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Driver arrested in hit-and-run death of Sandra Feuerstein, New York federal judge

A woman has been arrested in connection to a hit-and-run accident that killed federal judge Sandra Feuerstein and injured a 6-year-old in Boca Raton, Florida, on Friday. Nastasia Andranie Snape was arrested Saturday and faces charges of vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of a crash involving death and leaving the scene of a crash with…

Colorado bill would give children free mental health services during the pandemic

The Colorado state legislature is working to give children free access to mental health care to help them cope with the mental ramifications of the Covid-19 pandemic. HB21-1258, introduced in the House on April 6, seeks to create a temporary program that would provide minors with three free sessions with a mental health professional. The…

How a 6-year-old with two rare disorders inspired a country song about Kenny Chesney

A 6-year-old with a rare combination of genetic disorders just got his big break in Nashville thanks to a nonprofit and some songwriters for Kenny Chesney, who helped him get through years of hospital stays. Nash Hensley, of South Bend, Indiana, was born with two genetic disorders: achondroplasia, a bone growth disorder characterized by dwarfism,…

Fresno police fires officer for alleged involvement with Proud Boys

A Fresno, California, police officer was fired Friday after online images and videos surfaced showing his alleged involvement with the far-right group the Proud Boys, Fresno police said. Rick Fitzgerald had been placed on paid administrative leave last month and an internal investigation was launched, the department said. It is unclear what level of involvement…

Severe storm threat has increased across Florida causing airport delays

Severe weather across central Florida is causing delays at some of the state’s major airports as the storm threat continues to increase. Sunday’s severe storm threat across the Florida Peninsula has been increased to an “enhanced” risk, level three of five, according to NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center (SPC). This threat level includes the cities of…

Los Angeles woman suspected of killing her 3 young children, police say

A Los Angeles woman suspected of killing her three young children, all under 5 years of age, is now in custody police said Saturday. Liliana Carrillo, 30, is the lone suspect in the deaths, LAPD officials said at a news conference. The children were ages 3, 2 and 6 months, said Lt. Anthony Cato. A…

eBay removes a listing selling art created in a Japanese American concentration camp

At first glance, the drawings seem innocuous. Each of the 20 black and white sketches artfully depicts a natural landscape. Pine trees and mountains set against a bright orb in the sky. Cartoonish leaves splayed out like tentacles. Unearthly limestone columns towering before an ominous cloud. Their origins, though, are darker: They are believed to…

Standoff at Honolulu hotel ends as armed man kills himself, police say

A standoff at a Hawaii hotel is over after an armed man barricaded inside killed himself following a 10-hour lockdown, Honolulu police said. Honolulu police said SWAT teams entered the room at the Kahala Hotel and Resort where the man was holed up at 3:30 a.m. (9:30 a.m. ET) Sunday and found him dead with…

Two Utah deputies were shot in an altercation with a man near sheriff’s office

Two Salt Lake County Sheriff’s deputies were shot near the sheriff’s office building Saturday morning by a man during an altercation, authorities say. The deputies were doing campus security on the sheriff’s office property and around the Salt Lake County Metro Jail when an altercation began around 10:30 a.m. local time, Salt Lake County Sheriff…

The little-known history of the Black ‘Concrete Cowboy’

In Philadelphia, a Black cowboy in a white undershirt and a gold chain wrangles a wayward horse. Teens pile hay and clean up manure near brick row houses. Men and women ride cantering horses down a city street as cars pass by. These are scenes from “Concrete Cowboy,” a new Netflix movie starring Idris Elba…

The time has come to start training the pets for your return to work

Pets — like their humans — had to adjust during the pandemic. They got used to people being at home most of the time, just as people learned how to juggle caring for their pets while also doing their jobs remotely. But now, with Covid-19 vaccinations picking up, if you have a pet, it’s time…

Sixth victim dies days after mass shooting in South Carolina, coroner says

The sixth victim of a shooting in Rock Hill, South Carolina, earlier this week has died, the York County coroner announced Saturday. Robert Shook, an air conditioning technician, initially survived the attack that left a beloved doctor, his wife, their two grandchildren and another air conditioning technician dead on Wednesday, but he died late Saturday…

Maryland inmates can now earn a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University

