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97-year-old twins freeze to death

BARRINGTON, R.I. (AP) Authorities say twin 97-year-old sisters apparently froze to death after falling down outside a Rhode Island home, one of them while coming to the rescue of the other.

Barrington Police said Jean Haley, of Barrington, and Martha Williams, of East Providence, died Saturday. Police saidthe twins had returned to Haley s home with their 89-year-old sister, who is also from Barrington, Friday night after they had dinner together. Some time after the younger sister left, Williams was going to her car. Police said she fell in the driveway. When Haley went to call for help, authorities said, she tripped on a rug in her garage.

The sisters were found by a neighbor Saturday morning. They were rushed to the hospital in critical condition and later died.

Firefighters fight fire at firehouse

MAYVILLE, Wis. (AP) Firefighters in the Wisconsin community of Mayville had to respond to a fire at a familiar scene their own firehouse. Firefighters were dispatched round 10 p.m. Saturday after a passer-by reported seeing flames at the station, which is not staffed around the clock.

The volunteer fire department said in a statement Sunday that crews arrived to find a vehicle on fire inside the station and put it out. The fire was confined to the vehicle, but the station had to be ventilated due to the heavy smoke. Investigators are still trying to figure out what sparked the fire. The department said the fire won t affect its operations. Cleanup was underway Sunday.

Mayville is about 45 miles northwest of Milwaukee.

Security guard fatally stabbed at mall

WOODBRIDGE, Va. (AP) Police say a security guard at a northern Virginia mall has died after being stabbed by a suspected shoplifter who fled the scene. Prince William County Police said in a statement that officers responded to the Potomac Mills Mall in Woodbridge around 2:30 p.m. Saturday after a stabbing was reported. WUSA-TV reported that 44-year-old Larry Donnell Drumgole was taken to a hospital, where he died. The other employee wasn t hurt.

Police said the suspect, 35-year-old Jamel Carlos Kingsbury, was seen shoplifting inside a Burlington Coat Factory and two loss-prevention employees confronted him. A struggle ensued, and one of the guards was stabbed. Officers searched the area but couldn t find Kingsbury. An investigation is ongoing. Efforts to reach the company for comment were not immediately successful.

Sikh shot following argument

KENT, Wash. (AP) Police in a Seattle suburb say they are seeking a white gunman after an Indian Sikh man reported he was shot in the arm and told to go back to your own country. India s foreign minister said on Twitter early Sunday that the victim is identified as Deep Rai and that he told police he was working in his driveway on Friday when the unidentified man approached him.

I am sorry to know about the attack on Deep Rai, a U.S. national of Indian origin, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said. He added that he had spoken with the father of the victim. Rai told police in the Seattle suburb of Kent that the shooter is a 6-foot-tall, white man with a stocky build, according to The Seattle Times. He said the man was wearing a mask covering the lower half of his face.

South Asians have been on edge after a deadly shooting in a suburban Kansas City bar that the FBI is investigating as a hate crime. Authorities said witnesses to the shooting, which left an Indian man dead and another wounded, reported the suspect yelled get out of my country before he opened fire.

Fake news strikes again

WASHINGTON (AP) U.S. officials didn t seize thousands of pounds of imported rat meat prior to the Super Bowl and they never issued a warning saying restaurants and food stores could be selling it as chicken wings, despite reports shared widely on multiple websites. The stories posted last month claim federal customs officials at the Port of San Francisco seized several thousands of pounds of rat meat imported from China. They also mention an FDA warning that 300,000 pounds of rat meat could still be in circulation. FDA spokesman Peter Cassell told The Associated Press that the agency is not aware of the seizure of rat meat referenced and the FDA never issued such a warning. The stories quote two agency officials, but the FDA has no record of any current or past employees with those names, Cassell said.

The account appears to have originated on World News Daily Report, a website that creates fictional news. Versions of the account were shared on other sites, including Urban Image Magazine.

Still no timeline for withdrawal of state troopers on border, Texas DPS chief says

It s still too soon to tell if the Trump administration s ramped up border-security efforts will allow Texas to scale back its own state-funded surge operations, the state s top law enforcement officer told lawmakers on Tuesday.

