Day: March 21, 2019

Jury convicts Georgia man for role in teacher’s 2005 slaying

March 21, 2019

FILE – This file photo provided by the Ben Hill County Sheriff’s Office, Ga., shows Bo Dukes on Friday, March 3, 2017. Dukes is standing trial on charges that he helped conceal the death of Tara Grinstead, a high school teacher who disappeared more than 13 years ago. Grinstead vanished from her home in rural […]

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New York City man, 19, allegedly steals cab to drive to Six Flags, falls asleep and gets arrested: report

March 21, 2019

Jonathan Gualpa, 19, allegedly stole a taxi from New York City and drove it to New Jersey to try to visit Six Flags Great Adventure, police said.  (Rochelle Park Police Department) A New York City man allegedly stole a cab and tried to drive it to an amusement park, only to be arrested after falling asleep in […]

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Man’s ‘badly decomposed’ body found inside closet in Texas, police say

March 21, 2019

A grisly discovery — a man’s body in a closet — was made in Texas on Thursday, authorities said. (Google Street View) A grisly discovery was made in Texas on Thursday when a man’s body was found inside a closet, authorities said. Officers with the San Antonio Police Department arrived at the scene in response to […]

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Kamala Harris’ Texas trip, Hickenlooper’s ’embarrassment’ featured by ‘Daily Briefing’ on Political Tales from the Trail

March 21, 2019

“The Daily Briefing” on Thursday featured Tales from the Trail, the best recent anecdotes from the contenders for the Democratic nomination for president. California Sen. Kamala Harris plans to campaign in Texas, her first trip there since announcing that she was seeking the Democratic nomination. Two Texans, Beto O’Rourke and Julian Castro, are also seeking […]

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As Twitter fans help Mike Gravel, pondering 2020 run, his controversial past causing commotion

March 21, 2019

Two days after fans eager to push the Democrats further to the left started boosting the Twitter cred of Democratic former Sen. Mike Gravel of Alaska, 88, his controversial past is leaping to the fore. (C.J. GUNTHER/AFP/Getty Images) Two days after fans eager to push the Democrats further to the left started boosting the Twitter […]

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Jury finds man guilty of dismembering father, not murder

March 21, 2019

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – A Florida man has been acquitted of killing his father but convicted of dismembering the body. The Palm Beach Post reports that jurors found 50-year-old James “Jimmy” Scandirito II guilty Thursday of abuse of a corpse and not guilty of first-degree murder. Sentencing is scheduled for June 21. Boca Raton […]

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Comey hopes Mueller report shows rule of law, doesn’t think Trump should be impeached

March 21, 2019

Former FBI Director James Comey doesn’t want to see Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report find President Trump to be a criminal. He also doesn’t want the report to “clear” Trump of any wrongdoing. All Comey wants, he says, is for Mueller’s long-awaited report to show that the United States justice system works. In an opinion piece for […]

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35 years in prison: Man exonerated in rape case and freed

March 21, 2019

BATON ROUGE, La. – Criminal justice advocates say a man convicted of a 1982 rape in Louisiana’s capital city has been exonerated and freed after 35 years in prison. The Innocence Project, which works to free wrongly convicted defendants, said in a news release that 58-year-old Archie Williams was released Thursday based on a check […]

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AP FACT CHECK: Trump blames media for his McCain rant

March 21, 2019

President Donald Trump arrives to deliver remarks at the Lima Army Tank Plant, Wednesday, March 20, 2019, in Lima, Ohio. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is offering a distorted account of John McCain’s actions in the Russia investigation and trying to blame the media for making him talk about the late senator, […]

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Pompeo vows to pile economic, political pressure on Iran

March 21, 2019

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News on Thursday that the United States would step up financial and political pressure on Iran’s theocratic regime as it seeks to “extend its reach” across the Middle East. “You’ve seen us now designate [Iran-backed] militias inside of Iraq [as terror groups],” Pompeo told “Fox News at Night” […]

