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Several dry days ahead before the next rain chance returns

Flood warnings continue along several area rivers including the Mississippi and Rock. Crests are occurring now and will continue this week. Be prepared for road closures and detours in these areas.  Second crest still on track for parts of the Mississippi River by the Sunday-Monday time period. For more information on river levels go to https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=DVN

The light rainfall we experienced early this morning will give way to some brief breaks in the clouds later this afternoon.  That should be enough to climb temperatures just over the 50 degree mark for daytime highs.

After a few broken clouds overnight, more sunshine returns Thursday and will remain so right through the first half of the weekend.  Lower 50s will be felt both Thursday and Friday with highs approaching 60 on Saturday.  Mark in down,  Saturday is your weekend’s best.

Our next weather system is still on track to arrive Sunday returning light rain chances that day. Colder air will follow pushing temperatures back down into the 40s both Monday and Tuesday for daytime highs.

Chief meteorologist James Zahara

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Shocking video: Officers catch children being tossed out of burning home

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Four police officers who rushed to the scene of an apartment fire are being hailed for catching children dropped by their mother from a third-story window.

The officers arrived at the scene early Tuesday morning before firefighters.  Video shows the Des Moines officers calling up to the frantic mother and encouraging her to drop her three children.

One officer can be heard yelling over the sound of sirens, "I got 'em. Yup. Drop 'em!" The officers can then be seen catching children in their arms, including a crying baby, as fire erupts from a nearby window.

Police say the officers involved were Cole Johnson, Tyler Kelley, Casey Sanders and Craig Vasquez.

Fire Lt. Rick Thomas says none of children, officers or firefighters was injured. The fire cause is being investigated.

Lawyers to release list of accused Illinois Catholic clergy

CHICAGO (AP) — Attorneys who have represented clergy abuse victims across the United States say they are releasing a report that lists the names of every Catholic priest and lay person in Illinois who has been publicly accused of sexual misconduct.

On Wednesday, the attorneys say they will release a 185-page report that includes background information and work histories of 395 priests and lay people accused in the state's six dioceses.

Attorney Mark Pearlman says this is the first time such a comprehensive Illinois list has been compiled. It aggregates previously reported information and it's not clear how much is new.

The Archdiocese of Chicago says it already releases the names of every priest who's had a substantiated allegation against him and turns over the names of those accused to law enforcement.

‘Death was imminent’: Olive Garden stuffed mushrooms severely burned woman, lawsuit claims

FORT WORTH, Texas – A woman filed a law suit against Olive Garden claiming she was burned by a piece of a stuffed mushroom that became stuck in her throat, according to KTVT.

According to court records, Danny Howard filed the case March 8 in Tarrant County District Court.

Howard said that the restaurant did not make her aware that the mushrooms were extremely hot.

The court filing says Howard went to an Olive Garden in Tarrant County back on August 11, 2017 and ordered the stuffed mushroom appetizer. In the lawsuit, she claims that there was “no admonishment or warning” that the mushrooms “were particularly hot or carried the risk to cause severe burns.”

“Upon taking a bite out of one of the stuffed mushrooms, the mushroom immediately caused [Howard’s] mouth to begin burning,” read the statement.

She allegedly began to choke and was unable to breathe. Unable to speak, Howard said she “frantically shuffled through the restaurant in need of help” ultimately vomiting at kitchen station and “in the course dislodged the burning mushroom.”

After driving home, Howard then headed to the emergency room thinking she still needed to see a doctor. “[Howard] determined that the burns and her mouth would in fact require medical care,” read the statement.

She said that her throat began to close while she was on her way to the doctor and ended up “frantically” calling 911 “believing she was about to suffocate and that death was imminent,”

According to the lawsuit, Howard was first taken to Harris Methodist Hospital then flown via Careflight to Parkland Hospital’s Burn Unit.

Howard is claiming the restaurant was negligent for not warning her about the dangers of eating the hot food. The lawsuit is asking for damages in the amount of $200,000 to $1 million.

“The stuffed mushrooms in question were defective and unsafe for their intended purposes at the time” read the statement.

KTVT has reached out to the restaurant for comment.

A huge fire at a Texas chemical plant is out, 4 days after it started

(CNN) — A fire that burned over four days at a petrochemical plant in suburban Houston was finally extinguished Wednesday.

“As of 3 a.m. today the firefighting crews on the scene of the ITC Tank Farm Fire are reporting that all tank fires have been extinguished,” Intercontinental Terminals Company said in a news release. “Crews continue to spray foam and water on the tanks to facilitate cooling and prevent reigniting of the remaining material.”

