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Elevated Park Opens at WTC Site, Overlooks 9/11 Memorial

 

NEW YORK (AP) — Visitors to the World Trade Center site now have a new view.

 

WTC

 

The one-acre, elevated Liberty Park opened to the public Wednesday. Built on top of a security center, it overlooks the memorial to those who died in the Sept. 11 attacks.

 

The park includes the "Living Wall," a newly planted vertical garden, as well as a sapling grown from the horse chestnut tree outside Anne Frank's home in Amsterdam. The park is modeled after Manhattan's High Line — the abandoned railroad tracks that were transformed into one of the world's most visited green spaces.

 

Underneath the park, the security center will screen trucks, tour buses and other vehicles before they enter subterranean roads crossing the entire trade center.

 

The park is open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

 

 

 

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Oklahoma Prison Imports Bottled Water after Waterline Break

 

HOMINY, Okla. (AP) — Inmates at an Oklahoma prison have been drinking bottled water and using buckets of water to fill their toilets after a waterline break.

 

Bottled Water

 

Oklahoma Department of Corrections spokeswoman Terri Watkins tells The Oklahoman that the approximately 1,200 inmates at the Dick Conner Correctional Center in Hominy were able to shower Sunday and Tuesday, but that the water pressure wasn't sustainable.

 

The department reached out to the state Office of Emergency Management and the Oklahoma National Guard for assistance transporting water to the facility. Watkins says that aside from bringing in bottled water and ice, each cell was given a bucket of water to refill toilets after each use.

 

The department said in a news release Wednesday that full water power is expected to be restored by early next week.

 

 

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5 Workers Hurt in Explosion at Georgia Aluminum Plant

 

NEWNAN, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say five workers have been injured in an explosion at an aluminum plant in Newnan, Georgia, about 35 miles southwest of Atlanta.

 

Explosion

 

The Newnan Times-Herald reports that the blast at Bonnell Aluminum Plant on Wednesday morning shook downtown buildings located nearly a mile away.

 

The company said in a statement that one of the injured employees was flown to Atlanta Medical Center, and two others were taken to a local hospital. The company said the other two employees were treated at the scene.

 

The Newnan newspaper said the explosion also damaged a building at another business, Sewell Marine, and caused a small fire in a boat on the lot, which was quickly extinguished.

 

 

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Baltimore Awaits Verdict in Police Van Driver Murder Trial

 

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore judge is poised to deliver his verdict in the murder trial of an officer who drove the police van where a black arrestee's neck was broken, triggering some of the worst riots the city has ever seen.

 

Baltimore

 

Caesar Goodson was charged with murder, manslaughter, assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office.

 

Twenty-five-year-old Freddie Gray died a week after suffering a spinal injury in Goodson's wagon, where officers left him handcuffed and shackled but unrestrained by a seat belt. His death set off protests and violence, and prompted State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby to bring charges against six officers.

 

The sweeping case ended the career of the police commissioner and aborted the political future of the mayor. Some say Mosby's reputation also hinges on its outcome.

 

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As Historic Flags Age, Civil War Brews Over Preservation

 

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — More than 80 Civil War flags, some tattered, some stained in blood and ripped by bullet holes, capture the attention of visitors to New Hampshire's State House.

 

Hall of Flags

 

Men once carried the flags as they marched into battle. Years later, the banners made up the Hall of Flags at the state Capitol's front entrance.

 

Now stored in glass cases, the 88 flags are at the heart of a preservation debate.

 

If left as they are, how long will they last? Statehouses and museums nationwide grapple with similar questions as they seek to preserve historical relics.

 

Maine moved flags from its Capitol to the state museum years ago, placing the flags on special panels for preservation. Rhode Island is now exploring flag preservation and Connecticut recently completed a project.

 

 

 

 

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High Court Rejects Request to Block Mercury Rule

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from 20 states seeking to block a federal rule targeting mercury pollution from taking effect while the government revises the rule to account for compliance costs.

