Category Archives: USA

At least three dead as Tropical Depression Bill lashes central U.S.

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The Galveston Island Pleasure Pier is pictured from a Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter as it flies over Galveston

By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) – Tropical Depression Bill pelted the central United States with heavy rain on Thursday after causing at least three deaths in the region, including a toddler in Oklahoma who was swept out of his father’s arms by raging waters, officials said. In the southern Oklahoma city of Ardmore, emergency workers on Thursday found the body of the 2-year-old boy who died in flooding the day before after he and his father were swept into a creek, said Ardmore Police Captain Eric Hamblin. One person in neighboring Missouri was killed this week by flooding caused …read more

Builder of collapsed California balcony sued over flaws in another project

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Workmen examine the damage at the scene of a 4th-story apartment building balcony collapse in Berkeley, California

California-based Segue Construction paid $3.4 million to settle litigation over alleged defects in a condominium development in Millbrae, California, after a homeowners association sued, the homeowners’ lawyer said. The design and construction of outdoor spaces such as balconies were “a very prominent part of the litigation,” said San Francisco attorney Thomas Miller, who represented the homeowners.

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Military jury in California sentences Marine convicted of Iraq murder to time served

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United States Marine Sergeant Lawrence Hutchins III departs from his arraignment hearing with his wife Reyna Hutchins at Camp Pendelton

A military jury at Camp Pendleton in California on Thursday sentenced a U.S. Marine convicted of the 2006 murder of a former Iraqi police officer to time he already served in confinement. The jury also gave Marine Sergeant Lawrence Hutchins III, who previously served about seven years in confinement, a bad-conduct discharge from the Marine Corps. The sentence came a day after the military jury at the Southern California base found Hutchins guilty of murder, conspiracy and larceny but acquitted him of a charge of making false statements.

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Former NAACP leader in Washington state kicked off Spokane’s police panel

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By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) – The city council in Spokane, Washington, voted on Thursday to remove civil rights activist Rachel Dolezal, who drew national attention over her racial identity, from a police oversight commission over conduct violations, a city spokesman said. The decision comes after investigators hired by Spokane to investigate allegations of misconduct found Dolezal had publicly named citizens who made complaints against police officers, in violation of confidentiality rules. The lawyers, in investigating an April 16 whistleblower complaint, also found that the city employee who filed the complaint had faced intimidating and offensive behavior from Dolezal, …read more

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