Day: July 19, 2017

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Australian woman shot by Minnesota police reported possible sexual assault, 911 transcript shows – Minneapolis neighborhood reeling, calls for police reform after cop kills Australian woman – Aussie woman expressed gun fears before move to US


Justine Damond, the Australian woman living in Minneapolis who was shot and killed by a police officer, spent her final moments trying to help stop what she believed was a sexual assault happening nearby, according to her newly released 911 call.

At 11:27 p.m. Saturday night, Damond called police to report that a woman was screaming, a transcript of the call obtained by the Minneapolis Star Tribune showed.

AUSTRALIAN WOMAN SHOT AFTER MINNESOTA COPS HEARD LOUD SOUND, OFFICIALS SAY

“I’m not sure if she’s having sex or being raped,” Damond told the 911 operator. “I think she just yelled out ‘help,’ but it’s difficult, the sound has been going on for a while, but I think, I don’t think she’s enjoying it.”

“OK,” the operator reportedly said. “I’ve already got an officer on the way.”

Eight minutes later, Damond called the emergency line again, to confirm her location and to make sure an officer was on the way.

The operator said officers were on the way to the scene.

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One of the responding officers, Mohamed Noor, shot Damond when he arrived. His partner, Matthew Harrity, told investigators that he heard a loud sound right before Damond approached Harrity on the driver’s side of the car.

A lawyer for Harrity told the Tribune that “it’s certainly reasonable” the officers thought they were being ambushed.

“It’s certainly reasonable to assume that any police officer would be concerned about a possible ambush under these circumstances,” the lawyer, Fred Bruno, said. “It was only a few weeks ago when a female NYPD cop and mother of twins was executed in her car in a very similar scenario.”

Miosotis Familia, an officer with the New York City Police Department, was shot in the line of duty earlier this month.

Minneapolis police are now searching for a mystery bicyclist, who may be the only witness to Damond’s shooting.



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Fisherman discovers 3 headstones in lake


The unlikely discovery of three headstones by a fisherman on a small Michigan lake has residents trying to figure out how the grave markers got there, and if there are any others lurking below the surface.

The find was made roughly two weeks ago at Briggs Lake, a private lake in Brighton, located in suburban Detroit.

Rob Witherspoon, who lives near the lake, told FOX 2 Detroit a fisherman was seeing what he could catch when he came across the headstones on the lake’s edge.

“When [the fisherman] came by, he knew they were gravestones,” Witherspoon said. “That’s when a can of worms opened up.”

The headstones span several generations, with one reading “Marya Jaroch born 1882, died 1905,” and another “Kasper Pujdowski, 1875 to 1922.”

A third headstone belongs to Edward Galka, who was born in 1918 and died in 1980. The marker says Galka served in the Coast Guard and fought in World War II.

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Witherspoon told FOX 2 he’s never seen the headstones before, but he knew they were clearly not in their intended place. He’s now working to figure out what links the trio of headstones together.

“These need to be on graves,” he said. “That means there are bodies buried somewhere, underneath something.”



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Chick-fil-A worker saves life


Anyone should be so lucky to have Andrew Myrant as a co-worker.

Myrant, a college student and Chick-fil-A employee working in Highlands Ranch, Colo., is being called a hero after saving his choking co-worker with the Heimlich maneuver.

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The incident — which was captured by a security camera — took place while the two employees were on break. Myrant and his co-worker were eating lunch in a corner booth when the co-worker stands up, sips his beverage, and starts slapping his chest. Myrant quickly leaps into action, grabbing his co-worker around the stomach and delivering a few quick, forceful thrust to his abdomen until the obstruction was dislodged.

Afterward, Myrant sits back down and casually finishes his lunch.

“Honestly, I think that’s from classes back in high school that I remembered, and they just came back,” Myrant told KCNC-TV of remembering the Heimlich maneuver. “It was a flight-or-fight response.”

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Despite his heroic act, Myrant told the media he finds some of the attention a little “awkward,” according to ABC News.

“I mean, it makes me feel pretty awkward because I don’t feel like it, but they say ‘hero’ a lot, and one of my managers bought me a sandwich for the other day, so that was nice,” said Myrant.

Myrant’s co-worker reportedly returned to work following the incident.



