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.
Missing California teen Kiely Rodni sent her mom one final message late Friday night. The 16-year-old texted her mom, Lindsey Rodni-Nieman, from a party at the Prosser Family Campground in Truckee — about 15 miles north of Lake Tahoe — saying she planned to leave the party in 45 minutes and would come “straight home.” “Numerous resources and agencies have responded to help locate Kiely over the past several days,” the Placer County Sheriff's Office said in an update Tuesday.
The Butler Valley is an empty stretch of desert west of Phoenix, worthy of note for two reasons. It holds more than 6 million acre-feet of groundwater, strategically located near the Central Arizona Project canal. In 1982 as the Central Arizona Project canal neared completion, Wes Steiner, the renowned director of the Department of Water Resources, proposed that the state set aside Butler Valley as a groundwater reserve for future use in connection with the CAP.
STORY: Lower rainfall this year forced farmers to call in the army to swoop in with much needed refreshments for their animals and prevent this year's drought causing feed shortages later in the year. A two-week operation is now underway with three Super Puma helicopters flying to refill the near-empty reservoirs used by farmers for their cows, whose milk is often used to make Gruyere cheese, and other animals like pigs and goats. Overall, some 400,000 liters of water could be delivered in the operation, which was also carried out during the droughts of 2015 and 2018.
After nearly six months in Russian custody, Brittney Griner was sentenced Thursday to nine years in prison and will begin her stay in a Russian penal colony. The WNBA star and her lawyers had asked for leniency after officials at a Russian airport allegedly found less than a gram of hash oil in her luggage in February, but a Russian court sentenced Griner to nine years, just below the maximum-possible sentence of 10. There's hope that Griner could leave earlier — her lawyers previously told PEOPLE that they're putting together an appeal to attempt to reduce her sentence, and the Biden administration confirmed that they are working on a potential prisoner exchange to bring her home — but for now, she'll live in a penal colony in Russia.
Former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort credits an inmate named "Ralph" with helping him adjust in prison. Ralph became his "mentor" and invited him to the "Italian table" for meals, he wrote in his forthcoming memoir. Former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort in his forthcoming memoir describes meeting an inmate named "Ralph" who would become his "mentor" at the Federal Correctional Institution Loretto, a low-security federal prison for men in Pennsylvania.
Law enforcement in Hawaii on Wednesday arrested social media model Courtney Clenney on a charge of second-degree murder with a deadly weapon. Hawaii County police said in a statement they assisted the U.S. Marshals Service as they arrested the 26-year-old in Laupahoehoe, which is on the Big Island. Officers used an arrest warrant issued by Miami-Dade County, Florida.
Jeff Bezos' yacht was spotted floating at a shipyard in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The vessel appears fully assembled, masts included, after it was towed up the river last week. Bezos' yacht sparked controversy after the shipbuilder asked to dismantle a landmark to let it pass.
OLENA ROSHCHINA – WEDNESDAY, 10 AUGUST 2022, 18:46 A serviceman of the National Guard of Ukraine has brought down a Russian Su-25 attack jet during aircraft's sortie on the Zaporizhzhia front. Source: National Guard of Ukraine on Facebook Quote: "The Ruscists have lost another Su-25 attack jet. During an enemy sortie on the Zaporizhzhia front, a National Guard guardsman has used an Igla MANPADS [man-portable air defense system - ed.] to launch a missile on the Su-25 jet.
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.
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.
Democratic politician Beto O'Rourke snapped Wednesday at a heckler who laughed while he was discussing the Uvalde, Texas, mass shooting at a town hall in Mineral Wells, Texas. During his speech at the town hall, O'Rourke expressed outrage over the gunman who opened fire inside an Uvalde, Texas, elementary school and killed 19 children and two adults back in May. O'Rourke described the weapon that the 18-year-old gunman used as being "originally designed for use on the battlefields in Vietnam to penetrate an enemy soldier's helmet at 500 feet and knock him down dead." In his description to the crowd, O'Rourke imitated a warfighter by dropping to one knee and extending his arm as if he were lining up for a shot.
One of two Wisconsin women who were sent to a state mental health facility after a 2014 stabbing attack on a sixth-grade classmate that they claimed was to appease the horror character Slender Man has withdrawn her petition for release. In June, Morgan Geyser, 20, asked Waukesha County Judge Michael Bohren to order her release as he did last year for her co-defendant, Anissa Weier, who spent nearly four years at a mental health facility in Oshkosh. Bohren appointed three doctors to evaluate Geyser's mental state.
