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Company: Oil in pipeline under Missouri River reservoir

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 03:58:06 UT

Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners made the announcement in a brief court filing with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The announcement marks a significant development in the long battle over the project that will move North Dakota oil 2000 miles (1930 kilometers) through South Dakota and Iowa to a shipping point in Illinois. The pipeline is three months behind schedule due to large protests and the objections of two American Indian tribes who say it threatens their water supply and cultural sites. The tribes argue that a rupture in the section that crosses under Lake Oahe would threaten their water supply and sacred sites and would prevent them from practicing their religion, which requires clean water. [...] the Army Corps of Engineers, which manages the Missouri River for the government, rescinded the study and gave the company permission to complete the pipeline at the urging of President Donald Trump shortly after he took office.



Man arrested in connection with vandalism at Colorado mosque

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 03:52:47 UT

(AP) — Police arrested a suspect in connection with the vandalism at a mosque near Colorado State University, a case they are investigating as a hate crime. Police had asked for the public's help in identifying the person who overturned benches, broke windows and threw a Bible into Islamic Center of Fort Collins, which is about 60 miles north of Denver. Police released two clips of surveillance video that captured the vandalism at the Islamic Center of Fort Collins before dawn Sunday.



Police: No active search for suspects in nightclub shooting

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 03:48:18 UT

CINCINNATI (AP) — As Cincinnati police delved further into their investigation of a nightclub shooting melee that left one person dead and 16 injured, city officials Monday urged more witnesses to come forward and offered reassurances amid questions about safety in public gathering spots. Police Chief Eliot Isaac declined to say whether police have identified possible suspects in the Sunday gun violence inside the Cameo club, a popular hip-hop music spot near the Ohio river east of downtown Cincinnati. Investigators believe multiple shooters were involved; police estimate more than 20 shots were fired, sending club patrons diving to the floor or scrambling away from a chaotic and terrifying scene. Isaac said a number of people have contacted police with information, including a person who came forward Sunday evening to report having been shot, raising the total number injured to 16 besides the 27-year-old man who was slain. Four police officers were working off-duty security details in the club parking lot, but he emphasized the club provides its own security inside. [...] the Orlando, Florida, nightclub massacre last June that killed 49 people and injured 53 was the exception, making it the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.



The Latest: Nightclub to close for good after shooting

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 03:40:14 UT

The operator of a Cincinnati nightclub where 1 person was killed and 16 others were injured in a shooting says the venue will close its doors for good on Friday. Cameo club operator Julian "Jay" Rodgers said in a statement late Monday that the club had received a notice earlier in the day from the landlord and owner of the property to vacate the premises. Ohio liquor agents who inspected the Cameo club after the Sunday shooting say they found marijuana in plain view along with partially smoked marijuana in an employee-only section. Ohio liquor agents say they've cited the site of a deadly nightclub shooting in Cincinnati with drug abuse and drug possession violations. The Cincinnati police chief says it doesn't appear there is any video footage of a deadly nightclub shooting that killed one man and injured 16 people. The Cincinnati police chief has raised the number of people injured in a deadly nightclub shooting to 16. Isaac told the Cincinnati City Council in a Monday update that four uniformed officers working off-duty security at the Cameo club were not permitted to work inside the club under department rules. A poster dedicated to the 27-year-old man slain in the gunfire that injured 15 others states: "R.I.P Lucky" with a heart and messages for O'Bryan Spikes. Authorities say a dispute among several people escalated into the shootout early Sunday that sent patrons diving to the ground to dodge bullets at the crowded Cameo club. Authorities say a gunfight broke out inside the crowded Cameo club early Sunday after a dispute among several people escalated into a shootout that sent club patrons diving to the ground to dodge bullets. Club operator Jay Rodgers says Cameo will remain closed until both an internal and a police investigation are completed.



10 Things to Know for Tuesday

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 02:54:19 UT

Republican Rep. Devin Nunes went to the White House grounds to review intelligence reports and meet the secret source behind his controversial claims that communications involving President Donald Trump's associates were caught up in "incidental" surveillance in the Obama administration's waning days. Mostly teenage demonstrators are driven by accusations of high-level official corruption, forcing President Vladimir Putin to choose between tightening the screws or devising more artful means to divert public anger. Refugee guests from around the world will be recognized in a new symbolic act of placing a pair of shoes on a doorstep to acknowledge that Jews have stood in their shoes. A GPS-enabled "panic button" that Colombia's government has issued to help protect human-rights activists, labor organizers and journalists exposes them to more peril. Sixteen U.S. senators have written a letter to USA Hockey's executive director to express their concerns over the treatment of the women's national team, as players threaten to boycott the upcoming world championships in Michigan over a wage dispute.



