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Gwinnett chairman apologizes for colleague’s ‘racist pig’ comments

Gwinnett County Chairman Charlotte Nash said Tuesday she has personally apologized to U.S. Rep. John Lewis for the comments of colleague Tommy Hunter, who called the civil rights icon “a racist pig” on Facebook. In an auditorium filled with several dozen protesters, Nash read a letter she said she sent to Lewis on Tuesday morning. The letter offered her “sincere apologies...
Report: Jennifer Holliday pulls out of Trump inauguration concert

Report: Jennifer Holliday pulls out of Trump inauguration concert

Holliday retweeted The Wrap's report on her Twitter account.In a letter addressed to "my beloved LGBT community," Holliday explained why she initially accepted the invitation to perform at the inauguration, saying she wanted to perform for the people, not for Trump. But after a vocal backlash, Holliday has decided not to perform.  According to The Associated Press, Holliday was referred...
Machete-wielding Florida man accused of sexually assaulting wife

Machete-wielding Florida man accused of sexually assaulting wife

When Bairon Ramirez-Lopez came home Wednesday afternoon, he heard his pregnant wife talking to another man on the phone and became enraged, believing she was having an affair, a court document states. That’s when he grabbed her, pulled her into the bedroom of their home and forced her to have sex, according to an affidavit by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. He now stands...
Jack Daniel’s introduces coffee product

Jack Daniel’s introduces coffee product

Millions of people sip Jack Daniel's. Now, the makers of the Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey product want you to sip in the morning. But not whiskey — coffee. The Lynchburg, Tennessee, distillery announced a partnership with World of Coffee to release Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey Coffee. On its website, Jack Daniel’s notes that the coffee will be available in an 8.8-ounce collectible...
Cat survives being tied up, burned with gasoline in Indiana cornfield

Cat survives being tied up, burned with gasoline in Indiana cornfield

Police have made an arrest after the discovery of a female cat found burned and tied up in a cornfield in Lafayette, Indiana, just outside of Indianapolis. The Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County Indiana said on its Facebook page Thursday that on Wednesday night, the cat was found tied up with rope, doused in gasoline and set on fire.   WXIN reported that animal welfare workers think the...
Flight 666 lands in HEL on Friday the 13th

Flight 666 lands in HEL on Friday the 13th

For passengers on one flight, it was one creepy Friday the 13th coincidence.  Finnair Flight 666 took off from Copenhagen around 1:07 p.m. local time and landed in HEL, or or Helsinki Airport in Finland, at 3:41 p.m. local time, according to Flight Aware. It's unclear if it is truly a coincidence or the airline Finnair was having a little fun, but it certainly is a bit spooky on Friday...

More than 140 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty last year, according to two organizations that track officer deaths nationwide. The number marked a roughly 10 percent rise in officer deaths from last year, when 123 officers died in the line of duty, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. The group released preliminary numbers late last month that showed 135...
Florida ice rink banned skater for Iraqi heritage, suit claims

Florida ice rink banned skater for Iraqi heritage, suit claims

The Olympic dream of a Broward County ice skater has turned into an ugly dispute that has spawned a discrimination and defamation lawsuit against the West Palm Beach, Florida, skating rink where she once practiced. Angela Aldahwi, a dual citizen of both the United States and Iraq, has filed suit against Palm Beach Ice Works in Palm Beach County Circuit Court, alleging that her daughter, Hyaat Aldahwi...
Newborn taken from Florida hospital in 1998 found; woman arrested

Newborn taken from Florida hospital in 1998 found; woman arrested

A newborn who was taken from a Jacksonville, Florida, hospital in 1998 has been found in South Carolina, officials said. Kamiyah Mobley was taken hours after being born on July 10, 1998, from University Medical Center, which is now UF Health Jacksonville. The only picture authorities had of Kamiyah was a composite, because of how quickly she was taken. Authorities also had a sketch of the woman...
Student injured in shooting near Maryland high school

Student injured in shooting near Maryland high school

An argument between a pair of high school students in Maryland turned violent Friday afternoon, leaving one student with a gunshot wound and prompting a brief lockdown of the campus, according to police. Prince George County police spokeswoman Jennifer Donelan said the shooting happened around noon after "mulitple students" left Suitland High School. Police believe the involved students...
Mother charged after baby dies on changing table

Mother charged after baby dies on changing table

An Iowa woman is in jail after her baby died while on a changing table at home. The father says the incident was a tragic accident.
'The Exorcist' author William Peter Blatty dies at 89

