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Houston police chief says he's 'hit rock bottom' after Santa Fe school shooting 

Houston police Chief Art Acevedo is calling for gun reform, after 10 people were shot and killed and 10 more hurt in a shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas.

>>Read: Santa Fe High School shooting: 10 dead, 10 injured, suspect arraigned on capital murder charges

The gunman was identified as Dimitrios Pagourtzis, a 17-year-old student at the school.

Pagourtzis was arraigned on capital murder and aggravated assault charges Friday. 

>>Read: Texas shooting: Who is Dimitrios Pagourtzis, suspect in the Santa Fe High School attack

In the post on his Facebook page, Acevedo said that he has hit “rock bottom” after this deadly shooting.

“Today I spent the day dealing with another mass shooting of children and a responding police officer who is clinging to life. I'm not ashamed to admit I've shed tears of sadness, pain and anger,” Acevedo posted. “I know some have strong feelings about gun rights but I want you to know I’ve hit rock bottom and I am not interested in your views as it pertains to this issue.”

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School resource officer John Barnes was injured in Friday’s shooting. He remains in critical condition, the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) tweeted Saturday.

According to CNN, Barnes is a former officer with the Houston Police Department.

Acevedo also called “shame” to those in power who are not speaking out against gun violence, in a post on Twitter.

Acevedo has been vocal about gun control in the past. According to CNN, Acevedo urged others to join him to change legislation after the deadly massacre in Las Vegas last year were 58 people were killed. 

Acevedo is the first Hispanic to lead the department. Before that, he was chief of the Austin Police Department, according to the Houston police department website

He was sworn in as Houston police chief in 2016.

22 injured in Texas chemical plant explosion

A malfunctioning valve is believed to have caused an explosion and fire at a Texas chemical plant Saturday morning, officials said.

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The incident took place Kuraray America Eval factory in Pasadena, KHOU reported. 

The La Porte Police Department told KHOU that 22 people were injured. Two people suffered serious burn injuries, while the other injuries were not considered life-threatening, KHOU reported.

All employees have been accounted for, company officials said.

City officials said there was no danger to the public. The fire has been extinguished.

The plant specializes in making chemicals, fiber and resin, The Associated Press reported.

Royal Wedding: Meghan Markle, Prince Harry wed (live updates)

Actress Meghan Markle and Britain’s Prince Harry got married Saturday in a highly anticipated, star-studded ceremony in St. George’s Chapel at England’s Windsor Castle. 

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Follow along with highlights from Saturday’s event:

Update 8:39 p.m. EDT: The couple drove to their reception in style. Prince Harry sat behind the wheel of a 1968 Jaguar E-Type with bride Meghan Markle in the passenger seat. The couple had changed from their wedding attire to attend the evening reception at Frogmore House. 

The car, which had been converted to electric power, had license number E190518, their wedding date, according to Metro.

Update 1:51 p.m. EDT: Meghan Markle’s dad, Thomas, told TMZ that he hopes his relatives “will just shut up about everything” on Saturday after his daughter and Prince Harry exchanged vows in England on Saturday.

>> Meghan Markle confirms dad will not attend royal wedding

Earlier Saturday, the celebrity news site reported that Thomas Markle watched his daughter get hitched from his hospital bed after he had to undergo heart surgery earlier this week. He said he will “always regret” not being able to attend.

"When you watch your child get married, every thought goes through your mind, every memory from the first day she was born, the first time I held her," Thomas Markle told TMZ. "Now I pray that Harry and Meghan can go on a nice honeymoon and rest and relax, and all of my relatives will just shut up about everything."

Update 1:05 p.m. EDT: Saturday’s wedding included a performance from a gospel choir, an unusual choice for a royal wedding that was apparently spurred by Prince Charles.

Karen Gibson, the leader of the Kingdom Choir that performed for Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding Saturday, told The Guardian that the choir was first contacted by representatives of Clarence House, Prince Charles’ home.

“I understand that Prince Charles really likes gospel music,” she said. “The couple were very intentional about what they wanted sung and how they wanted it sung, but the actual idea came from Prince Charles.”

>> Royal wedding: 6 things to know about 19-year-old cellist Seku Kanneh-Mason

She told The Guardian that the variety of music played Saturday, which also included a performance by 19-year-old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, was “reflective of what society looks like today.

“We live in a multi-cultural society, so we had classical music, contemporary classical music as well as gospel music, because you’ve got many cultures living here,” she said.

Update 12:42 p.m. EDT: Kensington Palace officials announced Saturday that Markle planned to speak at a lunchtime reception following her marriage to Prince Harry earlier in the day, but The Guardian reported she would actually be speaking at a second, evening reception.

>> Royal Wedding photos: The kiss, the ring and more highlights

Update 12:15 p.m. EDT: Elton John performed songs including "Tiny Dancer," "Circle of Life," and "Your Song" on Saturday at the reception following Prince Harry and Markle's wedding, according to the British tabloid the Daily Mail.

>> Photos: Oprah, Elton John among guests for royal wedding

Kensington Palace officials said earlier Saturday that Prince Harry asked John to perform and that the artist agreed “in recognition of the close connection he has with Prince Harry and his family.”

