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Introduction:

“It was the best of times and it was the worst of times.”
-Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

The Best of Times?


By many reckonings, it appears to be the best of times in America: We enjoy a robust economy, reinforced by continually advancing technologies. At least one computer in every home, and a personal telephone on almost everyone’s belt. People are buying their 3rd and 4th cars. Our military is the most feared throughout the world. Indeed, in many ways, it seems like the best of times.

 

 

 

 
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911 call reveals fugitive was scared, ready to surrender

 
‎02 ‎February ‎2016, ‏‎03:58:20 PMGo to full article
Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, far right, speaks on the arrest of three escaped inmates seen on a video monitor at Orange County Sheriff's news conference in Santa Ana, Calif., on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. The inmates from left, Bac Duong, 43, Hossein Nayeri, 37, and Jonathan Tieu, 20, who escaped on Jan. 22 from Central Men's Jail in Orange County. Duong turned himself in Friday and the other two were arrested in San Francisco on Saturday. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The first of three fugitives to be caught after a California jail escape said he was scared and ready to surrender, a 911 call released Monday revealed.
 
 

The Latest: EU deal could allow UK to limit benefits

 
‎02 ‎February ‎2016, ‏‎03:55:48 PMGo to full article
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on negotiations on changes to EU law aimed at keeping Britain in the bloc (all times local):
 

Pentagon reshaping spending amid changing security environment: U.S. defense chief

 
‎02 ‎February ‎2016, ‏‎03:44:24 PMGo to full article
US Defense Secretary Ash Carter attends a news conference at the French Defence Ministry in ParisDefense Secretary Ash Carter said on Tuesday the Pentagon would seek a $582.7 billion defense budget next year and reshape its spending priorities to reflect a new strategic environment marked by Russian assertiveness and the rise of Islamic State. Carter, speaking to the Economic Club of Washington, said the Pentagon's funding request would be in line with last year's congressional budget deal but spending would be refocused to address five big challenges facing the U.S. military: Russia, China, North Korea, Iran and Islamic State. "Today's security environment is dramatically different than the one we've been engaged with for the last 25 years, and it requires new ways of thinking and new ways of acting," Carter said.
 
 

FBI joins Flint, Michigan water contamination probe

 
‎02 ‎February ‎2016, ‏‎03:37:32 PMGo to full article
File photo of a Flint River sign seen along the Flint river in Flint, MichiganBy David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The FBI is joining a U.S. criminal investigation into Flint, Michigan's water contamination crisis, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Detroit said on Tuesday. Gina Balaya, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Detroit, said in an email that federal prosecutors in Michigan are "working with a multi-agency investigation team on the Flint water contamination matter, including the FBI, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the EPA's Office of Inspector General ... and the EPA's Criminal Investigation Division." The city was under the control of a state-appointed emergency manager when it switched its source of tap water from Detroit's system to the Flint River in April 2014.
 
 

Official: About 1,200 fish killed after power plant glitch

 
‎02 ‎February ‎2016, ‏‎03:32:52 PMGo to full article
YORK HAVEN, Pa. (AP) — Officials say about 1,200 fish are dead after an operational glitch at a central Pennsylvania power plant caused cold water to be sent into the Susquehanna River.
 

Rock struck Amtrak train in Philadelphia

 
‎02 ‎February ‎2016, ‏‎03:25:44 PMGo to full article
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Amtrak officials have determined a rock struck one of its trains in Philadelphia.
 

Ship hijackings down in 2015, piracy mostly low-level theft

 
‎02 ‎February ‎2016, ‏‎03:23:36 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2012 file photo, masked Somali pirate Hassan stands near a Taiwanese fishing vessel that washed up on shore after the pirates were paid a ransom and released the crew, in the once-bustling pirate den of Hobyo, Somalia. A global maritime watchdog said Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 that ship hijackings declined in 2015 from a year earlier, while sea piracy incidents increased slightly but consisted mostly of low-level theft. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh, File)KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A global maritime watchdog said Tuesday that ship hijackings declined in 2015 from a year earlier, while sea piracy incidents increased slightly but consisted mostly of low-level theft.
 
 

FBI part of team investigating Flint water contamination

 
‎02 ‎February ‎2016, ‏‎03:20:42 PMGo to full article
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say the FBI is working with a multi-agency team investigating the lead contamination of Flint's drinking water.
 

Priest's son gets life, no parole for killing his parents

 
‎02 ‎February ‎2016, ‏‎03:16:08 PMGo to full article
HOUSTON (AP) — The 20-year-old son of an Episcopal priest has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for beating his parents to death with a lamp, baseball hat and hammer.
 

Bridge case defendants ask judge to throw out case

 
‎02 ‎February ‎2016, ‏‎03:04:11 PMGo to full article
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The criminal charges in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing case should be thrown out because they are based on vague federal laws that have been twisted to fit the facts of the case, two former allies of Gov. Chris Christie wrote in separate court filings late Monday.
 

Details remain scarce in death of Virginia 13-year-old

 
‎02 ‎February ‎2016, ‏‎02:56:09 PMGo to full article
In this Jan. 31, 2016 photo, Blacksburg Lieutenant Mike Albert announces that Virginia Tech student Natalie Keepers was arrested in connection to the death of Nicole Madison Lovell, in Blacksburg, Va. Keepers faces charges of improper disposal of a body and accessory after the fact in the commission of a felony. (Edmee Rodriguez/The Roanoke Times via AP) LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; SALEM TIMES REGISTER OUT; FINCASTLE HERALD OUT; CHRISTIANBURG NEWS MESSENGER OUT; RADFORD NEWS JOURNAL OUT; ROANOKE STAR SENTINEL OUT; MANDATORY CREDITBLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — David Eisenhauer and Natalie Keepers were promising engineering students at Virginia Tech, described by those who knew them as ambitious and focused. Nicole Madison Lovell was an energetic 13-year-old who bore emotional and physical wounds, suffering from bullying over the scars from her liver transplant. How their lives intersected in tragedy remains a mystery.
 
