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Terror in New York

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new-york-terror.jpgA man is being held after an attempted terror attack at New York City's main bus terminal.

"Terrorists won't win," Mayor Bill de Blasio said after a blast at the Port Authority terminal in Manhattan during the morning rush hour on Monday.

The suspect, named as Akayed Ullah, 27, was wounded when a "low-tech explosive device" strapped to his body blew up in an underpass, officials say.

They say four other people suffered minor injuries.

A photo circulating on social media shows a man, said to be Akayed Ullah, lying on the ground with his clothes ripped and lacerations on his upper body.

Mayor De Blasio said he was believed to have acted alone. Police quoted by US media say he is of Bangladeshi origin and lives in the New York borough of Brooklyn.

Media captionNYC police commissioner: 'Suspect has burns and wounds to body'

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said: "This is New York. The reality is that we are a target by many who would like to make a statement against democracy, against freedom.

"We have the Statue of Liberty in our harbour and that makes us an international target."

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The explosion occurred at about 07:30 (12:30 GMT). Andre Rodriguez, 62, told the New York Times: "I was going through the turnstile. It sounded like an explosion, and everybody started running."

Another eyewitness, Alicja Wlodkowski, told Reuters news agency that she had seen a group of about 60 people running. "A woman fell. And nobody even went to stop and help her because the panic was so scary," she said.

Nearby subway stations were evacuated, and the Port Authority Bus Terminal temporarily shut.

It is the biggest and busiest bus terminal in the world, serving more than 65 million people a year.





 

US now recognises Jerusalem as Israel's capital

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donald-trump-photo-3.jpgPresident Donald Trump has announced that the US now recognises Jerusalem as Israel's capital, overturning decades of official US policy.

Mr Trump described the move as "a long overdue step" to advance the Middle East peace process.

The president said the US would support a two-state solution, if approved by both the Israelis and the Palestinians.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas responded to the decision by saying the US could no longer be a peace broker.

He earlier warned of "dangerous consequences" through a spokesman.

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Speaking at the White House, Mr Trump said he had "judged this course of action to be in the best interests of the United States of America, and the pursuit of peace between Israel and the Palestinians".

The president said he was directing the US state department to begin preparations to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

In response, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said it was a historic day, and Israel was profoundly grateful to President Trump. Jerusalem contains sites sacred to the three major monotheistic faiths.

East Jerusalem, which includes the Old City, was annexed by Israel after the Six Day War of 1967, but is not internationally recognised as part of Israel.

The US decision comes despite vocal opposition in the Muslim world, even among US allies.

But moving the embassy fulfils a campaign promise and appeals to Mr Trump's right-wing base.

Recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital was "nothing more or less than a recognition of reality", the president said.

"It is also the right thing to do," he added.





obama-and-kids-tweet.jpgTwitter may be considered President Donald Trump's domain, but it is actually his predecessor who appears to be better at leveraging the platform -- and with less effort.

Former President Barack Obama's tweet reacting to racist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August was the most-liked tweet of 2017 and in Twitter history, according to Twitter's year-in-review, released on Tuesday. The tweet, sent from Obama's personal @BarackObama account, quotes Nelson Mandela's 1994 autobiography: "No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion..." It was also the second-most retweeted tweet of the year. (The most retweeted was about chicken nuggets.)

Trump was the year's most tweeted-about world leader and most frequently mentioned US elected official, but none of his individual tweets broke through among the most-liked or most-retweeted messages.

Another tweet from Obama reacting to Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) brain cancer diagnosis in July was the third most liked tweet of the year, behind a message from pop singer Ariana Grande:

And two more of Obama's tweets from the end of his term, from the @POTUS44 account archive of his Twitter activity as president, were also among 2017's most retweeted messages.

@POTUS44

Thank you for everything. My last ask is the same as my first. I'm asking you to believe--not in my ability to create change, but in yours. 11:52 PM - Jan 10, 2017

@POTUS44

It's been the honor of my life to serve you. You made me a better leader and a better man.

9:09 AM - Jan 20, 2017





matt-lauer-fired.jpgMatt Lauer was fired from NBC News on Wednesday after an employee filed a complaint about "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace," the network announced.

Savannah Guthrie made the announcement at the top of the "Today" show. Lauer has been the cornerstone of the program, one of the most profitable franchises on television, for two decades.

NBC News chairman Andrew Lack said in a memo to staff that it was the first complaint lodged against Lauer in his career at the network. But he said "we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident."

Lauer was not immediately reachable for comment. An NBC News spokeswoman declined to comment about the details of the allegation against him.

Reporters for The New York Times had been investigating Lauer for several weeks, according to sources who had been contacted by the Times.

Lauer is the latest high-profile man in media to be brought down by allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior. Just last week, CBS News fired one of its own morning anchors, Charlie Rose, after a report in The Washington Post chronicled years of sexual misconduct.

The torrent began when The New York Times and The New Yorker reported on allegations against the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

Since then, actors Kevin Spacey and Louis C.K. have been suspended or removed from projects after allegations against them became public. And other prominent journalists, including Mark Halperin of NBC and Michael Oreskes of NPR, have been fired or suspended from their jobs.

The firing of Lauer removes one of the most recognizable personalities on television, and at a time when morning news programs are increasingly important to network news divisions.





Nudist restaurant opens in Paris

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nudist-restaurant.jpg(AFP) -- Leave your coats, your pants and your inhibitions at the door: a Paris restaurant has begun serving up classic French fare to diners in the nude.

Located down a quiet side street in southwest Paris, O'naturel, billed as the French capital's first nudist restaurant, is the brainchild of 42-year-old twins Mike and Stephane Saada.

Former insurance salesmen, they aren't nudists themselves -- but they spotted a money-making opportunity in a country that enjoys a reputation as a top naturist holiday destination.

"People only get to be nudists in the summer," explained Stephane.

O'naturel is considerably warmer in November than the roughly 460 designated outdoor nudist spots around France, most of them beaches and campsites.

The capital trialled a nudist area in its Bois de Vincennes Park in October, while Parisians can swim in the buff several times a week at a public pool.

But Yves Leclerc, the president of the French Naturist Federation, was thrilled at the idea of being able to strip off for dinner. (Source AFP)





wes-goodman-anti-lgbt-politician.jpgAn anti-LGBT Republican politician who was allegedly caught having sex with a man in his office is facing more than 30 accusations of sexual misconduct.

Wes Goodman, a state legislator for Ohio, has already been forced to resign after a witness to the reported extramarital affair told the Ohio House Chief of Staff.

But now Mr Goodman is facing a host of complaints after alleged victims shared screengrabs of conversations with right-leaning news website the Independent Journal Review.

Mr Goodman, who routinely promotes "family values", is married to a woman who is an assistant director of an annual abortion rally known as March for Life.

According to the IJR, Mr Goodman would regularly contact men, usually aged between 18 and 24 and in the Republican movement, on Facebook Messenger.

The conversations frequently turned sexually explicit, with Mr Goodman sending suggestive messages and photos of his genitalia on Snapchat, reports the website.

One alleged victim, who wished to remain anonymous, told the IJR he received a friend request from Mr Goodman, who started discussing "various political things" before a two weeks later asking for the man's Snapchat details.

"He constantly sent me Snaps and was always commenting on my stories," the victim said. "He also asked how much 'p***y' I was getting and wondering what I was doing on Friday and Saturday nights."

He added: "Then, he sent me videos of him masturbating as well as d**k pics. He also sent another Snapchat asking how big my penis was."

Dozens of men shared similar experiences of their online encounters with Mr Goodman, according to the IRJ.

The politician was also accused of groping an 18-year-old student in 2015 after a fundraiser, according to the Washington Post.

Mr Goodman, whose Twitter biography describes him as "Christian. American. Conservative. Republican. Husband to @Beth1027", has regularly claimed "natural marriage" occurs between a man and a woman.

"Healthy, vibrant, thriving, values-driven families are the source of Ohio's proud history and the key to Ohio's future greatness," his campaign website said.

"The ideals of a loving father and mother, a committed natural marriage, and a caring community are well worth pursuing and protecting."

The website has now been taken offline.

Mr Goodman, who has been described as a "conscience of the conservative movement", announced in a statement on Thursday that he was stepping down.

"We all bring our own struggles and our own trials into public life," he said.

"That has been true for me, and I sincerely regret that my actions and choices have kept me from serving my constituents and our state in a way that reflects the best ideals of public service.

"For those whom I have let own, I'm sorry. As I move onto the next chapter of my life, I sincerely ask for privacy for myself, my family, and my friends."





donald-trump-photo-4.jpgIt holds nuclear missile codes, it's in charge of the security of the United States, and its ultimate boss, the US president, is a prolific tweeter. But when it comes to handling its own Twitter account, the Pentagon could do with improving its skills.

On Thursday the US Department of Defense accidentally retweeted a tweet calling for Donald Trump to resign as US president.

The original tweet which also called for two other US politicians to step down following sexual harassment allegations was tweeted from an account belonging to @ProudResister, an anti-Trump activist.

It said: "The solution is simple. Roy Moore: Step down from the race. Al Franken: Resign from congress, Donald Trump: Resign from the presidency. GOP: Stop making sexual assault a partisan issue. It's a crime as is your hypocrisy."

The Pentagon's main account retweeted the message to its 5.2 million followers before quickly deleting it. But the embarrassing blunder did not go unnoticed. A screen shot of the Pentagon's retweet was itself retweeted and shared, and the reaction to it was swift.

"Uh someone made a mistake," posted one Twitter user.

Another user tweeted: "Looks like that ex-Twitter employee found a new gig at the Pentagon," referring to a similar social media blunder earlier this month when a Twitter employee deactivated President Trump's account on their last day in the job.

At the time, the president brushed off the 11-minute Twitter outage, but the incident raised questions about the security of President Trump's account.





Mugabe seen in public for the first time since 'coup'

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mugabe-with-soldier.jpgZimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has made his first public appearance since the country's army took over on Wednesday.

He attended a graduation ceremony in the capital, Harare.

Mr Mugabe had been under house arrest for days. The army made its move after a power struggle over his successor.

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The military said on Friday it was "engaging" with Mr Mugabe and would advise the public on the outcome of talks "as soon as possible".

Meanwhile Christopher Mutsvangwa, the leader of the influential war veterans' association, said Mr Mugabe should step down at once.

He called for a huge turnout in street protests on Saturday.





Colin Kaepernick is GQ's 'Citizen of the Year'

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colin-kaepernick-gq-magazine.jpgColin Kaepernick, an American football player who last year started protesting police brutality against African Americans by kneeling during the US national anthem, has been named "Citizen of the Year" by GQ magazine.

The public stand of the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback has sparked a wave of similar protests across the National Football League and other athletic events.

Announcing its decision on Monday, GQ likened Kaepernick to other sports icons, including boxer Muhammad Ali, who opposed the Vietnam War.

"He's been vilified by millions and locked out of the NFL - all because he took a knee to protest police brutality," the magazine said of Kaepernick's protest. Kaepernick's determined stand puts him in rare company in sports history: Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson - athletes who risked everything to make a difference," it said.

Kaepernick declined to be interviewed by GQ but posed for pictures. He posted a message on Twitter, saying he was "honored' by the recognition.





ganja-image-5.jpgSoon-to-be legal recreational marijuana sales in Canada could bring up to C$1 billion (US$800 million) annually into government coffers, an official said Friday.

"If the market is somewhere in the neighbourhood of 400,000 kilos (440 tons)... then the tax impact of that would be somewhere in the neighbourhood of C$1 billion," said MP and former Toronto police chief Bill Blair, who has been tasked with overseeing the setup of the new regime.

"That's a very high estimate, in my opinion," he added, stressing that the actual size of the recreational pot market is not yet known.

Ottawa is scheduled to legalise cannabis next July after having already permitted its use for medical care.

One of the major considerations in the country's cannabis taxation policy is to keep costs low enough to undercut the illicit pot market.

The authorities have proposed a 10 per cent excise tax on marijuana in addition to applying sales taxes of up to 15 per cent, with amounts varying across jurisdictions.

The proceeds would be split with the provinces, which have announced a patchwork of public and private sector retail sales for cannabis.





A public school teacher in Georgia has been placed on administrative leave after allegedly threatening a student late last month, officials said.

A video taken from the classroom of the Rockdale Career Academy in Conyers shows the teacher telling a student not to "screw" with him, or he will "get in big-a-- trouble." It is not clear if the student he was allegedly speaking to can be seen in the video.

"Don't smile at me, man, OK? That's how people like you get shot," the teacher, who is white, told the student, who is black. "I got a bet. I bet by the time you're 21, somebody's gonna put a bullet right through your head. And it might be me -- the one that does it."

Students in the classroom are heard expressing shock at the teacher's statements.

The mother of the student that the teacher was allegedly speaking to posted the video to Facebook on Friday, saying that she was "outraged" that the incident occurred.

"You see these stories on the news never believing it will happen to your child," April Carr wrote on Facebook. "Well it happened to mine and we will get justice."

