A river in the sky is hosing San Francisco, a girl in Mississippi was apparently burned to death and the officer who slung his arm around Eric Garner's neck says it wasn't a chokehold.
It's Thursday, and here are the 5 things to know for your New Day
1. WEST COAST DOUSE
River in the sky: San Franciscan’s can trade in their usual garb of sweaters and windbreakers for mariner’s rain gear today. Rain by the bucket has the region - otherwise officially known as drought central - shutting down schools, sandbagging shops. Why the sudden dousing? A so-called “atmospheric river,” a band of intense cloud moisture a couple of hundred miles wide, has split off from the tropics and is washing into the West Coast. Gusty storm systems piling in on top of it are catapulting big waves at the shoreline.
2. MURDER BY BURNING
Teen set on fire? Horribly burned, 19-year-old Jessica Chambers walked towards fire rescuers on a Mississippi country road over the weekend. They strained to hear what she tried to tell them as flames licked her car in the background. Her voice was raspy. Someone had probably poured accelerant down her throat before setting fire to her, her father said police told him. She had burns over 98% of her body and died in a local hospital. Police are looking at her cell phone and surveillance video of her taken at a gas station for clues.
3. GARNER OFFICER
Not a chokehold: The officer who threw his arm around Eric Garner’s neck in July says that wasn’t a chokehold he was using. Daniel Pantaleo told NYPD internal investigators that it was a takedown technique taught at the police academy. He said he didn’t put any pressure on Garner’s windpipe. The video of the takedown and news of Garner’s subsequent death have triggered street protests from coast to coast by people who thought they saw a chokehold.
4. JIHADI BOMB MAKER
Thought they had him: The U.S. Air Force has been gunning for an al-Qaeda bomb maker from France and thought they had him. But new intel leads officials to believe that David Drugeon of the Khorasan Group survived bombings, although it looks like a drone strike on his vehicle last month injured him badly. He’s European, which could make him mobile in the West. That and his bomb-making skills make him a particularly dangerous terrorist. Drugeon converted to radical Islam at 14 after his Catholic parents divorced.
5. GITMO TORTURE
“I’d do it again in a minute:” Those are Dick Cheney’s words. He seemed mad at the recent Senate panel’s report on interrogation tactics used in the fight against terror in places like Gitmo - waterboarding, etc. Many feel they amount to torture. “The report’s full of crap,” the former Vice President said in a Fox News interview. Getting tough on terror suspects with mock executions, beatings, “rectal rehydration” - and much more - helped track down 9/11 culprits, he said. He’d order it up again. He also said former President George W. Bush was informed about the techniques.
There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
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