OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A major winter storm blanketed parts of the middle of the country with snow that was forecast to continue into late Tuesday in some areas, disrupting traffic and closing some coronavirus testing sites. The National Weather Service said at least 4 inches of snow fell across most of an area stretching from central Kansas northeast to Chicago and southern Michigan. The weather service forecast the light snowfall that began around sunset Monday in northern Illinois was expected to get heavier overnight, accumulation totaling about three to six inches by early Tuesday. Snowfall in the area could total up to eight inches or more before it ends Tuesday evening.
COMITANCILLO, Guatemala (AP) — In the impoverished Indigeneous village of Comitancillo, Guatemala, families are convinced that 13 of their relatives were among the 19 bullet-ridden, burned bodies found in northern Mexico near the U.S. border last week. They are so sure that they have already put photos of the mainly youthful 10 men and three women on traditional altars for the dead, surrounded by candles and flowers. Irma Yolanda Jimenez Pérez is sure her 17-year-old nephew, Rivaldo Danilo Jimenez, is among the dead because the smuggler who accompanied the group told the family so. Mexico still has not identified the bodies, but the killings could revive memories of the 2010 massacre of 72 migrants in the same gang-ridden state of Tamaulipas.
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho man who rode to fame on TikTok after casually singing “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac and drinking cranberry juice while longboarding will have a symbol of his success on display at the Museum of Idaho. Nathan Apodaca, also known as Doggface, signed a bottle of Ocean Spray cranberry juice for the museum during an event on Tuesday. The Post Register reported that Apodaca and his family received membership cards to the museum in exchange for the autographed donation. Tom Hayes, the CEO of Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc., says the bottle will now be on display and become the latest entry in the museum’s archives.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Evacuations have been ordered in wildfire burn areas prone to mudslides as an atmospheric river storm pumped drenching rains into Southern California, while blizzard conditions buried the Sierra Nevada in snow. The storm took aim Thursday like a massive firehose at the central coast, where total rainfall over two days neared 14 inches in San Luis Obispo County. Across the state in the Eastern Sierra, Mammoth Mountain ski resort reported more than 7 feet of new snow on its summit, and blizzard warnings persist along both sides of the California-Nevada border.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco is suing its own public school district to try to force classrooms to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic. The lawsuit is the first of its kind in California and possibly the country, as school systems come under increasing pressure from parents and politicians to end online learning. With support from Mayor London Breed, City Attorney Dennis Herrera sued Wednesday. Teachers unions in many large school districts, including San Francisco, say they won’t go back to classrooms until they’re vaccinated. School administrators called the lawsuit an embarrassment and said they’ve been fighting to get kids back in classrooms.
TOWANDA, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania district attorney is vowing to remain in office while he fights sexual assault charges. Bradford County District Attorney Chad Salsman says he is innocent and is casting the accusations as “vicious lies.” Salsman also complains in a statement Friday that he was handcuffed and “paraded in front of television cameras” by the state attorney general. State prosecutors say Salsman told women to keep quiet about his attacks, and people who worked in his law firm told investigators they repeatedly saw female clients leave his office crying. He is charged with sexual assault, witness intimidation, obstruction and other counts.