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    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — Car thieves targeting Spanish-speakers looking for work on Facebook Marketplace have stolen vehicles in almost 50 cases since last summer, according to authorities in Orange County. A joint warning was released Tuesday by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, the sheriff’s department, and the Tustin Police Department says thieves have been targeting members of the Latino community under the guise of hiring them to transport money using their own vehicles. READ MORE: Río Hondo College Awarded $1M Grant To Help Unhoused StudentsSince July of 2021, authorities have investigated more than 50 cases of people being left without the promised pay and their vehicles because they were purportedly taken to another location to be loaded with money to be transported. “The victims were left waiting on the street for their vehicle to return and the thieves never came back,” authorities said in a statement. Some of the victims were hesitant to contact police about the thefts. READ MORE: Orange County Logs 28 More COVID-19 Deaths Wednesday“These criminals are preying on those who may be struggling financially through...
    A Texas man admitted to attempting to smuggle two people into the United States in a coffin covered with an American flag last year. Zachary Taylor Blood, 33, pleaded guilty to one count of alien smuggling in connection to an incident in October, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Southern District of Texas. Blood was transporting the casket in a van when he drove through a Border Patrol checkpoint near the U.S.-Mexico border. When Border Patrol authorities noticed the casket and asked Blood who he was transporting, he responded, "Dead guy, Navy guy," according to the statement. The coffin was reported to be in bad condition and the American flag, typically used to cover the caskets of soldiers killed in combat, was taped to the casket with packing tape. Officials then referred Blood to a second inspection, wherein they discovered two men from Mexico concealed in the casket, the statement said.  The men admitted to paying a smuggler to get them from Mexico to San Antonio and that after arriving in the U.S., they made...
    A coalition of scientists, physicians and environmental groups is calling on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to restrict the use of the industrial chemical bisphenol A, known commonly as BPA, in plastics that contact food. In a formal petition organized by the Environmental Defense Fund and sent to the agency on Thursday, the scientists and groups argue that the federal government should take immediate steps to curb Americans' exposure to the chemical. “With Americans overexposed to BPA by more than 5,000 times, the agency must make this a top priority and make a final decision by the 180-day statutory deadline,” Tom Neltner, EDF’s senior director for safer chemicals, said in a statement. The petition cites findings published last month by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), which indicated that harmful impacts from BPA exposure can occur at levels 100,000 times lower than previously assumed. The document states that, based on FDA estimates of exposures, the average American's BPA exposure is 5,000 times greater than the new level considered safe by the European board. “The process EFSA used to reassess the safety of bisphenol...
    HYATTSVILLE Mayor Kevin Ward passed away on Tuesday from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, the city announced. Ward was a two-term city council member who was elected as mayor in the Maryland community last year. 1Hyattsville Mayor Kevin Ward passed away on Tuesday Ward, 44, was found in Fort Marcy Park in McLean suffering from the gunshot wound. "Mayor Ward was a valued and trusted leader and a fierce advocate for all the people of Hyattsville," a statement from the city said. "We are heartbroken at this loss and extend our deepest sympathy to his family." The statement announced that details about a service and remembrances would be shared when they became available. News of his death sparked an outpouring of love from colleagues and others in the state. Most read in News'KILLER' CAUGHT Suspect who 'killed' officer in Texas arrested in Mexico after fleeing copsBEAUTY TRAGEDY Miss America contestant's husband killed in front of baby as teen arrestedPM'S D-DAY Boris Johnson insists he WON'T quit over Partygate in dramatic PMQsABLE SEMEN I'm the world's biggest sperm donor with 129...
    Facing both turbulent financial markets and raging inflation, the Federal Reserve on Wednesday indicated it could soon raise interest rates for the first time in more than three years. In a move that came as little surprise, the Fed's policymaking group said a quarter-percentage point increase to its benchmark short-term borrowing rate is likely coming soon. It would be the first increase since December 2018. The statement comes in response to inflation running at its hottest level in nearly 40 years. Though the move toward less accommodative policy has been well-telegraphed over the past several weeks, markets in recent days have been remarkably choppy as investors worried that the Fed might tighten policy even more than expected. The post-meeting statement from the Federal Open Market Committee did not provide a specific time for when the increase will come, though indications are that it could happen as soon as the March meeting. "With inflation well above 2 percent and a strong labor market, the Committee expects it will soon beappropriate to raise the target range for the federal funds rate,"...
    Liam Payne has followed in Adele's footsteps and postponed his Here's To The Future show as he runs into delays after catching Covid.  The former One Direction singer, 28, took to Instagram on Wednesday to share a statement with the news and told fans the show 'won't be ready in time'.  It comes after Adele, 33, left her devoted fans devastated last week by cancelling her Las Vegas residency, blaming coronavirus and quarantine rules for the delay.  Sad: Liam Payne has followed in Adele's footsteps and postponed his Here's To The Future show as he runs into delays after catching Covid Liam wrote in his statement: 'Hey guys, I'm so sorry to announce that I'm having to push back the next Here's To The Future show... RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Liam Payne and fiancée Maya Henry enjoy a low-key date night... Maya Henry and Liam Payne look cosy as they kiss in a... Share this article Share 'Unfortunately I had Covid and will not be ready in time to give you all...
