Crews recover body of second firefighter who was killed in Calif. library fire

These undated photos provided by the Porterville, Calif., Fire Department show firefighter Patrick Jones, left, and Capt. Raymond Figueroa. (Porterville Fire Department via AP)

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UPDATED 12:03 PM PT — Friday, February 21, 2020

A community in Central California mourned the loss of two firefighters who died while battling a fire at a historic library. 25-year-old Patrick Jones and 35-year-old Fire Captain Raymond Figueroa died Tuesday in the blaze at the public library in Porterville.

Figueroa was pronounced dead at the hospital and authorities recovered Jones’ body inside the library on Wednesday night. Both of the firefighters had gone inside the building to make sure everyone was out.

Jones began as a Reserve Firefighter before becoming full-time in 2017. Figueroa started as a firefighter in 2007 and was promoted to Engineer before becoming a captain.

Residents said they’re heartbroken over the loss.

“It’s sad it really is, like kids started this fire and now some kid doesn’t have his dad and that’s sad,” stated Porterville resident Crystal Fischer.

Authorities have arrested two 13-year-old boys in connection with the deadly blaze. They’re facing charges of suspicion of arson, manslaughter and conspiracy.

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Rapper ‘Pop Smoke’ killed in Calif. home invasion

This aerial photo taken from video provided by Fox11 News KTTV-TV shows the Hollywood Hills home, center, where Pop Smoke, 20, was shot and killed early Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Los Angeles. (Fox11 News KTTV-TV via AP)

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UPDATED 4:20 PM PT — Wednesday, February 19, 2020

California police are investigating the death of a popular rapper known as ‘Pop Smoke.’ Los Angeles authorities said 20-year-old Bashar Barakah Jackson was fatally shot at a Hollywood Hills home on Wednesday in what appeared to be an attempted home invasion.

Jackson released a new album and announced an upcoming tour in the weeks prior to his death.

Multiple men wearing ski masks reportedly broke into the residence and fired multiple gunshots before fleeing the scene.

“The radio call was called in by someone from back east, (who) stated a friend of theirs’ home was being broken into by multiple suspects and that one of them was armed with a handgun,” stated LAPD Captain Steve Lurie. “When officers arrived there approximately six minutes later, they discovered a victim inside the house had been shot.”

Police said they’re still searching for suspects and have yet to determine a motive for the attack.

Police investigate a Hollywood Hills home where a fatal shooting occurred on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

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7 killed, 11 injured as passenger vehicle explodes in southeast Colombia

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UPDATED 4:59 PM PT — Tuesday, February 18, 2020

A vehicle exploded in southwest Colombia that killed at least seven people and injured 11. The explosion took place late Monday in the Cauca province located about 300 miles from the country’s capital.

The blast occurred while the car was traveling down a highway and caused passengers to be thrown from the vehicle. The explosion also forced two other cars off the road injuring everyone inside.

(Photo by AP News)

Colombian Army Commander Gen. Jorge Isaacs Hoyos commented on the car explosion.

“This was no attack,” stated Gen. Hoyos. “This was a passenger vehicle moving from Pasto towards Cali, it was moving when it exploded.”

A local resident witnessed the explosion and said he was shocked to see the accident.

“We were stunned and we left as soon we could and we looked at the vehicles that were burning, people shouting, asking for help, some burning,” said the local man.

The current state of those injured still remains unknown.

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Ariz. police officer killed in line of duty

White Mountain Apache Tribe officer David Kellywood, 26, was killed in the line of duty in a shooting on Feb. 17, 2020. (Photo: Navajo County Sheriff’s Office)

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UPDATED 8:52 PM PT — Tuesday, February 18, 2020

An Arizona police department is mourning the loss of an officer, who was fatally shot in the line of duty. 26-year-old David Kellywood, an officer for the White Mountain Apache Tribe Police Department, was killed Monday.

Officer Kellywood was responding to a call of “shots fired” outside the Hon-Dah Resort and Casino. Authorities say he was the first officer to arrive on scene and immediately engaged the suspect when he was shot. He later died from his injuries at the hospital.

A second responding officer fatally shot the suspect after fearing for his life as well as the public’s safety. Tribal leaders and department officials say the loss of the nine month veteran is heartbreaking.

“Today is a sad day indeed for the entire White Mountain Apache Tribe. It hurts to lose someone that is a protector of his family, a protector of his surrounding community, is a protector of his people and a protector of White Mountain Apache Tribe.” –

– Jerry Gloshay Jr., Chief of Staff – White Mountain Apache Tribe Police

The FBI is handling the investigation because the shooting happened on tribal land. Kellywood leaves behind a wife and two young children.

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Yemeni authorities say Saudi airstrike killed 31

FILE – In this Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, file photo, a Yemeni soldier allied to the country’s internationally recognized government unslings his machine gun on the outskirts of Sanaa, Yemen. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell, File)

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UPDATED 10:09 AM PT — Sunday, February 16, 2020

Reports out of Yemen alleged a Syrian airstrike that killed dozens of people, in what has been described as a retaliatory act. The United Nations said as many as 31 Yemeni civilians died in airstrikes on Saturday that the country’s Houthi movement claimed were retaliation by a Saudi-led coalition.

“This is a farmer’s car who was going to Sanaa and he was targeted on the way,” stated an Arabic civilian.

