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Carroll County Plane Crash Kills Everyone Onboard Cessna, Police Say

A plane, which was flying from Indianapolis to Green Bay, Wisconsin, crashed in Carroll County, Indiana, Thursday night. According to a report by WRTV, an ABC-affiliated television station, the Cessna 441 plane crashed in a field near the County Road 600S and 500W north of the town of Rossville, Indiana. The plane took off from Eagle Creek Airpark in Indiana just before 7:30 p.m CST (8:20 p.m. EST). There were at least three people on board the plane, WRTV reported. According to Indiana State

Father Allegedly Raped, Assaulted Twin Sisters And Impregnated One Of Them Twice

Two sisters with diminished mental and behavioral capabilities were allegedly raped, beaten and starved for long periods, and held captive in chains by their father in their home in south Minneapolis. According to a report by Star Tribune, criminal complaints and court filings alleged that the twin sisters were abused for many years until one of them escaped from the residence and informed the police authorities about the incident in May 2017. The father of the twins, Jerry Lee Curry, 51, was

5 Arrested After 14-Month-Long Probe Into Russian Embassy Cocaine Smuggling

An Argentine police official and a former Russian diplomat were among the five people arrested following a 14-month-long investigation, which started after hundreds of pounds of cocaine were found at the Russian Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2016, authorities said Thursday. According to a report by the New York Times, Patricia Bullrich, Argentina’s minister of security, reportedly said during a news conference Thursday, “We have dismantled an international cocaine trafficking organizat

Who Is Mujahid Ramzziddin? Off-Duty Cop Fatally Shot Trying To Save Neighbor

An off-duty police officer was fatally shot in Maryland, Wednesday morning, when he “stepped in to protect a woman threatened in a domestic situation," officials of Prince George’s County Police Department said. Corporal Mujahid Ramzziddin, 51, a former Marine and the recipient of the Medal of Valor was shot by Glenn Tyndell, 37, a resident of Brandywine, Maryland. Tyndell was then shot and killed during a police confrontation. Prince George’s County Police Chief Hank Stawinski said, “He [Ramz

Man Attempted Kidnap, Rape Of Coffee Shop Worker, Gained Access Using Window

A man carrying a knife came through the window of a coffee shop in Kent, Washington, early Tuesday and attempted to kidnap and rape a barista, police officials said. The attacker came to the window of the Hottie Shots Espresso located at 21237, 84th Ave .S. around 4:45 a.m. PST (7:45 a.m. EST) and ordered a drink from the woman working at the coffee shop. Madeline Guinto, 30, a resident of Bonney Lake, Washington said she started to get the order ready when the man climbed through the window,

University Students Protest White Nationalist Rally Which Was Actually A Hoax

The students of the University of North Carolina (UNC), Chapel Hill, came out to protest against a rumored white nationalist rally Wednesday, which later turned out to be a hoax. Kevin Guskiewicz, the dean of the UNC’s College of Arts & Sciences sent a message Tuesday to other deans and department chairpersons, which said “individuals not affiliated with UNC-Chapel Hill” would be conducting a “Rally for Nationalism.” Guskiewicz also wrote he was not able to confirm if the rally would take plac

Doctors Remove World’s Largest Brain Tumor Weighing Almost 4 Pounds

Doctors in India have successfully removed what is believed to be the world’s largest brain tumor, weighing 1.8 kg (3.96 pounds), from a man. According to a report by The Hindu, a six-hour surgery was performed on Santlal Pal, 31, by doctors at the Nair Hospital, Mumbai, on Feb. 14. The doctors said that the tumor resulted in Pal losing his eyesight but hoped that he would regain his vision now. Pal, post-surgery, is recovering in the intensive care unit at the hospital and is in stable conditi

NYPD Officer, Accused Of Sex With Teen, Made Videos Of Sexual Encounters

A New York Police Department (NYPD) officer from Bronx, New York City, who was accused of having sexual intercourse with a 15-year old girl and having a threesome with the teen and his adult girlfriend who is a sister of the minor, took videos of his numerous sexual encounters, police authorities said Wednesday. According to a report by New York Daily News, investigating detectives discovered videos and photos of sexual encounters of the accused NYPD officer Raul Olmeda, 40, on his home compute

What Is March For Our Lives? Students, Parents Rally For Gun Regulation

In the wake of the mass shooting incident at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, Florida, on Valentine’s Day last week, the school’s students have scheduled a rally next month, in order to demand gun regulation and increased safety in schools for children. The rally is being called March For Our Lives. According to the official site of the movement, the rally will be taking place on March. 24, where children, parents and numerous supporters of the cause would be marching on the stre

Harlem Restaurant Criticized For Racially Profiling Several Black Women

Numerous African-American women alleged a restaurant in Harlem, New York, racially profiled them and also falsely accused them of dining and dashing. One of the women, 45-year-old Tara Fitzgibbon, visited the restaurant named Angel of Harlem on Frederick Douglass Blvd. for the first time Feb. 10 with her two friends. Seeing that the restaurant was packed, they went to the bar, a New York Daily News report said. The women then proceeded to order their drinks, when the manager of the eatery appr

