Widow grieves husband’s death in bridge collapse

The heartbroken wife of a crane worker missing since a pedestrian bridge collapse at Florida International University confirmed his death Sunday morning on social media.“On March 15, 2018 my husband was tragically taken from us,” grief-stricken Chelsea Brownfield wrote of husband Brandon on Facebook. “The coming days are going to

Met Opera fires James Levine over sex abuse allegations

The Metropolitan Opera fired music director emeritus James Levine after an investigation found evidence of sexual abuse and harassment.Levine was suspended by the Met in December pending the investigation.The Met says in a Monday statement that its investigation found Levine “engaged in sexually abusive and harassing conduct towards vulnerable artists

CDC says missing worker wasn’t snubbed for a promotion

ATLANTA — A month after an employee at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention disappeared, the federal agency says it hopes he’ll soon be found.Atlanta police have said no one has heard from 35-year-old Timothy Cunningham since Feb. 12.The CDC said Monday that reports Cunningham recently was passed over

Trump floats idea of creating a ‘Space Force’

President Trump wants the US to have its own “Space Force” — which would be like the Army and the Navy, “but for space,” he says.The idea was floated Tuesday during his visit to the Miramar military base in San Diego.“Space is a war-fighting domain, just like the land, air

Student faces sentencing in attempted sex assault on teacher

GERING, Neb. — Sentencing has been scheduled April 23 for a 16-year-old student who attempted to sexually assault a teacher at a western Nebraska high school.The Scottsbluff Star-Herald reports that the boy admitted to a charge of attempted sexual assault after prosecutors dropped two related charges.The boy was arrested the

Handicapped parking spot dispute leaves man on life support

WINDER, Ga. — An Alabama man accused of severely beating a Georgia man in a dispute over a handicapped parking spot has been charged with aggravated battery.Morris Ellis was extradited to Winder, Georgia, on Tuesday after he was arrested in his hometown of Vestavia Hills, Alabama.The family of 63-year-old Danny

Dad killed by rock pushed from overpass with pregnant wife, kid in car

The pregnant wife of a man killed by a boulder that crashed through the window of their car near Los Angeles is pleading for information that leads to the arrest of the person responsible for pushing the rock off an overpass.The California Highway Patrol says someone pushed the 35-pound, basketball-sized

Trump lawyer calls for shutdown of Russia probe

President Trump’s closest legal adviser wants Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election to go the way of Andrew McCabe’s FBI career.“I pray that Acting Attorney General [Rod] Rosenstein will follow the brilliant and courageous example of the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility and Attorney

Death toll rises in Florida bridge collapse

The death toll from the collapse of a 950-ton pedestrian bridge at Miami’s Florida International University rose to at least six – while the search-and-rescue operation turned into a recovery mission, officials said.“What we can confirm is at this point at least we can confirm six fatalities,” Miami-Dade police Detective

Couple fleeing from ICE agents die in crash

A man and a woman, who were believed to be undocumented, died after their vehicle crashed fleeing from federal immigration officials in California on Tuesday, police said.Marcelina Garcia Profecto, 33, and Santo Hilario Garcia, 35, initially stopped after a vehicle flashed its emergency lights to pull them over, but fled

White ex-cop arrested for beating, choking black jaywalking suspect

A white ex-cop in North Carolina caught on bodycam video beating a black man suspected of jaywalking has been arrested on assault charges, authorities said.Christopher William Hickman, who resigned from the Asheville Police Department in January, is facing charges of felony assault by strangulation and misdemeanor assault inflicting serious injury

Love triangle reportedly led to leak of Porter’s wife-beating accusations

Jealousy over Rob Porter dating his ex-girlfriend Hope Hicks likely led Corey Lewandowski, President Trump’s former campaign manager, to leak the wife-beating allegations that ultimately forced Porter’s resignation, according to a new report.Porter’s second ex-wife, Jennifer Willoughby, told New York magazine that Porter in January desperately tried to get her

Ex-principal charged with sexually exploiting a minor

RANDOLPH, Vt. — A former co-principal at a Vermont high school faces criminal charges of sexually exploiting a student.Randolph authorities officially charged 50-year-old David Barnett Tuesday after a lengthy investigation. WCAX-TV reports the Waitsfield resident had been on paid leave from Randolph Union High School since late last year.Authorities say

Science teacher allegedly fed puppy to turtle in front of students

A science teacher at a junior high school in Idaho was accused of feeding a puppy to a snapping turtle in front of students after school, according to reports.It was not immediately clear if the little pooch was dead or alive when Robert Crosland, a longtime teacher at Preston Junior High

11-year-old girl suffers severe brain damage after garden hose shock

An 11-year-old girl suffered severe brain damage after being shocked by an electrified garden hose — and now there’s no hope she’ll ever recover, according to reports.Denishar Woods’ heart stopped when she was zapped with 230 volts last Saturday after touching the hose at her public housing apartment complex in

