Arizona – State Sen. Sylvia Allen, R-Snowflake, brought it up during a committee meeting Tuesday while lawmakers were debating a gun bill concerning concealed weapons permits, not religion.
Allen explained that without a “moral rebirth” in the country, more people may feel the need to carry a weapon.
“I believe what’s happening to our country is that there’s a moral erosion of the soul of America,” she said.
“It’s the soul that is corrupt. How we get back to a moral rebirth I don’t know. Since we are slowly eroding religion at every opportunity that we have. Probably we should be debating a bill requiring every American to attend a church of their choice on Sunday to see if we can get back to having a moral rebirth,” she told the committee. More
Missouri – A 43-year-old white man was assaulted by a group of black men on a St. Louis, Missouri, MetroLink train after they asked him his thoughts on the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, last year. The attack was reportedly unprovoked.
The assault was caught on video by Facebook user Twan Davis, The Blaze reports, and features strong language and violence. The fight that erupted between the group of black men and the white male begins at 1:40 into the video.
The white male victim told police he was initially asked by the suspect in the red shirt (picture) and hat for his cellphone, and he refused to give it to him.
The man in the red shirt and hat then asked him what he thought of the Michael Brown situation. MoreVideo
DENVER – A Colorado lawmaker is under fire for controversial comments about a pregnant woman whose baby was cut from her womb in Longmont.
On his daily TV show, Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt, R-Colorado Springs, said the attack is punishment for legalized abortion.
“This is the curse of God upon America for our sin of not protecting innocent children in the womb,” Klingenschmitt said on his show.
Klingenschmitt was referring to the incident where Michelle Wilkins, 26, answered a Craigslist ad for baby clothes allegedly placed by Dynel Lane. Lane, 34, is accused of stabbing Wilkins and removing her baby. More
LINCOLN, Nebraska – State Sen. Sen. Ernie Chambers isn’t backing down.
The state lawmaker from Omaha defiantly stood Thursday on the floor of the Nebraska Legislature and rejected many of his colleagues’ calls for him to apologize — or even resign — for comparing cops to ISIS terrorists and suggesting he’d shoot a cop if he weren’t nonviolent and had a gun.
“I meant what I said and I said what I meant,” Chambers said.
He said the irony is that lawmakers were discussing freedom of expression on Wednesday, and said it was ignorant and “idle talk” to suggest taking any kind of legal action, since lawmakers are immune from civil or criminal liability in connection with anything they say in the Legislature.
“I’m not going to resign,” he said. “I’m not going to apologize. Why do you think I would apologize?” More
BOSTON – A Jamaica Plain woman who claimed to be a Boston Marathon bombing victim has been indicted for fraud.
Authorities say 41-year-old Joanna Leigh received nearly $40,000 in benefits, including money from the One Fund and a local school.
“I saw first-hand the injuries true victims suffered on that day,” said Boston Police Commissioner William Evans. “Ms. Leigh saw an opportunity to take advantage of kind-hearted individuals who wanted to help those victims.”
Leigh is charged with five counts of larceny over $250 by false pretense and one count of making a false claim to a government agency. More
HAMPTON, Illinois – Officials in an Illinois town said new signs reading, “Stop pooping on bike path,” are aimed at pooping people rather than defecating dogs.
Scot McKay, Public Works supervisor for the Village of Hampton, said residents might confuse the two signs, which bear anemoji-like image of a smiling pile of feces, for a message to pet owners, but they are actually a response to human droppings being found on the path multiple times during the past two years.
“It’s just pretty nasty to talk about,” McKay told WQAD-TV.
McKay said the feces are definitely human, as the pooper tends to leave pieces of toilet paper atop the piles. More
Florida – “I think that having an escort to bring you back and forth to the bathroom is some sort of invasion of privacy,” a Florida high school student told WFTS.
That was a student from Zephyrhills High School in Florida, where a new bathroom policy was implemented Tuesday.
Our partners at WFTS say if students now have to go to the bathroom during class, they can go only if they’re escorted by one of five supervisors. Escorts are not required to take students to the bathroom during passing periods or lunch.
“We’ve had issues with people being accosted coming out of bathrooms, drug deals taking place in the hallways, students having sex in bathrooms. That’s what we’re trying to put a stop to,” teacher Catherine Burgess told WFLA. More
Florida – Animals that had supposedly been ‘saved’ from the Hillsborough County Animal Shelter were found in miserable conditions behind a St. Petersburg, Florida, home purportedly serving as a wildlife rescue facility, according to BayNews9.
Officials who removed the 51 animals said they were living in filthy crates in their own urine and feces and without food or water.
Most of the animals had microchips which verified they came from Hillsborough County Animal Services and that their care was “outsourced to the wildlife rescue.”
