Berkeley cancels conservative firebrand Ann Coulter’s speech over fears of more violent protests

After riots and violent protests in and around their campus during the past three months, officials at the University of California at Berkeley said Wednesday that the school is canceling a planned speech by conservative firebrand Ann Coulter because of safety concerns.

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Miami lawmaker apologizes on Senate floor for using racial slur | Miami Herald

Miami Republican Sen. Frank Artiles was stripped of his committee chairmanship. The legislative black caucus is expected to ask for his resignation.

“I extend a heartfelt apology to my colleagues and to all those I have offended,” Artiles began.

He offered a direct apology to Sen. Audrey Gibson, a Jacksonville Democrat he had called a “bitch.”

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Source: Miami lawmaker apologizes on Senate floor for using racial slur | Miami Herald

The Trump administration has deported a ‘dreamer’ for first time, advocates say

An immigration officer took Manuel Montes into custody, Feb. 17, driving him to a station near the border. Hours later, at about 1 a.m., immigration officials walked Montes across the border, physically removing him from the U.S. and leaving him in Mexico near Mexicali, Baja California.

Lawyers for Juan Manuel Montes Bojorquez, 23, filed a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act Tuesday demanding that the federal government turn over information about his removal.

Source: The Trump administration has deported a ‘dreamer’ for first time, advocates say

Tillerson: Iran complying with nuclear deal, but still sponsoring terrorism – CNNPolitics.com

Secretary of State said the Trump administration was reviewing the lifting of sanctions against Iran, arguing that the country remains a sponsor of terrorism.

Story highlights

  • Secretary of State Tillerson: sanction policy under review
  • “Iran remains a leading state sponsor of terror,” Tillerson says

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Should you take statins? Two guidelines offer different answers – KVIA

When it comes to using statins to prevent a first heart attack or stroke, one leading US guideline recommends the drugs to 9 million more people than the other, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

“There’s generally confusion on who should be getting statins,” said Michael Pencina, one of the study’s authors and a professor of biostatistics and bioinformatics at the Duke Clinical Research Institute. “I don’t think we have the perfect guideline yet.”

Source: Should you take statins? Two guidelines offer different answers – KVIA

Giant Peanut-Shaped Asteroid to Pass Harmlessly by Earth Wednesday

Asteroid 2014 JO25 will streak past Earth April 19, coming within 4.6 times the distance from Earth to the moon.

A huge, shiny, peanut-shaped asteroid will safely swing by Earth tomorrow morning (April 19), coming within a distance of 1.1 million miles (1.8 million kilometers) of the planet — about 4.6 times the distance from Earth to the moon.

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‘Facebook killer’ dies after three-day police pursuit in Pennsylvania

Steve W. Stephens was wanted on a charge of aggravated murder after the horrific slaying of a 74-year-old man in Cleveland.

Pennsylvania State Police said they chased him from the McDonald’s for about two miles, finally ramming his car.

“The vehicle spun around — came to a stop,” police Maj. William Teper Jr. said at a news conference. “He immediately pulled a weapon out and shot himself in the car.”

Source: ‘Facebook killer’ dies after three-day police pursuit in Pennsylvania

Three dead in Fresno shooting rampage; suspect caught, linked to Motel 6 slaying | The Fresno Bee

Three people were shot and killed after a man went on an apparent shooting rampage in Fresno and at Catholic Charities Tuesday at Divisadero and Fulton streets in central Fresno. He is the suspect in a shooting last Thursday at a Motel 6 in Fresno.

The 39-year-old suspect, identified as Kori Ali Muhammad, opened fire on four men, hitting three and missing the fourth, before he was taken into custody, police Chief Jerry Dyer said. Muhammad, who is facing four counts of murder for Tuesday’s shootings and the shooting last Thursday at Motel 6 and also two counts of attempted murder, shouted “Ali Akbar” after he spotted approaching officers and dove to the ground on Fulton Street, Dyer said.

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Source: Three dead in Fresno shooting rampage; suspect caught, linked to Motel 6 slaying | The Fresno Bee

One crew member dead, two injured in Black Hawk helicopter crash in Maryland

Helicopter on training mission from Fort Belvoir crashed on golf course, Army officials say

One crew member was killed and two others were injured when a U.S. Army Black Hawk military helicopter crashed Monday afternoon on a golf course in St. Mary’s County in Southern Maryland, according to military officials.

Source: One crew member dead, two injured in Black Hawk helicopter crash in Maryland

Latrobe man dies after apparently lighting himself on fire | TribLIVE

The man, identified as Raymond Ralph by the medical examiner’s office, was burned on 80 percent of his body, mostly from the waist down, city fire Chief John Brasile said. He died at 11:25 a.m. Monday and Brasile was notified later in the day, he said.

Medics airlifted the man to UPMC Mercy in Pittsburgh’s Uptown neighborhood after he set himself on fire around 7:25 p.m. in a shed on Seventh Avenue. Flames swept through the shed and damaged the siding to a mobile home.

Source: Latrobe man dies after apparently lighting himself on fire | TribLIVE