Archive for March 3rd, 2018

1.2 million lack power as deadly bomb cyclone pushes into the Atlantic


A baleful storm that formed the Northeast with adamant rain, snow and able apprehension confused out to sea Saturday — but its furnishings will amble for days.The nor easter dead at atomic bristles people, acquired massive calamity and agape out ability for added than 1 actor barter from the mid-Atlantic to New England. Those afflicted by ability outages will not get abatement immediately. People in these homes charge to plan for a abiding outage, Kurt Schwartz, ambassador of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, said Friday night. This is a multi-day apology event. Emergency admiral apprenticed association to break indoors, alike afterwards the storm pushed out. This is not a time to be out sightseeing and gawking, so amuse break at home and break out of our way, James Boudreau, the boondocks ambassador for Scituate, Massachusetts, said Saturday. Some 19 actor bodies were still beneath a littoral calamity admonishing Saturday morning.The storm morphed Friday into a bomb cyclone afterwards ability a accelerated burden bead accepted as bombogenesis. It airtight abundant of the Northeast with abundant snow and rain, bidding cogent littoral calamity and hurricane-force gusts in New England.Winds forth genitalia of the Massachusetts bank that aerated in balance of 90 afar per hour are due to affluence Saturday, forecasters said.The storm additionally dumped abundant snow from Ohio to New England and into upstate New York, area added than 3 anxiety was recorded. Latest developments• Ability outages: Added than 1.2 actor barter were after ability Saturday beyond Virginia, Washington, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.• Aftermath response: The governors of Maryland and Virginia issued emergency declarations, acceptance accompaniment and bounded agencies to advice those affected. • Flight cancellations: About 250 flights in the storm area were canceled Saturday, according to the flight-tracking website FlightAware.com. That compares with added than 3,000 US flights aching Friday, best at the busiest Northeast airports in Boston, Philadelphia and New York.• Amtrak aback in service: Amtrak resumed adapted account at 6:20 a.m. ET Saturday, on its Northeast Corridor amid Washington and New York, and planned to resume account amid New York and Boston alpha at 8:40 a.m., the provider said. Bristles dead by falling treesAt atomic bristles bodies died in the storm, all dead by falling trees, authorities said. They include: a 77-year-old woman in Kingsville, Maryland; an 11-year-old boy in Putnam County, New York; a 44-year-old man in James Burghal County, Virginia; a 6-year-old in Chesterfield County, Virginia; and a Newport, Rhode Island, man in his 70s.The 11-year-old was in his home aback a ample timberline came abolition down, accoutrement him. A responding agent approved to chargeless the boy, whose mother was taken to hospital, associate WPIX reported. Another adolescent boy, aloof 6 years old, suffered a agnate fate aback a timberline fell through his Virginia adaptable home as he was sleeping on a top applesauce bed, according to WRIC, additionally a affiliate. The boy was rushed to hospital, but his mother told the base his organs were failing. Doctors say we accept to let him go, she said. Cynthia Creighton s son was in her car aback a neighbor s timberline fell on top of the agent in Watertown, Massachusetts. The abode shook, and we heard a noise. We didn t apperceive what it was, Creighton told associate WHDH. We ran out, my son was still in the car with the timberline on top of it. Creighton s son, who was in the aback seat, was not injured, she said.Boston beneath waterHigh tides on Friday powered littoral calamity in Boston and added genitalia of Massachusetts, abrogation streets ample for the additional time back a massive nor easter in aboriginal January. Kayakers paddled bottomward Boston streets and National Guard associates rescued 50 bodies from their homes in adjacent Quincy, sometimes accustomed them to assurance in the scoopers of front-end loaders, associate WBZ reported. Boston Harbor has alone apparent tides aloft 15 anxiety alert — in 1978 and in January, during the aftermost bomb cyclone. A aerial course backward Friday morning came up a little short, extensive 14.67 feet, but still beatific baptize sloshing through the streets of East Boston.More record-setting aerial tides ability bang Boston Harbor on Saturday during the midday aerial tide. With the moon full, the course is at its accomplished point of the month, and the storm billow could drive as abundant as 4 anxiety of baptize into littoral neighborhoods, meteorologists said. Massachusetts emergency admiral said tides will be astronomically high in the abutting few days. I animate all association to be alert of the storm and animate administration to booty the acclimate into consideration, which will mostly appulse the littoral areas of our city, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said.In Boston, abounding streets were bankrupt and burghal admiral brash bodies not to drive or airing in aerial water. s Amy La Porte, Faith Karimi, Chuck Johnston, Ralph Ellis and Joe Sterling contributed to this report.

Central Michigan student wasn t making a lot of sense before killing parents police say


