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  Murders By U.S. White Supremacists More Than Doubled In 2017, New Report Shows   Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:06:43 -0500

Murders By U.S. White Supremacists More Than Doubled In 2017, New Report ShowsWhite supremacists in the United States killed more than twice as many people in 2017 as they did the year before, and were responsible for far more murders than domestic Islamic extremists, helping make 2017 the fifth deadliest year on record for extremist violence in America, a new report states.



  Police issue warning about drugs cut with 'Rizzy' after man's skin is eaten away   Wed, 17 Jan 2018 10:22:00 -0500

Police issue warning about drugs cut with 'Rizzy' after man's skin is eaten awayPolice in Alliance, Ohio, issued a warning to other law enforcement officials after a man's skin was eaten away when he allegedly injected heroin tainted with a substance called "Rizzy" into his arms, according to WEWS. Narcotics officers who arrested the unnamed 25-year-old man last week said they immediately noticed his horrific injuries. WEWS reports that the man's forearm skin was blackened and peeling, and some of his flesh had been completely eaten away.



  Japanese News Outlet Mistakenly Sends North Korean Missile Alert   Tue, 16 Jan 2018 08:44:46 -0500

Japanese News Outlet Mistakenly Sends North Korean Missile AlertA Japanese broadcaster on Tuesday erroneously sent a mobile app alert announcing that North Korea had launched a missile.



  How to protect your family against the spread of the flu   Wed, 17 Jan 2018 10:54:42 -0500

How to protect your family against the spread of the fluThis year’s outbreak is widespread in every state but Hawaii, and has gotten so bad in Alabama that the governor has declared a public health emergency.



  Sarah Huckabee Sanders: NBC Gave Trump A Show For A Decade, So He's Not Racist   Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:12:28 -0500

Sarah Huckabee Sanders: NBC Gave Trump A Show For A Decade, So He's Not RacistWhite House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended President Donald Trump to reporters on Tuesday, saying that if he’s a racist, “why did NBC give him a show for a decade on TV?” Sanders was answering a question about comments made by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who said on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Monday that the president could prove he’s not a racist by approving the DACA immigration deal a bipartisan committee has already worked out.



  Bridge collapses in Colombia killing at least 9   Tue, 16 Jan 2018 05:00:56 -0500

Bridge collapses in Colombia killing at least 9At least nine construction workers have been killed in Chirajara, Colombia, after the partially-constructed bridge they were working on collapsed. Rough cut (no reporter narration).



  Elvis Impersonator Who Presided as David and Louise Turpin Renewed Their Vows Stunned by Arrest   Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:28:59 -0500

Elvis Impersonator Who Presided as David and Louise Turpin Renewed Their Vows Stunned by ArrestThe couple arrested in the alleged shackling and torture of their children had appeared before Kent Ripley three times to renew their vows.



  China planning to send robot sub to sunken ship   Wed, 17 Jan 2018 05:46:17 -0500

China planning to send robot sub to sunken shipBEIJING (AP) — China is preparing to send a robot submarine possibly followed by divers to explore and plug holes in a sunken Iranian oil tanker whose 32 crew members are all believed to have died, the Transport Ministry said Wednesday.



  Undocumented immigrant charged in slaying of 2 police officers says he wishes he killed more cops   Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:20:54 -0500

Undocumented immigrant charged in slaying of 2 police officers says he wishes he killed more copsAn undocumented immigrant who admitted to shooting and killing two Northern California police officers in October 2014 said in court on Tuesday that he regrets not killing more cops.



  Pennsylvania Supreme Court Appears Open To Striking Down Gerrymandered Map   Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:11:19 -0500

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Appears Open To Striking Down Gerrymandered Map― A plurality of state Supreme Court justices seemed open to the possibility that the Pennsylvania congressional map may violate the state’s constitution, but during oral argument on Wednesday seemed unclear as to how to remedy the situation.



  Teen fatally shot over iPhone was reportedly killed by a friend, mom says   Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:31:54 -0500

Teen fatally shot over iPhone was reportedly killed by a friend, mom saysA New York woman claims her 15-year-old son was fatally shot over an iPhone by one of his own friends.



