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    A large crowd gathered Sunday morning at RiverScape MetroPark for a service hosted by Kanye West. >> Read more trending news  Kanye West, Kim Kardashian and their children held the Sunday Service in support of the victims and survivors of the mass shooting at the city of Dayton’s historic Oregon District. Several other celebrities, including Dave Chappelle and Michael Che, of “Saturday Night Live,” also were seen at the service, which lasted about two hours. “The best way we can honor our fallen is by getting up better than we were before,” Chappelle told the crowd. “We won’t let those people die in vain.” Two attendees said they had a great time at the service this morning. “It was really fun. I actually got to be a part of the Sunday Service choir,” Chaelyn Allen said. “We been rehearsing for, like, a few days this week, so it was really fun.” “I think it was awesome, a great cause,” Shantel Wilder said. “It feels good to be a part of it.”
  • Defense attorneys said Sunday that arrests are expected shortly in the case of a Florida nursing home where 12 patients died after its air conditioning power went out amid sweltering heat following Hurricane Irma in 2017. Lawrence Hashish told The Associated Press his client is one of three nurses, in addition to an administrator, expecting to be charged in connection with the deaths after Hurricane Irma, which blew through Florida on Sept. 10 of that year. The storm knocked out a transformer linking the main air-conditioning unit to the power grid at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, sending temperatures soaring . Hashish said the attorneys don't yet know what specific charges would be, but he expected those would likely entail some form of manslaughter offense. Twelve deaths at the center had been ruled homicides . Police have been investigating the deaths for nearly two years but no charges have been filed thus far. A voice message and email left by the AP for Hollywood Police were not immediately returned Sunday. Hashish said his client and the others are merely scapegoats. 'The real crime is that the state is looking to blame selfless caregivers and the evidence will show that no crime was committed,' he said in a telephone interview, His co-counsel, Ilham Soffan, told the AP that their client was turning herself in Monday. The attorneys said they didn't have any further details about expected charges and planned to negotiate a bond agreement before an expected hearing Monday morning. Patients began dying at the rehabilitation center days after the devastating hurricane struck Florida amid widespread power outages. Investigators said the center did not evacuate patients as temperatures inside began rising, even though a fully functional hospital was across the street. The home's license was suspended days after the storm and it was later shuttered. Paramedic Craig Wohlitka and other paramedics from Hollywood Fire-Rescue testified last year that he was haunted by the deaths of patients there. Fire Lt. Amy Parrinello said one of the female patients had a temperature of 107.5 degrees (42 Celsius), the highest she had ever seen in his 12-year career. Later that morning, she said, another patient topped that with a temperature so high it couldn't be measured. Wohlitka further testified that the crew decided to start checking other patients who hadn't been reported as ill. He said they saw a woman in a room who appeared sick, though a nursing home employee said they had just checked her and she was fine. In the aftermath of Irma, the deaths made national headlines and sparked a political backlash. Months afterward, lawmakers passed a bill requiring backup power sources in Florida nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The legislation requires such facilities to have a generator capable of keeping nursing homes and assisted living facilities at 81 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees Celsius) or lower for at least four days. Hashish declined to identify his client by name, but said she was works as a full-time nurse at another facility and was just picking up a shift that day in September 2017. 'They called her. They said, 'can you come and help? We're short-handed,' and look what she walked into,' he said.
  • Disney is completely reinventing Epcot. At its D23 expo in Anaheim, California, this weekend, the company announced some major changes coming to the park. >> Read more trending news  The company kicked off its announcements with Journey of Water, Inspired by 'Moana.' The attraction will let guests 'interact with magical, living water in a beautiful and inspiring setting.' The upcoming 'Guardians of the Galaxy' ride finally has a name. The company announced it will be called 'Guardians of the Galaxy': Cosmic Rewind. It will feature 'the first reverse launch into space.' In the park's Mission Space pavilion, the company announced a new restaurant called Space 220. It will open this winter and is described as 'an out-of-this-world culinary experience with celestial panorama of a space station, including daytime and nighttime views of Earth from 220 miles up.' The United Kingdom pavilion in the World Showcase will welcome the first attraction inspired by 'Mary Poppins' in Cherry Tree Lane, the company announced. We don't know a lot about this attraction other than it will be the first for the United Kingdom pavilion. The park also announced a new pavilion at World Celebration. It will be the home base for Epcot's signature festivals, providing a view of the World Showcase. The company said it will be a three-level structure and will become a new icon for Epcot. Finally, the company announced a new nighttime spectacular called 'HarmonioUS.' It is said to be the largest nighttime show created for a Disney park. Disney said it will celebrate how the music of Disney inspires people around the world. For more information, visit the Disney Parks Blog.
  • Firefighters came to the rescue of a dog that got stuck on a roof overnight Saturday in Everett, Washington.  South County Fire tweeted that the dog went out an open window onto a narrow roof and couldn't turn around to get back in. Firefighters were able to get the scared pup back inside.
