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Andrew Scheer says he’ll run again as MP for Regina

Scheer declined to comment on questions surrounding his use of party funds to pay for his children's schooling.


US arranging charter flight to evacuate American diplomats and citizens out of China amid coronavirus outbreak, official says

(CNN) — The US government is arranging a charter flight to evacuate American diplomats and citizens from the Chinese city that has become ground zero for a new deadly strain of coronavirus, a US official with knowledge of the matter told CNN Saturday.

The United States has a contract with a transporter to evacuate about three dozen diplomats and their families from the US consulate in Wuhan, China. The consulate is closed and all US diplomats are “under ordered departure,” the official said.

Details of the flight plan are still being finalized — for example, officials were still deciding between a narrow-body Boeing 737 and a wide-body Boeing 767 — and the source said “a lot depends on what the Chinese authorities will allow us to do,” adding that Beijing has been “very cooperative.” The Wall Street Journal first reported the planned evacuation.

The State Department and White House have not yet responded to CNN’s request for comment on the matter.

The US consulate in Wuhan reached out to Americans registered with the consulate and offered them seats on a flight, the official told CNN. The flight will have medical personnel aboard to treat anyone with the virus and make sure it is contained.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed to CNN Saturday that it is involved in the coordinated effort by the US government to help Americans leave Wuhan.

There are about 1,000 Americans living in Wuhan and those who choose to evacuate with diplomats will be billed for the flight, the official with knowledge of the matter said.

The Journal reported that any available seats on the flight might be offered to non-US citizens and diplomats of other nations. The US official with knowledge of the matter, though, disputed that reporting, saying that non-US citizens would only be allowed to take the flight if they are related or married to Americans.

The official added that diplomats from other countries, such as South Korea and the United Kingdom, are arranging their own transportation out of Wuhan.

Asked why the US is evacuating its diplomats and citizens from Wuhan while no such action was taken during the height of the SARS epidemic that hit China in 2003, the official said, “I think we all learned our lesson from SARS.”

It is unknown where the plane plans to fly to in the US, the person said.

On Thursday, the US State Department ordered non-emergency personnel and their families to depart the Hubei Province of China, of which Wuhan is the provincial capital, due to the coronavirus.

The Department also raised the travel advisory for the Hubei province to “Level 4: Do Not Travel,” warning that the “U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Hubei province.”

Chinese authorities have imposed indefinite restrictions on public transport and travel in Hubei Province in an unprecedented effort to contain the spread of the virus.

More than 40 people in mainland China have now been killed by the Wuhan coronavirus, with more than 1,300 confirmed cases.


Grenfell Tower inquiry member Benita Mehra resigns

Benita Mehra quit after being linked to the charitable arm of a firm which supplied the block's cladding.


Matlock Town footballer Jordan Sinnott ‘critical after assault on night out’

Matlock Town's Jordan Sinnott suffered life-threatening head injuries in an attack in Retford.


Londoners invited to celebrate Australia Day while raising money for bushfires

The Australia Bushfire Relief Benefit Concert is set to take place on Sunday at 5 p.m.


New scam numbers targeting Huntsville Utilities customers

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Huntsville Utilities said there’s a twist on the usual “you are about to be disconnected” scam – new phone numbers are popping up on caller ID.

HU said calls Wednesday were being made to both residential and business customers.

Calls came from (877) 602-1720, (877) 602-1722, (877) 602-1732, (800) 418-7230, (800) 418-7220.

In addition, HU said the caller ID was being spoofed to show the main switchboard number for the utility – (256) 535-1200.

In all cases, if you receive one of these calls, hang up and call HU yourself. Don’t give any personal or account information unless you initiate the call.


‘My heart is going to bleed,’ says Ontario man who lost daughter, granddaughter in plane crash

"I know my heart is going to bleed inside, but I will be strong. I'll do my best."


Veterans group demands apology after President Trump said traumatic brain injuries from Iranian attack are ‘not very serious’

(CNN) — The Veterans of Foreign Wars is demanding that President Donald Trump apologize for downplaying traumatic brain injuries sustained by US service members in Iraq after Iranian missile strikes on American troops earlier this month.

Earlier this week, Trump said he does not consider potential traumatic brain injuries to be as serious as physical combat wounds, minimizing the severity of the injuries, saying he heard that some troops “had headaches, and a couple of other things, but I would say, and I can report, it’s not very serious.”

“The VFW expects an apology from the President to our service men and women for his misguided remarks,” William “Doc” Schmitz, VFW National Commander, said in a statement Friday, following the Pentagon’s announcement that 34 US service members have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries in the January 8 Iranian attack.

“And, we ask that he and the White House join with us in our efforts to educate Americans of the dangers TBI has on these heroes as they protect our great nation in these trying times. Our warriors require our full support more than ever in this challenging environment,” Schmitz added.

The VFW, described on its website as America’s largest and oldest combat veterans service organization, said TBI is a “serious injury and one that cannot be taken lightly.”

On Friday, the Pentagon announced that 34 US service members have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries in the January 8 attack, which was in retaliation for the January 2 US drone strike that killed a top Iranian general.

Of the 34 service members, 17 of those who were injured have since returned to duty in Iraq.

Nine service members are still being treated in Germany. An additional eight service members who had been flown to Germany have since been sent to the United States for additional treatment.

Although traumatic brain injuries are not always immediately apparent, the disclosure of injured US service members suggested that the attack’s impact was more serious than initial assessments indicated.

Mild traumatic brain injuries, commonly known as concussions, are a form of TBI. The most common form of TBIs in the military are mild TBIs, according to the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center.


League One Oxford draw at Newcastle to earn FA Cup replay

Steve Bruce is hugely critical of his Newcastle side's "ridiculous" mistakes as they are held at home by League One Oxford in the FA Cup fourth round.


Winnipeg fire crews quickly douse St. Vital high-rise blaze

Fire crews doused a blaze in a St. Vital high-rise Friday evening.


Three men arrested on arson charges in Tennessee

HOUSTON COUNTY, Tenn. – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation arrested three men Friday.

TBI said Alexander Hernandez, 26, Michael Tarvis, 25, and Andrew Alexander, 19, were all arrested on multiple arson charges after agents joined in a multi-agency investigation.

Thursday, TBI began assisting the Houston County, Tennessee Sheriff’s Office, Dickson County, Tennessee Sheriff’s Office, and the Houston County, Tennessee Fire Department with an investigation into multiple abandoned structure fires in Houston County since early December. In addition to finding the three men responsible for the fires in Houston County, the three were also found to be responsible for a structure fire in Dickson County.

Hernandez was booked into the Houston County Jail on five counts of arson. Tarvis, also booked into the Houston County Jail, was charged with four counts of arson. Alexander was booked into the Dickson County Jail on five counts of arson.


Man with homemade harpoon arrested after allegedly accosting people at Boulder bus station

Boulder police arrested a man who was wielding a homemade harpoon and yelling at people at a bus station Friday night.

According to Boulder police Sgt. Jeff Kessler, police responded to the RTD Bus Station at 14th and Walnut streets for a man who was yelling at station security and passersby while holding a four-foot harpoon.

Police later found the man south of the station at 14th Street and Canyon Boulevard, where he was arrested without incident, Kessler said.

Kessler said no one was injured throughout the encounter.

The man was arrested on suspicion of violating a protection order. He was taken into custody at the Boulder County Jail.


Man charged with Crawley Down double murder

Sandy Seagrave, 76, and Amy Appleton, 32, were found dead outside a house in Sussex on 22 December.


RCMP find body of man who went missing in Newfoundland snowstorm

Joshua Wall, 26, had vanished after leaving his home for a friend's house in nearby Marysvale as the massive snowstorm struck the province.


RCMP find body of man who went missing in Newfoundland snowstorm

Joshua Wall, 26, had vanished after leaving his home for a friend's house in nearby Marysvale as the massive snowstorm struck the province.


Eldora Ski Resort wants to add more than 800 parking spaces in proposed expansion

The Eldora ski resort will be before Boulder County commissioners on Tuesday to continue its bid to expand its parking by more than 800 spaces.

And with those added spaces comes the potential Eldora might start charging for parking, although its management has said that’s something it would prefer to avoid.

While the proposal would substantially alleviate parking access issues at the resort 21 miles west of Boulder, some officials in neighboring Nederland are concerned there will be a significant increase in traffic choking that community’s roads on big ski weekends.

The proposal was approved by the Boulder County Planning Commission at its Dec. 18 meeting — with conditions, and those conditions numbered no fewer than 17. Nevertheless, Eldora general manager Brent Tregaskis said this week  that those 805 new parking places could be ready sooner than such a lengthy check list of obligations might suggest.

“I think they’re all conditions that we can get through with working with the county staff,” Tregaskis said. “We believe it (construction) could be started as early as the middle of April and be completed for the 2020-21 ski season.”

Specifically, Eldora is targeting construction of a new 568-space lot above its north lot, and 237 more spaces to be tacked on to an existing lot near the Nordic Center. It currently has 1,453, according to a county spokesman. The plan will cost “north of $5 million” to execute, Tregaskis said.

The bid for more parking has been on the table since Eldora’s creation of its 2011 master plan, an ambitious blueprint for expansion, parts of which have been accomplished, with others being set aside. That master plan called for 560 new parking spaces.

None of the 17 conditions placed on the Planning Commission are surprising for a project of such size in an environmentally sensitive setting, including items such as prior submission of a sediment basin management plan, application for a stormwater quality permit and submission of a revegetation and weed control plan. Another condition stipulates all tree removal would take place during the non-nesting season for migratory birds, with no tree removal between May 15 and July 31.

Commissioners also encouraged Eldora to work toward transportation demand management, suggesting charging fees for cars carrying two or fewer passengers, work with RTD to provide additional buses as well as a provision by the resort for additional shuttle services for its visitors.

Tregaskis said on Wednesday that charging for parking — something the resort announced in December 2018 it was launching on a limited basis, but then scuttled in response to harsh public pushback — remains on the table, although Eldora would still like to avoid doing so.

“Our motivation is to continue to get people to use the bus and to carpool, in order to reduce the overall environmental impact,” Tregaskis said. “But if we cannot, if the public doesn’t respond well, then the county may force us to start charging for parking, which is not what we really would like to see. We don’t think that’s part of our brand.”

Nederland Mayor Kristopher Larsen voiced mixed feelings about so much more parking soon being made available at the resort immediately west of his town of about 1,500 people.

“This will have the effect of increasing significantly the number of cars coming through Nederland. That’s my biggest concern,” Larsen said.

“I know the Forest Service has said they can handle the people, in terms of the number of actual people on the slopes. The slopes have gotten a lot more crowded since (Eldora) joining the Ikon pass. It has a more dangerous feel to it. But the Forest Service says it’s okay, so we’ll believe the experts … But on a powder powder day, that’s going to be tough.”

Larsen said trustees in the town, which already suffers its share of traffic headaches on busy ski days, did not take a position for or against the expanded parking, seeing that as being beyond its control.

“Eldora has been doing a very good job of doing the right thing in terms of the climate, with their purchase of electric buses, encouraging more people to take the bus up from Boulder and encouraging people to carpool. That has all been very good,” Larsen added.

“Hopefully it means fewer people will be poaching parking spots in Nederland for several days at a time. But my concern is that many more people coming up through canyon and coming through Nederland, the traffic is now going to be an issue, and is now probably just going to get worse.”

However, at the December Planning Commission meeting where the proposal was unanimously approved, a Nederland Fire Protection District representative spoke in its favor, anticipating it would alleviate traffic backups on roads which approach the resort, causing unsafe situations for emergency vehicles.

The matter of adequate effective parking and related issues at Eldora is not going away, any time soon, Tregaskis cautioned.

“The Front Range is still growing, and I-70 continues to be a problem, and Eldora is continuing to grow,” he said. “We‘ve got to anticipate the future better.”


Two found dead in Rocky Mountain National Park Friday

Two people were found dead in Rocky Mountain National Park Friday afternoon, according to a park news release.

Park rangers were notified of a suicidal person likely in Rocky Mountain National Park, according to the release. On Upper Beaver Meadow’s Road, officials located the individual’s vehicle.

Traffic was blocked from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. through the Beaver Meadows Entrance and Fall River Entrance on the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park as officials searched for the occupants of the vehicle.

Officials located the bodies of two individuals. Park rangers conducted an on scene investigation and the bodies were transferred to the Larimer County Coroner’s Office, the release stated.

The Larimer County Coroner’s office will identify them when next of kin are notified. The cause of death will be released after an autopsy is conducted, the release said.

Rocky Mountain National Park Law Enforcement rangers partnered with the Estes Park Police Department, Larimer County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Loveland Police Department.

The investigation is ongoing and no further information was available at press time.


Two found dead in Rocky Mountain National Park Friday

Two people were found dead in Rocky Mountain National Park Friday afternoon, according to a park news release.

Park rangers were notified of a suicidal person likely in Rocky Mountain National Park, according to the release. On Upper Beaver Meadow’s Road, officials located the individual’s vehicle.

Traffic was blocked from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. through the Beaver Meadows Entrance and Fall River Entrance on the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park as officials searched for the occupants of the vehicle.

Officials located the bodies of two individuals. Park rangers conducted an on scene investigation and the bodies were transferred to the Larimer County Coroner’s Office, the release stated.

The Larimer County Coroner’s office will identify them when next of kin are notified. The cause of death will be released after an autopsy is conducted, the release said.

Rocky Mountain National Park Law Enforcement rangers partnered with the Estes Park Police Department, Larimer County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Loveland Police Department.

The investigation is ongoing and no further information was available at press time.


West Ham 0-1 West Brom: Dismal Hammers crash out of FA Cup

Slaven Bilic enjoys a winning return to London Stadium as a dismal West Ham performance sees them crash out of the FA Cup at the hands of West Brom.


West Ham 0-1 West Brom: Dismal Hammers crash out of FA Cup

Slaven Bilic enjoys a winning return to London Stadium as a dismal West Ham performance sees them crash out of the FA Cup at the hands of West Brom.


Premiership: Exeter Chiefs 19-22 Sale Sharks – leaders beaten at Sandy Park

Sale Sharks climb to third in the Premiership after surviving a fightback to beat leaders Exeter Chiefs.


Premiership: Exeter Chiefs 19-22 Sale Sharks – leaders beaten at Sandy Park

Sale Sharks climb to third in the Premiership after surviving a fightback to beat leaders Exeter Chiefs.


Premiership: Exeter Chiefs 19-22 Sale Sharks – leaders beaten at Sandy Park

Sale Sharks climb to third in the Premiership after surviving a fightback to beat leaders Exeter Chiefs.


Robbery

2801 N. Sherman Avenue
Madison Police Officers responded to an armed robbery at Northside Liquors (2801 N. Sherman Ave) at approximately 925am on 1/25/20.  Two B/M & #8230;


Robbery

2801 N. Sherman Avenue
Madison Police Officers responded to an armed robbery at Northside Liquors (2801 N. Sherman Ave) at approximately 925am on 1/25/20.  Two B/M & #8230;


Rifle-wielding man tries to rob Macklin, Sask. hotel bar

The suspect left without taking any money and remains at large.


England in South Africa: Mark Wood shines in Johannesburg

Mark Wood stars with bat and ball to give England complete control of the fourth Test against South Africa on a superbly entertaining second day in Johannesburg.


England in South Africa: Mark Wood shines in Johannesburg

Mark Wood stars with bat and ball to give England complete control of the fourth Test against South Africa on a superbly entertaining second day in Johannesburg.


Channel migrants: Boat carrying 28 rescued off Dover

A Border Force vessel was called to intercept a migrant boat entering UK waters, the Home Office says.


Channel migrants: Boat carrying 28 rescued off Dover

A Border Force vessel was called to intercept a migrant boat entering UK waters, the Home Office says.


Denver Chinese New Year celebration cancelled amid fear over coronavirus

The Denver Chinese School has cancelled its 18th annual Chinese New Year celebration Saturday in the wake of community fear over the coronavirus, a flu-like disease originating in China that has killed at least 41 people.

Sue Wang, the school’s vice president, said an unconfirmed case from Lakewood, announced by the Colorado Department of Public Health on Friday, spurred the last-minute cancellation out of an abundance of caution.

“It was extremely difficult for us to cancel the celebration because we put months of work into it,” Wang said. “But the coronavirus case is very scary, especially in the Chinese community.”

St. Anthony’s Hospital in Lakewood said Friday afternoon that a person who had recently traveled to the region of China where the virus was first identified had come down with a respiratory illness and is being isolated as a precaution.

The case has not been confirmed to be the coronavirus, and a state public health official said the risk to the general public is considered low.

Still, Colorado’s Chinese community has expressed concern over the disease and appreciated the school putting people’s health first, Wang said.

The school had been preparing the New Year celebration since October, which brings thousands of people to take in Chinese culture, food and performances. This year would have been the biggest in its 18-year history, Wang said.

Most of the sponsors who bought ads for the event have agreed to still donate their money to the school, Wang said.

“People have been very understanding and supportive,” she said.

There are two confirmed cases of the virus in the United States, which has ordered all American workers at its consulate in Wuhun to evacuate the city, according to the New York Times. China has restricted the travel for millions of people as it attempts to control the spread of the illness.

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Denver Chinese New Year celebration cancelled amid fear over coronavirus

The Denver Chinese School has cancelled its 18th annual Chinese New Year celebration Saturday in the wake of community fear over the coronavirus, a flu-like disease originating in China that has killed at least 41 people.

Sue Wang, the school’s vice president, said an unconfirmed case from Lakewood, announced by the Colorado Department of Public Health on Friday, spurred the last-minute cancellation out of an abundance of caution.

“It was extremely difficult for us to cancel the celebration because we put months of work into it,” Wang said. “But the coronavirus case is very scary, especially in the Chinese community.”

St. Anthony’s Hospital in Lakewood said Friday afternoon that a person who had recently traveled to the region of China where the virus was first identified had come down with a respiratory illness and is being isolated as a precaution.

The case has not been confirmed to be the coronavirus, and a state public health official said the risk to the general public is considered low.

Still, Colorado’s Chinese community has expressed concern over the disease and appreciated the school putting people’s health first, Wang said.

The school had been preparing the New Year celebration since October, which brings thousands of people to take in Chinese culture, food and performances. This year would have been the biggest in its 18-year history, Wang said.

Most of the sponsors who bought ads for the event have agreed to still donate their money to the school, Wang said.

“People have been very understanding and supportive,” she said.

There are two confirmed cases of the virus in the United States, which has ordered all American workers at its consulate in Wuhun to evacuate the city, according to the New York Times. China has restricted the travel for millions of people as it attempts to control the spread of the illness.

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Police continue search for missing four snowmobilers from France who remain missing

For reasons that remain unclear, the group left the safety of the marked trail through the woods and ventured towards the icy expanse of Lac-Saint-Jean, where the ice gave way.


Police continue search for missing four snowmobilers from France who remain missing

For reasons that remain unclear, the group left the safety of the marked trail through the woods and ventured towards the icy expanse of Lac-Saint-Jean, where the ice gave way.


Maximus: Street cat death prompts ‘little soldier’ tributes

He was rescued after spending years without a home but died after suffering breathing difficulties.


One of three Americans killed in Australia firefighting plane crash grew up in Colorado

DENVER — Growing up in a small rural community on Colorado’s plains, Ian McBeth went to work as a ranch hand in neighboring Nebraska at 14 and was a standout athlete in football, wrestling and track.

Initially stymied in his dream of becoming a pilot because of his vision, McBeth, one of three Americans killed fighting wildfires in Australia on Thursday, first served as a jack of all trades building landing strips for C-130 Hercules planes and later as a navigator, including in Iraq.

At 28, a year before he would lose eligibility to become a pilot, he applied again and was accepted.

“He was determined, tenacious and tough. Probably the most all-around capable and competent person I ever knew,” Bill McBeth of Wray, Colorado said of his son, a husband and father of three who lived in Great Falls, Montana.

McBeth was killed Thursday along with First Officer Paul Clyde Hudson of Buckeye, Arizona, and Flight Engineer Rick A. DeMorgan Jr., 43, of Navarre, Florida, when their C-130 Hercules tanker crashed while fighting wildfires in Australia, their employer, Canada-based Coulson Aviation, said in a statement.

All three men had strong military backgrounds. McBeth served in the Wyoming Air National Guard while a student at the University of Wyoming and later joined the Air National Guard in Montana, where flags were ordered lowered in his honor on Saturday.

