Nurse Nina Pham to Sue Dallas Hospital, Cites Negligence in Care for Ebola Patient

Nurse Nina Pham to Sue Dallas Hospital, Cites Negligence in Care for Ebola Patient

Nurse Nina Pham to Sue Dallas Hospital, Cites Negligence in Care for Ebola Patient

Dallas nurse Nina Pham, who contracted the deadly Ebola virus while caring for Thomas Eric Duncan, the first diagnosed case in the U.S., will file a lawsuit against the Dallas hospital on Monday, alleging negligence in preparedness of nurses. She claims the hospital made her a “symbol of corporate neglect.”

“I wanted to believe that they would have my back and take care of me, but they just haven’t risen to the occasion,” Pham told The Dallas Morning News last week in an exclusive interview.

Pham says she will file a lawsuit Monday in Dallas County against Texas Health Resources alleging that while she became the American face of the fight against the disease, the hospital’s lack of training and proper equipment and violations of her privacy made her “a symbol of corporate neglect — a casualty of a hospital system’s failure to prepare for a known and impending medical crisis.”

She says that Texas Health Resources was negligent because it failed to develop policies and train its staff for treating Ebola patients. She says Texas Health Resources did not have proper protective gear for those who treated Duncan. Source: Dallas Morning News

The hospital issued a statement: “Nina Pham bravely served Texas Health Dallas during a most difficult time. We continue to support and wish the best for her, and we remain optimistic that constructive dialogue can resolve this matter.”

DOJ: George Zimmerman Won’t Face Federal Charges for Killing Trayvon Martin

Report: DOJ Finds No Evidence Zimmerman Intentionally Violated Trayvon Martin's Civil Rights

Report: DOJ Finds No Evidence Zimmerman Intentionally Violated Trayvon Martin’s Civil Rights

ABC News is reporting that the Justice Department found no evidence George Zimmerman intentionally violated Trayvon Martin’s civil rights when he fatally shot him in Sanford, Fla. In other words, he will not face any federal charges. The teen was not armed when he was killed in February, 2012.

Here’s the entire press release from the DOJ on Trayvon Martin case:

The Justice Department announced today that the independent federal investigation found insufficient evidence to pursue federal criminal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman for the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012, in Sanford, Florida.  Prosecutors from the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, officials from the FBI, and the Justice Department’s Community Relations Service met today with Martin’s family and their representatives to inform them of the findings of the investigation and the decision.

“The death of Trayvon Martin was a devastating tragedy.  It shook an entire community, drew the attention of millions across the nation, and sparked a painful but necessary dialogue throughout the country,” said Attorney General Eric Holder.  “Though a comprehensive investigation found that the high standard for a federal hate crime prosecution cannot be met under the circumstances here, this young man’s premature death necessitates that we continue the dialogue and be unafraid of confronting the issues and tensions his passing brought to the surface.  We, as a nation, must take concrete steps to ensure that such incidents do not occur in the future.”

Following the shooting, a team of some of the department’s most experienced civil rights prosecutors and FBI agents conducted a comprehensive, independent investigation of the events of Feb. 26, 2012.  The federal investigation was opened and conducted separately from the state of Florida’s investigation of the shooting under local laws.  Once the state initiated the second-degree murder prosecution, federal investigators began monitoring the state’s case and halted active investigation in order not to interfere with the state’s trial.  Federal investigators provided reports of interviews and other evidence they obtained to the state’s prosecution team.

Shortly after Zimmerman’s acquittal in state court on July 13, 2013, federal investigators resumed active investigation.  Federal investigators reviewed all of the material and evidence generated by the state of Florida in connection with its investigation and prosecution of Zimmerman, including witness statements, crime scene evidence, cell phone data, ballistics reports, reconstruction analysis, medical and autopsy reports, depositions, and the trial record.  Federal investigators also independently conducted 75 witness interviews and obtained and reviewed the contents of relevant electronic devices.  The investigation included an examination of police reports and additional evidence that was generated related to encounters Zimmerman has had with law enforcement in Florida since the state trial acquittal.  In addition, federal authorities retained an independent biomechanical expert who assessed Zimmerman’s descriptions of the struggle and the shooting.

The federal investigation sought to determine whether the evidence of the events that led to Martin’s death were sufficient to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Zimmerman’s actions violated the federal criminal civil rights statutes, specifically Section 3631 of Title 42 of the U.S. Code or Section 249 of Title 18 of the U.S. Code, as well as other relevant federal criminal statutes.  Section 3631 criminalizes willfully using force or threat of force to interfere with a person’s federally protected housing rights on account of that person’s race or color.  Section 249 criminalizes willfully causing bodily injury to a person because of that person’s actual or perceived race.  Courts define “willfully” to require proof that a defendant knew his acts were unlawful, and committed those acts in open defiance of the law.  It is one of the highest standards of intent imposed by law.

