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  • Twenty-two people are trapped in a coal mine in China after a rock burst destroyed part of a mining tunnel, officials said Sunday. The spontaneous fracturing of rock — a kind of earthquake induced by excavation — took place around 11 p.m. Saturday in eastern Shandong province, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. More than 300 people were working inside the mine at the time. Most have been successfully lifted to safety while 22 remain stuck underground. The incident 'has nothing to do with workers' operations,' an official with the Shandong Coal Mine Safety Supervision Bureau told the Associated Press by phone. The official, surnamed Tian, said nearly 140 rescuers were dispatched. About 100 meters (328 feet) of a roadway within the mine was also damaged, said Xinhua.
  • The Latest on anti-Brexit protest Saturday in London (all times local): 3:20 p.m. Organizers of a major protest in London calling for a new Brexit referendum are estimating that 670,000 people have turned up for the event. Activists want a fresh referendum in which Britons can have a say on the final Brexit deal. London Mayor Sadiq Khan joined students, families, health workers and scores more for Saturday's march, which ended with a rally at Parliament Square. Among the protesters was 'Lord of the Rings' actor Andy Serkis, who said he believes there should be a second referendum 'now that people are more informed' compared to 2016, when Britons voted to pull out of the EU. He says 'the will of the people doesn't have to stand still, it's not an immovable thing that is fixed.' ___ 2 p.m. London Mayor Sadiq Khan has joined thousands of voters calling for a second Brexit referendum at a major demonstration. Khan said Saturday's event was a 'march for the future' for young Britons, including those who were too young to vote in Britain's 2016 EU membership referendum, when those who favor leaving the bloc won by 52 percent to 48 percent. The mayor, from the opposition Labour Party, has previously backed mounting calls for a fresh referendum so that the public can have a say on whether they accept Conservative Party Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal or choose to stay in the EU. He told the BBC that 'what's clear is that the only options on the table now from the prime minister are a bad Brexit deal, or no deal whatsoever. That's a million miles away from what was promised two-and-a-half years ago.' ___ 11:30 a.m. Thousands of protesters are gathering in central London to call for a new referendum on Britain's departure from the European Union. Organizers want the public to have a final say on the government's Brexit deal with the EU, arguing that new facts have come to light about the costs and complexity of Britain's exit from the bloc since Britons voted to leave in 2016. London Mayor Sadiq Khan from the opposition Labour Party was among those set to address the People's Vote March on Saturday, which will culminate at a rally in Parliament Square. Prime Minister Theresa May of the Conservative Party has ruled out another public vote on the subject. Britain is scheduled to leave the EU on March 29, but negotiations have been plagued by disagreements, particularly over the issue of the land border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland border.
  • Hundreds of thousands of protesters opposed to Britain's impending exit from the European Union marched through central London on Saturday, demanding a new referendum and to have a say on the government's final Brexit deal with the EU. Organizers say another public vote is needed because new facts have come out about the costs and complexity of Britain's exit from the bloc since voters chose to leave in 2016. They estimated that some 700,000 people took part Saturday in the 'People's Vote March,' which saw 150 buses of marchers pour into the British capital from all across the country. Police did not provide an attendance estimate. 'What's clear is that the only options on the table now from the prime minister are a bad Brexit deal, or no deal whatsoever,' London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who joined the march, told the BBC. 'That's a million miles away from what was promised 2 1/2 years ago.' Khan said Saturday's protest was a 'march for the future' for young Britons, including those who were too young to vote in Britain's 2016 Brexit referendum, when those who favored leaving the EU won narrowly by 52 percent. The mayor, from the opposition Labour Party, has previously backed mounting calls for a fresh referendum so the public can have a say on whether they accept Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal or choose to stay in the EU. May, the leader of Britain's Conservatives, has ruled out another public vote on the subject. That didn't stop the crowds on Saturday from demanding one. Among them was 'Lord of the Rings' actor Andy Serkis, who marched with his son and wife. Serkis said he believes there should be a second referendum 'now that people are more informed.' Britain is scheduled to leave the EU on March 29, but negotiations over the divorce have been plagued by disagreements, particularly over the future border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. It will be the U.K.'s only land border with the EU after Brexit, for Ireland is part of the EU and Northern Ireland is part of the U.K. One of the great accomplishments of the 1998 peace deal that ended decades of violence in Northern Ireland was to dismantle the police and military presence at the border with Ireland. Many on both sides do not want a 'hard' border again. There are also growing fears of a 'no-deal' British exit, which could create chaos at the borders and in the EU and the British economies. May, speaking at an inconclusive EU summit in Brussels this week, said she would consider extending a proposed 21-month post-Brexit transition period for the U.K — one that could keep Britain aligned to EU rules for more than two years after its March departure. The EU has said extending that period would give more time to strike a trade deal that ensures the Irish border remains friction-free. Pro-Brexit politicians in Britain, however, saw it as an attempt to bind the country to the bloc indefinitely. 'This week's fresh chaos and confusion over Brexit negotiations has exposed how even the best deal now available will be a bad one for Britain,' said Andrew Adonis, a Labour member of the House of Lords. 'Voters will neither forgive nor forget if (lawmakers) allow this miserable Brexit to proceed without people being given the final say.
