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A Florida's woman's lawsuit says a deputy shot her with a stun gun, then apologized with a cake that said, "Sorry I Tased You" in blue frosting. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Pensacola, alleges the officer violated the woman's civil rights, committed battery against her and caused her hardships, including physical injuries, monetary loss, medical expenses, humiliation and mental anguish. The lawsuit says the officer took the woman's tea, and when she went to retrieve it, he fired his stun gun at her. She said she was knocked to the floor and the court document says the officer jumped on the woman and kneed her in the chest. He then removed the stun gun prods from her body and left. Sometime after that, Wohlers baked Byron a cake. Byron's attorney entered a photo of the cake as an exhibit into the court file.
California Gov. Jerry Brown waded further into the national debate over transgender rights Thursday as he signed a bill requiring that all single-stall toilets in California be designated as gender neutral. The measure requires that businesses and governments post non-gender-specific signs on single-occupant restrooms by March 1, 2017. Democratic Assemblyman Phil Ting of San Francisco said his legislation would establish the nation's most inclusive restroom-access law and "chart a new course of equality for the nation."
More than 600,000 U.S. military veterans will go without health insurance in 2017 if 19 states fail to expand their Medicaid programs, according to the Urban Institute.
The report found that many veterans fall into the “Medicaid gap” -- not poor enough to qualify for Medicaid, but making too much to qualify for federal subsidies stipulated in the Affordable Care Act. Some uninsured veterans may be able to obtain VA care, but not all of them choose it or meet the eligibility requirements.
Thirty-two states have expanded their Medicaid programs since Obamacare passed in 2010, and 20 million more Americans have health insurance than did six years ago. Many Republican-controlled states refused to do it, leaving many of their residents in what's now called the "Medicaid gap."
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A Charlotte, North Carolina, police officer calls for backup, saying he has spotted a man with a gun and a marijuana joint in his SUV. In follow-up radio traffic, the officer says a suspect has been wounded and is lying on the ground.
The two snippets of audio the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department released on Thursday along with a brief 911 call appeared to back up authorities' assertion that officers believed Keith Lamont Scott had a gun. A black officer fatally shot Scott last week, sparking violent street protests and prompting the governor to call up National Guard troops, who were stationed on downtown streets.
Cosi, the restaurant chain known for its flatbread sandwiches, said it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Wednesday and is seeking to sell itself to its lenders.
The company has closed 29 stores, but said the remaining 76 Cosi restaurants located around the country will remain open as it goes through the bankruptcy process.
Orlando emerged as a possible location for the Dec. 3 game after the ACC joined other sports leagues in pulling out of North Carolina amid backlash over controversial state House Bill 2.
When two firefighters rolled up to an elementary school shooting, they said they found only a wrecked black pickup truck at the playground. There was no gunman, and no one inside the truck.
Within minutes, though, they performed actions that led to them being hailed as heroes: One went inside to help treat the wounded and the other searched for the shooter.
The head of Yosemite National Park is retiring following employee complaints that he created a hostile workplace by allowing bullying, harassment and other misconduct, allegations also raised in other popular national parks, officials said Thursday.
Superintendent Don Neubacher announced his plans Wednesday, said Andrew Munoz, a spokesman for the National Park Service. It comes less than a week after a congressional oversight committee unveiled that at least 18 Yosemite staffers complained of a toxic work environment.
The employees described "horrific working conditions (that) lead us to believe that the environment is indeed toxic, hostile, repressive and harassing," the park service said in a preliminary report last month.
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A Maryland man is suspected of killing his wife in their Hartford County home and then their son in a Washinton suburb, before taking his own life in an apparent double-murder-suicide, police said.
Farhad Siddique, 19, was reported missing to University of Maryland police Wednesday evening. Officers found the bodies of Siddique and his father, 57-year-old Nasir Siddique, in a parking lot on 48th Avenue, less than a mile from the university's College Park campus in Prince Geroge County.
The mayor of a tiny central Pennsylvania town is being asked to resign over racist pictures on his Facebook page, including two depicting apes with captions referring to President Barack Obama and his family.
One image of a wagon full of orangutans refers to "moving day'' at the White House.
Several West York borough council members say they want to see Mayor Charles Wasko leave office.
Wasko didn't respond to a Facebook message and wasn't answering his home telephone Thursday. Reached by the York Daily Record, he used a vulgar term to describe what's "going on up at the borough office.''
The deadly train crash at Hoboken Terminal that killed at least one person, injured up to 100 more and caused significant structural damage to one of New Jersey's busiest railroad stations could have a devastating effect on transportation in the region in the coming days.
Several train lines, light rails and ferry services were suspended to and from the Hoboken Terminal Thursday, impacting the commute of more than 50,000 people who use the major transit hub daily.
Officials have not yet said when service will resume.
National Hurricane Center
Matthew strengthened to a hurricane Thursday afternoon as it swirled westward into the open waters of the Caribbean after hitting islands at the sea's southern entry with heavy wind and rain.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Matthew has maximum sustained winds of 75 mph with higher gusts and is moving west at 17 MPH, sitting 190 miles northeast of Curacao.
American Library Association
The 2016 Banned Books Week is over on Friday but it's never too late to celebrate the freedom to read.
The annual event is promoted by the American Library Association and other organizations. Each year the association releases a list of the top ten most challenged books across the country. These titles are based on the frequency a book has been challenged or removed from libraries or schools in the US.
Take a look of the most challenged books in 2015.
Sky-watchers have seen a harvest moon, the rare super blood moon total eclipse and now a new lunar event is on the horizon.
On Sept. 30, the “black moon” will rise in the sky, but catching a glimpse of it might prove impossible. It's invisible.
Though the term "black moon" isn't recognized by NASA, according to Joe Rao of Space.com, it's an astronomical phenomenon where, every couple of years, the moon is completely blanketed in darkness twice in one month.