This is what abortion protests look like in Washington D.C. right now
The Supreme Court on Friday stripped away the nation’s constitutional protections for abortion that had stood for nearly a half-century. The decision by the court’s conservative majority overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling and is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states.
‘Welcome home’: First US evacuation flight brings 200 Afghans to new home
The first flight evacuating Afghan interpreters and others who worked alongside Americans in Afghanistan landed early Friday at Washington Dulles International Airport, according to an internal U.S. government document and a commercial flight tracking service.
Trump impeachment lawyer defending man in Capitol riot
A lawyer who defended former President Donald Trump during his impeachment trial against a charge of inciting the riot at the U.S. Capitol is now representing a man charged alongside other members and associates of the far-right Oath Keepers extremist group in the Jan. 6 attack.
Man charged in Capitol riot plot to be released from jail
An illuminated traffic barrier is seen on the Capitol grounds before sunrise in Washington, Monday, March 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)A man charged with conspiring with members of the far-right Oath Keepers militia group in the attack on the U.S. Capitol will be released from jail while he awaits trial, a judge ruled Friday after challenging the strength of the evidence against him. It's the biggest conspiracy case the U.S. has brought so far in the Capitol attack, as investigators narrow in on organized extremist groups like the Oath Keepers and another far-right group, the Proud Boys. Authorities have acknowledged there’s no evidence Caldwell was a dues-paying member of the Oath Keepers but have described him as a supporter who appeared to play a “leadership role” within the group. Caldwell's lawyer, David Fischer, said prosecutors have provided no evidence that the riot was anything but spontaneous.
Capitol Police chief appeals for National Guard to stay
Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON – Worried about continuing threats, the acting chief of the U.S. Capitol Police appealed to congressional leaders Thursday to use their influence to keep National Guard troops at the Capitol, two months after the law enforcement breakdowns of the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection. Pittman said she needed the leaders' assistance with the three-member Capitol Police Board, which reports to them. Paul Irving, who served on the Capitol Police Board as House sergeant-at-arms, denied that Sund asked him to call the Guard. He ultimately called the commanding general of the D.C. National Guard just before 2 p.m., who in turn testified that the request for help was delayed by the Defense Department. “We have the razor wire, we have the National Guard.
Police uncover ‘possible plot’ by militia to breach Capitol
The U.S. Capitol Police say they have intelligence showing there is a "possible plot" by a militia group to breach the Capitol on Thursday. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON – Capitol Police say they have uncovered intelligence of a “possible plot” by a militia group to breach the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, nearly two months after a mob of supporters of then-President Donald Trump stormed the iconic building to try to stop Congress from certifying now-President Joe Biden's victory. Members of the Three Percenters were among the extremists who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6. Police were ill-prepared for the mass of Trump supporters in tactical gear, some armed, and it took hours for National Guard reinforcements to come. “We have obtained intelligence that shows a possible plot to breach the Capitol by an identified militia group on Thursday, March 4.” Police did not identify the militia group in the statement.
General: Pentagon hesitated on sending Guard to Capitol riot
Guard troops who had been waiting on buses were then rushed to the Capitol, arriving in 18 minutes, Walker said. Much of the focus at Wednesday's hearing was on communications between the National Guard and the Defense Department. Contee said Sund pleaded with Army officials to deploy National Guard troops as the rioting escalated. AdAccording to the Defense Department, Walker was called at 3 p.m. by Army officials, and was told to prepare Guard troops to deploy. Thousands of National Guard troops are still patrolling the fenced-in Capitol, and multiple committees across Congress are investigating Jan. 6.
Fence at Capitol blocks DC government from enacting new laws
In this Jan. 19, 2021 photo, riot fencing and razor wire reinforce the security zone on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Capitol Police say they are stepping up security at Washington-area transportation hubs and taking other steps to bolster travel security for lawmakers. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON – That foreboding black fence erected around the U.S. Capitol building has had an unintentional side effect: walling off the local government’s ability to enact new laws. Last Friday, they did the same with a member of Vice President Kamala Harris' staff; Harris, as vice president, presides over the Senate. Only three D.C. bills have been directly overturned since 1975, but members of Congress do sometimes seek to alter or influence D.C. laws by attaching budget riders to certain bills.
Communities of color call reaction to chaos at U.S. Capitol a ‘double standard’
After protests against systemic racism and injustice last summer, Wednesday’s storming of the U.S. Capitol is no different. Dr. Evans said even the simplest act can set off race-based triggers. It’s part of the disease of society,” said Dr. Evans. “Yesterday was crystal clear proof. Crystal clear proof.”While the path to better days is yet unknown, the pain of many, as stated, is crystal clear.
