Daily Archives: August 9, 2018

{FD} Michigan US House seat deals with quirky double election

A U.S. House district representing Detroit and some surrounding cities has made some major news: First came last year, when longtime Democratic Rep. John Conyers resigned after being accused of groping and sexually harassing women. Continue reading

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{FD} ‘Cal 3’ proposal to divide California being pulled, billionaire backer says

The lead backer of “Cal 3,” a plan to divide California into three states, says he will no longer push the proposal after the state Supreme Court pulled it from the November ballot. Continue reading

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{FD} Indonesian president picks cleric as running mate in 2019

The battle lines for Indonesia’s 2019 presidential election were drawn Friday as President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo formally registered as a candidate after choosing a conservative Islamic cleric as his running mate. Continue reading

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{FD} Fire that killed mom, twin daughters began with mom’s self-immolation, police say

A fire at a home in the San Francisco Bay Area this week that killed a mother and her 14-year-old twin daughters started when the mother deliberately set herself ablaze, police said Thursday. Continue reading

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{FD} Saudi effort to punish Canada seems to have little effect

When Saudi Arabia ordered its citizens studying in Canada to abruptly leave the country it left institutions like Techno Canada in the lurch, forcing the small Toronto business school to scramble for new students in the middle of the summer. Continue reading

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{FD} Arbitrary arrests, abuse the new norm in Nicaragua

The 21-year-old agricultural economics student, nearly two months pregnant, had hoped to escape Nicaragua with her boyfriend, but a police officer on a motorcycle blocked their path as they were getting into taxis with other students to go to a safe ho… Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: Hoops coach pleads not guilty in tourist death

The Latest on the college basketball coach accused of throwing a punch that led to the death of a New York City tourist (all times local): 11:15 p.m. Continue reading

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{FD} California Lottery officials seen in bawdy photos sent to governor: report

Photos of bawdy behavior – including one of a man in a bar with his head inside a woman’s shirt – were recently sent to California Gov. Jerry Brown from a source who claimed to be a California State Lottery employee, according to a report. Continue reading

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{FD} Jury mulls case of FBI agent accused of lying about gunshots

A jury is deliberating whether an FBI agent lied about firing shots at a militia leader who participated in the armed takeover of an Oregon wildlife refuge. Continue reading

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{FD} Brazil’s presidential debate held – without Da Silva

Brazil’s presidential candidates held their first debate Thursday ahead of October’s election, but jailed former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was not allowed to participate despite leading in the polls. Continue reading

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{FD} China set to begin demolishing mosque despite Hui protests

Authorities in northwestern China were poised to begin demolition of a mosque Friday despite protests by hundreds of members of the country’s Muslim Hui ethnic minority determined to preserve the newly built structure. Continue reading

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{FD} ‘Despacito’ rapper Daddy Yankee robbed of $2M in jewelry by impersonator in Spain hotel room, reports say

Puerto Rican rapper Daddy Yankee, famous for his 2017 hit “Despacito,” was reportedly robbed of $2.3 million worth of jewels after a man posing as the performer, had hotel staff in Spain open the room’s safe. Continue reading

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{FD} Several fake Trump stars reportedly appear on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Several fake stars bearing Donald Trump’s name reportedly dotted empty spaces on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday. Continue reading

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{FD} Ben Shapiro, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spar after he offers $10,000 to debate her democratic socialist beliefs

Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro challenged democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to a debate, offering to donate $10,000 to her campaign if she accepted — but it triggered a sparring match online. Continue reading

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{FD} Mexico’s ‘AMLO’ to rely on ‘professionals’ for security

President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Thursday he will rely on a group of 10 women and 10 men for his personal security, sticking with a promise to fold into the Defense Department the service that has long guarded Mexico’s leaders. Continue reading

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{FD} North Korea threatens to stall denuclearization in warning to US

North Korea on Thursday threatened to stall the denuclearization of its missile program if the U.S. continues to abide by an “outdated acting script” amid Washington’s calls to enforce sanctions against the regime. Continue reading

