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  • Fox News Anchor Pleads Guilty To Disorderly Conduct At MSP

    07/25/2014 10:53:08 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 16 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 7/25/14 | AP
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Fox News weekend anchor pleaded guilty Friday to disorderly conduct following after a May arrest at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in which a police video showed he struggled with officers. Gregg Jarrett, 59, entered his plea by petition and didn’t appear in Hennepin County District Court.
  • Soldier Surprise: Mom Overjoyed on 5th Anniversary of Son's Death

    07/25/2014 10:35:12 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 9 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 7/24/14 | KSTP Staff
    They say life is full of surprises. Thursday afternoon, amidst the hustle and bustle of a downtown Minneapolis lunch hour, Jill Stephenson's surprise waited behind an SUV. When Erick Innis popped out, Stephenson was speechless. Innis isn't Jill's son, but he might as well be. In Afghanistan, Innis fought alongside Stephenson's actual son, Rosemount native and Army Ranger Ben Kopp. Innis and Kopp were best friends. When Kopp was shot by a sniper in July 2009, Innis carried him to the medivac. Weeks later, when Kopp was buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Innis was there too.
  • Salem, Gloucester county men among 14 charged in child porn sting

    07/25/2014 9:13:57 AM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    newjersey.com ^ | Matt Grey
    TRENTON — Fourteen men, including a Salem County man and two school bus drivers, have been charged in a child pornography sting, Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced Thursday. "Operation Predator Alert," a joint operation by the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice and ICE Homeland Security Investigations, targeted offenders in New Jersey who used a file-sharing network to download and distribute child pornography, including child rape videos, on the Internet. A total of 28 defendants have been charged in two offender sweeps under Operation Predator Alert, including 14 prior arrests announced on Oct. 28, 2013.
  • 15 Month Old Controls 500 Boys at Camp Rockmont (Video)

    07/25/2014 1:57:59 AM PDT · by beaversmom · 7 replies
    You Tube ^ | July 21, 2014 | RFamilyPage
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  • 2 police cars collide when officer runs red light

    07/25/2014 12:07:59 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 34 replies
    SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Authorities say a Syracuse city police officer was looking at the computer inside his patrol car when he ran a red light and collided with an unmarked police vehicle. -snip- No tickets have been issued.
  • Chicago teen charged in murder of 11-year-old girl at pajama party

    07/24/2014 10:54:26 PM PDT · by South40 · 28 replies
    Reuters (Yahoo) ^ | 7/24/2014 | Fiona Ortiz
    <p>CHICAGO (Reuters) - A Chicago teen was arrested and charged with the murder of an 11-year-old girl who was hit by a stray bullet at a sleepover last Friday, the state attorney's office said on Thursday.</p> <p>Tevin Lee, 18, has been charged with murder and aggravated discharge of a firearm and will appear in bond court on Thursday or Friday, a spokesman for the state attorney said.</p>
  • Two Women to Be Lashed for Swearing on 'WhatsApp'

    07/24/2014 6:40:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Thursday, July 24, 2014
    Women were also jailed 10 days in the first sentence of its kind in Saudi ArabiaA Saudi court sentenced two local women to 10 days in prison and ordered them lashed 10 times each after they were found guilty of swearing at each other on WhatsApp. The judge at the court in the western Red Sea port of Jeddah tried to reconcile the two but they refused and insisted on charging each other. “The judge had no choice but to sentence the two and make them write a statement not to abuse each other again,” Arar daily said, adding that...
  • Woman Converts to Islam Day Before She Dies in Abu Dhabi

    07/24/2014 6:34:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
    Married to Muslim in Abu DhabiA woman who had stuck to her religion despite her marriage to a Muslim finally decided to convert to Islam while she was in hospital in Abu Dhabi having treatment for cancer. A day after she converted, the woman died. The woman had been bed-ridden in hospital for months before doctors told her husband that her case became incurable after cancer spread through several parts of her body. A day before her death, her husband called the Abu Dhabi judicial department and asked them to send a woman for his wife to perform her conversion...
  • 2 Women Convicted Of Fatally Beating 23-Year-Old Woman Outside Santa Ana Nightclub

