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Frustrated Philadelphia mayor calls for gun control. Here's why it hasn't happened in his city.

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 15:16

Frustrated Philadelphia mayor calls for gun control. Here's why it hasn't happened in his city.Following a standoff between police and an armed gunman, Philadelphia's mayor calls on legislators to let the city pass its own gun laws.


She wanted a late-night hookup, but he fell asleep. So she burned his house down, police say

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 15:05

She wanted a late-night hookup, but he fell asleep. So she burned his house down, police sayPolice accuse Taija Russell, 29, of sending a series of angry texts, then buying lighter fluid, matches and a lighter at a nearby gas station.


Jeffrey Epstein’s Body Claimed by His Brother

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 14:54

Jeffrey Epstein’s Body Claimed by His BrotherJeenah Moon/ReutersJeffrey Esptein’s body was claimed from the New York City medical examiner’s office by his brother Mark Epstein, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told The Daily Beast on Friday.The exclusive details come as Chief Medical Examiner Barbara Sampson is preparing to issue a report on Epstein’s autopsy and a final ruling on his cause of death. Officials have previously said Epstein’s death is being investigated as a suicide.Epstein, 66, was found unconcious Aug. 10 in a cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center where he was being held while awaiting trial on federal sex-trafficking charges. He was pronounced dead about an hour later after being transported to a nearby hospital. Authorities are investigating how the federal prison apparently failed to prevent Epstein’s death. The Man Who Could Inherit Jeffrey Epstein’s MillionsEpstein’s lawyers have said in court papers that Mark Epstein is their client’s only surviving next of kin. The brother, a former artist turned real-estate magnate, raised eyebrows last month when he offered up his Florida condo as collateral for his brother’s bail. While Mark Epstein has denied any connection to his brother’s businesses, at least one of his properties has turned up repeatedly in sex-trafficking lawsuits involving Jeffrey Epstein.It is not immediately clear where Mark Epstein had his brother’s body transferred or if it has been buried. The medical examiner finished the autopsy exam a day after Epstein died.The Only Thing Jeffrey Epstein’s Broken Bone ProvesRead more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


Mexico to deport U.S. citizen suspected of supporting 'violent jihad'

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 14:20

Mexico to deport U.S. citizen suspected of supporting 'violent jihad'Mexican authorities arrested a U.S. citizen suspected of supporting militant Islamists in an example of Mexico's security cooperation with the United States even as the two neighbors grapple with sharp disagreements over trade and migration. The unidentified American man sought by Interpol was under investigation for supporting terrorist groups and will be deported to the United States later on Friday, the Mexico's attorney general's office said in a statement. The man was detained at a migrants office near Mexico's border with Guatemala in the town of Huehuetan with the help of officials from Mexico's National Migration Institute.


Mexico to deport U.S. citizen suspected of supporting 'violent jihad'

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 14:15

Mexico to deport U.S. citizen suspected of supporting 'violent jihad'Mexican authorities arrested a U.S. citizen suspected of supporting militant Islamists in an example of Mexico's security cooperation with the United States even as the two neighbors grapple with sharp disagreements over trade and migration. The unidentified American man sought by Interpol was under investigation for supporting terrorist groups and will be deported to the United States later on Friday, the Mexico's attorney general's office said in a statement. The man was detained at a migrants office near Mexico's border with Guatemala in the town of Huehuetan with the help of officials from Mexico's National Migration Institute.


3-year-old girl found alone in boat, man’s body discovered nearby, Texas cops say

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 13:55

3-year-old girl found alone in boat, man’s body discovered nearby, Texas cops sayTexas authorities found a man’s body after searching for a missing father whose little girl was found sleeping alone in a boat on Lake Granbury on Friday.


3-year-old girl found alone in boat, man’s body discovered nearby, Texas cops say

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 13:55

3-year-old girl found alone in boat, man’s body discovered nearby, Texas cops sayTexas authorities found a man’s body after searching for a missing father whose little girl was found sleeping alone in a boat on Lake Granbury on Friday.


