Daily Archives: April 14, 2017

{FD} Judge halts Arkansas plan to execute inmates by end of month

A federal judge issued an order Saturday halting Arkansas’ unprecedented plan to execute seven inmates by the end of the month. Continue reading

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{FD} Arkansas’ multiple execution plan unravels after rulings

Arkansas’ plan to execute eight men by the end of the month appeared to be unraveling on Friday, with a judge blocking a lethal injection drug use and the state’s highest court granting a stay to one of the first inmates who had been scheduled for exec… Continue reading

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{FD} False gunfire reports at commuter-filled Penn Station spark chaos

Passengers fled Penn Station in a panic Friday night when Amtrak police tased an unruly person, causing false reports of gunshots in the jam-packed transit hub. Continue reading

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{FD} Retired Marine who lost his legs in Afghanistan: Obama should have used the ‘Mother of all Bombs’

A retired U.S. Marine said that former President Obama should have supported dropping the ‘Mother of all Bombs’ while he was the commander-in-chief. Continue reading

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{FD} Five-year-old boy dies after being pinned at rotating restaurant in Atlanta

A 5-year-old North Carolina boy has died from injuries he received at a rotating restaurant 72 stories above Downtown Atlanta. Continue reading

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{FD} Protection petitions filed for 2 girls in mutilation case

Authorities in Minnesota have filed child protection petitions for two 7-year-old girls who prosecutors say were brought to Michigan by their mothers for a genital mutilation procedure. Continue reading

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{FD} Penn Station nightmare: 1,200 passengers stuck on train in Hudson River tunnel

There are train major delays at Penn Station — and it’s Amtrak fault yet again. Continue reading

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{FD} Boy dies after getting stuck at Atlanta rotating restaurant

Officials say a 5-year-old boy has died after getting caught in the rotating wall of an Atlanta restaurant. Continue reading

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{FD} UN chief warns that Libya risks a return to wide conflict

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is warning that Libya risks a return to widespread conflict, citing the volatile security situation in Tripoli and fighting in the oil-rich east and elsewhere. Continue reading

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{FD} Police: Florida teacher accused of child porn kills himself

Authorities say a Florida middle school teacher accused of producing and receiving child pornography has killed himself in Tennessee. Continue reading

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{FD} Man gets 4 years in prison in firefighter’s fatal shooting

A Maryland man who fatally shot a firefighter he mistook for an intruder will spend four years in prison. Continue reading

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{FD} Mexican journalist killed on Baja California peninsula

A state official in Mexico says a reporter covering the police beat has been shot and killed in La Paz on the Baja California peninsula. Continue reading

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{FD} Professors name dinosaur after digging up thousands of bones

University officials say they’ve named a dinosaur that they found hidden in Utah. Continue reading

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{FD} Police ID 4 found slain in NY park in suspected gang killing

Police have identified the four young people found dead in a suspected gang killing in suburban New York. Continue reading

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{FD} Christian diaspora fear their religion won’t survive in its birthplace

Christians are not only the most persecuted religious group in the world – but persecution is the highest in the Middle East, the land where the religion and civilization all began. Continue reading

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{FD} Chicago man whose case was dismissed freed after 2 decades

A man whose conviction in a double murder case was based on suspect evidence has been released from custody after more than 20 years. Continue reading

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{FD} Vermont woman found guilty in vodka death of disabled child

A Vermont woman has been convicted of manslaughter in the death of her disabled son who had vodka poured into his feeding tube. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: Complaints against Utah judge in rape case

The Latest on a Utah judge who called a convicted rapist an “extraordinary, good man” while sentencing him (all times local): 3:10 p.m. Continue reading

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{FD} Wrong-way crash kills 3; university says 2 were students

An early morning wrong-way collision on a Phoenix freeway killed two university students and another young adult, the latest such wreck that has state officials trying to find ways to prevent the resulting deaths and injuries typically caused by impair… Continue reading

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{FD} ISIS Propaganda Video Proves White Helmets Work for the Terrorists

Anyone with even rudamental knowledge of international aid-work know that no organisation or volunteer can have a presence in a conflict zone with free access to terrorists and their leaders unless they either work for these terrorists or are terrorists themselves. The White Helmets are free to move around in terrorist held areas, take photographs … Continue reading Continue reading

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{FD} Executing multiple inmates the same day was common, now rare

The last time a state put more than one inmate to death on the same day was more than 16 years ago when Texas executed two condemned killers in back-to-back lethal injections. Continue reading

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{FD} Pope speaks of humanity’s “shame” in Good Friday procession

Thousands of people, including nuns, families with toddlers, and young tourists, patiently endured exceptionally tight security checks to pray along with Pope Francis at the traditional Way of the Cross Good Friday procession at the Colosseum. Continue reading

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{FD} Pope presides at Good Friday Colosseum procession

Thousands of people, including nuns, families with toddlers, and young tourists, patiently endured exceptionally tight security checks to pray along with Pope Francis at the traditional Way of the Cross Good Friday procession at the Colosseum. Continue reading

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{FD} Hawaii human services could have saved boy, expert says

A Hawaii court-appointed expert filed a report in Hilo Family Court declaring the state Department of Human Services could be held liable for not doing a better job of protecting a child who ended up dead. Continue reading

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{FD} Daughter of NYC cop killed in 9/11 attacks joins NYPD

The daughter of a New York Police Department officer killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks has been sworn in as a member of the force. Continue reading

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{FD} Christianity’s prospects of surviving in its birthplace are grim

Prospects of Christianity surviving in its birthplace, the Middle East, appear as grim this Holy Week as they have at any time in the last two millennia. Continue reading

