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1 Officer Dead, 4 Others Wounded In Shooting South Of Denver, Police Say

Dec 31, 2017   //   by Administrator   //   News from US  //  Comments Off on 1 Officer Dead, 4 Others Wounded In Shooting South Of Denver, Police Say

An investigator heads to the scene of shooting Sunday, in Highlands Ranch, Colo. Authorities in Colorado say one deputy has died and multiple others were wounded, along with two civilians, in a shooting that followed a domestic disturbance in suburban Denver.

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An investigator heads to the scene of shooting Sunday, in Highlands Ranch, Colo. Authorities in Colorado say one deputy has died and multiple others were wounded, along with two civilians, in a shooting that followed a domestic disturbance in suburban Denver.

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The Douglas County Sheriff’s office south of Denver says a suspect fired more than 100 rounds in a shooting that killed one police officer and wounded four others, along with two civilians, on Sunday morning.

The officers were shot after responding to an initial report of domestic violence at the Copper Canyon Apartments just after 5 a.m., Sheriff Tony Spurlock said in a news conference.

The slain officer was 29-year-old Zackari Parrish, who had worked for the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office for about seven months. A motorcade escorted the body of the fallen officer from a nearby hospital in Littleton, Colo.

The four other officers who were injured are in stable condition, and the two civilians suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

The Sheriff’s office reports that an unidentified suspect was shot dead.

Spurlock described the incident as an “ambush-type attack on our officers.” After receiving a disturbance call, officers arrived at the apartment of two male roommates at about 5:15 a.m. and were let inside by one of them, he says. While deputies were questioning the man, the gunman barricaded himself in a room before firing on the officers shortly before 6 a.m.

The officers “were shot very, very quickly,” Spurlock told reporters. “They all went down almost within seconds of each other.”

A SWAT team responded to the scene, according to a spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s office, and a major highway south of the city was shut down.

The Sheriff’s office tweeted that “due to the size and scope of this investigation an emergency shelter has been set up” at a nearby recreation center. In a “code red” alert, the sheriff’s office told residents to shelter in place, avoid windows and stay away from exterior walls.

President Trump tweeted his “deepest condolences to the victims of the terrible shooting in Douglas County … and their families.”

New Year’s Celebrations Kick Off Across The Globe

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Fireworks explode over Sydney Harbour during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017.

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Fireworks explode over Sydney Harbour during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017.

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Over 26 hours and across 39 time zones, the world is celebrating the end of 2017.

New Year’s celebrations kicked off in Samoa, Christmas Island and New Zealand as those countries were the first where the clock struck midnight. Here in the U.S., many events are set to occur under heightened security, including in Las Vegas, which is still reeling from the deadliest mass shooting in the nation’s modern history three months ago.

In Australia, revelers in Sydney Harbour already celebrated the new year with a rainbow display of fireworks and lights to honor recently passed legislation legalizing gay marriage in the country.

People across Asia rang in the new year, as many Japanese assembled at Shinto shrines to take part in traditional prayers for peace and good fortune. People at Tokyo’s Zojoji Temple took turns hitting a giant bell 108 times at midnight, an annual practice conducted at other Japanese temples.

An entertainer performs during New Year’s Eve celebrations on Dec. 31, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand. New Zealand is one of the first major countries in the world to ring in the New Year.

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An entertainer performs during New Year’s Eve celebrations on Dec. 31, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand. New Zealand is one of the first major countries in the world to ring in the New Year.

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In Beijing, merrymakers braved frigid temperatures as they counted down to the new year at Yongdingmen Gate, a reconstructed version of the Ming dynasty-era gateway. Police in the Philippines reported that scores of people were injured by firecrackers in raucous celebrations hours before midnight.

The new year is still hours away in the U.S., but hundreds of thousands of people have already started funneling through tight security in New York’s Times Square, where police expect nearly 2 million people to gather for the New Year’s Eve ball drop at midnight.

In Boston, organizers cancelled a parade and fireworks over the Boston Common as forecasters predicted temperatures to plummet below freezing on Sunday night.

Residents in fox makeup participate in the Oji Fox parade to thank the outgoing and welcome the incoming year at the Oji Inari shrine in Tokyo late on Dec. 31, 2017.

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Residents in fox makeup participate in the Oji Fox parade to thank the outgoing and welcome the incoming year at the Oji Inari shrine in Tokyo late on Dec. 31, 2017.

