Italian police anounce an investigation into allegations of tax fraud by the nation’s top soccer teams. The probe affects 35 teams over two divisions, and has already resulted in a decree to seize assets worth $13 million from 58 people involved with professional soccer in Italy.
Ohio’s Environmental Protection Agency accuses the water treatment plant operator of falsifying reports in a lead poisoning scandal in Sebring, Ohio. It is not clear at this time how long the lead has been leaching into the town’s drinking water. The agency issued a warning about Sebring’s water supply on Dec. 3, The agency then directly […]
Gallion is arrested after he shoots Mallari in the back during a showing of 13 Hours. His attorney claims that Gallion was so concerned about the threat of mass shootings in cinemas that he defied the theater’s ban on concealed weapons and carried a handgun into the theater, and that the weapon accidentally discharged during the movie.
A Texas grand jury clears Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast of wrongdoing in an investigation launched last year under Gov. Abbott. The grand jury instead indicted two anti-abortion activists involved with covert videos about fetal tissue procurement. The activists, Daleiden and Merritt, have been charged with tampering with a governmental record. Daleiden has also been charged with […]
San Francisco Mayor Lee requests a federal investigation into the police shooting of Woods. Lee says that the federal investigation will invite “transparency and accountability” in the San Francisco police department: We seek answers, not just to the facts of Mr Woods’ case, but also answers about how as a Police Department and a City we […]
Authorities in Ferguson, MO say that they are on track to select a permanent police chief by March of 2016. The department has been without a permanent commander since March of 2015. The person taking on the role will have to work under close scrutiny by the Justice Department as the Ferguson PD works to rebuild […]
North Korea arrests Warmbier, a student at the University of Virginia, on charges of “committing a hostile act“ against the state. Warmbier entered North Korea through China as part of a tourist group through Young Pioneer Tours, a tourism company. The U. S. is working through the Swedish Embassy in Pyongyang to resolve the incident, as […]
Saskatchewan authorities charge a 17-year-old boy with four counts of murder and seven counts of attempted murder in the shootings. He cannot be named due to his age, and no motive has been given for the attacks. The RCMP says the suspect will appear in court next week: The days and weeks are going to be difficult as we come […]
Officials in four Latin American and Caribbean countries warn women to delay pregnancy as the consequences of the Zika virus outbreak for developing fetuses become more apparent. During an outbreak of the Zika virus in Brazil, the nation saw an increase of nearly 4,000 infants born with microcephaly. US health authorities have warned pregnant women to […]
The WHO warns that the Zika virus is likely to spread across the Americas. The virus has already been found in 21 countries in the Caribbean, North and South America. No treatment or vaccine is available. The virus is spread through the Aedes mosquito. This mosquito is found throughout the Americas with the exceptions of Canada […]
McDonald-Cartier International Airport in Ottawa and Pearson International Airport in Toronto are asking travelers to check flight statuses before arrival due to numerous delays and cancellations caused by storm Jonas. The delays and cancellations mainly affect flights to or from Washington, Philadelphia and New York.
Families of the La Loche shooting victims remember their loved ones as the investigations into the first Canadian school shooting in three years continues. Janvier’s cousin: She was such a great storyteller. She was kind. Wood’s family: Adam was quite an adventurer, had a passion for life, and would often make you laugh until your stomach […]
Family members identify all four victims of the La Loche shootings: teachers Janvier and Wood, and brothers Dayne and Drayden Fontaine. Local MP Jolibois, who previously served as mayor of La Loche, says that the community is “in shock.” La Loche, being such a small community, everyone knows each other. We grew up together – we’re […]
At least 43 migrants drown when their wooden sailboat capsizes on the voyage from Turkey to Europe. 17 of the dead are children. Greek Coast Guard officials are unclear as to why the boat sank off the coast of Kalymnos, but say that winds were strong at the time. Fishing vessels take part in search and […]
Shootings at two locations across the small community of La Loche, Saskatchewan kill four and leave others injured.
