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Los Angeles Police Shoot, Kill Man After Skid Row Struggle

The shooting is the latest in a recent series of fatal police shootings around the country

(LOS ANGELES) — Police shot and killed a man Sunday who struggled with officers on a sidewalk in the Skid Row section of downtown Los Angeles, authorities said.

The officers, who were answering a robbery call in the area at about noon, got into a struggle with the man, and tried to use a stun gun on him before shooting him, LAPD spokesman Sgt. Barry Montgomery said. He was later declared dead at a hospital.

Police did not immediately say how many officers were involved or how many shots were fired. Nor did they say whether the man was armed or identify him.

The shooting is the latest in a recent series of fatal police shootings around the country that have drawn widespread protest.

Witnesses told the Los Angeles Times that the man is known on the street in the area, where tents and cardboard shelters for the homeless cover the sidewalks, as “Africa,” and that he had been there for four or five months.

Five or six officers were involved in the struggle, and two of them broke away to handcuff a woman who had picked up one of their dropped batons as the others wrestled the man to the ground, witnesses said.

One witness, Jose Gil, 38, told the Times he saw the man swinging at police then heard one of them shout, “he’s got my gun!” before multiple shots were fired.

Dennis Horne, 29, said the man had been fighting with someone else in his tent before officers arrived.

“It’s sad,” Horne said. “There’s no justification to take somebody’s life.”

Los Angeles Police Commission President Steve Soboroff told the Times that the LAPD, the independent inspector general and the district attorney would all investigate the shooting “very, very carefully.”

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New England Is Braced for More Snow as a Historic Winter Continues

A woman walks through blowing snow in the East Boston neighborhood of Boston, Monday, Feb. 16, 2015
Michael Dwyer—AP A woman walks through blowing snow in the East Boston neighborhood of Boston, Monday, Feb. 16, 2015

Boston is on the verge of breaking a 20-year record for snowfall

Another four to seven inches of snow is expected to fall in Massachusetts early Monday, delaying any hope of respite from the extraordinarily harsh weather that has battered New England throughout February.

Boston is expected to receive up to four inches overnight, while other parts of the region, stretching into Rhode Island, may see as much as seven inches, according to the National Weather Service.

The snow storm is expected to pass before the morning commute, but the winter weather advisory calls on motorists to stay cautious and be alert for snow and ice patches on the road.

Boston has received 102 inches of snow this year, far exceeding the 34 inches considered to be normal and surpassing last year’s total of just over 56 inches. The twenty-year record for snowfall in Boston is 107.6 inches, according to media reports.

The average temperature in Boston for the month of February was just 19 degrees Fahrenheit, almost 13 degrees Fahrenheit colder than normal.

TIME Accident

This Pickup Was Ditched on an Icy River With a Dog Trapped Inside

U.S. Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic A helicopter crew from U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City located a truck that fell through the ice on Toms River, New Jersey, March 1, 2015.

Driver and passenger were reportedly doing stunts on the ice

Two people in New Jersey abandoned their pickup truck in a frozen river with a dog inside, after an attempt at some winter daredevilry went awry.

Authorities were alerted by a call just after midnight on Saturday, reporting that a pickup truck had driven onto the frozen Toms River near Pine Beach, N.J. and was doing “donuts” on the ice.

“The headlight and brake lights could be seen from the shoreline as the vehicle headed South and West towards the other side of the river,” the Toms River Police Department said in a statement. “After a period of time went by the lights suddenly were no longer visible.”

Sergeant First Class Gregory Williams of the New Jersey State Police Dive team told the New York Daily News that police found the submerged vehicle around 3 p.m. on Sunday with a frozen dog inside.

Toms River Police said that two individuals have turned themselves in for questioning in connection with the incident.

TIME #RealTime

Real TIME: Rand Paul Wins CPAC Straw Poll

Rand Paul won the straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference for the third year in a row on Saturday.

The Senator from Kentucky won with 26% of the vote. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker followed closely behind with 21%, and Jeb Bush and Chris Christie finished fifth and 10th, respectively.

Watch #RealTIME for more on the final day of CPAC, and read more here.

TIME Crime

2 Shot at T.I., Young Jeezy Party in North Carolina Nightclub

T.I., Young Jeezy
David Goldman—AP Rappers T.I. and Young Jeezy during the BET Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta on Oct. 1, 2011.

Both are expected to survive

Two people were shot Saturday night at a party in a North Carolina nightclub, where the rappers T.I., Young Jeezy, Yo Gotti and Young Dolph were scheduled to appear.

Police said the two people who were shot at Label nightclub in Charlotte had non-life threatening injuries, the Charlotte Observer reports. It is not known whether any of the rappers were in the nightclub at the time of the shooting.

Videos and photos posted on social media showed the crowds of people rushing to leave the club after the shots were fired.

 

[Charlotte Observer]

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Real TIME: Scott Walker Tackles the U.S. Economy at CPAC

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker shared his views on the U.S. economy, the minimum wage, and and the dispute over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s impending speech to Congress during his speech at CPAC.

