'Tragic,' but 'justified'

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No criminal charges will be filed against the deputies who fatally shot Andrew Brown Jr. last month. Nancy Pelosi has called for a cease-fire in the Middle East. And why are vaccination rates lower in rural counties than in urban ones?

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Prosecutor: No criminal charges for officers

The sheriff's deputies who fatally shot Andrew Brown Jr. will not be criminally charged, a prosecutor said Tuesday. Nearly a month after Brown, an unarmed Black man, was killed by sheriff's deputies in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, Pasquotank County District Attorney Andrew Womble said, "Mr. Brown's death, while tragic, was justified." Brown, 42, was killed April 21 while Pasquotank County deputies were attempting to serve him with an arrest warrant. The event led to widespread protests in the area as demonstrators demanded transparency from officials. Family lawyers called the deputies' actions "unequivocally unjustified," saying Brown was not armed and did not drive toward deputies or pose a threat.

Jay McNar prays in front of the spot where Andrew Brown Jr. was killed by Pasquotank County Sheriff's deputies on April 28, 2021 in Elizabeth City, N.C. A North Carolina judge ruled that video from four body cameras showing the shooting death of Andrew Brown Jr. will not be released publicly at this time. Andrew Brown Jr. was killed on April 21 by Pasquotank County Sheriff's deputies.
Jay McNar prays in front of the spot where Andrew Brown Jr. was killed by Pasquotank County Sheriff's deputies on April 28, 2021 in Elizabeth City, N.C. A North Carolina judge ruled that video from four body cameras showing the shooting death of Andrew Brown Jr. will not be released publicly at this time. Andrew Brown Jr. was killed on April 21 by Pasquotank County Sheriff's deputies.

Speaker Pelosi calls for a cease-fire

As deadly tensions in the Middle East enter their second week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has called for a cease-fire, saying it is in the U.S. national security interest to support security in Israel. The call for a cease-fire ratchets up pressure on President Joe Biden's administration to intervene more forcefully to help end the deadly conflict between Israel and Hamas. Biden expressed his support for a cease-fire on Monday in a call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but did not call specifically for an end to the violence between Israel and Hamas. A rocket launched from Gaza killed two Thai workers in southern Israel on Tuesday, police said, hours after Israeli airstrikes toppled a six-story building in the Palestinian territory that housed bookstores and educational centers. With the war showing no sign of abating, Palestinians in the region staged a general strike in a rare collective action against Israel’s policies.

A Palestinian man inspects the damage of a six-story building which was destroyed by an early morning Israeli airstrike, in Gaza City, on May 18, 2021. Israel carried out a wave of airstrikes on what it said were militant targets in Gaza, leveling a six-story building in downtown Gaza City, and Palestinian militants fired dozens of rockets into Israel early Tuesday, the latest in the fourth war between the two sides, now in its second week.
A Palestinian man inspects the damage of a six-story building which was destroyed by an early morning Israeli airstrike, in Gaza City, on May 18, 2021. Israel carried out a wave of airstrikes on what it said were militant targets in Gaza, leveling a six-story building in downtown Gaza City, and Palestinian militants fired dozens of rockets into Israel early Tuesday, the latest in the fourth war between the two sides, now in its second week.

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An urban-rural vaccination divide

It's not quite one of Aesop's fables: Coronavirus vaccination rates across the nation are lower in rural counties than in urban ones. A CDC analysis released Tuesday found 39% of rural adults received at least one vaccine dose, compared with 46% of urban adults. Rural vaccination rates also were lower than urban rates among younger adults, seniors, men and women. About 60% of adult Americans have had at least one vaccine dose, and vaccines have been credited for steadily falling numbers of new cases and hospitalizations. Moral of the story? The seven-day average of new cases has dropped to numbers not seen since March 2020, essentially the start of the pandemic.

People enjoy their time in a wave swinger Friday, May 14, 2021 at Chicago's Navy Pier.
People enjoy their time in a wave swinger Friday, May 14, 2021 at Chicago's Navy Pier.

McCarthy opposes Capitol attack commission

A bipartisan commission to study the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol could subpoena House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy. And on Tuesday, McCarthy said he opposed the proposed commission that would include five Republicans and five Democrats, similar to the 9/11 commission, to study the attack. Because McCarthy spoke with Trump during the riot, McCarthy is expected to be called as a witness if a commission is created. Trump was impeached after he was accused of inciting the violence, but was acquitted in the Senate. The House was expected to vote on the legislation Wednesday. The Senate must still consider it. The Biden administration supported the bill.

Supporters loyal to President Donald Trump clash with authorities before successfully breaching the Capitol building during a riot on the grounds, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. A number of lawmakers and then the mob of protesters tried to overturn America's presidential election, undercutting the nation's democracy by attempting to keep Democrat Joe Biden from replacing Trump in the White House.
Supporters loyal to President Donald Trump clash with authorities before successfully breaching the Capitol building during a riot on the grounds, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. A number of lawmakers and then the mob of protesters tried to overturn America's presidential election, undercutting the nation's democracy by attempting to keep Democrat Joe Biden from replacing Trump in the White House.

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Could this be a 100-year flood?

Houses and streets were left flooded and cars sat stranded on water-filled streets after a day of torrential downpours Monday in Louisiana and other parts of the south-central United States. The National Weather Service says thunderstorms are still on the horizon Tuesday, with 30 million people threatened by flooding this week across parts of Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas. The NWS also issued a flash flood emergency in Lake Charles, Louisiana, as some areas reported up to 12 inches of rain. Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter said the rainfall totals will probably meet the threshold for a 100-year event. A number of tornado warnings had also been issued in various cities, and the NWS urged at-risk residents to seek higher ground. The weather service said the likelihood of flooding is high with the incoming storms throughout the week.

Parents use boats to pick up students from schools after nearly a foot of rain fell in Lake Charles, La., Monday, May 17, 2021.
Parents use boats to pick up students from schools after nearly a foot of rain fell in Lake Charles, La., Monday, May 17, 2021.

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