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Paul Marotta/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Fighting charges they lied and paid $500,000 in bribes to secure entry for their two daughters into the University of Southern California, actress Lori Loughlin and her husband filed court papers claiming federal prosecutors are concealing evidence that can clear their names in the nationwide "Operation Varsity Blues" college scam.

Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, asked a federal judge in Boston for "urgently needed" help in forcing the government to fork over evidence they say disproves charges they bribed a USC administrator to get their daughters, Isabella and Olivia Jade Giannulli, into the school.

"The Government appears to be concealing exculpatory evidence that helps show that both Defendants believed all of the payments they made would go to USC itself -- for legitimate, university-approved purposes -- or to other legitimate charitable causes. The Government’s failure to disclose this information is unacceptable, and this Court should put a stop to it," lawyers for Loughlin and Giannulli wrote in documents filed in Boston federal court.

“If, for example, USC knew of Singer’s operation and accepted donations to the university from Singer’s clients as legitimate, then not only was there no bribery at USC, but also no fraud conspiracy at all.”

Federal prosecutors have yet to respond.

Loughlin, 55, and Giannulli, 56, were among more than 35 parents indicted in March in the largest college cheating scam ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice.

Prosecutors say that between 2011 and 2018 parents paid bribes of up to $25 million to ringleader William "Rick" Singer, who schemed with his cohorts of coaches, school administrators and college entrance exam proctors to rig the system in order to get the children of wealthy clients into elite colleges that also included Stanford, Yale, Princeton, and Georgetown.

Loughlin -- best known for her role as Aunt Becky on the ABC sitcom "Full House" -- and Giannulli allegedly paid bribes to Singer in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team, despite never having participated in crew in high school, according to federal prosecutors.

Giannulli and Loughlin have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The couple was initially charged conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. Prosecutors have since added money laundering and federal programs bribery charges against them. If convicted, they each face maximum prison terms of 20 years.

Many of the other parents ensnared in the scam, including Oscar-nominated actress Felicity Huffman, have pleaded guilty.

In October, Huffman served 11 days of an initial 14-day prison sentence.

The "Desperate Housewives" star was also fined $30,000, ordered to complete 250 hours of community service and serve one year of probation. She admitted paying Singer $15,000 to arrange for someone to correct and improve her daughter's SAT exam.

Singer pleaded guilty in a Boston federal court in March to charges of racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to defraud the United States and obstruction of justice. He has yet to be sentenced.

Donna Heinel, the former senior associate athletic director at USC, has pleaded not guilty to racketeering conspiracy and her attorney says she is looking forward to restoring her reputation in the college athletic community.

“At trial, Giannulli and Loughlin will help establish their innocence by showing that they understood both sets of payments to be legitimate donations and did not understand or intend that either set of payments would be used to directly or indirectly bribe Heinel," according to the court documents.

Lawyers for Loughlin and Giannulli claim in court papers that prosecutors are concealing interview notes taken by federal investigators that detail "Singer's representations to his clients regarding payments to the University of Southern California, as well as all information about USC's knowledge of Singer's operation."

"More fundamentally, the Government is applying a flawed disclosure standard that systematically deprives Giannulli and Loughlin of information necessary to prepare their case and ensure a fair trial," the defense attorneys wrote in the court filings.

The defense lawyers added, "The Government’s failures directly threaten Giannulli and Loughlin’s constitutional rights to a fair trial and due process of law."

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iStock(SAN FRANCISCO) -- California police have positively identified the remains of a teen who was found murdered 43 years ago as a 14-year-old missing girl.

The body was discovered by a man walking his dog in the Lake Merced neighborhood of San Francisco on Oct. 1, 1976, after the man saw the girl's hand protruding from the sand, according to a news release by the New Jersey State Police.

Investigators could only determine that the victim was a young Asian female who had a gold chain and owl pendant necklace in her pocket, but she was not identified as Judy Gifford until recent weeks, police said.

Gifford's half-brother, William Shin, formally reported her missing to the San Francisco Police Department in 2017, telling them that he and his family had not seen or heard from her since she was 14 years old. As a result, police linked Gifford to the homicide investigation. Shin had remembered having a sister when he was a child and decided to investigate on his own, consulting family before he made the report, police said.

Gifford had moved to San Francisco in the summer of 1976 to live with her father, his wife and her two half-siblings. Shin was 6 at the time, and his sister was much younger, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

 

After learning that Gifford's paternal aunt lived in Southampton, New Jersey, the San Francisco Police Department enlisted the assistance of the New Jersey State Police Missing Persons Unit Detective.

