray Kelly.

The warehouse is under investigation to determine whether it was used to house people illegally, Ranelletti said.

The Ghost Ship is purportedly run by a married couple, Derick Ion Almena and Micah Allison, but the building is owned by Chor Nar Siu Ng, a woman who appeared to have little involvement with its usage as a place for artist studios and a performance space for musicians.

“They’re my children. They’re my friends, they’re my family, they’re my loves, they’re my future. What else do I have to say?” Almena told ABC San Francisco station KGO-TV.

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