Authorities say a man faked a heart attack inside a central Florida Wal-Mart store so his friend could steal toys. The men - 30-year-old Tarus Scott and 27-year-old Genard Dupree - were arrested Tuesday on grand theft charges.
Chester County District Attorney's Office
A Chester County man accused of beating his girlfriend's son to death twiddled his thumbs as he appeared on video uplink in court Thursday.
New Jersey State Police
New Jersey State Police hope that the U.S. plans to normalize full diplomatic relations with Cuba will help bring about the capture and return of a woman convicted in the slaying of a state trooper more than 40 years ago.
A defiant Russian President Vladimir Putin defended Thursday his country's relations with the West and policies toward Ukraine while speaking in his annual news conference in Moscow. Putin said Russia was unfairly criticized for looking after its own interests, and compared his country to the United States. "To chop Texas from Mexico is fair, but when we make decision about our territories it is unfair," he said. "Do they want our bear to become a stuffed animal?" He insisted Russia's economy and the ruble would quickly recover from the current crisis, but acknowledged that the ruble could slide further because of falling oil prices and warned that spending cuts might be necessary, NBC News reported. Putin blamed 25 percent of the economic crisis on sanctions imposed after Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region.
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A Wisconsin judge on Thursday ruled that one of two girls accused of stabbing a classmate to please a fantasy character known as Slender Man is competent to stand trial.
Prosecutors have charged the girls with attempted first-degree intentional homicide in the attack in Waukesha in May. According to court documents, the girls plotted for months before attacking their friend in a park and stabbing her 19 times.
Three weeks after vanishing into the night, there’s no sign of college student Shane Montgomery. It’s a mystery chipping away at hope the 21-year-old’s family has been holding onto with each passing minute. "I’m not going to lie anymore. It’s pretty bad with the holidays here," Kevin Verbrugghe, Montgomery’s uncle, told NBC10 Thursday morning. Montgomery was last seen early Thanksgiving morning as he left Kildare’s Irish Pub along Main Street in the Philadelphia neighborhood of Manayunk. Despite many searches on land, in the water and from the air, there have been no strong leads as to where Montgomery went.
Amazon says it is offering one-hour delivery of thousands of basic products to its Prime customers in Manhattan, The Associated Press reported. The online retail giant rolled out the service, known as Prime Now, to select areas of Manhattan on Thursday. It provides delivery of household products like paper towels, shampoo, books, toys and batteries.
The sister of a 14-year-old boy executed in South Carolina in 1944 said Thursday she is ecstatic that a judge has finally tossed out his murder conviction but is still haunted by the injustice that sent him to the electric chair, NBC News reported. George Stinney Jr., a black teen, was convicted of beating to death two young white girls after a three-hour trial and put to death three months later in the segregated South. Civil rights advocates and Stinney's family spent years trying to get the case reopened, arguing his confession was coerced, before Judge Carmen Mullins vacated the verdict on Wednesday. "It was like a cloud just moved away," said Stinney's kid sister, Kathrine Robinson, 80, a retired school-teacher from New Jersey.
At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities — many of them beaten, starved or left alone to drown, according to a report compiled by The Associated Press. Most of the children were under the age of 4 and lost their lives as authorities were investigating their families or providing some form of protective services because of previous instances of neglect or violence or other troubles in the home. Factors like budget constraints, worker shortages, and case overload may have contributed to the nationwide abuse dilemma.
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Redondo Beach PD
Three people were killed and several others critically injured after being hit by a DUI suspect as they left a church event in a Southern California beach city Wednesday. One witness said he saw bodies flying, some of them kids after a speeding white car ran a red light and struck pedestrians in a crosswalk.
US Drought Monitor
A string of storms that marched across California this month provided enough rain to boost reservoir levels and slightly improve drought conditions after three consecutive dry years. The state still likely needs several consecutive wet winters, but the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report offers reason for "cautious" optimism with several months left in California's wet season.
A teenager recently reunited with the family she never knew she had was killed after being hit by a car near Hemet, Southern California, Tuesday. Chloe Harris, 17, and her grandmother Kathy Whitehair both died after being struck while crossing the road in pitch blackness. Harris had only recently moved to the area after reuniting with her father, and he is devastated by what happened.
SpaceX is delaying the planned launch on Friday of an unmanned Falcon 9 rocket, which will carry a cargo ship to the International Space Station for NASA, to early January, officials said on Thursday, Reuters reported. Liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida had been planned for 1:22 p.m. EST, but an undisclosed technical issue with the rocket prompted SpaceX to postpone the flight until Jan 6. SpaceX is one of two companies hired by NASA to fly cargo to its space station. The other company, Orbital Sciences, has been temporarily grounded after its Antares rocket exploded seconds after liftoff Oct. 28 from Wallops Island, Virginia.
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A man won a $200,000 lottery prize after playing the lucky numbers found inside a fortune cookie.
Retired U.S. Postal Service worker Martin Fuentes, 73, purchased a Lucky Day Lotto ticket at 7-Eleven, 1950 E. Touhy Ave., in Des Plaines, according to a statement from the Illinois Lottery.
Fuentes said his mother told him to play the “lucky numbers” found inside a fortune cookie he just ate.