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Man arrested for posing with baby and BB gun on Facebook photo

© Screenshot from wlwt.comDominic Gaines
A 22-year-old Ohio father was arrested for posting a photo on Facebook of himself holding his baby daughter and a BB gun.

Dominic Gaines was charged with child endangerment for posing in a photo with his 1-year-old daughter, Paradise Gaines, while also holding what was mistaken for a deadly weapon. Police say the gun was positioned too close to the baby girl to be considered safe. The child's mother discovered the picture and the maternal grandmother called the police.

Authorities in Colerain Township, Ohio, initially believed that Gaines was holding a handgun .

"It's really been blown out of proportion," the young man's father, Wilson Dykes, told Fox 19, further explaining that the BB gun was pointed toward the ground.

While in court on Monday, Gaines referred to the incident as a misunderstanding and explained that he was playing with the gun while visiting relatives, WLWT reported.

"What had happened was he had his nephews over, as well as his daughter, they were all playing. He was playing with a BB gun with his nephews. His brother walked in and wanted to take a picture of him with his daughter, he incidentally happened to be holding the BB gun in the picture," said attorney Andy Schoenling.

Bizarro Earth

Colorado couple hatched sick sex scheme to rob pedophiles, kidnap children

© Police HandoutDustin Canup, 20, and Sareena Morrison, 18, of Loveland, Colo, arranged to meet with a man they thought was offering to trade sex with his 6-year-old daughter for money.
Dustin Canup, 20, and Sareena Morrison, 18, schemed to blackmail a man offering his 6-year-old daughter for sex and kidnap the child. Undercover police busted them with weapons and handcuffs at a motel in Loveland, Colo.

A Colorado couple was busted in a disturbing scheme to lure child sex abusers to a hotel room, rob them and then kidnap their children, authorities said.

Dustin Canup, 20, and Sareena Morrison, 18, were busted at a motel in Loveland on Friday in a sting set up by undercover police, Denver's Channel 7 reported.

Cops said the pair posted messages on Internet sex sites targeting men willing to sell their children for sex.

After receiving a tip from someone who had seen their posting, Loveland police reached out to the couple posing as a man willing to pimp out his 6-year-old daughter, the station reported.

Heart - Black

Father of six-year-old boy killed in Sandy Hook massacre heckled by pro-gun activists

© APNeil Heslin held a large framed photograph of his murdered son Jesse as he spoke
Neil Heslin was testifying at a local hearing on firearm control at the time

The father of a six-year-old boy who was killed in the Sandy Hook school massacre has reportedly been heckled by pro-gun activists while testifying at a local hearing on firearm control.

Neil Heslin, whose son Jesse was among the 27 victims of last month's massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, was giving an emotional account of his son's death when activists apparently interrupted him, shouting "the second amendment".

Mr Heslin held a large framed photograph of Jesse as he spoke, saying: "It's not a good feeling. Not a good feeling looking and your child laying in a casket or looking at your child with a bullet wound in his forehead."

Brick Wall

Antiabortion activists block sexual health funding for at-risk teens

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North Dakota State University returned $1.2 million in sex ed. funds because of pressure from anti-choice activists

Last year, a pair of researchers at North Dakota State University won a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families to start a sexual health program aimed at preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases in at-risk teens.

But as Kate Sheppard at Mother Jones reports, the school had contracted Planned Parenthood to provide the services, and antiabortion activists in the state started complaining about NDSU doing business with the nationwide women's health - and in states other than North Dakota, abortion services - provider.

"When I see something that says this is Planned Parenthood - they're not even a part of the state of North Dakota. They don't serve anyone in North Dakota, and they shouldn't be a part of North Dakota. They're not a part of how we do business in this state," said Rep. Bette Grande on a local radio show denouncing Planned Parenthood and NDSU. "It is an overt abortion industry that we don't want to be a part of," she added.

Bad Guys

California inmate sentenced to death for 2003 wildfire

© Photo: Stan Lim, The Press-Enterprise, via APRickie Lee Fowler, 31, sits in a Southern California courtroom before being sentenced to death Monday for a 2003 wildfire that killed five via heart attacks.
Judge agrees with jury that five heart-attack deaths during massive arson blaze were murder.