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Here are highlights from New Year’s Eve celebrations set to occur across the planet:

  • In Scotland’s capital, organizers of the popular Edinburgh Hogmanay New Year’s celebrations say the event will go on as planned despite a major windstorm with gusts expected to reach 80 mph, according to the BBC.
  • Thousands of Ugandans are gathering at churches and along the shores of Lake Victoria to usher in the new year. Police discouraged partygoers from burning car tires in lieu of real fireworks, according to the Associated Press.
  • On Sunday, about 100 people gathered outside of an Istanbul nightclub, which was the site of an attack last New Year’s that killed 39 people and wounded 79 others.

A man leaves a carnation outside Reina nightclub as people have gathered to remember the victims of a deadly New Year’s attack a year ago, in Istanbul, Sunday Dec. 31 2017.

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A man leaves a carnation outside Reina nightclub as people have gathered to remember the victims of a deadly New Year’s attack a year ago, in Istanbul, Sunday Dec. 31 2017.

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  • Moscow is preparing to celebrate the new year with fireworks and outdoor gatherings, despite rainy weather and cloudy skies.
  • In Berlin, thousands are expected to gallivant along what is known as “Party Mile” leading from Brandenburg Gate. Celebrations throughout Germany will occur under heightened security after the widespread sexual abuse of women in Cologne two years ago and a terrorist attack on a Berlin Christmas market last year that killed 12 people.

Tightest Security In Years At New Year’s Celebrations In New York And Las Vegas

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New York Police Department officers prepare for New Year’s Eve celebrations in Manhattan’s Times Square in New York.

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New York Police Department officers prepare for New Year’s Eve celebrations in Manhattan’s Times Square in New York.

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New Year’s Eve celebrations are just hours away. And police departments around the country have been preparing for months for the celebrations. New York and Las Vegas, the sites of recent attacks, will see more security than they have in years.

It’s been three months since an attacker shot dead 58 people from a hotel window in Las Vegas.

“I understand that some people may be anxious in light of what happened on 1 October,” Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak told reporters. But he says the precautions “will bring an unprecedented level of security to the festivities.”

The local police department has doubled the number of rapid response teams in case of an incident.

“In previous years we had spotters in elevated position throughout the downtown area and the strip corridor,” said Las Vegas’s sheriff, Joe Lombardo. “This year, along with those spotters, they’ll be accompanied by snipers.”

The federal government has brought in additional medics and medical supplies as a precaution, he said. Revelers will not be allowed to bring backpacks, oversized purses, or strollers onto the strip.

There will be more than 300 National Guard troops, double the usual number. Some 15,000 police are deployed over three days. A federal coordination team will be on the ground to respond to any incidents. This is the only New Year’s Eve celebration in the U.S. that federal officials designated at the highest risk level.

On New Year’s Day, federal officials have also designated the Tournament of Roses Parade and Rose Bowl football game in Pasadena, Calif., with its highest risk designation, like Las Vegas. There’s a federal coordination team in place there, too.

Across the country, New York is preparing to welcome some 2 million people to its celebrations. It’s going to be chilly in Times Square – lows tonight are at just 8 degrees.

“There are no credible and specific threats against New York City at this point in time, and no credible and specific threats against the New Year’s Eve celebrations,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio at a recent press conference.

NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill says the party, which features performances from Neil Diamond and Mariah Carey, is going to have its tightest security in years. “The bottom line is this: there’s much the public will see, and there’s much the public will not see.”

The police department is closing to traffic more than 20 blocks around Times Square – from West 37th Street through West 59th Street, and from 6th Avenue to 8th Avenue.

In that area, they’re closing and sealing 125 parking parking garages and deploying uniformed detectives to every hotel. They’re going to be using dogs that are vapor wake, meaning they’re better at sniffing out explosives in moving crowds. And compared to previous years, they’ll have more snipers, more heavy weapons teams and bomb squad personnel, and more police on the ground.

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Former commissioner Bill Bratton told NPR that about 6,000 police officers will be involved in securing New Year’s Eve events in New York, in addition to the police on their normal patrols.

There are also going to be some 1,000 surveillance cameras in the area, said James Waters of the department’s counterterrorism bureau.

