State and local law enforcement authorities in West, Texas, are now investigating whether last month's fertilizer plant explosion was due to criminal activity, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) announced on Friday.
“This disaster has severely impacted the community of West, and we want to ensure that no stone goes unturned and that all the facts related to this incident are uncovered,” Texas DPS director Steven McCraw said in a statement. The investigation will be conducted by the Texas Rangers and the McLennan County Sheriff's office. read more
On Thursday, Senate Republicans blocked President Obama's nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency, Gina McCarthy. But as Republican obstructionism goes, this wasn't your everyday obstructionism. Republicans actually boycotted a committee vote to deny a quorum, prompting committee chair, California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, to proclaim that Republicans should "Get out of the fringe lane." read more
1. Check out these stunning images taken from a police helicopter: they show Brazilian authorities pursuing one of the country's most notorious drug traffickers in one seriously dramatic shootout and car chase. The man they were chasing managed to escape this firefight, but was found dead the next day. An investigation has been launched as to whether police used excessive force.
2. In New York City's underground, musicians enhance the subway-riding experience tenfold. Brooklyn-based writer Michael Alexander Chin documents the scene on his blog. It's stunning. read more
Organizers estimate that as many as 400 workers at more than 60 fast food restaurants in the Detroit metro area walked off the job on Friday, in what may be the largest fast food strike in American history.
Leaders in the workers rights campaign said the strike has shut down multiple restaurants entirely, including multiple McDonald's outlets, a Long John Silver's, a Burger King, two Popeye's restaurants, and a KFC. At one McDonald's, management attempted to avert a shutdown by bringing in replacement workers—but those replacement workers then promptly joined the strike. read more
A report out on Thursday from Huffington Post details how the college loan debt collecting company, Sallie Mae, is making a fortune off private student loans, while colleges--which are charging a fortune in tuition--are making money off of Sallie Mae. You don't have to dig too deeply to see how troubling this is. As Huffington Post wrote: read more
First New York, then central Pennsylvania, and then Chicago. Now St. Louis is the latest American city to be hit with a strike by non-union fast food workers demanding higher wages and the right to form a union. Over the course of Wednesday and Thursday, over 100 employees at approximately 30 different St. Louis-based restaurants walked off the job, demanding the right to form a union and a raise from Missouri's $7.35 hourly minimum wage to $15 per hour. The strike was organized by an alternative workers' group called the St. read more
The All In with Chris Hayes team puts out a daily call to the Twitter and Facebook communities for the “awesomest things” they encountered on the Internet.
1. To cut costs, Chicago's Department of Aviation has brought in 25 goats to graze on the 120 acres of grass at O'Hare airport. It's economical, good for the environment, and goats are funny. We approve.