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Cummings concerned about Jared, Ivanka private emails, texts

March 21, 2019

FILE – In this Sept. 25, 2017 file photo, Ivanka Trump stands before President Donald Trump signs a memorandum to expand access to STEM, science technology engineering and math, education, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. A top House Democrat says Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and a powerful White House […]

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7 sharks found in New York man’s home before his arrest on trafficking charges, officials say

March 21, 2019

Joshua Seguine, of LaGrangeville, N.Y., was arrested Tuesday for allegedly keeping seven live sandbar sharks in an aboveground pool in his home. (A file image of a sandbar shark is pictured) (REUTERS/Paul Hanna PH/MA) A man has been arrested for allegedly keeping seven sandbar sharks in an aboveground pool in his New York home with intent to sell […]

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The ISIS caliphate is gone – but ISIS will be back

March 21, 2019

The last ISIS stronghold is no longer strong. Or held. The last recognized remnant of the terrorist group’s so-called caliphate is gone, Fox News reported Thursday. This is a milestone victory for the forces of counterterrorism. But it is not the end of the war on terrorism. Unfortunately, the bad guys will be back on […]

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Michigan priest acquitted of sexual assault charges

March 21, 2019

SAGINAW, Mich. – A 72-year-old Michigan priest has been acquitted of sexually assaulting two teens with his hands in the first of three trials. There were gasps Thursday as the jury’s verdict was announced. The Rev. Robert DeLand testified in his own defense and denied the allegations during a two-day trial in Saginaw County. A […]

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The Latest: Jurors find man guilty in teacher’s death

March 21, 2019

FILE – This file photo provided by the Ben Hill County Sheriff’s Office, Ga., shows Bo Dukes on Friday, March 3, 2017. Dukes is standing trial on charges that he helped conceal the death of Tara Grinstead, a high school teacher who disappeared more than 13 years ago. Grinstead vanished from her home in rural […]

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Marine Corps commandant warns of dire fiscal situation after funds are rerouted to troops at border

March 21, 2019

In this Nov. 16, 2018, file photo, members of the U.S. military install multiple tiers of concertina wire along the banks of the Rio Grande near the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge at the U.S.-Mexico border in Laredo, Texas.  (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File) Deploying troops to the southern border was seen by President Trump’s detractors as a political […]

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Florida suspect behind pipe bombs sent to prominent Democrats, media agencies pleads guilty

March 21, 2019

The man accused of sending a slew of mail bombs to prominent Democrats across the country last year entered a guilty plea in New York federal court on Thursday. Cesar Sayoc pleaded guilty to all 65 counts against him. He was accused of using a weapon of mass destruction, interstate transportation of an explosive, conveying […]

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Clinton, in newly revealed emails, discussed classified foreign policy matters, secretive ‘private’ comms channel with Israel

March 21, 2019

A newly unearthed batch of heavily redacted, classified emails from Hillary Clinton’s personal email server revealed that the former secretary of state discussed establishing a “private, 100% off-the-record” back channel to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and that one of her top aides warned her that she was in “danger” of being “savaged by Jewish organizations, in the Jewish […]

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Ex-cop says he thought he saw a gun when he shot black teen

March 21, 2019

Michelle Kenney, left, the mother of Antwon Rose II, leaves the Allegheny County Courthouse with her lawyer S. Lee Merritt, right, after day two of the trial for Michael Rosfeld, a former police officer in East Pittsburgh, Pa., Wednesday, March 20, 2019. Rosfeld is charged with homicide in the fatal shooting of Antwon Rose II […]

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Texas House passes bill legalizing lemonade stands run by kids; next stop is Senate

March 21, 2019

=The Texas House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill that would legalize lemonade stands run by children. (iStock) The Texas House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill that would legalize lemonade stands run by children. The bill, sponsored by Republican Rep. Matt Krause, sought to legalize what’s typically considered a harmless hobby or fundraiser that […]

