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Texas deputy fatally shot at traffic stop; gunman took off

Posted/updated on: January 23, 2022 at 7:52 am

HOUSTON (AP) – Officials in Texas say a constable deputy has died after a driver fired multiple shots at him during a traffic stop early Sunday. Harris County Precinct 5 Constable Ted Heap identified the fallen deputy as 47-year-old Cpl. Charles Galloway. Houston police are handling the investigation. Police Chief Troy Finner says witnesses saw a man get out of his vehicle and fire multiple shots at the deputy. The gunman got away. Heap says Galloway had been with the constable’s office for about 12 and a half years. He says the deputy mentored and trained numerous younger officers.

Jewish leaders, backers defiant a week after hostage siege

Posted/updated on: January 23, 2022 at 7:55 am

NEW YORK (AP) – Rabbis, public officials, and others made statements of defiance against antisemitism at Sabbath services a week after last weekend’s hostage siege at a Texas synagogue. At Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, the four survivors linked arms and sang a blessing on the Torah during Friday night’s service. Many Jewish leaders called for a strong turnout to worship at U.S. synagogues this week, saying the best response to antisemitism is for Jews to practice their faith boldly. Rabbi Angela Buchdahl of Central Synagogue in New York, whom the hostage-taker called during the siege, said “A terrorist tried to steal Shabbat from us last week. Claiming it this week is an act of resistance.”

Trump appointee blocks Biden federal worker vaccine mandate

Posted/updated on: January 23, 2022 at 7:54 am

WASHINGTON (AP) – A U.S. judge in Texas has issued a nationwide injunction barring the federal government from enforcing President Joe Biden’s requirement that federal workers without qualifying medical or religious exemptions be vaccinated for COVID-19. Judge Jeffrey Brown ruled Friday that opponents of Biden’s vaccination mandate for federal employees were likely to succeed at trial and blocked the government from enforcing the requirement. Brown was appointed to the District Court for the Southern District of Texas by then-President Donald Trump. Biden announced in September that more than 3.5 million federal workers were required to undergo vaccination, with no option to get regularly tested instead, unless they secured approved medical or religious exemptions.

Texas man charged with election threats to Georgia officials

Posted/updated on: January 23, 2022 at 7:54 am

AUSTIN (AP) – The Justice Department says a Texas man has been arrested on charges of posting threatening messages on Craigslist about killing government officials in Georgia following the 2020 election. Federal prosecutors said Friday the arrest is the first by the Justice Department’s new Election Threats Task Force. Prosecutors say 54-year-old Chad Stark is charged with one count of communicating interstate threats. It carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison. Prosecutors did not identify which Georgia officials were allegedly threatened.

Sheriff: Teen killed sister, second teen and himself in Texas

Posted/updated on: January 23, 2022 at 7:54 am

HOUSTON (AP) – Authorities say a 15-year-old boy fatally shot his 17-year-old sister and another teenage girl at a home near Houston this week before killing himself. Their bodies were found Tuesday in the home in a rural area near Crosby, a community about 25 miles northeast of Houston. The Harris County sheriff’s office said Thursday that Hayden Burns fatally shot his sister, Haley Burns, and 17-year-old Kadience Cadena. It said Friday that investigators were still trying to establish a motive. Hayden Burns’ body was found in one bedroom and Cadena’s body was found in another. Haley Burns’ body was found in a hallway.

NTSB: Paraglider not on controller’s radar before collision

Posted/updated on: January 23, 2022 at 7:53 am

FULSHEAR (AP) – Federal investigators say an air traffic controller’s radar display didn’t show the location and altitude of a paraglider when a small plane was placed on a collision course with it near Houston last month. In a preliminary report Friday, National Transportation Safety Board investigators said the powered paraglider lacked a transponder or other tracking equipment when hit by the single-engine plane. That meant the controller was unaware of placing the Cessna pilot on a collision course, resulting in a Dec. 21 crash that killed both pilots.

Meat Loaf, “Bat Out of Hell” rock superstar, dies at 74

Posted/updated on: January 23, 2022 at 7:54 am

NEW YORK (AP/Staff) – Meat Loaf, the Dallas-born rock superstar loved by millions for his “Bat Out of Hell” album and for such theatrical, dark-hearted anthems as “Paradise By the Dashboard Light” and “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad,” has died at age 74. A family statement provided by his longtime agent says the singer born Marvin Lee Aday died Thursday night. “Bat Out of Hell,” his mega-selling collaboration with songwriter Jim Steinman, came out in 1977 and became one of the bestselling records in history. He was also known for his role in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and the 1993 single “I’d Do Anything for Love.”

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