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Student takes long walk to work — ends up owning boss’s car

Customer Jenny Lamey, left, says she was impressed by student Walter Carr’s work ethic after walking all night to get to her house.  (Facebook) A college student in Alabama who hopes to join the U.S. Marine Corps made a good first impression on his first day at a new job – and it has already paid off in a replacement for his broken-down car. According to media reports, Walter Carr’s 2003 Nissan Altima conked out just before his first day at the Bellhops moving company. So, not wanting to show up late on his first day, 20-year-old Carr left his home in Homewood, Ala., around midnight and started walking, alone in the dark, so he could get to the job on time, AL.com reported. Some police officers spotted him around 4 a.m. in Pelham, Ala., and took him to breakfast before dropping him o...

Texas executes inmate convicted in 2004 murder of San Antonio store owner

Christopher Young is the eighth prisoner to be put to death in Texas so far this year.  (AP Photo/Mike Graczyk) HUNTSVILLE, Texas –  A Texas prisoner was executed Tuesday evening for the fatal shooting of a San Antonio convenience store owner after courts turned down appeals that the state parole board improperly rejected the inmate’s clemency request because he’s black. Christopher Young, 34, never denied the slaying, which was recorded on a store surveillance camera, but insisted he was drunk and didn’t intend to kill 53-year-old Hasmukh “Hash” Patel during an attempted robbery after drinking nearly two dozen beers and then doing cocaine that Sunday morning, Nov. 21, 2004. Asked by the warden if he had a final statement, Young said he wanted to make sure his...

Wild video shows Las Vegas police pursuit, shootout with suspects

In bodycam footage so stunning it could be mistaken for a Hollywood action flick, a Las Vegas Metro police officer chasing two men in an SUV is seen speeding through Sin City’s downtown while simultaneously shooting out his car’s front windshield and trading shots from his side window during a deadly gun battle. The two suspects allegedly fled after a July 11 traffic stop conducted by cops investigating the murder of a man near a car wash, FOX5 Vegas reported. The suspects traded more than 60 shots with police during the harrowing pursuit. The officer behind the wheel, William Umana, can be heard on video yelling “shots fired” multiple times. The chase ended when the suspects crashed into the wall of an elementary school. Rene Nunez, 30, got out of the vehicle and tried to run ...

Mandalay Bay owners sue victims of Las Vegas mass shooting

FILE 2017: windows are broken at the Mandalay Bay resort and casino in Las Vegas, the room from where Stephen Craig Paddock fired on a nearby music festival.  (AP) The corporate owners of the Mandalay Bay casino filed suit against the victims of last year’s Las Vegas concert mass shooting, claiming it has no liability for the massacre, according to a published report on Monday. MGM Resorts International went to federal courts in Nevada and California and took on more than 1,000 shooting victims, saying claims against the hotel giant “must be dismissed.” “Plaintiffs have no liability of any kind to defendants,” the complaints argue, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Las Vegas lawyer Robert Eglet, who is representing several victims, told the paper that the hotel’s unusual action is...

Reports of recent shots fired at park where scientist was killed in front of daughters

Tristan Beaudette, 35, was fatally shot in front of his two young daughters while on a camping trip in Southern California.  (GoFundMe) Los Angeles County deputies were informed of recent shots fired near the popular California wilderness park where a pharmaceutical scientist was killed earlier in the summer by a single shot in front of his daughters. The Los Angeles Times on Monday reported that deputies responded twice in the last week to reports of gunshots at the Malibu Creek State Park campground, which has been closed since the June 22 killing. Tristan Beaudette was killed by a single gunshot wound to the head as he slept in a tent with his young daughters. There were seven shootings reported at the park prior to Beaudette’s killing. A spokeswoman from the sheriff’s office told the p...

Lava explosion injures dozens on Hawaiian boat tour

FILE: Lava flows into the ocean near Pahoa, Hawaii. Officials say an explosion sent lava flying through the roof of a tour boat.  (AP) At least 23 people were injured on Monday off Hawaii’s Big Island after an explosion caused by lava oozing into the ocean sent molten rocks crashing through the roof a sightseeing boat, officials said. The injured people were on a tour boat that shows visitors lava plunging into the ocean from the active Kilauea volcano that has been shooting lava for the past two months. The U.S. Geological Survey geologist Janet Babb explained that explosions occur whenever 2,000-degree (1,093-degree Celsius) lava enters cold seawater. Some explosions could be so tiny they are barely visible, but, in certain conditions, large explosions can happen that send molten rock an...