    07/24/2014 4:36:30 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | July 24, 2014 1:49 PM
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA.com) — Two women were convicted of voluntary manslaughter Thursday in the beating death of a 23-year-old woman outside a Santa Ana nightclub. Candace Marie Brito, 27, and Vanesa Tapia Zavala, 26, were found guilty of killing Kim Pham during a Jan. 19 melee outside the Crosby Bar and Nightclub. Jurors found Brito and Zavala guilty of assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury. Sentencing was set for Sept. 12. Pham got into a fistfight with another woman, identified by defense attorneys as Emilia Calderon, before falling to the ground and being surrounded by Calderon’s friends....
  • Clifton Police Detective Accidentally Shot In Bloomfield Pit Bull Incident

    07/24/2014 12:21:48 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 20 replies
    Baristanet ^ | 07/22/2014 | Staff
    A Clifton Police detective accidentally shot himself after a pit-bull charged at him in the Township of Bloomfield. Yesterday, at 3:40 p.m. two Clifton Police detectives were investigating an incident that occurred in Clifton and led them to the 100 block of Harrison Street in Bloomfield. As the detectives knocked on the door of the location an occupant open the door of the house when a pit-bill ran out of the house and charged at the detectives . One of the detectives (a 16 year veteran of the Clifton P.D.) fired one shot from his service weapon striking his hand...
  • Floral thefts from veterans' cemetery

    07/24/2014 7:43:43 AM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies
    SIERRA VISTA — Artificial flowers and flags are being pulled at the Southern Arizona Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery. It’s not that they are prohibited, it’s that they are being pilfered and Cemetery Administrator Joe Larson cannot fathom why people are stealing them from in-ground burial sites. Apparently the thefts happened Saturday night and it wasn’t until a woman let Larson know on Monday that the artificial flowers from her loved one’s grave were taken, noting they were not there on Sunday. “We’ve had a number of other complaints this week about the stealing of artificial flowers and flags, but no real...
  • Man wakes up to find strange woman cooking breakfast in his kitchen ( Colorado )

    07/24/2014 7:03:14 AM PDT · by george76 · 47 replies
    KRDO. ^ | Jul 23, 2014 | Chris Loveless
    A Colorado Springs man woke up to find a strange woman cooking breakfast in his kitchen Wednesday morning. ... Police say the woman got into the apartment through an unlocked door. She left before police arrived. While officers were responding to the call, they received a report of a woman trying to break into a house in the 900 block of Hutchinson Dr. The owner of the home detained the woman until police arrived. Josefina Gonsalez-Nieves, 27, was arrested.
  • 'Spoiled' New Jersey teen Rachel Canning says boyfriend choked her, gets restraining order

    07/23/2014 3:41:50 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 27 replies
    Daily News ^ | 23/7/14 | Meg Wagner
    The New Jersey teenager who sued her parents has received a domestic violence restraining order against the boyfriend her mom and dad always hated. Rachel Canning, 18, made headlines last year when she moved out of her family's Lincoln Park home, then demanded her parents pay her child support. The family had been fighting for months over Rachel's wild behavior.... .....
  • Woman Hospitalized After Botched Three-Day-Long Abortion on Her 20-Week-Old Baby

    07/23/2014 7:38:30 PM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies
    life news ^ | Carole Novielli
    The OC Weekly has reported that a woman who was under arrest was taken for late term abortion at the Family Planning Associates Medical Group (FPA) abortion clinic in Long Beach. Following her visit to FPA for the 20 week abortion the prisoner suffered an incomplete abortion and had to be hospitalized. The botched procedure was performed in 2012 but is only coming to light after the Orange County District Attorney’s Office published their investigative report on the death of the fetus. From the story: On March 13, 2012, Huntington Beach police arrested a woman identified in the report as...
  • Pregnant teen strangled, boyfriend decapitated after arranging sex with man online (craigslist)

    07/23/2014 6:03:37 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 61 replies
    AP via FoxNews ^ | July 21, 2014 | no byline
    A pregnant Michigan teenager was strangled and her boyfriend was decapitated after apparently connecting with a stranger through the online service Craigslist for a sexual encounter, police said Monday. The police chief in Wyoming, a Grand Rapids suburb, said that 18-year-old Brooke Slocum was held captive before her death. Her body was found Thursday in the trunk of the suspect's car. She was eight months pregnant. Chief James Carmody says her boyfriend, Charles Oppenneer, 25, was found decapitated in a park a day earlier. His head hasn't been found... Police got a search warrant for (31-year-old Brady) Oestrike's home, and...
  • Caught on camera: Argument between woman and mall Staff Turns Ugly

