Daily Archives: February 13, 2017

{FD} Haitian man admits role in scheme to stage dozens of crashes

A Haitian man has admitted in federal court he was involved in a scheme to stage dozens of car crashes in Connecticut and collected up to $30,000 per wreck by submitting bogus insurance claims. Continue reading

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{FD} Head of US Pacific Command touts strong ties with Thailand

The head of the U.S. Pacific Command is touting Washington’s “deep and enduring commitment” to Thailand. Continue reading

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{FD} Police: Man charged after grabbing, kissing transit officer

Police have charged a man after they say he forcibly kissed a public transit worker in suburban Philadelphia. Continue reading

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{FD} Federal officials to monitor probe of fatal shooting by Nashville police

The FBI will monitor an investigation by Nashville police after a white officer shot and killed an armed African-American man they say ran a stop sign and then fled on foot, Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson said Monday. Continue reading

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{FD} Pakistan mourns 13 killed in Lahore suicide bombing

Pakistani police say businesses are closed across much of the Punjab province in mourning for 13 people killed in a suicide bombing claimed by a breakaway Taliban faction. Continue reading

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{FD} Text of national security adviser Flynn’s resignation letter

Text of national security adviser Michael Flynn’s resignation letter, as provided by the White House: __ In the course of my duties as the incoming National Security Advisor, I held numerous phone calls with foreign counterparts, ministers, and ambassa… Continue reading

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{FD} Sandusky’s son awaits hearing on child sex abuse allegations

Jerry Sandusky’s adult son is in jail, awaiting a preliminary hearing scheduled for next week on child sexual abuse charges. Continue reading

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{FD} UN says fighting in 2 South Sudan hotspots is ‘devastating’

The U.N. Continue reading

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{FD} Colombia keeps cocaine from spoiling Valentine’s Day flowers

Cocaine is probably the last thing most people think about when buying roses. Continue reading

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{FD} 8 dead, 3 missing after central China coal mine blast

A coal mine explosion Tuesday in central China has left eight people dead and three injured, state media reported. Continue reading

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{FD} 7 Hong Kong police guilty in activist’s 2014 filmed beating

Seven Hong Kong police officers were convicted Tuesday of a lesser charge in the assault of a pro-democracy activist whose videotaped beating during the height of 2014 pro-democracy protests sparked outrage. Continue reading

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{FD} Judge grants injunction against Trump travel ban in Virginia

A federal judge Monday granted a preliminary injunction barring the Trump administration from implementing its travel ban in Virginia, adding another judicial ruling to those already in place challenging the ban’s constitutionality. Continue reading

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{FD} Paraguay officials investigate huge hoard of Venezuelan cash

Paraguayan authorities are investigating a cache of Venezuelan cash possibly weighing up to 30 metric tons that was found inside a private house in a city on the border with Brazil. Continue reading

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{FD} Bull-taming tradition resumes in southern Indian state

In the darkness just before dawn, the southern Indian town buzzed with excitement and energy as revelers began arriving for the spectacle of Jallikattu, the region’s version of running with the bulls. Continue reading

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{FD} UN Security Council condemns North Korea missile test

The U.N. Security Council is strongly condemning North Korea’s ballistic missile launches and warning of “further significant measures” if Pyongyang doesn’t stop nuclear and missile testing. Continue reading

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{FD} Police: Man shot after opening fire on officers in Virginia

A man shot and wounded by officers as he charged out of a home in Virginia firing a gun in each hand is wanted in a fatal shooting in Maryland, authorities said Monday. Continue reading

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{FD} Murder suspect released from jail after historic $4 billion bond

Ten days after getting hit with a $4 billion bond, thought to be one of the highest in U.S. history, Antonio Marquis Willis walked out of the Bell County (Texas) Jail to find his family and attorney happily waiting for him in the waiting area lobby. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: Trump travel ban case can proceed in lower court

The Latest on a lawsuit filed by Washington state and Minnesota challenging President Donald Trump’s travel ban (all times local): 3:41 p.m. Continue reading

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{FD} Judge allows girl’s confession in Slender Man case

A judge has ruled that confessions made to police will be admissible at the trial for one of two Wisconsin girls accused of trying to kill a classmate to please a fictional horror character called Slender Man. Continue reading

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{FD} Dominican court sentences American in slaying of US hotelier

A panel of Dominican judges has sentenced an American citizen to 30 years in prison for killing and dismembering an expatriate U.S. hotel owner. Continue reading

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{FD} Panama seeks arrest of 2 sons of ex-president in graft case

Prosecutors in Panama are seeking international help in detaining two sons of former President Ricardo Martinelli in relation to an alleged scheme to launder bribes from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: FBI to monitor probe of fatal shooting by police

The Latest on the fatal shooting by a Nashville police officer (all times local): 5 p.m. Continue reading

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{FD} Families fear mistreatment of inmates after prison uprising

Families of inmates at a Delaware prison where one staffer was killed during a hostage situation are expressing concerns about their safety as phone calls and visits remain restricted. Continue reading

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{FD} Suit over artifact looting case suicide rejected on appeal

A federal appeals court won’t revive an excessive-force lawsuit from the family of a Utah doctor who killed himself after his arrest by federal agents in an artifact looting investigation, according to a ruling handed down Monday. Continue reading

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{FD} NYC man pleads guilty to smuggling exotic turtles

