US Senate passes rare bipartisan gun control legislation

The US Senate has passed a rare bipartisan package of gun safety legislation, sending it to the House of Representatives for further approval. The bill, seen as the first significant gun control legislation to pass in three decades, was passed by 65 votes to 33. Fifteen Republican senators joined all 50 Democrats in voting for the bill. The measures include tougher background checks for younger would-be gun owners, measures to keep guns away from more domestic violence offenders, and red flag laws that will make it easier for authorities to take weapons from people judged to be dangerous. The $13bn … Continue reading US Senate passes rare bipartisan gun control legislation

OMG:10-year-old charged with murder in Florida

A 10-year-old girl who police say shot and killed a woman who allegedly fought with her mother has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder. The Orlando police department said the girl was apprehended on Tuesday and is facing a charge of second-degree murder for the death of the woman, who has been named as Lashun Rodgers. The 41-year-old was pronounced dead in hospital last week following the shooting on 30 May. Police say Ms Rodgers allegedly fought with the mother of the 10-year-old before she was shot. Both the mother and daughter have not been named. During the incident, police said the mother … Continue reading OMG:10-year-old charged with murder in Florida

US man charged with attempted murder of Justice Brett Kavanaugh

A California man is facing a charge of attempted murder after his arrest near the home of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Nicholas John Roske, 26, had planned to murder a Supreme Court justice and was armed with a pistol and tactical knife, court documents said. The suspect was taken into custody at about 01:00 local time. Protection for the justices has been beefed up ahead of a landmark ruling on US abortion rights. According to an affidavit filed in US District Court, Mr Roske was spotted by two US Deputy Marshals while getting out of a taxi in front … Continue reading US man charged with attempted murder of Justice Brett Kavanaugh

Man dies in alligator-filled lake while looking for frisbees

A man has died in a suspected alligator attack while looking for frisbees in a lake.An alligator warning sign near the scene where the man was found dead. The 47-year-old was combing the water at Taylor Park Disc Golf Course in Largo, Florida, where people are warned to beware of the aggressive reptiles. “At this time, detectives believe the victim was looking for frisbees in the water and a gator was involved,” Largo police said. “There are posted signs of no swimming in the lake.” A specialist is working to remove an alligator from the lake and experts will then … Continue reading Man dies in alligator-filled lake while looking for frisbees

Witness says police shot pregnant Black woman suspected of carjacking in Missouri

An eyewitness says police in Kansas City,  Missouri repeatedly shot an unarmed pregnant woman as she tried to run away. “They shot five times,” the witness, who only gave her first name, told the Kansas City Star. “I remember seeing her hit the ground and I froze.” The injured woman, who is Black, was suspected of carrying out a carjacking with a male accomplice. KCTV  has identified her as Leonna Hale, 26. She is still alive, but suffered serious injuries and was taken to a hospital, where she is in stable condition. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP), Kansas City Police Department … Continue reading Witness says police shot pregnant Black woman suspected of carjacking in Missouri

Pelosi’s husband arrested for drink-driving after late-night Porsche crash

The husband of Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving after his Porsche was in a crash on Saturday night.Mrs Pelosi and her husband California Highway Patrol said Paul Pelosi, 82, was detained in Napa County, north of San Francisco, after a two-vehicle collision shortly before midnight. He was taken to jail and charged with two misdemeanours with bail set at $5,000, but police records show he was no longer in custody on Sunday. Highway Patrol said Mr Pelosi was trying to cross State Route-29 in his 2021 Porsche when his … Continue reading Pelosi’s husband arrested for drink-driving after late-night Porsche crash

Gun Violence: Man pulls a gun on TV crew during live report on gun violence

A TV crew in Chicago was caught completely off guard when a man walked into the back of a reporter’s live shot and pointed what appeared to be a gun at the cameraperson. Fox 32, an affiliate of the network based in Chicago, reported that the man walked into the shot and held what looked to be a pistol  behind reporter Joanie Lum’s view while she delivered a segment about the city’s rising gun violence problem. The passerby can initially be seen walking into the left side of the frame and then holding what looks to be a firearm behind the reporter’s body while … Continue reading Gun Violence: Man pulls a gun on TV crew during live report on gun violence

FBI foiled terror plot to kill George W Bush

An Islamic State sympathiser planned to murder former US President George W Bush but the plot was discovered by the FBI, US authorities have revealed. The suspect, a resident of Ohio, allegedly sought to have Iraqi operatives smuggled into the US from Mexico for the operation. He is now in custody and appeared at a federal court in Ohio on Tuesday. The FBI used informants and electronic surveillance to foil his plan. According to court documents, the suspect – identified as Shihab Ahmed Shihab, 52 – is an Iraqi national who has been in the US since 2020 and had … Continue reading FBI foiled terror plot to kill George W Bush

Global firms are boosting baby formula supplies in the US

Global firms are boosting supplies of baby formula in the US as the country grapples with a shortage. Gerber-maker Nestle said it was flying additional shipments to the country from the Netherlands and Switzerland. UK-based Reckitt Benckiser, which makes Enfamil and has factories in the US, has also said it has ramped up production by 30% this year. The move comes as US officials warned that resolution of the shortage remained months away. On Monday, Abbott Laboratories, the biggest US supplier of powder infant formula brands such as Similac, reached a deal with regulators on steps needed to restart production … Continue reading Global firms are boosting baby formula supplies in the US

Yet Another Shooting: Gunfire at Houston flea market leaves two dead

Two people were killed and three more were taken to a hospital with injuries after a shooting Sunday at a bustling Houston flea market, authorities said. The shooting at the open-air market arose from an “altercation” that involved at least two guns and all five of the people, according to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez. He said no “innocent bystanders” were injured. Investigators believe one of the people hospitalized was among those who opened fire and two more suspected shooters were detained at the scene, a sheriff’s deputy told KTRK-TV. Thousands of people were shopping at the market 14 miles … Continue reading Yet Another Shooting: Gunfire at Houston flea market leaves two dead

Brave California churchgoers hog-tie gunman after deadly attack

A gunman opened fire in a Southern California church during a lunch banquet on Sunday, killing one person and wounding five, before churchgoers detained the suspect and hog-tied his legs with an electrical cord, authorities said. Police responded to the incident that unfolded at about 1:30 p.m. local time (2039 GMT) at the Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods and arrested an unidentified suspect in his 60s, Orange County Undersheriff Jeff Hallock told a news conference. “That group of churchgoers displayed … exceptional heroism and bravery in intervening to stop the suspect. They undoubtedly prevented additional injuries and fatalities,” he said. One person died at the … Continue reading Brave California churchgoers hog-tie gunman after deadly attack

Member of US Black Panther, Sundiata Acoli wins parole after half a century

A New Jersey court has granted parole to the oldest former member of the Black Panthers after nearly five decades in prison. Sundiata Acoli, 85, was sentenced to life in prison in 1974 for the murder of a police officer the previous year. Acoli was 35 years old at the time of the incident. Founded in 1966, the Black Panthers were a revolutionary black nationalist and socialist group espousing armed self-defence especially against police. The shooting that led to Acoli’s imprisonment followed a routine traffic stop on the New Jersey Turnpike. The ensuing gunfight left a New Jersey State trooper, … Continue reading Member of US Black Panther, Sundiata Acoli wins parole after half a century