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Ohio Teens Charged With Tossing Sandbag Off Overpass That Killed Man

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 14:59

Four Ohio teenagers have been charged with murder for allegedly throwing a sandbag off an overpass that struck and killed a 22-year-old man.

Pro-Trump Singer Says Corey Lewandowski Sexually Assaulted Her At A Party

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 13:31

Singer Joy Villa, who unironically wore a “Make America Great Again” dress to the 2017 Grammys, says she has filed a sexual assault complaint with police against President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, the Associated Press reported Tuesday.

Mystery Dem-backed super PAC Highway 31 spent millions in Alabama race

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 13:24

A mysterious super PAC poured millions into the special Alabama Senate race between Doug Jones and Roy Moore, and that group was reportedly funded heavily by the Democratic Senate Majority PAC.

18 Post-Holiday Sales On Clothes, Shoes, Accessories And More

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 13:13

The hustle and bustle of the holidays might have come to an abrupt halt, but that doesn’t mean the sales have.

Tillerson, Lavrov agree to continue North Korea diplomacy: U.S. State Department

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 12:45

By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Russia have agreed to continue diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis over North Korea's development of nuclear missiles capable of hitting the United States and emphasized that neither accept Pyongyang as a nuclear power, the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke by telephone on Tuesday, after Washington and the United Nations both announced sanctions against North Korea in recent days.

China Communist Party takes control of paramilitary police

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 12:13

China's paramilitary police force will soon be commanded by the Chinese Communist Party's armed forces, a report said Wednesday, the latest sign of the leadership's resolve to centralise power. The move puts the force, which maintains domestic security, squarely under the command of President Xi Jinping, who is also head of the military. It is currently under the dual leadership of the government's cabinet, the State Council, and the party's Central Military Commission.

Officer plotted to blackmail wife; she plotted his murder

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 12:03

STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania police officer has pleaded guilty to a plot to blackmail his wife over having sex with a 14-year-old boy while she has pleaded guilty to plotting to kill her husband.

North Korean Defectors Show Signs Of Possible Radiation Exposure

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 12:02

At least four North Korean defectors have shown symptoms consistent with radiation exposure, including chromosomal abnormalities, South Korea’s Unification Ministry said Wednesday.

Obama edges Trump as most admired, Gallup finds

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 11:28

Former President Barack Obama was the most admired man among Americans in 2017, narrowly edging President Trump for the title, Gallup’s annual poll finds. Hillary Clinton was named the most admired woman for the 16th consecutive year.

Obama Tells Prince Harry How He Felt After Leaving Office

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 11:20

Britain’s Prince Harry sat down with former President Barack Obama for his first interview since leaving office, discussing everything from how he felt on his last day in office to the role of social media.

Tokyo-bound Flight with Chrissy Teigen Forced to Return to Los Angeles

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 11:20

Supermodel Chrissy Teigen was live tweeting her flight that made a U-turn four hours in after the crew discovered an “unauthorized” passenger on board.

Nearly $60,000 Raised For 'Hugging Dog' And Owner Who Lost Home in Christmas Day Fire

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 11:19

Louboutina has a huge following on Instagram.

Mark Hamill Posts A Perfect Tribute To Carrie Fisher One Year After Her Death

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 10:24

Mark Hamill marked the first anniversary of Carrie Fisher’s untimely death with a beautiful tribute to the late actress on Wednesday.

18-year-old daughter asks stepdad to adopt her in the best Christmas gift ever

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 09:49

Some gifts are totally priceless. Makayla Dabney, an 18-year-old from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, gave her dad the best Christmas present anyone could hope to receive. SEE ALSO: At Christmas, these UNESCO protected botanical gardens turn into a living fairytale She wraps it really, REALLY well. (In the video, it takes him about five minutes to get through all the boxes and wrapping paper! If you're really impatient, skip ahead to about 5:30.)  There's a lot going on as she gives an emotional speech — the other kids playing around, with the excitement of Christmas. But when her dad, Stephen Dabney, opens it, he's moved to tears. It's adoption papers — an amazing thank you to the man who has helped raise her since she was 5. Her mother said he "stepped up when he didn't have to." Not a dry eye in the room.

