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iStock(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- The Father's Day weekend will be a wet one for a large portion of the eastern half of the country.

The radar on Saturday morning shows a couple areas of storms from the Plains through the Midwest and into parts of the interior Northeast. Storms are occasionally turning severe in parts of Kansas and northern Oklahoma, where wind gusts over 60 mph, along with some hail, will remain.

The storms are primarily being driven by disturbances slowly moving northeast across the central U.S. this weekend. The first round of severe weather Saturday mainly exists across parts of the Midwest from Kansas to Indiana.

Then, later in the day, as another disturbance forms in the southern High Plains, more storms will form across the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandle, as well as extreme southern Kansas. In all cases, the main threat for severe weather will include damaging winds and large hail. Brief tornadoes are possible across parts of the Midwest, but remain fairly unlikely.

Storms developing across the interior Northeast are unlikely to be severe, but some of the storms could produce an occasional strong wind gust.

On Sunday, the severe threat will slide into parts of central Oklahoma and northern Texas, including Oklahoma City and Texas (Wichita Falls and Abilene). Once again, the main threat will be damaging winds and large hail. Brief tornadoes are possible, but remain fairly unlikely.

The disturbances that are forming in this region of the country are due to cooler and drier Canadian air clashing with the warmer Gulf moisture in the central and eastern U.S. Stubborn high pressure is steering these storms from Texas to Maine through the next several days.

Unfortunately, this weather pattern will result in rounds of storms across the Plains and Midwest. Due to the slow-moving nature of the pattern for a few days, there is increasing potential for flash flooding. The first area of concern will be along Interstate 40 from Missouri to Pennsylvania, including areas like Indianapolis and Columbus, Ohio. Locally, over 4 inches of rain are possible through the weekend.

Then, rounds of storms will move across parts of the southern U.S., including areas of Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas, beginning on Sunday and lasting into part of next week.

Parts of the South, especially Oklahoma and Arkansas, have had a very challenging spring so far. Little Rock, Arkansas, for example, has received 11.42 inches more rain than average so far in 2019. Tulsa, Oklahoma, also has received over 11 inches of rain more than average. Many waterways in parts of this region have just receded from the flood stage due to the very wet spring in the last week.

Given that, the ground remains quite saturated and with more copious amounts of rain headed for the area, flooding looks to remain a concern for the region.

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iStock (CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- Monday marks the fourth anniversary of the shooting at the Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
Nine black people were shot dead at a bible study by a racist gunman hoping to start a race war.

After the terrible tragedy, some of the victim's family members tried to apply their faith quickly in extraordinary ways, according the church's pastor Rev. Eric Manning, who told ABC News that he saw the strength in families’ right after the shooting.

During the shooter’s bond hearing which occurred days after the shooting, a family member told the shooter she forgave him.

"We have not seen that level of forgiveness so quickly. Usually, of course, it takes some people some time, and I said before some members of Mother Emmanuel have not even gotten there yet,” Manning told ABC News in an exclusive interview.

Manning, as well as those affected by two other mass shootings at American houses of worship, sat down with ABC News while they were in the nation's capital.

At a briefing last month, an FBI counterterrorism official said the bureau is seeing an increase in "people who advocate for the supremacy of the white race." Since the Pittsburgh shooting, where the gunman allegedly shouted anti-Semitic threats as he killed worshipers, the bureau has seen a 30% increase involving these types of cases. The FBI tracks hate crimes, and religion is one of the primary categories. People of faith were targeted in nearly 21% of cases in 2017, according to the FBI.

These leaders came to Washington, D.C., to speak at the National Cathedral with religious leaders in the city about how to prepare their own congregations for a targeted attack and how to rebuild afterward. The event was organized by the city's Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency.

Allan Hausman, the vice president of the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, where 11 people were killed in October 2018, told ABC News that "people are scared right now" and every similar shooting reopens old wounds.

"It essentially just opens the wounds again. It's really, really hard to see your folks almost reliving the entire event right when they were getting to a point where they were beginning to learn how to deal with it," he said.

Sadly, these congregations still receive threats frequently and felt the need to beef up security in their houses of worship.

Frank Pomeroy, the pastor at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, said their congregation constantly gets threats from conspiracy theorists who personally attack him and say the shooting was an effort to take away guns. Some even theorize about his daughter Annabelle, one of 26 churchgoers who were killed in November 2017.

"I have been told by some that Annabel never existed. And by some [that] I've human trafficked her away," Pomeroy said.

