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Rush hour traffic travels southbound on Interstate 35W in Minneapolis as a winter storm hit the Twin Cities Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2023. The National Weather Service issued winter storm, blizzard and high-wind advisories for swaths of the western and the north-central U.S., with up to 2 feet of snow expected in some areas through Thursday. 'Numerous weather hazards'Residents warned to 'limit travel'"We're working to ensure we're ready — and Minnesotans have a part to play, too. Schools across the state also announced closures, with Minneapolis Public Schools saying on its website that all its buildings would be closed "due to the upcoming winter storm." Heavy winds and power outagesCalifornia is also facing winter weather, with winds that began Tuesday expected to bring possible rain, snow and hail to parts of the state.
Drone footage shows the freight train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, U.S., February 6, 2023 in this screengrab obtained from a handout video released by the NTSB. For days, authorities have been telling residents of the area around East Palestine, Ohio, that it is safe to return home after a 150-car train carrying hazardous chemicals derailed Feb. 3. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources said the chemical spill resulting from the derailment had killed an estimated 3,500 small fish across 7½ miles of streams as of Wednesday. For some people who live near the derailment site, the reports continue to spur fear that they and their animals might be exposed to chemicals through the air, water and soil. The Ohio Department of Agriculture said the risk to livestock remains low.
Philadelphia Eagles guard Josh Sills looks on during training camp on August 7, 2022 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia PA.An Ohio grand jury indicted Philadelphia Eagles backup offensive lineman Joshua Sills on charges of rape and kidnapping, officials said Wednesday. He was ordered to appear in court Feb. 16, which would be four days after the Eagles play the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl. Sills played in just one game this season, getting into the Oct. 9 Eagles win against the Arizona Cardinals. The Philadelphia Eagles said in a statement Wednesday they were monitoring the case. Sills, a native of Sarahsville, Ohio, played collegiately at West Virginia and Oklahoma State before joining the Eagles as an undrafted free agent.
"I feel violated," White told NBC News on Friday. “You know how they say ‘stranger danger?’ That’s the way I feel.”The men have been coming to White's door hail from all over Texas. The men she's spoken to have been honest about why they're at her door. In one incident captured on her doorbell security camera, a man said he was there to "meet someone" named "Rhonda." White said she's been overwhelmed by the support she's received from neighbors and former co-workers who live nearby.
Five former Memphis, Tennessee, police officers are in custody in connection with the death of Tyre Nichols, jail records show. They “were found to be directly responsible for the physical abuse of Mr. Nichols,” Davis said in a video statement Wednesday night. A "confrontation" followed, the department said at the time, and officers pursued Nichols when he fled on foot. Tyre Nichols in the hospital. Five Memphis police officers were fired in connection with a traffic stop that led to the death of Tyre Nichols.
Northern California prosecutors on Wednesday filed seven murder charges and one attempted murder charge against the man accused of gunning down farm workers Monday in the quaint oceanside town of Half Moon Bay. The San Mateo County Coroner's Office has named six of the seven victims: Zhishen Liu, 73, of San Francisco; Marciano Martinez Jimenez, 50, of Moss Beach; Aixiang Zhang, 74, of San Francisco; Qizhong Cheng, 66, of Half Moon Bay; Jingzhi Lu, 64, of Half Moon Bay; and Yetao Bing, 43, whose hometown was listed as unknown. Chunli Zhao being arrested on Monday in the parking lot of the Sheriff’s Office Half Moon Bay as a suspect for the mass shooting earlier that day. Zhao worked at Mountain Mushroom Farm, one of two agricultural businesses where workers were killed on Monday afternoon, authorities said. Zhao was arrested about two hours after the shooting as he sat in his parked car outside the sheriff's substation in Half Moon Bay.
