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Texas man accused of fatally shooting 2 dentists at clinic

Authorities say a Texas man is in jail on a capital murder charge after he was accused of fatally shooting two dentists at a clinicByThe Associated PressMarch 17, 2022, 4:29 PM• 1 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleTYLER, Texas — A Texas man was arrested on a capital murder charge after fatally shooting two dentists at a clinic, authorities said.Steven Alexander Smith, 40, is accused of shooting the two people Wednesday afternoon at Affordable Dentures in Tyler, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) southeast of Dallas.The Smith County Sheriff’s Office said Smith “became angry at clinic staff” and retrieved a handgun from his pickup truck and then returned to the lobby and opened fire.Two doctors were struck by gunfire and both died, the sheriff’s office said. Authorities identified them as Dr. Blake G. Sinclair, 59, and Dr. Jack E. Burroughs, 75. Both were from Tyler.Smith fled, authorities said, but police eventually arrested him at his home. He’s being held in the Smith County jail on $2.5 million bond. Jail records do not list an attorney for him.

Average U.S. mortgage rates rise; 30-year loan breaches 4%

Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week as the key 30-year loan vaulted over 4% for the first time since May 2019ByThe Associated PressMarch 17, 2022, 4:22 PM• 2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleWASHINGTON — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose this week as the key 30-year loan vaulted over 4% for the first time since May 2019.The increase came amid expectations that with inflation at a four-decade high, the Federal Reserve would raise its benchmark short-term interest rate at its policy meeting this week to cool the economy. That action came Wednesday, as the Fed increased the key rate — which it had kept near zero since the pandemic recession struck two years ago — by a quarter point. And the central bank signaled potentially up to seven additional rate hikes this year.The increases mean that mortgage rates likely will continue to rise over the year.Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac reported Thursday that the average rate on the 30-year loan this week jumped to 4.16% from 3.85% last week. That’s a sharp contrast from last year’s record-low mortgage rates of under 3%. A year ago, the 30-year rate stood at 3.09%.The average rate on 15-year, fixed-rate mortgages, popular among those refinancing their homes, climbed to 3.39% from 3.09% last week.Home prices are up about 15% over the past year and as much as 30% in some cities. Homes available for sale have been in short supply even before the pandemic started two years ago. Now higher prices and rising loan rates will make it even harder for would-be buyers heading into the spring homebuying season.The government reported Tuesday that wholesale inflation in the U.S. shot up 10% last month from a year earlier — another sign that inflationary pressures remain intense at all levels of the economy. The report didn’t include price changes after Feb. 15, missing a spike in energy prices when Russia invaded Ukraine nine days later.

Missouri police officer killed, another wounded in motel shootout, authorities say

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A Missouri police officer was killed early Thursday in a motel shootout that left another officer wounded and a gunman dead, authorities said.Two Bonne Terre police officers were dispatched to a disturbance call at a Motel 6 off Highway K just before 12:30 a.m., Missouri Highway Patrol Cpl. Dallas Thompson told reporters at the scene.VIRGINIA POLICE OFFICER KILLED IN GAS STATION SHOOTING WHILE RESPONDING TO ‘DOMESTIC SITUATION,’ POLICE SAY
A Bonne Terre police officer was killed and another wounded in a shootout at a Motel 6 early Thursday that also left a gunman dead, authorities said.
(FOX2 St. Louis KTVI)As the officers approached a room where the disturbance was reported, a man later identified as James Emory came out and opened fire, striking both officers, FOX2 St. Louis reported. The officers returned fire, killing Emory.”Being a smaller town, a smaller police department, this is going to hit hard in their community for the days to come,” Thompson told the station.The wounded officer was identified as 28-year-old Garrett Worley, the station reported. He was shot in a leg and airlifted to St. Louis Hospital, where he underwent surgery. He is a 7-year member of the police force.Police identified the officer killed as Lane Burns. He was rushed to a hospital in critical condition after being shot multiple times, but later died of his injuries.
The officer killed, described as in his early 30s, served as an officer for about five years, authorities said.
(FOX2 St. Louis KTVI)Burns, who was in his early 30s, had served on the force for about five years. He is survived by his fiancé, Shannon Chasteen, and a 9-year-old daughter.”He loved what he did and he loved the department that he worked for,” Chasteen told KFVS-TV. “From what I’ve been told by the hospital and other officers, he went down with a fight.”CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP No further details about the shootout or the nature of the disturbance call were immediately given.The Missouri Highway Patrol is continuing to investigate the incident.Bonne Terre is located about 50 miles southwest of St. Louis. 