In June, New Jersey authorities met with Gifford's aunt, Ogee Gifford, to obtain a DNA sample and gather photographs and dental records. One of the photographs showed Gifford wearing the necklace that was found with her remains, police said.

The California Department of Justice announced that the remains were positively identified as Gifford through DNA and photographs last month.

San Francisco Police are now trying to determine who killed her, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

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iStock(LOS ANGELES) -- Beverly Hills Police are hunting a suspect involved in an overnight break-in and vandalism of a Los Angeles synagogue and are investigating the incident as a hate crime.

Authorities were called to the Nessah Synagogue, one of the largest Iranian-Jewish synagogues in the city, at 7 a.m. on Saturday morning when an employee arrived for work to discover that the premises had been ransacked.

After a preliminary investigation, police are looking for a lone suspect described by the Beverly Hills Police Department in a statement as “a male white, 20-25 years of age, short dark curly hair, thin build, possibly wearing prescription glasses, shorts, low top shoes (possibly Pumas), and carried a backpack and pulled a rolling suitcase.”

Authorities say that the suspect forced his way in at approximately 2 a.m. on Saturday morning and moved through the synagogue heavily ransacking the place.

“The suspect disrupted the furnishings, and contents of the synagogue by overturning furniture and distributing brochures and materials throughout the interior,” said the Beverly Hills Police Department. “The suspect damaged several Jewish relics, but fortunately the synagogue’s main scrolls survived unscathed.

Although it does not appear the suspect stole anything from the premises during the rampage and the suspect left no markings or other overt signs of anti-Semitism, police have cause to investigate the incident as a hate crime.

“This cowardly act hits at the heart of who we are as a community,”” said Beverly Hills Mayor John Mirisch. “It is not just an attack on the Jewish community of Beverly Hills, it’s an attack on all of us. The entire city stands behind Nessah, its members and congregants. We are committed to catching the criminal who desecrated a holy place on Shabbat of all days and bringing him to justice. We are equally committed that our city will continue to be a welcoming place for Jews and for all members of religions and groups.”



Several members of the police involved in the investigations have helped with the clean-up efforts and will also provide additional patrols throughout the Sabbath.

The Nessah Synagogue plans to reopen its doors to congregants and worshipers on Sunday.

Investigations are ongoing and significant efforts are underway to find and locate the suspect involved in the vandalism of the synagogue.

@BeverlyHillsPD – The Beverly Hills Police Department is actively investigating a series of vandalisms that occurred in the City of Beverly Hills overnight at Nessah Synagogue. pic.twitter.com/vPnu6t4Awx

— Beverly Hills Police (@BeverlyHillsPD) December 14, 2019

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NJ Attorney General(JERSEY CITY, N.J.) -- FBI considers New Jersey shooting a domestic terror caseThe FBI called the shooting at a kosher market in Jersey City a hate crime and an act of domestic terror as authorities confirmed a new video revealed more details about the suspects’ weapons.Seth Wenig/AP

A pawnshop owner has been arrested and an arsenal of weapons and ammunition seized after investigators found a note containing his phone number on the body of one of two domestic terrorist suspects who allegedly killed a New Jersey police detective before gunning down three others in a targeted attack on a Jewish market.

The handwritten note found in the back pocket of terror suspect David Anderson contained the phone number and address of 35-year-old Ahmed A-Hady, a pawnshop owner and convicted felon, in Keyport, New Jersey, according to federal officials.

A-Hady was arrested early Saturday at his pawnshop and residence and charged with one count of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, Craig Carpenito, U.S. attorney for the District of New Jersey, said in a statement.

It remains unclear what A-Hady's connection is to Anderson and his alleged accomplice, Francine Graham, 50.

Authorities alleged that Anderson and Graham were armed with four guns, including an AR-15 rifle and a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun, when they stormed the Jersey City Kosher Supermarket around 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, killing 33-year-old Mindy Ferencz, 49-year-old Douglas Miguel Rodriguez and 24-year-old Moshe Deutsch.

"They came to kill, and they didn’t come to spare anyone," survivor David Lax, who ran out of the store and dodged bullets during the shooting, told ABC News.

Anderson and Graham were killed in the store during an hours-long shootout with police.

Just prior to launching the attack on the kosher market, Anderson and Graham allegedly shot to death Jersey City Police Det. Joseph Seals, a married father of five children, at a cemetery about a mile from the market, officials said.

