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Missing 15-year-old Kentucky girl found safe in Louisville, police say

A 15-year-old Kentucky girl who left school to leave with an unknown person has been found, WKYT reported Thursday.

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Amber Renae Wagers was found safe in Louisville, the Berea Police Department said in a Facebook post.

Wagers, 15, walked out of Berea Community School around 10 a.m. Wednesday to leave with an unknown person, police said.

Investigators believe she met the person through a social media account. She later messaged a friend saying she was possibly heading to Ohio and to call police, WKYT reported.

There were no details about how the police located Wagers, but the Berea police wrote on Facebook that thanks were due to the Kentucky State Police, Louisville Metro Police and the FBI.

James Shaw Jr. raises $170,000 for Waffle House shooting victims

James Shaw Jr., who disarmed a gunman who opened fire at a Waffle House in Tennessee on Sunday, has raised more than $170,000 in a fundraiser to help the victims’ families, CNN reported.

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Shaw, who wrestled a rifle away from the gunman and tossed it over the counter, launched a GoFundMe campaign that easily topped its $15,000 goal. Four people were killed during the early morning attack at the Antioch, Tennessee, restaurant.

Restaurant officials in Antioch has pledged to donate all its proceeds for the next month to the families of the deceased and living victims, CNN reported.

Another GoFundMe campaign started by a New York man has raised more than $180,000 from more than 5,600 donors.

>> Who is James Shaw, the man who disarmed the Waffle House shooter?

Shaw, 29, a graduate of Tennessee State University, said he was at a fraternity house party on Saturday night and decided to go to a Waffle House with some friends, The Tennessean reported. He was sitting with a friend at the counter when a gunman wearing only a green jacket opened fire outside the diner, police said.

Shaw crawled along the ground to a restroom area. As soon as there was a pause in the shooting, Shaw ambushed him.

"I figured if I was gonna die, he was gonna have to work for it," he told reporters.

Shaw suffered a wound on his elbow where a bullet grazed it.

Police arrested alleged shooter Travis Reinking 34 hours later, police said.

Reinking is charged with four counts of criminal homicide and faces four counts of attempted murder and one count of unlawful gun possession in the commission of a violent felony.

Florida school shooting suspect Cruz due back in court

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz is due back in court for a hearing designed to get the death penalty case moving forward.

The hearing Friday afternoon is expected to deal with several procedural issues, possibly including the setting of an initial trial date.

Cruz's public defender also is likely to ask to waive Florida's speedy trial rule. The rule generally requires that a felony defendant go to trial within 175 days of arrest unless it's waived.

The 19-year-old Cruz is charged with 17 counts of murder and 17 counts of attempted murder in the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

His lawyer says Cruz would plead guilty if guaranteed a sentence of life without parole, but prosecutors seek the death penalty.

Officials: Pole melted by brush fire falls on Florida road

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - Officials say a brush fire in Florida had melted a light pole before it fell on a road and backed up traffic for roughly an hour.

The Ledger of Lakeland reports the fire had sent the pole crashing onto a Lakeland street Wednesday afternoon.

The state Highway Patrol and the city's fire and police departments were called out to the blaze. They found roughly a half-dozen palm trees fully engulfed in flames. Embers were also igniting trees nearby.

Police Officer Will Long says it looked like the fire started when someone flicked a lit cigarette out of their vehicle.

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Information from: The Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.), http://www.theledger.com

Deputies: Murder suspect charged in other inmate's stabbing

BARTOW, Fla. (AP) - Deputies say a man jailed in Florida on a first-degree murder indictment has stabbed another inmate because he believed the inmate was trying to learn about his case to testify against him.

A Polk County Sheriff's Office arrest report says 31-year-old Christopher Russell Taylor stabbed 32-year-old Jessie Jenkins 19 times with a sharpened piece of metal Tuesday.

The Ledger of Lakeland reports Jenkins was treated and released from a hospital. Court records say Jenkins was arrested April 5 on burglary and related charges.

Taylor told deputies about the stabbing and is now also charged with attempted first-degree murder. Taylor was arrested in February in a man's beating death and is charged with murder in the January deaths of three people in South Carolina.

It's unclear if Taylor has a lawyer.

