Buzz Aldrin Departs New Zealand After Weeklong Hospital Stay

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The iconic astronaut’s assistant tweeted a photo of him on an airplane.

Buzz Aldrin Departs New Zealand After Weeklong Hospital Stay

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The iconic astronaut’s assistant tweeted a photo of him on an airplane.

Killing at Youth Rehab Center 1st Known Violent Incident

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The youth treatment center where police say a teenager brutally killed a staff member while trying to escape is a working cattle ranch in southern Utah hasn’t previously had any major violations with the state or violent incidents

Killing at Youth Rehab Center 1st Known Violent Incident

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The youth treatment center where police say a teenager brutally killed a staff member while trying to escape is a working cattle ranch in southern Utah hasn’t previously had any major violations with the state or violent incidents

Oakland Artists Fear Crackdown After Ghost Ship Fire

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Tragic fire in Oakland has sparked fear in the city’s artist community.

Oakland Artists Fear Crackdown After Ghost Ship Fire

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Tragic fire in Oakland has sparked fear in the city’s artist community.

Washington State Suing Agrochemical Giant Over PCB Pollution

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Washington says it’s the first U.S. state to sue the agrochemical giant Monsanto over pollution from PCBs

Washington State Suing Agrochemical Giant Over PCB Pollution

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Washington says it’s the first U.S. state to sue the agrochemical giant Monsanto over pollution from PCBs

Voices From Artists Fearing Crackdowns on Artist Collectives

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As the San Francisco Bay Area’s artists grieve the loss of life from a deadly warehouse fire, they are also bracing for a possible city crackdown

Voices From Artists Fearing Crackdowns on Artist Collectives

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As the San Francisco Bay Area’s artists grieve the loss of life from a deadly warehouse fire, they are also bracing for a possible city crackdown

Second Police Officer Dies From Shooting Near Georgia Southwestern State University

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Georgia Bureau of Investigation(AMERICUS, Ga.) — The Georgia Southwestern State University police officer who was critically injured Wednesday while responding to a domestic dispute call has died from his injuries — one of two officers killed in the incident, the university announced.

“We have just received word that GSW Public Safety Officer Jody Smith has succumbed to his injuries and has passed away,” said Georgia Southwestern State University Interim President Charles Patterson. “We offer our deepest condolences to his family during this very difficult time. Officer Smith was a bright, young and energetic officer, and he will be sorely missed.”

Americus Police Officer Nicholas Ryan Smarr, 25, also was killed in the incident.

 “It’s a tragedy beyond words,” Americus Police Department Chief Mark Scott said of the shooting. “It’s one of our family members [who] has been taken from us.”

Smith had been with the Georgia Southwestern State University Police Department since August, the university said. In a statement, the university commended Smith for showing “extreme bravery in the line of duty as he responded to a call for backup.”

Smith was enthusiastic about joining the department since it offered him an opportunity to pursue a college degree while working in law enforcement, according to the university.

The man who allegedly shot the two police officers in Georgia is now dead, police said.

After a manhunt that lasted more than 24 hours, police said they received a tip Thursday morning that the suspect, identified as 32-year-old Minquell Kennedy Lembrick, was inside a residence on Allen Street in the city of Americus.

Officers heard a gunshot while setting up a security perimeter around the home before attempting to enter. They opened the house door with a robot and found Lembrick inside, dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to police.

 Scott said the tip came from someone who was near the property where the suspect was found. Lembrick’s precise location after the shooting and up until he was found dead remains unknown, Scott said.

“The caller actually knew the gentleman and was there when he came to the house,” the police chief told reporters at a press conference Thursday afternoon.

Investigators said Lembrick was wanted in connection to a shooting that happened Wednesday morning around 9:40 a.m. local time at an apartment complex in Americus, near the Georgia Southwestern State University campus.

Officers Smarr and Smith were simultaneously responding to a 911 call regarding a domestic dispute at the complex on South Lee Street when they encountered the suspect and shots were fired, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Scott said the slain officer was wearing a police body camera during the shooting, but the footage will not be released at this time.

The two officers exchanged gunfire with the suspect, but it’s unknown whether Lembrick was also struck. The man remained at large and was considered to be armed and dangerous until Thursday afternoon when authorities confirmed his death.

Prior to Wednesday’s domestic dispute call, police said Lembrick was wanted on kidnapping charges and others from a previous domestic incident.

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Second Police Officer Dies From Shooting Near Georgia Southwestern State University

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Georgia Bureau of Investigation(AMERICUS, Ga.) — The Georgia Southwestern State University police officer who was critically injured Wednesday while responding to a domestic dispute call has died from his injuries — one of two officers killed in the incident, the university announced.