Some threats allegedly came from Jodie Mann and Robert Ussery, who prosecutors say go by the names Conspiracy Granny and Side Thorn. Both are now facing federal gun charges and county trespassing charges.

The threats have led to a financial cost, Manning said, "So it comes out of our tithing offerings and as part of the operating costs of the church."

"We have security protocol that details what to do when we receive emails that are threatening," Manning continued.

But with all the pain and challenges, the worship leaders have been struck by the resilience of their congregations.

"How do you heal? You watch others that inspire you. I watch Jenni, who had her 18-month-old baby in her arms and lost her and her husband, and I see she gets up every day," Frank Pomeroy's wife, Sherri Pomeroy, said.

"How can I disappoint Jenni and not get up and heal? I can just honor those that have gone ahead by walking in their footsteps," she said.

And through that forgiveness comes hope.

"If we stop spreading hope, then we let evil win," Sherri Pomeroy said.

"If you choose hope and mercy and grace over pessimism and hate and divisiveness," Frank Pomeroy added, "you're going to heal and you're going to be able to move forward."

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iStock(CORONA, Calif.) -- One person was killed and three others were injured after a shooting inside a southern California Costco Friday night, police said.

The shooting took place after an argument and was not an active-shooter situation, a Corona Police spokesperson told reporters at a press conference.

At 7:46 p.m. local time Friday, Corona police officers arrived at the Costco Wholesale club in Corona. Corona is about 50 miles outside of Los Angeles.

"Upon entering Costco, officers located four injured people on the floor. One subject succumbed to their injuries at the scene and three other subjects, including an off-duty officer from another agency, were transported to local hospitals in unknown conditions," Corona Police Public Information Officer Tobias Kouroubacalis wrote in a statement to ABC News.

A man was killed and two other adults sustained gunshots wounds, police said. The shooter was also injured.

Investigators have not yet identified the victims.

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iStock(NEWARK, N.J.) -- Flights have resumed at Newark International Airport on Saturday afternoon after a United Airlines plane skidded off the runway upon landing and all flights were temporarily grounded, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said.

The United plane, which departed from Denver International Airport, "experienced multiple flat tires upon landing in Newark," a United spokesperson said in a statement. The flight was carrying 166 passengers and there were no serious injuries.

The ground stop went into effect shortly after 1 p.m. ET. No flights were allowed to take off or land at the airport, one of the busiest in the country.

The plane, United Airlines Flight 627, "skidded to the left side of the pavement," the FAA tweeted. "The left main landing gear is stuck in a grassy area."

Passengers exited the aircraft, a Boeing 757-200, by stairs and boarded buses to the terminal.

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WABC(NEW YORK) -- A 67-year-old apparently drowned in the Hudson River during a distance-swimming competition on Friday afternoon, according to authorities.

The man, whose name has not been released, was competing in the 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim when he disappeared during the second-to-last stage of the event. The entire competition covers 120 miles over seven days from the Rip Van Winkle Bridge, in upstate New York, to the Verrazzano Narrows Bridge, between Staten Island and Brooklyn.

The stage Friday was to take swimmers from the Tappan Zee Bridge, renamed the Gov. Mario Cuomo Bridge, in Tarrytown, New York, to the George Washington Bridge in the Bronx, according to New York Open Water, which organized the competition. The stage was 15.7 miles long.

The swimmer disappeared in the vicinity of the George Washington Bridge, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

After spending several hours searching for the lost competitor, the Coast Guard said it was transitioning to a "recovery" effort.

"On behalf of New York Open Water, it is with great sadness that we report the loss of a swimmer today on Stage 6 of the 8 Bridges Open Water Swim," the organizers said in a statement. "Our thoughts are first and foremost with the swimmer's family and in respect for their privacy, we are declining to name the swimmer at this time."

The seventh and final day of the event, to be held Saturday, was canceled.

A safety supervisor was monitoring the swimmers at the time of his disappearance, organizers said.

"We can confirm that all swimmer safety protocols were in place and that the NYPD was escorting the field," organizers said. "We will continue to work closely with the authorities and will provide updates as they become available."

The man's body had not been recovered as of early Saturday.

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Google Maps(WESTFIELD, N.J.) -- A New Jersey elementary school went into lockdown on Thursday afternoon after a man with a loaded handgun and dozens of rounds of ammunition was found in the school parking lot.

Police responded to the Tamaques Elementary School in Westfield, New Jersey, after receiving a call from the Delaware State Police saying that Thomas J. Wilkie was on his way to the school, according to a statement from the Westfield Police Department.

