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Mother given a fine instead of jail time for beating her baby daughter with a slotted spoon

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Evie's mother initially told police the youngster had fallen at a playground, but later pleaded guilty to aggravated causing harm with intent.
A mother who bashed her eight-month-old daughter with a kitchen utensil has walked free from court with a good behaviour bond after a judge found the baby's injuries were 'likely to resolve'.

Lorien Norman, 26, pleaded guilty to causing harm with intent after beating her toddler daughter with a slotted spoon.

Although the offence carries a maximum sentence of 13 years, Norman did not spend a day behind bars.

She was instead given a two-year good behaviour bond and ordered to pay $500.

District Court Judge Jack Costello told Norman If she followed Community Corrections orders and did not reoffend in any way for two years she would not spend the minimum non parole period of 10 months behind bars.

Airplane

Germany sees rise in number of Americans applying for German citizenship

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Dresden old city aerial view.
German consulates in the United States have seen a significant rise in requests for citizenship since November 2016, when Donald Trump was elected president, data collected by the German foreign ministry shows.

Total citizenship applications - including those filed by U.S. citizens already living in Germany - are reported yearly, with data for this year not expected until summer 2018.

However, German consulates receive citizenship requests filed overseas, including those filed by former Germans who were stripped of their citizenship during the Nazi era.

"The German government's offices in the United States are currently seeing a significant increase in legal queries related to citizenship issues," the German interior ministry said in response to an official query by the Greens party.

Mail

After Chicago post office blast, FBI investigates if 'any terrorism links' exist

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Authorities were on the scene Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, where a possible explosion occurred at the East Chicago post office.
An FBI official said investigators are working to determine "if there are any terrorism links" after an explosion at the East Chicago post office Wednesday evening, but that "there is no ongoing public safety concern."

The FBI confirmed Thursday that one pipe bomb detonated shortly after 6:30 p.m. at the Indiana post office, 901 E. Chicago Ave., FBI spokeswoman Chris Bavender said in a release.

"At this time, investigators are still trying to ascertain if there are any terrorism links," Bavender said.

One female post office employee was treated for minor injuries from the detonation, officials said. She was taken to St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago Wednesday with injuries that were not life-threatening, East Chicago Fire Chief Anthony Serna said.

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Sick world: Brain surgeon and two nurses charged with running pedophile ring; 7 children taken into protective custody

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The average person doesn't want to discuss the fact that pedophilia, child porn, and child sex trafficking rings exist.

Either it's considered too much of a sensitive subject, they're in complete denial, or they simply want to live in a fantasy world where they'd rather not face the cold and dark truth that such monsters actually exist in society.

Whatever the case may be, pedo gate is real.

In Santa Cruz, California through a few more of these vile demons have been taken off the street thanks to the dedication of law enforcement agencies which swore to uphold the Constitution and serve and protect.

According to prosecutors, 57 year old Dr. James Kohut, a Santa Cruz brain surgeon, 43 year old Rashel Brandon, a Watsonville general practice nurse, and 30 year old Emily Stephens, a mother of young children from Arizona; were all responsible for a disgusting and sadistic ring of child sex slavery, child abuse, torture, rape, and forced child pornography involving multiple young children.

Santa Cruz County District Attorney's Office says all three were involved in an underground elite pedophile ring, in which investigators have multiple videos of the horrific acts against children to prove their guilt.

Comment: Yes they do. For more information see: Behind the Headlines: Predators Among Us - Interview With Dr. Anna Salter
Dr. Salter's invaluable contribution towards exposing and understanding the predators in our midst comes from her tremendous courage in both treating the victims of violent sex crimes, and also from studying the offenders, interviewing them and compiling the videotaped interviews along with her commentary and analysis.

What motivates sexual abusers? Why are so few caught? Lifting the lid on an unspoken, unacknowledged reality that sees countless thousands of sex crimes take place in towns and cities everywhere, Dr. Salter shows that sexual predators use sophisticated deception techniques and rely on misconceptions surrounding them to evade discovery.



Dollars

Amazon, airlines accused of price gouging ahead of Hurricane Irma

Amazon (AMZN) may be in hot water with consumers over the price of water.

Some are reporting sharply higher prices for bottled water on Amazon as Hurricane Irma approaches Florida. Customers there were reporting packages of Nestle water selling for $25 on Amazon, yet prices for those in the Northeast showed a 24-case pack of Nestle water selling for $18.50.

Amazon said it doesn't engage in surge pricing, and denied that bottled water prices have changed recently.

"We do not engage in surge pricing," the spokeswoman said in a statement. "Amazon prices do not fluctuate by region or delivery location. Prices on bottled water from Amazon, and third-party sellers that are doing their own fulfillment to customers, have not widely fluctuated in the last month."

Comment: Florida's Attorney General's Office has received over 140 complaints about businesses allegedly taking advantage of people ahead of Hurricane Irma:
Some took to social media with screenshots from retailers, which appear to indicate drastic price hikes for goods like water and airplane tickets.


As thousands are trying to escape Florida ahead of what could be a devastating force of nature, many have complained about steep airfares.


Some airlines are charging up to $3000 to escape the hurricane:
Miami native Lissette Diaz is frantically trying to fly her family out from South Florida in case Hurricane Irma hits. But it may cost her thousands of dollars.

