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Police official warns Hong Kong is on ‘brink of a total breakdown’
Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong paralyzed parts of the semi-autonomous financial hub for a third day Wednesday – as a senior police official declared that the territory was on the “brink of a total breakdown.” Rampaging residents stepped up a “blossom everywhere” campaign of roadblocks and vandalism that has crippled Hong Kong and ignited some...
(Wed, 13 Nov 2019 09:04:37 -0500)

Grace Millane’s body was moved out of hotel in suitcase later found in a shallow grave: video
The Tinder date accused of murdering Grace Millane was shown removing heavy suitcases from his hotel — one of which was found in a shallow grave with the British backpacker’s body inside, a court heard this week. The murder suspect, whose identity is being suppressed by the New Zealand court, was caught on surveillance footage...
(Wed, 13 Nov 2019 09:02:29 -0500)

Killer dad Chris Watts: I feel like I killed my daughters ‘twice’
The Colorado monster convicted of murdering his family feels that he killed his two young daughters “twice” — because they survived his first attempt to smother them before he got back into bed and strangled his wife, according to his prison pen pal who wrote a book about the case. Author Cheryln Cadle, who has...
(Wed, 13 Nov 2019 08:56:20 -0500)

Two patients diagnosed with plague in China as officials scramble to prevent outbreak
Two people in China have been diagnosed with the plague, the second time in recent months the highly contagious disease – which caused the ancient Black Death pandemic – has been detected in the same region, according to reports. The two patients, from the northwestern Inner Mongolia province, were being treated at a hospital in...
(Wed, 13 Nov 2019 07:43:53 -0500)

Trump impeachment hearings: Schedule, who’s testifying, what to know
The House Intelligence Committee will begin public hearings on the impeachment probe into President Trump beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Capitol. How to watch The committee will stream video on YouTube, and PBS will carry the hearings live, as will C-SPAN3, and C-SPAN Radio. NBC, ABC and CBS plan to interrupt regular...
(Wed, 13 Nov 2019 06:00:09 -0500)

Nikki Haley keeps door open for 2024 presidential run
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley left the door open to running for the White House in 2024 after vowing to stump across the country to help re-elect President Trump next year. Haley, who discussed her book “With All Due Respect” at the 92nd Street Y Tuesday night,  sought to deflect the...
(Wed, 13 Nov 2019 02:45:50 -0500)

Caretaker accused of killing 4-year-old in ‘horrific’ case of child abuse
Some of the evidence of abuse included bite marks, open wounds, cigarette burns, puncture wounds, and signs of malnourishment, the district attorney said.
(Wed, 13 Nov 2019 02:36:36 -0500)

Fighter dubbed ‘Popeye’ for freakish biceps trains with ‘Russian Hulk’
The Russian MMA fighter dubbed “Popeye” because of his enormous biceps has been training for his next battle with another fighter known as the “Russian Hulk.” Kirill Tereshin, 23, posted video of himself doing push-ups as the Russian Hulk — 18-year-old Tamaev Asxab — counted along with him. The clip was filmed in Moscow and...
(Wed, 13 Nov 2019 02:28:44 -0500)

Singer Andrea Bocelli: ‘Absurd’ to shun opera legend Placido Domingo
“I am still appalled at what happened to this incredible artist,” Bocelli said. He is the most prominent artist to speak out on the Spanish opera star’s behalf
(Wed, 13 Nov 2019 01:04:01 -0500)

Arizona YouTube mom accused of abusing her children dies
She was indicted in March for pepper-spraying her children and forcing them to take ice baths.
(Wed, 13 Nov 2019 00:28:25 -0500)

Sarah Palin learned of husband’s divorce plans via email
The former Alaska governor and onetime vice presidential hopeful got the lawyer's message almost three months before her hubby Todd Palin filed for divorce.
(Wed, 13 Nov 2019 00:18:15 -0500)

Pennsylvania high school senior plunges to death from hiking trail
A Catholic high school student from Pennsylvania died over the weekend from a fall during a hike in the Poconos, reports said. Luke DePiano, 17, who attended Archbishop Carroll in Radnor, died after falling at World’s End State Park in Forksville, the Philly Voice reported. In a statement released on social media, the school said...
(Wed, 13 Nov 2019 00:12:00 -0500)

Fortnite gamer who livestreamed assault on pregnant girlfriend avoids jail
An Australian Fortnite player who was charged with assaulting his pregnant girlfriend while livestreaming the online video game will not face jail time, a report said. Luke James Munday, 27, of Sydney, was sentenced to a 14-month good behavior bond on Wednesday for the December 2018 attack, according to The Guardian. He had pleaded guilty...
(Tue, 12 Nov 2019 23:55:35 -0500)

Arrest warrant issued for UBS banker Scott Hapgood over death of Anguilla hotel worker
An arrest warrant has been issued for the Connecticut banker accused of killing a hotel worker in Anguilla — a day after he skipped a court hearing out of fear for his safety, a report said. Scott Hapgood is now considered a fugitive and could be extradited to Anguilla to face a manslaughter charge for...
(Tue, 12 Nov 2019 23:29:21 -0500)

Russian man loses airline miles for sneaking ‘fat cat’ on flight
A Russian airline on Tuesday stripped a passenger of his miles for sneaking his overweight cat on board by swapping him with a skinny kitty during check-in. Mikhail Galin boasted on Facebook about pulling off the switcheroo last week, writing that: “The operation to switch Viktor the fat cat for Phoebe the miniature kitty was...
(Tue, 12 Nov 2019 23:07:23 -0500)

Bolivian senator Jeanine Áñez declares herself interim president
A Bolivian lawmaker declared herself interim president Tuesday, amid a power vacuum left by the ousting of leader Evo Morales. Senator Jeanine Áñez, 52, stepped forward before the assembly to claim the presidency of the South American country, the BBC reported. “I assume the presidency immediately and will do everything necessary to pacify the country,”...
(Tue, 12 Nov 2019 22:32:53 -0500)

Florida man told cops he was speeding home because he was cheating on wife
A Florida man pulled over for speeding allegedly told cops he was in a hurry to get home “because he was cheating on his wife,” a report said. Jon Earl Pickard, 52, was driving over 90 mph in a 55 mph zone on US Route 19 when he was pulled over by cops about 7:30...
(Tue, 12 Nov 2019 22:20:24 -0500)

Trump: Trade deal with China is ‘close’
President Trump on Tuesday slammed China as “cheaters,” but said a trade deal with the country could be “close.” “Since China’s entrance into the World Trade Organization in 2001, no one has manipulated numbers better or taken advantage of the United States more,” Trump told the Economic Club of New York at the Hilton Midtown....
(Tue, 12 Nov 2019 21:48:26 -0500)

MTA doesn’t know why subways cost so much more to build in NYC
The MTA’s construction chief said Tuesday that the transit authority is just beginning to examine why it costs more money to build a subway in New York than other major cities. “We have to collect data,” Janno Lieber, the president of the MTA’s Capital Construction Division, told state lawmakers at a legislative hearing on the...
(Tue, 12 Nov 2019 21:21:40 -0500)

Alexis Crawford was strangled after making sex assault accusation: report
An Atlanta college student was allegedly strangled to death by her roommate’s boyfriend after accusing him of sex assault, a report said Tuesday. Alexis Crawford, 21, and her roommate, Jordyn Jones, were fighting at their apartment on Oct. 31 before Jones’ boyfriend, Barron Brantley, stepped in and strangled Crawford to death, USA Today reported. Jones...
(Tue, 12 Nov 2019 20:53:38 -0500)