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Delta 'banned' entire family


Clay Travis is just itching for some answers from Delta.

Travis, a lawyer and Fox Sports analyst from Nashville, Tenn., claims his entire family was “banned from travel” on Delta Air Lines after his son discovered to be infected with lice — but Delta tells Fox News the airline was just trying to keep passengers and crew safe.

“To me, [Delta] made an indefensible string of decisions,” Travis tells Fox News of the events that lead to his family’s situation. “Delta needs to do a better job deciding policy.”

Travis originally published an essay about the ordeal on his website, Out Kick the Coverage. In it, he explained that he, his wife and his three kids were traveling home from a family trip to London and Paris on Saturday when his 6-year-old son began scratching his head “halfway over the Atlantic.”

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Concerned, Travis’ wife began searching the boy’s head, which alerted several flight attendants to the situation.

Soon afterward, Travis said the crew informed him that his family was to be quarantined on the plane after landing in Minneapolis — and that they would not be allowed to board their connecting flight to Nashville.

Upon landing, the family was made to wait on the plane until two medical workers could check the kids’ temperatures. They eventually left and headed toward customs, with the intention of boarding their connecting flight anyway, but “Nurse Ratched” returned with another official, who pulled his 6-year-old aside to confirm he had lice. (For the record, Travis said his sister’s children were suffering from lice just a few weeks prior, but added that his own kids had been treated with “all of the over-the-counter” lice treatments” before flying to Europe.)

“They insisted on conducting a medical examination of my minor children in the customs area of the airport … and they said that if we didn’t consent we wouldn’t be able to fly to Nashville,” Travis told Fox News. “That in no way can be the official policy of Delta Air Lines.

“And just put yourself in the perspective of a six-year-old kid,” added Travis. “He’s standing there with hundreds of people around, while somebody from Delta is combing through his air.”

A short time later, “Nurse Ratched” and two other Delta officials told Travis that his family was “banned from travel” on Delta until they left the airport, got treated for lice, and returned with a doctor’s note.

Even though Travis couldn’t find any policies that stated they were obligated to do so, the family left the airport in Minneapolis. Travis purchased a few Southwest tickets for him and his youngest child, while his wife stayed behind with their two older children to obtain treatment for lice.

At the conclusion of his essay, titled “Delta Pulled My Family Off Its Planes on Saturday,” Travis demanded answers from Delta, and questioned the airline’s lice policy, examination policy, and requirements for medical clearance.

Travis also told Fox News he doubted that Delta would treat other minor passengers in the same manner.

“What if I had a son or daughter traveling by themselves?” Is Delta not going to allow them to continue their flight, and kick them off the plane?”

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A representative for Delta who spoke with Fox News would not comment on the airline’s lice policies, specifically.

“We will always prioritize the health of our customers and employees as safety is our top priority,” added the Delta representative. “We will work directly with the family to resolve the issue.”

Travis, meanwhile, tells Fox News that he hasn’t Delta has not been in contact.

“Other than reaching out to me on Twitter, asking me to provide them my confirmation numbers, they haven’t reached out to me.”

In the meantime, Travis wrote on his website that he’s out “over a thousand dollars in additional travel costs because of Delta’s decision.”



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Madonna gets emergency court order to halt auction of 'highly personal items'


NEW YORK — An impending auction of pop star Madonna’s personal items, including a love letter from her ex-boyfriend the late rapper Tupac Shakur, a pair of previously worn undergarments and a hairbrush containing her hair, was halted by a judge on Tuesday.

Manhattan state Supreme Court Judge Gerald Leibovitz ordered Gotta Have It! Collectibles to pull 22 items from its rock-and-roll-themed auction scheduled for Wednesday.

The Material Girl had earlier sought an emergency court order saying she was “shocked to learn” of the planned online auction of the Tupac letter and had no idea it was no longer in her possession.

“The fact that I have attained celebrity status as a result of success in my career does not obviate my right to maintain my privacy, including with regard to highly personal items,” Madonna said in court papers. “I understand that my DNA could be extracted from a piece of my hair. It is outrageous and grossly offensive that my DNA could be auctioned for sale to the general public.”

Court papers said the Tupac letter was expected to fetch up to $400,000. Tupac, one of the best-selling rappers of all time, dated Madonna in the early 1990s and died of injuries suffered in a Las Vegas drive-by shooting in 1996.

