Illinois Senate does not vote on budget deal Illinois Senate does not vote on budget deal
- March 04, 2017

The state's pile of unpaid bills has mushroomed to $12 billion, while its unfunded pension liability has climbed to $130 billion. IL has now racked up a staggering backlog of bills it can't afford to pay that tops $12 billion; Cullerton says if legislators and the governor fail to pass a budget this year, he doubts it will be possible next year, when there's an election. (more...)
Seven Baltimore police officers arrested on racketeering charges Seven Baltimore police officers arrested on racketeering charges
- March 03, 2017

One officer also was indicted in a separate drug distribution case by the Justice Department. "Where there is smoke, there is fire and a few police officers that I already spoke to today, when they heard a couple of the names involved, were not surprised", said Commissioner Kevin Davis , "So if they were not surprised...why did it take this long to get to where we are, I think that is a leadership challenge". (more...)
Denver Zoo welcomes newborn baby giraffe Denver Zoo welcomes newborn baby giraffe
- March 03, 2017

An endearing video shows a pregnant giraffe and a zookeeper sharing special moments as the staffer feeds her, strokes its head and neck, and rubs its side. A GoFundMe page set up for April , giraffe father Oliver and their calf has raised more than $23,000 out of a goal of $50,000. The park says the baby should stand about six-feet tall and weigh around 150 pounds. (more...)
Boy dies after being left in SUV outside Florida day care Boy dies after being left in SUV outside Florida day care
- March 03, 2017

Silva-Tello arrived for work at Best Friends for Kidz, a Christian-based childcare and learning center located in the shopping plaza, on Tuesday at around 9:30 a.m. "We remind ourselves, we remind our family, we remind our people that pick up our kids - look back there and check". Detectives were interviewing Silva-Tello and other potential witnesses Tuesday night. (more...)
Endymion crash driver hit man before plowing into crowd
- March 02, 2017

Rizzuto was charged with two counts of first-degree vehicular negligent injuring, one count of reckless operation of a vehicle and one count of hit-and-run driving causing death or serious injury, according to the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office. (more...)
This Fox News 'Expert' Is Actually Fake News This Fox News 'Expert' Is Actually Fake News
- February 27, 2017

On February 23, Fox News aired an episode of Bill O'Reilly program featuring Nils Bildt, introduced as a "Swedish defense and national security advisor". The paper determined his original surname was Tolling, and that he was convicted of a violent crime in Virginia in 2014. In an email to Dagens Nyheter , Bildt defended his appearance on the program and explained the "security advisor" title, saying: "The title was chosen by Fox News's editor - I had no personal control over what title they ... (more...)
Cops: Report of vandalism at Mount Carmel Jewish cemetery Cops: Report of vandalism at Mount Carmel Jewish cemetery
- February 27, 2017

Mallin said he hoped the vandalism wasn't an anti-Semitic attack. Numerous headstones have been knocked over and broken at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia in an apparent act of vandalism. "I'm hoping it was maybe just some drunk kids", he said. The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia lists Mount Carmel as a Jewish cemetery in the north-eastern part of the city. (more...)
Better days will come, Ginsburg says in interview
- February 26, 2017

In D.C., the justice was also asked to elaborate on her thoughts about the future of America. During a wide-ranging event Thursday following the launch of a new book, the justice said the United States is "not as mindful" of values, like the free exchange of ideas and a tolerant outlook on immigrants. (more...)
Former student charged with killing Tara Grinstead
- February 24, 2017

Police found the 30-year-old's cell phone, auto and dog, Dolly Madison, at her Ocilla, Ga ., home-about 200 miles south of Atlanta. Police said when they got to Grinstead's home to investigate, they found no signs of a struggle and her purse, keys and cell phone were still there. (more...)
Woman jumps on attacker's back to rescue injured officer, police say Woman jumps on attacker's back to rescue injured officer, police say
- February 23, 2017

Without hesitating, the woman dialed 911. "Vickie Williams-Tillman epitomizes the true Good Samaritan", Weston-Broome said . I'm just so happy, lost of words. Williams-Tillman, 56, began to brake and rolled down her vehicle window to ask the officer if he needed help. "His eyes said, 'Help me'". The officer reportedly attempted to put the man in handcuffs, and as Williams-Tillman pulled up to ask the officer if he needed help, the man became aggressive, leaping toward the officer before ... (more...)
What's open, closed on President's Day 2017?
- February 23, 2017