By Wednesday, prices for flights out of South Florida skyrocketed as high as more than $3,000 per person for domestic flights that would otherwise cost a fraction of the price during what's typically one of the slowest times of the year for air travel.
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In Florida, price gouging is illegal following a declared state of emergency. However, airlines are regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration and the U.S. Department of Transportation and are not subject to Florida's price gouging statute.
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But the laws of supply and demand apply in hurricanes as they do year round and the hefty price tags aren't unusual for last-minute tickets, said Seth Kaplan, managing partner at trade publication Airline Weekly. Prices can change dramatically when tickets are purchased less than three days before departure.

"The situation is that there just aren't enough seats for everyone who wants to fly," Kaplan said. "What we're seeing, with the very expensive fares for the few seats that remain, is just their standard pricing for any flight anywhere that's in high demand... It basically becomes an auction for the few seats that remain."

Kaplan said it's clear airlines aren't price gouging because most flights are completely sold out. Without a way to anticipate a storm, the airlines didn't start charging higher prices until the last second - as they would with any last minute seats.



Handcuffs

Churchwarden jailed for importing obscene life-sized child sex doll

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A former churchwarden has been jailed for importing an "obscene" life-sized child sex doll into Britain.

David Turner, of Ramsgate, Kent, who was also a school governor, was arrested in November last year after Border Force officers intercepted a 3ft 10in (117cm) anatomically detailed and correct doll he had ordered from China. It was labelled as a mannequin and came with a fishnet body stocking.

A search of the 72-year-old's home found two more child sex dolls, outfits for the dolls, 34,000 illegal images of child abuse, as well as photos he had taken of pupils at the school he governed.

He told police his preference was to view indecent images of children aged four to 10 and to "secretly" take photographs of girls in public places.

Sheriff

This is protecting and serving: Cop fixes woman's broken tail lights instead of giving her a ticket

Richmond resident Chy-Niece Thacker didn't know what to expect when she was pulled over Friday for having two tail lights out on her car. As she was looking for her required paperwork, Officer Jenkins reassured her, "Don't worry about pulling anything out. I just want you to know that your brake lights are out."

Thacker says she was on her way to an interview when the stop happened. After explaining to Officer Jenkins she'd been having a problem with her brake lights, she told the officer of the peace the mechanic wanted to collect $600 to test the wiring of her vehicle.
He looked at me like and told me to pop the trunk. He checked the lights in the trunk and tapped them, but they didn't come on. So he told me to pop the hood to check the relay box then asked me to get out to check the other one.
Looking surprised, Jenkins switched gears from being a code enforcer to that of a Good Samaritan. Having a background in mechanics, he quickly checked the connections on the tail lights, and then looked under the bonnet at the relay box, where he found the problem. In just a few moments, Jenkins had Thacker safely back on the road, on her way to her job interview.

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13 US soldiers from Fort Hood arrested in prostitution sting


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Some 13 soldiers from Fort Hood, Texas ,ranging in rank from private to major, have been arrested in a prostitution sting, officials said.

The personnel, who were all active duty, agreed to sex before they were detained. In total, 20 people were arrested in the sting, which went on for a number of weeks, KWTX reports.

The police sting used websites known for prostitution to place ads soliciting sex. In less than 20 minutes, the first contact was made, Sheriff Eddy Lange said, the Kileen Daily Herald reports. The suspects agreed to pay for sex acts largely through a series of text messages.

The agreed prices ranged from $60 to $200, depending on the sexual act and timeframe the suspects were looking for. A number of women responded to the ads, but none actually showed up, police said.

Pistol

Cop suspended after shooting a man in the back while he was running away

One man is dead following an officer-involved shooting which took place on June 8th in Philadelphia. Now the officer who killed 30-year-old David Jones as he ran away has been suspended and potentially fired following the release of a very disturbing video and a three-month long investigation. But that disciplinary action does not go far enough for critics who say Officer Ryan Pownall should be brought up on murder charges.

Pownall was transporting witnesses in a separate case when he said he approached Jones for allegedly driving his dirt bike erratically. After the officer made contact with the man riding a motorcycle, Jones produced a handgun and Pownall opened fire. After attempting to fire the first shot, the officer's gun jammed, at which time Jones had dropped the gun and was running away. Pownall fired another two shots, with one hitting Jones in the back, killing him. Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross addressed reporters saying:
In both instances, Jones was running away from Pownall, with nothing (no weapon) in either hand. Officer Pownall violated departmental policy when he made the vehicle stop with witnesses in the back of the patrol car. He also failed to notify police radio of the traffic stop or call for backup. He fired two shots at Jones while he was running away and no longer posing what appeared to be a threat to himself (Pownall) or witnesses at that moment.

Attention

FEMA Chief: Hurricane Irma is "going to devastate the US"

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Dutch DoD handout photograph provided on September 7, 2017 shows Hurricane Irma destruction on the Dutch Caribbean island of Sint Maarten.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) chief Brock Long told a press conference Friday that Hurricane Irma is "going to devastate the United States."

Brock told reporters that power will be out for days "if not longer" in Florida. "I don't know anybody in Florida that's experienced" what is headed for Florida's way, he said.

Describing it as a "complex forecast," Brock said that "anybody from Alabama to North Carolina should be watching this storm very closely." He also warned that more than 100,000 people may need shelter.

Earlier Friday, Hurricane Irma was downgraded to a category four hurricane, but remains "extremely dangerous," according to the National Hurricane Center.

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