'The Exorcist' author William Peter Blatty dies at 89

Author William Peter Blatty, who wrote the best-selling horror novel, "The Exorcist," has died at the age of 89.
Charges dropped against black teen accused of stealing 65-cent carton of milk

Charges dropped against black teen accused of stealing 65-cent carton of milk

Prosecutors in Virginia have dropped charges against a black teen accused of stealing a 65-cent carton of milk that his family said he was entitled to as a recipient of his middle school’s free lunch program. Ryan Turk, 15, was facing charges of petit larceny and disorderly conduct, according to the Washington Post. The Post reported Thursday that prosecutors dropped the charges after speaking...
WATCH: Michelle Obama surprises fans on 'The Tonight Show'

WATCH: Michelle Obama surprises fans on 'The Tonight Show'

Some everyday citizens thought they were recording messages of gratitude and support for First Lady Michelle Obama, but were in for a surprise. During an episode of “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon" that aired Wednesday night, FLOTUS stepped out from behind the curtain as people wrapped up their messages. What followed were tears, laughter and lots of hugs. Watch the segment in...
Woman makes Instagram account for amputated foot

Woman makes Instagram account for amputated foot

A cancer survivor from Oklahoma City has made the best of a bad situation in an interesting way. KOKH reported that Kristi Loyall, a survivor of cancer, had problems with her right foot for six years. "I kept going to the neurologist five or six more times he kept telling me it was a B-12 deficiency, so I kind of gave up on that until last summer I noticed a lump on the inside of my foot,"...
A new Oreo-flavored Cadbury Creme Egg has hatched and we’re already drooling

A new Oreo-flavored Cadbury Creme Egg has hatched and we’re already drooling

Will wonders never cease? Cadbury, our favorite British chocolate maker, has debuted a new Creme Egg filled with crushed Oreo cookies and creme. Cadbury has launched another Oreo-related Egg treat in the United Kingdom — the Cadbury Dairy Milk Egg ‘n’ Spoon Oreo. According to The Independent, the treat is filled with vanilla mousse and Oreo pieces, which are eaten with the provided...
Police bust alleged escort service being run next to police station

Police bust alleged escort service being run next to police station

Dunwoody Police and the DeKalb County District Attorney’s office have broken up an escort service operating out of a local apartment complex, court documents obtained by WSB-TV show. WSB-TV recieved a tip and confirmed details of multiple arrests. Warrants he obtained show police charged at least seven people just before the New Year after a bust at some apartments off in Dunwoody, Georgia,...
Rosie O’Donnell calls for martial law ahead of Trump’s inauguration

Rosie O’Donnell calls for martial law ahead of Trump’s inauguration

Comedian Rosie O’Donnell continues her Twitter crusade to stop President-elect Donald Trump from ever taking the oath of office. O’Donnell and Trump’s decades-long feud is known across the country. Over the years, the two have had countless public spats; Trump went so far as to criticize O’Donnell during the first presidential debate of the 2016 election season. O’Donnell...
Nicole Kidman thinks it’s time we all get behind President-elect Trump

Nicole Kidman thinks it’s time we all get behind President-elect Trump

During an interview with  BBC News about her film "Lion," actress Nicole Kidman shared a message that is quite different from those of many of her fellow celebrities in regard to President-elect Donald Trump. "I just say, he’s now elected, and we as a country need to support whoever’s the president, because that’s what the country’s based...
Study: Japanese tapeworm found in wild Pacific salmon

Study: Japanese tapeworm found in wild Pacific salmon

Wild salmon is touted as part of a healthy diet by nutrition experts, but the results of a new study may prompt consumers to change their cooking methods.
Alien megastar more hungry than mysterious, scientists say it ate a planet

Alien megastar more hungry than mysterious, scientists say it ate a planet

The theories about the strange and mysterious light patterns surrounding a distant star some 1,500 light years away from Earth have abounded since it’s discovery in 2009, especially the possibility that aliens were somehow behind it. The dipping or dimming light surrounding the star named KIC 84622852, also known as Tabby’s Star or Boyajian’s Star, was identified by the Kepler Space...
Ohio couple charged with animal cruelty after pit bull dies

Ohio couple charged with animal cruelty after pit bull dies

An Ohio couple was facing a misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty after a dog in their care died, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office. On Thursday, Joseph’s Legacy Rescue contacted the Butler County Sheriff’s Dog Warden office about a dog, believed to be a pit bull, in “deplorable” condition. Rosemary Verge, the owner of the dog, contacted the Monroe Family...
Man knits sweaters of landmarks, poses in them at landmarks

