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House passes election security bill cracking down on foreign influence

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 18:33:59 -0400

House Democrats passed an election security bill Wednesday, as their solution to shoring up 2020 protections in light of Russia's interference in 2016.

The bill passed on a party-line vote — 227-181.

"The 2020 federal elections are fast approaching," House Administration Chair Zoe Lofgren said on the House floor. "Public ...

Missouri man convicted in Florida doctor's slaying

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 18:29:41 -0400

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) - A Missouri man has been convicted of participating in the slaying of a Florida doctor. Prosecutors say the killing was arranged by the doctor's husband.

The Naples Daily News reports 29-year-old Jimmy Ray Rodgers was convicted Wednesday of second-degree murder. He faces up to life in ...

Las Vegas police suspend federal immigration holds at jail

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 18:27:25 -0400

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Police in Las Vegas are suspending a program that let jailers detain immigrants at the request of federal authorities even though Nevada doesn't have a law authorizing civil immigration arrests.

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo announced the change Wednesday in what's known as the 287(g) program.


Reward offered in California tech company owner's death

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 18:26:05 -0400

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a $25,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators responsible for the kidnapping and murder of a California digital marketing company owner.

Tushar Atre was found dead of a gunshot wound after being abducted ...

Cajun Navy leader arrested, accused of stealing donations

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 18:14:17 -0400

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Authorities in Louisiana say the head of America's Cajun Navy has been accused of taking money that was donated to children for Christmas presents.

News outlets report 39-year-old John Adam Billiot Jr. was arrested Tuesday and charged with theft by fraud and misappropriation of funds.

Lafayette ...

Man sentenced to life without parole in 7-year-old's death

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 18:06:54 -0400

SCOTTSVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky man has been sentenced to life without parole in the death of a 7-year-old girl.

Timothy Madden said in a statement read by his lawyer Wednesday that justice won't be served until he is released and the right person arrested in the 2015 death ...

Man charged in death of firefighter wants charges dropped

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 18:06:53 -0400

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts man charged with setting a fire that resulted in the death of a firefighter wants a judge to drop the murder, arson and burglary charges against him.

Momoh Kamara, of West Boylston, pleaded not guilty in March in the Dec. 9 death of Worcester ...

49 charged in drug trafficking probes in Arkansas

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 17:55:30 -0400

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say 49 people have been arrested in Arkansas this month for operating three fentanyl-trafficking operations, including one that directly led to the death of two people.

Federal prosecutors, the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration announced that 15 people were arrested Wednesday morning ...

Marshall football player suspended from team after arrest

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 17:53:01 -0400

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - Marshall University has suspended a football player following his arrest in an assault case.

News outlets report 22-year-old safety Brandon Lamar Drayton was charged in a criminal complaint Wednesday with felony strangulation and domestic battery.

The complaint says a Marshall University police officer saw Drayton allegedly ...

The Latest: Florida Senate backs ouster of Broward sheriff

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 17:52:42 -0400

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Latest on the Florida Senate's decision on the suspension of a county sheriff (all times local):

5:45 p.m.

The Florida Senate is backing Gov. Ron DeSantis in suspending a county sheriff who the Republican governor said bungled the handling of last year's mass shooting in ...

The Florida Senate is backing the governor's ouster of a county sheriff over his handling of the Par

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 17:50:10 -0400

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Senate is backing the governor's ouster of a county sheriff over his handling of the Parkland mass shooting.

U.S. Army counters China threat with Strategic Long-Range Cannon

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 17:44:16 -0400

The Army is thinking big — really big — in its quest to maintain military dominance over global adversaries.

Army officials say they are putting more emphasis on research into a "game changing" cannon with an unprecedented range, one that could prove crucial in a conflict with a potential adversary ...

The Latest: Sheriff regrets affair, says no crime committed

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 17:43:23 -0400

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The Latest on a suspended South Carolina sheriff on trial (all times local):

5:25 p.m.

A South Carolina sheriff says he regrets having an affair with a 22-year-old assistant, but that he did nothing criminally wrong.

Suspended Greenville County Sheriff Will Lewis testified Wednesday in his ...

Ex-Arizona sheriff doesn't want conviction raised the future

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 17:39:24 -0400

PHOENIX (AP) - An attorney for former Sheriff Joe Arpaio urged an appeals court Wednesday to erase the lawman's now-pardoned criminal conviction so it can't be raised against him in any future court cases.

The former six-term sheriff from metro Phoenix is appealing a ruling that refused to expunge his ...

Naval Academy midshipman charged with sexual assault

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 17:33:36 -0400

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A U.S. Naval Academy midshipman has been charged with breaking into the dorm rooms of female midshipmen and sexually assaulting them or attempting to while they slept.

