• FBI likely to interview Clinton soon in emails probe: CNN

    Published: Fri, May 6, 2016

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation is likely to interview Hillary Clinton in the next few weeks about her use of a private email server while she was U.S. secretary of state and have already interviewed some of her aides, CNN reported on Thursday.  The nine-month investigation into whether laws were broken as a result of the server kept in her New York home has overshadowed Clinton's campaign to become the Democratic Party's candidate in November's presidential election.   With only a few states left to vote in primary elections, she retains a commanding lead over her rival, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

  • Report: Joe Paterno allegedly told of Jerry Sandusky sex abuse in 1976

    Published: Fri, May 6, 2016

    Former Penn State coach Joe Paterno was allegedly told in 1976 about an accusation of child sexual abuse by former assistant Jerry Sandusky, according to a court order cited in a story published by PennLive.   The PennLive story cites a court order connected to insurance coverage case involving Penn State. The order includes a line that one of the school’s insurers has claimed “in 1976, a child allegedly reported to PSU’s Head Coach Joseph Paterno that he (the child) was sexually molested by Sandusky.” The filing also cites incidents of other assistant football coaches witnessing “inappropriate contact between Sandusky and unidentified children.”   Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of child sex abuse in June 2012, five months after Paterno’s death, and is serving 30 to 60 years in prison. Lawyers for Sandusky, 72, have been in court this week attempting to overturn his conviction.

  • Girl burned to death for helping her friends elope

    Published: Fri, May 6, 2016

    ABBOTTABAD, Pakistan -- Pakistani police say they have arrested 13 members of a local tribal council who strangled a local girl and set her body on fire for helping one of her friends elope.  Khurram Rasheed, police chief for the northern district of Abbottabad, said Thursday that the charred body of 17-year-old Ambreen Riasat was found in a burned van in the tourist resort of Donga Gali on April 29.   He says the girl was strangled and then put her in the same van her friend had used to elope. The van was then set on fire.

  • Girlfriend allegedly assaulted on live gaming stream

    Published: Fri, May 6, 2016

    A LIVE streaming app used by online gamers to broadcast their game-play has been embroiled in controversy after a user was allegedly recorded sexually assaulting his girlfriend when his computer microphone was accidentally left on. Twitch allows gaming fans to follow other players during the action but some users were subject to horrifying audio accidentally captured on the platform this week. No video of the incident was recorded but the disturbing audio was posted online and quickly began circulating, much to the horror of gamers everywhere. The audio can still be found online but is far too disturbing to be published here.

  • IED Found Under Texas Bridge

    Published: Thu, May 5, 2016

    ROSEBUD - The McLennan County Sheriff’s office bomb squad has been called to check out suspicious devices found under a bridge Tuesday night in Rosebud.  According to Falls County Constable Richard Aleman, two juvenile boys were hunting for rabbits late Tuesday evening when they noticed suspicious items under a bridge near Farm to Market 1963. The boys notified one of their parents, who is former military personnel, and he contacted the fire department. The fire department arrived and determined that the packages were possibly IEDs. The McLennan County Bomb Squad was called in and arrived at the scene at approximately 10:00 p.m.  An agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives arrived at approximately 11:30 p.m.

  • FBI: Man sprayed mouse poison mixture on Ann Arbor grocery store produce; suspect in custody

    Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    ANN ARBOR, MI – Authorities have identified the man who sprayed liquid on food at Ann Arbor grocery stores, as well as the previously-unknown substance.   Tips from the public helped officials from the FBI and the Ann Arbor Police Department take the man into custody Tuesday, according to a release from the FBI Detroit Field Office. Further information on the man or potential charges was not released.   Officials believe the suspect used a liquid combination of an alcohol-based hand-sanitizer, water and Tomcat mouse poison to contaminate produce in three Ann Arbor grocery stores in the last two weeks.