 

Shooting victim gets to Frankford hospital on his own

 
‎02 ‎February ‎2016, ‏‎02:50:00 PMGo to full article
Shooting victim gets to Frankford hospital on his ownPhiladelphia police are investigating a shooting that left a man injured in the Frankford section.
 
 

Close ally of former Czech PM convicted in bribery case

 
‎02 ‎February ‎2016, ‏‎02:26:21 PMGo to full article
PRAGUE (AP) — A close friend and key adviser of former Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek has been convicted of bribery and sentenced to five years in prison.
 

Irish unemployment falls to 7-year low of 8.6 percent

 
‎02 ‎February ‎2016, ‏‎02:22:21 PMGo to full article
DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland's unemployment rate has fallen to a seven-year low of 8.6 percent as the country — buoyant again after years of gloom and austerity — faces an election.
 

UK's Cameron: draft program represents 'real progress' in difficult negotiations with the EU.

 
‎02 ‎February ‎2016, ‏‎02:01:07 PMGo to full article
LONDON (AP) — UK's Cameron: draft program represents 'real progress' in difficult negotiations with the EU.
 

UBS bank shares plunge as rich investors withdraw money

 
‎02 ‎February ‎2016, ‏‎01:13:40 PMGo to full article
The logo of Swiss bank UBS is pictured in Zurich, Switzerland, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. UBS Group AG has reported higher fourth-quarter net profit but seen its shares fall on news that investor money is fleeing turbulent markets. (Ennio Leanza/Keystone via AP)FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Swiss bank UBS saw its shares slide on Tuesday on news that investors were pulling money out of its division serving wealthy clients — a token of the market turbulence that has shaken the world in the past few months.

 

Georgia to execute its oldest death row inmate for 1979 murder

 
‎02 ‎February ‎2016, ‏‎02:02:11 PMGo to full article
Handout of Georgia's oldest death row inmate, 72-year-old Brandon Astor JonesA 72-year-old man convicted of murdering a convenience store manager in a 1979 robbery in Atlanta's suburbs is set to be executed on Tuesday in Georgia. Brandon Astor Jones, the oldest inmate on the state's death row, is scheduled to be killed by lethal injection at 7 p.m. at Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson. Jones would be the second man executed in the shooting death of Roger Tackett, 35, inside a convenience store in June 1979, according to court testimony.
 
 

Car crashes on icy road in Bucks County

 
‎02 ‎February ‎2016, ‏‎01:59:00 PMGo to full article
Car crashes on icy road in Bucks CountyOne person was hurt after a car crashed on an icy road in New Britain Township, Pennsylvania.
 
 

3 teens arrested in deadly shooting at Seattle homeless camp

 
‎02 ‎February ‎2016, ‏‎01:29:50 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2016, file photo, bicycles remain stacked against a support post for Interstate 5 above as crime scene tape surrounds the site of a shooting the night before at a homeless encampment, in Seattle. Police arrested multiple teenage boys Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, in connection with a shooting at a Seattle homeless encampment that left two people dead and others wounded. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)SEATTLE (AP) — Police arrested three teenage boys in connection with a shooting at a Seattle homeless encampment that left 2 people dead and three others wounded.
 
 

Cruz tops Trump in Iowa; Clinton, Sanders in tight Dem race

 
‎02 ‎February ‎2016, ‏‎01:26:00 PMGo to full article
Cruz tops Trump in Iowa; Clinton, Sanders in tight Dem raceTexas Sen. Ted Cruz, a fiery conservative loathed by his own party's leaders, swept to victory in Iowa's Republican caucuses Monday, overcoming billionaire Donald Trump and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. Among Democrats, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were deadlocked in a tight race.
 
 

Exclusive: U.S. budget plan includes over $13 billion for new submarine - sources

 
‎02 ‎February ‎2016, ‏‎01:23:21 PMGo to full article
The Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Tennessee returns to Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Georgia in this handout photoThe Pentagon's next five-year budget proposal seeks over $13 billion in funding for a new submarine to carry nuclear ballistic missiles, plus orders for more Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin Corp fighter jets, according to sources familiar with the plans. The plan also shifts the Navy's strategy for a new carrier-based unmanned drone to focus more on intelligence-gathering and refueling than combat strike missions, said the sources, who were not authorized to discuss it publicly before the budget's release. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter plans to map out his spending priorities for the $583 billion 2017 defense budget on Tuesday ahead of the official budget release on Feb. 9.
 
 

Cosby due in court as lawyers push to get charges dropped

 
‎02 ‎February ‎2016, ‏‎01:19:00 PMGo to full article
Cosby due in court as lawyers push to get charges droppedBill Cosby's lawyers will ask a judge to throw out the only criminal case lodged against the TV star from the dozens of accusations that he molested women.
 
 

Eurozone unemployment edges down for 15th month running

 
‎02 ‎February ‎2016, ‏‎12:53:00 PMGo to full article
FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2015 file photo President of the European Central, ECB, Bank Mario Draghi addresses the committee on economic and monetary affairs at the European parliament in Brussels, Belgium. Draghi will make an introductory statement before the plenary session on the ECB annual report Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert, file)BRUSSELS (AP) — Unemployment across the 19-country eurozone fell in December for the 15th month running to its lowest level in a little more than four years, official figures showed Tuesday.
 
 

Police: Man in underwear struck on Roosevelt Boulevard dies

 
‎02 ‎February ‎2016, ‏‎12:50:00 PMGo to full article
Police: Man in underwear struck on Roosevelt Boulevard diesA man seen running in his underwear on Roosevelt Boulevard in Northeast Philadelphia has died after being struck multiple times.
 
 

10 Things to Know for Today

 
‎02 ‎February ‎2016, ‏‎12:48:35 PMGo to full article
A group of visitors pose for pictures and take selfies with the "Punxsutawney Phil" mascot outside the public library in Punxsutawney, Pa., Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. Thousands of people come to Punxsutawney for the annual celebration of Groundhog Day on Gobbler's Knob on Feb. 2. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
 
 

3 hurt in vehicle crash in Delaware

 
‎02 ‎February ‎2016, ‏‎12:45:00 PMGo to full article
3 hurt in vehicle crash in DelawareThree people were hurt in a single vehicle crash in Prices Corner, Delaware.
 