Documents released by the academy charge Midshipman Nixon Keago with sexual assault, attempted sexual assault, burglary and obstruction of ...

Ex-convict appointed to new post in western Arkansas city

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 17:31:05 -0400

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - An ex-convict who pleaded guilty to bribery has been tapped to run an Arkansas city's newly created department.

West Memphis Mayor Marco McClendon appointed Steven Jones as director of business and community relations, which will focus on projects that enhance the city's relationship with businesses ...

Jury finds Plover man guilty of killing missing wife

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 17:30:46 -0400

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) - A jury has found a Plover man guilty of killing his wife and hiding her body.

Krista Sypher disappeared on March 13, 2017. Her body has never been found. Her husband, Jason Sypher, was charged in August 2018 with first-degree intentional homicide and hiding a ...

Customs: 4 flight attendants charged with money laundering

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 17:30:24 -0400

MIAMI (AP) - Four flight attendants have been arrested on money laundering charges at Miami International Airport after authorities say they found them carrying tens of thousands of dollars in cash.

Customs and Border Patrols officials said they arrested four American Airlines attendants during an inspection early Monday. Police say ...

Defense attorneys for indigent clients accused of lying

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 17:26:53 -0400

BEND, Ore. (AP) - A state contract for a Central Oregon legal defense group has not been extended after allegations of lying to court staff to receive more money.

The Bulletin in Bend reports the general counsel of the Oregon Office of Public Defense Services sent a memo Tuesday to ...

Bellevue police: 4 arrested in death of 19-year-old man

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 17:25:56 -0400

BELLEVUE, Neb. (AP) - Police in Bellevue say four people have been arrested in connection with the killing of a 19-year-old whose body was found in a park earlier this week.

Television station KETV reports that police have arrested 21-year-old Eric Palmquist, 18-year-old Nolan Carpenter, 18-year-old Emily Groff and 18-year-old ...

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Joe Biden’s campaign has spent thousands on anti-plagiarism software

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 17:51:55 -0400

Joe Biden has apparently never heard of Google. Rather than just looking up free anti-plagiarism programs online, the former Vice President’s campaign shelled out $4,200 on software designed to keep him from getting accused yet again of stealing other people’s written work, according to a report Wednesday. Filings that the Federal Elections Committee released last...

Ukraine president knew Trump wanted Biden probe back in May: report

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 17:34:40 -0400

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky was worried about how to deal with pressure from the Trump administration to investigate Joe Biden in early May — about two weeks before he was inaugurated, a new report said Wednesday.

NY Ethics agency defends probe of rape survivor

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 17:22:43 -0400

The state’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics is standing by its decision to investigate a rape survivor for violating lobbying laws by taking out billboards supporting a new sex abuse victims’ law, The Post has learned. Kat Sullivan, who dressed in a red and white outfit from “The Handmaid’s Tale” to protest JCOPE in September,...

Missing Washington hiker vanished on expedition to lookout cabin

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 17:16:54 -0400

A Washington state woman has been missing for nearly a week after she failed to return from an overnight hike, authorities said. Rachel Lakoduk, 28, has not been seen since she headed out Thursday on Hidden Lake Trail to a popular lookout cabin in Skagit County, KOMO News reported. “She was trying to hike seven...

‘I’m only yours’: Teacher accused of having sex with student sent steamy texts

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 16:20:48 -0400

A California teacher accused of having sex with a student peppered the teen with provocative texts — including one that said “I can’t breathe with you,” according to a report. Elvia Gonzalez, a 40-year-old math teacher at McFarland High School, revealed her devotion to the student in another message, KGET reports, citing court documents released...

West Point cadet hinted at suicide on Snapchat before his death: report

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 15:50:19 -0400

The missing West Point cadet found dead on the military academy’s grounds hinted on Snapchat that he planned to commit suicide, according to a report on Wednesday. Cadet Kade Kurita left a note on Snapchat shortly before he disappeared Oct. 18 “alluding to the outcome,” a US Army official who asked to remain anonymous told...

Organizers of Belgian parade with anti-Semitic float print caricatures of Jews

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 15:25:00 -0400

Organizers of a Belgian parade that drew global condemnation this year for including an anti-Semitic float featuring giant puppets of Orthodox Jews have printed 150 caricatures mocking Jews ahead of the 2020 event, according to a report. The caricatures — including men with red, hooked noses and golden teeth – were printed on ribbons meant...