“We have just received word that GSW Public Safety Officer Jody Smith has succumbed to his injuries and has passed away,” said Georgia Southwestern State University Interim President Charles Patterson. “We offer our deepest condolences to his family during this very difficult time. Officer Smith was a bright, young and energetic officer, and he will be sorely missed.”

Americus Police Officer Nicholas Ryan Smarr, 25, also was killed in the incident.

 “It’s a tragedy beyond words,” Americus Police Department Chief Mark Scott said of the shooting. “It’s one of our family members [who] has been taken from us.”

Smith had been with the Georgia Southwestern State University Police Department since August, the university said. In a statement, the university commended Smith for showing “extreme bravery in the line of duty as he responded to a call for backup.”

Smith was enthusiastic about joining the department since it offered him an opportunity to pursue a college degree while working in law enforcement, according to the university.

The man who allegedly shot the two police officers in Georgia is now dead, police said.

After a manhunt that lasted more than 24 hours, police said they received a tip Thursday morning that the suspect, identified as 32-year-old Minquell Kennedy Lembrick, was inside a residence on Allen Street in the city of Americus.

Officers heard a gunshot while setting up a security perimeter around the home before attempting to enter. They opened the house door with a robot and found Lembrick inside, dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to police.

 Scott said the tip came from someone who was near the property where the suspect was found. Lembrick’s precise location after the shooting and up until he was found dead remains unknown, Scott said.

“The caller actually knew the gentleman and was there when he came to the house,” the police chief told reporters at a press conference Thursday afternoon.

Investigators said Lembrick was wanted in connection to a shooting that happened Wednesday morning around 9:40 a.m. local time at an apartment complex in Americus, near the Georgia Southwestern State University campus.

Officers Smarr and Smith were simultaneously responding to a 911 call regarding a domestic dispute at the complex on South Lee Street when they encountered the suspect and shots were fired, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Scott said the slain officer was wearing a police body camera during the shooting, but the footage will not be released at this time.

The two officers exchanged gunfire with the suspect, but it’s unknown whether Lembrick was also struck. The man remained at large and was considered to be armed and dangerous until Thursday afternoon when authorities confirmed his death.

Prior to Wednesday’s domestic dispute call, police said Lembrick was wanted on kidnapping charges and others from a previous domestic incident.

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Chain of Car Crashes on Icy I-96 in Michigan Kills at Least Three

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iStock/Thinkstock(DETROIT) — At least three people have been killed in a series of snow-related car accidents that involved about 40 vehicles in Michigan, according to the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.

The major car pileup occurred around 9:47 a.m. today, in the westbound lanes of the interstate I-96 in Livingston County, according to Michigan State Police. Authorities said 11 other injuries had been reported, but were not life-threatening.

The identities of those killed have not yet been released.

Sudden whiteout conditions, as well as black ice on the roads have been cited by police as contributors to the deadly crash.

Police said crashes had occurred in the eastbound lanes of I-96, as well.

Westbound lanes remained closed as an investigation continued; however, eastbound lanes were scheduled to reopen around 2:50 p.m. CT.

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Chain of Car Crashes on Icy I-96 in Michigan Kills at Least Three

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iStock/Thinkstock(DETROIT) — At least three people have been killed in a series of snow-related car accidents that involved about 40 vehicles in Michigan, according to the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.

The major car pileup occurred around 9:47 a.m. today, in the westbound lanes of the interstate I-96 in Livingston County, according to Michigan State Police. Authorities said 11 other injuries had been reported, but were not life-threatening.

The identities of those killed have not yet been released.

Sudden whiteout conditions, as well as black ice on the roads have been cited by police as contributors to the deadly crash.

Police said crashes had occurred in the eastbound lanes of I-96, as well.

Westbound lanes remained closed as an investigation continued; however, eastbound lanes were scheduled to reopen around 2:50 p.m. CT.

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Missouri Court Strikes Law Denying Bail to Some Immigrants

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The Missouri Supreme Court has struck down a state law that denies bail to people facing criminal charges who cannot prove they are legally present in the country

Missouri Court Strikes Law Denying Bail to Some Immigrants

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The Missouri Supreme Court has struck down a state law that denies bail to people facing criminal charges who cannot prove they are legally present in the country

Supreme Court Pauses Alabama Execution of Convicted Murderer

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday paused the planned execution of an Alabama inmate convicted in the 1994 killing of a convenience store clerk

Supreme Court Pauses Alabama Execution of Convicted Murderer

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday paused the planned execution of an Alabama inmate convicted in the 1994 killing of a convenience store clerk

Deputies Visited Home of Abused Special-Needs Teens in 2011

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Authorities say sheriff’s deputies in 2011 had investigated the death of a 7-year-old child at a Texas home where seven special-needs teenagers were recently found locked away

Deputies Visited Home of Abused Special-Needs Teens in 2011

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Authorities say sheriff’s deputies in 2011 had investigated the death of a 7-year-old child at a Texas home where seven special-needs teenagers were recently found locked away

Nightclub to Host 6-Month Memorial for Shooting Victims

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An Orlando nightclub is set to host a memorial marking six months since the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history

Nightclub to Host 6-Month Memorial for Shooting Victims

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An Orlando nightclub is set to host a memorial marking six months since the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history

Obama Says John Glenn ‘Lifted the Hopes of a Nation’

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John Glenn is a former astronaut and Ohio senator.

