Huge construction crane collapses in Manhattan, one killed
At the time, workers were lowering the crane to secure it as winds approached 25 miles per hour, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference. An investigation was underway and the crane operator was being interviewed, de Blasio said. Manhattan resident David Wichs, 38, was killed in the collapse, police said.
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 18:09:24 -0500
U.S. judge grants injunction against anti-abortion activists
A U.S. judge on Friday granted a preliminary injunction stopping the distribution of surreptitious videos taken by anti-abortion activists who alleged Planned Parenthood staff discussed the illegal sale of aborted fetal tissue. The National Abortion Federation (NAF), a nonprofit representing abortion providers, accused the Center for Medical Progress and its founder, David Daleiden, in a lawsuit last year of illegally infiltrating and recording its private meetings. San Francisco federal judge William Orrick last year issued a temporary order prohibiting the distribution of the videos, which he extended on Friday until the litigation is over.
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 20:10:04 -0500
Michigan governor: solve Flint water crisis instead of laying blame
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder said on Friday he wants officials to focus on solving problems around lead-contaminated drinking water in the city of Flint instead of laying blame as he said some have been doing. "There are a number of folk out there that are spending their time mainly on the political side and the blame side," he said at a meeting in Flint of local and state officials responding to the crisis. Snyder's comments came a day after liberal group Progress Michigan released emails showing high-ranking state officials knew about an increase in Legionnaires' disease in Genesee County, where Flint is located, and a possible link to the contaminated water almost a year before the governor said he got information about the outbreak.
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 15:57:09 -0500
2 planes collide midair, plunge into ocean off Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES (AP) Two small planes collided over the ocean just outside Los Angeles Harbor and plunged into the water Friday, prompting a massive search by dozens of boats and divers. As darkness fell there was no sign of survivors.
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 21:35:53 -0500
Couple wanted in crime spree led police on chase; 1 killed
MILTON, Fla. (AP) A weeklong search for a Missouri couple wanted in a series of robberies and abductions across the South ended with one suspect dead and the other wounded Friday, after authorities say they chased the pair across the highway and through a rural neighborhood and exchanged gunfire with them in Florida's Panhandle.
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 21:12:53 -0500
UN chief: 34 groups now allied to Islamic State extremists
UNITED NATIONS (AP) Thirty-four militant groups from around the world had reportedly pledged allegiance to the Islamic State extremist group as of mid-December and that number will only grow in 2016, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a report Friday.
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 21:10:19 -0500
Judges strike down 2 North Carolina congressional districts
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Federal judges struck down late Friday two majority black congressional districts in North Carolina, saying race was the predominant factor in drawing those lines but state legislators lacked justification in using that practice.
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 21:09:22 -0500
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