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Colo. woman who cut baby from womb of stranger gets 100 years
Dynel Lane, 36, will likely die behind bars for the March 2015 attack on Michelle Wilkins, who was nearly eight months pregnant at the time.
The unborn baby girl died but Wilkins miraculously survived — and was in the courtroom as the judge handed down the stiff sentence.
Lane lured Wilkins to her home with a Craigslist ad promising free maternity clothes.
Prosecutors had asked the judge for a 126-year sentence, the max allowed for convictions of attempted murder, on four charges of felony assault and one count of unlawful termination of a pregnancy.
Syria conflict: Aleppo rocked by fresh fighting
State media said rebels shelled a mosque in the government-held district of Bab al-Faraj, killing 15 people.
In the rebel-held east, government air strikes reportedly left at least 11 dead and destroyed a medical facility - the second to be hit in a week.
The military meanwhile said a "regime of calm" would begin elsewhere at 01:00 on Saturday (22:00 GMT on Friday).
A statement said it would last for 24 hours in Damascus and the Eastern Ghouta region outside the capital, and for 72 hours in the northern countryside of Latakia province.
It did not explain why the halt was only temporary, nor was there any mention of Aleppo, where a week of escalating violence has left more than 200 civilians dead.
State television said rebels unleashed a barrage of rocket fire into the government-held western part of Aleppo just as people were coming out of Friday prayers.
Man Robs Istanbul Bank, Throws Money From Balcony
A Turkish man embarked on a bank robbery fit for Hollywood on Wednesday when he stole more than $10,000 from an Istanbul bank before scaling the building and throwing the money from the top of the complex.
The man, identified as Semih Bulut, took a different
approach to the sale of his father’s Istanbul building
to the bank some
four years ago in
the Kumkapi district of the Turkish capital.
Multiple courts to try Berlusconi, party girls in sex and lies case
Prosecutors accuse the former premier, 79, of perverting the course of justice by allegedly paying dancers and society girls some ten million euros for their silence over what went on at his "Bunga Bunga" parties.
He is suspected of showering them with cash gifts and presents to buy their testimony in the run-up to and during his trial for paying for sex with dancer Karima El-Mahroug, better known as Ruby the heart stealer, when she was under 18.
Fla. sheriff's officer caught on video beating handcuffed woman
Video shows probationary patrol officer Akinyemi Borisade repeatedly hitting 31-year-old Mayra Martinez on Wednesday at the Duval County jail.
Earlier in the day, Borisade and another officer had to use force to restrain Martinez — an incident that was also recorded.
At the jail, Borisade struck Martinez several times after she had tried to kick him. She then sat slumped next to a garbage can as other officers looked on.
"There are ways that this could have been dealt with without striking her,” Undersheriff Pat Ivey told the Florida Times-Union.
The 26-year-old Borisade has been arrested on a battery charge, authorities said Thursday. Borisade, who was hired in March of 2015, also lost his job.
Donald Trump would
"have the guts"
to drop an
according to a
of the Indiana Hoosiers basketball team
who was endorsing him
compared Mr Trump
to Harry Truman,
the bombing of
Hiroshima in 1945
World War Two.
‘I want everyone to know what happened': Brothers arrested in the homicide of couple found with chilling note
After three days of searching for Hasib Bin Golamrabbi, San Jose police have arrested his 17-year-old brother and him for the double-homicide of his parents, Golam and Shamima Rabbi, whose bodies were found with a note, scrawled in black ink, that read “Sorry, my first kill was clumsy.”
The San Jose Police Department has issued a press release stating that the brothers have been arrested — Hasib, 22, in Tracy, Calif. , and his brother in San Jose, Calif.,– after “follow-up investigation revealed Hasib Bin Golamrabbi and his 17-year-old brother as the persons responsible for this homicide.”
The Washington Post is not naming the younger brother because he is a minor.
“No additional details will be provided about the investigation,” the press release states.
They are being held without bail. Hasib, who is being held at the San Jose County Jail, is expected to appear in court on Friday and no court date has been set for his younger brother, according to the Associated Press.
Protesters take to streets after Trump rally in California
Costa Mesa, California (CNN)Scores of protesters took to the streets Thursday night outside a Donald Trump campaign event here, drawing out police officers in riot and tactical gear and on horseback who sought to disperse the crowd.
The crowd gathered in the streets outside the OC Fair & Event Center as Trump addressed several thousand supporters at the Center's amphitheater.
At least one police car was damaged and several scuffles broke out amid the hectic scene.
Protesters blocked a main intersection, impeding traffic, and officers with the Orange County Sheriff's Department and Costa Mesa Police Department worked to disperse the crowd, ordering protesters out of the streets. About 20 people
were arrested, the Orange County Sheriff's Department tweeted late Thursday night after the protests had cleared.
