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Police officer shot while investigating 'suspicious activity' in Maryland

A police officer was shot Monday while investigating a report of suspicious activity in Baltimore County, Maryland, according to authorities.

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 WJZ-TV reported that the officer, who was not immediately identified, died after she was shot in the head Monday, however, authorities said in a tweet around 4 p.m. that the officer was “injured and taken to a local hospital.”

One person was at large after the attack.

Baltimore County Councilman David Marks wrote in a Twitter post that the officer was shot in Perry Hall, near Belair and Lausmier roads.

Police warned residents to shelter in place as they continued to investigate Monday's shooting. 

Check back for updates to this developing story.

LSU fighting for postseason life at SEC baseball tournament

LSU coach Paul Mainieri is a big fan of the drama that surrounds the opening day knockout round of the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament.

In a rare change, the Tigers will be part of it this year.

The storied LSU program has struggled this season - especially by its lofty standards - and is the No. 8 seed at this week's SEC Tournament in Hoover, Alabama. The Tigers face No. 9 Mississippi State on Tuesday in what might be a must-win game for their NCAA Tournament chances.

Mainieri said his team must embrace the high stakes on Tuesday's game without feeling the pressure. LSU was the national runner-up last season and has made the College World Series in three of the past five seasons.

"It'll be an exciting ballgame," Mainieri said. "And that's all we're going to do - we're going to play a baseball game. Nobody knows the postseason ramifications so I'm not even going to try to speculate."

The SEC has used the opening day knockout round format since 2013 when the tournament expanded to 12 teams. The No. 5 through No. 12 seeds play a single-elimination game on Tuesday and the winners advance to a double-elimination format that begins on Wednesday.

The other games on knockout Tuesday: No. 6 Vanderbilt vs. No. 11 Texas A&M, No. 7 Auburn vs. No. 10 Kentucky and No. 5 South Carolina vs. No. 12 Missouri. Kentucky and Texas A&M are among the programs in a similar position as LSU, teetering on the edge of an NCAA Tournament invitation.

The four teams automatically earning a spot in the double-elimination round are No. 1 seed Florida - which is the defending national champion - No. 2 Ole Miss, No. 3 Georgia and No. 4 Arkansas.

The tournament format goes back to a single-elimination format for Saturday's semifinals and Sunday's final. Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco said seeding won't matter much in Hoover.

"The truth is it feels like the league is loaded every year," Bianco said. "If you don't play well, you'll lose. Everyone is good and everyone can beat you if you don't play your best baseball."

Some other things to watch when the SEC Tournament starts on Tuesday:

PROSPECT PARADISE

The SEC is once again full of highly-rated Major League Baseball prospects who could be picked very early in next month's amateur draft. Among the biggest names: Auburn pitcher Casey Mize, Florida pitcher Brady Singer, Florida third baseman Jonathan India and Ole Miss pitcher Ryan Rolison.

BULLDOGS ON A ROLL

Mississippi State had a tough start to the season when coach Andy Cannizaro resigned following the season's opening weekend because of "poor decisions" that weren't specified by the school. The Bulldogs struggled during first several weeks, but have been one of the league's better teams during May and capped the regular season with a stunning three-game sweep of No. 1 Florida.

FLORIDA BACK IN THE POSTSEASON

Florida begins its postseason quest to win a second straight national championship on Wednesday. The Gators have been one of the best teams in the country this season and had a 20-10 record in league play. They come into the tournament on a four-game losing streak, which is their longest of the season.

GEORGIA'S REVIVAL

Georgia was the national runner-up in 2008, but has struggled over most of the past decade. The Bulldogs have finally had a revival under fourth-year coach Scott Stricklin, finishing with an 18-12 record in the SEC, and hope to continue that momentum into the postseason. Said Stricklin: "The bottom line is our talent level's better, our depth is better, but our experience is I think the thing where you see the difference in every single category."

SOUTH CAROLINA A THREAT

South Carolina looked like it might not even make the NCAA Tournament a month ago. Now the Gamecocks look like they could be very successful in the postseason. Led by first-year coach Mark Kingston, South Carolina is 11-4 over its past 15 conference games and has won five series in a row.

