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Colin Powell’s love story started with an accidental date — and lasted six decades

From the streets of New York to the Vietnam battlefields and the power corridors of Washington, Colin Powell broke racial barriers to become one of the nation’s top diplomats. Beside him all along was one quiet force: Alma Johnson Powell. Colin Powell died at 84 this week of coronavirus complications after fighting cancer. As a…

The manhunt for Brian Laundrie is over. But several big questions remain

The discovery of Brian Laundrie’s remains this week ends a manhunt that had gripped the country for weeks as investigators searched a Florida nature reserve for the 23-year-old, who returned home last month from a road trip without his fiancée, Gabby Petito. Petito spent the summer traveling the American West with Laundrie, sharing their travels…

Suspect in 2018 mass shooting outside New Orleans strip mall has been charged, police say

A man faces multiple murder charges in a mass shooting more than three years ago outside a New Orleans strip mall that left three people dead and seven others wounded, officials said Friday. Jamal Smith, 32, was charged with three counts of second-degree murder and seven counts of attempted second-degree murder in the assault that…

It’s proving difficult to find a jury in the trial for Ahmaud Arbery’s killing. Potential jurors either know the case well, know the defendants or are scared

Finding jurors to sit in the trial for the three men charged in Ahmaud Arbery’s killing is proving difficult in the Glynn County, Georgia, courtroom where jury selection began this week. Hundreds of people have been summoned, and from the 60 people who have been questioned since Monday, many said they have already formed strong…

A Utah school district ignored hundreds of racial harassment complaints against Black and Asian American students, DOJ says

Black and Asian American students were harassed at a school district in Utah for years and officials deliberately ignored complaints from parents and students, a federal civil rights investigation found. The Justice Department detailed the disturbing pattern at the Davis School District in Farmington, Utah in a report and settlement agreement released this week. The…

Minneapolis police officer is charged in fatal high-speed crash

A Minneapolis police officer was charged with manslaughter for allegedly crashing his squad car into a vehicle during a high-speed chase earlier this year, which resulted in the death of an innocent man, authorities announced Friday. Officer Brian Cummings has been charged with second-degree manslaughter and criminal vehicular homicide in connection with the crash that…

Colorado police sergeant under investigation after he is reported by another officer for misconduct

A Colorado police officer has been put on administrative leave and an internal investigation is underway after another officer reported him for yelling and cursing at a 17-year-old female during a traffic stop, according to a release by the Aurora Police Department. The June 29 incident was recorded on bodycam video that was released Wednesday…

South Carolina authorities release 911 calls made after Alex Murdaugh shooting

State police in South Carolina on Friday released audio recording of the 911 calls made after embattled attorney Alex Murdaugh was shot on a roadway September 4 in what authorities allege was a failed insurance fraud scheme. The recordings released by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) include two calls made by Murdaugh himself…

USC is apologizing and awarding honorary degrees to Japanese-American students whose education was disrupted after WWII

The University of Southern California is apologizing and plans to award honorary degrees to dozens of Japanese-American students, who were not able to complete their studies in the 1940s after being sent to internment camps during World War II. USC President Carol Folt is planning to issue the diplomas and deliver the apology at the…

Two Doral police officers injured, suspect killed in shooting outside Miami-Dade police station

Two Doral, Florida, police officers were shot and injured Friday morning outside a Miami-Dade Police Department station, police said The suspect was killed “as a result of the gunfire exchange with officers,” Doral Police spokesperson Rey Valdes told CNN. One officer was transported to the hospital in serious but stable condition. The officer was wearing…

The timeline of Brian Laundrie’s disappearance still doesn’t jibe among authorities and his family’s lawyer

Now that the remains of Brian Laundrie have been positively identified by authorities, there are still lingering questions as to why, how and even when he disappeared in the days after his fiancée, Gabby Petito, was reported missing. His parents, Chris and Roberta Laundrie, may be vital to unraveling the mysteries. But their recollections of…

A 10-year-old girl arrested at school over a drawing was the only student disciplined because she is Black, mom and attorney say

A 10-year-old Black girl who was arrested at a school in Hawaii over a drawing was the only Black student involved in the incident and the only one disciplined, the girl’s family and their attorney said. “It’s hard to believe that they were not treated that way because of their race,” Attorney Mateo Caballero said…