    07/23/2014 4:52:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    An argument between a woman and the staff of a Giant supermarket at Pelangi Leisure Mall in Johor Bahru got violent after she was accused of stealing. A video has been circulating online of the woman refusing to cooperate with the staff, hitting and throwing things at them. In the video, the woman can be seen shouting and pulling her trolley away after being asked to go to the staff entrance. A male employee then pulls the trolley towards the back of the store, but the woman then tries to grab a table off the display and throws it at...
  • Owner Saves Dog From Alligator Attack

    07/23/2014 4:20:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    CBS Tampa ^ | July 23, 2014
    Lee McDougal saved his Golden Retriever from an alligator attack. WOFL reports that the alligator attacked the dog when McDougal was out walking her. “With all the rain the swamp area filled up a little more, she decided to jump in on the swamp side, instead of the lagoon side, and the gator didn’t want to share it with her,” McDougal explained to the station. “I reached down to grab her and grabbed the gator and just jerked him up, and when I did, I seen a big head and she went back that way and as soon as I...
  • Man who dangled from car on I-77 (NC) arrested after police standoff

    07/23/2014 1:08:10 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 5 replies
    The State ^ | July 23, 2014 | CLEVE R. WOOTSON JR
    A man who was captured on video hanging onto the back of a speeding car on Interstate 77 last month was arrested Tuesday after a police standoff in Thomasville, 70 miles northeast of Charlotte, according to multiple television stations. Television station WFMY reported that the man, whose name has not been released by police, barricaded himself inside a Thomasville home about 1:30 p.m. after police responded to a domestic incident. The Thomasville police Twitter feed said officers were at the scene with a "subject barricaded in a residence on Reid St." The man didn't live inside the home where he...
  • Minneapolis police shoot, kill 120-pound dog; owner enraged

    07/23/2014 7:23:59 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 38 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 7-22-14 | Matt McKinney
    The moment Paul Trott let his two dogs out in the backyard he could see a problem. Someone had broken the gate at the rear of the yard, and the dogs made a dash for the opening and into the alley beyond. As his partner Josh Lyczkowski ran out the door to collect the dogs, they heard someone in the alley shout “No! Don’t! Stop!,” according to Lyczkowski. Then they heard a gunshot. Their largest dog, Tito, a Cane Corso that weighed about 120 pounds, had been fatally shot in the head. Lyczkowski arrived so soon after the shooting that...
  • Police Draw Colorado Springs Man Out of Apartment By Unplugging Illegal Utilities Connection

    07/22/2014 9:45:15 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 21 replies
    The Gazette ^ | July 22, 2014 22:36 GMT | Emily Donovan
    A Colorado Springs man was arrested Tuesday on a felony warrant after police drew him out of his apartment southeast of Airport Road and South Academy Boulevard. Nicholas Rogers, 34, was wanted on a felony menacing warrant. Police looked for him at his apartment in a complex in the 700 block of Chapman Drive. No one answered the apartment door, but police found an extension cord running from his residence to an outlet in the laundry room, an illegal utilities connection. Police disconnected the cord and hid in the laundry room to wait. After about half an hour, Rogers left...
  • Newington Teen Asks Joe Biden To The Prom; VP Sends Her A Corsage

    07/22/2014 9:09:37 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 30 replies
    The Courant ^ | July 22, 2014 15:01 GMT | Christopher Hoffman
    NEWINGTON — When Talia Maselli envisioned her perfect prom date, one man immediately sprang to mind: Vice President Joe Biden. “Joe Biden makes me laugh,” the Maselli said. “He just cracks me up.” So she mailed Biden a handwritten note last fall asking him to escort her to the Newington High School prom. “I am inviting you so far in advance because I’m sure many 17-year-old girls send you prom invitations, and I had to beat them to it,” Maselli said in her letter. “I could only tolerate a high school dance if I was to be escorted by the...
  • GCC 'Millionaire' Caught Begging in Saudi Arabia