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Texas House passes bill that would legalize lemonade stands run by kids, heads to Senate

March 21, 2019

=The Texas House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill that would legalize lemonade stands run by children. (iStock) =The Texas House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill that would legalize lemonade stands run by children. The bill, sponsored by Republican Rep. Matt Krause, sought to legalize what’s typically considered a harmless hobby or fundraiser that […]

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Maine GOP lawmaker says offering inmates menstrual products make jail ‘country club’: report

March 21, 2019

Rep. Richard Pickett, a Republican state lawmaker in Maine, reportedly said that providing free feminine hygiene products in state correctional facilities would make the jail system seem like “a country club.” (Facebook) A Republican lawmaker in Maine reportedly said that providing free tampons, pads and menstrual cups to those in state prisons would make the […]

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Ole Miss leader agrees Confederate statue should be moved

March 21, 2019

File-This March 5, 2019, file photo shows a memorial marker standing in the University of Mississippi campus cemetery that has the graves of Confederate soldiers killed at the Battle of Shiloh. The University of Mississippi’s leader says he agrees that a Confederate monument should be shifted from its current spot on campus. Interim Chancellor Larry […]

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Trump says John McCain ‘was horrible, what he did with repeal and replace’

March 21, 2019

President Trump returned to his ongoing, one-sided feud with the late Sen. John McCain Thursday, telling Fox Business Network’s “Mornings with Maria,”  “I’m not a fan of John McCain, and that’s fine.” Trump again blamed McCain, who died last August, for giving a dossier of Trump’s alleged ties to Russia to the FBI and triggering the ongoing […]

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‘Schitt’s Creek’ to end after Season 6

March 21, 2019

Cast of ‘Schitt’s Creek’  (Pop TV) It’s a bittersweet day for fans of “Schitt’s Creek.” Co-creators Dan and Eugene Levy announced on Thursday that the beloved Canadian sitcom has been picked up for a sixth season. The new season, however, will be its last. “To our dear fans, we are very excited to announce that ‘Schitt’s […]

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Ex-cop says thought gun was pointed at him when he shot teen

March 21, 2019

Michelle Kenney, left, the mother of Antwon Rose II, leaves the Allegheny County Courthouse with her lawyer S. Lee Merritt, right, after day two of the trial for Michael Rosfeld, a former police officer in East Pittsburgh, Pa., Wednesday, March 20, 2019. Rosfeld is charged with homicide in the fatal shooting of Antwon Rose II […]

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Prince Harry reportedly asked by boy, 4, when the ‘real Prince Harry’ would arrive

March 21, 2019

Britain’s Prince Harry shakes hands with pupils from St. Vincent’s Catholic Primary School.  (AP) He might have been standing in front of one of the world’s most recognized faces, but a 4-year-old boy was reportedly convinced Prince Harry was not who he claimed to be. The Duke of Sussex, who is soon expecting his first […]

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2nd South Dakota diocese publishes list of accused priests

March 21, 2019

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A second South Dakota diocese has released the names of clergy members with substantiated allegations of sexual abuse against a minor. The Sioux Falls Diocese posted the names of 11 clergy members on its website Wednesday. The website says the allegations were substantiated by law enforcement or the diocese, or in […]

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Coast Guard leader: More money needed to keep service viable

March 21, 2019

LOS ANGELES – The commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard says the service is about to award a contract for a much-needed new icebreaker, but additional vessels are needed along with more funding for operations and infrastructure. Adm. Karl Schultz outlined the state of the Coast Guard in a speech Thursday to personnel at its […]

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Arizona pilot, 20, who spent 3 months in a coma, 1 year in a wheelchair after crash walking again

March 21, 2019

It’s been a long road for Brody Burnell, 20, but the former Arizona pilot is finally walking again less than two years after the small plane he was flying went down in north Phoenix, AZ Central reported Tuesday. Burnell and friend Chandler Riesterer were reportedly on their way to Sedona when Burnell reported a mechanical problem in August […]

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