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Carr told ABC Atlanta affiliate WSB-TV that the physics teacher made the comments after her son and other students laughed as he wrote an equation on the board.

The teacher then walked over to Carr's son and began his rant, Carr told ABC News, adding that there was "no back and forth" or "disrespectful" banter between her son and his teacher.

"He's in a classroom of a majority African-American students, so for you to say 'you people,' it's an outright racist statement -- no covering it up," Carr said.

Carr said her son recently turned 17 and that she's had "plenty of conversations with him about how to conduct himself and how to act when he's out," which includes being "respectful at all times." He is in the gifted programme, takes multiple AP classes and is on the wrestling and football team for the school, Carr said.

Carr said that with "all the shootings" going on in the country, she "can't afford" to take the teacher's comments lightly.

"I have to take it as seriously as it sounded," she said.

Carr said that she believes the teacher should be fired.

"This is not OK, you know, for our educators and the people who parents send our kids to school to learn from," Carr said.

An incident report from the Rockdale County Sheriff's office identified the teacher as Paul Hagen. The incident was reported to authorities by Carr on Friday after she received a phone call from the school the previous day informing her of the incident. Carr learned of the video after speaking to her son, according to the incident report.





crime-scene-7.jpgA Pennsylvania man was arrested after police say he murdered his female friend when she rejected his marriage proposal, according to NBC Philadelphia.

Christopher Tucker, 34, has been charged with murder and criminal homicide for allegedly killing 19-year-old Tara Serino, who was last seen by her family early on the morning of October 30.

According to local police, Tucker asked Serino to marry him at his home in Berks County, Pennsylvania, sometime between Monday morning and Tuesday afternoon.

US 50,000 Haitian residents, by the Thanksgiving holiday later this month

A letter from the United States Department of State could pave the way for deporting 50,000 Haitian residents, by the Thanksgiving holiday later this month, enjoying a reprieve from certain immigration rules that were waived after the 2010 earthquake, according to reports here.

The ruling that conditions have improved enough in Haiti and in Central America to resume normal immigration rules in those regions comes days before the Department of Homeland Security is expected to announce whether to renew the special status, according to the Washington Post.

The Miami Herald reports that political leaders in Miami-Dade, Florida -- home to the largest concentration of Haitians protected by the special status, known as Temporary Protected Status (TPS), have urged President Donald Trump to continue the waiver.

But the paper quickly added that the State Department decision could be a prelude to that status being lifted.

More than 300,000 Central Americans and Haitians living in the United States under a form of temporary permission no longer need to be shielded from deportation, the State Department told Homeland Security officials, the Post reported.





church-shooter.jpgThe mass shooter who opened fire during Mass inside a Texas church killing at least 27 - including a two-year-old child - has been identified as a 26-year-old former Bible study teacher who was dishonorably discharged from the US Air Force.

Devin Patrick Kelley walked into the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, dressed in black, tactical gear with a ballistics belt and an assault rifle, and began shooting, according to local law enforcement sources.

The attack only stopped when Kelly was tackled by a heroic local man.

Kelley, 26, of New Braunfels, a suburb of San Antonio, fled in his SUV but crashed near state lines and was killed after a brief foot chase into Guadalupe County, according Guadalupe County Sheriff's Office spokesman Robert Murphy.

It's still unclear if the gunman shot himself or was taken down by a local resident.

San Antonio police raided Kelley's home on Sunday evening, with K9 and bomb squad units.

Kelley, who was reportedly married, had recently posted a photo of an AR-15 style gun on his Facebook page with the caption: 'She's a bad b***h.'

A LinkedIn account which appears to be Kelley's states that he joined the US Air Force after graduating New Braunfels High School in 2009. He worked in logistics and supply in the Air Force until he was dishonorably discharged in 2014 and was even court martialed in May 2014, CBS News reported.

He then volunteered as a teacher for Bible studies at Kingsville First Baptist Church, according to his LinkedIn which shows him posing which a young child. Police are now investigating the possibility that Kelley was in a local militia group.

Wilson County Commissioner Albert Gamez Jr told CNN that at least 27 people - including the shooter- have been killed in the shooting, but the death toll is expected to climb. The first responders on the scene were from local churches who began receiving texts from family and friends about the shooting.

The Connally Memorial Medical Center said 'multiple' victims are being treated.





26 killed in deadly Texas church shooting

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At least 26 people have been shot inside a Texas church after a gunman opened fire during the Sunday morning service.

The shooting happened at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, where around 50 people usually attend service, according to local reports.

Sheriff Joe Tackitt confirmed with KENS 5 that there are 'multiple casualties and fatalities'.

Witnesses said a man 'in full gear' walked inside the church and opened fire just before 11.30am.

Police could not give an exact number of victims shot in the attack, but witnesses said as many as 20 shots were fired.

The suspect, who has not been identified, is dead and there is no longer an active shooter threat, according to police.

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First responders are still working to remove bodies from inside the church.

Neighbors in the area said they may have heard the shooter reload multiple times. Another witness at the scene said a two-year-old was also shot in the attack.

Families tearfully prayed nearby as they wait to see if their family and friends are safe.

According to KSAT, there were at least six helicopters called in to transport victims to the hospital.

Connally Memorial Center in Floresville so far have received six people from the shooting.

Special agents from ATF's Houston Field Division, San Antonio Field Office are responding to the scene of the shooting. The FBI is currently on site.





serena-and-baby.jpgSerena Williams shared a lengthy video of her new daughter on Wednesday morning, along with a video documenting her entire pregnancy.

She posted the lengthy Instagram story almost two weeks after giving birth on September 1, an event she also included in the video.

Serena, 35, also revealed that the baby girl is named Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr. - just like her father - and that the family had to spend six days in the hospital after her arrival because of complications.

'Look what we got! A baby girl' says Serena at the end of the video, showing Alexis Jr. as she lays in her arms.

The little baby is entirely covered with just her two tiny booties, face and full head of hair peeking out from her blanket.

She does not go into any more details about the complications beyond stating that there was an extended hospital stay, and Alexis was born weighing 6lbs 14ozs, a healthy weight for a newborn.





Death toll in Mexico earthquake reaches 90

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mexico-earthquake.jpgNinety people are now confirmed dead in the quake that struck off Mexico's southern coast. It was the most powerful to hit the country in a century and was felt as far as Mexico City and Guatemala City by an estimated 50 million people.

Many were asleep when the quake struck. The USGS reported multiple aftershocks, including at least six with tremors measuring above 5.0 in magnitude.

Earthquake shakes buildings in Mexico

The majority of the deaths were in Oaxaca state, where homes and buildings collapsed. Oaxaca's governor said Saturday that 71 people had died in his state, Oaxaca's Civil Protection agency said via Twitter.

Relief and rescue efforts continued throughout the weekend.

In the city of Juchitan, rescuers used floodlights to illuminate a giant pile of debris.

"Can anyone hear me?" they shouted as they searched for survivors among the debris, using dogs to help in the search.

In other parts of Juchitan, operators used heavy machinery to clear roads. Soldiers tapped to help with relief efforts worked with shovels to move smaller debris out of the way.

Mexico's interior ministry has also reported 15 deaths in the state of Chiapas and four in the state of Tabasco.

Chiapas and Oaxaca, home to about 9 million people, are two of the most impoverished areas in Mexico.

The quake's epicenter was in the Pacific Ocean, some 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) southeast of Mexico's capital and 74 miles (120 kilometers) off the coast.

A tsunami was confirmed in Mexico, with one wave coming in at 5.8 feet (1.75 meter), according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. Tsunami warnings were issued as far away as New Zealand and Vanuatu.

President Enrique Peña Nieto said Mexico's army, marines and federal police had been mobilized to respond.





girlfriend-texting-death.jpgA Massachusetts woman who encouraged her boyfriend to kill himself in dozens of text messages and told him to "get back in" a truck filled with toxic gas faces up to 20 years in prison when a judge sentences her on a charge of involuntary manslaughter.

Michelle Carter was convicted in June by a judge who said her final instruction to Conrad Roy III caused his death. Juvenile Court Judge Lawrence Moniz will sentence Carter Thursday.

Carter was 17 when the 18-year-old Roy was found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning in July 2014.

In dozens of text messages, Carter urged Roy to follow through on his talk of taking his own life. "The time is right and you are ready ... just do it babe," Carter wrote in a text the day he killed himself.

The sensational trial was closely watched on social media, in part because of the insistent tone of Carter's text messages.

"You can't think about it. You just have to do it. You said you were gonna do it. Like I don't get why you aren't," Carter wrote in one text.

Carter's lawyer, Joseph Cataldo, argued that Roy was determined to kill himself and nothing Carter did could change that. He said Carter initially tried to talk Roy out of it and urged him to get professional help, but eventually went along with his plan. Cataldo also argued that Carter's words amounted to free speech protected by the First Amendment.

In convicting Carter, the judge focused his ruling on Carter telling Roy to "get back in" after he climbed out of his truck as it was filling with carbon monoxide and told her he was afraid.

The judge said those words constituted "wanton and reckless conduct" under the manslaughter statute.

Carter and Roy met in Florida in 2012 while both were on vacation with their families. After that, they only met in person a handful of times. Their relationship consisted mainly of texting.

Both teens struggled with depression. Carter had been treated for anorexia, and Roy had made earlier suicide attempts.

Roy's aunt has asked the judge to sentence Carter to the 20-year maximum. Carter's father said his daughter made "a tragic mistake," and is asking for probation and continued counseling.

Carter was tried as a youthful offender, so the judge has several options for sentencing. He can commit her to a Department of Youth Services facility until she turns 21 on Aug 11. He could also combine a DYS commitment with an adult sentence, or can give her an adult sentence of anything from probation to the maximum 20-year term.





Kim Kardashian faces $100 million lawsuit

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kim-kardashian-photo-1.jpgKim Kardashian West's company is being sued for $100 million.

Kim-sa-princesss, Inc. were hit with a patent infringement lawsuit on Monday over their promotion and the reality TV star's use of an illuminated phone case which she uses to take perfect selfies with her friends.

According to celebrity website TMZ, the complaint claims a man named Hoosh-mand Ha-rooni filed a patent for an ''integrated lighting accessory and case for a mobile phone device'' in 2013.

Kim is often promoting her Lu-Mee phone case on social media when she takes a selfie and now Snaplight, the company Hoosh-mand licensed his lighting phone case to, claim she is taking some of their profits so they want $100 million.

Snaplight insist it has been ''extremely difficult'' for them ''to compete in the selfie case market'' with the 36-year-old star promoting Lu-Mee to her 165 million social media followers.

However, a representative for Kim has insisted she has done ''absolutely nothing wrong''.





cayman-house-speaker-arrested-florida.jpgSpeaker of the House in the Cayman Islands and former Premier, McKeeva Bush was arrested earlier this week in the United States. According to Broward County court records in the state of Florida, McKeeva Bush, 62, was arrested by the Seminole police late Monday.

The public records state that he was arrested on a misdemeanor office that occurred at a casino.

"William McKeeva Bush was arrested by Seminole Police on Monday at 11:02 p.m. (local time) at the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek and charged with simple battery or misdemeanor battery," said Gary Bitner, a spokesman for Seminole Police department in statement to the Cayman COmpass.

The police records indicate that Bush was offered bail with a cash bond of US$1,000.

The arrest followed an interview with and sworn statement by the female employee victim and a review of surveillance video.

According to the arresting officer, the surveillance video showed Bush allegedly wrapped his arm around the victim's lower back and forcefully pulled the victim towards his direction.

"According to the arresting officer, the victim alleged [Mr. Bush] grabbed her buttocks while pulling her with his right arm."

Bush's Florida attorney, Keith Seltzer says ,a court date has not been set as the House Speaker has not been formally charged. Bush was overwhelmingly re-elected in the May general election in the Cayman Islands.





O J Simpson granted parole

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o-j-simpson-parole.jpgFormer US football star and actor OJ Simpson has been granted parole after nine years in a Nevada prison.

The 70 year-old's first words were "Thank you!" bowing his head as the commissioners approved him for release.

Simpson, who was acquitted for a double murder in 1995, has been serving time for armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and 11 other charges.

He is set to go free in October after being convicted of a 2007 confrontation at a Las Vegas hotel.





The controversy over Kathy Griffin's gory photo showing the fake, severed head of President Donald Trump will apparently never end. More than a month after the photo was released, the comedian is reportedly still under investigation.

Griffin "has been interviewed by the Secret Service, in-person, for over an hour," political journalist Yashar Ali reported in a tweet posted Monday. He added that the investigation is "still not closed."

HuffPost says that they reached out to Griffin's team for confirmation but did not immediately receive a response.

As Vulture notes, Griffin's lawyers confirmed in early June that the comedian was under investigation for the photo. The comedian also referenced a federal investigation herself in a recent tweet.

Kathy Griffin ✔ @kathygriffin

Hey, (I don't give a F anymore) 🖕🏻but @TMZ & Harvey Levin may u NEVER b under fed investigation like I am now. https://thinkprogress.org/tmz-quietly-became-americas-most-potent-pro-trump-media-outlet-bf703c24a68e ...