Update 11:35 a.m. EDT: Kensington Palace has suggested a donation to charity rather than buying a gift for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Update 9:50 a.m. EDT: Markle’s father, Thomas Markle, was supposed to walk his daughter down the aisle Saturday, but he changed his plans after suffering a heart attack and while facing criticism for posing for paparazzi photos.

>> Photos: Meghan Markle’s wedding dress stuns at royal wedding

Thomas Markle told celebrity news site TMZ that he watched Saturday’s ceremony live as he continued to recover from heart surgery.

“My baby looks beautiful and she looks very happy,” he told TMZ. “I wish I was there and I wish them all my love and all happiness.”

Update 9:20 a.m. EDT: The queen will be holding a lunchtime reception Saturday after Prince Harry and Markle exchanged vows earlier in the day.

Prince Harry and his new bride will both make speeches, royal family officials said.

>> Meghan Markle selects Givenchy dress for royal wedding

The couple’s wedding cake, made using elderflower syrup created from the elderflower trees at the queen’s Sandringham House, will be served at the reception. The sponge cake features an Amalfi lemon curd and elderflower buttercream filling and is topped with Swiss meringue buttercream and 150 fresh flowers.

Update 8:45 a.m. EDT: The royal family shared congratulations Saturday for Prince Harry and Markle after the pair wed Saturday.

Officials shared several videos of Saturday’s ceremony on social media:

Update 8:09 a.m. EDT: Prince Harry and Markle have left St. George’s Chapel.

The crowd could be heard shouting "Hip hip hooray," as they left, a "very English tradition," according to The Guardian

Update 7:40 a.m. EDT: Markle and Prince Harry have exchanged vows and been pronounced husband and wife.

Update 7:30 a.m. EDT: See scenes from the royal wedding as the ceremony continues Saturday:

Update 7:15 a.m. EDT: Prince Harry and Markle have exchanged “I will”s, to the laughter of those gathered in St. George’s Church Saturday.

As they stood at the altar, Harry said to Meghan: "You look amazing."

>> Photos: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle marry at Windsor Castle

Markle arrived to a fanfare and walked down the aisle accompanied part of the way by Prince Charles, and by 10 young page boys and bridesmaids. The children include 4-year-old Prince George and 3-year-old Princess Charlotte, children of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge.

Update 7:01 a.m. EDT: Markle has arrived at St. George’s Church.

Update 6:58 a.m. EDT: More members of the royal family have arrived at the church.

Update 6:41 a.m. EDT: Prince Harry has arrived at St. George’s Chapel along with his brother, Prince William.

William, who was married to commoner Kate Middleton at a ceremony in 2011, is carrying his brother's rings. Saturday's ceremony is supposed to last about an hour.

Update 6:23 a.m. EDT: Markle has left her hotel for St. George’s Chapel.

>> Photos: First glimpse of Meghan Markle’s wedding dress

Update 5:45 a.m. EDT: Famous guests who have already arrived for Prince Harry and Markle’s wedding include actor George Clooney and his wife, attorney Amal Clooney, singer James Blunt, Oprah Winfrey, actor Idris Elba and the Beckam family.

The stars are among celebrities, royalty, athletes and family friends in the 600-strong congregation invited to St. George's Chapel in Windsor.

Kensington Palace officials announced Saturday morning that Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding rings were made by Cleave and Company. Markle’s is made of Welsh gold while the prince’s will be made of a platinum band with a textured finish.

Original report: Queen Elizabeth II conferred the titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on the morning of the royal wedding.

>> Harry and Meghan’s new titles: Duke and Duchess of Sussex

Harry will hold several titles: His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel. Markle will be known as Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex.

Check back for updates to this developing story.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Royal wedding: 6 things to know about 19-year-old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason

A 19-year-old British cellist wowed the crowd gathered in St. George's Chapel Saturday to watch Prince Harry wed American actress Meghan Markle.

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Kensington Palace officials announced last month that Sheku Kanneh-Mason would perform at the wedding after Prince Harry saw him play at an event in London last year.

He stunned the 600 guests at Windsor Castle on Saturday with a rendition of Franz Schubert’s “Ave Maria” and other pieces of music.

Here are 6 things to know about the young musician:

  1. Kanneh-Mason performs with his sister, 21-year-old piano player Isata, and his brother, 20-year-old violinist Braimah, as part of the Kanneh-Mason Trio. His four other siblings also play music. Konya Kanneh-Mason, 17, plays piano and violin, Janeba Kanneh-Mason, 15, plays piano and cello and Aminata Kanneh-Mason, 12, plays violin and piano.
  2. Kanneh-Mason has been studying cello for 13 years, starting when he was 6 years old, according to his official biography. He is currently a full-time student at the Royal Academy of Music, London.
  3. Kanneh-Mason was 17 in 2016 when he won the BBC’s Young Musician competition. He was the first black musician to take top honors in the competition, according to BBC News.
  4. He released his debut album, “Inspiration,” in January 2018. The album included his arrangement of Bob Marley's well-known hit "No Woman No Cry," which went viral on Spotify.
  5. Kanneh-Mason has performed with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the City of Birmingham Symphony and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. He has a number of upcoming performances scheduled, including performances with the Seattle Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.
  6. Kanneh-Mason said he was “bowled over” when Markle called to ask him whether he would play during her wedding to Prince Harry. “Of course I immediately said yes!” he said, according to Vanity Fair. “What a privilege to be able to play the cello at such a wonderful event.”