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AP Sports Writer Steve Megargee contributed to this story.

Man found shot to death in ditch at metro Atlanta park

Police are investigating after a landscaper found a body in a ditch at a Gwinnett County park Monday morning.

The middle-aged white male was found with a gunshot wound near baseball fields at Pinckneyville Park off South Old Peachtree Road, Gwinnett County police said.

A backpack and firearm were located near the body.

Police say the homicide unit is investigating because of "suspicious circumstances."

We have a reporter and photographer talking to authorities about the death, for Channel 2 Action News at 5 p.m.

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Shots fired in elementary school parking lot; Authorities working crime scene

Authorities are investigating after a person said he was shot in the parking lot of a Spalding County elementary school Monday afternoon.

Channel 2 Action News has learned the victim was taken to Spalding Regional Hospital. While he was being interviewed, he said he was shot in the parking lot of Beaverbrook Elementary School.

The Spalding County Sheriff's Office says no students are in danger and school will dismiss as normal.

"All indications are that this incident was not related to the school nor were any students or staff targeted," Spalding County Sheriff's Office Capt. Dwayne Jones said. "At this time, investigators are speaking with school staff and processing a crime scene where the shooting occurred."

We have a reporter and photographer headed to the scene to learn more information. WATCH Channel 2 Action News at 4 p.m. for LIVE updates.

Florida takes SEC player, pitcher, coach of the year awards

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) - Florida has taken home the Southeastern Conference player of the year, pitcher of the year and coach of the year awards.

The SEC announced Monday that Florida third baseman Jonathan India is player of the year and right-hander Brady Singer is pitcher of the year. Florida's Kevin O'Sullivan was named coach of the year after leading the Gators to a 41-15 record.

Florida is the No. 1 seed in the SEC Tournament that starts Tuesday in Hoover, Alabama.

India leads the SEC in slugging percentage (.730), on-base percentage (.506) and walks (45). He is batting .365 with 16 homers. Singer owns a 10-1 record and 2.25 ERA.

Arkansas' Heston Kjerstad was named SEC freshman of the year. Georgia's Keegan McGovern and Tennessee's Nico Mascia are co-scholar athletes of the year.

Georgia Tech guard Josh Okogie remains in NBA draft

ATLANTA (AP) - Josh Okogie has decided to remain in the NBA draft, ending his career at Georgia Tech after two seasons.

The 6-foot-4 guard announced his decision Monday. The draft will be held June 21.

Okogie submitted his application to the NBA undergraduate advisory committee in March, participated in workouts and interviews with NBA teams, and attended the last week's draft combine in Chicago.

Okogie ranked fourth in the Atlantic Coast Conference at 18.2 points per game as a sophomore. He averaged 16.9 points over his two seasons with the Yellow Jackets, coming one of six players in school history to reach 1,000 points in their sophomore year.

Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner says he fully supports Okogie's decision, even though he's not projected as a first-round pick by most analysts.

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National Talk Like Yoda Day, It Is

May the 21st be with you, yes? 

Thirty-eight years ago, on May 21, 1980, the world was introduced to a little green Einstein-looking puppet with terrible grammar named Yoda. 

Today, people are still naming their pugs and french bulldogs after him.

Thanks to George Lucas, it is, hmmm?

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National Talk Like Yoda Day celebrates the anniversary release of "Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back," the movie where Luke Skywalker meets Yoda in the swamps of the planet Dagobah.

To talk like Yoda, but “do or do not, there is no try.” Just switch around your sentence structure.

Speak in object-subject-verb instead of the normal subject-verb-object. Add "yes" and "hmmm" to the end of your sentences for a bonus. 

Love it, your coworkers will.

More "Star Wars" is coming at you this week with "Solo: A Star Wars Story" premiering Friday, May 25.

Man charged in 1987 double murder found using Golden State Killer genealogy technique

Investigators in Washington state last week made an arrest in a 31-year-old double homicide, tracking the suspect down using the same genealogy techniques used to capture the suspected Golden State Killer.