Lt. Mark Stichter, the Sheriff's Department's public information officer, could not provide an official estimate on the number of protesters, but demonstrators could be seen filling the intersection of Fairview Road and Fair Drive.
Teen Birth Rates Plummet For Hispanic And Black Girls
Birth rates are down a whopping 51 percent among Hispanics age 15 to 19 since 2006, and down 44 percent among black teens, according to a survey of census data by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Teen pregnancy rates among whites also fell by a third.
"It's really a one-two punch," says study co-author Shanna Cox, associate director for science for the CDC's Division of Reproductive Health. "Teens are having less sex, and among the teens who are having sex, they're using more effective methods of birth control."
San Jose brothers arrested in double-murder of parents
and his 17-year-old brother were being held without bail in Santa Clara County Jail Thursday, booked on suspicion
The elder brother was arrested Wednesday night in Tracy, the younger in San Jose, Sgt. Enrique Garcia, a police spokesman.
The younger brother was not identified because of his age. Investigators had been searching for the older Golamrabbi since Sunday afternoon when his parents,
57-year-old Shamima Rabbi and her 59-year-old husband Golam Rabbi, were found shot to death in their home at 3006 Lucas Court in San Jose’s Evergreen neighborhood, said Sgt. Enrique Garcia, a San Jose police spokesman.
Syria conflict: Aleppo in 'catastrophic' state says UN
Air strikes on and around the Medecins sans Frontieres-backed al-Quds hospital killed at least 27 people, while more than 30 died in other attacks.
UN envoy Jan Egeland said the next days would be vital for the humanitarian aid lifeline for much of Syria.
The violence has left a partial truce hanging by a thread.
UN envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura warned the cessation of hostilities agreed between non-jihadist rebels and government forces on 27 February was now "barely alive".
Separately, the Syrian government reported that 150 US troops had arrived in the town of Rmeilan in Syria's predominantly northern Kurdish province of Hassakeh, denouncing it as an "illegitimate intervention". US President Barack Obama said last week he was deploying 250 troops to Syria to help certain rebel groups fight so-called Islamic State (IS).
Mr Egeland, the head of the UN humanitarian assistance to Syria, said he had been briefed on "the catastrophic deterioration in Aleppo over the last 24-48 hours... No-one doubts the severity of the situation."
Forced Oral Sex Isn't Rape If Victim Is Drunk: Court
(Newser) – Prosecutors in Tulsa say Oklahoma's Court of Criminal Appeals misfired badly by ruling that the state's forcible sodomy law isn't applicable to intoxicated or unconscious victims, reports UPI.
In what Benjamin Fu, Tulsa County assistant DA, calls an "insane" and "dangerous" interpretation of the law, the court noted in its March 24 decision that because of semantics,
"forcible sodomy cannot occur where a victim is so intoxicated as to be completely unconscious at the time of the sexual act of oral copulation," Oklahoma Watch reports.
In its "unpublished opinion"—which, per the website, means future cases can't cite it—the court added, "We will not, in order to justify prosecution of a person for an offense, enlarge a statute beyond the fair meaning of its language."
(The state's rape law does use language protecting those in an intoxicated, unconscious state.)
The defendant in this case was 17 at the time of the 2014 incident, in which he was accused of forcing a heavily intoxicated 16-year-old girl into oral sex.
Court records note the girl's blood alcohol content was high enough to be considered severe alcohol poisoning, and witnesses said she was falling in and out of consciousness while being driven home.
Valeant's outgoing boss 'regrets' raising drug prices
"I was too aggressive."
The Senate Ageing Committee is investigating the industry-wide practice of buying existing prescription drug brands and ratcheting up prices.
It has caused outrage and provoked criticism from presidential candidates.
The former boss of drugs firm Turing - Martin Shkreli - became the poster-child for the problem when Turing raised the price of one drug by 5,000%.
But, Valeant has increased the price of many more of its medicines.
Mr Shkreli sniggered through his own appearance before the committee earlier this year and refused to answer questions.
Feds expand Medicaid coverage to those in halfway houses
The change means nearly 100,000 people in halfway houses in states where they would be eligible for Medicaid should now have access to health care, mental health and substance abuse treatment.
Health coverage can
"mean life or death" for this population as they are more vulnerable to substance abuse relapse in the two weeks after incarceration, said Michael Botticelli, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.
Boehner calls Cruz a 'miserable son of a bitch'
Former House speaker John Boehner has been careful to not publicly comment on the GOP presidential race or really much of anything since leaving office.
Among the highlights from his Wednesday evening chat at the Palo Alto, Calif., university:
• Boehner's description of Ted Cruz, who Boehner worked with in Congress? “Lucifer in the flesh,” Boehner said, according to the Daily.
Bruce Springsteen's Tribute To Prince Is A Lesson In Public Mourning
Instead of coming out in pairs, house lights up, the stage lights went to purple and the musicians took their places quickly. Springsteen strode stage left to check in with Steve Van Zandt, and then walked back to face drummer Max Weinberg.
