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Baltimore Police Department faces criticism for low staffing

Baltimore Police Department faces criticism for low staffing

A federal judge addressed the Baltimore Police Department’s low staffing in court in response to a consent decree issued in 2017 mandating improved training and new recruitment policies. US District Court Judge James Bredar on Wednesday admonished police in his opening remarks and said that while leadership is not his concern, he is requesting monthly…MORE

3 American firefighters killed in Australia plane crash identified

3 American firefighters killed in Australia plane crash identified

The three Americans who died fighting an Australian bushfire from the air have been identified by their employer, Oregon-based Coulson Aviation. The three are 44-year-old Capt. Ian McBeth of Great Falls, Montana, who was piloting the downed C-130 plane; First Officer Paul Clyde Hudson, age 42, of Buckeye, Arizona; and 43-year-old Flight Engineer Rick DeMorgan…MORE

Montana teen probably died from weather exposure, investigators say

Montana teen probably died from weather exposure, investigators say

The Montana teenager whose body was found near where she went missing on New Year’s Day most likely died of exposure to the elements, officials said. Selena Not Afraid, 16, didn’t have any injuries suggesting she’d been assaulted, the Big Horn County Attorney said in a news release. An autopsy was conducted Wednesday. Not Afraid…MORE

Asian stocks quiet on Lunar New Year’s eve after a turbulent week

Asian stocks quiet on Lunar New Year’s eve after a turbulent week

Asian markets were mostly muted Friday morning on the eve of Lunar New Year celebrations, signaling a cautious approach after a broad sell-off the previous day over growing coronavirus fears. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index, which will close early for the holiday, fell 0.1% Friday. Japan’s Nikkei 225 was flat. Chinese markets were closed, and…MORE

Former ‘Bachelorette’ contestant Tyler Gwozdz dead at 29

Former ‘Bachelorette’ contestant Tyler Gwozdz dead at 29

Tyler Gwozdz, a former contestant on “The Bachelorette,” has died at the age of 29, the show’s producers said Thursday. Gwozdz appeared in Season 5 of the ABC show last year, competing for star Hannah Brown. “We are heartbroken to hear the tragic news of Tyler’s passing today. Our thoughts are with the Gwozdz family…MORE

US declines UK request to extradite American accused in teen’s death

US declines UK request to extradite American accused in teen’s death

The United States has declined the United Kingdom’s request to extradite American citizen Anne Sacoolas, the wife of an American diplomat, who was charged with causing the death by dangerous driving of a British teenager last August. A State Department spokesperson cited Sacoolas’ diplomatic status at the time of the accident and said granting such…MORE

Global carmakers and luxury brands hit as virus shuts down China’s ‘motor city’

Global carmakers and luxury brands hit as virus shuts down China’s ‘motor city’

Renault, Honda and Peugeot owner PSA Group are among the global companies that have large manufacturing plants in Wuhan, China, the center of a coronavirus outbreak that has claimed dozens of lives. The three automakers have operations in China’s “motor city” through joint ventures with Dongfeng Motor Corporation, one of the country’s largest auto groups.…MORE

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