Hudson graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1999 and spent the following 20 years serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, including as a C-130 pilot, Coulson Aviation said. Hudson, who retired as a lieutenant colonel, earned master’s degrees in business administration and information technology management from the Naval Postgraduate School. He is survived by his wife, Noreen.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey noted Hudson’s lengthy military service in ordering the lowering of flags on all public buildings in his honor on Friday. “Then, when duty called again, First Officer Hudson didn’t hesitate, putting his life on the line to help others battling wildfires in Australia,” Ducey said.

DeMorgan served in the U.S. Air Force for 24 years and had over 4,000 hours experience as a flight engineer, with nearly half of those earned in combat situations. He is survived by this two children, Lucas and Logan; his parents, Rick Sr. and Linda; and a sister, Virginia DeMorgan.

Virginia DeMorgan said her brother’s passions were his children and flying. “He loved flying from the time he was a kid,” she said.

McBeth hoped all three of his children, Abigail, 17, Calvin, 13 and Ella, 11, would learn how to fly, Bill McBeth said. Abigail is working on getting her pilot’s license and sometimes flew with her father, he said.

“His kids loved him dearly,” Bill McBeth said.

The plane the three men were in had just dropped liquid to suppress the flames when it crashed, investigators said Friday.

The deaths came during an unprecedented wildfire season that has left a large swath of destruction in Australia’s southeast. More than 30 people have died, including three Australian volunteer firefighters.

Investigators went to where the C-130 Hercules tanker crashed in the Snowy Monaro region of the state of New South Wales, and a team was working to recover the Americans’ bodies, Australian Transport Safety Bureau Chief Commissioner Greg Hood told reporters.

He said it would be difficult to secure evidence and the remains because the wildfire is still burning and the team faces potential hazards such as aviation fuel.

Upward of 500 aircraft from several countries are fighting Australia’s wildfires, Hood said.

“So, if there are lessons to be learned from this particular accident, it’s really important that not only Australia learns these, but the world learns them,” he said.

The three U.S. deaths brings the toll from the blazes to at least 31 since September. The fires also have destroyed more than 2,600 homes and burned more than 104,000 square kilometers (40,000 square miles), an area bigger than the U.S. state of Indiana.

Coulson grounded other firefighting aircraft as a precaution pending an investigation, reducing planes available to firefighters in New South Wales and neighboring Victoria state. The four-propeller Hercules drops more than 15,000 liters (4,000 gallons) of fire retardant in a single pass.


One of three Americans killed in Australia firefighting plane crash grew up in Colorado

DENVER — Growing up in a small rural community on Colorado’s plains, Ian McBeth went to work as a ranch hand in neighboring Nebraska at 14 and was a standout athlete in football, wrestling and track.

Initially stymied in his dream of becoming a pilot because of his vision, McBeth, one of three Americans killed fighting wildfires in Australia on Thursday, first served as a jack of all trades building landing strips for C-130 Hercules planes and later as a navigator, including in Iraq.

At 28, a year before he would lose eligibility to become a pilot, he applied again and was accepted.

“He was determined, tenacious and tough. Probably the most all-around capable and competent person I ever knew,” Bill McBeth of Wray, Colorado said of his son, a husband and father of three who lived in Great Falls, Montana.

McBeth was killed Thursday along with First Officer Paul Clyde Hudson of Buckeye, Arizona, and Flight Engineer Rick A. DeMorgan Jr., 43, of Navarre, Florida, when their C-130 Hercules tanker crashed while fighting wildfires in Australia, their employer, Canada-based Coulson Aviation, said in a statement.

All three men had strong military backgrounds. McBeth served in the Wyoming Air National Guard while a student at the University of Wyoming and later joined the Air National Guard in Montana, where flags were ordered lowered in his honor on Saturday.

Hudson graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1999 and spent the following 20 years serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, including as a C-130 pilot, Coulson Aviation said. Hudson, who retired as a lieutenant colonel, earned master’s degrees in business administration and information technology management from the Naval Postgraduate School. He is survived by his wife, Noreen.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey noted Hudson’s lengthy military service in ordering the lowering of flags on all public buildings in his honor on Friday. “Then, when duty called again, First Officer Hudson didn’t hesitate, putting his life on the line to help others battling wildfires in Australia,” Ducey said.

DeMorgan served in the U.S. Air Force for 24 years and had over 4,000 hours experience as a flight engineer, with nearly half of those earned in combat situations. He is survived by this two children, Lucas and Logan; his parents, Rick Sr. and Linda; and a sister, Virginia DeMorgan.

Virginia DeMorgan said her brother’s passions were his children and flying. “He loved flying from the time he was a kid,” she said.

McBeth hoped all three of his children, Abigail, 17, Calvin, 13 and Ella, 11, would learn how to fly, Bill McBeth said. Abigail is working on getting her pilot’s license and sometimes flew with her father, he said.

“His kids loved him dearly,” Bill McBeth said.

The plane the three men were in had just dropped liquid to suppress the flames when it crashed, investigators said Friday.

The deaths came during an unprecedented wildfire season that has left a large swath of destruction in Australia’s southeast. More than 30 people have died, including three Australian volunteer firefighters.

Investigators went to where the C-130 Hercules tanker crashed in the Snowy Monaro region of the state of New South Wales, and a team was working to recover the Americans’ bodies, Australian Transport Safety Bureau Chief Commissioner Greg Hood told reporters.

He said it would be difficult to secure evidence and the remains because the wildfire is still burning and the team faces potential hazards such as aviation fuel.

Upward of 500 aircraft from several countries are fighting Australia’s wildfires, Hood said.

“So, if there are lessons to be learned from this particular accident, it’s really important that not only Australia learns these, but the world learns them,” he said.

The three U.S. deaths brings the toll from the blazes to at least 31 since September. The fires also have destroyed more than 2,600 homes and burned more than 104,000 square kilometers (40,000 square miles), an area bigger than the U.S. state of Indiana.

Coulson grounded other firefighting aircraft as a precaution pending an investigation, reducing planes available to firefighters in New South Wales and neighboring Victoria state. The four-propeller Hercules drops more than 15,000 liters (4,000 gallons) of fire retardant in a single pass.


Huntsville Police make arrest in 7th Avenue murder

NEW HOPE, Ala. – Huntsville and New Hope Police arrested a woman wanted in connection with a murder on 7th Avenue last week.

New Hope Police received a tip on Haley League’s location and tried to get both her and another man in the house to come out.

HPD officers and SWAT responded to the house, and League exited the house.

However, the man refused to leave, requiring officers to use tear gas to get him out.

League was booked into the Madison County Jail on a murder charge. Her bond was set at $60,000.

HPD also said the man was arrested on unrelated warrants.

The investigation into the murder is ongoing and HPD said the murder was connected to the victim, Gilbert Estrada, meeting League online.


Huntsville Police make arrest in 7th Avenue murder

NEW HOPE, Ala. – Huntsville and New Hope Police arrested a woman wanted in connection with a murder on 7th Avenue last week.

New Hope Police received a tip on Haley League’s location and tried to get both her and another man in the house to come out.

HPD officers and SWAT responded to the house, and League exited the house.

However, the man refused to leave, requiring officers to use tear gas to get him out.

League was booked into the Madison County Jail on a murder charge. Her bond was set at $60,000.

HPD also said the man was arrested on unrelated warrants.

The investigation into the murder is ongoing and HPD said the murder was connected to the victim, Gilbert Estrada, meeting League online.


Huntsville Police make arrest in 7th Avenue murder

NEW HOPE, Ala. – Huntsville and New Hope Police arrested a woman wanted in connection with a murder on 7th Avenue last week.

New Hope Police received a tip on Haley League’s location and tried to get both her and another man in the house to come out.

HPD officers and SWAT responded to the house, and League exited the house.

However, the man refused to leave, requiring officers to use tear gas to get him out.

League was booked into the Madison County Jail on a murder charge. Her bond was set at $60,000.

HPD also said the man was arrested on unrelated warrants.

The investigation into the murder is ongoing and HPD said the murder was connected to the victim, Gilbert Estrada, meeting League online.


COMMENTARY: Canadian politicians need to put politics aside and ratify CUSMA — ASAP

It would be rather disastrous for Canada to suddenly decide we’re not on board with the new NAFTA at this point, Rob Breakenridge says.


COMMENTARY: Canadian politicians need to put politics aside and ratify CUSMA — ASAP

It would be rather disastrous for Canada to suddenly decide we’re not on board with the new NAFTA at this point, Rob Breakenridge says.


Denver weather: Light snow in the mountains while metro area stays mild

Light snow will taper off in the mountains Saturday, while Denver residents can expect partly sunny skies and mild temperatures.

Highs in Denver are expected to reach 53 degrees, according to the National Weather Service in Boulder.

The mountains could see up to 2 inches of snow before the weather clears later in the day. The mountains and east of Interstate 25 will also stay breezy throughout the day, forecaster said.


Brentford 0-1 Leicester: Kelechi Iheanacho sends Foxes through

Leicester hold off a spirited second-half effort from Brentford to reach the FA Cup fourth round in the final tie to be held at Griffin Park.


Hong Kong protests: tear gas fired on first day of the Lunar New Year as crowd gathers to mark fourth anniversary of Mong Kok riot

Police fired tear gas on the first day of the Lunar New Year in Hong Kong after a crowd gathered to mark the fourth anniversary of the Mong Kok riot in 2016.Passers-by were seen fleeing from the junction of Argyle Road and Portland Street after police launched a crowd dispersal operation. Some found refuge at nearby shopping centre Langham Place where others helped them wash their eyes.Just before 11pm, a group of black-clad protesters allegedly blocked Portland Street with rubbish and various…


Hong Kong protests: tear gas fired on first day of the Lunar New Year as crowd gathers to mark fourth anniversary of Mong Kok riot

Police fired tear gas on the first day of the Lunar New Year in Hong Kong after a crowd gathered to mark the fourth anniversary of the Mong Kok riot in 2016.Passers-by were seen fleeing from the junction of Argyle Road and Portland Street after police launched a crowd dispersal operation. Some found refuge at nearby shopping centre Langham Place where others helped them wash their eyes.Just before 11pm, a group of black-clad protesters allegedly blocked Portland Street with rubbish and various…


Hong Kong protests: tear gas fired on first day of the Lunar New Year as crowd gathers to mark fourth anniversary of Mong Kok riot

Police fired tear gas on the first day of the Lunar New Year in Hong Kong after a crowd gathered to mark the fourth anniversary of the Mong Kok riot in 2016.Passers-by were seen fleeing from the junction of Argyle Road and Portland Street after police launched a crowd dispersal operation. Some found refuge at nearby shopping centre Langham Place where others helped them wash their eyes.Just before 11pm, a group of black-clad protesters allegedly blocked Portland Street with rubbish and various…


More people attend art events in Denver than any other U.S. city, according to NEA study

Colorado has surpassed the rest of the nation in arts performance and exhibition attendance, according to a survey by the National Endowment for the Arts. The study collected data from adults over the age of 18 from across the U.S.

The Denver-Aurora-Lakewood area leads the top 35 metropolitan statistical areas with a 76.8% attendance rate at performing arts events, compared to a national average of 48.5%. According to the NEA, more Denverites went to plays, concerts or dance performances than anyone else in the country this past year.

Denver is also first in arts exhibitions attendance, with 55.3% compared to the 22.7% national average.

Margaret Hunt, executive director of Colorado Creative Industries, said there are two main factors for Denver love of the arts. First, local citizens have access to high-quality arts performances and experiences throughout Colorado. And second, the state’s strong economy allows for citizens to have a high-enough income to allow participation in the arts, she said.

“The arts can address challenging topics,” Hunt said. “It shines a light on social issues in an educational and informative way.”

In the study, the Mile High City ranked third in reading, with 62.5% of residents reporting they had read a book within the last 12 months. Only Boston and Minneapolis fared better, with 64% and 66.7% of their respective populations cracking books.

Still, Coloradans are more avid arts enthusiasts than the majority of the nation. In the NEA’s 2016 study, Colorado ranked No. 1 in the percentage of residents who personally perform or create artwork. That year, Colorado also took second place in movie attendance and third place for reading literature and attending music, dance and theater performances.

“It really makes us look good,” Hunt said of Colorado’s high ranking in the studies, adding that arts have the power to attract newcomers. “The arts and cultural scene are much more attractive to employees.”

Nationally, 57% of adults said they had read a book for fun in the last year. The survey did not count audiobooks or electronic reading materials as reading a book, but 74% of U.S. adults said they had used electronic media to access art — including books and audiobooks — within the last year.

But here in Colorado, at least according to the NEA, people are statistically more likely to get out of the house and see a performance than to stay in with an audiobook.

“People want to have an experience,” Hunt said. “It’s the quality of life that makes Colorado an amazing place.”

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More people attend art events in Denver than any other U.S. city, according to NEA study

Colorado has surpassed the rest of the nation in arts performance and exhibition attendance, according to a survey by the National Endowment for the Arts. The study collected data from adults over the age of 18 from across the U.S.

The Denver-Aurora-Lakewood area leads the top 35 metropolitan statistical areas with a 76.8% attendance rate at performing arts events, compared to a national average of 48.5%. According to the NEA, more Denverites went to plays, concerts or dance performances than anyone else in the country this past year.

Denver is also first in arts exhibitions attendance, with 55.3% compared to the 22.7% national average.

Margaret Hunt, executive director of Colorado Creative Industries, said there are two main factors for Denver love of the arts. First, local citizens have access to high-quality arts performances and experiences throughout Colorado. And second, the state’s strong economy allows for citizens to have a high-enough income to allow participation in the arts, she said.

“The arts can address challenging topics,” Hunt said. “It shines a light on social issues in an educational and informative way.”

In the study, the Mile High City ranked third in reading, with 62.5% of residents reporting they had read a book within the last 12 months. Only Boston and Minneapolis fared better, with 64% and 66.7% of their respective populations cracking books.

Still, Coloradans are more avid arts enthusiasts than the majority of the nation. In the NEA’s 2016 study, Colorado ranked No. 1 in the percentage of residents who personally perform or create artwork. That year, Colorado also took second place in movie attendance and third place for reading literature and attending music, dance and theater performances.

“It really makes us look good,” Hunt said of Colorado’s high ranking in the studies, adding that arts have the power to attract newcomers. “The arts and cultural scene are much more attractive to employees.”

Nationally, 57% of adults said they had read a book for fun in the last year. The survey did not count audiobooks or electronic reading materials as reading a book, but 74% of U.S. adults said they had used electronic media to access art — including books and audiobooks — within the last year.

But here in Colorado, at least according to the NEA, people are statistically more likely to get out of the house and see a performance than to stay in with an audiobook.

“People want to have an experience,” Hunt said. “It’s the quality of life that makes Colorado an amazing place.”

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter, In The Know, to get entertainment news sent straight to your inbox.

 


More people attend art events in Denver than any other U.S. city, according to NEA study

Colorado has surpassed the rest of the nation in arts performance and exhibition attendance, according to a survey by the National Endowment for the Arts. The study collected data from adults over the age of 18 from across the U.S.

The Denver-Aurora-Lakewood area leads the top 35 metropolitan statistical areas with a 76.8% attendance rate at performing arts events, compared to a national average of 48.5%. According to the NEA, more Denverites went to plays, concerts or dance performances than anyone else in the country this past year.

Denver is also first in arts exhibitions attendance, with 55.3% compared to the 22.7% national average.

Margaret Hunt, executive director of Colorado Creative Industries, said there are two main factors for Denver love of the arts. First, local citizens have access to high-quality arts performances and experiences throughout Colorado. And second, the state’s strong economy allows for citizens to have a high-enough income to allow participation in the arts, she said.

“The arts can address challenging topics,” Hunt said. “It shines a light on social issues in an educational and informative way.”

In the study, the Mile High City ranked third in reading, with 62.5% of residents reporting they had read a book within the last 12 months. Only Boston and Minneapolis fared better, with 64% and 66.7% of their respective populations cracking books.

Still, Coloradans are more avid arts enthusiasts than the majority of the nation. In the NEA’s 2016 study, Colorado ranked No. 1 in the percentage of residents who personally perform or create artwork. That year, Colorado also took second place in movie attendance and third place for reading literature and attending music, dance and theater performances.

“It really makes us look good,” Hunt said of Colorado’s high ranking in the studies, adding that arts have the power to attract newcomers. “The arts and cultural scene are much more attractive to employees.”

Nationally, 57% of adults said they had read a book for fun in the last year. The survey did not count audiobooks or electronic reading materials as reading a book, but 74% of U.S. adults said they had used electronic media to access art — including books and audiobooks — within the last year.

But here in Colorado, at least according to the NEA, people are statistically more likely to get out of the house and see a performance than to stay in with an audiobook.

“People want to have an experience,” Hunt said. “It’s the quality of life that makes Colorado an amazing place.”

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter, In The Know, to get entertainment news sent straight to your inbox.

 


More people attend art events in Denver than any other U.S. city, according to NEA study

Colorado has surpassed the rest of the nation in arts performance and exhibition attendance, according to a survey by the National Endowment for the Arts. The study collected data from adults over the age of 18 from across the U.S.

The Denver-Aurora-Lakewood area leads the top 35 metropolitan statistical areas with a 76.8% attendance rate at performing arts events, compared to a national average of 48.5%. According to the NEA, more Denverites went to plays, concerts or dance performances than anyone else in the country this past year.

Denver is also first in arts exhibitions attendance, with 55.3% compared to the 22.7% national average.

Margaret Hunt, executive director of Colorado Creative Industries, said there are two main factors for Denver love of the arts. First, local citizens have access to high-quality arts performances and experiences throughout Colorado. And second, the state’s strong economy allows for citizens to have a high-enough income to allow participation in the arts, she said.

“The arts can address challenging topics,” Hunt said. “It shines a light on social issues in an educational and informative way.”

In the study, the Mile High City ranked third in reading, with 62.5% of residents reporting they had read a book within the last 12 months. Only Boston and Minneapolis fared better, with 64% and 66.7% of their respective populations cracking books.

Still, Coloradans are more avid arts enthusiasts than the majority of the nation. In the NEA’s 2016 study, Colorado ranked No. 1 in the percentage of residents who personally perform or create artwork. That year, Colorado also took second place in movie attendance and third place for reading literature and attending music, dance and theater performances.

“It really makes us look good,” Hunt said of Colorado’s high ranking in the studies, adding that arts have the power to attract newcomers. “The arts and cultural scene are much more attractive to employees.”

Nationally, 57% of adults said they had read a book for fun in the last year. The survey did not count audiobooks or electronic reading materials as reading a book, but 74% of U.S. adults said they had used electronic media to access art — including books and audiobooks — within the last year.

But here in Colorado, at least according to the NEA, people are statistically more likely to get out of the house and see a performance than to stay in with an audiobook.

“People want to have an experience,” Hunt said. “It’s the quality of life that makes Colorado an amazing place.”

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter, In The Know, to get entertainment news sent straight to your inbox.

 


Scituate Barracks

Media Contact: Lieutenant Kenneth D. Jones, Weekend Officer In Charge, Rhode Island State Police, 401-585-4150 or rispdps@risp.gov

At 10:30 AM, Troopers arrested Raymald Delgado Torres, age 35, of 17 Prince Avenue, Apt. 2, Pawtucket RI for: 1) Sixth District Court Bench Warrant for Failure to...


Scituate Barracks

Media Contact: Lieutenant Kenneth D. Jones, Weekend Officer In Charge, Rhode Island State Police, 401-585-4150 or rispdps@risp.gov

At 10:30 AM, Troopers arrested Raymald Delgado Torres, age 35, of 17 Prince Avenue, Apt. 2, Pawtucket RI for: 1) Sixth District Court Bench Warrant for Failure to...


Scituate Barracks

Media Contact: Lieutenant Kenneth D. Jones, Weekend Officer In Charge, Rhode Island State Police, 401-585-4150 or rispdps@risp.gov

At 10:30 AM, Troopers arrested Raymald Delgado Torres, age 35, of 17 Prince Avenue, Apt. 2, Pawtucket RI for: 1) Sixth District Court Bench Warrant for Failure to...


Scituate Barracks

Media Contact: Lieutenant Kenneth D. Jones, Weekend Officer In Charge, Rhode Island State Police, 401-585-4150 or rispdps@risp.gov

At 10:30 AM, Troopers arrested Raymald Delgado Torres, age 35, of 17 Prince Avenue, Apt. 2, Pawtucket RI for: 1) Sixth District Court Bench Warrant for Failure to...


