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Hawaii Airport Security Guard Assaults, Threatens to Kill Videographer

A longstanding conflict between G4S security guards and employees of a Hawaiian commuter airline came to a physical clash that was caught on video.

The video shows a security guard named "Erik" trying to pull the camera out of the hands of an airline employee while repeating, "you don't take picture of me."

The guard pushes him, shoves him, spits on him and ultimately threatens to kill him.

"I'm going to kill this fucker. I don't care. You don't take picture of me, brah."

The owner of the commuter airline sent the video to Los Angeles photo activist Shawn Nee, who forwarded it to me.

I've reached out to the owner for further comment and will update accordingly.

California Crumbles: San Bernardino Bankrupt. Up Next: Scranton?

The drumbeat of cities filing bankruptcy grows louder: San Bernardino has become the third California city in two weeks to go bust, after Stockton (the biggest U.S. city so far to file) and the small Sierra hamlet of Mammoth Lakes.

The L.A. Times reports that San Bernardino's filing is certain to heighten worries about the fiscal solvency of other California towns. But the next bankruptcy might not come from California: Scranton, Pa., is so cash-strapped that on Friday it made an unprecedented move and cut the pay of its municipal workers to $7.25 an hour--minimum wage.

While Scranton's crisis has been sudden, San Bernadino's has been years in the making: An analysis prepared by the city's finance department blames "accounting errors, deficit spending, lack of revenue growth and increases in pension and debt costs." The recession hit the city hard. San Diego County has the third-highest rate of foreclosures in the nation.

The "accounting errors" may not have been innocent.

According to San Bernardino's city attorney and as reported in the L.A. Times, budget officials for over a decade falsified financial reports, in an attempt to mask the city's problems. "The mayor and the council were not given accurate documents," the Times quotes the attorney as saying.

The city's deficit stands at $46 million, despite the fact that San Bernardino has cut its workforce 20 percent in the past four years.

Judge Blocks Law (Again) That Would Close Mississippi's Last Abortion Clinic

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Abortion opponents Ron Nederhoed, center, and Ashley Sigrest, left, argue with Jackson Women's Health Organization's administrator Shannon Brewer, right, outside Mississippi's only abortion clinic in Jackson, Miss.
District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III extended his order blocking a Mississippi state law that would shut down Mississippi's only abortion clinic. No word yet on when a final ruling from the judge will come.

Jackson, Mississippi - A federal judge on Wednesday continued to block a law that threatened to shut down Mississippi's only abortion clinic and make it nearly impossible for a woman in one of the poorest states in the U.S. to get the procedure.

U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III temporarily blocked the state law July 1 and extended that order Wednesday. He did not say how long it would last.

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that states can't place undue burdens or substantial obstacles for women seeking abortion. The law would require anyone performing clinic abortions to be an OB-GYN with privileges to admit patients to a local hospital. The doctors at the clinic do not have those privileges, and the clinic says the privileges aren't medically necessary.
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Father Arrested after Daughters Found Dead in Wisconsin

Aaron Schaffhausen
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Aaron Schaffhausen
River Falls, Wisconsin - A man suspected of killing his three young daughters contacted their mother out of the blue, asked to see them and later called her back to say he had hurt them, police said Wednesday.

Aaron Schaffhausen, 34, turned himself in to River Falls police late Tuesday afternoon. He was being held on suspicion of first-degree intentional homicide, city administrator Scot Simpson said Wednesday. Formal charges are pending and it was unclear whether Schaffhausen had an attorney.

Officers discovered the bodies of 11-year-old Amara Schaffhausen, 8-year-old Sophie Schaffhausen and 5-year-old Cecilia Schaffhausen on Tuesday after their mother called the city police, Simpson said. Jessica Schaffhausen said she had received a phone call from her ex-husband that made her concerned for the safety of their children, he said.

A marriage announcement in The (Springfield, Ill.) State Journal-Register shows Aaron Schaffhausen and Jessica Schaffhausen married in 2000. Court records indicate they divorced in Wisconsin this past January.

Police Chief Roger Leque said during a news conference Wednesday that Aaron Schaffhausen lived in Minot, North Dakota. He contacted his ex-wife on Tuesday and asked for an unplanned visit with the girls.

Jessica Schaffhausen, who wasn't home, agreed. Her ex-husband arrived at the River Falls home the girls shared with their mother and the children's baby sitter left, Leque said.