The federal investigation examined whether Zimmerman violated civil rights statutes at any point during his interaction with Martin, from their initial encounter through the fatal shooting.  This included investigating whether there is evidence beyond a reasonable doubt that Zimmerman violated Section 3631 by approaching Martin in a threatening manner before the fatal shooting because of Martin’s race and because he was using the residential neighborhood.  Investigators also looked at whether there is evidence beyond a reasonable doubt that Zimmerman violated Section 3631 or Section 249, by using force against Martin either during their struggle or when shooting Martin, because of Martin’s race.

“Although the department has determined that this matter cannot be prosecuted federally, it is important to remember that this incident resulted in the tragic loss of a teenager’s life,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta of the Civil Rights Division.  “Our decision not to pursue federal charges does not condone the shooting that resulted in the death of Trayvon Martin and is based solely on the high legal standard applicable to these cases.”

After a thorough and independent investigation into the facts surrounding the shooting, federal investigators determined that there is insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt a violation of these statutes.  Accordingly, the investigation into this incident has been closed.  This decision is limited strictly to the department’s inability to meet the high legal standard required to prosecute the case under the federal civil rights statutes; it does not reflect an assessment of any other aspect of the shooting.

The Justice Department is committed to investigations of allegations of bias-motivated violence and will continue to devote the resources required to ensure that allegations of civil rights violations are fully and completely investigated.  The department aggressively prosecutes criminal civil rights violations whenever there is sufficient evidence to do so.

The family of Trayvon Martin issued a statement:

“We would like to thank the Department of Justice for their extensive and thorough investigation into the killing of our son. Although we are disappointed in these findings, it has steeled our resolve to continue traveling the country with the message of the Trayvon Martin Foundation.

We remain poised to do everything in our power to help eradicate senseless violence in our communities, because we don’t want any other parent to experience the unexplainable loss we have endured,” the family statement read. “We will never, ever forget what happened to our son, Trayvon, and will honor his memory by working tirelessly to make the world a better place.”

Who Built Mystery Tunnel Found Near Pan Am Games Venue in Toronto?

Who Built Mystery Tunnel Found Near Pan Am Games Venue?

Who Built Mystery Tunnel Found Near Pan Am Games Venue? (Photo Credit: CBC Video Screengrab)

Who built the tunnel found near the site of the Pan Am Games in Toronto? Was it the government, drug traffickers or terrorists?

The tunnel was dug in the woods near Toronto’s Rexall Centre and York University’s Keele campus. It was large enough for a person to stand in, at around 2½ metres in height, and was about seven metres long. The tunnel had lights inside, powered by a generator, and the walls and ceiling were reinforced.

Sources told CBC News that the tunnel was filled in by authorities.

A Toronto and Region Conservation Authority employee reportedly found the tunnel while walking near the TRCA headquarters at 5 Shoreham Dr. in mid-January. The employee, who was carrying out day-to-day activities, noticed a piece of corrugated steel in the woods, and when it was lifted, the tunnel could be seen about three metres down.

The TRCA told CBC News on Monday that it is aware of a police investigation.

Authorities have essentially ruled out the possibility that the tunnel was going to be used as a drug lab or marijuana grow-op, according to sources. It likely took weeks if not longer to dig, and the earth excavated from the tunnel appears to have been removed from the site to help avoid detection. Source: CBC

Watch more on the mystery tunnel:

Young Girl Kills 5, Wounds Dozens, In Suicide Bombing Attack in Nigeria

Young Girl Kills 5, Wounds Dozens, In Suicide Bombing Attack in Nigeria

Young Girl Kills 5, Wounds Dozens, In Suicide Bombing Attack in Nigeria (Photo Credit: Google Maps)

A young girl detonated explosives strapped to her body killing herself and five others, wounding dozens, in a suicide bombing outside a market in Potiskum, Nigeria on Sunday, Reuters reports.

Two witnesses described the bomber as a “small girl,” no more than eight years old, Reuters reports.

Local vigilante leader Buba Lawan told Agence France Press, “We sent her back four times, because given her age, she did not have anything to do in the market. When we were screening people, she bent and tried to pass under the ropes, some distance from our view. That was when the explosives went off.”

Bush-Appointed Judge Temporarily Blocks Obama’s Immigration Executive Order

Bush-Appointed Judge Temporarily Blocks Obama's Immigration Executive Order

Bush-Appointed Judge Temporarily Blocks Obama’s Immigration Executive Order (Photo Credit: White House/Pete Souza)

U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen, who was appointed by president George W. Bush, temporarily blocked President Obama’s immigration executive order late Monday. This means a court will now decide if the executive order was constitutional or if President Obama overstepped his bounds.

The temporary halt by the judge gives the 26-state coalition time to pursue a lawsuit that would permanently stop the president’s orders.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said, “President Obama abdicated his responsibility to uphold the United States Constitution when he attempted to circumvent the laws passed by Congress via executive fiat, and Judge Hanen’s decision rightly stops the President’s overreach in its.”

The federal government is expected to file an appeal against Judge Hanen’s decision.

The first of President Obama’s orders, expanding the program that protects young immigrants from deportation (DREAMERS) if they were brought to the U.S. illegally as children, will not take effect until Feb. 18.