William Earl Talbott II, 55, of the Seattle-Tacoma area, was booked Thursday with one count of first-degree murder in the November 1987 death of Tanya Van Cuylenborg, 18, of British Columbia, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office officials said Friday in a news conference

Van Cuylenborg and her boyfriend, 20-year-old Jay Cook, vanished Nov. 18, 1987, on an overnight trip to Seattle to buy furnace parts for Cook’s family’s business. 

They were reported missing when they failed to return home. A man found Van Cuylenborg’s body Nov. 24 near Bellingham in Skagit County. She had been bound with plastic zip ties, sexually abused and shot in the head, the Toronto Star reported

Cook’s body was found two days later, battered and wrapped in a blue blanket that did not belong to the couple, about 75 miles away under a bridge near Monroe, which is in Snohomish County. Cook had been beaten and strangled. 

“It's been 31 years since this horrific crime took place,” Skagit County Sheriff Will Reichardt said Friday. “Today, we are one step closer for justice for Jay Cook and Tanya Van Cuylenborg.”

Investigators from Skagit and Snohomish counties worked the three-decades-long case together. 

Talbott’s arrest comes just five weeks after Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary released composite drawings of a possible suspect that were made using DNA believed to have been left behind by the killer. The images showed a white man with light hair and green or hazel eyes. 

The killer’s DNA, which was found at the scene of Van Cuylenborg’s slaying, was also uploaded to a genealogy website and used to create family trees with people who shared significant amounts of DNA with the unknown suspect, officials said. 

CeCe Moore, the genealogist who worked on the case, said Friday that she traced the suspected killer’s DNA to his great-grandparents, then used “reverse genealogy” to fill in the blanks on the branches. 

“This led me to two descendants of the great-grandparents of the original matches who married, thus tying the two families together,” Moore said

The couple had one son -- Talbott. 

Once Talbott was identified as a potential suspect, detectives obtained his DNA from a cup he used and threw out. 

Reverse genealogy made headlines around the world earlier this year when investigators looking for the Golden State Killer, a serial killer and rapist believed to be responsible for 12 homicides, more than 50 rapes and about 100 burglaries across California in the 1970s and 1980s, arrested Joseph James DeAngelo Jr., 72, after they said they matched his DNA to that of the killer. 

Trenary on Friday thanked the investigators who never gave up on solving the slayings of the young Canadian couple. 

“It’s a difficult thing for us, but candidly, this is what we do our job for,” Trenary said. 

Reichardt said it was the forensic work that detectives did in 1987, which preserved the DNA evidence, that ultimately led to Talbott’s arrest. 

“The next step is prosecution,” Reichardt said. 

Cook and Van Cuylenborg left their Saanich homes bound for Victoria, where they were planning to take the Port Angeles ferry to Seattle. The couple made the ferry and were spotted buying snacks along the way to Seattle in Hoodsport and Allyn, both located in Mason County, Washington, according to Snohomish County officials. 

They were last seen alive buying tickets for the 11:35 p.m. Bremerton-to-Seattle ferry the night they vanished.

KIRO 7 News in Seattle reported that Van Cuylenborg was found six days later, partially clothed, in a ditch. Cook’s van was found the next day, locked and abandoned, in a Blue Diamond parking lot in Bellingham, located in Whatcom County. 

Cook’s body was found the day after the van. 

The victims’ families last month offered a $50,000 reward to anyone who could provide information before the end of the year that would lead to a positive match to the DNA in the case, KIRO reported

Members of the Cook and Van Cuylenborg families were at Friday’s news conference. They expressed a mix of emotions at the news of Talbott’s arrest. 

“Yesterday, the killer had his last sleep in his own bed, his last coffee break, his last day of freedom," Cook’s sister, Laura Baanstra, said. “It’s hard to put into words the relief, joy and great sorrow this arrest brings.”

“They were both gentle souls, caring and trusting kids, and they were betrayed,” Van Cuylenborg’s brother, John, said. “Hopefully, this is a start of some justice for them.”

Talbott has not yet been charged with Cook’s slaying, but investigators continue to process evidence and interview witnesses related to that portion of the case. Detectives are asking anyone who knew Talbott or his activities in 1987 or 1988 to come forward.

Talbott, who was 24 years old at the time of the slayings, was living with his parents in Woodinville, about seven miles from where Cook’s body was found. 