Georgetown University has announced a new program that will allow some Maryland prison inmates to earn bachelor’s degrees. The Georgetown Prisons and Justice Initiative (PJI) will lead the five-year program. It will choose its first 25 students in the fall 2021 semester. By the program’s end, at least 125 inmates within the Maryland prison system…

A Texas man ran from Disneyland to Disney World. Here’s why

A Texas man, wanting to raise awareness of diabetes, just finished running from Disneyland in Southern California to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Don Muchow, 59, started his goal of running across the United States in February 2020. He didn’t have a specific plan involving both Disney parks, but Muchow told CNN affiliate WESH…

One dead and two deputies shot in an altercation outside of a Utah jail

Two sheriff’s deputies were shot and an individual involved in an altercation with the deputies was killed outside the Salt Lake County Metro Jail in Utah on Saturday. The individual, whose name has not been released, was shot and killed, Salt Lake County Sheriff Rosie Rivera said during a press briefing. Both deputies have been…

A website is offering $1,000 for someone to binge-watch home improvement shows

If you feel like watching home improvement shows causes you to spend more money on your remodeling, here’s your chance to earn some cash while binge-watching “Fixer Upper.” The website ReviewHomeWarranties is offering to pay someone $1,000 to watch 10 episodes of three different home improvement shows. The shows chosen by the website to watch…

Four suspected Boogaloo associates are indicted for allegedly destroying evidence

Four suspected members of a group associated with the extremist anti-government Boogaloo movement have been indicted by a federal grand jury in San Francisco, the Justice Department announced Friday. Jessie Alexander Rush, Robert Jesus Blancas, Simon Sage Ybarra, and Kenny Matthew Miksch are charged with destroying records following the May 29 killing of a federal…

Video shows lightning shatter a tree outside of a Wisconsin high school

The National Weather Service says, “When thunder roars, go indoors” for a reason. Video posted on the US National Weather Service Green Bay Wisconsin Facebook page shows lightning strike a pine tree Thursday. You can see the tree light up down the middle, shatter, and plummet to the ground in pieces. The tree was outside…

One person killed, 5 wounded in Texas highway shooting

One person was killed and at least five others were injured when people in two vehicles shot at each other on a Fort Worth, Texas, freeway Friday night, officials said. The two vehicles, which police say each had several occupants, were traveling eastbound on the Southwest Loop of the 820 freeway just after 10 p.m.…

Severe weather forecast for parts of Gulf Coast; at least 2 dead in Louisiana

At least two people in Louisiana are dead after extreme overnight weather, authorities say, as severe weather along the northern Gulf Coast impacts almost 65 million people. Emergency officials in St. Landry Parish report one death and seven injuries after a possible tornado hit early Saturday, Jessie Bellard, parish president, said in a statement. On Friday…

Inside the case that bankrupted the Klan

At first, Cecelia Perry thought she knew what happened to her younger brother when he failed to return from a late-night trip to a service station on March 20, 1981. Nineteen-year-old Michael Donald was thoughtful and responsible — working at night and watching Perry’s oldest son during the day. He’d been with Perry at another…

A California town is paying its homeless to clean their encampment sites

A pilot project in a California town is paying homeless residents to tidy up their living areas, and it’s changing the culture of the city. The idea stemmed from a conversation with one of the city’s police sergeants, said Sarah Bontrager, the housing and public services manager for Elk Grove, a city of 174,000 people…

Inside Cup Foods, where it seems George Floyd never left

Walking up to Cup Foods, you pass the outline of a body drawn on the street. It shows where George Floyd took his last breath. Approaching it now, it’s impossible not to see again the horrified huddle of people captured on police body camera screaming at officers to get off the neck of George Floyd.…

Giants fan throws ceremonial first pitch 10 years after a near-fatal attack

Bryan Stow triumphantly held up a baseball before throwing the ceremonial first pitch at the San Francisco Giants’ home opener Friday. Assisted by a walker, the fan donned the Giants’ orange and black, the same colors he was wearing 10 years ago when he was beaten and nearly killed. In 2011, Stow attended an Opening…

Wastewater from Piney Point has Tampa Bay on edge for possible red tide, algae bloom

Scientists are ramping up their efforts to track the nutrient-rich wastewater, contaminated by the Piney Point phosphogypsum stack, that’s dumping into Florida’s Tampa Bay, as concern remains high that it could supercharge potential toxic algae blooms, including red tide. Ultimately, it will take weeks and months for the effects of the wastewater to be fully…

