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ROUEN, FRANCE (WIVB/AP/CNN) — A hostage situation at a church ended Tuesday morning with the deaths of two attackers and a hostage, according to police.
Two men took a priest, two nuns, and 2 churchgoers hostage, according to CNN affiliate BFMTV.
This happened in a church near the Normandy city of Rouen on Tuesday, killing one hostage by slitting their throat before being killed by police, a security official said.
The identities of the attackers and motive for the attack are unclear, according to the official, who was not authorized to be publicly named.
French President Francois Hollande and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve are en route to the town of Saint-Etienne-en-Rouvray where the hostage-taking took place, Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said on France-Info radio.
Anti-terrorism investigators have been summoned in the case, Brandet said.
The incident comes as France is under high alert after an attack in Nice that killed 84 people and a string of deadly attacks last year claimed by the Islamic State group. France is also under a state of emergency and has extra police presence in the wake of the July 14 Nice attack.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama stepped into the presidential election Monday with a forceful, impassioned defense of Hillary Clinton, casting her as the only candidate who can be trusted as a role model for the nation’s children. She took numerous swipes at Republican Donald Trump, all without mentioning his name.
“I want someone with the proven strength to persevere, someone who knows this job and takes it seriously, someone who understands the issues a president faces are not black and white,” Mrs. Obama said on the opening night of the Democratic convention. Referring to Trump’s penchant for tweeting, she said of the presidency: “It cannot be boiled down to 140 characters.”
The first lady was among a high-wattage line-up of speakers taking the stage, all but wiping away earlier tumult that had exposed deep tensions between Clinton supporters and those loyal to her primary opponent Bernie Sanders.
Sanders was closing the night, speaking just after Massachusetts. Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
Sanders, comparing Trump’s stances and statements to Clinton’s record, said in remarks released before his speech, “By these measures, any objective observer will conclude that – based on her ideas and her leadership – Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States. The choice is not even close.”
Warren, a favorite of liberals, has emerged as one of the Democrats’ toughest critics of Trump, and she kept up her attacks on his character and business record as she delivered the night’s keynote address.
“Donald Trump has no real plans for jobs, for college kids, for seniors,” she said. “No plans to make anything great for anyone except rich guys like Donald Trump.”
The cheers from the audience masked real tensions that had spilled into the conventionhall and onto the streets of sweltering Philadelphia earlier in the day.
Sanders’ supporters arrived at the convention infuriated over leaked emails showing the Democratic National Committee had favored Clinton in the primaries, despite vows of neutrality.
They scored the resignation of party chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, but still erupted in chants of “Bernie” and booed Clinton the first several times her name was mentioned during the convention program. Outside the convention hall, several hundred Sanders backers marched down Philadelphia’s sweltering streets with signs carrying messages such as “Never Hillary.”
Sanders and his team spent much of Monday trying to keep backers from protesting on the convention floor. He sent urgent emails and text messages urging them to avoid protests on the convention floor. The Clinton campaign opened up speaking spots for his supporters.
An array of office holders and celebrities hammered home the call for unity, with singer Paul Simon singing his “Bridge Over Troubled Water” as delegates linked arms and swayed to the music.
Former President Bill Clinton smiled and clapped from the audience.
Mrs. Obama was one of the night’s standouts. While she has often avoided overt politics during her nearly eight years in the White House, her frustration with Trump’s rise was evident. She warned that the White House couldn’t be in the hands of someone with “a thin skin or a tendency to lash out” or someone who tells voters the country can be great again.
“This right now, is the greatest country on earth,” she said.
Clinton’s campaign hoped the nighttime line-up would overshadow a tumultuous start to the four-day convention. The hacked DNC emails fed the suspicion of Sanders’ supporters and sapped Clinton’s campaign of some of its energy following a well-received rollout Sunday of her running mate, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine.
Campaigning in North Carolina, Trump seemed to revel in the Democrats’ commotion, telling supporters that Clinton made a mistake by not choosing a more liberal running mate to appease Sanders’ base. “Crazy Bernie’s going crazy right now,” he said.
But in Philadelphia, Delegates waved “Love Trumps Hate” signs and leapt to their feet as immigration supporters, gay rights advocates, and labor leaders took the stage.
Comedian-turned-Sen. Al Franken, a Clinton supporter, and actress Sarah Silverman, a Sanders supporter, made a joint appearance to promote party unity.
