This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 6 RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — The suspect in a triple homicide in Southern California who died in a shootout with police was a Virginia law enforcement officer who police believe drove across the country to meet a teenage girl before killing three members of her family. Austin Lee Edwards, 28, also likely set fire to the family's home in Riverside, California, on the day of the shooting Friday before leaving with the girl, the Riverside Police Department said in a news release. Deputies exchanged gunfire with and fatally shot Edwards after locating him with the teenager later that day, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department and Riverside Police said in news releases. Until last month, Edwards was a Virginia State Police trooper, and was recently hired as a sheriff's deputy in that state, spokespersons said. Edwards, a resident of North Chesterfield, … [Read more...] about California police: Virginia man killed family, took teenager
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 6 BERKELEY, Calif. - The University of California at Berkeley has labored to enroll more Black and Latino students in the quarter century since the state barred the consideration of race or ethnicity in its admissions. Still, those groups remain underrepresented at the renowned public university here on the eastern shore of the San Francisco Bay. The gap is huge for Latino students. They account for 55 percent of California's public school students, state data show, but 19 percent of UC-Berkeley undergraduates. UC-Berkeley is undeniably diverse. Just 20 percent of its undergraduates are White. But is it diverse enough? The university's demographics, and its arduous efforts to shape them, illuminate the stakes as the Supreme Court weighs a potential ban nationwide on affirmative action in admissions. Voters in California banned schools from considering the race of … [Read more...] about UC-Berkeley can’t use race in admissions. Is it a model for the country?
Scientists raced to study a new coronavirus variant as several cases were spotted in Europe and governments around the world announced travel restrictions targeting the southern African region where it first emerged, prompting criticism that the continent was yet again bearing the brunt of panicked policies from Western countries. Omicron, the new variant first detected in Botswana , sent Europe into high alert after cases were detected in the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and Belgium. The Czech Republic, Austria, Israel and the Netherlands were all investigating suspected cases of the variant. Relatively little is known about Omicron. It has mutations that scientists fear could make it more infectious and less susceptible to vaccines — though neither of these effects has yet to be established. Most confirmed cases of the variant are contained to southern African countries, but there are worries Omicron could have spread more widely before scientists there discovered it. … [Read more...] about The Omicron variant upends the global pandemic response.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Business groups are increasing the pressure on lawmakers to intervene and block a railroad strike before next month’s deadline in the stalled contract talks. A coalition of more than 400 business groups sent a letter to Congressional leaders Monday urging them to step into the stalled talks because of fears about the devastating potential impact of a strike that could force many businesses to shut down if they can't get the rail deliveries they need. Commuter railroads and Amtrak would also be affected in a strike because many of them use tracks owned by the freight railroads. The business groups led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Manufacturers and National Retail Federation said even a short-term strike would have a tremendous impact and the economic pain would start to be felt even before the Dec. 9 strike deadline because the railroads would stop hauling hazardous chemicals, fertilizers and perishable goods up to a week beforehand to … [Read more...] about Business groups urge Congress to block potential rail strike
Care for your home with 0 Home & Garden Like last week, we're looking at another mid-week storm for the area and a cool down in temps by the end of the week. Tim Jensen , Patch Staff Posted Reply This week’s forecast resembles last week’s in some ways. Once again, we’re facing a mid-week storm but the good news is this one doesn’t appear anywhere near as strong as the one that left 90,000 Connecticut residents without power last Thursday. And while temps will be warmer on average, we still have a couple of chances to see some snowflakes during the workweek forecast. Here are the latest details from the National Weather Service: Monday: Showers early this afternoon are possible with temps in the mid-50s, but also expect partly sunny skies at times too. Monday night: Clear skies with temps right around the freezing mark. Tuesday: Mostly sunny skies with temps in the low 40s. Tuesday night: Rain … [Read more...] about Rain and Snowflakes in Suffield’s Workweek Forecast
Care for your home with 0 Home & Garden The National Weather Service in its updated forecast says there may be some snowflakes early Friday, but it shouldn't amount to much. Tim Jensen , Patch Staff Posted Reply The National Weather Service issued a “Hazardous Weather Outlook” for all of southern Connecticut. For Hartford and Tolland counties, no advisories at all. In fact, since yesterday the snow chance for northern Connecticut has decreased. Here is the latest on the light snow chance: Today: Sunny and 34 degrees. Tonight: Only a 20 percent chance of snow after 3 a.m. with temps in the upper teens. Friday: Chance of snow, only 30 percent, until 8 a.m. with little or no snow accumulation expected. Temps rebound to 35 degrees. After, a bit of a cold snap, just around the corner is spring weather. Temps on Tuesday and Wednesday will be near 60 degrees with nothing but sunshine. Photo … [Read more...] about Slight Chance of Snow for Suffield’s Friday Morning Commute