Musical performances at vaccination site help New Yorkers and struggling artists

In New York City you can hear the beginnings of a post-pandemic world as much as you can see them. At Manhattan’s Javits Center, one of the busiest convention centers in the country in pre-pandemic times, roughly 9,000 New Yorkers shuffle through every day to receive their Covid-19 vaccines. Thanks to Sing for Hope, the…

Four gray whales have been found dead in California’s Bay Area within eight days

Gray whales are visible just twice a year in California as they migrate from the southern tip of the West Coast up toward Alaska and back again. They delight residents as they appear briefly in coastal waters before returning to the open ocean. This spring, though, they’ve been washing up dead. The carcasses of four…

Bowling Green State University expels fraternity for hazing in wake of student’s death

The Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity chapter at Ohio’s Bowling Green State University has been permanently expelled from campus for hazing violations in the wake of a student’s death, university spokesperson Alex Solis announced Friday. “This expulsion is because of hazing, which is absolutely intolerable,” Solis said in the campus-wide statement. “The University’s investigation found the…

Four women suing NFL star Deshaun Watson ordered to refile complaints with real names

At two separate emergency court hearings Friday, Harris County judges ruled that four of Deshaun Watson’s accusers must refile their lawsuits under their real names. Attorney Tony Buzbee had filed the lawsuits on behalf of women who are listed in each suit as “Jane Doe.” More than 20 women have filed lawsuits claiming misconduct. Watson…

Ways to support humanitarian aid at the US-Mexico border

More than 2 million migrants are expected to make it to the US-Mexico border by September, according to internal government estimates reviewed by CNN. That number — a record high — includes an estimated 828,000 families and more than 200,000 unaccompanied children who are expected to arrive by the end of this fiscal year. Many…

5 things to know for April 9: Covid-19, Capitol riots, Amazon, Myanmar, S. Carolina

California had its worst wildfire season ever last year. With record-breaking temperatures and months of dry weather, officials worry this year won’t be any better. 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 to your…

Pentagon police officer charged in shooting deaths in Maryland

A Pentagon police officer was charged with two counts of second-degree murder Friday in the shooting deaths of two men in Maryland this week, authorities said. Officer David Hall Dixon was off-duty at the time of the shooting. He was taken into custody Friday morning without incident, Takoma Park police said. Dixon faces two counts…

Undercover NYPD officer arrests woman who allegedly yelled anti-Asian slurs and threatened violence

An undercover officer with the New York Police Department arrested a woman yelling anti-Asian slurs at a Chinatown nail salon, according to city officials. Sharon Williams, 50, allegedly went into the nail salon Tuesday afternoon and is accused of making anti-Asian statements and having “physically threatened people inside,” said NYPD spokesperson Det. Denise Moroney. Williams…

What we know about the mass shooting in York County, South Carolina

A South Carolina community is reeling after a former NFL player killed five people — including a prominent doctor, his wife and their two young grandchildren — before killing himself, authorities said. Officers responding to a 911 call found Dr. Robert Lesslie, his wife Barbara and two of their grandchildren, ages 5 and 9, dead…

Suspected gunman in Texas shooting held on $2.2 million bond

A gunman killed one person and wounded at least five others — four of them critically — at a cabinet manufacturer in Bryan, Texas, police said. The gunman, who is believed to be an employee of the company, Kent Moore Cabinets, fled before police arrived but was later taken into custody, Bryan police said. Larry…

Man arrested for assaulting Asian 7-Eleven employee in Manhattan, NYPD says

Police arrested a Brooklyn, New York, resident on assault and reckless endangerment charges after he allegedly struck a 7-Eleven worker in the face multiple times while making anti-Asian statements, according to the NYPD. The alleged assault occurred at a 7-Eleven in midtown Manhattan early Saturday morning, police said. Gregory Jacques, 33, was later arrested Wednesday…

Ex-NFL, FSU wide receiver Travis Rudolph jailed on first-degree murder charge

Travis Rudolph, a former wide receiver for the Florida State Seminoles, is facing a first-degree murder charge in connection with a shooting early Wednesday morning, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies responded to a double shooting in Lake Park, Florida, soon after midnight Wednesday, the sheriff’s office said in a statement. One…