Hundreds defy restrictions, join protests in Kashmir

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 13:55

Hundreds defy restrictions, join protests in KashmirHundreds of people protested an unprecedented security crackdown and clashed with police Friday in Indian-controlled Kashmir, as India's government said it was constantly reviewing the situation in the disputed region and the restrictions there will be removed over the next few days. The U.N. Security Council met on Jammu and Kashmir for the first time in decades, and Pakistan's ambassador to the world body said the session showed that people in the region "may be locked up ... but their voices were heard today." The Security Council took no action during the closed meeting, which was called for by China and Pakistan. Both India and Pakistan claim the Himalayan region, which is divided between the nuclear-armed rivals.


A Wisconsin college student was arrested after tearing up a classmate's swastika sign

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 13:52

A Wisconsin college student was arrested after tearing up a classmate's swastika signUniversity of Wisconsin-Milwaukee junior Grae Hosmanek was participating in an event organized by Students Supporting Israel when she was arrested.


American Airlines reviewing rare mix-up of Charlotte passenger boarding wrong plane

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 13:52

American Airlines reviewing rare mix-up of Charlotte passenger boarding wrong planeA flight from Charlotte to Asheville was delayed for almost an hour and a half Wednesday after a man boarded the wrong plane, an American Airlines spokeswoman said Friday.


View Photos of the 2020 Drako GTE

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 13:50

View Photos of the 2020 Drako GTE


Shooting near Alabama campus kills 2, injures 3

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 13:46

Shooting near Alabama campus kills 2, injures 3A shooting on the edge of an Alabama college campus killed a student and another man and wounded three others. Gunfire broke out Thursday night near Alabama State University in Montgomery. President Quinton T. Ross told a news conference Friday the shooting occurred at a business near the school.


2020 Vision: Trump gets surprise Log Cabin Republicans endorsement

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 13:23

 Trump gets surprise Log Cabin Republicans endorsementDuring the 2016 election the conservative LGBT organization declined to endorse him for president.


How Kamala Harris was shaped by 'the People's Republic of Berkeley'

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 13:23

How Kamala Harris was shaped by 'the People's Republic of Berkeley'Kamala Harris grew up in the radical environs of Berkeley and spent her childhood at marches and protests with her parents. But she went to law school and became a prosecutor, an unexpected career choice that she has to explain — and defend — to Democratic voters as she seeks the presidency.


Barbados police say no signs of an intruder in house where British woman found dead

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 13:18

Barbados police say no signs of an intruder in house where British woman found deadPolice in Barbados have said there was no sign of any intruder at a home where a British woman was found dead with serious burns. Natalie Crichlow, 44, from London, was on the island to visit her disabled brother. She was found dead on July 28, and her family said an intruder had entered the house and set her alight in her bed. On Friday police in Barbados said there was no sign of an intruder, and there was no flammable liquid found on her clothes. Tyrone Griffith, chief commissioner for Barbados police, said that the fire which killed her began in the kitchen. A post mortem showed she died from an infection, following serious burns. Natalie Crichlow, who was in Barbados to look after her disabled brother The Luton-born make-up artist, a mother of three, was found in the garden. “This matter is being treated as an unnatural death, and intense investigations are ongoing,” said Mr Griffith. “At this stage there is nothing to indicate that there was an intruder at the premise.” A man who once lived at the house has been interviewed, but Mr Griffith said that he had no involvement in her death. Ms Crichlow’s niece said she was concerned that police were not treating the investigation as a murder inquiry.


They Crowdfunded for Their Dead ‘Baby Boy.’ Cops Say It Was This Doll.

