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golden state killer: authorities say ex-cop joseph james deangelo arrested as suspect in the case

more than 40 years after the so-called “golden state killer” began terrorizing california, raping dozens of women and killing at least 12 people, authorities announced wednesday that they had arrested 72-year-old joseph james deangelo, charging him with capital murder, after a recent dna match.his arrest in a sleepy sacramento suburb offered a shocking, abrupt development in what had long been one of the most notorious unsolved string of crimes in u.s. history.the gruesome attacks unfolded across california for more than a decade during the 1970s and 1980s, shattering families and frightening communities. then the crimes stopped, remaining a mystery for a generation, with little sign the case would ever be solved.the trail suddenly and ultimately led authorities to deangelo, a former p...





golden state killer: authorities say ex-cop joseph james deangelo arrested as suspect in the case

more than 40 years after the so-called “golden state killer” began terrorizing california, raping dozens of women and killing at least 12, authorities announced wednesday that they had arrested 72-year-old joseph james deangelo, charging him with capital murder.deangelo’s arrest offered a shocking, abrupt development in what had long been one of the most notorious unsolved string of crimes in u.s. history. the gruesome attacks unfolded across california for more than a decade during the 1970s and 1980s, shattering families and frightening communities. then the crimes stopped, remaining a mystery for a generation, with little sign the case would ever be solved.the trail ultimately led authorities to deangelo, a former police officer living in citrus heights, calif., a city outside sa...





canadian dies in ‘lynching’ in peruvian amazon, accused of killing an indigenous shaman

it was 2013 when sebastian woodroffe decided to quit his job and leave his home in canada to study plant medicine in peru. a relative’s battle with alcoholism had inspired him to “fix the family’s spirit” and pursue a career as an addictions counselor, he said in a youtube video.woodroffe, then a 36-year-old father of a 4-year-old boy, began raising money for an apprenticeship with traditional healers in the amazon. he felt a responsibility to “support this culture and retain some of their treasure in me and my family, and share it with those that wish to learn,” he wrote on a fundraising page. he was particularly interested in experiencing ayahuasca, a sludgelike hallucinogenic potion used by indigenous shamans in spiritual exercises.it’s not entirely clear what happened ...





dangerous outbreak of e. coli illness from romaine lettuce expands, with 19 states affected

an additional 31 people have fallen ill from e. coli-contaminated romaine lettuce, bringing the tally to 84 cases across 19 states from an outbreak whose source is still under investigation.of those sickened, 42 have been hospitalized, a higher rate than usually seen in e. coli cases, and nine of those patients have developed kidney failure, the u.s. centers for disease control and prevention announced wednesday. no deaths have been reported.the search for the source of the outbreak is ongoing. the cdc and the food and drug administration say the yuma, ariz., growing region is the source, but no farm has been identified. the yuma area grows most of the lettuce harvested in the united states during the winter months, but officials say that lettuce now in stores or at restaurants is probabl...





higher education must clean out its ‘front porch’

former u.s. secretary of state condoleezza rice speaks during a news conference at the ncaa headquarters on april 25, 2018, in indianapolis. the commission on college basketball, led by rice, released a detailed 60-page report seven months after the ncaa formed the group to respond to a federal corruption investigation that rocked college basketball. (ap/darron cummings)by ted mitchellacross the country, fall saturdays are a colorful and noisy spectacle as millions of college football fans pack stadiums. as fall turns to winter, college basketball takes over, culminating in march madness and a frenzy of office pools and workers calling in sick when their favorite team is scheduled to hit the court.intercollegiate athletics, and particularly the major revenue-producing sports of football an...





man in cowboy hat tackles gunman in mexican butcher shop, video shows

like a cubist painting or a tarantino movie, one must observe this minute-long, soundless footage of a robbery attempt in mexico from multiple perspectives to fully appreciate it.the antagonist is, of course, the would-be robber, who steps into a butcher shop-slash-convenience store more gangling than gangster. within seconds, he has produced a handgun from under his navy hoodie and aimed it at three different people. nervousness? a lack of focus? it’s unclear. for what it’s worth, he will be in possession of said hoodie for only about 20 seconds longer.the woman behind the checkout counter is the first to have the gun pointed at her. she gives a few waves of the notebook she is holding — but otherwise barely moves in the face of the threat. only after about 40 seconds do we see he...





