A Miami Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration was interrupted by gunfire that injured eight people, including five juveniles. An 11-year-old and a 13-year-old were grazed by bullets and were treated on the scene, the Miami Herald reported. Five other injured people were stable in the hospital. Another victim was in critical condition after suffering several gunshot wounds. Police said they recovered two firearms and took two people into custody for questioning, but not suspects were identified on Tuesday night.
For the first time in 11 years, the Sacramento River floodgates were opened Monday. Officials released water from the Folsom Lake reservoir and several others to prevent flooding. An impending storm is expected to bring 7 feet of snow in higher elevations to the state. By the end of the week, the total for the year could already be up to 20 feet. “We haven’t seen an event of this magnitude in at least a decade,” state climatologist Mike Anderson said to the Los Angeles Times.
Five people were killed and eight injured after a shooter opened fire at the Fort Lauderdale airport on January 6. Iraq veteran Esteban Santiago, 26, is the suspected shooter. Santiago checked a bag with a gun when he flew from Anchorage to Florida on a Delta Air Lines flight. He picked up his bag, went to the bathroom to load his gun and emerged shooting. After emptying magazines of bullets, he laid on the ground waiting for his arrest.
A Long Island Rail Road train crashed at Brooklyn's Atlantic Terminal and came off the tracks Wednesday morning. The train was reportedly running late during rush hour. Around 103 people were injured in the crash and some were thrown from their seats. All injuries suffered were minor. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said at a press conference that the worst injury was a "possible" broken leg. Authorities are investigating why the operator failed to stop the train in time to prevent the crash.
A raise is always a great way to start the year. Minimum wages are slated to increase in 19 states. Massachusetts and Washington will increase to $11 per an hour— the highest minimum wage in the country. California is raising its wage to $10.50 for businesses with 26 or more employees. Wages are being raised regionally in New York State. Arizona, Maine, Colorado and Washington, Alaska, Florida, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, Ohio and South Dakota, Arkansas, Connecticut, Hawaii, Michigan and Vermont are all raising wages. Wages are gradually being raised to $15 an hour.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said he plans to repair relations with the United States under President Donald Trump. This comes after Putin threatened to dismiss American diplomats from Russia in response to President Barack Obama expelling 35 Russian intelligence operatives from the United States. Putin refraining from deporting American diplomats comes as somewhat of a surprise. Russian's foreign ministry had previously signaled that U.S. diplomats would be expelled from Moscow and St. Petersburg.
A stray backpack prompted a partial evacuation of Trump Tower Tuesday. Bomb squad technicians quickly discovered that the unattended bag was harmless, filled with children's toys. President-elect Donald Trump lives in the building and has offices there, but he was at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida when the bag was discovered. New York Police Department spokesman Stephen Davis said the bomb squad gave the "all clear" around 5 p.m. after examining the bag.
Eight disturbances were reported in shopping malls around the country on Monday — the day after Christmas. These reports spread quickly across social media as shoppers flocked to malls in search of post-holiday deals. Disturbances that led to some malls being evacuated occurred in Elizabeth, New Jersey; Fayetteville, North Carolina; East Garden City, New York; Aurora, Colorado; Tempe, Arizona; Beachwood Place, Cleveland; and Memphis, Tennesse. All injuries incurred were either minor or not life-threatening. Memphis police arrested seven people in connection with the incident. No one has confirmed what caused any incident, but there is some discussion of social media's role in the events.
The death toll for fireworks market explosion has reached 35 people. More than 100 people were injured or killed Tuesday in Tultepec, a town north of Mexico City, when fireworks simultaneously went off causing a series of explosions. The cause of the explosions has not been released. About 10 of the 300 fireworks stands are still intact. The San Pablito Market has experienced previous explosions.
Russian Ambassador Andrei Karlov was killed after being shot in the back by an off-duty policeman Monday. Three others were injured when the gunman opened fire at a photo exhibit in the Turkish capital, Ankara. The gunman shouted “don’t forget Aleppo, don’t forget Syria,” “God is great! Those who pledged allegiance to Muhammad for jihad. God is great!” He was shot to death by policemen on site. Turkey and Russia have been at odds about Russian invovlement in the Syrian qar since they support opposing sides. Russia considers the assult a terrorist attack.
A chemical leak from an asphalt plant has contaminated the water supply in Corpus Christi, Texas. The city has warned residents not to drink or bathe in tap water. Even boiling the water will not make it safe. Residents are forced to purchase bottled water for drinking, cooking and bathing. The chemical that has leaked into the water supply is called Indulin. It is corrosive and can burn a person's skin if in concentrated amounts. It can also cause damage to internal organs if ingested. The chemical is classified as hazardous by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. City officials eased some restrictions on tap water use Friday while workers flushed water pipes to clear away any traces of the chemical.
