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  • An explosion was reported at Manchester Arena in the U.K. where an Ariana Grande concert was being held on Monday.  >> Read more trending news BBC News reported that police have warned people to avoid the area around the venue amid reports of an explosion. Grande’s label, Republic Records, confirmed she was on the tour bus at the time of the incident. Greater Manchester Police confirmed the reports of an explosion in a statement on Twitter, as well as “a number of confirmed fatalities and others injured.”
  • A Cobb County car dealership employee was shot Monday afternoon while trying to refuel a Mercedes-Benz. While the Mercedes-Benz of Marietta employee was driving on Cobb Parkway, two masked men pulled up in a white Chrysler with dark-tinted windows at the intersection of Wylie Road, Channel 2 Action News reported. RELATED: Felon allegedly pulls gun, calls driver ‘snowflake’ in road-rage incident The driver told the news station the men may have been trying to carjack him and they fired several rounds, one of which grazed the driver’s arm. The visibly shaken employee did not want to give his name. He was treated for shattered glass to the arm by paramedics on the scene, Channel 2 reported.  Police chased the Chrysler north on Cobb Parkway about 4 p.m. At least three bullets hit the Mercedes, Channel 2 reported.  — Please return to AJC.com for updates.  In other news:
  • There was a lot of crying and a lot of hugging at Kennesaw's Harrison High School, as students, and teachers, remembered Joelle Dalgleish.  The 16-year-old was killed this past Friday in a freak accident while camping in Bartow County.  The tree holding the hammock she was sleeping in snapped and came down on top of her.  At Harrison High School, Joelle's cross country coaches spoke to the press and tried to make sense of the tragedy.  'You're here for each other, and lean on each other, and we all will get through this,' says Jason Scott, one of Joelle's cross country coaches. 'We've had tragedies before. The community of Harrison High School is bigger than one moment.'  Joelle's coaches are already working on how to remember the girl, not just for the students today but for generations to come.  'As we move forward, Joelle's memory will always be lasting,' Scott says, 'in the form of a scholarship that we have as a team, or if we name a meet after her.'  Joelle’s visitation will be on Wednesday, May 24 from 5:00 pm -8:00 pm at West Cobb Funeral Home in Marietta. A Celebration of Life service will be held at North Metro Church on Thursday, May 25 at 6:00 pm.  There is also a candlelight vigil planned, and a balloon release at the school.
  • Protesters set late President Hugo Chavez's childhood home in western Venezuela on fire Monday afternoon, an opposition lawmaker said, as protests against the nation's socialist government grew increasingly hostile. Demonstrators lit the house in the city of Barinas where Chavez spent his early years aflame along with several government buildings, including the regional office of the National Electoral Council, said Pedro Luis Castillo, a legislator who represents the area. The burnings capped a violent day in Barinas — known as the cradle of Chavez's socialist revolution — during which protesters clashed with national guardsmen, businesses were shuttered and roads were blocked with fire-filled barricades. Nineteen-year-old Yorman Bervecia was shot and killed during a protest, according to the nation's chief prosecutor. His death brings to at least 49 the number killed in nearly two months of anti-government protests demanding new elections. While protesters are decrying current President Nicolas Maduro for the nation's triple-digit inflation, food shortages and rising crime, demonstrators have also destroyed at least five statues commemorating Chavez, in addition to the childhood home. 'It is pretty symbolic that the citizens are venting their frustrations on the author of the Bolivarian revolution,' said Eric Farnsworth, vice president of the Council of the Americas. The street clashes engulfing Venezuela appear to be turning increasingly violent, with both security forces and youth protesters looking more unruly. Residents of Caracas awoke on Monday to several smoldering barricades made of trash and torn-down street signs. Access to the capital's downtown was blocked at several points by heavily armed security forces looking to prevent a march to the Health Ministry to demand Maduro open a so-called humanitarian corridor for the delivery of medicine and food aid. On the outskirts of Caracas, where reports of nighttime protests and looting have become more frequent, the situation was even more tense: Young men with their faces covered or wearing gas masks put down barbed wire at roadblocks every few blocks and menacingly asked bystanders for contributions to their 'Resistance' movement. Opposition leaders are urging restraint from their followers, but say security forces and pro-government militias — not the protesters — are behind the vast number of deadly attacks. Maduro accused protesters Sunday of setting fire to a government supporter, saying what he calls 'Nazi-fascist' elements are taking root inside the opposition's ranks and contributing to a dangerous spiral of violence in the two-month anti-government protest movement. Maduro said that 21-year-old Orlando Zaragoza suffered burns to almost all his body when he was doused with gasoline and set on fire at a protest in Caracas a day earlier. Videos circulating on social media show a man covered in flames fleeing a small mob. Maduro said he was being treated. It's not clear what triggered the attack, which is under investigation, although some eyewitnesses told local media that Zaragoza was caught robbing demonstrators who had gathered by the tens of thousands to protest Maduro's rule. 