A Virginia museum wants to melt down Charlottesville’s Robert E. Lee statue and transform it into public art

An African American historical museum in Virginia is throwing its hat in the mix to turn what was once a daunting reminder of the country’s Confederate past and in recent years, violence, into a public display of art. The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center in Charlottesville has submitted an offer to the City Council…

More than 130 Chicago municipal employees file lawsuit challenging vaccine mandates

More than 130 Chicago municipal workers filed a lawsuit on Thursday, claiming the city and state’s vaccine mandates are unconstitutional. The workers, mostly from the fire, water and transportation departments, are challenging an executive order by Gov. J.B. Pritzker which requires state employees to be vaccinated for Covid-19. The mandate “far exceeds the power of…

Robert Durst charged with murder of ex-wife last seen 39 years ago

Convicted killer Robert Durst, who was the subject of the HBO docuseries “The Jinx,” has been charged with the murder of his former wife, according to the Westchester District Attorney’s office. The complaint was filed in Lewisboro Town Court in New York on October 19, district attorney spokeswoman Jess Vecchiarelli said. Kathleen McCormack Durst was…

Texas abortion ban is an early glimpse of what post-Roe America would look like for women

Nicole began her morning with a simple prayer: “Please let my car start today.” She had already gotten the mandatory ultrasound, scrounged up $595 and taken time off work. But at that moment — with her pregnancy at exactly six weeks — getting an abortion in her home state boiled down to her hatchback’s temperamental…

2 dead after a former employee opens fire at a Nebraska grain services facility

A man who was fired Thursday from a grain services company in Nebraska returned to the facility later in the day and fatally shot two people and wounded another, police said. Hours after he was terminated from the company, Max Hoskinson, 61, returned to the Agrex Elevator in Superior with a handgun and opened fire,…

A notebook found near Brian Laundrie’s remains could answer some key questions, experts say

Many questions remain unanswered following the death of Brian Laundrie. But crime experts say the notebook found near his remains in a Florida nature reserve park may shed some light on the circumstances of his disappearance and the violent death of his fiancée Gabby Petito. The FBI confirmed Thursday that the remains found in Carlton…

Alabama death row inmate is executed nearly 30 years after murder conviction

Alabama death row inmate Willie B. Smith III was executed Thursday night, the state attorney general’s office announced, after the US Supreme Court declined to hear an 11th-hour appeal. Smith was executed by legal injection at 9:47 p.m. local time in Atmore, Alabama, according to the attorney general’s office. Smith was convicted of robbing 22-year-old…

Ohio mixes up Wright Brothers’ commemorative license plate

Now, let’s play a game of spot the difference! The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles was forced to announce a new license plate to commemorate the Wright Brothers on Thursday after getting the design mixed up. The OBMV tweeted the announcement Thursday morning launching the license plate in honor of Dayton’s Orville and Wilbur Wright,…

Riders who did not intervene during alleged sexual assault on a SEPTA train won’t face charges, prosecutor says

Riders who failed to call 911 or stop the alleged sexual assault of a woman on a transit train in Philadelphia will not be prosecuted, according to the district attorney’s office. Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer urged anyone who witnessed the alleged rape on a Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority train last week to come…

Florida education agency to investigate private school ordering pupils who get a vaccine shot to stay home

The Florida Department of Education on Thursday sent a letter to the Centner Academy, a Miami private school with a controversial policy for students who get vaccine shots. Centner Academy has asked parents to keep their children home for 30 days if their child has received a Covid-19 vaccine dose, according to a letter sent…

A California teacher was placed on leave after video shows her mimicking Native American dance

A math teacher in Southern California has been placed on leave after videos posted online showed her wearing a headdress and mimicking a Native American dance during a lesson. The video appears to have been recorded by a student in Riverside, California, during a math lesson and posted on social media by another person. CNN…

California sheriff’s deputy charged with assault after video shows him kicking suspect in the head

A Southern California sheriff’s deputy was charged by prosecutors with assault after security camera footage showed him allegedly kicking a suspect in the head after the man appeared to have surrendered to authorities. The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office said it has charged Deputy Corie Smith with one felony count of assault Under Color…

Investigators finally release the cause of death for a family who mysteriously died hiking near Yosemite