The suspects were also prime suspects in the slaying of Michael Rumberger, an Uber driver whose body was found on Dec. 7 in the trunk of a Town Car in Bayonne, New Jersey, about seven miles south of Jersey City, investigators said.

The pair who were apparently homeless and living in a van, allegedly "held views that reflected hatred of the Jewish people as well as a hatred of law enforcement," New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal said at a news conference last week.

Carpenito said the motivation behind the attack on the Jewish market and the killing of Det. Seals "clearly appears to be a bias towards both the Jewish community and law enforcement."

The killings are being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as a domestic terrorism event, Carpenito said.

In addition to the AR-15 rifle and shotgun used in the kosher market attack, the suspects were armed with a 9mm Ruger semiautomatic handgun and a 9mm Glock 17, authorities said. Inside a stolen U-Haul van the suspects parked in front of the store, investigators seized a pipe bomb and a 22-caliber Ruger Mark IV handgun equipped with a homemade silencer and a homemade device to catch shell casings, Grewal said.

Grewal said that based on two of the guns' serial numbers, the Mossberg shotgun and the .22-caliber Ruger were legally purchased in 2018 by Graham at different gun shops in Ohio.

Investigators are apparently looking to determine if A-Hady was involved in planning the attacks, or if he supplied some of the weapons Anderson and Graham used in the killing rampage.

Carpenito said A-Hady was prohibited from possessing any firearms due to a 2012 felony conviction for attempting to obtain a controlled dangerous substance or analog by fraud. Details of the case were not immediately disclosed.

During an interview with A-Hady and two of his relatives at his pawnshop on Friday evening, A-Hady allegedly admitted to FBI agents that he owned two handguns, .45-caliber and .44-caliber pistols, "but falsely denied that they were on the premises," according to Carpenito's statement.

During the interview, one of A-Hady's relatives tipped investigators off to a safe that contained A-Hady's arsenal, Carpenito said.

In a search of the safe, the pawnshop and A-Hady's private residence, investigators seized 10 guns, including three AR-15 rifles, according to Carpenito. Investigators also seized over 400 rounds of ammunition, including a large number of hollow-point bullets, he said.

A-Hady is scheduled to appear in federal court in Newark, New Jersey, on Monday morning.

If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, officials said.

Meanwhile, loved ones and friends packed a memorial service for Douglas Miguel Rodriguez on Saturday night at a funeral home in Patterson, New Jersey. Rodriguez is survived by a wife and daughter.

When the shooting broke out at the Jersey City kosher store, Rodriguez, who immigrated to the United States from Ecuador, was fatally shot while helping a customer escape the carnage, relatives and officials said.

"My husband was a good husband and a good father," Rodriguez's widow, Martha Friere Rodriguez, told reporters last week.

Mindy Ferencz, the wife of the kosher market owner, and Moshe Deutsch, a Yeshiva student who was a customer in the store, were both buried in keeping with Jewish customs a day after they were killed.

On Tuesday, law enforcement officers from across New Jersey and the country are expected to gather at Saint Aedan’s Church in Jersey City for the funeral of Det. Seals.

"Joe is somebody who is involved in the city, who officers in other precincts knew ... because he was a good cop," Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop said of Seals. "We cried with the family. It's the hardest thing you ever have to see. No one expected Detective Seals not to return home. I'm sure his children expected him to return home."

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Austin Police Department(AUSTIN, Texas) -- Police are searching for a Texas mother and her 2-week-old daughter who have been missing since last week.

Austin resident Heidi Broussard, 33, and her infant daughter, Margot Carey, were last seen dropping off a child at Cowan Elementary School on Thursday morning, according to the Austin Police Department.

Investigators believe that Broussard and her child returned home to their apartment complex near West William Cannon Drive and South First Street after they left the school. They have not been heard from since, police said.

Broussard's fiance, Shane Carey, told ABC Austin affiliate KVUE that her car and all of her belongings and the baby's belongings are still at their home, and there was no signs of a struggle.

Carey said Broussard's family and friends are "stumped" and "trying to piece it together."

"I don't know why anybody would ever harm or touch these two beautiful women together," Carey told the station on Friday night.

The couple has been together for nearly 10 years, Carey said. He described Broussard as an "amazing person" and "one of the best people" he's ever met.

"She does anything for her kids -- one of the best moms," he said.

They have two children together and are raising his older child from a previous marriage, Carey said.

Broussard is described as a white female, about 5-foot-3-inches tall and 150 pounds with long, dark hair and highlights. She is believed to have been wearing a purple long-sleeve shirt at the time of her disappearance, police said.