Man knits sweaters of landmarks, poses in them at landmarks

Barksy has already received interview requests from Jimmy Kimmel and the BBC, but judging by his Facebook page, he’s handling his 15 minutes of fame with grace. “Just to let everyone know, I really love all my fans,” he wrote this week. “In the past day, as most of you know, my publicity has exploded exponentially worldwide. I have a flood of messages and requests for...
Florida woman, 70, arrested for prostitution in undercover sting

Florida woman, 70, arrested for prostitution in undercover sting

A senior citizen was arrested at a Florida massage parlor after an undercover sting, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said in a report.  Sun Hee Gribat, 70, was arrested Tuesday at Jax Therapy after she offered a sex act after a massage, JSO said.  The hour-long massage cost $70, JSO said, and an additional service in the form of a sex act was offered for another $60, the police report...
Breast cancer treatment unnecessary a third of the time, says new Danish study

Breast cancer treatment unnecessary a third of the time, says new Danish study

Too many women were unnecessarily treated for breast cancer after mammograms detected slow-growing tumors that are basically harmless, according to a Danish study published in the journal “Annals of Internal Medicine.” The research indicated that overdiagnosis of breast cancer is more frequent than previously thought. The Danish study looked at the incidence of early-stage and advanced...
Report: Average college degree pays off by age 34

Report: Average college degree pays off by age 34

Students receiving their college degrees face many challenges as they enter the workforce, but one of the biggest hurdles is financial. If you take out a loan, it has to be paid back. For those wondering if the cost was worth it, rest assured that it was. It might just take a few years to realize that value, CNN reported. It takes an average of 12 years to recoup the cost of getting your bachelor's...
Missing girl found dead in restaurant, parents charged

Missing girl found dead in restaurant, parents charged

Police have charged the parents of a missing 5-year-old Ohio girl after the child's body was found in the family's restaurant. Jackson Township Police say the body of Ashley Zhao was found hidden at Ang's Asian Cuisine in North Canton on Tuesday. Zhao's mother, Mingming Chen, has been charged with murder. Liang Zhao, the girl's father, was charged with complicity to murder and complicity to commit...
Louisiana man texts police about meth deal, sheriff says

Louisiana man texts police about meth deal, sheriff says

Check before you text. On Friday, a man in Pierre Part , Louisiana, accidentally texted a police deputy when trying to arrange to pick up drugs. The Associated Press reported that Assumption Parish Sheriff Leland Falcon said a deputy received a text from Dwayne Paul Herbert, 39, in which he was setting up a drug deal. The Sheriff's Office said in a post on Facebook that the deputy agreed to meet Herbert...
Andy Cohen hosting 'Love Connection' game show revival

Andy Cohen hosting 'Love Connection' game show revival

Bravo personality Andy Cohen has a new gig. Fox said during Wednesday's Television Critics Association's winter press tour that Cohen will host the reboot of the classic game show "Love Connection, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The new "Love Connection" will feature single men and women going on three blind dates and going in front of Cohen and a live studio audience to discuss...
Third person in custody in connection with fugitive wanted in Orlando cop killing

Third person in custody in connection with fugitive wanted in Orlando cop killing

A third person is in custody in connection with the search for the man wanted for allegedly killing an Orlando police sergeant on Monday and his pregnant ex-girlfriend last month, according to reports. Police took Jemesia Slaughter into custody Wednesday, sources close to the investigation said. Slaughter is apparently a friend of Markeith Loyd. Authorities also arrested his niece on Wednesday. Lakensha...
Hollywood Foreign Press, Robert De Niro express support for Streep's Golden Globes speech

Hollywood Foreign Press, Robert De Niro express support for Streep's Golden Globes speech

Despite criticism from President-elect Donald Trump, the president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship and a number of right-leaning blogs, Meryl Streep has the support of a major entertainment entity and an Oscar winner for her Golden Globes speech. The Los Angeles Times reported that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association sent a letter to the Oscar-winning actress, saying it stands by her...
Bonnaroo 2017 lineup announced

Bonnaroo 2017 lineup announced

U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Weeknd are among the headliners for the annual festival, which takes place June 8-11 at Great Stage Park in Manchester, Tennessee. Festival organizers announced the 2017 lineup on Wednesday. U2 will be performing its 1987 album, "The Joshua Tree," in its entirety at Bonnaroo and during the band's summer stadium tour. Other artists set...
Florida woman arrested after 5-month-old arrives at ER with 12 broken bones