Tetra Pak heir Hans Kristian Rausing treated in hospital after police discover body of his wife in their London home

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The Tetra Pak heir Hans Kristian Rausing and his wife, Eva, who was found dead in Belgravia, west London.
One of the heirs to the multibillion-pound Tetra Pak empire is being treated at a hospital as police wait to interview him in connection with the death of his wife.

Hans Kristian Rausing was arrested on Monday after officers discovered the body of his 48-year-old wife, Eva, at their home in Belgravia, west London.

Rausing - who was initially arrested in south London on suspicion of possession of drugs - was transferred to a hospital from police custody on Tuesday.

Scotland Yard said there was a police presence at the hospital, but it is understood that Rausing has yet to be interviewed over the death of his wife.

Her death is being treated as "unexplained" and is being investigated by the homicide and serious crime command of the Metropolitan police.

86 Year Old Woman Brutally Beaten at Home

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City crime scene.
An elderly bedridden woman, 86, was viciously assaulted during a home invasion robbery in the Rhawnhurst section of Northeast Philadelphia early this morning, police said.

The victim told investigators that she was sleeping in her residence at the Meadowview Apartments on the 8100 block of Algon Avenue when, shortly before 1:30 a.m., she was awakened by an unknown man

While the woman was unable to describe her attacker, she told police she heard him say "money." When she began to scream, he beat her.
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Road Rage: Philadelphia Man Threatened Driver with Crossbow

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Police arrested a man yesterday evening for allegedly driving erratically, then threatening another motorist with a crossbow during a road rage outburst.

According to investigators, officers responded to a Shoprite parking lot at Frankford Avenue and Knorr Street in Mayfair for a report of a person with a weapon around 6:30 p.m. They arrested Kenneth Butterworth, 44, of the 3400 block of Friendship Street a short time later.

A man told them that while he was driving west on Harbison Avenue, he saw a man, later identified as Butterworth, at the wheel of a Dodge Stratus that was weaving in and out of traffic. The man said he changed lanes to the left of the Dodge, passed it and changed back to the right lane in front of the car.

Can Mile-High Psychic Readings Make Flying Fun Again?

With airlines cutting back on everything from peanuts to legroom, a mile-high psychic reading might be just the recipe for more pleasant flying. USAir passengers got an intro to psychic services from Psychic Source through the in-flight news and magazines.

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Langhorne, PA - Flying has become such a downer - cramped legroom, no food, overstuffed overhead compartments. What if passengers could distract themselves from the physical inconveniences with an uplifting, spiritual psychic reading?

"We aren't offering in-person in-flight readings -- yet," says Maryanne Fiedler, Marketing Director of Psychic Source, the most respected psychic service since 1989, "but it would certainly be a good way to tune out the discomfort and make excellent use of your flying time."

In fact, Ms. Fiedler adds, "it's already possible -- if you have a 4G device or if the flight has Wi-Fi, and if you use it only when permitted -- to connect with one of our psychics through online Chat while you're flying."

On the heels of its successful website redesign, which challenges the notion of psychics as a fringe phenomenon and places them squarely within the mainstream of online service providers, Psychic Source launched a campaign to familiarize the public with its offerings - starting with the flying public.
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Spanish Uprising: Spain's coal miners at war with government, on strike since May

Spanish miners are protesting in Madrid against government cuts that threaten their livelihoods. More than 8,000 have been on indefinite strike since the end of May. Jason Parkinson filmed violent clashes over the past month between miners and riot police and got rare access to interview workers who have occupied the mines for over a month


Baltimore firefighter - on probation for sex-trafficking - charged with running prostitution ring, unlicensed club

A Baltimore firefighter has been charged with running an online prostitution ring and unlicensed after-hours club in a Southwest Baltimore warehouse, less than two years after he received probation in Baltimore County in a similar sex trafficking case.

The prior arrest didn't end the city employment of Jamar Marvin Simmons, 29, who continued to work as a firefighter/paramedic out of a firehouse in Roland Park. Fire officials said Simmons has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of the most recent arrest.

Simmons and another man, 33-year-old Franklin Coit, were charged Tuesday after the FBI's human trafficking Safe Streets Task Force raided a converted warehouse in the 200 block of S. Pulaski St. as part of an investigation into a prostitution ring that had been operating "over the past several years," according to police.

Authorities seized a .40-caliber handgun, drugs, prostitution "tally sheets" and ledgers, and several computers, laptops and flash drives. Also seized were a "large amount of condoms ... and sex aids," records show.