National News | WRHL http://www.wrhl.net/pages/index.cfm?id=491 National News 2016-09-27T01:58:19Z National News Charlotte protesters demand mayor's resignation over black man's slaying Dozens of protesters took their fight for racial equality in policing to the heart of Charlotte's power structure on Monday, demanding the resignations of the mayor, police chief, and lawmakers in the wake of the police slaying of a black man. Residents and activists, many of whom have participated in street demonstrations every day since the death of Keith Scott on Tuesday, spoke at a packed city council meeting of frustrations with racial discrimination in the North Carolina city of about 792,800 residents. Many speakers said city officials were responsible for ensuring police officers treat everyone fairly, and called on Mayor Jennifer Roberts, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney, and members of the city council to resign. Northern California wildfire forces hundreds to evacuate mountainous area By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Firefighters worked to control a wildfire on Tuesday in the Santa Cruz Mountains south of San Francisco Bay area that has forced hundreds of residents to evacuate, despite its relatively small size, officials said. The so-called Loma Fire broke out on Monday afternoon and has scorched more than 1,000 acres (405 hectares) about 10 miles (16 km) northwest of the town of Morgan Hill, fire officials said. Firefighters have built containment lines around 5 percent of the blaze. 'Bridgegate' witness says Governor Christie backed lane closures New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was aware of and supported a plan to close lanes at the George Washington Bridge in 2013 in an act of political payback, a key prosecution witness testified Tuesday at the criminal trial of two former Christie associates. David Wildstein, a former executive at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, told jurors in Newark federal court that he and Bill Baroni, another Port Authority executive, discussed the lane closure with Christie before a memorial service marking the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks at the World Trade Center. Baroni and Christie's former deputy chief of staff, Bridget Kelly, are charged with fraud and other crimes for allegedly orchestrating the September 2013 closure of access lanes at the bridge in Fort Lee, New Jersey, to punish the town's Democratic mayor for refusing to endorse Christie's re-election bid. Police say Arizona woman chased husband, caused deadly crash SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. (AP) — Police say an Arizona woman faces manslaughter charges for chasing down her husband in her SUV, causing him to crash his Harley-Davidson into a light post. Barriers used to protect soldiers now stopping floodwaters CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's second-largest city has managed to keep flooding at bay largely because of barriers that were widely used to protect soldiers in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. The Latest: Bridge case witness testifies about cover-up NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on the George Washington Bridge lane-closing trial (all times local): Baby born with DNA from 3 people, first from new technique NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists say the first baby has been born from a new technique that combines DNA from three people. California heat wave intensifies wildfire threatening homes MORGAN HILL, Calif. (AP) — A heat wave stifling drought-stricken California worsened a wildfire Tuesday that burned some buildings and forced people from their homes in remote communities along the Santa Cruz Mountains. Flood barriers protect Cedar Rapids as river crests CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — An elaborate system of temporary floodwalls largely protected Cedar Rapids homes and businesses Tuesday as the river that runs through the city reached its second-highest peak ever. Lawsuit on Maryland man's death after 911 call awaits autopsy: lawyer Tawon Boyd, 21, of Middle River, died in a hospital last Wednesday, three days after Baltimore County officers subdued him and medics administered a drug to calm him, according to police. A. Dwight Pettit, a Baltimore lawyer for the family, said his office had told the county it planned to file a wrongful death lawsuit. A police report said Boyd made a domestic disturbance call to 911 early on Sept. 18. Bar: Marlins' Fernandez was there before fatal boat accident MIAMI (AP) — Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez was a patron at a Miami River bar and restaurant the same night he and two friends were killed in a boat crash, a spokeswoman for the establishment confirmed Tuesday. Caesars strikes deal to end main unit's costly bankruptcy Caesars Entertainment Corp said on Tuesday it has struck a crucial $5 billion deal with most of its casino operating unit's creditors, resolving billions of dollars in legal claims and paving the subsidiary's way out of a costly bankruptcy. Junior creditors led by hedge fund Appaloosa Management accused the Caesars parent and its private equity owners Apollo Global Management and TPG Capital Management [TPG.UL] of looting the operating unit of its best assets and leaving it bankrupt. As part of the sweetened deal, junior creditors will own a larger equity holding in the new group to be formed through the merger of the parent company and another affiliate, Caesars Acquisition Co. NJ man pleads guilty in dog death after truck falls through ice A New Jersey man whose dog was inside a pickup truck that plunged through the ice on a frozen river has admitted his responsibility for the dog's death. Ex-ally: Gov. Christie seemed happy about bridge gridlock Gov. Chris Christie was told about the epic 2013 traffic jam at the George Washington Bridge