  Social Security Has Paid Benefits To My Dead Husband For A Year   Wed, 17 Jan 2018 05:46:36 -0500

Social Security Has Paid Benefits To My Dead Husband For A YearAnn Brenoff’s “On The Fly” is a weekly column about navigating growing older ― and a few other things.



  Philippine volcano spews lava; thousands flee   Wed, 17 Jan 2018 09:14:44 -0500

Philippine volcano spews lava; thousands fleeGlowing-red lava spurted in a fountain and flowed down the Philippines' most active volcano in a stunning display of its fury that has sent more than 34,000 villagers fleeing to safety.



  Pentagon Reportedly Weighing Using Nukes In Response To 'Large Cyberattacks’   Wed, 17 Jan 2018 05:38:50 -0500

Pentagon Reportedly Weighing Using Nukes In Response To 'Large Cyberattacks’The Pentagon is reportedly pushing a new retaliation tactic should the U.S. ever be hit by a devastating cyberattack: America could nuke the culprit.



  Mystery over death of 15 million Aztecs may be solved after nearly 500 years, study suggests   Tue, 16 Jan 2018 05:52:00 -0500

Mystery over death of 15 million Aztecs may be solved after nearly 500 years, study suggestsScientists believe they may have discovered the cause of an epidemic that struck Mexico’s Aztec population in 1545, killing up to 15 million people. In a paper published in Nature Ecology & Evolution, they describe how DNA extracted from the teeth of 29 skeletons buried in a cemetery in southern Mexico revealed previously unidentified traces of the salmonella enterica bacterium. The epidemic was one of several to hit the indigenous population soon after the arrival of Europeans in the early 16th century.



  California community reeling over Turpin 'house of horrors': 'I served them pizza while their children were starving?'   Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:34:01 -0500

