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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 ...

Colorado child sex trafficker sentenced to 472 years in prison

A convicted child sex trafficker in Colorado will spend the rest of his life in prison, and then some, after receiving the longest sentence for a human trafficking case in U.S. history on Tuesday. Brock Franklin, 31, was sentenced to 472 years in prison for operating a prostitution ring that preyed on young girls and women. Franklin was found guilty on 30 counts including human trafficking, sexual exploitation of a child, child prostitution, and kidnapping by an Arapahoe County jury in March, FOX 31 Denver reported. Brock Franklin, 31, was sentenced to 472 years in prison on Tuesday.  (FOX 31 Denver) He was originally indicted by a grand jury in 2015. Prosecutors said he used drugs and violence to control young girls and routinely forced them to have sex with him, and sold their services o...

John Conyers ‘has no plans to resign’ amid sexual harassment scandal, lawyer says

A lawyer for Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., said late Wednesday that his client does not intend to quit Congress amid multiple sexual harassment allegations. In a statement, Arnold Reed said that Conyers “will not be forced out of office based on the agenda of others” and claimed that “[i]f people were required to resign over allegations, a lot of people would be out of work in this country including, many members of the house[sic], senate[sic], and even the president.” The 88-year-old Conyers is the subject of an investigation by the House Ethics Committee after BuzzFeed reported Monday that his office paid a woman more than $27,000 under a confidentiality agreement to settle a complaint in 2015 that she was fired from his Washington staff because she rejected his sex...

Virginia mom charged after sending daughter to school with device to record alleged bullying

Sarah Sims was charged with a felony after putting a recording device in her daughter’s backpack in an attempt to obtain proof she was being bullied at school.  (WAVY-TV) A Virginia mother has reportedly been charged with a felony after putting a recording device in her daughter’s backpack to catch alleged bullying. Sarah Sims put a digital recorder into her 9-year-old daughter’s backpack in September in an attempt to obtain proof that she was being bullied at Ocean View Elementary School in Norfolk and to show that no one was helping her daughter, WAVY-TV reported. “If I’m not getting an answer from you what am I left to do?” Sims said of trying to take action on her own, noting the school didn’t respond to her repeated calls and emails. OPINION: DEAR LOVING PARENTS AND ADULTS, WE M...

MS-13 victim was stabbed 100 times, decapitated, had heart ripped out, police say

Miguel Angel Lopez-Abrego has been charged with first-degree murder.  (Montgomery County Police Department) A man murdered earlier this year by the MS-13 street gang was stabbed more than 100 times, decapitated and had his heart torn out of his chest and buried with him, Maryland authorities said Wednesday. Montgomery County Police said one of the alleged killers, 19-year-old Miguel Angel Lopez-Abrego, was arrested Nov. 11 in North Carolina. Lopez-Abrego, known as “Timido,” has been charged with first-degree murder and was ordered held without bond after his first court appearance. According to court documents, which cited interviews with a gang informant, up to ten MS-13 members planned to lure the victim to the Silver Spring park where he was killed sometime this past spring....

Cyber Monday’s biggest deals and savings

Dell, Overstock.com and many others will be offering Cyber Monday deals.  (iStock) The money-saving deals won’t end on Nov. 24. Cyber Monday shoppers can look forward to more special promotions in the wake of Black Friday. Cyber Monday – known as the day when companies offer a wide array of discounts online – is set to take place this year on Nov. 27. Here are some deals already available or will soon be:  Banana Republic Looking for clothing for the family? All items at the retailer are going to be half-off on Nov. 27, Glamour reports.  Dell  “Cyber Week deals will be available starting Nov. 26, and rolling Cyber Monday doorbusters will launch Nov. 27 at 8 a.m. ET with new deals posting hourly until 8 p.m. ET,” the company said in a release.  Both Cyber Week deals and the roll...

Al Franken accused of inappropriate touching by two more women

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., has been accused of grabbing two women’s backsides in separate incidents nearly a decade ago.  The anonymous accusers, who spoke to The Huffington Post in a story published Wednesday evening, are the third and fourth women to accuse the “Saturday Night Live” alumus of improper conduct.  One of the accusers told the Huffington Post that Franken “grabbed my buttocks during a photo op” at a June 2007 event hosted by the Minnesota Women’s Political Caucus.  The second accuser said Franken “cupped her butt” with his hand at a Democratic fundraiser in 2008, then suggested they “visit the bathroom together.” In a statement to The Huffington Post, Franken said, “It’s difficult to respond to anonymous accuse...