He explained what party-goers will see as they enter the heavily guarded Times Square perimeter, marked by cement blocks and city vehicles. They’ll pass a vapor wake dog. Then, “they’ll go through a magnetometer or they will be wanded for weapons. Then at some point they’ll come through a table where they’ll have their bags inspected.”

Then, they will repeat this entire process in a security pen, he says, before entering the celebrations.

Despite recent attacks in New York, the NYPD is vowing that tonight, Times Square will be the safest place in the world.

Emojis Of 2018: Bagels, Kangaroos, Redheads Are In. ‘Frowning Pile Of Poo’ Is Out

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Dozens of new emojis are planned for 2018.

One of the most popular additions? Redheads.

“People felt like they were getting left out,” says Jeremy Burge of the Unicode Emoji Subcommittee. It’s part of the Unicode Consortium, which sets the international standards for emojis, among other things.

“Even though I don’t have red hair myself, that was the number one request we got for the last two years running. So I felt like I should step up and try and make that happen,” Burge tells NPR’s Weekend All Things Considered.

People with red hair, white hair and no hair at all are likely to see themselves represented in 2018.

Other contenders include:

A softball. It’s “differentiated from a baseball by size (it is larger, though hard to tell in emoji form) and color (yellow, not white),” according to Emojipedia, a website devoted to every minute change that has happened to the 2,600 emojis over the years.

A softball is differentiated from a baseball by size (it is larger, though hard to tell in emoji form) and color (yellow, not white), according to Emojipedia.

A kangaroo.

Kangaroo

This one is called “Face With Smiling Eyes And Party Horn And Party Hat.”

This one is called Face With Smiling Eyes And Party Horn And Party Hat.

A bagel emoji. No word on cream cheese, though.

A bagel emoji could be coming in 2018. No word on cream cheese, though.

Sixty-seven emojis made the initial list of new additions, but since then, the number has been winnowed down by three.

The three emojis that didn’t make the cut.



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Michael Everson was one of the impassioned commenters who helped kill the “Frowning Pile Of Poo.”

“Why do we need to send a picture of this!” he tells NPR. “It’s just offensive, needlessly offensive and pointless. It’s not cute, it’s not funny, it isn’t good in any particular way.”

The final decision about the 2018 emoji list will be made at the Unicode Technical Meeting in January, according to Emojipedia, which Burge runs. Emojipedia writes that we can expect the new picks “to roll out on major platforms in the second half of 2018.”

Fresh Air Weekend: Margo Price; The Best Books Of 2017; ‘Rethinking Infidelity’

Dec 30, 2017   //   by Administrator   //   News from US  //  Comments Off on Fresh Air Weekend: Margo Price; The Best Books Of 2017; ‘Rethinking Infidelity’

Margo Price’s new album, All American Made, is out now.

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Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

Margo Price Sings About The Heartache And Beauty Of Small-Town America: Growing up in Aledo, Ill., the singer-songwriter longed to live somewhere “more romantic.” Then she moved away and her outlook changed: “Now, when I go back, I see the beauty in it.”

Maureen Corrigan Picks Books To Close Out A Chaotic 2017: Fresh Air‘s book critic says her 2017 list is chaotic in a good way. “These books zing off in all directions: They’re fresh, unruly and dismissive of the canned and contrived.”

As Marriage Standards Change, A Therapist Recommends ‘Rethinking Infidelity’: Esther Perel has spent the past six years focusing on couples who are dealing with infidelity. “It’s never been easier to cheat — and it’s never been more difficult to keep a secret,” she says.

You can listen to the original interviews here:

Margo Price Sings About The Heartache And Beauty Of Small-Town America

Maureen Corrigan Picks Books To Close Out A Chaotic 2017

As Marriage Standards Change, A Therapist Recommends ‘Rethinking Infidelity’

Erica Garner, Who Became An Activist After Her Father’s Death, Dies

Dec 30, 2017   //   by Administrator   //   News from US  //  Comments Off on Erica Garner, Who Became An Activist After Her Father’s Death, Dies

In 2014, Erica Garner led a protest march in New York City after a grand jury decided not to indict a police officer involved in the death of her father, Eric Garner.

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In 2014, Erica Garner led a protest march in New York City after a grand jury decided not to indict a police officer involved in the death of her father, Eric Garner.

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Activist Erica Garner has died, after suffering brain damage following a heart attack. She was 27 years old.

Her official Twitter account announced her death Saturday morning.

