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Florida Tech student fatally shot in armed confrontation with officers, police say

iStock/tillsonburg(FLORIDA) -- A Florida Institute of Technology student who was reportedly wielding a knife at students on campus was fatally shot by officers Friday night, authorities said. Police officers and school security responded shortly before 11 p.m. to reports of a man on the Melbourne campus "armed with a knife and assaulting students," the Melbourne Police Department said. The incident began at Roberts Hall, a freshman residence hall, according to school officials. No one else was seriously injured, with no further threat to campus. As the incident is under active investigation by law enforcement, no additional information is available at this time. (2 of 2) — Florida Tech (@FloridaTech) December 4, 2021 Officers confronted the man, identified by police as 18-year-old   ... Read More

Member of ‘Jena Six’ speaks out on race and the justice system 15 years later

Getty/Bloomberg(LOUISIANA) -- Bryant Purvis was just 17 when he became a part of the "Jena Six." He and five other Black teens were accused and later convicted of attacking a white student at a high school in Jena, Louisiana, a town with a large majority of white residents, after a series of racially charged incidents there. The case against the teens became for many a symbol of racial discrimination in the justice system -- attempted murder charges for what supporters called a schoolyard fight. The charges were later dramatically reduced. Purvis, now 32, maintains he was not involved in the fight. He has since dedicated his time talking to students about racial injustice as a motivational speaker. He also authored   ... Read More

Parents of Michigan school shooting suspect plead not guilty, held on $500K bond each

Getty/Scott Olson(MICHIGAN) -- The parents charged in connection with this week's deadly shooting at Oxford High School in Michigan each pleaded not guilty to four counts of involuntary manslaughter Saturday in their first hearing since being taken into custody in the middle of the night while hiding in Detroit. The couple was captured early Saturday following an hourslong search after they did not turn themselves in for their scheduled arraignment Friday afternoon, according to law enforcement officials. The attorney for James and Jennifer Crumbley, who could be seen fighting back tears during the arraignment, had said Friday they were returning to town for their court date after detectives announced they were trying to locate the couple. But the duo remained missing   ... Read More

Italian dentist presents fake arm for vaccine to get pass

Italian dentist presents fake arm for vaccine to get passBy The Associated Press MILAN -- A dentist in Italy faces possible criminal charges after trying to receive a coronavirus vaccine in a fake arm made of silicone. A nurse in the northern city of Biella, Filippa Bua, said she could tell right away that something was off when a man presented the phony limb for a shot on Thursday. “When I uncovered the arm, I felt skin that was cold and gummy, and the color was too light,’’ Bua told Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera. She said she initially thought the 57-year-old man was an amputee and had mistakenly offered the wrong arm. She lifted his shirt and saw a silicone arm. “I understood immediately that the man was   ... Read More

Appeals court weighs whether Justice Department should substitute for Trump in defamation suit

Bloomberg/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A federal appeals court on Friday peppered the Justice Department with questions over whether it's appropriate for the department to substitute for former President Donald Trump in the defamation lawsuit brought by E. Jean Carroll. Carroll, a former Elle magazine columnist, sued Trump in November 2019 after he denied raping her in a dressing room at Bergdorf Goodman in the 1990s. Trump claimed Carroll wasn't his type and made up the story to sell a new book. The Justice Department is appealing the ruling of U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan, who in October rejected the DOJ's bid to replace Trump as the defendant in the case. The DOJ's Mark Freeman conceded during arguments on Friday that "the   ... Read More

Blizzard warning issued for Hawaii with at least 12 inches of snow forecast

ronniechua/iStock(HONOLULU) -- A blizzard warning has been issued for Hawaii, with at least 12 inches of snow forecast this weekend. The warning is in effect for the Big Island summits from 6 p.m. Friday through 6 a.m. Sunday local time. In addition to blizzard conditions, wind gusts over 100 mph are also expected, according to the alert issued by National Weather Service Honolulu. "Travel could be very difficult to impossible," the alert said. "Blowing snow will significantly reduce visibility at times, with periods of zero visibility." "The strong winds will likely cause significant drifting of snow," it added. A blizzard warning for tropical Hawaii may come as a surprise, but snow is not uncommon; the summits of the Big Island's   ... Read More

