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  • Canada votes in election that could see Trudeau lose power news

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faced the threat of being knocked from power after one term as the nation held parliamentary elections on Monday. The 47-year-old Trudeau channeled the star power of his father, the liberal icon and late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, when he won in 2015, but a combination of scandal and high expectations have damaged his prospects. Results began to trickle in as the first polls closed along Canada's Atlantic coast.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 19:42:59 -0400
  • Union official: Fired Wisconsin school guard gets job back news

    A Wisconsin school district is rehiring a black security guard after he was fired last week for repeating a racial slur while telling a student not to use it, a union official said Monday. Doug Keillor, executive director of Madison Teachers Inc., said that the union was contacted by school officials Monday saying interim Superintendent Jane Belmore decided to rescind the firing of Marlon Anderson. Anderson said in a Facebook post Monday afternoon, "I'm back!!" He said he learned of his rehiring while at his new job Monday.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 19:38:03 -0400
  • Grand jury declines to indict monsignor in consent case news

    A Texas grand jury has declined to indict the onetime deputy to Cardinal Daniel DiNardo on charges he sexually assaulted a married woman in a case that raised questions about consent in the #MeToo era. The Harris County District Attorney's Office had presented the case against Monsignor Frank Rossi on Monday, more than a year after Laura Pontikes filed a criminal complaint with Houston police. "A grand jury was presented all the evidence and determined that no criminal charges are warranted," said Dane Schiller, spokesman for the Harris County District Attorney's Office.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 19:35:36 -0400
  • The Latest: South African pleads not guilty in Alaska death

    A man has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and other charges stemming from the death of a second homeless Alaska Native woman. Brian Steven Smith entered his pleas through a public defender Monday in the death of Veronica Abouchuk. Detectives recognized the man's accent on the tape, which led them to arrest Smith, who is originally from South Africa.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 19:31:12 -0400
  • Justice Kagan: High court must avoid partisan perceptions

    Associate Justice Elena Kagan says it behooves the U.S. Supreme Court to realize there's a danger of the public seeing it as just a political institution — and to ensure that the court isn't seen that way. Speaking at the University of Minnesota on Monday, Kagan said that view is an oversimplification of what court does. Kagan didn't mention a Marquette University Law School poll released earlier Monday in which 64% of respondents said they believe the law, rather than politics, mostly motivates the high court's decisions.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 19:27:32 -0400
  • Florida Senate considers fate of sheriff removed by governor news

    The tragedy of the Parkland school massacre framed a developing political drama Monday in Florida's capital, as the state Senate began considering whether to reinstate a county sheriff over the objections of Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis. Just days after taking office in January, DeSantis suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, faulting the lawman's handling of the Feb. 14, 2018, shootings that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. If the Republican majority Senate sides with DeSantis it would be rejecting the recommendation of an official it appointed to investigate the suspension.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 19:23:17 -0400
  • The Latest: Union official: Fired guard getting job back news

    A union official says a black security guard is getting his job back at a Wisconsin school after he was fired for repeating a racial slur while telling a student not to use it. Doug Keillor, executive director of Madison Teachers Inc., said Monday that the union was contacted by school officials saying interim Superintendent Jane Belmore decided to rescind last week's firing of Marlon Anderson. Keillor says Anderson will be on paid leave as he works with the district on a transition plan back to the school.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 19:21:49 -0400
  • Mom accused of killing daughter who fulfilled 'bucket list' news

    In a grand jury indictment revealed Monday, Kelly Renee Turner, 41, also known as Kelly Gant, was charged with 13 criminal counts that included child abuse, theft and charitable fraud in the death of Olivia Gant in 2017. The indictment alleges Turner caused Olivia Gant's 2017 death, not the multiple illnesses that the mother claimed the girl had and that prompted publicized ride-alongs with police and fire crews. Olivia's actual cause of death was not immediately clear.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 19:20:10 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Oil collected from Brazil's northeastern coast rises to 600 tonnes

    RIO DE JANEIRO/SAO PAULO, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Brazil has collected more 600 tonnes of oil from its northeastern beaches since Sept. 12, the government said on Monday, more than double an estimate of oil and sand collected by state-run oil company Petrobras. Oil has been washing up on the shores of northeastern Brazil for two months, but its origin has remained a mystery so far. Earlier on Monday, Petrobras said it had collected 280 tonnes of oil and sand from the beaches.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 19:16:38 -0400
  • The Latest: TV station apologizes for not breaking into game news