In the latest flare-up in the five year Yemen conflict, the Iran-aligned Houthis claimed to have shot down a coalition Tornado warplane in the Houthi-controlled Al-Jawf province. They also released a video purporting to show a missile hitting the jet.

The area’s health ministry said women and children were among those killed in the subsequent coalition airstrikes. The UN office in Yemen stated preliminary field reports indicated 12 injured as well as up to 31 civilians have been killed.

Yemenis walk past rubble after deadly airstrikes in and near the presidential compound, in Sanaa, Yemen, Monday, May. 7, 2018. Airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen’s Shiite rebels targeted the presidency building in the heart of the Yemeni capital on Monday, leaving at least six people dead and some 30 wounded, according to health officials. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

Coalition spokesman Col. Turki al-Maliki said on Saturday that only a Tornado warplane had crashed in Al-Jawf. Maliki later said rescue operations had been launched and that the possibility of “collateral damages” had been reported, without providing details.

The Saudi-led coalition intervened in Yemen in March 2015 in support of the internationally-recognized government, which the Houthis ousted from the capital Sanaa in 2014.

The conflict has been widely seen as a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and its regional foe, Iran.

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Granddaughter of woman allegedly killed by illegal immigrant speaks at the White House

President Donald Trump comforts Daria Ortiz who recounted the death of her grandmother, allegedly by a man who was living in the country without legal permission, during a speech to members of the National Border Patrol Council at the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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UPDATED 7:30 AM PT — Saturday, February 15, 2020

The granddaughter of a 92-year-old woman, who allegedly died by the hand of an illegal immigrant, spoke at the White House on Friday. Daria Ortiz slammed the city’s sanctuary policies during the president’s address regarding various immigration issues, which was attended by members of the National Border Patrol Council.

Her grandmother was allegedly raped and killed in New York City last month by an illegal immigrant who had a history of previous arrests. However, ICE was not allowed to detain him due to the city’s sanctuary city status.

Ortiz praised the president for vowing to fight illegal immigration and criticized New York’s laws.

“The tragedy in all this is the fact that this could have been avoided had there been no sanctuary law. The man that is responsible for this should have never had the opportunity to do this. The system not only failed our family, but it failed our city.” – Daria Ortiz, granddaughter of victim Maria Fuertes

Daria Ortiz cries as she holds her son Zeus after recounting the death of her grandmother by a man who was allegedly in the country illegally, during a speech by President Donald Trump to members of the National Border Patrol Council at the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Ortiz is hoping for reform and measures to prevent this from happening to anyone else.

President Trump is working with Gov. Andrew Cuomo to improve communications between the state and federal immigration authorities.

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Report: Officials believe Al-Qaeda leader killed in U.S. airstrike

Screengrabs of Qassim al-Rimi, via Rewards for Justice website and official CNN report.

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UPDATED 6:05 PM PT — Friday, January 31, 2020

U.S. officials reportedly believe they may have killed the leader of Al-Qaeda following a recent airstrike in the Arabian Peninsula. Friday reports said the U.S. conducted a strike targeting terror leader Qassim al-Rimi in Yemen, but have yet to confirm his death.

The Pentagon has not elaborated on the situation.

“While we are aware of the reports alleging the death of AQAP leader Qassim al-Rimi, the Department of Defense has nothing to offer on this matter,” one State Department told CNN.

Authorities reportedly said they’ll continue to assess whether al-Rimi was killed in the strike by monitoring social media and messaging apps for evidence.

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4 protesters killed, dozens wounded in ongoing anti-government demonstrations in Iraq

A riot policeman pins down a female anti-government protester to search her while security forces try to disperse demonstrators during clashes in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

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UPDATED 7:26 AM PT — Monday, January 27, 2020

Dozens of anti-government protesters have been wounded as demonstrations continue in Iraq. Hundreds of people took to the streets in Baghdad on Saturday in defiance of a Shi’ite cleric who withdrew his support for the movement.

The protests began peacefully before security forces used tear gas to disperse crowds. Four protesters reportedly died during the encounter.

Iraqi security forces raided several anti-government encampments in multiple cities, where they then proceeded to burn their tents.

“Removing the tents from the square actually didn’t affect us at all. In fact, yesterday, for each tent was removed, two or three has been replaced in place of it.”

— Manqidh Mundhir, protester – Iraq

Mass demonstrations in Iraq began last year and stemmed from anger at U.S. counter-terror strikes, corruption and economic inequality.

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Report: Kobe Bryant and four others killed in Calif. helicopter crash

Kobe Bryant attends the LA premiere of “Just Mercy” at Cinemark Baldwin Hills on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

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UPDATED 12:03 PM PT — Sunday, January 26, 2020

Reports are saying NBA legend Kobe Bryant and four others died in a helicopter crash on Sunday. The helicopter reportedly went down in Calabasas and sparked a brush fire near the crash site.

The five-time NBA champion retired following a 20 year career playing for the Los Angeles Lakers. Bryant was 41-years-old.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department confirmed five people were killed in the crash. The blaze has since been extinguished and local officials are assisting on scene.

Authorities encouraged the public to avoid the area until further notice. The incident is now under investigation.

This is developing news. Updates will be provided as more information comes into our newsroom.

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