Day: March 13, 2017

White House fence jumper released pending trial


A northern California man who jumped the White House fence was released by a federal judge Monday pending further court proceedings. 

Jonathan Tuan Tran, 26, will be required to stay within 100 miles of his hometown of Milpitas, Calif., except while traveling to court in Washington. He must wear a GPS monitor, stay away from the White House and undergo a mental health evaluation.

Tran was approached by a Secret Service officer on the south grounds of the White House late Friday and asked if he had a pass to be in the restricted area. According to a police report, Tran answered, “No, I am a friend of the president. I have an appointment” and added that he had “jumped the fence.”

Tran is charged with entering restricted grounds while carrying a dangerous weapon, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years and a $250,000 fine. Prosecutors say Tran was carrying two cans of Mace when arrested.

In court Monday, Tran answered a series of “yes” or “no” questions in a soft voice and was told twice by the clerk to speak up. He was also assigned a public defender.

Tran’s next court appearance is scheduled for April 13.

Fox News’ Matthew Dean and the Associated Press contributed to this report. 



Source link

1489424665574.jpg

Serial pickpocket jailed after 153rd offense


After 153 strikes, a British serial thief dubbed by the media as the “Pickpocket Queen of Birmingham” is finally out.

Margaret Johnson was sentenced to 30 months in the slammer after admitting to six thefts Friday in front of a court in Birmingham, the BBC reported. The 40-year-old – who has no fixed address – has 153 offenses to her name, 93 of which are theft.

DRUNK UMPIRE ARRESTED AFTER CALLING JUNIOR HIGH BASEBALL GAME

Johnson’s targets included an elderly woman looking after her grandson who has Down Syndrome, and a heavily-pregnant shopper, police said.

Video surveillance of Johnson caught her stalking victims and in one instance, she stole a handbag just six days after being released from prison in January, the BBC reported.

“She deliberately targets elderly, lone female shoppers – people she considers easy targets,” said Sgt. Julia Slater of West Midland Police. “Even by her own despicable standards she has stooped to new lows with these offenses.” she added.

Click for more from the BBC.



Source link

694940094001_5357884805001_5357881051001-vs.jpg

Backyard ice rink must come down, Pennsylvania town decides


A Pennsylvania family thought building a hockey rink in the backyard was the solution for keeping the kids active during the winter — until town officials told them to tear it down.

“We want a space for them to… just get outside and get some exercise and kind of bring back the old school fun that we had when we were kids,” Terry Beam told Fox News. 

WEARING RED, WHITE AND BLUE LANDS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS IN HOT WATER

This is the second winter the Beam family made a hockey rink Beam says, but it didn’t sit well with South Middleton Township authorities this year. In a letter to the family, the township engineer said the rink was a violation.

“A drainage easement is located on your property,” the letter noted. “By placing objects and fences that block the water, such as the skating rink constructed on your property, the amount of storage available is reduced, and the basin will not function as designed.”

MARINE FINDS DISCARDED ASHES, BRINGS REMAINS TO DECEASED’S DAUGHTER

In an appeal, Beam told the engineer that the rink was a temporary structure, and he did not anticipate it would create a hazard.

“We have lived at this address for 14 years and have only had substantial water in that area 2-3 times; which was never during this time of year,” Beam said in a letter.

Fox News reached out to the township manager, who said the Board of Supervisors held two meetings to talk about the rink, inviting the Beams. Township Manager Cory Adams said the Beams were no-shows, but Terry Beam says he never received an invitation.

“We take storm water management very seriously here.” Adams said.

Adams told Fox News over the phone that township officials would be open to moving the rink to another part of the yard.

“It’s possible, but we’d have to get more information from them,” Adams said.

Beam said the current placement is the only flat surface of his lawn at their home southwest of Harrisburg. He said he will be taking it down even though his two boys are “devastated.”

Michelle Chavez is a Fox News multimedia reporter based in Pittsburgh.



Source link

Convenience store lawyer says Ferguson surveillance footage edited for film


Surveillance footage showing Michael Brown in a Ferguson, Missouri market on the day he was fatally shot was heavily edited by a documentary crew and is “100 percent false,” an attorney for the convenience store told reporters Monday.

A documentary shown at film festival South by Southwest in Austin, Texas suggests that Brown traded a bag of marijuana for the cigarillos he was alleged to have stolen.  It claims he left them behind on the counter and came back to pick them up the day he allegedly robbed the store. Filmmaker Jason Pollock states, “Mike did not rob the store.”