    A food delivery driver was killed Sunday after being shot in northeast Baltimore, Maryland.Cheryl McCormack, 51, of Nottingham was pronounced dead at the scene by medics, police said. McCormack was killed during "a robbery gone bad," just past 2 a.m., police said. McCormack’s husband, Jim, said his wife and another man were working for delivery service DoorDash when they had car trouble and stopped. McCormack said the man working with his wife told him two men tried to rob them, and when Cheryl McCormack said no, one of the men shot her. "To walk up to somebody at that time of night, rob them, pull a gun on them for no reason and shoot them: That’s senseless," McCormack told The Baltimore Sun outside his Nottingham home Monday. "It’s senseless, and it should be curbed."FALLEN BALTIMORE FIREFIGHTERS HONORED FOR HEROISM, ‘BRAVERY’ AS CITY MOURNS ‘HEARTBREAKING’ TRAGEDY"We are deeply saddened by this senseless attack and tragic loss of life. Our thoughts are with Ms. McCormack’s loved ones during this unimaginably difficult time," DoorDash said in a statement to the daily newspaper. Baltimore...
    A California teen has been arrested and charged with murder, accused of selling a fentanyl-laced pill to a 12-year-old child.  The Santa Clara County’s District Attorney Office (SCCDAO) said San Jose Police Department officers arrested the teen on Tuesday.  Authorities found in the suspect's Google Photos page screenshots of public service warnings over fentanyl overdoses, according to the statement.  The 12-year-old girl was with two friends when she purchased the “M-30” pill from the 16-year-old suspect on November 14, 2020.  Prosecutors said her friends then recorded a video of her lining up the crushed pill for ingestion.  After snorting the fentanyl-laced pill, the child passed out and began to snore, a sign of a fentanyl overdose, according to the statement.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Fentanyl is a synthetic drug that can be 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine and is commonly used to resemble prescription drugs.  The girl was pronounced dead by medical officials after her friends brought her to the Regional Medical Center in San Jose, Calif.  This is the...
    The gunman caught on video opening fire inside the emergency room of a New York City hospital has been taken into custody after police discovered he wrote his name in the facility’s sign-in book, reports say.  Keber Martinez, 25, of the Bronx, now faces attempted murder, reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a firearm charges stemming from the shooting that unfolded Tuesday at Jacobi Medical Center, according to the New York Police Department.  Police told Fox5 NY that Martinez wrote his name in the Bronx hospital’s sign-in book, making it easier for investigators to track him down. He was arrested late Tuesday night.  The shooting was caught on hospital surveillance cameras. NYC HOSPITAL SHOOTING CAUGHT ON VIDEO  In a statement, the NYPD said they responded to the hospital midday Tuesday after receiving a 911 call about a person being shot inside there.  "Upon arrival Police discovered a 35-year-old male with a gunshot wound to the arm," the statement read. "The victim was immediately treated by medical personnel on location."  Police say Martinez got into a verbal dispute with the victim before discharging "several rounds."  The victim, who has not...
    (CNN)A 16-year-old was arrested Tuesday and charged with murder for selling a fentanyl-laced pill to a child who died of a drug overdose, California prosecutors said. The 12-year-old girl who ingested most of the pill was the youngest person to overdose and die in 2020 in Santa Clara County, the district attorney's office said in a news release. The child, who was not identified, bought and consumed a pill with a label consistent with the painkiller oxycodone. She was declared dead after she was rushed to a hospital. "After thousands of deaths, everyone should know that fentanyl is a deadly poison," District Attorney Jeff Rosen said in the statement.The 12-year-old, along with two teens, contacted the suspect on November 14, 2020, and bought an "M-30" pill, according to statement from the district attorney's office.Read More"The group videoed her lining up the crushed pill for ingestion," the statement said. Afterward, the girl passed out and began snoring, which is a sign of fentanyl overdose, the statement said.Fentanyl is a synthetic drug that can be up to 50 times stronger than heroin...
    Roger Clemens once again did not get voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in his final year on the ballot but the legendary pitcher seems unaffected. The results of the latest BBWA election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame were revealed on Wednesday and only one player will be inducted as part of this vote: Red Sox legend David Ortiz. While deserving in the eyes of many, much of the discussion is about who didn’t get in — namely, Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds didn’t get in on their final year on the ballot. For the 10th-straight year, Clemens and Bonds fell short of the 75 percent vote needed to get inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Now, their hopes rest on the votes from the Today’s Era committee, which will vote later in the year. As for now, though, the legendary Clemens isn’t sweating it. After the results of the vote were revealed, the former Red Sox, Blue Jays, Yankees and Astros hurler took to Twitter to release a statement about not getting into the Hall...
    Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) vowed Tuesday to stay in his reelection race after his home was the subject of an FBI raid last week.  "I am fully cooperating with law enforcement and committed to ensuring that justice and the law is upheld," Cuellar said in a video statement filmed in front of his childhood home. "There is an ongoing investigation that will show that there is no wrongdoing on my part." "I pride myself on being your congressman and always doing things honestly, ethically, and the right way," he continued. "This is my home, my community and why I got into politics. Nothing can distract me from getting the job done for you and for South Texas the way I always have. Let me be clear, I’m running for reelection and I intend to win," he said.  Cuellar's remarks on Tuesday mark the first time he has addressed the raid in person. The congressman's office released a statement after the raid on Wednesday, saying he would fully cooperate.  "Congressman Cuellar will fully cooperate in any investigation," the statement read. "He is committed to ensuring...
