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2 Men Charged In Murder of Transgender Woman

By DJ Harding A five-count federal indictment was unsealed charging two South Carolina men with hate crime and obstruction offenses. The two men who are charged are Daqua Ritter, 26, and Xaiver Pinckney, 24. The indictment charges Ritter with a hate crime for the murder of a transgender woman because of her gender identity; using…

10 Dead In California Mass Shooting

By Tiffany Williams – On Saturday night at approximately 10:22 pm, Monterey Park, CA Police Department responded to the 100 block of West Garvey Avenue for reports of shots fired.  Upon arrival officers observed numerous victims and patrons in the parking lot of the business at this location. Upon entry into the business, officers located…

University of Alabama Basketball Player Charged With Capital Murder

By DJ Harding – Early Sunday morning on the University of Alabama campus there was a shooting that killed a 23 year old woman.  Two men were charged with capital murder. They have been identified as Micheal Lynn Davis, a 20 year old student from Charles County Maryland, and Alabama basketball player Darius Miles, a…

5 Dead, 25 Injured In Colorado Gay Club Shooting

By Daniel Ingle – At approximately 11:57 p.m. Saturday night, officers with the Colorado Springs Police Department responded to 3430 North Academy for a shooting incident.  Five people are confirmed dead and twenty-five people are confirmed injured. Victims were transported to UC Health Memorial and Penrose hospitals. The suspect, who has been identified as 22-year-old…

FedEx will raise its shipping rates starting in January

By Aimee Picchi – FedEx plans to increase shipping rates by an average of 6.9% starting in January as it copes with weaker business demand.  “Effective January 2, 2023, FedEx Express, FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery rates will increase by an average of 6.9%,” the company said in a statement on Thursday. “FedEx Freight rates will…

Puerto Rico girds for possible hurricane as TS Fiona nears

By Dánica Coto – (AP) — Tropical Storm Fiona headed for Puerto Rico on Saturday night, with forecasters warning it likely would grow into a hurricane before hitting on Sunday with extremely heavy rains with the potential to cause landslides, severe flooding and power outages. The storm already lashed several eastern Caribbean islands, with one…

Virginia governor seeks new transgender student policies

By Sarah Rankin – (AP) — Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s administration has rewritten Virginia’s model policies for the treatment of transgender students, issuing guidance for school divisions that would roll back some accommodations and tighten parental notification requirements. The new model policies from the Virginia Department of Education, which were posted online Friday, say students’ participation in…

Storm Fiona poses threat for Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic

  (AP) — Tropical Storm Fiona passed near Guadeloupe on Friday evening, hitting some of the Caribbean’s easternmost islands with strong rain and wind as forecasters warned the storm could later threaten Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic with dangerous rains. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Fiona was then likely to become…

Tropical Storm Fiona could menace Puerto Rico this weekend

(AP) — Tropical Storm Fiona is on a path to threaten the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico this weekend. The Atlantic Hurricane Season’s sixth named storm formed Wednesday evening, and the U.S. National Hurricane Center issued tropical storm watches for the Caribbean’s easternmost islands. “Interests in the Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico…

5 Guantánamo prisoners accused in 9/11 attacks could get plea deals

By Catherine Herridge – On the 21st anniversary of 9/11, CBS News has confirmed that military prosecutors and attorneys for five defendants charged for their roles in the attacks are negotiating potential plea deals that could take the death penalty off the table and keep the detention camp at the military base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba,…

MS-13 Member Charged With Murder Extradited To The United States

By Tiffany Williams – José Jonathan Guevara-Castro, also known as “Suspechoso” (Guevara-Castro), an alleged member of the violent transnational criminal organization La Mara Salvatrucha, also known as the “MS-13,” and a fugitive from justice, was extradited Tuesday from El Salvador to the United States.   Guevara-Castro was arrested in Acajutla, Sonsonate, El Salvador on August 13,…

Los Angeles Police Find A Body Burning And Hanging From A Tree

By Tiffany Williams – Following a developing story tonight out of Los Angeles. The LAPD has confirmed that they found a person hanging from a tree and burned. LAPD says the body was found around 12:38 p.m. hanging from a tree near the Griffith Park merry-go-round at 4730 Crystal Springs Drive.  The body, LAPD said,…

Department Of Defense Meeting With LGBTQ+ Organizations

By Tiffany Williams  – Tuesday, Deputy Secretary of Defense Dr. Kathleen Hicks met with LGBTQ+ advocacy organizations to hear about the key issues affecting LGBTQ+ service members.  Deputy Secretary of Defense Hicks during the meeting provided an update on department efforts to ensure all individuals who wish to serve in the military and can meet…

Caribbean tropical disturbance shutters schools, businesses

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Forecasters issued a hurricane watch Wednesday for the Nicaragua-Costa Rica border as a tropical disturbance sped over the southern Caribbean on a path toward Central America. The disturbance was expected to become a tropical storm soon and was likely to be near or over Nicaragua by late Friday, according…

Last remaining WWII Medal of Honor recipient dies at 98

By JOHN RABY – CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Hershel W. “Woody” Williams, the last remaining Medal of Honor recipient from World War II, whose heroics under fire over several crucial hours at the Battle of Iwo Jima made him a legend in his native West Virginia, died Wednesday. He was 98. Williams’ foundation announced on…

R. Kelly Being Sentenced Wednesday For Sex Trafficking In New York

(CBS NEWS) R. Kelly is being sentenced this morning on sex trafficking charges in a New York federal court, before U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly. Prosecutors have recommended that the R&B singer from Chicago get at least 25 years in prison, while the defense has argued for a sentence of 10 years or less. Kelly,…