    A Dallas-Fort Worth television station owned and operated by NBC is apologizing for not airing warnings promptly as a tornado raked Dallas. While other network-affiliated stations went wall-to-wall with weather coverage about the tornadoes Sunday night, including one that devastated parts of northern Dallas, KXAS stayed with the football game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles. KXAS apologized in a statement issued Monday, saying it "made a mistake by not immediately interrupting the football game with a tornado warning." Instead, it waited six minutes before breaking into the broadcast.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 19:15:41 -0400
  • U.S. House defeats Republican bid to censure Schiff in impeachment probe

    Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday blocked a Republican effort to censure House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff over statements he has made related to an impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump. Republicans accused Schiff of misleading the public by, among other things, saying he did not know the identity of a whistleblower who reported that Trump pressured Ukraine's newly elected president to investigate a U.S. political rival, Democrat Joe Biden who is running for president. Since 1832, 23 House members have been censured, which requires them to stand before their fellow legislators while the House speaker or presiding officer reads aloud the censure resolution as a form of public rebuke.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 19:14:48 -0400
  • South Africa's Eskom takes Deloitte to court alleging improper contracts news

    South Africa's cash-strapped state power firm Eskom said on Monday it had filed court papers in a bid to recover 207 million rand ($14 million) in connection with contracts it alleged were improperly awarded to Deloitte Consulting in 2016. Deloitte was not immediately available for comment. Eskom, drowning in debt of over 450 billion rand and reliant on government bailouts to keep the lights on, is at the center of a judicial inquiry into corruption at state entities, in addition to several other probes into mismanagement at the company.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 19:04:19 -0400
  • Nigerian anti-graft office charges two Britons in connection with failed gas deal

    Nigeria's anti-fraud office on Monday charged two Britons in the capital, Abuja, for alleged money laundering in connection with an ill-fated gas deal that has left the government facing a disputed bill of more than $9 billion. James Richard Nolan and Adam Quinn pleaded not guilty in an Abuja court to 16 counts of money laundering put forward by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 19:02:38 -0400
  • First polls close in Canadian election that experts say is too close to call

    The first polls in what looks to be a tightly contested Canadian election closed at 7 p.m. EDT (2300 GMT) on Monday in Newfoundland and Labrador, according to a schedule issued by Elections Canada. The Liberals of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who are seeking re-election, won all seven in the 2015 election that brought the party to power. The last to close are those in the Pacific province of British Columbia, which will shut at 10 p.m. EDT (0200 GMT Tuesday).

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 19:01:39 -0400
  • Study finds US public land workers facing assaults, threats news

    Federal employees overseeing U.S. public lands were assaulted or threatened at least 360 times over a five-year period marked by heightened tensions with anti-government groups and dwindling ranks of law enforcement officers, a congressional watchdog agency said Monday. The Government Accountability Office in a new report highlights anti-government tensions that at times have boiled over, including a six-week armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon in 2016 and other standoffs with armed protesters in Montana and Nevada. The clashes have been rooted in a deep distrust of government on the part of the protesters, who view the federal bureaucracy as unlawfully impeding people from using public land for grazing, mining and other economic purposes.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 19:01:25 -0400
  • Energy aid neglects 'health emergency' fuelled by dirty cooking

    Governments, development banks and businesses are providing less than 1% of the money needed each year to wean 3 billion people off dirty, health-harming cooking by an international deadline of 2030, new data on energy access showed on Tuesday. In 2017, the latest figures available, funding commitments for clean cooking in 20 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia with the largest needs plummeted by 73%, to $32 million, from the average in the previous two years, found a report tracking finance towards global goals on energy. An annual investment of $4.4 billion is required to move to modern cooking methods the nearly 40% of the world's people who still use traditional fuels such as wood, charcoal, dung or kerosene, often in smoky indoor environments, researchers said.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 19:01:00 -0400
  • Nobel laurate Jody Williams campaigns against killer robots