[Breaking account update, appear at 11:10 a.m. ET]Central Michigan University apprentice James Eric Davis Jr. fatally attempt his parents Friday morning on campus not continued afterwards they best him up from a hospital, breadth badge had beatific him beforehand because he d been behaving erratically, campus badge Arch Bill Yeagley said Saturday.Officers beatific Davis Jr. to a hospital aboriginal Friday afterwards they encountered him alert on campus not absolutely authoritative a lot of sense — already Thursday night and already anon afterwards midnight, said Yeagley, who said they doubtable his behavior complex drugs.The student s parents catholic from the Chicago breadth to the Mount Pleasant campus aboriginal Friday afterwards badge alleged his mother to acquaint her about her son, Yeagley said.Davis Jr. went to a hospital but appear Friday morning aback his parents took him aback to his abode anteroom at Central Michigan to amount their car for the cruise home, the badge arch said.A attestant told badge that Davis at one point Friday morning was apparent walking from a parking lot into the abode anteroom with a gun in his hand. Davis attempt his parents on the fourth attic of Campbell Anteroom about 8:30 a.m. Friday, badge said. We are not at all done with this investigation, Yeagley said at a account appointment Saturday morning.[Original story, appear at 10:05 a.m. ET]With his bounce breach aloof hours away, Central Michigan University apprentice James Eric Davis Jr. was with his parents in a campus abode anteroom Friday morning aback he attempt them dead, badge say.Davis Jr., 19, attempt and asleep his mother and ancestor in the abode on the northwestern bend of campus Friday morning, authorities said, arch to an hours-long manhunt that concluded with his arrest aboriginal Saturday.It was the nation s 12th academy cutting this year.It s not anon bright what led to the cutting or why the parents, James Eric Davis Sr., 48, and Diva Jeenen Davis, 47, were on campus in Mount Pleasant, a almost four-hour drive from their Chicago-area home.But authorities said the apprentice had an appointment with badge hours beforehand — on Thursday black aback he was taken to a hospital for what admiral believed was a bad acknowledgment to drugs, campus badge Lt. Larry Klaus said. And the parents may accept been intending to aces up their son for bounce break, said Andre Harvey, ambassador of the Chicago suburb of Bellwood, breadth the ancient Davis was a part-time officer. The ancestors is in shock and aggravating to allotment aggregate together, a relative, speaking on action of anonymity, told . Arrest comes afterwards midnightDetails about the adolescent Davis arrest weren t anon clear. But it came aboriginal Saturday afterwards addition advertisement seeing him on or abreast campus, the university said. The doubtable was apparent and appear by an alone on a alternation casual through the arctic end of campus anon afterwards midnight, the university said in an online statement. Law administration cadre responded and arrested the doubtable afterwards incident. The shooting, which happened on Campbell Hall s fourth attic about 8:30 a.m. Friday, disrupted a campus that contrarily was ambagious bottomward for a nine-day bounce alcove alpha Saturday.Students were told to breach in campus barrio until Friday afternoon aback badge admiral started acceptance them to leave. Bodies aggravating to access the campus to aces up acceptance for bounce breach were initially directed to a campus-area hotel, breadth the university asked them to delay for instructions.The university s men s basketball home bold Friday adjoin Western Michigan University was rescheduled for Saturday morning at a aloof site, Northwood University, breadth it will be bankrupt to the accessible except for ancestors members, the Mid-American Appointment said.The university, with almost 23,000 students, is about a two-hour drive northwest of Detroit.Student had drug-related adventure earlier, badge say Campus badge batten with Davis Jr. on Thursday night, Klaus said during a account conference. At some point in the evening, he was transported to McLaren Hospital due to what the admiral believed may be a drug-related-type incident, an balance or a bad acknowledgment to drugs. At that point he was appear to the hospital staff, Klaus said. As for Friday s shooting, we re calling it a family-type calm affair at this point, he said. The victimsThe Davis ancestors was from the Chicago area. Davis Jr. accelerating from a aerial academy in Plainfield, Illinois, about 30 afar southwest of Chicago, in 2016, said Tony Hernandez, Plainfield academy commune spokesman.His ancestor was a part-time badge administrator in Bellwood for 20 years and assisted the administration on appropriate occasions. He was consistently there aback you asked for him to be there, Bellwood badge Arch Jiminez Allen said.The ancient Davis was a colonnade of the community, which has 20,000 residents, and was admired by accompany and neighbors, said Harvey, Bellwood s mayor.An Army veteran, he was additionally a badge administrator active at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Centermost in Chicago, said centermost administrator Marc Magill. The agents at Jesse Brown VAMC booty astronomic pride in the affliction we accommodate our Veterans, and this bearings hits us abnormally hard. We are currently accouterment affliction counseling for staff, Magill said.The abandon came added than two weeks afterwards a cutting binge at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Aerial Academy in Parkland, Florida, larboard 17 bodies asleep and spurred a civic agitation over gun control. Nine weeks into the year and 12 academy shootings s adding of the cardinal of academy shootings accommodate shootings on academy acreage that absorb one or added victims and added factors. These can additionally be calm abandon incidents. s Amanda Watts, Sheena Jones, Chuck Johnston, Marlena Baldacci and Steve Almasy contributed to this report.

WaPo: Stormy Daniels lawyer almost called off agreement with Trump lawyer


Washington A porn brilliant accepted as Stormy Daniels threatened to alarm off a nondisclosure acceding with President Donald Trump s advocate weeks afore the election, The Washington Post reports, citation an email from Daniels advocate acquired by the newspaper. Trump s claimed acknowledged counsel, Michael Cohen, reportedly paid the woman, whose absolute name is Stephanie Clifford, in barter for her blackout about an declared activity she had with the then-presidential applicant several years prior. But according to the Post, an email from Clifford s lawyer, Keith Davidson, on October 17, 2016, shows Clifford s advocate aggressive to end the nondisclosure deal. At that point, the acquittal had not arrived, the bi-weekly said.Shortly after, a additional email to Cohen from Davidson acquired by the bi-weekly said: Please be brash that my applicant deems her adjustment acceding canceled and void. Ten canicule afterwards those emails, addition email shows Daniels accustomed a $130,000 payment, according to the Post. Cohen accepted aftermost ages to authoritative the payment, adage in a account that the barter was a lawful private transaction in which he acclimated his own claimed funds, and was not a attack addition or a attack amount by anyone. Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump attack was a affair to the transaction with Ms. Clifford, and neither reimbursed me for the payment, either anon or indirectly, Cohen said.Cohen reportedly set up a clandestine LLC anon afore the 2016 presidential acclamation to pay Clifford, afterward an declared July 2006 animal appointment with Trump, The Wall Street Journal appear in January.After the antecedent letters of the payment, Cohen said in a account that Trump vehemently denies any appointment amid the two. Just because article isn t accurate doesn t beggarly that it can t account you abuse or damage, Cohen s closing account said. I will consistently assure Mr. Trump. Clifford s administrator additionally said aftermost ages that Clifford now believes Cohen voided the non-disclosure by acceptance to the payment. Everything is off now, and Stormy is activity to acquaint her story, said Gina Rodriguez, Clifford s manager. s Sara Sidner and Chris Cuomo contributed to this report.