    A Whittier man and five other people have been indicted in an alleged scheme to smuggle high-powered weapons and hundreds of thousands of rounds of ammunition to one of the largest and most violent drug cartels in Mexico.Marco Antonio Santillan Valencia, 51, is the alleged ringleader of the trafficking organization, according to the The U.S. Department of Justice. Valencia and three other men were arrested last week, while a fifth is in custody facing separate charges in North Carolina and the sixth is believed to be in Mexico.The men are accused of conspiracy to violate federal export laws by smuggling weapons into Mexico, mostly since the beginning of the pandemic, for the Cártel Jalisco Nueva Generación. Several also face other smuggling or money laundering charges.The men used drug money to purchase legally-available weapons in Oregon and Nevada and ammunition from several states, sometimes ordering pallets of bullets for delivery to a "stash location" in Nevada, according to a statement from the U.S. attorney's office.The operation began in March 2020 and lasted about a year, during which some items were sent...
    Gov. Gavin Newsom and state lawmakers said Tuesday they have worked out a deal to bring back paid COVID-19 sick leave. The agreement, which comes after a similar law passed in 2021 expired several months ago, would give workers access to supplemental paid sick leave through Sept. 30. The framework, according to the Los Angeles Times, would provide two weeks of leave to full-time workers at businesses with at least 26 employees. It would cover workers who are sick with the coronavirus and those caring for loved ones with COVID-19. The leave would be retroactive to Jan. 1. The deal also proposes restoring suspended tax credits in a bid to help businesses shoulder the costs of the extra paid leave. The legislation is expected to reach Newsom’s desk in the coming weeks. “By extending sick leave to frontline workers with COVID and providing support for California businesses, we can help protect the health of our workforce, while also ensuring that businesses and our economy are able to thrive,” Newsom said in a join statement with Senate President pro Tempore Toni...
    In this article WYNNA worker cleans an escalator on Las Vegas Boulevard in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.Joe Buglewicz | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesDUBAI, United Arab Emirates — American casino developer Wynn Resorts has set its sights on a new market, and one that has never before allowed gambling: the United Arab Emirates.  The Nevada-based casino giant on Tuesday announced a multibillion-dollar deal with the UAE emirate of Ras al-Khaimah that will see it open a 1,000-room luxury hotel with 10 restaurants and lounges, a spa, a convention facility, shopping venues and a gaming area. The announcement came in tandem with a statement from the Ras al-Khaimah Tourism Development Authority introducing a new division, called the Department of Entertainment and Gaming Regulation, which will regulate "integrated resorts" that include hotel operations, entertainment spaces, restaurants, spas, retail shops, convention areas and "gaming." "Gaming" is often used synonymously with gambling in the context of hospitality and leisure venues, though it was not clear whether this explicitly meant cash betting. RAKTDA was not immediately available for comment when contacted...
    (CNN)A "cyber incident" first detected last week has interrupted some of the Canadian foreign ministry's "internet-based services," the Canadian government said Monday. Canadian cybersecurity officials were working to restore those internet services as of Monday night. "Critical services for Canadians" through the foreign ministry were not affected by the incident, the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, a government agency, said in a statement to CNN. "At this time, there is no indication that any other government departments have been impacted by this incident," the statement said. Treasury Board spokesperson Alain Belle-Isle declined to comment when asked who might be responsible for the hack, citing an ongoing investigation."We are constantly reviewing measures to protect Canadians and our critical infrastructure from electronic threats, hacking, and cyber espionage," the Canadian government statement said. Read MoreSeparately, Canadian officials have called for the public to be vigilant in the face of cyber threats. Canada's signals intelligence agency last week advised Canadian critical infrastructure operators "to bolster their awareness of and protection against Russian state-sponsored cyber threats," echoing calls from US and British agencies to brace...
    Douala, Cameroon (CNN)At least eight people were killed and 50 people injured after a stampede during an Africa Cup of Nations match in the Cameroonian capital Monday, state broadcaster Cameroon Radio Television reported.The crush occurred as fans attempted to access Olembe Stadium in Yaoundé to watch the match between Cameroon and Comoros.The Confederation of African Football (CAF), which organizes the Africa Cup of Nations, said it was aware of the incident."CAF is currently investigating the situation in order to obtain more details about these incidents. We are in constant communication with the Cameroonian authorities and the local organizing committee," a CAF spokesperson said in a statement.CAF Secretary-General Veron Mosengo-Omba is set to visit the victims in Yaoundé, the statement said.Read MoreMonday's incident came a day after another tragedy in the capital.At least 16 people were killed when a fire tore through a nightclub early Sunday, according to a government statement. Another eight people were seriously injured and are in intensive care.At a news conference held at the scene, the director of the Yaoundé Central Hospital said several people were in...