Jury seated for trial of officer who killed 20-year-old Daunte Wright during traffic stop

Kerem Yucel/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) -- The jury has been selected in the trial of former Brooklyn Center officer Kim Potter, who's charged with fatally shooting Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, during a traffic stop in April.   The jury of 12, and two alternates, will be composed of 11 white jurors, one Black juror and two jurors of Asian descent.   Wright's death reignited protests against racism and police brutality across the U.S., as the killing took place just outside of Minneapolis, where the trial of Derek Chauvin, a former officer who was convicted of murdering George Floyd, was taking place.   The jury selection process lasted only three days.   In the questionnaire given to potential jurors back in   ... Read More

Columbia student stabbed to death in Manhattan

Columbia student stabbed to death in Manhattankali9/iStock (NEW YORK) -- A Columbia University graduate student has been stabbed to death near the Ivy League school's New York City campus. The student, 30-year-old Davide Giri, suffered a stab wound to his abdomen just before 11 p.m. Thursday near West 123 St. and Amsterdam Ave., at the north end of Morningside Park, according to the New York Police Department. A second victim, a 27-year-old man, suffered a stab wound to his torso. He was found nearby, at the northwest corner of Central Park, and hospitalized in stable condition, police said. While canvassing the area, a 25-year-old man fitting the suspect's description was taken into custody in Central Park, police said. The 25-year-old "was observed menacing" a third victim,   ... Read More

US steps up disclosure pressure on Chinese companies

US steps up disclosure pressure on Chinese companiesBy The Associated Press WASHINGTON -- Chinese companies will have to disclose more information about audits and whether they are controlled by a government or else leave U.S. stock markets under a rule approved by securities regulators. The rule approved Thursday by the Securities and Exchange Commission steps up a long-running standoff between Washington and Beijing over how much information companies with U.S.-traded shares must disclosed. Companies that used an auditor in a foreign jurisdiction will be required to confirm they are not “owned or controlled by a government entity” there, according to the SEC. Companies also will be required to disclose additional information in annual reports. “Trading prohibitions” can be imposed on some companies, the SEC said. Other governments   ... Read More

Omicron live updates: Vaccinated people make up ‘many’ of the US cases, CDC says

Marca Piner/iStock(NEW YORK) -- As the COVID-19 pandemic has swept the globe, more than 5.2 million people have died from the disease worldwide, including over 785,000 Americans, according to real-time data compiled by Johns Hopkins University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering. Just 59.6% of the population in the United States is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Here's how the news is developing. All times Eastern: Dec 03, 8:22 am Vaccinated people make up 'many' of the omicron cases in US, CDC director says With several cases of the omicron variant confirmed in the United States, officials have learned that "many" of those infected are vaccinated against COVID-19, according to   ... Read More

Authors of color speak out against efforts to ban books on race

FG Trade/iStock(CHICAGO) -- At the American Library Association, annual reports are collected to monitor efforts by parents and political groups to ban books from libraries and schools across the country. Deborah Caldwell-Stone, the director of non-profit ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom, has worked with such reports for about 20 years -- and she says she's never seen such a widespread effort to remove books on racial and gender diversity from the shelves the way she's seeing it right now. "What we're observing right now is an unprecedented volume of challenge reports that seem to be connected to a loosely organized campaign to remove certain books," Caldwell-Stone said. "Before, you might get one or two challenge reports a week and now   ... Read More

NASA astronauts complete spacewalk which was postponed due to debris risk

LaserLens/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Two NASA astronauts completed an hours-long spacewalk on Thursday morning that was earlier postponed due to a risk of space debris. Astronauts Thomas Marshburn and Kayla Barron left the hatch at 6:15 a.m. EST and successfully conducted a spacewalk that lasted 6 hours and 32 minutes to replace a faulty antenna. The duo replaced "a degrading SASA unit with a spare onboard," NASA tweeted. The spacewalk ended at 12:47 p.m. EST with both the astronauts back in the hatch. The astronauts also conducted "get-ahead tasks" during their spacewalk, NASA tweeted. "It was awesome," Barron said about the first spacewalk of her career. The spacewalk was scheduled for Tuesday morning but was delayed hours before the stipulated start   ... Read More