The mystery behind the deaths of a couple, their baby daughter and the family dog, who were found on a hiking trail near Yosemite National Park in August, has come to an end. The cause of death for Jonathan Gerrish, Ellen Chung and their 1-year-old daughter, Miju, was hyperthermia with possible dehydration due to environmental…

Heavy braking event occurred before Texas plane accident, NTSB says

The investigation into the plane that crashed Tuesday into a fence before bursting into flames showed a heavy braking action, according to Michael Brown, a board member with the National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB) who spoke at a news conference Thursday. “What we do know is there was a heavy braking event, which appears…

Many police unions are pushing back on vaccine mandates. Here’s why

Big cities across America are forcing employees to get vaccinated as part of their jobs, and many police unions are pushing back, driven by a mix of anti-vaccine ideology and principled disagreement over changing work rules on the fly. Unions are availing themselves of their collecting bargaining rights to resist the mandates, citing laws and…

As mystery surrounds the death of Jelani Day, families of missing Black men plead for more accountability

The mother of Jelani Day buried her son this week, but she won’t be able to rest until the Illinois graduate student‘s death is no longer a mystery. “I need to know what happened with my son,” Carmen Bolden Day told CNN’s John Berman on Thursday. “I need them to do more than what they…

Wildfire smoke contributes to more deaths in the Eastern US than the West, study shows

Smoke from wildfires impacts far more people east of the Rocky Mountains than in the West, where most large fires ignite, according to a recent study published in the journal GeoHealth. Epidemiologists at Colorado State University estimated that long-term exposure to wildfire smoke leads to roughly 6,300 additional deaths each year, with the highest numbers…

Nevada governor at fault for Sunday’s two-car accident in Las Vegas, police say

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak was deemed at fault for a two-car collision that left him and the other driver with minor injuries Sunday after he failed to yield the right of way, according to a traffic crash report. Sisolak said he was trying to make a left turn at a flashing yellow arrow when he…

Florida nature reserve’s swampy landscape made the search for Brian Laundrie treacherous

For more than a month, investigators spread out across a sprawling, swampy Florida nature area known as the Carlton Reserve in search of Brian Laundrie, the missing man whose fiancée Gabby Petito was fatally strangled last month. The investigators waded through near chest-high waters. They rode on swamp buggies and air boats and called in…

Florida governor is calling the legislature back to address federal vaccine mandate implications. Democrats say that’s outrageous

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday he will call the state legislature for a special session to add “protections” related to federal vaccine mandates. “What we are going to be doing, in addition to mounting aggressive legal challenges to federal mandates, we are also going to be taking legislative action to add protections for people…

Benton Harbor, Michigan, declares state of emergency due to contaminated water

Officials in Benton Harbor, Michigan, announced a state of emergency this week in a bid to ensure that lead pipes contaminating the city’s water supply are replaced more quickly. The City Commission voted on Monday to enact the state of emergency. Mayor Marcus Muhammad said he will be the presiding officer dealing with the emergency…

Federal lawsuit filed against Spotsylvania deputy, sheriff for Isiah Brown shooting

A $26.35 million federal lawsuit was filed on Monday against a Spotsylvania County, Virginia, deputy and sheriff in connection to the deputy-involved shooting of Isiah Brown in April. Brown, 32, was shot by Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Deputy David Matthew Turbyfill while Brown was on the phone with 911 dispatch, CNN has reported. The lawsuit alleges…

Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor resentenced to 4 years and 9 months in prison for fatal 2017 shooting

The former Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot a woman while responding to her 911 call in 2017 was resentenced Thursday to 4 years and 9 months in prison on a second-degree manslaughter charge after Minnesota’s highest court threw out his third-degree murder conviction last month. He will receive credit for time already served, the…

Parents of 6-year-old girl killed on Colorado amusement park ride file wrongful death suit

The parents of a 6-year-old who died on a free-fall ride at a Colorado amusement park in September have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the park, according to their attorney. Wongel Estifanos died at the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park on September 5 after “operators did not notice she was sitting on top of both…

If you don’t know where your onions came from, throw them away to prevent salmonella, CDC says