Family of man shot without warning by Ohio police files suit

The family of a Black man who a white Ohio police officer fatally shot without warning on New Year’s Day has sued the officer and the city of Canton in federal courtByThe Associated PressMarch 17, 2022, 3:11 PM• 2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleCANTON, Ohio — The family of James Williams, a Black man who was fatally shot without warning by a white Ohio police officer minutes into the New Year, has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the officer and the city of Canton in federal court.Williams, 46, had been firing celebratory gunfire skyward from behind a 6-foot-tall (1.8-meter-tall) privacy at his home when officer Robert Huber fired multiple rounds through the fence as smoke rose into the air. Footage from Huber’s body camera showed him shouting “Get down!” after he had shot Williams, who died at a hospital.Canton Police Chief Jack Angelo on the day of the shooting said the officer was outside his vehicle and confronted someone who began shooting a firearm. Angelo said the officer feared for his safety and fired his duty weapon at the person, striking him.Canton Mayor Thomas Bernabei released a statement to The Canton Repository, which first reported on the lawsuit Wednesday, that the city had no comment. The statement noted that the shooting is being investigated by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and that its findings would be presented to a Stark County grand jury to determine whether criminal charges would be filed.Messages were left with Huber’s attorney on Thursday.At a news conference on Wednesday, Williams’ widow, Marquetta, said, “I will fight today, tomorrow and every day until I have no breath left because it’s my family today but may be yours tomorrow.”The lawsuit seeks unspecified compensatory and special damages for claims that include excessive force, wrongful death, deliberate indifference to medical needs, assault and battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress.Williams was the father of four daughters and stepfather to two more. His three minor children with Marquetta Williams are named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

Mom charged in 5-year-old son's death enters no-contest plea

A Tennessee woman charged in the disappearance and death of her 5-year-son has entered a no-contest plea as jurors were being selected for her trialByThe Associated PressMarch 17, 2022, 2:39 PM• 1 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleNASHVILLE, Tenn. — A Tennessee woman charged in the disappearance and death of her 5-year-son entered a no-contest plea as jurors were being selected for her trial.The plea on Wednesday means Krystal Daniels accepted a conviction without admitting guilt on charges of aggravated child abuse, conspiracy to commit aggravated child abuse, filing a false report and tampering with evidence, news outlets reported. She was sentenced to 15 years in prison.She and her husband, Joseph Daniels, were charged in connection to the April 2018 disappearance of their 5-year-old son, Joe Clyde Daniels, whose body has not been found. Joseph Daniels was convicted by a jury last year of murder and sentenced to 51 years in prison.During the hearing, prosecuting District Attorney Ray Crouch said the state would attempt to show Krystal Daniels witnessed her husband beating the boy and conspired with him to tell police he had gone missing.

Liberal Yale Law students derail bipartisan 'free speech' event in chaotic protest; police called to scene