Texas Department of Public Safety Director Col. Steve McCraw said that uncertainty is due, in part, to the time it takes to hire and train more federal agents. The Trump administration said in an executive order signed earlier this month that part of its border-security plan was to hire at least 5,000 additional U.S. Border Patrol agents.

It s always been our strategic intent to work ourselves out of it, McCraw said of the state s operation during a House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee hearing at the Capitol. We re hopeful and mindful it will happen sooner than later. [But] I can t tell you a date.

The director s testimony comes as the state s budget writers are debating whether to green light hundreds of millions of dollars for a continued border surge that began in 2014 when tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants began arriving in Texas after illegally crossing the Rio Grande.

Lawmakers approved a record $800 million in 2015 for border security and the department has requested about $300 more for the next biennium. The proposed Texas Senate budget keeps the original amount in place but the House proposal slashes that to about $663 million.

McCraw was also asked about the state s efforts to recoup some of the funds Texas has spent on border security. Days before Trump took office the Texas House Republican Caucus announced it was sending a final bill to the Obama administration for more than $2.8 billion for state spending on border security since January 2013.

The amount includes a combination of expenses incurred by the Department of Public Safety ($1.4 billion), Texas Parks and Wildlife ($20.2 million) and the Texas Military Forces ($62.9 million).

State Rep. C sar Blanco[1], D-El Paso, said last month the gesture was a final political dig at President Obama. On Tuesday he asked McCraw what the status of that request was now with a Republican president in office.

My purpose was to highlight the way they ve politicized border security, he said after the hearing. Are we wasting the taxpayers’ time by having these press conferences and having these political digs or are they serious about getting that reimbursement?


This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune[2] at https://www.texastribune.org/2017/02/28/dps-chief-still-no-timeline-border-withdrawal/[3].

References

  1. ^ C sar Blanco (www.texastribune.org)
  2. ^ The Texas Tribune (www.texastribune.org)
  3. ^ https://www.texastribune.org/2017/02/28/dps-chief-still-no-timeline-border-withdrawal/ (www.texastribune.org)

Still no timeline for withdrawal of state troopers on border, Texas …

It s still too soon to tell if the Trump administration s ramped up border-security efforts will allow Texas to scale back its own state-funded surge operations, the state s top law enforcement officer told lawmakers on Tuesday.

Texas Department of Public Safety Director Col. Steve McCraw said that uncertainty is due, in part, to the time it takes to hire and train more federal agents. The Trump administration said in an executive order signed earlier this month that part of its border-security plan was to hire at least 5,000 additional U.S. Border Patrol agents.

It s always been our strategic intent to work ourselves out of it, McCraw said of the state s operation during a House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee hearing at the Capitol. We re hopeful and mindful it will happen sooner than later. [But] I can t tell you a date.

The director s testimony comes as the state s budget writers are debating whether to green light hundreds of millions of dollars for a continued border surge that began in 2014 when tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants began arriving in Texas after illegally crossing the Rio Grande.

Lawmakers approved a record $800 million in 2015 for border security and the department has requested about $300 more for the next biennium. The proposed Texas Senate budget keeps the original amount in place but the House proposal slashes that to about $663 million.

McCraw was also asked about the state s efforts to recoup some of the funds Texas has spent on border security. Days before Trump took office the Texas House Republican Caucus announced it was sending a final bill to the Obama administration for more than $2.8 billion for state spending on border security since January 2013.

The amount includes a combination of expenses incurred by the Department of Public Safety ($1.4 billion), Texas Parks and Wildlife ($20.2 million) and the Texas Military Forces ($62.9 million).

State Rep. C sar Blanco[1], D-El Paso, said last month the gesture was a final political dig at President Obama. On Tuesday he asked McCraw what the status of that request was now with a Republican president in office.

My purpose was to highlight the way they ve politicized border security, he said after the hearing. Are we wasting the taxpayers’ time by having these press conferences and having these political digs or are they serious about getting that reimbursement?


This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune[2] at https://www.texastribune.org/2017/02/28/dps-chief-still-no-timeline-border-withdrawal/[3].

References

  1. ^ C sar Blanco (www.texastribune.org)
  2. ^ The Texas Tribune (www.texastribune.org)
  3. ^ https://www.texastribune.org/2017/02/28/dps-chief-still-no-timeline-border-withdrawal/ (www.texastribune.org)
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