Monthly Archives: May 2017

{FD} The Latest: Philippines says 500 militants involved in siege

The Latest on the Philippine assault against militants who laid siege to a southern city (all times local): 12:15 p.m. Continue reading

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{FD} Pulse nightclub massacre: Orlando police release bodycam footage of attack

Newly-released video from bodycams on officers responding to a mass shooting at a Florida gay nightclub shows shattered glass inside the club, the sounds of automatic gunfire and an officer shouting to the gunman, “Come out with your hands up or you wi… Continue reading

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{FD} 22 nations allow same-sex marriage

On May 24, Taiwan’s Constitutional Court issued a ruling that will make the nation the first in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage. Continue reading

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{FD} Philippine airstrike kills 11 soldiers in besieged city

A Philippine military official says an air force airstrike killed 11 soldiers and wounded seven others in “friendly fire” as government forces struggled to rout the remaining Islamic extremists who laid a siege in a southern city for a week. Continue reading

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{FD} Orlando nightclub massacre: New police body-cam video released from mass shooting

New videos released Wednesday from body-cams on officers responding to the attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando show shattered glass inside the club, the sounds of automatic gunfire and an officer shouting to the gunman, “Come out with your hands up or… Continue reading

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{FD} Mexico extends gillnet ban to help save endangered porpoise

Mexico’s agriculture and fisheries department says it is extending a ban on gillnets in much of the upper Gulf of California as part of an effort to save the endangered vaquita porpoise. Continue reading

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{FD} Students who put noose on black teddy bear identified

Authorities have identified four students who they say hung a black teddy bear from a noose at a North Carolina high school. Continue reading

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{FD} Bounty hunters, fugitive shoot each other dead at car dealership in Texas

Two bounty hunters and the fugitive from Minnesota they were tracking shot each other dead in a hail of bullets at a Texas car dealership in front of panicked customers, officials said Wednesday. Continue reading

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{FD} Woman who survived Orlando nightclub massacre dies in car crash

A young woman who survived a massacre at a gay Florida nightclub has been killed in a highway car crash. Continue reading

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{FD} New police bodycam video released from nightclub massacre

Newly-released video from bodycams on officers responding to a mass shooting at a Florida gay nightclub shows shattered glass inside the club, the sounds of automatic gunfire and an officer shouting, “Come out with your hands up or you will die!” Continue reading

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{FD} Man pleads guilty in police officer’s slaying, gets life

A man who killed a police officer in Ohio has pleaded guilty to aggravated murder and other charges and has been sentenced to life in prison plus 35 years without the possibility of parole. Continue reading

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{FD} Ohio man pleads guilty in death of New Mexico police officer

An Ohio man pleaded guilty Wednesday to first-degree murder in the shooting death of a police officer during a traffic stop last year in New Mexico. Continue reading

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{FD} Trapped pregnant deer pulled from rocks by US Coast Guard in Michigan

A routine training exercise for the U.S. Coast Guard on Wednesday, ended with the rescue of a wild animal. Continue reading

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{FD} Probe of university official cost more than misspending

An investigation into the misuse of funds by an outgoing chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley cost 10 times more than the misspending. Continue reading

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{FD} Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent editorials

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ May 31 The New York Times on Donald Trump working with world leaders: The tectonic plates of Europe are shifting, and President Trump is at the heart of this upheaval. Continue reading

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{FD} I-25 fire: Huge blaze involving tanker shuts down interstate outside Denver

Interstate 25 is shut down in both directions between Orchard Road and Belleview Avenue due to a massive fire in the roadway. Continue reading

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{FD} 16-year-old girl accused of hacking Uber driver to death

Authorities say a 16-year-old girl has been charged as an adult with first-degree murder and accused of stabbing her Uber driver to death in suburban Chicago. Continue reading

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{FD} Police: New charges brought in case of Iowa teen’s death

Police say three more people have been charged in the death of a 16-year-old central Iowa girl who weighed only 56 pounds at her death. Continue reading

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{FD} Trial opens for man accused of abusing girl he got as a gift

The mother of six girls a Pennsylvania man is accused of assaulting, fathering two children by one, says she knew about the sexual activity but believed it “could be a good thing.” Continue reading

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{FD} 1st prison sentence given in Bundy armed standoff in Nevada

A judge called a New Hampshire man a “bully vigilante” and sentenced him Wednesday to more than seven years in prison for his role organizing armed backers of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy after a standoff with U.S. agents in 2014. Continue reading

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{FD} SpaceX taking recycling all way to orbit for NASA

SpaceX is taking recycling to a whole new realm — all the way to orbit. Continue reading

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{FD} FBI says man accused of ‘sexual contact with minor’ during Arlington Wreath Laying Ceremony

The FBI said Wednesday it is looking for a man wanted for alleged “illicit sexual contact with minor” during the Wreath Laying Ceremony on Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery. Continue reading

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{FD} Girl gets rabies shot after being bitten by coyote at park

Authorities say a 5-year-old girl has received a rabies shot after being bitten by a coyote at an Arizona park. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump’s regulatory rollback no help for farmer facing $2.8M fine for plowing own land

Even though President Trump issued a sweeping order to cut federal red tape earlier this year, a Northern California farmer is still facing a nearly $3 million fine for plowing his own land. Continue reading

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{FD} Pilot ‘disorientation’ cited in Russian military choir crash

A commission investigating last year’s crash of a plane that killed 92 people including members of Russia’s renowned army choir says it may have been caused by pilot disorientation. Continue reading

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{FD} Australia: Muslim arrested on Malaysian Airlines, ‘I’ve got a bomb and I’m going to f***ing blow the plane up’