Madonna, behind such hit songs as “Like a Virgin” and “Vogue,” has sold hundreds of millions of albums. Other Madonna items scheduled to be auctioned were private photographs taken at a bachelorette party at her Miami home, personal letters and cassette tapes of unreleased recordings.

Madonna’s court papers name Darlene Lutz, a former friend, art consultant and “frequent overnight guest” in Madonna’s home when she was “not in residence,” as behind the sale of the property.

A spokesman for Lutz and the auction house said the allegations will be “vigorously challenged and refuted” in court.

“Madonna and her legal army have taken what we believe to be completely baseless and meritless action to temporarily halt the sale of Ms. Lutz’s legal property,” spokesman Pete Siegel told the New York Post. “We are confident that the Madonna memorabilia will be back.”



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Fisherman discovers 3 headstones floating on lake


The unlikely discovery of three headstones by a fisherman on a small Michigan lake has residents trying to figure out how the grave markers got there, and if there are any others lurking below the surface.

The find was made roughly two weeks ago at Briggs Lake, a private lake in Brighton, located in suburban Detroit.

Rob Witherspoon, who lives near the lake, told FOX 2 Detroit a fisherman was seeing what he could catch when he came across the headstones.

“When [the fisherman] came by, he knew they were gravestones,” Witherspoon said. “That’s when a can of worms opened up.”

The headstones span several generations, with one reading “Marya Jaroch born 1882, died 1905,” and another “Kasper Pujdowski, 1875 to 1922.”

A third headstone belongs to Edward Galka, who was born in 1918 and died in 1980. The marker says Galka served in the Coast Guard and fought in World War II.

Related stories…

Witherspoon told FOX 2 he’s never seen the headstones before, but he knew they were clearly not in their intended place. He’s now working to figure out what links the trio of headstones together.

“These need to be on graves,” he said. “That means there are bodies buried somewhere, underneath something.”



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'FOX & FRIENDS': Anti-voter fraud crusader blasts 'baffling' critics – VIDEO: Trump voter fraud commission: Some refusing to cooperate


A leader of President Trump’s controversial voter fraud commission on Wednesday blasted what he described as “baffling” calls for his resignation, saying Democrats’ charge that the investigation could lead to voter suppression “doesn’t even make sense.”

“How in the world can a commission in Washington, D.C. … studying a problem cause someone in some far-flung state like California not to go to the polls?” Kris Kobach said on “Fox & Friends.”

He spoke as Vice President Pence later Wednesday morning was set to chair the first meeting of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.

Kobach, who serves as vice chairman, sparked controversy several weeks ago when he sent letters to state officials seeking extensive voter information – which dozens of states resisted turning over, claiming the request was too broad.

Kobach, the secretary of state in Kansas, defended the requests Wednesday and also responded to a new demand by congressional Democrats that Pence seek his resignation.

“I think they want me removed because I’ve been fighting voter fraud in my state of Kansas for over six years now and I’ve been very specific about what we need to do and what other states have been doing,” he said. “I guess they just don’t want someone heading the commission as vice chair who knows this issue and knows how to get at the problem.” 

The call for his ouster was made in a letter to Pence sent by Reps. Elijah Cummings, D-Md.; John Conyers, Jr., D-Mich.; Bennie Thompson, D-Miss.; and Robert Brady, D-Pa. They also alleged Kobach is using the commission to help himself politically.

“Mr. Kobach has repeatedly claimed, falsely, that widespread voter fraud exists and advertises his work on the Commission to promote his own campaign for governor of Kansas,” they wrote. “These actions undermine the integrity of the Commission and raise significant concerns that the Commission will be used as a tool for voter suppression.” 



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ICE chief readies national sanctuary city crackdown – ICE director reveals plans to hire 10,000 agents


Empowered by a president who has “taken the handcuffs off of law enforcement,” the nation’s chief immigration official revealed Tuesday that deportation targets have surged and that he’s planning to deploy more agents and resources to “sanctuary cities” to arrest illegal criminals.

Thomas D. Homan, acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said in an interview that since Trump entered office, illegal border crossings have crashed by almost 70 percent, “an historic low,” arrests inside the country have jumped 40 percent and that demands for illegal criminals in local jails has skyrocketed 80 percent.

