Man arrested for holding 2 hikers at gunpoint, putting ‘leash’ on woman – National

Man arrested for holding 2 hikers at gunpoint, putting ‘leash’ on woman – National

A man was arrested in Colorado on Friday after he allegedly held a married couple at gunpoint while they were hiking and put a nylon “leash” on the wife. According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the man who was identified as Kerry Endsley, 73, has a history of harassing the woman. On Friday morning, … Read more

Boy, 5, dies after being left in car for hours while mom prepped birthday party – National

Boy, 5, dies after being left in car for hours while mom prepped birthday party – National

A five-year-old boy died Monday afternoon when his mother left him inside a parked car at the family’s home while she prepared for her daughter’s birthday party. The child was left inside the car for hours amid record-high temperatures in the Texas summer heat. The Houston-area mother had been running errands with her son and … Read more

11 people and monkey in ‘bulletproof’ vest killed in Mexican cartel shootout – National

11 people and monkey in ‘bulletproof’ vest killed in Mexican cartel shootout – National

NOTE: This article contains details and photos that are graphic and disturbing. Please read at your own discretion. A spider monkey dressed to resemble a cartel mascot — complete with a hoodie, “bulletproof” vest and a diaper — was killed in a shootout in Mexico on Tuesday. According to The Associated Press, 11 suspected gang … Read more

Ancient DNA solves mystery of the Black Death’s origin after nearly 700 years – National

Ancient DNA solves mystery of the Black Death’s origin after nearly 700 years – National

Researchers believe they may have found ground zero for the deadliest plague in human history, the Black Death — pulling the veil off a mystery that has been shrouded for nearly 700 years. A paper published in Nature on Wednesday details how a team of archaeologists and geneticists sequenced the genome of plague bacteria found … Read more

Girls saved from abduction by mouthing ‘this is not my dad’ in Florida church – National

Girls saved from abduction by mouthing ‘this is not my dad’ in Florida church – National

When a young girl mouthed “Please help me, this is not my dad” to a Florida churchgoer, the congregant took action and saved two girls from certain danger. According to local news station WFLA, members of a church in the FishHawk Ranch area in Tampa Bay, Fla., helped to stop the abduction of two young … Read more

Ghislaine Maxwell claims inmate was paid to ‘strangle her in her sleep’ – National

Ghislaine Maxwell claims inmate was paid to ‘strangle her in her sleep’ – National

Ghislaine Maxwell’s lawyers are arguing that the former Jeffery Epstein associate should be sentenced to “well below” the recommended 20 years imprisonment for federal sex-trafficking crimes because of an alleged death threat from another inmate. On Dec. 29, Maxwell was convicted of charges including sex trafficking and conspiracy to recruit women and girls, some who … Read more

Gas station manager fired after accidentally pricing gas at 69 cents per gallon – National

Gas station manager fired after accidentally pricing gas at 69 cents per gallon – National

A decimal makes all the difference. A gas station manager in Northern California learned this the hard way when he was fired after accidentally setting the gas price to 69 US cents a gallon, equivalent to approximately 20 cents per litre. According to an ABC affiliate local news station, John Szczecina, the manager of a … Read more

Japan passes bill making ‘online insults’ punishable by one year in jail – National

Japan passes bill making ‘online insults’ punishable by one year in jail – National

In an attempt to quell public concern about cyberbullying, Japan has passed legislation making “online insults” punishable by imprisonment. The bill, passed by the Japanese government on Monday, has amended the country’s penal code and will take effect this summer. According to the Japan Times, the amendment comes as a response to the death of … Read more

Google suspends engineer after claims that AI system has become sentient – National

Google suspends engineer after claims that AI system has become sentient – National

A senior Google software engineer has claimed one of the company’s most advanced artificial intelligence (AI) programs has become sentient, complete with its own feelings and desires for mutual respect. According to the New York Times, Google placed the engineer, Blake Lemoine, on paid leave on Monday. The company’s human resources department claimed this was … Read more

Geico must pay $5.2M to woman who caught STI in man’s insured car – National

Geico must pay .2M to woman who caught STI in man’s insured car – National

Geico may have to pay US$5.2 million to a woman who caught the human papillomavirus (HPV) after having unprotected sex in the insured Hyundai Genesis of her then-partner. The decision was reached Tuesday by the Court of Appeals for the Western District of Missouri, which ordered the insurance company to pay the multi-million-dollar legal settlement … Read more