Attorney Jay Kanzler said the interaction shown in the film was edited down from 4 minutes to 30 seconds and disputes the claims made by filmmaker Jason Pollock. 

The unedited surveillance footage appears to show store clerks rejecting Brown’s offer of marijuana in exchange for sodas and cigarillos.  

The footage, which was shown from four different angles, shows Brown leaving the store with the marijuana and leaving sodas and cigarillos behind on the counter. Clerks were seen putting the items back before closing.

“The entire story is preposterous and laughable,” said Kanzler. “(The filmmaker) owes an apology to the store owner, the community of Ferguson, and the police officers who put their lives on the line because of his recklessness.”

St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch said the police had the same video and that the footage “is not new, not a surprise and not relevant.”

McCulloch told reporters the reason they did not release the footage was because it was not relevant to the case.

About 100 protesters gathered outside the store Sunday night in response to the documentary. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that seven or eight shots were heard, but no injuries reported. Police arrested some protesters and cleared the scene when the market closed.

Prosecutors on Monday charged a St. Louis man with trying to set a Ferguson police car on fire during the protests. Police say Henry Stokes, 44, put a napkin in the gas tank opening of the police car and tried to use a lighter to set it aflame, but fled when police saw him.

CLICK FOR MORE FROM FOX 2 ST. LOUIS.

Fox News’ Jason M. Kopp andThe Associated Press contributed to this report.



Source link

1489433401948.jpg

Prosecutor says newly surfaced Ferguson footage heavily edited


Surveillance footage showing Michael Brown in a Ferguson, Missouri market on the day he was fatally shot was heavily edited by a documentary crew and is “100 percent false,” an attorney for the convenience store told reporters Monday.

A documentary shown at film festival South by Southwest in Austin, Texas suggests that Brown traded a bag of marijuana for the cigarillos he was alleged to have stolen.  It claims he left them behind on the counter and came back to pick them up the day he allegedly robbed the store. Filmmaker Jason Pollock states, “Mike did not rob the store.”

Attorney Jay Kanzler said the interaction shown in the film was edited down from 4 minutes to 30 seconds and disputes the claims made by filmmaker Jason Pollock. 

The unedited surveillance footage appears to show store clerks rejecting Brown’s offer of marijuana in exchange for sodas and cigarillos.  

The footage, which was shown from four different angles, shows Brown leaving the store with the marijuana and leaving sodas and cigarillos behind on the counter. Clerks were seen putting the items back before closing.

“The entire story is preposterous and laughable,” said Kanzler. “(The filmmaker) owes an apology to the store owner, the community of Ferguson, and the police officers who put their lives on the line because of his recklessness.”

St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch said the police had the same video and that the footage “is not new, not a surprise and not relevant.”

McCulloch told reporters the reason they did not release the footage was because it was not relevant to the case.

About 100 protesters gathered outside the store Sunday night in response to the documentary. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that seven or eight shots were heard, but no injuries reported. Police arrested some protesters and cleared the scene when the market closed.

Prosecutors on Monday charged a St. Louis man with trying to set a Ferguson police car on fire during the protests. Police say Henry Stokes, 44, put a napkin in the gas tank opening of the police car and tried to use a lighter to set it aflame, but fled when police saw him.

CLICK FOR MORE FROM FOX 2 ST. LOUIS.

Fox News’ Jason M. Kopp andThe Associated Press contributed to this report.



Source link

EDGE_BUDGET_FNC_041511_09-46.jpg

Senate Democrats threaten government shutdown amid Trump budget wishlist – GOP lawmaker says America doesn't need 'somebody else's babies'


Senate Democrats who have long-fought Republican attempts to shut down the government over budget disputes are now threatening to do exactly that.  

Democrats said they will block any attempts to include President Trump’s proposed border wall – or other far-right agenda items – in the $1 trillion spending package expected to be announced this week. And, they said, they are not opposed to shutting down the government if Republicans insist on including it.

The warning letter, written by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and other top Senate Democrats, was addressed to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. It warned against funding the U.S.-Mexico border wall and other “poison pills” that could be hidden in the budget plan—such as defunding Planned Parenthood, rolling back environmental regulations and allocating additional funding to the Pentagon. 

“We believe it would be inappropriate to insist on the inclusion of such funding in a must-pass appropriations bill that is needed for the Republican majority in control of the Congress to avert a government shutdown so early in President Trump’s Administration,” the letter read, addressing the bipartisan budget agreement reached in 2015 that set spending levels for defense and non-defense programs.

