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CVS employee stole winning $1 million lottery ticket, lawsuit claims

The CVS logo on a basket at one of their stores.  (Reuters) An Illinois man is claiming that a CVS employee stole his winning $1 million scratch-off lottery card after being “coerced” inside the store. Carlos Figueroa said in a lawsuit filed last week in Cook County Circuit Court that he bought the “Merry Millionaire” ticket on Oct. 30 at a CVS in Waukegan, but it came out cut in half due to a machine malfunction. Figueroa says he was then “coerced” by a store employee into handing over half of the ticket under the intention that it would be checked to see if it was a winner, the Lake County News-Sun reported. About 20 minutes later, according to the lawsuit, the worker gave Figueroa half of a different lottery ticket back – one that was not a winner – despite his protests to b...

Duo allegedly ran prostitution ring at senior living facility, paid women in drugs

From the left, Randy Lambach and Joseph Van Wert were arrested for allegedly operating a prostitution scheme in Massachusetts.  (Pittsfield Police) Two Massachusetts men were arrested last Tuesday for their alleged participation in a citywide prostitution scheme at a senior living facility. Randy Lambach, 45, sought out drug-addicted women for years in the Pittsfield area, took their photo and advertised on adult websites in order to find them “dates,” police said. At least one was a 15-year-old girl, police said.  He would then drive the women to and from set “appointments” where he would “sometimes watch from a closet or doorway,” The Berkshire Eagle reported. At least five of these “appointments” were at the apartment of Joseph Van Wert, 65, in his senior living facility, police said. L...

NYPD to use secret weapon at Thanksgiving Day Parade: ‘Vapor Wake’ retrievers

NYPD Emergency Services dogs Vito, Tori, & Blue provide security ahead of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Wednesday. (NYPD) The NYPD is doubling down on a new breed of security to defend the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade: an elite team of Labrador retrievers specially trained to detect explosives on roving targets in large crowds. The dogs have completed the 18-month patent-pending “Vapor Wake” training program, which was developed at Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Unlike normal bomb-sniffing dogs, which are adept at identifying explosives in stationary objects such as trash cans, Vapor Wake dogs keep their noises up and look for mobile threats. The Labradors are dialed into the “thermal plumes left behind in a person̵...

Wisconsin deer hunter meets friendly 8-point buck during hunt

A hunter in Wisconsin took a cell phone video of an 8-point buck that appeared to be unfazed it was opening day for deer season. A deer hunter in Wisconsin took a cell phone video of an unusual encounter with a young buck on Saturday during the state’s opening day for deer season. Dan Hartley, a resident of Janesville, Wis., who said he’s been hunting deer for four decades, said he was in the woods and found a comfortable spot against an old tree to wait for deer, the Reno Gazette Journal reported. Hartley said he spotted an 8-point buck that emerged from a thicket about 20 yards away from where he’d been sitting. Hartley said the deer was too young for him to shoot so he clicked his rifle’s safety in hopes the deer would flee. The deer had no reaction, and made its way over to the hunter....

Rocket launch will prove Earth is flat, California man says

Mike Hughes is shown with his steam-powered rocket constructed out of salvage parts. He plans to launch it Saturday.  (Associated Press) A California man intends to launch himself 1,800 feet high on Saturday in a home-built rocket to prove that astronauts faked the shape of the Earth. Mike Hughes, a 61-year-old limo driver, said his stunt will be the first phase of the flat-Earth space program, sponsored by Research Flat Earth, a group that believes Earth is, well, flat. The rocket should travel about a mile at a speed of roughly 500 mph. “If you’re not scared to death, you’re an idiot,” Hughes said. “It’s scary as hell, but none of us are getting out of this world alive. I like to do extraordinary things that no one else can do, and no one in the history of mankind has designed, built and...

Woman raises more than $60K for homeless man who helped her

When Kate McClure, right, ran out of gas, Johnny Bobbitt Jr., left, who is homeless, gave his last $20 to buy gas for her. McClure, seen with boyfriend Mark D’Amico, middle, started a Gofundme.com campaign for Bobbitt that has raised more than $13,000. (Elizabeth Robertson/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)  (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER) A New Jersey woman who was helped by a homeless man after she ran out of gas on an interstate in Philadelphia has raised more than $60,000 for the Good Samaritan. Kate McClure, 27, started the Gofundme.com campaign earlier this month after she said she ran out of gas on Interstate 95 and a homeless man, Johnny Bobbitt Jr., walked a few blocks and bought her some with his last $20. McClure said she didn’t have any money to repay him at the time but returned ...

