A Salt Lake City police detective was fired and his supervisor demoted Tuesday for their roles in the violent arrest of a nurse who was manhandled and shoved screaming into a squad car as she tried to protect the legal rights of an unconscious patient.
Less than two months after the country's largest soda tax went into effect, embattled lawmakers in Cook County, Illinois -- the home of Chicago -- are already poised to repeal it. The tax has been plagued, in its very short life, by legal challenges, implementation glitches and a screeching, multi-million-dollar media battle between the soda industry and public health groups. On Tuesday, in recognition of growing public pressure, Cook County's Board of Commissioners is expected to vote to roll back the tax, effective as soon as Dec. 1.
Sara and Charles Rippey lived together for much of their century-long lives. She was 98; he was 100. They met almost 90 years ago, as grade-schoolers in Hartford, Wis., the New York Times reported. They married in 1942, and had just celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary with all five of their children in March. But on Sunday night, they died together in their house in Napa, California, when a wind-whipped wildfire engulfed the property, causing the roof to cave in and the windows to explode, leaving the couple trapped inside.
NEW YORK - Thomas J. Barrack Jr., a billionaire who is one of President Trump's oldest friends, had spent weeks trying to smooth the way for a May presidential meeting in Saudi Arabia with Gulf leaders. All initially went well. Trump praised Qatar - where Barrack, who is Arab American, has deep business ties - as a "crucial strategic partner." Then Trump reversed course a few weeks later and attacked Qatar as "a funder of terrorism at a very high level."
On the morning of Sunday, Oct. 8, 1871, the citizens of Peshtigo, a Wisconsin lumber town up a dirt road from Green Bay, went to church and prayed for God to spare them from the flames. Brush fires had been popping up throughout the Midwest, the result of a summer drought that stretched into the first days of fall. The townsfolk could smell smoke wafting through the pews. Outside, ash sprinkled down like snowflakes.
After battling massive, fast-moving wildfires that have torched more than 100,000 acres of land and killed at least 15 people, with the death count likely to rise, firefighters received a badly needed reprieve Tuesday, Oct. 10, as winds continued to weaken.
When the Las Vegas gunman arrived at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino late last month, he assembled "an armory" in his room, according to one of the police officers who went inside. Authorities said Stephen Paddock, 64, had secreted nearly two dozen guns in his two-room suite on the 32nd floor. He also had stacks of ammunition, cameras, drills and computers as he methodically planned and carried out the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.
Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, already suspected of decades of sexual harassment, came under withering fire Tuesday with a new report accusing him of raping three women he had worked with during his long tenure as one of Hollywood's most powerful figures. The new report in the New Yorker magazine was followed within hours by a second article in the New York Times that included accounts from actresses Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie about Weinstein's harassment of them early in their careers.
I am off lingonberries for the time being and Volvos and flat white furniture from Ikea. No meatballs, thank you. Once again the humorless Swedes have chosen a writer of migraines for the Nobel Prize in literature, an author of twilight meditations on time and memory and mortality and cold toast by loners looking at bad wallpaper. It's not a prize for literature, it's a prize for nihilism. The Swedes said he's like Jane Austen combined with Kafka with some of Proust, three other writers you'd never invite to a party. Well, at least they didn't give it to Joni Mitchell.
A prominent gun-control group filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the maker of "bump stocks," the devices believed to have been used by a mass shooter in Las Vegas to inflict maximum carnage when he opened fire on a country music festival last week. The devices, which are legal, essentially allow semiautomatic weapons to rapid-fire bullets, much like an automatic rifle or machine gun would. A dozen rifles fitted with bump stocks were found in the hotel suite of Stephen Paddock, who killed 58 people in 11 minutes from his perch on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel on Oct. 1.