• Kidnapped teen was gang-raped, killed and fed to gators

    A teenager who vanished from Myrtle Beach, SC, in 2009 was repeatedly raped in a gang “stash house” for several days - then she was shot dead and fed to alligators when her disappearance generated too much media attention, the FBI said last week. The shocking new details about the mysterious disappearance of 17-year-old Rochester, NY, native Brittanee Drexel came largely from a “jailhouse confession” that was subsequently substantiated by others with “tidbits” and “secondhand information,” FBI Agent Gerrick Munoz testified in a federal court transcript obtained by the Post and Courier of Charleston. The inmate who gave the alleged bombshell confession, Taquan Brown, is serving a 25-year sentence for voluntary manslaughter in a different case. Brown told authorities he was present during the final agonizing moments of Drexel’s life, Munoz said.

    New York Post
  • A letter to my breadwinner husband

    My dearest Bill, The other day, around 3:00pm on a random Wednesday, I was headed to the grocery store to get something to make for dinner. As you know, I’ve been slacking on the food front for some time and can’t seem to get organized the way I used to. Remember when I would go through our cookbooks every Sunday and plan the meals for the week, and then shop once for the entire week? I know, I know, I always made a second trip; but still, the bulk of the food was in the fridge. I did that for more than a decade, but it was such a monotonous task I can’t bring myself to keep up with it. So now I play ‘catch as catch can’ and, as you like to say, shop like a French woman who goes to the store

    Fox News
  • Mariska Hargitay reportedly freaks out on 'Law & Order: SVU' set

    Mariska Hargitay lost it on the NYC set of “Law & Order: SVU” last week. “They were shooting on Ninth Avenue, and she was yelling, ‘Did you get that?’ to a crew member. The guy responded, ‘No,’ and she went apes - - t,” a spy said. “She was saying, ‘When I do these, you have to make sure you get this.’ She was in a full NYPD police vest and was running down the street out of nowhere yelling at this guy.” A source close to the show, however, told us, “It’s her on-set shtick. This is her joking around with the camera guys . . . They’ve been working together for 18 years.”

    Fox News
  • Woman catches Mississippi's longest alligator on record

    PORT GIBSON, Miss. -- A Vicksburg woman has caught Mississippi’s longest alligator on record from public waters. Tiffany Wienke tells The Clarion-Ledger that she and her party of six hunters could tell from the gator’s head that they had spotted a big one Saturday night in Claiborne County, near Port Gibson. “There were a ton of people and we tried to get away from them,” she told The Clarion-Ledger. “We were just trolling through the water scanning bank to bank.”   Wienke says the gator managed to break both lines after a long struggle, but the hunters were able to hook the reptile again after it surfaced about 20 minutes later. In total, it took the hunters nearly two hours to secure the gator,

    CBS News
  • Revealed: Why Bell Helicopter's New V-280 Could Be a Game Changer on the Battlefield

    A new Army-led effort to engineer a next-generation tiltrotor aircraft for the 2030s includes the integration of a high-tech 360-degree sensor suite quite similar to the one used on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter called a Distributed Aperture Systems, or DAS, developers explained.  “Instead of having sensors mounted to the turret, you have sensors that are mounted to the aircraft - so essentially you have sensors staring in 360-degrees around the aircraft at any given time. Those images are stitched together so it appears as one continuous image to the pilot. Both pilots can make use of the same system,” Vince Tobin, Vice President of Advanced Tiltrotor Systems, Bell Helicopter, told Scout Warrior

    The National Interest
  • Judge: Man accused of strangling nurse could get life sentence if guilty

    An Aurora man facing trial next month in the strangling of his former girlfriend with her scarf is eligible for an extended prison term - up to a life sentence - should he be found guilty of first-degree murder, a DuPage County judge ruled Monday. Judge George Bakalis rejected a motion filed on behalf of Jose Loera, 38, who is scheduled to stand trial in September in the alleged murder of Heather Jacobi, a DuPage County Jail nurse. Prosecutors have previously said that should Loera be found guilty of first-degree murder, they would ask for a longer-than-usual sentence because they say her slaying was exceptionally brutal, indicative of wanton cruelty and committed in a cold, calculating manner.

    Chicago Tribune
  • Here’s the real secret to losing weight and staying thin (Hint: You’re not going to like it)

    “The Biggest Loser” study that went viral left most people, especially those looking to lose a little weight, feeling discouraged, disillusioned and even sad. Some may have deleted MyFitnessPal from their phone, or opted not to reach for the kale at the grocery store, thinking, “What’s the point?” So when Olivia Ward, who won the show’s 11th season, and sister Hannah Curlee, who came in second place, say the study is “encouraging,” you may be surprised. ‘Nobody talks about how, after you lose weight, it’s 10 times harder to keep it off than to take it off.’ After all, researchers following up on Ward and Curlee’s fellow contestants six years after the show found most gained back a “significant”

    MarketWatch
  • This real Boeing 747 jumbo jet is for sale on eBay

    If you’re feeling impulsive but aren’t baller enough to bid $3.46 million for a meal with Warren Buffett, you can find plenty of affordable deals on eBay (EBAY). One of those includes an online auction for a Boeing 747 airframe that ends this Friday at 6 p.m. The retired Boeing (BA) 747-400 is listed for $900,000 with bids starting at $299,000.

    Melody Hahm
  • Donald Trump May Have Tweeted His Most Incomprehensible Hillary Clinton Insult Yet

    Donald Trump’s main form of communication is Twitter. At first blush, it appears that someone else formatted a tweet in Trump’s style, which would confirm the idea that Trump may not be in control of his own Twitter account.

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