The fire began in a single tank at ITC, a storage facility in Deer Park, Texas, on Sunday afternoon and quickly spread to a second tank, the company said.

A specialty firefighting team from Louisiana was brought in to battle the fire, and used foam and water, ITC officials said.

By late Tuesday, four tanks remained burning at the facility — which was a reduction from seven earlier that day, according to Harris County authorities.

The battle had by then moved from a defensive mode to an offensive one, according to Ray Russell, a spokesman with Channel Industries Mutual Aid, a nonprofit that handles firefighting, rescue and hazardous materials in the local refining and petrochemical industry.

No serious injuries have been reported and the cause of the blaze is still under investigation.

“We’re sorry for what has happened. We’re sorry to our neighbors. We’re sorry to our communities. We’re sorry to the employees who live there,” ITC spokeswoman Alice Richardson said on Wednesday.

Schools, businesses closed

As the fire burned, sending towering black clouds and a fireball into the sky late Tuesday, neighbors were worried about the heavy, dark smoke even as authorities sought to assure them the air quality remained in the good to moderate range.

Before the fire was extinguished, several school districts near the facility, including Deer Park and La Porte, said they would be closed Wednesday and canceled after-school activities, due to the conditions from the fire and changes in the weather.

“Weather forecasts for Tuesday night and Wednesday call for conditions that could cause the smoke plume from the fire to directly affect our school district and, in an abundance of caution, La Porte ISD has decided to cancel classes for Wednesday, March 20,” according to the district’s statement.

The school districts in the City of Pasadena, Channelview, Sheldon and Galena Park also announced they had canceled classes on Wednesday. San Jacinto College will also be closed.

Schools and businesses had briefly reopened Tuesday, even as some worried about the air quality in the area. ITC said that air monitoring near the facility has shown readings “well below hazardous levels.”

Questions about air quality

Ryan Sitton, a commissioner with the Railroad Commission of Texas, which regulates oil and natural gas in the state, said several teams, including those with the chemical facility and the Environmental Protection Agency, are monitoring the air quality.

“There is a plethora of air quality monitoring that is going on constantly, and it makes me confident that the people of the area are not at elevated risk right now,” he said Tuesday.

Despite such assurances, some health officials have expressed ongoing concern about the health impacts of the fire.

“I worry when officials say no health effects are expected,” Winifred Hamilton, environmental health science director at the Baylor College of Medicine, told CNN affiliate KPRC-TV. “They’re really talking about acute, immediate health effects, and we may still see some of those.”

The tanks that were on fire contained chemicals that go into making gasoline, including xylene, naptha and pyrolysis gasoline, known as Pygas.

Sitton said that chemicals like xylene and toluene can burn in a “disgusting blob,” but said there weren’t toxins, but could contain particulates.

Xylene is a solvent that occurs naturally in petroleum, ITC said. Swallowing or breathing the substance can cause death, while nonlethal exposure can cause eye, nose, throat and skin irritation, among other maladies, according to the National Library of Medicine.

Naphtha is a petroleum product resulting from the distillation of natural gas or crude oil, the library says. It can be an eye and nasal irritant.

One tank that caught fire contains toluene, which is used in the production of nail polish remover, glue and paint thinner, ITC said. Toluene occurs naturally in crude oil and is used as a gasoline additive, “and damage to the central nervous system is the main concern following exposure to toluene in the air,” the library says.

About ITC

Amid health concerns from residents, ITC has set up a claims hotline and website for those who believe they may have suffered damage or loss from the fire.

ITC spokeswoman Alice Richardson became emotional Tuesday when a reporter asked if the company wanted to apologize to Deer Park residents.

“This isn’t an event we wanted or planned,” she said as her voice cracked.

She estimated that about 30% of the employees live in Deer Park.

“They’re out there fighting this fire the best they can … their family is of concern. So of course, ITC would apologize to any of them.”

According to ITC, the Deer Park terminal opened in 1972 and has capacity for 2.2 million cubic meters — more than a half billion gallons — of storage for “all kinds of petrochemical liquids and gases, as well as fuel oil, bunker oil and distillates.”

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and Harris County have been in legal battles over spills at the facility in previous years, according to court documents.

Woman spots ‘one-in-a-million’ yellow cardinal in her backyard

THEODORE, Ala. – An Alabama woman witnessed a “one in a million” yellow cardinal enjoying her backyard.

Karem Maldonado told WKRG that she spotted the yellow cardinal that she named “Mr. Sunshine” in her yard last week and made sure to take a photo. She said she had heard about them but never saw one in person before.