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A bipartisan panel on civil liberties at Yale Law School was disrupted last week when more than 100 law students tried to drown out and intimidate the speakers, who eventually needed police to escort them out of the building, according to reports.The school’s Federalist Society hosted the March 10 panel, which featured Monica Miller, of the progressive American Humanist Association, and Kristen Waggoner, of the conservative Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). About 120 student protesters showed up with signs attacking the ADF to shout down the speakers, with one reportedly recorded on audio telling a member of the conservative group that she would “literally fight you, b—-.””It was disturbing to witness law students whipped into a mindless frenzy. I did not feel it was safe to get out of the room without security,” Waggoner told the Washington Free Beacon.A member of the Federalist Society said the panel was supposed to show that a liberal atheist and a Christian conservative could agree on issues of free speech.CHRISTIAN STUDENT SUES MIAMI SCHOOL FOR RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATIONMiller and Waggoner reportedly discussed a recent U.S. Supreme Court case that dealt with freedom of religion and free speech on college campuses. The case, Uzuegbunam v. Preczewski, involved a Chistian student, Chike Uzuegbunam, who was prevented from preaching at a public college in Georgia. The ADF, American Humanist Association, along with other progressive groups supported Uzuegbunam. The ADF, which has won several Supreme Court cases establishing religious exemptions from civil rights law, argued the case.The event’s moderator, Yale Law School Professor Kate Stith, had to pause the event due to the intensifying commotion. Stith can be heard reminding those present of the school’s free speech policies, which prohibit any protest that “interferes with speakers’ ability to be heard and of community members to listen.”But the student protesters continued to jeer Stith and the speakers, with some raising their middle fingers, according to the Beacon. Stith reportedly responded by telling the students to “grow up,” which drew intensified verbal attacks from the protesters. 
More than 120 students at Yale Law School protested a bipartisan free speech event on March 10.
( Yana Paskova/Getty Images, File)Stith could then be heard on audio telling the students that if the commotion continued, “I’m going to have to ask you to leave, or help you leave.”As the protesters exited the event, one student was heard yelling “F— you, FedSoc,” the report said. The chaos reportedly continued in the hallway, with protesters stomping and clapping while raising chants of “protect trans kids” and “shame, shame.”Police officers arrived to escort Miller and Waggoner out of the building, which caused further condemnation from students. More than 400 students – 60% of the student body – signed an open letter supporting what they called the “peaceful student protest,” which they claimed was put in danger due to the police presence, according to Yale Daily News.”The danger of police violence in this country is intensified against Black LGBTQ people, and particularly Black trans people,” the Beacon quoted the letter as reading. “Police-related trauma includes, but is certainly not limited to, physical harm.”The Federalist Society told the paper it they did not call the police.Waggoner later tweeted: “My hot take: Good lawyers win with civility & persuasion, not physical intimidation and threats of violence. We aren’t afraid to engage with people and ideas we disagree with. Apparently many of the students missed this lesson.”Yale Law School responded to Fox News Digital’s request for comment with a statement: “We regularly work with student groups for various events and speakers. When visitors to the Yale campus bring their own security, as in this case, University policy requires the Law School to inform Yale Police. We then work with the police to determine the appropriate level of support for the particular visitor and/or event.”CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe statement continued, “The Law School follows the University’s free speech policy and procedures, which includes a three strikes rule. As soon as the moderator read the University’s policy for the first time, the students exited the event, and it went forward. Members of the Administration are nonetheless in serious conversation with students about our policies, expectations, and norms.”Fox News also reached out to the Federalist Society for comment but did not immediately hear back.

Rainy weather forecast for mid-Atlantic, Northeast

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A cloudy wet day is forecast for the mid-Atlantic and Northeast as an area of low pressure moves over the East Coast.  PENNSYLVANIA PILEUP: 73-VEHICLE WRECK STALLS TRAFFIC ON BUSY HIGHWAY DURING WINTER STORMSome pockets of heavy rain will be possible in localized areas.
Snow across the Plains through Friday morning
(Credit: Fox News)The next storm system developing across the Rockies – bringing accumulating snow – will be the nation’s next weather-maker in the Plains.  
Gulf Coast severe storm threat
(Credit: Fox News)Strong-to-severe thunderstorms will be possible for the southern Plains and Gulf Coast.  
Southeast severe storm threat
(Credit: Fox News)On Friday, the severe storm risk will expand across the Mississippi Valley, the Southeast and reach up into the Ohio and Tennessee valleys.
Warmer U.S. temperatures 
(Credit: Fox News)A very nice warmup is in store ahead of this next system, challenging some daytime records for the Northeast on Friday.
Northwest futuretrack
(Credit: Fox News)CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe unsettled weather pattern remains across the Pacific Northwest.