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Man arrested for brutal attacks on homeless people
LOS ANGELES — A man arrested Monday on suspicion of beating a homeless man into unconsciousness is suspected of at least six other attacks in Los Angeles and Santa Monica that killed three people and critically injured others, police said. Police from both cities planned to discuss the case at a press conference Tuesday afternoon....
(Tue, 25 Sep 2018 02:50:35 -0400)

US diplomat found dead in his home in Madagascar
A US diplomat was found dead at his home in the capital of Madagascar last week — and authorities have a suspect in custody, officials revealed Monday. Details on the cause of death and the identity of the suspect were not released. “Diplomatic Security is collaborating with local Malagasy authorities on a joint investigation and...
(Tue, 25 Sep 2018 02:19:56 -0400)

Driver spots baby crawling across the street in New Jersey
A man spotted a 10-month-old baby crawling across a busy New Jersey street and escorted it back to safety, a report said Monday. Cory Cannon was driving through Lakewood, New Jersey on Saturday when he saw what he thought was a toy until it began moving in the middle of the road, according to the...
(Tue, 25 Sep 2018 02:16:44 -0400)

Democratic Congressional candidate in Florida dies
SARASOTA, Fla. — A 54-year-old Florida Democrat who was making her third run for Congress has died. According to Abbe Forman, a close friend and campaign organizer, April Freeman of Sarasota died Sunday night. Freeman had recent heart issues. The candidate’s husband, David Freeman, posted the news on her Facebook page Monday. Freeman was running...
(Tue, 25 Sep 2018 02:04:14 -0400)

Teacher accused of dropping student’s grades because they stopped having sex
CHARLESTON, S.C. — A South Carolina math teacher is accused of lowering a student’s grade because he stopped having sex with her. The young man and his mother are suing the Charleston County School District for negligence. The Post and Courier reports that 27-year-old Jennifer Olajire-Aro allegedly “encouraged and coerced” her student, then 17, into...
(Tue, 25 Sep 2018 01:11:56 -0400)

400-year-old shipwreck found off Portugal coast
LISBON, Portugal — Archaeologists in Portugal say they have discovered off Lisbon a 400-year-old shipwreck they describe as the most important underwater find in the country for two decades. The municipal council of Cascais, a town near Lisbon, said Monday the Portuguese ship was involved in the hugely lucrative spice trade between Portugal and India....
(Tue, 25 Sep 2018 01:03:43 -0400)

Mental health worker admits to sexually assaulting girl
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — A Vermont mental health worker has admitted to sexually assaulting a girl. The Brattleboro Reformer reports 49-year-old Robert Havens, of Brattleboro, pleaded guilty Friday to sexual assault of a victim under the age of 16, lewd and lascivious conduct with a child and obstruction of justice. As part of a plea agreement,...
(Tue, 25 Sep 2018 00:41:52 -0400)

Mosquitoes force robbery suspect to surrender
A Wisconsin robbery suspect reportedly surrendered to police after he couldn’t take mosquitoes biting at him anymore. John Wilson allegedly led Campbellsport police officers on a chase Tuesday as he drove another suspect, who has not yet been arrested, away from a store he had just robbed, WDJT-TV reported. Authorities reportedly followed Wilson as part...
(Tue, 25 Sep 2018 00:39:01 -0400)

Expert says massacre of Ohio family may have been a ‘professional hit’
The brutal, unsolved murders of seven adults and one teen in Ohio in 2016 have the “aspects of a professional hit,” an expert said this week. Dr. Jennifer Murray’s analysis builds on the results of an autopsy report released last week in the notorious slayings. While there have been no arrests in the case, Pike County...
(Tue, 25 Sep 2018 00:35:16 -0400)

