Day: June 21, 2017

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Immigrants accused of gang-raping woman at German county fair and filming it on trial


A woman testifying in Germany Monday identified three Eritrean men who allegedly held her down and repeatedly raped her near a train station last year. 

The 28-year-old woman said in her three-hour long statement that the men took turns sexually assaulting her in a secluded area near the Muhlhausen train station in August 2016, German newspaper Thuringer Allgemeine reported. The men lured her there during a carnival near the German station, she alleged. 

“Each of them raped me three times,” she said in her statement. 

The men would then beat and kick the woman, she claimed, adding that she tried running away and calling for help but the men had taken her phone. They later used the device to record part of the assault. 

The three men have been charged with group rape and bodily harm, according to the newspaper. Prosecutors are using DNA evidence found on the woman and her testimony as evidence in the case. 

One of the men previously said in court that he and the woman had consensual sex on the day of the incident. 

“I was very drunk at the carnival and I slept with her once,” the man said. 

The two other men accused of the crime have denied taking part, claiming they were at home and asleep that night. 



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Good Samaritans save officer from highway beating


A former linebacker and a motorcycle mechanic are being praised as heroes for coming to the rescue of a California Highway Patrol officer who was being attacked by an aggressive driver.

At 8:30 Saturday morning, Joel Jones was driving down the highway with his wife, Annalisa, when he noticed a driver weaving in and out of traffic. The driver, later identified as Gary Coslovich, smashed into two cars at high speeds, causing them to spin out. As Jones watched, a highway patrol officer pulled over the driver — who apparently snapped, Fox 2 reported.

“[The suspect] punched her, hit her repeatedly, beat her to the ground and started stomping her,” Jones, a pastor, said. “I thought he was going to take her gun. He was at her waist midsection. I told my wife, I said stay here, and I said, ‘Lord be with me.’”

The pastor, who used to be a college football player, knocked the suspect off his feet, five feet away. Jones’ wife said, “I saw her crawling and then I saw her trying to get up and so I said ‘is this really happening?’”

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Motorcycle mechanic Greg Bunting, also happened to drive by at the same time. Bunting said, “it’s hard to see a woman hit by a man. To see that was – uh, there’s no words to describe it except for it was sick.”

The pair held Coslovich down until law enforcement arrived. He faces charges including assault and battery, and a court date was set for Friday.

It was not Coslovich’s first encounter with law enforcement. Coslovich was fired last month from his job as a painter and is accused of ramming his truck into a county building in May, according to Santa Clara County officials.

Bunting, a former youth minister, said, “I think God puts us in places for a reason.”

When asked if they thought of people calling them superheroes, both agreed they were just doing their jobs as civilians. “We’re no superheroes, but when it comes to – it’s time to help out. Let’s do this!”

Jones agreed, “I’m no hero, I’m a servant. I’m no hero no more than anybody else.”

The officer was being treated for moderate injuries.

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Solano County CHP will be awarding Jones and Bunting for their bravery, according to Fox 2. 

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Would-be burglar beaten by resident


A man accused of breaking into a home in Carolina beach reportedly ended up getting into a fight with the resident.

Scott Hettinger with the Carolina Beach Police Department tells WECT-TV they found the suspect, John Alexander Bracken, laying in the front yard of the home after being called out on a breaking and entering.

Officers determined that Bracken had kicked in the front door of the home, only to find the resident inside. That’s when the resident started beating the suspect to protect his property, according to WWAY-TV.

The resident was not injured.

Bracken was taken to the New Hanover County Jail under $7.500 bond. He faces charges of burglary, injury to real property and injury to personal property.

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AIRPORT ATTACK FBI eyes possible terror motive after Michigan cop stabbed in neck


The stabbing of a police officer at a Michigan airport on Wednesday is being investigated by the FBI as a possible terror attack, officials said.

Bishop International Airport in Flint, Michigan, was evacuated after Officer Jeff Neville was stabbed in the neck. He’s currently listed as being in stable condition, according to Michigan State Police.

The FBI says the suspect is in custody and is being questioned. They are working to determine a possible motive for the attack.

“We are aware of reports that the attacker made statements immediately prior to or while attacking the officer, but it is too early to determine the nature of these alleged statements or whether or not this was an act of terrorism,” the FBI said in a statement.

This is believed to be an isolated incident, authorities also said.

Law enforcement agencies in Canada are in touch with their U.S. counterparts and are and assisting in every way possible, Canadian Embassy spokesperson Christine Constantin told Fox News. Constantin said Canada condemns this “heinous and cowardly act,” and that “our thoughts and sympathies are with the officer and his loved ones.”

Ken Brown told The Flint Journal he was dropping off his daughter at the airport and saw the officer bleeding from his neck. He says he saw a man detained by police and a knife on the ground.