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{FD} Would-be carjackers foiled by car with stick shift, police say

Two suspects’ attempt to carjack a vehicle in Bethesda, Md. was foiled after they realized they couldn’t drive a stick shift, according to officials. Continue reading

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{FD} Stormy Daniels attorney Michael Avenatti: ‘I’m exploring a run for the presidency of the United States’

Michael Avenatti, the lawyer representing adult film star Stormy Daniels who has openly feuded with President Trump and his attorneys, announced in an interview Thursday he is looking into a run for the presidency — and, he says, he hopes people take … Continue reading

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{FD} Kim Kardashian reveals she hid her Kris Humphries wedding ring from ‘heartbroken’ Kanye West

Kim Kardashian knew there might be something with Kanye West after a telling encounter shortly after her marriage to Kris Humphries. Continue reading

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{FD} Muslim cleric: Grandson found buried at New Mexico compound

The grandfather of a missing Georgia boy said Thursday the child’s remains were found buried at a desert compound in New Mexico, months after his mother reported that he had disappeared with his father, who had said he wanted to perform an exorcism on … Continue reading

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{FD} Former Ohio State wrestler backs off claim Jim Jordan knew of sex abuse

A former Ohio State wrestler on Thursday seemingly reversed course on an earlier claim that Republican Rep. Jim Jordan was aware of instances of alleged sexual abuse against students by a team doctor while he was a wrestling coach at Ohio State Univers… Continue reading

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{FD} Julia Louis-Dreyfus returns to work on ‘Veep’ following ****** cancer treatment

Julia Louis-Dreyfus is back on the “Veep” set. Continue reading

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{FD} Tennessee executes its first inmate in nearly a decade

Tennessee carried out the execution Thursday of a man condemned for the 1985 rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl, marking the first time the state has applied the death penalty since 2009. Continue reading

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{FD} Mother-daughter deportation halted by judge threatening to hold Sessions in contempt

A federal judge in Washington threatened to hold U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in contempt of court Thursday after halting the deportation of a mother and daughter who were sent home in the middle of appealing their removal. Continue reading

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{FD} Hoops coach pleads not guilty for punch that killed tourist

A rising star in college basketball’s coaching ranks threw a punch that led to the death of a New York City tourist who mistook him for an Uber driver, police said on Thursday. Continue reading

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{FD} NFL preseason sees kneeling, raised fists, during national anthem

NFL players continued to protest during the national anthem on Thursday night as the league began its first full week of the 2018 preseason. Continue reading

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{FD} Justin Bieber explains why he was crying with fiancée Hailey Baldwin

Justin Bieber is finally explaining why he was spotted crying with fiancée Hailey Baldwin earlier this week. Continue reading

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{FD} Flames inch close to California homes as thousands evacuate

An intentionally set wildfire grew perilously close to homes in Southern California on Thursday as evacuation orders expanded to more than 20,000 residents, though some homeowners stayed behind to fend off the flames themselves. Continue reading

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{FD} New photos show larger cracks in Miami bridge before deadly collapse

Federal inspectors Thursday released images showing cracks in the concrete of a pedestrian bridge — larger than what had been seen before — on the campus of Miami’s Florida International University days before it collapsed and killed six people. Continue reading

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{FD} NY Times writer deletes, apologizes for ‘inappropriate’ tweet about Sarah Jeong

New York Times features writer Elizabeth Williamson on Thursday deleted what she called an “inappropriate” tweet that seemed to criticize the paper’s controversial new hire Sarah Jeong. Continue reading

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{FD} Evangelist seeks prayer for yoga-practicing Oregon governor

The evangelist Franklin Graham recently asked thousands of people at an Oregon rally to pray for the state’s Democratic governor, saying she should be a Christian. Continue reading

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{FD} Puerto Rico: 1,400 died from hurricane but toll still at 64