Four People Killed In Oklahoma Active Shooter Incident

By Danielle Guzman –  Police in Tulsa, Oklahoma are investigating a shooting incident with four people confirmed dead, including the shooter who sources say took his own life.  The shooting happened at the Natalie Medical Building at Saint Francis Hospital at around 5 p.m. Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were…

Former Massachusetts Pirates Player Found Dead In Dallas Apartment

By Tiffany Williams – 25-year-old Du’Vonta Lampkin, a former player with the Massachusetts Pirates, was found dead in Dallas Thursday night.  Dallas Police have confirmed that officers responded to 500 S. Ervay St. at approximately 10:10 p.m Thursday night. Upon arrival they located Lampkin lying on his back with a single gunshot wound. He was…

U.S. Capitol Evacuated Wednesday Night By Capitol Police

By Ashley Evans – Military Appreciation Night at the Washington Nationals baseball game caused a scare on Capitol Hill Wednesday.  U.S. Capitol Police confirmed Capitol Hill had to be evacuated after an aircraft entered an exclusion zone around the U.S. Capitol. It all happened about 6:30 PM and thirty minutes later the U.S. Capitol was…

Federal Judge In Florida Voids National Mask Mandate For Travelers

By Reinaldo Vasquez – On Monday, U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle in Florida voided a federal mask mandate covering airplanes and other public transportation. Judge Mizelle in her decision said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention improperly failed to justify its decision and did not follow proper rulemaking. The CDC extended the mask…

United States And India Meeting At The Pentagon And State Department

By Alem Senay – On Monday, Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh visited the Pentagon for talks with Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III. During their meeting Secretary Austin and Minister Singh talked about the problems posed by China and Russia in the region and around the world.  “We’re meeting at a critical moment in…

3 Women And 3 Men Killed In Sacramento Mass Shooting

By Michael McCullen – Police in Sacramento, California are investigating what they’re calling a mass shooting. Sacramento Police Department says they responded to the area of 10th Street and K Street around 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning and “Upon arrival, officers located a large group of individuals as well as multiple gunshot victims.” Despite live-saving measures…

Former U.S. Navy Captain Pleads Guilty To Bribery Of A Public Official

By Tiffany Williams – Today, in the U.S. District Court in San Diego, former U.S. Navy Captain Donald Hornbeck pleaded guilty to bribery of a public official. Hornbeck who directed the operations of all combatant ships in the Seventh Fleet, accepted at least $67,830 in extravagant dinners, hotels, parties and prostitutes from foreign defense contractor…

New Lawsuit Claims Rapper Chris Brown Drugged And Assaulted Dancer

By Ralph Adkins – In a new lawsuit filed Friday, a professional dancer alleges that rapper Chris Brown drugged and assaulted her against her consent, causing her lasting emotional harm. She is asking for over $20 million in damages. The dancer who is referred to in the lawsuit as Jane Doe alleges that in December…

DEA Agent Shot At While Doing Surveillance In Baltimore

By Yan Chung – Less than a week after Baltimore Police Officer Keona Holley was fatally shot while sitting in her car, the DEA has confirmed that a DEA agent was shot at Wednesday night. Supervisory Special Agent Todd Edwards, confirmed that the Agent who is assigned to the Washington DC office, was in their…

Member Of Congress Victim Of A Carjacking In Philadelphia

By Eleanor Flynt – Wednesday afternoon Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon a Democrat representing Pennsylvania’s 5th congressional district, was the victim of a carjacking in Philadelphia. Congresswoman Scanlon who is the vice chair of the House Administration Committee and serves on the House Judiciary Committee and House Committee on Rules, was in Philadelphia for a meeting…

Eight Members Of Congress Now Have Tested Positive For COVID-19

By Eleanor Flynt – Seven members of Congress have tested positive for COVID-19 over the past couple of days and now, another member of the U.S. House of Representatives has tested positive and he’s saying “America is in a new phase of this pandemic. No one is immune,” House Majority Whip James Clyburn who tweeted…

Legal Equalizer, An App Aimed At Helping People During Traffic Stops

By Alfredo Herrera –  Around the United States, people are having a renewed conversation about police reform and what that should be. With the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor in 2020 came mass protests for change and action to be taken by local and state governments, including the federal government.   In the midst…

McDonald’s Automated Drive-Thru System

By Shamoon Saleem –  Just about every supermarket and every major pharmacy has self check-out. You can even go to a McDonald’s using an automated ordering system so that your food is ready when you get to the counter.  Well America’s favorite fast food chain is about to go one step further with an automated…

Colin Powell Died Monday At Walter Reed National Medical Center

By Marcia Carter –   The family of Colin Powell, the first Black secretary of state, the first Black chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President George H.W. Bush’s administration and the first Black national security adviser under President Ronald Reagan’s administration, has died at age 84. Powell’s family in a statement on Facebook…

Facebook Platforms Suffer Outages Monday

By Efrem Awet – A day after “60 Minutes” aired a segment in which Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen claimed the company is aware of how its platforms are used to spread hate, violence and misinformation, and that Facebook has tried to hide that evidence, Facebook (FB), Instagram and WhatsApp all suffered outages midday Monday. Facebook…

Rahway, New Jersey Home Explosion, No One Injured

By Johanna Jackson – New this morning, following developing news of a house that exploded in Rahway, New Jersey. Police say It happened around 5:44 a.m. on River Road near Whittier Street. They also say that no one was injured in the explosion because they had evacuated earlier around 1 a.m. due to heavy flooding.…