50 million under severe storm threat Friday as one Texas town digs out after a deadly tornado

More than 50 million people across a large swath of the United States are under a severe weather threat Friday, one day after storms cut a deadly path across Texas, Florida and Mississippi. Three people, including a child, were killed in Perryton, Texas, when a ruinous tornado slammed the town Thursday, the fire chief told CNN. The storm also sent up to 100 people in the Texas Panhandle town to the hospital with injuries ranging from head wounds to abrasions, the Ochiltree General Hospital inte

Los Angeles nonprofits assist as Texas sends dozens of migrants to California by bus

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced that some migrants in the state have been sent by bus to Los Angeles and arrived on Wednesday evening, marking the state’s latest push against federal border immigration policies that has been decried by critics as a stunt. When the group of 42 migrants arrived in Los Angeles after leaving the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas on Tuesday, several nonprofit organizations ensured volunteers were present. The migrants, whose bus trip was some 1,500 miles, included

Demolition work on the collapsed section of I-95 in Philadelphia is complete. Next comes the monthslong effort to rebuild

The demolition of the damaged section of Interstate 95 that crumbled last weekend after a tanker truck hauling gasoline crashed and burst into flames is now complete and construction is underway to rebuild the section of road, Pennsylvania’s governor announced Thursday evening. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has hired a contractor to backfill the gap in the roadway so that it can be paved over. Once complete, according to PennDOT, vehicles can return to the section of I-95 as cre

New round of smoke from Canada fires prompts air quality alerts across the Upper Midwest

Thick plumes of smoke from dozens of wildfires raging in Ontario, Canada, are billowing across the US border, compromising the air quality for millions of residents in Wisconsin and Minnesota. The entire state of Minnesota and most of Wisconsin were under air quality alerts Wednesday as a gray haze from wildfire smoke shifted south, according to the National Weather Service. Parts of both states experienced air quality marked as “unhealthy” or “very unhealthy” on Wednesday afternoon – levels 4

Air quality over the US and Canada is slowly getting better. But the threat of more wildfires sending smoke across the border looms

Major US cities trapped under a thick, orange blanket of smog this week will soon get a reprieve, as the Canadian wildfires spewing noxious fumes across the border are easing up. Fire activity in the province of Quebec has improved, and the area covered by smoke is now just 7% of what it was last week. Slightly cooler temperatures and higher humidity in Canada mean less smoke billowing across the border. But there are two big caveats: It’s still early in the Canadian fire season, meaning more

Where the smoke from Canadian wildfires is headed next

Around 75 million people in the United States are experiencing dangerous air conditions because of smoke from wildfires raging across Canada, with officials urging them to limit time outdoors and mask up for safety. Forecasts show the dangerous air conditions could linger for days but are expected to slowly improve across the East heading into the weekend. LIVE UPDATES: Millions in US under air quality alerts It took several days for the dense smoke from the Quebec fires to reach US cities in

Intense smoke fills NYC and forces a 'code red' in Philadelphia as millions from the East Coast to Canada suffer from Quebec's wildfires

From Maryland to the Canadian capital, a monstrous cloud of smoke spewed by Quebec’s wildfires has forced children to stay indoors, grounded flights in New York City and left millions of residents at risk of breathing unhealthy air. More than 75 million people in the eastern US are under air quality alerts Wednesday due to the smoke, which made iconic skylines disappear behind wafting orange fumes. The heaviest smoke Wednesday is expected to hit the Northeast through the mid-Atlantic and down

Grand jury indicts New York woman on felony charges for allegedly making threatening phone calls to LGBTQ businesses in Colorado

A grand jury in Colorado indicted a New York woman on felony charges for allegedly verbally threatening several businesses serving the LGBTQ community in the Denver area, including telling an establishment it would get “shot up like Club Q.” Sharon Robinson, 40, is accused of calling at least four businesses located in Denver and Glendale, Colorado, just weeks after an assailant shot and killed five people in late November at Club Q, an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs. While in New York, R

Daniel Penny, the man who held Jordan Neely in a fatal chokehold, says race had nothing to do with it, New York Post reports

The Marine veteran who held an unhoused Black man in a deadly chokehold aboard a New York City subway train earlier this month defended his actions and said in an interview with the New York Post the killing “had nothing to do with race.” Daniel Penny, 24, told the newspaper he’s “deeply saddened by the loss of life,” amid what has become a contentious homicide case that has highlighted New York’s handling of homelessness. “This had nothing to do with race,” he told the Post. “I’m not a white

An engaged North Carolina couple is planning their dream wedding after fiancé wins $150,000 lottery prize

One couple’s dream wedding will become reality after a North Carolina man won the first top prize of $150,000 in a newly launched scratch-off game – the first time the top prize had been claimed since the game launched earlier this month. Alfred Harrell had promised his fiancée the perfect wedding, according to a news release from the North Carolina Lottery. “It’s been almost a year to the day and those promises will come true now,” he said in the news release. Harrell was getting some gas wh