  • Italy's government vowed Saturday to engage in constructive talks with the European Union as it still gave final approval to a rule-busting budget and brushed off a ratings downgrade triggered by its higher-than-expected deficit targets. Premier Giuseppe Conte said the budget plan was definitively approved by all forces at an emergency cabinet meeting Saturday that was called to respond to the EU concerns and resolve an internal government squabble. Conte said Italy was 'available for constructive dialogue' with the EU in the coming weeks. But 5-Star Leader Luigi Di Maio and League leader Matteo Salvini indicated little room for substantive changes to the budget, with Di Maio saying: 'We repeated our positions.' The European Commission has warned Italy that its higher-than-expected budget deficit targets represent an unprecedented deviation from EU budget rules. The government has until midday Monday to respond to EU concerns. Late Friday, international credit rating agency Moody's downgraded Italy's ratings to Baa3, with a stable outlook, citing the 'material weakening in Italy's fiscal strength.' Moody's cited the revised plans that will push Italy's deficit up to 2.4 percent of gross domestic product — three times higher than promised by the previous Italian government. Salvini said Saturday he wasn't worried about the downgrade or the criticism and that the Italian government was merely doing what was best for Italians. 'The government will go ahead despite ratings agencies, European commissioners and some internal misunderstanding,' Salvini said. Salvini said ratings agencies had been wrong before about Italy 'and they'll fail again this time. It's a good budget and we'll see it through to the end.' The cabinet meeting was called in part because Di Maio had claimed that unauthorized changes were made to the draft budget, involving a proposal to extend a tax amnesty on money held abroad and brought back to Italy. The 5-Star Movement opposes such a move, fearing possible money laundering. The accusations had sparked tensions in the 4-month-old coalition government but by Saturday the dispute appeared resolved. Conte said the discrepancy amounted to a technical misunderstanding of a complicated section of the budget plan, and had been simplified in a way that satisfied both his deputies. Italy insists the increased spending in its plan is necessary to boost growth, which will bring down debt, and that the higher deficit will in turn come down. But Italy is one of the 19 European nations that use the joint euro currency, and its eurozone partners have demanded that it give up the increased spending. Markets reacted to Italy's plans by pushing up borrowing costs Friday to the highest levels in five years.
  • A government computer system that interacts with HealthCare.gov was hacked earlier this month, compromising the sensitive personal data of some 75,000 people, officials said Friday. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services made the announcement late in the afternoon ahead of a weekend, a time slot agencies often use to release unfavorable developments. Officials said the hacked system was shut down and technicians are working to restore it before sign-up season starts Nov. 1 for health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act. About 10 million people currently have private coverage under former President Barack Obama's health care law. Consumers applying for subsidized coverage have to provide extensive personal information, including Social Security numbers, income, and citizenship or legal immigration status. The system that was hacked is used by insurance agents and brokers to directly enroll customers. All other sign-up systems are working. CMS spokesman Johnathan Monroe said 'nothing happened' to the HealthCare.gov website used by the general public. 'This concerns the agent and broker portal, which is not accessible to the general public,' he said. Federal law enforcement has been alerted, and affected customers will be notified and offered credit protection. President Donald Trump promised to repeal 'Obamacare' but failed.

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  • The Florida Department of Children and Families has confirmed the death of a 5-year-old girl who was badly beaten in a Jacksonville home. >> Watch the news report here ActionNewsJax reported Friday that sources said the girl was on life support after an extreme case of abuse in a home at the Oak Tree Apartments. >> On ActionNewsJax.com: Child dies following incident at Oak Tree Apartments, DCF says The child’s grandmother told ActionNewsJax reporter Ryan Nelson that the child’s mother, Michelle Cannimore, is behind bars, and so is her current boyfriend, Jonte Harris. Cannimore is charged with child neglect and child abuse with intentional infliction of physical or mental injury. Harris is charged with aggravated battery on a child using a deadly weapon. Neighbors said they feared abuse may have been present in the home. They said they could hear screams coming from the home. “I told [detectives] the same thing I'm telling you,” said one neighbor. 'That I would hear that, and I was like, ‘What's going on?’” >> Read more news stories  ActionNewsJax obtained a statement from DCF Interim Secretary Rebecca Kapusta: “I am absolutely horrified and disgusted at the abuse this child endured in her short life. That anyone would hurt an innocent child is shameful and DCF will work closely with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office to hold anyone responsible for her abuse fully accountable under the law. 'There are not sufficient words to describe the pain those who loved her are feeling right now, but the department will continue to ensure her sibling is in a safe home and that she receives the highest quality care as she recovers from this loss.” DCF also said the family has a history with the welfare system. “We’d try to go ask if she's alright,” said the neighbor. “She would just open the door for a second. She wouldn't open the door all the way.” Another woman, who asked that her identity be concealed for her protection, claimed that Cannimore’s personality seemed to change after she began dating Harris. “She will have her head down,” she said. “And that’s how she would be.” So far, no murder charges have been filed in the case. ActionNewsJax requested the arrest report from the Sheriff’s Office on Friday but has not yet received it.
