TIME Crime

4 People Shot at Pennsylvania Mall Barbershop

(READING, Pa.) — Authorities say four people have been shot at an eastern Pennsylvania strip mall barbershop where another shooting happened a day earlier.

Reading (RED’-ing) Police Chief Robert Heim says one person has been critically injured while the other three victims suffered minor injuries in the Wednesday afternoon shooting.

Authorities say no one is in custody.

The Reading Eagle newspaper says the shooting happened Wednesday afternoon at the All Stars Hair Salon and Unisex Hair Studio. On Tuesday night, a gunman fired several shots into the shop.

The newspaper reports nearly a dozen people were in the shop Tuesday but no one was injured. That shooting remains under investigation.

TIME National Security

Judge Frees Alleged ISIS Recruit From Minnesota

18-year-old accused of trying to travel to Syria to join militant group

(MINNEAPOLIS) — An 18-year-old Minnesota man accused of trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group has been released to the custody of his parents.

A federal complaint unsealed this week says Abdullahi Yusuf was stopped at the Minneapolis airport last May, though he wasn’t arrested until Tuesday. He’s charged with conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.

During a detention hearing Wednesday, Assistant U.S. Attorney John Docherty said Yusuf should remain in custody. He noted that Yusuf was living with his parents when planning his trip, yet they had no knowledge of his plans to leave the U.S.

Yusuf’s attorney, Jean Brandl, said he’s a college student with a job and isn’t a flight risk.

The judge decided to release Yusuf. Docherty says he’ll appeal.

TIME Crime

Ferguson Bakery Vandalized in Protests Gets Big Donations

Natalie's Cake's & More opened in early June

The owner of a bakery in Ferguson, Missouri, said she is in awe of the support she received after rioters on Monday smashed the windows and damaged some kitchen equipment in her small shop.

Natalie DuBose, a 32-year-old mother of two, owns Natalie’s Cake’s & More at 100 S. Florissant Rd., which opened in early June. DuBose told NBC News Wednesday that baking and cake decorating have always been a passion, but they didn’t become a full-time job until earlier this year, when she finally saved enough to open her store.

“Everything that I invested, it came from me saving money through bake sales…

Read the rest of the story from our partners at NBC News

TIME Crime

Rev. Al Sharpton: Pray for Michael Brown’s Family on Thanksgiving

Reverand Al Sharpton speaks at a press conference on the eve of Thanksgiving to pray and address the events of the last few days regarding the grand jury verdict of police officer Darren Wilson on Nov. 26, 2014 in New York.
Reverand Al Sharpton speaks at a press conference on the eve of Thanksgiving to pray and address the events of the last few days regarding the grand jury verdict of police officer Darren Wilson on Nov. 26, 2014 in New York. Andrew Burton—Getty Images

Families of two men killed in police incidents came together with Rev. Al Sharpton

The families of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, who were both killed in confrontations with police officers over the summer, are set to experience their first Thanksgivings without their loved ones. In preparation for the holiday, Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network hosted a “bonding prayer” Wednesday for the two families at the civil rights organization’s headquarters in Harlem.

“Not only do they share pain of being victims of police conduct,” Sharpton said. “This will be their first Thanksgiving with an empty seat at the table”

Garner was killed after being held in a chokehold by a New York City officer. For Brown’s family, the wounds from his death are especially fresh given the grand jury decision announced this week not to indict officer Darren Wilson, who fired the fatal shots at the 18-year-old. Since the announcement of the decision, protests have sprang up across the U.S. and in Brown’s hometown of Ferguson, Mo.

“We hope that when people pull up to their tables on Thanksgiving, they pray for these families,” Sharpton said before praying that both Garner’s and Brown’s deaths “birth a new way” of handling police conduct and race relations in America.

TIME Crime

Video Shows Cleveland Officer Shot 12-Year-Old Within Seconds on Scene

This undated photo provided by the family's attorney shows Tamir Rice, 12.
This undated photo provided by the family's attorney shows Tamir Rice, 12 AP

Officer Timothy Loehman was new to the police force, and believed Tamir Rice had a gun, police say

The Cleveland officer who fatally shot a 12-year-old boy on Saturday was a new officer who fired his gun within moments of arriving on the scene, according to surveillance video and police statements released Wednesday.

Tamir Rice was shot Saturday after police responded to a 911 call about a person who may have had a gun at a playground. He died the following day. Rice, however, was not carrying a real gun, but rather a toy airsoft pistol that didn’t have an orange safety indicator at the end of the barrel.

The grainy surveillance video released by authorities shows that Rice was shot less than two seconds after officers arrived on the scene. Edward Tomba, deputy chief of the Cleveland Police Department, said Wednesday that the officers called three times for Rice to drop his weapon.

The officer who shot Tamir Rice was 26-year-old Timothy Loehman, who joined Cleveland’s force from a smaller department in March, Tomba said Wednesday. The other officer on the scene was 46-year-old Frank Garmback, a six-year veteran. Both officers have been placed on administrative leave.

Before the deadly shooting, a man called 911 complaining that “a guy” was pointing a pistol at people, but said twice on the call that the gun was likely a fake, according to a call released by the police.

“It’s probably fake, but it’s scaring the sh-t out of people,” said the caller. The dispatcher did not relay the information to officers that the gun may have been fake, according to a released tape.

Police said they are investigating the shooting, and that they will pass the results of the investigation on to local prosecutors within 90 days. A spokesman for the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor says the office will eventually present all evidence to a grand jury with a recommendation on whether to charge the officers.

The Cuyahoga prosecutor’s office has a policy of presenting evidence to a grand jury in every case in which police officers use deadly force and typically recommends charges, the spokesman said. Five police officers in the district were indicted for manslaugher in May 2014 in relation to a November 2012 killing of two unarmed people.