    07/22/2014 4:38:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
    Police found bank deposits receipts worth Dh1.2m and expensive four-wheel car with himSaudi police arrested an Arab man for begging although he had in excess of SR1.2 million (Dh1.2 million) and an expensive four-wheel vehicle. Police said the unnamed man, a resident of a nearby Gulf country, is visiting the Gulf kingdom on a tourist visa with his wife and three children, adding that he was found to be staying in a luxury furnished apartment in the Western Saudi port of Yanbu. “We found large sums of cash with him and receipts for bank deposits…he had a total of more...
  • Saudi Women Blamed for High Divorce Rates

    07/22/2014 4:33:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, July 22, 2014
    Saudi woman have been blamed more than men for the high divorce rate in the Gulf Kingdom and one of the main reasons is their disobedience. A study issued this week by a local legal centre showed there are 11 key reasons for the surge in divorces in the world’s largest oil exporter. Six of them are related to women and four to men while the 11th reason has to do with the couple’s families and their interference in their marital life, showed the study by the Riyadh-based consultancy Centre for Legal Training. “One of the main reasons for the...
  • White flags mysteriously replace American flags on top of Brooklyn Bridge

    07/22/2014 2:00:20 PM PDT · by blueyon · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/22/14 | Edmund DeMarche and AP
    New York City police Tuesday were investigating how the two American flags that historically sit on top of the Brooklyn Bridge's 273-foot towers were stolen and replaced with two white flags, which are known universally to symbolize surrender. The white flags were removed by noon, but police said they are investigating the issue, which may indicate a serious security breach on one of the city's most secured landmarks.
  • 530 Fatties Facebook Page Targeted Overweight, Obese Yuba-Sutter Residents

    07/22/2014 1:56:02 PM PDT · by bornred · 45 replies
    CBS Sacramento ^ | July 21, 2014 | Anjali Hemphill
    YUBA CITY (CBS13) — A Facebook page created to criticize people about their weight is generating controversy in the Yuba-Sutter region. 530 Fatties appears to be created by someone who lives within the local 530 area code, and featured photos of overweight or obese people in public without their permission. With those photos are words mocking the subjects’ weight. The page was taken down at some point on Monday after CBS13 began looking into it after several people reached out to us. Jessi Lynn Howell, 18, is still mortified after discovering a picture of herself posted on 530 Fatties.
  • AMTRAK Sucks

    07/22/2014 11:23:07 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 63 replies
    7-22-14 | Me
    On 21July2014 Amtrak Wolverine was due to arrive in New Buffalo Michigan at 8:10pm from Chicago. But it was over 2 hours late. When my wife FINALLY talked with a REAL person she was told that AMTRAK's own dispatch center could NOTcontact the train and to call back in 10 min for update!!!!!!!!
  • Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives (All White Males-Must See)

    07/21/2014 8:53:31 PM PDT · by equalator · 52 replies
    I find it interesting that all of Texas' Most Wanted criminals are categorized as "White." Gotta boost those crime numbers!
  • Belton (SC) man died in wreck while going to fish (Truck vs. Mobile Home)

    07/21/2014 6:43:13 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 6 replies
    The Belton man who died when a pickup he was driving struck a mobile home died during the wreck, not during a resulting fire, said Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore after an autopsy was performed Sunday. Adam Colby Payton, 23, died of blunt force trauma to his chest and abdomen, Shore said Sunday. He was on his way to go fishing with a friend when the wreck occurred, said his mother, Lisa Payton. The 2006 pickup Payton was driving swerved off Due West Road about three miles west of Honea Path early Saturday afternoon, said Lance Cpl. Tony Keller with...
  • Husband and wife get DUIs on same night

    07/21/2014 4:23:45 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 19 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 21, 2014 | Kurtis Alexander
    A husband and wife in Sonoma County were each arrested for suspected drunken driving this weekend after he crashed a truck and she went out looking for him, authorities said.
  • Crocodile Wedding: Mexican Town Mayor ‘Marries’ Reptile

    07/21/2014 4:19:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    Joel Vasquez Rojas, the mayor of San Pedro Huamelula, married the reptile – dressed in a white gown – at the city hall and then shared a dance in front of packed party of local residents. According to local tradition, the crocodile is a princess whose marriage to the town mayor will bring in an abundance of seafood for fisherman on the Pacific coast. ‘As young people, this means a lot,’ said local resident Eduardo Zarate 'It’s the greatest treasure our ancestors have left us.’ For safety, the crocodile’s jaw was wired shut for the day. ‘It is my wish...
  • Man’s Dream of Fourth Wife Soiled by Pakistan Army Assaults

