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Portland police name suspect in hit-and-run that killed 1 and injured 9

Police have named the suspected driver of the vehicle involved in a hit-and-run incident that killed a woman and injured nine other people in Portland, Oregon, on Monday. Authorities identified the driver as Paul Rivas, 64, of Oregon City, according to a statement from the Portland Police Bureau. Rivas is being held at the Multnomah…

Youth poet laureate Amanda Gorman to recite poem before Super Bowl LV

Youth poet laureate Amanda Gorman to recite poem before Super Bowl LV

Amanda Gorman, the nation’s first-ever youth poet laureate who gained national acclaim at President Joe Biden’s inauguration, will recite an original poem before Super Bowl LV, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced on Wednesday. Gorman’s poem will highlight three individuals the NFL will honor as honorary captains at the Super Bowl “who served as leaders in…

A tornado strikes Florida’s capital, forcing the closure of Tallahassee International Airport

A tornado struck the south side of Tallahassee, Florida, damaging Tallahassee International Airport, the National Weather Service said. “Due to impacts from the severe weather moving through the area, Tallahassee International Airport is temporarily closed for damage assessment,” the airport tweeted Wednesday. “Currently, no injuries are reported. Updates will be posted as they become available.”…

Detroit activist turns old potato chip bags into sleeping bags for the homeless

Detroit activist turns old potato chip bags into sleeping bags for the homeless

It starts with a pile of used potato chip bags and ends with desperately needed sleeping bags to help Detroit’s homeless face the brutal winter. Environmental activist Eradajere Oleita told CNN how she works her magic. “The process is simple: collect bags, cut them open, iron them and then line with plastic.” The idea came…

FDA places all alcohol-based hand sanitizers from Mexico on ‘import alert’

FDA places all alcohol-based hand sanitizers from Mexico on ‘import alert’

The US Food and Drug Administration has placed all alcohol-based hand sanitizers coming from Mexico on a countrywide “import alert” until it is able to review the products’ safety, the agency said. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers from Mexico will now be subject to heightened scrutiny, and FDA staff may detain shipments, according to a news release.…

Lawsuit alleges officers harassed and assaulted 5-year-old kindergartner

Two Maryland police officers have been accused of screaming at, grabbing and threatening a 5-year-old elementary school student. The boy’s mother, Shanta Grant, filed a lawsuit this month against Montgomery County Police Officers Dionne Holliday and Kevin Christmon — as well as Montgomery County and the Montgomery County Board of Education. The Montgomery County Department…

Lawmakers in 14 states have proposed anti-LGBTQ bills, many of which target trans youth

Lawmakers in 14 states have proposed anti-LGBTQ bills, many of which target trans youth

As is custom at the beginning of the legislative session, state lawmakers across the country have proposed a torrent of bills intended to boost local economies, constrain or expand spending or make much-needed infrastructure fixes. But mixed in among the standard bureaucratic business are bills that take aim at LGBTQ+ residents of states — bills…

NASA astronauts Victor Glover, Mike Hopkins conduct spacewalk Wednesday

NASA astronauts Victor Glover, Mike Hopkins conduct spacewalk Wednesday

Astronauts Mike Hopkins and Victor Glover Jr. are conducting a spacewalk Wednesday to upgrade and maintain the International Space Station. It is the first spacewalk experience for Glover, who is a few months into his first spaceflight on the station. This is the third spacewalk for Hopkins, who previously completed two spacewalks during his first…

Newly released incident reports paint timeline of the fire that led to Tony Hsieh’s death

The investigation into the house fire that led to former Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh’s death is now concluded, the New London, Connecticut, Police Department announced Tuesday. Police said they found “no criminal violations and/or aspects in association with” the November 18 fire. Hsieh’s death was announced in late November by a spokesperson for DTP Companies,…

Wisconsin pharmacist to plead guilty to tampering with Covid-19 vaccine vials

Wisconsin pharmacist to plead guilty to tampering with Covid-19 vaccine vials

The Wisconsin hospital pharmacist who in December allegedly removed 57 vials of Covid-19 vaccine from cold storage because he believed the vaccine could harm people has signed a plea agreement “acknowledging that he was guilty” of trying to make the vaccine ineffective, the Department of Justice said. Steven Brandenburg, 46, is charged with two counts…

There will be no inductees in the Baseball Hall of Fame class of 2021

There will be no inductees in the Baseball Hall of Fame class of 2021

The National Baseball Hall of Fame class of 2021 is empty. None of the 25 eligible candidates received the minimum of 75% of ballots cast to be elected, according to a news release from the Hall of Fame Tuesday. Of the 25, there were 11 new candidates and 14 returnees. The last time the Baseball…

Florida led the world in shark attacks again in 2020

Florida led the world in shark attacks again in 2020

The US is once again the shark attack capital of the world in 2020. Thanks, Florida! Last year, the US reported 33 unprovoked shark attacks, accounting for about 58% of the total number of unprovoked shark attacks that occurred worldwide, according to the Yearly World Shark Attack Summary from the International Shark Attack File (ISAF).…

California revamps Covid-19 vaccine delivery system amid criticism over slow rollout

California revamps Covid-19 vaccine delivery system amid criticism over slow rollout

California is revamping its coronavirus vaccine delivery system amid criticism over the slow and inefficient rollout of doses, the California Department of Public Health announced Tuesday. The new system aims to simplify eligibility, standardize information and data, and address the available supply of doses by streamlining the vaccination process, the department said. California has been…