A salmonella outbreak that has sickened more than 600 people in 37 states has been linked to various types of imported onions, federal health officials said Wednesday. “Throw away any unlabeled onions at home. Do not eat, sell, or serve red, white, or yellow onions imported from Mexico and distributed U.S.-wide by ProSource Inc,” the…

California police officer charged with assaulting a teenager during a traffic stop

A Los Angeles County police officer has been charged in connection with the arrest of a 16-year-old male he allegedly kicked after the teen had surrendered and was lying face down on the ground, Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced Wednesday. Former Baldwin Park police officer Ryan Felton, 35, was charged with two…

Dental records show remains found at Carlton Reserve are those of Brian Laundrie, FBI says

The FBI’s Denver office said Thursday that remains found a day earlier in a Florida nature reserve are those of Brian Laundrie, who disappeared last month just days after his fiancée Gabby Petito was reported missing. The FBI said dental records confirmed the identification. The identification came hours after police in North Port, Florida, said…

NYT: Agreement reached to scrap race as a factor in NFL concussion settlements

The National Football League and lawyers for Black players who accused the league of discrimination have filed a joint proposal to “scrap the use of a race-based method to evaluate dementia claims made by former players in the league’s concussion settlement,” according to a New York Times report. The Times reviewed a copy of the…

Shouting, threats, negative billboards and an influx of cash. This year’s school board races are like none before

When Nikki Hudson drove to a local strip mall in Worthington, Ohio, to collect a corsage for her daughter’s homecoming, she was met with two billboards plastered with her name. One declared her a failure. The other said she should put kids before her political agenda. “It’s like nothing you would ever imagine in a…

2 people were killed and 8 children injured after Amish family’s buggy was rear-ended

A couple was killed and their eight children were injured after the family’s Amish horse-drawn buggy was rear-ended Sunday night in central Virginia, State Police spokesperson Corinne Geller told CNN in a statement. The driver of a Toyota Tundra allegedly rear-ended the family buggy in Cumberland County and left the scene but came back a…

A 4-year-old boy survived a 70-foot cliff fall with nothing but some bruises

A 4-year-old boy who slipped off a cliff and fell about 70 feet suffered just some scrapes and bruises, the Wolfe County, Kentucky, Search & Rescue Team said in a Facebook post. The boy was hiking with his parents in the Daniel Boone National Forest on Friday afternoon when he slipped away and took “a…

Black borrowers liken student loan debt to ‘Jim Crow’ saying it deepens racial inequality, new study finds

Black borrowers say policymakers have ignored the racial and economic evidence of inequality in student loan debt with the majority insisting that canceling all student debt is the best solution to the crisis, according to a new report released Wednesday by The Education Trust. The report, which focuses on the perspectives and life experiences of…

A Black girl was arrested at school in Hawaii over a drawing that upset a parent

The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii is demanding policy changes after a 10-year-old Black girl was arrested at school over a drawing linked to a “run of the mill” dispute among children. In response to the incident, the ACLU sent a letter Monday to the Honolulu Police Department, the state Department of Education and…

Man accused of killing Kristin Smart pleads not guilty

The man accused of killing 19-year-old college student Kristin Smart in 1996 pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Wednesday. Paul Flores, 44, faces a first-degree murder charge for allegedly killing Smart in his dorm room in California. Prosecutors say Flores raped or attempted to rape Smart, who was then a freshman at California Polytechnic State…

‘Get out, get out,’ people on Houston plane were told as it crashed, passenger says

One of the 21 people on a plane that crashed in Houston Tuesday was looking forward to “the trip of a lifetime,” the passenger told CNN affiliate KHOU. But the plane, carrying Houston Astros fans to their team’s game against the Red Sox in Boston, never gained altitude at takeoff and crashed into a fence…

Ahmaud Arbery’s father says he is praying for the ‘right jury’ as selection continues

On the third day of jury selection in the trial of three White men in Georgia accused of murdering his Black son Ahmaud Arbery, Marcus Arbery Sr. said he’s “concentrating on justice for my boy.” Ahmaud Arbery, 25, was shot and killed while out jogging on February 23, 2020, near Brunswick, Georgia. It wasn’t until…

Brooklyn lawyers plead guilty to a charge in Molotov cocktail case tied to George Floyd protest