“He looked at me with one eye, and then looked at me with the other,” Maldonado said.

She posted those photos to Facebook and soon received comments from people around the world who have been searching for years to find one.

Researchers at Auburn University said the yellow cardinal has a rare genetic mutation where the DNA has stopped production of red pigment.

“All animals carry a DNA code, and all animals have mutations. Certain mutations have a dramatic effect on what the organism will look like. This shows that nature is not static. It is a work in progress and is changing,” said Auburn University ornithologist, Dr. Geoffrey Hill.

Maldonado says she hasn’t seen “Mr. Sunshine” since she took the picture, but added another bird feeder just in case.

This isn’t the first time a yellow cardinal has been spotted in Alabama. A woman in Alabaster, Alabama, caught a rare glimpse of the bird last year.

Drinking very hot tea almost doubles risk of cancer, new study says

Many people start their day with a cup of tea. But those who drink it piping hot could be increasing their risk of esophageal cancer, according to a new study.

Researchers found that tea drinkers who liked their beverage to be warmer than 60 degrees Celsius (140 degrees Fahrenheit) and consumed more than 700 ml of tea per day — about two large cups — had a 90% higher risk of esophageal cancer, when compared to those who drank less tea and at cooler temperatures.

The study looked at more than 50,000 people in Golestan, a province in northeastern Iran.

“Many people enjoy drinking tea, coffee, or other hot beverages. However, according to our report, drinking very hot tea can increase the risk of esophageal cancer, and it is therefore advisable to wait until hot beverages cool down before drinking,” said Dr. Farhad Islami, of the American Cancer Society and the study’s lead author.

Previous research has found a link between hot tea drinking and esophageal cancer. This study, published Wednesday in the International Journal of Cancer, was the first to pinpoint a specific temperature, according to the authors.

Esophageal cancer is the eighth most common cancer in the world and is often fatal, killing approximately 400,000 people every year, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer. It is usually caused by repeated injury to the esophagus due to smoke, alcohol, acid reflux and — maybe — hot liquids.

The esophagus is a long tube through which swallowed food and liquids travel to reach the stomach.

The American Cancer Society estimates that 13,750 new cases of esophageal cancer will be diagnosed in men and 3,900 new cases in women in the United States in 2019.

The team of researchers followed 50,045 people, aged between 40 and 75, for an average of 10 years. Between 2004 and 2017, the researchers detected 317 new cases of esophageal cancer.

The study said more research was needed on why exactly drinking very hot tea is associated with the higher risk of esophageal cancer.

Stephen Evans, a professor of pharmacoepidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, said that it was the heat that was the issue rather than the type of beverage.

“In fact, it is probably anything hot: Microwaved jam has been known to cause esophageal injury. It is possible that the trauma leads to cell changes and hence to cancer,” he told the Science Media Centre. Evans was not involved in the study.

In the United States and Europe, tea is rarely consumed at temperatures above 65 degrees Celsius (149 degrees Fahrenheit) — but in places like Russia, Iran, Turkey and South America, it is common to drink tea that hot or even hotter.

“If you go to the Middle East or to Russia, they drink it out of a samovar that’s constantly under heat,” said Peter Goggi, president of the Tea Association of the USA told CNN last year. “It’s very, very hot.”

Dr. James Doidge, senior research associate at University College London, said that hot drinks were an established risk factor for esophageal cancer.

“It doesn’t take a scientist to appreciate that repeated irritation of any body surface increases your risk of cancer. Sunburn gives us skin cancer, smoking gives us lung cancer, and many foods and drinks contribute to risk of gastrointestinal cancers,” Doidge, who wasn’t involved in the research, told the Science Media Centre.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft will not accept a plea deal offered in the Florida day spa case, a source says

(CNN) — Robert Kraft will not accept a plea deal offered by Florida prosecutors in the case against the New England Patriots owner and other men accused of soliciting prostitution at a Jupiter, Florida, day spa, a source familiar with the case told CNN on Wednesday.

Prosecutors have offered to drop misdemeanor charges against Kraft and 24 other men in exchange for fines, community service and an admission they would be found guilty should the case go to trial, according to Mike Edmonson, spokesman for the Palm Beach State Attorney’s Office.

Edmondson described the offer as standard for first-time offenders and said that none of the offers had been accepted as of Wednesday morning.

The 77-year-old Kraft was among more than 100 people linked last month to several central Florida day spas and massage parlors suspected of being used for prostitution and targeted by law enforcement during a monthslong investigation.