Florida woman arrested after 5-month-old arrives at ER with 12 broken bones

A Florida woman is under investigation for child neglect after she took a 5-month-old child with 12 broken bones to a hospital, according to a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office report. Officers said Michel Ange Sejour, 24, took the child to a hospital on Dec. 5 and an investigation was conducted on Dec. 27. The woman was asked to meet with an officer for a hearing on Jan. 9. She said through an interpreter...
‘May God have mercy on your soul,’ survivor tells Dylann Roof at sentencing hearing

‘May God have mercy on your soul,’ survivor tells Dylann Roof at sentencing hearing

One by one, survivors and family members of those killed by Dylann Roof stood before him Wednesday morning and told him about the devastating impact he had on their lives when he opened fire during a June 2015 Bible study meeting at a historic black Charleston church and killed nine people. Roof, 22, listened impassively, staring at the table in front of him as they spoke. At the end of the sentencing...
Former wrestler dies at just 55 years old

Former wrestler dies at just 55 years old

Former World Wrestling Federation, now known as World Wrestling Entertainment, wrestler Timothy Smith, aka Rex King or Timothy Well from the tag team the Well Dunn, has passed away following complications of kidney failure at just 55 years old, per PWInsider. Smith was mostly a tag team wrestler, pairing as the Southern Rockers to start his career before eventually landing in WWF managed by the...
First images: Joseph Fiennes portrays Michael Jackson, draws ire from Jackson's fans

First images: Joseph Fiennes portrays Michael Jackson, draws ire from Jackson's fans

A new television show is prompting controversy after the casting of Joseph Fiennes in the role of one of the most iconic African American entertainers, Michael Jackson. The first images have been released and it's causing many to question Fiennes', who is white, casting as the King of Pop, E! News reported. Announced in January 2016, the movie is called "Urban Myths" and will examine the...
This is what your home is missing (and how to fix it)

This is what your home is missing (and how to fix it)

What does it take to create a personality-packed space with visual intrigue? While the layout is key and a styled entryway is essential (one that’s also clutter-free), the best way to make a room interesting is to design artistic compositions that speak to your passions, travels, obsessions and heritage. These curated moments are also known as vignettes. When styled well, they make a room compelling...

A chocolate gathering: After-shopping party with friends

If I could rub a magic lamp and have the genie inside grant me three wishes, my self-indulgent trifecta would be: a day spent with great friends, shopping and eating chocolate. My friend Marsee found a way to combine all three, plus throw in a party, no genie needed! (This is one of the many, many reasons I love this lady.) So, here is how this brilliant event came about. Like most of us, Marsee and...
Charming artwork needs to be seen in person to determine value

Charming artwork needs to be seen in person to determine value

Dear Helaine and Joe: This is my most recent attic find! The piece is signed “Virgilio Tojetti.” What is it worth? Thank you, R. M., U.S. Army Dear S. S.: We call this column “Treasures in Your Attic,” but it is a sad fact that people very seldom find actual treasures in their attic. Yes, they exist and do surface from time to time, but we feel it is unusual for attic treasure...
Home of quiet design embraces entertaining, birding and being

Home of quiet design embraces entertaining, birding and being

SEATTLE — One of these bricks is not like the others. OK — maybe more than one. But you’d be hard-pressed to detect any rectangular outliers on Rob and Monica Dunlop’s historic Capitol Hill home. That’s quite something. Brick is a tough customer, design-wise — especially when you’re adding on to a home, and especially when you’re intent on preserving...
Looking for 2017 bathroom faucet trends

Looking for 2017 bathroom faucet trends

Q: Dear Ed, I’m looking to plan for my bathroom remodel job this year. I want to keep up with future trends and was wondering what you see as the new growing trend for bathroom faucets. — Andy, Iowa A: I’ve been paying attention to a new concept in the industry called minimalist design. The cool thing I have been told about this concept is it can be interpreted in different ways...
How to make your home feel like a luxurious hotel

How to make your home feel like a luxurious hotel

Step into nearly any hotel and you will easily notice that hospitality design is hip. No longer dull, drab and sanitized, hoteliers are going out of their way to make a design statement, especially in their public spaces. The beauty is that many of these designer tips and touches can be translated into residential design and work well in the everyday home. Here are 10 Design Recipes tips to keep in...