Following a jury's recommendation, a California judge Monday sentenced a prison rapist to death for starting a massive 2003 wildfire that caused five fatal heart attacks, which jurors decided was murder.

Rickie Lee Fowler, 31, was convicted in August of first-degree murder and arson for tossing a road flare into bone-dry brush above San Bernardino in October 2003 because his godfather had kicked him out of his house, the Riverside Press-Enterprise says.

Dubbed the Old Fire, it burned for nine days across 142 square miles in the mountains east of Los Angeles, killing five men fighting or escaping flames that destroyed more than 1,000 homes, cabins and other structures. The blaze was one of several that swept across Southern California at the time.


Cruise ship carrying 112 passengers sinks in Egypt

© Photo: Ahram Arabic News Website
Rescue team successfully offloads 112 passengers from sinking vessel near Upper Egyptian city of Kom Ombo.

A cruise ship carrying 112 Egyptian passengers sank in the Nile River on Tuesday evening after crashing into large rocks, Al-Ahram's Arabic-language news website has reported.


Prostate patient guns down California doctor as he prepares for surgery

A 75-year-old man has been charged for the murder his doctor, 52-year-old urologist Dr. Ronald Gilbert, in Newport Beach, California.

KTLA identified Stanwood Fred Elkus as the person suspected of shooting Gilbert at around 2:45 p.m. on Monday. Elkus had reportedly been receiving treatment for a prostate problem.

According to The Jewish Press, Gilbert, who was an orthodox Jew, was shot six or seven times in the torso as he was preparing to perform surgery on Elkus at Hoag Hospital.

"What's going on with the world today?" nephrology laboratory office supervisor Kristen Cotty remarked to the Orange Country Register. "I mean, schools, now I got to worry about going to work. This has got to stop."


Plane crash in Kazakhstan kills 20

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Twenty people died in a plane crash near Almaty in Southwestern Kazakhstan.

A civilian aircraft carrying 15 passengers and five crew members on board has crashed in the Central Asian state on Tuesday.

Media reports said that the passenger jet went down near Almaty, the country's financial capital.

"Twenty people were on board, five crew members and 15 passengers" and all of them died in the incident, Kazakhstan's SCAT airline said in a statement.

"According to preliminary information there are no survivors," it added.

The plane, whose make was not immediately made clear, was flying to Almaty from the northern city of Kokshetau.

Eye 2

Mom sentenced for drowning autistic son

© John R. McCutchenPatricia Corby is shown at her April arraignment. She has pleaded guilty in San Diego Superior Court to second degree murder for drowning her 4-year-old autistic son, Daniel.
A San Diego Superior Court judge sentenced Patricia Corby, a Carmel Valley woman who drowned her 4-year-old autistic child in a bathtub in March, to 15 years to life in prison Monday.

Corby had pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on Dec. 27 for killing her son, Daniel, on March 31. Judge Charles Gill handed down the sentence at a hearing where distraught relatives of Daniel blasted the 37-year-old mother for killing her son.

"You are a loathsome person, and you deserve everything you get," said Duane Corby, the boy's father.

During the hearing, Patricia Corby sobbed loudly and hung her head, at one point moaning, "Stop, stop," at the harsh comments from family members.

Bad Guys

Bodies found in Mexico may be missing band members

© Source: AFPA Mexican soldier stands guard at a drug processing laboratory in November. Thousands of people have died since a crack-down on illegal drug cartels began six years ago. On the weekend police found at least eight bodies in a well near the northern city of Monterrey
At least eight bodies were found in a well in northern Mexico on Sunday near the site where 20 people went missing late last week, including members of a Colombian-style band, according to a state forensic official.

Gov. Rodrigo Medina told a local television station that four of the bodies had been pulled from the well, and said it could hold as many as 10 cadavers.

Mr Medina said experts were still working to identify the corpses, but noted "we have evidence that indicates that (the bodies) may very well be the members of this band."

The Nuevo Leon State Investigative Agency was still working at the well in a vacant lot in the town of Mina near the northern Mexican city of Monterrey, and the body count could rise, the forensic official said. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the case.