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Waffle House shooting: Man accused of killing 4 in Tennessee arrested

Authorities on Monday afternoon arrested a man suspected of stripping at a Waffle House in Antioch, Tennessee, early Sunday before opening fire on customers and employees, killing four people.

Nashville police confirmed that authorities arrested suspected shooter Travis Reinking, 29, on Monday afternoon. He was earlier identified as the man suspected of killing Taurean C. Sanderlin, 29; Joe R. Perez, 20; Akilah Dasilva and DeEbony Groves, 21. 

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FL Lottery

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ These Florida lotteries were drawn Monday:

Estimated jackpot: $96 million


(four, zero)


(eight, seven, four)


(five, one, four, zero)


(five, nine, two, six, two)

Estimated jackpot: $158 million

Pick 2 Midday

Pick 3 Midday

Pick 4 Midday

Pick 5 Midday


Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 5 Midday' game

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Monday afternoon's drawing of the Florida Lottery's "Pick 5 Midday" game were:


(five, nine, two, six, two)

Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 2 Midday' game

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Monday afternoon's drawing of the Florida Lottery's "Pick 2 Midday" game were:


(four, zero)

Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 4 Midday' game

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Monday afternoon's drawing of the Florida Lottery's "Pick 4 Midday" game were:


(five, one, four, zero)

Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 3 Midday' game

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Monday afternoon's drawing of the Florida Lottery's "Pick 3 Midday" game were:


(eight, seven, four)

At least 3 tornadoes confirmed from Alabama, Florida storms

FOLEY, Ala. (AP) - The National Weather Service confirms at least three tornadoes in Alabama from Sunday storms, and is surveying other parts of southern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.

A storm with estimated winds of 80 mph (130 kph) overturned five recreational vehicles at the Anchors Aweigh RV Resort near Foley after 3 p.m. The storm, with a 1.6-mile (2.6-kilometer) path, was rated EF-0 on the Enhanced Fujita scale. The Weather Service says three people were injured.

A second tornado hit minutes later in nearby Elberta, causing minor damage.

A third twister hit the U.S. Army's Fort Rucker after 1 p.m., damaging trees, power lines and a baseball field. The base reopened Monday.

Surveyors are still examining damage in Alabama's Montgomery, Barbour, Crenshaw and Escambia counties and in Florida's Okaloosa and Escambia counties.

Dems' chances may rest on flipping GOP strongholds in cities

DALLAS (AP) - As Dallas has evolved from reliably red to deeply blue, joining many other big cities, one enclave has remained the beating heart of country club conservatism - home to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens and former President George W. Bush.

Just north of downtown, it's where suits-and-cowboy-boots culture meets the high-powered banking circuit and Southern Methodist University's immaculately manicured campus.

Still, this longtime Republican stronghold could now help determine whether Democrats can break the GOP's control of Congress. If Republicans lose their 23-seat margin in the House in this fall's election, as some GOP leaders fear, the swing may be built on unlikely urban and suburban areas like this, where until recently Democrats couldn't even muster credible candidates - but that have slowly become more diverse, well-educated and politically competitive.

Now considered key battlegrounds are exclusive Dallas haunts and mini-mansion-lined blocks of Houston, the oceanfront condos in Miami's South Beach and the mountain-flanked California home of Ronald Reagan's presidential library. Also possibly in play are a district north of Milwaukee that's backed a Democrat for Congress just once since World War II, and one anchored in Cincinnati that's been Republican since native son William Howard Taft became president in 1909.

Nationally, the Republican Party relies on white voters, who account for 86 percent of its totals. More than half are whites without a college education. Democrats run stronger among ethnic minorities and the college educated. As cities have become magnets for minorities and young professionals, the GOP has compensated by peeling off congressional districts in some white, blue-collar places like upstate New York, in northern Michigan and southern West Virginia.

But this year the balance seems to favor Democrats. In addition to the traditional fall-off in support for the president's party in midterm elections, three dozen-plus House Republicans now have decided to retire, opening up more opportunities. Also, while President Trump remains strong in rural areas, his popularity is weakening among women and college-educated Republicans, including those in upscale neighborhoods.

In Dallas, Colin Allred, a former Tennessee Titans linebacker and civil rights attorney, is hoping to oust 11-term Republican Rep. Pete Sessions, whose seat is now considered among the vulnerable.

"This is a highly educated district with a lot of people who are paying attention," Allred said. "And a lot of those people don't like what they're seeing."

First elected to Congress in 1996, Sessions is so entrenched that he didn't face a 2016 Democratic challenger. But Hillary Clinton narrowly defeated Trump in his district, which had backed Mitt Romney by 15 points in 2012. Sessions' territory is now more than a quarter Hispanic and nearly another quarter black and Asian.

Allred was raised in Dallas by a single mother. A neck injury ended his three-year NFL career in 2010, but he used savings from his NFL salary to pay for law school before serving in the Obama administration's Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Sessions, a prolific fundraiser, says he's not worried because his territory remains full of Texans who reject "the big government shackles that liberal Democrats always try to force on us."