  • The day after nobody won a $1 billion Mega Millions jackpot, the numbers were drawn for a relatively paltry Powerball prize of $470 million. But like Mega Millions, no one took home Powerball and the pot continues to rise. The winning numbers for Saturday's drawing were 16, 54, 57, 62, 69 with a Powerball of 23. With no one claiming the big prize, the Powerball drawing on Wednesday -- one day after a $1.6 billion Mega Millions drawing -- will be $620 million. The cash payout is approximately $354.3 million. The Powerball is the third-largest in the game's history and sixth-largest in U.S. lotto history. [ RELATED: No winner in Mega Millions; historic jackpot jumps to $1.6 billion] You can watch next Mega Millions drawing Tuesday and Powerball drawing Wednesday LIVE before Channel 2 Action News Nightbeat at 11 p.m. There were a number of runner-up prizes. There were $2 million winners in Florida and Tennessee, and $1 million winners in Arizona, Connecticut, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey and Washington. The first five balls were drawn from a pool of 69 and the Powerball from a pool of 26, making the odds of getting all six number correct 292,201,338 to 1, according to the Powerball website. [PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of the $1 billion Mega Millions drawing] A single winning ticket Saturday would have been eligible for a cash payout of $268.6 million. Combined with a new Mega Millions jackpot of $1.6 billion, there is more than $2 billion in top-prize money between the two lottery games — and millions more available for subordinate prizes. The Mega Millions top prize of $1.6 billion has a cash payout option of $904 million, but both can grow depending on the volume of ticket sales. [READ: Here's why no one has to know if you win the Mega Millions or Powerball jackpot]
  • Federal officials said Friday that they arrested a Florida teacher on allegations of distributing child pornography.  >> Watch the news report here Jordan Frederic Schemmel, 37, is a teacher at Terry Parker High School in Jacksonville, authorities said.  >> On ActionNewsJax.com: Read the entire criminal complaint against Jordan Schemmel (WARNING: Graphic content.) Duval County Public Schools confirmed the arrest and said Schemmel will not teach until the case is resolved.  'Should he be released from custody, he will be immediately removed from the classroom and not have further contact with students pending the outcome of an internal investigation,' a voicemail sent to parents said.  According to a biography on the Duval County Public Schools site, Schemmel previously worked as a teacher at Ponte Vedra High in St. Johns County and Ed White High in Jacksonville.  Schemmel faces up to 20 years in federal prison. He is scheduled for a hearing on Oct. 25.  >> On ActionNewsJax.com: First Coast High teacher charged with distributing child porn According to a the criminal complaint, an individual using the screen name “JS” and the user name “Profsunrise15” responded to a message in September on an internet bulletin board frequented by individuals with a sexual interest in children.  This message had been posted by an undercover FBI agent.  >> On ActionNewsJax.com: First Coast teacher arrested: 5 things to know about the case The user under the name “Profsunrise15” sent the agent a video depicting a prepubescent child being sexually assaulted by an adult male, and later sent a photo depicting similar criminal conduct with a child, authorities said.  >> Read more news stories  Authorities said the IP address used by Profsunrise15 was traced back to Schemmel’s residence in Jacksonville. 
