Feds arrest leader of white supremacy group who ran 'hate camp' in Michigan
DETROIT — The leader of a national white supremacist group who ran a “hate camp” in Michigan and one of his cohorts were charged Thursday with multiple crimes as extremist groups continue to land on the FBI’s radar nationwide.The latest suspects were arrested at their homes at 6 a.m. Thursday for their alleged roles in a December 2019 incident in Dexter, where police said a husband, wife and their infant child were terrorized by two white supremacists who showed up on their porch in the middle of the night and took photos of their house, thinking someone else lived there.The suspects, police s...
Detroit Free Press
Florida reports over 4,000 new COVID-19 cases for third straight day
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Florida health officials on Thursday said another 4,198 people in the state have tested positive for COVID-19, following the latest upward trend in the coronavirus pandemic.This follows a tally of 4,115 new cases Wednesday and 4,298 infections Tuesday. The state has had at least 794,624 COVID-19 cases since official counts began in March.While cases are up, testing positivity for new infections only dropped below 5%, according to the latest results for Florida residents. The 4.9% positivity reported Thursday followed three straight days above the level that experts say ...
Trump administration returns $3.4 million taken from ailing 9/11 FDNY program in error
WASHINGTON — The New York City Fire Department’s World Trade Center Treatment Program just got its pilfered millions back from the federal government — $3,363,931.72, to be exact.That news comes from a letter sent to Rep. Pete King, R-N.Y., from Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on Wednesday night, finally ending a saga that began years ago with the federal government mysteriously docking payments meant to fund health care for firefighters and EMTs who got sick from serving at ground zero.Mnuchin wrote he was “very pleased to inform” King that the money was wired to the program’s bank account i...
New York Daily News
Wild horse found dead on the Outer Banks — but cause is a mystery, officials say
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — One of the wild horses that roam the Outer Banks was found dead on a beach at Cape Lookout National Seashore, and the cause remains a mystery, the National Park Service said Wednesday.The animal was identified only as “a younger horse” living on the Shackleford Banks, an island at the southern end of the Outer Banks.“Unfortunately, it wasn’t discovered soon enough for our staff to determine what exactly caused the death at this time,” the park said in a Facebook post. “The natural mortality rate for the horses on Shackleford Banks is about 6%.”The gender and age of the horse ...
The Charlotte Observer
COVID-19 is claiming more lives than the official data indicates
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Patrick Hidalgo died on the second day of March, in his apartment, at 41 years old, after complaining to his family of waking up in the middle of the night and gasping for breath.The Miami-Dade county medical examiner attributed the death of this former Obama staffer to heart disease.His family says it was COVID-19.Hidalgo isn’t counted as a virus death in Florida, but he illustrates that the pandemic has claimed far more people than the official death count indicates.Today, official coronavirus deaths stand at 16,505 in Florida. Yet the true number of dead from the pan...
How to host a safe outdoor Thanksgiving (and decide if you should)
Thanksgiving is usually a time we cozy up around the dinner table and share food and stories with those we love. But given the pandemic, experts are recommending a change in holiday plans this year.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers hosting people for a small outdoor dinner as moderately risky, as compared to low-risk activities like a virtual Thanksgiving or a dinner with only people who live in your household. And with rising coronavirus rates, Philadelphia Health Commissioner Thomas Farley advises families forego holiday gatherings altogether.But if you do plan to do s...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Bulldozers were ready to fight California fires. Why did Forest Service turn them away?
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Loyalton fire was 2 days old and starting to pick up momentum in a heavily forested area 50 miles north of Lake Tahoe. That’s when Jeff Holland offered to help.Holland’s logging company, CTL Forest Management Inc., happened to have an array of firefighting equipment — bulldozers, water trucks, a wood-chipping machine called a masticator — parked on a property he owns in Loyalton, just west of where the fire started in mid-August. He proposed hiring out the equipment to the U.S. Forest Service, which was in charge of fighting the fire.He was turned down.“I had several p...
The Sacramento Bee
Delta has put 460 people on no-fly list for refusing mask requirement
Hundreds of people won’t be taking to the skies with Delta Air Lines after refusing to follow the airline’s mask policy.The company said in a memo to its staff that numerous passengers have been placed on the no-fly list since it instituted a rule on May 4 that requires people to wear masks during flights amid the coronavirus pandemic, CNN reported.“As of this week, we’ve added 460 people to our no-fly list for refusing to comply with our mask requirement,” reads the message,” reads the recent memo from CEO Ed Bastian.The mask requirement is one of several safety guidelines introduced by Delta...
New York Daily News
Feds to restore millions they took from NY firefighters who became sick after 9/11
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration will finally pay back millions the federal government took from the FDNY’s 9/11 treatment program over the last four years.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notified Rep. Pete King, R-N.Y., late Friday that a number of federal agencies — including the Treasury Department — will return $3.3 million that was docked from the program that cares for firefighters, paramedics and emergency medical technicians sickened by exposure to the toxic rubble of the Twin Towers.“It’s a great victory for really deserving people,” King told the Daily News Saturd...
New York Daily News
Suspect in Whitmer kidnap plot also wanted to hang Trump, other politicians, FBI says
DETROIT — A Delaware man accused of plotting to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer also threatened to hang President Donald Trump and posted a hit list on Facebook targeting other elected leaders, including former President Barack Obama, according to an unsealed search warrant affidavit obtained by The Detroit News.The affidavit provides new details about how the FBI thwarted the alleged plot to kidnap Whitmer, a Democrat, and kill police officers by enlisting the help of confidential informants. One of the informants was a militia member who met a group of men accused in the kidnapping plot and bec...
The Detroit News