Gun trafficking ‘strike forces’ coming to Chicago, New York, Bay Area

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland listens to a presentation with Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot while he is at the Chicago Police Department's Strategic Decision Support Center in Chicago, Illinois on July 22, 2021 , visited.

CHICAGO – As part of the Biden administration’s approach to combating escalating gun violence in the US, the Justice Department on Thursday deployed five new arms trafficking “strike forces” to combat the illegal flow of firearms across state lines. Attorney General Merrick Garland spoke to U.S. attorneys and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, … Read more

Lake Tahoe wildfire burns, forces evacuations and closures

The Tamarack Fire left a burned car on the side of the road in the Markleeville community of Alpine County, California on July 17.

Forced evacuations were ordered for more than half a dozen parishes near Markleeville. Forest fires that burned in 13 states had burned more than 1,800 square miles. Forest fires in the west will be fueled by intense heat waves this summer. Wildfire near Lake Tahoe, causing hundreds to flee, exploded over 30 square miles on … Read more

‘Imminent’ Collapse of Wastewater Reservoir in Florida Forces Evacuations

‘Imminent’ Collapse of Wastewater Reservoir in Florida Forces Evacuations

A reservoir in Florida containing nearly 400 million gallons of sewage from a former phosphate mine leaked Saturday and sparked hundreds of evacuations, authorities said. The crews “did their best to control the runoff of contaminated water into a creek at Piney Point, Florida, the site of a former phosphate mine south of Tampa,” said … Read more