Biden administration promises focus on environmental justice

When President Joe Biden made environmental protection a key element of his campaign, he promised to overhaul the federal office that investigates complaints from people in minority communities who believe they have been unfairly harmed by industrial pollution or waste disposal. Although the Environmental Protection Agency acknowledges that disadvantaged communities in America are disproportionately affected by pollution, hundreds of complaints sent to its civil rights office since the mid-1990s have only once resulted in a formal finding of discrimination. The situation has provoked criticism from the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, the EPA’s own Office of Inspector General and citizens who have filed complaints that sometimes languished for years — or decades. Under Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act,

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Flight instructor, student pilot rescued after ditching plane off Hawaii coast

A Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued the two men in an hour. February 28, 2021, 6:07 PM • 5 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article A flight instructor and a student pilot were rescued by a U.S. Coast Guard crew Saturday night after their plane experienced engine trouble, forcing them to ditch the aircraft in the ocean off the coast of Hawaii, officials said. The two pilots were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to Coast Guard officials. Their names were not immediately released. Lt. j.g. Makenzy Karnehm, watchstander of the Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center, said a Coast Guard helicopter rescue crew from Air Station Barbers Point in Oahu managed to reach pilots

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3 cops injured in possible explosion after being called to search vacant home: Police

One officer has been released from the hospital while two others remain. February 28, 2021, 1:14 PM • 4 min read Three police officers have been injured in a possible explosion after being dispatched to a vacant home. The incident happened just after 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27, when Patrol South officers from the Wichita Police Department in Kansas received a call and were subsequently dispatched to check on a vacant home in the McAdams neighborhood of the city, according to the Wichita Police Department (WPD). Authorities have not yet issued a formal statement on why they were called to the home, who may have made the call or what had been reported to the police but, according to

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Snow, severe weather and flood threats across the Eastern US

Already 2 to 3 inches of rain has fallen in parts of Kentucky and Virginia. February 28, 2021, 11:36 AM • 4 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article Icy conditions on the Yellowstone River Bridge in Billings, Montana led to a 30 vehicle pile-up that resulted in the closure of I-90 for hours on Saturday as a quick band of snow moved through Billings creating slick conditions. Thankfully, no fatalities were reported and two people with serious injuries are expected to fully recover. Meanwhile, up to 20 inches of snow fell in parts of Wyoming and Idaho and now as the system moves east, winter weather alerts stretch from Nebraska to Michigan. As this snow moves through

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3 dead after plane crash in Georgia, leaving wing inside mobile home

A passerby called 911 after noticing plane debris on the side of the road. February 27, 2021, 3:10 PM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article A small plane crashed in Gainesville, Georgia Friday afternoon, killing three. Gainesville fire division chief Keith Smith told reporters the fire department responded to a 911 call made shortly after 6 p.m. from a passerby who noticed debris from the plane on the side of the road. The victims were identified as Dan Delnoce, 44, of Gainesville, Courtney Flanders, 45, of Gainesville, and Matthew Delnoce, 39, of Ohio, Hall County Sheriff’s Office said. The bodies have been transported to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab for autopsy. The plane

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Basketball star Jeremy Lin says he was called ‘coronavirus’ on court

The G League is reportedly investigating the alleged incident. February 27, 2021, 3:36 PM • 4 min read Basketball star Jeremy Lin said he was called “coronavirus” on the court in a social media post in which he denounced racism against Asian Americans. “Being an Asian American doesn’t mean we don’t experience poverty and racism,” Lin shared on social media late Thursday. “Being a 9-year NBA veteran doesn’t protect me from being called ‘coronavirus’ on the court.” Lin didn’t state when the incident took place. The G League is now investigating Lin’s claim, ESPN reported. Racist attacks have soared against the Asian community amid the pandemic as COVID-19 first emerged on the global radar in Wuhan, China. Jeremy Lin #7

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South facing flood warning and severe storm threat

The Northeast is under an avalanche threat. February 27, 2021, 11:00 AM • 6 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article The Pacific Northwest will get a bit of a break in the active weather Saturday as the latest storm to drop feet of snow moves further east. Snoqualmie Pass was shut down for a while Friday to allow for crews to do avalanche control work. After re-opening they were forced to shut down I-90 again due to multiple collisions. Snoqualmie Pass has picked up an incredible 396 inches of snow so far this season. Joggers run down a street empty of cars Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, in Nolensville, Tenn. A second winter storm in a week is

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3 dead after plane crashes in Georgia, leaving wing inside mobile home

A passerby called 911 after noticing plane debris on the side of the road. February 27, 2021, 8:48 AM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article A small plane crashed in Gainesville, Georgia Friday afternoon, killing three. Gainesville fire division chief Keith Smith told reporters the fire department responded to a 911 call made shortly after 6 p.m. from a passerby who noticed debris from the plane on the side of the road. He said they have now confirmed that there were three people aboard the plane at the time of the collision, and all three are now dead. “Memorial Park Road closed at Cross Street for a single engine plane crash. Please use alternate routes,”

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New Orleans police officer fatally shot at high school basketball game

One suspect has been arrested, police said. February 27, 2021, 6:34 AM • 5 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article A Tulane police officer was shot and killed outside a high school basketball game Friday evening, the New Orleans Police Department announced. At around 6:15 p.m. a person attempted to enter the George Washington Carver High School gymnasium, where the game was being held, and was refused by one of the staff members, New Orleans police told reporters Friday. “The officer heard the disturbance and attempted to intervene,” NOPD Superintendent Shaun Ferguson said. “As a result of intervening and attempting to escort this individual out of the school, this individual pulled his weapon out and fired a

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Lady Gaga’s dogs found safe after violent kidnapping

Gaga’s dog walker was shot during the theft. February 27, 2021, 3:38 AM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article Lady Gaga’s two kidnapped French bulldogs have been found safe, the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed to ABC News. The dogs were turned into the LAPD’s Olympic Station, not Hollywood Division where they were taken, by a woman who found them, ABC News has learned. She is reportedly not involved. The dogs were unharmed and reunited with Gaga’s representatives. The perpetrators have not been caught and are still being searched for, according to police. The singer’s dog walker, Ryan Fischer, was out walking her three dogs when he was approached late Wednesday by a pair of

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