    (CNN)The pilot of a US F-35 jet ejected as his jet crashed on the deck of the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier in the South China Sea injuring seven, the US Pacific Fleet said in a statement Monday. The pilot was conducting routine flight operations when the crash happened. They safely ejected and were recovered by a military helicopter, Pacific Fleet said. The pilot is in stable condition. Six others were injured on the deck of the carrier. Three required evacuation to a medical facility in Manila, Philippines, where they are in stable condition, according to Pacific Fleet. The other three sailors were treated on the carrier and have been released.The cause of what the statement called a "inflight mishap" is under investigation.
    A former elementary school teacher in Connecticut is facing charges for allegedly sexually abusing minors in his care as students, police announced. In Litchfield County, former Plymouth Center School educator James Eschert, age 51, turned himself in to police following a lengthy investigation into alleged inappropriate conduct between him and multiple minors who were his students at the time. According to investigators at the Plymouth Police Department, on Sept. 29, 2021, they received a complaint against Eschert regarding his activities which children. Police said that the investigation led to an arrest warrant being issued for Eschert on Tuesday, Jan. 18, and he surrendered at Plymouth Police Headquarters on Monday, Jan. 24. Eschert was charged with five counts of risk of injury and two counts of fourth-degree sexual assault. “From the inception of this case, the Plymouth Police Department has spent countless hours conducting interviews, reviewing statements, and preparing court paperwork,” officials said in a statement announcing Eschert’s arrest. “This department takes all school threats and the safety and well-being of students earnestly.” Following his arrest, Eschert was transported to...
    New York (CNN Business)A cruise ship heading to Miami changed course to the Bahamas Saturday after a US judge issued an arrest warrant for the ship due to unpaid fuel bills.If the Crystal Symphony had continued course to Miami, it would have been seized by authorities. So it headed to Bimini instead, as USA Today first reported. The ship is still docked at the Bahama port, according to a cruise ship tracker. The saga began Wednesday, when Peninsula Petroleum Far East filed a lawsuit in a South Florida federal court against Crystal Cruises, alleging it owed unpaid fuel bills totaling more than $4.6 million — of which $1.2 million is for Crystal Symphony specifically. The Crystal Symphony photographed in May 2013.On Thursday, a US judge issued an arrest warrant ahead of the ship's scheduled Saturday arrival in Miami, meaning the ship would be seized by a US Marshal and court-appointed custodian. Crystal Cruises said about 300 passengers were transferred by ferry on Sunday from Bimini, Bahamas, to Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. In a statement to the Associated Press,...
    Wisconsin authorities said six people who were found dead at a Milwaukee-area home were shot, as police seek to identify suspects in the case, The Associated Press reported.  Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) Assistant Police Chief Paul Formolo said in a news conference Sunday evening that officers were responding to a welfare check Sunday afternoon when they found four men and one woman dead at the residence.  In a tweet, the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office said the body of an additional person, a man, was also found at the residence.  In an emailed statement on Monday, MPD Sgt. Efrain Cornejo told the newswire that all of the victims suffered gunshot injuries, adding the department is seeking “unknown suspects” in the case.  “The recent acts of violence are a stark reminder of the work that still remains to addressing the root causes of violent crime in our city,”  Milwaukee County Sheriff Earnell R. Lucas said in a statement.  According to CNN data, Milwaukee has recorded more homicides in 2021 than any other year on record. Cornejo told the news outlet that there were at least 192...
    He had the music in him. Canadian police are seeking help identifying a man who stole a guitar by hiding it in his pants. The York Regional Police in Ontario, Canada, issued a statement on Wednesday seeking public assistance in identifying two suspects who stole the guitar from a local music store. On Dec. 20, "an unknown male suspect entered the store and stole a guitar by hiding it down his pants. He fled from the area in a vehicle being driven by a second male suspect," York police said in the statement. The police were not informed of the theft until Dec. 30. NEWBORN GIRAFFE DIES AT SAN DIEGO ZOO SAFARI PARK The guitar stolen was a Gibson Custom Shop 60th Anniversary '59 Les Paul Standard electric guitar, valued at $8,000. York police released surveillance footage of the theft, where the individual can be seen stuffing the item down their pants. Both suspects were identified by police as male, white, and in their 20s. One was wearing "extremely large, baggy pants,...
    (CNN)Former Florida International University President Mark Rosenberg, who abruptly resigned Friday citing health concerns, acknowledged Sunday that his workplace conduct towards a colleague was part of his reasoning for stepping down."I unintentionally created emotional (not physical) entanglement," Rosenberg said in a statement shared by the university. "I have apologized. I apologize to you. I take full responsibility and regret my actions." In his initial statement Friday, Rosenberg said he was leaving the post he'd held for thirteen years due to concerns for his and his wife's health. On Sunday, Rosenberg cited the deteriorating condition of his wife, who he said has advanced dementia and multiple sclerosis, as impacting his mental health."Regrettably, these issues spilled over to my work and I caused discomfort for a valued colleague," the former university president said. Read More"I regret that I may have burdened you with these details. We all want the same thing: a better, more robust and thriving FIU," he said. No specifics about his actions were disclosed in the Sunday statement, but two people close to the administration told The New York...