She entered the public eye in July 2014 when her father, Eric Garner, died after being put in a chokehold by a New York City police officer. Eric Garner was seen on video saying, “I can’t breathe” 11 times before he died.

Erica Garner had been in a coma since Dec. 23, when she had an asthma attack that triggered a heart attack, according to the New York Daily News.

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“When her son was born in August, she named her newborn after her father,” the newspaper reports. “Garner suffered her first heart attack shortly after the delivery, with doctors saying the pregnancy stressed her already enlarged heart.”

Erica Garner became a prominent figure calling for an end to police brutality, as her father’s last words became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement. She began staging weekly “die-ins” on the sidewalk in front of a beauty supply store in Staten Island, the site where the New York City police officer put her father in the fatal chokehold.

A grand jury did not indict any officers in Eric Garner’s death, sparking more protests across the country. The coroner’s report lists his death as a homicide, but no officer has ever been charged in the case. In 2015, the city of New York settled with his family for $5.9 million.

In 2016, Erica Garner endorsed Bernie Sanders for president and was the focus of a video ad for the candidate. She told NPR’s Rachel Martin that she supported the Vermont senator because of his record of standing with black people.

“He’s been, basically, a protester his whole career,” she said. “He’s not scared to go up against the systematic racism that exists in America today.”

In the Sanders video, Garner explained why she became an activist.

“I’m just trying to get the truth out there to tell his side of the story,” she said of her late father. “He was being a loving, caring man that he was, and he was murdered. For a whole year, I’ve protested every Tuesday and Thursday. I feel like a representative for people throughout this whole nation because I’m doing this, I’m speaking out, me being his daughter. And that’s what I want to do, I just want to tell my truths.”

“I’m never giving up,” she said. “I’m never going to forget. And I don’t want the world to forget what happened to my dad.”

A Soldier Among Those Killed In Bronx Fire After Rescuing Others From Blaze

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Officials said the Thursday night fire in the Bronx started in a first-floor kitchen by a 3-year-old boy who was playing with burners on a stove.

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Officials said the Thursday night fire in the Bronx started in a first-floor kitchen by a 3-year-old boy who was playing with burners on a stove.

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An Army National Guardsman was among those who lost his life while rescuing several people from a massive fire in an apartment building in New York on Thursday. It was the deadliest fire in the city in more than a quarter century.

Emmanuel Mensah, 28, a native of Ghana who immigrated to New York’s Bronx borough about five years ago, had been staying in the Bronx apartment with a family friend, who was married and had four children.

According to reports, Mensah’s body was found in another apartment on the same floor, likely because he was trying to save others from the fire. At least 12 people died in the fire.

“He was trying to help people out of the fire, and unfortunately, he lost his life. He tried to do his best,” the man’s father, Kwabena Mensah told the New York Post.

The elder Mensah told the New York Post that his son was home after completing basic training in Georgia and was scheduled to head to Virginia. He was a private first class and part of the National Guard’s Recruit Sustainment Program, which prepares soldiers for the adjustment between basic training and advanced individual training.

When the fire ripped through the apartment, the elder Mensah said his son turned his attention to saving others.

Mensah also told the New York Post, “He helped his roommate’s wife and children, they were trying to come out to the stairs and he stopped them.” Mensah added, “He told them to come out the window … Then he went in and tried to rescue people out.”

The New York Times reports Mensah had plans to become a military police officer, and once he pulled that family to safety, he saved more people, then went into the building and never emerged again.

The New York Times reports Twum Bredu, Mensah’s uncle who lives next door, said of his nephew, “He brought four people out,” adding, “When he went to bring a fifth person out, the fire caught up with him.”

As NPR has reported, New York City Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said Friday morning that the fire started in a first-floor kitchen by a 3-year-old boy who was playing with burners on a stove. The flames spread quickly, in part because the boy’s mother left the door open as they fled the burning apartment.

The stairway of the apartment “acted like a chimney,” according to Nigro, and the flames swiftly moved upstairs, giving other residents little time to react.

Police Arrest Suspect In Fatal ‘Swatting’ Prank

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Tyler Barriss, seen in a 2015 booking photo after a fake bomb threat, is accused of making a prank call that led to a man’s death.

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Tyler Barriss, seen in a 2015 booking photo after a fake bomb threat, is accused of making a prank call that led to a man’s death.