  • Islamic State kills U.S. Navy SEAL in northern Iraq

    Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    STUTTGART, Germany (Reuters) - Islamic State militants killed a U.S. Navy SEAL in northern Iraq on Tuesday after blasting through Kurdish defenses and overrunning a town in the biggest offensive in the area for months, officials said.   The elite serviceman was the third American to be killed in direct combat since a U.S.-led coalition launched a campaign in 2014 to "degrade and destroy" Islamic State and is a measure of its deepening involvement in the conflict.   "It is a combat death, of course, and a very sad loss," U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter told reporters during a trip to Germany.

  • It's not a crime if hungry poor steal food, Italy says

    Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Italy's highest court has acquitted a homeless man of stealing cheese and sausages, ruling that the theft of small amounts of food by the hungry poor is not a crime. Ukranian Roman Ostriakov was caught in 2011 pocketing €4.07 ($4.72) worth of food in a supermarket in Genoa, after a customer spotted him and reported him to a member of staff, Italian media reported on Tuesday.  He was sentenced to six months in prison and ordered to pay a €100 fine.

  • Kenyan police bust ISIS cell plotting large-scale biological attack

    Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Kenyan authorities have arrested three suspects in a terror ring plotting large-scale attacks on Kenyans and who are believed to have links to the Islamic State militant group.   The individuals, belonging to an East African terror group network allegedly were plotting a mass killing attack and may also have been planning an “Anthrax” style attack, according to a police report obtained by The Foreign Desk.   “The suspects were planning large scale attacks akin to the Westgate Mall attack with the intention of killing innocent Kenyans,” according to the report.

  • Lunchroom Lunacy: Cops investigate $2 bill spent on school lunch

    Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    HOUSTON -- When you think of felony forgery your thoughts might turn to Al Capone or Bonnie and Clyde shooting it out with the Texas Rangers.   Not for some local school cops. For one day, public enemy number one when it came to forgery was 13-year-old eighth grader Danesiah Neal at Fort Bend Independent School District's Christa McAuliffe Middle School.   Now 14, Daneisha was hoping to eat that day's lunch of chicken tenders with her classmates using a $2 bill given to her by her grandmother when she was stopped by the long arm of the law.

  • Body Found on NYC Waterfront Was Wearing 'Cement Shoes': NYPD

    Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Police said Tuesday that a body found in a plastic bag along the Brooklyn shoreline this week was "obviously" the victim of a homicide — and that the man's feet were coated in cement. NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said the man whose body was found in a bag near Sheepshead Bay at Oriental Boulevard in Manhattan Beach on Monday morning also had his hands bound behind his back. "This individual was wrapped in plastic bags and his arms were tied behind him and his feet were submerged in concrete," Boyce said. "Obviously a homicide."

  • Toddlers have shot at least 23 people this year

    Published: Tue, May 3, 2016

    This past week, a Milwaukee toddler fatally shot his mother after finding a handgun in the back seat of the car they were riding in. The case drew a lot of national attention given the unusual circumstances: Little kids rarely kill people, intentionally or not. Last year, a Washington Post analysis found that toddlers were finding guns and shooting people at a rate of about one a week. This year, that pace has accelerated. There have been at least 23 toddler-involved shootings since Jan. 1, compared with 18 over the same period last year. In the vast majority of cases, the children accidentally shoot themselves. That's happened 18 times this year, and in nine of those cases the children died of their wounds.

  • N.Y. college students accused of fabricating racially motivated attack

    Published: Tue, May 3, 2016

    Three New York college students who said they were targets of a racially motivated attack face multiple charges for what prosecutors are calling a false claim.   A grand jury on Monday indicted Ariel Agudio, Asha Burwell and Alexis Briggs, all 20, each on a charge of third-degree assault and multiple counts of falsely reporting an incident, the Albany District Attorney's Office said. Agudio and Burwell also face charges of harassment. Agudio also was charged with two counts of attempted assault.

  • 'Active shooter' at Target was just 'disturbance' about transgender restrooms: Cops

    Published: Tue, May 3, 2016

    A call of an “active shooter” Monday afternoon at a Target store in Bradley, Ill., turned out to be a Bradley man causing a disturbance inside the store protesting the company’s policy on transgender people’s use of restrooms, police said Monday. Michael L. Merichko, 39, was charged with disorderly conduct after the incident just before 1 p.m. at the Target, 1650 N. Illinois Highway 50 in Bradley, according to a release from Bradley police. Police determined there was “no reason to believe he threatened anyone,” and are now trying to figure out why the emergency call came over as an active shooter, said Lt. Mike Johnston, a police spokesman.