Newborn baby boy found abandoned in Hackney street

Police appeal for the mother to get in touch after he was found wrapped in a blanket in Hackney.


WATCH LIVE: Senate floor belongs to President Trump’s team as defense case opens

WASHINGTON (AP) — The floor of the Senate now belongs to President Donald Trump’s lawyers as they push the Republican-led chamber for his impeachment acquittal on charges that he abused his power and obstructed Congress.

The president’s lawyers planned to begin their arguments Saturday in the impeachment trial and were expected to insist that he did nothing wrong when he asked Ukraine’s leader to investigate one of Trump’s political rivals, former Vice President Joe Biden, who’s now seeking the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

Trump’s legal team has foreshadowed an aggressive, wide-ranging defense that will assert an expansive view of presidential powers. His lawyers intend to portray Trump as besieged by political opponents determined to undo the results of the 2016 election that put him in the Oval Office and to ensure his defeat this November. The lawyers also want to put Biden on the defensive as he campaigns for a first-place finish in the leadoff Iowa caucuses next month.

“They put their case forward. It’s our time next,” said one of Trump’s lawyers. Jay Sekulow.

The opening of the defense’s case comes after a three-day presentation by House Democrats. As they wrapped up on Friday, they asserted that Trump will persist in abusing his power and endangering American democracy unless Congress intervened to remove him before the 2020 election. They implored Republicans to allow new testimony to be heard before senators render a final verdict.

“Give America a fair trial,” said California Rep. Adam Schiff, the lead Democratic impeachment manager. “She’s worth it.”

Schiff closed Democrats’ case after methodical and impassioned arguments detailing charges that Trump abused power by asking Ukraine for politically motivated probes of political rivals, then obstructed Congress’ investigation into the matter. Trump’s lawyers contend Trump was within his rights as president when he asked Ukraine for the investigation.

House managers made the procession across the Capitol before the trial resumed Saturday to deliver the 28,578 record of their impeachment case to the Senate.

The the seven Democratic prosecutors peppered their arguments with video clips, email correspondence and lessons in American history. Republicans who found the presentation tedious and redundant can expect differences in tone and style from Trump’s lawyers, who planned to attack the impeachment as much on political as legal grounds.

“It’s really trying to remove the president from the ballot in 2020. They don’t trust the American people to make a decision,” Sekulow said.

Defense lawyers were expected to press the argument that Trump was a victim not only of Democratic outrage but also of overzealous agents and prosecutors. The lawyers probably will cite mistakes made by the FBI in its surveillance of a former Trump campaign aide in the now-concluded Russia investigation. In response to allegations that he invited foreign interference, they already have argued that it was no different than Hillary Clinton’s campaign’s use of a former British spy to gather opposition research on Trump in 2016.

Acquittal was likely, given that Republicans hold a 53-47 majority in the Senate, and a two-thirds vote would be required for conviction.

Trump, with his eyes on the audience beyond the Senate chamber, bemoaned the trial schedule in a tweet, saying it “looks like my lawyers will be forced to start on Saturday, which is called Death Valley in T.V.”

Arguments were scheduled for just a few hours Saturday in what defense lawyers called a sneak preview. They’ll continue Monday.

The president is being tried in the Senate after the House impeached him last month on charges he abused his office by asking Ukraine for the probes at the same time the administration withheld hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid. The second article of impeachment against Trump accuses him of obstructing Congress by refusing to turn over documents or allow officials to testify in the House probe.

The Senate is heading next week toward a pivotal vote on Democratic demands for testimony from top Trump aides, including acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and former national security adviser John Bolton, who refused to appear before the House. It would take four Republican senators to join the Democratic minority to seek witnesses, and so far the numbers appear lacking.

“This needs to end,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a Trump confidant. He said he doesn’t want to hear from Bolton or from Joe Biden or his son Hunter. The younger Biden who served on a Ukraine gas company’s board.

Democrats on Friday tried to preempt anticipated arguments from Trump’s lawyers, attacking lines of defense as “laughable.”

Those include that Trump had a legitimate basis to be concerned about potential corruption in Ukraine and to pause military aid to the country. One of the president’s lawyers, Alan Dershowitz, was expected to argue that an impeachable offense requires criminal-like conduct, even though many legal scholars say that’s not true.

With Chief Justice John Roberts presiding, the final day of the Democratic arguments opened with Rep. Jason Crow of Colorado, a former Army ranger, saying the only reason Trump eventually released his hold on the aid Ukraine desperately relied on to counter Russian aggression was because he had “gotten caught.”

“The scheme was unraveling,” Crow said. The money for Ukraine was put on hold after Trump’s July 25 call to Ukraine that launched the impeachment probe, and released Sept. 11 once Congress intervened.

Throughout the three days, Democrats balanced the legal and history lessons with plainspoken language about what they see as at stake: the security of U.S. elections, America’s place in the world and checks on presidential power. The Democrats argued that Trump’s motives were apparent, that he abused power like no other president in history, swept up by a “completely bogus” Ukraine theory pushed by Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

“Let me tell you something. If right doesn’t matter, it doesn’t matter how good the Constitution is,” Schiff said in an emotional plea to a pin-drop-quiet room. “If you find him guilty you must find that he should be removed. Because right matters.”

They argued that Trump’s abuse was for his own personal political benefit ahead of the 2020 election, even as administration officials were warning off the theory that it was Ukraine, not Russia, that interfered in the 2016 election.

The Democrats’ challenge was clear as they tried to convince not just senators but an American public divided over the Republican president in an election year.

A poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research showed the public slightly more likely to say the Senate should convict and remove Trump from office than to say it should not, 45% to 40%. But a sizable percentage, 14%, said they didn’t know enough to have an opinion.

One issue with wide agreement: Trump should allow top aides to appear as witnesses at the trial. About 7 in 10 respondents said so, including majorities of Republicans and Democrats, according to the poll.

After both sides have concluded their arguments next week, senators will face the question of whether to call witnesses to testify. But that issue seems all but settled. Republicans rejected Democratic efforts to get Trump aides, including Bolton and Mulvaney, to testify in back-to-back votes earlier this week.

As for the Ukraine connections, evidence has shown that Trump, with Giuliani, pursued investigations of the Bidens and sought the investigation of the debunked theory that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 U.S. election.


Increased avalanche danger for Colorado this weekend

After repeated rounds of snow over the last few weeks, Colorado’s high country could be in for more avalanches this weekend.

The Colorado Avalanche Center issued a level three out of five avalanche risk for much of the state’s central and northern mountains. The Gunnison, Vail and Summit County and Sawatch Ranges are all under “considerable” avalanche danger, as of Saturday.

Two people have died in avalanches so far this winter season, including a Seattle woman who was killed last weekend while ice climbing near Ouray. Six people die in Colorado avalanches per year, according to the National Weather Service.

Several avalanches were reported on Thursday across the state, including multiple near Loveland Pass, according to the Colorado Avalanche Center. Most of Colorado’s central mountains saw a medium-sized snow event this week, adding to a generally above-average season so far this winter.

Avalanches are most common within the first 36 hours of a snow event, and they usually occur on slopes between 30 and 45 degrees. A heavier, denser snowfall on top of a weaker, lighter snow layer can create an unstable snowpack prone to avalanches.

Steamboat Springs saw 9 inches of snow this week on top of the 200-plus inches of snow they’ve seen overall this season, according to OnTheSnow.com. Keystone saw 8 inches this week on top of the 33 inches they’ve seen so far this month and the 135 inches they’e seen so far this winter. Aspen has seen 10 inches of snow over the last three days, on top of 150 inches so far this season and 50 inches so far this January.

The National Weather Service recommends that skiers and snowboarders avoid backcountry areas during times of increased avalanche danger, such as this weekend.


Avalanche danger scale

A live look at Colorado’s avalanche danger scale, provided by the Colorado Avalanche Information Center:



Woman critically injured after fire in Toronto’s west end

Crews were called to the area of Weston Road and Eglinton Avenue shortly after 2:30 a.m. for reports that a man had burns on his back. 


One lane blocked between 155 Buddy Christian Way and Beaverdam Rd due to water main break.

One lane blocked between 155 Buddy Christian Way and Beaverdam Rd due to water main break.


Women’s FA Cup fourth round: Manchester United 2-3 Manchester City

Ellen White's double helps holders Manchester City into the Women's FA Cup fifth round at the expense of Manchester United.


Women’s FA Cup fourth round: Manchester United 2-3 Manchester City

Ellen White's double helps holders Manchester City into the Women's FA Cup fifth round at the expense of Manchester United.


China coronavirus: Hong Kong leader adopts advice from medical experts – but draws line at closing border with mainland China

Hong Kong’s embattled leader adopted the advice of local medical experts as she on Saturday launched a new wave of measures to counter the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus – though divisions remained on whether the city should tighten or even close its border with mainland China.Some 48 hours after the city confirmed its first two cases – with a further three announced on Friday – Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor raised the government’s response against the new virus to the highest…


China coronavirus: Hong Kong leader adopts advice from medical experts – but draws line at closing border with mainland China

Hong Kong’s embattled leader adopted the advice of local medical experts as she on Saturday launched a new wave of measures to counter the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus – though divisions remained on whether the city should tighten or even close its border with mainland China.Some 48 hours after the city confirmed its first two cases – with a further three announced on Friday – Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor raised the government’s response against the new virus to the highest…


Londoners invited to celebrate Australia Day while raising money for bushfires

The Australia Bushfire Relief Benefit Concert is set to take place Sunday at 5 p.m.


Londoners invited to celebrate Australia Day while raising money for bushfires

The Australia Bushfire Relief Benefit Concert is set to take place Sunday at 5 p.m.


Ben Stokes: England all-rounder fined for altercation with fan

England all-rounder Ben Stokes is fined 15% of his match fee for an altercation with a spectator during the fourth Test in South Africa.


Dead newborn baby found in Portsmouth street

Police appeal for the mother to contact them after the baby's remains are found in Portsmouth.


Spacewalking astronauts close to fixing cosmic ray detector

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacewalking astronauts worked to complete repairs to a cosmic ray detector outside the International Space Station on Saturday and give it new life.

It was the fourth spacewalk since November for NASA’s Andrew Morgan and Italy’s Luca Parmitano to fix the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer. They installed new coolant pumps last month to revive the instrument’s crippled cooling system and needed to check for any leaks in the plumbing.

Parmitano quickly discovered a slight leak and tightened the fittings. “Our day just got a little more challenging,” Mission Control observed.

Provided everything goes well, the $2 billion spectrometer — launched to the space station in 2011 — could resume its hunt for elusive antimatter and dark matter next week, according to NASA.

NASA has described the spectrometer spacewalks as the most complicated since the Hubble Space Telescope repair missions a few decades ago. Unlike Hubble, this spectrometer was never intended for astronaut handling in orbit, and it took NASA years to devise a repair plan.

Despite their complexity, the first three spacewalks went well. Morgan and Parmitano had to cut into stainless steel pipes to bypass the spectrometer’s old, degraded coolant pumps and then spliced the tubes into the four new pumps — no easy job when working in bulky gloves. The system uses carbon dioxide as the coolant.

Besides checking for leaks Saturday, the astronauts had to cover the spectrometer with thermal insulation.

“Good luck out there, have a lot of fun,” astronaut Jessica Meir radioed from inside. “We are very excited for you to be finishing off all of the amazing work that you’ve already put into this AMS repair, and I think everyone’s excited to the prospects of what AMS has to offer once you guys finish off the work today.”

The massive 7 1/2-ton (6,800-kilogram) spectrometer was launched to the space station on NASA’s next-to-last shuttle flight. Until it was shut down late last year for the repair work, it had studied more than 148 billion charged cosmic rays. The project is led by Samuel Ting, a Nobel laureate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The repairs should allow the spectrometer to continue working for the rest of the life of the space station, or another five to 10 years. It was designed to operate for three years and so already has surpassed its expected lifetime.

Saturday’s spacewalk got started a little late. A strap on a bag accidentally got caught in the seal when one of the inside hatches was closed and the air lock had to be reopened and repressurized before the astronauts could go out.

NASA’s two other astronauts on board, Meir and Christina Koch, performed two spacewalks over the past 1 1/2 weeks to upgrade the space station’s solar power system.

Altogether, this station crew has gone out on nine spacewalks.


Lego artist David Turner denies glamorising guns

David Turner, who grew up in Northern Ireland, says the work is inspired by his childhood.


Christian Eriksen: Inter Milan hope to sign Tottenham midfielder on Monday

Inter Milan are hoping to complete the signing of Christian Eriksen from Tottenham on Monday.


Royal Marine dies after training incident in Cornwall

The recruit got into difficulty during a training exercise on Tuesday.


Lincoln Woods Barracks

At 9:51 AM Troopers arrested Antron Lassiter, age 31, of 24 Olney Ave, Apt. 1, North Providence, Rhode Island on an Affidavit Arrest Warrant on the charge of Domestic Simple Assault originating from the Providence Police Department. The arrest was the result of a motor vehicle stop on Garfield...


Milk products recalled in Quebec, Ontario over sanitizer contamination

Food contaminated with sanitizer may not look or smell spoiled, however, consumption may cause symptoms such as nausea, upset stomach or vomiting.


North Carolina students studying how to raise chickens on Mars

RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. (WGHP) — The popular TV show Star Trek taught us that space was the final frontier. And it appears that frontier isn’t so far away after all.

And students at Uwharrie Ridge 6-12 School in Randolph County are hoping to one day help conquer it.

They are studying how to raise chickens on Mars, which is something more on our minds with what other adventurous Americans are doing these days.

“Matt Koci is a poultry science professor at NC State and dreamed up the idea that one day when these sixth graders graduate, Elon Musk says that he’s going to put us on Mars,” science teacher Sarah Moore said. “Well, currently all the research that is going into us being on Mars is going into plants. Unless we all plan on eating only plants, someone needs to start the wheels growing on these chickens.”

So Koci wrote a grant to get four teachers across North Carolina to develop a curriculum to teach kids about how to raise poultry in space.

“The whole idea was to get students thinking about agriculture and getting agriculture into the schools but thinking outside of the box,” said Allison Walker, of the NC State Cooperative Extension. “Thinking about what breeds of chickens would be sustainable, what would work well on Mars and thinking about the atmosphere on Mars, the temperature, how they would need to create chicken coops, how to feed the chickens.”

Sixth grader Aya Elkordy did just that and learned a lot in the process.

“I learned how to build a coop,” Aya says. “Chickens, they need like two to four square feet for themselves. I’ve learned about the types of food that would be good to feed them. They can eat insects, corn, apples, peas – mainly things we can also eat.”

With the average age of a farmer in North Carolina approaching 60, Moore hopes her work here may plant the seeds of the next generation of farmers.

“What I’m hoping these kids have taken away is how exactly are we growing poultry here in Randolph County, what kind of resources do we have here,” Moore said. “What kind of careers do we have for my students? They are sixth graders and are going into high school in a few years. What kind of track do they have to be in? What skills do they need to have to enter these careers and, potentially, stay here in our county? And then, who knows? Maybe some of these kids will go on to NC State and join the poultry division or space division and go on to build spacecraft or think about how and where to grow chickens.”


Harry Dunn suspect ‘needs to return’ – PM tells Trump

Anne Sacoolas left for the US claiming diplomatic immunity after the crash that killed Harry Dunn.


A doggone good show: National Western brings some of the best stock dogs in the world to Denver

“Away.” That’s how a handler tells their dog to move to the right of the cattle they’re working.

“Come by.” That means go to the left of the cattle.

“Walk up.” Go straight toward them.

“Get out.” Move away.

“Lie down.” Well, that one’s self-explanatory.

These verbal commands were a common refrain Thursday morning in the National Western Complex’s stockyards. The shouts were occasionally interrupted by the chirps of whistles, an alternative way for handlers to send messages to their canine counterparts.

People and pooches from 13 states and Canada competed in Thursday’s cattle dog trial. A test of discipline, concentration and patience, the course challenged handlers and their dogs to move a trio of calves through seven different obstacles — between barrels, through gates and into and out of pens — in eight minutes or less. The clock doesn’t stop until the last calf’s tail passes through the last gate.

“The cattle dog trial is addictive,” handler Jan Wagner said after a run in which she and her 10-year-old border collie Zoe earn a perfect score in 6:19. “You always think you can do better. Then you get out there and it’s a whole different ballgame.”

RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post

Cathy Sumeracki’s dog Rowdy works to move cattle around the obstacles in the pin during the stock dog trials open preliminary cattle competition at the National Western Stock Show on Jan. 23, 2020 in Denver.

Wagner, a doctor focused on interventional pain management, has been training cattle dogs for about 10 years. Her husband, Bob Wagner, president and CEO of veterinary biotechnology company Gene Check, has been at it for 12 years. The couple lives on a ranch outside Nunn in northern Weld County where they raise Charolais cattle. At the moment the ranch is home to 17 border collies including Zoe. When it’s time to move the cattle across the property’s rough terrain, the dogs spring into action.

“They’re ranch hands. They’re essential,” Jan said.

Bob is the cattle dog superintendent at for the National Western Stock Show, overseeing the competition with the help of three assistant superintendents, as well as participating. During a handler meeting Thursday morning, Bob laid out what he views as the events’ golden rule.

“Everybody should be happy at the dog trials because it’s supposed to be fun,” he shouted.

Liz Klenk Muehlheim and her family traveled more than 1,200 miles from their home in Bellville, Ohio, to compete in the stock show’s dog trials this year.

“National Western is one of the most prestigious shows. It’s just great to be out in the yards no matter the weather,” she said.

They brought three border collies with them: 7-year-old Leo, 5-year-old Nikki and 2-year-old Will. Will was set to compete in the top class, known as the “open” trials, and the nursery class for dogs no older than 3.

“We start them out at about 3 months of age, working with them to develop their instincts with sheep in a small pen,” Klenk Muehlheim said. “That’s to teach them directions and their stop and lie down commands and just get them to enjoy the experience of working with stock. They love it. It’s really an inbred instinct in these dogs.”

Liz Klenk Muehlheim and her dog ...
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Liz Klenk Muehlheim and her dog Will compete during the stock dog trials open preliminary cattle competition at the National Western Stock Show on Jan. 23, 2020 in Denver.

A doctor of internal medicine, Klenk Muehlheim was living in Cleveland 15 years ago when she adopted a border collie, Haley, from a rescue shelter. Knowing that the dog was bred for work, she started taking Haley to dog trial training sessions. It was through the cattle dog community that Klenk Muehlheim met her husband, George Muehlheim, who had a working farm where he used Australian shepherds to move sheep.

The couple’s daughter, 13-year-old Mikka Knapik, isn’t competing at National Western this year but plans to in 2021.

“I love watching the dogs and just love watching my parents kick but out there,” she said.

Fun may come first, but Bob Wagner points out that the National Western dog trials bring out serious competitors. The cattle events, which wrap up Sunday with final rounds in the stockyards, are sanctioned by the National Cattledog Association, which keeps track of dogs’ performance year round. Dogs competing this year included past national champions, including Zoe who Wagner is proud to say was the nursery class champion when he was her handler. There’s prize money and a belt buckle for the grand champion on the line.

The championship sheep moving trial is scheduled for 9 a.m. Sunday in the Stadium Arena.

George Muehlheim has been working with stock dogs for 20 years and loves coming to the National Western.

“This thing has done nothing but get better and better with the years,” he said. “The competition, the dogs, everything. You’re looking at some of the best in the world.”


Colorado’s oldest living Holocaust survivor will speak out “until the last of my breath”

Fanny Starr cuts off her own stream-of-consciousness recollection of the Holocaust to clutch a napkin and sigh deeply.

“Memories,” she whispers after a beat.

Starr, who just turned 98, is often fidgeting with napkins, or tissues or paper towels. Whatever’s nearby. She’s been doing that as long as her daughters can recall.

“It calms me down,” Starr says, folding and unfolding the paper in her hand. “Memories — mom, daddy, my brother.”

All of them died in German concentration camps. Only five out of her family of 60 survived the Holocaust.

“Think about what I’m talking about,” Starr says. “It hurts.”

Starr, the oldest living Holocaust survivor in Colorado, interrupts her explanation of why she plays with paper to share a memory of her sister — one of many quick asides during a 90-minute interview over bagels at her Denver home.

“She was a genius, self-educated. If she was alive today — maybe she’d be a big professor,” Starr says. “She read all kind of books. Medical books. She was something else. Her name was Rose. Curly hair. I look for pictures of her, but nobody has it.”