Two lawyers who federal prosecutors say took part during an anti-police brutality protest last year in making a Molotov cocktail and throwing it at an empty New York Police Department vehicle have each pleaded guilty to one charge related to the incident. Colinford Mattis, 34, and Urooj Rahman, 32, each pleaded guilty Wednesday in a…

Suspected human remains and items belonging to Brian Laundrie found in Florida park, FBI says

What appears to be human remains and items belonging to Brian Laundrie, including a backpack, have been found in the Carlton Reserve in North Port, Florida, according to FBI Special Agent in Charge Michael McPherson. Another one of the items found was a notebook belonging to Laundrie, who McPherson said was “a person of interest…

Nikolas Cruz pleads guilty to murder charges and apologizes for Parkland high school massacre

Nikolas Cruz, the gunman who carried out the massacre of students and faculty members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February 2018, pleaded guilty in a Florida courtroom Wednesday to 17 counts of murder and 17 counts of attempted murder. Cruz, 23, faces a minimum of life in prison and maximum of the death…

Miya Marcano’s family files wrongful death lawsuit against her apartment complex

The family of 19-year-old Miya Marcano, who went missing from her apartment in Florida and was later found dead in a wooded area, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against her apartment complex and the company that operates the complex in connection with her death. The lawsuit, filed Monday, alleges negligence by companies that own…

For Pacific Islanders, a statue in Washington state recalls a dark chapter in history

In downtown Spokane, Washington, in front of a private social club, stands a statue honoring the 19th century US Navy sailor John R. Monaghan. Most of the city’s residents have no idea who Monaghan was. But for many Pacific Islanders in the area, his legacy is one of violence, colonialism and racism — and they…

New York City vaccine mandate extends to all city workers and includes a new $500 bonus, mayor says

New York City’s vaccine mandate now covers all municipal workers — and comes with a $500 bonus for those who start their shots between now and October 29 at a city-run site, the city announced Wednesday. “It’s a mandate now for all city agencies, all city workers. It’s time for everyone to get vaccinated,” Mayor…

5 things to know for October 20: Covid, Congress, Capitol riot, supply chain, Haiti

Your morning routine could be getting a little pricier. Procter & Gamble, one of the largest consumer goods manufacturers, is raising prices on some grooming, beauty and oral care products. Here’s what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to…

Two killed in domestic incident in Kenosha, Wisconsin, police say

A shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin, that left three people dead and two others in critical condition is believed to be a domestic-related incident, officials said Wednesday. The department said in a news release that it appears the person responsible for Tuesday night’s shooting is among the deceased. The surviving victims are a 14-year-old boy and…

A Washington state sheriff is facing criminal charges after incident with Black newspaper delivery driver

A Washington state sheriff who allegedly tailed a Black man delivering newspapers falsely accused the man of threatening his life, summoning dozens of officers to the scene to apprehend him, prosecutors said Tuesday. Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer was charged with one count of false reporting and one count of making a false or misleading…

ACLU sues Oklahoma over law prohibiting critical race theory topics from being taught in schools

A group of students and educators has filed a complaint challenging an Oklahoma law that restricts teaching about race and gender, in what the American Civil Liberties Union calls the first federal lawsuit to challenge such a statewide ban. The suit — backed by the ACLU, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the…

They take an oath to do no harm, but these doctors are spreading misinformation about the Covid vaccine

She was a frequent guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show — an Ivy League-educated OB-GYN who often spoke about women’s health and holistic medicine. She was a media darling, and in 2013 made Reader’s Digest’s annual list of 100 most trusted people in America. If you go to Dr. Christiane Northrup’s Facebook page, her posts…

Broward County reaches $25 million settlement with victims of Parkland massacre, attorney says

A $25 million settlement has been reached between the Broward County School Board and 52 victims of the February 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in South Florida, according to an attorney for some of the victims. Attorney David Brill said the settlement of the lawsuit includes all of the families of the…

More than a quarter of LAPD and LAFD’s sworn workforce remain unvaccinated ahead of city’s vaccine deadline

More than a quarter of the Los Angeles Police Department’s and Los Angeles Fire Department’s sworn members remain unvaccinated ahead of the city’s Wednesday deadline for municipal workers to be vaccinated against Covid-19. According to LAPD data, 33.7% of the department’s sworn officers have not yet been vaccinated. About 26% of LAFD’s sworn members have…

