Iowa firefighter charged with several counts of arson after setting, responding, extinguishing flames: police

A Grundy County, Iowa firefighter has been charged with several counts of arson for allegedly setting fires and responding with his team to put the flames out. The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office opened an investigation into a string of fires suspected to be arson, back in April 2023. Most of the fires were in ditches, … Read more

Grant program for Black women entrepreneurs blocked by federal appeals court

NEW YORK (AP) — A grant program for businesses run by Black women was temporarily blocked by a federal appeals court in a case epitomizing the escalating battle over corporate diversity policies. The 2-1 decision by the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals temporarily prevents the Fearless Fund from running the Strivers Grant Contest, … Read more

Sam Bankman-Fried opposes Ukraine FTX victim testifying remotely

Former FTX Chief Executive Sam Bankman-Fried, who faces fraud charges over the collapse of the bankrupt cryptocurrency exchange, walks outside the Manhattan federal court in New York City, U.S. March 30, 2023.  Amanda Perobelli | Reuters Sam Bankman-Fried does not approve of prosecutors’ request to allow a Ukraine-based FTX customer to testify remotely in the … Read more

Attorneys for college taken over by DeSantis allies threaten to sue ‘alternate’ school

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Attorneys for New College of Florida, the traditionally progressive public liberal arts college that was taken over by allies of Gov. Ron DeSantis as part of his “war on woke,” last week threatened to sue a group of former faculty members and students who have formed an alternative online institute named … Read more

Escaped New Jersey inmate Edward Berbon recaptured after walking away from halfway house

A fugitive in New Jersey was recaptured Friday nearly a week after escaping custody, authorities said. Edward Berbon, 54, was taken into custody without incident shortly before 2:30 p.m. after investigators with a fugitive unit located him in Camden, the New Jersey Department of Corrections said. “My deepest appreciation to the hard work and dedication by … Read more

The Supreme Court’s new term starts Monday. Here’s what you need to know

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seems a bit quieter than in recent years, as the justices begin a new term. Major cases await, as they always do, including several challenges to regulatory agencies and efforts to regulate social media platforms. But nothing yet seems on par with conservative-driven decisions overturning Roe v. Wade’s right … Read more

White House says far-right Republicans to blame for shutdown threat

Shalanda Young, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, speaks to the media during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., September 29, 2023. Evelyn Hockstein | Reuters WASHINGTON — White House officials blasted far-right House Republicans on Friday for taking the federal government to the brink of a shutdown this … Read more

Oregon middle school won’t say whether student filmed attacking smaller girl is transgender

A middle school in Tualatin, Oregon, would not comment on whether a student who was seen beating up a smaller girl in a school hallway earlier this month is transgender. Hazelbrook Middle School spokesperson Traci Rose told The Oregonian that federal law prohibited the school from discussing a student’s gender identity. Video footage of the … Read more