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    The COVID vaccine mandate President Joe Biden put in place for federal workers has not resulted in any apparent disruption to law enforcement, intelligence-gathering or holiday travel, the White House says.  The administration released an agency-by-agency breakdown of compliance with the order - employees had to show proof of vaccination by Nov. 22 or show their exemption. Of the 3.5...
      ROME, GA., Nov. 22, 2021– Atrium Health Floyd plans to establish northwest Georgia’s first freestanding emergency department in Chattooga County, bringing a new level of 24/7 emergency care to residents of Summerville, Trion, Lyerly and surrounding communities. Working with the Chattooga County Commissioner’s office, and through discussion with state...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A nearly 100-year-old hospital in Long Beach will shutter its emergency department this month. FILE — Officials hold a grand reopening celebration for Community Hospital Long Beach in Long Beach on May 27, 2021. A vintage 1929 fire truck, same year the hospital originally opened, was on display for the event. (Brittany Murray/Long Beach Press-Telegram/Getty Images)...
    An Iowa audit report released on Monday has led to accusations of improper use of COVID government funding. According to The Associated Press, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) has been accused of "using nearly $450,000 in federal coronavirus relief funds to pay salaries for 21 staff members for three months last year and concealing the spending by passing it...
    MCKINNEY, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – McKinney Fire Department officials announced on November 10 that they would be partnering with Integrative Emergency Services to implement an emergency response telemedicine program for 911 calls. The Fire Department hopes that the new program, which is among the first in the country to involve fire-based EMS departments, will help save some patients a trip to...
    By Larry Keane Remember that American Rescue Plan signed by President Joe Biden that sent $1,400 checks to support those economically affected by the COVD-19 crisis? That was the plan pushed by The White House to provide direct relief to Americans, help contain the spread of COVID-19 and rescue the economy. Turns out, it is also being used to advance...
    THE Royal Cornwall Hospital has declared a critical incident after 25 ambulances were left queuing outside amid "unprecedented" demand. The county's main hospital is at breaking point as 100 patients flooded the emergency department - that only has the capacity for 40. 1Ambulances were left queueing outside the Royal Cornwall Hospital as they struggle to cope with the influx of...
    Fire crews rushed to douse a Warren County home that went up in flames before dawn Tuesday. The blaze broke out in the chimney of a home on the first block of Oak Ridge Road in Washington Township around 12:20 a.m., police said in a news release. All occupants had safely escaped the home as officers arrived, police said. No...
    On Monday the Dept. of Justice moved one step further to try to get the U.S. Supreme Court to block Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott's near-total ban on abortion, which legal experts and now the DOJ itself say is unconstitutional. "For half a century, this Court has held that 'a State may not prohibit any woman from making the ultimate...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – The Florida Department of Health on Friday proposed a long-term rule to try to prevent school mask mandates and give parents more authority to decide whether children who have been exposed to COVID-19 should be able to attend school. The department published the proposed rule as it tries to fend off a legal challenge from six school...
    Photo via AdobeThe Florida Department of Health on Friday proposed a long-term rule to try to prevent school mask mandates and give parents more authority to decide whether children who have been exposed to COVID-19 should be able to attend school. The department published the proposed rule as it tries to fend off a legal challenge from six school districts...
    An 80-year-old Belvidere man was airlifted with serious injuries following a Thursday morning crash in Warren County, authorities said. The man was driving a 1998 Nissan east bound on Jensen Drive in Oxford and failed to yield to a 2011 Toyota traveling north on Mt. Pisgah Avenue, causing a collision just before 11:50 a.m., Washington Township police said. The man...
    Seattle’s police department is sending detectives and non-patrol officers to respond to emergency calls because of a shortage of patrol officers that union leaders fear will become worse because of COVID-19 vaccine mandates. Due to the staffing crunch, the Seattle Police Department activated its emergency three-stage mobilization plan on Wednesday, KING reported.  It involves all on-duty sworn personnel, including detectives,...
    SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle’s police department is sending detectives and non-patrol officers to respond to emergency calls because of a shortage of patrol officers that union leaders fear will become worse because of COVID-19 vaccine mandates. The department on Wednesday moved to the emergency officer dispatching scenario because of the staffing crunch. KOMO reports the department has lost more than...
    (CNN)The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which falls under the Labor Department, has submitted the text of a new vaccine rule for large employers to the Office of Management and Budget, bringing the emergency standard announced by President Joe Biden last month one step closer to taking effect. "The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been working expeditiously to develop...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- It's not unusual for children to follow in their parents footsteps -- just ask Eric Lee Sr. and Eric Lee Jr. -- both of whom work as first responders. It's in their blood."I followed in my mom's footsteps," the elder Lee said in an interview with ABC7. "My mom is a retired sergeant for L.A. County...
    by Todd Feurer and Samah Assad CHICAGO (CBS) — Eight years after a watchdog report found the Chicago Fire Department didn’t have a system in place to measure response times for emergency calls, the city’s inspector general determined CFD still hasn’t made the necessary improvements. The latest report from Inspector General Joseph Ferguson’s office found CFD’s data collection is still insufficient to...