here are 5 urgent problems a new va secretary would need to tackle

white house physician ronny l. jackson, president trump’s nominee to be veterans affairs secretary. (manuel balce ceneta/ap)with white house physician ronny l. jackson’s nomination to lead the department of veterans affairs in serious doubt, here are five things that veterans advocates and experts say are the most urgent needs a new va secretary must address to successfully run the $200 billion agency that serves 9 million.1. fill vacanciesthe next va secretary must fully staff the agency. that means hiring the still-unfilled key jobs of undersecretary for health, undersecretary for benefits and chief information officer, in control of medical records. “the va secretary’s job is not to do everything. but it’s to build the best team that can get it all done. if that doesn’t hap...





trump’s attacks on media blamed for decline in u.s. standing in press-freedom survey

president trump considers much of the news media his adversaries, as can be confirmed with a single visit to his twitter profile. he frequently decries “fake news,” has referred to reporters as the “enemy of the american people” and singles out outlets in critical tweets. and while the united states has laws in place to protect journalists, a new report states that the country’s overall level of press freedom has declined since trump took office.the watchdog organization reporters without borders on wednesday released its annual world press freedom index, which ranks 180 countries from highest to lowest levels of press freedom. the united states fell in the ranking, as it did last year — this time, two places down to 45th. norway remained on top, with north korea as its polar o...





golden state killer: authorities say ex-cop joseph james deangelo arrested as suspect in the case

more than 40 years after the so-called “golden state killer” began terrorizing california, raping dozens of women and killing at least 12, authorities announced wednesday that they had arrested 72-year-old joseph james deangelo, charging him with capital murder.deangelo’s arrest offered a shocking, abrupt development in what had long been one of the most notorious unsolved string of crimes in u.s. history. the gruesome attacks unfolded across california for more than a decade during the 1970s and 1980s, shattering families and frightening communities. then the crimes stopped, remaining a mystery for a generation, with little sign the case would ever be solved.the trail ultimately led authorities to deangelo, a former police officer living in citrus heights, calif., a city outside sa...





sessions backtracks on pausing legal aid for immigrants facing deportation

after objections from immigration lawyers and lawmakers, attorney general jeff sessions said wednesday that he would not suspend a legal-aid program for detained immigrants while it undergoes a review.the government-funded legal orientation program, launched in 2003 under president george w. bush, was created to ensure that immigrants know their rights and legal options in court. it serves more than 50,000 detained immigrants facing deportation proceedings each year.sessions, an immigration hawk, said the u.s. immigration courts had planned to suspend the program starting as early as next week. at a budget hearing before a senate appropriations subcommittee, he signaled that he had received questions about pausing the program from lawmakers in both parties, including the subcommittee’s c...





sessions says trump has power to pardon anyone without consulting the justice dept.

attorney general jeff sessions told a senate panel wednesday that he believes president trump has the constitutional authority to pardon anyone and does not need to confer with the justice department, which traditionally has assisted presidents in such decisions. the president “clearly has the constitutional power to execute pardons” without conferring with the office of the pardon attorney, sessions said during a hearing before the senate subcommittee on commerce, justice, science and related agencies.it was disclosed in march that last year trump’s former lawyer floated the possibility of pardons for paul j. manafort, the president’s former campaign chairman, and michael flynn, the former national security adviser, if they faced criminal charges stemming from the investigation in...





msnbc host joy reid once apologized for homophobic comments on her blog. now she says she was hacked.

joy reid, host of the weekend msnbc show “am joy,” apologized more than four months ago for homophobic comments she admitted to making on her blog in the mid-2000s.but now she’s suggesting she didn’t write many of the posts in the first place — that instead she was hacked.the controversy began in december, when a twitter user named @jamie_maz and then mediaite posted images of homophobic comments ostensibly made by reid on her blog, the reid report, when she was a florida talk-radio host.the blog frequently speculated that the former republican governor of florida, charlie crist, was a closeted gay man who married a woman as a facade, despite the fact that crist had never come out as gay. it made fun of a haircut on a straight woman saying that it seemed to indicate she could ...





are ambien and provigil allegedly given by ronny jackson on white house trips dangerous?

ambien, the top-selling insomnia drug in the united states, and lunesta. (bloomberg news)white house physician ronny l. jackson allegedly provided travelers on white house trips with ambien, a prescription sedative that is widely regarded as a safe drug that poses little risk of addiction. nearly 30 million americans take it for it insomnia — the vast majority of them in its generic form, zolpidem — for a single night or for longer periods of sleeplessness.but that doesn't mean a physician can hand out the drug “like candy,” as sen. jon tester (d-mont.) said jackson did, without inquiring about other medications a patient might be taking, drug history or other medical issues, experts said.“any physician prescribing a controlled substance should have a doctor-patient relationsh...