Jamal Sutherland’s family calls for criminal charges against detention center officers involved in his death

The family of Jamal Sutherland and their attorney are calling for criminal charges to be brought against the former detention officers they say are responsible for his death. Sutherland died while in custody on January 5, 2021, at the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center in North Charleston, South Carolina. Footage released in May by the…

Parents and teachers voice concern at Texas school board meeting after Holocaust remark

Parents and teachers spoke out at the first school board meeting after a North Texas administrator told teachers if they have books about the Holocaust in their classroom libraries, they also need to include books with “opposing” views of the Holocaust. Carroll ISD in Southlake, Texas, addressed last week’s controversy when a school administrator tried…

University of Kentucky student dies after being found unresponsive at fraternity, university police say

University of Kentucky Police is investigating the death of a student who was found unresponsive at a fraternity Monday, according to a statement from UK Police Chief Joe Monroe. University police were dispatched “at approximately 6:22 p.m. Monday evening regarding reports of an unresponsive student,” said Monroe. Attempts to revive the male student “were unsuccessful…

More than 20 people safely escape after plane crashes outside Houston

No major injuries were reported when a Boston-bound plane carrying more than 20 people struck a fence and erupted in flames while taking off at Houston Executive Airport on Tuesday morning, officials said. All passengers and crew managed to leave the plane safely — two with minor injuries — before firefighters extinguished the flames engulfing…

Alex Murdaugh denied bond over allegations of misappropriated funds

Alex Murdaugh, the embattled attorney accused of misappropriating millions of dollars in funds meant for the family of his longtime housekeeper, was denied bond and ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation on Tuesday, a South Carolina judge ruled. “There is no way this court can set a bond at this time,” Judge Clifton Newman said.…

Jelani Day was buried Tuesday. His family is still looking for answers on what led to his death

The funeral for 25-year-old Jelani Day, an Illinois graduate student whose body was identified nearly a month after he was reported missing, was held Tuesday in Danville, Illinois. About 30 people attended the ceremony, including civil rights leader the Rev. Jesse Jackson and several members of his Rainbow Push Coalition, CNN’s Omar Jimenez reported. Day…

5 things to know for October 19: Capitol riot, Covid-19, Congress, SCOTUS, Myanmar

By some counts, half of kids as young as 10 use social media. It seems scary, but there are ways parents can help them stay safe online. Here’s what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered…

University of North Carolina can continue to consider race as a factor in admissions process, judge rules

A federal judge ruled Monday that the University of North Carolina did not discriminate against applicants who were White and Asian American during the university’s undergraduate admissions process, according to court documents. The ruling comes following a lawsuit filed in 2014 by the group Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA), which argued UNC used race in…

There was a 7.2% jump in assaults on law enforcement officers in 2020, FBI says

More than 60,000 law enforcement officers were assaulted in the line of duty last year, up 7.2% from 2019, according to a report released Monday by the FBI. Around 30% of the officers sustained injuries, the FBI said. In a separate report in May, the agency reported that 93 officers were killed in the line…

Miami private school makes bogus claims about vaccines while ordering pupils who get a shot to stay home for 30 days

A Miami private school, which previously asked teachers not to get the Covid-19 vaccine or they wouldn’t be allowed to return this school year, has now asked parents to keep their children home for 30 days if their child has received a vaccine dose, citing false and disproved claims about the impact of the inoculation,…

Gabby Petito’s parents travel to Wyoming to bring her remains home

After heartbreaking and revealing details about the circumstances of her death were announced to the public, Gabby Petito’s parents are finally bringing home the remains of their 22-year-old daughter. More than a month after her body were discovered in Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest, Petito’s family traveled to Wyoming to receive her remains and prepare to…

Ousted Miami police chief is pleading with officers to get vaccinated

As Covid-19 vaccine mandates stir controversy in police departments across the country, the recently ousted Miami police chief has pleaded with officers to get vaccinated. “We are losing our police officers to Covid, to a virus that is preventable,” former police chief Art Acevedo told CNN’s Erin Burnett on Monday. “I just wish people would…

Tom Morey, inventor of the Boogie Board and the Ben Franklin of surfing, dies at 86

