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(Reuters) -Partial human remains were found on Wednesday in a Florida wilderness area where authorities were searching for Brian Laundrie, the fiance of Gabby Petito, a young woman who vanished on a road trip with Laundrie, the FBI said on Wednesday. The Sarasota County Medical Examiner's Office was called on Wednesday morning to the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park where the search for Laundrie was under way, a spokesperson for the office said earlier. FBI investigators were working at Carlton Reserve, which is near the park, the agency's Tampa division said.
Alec Baldwin discharged a prop firearm that killed a cinematographer on Thursday, authorities said. Halyna Hutchins, 42, was working on the movie "Rust" with Baldwin as director of photography. Actor Alec Baldwin discharged a prop firearm while filming his upcoming movie "Rust" on Thursday, injuring one person and killing another.
An investigation has been launched in a New Orleans suburb after a video captured a Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office deputy flinging a 4-foot-8 Black woman just minutes after she had been attacked by a group of boys. It's unclear who captured the graphic footage, but in a clip that has since gone viral, the unidentified deputy could be seen grabbing Shantel Arnold by the wrist and dragging her along the pavement. At times, the deputy could be seen lifting Arnold up and slamming the 100-pound woman to the ground repeatedly.
A 25-year-old woman shared a strange encounter on TikTok. Bobbie Prestes explained in a now-viral TikTok that she and her husband first met the Uber Eats driver in question in August 2021. Months later, Prestes claimed on TikTok that the same driver showed up at her house with a bag of Taco Bell at 1 a.m., uninvited.
A haunting shipwreck that became a popular destination for Outer Banks tourists is being removed by the National Park Service, starting next week. The abandoned scallop vessel, known as the Ocean Pursuit, has been sinking into the sand off Bodie Island since it ran aground on March 1, 2020. “The National Park Service is continuing our attempts to recover costs associated with the removal of the derelict vessel from its registered owner,” David Hallac, superintendent of National Parks of Eastern NC, said in a news release.
A video of a man who served in the U.S. Marine Corps shutting down a would-be armed robbery went viral this week. According to a press release from the Yuma County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to a report of an armed robbery at a Chevron in the city of Yuma, Arizona, on Wednesday. When they arrived, deputies were told that multiple suspects entered the store, and one was armed with a handgun.
But as it turns out, the process of stacking baggage under a plane is both complicated and fascinating to watch. For that knowledge, TikTok users can thank @djsugue. In a now-viral clip, the TikToker — whose bio says he works at the Vancouver International Airport — revealed just how much goes into the luggage-loading process.
Nadav Ossendryver, founder of Latest Sightings, which posted the footage, told HuffPost that in his 10 years of sharing wildlife moments, he had never seen an elephant pounce on a croc. Elephants can lift up to 770 pounds with their trunks, according to FactAnimal.com, so the croc proved to be no problem. The tons of crushing pressure from the elephant “resulted in the inevitable death” of the crocodile, Latest Sightings wrote in the video description.
This is one bar tab Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) may regret not paying. Faced with an onslaught of accusations that he engaged in underage sex trafficking—and bracing for criminal charges—Gaetz has allowed his license to practice law in his home state of Florida to lapse. As of Wednesday, Gaetz had not paid the fees he owes to The Florida Bar, which regulates lawyers there, prompting the organization to deem him “delinquent” and “not eligible to practice law in Florida.”
A private jet that ran off a runway and crashed through an fence before bursting into flames at a Texas airport had not been flown since December and investigators are looking into maintenance performed on the plane, federal authorities said Thursday. National Transportation Safety Board member Michael Graham said the plane left 1,200 feet (365 meters) of tire marks on the runway at Houston Executive Airport in Brookshire, Texas, on Tuesday. There was a heavy braking event, which appears to be an aborted takeoff, so we do know that the brakes were effectively working before the aircraft exited the runway,” Graham said at a briefing.
Rape myths permeated my brain, telling me maybe no one would believe me, or they'd blame me. Pointing a finger at the victim for what happened, expressing disbelief and believing that only certain “types” of women are targeted, all uphold rape myths.
Sunny Hostin and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice have different views regarding the Capitol riots that took place on Jan. 6. On Wednesday, Oct. 20, during an appearance on the daytime television talk show, Rice, while referencing Mitch McConnell's recent statements regarding the attacks, suggested that Americans have moved on from the incident and are more focused on “kitchen table issues — the price of gasoline, inflation, what's happening to their kids in school.” “Our institutions have to be upheld,” but before Hostin could utter another word, Rice added, “Let me finish, Sunny.”