    Criminal and civil probes have reportedly been launched after an oil spill off the coast of Huntington Beach, California, sent up to 144,000 gallons of heavy crude into the ocean over the weekend.  Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer had said investigators were looking into whether charges could be brought for the spill – even though the leak occurred in...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A window that was being repaired on the 45th floor of a high-rise in Rincon Hill fell and shattered on the street Thursday afternoon, but luckily no one was hurt. Shortly after 2 p.m. the San Francisco Department of Emergency Services tweeted for people and vehicles to avoid the intersection of 1st Street and Folsom...
    The Austin Police Department (APD) is so short-staffed that it has now instructed residents to call 3-1-1 for certain crimes that are no longer in progress or if there’s no immediate threat to life or property, according to police. The department announced Wednesday that beginning Friday, residents should report a non-emergency situation to either 3-1-1 or iReportAustin.com. Among the “incidents”...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Fire crews responded to an injury accident in Brooklyn Park Thursday afternoon, after a worker apparently got their hand stuck inside a meat grinder. The fire department says they responded to the 7900 block of Brooklyn Boulevard at about 1:30 p.m. on report of a person getting their hand stuck inside a machine. Dispatch audio indicated the...
    Afghans left behind by U.S-led evacuation efforts face the prospect of losing their emergency priority status for resettlement to the United States, the State Department has admitted. “I think the duration of this is going to be determined by the U.S. Congress, in some degree of consultation with the administration,” a senior State Department official said Monday. “It intersects with...
    Frustration on Capitol Hill with the State Department continues to mount, as Americans and Afghan allies remain stranded in Afghanistan more than two weeks after the U.S. completed its withdrawal from the country.  A call between State Department staffers and congressional staffers on Wednesday quickly grew tense, as staffers from both parties grew exasperated with the agency's responses to their...
    In a nutshell, the DOJ argued: S.B. 8 deprives women in Texas of their constitutional rights while presently preventing them from vindicating those rights in court, in clear violation of the Fourteenth Amendment and the Supremacy Clause.The Act harms the United States' interest in ensuring that States do not evade their obligations under the Constitution and then try...
    WASHINGTON (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — During the late night hours on September 14 the Department of Justice filed an emergency order, asking a federal court to temporarily halt the new Texas law that bans most abortions in the state while it decides the case. The law, known as SB8, prohibits abortions once medical professionals can detect cardiac activity — usually around six...
    The Department of Justice filed an emergency order late Tuesday, asking for a temporary halt to the new Texas law that bans abortions past six weeks. The department said in its filing that the new law, also known as S.B. 8, prevents "women from exercising their constitutional rights." "The United States seeks a temporary restraining order or a preliminary injunction...
    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Justice Department has filed an emergency motion with a federal judge asking him to block the southwestern state of Texas from enforcing a new law that bans nearly all abortions in the state.    In a 45-page motion filed late Tuesday with a federal district court, the Justice Department argued that the new law, commonly known...
    The Department of Justice filed an emergency order late Tuesday, asking for a temporary halt to the new Texas law that bans abortions past six weeks. The department said in its filing that the new law, also known as S.B. 8, prevents "women from exercising their constitutional rights." "The United States seeks a temporary restraining order or a preliminary injunction...
     (CNN) — The Louisiana Department of Health was aware of plans from seven nursing homes to evacuate their residents to a warehouse in Independence, Louisiana, to shelter during Hurricane Ida. Seven residents died before state health officials transported hundreds of people from the warehouse to other nursing facilities on September 2, five days after the hurricane tore through the state. READ...
    (CNN)The Louisiana Department of Health was aware of plans from seven nursing homes to evacuate their residents to a warehouse in Independence, Louisiana, to shelter during Hurricane Ida. Emergency vehicles respond to evacuate people at a mass shelter Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021 in Independence, La. Seven residents died before state health officials transported hundreds of people from the warehouse to...
    Former Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia explained on "America's Newsroom" how the Biden administration's vaccine mandate is ‘vulnerable’ to legal challenge because of the emergency standard the White House is using to justify the move. Scalia continued by urging Biden to allow public comment on the matter because of the significant influx of questions surrounding the mandate.  TEXAS AG PAXTON SUING...
    Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) has introduced legislation that would allow people to apply for emergency rental assistance at public spaces, such as public schools, libraries and transit systems, in an effort to expand access to the funds. “As someone who has been evicted and unhoused, I know the trauma these families are facing. This crisis demands compassionate solutions and I...
    Hours after a Minnesota judge rejected Minneapolis ballot language that would have gotten rid of the city’s police department, city council held an emergency session to reword it and try to gain approval. Hennepin County District Judge Jamie Anderson on Tuesday struck down proposed ballot language that would have asked voters whether Minneapolis should replace its police force with a...