“The cop was on his hands and knees bleeding from his neck,” Brown said. “I said they need to get him a towel.”

Cherie Carpenter, who was awaiting a flight to Texas to see her new grandchild, tells Flint TV station WJRT she saw the attacker being led away in handcuffs. She described the man in custody as appearing “blank, just totally blank.”

Genesee County Commissioner Mark Young, a friend of Neville, called him “an honorable man” whom he worked with at the county Sheriff’s Department, according to MLive.

Neville was a lieutenant with the airport’s police department, said Young, who met with the victim’s family and at the hospital today.

“As expected, they are shook up. They are concerned,” he told MLive. 

The FBI is the lead agency on the scene. State police troopers, along with ATF agents, are also at the airport investigating.

The airport remains closed until further notice. 

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder asked state resident to “keep the attacked officer in your thoughts and prayers” on Twitter. 

Mayor Karen Weaver said in a release Wednesday “the situation is under control” but officials sought to take “extra precautions” in light of the Wednesday morning incident at Bishop International Airport. The municipal building remains open.

In response to the stabbing, Flint police were stationed around the City Hall but the building remained open for business.

The airport posted Wednesday on Facebook that passengers were safe and were being told to check for flight delays or cancellations.

The stabbing is the second evacuation at Bishop International Airport this month. In the previous incident, the airport terminal was evacuated June 8 after officers noticed a suspicious bag. The bag turned out to contain nothing dangerous.

Fox News’ Jake Gibson, Catherine Herridge, and The Associated Press contributed to this report. 



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'CRUELEST' CAPTORS Defectors describe misery of N. Korea, work camps


The abuse North Korea inflicted on Otto Warmbier, the American student who died this week after returning home to the U.S. following more than a year of imprisonment, is something up to 120,000 North Koreans – and three Americans — regularly experience in the country’s concentration camps, according to defectors and analysts.

Jun Heo, who was just a teenager when he was sent to one of the country’s concentration camps, said to Fox News that being beaten black and blue and tortured within an inch of your life was routine. There were about 20 people stuffed into each small cell, he said. The men and women were separated, unless a woman had a baby son. Everyone over the age of 17 was forced to work hard labor in farms from 6:30 a.m. until at least 8 p.m. Cries and screams became the soundtrack of life, but it was after nightfall when the most excruciating howls could be heard, Heo said.

Hapless prisoners, trying to sleep, would wail in pain as their bony bodies broke down from starvation, while at midnight the “secret police” came to take women to be raped.

“We could hear them screaming,” Heo said. “What you can only imagine as the cruelest of things is normal in there.”

His crime? He had fled to China for a chance at a better life. It was November 2005 and Heo — plus 12 other defectors — crossed into China and was staying in a “broker’s house” in Beijing. The broker ordered the North Koreans to not leave the house, citing safety reasons. But on Dec. 6, the day before he turned 14, a barrage of Chinese policemen — armed with guns and electric batons — knocked down the door and rounded up the terrified defectors.

“The broker also had a gun and an electric bat. He was a spy,” Heo remembered. “I was two days in a Chinese jail and then sent back to the Sinuiju concentration camp in North Korea.”

After several months, he was let go. But in 2008, at the age of 17, a determined Heo defected again – this time for good. Now a 26-year-old political science major at Seoul National University and studying English at the Teach North Korean Refugees center, he wakes up every day with a self-inflicted pinch.

“It is like heaven,” Heo said. “I don’t believe I live here.”

For the vast majority of the 25 million North Koreans, life outside a concentration camp is far from heaven, even if slightly better than what Heo experienced.

From forced abortion and extermination to enslavement, to the sudden disappearance of people in what is termed the “forcible transfer of populations,” life is grim. These forcible transfers can happen to anyone at any time. Soldiers have been known to enter homes and extract entire families, who are never heard from again.

Food is scarce. The United Nations reports that 70 percent of the population — around 18 million — goes hungry, with the stunting of children’s growth a “rampant phenomenon” due to the lack of nutrition. Almost 9 million have no health care, and more than 5 million live in squalor because they lack clean running water.

While food may be scarce, distrust is not. From childhood, North Koreans are instructed to report anyone being even mildly nonconformist or speaking of their leadership without over-the-top praise, even in private conversation. Tom Fowdy, founder of the analysis group Young DPRK Watchers, noted that compulsory community meetings are held for singing songs about their leaders and to goad each other into confessing minor crimes.

“There are no decisions people can make by themselves. From the moment you are born, everything about your life is determined,” Heo said. “Every scene, every speech, even the songs of the birds around you, are controlled.”