2:06 PM - 27 Jun 2017

After releasing the photo, Griffin faced an enormous amount of backlash from both sides of the aisle. She lost various jobs, including her New Year's Eve hosting gig with CNN, and also received death threats.


The comedian quickly apologized. Yet in a June 2 press conference held to explain her actions, she accused the Trump family of trying to ruin her life, calling the president a bully and stating that she would not back away from her criticism.


"You know what, I'm going to make fun of him more now," she said at the time.

For proof Griffin is following through on that promise, just look at her Twitter feed.

Kathy Griffin ✔ @kathygriffin

POTUS likes to punch down. Whether it's anchors, US Attorneys, or standup comics. Meanwhile, millions are about to lose health insurance.

3:03 PM - 29 Jun 2017





shooter-female-doctor-killed.jpgDetails are emerging of the horrifiying assault on a New York City hospital ward that left one doctor dead at the hands of a disgruntled former employee, as well as multiple people injured.

Dr. Tracy Tam was gunned down Friday when a former employee of Bronx Lebanon hospital hid an AR-15 style rifle under a lab coat and stormed the 16th floor.

In a sick twist to this story of a sanctuary turned deadly, officials have revealed that Dr. Tam wasn't even supposed to be at work at the time of her murder.

The 32-year-old Queens native was covering another doctor's shift when she was killed, WCBS reports. A loved one addressed the senseless slaying in a GoFundMe created to help pay for Tam's funeral.

"She worked extra hours without incentive just to hold hands of patients that are about to pass or just to talk to them and listen to their needs," the page reads. "Tracy Tam was an exceptional, and an extremely compassionate physician. She touched lives of many."

Dr. Henry Bello has been identified as the physician who opened fire on what were potentially former colleagues and others in the department where he once worked before taking his own life. Of the six victims injured, one was a patient and the other five were either doctors or medical students.

The most critical victim was transferred to Mt. Sinai Medical Center for surgery. By Sunday morning, hospital officials told reporters they were happy with the conditions of several of the victims.

"Three have been downgraded to stable, and doing quite well. We are happy with their condition," the hospital official said. "One particular patient is still critical."

In the aftermath, a picture of Bello is being pieced together from former co-workers who recall his uneven temperament.

"There are many, many details that we're still putting together," said Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a Friday press conference. "This was a horrible situation unfolding in a place that people associated with care and comfort, a situation that came out of nowhere."

In fact, it had been two years since Bello was let go and authorities aren't yet sure why he only snapped now and whether or not he was on a mission to kill someone specific when he entered the 16th floor.

What authorities do know is that Bello had a bizarre criminal history and, according to some who knew him, a difficult personality.

"We fired him because he was kind of crazy," Dr. Maureen Kwankam told the Daily News. "He promised to come back and kill us then."

More specifically, Bello was reportedly forced out amid sexual harassment allegations.

According to the AP, Bello also had a history of other, unrelated, aggressive behavior. IN 2004, he pleaded guilty to unlawful imprisonment after a 23-year-old woman told police Bello picked up and carried her off, saying, "You're coming with me."

He was arrested again in 2009 on a charge of unlawful surveillance after two different women told police he tried to look up their skirts with a mirror.

Bello's unhinged behavior reached a crescendo Friday when, the dead and injured in his wake, cops say he may have doused himself in accelerant and attempted to set himself on fire before sprinklers put out the flames.

Bello then subsequenty shot himself and collapsed in a hospital hallway, where he died with the rifle at his side, officials said.

Bello's body was near that of the female victim, later identified as Tam, according to NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill.

Officials have not released the identity of other victims.





China issued new regulations on Friday around online video content, directing streaming platforms to eliminate a range of programs in yet another tightening of controls on the Chinese Internet.

Among the films, dramas and cartoons targeted by the China Netcasting Services Assocation's (CNSA) rules are those "demonstrating 'abnormal' sexual relations or acts, such as... homosexuality."

Online video platforms must hire at least three "professional censors" to watch every program from beginning to end and remove those that do not adhere to "correct political and aesthetic standards," the regulations said.

Providers are called upon to produce programs that "center on the people and promote socialist values and Chinese culture."

The new rules come just one week after China ordered a halt to video streaming on three major websites.

According to China's media oversight body, the platforms -- including the massively popular Sina Weibo microblogging platform, iFeng.com and ACFUN -- did not possess the permits required for providing their audio-visual streams.

Authorities were directed to shut down offending audio-visual services "so as to create a cleaner cyberspace," China's State Administration of Press.





Shooter at Bronx hospital shot dead

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A gunman who opened fire inside a hospital in the Bronx borough of New York has reportedly been shot dead by the police.

The man, said to be dressed as a doctor, began shooting at the 972-bed Bronx-Lebanon Hospital, reports say.

At least three people are believed to have been shot.

Messages on social media spoke of doctors and nurses barricading themselves inside the building.

The New York Times quoted a fire department official as saying that three doctors had been shot. Their condition is not known.

Some reports say the gunman may have been a former employee but this has not been confirmed.

The 120-year-old hospital is in the Morris Heights district of the Bronx.





Gunman shoots several at Bronx hospital

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA gunman, who was dressed as a doctor, shot several people inside a hospital in the Bronx borough of New York on Friday, police said, amid reports that three doctors were hurt in the incident.

"We are actively looking for the shooter," a New York police spokesman said, adding: "It is a very active scene, we have not determined who the shooter is at this time."

"Multiple people were shot" in the incident at the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital, located north of Manhattan, the spokesman said.





hands-behind-bars.jpgA woman has been arrested in the US after allegedly locking her children, aged two and five, in the boot of her car while she went shopping.

US media report that Tori Castillo, 39, is facing child abuse charges and the children are now with their father.

Onlookers in the car park instructed the five-year-old on how to open the boot from the inside, reports say.

Passersby had noticed the car shaking and noise coming from inside where it was parked outside a Walmart.

The incident happened on Thursday in Riverdale, Utah. It is not clear how long the children were in the boot.





donald-trump-photo-1.jpgPresident Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting last week, according to current and former U.S. officials, who said Trump's disclosures jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.

The information the president relayed had been provided by a U.S. partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the U.S. government, officials said.

The partner had not given the United States permission to share the material with Russia, and officials said Trump's decision to do so endangers cooperation from an ally that has access to the inner workings of the Islamic State. After Trump's meeting, senior White House officials took steps to contain the damage, placing calls to the CIA and the National Security Agency.

"This is code-word information," said a U.S. official familiar with the matter, using terminology that refers to one of the highest classification levels used by American spy agencies. Trump "revealed more information to the Russian ambassador than we have shared with our own allies."

The revelation comes as the president faces rising legal and political pressure on multiple Russia-related fronts. Last week, he fired FBI Director James B. Comey in the midst of a bureau investigation into possible links between the Trump campaign and Moscow. Trump's subsequent admission that his decision was driven by "this Russia thing" was seen by critics as attempted obstruction of justice.

The male vendor, who was shot by gunmen in Coronation Market in downtown, Kingston on Monday morning has died.

The vendor identified as Kirk Morgan, a 45-year-old resident of West Kingston succumbed to his injuries an hour after being taken to the Kingston Public Hospital.

Reports are that at about 12:30 pm, the vendor was in the market plying his trade when he was attacked and shot.





trump-meets-russian-diplomat-white-house.jpgDonald Trump's administration was left red-faced Thursday after the Moscow surprised them by releasing pictures of a closed-door meeting between the US president and Russia's top diplomat.The images -- issued by the Russian state news agency TASS, and subsequently published by much of the global media -- showed a grinning Trump shaking hands with Sergei Lavrov and the Russian ambassador in Washington, Sergei Kislyak, during an Oval Office meeting.

That Wednesday meeting was already being seen as a major diplomatic coup for the Kremlin, a red carpet welcome just months after being hit with US sanctions for meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Veteran diplomats questioned why Trump agreed to host the diplomats -- a rare honor for non-heads of state, much less for those at the center of major US political scandal.

US administrations often treat Oval Office meetings as a type of currency, dangling the prospect of a high-profile sit-down to gain leverage or concessions in negotiations.

But the emergence of photos compounded the perception that Russia had won a diplomatic victory and that the Trump White House was outmaneuvered.

"Congrats Kollegi (colleagues) at getting these photos! Huge coup," said former US ambassador to Moscow Michael McFaul.

Publicly, the White House put on a brave face.

Trump "should be meeting with the foreign minister," said White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, lambasting critics.

"For them to try to attack him for doing his job, maybe they should spend a little more time doing their jobs and we wouldn't have all the problems that we do."

Privately though White House officials seethed at what they described as a breach of trust.





donald-trump-photo-1.jpgDonald Trump has dramatically fired the FBI Director after he misled the Senate by claiming Huma Abedin sent classified emails to Anthony Weiner.

He writes to James Comey: 'You are hereby terminated and removed from office immediately.'

Comey found out on live TV screens in Los Angeles that he was being fired but thought it was a joke until he was briefed by his staff.

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He was later seen in his motorcade on a city interstate - in a bizarre parallel to O.J. Simpson - before boarding a private plane and shaking hands with officers.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions wrote formal memo saying they had no confidence in him.

Trump used letter dismissing Comey to say: 'I greatly appreciate you informing me, in three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation'.

Chuck Schumer, Democrats' most senior figure said he had told President Trump that firing Comey was a 'very big mistake'.

Democrats piled on by comparing Trump to Richard Nixon who fired top justice officials in the Saturday Night Massacre but Clinton aide said: 'No comment.'.

New acting FBI director is Andrew McCabe - and he too is caught in the toxic impact of Clinton as his politician wife got cash from a Hillary ally.





facebook-killer-steve-stephens.jpgSteve Stephens, the Facebook killer, killed himself about 90 minutes outside Cleveland during a high speed chase with cops in Pennsylvania.

Police in Erie, PA say Stephens' body was found inside his white Ford Fusion around 11:10 AM ET on Tuesday. The police were in pursuit of Stephens at the time after they responded to a tip that Stephens' car had been spotted in a nearby McDonald's parking lot.

Cops say Stephens' car came to a stop in the middle of the road near a former elementary school, and then he took his own life. He died on scene.





facebook-killer-stephens.jpgFacebook killer Steve Stephens was undone by McDonald's employees who ID'd him and made him wait a little extra time for his order so the cops could come and catch him.

Stephens went through the drive-thru at the McDonald's on Buffalo Road in Erie, PA when one of the workers recognized him. He ordered a 20-piece McNugget and a large fry ... but workers made it seem the fries weren't ready so they could buy time.

According to the restaurant's manager ... Stephens got his nuggets, but then said he had to go and he drove off without the fries. It was enough time for cops to get on his tail.

Stephens was involved in a high-speed police chase shortly afterward, before committing suicide in his car.

Source:TMZ





 

obama-and-kids-tweet.jpgTwitter may be considered President Donald Trump's domain, but it is actually his predecessor who appears to be better at leveraging the platform -- and with less effort.

Former President Barack Obama's tweet reacting to racist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August was the most-liked tweet of 2017 and in Twitter history, according to Twitter's year-in-review, released on Tuesday. The tweet, sent from Obama's personal @BarackObama account, quotes Nelson Mandela's 1994 autobiography: "No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion..." It was also the second-most retweeted tweet of the year. (The most retweeted was about chicken nuggets.)

Trump was the year's most tweeted-about world leader and most frequently mentioned US elected official, but none of his individual tweets broke through among the most-liked or most-retweeted messages.

Another tweet from Obama reacting to Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) brain cancer diagnosis in July was the third most liked tweet of the year, behind a message from pop singer Ariana Grande:

And two more of Obama's tweets from the end of his term, from the @POTUS44 account archive of his Twitter activity as president, were also among 2017's most retweeted messages.

@POTUS44

Thank you for everything. My last ask is the same as my first. I'm asking you to believe--not in my ability to create change, but in yours. 11:52 PM - Jan 10, 2017

@POTUS44

It's been the honor of my life to serve you. You made me a better leader and a better man.

9:09 AM - Jan 20, 2017





matt-lauer-fired.jpgMatt Lauer was fired from NBC News on Wednesday after an employee filed a complaint about "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace," the network announced.

Savannah Guthrie made the announcement at the top of the "Today" show. Lauer has been the cornerstone of the program, one of the most profitable franchises on television, for two decades.

NBC News chairman Andrew Lack said in a memo to staff that it was the first complaint lodged against Lauer in his career at the network. But he said "we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident."

Lauer was not immediately reachable for comment. An NBC News spokeswoman declined to comment about the details of the allegation against him.

Reporters for The New York Times had been investigating Lauer for several weeks, according to sources who had been contacted by the Times.

Lauer is the latest high-profile man in media to be brought down by allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior. Just last week, CBS News fired one of its own morning anchors, Charlie Rose, after a report in The Washington Post chronicled years of sexual misconduct.

