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Accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein denied bail

(NEW YORK) -- A federal judge has denied bail to accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.Judge Richard Berman made the decision over the objections of defense attorneys who had argued that the wealthy financier was a “disciplined” defendant willing to pay a bond of $100 million or more.Federal prosecutors objected, saying…... Read More

Texas teen arrested for spitting in Arizona tea bottle then returning it to supermarket shelf

(ODESSA, Texas) -- A 15-year-old boy in Odessa, Texas, was arrested and charged after he was caught on supermarket surveillance footage spitting into an Arizona tea bottle then putting it back on the shelf.Odessa police were dispatched Monday to Albertsons, a supermarket in Odessa, after a store employee witnessed the…... Read More

Rescue of couple who slipped off Hawaiian cliff into ocean prompts new warning

(HONOLULU) -- After a dramatic rescue in Hawaii's high surf, ocean safety officials on the island have doubled down on the importance of adhering to posted warnings.A married couple from Oklahoma on vacation in Oahu allegedly ignored warnings for a photo opp and got swept out to sea by one…... Read More

Massive heat wave spreads east as storms linger in Upper Midwest

(NEW YORK) -- More than 200 damaging storms were reported on Wednesday, with most of those in the Midwest or along the Interstate 95 corridor.In Connecticut, lightning struck a tree, knocking a branch onto a car and killing a 21-year-old man inside. Six tornadoes were reported across Minnesota, Wyoming and…... Read More

Connecticut man killed when tree branch struck by lightning hits car during storm

(FAIRFIELD, Conn.) -- A young man was killed in Connecticut amid stormy weather Wednesday evening when a large tree branch that was struck by lightning fell on his car, authorities said. Jarrod Marotto, 21, was driving along a residential street in Fairfield, Connecticut, when lightning struck a nearby cottonwood tree,…... Read More

Former Epstein contractor says he quit over unsupervised young women, topless photos

(NEW YORK) -- A former IT contractor for Jeffrey Epstein who said that he ended their business relationship over personal concerns about gaggles of apparently unsupervised young women on the embattled financier's private island told ABC News that his reluctance to continue working there was underscored by what he said…... Read More

Police in Puerto Rico use tear gas after protesters toss fireworks

(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico) -- Police in Puerto Rico deployed tear gas near the governor's mansion in San Juan late Wednesday after someone on the protesters' side tossed fireworks nearby.There were no immediate reports of serious injuries or deaths. Police earlier had requested protesters leave the area immediately in front…... Read More

Marine Corps to consider extending maternity leave to up to one full year

(NEW YORK) -- The Marine Corps will consider extending maternity leave to up to one full year, in what would amount to a significant policy change for the service.In his planning guide to the force, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger called the service's parental/maternity leave policies "inadequate," and said…... Read More

Minnesota truck driver was allegedly watching porn right before fatal crash

(MINNEAPOLIS) -- A Minnesota truck driver was allegedly watching pornographic videos on his cellphone just moments before he caused a deadly highway crash, prosecutors said.Semi-truck driver Tate Doom, 47, was charged with criminal vehicular homicide over the 2018 crash on Interstate 94 in southeast Minnesota that left a construction worker…... Read More

DNA links veteran LAPD officer to cold case sexual assault: Police

(LOS ANGELES) -- A veteran Los Angeles Police Department officer was arrested on multiple sexual assault charges after DNA from one case allegedly linked him to a different cold case from 2015, authorities said Wednesday. Officer William Rodriguez, 33, was charged with two counts of forcible rape and relieved of…... Read More

West Virginia residents using wasp spray as meth alternative: Police

(CHARLESTON, W.Va.) -- Residents in West Virginia are using wasp spray as an alternative form of methamphetamine, according to officials.West Virginia State Police called the use of wasp spray a “cheap fix” for the drug. “People are making a synthetic type methamphetamine out of wasp spray,” Sgt. Charles Sutphin told…... Read More