Twitter Allegedly Locked Right-Wing Users' Accounts, Thinking They Are Bots

Twitter allegedly locked several accounts on their platform, Wednesday, thinking them to be bots which led to outrage on social media. Most of the accounts that claim to be locked seem to be right wing conservative Trump supporters, who claim they are being targeted for their political beliefs. Here are some instances. The Columbia Bugle, a conservative blog site posted on their Twitter account claiming that the social media company locked its account and that it also lost 800 followers. The

Malcolm X Assassination: Facts About Human Rights Icon’s Death, After 53 Years

Human rights activist and famous Black Nationalist leader Malcom X, who was the spokesman for the Nation of Islam (NOI) — an African-American political movement — during the 1950s and 60s, was assassinated on Feb. 21, 1965. According to the site Biography, Malcolm X was naturally gifted with oratory skills. He urged black people to escape from the shackles of racism by “any means necessary,” which included resorting to violent methods. Malcolm X's contribution helped increase the members of the

Nikolas Cruz Abused Mother And Was Violent At Home, Police Records Reveal

Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz’s mother used to call police authorities, years before the shooting incident, seeking help to contain Cruz’s threats and his violent and self-destructive behavior, according to police documents. According to a report by CNN, there were more than 30 reports regarding Cruz dating back to 2011 which showed violent misbehavior from Cruz and his younger brother. These documents shed more light on an emerging perspective that projects Cruz as a disturbed teenager w

Hidden Painting Discovered Under Picasso’s Artwork By X-Ray Scanning Technique

Researchers in the United States have discovered a painting hidden under the famous “The Crouching Beggar” (La Misereuse Accroupie) artwork by Pablo Picasso. According to a report by the Guardian, researchers used a non-invasive imagine technique to inspect the Picasso painting which resulted in them finding a landscape painting hidden underneath it. The new study also provided more information on certain hidden features discovered in the painting earlier. Marc Walton of Northwestern Universit

Iraq Formulates Plan To Deal With Families Of ISIS Members

Authorities in Iraq have formulated a plan to deal with the foreign wives and children of the members of  the Islamic State in a bid to balance the security concerns with international laws. According to a report by Fox News, Shia al-Sudani, the Iraqi minister of Labor and Social Affairs who is in charge of the issue of childcare said, “We are holding 500 wives of ISIS — all foreigners — and their children, which makes 1,500 total.” “And some of the ISIS wives are pregnant,” added al-Sudani.

US Warns About A 'Critical Time' For 'Humanity' At Munich Security Conference

It is a critical time for humanity, said United States National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster at the 54th Munich Security Conference in Germany. According to a report by VOA, the U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster told the delegates of other participating nations Saturday, “This year we meet at a critical time for our nations, and indeed for all humanity.” “We face a range of common threats. Rogue regimes that already imperil international security in the Middle East and northeast A

Commercial Aircraft Crashes Near Tehran, 66 People On Board Dead

An Iranian commercial aircraft crashed Sunday in Southern Iran, killing all 66 people on board. According to a report by New York Post, the Aseman Airlines ATR-72, a twin-engine turboprop plane used for short-distance transportation, crashed near the Southern Iranian city of Yasuj, where it was supposed to land. Yasuj is approximately 485 miles south of Iran's capital city of Tehran. A spokesman for Aseman Airlines, Mohammad Taghi, reportedly told a state TV channel that all people abroad Flig

Woman Pleads Guilty To Torturing, Killing 8-Year-Old Son

The mother of an 8-year-old boy pleaded guilty Thursday to first degree-murder after the boy died in 2013 from starvation and vicious beatings. According to a report by Los Angeles Times, Pearl Sinthia Fernandez, 34, from Palmdale, California, confessed she tortured and beat him with the intention of killing him. Since she pleaded guilty, Fernandez was able to skip a trial where the prosecution would have sought death penalty as her punishment. The defense lawyers representing Fernandez had ob

Owners of Shop That Sold Rifle to Nikolas Cruz Close Store Indefinitely

The owners of the shop that sold an AR-15 rifle to Nikolas Cruz, which the latter used to carry out the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, closed their shop indefinitely Friday. According to a report by New York Daily News, the attorney of the gun shop owners — Michael and Lisa Morrison — said in a statement that they were “completely shocked and mortified that anything like this would happen.” The lawyer, Douglas Rudman, said, “They condemn in the strongest possible fashio

US Border Patrol Reduces Visitation Time For Families Divided By Immigration Laws

Agents of the United States Border Patrol have limited the visitation time for families separated due to immigration laws, causing uproar among human rights groups. According to a report by the Guardian, the Border Patrol officials have now limited the visitation time to just half an hour at Friendship Park, which lies on the border of California and Mexico. They were also allowing only 10 people at a time for meetings, which is said to be a major policy change that severely affects the familie