Presidents Day is a national holiday that, since the late 1960s, has been celebrated on the third Monday of February to give those who get it off a three-day weekend. Around half the states have state holidays honoring both Lincoln and Washington today. In other words, while most of us have the day off, liberals are treating Presidents Day as just another day with a "Y" in it... (more...)
Whittier mourns veteran officer killed in shootout with suspected gang member
- February 22, 2017

Steve Katz with the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department. Investigators did not know why the suspect opened fire. "He started firing at the officers and they returned fire", Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Lt. In the meantime, a memorial of flowers and balloons continued to grow outside the Whittier Police Department. Enough is enough. You're passing these propositions, you're creating these laws. (more...)
Oakland Active Shooter Shot By Police Oakland Active Shooter Shot By Police
- February 20, 2017

Enjaian graduated from UCLA in 2008 and from University of Michigan Law School in 2013. ABC News reports while Enjaian was at UM, university police investigating him for stalking a fellow student, but he was never charged with a crime. He was being loaded into an ambulance Friday morning. When they arrived on the scene, Jesse Enjaian began shooting out of his home window with a high-powered rifle. (more...)
Major storm hits Southern California Major storm hits Southern California
- February 20, 2017

Two vehicles fell into a 20-foot sinkhole in Studio City Friday and firefighters had to rescue one woman who escaped her auto but was found standing on her overturned vehicle. The National Weather Service believes the storm making its way towards our area is the biggest we have seen in years. The National Weather Service said it could end up being the strongest storm to hit Southern California since January 1995. (more...)
Scott Pruitt Confirmed To Lead Environmental Protection Agency
- February 19, 2017

Democrats said Pruitt's numerous lawsuits against the EPA as well as political donations he received from fossil fuel industries showed his goals are contrary to the mission of the department itself. President Trump campaigned on promises to loosen regulations on energy production and vowed to roll back the Clean Power Plan. Almost 800 present and former EPA officials have signed a letter opposing Pruitt; many have also taken it upon themselves to call USA senators to voice their ... (more...)
How Domestic Abusers Can Use Federal Agents How Domestic Abusers Can Use Federal Agents
- February 18, 2017

Yet the fact that the El Paso woman was allegedly arrested in a courthouse after her hearing for a protective order is unheard of, said Human Right Watch researcher Clara Long. Gonzalez's live-in boyfriend had earlier been detained by ICE, Bernal said. De Avila was the only other individual who was sent a notice about the February 9 court proceeding, Bernal said. (more...)
Trump's budget pick clears initial Senate hurdle
- February 17, 2017

Mulvaney has represented South Carolina's 5th congressional district since 2011 and is expected to resign his position when he is sworn in, setting up a crowded Republican primary for his seat. Mulvaney is a fiscal conservative and is open to defense spending reform. "I'm curious to see how (he) approaches this from OMB", Duncan said during the same lunch as Amash. (more...)
Federal Bureau of Investigation arrests white supremacist who planned Dylann Roof-inspired attack on synagogue Federal Bureau of Investigation arrests white supremacist who planned Dylann Roof-inspired attack on synagogue
- February 17, 2017

Less than a week later, he was in touch with an undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation employee whom McDowell believed handled problems for the Aryan Nations , a group that espouses racist and anti-Semitic beliefs. He appeared in federal court on a charge of felon in possession of a firearm or ammunition. McDowell wanted to commit the attack outside of Horry County and get away without being caught, but didn't give a specific time or place, Lowe wrote. (more...)
Toddler among 2 dead in shooting on Chicago's West Side
- February 16, 2017

Police believe the man and woman were dating. Two people were killed and another critically wounded in a shooting in the Brighton Park neighborhood on Chicago's Southwest Side Wednesday afternoon, authorities said. Investigators were able to interview the woman, he said. President Trump has repeatedly criticized Chicago's violence, and tweeted that he would "send in the feds" if the city did not fix the problem. (more...)
Peru asks world to help find fugitive former president Toledo
- February 13, 2017

