Headline News

HOMEWOOD, Ala. –  An investigation is underway after an officer-involved shooting in Homewood, a suburb of Birmingham, Alabama, left a suspect dead and a Homewood officer with minor injuries. Homewood Police Sgt. John Carr tells Al.com the officer “was forced to defend himself” about 1 a.m. on Saturday after the two got into a struggle and the officer was shocked with his own stun gun at a hotel in Homewood. Carr said the incident began when the officer stopped to speak with a man he saw while patrolling the parking lot of the hotel. The suspect “got into a struggle with the officer,” he said. During the struggle, the suspect was able to grab the officer’s Taser and use it on the officer. The officer then shot the suspect, Carr said. Senior Trooper Chuck Daniel said details on what led to the shooting have not been released. The suspect was transported to UAB Hospital where …

Sixty illegal immigrants who were comingled within a tractor holding produce were rescued by Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol Agents on Saturday. Agents referred a tractor trailer driver to secondary inspection after a dog alerted officials to the people who were laying on and within pallets of broccoli. Related Image Expand / Collapse Sixty illegal immigrants were discovered Saturday in a cold tractor carrying vegetables.  (US Customs and Border Patrol) The trailer’s doors were secured with a padlock and the subjects had no means of escape. The trailer’s temperature was 49 degrees Fahrenheit. Medical attention was offered to the rescued aliens but all declined, officials said. They were transported to the Falfurrias Border Patrol Station and processed. The group consisted of 22 Guatemalans, 17 Mexicans, 13 Salvadorans and eight Hondurans.  The driver, a Guatemalan national, was arrested and is pending federal charges for alien smuggling. Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol urges immigrants against …

Aug. 19 (UPI) — A civilian research vessel owned by Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen located the wreckage of the USS Indianapolis, a cruiser sunk by the Japanese in the waning days of World War II, the Navy said Saturday. The discovery came after decades of mystery surrounding the ship’s final minutes on July 30, 1945, after it suffered two direct torpedo strikes from a Japanese submarine that caused it to sink in less than 15 minutes. The Indianapolis had a crew of more than 1,100 sailors, of whom just 316 survived. Only 22 members of its crew are still alive. The ship was located on the floor of the northern Pacific Ocean at a depth of more than 18,000 feet. It was located by scientists aboard the Research Vessel Petrel, which Allen owns. The Petrel has tracked down other warships lost at sea during the conflict using its state-of-the-art subsea monitoring equipment. “To be able …

Debate is heating up throughout the country over what to do with Confederate statues and memorials. But it appears, at least for now, that 10 major U.S. Army bases will keep the names of Confederate soldiers. The Army refused to answer questions last week on whether those bases – including Fort Bragg in North Carolina, Fort Hood in Texas, and Fort Benning in Georgia – will keep their names, the Charlotte Observer reported. All 10 U.S. military bases named for Confederate soldiers are located in the South. Related Image Expand / Collapse Fort Bragg in North Carolina is one of 10 U.S. Army bases named for Confederate soldiers.  (Reuters) Prior to this month’s violence in Charlottesville, Va., the most recent time the names of Army bases were strongly debated was in 2015, after the slaying of nine black church members in Charleston, S.C. At that time, Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, told Time …

SALT LAKE CITY –  A Utah high school teacher is getting married next month. But instead of registering for a blender or stemware, she’s asking for shoes and backpacks to give homeless children at her school. Copper Hills High School teacher Rickee Stewart said she was shocked when she found out more than 100 homeless students attend her school. She learned about the homeless students after the school set up a food pantry. “One of my students walked up very quietly and said, ‘So, my mom wants to know how I can actually get some of that food,’ ” Stewart said. “It’s very real.” This realization prompted Stewart to tell her wedding guests they can donate to her homeless student project in lieu of gifts, KSL-TV reported Thursday. “I registered for tennis shoes and Converse and backpacks and winter coats for the homeless kids at our school,” she said. Donations have now been pouring in …

PORTLAND, Maine –  A National Guard proposal to expand airspace for fighter jet training low over the mountains of western Maine has dragged on for so long that many of the aircraft currently used for training could be retired by the time the plans are completed. Vermont-based F-16 fighters account for the bulk of the training flights and are due to be replaced by stealthy F-35 fighters that won’t be allowed to fly as low. With the departure of the F-16s, the number of low-flying jets would be cut by more than two-thirds each year and the remaining low-level training flights would be dispersed over a larger area, further reducing the impact, the National Guard says. “I can’t guarantee someone that they won’t hear an airplane, but I can guarantee that they won’t hear it consistently,” said Jamie Flanders, airspace manager. But a former fighter pilot instructor warned there are no guarantees on numbers of …

Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Saturday evening issued an executive order removing the case of two police officers slain in Kissimmee, Fla., from a prosecutor who had previously stated she opposes the death penalty. “Today, I am using my executive authority to reassign this case to State Attorney Brad King to ensure the victims of last night’s attack and their families receive the justice they deserve,” Scott said in the order. King will replace State Attorney Aramis Ayala, who argued earlier this year that the death penalty is not a deterrent and causes cases to drag on for years, inflicting anguish on victims’ relatives. Her announcement came as her office was building a case against Markeith Loyd, who is charged with the fatal shooting of an Orlando police lieutenant. Related Image Expand / Collapse Two law enforcement officers stand guard outside Osceola Regional Medical Center after two Kissimmee police officers were shot Friday, Aug. 18, …

Wreckage from the USS Indianapolis, which sank 72 years ago after being torpedoed during World War II, was found in the Philippine Sea by the expedition crew of billionaire Paul Allen. The Indianapolis was hit by the Japanese on July 30, 1945 and sank in only 12 minutes, leading to the greatest single loss of life at sea in the Navy’s history. Of 1,196 crew aboard the ship, only 317 survived. The men who didn’t go down with the ship faced dehydration, saltwater poisoning and shark-infested waters.  “To be able to honor the brave men of the USS Indianapolis and their families through the discovery of a ship that played such a significant role during World War II is truly humbling,” Allen said in a statement. Prior to being attacked, the Indianapolis had delivered components of one of the two nuclear weapons that were later dropped on Japan.  “For more than two decades I’ve been …

OMAHA, Neb. –  Police have destroyed DNA samples collected years ago from several black men in a controversial 2004 sweep in Omaha now that a suspect in a series of rapes has been charged. Officials told the Omaha World-Herald that they destroyed all samples taken as part of the DNA sweep. Dick Davis II, who now lives in Georgia, was among the men from whom police collected DNA in 2004 as police desperately sought to solve the rapes. Davis voluntarily allowed police to swab his cheek when they came knocking on his door, but he said he felt coerced to comply. The sweep led to a state law that requires police to notify innocent people in writing that they have not been implicated by their sample and that police purge DNA samples and any identifying information from their records. Davis contacted Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine in June after learning that Brandon Weathers, who is …

Aug. 19 (UPI) — With millions of people expected to travel into the “path of totality” for Monday’s solar eclipse, the U.S. Department of Transportation said traffic accidents are more likely and issued guidelines for safe driving during the event. Communities in the narrow band where the entire outline of the sun will be blocked out are likely to experience a huge surge of visitors — and many began already experienced increased traffic for the once-in-a-lifetime event Thursday and Friday. The DOT cautioned events like an eclipse, especially a total solar eclipse, can cause a rash of vehicle accidents, primarily due to distracted driving. The DOT issued a list of bullet points for motorists driving during the eclipse to heed: • Do not stop or park on the side of interstates or thruways. Not only is it a traffic violation for motorists to stop on a highway unless they’re experiencing an emergency, it increases the …

1 2 3 381