McGill Student Tries To Help Through Facebook Post After Noticing Suicide Note

A student of McGill University, Quebec, Canada, acted immediately when she read a suicide message written on the wall in a bathroom on the third floor of the university’s Sherbrooke building. According to a report by Global News, Avleen K. Mokha, 19, wrote a post on Facebook, Thursday, in an attempt to reach out to the student who wrote on the wall. The writing on the wall said, “I’m going to kill myself tonight. 15/02/18. xx peace McGill.” Referring to the message, Mokha said, “It’s written i

What Is ERPO? Restraining Order For Guns May Help Curb Mass Shootings

A law which aims to restrict people with mental health problems and violent behavior from accessing firearms might get more traction in light of the recent cases of the mass shootings in the United States. According to a report by ABC News, Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) is a law which gives family members and police authorities the power to restrict a person from getting a gun if he/she displays behavior which can cause danger with the possession of a firearm. At present, Washington, Ca

Florida School Shooter Nikolas Cruz Claims He Heard Voices To Plan Attack

Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old who was accused of killing 17 people and injuring 14 in the mass shooting Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Florida, told the investigating officers he heard voices in his head that gave him directions on how to carry out the attack, law enforcement sources said. The voices were called “demons” by the law enforcement sources. The people who were acquainted with Cruz said he was a disturbed teen who was alone, according to a report by ABC News. A fa

11-Year-Old Arrested Threatening School Shooting In Written Note

An 11-year-old girl was arrested Thursday in Florida after she wrote a note in which she threatened to carry out a shooting at her school. According to a report by Sun Sentinel, Jasmine Powell was arrested by officials of Davie Police Department after she threatened she would bring a gun to her school, Nova Middle School in Florida, and use it to kill people. The police officials said that a surveillance video showed Powell slipping a note under the door of the school’s assistant principal’s o

Popular Chinese TV Show Accused Of Racism For Depiction Of Africans

A skit shown on China’s biggest Lunar New Year television show Thursday faced huge backlash for its depiction of African characters and was accused of being racist. According to a report by South China Morning Post, the skit showed a black-faced Chinese woman with big fake buttocks in order to represent an African character. The skit wanted to showcase China’s relation with African nations and was broadcasted during the 2018 CCTV New Year’s Gala, also known as the Spring Festival Gala — a yearl

NYC Residents Oppose Homeless Shelter Plan, Cite Cost, Safety Concerns

Residents opposed a $60.8 million plan aimed at turning a New York City hotel into a shelter for homeless people. According to a report by New York Daily News, a plan to turn the former Park Savoy Hotel, Midtown, NYC, was vehemently disapproved of by the people living near the hotel who said the plan was too expensive, not viable and very dangerous for the neighborhood. A statement submitted by the president of the Coalition for West 58th Street, Suzanne Silverstein, said, “This 150 unit devel

California Man Suspected Of Stabbing 19-Year-Old Woman Said He 'Snapped'

A man accused of killing a 19-year-old woman and then leaving her by the roadside said during a jailhouse interview Wednesday that he “snapped” and that he never wanted to hurt or kill her. According to a report by KTVU, a Fox-affiliated television station, Daniel Gross, 19, a resident of Modesto, while giving an interview from inside the Santa Rita Jail, Dublin, California, said, “I didn't plan to do this at all.” “I feel like s---. I f---ing hate myself, you know? I wish I could go back in t

Washington Latest State Abolishing Death Penalty: Which States Still Have It?

The Washington Senate on Wednesday passed a bill aimed at abolishing death penalty in the state. The bill is now headed to the Washington House of Representatives for consideration. The bill, which passed with a 26-22 vote, signaled one of the strongest intents towards abolishing the death penalty as a potential punishment for aggravated first-degree murder, the News Tribune reported. If the bill is signed and then turned into law, the punishment for the crime would be life in prison without pa

Aaron Feis, Stoneman Douglas High School Coach, Dies Protecting Students During Shooting

A football coach at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Florida, is being hailed a hero for shielding the students from bullets during the shooting that took place Wednesday. Initial reports on Twitter claimed football coach Aaron Feis died while protecting the students from the gunfire. But those reports were squashed by a tweet by another coach at the school, which stated Feis was in the hospital. Jordan May, a coaching staff of Stoneman Douglas High School in a tweet which is now deleted

Grandmother Turns In Teenager After Finding School Mass Shooting Plan In Notebook

An 18-year-old student from Washington was arrested Tuesday after the teen’s grandmother found out about his plans to carry out mass shooting in a state school and informed the authorities. Everett police arrested Joshua Alexander O’Connor from ACES High School on the suspicion of attempted murder and other charges. O’Connor’s grandmother dialed 911 and showed the police officers a journal in which her grandson wrote about the details of his plan to shoot students and also use a homemade explos