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A caste system means North Koreans often remain in the social rank into which they were born, something determined by a family’s reputation. Sometimes a citizen can move up the ladder to a more privileged caste, depending on one’s perceived support of the leadership, or move down the ladder, depending on one’s links to criminals, defectors or South Koreans.

“Those with a poor songbun (caste ranking) will have poor prospects. But those with good songbun, and especially from families with excellent political and military connections, can expect access to far more privilege and opportunity,” said Chad O’Carroll, managing director of Korea Risk Group, which produces analyses on North Korea. “But regardless of one’s background, most young North Koreans should never expect to leave their country, officially consume foreign-produced information unapproved by the government or show respect to anyone beyond a leader to the Kim family tree.”

A North Korean is required to hang in their homes portraits of Kim il Sung and Kim Jong-il, the grandfather and father, respectively, of the current leader. There are routine checks by authorities to ensure these are kept immaculately clean. It is mostly prohibited for one to communicate with others in the world outside. The haircuts are state sanctioned. Pirated modern movies and music occasionally make their way into homes but, if caught, violators can be punished with death.

When it comes to education, the most important subjects are the “Revolutionary History of Kim Il Sung,” the “Revolutionary History of Kim Jong Il” and the “Revolutionary History of Kim Jong Un.”

From a young age, North Koreans are indoctrinated that America is the “cruel enemy that interrupted North and South Korean unification.”

Hollie McKay has been a FoxNews.com staff reporter since 2007. She has reported extensively from the Middle East on the rise and fall of terrorist groups such as ISIS in Iraq. Follow her on twitter at @holliesmckay



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Chip and Jo share big news


Chip and Joanna Gaines’ growing “Fixer Upper” empire already includes their Magnolia Homes construction business, a Magnolia Home furniture line and a Magnolia Market shopping outlet, so it came as no surprise when they announced plans to enter the restaurant business.

We’ll give you one guess as to what they’re planning to call it.

On Tuesday, Joanna Gaines took to her blog to announce the name of her and Chip’s latest venture: Magnolia Table.

“We want the name of our restaurant to convey the idea that all are welcome here,” explained Joanna. “Our hope is that when you step into this place, you know that everyone has a seat at our table.”

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The Gaines’ originally purchased the closed-down Elite Café in May 2016, and months later announced intentions to open a breakfast-only restaurant in the same spot, reported People.

“It had been a Waco icon for nearly 100 years, and we couldn’t let a place with such a rich history be forgotten,” Joanna added in her blog.

According to Joanna, she and her family frequented the Elite Café for Sunday brunches up until it closed its doors in February 2016, and she remains “convinced” that all of Waco’s residents have at least one fond memory of the restaurant.

Joanna claims that she and Chip are still finalizing the design and construction end of Magnolia Table, but she did reveal a few details of the menu, which she and Chip have been “perfecting” between their (seemingly) thousands of other duties.

In addition to breakfast, Joanna revealed that Magnolia Table will be open for brunch and lunch, despite Chip earlier telling Southern Living that Joanna was on-board for his “breakfast joint” idea. Dishes will include a Farm eggs benedict, the Gaines Brothers Burger, homemade pies, and, of course, Chip’s “famous” ham sandwich, which he often eats as a reward for his hard work on “Fixer Upper.”

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More details of the construction process are said to be coming on social media, as are pictures of the interior, which — if “Fixer Upper” is any indication — will include rustic bowl of lemons and oversized clocks.

Gaines, however, has yet to announce an official opening date for the Magnolia Market.

Chip and Joanna Gaines are also the owners of the Silos Baking Co. bakery at Magnolia Market in Waco.



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Ancient 'toe' stuns experts


Think losing a toe in ancient Egypt meant you’d be forever without one? Not so, at least in one case. Egyptologists from Switzerland’s University of Basel have since 2015 been studying what a press release calls an “ancient Egyptian elite cemetery” near Luxor, and one of its finds was small but big: one of the oldest prosthetic devices ever found, which served to replace the right foot’s big toe and was made with incredible skill.

The 3,000-year-old prosthesis was discovered in the upper-class tomb of a priest’s daughter at plundered burial site Sheikh ‘Abd el-Qurna and has now been re-examined. Not only is it attractive and functional, but “the mobility of the prosthetic extension and the robust structure of the belt strap” show it was made by an artisan who was “very familiar” with the human form.

At the Conversation, Jane Draycott of the University of Glasgow notes prostheses have also been found in ancient Greece, and advancements in this field likely followed war as soldiers with missing extremities returned home.

It isn’t clear what happened to the priest’s daughter, but researchers believe her toe was amputated and a pricey prosthetic fitted in its place. Using microscopy and X-rays, they determined the wooden toe was actually refitted at least three times, per UPI.

