Mick's Morning News with Jorge Medina

SpaceX Launch Set For Today

(Cape Canaveral, FL) -- A SpaceX launch today could eventually help people live longer and healthier. Forty mice are being sent on a resupply mission to the International Space Station to study the effects of microgravity on muscle and bone mass. The hope is that what scientists learn can help fight osteoporosis and muscular dystrophy. Launch time is set for 12:51 this afternoon, and conditions are 90-percent Go. 

Gunman Killed By Police ID'd

(Daytona Beach, FL) -- Those who knew a Volusia County man killed in a shootout with police are struggling to come to terms with what happened. Jerric Harris allegedly shot and killed a neighbor before exchanging shots with Daytona Beach Police this week. The 21-year-old died during the shootout.  Harris had no criminal record, and his former football coach at Warner Christian Academy says the incident was very, very shocking. Neighbors agree, and they tell the News-Journal Harris was very respectful and polite. 

St. Pete Police Shoot Man With Knife

(St. Petersburg, FL) -- A man is hurt after being shot by police in Pinellas County. St. Petersburg Police were called yesterday to the I-275 overpass at 27th Ave North for a report of a man with a knife. Police say the man refused orders to drop the knife, and after non-lethal force didn't work, he was shot as he approached officers. He's in critical condition.

Nine Arrested At Immigration Protest

(Boca Raton, FL) -- Nine people are facing charges after an immigration protest in Palm Beach County. Protesters gathered yesterday in Boca Raton outside the Geo Group's headquarters on Technology Way to call for the release of illegal immigrants detained at the company's facilities. One protester was arrested for using a megaphone, which police say violated a city noise ordinance.  

Central Florida Water Parks To Reopen Tomorrow  

(Orlando, FL) -- Central Florida water parks are supposed to reopen tomorrow. They closed yesterday and today because of the cold temperatures. The affected park include Seaworld Orlando's Aquatica, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, Disney's Blizzard Beach, Universal's Volcano Bay and Island H2O Live in Kissimmee.

Arizona Lottery Winner Misses Out On Nearly $15 Million

(Phoenix, AZ) -- A lucky lottery winner is missing out on nearly 15-million dollars. The Arizona Lottery says the unknown person won The Pick back on June 5th, and had 180 days to claim the prize. That person never showed up for the five o'clock deadline on Monday. Officials say it's the largest unclaimed prize in the state's history. Now, the 14-point-six million dollars will be used for other games and be distributed to state programs.

New Year's Eve Wishing Wall

(New York, NY) -- Visitors to Times Square will be able to contribute to this year's New Year's Eve celebration. A wishing wall will be set up on one of the plazas every day until December 29th. People will be able to write their wishes for the new year on the actual confetti that's released at midnight on New Year's Eve. Some three-thousand-pounds of confetti is released at midnight, as over one-million revelers celebrate 2020 on the ground below.

UFO Sightings Reported

(Undated) -- There are reports of an unidentified flying object over several states over the past few months. The cylindrical object has been seen from California to Wyoming to Texas. The first sightings were reportedly in June but have increased in the past month or two. There's no explanation as of yet.

TODAY IN HISTORY:

2017, President Trump's travel ban for six mostly Muslim countries went into effect after the U.S. Supreme Court allowed it.

1918, President Woodrow Wilson became the first President to travel outside the U.S. while in office. He set sail for France to attend the Versailles Peace Conference.

1812, the power mower was patented by Peter Galliard of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

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