Prosecutors in Northern California on Friday charged power utility Pacific Gas & Electric with four counts of manslaughter and other felonies, alleging it failed to cut down a sickly tree that fell onto power lines and sparked a deadly wildfire. The Zogg Fire started nearly one year ago when a 100-foot (30-meter) pine tree fell onto an electrical line and started a fire that killed four people, destroyed 204 structures and burned more than 56,000 acres (22,600 hectares), Shasta County District Attorney Stephanie Bridgett told reporters. That tree, leaning downslope toward the electrical line with a cavity in its trunk, had been identified as dangerous in 2018 and PG&E had a legal responsibility to remove it, Bridgett said.
Mourners held a vigil on September 24 in the Kidbrooke neighborhood of southeast London, where 28-year-old teacher Sabina Nessa was attacked and killed a week earlier.Nessa’s body was found in Cator Park a day after the attack. Police arrested two men in relation to the case, both of whom have since been released. Law enforcement asked for assistance in tracking down a third man seen in CCTV footage.The case has drawn parallels to the killing of Sarah Everard, a 33-year-old woman who was attacked while walking in the Clapham area of London in March. A police officer, Wayne Couzens, later admitted to her killing. The case drew widespread protests over the lack of safety for women in the UK, as well as the police response to the murder.This footage, taken at Pegler Square near Cator Park on Friday, shows mourners paying their respects at the vigil for Nessa. Credit: Naveen Rizvi – @naveenfrizvi via Storyful
As the Tony Awards return for the first time in more than two years, CBS and White Cherry Entertainment’s Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss faced a challenging task: How to hand out awards, celebrate the best in recent theater and — perhaps most crucially — hammer home the fact that Broadway is back and open […]
An impromptu border camp was emptied of thousands of Haitian migrants Friday, with most remaining in the United States for now and others expelled on deportation flights or returned to Mexico. This comes after images of U.S. border guards on horseback used reins like whips against Haitian migrants near their camp sparked widespread outrage across the U.S. over the past week. Actions President Joe Biden condemned on Friday: “To see people treated like they did. Horses nearly running them over. People being strapped. It's outrageous. I promise you those people will pay. (FLASH) There will be consequences. It's an embarrassment, it's beyond an embarrassment. It's dangerous, it's wrong. It sends the wrong message around the world, it sends the wrong message at home. It's simply not who we are.” U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said nearly 30,000 migrants had been encountered in Del Rio in the past two weeks.More than 12,000 will have a chance to make their case for protection before a U.S. immigration judge, an estimated 8,000 voluntarily returned to Mexico, and 2,000 were expelled to Haiti. The fate of others detained is to be decided.The Biden administration has faced backlash after the contentious use of expulsion flights back to Haiti.Mexico has also sought to bus and fly Haitians to its southern states, far from the U.S. border.The U.S. government in May extended temporary protection from deportation to Haitians in the United States, citing a political crisis, rights abuses, crime, and lack of access to food, water, and healthcare in the Western hemisphere's poorest country.
The gunman behind Thursday's mass shooting near Memphis, Tennessee, was a third-party vendor for the Kroger supermarket where he shot 15 people, and one fatally, and had no history of violence, authorities said on Friday. The eruption of gunfire on Thursday afternoon stunned suburban Collierville, sending shoppers and employees scurrying for cover in store aisles and freezers before the shooter took his own life amid a massive police response, they said. Authorities increased their initial count of the number of victims by two to 15, including Olivia King, a widowed mother of three grown sons, who was killed at the scene, and others who fought for their lives overnight at area hospitals.
A number of Hollywood celebrities have taken to social media this week to show solidarity with the International Association of Theatrical Stage Employees ahead of a strike vote. Talks between IATSE and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers have broken down as the workers who support productions seek improvements on meal and rest […]
When it comes to music, the podcast sector remains in a grey area of licensing, waffling between being editorial or educational products (allowing for short snippets of songs or score) and pure commercial entities. But Jared Gutstadt, founder of production company Audio Up (home to pods by Michael Cohen, Rosanna Arquette, Machine Gun Kelly, Tommy […]
A federal judge on Friday ruled that a Cincinnati, Ohio-area healthcare provider could require its employees get vaccinated against COVID-19 or risk losing their job, in what appears to be the first ruling of its kind for a private employer in the United States. The employees of St. Elizabeth Healthcare failed to establish that their individual liberties were being violated by the vaccine requirement of the hospital operator, which has the right to set employment terms, said U.S. District Judge David Bunning in Covington, Kentucky. St. Elizabeth employees must get vaccinated by Oct. 1.
An agreement struck on Friday could pave the way for Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou to eventually leave Canada, where she's been holed up under 24/7 security awaiting the outcome of an extradition hearing to the U.S.Meng reached a deferred prosecution agreement with U.S. prosecutors to end the bank fraud case against her after she admitted to misleading a bank about the company's business in Iran.She attended the hearing at the U.S. federal courthouse in Brooklyn, New York, via a courtroom feed in Vancouver.As part of a deferred prosecution deal, the agreement is in effect until Dec. 2022.As long as she doesn't break the law, the charges will then be dropped.In the meantime, Meng will be released on a personal recognizance bond, and the United States plans to withdraw its request to Canada for her extradition.An attorney representing Meng, said he was "very pleased" with the agreement, adding "now, she will be free to return home to be with her family."Meng, the daughter of the founder of Chinese telecom giant Hauwei, was arrested in 2018 at Vancouver International Airport and was indicted on bank and wire fraud charges.She's been fighting extradition to the U.S. ever since.Her arrest added to escalating tensions between the U.S. and China, and her release could ease some of the chill between the two economic powerhouses.Hauwei has been on a U.S. ban list since 2019 - preventing it from selling its telecom gear to any U.S. interest, on national security and foreign policy concerns.Friday's deal only pertains to Meng.The Department of Justice said it continues to prepare for trial against Huawei, and looks forward to proving its case in court. A spokeswoman for Huawei declined to comment.