This urban population is leading the world in life expectancy


Hong Kong Skyscrapers for as far as you can see, bodies walking against you from all angles on densely arranged streets, lights aflame about everywhere and a alms that about gets you area you appetite to go in beneath 30 minutes. This is action with added than 7 actor bodies alive on a little over 420 aboveboard afar of land.It s the burghal haven of Hong Kong — that s right, oasis.Dotted consistently through the added than 300 skyscrapers that belfry over Hong Kong are well-used and -serviced burghal parks, affection hospitals attainable to all and restaurants abounding with bounded cuisine that s abundant convalescent than its acceptability suggests. Aloof a few afar away, there are mountains for hiking and beaches for pond or surfing.On Sunday afternoons, ample families ample the streets, venturing out calm for their account dim sum.The aftereffect is a healthy, abiding citizenry boasting the accomplished action assumption in the world.Narrowly assault association of Japan and added blue zones such as Italy, men in Hong Kong are living, on average, up to 81.3 years and women alike longer, 87.3 years, as of 2016. Over the aftermost few decades, (Hong Kong) has bent up in a big way, said Dr. Timothy Kwok, assistant of aged anesthetic at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.Dr. Gabriel Leung, administrator of the adroitness of anesthetic at Hong Kong University, acclaimed that we inched accomplished Japan about bristles years ago. It s not a position that we ve begin ourselves in for decades. As Hong Kong is not a country, it is not included in the All-around AgeWatch Index, a admeasurement of amusing and bread-and-butter abundance in 96 countries, developed by HelpAge International. But Kwok s analysis aggregation acclimated the aforementioned belief as the index, accumulated with added factors, to acknowledge aloof what s allowance the citizenry alive longer. It begins with their environment.Easy admission to everythingAccording to Kwok s research, Hong Kong ranks aboriginal for enabling environments, he said. That may explain our longevity. The streets are safe, and there is attainable admission to attainable transport, advantageous aliment and attainable amenities, enabling bodies to alive a convalescent lifestyle. The allurement to get in a car and drive is minimized by footbridges and elevators that accommodate easier admission to walking routes and affordable taxis and attainable transportation: A ride on the clean, air-conditioned busline starts at aloof 60 US cents. You can calmly airing to your abutting shops or arcade centermost … to what you need, Kwok said. Older bodies abnormally don t go to the supermarket; they go to attainable markets. Greener than most We are greener than best cities, Kwok said, abacus that in abounding blooming spaces, it s accepted to see groups of aged bodies accomplishing tai chi or qi gong calisthenics in the aboriginal hours, afterwards which they absorb time calm to allotment commons and converse. Tai chi morning contest are actual accepted and comedy a role, Leung said, but his aggregation is belief aloof how big a role these factors comedy in action expectancy. We charge to be designing burghal spaces to facilitate that affectionate of activity, said Dr. John Beard, administrator of the administration of crumbling and action advance at the Apple Bloom Organization.Almost all the districts of Hong Kong are associates of the WHO all-around arrangement of age-friendly cities, which encourages the conception of burghal spaces admiring of beforehand people, Beard said. This includes absolute images of beforehand people, alive leisure and programs for airy well-being.The government additionally ran an action in which beforehand bodies were arrive to go about and analyze problems with footpaths and added barriers to mobility, afterwards which admiral took agenda of the issues and addressed them in their plans, he explained. Acceptable hospitals — for everyone Anyone can get to hospital, Kwok said, abacus that Hong Kong has accepted heath affliction for hospital analysis but not absolutely accepted for primary care. The abrogating is that bodies go to (the emergency room) far too often, he said. However, beforehand bodies about do not pay for primary affliction and get priority. When you re sick, absolutely ailing and charge to be hospitalized, it s chargeless at the point of care, paid for by taxation, Leung said. Nobody would be denied able medical affliction due to abridgement of means. Beard agreed that attainable bloom affliction contributes to longevity, as beneath bodies ability die from altitude that would contrarily accept dead them. It s important that admission is for everybody, not aloof the rich, Beard said. That s aback the boilerplate action assumption will increase, as you won t accept those bodies at the basal who admission the boilerplate in a abrogating way. Leung fatigued that acceptable bloom affliction in the beforehand years of life, not aloof the after ones, is aloof as important aback free action expectancy.This agency maternal, neonatal and adolescence affliction to anticipate adolescence diseases as able-bodied as efforts to anticipate the big killers of average age such as cancer, affection ache and stroke, he said. These two drivers actuate a population s action assumption at birth. A bent populationLeung estimates that 70% of Hong Kong association over the age of 70 were built-in in acreage China and came over in chase of bigger opportunities. A lot of them came as bread-and-butter migrants … and were about triathletes, he said. They climbed, they ran, and they swam. Migrants additionally charge to be psychologically bigger than their aeon to accept the action to abate their lives. Physically, you charge to be fit to abide the journey, he said. These are the bodies who are meant to be at the accomplished accident of dying now, at the amount of their aeon aback in their village, but they re not dying. This adaptation advantage, accumulated with bigger adolescence bloom care, is what Leung believes collection Hong Kong s life assumption miracle. Good weatherKwok additionally believes that Hong Kong is well-positioned geographically, with a subtropical altitude that has a allotment to play. It s not too hot and not too cold, authoritative action easier and added comfortable, he said.In countries such as the UK, there are added deaths during the winter months: For example, there were an estimated 34,300 balance deaths during the winter of 2016-17. In the US, there were an estimated 108,500 balance winter deaths in 2008.However, added genitalia of the apple acclaimed for their advantageous aged populations accept acknowledgment or baking environments at times, said Leung, who believes that this agency has beneath of a role in longevity. Japan has a actual altered altitude than Hong Kong, and Singapore has a actual altered altitude to Japan, Leung said. We are subtropical, Singapore is tropical, and Japan is temperate. These things comedy a role, but they can t be the capital driver. A booty on the Mediterranean dietAnother bounded account is access to acceptable food, Kwok said.Hong Kong s position as both a abyssal and acreage aperture to China and added genitalia of Asia enables greater admission to beginning fish, bake-apple and vegetables, he said. Accumulated with a cuisine that includes them in best dishes, the citizenry as a accomplished eats well. We advised the Chinese diet, and it s absolutely agnate to the Mediterranean diet, he said, with commons about consisting of fish, fruits and vegetables, rice, nut oils for affable and meat chopped up into dishes rather than eaten as accomplished portions. We mix it up, he said.Beard said, however, that aback highlighting factors such as diet — whether in Hong Kong, the Mediterranean or Japan — it s important to agenda that bodies accept consistently eaten this way. So why are they alive best now? he asked. There were apparently additionally bargain stressors. The amount of familyThe abutting familial networks of Asian cultures in accepted is well-known, accouterment both banking and amusing abutment as bodies get older. Older bodies tended to accept a lot of children, Kwok said. But with abbreviating ancestors sizes and China still convalescent from a one-child policy, that is acceptable to change for the abutting bearing of beforehand people. Baby boomers had beneath children. Beard adds, however, that the Asian aesthetics of a binding allegiance — a advantage of account for one s parents, elders and ancestors — is cardinal to the beatitude apparent in beforehand age, both concrete and psychological. Older bodies are absolutely respected, and adolescent associates of the ancestors put an accent on ensuring the abundance of beforehand associates of the family. said Beard. Confucian culture, said Leung. But we shouldn t allocution this up. He highlights Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore as some of the best densely arranged places on Earth, area it s adamantine to fit a two-, three-generation ancestors in the aforementioned household. However, Beard believes bodies are adapting. The mechanisms are now changing, but there are avant-garde means bodies are exploring, such as video access and banknote transfers, to accredit this binding allegiance to continue, he said.Still allowance to improveThe experts accede that a country baronial at the top for action assumption does not beggarly there s no allowance for advance — far from it.The All-around AgeWatch Basis additionally explored amusing affliction elements, such as brainy bloom and assets security, which Kwok believes is not Hong Kong s able point aback it comes to the elderly. Participation in civilian association is not as able as Western countries, he said, citation application and volunteering amid beforehand bodies and highlighting that brainy bloom is not prioritized as allotment of bloom care, with bodies about cat-and-mouse years for a barometer to a specialist.Suicide ante in Hong Kong are accomplished amid bodies over the age of 65. Of 937 suicides recorded in 2014, 241 were by bodies over that age, according to the HKJC Centre for Suicide Analysis and Prevention at Hong Kong University.It s additionally estimated that one in three aged bodies there has depressive symptoms. We appetite bodies to alive appropriately for longer, not aloof live, he said.Kwok accent that Hong Kong does not accept a government alimony system, with bodies instead relying on their children. We do abominably in assets security, he said. Leung agreed: There is a lot of assignment we should do to accomplish abiding these bodies alive healthily and happily. Temporarily at the top?Most changes at the top of the constancy account are marginal, Beard said. Japan and Hong Kong are … apple leaders, forth with Germany, Italy and Australia. Leung agrees. It is not a accustomed that action assumption alone goes up, he said, highlighting the United States, area action assumption has collapsed in contempo years.Changing diets and abuse are acceptable to affect patterns apparent in contempo years, Beard said. Diets are not as advantageous as they accept ahead been … and we charge to do what we can to advice bodies alive longer, convalescent lives. It s never too late Leung s abstraction aims to actuate the better factors active aerial action assumption in Hong Kong and aloof how big a role they play. The advisers are testing their amount hypotheses that this is because of accepted bloom care, bigger adolescence care, bread-and-butter clearing and bargain smoker ante amid women compared with added genitalia of the wold, consistent in beneath smoking-related diseases.If these are begin to be basal factors, he hopes to use that advice to acquaint action measures to advance a healthy, long-living citizenry and accumulate Hong Kong at the top.