Attached is an updated photo of Heidi Broussard from Dec. 12, 2019 at 7:50 a.m. at Cowan Elementary. The clothing pictured is what she is believed to have been wearing when she was last seen. Anyone with information about her and Margot is asked to call 911 immediately. https://t.co/bvpNxAqX7i pic.twitter.com/KS0aMJSbAg

— Austin Police Department (@Austin_Police) December 13, 2019

Margot weighs just 7 pounds and 7 ounces. The clothing she was wearing at the time of her disappearance is not known.

Police have not identified any suspects at this time.

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iStock(NEW YORK) -- College student stabbed, killed near elite campusNew York City police arrest juvenile suspect in connection with the murder of Barnard College freshman Tessa Majors.Conrad MacKethan

Police have released a teenager being questioned in connection with the murder of 18-year-old Barnard College student Tessa Majors.

The 14-year-old was with his lawyer during questioning and made no statements, a police source told ABC News. Law enforcement officials declined to charge him at this time, so he was released. This teen is not believed to be the person who stabbed Majors.

Majors, a freshman at the private women's liberal arts college in Upper Manhattan, was attacked by an unknown number of people on Wednesday night when she was walking through Morningside Park near campus, police said. She managed to get herself out of the park and onto a nearby street where a school public safety officer spotted her and called 911, police said. She died soon after at a local hospital, according to the New York City Police Department.

A 13-year-old boy was arrested Friday and charged with murder, robbery and weapons possession, law enforcement sources told ABC News. He made statements incriminating himself and implicating two other individuals, according to the sources.

He is not believed to be the killer of Majors, according to testimony from the arresting officer, but he did allegedly pick up the knife and give it to another teenager.

"The close-knit community at Barnard College is in shock right now. We’ve lost a young woman full of potential in a senseless act of violence. I want every student and every member of faculty to know your city will be with you in the days ahead," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement shortly after the attack. "We will find the perpetrators of this crime and bring them to justice."

Majors was finishing up her first year at Barnard when the attack occurred.

"These past two days have been a time of deep sorrow as we mourn the loss of one of Barnard’s community members, who had only just started the journey here," Sian Leah Beilock, President of Barnard College, said in a statement Friday. "In the months ahead, we will formally honor Tess and celebrate Tess’ life. For now, I urge you to hold Tess and the family in your thoughts and in your hearts. Support each other, lean on each other, and take care of yourselves."

A candlelight vigil in memory of Majors will be held at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Morningside Park in Manhattan.

If you have any information about the murder of Tessa Majors, you can call the NYPD at 800-577-TIPS.

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Indiana State Police Department(STEUBEN COUNTY, Ind.) -- A man with a homemade license plate drawn with crayon on a paper grocery bag was arrested after Indiana State Troopers stopped to lend the stranded motorist a helping hand.

Officers Craig Woodcox and Zarek Finley were driving along the I-80 Toll Road in Steuben County, Indiana, at approximately 2:30 p.m. on Thursday afternoon when they saw a man standing next to a Toyota Corolla on the side of the road tending to a flat tire.

But when the Indiana State Troopers pulled over to help the man, things began to quickly unravel.

The man identified himself as Joshua Lewis-Brown, 20, from Rochester, New York and told the officers that he was unable to change the tire and needed a tow truck. But when Woodcox and Finley were about to oblige his request, they noticed that the license plate was hand-written in crayon on a paper grocery bag.

The police then ran a check on the vehicle using the Vehicle Identification Number rather than the license plate which ended up leading to even more suspicion.

“Woodcox discovered the Toyota had been reported as stolen out of State College, Pennsylvania the day prior. The Troopers’ also found that Brown had never been licensed to operate a motor vehicle in any state, and was currently on probation for Grand Larceny,” the Indiana State Police said in a statement.

Finley then placed Lewis-Brown under arrest and he was subsequently booked into custody and charged with Possession of Stolen Property, a Level 5 Felony, and Operating Without Ever Obtaining a License, a Level C Misdemeanor.

According to the Indiana State Police as reported by authorities in Pennsylvania, it is alleged that the vehicle had been stolen when the owner left it unattended and unlocked with the engine running in order to keep the car warm outside of a local grocery store in Pennsylvania. But when the owner made his quick purchase and left the store he found that his vehicle was missing.

Brown will be held on the Indiana charges, and then will face extradition back to Pennsylvania pending their local charges.