 

2 people hurt in Jersey Shore house blaze

 
‎02 ‎February ‎2016, ‏‎12:16:00 PMGo to full article
2 people hurt in Jersey Shore house blazeTwo people were hurt in a fast-moving fire inside a house in Somers Point, New Jersey.
 
 

Colorado snowstorm sets stage for slick conditions

 
‎02 ‎February ‎2016, ‏‎12:00:54 PMGo to full article
Oscar Perrin gets a pull on a sled by his mother Heather on a snowy sidewalk in Boulder, Colo., Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. (Paul Aiken/Daily Camera via AP) MANDATORY CREDITDENVER (AP) — A powerful storm has blanketed Colorado with several inches of snow, and cold overnight temperatures are setting the stage for what will likely be a slick conditions for Denver and other communities just east of the mountains.
 
 

Drugmaker Sanofi Pasteur launches effort for Zika vaccine

 
‎02 ‎February ‎2016, ‏‎12:00:18 PMGo to full article
In this Feb. 1, 2016 photo China's Margaret Chan, General Director of the World Health Organization, WHO, informs the media during a press conference after the first Meeting of the International Health Regulations (IHR) Emergency Committee concerning Zika virus, at the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)PARIS (AP) — Drugmaker Sanofi Pasteur announced Tuesday it is launching an effort to research and develop a vaccine to prevent the Zika virus, after the World Health Organization declared a global emergency over its explosive spread across the Americas.
 
 

Attorneys for Florida inmate argue for execution delay

 
‎02 ‎February ‎2016, ‏‎11:43:05 AMGo to full article
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Attorneys for a condemned inmate in Florida are scheduled to argue that his execution should be delayed after the U.S. Supreme Court found the state's death penalty system to be unconstitutional.
 

Deputy who shot unarmed man expected to conclude testimony

 
‎02 ‎February ‎2016, ‏‎11:40:32 AMGo to full article
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Testimony is expected to conclude in the lawsuit filed by an unarmed black man who was shot and paralyzed by a Florida sheriff's deputy.
 

San Francisco police face US Justice Department review

 
‎02 ‎February ‎2016, ‏‎10:49:03 AMGo to full article
Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California Brian Stretch, left, speaks next to San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, center, and San Francisco Chief of Police Greg Suhr during a news conference regarding the San Francisco Police Department Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, in San Francisco. The U.S. Department of Justice launched a review of the San Francisco Police Department, an agency facing scrutiny over the shooting death of a young black man and the emergence of homophobic and racist text messages exchanged between officers. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice said it will examine use of force and ethnic disparities in arrests as part of a review of the San Francisco Police Department amid heightened racial tensions.
 
 

Fight over hostage's fate broke up California jail escapees

 
‎02 ‎February ‎2016, ‏‎10:43:11 AMGo to full article
Hossein Nayeri appears on a television monitor during his video rearraignment at the Central Men's Jail in Santa Ana, Calif., Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, by way of a closed circuit television feed at the jail. The inmates Bac Duong, Nayeri, and Jonathan Tieu, escaped on Jan. 22 from Central Men's Jail in Orange County. Duong turned himself in Friday and the other two were arrested in San Francisco on Saturday. (Joshua Sudock/The Orange County Register via AP) MAGS OUT; LOS ANGELES TIMES OUT; MANDATORY CREDITSANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Three inmates who teamed up to pull off an intricate escape from a California jail stuck together and eluded authorities for nearly a week. Then authorities said their alliance began to unravel over a disagreement on whether to kill a cab driver they'd taken hostage.
 
 

AP News Guide: Cruz wins Iowa; Dem race up in air

 
‎02 ‎February ‎2016, ‏‎10:41:00 AMGo to full article
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks at caucus night rally with Heidi, and their daughter Caroline, 7, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa. Cruz sealed a victory in the Republican Iowa caucuses, winning on the strength of his relentless campaigning and support from his party's diehard conservatives. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The opening contest of the 2016 presidential election delivered an Iowa victory to hard-charging conservative Ted Cruz, humble pie to Donald Trump and a night of bristling suspense in a too-close-to-call contest between Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.
 
 

Hearing for standoff leader as he tries to get out of jail

 
‎02 ‎February ‎2016, ‏‎10:36:40 AMGo to full article
A makeshift roadside memorial for rancher LaVoy Finicum stands on a highway north of Burns, Oregon Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. Finicum was killed Tuesday night in a confrontation with the FBI and Oregon State Police on a remote road. Four people occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge held their position Sunday. They have demanded that they be allowed to leave without being arrested. (AP Photo/Nick K. Geranios)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge is expected to consider whether the leader of an armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge should remain in jail, even as the standoff that began a month ago continues to roil a rural community in eastern Oregon.
 
 

Leader of Marine helicopter squadron fired days before crash

 
‎02 ‎February ‎2016, ‏‎10:15:38 AMGo to full article
FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2016 file photo, mourners pay their respects during a memorial service at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii for the 12 U.S. Marines who died when their helicopters crashed off the North Shore of Oahu. On Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, a Marine spokesman said Brig. Gen. Russell Sanborn fired Lt. Col. Edward Pavelka, the commander of a Hawaii helicopter squadron, days before the collision. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)HONOLULU (AP) — A Marine general fired the commander of a Hawaii helicopter squadron days before two of the unit's helicopters crashed and killed all 12 Marines on board.
 
 

Georgia set to execute its oldest death row inmate

 
‎02 ‎February ‎2016, ‏‎10:01:57 AMGo to full article
This undated photo provided by the Georgia Department of Corrections shows Brandon Astor Jones in Georgia. Jones, a 72-year-old death row inmate, is scheduled to be executed on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. He was convicted in the 1979 killing of a convenience store manager. (Georgia Department of Corrections via AP)ATLANTA (AP) — Corrections officials in Georgia are preparing to execute the state's oldest death row inmate.
 