‘I’m going to blow up this plane’: Man ‘claiming to have explosives’ tries to break into cockpit of packed Malaysia Airlines flight leaving Melbourne before passengers wrestle him to the floor Melbourne Airport in lock down after man reportedly attempts to hijack plane  Malaysian Airlines flight MH128 took off from Melbourne flying to Kuala Lumpur It … Continue reading Continue reading

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{FD} Air Force vet convicted of terrorism gets 35 years in prison

A U.S. Air Force veteran convicted in New York of terrorism charges for trying to join the Islamic State group and die a martyr will spend 35 years in prison. Continue reading

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{FD} 13 Turkish troops die in helicopter crash near Iraq border

Turkey’s military says 13 soldiers have died in a helicopter crash the border with Iraq. Continue reading

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{FD} NY officer pleads not guilty in mentally ill woman’s death

A police sergeant was charged with murder Wednesday in the shooting of a 66-year-old mentally ill woman wielding a baseball bat, a death the mayor called tragic and unacceptable. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: Portland rally gets go-ahead

The Latest on a deadly stabbing attack on a Portland, Oregon, light-rail train (all times local): 11:52 a.m. Continue reading

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{FD} Man who threw baby off bridge gets 70 years in prison

A Connecticut man who killed his 7-month-old son when he threw the boy off a 90-foot-high bridge, then survived the plunge himself, has been sentenced to 70 years in prison Wednesday. Continue reading

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{FD} Farm owner denies cruelty charges; about 1,400 animals found

The owner of a Massachusetts farm where authorities say they found about 1,400 animals in overcrowded, overheated and dangerous living conditions has pleaded not guilty to animal cruelty charges. Continue reading

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{FD} Venezuela opposition slams Goldman Sachs for $2.8 billion bond purchase

While Goldman Sachs said in a statement that it acquired the bonds “on the secondary market from a broker and did not interact” with the beleaguered government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, that has done little to assuage the anger that many Venezuelans – both at home and in the U.S. – feel toward the investment bank’s move. Continue reading

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{FD} Missouri deputy comes to aid of stuck skunk

Law enforcement can be a dangerous job, but a brave deputy from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office encountered a different type of danger Tuesday morning. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: NY officer pleads not guilty in woman’s death

The Latest on the arrest of an NYPD officer in the death of a mentally ill woman (all times local): 3:20 p.m. Continue reading

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{FD} Obama Foundation names presidential center museum director

The former New York Public Library director of exhibitions will be in charge of Barack Obama’s presidential center museum. Continue reading

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{FD} Former NAACP head Jealous running for Maryland governor

Former NAACP president Ben Jealous announced Wednesday that he’s running for governor of Maryland as a progressive Democrat, and in doing so he repeatedly tried to link popular incumbent Republican Gov. Larry Hogan to President Donald Trump. Continue reading

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{FD} Study: New Mexico, Georgia had highest jail rates in US

New Mexico and Georgia — two states with some of the nation’s largest percentages of minority residents in the United States — had the nation’s highest rates of inmates in county jails, according to a report made public Wednesday by a non-partisan criminal justice reform group. Continue reading

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{FD} Ex Puerto Rico senator, businessman convicted of bribery

A former Puerto Rico senator and a prominent businessman have been found guilty of bribery in a second trial ordered by the U.S. Supreme Court. Continue reading

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{FD} Leaked birth control rule would broaden religious exemption

Women’s groups are threatening to take the Trump administration to court after a leaked, draft regulation revealed a plan to let employers opt out of providing no-cost birth control to women for religious and moral reasons. Continue reading

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{FD} Kids from 6 to 15 savor moments at National Spelling Bee

The Scripps National Spelling Bee weeded out the field to the truly elite spellers during Wednesday’s grueling preliminary rounds. Continue reading

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{FD} UN chief to meet rival Cyprus leaders in New York

Officials say U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will meet the rival leaders of ethnically divided Cyprus at U.N. headquarters in New York amid faltering reunification talks. Continue reading

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{FD} With lawsuits pending, Trump moves to cut refugee admissions

President Donald Trump is moving to significantly reduce the number of refugees allowed to enter the United States, even as his bid to temporarily suspend admissions is stalled in the courts. Continue reading

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{FD} Crate of World War II grenades explodes in garage

A German weapon collector has been arrested after a crate of World War II grenades exploded his garage, reportedly throwing objects more than 30 feet into the air. Continue reading

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{FD} Fed survey finds tight labor markets, rising wages

The Federal Reserve says the economy kept growing in April through late May, with more regions citing worker shortages across a widening range of occupations. Continue reading

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{FD} Friend: Murder defendant believed he could drive out demons

A childhood friend of the man accused of killing a 2-year-old girl whose body washed up on a Boston Harbor island in 2015 says the defendant believed he could drive demons out of a person’s home. Continue reading

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{FD} St. Louis police to sell Tommy gun stash to buy new firearms

They were the weapon of choice among gangsters during the Roaring 20’s and the 1930s – and now more of them can be in your hands. Continue reading

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{FD} Rampage spurs calls to ban cars from NY’s Times Square

Is it time to get cars out of the Crossroads of the World? Continue reading

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{FD} 7 tons of African pangolin scales seized in Hong Kong

A conservation group says the seizure of seven tons of pangolin scales in Hong Kong this week indicates that the heavily poached creature “could soon vanish for good” if urgent steps are not taken to protect it. Continue reading

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{FD} UN chief to address Russia conference and meet Putin

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is heading to Russia to speak at an economic forum and meet President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Continue reading

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