California community reeling over Turpin 'house of horrors': 'I served them pizza while their children were starving?'The quiet California community of Perris has been left reeling after the discovery of 13 children  found chained and malnourished in squalid conditions in their parents' house. Matthew Alex Padilla, a 20-year-old former Marine, said he was sickened to learn that Louise Turpin, the woman he served pizza to near the Perris property, had a house full of starving children.  Mr Padilla has worked at Leonardi’s Pizza inside the WinCo supermarket for a year, and told The Telegraph he last saw Mrs Turpin a week or so ago. “Louise was in here every other day,” he said. “Sometimes with her husband, and a few times with a little girl, but never more than one. “We knew each other, and would chat – she was normal, if maybe a bit reserved. I had no idea she had 13 children, because she’d only ever order a slice of pepperoni, or a chicken club sandwich with no tomato. David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, were arrested after the discovery of the 13 children Credit: AFP “I’ve seen her buy food and eat, and yet there were 13 hungry kids at home? That’s messed up. They should be sentenced to a long time in jail. To do that to your kids – it’s not OK.” Louise and her husband David forced their offspring to march around the house, drill formation, at the dead of night, one neighbour claimed. Mike Clifford, a 60-year-old aerospace machinist, lived opposite the family for three years in Murrieta, where the couple rented a six-bedroom home between 2011 and 2014. Described by their family as “deeply religious”, the Turpins home-schooled their children and the youngsters were rarely seen in the community. “We thought they were mentally handicapped kids, so they kept them in,” said Mr Clifford, who worked late shifts and would catch sight of them in the evenings.  “I never saw them play. What we did used to see a lot was on the second floor, the kids would be walking in circles like they were marching for hours at a time. It was military like.”  He told the Mail Online he would see the Turpins bundling their children into their minivan at least twice a month in the early hours of the morning as he arrived home. Neighbours stand outside the house where the children were found Credit: Los Angeles Times “They would load up the kids at about one in the morning,” he said. “The garage doors would just pop open and half a dozen kids would get into the van and then they'd drive off. “My weirdest thought was that they were selling the kids, sexually or whatever.” Despite his concerns, Mr Clifford says he never saw anything that would have warranted a call to the police and said the children appeared clean, if “robotic” when spoken to. In 2014 the family moved up the road to Perris, from where the alarm was raised by their 17-year-old daughter on Sunday morning. Inside the house, police found 12 more of the couple’s children, aged two to 29, begging for water and food, some shackled to the bed in a stench-filled room. Gabriela Del Toro, manager at the Primos Mexican restaurant in Perris, said that Mrs Turpin would come in several times a week to get takeaway food – but never in family-sized quantities. “She was pleasant enough – there was absolutely nothing out of the ordinary,” she said. “It’s mad to think that was going on just down the road.” The couple posted several pictures from family outings on their Facebook page  Mr Turpin’s parents were also left reeling by the news. James Turpin, who lives near Princeton, West Virginia, with his wife Betty, told his local newspaper that their son was “a fine person". David Turpin grew up in West Virginia’s Green Valley area and studied at Virginia Tech before moving away – first to Texas, then to California. "He did an outstanding job and worked in school, and the last time we were out there was about six years ago,” he said.  “The kids were fine. They were healthy and nothing was wrong. "I cannot understand. I'm going to talk to the kids as soon as they let me. I'm getting ready to make a call." Their other son, Randy, president of Valor Christian College in Ohio, said he was estranged from his brother and has taken leave to deal with the fallout. Yet on Mrs Turpin’s side of the family, a more damaging picture was presented. Elizabeth Jane Flores, her 41-year-old sister, appeared on US breakfast television on Wednesday and said her family tried "for years" to get in touch with her sister - but "she just shut us out of her life" for decades. "I want to reach out to the kids, I want them to know that for years we begged to Skype, we begged to see them, the whole family,” she said. The couple are being held on a $9 million bond Credit:  Barcroft Media Mrs Flores said she lived with her sister and brother-in-law for a few months when she was at university.  At the time, the couple only had four children and the eldest was in elementary school. "I thought they were really strict, but I didn't see any type of abuse," she said of the parents. "Now that I'm an adult, I look back, I see things that I didn't see then." She also said she had "uncomfortable" experiences with her brother-in-law but never told anyone because she was "young" and "scared." "He did things that made me feel uncomfortable," she said. "If I were to get in the shower, he would come in there while I was in there and watch me, and it was like a joke. He never touched me or anything." Mrs Flores said her mother drove for hours to visit the family in Texas at one point, but the Turpins didn't let her inside the house.  A few years later, Mrs Flores said, her father bought a flight to see the family but his daughter told him not to come, insisting she would visit them instead – which they never did. Another sister, Teresa Robinette, said that Mrs Turpin did not visit her parents even when they begged, on their death beds, to see her. “She didn’t even show up to either of their funerals,” she said. “So we have really no connection with Louise in a long, long time since we were young.” She said her sister had married Mr Turpin when she was 16. “We always thought she was living the perfect life. She would tell us they went to Disneyland all the time. They would go to Vegas.” But, she admits, in hindsight there were signs of neglect. “I always made comments to Louise when I talked to her about: ‘Gosh, they’re so skinny,’” she told NBC’s Today show. “And she would laugh it off: ‘Well David’s so tall and lanky, they’re going to be like him.’ “I can’t even say the words to you that I would like to say to her — I’m so angry inside.”



  Across the Mideast, Palestinians brace for Trump aid cuts   Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:38:05 -0500

Across the Mideast, Palestinians brace for Trump aid cutsSHATI REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip (AP) — Mahmoud al-Qouqa can't imagine life without the three sacks of flour, cooking oil and other staples he receives from the United Nations every three months.



  Muslim county in China bans children from religious events over break   Wed, 17 Jan 2018 03:39:40 -0500

Muslim county in China bans children from religious events over breakBy Christian Shepherd BEIJING (Reuters) - A mostly Muslim county in western China has banned children from attending religious events over a winter break, an education bureau said in a notice posted online, as authorities step up control of religious education. School students in Linxia county in Gansu province, home to many members of the Muslim Hui ethnic minority, are prohibited from entering religious buildings over their break, a district education bureau said, according to the notification.



  Chrissy Teigen Offers To Pay Possible Fine For McKayla Maroney's Truth-Telling   Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:22:00 -0500

Chrissy Teigen Offers To Pay Possible Fine For McKayla Maroney's Truth-TellingChrissy Teigen offered her support to former Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney in a big way on Tuesday morning: The model said she’d be “absolutely honored” to pay a $100,000 penalty that Maroney might face for violating a nondisclosure agreement with USA Gymnastics if she choses to speak at the sentencing for disgraced team doctor Larry Nassar.