    Nobel Peace laureate Jody Williams is helping lead a campaign for a new international treaty to ban killer weapons that can select targets and fire without decision-making by a human being. Williams, who shared the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize for her key role in the successful campaign for a treaty banning land mines, came to New York with members of the killer robot campaign to meet with diplomats from the U.N. General Assembly's disarmament committee. "A machine is not a moral anything," Williams said.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 18:49:07 -0400
  • Billie Lourd pays tribute to her late mom Carrie Fisher on her birthday news

    Carrie Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd, is keeping her late mother's spirit alive on the actress' birthday. Lourd shared a video on Instagram Monday, in which she sings Tom Petty's "American Girl," saying the song was her mother's favorite. Fisher, who died of cardiac arrest on December 2016, would have been 63 today.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 18:44:53 -0400
  • General: Georgia soldiers died when vehicle fell from bridge news

    Soldiers were training in darkness when their armored vehicle fell from a bridge and landed upside down in water below, killing three of those inside and injuring three others, the commanding general of Fort Stewart said Monday. Maj. Gen. Antonio Aguto struggled to hold back tears at a news conference as he read the names of the soldiers who died Sunday during a training exercise hours before dawn.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 18:35:32 -0400
  • 4 women testify on Indiana attorney general groping claims news

    Attorney General Curtis Hill looked on as Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon and three other women described what they called unwelcomed and inappropriate touching of their backs or buttocks and sexual comments during a party celebrating the end of the 2018 legislative session. Hill disputes the claims from Reardon and three legislative staffers, and his lawyers questioned whether his actions were misinterpreted. Reardon, a Democrat from Munster, testified that she encountered Hill soon after she arrived at the party about 1 a.m. and that he leaned in close to as if to hear her even though she wasn't saying anything to him.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 18:28:44 -0400
  • Tornado slams Dallas; 4 killed in Arkansas, Oklahoma news

    A tornado tossed trees into homes, tore off storefronts and downed power lines but killed no one in a densely populated area of Dallas, leaving Mayor Eric Johnson to declare the city "very fortunate" to be assessing only property damage. "Anytime you have a tornado in a major metropolitan area, the potential for large loss of life is always there," said Patrick Marsh, the warning coordination meteorologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 18:27:45 -0400
  • Judge: Doctor says man accused in newspaper slayings is sane

    A Maryland judge says a forensic psychiatrist for the state health department believes the man accused of killing five staffers at the Capital Gazette is legally sane. News organizations report that during Monday's pretrial hearing in Annapolis, Judge Laura Ripken said a health department evaluation found that 39-year-old Jarrod Ramos was legally sane.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 18:23:53 -0400
  • Santander to sell Puerto Rico unit to FirstBank in $1.1 billion deal news

    The deal includes Santander's 27 bank branches on the island and total assets of $6.2 billion, the companies said. First BanCorp , the bank holding company of FirstBank Puerto Rico, said its 2020 consensus earnings of 81 cents per share are now expected to get a boost by 35%.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 18:23:43 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Iraqi Kurds appreciate U.S. forces despite Syria pullout, president says

    Iraqi Kurdish President Nechirvan Barzani said on Monday that the United States pulling out of Syria was "undesirable" but that the semi-autonomous region appreciated the U.S. historical role in protecting it. The statement underscored the cautious reaction from Iraqi Kurdish leaders who did not condemn neighbouring Turkey for an assault on northeastern Syria that has sent thousands of Kurds fleeing. Iraqi Kurdistan relies on Turkish pipelines to export oil and the countries have close political ties.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 18:16:11 -0400
  • Inmate convicted of murder in deadly prison breakout attempt news

    A North Carolina inmate was found guilty Monday of murdering four prison workers during a failed escape attempt two years ago. Jurors deliberated for about half an hour before convicting Mikel Brady, 30, of four counts of first-degree murder in the state's deadliest attempted prison breakout. The jury next will recommend whether Brady should get life in prison or execution.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 18:14:42 -0400
  • Trump fielding ideas for replacing acting chief of staff Mulvaney: sources news