Police said Kraft twice visited the Orchids of Asia Day Spa. Video footage showed him receiving “paid acts” in a room at the spa and surveillance video shows him being driven to the spa, police Chief Daniel Kerr said last month.

Kraft, who has denied through a spokesman that he committed a crime, has been charged with two counts of solicitation. “We categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity,” his spokesman said.

The charges are second-degree misdemeanors and generally carry no more than a 60-day sentence in county jail, according to Edmondson.

Kraft is to be arraigned on March 28.

The plea offer was first reported in the Wall Street Journal.

Senate committee moves to end parental notification requirement for abortion

SPRINGFIELD (Illinois News Network) — The full Senate could soon vote to repeal a law that requires girls to notify their parents before getting an abortion.

The Senate Public Health Committee approved Senate Bill 1594 Tuesday on a party-line vote. If passed by both chambers and signed into law, the measure would repeal the Illinois Parental Notice of Abortion Act.

“We have a situation that puts young people at risk,” said bill sponsor state Sen. Elgie Sims, D-Chicago. “If you have an unplanned pregnancy there’s the opportunity to be ostracized by your family and to be put into physical danger.”

“This bill is not an anti-family bill, it is a pro-family bill,” Sims said Tuesday in committee.

Sims shared a story of a 17-year-old he knows from the Springfield area who had an unplanned pregnancy. She planned to get an abortion. She went to her parents, who urged her to stay with the man who got her pregnant. Sims said the teenager ended up in a longterm relationship with the man, who ended up abusing her and the child.

“But if she would have been able to terminate that relationship in the beginning, that would have never happened, but that situation has happened over and over again,” Sims said.

The existing state law requires parental notification, but not parental approval. It also allows minors to bypass the notification requirement by going before a judge. Sims said the judicial bypass option was not a reasonable alternative.

“You’re asking [teenagers] to go in front of the court and represent themselves in a judicial forum,” he said. “We are putting demands on young people that we should not be.”

Some 1,670 people filed witness slips in favor of the bill. More than 7,400 people filed witness slips in opposition to the bill.

Sen. Jason Plummer, R-Edwardsville, opposed the measure. He said he understood the concerns those who want to get rid of the notification requirement. However, he said the procedure warranted notification.

“For there to be maybe a hurdle or two there, I don’t think that as a society that’s necessarily a worse thing because at the end of the day we are talking about the termination of a heartbeat,” Plummer said.

Attorney Donna Adler opposed the measure. In a Senate committee, she said Senate Bill 1594 puts children at risk.

“They need parental support, they need parental consent, they need parental oversight, they need the protection of their parents,” Adler said.

Opponents of the bill have said the parental notification requirement has helped reduce the number of minors who get abortions since it went into effect in 2012.

In 2011, there were 229 abortions performed on girls younger than 14. In 2017, the latest year for which statistics available, there were 91 abortions performed on girls younger than 14, according to records from the Illinois Department of Public Health

Sims said those claims were disingenuous. He said the reductions were the result of better contraception.

“So please do not sit here and try to fear monger, please do not sit here and insult my intelligence, please do not sit here and insult the intelligence of this committee and people around this state,” Sims said.

In the middle of Tuesday’s debate in committee, both sides talked over each other. Committee Chairwoman Patricia Van Pelt had to use her gavel to get control of the room right as a test fire alarm announcement was made.

“I thought you all started a fire,” she said once she realized the public announcement was only a test.

“Parental notification laws protect parents as well as minors,” said Peter Breen, vice president and senior counsel for the Thomas More Society, an anti-abortion group. “The prospect of a 14-year-old going in for a secret abortion, without the involvement of her parents, is something that should frighten every Illinoisan.”

Breen, a former state lawmaker, said in a statement that before 2012, when the law went into effect, girls streamed into Illinois from other states, “sometimes brought here by much older men to destroy the evidence of sex crimes.”

“But since our law went into effect, the underage abortion rate in Illinois has plummeted 55 percent,” Breen said. “Without parental notification of abortion, you would see a return to those bad old days.”

The measure passed, 8 to 4, with all Republicans on the committee voting against the measure.

“Family communications cannot be mandated by law, they flow from trust and shared values among family members,” ACLU of Illinois Executive Director Colleen Connell. “A young person who does not want to communicate with a parent has a very good reason. We need to trust youth in our state to make the health care decisions, without forcing them to risk their health and safety.”

Gov. J.B. Pritzker has said he wants to make Illinois “the most progressive state in the nation when it comes to guaranteeing women’s reproductive rights.”

