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Japanese woman arrested in connection to stabbing death of US airman

Master Sgt. Nicholas Vollweiler, 35, was found with stab wounds at his off-base residence in Western Tokyo on Friday and later died at a hospital. (DIANA QUINLAN/U.S. NAVY PHOTO) A Japanese woman was arrested in connection to the death of a U.S. airman last week, who was fatally stabbed while at his off-base residence in Western Tokyo, the Air Force said in a statement. Aria Saito, 27, was arrested by Japanese police on suspicion of attempted murder after Master Sgt. Nicholas Vollweiler, 35, from the 374th Airlift Wing was found with stab wounds on Friday. He later died at a hospital, according to the statement. Police are expected to upgrade the charges, Stars and Stripes reported. Japanese media said Saito allegedly told authorities that she killed Vollweiler because she did not want to ...

Facebook IDs, blocks dozens of flagged accounts before midterm elections

Facebook on Monday evening said it identified about 30 accounts and 85 Instagram accounts flagged by law enforcement as having possible ties to foreign entities. The social media giant said in a statement that it became aware of accounts that may be “engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior” on Sunday evening. The accounts were blocked and a further investigation is underway. “Almost all the Facebook Pages associated with these accounts appear to be in the French or Russian languages, while the Instagram accounts seem to have mostly been in English — some were focused on celebrities, others political debate,” the statement read. Facebook said its decision to release its preliminary findings stemmed from the fact that “we are only one day away from important elections i...

Retired St. Louis police sergeant, 67, slain in botched robbery attempt; teen suspects held

Retired St. Louis Police Sgt. Ralph E. Harper, pictured in a photo released by the department, was killed during a botched robbery attempt Monday. (St. Louis Police Department) Two Missouri teenagers were arrested Monday in connection with the fatal shooting that morning of a 67-year-old retired St. Louis police sergeant after a botched robbery attempt, authorities said. The teens, ages 15 and 16, were charged with second-degree murder and attempted robbery, among other charges, FOX 2 of St. Louis reported. The 16-year-old is believed to have been the gunman, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. A third teen, age 17, was also arrested but police said he was not involved in the robbery. He was charged with misdemeanor vehicle tampering and resisting arrest, FOX 2 reported. Police Sgt. ...

Afghan military helicopter crash kills all 25 on board

An Afghan army helicopter carrying senior officials crashed Wednesday, killing all 25 on board, according to an official. The helicopter crashed shortly after taking off in bad weather in the western Farah province, Naser Mehdi, a spokesman for the provincial governor told the Associated Press. Farid Bakhtawar, the head of the Farah Provincial Council, along with Zafar Military Corps officials were among those in the Helicopter, TOLO News reported citing officials. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Putin praises Nurmagomedov for ‘convincing’ UFC victory, defends fighter’s actions in post-fight brawl

Russian President Vladimir Putin praised Khabib Nurmagomedov’s “convincing” victory in Saturday’s UFC lightweight title against Conor McGregor in Las Vegas, and defended the fighter’s decision to engage in an all-out brawl with McGregor’s entourage. Nurmagomedov — who climbed out of the cage after McGregor tapped out and lunged at one of the Irishman’s trainers, igniting a post-fight brawl – might be stripped of his title, and risks losing the entire $2 million prize purse pending an investigation by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Two men from Nurmagomedov’s entourage also ambushed McGregor inside the cage. McGregor defended himself before security personnel rushed in to restore order. Nurmagomedov, who is now 27-0, apologized to Putin for his actions in the brawl during a mee...

Florida residents brace for impact as ‘monstrous’ Hurricane Michael gains strength

Residents are filling sandbags and boarding up their homes as Hurricane Michael gained strength over warm waters and barrels toward Florida’s northeast Gulf Coast. The hurricane was located about 425 miles south of Apalachicola and 455 miles south of Panama City, Florida, according to the National Hurricane Center’s 2 a.m. ET advisory on Tuesday. Wind speeds were rising according to a hurricane hunter plane, and forecasters cautioned that the storm could morph into a major hurricane with winds topping 111 mph by Tuesday night. Michael’s top sustained winds had reach 90 mph as it headed north at 12 mph, according to the center’s advisory. This satellite image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows a view of Tropical Storm Michael, lower right, chur...