Watch #RealTIME to see what he had to say.

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Real TIME: Chris Christie Jabs At The Media At CPAC

New Jersey Governor and likely presidential hopeful Chris Christie addressed his critics in the media and spoke out on his pro-life stance and passion for his job during his Q&A at the Conservative Political Action Conference near Washington at the weekend.

Watch #RealTIME to hear what he had to say.

TIME Crime

High School Senior Accused of Encouraging Friend to Kill Himself

Michelle Carter, 18, later raised money for mental illness in her friend's name

A teenage girl is facing manslaughter charges for allegedly encouraging a male friend to commit suicide.

Michelle Carter, 18, of Plainville, Mass. is accused of having sent text messages to Conrad Roy III as he attempted to kill himself by carbon monoxide poisoning last July, encouraging him to remain in the idling truck as it filled with exhaust fumes.

A police report read in part:

“…when he actually started to carry out the act, he got scared again and exited his truck, but instead of telling him to stay out of the truck … Carter told him to ‘get back in.’”

Carter, an honor roll student, went on to raise money for mental illness in Roy’s name and wrote on social media about suicide prevention. She has been indicted as a “youthful offender.”

[The Sun Chronicle]

TIME weather

February Coldest Month in History For Some in U.S.

APTOPIX Winter Weather
Jim Cole—AP Krystal Koban removes snow from around her car during a winter storm, Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, in Henniker, N.H.

February brought historically low temperatures to parts of the U.S.

You weren’t imagining things. It really was the coldest month ever.

At least if you live in a handful of cities in the shivering Northeast. They just weathered the coldest month since reliable records were first kept, which for most places means a century or more of weather data.

Topping the misery index: Bangor, Maine — that’s pronounced “bang-or,” not “banger,” if you can stop your teeth from chattering long enough to say it.

The average temperature there should come in at 6.2 degrees for this month, said Corey Bogel, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service. That’s about 15 degrees …

Read more from our partners at NBC News

TIME Crime

Marathon Bombing Trial Will Stay in Boston

FBI Release Images Of Boston Marathon Bombing Suspects
Handout—Getty Images In this image released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on April 19, 2013, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19-years-old, a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing is seen.

Trial is set to begin next week

Publicity hasn’t jeopardized Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s right to an impartial jury, a federal appeals panel says, and opening statements can proceed next week as scheduled in the city where the deadly explosions occurred almost two years ago.

The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel said in a 2-1 ruling Friday that a U.S. district judge correctly denied Tsarnaev’s requests on three occasions to move the trial, especially given the “particularly unusual” timing with jury selection already underway.

“The process has been thorough and appropriately calibrated to expose bias, ignorance and prevarication,” the majority said of Judge George O’Toole Jr. almost daily sessions with potential jurors that began nearly two months ago.

Chief Judge Sandra Lynch and Judge Jeffrey Howard said the ongoing jury selection process did not suggest pervasive prejudice and that it was not clear that pretrial publicity required a change of venue. The defense did not demonstrate irreparable harm if the trial remained in Boston, they said.

“Any high-profile case will receive significant media attention,” the majority said. “Knowledge, however, does not equate to disqualifying prejudice. Distinguishing between the two is at the heart of the jury selection process.”

The judges also noted that other high-profile terrorism cases such as the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the prosecution of Zacarias Moussaoui, the man who became known as the “20th hijacker” from the Sept. 11 attacks, occurred in the district where the crimes occurred.

In his dissent, Judge Juan Torruella agreed with Tsarnaev’s lawyers that intense media coverage of the case and the large number of people personally affected by the deadly attack made it impossible for him to find a fair and impartial jury in Massachusetts.

Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured when twin bombs exploded near the marathon finish line on April 15, 2013.

“If a change of venue is not required in a case like this, I cannot imagine a case where it would be,” Torruella wrote. “If residents of the Eastern Division of the District of Massachusetts did not already resent Tsarnaev and predetermine his guilt, the constant reporting on the Marathon bombing and its aftermath could only further convince the prospective jurors of his guilt.”

A defense attorney did not immediately respond to an email from The Associated Press seeking comment on the ruling. In arguments Feb. 19 before the appeals court, federal public defender Judith Mizner said the local jury pool is “connected to the case in many ways” and cannot be counted on to be fair and impartial.

“This attack was viewed as an attack on the marathon itself … and an attack on the city of Boston,” Mizner said.

She also argued that the trial needed to be moved to maintain public confidence in the judicial system.

Assistant U.S. Attorney William Weinreb told the appeals court that prospective jurors who have strong opinions have “unhesitatingly admitted” them, allowing the judge to rule them out as jurors.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office declined to comment Friday on the ruling.

A jury of 12 jurors and six alternates is to be seated early next week followed by opening statements Wednesday. If the jury reaches a guilty verdict, the same panel will decide whether Tsarnaev lives or dies. The only possible punishments are life in prison without parole or the death penalty.

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