Democrats want to give McCabe a job after recent firing

Call me, Andy.Democratic lawmakers reached out to former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe over the weekend on Twitter to offer him a job after Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired him two days before he was set to retire and his pension would have kicked in.Call me, the Democrats told McCabe.“To

Husband indicted for killing wife who led secret life as porn star

COLUMBIANA, Ala. — The husband of a suburban mom who lived a double life as an online exhibitionist has been indicted in her death.A court document filed Thursday shows 44-year-old William Jeffrey West is charged with murder in the slaying of Kathleen Dawn West.The 42-year-old woman’s partially clothed body was

Hit-and-run driver pinned dad between cars in parking lot: cops

An Afghan immigrant who worked as an interpreter for the US military nearly lost his right leg when a driver intentionally rammed him in a parking lot in Oregon earlier this month, police and coworkers said.Mohammed Fawad Mohammadi, 27, told the Portland Tribune that he was visiting Oregon’s coastline with

Drug dealers could get death penalty under new Trump plan

WASHINGTON – It’s death for drug dealers!President Trump plans to implement the death penalty on major drug traffickers as part of his opioid crackdown in the United States, the White House announced Sunday.“The Department of Justice will seek the death penalty against drug traffickers when it’s appropriate under current law,”

A fake prince is scamming Monaco’s elite: authorities

A phony Prince Albert II is among a group of well-heeled hustlers impersonating “high ranking personalities” and targeting Monaco’s elite, authorities are warning.The ersatz prince contacted a well-known French journalist via WhatsApp video chat last fall saying he desperately needed cash to spring a reporter from the clutches of an

Russian nerve agent was planted in suitcase of spy’s daughter

The Russian nerve agent used to poison former spy Sergei Skripal was planted in his daughter’s suitcase before she returned from a trip to Moscow, British investigators said in a report.Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia Skripal, 33, were found slumped over on a bench in Salisbury, UK, on March

Ambulance crash kills patient, injures driver and attendant

VERMILION, Ohio — Authorities say an out-of-control ambulance has run off a road and crashed in Ohio, killing a patient and injuring the driver and an emergency medical service attendant.The State Highway Patrol says the crash occurred Thursday afternoon just outside Vermilion, about 45 miles west of Cleveland.Patrol Lt. Brett

Missing teen and friend’s dad believed to be in Mexico

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — Police are encouraging a missing Pennsylvania teenager to come home to her family after she traveled to Mexico with a 45-year-old man.Allentown police said Friday that Amy Yu and Kevin Esterly bought one-way tickets from Philadelphia to Dallas and then headed to Cancun. They say they believe

Trump continues tweet tirade against McCabe

President Trump on Saturday kept up his twitter slams at Andrew McCabe, the fired former deputy director of the FBI, and other federal employees who have opposed him.“As the House Intelligence Committee has concluded, there was no collusion between Russia and the Trump Campaign,” Trump posted at 1:11 pm. “As

Sessions fires ex-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe days before retirement

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Friday night that he was firing former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, a longtime and frequent target of President Donald Trump’s anger, just two days before his scheduled retirement date.The move, which had been expected, was made on the recommendation of FBI

How McConnell and Chao used political power to make their family rich

Peter Schweizer, who delved into the Clinton Foundation’s dealings in 2016’s “Clinton Cash,” has turned his sights to the money-making machinations of DC’s political elite.His new book, “Secret Empires: How the American Political Class Hides Corruption and Enriches Family and Friends,” — due out Tuesday from Harper Collins — exposes how politicians

Russia to add more Americans to ‘black list’ in wake of sanctions

Moscow will add more Americans to its “black list” in response to new US sanctions against Russia, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Friday.The US Treasury slapped sanctions on 19 Russian nationals and five entities Thursday in the most significant steps Washington has taken against Moscow since President Trump took

Students showed no mercy heckling Mnuchin during speech

LOS ANGELES — A previously withheld video has been released showing the near-constant heckling of Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin during a moderated talk about the economy at UCLA.The university initially balked at releasing the video, saying that Mnuchin “subsequently withdrew” his agreement for it to be posted online.The video shows

Video captures the deadly moment a pedestrian bridge collapsed

A horrifying video shows the moment the 950-ton pedestrian bridge at Florida International University in Miami collapsed and killed at least six people.The footage, which appears to have been taken by someone looking at a screen that displayed surveillance video, was posted on various social media sites, according to the

Bizarre battle over body of Charles Manson finally over

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A grandson of cult leader Charles Manson has won the bizarre California court battle for the killer’s corpse.A Kern County Superior Court commissioner ruled Monday that Jason Freeman of Florida can collect the remains of Manson from the morgue in Bakersfield.Manson’s body has been on ice since