Father 'found 13-year-old son and 44-year-old teacher having sex in car'

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 08:43

Police in Bay City, 80 miles south-west of Houston, have charged the teacher, Rachel Gonzales, 44, with online solicitation and having an improper relationship with the 13-year-old boy. During the investigation, police inspected the boy’s mobile phone and found texts from Ms Gonazalez indicating the pair had an inappropriate relationship prior to the alleged incident on 14 December, police said. At the request of the District Attorney, the Bay City Independent School District, where Ms Gonzalez is a teacher, have turned over the case to the local police.

#5 of 10 Most Popular News Galleries of 2017: Dramatic aerial views of the flooding in Harvey’s aftermath

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 06:44

Neighborhood after neighborhood underwater. Submerged highways. The cities of coastal Texas in crisis.

Less than 1,000 IS fighters remain in Iraq and Syria, coalition says

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 06:00

Fewer than 1,000 Islamic State fighters remain in Iraq and Syria, the United States-led international coalition fighting the hardline Sunni militant group said on Wednesday, a third of the estimated figure only three weeks ago. Iraq and Syria have both declared victory over Islamic State in recent weeks, after a year that saw the two countries' armies, a range of foreign allies and various local forces drive the fighters out of all the towns and villages that once made up their self-proclaimed caliphate. The United States has led an international coalition conducting air strikes against Islamic State since 2014 when the group swept across a third of Iraq.

Mueller probe outgrows its ‘witch hunt’ phase

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 05:00

Trump has returned to one phrase — "witch hunt" — time and again — and repackaged with typical Trumpian hyperbole. “This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!” Trump tweeted last May after ex-FBI director Robert Mueller was appointed as Justice Department special counsel to oversee the probe.

British woman jailed in Egypt is 'on the verge of a breakdown', family says

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 03:52

A British woman jailed for three years in Egypt for smuggling drugs is on the verge of a breakdown after being sent to a prison "full of jihadi terrorists", her family has said.   Shop worker Laura Plummer, 33, from Hull, was arrested in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada after she was found to be carrying 290 Tramadol tablets in her suitcase, a painkiller which is legal in the UK but which is banned in Egypt. Ms Plummer's family said she was taking the tablets for her Egyptian partner, who suffers from severe back pain and had no idea what she was doing was wrong. Her sister, Jayne Synclair, said she feared she would not survive three years in prison. "Laura isn't the strongest of people, she's on the verge of a nervous breakdown, covered in scabs. "She's been bitten from head to foot in mosquito bites and she's like a ghost. "Her skin is translucent and the muscles in her legs don't work - they're like jelly." Shop worker Laura Plummer, 33, from Hull, was arrested in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada after she was found to be carrying 290 Tramadol tablets in her suitcase Mrs Synclair, 40, said Ms Plummer had unexpectedly been sent to the infamous Qena prison north of Luxor. It houses some of the most dangerous inmates in the country, including Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and Muslim Brotherhood members. "They have slyly taken her to where the British Foreign Office told us she would never be placed - but the Egyptian authorities have already moved her there," she said.  "Our biggest fear with this scenario has been confirmed - she will be sharing a tiny cell with jihadi terrorists and rapists. "'I honestly dread to think. Laura won't survive a day in there - let alone three years. She won't even make it through that - I can't believe they've even still sent her there." According to the family, Ms Plummer was also fined £4,500. They said her father had already paid out £25,000 to defend his daughter. The Plummer family has previously said Ms Plummer had no idea that what she doing was illegal and was just "daft". They said she did not try to hide the medicine, which she had been given by a friend, and she thought it was a joke when she was pulled over by officials after arriving for a holiday with her partner. Omar Abdel Azim, Ms Plummer's partner Mohammed Othman, Ms Plummer's lawyer, said he was optimistic she would not serve the full sentence. "The sentence is lenient considering Laura is on trial for smuggling and trading drugs, for which the sentence can be the death penalty or life, in jail," he told the Telegraph. Mr Othman said that he still needs to see the reasoning of the verdict but he anticipated that the judge would acquit if their appeal application was accepted. The family said they were planning an immediate appeal after Ms Plummer mistakenly pleaded guilty at a hearing on Christmas Day, due to a translation error. She fell to the floor and sobbed upon hearing the decision on Tuesday. "We're just hoping. Even half of that would be better. Anything less than three years," Mrs Synclair said. "She doesn't deserve that."

Inspector Gen.: DOJ has ‘systemic’ issues addressing harassment

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 02:50

According to a report by the Inspector General, top Justice Department officials were among those mishandling sexual harassment complaints. NBC’s Julia Ainsley reports.