‘Unspeakable, disturbing’: Republican Party of Virginia condemns violence at U.S. Capitol
(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)WASHINGTON, D.C. – The leader of the Republican Party of Virginia released a statement Wednesday evening condemning the violent acts that took place during protests at the U.S. Capitol building that day. FULL STATEMENT FROM THE REPUBLICAN PARTY OF VIRGINIA:“Today, the American people witnessed unspeakable, disturbing, and horrifying acts of violence at the seat of national government of the greatest nation the world has ever known. They neither represent nor speak for the Republican Party of Virginia, our fellow citizens, or any civilized people. The Republican Party has made their disdain for democracy clear, and every elected GOP official has been complicit. It’s up to every Virginian and every American to reject the values of the Republican Party that led to a violent coup attempt today in our nation’s capital.
Virginia lawmakers, officials react to violent protests at U.S. Capitol
Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington. Lawmakers and officials representing Virginia have taken to social media to share their thoughts on the violence, as well as share safety updates during the evolving situation. Virginia Governor Ralph Northam said he is sending members of the Virginia National Guard and state troopers to respond to the situation. Per the Mayor's request, I am sending members of the Virginia National Guard along with 200 Virginia State Troopers. Thank you to the Capitol Police for keeping us safe and evacuating staff, reporters, and members of Congress to safety.
Sen. Kaine criticizes President Trump on troop removal, COVID-19 response and transition of power
WASHINGTON D.C. – Virginia Senator Tim Kaine was critical of several decisions made by the Trump administration this week while speaking to reporters. The democrat Senator spoke on several topics ranging from the coronavirus pandemic, Afghanistan troop removal to the transition of power and the election. However, Sen. Kaine says there is no plan on the national level. In a “purely political move,” Kaine criticized the President’s decision to remove troops in Afghanistan and beyond. They are not asking us to leave,” expressed Sen. Kaine.
The Latest: US church leaders react to McCarrick report
Pope John Paul II elevated McCarrick, the current archbishop of Washington, to cardinal. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)The Latest on the Vatican's investigation of ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and allegations of sexual misconduct (all times local). ___10:45 a.m.Top U.S. Roman Catholic leaders are reacting to the Vatican's investigation of ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. “This report underscores the need for us to repent and grow in our commitment to serve the people of God,” Gomez says. — McCarrick, 90, was defrocked by Francis last year after a Vatican investigation confirmed decades of allegations that the globe-trotting envoy and successful church fundraiser had sexually molested adults as well as children.
Pope names 13 new cardinals, including 1st Black US prelate
Pope Francis on Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, named 13 new cardinals, including Washington D.C. Archbishop Wilton Gregory, who would become the first Black U.S. prelate to earn the coveted red hat. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis on Sunday named 13 new cardinals, including Washington D.C. Archbishop Wilton Gregory, who would become the first Black U.S. prelate to earn the coveted red hat. The pope, when elected in 2013, chose St. Francis of Assisi as his namesake saint. Gregory said in a statement that becoming a cardinal would allow him to work more closely with the pontiff in caring for the Catholic Church. Some cardinals head powerful Vatican offices, and pontiffs frequently turn to cardinals for advice.
DC police release bodycam footage of deadly shooting of 18-year-old Deon Kay
While the moment Kay is shot is in the video, 10 News has decided to not publish that portion of the bodycam footage. WASHINGTON – A day after the deadly shooting of an 18-year-old Black man in Washington, DC, the police department has released the bodycam footage. On Thursday, the department posted a 10:53 bodycam video to its YouTube page, which includes the moment that Deon Kay was shot and killed. The bodycam footage is from the officer who shot Kay. The department also posted a 4:19 community briefing video, which gives more contact than just the bodycam footage.
DC police say Black shooting victim 'brandished a firearm'
WASHINGTON – Police officers in Washington, D.C., fatally shot a young Black man Wednesday who the department said had “brandished a firearm," prompting protests amid increased nationwide and local scrutiny over police tactics. “During the foot pursuit, one of the suspects brandished a firearm. In response, an officer discharged their firearm one time, striking the suspect,” the MPD statement said. The other man who fled escaped from police, and Kay was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The shooting comes as police killings of Black people have sparked nationwide protests and calls for sweeping police reform, prompting local efforts by the D.C. Council to bring greater transparency to such incidents.
DC Police release body camera footage from fatal shooting
Police in the nations capital released body camera footage from the officer who fatally shot the Black 18-year-old in the chest. Deon Kay, 18, was shot in the chest Wednesday afternoon in the midst of a foot pursuit with police officers. The officer turns around, sees Kay running a few feet behind him and fires a single shot into Kay's chest. Bowser said her administration had rushed to release the video to help the public answer some questions. Emergency legislation passed by the D.C. Council in June requires the police to release any body camera footage from any fatal shootings or use-of-force incidents within five days.