The torrent began when The New York Times and The New Yorker reported on allegations against the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

Since then, actors Kevin Spacey and Louis C.K. have been suspended or removed from projects after allegations against them became public. And other prominent journalists, including Mark Halperin of NBC and Michael Oreskes of NPR, have been fired or suspended from their jobs.

The firing of Lauer removes one of the most recognizable personalities on television, and at a time when morning news programs are increasingly important to network news divisions.





Nudist restaurant opens in Paris

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nudist-restaurant.jpg(AFP) -- Leave your coats, your pants and your inhibitions at the door: a Paris restaurant has begun serving up classic French fare to diners in the nude.

Located down a quiet side street in southwest Paris, O'naturel, billed as the French capital's first nudist restaurant, is the brainchild of 42-year-old twins Mike and Stephane Saada.

Former insurance salesmen, they aren't nudists themselves -- but they spotted a money-making opportunity in a country that enjoys a reputation as a top naturist holiday destination.

"People only get to be nudists in the summer," explained Stephane.

O'naturel is considerably warmer in November than the roughly 460 designated outdoor nudist spots around France, most of them beaches and campsites.

The capital trialled a nudist area in its Bois de Vincennes Park in October, while Parisians can swim in the buff several times a week at a public pool.

But Yves Leclerc, the president of the French Naturist Federation, was thrilled at the idea of being able to strip off for dinner. (Source AFP)





wes-goodman-anti-lgbt-politician.jpgAn anti-LGBT Republican politician who was allegedly caught having sex with a man in his office is facing more than 30 accusations of sexual misconduct.

Wes Goodman, a state legislator for Ohio, has already been forced to resign after a witness to the reported extramarital affair told the Ohio House Chief of Staff.

But now Mr Goodman is facing a host of complaints after alleged victims shared screengrabs of conversations with right-leaning news website the Independent Journal Review.

Mr Goodman, who routinely promotes "family values", is married to a woman who is an assistant director of an annual abortion rally known as March for Life.

According to the IJR, Mr Goodman would regularly contact men, usually aged between 18 and 24 and in the Republican movement, on Facebook Messenger.

The conversations frequently turned sexually explicit, with Mr Goodman sending suggestive messages and photos of his genitalia on Snapchat, reports the website.

One alleged victim, who wished to remain anonymous, told the IJR he received a friend request from Mr Goodman, who started discussing "various political things" before a two weeks later asking for the man's Snapchat details.

"He constantly sent me Snaps and was always commenting on my stories," the victim said. "He also asked how much 'p***y' I was getting and wondering what I was doing on Friday and Saturday nights."

He added: "Then, he sent me videos of him masturbating as well as d**k pics. He also sent another Snapchat asking how big my penis was."

Dozens of men shared similar experiences of their online encounters with Mr Goodman, according to the IRJ.

The politician was also accused of groping an 18-year-old student in 2015 after a fundraiser, according to the Washington Post.

Mr Goodman, whose Twitter biography describes him as "Christian. American. Conservative. Republican. Husband to @Beth1027", has regularly claimed "natural marriage" occurs between a man and a woman.

"Healthy, vibrant, thriving, values-driven families are the source of Ohio's proud history and the key to Ohio's future greatness," his campaign website said.

"The ideals of a loving father and mother, a committed natural marriage, and a caring community are well worth pursuing and protecting."

The website has now been taken offline.

Mr Goodman, who has been described as a "conscience of the conservative movement", announced in a statement on Thursday that he was stepping down.

"We all bring our own struggles and our own trials into public life," he said.

"That has been true for me, and I sincerely regret that my actions and choices have kept me from serving my constituents and our state in a way that reflects the best ideals of public service.

"For those whom I have let own, I'm sorry. As I move onto the next chapter of my life, I sincerely ask for privacy for myself, my family, and my friends."





donald-trump-photo-4.jpgIt holds nuclear missile codes, it's in charge of the security of the United States, and its ultimate boss, the US president, is a prolific tweeter. But when it comes to handling its own Twitter account, the Pentagon could do with improving its skills.

On Thursday the US Department of Defense accidentally retweeted a tweet calling for Donald Trump to resign as US president.

The original tweet which also called for two other US politicians to step down following sexual harassment allegations was tweeted from an account belonging to @ProudResister, an anti-Trump activist.

It said: "The solution is simple. Roy Moore: Step down from the race. Al Franken: Resign from congress, Donald Trump: Resign from the presidency. GOP: Stop making sexual assault a partisan issue. It's a crime as is your hypocrisy."

The Pentagon's main account retweeted the message to its 5.2 million followers before quickly deleting it. But the embarrassing blunder did not go unnoticed. A screen shot of the Pentagon's retweet was itself retweeted and shared, and the reaction to it was swift.

"Uh someone made a mistake," posted one Twitter user.

Another user tweeted: "Looks like that ex-Twitter employee found a new gig at the Pentagon," referring to a similar social media blunder earlier this month when a Twitter employee deactivated President Trump's account on their last day in the job.

At the time, the president brushed off the 11-minute Twitter outage, but the incident raised questions about the security of President Trump's account.





Mugabe seen in public for the first time since 'coup'

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mugabe-with-soldier.jpgZimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has made his first public appearance since the country's army took over on Wednesday.

He attended a graduation ceremony in the capital, Harare.

Mr Mugabe had been under house arrest for days. The army made its move after a power struggle over his successor.

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The military said on Friday it was "engaging" with Mr Mugabe and would advise the public on the outcome of talks "as soon as possible".

Meanwhile Christopher Mutsvangwa, the leader of the influential war veterans' association, said Mr Mugabe should step down at once.

He called for a huge turnout in street protests on Saturday.





Colin Kaepernick is GQ's 'Citizen of the Year'

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colin-kaepernick-gq-magazine.jpgColin Kaepernick, an American football player who last year started protesting police brutality against African Americans by kneeling during the US national anthem, has been named "Citizen of the Year" by GQ magazine.

The public stand of the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback has sparked a wave of similar protests across the National Football League and other athletic events.

Announcing its decision on Monday, GQ likened Kaepernick to other sports icons, including boxer Muhammad Ali, who opposed the Vietnam War.

"He's been vilified by millions and locked out of the NFL - all because he took a knee to protest police brutality," the magazine said of Kaepernick's protest. Kaepernick's determined stand puts him in rare company in sports history: Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson - athletes who risked everything to make a difference," it said.

Kaepernick declined to be interviewed by GQ but posed for pictures. He posted a message on Twitter, saying he was "honored' by the recognition.





ganja-image-5.jpgSoon-to-be legal recreational marijuana sales in Canada could bring up to C$1 billion (US$800 million) annually into government coffers, an official said Friday.

"If the market is somewhere in the neighbourhood of 400,000 kilos (440 tons)... then the tax impact of that would be somewhere in the neighbourhood of C$1 billion," said MP and former Toronto police chief Bill Blair, who has been tasked with overseeing the setup of the new regime.

"That's a very high estimate, in my opinion," he added, stressing that the actual size of the recreational pot market is not yet known.

Ottawa is scheduled to legalise cannabis next July after having already permitted its use for medical care.

One of the major considerations in the country's cannabis taxation policy is to keep costs low enough to undercut the illicit pot market.

The authorities have proposed a 10 per cent excise tax on marijuana in addition to applying sales taxes of up to 15 per cent, with amounts varying across jurisdictions.

The proceeds would be split with the provinces, which have announced a patchwork of public and private sector retail sales for cannabis.





A public school teacher in Georgia has been placed on administrative leave after allegedly threatening a student late last month, officials said.

A video taken from the classroom of the Rockdale Career Academy in Conyers shows the teacher telling a student not to "screw" with him, or he will "get in big-a-- trouble." It is not clear if the student he was allegedly speaking to can be seen in the video.

"Don't smile at me, man, OK? That's how people like you get shot," the teacher, who is white, told the student, who is black. "I got a bet. I bet by the time you're 21, somebody's gonna put a bullet right through your head. And it might be me -- the one that does it."

Students in the classroom are heard expressing shock at the teacher's statements.

The mother of the student that the teacher was allegedly speaking to posted the video to Facebook on Friday, saying that she was "outraged" that the incident occurred.

"You see these stories on the news never believing it will happen to your child," April Carr wrote on Facebook. "Well it happened to mine and we will get justice."

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Carr told ABC Atlanta affiliate WSB-TV that the physics teacher made the comments after her son and other students laughed as he wrote an equation on the board.

The teacher then walked over to Carr's son and began his rant, Carr told ABC News, adding that there was "no back and forth" or "disrespectful" banter between her son and his teacher.

"He's in a classroom of a majority African-American students, so for you to say 'you people,' it's an outright racist statement -- no covering it up," Carr said.

Carr said her son recently turned 17 and that she's had "plenty of conversations with him about how to conduct himself and how to act when he's out," which includes being "respectful at all times." He is in the gifted programme, takes multiple AP classes and is on the wrestling and football team for the school, Carr said.

Carr said that with "all the shootings" going on in the country, she "can't afford" to take the teacher's comments lightly.

"I have to take it as seriously as it sounded," she said.

Carr said that she believes the teacher should be fired.

"This is not OK, you know, for our educators and the people who parents send our kids to school to learn from," Carr said.

An incident report from the Rockdale County Sheriff's office identified the teacher as Paul Hagen. The incident was reported to authorities by Carr on Friday after she received a phone call from the school the previous day informing her of the incident. Carr learned of the video after speaking to her son, according to the incident report.





crime-scene-7.jpgA Pennsylvania man was arrested after police say he murdered his female friend when she rejected his marriage proposal, according to NBC Philadelphia.

Christopher Tucker, 34, has been charged with murder and criminal homicide for allegedly killing 19-year-old Tara Serino, who was last seen by her family early on the morning of October 30.

According to local police, Tucker asked Serino to marry him at his home in Berks County, Pennsylvania, sometime between Monday morning and Tuesday afternoon.

US 50,000 Haitian residents, by the Thanksgiving holiday later this month

A letter from the United States Department of State could pave the way for deporting 50,000 Haitian residents, by the Thanksgiving holiday later this month, enjoying a reprieve from certain immigration rules that were waived after the 2010 earthquake, according to reports here.

The ruling that conditions have improved enough in Haiti and in Central America to resume normal immigration rules in those regions comes days before the Department of Homeland Security is expected to announce whether to renew the special status, according to the Washington Post.

The Miami Herald reports that political leaders in Miami-Dade, Florida -- home to the largest concentration of Haitians protected by the special status, known as Temporary Protected Status (TPS), have urged President Donald Trump to continue the waiver.

But the paper quickly added that the State Department decision could be a prelude to that status being lifted.

More than 300,000 Central Americans and Haitians living in the United States under a form of temporary permission no longer need to be shielded from deportation, the State Department told Homeland Security officials, the Post reported.





church-shooter.jpgThe mass shooter who opened fire during Mass inside a Texas church killing at least 27 - including a two-year-old child - has been identified as a 26-year-old former Bible study teacher who was dishonorably discharged from the US Air Force.

Devin Patrick Kelley walked into the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, dressed in black, tactical gear with a ballistics belt and an assault rifle, and began shooting, according to local law enforcement sources.

The attack only stopped when Kelly was tackled by a heroic local man.

Kelley, 26, of New Braunfels, a suburb of San Antonio, fled in his SUV but crashed near state lines and was killed after a brief foot chase into Guadalupe County, according Guadalupe County Sheriff's Office spokesman Robert Murphy.

It's still unclear if the gunman shot himself or was taken down by a local resident.

San Antonio police raided Kelley's home on Sunday evening, with K9 and bomb squad units.

Kelley, who was reportedly married, had recently posted a photo of an AR-15 style gun on his Facebook page with the caption: 'She's a bad b***h.'

A LinkedIn account which appears to be Kelley's states that he joined the US Air Force after graduating New Braunfels High School in 2009. He worked in logistics and supply in the Air Force until he was dishonorably discharged in 2014 and was even court martialed in May 2014, CBS News reported.

He then volunteered as a teacher for Bible studies at Kingsville First Baptist Church, according to his LinkedIn which shows him posing which a young child. Police are now investigating the possibility that Kelley was in a local militia group.

Wilson County Commissioner Albert Gamez Jr told CNN that at least 27 people - including the shooter- have been killed in the shooting, but the death toll is expected to climb. The first responders on the scene were from local churches who began receiving texts from family and friends about the shooting.

The Connally Memorial Medical Center said 'multiple' victims are being treated.





26 killed in deadly Texas church shooting

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At least 26 people have been shot inside a Texas church after a gunman opened fire during the Sunday morning service.

The shooting happened at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, where around 50 people usually attend service, according to local reports.

Sheriff Joe Tackitt confirmed with KENS 5 that there are 'multiple casualties and fatalities'.

Witnesses said a man 'in full gear' walked inside the church and opened fire just before 11.30am.

Police could not give an exact number of victims shot in the attack, but witnesses said as many as 20 shots were fired.

The suspect, who has not been identified, is dead and there is no longer an active shooter threat, according to police.

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First responders are still working to remove bodies from inside the church.