  • French journalist infiltrates jihadist cell for six months

    Published: Tue, May 3, 2016

    Paris (AFP) - A French journalist infiltrated a cell of would-be jihadists, filming them with a hidden camera as they plotted an attack in the name of the Islamic State group, before they were arrested, he told AFP.   The journalist, a Muslim using the pseudonym Said Ramzi, carried out the investigation for a documentary entitled "Allah's Soldiers" which gives an insight into the minds of young jihadists, and will be shown in France on Monday night.   Ramzi describes himself as a Muslim "of the same generation as the killers" who carried out the November 13 terror attacks which left 130 people dead in Paris.

  • Airport worker charged with stealing from a blind woman

    Published: Tue, May 3, 2016

    LAMBERT AIRPORT (KTVI) – A betrayal of trust:  a St. Louis man hired to help disabled passengers get around Lambert Airport is accused of ripping off a blind woman.  Justin Gillespie, 23, is charged with felony stealing.  He worked for a company called AirServ.  Airlines contract with AirServ to help disabled passengers.  Being trustworthy is the biggest part of the job.

  • Warrant: Slain Pregnant Texas Teen Found With Uterus Removed

    Published: Tue, May 3, 2016

    A mentally disabled West Texas teenager who told a school worker she had been impregnated by her stepfather was found with her uterus removed when authorities discovered her body in her family's partially burned home, according to an arrest warrant.   The mother of the 18-year-old who was found dead in Idalou, northeast of Lubbock, in February remained jailed Monday after being arrested last week on a charge of aggravated sexual assault of a disabled person. The teenager's stepfather is being held on three counts of continuous sexual abuse of a child. No one has been charged in the death, but the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office has said more charges are coming.  The arrest warrant for the mother alleges the woman knew her husband was abusing her two daughters. The mother doesn't yet face charges related to the younger daughter, who is 15.

  • FBI seeking ID of man sprinkling unknown liquid on food at Ann Arbor Whole Foods

    Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    ANN ARBOR, MI -- The FBI is looking to speak with the man suspected of attempting to contaminate food products inside the Whole Foods Market on Eisenhower Parkway in Ann Arbor.   FBI Spokesperson Jill Washburn did not divulge the identity of the store the man was seen sprinkling an unknown liquid substance on food carts inside the store last week, but believes photos released will help in leading to the man's identity.   "We do not know what the substance was," she said. "The only thing that he was seen sprinkling the substance on was food."

  • Priest who preyed on kids was 'protected'

    Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    A depraved former priest was able to carry out a decade-long reign of abuse against three girls and nine boys because he was protected by the Catholic Church, a Sydney judge says.  Loud applause broke out in court on Monday as John Joseph Farrell was led from the dock after being sentenced to 29 years behind bars for his crimes in Moree and Tamworth, in country NSW.   Victims and their loved ones packed into the courtroom at Sydney's Downing Centre District Court to watch the 62-year-old face sentencing for dozens of historical sexual crimes committed against children between 1979 and 1988.

  • Massive oil theft by pirates costs Nigeria $1.5 billion every month

    Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Depressed oil prices, rampant corruption, and pipeline vandalism are only parts of Nigeria’s oil problem. It’s now losing a massive 400,000 barrels of crude daily to pirates in the Gulf of Guinea, an amount equal to the entire daily export capacity of its Forcados terminal.   Overall damage from piracy, theft and fraud for Africa’s largest oil exporter is estimated at some $1.5 billion a month, according to U.S. deputy ambassador to the UN, Michele Sison, citing a Chatham House report. Attempts by local governments and the UN to put a stop to piracy have met with some success, but the practice continues — shifting location and adapting to new security measures, so now the UN Security Council is calling for a comprehensive framework of measures aimed at eradicating it.




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