The slayings of seven people, gunned down in a small Northern California city, was an act of "workplace violence" that victimized members of the "migrant community," officials said Tuesday. Suspect Chunli Zhao, a 66-year-old resident of Half Moon Bay, worked at Mountain Mushroom Farm, one of two agricultural businesses where workers were killed on Monday afternoon, authorities said. Zhao was arrested in the parking lot of a sheriff’s substation in Half Moon Bay shortly after the attacks. “Jill and I are praying for those killed and injured in the latest tragic shooting in Half Moon Bay, California,” President Joe Biden said in a White House statement issued Tuesday. The Half Moon Bay slayings were in the middle of a horrific 72-hour period of gun violence across California and the nation.
Two students were fatally shot Monday afternoon at a Des Moines charter school that is tailored for disadvantaged youths and has close ties to police, authorities said. The calls for help came about 12:50 p.m. CT at Starts Right Here, and responding officers found the two students and an adult school employee all wounded, Des Moines police Sgt. That vehicle was pulled over 2 miles south of the school, police said, and two people surrendered immediately while a third took off. The Iowa shooting comes in the wake of other troubling incidents of gunfire across the United States. Des Moines Police Chief Dana Wingert is on the school's board of directors.
Yogesh Raut on "Jeopardy!" Fans of the venerable answer-and-question show were introduced to Raut on Jan. 11 when he won the first of three games, which were taped in mid-November. That true quizzing talent isn't displayed on "Jeopardy!" Raut was annoyed that word leaked that another big name in the quiz community, Troy Meyer, was on the "Jeopardy!" It is fundamentally incompatible with incentivizing the next generation of quizzers to excel, and it is fundamentally incompatible with true social justice.”A "Jeopardy!"
Pamela Anderson said “Home Improvement” star Tim Allen once flashed her on the set of that long-time hit television show, in an explosive allegation he vehemently denied. Tim Allen and Pamela Anderson on the set of "Home Improvement" in 1992. “This true story is just one of many surreal and uncomfortable situations I learned to navigate,” said the statement from Anderson. In the "Home Improvement" show-within-a-show "Tool Time," the up-and-coming actor Anderson played Allen's on-screen assistant, Lisa. Anderson joined the popular lifeguard drama in Season 3 and went on to become that hit worldwide show's most well-known talent.
Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin joined his teammate on Sunday ahead of their playoff game against Cincinnati Bengals, the same team they were playing when he collapsed on national TV. The Bills posted video of Hamlin in cart inside Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, New York, with the message, "Welcome home." Hamlin was spotted entering the Bills locker room, ahead of the Bills-Bengals playoff game. Buffalo was playing at Cincinnati on "Monday Night Football" on Jan. 2 when Hamlin appeared to make a routine tackle of Bengals receiver Tee Higgins. Hamlin got up from the tackle and then appeared to go limp and fall backward.
Gunfire erupted inside a Louisiana night club early Sunday, wounding 12 people in yet another U.S. mass shooting, authorities said. The bloodshed at Dior Bar & Lounge in Baton Rouge unfolded at about 1:36 a.m. CT, police said, less than an hour after 10 people were gunned down at a Southern California dance hall about 1,800 miles west. Dior Bar & Lounge in Baton Rouge, La. Google MapsAll 12 who were shot were taken to hospitals by ambulance or private cars, Baton Rouge Police Sgt. We must demand our leaders lead and act at all levels to address our nation’s gun violence epidemic.”
Prosecutors will need a mountain of evidence to cast Alec Baldwin as a criminally negligent gunman, skeptical defense criminal lawyers said Friday, as Hollywood appeared to rally around the oft-polarizing actor. But prosecutors insist they have FBI lab reports that show Baldwin did fire the fatal round. "Is there some intentional act that placed that live round there that we know nothing about? She urged prosecutors to stop "blaming the victim" and rhetorically asked "how about investigating who put the live round into the gun?" "Nobody is asking who put the live round into the prop gun," tweeted Fisher, best known for her role in "Titanic."