Oregon officer says he warned teen not to reach for waist

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 02:11:10 UT

(AP) — A Portland police officer who fatally shot a 17-year-old boy last month told a Multnomah County grand jury that he warned the teenager several times to keep his hands away from his waist, according to a transcript of the hearing released Monday. Officer Andrew Hearst testified that he fired his rifle three times when he saw Quanice Hayes reach to the front of his waistband despite several officers telling him to keep his hands up. A grand jury last week declined to indict Hearst on criminal charges in the Feb. 9 shooting after concluding that Hearst, who joined the Portland Police Department in 2010, was justified in shooting Hayes.



Heroin found hidden in dog crate at Kennedy Airport

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 02:10:40 UT

Samuel Seabrooks, 35, of the Bronx, and Carlos Betancourt-Morales, 27, of Carmel, were arraigned on drug possession and conspiracy charges Sunday, according to the Queens district attorney's office. After obtaining a search warrant, authorities recovered 10 plastic wrapped packages containing more than 22 pounds of heroin with a street value of more than $1 million.



Screams alert residents to fire that killed 3 in Oakland

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 01:45:27 UT

(AP) — Awakened by screams of "fire," Michael Jones bolted out of bed in the pre-dawn darkness Monday at the dilapidated Oakland apartment building he calls home, instinctively pounded on the doors of his elderly neighbors and ushered them to safety — walkers and all. A few hours later, he and the dog stood across the street, staring at the smoldering wooden structure that housed some 80 low-income residents, many of whom complained that they had not heard alarms, felt sprinklers or found fire extinguishers as they fled the substandard living conditions. In 2010, Oakland allowed the owner of the 40-unit building that burned Monday to convert the structure into transitional housing for recovering drug addicts, people struggling with homelessness and others, records show. [...] it has been the subject of several building department citations and investigations. The Oakland Fire Department did not respond Monday to a request for inspection records involving the building, Kim did not return telephone calls from The Associated Press. City fire officials have been criticized for failing to inspect the Ghost Ship warehouse and the mayor conceded that city agencies need to improve communications after records showed police responding to a number of complaints there in the months before the Dec. 2 blaze.



The Latest: At least 3 killed in Oakland building fire

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 01:37:03 UT

Authorities say a blaze that tore through a residential building in Northern California that housed recovering drug addicts and former homeless people killed at least three residents. The fire broke out nearly three months after a warehouse called the Ghost Ship caught fire and killed 36 people attending an unlicensed concert about five miles (eight kilometers) away. A fire official says a second body has been recovered from the site of a fire at an Oakland residential building that housed drug addicts, people struggling with homelessness and others. The fire broke out in the rundown neighborhood nearly three months after a warehouse called the Ghost Ship caught fire and killed 36 people attending an unlicensed concert about five miles (eight kilometers) away. Records show an Oakland residential building that caught fire, killing one person, has been the target of building department investigations and citations since 2010, when the city allowed the owner to convert the structure into transitional housing for recovering drug addicts, people struggling with homelessness and others. The violation had been alleged by the nonprofit organization that rented two of the three floors of the structure for the transitional housing. An attorney for the biggest tenant of an Oakland building that caught fire while housing people recovering from addiction, prison and life on the streets says the landlord was trying to evict the nonprofit organization. Lawyer James Cook, who represents Urojas Community Services, said the organization rented the first and second floors of the three-story building that caught fire Monday, killing one resident and sending four others to a hospital. Cook said building owner Keith Kim began trying to evict the nonprofit shortly after a devastating Oakland warehouse fire in December killed three dozen partygoers. Officials say 50 or 60 residents lived in building that was still smoldering as fir



Authorities now say a blaze that tore through a residential building in Northern California killed at least 3 residents

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 01:31:15 UT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Authorities now say a blaze that tore through a residential building in Northern California killed at least 3 residents.



ICE: Rape suspect's father arrested after immigration review

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 01:15:00 UT

JESSUP, Md. (AP) — Immigration officials say the father of a high school student charged with raping a 14-year-old girl in a school bathroom in Maryland has been arrested after a review of his status in the United States. According to media reports, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement Monday that 43-year-old Adolfo Sanchez-Reyes was arrested Friday.