A source told NBC News Trump pleaded the Fifth more than 440 times during his deposition Wednesday. Trump's attorney Ron Fischetti said Trump answered only one question: what his name is. Trump in 2018 railed against pleading the Fifth, saying only "the mob" did that.
And he was almost made into mincemeat… Controversy is swirling around an August 5 incident in St. Paul, Minnesota which involved a 16-year-old speeding in a Dodge Charger and the methods Ramsey County Sheriff's Department used to try bringing the pursuit to an end. More specifically, the sheriff deployed a Stop Stick while the Mopar was doing 140 mph on a narrow city street. Everything started when a deputy saw the red Dodge Charger with no plates attached.
Taiwan says Beijing used Pelosi's visit as a pretext to raise the stakes in its feud with Taipei, firing missiles into the Taiwan Strait and over the island into the Pacific Ocean. China also sent planes and ships across the midline in the strait that has long been a buffer between the sides, which separated amid civil war in 1949. In a lengthy policy statement on Taiwan issued Wednesday, China distorted the historical record, including the United Nations' 1972 resolution that transferred the China seat on the Security Council from Beijing to Taipei, Taiwan's Cabinet-level Mainland Affairs Council said.
THURSDAY, 11 AUGUST 2022, 13:27 Belaruski Hajun, which monitors the movements of Russian military equipment within Belarus, showed a video of an explosion near the Zyabrovka airfield close to the Belarusian city of Gomel. Source: Belaruski Hajun, an independent Belarusian military monitoring outlet, on Telegram; Zerkalo, an independent Belarusian news outlet Quote: "A big flash is clearly visible; it does not resemble an 'engine on fire'. It has been reported that flashes and explosions in the area of the Zyabrovka airfield began around 00:20 on 11 August; this in itself completely refutes the information provided by the Ministry of Defence of Belarus."
From there, Delta Premium Select passengers as well as passengers with strollers and car seats will board. The last to board will be Comfort Plus, Sky Priority, and main cabin passengers. “This adjustment will shift the boarding order for a small group of premium customers while still offering them a preferential boarding experience,” said a spokesperson for Delta Air Lines in a recent statement to The Points Guy.
A judge said Tuesday that Rudy Giuliani must appear in Atlanta in person to testify before a special grand jury that's investigating whether former President Donald Trump and others illegally tried to influence the 2020 election in Georgia and set his appearance for next week. The former New York mayor and Trump attorney had originally been ordered to appear Tuesday. But Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney, who's overseeing the special grand jury, excused him after his lawyers filed a motion seeking to delay his appearance.
Ukrainian saboteurs and special forces are said to be causing chaos against Russian targets behind enemy lines—with their most spectacular operation to date going off with a bang Tuesday. After a series of explosions ripped through a Russian air base on the occupied Crimean peninsula, the Russian defense ministry said that detonating aerial ordnance at the site was to blame and that no one had been hurt. Questions about the Kremlin's version of efforts were immediately raised based on videos of the blasts shared on social media, which analysts said looked much more like the result of a coordinated attack than an isolated accident.
A man who helped Donald Trump write a book has a theory why Trump may've taken White House records. Charles Leerhsen speculated Trump might've taken documents to sell as "presidential memorabilia." An author who once helped Donald Trump write a book has a theory on why the former president might've taken some documents from the White House.
Imagine you've gone to the trouble to import and store a classic American land yacht in Europe. To say this story is bizarre is an understatement. The story showed up on Twitter and was investigated further by The Drive, which noted that the stolen 1985 Ford LTD and 1965 Pontiac Grand Prix are exceedingly rare in the country.
Chen put cameras in the house to see if his wife was poisoning him and said he caught her doing so. A Newport Beach doctor said he caught his wife poisoning him with Drano on three separate occasions, a request for a restraining order filed on August 5 in the Orange County Superior Court showed. Jack Chen filed for divorce and asked the court for a restraining order against his wife, Yue "Emily" Yu.
A woman who went to wash clothes in her laundry room in Central Florida never made it out Monday, authorities say. According to the Leesburg Police Department, officers responded to a call about a “suspicious incident” at the residence around 2:30 a.m. The caller told the dispatcher that they believed their friend, 37-year-old Melissa Smith, was dead.
A man accused of shooting three Asian American women at a hair salon was indicted Tuesday on multiple counts, including committing a hate crime. The Dallas County District Attorney's Office announced the indictment Tuesday of Jeremy Terrence Smith, 37, for the May 11 shooting at a salon in Dallas' Koreatown. “Smith is alleged to have intentionally selected the complainants because of his bias or prejudice against Asian Americans,” according to the statement.
“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.”