• Ex-Fort Worth funeral director gets 7-plus years for mishandling corpses that were found decaying

    Ex-Fort Worth funeral director gets 7-plus...

    Dallas News | Published: Fri, May 27, 2016

    A former Fort Worth funeral-home director will spend more than seven additional years behind bars. Dondre Johnson, 41, pleaded guilty Friday to eight counts of abuse of a corpse,  KDFW-TV (Channel 4) reported . He has been in state jail since last year, serving two years for theft. “This is over. The district attorney has agreed not to pursue anything further coming out of this,” Johnson’s attorney, Alex Kim, told KDFW. “I think it closes the door on an ugly chapter for a lot of people.” In July 2014,  police found the decaying bodies  of six adults, one child and an infant at Johnson Family Mortuary in Fort Worth. The bodies were in unrefrigerated rooms, and the infant had been  dead for two years .

  • Police: Woman pulls fake gun while stiffing cabbie on $85 fare, says 'I'll pay you with this'

    Police: Woman pulls fake gun while stiffing...

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, May 27, 2016

    BROKEN ARROW — A Tulsa woman was arrested after allegedly taking a cab to a house in Broken Arrow and robbing the driver with a lighter shaped like a gun a half-block away from her destination. Police found Mekhia Dishmon, 19, hiding in a home in the 1400 block of North Umbrella Avenue and took her into custody after a brief struggle early Wednesday, according to an arrest report. She was booked into the Broken Arrow Jail and transferred to the Tulsa Jail two days later on complaints of robbery with a firearm and obstructing police. The victim, who is a driver for multiple cab companies, told police he picked up Dishmon from the house on Umbrella Avenue about 11 p.m. Tuesday and drove her to a Motel 6 in Tulsa. Once there, he said he waited for about 20 minutes before the woman returned to the car and told him to take her back to the house in Broken Arrow, the report states.

  • Kay Jewelers accused of swapping diamonds with fakes

    Kay Jewelers accused of swapping diamonds with...

    Published: Fri, May 27, 2016

    NEW YORK — Diamonds are supposed to be forever, unless, as some consumers are alleging, you shop at Kay Jewelers. Some customers are claiming that after they took their diamond jewelry to Kay Jewelers, the rare stones were mysteriously replaced with cheap imitations. Kay said that it is “actively reviewing this issue.” Shares of Signet Jewelers (SIG), Kay’s parent company, fell as much as 11 percent on Thursday, although the share plunge came after the company’s earnings fell short of analysts’ estimates. Chrissy Clarius told BuzzFeed that she would bring her $4,300 engagement ring, which was bought at Kay Jewelers, to Kay every six months to get it inspected, as this was part of the company’s gemstone guarantee that insures the stone will “last forever.” After taking the ring in February for its six-month checkup, she said the Kay employee couldn’t find the diamond’s certification number. Suspicious, she took the ring to another jeweler, who tested the stone and declared that it was moissanite, a cheaper stone.

  • Airport screening made 70,000 miss American Airlines flights this year

    Airport screening made 70,000 miss American...

    Published: Fri, May 27, 2016

    Airport screening delays have caused more than 70,000 American Airlines (AAL.O) customers and 40,000 checked bags to miss their flights this year, an executive for the airline told a U.S. congressional subcommittee on Thursday.   A shortage of staff and a surge in air travelers have created a nightmare scenario for the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA), with airport wait times in places like Chicago stretching beyond two hours. While TSA is taking steps to shorten lines such as hiring more full-time officers, it lacks the staffing to handle peak travel times this summer, Administrator Peter Neffenger said on Wednesday.

  • Katie Couric slammed for 'deceptive' documentary about gun rights

    Katie Couric slammed for \'deceptive\'...

    Published: Fri, May 27, 2016

    Gun rights activists featured in a new documentary hosted by Katie Couric say it utilizes deceptive editing to misrepresent their response to a question from the news anchor.   Members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League took part in a roundtable discussion in the film "Under the Gun."   A clip appears to show nine seconds of silence after Couric asks them, "If there are no background checks for gun purchasers, how do you prevent felons or terrorists from purchasing a gun?"

  • Daughters for Sale: How American Girls Are Being Sold Online

    Daughters for Sale: How American Girls Are...

    Published: Fri, May 27, 2016

    In an old home movie, young Natalie is laughing and running around with a soccer ball. She’s around 12 years old, and she looks at the camera and says, “When I grow up, I would like to be a doctor.”   But a few years later, that laughing, carefree young girl was sold for sex allegedly through the website, Backpage.com. She estimates she was paid for sex over 100 times, and she firmly believes that the site made it possible for her pimp to post ads offering her for sex over and over again.   “Continuously. All day, every day. 24/7,” Natalie told ABC News “Nightline.” She has asked us to refer to her as “Natalie” for this report, and her parents have asked that we do not use their last name.