Fixing moisture issues with the crawlspace

Q: I have lived in this 75-year-old house for over 20 years. This year is the first time I have noticed condensation on the living room windows. This room has a crawl space while the rest of the house has an unfinished basement with heat and air to it. Seems the basement is much damper than usual this year as well, and I found some surface mildew on items down there. The living room windows have storms...
Consider bright, tropical plants for winter color

Consider bright, tropical plants for winter color

Bromeliads are among the most brightly colored, exotic, tropical flowering houseplants. While many are small air plants or epiphytes, the highly decorative potted bromeliads originate in the depths of South American jungles. They are adapted to perch in the crotches of jungle trees and cover canyon walls. The layers of stiff overlapping leaves catch rainwater and funnel it into a pocket at the center...
Crash victim's parents outraged at fundraiser for driver's family

Crash victim's parents outraged at fundraiser for driver's family

The parents of a teenager killed in a 2015 car wreck are upset about a fundraiser to recoup legal fees, medical bills and other expenses of the family of the driver who caused the wreck. The GoFundMe page called Family Help Fund seeks to raise $75,000 for the family of Abigail McGaha. Prosecutors charged McGaha and later reached a plea agreement after she crashed an SUV in 2015. Police said the vehicle...
Police: Man jumps into river to avoid arrest after beating girlfriend

Police: Man jumps into river to avoid arrest after beating girlfriend

Police said a man who severely beat his girlfriend jumped into a river Friday in an attempt to escape from authorities in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. Officials said Joseph Boots jumped into the Connoquenessing River to avoid being arrested after he got into a fight with his girlfriend early Friday and beat her. "She had severe injuries to the face, swollen eyes and jawbones that made her unrecognizable...
Woman charged with hate-crime after Facebook Live rant about 'Spanish privilege'

Woman charged with hate-crime after Facebook Live rant about 'Spanish privilege'

A Washington State woman faces a hate-crime charge after allegedly posting a video on Facebook that prosecutors say shows her tailing a Hispanic woman in her car, railing against the other driver for having "Spanish privilege" and threatening to ram her vehicle. Sandra Jametski, 48, of White Center, has been held on $500,000 bail since early December, charged with malicious harassment, the...
Brad and Angelina agree to seal divorce documents

Brad and Angelina agree to seal divorce documents

Actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have  agreed to keep the details of their divorce private. Pitt was officially cleared in a child abuse investigation in November. People reported in December that Pitt had filed a request to keep the details of his and Jolie's divorce private. He was denied an emergency hearing on the request. According to CNN, Pitt said in additional documents hat Jolie...
Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof sentenced to death in federal trial

Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof sentenced to death in federal trial

UPDATE: Convicted Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof was sentenced to death Tuesday for the June 2015 mass shooting that left nine people at Emanuel AME Church dead. It took the federal jury less than three hours of deliberations to reach the decision. Roof's family said in a statement they "will struggle as long as they live to understand why he committed this horrible attack, which caused...
Serena Williams teases photos of engagement ring

Serena Williams teases photos of engagement ring

A week after Serena Williams announced her engagement to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, the tennis star gave fans a glimpse of her engagement ring.  Williams, 35, shared a photo on Reddit featuring her and her fiancé posing with her left hand placed on his chest. The distance from the couple and dim lighting make details of the ring difficult to see. "Engagement shoe game,"...
Amber Alert issued for teen after possible kidnapping in North Florida

Amber Alert issued for teen after possible kidnapping in North Florida

Detectives with the major crimes unit in St. Johns County, Florida are currently investigating a home invasion robbery and possible kidnapping on Tuesday.  Deputies said this allegedly happened last night in the 100 block of Great Harbor Way in Ponte Vedra Beach. Deputies determined the victim is a 16-year-old juvenile who has been reportedly missing since Monday.  The missing juvenile...
Boys, 13 and 11, save mom from knife-wielding attacker, police say

Boys, 13 and 11, save mom from knife-wielding attacker, police say

Two young boys in Brooklyn are being credited with saving their mother’s life after she was stabbed by an attacker who burst into their home. WABC-TV in New York reported that the unidentified man, whom the family did not know, forced his way into their apartment Sunday evening and attacked the woman with a knife. The woman asked the television station not to identify her or her children out...
Dylann Roof victims: What jurors heard about those killed in Charleston church massacre

Dylann Roof victims: What jurors heard about those killed in Charleston church massacre

One was a pastor and senator known for his ability to listen to his congregants and constituents with equal regard. Another was a recent college graduate who, with his final breaths, tried to comfort his elderly great-aunt, who was also dying. Jurors weighing the fate of Dylann Roof, the 22-year-old white nationalist convicted of killing nine people inside a historic black Charleston church in 2015...
'Flip or Flop' star Tarek El Moussa officially files for divorce from Christina

