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Paris attack suspect Salah Abdeslam jailed in Belgium

Image copyright Belgian/French police Salah Abdeslam, the sole surviving suspect from the 2015 Paris attacks, has been jailed for 20 years in Belgium over a gunfight that led to his arrest. Abdeslam, 28, and co-defendant Sofien Ayari were both convicted of terror-related charges of attempted murder. Ayari, 24, was also given a 20-year sentence. Both fired on officers who raided a flat in Brussels in 2016. He is being held in a jail in France and is due to face trial there over the Paris attacks themselves. He had refused to answer questions from the judge in the trial in Brussels, and eventually refused to attend the hearings. Neither he nor Ayari, 24, was in court as the verdict was read out on Monday. Both received the maximum 20-year term requested by prosecutors. The judge said that &#...

Cavs downplay effects of Pacers’ Stephenson

3:55 AM ET INDIANAPOLIS — Lance Stephenson certainly spiced up the fourth quarter of the Cleveland Cavaliers‘ 104-100 Game 4 win over the Indiana Pacers on Sunday thanks to run-ins with several Cavs players, but Cleveland insists that Stephenson’s antics won’t affect its focus. “Honestly, it was nothing,” Jeff Green told ESPN after Stephenson was called for a foul on him with 9.0 seconds left in the game when he tried to force a jump ball and ended up bringing Green to the floor. “I mean, I may have reacted because I’m not going to allow him to do what he did, but other than that, it’s nothing. “He’s not going to fight. I’m not going to fight. It’s not worth it. I mean, if we wanted to fight, there’s a big-...

Traci Braxton Doing Solo Tour After Getting Dropped from Toni’s

Traci Braxton Toni is in My Rearview … Surprise, I’m Going Solo!!! 4/23/2018 12:50 AM PDT EXCLUSIVE Traci Braxton is taking a career setback and turning it into a comeback — after getting thrown off her sister Toni‘s upcoming tour … she’s opting to hit the road on her own. Traci says she’s getting a second chance thanks to a TV network that’s offered to back her tour in June. She was supposed to open for Toni and Tamar on a few dates this summer, but got 86’ed due to the family drama surrounding Tamar’s divorce. Tamar also got the boot eventually. Traci says her tour’s not just a surprise for her fans … she didn’t tell her sisters! Until now. Despite all the family drama, almost all of the sisters sang on Traci&#...

Kendall Jenner Putting Work Into Beverly Hills Home

Kendall Jenner Putting Work Into Bev Hills Crib 4/23/2018 1:00 AM PDT EXCLUSIVE Kendall Jenner‘s renovating her Beverly Hills home to give it her own special touch — possibly because Charlie Sheen used to live there … or she wants to flip it like a pro. According to L.A. City docs … Kendall got permits back in October and December to remove and replace the fireplace and remodel the kitchen and bathrooms. She also filed to put a new roof on the house last month. Kendall bought the mansion, listed by agent Jill Lowy, back in August for $8.55 mil. It belonged to Charlie until 2016, and now Kendall’s pumping cash into it for a major remodel. It’s unclear if she’s doing all this work on the 5-bed, 6-bath pad — with a bomb courtyard and pool —...

China says 32 Chinese nationals killed in North Korea bus accident

Click to expand Replay Video SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO UP NEXT BEIJING, April 23 (Reuters) – Thirty-two Chinese tourists and four North Koreans died in a major bus accident in North Korea, China’s foreign ministry said on Monday, with two Chinese nationals seriously injured and left in critical condition. Chinese visitors make up about 80 percent of all foreign tourists to North Korea, says a South Korean think-tank, the Korea Maritime Institute, which estimates that tourism generates revenue of about $44 million each year for the isolated country. Chinese diplomats have rushed to the scene of Sunday’s accident in North Hwanghae province, the foreign ministry said. In a Twitter message earlier on Monday, Chinese state television’s English-language channel said a tour...