Analysis: Trump’s presidency draws criticism from all sides

WASHINGTON –  Donald Trump’s “America First” slogan morphed into “Me First” as the president unloaded on his own intelligence community and Justice Department to portray himself as the victim of a conspiracy to deny him legitimacy. Trump also blamed American “foolishness and stupidity” for the poor state of U.S.-Russia relations, returning to themes he has repeated at political rallies around the United States. This time, though, he was on foreign soil, standing next to Vladimir Putin, the very man whose government is accused of interfering in the 2016 election to favor Trump. As such, his extraordinary performance on Monday fueled criticism of his presidency from both the right and left. And it will likely embolden Putin, who faced no pushback fro...

California woman covered ‘head to toe’ with bees in critical condition after attack

A California woman was left in critical condition after she was attack by a massive swarm of bees.  (Georgia Dept. of Agriculture) A California cleaning woman was left in clinging to life Monday morning after she was attacked by a large swarm of bees that “covered her from head to toe,” and required rescuers to skip protocol during their response.   The woman, who is in her mid-50s, was stung hundreds of times by the large swarm outside a Southern California home. “When you get somebody stung hundreds of times, [bees] injecting that venom, you’re gonna have a serious issue,” Fire Capt. Tony Bommarito told NBC Los Angeles. “Anybody, allergy or not, is gonna be in serious condition after that.” Orange County fire officials said four firefighters also were stung ...

Statelessness a hurdle for some boys rescued from Thai cave

MAE SAI, Thailand –  The 12 boys and coach of the Wild Boars soccer team who were rescued from a cave in Thailand last week share a characteristic with many of the professional European clubs its youthful members idolize: They are a multiethnic, cross-border crew. But while the stars of the major European leagues, no matter what their origins, can stake a claim to fame and fortune, some of the Wild Boars cannot even count on a permanent home. Three of the players — Mongkol “Mark” Boonpium, 13, Adul Samon, 14, and Pornchai “Tee” Khamluang, 16 — and 25-year-old assistant coach Ekapol “Ake” Chanthawong are stateless, their lack of citizenship not only restricting their upward mobility, but even their right to travel outside of Chiang Rai, the northern provi...

Day care owner gets probation for trying to kill child

MINNEAPOLIS –  A Minneapolis day care owner was sentenced Monday to 10 years of probation for trying to kill a toddler in her home by hanging him from a noose. Nataliia Karia, 43, received her punishment in Hennepin County court after pleading guilty to attempted murder and third-degree assault earlier. She also pleaded guilty to criminal vehicular operation for hitting a pedestrian, a bicyclist and another driver as she fled from her home in a minivan in November 2016. Karia also must follow court-ordered mental health treatment and will be on electronic home monitoring for at least two months, the Star Tribune reported. She will live with her adult son but cannot have unsupervised contact with her daughters or other minors. According to the criminal complaint, a father was dropping off h...

Lava explosion near Hawaii tour boat injures at least 23

At least 13 people were injured in Hawaii early Monday when a lava explosion from the Kilauea volcano sent debris flying through the roof of their tour boat.  (Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources) At least 23 people were injured in Hawaii on Monday after a lava explosion from the Kilauea volcano sent debris flying through the roof of their tour boat. The “lava bomb” hit the roof of the Hawaii Lava Boat Tours vessel near the town of Kapoho, Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources said. The explosion sent lava through the boat’s roof and into the passenger cabin. HAWAII VOLCANO ERUPTION FORMS NEW LAVA ‘ISLAND’ JUST OFF COAST At least four passengers were rushed to the Hilo Medical Center, according to the Hawaii County Fire Department...

Chicago man shot, killed by officers appeared to have gun, police say

Footage from body cameras and other surveillance video appeared to show that a black man who was shot and killed by a Chicago police officer was armed with a gun and reached toward it as officers confronted him, officials said Sunday. Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Harith Augustus, 37, had a holstered semiautomatic handgun tucked into his waistband when officers confronted him on the city’s South Side. According to patrol chief Fred Waller, Augustus broke free and ran from the officers, who believed “he appeared to be reaching for a weapon” and shot him. Police had sent the handgun and two magazines of bullets for testing, said police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi, who added that Augustus wasn’t a known gang member and had no recent arrest history. A...