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A Football Player Shot And Killed At A Philadelphia High School Football Scrimmage

By Charlene Burton – A high school football scrimmage turned deadly Tuesday afternoon in Philadelphia with one player killed and four others injured. Police say two gunmen are responsible for the shooting outside Roxborough High School around 4:30 p.m. on the 300 block of Fairway Terrace.  The football scrimmage was between three high schools, Roxborough … Continue reading A Football Player Shot And Killed At A Philadelphia High School Football Scrimmage

Amy Cooper, “Central Park Karen,” loses lawsuit claiming she was unfairly fired

By Aimee Picchi – Amy Cooper, the White woman who became known as “Central Park Karen” after calling 911 to claim that a Black birdwatcher had threatened her, lost a lawsuit alleging her former employer had engaged in racist and sexist behavior when it fired her after the incident.  U.S. District Judge Ronnie Abrams on Wednesday rejected … Continue reading Amy Cooper, “Central Park Karen,” loses lawsuit claiming she was unfairly fired

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 … Continue reading FedEx will raise its shipping rates starting in January

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 … Continue reading Puerto Rico girds for possible hurricane as TS Fiona nears

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 … Continue reading Virginia governor seeks new transgender student policies

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 … Continue reading Storm Fiona poses threat for Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic

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 … Continue reading Tropical Storm Fiona could menace Puerto Rico this weekend

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, … Continue reading 5 Guantánamo prisoners accused in 9/11 attacks could get plea deals

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, … Continue reading MS-13 Member Charged With Murder Extradited To The United States

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 … Continue reading Department Of Defense Meeting With LGBTQ+ Organizations

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken Had Talks Over The Weekend With Foreign Leaders

By Tiffany Williams – Saturday, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with Omani Foreign Minister Sayyid Badr al-Busaidi. During their conversation the Secretary expressed his gratitude for Oman’s support securing the recent furlough of Morad Tabhaz, a U.S. citizen unjustly detained in Iran, and for Oman’s extensive coordination on issues related to Iran and … Continue reading Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken Had Talks Over The Weekend With Foreign Leaders

Former Minneapolis police officer involved In George Floyd’s Killing Sentenced To 30 Months In Federal Prison

By Josephine Turco – Thursday afternoon the U.S. Department of Justice announced that Minneapolis Police Officer Thomas Lane was sentenced to serve 30 months in prison and two years of supervised release. On February 24, 2022, following a five weeks trial, a federal jury in St. Paul, Minnesota, found Lane guilty of depriving George Floyd … Continue reading Former Minneapolis police officer involved In George Floyd’s Killing Sentenced To 30 Months In Federal Prison

5 dead, 19 hospitalized in shooting at July 4 parade in Chicago suburb

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. (AP) — At least five people are dead and 19 were taken to hospitals after a shooting at a July Fourth parade in a Chicago suburb, and officers are searching for a suspect, police said Monday. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that the parade began around 10 a.m. but it was suddenly halted … Continue reading 5 dead, 19 hospitalized in shooting at July 4 parade in Chicago suburb

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 … Continue reading Caribbean tropical disturbance shutters schools, businesses

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 … Continue reading Four People Killed In Oklahoma Active Shooter Incident

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 … Continue reading Former Massachusetts Pirates Player Found Dead In Dallas Apartment

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 … Continue reading U.S. Capitol Evacuated Wednesday Night By Capitol Police

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 … Continue reading Federal Judge In Florida Voids National Mask Mandate For Travelers

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 … Continue reading United States And India Meeting At The Pentagon And State Department

Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback Dwayne Haskins, Died Saturday After Being Hit On Florida Highway

By Danielle Guzman – Former Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins who was a first-round pick by Washington in 2019 and was with the Pittsburgh Steelers, died Saturday morning.  Florida Highway Patrol said that Haskins was attempting to cross the westbound lanes of I-595 in Broward County when he was hit. Around 6:37 a.m. Haskins was … Continue reading Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback Dwayne Haskins, Died Saturday After Being Hit On Florida Highway

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 … Continue reading 3 Women And 3 Men Killed In Sacramento Mass Shooting

3 Minneapolis Police Officers Found Guilty Of Charges Related To The Death Of George Floyd Jr.

By Eryk Castro – Three former Minneapolis Police officers are facing life in prison after a federal jury found them guilty of federal civil rights offenses arising out of the death of George Floyd Jr. Former MPD Officers Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng were found to have deprived Mr. Floyd of his constitutional right … Continue reading 3 Minneapolis Police Officers Found Guilty Of Charges Related To The Death Of George Floyd Jr.

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

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 … Continue reading New Lawsuit Claims Rapper Chris Brown Drugged And Assaulted Dancer

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 … Continue reading Member Of Congress Victim Of A Carjacking In Philadelphia

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

Two U.S. Senators Test Positive For COVID-19 Including Senator Elizabeth Warren

By Eleanor Flynt – Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts tweeted on Sunday that she has tested positive for COVID-19. Warren, 72, said on Twitter she is vaccinated and boosted and regularly tested for COVID-19, and “while I tested negative earlier this week, today I tested positive with a breakthrough case.” Also, Sen. Cory Booker, 52, … Continue reading Two U.S. Senators Test Positive For COVID-19 Including Senator Elizabeth Warren

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

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 … Continue reading Colin Powell Died Monday At Walter Reed National Medical Center

R Kelly Looking At Life In Prison After Being Found Guilty Of 9 Counts Of Racketeering

By Tiffany Williams – After six weeks of a federal jury trial at the United States District Court in Brooklyn, today R&B singer Robert Sylvester Kelly, also known as “R. Kelly” was convicted of nine counts of a superseding indictment charging him with racketeering predicated on criminal conduct including sexual exploitation of children, forced labor … Continue reading R Kelly Looking At Life In Prison After Being Found Guilty Of 9 Counts Of Racketeering

President Trump Lashes Out Against Minneapolis Mayor And Calls Protesters “Thugs”

By Joseph Scott – President Trump (@realDonaldTrump), early Friday morning at about 12:53 a.m. took to twitter to lash out at the Mayor of Minneapolis. Trump tweeted, “I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis. A total lack of leadership. Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, … Continue reading President Trump Lashes Out Against Minneapolis Mayor And Calls Protesters “Thugs”