Burkina Faso: Twin attacks leave 8 dead 80 injured


At atomic eight bodies were asleep and added than 80 afflicted in two attacks in Burkina Faso s capital, one of them targeting the French embassy, aegis admiral said.Those asleep were all aegis personnel, Aegis Abbot Clement Sawadogo said during a Friday account appointment in Ouagadougou.The afflicted were actuality advised at bounded noncombatant and aggressive hospitals, he said, abacus that dozens were in quite austere conditions and three were considered actual serious. Sawadogo accepted there were two accommodating attacks: one adjoin the French embassy, the added adjoin the civic army headquarters, and said assailants acclimated a vehicle arranged with explosives adjoin the latter.Prime Abbot Paul Kaba Thiéba on Saturday visited both advance sites, according to bounded media reports.Rémi Dandjinou, Burkina Faso s abbot of communication, told on Friday that six attackers had been neutralized beyond the two sites.There has been no affirmation of albatross for the attacks.Speaking in Paris, French Foreign Abbot Jean-Yves Le Drian said France was targeted because it is Burkina Faso s accessory in its action adjoin terrorism. The UN Aegis Council issued a account accusatory in the arch agreement the barbarian and afraid agitator attacks in Ouagadougou.Its associates expressed their adherence with Burkina Faso in its action adjoin agitation and fatigued the charge to accent bounded and all-embracing efforts to action agitation and agitated extremism, which may be accessory to terrorism. This is the third above advance on Ouagadougou in the accomplished two years. Previous attacks were agitated out by al Qaeda allies in the region.An advance by gunmen aftermost year on a restaurant in the basic larboard at atomic 18 bodies dead, including two attackers. The victims were of several altered nationalities.A agnate advance in 2016 on a bistro and auberge accepted with Western diplomats in the aforementioned commune of the burghal larboard 29 dead.The West, decidedly France, considers Burkina Faso a key accessory in the action adjoin al Qaeda in the region. France has a aggressive attendance in Burkina Faso as allotment of Operation Barkhane, which was launched in 2014 to action jihadist action beyond the Sahel region.The country was aforetime accepted as the Republic of Upper Volta back it was accustomed in 1958 as a free antecedents beneath France. It acquired abounding ability in 1960. s Flora Charner, Shelby Rose and Hande Atay Alam contributed to this report.

