13-year-old boy dies after presumed fentanyl exposure at his Connecticut school, police say

The boy died Saturday at approximately 5:35 p.m. Two other male students who were also taken to a nearby hospital on Thursday were later released, police said in a news release. The 13-year-old, who collapsed in gym class, had ingested fentanyl, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin said Thursday. The city “grieves for this child lost, for … Read more

Florida tornadoes destroy dozens of homes, leave 7,000 customers without power

At least 62 homes are currently “unlivable,” said Cecil Pendergrass, co-chairman of the county’s board of commissioners, at a news conference. The twister was an EF2 tornado with maximum winds of 118 mph. It may have completely destroyed 30 mobile homes of the 108 mobile homes damaged near Fort Myers, according to a damage survey … Read more

University of Michigan president fired for inappropriate relationship with university employee

“After an investigation, we learned that Dr. Schlissel, over a period of years, used his University email account to communicate with that subordinate in a manner inconsistent with the dignity and reputation of the University,” a statement from the board of regents read. The board said it received the complaint in December. The university released … Read more

Live updates: Winter storm track and severe weather news

Snow plows remove snow and ice from an interstate in Hillsborough, North Carolina, on Sunday, January 16. (Gerry Broome/AP) At least 25 North Carolina counties have declared a state of emergency and more than 41,000 homes are without power across the state, officials said in a press conference on Sunday. “North Carolina is now feeling … Read more

A man became trapped in a chimney while allegedly attempting to enter a Maryland home

The 24-year-old man was wedged inside the chimney for at least four hours before firefighters were able to rescue him, Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) said in an incident summary report. Authorities applied for fourth degree burglary charges against the suspect, whose identity will not be released until the courts accept the charges, MCPD spokeswoman … Read more

More than 220,000 customers in Southeast are now without power due to severe weather

The latest winter storm to hit the East Coast is causing airlines to cancel flights by the thousands.   US airlines have canceled more than 2,400 flights nationwide as of 8:45 a.m. ET Sunday, according to flight tracking site FlightAware.  Airports such as Charlotte/Douglas International have been hit particularly hard, where 90 percent of all departures … Read more

The worst fires in New York City history have something in common: Immigrant victims

“They were our aunts and uncles and others who were coming to our food pantry since the pandemic,” said Ajifanta Marenah, secretary of the Gambian Youth Organization, just blocks from the site of last Sunday’s fire. “This is a community of people who have to work two or three jobs to make ends meet.” For … Read more