  Blessing of the animals on St. Anthony's Day   Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:29:06 -0500

Blessing of the animals on St. Anthony's DayThe feast of St. Anthony, Spain’s patron saint of animals, is celebrated each year. On the eve of St. Anthony’s Day, riders guide their horses through a bonfire in the village of San Bartolome de Pinares as part of the Luminarias ritual in honor of St. Anthony the Abbot.



  California Volunteers Share Food With The Homeless, Get Arrested By Police   Tue, 16 Jan 2018 09:24:37 -0500

California Volunteers Share Food With The Homeless, Get Arrested By PoliceVolunteers in a Southern California city near San Diego face misdemeanor charges for handing out food to the homeless.



  Flight from Denver to Hawaii Diverted After Toilet Troubles on Plane   Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:18:40 -0500

Flight from Denver to Hawaii Diverted After Toilet Troubles on PlaneToilet troubles caused a United Airlines flight from Denver to Hawaii full of passengers to divert back to land when they were halfway over the Pacific Ocean.



  Bannon says under White House orders not to answer House committee   Wed, 17 Jan 2018 04:35:16 -0500

Bannon says under White House orders not to answer House committeeFormer Donald Trump advisor Steve Bannon Tuesday refused to answer questions from a congressional committee probing the president's campaign links to Russia, saying he was under orders from the White House not to. Bannon was quizzed voluntarily behind closed doors by the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, the first time he has testified in the probe investigating whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russia in its bid to influence the 2016 US elections. It was unlikely to be Bannon's last such testimony: the New York Times and the Washington Post reported late Tuesday that Bannon has been subpoenaed by Robert Mueller, the Justice Department special counsel investigating the same issue.



  Glossier Just Dropped Its First-Ever Solution To Acne-Prone Skin   Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:50:02 -0500

Glossier Just Dropped Its First-Ever Solution To Acne-Prone SkinThe glossy-faced, dewy-skinned experts at Glossier just dropped a new addition to the skincare-as-makeup retailer’s collection that’s perfect for blemish-prone faces.



  David Turpin's Sister-in-Law Says He Would Watch Her in the Shower, Wouldn't Let Her Contact Kids   Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:10:48 -0500

David Turpin's Sister-in-Law Says He Would Watch Her in the Shower, Wouldn't Let Her Contact KidsElizabeth Flores says she was creeped out by Turpin when she stayed with the family 20 years ago.



  US border patrol routinely sabotages water left for migrants, report says   Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:39:56 -0500

US border patrol routinely sabotages water left for migrants, report saysVolunteers are said to have found hundreds of water gallons vandalised in a patch of Sonoran desert. United States border patrol agents routinely vandalise containers of water and other supplies left in the Arizona desert for migrants, condemning people to die of thirst in baking temperatures, according to two humanitarian groups. Volunteers found water gallons vandalised 415 times, on average twice a week, in an 800 sq mile patch of Sonoran desert south-west of Tucson, from March 2012 to December 2015, the report said.



  Suit targets California utilities over deadly mudslides   Tue, 16 Jan 2018 19:33:02 -0500

Suit targets California utilities over deadly mudslidesLOS ANGELES (AP) — Two utilities were sued Tuesday for the widespread destruction from last week's deadly mudslides that were caused when hillsides ravaged by California's largest-ever wildfire let loose in heavy rain.



  Ashleigh Banfield Responds On Air To Insulting Email From Aziz Ansari Story Reporter   Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:51:29 -0500

Ashleigh Banfield Responds On Air To Insulting Email From Aziz Ansari Story ReporterHLN anchor Ashleigh Banfield on Tuesday criticized the woman who wrote an article alleging that actor Aziz Ansari had committed sexual misconduct, saying the writer had emailed her derogatory and anti-feminist comments.



  Humpback whale entangled in 285ft of rope freed by rescuers off coast of Hawaii   Tue, 16 Jan 2018 11:23:00 -0500

Humpback whale entangled in 285ft of rope freed by rescuers off coast of HawaiiA humpback whale spotted off the coast of Hawaii entangled in 285ft of rope has been freed by rescuers. The animal was first spotted on Thursday by the captain of a fishing boat near Makena Beach, on Maui island. "On release, the animal immediately breached several times," the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said in a statement.



