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DOVER, Del. –  More than two dozen medical workers at a Delaware prison have quit in the aftermath of an inmate uprising and hostage taking in which a prison guard was killed. Connections Community Support Programs, the medical contractor at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, has reported 29 resignations since the Feb. 1 uprising, Department of Correction officials said Wednesday. The resignations include 19 nurses, three nurse practitioners and a health services administrator. Two clinicians, two medical assistants, a dental assistant and a psychiatric technician also have quit. DOC officials did not immediately respond to questions about the impact of the medical departures and minimum staffing levels spelled out in the contract with Connections. Eight correctional officers also have resigned this month, and eight others have submitted retirement paperwork. Meanwhile, a Republican state senator on Wednesday proposed using some of the millions of dollars the state pays for staff overtime at its prisons to hire …

Kansas law enforcement are conducting a frantic manhunt Wednesday night after gunfire erupted inside a packed bar during an NCAA basketball game, injuring three– including two critically. The gunman was described as a white male, possibly in his 60s, Olathe police said. Olathe is to the southwest of Kansas City. Police have not released the name of the suspect or a motive, Fox 4 KC reported. “We’re going to be talking to a lot of people. We’re going to continue to interview witnesses, and anybody that has information. We’re asking them to give us a call or call the TIPS Hotline. We’re going to continue to talk to them and when we get additional information or leads, we will follow up on those until we make an arrest,” Olathe police Sgt. Logan Bonney said. Police said three men were shot the Austin’s Bar and Grill at around 7:15 p.m. Two men were taken to the …

Feb. 22 (UPI) — President Donald Trump‘s administration on Wednesday announced that it has rolled back former President Barack Obama‘s guidelines to give transgender students the right to use whichever public restrooms they are most comfortable with. The Departments of Justice and Education notified the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday that it had instructed American schools to disregard Obama administration efforts regarding transgender students. “We have a responsibility to protect every student in America and ensure that they have the freedom to learn and thrive in a safe and trusted environment,” Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said in a statement. “This is not merely a federal mandate, but a moral obligation no individual, school, district or state can abdicate. At my direction, the Department’s Office for Civil Rights remains committed to investigating all claims of discrimination, bullying and harassment against those who are most vulnerable in our schools.” Obama’s guidelines, issued last May, ordered schools nationwide to …

Feb. 22 (UPI) — Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday condemned vandalism at a Jewish cemetery in St. Louis during two speeches, one at a Caterpillar plant in Fenton, Mo., and later at the cemetery itself. Pence picked up a rake and gloves, helping community members at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery clean up hundreds of toppled headstones and defiled graves that were vandalized Monday after denouncing the act as “vile.” The cemetery was vandalized the same day 11 Jewish community centers in seven states received bomb threats — a fourth wave that brought the number of calls to centers in the last two months to 60 — drawing loud calls for President Donald Trump‘s administration to come out more strongly against a rising number of anti-Semitic acts across the United States. Pence repeated Trump’s denunciation of months of anti-Semitic rhetoric and acts increasing in frequency during remarks at a private event at the Caterpiller plant, …

NEW YORK It cost New York City about $24 million to provide security at Trump Tower, President Donald Trump’s skyscraper home in Manhattan, from Election Day to Inauguration Day, or $308,000 per day, New York’s police commissioner said on Wednesday. The revelation prompted renewed calls for Congress to reimburse the city for the cost of protecting Trump’s private residence on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue, where his wife and their son continue to reside. “We are seeking full federal reimbursement for all costs incurred related to security for President Trump and his family at Trump Tower,” Freddi Goldstein, a spokeswoman for Mayor Bill de Blasio, wrote in an email to Reuters. New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill said in a statement that the Police Department now has a dual role in protecting the first family while also serving and protecting residents in the city. “Trump Tower itself now presents a target to those who wish to …