Neighbors in the area said they may have heard the shooter reload multiple times. Another witness at the scene said a two-year-old was also shot in the attack.

Families tearfully prayed nearby as they wait to see if their family and friends are safe.

According to KSAT, there were at least six helicopters called in to transport victims to the hospital.

Connally Memorial Center in Floresville so far have received six people from the shooting.

Special agents from ATF's Houston Field Division, San Antonio Field Office are responding to the scene of the shooting. The FBI is currently on site.





serena-and-baby.jpgSerena Williams shared a lengthy video of her new daughter on Wednesday morning, along with a video documenting her entire pregnancy.

She posted the lengthy Instagram story almost two weeks after giving birth on September 1, an event she also included in the video.

Serena, 35, also revealed that the baby girl is named Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr. - just like her father - and that the family had to spend six days in the hospital after her arrival because of complications.

'Look what we got! A baby girl' says Serena at the end of the video, showing Alexis Jr. as she lays in her arms.

The little baby is entirely covered with just her two tiny booties, face and full head of hair peeking out from her blanket.

She does not go into any more details about the complications beyond stating that there was an extended hospital stay, and Alexis was born weighing 6lbs 14ozs, a healthy weight for a newborn.





Death toll in Mexico earthquake reaches 90

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mexico-earthquake.jpgNinety people are now confirmed dead in the quake that struck off Mexico's southern coast. It was the most powerful to hit the country in a century and was felt as far as Mexico City and Guatemala City by an estimated 50 million people.

Many were asleep when the quake struck. The USGS reported multiple aftershocks, including at least six with tremors measuring above 5.0 in magnitude.

Earthquake shakes buildings in Mexico

The majority of the deaths were in Oaxaca state, where homes and buildings collapsed. Oaxaca's governor said Saturday that 71 people had died in his state, Oaxaca's Civil Protection agency said via Twitter.

Relief and rescue efforts continued throughout the weekend.

In the city of Juchitan, rescuers used floodlights to illuminate a giant pile of debris.

"Can anyone hear me?" they shouted as they searched for survivors among the debris, using dogs to help in the search.

In other parts of Juchitan, operators used heavy machinery to clear roads. Soldiers tapped to help with relief efforts worked with shovels to move smaller debris out of the way.

Mexico's interior ministry has also reported 15 deaths in the state of Chiapas and four in the state of Tabasco.

Chiapas and Oaxaca, home to about 9 million people, are two of the most impoverished areas in Mexico.

The quake's epicenter was in the Pacific Ocean, some 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) southeast of Mexico's capital and 74 miles (120 kilometers) off the coast.

A tsunami was confirmed in Mexico, with one wave coming in at 5.8 feet (1.75 meter), according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. Tsunami warnings were issued as far away as New Zealand and Vanuatu.

President Enrique Peña Nieto said Mexico's army, marines and federal police had been mobilized to respond.





girlfriend-texting-death.jpgA Massachusetts woman who encouraged her boyfriend to kill himself in dozens of text messages and told him to "get back in" a truck filled with toxic gas faces up to 20 years in prison when a judge sentences her on a charge of involuntary manslaughter.

Michelle Carter was convicted in June by a judge who said her final instruction to Conrad Roy III caused his death. Juvenile Court Judge Lawrence Moniz will sentence Carter Thursday.

Carter was 17 when the 18-year-old Roy was found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning in July 2014.

In dozens of text messages, Carter urged Roy to follow through on his talk of taking his own life. "The time is right and you are ready ... just do it babe," Carter wrote in a text the day he killed himself.

The sensational trial was closely watched on social media, in part because of the insistent tone of Carter's text messages.

"You can't think about it. You just have to do it. You said you were gonna do it. Like I don't get why you aren't," Carter wrote in one text.

Carter's lawyer, Joseph Cataldo, argued that Roy was determined to kill himself and nothing Carter did could change that. He said Carter initially tried to talk Roy out of it and urged him to get professional help, but eventually went along with his plan. Cataldo also argued that Carter's words amounted to free speech protected by the First Amendment.

In convicting Carter, the judge focused his ruling on Carter telling Roy to "get back in" after he climbed out of his truck as it was filling with carbon monoxide and told her he was afraid.

The judge said those words constituted "wanton and reckless conduct" under the manslaughter statute.

Carter and Roy met in Florida in 2012 while both were on vacation with their families. After that, they only met in person a handful of times. Their relationship consisted mainly of texting.

Both teens struggled with depression. Carter had been treated for anorexia, and Roy had made earlier suicide attempts.

Roy's aunt has asked the judge to sentence Carter to the 20-year maximum. Carter's father said his daughter made "a tragic mistake," and is asking for probation and continued counseling.

Carter was tried as a youthful offender, so the judge has several options for sentencing. He can commit her to a Department of Youth Services facility until she turns 21 on Aug 11. He could also combine a DYS commitment with an adult sentence, or can give her an adult sentence of anything from probation to the maximum 20-year term.





Kim Kardashian faces $100 million lawsuit

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kim-kardashian-photo-1.jpgKim Kardashian West's company is being sued for $100 million.

Kim-sa-princesss, Inc. were hit with a patent infringement lawsuit on Monday over their promotion and the reality TV star's use of an illuminated phone case which she uses to take perfect selfies with her friends.

According to celebrity website TMZ, the complaint claims a man named Hoosh-mand Ha-rooni filed a patent for an ''integrated lighting accessory and case for a mobile phone device'' in 2013.

Kim is often promoting her Lu-Mee phone case on social media when she takes a selfie and now Snaplight, the company Hoosh-mand licensed his lighting phone case to, claim she is taking some of their profits so they want $100 million.

Snaplight insist it has been ''extremely difficult'' for them ''to compete in the selfie case market'' with the 36-year-old star promoting Lu-Mee to her 165 million social media followers.

However, a representative for Kim has insisted she has done ''absolutely nothing wrong''.





cayman-house-speaker-arrested-florida.jpgSpeaker of the House in the Cayman Islands and former Premier, McKeeva Bush was arrested earlier this week in the United States. According to Broward County court records in the state of Florida, McKeeva Bush, 62, was arrested by the Seminole police late Monday.

The public records state that he was arrested on a misdemeanor office that occurred at a casino.

"William McKeeva Bush was arrested by Seminole Police on Monday at 11:02 p.m. (local time) at the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek and charged with simple battery or misdemeanor battery," said Gary Bitner, a spokesman for Seminole Police department in statement to the Cayman COmpass.

The police records indicate that Bush was offered bail with a cash bond of US$1,000.

The arrest followed an interview with and sworn statement by the female employee victim and a review of surveillance video.

According to the arresting officer, the surveillance video showed Bush allegedly wrapped his arm around the victim's lower back and forcefully pulled the victim towards his direction.

"According to the arresting officer, the victim alleged [Mr. Bush] grabbed her buttocks while pulling her with his right arm."

Bush's Florida attorney, Keith Seltzer says ,a court date has not been set as the House Speaker has not been formally charged. Bush was overwhelmingly re-elected in the May general election in the Cayman Islands.





O J Simpson granted parole

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o-j-simpson-parole.jpgFormer US football star and actor OJ Simpson has been granted parole after nine years in a Nevada prison.

The 70 year-old's first words were "Thank you!" bowing his head as the commissioners approved him for release.

Simpson, who was acquitted for a double murder in 1995, has been serving time for armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and 11 other charges.

He is set to go free in October after being convicted of a 2007 confrontation at a Las Vegas hotel.





The controversy over Kathy Griffin's gory photo showing the fake, severed head of President Donald Trump will apparently never end. More than a month after the photo was released, the comedian is reportedly still under investigation.

Griffin "has been interviewed by the Secret Service, in-person, for over an hour," political journalist Yashar Ali reported in a tweet posted Monday. He added that the investigation is "still not closed."

HuffPost says that they reached out to Griffin's team for confirmation but did not immediately receive a response.

As Vulture notes, Griffin's lawyers confirmed in early June that the comedian was under investigation for the photo. The comedian also referenced a federal investigation herself in a recent tweet.

Kathy Griffin ✔ @kathygriffin

Hey, (I don't give a F anymore) 🖕🏻but @TMZ & Harvey Levin may u NEVER b under fed investigation like I am now. https://thinkprogress.org/tmz-quietly-became-americas-most-potent-pro-trump-media-outlet-bf703c24a68e ...

2:06 PM - 27 Jun 2017

After releasing the photo, Griffin faced an enormous amount of backlash from both sides of the aisle. She lost various jobs, including her New Year's Eve hosting gig with CNN, and also received death threats.


The comedian quickly apologized. Yet in a June 2 press conference held to explain her actions, she accused the Trump family of trying to ruin her life, calling the president a bully and stating that she would not back away from her criticism.


"You know what, I'm going to make fun of him more now," she said at the time.

For proof Griffin is following through on that promise, just look at her Twitter feed.

Kathy Griffin ✔ @kathygriffin

POTUS likes to punch down. Whether it's anchors, US Attorneys, or standup comics. Meanwhile, millions are about to lose health insurance.

3:03 PM - 29 Jun 2017





shooter-female-doctor-killed.jpgDetails are emerging of the horrifiying assault on a New York City hospital ward that left one doctor dead at the hands of a disgruntled former employee, as well as multiple people injured.

Dr. Tracy Tam was gunned down Friday when a former employee of Bronx Lebanon hospital hid an AR-15 style rifle under a lab coat and stormed the 16th floor.

In a sick twist to this story of a sanctuary turned deadly, officials have revealed that Dr. Tam wasn't even supposed to be at work at the time of her murder.

The 32-year-old Queens native was covering another doctor's shift when she was killed, WCBS reports. A loved one addressed the senseless slaying in a GoFundMe created to help pay for Tam's funeral.

"She worked extra hours without incentive just to hold hands of patients that are about to pass or just to talk to them and listen to their needs," the page reads. "Tracy Tam was an exceptional, and an extremely compassionate physician. She touched lives of many."

Dr. Henry Bello has been identified as the physician who opened fire on what were potentially former colleagues and others in the department where he once worked before taking his own life. Of the six victims injured, one was a patient and the other five were either doctors or medical students.

The most critical victim was transferred to Mt. Sinai Medical Center for surgery. By Sunday morning, hospital officials told reporters they were happy with the conditions of several of the victims.

"Three have been downgraded to stable, and doing quite well. We are happy with their condition," the hospital official said. "One particular patient is still critical."

In the aftermath, a picture of Bello is being pieced together from former co-workers who recall his uneven temperament.

"There are many, many details that we're still putting together," said Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a Friday press conference. "This was a horrible situation unfolding in a place that people associated with care and comfort, a situation that came out of nowhere."

In fact, it had been two years since Bello was let go and authorities aren't yet sure why he only snapped now and whether or not he was on a mission to kill someone specific when he entered the 16th floor.

What authorities do know is that Bello had a bizarre criminal history and, according to some who knew him, a difficult personality.

"We fired him because he was kind of crazy," Dr. Maureen Kwankam told the Daily News. "He promised to come back and kill us then."

More specifically, Bello was reportedly forced out amid sexual harassment allegations.

According to the AP, Bello also had a history of other, unrelated, aggressive behavior. IN 2004, he pleaded guilty to unlawful imprisonment after a 23-year-old woman told police Bello picked up and carried her off, saying, "You're coming with me."

He was arrested again in 2009 on a charge of unlawful surveillance after two different women told police he tried to look up their skirts with a mirror.

Bello's unhinged behavior reached a crescendo Friday when, the dead and injured in his wake, cops say he may have doused himself in accelerant and attempted to set himself on fire before sprinklers put out the flames.

Bello then subsequenty shot himself and collapsed in a hospital hallway, where he died with the rifle at his side, officials said.

Bello's body was near that of the female victim, later identified as Tam, according to NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill.

Officials have not released the identity of other victims.





China issued new regulations on Friday around online video content, directing streaming platforms to eliminate a range of programs in yet another tightening of controls on the Chinese Internet.

Among the films, dramas and cartoons targeted by the China Netcasting Services Assocation's (CNSA) rules are those "demonstrating 'abnormal' sexual relations or acts, such as... homosexuality."

Online video platforms must hire at least three "professional censors" to watch every program from beginning to end and remove those that do not adhere to "correct political and aesthetic standards," the regulations said.

Providers are called upon to produce programs that "center on the people and promote socialist values and Chinese culture."

The new rules come just one week after China ordered a halt to video streaming on three major websites.

According to China's media oversight body, the platforms -- including the massively popular Sina Weibo microblogging platform, iFeng.com and ACFUN -- did not possess the permits required for providing their audio-visual streams.

Authorities were directed to shut down offending audio-visual services "so as to create a cleaner cyberspace," China's State Administration of Press.





Shooter at Bronx hospital shot dead

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A gunman who opened fire inside a hospital in the Bronx borough of New York has reportedly been shot dead by the police.

The man, said to be dressed as a doctor, began shooting at the 972-bed Bronx-Lebanon Hospital, reports say.

At least three people are believed to have been shot.