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 13:11

They Crowdfunded for Their Dead ‘Baby Boy.’ Cops Say It Was This Doll.via GofundmeKaycee and Geoffrey Lang’s baby registry had everything, right down to giraffe mittens and a dino onesie. She posted a tease on Facebook asking “Any guesses on baby Lang’s gender? We will be announcing in a few weeks.” A friend in their small Pennsylvania town threw a shower full of gifts and games. Grandpa James gave groceries. Great-Grandma Prudence contributed $265. Friends came with an Aldi gift card, diapers, and cash to celebrate the imminent arrival. Two months later, Kaycee announced baby Easton Walt Lang had arrived at 3:11 am on July 3 at Conemaugh Memorial Hospital in Johnstown. A Facebook page had photos from the couple of a newborn wrapped in a blanket.But that joy quickly turned to heartbreak: The couple announced little Easton died a few hours later from fluid in his lungs and a low heart rate. Friends again came to their aid, coming together to pay for a personalized urn and cremation at a local funeral home. “Easton’s parents were blessed with just a little over 5 hours before he went to his heavenly home at 8:20 am. Easton experienced holding hands and hugs and kisses with his mommy and daddy and being told uncountable number of ‘I love yous,’” read the obituary that ran in Johnstown’s Tribune-Democrat on July 12.  Don’t cry just yet: Pennsylvania prosecutors say Easton Walt Lang did not exist.  The real-life people who say they gave birth to him, Kaycee, 23, and Geoffrey, 27, are now facing charges in two counties, as prosecutors said Thursday that an investigation showed they not only feigned giving birth to “Easton” to scam friends, family, and their community, but also faked the phony newborn’s death to keep the gifts and money pouring in. That included a GoFundMe page created by a friend of the family’s who was one of the 15 people who donated a combined $550 to the page after the news of his “death.” A reporter with Pittsburgh’s WTAE ABC affiliate captured images of Facebook posts from the couple, from an account that appears to have been shut down.According to a criminal complaint filed by the Pennsylvania State Police, people began to suspect something was amiss shortly after the faux funeral. On July 19, friend Cynthia Dilascio reported to police in Johnstown that she suspected Kaycee and Geoffrey had lied about Easton’s existence, the affidavit states. She told authorities that she hadn’t seen Kaycee since the baby shower. The police checked both the Cambria County Coroner’s Office and the Somerset County Coroner’s Office for records of the newborn. Neither had ever heard of an Easton Lang. Investigators checked Conemaugh Memorial Hospital and Conemaugh Memorial OB/GYN, but said there was no record of the child or his purported mother. Both Geoffrey and Kaycee were interviewed by the police on Aug 5. The father said he was not present at the baby’s birth, but that the newborn’s heart rate had dropped below 55 bpm and there was fluid on his lungs. Kaycee told the investigators that the baby had respiratory distress syndrome, the documents state. The next day, police issued a search warrant for the Langs’ home. When officers looked through the house, they found a “life-like newborn baby doll” that was shown in the pictures on social media, and an urn with “Easton Walt Lang” etched into it.  The funeral home where the couple said they bought the container for their child’s remains also had no records of the newborn’s existence, police documents show.A GoFundMe spokesperson confirmed the account for the couple has been shut down. “This campaign received 15 donations totaling $550,” a statement from the crowdfunding site reads. “This type of behavior is not tolerated on GoFundMe. We will fully cooperate with law enforcement officials during their investigation and we will issue full refunds to all donors.”The couple is facing misdemeanor theft charges. They are scheduled to appear in court in October. Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


Speculation grows Ghislaine Maxwell is planting appearances to throw the public off her scent

