Monthly Archives: May 2013

Mayor Bloomberg says he's 'perfectly safe' after ricin letter scare

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been a public face of gun control for years, but he’s in a new, unsought spotlight after ricin-laced letters were sent to him and a group he helps lead. The billionaire hasn’t shied from using his political post and his personal fortune to push for gun control well beyond the city limits, garnering both plaudits and complaints that he’s overreaching. The poisoned letters to Bloomberg and the group Mayors Against Illegal Guns essentially threatened that “anyone who comes for my guns will be shot in the face,” Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Thursday, shortly before the Secret Service disclosed that a similar missive was sent to President Barack Obama. Bloomberg, speaking Friday on his weekly WOR Radio show, shrugged off any specter of danger. “There’s always threats, unfortunately. Continue Reading →

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2 hurt after small plane crashes into apartment building in Virginia

Virginia State Police say two people were taken to a hospital after a two-seat plane crashed into the living room of a third-story apartment outside Washington. Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller says the plane crashed into the roof of the apartment building in Herndon, Va., early Friday after it had electrical problems and its engine cut off. Geller says the men were taking infrared photographs for an aerial photography company. They were headed to Manassas from Philadelphia, but rerouted to Dulles when they ran low on fuel. Geller says the pilot was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Continue Reading →

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Zumba instructer sentenced to 10 months jail for prostitution scandal

A high-profile prostitution scandal featuring sex videos, adultery, exhibitionism and more than 100 clients drew to a close Friday when a Zumba fitness instructor who turned her studio into a brothel was sentenced to 10 months in jail. Alexis Wright was sentenced under a plea agreement to 20 counts including prostitution, conspiracy, tax evasion and theft by deception. Justice Nancy Mills extended wishes for success after the sentence was imposed. “Based on what you have to say and what I know about you from your attorney, I know that you will succeed when you’re released and that you will prevail. I wish you success,” Mills said. Continue Reading →

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Zumba instructor gets 10 months for prostitution

A high-profile prostitution scandal featuring sex videos, adultery, exhibitionism and more than 100 clients drew to a close Friday when a Zumba fitness instructor who turned her studio into a brothel was sentenced to 10 months in jail. Alexis Wright was sentenced under a plea agreement to 20 counts including prostitution, conspiracy, tax evasion and theft by deception. Justice Nancy Mills extended wishes for success after the sentence was imposed. “Based on what you have to say and what I know about you from your attorney, I know that you will succeed when you’re released and that you will prevail. I wish you success,” Mills said. Continue Reading →

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Michigan woman, 33, killed in Syria fight, family says

A 33-year-old Michigan woman was killed in Syria while fighting for opposition forces, relatives said. Nicole Lynn Mansfield, of Flint, and two other were fighters for a group opposed to Syria’s government and were killed during a confrontation in Idlib, according to a pro-Syrian government news agency. The circumstances of the deaths could not immediately be confirmed. Mansfield’s cousin, David Speelman, of Flint, told The Associated Press that FBI agents visited family members Thursday and informed them of Mansfield’s death. FBI Detroit spokesman Simon Shaykhet told the AP he can’t comment on the matter. Continue Reading →

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Second arrest made in brutal attack on Georgia pet pig

Authorities in southeastern Georgia say a second man has been arrested in an attack that left a pet pig with 23 stab wounds. Effingham County Sheriff’s spokesman David Ehsanipoor says 52-year-old Clyde McFearin, of Springfield, was arrested Wednesday on charges of aggravated animal cruelty and obstruction of a law enforcement officer. A 23-year-old man accused of unleashing two pit bulls on the pig and stabbing it 23 times was arrested in early April. The pig survived. Ehsanipoor says investigators determined one of the dogs belonged to McFearin. Continue Reading →

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Notable words from the National Spelling Bee

A look at some unusual, difficult or otherwise noteworthy words from the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee. — SMELLFUNGUS — a critic or faultfinder, taken from a novel by 18th-century absurdist Laurence Sterne. Gokul Venkatachalam, 12, of Chesterfield, Mo., spelled it correctly. — MALACOPHILOUS — adapted to pollination by snails. “I don’t know if that’s possible,” said aspiring comedy writer Amber Born, 14, of Marblehead, Mass. Continue Reading →

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APNewsBreak: Ore. Muslim sues FBI, claims torture

An American Muslim who says he was beaten with batons by prison interrogators while held in solitary confinement overseas for more than three months has sued the FBI and State Department, claiming the torture was done at their behest. The lawsuit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Oregon seeks $30 million and several injunctions against the U.S. government concerning its treatment of citizens overseas. Yonas Fikre said he was held for 106 days in the United Arab Emirates after refusing to cooperate with Portland, Ore.,-based FBI agents in an interview in Sudan. The State Department has confirmed previously that Fikre was held in Abu Dhabi “on unspecified charges,” but said he was visited by State Department officials and showed no signs of mistreatment. Fikre said the FBI agents named in the suit wanted him to become an informant at Portland’s largest mosque, Masjid As-Saber, and were angered when he refused. Continue Reading →

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