Messages on social media spoke of doctors and nurses barricading themselves inside the building.

The New York Times quoted a fire department official as saying that three doctors had been shot. Their condition is not known.

Some reports say the gunman may have been a former employee but this has not been confirmed.

The 120-year-old hospital is in the Morris Heights district of the Bronx.





Gunman shoots several at Bronx hospital

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA gunman, who was dressed as a doctor, shot several people inside a hospital in the Bronx borough of New York on Friday, police said, amid reports that three doctors were hurt in the incident.

"We are actively looking for the shooter," a New York police spokesman said, adding: "It is a very active scene, we have not determined who the shooter is at this time."

"Multiple people were shot" in the incident at the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital, located north of Manhattan, the spokesman said.





hands-behind-bars.jpgA woman has been arrested in the US after allegedly locking her children, aged two and five, in the boot of her car while she went shopping.

US media report that Tori Castillo, 39, is facing child abuse charges and the children are now with their father.

Onlookers in the car park instructed the five-year-old on how to open the boot from the inside, reports say.

Passersby had noticed the car shaking and noise coming from inside where it was parked outside a Walmart.

The incident happened on Thursday in Riverdale, Utah. It is not clear how long the children were in the boot.





donald-trump-photo-1.jpgPresident Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting last week, according to current and former U.S. officials, who said Trump's disclosures jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.

The information the president relayed had been provided by a U.S. partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the U.S. government, officials said.

The partner had not given the United States permission to share the material with Russia, and officials said Trump's decision to do so endangers cooperation from an ally that has access to the inner workings of the Islamic State. After Trump's meeting, senior White House officials took steps to contain the damage, placing calls to the CIA and the National Security Agency.

"This is code-word information," said a U.S. official familiar with the matter, using terminology that refers to one of the highest classification levels used by American spy agencies. Trump "revealed more information to the Russian ambassador than we have shared with our own allies."

The revelation comes as the president faces rising legal and political pressure on multiple Russia-related fronts. Last week, he fired FBI Director James B. Comey in the midst of a bureau investigation into possible links between the Trump campaign and Moscow. Trump's subsequent admission that his decision was driven by "this Russia thing" was seen by critics as attempted obstruction of justice.

The male vendor, who was shot by gunmen in Coronation Market in downtown, Kingston on Monday morning has died.

The vendor identified as Kirk Morgan, a 45-year-old resident of West Kingston succumbed to his injuries an hour after being taken to the Kingston Public Hospital.

Reports are that at about 12:30 pm, the vendor was in the market plying his trade when he was attacked and shot.





trump-meets-russian-diplomat-white-house.jpgDonald Trump's administration was left red-faced Thursday after the Moscow surprised them by releasing pictures of a closed-door meeting between the US president and Russia's top diplomat.The images -- issued by the Russian state news agency TASS, and subsequently published by much of the global media -- showed a grinning Trump shaking hands with Sergei Lavrov and the Russian ambassador in Washington, Sergei Kislyak, during an Oval Office meeting.

That Wednesday meeting was already being seen as a major diplomatic coup for the Kremlin, a red carpet welcome just months after being hit with US sanctions for meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Veteran diplomats questioned why Trump agreed to host the diplomats -- a rare honor for non-heads of state, much less for those at the center of major US political scandal.

US administrations often treat Oval Office meetings as a type of currency, dangling the prospect of a high-profile sit-down to gain leverage or concessions in negotiations.

But the emergence of photos compounded the perception that Russia had won a diplomatic victory and that the Trump White House was outmaneuvered.

"Congrats Kollegi (colleagues) at getting these photos! Huge coup," said former US ambassador to Moscow Michael McFaul.

Publicly, the White House put on a brave face.

Trump "should be meeting with the foreign minister," said White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, lambasting critics.

"For them to try to attack him for doing his job, maybe they should spend a little more time doing their jobs and we wouldn't have all the problems that we do."

Privately though White House officials seethed at what they described as a breach of trust.





donald-trump-photo-1.jpgDonald Trump has dramatically fired the FBI Director after he misled the Senate by claiming Huma Abedin sent classified emails to Anthony Weiner.

He writes to James Comey: 'You are hereby terminated and removed from office immediately.'

Comey found out on live TV screens in Los Angeles that he was being fired but thought it was a joke until he was briefed by his staff.

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He was later seen in his motorcade on a city interstate - in a bizarre parallel to O.J. Simpson - before boarding a private plane and shaking hands with officers.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions wrote formal memo saying they had no confidence in him.

Trump used letter dismissing Comey to say: 'I greatly appreciate you informing me, in three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation'.

Chuck Schumer, Democrats' most senior figure said he had told President Trump that firing Comey was a 'very big mistake'.

Democrats piled on by comparing Trump to Richard Nixon who fired top justice officials in the Saturday Night Massacre but Clinton aide said: 'No comment.'.

New acting FBI director is Andrew McCabe - and he too is caught in the toxic impact of Clinton as his politician wife got cash from a Hillary ally.





facebook-killer-steve-stephens.jpgSteve Stephens, the Facebook killer, killed himself about 90 minutes outside Cleveland during a high speed chase with cops in Pennsylvania.

Police in Erie, PA say Stephens' body was found inside his white Ford Fusion around 11:10 AM ET on Tuesday. The police were in pursuit of Stephens at the time after they responded to a tip that Stephens' car had been spotted in a nearby McDonald's parking lot.

Cops say Stephens' car came to a stop in the middle of the road near a former elementary school, and then he took his own life. He died on scene.





facebook-killer-stephens.jpgFacebook killer Steve Stephens was undone by McDonald's employees who ID'd him and made him wait a little extra time for his order so the cops could come and catch him.

Stephens went through the drive-thru at the McDonald's on Buffalo Road in Erie, PA when one of the workers recognized him. He ordered a 20-piece McNugget and a large fry ... but workers made it seem the fries weren't ready so they could buy time.

According to the restaurant's manager ... Stephens got his nuggets, but then said he had to go and he drove off without the fries. It was enough time for cops to get on his tail.

Stephens was involved in a high-speed police chase shortly afterward, before committing suicide in his car.

Source:TMZ





 

matt-lauer-fired.jpgMatt Lauer was fired from NBC News on Wednesday after an employee filed a complaint about "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace," the network announced.

Savannah Guthrie made the announcement at the top of the "Today" show. Lauer has been the cornerstone of the program, one of the most profitable franchises on television, for two decades.

NBC News chairman Andrew Lack said in a memo to staff that it was the first complaint lodged against Lauer in his career at the network. But he said "we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident."

Lauer was not immediately reachable for comment. An NBC News spokeswoman declined to comment about the details of the allegation against him.

Reporters for The New York Times had been investigating Lauer for several weeks, according to sources who had been contacted by the Times.

Lauer is the latest high-profile man in media to be brought down by allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior. Just last week, CBS News fired one of its own morning anchors, Charlie Rose, after a report in The Washington Post chronicled years of sexual misconduct.

The torrent began when The New York Times and The New Yorker reported on allegations against the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

Since then, actors Kevin Spacey and Louis C.K. have been suspended or removed from projects after allegations against them became public. And other prominent journalists, including Mark Halperin of NBC and Michael Oreskes of NPR, have been fired or suspended from their jobs.

The firing of Lauer removes one of the most recognizable personalities on television, and at a time when morning news programs are increasingly important to network news divisions.





Nudist restaurant opens in Paris

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nudist-restaurant.jpg(AFP) -- Leave your coats, your pants and your inhibitions at the door: a Paris restaurant has begun serving up classic French fare to diners in the nude.

Located down a quiet side street in southwest Paris, O'naturel, billed as the French capital's first nudist restaurant, is the brainchild of 42-year-old twins Mike and Stephane Saada.

Former insurance salesmen, they aren't nudists themselves -- but they spotted a money-making opportunity in a country that enjoys a reputation as a top naturist holiday destination.

"People only get to be nudists in the summer," explained Stephane.

O'naturel is considerably warmer in November than the roughly 460 designated outdoor nudist spots around France, most of them beaches and campsites.

The capital trialled a nudist area in its Bois de Vincennes Park in October, while Parisians can swim in the buff several times a week at a public pool.

But Yves Leclerc, the president of the French Naturist Federation, was thrilled at the idea of being able to strip off for dinner. (Source AFP)





wes-goodman-anti-lgbt-politician.jpgAn anti-LGBT Republican politician who was allegedly caught having sex with a man in his office is facing more than 30 accusations of sexual misconduct.

Wes Goodman, a state legislator for Ohio, has already been forced to resign after a witness to the reported extramarital affair told the Ohio House Chief of Staff.

But now Mr Goodman is facing a host of complaints after alleged victims shared screengrabs of conversations with right-leaning news website the Independent Journal Review.

Mr Goodman, who routinely promotes "family values", is married to a woman who is an assistant director of an annual abortion rally known as March for Life.

According to the IJR, Mr Goodman would regularly contact men, usually aged between 18 and 24 and in the Republican movement, on Facebook Messenger.

The conversations frequently turned sexually explicit, with Mr Goodman sending suggestive messages and photos of his genitalia on Snapchat, reports the website.

One alleged victim, who wished to remain anonymous, told the IJR he received a friend request from Mr Goodman, who started discussing "various political things" before a two weeks later asking for the man's Snapchat details.

"He constantly sent me Snaps and was always commenting on my stories," the victim said. "He also asked how much 'p***y' I was getting and wondering what I was doing on Friday and Saturday nights."

He added: "Then, he sent me videos of him masturbating as well as d**k pics. He also sent another Snapchat asking how big my penis was."

Dozens of men shared similar experiences of their online encounters with Mr Goodman, according to the IRJ.

The politician was also accused of groping an 18-year-old student in 2015 after a fundraiser, according to the Washington Post.

Mr Goodman, whose Twitter biography describes him as "Christian. American. Conservative. Republican. Husband to @Beth1027", has regularly claimed "natural marriage" occurs between a man and a woman.

"Healthy, vibrant, thriving, values-driven families are the source of Ohio's proud history and the key to Ohio's future greatness," his campaign website said.

"The ideals of a loving father and mother, a committed natural marriage, and a caring community are well worth pursuing and protecting."

The website has now been taken offline.

Mr Goodman, who has been described as a "conscience of the conservative movement", announced in a statement on Thursday that he was stepping down.

"We all bring our own struggles and our own trials into public life," he said.

"That has been true for me, and I sincerely regret that my actions and choices have kept me from serving my constituents and our state in a way that reflects the best ideals of public service.

"For those whom I have let own, I'm sorry. As I move onto the next chapter of my life, I sincerely ask for privacy for myself, my family, and my friends."





donald-trump-photo-4.jpgIt holds nuclear missile codes, it's in charge of the security of the United States, and its ultimate boss, the US president, is a prolific tweeter. But when it comes to handling its own Twitter account, the Pentagon could do with improving its skills.

On Thursday the US Department of Defense accidentally retweeted a tweet calling for Donald Trump to resign as US president.

The original tweet which also called for two other US politicians to step down following sexual harassment allegations was tweeted from an account belonging to @ProudResister, an anti-Trump activist.

It said: "The solution is simple. Roy Moore: Step down from the race. Al Franken: Resign from congress, Donald Trump: Resign from the presidency. GOP: Stop making sexual assault a partisan issue. It's a crime as is your hypocrisy."

The Pentagon's main account retweeted the message to its 5.2 million followers before quickly deleting it. But the embarrassing blunder did not go unnoticed. A screen shot of the Pentagon's retweet was itself retweeted and shared, and the reaction to it was swift.

"Uh someone made a mistake," posted one Twitter user.

Another user tweeted: "Looks like that ex-Twitter employee found a new gig at the Pentagon," referring to a similar social media blunder earlier this month when a Twitter employee deactivated President Trump's account on their last day in the job.

At the time, the president brushed off the 11-minute Twitter outage, but the incident raised questions about the security of President Trump's account.





Mugabe seen in public for the first time since 'coup'

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mugabe-with-soldier.jpgZimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has made his first public appearance since the country's army took over on Wednesday.

He attended a graduation ceremony in the capital, Harare.

Mr Mugabe had been under house arrest for days. The army made its move after a power struggle over his successor.

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The military said on Friday it was "engaging" with Mr Mugabe and would advise the public on the outcome of talks "as soon as possible".

Meanwhile Christopher Mutsvangwa, the leader of the influential war veterans' association, said Mr Mugabe should step down at once.

He called for a huge turnout in street protests on Saturday.





Colin Kaepernick is GQ's 'Citizen of the Year'

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colin-kaepernick-gq-magazine.jpgColin Kaepernick, an American football player who last year started protesting police brutality against African Americans by kneeling during the US national anthem, has been named "Citizen of the Year" by GQ magazine.

The public stand of the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback has sparked a wave of similar protests across the National Football League and other athletic events.

Announcing its decision on Monday, GQ likened Kaepernick to other sports icons, including boxer Muhammad Ali, who opposed the Vietnam War.