  Pakistani police arrest suspect in rape and murder of 7-year-old girl   Wed, 17 Jan 2018 07:20:04 -0500

Pakistani police arrest suspect in rape and murder of 7-year-old girlBy Mubasher Bukhari LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistani authorities on Wednesday arrested a suspect in the rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl that ignited nationwide protests and outrage over allegations of government inaction, two police officials said. Police found Zainab Ansari's body in a garbage dumpster in Kasur district near the eastern city of Lahore last week, four days after she was reported missing. Residents of the area have said the murder was the 12th such incident in a year, and has fueled fears a serial rapist killer might be on the loose.



  'I Feel Horrible.' Former University of Alabama Student Apologies After Using Racial Slur in Video   Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:55:23 -0500

'I Feel Horrible.' Former University of Alabama Student Apologies After Using Racial Slur in VideoShe was also kicked out of the Alpha Phi sorority



  Hackers Messaged Donald Trump With Former Fox News Hosts' Twitter Accounts   Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:58:38 -0500

Hackers Messaged Donald Trump With Former Fox News Hosts' Twitter AccountsThe Twitter accounts of two former Fox News hosts were hacked on Tuesday, resulting in both of their feeds being filled with Turkish propaganda supporting the country’s controversial president.



  Sweden sends leaflets to 5m homes on how to prepare for war with Russia   Wed, 17 Jan 2018 07:23:19 -0500

Sweden sends leaflets to 5m homes on how to prepare for war with RussiaSweden is preparing to issue a public information manual on what to do in the event of war, as debate in the country grows over how to deal with the threat from Russia. The brochure, due to be sent to 4.7m households, will inform the public how they can take part in “total defence” during a war and secure water, food and heating. The booklet with the working title If Crisis or War Comes will also give guidance on dealing with threats from cyber attacks, terrorism and climate change, the FT reported. Russia’s annexation of Crimea and military support for Ukrainian separatists, along with increased activity and exercises near the Baltics and Scandinavia have caused deep unease in Sweden. The neutral country has begun to reverse deep post war defence cuts and incursions by Russian planes and submarines have sparked intense public debate over whether to join Nato. Sweden has seen debate over whether to join Nato Credit:  Victor Svedberg / Regeringskansliet In September 2017, the country held its biggest military exercise in 23 years, with war games involving 19,000 Swedish personnel and allies from Finland, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, France, Norway and America. The country last year voted to reintroduce conscription. “All of society needs to be prepared for conflict, not just the military. We haven’t been using words such as total defence or high alert for 25-30 years or more. So the knowledge among citizens is very low,” said Christina Andersson, leader of the project at the Swedish civil contingencies agency.



  Alligator and python captured tangling on golf course   Wed, 17 Jan 2018 09:50:33 -0500

Alligator and python captured tangling on golf courseSeveral golfers had their games interrupted in Florida by a highly unusual sight on Friday: a python battling an alligator.



  US nuclear review calls for development of low-yield weapons   Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:45:31 -0500

US nuclear review calls for development of low-yield weaponsThe US military wants to overhaul its atomic arsenal and develop a new type of low-yield weapon that experts worry could lead to greater proliferation and heighten the risk of nuclear war. The proposed changes to the nuclear weapons program, outlined in a draft version of the Pentagon's Nuclear Posture Review, mark a significant break from the vision for America's nuclear future under Barack Obama, who during a famous speech in Prague in 2009 called for the elimination of nuclear weapons. Arguing today's security environment is vastly more complex than in 2010 -- the last time the Pentagon published a nuclear review -- the draft document states that the US needs to realign its nuclear policy with a "realistic assessment" of the threats it now faces, including from North Korea, Russia and China.



  Pope meets with abuse survivors, weeps with them in Chile   Tue, 16 Jan 2018 19:29:35 -0500

Pope meets with abuse survivors, weeps with them in ChileSANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Pope Francis met on Tuesday with survivors of priests who sexually abused them, wept with them and apologized for the "irreparable damage" they suffered, his spokesman said.



  This Guy's Response To His Girlfriend's Selfie Is Extra AF   Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:10:15 -0500

This Guy's Response To His Girlfriend's Selfie Is Extra AFBeing a little bit extra paid off big for one boyfriend.



