• DC Issues $1M in Parking Tickets After Blizzard

    Published: Thu, Jan 28, 2016

    D.C.'s snow emergency will remain in effect through Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., and the city wants drivers to know it's serious about enforcing the parking bans. Since the blizzard began last Friday, the District has issued $1,078,000 worth of parking tickets and $65,600 in fines so far. It has towed 656 cars. And until the snow emergency expires, the District will continue to ticket and tow vehicles parked or abandoned on any snow emergency route (PDF), or considered to be road hazards. Crews are trying to plow streets from curb to curb, officials said, and vehicles parked in the way of plows will have to be removed.

  • No charges for LAPD officers who shot newspaper delivery women during Dorner manhunt

    Published: Thu, Jan 28, 2016

    Eight Los Angeles police officers who mistakenly opened fire on Los Angeles Times newspaper delivery women thinking they were rogue ex-cop Christopher Dorner in 2013 will not be criminally charged, the L.A. County district attorney’s office announced Wednesday. The officers opened fire in the predawn hours of Feb. 7, 2013, as Margie Carranza and her mother, Emma Hernandez, were slowly cruising though a Torrance neighborhood in a pickup truck delivering papers.

  • Chicago Police Have Been Sabotaging Their Dash Cams

    Published: Thu, Jan 28, 2016

    After the notorious video of Laquan McDonald getting shot by Chicago police officers 16 times went viral last November, investigators have been making their way through the other videos of the scene. In doing so, they've discovered that three of the dash cams pointed at McDonald that day did not record video, and others had no audio. Now a Chicago Police Department audit reveals that many of the department's dashboard cameras have been deliberately sabotaged. After the notorious video of Laquan McDonald getting shot by Chicago police officers 16 times went viral last November, investigators have been making their way through the other videos of the scene. In doing so, they've discovered that three of the dash cams pointed at McDonald that day did not record video, and others had no audio. Now a Chicago Police Department audit reveals that many of the department's dashboard cameras have been deliberately sabotaged.

  • Restaurant bans children under 5 for being 'uncontrollable terrors'

    Published: Wed, Jan 27, 2016

    Who hasn't fantasized about an age limit at a restaurant or in a movie when a baby starts wailing for 10 minutes straight? Most people stop short at just dreaming. Not so for an Italian restaurant owner. He banned children under 5 years old because they are "little uncontrollable terrors," according to the Telegraph.

  • Italy covers Roman nude statues for Iran President Hassan Rouhani visit

    Published: Tue, Jan 26, 2016

    The Romans have censored themselves to make visiting Iranian President Hassan Rouhani feel more comfortable during his historic stop in Italy. Rouhani -- the first Iranian leader to visit Europe in almost 20 years -- met Tuesday with Pope Francis at the Vatican, but another stop on his agenda was the famed Capitoline Museum, where classic Italian nude sculptures were covered with plain white boards to avoid offending the Muslim president.

  • Mayors: We’re More Scared of Terrorism Than Ever

    Published: Tue, Jan 26, 2016

    Amid an election cycle dominated by fear of global terrorism threatening Americans at home, mayors of dozens of cities across the United States told Politico they feel a growing apprehension about attacks on their citizens—and a mounting anxiety that they do not have the resources to prepare for it.

  • Woman who held vigil outside the White House for decades, dies

    Published: Tue, Jan 26, 2016

    Concepcion Picciotto, the protester who maintained a peace vigil outside the White House for more than three decades, a demonstration widely considered to be the longest-running act of political protest in U.S. history, died Jan. 25 at a housing facility operated by N Street Village, a nonprofit that supports homeless women in Washington. She was believed to be 80. She had recently suffered a fall, but the immediate cause of death was not known, said Schroeder Stribling, the shelter’s executive director. Ms. Picciotto — a Spanish immigrant known to many as “Connie” or “Conchita” — was the primary guardian of the anti-nuclear-proliferation vigil stationed along Pennsylvania Avenue.

  • Florida State agrees to pay Jameis Winston accuser $950,000 to settle suit

    Published: Mon, Jan 25, 2016

    Florida State has settled a federal Title IX lawsuit with Erica Kinsman, a former student who said she was raped by quarterback Jameis Winston in 2012, USA TODAY reports. The settlement was announced on Monday, more than a year after she initially filed the complaint in federal court.

  • Assault charge filed against Mizzou professor who called for 'some muscle'

    Published: Mon, Jan 25, 2016

    A misdemeanor simple assault charge was filed Monday against a University of Missouri assistant professor who received nationwide attention when she called for "some muscle" to help her remove a student journalist from a protest site on campus in November, USA TODAY reports.

  • Officials identify surviving victims of Eufaula bank shooting, pursuit

    Updated: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    Bank employee Betty Howell and Julie Huff, a customer who was taken hostage by the assailant, were expected to survive their injuries. A City of Eufaula Facebook post named the women late Friday morning.

