A jury on Tuesday acquitted a commercial truck driver of causing the deaths of seven motorcyclists in a horrific head-on collision in northern New Hampshire that exposed fatal flaws in the processing of license revocations across states. Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, 26, of West Springfield, Massachusetts, was found innocent on seven counts of manslaughter, seven counts of negligent homicide and one count of reckless conduct in connection with the June 21, 2019, crash in Randolph. Jurors deliberated for less than three hours after a two-week trial during which prosecutors argued that Zhukovskyy — who had taken heroin, fentanyl and cocaine earlier on the day of the crash — repeatedly swerved back and forth before the collision and told police he caused it.
A video has been circulating social media of a white woman calling the police to report a Black man for standing outside his house, according to The Seattle Times. In a video posted to Reddit, Dayson Barnes confronts a white woman who was allegedly snooping around his newly rented home. “Today I had to leave the middle of a work meeting because my boyfriend said a woman was outside causing issues,” said Barnes' partner in the Reddit post.
Early reports from the Russian invasion of Ukraine suggested that President Vladimir Putin's military had deployed, of all people, actor Steven Seagal alongside its troops. Russia and Ukraine are each casting blame for the prison's destruction, meanwhile, with Moscow alleging that Ukrainian forces used U.S.-made ordnance—a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, or HIMARS—to bring the building down, according to the Washington Post. In a video posted to Russian news site TVZVEZDA, Seagal, who is identified as a special representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation for Humanitarian Relations between Russia and the U.S., appears to serve as a spokesperson against Ukraine's use of HIMARS.
The Razoni, the first ship to depart Ukraine under an U.N.-brokered deal, is looking for another port to unload its grain cargo as the initial Lebanese buyer refused delivery citing a more than five-month delay, Embassy of Ukraine in Lebanon said on Monday. "According to the information provided by the shipper of the Ukrainian grain aboard the Razoni, the buyer in Lebanon refused to accept the cargo due to delays in delivery terms," the embassy said in a Facebook post. "So the shipper is now looking for another consignee to offload his cargo either in Lebanon/Tripoli or any other country/port."
A traveling Texas nurse is facing multiple murder charges after running a red light and crashing into traffic while allegedly driving 90 mph in Windsor Hills, California. Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced on Monday that Nicole Linton has been charged with six counts of murder and five counts of gross vehicular manslaughter for the multi-car crash, which left six people dead. Linton faces a 90-year prison sentence if convicted.
It was supposed to be a quick and fun family vacation. It was supposed to be filled with good food, quality family time and beach bumming. However, the Wilson family of Parkersburg, West Virginia left their Myrtle Beach vacation with one less family member than they drove down with.
Once known as a moderating influence within the Kremlin, former Russian President and current top Kremlin security adviser Dmitry Medvedev has recently emerged as a strikingly bellicose presence, using lengthy, hard-edged posts on the social media network Telegram to justify the invasion of Ukraine, revise 20th century history and threaten the West with nuclear war. In a post from July, Medvedev described Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as under the influence of “psychotropic substances. In another, he said that American democracy was little more than the totalitarian dystopia described in “Animal Farm,” George Orwell's famous novel.
UKRAINSKA PRAVDA – TUESDAY, 9 AUGUST 2022, 13:05 Dmitriy Peskov, the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation expressed the Kremlin's irritation about the fact that the production of Turkish "Bayraktar" combat drones may begin in Ukraine. He threatened that the Russian army would destroy it. Source: Russia-sponsored propaganda information agency RIA Novosti Quote from Peskov: If the Bayraktar manufacturing plant is created in Ukraine, then (it) will immediately fall under demilitarisation .
A New Hampshire father is thanking the community for offering support as he continues to grieve the loss of his wife and two young boys. Officers responding to a 911 call at a home on Wethersfield Drive in Northfield last Wednesday found the bodies of Kassandra Sweeney, 25, and her sons, Benjamin, 4, and Mason, 1, according to law enforcement officials. The New Hampshire Medical Examiner's Office has since determined that each victim suffered a single fatal gunshot wound.
Former President Donald Trump's daughter-in-law Lara Trump appeared Monday on Tucker Carlson Tonight, where she spoke to guest host Will Cain about the FBI raid on her father-in-law's Florida residence at his Mar-a-Lago resort. Agents were reportedly searching for highly classified documents the former president allegedly took with him when he left the White House. “Have you spoken to the former president?” Cain asked.
A man who helped Trump write a book has a theory on why Trump may have taken White House documents. Charles Leerhsen thought Trump may have taken documents to sell as "presidential memorabilia." "If there's a grift to be grifted, he's gonna grift it," Charles Leerhsen told Newsweek.
The Cook County state's attorney's office had filed motions in the seven cases and an eighth to be heard at the Leighton Criminal Court Building. In an unprecedented move, State's Attorney Kim Foxx announced at a news conference Tuesday morning that prosecutors “can no longer stand by these convictions,” leading to the mass dismissal. Rebuilding the community trust in our justice system requires that when we find an injustice, we work diligently to correct it,” Foxx said.