There are no special permits, or licenses or regulatory agency that oversees the rescues, Doug Brightwell, spokesperson for the county’s animal services told BayNews9. More
Detroit – The saga of a Detroit mother accused of killing two of her children and stuffing their bodies in a freezer took yet another gut-wrenching twist Thursday.
Court records show that one of Mitchelle Blair’s surviving children was forced to place the body of her 13-year-old sister into the deep freezer, the Detroit Free Press reported.
The bodies of Stephen Berry, 9, and Stoni Blair, 13, were discovered Tuesday after an eviction notice was served on Blair for failing to pay her rent.
Police said Blair has two living children, an 8-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl, both of whom knew their siblings had been killed and that the bodies were hidden in the freezer. Both were also beaten by their mother and had scars from being burned and whipped with an extension cord, the court documents said. More
California – An Indian national who was employed at a Valencia restaurant endured three years of slavery — including regular beatings — and was so scared of his boss that he feared for his life if he ever tried to escape, authorities said Wednesday.
The victim’s boss, 47-year-old Pardeep Kumar (picture), was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of human trafficking and holding a person in involuntary servitude, said Los Angeles County sheriff’s Capt. Merrill Ladenheim.
After confiscating the chef’s passport, Kumar beat his employee with a 2-foot-long piece of steel and a 3-foot-long metal mop handle, Ladenheim said. More
Physicist Jack Cover first became interested in developing a non-lethal type of weapon when he heard about President Lyndon Johnson’s Blue Ribbon Crime Commission back in the late ‘60s.
The goal of the commission was to develop safe but effective weaponry to be utilized in suppressing riots that were occurring around the country at the time. Not long after, Cover read an article in the L.A. Times about a man who became immobilized by a high-voltage fence while hiking.
This soon led to the discovery that a low electrical current could be pulsed with high voltage to cause involuntary muscle spasms and render a person completely helpless.
In 1970, Cover developed the first prototypes of his electronic control device, which he named after his childhood literary hero, Tom Swift.
The popular science fiction series, authored by Victor Appleton, includes a book entitled Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle. Jack Cover’s ECD weapon fit the description of an ‘electric rifle,’ so he honored his boyhood hero by referencing the story in the acronym for the device. More Nutty Facts
HOPA, Turkey – Customs officers at a Turkish border crossing searched a Georgian man’s luggage and discovered an unusual piece of cargo — his girlfriend.
The Turkish National Police said customs officers at the Sarpi Border Crossing noticed a 25-year-old man, identified by the initials Z.Z., acting suspiciously Monday while waiting to enter Turkey and they asked him to open his large suitcase.
Police said the man opened the luggage, revealing his 22-year-old girlfriend, identified as D.K., curled up inside the bag.
Investigators said they questioned the duo and discovered the woman had previously been banned from crossing the border into Turkey. More
MELBOURNE, Australia – Activists are criticizing the National Disability Summit in Australia after a speaker had to be carried on stage because the venue wasn’t wheelchair accessible.
Jarrod Marrinon, who attended the conference organized by Informa Australia in Melbourne last week, tweeted a picture showing Deborah Haygarth, a speaker at the event, being carried off the stage because the venue was not wheelchair accessible.
“This is a disabled speaker carried off stage. No ramps. #shame,” he tweeted.
Marrinon took another photo showing the disabled restroom at the conference was out of use because it was being used to store extra chairs. More
Tallahassee - Stanley Geddie arrived by taxicab and was drunk during an attempted heist of a Tallahassee bank Wednesday afternoon, police say.
The 46-year-old was arrested on charges of robbery, petty theft and resisting an officer after demanding $100,000 from a bank manager at the Capital City Bank on Capital Circle Northwest.
Geddie told the manager he had a .357 handgun, was carrying C4 plastic explosives and “would blow this place up,” court records show.
Police arrived at the bank to find the cab driver, who advised them Geddie was drunk and had not paid his $25.50 fare. The driver told police Geddie said, “I will take care of you when I come out.” More
A Congresswoman’s embarrassing attempt at a parking job was caught on video and has since become an Internet sensation.
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton was spotted attempting to park her van awkwardly and perpendicularly between two correctly parked vehicles.
The two men who witnessed the incident began filming to document to absurd parking job. One of the witnesses summarized what had gone on up to the start of the video, adding that Norton “hit the car next to her and did not leave a note, though I couldn’t see any damage.”
The cameraman said that Norton hit the car “repeatedly.”
“If she parks like that she should not be a member of Congress anymore,” one of the witnesses said from behind the camera. MoreWatch Video
Washington DC – A photograph of young children treating the Vietnam Women’s Memorial in Washington, D.C., like a jungle gym with an elderly man looking on has gone viral and has some veterans shaking their heads.