Outspoken governor LePage serves up beer for a good cause

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:54:47 UT

Republican Gov. Paul LePage drew a packed room as he served drinks as a celebrity bartender Monday evening at the Quarry Tap Room in Hallowell, outside Augusta. Ann LePage, who spent last summer working as a waitress in Boothbay Harbor, walked around with a spread that included jalapeno cheese. LePage has often been criticized for his caustic comments and behavior, including leaving an obscene message on a Democratic lawmaker's voicemail, saying he wished he could challenge the lawmaker to a duel and point a gun at him, complaining about out-of-state drug dealers named "D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty" impregnating white girls and associating a rise in infectious diseases with immigrants without providing data. Across the street on Monday, The Liberal Cup pub collected donations for Mills' foundation from those who couldn't — or declined to — squeeze into Quarry.



Lawsuit: Bus terminal bathroom arrests target gays

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:53:43 UT

The suit, filed Monday in Manhattan federal court, claims Port Authority police officers engage in discrimination by falsely arresting men perceived as gay at the Port Authority Bus Terminal on baseless charges including public lewdness and exposure. "The PAPD have continued to make such targeted arrests knowing or believing that most of those arrested will ultimately be forced to plead to lesser charges to avoid public embarrassment and humiliation, costly legal fees, and jail sentences, as well as reputational and professional harm associated with the false charges," the suit explained.



Oklahoma authorities: Homeowner's son kills 3 burglars

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:48:22 UT

(AP) — Oklahoma authorities say three would-be burglars have been fatally shot by a homeowner's adult son who was armed with a rifle. Mahoney says the men were wearing black clothes, gloves and masks when they forced their way in through a back door.



Sheriff: ICE arrests immigrants reporting for labor detail

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:33:15 UT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Federal immigration agents arrested 26 immigrants suspected of living in the country illegally as they reported for labor-detail sentences for unrelated crimes in Fort Worth, according to local authorities. Tarrant County Sheriff Bill Waybourn told local television station KXAS that his office participated in the arrests Sunday morning at the request of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. All those who have not been removed or voluntarily returned to Mexico remain in ICE custody pending their removal or disposition of their immigration cases. Fort Worth-based immigration attorney Nicolas Chavez said Sunday's operation could have a "chilling effect" on immigrants who want to comply with the terms of their sentences but are concerned about federal enforcement action.



Court filing: Convicted former Christie allies lied at trial

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:27:02 UT

Prosecutors called for a sentence of 37 to 46 months in prison because, they wrote in a brief made public Monday, both committed perjury on the witness stand. In a filing later Monday, attorneys for the defendants argued for probation and community service, saying their clients deserve mercy for a host of reasons. Baroni and Kelly were convicted last fall of using their positions to cause traffic jams near the George Washington Bridge in 2013 in an alleged plot against a Democratic mayor who didn't endorse the Republican Christie. Kelly and Baroni were each convicted on seven charges including conspiracy, wire fraud, civil rights offenses and misapplying the property of the Port Authority. Baroni's attorneys argued in their brief Monday that other defendants who committed, in some cases, violent crimes have received lighter sentences than what Baroni faces.



Man denies charges in deadly crash, held for Border Patrol

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:20:34 UT

OREGON, Ohio (AP) — A man arrested in an Ohio van crash that killed three members of a family has pleaded not guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide and is being held on an immigration detainer. The State Highway Patrol says Ramirez-Jaramillo was arrested in the alcohol-related crash Sunday in Jerusalem Township that killed Robin and Barbara Shellhammer, of Oregon.



Maryland lawmakers vote to ban drilling known as fracking

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:15:32 UT

The drilling technique forces pressurized water and chemicals underground to break up the rock and release the gas. Critics say the process and disposal of tainted wastewater pose risks of water and air pollution, earthquakes and property devaluation. "Denying Maryland consumers, businesses and job-seekers the benefits that come with in-state energy production through hydraulic fracturing shuts the door on an important share of the American energy renaissance and western Maryland's future economic growth," Cobbs said in a statement after the vote.