    07/21/2014 3:53:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Gulf News ^ | 18 July 17, 2014
    Pakistan’s ongoing military operation may be making headway in clearing militant hideouts, but it has shattered the dream of one father of 36 children — to take a fourth wife. Gulzar Khan is one of hundreds of thousands of people who have fled the North Waziristan tribal area since the army moved in to clear longstanding bases of Taliban and other militants. Escaping the military advance meant leaving the 35-room house he shares in the North Waziristan village of Shawa with around 100 family members, including wives, children and grandchildren. The 54-year-old grumbled that paying to transport his brood used...
  • Burlington, Iowa City Council to Consider Ban on Open Carry of Toy Guns

    07/21/2014 10:49:48 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 29 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 7-21-2014 | Jim Hoft
    The Burlington, Iowa city council wants to ban open carry of toy guns. The ordinance will make it illegal to openly carry a toy gun or conceal one with clothes. ia Iowa Gun Owners Facebook page: The Burlington Iowa City Council is moving to pass an ordinance that would require you to get their WRITTEN permission before your kids can play with toy guns, replica guns, BB guns, etc! If your kids play with these toys in most outdoor situations, or if they play with toy guns in the car while you drive them around, you are looking at a...
  • Boy living with mom and grandparents was starved and looked like ‘Holocaust victim’: detective

    07/21/2014 9:57:28 AM PDT · by Morgana · 15 replies
    ny daily news ^ | Doyle Murphy
    The boy ate bugs to survive. Beaten and starved, the 7-year-old from Greenville, Pa., was tortured nearly to death by his mother and grandparents until a woman walking her dog by their house saw what looked like a living “human skeleton” and told authorities, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported. “He looked like a Holocaust victim,” Mercer County Detective John J. Piatek told the Tribune-Review. “He had been beaten with a belt every time he tried to get food. He had three abscessed teeth and weighed 20 pounds when he was taken to Children's Hospital. The starvation could have killed him. The...
  • City launches program to help Queens trafficking victims come out of the shadows

    07/21/2014 5:25:04 AM PDT · by EinNYC · 4 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | July 17, 2014 | ELI ROSENBERG
    Human trafficking victims now have another reason to come out of the darkness. The city will provide foreign-born sex trafficking victims in Queens free lawyers to help them navigate available pathways to citizenship, officials announced Thursday. Six pro-bono attorneys will be on hand at Queens Family Justice Center in Kew Gardens, for one day a week, as part of a pilot program launched through the Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence and advocacy groups. The lawyers will determine if undocumented victims qualify for asylum or visas — available to some who agree to help law enforcement find traffickers or other...
  • 21-year-old ‘Patriot’ actress found dead in Houston home

    07/21/2014 1:19:55 AM PDT · by fella · 15 replies
    KHOU ^ | July 20, 2014 at 3:19 PM | KHOU
    HOUSTON -- Actress Skye McCole Bartusiak, who portrayed Mel Gibson's young daughter in the 2000 film "The Patriot," died in her Houston home, her mother said Sunday. She was 21.
  • Florida boy, 4, mauled to death by pit bulls, officials say

    07/20/2014 7:53:53 PM PDT · by BBell · 42 replies
    TAMPA Fla. (Reuters) - A 4-year-old Florida boy was mauled to death by two pit bulls at his uncle's home, said authorities on Sunday, who suggested the child may have let the dogs out of their cage to play with them.
  • Arizona Man Wins Hemingway Look-Alike Contest

    07/20/2014 4:20:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Sunday, Jul 20, 2014
    Wally Collins of Phoenix triumphed over 130 other entrants, including his son Matt Collins, late Saturday night at Sloppy Joe's Bar. The bar was a favorite of Ernest Hemingway during the 1930s.A white-bearded Arizona restaurateur has won Key West's annual "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest on his sixth attempt. Wally Collins of Phoenix triumphed over 130 other entrants, including his son Matt Collins, late Saturday night at Sloppy Joe's Bar. The bar was a favorite of Ernest Hemingway during the 1930s. Related: Hemingway Look-Alikes "Run With the Bulls" in Key West Competitors in sportsman's attire paraded before a judging panel of...
  • (SC) Six arrested in Midlands home invasion linked to teen romance rivalry

