Judges close investigations into 2015 Paris and Bataclan terror attacks that killed 130

konstantin32/iStock(PARIS) — France’s anti-terrorism prosecutor’s office announced Monday morning that investigations into the terror attacks on Nov. 13, 2015 that killed 130 people in Paris have ended.

The attacks at cafes, a Bataclan concert hall, and outside a stadium in Saint-Denis — which also wounded more than 350 — were the deadliest committed on French soil since the Second World War.

Four years after ISIS claimed responsibility, the investigations revealed a much larger jihadist cell behind these attacks with ramifications throughout Europe but mainly in Belgium, according to AFP.

On March 22, 2016, the cell also hit the Brussels airport and metro, killing 32 people.

The five magistrates who investigated the attacks indicted 14 people, 11 of whom were placed in pre-trial detention. The other three were placed under court supervision, according to the prosecutor’s office’s press release.

Among them is Salah Abdeslam, the only member still alive of the three jihadist commandos who perpetrated the attacks, who is currently being held in France after his arrest in Belgium in 2016.

A total of 1,740 people, including victims and the families of the victims, will be civil parties in the trial against him and other suspects, which is not expected to happen for another year.

French judges closed another investigation on Monday, according to local newspaper Franceinfo, relating to the foiled terror attack on the Thalys train linking Paris to Amsterdam in which a member of the same terrorist cell responsible for the 2015 attacks, armed with a Kalashnikov, opened fire and wounded two passengers.

The 26 year-old attacker was famously overpowered by three American soldiers on vacation.

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Posted On 21 Oct 2019

Water cannon sprays mosque entrance in Hong Kong

Jo Wing Ying/iStock(HONG KONG) — The Hong Kong Police have come under fire as video surfaced of one of its crowd clearing water canon trucks sprayed blue tinted water towards the entrance of the city’s largest mosque.

As violent protests escalated on Sunday, Hong Kong Police moved to clear the streets using tear gas and a truck equipped with high pressure water cannons.

The truck stopped Sunday in front of the Kowloon Mosque, aiming its water cannons in the direction of the front gate where a small group of journalists and bystanders had gathered.

Civic Party lawmaker Jeremy Tam happened to be outside of the Mosque and shared video of what it looked like from the bystanders point of view on his Facebook page.

The blue dyed water doused the front gate and stairs to the mosque before the truck moved on in its crowd clearing mission. The coloring is used to help the police catch front line protesters after they disperse.

Shortly after the incident took place, many citizens came out to help clean the gate and stairs of the mosque.

In a message on its Facebook page, the Muslim Council of Hong Kong wrote that they do not believe the Mosque was targeted, but many have taken to social media to express outrage.

The Hong Kong Police force called the event “unfortunate” on its official twitter feed and wrote “The Police respect religious freedom in Hong Kong and will strive to protect all places of worship.”

Sunday Hong Kong saw it’s 20th consecutive weekend of protests where protesters blocked roads, vandalized businesses and set fire to numerous public transportation entrances.

On Monday, as the city continued to clean up from the previous night of violence, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam along with Hong Kong Police chief Stephen Lo visited the mosque to apologize in person.

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Posted On 21 Oct 2019

‘Help me, please!’: Wife’s harrowing call to 911 after husband shot dead by home intruders

releon8211/iStock(HOUSTON) — The harrowing call to 911 has been released from the night a young dad was shot dead by home intruders while protecting his wife and children, according to authorities.

“Help me, please! Someone just broke in my house and shot my husband,” Brenton Estorffe’s wife, Angeleanna Estorffe, said in her frantic 911 call.

“I’m so scared,” she said, “I can’t walk over to my husband.”

“Baby, are you OK? Babe, are you OK?” she says to her husband.

Brenton Estorffe, 29, was shot dead in his Houston-area home last week when intruders shot their way into the back of the house, authorities said.

His wife and 1-year-old and 3-year-old children were home at the time but were not hurt, said Jessica Reyes, spokeswoman for the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office.

Angeleanna Estorff told the dispatcher she and her husband had been asleep when she heard glass shattering “and then my husband jumped up and took off after them.”

Overcome with emotion, she told the dispatcher he was shot in the chest and was “making gurgling sounds.”

“I don’t know what to do,” she said, her voice trembling.

Authorities rushed to the house in Katy just after midnight Wednesday morning, where they found neighbors performing CPR on Estorffe, said Reyes.

The two intruders, who have not been caught, fled without stealing anything, Reyes said.

A motive is not clear.

“Detectives are following up on some leads but there is no suspect description to release at this time,” Reyes told ABC News on Monday.

Detective Thomas Cantu called Estorffe a “hard-working man” who “loved his family.”

“He gave his life in defense of his family,” Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls said at a news conference Friday. “We will stop at nothing… until we can bring these individuals to justice,” Nehls said.

