A 24-year-old woman and her 8-month-old baby were in their driveway on the Fourth of July when a man driving a utility vehicle kidnapped them, according to police and media reports. For more than a month, the woman was reportedly terrorized by her abductor, who police say sexually assaulted her, used a Taser to shock her and threatened her with a gun. James Bryan Peterson, 54, is accused of holding the woman and infant near his home in in the Eastern North Carolina community of Willard, nearly 100 miles southeast of Raleigh.
A pair of tourists face up to six years in prison after allegedly stealing a large quantity of sand from the pristine beaches of Sardinia. The French couple were found to have nearly 40kg (90lb) of fine white sand in the boot of their car. The vehicle was stopped during a routine check by border police as the tourists were preparing to board a ferry in Porto Torres, on the north coast of the island, bound for Toulon in France.
White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow dismissed fears about a possible recession after a roller-coaster week for stocks. I sure don't see a recession,” Kudlow told “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd Sunday. We had some blockbuster retail sales [and] consumer numbers toward the back end of last week.
An Iranian supertanker with $130 million worth of light crude oil that the U.S. suspects is tied to a sanctioned organization left Gibraltar and was heading east into the Mediterranean Sea on Monday, with its next destination reported to be Greece. The Iran-flagged Adrian Darya 1, previously named Grace 1, set course for Kalamata, Greece, with an estimated arrival on Aug. 25, according to ship tracking service MarineTraffic. It wasn't immediately clear why the tanker would be heading there or whether the destination could change.
A Highlands County, Florida, man faces eight felony conservation counts after unmarked state marine patrol officers say they saw him raiding commercial spiny lobster traps in the Florida Keys. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers say they observed James William Goughler, 43, and his father, James Larry Goughler, age not given, in dive gear being towed by a boat off Long Key around 5:30 p.m. Friday. As the boat neared commercial lobster trap buoys, the men would let go of the rope and dive, FWC Officer Thomas Tafoya wrote in his report.
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According to his indictment, over the course of many years Jeffrey Epstein “sexually exploited and abused dozens of minor girls at his homes in Manhattan, New York, and Palm Beach, Florida, among other locations”. Virginia Giuffre was one of those girls, claiming in newly unsealed documents that she was “recruited” at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida by socialite, heiress, and Epstein's alleged accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell in 2000, when she was just 16. Giuffre now describes her time with Epstein as being forced to be a “sex slave”.
Sudan's deposed military ruler Omar al-Bashir has admitted to receiving $90 million in cash from Saudi royals, an investigator told a Khartoum court on Monday. Police Brigadier Ahmed Ali said at the opening of Bashir's corruption trial, which an AFP correspondent attended, that the former president told him that the latest payment was "delivered by some of Mohammed bin Salman's envoys". Bashir, whose military Islamist regime ruled Sudan for 30 years, arrived at the Judicial and Legal Science Institute where the trial is taking place in a huge military convoy.
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – At least two people were killed and another was unaccounted for Saturday after a plane crashed into a house in New York, authorities say. According to state police, the plane carrying three people crashed into a home on South Smith Street in Union Vale, near Poughkeepsie, just after 4 p.m. One person on board died and two were injured.
An Ohio man was arrested on Saturday for allegedly threatening to attack a local Jewish community center, reports say. James Patrick Reardon, 20, was arrested after he allegedly posted a video of a man shooting a rifle on Instagram on July 11, the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation said in a statement to TIME. Beneath the post, a caption said, “Police identified the Youngstown Jewish Family Community shooter as local white nationalist Seamus O'Rearedon,” and the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown was tagged on the post.
Nassau County police say Valiery Portlock sounded a horn and flashed emergency lights Friday morning as he an attempt to pull over a van in Hicksville, Long Island.
Evidence is mounting that Russia may be trying to cover up a tragic nuclear accident after a mysterious blast on August 8 killed at least seven people at a Russian naval weapons site. Russia has declined to say exactly what caused the deadly blast. Western experts and intelligence officials believe the Nyonoksa explosion was caused by a failed test of the 9M730 Burevestnik nuclear-powered cruise missile, a very dangerous doomsday weapon that NATO calls the SSC-X-9 Skyfall.
Four Russian radiation monitoring stations went offline following reports of a nuclear accident in Arkhangelsk region on Russia's northern frontier, fuelling concerns of a cover-up. The Russian government has been vague and at times contradictory when addressing the mysterious explosion near a military test range on August 8. At least five nuclear scientists died, and a brief radiation spike was detected over nearby Severodvinsk.
A new lawsuit blames the Trump administration's family separations for the death by suicide of a Honduran father after being separated from his 3-year-old child. The widow of Marco Antonio Muñoz sued the U.S. government and South Texas' Starr County, which operated the local jail where he died. The Texas Civil Rights Project, which announced the lawsuit Monday, said it was the first known lawsuit that linked a person's suicide to the zero-tolerance policy enacted last spring and ended amid worldwide condemnation.