    07/20/2014 11:17:49 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 19 replies
    The State ^ | July 18, 2014 | RACHAEL MYERS LOWE
    IRMO, SC — Three Columbia adults and three underage teenagers have been charged in a home invasion Thursday that stemmed from an argument earlier in the day between two teen girls over a boy, the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department said. Charged in the incident were Lenore Sharlene Jennings, 43, and Terrell Lamont Miller, 25, both of Jamil Road; Martha Nicole Pringle, 20, of Alcott Drive; and, two 15-year-old girls and a 15-year-old boy, who were not identified because of their ages. The warrants charge that Jennings, armed with a stolen handgun, threatened the homeowner and an unknown number of children...
  • Workers cleaning home mistake hanging corpse for mannequin, take it to rubbish tip

    07/20/2014 1:31:44 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 28 replies
    Metro [UK] ^ | Saturday 19 Jul 2014 | Harry Readhead
    Two Florida men hired to clean out a vacant house mistook a hanging corpse for a Halloween-style hoax – and took it to the dump. Workers Israel Lopez, 50, and Adam Hines, 30, told authorities they were tidying the house in Spring Hill at the request of the landlord when they came upon the corpse in the garage. The pair cut it down, believing it to be a mannequin, before hauling it to the local rubbish tip where a landfill worker realised it was a body and called the police. ‘Both individuals as well as the property owners believed the...
  • 'Sniper van' found in Metairie leads to mystery with mob ties

    07/19/2014 6:13:12 PM PDT · by BBell · 42 replies
    NOLA.com | Times-Picayune ^ | July 18, 2014 | Andy Grimm
    Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputies found a racketeer and a riddle when they pulled over a van in Metairie two months ago. The racketeer was Joe Gagliano, the 55-year-old son of a reputed New Orleans mob underboss. The riddle was what he was doing in a van outfitted with what appeared to be gun ports, with a sniper rifle and silencer inside.Late one night a patrol deputy got a tip from a "credible and reliable source" that there was a van with stolen plates, driving on Metairie Road near the Orleans Parish line. When they pulled over the van, deputies found...
  • Cornhole champions being decided in West Virginia

    07/19/2014 2:08:47 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 31 replies
    AP via [Myrtle Beach] Sun-News ^ | July 18, 2014 | JOHN RABY
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Cornhole, the strange-sounding game made popular in backyards and at football tailgate parties, is taking on a serious side this week. The American Cornhole Organization will crown its world champions as about 380 competitors from 17 states vie for $10,000 in prize money in singles and doubles events. -snip- "When you're out there throwing, it's serious," Smith said. "And then as soon as it's over, it's time to buy somebody a beer."
  • Typhoon Rammasun Heads for China After Lashing Philippines, Killing at Least 38

    07/19/2014 1:12:02 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    ABC (Australia) ^ | Fri 18 Jul 2014
    China's southern regions are bracing for a powerful typhoon that has ripped through the Philippines, killing dozens and forcing more than 400,000 people to flee their homes. The official death toll from Typhoon Rammasun has climbed to 38, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said on Thursday. Ten people have been injured and eight are missing. Typhoon Rammasun made landfall in the Philippines on Tuesday, just eight months after Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated parts of the country in November 2013. The eye of Typhoon Rammasun passed south of Manila after cutting a path across the main island of...
  • Cops: Teens Attacked Adult Near Taste Of Park Ridge

    07/18/2014 5:16:27 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    cbslocal.com ^ | July 17, 2014 8:12 PM
    It was a vicious attack: The alleged beating of a man by teenagers amid a large crowd in northwest suburban Park Ridge’s Hinkley Park last weekend. And it was was caught on video. Footage first obtained by the Park Ridge Herald-Advocate shows a 48-year-old man in a yellow shirt pushed to the ground and then punched and kicked by three individuals while a raucous crowd looks on. CBS 2 aired the video on Thursday night at 10 p.m. Police say the man was looking for his son when someone threw a lit firework near him. When he tried to find...
  • Police: Robber Kills Accomplice In Mini-Mart Robbery Gone Wrong