    U.S. President Donald Trump has been fielding suggestions from allies on who might succeed his acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, amid frustration at his team's response to the Democrats' impeachment inquiry, two sources close to the White House said on Monday. Trump's irritation at being dogged by a variety of issues - from impeachment to his decision to move U.S. troops out of northeastern Syria - was on display on Monday in the White House Cabinet Room as the president aired his grievances at length before his senior advisers and a group of reporters. The president has been focused in part on Mulvaney's comments to reporters last week that Trump had withheld military aid from Ukraine in an effort to get Kiev to investigate a debunked claim about the 2016 U.S. election.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 18:10:23 -0400
  • Trump fielding ideas for replacing acting chief of staff Mulvaney -sources

    U.S. President Donald Trump has been fielding suggestions from allies on who might succeed his acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, amid frustration at his team's response to the Democrats' impeachment inquiry, two sources close to the White House said on Monday. Trump's irritation at being dogged by a variety of issues - from impeachment to his decision to move U.S. troops out of northeastern Syria - was on display on Monday in the White House Cabinet Room as the president aired his grievances at length before his senior advisers and a group of reporters. The president has been focused in part on Mulvaney's comments to reporters last week that Trump had withheld military aid from Ukraine in an effort to get Kiev to investigate a debunked claim about the 2016 U.S. election.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 18:07:47 -0400
  • Movement during class improves students' academic abilities

    The idea of intertwining academic learning with physical activity has come about as more and more schools have cut back on physical education (PE), the researchers explain in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Teachers say "time is the main barrier to physical education," said coauthor Emma Norris of the Centre for Behavior Change at University College London.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 17:54:09 -0400
  • Former Chevron exec seeks $500 million for post-sanctions Venezuela news

    The former chief of Chevron Corp's Latin American operations is moving to raise $500 million from big financial firms to invest in Venezuela once U.S. sanctions are eventually lifted, confident that political change will come and that foreign investment will be needed to boost sagging oil output. Amos Global Energy LLC, an oil and gas firm started by former Chevron executive Ali Moshiri, begins a road show to raise funding next month, seeking five big investors to put in $100 million each. Amos Global, which includes Moshiri and two co-founders, also is researching Venezuela public debt holders for another fund that would be even larger.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 17:53:24 -0400
  • Teachers union rebuffs Chicago mayor's request to end strike

    Mayor Lori Lightfoot wants the Chicago Teachers Union to call off its strike before there's agreement on a new contract, but the union isn't having any of it. In a letter to CTU President Jesse Sharkey, Lightfoot says the two sides have made progress but that since it is unclear that an agreement can be reached Monday, she encouraged the teachers to return to work while negotiations continue. The union's president, Jesse Sharkey, says that while he's confident that the strike could end this week, the city needs to commit to "new resources" before that happens.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 17:50:36 -0400
  • Missouri agency apologizes for editing 'Trump' from photos

    The Missouri Department of Transportation has apologized for posting an edited photo that cropped out a boy's "Trump 2020" shirt and appeared to blur part of his "Trump 2020" cap. KSDK-TV reports that Mitchel Lemons of Nebo, Illinois, won a raffle to push the detonator for a controlled explosion to remove an old Mississippi River bridge at Louisiana, Missouri, on Friday. MoDOT posted on social media a photo cropped so the shirt didn't show.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 17:47:44 -0400
  • Lizzo ties record with 7th week at No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100 news

    Lizzo's "Truth Hurts" has now tied the record for the most weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for a rap song by a female artist. "We... Are... Officially.... Tied w/ Fancy for longest female rap #1 thank you to everyone who streamed," Lizzo commented on Instagram with a screenshot of the chart.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 17:47:00 -0400
  • Fort Worth Police Have More Violence to Answer For, Residents Say news