'Flip or Flop' star Tarek El Moussa officially files for divorce from Christina

Tarek El Moussa has officially filed for divorce from wife Christina El Moussa. People reported Monday that, according to his lawyer, Tarek El Moussa legally filed for divorce after being married since 2009. The couple announced their separation in a statement to People on Dec 12. In the statement, the pair referenced an incident in which police were called to their home.   "Like many couples...
'Hollyweed' prankster turns self in, is charged

'Hollyweed' prankster turns self in, is charged

Over a week after a man changed the iconic Hollywood sign in Los Angeles to say "Hollyweed," he's turned himself in. Capt. Cory Palka, of the Los Angeles Police Department, told the Los Angeles Times Zach Fernandez, 30, had been accompanied by an attorney when he turned himself in to police at 12:10 p.m. local time. He's been charged with suspicion of trespassing. Fernandez told BuzzFeed...
Pet deer gunned down by Kansas game wardens in front of upset family

Pet deer gunned down by Kansas game wardens in front of upset family

 A pet deer on a Kansas farm was gunned down by state wildlife officials in front of its owners, outraging the Mcgaughey family and sparking a social media backlash. Owner Taryn Mcgaughey told local news outlets in western Kansas that a game warden and two other officials showed up at her farm and shot her pet deer five times. “They followed her around our horse pen. The first shot in the...
Meryl Streep's MMA dig at Golden Globes upsets UFC president Dana White

Meryl Streep's MMA dig at Golden Globes upsets UFC president Dana White

If you thought Dana White would take kindly to mixed martial arts’ being derided by Meryl Streep, well, you must not know much about the president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.  In a widely lauded speech at the Golden Globes on Sunday night, Streep said, "So Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners, and if you kick them all out, you'll have nothing to...
Snow on ground in 49 states, even Hawaii

Snow on ground in 49 states, even Hawaii

With the severe winter weather that moved through a large part of the United States over the weekend, 49 of 50 states had snow on the ground, according to maps by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA.   Only Florida remained snow-free, NOAA said. Even the volcanic peaks in Hawaii sported a sprinkling of snow. The weekend storms hit a region ranging from the Northeast to...
Chicago torture victim making thousands on GoFundMe page after brutal attack

Chicago torture victim making thousands on GoFundMe page after brutal attack

An online fundraising campaign is raising thousands of dollars for a Chicago teenager, who was beaten and tortured in a video streamed live on Facebook. The GoFundMe campaign, which was started after the attack, is called “Lets Show the Chicago Victim Love.” As of Monday, donors had given $144,000 to the fundraising campaign, which had a goal of just $10,000. CPD Arrested and Charged all...
Fort Lauderdale shooting witness played dead near woman shot in head

Fort Lauderdale shooting witness played dead near woman shot in head

A witness to the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, airport shooting said she feels "a mixed bag of grief and gratefulness" days after playing dead next to a woman shot in the head. Ruth Bellman estimated she was 25 to 30 yards from the shooter in Friday's attack when she heard shots and turned to see him. "At first it took me a split second to believe it was real," Bellman said. "...
Judge orders suspected Fort Lauderdale airport shooter held pending bond hearing

Judge orders suspected Fort Lauderdale airport shooter held pending bond hearing

A U.S. Federal magistrate ruled Monday that Esteban Santiago, accused of killing five people and injuring six others Friday at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, be held in detention pending a bond hearing. Santiago is facing three federal counts, two of which carry a maximum penalty of life in prison or the death penalty. He was charged with murder, using a gun during a crime of violence...
Jurors to begin weighing Dylann Roof's fate Tuesday morning

Jurors to begin weighing Dylann Roof's fate Tuesday morning

Federal prosecutors on Monday rested their case in the penalty phase of Dylann Roof’s trial for the 2015 Charleston church massacre in which he gunned down nine people. Roof, who represented himself in the penalty portion of the case, declined to call any witnesses or offer any evidence of mitigating factors in his crime. He also declined to testify on his own behalf, according to the Post and...
Texas police mistake kitty litter for meth, jail innocent man for days

Texas police mistake kitty litter for meth, jail innocent man for days

Police in Texas mistook cat litter for the drug methamphetamine during a traffic stop in Houston last month. Officers thought they busted a drug dealer with almost a half-pound of meth in his car, but it turned out two field tests were wrong, according to local news reports. That’s little consolation for 24-year-old Ross Lebeau, who is still working to clear his name after police released his...