Prime Minister Trudeau reacts to the La Loche shootings from Davos, Switzerland, where he learned of the attack hours later. Obviously this is every parent’s worst nightmare. When I spoke with community leaders, they obviously expressed that their community is reeling and all of us across the country, our hearts are going out to the […]
Israeli forces shoot 21 Palestinians in multiple incidents across the occupied territories, including a nine-year-old girl shot in the hand, while standing on the porch of her home, and a ten-year-old boy shot in the head with a rubber-coated bullet in the head. Others at the same scene are affected by tear gas. The girls is taken to a local […]
Seven states declare states of emergency as Jonas moves across the eastern United States. The blizzard, accompanied by gale-force winds, dumps as much as 23 inches of snow in some areas and has already been blamed for 12 deaths. Most deaths occurred in traffic accidents, but one person in Maryland dies while shoveling snow. Louis Uccellini, director […]
Police in Gatineau, Quebec arrest Brazeau on suspicion of domestic violence after an altercation at a private residence in that city. He is accused of fighting with Vanessa Brixton while intoxicated, and of making threats against an unnamed man also present at the scene. Authorities also found a “small amount” of cocaine in Brazeau’s possession during the arrest. A spokesman […]
Norway deports 60 migrants to Russia under new rules that allow them to deport any migrant originating in a country deemed to be “safe.” The new rules are expected to see 5,500 people deported to Russia. Many of the migrants are fleeing the war in Syria, but they crossed into Norway through Russia via the Arctic […]
The RCMP charge Senator Brazeau, and former senator Harb, with fraud, alleging improper claiming of living expenses. Both men deny the charges. Three other senators are named, but the RCMP had not yet decided whether or not to bring charges against them.
Senator Brazeau is found with a serious injury in his home in Ottawa. He undergoes emergency surgery and is in critical but stable condition. The nature of his injuries and the cause of his injuries are not disclosed, but police say that there is no criminal investigation. Brazeau has been on paid leave of absence since 2013 […]
Police in north Germany identify suspects in the botched armed robbery of an armored car near Bremen in June as former members of the Baader-Meinhof Gang, also known as the Red Army Faction. The ultra-left wing terrorist organization killed over 30 people in the 1970s and 80s. Garweg, Klette and Staub are identified through DNA testing and fingerprints. […]
IS magazine Dabiq publishes a eulogy for British militant Emwazi, better known in the west as Jihadi John. Emwazi was believed to have been killed in a U. S. air strike in Raqqa in November, but his death was unconfirmed. The publication of the eulogy confirms Emwazi’s death.
The Fish and Wildlife Service announces plans to restore the Mexican gray wolf in the American Southwest. The plan arouses suspicion among ranchers in the affected areas, who are concerned about economic impacts in their areas and about invasive species.Wolf opponents in Utah and Colorado contend that the Mexican gray wolf is not native to their […]
Denmark announces plans to demand refugees’ valuables in an attempt to make Denmark less appealing as a place of refuge. The rule is not different from laws that apply to Danes receiving welfare benefits, but lawmakers supporting the bill admit that the goal is to discourage people seeking asylum in Denmark. 20,000 people applied for […]
Amnesty International reports that female refugees coming to Europe face violence and harassment in excess of what is faced by male refugees.The report is based on interviews with 40 women and girls in Germany and Norway last month who had traveled from Turkey to Greece and then across the Balkans. The threat is greatest in Hungary, […]
The US Embassy in Iraq says that its nationals are “missing” after local media outlets say that three Americans had been kidnapped in Baghdad. Local security forces conduct house-to-house searches, but have not yet found the missing Americans. Citing privacy concerns, embassy officials decline to identify the Americans involved. State Department: The safety and security of Americans […]
Doctors Without Borders says traffickers are being boosted by strict border policies intended to stop migration in Europe. Many Balkan and central European states have tightened their borders in the wake of the Paris attacks in November 2015. Our teams have seen, ever since the closure of the border to some nationalities …the return of […]
After the island elects pro-independence leader Tsai, China warns that Taiwan should “abandon its hallucinations about pushing for independence”. If there is no peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, Taiwan’s new authority will find the sufferings of the people it wishes to resolve on the economy, livelihood and its youth will be as useless as […]
Taiwan elects its first female president. Ms. Tsai leads a party that seeks full independence from China. In her victory speech she thanked the U. S. and Japan for their support of Taiwan, and vowed to maintain the status quo between the two nations, warning that: any forms of suppression will harm the stability of […]
Cher donates over 180,000 bottles of water to Flint residents in response to the water crisis. Shipments will start on 18 Jan. The water will be distributed through the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan and was provided through Icelandic Glacial, where the singer had contacts who agreed to double Cher’s donation. Cher: This is a tragedy […]