 

Teacher arrested in Southern California jail escape freed

 
‎02 ‎February ‎2016, ‏‎09:34:13 AMGo to full article
A teacher arrested in connection with the escape of three inmates from a Southern California jail was freed from custody on Monday after prosecutors said they did not have enough evidence to charge her with a crime. Authorities previously said teacher Nooshafarin Ravaghi, 44, met inmate Hossein Nayeri, the 37-year-old accused mastermind of the escape, in an English-as-a-second-language class at the Orange County Jail and that their relationship had progressed beyond that of teacher and student before the Jan. 22 breakout. It was not immediately clear what connection that man, identified as Loc Ba Nguyen, had to the escapees.
 

California weighs extending drought conservation orders

 
‎02 ‎February ‎2016, ‏‎09:20:12 AMGo to full article
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Following a welcomed parade of El Nino storms drenching drought-stricken California, state officials on Tuesday will decide whether to extend emergency conservation orders, and reveal how much water Californians saved in December.
 

Detroit-area officer set for sentencing in beating of driver

 
‎02 ‎February ‎2016, ‏‎08:47:17 AMGo to full article
DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area police officer convicted of a bloody assault on a driver is facing a possible prison sentence in an incident that wasn't made public until the dashcam video was aired by a TV station.
 

Americans are packing classes in how to survive a shooting

 
‎02 ‎February ‎2016, ‏‎08:45:49 AMGo to full article
In this Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016 photo, Westerville police chief Joe Morbitzer welcomes community members to a first-ever class about reacting to and surviving an active shooter, while speaking in Westerville, Ohio. Morbitzer says people today understand threats are real and could happen where they live. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Study your surroundings. Find exits. Identify makeshift weapons. Americans are gleaning those tips and others as they pack classes on how to react to and survive a shooting.
 
 

Ferguson residents get a say on police overhaul agreement

 
‎02 ‎February ‎2016, ‏‎08:40:51 AMGo to full article
FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2014 file photo, police officers watch protesters as smoke fills the streets in Ferguson, Mo. Ferguson city leaders have spent months negotiating a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice, a plan that calls for sweeping changes in policing practices in the St. Louis suburb. Now, residents get their say. The first of three public meetings on the proposed consent decree is Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 at Ferguson City Hall. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Ferguson city leaders have spent months negotiating a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice, a plan that calls for sweeping changes to police practices in the St. Louis suburb where 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot. Now, residents get their say.
 
 

Pennsylvania groundhog set to 'predict' whether winter ends

 
‎02 ‎February ‎2016, ‏‎08:11:35 AMGo to full article
Visitors look through the windows at the Punxsutawney Public Library where groundhogs are on display at "Phil's Burrow" in Punxsutawney, Pa., Monday, Feb. 1, 2016. Thousands of people come to Punxsutawney for the annual celebration of Groundhog Day on Gobbler's Knob on Feb. 2. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) — The handlers of Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog are set to predict whether we'll have early spring-like weather or have to suffer through the end of winter.
 
 

Slain teen's parents ask New York City mayor to fire officer

 
‎02 ‎February ‎2016, ‏‎07:47:44 AMGo to full article
FILE- In this June 13, 2012, file photo, the parents of Ramarley Graham, Constance Malcolm, right, and Frank Graham, walk to make a statement to the media outside the courthouse in New York. The parents of Ramarley Graham, an unarmed black teenager killed by a white New York City police officer, have written a letter to the mayor saying the city has waited too long to fire the officer. Ramarley Graham was shot four years ago Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, in the bathroom of his Bronx home. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The parents of an unarmed black teenager killed by a white New York City police officer exactly four years ago Tuesday have written a letter to the mayor and his wife saying the city has waited too long to fire the officer.
 
 

The Latest: Authorities say man gave inmates knife to escape

 
‎02 ‎February ‎2016, ‏‎07:27:09 AMGo to full article
Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens is all smiles as she answers questions about the capture of both outstanding jail escapees Hossein Nayeri and Jonathan Tieu are in the custody of the San Francisco during a news conference outside Orange County Sheriff's Department headquarters in Santa Ana on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. (Ken Steinhardt/The Orange County Register via AP)SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The latest on the inmates caught after breaking out of a California jail on Jan. 22 (all times local):
 
 

Three teenagers arrested in fatal shooting at Seattle homeless camp

 
‎02 ‎February ‎2016, ‏‎07:21:13 AMGo to full article
The teenage boys, aged 13, 16 and 17, were taken into custody at a different homeless encampment and a gun was recovered, Seattle police said. The notorious camp is known in Seattle as "the Jungle". Seattle, like other West Coast cities including Portland and Los Angeles, has been struggling with a ballooning homeless problem and growing illegal encampments across the city.
 

Michigan environmental agency presents Flint water-testing plan

 
‎02 ‎February ‎2016, ‏‎06:06:02 AMGo to full article
The top of a water tower is seen at the Flint Water Plant in Flint, MichiganMichigan environmental authorities presented a plan to federal officials on Monday to test lead-contaminated water in Flint to determine when the city's water would be safe to drink again, the agency said The plan calls for testing in homes, schools, restaurants and the water distribution system, as well as blood testing, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) said in a statement. Some portions of the city's water system could be given an all-clear on a rolling basis before mid-April, the Detroit Free Press newspaper reported, citing other state officials. Michigan's governor on Thursday extended a state of emergency in Flint until April 14 to help the cash-strapped city recover from the lead contamination crisis which began after it switched water sources in 2014 to try to save money.
 
 

Exclusive: Pentagon to hike spending request to fund fight versus Islamic State

 
‎02 ‎February ‎2016, ‏‎12:01:42 AMGo to full article
Obama speaks at the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act event in WashingtonPresident Barack Obama's administration will seek a significant increase in funding for the fight against Islamic State as part of its 2017 defense budget request, U.S. officials say, in another possible sign of U.S. efforts to intensify the campaign. The fiscal year 2017 Pentagon budget will call for more than $7 billion for the fight against Islamic State, a roughly 35 percent increase compared with the previous year's request to Congress, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter is due to disclose his spending priorities for the $583 billion 2017 defense budget on Tuesday in an address to the Economic Club of Washington.