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Fayetteville Police(FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.) -- Surveillance videos that captured the "heinous," execution-style killing of a police officer just outside an Arkansas stationhouse have been released by authorities.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office on Friday reluctantly released the preliminary findings from the state's medical examiner's officer and a series of surveillance videos that showed the sequence of events surrounding the killing of Fayetteville Police Officer Stephen Carr earlier this month.

"We have hesitated to release the attached video of what transpired that night due to the heinous and shocking nature of this crime, but in an effort to keep the public informed of exactly what happened that night, we are releasing video of the incident," according to the sheriff office's Facebook post. "Our concern, first and foremost, is for the family of Officer Carr, so prior to sharing any of this information publicly, it was first shared with them."

Carr was sitting inside of a patrol car in the back parking lot of the precinct stationhouse on Dec. 7 when video shows a man behind the police cruiser he was in and opens fire.

Carr was shot 10 times in the head and died at the scene, police said.

The slain officer was 35 years old.

Officers from inside the police stationhouse immeidately responded to the gunfire and pursued the shooter -- whom authorities identified as Landon T. Phillips -- and gave chase with their guns drawn, the video shows.

At some point, Phillips exchanged gunfire with the officers before he was fatally shot, police said.

Phillips had a one full box of ammunition containing 50 rounds and one partial box of ammunition containing 32 rounds, police said.


A preliminary investigation found that Phillips fired 16 shots and reloaded the gun with another clip that had another 17 rounds, police said. It also pointed to a possible motive.

"Searches of the assailant’s social media accounts indicate he was interested in anti-law enforcement groups," according to a statement on the department's Facebook page.

The officers who fatally shot Phillips were placed on paid administrative leave in compliance with department policy until the police chief can review the investigation.

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Twitter/@fred_guttenberg(NEWTOWN, Conn.) -- Families of the victims of Sandy Hook commemorated the mass shooting's seventh anniversary on Saturday with a stark reminder to the public: "[It] could happen to a kid you love."

Twenty-six people, including 20 children, were killed on Dec. 14, 2012, when a gunman entered the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and opened fire.

The gunman eventually fatally shot himself.

Marie-Claude Duytschaever, who lost her 6-year-old grandson Noah Pozner in the shooting, penned an emotional but blunt blog post detailing what she said is the painful reality of mass shootings and gun violence.

"I can tell you that had Noah died in his bed, the last seconds of his life wouldn’t have been filled with deafening noises, blood and terror. … That is the reality of gun violence. Not an abstraction. Not a statistic," she wrote.

"What happened to Noah and nineteen other first graders in a peaceful little New England town ten days before Christmas seven years ago could happen to a kid you love," her post read.

Nicole Hockley, whose 6-year-old son Dylan Hockley was killed in the tragedy, detailed how she heard about the shooting seven years ago.

When she was in a class, a call came from a friend, she wrote on Twitter.

"A shooting at our school. She was scared and asked me to go find her son," she wrote. "I collapsed to the floor. Friends picked me up and one drove me to the school."

At Sandy Hook, she found her eldest son, who was 8 at the time, and her friend's son.

"I did not find Dylan," she said.

"Seven years ago started as a normal Friday morning," Hockley said. "And nothing has ever been normal since."

Hockley has since co-founded the Sandy Hook Promise, a non-profit aimed at minimizing gun violence across the country.

Numerous others also spoke out in light of the anniversary, including a father who lost his daughter in the Parkland mass shooting and Gabrielle Giffords, the former congresswoman who was shot in the head in a shooting that left 12 others wounded in Tucson in 2011.

Fred Guttenberg, whose 14-year-old daughter Jaime Guttenberg was killed in the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, wrote that both incidents show "why we must defeat the gun lobby and focus on gun safety."

"Your lives and your safety are worth it," he rote on Twitter.

Giffords said prior to the Newtown shooting, "I thought I’d felt pain and loss without parallel, but Sandy Hook shattered my heart."

Giffords, like Hockley, has also become a gun reform activist.

"They were children. We failed to keep them safe," she wrote. "And so I said enough."

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New York City Police Department(NEW YORK) -- The NYPD has released body camera footage from officers involved in a pursuit and deadly shooting that left a fellow officer and a suspect dead.

The video, released Friday, shows police officer Brian Mulkeen and other plainclothes officers on patrol in the Bronx on Sept. 29, 2019. The footage shows him and officer Robert Wichers get out of an unmarked vehicle and approach two suspects.

The officers were patrolling the neighborhood after a shootout there earlier that week, police said.

