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Trump turns to Pence to calm fears over coronavirus, but leaves many questions unanswered
Wed, 26 Feb 2020 20:50:59 -0500
Trump turns to Pence to calm fears over coronavirus, but leaves many questions unansweredPresident Trump announced that he was putting Vice President Mike Pence in charge of the U.S. response to coronavirus.
Mom Enlisted Son to Murder Husband, Daughter for Insurance Money: Prosecutors
Thu, 27 Feb 2020 16:08:45 -0500
Mom Enlisted Son to Murder Husband, Daughter for Insurance Money: ProsecutorsA New Jersey woman faces murder charges after allegedly enlisting her son and his friend to brutally kill her daughter and husband 25 years ago by promising them a cut of his life-insurance policy. Dolores Morgan, 66, and her 47-year-old son, Ted Connors, were indicted by a grand jury Wednesday evening on seven counts, including murder and conspiracy, in relation to the 1994 stabbing death of Ana Mejia and the fatal shooting of Nicholas Connors in May 1995, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office told The Daily Beast.Prosecutors allege that while Connors murdered his father and sister with his best friend, Jose Carrero, Morgan was the true mastermind behind the scheme. After her husband was killed, Morgan allegedly collected a $200,000 life-insurance policy and moved to Florida with her son.Suspect in New Jersey Family’s Torching Is Brother and Business Partner to Victim“Killing for money and drugs, the state’s position, you cannot get more violent,” prosecutor Meghan Doyle said at the pair’s detention hearing after their original arrest in January. “[Morgan] has done nothing but hide her involvement and manipulate the system to ensure she was protected.”Last week, Carrero, 48, pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit murder, admitting that both murder plots were hatched on Morgan’s New Jersey kitchen table and that he had witnessed both of the slayings. He is expected to be sentenced to up to 20 years in state prison for his role in the gruesome schemes and has agreed to testify against his former accomplices.Carrero told Superior Court Judge Ellen Torregrossa-O’Connor in February that Morgan offered him up to $3,000 to kill her daughter, Meija, because she believed the 24-year-old had alerted police about her drug dealing, according to the Asbury Park Press. The 48-year-old admitted he held Mejia down and covered her face with his hand, while Connors stabbed his sister to death. Her two children, ages 3 and 1 at the time, were present at the apartment but were left unharmed.Mejia, 24, was found dead inside her Long Branch apartment on Dec. 8, 1994, where she had been stabbed 23 times, authorities said. A white substance was found smeared across her mouth and nose—which was eventually determined to be baby formula, prosecutors said.Estranged Husband, Girlfriend of Missing NYC Teacher Charged With MurderFive months later, Carrero said Morgan asked for his help again: to help her son murder her husband so they collect his life-insurance policy. Prosecutors said that Nicolas Connors, 51, was found dead on a sofa in his Long Branch home with “multiple gunshot wounds to the head” on May 14, 1995. According to Carrero, Conners retrieved a gun and cut a hole through the screen door to make the crime look like a robbery gone wrong. “Dolores Connors wanted him killed for insurance purposes,”' Carrero said.After the murder, Morgan allegedly cashed the $200,000 insurance policy—which Carrero said she originally believed was worth $1 million—and moved with her son to Florida. Morgan, Connors, and his then-girlfriend traveled to the Dominican Republic after the second murder, prosecutors said. During the trip, Connors’ ex-girlfriend told authorities that Morgan said: “We already have two deaths on our hands. We can’t afford another. We can’t afford the police snooping around our house again.”Morgan’s attorney, Jason Seidman, told The Daily Beast on Thursday his client has been cooperative with police “to help capture the killer or killers who took her husband and daughter” and maintains “her innocence as she has for over 25 years.”“She has waited for 25 years to have those responsible brought to justice,” he said noting that while he normally does not comment on ongoing cases, the state’s decision to put “every moment of his case before the media thus far” has compelled him to speak out. Seidman insisted that Carrero’s “completely inconsistent ” confession does not accurately state the chain of events.“They have chosen to run with his story, and turn a blind eye to facts and reason,” he said. “There are no less than 8 people who had either greater motive or better opportunity to commit these murders, including several drug dealers who were out large amounts of money or drugs, based upon the actions of the victim and her boyfriend 1 week prior to her murder.” Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
One of Iran's vice presidents has been infected with coronavirus
Thu, 27 Feb 2020 13:20:25 -0500
One of Iran's vice presidents has been infected with coronavirusEbtekar, one of Iran's vice presidents, was the English-language spokesperson known to the media as "Mary" during the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis.