Related: Pritzker’s executive order demands abortion, reproductive services be included for public employees

Business offering $500 discount, and free roof

MOLINE, Illinois- Need to check your home after a tough winter? All Major Restorations is the group you need to contact.

Project Manager Brad Matthews and Claims Specialist Cody Ruark are joining us Wednesday, March 20 during News 8 at 11. Matthews and Ruark say roof damage can happen from both the inside and the outside of your home.

The group is offering $500 off of a roof or siding replacement for military members. It’s also offering a free roof giveaway Monday, April 1. You may go to the Hungry Hobo on Avenue of the Cities from 3-5 p.m. that day and enter for the drawing. The drawing will begin at 5 p.m.

For more information on the roof giveaway, click here. 

To see their Facebook page, click here. You can also email them at info@amrestorations.com.

Medical issues from officer-involved shooting gets Moline robbery suspect temporary jail release

MOLINE, Illinois — A man who was injured in an officer-involved shooting has been temporarily released after his first appearance in Rock Island County Court on March 18. His release is due to ongoing medical complications after being shot in the chest by police.

Steven Wilson allegedly robbed an Allstate Insurance building on Avenue of the Cities in Moline on June 22, 2018, according to a report from John McGehee, the State’s Attorney for Rock Island County. When Wilson was found at a residence a few blocks away, police reported Wilson came to the door and fired a handgun before attacking an officer.

Two police officers fired at Wilson, including one who struck him in the chest. Both officers were justified in the shooting after being placed on administrative leave.

Read: Officers involved in June shooting in Moline found justified

Wilson was taken to Peoria for treatment after he was shot. His injuries were listed as “serious.”

Nearly nine months later, Wilson was arrested in the state of Oregon and extradited to the Rock Island County Jail, arriving on March 17.

When asked how Wilson got to Oregon, Captain Darren Gault with the Rock Island County Integrity Task Force said “he was not in custody.”

His charges were filed on Dec. 11, 2018, nearly six months after the incident, according to public records.

Wilson is charged with aggravated battery, discharge of a firearm, armed violence and possession of a controlled substance. All the charges are felonies.

At his first appearance, Judge Frank Fuhr released Wilson on a $1 million recognizance bond due to ongoing medical treatment from his gunshot injuries.

Wilson is due back in court for a preliminary hearing on April 2.

USA Special Olympics basketball player nails 80-foot buzzer-beater at World Games

ABU DHABI – Team USA made a big splash at the Special Olympics World Games Tuesday.

The American basketball team ended its win over Canada with a three-quarter heave at the buzzer.

Half court buzzer beater to end the game by @specialolyUSA's Matt Millett! #SCTop10 #SCTop10 #SCTop10 #SCTop10 #SCTop10 #SCTop10 #SCTop10 #SCTop10 #SCTop10 #SCTop10 #SCTop10 #SCTop10 #SCTop10 #SCTop10 #SCTop10 #SCTop10 #SCTop10 #SCTop10 #SCTop10 #SCTop10 #SCTop10 pic.twitter.com/h3MQJJJsAQ

— Special Olympics (@SpecialOlympics) March 19, 2019

40-year-old Matt Millet took the shot with time winding down from inside his own free throw line.

Fame can be a burden… had to bug this dude for a photo pic.twitter.com/UuxLB0TGRc

— Rich Schreiner (@Rich_Schreiner) March 19, 2019

It not only went in, the Hail Mary made an audible swoosh to give USA Special Olympics a 35-18 victory.

Spring Equinox… Day and night not so equal

The official start of spring takes place at 4:58 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, otherwise known as the Vernal (Spring) Equinox. Equinox refers to “equal night”.  During the equinox, the sun’s rays are focused over the equator.

But check out the sunrise and sunset for the Quad Cities and you’ll see its not equal.  Its actually an 8-minute difference.

WHY?

The reason has to do with the sunlight entering the atmosphere.  As it interacts with the composition and density of the atmosphere the direction of the sunlight is ‘refracted’ or bent.  This allows us to see the sun’s upper edge to be visible from earth several minutes BEFORE it has risen over the horizon.  This even holds true at sunset when you can see the sun for several minutes AFTER it has actually dipped under the horizon.

In the days and weeks ahead, we’ll experience even more daylight as we journey to the Summer Solstice, June 21st… The longest day of the year with 15 hours and 11 minutes of daylight.

Chief meteorologist Jame Zahara

I-74 Bridge detour starts in Bettendorf

BETTENDORF, Iowa-- Since the Moline detour started this week as part of the I-74 Bridge project, drivers had smooth sailing once they got into Iowa. That's all changing as the detour starts Wednesday, March 19 in Bettendorf.