Starr will share these memories with anyone who’ll listen. School groups, journalists, state lawmakers. She met with Gov. Jared Polis Thursday. In her living room is a letter from Barack Obama.

Lately she’s also involved with a proposed bill in the Colorado legislature that would set new standards for education in public schools about the Holocaust specifically and genocide in general. Starr’s daughter Helen proposed the bill to lawmakers over the summer, and Starr is now preparing to testify for it when its sponsors, Democratic state Reps. Dafna Michaelsen Jenet and Emily Sirota, introduce it in the coming weeks.

Most of the characters in Starr’s stories are dead. So are most of the Holocaust survivors she’s met over 50-plus years in Colorado. All the more reason, she says, for her to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive by sharing what she lived through.

“Until the last of my breath, I will talk about this,” she says. “I am a survivor. I know the pain and the agony, and I sympathize with the millions.”

She pauses there and squeezes the napkin.

“Six million,” she says.

Her memory is incomplete. She thinks she was at Auschwitz for three weeks, but concedes she could be off. It was a long time ago; Monday marks the 75th anniversary of that camp’s liberation.

“We didn’t know no date, no hour, no nothing,” Starr says.

There are plenty of other fuzzy facts. Her daughter Hilda jokes that sometimes it’s best just to pick one version of the truth and go with it.

But some details were long ago seared permanently and clearly.

“I was a tomboy. I was a ball of fire,” she says. “My parents had a grocery store. My mom worked in it and my dad did, too.”

Her smile melts away a few minutes later, as she describes her time at Bergen-Belsen: “I wore just a striped shirt. A long one, like a gown. This was our clothes in winter, bitter cold. The whole group gripped each other. We cried and screamed.”

She can’t quite explain how she survived the Holocaust. The day Bergen-Belsen was liberated, she was, in her words, a “walking zombie,” stricken with typhus. She spent two months recovering after being freed.

“It means you’re sincere”

Starr grew up in Poland, and one day in 1939 the Nazis showed up at her home. They shot her dog and shattered her aquarium, flooding the unit. She and her parents and siblings were told to pack small bags and then forced onto the street to join others who’d been rounded up. They were sent into the Łódź Ghetto, where they stayed for about five years.

“We worked slave work,” Starr says. “I worked in a factory. I didn’t have the faintest idea how to have a thimble on my finger.”

The subject matter is impossibly dark, but she makes time to smile in between the heavy parts. She can’t help but hug everyone around her, sometimes more than once in a sitting.

Hugging someone, she says, “means you’re sincere, means that you care.”

Sirota felt that warmth during a recent visit to Starr’s home in Denver’s Hilltop neighborhood — a home Starr and her late husband, Zase, lived in since it was built 56 years ago.

Sirota said she is honored to be running a bill to preserve the memories of Starr and the dwindling group of Holocaust survivors.

“Our goal is to ensure that Fanny’s words and work are able to continue and live on through statute, so our children in Colorado know Fanny’s story, know the experiences,” says Sirota, whose grandparents fled eastern Europe before the Holocaust. Co-sponsor Michaelson Jenet has Holocaust survivors in her family.

“We ultimately want to have children and a society that is empathetic,” Sirota adds, “that understands the signs and the symptoms and all of the things that lead to something horrific, like the Holocaust, and that our children can learn from history and identify what is going on in the world currently. We want to have communities that treat each other with love, so we have kids and eventually adults who learn to identify hate and bigotry, and stand up to it.”

The governor also said he was honored to meet Starr. He said he supports the proposed legislation .

“Our state and country works best when we stand together against the voices of intolerance and bigotry, we reflect on our history and we fight for a world where everyone can live with dignity,” Polis said in a statement.

Rabbi Jay Strear, CEO of the organization Jewish Colorado, met with lawmakers recently to discuss the proposed bill. He says stories like Starr’s help bring the Holocaust to life for people who may at this point be generations removed from it.

“This wasn’t the massacre of 6 million people as a number. These were individual lives,” Strear says. “The power of the story — it allows us to put ourselves in a person’s shoes.”

He shudders at the thought of his own teenage daughter in a Polish ghetto, cold and hungry and overworked, as Starr was at 15.

Eighty-three years later, Starr can still picture that version of herself.

“The sound of crying,” she says. “I can hear it.”

By now, the napkin has been creased and crumpled many times over.

“My parents, my friends — I cry for them,” Starr says. “There’s not a day, not an hour that goes by. I cry a lot.”


Hope Valley Barracks

No arrests to report.

Media Contact: Lieutenant Kenneth Jones, Weekend Officer In Charge, Rhode Island State Police, 401-764-5603 or rispdps@risp.gov


Detective Bureau

On Friday, January 24, 2020, at approximately 5:15 AM, members of the HIDTA Task Force, arrested Ice Sigaran-Mejia, age 26, of 419 Potters Avenue, Providence, Rhode Island, for the following: 1) Possession of Cocaine 1oz-1kg; 2) Possession with the Intent to Deliver a Schedule II Controlled...


Oxford professor given protection following threats from trans activists

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Man and girl die in Hull house blaze

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‘Cats Sweep Penn at ITA Kick-Off Weekend

Clarissa Hand

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Wickford Barracks

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Jermain Defoe: Rangers agree permanent deal with Bournemouth striker

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At least 22 dead, more than 1,000 injured in Turkey earthquake

(CNN) — At least 22 people died and hundreds were injured in eastern Turkey after an earthquake rattled the region on Friday evening, according to authorities.

The 6.7-magnitude quake struck near the town of Sivrice, in eastern Elazig province, collapsing at least 10 buildings, Turkish Interior Minister Sulyman Soylu said.

Eighteen people were killed in Elazig province and four in Malatya, said Soylu at a news conference on Saturday.

Around 39 people were pulled from under the rubble of collapsed building overnight, he said, adding that 22 people remain trapped.

About 1,030 people were injured and hospitalized, Minister of Health Fahrettin Koca said Saturday. But the number could rise.

Video from Turkey’s IHA Broadcasting Services shows emergency crews rescuing injured people from a collapsed building.

The earthquake caused five buildings to collapse in Elazig, and heavy damage to a number of buildings in the area, Minister of Environment and Urbanization Murat Kurum told reporters.

Preliminary reports say the earthquake lasted 40 seconds, the country’s Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) said.

Fifteen aftershocks have been felt in the wake, with the strongest registering at 5.4 magnitude, Soylu said. The quake struck at a relatively shallow depth of 10 km (6 miles), according to the US Geological Survey (USGS), which enhances the shaking felt at the surface.

About 500,000 people felt strong to very strong shaking, the USGS reported. The earthquake was felt in several other countries, including Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.

The quake interrupted a live broadcast of Edessa TV. Video of the broadcast shows four anchors talking while everything shakes around them.

All relevant departments were taking measures to ensure the safety of citizens following the earthquake, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said early Saturday. Interior, health and environment ministers were sent to the quake-hit area.


At least 22 dead, more than 1,000 injured in Turkey earthquake

(CNN) — At least 22 people died and hundreds were injured in eastern Turkey after an earthquake rattled the region on Friday evening, according to authorities.

The 6.7-magnitude quake struck near the town of Sivrice, in eastern Elazig province, collapsing at least 10 buildings, Turkish Interior Minister Sulyman Soylu said.

Eighteen people were killed in Elazig province and four in Malatya, said Soylu at a news conference on Saturday.

Around 39 people were pulled from under the rubble of collapsed building overnight, he said, adding that 22 people remain trapped.

About 1,030 people were injured and hospitalized, Minister of Health Fahrettin Koca said Saturday. But the number could rise.

Video from Turkey’s IHA Broadcasting Services shows emergency crews rescuing injured people from a collapsed building.

The earthquake caused five buildings to collapse in Elazig, and heavy damage to a number of buildings in the area, Minister of Environment and Urbanization Murat Kurum told reporters.

Preliminary reports say the earthquake lasted 40 seconds, the country’s Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) said.

Fifteen aftershocks have been felt in the wake, with the strongest registering at 5.4 magnitude, Soylu said. The quake struck at a relatively shallow depth of 10 km (6 miles), according to the US Geological Survey (USGS), which enhances the shaking felt at the surface.

About 500,000 people felt strong to very strong shaking, the USGS reported. The earthquake was felt in several other countries, including Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.

The quake interrupted a live broadcast of Edessa TV. Video of the broadcast shows four anchors talking while everything shakes around them.

All relevant departments were taking measures to ensure the safety of citizens following the earthquake, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said early Saturday. Interior, health and environment ministers were sent to the quake-hit area.


Alfreton murder investigation: Man, 18, arrested

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Canada’s 2020 tax season: 4 things you need to know before you file

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No. 22 Wildcats Set for Ranked Rematch with No. 20 Maryland

Joe McKeown at Michigan State

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Weapons Violation

2900 block of Traceway Drive
Madison Police responded to a report of 2-3 shots fired in the 2900 block of Traceway Drive.   A caller reported 2 cars in the area & #8230;


Weapons Violation

2900 block of Traceway Drive
Madison Police responded to a report of 2-3 shots fired in the 2900 block of Traceway Drive.   A caller reported 2 cars in the area & #8230;


Dambuster Guy Gibson’s Victoria Cross on show

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China virus: Finnair staff in Hong Kong refused permission to wear masks during Wuhan coronavirus outbreak

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SILVER ALERT – Sierra County Sheriff’s Office – Janet Lorraine Mimovich

The following is information for the distribution of a Silver Alert from the Sierra County Sheriff’s Office. Please refer all media inquiries to the Sierra County Sheriff’s at (575) 894-7111.

The Sierra County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public's assistance in locating Janet Lorraine Mimovich, a Caucasian female, eighty-eight-years-old, five-foot-five-inches tall, weighing 135 pounds, with blonde hair and green eyes. Ms. Mimovich was last seen wearing jeans and carrying a pink purse. Ms. Mimovich was last seen on January 24, 2020 around 6:30 p.m., at the Sierra Del Rio Golf Course in Elephant Butte, NM. Ms. Mimovich is believed to be traveling in a 2012 silver Mercedes sport-utility vehicle bearing New Mexico license plate WAKJ89. Ms. Mimovich is missing and is believed to be in DANGER if not located.

Anyone with any information regarding this New Mexico Silver Alert is asked to call the Sierra County Sheriff’s Office at (575) 894-7111 or 911.

Janet Lorraine Mimovich Pictured


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WILLISTON BARRACKS / DUI #1

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 20A100407 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Quealy                              STATION: Williston                      CONTACT#: 802-878-7111   DATE/TIME: 01-25-2020 @ 0218 hours INCIDENT LOCATION: I-89 Northbound, Exit 15 offramp, Winooski VIOLATION:


Derby Barracks / Domestic Assault, Simple Assault, Criminal Threatening & Violation of Conditions of Release

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 20A500337 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Paul Pennoyer                             STATION: Derby                       CONTACT#: 802-334-8881   DATE/TIME: 01/24/20 / 2352 hours INCIDENT LOCATION: VT RT 105, W. Charleston VIOLATION: Domestic Assault,


China coronavirus: Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam declares highest level of emergency, schools to remain closed and marathon cancelled

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Single Vehicle Fatality Crash near Letha

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For Immediate Release: 1/25/2020 1:02 AM

Please direct questions to the District Office

On Friday, January 24, 2020, around 7:30 PM, Idaho State Police investigated a single vehicle fatality crash on County Line Road near Dewey Road, southwest of Letha in Gem County.

Wyatt Pimentel, 21, of New Plymouth, was traveling in a 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 southbound on County Line Road when the vehicle went off the left side of the road and rolled. Pimentel was ejected from the vehicle and succumbed to his injuries at the scene of the crash. Pimentel was not wearing a seatbelt. Next of kin has been notified.

Idaho State Police would like to remind everyone to wear their seatbelt while occupying any motor vehicle.

This crash is under investigation by Idaho State Police.

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Royalton Barracks / DUI #2

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 20B200299            RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Tpr Patrick Tingle                                STATION: Royalton Barracks CONTACT#: 802 234 9933   DATE/TIME: 1/25/2020 at 00:06 hours. INCIDENT LOCATION: Route 107, Royalton, VT VIOLATION: DUI #2  


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Westminster Barracks/DUI#2

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 20B100448 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper T. Sandberg                        STATION: Shaftsbury/Westminster Barracks                   CONTACT#: (802)442-5421   DATE/TIME: 01-24-2020/Approximately 22:56 hours INCIDENT LOCATION: Magic Mountain Ski Slopes


International start-ups still see Hong Kong as a fundraising centre despite social unrest, says boss of AngelHub crowdfunding platform

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How does Singapore’s burgeoning digital banking scene stack up against Hong Kong and Britain?

The announcement that Singapore’s central bank would this year award up to five new digital banking licences to non-lenders has ushered in what analysts are calling a second wave of transformation for the city state’s banking space.

The first wave of changes rolled out over a five-year period starting in 1999, when new players jumped into an arena dominated by the likes of DBS Bank, Overseas-Chinese Banking Corporation (OCBC), and United Overseas Bank (UOB).

Analysts say the competition for…


Middlesex Barracks – DUI

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 20A300410 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Benjamin Goodwin                             STATION:  Middlesex                    CONTACT#: 802-229-9191   DATE/TIME: 01/24/2020 at 9:39 PM INCIDENT LOCATION: (I89 North at Exit 10 / Waterbury) VIOLATION: DUI  


West Kelowna water quality advisory issued for Lakeview System

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Westminster Barracks – DUI Refusal

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 20B100444 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Rodzel                            STATION: Westminster Barracks       CONTACT#: (802)722-4600   DATE/TIME: January 24, 2020 at approximately 2043 hours INCIDENT LOCATION: Interstate 91 S near MM 3 VIOLATION: DUI


New Haven Barracks / DUI #1

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 20B500236 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Tpr. S. Ovchinnikoff                              STATION: New Haven                      CONTACT#: 802-388-4919   DATE/TIME: 01/24/2020, 2236 Hours INCIDENT LOCATION: Route 7 in the Town of Middlebury VIOLATION: DUI #1


Doctors warn China coronavirus carriers may show no symptoms of illness

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China virus: Hong Kong health officials apologise for keeping coronavirus patient in wrong ward

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New Huntsville music board members tuned into new opportunity

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Leaders in the Rocket City are ready to turn up the volume. This week, Huntsville city leaders picked nine people to serve on their first-ever music advisory board. Two people chosen to serve on the board said they're excited about what this will mean for music in Huntsville.

"It's amazing the amount of talent we have in the area, songwriters, performers, the whole lot," The Fret Shop co-owner Mark Torstenson said.

After 40 years in business, The Fret Shop remains a place where people can learn the basics of a six-string. And this week, owner Mark Torstenson was one of nine people chosen, not to strum a chord, but rather to amplify the city's music scene.

"If I'm not mistaken, we might be the first of this exact model that's been created, so it's exciting to be a part of that," Torstenson said.

The board was picked to include men and women from different genres to share their knowledge following Huntsville's music audit.

"I hope it'll bring more acts to the city and help us create more venues. And enhance the ones we have here," Torstenson said.

Board members said their new role isn't just a question of who can bring the biggest concert to town, although they certainly will be focusing on live events. But they said much of their goal is also education, growing some of the undiscovered talent around Huntsville.

"Every major artist is homegrown somewhere. They're from somewhere," The Maitland Conservatory owner Mario Maitland said. "So, sometimes when we're from a city, we don't think of these people right next to us being big, international artists."

For nearly 10 years, Maitland, a classically trained musician, has taught kids at the conservatory. He said his new role brings a unique opportunity to put more young artists in the limelight.

"It's not just about the board. It's about what the city wants, what people want, and what they want to experience," Maitland said.

Maitland, Torstenson, and the rest of the board will come to the table for the first time when they meet next month. The other members include Judy Allison, Codie Gopher, Cricket Hoffman, Chuck Rutenberg, Celise Sanders, Brett Tannehill, and DeQn Sue.


‘It’s been very unjust’: Punky the dog destroyed after lengthy legal battle

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Lethbridge’s Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden calls 2020 Winter Lights Festival very successful

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Two Arrested Following Cockeysville Robberies and Auto Theft

Police searched areas of the Cockeysville Precinct for discarded evidence today following two armed robberies last night.

Officers arrested two suspects last night, an adult man and a teenage boy, after the two committed two armed street robberies, then stole one of the victim's vehicles.

The first call was received at 10:26 p.m. when the suspects approached a man walking in the area of Rutledge Road and Castlehill Court, 21030 and demanded cash. One of the suspects brandished a handgun. They fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Police responded to the second call around 11:13 p.m. in the 300 block of Limestone Valley Drive, 21030 when two suspects matching the description from the previous call approached a woman outside of an apartment complex, brandished a gun and demanded cash. This time they stole cash and car keys, then located her vehicle, a white convertible Ford Mustang, and fled the scene. The woman quickly reported the car stolen and responding officers located the Mustang traveling southbound on York Road just north of Padonia Road. Officers followed the vehicle while they requested additional units, air support and K9 to respond to assist with a stop of the vehicle, but the Mustang turned onto Dulaney View Court where the two suspects stopped and fled on foot.

The adult male suspect was immediately apprehended by officers. A quick investigation led to the identification of the juvenile suspect, who was also located and arrested. Both suspects presently remain in custody, their identities being withheld pending formal charging.


Alabama Public Health officials keeping tabs on coronavirus, more concerned about flu

HUNTSVILLE, Ala – The CDC confirms they are investigating more than 60 possible cases of coronavirus in the U.S.  As of Friday night, only 2 American cases of coronavirus have been confirmed. Several other people are being monitored, including a student at Tennessee Tech which is just under three hours away from Huntsville.

In China, the pneumonia-like illness has killed dozens and 35 million people there are now locked-down, unable to travel

“More persons will be tested than will actually turn out to have the disease. I am aware of the person in Tennessee,” said Dr. Karen Landers, a District Medical Officer for the Alabama Department of Public Health.

While other infectious diseases are a higher priority for Alabama, Dr. Landers confirmed staff has been assigned to keep tabs on the global situation. That staff is also communicating with medical practices across the state to make sure people have action plans.

“The first thing we are going to do is have the person have a mask on. We are going to have the person placed in an air born isolation room. So this cannot be spread,” said Dr. Landers as she explained what immediate protocols would be enacted if a person was thought to have coronavirus.

The Alabama Department of Public Health is also asking medical providers to triple check travel history.

“We are asking the physicians in the state of Alabama, the urgent cares as well as emergency rooms, to screen for a history of travel in patients that present with respiratory illnesses,” said Dr. Landers.

In truth, there are actually several different types of coronavirus present in the U.S. and in Alabama. However, none in the state are linked to the outbreak in China.

The more clear and present threat is the flu.

“We should be more concerned about influenza. We should take the opportunity to be vaccinated against influenza because it’s not too late to vaccinate against influenza,” said Dr. Landers.

Possible symptoms for coronavirus include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

For more information on coronavirus visit this CDC page. 

You can find local information on the ADPH page here. 


No damage as 4.6-magnitude quake rattles California desert

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Teen Injured in Halethorpe Stabbing

Police are investigating the stabbing of a teenage boy in Halethorpe this evening.

The boy, 14, was outside America's Best Wings in the 3500 block of Washington Boulevard around 9:50 p.m. when he became involved in an altercation with at least one individual. The preliminary investigation indicates the suspect struck the boy with an unknown weapon causing a potentially life-threatening stab wound, then fled the scene. The suspect remains outstanding at this time. The boy was transported to an area hospital for treatment.

Officers from the Wilkens Precinct are currently continuing the investigation. Anyone who may have seen the altercation or who has any information regarding the incident is asked to contact police at the Wilkens Precinct by calling 410-887-0872. Callers may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward when submitting tips through Metro Crime Stoppers.


Westminster Barracks/MV Crash

STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH   CASE#: 20B100443                                                            RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Troopers T. Sandberg and E. Acevedo STATION: Shaftsbury/Westminster                          CONTACT#: (802) 772-4600   DATE/TIME: 01-24-2020/approximately 19:10 hours STREET:


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Sardis City Council discusses Sunday alcohol sales

SARDIS, Ala. - The City of Sardis is encouraging residents to give their input on potential for Sunday alcohol sales. At Monday’s city council meeting, Councilman Brian Carnes brought up the idea after hearing from two businesses on U.S. Highway 431.

WHNT News 19 spoke with the owner of The 1st Super Store, which is one of the business owners who reached out to Carnes. The owner said she feels they are losing money by not selling alcohol on Sunday because surrounding areas do.