“You can like President Trump, not like him, like his policies, not like his policies, but one thing no one can argue with is the effect they’ve had,” said Homan, the former chief ICE enforcement boss and a 30-year immigration agency veteran.

He said that the change in immigration enforcement has been radical — and welcome — under Trump. “You’d think everybody would be celebrating these policies,” he said during the 45-minute interview in his office.

One group he says are cheering: Border Patrol and ICE agents. “Now they have meaning to their jobs,” said Homan. “What this president has done is taken the handcuffs off of law enforcement officers who are charged with enforcing immigration laws,” he added.

The drop in illegal crossings has given ICE a chance to redirect resources to interior United States and immigrants locked up in jails, illegally working jobs and on the run.

A key target are the 300-plus sanctuary cities and counties that do not cooperate with ICE and ignore requests that they detail criminal illegals for ICE arrest and deportation proceedings.

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'Guardian' rumors confirmed


The fate of some of the best characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is totally uncertain after “Avengers: Infinity War” in 2018, but that doesn’t mean you can’t expect a third outing for the “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Amid rumors that the MCU will reboot or end after the climactic film crossover, the “Guardians” director revealed his films are safe.

Director James Gunn responded to a fan’s question on Twitter asking whether “Infinity War” will be the last time fans get to see the Guardians of the Galaxy in action. He made it clear, in very few words, that his team of heroes is going to appear again in its own standalone adventure. In fact, he’s currently hard at work on the script. However, he did make sure to warn fans that the third movie will be directly impacted by the events of “Infinity War,” so every character might not be there when the time comes.

‘GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL 2’ BREAKS BOX OFFICE

“Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2” hit theaters earlier this year, and fans know that they can expect a return of Star Lord and the crew alongside the Avengers next year. However, Marvel Studios is keeping its mouth shut about anything that may or may not come after the two-part “Avengers” story. For a company that’s not shy about announcing new projects several years in advance, many wondered if there even will be a fourth phase of movies to follow up on the climax to the “Avengers” saga.

These fears were amplified thanks to a recent interview that Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige did with Collider in which he admitted that there’s no concrete plans for anything past the untitled “Avengers 4.”

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“Certainly as we get into ‘Infinity War’ there is a sense of climax if not a conclusion to, by the time we’re at untitled ‘Avengers 4,’ the 22 movies that will have encompassed the first three phases of the MCU,” he said. “And what happens after that will be very different. I don’t know if it’s Phase 4, it might be a new thing.”

Fortunately, “Guardians fo the Galaxy 3” and a sequel to “Spider-Man: Homecoming” have been confirmed. However, there’s no telling what will become of the MCU after that, but Feige is preparing fans for something a little different than we’ve seen since things kicked off in 2008.



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iPhone smuggler's epic fail


There is a price difference between an iPhone purchased in Hong Kong and one purchased in mainland China. In Hong Kong, Apple’s smartphone is cheaper, so there’s a great temptation to smuggle iPhones through customs and into China to make some quick cash.

The more you can smuggle in, the more profit there is to be had. However, throwing hundreds of phones into a bag will easily get you caught when the bag is scanned. So the preferred method is strapping them to your body and trying to act natural. One woman just tried that with 102 iPhones and failed.

According to 9to5Mac, as well as 102 iPhones she also managed to squeeze in 15 luxury watches. The total weight being carried was around 44 pounds. Try acting and walking naturally while carrying that around!

 

Unfortunately for her, customs officials in Shenzhen noticed some unusual bulges on her body and pulled her aside. If she wasn’t sweating before that point, I guarantee she was as they started their search.

Once her clothing had been fully searched and all the phones and watches removed she was arrested. As the image from XMNN above reveals, most of the iPhones were packed several deep in a band around her stomach as well as into the top of her underwear. How she sat down remains a mystery, but I suspect it wasn’t very comfortable to do so if she could at all.

Apparently 102 iPhone isn’t the record for most smartphones smuggled. In 2015, a man tried the same thing with 146 iPhones. He also failed. You may also remember back in April two men were arrested at JFK for attempting to smuggle $380,000 worth of cocaine into the US. In that case they thought padding their legs with the white stuff would get them past customs. They were wrong.

This article originally appeared on PCMag.com.



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