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Federal judge rules eviction moratorium is unconstitutional

Federal judge rules eviction moratorium is unconstitutional

(CNN)A federal judge in Texas on Thursday ruled that the federal moratorium according to court documents. US District Judge John Barker, who was appointed by then-President Donald Trump to the court in the Eastern District of Texas, stopped short of issuing a preliminary injunction, but said he expected the to respect his ruling and withdraw the moratorium. "The federal government cannot say that it has ever before invoked its power over interstate commerce to impose a residential eviction moratorium. It did not do so during the deadly Spanish Flu pandemic. Nor did it invoke such a power...

October 30, 2020
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A Texas woman sues an electric company after her bill was nearly $10,000

A Texas woman sues an electric company after her bill was nearly $10,000

(CNN)A Texas woman has filed a proposed billion-dollar class-action lawsuit against Griddy Energy that alleges the company engaged in unlawful price gouging during last week's statewide winter storm and power outages, according to a statement from the law firm.Lisa Khoury, a resident of a Houston suburb, claims she was charged a total of $9,546 by Griddy from February 1 to February 19, according to a copy of her bill filed with the lawsuit. Khoury's average monthly electricity bill before February ranged from $200 to $250, according to the suit. The suit claims that Griddy "committed price...

February 25, 2021
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Texas officials are investigating outrageous energy bills in storm price surge

Texas officials are investigating outrageous energy bills in storm price surge

New York (CNN Business)Dallas resident DeAndre Upshaw said it was "very shocking" when he opened his latest electricity bill."While I'm trying to get gas and groceries and make sure that my pipes don't explode, the last thing I'm thinking about is a $7,000 bill from my utility company," Upshaw told CNN's Fredricka Whitfield via Skype Saturday.As Texas struggles to recover that has killed dozens, some customers in Texas like Upshaw as a result of the recent snow storm. Texas' utility regulator, , said Saturday that it is investigating "the factors that combined with the devastating winter...

February 21, 2021
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Florida county commissioner limited vaccine drive to the two richest zip codes and then created a 'VIP list'

Florida county commissioner limited vaccine drive to the two richest zip codes and then created a 'VIP list'

(CNN)A Manatee County, Florida, commissioner broke protocol for equitable vaccine distribution, which she had previously voted in favor of, when Vanessa Baugh admitted on Thursday that she "wanted to make sure certain people were on the list" for vaccination after emails revealed that she directed county officials to create a list to let her and others jump the line. In response to criticism that county officials had only permitted residents from the two richest zip codes in the county to get vaccinated at the event, Baugh further admitted that she picked the zip codes herself.In a public...

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February 18, 2021
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Two inmates who escaped an Arizona prison have been recaptured

Two inmates who escaped an Arizona prison have been recaptured

(CNN)Law enforcement officials on Thursday recaptured two inmates who escaped from a state prison in Florence, Arizona, over the weekend, thanks to tips from the public.John Charpiot and David Harmon were captured after two people called authorities and said they had seen individuals who they believed were the missing fugitives, according to . They were subsequently arrested by police and US Marshals. The two men are now awaiting transport back to the Department of Corrections, according to Coolidge Police.Charpiot and Harmon after they used a large air conditioning unit as a ram to break...

January 28, 2021
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14 passengers banned by airline after rowdy DC to Seattle flight

14 passengers banned by airline after rowdy DC to Seattle flight

(CNN)Alaska Airlines banned more than a dozen passengers this week for not complying to its mask mandate and for harassing staff members.The 14 passengers were banned from flying with the airline after they were "non-mask compliant, rowdy, argumentative and harassed our crew members" on a flight from Washington Dulles to Seattle on Thursday evening, according to a statement from Alaska Airlines."Their behavior was unacceptable," the statement from the airline said. "We apologize to our other guests who were made uncomfortable on the flight." When asked for more detail on the passengers, the...

January 8, 2021
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Driver busted for using flashlights as headlights on his car

Driver busted for using flashlights as headlights on his car

(CNN)A driver in Washington was pulled over after police noticed the headlights on his car had been replaced by flashlights.A Washington State Patrol officer pulled over a motorist on I-90 near North Bend early Monday morning after seeing the vehicle with "super dim" headlights, WSP officer Rick Johnson told CNN.Upon inspection, the officer realized that the headlights on the car had been replaced by flashlights, which is illegal in the state as it does not meet the lumen requirements, Johnson said. The car appears to have noticeable damage to the front of the car and the headlights seem to...

December 2, 2020
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Thanksgiving vandalism: 'Land back' sprayed on US statues

Thanksgiving vandalism: 'Land back' sprayed on US statues

(CNN)Statues of three United States Presidents, a "Pioneers Statue" and numerous store fronts were targeted by vandals on Thanksgiving, with "land back" graffitied on some of the property.Vandals damaged the Pioneers Statue in BF Nelson Park in Minneapolis, spray-painting the words "no thanks," "no more genocide," "decolonize" and "land back" on it, Dawn Sommers, spokeswoman for the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, told CNN. The Pioneers Statue has been the subject of criticism and controversy before, she said.A statue of George Washington was toppled and graffitied in Washburn Fair...

November 27, 2020
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'Just ridiculous': CNN speaks to Georgia voter the Trump campaign falsely accused of casting ballot in the name of a dead woman

'Just ridiculous': CNN speaks to Georgia voter the Trump campaign falsely accused of casting ballot in the name of a dead woman

Atlanta (CNN)President Donald Trump's campaign and Fox News host Tucker Carlson alleged last week that a vote cast by a Georgia woman named Deborah Jean Christiansen was fraudulent. The allegation was false -- like the Trump campaign and Carlson leveled against legal Georgia voters last week. The campaign and Carlson said this vote was a fraud because Deborah Jean Christiansen died last year. In fact, the vote was legally cast by a living woman who also happens to be named Deborah Jean Christiansen, born in the same year and month but on a different day. Christiansen answered the door when...

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November 18, 2020
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St. Louis jurors return mixed verdict for officers accused of beating an undercover officer and then trying to cover it up

St. Louis jurors return mixed verdict for officers accused of beating an undercover officer and then trying to cover it up

(CNN)A federal jury in St. Louis returned a mixed verdict Monday in the case of three police officers accused of beating a fellow officer working undercover. Luther Hall, who was identified in a civil suit he filed, went undercover in 2017 during a protest concerning another police shooting of a Black man. Hall, himself, is Black. His lawsuit states all the officers involved in the assault are White.It was during the protests that officers allegedly assaulted Hall. His civil suit said the assault caused herniated discs, a rotator cuff tear, a concussion, a bruised tailbone, as well as...

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March 30, 2021
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