The business is undergoing a major renovation and is also adding a turn lane in front of the store. They told WHNT News 19 that it was an unexpected bill that Sunday alcohol sales would help pay for.

The council decided as a whole to hear input from residents before deciding whether or not to put it on the ballot for its normal municipal election in August. Sardis Mayor Russell Amos said they have already gotten several calls both in favor and in opposition of Sunday alcohol sales.

Multiple Sardis residents gave similar responses when asked by WHNT News 19.

“Two miles down the road either way, you can buy on Sunday. That’s the argument on the business side, and I understand the argument. I understand their position, that's why I feel like the best solution is to allow the people to decide what they want,” said Amos.

Amos said Sunday alcohol sales has been a hot button topic for the last year.

He told WHNT News 19 that he expects the council to make a decision to put it on the August ballot within the next couple of meetings. Amos said he is determined to not have a special election regarding the issue because it would be too expensive.


SILVER ALERT-David William Guffie-Phoenix PD

Alert Status: 
Active
Preliminary Information of Missing Subject: 
David William Guffie, 82 years old at time of disappearance, 5’08", 160 pounds, with green eyes, and white hair and has a beard. Black pants, black shirt, carrying a black windbreaker and white bag. David Guffie was last seen on foot in the area of South 79th Avenue and West Buckeye Road in Phoenix, Arizona. David has a medical condition that may cause him to appear confused or disoriented. David has a medical condition that may cause him to appear confused or disoriented.
Investigating Agency (if in Arizona): 
Phoenix Police Department
Date Subject Went Missing: 
Friday, January 24, 2020 - 1:30pm
Point of Contact (Name): 
Officer Somershoe
Last known location: 
S. 79th Avenue and West Buckeye Road
Phoenix-, AZ

United States

Missing Subject's Full Name: 
David William Guffie
Point of Contact (Number): 
(602) 262-6151
Missing Subject: 
Release Date: 
Friday, January 24, 2020
DOB: 
Monday, December 13, 1937
Gender: 
Male
Height: 
5'8"
Weight: 
160 lbs
Hair Color: 
White
Eye Color: 
Green
Race: 
White

Arrests Made in Multiple Robbery Offenses

Friday, January 24, 2020

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division announced several arrests in recent robbery cases in Washington, DC.

 

First District:

 

  • On Saturday, January 18, 2020, 29 year-old Durell Campbell, of no fixed address, was arrested for an Assault With Intent to Commit Robbery offense that occurred on Saturday, January 18, 2020, in the 700 block of D Street, Southeast. CCN 20-010-781
    • At approximately 11:11 am, the suspect entered an establishment at the listed location. The suspect brandished a pair of scissors and stabbed the victim while attempting to rob the establishment. The suspect was apprehended by responding officers.

 

Third District:

 

  • On Wednesday, January 22, 2020, a 14 year-old juvenile female, of Southeast, DC, was arrested for a Robbery (Snatch) offense that occurred on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, in the 1800 block of 13th Street, Northwest. CCN 20-013-259
    • At approximately 5:31 pm, the suspect approached the victim at the listed location. The suspect snatched the victim’s cellphone then fled the scene. The suspect was apprehended by responding officers.

 

  • On Wednesday, January 22, 2020, a 15 year-old juvenile male, of Southeast, DC, was arrested for a Robbery (Snatch) offense that occurred on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, in the 1700 block of 14th Street, Northwest. CCN 20-013-260
    • At approximately 5:45 pm, the suspect approached the victim at the listed location. The suspect snatched the victim’s cellphone then fled the scene. The suspect was apprehended by responding officers.

 

Fourth District:

 

  • On Monday, January 20, 2020, a 15 year-old juvenile male, of Northwest, DC, was arrested for a Robbery (Force and Violence) offense that occurred on Monday, January 20, 2020, in the 1300 block of Monroe Street, Northwest. CCN 20-012-061
    • At approximately 7:30 pm, the suspects approached the victim at the listed location. The suspects assaulted the victim and took the victim’s property then fled the scene. One of the suspects was arrested by responding officers. This case remains under investigation.

 

  • On Thursday, January 23, 2020, pursuant to a DC Superior Court arrest warrant, 53 year-old Thomas Brown, of Northeast, DC, was arrested for a Robbery (Force and Violence) offense that occurred on Sunday, May 22, 2019, in the 6600 block of Georgia Avenue, Northwest. CCN 19-088-307
    • At approximately 4:46 pm, the suspect approached the victim at the listed location. The suspect assaulted the victim and took the victim’s property then fled the scene.

 

Sixth District:

 

  • On Wednesday, January 23, 2020, a 15 year-old juvenile male, of Northeast, DC, was arrested for an Armed Robbery offense that occurred on Tuesday, January 22, 2020, in the 3800 block of Jay Street, Northeast. CCN 20-013-439
    • At approximately 11:16 pm, the suspects approached the victim, a Lyft driver, at the listed location. The suspects assaulted the victim as he sat in the vehicle and took his property. During the assault, one of the suspects sprayed the victim with pepper spray, a second suspect brandished a stick, and two additional suspects brandished knives. The suspects then fled the scene. One of the suspects was apprehended by responding officers. This case remains under investigation.

 

Seventh District:

 

  • On Thursday, January 23, 2020, 30 year-old Robert Martin, of Southeast, DC, was arrested for an Armed Robbery (Gun) offense that occurred on Thursday, January, 23, 2020, in the 2500 block of Pomeroy Road, Southeast. CCN 20-014-088
    • At approximately 8:37 pm, the suspect approached the victim at the listed location. The suspect brandished a handgun and demanded property. The victim complied and the suspect fled the scene. The suspect was arrested by responding officers.

 

 

As a reminder, citizens are encouraged to use the Safe Exchange Zones when conducting in-person transactions using online applications such as Craigslist and Offer Up. For more information, please visit: http://mpdc.dc.gov/release/mpd-exchange-zone-locations-reminder

 

 


Family of Highlands Ranch teen Mya Pena speaks about relationship violence after murder-suicide

Mya Pena, a 17-year-old girl with a sensitive heart who uplifted those in need, fought for her life against a young man in a toxic relationship that turned deadly, Pena’s mother said Friday.

Now, the teen’s family is hoping to raise awareness about dating violence and manipulative relationships to ensure Mya’s life was not lost in vain.

“She fought to live,” Audra Pena, Mya’s mother, said. “We’re going to fight back for her, and we’re going to make her life live on forever.”

Authorities found 17-year-old Mya Pena dead in a car in Fountain Jan. 14 along with 18-year-old Samuel Hoffman, who also was deceased.

Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said investigators believe Hoffman killed Pena that afternoon in a parking lot near Mile High Academy in Highlands Ranch where she was a student. Police searched for the teens and found them both dead later that night in a car off Interstate 25 in Fountain. Deputies heard Hoffman shoot himself in the car as they arrived.

Hoffman had mental health issues and had been involved in a separate domestic violence incident in Aurora, according to law enforcement.

Audra Pena said her daughter knew about Hoffman’s depression and tried to bring light and laughter into his life.

“She wanted to save him,” Audra Pena said. “She was trying to show him a different way of life. She often would tell me ‘Mom, we need to pray for him’ and we would.”

The Pena family had met Hoffman, but Alexis Pena, Mya’s older sister, said they were blinded from seeing potential red flags because her sister always brought out the good in others.

Alexis Pena said Hoffman was a mixed martial arts fighter who strangled Mya the day she was found dead.

“I never in my life knew that I could feel so empty,” Audra Pena said. “We come from a family that has a very powerful faith, and I know that this isn’t the end of the road. I know that I will see her again and be able to hold her again and hug her again, so without that, I wouldn’t have been able to survive.”

Her mom and sister described Mya as an introvert who blossomed around family. She was an athlete with a creative side who filled the house with her singing each morning.

Vans shoes were Mya Pena’s trademark — even when wearing dresses, her sister said. At the funeral service, more than 800 of the teens’ loved ones wore Vans, including the pastor.

Alexis Pena smiled as she reflected on her favorite memories with her sister.

“She was my best friend,” Alexis Pena said. “My mom is a single mother. It was just us. We always shared a room up until high school…we would do skits and dance competitions.”

The family hopes to create a special Vans shoe to raise awareness about relationship violence to carry on Mya’s legacy. To honor Mya’s life, her mother wants to start a foundation educating teens about dating violence and providing self defense classes to young women.

“He took my child, but he won’t take our lives,” Audra Pena said. “He won’t get the best of our family, and she wouldn’t want that so that’s why we’re going to come out fighting for her.”


Prisco named to Clemson University dean’s list

Mira Aline Prisco, of Dover, was named to the fall 2019 dean’s list at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina.


Alabama officials discuss human trafficking during Friday meeting

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) — Human trafficking is an issue many in rural and urban communities are facing across the country, especially in Alabama.

On Friday, state and federal law-enforcement met at Auburn University in Montgomery to discuss ways to identify trafficking.

Richard Moore, U.S. attorney for Alabama’s Southern District, gave an example of what human trafficking is.

“There have been cases where young girls leaving a shopping mall coming out of a store, a van rolls up, they are grabbed and put into the back of a van and then they become trafficked,” Moore said.

Moore said the problem is bigger than what they realized and what’s why it is important to have training sessions for law enforcement.

The meeting was closed off to the public, but Hollie Reed, who serves on Gov. Kay Ivey’s human trafficking task force, spoke to CBS 42 about what is being done on the issue.

“A lot of times, people think human trafficking is a big city problem,” Reed said. “Whenever you have vulnerable individuals in your community, it is a problem in your community,” said Hollie Reed.

Last year, Alabama lawmakers passed legislation requiring all new commercial drivers to undergo industry-specific training on how to identify human trafficking.

Reed says we can expect to see more legislation dealing with human trafficking this coming legislative session.


Suspect Sought in an Armed Robbery Offense: 800 Block of 7th Street, Northwest

Friday, January 24, 2020

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Third District seek the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect in reference to an Armed Robbery offense that occurred on Saturday, January 11, 2020, in the 800 block of 7th Street, Northwest.

 

At approximately 10:30 pm, the suspects approached the victims at the listed location. One of the suspects brandished a knife and demanded the victims’ property. Another suspect brandished a large piece of wood and assaulted the victims. The victims complied and the suspects fled the scene. The victims suffered non-life threatening injuries.

 

A suspect was captured by a nearby surveillance camera and can be seen in the photos below:

 

 

Anyone who can identify this individual or who has knowledge of this incident should take no action but call police at (202) 727-9099 or text your tip to the Department's TEXT TIP LINE at 50411. Crime Solvers of Washington, DC currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for a crime committed in the District of Columbia.


President Trump joins demonstrators at March for Life

WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — Thousands of anti-abortion protesters from around the country converged on National Mall in Washington Friday for the 47th annual March for Life, joined by President Donald Trump.

It was the first time a sitting president attended the event, something Trump called a “profound honor” during a midday speech. He was met with raucous cheers as the told the massive crowd he was keeping his promise to fight against abortion.

March attendees said his mere presence gave them hope that the country could be moving in a new direction on abortion.

“It’s nice that we have a president that supports pro-life,” Deacon Jeffont of Connecticut said.

“I can’t even begin to explain how much this means,” said Sara Gaz of Michigan.

The country remains strongly divided about abortion ahead of the November presidential election. Trump is hoping to galvanize the movement.

“I am truly proud to stand with you,” he said.

Marchers Christine and Ben Batalla said the president’s stance could win their votes.

“It’s good to have someone on our side,” Christine Batalla said.

“It really shows that he’s actually serious about this,” Ben Batalla added, “which is huge for voters like me who are still very much in the middle and I’m not really a single-issue voter.”


Final – Blocking Semi on Interstate 84, in Meridian

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Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office holds dedication ceremony for memorial honoring three fallen deputies

LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. — On January 24, 1820, the first Lauderdale County Sheriff was sworn into office. The sheriff’s office has been celebrating all January long leading up to a special memorial dedication and ceremony in the Lauderdale County Courthouse.

The ceremony began with the presentation of colors followed by prayer from Chaplain Eddy Garner. Following the prayer, Lauderdale County Commission Chairman Danny Pettus made a few remarks. Pettus' great-great-uncle, Winston P. Pettus, served as sheriff of Lauderdale County for multiple terms.

"We appreciate law enforcement, don't we?" asked Chairman Pettus while addressing the crowd. "That's why we're here today."

It's that appreciation that inspired the creation of the fallen deputies memorial, honoring three deputies who died in the line of duty.

The first, Deputy James B. Foster, was killed in 1895 by a theft suspect while serving an arrest warrant.

Deputy Carl Anderson died in 1919 during Alabama prohibition. During an investigation, he was killed by a store owner who was reportedly selling whiskey.

The third was Constable Willie F. Barr who was killed by an armed robbery suspect in 1931.

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To close the ceremony, descendants of the three deputies placed blue roses on a cross in their memory.

The memorial now stands at Memorial Grove on East Mobile Street, honoring the three men who lost their lives performing their sworn duty to serve and protect the citizens of Lauderdale County.


Conflict of interest commissioner clears Saskatchewan cabinet minister

Corrections and Policing Minister Christine Tell requested the review after the lease agreement became public.


Hong Kong feng shui masters say worst is over for Carrie Lam, unrest will continue but weaken in Year of the Rat

Hong Kong’s feng shui practitioners are predicting another uneasy 12 months for the city with the arrival of the Year of the Rat.But they offer a glimmer of hope, saying the Rat will not prove as savage as the Pig, who arrived this time last year to deliver anti-government protests, chaos, and a sharp downturn in the economy.Feng shui – literally, “wind” and “water” – is the ancient Chinese art of geomancy, which practitioners use to foretell what lies ahead.The Chinese zodiac comprises a…


Suspects Sought in an Assault with Intent to Kill (Gun) Offense: 3300 Block of Dubois Place, Southeast

Friday, January 24, 2020

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Sixth District seek the public’s assistance in identifying and locating suspects in reference to an Assault with Intent to Kill (Gun) offense that occurred on Tuesday, January 14, 2020, in the 3300 block of Dubois Street, Southeast.

 

At approximately 1:15 pm, the suspects approached the victim at the listed location. One of the suspects brandished a handgun and shot the victim. The suspects then fled the scene.

 

The suspects were captured by a nearby camera and can be seen in the photos below and in this link: https://youtu.be/WPMkR5izbyw

 

Anyone who can identify these suspects or who has information in reference to this case should call police at (202) 727-9099 or text your tip to the Department's TEXT TIP LINE at 50411. The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $10,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a violent crime committed in the District of Columbia.


154 School Choice Week celebrations underway in Delaware

Delaware families are raising awareness about all types of K-12 education as they join in the 10th annual National School Choice Week celebration, Jan. 26 to Feb. 1.Schools, organizations, and individuals are planning 154 events and activities, making up some of the 51,300 events planned nationwide to draw attention to K-12 education options. National School Choice Week will be the largest celebration of educational choice in U.S. history, with 13.7 million Americans expected to [...]


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Division of Public Health announces 2 additional flu-related deaths

As the number of confirmed influenza cases in Delaware continues to rise, the Division of Public Health announced Jan. 24 two recent flu-related deaths, bringing the total number of deaths for the 2019-20 season thus far to four.The most recent victim is a 29-year-old New Castle County man diagnosed with influenza B who passed away this week. Additionally, last week, a 65-year-old New Castle County woman diagnosed with influenza A passed away due to complications from the flu. Of [...]


01-24-20 Wanted person located: Wanda Denham a.k.a Wanda Aina (Update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Criminal Investigations Section, Area II
Detective Donovan Kohara
Phone: (808) 326-4646 ext. 238
Report No. C18003996

 

Media Release (Update)

Big Island Police report that 60-year old Wanda Denham, also known as Wanda Aina of South Kona, turned herself in on Wednesday (January 22). She was wanted on an outstanding warrant of arrest. 

 


Misuse — or misunderstanding? Valley water execs deny stealing more than $100K

Attorneys representing three former Panoche Water District officials accused of misusing more than $100,000 in public funds say the case against their clients doesn’t add up to wrongdoing. The Attorney … Click to Continue »


Space Force logo tweeted by President Trump bears uncanny resemblance to ‘Star Trek’ insignia

(CNN) — President Donald Trump unveiled the new US Space Force logo on Friday — which seems to boldly go where one logo has gone before.

President Trump posted an image on Twitter of the insignia for the newest branch of the US military, drawing immediate comparisons of the new logo to the “Star Trek” Starfleet Starship duty insignia. The logo is also similar to the insignia of the Air Force Space Command, which was the precursor to the Space Force, hosting 16,000 active-duty airmen and civilians.

“After consultation with our Great Military Leaders, designers, and others, I am pleased to present the new logo for the United States Space Force, the Sixth Branch of our Magnificent Military!” the 45th President tweeted.

A Space Force spokesperson said in a statement that the seal unveiled by Trump is, in fact, the new official logo.

“The US Space Force seal honors the Department of the Air Force’s proud history and long-standing record of providing the best space capabilities in the world,” the spokesperson said. “The delta symbol, the central design element in the seal, was first used as early as 1942 by the U.S. Army Air Forces; and was used in early Air Force space organization emblems dating back to 1961. Since then, the delta symbol has been a prominent feature in military space community emblems.”

Maj. William Russell, a separate Space Force spokesperson, said Trump was the one who chose the new logo from a series of options presented by the Department of the Air Force.

The similarities between the apparent Space Force logo and the “Star Trek” logo were immediately apparent to many Twitter users — including one who was on the classic science fiction show.

George Takei, an actor who played Hikaru Sulu in the “Star Trek” series and is a vocal opponent of Trump, responded to the tweet by saying, “Ahem. We are expecting some royalties from this…”

In December, when Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act into law, he also created the newest military service and the first new service since the US Air Force came into being in 1947. The Space Force is a branch of the military under the Department of the Air Force — as noted in the logo tweeted by Trump — in the same way that the Marines are their own branch of the military but are within the Department of the Navy.

Gen. John Raymond, the previous commander of US Space Command and Air Force Space Command, told reporters at the time of the signing that officials weren’t in a “rush” to create the branch’s new insignia.

“There are, as you can imagine, thousands and thousands of actions that are going to have to take place, everything from what does the uniform look like, to the logo, all the way up to who’s in the Space Force and who’s not in the Space Force,” Raymond said. “That work is being planned and will continue to be refined.”

Raymond added that “it’s going to be really important that we get this right. A uniform, a patch, a song, it gets to the culture of a service, and so we’re not going to be in a rush to get something and not do that right.”

“There’s a lot of work going on towards that end — I don’t think it’s going to take a long time to get that done — but that’s not something that we’re going to roll out on day one,” he added.


Delaware Secretary of Agriculture recognizes Barczewski for contributions to agriculture

Delaware Secretary of Agriculture Michael T. Scuse recognized long-time Delaware State University Department Chair Dr. Richard Barczewski with the Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service to Delaware Agriculture.With 35 years of service, Barczewski was recognized for developing Delaware’s agricultural industry though educating generations of agriculturalists, promoting animal agriculture and service to agricultural organizations, including 4-H and FFA.As [...]


Anti-war protesters gather at University of Lethbridge

"My father was in World War I, believe it or not, and we don't want to see it again, because wars escalate very quickly."


01-24-20 Missing person located: Chasslyn Heu Pacheco (Update)

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Juvenile Aid Section, Area I
Lieutenant Sandor J. Finkey
Phone: (808) 961-2254
Report No. 19-085466

 

Media Release (Update)

The Hawaiʻi Island Police Juvenile Aid Section, Area I, report that missing teen Chasslyn Heu-Pacheco was located today (January 24) in the Hilo area in good health.

 

 

 


Preliminary hearing Monday for man accused of killing Huntsville Police Officer Billy Clardy

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- The shooting death of Huntsville Police Officer Billy Clardy on Dec. 6 left a community shaken and in mourning. Now, the man accused of shooting Officer Clardy has his first significant court date next week.

LaJeromeny Brown is due in court Monday for a preliminary hearing.  A preliminary hearing requires the state to spell out the basics of its case and the defense can challenge it. The judge then has to decide if the state has shown it has enough evidence to send the case to a grand jury.

A judge issued a broad gag order in the case.

Brown, a native of Chattanooga, is charged with capital murder. Brown has a long record of criminal charges, primarily in Hamilton County, Tennessee, dating back more than two decades.

Officer Clardy was a member of the HPD STAC team that handles drug cases. A drug bust was planned for Dec. 6 with Brown as a target, police said. A drug buy was set up at a house on Levert Street. Brown is alleged to have shot Clardy during that encounter.

