Tornadoes tear through Texas killing 6 16/05/2013 10:04 CET
Christmas day tornados kill three in US 26/12/2012 19:33 CET
Florida sinkhole search called off, man presumed dead 03/03/2013 08:56 CET
US man feared dead after falling into Florida sinkhole 02/03/2013 01:05 CET
Tornado hits Hattiesburg, Mississippi 13/02/2013 10:09 CET
One person is reported dead and several others injured after tornadoes tore through the US state of Oklahoma.
The powerful storm system left a trail of destruction in its wake – uprooting trees and damaging homes and other buildings.
A mobile home park was said to have been flattened.
Tornadoes also struck other states, including Kansas, as the extreme weather moved through the central US – stretching from north Texas to Minnesota.
Thousands were reportedly left without power.
As well as strong winds, hail stones the size of baseballs were also forecast.
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“I heard gunshots, looked out my window, and saw my son laying on the ground. I ran out and held him,” Lelia Rodgers, a mother of one of the deceased shooting victims, told DNAinfo. “I kept asking him to talk, saying, ‘I’m right here.’ He took three breaths, and that was it.”The woman’s son, 27-year-old Darrin Rodgers, was one of three victims to die from his gunshot wounds in the early morning hours of May 1. He was shot in the chest at 12:10 a.m., just a few steps away from his mother’s apartment.Two other men were killed in the overnight shootings and 20 others wounded, including two 16-year-old high school students. A 30-year-old man was found dead in a Chicago alleyway, while a 23-year-old was found in a separate alley, his face and body riddled with bullets.Two men in their 40’s were found wounded on a street corner when the shootings began around 6:15 p.m. Tuesday. Bodies of the dead and the injured were dispersed throughout city, marking a bloody evening that began as Chicago police were hailing a reduction in crime.The Chicago Police Department had released figures indicating a 42 percent decline in the number of murders that occurred in the city this year, compared to the same period in 2012. During the first quarter, Chicago was home to 93 murders – which is the first time since 1963 that the city had fewer than 100 murders during the period.During the first quarter of 2012, there were 161 murders. Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy on Tuesday credited authorities with the reduction in crime, citing a “comprehensive policing strategy and the hard work of our officers.”Many of Chicago’s police officers have been moved from their administrative desk jobs to patrol the streets instead. The department recently changed their operations to focus less on 911 calls and more on patrolling neighborhoods. Theft and burglaries at which a criminal suspect is no longer on the scene are considered low priority cases.The new response plan angered some Chicago residents, who argued that the taxes they pay for police services should be used to help them when they call 911.But police who hailed a reduction in crime and attributed it to their efforts may have spoken too soon. While the overnight shootings will not affect Chicago’s first-quarter murder rate, they will likely impact the crime statistics for the second quarter and the entire year.“You have to look at what you’re comparing [the murder rate] to,” former Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis told ABC News. “If you are comparing this year’s number to an anomaly, there is a 10-percent decline from the 2011 homicide figures, when the murder rate was the lowest since 1965. The decline is not as dramatic as it seems. Spikes like what happened yesterday are inevitable as the seasons change and more people get outdoors.”In an interview with NBC, McCarthy said the Chicago Police Department will still need to “examine what happened” at the turn of the month, and acknowledged that the city will have “good days and bad days”. … Read More
CHICAGO — Ty Inc. became one of the world’s largest manufacturers of stuffed animals thanks to the Beanie Babies craze in the 1990s.But it has stayed on top partly by using an underworld of labor brokers known as raiteros, who pick up workers from Chicago’s street corners and shuttle them to Ty’s warehouse on behalf of one of the nation’s largest temp agencies. The system provides just-in-time labor at the lowest possible cost to large companies — but also effectively pushes workers’ pay far below the minimum wage. Continue Reading… … Read More
Monday ended mixed on the Russian markets. The MICEX lost 0.69% to 1362.57, while the RTS added 0.38% to 1387.54. Sentiment changed in the afternoon, when Germany released its surprisingly low inflation update. Inflation in Europe’s powerhouse economy, slowed to its lowest level in two-and-a-half years in April according to official data published on Monday.Europe’s main stock markets closed higher yesterday following the news that Italy had finally formed a new government under new Prime Minister Enrico Letta.Britain’s FTSE 100 index of leading companies closed 0.49% higher at 6,458.02. Germany’s DAX 30 rose by 0.75% to 7,873.5, while France’s CAC 40 jumped by 1.54% to 3,868.68. Italy’s FTSE Mib soared by 2.2% to 16,930 points.Europe is set to release a major block of important updates on Tuesday. Among them Germany’s retail sales for March. France will post consumer spending update for March. Spain will release preliminary GDP data from Spain will also be watched on Tuesday. Inflation and unemployment reports for eurozone as a whole are among the key data releases in the region due today. US stocks ended Monday on a positive. The S&P 500 traded into record high territory. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 0.72% higher at 14,819. The S&P 500 climbed 0.72% to 1,594. The NASDAQ Composite gained 0.85% to close at 3,307.The US is also to release several important updates later on Tuesday. Chicago PMI will be released along consumer confidence update, and the ISM Semiannual economic forecast. Investors also look forward to the Federal Reserve’s two-day policy meeting starting off Tuesday. A policy announcement will be made on Wednesday afternoon.Asian stock markets mostly rose Tuesday on record performance on the Wall Street and news on Italy’s new government finally formed after months of deadlock.Japan’s Nikkei fell 0.43%. Also on Tuesday, Japan’s Statistics Bureau said the country’s unemployment rate fell to 4.1% in March from 4.3% a month earlier. Hong Kong’s Heng Seng added 0.8%, Sydney was 0.76% higher and Seoul’s Kospi gained 1%.The stock exchange in Mainland China was closed for a public holiday.Oil is trading lower on Tuesday with both Brent and WTI losing 0.2%. … Read More
Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor said last week that in retrospect, perhaps the Supreme Court should not have elected to rule on Bush v. Gore, the 2000 decision that ended the Florida recount in the presidential race.”It took the case and decided it at a time when it was still a big election issue,” she told the Chicago Tribune editorial board in an interview on Friday. “Maybe the court should have said, ‘We’re not going to take it, goodbye.’”From the Tribune:The case, she said, “stirred up the public” and “gave the court a less-than-perfect reputation.” “Obviously the court did reach a decision and thought it had to reach a decision,” she said. “It turned out the election authorities in Florida hadn’t done a real good job there and kind of messed it up. And probably the Supreme Court added to the problem at the end of the day.”Continue Reading… … Read More
Employees from retail and food services abandoned their shifts to march in the Chicago Loop, demanding an hourly minimum of $15 and the right to unionize without intimidation.“They say we’re low-skilled workers, but we’re helping generate billions of dollars in profits,” Chris Thomas, a Nike store employee, told the Huffington Post. “We’re not trying to get rich. We just want fair pay for our hard labor.”Employees earning Chicago’s minimum wage of $8.25 per hour say they struggle to pay their bills, feed their families, or pay their rent. Many full-time workers have been forced to seek out poverty assistance, such as food stamps and rental assistance.Wednesday’s rally in downtown Chicago was an attempt to bring attention to the men and women who struggle to get by in low-paying industries. Low-wage work accounts for more than half of the country’s new jobs created since the recession, while upper-and middle class jobs have declined.Meanwhile, corporations, shareholders and executives have seen their profits rise, while wages remain the same for low-skilled workers.Although Thomas, 25, has worked for Nike for years, he only makes $10 per hour and can’t afford to move out of his parents’ home. He says the atmosphere in the Nike store he works at creates a false impression of the life Americans face in Chicago.“Tourists come into our store from all around the world, and they see this exterior: it looks so glamorous,” he said. “The management creates a relaxed atmosphere. We come to work in shorts and running shoes. But things just ain’t what they seem. It’s really hard in Chicago.”Some business were forced to close down on Wednesday, due to staff shortages as a result of the strike. Organizers of the group Action Now said strikers included employees of McDonald’s, Subway, Sears, Dunkin Donuts, Victoria’s Secret and Macy’s.The “Fight for $15” campaign played a major role in organizing the rally and encouraged attendees to demand a higher minimum wage and the right to unionize.“Fight for $15 seeks to put money back in the pockets of the 275,000 men and women who work hard in the city’s fast-food and retail outlets but still can’t afford basic necessities,” the group wrote in a press release. “If workers were paid more, they’d spend more, helping to get Chicago’s economy moving again.”Wednesday’s strike closely mirrors the strike that occurred in New York City on April 4, when about 400 restaurant workers walked off their jobs and demanded a $15 hourly minimum. New York’s minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, which is a dollar less than that in Illinois.“They don’t even appreciate the work that I do,” Chicago-based Dunkin Donuts worker Esly Hernandez told MSNBC, referring to his employers. “They don’t even say thank you. They treat you like you’re a robot.” … Read More
Despite the fact that all potentially hazardous items were kept out of the students’ reach, school officials at Washington Irving Elementary School informed Doug Bartlett, a 17-year veteran in the classroom, that his use of the tools as visual aids endangered his students. Bartlett was subsequently penalized with a four-day suspension without pay – charged with possessing, carrying, storing or using a weapon. … Read More