    Singer Chris Daughtry and his wife Deanna Daughtry shared the cause of daughter Hannah Price’s sudden death late last year, stating that after a full investigation, officials have determined that the 25-year-old died by suicide November 12. “After a thorough investigation by Fentress County DA, Fentress County Sheriff Office and the Knoxville Medical Examiners Office, they have determined her official cause of death as suicide by hanging while under the influence of Narcotics,” the Daughtrys said in a joint statement shared with E! News. “It has been determined that there is no evidence of foul play,” they added. The Daughtrys went on to say that Price had told her family members the morning of her death that she was in “fear for her life.” “She needed help after her current boyfriend allegedly physically abused her and had taken her car,” they said, adding that police were called to perform a wellness check at Price’s Tennessee home, but that officers had determined she “was OK” and left without incident. “From a young age, Hannah struggled with mental illness and was in and out of therapy...
    Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin caused a stir when he signed an executive order lifting the mask mandate at schools with the order’s fate landing in the courts. But there’s been some mixed messaging on what parents and their kids should do in the meantime as the order is in legal limbo. Under Youngkin’s administration, the Virginia Department of Health and the Virginia Department of Education put out a joint statement pushing for personal responsibility instead of mask mandates for everyone. More Virginia News Read More: Parents of Fairfax Co. school children weigh in on Gov. Youngkin lifting mask mandate “Foundational prevention strategies in schools, such as testing and improving ventilation, combined with common-sense actions of personal responsibility, such as staying home when sick, getting vaccinated, and handwashing, can help reduce transmission in schools,” the statement reads. The guidance also mentioned that children are at a low-risk for hospitalization and death. “While children can be infected with COVID-19, experience illness, and spread the virus to others, cases in healthy children are usually mild with a low risk of developing...
    (CNN)The British Royal Navy has seized more than a ton of illicit drugs worth almost £15 million ($20.3 million) in the Gulf of Oman, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) said in a statement on Sunday."In an operation lasting almost 10 hours, a team from the warship boarded a suspect in international waters off the coast of Oman and seized 663kg of heroin, 87kg of methamphetamine and 291kg of hashish and marijuana," the statement said."This is the largest Royal Navy drugs bust since last year, HMS Montrose seized 2.4 tons of illicit substances in the Arabian Sea," the MoD said.A team from HMS Montrose approached a small vessel on two Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boat -- where after a search they were able to collect the illicit drugs -- before proceeding to analyze and destroy them. Men tried to smuggle $340,000 worth of cocaine in baked beans tinsAccording to MoD, HMS Montrose has been deployed to the region since early 2019.Read MoreThe warship regularly works alongside international partners which make up the 34-nation coalition Combined Maritime Forces, which was led by...
    (CNN)At least 16 people were killed after a fire tore through a nightclub in Cameroon's capital city Yaoundé early on Sunday morning, according to the country's government. Eight other people were seriously wounded in the fire at the Liv Nightclub, according to the government's statement. During a press conference held at the scene of the fire, the director of the Yaoundé Central Hospital said several people in critical condition were transferred to the hospital. Policemen stand guard at the entrance of the night-club in the Bastos district of Yaounde, on January 23, 2022.The Cameroonian Ministry of Communication said the ceiling at the nightclub caught fire from fireworks explosions. The fire later caused two strong explosions that sparked panic among those in the venue, according to the statement.President Paul Biya has ordered an in-depth investigation into the incident and sent his condolences to the victims' families.
    YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — A fire erupted at a popular nightclub in Yaounde, Cameroon’s capital, setting off explosions and killing at least 16 people, government officials said Sunday. The tragedy comes as the country hosts thousands of soccer players, fans and match officials from across the continent for the month-long African Football Cup of Nations tournament. “We are still at the level of investigations to find out the names and nationalities of the dead and the wounded,” said government spokesman Rene Emmanuel Sadi. Authorities say the fire started at a nightclub in the Bastos neighborhood of the Cameroonian capital and soon spread to a place where cooking gas was being stored. “There were loud explosions from six gas bottles, causing panic in the neighborhood.” the government statement said, adding that eight others were injured and taken to Yaounde’s Central Hospital. In a statement, Cameroonian President Paul Biya called for calm and assured players and fans of their safety. The championship, featuring teams from 24 countries, originally was scheduled for 2021 but then was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic....
    PARIS (AP) — A French soldier has been killed in a mortar shelling attack on a base in Mali, the military said Sunday. The 24-year-old artilleryman, Alexandre Martin, was serving with France’s anti-insurgent force Operation Barkhane, according to a statement from the French army. Several rounds targeted the military camp in Gao on Saturday, the army statement said. Martin was seriously wounded and later died, it said. The army said nine other soldiers were slightly injured. It said helicopters were subsequently deployed to “neutralize the terrorists who fired the shots.” In a statement, French President Emmanuel Macron saluted the soldier’s service and reiterated “France’s determination to continue the fight against terrorism in the region, alongside its partners.” French troops have been present in Mali since 2013, when they intervened to force Islamic extremist rebels from power in towns across the country’s north. Operation Serval was later replaced by Barkhane and was expanded to include other countries in an effort to help stabilize Africa’s broader Sahel region. The French force has been operating in Mali, Chad, Niger,...
