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Sgt. Ronald Crump, gay Los Angeles police officer, to receive $1.5 million settlement in harassment lawsuit

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Sgt. Ronald Crump
The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday approved a $1.5 million settlement in a case involving a gay police officer who alleged he was the victim of harassment and retaliation by a supervisor.

Sgt. Ronald Crump, who will resign from the department as part of the settlement, filed the complaint in 2009 after he was ordered transferred from the media relations section and after he said his supervisor, Lt. John Romero, made derogatory remarks about his sexuality.

Crump worked in the media relations section from December 2008 through July 2009, when he was transferred to Skid Row.

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Taiwan confiscates 435 dog penises

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A caged stray dog waits to be adopted during an event in Taipei on Jan. 6, 2013.
Animal disease officials in Taiwan have confiscated more than 400 dried dog penises, testicles and various internal organs in a raid on an illegal slaughterhouse.

A total of 435 penises were discovered in a fridge along with the other body parts, while 12 fresh dog corpses were also found in the raid at the slaughterhouse in western Yunlin county on Tuesday, the Animal Disease Control Centre said.

It was not immediately clear why the owner of the abattoir kept the body parts, a spokeswoman said. But local media suggested the man could have used the penises as an ingredient in herbal wine due to the belief they could help boost male potency.

Bad Guys

5 accused of sexually assaulting teen at New York party

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Authorities say they've charged four teenage boys and a 20-year-old man with sexual misconduct after a teenage girl was assaulted during a party in central New York.

Utica-area media outlets report that officials with the Oneida County Child Advocacy Center say the five male suspects, who range in age from 17 to 20, continually sexually assaulted the girl during a Dec. 4 house party in the town of Westmoreland.

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King of Russian Mafia 'Grandpa Hassan' killed by sniper in Moscow

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Scene of Aslan Usoyan assassination in Moscow, Russia, on January 16, 2013
One of Russia's most notorious criminal masterminds, Mafia godfather Aslan Usoyan, also known as 'Grandpa Hassan,' was shot dead by a sniper rifle in central Moscow on Wednesday, police said.

A sniper armed with a suppressed Spetsnaz rifle fired at Usoyan from the roof of a nearby house as the 75-year-old was walking out of a restaurant in Moscow's Arbat district.

His bodyguards failed to cover him in time, and the crime boss died from his injuries soon after he was taken to hospital.

"Usoyan was taken to Botkin Hospital in deep coma, unconscious, but was still breathing, and his heart was beating," a hospital source told Interfax. Ten minutes later, he failed to regain consciousness and died in the hospital's emergency surgery room, the source added.

A woman walking out of the restaurant at the same time as Usoyan was taken to the hospital with serious chest and hip injuries. She is currently in intensive care undergoing surgery, RIA Novosti quoted a public healthcare official as saying. The woman turned out to be "just a passerby" and according to Interfax worked for the restaurant in Povarskaya Street.

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FBI arrests dozens of alleged mobsters in New York, New Jersey trash-hauling case

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The FBI and police have arrested nearly three dozen suspected mobsters from several of New York's five crime families.
The FBI says an investigation into extortion and other crimes in the garbage-hauling industry has led to dozens of arrests in New York and New Jersey.

They say the case involves the mob.

Health

Collapse of apartment building in Egypt kills 23

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Egyptians stand in rubble after an eight story building collapsed in Alexandria, Egypt, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. Egypt’s official MENA news agency says two people have been killed. It was not immediately known what caused the building to collapse, but violations of building specifications have been blamed in the past for similar accidents
An eight-story apartment building collapsed Wednesday in the Egyptian city of Alexandria, killing at least 22 people in the second deadly accident to hit the country in as many days.

The MENA state news agency said 11 people were also injured and that rescue teams were searching for survivors under the rubble. Military police from a nearby naval base had cordoned off the area to help the rescue operation. The collapse came a day after 19 police conscripts were killed when the last car of the train they were riding in jumped the tracks and smashed into another train just outside Cairo.

It was not immediately clear what caused the building to collapse in a poor district of the Mediterranean port city, but violations of building specifications have been blamed for similar accidents in the past. The governor of Alexandria, Mohammed Abbas Atta, told Egypt's official news agency that the building was constructed without a permit.

Abul Ezz el-Hariri, an opposition lawmaker from Alexandria, warned that hundreds of buildings in the city face the same fate, but that lax law enforcement following the ouster two years ago of Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak means that no action is being taken against building violations.

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Would-be judge in hot water for suggesting rape victims enjoy it

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If you're running for office, it's best not to make incendiary comments about rape. That appears to be as much the case in Indonesia as it is in the United States.

Daming Sanusi, a candidate for the Indonesian Supreme Court, has fueled outrage in the predominantly Muslim country by suggesting that rape victims enjoy being violated.

He made the comments Monday in front of a parliamentary commission hearing to determine if he was a fit for the top court, according to the official Indonesian news agency Antara.

In response to a question about whether the death penalty should be applied in rape cases, Daming reportedly said, "Consideration needs to be taken thoroughly for the imposition of death penalty for a rapist because in a rape case both the rapist and the victim enjoy it. "News of his comments quickly spread on social media, prompting anger, disgust and calls for Daming's candidature for the Supreme Court to be shot down.

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London helicopter crash: Two die in Vauxhall crane accident

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A commercial helicopter crashed and fell on a busy street in central London during the morning rush hour, killing two people, injuring nine and creating scenes of fear and panic that eyewitnesses compared to a bomb explosion.

The helicopter clipped a crane attached to one of the tallest residential towers being built in London and then spun out of control, slamming into Wandsworth Road and setting cars and neighboring buildings on fire, according to spokesmen for police and fire brigades. Parts of the crane rained onto the road, with some pieces hitting the back of cars whose drivers ran for cover.

The helicopter crashed just south of the River Thames near the Underground and mainline train station at Vauxhall, and near the British spy agency MI6.

The helicopter's pilot was killed, and an additional person was killed by the crash, police said. Firefighters rescued one person from a burning car. One person remains in critical condition, five were hospitalized and four people were released after emergency officials treated them at the scene, according to police. Officials have ruled out terrorism.

"I thought it was a bomb," eyewitness Andrew Beadle told the BBC. "I literally looked up as I heard this massive noise and saw the helicopter blades go down."

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Customs agents raid wrong house in Oklahoma

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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.

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

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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.