One of the suspects, Antonio Williams, immediately flees and leads Mulkeen and Wichers on a foot chase, according to Wichers' body camera.

The other suspect, who was not named, did not run and was pat down by officer Brian Mahon who called for back up, his body camera video shows.

Wichers catches up to Williams, shoves him to the ground and struggles with him, the video shows.

"He's reaching! He's f------ reaching! He's reaching!" one of the officers is heard saying, according to Wichers' body camera.

Wichers is seen punching Williams before three more officers arrived on the scene. Wichers separates from Williams and, along with the other officers, opens fire.

In total, there 15 bullets were fired by all six officers, said Kevin Maloney, deputy chief of the Force Investigation Division, who narrated a 13-minute NYPD video detailing the shooting.

Mulkeen was struck by one of his fellow officers' bullets, the NYPD determined. He died at a local hospital.

Williams, who was armed with a pistol, was shot and killed, too, police said. His gun was not fired, the NYPD determined.

The other suspect was detained for a parole violation and later released.

Maloney said investigators from the division the Bronx District Attorney's office will continue to interview witnesses and review more footage as part of the investigation.

"After the investigation is complete, the facts of this case will be presented to the First Deputy Commissioner's use of force review board, where the evidence will be evaluated to determine if the force applied in this case was justified and consistent with department guidelines," he said in the video.

Justin Williams, Antonio Williams' brother, however, said the video didn't appear to show the plainclothes officers identify themselves as police. He said in a press statement released by the family that relatives saw the video and felt "sadness, anger and questions."

"I saw and heard my brother being punched and beaten by officers before he was killed," he said.

He added that the NYPD's "hyper-aggressiveness policing and recklessness murdered my brother Antonio and the officer."

The NYPD did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment Saturday.

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FBI(JERSEY CITY, New Jersey) -- The van that was registered to one of the alleged shooters in the deadly Jersey City attack has been recovered, authorities said Saturday.

The FBI was searching for the white 2001 Ford Van as the agency investigated the shooting at a Jewish deli and cemetery, which left four people dead, as "potential acts of domestic terrorism."

The vehicle was registered to suspected attacker David Anderson, 47, and has a "possible connection" to the shootings, according to the FBI.

Anderson and Francine Graham, 50, were identified as the two suspects who officials said carried out the attack and appeared to have been motivated by "both anti-Semitism and anti-law enforcement."

Both were killed in an hours-long shootout with police on Tuesday.

The incident unfolded at 12:38 p.m. after police received a 911 call from an individual who discovered a body at the Bayview Cemetery, according to New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal.

The victim turned out to be Jersey City police detective Joseph Seals, who apparently went to the cemetery to meet one of the suspects who was an informant for him, sources told ABC News.

After the suspects allegedly killed Seals, they got into a stolen U-Haul van and drove to the Jersey City Kosher Supermarket, arriving at about 12:43 p.m., Grewal said.

The two then opened fire at the store, according to Grewal.

The victims killed at the kosher deli were identified as Mindy Ferencz, 33, the wife of the supermarket owner and mother of five; 24-year-old Moshe Deutsch, a Yeshiva student; and Douglas Miguel Rodriguez, 49, an employee at the store.

Ferencz and Deutsch were buried at cemeteries in Jersey City and Brooklyn, respectively, on Wednesday. Thousands of members of the Jewish Orthodox community attended the burials.

A memorial for Rodriguez will begin on Saturday at 5 p.m. at the Michigan Memorial Funeral Home in Paterson, New Jersey.

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FBI(PENSACOLA, Fla.) -- New details have emerged in the deadly shooting at a Florida naval base, including a cryptic message that the suspect wrote just months before the attack, according to a federal report obtained by ABC News.

Mohammed Alshamrani, 21, a second lieutenant in the Saudi Air Force who authorities say killed three people and injured eight others after opening fire at the Naval Air Base Pensacola last week, wrote the phrase "the countdown has started" on Sept. 11, 2019 with no further explanation, according to a Joint Intelligence Bulletin released Friday.

The post was written about four months before the Dec. 6 shooting, according to the report.

The bulletin, which was issued by the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, National Counterterrorism Center and the Defense Intelligence Agency, also stated that his social media included references to non-Muslims as "infidels" and defended jihad.

Sources previously told ABC News that investigators determined the shooting was likely a "terror" attack inspired by radical Islamic ideology.

One post contained writings that were consistent with a 2010 statement from American-born cleric Anwar al Awlaki, who was killed in 2011 in a CIA-led drone strike, according to the report.