  2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Is Bigger and Modernized but Keeps Its Off-Road Appeal   Tue, 16 Jan 2018 12:22:06 -0500

2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Is Bigger and Modernized but Keeps Its Off-Road AppealThe 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class has received its most comprehensive update in decades, though you’d probably never guess it from the exterior of this rugged SUV. While the original G-Class started...



  ‘We tend to look after each other here’: Inside the Turpin family’s neighbourhood as it reels from discovery of captive siblings   Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:17:00 -0500

‘We tend to look after each other here’: Inside the Turpin family’s neighbourhood as it reels from discovery of captive siblingsAs Wednesday unfolded, investigators began their work of combing through the filthy, foul-smelling house looking for answers to the central question that has so far baffled authorities: why the Turpins apparently imprisoned their children before being arrested at the weekend, allegedly allowing them to starve and shackling them to furniture. The tranquil suburban street where the Turpin home sits was clogged with news crews hoping to offer answers, as neighbours grappled with how the apparent imprisonment of siblings – aged two to 29 – could happen amid such normalcy. A light-up paper snowflake could be seen hanging in the window of the Turpin family home, where authorities said the family lived after previously residing in nearby Murrieta, California, and in Texas.



  Man stabbed trying to stop armed robbery in North Phila., police say   Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:14:25 -0500

Man stabbed trying to stop armed robbery in North Phila., police sayA Good Samaritan was stabbed while trying to stop an armed robbery in North Philadelphia, police say.



  Activists hold Martin Luther King Jr. Day marches   Tue, 16 Jan 2018 08:56:06 -0500

Activists hold Martin Luther King Jr. Day marchesAcross the country, activists, politicians and citizens alike reacted to recent comments made by President Trump during a meeting on immigration that seemed to denigrate Haiti and African nations.



  Larry Nassar’s Victims Get Their Day In Court: ‘Little Girls Don’t Stay Little Forever’   Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:57:39 -0500

Larry Nassar’s Victims Get Their Day In Court: ‘Little Girls Don’t Stay Little Forever’Larry Nassar, the disgraced former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State team doctor, listened to more than a dozen of his sexual abuse victims read impact statements in an East Lansing, Michigan, court on Tuesday.



  Ericsson books Q4 goodwill impairment in digial and media arms   Tue, 16 Jan 2018 04:46:53 -0500

Ericsson books Q4 goodwill impairment in digial and media armsSwedish mobile network gear maker Ericsson booked an impairment of 14.2 billion crowns ($1.8 billion) in the fourth quarter, related primarily to goodwill in its digital and media operations, hitting operating income but not cashflow. "The majority of goodwill originates from investments made 10 years ago or more, and has limited relevance for Ericsson's business going forward," Ericsson said in a statement. Once the world's biggest manufacturer of mobile network gear, Ericsson has been hit by competition from Huawei [HWT.UL] and Nokia , while telecom operator spending has slumped ahead of the roll-out of next-generation 5G technology.



  Former CIA agent arrested with top secret info   Wed, 17 Jan 2018 04:41:57 -0500

Former CIA agent arrested with top secret infoUS authorities said Tuesday they had arrested a former CIA agent, Hong Kong resident Jerry Chun Shing Lee, after discovering he had an unauthorized notebook that had the identities of undercover US spies. Lee, a naturalized US citizen also known as Zhen Cheng Li, was arrested late Monday after he arrived at JFK International Airport in New York. The Department of Justice said Lee, 53, grew up in the United States and served in the US Army before joining the Central Intelligence Agency as a case officer in 1994.



  World's largest sea turtle could come off 'endangered' list   Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:20:23 -0500

World's largest sea turtle could come off 'endangered' listFederal ocean managers say it might be time to move the East Coast population of the world's largest turtle from the United States' list of endangered animals.



  Mormon Church Confirms New Leader In Live Broadcast   Tue, 16 Jan 2018 19:18:09 -0500

Mormon Church Confirms New Leader In Live BroadcastThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has officially named Russell M. Nelson as its 17th president.



  Just How Much of a Threat is Russia’s Status-6 Nuclear Torpedo?   Tue, 16 Jan 2018 21:02:00 -0500

Just How Much of a Threat is Russia’s Status-6 Nuclear Torpedo?The United States’ new Nuclear Posture Review asserts that Russia’s Status-6 intercontinental, nuclear-armed undersea autonomous torpedo (AUV) is a real weapon and could be a genuine threat. “It certainly is a threat U.S. forces will need to take into account,” Bryan Clark, a former U.S. Navy submarine officer and current senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.



