--ISIS claims responsibility for the shooting of Paris police officers along the Champs-Elysees...One officer is dead and two wounded. The suspect is dead. The Paris Prosecutor says the identify of the gunman has been verified, but the prosecutor has not disclosed the name. Searches were conducted in at least one suburb east of Paris after Thursday's attack.
--A tourist captured the moments on his cell phone video. Security on high alert but the sidewalks and roadway have reopened.
--The attack comes three days before Presidential elections in France, and on the same day all 11 candidates made their final broadcast pitches to voters. Far-right candidate Maria LePen says "We need a plan to fight Islamist terrorism."
TN TEACHER & STUDENT
Missing since March 13th...Found more than a thousand miles away...fired Tennessee teacher Tad Cummins and the teenage student he's accused of kidnapping. Authorities found the pair at a cabin in remote northern California, after a tip from a resident. The Siskiyou County Sheriff says two loaded handguns also were found at the location. 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas is safe and will be flown back home Friday. Cummins faces state and federal charges.
Kori Ali Muhammad faces arraignment Friday (11:30am ET) in Fresno, for last week's murder of a motel security guard. Being named a suspect in that murder, police say, sparked Muhammad’s alleged killing spree this week. The DA says police have still not submitted their case on the 3 murders this week so no charges have been filed for those killings. Muhammad is charged with murder for the security guard and attempted murder for shooting at a second guard last Thursday.
--President Trump Friday heads to the Treasury Department to sign two "financial-related" executive orders.
--House Republicans, who have spent the last two weeks quietly negotiating a GOP health care proposal, on Thursday floated a carefully crafted amendment to the bill that failed several weeks ago, and some say it could be the key to getting the measure passed. The new activity encouraged President Trump, who expressed optimism that the House could pass the "great bill" as early as next week - though senior GOP aides downplayed that possibility. Asked Thursday if he wants to see the House pass the GOP health care bill or pass a measure to fund the government and prevent a partial shutdown next week, President Trump said "both."
After stops in Saudi Arabia and Egypt, Secretary of Defense James Mattis is in Israel. He’s set to meet his counterpart Avigdor Leiberman on Friday as well as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. On the agenda: countering Iran and its support for the terror groups Hezbollah and Hamas. The ever more volatile situation in Syria likely to get more attention than in the past.
--Media reports say Bill O’Reilly could receive a payout as high as $25 million as leaves Fox News under a cloud of sexual harassment allegations. The Financial Times and others reported on Thursday that O’Reilly would receive the sum -- “equivalent to one year’s salary” -- from 21st Century Fox, Fox News’ parent company.
--The lawyer representing women who've made sexual harassment allegations against O'Reilly ... says her phone is ringing off the hook ... with more women coming forward to make claims ... since the network decided to drop their top host. Attorney Lisa Bloom says Fox News is taking steps to change its culture by firing Roger Ailes and O'Reilly ... but its just the tip of the iceberg.
Death row inmate Ledell Lee was executed by way of lethal injection just before midnight Thursday. The lethal injection drugs were administered at 11:44 p.m. and a coroner pronounced Lee dead at 11:56 p.m. The Arkansas Department of Corrections says he did not make a final statement. Lee was sentenced to death in 1995 after being convicted of killing 26-year-old Debra Reese by beating her with a tire iron and strangling her inside her Jacksonville home. DNA from Reese's case also linked Lee to four other cases of women raped and beaten, all in Jacksonville's Sunnyside neighborhood.
--The ACLU and the Innocence Project have contributed to Lee's defense. His attorneys appealed for a delay in his execution so evidence from his criminal case could be released for DNA testing. "Arkansas’s decision to rush through the execution of Mr. Lee just because its supply of lethal drugs are expiring at the end of the month denied him the opportunity to conduct DNA testing that could have proven his innocence," a spokesperson for the Innocence Project, said in a statement.
The medical examiner confirmed what correction officials had said, that Aaron Hernandez died of asphyxia by hanging and the death was a suicide.
GEORGE HW BUSH
Former President George H.W. Bush remains in the hospital under observation with a mild case of pneumonia...His office released a photo of the former President getting a visit from his son, former President George W. Bush.