But it also “actually has provisions that apply to essentially the mishandling [of classified material] through gross negligence, permitting documents to be removed from their proper place, or to be lost, stolen or destroyed,” Mary McCord, a veteran federal prosecutor who headed DOJ's national security division in the closing years of the Obama administration, told the Yahoo News “Skullduggery” podcast. McCord said that the Espionage Act is one of two federal crimes that prosecutors may be focusing on in their warrant to search Trump's home.
Questions have been raised about the Kremlin's version of events after several massive explosions were seen erupting from a Russian military airbase in Crimea on Tuesday. Videos of the blasts at the Saki base on the Russian-controlled peninsula were shared on social media. In a statement, the Russian defense ministry said the explosions had been caused as a result of aviation munitions detonating, though no explanation was given as to what had caused the ordnance to explode.
Kiely Rodni was last seen around 12:30 a.m. on Saturday at a party near a Truckee, California, campground. Police in Northern California believe a 16-year-old girl may have been abducted after she went missing at a party in the early hours of Saturday morning. Kiely Rodni was last seen around 12:30 a.m. on Saturday at a party involving about 100 "juveniles" and young adults near the Prosser Family Campground in Truckee, California, according to a press release from the Placer County Sheriff's Office.
The Evans Family planned a birthday party at a Kansas City waterpark Saturday. Teens Noah and Isaiah Evans saved up $2,000 to host their birthday party with their friends at Summit Waves, according to KSHB 41 News. Chris Evans, the teens' father, took that as the directors being uncomfortable with a large group of Black folks and filed his complaint to the Lee's Summit city officials.
Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio) faced the heat on Tuesday after being called out on CNN for having “two standards” for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former President Donald Trump. Turner, prior to his interview with anchor Pamela Brown, sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray asking him to explain the “unprecedented” raid at Trump's Mar-a-Lago home on Monday. The interview comes a day after a number of news outlets reported that the FBI raid was linked to the Justice Department's investigation into Trump's alleged mishandling of classified materials as he moved from the White House to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.
Rudy Giuliani will not appear as scheduled Tuesday before a special grand jury in Atlanta that's investigating whether former President Donald Trump and others illegally tried to interfere in the 2020 general election in Georgia, his lawyer said. A judge last month had ordered Giuliani, a Trump lawyer and former New York City mayor, to appear before the special grand jury Tuesday. But Giuliani's attorney, Robert Costello, told The Associated Press on Monday that Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney, who's overseeing the special grand jury, had excused Giuliani for the day.
A presenter and commentator for Discovery's Street Outlaws: Fastest in America was killed while racing his Datsun 240Z for the show on Sunday morning. Ryan Fellows, 41, was competing in a sanctioned event outside of Las Vegas when he lost control of his turbocharged V-8-powered 240 and crashed. "The Street Outlaws family is heartbroken by the accident that led to the tragic death of Ryan Fellows," Discovery said in a statement on Twitter.
A Lake County woman says she's facing a $500 fine after she tried to rescue a dog. Hunter File says she was just trying to do the right thing when she was on her way to Publix on the fourth of July and saw a dog in the middle of the road. “There's no way you could just leave a dog,” File said.
China on Wednesday reaffirmed its threat to use military force to bring self-governing Taiwan under its control, amid threatening Chinese military exercises that have raised tensions between the sides to their highest level in years. The statement issued by the Cabinet's Taiwan Affairs Office and its news department followed almost a week of missile firings and incursions into Taiwanese waters and airspace by Chinese warships and air force planes. An English-language version of the Chinese statement said Beijing would “work with the greatest sincerity and exert our utmost efforts to achieve peaceful reunification."
A man's body was found sticking out of a sand dune on a Florida beach, and investigators believe he was killed when the hill of sand collapsed over him, according to the Martin County Sheriff's Office. The discovery was made early Monday, Aug. 8, on Hutchinson Island, about 120 miles north of Miami. Evidence suggests the man dug a small amount of sand out of the dune, “then sat inside the dune with his feet elevated.”
The airline industry has had a very bumpy road back to whatever passes for normalcy in the covid era. In fact, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, of the more than 2.73 million flights so far in 2022, roughly 20% have been delayed while 3% were canceled. Additionally, the airlines are all understaffed, as the industry lost more than 400,000 workers during the pandemic.
On The Last Word With Lawrence O'Donnell Tuesday, the MSNBC host kicked off the show by sharing an email he'd received from former President Donald Trump's fundraising team. This email was asking for donations in response to the former president's Mar-a-Lago home being raided by the FBI Monday, executing a lawful search warrant, reportedly looking for classified material Trump took when he left the White House, which is against the law. O'Donnell read the email aloud as it appeared on the screen.
“The media has anointed men who have sex with men as the biggest threat to our survival from monkeypox.”
“Rich countries have ignored endemic monkeypox in West and Central Africa for far too long, despite having effective vaccines.”
“The biggest worry for Americans is not the disease: It’s that our response to it shows how little we have learned from COVID-19.”
“Monkeypox should be a relatively easier virus to control, but only if the United States takes the needed steps now.”
“Global health officials must advocate for and enact a unified, coherent approach to fighting the monkeypox pandemic.”