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  • Snow threatens rush hour commutes across Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast: The latest forecast

    Snow threatens rush hour commutes across Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast: The latest forecast

    (NEW YORK) — Over 2,000 flights have been grounded — many in the Washington, D.C., area — as a winter storm moves through the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Wednesday. Schools in Baltimore, Philadelphia and Omaha are all closed for the day and federal offices in D.C. are shuttered. Here’s the latest forecast: The snow began in D.C. as drivers hit the roads for their morning commutes. The Virginia State Police said its troopers responded to 380 crashes and trapped cars as of rush hour Wednesday morning. D.C.’s Reagan National Airport saw over two inches of snow while the Baltimore airport […]

  • Supreme Court unanimously rules to limit states’ ability to seize private property involved in a crime

    Supreme Court unanimously rules to limit states’ ability to seize private property involved in a crime

    (WASHINGTON) — In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court moved Wednesday to limit states’ ability to seize private property involved in a crime, saying the forfeitures are subject to Eighth Amendment protection against excessive fines. Tyson Timbs, a 37-year-old recovering opioid addict from Indiana, brought the case after state officials seized his $42,000 Land Rover following a drug conviction in 2013. A judge had sentenced Timbs to probation and a modest $1,200 fee. Timbs’ argued the subsequent seizure of his vehicle by Indiana was excessive and unconstitutional. “The protection against excessive fines guards against abuses of government’s punitive or […]

  • DNA leads to man’s arrest 46 years after murder of 11-year-old Linda O’Keefe: ‘We have never forgotten Linda’

    DNA leads to man’s arrest 46 years after murder of 11-year-old Linda O’Keefe: ‘We have never forgotten Linda’

    (NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.) — A man has been arrested through DNA and genetic genealogy in the decades-old cold case killing of 11-year-old Linda Ann O’Keefe, who was strangled to death in Southern California in 1973, authorities said. O’Keefe was last seen alive on July 6, 1973, as she walked home from summer school, the Newport Beach Police Department said. Her body was found the next day — but decades went by without an arrest. O’Keefe’s suspected killer, James Neal, who lived in Southern California in the 1970s, was arrested this week in Colorado where he had been living, said Orange […]

  • Officers mourn NYPD detective slain by friendly fire: ‘Brian lived to protect all New Yorkers’

    Officers mourn NYPD detective slain by friendly fire: ‘Brian lived to protect all New Yorkers’

    (NEW YORK) — Grieving officers of the New York Police Department gathered Wednesday at an emotional funeral for Detective Brian Simonsen who was killed by friendly fire while responding to a robbery last week. Simonsen, 42, and his partner “made the decision to move toward the danger” at a Queens T-Mobile store on Feb. 12, Police Commissioner James O’Neill told the mourners at Wednesday’s funeral. “They did so because people needed them. They did so because they make tough decisions others are unable or unwilling to make. They did so because they are NYPD cops.” Simonsen, a detective, was “exceedingly […]

  • W. Va. educators strike for second day to make sure loathed education bill is a ‘dead deal’

    W. Va. educators strike for second day to make sure loathed education bill is a ‘dead deal’

    (CHARLESTON, W. Va.) — Nearly a year after they went on strike and inspired educators nationwide to do the same, West Virginia teachers wielded their power again and this time politicians were quick to listen. Just hours after West Virginia teachers went on strike for the second time in a year, the state House of Delegates voted 53-45 to indefinitely table an omnibus education bill the educators saw as retaliation for the job action they took last February. But while Senate Bill 451 — loathed by teachers because it proposed establishing the state’s first charter schools and funds for private […]

  • Huge storm system set to deliver snow, ice to Northeast

    Huge storm system set to deliver snow, ice to Northeast

    (NEW YORK) — Two storms are combining on Wednesday morning over the Mississippi Valley that are set to move east with heavy snow, ice and flooding rain through much of the day. Over 1,000 flights had already been grounded before 6 a.m., and that was only expected to get much worse as the storm moved into Washington, the Mid-Atlantic and eventually the Northeast. There are 35 states under snow, ice and flood alerts from Colorado to Maine on Wednesday. The storms stretch from Minneapolis to Chicago and into Washington, D.C., where snow just began to fall prior to the morning […]

  • Police: Remains found of missing FL teen who may have witnessed murder

    Police: Remains found of missing FL teen who may have witnessed murder

    (SARASOTA, Fla.) — The remains have been found of a missing teenager in Florida who may have witnessed a murder more than a year ago, police announced Tuesday night. Jabez Spann was 14 when he vanished on Sept. 4, 2017, in Sarasota, Florida. A week earlier, a woman who witnessed a murder allegedly saw Spann at the crime scene as well, the Sarasota Police Department said. Human remains were found along a fence line in a rural area of Manatee County on Saturday afternoon, and forensic experts used dental records to identify them as Spann’s. The teen’s family has been […]