Tom Morey, the creator of the Boogie Board and an influential figure in the surfing world, has died due to complications from a stroke, according to his family. He was 86. “It was Morey who introduced more human beings to the act of wave riding than any other single person in history,” said Jim Kempton,…

Family of Elijah McClain reaches settlement with Aurora, Colorado

The family of Elijah McClain has reached a settlement agreement with the city of Aurora, Colorado, the city and attorneys representing his family confirmed Monday. The amount of the settlement will be undisclosed until the city signs the agreement and McClain’s family decides on an allocation process for McClain’s mother, Sheneen McClain, and his father,…

A woman on a SEPTA train was sexually assaulted while other riders failed to intervene, authorities say

A woman was allegedly sexually assaulted on a transit train in Philadelphia last week even as a number of witnesses failed to stop the incident or call police, authorities said. The alleged rape occurred on the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority’s Market-Frankford Line on Wednesday night and was a “horrendous criminal act,” SEPTA said in a…

‘Please get vaccinated.’ Daughter’s death after giving birth a cautionary tale, mom says

Marrisha Kindred Jenkins was 33 weeks pregnant when she started complaining of a persistent cough and vomiting last month. Her mother, Helena Kindred, said she became concerned that Jenkins’ symptoms sounded more severe than a common cold and advised her to skip a family member’s birthday party on Sept. 4. Later that day, Jenkins went…

5 things to know for October 18: Supply chain, Congress, coronavirus, China, Sudan

The recent oil spill off the coast of California has caused less damage than feared so far. However, it’s brought the issue of offshore drilling into a new environment: state congressional races. Here’s what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day. (You can also get “5 Things You…

A timeline of the killing of Ahmaud Arbery and the case against 3 men accused of his murder

At first, the killing of Ahmaud Arbery in February 2020 went largely unnoticed outside the South Georgia community where the 25-year-old lived and died just weeks before the country was gripped by the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. It wasn’t until a video of the shooting surfaced May 5, 2020, that the Black man’s death…

Murder trial for the killing of Ahmaud Arbery begins with jury selection in Georgia

Three White men accused of chasing down and killing Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man out for a jog, are set to stand trial for murder in Georgia this week in a case thick with issues of racism, self-defense and cellphone video. Gregory McMichael, his son Travis McMichael and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan Jr.…

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak injured in car accident

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak was hurt in a two-car accident Sunday, his office announced. The accident happened around 1 p.m. at the intersection of Rainbow Boulevard and Russell Road in Las Vegas, a statement issued by the governor’s spokesperson said. “The other driver and Governor Sisolak both appeared to have minor, external injuries but were…

Brooklyn woman arrested in connection with suspected arson at a Jewish school

The New York Police Department arrested a 39-year-old Brooklyn woman Sunday in connection with a suspected arson at the Jewish school Yeshiva of Flatbush, according to a tweet from the department. The incident took place Thursday around 7:30 p.m. when police said a woman poured gasoline in front of the Yeshiva and lit it on…

More than a third of Chicago police officers defy city vaccine mandate

About 4,500 Chicago police officers didn’t report their vaccination status by October 15 as mandated by the city, officials said Monday. That means roughly 35 percent of the city’s 12,770 officers could be placed on no-pay status in the foreseeable future. The Chicago Police Department had the lowest response rate of any department in the…

FBI seeks information on New Zealand man who allegedly coerced women into making sexually explicit videos

The FBI is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a New Zealand man who they say repeatedly coerced hundreds of women into making sexually explicit videos between 2012 and 2019, according to a news release from the agency. Michael James Pratt is the owner of the pornography websites GirlsDoPorn and…

Betty Lynn, who played Thelma Lou on ‘The Andy Griffith Show,’ dies at 95

Betty Lynn, best known for playing Barney Fife’s girlfriend Thelma Lou on “The Andy Griffith Show,” died Saturday, the Andy Griffith Museum stated. She was 95 years old. Although she was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and spent most of her career in southern California, in 2006 Lynn moved to Mt. Airy, North Carolina, the…

3 dead and police officer stabbed in the neck in Fort Smith, Arkansas incident

Three people are dead and a police officer is recovering from being stabbed in the neck in an incident at a residence in Fort Smith, Arkansas, police said. A police officer was responding to a 911 caller Sunday morning who reportedly heard yelling and screaming and then saw a shirtless man “assaulting a person on…