Officers at the scene drove Clardy to the hospital, where he died from his injuries.

Clardy was a decorated U.S. Army veteran and had received multiple commendations as a police officer. He'd been with the Huntsville Police Department since 2005.

Clardy was also well-known for his close work with Huntsville's homeless population. His death led to an outpouring of grief and pledges of support for his family. Huntsville Police Chief Mark McMurray called Clardy a hero.

The defense filed a motion with the court Friday asking that bond be set for Brown. He's been held without bond since Dec. 6. The defense suggested a bond amount of $50,000.


More help urged for women facing unexpected pregnancy after mother charged in Calgary

There are calls to set up safe drop-off locations for newborns in Calgary after police charged a 21-year old woman in connection with a newborn baby who was found dead two years ago.


Rutland Barracks/ DUI

STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE NEWS RELEASE   CASE#: 20B400319 TROOPER: Kevin Nutt                                                                      STATION: Rutland                     CONTACT#: (802) 773-9101   DATE/TIME: 01/22/2020 at approximately 2315 hours LOCATION: Mendon, VT VIOLATION: DUI #1   ACCUSED: Donna Stanley AGE: 36 CITY,


Rutland Barracks/ DUI

STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE NEWS RELEASE   CASE#: 20B400319 TROOPER: Kevin Nutt                                                                      STATION: Rutland                     CONTACT#: (802) 773-9101   DATE/TIME: 01/22/2020 at approximately 2315 hours LOCATION: Mendon, VT VIOLATION: DUI #1   ACCUSED: Donna Stanley AGE: 36 CITY,


One person isolated with possible coronavirus in Lakewood

St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood said Friday afternoon that a person who had recently traveled to China and came down with a respiratory illness is being isolated in case the infection is a new coronavirus spreading in the region.

The Colorado Department of Health and Environment confirmed the person had recently traveled to Wuhan, where the new virus was first identified and most cases have occurred. It will be several days before tests can confirm if the patient has the coronavirus, spokeswoman Deanna Herbert said.

The new virus causes similar symptoms to a seasonal flu.

The hospital took all precautions by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Herbert said.

“The health risk to the general public is still considered low,” she said.

Gianna Lisac, spokeswoman for St. Anthony, said the person is wearing a mask and staying in an isolation room out of an “abundance of caution.” The hospital is working with the CDPHE on next steps, she said.

More than 1,000 cases of the new virus have been identified, with the vast majority in China. Two cases have been identified in the United States, and both were in people who had recently traveled to Wuhan, the Chinese city where the outbreak began, according to The New York Times. Chinese authorities have confirmed 41 deaths, mostly in older people, who are more susceptible to most respiratory diseases.

It’s not clear how lethal the virus may be, because people with less severe cases may not have sought treatment, and Chinese authorities may not have correctly identified all cases in the early stages of the outbreak.


Co-op Refinery lockout impacting Regina businesses

Hundreds of union members have come to Regina from across the country to back the picket lines and Unifor says that's injecting money into the local economy.


Brother allegedly killed his teen sister, stuffed her body in a garbage can outside her Denver home

The body of a Montbello teenager, who was allegedly killed by her brother, was found in a trash can in front of her home by their mother.

Darsean Kelly, 25, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder as a suspect in the death of his 17-year-old sister, according to Denver police and an arrest affidavit.

Vicky Lewis, mother of the victim and suspect told CBS4 Denver that Darsean Kelly has schizophrenia and that he killed his sister, Marnee Kelley-Mills.

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Darsean Kelly

Lewis, a single-parent, on Thursday received a phone call from her daughter’s school saying that she had missed classes. Lewis went home looking for Marnee but couldn’t find her. The mother noticed stains on the driveway and that the garbage cans were out of place. She found her daughter’s body in a duffel bag, wrapped in a plastic bag, inside a trash can in front of their home in the 5000 block of Troy Street, the arrest affidavit said.

When police arrived at the home, Lewis was in the front yard being consoled by a neighbor.

Lewis told police that Darsean Kelly struggles with schizophrenia and that he and his sister would often argue and that he could be violent. Lewis told police she suspected that her son was the person who killed Marnee, the affidavit said.

A doorbell video camera showed a man dragging a black bag to the trash can and putting the bag inside. The man “appeared to be Darsean,” the affidavit said.

Darsean Kelly was arrested just before 3 p.m. Thursday in the area of South Idalia Street and West Mexico Avenue. He is being held at the Downtown Detention Center.

A candle light service is scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday at East 51st Avenue and Troy Street.

 


01-24-20 Kau traffic pattern change on Pikake Street

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Kaʻū Patrol Division, Area II
Captain Miles Chong
Phone: (808) 939-2520

 

Media Release

Hawaiʻi Island Police are advising motorists of a change to the traffic pattern on Pīkake Street in Ka‘ū.
Effective Tuesday (January 21), the Pīkake and Kamani Street intersection in Pāhala was converted into a 4-way stop. Installation of signs, pavement markings, and additional lane striping by the Department of Public Works on Pīkake Street is expected to be completed today (January 24).

This change was implemented as a measure to facilitate safe pedestrian crossings within the school zone near Kaʻū High and Pāhala Elementary School.

Police will be monitoring the intersection to ensure compliance with traffic regulations. Stop sign violators are subject to a citation that carries a $97 fine.


History made within Mobile County Sheriff’s Office

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — History was made Thursday within the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office. The department now has its first African-American female Lieutenant for the first time in its 208 year history.

Terri Hall was promoted from Sergeant to Lieutenant. She has been with the Sheriff’s Office since 2004.

“This is an amazing day for the sheriff’s office a long time coming. But again I can’t stress enough of how our sheriff and our administration recognizes the talents, and the capabilities of all of our individuals not only just males but females. So I couldn’t have been promoted under a better leadership than the one we have now, ” she said about her promotion.

Lieutenant Hall was assigned to the Child Advocacy Center for more than three years. She investigated more than 100 cases including the Brittney Woods case, a missing teen, which resulted in several of her family members being arrested or convicted of crimes involving minors.

She has a long list of accomplishments, including being recognized as Deputy of the Year in 2013.


Woman dies after clothing caught in raisin machine

A woman died Friday after her clothing got caught in a raisin processing machine in California's Central Valley, authorities said. The 33-year-old woman was working at the Del Rey Packing … Click to Continue »


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Submissions being accepted for Shoals Spark Idea Competition for middle and high school students

FLORENCE, Ala. — Shoals Spark is an idea competition open to middle and high school students in Lauderdale, Colbert, and Franklin counties.

The students are asked how they would make the Shoals a better place. They then come up with a pitch and submit it via video. The video submissions are judged and the top entries are chosen to be presented at the University of North Alabama in March.

“It’s a great way for students to work on interdisciplinary skills for college and career readiness and also helps to foster innovation and entrepreneurship in the Shoals," said UNA Associate Professor of Education Jessica Mitchell.

There are cash prizes of up to $500 for the winners. Videos must be submitted by February 19. For more information or to register, click here.


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Leeds exhibition hits high notes of city’s music history

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Accident – Oconee St at Waffle house. One lane eastbound blocked until cleared.

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Roadway has been cleared W Broad St at N Newton St.

Roadway has been cleared W Broad St at N Newton St.


Sheriff’s office encourages parents to learn about the functions of social media apps to prevent child predators

MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. - Multiple child sex suspects have been booked into the Morgan County Jail within the last week.

"This has definitely been a unique week in Morgan County and North Alabama in general, as we've had several sexual predators target our young people,” said Mike Swafford, spokesperson for the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office said in some instances they were able to prevent predators from coming in contact with minors in the nick of time.

Unfortunately, others, are suspected to have come in physical sexual contact with a child.

But people are reporting the crimes more often, which is an improvement.

“It usually starts with somebody noticing some type of unusual behavior,” Swafford added. “Thats what allows us to focus in the right direction."

Many North Alabama law enforcement agencies have units designed specifically to get child predators off the streets.

The sheriff's office said recent cases in Morgan County have involved some sort of electronic device in some form or fashion. But monitoring your kids activity on a mobile device is only one way to make sure your bases are covered.

The sheriff’s office encourages parents to educate themselves on the functions of the mobile applications they allow their children to access.

"Unless you're understanding what exactly Tik Tok is or what Snapchat can do you're not fully staying on top of the threats that are coming at them,” Swafford added.

Parents are also encouraged to search their kid’s name on different platforms and search engines, and verify whether there are any secret accounts.There are even ways to reverse image search a child or teen's photo to make sure it isn’t being used or uploaded without your knowledge.

“They're not equipped to deal with adult issues a lot of the time,” Swafford explained. “You have to step in, you have to be there and you have to be present to truly arm them against what's out there."

Learn to do a reverse image search here.

 


W Broad St at N Newton St shut down due to accident. Avoid the area. Updated on 2020-01-24

W Broad St at N Newton St shut down due to accident. Avoid the area. Update: Roadway cleared W Broad St at N Newton St.


The Rocket City Trash Pandas are hiring, job fair takes place Saturday

MADISON, Ala. – The field is ready, the lights are on and the Toyota Field sign is up on the scoreboard all set for the home opener for the Rocket City Trash Pandas on April 15.

The Trash Pandas are hiring, and they’re looking for people to fill a range of jobs in time for opening day.

Click here for a job application. 

The new Toyota Field stadium will be the center of attention, but not without workers to keep game day flowing smoothly.

“I cannot wait to share everything we’ve done with the people of North Alabama,” said Trash Pandas CEO Ralph Nelson.

Nelson says now is your chance to work for a minor league baseball team.

“It’s a great summer job,” he said.

Job fair details are below

The Trash Pandas will host a job fair at Bob Jones High School, located at 650 Hughes Road, on Saturday. The team is looking to fill more than 100 jobs. If you can serve drinks, operate a camera, or manage parking, whatever the skill — there’s a spot waiting to be filled.

“I actually started my baseball career as an intern with the San Francisco Giants and I ended up spending 25 years in the major leagues as an executive,” said Nelson. “It’s a great way to get your foot in the door.”

Nelson said students can score an internship with the Trash Pandas and earn college credit. Of course, those details have to get sorted with your college or university.

Nelson said he’s “looking for people who are friendly, people that enjoy people.”

Here’s a list of positions to consider

You can apply to these kinds of jobs: ticket takers, ushers, servers, bartenders, vendors/hawkers, concessionaires, warehouse, cooks, housekeeping, production room, camera operator, concessions stocker, parking lot attendants, promo team member and game day runner.

Bring application and resume to the fair

Saturday’s job fair at Bob Jones High School in Madison starts Saturday at 10 a.m. The team highly suggests filling out a completed job application ahead of time. Click here for a job application.

Come suited up and ready for your big day.

And look forward to this…

Nelson says he has a lot planned.

“We’re going to have two college games and three high school games,” said Nelson, “and we’re going to have a sit in your seat party.”

Home Opening Day for the Trash Pandas is April 15 against the Mississippi Braves at Toyota Field. Season tickets, mini-plans, and group outings are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased here or by calling 256-325-1403.

 


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St. Johnsbury Barracks/DUI

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 20A400433 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Casey Ross                            STATION: St. Johnsbury Barracks                     CONTACT#: 748-3111   DATE/TIME: 1/24/2020 0010 hours INCIDENT LOCATION: U.S Route 302, Wells River, VT VIOLATION: DUI  


Handyman found guilty of setting off 2018 Denver apartment explosion

A Denver jury on Friday found a 57-year-old handyman guilty of blowing up a Denver apartment building in August 2018 after a week-long trial.

Todd Perkins was found guilty on 16 counts, including arson, attempted first-degree murder and first-degree assault, for setting off an explosion at a Baker apartment building that seriously injured himself and a 28-year-old artist. Perkins will be sentenced March 27.

During opening statements, prosecutors painted a picture of a man with revenge on his mind after the building owner let him go the previous month following years of performing maintenance at the property. Austin Leighty, a Denver deputy district attorney, told the jury that Perkins threatened the building owner the day before the explosion and his DNA was found on a wrench used to open a gas line and thermostat in the apartment where the blast originated.

Perkins’ attorney said the handyman may have been rude and antisocial with the building residents, but that he was being scapegoated for the crime.

Meghan Meehan was getting ready to leave her apartment that day when the blast threw against the kitchen sink, causing her to suffer spinal fractures.

I thought I was going to die,” she told The Denver Post after the incident.


Colorado Springs man served arrest warrant in connection with 2010 murder

A 43-year-old Colorado Springs man already facing a murder charge in a 2014 cold case has now been arrested for investigation of a 2010 murder, a Colorado Springs police news release said.

Rodric Lee Donleywas served a first-degree murder warrant Thursday in the death of 37-year-old Martique Webster of Colorado Springs, who was shot to death in 2010, according to the Friday news release.

Donley was being held without bond in the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center in connection to the 2014 murder of Jamanion Keys. Donley was arrested in that case in December, the news release said.

A security guard found Webster’s body in a car in an apartment complex parking lot on Oct. 12, 2010, the news release said. He had been shot in the head.

Multiple Colorado Springs detectives from the department’s police homicide and cold case units have investigated Webster’s homicide for nearly a decade, the news release said.

“Good police work to come to this outcome,” Lt. James Sokolik, Colorado Springs police spokesman, said.

Detectives served Donley a murder arrest warrant in connection to Webster’s death on Jan. 23, which would have been Webster’s 47th birthday, the news release said.


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Feds give final OK to new DIA flight path plan despite objections

A controversial plan to reorient flight paths in and out of Denver International Airport — prompting howls of protest from communities throughout the metro area — has received final approval from federal aviation regulators, it was announced Friday.

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a finding of no significant impact in its record of decision for the Denver Metroplex Project. It plans to put the plan into effect on March 26.

“The decision enables the agency to move forward with the project, which will use cutting-edge satellite navigation to move air traffic more safely and efficiently through the area,” the FAA said in a news release Friday. “Satellite-based routes will allow for more direct and efficient routing of aircraft into and out of Denver and surrounding airports, enhancing aviation safety and efficiency, and potentially reducing flight delays.”

Those new proposed flight paths have been under attack for months by various communities around Denver, who fear it will funnel more air traffic over their homes.

Residents of Gilpin County have protested that a planned shift of westbound air traffic to the south — away from Boulder and toward Gilpin County — will disturb their quiet and threaten historic sites in the small, mountainous county.

Residents in Denver’s southern suburbs are worried about the project exacerbating noise impacts from air traffic moving in and out of Centennial Airport. The airport was contemplating whether to sue the FAA over Metroplex, as has been done in other parts of the country.

The FAA in its Friday press release said prior to making its decision, it “conducted thorough environmental reviews, including 24 public workshops and approximately 78 stakeholder briefings in the Denver metro area.”

“The agency also held two public comment periods totaling 75 days and evaluated and responded to more than 975 comments,” the release said.

But residents of Gilpin County said they never got a meeting with the FAA, despite letters from the offices of U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse and U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet to the FAA imploring the agency to schedule one.

The FAA said its environmental review for Metroplex concluded that “some people will experience slight noise decreases, some will see no changes, and some will experience small noise increases.”

“Additionally, some people might see aircraft where they did not previously fly after the Denver Metroplex procedures are implemented,” the release stated.

The FAA projects that the streamlined flight paths under Metroplex, which promise smoother descents than the traditional stair-step approach pilots take today, will save more than half a million gallons of fuel annually at a cost savings of $1.8 million.


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Arrest Made in an Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Gun) Offense: 1900 Block of 9th Street, Northwest

Friday, January 24, 2020

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department's Third District announce an arrest has been made in reference to an Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Gun) offense that occurred on Thursday, January 23, 2020, in the 1900 block of 9th Street, Northwest.

 

At approximately 11:26 pm, members of the Third District responded to the listed location for the report of the sound of gunshots. Upon arrival, members located an adult female suffering from a gunshot wound. DC Fire and EMS transported the victim to an area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

 

On Friday, January 24, 2020, 31 year-old Nikko Drake, of Southeast, DC, was arrested and charged with Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Gun).

 

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Tennessee Tech student quarantined while being tested for coronavirus

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Cremation has replaced traditional burials in popularity in America and people are getting creative with those ashes

(CNN) — The days of most Americans choosing a casket and traditional graveside burial for their funerals are over.

Cremation became the top choice in 2015 and has been climbing in popularity ever since.

According to statistics from the National Funeral Directors Association, or NFDA, more than half of all Americans who die this year will be cremated. In 20 years, the association predicts, nearly 80% of us will opt to have our bodies turned into ash.

What happened to change centuries of burial tradition?

“Cost is a driving factor,” said Mike Nicodemus, licensed funeral director and vice president of cremation services for the NFDA. “The decrease in religious restrictions is another one, and it’s a very transient world we live in today.”

A push toward cremation

Funeral costs continue to climb, as do prices for funeral plots and incidentals many people don’t know about. For example, some cemeteries may require grave liners, or charge extraordinary amounts just to open the ground for burial.

In 2016, the median cost of a funeral was around $8,000, according to NFDA statistics; caskets alone cost between $2,000 and $10,000. And the prices just keep rising.

The same statistics show the cost of a direct cremation in 2016 was $2,400.

In addition, families today often live in separate areas of the United States, Nicodemus said, making it more difficult to arrange a timely funeral. It’s much easier, he said, to cremate and carry the remains for a later memorial.

On the religious front, the Vatican has been loosening the rules on cremation since the 1960s. Today, practicing Catholics are allowed to choose cremation; however, the church still wants a ceremony and for the ashes to be buried, not scattered.

Changes in overall religious attitudes have also fueled the trend. Fewer people consider themselves religious today than in the past, lessening the need for a traditional funeral in a church.

Today many funeral homes serve as “event planners” for memorial services as well as funerals, Nicodemus said, offering a variety of options and doing most of the organizing.

“Bring in some pictures. Bring in your dad’s favorite music. Tell me who you might think would be a good friend of your dad’s that might like to get up and say a few words,” Nicodemus said. “You bring us your ideas where we’ll share ours with you.”

As more and more baby boomers have attended these memorials, said Nicodemus, their attitudes have changed.

“They’ve had family and friends that have passed away and have liked what they’ve seen at a memorial service,” he said. “Then they tell their family, ‘I don’t want all this funeral stuff. Just have me cremated and have a simple service somewhere.’ ”

Considering the sheer number of baby boomers, Nicodemus said, those changes in attitude are another major reason for a cultural shift in funeral preferences he believes won’t soon change.

“Make no mistake about it, cremation is here to stay,” Nicodemus said. “It is the new normal.”

What might not be so normal — yet — are the creative ways those ashes are being honored.

“Baby boomers, they’re not doing what their grandparents did, what their parents did. They’re going to do what they’re going to do,” Nicodemus said.

Memorial art and keepsakes

Doing something memorable and lasting with the cremated ashes of a loved one is a top priority for many people, including baby boomers and their families. A increasing number of companies are offering plenty of imaginative options from which to choose.

Memorial tattoos are a growing trend in which tattoo artists mix some ashes with ink and create lasting memorials on a loved one’s skin. If skin isn’t your thing, you can also have your ashes mixed with paint and made into a portrait.

Jewelry is easy: You can put bits of your ashes into small containers that are worn around the neck. You can also have your ashes encased in a glass art memorial.

Don’t forget the little ones in the family: Some people are having their ashes put into stuffed, huggable animals.

Love music? Become a vinyl record your family can enjoy. One company in the UK that provides the service says you can “record a personal message, your last will & testament, your own soundtrack or simply press your ashes to hear your pops & crackles for the minimal approach.”

Don’t forget to play your cremated remains at your memorial (or they can arrange a party for a mere 10,000 pounds, or about $13,135).

‘Baby you’re a firework’

Some people are taking Katy Perry’s powerhouse anthem literally, letting the colors of their remains burst as they shoot across the sky.

“I’ve seen that; the son sent me pictures,” Nicodemus said. “This man’s father raised money to put on the annual 4th of July fireworks display in his Kansas town. When he died, there was no one to continue the tradition, but his family raised enough money to put on one last display. Sunset came, the fireworks went off, and there was dad.”

A number of companies are advertising specially created professional fireworks displays, but there are also fireworks and rockets that can be shot by the families at home.

A more ethereal experience can be arranged as well: You can choose to have your ashes shot into space. The rockets are real, suppliers say, with options that can send you into orbit around the Earth ($5,000), the moon ($12,500) or even to a galaxy far far away ($12,500). Some of the ashes of actor James Doohan, who played Scotty on the original “Star Trek” television show and subsequent films, took a trip to the International Space Station.