Commuters will have to exit I-74 at the Grant Street exit. They'll then snake through Bettendorf up Kimberly Road, under I-74. They'll then turn right onto Middle Road to use that on-ramp to get back on I-74.

Bettendorf Police and Iowa State Police will have patrol cars along the route as drivers adjust to the detour. They suggest taking a different bridge and advise people to not use residential roads.

"It's a necessity," Dave Pederson says. "I live in Moline. I cross it every day. It's gonna get interesting. I'm sure the time of day will make a difference. Rush hour, probably not gonna try it. During the day it might be okay."

The Bettendorf detour will be shortened in June. People will still get off at Grant Street but will be able to get back on I-74 using the 14th Street on-ramp. That detour will continue until the Iowa-bound bridge is finished. That's expected to happen in the first half of 2020.

Day care provider charged in death of 6-month-old, accused of giving her antihistamine

RUTLAND, Vt. – A 53-year-old Vermont woman was arrested Monday and charged after the death of a 6-month-old baby girl.

According to Vermont State Police, Stacey L. Vaillancourt was taken into custody on suspicion of manslaughter and cruelty to a child.

Stacey L. Vaillancourt (Mug shot courtesy: Vermont State Police)

The charges stem from the January death of Harper Rose Briar at Vaillancourt’s in-home day care facility, which authorities say was state-certified.

State police say her arrest came following a continued investigation and the completion last week of a final autopsy report from the medical examiner.

According to the release, “Toxicology testing determined that Harper Briar had high concentrations of diphenhydramine in her body. Diphenhydramine is the active, sedating ingredient in over-the-counter antihistamines.”

The medical examiner determined the baby’s cause of death was diphenhydramine intoxication, and the manner of death was homicide.

“The autopsy report noted that diphenhydramine is not to be used on infants absent an order from a physician. Investigators determined there was no physician order regarding diphenhydramine for Harper Briar,” the release stated.

courtesy:GoFundMe

Authorities said Vaillancourt was the only person to provide care and supervision to Harper before her death on January 24, which was the infant’s third day at the day care facility.

Vaillancourt reportedly pleaded not guilty to the charges.

On a GoFundMe page created in Harper’s honor, family and friends wrote, “She truly was a happy baby. Her smile lit up the room. She had everyone who knew her wrapped around her finger. We were all blessed to watch her grow. “

New on Netflix April 2019

Netflix has released the list of all the new stuff coming to the platform in April as well as whats leaving! We compiled a list to make it super easy to find. April 1
  • ULTRAMAN (series)
  • Across The Line
  • All the President’s Men
  • Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
  • Deliverance
  • Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
  • Evolution
  • Freddy vs. Jason
  • Friday the 13th (2009)
  • I Am Legend
  • Lakeview Terrace
  • Monster House
  • Obsessed
  • Penelope
  • Pineapple Express
  • Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon: S2
  • P.S. I Love You
  • Snatch
  • Spy Kids
  • Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D
  • The Bone Collector
  • The Fifth Element
  • The Golden Compass
  • The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
  • The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2
  • Valkyrie
April 2 April 3 April 5 April 9 April 10 April 11 April 12 April 15
  • Luis Miguel – The Series: Season 1
  • No Good Nick (series)
  • The New Romantic
April 16
  • Super Monsters Furever Friends (Netflix series)
April 18 April 19 April 20
  • Grass is Greener (series)
April 22 April 23
  • I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson (Netflix series)
April 24
  • Bonding (Netflix series)
April 25
  • The Hateful Eight: Extended Version
  • The Ugly Truth
April 26 April 27
  • American Honey
April 28
  • Señora Acero: Season 5
April 29
  • Burning
  • The Imitation Game
April 30 April (date TBD) Say goodbye! Leaving April 1
  • American Pie
  • Billy Madison
  • Blue Mountain State: Seasons 1-3
  • Casino Royale
  • Diamonds Are Forever
  • Die Another Day
  • Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood
  • Goldfinger
  • Happy Feet
  • Happy Gilmore
  • Heat
  • I Love You, Man
  • L.A. Confidential
  • Live and Let Die
  • Luther: Series 1-4
  • Octopussy
  • Pokémon: XY: Seasons 1-2
  • Seven
  • Sex and the City: The Movie
  • The Living Daylights
  • The Man with the Golden Gun
  • The Spy Who Loved Me
  • The World Is Not Enough
  • Wallander: Series 1-4
  • You Only Live Twice
Leaving April 4
  • Raw
Leaving April 7
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Seasons 1-5
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Lost Missions
Leaving April 13
  • Video Game High School: Seasons 1-3
Leaving April 18
  • Silver Linings Playbook

Semi carrying 17,000 pounds of explosive materials crashes outside Monmouth

MONMOUTH, Illinois- A semi carrying class 1.3 hazardous materials crashed outside of Monmouth.