“I am proud to be part of Bernie’s movement,” Silverman said as the crowd roared. “And a vital part of that movement is making absolutely sure Hillary Clinton is our next president of the United States.”
Trump was a frequent target throughout the night, though the jabs were often more mocking than mean. The tone was a sharp contrast to the Republican convention, where the attacks against Clinton was bitingly personal, including chants of “Lock her up.”
Wasserman Schultz had planned to be among those taking the stage, despite the email hacking controversy. But she stepped aside, bowing to pressure from Democrats who feared the mere sight of her on stage would prompt strong opposition from Sanders’ backers.
The outgoing chairwoman did watch the gathering from a private suite at the arena.
Clinton’s team hoped Wasserman Schultz’s resignation — along with an apology from the DNC to Sanders and his supporters — would keep the convention floor calm.
Discussions between the two camps prompted Sanders to send emails and text messages to supporters asking them not to protest.
“Our credibility as a movement will be damaged by booing, turning of backs, walking out or other similar displays,” Sanders wrote.
The party infighting had echoes of last week’s Republican convention, where some major GOP leaders voiced their displeasure with Trump and others didn’t even show up. Clinton promised a stark contrast to the GOP gathering, saying she planned to highlight “success stories” and flesh out details of her proposed policies.
Sanders was a relatively unknown Vermont senator when he decided to challenge for the Democratic nomination. He stunned the Clinton campaign with his broad support among young people and liberals, as well as his online fundraising prowess. But he struggled to appeal to black voters and couldn’t match the former secretary of state’s ties to the Democratic establishment.
The controversy over some 19,000 leaked DNC emails, however, threatened to complicate those plans. The correspondence, posted by WikiLeaks over the weekend, showed top officials at the supposedly neutral DNC favoring Clinton over Sanders in the presidential primaries.
Clinton campaign officials blamed the hack, which is now being investigated by the FBI, on Russian military intelligence agencies. The campaign also accused Moscow of trying to meddle in the U.S. election and help Trump, who has said he might not necessarily defend NATO allies if they are attacked by Russia.
Associated Press writers Kathleen Hennessey, Catherine Lucey, Kathleen Ronayne and Julie Bykowicz in Philadelphia, Lisa Lerer in Charlotte, North Carolina, contributed to this report.
High pressure building into our region will bring a couple great days with generous sunshine. Temperatures drop just a bit today along with more comfortable levels of humidity. With mainly clear skies, some patchy valley fog will be possible the next two nights. Wednesday the temperatures rebound into the mid to upper-80s. A weak cold front drops in from Canada later Wednesday night, bringing a chance for a few scattered showers or a thunderstorm into Thursday.
The end of the week will be somewhat unsettled, with a few spotty showers and thunderstorms possible each day through Saturday. There remains some discrepancy in the models, and though thunderstorms will be possible each day, there will also be plenty of dry time heading into the weekend.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – On July 11th, News 4 showed you what the country’s 3rd poorest city looks like. News 4’s Nalina Shapiro told a story about Buffalo’s east side. The average home sold there for only $37,426, much less than the average home price on the west side, which is $123,546. We also reported the east side has some of the most vacant structures. By the Broadway market there are 1,704 vacancies among 6,471 units according to Buffalo Business First.
Historians said people left the east side in the 1950’s and moved to the newly built suburbs. That’s when low income families took advantage of the lower prices and slum landlords took advantage of them. Outspoken U.B. Professor Henry Louis Taylor called poverty “systemic racism.”
After watching our report, Mayor Byron Brown wanted to address poverty concerns.
“So my response to him is there is a level of racism that has challenged communities all across this country,” said Mayor Brown. “But the city has worked to lift every section of the city of Buffalo and make investments in every section in the city of Buffalo.”
The city put together a list of east side projects to show News 4 in response to our report.
“You see, just a partial list of projects things that have been done things that are being worked on things that will be done,” said Mayor Brown.
Mayor Brown says over the past 10 years the city has invested over $451 million on Buffalo’s east side. Nearly $80 million went into demolishing vacant structures. One of the new east side projects is the WNY workforce development center. It’s a 48 million dollar investment, part of Governor Cuomo’s Buffalo billion. The work training center is being built on Northland avenue, on a lot that has been vacant for 25 years.
The mayor said investment like that make a difference but he doesn’t deny more work has to be done. The one problem getting in the way of more new development said Mayor brown is the older generation pushing back against gentrification.
