Monthly Archives: January 2019

‘El Chapo’ defense asks jury not to ‘give in’ to drug lord’s ‘myth’

Notorious drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s defense team presented closing arguments in his U.S. trial Thursday, saying his reputation was just a “myth.� Continue reading

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Facebook kills hundreds of ‘inauthentic’ accounts linked to Iran

Facebook announced Thursday that it had removed close to 800 pages, groups and accounts from the social media network for engaging in what it called “coordinated inauthentic behavior tied to Iran.” Continue reading

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Girl Scout leader removed as stolen-cookie claim crumbles

The Girl Scout troop leader who alleged that her girls were robbed of over $1,000 while they sold cookies at a New Jersey mall has been removed from her position after police said her story failed to add up. Continue reading

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Pro athlete, 18, swallows toothpick in sandwich and nearly dies, officials say

A professional athlete who swallowed a toothpick nearly died after suffering from a string of horrifying health problems, medical officials said. Continue reading

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19 charged in Chinese ‘birth tourism’ crackdown: US prosecutors

Federal authorities charged 19 people Thursday in the first crackdown on birth tourism businesses that prosecutors said brought hundreds of pregnant women from China to the United States. Continue reading

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Florida Gov. DeSantis signs executive order scrapping Common Core

In another reversal of former Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s policies, Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered an end to Common Core-type educational standards in the state. Continue reading

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Catholic leaders in Texas name 286 priests accused of abusing minors

Catholic leaders in Texas on Thursday identified 286 priests and others accused of sexually abusing children, a number that represents one of the largest collections of names to be released since an explosive grand jury report last year in Pennsylvania. Continue reading

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New England Patriots targeted by Texas digital billboards: ‘Tire flat as a Patriots football’

The New England Patriots were apparently the butt of a joke posted on a Texas roadway sign ahead of next week’s Super Bowl. Continue reading

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Massachusetts fire department, veterinarians free chew toy stuck in dog’s mouth

Fire department members in Massachusetts, with the help of veterinarians, came to the rescue of a dog who was seemingly overzealous with a chew toy. Continue reading

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‘Mutant’ coyotes in California with piercing blue eyes stun scientists

Last year, a wildlife photographer spotted a “one in a million” coyote with captivating blue eyes while out on a walk in California’s Point Reyes National Seashore. Continue reading

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Trump says he’ll meet with China’s Xi after trade talks end with no deal

President Donald Trump expects to meet with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to try to resolve a six-month trade standoff after U.S. and Chinese negotiators ended two days of talks Thursday without settling the toughest issues that divide the world’s… Continue reading

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Appeals court blocks San Francisco law requiring warnings on soda, sugary-drink ads

A federal appeals court Thursday blocked a San Francisco city ordinance requiring health warnings on advertisements for soda and other sugary drinks, saying it violated constitutionally protected commercial speech. Continue reading

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Wayward elephant seal guided to safety by California cops after getting lost

An elephant seal was coaxed back to water after losing his way along a California highway. Continue reading

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Proclaiming innocence, Roger Stone denies knowledge of any Trump-Russia collusion

Roger Stone reiterated his innocence on Thursday, telling a group of reporters he’s not accused of Russian collusion in any capacity and has no knowledge that the President was involved in such affairs either. Continue reading

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Minnesota man cited for leaving dog chained outside in freezing cold

A Minnesota man was cited for allegedly leaving his pet dog outside as below zero temperatures have raided the Midwest. Continue reading

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Brazilian spiritual healer, spotlighted by Oprah, to stand trial on rape, sex abuse charges

A self-proclaimed Brazilian spiritual healer — who became internationally famous when Oprah Winfrey spotlighted his alleged psychic healing methods on her television network in 2013 — will face trial on allegations of rape and sexual abuse, a judge… Continue reading

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US federal judge rules Syrian government was responsible for death of American journalist Marie Colvin

A U.S. federal judge has determined that the Syrian government was responsible for the 2012 killing of American journalist Marie Colvin, 56, while she was covering the civil war. Continue reading

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Disneyland closes Space Mountain after visitor jumps off mid-ride

The ride remained closed during the investigation. Continue reading

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Potential Rams-Saints ‘do-over’ playoff game rejected by judge

A pair of NFL season ticket holders who wanted to see a full or partial rematch between the New Orleans Saints and the Los Angeles Rams were out of luck Thursday after a federal judge wouldn’t force the league implement a rule that could’ve led to … Continue reading

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Judge approves court-supervised Chicago police reforms

A federal judge Thursday approved a consent decree meant to implement far-reaching reforms in the Chicago Police Department, almost two years after the Justice Department detailed a long history of civil rights violations by officers. Continue reading

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