  • Barack Obama 'will reveal alien and UFO details held by the US before he leaves office'

    Barack Obama \'will reveal alien and UFO details...

    Published: Fri, May 27, 2016

    Barack Obama is close to making a groundbreaking announcement regarding UFO and extra-terrestrial activity before he leaves office, it's been reported.   The US President is under pressure thanks to similar disclosure promises made by the campaign of Democratic candidate for Obama's replacement, Hillary Clinton.   Stephen Bassett, executive director of US-based Paradigm Research Group (PRG), believes that there could be a massive announcement to come.

  • Male doctor helps Saudi woman deliver baby - and is then shot by husband

    Male doctor helps Saudi woman deliver baby -...

    Published: Fri, May 27, 2016

    A Jordanian doctor who helped deliver a baby at a Saudi hospital was shot by the woman's husband who was angry that a male obstetrician tended to his wife, according to a report in the London-based Al-Araby newspaper.   Dr. Mohannad al-Zubn helped a woman give birth in the King Fahd Medical City in the Saudi capital of Riyadh last month.   According to Al-Araby, the father went to the hospital in order to "thank" the doctor, only to pull out a gun and shoot him at close range.

  • A pair of glasses were left on the floor at a museum and everyone mistook it for art

    A pair of glasses were left on the floor at a...

    Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    Several visitors to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art this week were fooled into thinking a pair of glasses set on the floor by a 17-year-old prankster was a postmodern masterpiece.   “Upon first arrival we were quite impressed with the artwork and paintings presented in the huge facility,” TJ Khayatan told BuzzFeed. “However, some of the ‘art’ wasn’t very surprising to some of us.”   “We stumbled upon a stuffed animal on a gray blanket and questioned if this was really impressive to some of the nearby people.”

  • Twitter abuse - '50% of misogynistic tweets from women'

    Twitter abuse - \'50% of misogynistic tweets...

    Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    Half of all misogynistic tweets posted on Twitter come from women, a study suggests. Over a three-week period, think tank Demos counted the number of uses of two particular words as indicators of misogyny. It found evidence of large-scale misogyny, with 6,500 unique users targeted by 10,000 abusive tweets in the UK alone.

  • Undocumented immigrant posed as dead veteran to get VA, Social Security benefits

    Undocumented immigrant posed as dead veteran to...

    Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    PHOENIX - An undocumented immigrant has been using the identity of a dead man for the past four years to get benefits of nearly $30,000.   Court records show that the 69-year-old man took the identity of man deceased since 1994 to get social security, VA and other Federal, state and local benefits since 2012.   Police report that Rene Ortiz Quintana has been in the United States illegally for about 50 years. They say that in October of 2012 he took the identity of Ruben J. Gallardo, a man who has been dead since 1994.

  • Casey Anthony's lawyer admits she killed daughter Caylee, investigator says

    Casey Anthony\'s lawyer admits she killed...

    Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    More than five years after a jury in Florida cleared Casey Anthony in the murder of her two-year-old daughter, Caylee, a private investigator claimed the mom's attorney admitted she killed the girl and hid her body.   Dominic Casey made the claim in court documents that went public last month in Casey Anthony's bankruptcy case. He also suggested that the mom paid her lawyer with sex.   The investigator claimed attorney Jose Baez hired him days after police arrested the mom in July 2008. He said, "Baez had told me that Casey had murdered Caylee and dumped the body somewhere and, he needed all the help he could get to find the body before anyone else did."

  • Amber Heard files for divorce from Johnny Depp

    Amber Heard files for divorce from Johnny Depp

    Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    Johnny Depp’s wife has filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences after just over a year of marriage.   Court records show that Amber Heard filed for divorce on Monday and is seeking spousal support from the Oscar-nominated actor. The split also comes hard on the heels of the death on 20 May of Depp’s mother, Betty Sue Palmer, after a long illness.   Depp and Heard recently hit the headlines for a bizarre spat with Australian deputy prime minister and minister for agriculture Barnaby Joyce, after Heard fell foul of biosecurity rules for unlawfully bringing the pair’s dogs into the country. Joyce threatened to have the dogs euthanised unless they “buggered off” back to the United States.

