Daily Archives: December 9, 2016

Arrest made in shooting death of Western Michigan student

Kalamazoo police say they have made an arrest in Thursday night’s shooting of a Western Michigan University student at an off-campus apartment. Continue reading

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Warehouse fire survivor: People ‘dying right in front of me’

To set foot in the Ghost Ship on a party night was to pass through the doors of an old warehouse and enter an exotic world glowing with rainbow lanterns, guarded by figures of Asian deities and pulsing with a welcoming vibe. Continue reading

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US is sending 200 more troops to Syria to battle IS

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter says as many as 200 more American troops are being sent to Syria to help Kurdish and Arab fighters capture the Islamic State group’s key stronghold of Raqqa. Continue reading

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At least 45,000 homeless after Aceh quake in Indonesia

At least 45,000 people have been displaced by the powerful earthquake that hit Indonesia’s Aceh province, authorities said Saturday, as the government and aid agencies pooled efforts to meet the basic survival needs of shaken communities. Continue reading

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After weeks of protests, crowds celebrate Park’s impeachment

Shifting from protests to celebration, large crowds of South Koreans were expected to march near the presidential palace on Saturday to cheer the impeachment of disgraced President Park Geun-hye over an explosive corruption scandal. Continue reading

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9 Dallas officers fired over false reports

Police announced in a statement Friday that nine officers in a Dallas suburb have been fired for reporting traffic stops they never conducted. Continue reading

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Bolivia defense minister calls Colombia plane crash ‘murder’

Bolivia’s defense minister says a plane crash that killed 71 people in Colombia was “murder” because the pilot only had the exact amount of fuel needed for the flight in violation of civil aviation principles. Continue reading

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9 suburban Dallas officers fired over false reports

Nine police officers in a Dallas suburb have been fired for reporting traffic stops they never conducted. Continue reading

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Court overturns theft convictions of ex-owner of mortuary

An appeals court has reversed two theft convictions against the ex-owner of an abandoned North Texas mortuary where bodies were found unattended in 2014. Continue reading

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At least 43,000 homeless after Aceh quake in Indonesia

At least 43,000 people have been displaced by the powerful earthquake that hit Indonesia’s Aceh province, authorities said Saturday, as the government and aid agencies pooled efforts to meet the basic survival needs of shaken communities. Continue reading

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China opens investigation into slaughter of rare sea turtle

Authorities in southern China have opened an investigation into the slaughter and sale of a protected leatherback sea turtle by local fishermen, media reported Saturday. Continue reading

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Fatal NYC crane collapse blamed on operator error

New York City officials are blaming a crane collapse that killed a man in lower Manhattan in February on operator error. Continue reading

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Driverless Car Makers Are Trying to Kill You

Driverless car makers are producing vehicles that will kill you.  See Why Driverless Cars Are Insane.

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Utah day care, parents settle toddler’s bean bag chair death

A Utah day care center where a toddler suffocated under a bean bag chair when a worker sat on it has reached a settlement with the parents and been cleared of criminal charges, but must undergo monthly inspections by state regulators who found three vi… Continue reading

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4 bodies found in burning car in suburban Houston

Authorities are investigating the deaths of four people whose bodies were found in suburban Houston in a car that had been set on fire. Continue reading

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Longtime Gambian ruler now refuses to step aside

Gambia’s ruler of more than 22 years now says he won’t accept defeat in the presidential election, reversing course a week after he conceded defeat. Continue reading

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The Latest: School boss bans Confederate flag clothing

The Latest on a Pennsylvania school district where a black student was upset that a classmate wore a shirt depicting a Confederate flag (all times local): 5:45 p.m. Continue reading

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Students checked at hospital after eating marijuana candy

Authorities say six New York high school students who were checked out at a hospital had eaten a candy bar containing marijuana. Continue reading

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The Latest: Private eye for defense concedes witness error

The Latest on the second-degree murder trial of Cardell Hayes, who shot former New Orleans Saints player Will Smith (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Continue reading

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No home for the holidays: Assyrian Christians unable to return to villages destroyed by ISIS

As the campaign to liberate Mosul from ISIS rages on, Christian residents of surrounding villages already freed from the terror army’s grip have returned to find their homes booby-trapped, in ruins and uninhabitable. Continue reading

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Memphis sees record-setting 214th homicide of the year

Police say the apparent shooting death of a person in a home is Memphis’ 214th homicide of the year, setting a record in a city beset by gang activity and gun crimes. Continue reading

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Forget Tinder? Looking to tradition to find a mate

The rules are different in observant Judaism, and more young people could learn from them. Continue reading

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Vast online dangers threaten curious kids

With harmful content and sexual predators lurking, here’s what parents must know. Continue reading

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Grounding our children in gratitude

Behind every grateful kid is a grateful mom or dad. Continue reading

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What Christmas means for US troops

As Thanksgiving closes for this year, most Americans turn their sights toward Christmas (or for those in their safe spaces – Winter Holiday). Continue reading

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China flies nuclear-capable bomber in South China Sea after Trump Taiwan call, US officials say

China flew a long-range nuclear-capable bomber outside China for the first time since President-elect Donald Trump spoke with the president of Taiwan, two US officials told Fox News. The dramatic show of force was meant to send a message to the new adm… Continue reading

