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Customs agents raid wrong house in Oklahoma

It was 5:30 a.m. Tuesday when Carlos Estrada says he got a knock at his door by a team of ICE agents that he and his family will never forget.
Moore family is still shaken after ICE agents raided the wrong house.
According to the family, it's a case of mistaken identity, and now they want to make sure it doesn't happen again.

"I don't feel too good," said Carlos Estrada Barrintos. "I don't sleep too good, I wake up like at 5:30 in the morning, you know because it's still in my mind."

It was 5:30 a.m. Tuesday when Carlos Estrada says he got a knock at his door by a team of ICE agents that he and his family will never forget.

"I don't want it to happen with anybody else," said Estrada.

He says his wife, 15-year-old daughter, and 18-year-old son were aggressively handcuffed and sat on the floor of their living room.


Kentucky police: Two dead in shooting at Hazard Community & Technical College

Two people have been killed in a shooting at Hazard Community & Technical College.

A third person was critically injured and has been transported to Hazard ARH.

Bizarro Earth

Attempted suicide of raped Moroccan highlights plight of victims

A young Moroccan house maid, whose dramatic suicide attempt has revived concerns about violence towards women and child workers in Morocco, said on Tuesday that her family rejected her after she was raped.

The 19-year-old women, who leapt from the fourth floor of an apartment building in Casablanca where she worked, had been employed as a domestic worker since the age of 14, said Omar Kindi, president of the NGO Insaf.

She was saved by a young man, who caught her as she fell and was killed in doing so, with the incident filmed by a neighbour and posted on the Internet.

"In 2010, she was raped in Marrakesh, prompting a dramatic change in her already sad life," said Kindi, who visited her in hospital and whose NGO supports women and children in distress.


After 19 years behind bars, man sues Chicago police for framing him

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Police officers, Chicago, US
After nearly two decades of imprisonment for a murder he didn't commit, a Chicago man says he was framed by a group of policemen who bribed court witnesses to go along with their story and has filed a lawsuit against the perpetrators.

Rodell Sanders, 49, has spent years trying to convince the court of his innocence and was exonerate after 19 years imprisonment. The former prisoner is now taking the Chicago Heights Police Department and several of its officers to court for his wrongful conviction and the bribery that landed him in jail.

Sanders was arrested and charged for a 1993 murder in which a group of men robbed and fatally shot one of two people who they found sleeping in a car.

He was accused of being part of the group, even though he always claimed to have been "nowhere nearby", and was instead playing cards at his friend's apartment.

"There was no physical evidence linking Sanders to the crime. Rather, the only purported evidence against Mr. Sanders were two purchased and patently false witness identifications," states the complaint. "These wrongful misidentifications were procured through manipulation and bribes by members of the City of Chicago Heights's infamously corrupt police department."

Heart - Black

Oxford gang drugged young girls and sold them as prostitutes, court told

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The accused men at the Old Bailey – from left: Kamar Jamil, Akthtar Dogar, Anjum Dogar, Assad Hussain, Mohammed Karrar, Bassam Karrar, Mohammed Hussain, Zeeshan Ahmed and Bilal Ahmed.
Old Bailey hears nine men, facing 51 counts including rape and trafficking, imprisoned girls as young as 11 and subjected them to depravity and extreme sexual violence.

Vulnerable girls as young as 11 were groomed, subjected to acts of "extreme depravity" and trafficked around the UK for sex by a gang of men based in Oxford, a court has heard .

Over a period of eight years the nine men made the girls' lives a "living hell", subjecting them to extreme physical and sexual violence, selling some victims for prostitution in Oxford and trafficking others around the country, an Old Bailey jury was told.

It took more than half an hour to read out the 51 counts against the men, who sat impassively in the dock, accused of crimes including rape, forcing a child into prostitution and trafficking.

The jury of seven men and five women heard that from 2004 to early 2012 six complainants were plied with drugs and drink, and raped, sometimes by several men and sometimes "for days on end".

The men targeted children in care or from chaotic backgrounds, the jury heard. Once groomed, the girls could then be used to recruit other children into the sex ring. Some of the girls, ranging in age from 11 to 15, were groomed to be child prostitutes, for which some men in the gang received payments.