 

 

Arrest made after online threat to Chester police officers

 
‎28 ‎January ‎2016, ‏‎02:21:00 PMGo to full article
Arrest made after online threat to Chester police officersThe arrest is the second in as many days involving online threats to public organizations in Chester. Police say the threat refers to Tuesday's arrest of a teenage girl.
 
 

Driver injured in head-on crash in Juniata Park

 
‎28 ‎January ‎2016, ‏‎02:12:00 PMGo to full article
Driver injured in head-on crash in Juniata ParkA driver lost control and crashed a vehicle head-on into a parked car in the Juniata Park section of Philadelphia.
 
 

California to make major choice on support for rooftop solar

 
‎28 ‎January ‎2016, ‏‎02:10:52 PMGo to full article
A home with rooftop solar panels is seen in La QuintaCalifornia, which boasts more than half of the households with solar panels in the United States, will decide on Thursday whether to stick with a policy that has allowed rooftop systems producing electricity to flourish or to implement reforms that would make it more expensive to go solar. The decision by California's Public Utilities Commission is being watched far beyond the Golden State, which has long led the nation on renewable energy policies. "This is a market that has really set the bar for how residential solar grows on a national level," said Cory Honeyman, who tracks state solar policies for industry research firm GTM Research, adding that California sets "important precedents" for how other states approach rooftop solar.
 
 

Authorities working to clear remaining protesters in Oregon occupation

 
‎28 ‎January ‎2016, ‏‎01:42:15 PMGo to full article
An amoured vehicle is seen outside the police perimeter at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, OregonBy Peter Henderson BURNS, Ore. (Reuters) - Law enforcement was working on Thursday to convince remaining protesters in a month-long armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon to leave the site following calls from the group's leader to stand down and the death of a member. The FBI and local law enforcement have set up checkpoints near the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in northeast Oregon and are working "around the clock to empty the refuge of the armed occupiers in the safest way possible", a statement said. Eight more people had left the compound by late on Wednesday, the FBI said, and three were arrested and facing charges of felony conspiracy to impede federal officers.
 
 

Viewer's Guide: Trump drama, closing arguments before Iowa

 
‎28 ‎January ‎2016, ‏‎01:41:27 PMGo to full article
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, in West Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)WASHINGTON (AP) — It's one thing to attack Donald Trump when he's standing on the presidential debate stage. But what about when he's not?
 
 

Oregon occupation leader Bundy urges remaining protesters to go home

 
‎28 ‎January ‎2016, ‏‎01:33:19 PMGo to full article
Inmates are seen in police jail booking photos released in Oregon and ArizonaBy Peter Henderson BURNS, Ore. (Reuters) - The leader of a month-long armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon on Wednesday urged remaining protesters to leave the site and go home, a day after his arrest and the death of a supporter. Ammon Bundy, who was taken into custody with several members of his group at a traffic stop along Highway 395, north of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in southeast Oregon, urged federal authorities to let his comrades leave the compound without being prosecuted. Please stand down... Please go home," Bundy said in a statement read by his attorney, Michael Arnold, following a court hearing.
 
 

Shootout leaves man injured in North Philadelphia

 
‎28 ‎January ‎2016, ‏‎01:22:00 PMGo to full article
Shootout leaves man injured in North PhiladelphiaA man was left injured after a shootout in North Philadelphia.
 
 

Most Americans support Obama's contested immigration plan: poll

 
‎28 ‎January ‎2016, ‏‎01:12:19 PMGo to full article
A man holds an envelope from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigrations Service during a naturalization ceremony at the National Archives Museum in WashingtonMost Americans say they back a plan that would allow certain illegal immigrants to stay in the country, but support for the idea slips when President Barack Obama's name is attached to the question, according to a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll. The results underscore the polarized nature of the debate over how to overhaul immigration laws and how to address the estimated 11 million people living illegally in the country. In 2014, Obama bypassed the Republican-controlled Congress to issue an executive order to shield more than 4 million undocumented immigrants from deportation and offer them work permits, but he was blocked by court challenges from Republican-governed states.
 
 

4 sickened by CO fumes in Bear, Del.

 
‎28 ‎January ‎2016, ‏‎12:59:00 PMGo to full article
4 sickened by CO fumes in Bear, Del.An 8-year-old is among four people in Bear, Delaware being treated for exposure to carbon monoxide.
 
 

Arrest made after threat to Chester police officers

 
‎28 ‎January ‎2016, ‏‎12:36:00 PMGo to full article
Arrest made after online threat to Chester police officersOfficials say on Wednesday, a second set of threats was posted on Instagram and Facebook making threats against Chester police officers.
 
 

Trump looks to grab attention as GOP rivals debate

 
‎28 ‎January ‎2016, ‏‎11:19:44 AMGo to full article
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, in Gilbert, S.C. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican presidential candidates take the debate stage Thursday night absent their front-runner, Donald Trump, who will instead seek to starve his rivals of attention at a critical juncture in the campaign by holding a competing event of his own.
 
 

AP Newsbreak: Nevada seeks change in sage grouse mining rule

 
‎28 ‎January ‎2016, ‏‎11:19:29 AMGo to full article
FILE - In this April 17, 2015 file photo, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval sits in his office at the Capitol in Carson City, Nev. Sandoval is pressing the Obama administration to alter its sage grouse protection plan to free up thousands of mining claims by shrinking the restricted area in exchange for making other unprotected areas off limits. (AP Photo/Cathleen Allison, File)RENO, Nev. (AP) — The governor of gold-rich Nevada is pressing the Obama administration to alter its sage grouse protection plan to free up thousands of mining claims by shrinking the restricted area in exchange for making other unprotected areas off limits, restoring burned out rangeland and reining in wild horse herds.
 
 

In U.S. oil capital Houston, no cheap fuel bonanza for airlines

 
‎28 ‎January ‎2016, ‏‎11:13:27 AMGo to full article
United Airlines planes are seen on platform at the Newark Liberty International Airport in New JerseyWhile airlines are in no rush to pass on fuel savings to passengers brought by the collapse in oil prices, the Houston travel market has left them little choice. Airlines serving the U.S. oil capital have resorted to steep discounts to lure newly budget-conscious energy executives back into the air, according to an analysis of ticket prices provided exclusively to Reuters. Crude's 70-percent drop in the past 19 months has made the Houston travel market a rare point of downward pressure on airline revenues.
 
