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Florida sheriff’s news conference on gun violence interrupted by gunshots

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A Florida sheriff’s news conference on gun violence was interrupted Monday by gunfire.

Sheriff Jerry Demings and Orange County Commissioner Tiffany Moore-Russell were addressing concerns about Orlando’s Tymberskan Apartments, where two homicides have been reported this year and deputies respond to an average of six calls a day, when the shots were fired.

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“I don’t know if that’s gunfire or what that we hear in the background, but that’s part of the challenges we have,” Demings said.

The sheriff said trash bags pile up along street curbs at the apartment complex, which does not have trash collection.

Water and power will be cut off to many residents in coming weeks over unpaid bills, as well.

“None of us should have to live like that in 2014, and that’s the concern that we have,” Demings said. “These are social issues that we have that end up being a crime problem.”

County commissioners will discuss the situation at their June 3 meeting.

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#PresidentPelosi Trends After Sondland Testimony Implicates Pence in Trump Ukraine Scheme

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The hashtag #PresidentPelosi was trending Wednesday as Ambassador Gordon Sondland testified to the House Intelligence Committee in the impeachment hearings on President Donald Trump's Ukrainian schemes for assistance in the 2020 election and implicated Vice President Mike Pence in the effort.

If Trump and Pence are both removed from office over their involvement in the plot, the next in line for the presidency is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

"I'm fine with Pelosi serving as interim president until we hold an election," tweeted activist Bree Newsom. "Both Trump and Pence are implicated in this conspiracy to extort Ukraine."

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Trump claims not to ‘know’ Gordon Sondland very well — but the evidence suggests otherwise

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President Donald Trump attempted to distance himself Wednesday from his hand-selected European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland. At the same time, Trump claimed that Sondland’s stunning testimony, which alleged that the president had ordered a “quid pro quo” with Ukraine, in fact, vindicated him.

“Was there a ‘quid pro quo’?” Sondland said in his testimony to the House Intelligence Committee Wednesday. "The answer is ‘yes.’”

Sondland further claimed that “everyone was in the loop” and all actions were “directed” by the president.

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The latest GOP defense of Trump crumbles in impeachment hearing

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It was a day of blockbuster day of testimony from E.U. Ambassador Gordon Sondland, in which Sondland — who once gave Donald Trump a million dollars for his inauguration — decided to save his own hide by ratting out not just Trump and his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, but seemingly half the senior staff of the White House.

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