Accused New York subway pusher Naeem Davis describes scene on track

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Naeem Davis, right, told police Ki-Suck Han (face blocked) was the instigator of the fight at the 49th Street station near Times Square.
Davis pleads not guilty as NYPD release documents in which he says victim struggled to get back on platform as train neared.

A homeless suspect charged with killing a stranger by pushing him into the path of a New York City subway train told investigators his victim "rolled like a bowling ball" after he landed on the tracks, according to court papers.

In written and videotaped statements, Naeem Davis admitted watching as Ki-Suck Han tried in vain to climb off the tracks before the train hit him, the document prepared by prosecutors says.

Davis, a 30-year-old who told investigators who came to the United States from Sierra Leone, described Han as a drunken instigator of the deadly altercation on a subway platform near Times Square. But he also wrote that he was to blame and "shouldn't have let this happen", the document says.

The papers were made public on Tuesday as Davis pleaded not guilty to murder and manslaughter charges at a Manhattan courthouse. He's been held without bail since his arrest last month.


Another school shooting: Student shoots faculty member, then himself in downtown St. Louis school

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Police say a student in his mid-30s walked into a downtown St. Louis business school and shot an administrator before turning the gun on himself on Tuesday.

The shooting happened at the Stevens Institute of Business and Arts in the 1500 block of Washington near 15th St. around 2 p.m.

According to police, the student entered a fourth-floor office in the school and shot a financial aid member in the chest. He then shot himself.

Police arrived within a minute of the call about the shooting. Students were huddled under desks and in closets. The administrator had made it to an elevator; the gunman was found injured in a stairwell between the third and fourth floor.


High school principal suspended for playing 'The Terminator' in video

A Massachusetts high school principal has been suspended after portraying himself as the movie character "The Terminator" in a video for students.

According to ABC News, Erik Naumann was suspended for two days for the video, which used scenes from the movie Terminator 2: Judgement Day showing empty classrooms and playgrounds burning after an explosion, as well as footage depicting Naumann, as the titular robot stalking Linda Hamilton's character, Sarah Connor.

"The messages that are in that video are kind of disturbing," Everett Public Schools Superintendent Frederick Foresteire told WCVB-TV on Monday. "A woman terrorized in the hallway. They show four empty classrooms. Where have the students gone?"


Source of Pennsylvania Walmart illnesses still a mystery

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Shoppers enter the Walmart in Center Township Sunday evening. An unknown smell sickened some customers Saturday around 7 p.m.
Things seemed to be back to normal at the Center Township Walmart store on Sunday, one day after the store was evacuated and closed for several hours, after customers and employees became ill inside.

But while the problem that caused the illnesses seemed to have cleared up, its cause remained a mystery.

"Our readings didn't come up with anything, (Beaver County Hazardous Materials Team) didn't come up with anything," said Center's fire Chief Bill Brucker on Sunday. "I don't know if we'll ever find out the cause."

Center firefighters were sent to the store around 7 p.m. Saturday, after both customers and store employees became ill inside the store, Brucker said.

"There was nausea, some vomiting, and several cases of upper respiratory issues," Brucker said. "The decision was made to evacuate the store while we tried to figure out what was going on."

Brucker said the cause seemed to be centered near the back of the sprawling store, on the grocery side; Walmart workers had roped off several aisles in that area.

Heart - Black

Kenyan officials impound two tonnes of ivory: police

Officials in the Kenyan port city of Mombasa have impounded more than 600 pieces of ivory, weighing two tonnes, they said Tuesday, the latest in a series of seizures by Kenyan authorities.

"They were labelled as decorating stones and were headed to Indonesia from Tanzania," a police source based at the port told AFP on condition of anonymity.

The head of operations at the port, Gitau Gitau, confirmed the seizure, but said no arrests had been made. Gitau said the documents used to ship the cargo would be used to track its owners, and added that the seized ivory is valued at more than $1 million (750,000 euros).

Two weeks ago, officials in Hong Kong seized more than a tonne of ivory worth about $1.4 million in a shipment from Kenya.

The international trade in elephant ivory, with rare exceptions, has been outlawed since 1989 after elephant populations in Africa dropped from millions in the mid-20th century to some 600,000 by the end of the 1980s.