MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2014

Flooding Next Concern In Buffalo
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Families are packing up their belongings in preparation for possible evacuations due to flooding. Temperatures are expected to hit nearly 60 degrees today, causing concern about runoff from melting snow, and overflowing creeks. Gov. Andrew Cuomo told residents to "err on the side of caution" Sunday and move valuables up from the basement and pack a bag should evacuations become necessary. He says evacuation plans and emergency shelters are being readied. National Guard members spent Sunday clearing storm drains and culverts to facilitate runoff, and shoveling snow off roofs. Most snow-affected school districts remain closed today, and at least four have called off classes for the entire Thanksgiving week. (photo: AP)

Obama Talks About Immigration Proposals
HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) - President Barack Obama is shrugging off Republican criticism of his actions to lift the threat of deportation from millions of immigrants living illegally in the United States. Obama tells ABC it was important that he act unilaterally to prioritize the deportation of criminals and recent arrivals and spare those who have lived here illegally for at least five years and have roots, including children who are American citizens. As he puts it, "Why we would prefer a system in which they're in the shadows, potentially taking advantage of living here but not contributing?" The president points to executive orders issued by Democratic and Republican predecessors and says presidents exercise "prosecutorial discretion all the time." But Republican Sen. Ted Cruz tells Fox News that "Essentially he's gotten in the job of counterfeiting immigration papers, because there's no legal authority to do what he's doing." A second Republican, Sen. Lindsey Graham says his party shares the blame for failing to get an immigration bill through the House.

Baby Shot In New York City
NEW YORK (AP) - Police have arrested the parents of a 9-month-old girl who was hospitalized after she was accidentally shot inside her home in New York City. Police say the father told officers he was cleaning his gun when it accidentally discharged. The bullet hit the child in the hip. She was taken to Woodhull Medical Center and then transferred to Bellevue Hospital where she was listed in stable condition. The incident happened Saturday afternoon in an apartment in Brooklyn's East New York section. Police say 47-year-old Pedro Rosales, was arrested on charges of assault, reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child. The mother, Jessica Aguilar, was arrested on reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child charges.

 

Fatal Crash In West Beth
One person was killed when an SUV ran off the Lone Pine-Marianna Road, hit a tree and caught fire Sunday night. Coroner Tim Warco says the victim's name was being withheld pending notification of relatives.

Woman Killed Over Cellphone
NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) - A western Pennsylvania man has been jailed on charges that fatally shot an Ohio woman during a drug-related argument over his cellphone. Online court records don't list an attorney for 40-year-old Robert Johns. He's charged with criminal homicide and abuse of a corpse for allegedly shooting 26-year-old Amanda Seman, of Youngstown, Ohio. Her body was found Friday in John's home in Neshannock Township, covered with a blanket and a plastic bag. But police say Johns told them he shot Seman on Tuesday.
Johns tells police that Seman had a drug problem and asked him for money and when he wouldn't give it to Seman, she took his cellphone. Police say Johns shot Seman when she wouldn't return the phone. Seman's body was found after her relatives asked police to check on her.

Tense Time In Ferguson
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - People in the St. Louis area are praying for peace and justice as a grand jury considers whether to indict a white police officer for last summer's fatal shooting of a black teenager in Ferguson. The pastor of Shalom Church assured his mostly black congregation Sunday that "justice will be served" whichever way the decision goes, because God will take care of it.

Drug Dealer Faces Sentencing
CHICAGO (AP) - A reputed lieutenant of captured Mexican drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman will be sentenced by a federal judge in Chicago in a $1 billion traffic conspiracy. During the hearing today for Alfredo Vasquez-Hernandez, the spotlight will be on the credibility of two cartel associates-turned-government witnesses - Pedro and Margarito Flores. Evidence the twin brothers supplied to U.S. agents led to the indictment of Hernandez and 10 others. They included Guzman, who remains jailed in Mexico. Hernandez pleaded guilty and faces a mandatory minimum 10-year prison term. But the judge could impose a much stiffer sentence if he determines Hernandez was a key player in the cartel.
Defense lawyers accuse the twins of exaggerating Hernandez' rank to curry favor with prosecutors and lessen their own prison terms.

 

 

 


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