Several hundred people protested Rice’s shooting and the grand-jury decision in Ferguson, Mo., in Cleveland on Tuesday evening, blocking rush-hour traffic on an area freeway while chanting “No justice, no peace,” and “Hands up, don’t shoot.”

TIME Health Care

Health Insurance Sign-Ups Coming to Shopping Malls Starting on Black Friday

Customers shop at a Walmart store in the Porter Ranch section of Los Angeles November 26, 2013. This year, Black Friday starts earlier than ever.
Customers shopping at a Walmart store on Black Friday 2013. Kevork Djansezian—Reuters

Through the busiest shopping days of the holiday season

(CHICAGO) — The Obama administration will promote health insurance coverage at shopping malls starting on Black Friday and continuing through the busiest shopping days of the holiday season, officials announced Wednesday. They said more than 462,000 people selected a private insurance plan in the first week of 2015 enrollment through the online marketplace HealthCare.gov.

The government’s enrollment push with Westfield Shopping Centers will involve setting up outreach tables at malls in Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland, New York and Washington state. Westfield will post information about enrollment services on its website.

The administration released what it called a snapshot of signups for the first week of the enrollment period, which started Nov. 15. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell said 462,125 people chose a health plan in the 37 states using the federal website.

Of those, 48 percent are new customers, including enrollees in Oregon and Nevada, which turned over their troubled insurance markets to the federal government. The figures don’t include states running their own insurance markets. The numbers represent only the choice of a plan, and not whether consumers paid their first month’s premium — a requirement for coverage to start.

“We’re off to a solid start but we’ve got a lot of work every day between now and Feb. 15,” the last day of the enrollment period, Burwell said in a conference call with reporters. About 1 million people phoned the enrollment site’s help line, she said, and roughly an additional 100,000 callers chose to speak with a Spanish-speaking representative.

Burwell said the administration is sticking with its previously announced goal of signing up 9.1 million consumers for coverage in 2015.

Unlike last year, the website suffered no outages in the first week, officials said, and it’s ready to handle 250,000 users at a time during anticipated surges around deadlines. Consumers must sign up by Dec. 15 for coverage to start on Jan. 1.

The figures announced Wednesday don’t include dental plans, Burwell stressed. Last week, the administration acknowledged it had been over-reporting the number of enrollees by double-counting about 400,000 who had both medical and dental plans. Burwell said she has directed her staff to find out how the double-counting happened.

Burwell promised a weekly update on enrollment along with more thorough monthly reports that will include what’s happening in state-based markets.

Along with the shopping mall campaign, HHS announced marketing partnerships with the National Community Pharmacists Association and the XO Group, a company that runs websites targeting brides, new mothers and homeowners. The pharmacists group will get enrollment information to its members and pharmacy customers, officials said. The XO Group will post blog content on its sites.

TIME Crime

Bernie Tiede Wins Murder Case Appeal

Tiede was the inspiration for the 2011 dark comedy Bernie

Bernie Tiede, a man convicted of killing an elderly female friend, Marjorie Nugent–whose story inspired the dark comedy Bernie, which starred Jack Black and Shirley MacLaine–will see another day in court.

A court granted Tiede’s appeal and his new trial and sentencing will likely cover the time he has already served, 17 years, the Austin American-Statesman reports. Tiede was released from prison in May, and has been currently living in the garage apartment of director Richard Linklater, who helmed the 2011 film.

Tiede has said that he shot and killed Nugent in a fit of rage, and that she was emotionally abuse and possessive toward him. Tiede was released from prison after the film drew attention to the case, and after new information came to light that Tiede had been sexually abused as a child, a factor that .

Bernie also stars Matthew McConaughey.



Residents Asking Why City Smells Like Cat Urine

Air samples to determine what's causing the smell will take weeks to complete

(NEW CASTLE, Pa.) — Residents are hoping tests on air samples can explain why their western Pennsylvania city smells like cat urine.

New Castle residents began noticing the smell Nov. 1 in the city about 45 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. The New Castle News says the smell is still lingering near a sewage treatment plant in the city’s Mahoningtown neighborhood.

State environmental officials don’t believe the odor is harmful, but they don’t yet know what’s causing it.

A spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection says on-site monitoring didn’t detect any hazardous substances in the air.

But tests on air samples to determine what’s causing the smell will take weeks to complete. The DEP is also testing wastewater to determine whether it’s causing the smell.

TIME weather

Holiday Snow Wreaks Havoc on Thanksgiving Travel Plans

Delays on the road and in the air all along the east coast

On the eve of one of the biggest travel holidays in the year, a storm is threatening the travel plans of 20 million people in the Northeast, according to a warning issued by the National Weather Service.

Wednesday’s expected Nor’easter will bring rain and snow to the north and the west of the I-95 corridor. Rain began to fall in the morning hours in Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., and quickly began to turn into snow, causing delays on I-95. Areas in West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey could expect three-to-six inches of snow by the end of the day. Some New England states will see up to half a foot of snow.

For those flying out of the east coast, over 200 flights were canceled by noon Wednesday.

The snow should abate all along the east coast by Thanksgiving Day, with temperatures climbing far enough above freezing to improve road conditions.

But it could always be worse: In Siberia, it was so cold that a plane got stuck to the frozen ground. After spending 24 hours on the tarmac, passengers finally got out of the aircraft and pushed it themselves on Wednesday, captured in this astounding video reported by Tass.ru.

TIME Crime

See How Ferguson Protests Rippled Across the U.S.

Cities across the country saw a strong reaction to the grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, as protests erupted from Los Angeles to New York to Atlanta, demonstrators congregated en masse and shut down several major highways

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