 

Poll: Uninsured sit on the sidelines as sign-up season ends

 
‎28 ‎January ‎2016, ‏‎10:27:24 AMGo to full article
FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2015 file photo, the HealthCare.gov website, where people can buy health insurance, is displayed on a laptop screen in Washington. Most uninsured Americans are sitting on the sidelines as sign-up season under the federal health law comes to a close, according to a new poll that signals the nation’s historic gains in coverage are slowing. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Most uninsured Americans are sitting on the sidelines as sign-up season under the federal health law comes to a close, according to a new poll that signals the nation's historic gains in coverage are slowing.
 
 

Arrests of Oregon standoff leaders leave 1 person dead

 
‎28 ‎January ‎2016, ‏‎09:30:11 AMGo to full article
BURNS, Ore. (AP) — A day after eight members of an armed anti-government group were arrested, their jailed leader on Wednesday urged a handful of remaining militants to abandon the Oregon wildlife refuge they have occupied for more than three weeks and where they are now surrounded by federal agents.
 

Chinese man pleads guilty for plot to steal U.S. corn secrets

 
‎28 ‎January ‎2016, ‏‎09:25:07 AMGo to full article
A Chinese man charged with conspiracy to steal high-tech U.S. corn seeds pleaded guilty in federal court in Iowa on Wednesday for participating in the theft of the patented seeds with the intention of transporting them to China, court documents show. Federal authorities began investigating Mo Hailong, 46, for conspiring to steal corn seeds from DuPont Pioneer and Monsanto after DuPont security staff noticed his suspicious activity. Mo was employed as director of the international business of the Beijing Dabeinong Technology Group Co, Ltd,, a part of Da Bei Nong Group that runs businesses covering seeds, animal feed and livestock.
 

Facebook to expand beyond its 'like' button 'pretty soon'

 
‎28 ‎January ‎2016, ‏‎08:30:20 AMGo to full article
FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2011 file photo, a sign with Facebook's "Like" logo is posted at Facebook headquarters near the office for the company's User Operations Safety Team in Menlo Park, Calif. After four months of testing outside the U.S., Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, that "pretty soon" multiple new emotions will be added to the social network throughout the world. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — It won't be long before Facebook's 1.6 billion users have more ways to quickly express their feelings on the world's largest social network.
 
 

The Latest: 3 more arrested at refuge

 
‎28 ‎January ‎2016, ‏‎08:25:53 AMGo to full article
Police officers block the turnout to Sodhouse Lane, which is the main road leading to the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, near Burns, Ore. Authorities were restricting access on Wednesday to the Oregon refuge being occupied by an armed group after one of the occupiers was killed during a traffic stop and eight more, including the group's leader Ammon Bundy, were arrested. (Beth Nakamura/The Oregonian via AP) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; NO LOCAL INTERNET; THE MERCURY OUT; WILLAMETTE WEEK OUT; PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP OUT; MANDATORY CREDITBURNS, Ore. (AP) — The latest on an armed group that took over buildings at a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon (all times local):
 
 

NY Attorney General report says 'bot'-ridden ticketing a 'fixed game'

 
‎28 ‎January ‎2016, ‏‎08:12:51 AMGo to full article
(Reuters) - New York Attorney General (NYAG) Eric Schneiderman on Wednesday said ticketing for most in-demand events is a "fixed game," in a report that brings out glaring irregularities in the ticketing industry. Ticket bots, an illegal software program that automates the process of searching for and buying tickets to events on ticket vendor platforms, were used by brokers to purchase large volumes of tickets, which were later marked up sometimes by more than 1,000 percent to yield easy profits, the attorney general said. Investigations have identified the brokers re-selling the most tickets for New York events, and nearly all the brokers were unlicensed, and several had employed illegal ticket bots to buy tickets, according to the report.
 

Several Arrests Made in Connection With Prison Escape

 
‎28 ‎January ‎2016, ‏‎08:00:00 AMGo to full article
Up to five people were arrested in connection with the California prison escape.
 

Debate feud injects fresh chaos into GOP primary

 
‎28 ‎January ‎2016, ‏‎07:56:59 AMGo to full article
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives on stage before speaking during a campaign stop on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, in Gilbert, S.C. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An explosive feud between Donald Trump and Fox News Channel is overshadowing the final sprint to Iowa's presidential caucuses, injecting a new sense of chaos into the 2016 Republican contest.
 
 

No new grand jury for two indicted in Planned Parenthood videos: prosecutor

 
‎28 ‎January ‎2016, ‏‎07:31:30 AMGo to full article
People walk past a Planned Parenthood clinic in the Manhattan borough of New YorkTwo people indicted by a Texas grand jury for presenting fake driver's licenses as part of a plan to secretly video tape Planned Parenthood will not have their cases presented again to a new grand jury, the prosecutor in the case said on Wednesday. In a twist for the Texas Republican leaders who ordered an investigation and accused the women's health group of illegally trading in aborted fetal tissue, a grand jury cleared Planned Parenthood and indicted video makers David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt on Monday for tampering with a governmental record. "The inconvenient truth of a criminal investigation is that it doesn't always lead where you want to go," Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson said in a video message.
 
 

Samsung warns of tough 2016 after 4Q profit sinks

 
‎28 ‎January ‎2016, ‏‎07:05:04 AMGo to full article
A man walks by Samsung Electronics's headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016. Samsung Electronics reported Thursday a bigger-than-expected decline in fourth quarter earnings as its mainstay smartphone and semiconductor businesses suffer amid weakening global demand for consumer electronics. (Lim Hun-jung/Yonhap via AP) KOREA OUTSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics reported Thursday a bigger-than-expected decline in fourth quarter earnings as its mainstay smartphone and semiconductor businesses suffered from weakening global demand for consumer electronics.
 
