SOUTHBURY, Conn. (AP) — Police in Connecticut say Friday’s frigid weather may have contributed to the death of a street sweeper whose body was found after an early morning accident. The 47-year-old victim was discovered at about 5:30 a.m. by police responding to a report that a small sweeper vehicle had crashed into the side of a building at the Southbury Green shopping center. Police say the man was lying on the ground outside the cab of the sweeper and could have been unconscious for an extended time in temperatures hovering around 0 degrees Fahrenheit before he was found. His name was not released.
GRAND CHUTE, Wis. (AP) — Police say four people have been arrested and a teenage suspect is on the run following a shooting that left one person dead and another wounded at a mall in northern Wisconsin. Police say 17-year-old Dezman Ellis is being sought after gunfire erupted around 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Fox River Mall in Grand Chute. Police say they arrested four people, including three more teenagers, on Monday, but could not say how or if they are connected to Ellis. Police say 19-year-old Jovanni J. Frausto was killed in the shooting and a second person who was shot was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
NEW DELHI (AP) — About 200 supporters of Indian farmers have scuffled with police after being blocked from marching to an area for protests near the Parliament building in the Indian capital. Waving flags and banners, the protesters demanded the repeal of new agriculture reform laws which farmers say will favor large corporations. The police barricaded the road and some protesters tried unsuccessfully to push their way through. Tens of thousands of farmers have been camping on the outskirts of New Delhi for more than two months in an effort to force the repeal of laws they believe would end government-set prices and force them to sell to powerful corporations rather than government-run markets.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan group that has delayed safety recommendations after two dams failed last year, destroying 150 houses and causing over $200 million damage in Midland County. The Michigan Dam Safety Task Force drafted 86 recommendations, including increased monitoring and other risk mitigation efforts. They will revise some of the language later in the week to send to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and state regulators. Recommendations also must be approved by the Legislature. The failure of the Edenville Dam, which led to the failure of the Sanford dam and the flooding, had a history of violating safety regulations. The flooding forced the evacuation of 10,000 people.
HOUSTON (AP) — U.S. border agents have since Saturday detained a Cuban woman with her newborn son, one day after she gave birth in a Texas hospital, but were expected to release both of them later Wednesday. Advocates say the woman’s detention by U.S. Customs and Border Protection raised concerns that she was being held in a sparse holding cell without beds or the food and care needed by a new mother or a newborn. Under federal rules, CBP is supposed to release most detained immigrants after 72 hours, a deadline that passed Tuesday. CBP said Wednesday it would release the family.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The state of Virginia has moved another step closer to ending capital punishment. The state House has joined the Senate in voting to abolish the death penalty. Gov. Ralph Northam supports this legislation. His signature would make Virginia the 23rd state to stop executing prisoners. It’s a dramatic shift for Virginia, which has executed nearly 1,400 people since its days as a colony. The Death Penalty Information Center says that’s more than any other state. In modern times, Virginia trails only Texas in the number of executions since the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976.