With a barely perceptible nod of the head, he counted as Max clicked his sticks eight times, Springsteen turned around towards the end of the count, taking his place at the mic, and with a decisive nod to cue the entire band, began the opening chords of Prince's "Purple Rain."
Chinese Investors Left Reeling After Wealth Management Firm's Collapse
outright Ponzi" schemes, Wright says.
Shanghai now has more than 100,000 wealth management companies and the country has more than a million,
says Iris Pang, a senior economist for greater China with Natixis, a French investment bank.
She says China's government hasn't been able to keep up with the explosion in the number of firms.
"The wealth management sector is very new in China," she says. "The regulations are loose and not very well defined."
Customers say they invested in Zhongjin because there weren't better options,
given last year's collapse of China's stock markets, a real estate property bubble and capital controls that severely limit how much money Chinese can move overseas.
Volkswagen bosses to be paid £49m despite record losses
The carmaker said it would withhold a portion of bonus payments for now, but could award them at a later date.
Last year VW admitted to cheating on diesel emissions tests, with net losses for 2015 reaching €5.5bn.
Chief executive Matthias Mueller apologised for the firm's actions. At a press conference, he acknowledged that the carmaker "disappointed many people who trusted Volkswagen".
Ex-Oklahoma deputy Robert Bates guilty of killing unarmed suspect
Robert Bates, who was a volunteer reserve sheriff deputy for the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office last year at the time of the shooting, never denied shooting Eric Courtney Harris. Bates, 74, said he meant to use his Taser stun gun, not his revolver, on the suspect, who had been tackled by other deputies and was being held on the ground.
How easy is it to confuse a gun for a Taser? The jury deliberated less than three hours and recommended Bates serve four years in prison, the maximum possible sentence. Preliminary sentencing is set for May 31.
Baltimore police investigate officer's shooting of teen who had replica gun
The teenager, who police say is expected to recover, was shot at the end of a foot chase Wednesday after officers spotted him walking down the street with what appeared to be a pistol, Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis told reporters.
It turned out to be a pellet gun that closely resembles a real weapon, Davis said.
"It's a dead-on ringer for a Beretta 92FS semiautomatic pistol," Davis said.
The officers who chased the teenager -- detectives assigned to the department's intelligence unit -- identified themselves before shooting him,
He said he did not know why the teenager had the pellet gun or why he ran.
The ruling relates to a 2014 case, where a 16-year-old girl said she was sexually assaulted by a schoolmate after drinking and smoking marijuana in a Tulsa park.
What is the French economic problem?
Most High School Seniors Aren't College Or Career Ready, Says 'Nation's Report Card'
The latest results of the test known as the Nation's Report Card are in. They cover high school seniors, who took the test in math and reading last year. The numbers are unlikely to give fodder either to educational cheerleaders or alarmists:
3 Mayor Candidates
3 Different Perspectives
I fell in love with Prince’s Music
in 1979 And today…
I feel Lost in Love
The Extremes of enforcing the law on
those who serve as Law Enforcers
Obnoxiously Flawed & Corrupt F.B.I Commission
and suffice it to say that, "No Human Being" comes within a high fraction of a percent closer to being perfect,
in all his/her acts and actions.
However..., what the F.B.I's Investigative Commission has concluded for the past 10 years is...,
not only has their system of training F.B.I agents netted perfection, to the extent that no F.B.I agent has been found to have been at fault for any shooting,
everyone of their
Human Being F.B.I Agents,
are also perfect... in their conduct as
This is as about
"real and accurate" as suggesting that the bible is correct in as it suggests that the heavens and the earth, were all created in 7 days, some 7500 years ago.
Here's what I suggest:
Remove every individual who sit on the F.B.I's investigative commission board for the past 10 years....,
have a new diverse and fair team of independents with areas of expertise..., review all the past 10 years claims, and I will bet you my last dime..., that at least 25% of all allegations will be found to have been valid complaints against these F.B.I agents.
Good Old Boy System Strikes Again.
Good Old Boys "within" Good Old Boy Hollywood Industry
Within the Racist & Bigoted Hollywood Industry,
However, the deep
"Sub Republican Good Old Boy Hollywood Group" is suffering from the same reference to non relevance as the root Hollywood Good Old Boy Republican Party.
The Conservative Values are now considered
outdated, bullying, bigoted & racist
values that the American Melting Pot
no longer "have to acquiesce" too.
The majority of all Americans,
are now those who believe in fair and equal treatment for all and the conservative disposition continue to fight, kicking and screaming,
as they are forced deeper and deeper into the obsolescence.
Relegated to State Level Leadership as Governors,
have provided the type of State Level "un - wanted" leadership in the anti gay laws that have caused nations around the world to speak out against and loath.
States and State's Citizens will suffer so long as republican values are the voice of the nation.
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