Feb. 22 (UPI) — President Donald Trump‘s administration on Wednesday announced the federal government has rolled back former President Barack Obama‘s guidelines allowing transgender students to use the bathroom with which they are most comfortable. The Departments of Justice and Education notified the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday that it was instructing American schools to disregard the Obama administration directive. “We have a responsibility to protect every student in America and ensure that they have the freedom to learn and thrive in a safe and trusted environment,” Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said in a statement. “This is not merely a federal mandate, but a moral obligation no individual, school, district or state can abdicate. At my direction, the Department’s Office for Civil Rights remains committed to investigating all claims of discrimination, bullying and harassment against those who are most vulnerable in our schools.” Obama’s guidelines, issued last May, instructed schools nationwide to permit students to choose …

Two teenage boys in Utah are accused of luring a 14-year-old girl to a ditch where they robbed her and shot her in the head, leaving her critically wounded. At a hearing in juvenile court Wednesday, a judge ordered the 16-year-olds to be held until another hearing next week. The defendants’ names have not been made public because they are juveniles, but Cache County Attorney James Swink said he wants to try them as adults.  Police in Smithfield have not provided a motive for the attack on Deserae Turner, who is in a medically induced coma, but one of the boys said they were driven by greed. They told police they lured Turner to the ditch last week by promising to sell her a knife. Instead, they shot her and then took her cellphone, iPod and $55, prosecutors said in charging documents. Deserae was reported missing on the evening of Feb. 16, when she didn’t return …

YARMOUTH (CBS) – A severely hypothermic boater was rescued after clinging to his overturned boat for nearly 13 hours. Around 10 p.m. Monday a woman told Yarmouth Police that her boyfriend, 36-year-old Medford resident Arthur Moscufo, was overdue from a boating trip. After finding Moscufo’s truck and boat trailer in the area of Bass River and Smugglers Beach in Yarmouth, firefighters were called and conducted a search of the shore. A rescue boat helps save a severely hypothermic man from the waters off Yarmouth. (Image Credit: Yarmouth Fire Department) Simultaneously, rescue crews from the U.S. Coast Guard, Yarmouth Fire and several other departments launched boats into the water and the Coast Guard dispatched its helicopter. Around 4:20 a.m. on Tuesday, crews spotted Moscufo clinging to his overturned boat. Moscufo, who was severely hypothermic, was rescued and rushed to an area hospital in good condition. Moscufo told rescuers he was testing a small aluminum boat he had just bought, …

A judge has crushed the hopes of a group of investors in Ultra Petroleum Inc, a bankrupt natural gas company, who had sought to collect a $300 million windfall because a clerk entered a court order on the wrong date. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Marvin Isgur approved on Feb. 13 the disclosures for Ultra’s plan to emerge from Chapter 11, although his order was not put on the docket until the morning of Feb. 14. Some holders of Ultra’s notes then argued that the delay changed the plan’s economics in their favor, until Isgur ruled against them on Tuesday. “I couldn’t have imagined this would be entered on the wrong date,” Isgur said, adding that it was not clear why. During a hurried conference call, the Houston bankruptcy judge said all the parties expected his order to be entered on the court’s docket the same day he approved it, not the next morning. The mix-up prompted …

Feb. 22 (UPI) — Dakota Access pipeline protesters set fire to their tents and teepees Wednesday before the imposed deadline to leave the site in Morton County, N.D. About 300 remaining opponents of the pipeline burned the tents ahead of the 2 p.m. deadline. Camp leaders were informed they were subject to arrest if they didn’t depart by then. Last week, Gov. Doug Burgum signed an emergency order for evacuation of the property, citing environmental damage and a flood threat. The order noted increasing temperatures have accelerated the snow melt in the area, which is on a flood plain. The numbers of protesters have declined from about 10,000. Some tepees were stripped to the poles and trash was piled high in some areas. “I’m not going anywhere. I carry a knife with me all the time. But I am handing that over so that I have no weapons on me. I will stay and pray, …

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