An Indonesian man wounded in the Jakarta attacks dies, bringing the death toll from the IS-linked attack to eight. A minimum of 20 people have been injured. Authorities have made 12 arrests and shut down 11 websites in the aftermath of the attacks. The attackers have been tentatively identified as belonging to a group linked with […]
Obama declares an official State of Emergency in the Flint Water Crisis. The move, requested by Gov. Snyder, frees up $5M in federal aid funding. Snyder’s initial request sought $31M, but this was denied on the grounds that the mandates allowing funds on that scale to be released are only available for natural disasters. Obama’s declaration will […]
Police in Richmond, VA, arrest Farrokh as he attempts to leave the US for Syria. Police also arrest Elhassan who allegedly drove Farrokh to Richmond. Both men are from Woodbridge, VA. Farrokh is charged with attempting to provide material support and resources to a terrorist organization. He is alleged to have been attempting to join ISIS upon […]
Lawyers for Cosby attempt to have aggravated indecent assault charges against the actor thrown out on the grounds that his 2005 videotaped deposition, in which he admits to drugging Constand, was made under the promise from prosecutors that he would be granted immunity from prosecution. Prosecutors in the current criminal case contend that there is no […]
Rubio cites fears of ISIS as reasons to protect gun rights for Americans and promises to maintain a broad interpretation of the 2nd Amendment if elected president. While speaking to a crowd of approximately 600 in Iowa, he warned that the Obama administration is coming to confiscate Americans guns and leave them defenseless: My attorney […]
Mos Def is ordered to leave South Africa within 14 days. He has been living in Cape Town with his family since 2013 on an expired tourist visa. When the rapper tried to leave the country he presented a “world passport.” He has been banned from the country for five years, but has the right to […]
The siege on the Splendid Hotel in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, ends, leaving 23 dead in addition to four attackers. Three attackers were killed at the hotel and a fourth was killed by security forces in a nearby hotel. The attackers were associated with an Al Qaeda affiliated organization.
Walmart announces plans to close 269 stores. 154 of these stores are in the US, and will affect 16,000 workers. Closures will begin at the end of January. 102 of the 154 stores to be closed in the US are part of an experimental set of offerings opened in 2011 and are within 10 miles of […]
Al-Shabab attacks an African Union base at El-Ade in southwestern Somalia. A spokesman for Al-Shabab claims that the attack killed more than 63 Kenyan soldiers. A Kenyan military official stated that the rebels attacked Somali soldiers, but that Kenyan soldiers had helped to resist the attack.
Indonesian police name Naim on suspicion of planning the deadly bombing in Jakarta. Three other men are also arrested in pre-dawn raids. The arrests are in response to attacks that killed seven, including the attackers. Naim is believed to be in Syria fighting for ISIL. Jakarta police chief: His vision is to unite all ISIS-supporting elements in […]
Up to 2000 refugees living in a makeshift camp near Calais face eviction as local authorities announce plans to bulldoze their camp. Authorities say that they have constructed a winter shelter and say that those who are unable to find a bed at the new shelter will be transported to other centers around the country, but […]
The Obama administration announces plans to halt new coal mining leases on federal land until it completes a review of fees. The administration wants to ensure that those fees secure a fair price for the mining rights and that the fees charged reflect the environmental costs of coal mining and use. Coal mining companies at present […]
Ten Yemeni detainees are transferred to Oman, dropping the prisoner population at Guantanamo Bay below 100 for the first time. The move is the single largest transfer of detainees from the facility. It is estimated that 780 detainees have passed through Guantanamo Bay since it opened in 2002.
Gov. Snyder asks the federal government for declarations of an emergency and a major disaster in the Flint water crisis. The declarations, if granted, would help get federal aid to individuals and public agencies providing people with clean drinking water in the stricken city. Snyder has apologized for the state’s slow handling of the water crisis. […]
Sanders and Clinton debate policy issues during the Iowa Black and Brown Forum, hosted by Drake University. At specific issue were gun control, Wall Street reform, tax policy and immigration issues. Clinton’s campaign released a statement during the forum, related to questions asked during the event: Our immigration enforcement efforts should be humane and conducted in […]
Judge Haikala acquits Parker after two trials ended in hung juries. Parker, a policeman, seriously injured Indian national Patel during an arrest on suspicion of burglary. Patel spoke no English and appears not to have understood what was being asked of him. He has been left partially paralyzed by the incident. Haikala: The court has no reason […]
A French teacher is under investigation for manslaughter for taking children onto a closed ski run just prior to a fatal avalanche in the French Alps. Authorities say the trail closure was clearly marked and that the risk was known. The teacher was seriously injured in the disaster and remains in hospital. Minister for Youth and Sport: How could you […]
Phillips dies in prison. Prison authorities believe that he took his own life, although the means by which he did so was not disclosed. Nebraska coach: He was an intelligent person and had some good qualities. Yet he had some anger issues and couldn’t overcome the demons in his life.