while it was underway, seemed happy about it and joked sarcastically that there was nothing political going on, a former loyalist testified Tuesday. The Latest: Woman lost at sea bonded with son while fishing BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on a Vermont man who was rescued after being lost at sea for a week (all times local): Iowa city flood prevention system holds back Cedar River (Reuters) - A sprawling network of flood barricades erected in Iowa's second-largest city of Cedar Rapids largely succeeded in holding back water from the rain-swollen Cedar River, city officials said on Tuesday. Around 5,800 homes and businesses were at risk of flooding in an evacuation zone along the river, as the city braced for what officials said could have been the second worst flood in the city's history. Public Works Director Jen Winter said that the Cedar River, which winds its way through the city, had crested at just over 22 feet (7 m) on Tuesday morning and was receding. FDNY captain killed in house explosion after drug lab found Authorities say firefighters responding to a report of a gas leak discovered what appeared to be a drug lab right before a Bronx house exploded. Consumer companies lead indexes higher; energy drops NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are climbing Tuesday and consumer stocks are making some of the biggest gains. Solid quarterly results from cruise line operator Carnival are giving travel-related companies a boost. Technology companies are also gaining. Energy companies are slipping with oil prices. A survey showed consumer confidence is at a nine-year high. Mom charged in murder of 2 missing children; 3rd body found A mother was charged in the murder of her two young children after they were found dead Monday night. A third body was found in Fort Wayne, Ind., Tuesday morning. Justice Department to discuss review of Stewart shooting MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Department of Justice says it will discuss its review of the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old black man by a white Memphis police officer at a scheduled afternoon news conference. US appeals court hears arguments in Clean Power Plan case WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for a coalition of states and businesses reliant on fossil fuels made their case Tuesday to a federal appeals court that President Barack Obama's plan to curtail climate-warming greenhouse gases is an unlawful power grab. Charlotte residents denounce officials over police shooting CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Angry Charlotte residents verbally lashed City Council members for hours, complaining about what they called unaccountable police officers and civilian leaders who have failed to force change as the city marked a week of protests since a police officer fatally shot a black man. The Latest: More Charlotte protesters face charges CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on protests following the shooting of a man by a Charlotte police officer last week (all times local): The Latest: Coast Guard: 4 bodies found were Cuban migrants MIAMI (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Coast Guard search for missing Cuban migrants off the Florida Keys (all times local): Police: Man locked woman in shed, sexually assaulted her SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A man has been accused of luring an 18-year-old to a remote cabin, locking her in a shed and sexually assaulting her for weeks, prosecutors in eastern Utah said in court documents filed Monday. Video shows DC officers performing CPR on bleeding man WASHINGTON (AP) — A motorcyclist who was fatally shot by a District of Columbia police officer bled heavily on the sidewalk next to a police car as an onlooker screamed and officers performed CPR on the wounded man for more than three minutes, a video released Tuesday shows. U.S. established working group to stop Middle East migrant smugglers Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told a Senate panel on Tuesday the United States was cracking down on Middle Eastern migrants illegally crossing the southern U.S. border. Johnson, FBI Director James Comey and National Counterterrorism Center Director Nicholas Rasmussen all were pressed on a range of security issues by the Homeland Security Committee, including migration, cyber hackers manipulating voting systems and recent bombings in New York City and New Jersey. Lawyer: Texas officer protected by immunity in shooting NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A lawyer for a white police officer who shot and killed a black man about three years ago after a foot chase argued Tuesday to an appeals court that his client should be protected by federal immunity. But state prosecutors disagreed, saying the case never should have been dismissed by a lower court. The Latest: Lawyer: Texas officer protected by immunity NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on appeals court ruling on Texas police shooting (all times local): VP Joe Biden campaigns for Hillary Clinton at Drexel Univ. Vice President Joe Biden was in Philadelphia Tuesday to campaign for Hillary Clinton on National Voter Registration Day. Water company workers lead Greek protests ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Workers from a state-run water company are blocking traffic outside Greece's parliament as lawmakers prepare to vote on a proposal to move control of public utilities to a new asset fund created by international bailout creditors. APNewsBreak: Another prep school finds sex abuse in its past The Pomfret School in Connecticut has revealed that several of its teachers engaged in improper conduct with students between the 1970s and 2000s, adding its name to a list of elite boarding schools now reckoning with past sexual misconduct by educators. 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