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Tyler Barriss, 25, suspected of phoning in a false 911 call that led to a police raid and the fatal shooting of a father of two, was arrested Friday afternoon in South Los Angeles, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman tells NPR.

Barriss is being held in a Los Angeles County jail without bail, according to LAPD Officer Mike Lopez.

The deadly prank began Thursday when a 911 operator in Wichita, Kan., received a call from a man who claimed he had shot his father and was now holding the rest of his family hostage. When police surrounded a house at the valid Wichita address, a confused 28-year-old man, Andrew Finch, stumbled out his front door. Within seconds, he had been fatally shot.

“Due to actions of a prankster, we have an innocent victim. If the false police call had not been made, we would not have been there,” Wichita Deputy Police Chief Troy Livingston told reporters Friday.

“We believe this incident is a case of swatting,” said Livingston, referring to an extreme practical joke that has made headlines in recent years. Instigators call 911 operators within close proximity to their victims — frequently using caller ID spoofing or other measures to conceal their true location — and report severely volatile situations that may warrant a SWAT team response. (Hostage-taking scenarios are common.) The goal is to surprise their unwitting victims with a full-force police response at their doors. Prominent celebrities like Justin Bieber and Ashton Kutcher have been swatted, but the prank is most well-known in video gaming communities, where it has been used as a form of revenge.

Speculation surrounding the caller’s motivation has swirled as numerous gamers told The Wichita Eagle that Thursday’s episode was fallout from a dispute over the game Call of Duty. But Finch’s mother told the Kansas paper that her son “doesn’t play video games” and had “better things to do with his time.”

The call that sparked the fatal ordeal starts with an erratic male voice telling a 911 operator that he had observed an argument between his parents and then fired a handgun at his father. “I shot him in the head, and he’s not breathing anymore,” says the man on audio released by Wichita police. He says he has cornered his mother and little brother in a closet. “I’m just pointing the gun at them, making sure they stay in the closet,” he continues. “I already poured gasoline all over the house. I might just set it on fire … in a little bit, I might.” He then lists the address where the victim, Finch, was present.

Officers soon flanked the house on three sides and readied themselves for a confrontation, Livingston said in his press conference. Finch appeared at the door to the house and, following verbal commands from the officers, stepped forward with his hands up. At numerous points, however, he reached for his waistband. Fearful that Finch was going for a firearm, an officer discharged one round, killing the father of two, said Livingston.

“I heard my son scream, I got up and then I heard a shot,” Lisa Finch, the victim’s mother told the Eagle. She says her son was unarmed. Finch says police later instructed her, her roommate and her granddaughter to come outside with their hands up, which meant stepping over Finch’s “dying” body.

A little over two years ago, a man also named Tyler Barriss, 22 years old at the time, was arrested for calling a bomb threat into the KABC-TV studios in Los Angeles.

The FBI’s office in Kansas City, Mo., says its agents are, at the request of local police, now involved in the investigation, The Associated Press reports.

UMG Gaming, which runs tournaments of online video games including Call of Duty, also told the AP that the company “is doing everything we can to assist the authorities.”

Authorities have become increasingly stringent in their responses to swatting incidents. Federal prosecutors pursued cases in Maryland and Connecticut in 2015.

Officials do, however, say that there are limits to what can be done to combat swatting. Trey Forgety of the National Emergency Number Association told NPR in 2013 that 911 operators all over the country face 600,000 calls a day, making spotting a fake one difficult.

“We start from a position that every call must be treated as if it is a legitimate call for help,” Forgety said.

Trump Voter Reflects On First Year Of Presidency

Dec 29, 2017   //   by Administrator   //   News from US  //  Comments Off on Trump Voter Reflects On First Year Of Presidency

Last January, NPR’s Ari Shapiro went on a road trip to talk with voters in the days leading up to the inauguration of President Trump. We check back in with one of the people we met — strawberry farmer Chuck Wooten, who voted for President Trump.

Not Getting A Tattoo And Other Listener Regrets Of 2017

Dec 29, 2017   //   by Administrator   //   News from US  //  Comments Off on Not Getting A Tattoo And Other Listener Regrets Of 2017

NPR’s All Things Considered wanted to hear your regrets from 2017, so we asked you to tell us. Everything from not getting a tattoo to not finishing hiking the entire Appalachian Trail made the list.

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