The U.S. had released the notorious Russian arms trafficker who Pasquarello helped take down 14 years ago with an audacious sting operation. Viktor Bout, the so-called “Merchant of Death” and the inspiration for the 2005 Nicolas Cage film, “Lord of War,” is who Russia received back from the U.S. on Thursday in a prisoner swap for American basketball star Brittney Griner. Bout, 55, was serving a 25-year sentence in an Illinois federal prison on charges of providing weapons to terrorists and conspiring to kill Americans.
Police arrested an ex-con killer this week just over a mile from the scene of an unsolved quadruple stabbing that left four University of Idaho students dead after they were attacked in their sleep early on a November Saturday. James Leonard, 39, of Moscow, Idaho, allegedly beat his wife and her daughter late Tuesday evening and slashed himself with a knife, according to court documents. "Dispatch advised an intoxicated husband punched his wife in the head and struck his daughter," according to a criminal complaint on the latest charges obtained by Fox News Digital.
Brittney Griner, the American basketball star imprisoned in Russia, was released on Thursday (Dec. 8) in a prisoner swap for Viktor Bout, a Russian arms dealer whose notoriety earned him the epithet “Merchant of Death.” President Joe Biden confirmed her release at a press conference in the Roosevelt Room, accompanied by Griner's family, and said she would be back in the United States within 24 hours. Media reports indicate that the Biden administration had been pushing for the prisoner swap to include Paul Whelan, a former US Marine that's been detained in Russia since December 2018, but that the Kremlin would not agree to anything other than a one-for-one exchange.
The Colorado Springs gay nightclub shooter had charges dropped in a 2021 bomb threat case after family members who were terrorized in the incident refused to cooperate, according to the district attorney and unsealed court documents. The charges were dropped despite authorities a finding a tub with more than 100 pounds (45 kilograms) of explosive materials and later receiving warnings from other relatives that suspect Anderson Lee Aldrich was sure to hurt or murder a set of grandparents if freed, according to the documents, which were unsealed Thursday. In a letter last November to state District Court Judge Robin Chittum, the relatives painted a picture of an isolated, violent person who did not have a job and was given $30,000 that was spent largely on the purchase of 3D printers to make guns.
A snake-wrangling couple got a big surprise the other day in Southwest Florida. According to their social media accounts, Rhett and Taylor Stanberry had received a message from a concerned homeowner near Naples about a “huge python” in the backyard. The two wildlife professionals went to the area and realized that no, it wasn't a python, but a boa constrictor, and the big gal was albino.
Dorothy Hunt was the spouse of one of the Watergate ringleaders, former CIA operative E. Howard Hunt. Hunt was under indictment in Washington, D.C., facing a trial with his co-defendants that was scheduled to begin the second week of January 1973. Dorothy was later identified as the "paymistress" of hush money to the Watergate defendants and their families to keep the burglars from cooperating with authorities and testifying at the trial.
Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout feels terrible after his long prisoner swap journey and his family expects that the United States will hand over his documents and drawings to the Russian embassy, TASS news agency reported, citing his wife. She said Bout was "exhausted" and hadn't slept for three days. His family said it expected the United States would hand over his documents and drawings to the Russian embassy as soon as possible.
Chicago police went to the apartment on the 8100 block of South Drexel Avenue before 11 a.m. on Dec. 7, according to a police department report. Officers found a 27-year-old woman and 79-year-old man dead, and a toddler alive and unharmed in the apartment, Deputy Chief Senora Ben said at a news briefing, adding that an investigation is underway. The victims are Javonni Jenkins and Curtis Hardman, daughter and father, WGN reported.
Sam Brinton, a non-binary nuclear waste official in the Biden administration, is once again facing charges for attempting to steal luggage from an airport, raising doubts about Brinton's insistence that the first incident was the result of a mix-up. Brinton, the deputy assistant secretary for spent fuel and waste disposition at the Department of Energy's Office of Nuclear Energy, allegedly stole luggage from Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada on an unknown date. There is a federal warrant out for Brinton's arrest on grand larceny charges for stealing property worth between $1,200 and $5,000, 8 News Now reported.
This is made up entirely of shipping containers stacked on top of each other. The improvised wall - topped with concertina wire - was ordered built by Republican Governor Doug Ducey in August in an attempt to fill gaps in the U.S.-Mexico border used by migrants. Border communities had been overwhelmed, he argued, saying the double-stacked containers would reach 22 feet (6.7 m) high.
For most Americans, Social Security doesn't just provide "some check" they'll receive after they retire. According to national pollster Gallup, Social Security supplies a source of income retirees deem necessary to make ends meet. Although Social Security is the U.S.'s most successful retirement program, having provided retired workers with benefits for 82 years (and counting), it's on shaky ground.
A woman in Sonoma County, California, shared video showing a mountain lion standing over her dog in her backyard after she says the predator burst into her home and dragged her pup outside by its neck last month. Rebecca Kracker, of Bennett Valley, told FOX2 KTVU on Tuesday that she went to check on her border collie, Sherman, after she heard him yelping and growling. To her shock, Kracker said she found a mountain lion inside her home with Sherman's neck in its jaws.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that Moscow could adopt what he described as a U.S. concept of using preemptive military strikes, noting it has the weapons to do the job, in a blunt statement amid rising Russia-NATO tensions over Ukraine. For years, the Kremlin has expressed concern about U.S. efforts to develop the so-called Conventional Prompt Global Strike capability that envisions hitting an adversary's strategic targets with precision-guided conventional weapons anywhere in the world within one hour. “Speaking about a disarming strike, maybe it's worth thinking about adopting the ideas developed by our U.S. counterparts, their ideas of ensuring their security,” Putin said with a thin smile, noting that such a preemptive strike was intended to knock out command facilities.