The letter said including any “poison pill riders” in the bill will have severe consequences.

“We hope our Republican colleagues will work with us in a bipartisan way so that the appropriations process meets the needs of the American people,” Schumer said. “If Republicans insist on inserting poison pill riders such as defunding Planned Parenthood, building a border wall, or starting a deportation force, they will be shutting down the government and delivering a severe blow to our economy.”  

McConnell’s office did not immediately issue a statement in response to Schumer’s letter.

But the threat to shut down the government is not one that Republicans are unfamiliar with. Under the Obama administration, Congressional Republicans had major confrontations over budget disputes that ended in a government shutdown or partial shutdown.

A funding gap on October 1, 2013, the first day of the 2014 fiscal year, occurred after disagreements over the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, causing the first government shutdown in over 17 years. The shutdown, which lasted 16 days, resulted in the furlough of hundreds of thousands of federal employees.

The Democrats’ letter outlined concerns with funding what they called the “$25 million per mile” border wall, which, they say, has not been resolved by Congress or the Department of Homeland Security.

“There is real concern that the Administration, put simply, has no plan to build the border wall,” the letter read, noting the lack of details the White House has provided in terms of design, eminent domain, location and construction.

The letter said that the Democrats were “committed” to working with the Republicans as they wait for the administration to roll out its first budget plan.

“Rather than pursuing this partisan path,” Schumer said on Monday, “we hope both sides can work together to ensure the government remains funded going forward.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Brooke Singman is a Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @brookefoxnews.



Source link

1489421936702.jpg

Baby suffers fractured skull after nurse allegedly fell asleep during feeding


A Canadian mother said she is planning to sue after a nurse who was caring for her premature son allegedly fell asleep while feeding him and woke to him crying on the floor. The alleged incident left Kelsey Bond’s infant son, Keiran Keller, with a skull fracture, The National Post reported.

“I received a phone call at 8 o’clock in the morning saying that the nurse had fallen asleep feeding him and woke up to him crying on the floor,” Bond, 19, told The National Post. “She said she was sorry … and that a pediatrician had looked at him and said he was fine.”

Bond gave birth to Keiran and his twin brother, Kayden, at 29 weeks gestation at Kingston General Hospital on Dec. 23. They were transferred to Belleville General in February, where they were tended to in a special-care nursery, The National Post reported. Kayden was released Feb. 10, but Keiran had a lung condition and other health issues that required additional care.

Bond told the news outlet that on the evening of the Feb. 20 phone call regarding Keiran’s fall, she arrived at Belleville General, and noticed his head looked red and swollen. A second pediatrician reportedly told her Kiernan was fine.

More on this…

“I had a gut feeling that everything wasn’t OK,” said Bond, according to The National Post.

She also reportedly discovered through a hospital document that the fall occurred five hours prior to when she received the phone call. The nurse involved in the alleged incident was not punished.

“The nurse is not suspended; she is not fired; there is no punishment for her,” Bond told the news outlet.

She requested Keirnan be transferred to Kingston where an ultrasound and CT scan revealed a depressed fracture in his skull and an acute subdural hematoma, The National Post reported. He was released Feb. 27 after another ultrasound, but was having trouble feeding and was admitted to Peterborough Regional Health Centre before being transferred to Kingston. He was released March 2, according to the report.

Bond told The National Post it may take from six months to a year for his injury to heal, and that an appointment at a special development clinic is booked for May. While hospital officials said they are investigating the incident and Quinte Health issued an apology, Bond said her concerns are not being addressed.

A Quinte Health Care spokesperson told the news outlet that an investigation is ongoing and that the nurse reported the incident immediately.

“Our staff are also human and so when things like this happen we are really sorry,” the spokesperson told The National Post.

Bond said she has contacted a lawyer and plans to sue for neglect.

“If she was tired, she shouldn’t have gone to work,” she said of the unidentified nurse. “She’s risking children’s lives, and these aren’t just normal, full-term babies. They need special care.” 



Source link

Stenographer collapses on Senate floor at session's start


A Senate stenographer has collapsed on the chamber’s floor.

The Senate went into a brief recess as medical personnel attended to the woman, who collapsed as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was speaking. Media and visitors were quickly cleared from the galleries.

The woman was conscious as personnel attended to her.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer opened the proceedings shortly after, thanking the medical attendants and wishing the woman a speedy recovery. He did not give details about what happened.



