Severe storms move through Southeast as heat wave begins in West

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — Severe storms moved through the Plains and the Southeast Tuesday, with seven tornadoes touching down in Colorado and Minnesota.Winds gusted to 80 mph in Nebraska and 82 mph in Kansas, where semi-trucks were flipped over on I-70, blocking traffic on the interstate.Huge hail up to 5 inches in diameter was reported in Colorado, and 2 to 3 inches of rain fell in central Illinois, causing flash flooding in some areas. Flash flooding was also reported in the Minnesota’s Twin Cities, where a quick 1 to 3 inches of rain flooded streets.In the Carolinas and Tennessee, severe storms produced gusty winds near 60 mph, leading to damage near Nashville.On Wednesday the greatest severe storm threat continues into the Great Plains, from Kansas and Colorado into Nebraska, Wyoming and South Dakota, where huge hail, damaging winds and a few tornadoes are possible.Summer HeatHouston reached 103 degrees Tuesday, marking the warmest temperature in the city since 2015. Some of the heat will break in the mid-South as the storms move in Wednesday afternoon, but a lot of the Gulf Coast from Houston to Tallahassee, Florida and even into Atlanta will continue to be dangerously hot and humid.Seven states from Texas to South Carolina are under a Heat Advisory Wednesday, with the heat index expected to reach near 110 degrees.The heat wave is just beginning in the West, where California, Nevada and Arizona are under heat warnings and advisories. Some areas in the Southwest could reach higher than 115 degrees.Even the usually cool San Francisco Bay area is under a Heat Advisory, with temperatures possibly reaching into the mid to upper 90s.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Man caught in failed ISIS-inspired attack on DC charged with supporting terrorists

first_imgBlakeDavidTaylor/iStock(WASHINGTON) — A Maryland man who allegedly pledged himself to ISIS and planned to run over pedestrians in the nation’s capital was stopped before he could carry out the attack and has been charged with attempting to support a terrorist organization.Rondell Henry, 28, of Germantown, Maryland, claimed to be inspired by ISIS when he stole a U-Haul van in Alexandria, Virginia, on March 26 before driving it to Maryland the next day with the intent of using it as a weapon to hit pedestrians on sidewalks at the newly developed National Harbor complex on the Potomac River near Washington. A federal grand jury returned an indictment against him on Wednesday. According to the detention memo from April 8, Henry harbored “hatred” for those not practicing the Muslim faith and had been inspired by the 2016 truck attack in Nice, France.“The defendant, allegedly inspired by ISIS and its violent ideology, stole a vehicle as part of his plan to kill and injure innocent pedestrians. The National Security Division, working with our partners, remains committed to identifying and holding accountable those who would commit terrorist attacks on our soil,” Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers said in a Department of Justice statement announcing the indictment.The government alleges that after stealing the van, Henry drove to Dulles International Airport at 5 a.m. on March 27, parked the vehicle before entering the terminal, and then tried for two hours to find a possible way through security to harm “disbelievers” in a way designed for maximum publicity. But after failing to find a way to penetrate the airport’s security perimeter, he drove the U-Haul to the National Harbor later that morning.The stolen U-Haul was found by law enforcement on March 28 parked at the National Harbor for the alleged planned attack. Police said they reviewed security camera footage of the area that showed Henry parking and exiting the vehicle.Henry was subsequently arrested by Prince George’s County Police before any attack could be attempted.“All across the country, each and every day, the top priority of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTF) is to protect the American public by disrupting potential violent actors. Maryland JTTF, working in tandem with the Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center (MCAC), is dedicated to identifying and bringing to justice those individuals who provide material support to foreign terrorist organizations, engage in violent extremism, and threaten our national security,” said FBI Baltimore Special Agent in Charge Jennifer Boone.Henry now faces a maximum of 20 years in prison for attempting to provide material support for ISIS and an additional 10 years for interstate transport of a stolen vehicle, according to the Department of Justice.“Law enforcement is working tirelessly to prevent and disrupt terrorist attacks, whether they come from within or outside the United States,” said U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur. “We will continue to use every lawful tool at our disposal to find and prosecute those who want to do this country harm.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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39 states show decreases in prison populations: Report