Rat poison found in over 80% of bald eagles in a US study

The majority of American eagles likely have rat poison in their systems, a new study reported Wednesday. Bald eagles once had faced grave threats to their survival in the 1960s due to hunting and DDT poisoning, but are now thriving thanks to past protections afforded by the US Endangered Species Act. The eagle population has…

Colorado vaccination site shuts down early after 11 people have ‘expected’ adverse reactions to the Covid-19 vaccine, officials say

A Colorado mass vaccination site paused operations this week after 11 people experienced adverse reactions to the Covid-19 vaccine. More than 1,700 people received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on Wednesday at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, a soccer stadium where the state of Colorado and health care provider Centura Health operate a mass vaccination site.…

Paint plant explosion leaves one person unaccounted for and several injured

An explosion at a paint manufacturing facility in Ohio left several injured, two critically, and one person unaccounted for, according officials in Columbus. Firefighters responded just after midnight to reports of an explosion and were met by five employees evacuating the building who were transported to hospitals in stable condition, assistant public information officer Rebecca…

‘I’ve been shot, please help me.’ When a shooting victim ran inside a Maryland business, this man sprung into action

Garett Wagner was working Tuesday morning when a man wearing military fatigues and covered in blood walked into the Nicolock Paving Stones facility in Frederick, Maryland. “‘I’ve been shot. Please help me. There’s an active shooter, he’s still chasing me,” the man said, according to Wagner, the operations manager at Nicolock. The wounded man was…

More than 5,000 people attended an illegal party at the Tonto National Forest in Arizona, officials say

More than 5,000 people attended an unauthorized and illegal event at Tonto National Forest near Phoenix on Saturday, leading to multiple violations and one person being emergency evacuated, officials said. Forest protection officers were patrolling near the Lower Sycamore Creek Recreation Area when they discovered thousands of people who were illegally gathered, the U.S. Forest…

Woman with the world’s longest nails cuts them after nearly 30 years

The Texan who had the world’s longest nails grown by a woman can finally open a door without fear after cutting them. Ayanna Williams of Houston broke the Guinness World Record for the world’s longest fingernails in 2017, when they measured nearly 19 feet long. It took her more than two bottles of nail polish…

Less than 40% of fourth-graders are attending full in-person school, and less than 30% of eighth-graders, new data shows

The nation’s school districts are making strides in their efforts to reopen, but new data shows that many more students are still learning fully remotely than fully in-person. Just 39% of fourth-graders are attending full-time in-person school and just 29% of eighth-graders, according to data released on Wednesday from the Department of Education’s National Assessment…

Two massage therapists accusing NFL quarterback Deshaun Watson of misconduct during massages identified in news conference

Two massage therapists who have accused Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson of misconduct during massages identified themselves during a news conference Tuesday held by Tony Buzbee, an attorney for more than 20 women who have filed civil lawsuits against Watson. Watson denies any wrongdoing. Immediately following the news conference, Deshaun Watson’s attorney Rusty Hardin released…

UK variant is now the dominant coronavirus strain in the US, says CDC chief

The coronavirus variant first identified in the United Kingdom is now the most common strain of coronavirus in the United States, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Wednesday. “Based on our most recent estimates from CDC surveillance, the B.1.1.7 variant is now the most common lineage circulating in the…

Lead investigator in Derek Chauvin case changes mind about what George Floyd said in video

The special agent who led the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigation into George Floyd’s death struggled to make sense of a short phrase Floyd said last May as Derek Chauvin kneeled on him. Senior Special Agent James Reyerson was shown a clip from Minneapolis Police body-camera footage of Floyd saying something while handcuffed and…

California utility PG&E facing criminal charges over the state’s largest 2019 wildfire

Criminal charges have been filed against the Pacific Gas and Electric Company over the 2019 Kincade Fire in California. The massive fire, which burned through more than 77,000 acres of vegetation in Sonoma County, was ignited by electrical transmission lines owned and operated by PG&E in northeast Geyserville, a Cal Fire investigation found. The fire…

5 things to know for April 7: Covid-19, voter suppression, Chauvin, China, Florida

The US economy is growing at its fastest pace since 1984, and will likely surpass its pre-pandemic size, the International Monetary Fund predicts. One big reason: The $1.9 trillion coronavirus stimulus package. Here’s what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day. (You can also get “5 Things You…