This is a major setback for the Obama administration. The Republican Party has proposed nothing of any substance to reform the broken immigration system. Their hardline stance against the DREAMERS will only further alienate Hispanic voters for the 2016 elections.

Judge Andrew Hanen – Immigration Injunction

Danish Born Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein ID’d as Copenhagen Shooter

Danish Born Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein ID'd as Copenhagen Shooter

Danish Born Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein ID’d as Copenhagen Shooter (Photo Credit: Twitter)

Danish-born Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein has been identified as the Copenhagen shooter. He is believed to be the terror suspect who gunned down Finn Norgaard and Dan Uzan in separate shootings in Copenhagen.

Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein was killed after opening fire on Danish officers who had closed dow the Norrebro train station and surrounding areas.

El-Hussein was known to Danish intelligence. He reportedly was involved in gang-related activities and possession of weapons. Danish news reports that El-Hussein “was released from jail only two weeks ago after serving a term for aggravated assault.”

Two other men were arrested in a raid on an internet cafe.

Finn Norgaard ID’d as Filmmaker Killed in Copenhagen Cafe Shooting

Finn Norgaard ID'd as Filmmaker Killed in Copenhagen Cafe Shooting

Finn Norgaard ID’d as Filmmaker Killed in Copenhagen Cafe Shooting (Photo Credit: LinkedIn)

COPENHAGEN SHOOTING:  Filmmaker Finn Norgaard was identified as the 55-year-old male killed at Krudttoenden cafe in north Copenhagen after lone gunman, thought to be a jihadi, opened fire during a free speech event.

A second man was killed outside a synagogue 10 hours later. He has been identified as Dan Uzan, a 37-year-old security guard. He was shot in the head as he stood outside the Great Synagogue during a Bat Mitzvah.

Danish police have shot and killed the suspected gunman who is responsible for the two attacks on Copenhagen. The suspect was shot and killed Sunday morning as he emerged from the Norrebro metro station, which police had earlier closed.

Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks is said to have been the target of the first cafe shooting. He had portrayed the Prophet Mohammed as a dog.

According to the Guardian, the suspect “was known to Danish intelligence.” Jens Madsen, the head of the country’s security service, said “the killer may have been “inspired by militant Islamist propaganda issued by IS [Islamic State] and other terror organisations”, but it was not yet known whether he had travelled to Iraq or Syria before the attacks,” the newspaper reports.

1 Shot in Head, 2 Cops Wounded, in Copenhagen Shooting Outside Synagogue

3 People Shot, Including 2 Cops, in Copenhagen Shooting Outside Synagogue

3 People Shot, Including 2 Cops, in Copenhagen Shooting Outside Synagogue (Photo Credit: Twitter @Tinnehjersing)

Three people shot, including two cops, in latest Copenhagen shooting, near a synagogue, Krystalgade. This comes hours after a shooting at a cafe, Krudttønden, where Swedish Lars Vilks was in attendance at a free speech event. The suspect reportedly fled on foot.

The suspect in the Copenhagen synagogue shooting has been described as a male wearing a light grey jacket, black pants, and black shoes.

Police Release Photograph of “Arabic” Suspect in Copenhagen Shooting

Police Release Photograph of "Arabic" Suspect in Copenhagen Shooting

Police Release Photograph of “Arabic” Suspect in Copenhagen Shooting

#CopenhagenShooting: Police have released a photograph of a suspect in the Copenhagen shooting at a free speech event at a cafe. The suspect is described as “male, 25-30 years old, around 185cm tall, athletic build with an Arabic appearance but with lighter skin than normal and with black, slick hair.”

One person was killed and three police officers injured in the shooting at Krudttoenden cafe in Copenhagen at an event for Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who had riled Muslims, with a cartoon depicting the Prophet Mohammed as a dog. Vilks was not injured.

A Volkswagen car was found abandoned outside a train station in Copenhagen. Police have launched a manhunt for two suspects wanted for the deadly Copenhagen shooting.

Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt said in a press release that the Copenhagen shooting appears to be a political assassination against Lars Vilks and thus an act of terrorism.

The BBC obtained an audio recording of the gun shoots being fired, interrupting one of the speakers.

The Copenhagen shooting comes weeks after Islamic extremists attacked French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on January 7.

French ambassador Francois Zimeray addressed the Copenhagen shooting, telling the AFP, “They fired on us from the outside. It was the same intention as Charlie Hebdo except they didn’t manage to get in.

Grand Jury Indicts NYPD Cop Peter Liang for Akai Gurley’s Murder

Grand Jury Indicts NYPD Cop Peter Liang for Akai Gurley's Murder

Grand Jury Indicts NYPD Cop Peter Liang for Akai Gurley’s Murder

Finally: A grand jury has indicted New York city rookie police officer Peter Liang for the shooting death of Akai Gurley in the stairwell of the Pink housing projects in Brooklyn.

Peter Liang fatally shot Akai Gurley in an unlit stairwell at the Pink Houses on Nov. 20, 2014.

The New York Daily News reports the exact charges Officer Liang faces include “second-degree manslaughter, which means he acted recklessly. He was also charged with reckless endangerment, second-degree assault and official misconduct, another source said.”