A Colorado man was scouting spots to hunt elk earlier this month when he became prey himself, according to state wildlife officials. Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials said the scouting hunter reported that a mountain lion attacked him on Aug. 10 around 9 p.m. near Kremmling, CBS Denver reported. Marriott said he slashed the mountain lion, yelled at it and tossed rocks until he scared it off, according to the publication.
Parts of a Colorado wildlife refuge remained closed off on Sunday after officials first discovered plague-infected prairie dogs there in late July. Wildlife and nature areas near Denver have been shut down as officials continue efforts to stem the spread of the disease. Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, a 15,000 acre nature area northeast of Denver, was able to partially reopen on Sunday.
Abdulmalik Abdulaziz, an Uighur student, was arrested and handcuffed by Egyptian police and when they removed his blindfold he was surprised to see Chinese officials questioning him in custody. "They never said their names or mentioned who they were exactly," said Abdulaziz, 27, who spoke to AFP helping to uncover new details of the 2017 arrests of over 90 Uighurs from the mostly Muslim Turkic minority. Abdulaziz, like most swept up in the three-day crackdown in the first week of July 2017, was an Islamic theology student at Al-Azhar, the Sunni Muslim world's most prestigious educational institution.
WASHINGTON – A new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows that about half of Americans disapprove of the way President Donald Trump handled recent mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas. The two shootings led to 31 deaths, and the shooter in El Paso left behind a "manifesto" filled with anti-Latino and anti-immigrant rhetoric. The shootings spurred some discussion in Congress on gun control, too – the House Judiciary Committee says that they'll call short their congressional recess and take up bills on gun control on Sept.
She's been called Jeffrey Epstein's madam, the woman who recruited girls for his sexual appetites, and at times his social planner and household organizer in places ranging from New York to Palm Beach, Florida. Ghislaine Maxwell, the daughter of a British publishing magnate who died under mysterious circumstances, is one of the most prominent figures left from the Epstein orbit after his suicide in jail while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges . And she could well be a co-conspirator now in the crosshairs of federal prosecutors, who have made clear the case is far from over.
A husband and wife who ran a home for troubled boys in Texas have been arrested a year after the home was raided and eight boys were removed, reports say. Gary Wiggins, 49, and his wife Meghann Wiggins, 34, have been charged with intentionally trafficking four underage boys “through force, fraud or coercion,” making them “engage in forced labor or services,” KXAN reported. The couple operated Joshua Home, a Christian-based residential home for “troubled boys,” KEYE reported.
The Republican Party is going to focus on what the problem is, and the problem is not the gun; the problem is the people who are using those guns,” Santorum said when pressed whether the GOP needs to “give a little” on measures like expanding background checks. The problem is not trying to ban guns or trying to put more gun laws in place, because the people committing these crimes are breaking the law, and they don't really care whether they violate gun crimes or not. That is ridiculous,” retorted Gillum, who campaigned in favor of expanded gun-control legislation when he ran for governor of Florida last year.
Observers of Venezuelan politics greeted Sunday's reports – from the Associated Press and Axios – with skepticism. “I'm not convinced it is true,” said Christopher Sabatini, a senior fellow for Latin America at the Chatham House thinktank. Geoff Ramsey, a Venezuela expert at the Washington Office on Latin America, said he did believe there had been exchanges between Cabello and Trump representatives.
When rePlanet closed its doors at its remaining 284 California locations earlier this month, alarm bells went up among recycling advocates. The closure of the largest recycling center in California is a symptom of a much larger problem facing the Golden State, argues Martin Bourque, of the Ecology Center, a Berkeley-based nonprofit. “The paradigm of using disposable packaging for everything, and then 'recycling it,' that model is now showing its weaknesses,” Bourque said.
A fourth Florida Department of Corrections officer has been arrested in connection with an alleged July 8 beating of an inmate that was caught on video. The arrest affidavit says that after joining other corrections officers at Lake Correctional Institution outside Orlando, Ian Gretka grabbed the inmate and began “maliciously and without legal authority“ pounding punches to the torso as the inmate was face down. In announcing the arrest of Gretka in Lake County on a charge of principal to malicious battery, the corrections department also announced his firing after three years with the agency.
A journalist was knocked unconscious live on air after being punched in the face while covering a feminist protest. Video footage published by TV network ADM 40 shows reporter Juan Manuel Jimenez speaking to the camera as women yell at him during a march in Mexico City. Mr Jimenez can be seen standing in the middle of the crowd as women throw glitter at him and a woman holding a young girl's hand shouts into the reporter's microphone.