SANTA FE, N.M. — Prosecutors said Thursday they knew “pretty close to the beginning” of their probe into the fatal shooting of “Rust” cinematographer Halyna Hutchins that criminal charges would be filed. Prosecutors announced Thursday that Baldwin and Gutierrez-Reed will each face two counts of involuntary manslaughter. Baldwin was criminally responsible as both the alleged shooter and the “Rust” producer who should have had oversight on safety, officials said. Alec Baldwin practicing a scene with a revolver on the set of the Western "Rust" before cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was fatally shot. Prosecutors declined to say if they offered Baldwin a chance to plead guilty in exchange for his testimony.
The pro wrestler known as Jay Briscoe — best known as one half of the foul-mouthed "Briscoe Brothers" tag team — was killed in head-on highway crash in Delaware, officials said Wednesday. Wrestlers Jay Briscoe and Mark Briscoe of "The Briscoe Brothers" in 2019. Pugh and brother Mark Pugh were the "Briscoe Brothers" who performed for the Florida-based Ring of Honor wrestling circuit. "It is with a heavy heart that we mourn the tragic passing of Jamin Pugh, known to wrestling fans around the world as Jay Briscoe," Ring of Honor said in a statement on Wednesday. "My condolences to the family and friends of Jay Briscoe."
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Republican lawmakers scrambled on Wednesday to distance themselves from shooting suspect and failed GOP candidate Solomon Pena. Pena, who lost his race for the New Mexico state House, was arrested Monday in connection with a string of shootings at the homes of state and local Democratic leaders, police said. This individual was a felon in possession of a gun who conspired to terrorize and harm New Mexico families,” New Mexico Senate Republican Leader Senator Greg Baca said in a statement. He lost in a landslide to House incumbent Democrat Miguel P. Garcia by 5,679 to 2,033, or 74% to 26%. On Wednesday, New Mexico Republican leaders insisted they are opposed to "violence in any form."
Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov refused to participate in pregame warmups Tuesday, ahead of his team's Pride Night celebration, citing religious objections. While Flyers coach John Tortorella called the hockey team's Pride Night event "a great night," he also defended Provorov's refusal to participate. "With Provy, he's being true to himself and to his religion," Tortorella said, using Provorov's nickname. “The Philadelphia Flyers organization is committed to inclusivity and is proud to support the LGBTQ+ community,” the team said in a statement after the game. “Many of our players are active in their support of local LGBTQ+ organizations, and we were proud to host our annual Pride Night again this year.
An arsonist, driving a pickup truck, set fire to a Planned Parenthood clinic in central Illinois, police said Tuesday, just days after the state enacted new laws protecting abortion rights. The attacker used a "fire accelerant" at about 11:31 p.m. CT on Sunday in the 2700 block of North Knoxville Avenue, Planned Parenthood and Peoria police said. A Planned Parenthood clinic in Peoria, Ill., that was the target of an arson attack. The arsonist "threw a fire accelerant through a window, causing a fire in the building," Illinois Planned Parenthood CEO Jennifer Welch said in a statement. "We will not stop providing the essential health care our patients need and deserve.
A newspaper obituary that offered a glowing tribute to the Utah man accused of fatally shooting seven members of his family in a murder-suicide has been deleted, the paper's apologetic publisher said Tuesday. Michael Haight, 42, fatally shot wife Tausha Haight, 40, mother-in-law Gail Earl, 78, and the couple’s five children, ages 4 to 17, before killing himself earlier this month, police have said. Tausha and Michael Haight. via FacebookBut a since-deleted obituary in The Spectrum painted a laudatory picture of Michael Haight without mention of the Jan. 4 murder-suicide. Anti-gun violence advocate Shannon Watts posted the obit over the weekend and flagged it for her 587,000 Twitter followers.
