The North Miami police officer who shot an unarmed black man earlier this week was actually aiming for the autistic man in his care, according to the local police union’s leader. John Rivera, president of Dade County Police Benevolent Association, said the officers on the scene thought the autistic man’s toy was a gun and that he intended to harm Charles Kinsey, a behavioral therapist at a nearby assisted-living home. “Many officers thought the white male had a firearm.
Democratic politicians swiftly condemned Donald Trump’s Republican nomination acceptance speech on Thursday at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland as peddling prejudice and paranoia without offering any real solutions to the problems facing the United States. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, excoriated the real estate tycoon’s vision for the country before the night came to a close.
A hospital in Libya's second city Benghazi said Friday it had received the bodies of 14 people killed execution-style, in what the UN envoy said was a "war crime". The unidentified bodies were found Thursday and brought to the Benghazi Medical Centre by members of the Red Crescent, a doctor at the facility told AFP. UN envoy to Libya Martin Kobler denounced the killings, branding them a "war crime" in a message posted on his Twitter account.
The Alaska Supreme Court on Friday struck down a state law requiring parental notification for girls under age 18 seeking abortions, agreeing with pro-abortion rights advocates that the mandate approved by voters in 2010 was unconstitutional. Justice Daniel Winfree, writing for the majority, said the court was not deciding whether abortions should be available to minors without restrictions but that the abortion notification law violated Alaska's constitutional equal protection provisions giving the same rights to all Alaskans. "I believe that the Alaska Constitution permits a parental notification law, but not one that contains provisions that are among the most restrictive of any state's notification laws," she wrote.
By Ece Toksabay, Samia Nakhoul and Nick Tattersall ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan pledged to overhaul the army in response to last week's failed coup, a sign that a newly imposed state of emergency would be used to press on with a purge that has alarmed the West. In a sign of Turkey's dismissal of outside criticism over how it has responded to the coup, the justice minister said Turkey would not bow to pressure from the European Union to rule out restoring the death penalty to execute the plotters. Western countries backed Turkey's government during last week's failed putsch, but are increasingly worried about Turkey's subsequent crackdown against thousands of members of the security forces, judiciary, civil service and academia.
Extremely dry conditions in California caused yet another fire this week, with a fire in Santa Clarita burning a path through 5,500 acres this weekend. Wildfire experts say that this unusual fire behavior can likely be attributed to continued heat and dry conditions. “It is unusual to see a fire grow this quickly,” fire ecology and management expert Max Moritz of the University of California, Berkeley, tells The Christian Science Monitor by phone.
A California community is in disbelief and mourning the loss of a 13-year-old girl who police say was killed by her 14-year-old brother.
The pilot who flew missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which is believed to have gone off route and crashed in the Indian Ocean, conducted a simulation of a similar path just weeks prior, New York magazine reported. Zaharie Ahmad Shah, the highly respected airman at the helm of the plane, used an elaborate home-built flight simulator to steer himself over the Strait of Malacca and into the remote southern Indian ocean, a course with striking resemblance to the route MH370 is believed to have taken. The finding, which casts a shadow of suspicion over the 53-year-old pilot, was published Friday by New York magazine, which obtained a confidential document from Malaysian police investigating the incident.
The mother of an autistic Florida man caught in the controversy surrounding the shooting of his caretaker is speaking out. What's more, Gladys Soto, whose son Amaldo Eliud Rios Soto was the man beside unarmed mental health worker Charles Kinsey when he was shot in the leg by police, says her son is traumatized. Soto, 60, told the Miami Herald that her son wandered off from his group him recently, as he did the dad Kinsey was shot, and planted himself in the same spot in North Miami road.
By John Whitesides and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrat Hillary Clinton was close to announcing her vice presidential candidate on Friday, with leading contender U.S. Senator Tim Kaine seen as a safe choice that allows her ticket to present itself as a steady alternative to the unpredictable campaign of Republican rival Donald Trump. Kaine, from Virginia, would give Clinton a running mate with wide governing experience but picking the self-described "boring" senator could anger progressive groups hoping for a more liberal choice. Kaine had a clear edge over two other candidates among the final contenders: Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, a Democratic source with knowledge of the discussions said.
A University of Florida linebacker who also works security at a popular bar in Gainesville reportedly helped stop a sexual assault that was taking place behind the bar around 2 a.m. Thursday morning. Cristian Garcia, a junior from Miami, was taking out the trash when he saw a man and woman by the dumpsters. Garcia told First Coast News that he thought they were just having sex at first, but then noticed that the woman was not moving.