waffle house shooting suspect travis reinking had displayed odd behavior but did not seem violent, former co-workers recall

the man charged with killing four people in a nashville-area waffle house over the weekend had displayed unnerving behavior in the past but did not seem violent, some of his former co-workers told police this week.the recollections from people who knew travis reinking while he worked for a colorado crane company further add to the portrait that has emerged of the 29-year-old, who had set off alarms after encounters with law enforcement officials in illinois and the district. authorities said they tried to have his guns taken away, but police say that despite that action and a history of red flags, reinking was able to storm into the waffle house early sunday morning wielding an ar-15 assault-style rifle and open fire on apparent strangers.reinking was apprehended by police on monday aft...





supreme court’s conservative justices appear to back trump’s authority for travel ban

the conservative majority on the supreme court seemed to agree wednesday that president trump has the authority to ban travelers from certain majority-muslim countries if he thinks that it is necessary to protect the country.lower courts have struck down each of the three iterations of the president’s travel-ban proclamation, the first of which was issued just a week after he took office in january 2017. but the conservative-leaning supreme court may be trump’s best hope, and it gave the administration a boost by allowing the ban to go into effect in december while considering the challenges to it.[in travel-ban case, supreme court considers ‘the president’ vs. ‘this president’]solicitor general noel francisco told the justices that the president was well within his power to is...





the nation’s weather and oceans agency has never gone this long without a confirmed leader

accuweather chief executive barry myers, trump’s pick to head noaa, testifies at a house science committee hearing in june 2016. (image taken from a video on the hearing)the agency charged with the critical missions of predicting the nation’s weather, monitoring its climate and protecting its coasts has lacked a permanent leader for one year and 95 days, since donald trump was elected president.the national oceanic and atmospheric administration has never gone so long without a permanent, confirmed director following the installment of a new administration.barry myers, the chief executive of accuweather, is trump’s pick to run noaa, but more than six months have passed since he was nominated oct. 16. stymied by alleged conflicts of interest and lacking a formal science background, m...





the military paid for a study on sea level rise. the results were scary.

an aerial photograph of kwajalein atoll in the marshall islands shows its low-lying islands and coral reefs. (thomas reiss/u.s. geological survey)more than a thousand low-lying tropical islands risk becoming “uninhabitable” by the middle of the century — or possibly sooner — because of rising sea levels, upending the populations of some island nations and endangering key u.s. military assets, according to new research published wednesday.the threats to the islands are twofold. in the long term, the rising seas threaten to inundate the islands entirely. more immediately, as seas rise, the islands will more frequently deal with large waves that crash farther onto the shore, contaminating their drinkable water supplies with ocean saltwater, according to the research.the islands...





watch the lava lake overflow in hawaii’s kilauea volcano

lava from hawaii's kilauea volcano spilled onto the floor of the halemaumau crater overnight on april 22. (usgs hvo)lava has risen to the crest of the main vent in hawaii’s kilauea volcano, and it is intermittently overflowing onto the crater floor.since mid-march, the usgs has observed the volcano bulge and “the lava lake within the overlook crater has risen, reaching levels high enough for lava to flow over the crater rim and spread to the north, south, and southwest of the vent,” the usgs wrote in an update on wednesday. it’s the first time the main vent has overflowed since 2015.odds are low, but activity like this can be an early indicator of bigger things to come. the volcano doesn’t pose a threat at the moment — at least not any more of a threat than it usually does —...





port authority video: caren z. turner caught on dash cam swearing at police

1 giuliani reopens negotiations about presidential interview with mueller, but cautions special counsel that trump remains resistant





most americans believe in a higher power, but not always in the god of the bible

by yonat shimron | religion news serviceby yonat shimron | religion news serviceapril 25 at 3:01 pm(rns) — a new pew research survey finds that one-third of americans — both those who say they believe in god and those who say they don’t — trust in a higher power or spiritual force.this group has a looser interpretation of the transcendent. some call it god; others don’t.the survey of 4,729 respondents conducted online in december offers some insight into the diversity of u.s. beliefs. and like other surveys over the past decade, it suggests the number of americans who believe in god is slowly declining.“one of the key questions that motivated the study was to get more detail among those who say they don’t believe in god,” said gregory smith, associate director of research a...