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Well-Known Humpback Whale Killed In Boat Collision

AP | James Gerken | July 12, 2014 | Green
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Federal law enforcement officials are investigating after a 48-foot female whale well-known in the waters of southeast Alaska was killed in a collision with a boat. A tour-boat operator found the whale, which had been seen in the waters of southeast Alaska for nearly 40 years,...

Pamela Smart's 'To Die For' Ex-Boyfriend Wins Work Release

AP | Buck Wolf | July 12, 2014 | Crime
HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — A man who was 16 when his adult lover recruited him and his friends to kill her husband in a case that inspired the Nicole Kidman movie "To Die For" has been moved to a minimum-security prison. William "Billy" Flynn was transferred this past week to...

Seattle's Attorney Pete Holmes Takes Pot To Work, Apologizes (And Smokes)

Reuters | Buck Wolf | July 12, 2014 | Weird News
SEATTLE (Reuters) - Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes on Friday apologized for violating workplace rules by bringing bags of marijuana he purchased from newly-opened Washington state pot shops back to his office. Holmes was one of the first people in line earlier this week as the first few marijuana retail...

Parents Allegedly Lock 5-Year-Old In Hot Truck As Punishment

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | July 12, 2014 | Crime
A couple in Albuquerque, New Mexico has been arrested and charged with child abuse after allegedly leaving their 5-year-old daughter locked in a hot truck in 90-degree weather as punishment. Angelica Lerma-Montoya and Dulces Monge-Perez were inside a Home Depot on Tuesday when passersby spotted the girl inside...

Brandon Nodier Pleads Guilty, Says Dead Woman's Ghost Haunted His Dreams

Reuters | Buck Wolf | July 12, 2014 | Crime
By Jonathan Kaminsky NEW ORLEANS, July 11 (Reuters) - A Louisiana man who had long been a suspect in the brutal 1985 slaying of woman at a secluded pet cemetery where he worked as a groundskeeper pleaded guilty on Friday to manslaughter in her death, authorities said. Brandon Nodier, 60,...

Marlene Pinnock, Woman In Police Beating Video, Still Hospitalized

AP | Buck Wolf | July 12, 2014 | Crime
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A lawyer representing the family of a woman who was repeatedly punched by a California Highway Patrol officer on video says the woman is still hospitalized but she's no longer under mandatory mental evaluation. Caree Harper says 51-year-old Marlene Pinnock is being treated for head injuries...

Family Sues Florida Funeral Home They Say Switched Caskets During Burial

Michael McLaughlin | July 12, 2014 | Crime
Devastated parents are suing a South Florida funeral home they say botched their newborn's burial in March. Netfa Malcolm Jr's mourning mom and dad watched, aghast, as what they'd believed was their prematurely born son's casket was raised from his grave and replaced with another, according to their lawsuit filed...

FBI: John Huggins Wanted To Bomb Police Station

AP | Buck Wolf | July 12, 2014 | Crime
TREMONTON, Utah (AP) — Authorities arrested a 47-year-old Utah man Thursday that they say had been plotting to kill police officers and blow up a police station with the hope the attacks would cause an uprising against the government. FBI agents and police in Tremonton arrested John Huggins on Thursday...

Italian Mayor Wants To Ban PDA, Kissing Between Gay Couples

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | July 12, 2014 | Gay Voices
An Italian mayor said this week that he finds kissing between people of the same-sex so "morally harmful" that he wants to ban it in his municipality. "Kissing in public between homosexuals? No thanks," Gianluca Buonanno, the mayor of the Italian municipality Borgosesia, told Italian newspaper La...

Accused Killer Ronald Lee Haskell Jr. Was High School Prom King

AP | David Moye | July 11, 2014 | Crime
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The man accused of killing six members of his ex-wife's family, including four children, in Texas this week is a graduate of a suburban Anchorage high school, where he was voted class clown and homecoming king. The Anchorage Daily News reports ( ) Ronald Lee Haskell...