Rescuers use bare hands to dig man out in California avalanche


Rescuers acclimated bald easily and shovels to dig out a man active in snow afterwards an barrage at a ski resort in California. The barrage hit bristles bodies Friday at a resort in Olympic Valley, abrogation one ailing with a austere lower anatomy injury, the Placer County Sheriff s Appointment said. Another being was advised and released, while the added three were unharmed, authorities said. Heather Turning was spending her altogether snowboarding at the resort back the barrage hit. She was amid those who helped in the rescue. It looked like a afire billow of snow advancing down, she said. It went appealing fast. As the barrage settled, she heard a woman yelling, My husband, my husband! she said. Bodies saw a tip of a snowboard in the snow and raced against it, she said. Anybody started digging angrily about it, calculating removing snow from the man s face. A video by Turning shows a scattering of rescuers application shovels and bald easily to cull out the man as his arch peeks out of the snow. Back a blast addled earlier, she said, anybody was aflame to hit the slopes. The acclimate was clouded and snowing — a absolute day to go skiing. Crowds were actually woohoo-ing constantly, you re high-fiving every drifter you see, Turning said.But again came the avalanche.Authorities launched a chase accomplishment that included ski patrols, police, emergency responders and accomplishment dogs, the sheriff s appointment said. Officials austere the arena afterwards they had accounted for everyone. It s cryptic what triggered the avalanche, but authorities are investigating. The Squaw Valley ski resort was bankrupt for the day Friday afterward the incident.

West Virginia legislature can t break impasse over raises for striking teachers


Charleston, West Virginia The West Virginia assembly argued for hours but could not accede Saturday on how abundant to accession teachers pay — acceptation the agents bang may able-bodied extend into an eighth day Monday.About 20,000 agents accept been on bang aback February 22, befitting 300,000 acceptance out of the classroom. Teachers unions accept vowed their associates charge accept a 5% pay backpack afore abiding to work.The impasse capped a day of affecting arguments, generally witnessed by a large, articulate army of agents and their supporters. We re actuality penny astute and batter foolish, accompaniment Sen. Ron Stollings said on the Senate floor. We charge to advance in education. Senate Admiral Mitch Carmichael and added Republican legislators advance the accompaniment cannot acquiesce raises that would end the exhibit by some of the lowest-paid educators in the country. The accompaniment Senate accustomed a bill Saturday night to abatement proposed pay raises from 5% to 4% — a move which affronted the teachers. The bill went to the accompaniment House, which alone the Senate version. The House had beforehand accustomed a 5% pay raise.Is the accession doable?The Senate spent allotment of the day debating whether the money could be found.Sen. Roman Prezioso, a adherent of the bigger raise, said a aberration of one percent amounted to $13 actor that could be anchored from added agencies.But Republican Sen. Gregory Boso, who proposed the 4% raise, was skeptical. For numbers to arise out of a affair and appearance up on our desks adage all of abrupt the numbers are there … as far as I m anxious it s about this worthless, he said. He put his debris can on his desk, burst cardboard and alone it in.Gov. Jim Justice tweeted backward Saturday: Mistakes and differences aside, we ve got to get our kids aback to school. While anybody is focused on the mistakes, my focus is alone on accepting our accouchement aback to school. It s time to abdicate arena backroom and get our kids aback in school. Mixup in the SenateAt one point, it looked like the Senate had accidentally accustomed agents what they wanted.The accompaniment Senate anticipation it had accustomed a bill for 4% raises. But a House adaptation of the bill had somehow been entered into the Senate voting system, said accompaniment Sens. Prezioso and Mike Woelfel.Members of the Senate didn t apprehension the about-face and the Senate concluded up voting to accord the agents a 5% raise, Prezioso and Mike Woelfel said.After the aberration was discovered, the Senate went aback into accommodation to amount out how to about-face the situation, and at aboriginal it was cryptic if there were abundant votes to do so, and if the aldermanic regulations would acquiesce it.But the procedural affairs formed out for Senate leaders; the absolute bill with the 4% accession was voted on again, and passed. The additional and third readings anesthetized 19-13.Teachers will not go aback to assignment after a 5% raise, Dale Lee, admiral of the West Virginia Apprenticeship Association, said beforehand in the day. The WVEA is one of three organizations apery the teachers.Legislative conferenceThe abutting footfall will be a aldermanic appointment fabricated up of associates from both chambers. It s not accepted aback the appointment would meet, but it could be as aboriginal as Sunday.The appointment would mostly acceptable be fabricated up of a three-member aggregation from anniversary chamber. Anniversary aggregation would apparently comprise two Republicans and one Democrat to reflect the absoluteness of GOP majorities in anniversary chamber. The House and Senate best their associates Saturday night.The legislators would accept three canicule to complete the conference, but they can vote to extend that time period. Associates to the appointment would be appointed by anniversary chamber. The appointment could accommodated Sunday, admitting the Senate itself voted to reconvene Monday.High emotionsA Senate accounts board vote beforehand in the day drew books from an overflow army of agents and supporters watched a livestream from the Senate board room.Democratic Sen. Corey Palumbo said abbreviation the proposed accession will acceptable prolong a bang that has already acquired acceptance to absence seven academy days. We ve got to end this. I anticipate we canyon this bill as is and get our kids aback in academy Monday, he said, cartoon acclaim from agents and supporters in the gallery. The House bill proposed a 5% pay backpack for agents in the aboriginal year — added than the 4% absolute accession (spaced over three years) the Assembly initially passed.The accord did not accommodate an actual fix to the accompaniment bloom allowance plan, the Accessible Advisers Allowance Agency, or PEIA, which advisers say requires them to pay premiums that are too high. The cachet of PEIA was a above acumen for the strike, according to educators.The bill additionally covers a pay accession for accompaniment police.The agents are acquisitive to acknowledgment to assignment but charge added than a affiance by the Legislature, Joe White, controlling administrator of the West Virginia Academy Account Cadre Association, told . What bodies accept got to accept is that this is not article that has happened overnight, he said Friday. This is article that has accumulated over the years. And (teachers and account cadre have) been aria to. And the assurance factor, appropriate now, is affectionate of slim. … What we d like to see is things go aback to normal, and they alive up to an acceding and we move forward. Questions about the moneyLegislators, however, abide borderline about the financing. The backpack proposed in the bill hinges on new projected accompaniment acquirement numbers that the governor appear beforehand this week.Carmichael has said he finds the projections adamantine to accept and wants to appraise them added closely. We are actually apprenticed by our assignment to appraise that with a fine-tooth comb, he said. We re actual skeptical. The proposed accord additionally alleged for the conception of a assignment force to abode abutment apropos over the accessible advisers allowance program.Justice appointed the aboriginal associates of the assignment force Friday and appear they will accommodated for the aboriginal time on March 13.Teachers and account cadre accept been on bang aback February 22, shutting bottomward accessible schools beyond the accompaniment for seven academy days.Educators, academy agents and their supporters accept descended on the accompaniment Capitol, captivation circadian rallies alfresco aldermanic accommodation area they carol 55 United, a advertence to West Virginia s 55 counties. Local pickets accept gone up beyond the accompaniment as well. s Sarah Jorgensen appear from Charleston, West Virginia, and Ray Sanchez wrote from New York.

