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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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 appear to apply to Trump's reported conduct.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Several female crew members from ABC's The Wonder Years reboot who banded together to report Fred Savage's alleged harassment have spoken out about what those allegations entailed. According to an exposé in The Hollywood Reporter, these women decided to report Savage, a director and executive producer on the show, after becoming aware of his behavior with another woman on the crew, described by THR as "much younger" than Savage, who is 46 and married with three children. In a statement to THR, Savage said, "There are some incidents being reported that absolutely did not and could not have happened."
Former RNC chairman Michael Steele called Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene a "shitforbrains" Republican. Steele was reacting to Greene's call for the FBI to be defunded in response to the raid on Trump's Florida home. "For once try to be less stupid," Steele said in a tweet directed at Greene.
A Singaporean man accused of smothering his wife to death while on vacation said he has no recollection of the incident last year. Fong Soong Hert, 51, allegedly murdered his wife Pek Ying Ling, 51, by suffocating her with a pillow to stop her from “nagging him” at the County Aparthotel in Newcastle, England, on Dec. 6, 2021. The couple, who had been married for 27 years, were on holiday in Europe and planned to meet up with their sons during the trip.
After he was seen walking dressed in combat fatigues behind then-President Donald Trump across Lafayette Square after it had been forcibly cleared of Black Lives Matter protesters in June 1, 2020, Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff, drafted a resignation letter to inform Trump that he intended to step down. The letter was published by the New Yorker on Monday in an excerpt of an upcoming book by Peter Baker and Susan Glasser, "The Divider: Trump in the White House." "The events of the last couple weeks have caused me to do deep soul-searching," Milley wrote, "and I can no longer faithfully support and execute your orders as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
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.
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.
A Nebraska woman has been charged with helping her teenage daughter end her pregnancy at about 24 weeks after investigators uncovered Facebook messages in which the two discussed using medication to induce an abortion and plans to burn the fetus afterward. The prosecutor handling the case said it's the first time he has charged anyone for illegally performing an abortion after 20 weeks, a restriction that was passed in 2010. Before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, states weren't allowed to enforce abortion bans until the point at which a fetus is considered viable outside the womb, at roughly 24 weeks.
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.
Alec Baldwin and Rosanna Arquette are among a number of celebrities who have been slammed for sending thoughts and prayers to Anne Heche after the A-lister's high-speed crash into a Mar Vista house while allegedly drunk. Baldwin took to Instagram on Saturday to send “my best wishes and all my love” to Heche, who is reportedly in stable condition in a hospital after suffering severe burns in the incident. According to a statement from the Los Angeles Fire Department, it took 59 firefighters more than an hour to access, confine, and extinguish the “stubborn flames” caused when Heche's vehicle slammed into the two-story home, “causing structural compromise and erupting in heavy fire prior to LA...
In a growing challenge to Russia's grip on occupied areas of southeastern Ukraine, guerrilla forces loyal to Kyiv are killing pro-Moscow officials, blowing up bridges and trains, and helping the Ukrainian military by identifying key targets. The spreading resistance has eroded Kremlin control of those areas and threatened its plans to hold referendums in various cities as a move toward annexation by Russia. “Our goal is to make life unbearable for the Russian occupiers and use any means to derail their plans,” said Andriy, a 32-year-old coordinator of the guerrilla movement in the southern Kherson region.
“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.”