first_imgABC News, The Sentencing Project(NEW YORK) — The renewed interest in criminal justice reform is having an impact in a real way, experts say.A recent report shows that 39 states had decreases in their prison populations from 2009 to 2017, but there is still concern that those overhauls can be undone quickly.In addition to the decreases in 39 states, the total U.S. prison population also decreased by 7.3 percent since its peak in 2009.Nazgol Ghandnoosh, a senior research analyst and author of the report released by the nonprofit The Sentencing Project, told ABC News that while the sheer number of states effectively making reforms stands out as a positive takeaway, “the bad news” is that the rate of reform isn’t as significant as she believes it needs to be to counteract the decades of policies that led to the states’ respective highest points.“The overall impact of the reforms that they’ve implemented has been so modest,” Ghandnoosh said, pointing to the 7.3 percent decrease on the national level. For their part, federal prisons have decreased their prison populations by 15.7 percent since their peak in 2011.“This pace of decarceration can’t possibly undo the pace at which we created mass incarceration in the 40-year period before that,” she said.The prison population grew by 700 percent from 1972 to 2009, according to the report.The states with the highest percentage decrease of their prison populations were Alaska, New Jersey, Vermont, Connecticut and New York, respectively, ranging from 38.9 percent to 32.2 percent decreases.The report is based off the latest national data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics. However, since the most recent data is from 2017, the author noted that some of the states with the biggest decreases have since reversed course based on newer information ascertained at the state level.For instance, Alaska is the state listed as having achieved the biggest decrease in their prison population, dropping 38.9 percent since they had their peak prison population in 2006. But, in the past two years, state lawmakers have repealed laws that experts say helped contribute to that decrease, the report says.The report also notes that Alabama, a state where prisons are under intense scrutiny amid abuse accusations, had a 24.5 percent decrease in population since their peak in 2012. But monthly reports released by the state show that they had a 4 percent increase from September 2018 to June 2019.Charlotte Morrison, a senior attorney at the nonprofit Equal Justice Initiative, pointed to “de-politicizing decisions around mass incarceration” as a factor.“Where that effort has been successful, states have made a lot of progress,” Morrison said.“The fact that it wasn’t making the public safer and that it is so expensive has brought people together to work on ways to demarcate and reform criminal justice policy,” Morrison said, adding that “where that effort has been successful, states have made a lot of progress.”However, just as those issues were depoliticized, the pendulum can swing back the other way, and has in some instances, like in Alaska and Alabama. The report cites Alaska’s Senate Bill 91, passed in 2016, which toughened penalties for major crimes and softened them for minor ones.“A lot of the progress in recent years were undone by political decisions in those states,” Morrison said.The 11 states that saw increases in their populations all shared another factor in common: the peak year of their prison populations was in 2017. The data in the report suggests that as more time elapsed since a state’s peak prison population, more reforms took place. For instance, among the top 10 states with the biggest decreases, their peak prison populations occurred between 1999 and 2012.Those states with increases in their prison populations are largely in the south or west, including Arkansas, which had a 23.4 percent increase in their prison population from 2012 to 2017, Tennessee, Kentucky, Wyoming, Nevada, South Dakota, New Mexico and Washington. Midwestern states, like Missouri, Kansas and Wisconsin, were also among those with increased prison populations.Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to correct and clarify the different federal and national prison population level changes.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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First points for IFK Kristianstad