    FORT WORTH, Texas -- Before there was Atatiana Jefferson, there was Jackie Craig, a black woman who called police to report that her white neighbor had grabbed her son -- and found herself pinned to the ground by the officer who responded.There was Henry Newson, a black man who had just been discharged from the hospital and was waiting for a ride home when two officers working security questioned why he was there. He refused to leave, and a white officer punched him in the face.There was Craigory Adams, also black, who knocked on his neighbor's door late one night carrying a barbecue fork -- to keep stray dogs away, he said -- and the neighbor called police. A white officer pointed a shotgun at Adams but said he wasn't meaning to fire it. He did, striking Adams in the arm.These names and others have all been brought up again in the days since Jefferson, a 28-year-old black woman, was shot and killed in her bedroom this month by a white police officer who was standing outside her window. In the largely black and Hispanic neighborhood in southeast Fort Worth, where Jefferson lived, and in others nearby, many residents recalled times when they had tried calling police -- and ended up sorry that they did."This is not an isolated incident," said the Rev. Kyev Tatum, who is part of a coalition asking the Justice Department to investigate "overaggressive policing" in Fort Worth's communities of color. "This is historic and it is systemic, and we understand that racism is at the heart of this."The long-simmering tensions boiled to the surface this month after Jefferson became the sixth person to be killed by Fort Worth police since June. Four of the six were black.Five years after a police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, stoked a national debate over race and policing, Fort Worth is far from the only community where residents complain that the conversation in their city never really went anywhere.In Dallas, just 30 miles east of Fort Worth, a similar case played out tragically over the last year: A white off-duty police officer was sentenced to 10 years in prison earlier this month after she mistakenly entered the apartment of a black neighbor, Botham Shem Jean, and shot him to death while he was watching television."There's a pattern," said Craig, 49. "They want to say that it's not racially motivated," she said. "It's just obvious to the eye that it is."Jefferson's death drew hundreds to a vigil outside her house in Fort Worth. At City Hall, protesters held signs reading "Say Her Name." And on the Democratic presidential debate stage last week in Ohio, Julian Castro brought up Jefferson's death to discuss police violence.The mayor and police officials have described Jefferson's death as inexcusable, and city leaders said they planned to bring in an outside team of experts to review the Fort Worth Police Department."This incident has eroded the trust that we have built with our community and we must now work even harder to ensure that trust is restored," Ed Kraus, the interim police chief, said.Fort Worth has a storied history as a Western outpost -- it lives up to its Cowtown nickname with twice-daily cattle drives in the historic district -- but today, the nation's 13th largest city is in some ways two different places, divided along racial and economic lines. It is home to Walmart heiress Alice Walton, the wealthiest person in Texas, but neighborhoods like Jefferson's are dotted with abandoned homes.Most of the police force, about 65%, is white -- as are the mayor, the city manager, a majority of the City Council and now the police chief, after the department's first black chief was fired earlier this year. Black and Hispanic residents, who together make up a majority in the city, complain that they often feel ignored by city leadership and unfairly targeted by police. Black residents on their own make up about 18% of the population, but they accounted for 40% of arrests in 2017.The latest turmoil began after midnight Oct. 12, when Jefferson was playing video games with her 8-year-old nephew. Two officers responded to a neighbor's report that her doors were open. As Jefferson grabbed a gun from her purse, one of the officers fired the fatal shot through a bedroom window without identifying himself, police said. The officer, Aaron Dean, who quickly resigned, now faces a murder charge.From the beginning, city officials knew the case was going to be unlike any of the previous police shootings. The mayor, Betsy Price, said Kraus called her at about 6:30 a.m. and told her the essence of what had occurred overnight."He just said, 'I don't think it's going to be pretty,'" Price recalled. "'It's too early. I don't have the details yet, but it looks like the wheels fell off.'"Public resentment had been building for years. In interviews, many residents said they knew people who had been shot, shocked by stun guns or wrestled by police. At least four highly publicized encounters have been documented in video footage and lawsuits. Some of those officers have faced criminal charges and left the department; others remain on the force.An Arrest Over RaisinsOne of the first cases to incite outrage was Craig's arrest in December 2016.It started with flavored raisins. Craig's 8-year-old son dropped some raisins onto the street outside her white neighbor's house. The man grabbed