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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.
  • The message from a senator to the government ethics office: Use your authority to force the president to reveal how many waivers he's granted to ex-lobbyists in his new administration. That was Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley's demand to the Office of Government Ethics in June 2009. He was seeking information about some of President Barack Obama's most controversial appointees, the people who used to make their living pressing the federal government for money and policies. Eight years and a political flip later, Republicans in President Donald Trump's administration say OGE lacks that authority, and they've asserted that there's no need for them to publicly disclose any ethics waivers. Trump's budget director Mick Mulvaney is asking that ethics Director Walter Shaub halt his inquiry into lobbyists-turned-Trump administration employees. 'In particular, this data call appears to raise legal questions regarding the scope of OGE's authorities,' Mulvaney wrote in a letter last week to Shaub, first reported by the New York Times. The back-and-forth follows a request Shaub made in late April that agency heads share with his office by June 1 waivers the Trump administration has issued to its ethics policies concerning lobbyists. Mulvaney's letter indicates that administration agencies, such as Treasury, Commerce and Defense, won't be responding to Shaub. And there's a longstanding legal question about whether the White House itself is subject to any disclosure to the OGE. The Office of the White House Counsel has until June 1 to comply with Shaub's data request or decline in writing. As part of Trump's promise to 'drain the swamp' of Washington, he continued an Obama-era two-year prohibition of lobbyists and lawyers hired as political appointees from working on 'particular' government matters that involved their former clients. Trump also instituted a five-year lobbying prohibition and lifetime ban on foreign government lobbying for people who later leave his administration. Like Obama, Trump is making exceptions to his own rules. In his two terms as president, Obama granted waivers to 66 White House and administration employees, according to what the Office of Government Ethics posted on its website. 'In the Obama administration, the President ordered that waivers be shared with OGE, and we gladly did so,' Obama's chief ethics counsel Norman Eisen said Monday. Waivers continue under the Trump administration, but the extent of them is unknown because his executive actions on ethics do not include provisions for public disclosure or information-sharing with OGE. While each administration has the authority to grant waivers, there should be some central repository for the public to learn when an employee has been granted one, said Sean Moulton, open government program manager at the Project on Government Oversight in Washington. Eisen called the move by Mulvaney 'the latest salvo in his attack on good government.' Democratic lawmakers also seized on the White House's desire to keep ethics waivers private — in such a way that seemed to channel Grassley circa 2009. They asked the OGE to keep up the fight. 'It is critical that you and your office make transparent how the individuals serving in the Trump Administration are complying, or failing to comply, with President Trump's executive order and other ethics requirements,' Rep. Elijah Cummings and other Democrats on the House Oversight Committee wrote in a letter dated May 19. 'Your role is particularly important because the White House itself is keeping this information secret.' House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz, a Utah Republican who says he is soon leaving office, did not respond to requests for comment. Back in 2009, Grassley asked the OGE force 'the Obama administration to live up to its word.' 'As a senior member of the United States Senate, I have consistently worked to ensure that the business of the Government is done in as open and transparent manner as possible,' Grassley wrote in his June 10, 2009, letter to OGE's then-director Robert Cusick. Grassley's office did not return repeated requests for comment Monday.
  • PBS is collaborating with the BBC on a special live event this summer where cameras will try to catch bears, wolves, eagles and other wildlife in their natural habitat in Alaska. 'Wild Alaska Live' will air over three nights on PBS on July 23, 26 and 30. Cameras placed in the Tongass National Forest, the Kenai Fjords National Park, in Hallo Bay and other locations will hunt for wildlife as the show discusses how the state's human population interacts with nature. The show is similar to 'Big Blue Live,' a 2015 event focused on marine life in California's Monterey Bay. That was another partnership with the BBC, said Beth Hoppe, chief programming officer at PBS. 'Live natural history has really caught on for them,' Hoppe said. 'For them, it's a big spectacle. For us, it's a way to dip our toes into the space.' Brothers Chris and Martin Kratt of the PBS Kids series 'Wild Kratts' will host the event. PBS has a run of natural history and science programming lined up for its 'Summer of Adventure.' Next month will see the start of multi-part series 'The Story of China' and 'Big Pacific,' the latter on the ocean's 'most guarded secrets.' ''Nature's Great Race' details stories of migration, and PBC will also show travelogues in Cuba and Ireland. Through the adventure programming and other series, PBS is emphasizing family friendly viewing at a time it sees competing broadcast networks getting away from that notion, Hoppe said. An adaptation of 'Anne of Green Gables' did well for the network last fall, and PBS has agreed to air two other films in a related trilogy. PBS is also planning a three-hour version of 'Little Women.' 'It's a good thing to emphasize right now,' she said.
  • Warrants claim a North Georgia nurse accused of inappropriately touching women under anesthesia injected at least one of them with a potent drug to keep her under sedation for a longer period of time. Sandy Springs Police arrested Michael Morgan, 33, after they said he admitted to touching the women while they were unconscious at the gastroenterology practice where he worked earlier this year. Police said Morgan confided in his pastors at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness, and they turned him into detectives. According to warrants obtained by Channel 2's Mike Petchenik, 'Mr. Morgan admitted to taking a used plunger of Propofol from a medical trash pile that had not been used all the way. He then took a saline flush and added it to the used Propofol plunge so he could keep her under sedation.' TRENDING STORIES: Clark Howard says near-fatal disease possibly caused by popular antibiotic 'Frightening' carfentanil drug 10K times more potent than heroin Ga. student didn't think he'd graduate, teacher proves him wrong Morgan remains in the Fulton County Jail without bond. Petchenik went to Morgan's Adairsville neighborhood Monday to find those who knew him. Next door neighbor Timothy Hicks said the allegations caught him off guard. 'It's disturbing. A shock. We're in shock to hear this,' Hicks said. 'It's out of character.' Hicks said Morgan was always very polite and helpful. 'I was bitten by a snake and I called Michael. It had to be 7 a.m. and he ran up here and he sat with me,' he said. 'He helped me the best that he possibly could until the ambulance arrived.' A fellow member of Morgan's church told Petchenik off camera he's known Morgan for 10 years and that the allegations also shocked him. He said if it were true, the 'shoe will fall it where it does.' Neighbor Kyle Hendrix told Petchenik he didn't know Morgan, but he wished his family well under the circumstances. 'I hope his family and everyone aren't too affected by it because obviously they didn't do anything,' he said. Morgan is due in court Friday for a preliminary hearing.