    Associated Press LOS ANGELES — A spokesman said Arnold Schwarzenegger was fine after being involved in a car crash that sent a woman to the hospital with minor injuries. The 74-year-old actor and former California governor was driving a GMC Yukon that was among four vehicles involved in Friday’s wreck in the Brentwood section of Los Angeles. A woman was taken to the hospital for an abrasion on her head, police said in a statement. Related Articles Why couples like Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra choose surrogacy Maybe Martha Stewart also should have feared Anthony Hopkins’ Nixon, Hitler or Capt. Bligh Kimberly Guilfoyle: From San Francisco prosecutor to having phone records subpoenaed ‘He should have been a superstar’: Freddie Hughes, Oakland soul singer, dies at 79 How Meat Loaf almost put Prince Andrew in his place: Tossed into a moat The statement from the LAPD said neither alcohol or drugs are suspected as a factor in this collision, but did not mention the cause of the crash. Schwarzenegger was...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Two suspects have been arrested in connection to a shooting in Uptown on Friday morning. Police say officers responded to a report of gunfire on the 2900 block of Hennepin Avenue South shortly before 2 a.m., and found a man inside Williams Pub and Peanut Bar with non-life threatening injuries. He was taken to a hospital. Two suspects were arrested Saturday during a traffic stop, and two guns were recovered, police say. (credit: CBS) Williams management posted a statement outside of the bar, saying it would be closed for the foreseeable future. “Just like many other Uptown businesses, Williams Pub & Peanut Bar will not be open to the public for an indefinite period of time while we take a much needed break,” the statement read. A future re-opening date will be posted on the bar’s website.
    A Maryland man was found dead in his home with over 100 snakes, police say. The Charles County Sheriff's Office said it found a man dead in his home in Pomfret, Maryland, on Wednesday, where officials discovered more than 100 venomous and nonvenomous snakes of different varieties in tanks, according to a statement. MEAT LOAF, BAT OUT OF HELL SINGER, DEAD AT 74 Police were sent to the residence after a neighbor who went to the house saw the man lying unconscious on the floor, the statement said. When police arrived, they pronounced the man dead and found the snakes on racks in the home, according to the statement. Jennifer Harris, a spokeswoman for Charles County Animal Control, told WUSA9 that animal control had "tagged and bagged" 125 snakes and counting and that his neighbors were not aware of the snakes. The largest snake found was a 14-foot Burmese python, according to the outlet. "I do want to assure the community, [and] anybody living in this neighborhood, we have not seen that any of...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – The boyfriend of slain cross-country traveler Gabby Petito admitted killing her in a notebook discovered near his body in a Florida swamp, the FBI announced Friday. It was the first time authorities squarely pinned the blame for Petito’s death on Brian Laundrie, though he was the prime suspect all along. READ MORE: FIU President Mark Rosenberg Resigns, Cites Health IssuesInvestigators meanwhile announced that Laundrie, 23, had sent text messages to intentionally deceive people that Petito, 22, was still alive after he beat and strangled her in late August, according to a statement released by the FBI in Denver. “All logical investigative steps have been concluded in this case,” FBI Denver Division Special Agent in Charge Michael Schneider said in the statement. “The investigation did not identify any other individuals other than Brian Laundrie directly involved in the tragic death of Gabby Petito.” Petito’s body was found on Sept. 19 at a campground near Grand Teton National Park in northwestern Wyoming. A coroner determined she’d died about three weeks earlier of “blunt-force injuries to the head and neck, with manual...
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — The boyfriend of slain cross-country traveler Gabby Petito admitted killing her in a notebook discovered near his body in a Florida swamp, the FBI announced Friday. It was the first time authorities squarely pinned the blame for Petito’s death on Brian Laundrie, though he was the prime suspect all along. Investigators meanwhile announced that Laundrie, 23, had sent text messages to intentionally deceive people that Petito, 22, was still alive after he beat and strangled her in late August, according to a statement released by the FBI in Denver. “All logical investigative steps have been concluded in this case,” FBI Denver Division Special Agent in Charge Michael Schneider said in the statement. “The investigation did not identify any other individuals other than Brian Laundrie directly involved in the tragic death of Gabby Petito.” Petito’s body was found Sept. 19 at a campground near Grand Teton National Park in northwestern Wyoming. A coroner determined she’d died about three weeks earlier of “blunt-force injuries to the head and neck, with manual strangulation.” Laundrie returned home to Florida...
    De Rivera made the human drug mule allegations during an interview with the media outlet this week. "Everything looks like the baby entered the prison dead, the minor has an incision in the abdomen that we have not been clear about why that was done, for which it is suspected that it was used to transport drugs inside," she said, according to a Google translation of her remarks. Her group released a statement this week saying that they "strongly condemn" the state government for allowing the tragic incident to happen. “The authorities are completely overwhelmed and are complicit in the acts of corruption that are happening inside the prison,” the statement reportedly read. Reinserta also alleged that San Miguel prison has been taken over by inmates who now produce drugs within the prison walls and regularly bring in female sex workers to service them. The group even suggested that inmates run dog-fighting rings in the prison. In a recent appearance on Mexican news network Milenio, De Rivera called the state government's response to the incident "absurd," asking, "How can...