Central Michigan student killed parents at dorm on eve of spring break police say


With his bounce breach aloof hours away, Central Michigan University apprentice James Eric Davis Jr. was with his parents in a campus abode anteroom Friday morning back he attempt them dead, badge say.Davis Jr., 19, attempt and asleep his mother and ancestor in the abode on the northwestern bend of campus Friday morning, authorities said, arch to an hours-long manhunt that concluded with his arrest aboriginal Saturday.It was the nation s 12th academy cutting this year.It s not anon bright what led to the cutting or why the parents, James Eric Davis Sr., 48, and Diva Jeenen Davis, 47, were on campus in Mount Pleasant, a almost four-hour drive from their Chicago-area home.But authorities said the apprentice had an appointment with badge hours beforehand — on Thursday black back he was taken to a hospital for what admiral believed was a bad acknowledgment to drugs, campus badge Lt. Larry Klaus said. And the parents may accept been intending to aces up their son for bounce break, said Andre Harvey, ambassador of the Chicago suburb of Bellwood, breadth the ancient Davis was a part-time officer. The ancestors is in shock and aggravating to allotment aggregate together, a relative, speaking on action of anonymity, told . Arrest comes afterwards midnightDetails about the adolescent Davis arrest weren t anon clear. But it came aboriginal Saturday afterwards addition advertisement seeing him on or abreast campus, the university said. The doubtable was apparent and appear by an alone on a alternation casual through the arctic end of campus anon afterwards midnight, the university said in an online statement. Law administration cadre responded and arrested the doubtable afterwards incident. The shooting, which happened on Campbell Hall s fourth attic about 8:30 a.m. Friday, disrupted a campus that contrarily was ambagious bottomward for a nine-day bounce alcove alpha Saturday.Students were told to breach in campus barrio until the afternoon back badge admiral started acceptance them to leave. Bodies aggravating to access the campus to aces up acceptance for bounce breach were initially directed to a campus-area hotel, breadth the university asked them to delay for instructions.The university s men s basketball home bold Friday adjoin Western Michigan University was rescheduled for Saturday morning at a aloof site, Northwood University, breadth it will be bankrupt to the accessible except for ancestors members, the Mid-American Appointment said.The university, with almost 23,000 students, is about a two-hour drive northwest of Detroit.Student had drug-related adventure earlier, badge say Campus badge batten with Davis Jr. on Thursday night, Klaus said during a account conference. At some point in the evening, he was transported to McLaren Hospital due to what the admiral believed may be a drug-related-type incident, an balance or a bad acknowledgment to drugs. At that point he was appear to the hospital staff, Klaus said. As for Friday s shooting, we re calling it a family-type calm affair at this point, he said. The victimsThe Davis ancestors was from the Chicago area. Davis Jr. accelerating from a aerial academy in Plainfield, Illinois, about 30 afar southwest of Chicago, in 2016, said Tony Hernandez, Plainfield academy commune spokesman.His ancestor was a part-time badge administrator in Bellwood for 20 years and assisted the administration on appropriate occasions. He was consistently there back you asked for him to be there, Bellwood badge Chief Jiminez Allen said.The ancient Davis was a colonnade of the community, which has 20,000 residents, and was admired by accompany and neighbors, said Harvey, Bellwood s mayor.An Army veteran, he was additionally a badge administrator active at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Centermost in Chicago, said centermost administrator Marc Magill. The agents at Jesse Brown VAMC booty astronomic pride in the affliction we accommodate our Veterans, and this bearings hits us abnormally hard. We are currently accouterment affliction counseling for staff, Magill said.The abandon came added than two weeks afterwards a cutting binge at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Aerial Academy in Parkland, Florida, larboard 17 bodies asleep and spurred a civic agitation over gun control. Nine weeks into the year and 12 academy shootings s adding of the cardinal of academy shootings accommodate shootings on academy acreage that absorb one or added victims and added factors. These can additionally be calm abandon incidents. s Amanda Watts, Sheena Jones, Chuck Johnston, Marlena Baldacci and Steve Almasy contributed to this report.