 

West Philadelphia man & friends take 50k bottles of water to Flint

 
‎28 ‎January ‎2016, ‏‎06:57:00 AMGo to full article
West Philadelphia man & friends take 50k bottles of water to FlintA West Philadelphia man and his friends have taken their own action to make an impact on the Flint water crisis.
 
 

Teacher: Principal pushed 6 to 10 students out of bus' path

 
‎28 ‎January ‎2016, ‏‎06:48:18 AMGo to full article
Students at Amy Beverland Elementary School are picked up after school after a bus accident in Indianapolis on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. Authorities said an adult was killed and two children were seriously injured when a bus waiting outside the elementary school suddenly lurched forward and struck them. (Mykal McEldowney/The Indianapolis Star via AP) MANDATORY CREDITINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indianapolis elementary principal who was fatally struck by a school bus that unexpectedly lurched forward managed to push six to 10 children to safety, a teacher who witnessed the incident estimated Wednesday.
 
 

Ammon Bundy urges last refuge occupiers to go home

 
‎28 ‎January ‎2016, ‏‎06:47:00 AMGo to full article
Ammon Bundy urges last refuge occupiers to go homeA day after eight members of an armed anti-government group were arrested, their jailed leader on Wednesday urged a handful of remaining militants to abandon the Oregon wildlife refuge they have occupied for more than three weeks and where they are now surrounded by federal agents.
 
 

Runnemede school crossing guard suspended after contacting mayor about snow covered crosswalk

 
‎28 ‎January ‎2016, ‏‎06:45:00 AMGo to full article
Runnemede school crossing guard suspended after contacting mayor about snow covered crosswalkParents are rallying behind Runnemede crossing guard Gina Bowne, demanding her two-day suspension is overturned.
 
 

2 shootings in Chester, 1 dead

 
‎28 ‎January ‎2016, ‏‎06:41:00 AMGo to full article
2 shootings in Chester, 1 deadPolice in Chester, Delaware County are investigating two shootings, one deadly.
 
 

SUV gets stuck in Pennsauken sinkhole

 
‎28 ‎January ‎2016, ‏‎06:38:00 AMGo to full article
SUV gets stuck in Pennsauken sinkholeAn SUV got stuck in a sinkhole in Pennsauken, Camden County.
 
 

VIDEO: Philadelphia shooting victims crash into car, house in Hunting Park

 
‎28 ‎January ‎2016, ‏‎06:34:00 AMGo to full article
VIDEO: Philadelphia shooting victims crash into car, house in Hunting ParkTwo cars and a house were pummeled by an out of control minivan after both men in the vehicle had been shot, police say.
 
 

2 dead, 3 wounded in Seattle homeless camp shooting, police say

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2016, ‏‎09:44:00 AMGo to full article
2 dead, 3 wounded in Seattle homeless camp shooting, police sayTwo people were killed and three others wounded as shooting erupted Tuesday night at a Seattle homeless encampment known as 'The Jungle,' officials said.
 
 

New video released of SoCal terrorism plot

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2016, ‏‎09:38:00 AMGo to full article
New video released of SoCal terrorism plotNew video was revealed on Tuesday of two would-be terrorists from Ontario who wanted to help Al Qaeda and fight the U.S. Military overseas.
 
 

Crowds gather at historic Sixth Street Bridge in DTLA on eve of closure

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2016, ‏‎09:34:00 AMGo to full article
Crowds gather at historic Sixth Street Bridge in DTLA on eve of closureA large crowd gathered at the historic Sixth Street Bridge in downtown Los Angeles Tuesday night, according to Los Angeles police.
 
 

AP News Guide: A look at the 'affluenza' teen case

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2016, ‏‎09:11:37 AMGo to full article
FILE - This Dec. 28, 2015, file photo, released by Mexico's Jalisco state prosecutor's office shows who authorities identify as Ethan Couch, after he was taken into custody in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The Mexican lawyer for Couch said Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, that his client has dropped an appeal against deportation and will return to Texas to face charges. (Mexico's Jalisco state prosecutor's office via AP, File)FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A Texas teenager who used an "affluenza" defense in a fatal drunken-driving accident has dropped an appeal against deportation from Mexico and will return to Texas to face new charges in the coming days. Attorney Fernando Benitez said Tuesday that Ethan Couch formally ratified his decision to drop the appeal on Monday. Couch is scheduled to appear at a hearing in Texas on Feb. 19 over whether his case will be transferred to the adult system.
 
 

No appeals planned for man set to die for officer's death

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2016, ‏‎09:10:27 AMGo to full article
This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Texas inmate James Freeman. On Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, Freeman, 34, was set to die for killing Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden Justin Hurst during a March 17, 2007 a shootout. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP)HOUSTON (AP) — No late appeals are expected for a man who is set to be executed for a Texas game warden's death during a 2007 shootout.
 
 

Shots fired, 1 killed in arrest of Oregon militants

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2016, ‏‎09:05:14 AMGo to full article
Highway 395 is blocked at Seneca between John Day and Burns, Ore., by Oregon State police officers the evening of Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. A more than 50-mile stretch of highway in Oregon has been closed near where an armed group has been occupying a national wildlife refuge. A group led by Ammon Bundy seized the headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge south of Burns on Jan. 2 as part of a long-running dispute over public lands in the West. (Dave Killen/The Oregonian via AP) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; NO LOCAL INTERNET; THE MERCURY OUT; WILLAMETTE WEEK OUT; PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP OUT; MANDATORY CREDITBURNS, Ore. (AP) — The FBI and Oregon State Police arrested the leaders of an armed group that has occupied a national wildlife refuge for the past three weeks during a traffic stop that prompted gunfire — and one death — along a highway through the frozen high country.
 
 

Chinese national to be sentenced for illegal exports to Iran

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2016, ‏‎08:59:42 AMGo to full article
BOSTON (AP) — A Chinese national faces sentencing for supplying Iran with devices that can be used to make nuclear weapons-grade uranium.
 

Judge tells nuns to rework lawsuit over strip club neighbor

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2016, ‏‎08:48:04 AMGo to full article
CHICAGO (AP) — A convent in suburban Chicago plans to move forward with an effort to close a neighboring strip club even after a legal setback.
 