Want to just leave Earth’s atmosphere and then come back? That’s a mere $1,300.

Becoming one with the sea

Another alternative becoming increasingly popular, Nicodemus said, is to become a man-made memorial reef.

Cremated ashes are mixed with concrete and poured into a mold, which can then be placed at designated memorial reef locations along the coastline of Florida, North Carolina, Maryland, New Jersey, Texas and the Coronado Islands near the US-Mexican border.

According to US Funerals Online, which keeps a directory of funeral homes, costs for a memorial reef range from $2,400 to $6,995. If that’s too much, for about $600 you can also place ashes in a smaller reef ball that can be kept at home in a fish tank or water feature.

Or for no extra money at all, you can ask your loved ones to scatter your ashes on the beach.


W Broad St at N Newton St shut down due to accident. Avoid the area.

W Broad St at N Newton St shut down due to accident. Avoid the area.


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Opioid victims can begin filing claims against Purdue Pharma

State and local governments have been leading the legal fight against the opioid industry, seeking payouts to help them deal with the fallout from the nation’s addiction crisis. Average Americans are about to get their shot.

On Friday, the federal judge overseeing the bankruptcy case of Purdue Pharma set a June 30 deadline to file a claim against the company. That includes governments, entities such as hospitals and, for the first time, individuals who have personal injury claims.

It’s not clear how much money might be at stake. Purdue reached an agreement with some states and local governments that could be worth more than $10 billion over time as part of its bankruptcy filing. But Judge Robert Drain emphasized during the hearing in White Plains, New York, that no final settlement is in place.

Once a settlement and restructuring deal for Purdue is approved, the next step will be deciding how to divide the company’s assets. There is no guarantee those who became addicted to opioids or their families would receive any money, and the judged emphasized that the claims would be open only to people who believe they were harmed by Purdue’s products, not opioids generally. Still, lawyers for plaintiffs say people should file claims even if they’re not sure Purdue’s drugs were involved in their injuries.

Dede Yoder of Norwalk, Connecticut, is among those who plan to file. Her son, Christopher, was prescribed a 30-day supply of painkillers, including OxyContin, during a series of surgeries when he was 13 and 14 years old.

He died in 2017 at age 21 of a heroin overdose after years of rehab and relapses. His mother is now on a committee of victims seeking input in the process.

“I spent my whole retirement. I probably spent almost $200,000 on rehab and doctors,” she said. “I would like to get my retirement back; I’m not looking for this huge payoff.”

In bankruptcy proceedings, notices for claim deadlines are usually made in ads in publications or in letters mailed to people who might be eligible to file. Purdue’s case is different because so many people might be able to assert legal damages against the company.

Prescription and illicit opioids have been linked to more than 400,000 deaths in the U.S. since 2000. Perhaps millions of other people have struggled with addiction to them, and an estimated 500,000 children were born in opioid withdrawal.

Purdue, a privately held company based in Stamford, Connecticut, plans to spend $23.8 million to advertise the claim-filing deadline, an unusually large amount to notify potential creditors in a bankruptcy case.

The ad campaign is intended to reach 95% of U.S. adults, with ads in newspapers, movie theaters and on Facebook. Billboards will promote the deadline in four hard-hit states: Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia. The budget also includes hiring a public relations firm to encourage news outlets to report on the deadline and the website to file claims.

The publicity push also is getting help from victims themselves.

Another member of the victims’ committee, 33-year-old Garrett Hade, said he has been sober for nearly five years after a long odyssey through addiction that began with OxyContin when he was a teenager in Florida. He said he would donate any money he receives from Purdue.

Now, as an organizer with the Recovery Advocacy Project, he said he’s telling people that they will be able to make claims.

“People need to know that as a person there is some recourse out there,” said Hade, who now lives in Las Vegas.

Also on Friday, the bankruptcy judge said he would allow Purdue CEO Craig Landau to collect a bonus this year up to $1.3 million, on top of his $2.6 million salary. Landau had previously agreed to reduce his bonus to that amount and delay it. A group of states continued to object to the bonus.


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Non-RTD solution to Boulder’s long-missing train draws hope, skepticism

LOUISVILLE — The vision is bold.

Sixteen stations between Longmont and Denver, 45-minute express service from end to end for a $12.50 ticket, 64,000 passengers a day, battery-powered rail cars juiced off renewable energy sources.

But Rocky Mountain Rail’s pitch to launch a $1.1 billion rail line in the metro area’s northwest quadrant that the Regional Transportation District thus far has been unable to build — and doesn’t expect to complete for another 30 years without new funding — isn’t a slam dunk.

Certainly not with residents and local government officials who showed up for a presentation on the plan last week at the Louisville Public Library.

“You guys are nuts,” said Susan Loo, who stepped down in November after two terms on the Louisville City Council. “But I do think your value is to drive the conversation with RTD a little faster than it’s going.”

Residents along the U.S. 36 corridor have long complained that as rail corridors have been added throughout the metro area as the result of a 2004 FasTracks election in which voters agreed to tax themselves to pay for transit improvements, their train line has run into daunting financial challenges that see little prospect of a near-term resolution.

Over the last 15 years, residents of Boulder County have paid approximately $250 million through that sales tax and have only the Flation Flyer bus service to show for it. RTD only built out 6 miles of the northwest rail line in 2016 — the B-Line to Westminster — saying it didn’t have the money to go all the way to Longmont.

Loo said Rocky Mountain Rail’s goal of keeping the operating cost of the Longmont-to-Denver line at $5 a mile is unrealistic. Others in the room also questioned how the Westminster-based company would be able to keep expenses so low.

“We’re focused on that number like crazy,” Dave Ruble, chief engineer for Rocky Mountain Rail, said of the proposed $5 per mile outlay. “We’re going to give you service that’s better than a car.”

The company made an unsolicited offer last fall to RTD to build the northwest rail line by 2025. It proposes floating revenue bonds to pay for the project and also collecting millions in one-time “station access fees” — ranging from $7.5 million to $34 million per station — charged to both RTD and local governments in the corridor.

RTD spokeswoman Pauletta Tonilas said the agency has asked Rocky Mountain Rail to provide more information about its proposal before it makes any decisions.

“We are open to any ideas out there that can build out transit,” she said. “We don’t have that funding now or in the near future.”

Short of a new tax or other revenue source, RTD has said it could establish peak rush-hour rail service in the northwest corridor by 2042 at a cost of $700 to $800 million. Full service, at a cost of $1.5 billion, wouldn’t come about until 2050.

Unsolicited offers are not a foreign concept for RTD, Tonilas said. Both the N-Line, which is under construction, and the R-Line, which opened in Aurora in 2017, were the result of unsolicited offers from the private sector.

But Ruble, who had a 30-year career with the Colorado Department of Transportation, admits that the biggest hurdle on the northwest line is BNSF.

The giant railroad company owns the corridor between Denver and Longmont and moves freight on it every day. For years, RTD has tried — unsuccessfully so far — to negotiate a track-sharing arrangement with BNSF to run passenger trains between the cities.

Rocky Mountain Rail wants to avoid that type of deal with BNSF by paying the railroad company to move its operations out of the corridor altogether and building its own set of double tracks to allow for frequent and speedy passenger rail runs between Denver and Boulder County.

“We want to get them out of the corridor,” Ruble said of BNSF.

Rocky Mountain Rail estimates that migrating BNSF to another corridor could cost it nearly $800 million. Ruble said the railroad company has not gotten back to them on Rocky Mountain Rail’s proposal.

“What does BNSF want?” he asked. “We know that is the $64,000 question.”

BNSF said in an emailed statement to The Denver Post last week that it works with Amtrak, CDOT and RTD but is “not aware of other commuter/passenger authorities in Colorado.”

Rocky Mountain Rail, which is headed up by Bob Briggs, a former state lawmaker and former RTD director, is not a transit authority. The for-profit company aims to build a robust passenger and freight rail system to the “emerging Rocky Mountain Mega Region,” starting with lines to all corners of Colorado and eventually expanding to a footprint of 17 Western states.

But tackling the northwest corridor is a good place to start, Briggs said. Rocky Mountain Rail has more public meetings on its plan coming in Westminster, Boulder and Longmont over the next few weeks.

“We think we’re on the right track,” he said.

Louisville Mayor Ashley Stolzmann admits she’s skeptical of how Rocky Mountain Rail’s financial plan will pencil out. She wants assurances that any costs passed on to RTD or local municipalities like hers — in station access fees, for example — don’t end up double taxing a populace that has already paid millions into FasTracks.

But Stolzmann said she’s happy there’s at least a conversation being had about train service to her city — and to Boulder and Longmont beyond.

“We’re transit riders — we’ll absolutely ride a train,” she said. “It’s very frustrating that we’re not getting one.”

Rocky Mountain Rail Inc.’s remaining community forums will be held:

  • 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 29, Westminster City Building, 4800 W. 92nd Ave.
  • 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 5, Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapaho Ave.
  • 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 12, Longmont Public Library, 409 Fourth Ave.


Birmingham fined over panels around Confederate monument

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Birmingham will pay a $25,000 fine for obstructing the view of a Confederate monument, a judge ordered last week under the direction of the Alabama Supreme Court.

Circuit Judge Marshell Jackson Hatcher imposed the $25,000 fine that had been ordered by the state’s high court. Justices in November ruled that Birmingham violated a state law protecting historic monuments. Justices directed the circuit judge to enter an order declaring that Birmingham violated the 2017 Alabama Memorial Preservation Act, and to fine the city $25,000.

Alabama sued Birmingham in 2017 after municipal officials in the majority black city erected a wooden box obscuring the inscriptions on a 52-foot-tall (16-meter-tall) obelisk honoring Confederate veterans.

The 2017 Alabama Memorial Preservation Act prohibits relocating, removing, altering or renaming public buildings, streets and memorials that have been standing for more than 40 years. The legislation doesn’t specifically mention Confederate monuments, but it was enacted as some Southern states and cities began removing monuments and emblems of the Confederacy.


No support from Sask. government for proposed toll on Prince Albert bridge

The government of Saskatchewan says it does not support tolling highway infrastructure, including Prince Albert’s Diefenbaker Bridge.


MSP Gang Unit Raid in Springfield Nets Two Arrests, Illegal Gun and Ammunition, Cocaine and Heroin

Stemming from an investigation into the distribution of crack cocaine from an apartment at 55 Earl St., Springfield, Troopers from the Massachusetts State Police Gang Unit, along with members of the Western Massachusetts Gang Task Force and the ATF, executed a search warrant at that location Thursday afternoon. As a result of the raid, Troopers…


34 U.S. service members diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries after Iranian missile strike

Thirty-four U.S. service members have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries following the Iranian missile attack on US forces in Iraq earlier this month, Pentagon spokesman Jonathon Hoffman said Friday.

Earlier this week President Donald Trump said he does not consider potential brain injuries to be as serious as physical combat wounds, downplaying the severity of the injuries suffered in Iraq.

During the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Trump was asked to explain the discrepancy between his previous comments that no U.S. service member was harmed in the January 8 Iranian missile attack on Al-Asad airbase in Iraq, and the latest reports of U.S. troops being treated for injuries sustained in that attack.

“No, I heard that they had headaches, and a couple of other things, but I would say, and I can report, it’s not very serious,” Trump replied during a news conference.


TTC subway rider appears to film TikTok video through train door missing window

"Putting any object out of a moving train is not a good idea."


Osvaldo Jeanty, former Carleton Ravens star, joins Ottawa BlackJacks as head coach

"I have full faith that Osvaldo will work as hard as he can to bring the team where it's supposed to be," said Dave Smart, the team's general manager.


Arrest Made in an Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Gun) Offense: 1900 Block of 9th Street, Northwest

Friday, January 24, 2020

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department's Third District announce an arrest has been made in reference to an Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Gun) offense that occurred on Thursday, January 23, 2020, in the 1900 block of 9th Street, Northwest.

 

At approximately 11:26 pm, members of the Third District responded to the listed location for the report of the sound of gunshots. Upon arrival, members located an adult female suffering from a gunshot wound. DC Fire and EMS transported the victim to an area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

 

On Friday, January 24, 2020, 31 year-old Nikko Drake, of Southeast, DC, was arrested and charged with Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Gun).

 

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Elementary school janitor accused of raping a teenager, California police say

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Mikael Kingsbury ready to defend World Cup in Mont Tremblant this weekend

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97 cats rescued from Guelph home are in ‘fair condition’: Humane Society

The humane society initially said it had rescued 80 cats but that number grew to nearly 100 by the end of the week.


Guntersville police arrest man for soliciting child online

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – Guntersville police have arrested a man and charged him with traveling to meet a child for an unlawful sex act.

Nickolas Black, 22, of Arab, also was charged with electronic solicitation of a child under 16 and transmitting elicit material to a child over a computer.

Guntersville Police Chief Jim Peterson said police arrested Black Friday morning and searched his home. Peterson said the charges are related to a single underage victim currently, but there could be more. School employees and resource officers this week tried to identify any students who may have heard from him, Peterson said.

Black was booked into the Marshall County Jail on $250,000 bond.


Top 10 unusual items confiscated by TSA at airport security checkpoints in 2019

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Wildcats Win Five Bouts Over Wolverines

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EVANSTON, Ill. – The Wildcats wrestled strong against #19 Michigan, winning five of 10 bouts on the night, headlined by 14-0 major decisions from both Shayne Oster and Tyler Morland.


Alabama parents arrested after child fires gun at school in Wilcox County

CAMDEN, Ala. (AP) — The parents of an Alabama first-grader were taken into custody after the child accidentally fired a gun at school Friday, officials said.

The incident happened at J.E. Hobbs Elementary School in rural Wilcox County, where District Attorney Michael Jackson said a 6-year-old boy brought a gun to school and the weapon went off.

A bullet hit a wall but no one was hurt, he said. The county school superintendent issued a statement on Facebook saying the gun was in the child’s coat pocket at the time.

The parents were charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, Jackson said, but authorities did not immediately release their names.


Ruling bolsters California assisted death law, group says

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Accident Lexington Rd/Winterville Rd

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ST. JOHNSBURY BARRACKS / MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH

STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH   CASE#: 20A400450                        TROOPER: Shaffer STATION: VSP-St. Johnsbury                      CONTACT#: 748-3111   DATE/TIME: 01/24/20 @ 1430 STREET: Upper Plain TOWN: Bradford LANDMARK AND/OR CROSS STREETS: Oxbow Drive WEATHER: Clear ROAD CONDITIONS: Paved, Dry


Troopers Arrest Springfield Man on Gun, Drug Charges Following Stop

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‘Special needs’ Alberta rescue dog ‘Best Boy Brodie’ becomes international sensation

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STF considers next move after conciliation talks fail with government

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Trump’s actions “certainly not OK with the American people,” Colorado congressman says

As House Democrats wrapped up their abuse-of-power arguments in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, a Colorado congressman attempted to pre-emptively cut down defenses of the president and his decision to withhold military aid from Ukraine in exchange for investigations into his political opponent.

Rep. Jason Crow, an Aurora Democrat and prosecutor in the Senate trial of Trump, began Friday by criticizing what he called a “no harm, no foul” defense: that since most aid to Ukraine was released months later, and no investigation into Joe Biden occurred, the president’s actions do not constitute an abuse of power.

“This argument would be laughable, if this issue wasn’t so serious,” said Crow, as he delved into the military implications of Trump’s decision. The congressman is an Army combat veteran who has been delivering national security arguments for the impeachment prosecution team.

“Real people, real lives, are at stake. Every day, every hour, matters,” Crow said of wartime. “So, no, the delay wasn’t meaningless. Just ask the Ukrainians sitting in trenches right now. To this day, they are still waiting on $18 million of the aid that hasn’t reached them.”

Trump withheld military aid between the summer and September of last year, as he urged Ukraine’s president to conduct investigations into the Bidens and a conspiracy theory that Ukraine, rather than Russia, interfered in America’s 2016 presidential election.

“The financial assistance itself was really important to Ukraine, no question about it, but the aid was equally important as a signal to Russia about support for Ukraine,” Crow said Friday. “Regardless of whether the aid was ultimately released, the fact that the hold became public sent a very clear signal to Russia that our support for Ukraine was wavering, and Russia was watching very closely for any sign of weakness. The damage was done.”

Trump was impeached on two counts, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, last month. Given 24 hours over three days to make their opening arguments, Crow and the other six House prosecutors spent Wednesday, Thursday and some of Friday on the abuse of power article of impeachment, and far less time on the obstruction article. Beginning Saturday, the president’s defense team will have the same amount of time to make their case to the Senate.

Crow said he anticipates White House lawyers will argue the aid was withheld pending a policy review, but no review was ever conducted, according to him. Nor was a review necessary, since an anti-corruption review had already been completed by May 23, before the aid was withheld, Crow said.

He also anticipated the Trump team will say aid was withheld because the president was concerned about Ukrainian corruption. “It’s difficult to even say that with a straight face,” Crow said of such claims, noting the president did not mention corruption in his two calls with Ukraine’s president last year.

There’s also the defense that Trump was concerned about burden sharing in Ukraine, that he withheld aid to compel European countries into donating more money to the fight there. But the European Union had already donated more than the U.S., Crow says, and Trump never ordered a review of burden sharing.

“The evidence is clear. The question for you is whether it’s OK for the president to withhold taxpayer money — aid for our ally, our friend, at war — for a personal, political benefit. Whether it’s OK for the president to sacrifice our national security for his own election,” Crow told senators Friday.

“It’s not OK to me. It’s certainly not OK with the American people. And it should not be OK to any of you.”

Whether the president’s actions are OK with a majority of the American people is unclear. Polls this month have shown Americans almost evenly divided on the question of Trump’s guilt, even as a strong economy boosts his approval rating in this election year.

“I think the American people can look at this and see the president has actually delivered on his promises to get the economy moving, to be able to create opportunities for all Americans to be able to prosper, to be able to generate new trade agreements for continued prosperity in this country,” said Rep. Scott Tipton, a Cortez Republican, during a conference call with reporters Friday morning.

As Crow spoke on the Senate floor, anti-impeachment protesters were rallying in Grand Junction and preparing to do so outside Crow’s Aurora office later Friday. Trump’s campaign has organized such rallies, confident that the Senate trial only helps his re-election chances in nine months.

Tipton accused House Democrats — including Crow, his Colorado colleague — of “a partisan witch hunt,” of taking “a sham approach” to impeachment and relying on second-hand information. When asked whether Trump’s controversial July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was “perfect,” as Trump claims, Tipton said the president “has a unique way” of communicating with foreign leaders.

“There was no real pressure that was put on, and that was actually substantiated by President Zelensky when he said he felt no pressure,” Tipton said. “People can make their own determination. Was the call perfect? The president believes it was a great call and apparently President Zelensky did as well.”


San Francisco airport starts coronavirus screenings as new U.S. case confirmed

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‘We’ll happily reimburse’ Trump for any abortions he paid for in California, top Democrat says

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Annual report says 1 in 6 Central Okanagan children lives in poverty

A B.C. child and youth advocacy coalition released its annual report this month, which looked at child poverty rates throughout the province.


Teen’s call for help leads to man’s arrest at Westboro business, sex assault charges

A worker from the Children's Aid Society reported to police on Thursday that a 15-year-old girl had called them, saying she was "in distress and wanted help," Ottawa police say.


Foreign affairs minister ‘cautiously optimistic’ about UN Security Council bid

Canada faces stiff competition from Norway and Ireland for the two temporary seats on the most powerful UN body, which will be the subject of a June vote for a two-year term starting next year.


CDC says Chicago woman is second coronavirus case in US

CHICAGO — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday the first confirmed case of the coronavirus in Chicago.

Authorities believe case is travel-related and the Chicago woman, in her 60s, came in through O’Hare International Airport on Jan. 13.

The woman is hospitalized in isolation. She is reported to be well and in stable condition.

Health officials are currently monitoring 63 patients across 22 states. The only confirmed cases are in Washington and Illinois.

The disease, which originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, has already left dozens of people dead and more than 800 infected as it spreads throughout Asia and as far as the United States.

At least 10 cities in central Hubei province are facing travel restrictions, including Wuhan.

Major cities including Beijing have canceled some or all major Lunar New Year celebrations — a rare, drastic step to reign in the spread of the virus.