her son by the back of the neck and pushed him down to pick up the raisins, she said.Craig called 911 and a white officer, William Martin, responded. As seen in body-camera footage and cellphone videos, one of the first questions Martin asked was, "So why don't you teach your son not to litter?" After Craig told him that her neighbor did not have the right to put his hands on her son, whether or not he had littered, the officer asked, "Why not?"As Craig grew agitated, he added, "I'm just asking."Martin told her that if she did not stop yelling at him, "you're going to piss me off, and I'm going to take you to jail."Moments later, the officer pushed aside one of her daughters, Jacques Hymond, who was 15 at the time, pulled out his Taser and pointed it at Craig as he forced her to the pavement. He later handcuffed and arrested Craig, along with Jacques and Craig's other daughter, Brea Hymond, who was 19 at the time.Craig said she had hoped her arrest would serve as a warning of the need to make changes in the Police Department. A task force appointed by the City Council examined issues of race and culture in the police force, but major reforms never happened. The officer was suspended for 10 days but remains with the department."I believe it will continue, because I'm not seeing any consequences behind the actions that these police officers are taking," Craig said. "If there's no punishment behind it, why not keep doing it?"Another incident occurred in August 2017, when Dorshay Morris called 911 to report that her boyfriend was drunk and threatening to kick in her door. She had a knife in her purse to protect herself.The two officers who arrived made her feel like a criminal, she said. When she refused to give them her ID, the officers grabbed her by the hair, and Sgt. Kenneth Pierce, who is white, ordered a rookie officer to shoot her with a Taser. She was taken into custody and charged with resisting arrest and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. She said she spent four days in jail. The charges were later dropped.Pierce was fired but was reinstated after he appealed."I never was supposed to be arrested," Morris said in an interview this week. "I was the caller."Six Fatal Police ShootingsSo far this year, Fort Worth police officers have fired shots at nine people, killing six and injuring two. The fatal shootings have all happened since June and are more than the department had in the previous two years combined.Policing experts caution against extrapolating from one year of data -- the numbers can fluctuate from year to year -- but six fatal shootings is more than most police departments in similarly sized cities have recorded. For example, in Indianapolis, police have fired at three people this year, killing one. And in San Francisco, police have not fired a gun at anyone this year, a spokeswoman said.In one of the fatal cases in Fort Worth, an officer shot a white Army veteran who had barricaded himself with a rifle in his father's home. Police said they thought he had pointed the rifle toward them when he was shot, but in fact, it was a flashlight.In another scrutinized case, an 18-year-old black man who was a person of interest in a homicide was killed while holding a gun and running from police, according to video footage. Activists noted that he was shot in the back.In each of the fatal shootings this year, the victims were armed. In several, they had barricaded themselves inside a home or vehicle in a standoff with police. Still, four of the six victims, including Jefferson, were black, and community members have questioned whether police could have done more to de-escalate or avoid risk."Just because they had firearms doesn't warrant a death sentence on the street," said Pamela Young, an organizer who is pushing for community oversight of the police department.The mayor and police officials have apologized for the killing of Jefferson. City leaders said they were working on changes to improve diversity and accountability."Please, do not let the actions of one officer reflect on the other 1,700," Kraus, who has been on the job since May, said during an emotional news conference. "There's absolutely no excuse for this incident, and the person responsible will be held accountable."In an interview, Price said she had heard from some black residents who said they feared police so much that they would no longer call them for help. She was deeply worried by that sentiment. But she flatly rejected the idea that the city's white leadership was not engaged with black residents."I am in the minority community more than anywhere else," the mayor said.The tensions gripping the city were on full display Oct. 15 when residents poured into City Hall for the City Council's first meeting after the shooting -- so many that a large, frustrated crowd was forced to wait for hours outside.Many residents demanded to know not only what the city was going to do for the family of Jefferson -- who many call "Tay" -- but for everyone else."You mentioned that we need to provide Tay's nephew with anything he needs," Jen Sarduy, a black Fort Worth resident, told the council. "He needs his aunt alive. He needs to not have witnessed her murder. He needs the city to be equitable and just and safe."This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2019 The New York Times Company