first_imgShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsThe first point at VELUX EHF Champions League 2019/2020 was taken by IFK Kristianstad. The team led by Ljubomir Vranjes was in minus during whole match against Kadetten Schaffhausen, but at the end, Swedish champions managed to get back and play for a victory.They opened season with three defeats in a row.Kristianstad-Kadetten 24-24 (11-15)Kristianstad: Olafur Gudmundsson 9, Adam Nyfjall 5, Valter Chrintz 3, Alfred Ehn 3, Philip Henningsson 2, Anton Halen 1, Johed Jaballah 1.Kadetten: Gabor Csaszar 7, Zarko Sesum 4, Dimitrij Kuttel 3, Sebastian Frimmel 3, Maximilian Gerbl 2, Nik Tominec 2, Luka Maros 1, Lukas Maros 1.STANDING: 1.Din. Bucuresti321091:815 Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. 6.Kristianstad4013102:1211 1 Comment 3.Wisla Plock320186:774 Wisla Plock easily beat IFK Kristianstad 1 Comment IFK Kristianstad smash Dinamo Bucharest Related Items:IFK Kristianstad ShareTweetShareShareEmail Pingback: Premiers points pour l’IFK Kristianstad – Handball Actu 2.GOG320199:904 Recommended for you 4.Kadetten4121107:1024 5.Chekhovskiye Medvedi310279:932 87 GOALS AND +36 IN TWO MATCHES: Barca smash Kristianstad once again!last_img read more

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Donald Trump: Brexit would not impact US trade deal

first_imgWhen pushed to answer if the U.K. would go “to the back of the queue” if Britain chose to leave,  Trump said: “certainly not.”This references U.S. President Barack Obama’s assertion that the U.S. would not start talking trade with Britain separately if they chose to leave the EU. During a speech in London, Obama said the U.S.’ “focus is in negotiating with a big bloc” like the EU. Also On POLITICO Gates slams Trump’s go-it-alone foreign policy By Isaac Arnsdorf Donald Trump’s Week of Playing with Financial Fire By GENE B. SPERLING Republican likely presidential nominee Donald Trump said on Sunday that Brexit would not have an impact on trade between the U.S. and Britain – if he was in the White House, of course.Speaking to ITV’s Piers Morgan, Trump said that he had “big investments” in the U.K. but added that he had “no preference” on the outcome of the June 23 referendum on Britain’s future in or outside of the European Union. He added that he intends to “treat everybody fairly, but it wouldn’t make any difference to me whether they were in the EU or not.”“I think if I were from Britain, I would probably not want it. I’d want to go back to a different system,” he said in the interview, which will air Monday on Morgan’s breakfast show.last_img read more

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Odds & Ends: Playwrights Horizons Sets Casting for Lucas Hnath’s The Thin Place & More

first_imgLucas Hnath(Photo: Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com) View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you might have missed today. Playwrights Horizons Sets Casting for Lucas Hnath’s The Thin PlaceCasting is here for The Thin Place, a new play by Tony-nominated playwright Lucas Hnath (A Doll’s House, Part 2), slated to make its New York debut at off-Broadway’s Playwrights Horizons this fall. Les Waters will direct the production, scheduled to run from November 22, 2019 through January 5, 2020. The cast will include Randy Danson (Wicked) as Linda, Kelly McAndrew (Men on Boats) as Sylvia, Emily Cass McDonnell (The Antipodes) as Hilda and Triney Sandoval (Marvin’s Room) as Jerry. The Thin Place centers on two women: one who’s recently experienced a strange loss and another who communicates with the dead.Between the Lines Musical to Hold Post-Show Talkbacks with Jodi Picoult & Samantha Van LeerA series of talkbacks have been scheduled following performances of the new musical Between the Lines, based on the novel by Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer. The previously announced musical will play off-Broadway’s Tony Kiser Theater beginning on April 21, 2020. Talkbacks with Picoult and van Leer will be held following performances on April 24 at 8:00pm, June 6 at 8:00pm, July 8 at 8:00pm and July 24 at 8:00pm. Picoult will lead solo talkbacks after the showtimes on May 19 at 7:00pm, June 5 at 8:00pm, July 25 at 8:00pm, August 12 at 8:00pm and August 22 at 8:00pm.Tim Robbins Joins Cast of 1984 at Actors’ Gang TheaterOscar winner Tim Robbins has taken over the role of O’Brien in Actors’ Gang Theater’s new production of 1984. Robbins also directs the play, a new theatrical version of George Orwell’s novel adapted by Michael Gene Sullivan, which began previews on October 10 and will officially open on October 19. Joining Robbins in the cast is Will Thomas McFadden as Winston and Lee Margaret Hanson as Julia, with Hannah Chodos, Tom Szymanski and Bob Turton. 1984 is slated to play a limited engagement through December 7.New York Stage and Film Announces Fall Programming in NYCThree plays have been announced to appear as part of the fall 2019 NYC Reading Series of New York Stage and Film. The series was launched with Senator Bill Bradley’s Moving Forward. Upcoming readings include Majkin Holmquist’s Tent Revival (October 28 at 7:00pm), Jessica Huang’s Mother of Exiles (November 4 at 7:00pm) and Keelay Gipson (The Lost Or, How to Just B). For further details on New York Stage and Film’s lineup of fall programming, click here.Tim Sanford to Step Down as Artistic Director of Playwrights HorizonsAfter 24 years leading the celebrated off-Broadway theater Playwrights Horizons, Artistic Director Tim Sanford will step down from the position in July 2020. Current Associate Artistic Director Adam Greenfield will assume the role of Artistic Director. The pair will collaborate on the 50th anniversary season (2020-2021) programming, and Sanford will remain central in the institution’s leadership through June 2021 as outgoing artistic director.last_img read more

