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‘I met my IS captor on a German street’

Image copyright Barham Ali/ Bas News Image caption “I never believed I would see something like this,” Ashwaq told the BBC A Yazidi teenager sold into slavery by Islamic State has told the BBC of her horror after she escaped to Germany, only to come face-to-face with her captor in the street. Ashwaq was only 14 when Islamic State fighters stormed into northern Iraq, including the heartland of the Yazidi people. They took thousands of women as sex slaves, including Ashwaq – sold for $100 to a man named Abu Humam. Raped and beaten, she managed to escape three months later and then went to Germany with her mother and one brother. A few months ago, on the street outside a supermarket, she heard someone call out her name. She says it was Abu Humam – and he said he knew w...

US husband held after missing family ‘found dead in fuel tanks’

Image copyright Shanann Watts / Instagram Image caption Chris Watts is suspected of killing his pregnant wife and two daughters The bodies of missing Colorado mother Shanann Watts and her two daughters have been located inside a fuel tank days after she vanished, reports say. Her husband Chris Watts has been arrested on suspicion of murdering his entire family. His arrest came one day after he appealed for their return. Local media said the tanks were nearly full when Mr Watts allegedly hid their bodies there to conceal the odour. The couple had financial troubles, and she suspected her husband was cheating. In the aftermath of her death, a stunned mountain community is left wondering what could have led to the murder. Mrs Watts, 34, who was 15 weeks pregnant, and the couple’s childr...

Psychologist may examine if Reagan shooter deserves complete freedom

© Evan Vucci/AP Photo FILE – In this Nov. 18, 2003 file photo, John Hinckley Jr. arrives at U.S. District Court in Washington. The man who shot President Ronald Reagan is scheduled to leave a Washington mental hospital for good on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, more than 35 years after the shooting. A federal judge ruled in late July that the 61-year-old Hinckley is not a danger to himself or the public and can live full-time at his mother’s home in Williamsburg, Virginia. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File) A federal judge on Friday authorized a psychologist chosen by the U.S. government to examine John Hinckley, who shot President Ronald Reagan in a 1981 assassination attempt, in order to determine whether he deserves unconditional freedom. Hinckley, 63, has been living with his mother in...

Manafort Jury Likely to End Day Without Verdict: Trial Update

© Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg manafort (Bloomberg) — President Donald Trump declined to comment Friday on whether he’ll pardon Paul Manafort, whose fate is in the hands of jurors deliberating an 18-count indictment for a second day. Separately on Friday, U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III said he’d permit news organizations to argue for making public a variety of documents under seal in the case. Jury Asks to Be Dismissed by 5 P.M. (3:13 p.m.) Jurors told the judge they were still deliberating and requested to end their day by 5 p.m., signaling that they weren’t likely to reach a verdict on Friday. Ellis received a note from the jury asking to complete the second day of deliberations by the end of the business day because one panelist had to attend an event on Friday evenin...

Reports: Bama’s Womack breaks bone in foot

2:49 PM ET Alabama offensive lineman Matt Womack broke a bone in his his foot during practice Thursday and will need surgery, according to multiple reports. It is the same bone that Womack broke to cause him to miss all of spring practice. He is expected to miss several weeks, according to multiple reports. Does your team need a pass-rusher in 2019? You’re in luck. Todd runs through his top-ranked prospects, and don’t worry — there are two QBs. Womack’s injury was first reported by 247 Sports. Womack started at every game at right tackle last season but is currently in competition with sophomores Alex Leatherwood and Jedrick Wills. He is one of four returning starters on the offensive line, including preseason first-team All-SEC selections Ross Pierschbacher and Jon...