When police arrived, they found Wilkie in an SUV with a .45-caliber handgun that was loaded with hollow-point bullets, according to a statement from the Union County Prosecutor’s Office.

Wilkie also had two additional loaded clips with him and 130 rounds of ammunition in the trunk of the vehicle.

The 46-year-old from Bear, Delaware, was immediately taken into police custody while the building remained in lockdown, according to the Westfield Police Department.

Classes at the elementary school were done for the day when the incident took place, but after-school activities were in session.

The lockdown was lifted after a security sweep of the building and perimeter, police said.

Wilkie is charged with second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon, fourth-degree possession of hollow-point bullets and fourth-degree trespassing on school grounds, according to the statement from the Union County Prosecutor’s Office.

Wilkie's father told NJ.com his son had traveled to the school because of an issue with a girlfriend, or ex-girlfriend, who worked there. He also said Thomas' brother had reported him to Delaware State Police.

If convicted, he could face five to 10 years in prison for unlawful possession of a weapon.

His next court appearance is scheduled for June 19.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Secret Service arrested a man who allegedly assaulted a police officer and tried to jump over the fence outside the White House late Friday.

The incident took place just after 9 p.m. on the northwest side of the Treasury Building on Pennsylvania Avenue, according to the U.S. Secret Service. The person was quickly arrested.

"The subject was immediately apprehended by Secret Service personnel and taken into custody," a Secret Service spokesperson said in a statement.

The man is being charged with assault on a police officer and unlawful entry, according to the Secret Service.

The Secret Service said there was "no impact to White House security operations."

The last person to be arrested for breaching the White House's perimeter was in November 2017. That person, identified as Victor Merswin, 24, was also immediately arrested.

It was just last week that the White House announced it was raising the fence to further detract people from attempting to jump onto the property.

The height is being more than doubled -- from 6 feet, 6 inches to 13 feet, 1 inch -- as part of a $64 million construction project.

There were three incidents of people attempting to jump the fence at the White House in 2017, the most since 2014.

While it didn't involve a person trespassing on White House property, a man died when he lit himself on fire May 29 just outside the president's residence, on the Ellipse near 15th Street and Constitution Avenue. Arnav Gupta, 33, died the following day from his injuries.

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iStock/Viktorcvetkovic(NEW YORK) --  Authorities in Arkansas arrested a woman on Friday in connection to the murder of former State Senator Linda Collins-Smith, who was found dead in her home last week.

Rebecca Lynn O’Donnell, 48, of Pocahontas, was arrested Friday, Arkansas State Police said in a statement.

Criminal charges were still pending, police said.

Authorities in Arkansas arrested a woman on Friday in connection to the murder of former State Senator Linda Collins-Smith, who was found dead in her home last week.

Rebecca Lynn O’Donnell, 48, of Pocahontas, was arrested Friday, Arkansas State Police said in a statement.

Criminal charges were still pending, police said.

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iStock/jimkruger(COVINGTON, Ky.) -- A man alarmed a homeowner in Covington, Kentucky, when he was caught on camera scoping out her porch and then returning two days later to steal her deck chairs in the middle of the night.

When videos of the incident were shown on local news stations, someone recognized the man and alerted him that police were looking for him, according to the homeowner's Facebook post. The man returned to the house for a third time. But this time it was to apologize.

After the homeowner refused to come outside to talk to the man, he said, "Ma'am, I feel so stupid for doing it and I am so sorry,” speaking to her through the door.

"I apologize to the fullest. I have four daughters and I'm just embarrassed as hell," he said.

The man insisted that the stunt was part of a dare, which the homeowner did not believe. She called the police while he continued to apologize and return the chairs, but fled before officers arrived, the video shows.

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Appleton PD(APPLETON, Wis.) -- Two officers involved in a shooting that left the suspect and a firefighter dead have been cleared of any wrongdoing in Wisconsin.

Outagamie County District Attorney Melinda Tempelis said Appleton Police Sergeant Christopher Biese and Officer Paul Christensen were justified in shooting a suspect to death nearly a month to the day after the incident.

Body camera footage released Thursday shows the chaotic scene that unfolded on the evening of May 15 when police, firefighters and paramedics responded to a man who they believed had a seizure on a bus arriving in the town.

Ruben Houston, 47, was traveling back to his home in Wausau, Wisconsin, when he was found unresponsive on the bus.

First responders discovered that he had overdosed on opioids and administered two shots of Narcan.