Puerto Rico is now estimating that Hurricane Maria killed more than 1,400 people, far more than the official death toll of 64, in a report to Congress seeking billions to help the island recover from the devastating storm. Continue reading

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{FD} Atlanta school backtracks after dropping Pledge of Allegiance, adding ‘Wolf Pack Chant’

An Atlanta charter school changed course Thursday on a plan for students to recite something other than the Pledge of Allegiance in the morning, an official said. Continue reading

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{FD} Kobach holds 121-vote lead over Colyer in Kansas Republican gubernatorial primary, officials say

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s lead over Gov. Jeff Colyer in the state’s Republican gubernatorial primary is now just 121 votes, after two counties reported discrepancies in their initial tallies, officials revealed Thursday. Continue reading

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{FD} Illinois men charged with luring Mississippi teen from home

Two Illinois men face kidnapping and conspiracy charges in Mississippi after authorities say they lured a teenager from his home using a video game-centered chat program. Continue reading

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{FD} DOJ slams ‘sanctuary’ Philadelphia for giving ‘free pass’ to child rapist

The Trump administration is taking aim at Philadelphia’s political leaders for a string of crimes committed by immigrants the city released in defiance of Immigration and Customs Enforcement requests. Continue reading

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{FD} Tom Hardy transforms into Al Capone for ‘Fonzo’

Tom Hardy fans, stop what you’re doing! Continue reading

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{FD} Man charged in California wildfire refuses to go to court

A man charged with starting a Southern California wildfire that has burned 12 cabins and forced at least 20,000 people from their homes refused to go to court Thursday, delaying his initial court appearance. Continue reading

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{FD} Texas woman arrested for marijuana takes mugshot, gets requests for makeup tips

A Texas woman was arrested earlier this year, and her glamorous mugshot has sparked requests for a makeup tutorial. Continue reading

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{FD} Prosecutors release video of harrowing roadside shootout

Newly public dash camera video shows a harrowing shootout between a man pulled over for speeding and two Pennsylvania state police troopers. Continue reading

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{FD} More evacuations called as Southern California fire surges

The Latest on California wildfires (all times local): 4 p.m. Authorities are urging evacuation for people in the path of an arson-caused wildfire that’s exploding along ridges, foothills and canyons south of Los Angeles. Continue reading

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{FD} South Carolina restaurant employee beat with club after complaining about not being paid, police report

Police were called to the scene around 11:30 pm. The victim had sustained fresh bruises to his elbow and back. Continue reading

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{FD} California’s Holy Fire prompts new mandatory evacuations, officials say

Officials issued new mandatory evacuations Thursday for the so-called Holy Fire coursing through Southern California. Continue reading

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{FD} Nebraska prisons head: State can’t buy execution drugs again

Delaying the execution of a longtime death-row inmate would likely prevent the state from ever carrying out the sentence because officials can’t purchase any more of the necessary lethal injection drugs, Nebraska’s prisons director acknowledged Thursday. Continue reading

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{FD} Texas officials get name of baby who reportedly died after leaving ICE facility

Authorities have been provided the name of an infant who died after leaving a Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility, as law enforcement said the baby’s name would need to be released so officials could investigate… Continue reading

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{FD} Kelly Osbourne celebrates one year of sobriety

Kelly Osbourne is opening up about the “hardest years” of her life. Continue reading

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{FD} K-9 exposed to heroin in jail is administered Narcan

A K-9 officer in Oregon was administered an overdose reversal drug on Tuesday after she was exposed to heroin. Continue reading

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{FD} JBG Smith Properties: 2Q Earnings Snapshot

CHEVY CHASE, Md. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: Tearful warehouse fire hearing concludes for day

The Latest on the sentencing of two men convicted in a Northern California warehouse fire that killed 36 people (all times local): 3:30 p.m. Continue reading

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{FD} Uniti: 2Q Earnings Snapshot

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) _ Uniti Group Inc. (UNIT) on Thursday reported a key measure of profitability in its second quarter. Continue reading

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