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{FD} What you didn’t know about Easter traditions

Here are theories about the origin of the Easter Bunny and of dyeing eggs — from German, pagan, and Christian practices Continue reading

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{FD} Georgia officers caught assaulting handcuffed man are fired

Two Georgia police officers have been terminated after videos of a 21-year-old man being punched and kicked surfaced online. Continue reading

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{FD} Texas A&M is first US university requiring staff to take military competency training

San Antonio, Texas, often called “Military City, USA,” is a prime landing zone for military families and veterans parachuting into civilian life and transitioning to higher education. Continue reading

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{FD} 89 cases involving Georgia cops fired for punching, stomping black driver are dropped

All cases related to the Georgia cops who were fired for punching and stomping a black driver during a traffic stop will be dropped, Gwinnett County’s solicitor general announced Friday. Continue reading

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{FD} 1996 Washington school shooter apologizes in his 1st remarks

The prisoner who as a teenager opened fire at his middle school in Washington state more than 20 years ago has spoken out for the first time, apologizing for killing a teacher and two fellow students. Continue reading

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{FD} US prosecutors are geared to target border crossers

Through Republican and Democratic presidential administrations, the top federal prosecutor on California’s border with Mexico has resisted going after people caught entering the United States illegally on their first try and instead targeted smugglers … Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: Boat with 199 migrants stopped in Turkish waters

The Latest on Europe’s response to the large number of migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers trying to reach the continent: (all times local): 9:40 p.m. Continue reading

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{FD} Historic Civil War-era home in Mississippi vandalized

Vandals have ransacked a nearly 200-year-old Civil War-era home. Continue reading

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{FD} AP PHOTOS: Haitians make pilgrimage, pray for better future

Arms raised to the heavens, tens of thousands of Haitians have flocked to a craggy hillside to pray and seek renewal in one of the spiritually steeped country’s biggest annual pilgrimages — one of many exuberant expressions of Good Friday devotion across the Americas. Continue reading

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{FD} Utah judge at rape sentencing: Ex-Mormon bishop a ‘good man’

A Utah judge is facing a deluge of complaints after calling a former Mormon bishop convicted of rape an “extraordinarily good man” who did something wrong, a judicial oversight organization said Friday. Continue reading

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{FD} Indonesia: Vigilantes Scoop In On Gay Couple In The Act – Hand Them To Moral Police

Indonesian gay couple beaten on video before vigilantes hand them over to religious police Clip from Muslim-majority Aceh province shows pair who were caught having sex.  by Jon Sharman 14 April 2017 10:43 London The Independent Online   A man covers his head as vigilantes assault him for allegedly having gay sex. Video captures the moment … Continue reading Continue reading

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{FD} Trump strategy on NKorea: ‘Maximum pressure and engagement’

The Trump administration has settled on its North Korea strategy after a two-month review: “Maximum pressure and engagement.” U.S. officials said Friday the president’s advisers weighed a range of ideas for how to get North Korea to abandon its nuclear… Continue reading

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{FD} Huffington Post blogger suggests taking away white men’s right to vote

A blog post published Thursday on the Huffington Post’s South African version of the site advocated stripping white men of their right to vote. Continue reading

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{FD} San Bernardino school shooting: ‘I’m scared,’ panicked 911 caller says

A panicked 911 caller immediately identified a teacher’s husband as the man who opened fire at a San Bernardino elementary school and told the dispatcher that she had locked herself in the office. Continue reading

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{FD} Pennsylvania councilwoman riding circus animals sparks outrage

A Pittsburgh councilwoman is under fire by an animal rights organization after she was seen posing with — and in some cases, riding — circus animals. Continue reading

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{FD} California man beheaded in motorcycle accident had pregnant wife

The man decapitated in a freak motorcycle accident in San Bernardino, Calif., on Tuesday morning has been identified as Fabian Zepeda, a 27-year-old who’d been married for less than a year and whose wife is four months pregnant. Continue reading

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{FD} Fired officers had previously arrested same man

Two Georgia officers fired after they were caught on video kicking and punching a man during a traffic stop had previously arrested the same man. Continue reading

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{FD} After attacks, Egypt’s Pope curbs Easter celebrations

The Coptic Christian Pope Tawadros III says he will be canceling most Easter celebrations, limiting them to a simple mass, following the recent twin attacks on churches by Islamic State militants that killed dozens of Christian worshippers. Continue reading

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{FD} Transgender immigrant sentenced in Texas for illegal reentry

A transgender woman who was arrested by border patrol while at a courthouse for a protective order was sentenced in Texas to time served. Continue reading

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{FD} Man jailed for 10 years without trial wants case dismissed

Lawyers for a man jailed for nearly a decade without a trial want Alabama to dismiss his charges. Continue reading

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{FD} Tennessee couple admits to drug use hours before toddlers vanished

A Gallatin couple has been arrested after they smoked crack and marijuana in the hours before two toddlers disappeared from their home. Continue reading

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{FD} Oklahoma ‘witch’ gets life terms for terrorizing grandchild

An Oklahoma City woman accused of terrorizing her 7-year-old granddaughter while dressed as a witch has been sentenced to life in prison. Continue reading

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{FD} Colorado books 9th month of $100M-plus pot sales amid threat of Trump admin. crackdown

In February, licensed shops in the Centennial State brought in $126.1 million in sales, with more than $86.4 million in recreational revenue and $39.6 million in medical marijuana revenue. Continue reading

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{FD} Horse escapes Philadelphia park, gallops through city

Police corralled a runaway horse Friday morning after it escaped from a park in Philadelphia. Continue reading

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