The US Justice and State Departments did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The ex-leader was believed to be in San Francisco and possibly on a flight set to land in Israel. Reuters reported that Peru had been informed by the United States that authorities will not detain the former president during his stay, nor prevent him from boarding his flight to Israel. (more...)
Yale Renames Building of Unapologetic Slavery Defender To One for 'Amazing Grace' Yale Renames Building of Unapologetic Slavery Defender To One for 'Amazing Grace'
- February 13, 2017

The fact the Calhoun name bedecked a residential college was a major factor in the university's decision , it said in a statement. Salovey and other Yale Corporation members made the decision after an advisory panel made the unanimous recommendation to rename the college. (more...)
Snowstorm Niko sweeps through Times Square in New York City
- February 12, 2017

The warning starts at midnight and is effect until 6 p.m. Thursday. Samhuel said the temperature in Boston is now 20 degrees and it will be dipping into the teens very shortly, dropping into single digits by early evening. "We are now experiencing the worst of the storm", Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement . Ludlow accumulated 18 inches, Westfield 16.4 inches and Belchertown 15 inches. (more...)
ICE in Austin Friday: What We Know ICE in Austin Friday: What We Know
- February 12, 2017

Immigration and Customs Enforcement. According to ICE, however, the operations were "routine". On Friday morning, for example, Austin City Councilman Gregorio Casar shared the following message on his public Facebook page : "The community needs to know that we have confirmed a large amount of Immigration and Customs Enforcement actions in Austin". (more...)
New York, Boston Braced for Foot of Snow: Schools Closed, Flights Canceled
- February 10, 2017

The storm began mere hours after the end of a 60-degree day in New York City , with city dwellers shedding heavy coats and scarves for spring-like weather, only to wake in the middle of the night to the sound of several inches of snow . PSEG Long Island has said that it is preparing for power outages. Many government offices also were shuttered with MA and CT ordering non-emergency workers to stay home. (more...)
Arizona Senator Jeff Flake Meets With Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch
- February 09, 2017

Constitution. Are Schumer and Senate Democrats ready to tell the public that asking Supreme Court justices not to act as legislators in black robes but pay heed to the actual text of our laws and Constitution is somehow beyond the pale? John Thune (R-S.D.) met with Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's nominee to serve on the U.S. (more...)
Homeland Security Chief Kelly Takes Blame for Extreme Vetting Order
- February 08, 2017

Yet he repeatedly denied that any "chaos" ensued at customs entry points as a result. "We're not going to be able to build a wall everywhere, all at once", said the retired Marine general. A Circuit Court judge issued a nationwide injunction Friday against the president's travel ban. The order, which caused confusion for green-card holders and others before the administration made clear they would not be affected, has since been held up in federal court with a hearing set for late Tuesday ... (more...)
Judge who ruled for Brady in "Deflategate" weighs in on Super Bowl
- February 08, 2017

Brady's supporters were quick to sing his praises in the aftermath. "But you know there's less pressure on the Patriots because they've been there". As of Monday morning's MVP news conference, Brady said he still hadn't located his missing kit. "Later Pierce added, "(Unreal) #12 (you) the best all time". (more...)
United States army u-turns, grants Dakota pipeline permit United States army u-turns, grants Dakota pipeline permit
- February 08, 2017

The Army Corps also told the court that it will no longer complete an intensive environmental impact statement on the pipeline, an action the Obama administration made a decision to take in December that would have delayed the project for potentially a year or more. (more...)
Meet the Bush-appointed federal judge who halted Trump's executive order
- February 06, 2017

State Attorney General Bob Ferguson said this week that the travel ban significantly harms residents and effectively mandates discrimination. The state's legal challenge was the way the president's order targeted Islam. Trump's policy banned travel to the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days, suspended all refugee entry to the United States for 120 days and indefinitely suspended entry for Syrian refugees. (more...)
11 arrests in NYU protest at event by conservative speaker
- February 04, 2017

A spokesman for NYU says fights broke out at the protests and that McInnes was hit with pepper spray at one point. McInnes was able to finish his speech, which was interrupted throughout, without having to evacuate the building, and the crowd of protesters eventually dispersed after a warning from the police. (more...)
Man sets off explosive at Cheesecake Factory in Pasadena; no injuries
- February 04, 2017

It was very chaotic, ' said one witness, Garrett Gunkle, who returned to the restaurant to collect his belongings. No customers were hurt in the incident and the motive is still unknown police said. The suspect was described as a Hispanic or Middle Eastern man with a heavy beard. He was wearing all black clothing and a black beanie. Authorities could not be reached Friday morning for additional comment. (more...)
French president warns French president warns "terrorist threat here to stay"
- February 04, 2017