Two killed, three wounded in shooting near Seattle homeless camp

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2016, ‏‎08:43:18 AMGo to full article
The shooting occurred around 7:15 p.m. local time near a large homeless encampment called the Jungle south of downtown, the Seattle Police Department said in a statement. At a press conference, Assistant Police Chief Robert Merner said the shootings were not random, the Seattle Times reported. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, who earlier in the evening had been giving a speech on the city's efforts to address homelessness, described the Jungle encampment as “unmanageable and out of control for almost two decades," the newspaper reported.
 

Police: 2 dead, 3 wounded in Seattle homeless camp shooting

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2016, ‏‎08:39:11 AMGo to full article
SEATTLE (AP) — Two people were killed and three others wounded as shooting erupted Tuesday night at a Seattle homeless encampment known as 'The Jungle,' officials said.
 

Yahoo Japan defends online ivory sales as criticism grows

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2016, ‏‎08:35:53 AMGo to full article
TOKYO (AP) — The online commerce site of Yahoo Japan is defending its sales of ivory from growing criticism.
 

Trump pulls out of GOP debate; Sanders to meet with Obama

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2016, ‏‎08:35:53 AMGo to full article
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop at Farmington High School, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, in Farmington, N.H. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — Donald Trump declared Tuesday he would boycott the last Republican debate before the Iowa caucuses, leading Texas Sen. Ted Cruz to challenge him to a one-on-one debate. Adding intrigue to the Democratic race, the White House said President Barack Obama would host Bernie Sanders for an Oval Office meeting.
 
 

Air regulators sue SoCal Gas over months-long well leak

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2016, ‏‎08:29:06 AMGo to full article
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Regional air regulators sued the Southern California Gas Co. on Tuesday, seeking penalties that could surpass $25 million for a monthslong natural gas leak that is blamed for sickening neighbors and has prompted a mass evacuation of a San Fernando Valley neighborhood.
 

The Latest: Daughter: Arizona rancher killed in standoff

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2016, ‏‎08:28:31 AMGo to full article
FILE - In a Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016 file photo, Ammon Bundy speaks during an interview at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, near Burns, Ore. Authorities said Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, that Bundy, leader of the armed Oregon group, has been arrested. Authorities say shots were fired during the arrest of members of an armed group that has occupied a national wildlife refuge in Oregon for more than three weeks. The FBI said authorities arrested Ammon Bundy, 40, his brother Ryan Bundy, 43, Brian Cavalier, 44, Shawna Cox, 59, and Ryan Payne, 32, during a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 395 Tuesday afternoon. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)BURNS, Ore. (AP) —
 
 

NYC flood defense plan advances, but completion years off

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2016, ‏‎07:58:32 AMGo to full article
FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2012 file photo, water from New York Harbor spills into New York City’s Battery Park during Superstorm Sandy. After ocean waters poured virtually unchecked into lower Manhattan during Sandy, experts began dreaming up a solution: a U-shaped barrier of earthen berms, walls and gates that would keep floods out and the nation’s financial capital dry. Now, more than three years later, the idea has stacked up over $600 million in backing, including a $176 million shot in the arm from the federal government, but it is still hundreds of millions of dollars and several years away from becoming a reality. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)NEW YORK (AP) — After ocean waters poured into lower Manhattan during Superstorm Sandy, experts began dreaming up a solution: a U-shaped barrier of earthen berms, walls and gates that would keep floods out and the nation's financial capital dry.
 
 

APNewsBreak: Racial disparities in Connecticut stun gun use

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2016, ‏‎07:39:28 AMGo to full article
FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2004 file photo, an officer holds a stun gun used by his police department in a Farmington, Conn. Police across Connecticut disproportionately fired stun guns at blacks and Hispanics in 2015 while whites were the main beneficiaries when officers only threatened to use the weapons, according to preliminary data from the nation’s first accounting by a state of law enforcement stun gun use. State officials cautioned against making quick conclusions about the figures, saying they have just begun to analyze them after the Jan. 15, 2016 deadline for police departments to submit the reports. Civil liberties advocates also said the data appear to show racial disparities on the surface, but more analysis is needed. (AP Photo/Bob Child, File)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Officers in Connecticut last year fired stun guns at blacks and Hispanics at a higher rate than at white suspects, and warned but didn't fire at white suspects at a higher rate than they did blacks or Hispanics, according to preliminary data from the nation's first statewide accounting of the weapons' use by police.
 
 

Data in Conn., 1st state to require police to report stun gun use, suggest racial disparities

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2016, ‏‎07:31:35 AMGo to full article
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Data in Conn., 1st state to require police to report stun gun use, suggest racial disparities.
 

One dead as FBI arrests Oregon occupation leader, four others

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2016, ‏‎07:22:44 AMGo to full article
Protesters were still occupying the remote Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon after leader Ammon Bundy's arrest and the Federal Bureau of Investigation was setting up a perimeter, a law enforcement official told Reuters. The takeover at Malheur that started Jan. 2 is the latest flare-up in the so-called Sagebrush Rebellion, a decades-old conflict over the U.S. government's control of millions acres of land in the West.
 

Obama calls for rapid Zika research as virus seen spreading

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2016, ‏‎06:59:57 AMGo to full article
Forearm of a public health technician is seen covered with sterile female Aedes aegyti mosquitoes after leaving a recipient to cultivate larvae, in a research area in Guatemala CityBy Julie Steenhuysen and Roberta Rampton CHICAGO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday called for the rapid development of tests, vaccines and treatments to fight the mosquito-transmitted Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects and could spread to the United States in warmer months. U.S. health officials are stepping up efforts to study the link between Zika virus infections and birth defects, citing a recent study estimating the virus could reach regions where 60 percent of the U.S. population lives. Obama was briefed on the potential spread of the virus by his top health and national security officials on Tuesday.
 
 

Former Delaware State Representative Ben Ewing struck and killed

 
‎27 ‎January ‎2016, ‏‎06:57:00 AMGo to full article
Former Delaware State Representative Ben Ewing struck and killedA former Delaware state representative was struck and killed in Bridgeville Tuesday evening.
 
 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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