Authorities are looking for this car of interest seen leaving the neighborhood.

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Posted On 21 Oct 2019

Are Prince Harry, Duchess Meghan traveling to the US for Thanksgiving?

NataliaCatalina/iStock(LONDON) — Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, is planning to give her son Archie his first look at his American roots.

Meghan and her husband Prince Harry are expected to bring their 5-month-old son to the U.S. later this year, a royal source confirmed to ABC News.

While no dates for the family’s travel from the U.K. to America have been finalized, it is expected they will visit the U.S. towards the end of the year, once they have finished their current commitments.

ABC News understands Harry and Meghan plan to take some time off from royal duties and enjoy some family time, which will include visiting friends and family in the U.S.

Meghan, 38, was born and raised in California and her mom, Doria Ragland, still lives in the Los Angeles area.

The duchess lived in both Los Angeles and Toronto, where she filmed the TV show Suits, prior to her engagement to Prince Harry. She moved to London full-time in late 2017, when her engagement to Harry was announced.

Meghan has made several trips back to the U.S. since her engagement to Harry — including most recently flying to New York to cheer on Serena Williams at the U.S. Open — but this will mark Archie’s first trip to America and the first trip there as a family of three.

Archie traveled with his parents to Southern Africa earlier this month for the family’s 10-day tour. He made one official appearance on the tour, when he joined his parents to meet human rights activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

“It’s not lost on us what a huge and significant moment that is and I think Archie will look back at that in so many years and understand that right at the beginning of his life he was fortunate enough to have this moment with one of the best and most impactful leaders of our time,” Meghan told ITV News at Ten anchor Tom Bradby about the meeting. “It’s really special.”

The new details about Harry and Meghan’s expected trip to the U.S. come as the royal couple is speaking out about their behind-the-scenes struggle of living their lives in the spotlight.

“It’s hard,” Duchess Meghan told Bradby for the documentary, Harry & Meghan: An African Journey. “I don’t think anybody could understand that.”

Harry & Meghan: An African Journey — which airs in the U.S. on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 10 p.m. ET, on ABC — follows the couple during their Southern Africa tour.

Prince Harry spoke to Bradby about the pressure he feels to protect Meghan and Archie decades after the 1997 death of his mother, Princess Diana, in a car crash that involved paparazzi.

“I will always protect my family and now I have a family to protect,” Harry said. “So everything that she went through and what happened to her is incredibly raw every single day and that’s not me being paranoid that’s just me not wanting a repeat of the past.”

“And if anybody else knew what I knew, be it a father, be it a husband, be it anyone, you’d probably be doing exactly what I’m doing as well,” he said.

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Study finds two-thirds of moms aren’t following steps to prevent infant deaths

monkeybusinessimages/iStock(NEW YORK) — Most new parents have, at one point or another, heard about safe sleep practices to help reduce the chance of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

But a new study, published in the journal Pediatrics, finds that up to two-thirds of moms aren’t following these steps to prevent infant deaths.

ABC News’ Chief Medical Correspondent Jennifer Ashton appears on Good Morning America Monday to discuss the study and ways to protect against SIDS:

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Celebrity nanny offers tips to help parents tackle temper tantrums

mofles/iStock(NEW YORK) — From the “Terrible Twos” to “Threenagers,” parents of toddlers are all too familiar with tantrums.

But what if there were ways to help stop them before they start?

Watch the video below to hear tips from celebrity nanny Connie Simpson on how to prevent kids from throwing tantrums and how to stop them once they start:

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Eva Mendes admits she hides from her kids for “me time” — encourages other moms to do the same

Adam Christopher /NBCUniversal(NEW YORK) — Sometimes parents just need a moment to themselves — even celebrity parents.  Case in point: Eva Mendes.

The mother of two posted a hilarious selfie on her Instagram Sunday of her hiding underneath the covers in an attempt to camouflage herself and escape her daughters.  

“Sunday. Still in bed. Trying to hide from my kids. (not having success)” She hilariously captions before poking fun at her flawless appearance.  “And no, I didn’t wash my makeup off last night. I know , I know so bad,  yadda yadda.”  

Eva goes on to remind parents that it’s okay to take a breather now and again.  “To all you mamas out there, hope you find a moment to sneak away from the madness today even for a few minutes,” she encourages.

Eva is the mother of three-year-old Amanda and five-year-old Esmeralda.  With two toddlers to keep tabs on, on top of husband Ryan Gosling, it’s obvious her hands are pretty full.

Mendes recently opened up on The Kelly Clarkson Show about parenting his two girls and admitted that she and Gosling can be “very controlling.”  

When describing their parenting style, she said she is guilty of being a bulldozing AND helicopter parent at times.