A New York City man has pleaded guilty to smuggling endangered turtles to and from Hong Kong by stashing them in socks or boxes labeled as “snacks.” Hsien Lin Hsu (shee-EHN’ lihn SHOO) entered the plea Monday in federal court in Brooklyn. Continue reading

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{FD} Lance Armstrong loses bid to halt ex-teammate’s $100 million lawsuit

A federal judge has cleared the way for the government’s lawsuit seeking $100 million in damages from Lance Armstrong. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump presidency gets social with detailed posts, photos

There was President Donald Trump, in the middle of his Mar-a-Lago resort, conferring with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on decisions with national security implications over iceberg wedge salads. Continue reading

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{FD} Police: No charges against woman who breastfed another’s son

North Carolina police say criminal charges won’t be filed against a day care worker who breastfed another woman’s son without permission earlier this month. Continue reading

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{FD} Judge orders Ohio village to pay back $3 million to lead-footed drivers

Speed cameras became a cash cow for the small village of New Miami, Ohio. Continue reading

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{FD} Judge rejects tribes’ request to temporarily halt construction of Dakota Access pipeline

A federal judge on Monday rejected a request by two American Indian tribes for an emergency order halting construction of the remaining section of the Dakota Access oil pipeline. Continue reading

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{FD} Mexican official: Cartels send $64B in drugs into US annually

President Trump’s proposed wall along the southwest border could cost Mexico more than just the price of building it: An official estimated that cartels send a stunning $64 billion worth of drugs into the U.S. every year. Continue reading

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{FD} States want Trump travel ban case to proceed in lower court

Lawyers for Washington state and Minnesota have told a federal judge their lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations should move forward in the lower court. Continue reading

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{FD} Autopsy: 7-year-old girl shot as many as 13 times

Authorities say a 7-year-old girl was shot as many as 13 times while sleeping at her grandmother’s house in North Carolina. Continue reading

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{FD} Austrian police arrest man described as ‘Hitler’s double’

Austrian police say they have detained a man described by local media as “Hitler’s double” for possible violations of laws against glorifying the Nazi era. Continue reading

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{FD} Universities tell judge travel ban hurts schools, students

Some of the nation’s top universities have told a U.S. judge that they side with civil liberties lawyers in opposing President Donald Trump’s travel ban. Continue reading

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{FD} Israel leader’s White House trip clouded in uncertainty

Israel’s prime minister heads to Washington this week for a high-profile meeting with President Donald Trump that suddenly is clouded in uncertainty. Continue reading

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{FD} Jerry Sandusky’s son arrested on child sex charges

An adopted son of Jerry Sandusky faces multiple charges of sex crimes involving children, court papers revealed Monday, more than five years after the former Penn State assistant football coach was himself first arrested. Continue reading

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{FD} Dad who left daughter in hot car on Father’s Day gets prison

A Baltimore man who left his toddler daughter in a hot car on Father’s Day two years ago has been sentenced to eight years in prison for her death. Continue reading

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{FD} Jerry Sandusky’s son Jeffrey charged with child sexual abuse

One of Jerry Sandusky’s adult sons faces multiple charges of sexual offenses involving children, more than five years after the former Penn State assistant coach was himself first arrested. Continue reading

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{FD} Former Spain central bank chief investigated for failed IPO

Spain’s National Court is summoning the former heads of Spain’s central bank and the stock market watchdog to be questioned for failing to stop the disastrous flotation of a savings bank that had to be bailed out. Continue reading

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{FD} ‘Pharma bro’ Martin Shkreli to speak at Harvard after judge says OK

Embattled “Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli is becoming quite the jet-setter despite his pending federal court case on charges of securities fraud. Continue reading

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{FD} Sheriff outraged after being forced to disarm before entering hockey arena

In one Washington state arena, guns belong in the penalty box – even if you are the local sheriff. Continue reading

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{FD} Parole denied for NY woman who helped 2 killers escape

The state parole board has denied early release for prison tailor Joyce Mitchell, who helped two killers escape from a maximum-security facility in northern New York in 2015. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: 1 man in custody in Missouri nightclub shooting

The Latest on a nightclub shooting in Missouri (all times local): 1:30 p.m. Continue reading

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{FD} TSA workers helped Puerto Rico-based ring smuggle $100M of cocaine, prosecutors say

Prosecutors in Puerto Rico have smashed a ring of current and former U.S. Transportation Security Administration workers that allegedly smuggled 20 tons of cocaine worth as much as $100 million into the U.S. over more than a decade. Continue reading

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{FD} Travel ban risks alienating key partners in fight against IS

American forces were perched high on the top of the Bashiq Mountain, calling in airstrikes that pounded Islamic State militants. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: Wife, stepson charged in death of KKK leader

The Latest on the death of a Ku Klux Klan leader in Missouri (all times local): 1 p.m. Continue reading

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{FD} Man guilty in Michigan courtroom attack seen on video

A man caught on courtroom video trying to attack a Michigan prosecutor with a piece of metal has pleaded guilty to attempted murder and other crimes. Continue reading

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{FD} Police seek landscaper they say engaged in sex act with dog

Police in an Atlanta suburb are seeking a man they say engaged in a sex act with a dog while working as a landscaper. Continue reading

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{FD} $325G wedding nixed after brawl erupts at rehearsal dinner, lawsuit claims

Till death do us punch. Continue reading

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