Texas jury rules against divorced dad trying to stop 7-year-old son’s gender transition

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 15:23:02 -0400

A Texas jury has ruled against a dad seeking custody of his twin 7-year-old sons in an attempt to stop one of the boys from transitioning their gender, according to reports. The Dallas panel denied Jeffrey Younger’s petition for sole custody of sons Jude and James — which came as the boys’ mom is pushing...

Court rules in favor of beauticians who refused to wax transgender woman

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 15:21:44 -0400

A Canadian court ruled in favor of several beauticians that refused to provide a bikini wax to a transgender woman, according to a report on Tuesday. Jessica Yaniv, who was born male, claimed that five Vancouver estheticians discriminated against her on separate occasions when she requested a Brazilian bikini wax, KOMO News reported. Yaniv, who...

Florida man charged with murdering man who insulted his ex-girlfriend

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 15:18:24 -0400

A Florida man has been charged with murdering a 24-year-old who posted disparaging comments about his ex-girlfriend online, police said. Juan Jose Esparza, who refers to himself on Facebook as a “Leader at Gangster City,” tried to convince detectives that the victim, Joel Diaz Sanchez, committed suicide on Friday inside his Sarasota home after they...

What is a SCIF, the room used for Trump impeachment inquiry?

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 15:10:26 -0400

When US government or military officials need real privacy — like during the closed-door hearings for the impeachment inquiry against President Trump — they head to a highly secure room known as a “Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility,” or SCIF. A SCIF “guards against electronic surveillance and suppresses data leakage of sensitive security and military information,”...

Trump refers to ‘Never Trumpers’ as ‘human scum!’ worse than Democrats

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 15:09:37 -0400

President Trump on Wednesday ripped the coalition of Republicans who oppose his presidency as “human scum!” “The Never Trumper Republicans, though on respirators with not many left, are in certain ways worse and more dangerous for our Country than the Do Nothing Democrats. Watch out for them, they are human scum!,” Trump wrote on Twitter....

Experts say ‘serial poopers’ are in it for the rush

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 15:08:24 -0400

For some, there no better way to get flushed with excitement. A recent rash of “serial pooping” incidents in New York and around the country may have a simple explanation, one psychologist told The Post Tuesday — the thrill of breaking one of society’s biggest taboos. “It’s clearly a violation of civil norms and police...

French woman bludgeoned her work rival with bottle of wine

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 15:06:28 -0400

A French woman allegedly became so consumed with jealousy over a well-liked colleague that she bludgeoned her with a wine bottle before hacking the woman’s body, a court heard Tuesday. Sophie Masala, 55, is on trial this week for the premeditated murder of 52-year-old Maryline Planche inside a Toulouse apartment in May 2016, the Times...

Painting pilfered by the Nazis recovered from upstate museum

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 15:02:57 -0400

A painting seized by the Nazis from a Jewish family that fled Germany in 1933 was recently recovered by the FBI in a museum in upstate Canajoharie, officials said. The work — “Winter” by American artist Gari Melchers — was part of the collection at the Arkell Museum until Sept. 10, when it was confiscated...

Woman strangled new boyfriend ‘to know what it felt like’

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 14:35:29 -0400

A woman sentenced to 60 years behind bars for strangling her new boyfriend in a Walmart parking lot in Montana said she “wanted to know what it felt like” — after he had asked her to kill him because of his crippling depression, according to a report. Lindsay Haugen, 32, and Robert Mast, 25, were...

Hong Kong withdraws Chinese extradition bill that sparked protests

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 14:23:39 -0400

Hong Kong authorities on Wednesday scrapped the controversial extradition bill that launched months of violent protest in the semi-autonomous Chinese city. Secretary for Security John Lee would only say the decision was made due to “conflicts in society.” The announcement comes on the heels of the release from prison of Chan Tong-kai, the Hong Kong...

California deputy killed in ‘active shooter incident,’ two men in custody

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 14:14:14 -0400

A Northern California deputy was killed and a ride-along officer from another county wounded at the scene of an “active shooter incident” early Wednesday, authorities said. Deputy Brian Ishmael, of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, and the other officer were shot at by an “unknown number of people” near Sand Ridge Road in the...

UN warns of a ‘serious’ risk of genocide recurring in Myanmar

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 14:03:32 -0400

Marzuki Darusman told the General Assembly’s human rights committee that “if anything, the situation of the Rohingya in Rakhine state has worsened.”

Drunk man spends night in jail after swiping Santa Claus suit from church

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 14:02:40 -0400

He’s first on this year’s naughty list. A drunk man swiped a Santa Claus costume from a church in California — and was photographed sporting it in jail while taking a long winter’s nap, police said. The bad Santa, whose name wasn’t released, is accused of burglarizing a storage shed at the house of worship...

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