    (CNN)A top women's handball team in Germany says it is sticking together after two hidden cameras were discovered in the players' locker room earlier this week.According to TuS Metzingen, which competes in the Bundesliga, an individual has since been placed under urgent suspicion and their association with the club has been terminated immediately. A police investigation is ongoing. "This disgusting act -- which was also committed by a person we trust directly -- is simply shocking and has affected all of us greatly," said manager Ferenc Rott in a statement released by Metzingen on Thursday.In the statement, the team did not identify the person it suspects, nor their role with the team. "We have discussed this incident intensively with the team and I am very impressed that our players have stuck together so strongly and decided to play the game against Bietigheim [on Wednesday] together," Rott added.Read More"We will not let something like this bring us down -- and the fact that the team wants to play handball again immediately is a very strong signal."We have received a lot of...
    Getty Farrah Abraham The security guard who says Farrah Abraham hit her on the evening of January 15, 2022, at a nightclub in Hollywood, California, is speaking up. The woman, Megan Armstrong, posted a series of photos to her Instagram that detail her side of the story. In the most recent pic, seen below, Amstrong appears to have a black eye. She said the bruise is a result of Abraham hitting her. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Megan Armstrong (@megthecreator) The caption read: “This is all so embarrassing yet I have to stand up for myself, not physically, by hitting her back because that would cause problems for me. I really have way too much to lose, I’m a student last few months in my bachelors program, I’m take care of my mom who has cancer, I work hard physically and mentally.” She added that she was “ashamed” of walking around with a bruise on her face. In her previous Instagram post, Armstrong uploaded a video of Abraham’s arrest, followed by another series...
    ALBANY, New York (WABC) -- According to the transcript released Thursday, former Empire State Development chief Howard Zemsky confirmed to the state attorney general's investigators that former Gov. Andrew Cuomo once offered to play strip poker with Lindsay Boylan, one of Cuomo's accusers.Q. Okay. Mr. Zemsky, did you ever hear the Governor make a comment to Ms. Boylan about playing strip poker?A. Yes.Q. What did you hear the Governor say?A. He said something like, "Hey, want to play strip poker?"Q. Who was that statement directed at?A. I think it was directed at Ms. Boylan.Cuomo's office had previously denied the former governor said it.Zemsky told investigators a group that included him, Cuomo, Boylan and others had just boarded a plane after an event when the comment "came out of the blue."Zemsky had previously signed onto a statement from Cuomo's office asserting the comment was never made but told investigators "there's some feeling" of pressure to sign it. Zemsky said his recollection changed after Boylan sent him a message once the statement came out that caused him to "rethink it."Q. What did...
    Holly Madison is revealing more details about what her life was really like at the Playboy Mansion. Hugh Hefner’s magazine empire is being explored in a 10-part A&E docuseries premiering on Monday titled "The Secrets of Playboy." The special will feature new interviews with former Director of Playmate Promotions Miki Garcia, Hefner’s personal valet Stefan Tetenbaum, Bunny Mother PJ Masten, Playboy Mansion West resident Jennifer Saginor, numerous members of Hefner’s staff and inner circle, including his bodyguard and butler, as well as some of his past girlfriends including Madison, Bridget Marquardt and Sondra Theodore, among others. On Wednesday, the network released a new teaser that showed Madison sharing her dark experience as a Playboy Bunny at the mansion. The 42-year-old dated Hefner from 2001 until 2008. HOLLY MADISON DETAILS ‘TRAUMATIC’ FIRST NIGHT SLEEPING WITH HUGH HEFNER: HE ‘WAS PUSHED ON TOP OF ME’ "The reason I think the mansion was very cult-like looking back on it is because we were all kind of gaslit and expected to think of Hef as like this really good guy," Madison alleged in the...
    (CNN)A "huge explosion" in Ghana on Thursday was caused by a collision between a motorcycle and a vehicle carrying explosives to be used in mining, police said.The incident occurred at Apiate, between Bogoso and Bawdie, in the Western Region of Ghana, according to Ghana Police Services."The Police and other emergency service providers have activated a full emergency recovery exercise," a police statement said. "We urge all to remain calm as we manage this unfortunate situation."Most of the victims have been rescued and admitted to various hospitals and clinics, the police said. No more details were released on their condition."The Police have taken charge of the situation providing security to enable the emergency workers including the Ghana National Fire Service, NADMO and the Ambulance Service to manage the situation," another statement read. Read More"The public has been advised to move out of the area to nearby towns for their safety while recovery efforts are underway," it added.The police statement urged nearby towns to open classrooms, churches and other buildings to accommodate surviving victims.