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Information from: The Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.), http://www.theledger.com

Police: Man arrested after stealing car with baby inside

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Police say a man who stole a car with a baby inside was caught driving another stolen car.

A St. Petersburg police Facebook posts says 19-year-old Rashad Webb stole the vehicle with the child inside Monday.

Webb told police he realized the baby was inside the car and dropped him off in a parking lot, where the child was found. News outlets report the 8-month-old was found by a news crew that was at the location working on an unrelated story.

Officers spotted Webb and tried to stop him early Thursday. He drove off at a high rate of speed but eventually stopped and surrendered.

Police charged him with child abuse and other charges. It's unclear if Webb has a lawyer.

Kim Jong Un steps over border, meets with South Korean leader Moon Jae-in

In an electric moment, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stepped over the heavily fortified demilitarized zone to shake hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Reuters reported Friday.

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Smiling and holding hands, the Korean leaders met for the first summit between the two nations in more than a decade. 

It’s the first time since the Korean War ended in 1953 that a leader of North Korea has crossed into the southern section of the DMZ, news outlets reported.

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The two men met at the DMZ, smiling and walking together, which was in stark contrast to last year’s missile tests by North Korea that led to international sanctions, Reuters reported.

“We are at a starting line today, where a new history of peace, prosperity and inter-Korean relations is being written,” Kim said before the two Korean leaders and top aides began talks at the border truce village of Panmunjom.

During their private meeting, Kim told Moon he came to the summit to end the history of conflict and joked he was sorry for keeping Moon up with his late night missile tests, a South Korean official told Reuters.

Kim told Moon he would be willing to visit the presidential Blue House in Seoul, and wanted to meet “more often” in the future, the official said.

Stepping over the border was an impromptu decision by both sides, a spokesman for Moon told CNN.

Subway announces it will close 500 stores in US

Subway announced that it will be closing nearly 500 stores in the United States while adding more than 1,000 shops worldwide, WPVI reported Thursday.

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The chain, which got its start in August 1965 when founder Fred DeLuca opened a shop in Bridgeport, Connecticut, has nearly 27,000 stores in the United States and 44,000 worldwide. According to the National Retail Federation, the next highest chain is Yum Brands, which runs KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, CNN reported. McDonald’s has 14,000 locations, the federation reported.

Subway’s sales dropped 4.4 percent last year as competition from newer fast-food chains gave consumers more options.

While there will be shutdowns in the U.S. the chain will focus on opening stores in the United Kingdom, Germany and Asia, WPVI reported.

Jaguars take Florida's Taven Bryan with 29th pick in draft

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The Jacksonville Jaguars added to an already stout defense by drafting Florida's Taven Bryan with the 29th overall pick in the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night.

Selecting Bryan had more to do with potential than production.

The defensive tackle had 67 tackles, including 5 sacks, in three seasons with the Gators. He was a 6-foot-4, 291-pound enigma his first two years in Gainesville, but came on as a junior in 2017. He had 40 tackles last season, including six for loss and four sacks, while playing solely inside.

He really played well down the stretch, showing a quick first step and the ability to disrupt offenses. Although he never took over a game, he routinely demanded double teams on a defense that lacked depth and talent up front.

Jaguars top executive Tom Coughlin said Bryan has energy and enthusiasm to go along with play-making ability.

"He's powerful," Coughlin said. "He gets off on the snap. He can cause problems."

The Jaguars believe Bryan is just getting started, too.

He likely won't have to do much in his first season since the Jaguars are loaded up front. They have All-Pro defensive end Calais Campbell along with Pro Bowl defensive tackle Malik Jackson and Pro Bowl defensive end Yannick Ngakoue. Jacksonville ranked second in the league with 55 sacks in 2017.

"They're definitely good at what they do," Bryan said. "I'll just try to come in and learn from them."

General manager Dave Caldwell said Bryan was the last of four players the team had identified as potential picks at No. 29. And they had no problem adding to the D-line.

"At that position, the more depth you have, the better off you'll be," Caldwell said.

Bryan admittedly took his football talent for granted early in his college career. He realized he was blessed physically, but he never thought much about it. He would casually talk about bench-pressing 450 pounds or squatting more than 600 pounds.

Teammates raved about his work ethic and weight-room feats.

So no one at Florida was surprised to see Bryan raise eyebrows at the NFL combine in March.