 

Coal

 

The justices on Monday left in place a federal appeals court ruling that said the rule could remain in place while the Environmental Protection Agency fixes legal problems and comes out with a revision. The EPA revised its cost analysis in April.

 

The high court ruled last year that the EPA should have considered costs and benefits before imposing limits on mercury and other air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants. But the justices let the rule stay in effect while the lower court decided how a cost-benefits analysis should be conducted.

 

 

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Officials Giving More Details about Orlando Attack

 

ORLANDO, Florida (AP) - Officials are giving more details about the law enforcement response to a mass shooting that left 50 dead at a gay Florida nightclub.

 

Orlando Shooting

 

Orlando police Chief John Mina says an extra officer was working at the Pulse nightclub in full uniform. The officer engaged with the shooter near an entrance. Additional officers entered, and engaged the suspect in another gunbattle. The shooter retreated to the bathroom.

 

Mina says, "At that time we were able to save and rescue dozens and dozens of people and get them out of the club."

 

Officers then secured everything, and the SWAT team was brought in. Mina says officers then set up for an explosive breach on the bathroom wall. Mina says he made the decision to breach the wall, which created a hole through which dozens of clubgoers were rescued. Then the suspect exited through the same hole, and engaged in another gunbattle with officers.

 

Shooter Omar Mateen was then killed.

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Deputies: Man Caught on Video Trying to Abduct Teen Girl

 

HERNANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been taken into custody after surveillance video shows him trying to kidnap a teenage girl inside a store.

 

 

Citrus County deputies tell news outlets that 30-year-old Craig Bonello is facing charges of child abuse and kidnapping involving Tuesday's incident at a Dollar General Store in Hernando.

 

Investigators say video shows Bonello looking around before grabbing the 13-year-old girl and trying to drag her out of the store. The child's mother caught up to him and a tug of war ensued as the woman fought for her daughter. The suspect finally let go of the girl and ran.

 

The store manager alerted an off-duty deputy outside the store and the deputy blocked Bonello's car and arrested him.

It's unclear if Bonello has an attorney.

 

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Union Pacific Resumes Service After Fiery Derailment

 

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Union Pacific has resumed train service through the Oregon city affected by last week's fiery derailment.

 

Train

 

As a precaution, the trains passing through Mosier are limited to 10 miles per hour, much slower than the usual 30 mph.

The company restarted service despite objections from the Mosier City Council.

 

At an emergency meeting Sunday afternoon, the council approved a motion demanding that oil be removed from derailed cars before traffic is restarted. They also wanted a thorough investigation before the resumption of "high-risk" traffic.

 

No injuries were reported in the derailment in which 16 of 96 tank cars went off the tracks and started a fire in four of the cars.

 

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Iowa Board Votes to Allow Pipeline Work to Begin in State

 

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Utilities Board says a Texas company may begin construction on an oil pipeline in areas for which the company has approval.

 

Pipeline

 

The three-member board approved an order on a 2-1 vote Monday that allows Dakota Access LLC, to begin laying pipe in areas outside U.S. Army Corps of Engineers jurisdiction.

 

The Corps hasn't issued permits for about 60 federal parcels including river crossings and a Native American burial site in northwest Iowa deemed culturally significant.

 

Construction on the 1,150-mile project by the subsidiary of Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners has already begun in Illinois, North Dakota and South Dakota.

 

Pipeline opponents are holding a protest rally Monday at the Iowa Capitol calling for a construction delay until all required permits are approved.

 

 

 

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No Protesters in Sight for Latest Trump Rally

 

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds are lining up for a Donald Trump rally in far Northern California but the atmosphere in the city of Redding is much different than it was in San Jose Thursday night when protesters pounced on Trump supporters.

 

Trump Rally

 

There are no protesters in sight ahead of the scheduled Friday afternoon rally at the local airport, where a giant American flag flutters from a crane.

 

It's much more fertile ground for Trump's insurgent candidacy where rural conservative residents often feel slighted by government officials in Sacramento, 150 miles to the south, and Washington, D.C., a continent away.