    07/18/2014 5:08:02 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | June 18, 2014
    Police say two men walked into a mini-mart Friday to rob the place when things went terribly awry. About 11:15 a.m., the men, both believed to be gang members, walked into the store near the intersection of Alhambra and Hollister avenues in El Sereno, LAPD detective Michael Zolezzi said. One man was wielding a rifle and the other toting a machete. As they attempted to rob the store, the man with the firearm got into a struggle with someone inside. The rifle went off, firing a single bullet into his accomplice’s upper body. He died at the scene. It’s unclear...
  • Man Gets Locked Up [arrested], Orders Pizzas From Cell

    07/18/2014 4:00:22 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 29 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 7/18/14 | Ko Im
    He was already suspected of shoplifting beer, but a southern Kentucky man now faces additional charges for a pizza prank. While Michael Harp was in the process of getting booked at the police station, the 29-year-old placed an order for pizza on his cell phone.Five boxes from Domino's were delivered to an Officer Wilson, who had arrested Harp.
  • 'Italy's Ginger Gene Spread From Sicily'

    07/18/2014 1:53:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    Over the centuries, they’ve been scorned, persecuted and marginalized. But it was an example of modern-day disdain towards redheads that prompted an Italian photographer’s mission to safeguard their diversity, The Local has learned. Let’s face it, redheads get a tough time, especially in the early years of their life. I should know, because I am one. But more on that later. Marina Rosso, a 29-year-old fine art photographer and researcher from Udine, is not a redhead as the English translation of her surname might suggest. But after hearing in 2011 that flame-haired men were being rejected from the world’s largest...
  • How Not to Become a World Cup Star

    07/18/2014 12:54:46 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Peru’s Reimond Manco was once rated better than Colombian superstar James Rodriguez. So where is he now?<Colombian soccer star James Rodriguez appears to have it all. At just 22, he is the World Cup’s current top scorer, with six goals, and viewed by many as the standout player of the tournament in Brazil. He also appears to be a good kid: hardworking, focused and grounded. #176506735 / gettyimages.com Peru’s Reimond Manco But there was a time when James (pronounced HA-mes), as he is known, labored in the shadow of an even more outrageously talented South American player, Peru’s Reimond Manco....
  • Family Says High School Basketball Star Is Very Much Alive

    07/17/2014 9:08:23 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | July 17, 2014 7:38 PM | Tom Wait
    CHINO HILLS (CBSLA.com) — The family of a high school basketball star who was critically injured in a skateboarding accident says he is very much alive, despite reports to the contrary. Nnamdi Okongwu, 17, plays center for Chino Hills High School and was reported dead Wednesday. Okongwu was rushed to a hospital after hitting his head while skateboarding two days ago. Classmates offered condolences to his family on Twitter. One of his coaches described him as being brain dead after the accident. On Wednesday evening, the hospital said Okongwu was alive but couldn’t provide his condition. CBS2′s Tom Wait spoke...
  • Man sets house afire trying to kill spider with lighter, spray paint

    07/17/2014 6:56:35 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 23 replies
    KOMO News.com ^ | July 15, 2014 | KOMO Staff
    Man sets house afire trying to kill spider with lighter, spray paint SEATTLE -- Fire officials say a West Seattle man was using a lighter and a can of spray paint to kill a spider in his laundry room when the house went up in flames. Fire crews were called to a home in the 10200 block of 34th Avenue SW just before 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Firefighters originally battled the blaze from a distance after learning there may be ammunition inside. Crews were eventually able to extinguish the fire, but not before it did significant damage to the structure....
  • Man sentenced to nearly 3 years in prison for possessing shotgun as undocumented immigrant

    07/17/2014 6:00:19 PM PDT · by BBell · 13 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 7/17/14 | Quincy Hodges
    Juan Flores-Flores, 30, of Mexico had been deported at least three times prior to being sentenced to prison. Juan Flores-Flores, of Mexico, was sentenced to two years and nine months in prison after he was found guilty of possessing an assault style shotgun as an undocumented immigrant, United States Attorney Walt Green with the Middle District of Louisiana said in a news release Thursday evening.Flores' sentencing stems from a burglary investigation that occured Jan. 11 earlier this year