  • Man catches teens breaking into house, makes them call 9-1-1 to report themselves

    Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    COOS BAY, Ore. - A homeowner caught three 14-year-olds burglarizing his Coos Bay house on Sunday afternoon, and forced one of the boys to call 9-1-1 to report the attempted theft.   The three boys were all taken to the Douglas County Juvenile Detention Facility on several charges including burglary II, criminal trespassing, and marijuana possession.   The homeowner was armed when he found the boys burglarizing his home on Terramar Road, the Coos County Sheriff's Office said. According to emergency dispatchers, he told one of the teens to call police and report the burglary in progress.

  • Man says he was attacked for taking 5-year-old daughter inside men's restroom

    Man says he was attacked for taking 5-year-old...

    Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    CLINTON — A trip to the men’s restroom at a Walmart in Clinton quickly escalated into a full-fledged struggle when one man criticized another for bringing his 5-year-old daughter with him.   Christopher Adams said his 7-year-old son, Kyler, and 5-year-old daughter, Emery, both had to go when the family visited the store Sunday to buy blinds and storage bins, so he took them both inside the men’s restroom in the back of the store.   “This guy walks in and goes to the bathroom, the urinal,” Adams recalled Tuesday. “Then he just, like, turns to me and starts freaking out, dropping the ‘F-bomb,’ and what he was freaking out about was that my daughter was in the men’s bathroom.”

  • 'When you find my body, please call my husband and daughter'

    \'When you find my body, please call my husband...

    Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    A 66-year-old hiker who was found dead two years after she went missing on the Appalachian Trail kept a journal of her ordeal after getting lost in the wilderness.   Geraldine Largay, from Brentwood, Tennessee, left a heartbreaking note to whoever found her remains begging them to call her husband and daughter to let them know she had died.   The last entry, dated on August 28 2013, reveals she survived for at least 26 days after she got lost while going off the trail to relieve herself.

  • India to install panic buttons on public buses to curb sex attacks

    India to install panic buttons on public buses...

    Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    Panic buttons are to be made mandatory on India’s public buses “to ensure the safety of women”, the transport minister has said, more than three years after the fatal gang rape of a student on a bus in Delhi.   The government said a series of measures designed to curb sexual violence against women would become law on 2 June.   “To ensure the safety of women after the unfortunate incident, we have decided to make it mandatory for public transport buses to install emergency panic buttons, CCTV cameras and GPS-enabled vehicle tracking devices,” Nitin Gadkari told reporters in New Delhi.

  • Tulsa superintendent donates back $25,000 performance bonus amid budget shortfall

    Tulsa superintendent donates back $25,000...

    BY ANDREA EGER, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, May 25, 2016

    The Tulsa school board awarded Superintendent Deborah Gist a $25,000 performance bonus called for in her contract on Tuesday evening, but Gist announced that she would be donating it to help support Tulsa teachers. The board met in a special meeting to discuss its assessment of Gist’s first-year job performance. According to the terms of her three-year employment contract, Gist is due an annual performance bonus payment of up to $25,000 if she earns a qualifying score on her evaluation each May.

  • Peter Thiel Is Said to Bankroll Hulk Hogan’s Suit Against Gawker

    Peter Thiel Is Said to Bankroll Hulk Hogan’s...

    Published: Wed, May 25, 2016

    Hulk Hogan had a secret financial backer in his legal fight against Gawker Media for invasion of privacy.   Peter Thiel, a billionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist, helped fund the case brought by the wrestler, Terry Gene Bollea, better known as Hulk Hogan, against Gawker, said a person briefed on the arrangement who spoke on the condition of anonymity.   Mr. Thiel, a co-founder of PayPal and one of the earliest investors in Facebook, privately agreed to help pay the expenses of Mr. Bollea’s legal team, this person said.

  • For First Time in Modern Era, Living With Parents Edges Out Other Living Arrangements for 18- to 34-Year-Olds

    For First Time in Modern Era, Living With...

    Published: Wed, May 25, 2016

    Broad demographic shifts in marital status, educational attainment and employment have transformed the way young adults in the U.S. are living, and a new Pew Research Center analysis of census data highlights the implications of these changes for the most basic element of their lives – where they call home. In 2014, for the first time in more than 130 years, adults ages 18 to 34 were slightly more likely to be living in their parents’ home than they were to be living with a spouse or partner in their own household. 1 This turn of events is fueled primarily by the dramatic drop in the share of young Americans who are choosing to settle down romantically before age 35. Dating back to 1880, the most common living arrangement among young adults has been living with a romantic partner, whether a spouse or a significant other. This type of arrangement peaked around 1960, when 62% of the nation’s 18- to 34-year-olds were living with a spouse or partner in their own household, and only one-in-five were living with their parents. 2