    TRACY (CBS13) — Tracy police say they are still dealing with intermittent problems with both their emergency and non-emergency phone lines. **UPDATE** As of September 6 at 6:45 AM READ MORE: Fast-Growing Vegetation Fire Under Foresthill Bridge Near Auburn Sparks Evacuations 9-1-1, non -emergency lines and text to 9-1-1 is still working intermittently. If you cannot get through on 9-1-1, you...
    Police are searching for a New Orleans 911 operator accused of hanging up on citizens calling for help, a New Orleans Police Department spokesperson said Thursday. “Officers are looking for Precious Stephens, a 25-year-old woman who faces charges of malfeasance in office and interfering with an emergency communication for an August 23 incident,” WWLTV reported. Stephens allegedly disconnected 911 calls...
    SAN RAMON (KPIX 5) – The drought emergency in the Bay Area is not only affecting humans, but also wildlife. From turkeys strolling along streets, to wild pigs appearing on surveillance video digging up yards, bone dry conditions in the hills has sent thirsty wildlife into neighborhoods, particularly in the East Bay. Other creatures spotted in neighborhoods recently include mountain...
    A nine-month-old baby girl who was evacuated from Afghanistan died on Wednesday after arriving at Philadelphia airport aboard a military plane, in the first death of an evacuee on US soil.  The baby was on a C-17 flying from Germany's Ramstein Air Base to Philadelphia International Airport with her father when she suffered a 'medical emergency', officials said.  EMTs and...
    New York (CNN Business)The United States will release 1.5 million barrels of crude oil from its emergency stockpile of oil, the Energy Department announced Thursday.The decision to tap the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, or SPR, comes as two-thirds of the gas stations in New Orleans and Baton Rouge are out of gasoline in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. This will "alleviate...
    After Tropical Depression Ida brought historic rainfall to parts of the region, flash flooding, and scores of power outages, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul is directing additional state agency assets to respond to the areas impacted. The storm, which began moving through the area on Wednesday, Sept. 1, caused flooding on a number of roadways across Long Island, the lower Mid-Hudson...
    New York State agencies are preparing emergency response assets as Tropical Depression Ida is set to impact the region with heavy rain and the potential for flash flooding in some areas. The storm arrived on Wednesday, Sept. 1, and is expected to pass through by late Thursday afternoon, Sept. 2. Related story: Ida Arrives With Heavy Rain, Gusty Winds,...
    The Alexandria firefighters union sent a searing open letter to the Virginia city’s leaders pleading with them to fully fund the department and hire more workers. The union accuses the city manager, mayor and council members of “prolonged mismanagement and underfunding of the fire department.” “[They] do not properly support our emergency personnel, but that they are actively deciding to...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- The New York State Department of Health has filed an emergency regulation requiring all students, faculty and staff of schools to wear masks inside school buildings.The department released a statement on Friday night saying, "The Department has filed an emergency regulation requiring all students, faculty and staff of all public and private schools (P-12) in New...
    AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM) – Governor Greg Abbott has placed resources on standby along the Gulf Coast ahead of Hurricane Ida’s landfall early next week. Ida is forecasted to become a dangerous, major hurricane when it reaches the northern Gulf Coast on Sunday, August 29. Although Texas is anticipated to remain outside of Ida’s direct path, Southeast and East Texans should prepare...
    SOUTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Child welfare advocates say a record number of children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border alone are spending weeks at shelters, despite an emergency declaration by the Biden administration five months ago. More than 700 children spent three weeks or longer at the government’s unlicensed sites in mid-July, according to declarations filed with a federal court overseeing custody...
    WASHINGTON - The Biden administration on Wednesday announced new steps to help renters and landlords hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, including moves by the U.S. Treasury Department to reduce documentation requirements to get emergency rental assistance. Renters can now use self-attestation to demonstrate their need, including with respect to financial hardship, the risk of homelessness or income, Treasury...
    MELROSE (CBS) — A Melrose police officer with a nursing background recently helped deliver a baby girl. Officer Ashley Baldwin, who is also a registered nurse, sprung into action last Thursday after getting a call about a woman in labor. According to the Melrose Police Department, Baldwin arrived at a home near Lincoln School and found a 38-year-old mother close...
    by Perla Trevizo and Lexi Churchill, ProPublica and The Texas Tribune; Suzy Khimm and Mike Hixenbaugh, NBC News; Illustrations by Laila Milevski, ProPublica ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. HOUSTON — It was 9:08 p.m. when Michael Negussie's phone rang. Twenty minutes had...
    FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – An influx of parents rushing their kids to the emergency department of Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth for non-emergencies is overwhelming staff, the hospital says. On Tuesday, August 17, staff saw 361 children in the emergency department. Almost half turned out to be less urgent or non-emergencies. “I think for the most part, most...
    One resident was rescued and two police officers were hospitalized Tuesday evening in a three-alarm house fire in Madison, authorities said. Emergency crews responding to the fire report at a home on Kings Road around 5:10 p.m. learned from family members at the scene that someone was still trapped inside, Madison police said. Acting Captain Longo attempted to enter the...