"I'm against evil, and America as a whole has turned into a nation of evil," the post read, according to the report. "What I see from America is the supporting of Israel which is invasion of Muslim countries, I see invasion of many countries by its troops, I see Guantanamo Bay. I see cruise missiles, cluster bombs and UAV."

The multi-agency report also detailed new information about what happened inside the classroom where the shooting took place.

The attack lasted about 15 minutes, during which time Alshamrani unloaded 180 rounds of his ammo and fired directly at pictures of President Donald Trump and a former president, who was not named, according to the report.

Alshamrani purchased a Glock 9 mm pistol legally by taking advantage of a federal gun law exception that allows foreign nationals to purchase weapons -- which is normally prohibited -- for hunting, authorities have said.

A witness told investigators that during the attack, Alshamrani made statements that were critical of U.S. military actions overseas, according to the report.

Alshamrani, who was in the United States for flight training, was shot and killed by Escambia County Sheriff's deputies at the scene.

The report stresses that federal authorities are not aware of any ongoing specific, credible threats to the public.

The FBI-Jacksonville, the lead investigative agency, said the investigation into the shooting remains active and they are working under the presumption "that this was an act of terrorism."

"Our unified goal remains clear: to determine if the shooter acted alone or if anyone assisted, provided support for, or had knowledge of his attack in advance," according to the FBI's statement.

The victims in the attack were identified as Ensign Joshua Watson, 23; Airman Mohammed Haitham, 19; and Airman Apprentice Cameron Walters, 21.

The Navy posthumously advanced Haitham and Walters to Naval Aircrewman Mechanical 3rd Class on Saturday.

"These sailors exhibited the finest warrior ethos and quick decision-making that undoubtedly saved many lives,” Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly said in a statement. “They took action when it was needed most, with the same skill and professionalism that they’d exhibited throughout their service to our nation."

Haitham and Walters had previously been proclaimed naval aircrewmen after they were awarded their Wings of Gold.

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Courtesy Jackie Sliz(LIBERTYVILLE, Illinois) -- When their birthdays roll around, most children ask for a growing list of presents -- or a pony -- but that wasn't the case for 5-year-old Tyler Sliz.

Tyler asked family and friends to help him donate bedding to children in need through the Sleep in Heavenly Peace organization at his church in Libertyville, Illinois.

Almost two months later, much to his delight, the bedding donations are still coming in.

"At first, I was concerned he would feel disappointment at his birthday party when all he received was bedding, but he surprised me with his giving heart," his mother, Jackie Sliz, told ABC News. "All he truly wanted for his birthday was bedding so that he could carry it to Sleep In Heavenly Peace."

Sleep in Heavenly Peace consists of a group of volunteers who focus on making sure children have a bed to sleep in every night. The volunteers build, assemble and deliver the beds to the families in need in Lake Country and McHenry County in Illinois.

Tyler and his family belong to the group's chapter at St. Joseph's. Tyler also attends preschool at St. Joseph's Catholic School.

Because Tyler couldn't help build the beds -- he has to wait till he's 12 -- he wanted to contribute in another way. So, he had his mom record a video to send to his birthday party guests, requesting that they bring bedding, pillows and sheets instead of gifts to the festivities on Oct. 26.
 
On Oct. 23, the day he turned 5, Tyler began collecting the donated items.

"Even when two guests chose to give him money, he, in turn, decided to buy more bedding with it," Sliz told ABC News.

Four days later, with the help of his grandparents, Tyler had his first bed built. He donated all of his birthday gifts -- 30 pieces of bedding that he'd received from party guests.

"People tend to be surprised that he chooses collecting bedding instead of gifts for himself. Many are inspired to ask their friends and family for bedding," Sliz said. "[They say,] 'If a 5-year-old can do it, so can I.'"

Tyler was a "special bed builder" with the group in October, Sleep in Heavenly Peace said in a statement to ABC News.

"Four generations of his family were there on [Oct. 27] making sure No Kid Sleeps on The Floor in His Town," the statement said. "This young man sure knows what's important and has a great heart!"

Tyler's collection of bedding continues to grow as people donate. He hopes to continue collecting throughout the holiday season and receive at least 100 pieces of bedding.

When he was asked how much bedding he wanted to collect, he said: "As many as my house can hold!"

Sliz said the Libertyville chapter had celebrated its first anniversary on Nov. 23. In that year, the chapter built and donated 300 beds, she said.