  • A police officer in Gwinnett County, Georgia, checking out a suspicious vehicle near a Snellville-area middle school was shot and killed Saturday as the car sped away. One suspect is in custody and another is still on the run, authorities said. Here are the latest updates: Update 6:17 a.m. EDT Oct. 21: Gwinnett County police announced early Sunday that one suspect is in custody in the shooting death of a Gwinnett County police officer Saturday. Another suspect is still on the run.  Isaiah Pretlow is in custody and charged with aggravated assault in connection with the shooting death of Officer Antwan Toney. He's accused of pointing a gun at an officer during the manhunt.  Tafahree Maynard, who police believe fired the shot that killed Toney, is still on the run, authorities said. Police are encouraging Maynard to turn himself in. Although police originally said they thought up to four suspects were involved, they said Sunday morning that Pretlow and Maynard are the only suspects.  Late Saturday, WSB-TV's Rikki Klaus was on Cordite Loop, where police waited for a warrant to search the home. It's unclear if Pretlow was arrested at the home.  Toney, 30, was shot while responding to a suspicious vehicle parked near Shiloh Middle School in unincorporated Snellville on Saturday afternoon, police said. The car was parking at Crumps Landing Road and White Road. Gwinnett County Sgt. Jake Smith said in a news conference that someone reported the vehicle and that the people inside may have been smoking marijuana.  Toney and another officer approached the vehicle, and that's when someone started shooting from inside the car, authorities said. 'Before they could even get to the vehicle, shots rang out,' Smith said.  Police returned fire as an officer dragged Toney away. Toney was rushed to Gwinnett Medical Center in critical condition where he died, officials said. >> Read more trending news  The two-year veteran was just days from celebrating his third anniversary with the department on Oct. 26.  Smith said that '99.999 percent' of the time, routine calls don't end up in gunfire. “That it went this way, it’s just tragic,” Smith said. The suspects sped away and crashed the vehicle on Ross Road and Calumet Farm Lane less than a mile from the shooting scene, got out of the car and ran, authorities said. Police originally said witnesses reported seeing up to four people run away. On Saturday night, the car was towed to police headquarters.  Gwinnett County police have opened a new 24-hour tipline and are asking for the public's help to learn more about the shooting. They are asking anyone with information to call 770-513-5710. It's the first time an officer has been killed in Gwinnett County since 1993. Original report: A police officer in Gwinnett County, Georgia, checking out a suspicious vehicle near a Snellville-area middle school was shot and killed Saturday as the car sped away. Four suspects were on the run Saturday night. The officer, Antwan Toney, died after he was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center, according to the police department. He had been on the Gwinnett police force for three years. Toney and other officers were responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle parked near Shiloh Middle School on Saturday afternoon, police said. When officers approached, the suspects fired through their vehicle’s window, hitting Toney before driving off, said police spokesman Jake Smith. The officers returned fire, but it’s unknown whether the suspects were hit or injured. The suspects crashed their vehicle a short time later, and as many as four people ran from the scene.  Law enforcement officers, helicopters, SWAT teams and K-9 units swarmed the area to search for the suspects, checking nearby buildings and wooded areas. DeKalb County police were called in to help. A witness described one of the suspects to police as a 6-foot-tall man with long dreadlocks, green sweatpants and a gray T-shirt. Descriptions of the other suspects weren’t available. Toney was a member of the Gwinnett Police Department’s Uniform Division, and he was working his shift on patrol Saturday. Toney is the first Gwinnett officer killed in the line of duty in years. In 1993, Officer Chris Magill was killed by a drunk driver while engaged in a traffic stop with another drunk driver. Three Gwinnett officers were gunned down in 1964 when they were investigating a “suspicious activity” call near Norcross. The officers — Jerry Everett, Marvin Gravitt and Ralph Davis — were handcuffed together and shot with their own weapons. Saturday’s shooting came after three separate officer-involved shootings in Georgia on Thursday that left two men dead. In one of the previous shootings, a state patrolman was shot at close range along I-75 south in Bartow County but survived because he was wearing a body armor vest. Two troopers returned fire and killed the original shooter, according to the Georgia State Patrol. The other shooting death occurred in Monroe when a man carrying a replica Thompson submachine gun allegedly pointed it at an officer, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. In the third incident, a suspect shot at police in Richland. but no one died.
  • Kroger may soon deliver wine to your front door. Kroger has begun its soft launch of an online wine shopping and delivery service. Kroger Wine will be available in 13 states, as well as Washington, D.C., across Kroger Co. stores, including Kroger, Ralphs, Fred Meyer, King Soopers, QFC, Smith’s Food and Drug, Fry’s and City Market. >> Read more trending news  According to the Cincinnati Business Courier, the new offering is coming to the following markets first: Florida; New Hampshire; Oregon; Washington, D.C.; California; Idaho; Louisiana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Mexico; North Dakota; West Virginia; Virginia; and Wyoming. The company plans to add more states eventually, the Courier reported. Customers can order wine sold in six to 12-bottle cases. Prices range from $69.99 to $99.99 for six bottles and $129.99 to $189.99 for 12 bottles. Shipping is free for orders more than $35. >> On DaytonDailyNews.com: 7 major moves Kroger made in 2018 Kroger also will have a wine club, where participants can select reds, white or a mix of wines. The cases will be delivered every 13 weeks. Read more here. – The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.