Allred still has to win a May 22 Democratic runoff against Lillian Salerno, a fellow veteran of the Obama administration who finished nearly 20 points behind him in the primary last month. Allred raised $400,000-plus in the year's first three months while Sessions got $600,000-plus.

National Democrats are investing in the race. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has been buying anti-Sessions digital and radio ads for the last year. It also has full-time organizers in Dallas, Houston and 18 other GOP districts.

The prospect to flip in Houston is Rep. John Culberson's affluent district, which has voted Republican ever since first sending George H.W. Bush to Congress half a century ago. But Clinton beat Trump there in 2016, and it's now nearly a third Hispanic while about a fifth of residents have post-graduate college degrees.

"The socio-economic fabric of the district has changed," said Mustafa Tameez, a Houston-based political strategist who has worked for Democratic candidates but also was a homeland security consultant for George W. Bush's administration.

To counter the Democratic push, the Congressional Leadership Fund, a political group with ties to the outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan, has opened a field office in Culberson's district - one of nearly 30 the group now has protecting Republican House incumbents nationwide.

Shifting demographics are also challenging for veteran Republican Rep. Steve Chabot of Cincinnati. Traditionally white and heavily Catholic neighborhoods have become more racially mixed, while the center city has seen an influx of young, well-educated professionals.

For a Democrat, "It's still an uphill climb," said Caleb Faux, executive director of the Hamilton County Democratic Party, but he noted that Aftab Pureval, an Indian-American Democrat challenging Chabot, won a county position in 2016 that had been Republican-held for a century-plus.

Other districts in flux include Republican Rep. Steve Knight's, encompassing part of Los Angeles County and Ronald Reagan's presidential library in Simi Valley. It hasn't voted Democratic since 1964 but has a swelling Hispanic population. In Miami, Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is retiring after 30 years in Congress, creating an opportunity in a district where Clinton beat Trump by 20 points. A parade of top Democrats, including former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala, are vying for their party's nomination.

Wisconsin Rep. Glenn Grothman's rural-suburban seat has been GOP-controlled since 1967, but Grothman admits he's "very apprehensive about the future."

Back in Dallas, some, like 70-year-old retiree Julie Bengtson, see similar, once unthinkable trends.

Bengtson was a Republican for decades but skipped sending Christmas cards last year to avoid political discussions with Trump-supporting friends. She said she's now finding more friends uncertain about their votes.

"Even in our area, it's happening," Bengtson said. "More and more people are leaving the party."

Officer retires from police force, makes emotional final call

Twenty-five years on the job is a lifetime for some, and to leave that life would be emotional to almost anyone. 

Dave Renteria knows something about that. After a quarter-century of patrolling the streets of Jackson, Michigan, Renteria retired this weekend, WILX reported.

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His final call at the end of shift was recorded Sunday, and the raw emotion is making it go viral. 

Renteria thanked his coworkers and the people of his city for his career, all the while trying to choke back the tears, WILX reported.

The video was posted by his son who also paid tribute to his father.

Renteria also responded to the well-wishes that have accompanied the video.

Memorial service held for woman killed during Southwest Airlines flight

Nearly 2,000 mourners paid tribute to the New Mexico woman killed during last week’s Southwest Airlines engine explosion, KRQE reported.

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Jennifer Riordan, 43, of Albuquerque was killed while flying from New York to Dallas on Tuesday. The plane’s engine exploded, shattering her window.

Riordan, 43, was remembered for her compassion and ““boundless energy” and as someone who gave “epic and heartfelt” hugs, The Albuquerque Journal reported.

Riordan’s husband, Michael Riordan, broke the somber mood with a joke, telling the gathering that his wife would have preferred an upbeat service.

"Why's everybody so quiet? This is a celebration? Jennifer was 10 minutes late to our wedding, so I'm paying her back a little bit," Michael Riordan said. 

>> Who was Jennifer Riordan, the passenger killed on a Southwest flight? 

Jennifer Riordan was vice president of community relations for Wells Fargo in New Mexico. She was known for her volunteer work for charity and nonprofit organizations, the Journal reported.

“We appreciate the outpouring of support from the community. It truly touches our hearts," the Riordan family wrote in a statement. "We know there are many in the community who want to celebrate Jennifer."

The service included a video tribute, music performance and a poetry reading, KRQE reported.

"In life, she really brought everyone together and always had a smile on her face, always had something to say and with her passing, I think it's going to bring a ton of people together," Ivan Wiener told KRQE.

"Everyone is here tonight because Jennifer helped to fill our hearts with love and I just want you to know (when leaving) here tonight, you filled her heart with love too," Michael Riordan said. 

Lt. Gov. John Sanchez presented the family with the state flag recently flown at the roundhouse in memory of Jennifer Riordan, KRQE reported.

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