"I want to get more bedding so kids don’t have to sleep on the floor," he told ABC News. "I hope Santa brings all the kids bedding and presents."

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A coastal storm system is moving along the Mid-Atlantic coastline this morning, bringing several weather hazards on all sides of the system from the Gulf Coast through New England.

Strong storms from the Florida panhandle through parts of the Carolinas will fizzle out as we continue through Saturday morning with several tornado warnings issued for parts of central and northern Florida.

Heavy rain and downpours are impacting states from the Midwest through portions of New England, bringing the threat for flooding, mainly in the Northeast.

Alerts are in place across 10 states this morning from Delaware to Maine. Flooding will be a concern through the weekend especially along coastal areas and in New England areas where partially frozen ground will make it difficult for water to drain.

Winter weather advisories are posted for portions of the Eastern Great Lakes as lake effect snow bands are expected to set up through the weekend with 6 or more inches of localized snow expected in some areas.

Wind gusts topping 40 mph are expected through Saturday and into Sunday for coastal Cape Cod and The Islands.

By Saturday evening, the center of the system moves into New England, with most of the heavy rain pushing offshore. We’ll see heavy rain continue into Upstate New York, east of the freezing line.

Further west, an icy mix may occur along the freezing line with snow expected further west in an area stretching from Western Pennsylvania north through New York state.

By Sunday morning, the storm moves offshore with lake effect snow bands setting up for the Eastern Great Lakes and portions of interior New England. Windy conditions develop through Saturday and into Sunday for much of the Northeast, with gusts between 25-35 mph expected.

After the storm leaves the area Sunday evening, we are expecting rain totals of a few inches, with higher amounts along the New England coastline.

For snow, 3-6 inches can be expected in typical lake effect zones, with some localized amounts topping 6 inches as we head through Sunday night.

In the meantime, a second storm system is impacting the western states this morning with heavy mountain snow occurring in the Rockies and High Plains.

Weather alerts are in effect this morning for 9 states across the Western U.S. This system will continue to bring heavy mountain snow across portions of the Rockies, especially in Colorado where 1-3 feet of snow is expected in high elevations through the weekend.

There is also a high avalanche risk in effect for portions of the Colorado Rockies through the weekend.

By Sunday afternoon, this system moves into the Central Plains, bringing the threat for snow and ice on the northern side of the system, and rain/storms developing on the eastern side of the system.

By Monday morning, a long line of heavy rain and stormy weather will set up from Arkansas through West Virginia. A bit further north, we’ll see some additional wintry weather impact southern Pennsylvanian and perhaps parts of New Jersey as the storm continues to track northeast through the beginning of the work week.

Finally, a dangerous swell in the Pacific is impacting parts of the West Coast this morning with wave heights and breakers over 20 feet high expected through early Sunday morning.

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City of New Orleans(NEW ORLEANS) -- The computer network that handles governmental operations for the city of New Orleans was shut down Friday by a cyberattack, city officials say.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell signed a declaration of emergency for the city after a ransomware attack was detected by staffers at city hall Friday morning.

The perpetrators of the attack, who had not been identified, made no demands in conjunction with the attack, Cantrell said at a Friday afternoon press conference.

Among those services taken offline was the city's website at nolo.gov.
 
911 service and computer-aided dispatch have not been affected by the attack, said New Orleans Police Department Superintendent Shaun Ferguson.

"The only difference between now and what we were doing yesterday is that we're now documenting our reports manually," he said. "Other than that, services remain the same, response times remain the same."

Officials were working with cybersecurity experts from the Louisiana State Police, FBI, Louisiana National Guard, and United States Secret Service to perform a forensic and technical cyber-investigation into the attack, the mayor said.

Cantrell said that, to her knowledge, no city information was compromised in the incident. The attack was similar to a recent cyberattack that occurred on the state level, she said.

Suspicious activity in the form of phishing emails and other malware was initially detected at around 5 a.m. Friday, with increased activity detected at around 8 a.m., officials said. Officials determined between 11-11:30 a.m. that the attack had compromised the network, at which point city hall employees were instructed over the building's public address system to shut down and unplug their computers.

No city employee had reported clicking on malware to precipitate the attack, officials said, although authorities were still investigating how the attack occurred.

Collin Arnold, the city's director of homeland security, said that the city was well-prepared for this kind of incident, as a result of recent hurricane disasters.

"We can operate without internet, without the city network," he said. "It makes it obviously more difficult, but from a public safety standpoint ... we've trained to do that, because of hurricane season."

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