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 13:09

Speculation grows Ghislaine Maxwell is planting appearances to throw the public off her scentSince the arrest of convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein last month, the whereabouts of his former girlfriend and alleged accomplice, British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, has been the subject of intense scrutiny. But in a photograph published on Thursday, Miss Maxwell appears relaxed and apparently happy to pose at a burger chain in the Hollywood Hills. What led America’s most watched woman, who has not been photographed in public since 2016, to appear at one of the most recognisable places in one of the most photographed cities in the world? The emergence of the picture, reportedly taken on Monday afternoon, has led to speculation that Miss Maxwell may be planting appearances to avoid public scrutiny. Fittingly, she was reportedly reading a book on the "secret lives" of CIA operatives. Once spotted, Miss Maxwell then reportedly told an onlooker: "Well, I guess this is the last time I’ll be eating here". The spotlight on the 57-year-old intensified last week when unsealed court documents revealed she was accused of playing a key role in procuring young girls for Epstein. Miss Maxwell has never been charged with any crime, and has always denied any wrongdoing in connection with Epstein’s sexual abuses. Epstein once described Maxwell as his "best friend" Credit: Patrick McMullan /Getty But in the aftermath of Epstein’s death in prison, awaiting a trial on fresh charges involving underage girls, the US attorney general William Barr warned "any co-conspirators should not rest easy" and lawyers for Epstein’s accusers are said to be keen to speak to Miss Maxwell as the conspiracy case into Epstein’s network continues. Workers at the In-and-Out burger bar on the intersection of a motorway cornering the Hollywood Hills were under strict instruction not to divulge any detail of Miss Maxwell’s unexpected visit on Monday. The photos, obtained by the New York Post, show the socialite sat hunched over a burger, wearing a pair of glasses and with two plastic cups on her table. In a second shot, she appears to be posing with her glasses removed and a book placed in front of her. A smartphone is sat on the opposite side of the table, suggesting she was not dining alone. When asked about Miss Maxwell’s appearance, In-and-Out employees claimed to have been gagged by their employer and under strict orders "not to speak behalf of In-and-Out". Miss Maxwell’s links to Los Angeles are tenuous, with her circle of socialite and reality star friends anchored to the east coast. Terra Mar, her ocean preservation effort which she shuttered in July when Epstein was arrested for a second time, is linked to surfing and beach cleanup initiatives across the west coast, including Santa Monica beach. The Los Angeles based organisers who helped promote Terra Mar were nowhere to be found on Thursday evening. Donald Trump, Melania Trump, Jeffrey Epstein, and Ghislaine Maxwell at Mar-a-Lago club in 2000 Credit: Davidoff Studios/Getty Images On Wednesday a report suggesting Miss Maxwell was in a secluded beach front property in Manchester-by-the-sea, in Massachusetts led camera crews to the quiet New England town. The owner of the house, Scott Borgerson, later insisted she was not at his home, cryptically describing her as a "former friend". According to neighbours, Miss Maxwell went by "G" rather than her distinctive first name, and would take a vizsla dog for walks along the beach but largely kept to herself. One local resident, who said he often saw Miss Maxwell and Mr Borgerson out running, said she had been not seen in the area for at least two weeks. Too add to the mystery over Miss Maxwell’s whereabouts, several sources suggested that the Paris-born, Oxford-educated socialite may have travelled to France in the wake of Epstein’s death, where she has links to Aix-en-Provence, near Marseilles. There was speculation she could have been staying with her older sister, Christine, at her home in the rural village of Meyreuil. However, legal documents seen by The Telegraph showed Christine Maxwell, who turned 69 on Thursday, and her husband, the physicist Roger Malina, reveal they sold their property in the area in 2015. Former neighbours of the couple described them as polite, but remote, with many remembering Christine as the daughter of the disgraced newspaper mogul Robert Maxwell. One neighbour said he met Ghislaine "maybe once" in the home of her sister when she came to visit. All had lost touch. On Friday night The Metropolitan Police confirmed it received a complaint over claims in court papers that a girl was "forced to have sex with Prince Andrew”, prompting a review of "available evidence" in 2015.  Lawyers for Virginia Roberts, the woman at the centre of the allegations who was pictured with the prince in 2001, also contacted the force themselves in 2016, according to Channel 4 News. The Metropolitan Police reportedly said it “reviewed the available evidence” and decided that the matter “would not progress to a full investigation”. All the allegations about Prince Andrew were struck from the court record in 2015 after being described as "immaterial and impertinent" by a judge.  The Prince has always denied the allegations and any involvement. The Met said: "The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) received an allegation of non-recent trafficking for sexual exploitation.  "The MPS reviewed the available evidence and the decision was made that this would not progress to a full investigation. As such, the matter was closed." Epstein's death was ruled to be a suicide by hanging on Friday night following a post mortem examination.