"He's been vilified by millions and locked out of the NFL - all because he took a knee to protest police brutality," the magazine said of Kaepernick's protest. Kaepernick's determined stand puts him in rare company in sports history: Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson - athletes who risked everything to make a difference," it said.

Kaepernick declined to be interviewed by GQ but posed for pictures. He posted a message on Twitter, saying he was "honored' by the recognition.





ganja-image-5.jpgSoon-to-be legal recreational marijuana sales in Canada could bring up to C$1 billion (US$800 million) annually into government coffers, an official said Friday.

"If the market is somewhere in the neighbourhood of 400,000 kilos (440 tons)... then the tax impact of that would be somewhere in the neighbourhood of C$1 billion," said MP and former Toronto police chief Bill Blair, who has been tasked with overseeing the setup of the new regime.

"That's a very high estimate, in my opinion," he added, stressing that the actual size of the recreational pot market is not yet known.

Ottawa is scheduled to legalise cannabis next July after having already permitted its use for medical care.

One of the major considerations in the country's cannabis taxation policy is to keep costs low enough to undercut the illicit pot market.

The authorities have proposed a 10 per cent excise tax on marijuana in addition to applying sales taxes of up to 15 per cent, with amounts varying across jurisdictions.

The proceeds would be split with the provinces, which have announced a patchwork of public and private sector retail sales for cannabis.





A public school teacher in Georgia has been placed on administrative leave after allegedly threatening a student late last month, officials said.

A video taken from the classroom of the Rockdale Career Academy in Conyers shows the teacher telling a student not to "screw" with him, or he will "get in big-a-- trouble." It is not clear if the student he was allegedly speaking to can be seen in the video.

"Don't smile at me, man, OK? That's how people like you get shot," the teacher, who is white, told the student, who is black. "I got a bet. I bet by the time you're 21, somebody's gonna put a bullet right through your head. And it might be me -- the one that does it."

Students in the classroom are heard expressing shock at the teacher's statements.

The mother of the student that the teacher was allegedly speaking to posted the video to Facebook on Friday, saying that she was "outraged" that the incident occurred.

"You see these stories on the news never believing it will happen to your child," April Carr wrote on Facebook. "Well it happened to mine and we will get justice."

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Carr told ABC Atlanta affiliate WSB-TV that the physics teacher made the comments after her son and other students laughed as he wrote an equation on the board.

The teacher then walked over to Carr's son and began his rant, Carr told ABC News, adding that there was "no back and forth" or "disrespectful" banter between her son and his teacher.

"He's in a classroom of a majority African-American students, so for you to say 'you people,' it's an outright racist statement -- no covering it up," Carr said.

Carr said her son recently turned 17 and that she's had "plenty of conversations with him about how to conduct himself and how to act when he's out," which includes being "respectful at all times." He is in the gifted programme, takes multiple AP classes and is on the wrestling and football team for the school, Carr said.

Carr said that with "all the shootings" going on in the country, she "can't afford" to take the teacher's comments lightly.

"I have to take it as seriously as it sounded," she said.

Carr said that she believes the teacher should be fired.

"This is not OK, you know, for our educators and the people who parents send our kids to school to learn from," Carr said.

An incident report from the Rockdale County Sheriff's office identified the teacher as Paul Hagen. The incident was reported to authorities by Carr on Friday after she received a phone call from the school the previous day informing her of the incident. Carr learned of the video after speaking to her son, according to the incident report.





crime-scene-7.jpgA Pennsylvania man was arrested after police say he murdered his female friend when she rejected his marriage proposal, according to NBC Philadelphia.

Christopher Tucker, 34, has been charged with murder and criminal homicide for allegedly killing 19-year-old Tara Serino, who was last seen by her family early on the morning of October 30.

According to local police, Tucker asked Serino to marry him at his home in Berks County, Pennsylvania, sometime between Monday morning and Tuesday afternoon.

US 50,000 Haitian residents, by the Thanksgiving holiday later this month

A letter from the United States Department of State could pave the way for deporting 50,000 Haitian residents, by the Thanksgiving holiday later this month, enjoying a reprieve from certain immigration rules that were waived after the 2010 earthquake, according to reports here.

The ruling that conditions have improved enough in Haiti and in Central America to resume normal immigration rules in those regions comes days before the Department of Homeland Security is expected to announce whether to renew the special status, according to the Washington Post.

The Miami Herald reports that political leaders in Miami-Dade, Florida -- home to the largest concentration of Haitians protected by the special status, known as Temporary Protected Status (TPS), have urged President Donald Trump to continue the waiver.

But the paper quickly added that the State Department decision could be a prelude to that status being lifted.

More than 300,000 Central Americans and Haitians living in the United States under a form of temporary permission no longer need to be shielded from deportation, the State Department told Homeland Security officials, the Post reported.





church-shooter.jpgThe mass shooter who opened fire during Mass inside a Texas church killing at least 27 - including a two-year-old child - has been identified as a 26-year-old former Bible study teacher who was dishonorably discharged from the US Air Force.

Devin Patrick Kelley walked into the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, dressed in black, tactical gear with a ballistics belt and an assault rifle, and began shooting, according to local law enforcement sources.

The attack only stopped when Kelly was tackled by a heroic local man.

Kelley, 26, of New Braunfels, a suburb of San Antonio, fled in his SUV but crashed near state lines and was killed after a brief foot chase into Guadalupe County, according Guadalupe County Sheriff's Office spokesman Robert Murphy.

It's still unclear if the gunman shot himself or was taken down by a local resident.

San Antonio police raided Kelley's home on Sunday evening, with K9 and bomb squad units.

Kelley, who was reportedly married, had recently posted a photo of an AR-15 style gun on his Facebook page with the caption: 'She's a bad b***h.'

A LinkedIn account which appears to be Kelley's states that he joined the US Air Force after graduating New Braunfels High School in 2009. He worked in logistics and supply in the Air Force until he was dishonorably discharged in 2014 and was even court martialed in May 2014, CBS News reported.

He then volunteered as a teacher for Bible studies at Kingsville First Baptist Church, according to his LinkedIn which shows him posing which a young child. Police are now investigating the possibility that Kelley was in a local militia group.

Wilson County Commissioner Albert Gamez Jr told CNN that at least 27 people - including the shooter- have been killed in the shooting, but the death toll is expected to climb. The first responders on the scene were from local churches who began receiving texts from family and friends about the shooting.

The Connally Memorial Medical Center said 'multiple' victims are being treated.





26 killed in deadly Texas church shooting

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At least 26 people have been shot inside a Texas church after a gunman opened fire during the Sunday morning service.

The shooting happened at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, where around 50 people usually attend service, according to local reports.

Sheriff Joe Tackitt confirmed with KENS 5 that there are 'multiple casualties and fatalities'.

Witnesses said a man 'in full gear' walked inside the church and opened fire just before 11.30am.

Police could not give an exact number of victims shot in the attack, but witnesses said as many as 20 shots were fired.

The suspect, who has not been identified, is dead and there is no longer an active shooter threat, according to police.

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First responders are still working to remove bodies from inside the church.

Neighbors in the area said they may have heard the shooter reload multiple times. Another witness at the scene said a two-year-old was also shot in the attack.

Families tearfully prayed nearby as they wait to see if their family and friends are safe.

According to KSAT, there were at least six helicopters called in to transport victims to the hospital.

Connally Memorial Center in Floresville so far have received six people from the shooting.

Special agents from ATF's Houston Field Division, San Antonio Field Office are responding to the scene of the shooting. The FBI is currently on site.





serena-and-baby.jpgSerena Williams shared a lengthy video of her new daughter on Wednesday morning, along with a video documenting her entire pregnancy.

She posted the lengthy Instagram story almost two weeks after giving birth on September 1, an event she also included in the video.

Serena, 35, also revealed that the baby girl is named Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr. - just like her father - and that the family had to spend six days in the hospital after her arrival because of complications.

'Look what we got! A baby girl' says Serena at the end of the video, showing Alexis Jr. as she lays in her arms.

The little baby is entirely covered with just her two tiny booties, face and full head of hair peeking out from her blanket.

She does not go into any more details about the complications beyond stating that there was an extended hospital stay, and Alexis was born weighing 6lbs 14ozs, a healthy weight for a newborn.





Death toll in Mexico earthquake reaches 90

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mexico-earthquake.jpgNinety people are now confirmed dead in the quake that struck off Mexico's southern coast. It was the most powerful to hit the country in a century and was felt as far as Mexico City and Guatemala City by an estimated 50 million people.

Many were asleep when the quake struck. The USGS reported multiple aftershocks, including at least six with tremors measuring above 5.0 in magnitude.

Earthquake shakes buildings in Mexico

The majority of the deaths were in Oaxaca state, where homes and buildings collapsed. Oaxaca's governor said Saturday that 71 people had died in his state, Oaxaca's Civil Protection agency said via Twitter.

Relief and rescue efforts continued throughout the weekend.

In the city of Juchitan, rescuers used floodlights to illuminate a giant pile of debris.

"Can anyone hear me?" they shouted as they searched for survivors among the debris, using dogs to help in the search.

In other parts of Juchitan, operators used heavy machinery to clear roads. Soldiers tapped to help with relief efforts worked with shovels to move smaller debris out of the way.

Mexico's interior ministry has also reported 15 deaths in the state of Chiapas and four in the state of Tabasco.

Chiapas and Oaxaca, home to about 9 million people, are two of the most impoverished areas in Mexico.

The quake's epicenter was in the Pacific Ocean, some 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) southeast of Mexico's capital and 74 miles (120 kilometers) off the coast.

A tsunami was confirmed in Mexico, with one wave coming in at 5.8 feet (1.75 meter), according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. Tsunami warnings were issued as far away as New Zealand and Vanuatu.

President Enrique Peña Nieto said Mexico's army, marines and federal police had been mobilized to respond.





girlfriend-texting-death.jpgA Massachusetts woman who encouraged her boyfriend to kill himself in dozens of text messages and told him to "get back in" a truck filled with toxic gas faces up to 20 years in prison when a judge sentences her on a charge of involuntary manslaughter.

Michelle Carter was convicted in June by a judge who said her final instruction to Conrad Roy III caused his death. Juvenile Court Judge Lawrence Moniz will sentence Carter Thursday.

Carter was 17 when the 18-year-old Roy was found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning in July 2014.

In dozens of text messages, Carter urged Roy to follow through on his talk of taking his own life. "The time is right and you are ready ... just do it babe," Carter wrote in a text the day he killed himself.

The sensational trial was closely watched on social media, in part because of the insistent tone of Carter's text messages.

"You can't think about it. You just have to do it. You said you were gonna do it. Like I don't get why you aren't," Carter wrote in one text.

Carter's lawyer, Joseph Cataldo, argued that Roy was determined to kill himself and nothing Carter did could change that. He said Carter initially tried to talk Roy out of it and urged him to get professional help, but eventually went along with his plan. Cataldo also argued that Carter's words amounted to free speech protected by the First Amendment.

In convicting Carter, the judge focused his ruling on Carter telling Roy to "get back in" after he climbed out of his truck as it was filling with carbon monoxide and told her he was afraid.

The judge said those words constituted "wanton and reckless conduct" under the manslaughter statute.

Carter and Roy met in Florida in 2012 while both were on vacation with their families. After that, they only met in person a handful of times. Their relationship consisted mainly of texting.

Both teens struggled with depression. Carter had been treated for anorexia, and Roy had made earlier suicide attempts.

Roy's aunt has asked the judge to sentence Carter to the 20-year maximum. Carter's father said his daughter made "a tragic mistake," and is asking for probation and continued counseling.

Carter was tried as a youthful offender, so the judge has several options for sentencing. He can commit her to a Department of Youth Services facility until she turns 21 on Aug 11. He could also combine a DYS commitment with an adult sentence, or can give her an adult sentence of anything from probation to the maximum 20-year term.





Kim Kardashian faces $100 million lawsuit

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kim-kardashian-photo-1.jpgKim Kardashian West's company is being sued for $100 million.

Kim-sa-princesss, Inc. were hit with a patent infringement lawsuit on Monday over their promotion and the reality TV star's use of an illuminated phone case which she uses to take perfect selfies with her friends.

According to celebrity website TMZ, the complaint claims a man named Hoosh-mand Ha-rooni filed a patent for an ''integrated lighting accessory and case for a mobile phone device'' in 2013.

Kim is often promoting her Lu-Mee phone case on social media when she takes a selfie and now Snaplight, the company Hoosh-mand licensed his lighting phone case to, claim she is taking some of their profits so they want $100 million.

Snaplight insist it has been ''extremely difficult'' for them ''to compete in the selfie case market'' with the 36-year-old star promoting Lu-Mee to her 165 million social media followers.

However, a representative for Kim has insisted she has done ''absolutely nothing wrong''.





cayman-house-speaker-arrested-florida.jpgSpeaker of the House in the Cayman Islands and former Premier, McKeeva Bush was arrested earlier this week in the United States. According to Broward County court records in the state of Florida, McKeeva Bush, 62, was arrested by the Seminole police late Monday.

