Federal murder investigation to be opened in Capitol Police officer’s death

Prosecutors in the US Attorney’s office plan to open a federal murder investigation into the death of Brian D. Sicknick, a US Capitol Police officer who died Thursday night, a law enforcement official tells CNN. Sicknick was injured Wednesday when a mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the US Capitol. He died at approximately 9:30 p.m. ET Thursday “due to injuries sustained while on-duty,” Capitol Police officials said in a statement. The death is being investigated by the DC Metropolitan Police Department’s homicide branch, the US Capitol Police and their federal partners. “Officer Sicknick was responding to the riots on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol and was injured while physically engaging with protesters. He returned to his division office and collapsed. He was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries,” the statement read. Sicknick had joined the Capitol Police in July 2008, and most recently served in the department’s First Responders Unit. “The entire USCP Department expresses its deepest sympathies to Officer Sicknick’s family and friends on their loss, and mourns the loss of a friend and…

America sheds jobs for the first time since April

America’s job market recovery ground to a halt in December, losing a staggering 140,000 jobs, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday — a far worse outcome than economists predicted. The unemployment rate remained flat at 6.7%, marking the first month that the rate hasn’t improved in seven months. The US economy is still down 9.8 million jobs since February. Workers who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own still need the government’s help to make ends meet. And while the stimulus package that was signed into law in the final week of 2020 extends and expands jobless benefits, more work likely remains to be done. The Democratic sweep of the Senate, which gives the party both the White House and Congress, paved the way for a swift implementation of President-elect Joe Biden’s economic agenda, which will likely include more stimulus in the near-term. Biden also plans to pour dollars into the infrastructure and clean energy industries to create millions jobs in the medium and long-term. This is a developing story. It will be updated. The post America sheds jobs for the…

Riverside County Reports Another Record in Coronavirus Patients in ICU Units

RIVERSIDE (CNS) – Another 53 deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported Wednesday in Riverside County, along with a record number of intensive- care unit patients. The additional fatalities upped the total dead to 2,151, according to the Riverside University Health System. The death figures are trailing indicators because of delays processing death certificates and can cover several weeks. The county also recorded an additional 3,901 cases on Wednesday, increasing the total to 203,957. COVID-19-positive hospitalizations countywide stood at 1,611 Wednesday, down four compared with the day before. The number includes 343 intensive-care-unit patients, one more than Tuesday — and a record high. The number of known active virus cases countywide was 69,236, an increase of 3,532 from Tuesday. The active count is derived by subtracting deaths and recoveries from the current total — 203,957 — according to the county Executive Office. The county’s verified patient recoveries is now 132,570. Last week, officials from Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Riverside, along with Riverside Community Hospital, urged residents to take precautions to limit exposure risks to reduce the chances of hospital visits, thereby increasing demands on already…

US sees five deadliest days since Covid-19 pandemic’s start in last two weeks

In just less than two weeks, the US recorded its five deadliest days since the Covid-19 pandemic’s start — with more than 4,000 virus-related deaths reported Thursday. The nation’s total Covid-19 death toll has now climbed to more than 365,300, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. And another nearly 115,000 people could lose their life over the next four weeks, according to projections from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. In other words, the pandemic is not yet showing any signs of slowing down. Rather, across the country, states are reporting an increase in numbers. California reported more than 1,000 Covid-19 deaths in just two days and hospitalizations are at record-high levels, with nearly 23,000 patients admitted with the virus. In Los Angeles County, one person now dies of Covid-19 every eight minutes. Arizona’s top health official said Thursday that “coming out of the Christmas holiday,” the state’s Covid-19 numbers are inching upward. “Cases and percent positivity are rising, as are inpatient and intensive care unit beds occupied by those with Covid-19. Regrettably, deaths from Covid-19 follow these trends,” Dr.…

Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong arrested under national security law

Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong was arrested Thursday over an alleged violation of the city’s national security law, just a day after police arrested dozens of former lawmakers and opposition activists. Wong was already in prison, serving a 13.5-month sentence for his role in demonstrations during the 2019 pro-democracy protest movement. On Thursday, a post published on Wong’s verified Facebook page said he had been transferred from prison to a detention center, where police officers questioned him. The post alleged that Wong’s lawyer had not been able to reach him when police took statements. Police confirmed Wong’s arrest to CNN, as well as the arrest of a second activist, 47-year-old Tam Tak-chi, on Thursday. The two had been arrested for “subverting state power,” police said. The arrest of Wong is the latest to have occurred under the auspices of Beijing’s new national security law, which on Wednesday saw police arrest 53 in dawn raids on democracy activists across the city. The law criminalizes acts of secession, subversion, terrorism, and collusion with foreign forces, and carries with it a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. Such…

State Oxygen Depot Established in Riverside County to Assist Area Hospitals with Oxygen Needs

The State of California Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA), working with the Riverside County Emergency Management Department (EMD), brought much needed oxygen into the county to help meet the needs of hospitals within the region.  “Oxygen suppliers are having a difficult time meeting the high demand of area hospitals due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said EMD Director, Bruce Barton “This isn’t limited to just one hospital. COVID patients need lots of oxygen and that’s taxing the entire healthcare system. We’ve been working with representatives from California Emergency Medical Services Authority to address the growing needs and we’re glad to report that today EMSA set up an oxygen depot, a state resource, that will supply Riverside County and surrounding counties with oxygen.” The oxygen depot consists of two large oxygen generators that will fill the large tanks used by hospitals and will augment the local oxygen supply. Centrally located, Riverside County is an ideal location to provide this resource to neighboring counties. Supported by Riverside County Facilities Management, EMSA staffing will be available 24 hours a day to fill oxygen tanks. The oxygen generator is expected…

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