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Dad Shot Dead Standing Up for His Son

Gerald Cummings confronted a group of young men about his son's stolen baseball cap, and wound up losing his life as a result, police say. The 38-year-old father of two was shot twice in the head near a basketball court outside a Brooklyn elementary school around 10:15pm Wednesday, police...

Jogger's Death 'an Extraordinary Case of Murder'

The 30-year-old jogger murdered in Queens "put up a ferocious fight right to the end," NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said Thursday. Karina Vetrano's strangled body was found just before 9pm Tuesday about 15 feet from a jogging path she often frequented with her father, who had skipped the...

Va. Cop Guilty in Shooting of Unarmed Black Teen

A former Portsmouth, Va., police officer was found guilty of manslaughter Thursday after shooting an unarmed black teen last year—the second fatal shooting of his career. Though Stephen Rankin was charged with first-degree murder, a jury convicted him of the lesser charge and recommended he spend two and a...

Suspect in Arson Targeting Black Firefighter Is 'Friend'

Buffalo police have a suspect in custody in the arson of a black firefighter's apartment —and he's no stranger. Police say former firefighter Matthew Jurado, 39, who lives across the street from Kenneth Walker, has been charged with second-degree arson after he admitted to starting the blaze on Wednesday, reportedly...

'Creeper Ghost': 5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Pokemon Go, a creepy intruder, and a political mess not involving Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump factor into this week's craziest crimes. Creeper Ghost' Stands Above Sleeping Couple : When Jordan Buranskas couldn't find her purse last week, boyfriend Jack Mackercher suggested they look at the footage from the surveillance camera...

Feds Arrest Dozens of 'Old School' Mob Suspects

Declaring that the Mafia is not just the stuff of movie scripts, federal prosecutors charged nearly four dozen people Thursday with being part of an East Coast crime syndicate, including an old-school mobster in New York and a reputed mob chieftain in Philadelphia who has been pursued by the government...

Mayor Allegedly Records Strip Poker Game at His Youth Camp

A California mayor has been charged with secretly recording a strip poker game featuring at least one 16-year-old, Reuters reports. The incident allegedly took place last August in Stockton mayor Anthony Silva's bedroom at the summer camp he runs for inner-city kids in need. According to the Los Angeles Times...

90-Year-Old Busted Over Prostitute Has Priceless Response

When you're 90 years old, most people give you a pass to do certain things without question—eat what you want, nap all day, watch Columbo marathons, solicit prostitutes … well, maybe not that last one. At least not in Dennis Port, Mass., where a nonagenarian was arraigned Tuesday for...

Border Patrol Finds 2 Kids, $460K in Cocaine in Woman's Car

On Monday morning, a Border Patrol agent pulled over a Honda Accord cruising north on Interstate 5 in San Clemente, Calif., and the agent's drug dog started giving the sign there was possibly something illicit inside the vehicle, the Los Angeles Times reports. Surprise No. 1 when agents searched the...

Cops: Mom Kills Baby With Teaspoon of Salt

A 17-month-old girl was brought to a Spartanburg, SC, hospital Sunday suffering from seizures; she died Wednesday—and authorities say the baby's mother killed her by feeding her a teaspoon of salt. Kimberly Nicole Martines, 23, has been charged with homicide by child abuse in the death of her daughter,...

Phoenix's Serial Shooter Strikes Again

Phoenix police have added another shooting to the lengthy list attributed to an alleged serial killer apparently targeting people at random. Authorities now believe a man who opened fire on a vehicle last month is the same one responsible for at least eight other shootings since March, resulting in seven...

Alabama Church Bomber Denied Parole

The lone surviving Ku Klux Klansman imprisoned for killing four black girls in a church bombing in 1963 will remain behind bars after Alabama's parole board heeded the victims' families Wednesday and refused an early release. The board rejected parole for Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr., 78, who has served 15...

Man Charged With Murder of Teens Found Shot Behind Store

A 20-year-old man was arrested Wednesday in Georgia in connection with the murder of two 17-year-olds behind a Publix grocery store, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The bodies of Natalie Henderson and Carter Davis were found by a delivery driver Monday in Roswell; each had been shot in the head. According...

In One Day, Obama Shortens Life Sentences of 67 Prisoners

President Barack Obama is cutting short the sentences of 214 federal inmates, including 67 serving life sentences, the AP reports. The White House says it's the largest batch of commutations on a single day in more than a century. Almost all the prisoners were serving time for nonviolent drug offenses....

Busch Gardens' Flamingo Dies After Alleged Attack by Park Visitor

Sad news for fans of Pinky the flamingo, one of Busch Gardens Tampa's "animal ambassadors," per a park statement. The 19-year-old bird, who performed dance routines at the park and loved to "get her groove on," per the park's blog, was euthanized Tuesday evening after witnesses say an Orlando man...

DC Man Is First US Cop Accused of Aiding ISIS

A 36-year-old Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority officer was arrested at work Wednesday on suspicion of providing financial support to the Islamic State, NBC News reports. It's the first time a US cop has been charged with aiding ISIS. According to CNN, the FBI had been investigating Nicholas Young for...

Dad Finds Daughter's Body on NYC Jogging Path

A retired NYC firefighter who enjoyed going for runs in Queens with his 30-year-old daughter bowed out Tuesday because his back was hurting. But before Karina Vetrano left for her jog around 5pm, Philip Vetrano asked her to pick a different path than the remote one in Howard Beach they...

Rival Bails Out Lawmaker Accused of Stealing His Signs

Think the presidential campaign is wacky? A primary campaign in Tennessee might be even wackier than the presidential one. Republican State Rep. Curry Todd was arrested Monday, accused of stealing his opponent's campaign signs from a property in Collierville. A staffer for rival Mark Lovell caught the alleged theft on...

Flier Charged With Groping Sleeping Woman

A woman who dozed off during an overnight flight Saturday from Los Angeles to Newark says she woke to the stranger next to her touching her inappropriately, the Record reports. Per the criminal complaint described in a Justice Department release : The woman awoke on her Virgin America flight to find...

He Left Prison With a $120 Debit Card. Then Came the Fees

That prisoners get gouged by private companies is not new news, but a class-action suit has brought a bit of relief. Bloomberg reports that JPMorgan Chase on Monday agreed to pay $446,822 to ex-cons who were released from federal prison with a pre-paid, non-refillable debit card in hand—only...

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