Driver who hit hockey team bus gets 8 years
A truck driver whose inattention led to the deaths of 16 people aboard a youth hockey team bus in Saskatchewan last year was sentenced to eight years in prison. The defendant, Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, drove a semitrailer truck laden with peat moss about 60 mph past five signs warning him to stop before the truck collided with a bus carrying the team, the Humboldt Broncos. Many of the victims were young players. Another 13 people were injured in the April crash.
Ex-cop acquitted in death of black teen
A former police officer in East Pittsburgh was acquitted Friday on all counts in the shooting death of a black teenager who fled during a traffic stop last summer. The verdict in the death of Antwon Rose, 17, came after a four-day trial and less than four hours of jury deliberation. A video that recorded the fatal shooting was widely viewed on the internet, and it led to days of protests in Pittsburgh and drew widespread attention as another example of the killing of an unarmed black man by a white police officer.
Teen arrested after racist online threat
Authorities in Charlottesville arrested a 17-year-old boy in connection with an online threat targeting black and Hispanic students, bringing a sense of relief to a saga that had forced the closing of the city’s public schools for two straight days. The teenager is believed to have published a post on the web forum 4chan that threatened an “ethnic cleansing” at Charlottesville High School, authorities said. The post set off a rapid investigation and prompted the Charlottesville public school district to shut down all its campuses Thursday and Friday.
Substitute teacher’s gun goes off in class
Police arrested a substitute teacher in Alabama after his gun went off in a first-grade classroom. No one at Blountsville Elementary School was injured in the incident. But authorities said Henry Rex Weaver, 72, is in custody. Blount County Sheriff Mark Moon said students were in the classroom with Weaver when a gun that was in his pocket discharged. Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey said Weaver will face charges of reckless endangerment, third-degree assault and possession of a firearm on school grounds, Al.com reported.
E.U. delays decision on climate action
European Union leaders pushed back a decision on the bloc’s long-term efforts to fight climate change, with some countries opposing a pledge to end most emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050. Leaders meeting in Brussels agreed to discuss the issue again at their next gathering in June, ahead of a U.N. summit on climate change in the fall. The delay frustrated environmental campaigners, who argue that the E.U. should lead global efforts to meet the 2015 Paris accord’s most ambitious target of keeping global warming at 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the century. French President Emmanuel Macron, who two years ago launched the “One Planet Summit” aimed at speeding up the implementation of the 2015 Paris climate agreement, said the bloc’s efforts at fighting climate change “were eminently insufficient.”
Explosion at chemical plant leaves 47 dead
A massive explosion at a chemical plant in eastern China with a long record of safety violations has killed at least 47 people and injured hundreds of others, 90 of them seriously. The blast in the city of Yancheng, north of Shanghai, was one of China’s worst industrial accidents in recent years. Schools were closed and nearly 1,000 residents were moved to safety as a precaution against leaks and additional explosions, the city government said in a statement posted to its microblog.