  Thirteen siblings 'held captive' by parents in Perris, California: 'Deeply religious' couple arrested on torture charges   Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:46:02 -0500

Thirteen siblings 'held captive' by parents in Perris, California: 'Deeply religious' couple arrested on torture chargesThe American couple who allegedly tortured and imprisoned their 13 children were Elvis fanatics who believed “God called on them” to give birth so many times.  David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, were said to have forced their children to memorise passages of the Bible during “very strict” home schooling sessions.  Family members were reportedly kept away, with the children’s grandparents saying they had not seen them for around five years and an aunt saying she had not visited for 19 years.  David and Louise Turpin joined by their children - wearing matching outfits - as they renewed their wedding vows in 2015 Credit: Facebook The couple had their vows renewed by an Elvis impersonator three times, often with their children identically dressed looking on, according to photographs and footage.  The family had also filed for bankruptcy in 2011 and were said to have racked up debts of up to $500,000 despite Mr Turpin’s job as an engineer earning $140,000 a year.  Police custody images of David Allen Turpin and Louise Anna Turpin Credit: JOSE ROMERO /AFP/Getty Children lived in 'filthy' and 'foul-smelling' house The details emerged as a shocked America attempted to understand how an apparently mild-mannered middle-aged couple had allegedly committed such a heinous crime.  The pair have been charged with nine counts of torture and 10 of child endangerment after being arrested at their home in Perris, California. It followed a dramatic rescue of thirteen children aged between 2 and 29 who were discovered starving and some chained to items of furniture in the “filthy” and “foul-smelling” house.  Police only made the discovery after a 17-year-old girl fled the property through a window, stole a mobile phone and alerted officers to the children’s plight.  She was so emaciated police thought she was only 10. David Allen Turpin and his wife Louise Anna Turpin in a picture posted on Facebook Credit: Facebook On arriving at the middle-class bungalow in Perris, a town of 70,000 situated 15 miles outside Riverside, they found the children kept in dark, squalid and stench-filled conditions.  Some were shackled to their beds. Many appeared far younger than their age because of the horrific conditions they appear to have been kept in, according to officials investigating the case.  The children are now being treated for malnutrition. Mother 'perplexed' by police involvement Greg Fellows, Riverside County sheriff's captain, revealed that Mrs Turpin had appeared "perplexed" as to why police were present at her home. "The conditions were horrific," he said. The children are all believed to be the Turpins' biological offspring, authorities said. Mr Fellows said the investigation has so far found no indication of sexual abuse but that the conditions amounted to torture. "If you can imagine being a 10-year-old and being chained to a bed ... I would call that torture," he said. Mr Fellows praised the "bravery" of the teenager who managed to flee the house of horrors "through a window". "I am very saddened to report on such a heartbreaking case," he said. "Just before 6am a 17-year-old called deputies from a deactivated phone...she explained she had escaped through a window. "She also showed some photos which proved what she was saying was accurate." A spokeswoman from the county's social services department said that the children appeared to have been held for a "prolonged period of time".  But Mr Fellows added: "They've been through a very traumatic ordeal. They're very friendly, they're very cooperative and they're hopeful that life will get better". Children attended Elvis wedding vows renewal Until the summer of 2016 the family’s activities were well-documented on Facebook; photos showed trips to the beach and to visit Father Christmas, and a smiling clan at Disneyland, wearing matching outfits. The last photos posted, in July 2016, showed the clan gathered in what appeared to be Las Vegas, with an Elvis impersonator performing their vow renewal ceremony.  David and Louise Turpin renew their wedding vows at an Elvis chapel on their 30th anniversary on October 31, 2015 Credit: Elvis Chapel/YouTube It was the third time they had been photographed with the exact same Elvis, in the exact same outfits, at the Elvis Chapel in Downtown Las Vegas  – Mrs Turpin’s changing hairstyles being the only difference. Kent Ripley, the Elvis impersonator at the chapel, said he was "still disturbed" by the reports of abuse.  "I mean they were sitting right around here three different times," he told Fox5 Vegas, indicating the rows of empty chairs in the chapel.  