Bling Bling: Virginia Warriors celebrate NTBA National Championship
ROANOKE, Va. The Virginia Warriors Elite AAU 14-and-under basketball team from Roanoke safely traveled to Myrtle Beach over the weekend for the National Travel Basketball Association Championship. While there, they defeated teams from the likes of Charlotte, Washington D.C. and even Kentucky to win the NTBA National title. Weve been wanting this for a few years, said Abu Yarmah, a player for the team. This is the first ever championship win for the Virginia Warriors program in the gold bracket. Up next for the team is another tournament in Atlanta in a few weeks where the team will become Team Virginia and compete against top talent from other states once again.
DC mayor to order mandatory masks as infections rise again
WASHINGTON With coronavirus cases rising, Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said Wednesday that she will issue an executive order making face masks mandatory outside the home an unprecedented step in the nation's capital. Bowser said the order would include enforcement language detailing possible fines for violations. After saying they had successfully blunted the infection curve earlier this summer, health officials say the infection numbers have slowly crept upward, reaching triple digits on Wednesday for the first time in weeks. Health Department Director Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt says her office is particularly concerned with data that shows most new infections aren't coming from people already in quarantine or on the contact trace list of an infected person. That, she said, indicates a high level of community spread.
White House placed briefly on lockdown due to protests outside
WASHINGTON The lockdown at the White House has been lifted, according to NBC News. NBC News reported The White House was on lockdown on Friday night in response to protests and growing unrest in Washington D.C. and around the country surrounding George Floyds death. The lockdown was in effect for a little over an hour. The Secret Service had closed off the White House press room with several members of the media still inside and not allowed to leave, according to NBC News.
Majority of Americans plan to participate in 2020 census
(CNN) - More than four-in-five adults report they will definitely or probably participate in the 2020 Census, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center. Pew noted that despite the reported percentage who said they'll participate, Census Bureau research has found the response rate is usually lower than the percent who report that they plan to. They were followed by black adults (26% won't participate), those who earn under $30,000 a year (24%), and Hispanics (21%). A strong majority of Americans think the census won't benefit or harm them, personally (78% neither benefit nor harm, 19% benefit, 2% harm), but are split on whether it will benefit their community or have no effect (48% benefit, 3% harm, 48% neither benefit nor harm). Black and Hispanic Americans -- some of the least likely to participate in the census -- are the most likely to say it will benefit them personally (27% and 24%, respectively).
Train takes you from D.C. to New York in 2.5 hours
Alex Wong/Getty ImagesAmtrak has announced the launch of a new service that will provide riders a direct service between Washington D.C. and New York, according to WJLA. As of now, the schedule includes one southbound and one northbound train per day. The southbound train from New York will depart at 6:35 a.m. and is scheduled to arrive in D.C. around 9:10 a.m. The northbound train will depart D.C. at 4:30 p.m., and arrive in New York around 7:05 p.m. The Acela Nonstop service comes in advance of the 2021 launch of brand-new Acela trainsets.
8 out of 10 people have cried at work
If you live in Washington D.C., Houston or Atlanta, it might be time to take a vacation. If you've ever shed a tear a work, you're not alone. A poll of 3,000 workers by job-research company Monster found that 8 out of 10 people have cried at some point at work. 45% of those who have cried say it was because of their bosses or co-workers. Only 19% say it was because of personal or non-work issues.
Most overworked cities in the US
Washington D.C.: People here work about 43 hours a week on average, take nine days of vacation and spend about 35 minutes each day getting to work. The main factor dragging down the nation's capital seems to be the amount of paid family leave that's mandated by law. Currently, Washington has zero days of legally mandated paid leave, although the city has announced a paid family leave plan beginning in 2020. Hide Caption
The most overworked cities in the US might surprise you
Those three cities, followed by Seattle and Chicago, are the most overworked cities in the United States, according to a study released by the mobile technology company Kisi this past week. For those looking to catch a break at work, consider San Diego, Sacramento and Omaha: the study rated those cities as the least work-intensive. The main factor dragging down the nation's capital seems to be the amount of paid family leave that's mandated by law. Currently, Washington has zero days of legally mandated paid leave, although the city has announced a paid family leave plan beginning in 2020. But under California law, the city fares much better on paid family leave policies.
DC area gets nearly month's worth of rain in an hour
Almost a month's worth of rain fell in just one hour in Washington D.C., Monday, bringing a halt to the morning rush hour. (CNN) - Almost a month's worth of rain fell in just one hour in Washington D.C., Monday, bringing a halt to the morning rush hour. Between 9 and 10 a.m., 3.30 inches of rain fell at Reagan National Airport, just .43 inches shy of the monthly normal. As the rains stopped, amounts totaled higher than 4 inches across the D.C. metro area. The downpour triggered a two-hour flash flood emergency for the metro region, which is more serious than a flash flood warning.
Members of Blacksburg Volunteer Rescue Squad to bike in honor...
In a few days, Lora Lattanzi, a volunteer emergency medical technician at Blacksburg Volunteer Rescue Squad, will participate in the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride from Boston to Washington D.C. Copyright 2019 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.