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EPA Accuses Fiat Chrysler of Excess Diesel Emissions

Fiat ChryslerThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday accused Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV of illegally using hidden software that allowed significant excess diesel emissions, the result of a probe that stemmed from regulators' investigation of rival Volkswagen AG.

The EPA action affects 104,000 U.S. trucks and SUVs sold since 2014, about one-sixth the number of vehicles than in the Volkswagen case. The maximum fine is about $4.6 billion.


Tennessee woman jailed for attempting abortion accepts plea deal for release

Tennessee woman jailed for attempting abortionA Tennessee woman arrested in late 2015 for using an unravelled coat hanger to attempt her own abortion was released from jail on Monday in exchange for a guilty plea to one felony count of procuring a miscarriage.

Anna Yocca, 32, initially faced a possible life sentence for her September 2015 self-abortion attempt. Under her plea, she was given credit for the 13 months she spent in jail and released immediately.


Dylann Roof Sentenced To Death

Dylann Roof sentenced to deathA jury has sentenced to death the man who murdered nine people in a Charleston church basement in 2015.

The twelve jurors deliberated for about three hours before sentencing Dylann Roof, 22, to die. To impose the death penalty, they had to reach a unanimous decision.

It is the same jury that found Roof guilty of federal hate crimes charges for entering Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in June 2015 and sitting among those at a Bible study in the basement before opening fire on the worshippers.


Across the US, 16 JCCs get bomb threats in a single day

16 JCC's get bomb threatsBomb threats were called in to at least 16 Jewish community centers and other institutions in seven states on Monday.

The calls were prerecorded in some cases and live in others, with the caller using voice disguising technology, and likely came from a single source, said Paul Goldenberg, the director of Secure Community Network, the group affiliated with the Jewish Federations of North America that coordinates security for the Jewish community.

The states were spread across the South and the Northeast. Only some of the JCCs were evacuated. As of 4:30 p.m. Monday, most of the JCCs resumed regular operations, according to a statement by the JCC Association of North America.


Orlando police officer shot, killed; $60,000 reward offered for suspect

Markeith LoydTwo Orlando-area law enforcement officers were killed this morning, one shot by a murder suspect who managed to get away and a second killed in a crash while officers and deputies scrambled to find him.

Orlando police Master Sgt. Debra Clayton was shot early this morning by a murder suspect as she tried to detain him, the agency reported. He managed to get away. A sheriff's deputy later was killed in a crash with a 78-year-old driver while officers and deputies spread out to find the suspect.


FBI arrests VW executive in diesel emissions scandal

FBI arrests VW execThe FBI arrested a Volkswagen executive who faces conspiracy to defraud the United States in the company's diesel emissions cheating scandal, law enforcement officials said.

Agents arrested Oliver Schmidt, former chief of Volkswagen's U.S. regulatory compliance office, in Florida, a law enforcement official and another source familiar with the case told The New York Times.

Although Schmidt's arraignment was expected in Detroit, the U.S. Attorney's Office said he will be arraigned in Miami on Monday.



7 people arrested while feeding homeless in Tampa

gaslight park tampaTampa police say they arrested seven people from a group that was serving food to the homeless without a permit.

Police spokesman Steve Hegarty says some 30 to 40 people with signs that read "Food not Bombs" gathered in Gaslight Park Saturday afternoon to distribute food. He says officers explained that city ordinances prohibit food distribution without proper permitting.

The officers offered alternatives to distribute food in another location but they continued setting up tables.


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