 

Redding is the seat of Shasta County, the center of a secessionist movement to create a 51st state called Jefferson.

 

In San Jose Thursday night, protesters threw eggs and punches at Trump supporters, grabbed their hats, chased them and banged on their cars.

 

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3 Guilty of Conspiracy to Commit Murder Abroad in IS Case

 

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Three Minnesota men accused of plotting to go to Syria to join the Islamic State group have been convicted of conspiracy to commit murder overseas.

 

IS

 

Twenty-one-year-old Guled Ali Omar, 22-year-old Abdirahman Yasin Daud (Ahb-DEER'-ah-mahn YAH'-sin Dah-OOD') and 22-year-old Mohamed Abdihamid Farah were convicted of the most serious charges on Friday.

 

Conspiracy to commit murder overseas carries the possibility of life in prison.

 

The three are among 10 young men accused in the conspiracy. Six have pleaded guilty and a seventh is believed to be in Syria.

 

Prosecutors built their case largely on recordings made by a friend of the men who became a paid informant. Defense attorneys argued that comments on the records were youthful bluster, and family and friends have protested what they call entrapment.

 

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Prosecutor Clears 2 St. Louis Officers in Fatal Shooting

 

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis' prosecutor says she won't be charging two officers in the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old last year, concluding that no evidence disproves police claims of self-defense.

 

St Louise

 

Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce announced her findings Thursday in the August 2015 death of Mansur Ball-Bey. She called the case "a tragedy in every aspect of the word."

 

Joyce says the officers and a witness reported that an armed Ball-Bey ran from a home during a raid and was shot after pointing his gun toward an officer. Joyce says Ball-Bey's loaded gun was found at the scene.

 

An attorney for Ball-Bey's family has questioned the police account that Ball-Bey was armed.

 

Ball-Bey's death came a little more than a year after the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in nearby Ferguson, Missouri.

 

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Air Force Jet Crashes After Flyover at Colorado Obama Speech

 

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) — An Air Force Thunderbird jet crashed south of Colorado Springs just after a flyover for a graduation of Air Force Academy cadets where President Barack Obama had spoken.

 

Air Force

 

Air Force spokeswoman Lt. Col. Michal (ma-CALL) Kloeffler-Howard said Thursday the pilot ejected. There was no information on the pilot's condition. No injuries on the ground were reported.

 

Obama was still at the graduation site at the time of the crash, taking photos with attendees prior to returning to Washington. The crash happened about 15 miles south of the academy.

 

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Amtrak Train Hits Truck in Colorado; No Passengers Hurt

 

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Crews have contained a fuel spill that was caused when an Amtrak train with 191 passengers hit a pickup in western Colorado.

 

Amtrak

 

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari says the westbound California Zephyr train, which runs between Chicago to San Francisco, hit the truck at a crossing just west of Glenwood Springs on Tuesday afternoon. None of the passengers was injured, and the driver of the truck had climbed out of his vehicle by the time emergency crews arrived. He was treated for minor injuries.

 

Glenwood Springs Fire Chief Gary Tillotson tells the Post Independent a 500-gallon fuel tank on the lead locomotive was ruptured. The fuel was contained to the rail bed and had not spilled into the nearby Colorado River.

 

Some passengers walked away from the train and tried to arrange other transportation.

 

 

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DC Council to Consider Revised Minimum Wage Bill

 

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill to increase the minimum wage to $15 in the nation's capital has been revised to have a less dramatic impact on the city's restaurant industry.

 

A D.C. Council committee is scheduled to vote Wednesday on the bill, which would raise the minimum wage to $5.55 an hour for workers who rely on tips. That's double the current minimum for tipped workers.

 

Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser's administration had proposed a $7.50 minimum for tipped workers. A hearing last week on the wage bill focused mostly on that proposal. Restaurant industry representatives said that would harm their businesses and lead to servers and bartenders making less money, not more.

 

Democratic Council member Vincent Orange drafted the compromise. He had expressed reservations about a big increase in the tipped minimum.

 

 

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