Todd and Julie Chrisley, stars of the reality TV franchise "Chrisley Knows Best," reported to federal facilities Tuesday to begin their years-long prison sentences after their fraud convictions, officials said. Todd Chrisley surrendered to the Federal Prison Camp (FPC) Pensacola in Florida, while Julie Chrisley arrived at the Federal Medical Center (FMC) Lexington in Kentucky, according to the Bureau of Prisons. Todd Chrisley was sentenced to 12 years, wife Julie Chrisley got 7 years. The downfall of Todd and Julie Chrisley came at about the same time as "Real Housewives of Salt Lake City" star Jen Shah faced federal prosecution before she pleaded guilty to wire fraud. "Real Housewives of Salt Lake City" is on Bravo, which is also an NBCUniversal property.
Indiana police, whose work was being broadcast live on cable TV, arrested a father after neighbors reported his toddler son was roaming apartment hallway with a loaded gun, officials said. Officers spoke to a neighbor who called police and then to the boy's father, 45-year-old Shane Osborne, who said there was no gun in his apartment, "Live" footage showed. The officers immediately went back to Osborne's apartment and eventually found a 9mm Smith & Wesson inside a closed roll top desk, according to the Reelz show. Curtis Wilson, a "Live" analyst, said he doubts the child randomly put the gun in that desk. Osborne was booked on suspicion of felony neglect of a dependent, police records showed, though more charges might be in the works.
German police detained famed environmental activist Greta Thunberg on Tuesday, according to footage of ongoing protests against a coal mine's expansion. Video and still images appeared to show police in riot gear carrying away a limp Thunberg, 20, by her arms and legs in the hamlet of Luetzerath, west of Cologne and near Garzweiler coal mine. Thunberg did not appear to be in distress and was smiling at points of her apprehension, footage showed. Police officers with Greta Thunberg. Climate activist say the coal mine's planned expansion would release vast amounts of greenhouse gas and violate German commitments to the 2015 Paris climate accord.
A high school football coach in Texas was taken off the job this week after multiple student-athletes had to be hospitalized following a strenuous off-season workout, officials said. Rockwall-Heath HS coach John Harrell was put on paid administrative leave on Tuesday following the workout a week ago Friday that led to player hospitalizations, Rockwall Independent School District representative Renae Murphy said in a statement to NBC News on Friday. Harrell is also athletic coordinator at Rockwall-Heath HS, which is about 25 miles northeast of downtown Dallas. He was named head varsity coach in January 2022 and the Hawks went 7-5 in his season at the helm. The Hawks' final game of the season was a 52-7 loss to DeSoto HS in the 6A DII playoffs on Nov. 17.
Russian sports authorities ruled that figure skater Kamila Valieva was not at fault for testing positive for a banned substance in a ruling that's likely to be appealed, officials said Friday. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said it's "been informed by the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) that its disciplinary tribunal" ruled that Valieva "bore 'no fault or negligence' " for a Dec. 25, 2021 test result that came to light during the Beijing Olympics. WADA is seeking a four-year suspension against Valieva, who came into Beijing as the odds-on favorite to win gold. Her positive test for positive test for trimetazidine at the Russian Figure Skating Championships in St. Petersburg was only disclosed during the games in Beijing, casting a cloud on her performance. Valieva executed a near-flawless short program that put her atop the table, before a disastrous free skate days later sent her tumbling off the medal podium.
Water-logged Californians will have to endure several more days of rain, as new storms line up in the Pacific to pound the state with unprecedented precipitation, forecasters said Thursday. The Bay Area and Central Coast have been particularly hard hit, with rain falling on San Francisco for 15 out of 18 days from Christmas through Wednesday. Oakland International Airport, a focal point of the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area region, has received almost a year's worth of rain in just the past 3 1/2 months. From Oct. 1 through Wednesday, that neighborhood of East Oakland received 17.85 inches of rain when a normal year accounts for 18.7 inches of rainfall. San Luis Obispo Sheriff's Office via TwitterA brief respite from rain in the Central Coast is allowing rescuers in San Luis Obispo County to continue their search Thursday for 5-year-old Kyle Doan, who was swept away by floodwaters on Monday.
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