Florida nursing home deaths during Hurricane Irma ruled homicides

Florida officials have declared the deaths of 12 of 14 nursing home patients who died after Hurricane Irma as homicides.  (John McCall/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP) Authorities in Florida have declared the deaths of 12 of 14 nursing home patients who died after Hurricane Irma as homicides. Patients living at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills were evacuated on Sept. 13 as Hurricane Irma hit the area. Eight residents died that day, and six others died in the following weeks. A spokeswoman for the Hollywood Police Department told the Sun Sentinel that someone could be charged in their deaths. VOICEMAILS FROM NURSING HOME WHERE PATIENTS DIED DELETED FROM FLORIDA GOVERNOR’S PHONE, REPORT SAYS “Who gets charged is part of the continuing investigation,” Hollywood Police Depa...

MS-13 terrorizing American small towns and suburbs ill-equipped to fight back

A member of the MS-13 street gang gestures during an event in San Vicente, El Salvador.  (Reuters) Fairfax County is a wealthy suburb in Virginia dotted with McMansions, upscale shopping malls and quiet cul-de-sacs. But it is dealing with an issue not typically seen in the suburbs – a vicious gang infiltrating its schools and neighborhoods. At least two teenagers were savagely killed. The culprit, some believe: MS-13 gang members. Away from urban areas that have seen a rise in gang-related activity, MS-13’s brutality is turning up in small towns and communities across the country – places not always equipped or ready to deal with the growing and alarming threat. In the last year or so, police say, the gang known for its execution-style shootings and machete-hacking deaths has cropped up in...

Charlie Rose got potential heir Josh Elliott ‘ousted’ from CBS

CBS This Morning” has been left without an heir apparent to Charlie Rose after the veteran anchor was fired for sexual-harassment allegations. Rose is seen at Trump Tower in New York City, Nov. 21, 2016.  (Reuters) Disgraced “CBS This Morning” co-host Charlie Rose was behind the firing of the one colleague who could have stepped into his role on the a.m. show, Josh Elliott, multiple sources said. But Rose says he was only supportive of Elliott. “CBS This Morning” has been left without an heir apparent to Rose after the veteran anchor was fired for sexual-harassment allegations — and there’s no big-name replacement within CBS News’ ranks to take over. Insiders say it was Rose who, this year, helped get Elliott fired from CBS after he decided the younger anchor was a threat. A source said, “...

Rep. Joe Barton warned woman he’d tell police if she shared explicit photos and messages, report says

Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, apologized Wednesday after an explicit video of him circulated on social media.  (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst) Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, told a woman to whom he sent sexually explicit photos, videos and messages that he would report her to Capitol Police if she made any of the material public, The Washington Post reported late Wednesday. The anonymous woman shared a recorded phone call with the Post in which Barton admitted that if their relationship was exposed, he would tell investigators that “I had a three-year undercover relationship with you over the Internet that was heavily sexual and that I had met you twice while married and had sex with you on two different occasions and that I exchanged inappropriate photographs and videos with you that I wouldn’t lik...

Swiss Get Juncker House Call as EU Seeks to Anchor Economic Ties

The European Union’s attempt to streamline its complicated relationship with Switzerland may get a boost on Thursday. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is visiting Bern and, according to the Swiss government, this will provide an opportunity to assess the ongoing negotiations on an “institutional framework agreement” between the two sides. The Swiss rejected joining the EU a quarter of a century ago and, instead, their relations are governed by more than 100 agreements on everything from civil aviation to the free movement of people. While the relationship has flourished — Switzerland is the EU’s No. 3 trading partner — Brussels is keen to embed the country more deeply into its institutional machinery and is increasingly flexing its political muscles to achieve ...

3 high school football players charged with raping teen girl

Three members of the Central York High School football team have been charged with raping a 14-year-old girl at gunpoint after she left a Pennsylvania town fair. (York County) WEST YORK, Pa. –  Three high school football players have been charged with raping a 14-year-old girl at gunpoint after she left a Pennsylvania town fair. The York Daily Record reports the 16-year-old boys from the Central York High School football team are charged as adults. The girl says she was with friends at the York Fair on Sept. 16 and the boys followed them. She says when she left the fair she was “taken to unknown locations” and was “forced” to have sex with the boys. West York police say two of the boys were picked up without incident Tuesday and the third arranged to surrender. The ...