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Plains States Prepare for Heavy Rainfall, Flash Flooding

A state of emergency was in effect for 44 Oklahoma counties on Saturday night as the Plains and Midwest braced for downpours that could cause flash flooding in rain-weary areas over Memorial Day weekend, NBC news reported. The entire state was under flash flood watches and warnings, as were parts of Louisiana, Missouri, Arkansas Kansas and Texas, according to the National Weather Service. Evacuation orders were issued in Elk City, Oklahoma, where at least 15 highways were flooded and bridges washed out, and in Wichita Falls, Texas, as officials expected the Wichita River to rise one to three feet higher than when it did in 2007, when 170 homes were flooded. The inclement weather forced organizers to cancel the Rocklahoma music festival in Oklahoma as well as the University of Texas at Austin’s commencement ceremony. Read »
Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 10:06 PM

Pipeline Company Defends Safety Record Amid Oil Spill

Sunday, May 24, 2015 at 2:38 AM

Protests, Arrests After Ohio Cop's Acquittal in Deaths of 2

Police in riot gear made "multiple arrests" as protesters flooded the streets of Cleveland following the acquittal of a white police officer charged in the shooting deaths of two unarmed black motorists, NBC News reported. The protests — which were largely peaceful — began Saturday morning after police officer Michael Brelo was found not guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the killings of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, who died in a barrage of police gunfire after a high-speed car chase in November 2012. The 31-year-old patrolman mounted the car that Russell and Williams were in and fired into their windshield while standing on the car hood. He was one of 13 officers who fired a total of 137 shots at the car. The Department of Justice announced Saturday it will "review all available legal options" to determine whether any additional steps were necessary in his case. Read »
Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 9:02 PM

Sweden's Mans Zelmerlow Wins Eurovision Song Contest

Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 5:48 PM

Restaurant Customer Who Got Racist Receipt "Not OK"

A customer at a New Orleans restaurant said she "had a breakdown" after she was given a receipt with a racial slur. "I've never been through anything like this," Liryca Neville-Branch told reporters Friday, alongside her attorney. "I like to consider myself a strong person. Last night, I couldn't sleep. I went to work this morning thinking that I would be OK, but I literally had a breakdown at work this morning and I couldn't stay." The receipt from Huck Finn's Cafe, uploading to Facebook earlier this week, had the N-word on it and "100% Dislike" printed underneath. Read »
Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 5:08 PM

Murder, Kidnapping Suspect Killed in Police Shootout

Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 4:22 PM

Justice Department to Review Cleveland Car Hood Police Shooting

Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 1:53 PM

Millions Under Flood Watch Over Holiday Weekend

Millions of Americans were under the threat of flash floods this Memorial Day weekend as heavy rain was forecast for waterlogged parts of Texas, Arkansas and the southern Plains, NBC News reported. Thunderstorms in the Midwest, Plains, Texas threatened to bring hail, wind and even isolated tornadoes on Saturday and Sunday, the Weather Channel said. Average rainfall of up to three inches is possible over the next week in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and parts of Louisiana and Arkansas, with high spots of 5 inches more possible. Many boat ramps in North Texas and recreation areas at local lakes will be closed this Memorial Day weekend due to flooding. Read »
Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 3:37 PM

Cleveland Officer Found Not Guilty in Car Hood Shooting

A Cleveland police officer has been found not guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the killing of two unarmed passengers whose car hood he mounted, firing multiple shots into their windshield, NBC News reported. Michael Brelo, 31, who is white, was charged with killing Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams — both of whom were black — after a car chase in November 2012. The high-speed pursuit started after Russell's 1979 Chevy Malibu stuttered while driving past police headquarters. Officers thought the noise was a gun going off inside the car, and 13 cops responded by firing shots. Brelo was the only officer to face criminal charges. The verdict was read on a Saturday because of the possibility of protests afterwards, reported NBC affiliate WKYC. Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson appealed for peace from residents. "This is a moment that will define us as a city and define us as a people," he said. Read »
Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 7:24 AM

Analysis: ISIS Gains Momentum With Capture of Palmyra

ISIS has likely gained strength and momentum with a decisive military capture of Palmyra and the historically valuable Roman ruins in the ancient Syrian city, putting more pressure — both locally and internationally — on the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, according to new analysis from NBC News. The capture of the UNESCO heritage site marked what appeared to be the first time ISIS directly seized a city from Syrian military and allied forces, NBC News reported. French President Francois Hollande said the city's capture demonstrated Assad's weakness, and called for a new push for Assad's ouster amid an ugly civil war in the country. Read »
Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 3:34 PM

Ireland 1st Country to OK Gay Marriage by Popular Vote

Ireland has become the first country in the world to say yes to same sex marriage by popular vote, NBC News reported. At final count, 62 percent voted in favor of legalizing gay marriage in the country, while 38 percent voted against it. There was a mood of excitement in Dublin as early results showed a high turnout and a strong lead for "Yes" votes. Backers of gay marriage had hoped for high turnout, reflecting strong participation by young and first-time voters. Among those who voted were thousands of emigrants who returned by aircraft or ferry to take part in the world's first direct national vote on gay marriage. Many shared their journeys on social under the #HomeToVote hashtag. Read »
Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 4:17 AM

Son of Ex-Honduran President Charged in Cocaine Smuggling

Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 3:21 AM

Obama Faces Racist Twitter Backlash in @POTUS Debut

Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 5:52 AM

Senate Blocks NSA Bill, Fast-Tracks TTP

Friday, May 22, 2015 at 9:50 PM

Criminal Wrongdoing in GM's Defect Handling: Feds