More than 1 billion Yahoo accounts were breached in August 2013 according to the company. This data theft is different from the 500-million-account breach that Yahoo disclosed in September. The new 1-billion-account breach is now the largest on record. Information stolen includes names, email addresses, phone numbers, date of birth and hashed passwords. Payment, bank account, and credit information were not stolen. Yahoo shares fell 2 percent.
Edgar Maddison Welch fired an assault rifle multiple times inside a pizza restaurant in Washington, D.C. while he claimed to be investigating the internet conspiracy theory called "pizzagate." Welch hails from North Carolina and appeared in court in the District of Columbia Tuesday. He has been in jail since the December 4 shooting. No one was harmed. The restaurant, Comet Ping Pong, has been falsely rumored to be the host of a child sex trafficking ring run by Democrats. The conspiracy theory has been thoroughly debunked.
Five elementary students died and 12 students were hospitalized after a school bus accident in Chattanooga. The school bus driver, 24-year-old Johnthony K. Walker, was speeding before he swerved into an elevated driveway. Walker is charged with five counts of vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment, and reckless driving. There were 37 students on board when the bus crashed.
The FBI has made new inquiries into Hillary Clinton's private email server after discovering new emails on a computer seized during an investigation of former Representative Anthony Weiner. The FBI says it will determine whether these new emails contain classified information and assess their relation and importance to Clinton's server. The FBI had previously closed their investigation into the private email server over the summer.
French authorities finished clearing the "Jungle" — a makeshift town outside Calais built by thousands of refugees seeking passage into the United Kingdom. France said it is closing the camp for humanitarian reasons and to end limbo for thousands of migrants. Many have already attempted to cross the English channel. Refugees believe the UK has more job opportunities and many of them already speak some English.
It's not your connection. Most of the internet was down Friday morning. Hackers unleashed a massive distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on a major DNS host. Domain Name Servers (DNS) connect internet users to website servers. When you type in twitter.com, you're actually dialing up a specific server to access through your browser. If the DNS provider for a certain website is down, you'll probably have difficulty connecting. Many major websites were down or extremely slow Friday morning, including Twitter, Reddit, Spotify, CNN and others. Here's a full list of the websites affected by the attack.
Colombia rejected a peace deal with FARC rebels that would have ended a 52-year-long civil war. The peace deal was signed September 26, but had to be ratified by popular vote to go into effect. The margin of victory was incredibly small — the "No" side won with just 50.2 percent. Only about 37 percent of registered voters participated. Opponents of the deal say the agreement is too lenient toward FARC rebels.
After two nights of violent protests in Charlotte, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has declared a state of emergency. The protests began in response to the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, a black man. McCrory said he would deploy the state National Guard and Highway Patrol. Charlotte's police chief said 9 people were injured and 44 arrests were made during the riots. Not all protests were violent. Several peaceful protests also took place in the city. Scenes from Charlotte: A state of emergency was declared and the National Guard activated after violent protestshttps://t.co/C7dixVEssP pic.twitter.com/2C9rVXfVnG — BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) September 22, 2016
The giant panda is no longer an endangered species after decades of work to save it. The species has now been re-classified as "vulnerable." Its population is estimated at 1,864 adults. Meanwhile, the eastern gorilla — the world's largest primate — is now an endangered species. Four of the six great ape species are critically endangered: the eastern gorilla, the western gorilla, Bornean orangutan and Sumatran orangutan.
The Food and Drug Administration is advising 11 states to begin screening all blood donations for the Zika virus. A previous advisory given February 16 limited this testing only to areas with active transmission of Zika. The states included in the recommendation are Alabama, Arizona, California, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, South Carolina and Texas. They are near areas where the virus is actively spreading from mosquitos.
Florida officials announced five new Zika cases in Miami Beach — a popular tourist destination. The CDC has issued a travel advisory for pregnant women and recommends visitors wait at least eight weeks before trying to get pregnant. Most Zika cases often don't show symptoms and are relatively mild. However, the virus has been connected to microcephaly, a birth defect that results in abnormal brain development.
A 10 p.m. weeknight curfew for teenagers will be strictly enforced in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The city has faced violent unrest over the weekend after the fatal police shooting of 23-year-old Sylville Smith Saturday. Smith was shot and killed by a black police officer. Saturday night, protestors set fire to six businesses, including a gas station. Cars were also burned and rocks were thrown at officers. In response, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker declared a state of emergency in Milwaukee.