The public records state that he was arrested on a misdemeanor office that occurred at a casino.

"William McKeeva Bush was arrested by Seminole Police on Monday at 11:02 p.m. (local time) at the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek and charged with simple battery or misdemeanor battery," said Gary Bitner, a spokesman for Seminole Police department in statement to the Cayman COmpass.

The police records indicate that Bush was offered bail with a cash bond of US$1,000.

The arrest followed an interview with and sworn statement by the female employee victim and a review of surveillance video.

According to the arresting officer, the surveillance video showed Bush allegedly wrapped his arm around the victim's lower back and forcefully pulled the victim towards his direction.

"According to the arresting officer, the victim alleged [Mr. Bush] grabbed her buttocks while pulling her with his right arm."

Bush's Florida attorney, Keith Seltzer says ,a court date has not been set as the House Speaker has not been formally charged. Bush was overwhelmingly re-elected in the May general election in the Cayman Islands.





O J Simpson granted parole

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o-j-simpson-parole.jpgFormer US football star and actor OJ Simpson has been granted parole after nine years in a Nevada prison.

The 70 year-old's first words were "Thank you!" bowing his head as the commissioners approved him for release.

Simpson, who was acquitted for a double murder in 1995, has been serving time for armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and 11 other charges.

He is set to go free in October after being convicted of a 2007 confrontation at a Las Vegas hotel.





The controversy over Kathy Griffin's gory photo showing the fake, severed head of President Donald Trump will apparently never end. More than a month after the photo was released, the comedian is reportedly still under investigation.

Griffin "has been interviewed by the Secret Service, in-person, for over an hour," political journalist Yashar Ali reported in a tweet posted Monday. He added that the investigation is "still not closed."

HuffPost says that they reached out to Griffin's team for confirmation but did not immediately receive a response.

As Vulture notes, Griffin's lawyers confirmed in early June that the comedian was under investigation for the photo. The comedian also referenced a federal investigation herself in a recent tweet.

Kathy Griffin ✔ @kathygriffin

Hey, (I don't give a F anymore) 🖕🏻but @TMZ & Harvey Levin may u NEVER b under fed investigation like I am now. https://thinkprogress.org/tmz-quietly-became-americas-most-potent-pro-trump-media-outlet-bf703c24a68e ...

2:06 PM - 27 Jun 2017

After releasing the photo, Griffin faced an enormous amount of backlash from both sides of the aisle. She lost various jobs, including her New Year's Eve hosting gig with CNN, and also received death threats.


The comedian quickly apologized. Yet in a June 2 press conference held to explain her actions, she accused the Trump family of trying to ruin her life, calling the president a bully and stating that she would not back away from her criticism.


"You know what, I'm going to make fun of him more now," she said at the time.

For proof Griffin is following through on that promise, just look at her Twitter feed.

Kathy Griffin ✔ @kathygriffin

POTUS likes to punch down. Whether it's anchors, US Attorneys, or standup comics. Meanwhile, millions are about to lose health insurance.

3:03 PM - 29 Jun 2017





shooter-female-doctor-killed.jpgDetails are emerging of the horrifiying assault on a New York City hospital ward that left one doctor dead at the hands of a disgruntled former employee, as well as multiple people injured.

Dr. Tracy Tam was gunned down Friday when a former employee of Bronx Lebanon hospital hid an AR-15 style rifle under a lab coat and stormed the 16th floor.

In a sick twist to this story of a sanctuary turned deadly, officials have revealed that Dr. Tam wasn't even supposed to be at work at the time of her murder.

The 32-year-old Queens native was covering another doctor's shift when she was killed, WCBS reports. A loved one addressed the senseless slaying in a GoFundMe created to help pay for Tam's funeral.

"She worked extra hours without incentive just to hold hands of patients that are about to pass or just to talk to them and listen to their needs," the page reads. "Tracy Tam was an exceptional, and an extremely compassionate physician. She touched lives of many."

Dr. Henry Bello has been identified as the physician who opened fire on what were potentially former colleagues and others in the department where he once worked before taking his own life. Of the six victims injured, one was a patient and the other five were either doctors or medical students.

The most critical victim was transferred to Mt. Sinai Medical Center for surgery. By Sunday morning, hospital officials told reporters they were happy with the conditions of several of the victims.

"Three have been downgraded to stable, and doing quite well. We are happy with their condition," the hospital official said. "One particular patient is still critical."

In the aftermath, a picture of Bello is being pieced together from former co-workers who recall his uneven temperament.

"There are many, many details that we're still putting together," said Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a Friday press conference. "This was a horrible situation unfolding in a place that people associated with care and comfort, a situation that came out of nowhere."

In fact, it had been two years since Bello was let go and authorities aren't yet sure why he only snapped now and whether or not he was on a mission to kill someone specific when he entered the 16th floor.

What authorities do know is that Bello had a bizarre criminal history and, according to some who knew him, a difficult personality.

"We fired him because he was kind of crazy," Dr. Maureen Kwankam told the Daily News. "He promised to come back and kill us then."

More specifically, Bello was reportedly forced out amid sexual harassment allegations.

According to the AP, Bello also had a history of other, unrelated, aggressive behavior. IN 2004, he pleaded guilty to unlawful imprisonment after a 23-year-old woman told police Bello picked up and carried her off, saying, "You're coming with me."

He was arrested again in 2009 on a charge of unlawful surveillance after two different women told police he tried to look up their skirts with a mirror.

Bello's unhinged behavior reached a crescendo Friday when, the dead and injured in his wake, cops say he may have doused himself in accelerant and attempted to set himself on fire before sprinklers put out the flames.

Bello then subsequenty shot himself and collapsed in a hospital hallway, where he died with the rifle at his side, officials said.

Bello's body was near that of the female victim, later identified as Tam, according to NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill.

Officials have not released the identity of other victims.





China issued new regulations on Friday around online video content, directing streaming platforms to eliminate a range of programs in yet another tightening of controls on the Chinese Internet.

Among the films, dramas and cartoons targeted by the China Netcasting Services Assocation's (CNSA) rules are those "demonstrating 'abnormal' sexual relations or acts, such as... homosexuality."

Online video platforms must hire at least three "professional censors" to watch every program from beginning to end and remove those that do not adhere to "correct political and aesthetic standards," the regulations said.

Providers are called upon to produce programs that "center on the people and promote socialist values and Chinese culture."

The new rules come just one week after China ordered a halt to video streaming on three major websites.

According to China's media oversight body, the platforms -- including the massively popular Sina Weibo microblogging platform, iFeng.com and ACFUN -- did not possess the permits required for providing their audio-visual streams.

Authorities were directed to shut down offending audio-visual services "so as to create a cleaner cyberspace," China's State Administration of Press.





Shooter at Bronx hospital shot dead

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A gunman who opened fire inside a hospital in the Bronx borough of New York has reportedly been shot dead by the police.

The man, said to be dressed as a doctor, began shooting at the 972-bed Bronx-Lebanon Hospital, reports say.

At least three people are believed to have been shot.

Messages on social media spoke of doctors and nurses barricading themselves inside the building.

The New York Times quoted a fire department official as saying that three doctors had been shot. Their condition is not known.

Some reports say the gunman may have been a former employee but this has not been confirmed.

The 120-year-old hospital is in the Morris Heights district of the Bronx.





Gunman shoots several at Bronx hospital

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crime-scene-gun.jpgA gunman, who was dressed as a doctor, shot several people inside a hospital in the Bronx borough of New York on Friday, police said, amid reports that three doctors were hurt in the incident.

"We are actively looking for the shooter," a New York police spokesman said, adding: "It is a very active scene, we have not determined who the shooter is at this time."

"Multiple people were shot" in the incident at the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital, located north of Manhattan, the spokesman said.





hands-behind-bars.jpgA woman has been arrested in the US after allegedly locking her children, aged two and five, in the boot of her car while she went shopping.

US media report that Tori Castillo, 39, is facing child abuse charges and the children are now with their father.

Onlookers in the car park instructed the five-year-old on how to open the boot from the inside, reports say.

Passersby had noticed the car shaking and noise coming from inside where it was parked outside a Walmart.

The incident happened on Thursday in Riverdale, Utah. It is not clear how long the children were in the boot.





donald-trump-photo-1.jpgPresident Trump revealed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador in a White House meeting last week, according to current and former U.S. officials, who said Trump's disclosures jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.

The information the president relayed had been provided by a U.S. partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the U.S. government, officials said.

The partner had not given the United States permission to share the material with Russia, and officials said Trump's decision to do so endangers cooperation from an ally that has access to the inner workings of the Islamic State. After Trump's meeting, senior White House officials took steps to contain the damage, placing calls to the CIA and the National Security Agency.

"This is code-word information," said a U.S. official familiar with the matter, using terminology that refers to one of the highest classification levels used by American spy agencies. Trump "revealed more information to the Russian ambassador than we have shared with our own allies."

The revelation comes as the president faces rising legal and political pressure on multiple Russia-related fronts. Last week, he fired FBI Director James B. Comey in the midst of a bureau investigation into possible links between the Trump campaign and Moscow. Trump's subsequent admission that his decision was driven by "this Russia thing" was seen by critics as attempted obstruction of justice.

The male vendor, who was shot by gunmen in Coronation Market in downtown, Kingston on Monday morning has died.

The vendor identified as Kirk Morgan, a 45-year-old resident of West Kingston succumbed to his injuries an hour after being taken to the Kingston Public Hospital.

Reports are that at about 12:30 pm, the vendor was in the market plying his trade when he was attacked and shot.





trump-meets-russian-diplomat-white-house.jpgDonald Trump's administration was left red-faced Thursday after the Moscow surprised them by releasing pictures of a closed-door meeting between the US president and Russia's top diplomat.The images -- issued by the Russian state news agency TASS, and subsequently published by much of the global media -- showed a grinning Trump shaking hands with Sergei Lavrov and the Russian ambassador in Washington, Sergei Kislyak, during an Oval Office meeting.

That Wednesday meeting was already being seen as a major diplomatic coup for the Kremlin, a red carpet welcome just months after being hit with US sanctions for meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Veteran diplomats questioned why Trump agreed to host the diplomats -- a rare honor for non-heads of state, much less for those at the center of major US political scandal.

US administrations often treat Oval Office meetings as a type of currency, dangling the prospect of a high-profile sit-down to gain leverage or concessions in negotiations.

But the emergence of photos compounded the perception that Russia had won a diplomatic victory and that the Trump White House was outmaneuvered.

"Congrats Kollegi (colleagues) at getting these photos! Huge coup," said former US ambassador to Moscow Michael McFaul.

Publicly, the White House put on a brave face.

Trump "should be meeting with the foreign minister," said White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, lambasting critics.

"For them to try to attack him for doing his job, maybe they should spend a little more time doing their jobs and we wouldn't have all the problems that we do."

Privately though White House officials seethed at what they described as a breach of trust.





donald-trump-photo-1.jpgDonald Trump has dramatically fired the FBI Director after he misled the Senate by claiming Huma Abedin sent classified emails to Anthony Weiner.

He writes to James Comey: 'You are hereby terminated and removed from office immediately.'

Comey found out on live TV screens in Los Angeles that he was being fired but thought it was a joke until he was briefed by his staff.

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He was later seen in his motorcade on a city interstate - in a bizarre parallel to O.J. Simpson - before boarding a private plane and shaking hands with officers.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions wrote formal memo saying they had no confidence in him.

Trump used letter dismissing Comey to say: 'I greatly appreciate you informing me, in three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation'.

Chuck Schumer, Democrats' most senior figure said he had told President Trump that firing Comey was a 'very big mistake'.

Democrats piled on by comparing Trump to Richard Nixon who fired top justice officials in the Saturday Night Massacre but Clinton aide said: 'No comment.'.

New acting FBI director is Andrew McCabe - and he too is caught in the toxic impact of Clinton as his politician wife got cash from a Hillary ally.





facebook-killer-steve-stephens.jpgSteve Stephens, the Facebook killer, killed himself about 90 minutes outside Cleveland during a high speed chase with cops in Pennsylvania.

Police in Erie, PA say Stephens' body was found inside his white Ford Fusion around 11:10 AM ET on Tuesday. The police were in pursuit of Stephens at the time after they responded to a tip that Stephens' car had been spotted in a nearby McDonald's parking lot.

Cops say Stephens' car came to a stop in the middle of the road near a former elementary school, and then he took his own life. He died on scene.





facebook-killer-stephens.jpgFacebook killer Steve Stephens was undone by McDonald's employees who ID'd him and made him wait a little extra time for his order so the cops could come and catch him.

Stephens went through the drive-thru at the McDonald's on Buffalo Road in Erie, PA when one of the workers recognized him. He ordered a 20-piece McNugget and a large fry ... but workers made it seem the fries weren't ready so they could buy time.

According to the restaurant's manager ... Stephens got his nuggets, but then said he had to go and he drove off without the fries. It was enough time for cops to get on his tail.

Stephens was involved in a high-speed police chase shortly afterward, before committing suicide in his car.

Source:TMZ





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