2 sailors were injured in a shooting near Maryland’s Fort Detrick. Here’s what we know

Of the two sailors injured in a shooting Tuesday near a military installation in Frederick, Maryland, one remains in the hospital and one has been released, authorities said. US Navy Hospitalman Casey Nutt, 26, was released from a trauma center on Tuesday night, and Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Carlos Portugal, 36, remains at the trauma…

21 people injured in 8-alarm fire at an apartment building in Queens, New York

Over 350 firefighters are battling an eight-alarm fire that tore through an apartment building in Queens, New York, on Tuesday. A total of 21 people were injured in the fire, according to the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) Deputy Assistant Chief Michael Gala. The injured includes 16 firefighters, two who suffered burns, and five…

A dog groomer’s call to the Nebraska Humane Society helped save pet owner’s life

After a pet owner in Omaha, Nebraska, failed to pick up his dog, a PetSmart groomer noticed something was amiss and sprang to action. The owner was described as “a regular” at the pet supply store, and “his dog was well cared for,” Nebraska Humane Society (NHS) said on Twitter on Monday. The groomer “also…

Breach continues but evacuation orders lifted near Florida reservoir

Evacuation orders near a Tampa-area reservoir where there still is a breach have been lifted, officials said Tuesday. Acting Manatee County Administrator Scott Hopes said the situation at the former Piney Point phosphate plant is “very much under control now.” Water from the breach has been routed to an unused retention pond on site that…

Deb Haaland creates unit to investigate killings and disappearances of Indigenous people

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced a new unit within Bureau of Indian Affairs that plans to tackle the decades-long crisis of missing and murdered Native Americans. “Violence against Indigenous peoples is a crisis that has been underfunded for decades,” Haaland said in a statement Thursday. “Far too often, murders and missing persons cases in Indian…

A Michigan university is offering college students a scholarship to study cannabis

Students at Lake Superior State University have had the unique opportunity to pursue a degree in cannabis chemistry since 2019. Now, they can also get cash to do it. The university in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, is offering its first cannabis chemistry scholarship. Steadfast Labs, a cannabis testing facility in Hazel Park, Michigan, is funding…

Class-action federal civil rights suit filed against Rochester police and city officials alleging racism and excessive force

A class-action civil lawsuit filed in federal court on Monday accuses the Rochester, New York, Police Department (RPD) of racist practices and a “pattern and practice of using excessive force.” The plaintiffs include individuals who claim they were subjected to excessive force and/or falsely arrested during protests over the death of Daniel Prude, who died…

Chicago mayor calls for a new police foot pursuit policy

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is calling for her city’s police department to put a new policy in place for foot pursuits after a 13-year-old boy was shot and killed by police last week. “I refuse to treat this as just business as usual,” the mayor said during a news conference Monday. Lightfoot said that a…

Police use-of-force instructor says Derek Chauvin’s kneeling is not a trained restraint

A Minneapolis Police use-of-force training instructor testified Tuesday that Derek Chauvin’s kneeling on George Floyd’s neck is not a trained neck restraint tactic. “We don’t train leg-neck restraints with officers in service, and as far as I know, we never have,” Lt. Johnny Mercil said. Mercil’s testimony came as a series of police experts testified…

5 things to know for April 6: Covid-19, infrastructure, LGBT rights, Israel, Russia

April is now Arab American Heritage Month, the State Department has announced. It’s a time to celebrate and recognize a group whose contributions are, in a State Department spokesman’s words, “as old as America itself.” Here’s what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day. (You can also get…

MLB All-Star Game will move to Denver

Coors Field in Denver — home of Major League Baseball’s Colorado Rockies — will be the new host of this year’s All-Star Game. “Major League Baseball is grateful to the Rockies, the City of Denver and the State of Colorado for their support of this summer’s All-Star Game,” MLB Commissioner Robert D. Manfred Jr. said…

Illinois gymnast shows off Covid-19 vaccination card after sticking the landing

A member of the University of Illinois Men’s Gymnastics team celebrated his vault landing by showing off his Covid-19 vaccination card. After Evan Manivong stuck his landing during the team’s meet against Minnesota on March 22, he did something unusual that caught the eye of spectators. The sophomore — who tied his career high after…

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