Obama Says John Glenn ‘Lifted the Hopes of a Nation’

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John Glenn is a former astronaut and Ohio senator.

Winter Storms Are Impacting Travelers in 19 States

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Image Source/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) —  Winter is officially here to stay for many states across the nation.

Gusty winds, whiteout conditions and heavy snow are impacting thousands of commuters. Winter advisories have been issued for nearly 20 states.

The Great Lakes region, especially Michigan and New York, is experiencing heavy lake-effect snow that could lead to an accumulation of 2-3 feet.

#wutv Lake effect snow in effect. Syracuse pic.twitter.com/Bu5PUU2nSp

— vbdenny (@VBDenny) December 8, 2016

A snow storm and cold temperatures in Michigan have caused roads to ice, resulting in multiple highway accidents Thursday morning.

At least two people were killed and others were injured following a 30-vehicle pileup on I-96 near Fowlerville, Michigan.

A video posted by the Michigan Department of Transportation shows the scene where a motorist lost control on a snowy highway. There were no reported injuries.

The first snow of the season fell in a few unlikely areas. A winter weather advisory was in effect Thursday morning in Midland and Odessa, Texas, with around an inch of snowfall.

Redding, California, was blanketed in snow overnight. Portland, Oregon, is also experiencing snow that is expected to continue into the night.

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Tributes Pour in for Pioneering Astronaut John Glenn

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John Glenn is a former astronaut and Ohio senator.

John Glenn, First American to Orbit the Earth, Dies at 95

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Bettmann/Getty(NEW YORK) — John Glenn, the first American astronaut to orbit the earth and a legendary figure in the American space flight program, has died, the Ohio governor has said. He was 95.

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— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) December 8, 2016

Glenn was one of America’s first and most celebrated astronauts and had a long public career that included two space flights, 24 years as a U.S. Senator from Ohio, and a run for the presidency. He was born July 18, 1921.

Glenn will go down in history as the first American to orbit the earth, one of the original seven Mercury astronauts. On Feb. 20, 1962, he climbed into his Friendship 7 capsule, lifted off from Cape Canaveral in Florida, circled the earth three times in five hours — and became a national hero.

“Zero-G and I feel fine,” he said from his spacecraft. “Man, that view is tremendous.”

It was a troubled world he saw from orbit. The Cold War was at its most chilling. The Soviet Union had launched the first satellite, Sputnik, in 1957, and the first cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin, in 1961. The United States was anxious to catch up.

“We hadn’t really thought that any nation could even touch us technically,” Glenn said in a 1998 interview with ABC News. “And all at once, here was this bunch of Soviets over there, for heaven’s sake, outdoing the United States of America in technical and scientific things.”

Ohio Native, Marine Corps Pilot

Glenn Herschel Glenn Jr. was born in 1921 in Cambridge, Ohio, and grew up in nearby New Concord, the son of a plumber and a former teacher. He married his childhood sweetheart, Annie Castor, and studied at nearby Muskingum College.

He found his calling in the air. In World War II he served as a Marine Corps pilot, flying 59 combat missions, and 90 more in the Korean War. He rose in the ranks as a test pilot.

In 1957, he set a transcontinental speed record from Los Angeles to New York, flying across the country in 3 hours and 23 minutes. In 1959, when the newly-formed National Aeronautics and Space Administration went looking for its first astronauts, it looked at military test pilots. Glenn was in the select group of seven men who were chosen.

He was passed over for the very first Mercury space flight; that job went to Alan Shepard, and Glenn was his backup pilot. But Shepard was only slated for a 15-minute up-and-down test of the Mercury capsule, scheduled for May 1961 — and three weeks before launch, he was upstaged by Gagarin, who circled the world.

The Mercury Seven

Three weeks later President John F. Kennedy, looking for something at which America could beat the Soviets, committed the United States to landing a man on the moon by the end of the decade. Glenn later said he wondered at the time how NASA would pull it off. After one more 15-minute test — in which astronaut Gus Grissom flew safely but nearly drowned when his spacecraft sank in the Atlantic after spashdown — it fell to Glenn to get America into orbit.

It was a fearsome assignment. The Atlas rocket that would launch him was famously unreliable. Glenn would make three orbits of the earth. His launch was scheduled and scrubbed no fewer than ten times in four months.

