Coastal Georgia nursing student desperate to get family in Afghanistan to safety
As thousands risk their own safety to flee Afghanistan amid the Taliban takeover, images of smiling families successfully arriving in the U.S. underscore the ongoing anxiety for many still desperately working to get their loved ones to safety.
Man surrenders after claiming to have bomb near US Capitol
A man who claimed to have a bomb in a pickup truck near the U.S. Capitol has surrendered to law enforcement after an hourslong standoff that prompted a massive police response and the evacuations of government buildings and businesses in the area.
Police: 10 people killed in Colorado supermarket shooting
Police work on the scene outside of a King Soopers grocery store where a shooting took place Monday, March 22, 2021, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)BOULDER, Colo. – A shooting at a Colorado supermarket killed 10 people Monday, including a police officer who was the first to respond to the scene, authorities said. I promise the victims and the people of the state of Colorado that we will secure justice." Matthew Kirsch, the acting U.S. attorney for Colorado, pledged that “the full weight of federal law enforcement” will support the investigation. Officials have not said whether the suspect is the person who was taken from the shooting scene to Foothills Hospital in Boulder. White House press secretary Jen Psaki tweeted that President Joe Biden had been briefed on the shooting.
Fencing surrounding US Capitol coming down
WASHINGTON – The fencing surrounding the U.S. Capitol started coming down this weekend, according to CNN. For over two months, the Capitol resembled a fortress, with only staff, lawmakers and escorted guests allowed behind the barbed wire-laced fences. “There does not exist a known, credible threat against Congress or the Capitol Complex that warrants the temporary security fencing,” Blodgett’s memo said. AdThe Capitol Police will still be working in a heightened threat environment, according to an internal email from the department. The plan would include a permanent barrier around the U.S. Capitol, according to one of the sources.
1 year after Breonna Taylor’s death, family still seeking answers
It’s been one year since Breonna Taylor was shot and killed in her home, and ever since, the 26-year old’s death has sparked demonstrations demanding racial equality and police accountability. On Saturday, Tamika Palmer, Taylor’s mother, marched in Louisville with supporters and wants to remind people that justice for her daughter has not been served. The state’s attorney general defended the actions of the officers, saying they were justified because Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, fired at officers first that night. President Joe Biden tweeted on Saturday about Taylor’s death, saying “Breonna Taylor’s death was a tragedy, a blow to her family, her community, and America. I remain committed to signing a landmark reform bill into law.”None of the officers in the raid have been charged with her death.
Operation Engage aims to prevent opioid overdoses
The Drug Enforcement Administration has now launched Operation Engage. DEA’s Miami Field Division Assistant Special Agent in Charge Jonathon White says Operation Engage will focus on preventing opioid overdoses. “So, Operation Engage, the timing couldn’t be more critical.”DEA Special Agent Amy Roderick is currently coordinating Operation Engage. Operation Engage started in South Florida and will eventually make its way to the northeastern part of the state. And just days after the DEA rolled out Operation Engage, DEA Acting Administrator D. Christopher Evans on Tuesday announced the release of the 2020 National Drug Threat Assessment.
Sen. Scott calls for study on use of canines to screen airport travelers for COVID-19
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – COVID-19 detecting dogs are being trained in North Florida, and they may have a future with the Transportation Security Administration. U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., is one of the lawmakers asking for more information about using canines in airports to detect COVID-19. Scott and U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., on Monday announced the Fly Safe Canine COVID Detection Act. It directs the TSA to conduct a feasibility study on the use of canines to screen travelers at airports for COVID-19. We asked him what he thinks about the Senate bill on using canines in airports and how it could work.
Tiger Woods seriously injured in crash on steep LA-area road
A crane is used to lift a vehicle following a rollover accident involving golfer Tiger Woods, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, in the Rancho Palos Verdes suburb of Los Angeles. Chiu)LOS ANGELES – Tiger Woods was seriously injured Tuesday when his SUV crashed into a median, rolled over and ended up on its side near a steep road in suburban Los Angeles known for wrecks, authorities said. The crash happened on a sweeping, downhill stretch of a two-lane road through upscale Los Angeles suburbs. AdWoods was in Los Angeles over the weekend as the tournament host of the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club, where he presented the trophy on Sunday. — Jack Nicklaus (@jacknicklaus) February 23, 2021Basketball legend Magic Johnson tweeted:Everyone send your prayers out to Tiger Woods!
Massive winter storm causes gas prices to soar in Florida
Part of the reason you are paying more at the pump is because of supply issues caused by the winter weather on the Gulf Coast. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Drivers in Florida are paying more to fill up their gas tanks following last week’s massive winter storm in Texas. (WKMG)According to new numbers released Monday by AAA, gas prices in the state jumped 15 cents per gallon last week. Officials with AAA say that is the highest daily gas price average since July 2019. According to AAA, the spike in prices is similar to what is seen following a hurricane.