He covered the 40-yard dash in 4.98 seconds, one of five defensive tackles to break the 5-second mark, and benched-pressed 225 pounds 30 times. He topped all defensive tackles in the vertical jump (35 inches), the broad jump (9 feet, 11 inches), the three-cone drill (7.12 seconds) and the 20-yard shuttle (4.48 seconds).

Bryan grew up in Casper, Wyoming, as the son of a Navy SEAL. Bryan often tagged along with his dad to build houses. When they weren't swinging hammers or pouring concrete, they were hunting, fishing and exploring mountain ranges and the high plains.

Football took over Bryan's life as a teenager, eventually turning him into a big-time recruit from the Cowboy State. He ended up 1,600 miles away in Gainesville. He didn't become a started until his junior year.

"You can understand why," Caldwell said. "He had a lot of talented players in front of."

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Vikings take UCF cornerback Mike Hughes in 1st round

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Vikings selected Central Florida cornerback Mike Hughes with the 30th pick in the first round on Thursday night, resisting temptation to pass up a premium position while counting on depth in the pool of offensive linemen to help them later in the draft.

Hughes played only one season for UCF, helping the Knights finish undefeated in 2017 with four interceptions, 11 pass breakups and four touchdown returns. He scored twice on kickoff returns, once off an interception and once on a punt return.

"I knew they were pretty excited about me. So once they got the chance to grab me, I'm not surprised," Hughes said. "I'm definitely blessed to be in this position.

Hughes became the third cornerback drafted in the first round by the Vikings in the last six years, with current starters Xavier Rhodes coming in 2013 and Trae Waynes coming in 2015. Terence Newman became a free agent and has not yet re-signed. Mackensie Alexander, their second-round pick in 2016, has yet to hold of the nickel role. So the 5-foot-10, 189-pound Hughes ought to have a place in coach Mike Zimmer's defense, with the ability to play outside or inside.

"We didn't do it to push Mackensie. We're just trying to get good football players in here and shake it out and whoever ends up playing plays," Zimmer said. "I'm not married to anybody, so we just go out and try to get the best players in the field. Quite honestly, in today's NFL with as much throwing as is going on, I could see four corners in a game at one time."

Returning kickoffs would be welcomed, too, where the Vikings have yet to find a productive replacement for Cordarrelle Patterson after his departure following the 2016 season. Punt returner Marcus Sherels, entering his ninth year in the NFL, dropped off a bit in 2017.

"This kid will help us in all phases of special teams, and then we're going to mature him into being a full-time player," Zimmer said. "I don't know how soon that will be, but he's got the traits that we're looking for."

Hughes started his college career in his home state with North Carolina, but he left the program after one year. He was involved in an altercation at a fraternity house on campus that led to a misdemeanor assault charge. He also told the NFL Network last week that there was a sexual assault allegation against him , a case that authorities dropped for insufficient evidence. After spending the 2016 season at a community college, Hughes transferred to UCF.

Hughes met with the Vikings at the scouting combine and on a draft prospect visit to team headquarters. What did he tell teams about his off-the-field issues?

"Just tell them what I've learned from it, how I've overcame all the things that happened," Hughes said.

Offensive tackles went ninth (Notre Dame's Mike McGlinchey) and 15th (UCLA's Kolton Miller) to San Francisco and Oakland. Division rival Detroit used the 20th pick on Arkansas center Frank Ragnow, a native of Chanhassen, Minnesota, who could play guard in the NFL. Cincinnati went with Ohio State center Billy Price at No. 21. New England took Georgia tackle Isaiah Wynn, who has been projected as a guard, with the 23rd selection.

Still, the Vikings had plenty of offensive linemen widely given first-round grades to choose from on Thursday night when their turn finally came more than three hours into the draft. The top prospects available included UTEP guard Will Hernandez, Iowa center James Daniels and Texas tackle Connor Williams, all three of which carry the potential to replace retired right guard Joe Berger in the starting lineup.

"Looking at the board there's still a lot of quality depth on the offensive line, but there's also a lot of quality depth throughout the rest of the draft," Spielman said. "So I'm excited for tomorrow. Potentially moving up or potentially moving down. We'll see how the board starts to fall in the beginning."

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