And then it was launch day — Feb. 20, 1962. Glenn woke early, had breakfast, put on his silver pressure suit, and climbed into Friendship 7 before dawn. The countdown moved toward zero. In the control center Glenn’s fellow astronaut, Scott Carpenter, keyed a microphone and said, “Godspeed, John Glenn.”

Glenn did not hear him; Carpenter was not on his radio link. Instead, he felt a jolt as the rocket left the launch pad.

“Roger, liftoff, and the clock is running. We’re under way.”

The Atlas did not fail. Five minutes later he was in orbit.

The Flight of Friendship 7

The nation hung on every moment of his flight — one man, alone in the void, in a capsule so small (six feet in diameter at the base) that he could not stretch out his arms. He reported that weightlessness was very pleasant. He marveled at the “fireflies” — later determined to be flecks of frost — that drifted away from Friendship 7 when he rapped on the hull of the spacecraft.

Glenn was having a wonderful time. But then there was trouble. As he began his second orbit, Mission Control received a signal suggesting that the heat shield, designed to prevent the capsule from burning up during reentry, had come loose. Worried controllers feared they might lose Glenn. They ordered him not to jettison the capsule’s retro rockets, strapped on over the heat shield, after he fired them to descend from orbit.

John Glenn, First American to Orbit the Earth

The outside of the capsule heated to 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit as the atmosphere slowed it. Glenn watched as chunks of debris flew past the window and wondered whether it was the retro pack — or the heat shield breaking up.

It held. He splashed down safely in the Atlantic Ocean, and was greeted as perhaps America’s greatest hero since Charles Lindbergh.

Crowds mobbed him at a ticker tape parade in New York. President Kennedy, who saw Glenn’s star power, welcomed him at the White House. He returned to work at NASA and lobbied for another flight, but the Kennedy administration had quietly let his bosses know he was too much of a national icon to risk in space again.

Life in Politics

So he left NASA in 1963 and went into business, investing, among other things, in Florida hotels around what would soon become Disney World. He ran for the Senate as a Democrat from Ohio and made it, on his third try, in 1974. He was reelected three times, spending 24 years on Capitol Hill.

“I guess I’ve looked at my whole life as being a service to my country,” Glenn said in 1976.

That year he sought the Democratic nomination for vice president but lost out to Walter Mondale.

In 1984, he sought the Democratic Party’s nomination for president, but did poorly in early primaries and withdrew, $3 million in debt.

In 1989. he and four other senators were accused of improper interference in an investigation of Charles Keating Jr., chairman of a struggling savings and loan association who had donated $200,000 to his campaign efforts. The senators became known as the “Keating Five.” Two of them — Glenn and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) — were exonerated by the Senate Ethics Committee, but the panel found Glenn had exercised “poor judgement” in trying to help Keating.

He remained in the Senate for another decade, rising in seniority. He focused on foreign affairs and national defense.

Return to Space

But over all those years, he said, he was still restless to return to space. Finally, 36 years after Friendship 7, he got his chance.

Glenn approached NASA with the argument that the degenerative effects of weightlessness were remarkably similar to what happens to the human body as it ages — and that as a healthy man in his 70s, he would make an ideal test subject.

Outsiders scoffed that a senior senator was trying to get a joyride, but NASA managers were intrigued. If there were medical experiments worth doing, that was fine with them — and there would be something poetic about having Glenn, who helped begin the space age, close out his career with a return to orbit.

On Oct. 29, 1998, Glenn and six other astronauts — all of them young enough to be his children — boarded the space shuttle Discovery and lifted off from Pad 39B at the Kennedy Space Center. Over the next nine days, they circled the earth 134 times, released and retrieved a small satellite, did astronomy and biology experiments, and — mostly because of Glenn’s presence — got worldwide attention. Glenn, the first American to orbit the earth, now became the oldest. He was 77.

In his later years he and his wife retired to their native Ohio, lending his name to a school of public affairs at Ohio State University and making occasional appearances to promote human exploration of space.

“One thing I promised Annie the day we were married,” he once said, “is I would do everything I could to keep life from being boring.”

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Dallas Pension System Suspends Access to Some Funds

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The Dallas Police and Fire Pension system board has voted to suspend all withdrawals and payments coming out of deferred retirement funds

Attorney: Dylann Roof’s Mom Had Heart Attack During Trial

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Court documents say Dylann Roof’s mother suffered a heart attack not long after prosecutors described how her son planned a cold and calculated killing of nine black church members in a racially motivated attack

Attorney: Dylann Roof’s Mom Had Heart Attack During Trial

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Court documents say Dylann Roof’s mother suffered a heart attack not long after prosecutors described how her son planned a cold and calculated killing of nine black church members in a racially motivated attack