    Two men were arrested in Birmingham and Manchester this morning as part of the probe into the Texas synagogue attack by British hostage-taker Malik Faisal Akram. The siege at the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue in Colleyville, near Dallas, ended in gunfire on Saturday night with all four hostages released unharmed.  Akram, 44, originally from Blackburn in Lancashire, was shot dead when the FBI entered the building following a ten-hour stand-off. Two teenagers arrested in Manchester following the incident were released without charge on Tuesday. British hostage-taker Malik Faisal Akram is pictured in Dallas, Texas, on January 2 this year SWAT team operations outside Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas, on Saturday Greater Manchester Police and Counter Terrorism Policing North West issue a statement today Greater Manchester Police and Counter Terrorism Policing North West said in a joint statement issued at 8am today: 'Officers from Counter Terrorism Policing North West continue to support US authorities with their investigation into the events in Texas. 'As a result of this ongoing investigation, two men have been arrested this morning in Birmingham and Manchester. They...
    Hong Kong (CNN)A United States Navy guided missile destroyer challenged Chinese claims of sovereignty in and around islands in the South China Sea on Thursday, with a Navy statement saying such claims violate international law and "pose a serious threat to the freedom of the seas."The USS Benfold sailed around the Paracel Islands, known as the Xisha Islands in China, in what the Navy calls a freedom of navigation operation (FONOP), Lt. Mark Langford, spokesperson for the US 7th Fleet, said in the statement.The Paracels are a collection of 130 small coral islands and reefs in the northwestern part of the South China Sea. They have no indigenous population to speak of, only Chinese military garrisons amounting to 1,400 people, according to the CIA Factbook.The islands are also claimed by Vietnam and self-ruled Taiwan but in Chinese hands for more than 46 years. The islands have been fortified with People's Liberation Army (PLA) military installations.The US Navy statement said the Benfold also challenged the claims of Vietnam and Taiwan.Read More"All three claimants require either permission or advance notification before a...
    But in the face of these statements, NPR has continued to indicate that it stands by its original reporting. "On Wednesday, Sotomayor and Gorsuch issued a statement saying that she did not ask him to wear a mask," Totenberg wrote in a piece on Wednesday. "NPR's report did not say that she did. Then, the chief justice issued a statement saying he 'did not request Justice Gorsuch or any other justice to wear a mask on the bench.' The NPR report said the chief justice's ask to the justices had come 'in some form.'" Totenberg declared that, "NPR stands by its reporting." She then continued, "What is incontrovertible is that all the justices have at once started wearing masks — except Gorsuch. Meanwhile, Sotomayor has stayed out of the courtroom. Instead, she has participated remotely in the court's arguments and the justices' weekly conference, where they discuss the cases and vote on them." Critics pounced on a tweet in which Totenberg noted that NPR is standing behind her reporting. "Your reporting is trash. Every party named in it...
    NEW YORK (AP) — The teenager who admitted to the stabbing death of a New York City college student was sentenced Wednesday to 14 years to life in prison. Rashaun Weaver had pleaded guilty in December to murder and robbery in the killing of Tessa Majors in 2019. Weaver, 16 now and 14 at the time, was the last of three teens to be sentenced in the case. Majors, 18 and a first-year student at Barnard College, was stabbed in December 2019 during an attempted robbery while going through the park near campus in the early evening. She collapsed on the street after staggering up a flight of stairs. A statement from her family was read at Weaver’s sentencing, saying, “The family of Tess Majors misses her every second of every day and will continue to do so as long as they are living and sentient. Their pain is immeasurable and does not go away.” Weaver also read from a statement in court, saying he would “give anything to go back in time so that it never happened.” His attorney,...
    By Niamh Kennedy, Xiaofei Xu and Camille Knight | CNN French actor Gaspard Ulliel, best known for playing Hannibal Lecter in “Hannibal Rising,” has died at the age of 37 after a skiing accident in southeastern France. “Gaspard Ulliel grew up with cinema and cinema grew up with him. They loved each other madly,” French Prime Minister Jean Castex tweeted Wednesday. “It’s with a heavy heart that we will rewatch his most beautiful performances and catch his unique gaze. We have lost a French actor.” The accident happened on Tuesday at 4 p.m. local time at the La Rosière ski resort in the Alpine department of Savoie, according to a Wednesday statement from Albertville prosecutor’s office. After Ulliel left the top of a blue ski run, he collided with another skier and both fell to the ground, the statement said. The other skier didn’t suffer any injuries. When the emergency team arrived at the scene, Ulliel was lying still in the snow, unconscious, according to the statement. He was airlifted to the nearby Grenoble University Hospital Center where his death...
    Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Neil Gorsuch are rebuking a report that the two of them are in a dispute over the latter’s refusal to wear a face mask. NPR’s Nina Totenburg received a great deal of public interest on Tuesday for reporting that Sotomayor is essentially being forced to work remotely because of Gorsuch. Sotomayor’s immunocompromised health condition puts her at increased risk from the coronavirus, and according to Totenburg’s story, Gorsuch declined to wear a mask for her sake even after Chief Justice John Roberts asked his colleagues to do so. The report was called into question by Fox News Chief Legal Correspondent Shannon Bream, who said her own Supreme Court sources told her the NPR story was “not accurate.” As it stands, New York Times Supreme Court correspondent Adam Liptak obtained a joint statement from Sotomayor and Gorsuch that seems to favor Bream’s side of the story over Totenburg’s. “Reporting that Justice Sotomayor asked Justice Gorsuch to wear a mask surprised us,” the justices said. “It is false. While we may sometimes disagree...