Boston debuts a digital pop-up libraries pilot program at 20 bus stops

Boston is making reading on-the-go more accessible through a pilot program that will allow riders to access digital content from audiobooks to newspapers at some bus stops across the city – no library card required. The program – dubbed “Browse, Borrow, Board” – gives riders access to books, magazines and other material through QR code links, and doesn’t need an app, according to a news release from the mayor’s office. “This pilot program builds on our efforts to make public transportation mor

1,200-pound great white shark is swimming off the coast of South Carolina

A 12-foot great white shark was spotted off the coast of South Carolina this week, about a year after it was detected near the New Jersey shore. Ironbound, an adult great white shark weighing about 1,189 pounds, was recorded twice near South Carolina Thursday morning, according to OCEARCH, a nonprofit marine research group that provides open-source data about shark migration. He was first tagged on October 3, 2019, in the waters around Nova Scotia and named after Canada’s West Ironbound Island

A dozen critically endangered red wolf pups were born at the North Carolina Zoo

The North Carolina Zoo has welcomed three litters of red wolf pups, bringing in a dozen new members of the world’s most endangered wolf species. The wolves were born during a three-day period in late April and are part of the zoo’s red wolf breeding program, it said in a news release. “All pups and their mothers are healthy and doing well. This is the first time in the Zoo’s breeding program that three litters were born in one spring,” the zoo said in the release. Next month, the zoo plans to

Looking for a side hustle? This company will pay you $100 an hour to watch TikTok for 10 hours. No cap | Business

If you already spend hours scrolling through TikTok – let’s face it, who doesn’t? – then you might have just found your dream job. Influencer marketing agency Ubiquitous is looking to pay three people $100 per hour to go on a 10-hour TikTok watching session. The company is hoping the endeavor will help it gauge emerging trends online. To apply for the TikTok Watching job, subscribe to Ubiquitous’ YouTube channel and send a short blurb about why you’re the best fit for the hours-long marathon.

Pennsylvania man wins $50,000 lottery prize in Maryland for a second time in 2 months

Most people aren’t lucky enough to win a $50,000 lottery prize, but a Pennsylvania man did it twice in a matter of weeks. Both wins were in Maryland, where he purchased $20 scratch-offs while doing construction work, the state’s lottery said in a news release. “I buy a ticket or two at least once a week, either at home or down here,” the winner said in the news release. “All my Lottery luck seems to be in Maryland, however.” The man has taken home more than $1 million in lottery winnings from

3 killed in Farmington, New Mexico shooting

Police identify the man accused of killing 3 people in New Mexico. Here's what else we learned Police have identified the man accused of killing three people and wounding six others in a Farmington, New Mexico neighborhood as a high school student. The deputy chief, speaking at a news conference Tuesday, said at least 150 rounds of ammunition were fired as the gunman shot indiscriminately at houses and cars on Monday. The deceased victims were in their 70s and 90s, police said. Here's what else

The man who held Jordan Neely in a fatal chokehold 'never intended to harm' him, his attorneys say

Amid mounting pressures to charge the man who restrained Jordan Neely in a fatal chokehold on a New York City subway train car this week, the man’s attorneys contend he didn’t foresee the “awful tragedy,” which has sparked protests and further accentuated the city’s struggles with homelessness and mental illness. Daniel Penny, 24, has been identified by his attorneys as the US Marine veteran who held down Neely on Monday afternoon while they were aboard the train in downtown Manhattan. Neely,

Jordan Neely, the man killed in chokehold on NYC subway, is remembered as an entertainer shattered by his mother's murder

Before Jordan Neely was killed on a New York City subway car this week, he was known for his swift Michael Jackson dance moves that entertained many — yet he struggled with the trauma his mother’s murder had left him with at an early age. “He told me about how much his mother’s passing impacted him. He disclosed that she was murdered, and her body was put in a suitcase,” Moses Harper, an artist who knew Neely, told CNN. Harper and Neely became friends quickly after they met in 2009. When she t

University of California students in Davis fearful and rattled as 3 stabbings in 5 days remain unsolved

Three brutal stabbings near the University of California at Davis in the span of five days have left two people dead and some students rattled and fearful as authorities dig for clues on who is responsible and whether the attacks were connected. The latest attack happened Monday night near campus and left a woman in critical condition. Just days before, stabbings at two parks near campus claimed the lives of UC Davis senior Karim Abou Najm on Saturday and David Breaux on Thursday. The violence

Texas man allegedly shot and killed a man who scammed him of $40 in parking fees. Then he resumed his date

A Texas man who was allegedly scammed of $40 in parking fees while on a date shot and killed the man who posed as the lot’s attendant – and then “nonchalantly” walked away to proceed with his dinner plans, court records show. Erick Aguirre, 29, appeared in court Thursday for a felony murder charge in the killing of 46-year-old Elliot Nix on a Houston street where witnesses saw the shooting unfold, according to court records. On the evening of April 11, Aguirre paid Nix $40 after the victim cla
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