David Anderson and Francine Graham who fatally shot four people at a kosher grocery in Jersey City last month planned an assault for some time and were equipped to cause even greater destruction. Authorities said they had found materials in the assailants’ vehicle for building improvised explosive devices that could have injured or killed people ’as far as five football fields away’.
George Nader, a key witness in former special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election, pleaded guilty Monday to charges of shipping an underage boy to the U.S. for sex and possessing child pornography. Both of these crimes occurred years before Nader served as an informal foreign policy adviser to the Trump transition after the 2016 election.
Authorities in California removed a large, three-story treehouse that was built illegally in northwestern Los Angeles on Wednesday as the local government works to clear a homeless encampment said to be inhabited by 100 people. The cleanup is part of a four-phase public safety effort that began in August amid numerous brush fires, and most recently a flood rescue in the area.
A Harvard Law School professor sued The New York Times, claiming it engaged in ’clickbait defamation’ by falsely suggesting he once approved of accepting donations from the late accused sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. In the lawsuit, Lawrence Lessig contends the Times published a ’sensationalized, false and defamatory ’clickbait’ headline and lede’ that was the ’direct opposite’ of his position.
Higher Ground Productions, a production company owned by Barack and Michelle Obama made a documentary titled ’American Factory’, which landed an Oscar nomination on Monday. Reacting to the news, the former President tweeted and said that he was glad to see the film being nominated for the ’Best Documentary’ award.
The family of the lone crew member to die in a boat fire that killed all 33 passengers off the Southern California coast last year sued the vessel’s owners Monday. The lawsuit by the family of Alexandra ’Allie’ Kurtz claimed the owners of the Conception knew the boat was unseaworthy and it lacked required smoke detectors and fire equipment and did not have adequate emergency exits.
Firefighters battled a seven-alarm fire Sunday night that tore through two apartment buildings under construction in Bound Brook, New Jersey. Bound Brook police advised nearby residents to listen to emergency personnel evacuating people from homes. No major injuries were reported.
Model Gigi Hadid was a part of the potential jurors for the rape trial of former movie producer Harvey Weinstein. Hadid informed the court that she had met with Weinstein before as well as actress Salma Hayek, who may called as a witness during the trial. She believes she can remain impartial as a juror, despite these meetings.
After spotting an SOS stamped in the snow Alaskan authorities in a helicopter found the man they had been asked to check on by some people concerned for his welfare after having no contact with him for over three weeks. The rescued man stated his cabin burned down and he survived on the rations he was able to save from the fire.
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said on Sunday that he did not see intelligence that supported the belief that the slain Iranian general was plotting attacks against four U.S. embassies. Esper said he shared President Trump’s view that planning was underway. ’What the president said was he believed there probably and could’ve been attacks against additional embassies, Esper added.
A girl, 7, is dead and her brother, 4, is missing after they and their father were swept into the ocean on the Oregon coast amid a high-surf warning. The father was hospitalized. The incident happened Saturday when the father was holding the two children when a wave swept all three into the water at about 12:30 pm in the Falcon Cove area. The search for the boy was suspended once it became dark.
NBC Entertainment Chairman Paul Telegdy has confirmed that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will return to co-host the Golden Globes in 2021. Comedian Ricky Gervais hosted the 77th annual Golden Globes recently, where his opening monologue and razor sharp jokes went viral and were heavily celebrated online. Gervais also made attendees a little too uncomfortable on their empty political activism.
The US military has said that more than a dozen Saudi servicemen training at US military bases will be expelled from the country in the aftermath of a Pentagon review of the deadly Dec. 6 at a Florida base. The Saudi personnel being expelled are not accused of aiding the Saudi Air Force second lieutenant who killed three American sailors.
A former Marine allegedly impersonated a security team member for Marine One (President Trump’s helicopter) and breached two checkpoints last week at Palm Beach International Airport. Brandon Magnan from Florida is charged with false personation of an officer or employee of the US. Court documents show Magnan was dishonorably discharged about 10 years ago for ’serious offenses’.
Thousands remained without electrical power Sunday after weekend storms ravaged parts of the Southeast and Midwest, causing deaths of 11 people, including 2 first responders. Fatalities were reported in Texas due to icy weather, in Alabama from a deadly tornado. A man drowned in Oklahoma and the storms even touched the Midwest with at least one death on an icy highway in Iowa.
Speaking to supporters at a campaign event in Toledo, Ohio, US President Trump spoke about having been overlooked for last year’s Nobel Peace Prize. ’I saved a country, and I just heard that the head of that country is now getting the Nobel Peace Prize for saving the country’, Trump was referring to Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed who worked to stop the border conflict with neighboring Eritrea.
Pennsylvania investigators have filed charges against two teenagers who recorded themselves abusing a wounded deer they had just shot. Alexander Smith, 18, and an unidentified juvenile, 17, were arrested and charged with animal cruelty and other crimes. The video shows one teen kicking the injured deer in the face as the other stands on one of the animal’s hind legs.
Authorities in Louisiana have said that at least three people died following a severe storm. The bodies of an elderly couple were found near their demolished trailer. A search for more possible victims was underway. In Arkansas and Missouri, tornadoes destroyed homes and also caused damage in Oklahoma.
A Tennessee woman has been arrested in connection with the bathtub drowning of her 11-month-old son. Lindsee Leonardo, 32, is charged with first-degree murder as well as aggravated child abuse. She admitted to having left the boy in the bathtub in 4-6 inches of water along with her 23-month-old child, after which she stepped outside for a smoke and ’me time’.