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Sanctuary cities: The costs to taxpayers

The ensuing and seemingly inconceivable basis surrounding the “Sanctuary City” concept is being hotly debated, and one perspective not being discussed has far-reaching economic consequences: Liability and costs to taxpayers. Continue reading

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Man sentenced to death for killings of men dumped in river

A Vietnam native convicted of murdering two brothers and dumping their bodies into a Philadelphia river has been sentenced to death. Continue reading

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Diplomat: Geneva meeting could avoid ‘destruction’ in Aleppo

A meeting on Saturday between Moscow and Washington is extremely important because it could avoid “massive destruction” if a plan for evacuating rebel fighters and civilians from war-ravaged Aleppo can be worked out, the U.N.’s special envoy to Syria s… Continue reading

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Hundreds of Syrian men disappear crossing into government-held territory

Hundreds of men from Syria’s rebel-held eastern Aleppo have disappeared after crossing over into government-controlled territory, United Nations officials announced Friday. Continue reading

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East Coast fishermen file appeal over cost of government-required ‘at-sea monitors’

David Goethel built his life off the profits of cod, trolling the waters of New England for 30 years netting the region’s once-abundant signature fish. But a controversial federal mandate is threatening to put him out of business, he claims. Continue reading

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France’s court cancels Kazakh banker’s extradition to Russia

A top court in France refused Friday to hand a Kazakh banker-turned-dissident charged with embezzling billions over to Russia, saying it considered the extradition request from Moscow to be “politically motivated.” Mukhtar Ablyazov’s lawyers had asked … Continue reading

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AP sources: Mattis received anonymous email in Petraeus case

The Associated Press has learned that President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for defense secretary was among several military officials whom the FBI concluded received anonymous letters from the woman who had an affair with then-CIA Director David Petra… Continue reading

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Ex-Serb FM Jeremic to give statement on 2004 army deaths

Police have asked a former Serbian foreign minister who was a candidate to be the United Nations’ next secretary-general to give a statement in connection with the unresolved killings of two army conscripts in 2004. Continue reading

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US airstrike kills ISIS leader linked to Charlie Hebdo attack

U.S. military officials say an Islamic State leader linked to the 2015 attacks at the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Syria. Continue reading

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Georgia family of little boy’s heartbreaking note sent to heaven located

A Georgia family whose son sent a balloon containing a message to his father in heaven was located on Wednesday after his heartbreaking letter was discovered 20 miles from his home. Continue reading

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No charges for officer who went to wrong home, killed owner

A grand jury has decided not to indict a Georgia police officer who went to the wrong house and fatally shot the homeowner. Continue reading

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3 detectives killed, burned in southern Mexico

The charred remains of three federal detectives have been found in the bed of a burning pickup truck in the southern Mexico resort of Zihuatanejo. Continue reading

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Captive woman rescued after giving UPS driver hostage note, police say

A UPS driver helped rescue a woman who was being held captive in her home after she gave him a package with a note telling him to call 911, police in Missouri say. Continue reading

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Georgia teen reportedly kidnapped by her friend’s father

A Georgia teen missing for nearly a week apparently was kidnapped by the father of one of her friends, local media reported Thursday. Continue reading

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School boss: Student has right to wear Confederate clothing

A Pennsylvania school district superintendent says a student has a right to wear a sweatshirt depicting a Confederate flag even though it upsets a black student and her father. Continue reading

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Trump expected to name a top Goldman exec to economic post

President-elect Donald Trump is expected to name Gary Cohn, the No. Continue reading

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Big business pressuring Trump to abandon pledges of mass deportation

Trump railed against the dangers of illegal immigration throughout his campaign, but he hinted at a softer approach in a Time magazine interview published this week. Continue reading

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Ex-internal affairs chief criticizes Border Patrol training

The former head of internal affairs at U.S. Customs and Border Protection says in a Supreme Court filing that an agent who killed a Mexican teen in a cross-border shooting should be held accountable. Continue reading

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Cops: Ex-chaplain estranged from family kills daughter, self

Police in Maine say a former university chaplain who was estranged from his family broke into their home and killed his adult daughter, then himself. Continue reading

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Police: Woman backs car into 2-year-old nephew, killing him

Police say a New Jersey woman backed her car into her 2-year-old nephew, killing him. Continue reading

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Controversial Islamic center hosts interfaith call for peace, despite terror ties

A Boston Islamic center that has been linked to convicted terrorists is hosting an interfaith event on Sunday to promote peace, but some critics say such “hateful houses of worship” are a dubious venue for a message of solidarity and hope. Continue reading

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French president offers support to Cyprus peace talks

France’s president says his country is ready to help ongoing efforts to reunify ethnically divided Cyprus. Continue reading

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US airstrike killed militant linked to Charlie Hebdo attack

U.S. military officials say an Islamic State leader linked to the 2015 attacks at the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Syria. Continue reading

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Sound engineer, attorney among Oakland fire victims

A popular sound engineer, a young attorney and a woman described as a visionary were among the people killed in a fire that engulfed a dance party inside an Oakland warehouse. Continue reading

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