  • Alaska Airlines pilot arrested for flying under the influence in 2014

    Published: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    Federal authorities arrested a now-retired Alaska Airlines pilot on Wednesday, who is suspected of operating flights while under the influence, Mashable reports. David Hans Arntson, 60, was tested for alcohol after two flights, one from San Diego to Portland and one from Portland to Orange County, on June 20, 2014. In two blood alcohol tests, he tested 0.134 and then 0.142, both over the federal limit of 0.10 for pilots flying commercial planes.

  • 'Making a Murderer' convict sent to new prison

    Published: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    One of the men convicted in the brutal slaying that spawned the "Making a Murderer" documentary has been transferred out of a Green Bay, Wis.,-area prison, The Green Bay Press-Gazette reports. Brendan Dassey, serving a life sentence for his role in the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach, was transferred Wednesday to the Columbia Correctional Institution, a 500-inmate facility in Portage, according to the state corrections website.

  • GOP drops conservative magazine from Texas debate for attack on Donald Trump

    Published: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    Another publication has been dropped from co-sponsorship of a Republican debate because it editorialized against Donald Trump — and this time it's the venerable National Review, USA TODAY reports.  "Tonight, a top official with the RNC called me to say that National Review was being dis-invited," wrote publisher Jack Fowler. "The reason: Our 'Against Trump' editorial and symposium."

  • Hillary Clinton angers Iowa fans who waited hours for five-minute speech

    Published: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    Hillary Clinton left her audience cold in Iowa City on Thursday night, after she spoke for less than five minutes to a crowd of more than a thousand people, some of whom had lined up for more than an hour to see her. After a day marred by a new poll showing Bernie Sanders leading her by eight points in Iowa, Clinton might have been expected to go for broke during a rally at the University of Iowa, which featured a performance by popstar Demi Lovato. But Clinton did not refer to the Vermont senator, or much else, in her speech. The lack of length and substance of her address appeared to upset some in the crowd.

  • Firearms found in El Chapo's compound tied to Arizona, Fast and Furious operation

    Published: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    Multiple firearms seized from Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's compound were tied back to Arizona, sources told ABC15. Law enforcement officials said 11 firearms were sized from the compound, and of those, five were from Arizona. One of those five guns was traced back to the botched Fast and Furious operation.

  • Recent lottery winner killed in home invasion

    Published: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    A forklift operator who recently won a nearly half-million dollar Georgia lottery jackpot was killed overnight Thursday during a home invasion robbery, investigators confirmed. Officials said 20-year-old Craigory Burch, Jr. died from gunshot wounds at a home on Stubbs Avenue. Burch had won a $434,272 Fantasy 5 jackpot in November 2015.

  • Student suspended after carrying classmate having asthma attack to nurse

    Published: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    KILLEEN, Texas  --  A Killeen mother is defending her son who was suspended after helping a fellow student having an asthma attack. Anthony Ruelas, 15, said his eighth grade classmate was wheezing and gagging for three minutes Tuesday morning while no one did anything.  But when Ruelas did do something, he apparently broke the rules.

  • Mark Ruffalo may join Oscars boycott

    Published: Thu, Jan 21, 2016

    The movement to boycott this year's Academy Awards over diversity concerns now includes one of this year's nominated actors, USA TODAY reports. Mark Ruffalo may skip the Oscars, for which he'snominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in "Spotlight," he told the BBC in an interview.

  • Texas student suspended after carrying classmate to nurse

    Published: Thu, Jan 21, 2016

    A Texas mother is defending her son who was suspended after helping a fellow student who was having an asthma attack, KCEN-TV reports, Anthony Ruelas, 15, said his eighth grade classmate was wheezing and gagging for three minutes Tuesday morning while no one did anything.  But when Anthony did do something, he apparently broke the rules.

  • Washington Examiner: DHS admits it's not deporting most visa overstays

    Published: Thu, Jan 21, 2016

    A pair of Department of Homeland Security officials told the Senate Wednesday that the government does not search for most of the people who overstay their temporary visas, a day after DHS said that nearly 500,000 people were still in the U.S. after having overstayed their visas last year.  "I didn't mean to imply that we're actually out monitoring them," Craig Healy, an assistant director at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, told Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., during Senate Judiciary subcommittee panel. Healy said that they review the universe of people who overstayed their visas and "prioritize" the deportation of people who went on to commit other crimes.  Their exchange came at the outset of a hearing on the federal government's failure to implement a biometric system to track entries into and exits from the country, as required by a 2004 law. A Customs and Border Patrol official said the program couldn't be implemented without causing "gridlock" at U.S. airports, a response that failed to allay bipartisan concern that the lack of this system is an ongoing national security threat.




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