Police face questions after a woman’s body is found in a police van in Huntsville, Alabama

Authorities in Huntsville, Alabama, are facing questions surrounding the discovery of a woman’s body in the back of a rarely used police van in a police parking lot. A police officer discovered the body of Christina Nance on October 7 in an unoccupied police van in the back corner of a parking lot at the…

Alex Murdaugh coordinated with former housekeeper’s family to sue himself for insurance money and then took $3 million, affidavits say

Newly released documents allege that Alex Murdaugh, a once-prominent South Carolina attorney now embroiled in scandals including alleged life insurance fraud, coordinated with his former housekeeper’s family to sue himself for insurance money that he then pocketed for himself, according to a pair of affidavits released Saturday. Murdaugh was arrested Thursday in Florida on suspicion…

At least one dead, several injured in on-campus shooting at Grambling State University

One person has died and seven others were injured in a shooting at Grambling State University in Louisiana early Sunday morning, police and university officials said in a news conference. One person died, one is hospitalized in critical condition and six suffered non-life-threatening wounds, Louisiana State Police Master Trooper Michael Reichardt said. Only one of…

Start your week smart: Vanessa Bryant, UK, coronavirus, Ahmaud Arbery, Russia

Call it a lucky streak! A 47-year-old man recently won $100,000 on a scratch-off ticket in Maryland — and it’s not his first time. Here’s what else you need to know to Start Your Week Smart. Here’s what else you need to know to Start Your Week Smart. The weekend that was Five times as many…

How these Latinx TikTok creators are filling a void and making history

One of the greatest sources of anxiety for Alaina Castillo has been the letter R. Rolling Rs is at the heart of learning Spanish and one of its most challenging trills, especially for those unexposed to the language regularly as a young child. This is a lesson the 21-year-old singer spent years learning in and…

An Alabama teen was fatally shot while in his room playing on his iPad

A 13-year-old boy was shot and killed while playing with an iPad in his bedroom in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, police said. The boy was sitting in his room Friday evening when bullets fired at his home pierced through the window, striking him in the head, the Tuscaloosa Police Department said in a statement. “The parents and…

California couple’s home was destroyed Monday by a small plane crash that killed at least two people

A home bought in May by California newlyweds following their wedding was destroyed in October by a plane crash. Cody and Courtney Campbell told CNN that they finished renovating their home on Sunday. Then on Monday, a twin-engine Cessna crashed into the house in Santee, destroying the property and killing at least two people. Fortunately,…

This site is an important piece of Filipino American history. Climate change is destroying it.

Randy Gonzales grew up fishing with his father around the murky marshlands of St. Malo, a former village along the shore of Lake Borgne in Louisiana’s St. Bernard Parish. What the fourth generation Filipino American did not know at the time was the deep, hidden history of his own heritage: More than a century ago,…

Deputy killed in shooting outside Houston bar had just returned from paternity leave, official says

A Texas deputy who was fatally shot outside a Houston bar had just returned from paternity leave, an official said. Deputy Kareem Atkins, 30, leaves behind a wife and an infant who’s a few months old, said Constable Mark Herman of the Harris County Precinct 4. A gunman “came out of nowhere” and fired on…

Vanessa Bryant and others are suing LA County for emotional distress. The county wants them to take a psychiatric exam before trial.

Los Angeles County wants to compel the widow of NBA legend Kobe Bryant and others involved in a lawsuit over leaked photos of the helicopter crash that killed him, their daughter and seven others to take psychiatric exams before the case goes to trial, court filings show. In a motion filed in court Friday, Los…

Public outcry follows Texas school administrator’s comments about presenting ‘opposing’ views of the Holocaust

Some members of a North Texas community and Jewish groups are speaking out against a controversial new state law after a local school administrator told teachers that if they have books about the Holocaust in their classroom libraries, they should also include books that present “opposing” views. “It’s almost like a joke, what would an…

Robert Durst, convicted murderer, has Covid-19

Robert Durst, the notorious subject of the HBO docuseries “The Jinx,” who was found guilty last month of first-degree murder and was sentenced this week to life in prison without parole, has been diagnosed with Covid-19, his lawyer told CNN on Saturday. “We were notified he tested positive, so we’re all very concerned,” Dick DeGuerin,…

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