White House finds no corroboration of sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh in FBI report: WSJ

The White House — after reviewing interview reports from the FBI’s probe into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh — found no corroboration of the allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against the federal judge, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources. It was unclear if the White House had finalized its review. The report comes as senior congressional sources tell Fox News that the Senate Judiciary Committee has still not received the FBI’s report on Kavanaugh. Senators will be able to view the report in a secure area off the Senate subway. Attorneys for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, one of Kavanaugh’s accusers,  late Wednesday slammed the FBI background investigation after it was revealed that the agency’s probe appeared to be over. “An FBI supplemental b...

Country’s first ‘robot sex brothel’ set to open in Texas prompts backlash: report

A so-called ‘robot sex brothel’ reportedly set to open later this month is causing backlash from residents and activists.  (Elijah Rising, nonprofit organization) The first so-called “robot sex brothel” in the U.S. slated to open in the Houston area this month has prompted a massive backlash from residents and activists who say it will ruin the neighborhood. The company opened their first location near Toronto last year where $60 buys a half hour alone with a robot sex doll, according to the Examiner. The dolls start at $2,500 to buy. Yuval Gavriel, the founder of KinkySdollS, made the announcement during an interview with the Washington Examiner last week, telling the paper he plans to expand to 10 locations throughout the United States by 2020. Elijah Rising, a Ho...

Cleveland Browns get first win in nearly two years, defeat NY Jets

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield celebrates after scoring a 2-point conversion during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, in Cleveland  (Associated Press) The winless drought for the Cleveland Browns is finally over. It took nearly two years, but the Browns, led by rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield, got their first victory in 635 days Thursday night.   With Cleveland trailing 14-0, Mayfield — the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft — entered the game to replace injured starter Tyrod Taylor with just under two minutes to play until halftime. He went on to lift the Browns to a 21-17 victory over the New York Jets. Cleveland fans can finally celebrate after a painful 19-game losing streak – the NFL’s...

Dozens of skulls, ID cards, personal items found in Mexican ‘burial pit’

Skulls, which were found during an excavation work, are seen in National Institute of Anthropology and History’s laboratory in Mexico City, Mexico on July 10, 2017.  (Daniel Cardenas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) Authorities in Mexico said Thursday that they found a total of 166 skulls in clandestine burial pits that are frequently used by drug cartels to dispose of their victims. Along with the skulls, found in the Gulf Coast state of Veracruz, investigators discovered 114 identification cards as well as other personal possessions. The field held about 32 burial pits, according to Veracruz state prosecutor Jorge Winckler. Winckler did not reveal the exact location of the site, citing security reasons. But authorities said it was one of the biggest mass grave sites discovered so far i...

$400G in GoFundMe cash for homeless vet is gone, lawyer claims

FILE: Johnny Bobbitt Jr. seen with Kate McClure.  (GoFundMe) The $400,000 raised through a GoFundMe account to support a homeless veteran in Philadelphia after he gave his last bit of money to help a stranded motorist is reportedly drained. A lawyer representing Johnny Bobbitt, whose story garnered national attention last year after he gave Kate McClure his last $20 to fill up her gas tank, told the Philadelphia Inquirer on Tuesday that news of the depleted account “came as a complete surprise.” Chris Fallon, the lawyer, said he became aware of the financial standing of his client’s account after a conference call with attorneys for McClure and her boyfriend Mark D’Amico – the couple who started the GoFundMe account for Bobbitt after his kind gesture, promising him a home. “It comple...

Sept. 4 primary results: Massachusetts

Tuesday’s primary delivered another political upset, setting the stage for the first black woman to represent Massachusetts in Congress. Massachusetts Gubernatorial primary results: Republican Gov. Charlie Baker earned his party’s nomination in Tuesday’s primary, defeating Scott Lively, a conservative minister and strong supporter of President Donald Trump as he seeks his second term. AP  (FILE – Republican Gov. Charlie Baker will square off with Democratic candidate Jay Gonzalez in November as he hopes to win re-election for a second term.) On the Democratic side, Jay Gonzalez won his party’s primary, edging out Robert Massie – a longtime political and environmental activist, who struggled to raise cash for his campaign. Both Baker and Gonzalez share a similar background, working as...

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