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 17:46:50 -0400
  • Wildfire burns near hilltop homes in coastal Los Angeles news

    A furious firefighting air and ground attack beat back a blaze Monday as it raced up canyon walls toward multimillion-dollar ocean-view homes on a ridge in Los Angeles. The wildfire broke out around 10:30 a.m. in the affluent Pacific Palisades neighborhood and flames churned uphill through green trees and dry brush. Many residents evacuated from the hillside community west of downtown Los Angeles, while others stayed behind and used backyard garden hoses to try and protect their homes.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 17:42:58 -0400
  • Central Park to get first statue honoring women news

    Central Park has 23 statues of men who left their mark in history but not a single one honoring the accomplishments of a woman. The likeness of Truth, an escaped slave and abolitionist, was added to the sculpture in response to criticism that African American suffragists were initially excluded. "This statue conveys the power of women working together to bring about revolutionary change in our society," said Pam Elam, president of the Monumental Women nonprofit of volunteer advocates, historians and community leaders, with key support from Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 17:42:25 -0400
  • 'I always try to make her smile': Sanitation worker helps 88-year-old woman with dementia wheel trashcan up her driveway news

    A sweet moment between an elderly woman with dementia and a waste management employee caught on a doorbell camera is restoring our faith in humanity. In January, 88-year-old Opal Zucca was wheeling her trashcan up the driveway of her Missouri home when she tripped and fell. Zucca hit her head and had to get eight stitches.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 17:36:56 -0400
  • US diplomat in Ukraine text messages to testify to Congress news

    William Taylor has emerged as an unlikely central player in the events that are at the heart of the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. The retired career civil servant was tapped to run the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine after the administration abruptly ousted the ambassador. "I think it's crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign," he wrote at one point in excerpts of text messages released by impeachment investigators in Congress.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 17:31:00 -0400
  • No more delays, UK PM Johnson appeals to parliament to back Brexit bill

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson appealed to lawmakers on Monday to approve his Brexit bill this week, saying neither he, the European Union or the public wanted any more delays to Britain's departure from the bloc. With just over a week before Britain is due to leave the EU, Johnson is scrambling to get his deal through parliament, which has put up a series of hurdles for the prime minister to meet his Oct. 31 deadline to try to prevent a no-deal Brexit. After the parliamentary speaker ruled out a straight 'yes or no' vote on the deal itself on Monday, Johnson is now looking to pass the legislation implementing the agreement through parliament as quickly as possible.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 17:30:00 -0400
  • Man charged in church shooting accused of assaulting lawyer news

    A man charged with shooting a New Hampshire church pastor and bride during a wedding has been accused of assaulting his attorney during a jailhouse meeting. Thirty-seven-year-old Dale Holloway, of Manchester, was expected to be in court for a bail hearing Tuesday. Capt. Gifford Hisco, chief of security at the Valley Street jail, says Holloway has been accused of assaulting his public defender Monday morning in a room for attorney-client meetings.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 17:21:34 -0400
  • 4 more parents plead guilty in college admissions scandal news

    Four more parents pleaded guilty on Monday in the college admissions bribery scandal, and a Texas man accused of helping to orchestrate the scheme also agreed to reverse his plea and accept guilt. Parents Douglas Hodge, Michelle Janavs, Manuel Henriquez and Elizabeth Henriquez entered guilty pleas in Boston's federal court Monday after previously pleading not guilty. Each faces charges of money laundering and conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 17:18:46 -0400
  • UPDATE 1-Islamic State attack kills two security forces near northern Iraqi oilfields

    Two members of Iraq's security forces were killed and three wounded when Islamic State militants attacked checkpoints in the Allas oilfields area of the northern Salahuddin province on Monday, the military said in a statement. The Allas oilfield, 35 km (20 miles) south of Hawija, was one of the main sources of revenue for Islamic State, which in 2014 declared a caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria. Iraq declared victory over the hardline Sunni militants in late 2017 after pushing them out of all territory it held in the country.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 17:18:22 -0400
  • Authorities charge officer who opened fire on couple's car news

    A Connecticut police officer who opened fire on an unarmed couple's car, seriously wounding a woman, was charged Monday with assault and reckless endangerment. State's Attorney Patrick Griffin said in an investigation report that Hamden officer Devin Eaton showed "an extreme indifference to human life" and that the use of force April 16 in New Haven was not justified. Eaton, 29, who has been on the force for three years, posted $100,000 bail and was ordered to appear in court Oct. 28 to face one count of first-degree assault and two counts of first-degree reckless endangerment.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 17:15:45 -0400
  • Doctors still need to tell parents about safe infant sleep practices

