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  • Missouri detective charged with kicking person during arrest

    A suburban St. Louis police detective with a series of past misconduct allegations was charged with kicking a defenseless person during a 2019 arrest, federal prosecutors said. Ellis Brown III, head of the St. Ann police detective bureau, pleaded not guilty Thursday to a federal charge of violating a person's rights during an April 9, 2019, arrest, He is accused of using unreasonable force by repeatedly kicking a person who was compliant and not posing a threat. Brown was released on bond but ordered to surrender all firearms.

  • Big Sky scuttles rest of fall sports schedule over COVID-19

    The Big Sky Conference has voted to postpone all fall sports competition until the spring because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. The decision follows the Big Sky's postponement of fall football on Aug. 6 when the league became one of the first in the nation to scuttle the sport because of the virus that has claimed more than 160,000 lives in the United States and about 750,000 worldwide. The other Big Sky sports that are now postponed are men's and women's cross country, soccer and volleyball as well as men's and women's golf, softball and men's and women's tennis.

  • Artist creates origami crane memorial for COVID-19 victims

    An artist in Los Angeles is memorializing each of the thousands of people who have died from COVID-19 in the United States with a delicate origami crane. Karla Funderburk started making the cranes three months ago, stringing the paper swans in pink, blue, yellow and many other colors together and hanging them in her art gallery.

  • Daimler reaches deal to settle US diesel emissions claims

    Daimler AG, the maker of Mercedes-Benz cars, says it has reached an agreement in principle to settle U.S. claims over emissions from its diesel vehicles for over $2.2 billion. The Stuttgart, Germany-based automaker said late Thursday that the agreement with various U.S. authorities concerns civil and environmental claims involving about 250,000 diesel cars and vans. Daimler AG said in a statement that the settlement will result in costs of about $1.5 billion, while the civil suit will incur a one-off charge of about $700 million.