Tennessee Senate passes resolution to move Polk's body

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:05:51 UT

(AP) — The Tennessee Senate passed a resolution Monday that would allow the body of former President James K. Polk to be exhumed and moved to a fourth resting place. Polk and his wife, Sarah, are currently buried on the grounds of the state Capitol. The resolution would allow the bodies to be exhumed and moved about 50 miles south to Columbia to the grounds of the James K. Polk Home and Museum. [...] sickness, a legal battle over the estate and the eventual sale of Polk Place outside the family meant he couldn't have his wish.



Severe storms in forecast for US much of this week

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 23:59:56 UT

Forecasters with the Storm Prediction Center say damaging winds and large hail are the biggest threats Monday, particularly in western Kentucky, northern Mississippi and western Tennessee, including the Memphis and Nashville areas. In northwest Louisiana, sheriff's officials said a church was destroyed by an apparent tornado, though no injuries were reported.



The Latest: Hutchinson reviewing inmates' clemency bids

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 23:58:15 UT

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he's been satisfied that courts have established the guilt of two death row inmates who want their lives spared from scheduled executions next month, but says he'll review the Parole Board's recommendation against clemency for the two. Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's office says a federal lawsuit filed by eight inmates facing execution next month is another attempt to delay justice. The lawsuit filed Monday argues that the rushed execution schedule and the state's planned use of a controversial sedative during the executions violates the inmates' constitutional rights. The Arkansas Parole Board is recommending the governor reject long-shot bids for clemency by two inmates facing lethal injection next month as the state nears an unprecedented four days of double executions over a 10-day period. The board on Monday said the clemency requests by convicted murderers Stacey Eugene Johnson and Ledell Lee were without merit. The eight Arkansas inmates scheduled for lethal injection next month are asking a federal judge to block the state's unprecedented plan to conduct four nights of double executions over a 10-day period.



Suit alleging Home Depot negligence in killing revived

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 23:55:27 UT

CHICAGO (AP) — An appeals court has restored a civil lawsuit that blames Home Depot for not firing a suburban Chicago supervisor with a history of sexual harassment who ended up strangling a 21-year-old pregnant subordinate — in a civil case focused on the liability of companies when supervisors use their authority to hurt co-workers away from work. The unanimous decision by a three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reverses a lower court decision that threw out the suit, which stems from the 2012 killing of Alisha Bromfield and her fetus by her then 37-year-old supervisor, Brian Cooper, while they attended a wedding at a Wisconsin resort 300 miles from Chicago. The ruling said that a decisive question a jury would have to decide as the case goes back to U.S. district court is whether Cooper used the supervisory authority he wielded over Bromfield at work to force her to go to the wedding of his sister in Wisconsin; he allegedly threatened to fire her if she didn't go.



The Latest: Bridge case defendants seek to avoid prison time

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 23:54:41 UT

Both of Republican Gov. Chris Christie's convicted former aides are seeking to avoid prison time after being convicted in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal. Kelly and Baroni were convicted of conspiracy, wire fraud and other charges for purposely causing traffic jams near the bridge in September 2013, to allegedly punish a Democratic mayor who didn't endorse Christie. Baroni and Kelly were convicted in an alleged plot to cause traffic jams to punish a Democratic mayor who wouldn't endorse Christie in 2013. Baroni's attorneys say his exemplary personal and professional background should be taken into consideration, as should his assistance to the FBI during a separate corruption investigation more than a decade ago. Federal prosecutors say two convicted former allies of Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie lied during their corruption trial.



Board recommends rejecting clemency for 2 Arkansas inmates

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 23:49:23 UT

(AP) — The Arkansas Parole Board recommended Monday that the governor reject long-shot bids for clemency by two of inmates facing lethal injection next month, as a new lawsuit challenges the state's unprecedented plan to conduct four double executions over a 10-day period. The eight inmates asked a federal judge earlier Monday to block the state's unprecedented plan, arguing that the execution schedule and Arkansas' planned use of the controversial sedative midazolam violates their constitutional rights. "The rushed schedule appreciably increases the risk of harm to plaintiffs, falls far outside the bounds of modern penological practice, and disrespects the plaintiffs' fundamental dignity — defects that all run against the Eighth Amendment's protection," the inmates' attorneys said in their request for a preliminary injunction. Arkansas hasn't executed an inmate in more than a decade because of court challenges and difficulty obtaining lethal injection drugs. DNA evidence included a hair found on Heath's body and a cigarette butt with Johnson's saliva that was found in the pocket of a shirt left at a roadside park with Heath's blood on it. A separate challenge against Arkansas' lethal injection law — which keeps the source of the state's lethal injection drugs secret — is pending in Pulaski County Circuit Court.