    Only 42% of mothers avoided giving babies stuffed animals, pillows and other soft bedding, while just 32% used cribs or other safe sleep surfaces. When mothers had been instructed on safe sleep practices by doctors, however, they were 12% to 28% more likely to put babies to bed in the safest ways, researchers report in Pediatrics. "Placing infants to sleep on their stomach is the most widely known risk factor for sleep-related deaths, but there are other sleep-related risks that parents need to be aware of such as side sleeping, sleeping with blankets, pillows, or other soft objects, and sleeping on shared surfaces like adult beds and couches," said Ashley Hirai, lead author of the study and a senior scientist at the Health Resources and Services Administration in Rockville, Maryland.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 17:11:54 -0400
  • CORRECTED-UPDATE 3-SoftBank's WeWork financing would lead to Adam Neumann's exit -sources

    SoftBank Group Corp offered close to $10 billion to WeWork owner The We Company, its employees and its investors on Monday under a plan to keep the struggling U.S. office-space sharing start-up afloat that would lead to the exit of its co-founder and Chairman Adam Neumann, people familiar with the matter said. WeWork could run out of cash as early as next month without new financing, sources have said, after the company pulled plans in September for an initial public offering (IPO). It abandoned the IPO when investors questioned its large losses, the sustainability of its business model and the way WeWork was being run by Neumann, who gave up his CEO title last month and now serves as board chairman.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 17:07:43 -0400
  • UBS, Simmons Energy pare bankers as shale M&A slows: sources news

    NEW YORK/HOUSTON (Reuters) - UBS Group AG and the energy arm of Piper Jaffray Companies have cut staff in their oil and gas investment banking teams, three people familiar with the matter said on Monday, as U.S. dealmaking continues to dry up. Mergers and acquisitions activity within the shale business is at its lowest level in a decade, excluding Occidental Petroleum Corp's purchase of Anadarko Petroleum Corp, as shareholders squeeze producers to focus on returns and develop existing acreage rather than expansion. The decline has left investment bankers that advise on such transactions without enough work.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 17:05:45 -0400
  • BoE reform needed to boost firepower for downturns, think tank says

    The Bank of England should be given more power to steer lending in Britain's economy and influence government spending during a downturn, a think tank said on Monday. After more than a decade of low interest rates since the global financial crisis, central bankers across advanced economies are concerned that they're less able to boost the economy when the next recession comes. Positive Money, a think tank whose work has been endorsed by the opposition Labour Party and others in recent years, said closer coordination was needed between the BoE and the government, with the efficacy of quantitative-easing in doubt.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 17:00:00 -0400
  • Equity Lifestyle Properties: 3Q Earnings Snapshot

    CHICAGO (AP) _ Equity Lifestyle Properties Inc. (ELS) on Monday reported a key measure of profitability in its third quarter. The results beat Wall Street expectations. The real estate investment trust, based in Chicago, said it had funds from operations of $108.6 million, or 56 cents per share, in the period.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 16:56:09 -0400
  • Correction: Crane Demolition story news

    In a story Oct. 20 about the demolition of two construction cranes at the site of a partially collapsed building in New Orleans, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the cranes weighed thousands of tons. NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Thundering explosions toppled two cranes Sunday that had loomed precariously for days over a partially collapsed hotel in New Orleans, in what city officials hailed as a success and said efforts now would focus on retrieving two bodies still inside the ruined building.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 16:55:39 -0400
  • Truck driver indicted on 23 counts in motorcyclist deaths

    A pickup truck driver accused of causing a collision that killed seven motorcyclists in New Hampshire has been indicted on 23 charges saying he negligently caused the deaths and was under the influence of one or more drugs at the time. Volodymyr Zhukovskyy , 23, of Springfield, Massachusetts, is to be arraigned by video on Nov. 5. The negligent homicide-DUI charges accuse Zhukovskyy of driving under the influence of a controlled drug or drugs at the time of the crash.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 16:53:18 -0400
  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks climb on hopes for progress in trade; Canadian dollar gains

    World stock indexes rose on Monday as signs of work to resolve the U.S.-China trade war bolstered investor hopes, while the Canadian dollar strengthened in the hours before results of the election for prime minister. U.S. President Donald Trump praised efforts to end the U.S.-China dispute, while White House adviser Larry Kudlow said tariffs scheduled for December could be withdrawn if talks go well. In Britain, the parliament's speaker refused to allow a vote on Boris Johnson's divorce deal with the European Union, suggesting the British prime minister faces further problems in Brexit ratification.

    Mon, 21 Oct 2019 16:51:15 -0400
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