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Navajo Nation sues EPA over mine spill

Navajo NationThe Navajo Nation is suing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its handling of a toxic acid mine waste spill, CNN reported Tuesday.

The lawsuit accuses the EPA of negligence in its cleanup of last year’s accident along the Animas River watershed near Silverton, Colo.


Character actor Fyvush Finkel dead at 93

Fyvush FinkelFyvush Finkel, the plastic-faced character actor whose career in stage and screen started in Yiddish theater and led to memorable roles in Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway and on TV in Boston Public and Picket Fences, has died, his son said Monday. He was 93.

Finkel, who was known for his mischievous smile and an ability to prop his ears at an angle for optimum comic effect, died early Sunday in Manhattan, said his son, Ian. He said his father had suffered heart problems for months.


Delaware police chief cleared in altered officer force memo

Delaware police chief clearedThe attorney general's office in Delaware has cleared a police chief of criminal wrongdoing regarding the alteration of an internal affairs report involving the use of force by a former officer.

Former Cpl. Thomas Webster IV was acquitted of assault last year after being seen on dashcam video kicking a suspect in the head and breaking his jaw in 2013.


Imam's killing called 'hate crime' by Muslims as NYPD hunts for suspect

Imam's killing in NYCNew York police are searching for the man who fatally shot the leader of a mosque and his friend as they left afternoon prayers in their working-class neighborhood on the border between Queens and Brooklyn.

Imam Maulama Akonjee, 55, and his friend and assistant Thara Uddin, 64, were killed by shots to the head on Saturday afternoon at about 1.55pm in Ozone Park, police said. The men were taken to the hospital in critical condition and died there, deputy police inspector Henry Sautner told reporters.


Georgia cop shot dead, suspect at large

Georgia cop shot deadA suspect who shot and killed a Georgia police officer as he exited his car Saturday is still at large.

Eastman Police Officer Tim Smith was responding to a call of a suspicious person in the community about 130 miles from Atlanta when he was killed, CNN reported.

He was fatally shot after encountering the subject and exiting his vehicle, Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Scott Whitley said.



Rising floodwaters leaves thousands homeless in Louisiana

Louisiana floodsAcross southern Louisiana Sunday, residents scrambled to get to safety as rivers and creeks burst their banks, swollen from days of heavy rain that in some areas came close to two feet over a 48-hour period.

In high-water vehicles, boats and helicopters, emergency crews hurried to rescue scores of south Louisiana residents as the governor warned that it was not over.


Californian blaze jumps containment line; more homes on fire

California fire jumps containment lineA blaze raging through dry vegetation in Northern California has jumped a containment line, setting several houses on fire and prompting firefighters and volunteers to evacuate horses, goats and other animals as homes burn around them.

Fire officials say evacuations were ordered in the Copsey Creek subdivision, north of Morgan Valley Road, Sunday afternoon.


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