Category Archives: National News

What we know about the Aurora, Ill., mass shooting victims

What we know about the Aurora, Ill., mass shooting victims

cmannphoto/iStock(AURORA, Ill.) — The five men gunned down in Aurora, Ill., on Friday were all employees at the Henry Pratt manufacturing plant where the shooting broke out.The alleged shooter, who was shot dead by law enforcement, was also an employee but was being terminated on Friday, according to Scott Hall, CEO of Mueller Water Products,…Read more »

Powerful storm takes aim this week as major flooding threat grows

Powerful storm takes aim this week as major flooding threat grows

ABC News(NEW YORK) — The latest winter storm tracked from the Midwest to the Northeast overnight, delivering snow from the Plains into New England.Des Moines, Iowa, saw 8 to 10 inches of snow on Sunday, as Wisconsin, northern Illinois and parts of Michigan each saw a few inches, creating low visibility and hazardous traveling conditions.Mixed…Read more »

This grassroots program hopes to end starvation by redirecting waste

This grassroots program hopes to end starvation by redirecting waste

Courtesy LaRayia Gaston(LOS ANGELES) — LaRayia Gaston is on a mission to help end starvation in the homeless community through her Los Angeles-based nonprofit, Lunch On Me, which she launched in 2017. Still a grassroots effort, Gaston and her team of volunteers distribute meals six days a week by redistributing food from local grocery stores…Read more »

Mountain lion rescued from 50 feet above home in Southern California

Mountain lion rescued from 50 feet above home in Southern California

California Department of Fish and Wildlife(HESPERIA, Calif.) — Firefighters helped rescue a large mountain lion from a tree outside a home in Southern California over the weekend, authorities said.The homeowner spotted the wild cat on Saturday afternoon while doing yard work around the residence in Hesperia, a city in the Mojave Desert near the San…Read more »

Wave of teachers’ strikes pressure states, school boards to change tune

Wave of teachers’ strikes pressure states, school boards to change tune

Al Seib / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) —  Having seen teachers score victories in Los Angeles, Denver and a string of states in their fights for higher wages and better working conditions, more than 3,000 educators in Oakland, California, have voted to go on strike this week. “Oakland teachers cannot afford to…Read more »

Suspect in shooting of Virginia police officer at large, considered ‘armed and dangerous’

Suspect in shooting of Virginia police officer at large, considered ‘armed and dangerous’

iStock/Thinkstock(BLUEFIELD, Virginia) — A manhunt is underway for a 25-year-old man who is suspected of shooting a Virginia police officer during a traffic stop, authorities said.Donquale Maurice Gray, who is believed to be armed and dangerous, allegedly shot the officer from the Bluefield Virginia Police Department just before midnight Saturday, according to Virginia State Police.Gray…Read more »

The trauma of Puerto Rico’s ‘Maria Generation’

The trauma of Puerto Rico’s ‘Maria Generation’

iStock/BackyardProduction(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico) — It has been over a year since Hurricane Maria first made landfall on Puerto Rico.As the island slowly rebuilds, first responders, healthcare providers and scientists on the island have been left to deal with the emotional toll on their communities and their own families as members of the “Maria Generation.”…Read more »

Woman gives birth on JetBlue flight from Puerto Rico to Florida

Woman gives birth on JetBlue flight from Puerto Rico to Florida

@YQRamos/Twitter(MIAMI) — “Baby on board” was given a whole new meaning on one JetBlue flight late Friday.JetBlue flight 1954 was en route from Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in South Florida when a passenger gave birth to a baby boy, airline spokeswoman Tamara Young told…Read more »