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  • Feds Reach Settlement to Overhaul, Re-train Cleveland Police Department

    Feds Reach Settlement to Overhaul, Re-train Cleveland Police Department

    (WASHINGTON) — Days after protests over a police shooting verdict rocked Cleveland, the Justice Department reached a settlement with the city over police conduct that has shown a “pattern and practice” of unnecessary force. The settlement comes after a Cleveland patrolman was acquitted Friday for his role in the fatal shootings of two unarmed black people in 2012. Announcing the agreement, Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta said, “Today, Cleveland demonstrates to the rest of the country that people can come together across perceived differences to realize a common vision of a safer, more just city.” The agreement will require the […]

  • Feds Reach Settlement Over Police Use of Force in Cleveland

    Feds Reach Settlement Over Police Use of Force in Cleveland

    (WASHINGTON) — Just days after protests over a police shooting verdict rocked Cleveland, sources say the Justice Department has reached a settlement with the city over police conduct that has shown a “pattern and practice” of unnecessary force. The settlement comes after a Cleveland patrolman was acquitted Friday for his role in the fatal shootings of two unarmed black people in 2012. The Justice Department, now led by Attorney General Loretta Lynch, is expected to announce the details of the settlement later today. The investigation of the Cleveland police by the Civil Rights Division found that the police had a […]

  • Mom Swept Away by Texas Floods Called Sister as Rain Poured Down

    Mom Swept Away by Texas Floods Called Sister as Rain Poured Down

    (SAN ANTONIO) — A missing mother of two made a frantic phone call to her sister as deadly floodwaters inundated Texas over the weekend. Julie Shields said her sister Laura McComb had been in touch with her Saturday night when the rain started pouring down in Wimberley, a river town between Austin and San Antonio. Laura and her husband, Jonathan McComb, had come with their 4- and 6-year-old children as part of a bigger group of friends from Corpus Christi who wanted to spend Memorial Day Weekend on the Blanco River. “My sister and I had been texting and talking […]

  • 72,000 Ladybugs Set Free in School

    72,000 Ladybugs Set Free in School

    (MORGANZA, Md.) — Here’s one way to bug your teachers. Seniors at Chopticon High School in Maryland left a mark on their school in more ways than one — in 72,000 ways to be exact. A group decided their senior prank would be to release 72,000 ladybugs to freely roam the hallways, according to the St. Mary’s County’s Sheriff’s Office. Five suspects wearing masks and hoodies forced open the school’s back door around 3:40 a.m. on May 20 and spread the ladybugs before leaving, authorities said. Police told ABC News that two others did not enter the school at the […]

  • New Orleans Cop Shooting: What We Know About Slain Officer

    New Orleans Cop Shooting: What We Know About Slain Officer

    (NEW ORLEANS) — James Bennett Jr., the 45-year-old New Orleans police officer shot dead in his cruiser this weekend, had over 15 years’ experience in law enforcement. “Bennett was a former member of the JPSO [Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office] Reserve Division from April 2000 until March of 2006,” the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. “He went full-time in the Second District Patrol Division for a short time, returning back into the Reserves in October 2006. In May of 2013, Sergeant James Bennett, Jr. left the JPSO to go full-time with HANO [Housing Authority of New Orleans].” Bennett […]

  • Hudson River Kayak Mystery: Fiancee Indicted, Body Identified

    Hudson River Kayak Mystery: Fiancee Indicted, Body Identified

    (NEW YORK) — A body found in New York’s Hudson River over the weekend has been identified as 46-year-old Vincent Viafore, the man who disappeared after kayaking with his fiancee last month, and indictments against the fiancee for second-degree murder and manslaughter have been handed up, Orange County, New York, District Attorney David Hoovler said on Tuesday. New York State Police said on Saturday that a body was pulled from the river near West Point and was taken to the Orange County Medical Examiner for an autopsy and identification. Police did not identify the body at the time. The attorney […]

  • Drivers Stranded, Homes Damaged by Houston-Area Flash Flooding

    Drivers Stranded, Homes Damaged by Houston-Area Flash Flooding

    (HOUSTON) — Flash flooding in Houston has left roads blocked, drivers stranded and homes destroyed, according to officials. Roadways in the Houston area are blocked, drivers are stranded and homes have been destroyed due to flash flooding, according to officials. Between 6 and 10 inches of rain had fallen in the region by early Tuesday, with additional rain possible. As a result of the rainfall and flooded roadways, the National Weather Service issued a flash flood emergency for the Texas counties of Harris and Fort Bend. Residents are urged not to travel unless they are fleeing a flooded area. That […]