Fact Check Friday: Trump’s parade of mistruths

Good news: it sounds like the president is reading media fact checks. The bad news: he doesn’t think such fact checks are right, or fair. Here’s what he had to say about media fact checking during a campaign fundraiser in Utica, NY on Monday for Representative Claudia Tenney. “The one thing with them – they fact check, but even their fact checking is wrong. If I’m right- or if I’m 97.3 percent right, they will say he’s got a ‘Pinocchio,’ or he is lying. Oh, they are bad people.” That’s not exactly how it works. Facts are facts. When he gets significant facts wrong, it’s our job as journalists to point that out. ABC’s Fact Check Friday is focused on the false or misleading statements from the president and the White Hou...

TMZ Live: Ariana Grande: The Touching Tribute to the Queen of Soul

TMZ Live: Ariana Grande: The Touching Tribute to the Queen of Soul 8/17/2018 10:45 AM PDT LIVE STREAM ON TODAY’S SHOW A Major Miss America Firestorm  Stormy Daniels Bails on Celebrity Big Brother Young Thug Arrested at His Birthday Party! Another Tragedy in the Bobbi Kristina Saga

Champ Bailey On Hall of Fame, I Won’t Pull a Terrell Owens

Champ Bailey On Hall of Fame … I Won’t Pull a Terrell Owens 8/17/2018 11:10 AM PDT Breaking News Champ Bailey thinks he’s no doubt a first-ballot Hall of Famer … but the ex-NFL corner says he won’t pull a Terrell Owens if he doesn’t get in on the first try. The legendary Broncos DB joined the Talk of Fame Network and revealed there’s just no way he could do what T.O. did if he missed out on the Hall on the first try. “For T.O., he carries his emotions a little different,” Bailey says. “So, I can understand him being ticked off a little differently because he’s always carried himself that way.” Don’t get it twisted … Bailey says he’d be pretty pissed off too — ’cause “I objectively th...

Mysterious smell plaguing California residents and sparking finger-pointing

Residents of several Orange County, California cities are complaining about a strange, mysterious odor in the air — and local municipal agencies seem to be pointing fingers at each other as to the cause of the bad smell. The odor is affecting cities like Orange, Anaheim Hills, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach and Huntington Beach, according to Patrick Chandler, spokesperson for the South Coast Air Quality Management District. Orange County Fire Authority Chief Tony Bommarito told ABC News that the odor “appears to be vector control spray for mosquitoes.” But a spokesperson for the Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District subsequently denied this claim, insisting that “the spray is odorless.” Residents are reporting smells similar to petroleum, paint thinner or butane in the ...

Michigan lawmaker apologizes for racial slurs targeting opponent

A Michigan lawmaker apologized after roiling her state Senate race and drawing the ire of the state Democratic party for making racial slurs against her former rival, an Asian-American candidate. Rep. Bettie Cook Scott, who is African-American, said in a statement released on Twitter by her lawyer, Bill Noakes, “I deeply regret the comments I made that have proven hurtful to so many. Those are words I never should have said.” Coming under fire for allegedly making derogatory, anti-immigrant comments aimed at her opponent, Rep. Stephanie Chang, to multiple voters outside polling precincts during Michigan’s primaries, Scott called her “ching-chong,” according to the Detroit News. She also purportedly told voters who showed up last Tuesday that she was disgusted ...

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Wilder crashes Fury weigh-in in Belfast

1:33 PM ET Deontay Wilder made quite an entrance as he arrived in Northern Ireland on Friday, gate-crashing Tyson Fury’s weigh-in and clashing with Fury’s father, John. Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) had only landed in Belfast that afternoon but went straight to Fury’s weigh-in at the Europa Hotel. Fury (26-0, 19 KOs) was being measured ahead of Saturday’s fight against Francesco Pianeta. Wilder will be ringside for the fight, and a November bout between him and Fury is expected to be announced immediately afterward. Wilder, the WBC heavyweight champion, stormed into the room as Fury was being weighed Friday and shouted, “Bomb squad!” Fury’s father, who was on the stage, had to be held back as the pair shouted at each other after a brief handshake. WBC HEAV...