Travis Reinking: What we know about the Waffle House shooting suspect

© Harrison McClary/ REUTERS Metro Davidson County Police inspect the scene of a fatal shooting at a Waffle House restaurant near Nashville, Tennessee, U.S., April 22, 2018. REUTERS/Harrison McClary When Travis Reinking breached a White House security barrier in July, police say, he had a very specific request: He wanted to meet with US President Donald Trump. Reinking told a Secret Service officer at the northeast entrance that he was a “sovereign citizen” who had a “right to inspect the grounds,” according to a Metropolitan Police Department incident report dated July 7, 2017. The report does not say if Reinking was referring to the anti-government extremist movement of the same name. But the 29-year-old’s previous encounters with law enforcement are coming u...

A woman flying back from France brought an apple through Customs. It cost her $500.

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection arm patch and badge is seen at Los Angeles International Airport. (Kevork Djansezian/Reuters) An apple one day did not keep customs away, a Colorado woman has learned. Crystal Tadlock was given an apple sealed in a wrapper on her Delta Air Lines flight from Paris on Wednesday. She was not hungry at the time and figured it would be a good snack for her second leg back to Denver, she told Fox 31 in Denver. Tadlock probably passed by numerous signs and alerts warning of items U.S. Customs and Border Protection says must be declared at the port of entry in Minneapolis. That would include fresh fruit, CBP says. A random search brought Tadlock in contact with a CBP agent, who found the contraband apple. “He had asked me if my trip to France was expensive and ...

Frustrated at visa holdup, Russians give up on American vacations 

MOSCOW — Russians wanting a glimpse of the American Dream now have to wait. Or not go at all.  Escalating tensions between Moscow and Washington are putting a damper on Russians’ vacation plans, catching ordinary people in a diplomatic crossfire that has distinct Cold War overtones. A year ago, obtaining a U.S. tourist visa could take less than a week. Now, it comes with an eight-month delay. “I am waiting for a miracle to happen. Maybe tomorrow Russia and the United States will decide they are friends, all staff will come back to the embassy, and I’ll get my visa,” said Mohamed Torky, executive chef at a Holiday Inn in northern Moscow.  Torky had planned a July vacation to the United States, to see fabled Las Vegas and eat steaks in Texas. He even thought of fulfilling his childhood dream...

Afghan officials: Taliban attacks kill 14 troops, policemen

Afghan officials say two near-simultaneous Taliban attacks in western Badghis province have killed at least 14 troops and policemen. Ghulam Sarwar Haidari, the deputy provincial police chief, says a large number of insurgents attacked army units in the district of Ab Kamari, killing nine soldiers in that attack on Monday. He says that at the same time, another group of insurgents struck police in Qadis district, killing five policemen. Sharafuddin Majidi, spokesman for the provincial governor, confirmed the causalty tolls. No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but Haidari blamed the Taliban who are active in Badghis and have stepped up their attacks on Afghan security forces across the province. On Sunday, an Islamic State suicide bomber attacked a voter registration center in...

Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Ghost in the Shell’ Costume is Up For Grabs

Scarlett Johansson ‘Ghost in the Shell’ Costume Up For Grabs 4/23/2018 12:20 AM PDT EXCLUSIVE Scarlett Johansson‘s “Ghost in the Shell” was a total flop in theaters, but her costume from it is expected to have a killer opening at auction. Several props from the film — including the white Stage Three Thermoptic Suit ScarJo wore — are being sold this Monday via the Prop Store. That alone is expected to fetch as much as $10k. There’s also the smashed Geisha head that opens fire in the opening scene that’s also expected to haul in about $10 grand.  Roughly 400 items from the film will be auctioned through May 4, including a full-size Geisha Bot Body and the SIX12 Revolving Shotgun and Cylinder used by actor Pilou Asbaek in the flick. If you’re in...

Syracuse fraternity members removed from classes following racist video

Syracuse University removed more than a dozen Theta Tau fraternity members from classes on Sunday after video emerged showing members participating in racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic skits, according to to school officials. The university said 18 students had been “removed from academic participation” in connection with the video, which it said showed Theta Tau members acting in an “extremely racist” and “homophobic” manner. One of the videos — made public by the school’s independent newspaper, The Daily Orange, last week — showed members of the engineering fraternity using racist, ethnic and sexist slurs while pretending to perform sexual acts on each other. The paper published a second video over the weekend which it said showed p...