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Tom Brady calls Netflix cameo ‘bad assessment’ of relationship with Patriots owner

Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — New England Patriots star Tom Brady threw a flag on an off-field play that he said misrepresented team owner Robert Kraft.

The Patriots quarterback said his recent cameo appearance in Living With Yourself, a new Netflix comedy series, was “taken out of context.”

According to ESPN, the scene shows Brady walking out of the “Top Happy Spa,” which is located inside a strip mall, and asking Paul Rudd’s character if it’s his “first time” there.

“Uh-huh,” Rudd responded. “You?”

“Sixth,” Brady said with a smile, in a reference to his six Super Bowl championships.

Many viewers thought the scene, which director Timothy Greenberg told Refinery29 he wrote years ago, was a reference to Patriots owner Kraft’s arrest for solicitation of prostitution at a Florida massage parlor in February. Brady strongly pushed back against that assessment.

“That’s not what that was about,” Brady, 42, told reporters inside the Patriots locker room on Saturday.

“The blame and shame media atmosphere that’s percolated for a while, I think that was taken out of context, just like you’re taking it out of context and trying to make it a story for yourself, which has a negative connotation to it, which I don’t appreciate,” Brady further said. “It was meant to be something different than that. The fact it’s a distraction or you’re bringing it up is not something I want to be talking about.”

The star quarterback also said he did not know what the final scene would look like because it was shot in front of a green screen.

Living With Yourself director Greenberg admitted to Refinery29 that after Kraft’s arrest, he thought, “‘Alright, this is clearly not going to happen now.'”

But Brady honored his commitment to the show.

“It’s unfortunate that people would choose to think I would ever do something like that about Mr. Kraft,” Brady added. “I think that’s a very bad assessment of my relationship with him. I would never do that.”

“I think everybody knows what our relationship is about. For 20 years, it’s nothing but love and respect,” Brady said. “I’ve been through a lot of tough things with him. I love him dearly. I sympathize with a lot of things that he’s gone through in his life. I empathize with a lot of people that get taken advantage of and get used and understand that’s part of what we’re living in.”

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Tornado tears through Dallas, leaving thousands without power

ABC News(DALLAS) — At least one tornado touched down in the Dallas area amid stormy weather on Sunday night, tearing through structures, overturning cars and knocking out electricity for thousands.

The National Weather Service said the radar-confirmed tornado hit the ground around 9 p.m. local time near Dallas Love Field Airport, northwest of downtown. Footage from the area showed several damaged businesses, homes with the roofs ripped off, fallen trees and downed power lines.

The Dallas Independent School District canceled Monday classes at six schools, citing “extensive damage” to a number of campuses due to the severe weather.

There were also reports of gas leaks north of Dallas’ Walnut Hill neighborhood, according to a press release from the city of Dallas.

Rocky Vaz, the director of the City of Dallas Office of Emergency Management, said six people were transported to local hospitals but were not seriously injured. However, there were no reports of deaths or serious injuries as of early Monday morning, according to the city.

More than 167,000 electric customers were without power across Texas as of 6:30 a.m. local time. About 65,000 of those customers were within Dallas, according to the city, which opened the Bachman Recreation Center early Monday morning for people seeking shelter.

In the city of Sachse, a northeast suburb of Dallas, six houses sustained “significant high-wind damage after severe weather moved through the area Sunday night,” and four of those homes were left “uninhabitable,” though no injuries had been reported, according to a press release from the city.

Meanwhile, two tornadoes were reported near the city of Tyler, about 100 miles southeast of Dallas.

A tornado watch remains in effect for eastern Texas as residents brace for another storm Monday morning.

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Posted On 21 Oct 2019

Authorities search for small plane that vanished from radar near NC airport

dmadau/iStock(RALEIGH, N.C.) — Authorities are still searching for a small plane that vanished from radar on Sunday night near the Raleigh-Durham International Airport in North Carolina.

Air traffic controllers with the Federal Aviation Administration alerted the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority at around 7:30 p.m. local time that radar contact was lost with a Piper PA32 aircraft approaching the airport, according to a statement from the FAA. The single-engine aircraft typically has around six seats.

The small, privately-owned plane disappeared in the vicinity of William B. Umstead State Park, east of the airport. Local and state authorities have been on the ground and in the air searching for the aircraft ever since, according to a press release from the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority.

“Umstead State Park is 5,200 acres of dense forest, with few roads and little to no light,” said Michael Landguth, president and CEO of the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority. “Recovery efforts are extremely challenging in remote areas and it could take a long time to find this plane.”

Authorities have asked members of the public to avoid the area around the state park while search and rescue efforts are underway.

The airport runway was shut down immediately after the FAA alert, but then reopened and resumed normal operations later that evening.

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Posted On 21 Oct 2019