It shows “she had a certain living standard,” researcher Andrea Loprieno-Gnirs tells Swiss Info. Ancient Egyptians “often wore sandals, so you can imagine that a well-formed foot was important,” she adds, calling the prosthetic an “extraordinary” and “sensational find.” (These mummy legs might belong to a royal.)

This article originally appeared on Newser: Egyptologists Examine ‘Sensational’ Discovery



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Douglas kid in trouble AGAIN


Cameron Douglas, the felon son of actor Michael Douglas, violated the terms of his probation after being released from federal custody in March, The Post has learned.

Douglas — who had his five-year drug sentence extended in 2011 after he was caught with drugs in prison — was caught with marijuana in his system in April, court papers show. According to a recently released transcript of a Manhattan federal court hearing, Douglas’ probation officers told Manhattan federal Judge Richard Berman that Douglas reported to their office for random drug testing April 10 when a lab tech accused the son of Michael and Diandra Douglas of “attempting to manipulate the results.”

More testing was done and a third test came back positive for marijuana, the probation office said.

The probation officers were sympathetic with Douglas, however, telling the judge that “relapse is part of the recovery process.” They recommended he get a second chance to prove he can stay sober.

“We would like to provide Mr. Douglas an opportunity to be in the community to see how he responds to setbacks,” one of the officers said.

Douglas’ lawyer Ben Brafman also argued for leniency, telling Berman that his client is seeing a psychiatrist because he is suffering from “post-traumatic stress disorder” due to his seven-year stint in prison.

“His period of imprisonment was horrific,” Brafman said, adding that Douglas was “subject to terrifying treatment” by fellow prisoners because of his decision to testify against his suppliers.

Asked if Douglas has remained sober, Brafman added: “He is fine and there is no issue.”

In 2012, The Post reported that the heroin-addicted son of the Oscar-winning actor had suffered a broken leg and finger behind bars after a crime-family captain put a $100 bounty on him for being a “rat.”

Douglas also spoke at the May hearing, confirming to the judge that he has had a difficult time adjusting since being released last year. He was first released last summer into a halfway house and now lives in an apartment in New York City.

“I have so much to live for. I have a lot of sort of goals and aspirations that I think that I’m more than capable of achieving,” Douglas told the judge.

“I guess what I want to tell you is that since I’ve come back, I’ve worked really hard, and this hiccup is unfortunate, but I don’t see it happening again.”

Douglas, 38, is scheduled to appear back in court Wednesday for a status update.

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Bedridden from sunburn


It’s the first day of summer, which means more people will be spending their time outdoors enjoying the weather. But along with it comes the increased risk of sunburn unless proper precautions are taken.

A 20-year-old man in Scotland learned the hard way what the sun’s rays can do if you’re not wearing sunscreen. Greg Binnie, a gardener in Edinburgh, suffered severe sunburn after spending the day outside working, BBC reports.

Binnie posted photos of the damage on Twitter Monday along with a reminder to everyone to wear sunscreen.

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“In all seriousness, put on sun cream. 2nd degree burns from doing a days work outside lol. Am in f—ing agony,” he wrote.

He says the weather Saturday when he spent all that time outside ended up being hotter than forecasted, but he didn’t notice the burn until his parents pointed it out, according to Yahoo.

By Sunday, his burnt skin had severely blistered. He told BBC even though he has fair skin, this is the worst burn he’s ever experienced and it has left him bedridden. To treat the skin, he’s been applying aloe vera and taking cold showers, BBC reports.

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Binnie’s burn is a lesson to everyone the importance of wearing sunscreen daily, even if it’s overcast. Exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays is known to cause skin aging, wrinkles and dark spots as well as an increased chance of getting skin cancer. An estimated one in five Americans will get skin cancer in their lifetime, according to The Skin Cancer Foundation. Wearing SPF 15 or high on a daily basis reduces your risk by 40 to 50 percent.



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Pro-ISIS rebels storm Philippines school, hold students hostage, military says


About 300 pro-ISIS militants on Wednesday stormed a school in the southern Philippines and are holding students hostage, Reuters reported.

Philippine officials say Muslim rebels are engaging troops in a gunbattle in Pigcawayan town in North Cotabato in an attack that may be an attempt to divert the military’s focus away from the militants who have laid siege on southern Marawi city.

Police Chief Inspector Realan Mamon tells The Associated Press by telephone that gunmen belonging to the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters raided the village of Malagakit in North Cotabato province at dawn Wednesday and engaged government forces in a firefight. Villagers have fled to safety.

“We can confirm that they occupied a school and there were civilians trapped. We are in the process of determining how many were trapped and their identities,” Mamon told Reuters.

Military spokesman Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla says the gunmen targeted a patrol base of pro-government militiamen and the attack maybe an effort by the militants to divert troop focus on the Marawi offensive.

The Associated Press contributed to this report



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