Mom accused of leaving kid home alone for hours to go party
An Arizona mother was arrested Sunday after she allegedly left her young daughter home alone while she went out partying. Alexandra Ciliento, 29, left her house around 11 p.m. Saturday night while her 4-year-old daughter remained at home, Fox 10 reported. While her mother was out, the young girl managed to escape the home and...
(Tue, 25 Sep 2018 00:18:34 -0400)

Republican Party’s approval rating its highest in 7 years
The Republican Party’s approval rating among Americans has risen to its highest level in more than seven years. Some 45 percent of Americans have a favorable view of the GOP, compared with just 36 percent one year ago, according to new data compiled by Gallup. The approval rating for Republicans is at its highest level...
(Tue, 25 Sep 2018 00:03:32 -0400)

Activists shouting ‘we believe survivors’ chase Ted Cruz from restaurant
Sen. Ted Cruz got run out of a restaurant in Washington, DC, on Monday night by a group of activists — who shouted "We believe survivors" in protest of Judge Brett Kavanaugh and his Supreme Court bid.
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 23:37:39 -0400)

Story behind teen’s incredible survival after being stranded at sea
The Indonesian teen already had one of the loneliest jobs on the planet. For $130 a month for the past three years, Aldi Novel Adilang manned a small floating fishing hut known as a rompong around-the-clock about 80 miles off Indonesia’s North Sulawesi. The tattered, flimsy, wooden raft, part of a traditional method of catching...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 23:22:01 -0400)

Feds don’t want witnesses asked about Trump at El Chapo trial
The feds don’t want any witnesses at the trial of reputed drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to be asked about President Trump’s statements on “flippers,’’ or government informants, Brooklyn court papers show. The case against Guzman will include testimony from informants, and Trump’s comments could be seen as prejudicial, according to a motion filed...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 23:10:07 -0400)

Judge signals he may dismiss Stormy Daniels’ defamation suit against Trump
A federal judge on Monday signaled that he might dismiss a defamation suit against President Trump brought by porn star Stormy Daniels — citing Trump’s use of hyperbole. Judge S. James Otero, a US District Court judge in Los Angeles, weighed in on the suit, which stems from a Trump tweet that called Daniels a...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 21:23:39 -0400)

NFL exec claims late hubby’s kids hid fact he was still married to their mom
It’s a football family drama that puts “Friday Night Lights” to shame. A top NFL executive found out her marriage of five years was a lie — and now she wants more than $30 million for the trauma, plus back pay for gifts she lavished on his son. Michelle McKenna, a senior vice president and...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 20:20:57 -0400)

Man accused of sexual assault on Southwest flight
A Texas man was arrested and charged with sexual battery after a passenger accused him of inappropriately touching her on a Southwest flight from Houston, Texas, to Nashville, Tenn., Sunday night, police confirmed. The victim allegedly told Nashville Police Department officers that she had a brief conversation with the man, identified as Alfredo Vela IV,...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 20:00:16 -0400)

Dad accused of setting daughter’s wheelchair on fire while she was in it
A Tennessee dad faces charges after he allegedly set his daughter’s wheelchair on fire while she was seated in it, authorities said. Timothy Shane Medley, 41, was arrested Thursday for reportedly starting a fire that injured his daughter earlier this year at a Pulaski home, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. His arrest came...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 19:44:08 -0400)

Brett Kavanaugh says he was a virgin in high school
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh revealed in an interview on Monday night that he remained a virgin in high school and for “many years after.” Kavanaugh was denying the sexual assault allegations against him on Fox News when he claimed to never have sex or “anything close to sexual intercourse” while in high school and...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 19:11:31 -0400)

Mommy blogger accused of shaking infant before baby’s death
A self-proclaimed “mommy blogger” has been arrested upstate — accused of shaking her boyfriend’s 2-year-old daughter until she passed out, and causing serious injuries that eventually led to the little girl’s death, cops said. Brianna Valenti, 26, of Grand Island, faces numerous charges for the vicious act, including reckless assault of a child. The victim’s...
(Mon, 24 Sep 2018 19:02:53 -0400)