'In Venezuela there's rising a counterrevolution of Nazi-fascist influence that that has infected the emotions and thinking of thousands of compatriots, who believe they have the right to pursue others for the simple crime of being Venezuelan or Chavista or revolutionary,' Maduro said in his weekly TV program. 'This is terrorism.' Meanwhile, a retired army general opposed to Maduro denounced what he said are plans by the military in the central state of Lara to deploy snipers to control protests that turn violent. The plans were discussed in a month-old conversation among top generals in the state secretly recorded by one of the participants, according to retired Gen. Cliver Cordones, who on Monday sent a petition to Chief Prosecutor Luisa Ortega asking her to investigate the matter. Cordones, who broke with Maduro more than a year ago, said he obtained the recording and written transcript of the conversation in a pen drive left in an unmarked envelope at his residence. In it, a man identified as Gen. Jose Rafael Torrealba, the top military official in the state, discusses the need to start selecting soldiers with proven psychological and technical strength for use as sharpshooters. The context of the conversation is what the officer says is the increasing use of firearms by protesters to shoot at security forces. 'The time will come in which we'll have to deploy them, and I want us to be ready for that moment,' the man identified as Torrealba says. 'The president won't just stay in his green phase gentlemen,' he adds, referring to the first stage of a military plan to control the protests announced last month by Maduro. While some can be heard voicing support for the idea, at least one expresses concern that such plans, if acted on, could land commanding officers in jail. The Associated Press also obtained a copy of the recording from a person in contact with one of the participants. The source demanded anonymity for safety. But the AP was unable to verify its authenticity or the identities of those alleged to have taken part in the conversation. There has also been no response from Torrealba or the military since the recording was first reported last week by the Spanish-language affiliate of the Miami Herald.
  • A California bill that would eliminate health insurance companies and provide government-funded health coverage for everyone in the state would cost $400 billion and require significant tax increases, legislative analysts said Monday. Much of the cost would be offset by existing state, federal and private spending on health coverage, the analysis found, but total health care costs would increase by an estimated $50 billion to $100 billion a year. That's a massive sum in a state where the entire general fund budget is $125 billion. Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, said he'll propose a mechanism for raising the necessary tax revenue soon. The California Nurses Association, which is the driving force behind the bill, has commissioned a study to look at options. The concept known as single-payer has energized liberals who are pushing Democratic lawmakers to approve the measure. The nursing union and other backers say eliminating insurance company profits and administrative costs would allow for more spending on patient care. Employers, business groups and health plans warned that the tax increases would crush businesses and make it harder for them to expand their workforce in California. 'The impact on employers I think is going to be absolutely astounding,' Sen. Jim Nielsen, R-Gerber, said in a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on the bill Monday. 'How can you possibly say this is going to be fiscally prudent for the state of California, not a burden for the state?' SB562 would guarantee health coverage with no out-of-pocket costs for all California residents, including people living in the country illegally. The state would contract with hospitals, doctors and other health care providers and pay the bills for all residents similar to the way the federal government covers seniors through Medicare. The measure envisions using all public money spent on health care — from Medicare, Medicaid, federal public health funds and 'Obamacare' subsidies. That's enough to cover about half of the $400 billion cost, according to the legislative analysis. The rest would come from higher taxes on businesses, residents or both. It would take a 15 percent payroll tax to raise enough money, the analysis said. Two-thirds of the Assembly and Senate must approve the tax increases required to fund it. If it were to clear the Legislature and be signed by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, who has expressed skepticism, it would need cooperation from President Donald Trump's administration to waive rules about federal Medicare and Medicaid dollars.
  • Police confirmed Monday that there were fatalities after an explosion was reported at Manchester Arena in the U.K. where an Ariana Grande concert was being held. Police have warned people to avoid the area around the venue amid reports of an explosion. BREAKING: Police in Manchester, UK confirm fatalities amid reports of 'serious incident' after Ariana Grande concert https://t.co/ACcGukEXc9 pic.twitter.com/Vd5iPBB8au-- ABC News (@ABC) May 22, 2017 Video shows scene in Manchester, England, during 'serious incident' after Ariana Grande concert; fatalities reported https://t.co/ACcGukEXc9 pic.twitter.com/cmAv5nvE4q-- ABC News (@ABC) May 22, 2017 Grande's label, Republic Records, confirmed she was on the tour bus at the time of the incident.