One of the three police officers charged with killing Manuel Ellis, a Black man whose death in 2020 as he pleaded for air became a touchstone for racial justice protesters in the Pacific Northwest, took the witness stand in his own defense Monday, saying he lamented Ellis' passing but wouldn't have done anything differently. The testimony from Tacoma police officer Matthew Collins came as the more than two-month trial draws toward closing arguments. Collins, 40, and Christopher Burbank, 38, have been charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter, while Timothy Rankine, 34, is charged with manslaughter.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Rich Rice of the Texas Rangers has won the Robert O. Fishel Award for Public Relations Excellence. Major League Baseball made the announcement Monday at the winter meetings. The Fishel Award is named for the former executive with Cleveland, the St. Louis Browns, the New York Yankees and the American League office. Former Fishel winners and MLB officials vote on the award. Rice has spent 23 full-time seasons in Major League Baseball and is in his 21st season with the Texas
CARY, N.C. (AP) — Freshman Jordynn Dudley and Jody Brown scored 26 seconds apart in the first half and Florida State beat Stanford 5-1 on Monday night for the program's fourth national championship — all coming since 2014. Florida State (22-0-1) became the first undefeated champion in over a decade, joining the 2011 Stanford squad that went 23-0. The Seminoles and Cardinal (20-1-4) made history as the first NCAA Division I women’s national championship game pitting two undefeated teams. Stanford
China's services activity expanded at a quicker pace in November, a private-sector survey showed on Tuesday, as the upturn in new businesses were the best seen for three months amid reports of firmer market conditions. The findings present a mixed picture of the vast services sector as an official survey last week showed the sector unexpectedly contracted for the first time since December last year, prompting calls for more stimulus measures. The Caixin/S&P Global services purchasing managers' index (PMI) rose to a three-month high of 51.5 in November from October's 50.4, but it remained softer than the long-run series average.
REGINA — A Saskatchewan Party legislature member is defending his motel after it raised rates for a person on social assistance. Gary Grewal told reporters Monday it makes sense for Social Services to pay higher nightly rates than a single $200 damage deposit, arguing it saves the ministry money. "It's better to pay $50 or $60 extra, than paying $200 extra," Grewal said. "By this policy, Social Services are paying less money at the end." The Opposition NDP has accused Grewal's motel of raising r
Pictures released by a conservation group show a young humpback whale breaching in front of the Space Needle as it visited the waters off Seattle last week, capturing a rare display of wildlife next to a major city. The photos were also used to gauge the general health of the whale and create a serial identification number that will help researchers keep track of the young marine mammal. This young whale, which is estimated to be about two years old, now has the designation of CRC-20899, according to Cascadia Research Collective.
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers have hired four new coaches for manager A.J. Hinch's staff, adding Joey Cora as their third base coach. The Tigers announced the moves Monday during baseball's winter meetings. They also hired Anthony Iapoce as first base coach, Ryan Sienko as catching coach and Lance Zawadzki as assistant major league hitting coach for the 2024 season. Cora spent the past two seasons coaching third base for the New York Mets. He held the same position with the Pittsburgh Pirate
DUNCAN, B.C. — Vancouver Island's Cowichan Valley Regional District wants to know who is willing to take a shot at owning the world's largest hockey stick. It says the more than 62-metre wooden stick and puck that has been attached to the east side of the Cowichan Community Centre in Duncan for the past 35 years needs more than a new tape job. The regional district says the glue structure holding the giant Douglas fir replica stick together has decayed and must be removed to protect public safet
The man accused of killing three unhoused men in Los Angeles and another victim in San Dimas, California, over a four-day span last week was formally charged with murder Monday and set to appear before a judge. Jerrid Powell, 33, was charged with four counts of murder, one count of residential robbery and one count of being a felon with a firearm, according to LA District Attorney George Gascón. Powell also faces special circumstances of allegedly committing multiple murders and murder in the course of a robbery, as well as suspected personal use of a firearm, the DA's office said.