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  • Winston A. Riley says he was sleepwalking at the time of the alleged robbery. (Connecticut Department of Corrections)A Connecticut man accused of robbing an 81-year-old woman outside a casino at knifepoint says he was sleepwalking and has no memory of the alleged incident.

    An attorney for Winston A. Riley says he will enter a "medical defense" for his client, the Norwich Bulletin reports. 27-year-old Riley was arrested back on the morning of March 18 when the elderly woman said he pulled a large knife on her and demanded her purse while the two were riding a parking garage elevator at the Mohegan Sun casino in New London.

    Riley claims he was "awakened" by the woman after she fled from the elevator. Attorney Nicholas D'Amato claims to have confirmed with Riley's family that his client has had problems with sleepwalking since he was a child.

    "It is the first time we've encountered this," D'Amato said. "This is a legitimate medical condition."

    However, police claim Riley confessed to the crime after he was arrested, telling them he "just wanted some money."

    D'Amato disputes that claim, pointing out that Riley is a family man with no prior criminal record.

    Interestingly, the police report also notes that Riley could not recall why he had allegedly tried to rob the woman and said he became "scared and ran away" after she resisted him.

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  • A semitrailer of syrup spilled onto Buttermilk Pike. (WCPO)

    A highway truck accident never sounded so delicious. A semitrailer hauling Hungry Jack pancake syrup collided with a highway median at the Buttermilk Pike overpass in northern Kentucky, causing the truckload of syrup to spill all over the highway.

    "Every lane of southbound I-75 was covered in pancake syrup," Fort Mitchell Police Officer Mark Spanyer told the Kentucky Enquirer. "It was a royal pain in the butt."

    The semitrailer dumped hundreds of boxes of Hungry Jack syrup bottles.

    Thankfully, no one was seriously hurt in the accident, including the driver. Spanyer said the incident occurred on Thursday when the Hungry Jack driver maneuvered to avoid a car on the highway with a blown-out tire. While the driver was able to avoid the car, he then crashed into a median on the Buttermilk Pike overpass.

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  • A mysterious light seen over several countries in the Middle East on Thursday night has been confirmed by multiple sources as a Russian intercontinental ballistic missile test. There had been speculation that the strange sight, which was seen over countries in the region including Syria, Israel and Iran, might have been some sort of unidentified aircraft.

    The object was first seen when journalist Rob Stevens posted an image to his Twitter account. Stevens wrote, "Just Seen a strange UFO over Fheis. It hovered, and then made a swirl and disappeared."

    Ynet News reports that the missile test resulted in hundreds of calls to Israeli police stations. The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed that the missile test originated in the Astrakhan region in central Russia and was spotted in several other countries along the way, including Armenia, Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.

    "It most likely spun out of control and its remnants and the fuel was what people saw," Israeli Astronomical Association Chairman Dr. Yigal Pat-El told Ynet News. "It reached a height of 200-300 kilometers and that's why it was seen from so many locations."

    The Jerusalem Post Yaakov Lappin also confirmed the test, tweeting: "Mysterious light explained. Russia announces it carried out successful inter-continental ballistic missile test."

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  • TOTALLY WORTH IT: High school senior suspended for asking Miss America to prom
    TOTALLY WORTH IT: High school senior suspended for asking Miss America to prom

    If Miss America visits your high school, and if it’s springtime, and if you don’t have a date to the senior prom, you’ve got to ask her to go with you. Such was the case for Patrick Farves, a senior at Central York High School, when the reigning Miss America, Nina Davuluri, came to the York, Pa. school on Thursday to give a speech about diversity and the value of science, engineering and math. During the question-and-answer period that followed Davuluri’s speech, Farves asked Miss America to prom. Farves, 18, got the brilliant idea to ask Miss America to the prom a few days before the assembly.

  • Ukrainian PM: We Can’t Stop Russia Alone
    Ukrainian PM: We Can’t Stop Russia Alone

    As pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine ignored the provisions of a cease-fire agreement requiring them to abandon their occupation of government buildings on Sunday, the country’s acting prime minister appeared in a taped television interview and admitted that the country’s military and security apparatus could not defend the country against a Russian incursion. “How can you stop the…Russian Federation, which spent billions of dollars to modernize their military?” Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk asked host David Gregory on NBC’s Meet the Press.  He contrasted the state of Russia’s military – some 40,000 members of which are currently massed along Russia’s border with Ukraine – with the depleted state of his own country’s. Yatsenyuk blamed the corrupt government of Russia-aligned former President Viktor Yanukovych for allowing the Ukrainian military and security services to decline. “In the last four years, the former president, together with the Russian supporters…dismantled Ukrainian military and security forces,” Yatsenyuk said.

  • In Colorado, a pot holiday tries to go mainstream
    In Colorado, a pot holiday tries to go mainstream

    DENVER (AP) — Once the province of activists and stoners, the traditional pot holiday of April 20 has gone mainstream in the first state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana.

  • Mob in Dominican Republic lynches Haitian father

    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Police in the Dominican Republic say a Haitian man has died after being attacked by a mob for allegedly stabbing his 4-month-old daughter.

  • Illinois mayor sends cops after man who created parody Twitter account
    Illinois mayor sends cops after man who created parody Twitter account

    The local story has made national headlines after readers across the country protested the official response to the Twitter parody account.

  • 'This Week' Panel: Are Evangelicals Out of Touch With Mainstream Views?
    'This Week' Panel: Are Evangelicals Out of Touch With Mainstream Views?

    Despite major changes in public opinion in recent years, Rev. Franklin Graham, son of perhaps the most famous American preacher of all time, Billy Graham, reiterated his strong opposition to gay marriage and gay adoption today on ABC’s “This Week.” As a part of a...

  • On Easter, Pope calls for end to war, condemns waste exacerbating hunger

    By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis, in his Easter address before a huge crowd, on Sunday denounced the "immense wastefulness" in the world while many go hungry and called for an end to conflicts in Syria, Ukraine and Africa. "We ask you, Lord Jesus, to put an end to all war and every conflict, whether great or small, ancient or recent," he said in his "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and the world) message. Francis, marking the second Easter season of his pontificate, celebrated a Mass to an overflowing crowd of at least 150,000 in St. Peter's Square and beyond.

  • Unease in Vatican over cardinal's 'luxury flat'
    Unease in Vatican over cardinal's 'luxury flat'

    An Italian cardinal is moving into a 600-square-metre (6,500 square foot) Vatican apartment in apparent contradiction with Pope Francis's call for a "poor Church", Italian daily La Repubblica reported on Sunday. Tarcisio Bertone is the Vatican's former Secretary of State, a role equivalent to prime minister, and the report said his luxury lodgings were stirring unease as Francis has pushed for clergymen to be more humble. The flat also has a 100-square-metre roof terrace and is next to St Martha's Residence -- a Vatican hotel where Francis has taken up home, spurning the grander Apostolic Palace where popes usually live. La Repubblica said that Bertone's flat would be about 10 times bigger than the apartment where Francis is living and that he was planning to move in before the summer after extensive building work.

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