Police have cordoned off access to the museum, which is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Paris. Guards stopped the man, who then rushed at the soldiers wielding a machete and shouting "God is great" in Arabic. Cadot said a second person who was "acting suspiciously" also was arrested, but appears not to have been linked to the attack. One soldier fired a total of five shots , according to Cadot. (more...)
How Betsy DeVos' Nomination Could Fail in the Senate How Betsy DeVos' Nomination Could Fail in the Senate
- February 03, 2017

DeVos's lack of experience with public schools will make it hard for her to fully understand, identify, and assist with these challenges, particularly for our rural schools in states like Maine". Ernst made her comments during a conference call with reporters. And two Republican Senators announced they will not support her. "I recognize that she has devoted much time and resources to try to improve the education of at-risk children in cities whose public schools have failed them", Sen. (more...)
Manchin opposing, Capito supporting DeVos as Trump's ed secretary Manchin opposing, Capito supporting DeVos as Trump's ed secretary
- February 02, 2017

If all Democrats vote against DeVos as expected and no additional Republican senators defect, the Senate could deadlock 50-50, leaving Vice President Mike Pence to cast a tiebreaking vote. If one additional Republican defects, DeVos' nomination would be squashed. They defend her intentions and her experience as a school choice advocate and maintain that she would be a worthy advocate as secretary of education. (more...)
Oscar De La Hoya arrested on suspicion of drunken driving Oscar De La Hoya arrested on suspicion of drunken driving
- January 28, 2017

When the vehicle was pulled over, the officer speaking with the driver "detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from inside the vehicle", the CHP said. The 1992 Olympic gold medalist and 10-time title holder has a history of struggles with substance abuse since his 2008 retirement. Two years later, De La Hoya also checked into a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center. (more...)
Massive alligator spotted in Florida reserve Massive alligator spotted in Florida reserve
- January 17, 2017

Video of the encounter was posted on the Polk Nature Discovery Center Facebook page on Sunday by witness Kim Joiner. Mr. Hunchback isn't the first huge gator to show up in Florida. It doesn't help that the video appears to have been shot on a potato, like all those phony UFO videos you find on YouTube. A VIDEO of a dinosaur sized alligator has gone viral and left some asking if the reptile is real or an internet stunt. (more...)
Civil rights at risk under Jeff Sessions Civil rights at risk under Jeff Sessions
- January 15, 2017

Jeff Sessions as US attorney general because his colleague from Alabama has a record that "reflects a hostility and antipathy and downright opposition to civil rights". But members of the Congressional Black Caucus raised the bar for Sessions in their testimony on Wednesday, making it clear that their concern was not so much whether the Republican was racist, but whether he was anti-racist ― someone truly intent on dismantling systemic inequity and working to make the US justice system ... (more...)
Senate Panel to Probe Links Between Russia, Political Campaigns Senate Panel to Probe Links Between Russia, Political Campaigns
- January 15, 2017

Remember, Trump went further than any major-party nominee in US history when touting his support for torture during the campaign. Donald Trump's cordial tone towards Russian Federation contrasts with many of his nominees including Rex Tillerson, Mike Pompeo, and James Mattis. (more...)
Weather: Expect 'significant ice' in weekend storm in Mason City Weather: Expect 'significant ice' in weekend storm in Mason City
- January 14, 2017

KMOX AccuWeather Meteorologist Dean DeVore says we can expect to see the freezing rain to hit the St. Louis metro-area between 8am and 10am and freezing rain will continue throughout the day Friday. This moisture is already causing a line of freezing rain to form from Oklahoma all the way into Southwestern Missouri. The rain will freeze into a glaze of ice. (more...)
Final Farewell for NYPD Hero Detective Steven McDonald Final Farewell for NYPD Hero Detective Steven McDonald
- January 14, 2017

This will be the first year that McDonald will not be on ice to present the award. McDonald forgave his shooter and spent the rest of his life working for peace. Mayor Bill de Blasio, former Mayors Rudy Giuliani and David Dinkins and former Police Commissioners Bill Bratton and Ray Kelly were also in attendance, as was David Letterman, a close family friend. (more...)