A police spokeswoman says a sixth Memphis Police Department officer has been disciplined for his involvement in the brutal beating and arrest of Tyre Nichols. Officer Preston Hemphill was relieved of duty shortly after the Jan. 7 arrest of Nichols, who died three days later at a hospital, Memphis police spokeswoman Karen Rudolph did not disclose Hemphill’s role in the arrest. Rudolph said information on disciplinary action taken against Hemphill was not immediately released because Hemphill was not fired and the department typically releases information about officers who are relieved of duty after an investigation ends.
A comet is streaking back our way after 50,000 years. NASA says the dirty snowball last visited during Neanderthal times. It will come within 26 million miles of Earth on Wednesday before speeding away again. And it might not return for millions of years. Discovered less than a year ago, this harmless green comet already is visible in the northern night sky with binoculars and small telescopes. It's expected to brighten in the Northern Hemisphere as it draws closer and rises higher over the horizon. Skygazers in the Southern Hemisphere will have to wait until next month.
Tax season is here again. Whether you do your taxes by yourself, go to a tax clinic or hire a professional, navigating the tax system can be complicated. Experts recommend that you ask as many questions as you need during the process and get informed before your tax appointment. And if you want to avoid the stress of the looming deadline, the best practice is to start getting organized as soon as possible. This year, taxpayers have until April 18 to submit their returns from 2022.
(The Center Square) –A U.S. government report released Monday estimates that there could have been more than $60 billion in unemployment insurance fraud during the pandemic.
New York City is temporarily turning a cruise ship terminal into a shelter and services hub for asylum-seekers. Mayor Eric Adams announced the plan Saturday. It's the latest in a series of facilities the city has set up — and sometimes shut down — as it strains to handle an ongoing influx. The city says the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal will have room, food, medical care and other services for 1,000 single men. Its first occupants will move from another relief center at a hotel, which will switch to accommodating asylum-seeking families with children. Adams says since last spring, 41,000 asylum-seekers have come to the city since last spring, sometimes on buses sent by out-of-state governors.
(The Center Square) – The best-known colleges and universities should be able to sail through 2023, but challenges abound for smaller, lesser-known schools amid an ongoing debate about the value of a college education.
Dozens of police officers have responded to reports of a shooting that occurred shortly after a large Lunar New Year celebration had ended in a community east of Los Angeles. Officials provided no information about the late Saturday shooting in Monterey Park. It's a city of about 60,000 people with a large Asian population that is about 10 miles east of Los Angeles. Earlier in the day, thousands of people attended the annual festival. Saturday was the start of the two-day festival, which is one of the largest Lunar New Year events in Southern California.
The U.S. Justice Department is investigating the Abbott Laboratories infant formula plant in Michigan that was shut down for months last year due to contamination, the company confirmed. The factory’s closure in February 2022 contributed to a nationwide baby formula shortage that forced parents to seek formula from food banks, friends and doctor’s offices. Production was restarted in June. Abbott spokesperson Scott Stoffel said the Justice Department has informed the company of its investigation. Stoffel said and the company is “cooperating fully.” The investigation was first reported by The Wall Street Journal, which said the Justice Department’s consumer-protection branch is looking into conduct at the Sturgis, Michigan, plant that led to its shutdown.
A galactic photo shoot has captured more than 3 billion stars and galaxies in one of the biggest sky surveys ever. A dark-energy camera on a telescope in Chile made the observations over two years, focusing on the Southern Hemisphere sky. Results were released this week. Most of these Milky Way objects are stars, shown in stunning detail. The count also includes small, distant galaxies that may have been mistaken as individual stars. With hundreds of billions of stars in the Milky Way, scientists expect the cosmic catalog to grow.
A polar bear chased several residents around a small Alaska Native village, killing two people before a community resident shot and killed the bear. Authorities say the fatal mauling of a woman and a boy happened Tuesday in Wales, a northwest Alaska village that is no stranger to co-existing with polar bears. The community organizes bear patrols when the bears are expected in town, from July through early November, before the sea ice forms and bears haul out to hunt seals. Polar bear attacks are rare and the last fatal one was in 1990. But Geoff York with Polar Bear International says what makes this even more rare is it came when people thought they were safe from polar bears.