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Woman posed as baby photographer before drugging new mom to steal her child: Authorities

Woman posed as baby photographer before drugging new mom to steal her child: Authorities

iStock/x-reflexnaja(PIERCE COUNTY, Wash.) — A woman was arrested Friday in Washington State after she allegedly conspired with her teenage daughter to pose as a newborn photographer and drugged a new mother in an attempt to steal her child, officials said.The 38-year-old woman, who goes by multiple names but uses “Juliette” as a first name, advertised…

Pit bull ban in Denver remains after mayor vetoes vote to repeal

Pit bull ban in Denver remains after mayor vetoes vote to repeal

iStock(DENVER) — The mayor of Denver has vetoed a vote to repeal the city’s long-standing pit bull ban.Mayor Michael Hancock said on Friday in a letter to City Council that after hearing from thousands of residents on the issue and carefully considering the matter, he could not “in good conscience support this legislation.”The Denver City…

US to evacuate Americans quarantined on cruise ship due to coronavirus

US to evacuate Americans quarantined on cruise ship due to coronavirus

iStock(NEW YORK) — The U.S. government is set to evacuate Americans quarantined on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship due to the coronavirus. Officials announced the aircraft are expected to arrive in Japan on the evening of Feb. 16.A letter from the U.S. Embassy Tokyo was sent to passengers on the ship Friday, informing them…

Child abducted at gunpoint, allegedly by grandmother, from Louisiana hospital

Child abducted at gunpoint, allegedly by grandmother, from Louisiana hospital

iStock(JEFFERSON, La.) — A 12-year-old child was taken at gunpoint from a Louisiana hospital at 5 p.m. local time Friday, according to Louisiana State Police.Andreana Miller was taken from the Ochsner Hospital in Jefferson Parish by her 66-year-old grandmother, Evelyn Miller, police said. The grandmother was last seen wearing a purple shirt and black pants.She…

Army dad surprises daughter for Valentine’s Day after returning from Afghanistan

Army dad surprises daughter for Valentine’s Day after returning from Afghanistan

WABC(NEW YORK) — Fifth grader Alexus London was in gym class doing push-ups when an unexpected Valentine’s Day gift arrived.Her father, Army Staff Sgt. Daniel London, had just returned from an eight-month deployment in Afghanistan before he surprised his 10-year-old daughter at William Rall Elementary School in Long Island, New York, with a bouquet of…

Alleged cop shooter with a ‘grudge’ indicted by grand jury

Alleged cop shooter with a ‘grudge’ indicted by grand jury

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A grand jury in the Bronx has indicted a man accused of trying to murder New York Police Department officers during a 12-hour shooting rampage.Robert Williams allegedly opened fire inside the 41st Precinct on Feb. 9, after walking up to a marked police vehicle and shooting inside it the day before. Officer…

‘Critical’ evidence found in trash in case of missing girl Faye Swetlik

‘Critical’ evidence found in trash in case of missing girl Faye Swetlik

City of Cayce(CAYCE, S.C.) — The three-day search for a missing 6-year-old South Carolina girl ended with her body being found in a wooded area and police piecing together clues that link her death to a 30-year-old neighbor.”We can’t find her,” said Faye Marie Swetlik’s distraught mother to 911 on Monday. Officials with the Cayce…

Celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti convicted in Nike extortion case

Celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti convicted in Nike extortion case

iStock/Rawf8(NEW YORK) — A federal jury in Manhattan has convicted attorney Michael Avenatti of trying to extort Nike.Avenatti, the California lawyer who gained fame representing adult film star Stormy Daniels, was found guilty Friday afternoon of honest services wire fraud, extortion and transmitting a threat in an interstate communications charges.He could face up to 42…

Car full of teenagers drives at, runs over officer who tried to stop them

Car full of teenagers drives at, runs over officer who tried to stop them

iStock(BILLINGS, Mont.) — A police officer suffered serious injuries requiring surgery after a car full of teenagers accelerated and drove directly at authorities in what was an alleged deliberate attempt to hit them.The incident occurred just after 1 a.m. on the morning of Feb. 15 in Billings, Montana, when police officers located a vehicle that…

Doctor allegedly took $26 million from insurers with phony medical procedures: Prosecutors

Doctor allegedly took $26 million from insurers with phony medical procedures: Prosecutors

iStock(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) — Federal prosecutors charged a Florida doctor for allegedly taking $26 million from Medicaid, Medicare and other health insurance for phony health procedures.Dr. Moses D. Degraft-Johnson pleaded not guilty to several criminal counts filed by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida on Thursday, including health care fraud and conspiracy…

Rain in the forecast for parts of the water-logged South

Rain in the forecast for parts of the water-logged South

iStock(JACKSON, Miss.) — Much of the nation is seeing a rather quiet Sunday, however, a new storm is set to track across the country, and another blast of cold air is lurking right behind it.The previous blast of cold air that hit the Midwest and Northeast late last week was the coldest the regions saw…

One dead, four injured in nightclub shooting

One dead, four injured in nightclub shooting

iStock(HARTFORD, Conn.) — A shooting at a nightclub in Connecticut has left at least one person dead and four others injured.The incident occurred shortly before 3 a.m. at Majestic Lounge and Bar in Hartford, Connecticut, according to a tweet posted by the Hartford Police with the venue’s address.Authorities say that five people were shot, one…

Grandmother arrested after abducting granddaughter at gunpoint from hospital

Grandmother arrested after abducting granddaughter at gunpoint from hospital

iStock(BOGALUSA, La.) — A 12-year-old girl who was abducted from a hospital room by her armed grandmother has been found unharmed.Evelyn Miller, 66, was arrested by the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office at a hotel in Bogalusa, Louisiana, and her granddaughter, Adreana Miller, 12, was found with her after Evelyn Miller allegedly took Adreana from Ochsner…