According to Illinois State Police, around noon March 19, a Kenworth straight truck was eastbound on US-34 at the US-67 northbound on-ramp making a right turn when the truck rolled onto the driver’s side due to speed.

The truck was hauling for J & M Displays of Yarmouth Iowa, and carried “17,000 pounds of class 1.3  hazardous materials.”

According to the DOT, class 1.3 hazardous materials are considered explosives with a minor blast hazard but predominantly a fire hazard. (rocket propellant, display fireworks)

The overturned semi

None of the hazardous materials spilled out and remained inside the truck.

The driver, a 44-year-old from Dallas City Illinois, was taken to the local hospital in Monmouth where he was treated and released with minor injuries.

Takeaways from the Michael Cohen search warrants

(CNN) -- Hundreds of pages of search warrant documents for Michael Cohen released Tuesday give the public a new understanding of how special counsel Robert Mueller has tackled his broad mandate and provide fresh details of the investigation into President Donald Trump's former lawyer and fixer.

The materials show that Cohen was an early target of Mueller's investigation into possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia and obstruction of justice, and came under intense scrutiny from New York federal prosecutors, with investigators seeking everything from Cohen's email accounts to phone records to historical data of his cell phones' locations the month before the 2016 election.

The Cohen-related material that has posed the greatest potential danger to the President comes from the Southern District of New York's investigation into the hush-money payments to women alleging affairs with Trump. The search warrant materials related to that matter, however, were redacted in Tuesday's disclosures.

Here are the biggest takeaways from Cohen's search warrant documents:

Mueller's investigation ramped up quickly

It didn't take Mueller's team long to start ramping up its probe into Cohen, search warrants unsealed Tuesday show, and the special counsel's office likely took a similar tack with its other targets.

Prosecutors and the FBI were given approval to search Cohen's various email accounts in July, August and September 2017, as the investigation into Trump's then-personal lawyer played out quietly behind the scenes before any charges had been filed by the special counsel's office.

It's been a familiar pattern for Mueller's investigation where the public only learns about investigations into key figures months later -- often through court filings -- like when former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos' guilty plea was revealed in October 2017 on the day that Mueller's first charges were unsealed.

Republicans have criticized Mueller's investigation for stretching on for nearly two years, and many have urged him to wrap it up already. But the search warrants released Tuesday show that Mueller's team has moved at a swift pace throughout its 22-month probe, with months of investigative work preceding the actual public filing of charges.

If Mueller is in fact nearly done, the length of his investigation could be dwarfed by similar probes, like special prosecutor Ken Starr's investigation into President Bill Clinton.

Stormy Daniels-related redactions show Trump Org investigation continues

Cohen's campaign finance crimes -- in which he made or orchestrated payments to silence women during the 2016 presidential election who claimed sexual encounters with then-candidate Trump -- were arguably the most significant charges against him because he implicated the President when he pleaded guilty, but the documents released Tuesday contain only redacted material related to those payments.

That's because the campaign finance violations are related to an ongoing Manhattan US Attorney's investigation into whether any executives at the Trump Organization committed crimes connected to the company's efforts to reimburse Cohen for the hush money he paid to one of the women, adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, CNN has previously reported.

After media organizations, including CNN, sought to have the search warrant materials redacted, Manhattan federal prosecutors argued that they should be able to redact information related to ongoing probes, and US District Court Judge William Pauley agreed.

"The Government represents that aspects of its investigation remain ongoing, including those pertaining to or arising from Cohen's campaign finance crimes," Pauley wrote in his order. "Indeed the search warrant applications and affidavits catalogue an assortment of uncharged individuals and detail their involvement in communications and transactions connected to the campaign finance charges to which Cohen pled guilty."

The inquiry regarding the Trump Organization has been active since Cohen pleaded guilty in August 2018, and last month CNN reported that federal prosecutors in New York had requested interviews with executives at the company.

Prosecutors may not have seen all of Cohen's emails

The search warrant materials document prosecutors' ability to examine multiple email accounts held by Cohen, but one matter left unexplained by the materials is why prosecutors appear to have been unable to search the account he used while working for Trump's family business, the Trump Organization.