A 65-year-old Russian adventurer reached the Australian coast on Saturday and was within a few hours of setting a new record for flying solo nonstop around the world, an official said. Fedor Konyukhov's 56-meter (184-foot) -tall helium and hot-air balloon was descending as it crossed the southwest coast directly over the city of Perth at 95 kilometers (60 miles) per hour and at an altitude of less than 7,000 meters (23,000 feet), support crew member Steve Griffin said. When he drifts across 117 degrees longitude east of Perth, he will have shaved two days off the record of 13 days and eight hours set by American businessman Steve Fossett in 2002.
“There is no argument, on current evidence, for a safe level of drinking with respect to cancer,” Jennie Connor, the author and a professor of epidemiology at Otago University in New Zealand, wrote in the analysis, published Thursday in the scientific journal Addiction. Connor’s report found there is strong evidence that alcohol causes cancer of the liver, colon, rectum, esophagus, larynx, pharynx and female breast. “Alcohol consumption is one of the most important known risk factors for human cancer and potentially one of the most avoidable factors, but it is increasing worldwide,” the authors of that study wrote.
Afghanistan's Interior Ministry has issued a ban on public gatherings of all types for the next 10 days. In a statement late Saturday, the ministry, which controls the police, says "any kind of public gathering and demonstration is banned," starting immediately. The ban follows an attack on a protest march by members of Afghanistan's ethnic Hazara community that killed at least 81 people and wounded hundreds.
The birds lead the way to hidden beehives, which are camouflaged among high tree branches. The tribesmen crack open the hives and share the sweet spoils of victory with their bird friends. For ages people have trained dogs, birds, horses, and other creatures to help us out in various ways.
Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party strongly opposes the failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan but will keep up its opposition to the "oppression" of the Turkish strongman, its leader says. Selahattin Demirtas, the co-chairman of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), told AFP in an interview there was no contradiction between strongly opposing last week's putsch as well as Erdogan's rule. The HDP is highly suspicious that a state of emergency declared by the authorities could be used for a wider crackdown beyond the coup plotters, he said.
BMW has unveiled a special M5 Competition Edition. Dubbed the ‘ultimate’ version of the German automaker’s mid-size sedan, it is a limited edition 592bhp RWD monster which we believe the company has unveiled to bring the fight to the soon-to-be-launched Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG. In BMW parlance, Competition means better than the best which in the larger scheme of things means this is a high performance version of a high performance car.
Police are investigating how a man's body lay undiscovered for up to three days in the toilet of an Australian fast-food restaurant, according to media reports. "Hungry Jack's is cooperating with all relevant authorities regarding the matter at its restaurant in Balga, Western Australia," the fast-food outlet said in a statement. Western Australian police gave no indication of how long the man had been dead before his body was discovered inside the locked cubicle.
Former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan David Duke announced on Friday that he would run for a US Senate seat in Louisiana, pointing to the presidential campaign of Republican candidate Donald Trump as evidence that the national mood had swung in favor of policies he has long espoused. In February, Mr. Duke endorsed Mr. Trump, who for several days balked at issuing a public rejection of Duke's support, causing consternation from the national political mainstream. On Friday, just a day after the Republican Party handed Trump the presidential nomination, Duke sought to link his campaign’s themes to those emphasized by the real estate mogul, such as trade, military action abroad, and immigration.
Art Acevedo, the police chief in the Texas capital, said his department was looking into the June 2015 incident involving a 26-year-old school teacher, caught on police car videos that were broadcast by a local television station on Thursday night. The videos of the Austin incident involving schoolteacher Breaion King were released by Austin police following an investigation by the Austin American-Statesman newspaper and local television station KVUE.
Leslie Van Houten, the youngest member of the Manson "family" to take part in a series of gruesome California murders in 1969, has been denied freedom again — her past overshadowing her decades as a model prisoner. California Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday overturned a parole board recommendation in April that found Van Houten, 66, was no longer the violent woman who helped slaughter a wealthy grocer and his wife. The board noted that during her 46 years in prison, Van Houten completed college degrees, ran self-help groups for other inmates and had a spotless disciplinary record.
As the result of an altercation with a former University of Michigan State football player earlier this month, the Golden State Warriors star has taken a plea agreement that limits his punishment to a paltry fine and one-year restraining order against the victim. The former Spartans star was arrested for assault in East Lansing on July 11.
Police in Munich say eyewitness accounts of deadly shootings at a shopping mall suggest a terrorist attack and that the shooters -- possibly three -- remain at large. Mana Rabiee reports.
Puerto Rico's governor announced Friday that he will not authorize aerial spraying with the insecticide naled to fight an increase in Zika cases as U.S. health officials have urged. Instead, Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla said he will support the spraying of Bti, an organic larvicide. Zika can cause microcephaly, a rare defect in which babies are born with abnormally small heads and brain damage.