Christopher Hubbart, The 'Pillowcase Rapist,' Released With Tight Controls

AP | Michael McLaughlin | July 11, 2014 | Crime
LOS ANGELES (AP) — He can't be alone outside after dark, needs permission to walk through his neighborhood or go to a bowling alley, and must allow random searches and polygraph tests. For the first time in roughly two decades, serial rapist Christopher Hubbart is free, so to speak, but...

Jeffery Ellerbee, Marshae Anthony Charged In Death Of Genesis Rincon, 12

AP | David Moye | July 11, 2014 | Crime
PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — Hundreds of mourners gathered Friday for a funeral for a 12-year-old girl killed when she was hit by a stray bullet while riding a scooter, and three young men faced charges in her death. A 19-year-old who turned himself in earlier in the week pleaded not...

Eleanor Holmes Norton Rips 'Tyrant' Congressman For Trying To Block D.C. Marijuana Laws

Jennifer Bendery | July 12, 2014 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) tore into Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) on Friday for trying to block a D.C. marijuana decriminalization bill, comparing him to a tyrant and chiding him for meddling in her district's affairs. During remarks on the House floor, Norton wondered aloud why Harris was...

Marathon Bombing Suspect Told Friends About Martyrdom: FBI

Reuters | Michael McLaughlin | July 12, 2014 | Crime
(Updates with new testimony) By Daniel Lovering BOSTON, July 11 (Reuters) - Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev told his friends about martyrdom and bomb-building over lunch before the attacks last year, an FBI agent testified on Friday in the trial of one of the friends for obstruction. Azamat Tazhayakov...

Gilbert Myers, Jr., Posed As Airline Worker To Get Free Travel: US

AP | David Moye | July 11, 2014 | Crime
DALLAS (AP) — Federal officials say that a Georgia man posed as an airline employee to score cheap travel and resold the tickets for thousands of dollars. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles said that 37-year-old Gilbert Myers Jr. of Atlanta remained in custody Friday on $75,000 bond after...

Remember The Zimmerman Verdict With An Evolved Approach To Gun Violence

Danielle Cadet | July 11, 2014 | Black Voices
I moved to the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood in Central Brooklyn last October. Despite increasing signs of gentrification, Bedford-Stuyvesant is a predominately black neighborhood with a median income of $36,535. Many Bed-Stuy residents have encountered the judicial system at some point in their lives. Late last month, there was a shooting nearby,...

Houston Shooting May Reveal Loopholes In Domestic Violence Gun Laws

Laura Bassett | July 12, 2014 | Politics
The man who fatally shot four children and two adult relatives of his ex-wife near Houston this week had a history of domestic violence, according to a divorce decree, and was legally prohibited from purchasing or possessing a gun. Ronald Lee Haskell, 33, was charged with "simple assault and...

Kitten Swims To Shore After Being Tossed From Georgia Bridge

Katherine Boehrer | July 11, 2014 | Green
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A 10-week-old kitten plummeted from a tall Savannah, Georgia bridge into the water below but survived and swam to shore. Police suspect somebody threw the animal off the span and are looking for suspects.

Probation Violation Dismissed Against Stepmom Of Charlie Bothuell, Missing Boy Found In Own Home

Michael McLaughlin | July 11, 2014 | Crime
DETROIT (AP) — A probation violation charge has been dropped against a Detroit woman whose 12-year-old stepson was found in their basement after an 11-day police search. Wayne County Circuit Judge Gregory Bill dismissed the charge against Monique Dillard-Bothuell due to a lack of evidence.

Two Men Detained By Police For Saying 'Nickelback.' Yes, Really

Joshua Ostroff | July 11, 2014 | Canada Music
As if Nickelback hasn't caused enough distress in the world with their music, two men in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho felt the pain when they were recently detained, and one handcuffed, by police for uttering the word 'Nickelback.' The two young men were say they were merely commenting on another...
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