Slain Oklahoma officer was new recruit, aspiring canine cop

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 23:47:53 UT

(AP) — A 22-year-old officer and new recruit died Monday after a shootout with a man who fled a traffic stop in central Oklahoma, police said. Officer Justin Terney, who had only graduated from the police academy last summer, was shot several times late Sunday and died after undergoing surgery overnight, Tecumseh Assistant Police Chief J.R. Kidney said. A woman was driving, and Terney called dispatchers to see if a male passenger had any outstanding warrants. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said it will assist with investigating the crime scene, which is common for shootings involving police. Especially to have a 22-year-old officer who had just been an officer for a year is certainly very tragic, and our prayers go out with his family and his friends and relatives and certainly with the Tecumseh police force.



Firefighters say a second tenant has died and two others are missing after a fire in an Oakland apartment building

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 23:47:26 UT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters say a second tenant has died and two others are missing after a fire in an Oakland apartment building.



Nuclear arms ban talks begin at UN, but US, others boycott

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 23:13:49 UT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. talks aimed at banning nuclear weapons began Monday, but the United States, Russia, China and other nuclear-armed nations are sitting out a discussion they see as impractical. With international tensions rising while public awareness of the nuclear threat has waned, "the need for progress on nuclear disarmament has rarely been as urgent as it is today," U.N. Under Secretary-General for disarmament Kim Won-soo said as the talks opened. North Korea carried out two nuclear tests last year and has continued to test ballistic missiles as recently as this month, in violation of U.N. resolutions. Saying that North Korea's actions challenge the non-proliferation approach, Japanese representative Nobushige Takamizawa said it was "crucial to have a realistic perspective as to how nuclear disarmament measures can contribute effectively to addressing actual security concerns."



Company: Dakota Access pipeline under North Dakota reservoir is filled with oil, full pipeline will be in service soon

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 23:13:38 UT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Company: Dakota Access pipeline under North Dakota reservoir is filled with oil, full pipeline will be in service soon.



Airline faces wrath of leggings wearers in boarding flap

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 23:11:07 UT

The incident, with United's Twitter account chiming in, rolled right on through to Monday, prompting debate on whether leggings are "pants." That especially goes for women and girls and whether the United dress code for people on standby who are availing themselves of free passes, as these girls were, has perhaps not kept pace with the elevation of stretchy pants from gym and yoga garb to more broadly acceptable. Or are leggings more like women's stockings and therefore inappropriate for plane travel when worn as pants, as one Facebook user argued — or is this a better comparison, as suggested by another: "It's like going to a baseball game on a player's tickets and doing something against the rules, right?" [...] some on social media said, many airlines adhere to the same standards for flying on this type of freebie. "Casual attire is allowed as long as it looks neat and is in good taste for the local environment," tweeted the United account in response to one angry leggings defender Watts whipped up Sunday. If an employee or guest is traveling in first or business class, he or she can't wear shorts, flip-flops or baseball caps, under that American dress code. Fleece-lined or paired with a fancy top for evening, leggings can be just about anything the wearer wants them to be these days, Taylor said. [...] as the debate over leggings has gone on for years, what about jeggings? "After reading a few articles and comments about the situation, I feel that, although it may be discriminatory toward women and girls, the airlines have guidelines that have been in place for many years," she said. Because they foot the bill for the travel, I feel that they can enforce their policies when applicable.



Police review transit bus video from Las Vegas shooting

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 23:05:23 UT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police and prosecutors were reviewing transit bus video Monday ahead of an initial court appearance for a man suspected of killing one passenger and wounding another for what authorities called no apparent reason when the double-decker bus stopped during the weekend on the Las Vegas Strip. The recording was considered evidence and was not being made public, Las Vegas police officer Larry Hadfield said. Prosecutors are expected to file murder, attempted murder, weapon and other charges Wednesday during Cardenas' initial court appearance in Las Vegas. The 55-year-old Las Vegas man refused for several hours to leave the bus surrounded by SWAT officers, and fired at least one shot during the standoff before his arrest Saturday afternoon, police said. The double-decker bus, dubbed the Deuce and operated by the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, had stopped near the Cosmopolitan hotel-casino in the heart of the tourist district when Cardenas stood up and fired several times, police said.