The Elvis impersonator serenades the couple during the ceremony Credit: Elvis Chapel/YouTube "[The Turpins] seemed to care about each other and care about the kids. They seemed to smile, the kids were smiling they didn't hide behind themselves, they were very quiet." The couple stare into each other's eyes as their children look on Credit: Elvis Chapel/YouTube The family outings appear to have all stopped last July – five months after Mrs Turpin’s mother, Phyllis Robinette, died aged 66 in Princeton, West Virginia. Shortly before she died, Mrs Robinette wrote on Facebook: “Would love to come and see you all.” Sister: 'something was not right' Mrs Turpin was one of six siblings, living as far afield as Guam, Georgia and Tennessee. Her sister, Elizabeth Flores, an author, has previously written about being abused as a child. On Tuesday she claimed she had not seen her sister in 19 years but knew that something was "not right" with her parenting style. She added that she was never allowed to visit her sister or speak to her nieces and nephews.  The 41-year-old, who lives in Cleveland, Tennessee, told DailyMailTV: "Something didn't seem right about her parenting but never would I have expected it to be like this". David Turpin poses with his children wearing matching Dr Seuss book-inspired outfits in April 2016 Credit: Facebook "We have been so worried about them because it's been so strange but there was nothing we could do. They wouldn't let anyone visit and we didn't know their address. I haven't seen her in 19 years. We would talk on the phone from time to time, but every time I would ask to talk to her kids, she wouldn't let me.  "My parents booked several flights to go see them but when they got there they wouldn't tell them where to go and my parents left crying every time. It's just heartbreaking and I'm so embarrassed about all of this."  Couple believed 'God called on them' to have so many children Mr Turpin’s parents James and Betty, who live in West Virginia, described their son and his wife as being "deeply religious" and believing God had "called on them" to have so many children. They were in the Pentecostal faith, the parents added. David and Louise Turpin with their children on a family outing Credit: Facebook They told ABC News that their grandchildren, whom they had not seen in around five years, were given "very strict home-schooling" and would memorise long passages in the Bible. In March 2011, Mr Turpin registered in state records as head of a private school, the Sandcastle Day School, with its address that of the family home. The school only had six students. House in a middle-class neighbourhood with four vehicles outside Despite there being four cars parked outside, neighbours said they rarely saw the children outside the home, and were stunned to hear that 13 were living inside. The home in Perris, California, where the children were discovered Credit: Marcus Yam /Los Angeles Times/Getty  Some local residents said they sometimes saw some of the children come outside to work on the lawn together and then go back in together at the same time. Neighbours outside the home as the police investigation is launched Credit: Marcus Yam /Los Angeles Times/Getty One neighbour said: “They were very pale-skinned, almost like they'd never seen the sun. It was mostly girls. Kind of small-framed, kind of tiny. Almost looked a little malnutritioned (sic)." In 2011 the couple were declared bankrupt, with records showing that Mr Turpin was then working as an engineer for a defence contractor earning $140,000 a year, while his wife was listed as a homemaker. Turpin family house map Riverside County had become an emblem of bankruptcy and foreclosure during the depths of the recent recession, and court documents showed that the Turpins owed between $100,000 and $500,000. Ivan Trahan, the bankruptcy lawyer, told The New York Times that the parents spoke often about their children, although the youngsters never visited his law offices. The Turpins - along with extended family members - on a trip to Disneyland in California in 2011 Credit: Facebook “They spoke about them highly,” he said, adding that Mrs Turpin told him that the family loved Disneyland in Southern California and visited often. “We remember them as a very nice couple. This is shocking.” Sophia Grant, a child abuse pediatrician who is treating the 13 children, suggested they may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder following their ordeal.  Mr Turpin and Mrs Turpin are being held at the Robert Presley Detention Centre in Riverside, 60 miles east of Los Angeles, unable to provide the $9 million bail each set by the judge. On Thursday the couple will appear in court in Riverside. The children remain in hospital undergoing treatment and child services will now seek a court order to have oversight over the 13 children, including those over the age of 18. Mark Uffer, the chief executive of Coronal Regional medical centre, said his facility was treating seven of the adult children. "It's hard to think of them as adults, they are so small," Mr Uffer said, adding that they clearly malnourished but stable and very friendly.  Video: Elvis impersonator conducts ceremony



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