Source link

694940094001_5356879825001_5356875447001-vs.jpg

BIAS ALERT: Media pivots on Trump's prosecutor purge after learning Clinton, Obama did the same – VIDEO: Kurtz — Trump attorney firings should be a non-story – OPINION: A phony scandal created by an Obama appointee


Media outrage over the Trump administration’s decision to sack 46 federal prosecutors landed with a thud when they were quickly reminded that former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama had done the same thing, but some in the press have pivoted with a new spin.

It’s outrageous, NBC’s Chuck Todd said, because Attorney General Jeff Sessions (who was summarily fired by President Clinton as a U.S. Attorney in 1993) fired Preet Bharara. After all, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York was on the cover of Time magazine in 2012 and has been touted as a fearless anti-corruption crusader.

“I think it’s only getting more attention because of Preet Bharara, to be honest,” Todd said when his “Sunday Today” colleague, Willie Geist, asked him why the Trump administration’s move was any different from Clinton’s attorney general, Janet Reno, firing 93 U.S. Attorneys.

ABC’s David Wright noted that such prosecutor purges have happened before but, according to the Media Research Center, treated that fact as just a convenient excuse for the White House.

“One big difference is that the Trump Justice Department is already embroiled in controversy,” Wright said. “Investigating Russian meddling in the election. Including allegations, Trump campaign officials may have colluded. The attorney general himself is under scrutiny.”

CNN, in a Friday story headlined “Anger mounts over handling of US attorney firings,” said the problem with Trump’s move is that he didn’t give the prosecutors adequate warning.

“This could not have been handled any worse,” an anonymous source told CNN.

The article explained that “it is common for administrations to ask holdovers to step down, but what is less common is the abruptness of Friday’s announcement.”

Outrage over an administration canning U.S. Attorneys is not entirely new, at least not when it involves Republican administrations. President Bush’s Attorney General, Alberto Gonzales, came under fire when he fired several federal prosecutors, citing their performance records. The incident, which came in 2006 amid midterm elections, led to Gonzales’ resignation.

“They serve at the pleasure of the president,” Gonzales told “Fox & Friends” Monday. “They know that.

“The president has a great deal of discretion in this arena,” Gonzales added. “I’m not sure where the story is here.”

 

 



Source link

1489418010879.jpg

New fruit makes 'dirty' list


Next time you’re browsing the produce aisle, you may want to steer clear of a conventional fruit beloved in pies and whole-fruit form alike.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has yet again released its annual Dirty Dozen list — and this year, pears have made the list for the first time, taking the No. 6 slot on the list, up from No. 22 in 2016.

“The new pesticides detected on pears include fungicides, applied to control fungus and mold, as well as insecticides,” according to the EWG, an organization that researches and advocates in agriculture and toxic chemicals, among other areas. “This is troubling because there is very little research on the health effects of ingesting multiple pesticides.”

3 SALT-FREE WAYS TO FLAVOR YOUR FOOD

The Dirty Dozen ranks the most pesticide-laden produce to help guide customers in their organic and non-organic purchases.

In this year’s list, pears follow strawberries, which contain the most pesticides, according to the EWG, and then spinach, nectarines, apples and peaches.

The EWG’s Clean Fifteen list, which ranks the safest non-organic foods to eat by its standards, contains sweet corn, which took the top spot, followed by avocados, pineapples, cabbage, onions and frozen sweet peas.

THE 7 BEST FOODS TO HELP YOU SHED POUNDS

To draw its findings, the EWG analyzed tests by the Department of Agriculture to identify pesticide content in produce samples. It found about 70 percent of those samples — representing 48 kinds of conventionally grown produce — were contaminated with pesticide residues. Overall, the group observed 178 different pesticides and pesticide byproducts among those samples, and contamination existed even after washing or peeling the fruits and veggies.

Although there’s no consensus on whether always eating organic is healthier, urine samples show people who eat non-organic food ingest their pesticides, potentially leaving themselves at risk as scientists continue to study their possible health effects.

FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK FOR MORE FOX LIFESTYLE NEWS

Still, anyone who’s compared prices can see buying organic is a financial commitment.

Cynthia Curl, an environmental health scientist at Boise State University in Idaho, who authored a 2015 study in Environmental Health Perspectives that suggested pesticide residue in urine samples, advised following the Dirty Dozen list to minimize potential exposure.



Source link