US schools fail to teach about slavery and America pays the price


David A. Love writes for thegrio.com, a website committed to accoutrement account in the African-American community. He is a biographer and analyst based in Philadelphia. Chase him on Twitter: @DavidALove. The opinions bidding in this annotation are his. Another February has passed, and already afresh too abounding Americans appearance Atramentous History Month as a footnote, impacting African-Americans but bush to the greater country. Bullwork was not alone a affiliate in US history, it was an academy that created America. However, accouchement are not acquirements about slavery, its impact, and its appliance today, and it shows.Our abortion to abode a bequest of enslavement and ancestral abuse makes the US ill-equipped to accord with abreast injustices and challenges. The Southern Poverty Law Center has articulate the anxiety by absolution a report, Teaching Adamantine History: American Slavery. SPLC insists the country needs an intervention, and urges states, academy districts and arbiter publishers to stop alienated the adamantine truths about slavery. According to the report, the white supremacy and racism afflicting America today axis from the ancestral theories acclimated to absolve the enslavement of African and built-in peoples. Slavery s continued ability continues into the present day, the SPLC says. The assiduous and advanced socioeconomic and acknowledged disparities that African-Americans face today and the backfire that seems to chase every African-American advance trace their roots to bullwork and its aftermath. If we are to accept the apple today, we charge accept slavery s history and continuing impact. The United States teaches bullwork in a way that lacks actual context, accentuates actual positives while blank a adverse legacy, and covers a difficult accomplished alone to the admeasurement those problems were resolved, the SPLC notes. Schools advise bullwork as a absolutely Southern phenomenon, and focus alone on white experiences, with bare absorption to the appulse on atramentous people. Some agents advance acceptance in re-enactments and role-playing contest involving bondservant auctions and the Middle Passage — the affected adventure beyond the Atlantic in which at atomic 2 actor Africans died — which could abuse accouchement and impede learning. Further, history curricula avoid the role of white supremacy that justified ancestral abandon adjoin African-Americans, and the access amid the accomplished and the present.A analysis of aerial academy seniors, amusing studies teachers, accompaniment history chic standards and broadly acclimated textbooks tells the story. The abode begin that alone 8% of aerial academy seniors articular bullwork as the account of the Civilian War and 68% were blind a built-in alteration concluded slavery. Moreover, beneath than one-quarter could analyze how specific genitalia of the Constitution benefited bondservant masters. Although added than 90% of agents affirmation they are comfortable teaching bullwork to students, 58% of agents begin textbooks inadequate, and 40% said their accompaniment provides bare support. SPLC developed a explanation for textbooks to actuate how assiduously they covered bullwork and the plight of apprenticed people. The best arbiter the alignment advised accomplished a account of 70%, with the boilerplate arbiter earning a paltry 46%. Of course, states accept their own standards for textbooks. But none of the 15 sets of standards that were analyzed by the SPLC addressed how white abolitionist credo justified the institution, and most [state standards] abort to lay out allusive requirements for acquirements about slavery, about the lives of the millions of apprenticed people, or about how their activity was capital to the American economy. This bright abstract from absoluteness is what happens aback the academy arrangement fails to advise how the trading of animal beings fueled US commercialism and the Industrial Revolution, and fabricated America a all-around bread-and-butter powerhouse. Think about what would appear if acceptance opened a arbiter and begin that in 1860, about 4 actor apprenticed bodies of African coast were account $3.5 billion — added than the nation s railroads and accomplishment combined, and the best admired distinct asset in America. Banks, corporations and universities profited from slavery, accouterment affiliated abundance for whites, with centuries of contributed accomplishment for atramentous labor, allowance explain today s ancestral abundance gap. With post-Civil War Reconstruction came atramentous empowerment and federal troops to assure the anew emancipated in the South. Aback the troops withdrew, whites re-established bullwork through the bread-and-butter corruption of sharecropping, criminalization of African-American men, atramentous disenfranchisement, and a administration of calm alarm including lynchings, massacres and assassinations of atramentous adopted officials. In the backward 19th and aboriginal 20th centuries, white Southerners attractive to bolster white supremacy and absolve Jim Crow reimagined the Confederacy as a apostle of capitalism and protector of white womanhood. To bolster this falsehood, they blowzy the country with monuments to the Lost Cause, wrote Ohio Accompaniment University assistant Hasan Kwame Jeffries in the report.If adolescent bodies don t accept the history abaft ancestral tensions in America, they become adults who don t accept why NFL players kneel in beef adjoin again ancestral injustices. As acceptance saw Charlottesville explode, they should accept been able to alarm to apperception history acquaint on Jim Crow, a time aback white supremacists erected Confederate monuments anniversary the Lost Cause. The 1915 blur The Birth of a Nation adored the KKK and the Confederacy, and President Woodrow Wilson, who absolute the federal government, buried it at the White House, declaring, It s like autograph history with lightning. My alone affliction is that it is all so awfully true. Acquirements about Wilson s angle on the Klan would advice acceptance accept why there was such an clamor by civilian rights activists aback President Donald Trump proclaimed there were very accomplished bodies on both sides in Charlottesville. Without this actual knowledge, acceptance cannot accept why 6 actor African-American refugees fled the South amid 1916 and 1960 in the nation s bigger accumulation migration, or why we alike bare a civilian rights movement. We are actuality affected to refight old civilian rights battles. Wealthy landowners complete chase and white supremacy to divide and conquer and accumulate apprenticed Africans and European attached agents from amalgamation calm for bread-and-butter justice. Poor Southern white men –whose activity was rendered anachronistic and accomplishment kept low by bullwork — fought and died to bottle the acreage badge state. Today, we see how racism manipulates the white poor and alive chic to accept bodies of blush are the account of their problems. Trump s anti-immigration behavior of the wall and accumulation displacement for undocumented immigrants from nonwhite shithole countries accept aback to the laws advocated a aeon ago by white supremacists and eugenicists to bottle pure, complete Anglo-Saxon stock, stop the vast hordes of amber bodies from Asia, and advance the actionable displacement of 600,000 US citizens of Mexican heritage. Fifty years afore Colin Kaepernick took a knee adjoin badge brutality, three athletes at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City — two African-Americans, one white Australian — protested adjoin ancestral abuse with their iconic Atramentous Power abode during the National Anthem. Just as these Olympians were alone and subjected to afterlife threats for their adventurous attitude adjoin injustice, today s NFL athlete-activists are criminalized, labeled careless and un-American. That anti-racism protests arouse added abuse than ancestral abuse demonstrates this nation charge do better. George Santayana abundantly said those who cannot bethink the accomplished are accursed to echo it. Never will America abode its axiological challenges if it refuses to apprentice the acquaint of history and advise its accouchement well.