A U.S. Coast Guard team stages a daring rescue of six crew members from a sinking sailboat off the California coast.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) confirmed on Wednesday to a House panel that he had spoken with then-President Donald Trump after the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol but contradicted a previous answer about the timeline of calls that day. The House Rules Committee grilled Jordan, a potential witness in the House investigation of the attack, about his communications with Trump while he was testifying against a resolution to hold former Trump aide Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress. House Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern (D- Mass.) asked Jordan about interviews he gave over the summer admitting he had spoken with Trump on Jan. 6.
Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Liz Cheney argued about Greene's "Jewish space laser" Facebook post. Rep. Raskin said that Greene shouted at Cheney during a House vote to hold Steve Bannon in contempt. The final vote was 229-202, and nine Republicans broke ranks to vote with Democrats.
(Reuters) -A merger with former U.S. President Donald Trump's new social media venture has delivered a potential windfall of $420 million for a former finance executive who has been trying for a decade to reinvent himself as a serial dealmaker. Benessere Capital CEO Patrick Orlando's stake in Digital World Acquisition Corp, the Miami-based blank-check acquisition firm he is leading, was worth $423 million on Thursday after his deal to merge with Trump Media and Technology Group was announced, according to a regulatory filing and Reuters calculations. Orlando invested only $3 million in Digital World, and is set to receive the windfall because the deal entitles him to additional compensation in shares as sponsor of the firm, the filing shows.
A 36-year-old Indiana woman is behind bars after police discovered two people tied up and shackled in her home—one of them “deceased and beyond help.” The woman, identified by Evansville authorities as Heidi Carter, faces a string of charges in connection with the Tuesday night incident, which police say took even them by surprise. It all began after a woman flagged down an Indiana state trooper late Tuesday night, saying she'd stopped by Carter's home only to find “a dead body” inside, Evansville Police Department spokeswoman Sgt. Anna Gray told reporters late Wednesday.
The Mississippi River water level was low enough to expose a decaying piece of naval history in St. Louis this week. The USS Inaugural, a minesweeper used in WWII, was a National Historic Landmark before it broke free of its moorings during historic flooding in August 1993. When, according to the National Park Service (NPS), "the ship suffered a breach in its hull, took on water, and rolled on its side."
Expect a drier, warmer winter down south and a wetter winter up north, U.S. government forecasters said Thursday. The National Weather Service predicted two-thirds of the U.S. will see above average temperatures from December through February, while the Pacific Northwest and southern Alaska will likely get colder than usual. The Midwest, Northwestern states and Hawaii should expect above normal precipitation while the South will have less.
On Thursday, Mammoth Mountain in California announced it will open a full two weeks earlier than planned thanks to a little early snowfall from Mother Nature. This is only the 10th October opening in the mountain's history. As the National Weather Service explained, it's expecting a major snowstorm to arrive in the region on Sunday and stay put through Monday, dumping up to 18 inches of fresh powder on elevations above 9,000 feet in the Sierra Nevadas.
Democratic Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema faced more defections Thursday from the broad base of support she built to win her seat in 2018 when five members of her veterans advisory council resigned over her opposition to parts of President Joe Biden's infrastructure plan and refusal to ditch the Senate filibuster. The resignations come as progressive groups are ratcheting up their pressure on the first-term moderate, who along with West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin is seen as holding back progress as Biden sharply scales back his once-$3.5 trillion plan to win their support. Democrats need their support to push the legislation through the 50-50 Senate.
Stephen Colbert's audience cheered over the news that a House committee had voted to hold Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress. Bannon, a former aide to Donald Trump and a recipient of a last-minute pardon from his old boss, refused to comply with a subpoena from the select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. “It's possible that my prayers are about to be answered,” Colbert said as he described how that means Bannon could face criminal contempt charges.
Biden told a CNN town hall on Thursday the US would defend Taiwan from a Chinese attack. The White House later clarified that the US policy of "strategic ambiguity" had not changed. China's recent military activity has raised fears it will try to seize the island, which it considers its own.
A Las Vegas businessman is facing criminal charges of voting twice in the November 2020 election, including with his dead wife's ballot, Nevada state Attorney General Aaron Ford announced Thursday. Donald “Kirk” Hartle, 55, faces two felony charges in a criminal complaint filed Oct. 6 and made public Thursday, three days after Hartle's initial appearance in Las Vegas Justice Court, according to court records. He is due again in court Nov. 18.
“Like tobacco, Facebook is a dangerous product one uses at one’s own risk.”
“A key reason why this latest scandal feels more significant is that politicians on both sides of the aisle feel deceived.”
“These are clearly problems of scale, which Facebook has had many years to deal with and has been fundamentally unable to.”
“We need to recognize the danger we’re in. We need to shake the notion that Facebook is a normal company.”
“Facebook is in trouble … It’s a cloud of existential dread that hangs over an organization whose best days are behind it.”