Portland’s Feared Far-Right Rally Hit by Multiple Setbacks

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 13:03

Portland’s Feared Far-Right Rally Hit by Multiple SetbacksREUTERSThe outlook of a Saturday far-right rally in Portland, Oregon is uncertain after some of its key organizers dropped out or faced arrest.The rally, organized by the far-right ultranationalist group the Proud Boys, is billed as a “protest” against anti-fascists, commonly known as “antifa.” The Proud Boys and other proto-fascist groups have previously brawled with anti-fascists in Portland, notably during a series of bloody rallies last summer. With members of the far right announcing their intention to travel from out of state to commit violence, Saturday’s rally has loomed as a potential powder keg. But after a series of arrests and warnings, some of the best-known agitators might not be attending.The rally’s biggest promoter, Proud Boy and former Infowars reporter Joe Biggs, advertised the event with explicit calls to violence. In the run-up to the event, Biggs has posed in shirts with slogans like “death to antifa” and “training to throw communists out of helicopters.” (The latter, a reference to Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet’s execution of political opponents, is a popular reference on the paramilitary right.)Portland Braces for Another Round of Proud Boys, Antifa FightsIn repeated social media posts promoting the rally, Biggs called for blood. “Get a gun. Bu[y] ammo. Get your gun license. Get training. Practice as much as you can and be ready because the left isn’t playing anymore and neither should we,” he wrote in one of many similarly violent posts, among which was a picture of a person being suffocated with a plastic bag with the caption “death to antifa.” He repeated the sentiments in a video while holding a pro-Trump baseball bat.But in a Facebook post last week, Biggs announced that the FBI had visited him in his Florida home after a pair of mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton. “I wanna say again to all attending rally in Portland,” Biggs wrote, apparently in reaction to the visit. “Tone down rhetoric.”Biggs has not withdrawn from the rally, but began vanishing from social media platforms this week, extremism researcher JJ McNabb noted.Other, more local far-right brawlers also encountered law enforcement ahead of the rally. Portland police reportedly arrested six affiliates of extremist groups this week, over their alleged involvement in a May attack on a left-leaning Portland bar where they allegedly beat a woman unconscious and broke her vertebrae. Among those arrested Thursday was Joey Gibson, the leader of the far-right group Patriot Prayer. Gibson has previously stoked violence ahead of other rallies.Two Proud Boys who frequently fight in Portland were charged in spring with felony assault stemming from other fights.One large far-right group, the Oathkeepers, announced this week that they would skip the event altogether. Oathkeepers urged others on the right to drop out, citing Biggs’ violent rhetoric. “Frankly, given the prior statements of Joe Biggs that will be used against all attendees of his rally, it would be best for the patriot/conservative cause if this August 17 rally were simply canceled," the group’s president wrote in a statement on their website.Portland officials have urged the far-right and counter-protesters to avoid the rally, issuing a warning that the city would not welcome anyone "using the guise of free speech to commit acts of violence.”"You want to be hateful, stay home," Portland City Council member Jo Ann Hardesty said Wednesday. "Do not get on a plane, on a bus and come to Portland. We don't want you here. We never wanted you here. If you come, we will expose you to the light of day."The city has faced heavy criticism over its handling of previous protests, where police instituted a heavy crackdown, notably leaving one leftist with a serious head injury. Anti-fascists also accused the city’s police of playing favorites with the right, after it was revealed that a lieutenant kept in close communication with Gibson during previous rallies. The far right, for their part, accuse the city of giving anti-fascists preferential treatment. During a late June clash, masked assailants punched right-wing videographer Andy Ngo, an incident frequently cited in advertisements for Saturday’s rally.This week, anti-fascists gave the far right another reason not to show up: the leftist protest group Popular Mobilization (PopMob) announced that, for each attendee of the fascist rally, they would donate money to pro-immigrant causes.“Every one of the fascists that shows up is raising money for a cause that they hate,” PopMob spokesperson Jesse Goldman told HuffPost.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


70-year-old New Jersey woman accused of attempted murder after husband stabbed

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 12:44

70-year-old New Jersey woman accused of attempted murder after husband stabbedPolice in New Jersey have arrested a 70-year-old woman on multiple charges -- including attempted murder -- in the stabbing of her husband.


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