California woman reunited with man she found buried alive as baby 

A California woman who found a newborn buried alive 20 years ago was reunited with him Thursday, KABC reported.

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As Matthew Christian Whitaker celebrated his 20th birthday, his biggest present was meeting Azita Milanian, a woman who saved his life after finding him covered with dirt along a hiking trail in Altadena, California.

On May 17, 1998, Milanian was jogging with her dogs on the hiking trail when her pets began sniffing around a pile of dirt. Milanian brushed the dirt away and found a newborn boy with his umbilical cord still attached, KABC reported.Minanian ran for help and returned to clear dirt out of the infant’s mouth and nose. After he was taken to the hospital, the infant recovered and was sent to Child Protective Services. He was adopted, and Milanian never saw the child again, KABC reported.

This year, Whitaker learned he was adopted. His friend requested a 23andMe DNA test for him, and the story came to the attention of Patty Rodriguez of KIIS radio in Los Angeles. As her staff researched the story, Rodriguez wondered if Milanian knew anything about the child she had found, KABC reported.

Rodriguez posted the story on her Instagram account, and it led to an emotional reunion between Whitaker and Rodriguez.

Ohio golfer, 93, scores hole-in-one in final round of career

It was a great way to cap off a long golf career.

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Ben Bender, 93, who has been playing golf for 65 years, played his final round at Green Valley in Zanesville, Ohio, last month. He went out in style, scoring his first hole-in-one, the Times Recorder of Zanesville reported.

Plagued by hip bursitis that caused him to cut his round short, Bender used a 5-wood to score an ace at the third hole at Green Valley.

"I'd come close to some hole-in-ones, but this one was level on the green before it curved towards the hole and went in," Bender told the Times Recorder. "I was in awe watching it. I played a few more holes, but my hips were hurting and I had to stop. It seemed the Lord knew this was my last round so he gave me a hole-in-one."

Green Valley manager Steve Galloway said that Bender got off to a rocky start, shooting at least a 7 on the other five holes he played.

"(Ben) shot 8 on 1 and 7 on 2 so you guessed it, a hole-in-one on 3," he said. "What an amazing feat by Ben (in his final round)."

Bender, a former 3-handicapper who has played since he was 28, played six days per week when he lived in Florida.

When he retired, Bender moved back to Zanesville and regularly played Green Valley, the Times Recorder reported.

"I was lucky to play golf this long, but I never expected (a hole-in-one)," Bender told the newspaper. "It was the last time I was able to play, and I think God had a hand in this. I loved the game and hate to give it up, but I can't play forever.”

Report: Hertz customers arrested after rental cars mistakenly reported as stolen

More than  half a dozen customers of a national rental car company were arrested after their vehicles were mistakenly reported as stolen, WPVI reported.

Hertz is being forced to pay thousands of dollars to customers after they were jailed despite being paying customers with no delinquent accounts.

Pennsylvania resident Kelly Grady was driving her rented Chevy Yukon from Hertz when the lights flashed and sirens went off.

"I thought, it's got to be a mistake," Grady told WPVI.

It wasn’t. Several Pennsylvania state troopers pulled her over.

"They were yelling over the loudspeaker for us to turn the car off, put our hands out,” Grady said. “Turn the car off put the keys out the window.”When Grady and her passenger exited the vehicle, she said troopers “were screaming and yelling.”

“All of them were pointing guns literally to the back of our head,” Grady told WPVI.

Hertz, had reported her Yukon stolen in 2013. Grady showed troopers her contact, and they called Hertz who admitted the error.

And a month later, Grady was pulled over in New Jersey and was arrested for grand theft auto, WPVI reported.

"I was in jail for 12 days. It was humiliating. It was scary. It was horrible. It was degrading,” Grady told WPVI. “I was sexually assaulted and gang beaten.”

Hertz filed criminal charges, but a judge threw them out, WPVI reported.

"It's been four years and it still affects me to this day," said Grady, who sued Hertz and was awarded $100,000 by a civil jury.

Civil attorney Francis Alexander said that Hertz has a pattern of wrongly reporting vehicles stolen. He cites cases in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Texas, and Indiana where his client, Ramanda Vanpay, was pulled over for auto theft in late 2016.

Vanpay also spent time in jail, Alexander told WPVI

"I mean I was scared. I cried,” Vanpay told the television station. “I told the officers that there's no way.”

Vanpay said her rental car from Green Bay got a flat tire. She returned it to an Indianapolis Hertz branch for a new one. She claimed the company failed to update its computer system and reported the initial rental car stolen. Eventually, the charges were dismissed.

"I just want everybody to be careful because it could happen to anybody," Vanpay said.

Hertz declined comment, WPVI reported.

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