In body camera video captured by Biese, Houston can be seen getting up before he begins to walk away, which is when officers noticed “a bulge” on his right side.

Houston claimed it was his phone, but then he reached for his .380 semiautomatic weapon and shot at the officers.

“I heard like a pow, and I thought it was a lawnmower backfiring,” witness Tori Mourning told ABC News affiliate WBAY-TV. “I heard it again, I looked up because we can see the bus stop from my bedroom window. I looked at the tree, I saw the guy shoot a female, and she went down, and another shot was fired, and there was another male and he went down, and then I saw the shooter flee.”

Mitch Lundgaard, a 14-year veteran of the Appleton Fire Department, was shot in the back after offering Houston a cot to lay down on outside of the bus. He later died at the hospital.

Christiansen was also shot in the lower body, but immediately returned fire. He was released from the hospital the next day.

Authorities believe bystander Brittany L. Schowalter, 30, was used by Houston as a human shield. She was struck by the officer’s gunfire but is now in stable condition.

Houston was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.

The investigation found that both officers involved had fired at least once.

Lungaard was a father of three kids, held the rank of firefighter inspector and was also a relief driver engineer. He drove the firetruck to the scene that night.

Biese has been at the police department since 2004. Christiansen had been there for just under 15 months.

“It shows the public just how a seemingly insignificant, non-emergency call for a police officer, can quickly turn deadly,” Appleton Police Chief Todd L. Thomas said. “This is why our officers have to always remain vigilant, and why there is no such thing as a routine call.

“Sgt. Biese and Officer Christensen acted heroically, moving and repeatedly engaging the suspect as he fired. Even after Officer Christensen was hit, and clearly in extreme pain, he battled on because people’s lives were still in danger,” he added. “They were both guardians and caregivers — and, when needed, they were true warriors — vividly demonstrating the strength of the thin blue line.”

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Appleton PD(APPLETON, Wis.) -- Two officers involved in a shooting that left the suspect and a firefighter dead have been cleared of any wrongdoing in Wisconsin.

Outagamie County District Attorney Melinda Tempelis said Appleton Police Sergeant Christopher Biese and Officer Paul Christensen were justified in shooting a suspect to death nearly a month to the day after the incident.

Body camera footage released Thursday shows the chaotic scene that unfolded on the evening of May 15 when police, firefighters and paramedics responded to a man who they believed had a seizure on a bus arriving in the town.

Ruben Houston, 47, was traveling back to his home in Wausau, Wisconsin, when he was found unresponsive on the bus.

First responders discovered that he had overdosed on opioids and administered two shots of Narcan.

In body camera video captured by Biese, Houston can be seen getting up before he begins to walk away, which is when officers noticed “a bulge” on his right side.

Houston claimed it was his phone, but then he reached for his .380 semiautomatic weapon and shot at the officers.

“I heard like a pow, and I thought it was a lawnmower backfiring,” witness Tori Mourning told ABC News affiliate WBAY-TV. “I heard it again, I looked up because we can see the bus stop from my bedroom window. I looked at the tree, I saw the guy shoot a female, and she went down, and another shot was fired, and there was another male and he went down, and then I saw the shooter flee.”

Mitch Lundgaard, a 14-year veteran of the Appleton Fire Department, was shot in the back after offering Houston a cot to lay down on outside of the bus. He later died at the hospital.

Christiansen was also shot in the lower body, but immediately returned fire. He was released from the hospital the next day.

Authorities believe bystander Brittany L. Schowalter, 30, was used by Houston as a human shield. She was struck by the officer’s gunfire but is now in stable condition.

Houston was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.

The investigation found that both officers involved had fired at least once.

Lungaard was a father of three kids, held the rank of firefighter inspector and was also a relief driver engineer. He drove the firetruck to the scene that night.

Biese has been at the police department since 2004. Christiansen had been there for just under 15 months.

“It shows the public just how a seemingly insignificant, non-emergency call for a police officer, can quickly turn deadly,” Appleton Police Chief Todd L. Thomas said. “This is why our officers have to always remain vigilant, and why there is no such thing as a routine call.

“Sgt. Biese and Officer Christensen acted heroically, moving and repeatedly engaging the suspect as he fired. Even after Officer Christensen was hit, and clearly in extreme pain, he battled on because people’s lives were still in danger,” he added. “They were both guardians and caregivers — and, when needed, they were true warriors — vividly demonstrating the strength of the thin blue line.”

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iStock/CREATISTA(PHOENIX) -- A privately funded border wall in New Mexico is being forced by a government agency to keep a gate open during the day, although local authorities have decided the door can be closed at night, according to an agreement reached Friday with the builders.

