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Simon McCormack
Simon McCormack is a Crime and Weird News editor for the Huffington Post. He lives in New York City.

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George Zimmerman Allegedly Threatens To Kill Man In Road Rage Incident

(633) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 12:42 PM

George Zimmerman is in legal trouble again.

WSVN reports that his latest brush with the law came on Tuesday when Zimmerman allegedly threatened to kill a man during a road rage incident in Lake Mary, Florida.

The man, whose name has not been reported, also told police Zimmerman...

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Washington Prosecutor Resigns Amid Allegations She Helped Convict Evade Capture

(35) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 12:39 PM

A Washington state prosecutor accused of helping a repeat convict avoid a jail cell has resigned.

Marriya Wright, 34, stepped down from her position as a Spokane County deputy prosecutor on Wednesday, KXLY reports. Wright has been suspended with pay since April after allegations emerged that she helped...

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NYPD Chief Bratton Defends Vast Inequalities In New York Arrest Data

(76) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 1:48 PM

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said the reason black and Hispanic New Yorkers are arrested at much higher rates than their white peers for minor offenses is because minorities are the ones committing the crimes.

The New York Daily News recently compiled statistics on who is arrested most for...

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Sex Charges Dropped Against Drama Teacher Ilich Guardiola After He Married Teen

(192) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 3:19 PM

A Texas drama teacher accused of having sex with one of his students has seen all charges against him dropped after he married the teen police had said was his victim.

Ilich Guardiola, 41, was initially questioned by police in April when he was stopped for a traffic violation while...

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Dog Fur Purses Are Hair To Stay (PHOTOS)

(11) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 12:29 PM

For those who preFUR high-fashion, HAIR'S something just for you.

Dog fur purses! Look at the pictures, then keep reading the words, please.

The handbags are the creation of Fur You by Doris' Doris Carvalho.

"I turn this groomed dog (hair) that would be garbage anywhere else...

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WATCH OUT For the Puss Caterpillar

(37) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 12:11 PM

It looks so nice to touch. But you mustn't touch.

That's the message that's circulating amongst local Florida media this month about the puss caterpillar. A cute but venomous variety of caterpillar that is especially common in the area at this time of year.

Story continues after caterpillar o' doom

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Women Tired Of 'White People Moving In' Force Tenants To Move Out At Gunpoint: Cops

(46) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 12:14 PM

Gentrification may have been the catalyst behind an alleged Brooklyn robbery.

The New York Daily News reports that Precious Parker, 30, and Sabrina James, 23, are accused of squatting in an apartment in the Flatbush neighborhood after kicking out three tenants.

The roommates -- two men and...

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Woman Runs Over Man's Scooter In Fight Captured By Neighbor (EXPLICIT VIDEO, UPDATED)

(25) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 4:38 PM

Leave the scooter out of this.

A quarrel between two possible lovers ended in the destruction of a man's transportation device.


A Redditor filmed the clip which apparently took place on Sunday in Huntington Beach, Calif.

WARNING: The clip and text below contain explicit language.

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Group Of Teens Attack Man Outside Memphis Kroger Grocery Store (GRAPHIC VIDEO)

(62) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 9:43 AM

A group of teens pummeled a Memphis grocery store customer and then attacked two of the store's employees when they tried to help.

WREG reports:

A 25-year-old man said he was attacked by the group as he walked to his car. Two Kroger employees, 17 and 18, ran...
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Ferguson Police Chief Lied About Why He Released Alleged Michael Brown Robbery Tape: Report (UPDATED)

(1469) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 1:47 PM

Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson lied when he said he had received "many" specific requests for the videotape that allegedly shows Michael Brown robbing a convenience store, according to a new report.

"All I did -- what I did was -- was release the videotape to you, because...

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ANOTHER Slender Man Attack? Teen Allegedly Burns House Down With Family Inside

(68) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 12:30 PM

A 7th-grade girl is accused of burning her house down with her mother and young brother inside because she was upset about being disciplined at bed time.

WTSP reports that Pasco County, Florida deputies arrested the 14-year-old girl and charged her with arson and two counts of attempted...

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Conheça a mexicana Leandra Becerra Lumbreras, a pessoa mais velha do mundo

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 11:50 AM

Mexicana Leandra Becerra Lumbreras Torna-se A Pessoa Mais Idosa do Mundo
Feliz cumpleaños, Leandra Becerra Lumbreras.

A mexicana, considerada a mulher mais velha do mundo completou 127 anos de idade no domingo (31/8), segundo reportagem do jornal Metro.

Lumbreras afirma ter nascido no dia 31 de...

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127歳? メキシコには「世界最高齢の女性」がいるらしい

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 2:18 AM


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Ram Attacks Drone (VIDEO)

(8) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 3:32 PM

A drone pilot paid the price for getting a very close look at a ram on the countryside of New Zealand.

The clip shows a black wooly ram charging at a camera that is buzzing around it. After a cut in the footage, the drone pilot is shown retrieving his...

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ANOTHER Plane Diverted Because Of A Seat Fight

(92) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 6:26 PM

The fight for airplane seat supremacy continues this week with a story from Florida about a plane that was forced to land after an unruly passenger made a fuss about a woman who was trying to recline her seat.

WPTV spoke with a passenger who said he was...

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Male Jail Guards Can't Record Women Being Strip Searched, Court Rules

(38) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 2:10 PM

Male guards cannot videotape strip searches of female inmates, a federal judge ruled last week.

The case is part of a class action suit against Western Massachusetts Regional Women’s Correctional Center in Chicopee where, since 2008, a male guard was charged with watching and recording the searches.


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La Mexicaine Leandra Becerra Lumbreras devient la personne la plus âgée du monde

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 10:44 AM

Feliz cumpleaños, Leandra Becerra Lumbreras.

La Mexicaine, qui a fêté son 127e anniversaire dimanche, pourrait être la personne la plus âgée du monde, selon le journal Metro britannique.

Elle dit être née le 31 août 1887.

Les secrets de sa longévité? Manger du chocolat, dormir suffisamment...

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Mexican Woman Leandra Becerra Lumbreras Becomes World's Oldest Person

(157) Comments | Posted September 1, 2014 | 11:05 AM

Feliz cumpleaños, Leandra Becerra Lumbreras.

The Mexican woman thought to be the oldest person in the world reportedly turned 127 on Sunday, according to the Metro.

Lumbreras says she was born on Aug. 31, 1887.

Her family said her secrets to longevity are eating chocolate, sleeping a...

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Prosecutor Marriya Wright Accused Of Helping Convict Avoid Prison, Sending Bikini Picture

(140) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 10:08 AM

A Spokane County Deputy Prosecutor is accused of helping a repeat felon evade capture, and she may have also sent him a picture of herself in a bikini.

Marriya Wright, 34, has been on paid administrative leave since April while authorities investigate whether she aided 31-year-old Matthew Baumrucker,

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Police Kill Woman, Charge Man They Were Trying To Shoot With Murder

(615) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 2:11 PM

The man who police were trying to shoot when they killed an innocent bystander is now charged with her murder.

Police responded to Vixen Bar in Orlando, Florida, on Aug. 19 after a 911 caller told them a "gun wielding maniac" was in the establishment, the Orlando Sentinel...

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