Society's ChildS

Heart - Black

US: Washington State Woman Tried to Sell 3-Day-Old Baby at Taco Bell; Desperate Mom Wanted $500-$5,000: Cops

A desperate Washington state mom tried to sell her newborn baby to a customer at a roadside Taco Bell, authorities said.

Heidi Lynn Knowles, 36, appeared before a judge Monday to face charges she tried to peddle her 3-day-old boy to a woman who was eating at the fast food joint in Vancouver, Wash., last Thursday.

Cops said Knowles asked for bids between $500 and $5,000, KOIN television reported.

She was arrested at a nearby motel after the woman she approached called 911.

Deputies said she seemed drunk or high at the time of the bust though Knowles told them she'd been clean from methamphetamine for a year.


US: Flash Mob Robberies Not A Rare Occurrence in DC

Similar robbery occurred 2 weeks ago at GTown shop

Caught on tape. A brazen robbery occurred in broad daylight at a Dupont Circle men's store. These daytime hold ups are going on more often than you might think.

Surveillance video from the G-Star Raw store on Connecticut Avenue on Monday shows more than a dozen teenagers rushing in, overwhelming customers and employees. They ended up walking away with more than $20,000 dollars worth of merchandise.

This bold type of criminal activity happens quite a bit. It has happened several times at the Georgetown Tee's store in Georgetown.

The store owner says about two weeks ago at around 2 p.m., about 20 to 25 young people came into the store and lined up in the area of where all the Georgetown University merchandise was. They immediately started grabbing items, putting them in their shirts and jackets or stuffing them in their pants. Then they tried to leave the store.


Euro-Christian Fundamentalist Breivik Confesses to Mass Murder

 Anders Behring Breivik
© unknownAnders Behring Breivik
Norwegian terrorist suspect Anders Behring Breivik has made a confession to involvement in the armed attack on Utoeya Island that left 87 people dead, Oslo police say.

On Saturday, during an interrogation by the Oslo police, Breivik confessed to firing weapons on July 22 on Utoeya Island, which is located near the Norwegian capital.

On the same day, a massive bomb explosion rocked government headquarters in Oslo, killing seven people and leaving at least 15 others injured.

Breivik is also a suspect in that incident.

The death toll in the two attacks is currently 94, but it could rise higher since some people are still missing in the Utoeya Island attack and others in critical condition in hospital could die.

Light Saber

Norway: Youth Camp Just Endorsed Palestinian State

Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store
© ReutersAUF WANT BOYCOTT: Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store was met by demands that Norway must recognize a Palestinian state when he visited the Labour Youth League summer camp at Utøya Thursday. Here the Minister ushered around in the camp of the AUF leader Eskil Pedersen.

The Foreign Minister was met with claims that Norway must recognize a Palestinian state when he visited the Labour Youth League summer camp Thursday.

During the second day of Labour Youth League summer camp at Utøya got the Labour Party's young hopefuls visit by Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store.

Bizarro Earth

New York, US: Flower Girl, 8, Found Dead; Mom Unconscious

© Victor Alcorn Police Detectives investigate a possible murder/attempted suicide in Plainview, L.I.
Plainview - An 8-year-old who was supposed to be a flower girl in her cousin's wedding Saturday was found dead in her home, and her mother was found unconscious by her side in a possible suicide attempt, Nassau County police said.

The little girl was believed to have cerebral palsy, and there were no obvious signs of trauma to her body, said Lt. Kevin Smith. She lived in the basement apartment with her mother and father, who was not at home when the bodies were discovered, police said. The girl's grandmother owned the tan, two-story brick house in Plainview, on New York's Long Island, and lived upstairs, police said.

Smith said it's not clear exactly what happened to the girl, and the death is under investigation. The 31-year-old mother was found with a cord wrapped around her neck, and was hospitalized in stable condition, police said. Smith said she was alert and conscious.

It's not clear how long the pair had been in the basement during the hustle and bustle of the wedding day. The grandmother went downstairs to check on them, and found them. She called for another male relative, who tried to resuscitate the girl, and also tried to help the mother.


Smart ALEC: Why Are Corporations Writing State Law?

Thanks to ALEC (the American Legislative Exchange Council), corporations like EXXON and Koch Industries can buy the ability to co-author state laws in their favor. So this is the cost of democracy. But who ultimately pays the highest price? Keith gets shocking detail from The Nation's John Nichols, who's been covering ALEC extensively.


U.S.: Florida Makes $63M Selling Drivers' Info

Miami -- The state of Florida made $63 million last year selling what many think is personal information.

Local 10 has learned the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is selling people's names, addresses, dates of birth, a list of the vehicles they drive, and it's legal.

"Per federal mandate, there are companies that are entitled to this information. Insurance companies, for example, are entitled to this information. Employers are entitled to this information," said Ann Howard of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

Evil Rays

Is This Mike On? Another YouTube SOS from Fukushima

Another disgruntled Japanese official has taken to the interwebs to air his grievances about the inadequate attention being paid to the welfare of residents of Minamisoma, a town about 25 kilometers away from the stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

Minamisoma last grabbed international headlines when the town's mayor posted an earnest appeal for help on YouTube two weeks after the March 11 disasters, bringing him worldwide attention and a nomination as one of the most influential people of the year from TIME.


Australia: Woman sells kids on eBay as joke

A Geelong, Australia, woman could lose custody of her children after she tried to sell them on eBay, official say.

The woman, who is in her 30s, put photos of her son and daughter, both under 10 years old, last week, apparently as a joke, the Geelong Advertiser reported Monday. The listing was online for one day last week, and was taken down after police contacted eBay.

The police believed the woman's excuse that the listing was a joke and did not press criminal charges, however, the Department of Human Services is still investigating her actions.


Amy Winehouse found dead, aged 27

Singer Amy Winehouse, 27, has been found dead at her home, the Press Association has reported.

Amy winehouse1
© BBC NewsWinehouse's recent career was overshadowed by drink and drug problems
Last month, the north Londoner pulled out of her European tour after she was jeered at her comeback gig in Serbia for appearing too drunk to perform.

For 90 minutes, she mumbled through parts of songs and at times left the stage - leaving her band to fill in.

The troubled singer had a long battle with drink and drugs which overshadowed her musical career in recent years.