Matthew Munson, the photographer, took the photo when he saw an elderly man wearing a “USS Emmons” ball cap approach the memorial while the kids were climbing the sculpture that honors the women who served in Vietnam, mostly as nurses.
“I feel like the parents should be ashamed,” Munson told MyFox8.com. ”And anyone that tries to blame the kids are wrong in doing so. If you look at the hurt veterans, they are looking past the kids and toward the parents that are out of the frame.”
Munson told the station that the parents were laughing while the kids scaled the monument, which was dedicated in 1993, showing a woman holding a fallen soldier. More
Texas – Dallas mom Linda Zevallos dated accused murderer Robert Durst in 2000 and received a letter from him after an awkward dinner during which he kicked her under the table when he learned she wanted to order the sea bass — the same thing he chose, she told the Daily News.
Years later she learned the so-called cadaver letter sent to Beverly Hills Police alerting them to the 2000 murder of Durst’s friend Susan Berman was written in green ink. So was her Durst letter.
When she found her own letter stuck in a drawer around 2008, her worst fear was confirmed.
“I thought, ‘Oh dear.’ It was in green ink,” she said. “It was so creepy. I’m still creeped out by the whole thing, 15 years later.” More
New York – An epidemic of bad behavior by out-of-control passengers has caused the number of delays in the city subway system to skyrocket, according to data obtained by The Post.
The system has degenerated into a such a cesspool of trouble-making that more than 2,300 train delays attributed to unruly customers were reported in January — an 80 percent increase over the year before.
The numbers were also up 43 percent in December and 53 percent in November.
The rampant rudeness includes everything from vagrants getting into fist fights to people pulling the emergency brakes — and break dancers causing delays by holding doors open, sources said. More
California – Police investigating the alleged kidnapping of a woman from a northern California home said — hours after she was “found” more than 400 miles away — that it was a hoax “orchestrated” with the woman’s boyfriend.
Authorities had originally treated the disappearance of 29-year-old Denise Huskins as a kidnap-for-ransom case, but said they had been unable to locate her or any of her family members after Huskins retained an attorney and stopped cooperating with police.
Vallejo police spokesman Lt. Kenny Park said that Huskins and her boyfriend, Aaron Quinn, 30, have now become the targets of an investigation into whether they did anything illegal in reporting a random, violent abduction and a ransom request of $8,500.
“There is no evidence to support the claims that this was a stranger abduction or an abduction at all,” Park said in a statement. “Given the facts that have been presented thus far, this event appears to be an orchestrated event and not a kidnapping.” MoreVideo
Michigan – A jury today found a Michigan woman guilty of firing a shot into a McDonald’s drive-thru window after employees failed to put bacon on a cheeseburger she ordered.
Shaneka Monique Torres, 30, was convicted of a felony firearms charge after only an hour of deliberations by the panel. She faces a minimum of two years in state prison when she is sentenced next month.
Torres fired a single shot into the McDonald’s at 3:10 AM last February 10, according to Grand Rapids police.
The gunplay came after Torres and another woman “complained that the order was incorrect,” cops noted. More
France – A pilot on the doomed Germanwings airliner that went down into the Alps Tuesday apparently was locked out the cockpit moments before the plane crashed, killing all 150 on board, the New York Times reported Wednesday afternoon.
An investigator told the paper that evidence from a voice recorder indicated that the pilot had left the cockpit and could not re-enter.
He tried knocking lightly on the door, and when there was no immediate answer, he began knocking more loudly.
Finally, the source told the Times, audio on the recorder revealed: “You can hear he is trying to smash the door down.” More
MILTON, Massachusetts – Authorities in Massachusetts said a former landlord discovered a house he is planning to sell was rigged to explode with the flip of a light switch.
Milton Police Chief Richard G. Wells Jr. said homeowner Lendel Williams, his attorney and an electrician were conducting a pre-sale inspection of the house, which was recently occupied by renters, when they discovered an apparent explosive device wired to one of the home’s light switches.
“We believe the intention was that if someone had flipped the light switch on where it ended, the device would have exploded,” Wells said.
He said the device had several wires that spread through multiple rooms and were connected to a gallon container of an incendiary substance. More
California – The father of a California woman allegedly abducted Monday from a home in what police said may have been a kidnap-for-ransom case told FoxNews.com his daughter has been found safe.
Denise Huskins, 29, was found in Huntington Beach some 420 miles away from Vallejo, where she disappeared, according to her father. He said he could not elaborate further.
The Vallejo Police Department said Huskins contacted her father to say she’s in Huntington Beach. Authorities, however, haven’t confirmed she is there and are sending officers to the Huntington Beach homes of both Huskins’ mother and father, according to Huntington Beach Officer Jennifer Marlatt.
The FBI joined the search Tuesday for Huskins, who police said was “forcibly taken against her will” from a home in Vallejo Monday morning, according to a witness who contacted them. More