Detectives are hoping to find witnesses who saw Talbott with Cook’s van in November 1987 or with a 35mm Minolta camera that Van Cuylenborg had with her at the time she was slain. 

The camera’s lens was recovered in 1990 and traced to a pawn shop in Portland, Oregon, police officials said. The body of the camera remains missing. 

They are also looking for anyone who knows anything about the blanket Cook’s body was found wrapped in. 

Anyone with information related to the case should call the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 425-388-3845.

Obamas sign multiyear deal with Netflix to make movies, TV shows

Former President Barack Obama has signed a multiyear deal with Netflix to produce films and television shows on the streaming service with former first lady Michelle Obama.

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According to Netflix, the Obamas’ agreement includes scripted and unscripted series, documentaries and features produced by Higher Ground Productions.

President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have entered into a multi-year agreement to produce films and series for Netflix, potentially including scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries, and features.

>> Related: Here are all the movies, TV shows coming to Netflix in May

“One of the simple joys of our time in public service was getting to meet so many fascinating people from all walks of life, and to help them share their experiences with a wider audience,” the former president said in a statement. “That’s why Michelle and I are so excited to partner with Netflix – we hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the entire world.”

>> Related: Here are all the movies, TV shows leaving Netflix in May

The New York Times first reported in March that the Obamas were in negotiations with Netflix to produce shows, and learned that they don’t intend to use the platform to address President Donald Trump or conservatives.

Instead, Netflix said the plan is to highlight themes the president pursued during his terms in office.

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“Barack and Michelle Obama are among the world’s most respected and highly-recognized public figures and are uniquely positioned to discover and highlight stories of people who make a difference in their communities and strive to change the world for the better,” Ted Sarandos, chief content officer for Netflix, told the Times.

We are incredibly proud they have chosen to make Netflix the home for their formidable storytelling abilities,” he said.

Obama has also recently appeared on David Letterman’s Netflix interview series, “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.”

Delta opens pop-up lounge for middle-seat passengers at Logan

No one likes being stuck in the middle seat, no matter where their flight may be going.

With that in mind, Delta Airlines partnered up with Coca-Cola for a special treat specific to those stuck in the middle seat.

The Atlanta-based companies are offering a a pop-up "Middle Seat Lounge" at Boston Logan International on Monday for only one day.

“From getting the VIP treatment with fellow middle seat travelers in the lounge to a surprise onboard, we wanted to recognize Boston middle seat customers in a unique way that will brighten their Monday,” said Julieta McCurry, Delta’s Managing Director

Those with a Delta boarding pass showing a middle seat assignment can enter the lounge near Boston Logan’s gate A11, where there will be a Coke beverage station and an appearance by Celtics TV analyst and former NBA star Brian Scalabrine.

Lucky Delta passengers flying out of Logan can even win a trip by posting a selfie with their seatmates.

Middle seat passengers can also bring a "three-pack" of Coke bottles to share with their seatmates.

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“Coca-Cola is excited to partner with Delta to help celebrate middle seat travelers and provide them with a special beverage experience during their time at Boston-Logan International Airport and onboard,” said Lou Grill, Coca-Cola North America’s Vice President. “This unique opportunity to Share a Coke with fellow seatmates is another way to create meaningful moments and enhance our fans’ travel experience.”

Delta is expanding its flights in Boston this summer, and Coca-Cola also has a large presence in the area. The two companies have been partners since 1927 through Delta’s serving of Coke products on flights.

“From growing our Boston network to offering lie flat beds in Delta One on flights to San Francisco and Los Angeles to having two Delta Sky Clubs for guests to enjoy in Boston, we are investing in creating an unmatched experience for customers — one that’s right for every customer on every flight,” said Charlie Schewe, Delta’s Director of New England Sales.

This isn't the first time the two companies have joined efforts to bring a special treat to their clients.

Last year, the companies worked with 12 artists around the world to transform tray tables on a Boeing 767 into art. On that plane, the designs curated were all over the coach class seats for about a month.

Advertising firm Wieden+Kennedy New York worked alongside Delta and Coca-Cola to create the art gallery.

The tray table art was then displayed at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution contributed to this story.

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