Prosecutors sought to examine that account, according to the documents, but weren't able to do so. "Indeed from my involvement in this investigation, I know that Cohen had an email account with the Trump Organization, but the [US Attorney's Office] and FBI have not been able to obtain the contents of that account to date," the unnamed FBI agent who filed the affidavit for the search warrant application wrote.

It's unclear from the document whether prosecutors sought and were denied a search warrant for that account or whether they were unable to access it for some other reason. It's also not clear whether prosecutors were ultimately able to examine that account at some point after the April 9, 2018, searches of Cohen's home, hotel room, office and safety deposit box.

But since material seized from Cohen had to go through a process wherein a third party determined what was subject to attorney-client privilege -- and it doesn't appear that any material seized after the April 9 searches went through such a process -- it is unlikely that prosecutors were ultimately able to review Cohen's Trump Organization email account, at least not via a search warrant.

Cohen was investigated for other possible crimes

When Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison in December, Judge William Pauley said that Cohen had pleaded guilty to "a veritable smorgasbord of fraudulent conduct."

He was actually investigated for even more crimes that he wasn't ultimately charged with.

Cohen pleaded guilty to tax crimes, campaign finance violations tied to the hush money payments, false statements to a bank and lying to Congress about the length of discussions surrounding the Trump Tower Moscow project. The search warrant documents released Tuesday show federal prosecutors also suspected that Cohen could have violated foreign lobbying laws and committed money laundering.

Federal investigators asked for access to records related to Cohen's consulting business, Essential Consultants LLC, which was also the shell company used to make the hush-money payments to women.

It's not clear exactly why Cohen wasn't charged with those crimes. One possibility is simply that investigators didn't have enough evidence to charge him with those crimes. Another is that when Cohen agreed to plead guilty, prosecutors agreed to drop other potential charges.

Violations of the foreign lobbying law, the Foreign Agents Registration Act, have rarely been prosecuted, although Mueller's investigation -- including charges against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates — has shown that sentiment could be on the way out.

Cohen has company as someone who was questioned over foreign lobbying work but not ultimately charged: former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn was scrutinized for his Turkish business, but he was charged by Mueller only with lying to the FBI.

Mueller probably knows a lot more than he's let on

Mueller has not spoken publicly since he was appointed special counsel in May 2017. Instead, the special counsel's office has let its court filings do the talking to lay out its cases against senior Trump officials and Russian intelligence officers it says hacked Democrats during the 2016 campaign.

But the search warrant documents show just how much Mueller's team has uncovered in its 22-month investigation, which has led to charges against 37 individuals and entities.

Mueller's team was allowed to review years of Cohen's emails and other online data during his time working for Trump. Prosecutors and the FBI sought search warrants for Cohen's various email accounts beginning in July 2017, and received approvals in November 2017 and January 2018 to track Cohen's incoming and outgoing calls. The search warrants sought Cohen's emails related to his business dealings under a shell company used to cut hush money deals with women accusing then-candidate Trump of extramarital affairs, which Trump has denied.

It's still unknown what Mueller will say when he submits a report to Attorney General William Barr concluding his investigation, but the material offered in the search warrant documents provides a small glimpse into the depth of Mueller's information-gathering.

When Democratic investigators like House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler and House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff say they want to obtain Mueller's underlying evidence, this is what they're after.

CORRECTION: This story has been updated to correct the length of the Mueller probe compared with similar investigations.

Terrifying video shows car racing through intersection, hitting woman waiting for bus

EUCLID, Ohio - Dashcam footage captured a terrifying crash that happened earlier this month in one Ohio city, but the video may now be the source of more questions than answers.

In it, a car driving on the wrong side of the road in Euclid runs a red light. It's hit by another vehicle, which then strikes 63-year-old Margaret Hardaway. Hardaway was waiting to catch a bus and go to work.

"She is lucky to be alive," said her attorney, Tom Merriman. "She has multiple fractures in both legs, she has four fractures in her pelvis, fractured ribs, and a bruised lung.  She has had three surgeries."

Euclid police said the crash is still under investigation and no charges have been filed.

Merriman said he wants to know if the brakes on the car that went through the red light were working.

"You see the brake light on that car and that, for me, as an investigator, that's the smoking gun," Merriman said. " Those brake lights are on and the car appears to be gaining speed."  We tried reaching the owner of the vehicle but no one was home.

Meanwhile, the victim, who remains hospitalized, is hoping to find out exactly what happened.

"Her life changed in an instant," Merriman said. "She is now in a situation where she is not going to be able to work. Her last pay check runs out in a week."

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