A Missouri school district is investigating after a viral video shows a teacher involved in a fight with a middle-school student. The fight happened on Monday, Dec. 5, at Westview Middle School in St. Louis, according to Riverview Gardens School District Superintendent Joylynn Pruitt-Adams. The district did not identify the teacher or the student.
While the average income continues to increase yearly, buying power has dropped and salaries haven't seemed to keep up. And as they're forced to pinch their pennies, the 52% of American households that make up the middle class may be wondering if they'll get relief anytime soon. Don't miss 'Hold onto your money': Jeff Bezos issued a financial warning, says you might want to rethink buying a 'new automobile, refrigerator, or whatever' — here are 3 better recession-proof buys The US dollar has lost 98% of its purchasing power since 1971 — protect your retirement nest egg with this stable alternative Give your bank account a boost this week with these 3 easy money moves How much are middle-inco...
A federal judge has ruled that he will not block Mississippi from carrying out with next week's scheduled execution of an inmate who is suing the state over its use of three drugs for lethal injections. Thomas Edwin Loden Jr., 58, faces a Dec. 14 execution date, which was recently set by the Mississippi Supreme Court. U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate handed down a ruling late Wednesday, saying Loden's execution can happen even while the lawsuit is pending.
As the House of Representatives convened on Thursday to vote for the Respect for Marriage Act, lawmakers rose to speak both in favor and against the landmark bill. Among those opposing the legislation, which would act as a fail-safe should the Supreme Court's right-wing majority reverse the decision that legalized marriage equality, was Rep. Vicky Hartzler. The Missouri Republican said it was Christians, and not the LGBTQ community, who were under threat in the US, arguing the government was trying to silence religious people.
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The former warden of a federal women's prison in California where inmates said they were subjected to rampant sexual abuse was convicted on Thursday of molesting inmates and forcing them to pose naked in their cells. Ray Garcia was found guilty of all eight charges and faces up to 15 years in prison. “Instead of ensuring the proper functioning of FCI Dublin, he used his authority to sexually prey upon multiple female inmates under his control,” U.S. Attorney Stephanie Hinds said, calling Garcia's crimes a betrayal of the public trust and his obligations as a warden.
A former Apple exec said he spent all night trying to remove a TikTok in which he made a crude joke. In the video, Tony Blevins made a comment about fondling "big-breasted women." Apple fired Blevins, who'd been with the company for 22 years, over the video in September.
The fire area is 17,000 square meters (about 200,000 square feet), and it has the highest complexity level. The Emergency Service official reported the fire broke out on the roof of the OBI supermarket, a household goods store. It was reported in Russian media that a short circuit in a storage area with wooden products caused the fire.
To the surprise of no one, there are some strong opinions about GM's rumored plan to turn the Chevrolet Corvette into a sub-brand with an electric four-door and an electric SUV around 2025. Georg Kacher's GM source apparently had more to say about family trees getting more branches, so here's part two from Car and Driver: The Chevrolet Camaro and Cadillac Escalade are supposedly being primed for the same treatment. There have been rumors for years that 2024 will see the Camaro's current incarnation into retirement, twinned with the rumor that GM was prepping something like an electric sedan to keep the name alive.
A man and woman in Georgia confused a Walmart cashier in order to steal more than $6,000 in merchandise and gift cards, according to authorities. The pair loaded a Walmart cart with a bunch of expensive items in Grovetown on Nov. 30, according to the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. When they got to the cash register, they made several card transactions, according to deputies, WRDW reported.
With former President Donald Trump making another White House bid in 2024, I'm forced to think about something that, frankly, I'd prefer not to think about: the handful of things Trump did right. Here's the backstory: I often wonder if I could have supported Trump, and become a MAGA-ista, back when he made his first campaign official in June 2015, if the real estate mogul and I hadn't gotten off on the wrong foot. After all, it's hard to get enthusiastic about a White House bid when the candidate kicks off his campaign by calling your Mexican immigrant grandfather a rapist and drug trafficker.
On Thursday morning, Celine Dion revealed that she's been diagnosed with Stiff Person Syndrome, an incurable and rare neurological disease that can cause severe muscle spasms. In an emotional Instagram video, the Canadian singer said that her condition — which affects approximately one in a million people — has forced her to cancel or postpone a series of upcoming concert dates. "I've been dealing with problems with my health for a long time, and it's been really difficult for me to face these challenges and to talk about everything that I've been going through…It hurts me to tell you that I won't be ready to restart my tour in Europe in February," Dion wrote in the post's caption.
“Essentially none of the things conservatives warned would happen actually transpired.”
“On the most prominent battlefield of the past few decades, same-sex marriage, [the GOP has] all but conceded defeat.”
“Marriage is no longer a means of harnessing the brute facts of biology into the service of children.”
“Same-sex marriage is a conservative issue at its core, but one some conservatives have chosen not to accept until now.”
“A variety of suburban voters who were more traditional at one time who now care more about economic issues.”