“People who have lived there in the worst of times and through decline are fearful in some cases of being pushed out,” said Mayor Brown.
On July 11th, 14 year old Razon Harris said he doesn’t think his parents taxpayer dollars are benefiting his own neighborhood. He lives near the Broadway Market in one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods. We met him as he was doing yard work at his grandparents home. He told us his parents home used to be vacant but they took the time to fix it up.
We took his concerns to Mayor Brown.
“Well, so we’ve spent millions on community centers for children in every section of the community where children can go. On the east side of Buffalo, we’ve spent 18 million dollars renovating the improving community centers, we’ve made a substantial investment in parks and playgrounds,” said Mayor Brown.
Mayor brown said investments in education are also key to helping people get out of poverty.
“We’ve invested heavily in Say Yes to Education, so every child in a Buffalo public school can get scholarship to go to college,” said Mayor Brown.
The city said he high school graduation rate jumped from just 48% in Buffalo public schools to 61% over the past three years.
“We can’t have people feel like they are on the outside of opportunity,”said Mayor Brown.
Mayor Brown said everyone has to do a better job, but do not tell him he isn’t trying. Since he took the oath of office in 2005 Mayor Brown said he lives and breaths for the community he serves.
“Many days when I come home just in time to brush my teeth and take a shower go to bed before the next day starts again because of my commitment to turn this community around,” said Mayor Brown.
Our original report on poverty received a lot of negative attention. Many people left messages anonymously on our website, filled with hateful messages. Mayor Brown said there is no room for that kind of hate because it only makes things worse.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Many local newspapers are no more as Community Papers of Western New York is shutting down.
The company operated various local newspapers, like these listed here:
It also operated three magazines — WNY Health Magazine, WNY Fashion & Lifestyle and WNY Kids.
Earlier in July, seven other Sun papers run by Community Papers ceased printing. These included papers for Lancaster, Kenmore, South Buffalo, and other local suburbs.
The reason the company is shutting down is not clear, but operations were set to cease at 5 p.m. Monday.
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (WIVB) — A video of Buffalo Bills’ rookie Jonathan Williams being arrested on a DUI charge has been released by TMZ.
Williams, a running back and fifth-round draft pick, was arrested in Arkansas on July 14 after police there suspected him of driving drunk.
Williams previously played for the Arkansas Razorbacks before being selected 156th overall by the Bills.
Representatives with the NFL said that Williams had “red, watery eyes” and spoke with slurred speech during his arrest. When police stopped him, representatives said that he refused a breathalyzer test.
Here is the video of his arrest, courtesy of TMZ.
After the arrest, Williams was released on $765 bond.
LACKAWANNA, N.Y. (WIVB) – Imagine waking up to a foot of water in your basement. It was a harsh reality for Lackawanna homeowner Renee Stampone Sunday morning.
She said she felt like she was on an island in her own home. The flooding was due to a series of water main breaks in Erie County over the weekend.
Stampone had to rent an industrial-style pump to get the water out, but the damage is nowhere near done; the wood-paneled walls are swollen and cracked and the entire area smells of water mold.
Wedding memorabilia and her children’s toys are among the items damaged.
“It took about 13 hours for us to take everything out there and I haven’t been out there since because now it’s raining,” she told News 4 Monday afternoon.
A curtain hangs in the basement, still damp and stained with a water line about twelve inches up the fabric.
“So the stuff that we put outside is now being rained on because we didn’t have time to put it under the shelter. The big items are probably going to be a loss like the washer, the dryer, the tanning bed, the treadmill,” she said.
Stampone says aside from ruined memories and serious water damage, she wants to know who’s going to take responsibility.
The Erie County Water Authority told her they’ll replace their pipe that busted. She’s frustrated because there was no way to plan for something like this. And it’s only uphill from here.
She estimates the damage is around $5,000. Her home owner’s insurance likely won’t cover it.
The Water Authority says that if there is any damage done to a home and it is proven to have been caused by the Authority, the damage will be covered by the Water Authority’s private insurance.
“Had I known that I was susceptible for this to happen I would have had my own pump here, but it’s just a nightmare because it didn’t happen to them so they don’t care. It’s no skin off their back, I have to deal with it. But I just feel like, I didn’t break it, it’s not mine. I’m already paying them for water, why am I fixing it?”
Water main break damage generally falls under a legal gray area for insurance purposes.
News 4 has reached out to Travelers Insurance and the New York Bar Association to get more information on how this type of damage might be handled.