Sheriff: Traffic stop leads to meth labs, drug seizure

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Inslee appoints Judge Bill Bowman to the Court of Appeals, Division I

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Quebec demands answers after convicted killer out on parole allegedly kills again

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Winchester man held over New Forest sheep ‘puncture attacks’

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2 dead in Northern California small plane crash

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Ottawa Public Health aims to answer coronavirus questions with new webpage

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Bill Thorpe Walking Bridge re-opening after months of refurbishment work

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Derby Barracks / Larceny Request for Information

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 20A500324 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Pohlman                            STATION: Derby                     CONTACT#: 334-8881   DATE/TIME: 01/24/2020 0000 hours-0700 hours INCIDENT LOCATION: Kingdom Road, Albany VIOLATION: Larceny   ACCUSED: Unknown at


Betsy DeVos compares choosing an abortion to choosing to own slaves at Colorado Christian University dinner

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos compared the “moral evil” of owning slaves to making the choice to have an abortion at a Wednesday night Colorado Christian University president’s dinner held in Washington, D.C.

The Colorado Times Recorder, which first reported on DeVos’ speech at the Museum of the Bible, quoting her saying: “(Former President Abraham Lincoln) too contended with the pro-choice arguments of his day. They suggested that a state’s choice to be slave or to be free had no moral question in it. Well, President Lincoln reminded those pro-choicers that is a vast portion of the American people that do not look upon that matter as being this very little thing. They look upon it as a vast moral evil.”

DeVos’ comments have been met with outrage, including from Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) who tweeted: “As a Black woman & the Chair of the abortion access task force, I invite you to come by the Hill and say this to my face. Would welcome the opportunity to educate you.”

Colorado Christian University is a private, interdenominational college based in Lakewood.

CCU officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the speech.

In addition to DeVos’ abortion comments, the U.S. Education Secretary also touched on the recent oral arguments made to the Supreme Court about whether states can hold back taxpayer dollars from religious institution’s aid, Title IX and charter schools, the Times Recorder reported.

On Friday, the annual March for Life rally — a gathering of antiabortion demonstrators marching through the nation’s capital to mark the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision — kicked off with President Trump being the first president to speak at the event in person.


Consumers Warned of Possible Exposure to Hepatitis A at Waterville Market

AUGUSTA – The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) have identified a case of hepatitis A virus infection in a Waterville food service worker. The individual prepared food while infectious from December 27, 2019, through January 9, 2020. An assessment of the individual's illness determined that patrons of Joseph's Market in Waterville may be at risk for hepatitis A infection.

Individuals who purchased deli items, ready-to-eat food, or meat from Joseph's Market in Waterville between those dates should watch for symptoms and contact a health care provider to be tested if they show any signs of infection. Deli and ready-to-eat-food purchased between December 27, 2019, and January 9, 2020, should be discarded. Meat purchased between those dates should either be discarded or cooked thoroughly.

Individuals who ate deli items, ready-to-eat food, or meat purchased between these dates have up to 14 days after eating it to receive hepatitis A immune globulin (IG) or the vaccine. Contact your medical provider to discuss options. Individuals with compromised immune systems or children under one year old who ate deli items, ready-to-eat food, or meat from Joseph's Market during this time could gain added protection by receiving the hepatitis A IG, upon consultation with their health care providers.

Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable, contagious liver disease that is caused by the hepatitis A virus. Symptoms can range from mild illness to a severe sickness that requires hospitalization and can last several months. Most adults with hepatitis A have a sudden onset of symptoms such as tiredness, low appetite, stomach pain, nausea, dark urine and jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes). Most children younger than 6 years old do not have symptoms or have an unrecognized infection. The best way to prevent hepatitis A infection is to get vaccinated.

Hepatitis A can be spread through contaminated food or water, especially in food prepared by a person who is infected. Symptoms will begin to show 15-50 days after exposure to the virus. An infected person can spread the virus to others approximately two weeks before symptoms start until one week after symptoms end.

Maine DACF and CDC are working with the business owner and local health care providers to minimize risk of further exposures.

For more information on hepatitis A, visit: www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/hav/index.htm.


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Pelham PD shares update regarding man involved in 13-year-old’s disappearance

PELHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The Pelham Police Department, Madison County Sheriff’s Office representatives and FBI will host a joint press conference regarding the disappearance and recovery of a missing 13-year-old girl.

She was found Thursday. A suspect, 24-year-old Rodrigo Ortega allegedly picked up the juvenile Tuesday night in Jefferson County after meeting her online on social media. According to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, Ortega told the girl he was 19.

Ortega has been charged with second-degree rape, enticing a child and interference with child custody.


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Consumers Warned of Possible Exposure to Hepatitis A at Waterville Market

AUGUSTA - The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) have identified a case of hepatitis A virus infection in a Waterville food service worker. The individual prepared food while infectious from December 27, 2019, through January 9, 2020. An assessment of the individual's illness determined that patrons of Josephs Market in Waterville may be at risk for hepatitis A infection.

Individuals who purchased deli items, ready-to-eat food, or meat from Josephs Market in Waterville between those dates should watch for symptoms and contact a health care provider to be tested if they show any signs of infection. Deli and ready-to eat-food purchased between December 27, 2019, and January 9, 2020, should be discarded. Meat purchased between those dates should either be discarded or cooked thoroughly.

Individuals who ate deli items, ready-to-eat food, or meat purchased between these dates have up to 14 days after eating it to receive Hepatitis A immune globulin (IG) or the vaccine. Contact your medical provider to discuss options. Individuals with compromised immune systems or children under one year old who ate deli items, ready-to-eat food, or meat from Josephs Market during this time could gain added protection by receiving the hepatitis A IG, upon consultation with their health care providers.

Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable, contagious liver disease that is caused by the hepatitis A virus. Symptoms can range from mild illness to a severe sickness that requires hospitalization and can last several months. Most adults with hepatitis A have a sudden onset of symptoms such as tiredness, low appetite, stomach pain, nausea, dark urine and jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes). Most children younger than 6 years old do not have symptoms or have an unrecognized infection. The best way to prevent hepatitis A infection is to get vaccinated.

Hepatitis A can be spread through contaminated food or water, especially in food prepared by a person who is infected. Symptoms will begin to show 15-50 days after exposure to the virus. An infected person can spread the virus to others approximately two weeks before symptoms start until one week after symptoms end.

Maine DACF and CDC are working with the business owner and local health care providers to minimize risk of further exposures.

For more information on hepatitis A, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/hav/index.htm

###MEDIA CONTACTS:

Jim Britt, Communications Director, Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Jim.Britt@maine.gov or (207) 480-0558

Robert Long, Communications Director, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Robert.Long@maine.gov or (207) 287-9395

Celeste J. Poulin, MPA, Director, Division of Quality Assurance and Regulations, Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Celeste.Poulin@maine.gov or (207) 287-4456

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New Haven Barracks / Home Improvement Fraud

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE NEWS RELEASE        CASE#: 19B503210 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Corporal Justin Busby                            STATION: New Haven                  CONTACT#: (802)388-4919 DATE/TIME: Between 11/18/18 & 11/12/19, 1430 hours INCIDENT LOCATION: US Route 7, Town of Ferrisburgh VIOLATIONS:


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Derby Barracks / Unlawful Trespass

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 20A500159 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Pohlman                             STATION: Derby                      CONTACT#: 334-8881   DATE/TIME: 01/11/2020 1000 hours INCIDENT LOCATION: Mill Lane, Barton VIOLATION: Unlawful Trespass   ACCUSED: Christopher


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A teen is trying to get the Super Bowl to be moved to Saturday. His petition has received thousands of signatures

(CNN) — A teen in New York doesn’t think having the Super Bowl on Sundays is practical, so he’s trying to change it.

Football fans must stay up pretty late on Sunday to watch the game and it makes it hard to get up for school and work the next day, says 16-year-old Frankie Ruggeri.

“Why not have a kid say, ‘How about the Super Bowl be on a Saturday?” the high school junior told CNN on Tuesday.

The idea came up a week ago when the upstate New York family was talking about the playoffs over dinner. Frankie said it should be on a Saturday and he followed up by starting a petition on Change.org.

He’s asking people to get behind changing next year’s Super Bowl to a Saturday and people seem to be into it. More than 10,000 people have signed the petition, as of Wednesday evening.

Frankie argues that more people will watch, the NFL will get more money and more people would travel to the game if it were on a Saturday.

Historically, professional football games have always been on Sundays. You can thank Congress for that.

In 1961, Congress passed the Sports Broadcasting Act. The law helped set the NFL broadcasting schedule for Sundays to protect the fans of college and high school football.

The law barred the broadcasting of professional games played on Fridays and Saturdays during the schools’ seasons. The Super Bowl is well after the school football season, though.

Frankie hopes NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will change his mind.

CNN reached out to the NFL for comment. In the past, the NFL has said viewership is stronger on Sunday evenings.

When Frankie gets an idea into his head, his dad said, he follows thorough.

“He has a lot of passion in his heart,” his dad, Frank Ruggeri said. “When he gets on one thing, he really sticks with it.”

Frankie started researching statistics to make his Super Bowl Saturday case stronger. He learned some compelling things.

In 2019, a survey found more than 17 million US employees may miss work the day after the Super Bowl LII, according to The Workforce Institute.

There’s a 41% increase in automobile accidents in the aftermath of the Super Bowl, according to a 2003 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study looked at Super Bowls from 1975 to 2001.

The Ruggeris will be at home watching the big game on February 2 — a Sunday — and Frankie insists that he will stay up to catch the action. He thinks the San Francisco 49ers are going to win, but his dad hopes it will be the Kansas City Chiefs.

Neither of his teams are playing, but Frankie loves to watch football. He’s a big Buffalo Bills and Los Angeles Rams fan.

When asked what his reaction has been to all the people signing his petition, Frankie’s response was priceless.

“Oh my gosh,” Frankie said. “It’s like if the Rams won the Super Bowl pretty much.”


Federal agent involved in Bridgeport rollover by state police barracks

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Geek is chic at the Mad Scientist Bash in Huntsville

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Don your lab coat and goggles, the Mad Scientist Bash is back!

The U.S. Space & Rocket Center Education Foundation is hosting the annual Mad Scientist Bash on Saturday, January 25th. This mad scientist themed night runs from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and features delicious food, laboratory inspired libations, and live music presented by Big Night Dynamite.

The suggested dress for this adult-only event is snappy casual or Mad Scientist.

The tickets are $100 per person, click here to purchase.

Bob Baron, this year’s official mad scientist, will be there with all the mad fun of meteorology. Organizers say that “as bright as the most brilliant lightning strike, his critical weather intelligence technologies allow weather professionals to ensure improved safety while helping the private industry achieve increased efficiency through accurate weather-related decisions.”

Proceeds from the Mad Scientist Bash benefit STEM-based children’s programs and exhibits and scholarships for Space Camp, Aviation Challenge, Space Camp Robotics, and U.S. Cyber Camp.


Syrian immigrant hoping to give back to community with new restaurant in London

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Huntsville International Airport named Best Small Airport

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Huntsville International Airport has been named the number one small airport in the United States as part of USA Today's Choice Travel Awards.

Huntsville was the only airport in Alabama to secure a spot in the top 20.

Airport officials said the designation brings recognition to the airport that airlines pay attention to, and it encourages them to bring more service and more competitive lower fares to the market.

To celebrate the award, the airport has plans for a free party at Mars Music Hall in downtown Huntsville in March.


Madison Mayor Paul Finley to present State of the City Address Jan. 31

MADISON, Ala. - Get connected at Connect 2020!

This annual event, presented by Facebook, Inc., is coming to the Davidson Center at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center on January 31, 2020.

The exciting and informative event, features Mayor Paul Finley's State of the City address.

Mayor Finley will review the city's accomplishments of 2019 and share his vision for the future of Madison.

The evening begins with cocktails at 6:30pm, featuring live music from Winslow Davis. A formal dinner and the program begin at 7:00pm.

The James Clemens Chamber Choir will perform the national anthem, while Bob Jones High School Air Force JROTC Color Guard present our Nation`s colors. John Malone, Market President at iHeartMedia, Tuscaloosa, will be the Emcee for the evening.

Tickets for Connect 2020 are on sale now.

Call the Madison Chamber of Commerce at (256) 325-8317 or email merrill@madisonalchamber.com for more information.


Pismo Beach’s monarch butterfly numbers doubled this winter — and experts don’t know why

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Are you weather-ready? February 16 through 22 is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Alabama

Severe weather can impact north Alabama at any time of the year but the peak seasons are spring as well as fall.

For that reason, in late winter, it is prudent to review the different types of severe weather, the alerts associated with them, and the various safety tips that can keep you and your family safe.

(MORE: NWS Huntsville offering free storm spotter training)

This year, the state of Alabama will recognize February 16-22 as Severe Weather Awareness Week.

Throughout the week, WHNT News 19 as well as the National Weather Service in Huntsville will address various hazardous and severe weather topics:

Monday - Weather-Ready emergency safety kits, as well as severe thunderstorm safety
Tuesday - Flooding vs Flash flooding: What is the difference? How do both forms of flooding affect you?
Wednesday - Tornadoes: How often they occur and how to stay safe if you are in the path of one
Thursday - Lightning safety: Why you should not underestimate this common threat
Friday - How to receive weather alerts and why it's important to have redundancies
Saturday - Take advantage of the Alabama state sales tax holiday for severe weather preparedness supplies

Join us each day this week as we highlight the most common severe weather threats in the Valley. In addition, the National Weather Service in Huntsville is offering free storm spotter training sessions so that you may know how to report severe weather when it occurs where you live. Check the list below, or click here to go to the National Weather Service's Skywarn training page.


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Video shows brawl outside California middle school that left two stabbed

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) - Two people were hospitalized with stab wounds, and one of them was in custody after a brawl outside a middle school in Lake Balboa Thursday afternoon, authorities said.

The fight broke out in front of Mulholland Middle School after classes were done for the day, officials said.

Cellphone video shows a person holding a sharp object and yelling at a crowd of students, with the campus visible in the background. Then a struggle breaks out between several young people.

Mark Guerra, who witnessed the fight, said “one kid had two scissors in his hands” and used them to cut another minor.

L.A. school police said they received conflicting reports from multiple students, but ultimately determined that a boy seen with a sharp object was the aggressor.

The armed boy — who's not a student at Mulholland or any L.A. Unified school — was hospitalized with injuries to his head and lacerations. Another person showed up at the hospital with lacerations, said LAUSD police Sgt. Rudy Perez.

Officer Tony Im with the LAPD had earlier said a boy about 12 or 13 years old was transported to the hospital in unknown condition, describing him as a victim. But Perez said that boy is now being considered a suspect, and he was being held on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.

The sergeant believes the incident was likely gang-related. The case remains under investigation, with police looking at several videos and interviewing witnesses.

The L.A. Unified school police expect to have a heightened law enforcement presence on campus Friday.

KTLA's Matt Phillips contributed to this story. 


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Nevada couple plead guilty to killing 5-year-old daughter

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Colorado Senate president, others endorse Joe Biden in Democratic primary

Two top Democrats in the Colorado Senate have endorsed Joe Biden for president, the Biden campaign told The Denver Post on Friday.

Senate President Leroy Garcia of Pueblo and Senate President Pro Tempore Nancy Todd of Aurora endorsed the former vice president. State Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp, an Arvada Democrat, did as well.

They were among two dozen new Colorado endorsements rolled out Friday. The campaign had previously announced the support of former U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar, former Denver Mayor Federico Peña, and two other state representatives: Adrienne Benavidez and Bri Buentello.

“As we enter 2020, we are excited to grow Team Joe with this latest group of leaders from Colorado,” said Rachel Caine, the Biden campaign’s Colorado state director. “These new endorsers represent the growing support for Joe Biden across the country.”

Coloradans will vote March 3 — also known as Super Tuesday — in the presidential primary. Ballots will be mailed in February.

Within the Democratic field, Biden and Elizabeth Warren have the highest number of endorsements from Colorado state legislators. Warren has been endorsed by Sens. Kerry Donovan, Mike Foote and Faith Winter, along with Reps. Dominique Jackson and Chris Kennedy.

Bernie Sanders, who won Colorado in his 2016 Democratic primary race against Hillary Clinton, has been endorsed by Rep. Emily Sirota, a Denver Democrat whose husband is a Sanders aide. Sirota introduced the liberal candidate at a downtown Denver rally in September.

Among the other Colorado endorsements announced by the Biden campaign Friday are Pueblo County Commissioner Chris Wiseman, Pueblo County Clerk and Recorder Gilbert Ortiz, Pueblo Councilman Ray Aguilera, Grand Junction Councilman Chuck McDaniel and two former executive directors of the Colorado Democratic Party.

Colorado’s most powerful Democrats, including Gov. Jared Polis and four congressmen, have not endorsed a presidential candidate. The state’s Democratic U.S. senator, Michael Bennet, is a candidate for president.


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Powerball jackpot rises after no winners Wednesday

Get the office pool going.

The Powerball jackpot prize has risen to a potential $373 million, and the first jackpot winner of 2020 could walk away with the eighth largest prize in Powerball history. So far this year, no one in the United States has correctly picked the six numbers needed to win the full jackpot.

Since 2001, some Colorado residents have won big. Most recently, a man in Fort Collins won a $2 million prize in December, according to Colorado Lottery. The largest Colorado win was $133.2 million in 2017, according to the Colorado Lottery.

Winners can choose to collect their prize as a lump sum or in separate payments over 29 years.

Colorado Lottery gives its proceeds to outdoors projects through Parks and Wildlife. Local retailers who sell tickets also get a piece of the lottery pie.


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Trump impeachment trial: House managers wrapping up arguments

WASHINGTON (WFLA) – House impeachment managers will wrap up their arguments in President Trump’s impeachment trial on Friday.

The seven Democrats serving as prosecutors have been presenting their case for impeaching the president the past two days. They have eight hours left of their allotted 24 hours.

So far, the impeachment managers have focused their arguments on how they say President Trump abused his power. They’ve also urged members of the Senate to allow new witnesses, like John Bolton and Mick Mulvaney, to testify in the trial.

President Trump’s legal team takes over on Saturday and will start arguing against impeachment. They will also have 24 hours over the course of three days to present their case.

Nexstar is bringing you complete coverage of the impeachment trial. Our coverage continues on Friday at 12:50 p.m. ET with politics reporter Evan Donovan and DC correspondent Jessi Turnure.


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34 US service members diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries after Iranian missile strike

(CNN) — Thirty-four US service members have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries following the Iranian missile attack on US forces in Iraq earlier this month, Pentagon spokesman Jonathon Hoffman said Friday.

Earlier this week President Donald Trump said he does not consider potential brain injuries to be as serious as physical combat wounds, downplaying the severity of the injuries suffered in Iraq.

During the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Trump was asked to explain the discrepancy between his previous comments that no US service member was harmed in the January 8 Iranian missile attack on Al-Asad airbase in Iraq, and the latest reports of US troops being treated for injuries sustained in that attack.

“No, I heard that they had headaches, and a couple of other things, but I would say, and I can report, it’s not very serious,” Trump replied during a news conference.

This story is breaking and will be updated.


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Authorities arrest Cullman man for sexual abuse of a child

MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. – The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Cullman man Tuesday.

The Sheriff’s Office said Thomas James Flint, 38, was arrested on a felony warrant for sexually abusing a child under 12.

Flint was taken to the Morgan County Jail and booked on $25,000 Bond.


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Fatal shooting at Country Club Apartments

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STEM School security guard to attend adult diversion program, community service for shooting two students

The security guard who shot and wounded two students while responding to the shooting at the STEM School Highlands Ranch will enter a diversion program after reaching an agreement with victims.

Fourth Judicial District Attorney Dan May announced on Twitter Friday that the security guard, Shamson Sundara, agreed to enter into an adult diversion program, complete 50 hours of community service and participate in restorative justice program with the victims.

Sundara detained and disarmed one of the students accused of the May 7 shooting that killed 18-year-old Kendrick Castillo and wounded eight. While with that suspect, Sundara saw the muzzle of a gun round the corner of the hallway and fired two shots. The bullets missed the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office deputies responding to the school but traveled through a wall and injured two students in a classroom.

STEM School contracted with BOSS High Level Protection for security services and school officials weren’t aware that Sundara was carrying a weapon until after the shooting, school officials previously said. It is illegal in Colorado to possess a firearm on school grounds without permission.

But May’s office found that Sundara’s decision to shoot was legal because he believed others’ lives were in imminent danger.

“Although it was illegal for him to have a gun on the premises, our investigation has determined that his actions were in compliance with applicable law,” May said in his Twitter thread.


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