It’s the latest twist in a long-running feud between a group that wants to help President Donald Trump build his “big, beautiful wall” using GoFund Me cash and local officials who say it lacked the necessary permits.

U.S. officials from the International Boundary and Water Commission said the barrier was blocking a government-owned access road and the agency had repeatedly asked the group to keep the gate open.

Earlier this week, IBWC workers joined by local authorities locked the gate in an open position after their requests were ignored. We Build the Wall, the group that commissioned the barrier, later said it had worked out an agreement with the agency.

But on Friday, IBWC spokeswoman Lori Kuczmanski said the government had worked out an agreement with We Build the Wall. Government workers have been opening the gate during the day and allowing it to close only at night, she said.

We Build the Wall submitted permit applications at the beginning of June, according to the IBWC. But those came after the group held a ribbon cutting to mark the barrier’s completion last month.

“Just because somebody submits an application request does not mean it can be approved,” Kuczmanski said.

As of Friday, the construction permits were still waiting for approval

The IBWC is responsible for managing waterways along the southern border and shares certain responsibilities with Mexican officials. In Sunland Park, New Mexico, the private land used to build the wall runs up to federal property near the American Dam.

The road that was cut off by We Build the Wall’s gate is used to access the dam for maintenance, Kuczmanski said.

The group had other permitting issues with the city of Sunland Park last month. It led the mayor to issue a cease and desist order before allowing construction to continue.

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Miami Gardens Police Department(MIAMI) -- A former Miami high school assistant principal was taken into custody Friday in the murder of a school staffer who was his childhood friend, prosecutors said.

Ernest Roberts, a former assistant principal at Miami Norland Senior High School, is charged with the murder of Kameela Russell, a "doting" mother who worked as a teacher and test proctor at Norland, Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said at a news conference on Friday.

Roberts and Russell knew each other since childhood and Roberts was godfather to Russell's two children, Rundle said. Russell's relatives considered Roberts part of the family, Rundle said.

HAPPENING NOW: Press Conference in my office with @CityofMiaGarden Mayor Oliver Gilbert, @ChiefNoelPratt @MGPDFL & the family of Kameela Russell re the arrest today of her childhood friend, Ernest Roberts, in the disappearance & murder of this beloved teacher, daughter & mother. pic.twitter.com/22l8uqQkTJ

— Kathy Rundle (@KathyFndzRundle) June 14, 2019

Rundle would not discuss a potential motive. "We all want to know what led to this," she said.

Russell, 41, was last seen by her family on May 15, authorities said. Her body was found nearly two weeks later in a canal in Miami Gardens. She died from a blunt head injury and her death was classified a homicide, according to the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner's Office.

The day Russell disappeared, she drove to Roberts' house, Rundle said, and was last seen alive walking into his home. Less than one hour after she went inside, neighbors' surveillance video showed Roberts driving her car away from his home, Rundle said.

Investigators were led to Roberts when a school employee came forward with a tip, Rundle said. The employee said Roberts asked about getting rid of a car, Rundle said. The employee also reported that Roberts said he had an intruder and wanted to know how to clean up blood in his house, Rundle said.

That led to a search warrant, Rundle said. Blood was found in Roberts' home, Rundle said, as well as "extensive evidence" of a clean-up effort.

Roberts deliberately shut down his video surveillance system at his house, added Rundle.

It was not immediately clear if Roberts had an attorney.

Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert knew Russell and said "her loss is a loss for everybody."

"She just welcomed you in," he said. "It's easy to understand how kids gravitated to her."

Russell had worked in the school district since 2014 and Roberts started working there in 2004, according to the district.

Roberts had been appointed assistant principal at Norland in August 2017. He was transferred to a different school in February 2019, according to the district.

He has no prior disciplinary history with the school district, officials said.

"Miami-Dade County Public Schools is appalled and saddened" to learn of Roberts' arrest, a district spokesperson said in a statement.

"Based on preliminary information we received, the District took precautionary measures while the case was being investigated and immediately removed the individual from duty," the district said. "Following his arrest, the District has initiated the employment termination process. Our prayers and thoughts continue to be with Ms. Russell's family."

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iStock/monkeybusinessimages(WASHINGTON) -- the Justice Department has formed a transnational elder fraud strike force to combat the growing international problem of elder fraud.

Elder fraud is when fraudsters prey on older victims who can be more susceptible to when approached to give money to sympathetic causes and in some cases threatened and harassed by criminals.