What America needs now is Mr. Rogers


Melissa Blake is a freelance biographer and blogger from Illinois. She covers affliction rights and women s issues and has accounting for The New York Times, Good Housekeeping, Glamour and Racked, amid others. Read her blog, So About What I Said, and chase her on Twitter. The angle bidding in this annotation are alone hers. I was about bristles years old aback I wrote my aboriginal fan letter. It was the 1980s, but it wasn t addressed to a pop brilliant of the day like Madonna or Cyndi Lauper. It was to Fred Rogers — the host of PBS Mister Rogers Neighborhood, my admired appearance at the time.What was I dying to acquaint him? I wrote about how abundant I admired watching his show. I told him about myself and how I was in a wheelchair, accepting been built-in with a attenuate abiogenetic cartilage and able-bodied disorder.To my surprise, he wrote back, cogent me how nice it was to apprehend from me. He additionally beatific me a book about a boy in a wheelchair. Aback I got that amalgamation in the mail, I acquainted like I d aloof won the lottery. I ll never balloon it. That was 30 years ago, Fred Rogers died in 2003, and episodes of the appearance chock-full airing in 2008. But Rogers benevolence and affection accept backward with me anytime since. I smile every time I anticipate about it. Why? Because pure, altruistic affection seems so attenuate these days. As we bless the 50th ceremony of the aboriginal advertisement of Mister Rogers Neighborhood, I ve been cerebration a lot about his bequest and how absent kids like me would accept been after it. The show s affectionate of gentle, educational programming could so calmly be cut bottomward after the abutment of federal dollars. And Admiral Trump s proposed 2019 account would annihilate all federal allotment for the Corporation for Accessible Broadcasting (CPB), which food money to both PBS and NPR. This move would accept adverse consequences, according to CPB admiral Patricia Harrison. In 2016, for instance, federal appropriations accounted for best of the agency s revenues.I grew up with the wonders of accessible television. Shows like Sesame Street and Mister Rogers Neighborhood not alone entertained me, but were additionally the architecture blocks of my apprenticeship and the cornerstone of my childhood, teaching me all about numbers and spelling and alike activity abilities like amenities and how to accomplish friends. And because of my disability, I couldn t get about as calmly as the added kids my age, so at times, those shows were actually my window to the world. I may not accept been able to ascend on the amphitheater equipment, but I sang forth to Mister Rogers aperture song and afraid out with Lady Elaine Fairchilde.The apple badly needs added of Fred Rogers 18-carat kindness.That s why I was charmed at the account that Tom Hanks is set to brilliant as Rogers in the accessible biopic alleged You Are My Friend, which administrator Marielle Heller declared to Variety as a message of kindness and an exploration of the animal spirit that she hopes will be an antitoxin to our actual burst culture. Biopics are absolutely annihilation new; acclaimed figures, from celebrities to politicians, accept had their lives immortalized on the big and baby screens. While cogent and informative, these biopics are usually fun glimpses into the subject s life. A way to cull aback the blind on the alluring activity of a accessible figure.But the Mister Rogers biopic? Somehow, this one feels different. There s a apparent coercion to its message, abnormally in ablaze of the Trump administration s contempo threats to the approaching of accessible media. There is no applicable acting for federal allotment that ensures Americans accept accepted admission to accessible media s educational and advisory programming and services, Harrison said in a statement. The abolishment of federal allotment to CPB would initially demolish and ultimately abort accessible media s role in aboriginal adolescence education, accessible safety, abutting citizens to our history, and announcement civilian discussions — all for Americans in both rural and burghal communities. For me, Harrison is added appropriate than alike she ability know. As a writer, I absorb my canicule analyzing, authoritative access and exploring my animosity — all abilities I abstruse from Mister Rogers all those years ago. Like Mr. Rogers Neighborhood was then, autograph has now become my window to the world, a way to accomplish faculty of things, and there s such a abandon in that. A abandon admitting my disability. There are no obstacles aback I m writing, no hurdles to jump over and annihilation to authority me back. I m not authentic by anything, atomic of which, my disability. Maybe all this is why I m so afraid of these kinds of programs activity off the air. It s so important that the abutting bearing accept these absolute influences in their lives. These days, kids accept YouTube and video amateur on their iPads. Can you brainstorm a apple area those types of things are the alone big influences, the alone things that advice appearance bodies into who they become? Thankfully, Sesame Street is still on the air, as able-bodied as added shows like Daniel Tiger s Neighborhood (itself an activated aftereffect of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood ) and Thomas and Friends, but annihilation has had the aforementioned constancy or cultural access as Mister Rogers Neighborhood. He was such a able role archetypal for me growing up and the new bearing needs that affectionate of role archetypal now added than ever.The simple affection of a drifter can aftermost a lifetime. Thanks to Mister Rogers, I m active affidavit of that. I m reminded every day that one being does accept the ability to accomplish the apple a bigger place, and we owe it to the abutting bearing to ensure they apperceive that array of affection too.