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Tom Hays, Associated Press Updated 4:26 pm, Thursday, October 5, 2017 NEW YORK (AP) — Jurors in the case against a man accused of detonating a homemade bomb in the heart of Manhattan were given a firsthand look on Thursday at a hulking piece of evidence that the government says shows the defendant's determination to do harm: a dumpster destroyed by the blast.During testimony by a bomb squad investigator, federal prosecutors lifted the cover off of the mangled, waist-high trash bin — the kind used to remove construction debris — that had been wheeled into the New York City courtroom and placed in front of the jury box at the trial of Ahmad Khan Rahimi.The explosion, caused by a homemade device placed next to the bin, was powerful enough to send it flying 120 feet across a busy street in Chelsea in an attack that injured 30 people on the night of Sept. 17, 2016.The New York Police Department bomb squad investigator, Jason Hallik, testified that the attacker used a pressure-c... (mySanAntonio.com)
County Sheriff’s Office dispatched deputies trained in swiftwater rescue to help pull more than 100 people to safety, while members of the South Hays Fire Department searched for stranded people in Katy. The following week, the Austin Police Department sent about 50 officers to Houston to help with patrols.Workers with the Austin Transportation Department helped repair and replace dozens of traffic signals and signs in Victoria. And not long after working long hours to restore power lost during Harvey, about 30 Austin Energy employees hit the road for Jacksonville, Florida, where they are helping fix outages from Hurricane Irma.NOW HIRING: FEMA needs Texas workers for Harvey recovery... (Austin American-Statesman)
Houston’s heavy traffic to the landfill and back.“They do the same thing over and over and these guys are working 16 hours a day. It is a needle in a haystack unless you do something drastic, and I’m not going to call it a tax. I’m going to call it an emergency management payment,” Martin said, his eagerness to get the trash up showing in his red face.Mayor Turner said that in addition to the garbage-disposal costs, the city must also repair two sewage treatment plants in west Houston and a water-purification plant in northeast Houston that were flooded by Harvey, and he isn’t sure if FEMA will pay anything to make the facilities more resilient against floods.“Nobody wants to pay for taxes. I got that. I got that, but at the same there’s no machine back there printing money either,” Turner said.Turner said Houston cannot expect any aid from Texas because Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said on Friday the state will not tap into its $10 billion Rainy Day Fund until 2019.Turner, a licensed attorney, held his hand on his forehead above his glasses, wearily laying out the case that the city must hire private contractors quickly to pick up the storm debris, an appeal he will have to make over and over again in the coming days to win over some council members and residents whose knee-jerk reaction is to resist all new taxes.“These contractors that are coming on board are not waiting on FEMA. They want to be paid now. To tell them FEMA is going to take care of 90 percent of your costs, but you can’t tell them when it’s coming, they say thank you very much. They want to be paid now, or they’ll go someplace else,” he...