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January 14, 2019 10:20 PM Suspect in Jayme Closs case appears in court

In his confession to police, Jake Thomas Patterson explained how he took a number of steps to carry out his plan and conceal his identity. For one, he stole a pair of license plates and put them onto his vehicle because he did not want his own plates to be spotted. He also disconnected the vehicle's dome light so that he would not be visible when he opened 181

January 14, 2019 7:38 PM Jayme Closs kidnapping suspect decided to take teen after seeing her get off a school bus, complaint says

Prosecutors are expected to formally charge 21-year-old Jake Patterson with kidnapping and murder; Matt Finn reports from the courthouse in Barron, Wisconsin. Jayme Closs’ accused kidnapper began his plot to abduct the 13-year-old girl from her Wisconsin home after randomly seeing her get on a school bus one day, a moment when he said “he knew that was the girl he was going 515

January 10, 2019 2:17 PM Man ate Louisiana State University student's pet fish, cops say

A 21-year-old man was arrested Tuesday after admitting he ate a woman’s pet betta fish in a Louisiana State University dorm room more than two years ago, police said. The incident occurred in October 2016 after a woman allowed Maxwell Taffin, then 18 years old, and two of his friends to stay in her dorm during the weekend of the LSU-Ole Miss football 180

January 7, 2019 5:18 PM Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez: 'No question Trump is a racist'

New Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has said there is "no question" that US President Donald Trump is a racist. In an interview with CBS News, she based her claim on "words that he uses, which are historic dog whistles of white supremacy". The White House said in a statement that Ms Ocasio-Cortez's "sheer ignorance on the matter can't 94

January 5, 2019 12:39 AM Baby sitter accused of killing boy and giving body to mother

This undated booking photo released by Marathon County Sheriff's Office shows Marissa Tietsort of Wausau, Wis. The Wisconsin baby sitter accused of killing a 2-month-old boy has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide. A criminal complaint filed Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, says Tietsort caused the infant's death in October, then put him in a snowsuit 160

December 31, 2018 6:04 PM Russia detains U.S. citizen in Moscow for suspected spying

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s FSB state security service said on Monday it had detained an American citizen suspected of spying in Moscow and had opened a criminal case against him. The FSB said the American had been detained on December 28 but it gave no details of the nature of his alleged espionage activities. A U.S. State Department spokesperson said Russia 133

December 29, 2018 3:09 PM Brazil's president-elect plans decree allowing wider gun ownership

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil’s far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro said on Saturday he plans to issue a decree allowing all Brazilians without criminal records to own firearms, welcome news to many core supporters who want him to loosen Brazil’s strict gun laws. Throughout his campaign, Bolsonaro had pledged to dismantle Brazil’s current gun legislation 103

December 28, 2018 2:59 PM Climate change expert Aaron Doering charged with choking his fiancée

Aaron Doering was charged with two felony counts of domestic assault by strangulation. (Hennepin County Jail ) A well-known climate change expert and professor at the University of Minnesota choked and brutally assaulted his fiancée, who told cops she fears he will kill her, according to a criminal complaint. Aaron Herbert Doering, a 47-year-old tenured 104

December 27, 2018 5:05 AM Pope's initial blind spot on sex abuse threatens legacy

FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2018, file photo, Pope Francis arrives in Piazza Armerina, Sicily. It has been a wretched year for Francis, whose blind spot on clergy sex abuse conspired with events beyond his control to threaten his legacy and throw the Catholic hierarchy into a credibility crisis not seen in modern times. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File) 140

December 25, 2018 6:44 PM GoFundMe refunds donors in alleged scam involving homeless vet, NJ couple

GoFundMe refunded more than $400,000 to 14,000 donors who believed they were helping a homeless veteran from Philadelphia — but later discovered it was an alleged scam concocted by a New Jersey couple. GoFundMe spokesman Bobby Whithorne said Tuesday refunds were issued to those who donated to the fund to help Johnny Bobbitt that was created by Katelyn 151