Recently, three Peruvian men pleaded guilty to extorting older Americans through a Spanish-speaking call center.

"For example, one such script directed the callers to falsely and fraudulently claim to be government attorneys and to state that the victims faced lawsuits and fines for not paying for or receiving packages. Other scripts included similar stories where the callers falsely claimed to be attorneys with courts or credit bureaus in the United States," the indictment in the case reads.

The effort, announced Thursday, combines six U.S. Attorney's offices from California to Georgia, FBI Special Agents and the Postal Inspection Agency -- all in an effort to combat elder fraud in the United States.

“Fraud against the elderly is on the rise," Attorney General William Barr said in a release. “One of the most significant and pernicious causes for this increase is foreign-based fraud schemes. The new Transnational Elder Fraud Strike Force will bring together the expertise and resources of our prosecutors, federal and international law enforcement partners, and other government agencies to better target, investigate, and prosecute criminals abroad who prey on our elderly at home. The Department of Justice is committed to ending the victimization of elders across the country.”

Earlier this year, the attorney general announced the largest ever crackdown on elder fraud in country by highlighting the case of William Webster, the former FBI director who was targeted for months by scammers abroad.

“It doesn’t matter where these criminals live. We’re committed to keeping our elderly citizens safe, whether they’re being targeted door-to-door, over the phone, or online, from thousands of miles away,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said.

Barr has said that he had been a victim of one of the scams in 2017. While he was not attorney general at the time, fraudsters asked for money using his old official portrait.

He highlighted his story at a roundtable event in March.

"People took my official Justice Department portrait from 1992, so I was looking pretty good in 1992 and they put it up on Facebook and other online sites and I was telling people as the former attorney general I had access to special federal grant money and if they just sent some money I could tell them how to get some major grants," he explained.

Barr said he had the pages taken down, but from time to time even leading up to when he was nominated to be attorney general he would get calls from people around the country which he called "heartbreaking."

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Paula Lobo/Walt Disney Television(NEW YORK) -- Award-winning performer and fashion icon Billy Porter is known to captivate an audience with ease, but this time, he captured the audience with a warning about America's future.

Friday on "The View," the "Pose" star highlighted the importance of telling the story about the emergence of drag queen culture in society through his show.

More importantly, he shares that viewers might see strong similarities to the America we know today.

"Those that don't know their history are doomed to repeat it. We're in the middle of a crossroads in our country, in the world in general," Porter said. "Democracy is at stake. People's rights, people's humanity continues to be up for legislation, which is ridiculous. We've seen this before."

Porter said he "went straight to the frontlines to fight for our lives" after coming out in 1985. "I know what this looks like; I'm an activist. I know what it looks like; I've seen it before."

"As artists, we get to – in a creative way – pull people into these stories, pull people into these journeys, these things that happened in the past that relate to what's happening right now," he said.

When co-host Sunny Hostin asked Porter if he feels like he's seeing these rights movements rising again, he quickly responded that he's "seeing it again."

"Love always wins. Love always did win; love always wins," Porter continued. "It might take some time, but we got to be patient."

"I stand on the shoulders of slaves. I know what it looks like; I know what that is," he said. "Love still always wins. I might not be with you when we make it to the mountain top, but we gonna get there."

Porter – who said he's "always been a fashion person" – isn't only winning Grammy and Tony awards; he's also winning on the red carpet. He stole the show at this year's Met Gala when he channeled Cleopatra and arrived on a literal pedestal.

"I feel like as artists, we get to be a part of changing, be a part of change, changing the molecular structure of people's hearts and minds, and we can do it through everything," Porter said. "With me, the clothes have a statement, the clothes mean something. I want to open up conversations."

"Women wearing pants is not a problem – anymore. It used to be, but it's not a problem. We moved through that because pants are strong. They're considered strong; they're considered powerful; they are associated with the patriarchy," Porter continued. "However, when a man wears a dress, very often people are disgusted."

When Porter asked the co-hosts what it means when we see society accepting women wearing pants, but not men wearing dresses or skirts, Joy Behar responded it means "they hate women."

After thanking Behar for acknowledging the gender role inequality, he said, "I'm done doing that. I'm done with that. I'm a man would wants to wear a dress and when I want to, I'm gonna."

"The moment that I owned the totality of who I am by getting into that character, putting on those boots" Porter began about his role in "Kinky Boots" on Broadway, "Those heels made me feel the most grounded and the most powerful that I've ever felt in my life."

"I'm not going back."

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