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Gilbert Strip Mall with Horse Atop is About to Get Long Overdue Makeover

first_imgOver the past 20 years Michael Pollack has purchased dozens of distressed properties only to later renovate and reposition the property, but never before has this Valley real estate mogul purchased a strip mall simply because it looked bad and had a fiberglass horse atop it.That changed recently when Pollack purchased the fiberglass horse and the 12,500 SF strip mall at the SEC of Gilbert and Ray roads in Gilbert for $500,000.“I can remember looking at that horse when I first rolled into town 22 years ago,”  Pollack said. “For me this is about the architectural challenge. We are taking something that is out of date and ugly and refiguring it to look like an old Hollywood Western town. We’ve even found a special place to incorporate this fiberglass horse into the new Western setting.”A Chandler family under the name PBS Corp. owned the property for the past 38 years and was looking to sell the strip mall. Broker Brian Gast with Strategic Retail Group said Pollack was the perfect redeveloper for the property.“When you look at what Michael Pollack has done around the Valley with hundreds of properties and shopping centers, this was a win-win situation for the buyer, seller, existing tenants and new tenants to come,” Gast said. “Michael is known for taking something that is quite frankly an eyesore and really making it beautiful and that’s what we need to get this center back up to 100% occupancy.”Pollack says his first order of business will be finding a new Mexican restaurant tenant to replace Café Posada which will close its doors for good by the end of April. Renovations on the center, which is currently at 50% occupancy, will start right away. Pollack says he will then focus on finding more tenants to get the center up to 100% capacity.With the anticipated corporation of the town of Gilbert’s planning and building department Pollack says the SEC of Gilbert and Ray roads will have a new look come summertime.“As with every project we’re really excited to get going so we can once again make this a corner that both the town of Gilbert and community are proud to call their own,”  Pollack said.In the past year Pollack has transformed other distressed properties in Chandler, Phoenix, Mesa and Tempe. He will be closing on another deal in Chandler in the next 30 days.last_img read more

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Does psychosis play a role in extreme acts of violence?