Suspect arrested in murder of Hollywood executive’s wife at couple’s Beverly Hills home

BlakeDavidTaylor/iStock(LOS ANGELES) -- Police have arrested a suspect in the murder of the wife of famed music executive Clarence Avant at the couple's Beverly Hills home. Beverly Hills investigators have identified Los Angeles resident Aariel Maynor, 29, as a suspect seen in multiple surveillance videos, including city cameras, heading eastbound out of Beverly Hills shortly after 81-year-old Jacqueline Avant was shot, Beverly Hills Police Chief Mark Stainbrook told reporters during a news conference Thursday. Maynor accidentally shot himself in the foot while in the process of another burglary, Stainbrook said. Around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, about an hour after Jacqueline Avant was found with a gunshot wound to her head, the Los Angeles Police Department Hollywood Division responded to a report   ... Read More

Epstein’s former house manager testifies, calls Ghislaine Maxwell ‘lady of the house’

Marilyn Nieves/iStock(NEW YORK) -- The former house manager of Jeffrey Epstein's Palm Beach, Florida, estate testified on Thursday that the very first time he met Ghislaine Maxwell, in approximately 1991, she made it very clear to him that she occupied a central role in Epstein's affairs. "She right away took over," Juan Alessi told the jury on the fourth day of Maxwell's criminal trial on multiple charges of child sex trafficking. "And right away she mentioned to me she was going to be the lady of the house." Alessi, 72, said that from about 1991 to 2002 he was responsible for overseeing Epstein's house and its staff, and that in that role he communicated with Maxwell on "a daily basis"   ... Read More

2 Utah police officers shot by rape, robbery suspect: Authorities

ABC 4 News(TAYLORSVILLE, Utah) -- Two Utah police officers are recovering after they were shot by a rape and robbery suspect Wednesday night, police said. One officer, with the West Valley City department, was shot twice; he was initially in critical condition but has since been upgraded to stable condition, the department said. The second officer, with the Unified Police Department, was treated and released Wednesday night, the department said. At about 10 p.m., the officers found the alleged suspect, wanted in rape and robbery cases, parked in a 711 parking lot in Taylorsville with a baby inside the car, West Valley City police said. Officers negotiated with suspect, 20-year-old Anei Joker, to release the 9-month-old, which he did, though   ... Read More

Family of Casey Goodson react to former sheriff deputy’s murder charges

Family of Casey Goodson(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- Former Ohio sheriff's deputy Jason Meade was charged with murder on Thursday in the fatal shooting of a Black man who was shot and killed while entering his grandmother's house last December. In March, the Franklin County Coroner said that Casey Goodson was shot in his back five times, according to ABC affiliate WSYX in Columbus, Ohio. Meade was charged with two counts of murder and one count of reckless homicide. Goodson's mother, Tamala Payne, said it had been "a year of grief and a year of pain" at a press conference Thursday morning. "I'm overwhelmed with joy," she said in response to the charges. "My emotions are everywhere. We did it y'all. We   ... Read More

Fauci says US must prepare for omicron variant: ‘Inevitably it will be here’

Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz(NEW YORK) -- While the new omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus has not yet been detected in the United States, it will "inevitably" arrive, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday. "We all know when you have a virus that has already gone to multiple countries, inevitably it will be here," Fauci told ABC's This Week anchor George Stephanopoulos. "The question is, will we be prepared for it?" The omicron variant, named after the 15th letter of the Greek alphabet, was first detected last week in Botswana, officials said. Since then, cases of the new variant have been found in South Africa, Germany, Belgium and Hong Kong. Pressed by Stephanopoulos on whether the omicron variant   ... Read More

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