  • A powerful natural gas explosion badly damaged a Maryland office complex and shopping center Sunday morning, ripping away part of the facade and exposing twisted metal, authorities said. No injuries were reported in the thundering blast, which occurred at about 8 a.m. It came after authorities said they had evacuated the area around the complex because of a suspected early morning gas leak near the complex in Columbia, Maryland. Fire crews responded about an hour before the explosion because of a fire alarm that was upgraded to a report of a gas leak in the parking lot, officials said. When fire personnel arrived, they immediately evacuated everyone from the surrounding area and made sure the building was vacant. The subsequent explosion ripped away a significant part of the facade, scattering debris. 'It was so powerful it could be heard in communities many miles away,' said Howard County Executive Calvin Ball in a statement. No businesses were open, said Stephen Hardesty, the battalion chief of the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services. He said the time of day played a major role in the lack of injuries, and he described it as one of the worst explosions he's seen. 'The building is at risk of collapsing, so we're working with some building inspectors and the property owner to figure out what our next steps are to secure the building and help out as much as we can with the investigation that's going to ensue with this,' Hardesty said. Gov. Larry Hogan thanked first responders for being on the scene within minutes. The governor said the Maryland Joint Operations Center and the State Fire Marshal have offered their full support and assistance. 'This massive explosion was felt in many of the surrounding communities, a shock to families across the area,' Hogan said in the tweet. 'Thankfully, no injuries have been reported so far.' Ball said the county will be helping affected businesses and workers. 'I have mobilized our team from the Howard County Economic Development Authority to assist those businesses and works who may find themselves displaced by this event,' Ball said. 'We will do everything possible to minimize the impact of this explosion (on) those who are affected by it.' Columbia is about 20 miles (32) southwest of Baltimore, Maryland, in a populous area between Baltimore and the nation's capital. ___ This story has been corrected to show Columbia, Maryland, is southwest of Baltimore.
  • The Cocoa Beach Police Department arrested Joseph McKinney, 40, of Texas, after he allegedly threatened to conduct a shooting at a hotel. >> Read more trending news  Investigators said McKinney was taken into custody after he got off a cruise ship at Port Canaveral on Sunday morning.  Police responded to the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront Hotel on Friday after the hotel received an electronic guest review expressing McKinney’s displeasure about his recent stay, according to police. Officers said McKinney’s review contained threatening language and made reference to an “active shooter style” event at the hotel. McKinney was charged with making written threats to kill, do bodily injury or conduct a mass shooting or an act of terrorism. He was transported to the Brevard County Jail and is being held on $25,000 bail.
  • A man from Westmoreland County was stopped with a loaded .380-caliber handgun at Pittsburgh International Airport on Saturday, according to Transportation Security Administration officials. >> Read more trending news  A TSA spokesperson said the handgun had six bullets in it. This marked the 24th gun stopped by TSA agents at the airport security checkpoint so far this year. In 2018, there were 34 guns stopped by TSA officers. This comes just days after TSA officials again reiterated that weapons are not allowed through airport security, that people will be stopped if the weapons are found and that the investigation process causes backups affecting other air travelers.
  • A Michigan man has a customer service representative to thank for potentially saving his life. MLive reported Dan Magennis was at his Walker, Michigan, home when he called Comcast about an issue with his cable. He put his phone on speaker and had a pad and pen out to take notes. Hundreds of miles away, Kimberley Williams answered the phone in Jackson, Mississippi. >> Read more trending news  'He said his name really clear, Daniel, and then he just got quiet,' Williams, 32, told The Clarion-Ledger. Magennis, 65, told MLive he tried to speak, but couldn't. His wife was away, and he was at the house alone without any neighbors nearby, according to The Clarion-Ledger. “I started to panic,' he said. 'I would try to say something, and I just couldn’t. I couldn't move. Within 20-30 seconds, I started to think maybe it was a stroke, but I wasn’t able to tell the representative that.' 'He was talking to me but I could not understand him,' Williams said. 'Then, his words got slurred.' Williams said the way he sounded reminded her of when she, at age 14, saw her grandmother have a stroke. She stayed on the line with Magennis and contacted her supervisor, Jennifer Clark. After making some calls to police departments in the Grand Rapids area, Williams got in contact with the Grand Rapids Fire Department.  Officials were able to get Magennis and take him to the hospital, where he underwent an hourlong surgery to unclog a blocked artery, The Clarion-Ledger reported. Today reported Dr. Justin Singer, a neurosurgeon at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital, treated Magennis, who has since been released from the hospital and is recovering. >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news  “He has almost no discernible signs of having a stroke (now), and that’s what we want to see,” Singer told WZZM. 'Kim is absolutely a hero,' Singer told Today. 'You can envision working in a busy call center and knowing that people get interrupted during their phone calls. It would be so easy for her to dismiss it.' 'Each day, our Customer Experience Associates in Jackson, Mississippi, and across the nation go above and beyond the call of duty to take care of our customers,' Alex Horwitz, a vice president of public relations for Comcast, said in a statement to People. 'In this case, Ms. Kimberly Williams took the extra steps to help save a customer’s life. We are incredibly proud of her quick thinking and dedication.
  • An explosive device likely dating to the Spanish Civil War was discovered Sunday off the coast of a beach in Barcelona. >> Read more trending news  One of the city’s most popular beaches, Sant Sebastia, was evacuated and police cordoned off an 800-foot-perimeter, Reuters reported.  Specialists with the Spanish navy will examine the device Monday. Officials believe it could have been placed between 1936 and 1939 during the Spanish Civil War. An off-duty police diver happened to be swimming in the area and found the device about 80 feet from shore in 10-foot-deep water.  The beach will remain closed until the device is deemed safe.