first_imgLinkedIn Share Share on Twitter Share on Facebook The study focused on two central areas among high risk patients: within the group as a whole, do hallucinations or delusions immediately occur before acts of violence and within individuals over time, how consistent is psychosis before violent incidents?Participants involved 100 patients involved in the MacArthur Violence Risk Assessment Study, a 12 month study of 1,136 patients discharged from three psychiatric hospitals across the U.S. For purposes of this study, 100 participants met the criteria of being involved in multiple violent incidents in the year following hospital discharge and were able to complete a follow-up interview.  The most common diagnoses among participants included depression, bipolar depression and schizophrenia/other psychotic disorders.  Male participants numbered 58, while female participants numbered 42.In general, the study concluded that psychosis, from time to time, played a role immediately before violent incidents (12% of 305 incidents). Additionally, as the research team hypothesized, patients who exhibited non-psychosis preceded violence (80% of the sample size) could be distinguished from a smaller “mixture” group (those patients with a mixture of psychosis-preceded and non-psychosis preceded violence; 20% of the sample size) of patients who exhibited a degree of psychosis-preceded violence; there was reasonable consistency in this difference.Given the research team were interested in factors which may contribute to harm reduction, characteristics between those former patients who exhibited non-psychosis preceded violence and those who exhibited some psychosis-preceded violence, were examined.Skeem and her research team found that while both groups shared features of antisocial personality disorder, those former patients with no psychosis-preceded violence had reasonably lower verbal intelligence and fairly greater social deviance, arrest frequency, and childhood abuse frequency. On the other hand, those patients in the “mixture group” were reasonably more likely to meet bipolar depression criteria, in addition to modestly meeting the criteria for schizophrenia and or a mental disorder with no substance abuse.The researchers concluded that psychosis-preceded acts of violence are uncommon, and that intervention efforts to reduce acts of violence should target broader considerations: “For large-scale violence reduction, the focus of programming for individuals with repeated violence may need to encompass factors associated with social deviance, whether patients occasionally engage in acts of violence related to psychosis or not.”center_img Pinterest Email Mass shootings across the United States continue to stun and mystify, and researchers using data from the MacArthur Violence Risk Assessment Study, sought to understand how psychosis may play a role in extreme acts of violence.The research, published in Clinical Psychological Science suggests that psychosis plays a role in acts of extreme violence, but only on occasion.Researchers sought to gain greater understanding of the psychological mechanisms involved in violent, high-risk individuals, primarily by focusing on the consistent incidence of psychosis. As noted by primary author Dr. Jennifer Skeem: “if the policy goal is to maximize public safety, then effective risk reduction for these individuals seems a priority.”last_img read more

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Small Frijoles Fire Continues To Smolder In Bandelier

first_imgBANDELIER News:A single-tree, lightning-caused fire in upper Frijoles Canyon was reported Monday evening in Bandelier National Monument.The fire, the Frijoles Fire, is about five miles southwest of Los Alamos, creeping low and smoldering with flame lengths of less than 1 foot.The area received some rain the same evening it was reported and weather forecasts predict thundershowers by early next week.Low intensity, naturally caused wildfires burned the forested areas of the Jemez Mountains every seven to 15 years historically. The area around the Frijoles Fire last burned in the 2011 Las Conchas Fire.Fire Managers at Bandelier are seeing this low intensity fire as an opportunity to reduce the fine fuel and debris on the forest floor by allowing it to burn. Doing so helps restore natural conditions in this fire-dependent ecosystem.Firefighters are monitoring the Frijoles Fire and are ready take actions as necessary for public safety.Smoke may be visible from State Road 4 west of Los Alamos. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures.Information on air quality and protecting your health by using the 5-3-1 visibility method can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) website at https://nmtracking.org/fire. People with health concerns can also call NMDOH at 505.827.0006 for additional information. For information on the HEPA filter loan program, visit https://facnm.org/smoke#smokeanchor5.For more information about Bandelier National Monument, contact the Bandelier Visitor Center at 505.672.3861 x 517 or visit www.nps.gov/band, Facebook, BandelierNPS.About the National Park ServiceMore than 20,000 National Park Service employees who care for America’s 417 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Visit http://www.nps.gov, Facebook www.facebook.com/nationalparkservice, Twitter www.twitter.com/natlparkservice and YouTube www.youtube.com/nationalparkservice.last_img read more

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Young at heart

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