Mexico president ties shootout dead to drug consumption
Wed, 26 Feb 2020 18:42:16 -0500
Mexico president ties shootout dead to drug consumptionPresident Andrés Manuel López Obrador suggested Wednesday without offering evidence that most of those who die in Mexico's cartel- and gang-fueled firefights are high on drugs or intoxicated, prompting criticism and questions about whether the claim was accurate. Speaking to journalists in his morning news conference, López Obrador said rising drug consumption rates must be reversed if the country is to guarantee peace and security after years of rising, record-setting homicide statistics. “Just so you have the number, 60% of those who lose their life each day, 60% of those killed in clashes, it is shown that they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, but primarily drugs,” the president continued.
Bloomberg campaign reportedly trying to recruit Andrew Yang
Thu, 27 Feb 2020 15:58:01 -0500
Bloomberg campaign reportedly trying to recruit Andrew YangFormer New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg may be looking for a bump from the Yang Gang.The Bloomberg campaign has been seeking an endorsement from entrepreneur and former 2020 candidate Andrew Yang and even floated him as a potential running made, The Wall Street Journal reports. "Aides to the former New York City mayor reached out to discuss ways the two entrepreneurs-turned-politicians could work together as Mr. Bloomberg seeks the Democratic nomination," the Journal writes, although Yang reportedly "didn't commit to join forces."The Bloomberg campaign told the Journal that Yang isn't being seriously considered to be his running mate, and a senior Bloomberg aide denied to NBC's Josh Lederman that he never was. Since dropping out of the race, Yang has been a contributor for CNN. He recently took part in a CNN discussion about Bloomberg's debate debut, during which he said the former mayor came across as "lethargic and uninterested" and was not "properly prepared." Yang also theorized Bloomberg has no one on his team "who could be like, 'That was terrible. This is going to potentially damage your campaign to a very, very high degree.'" Meanwhile, Bloomberg in an interview with MSNBC on Thursday said he'd "consider everybody" to be his running mate should he win the Democratic nomination, but when asked who he's talked to, he shot back, "Why would I tell you?" More stories from theweek.com What it's like to be in Venice during coronavirus lockdown Trump freaks out about all the wrong things California monitors more than 8,000 people for coronavirus
Strike Fast! Japan Develops a Mach-5 Aircraft Carrier-Killer Missile
Thu, 27 Feb 2020 05:33:00 -0500
Strike Fast! Japan Develops a Mach-5 Aircraft Carrier-Killer MissileThe Japanese military is considering developing a hypersonic anti-ship missile with a special warhead for penetrating the decks of Chinese aircraft carriers.
Nigeria's Islamists targeting Christians to provoke religious war, says minister
Thu, 27 Feb 2020 12:20:37 -0500
Nigeria's Islamists targeting Christians to provoke religious war, says ministerIslamist militant groups in Nigeria have begun targeting Christians in an attempt to provoke a religious war, the information minister said on Thursday. Islamist insurgents in Nigeria have killed around 35,000 people and displaced at least two million in the past decade, driven first by Boko Haram and more recently by its offshoot, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP). "They have started targeting Christians and Christian villages for a specific reason, which is to trigger a religious war and throw the nation into chaos," he told reporters.
Missing Mennonite woman, 27, found dead 250 miles from home
Thu, 27 Feb 2020 11:09:00 -0500
Missing Mennonite woman, 27, found dead 250 miles from homeAuthorities quickly found the missing woman's vehicle at a church near her home, but she was nowhere to be found.
Betsy DeVos orders probe after USA TODAY finds college evidently without faculty, students
Thu, 27 Feb 2020 13:29:19 -0500
Betsy DeVos orders probe after USA TODAY finds college evidently without faculty, studentsBetsy DeVos has launched an Education Department investigation after a USA TODAY report showed a college apparently had no faculty or students.
Limbaugh and Trump fuel coronavirus conspiracy theories
Wed, 26 Feb 2020 15:28:31 -0500
Limbaugh and Trump fuel coronavirus conspiracy theoriesConservative radio host Rush Limbaugh is telling his listeners that the coronavirus is a plot to bring down President Trump and attacked the CDC official who warned on Tuesday that the virus will spread in the U.S.
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Gamers prove their metal as rock stars
Tue, 22 Jan 2008 12:27:09 EST
Jess Hu is a child care provider from Brooklyn, New York, but for 20 hours a week, she's a rock star. That's how much she estimates she plays the video game "Rock Band."
Comedian is living in an Ikea store
Tue, 08 Jan 2008 20:23:26 EST
Texas town hopes to become UFO landing spot
Wed, 23 Jan 2008 09:39:56 EST
Governor's son sells 'Don't Drop the Soap'
Mon, 28 Jan 2008 11:05:59 EST
Cops snag lotto ticket from accused drug dealer
Mon, 21 Jan 2008 10:51:26 EST
Politician cuts the fat with photo fakery
Sat, 19 Jan 2008 13:56:45 EST
Puppy vs. polar cub for cuteness title
Mon, 14 Jan 2008 09:56:18 EST
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