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Hostages taken by gun at Nuneaton bowling alley - local reports

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A man reportedly armed with a sawn-off shotgun has taken people hostage at a bowling alley in Nuneaton in England's Warwickshire, according to local media.

Police tweeted that they are attending an incident at Bermuda Park and asked people to keep away from the area.


'I felt that I couldn't show fear - that would have been a big mistake': A Saskatchewan woman's nearly two hour ordeal with a killer in her home

'You are lucky your grandkids were here, because I would never hurt a child,' he told her

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After John Strang shot and killed his wife in their Saskatchewan home, he drove his Jeep - packed with guns, ammunition, handcuffs and duct tape - to the home of a female friend for a chilling conversation.

He told Lynn Larsen that she haunted him and he fantasized about raping her. He said he thought about killing a lot of people and that he had killed his wife earlier that day.


Deserter Bergdahl says Taliban captors more 'honest' than US Army

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Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. Army sergeant who pleaded guilty Monday to deserting his post in Afghanistan in 2009, says his Taliban captors were more "honest" with him than the Army has been since his release three years ago.

"At least the Taliban were honest enough to say, 'I'm the guy who's gonna cut your throat,'" Bergdahl tells British TV journalist Sean Langan in an interview with the Sunday Times Magazine of London headlined "The Homecoming from Hell."

Langan, too, is a former Taliban hostage.


Virginia democratic party pulls black candidate off campaign flyers 3 weeks before election and blames him for it

Justin Fairfax
In political campaigns, white candidates can always find a black guy. It's literally Campaign 101: Most successful white American candidates know that in order to show that you are an open-minded progressive candidate-or to signal that you're a horrible racist but some black people still like you-you have to find a black guy.

After centuries of black erasure, today's white candidates know that you must be seen talking to, shaking hands with, dapping or dabbing with some random black person in a commercial, at a rally or in a poster for symbolic purposes.

Even Donald Trump knows that.

Apparently Democrats in Virginia don't. The state party agreed to snatch African-American lieutenant-governor candidate Justin Fairfax off of a campaign flyer and to feature only the white statewide candidates. Then the party turned around and blamed Fairfax for his own removal. Proving once again that no matter how supportive black people are of them, these Democratic pols ain't loyal.


'The police just f**ked my life': Alabamians outraged as civil asset forfeitures soar

The morning of June 29, 2010, began much like any other day for Frank Ranelli, the owner of FAR Computers in Ensley, Alabama. Ranelli, who had owned his computer repair business just outside of Birmingham for more than two decades, was doing some paperwork in his windowless office when he heard loud banging on the front door. Within a matter of moments Ranelli was placed under arrest and all of the computer equipment in his store, much of which belonged to customers, had been confiscated by Alabama police never to be returned. Per AL.com:
Within moments, a Homewood police sergeant had declared a room full of customers' computers, merchandise and other items "stolen goods," Ranelli recalled. He ordered his officers to "arrest them all," according to Ranelli, who was cuffed and taken to the Homewood jail along with two of his shop employees.

The police proceeded to confiscate more than 130 computers - most of which were customers' units waiting to be repaired, though some were for sale - as well as the company's business servers and workstations and even receipts and checkbooks.

"Here I was, a man, owned this business, been coming to work every day like a good old guy for 23 years, and I show up at work that morning - I was in here doing my books from the day before - and the police just f***ed my life," he said.
Nothing ever came of the case. The single charge levied against Renelli of receiving stolen goods was dismissed after he demonstrated that he had followed proper protocol in purchasing the sole laptop computer he was accused of receiving illegally. That said, despite no official charges and no jury trial, Ranelli has been trying, to no avail, for nearly 7 years now to recover the items the officers took from his business.


UK crime rates surge by 13%; London now more dangerous than New York City

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London is now more dangerous than NYC.
Figures released earlier this week uncovered the crisis facing British police forces as crime rates across the country surged by 13 per cent.

The last decade has seen London's Metropolitan Police move away from neighbourhood patrols which criminal justice experts have blamed for the rise in crime.

The damning figures come amid increased pressure on the capital's police force to save £400 million before 2020, with the number of officers expected to fall below 30,000 for the first time in more than a decade.

Last year there were almost 70,000 burglaries in Greater London, of which 43,000 happened in peoples' homes.

The number of robberies has also heavily increased due to the rise in mobile phone theft.

According to the statistics London has almost three times the number of reported rapes than New York City.


Corey Feldman arrested for marijuana possession days after tweeting about Hollywood child sex abuse in the wake of Weinstein scandal

Actor came to fame in The Goonies and The Lost Boys as a teenager and has alleged he and fellow child star Corey Haim were abused by Hollywood executives.

Former child star Corey Feldman has been hit with a drugs charge just days after he spoke out about sexual abuse in Hollywood.

The 46-year-old, who starred in films including The Goonies and The Lost Boys as a teenager, was due to perform with his band in Louisiana, USA, before being arrested by police.


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'An Open Secret' documentary released online blows lid off Hollywood pedophilia

As people try to wrap their minds around the horrid nature of rampant sex abuse in Hollywood, the accusations continue to flow but we are still left with little answers. However, Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Amy Berg has named names and delves into the systemic grooming of child actors in an eye-opening exposé-which includes a shocking on-camera confession of molestation.

With the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal blowing the doors off the open secret of Hollywood pedophilia, a documentary titled, An Open Secret, which premiered a few years ago to mass publicity but failed to gain digital distribution, has been officially posted online for the first time by the producer in the wake of recent events.

"It's so funny to keep seeing headlines about how Harvey's abuse was 'an open secret' in Hollywood, and that's the name of our film," producer Gabe Hoffman told The Hollywood Reporter.

Hoffman's documentary delves into the systemic sexual abuse of children at the hands of Hollywood moguls and heavy-hitters. According to Hoffman, he put An Open Secret on Vimeo for free viewing "to commemorate serial predator Harvey Weinstein finally being exposed."

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Netflix's 'Stranger Things', Finn Wolfhard parts ways with APA after agent accused of sexual abuse

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Netflix's Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard has reportedly parted ways with major Hollywood talent shop, the Agency for the Performing Arts (APA), after the firm's top representative for young stars was accused of sexually assaulting two young men.

Filmmaker and former child star Blaise Godbe Lipman named APA's Tyler Grasham in a Facebook message this week as the man who sexually assaulted him when he was a teenage actor. Wolfhard, Variety reports, was one of Grasham's clients. He represents several child actors.


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Millennials are ditching religion for witchcraft, astrology

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When Coco Layne, a Brooklyn-based producer, meets someone new these days, the first question that comes up in conversation isn't "Where do you live?" or "What do you do?" but "What's your sign?"

"So many millennials read their horoscopes every day and believe them," Layne, who is involved in a number of nonreligious spiritual practices, said. "It is a good reference point to identify and place people in the world."

Interest in spirituality has been booming in recent years while interest in religion plummets, especially among millennials. The majority of Americans now believe it is not necessary to believe in God to have good morals, a study from Pew Research Center released Wednesday found. The percentage of people between the ages of 18 and 29 who "never doubt existence of God" fell from 81% in 2007 to 67% in 2012.

Meanwhile, more than half of young adults in the U.S. believe astrology is a science. compared to less than 8% of the Chinese public. The psychic services industry - which includes astrology, aura reading, mediumship, tarot-card reading and palmistry, among other metaphysical services - grew 2% between 2011 and 2016. It is now worth $2 billion annually, according to industry analysis firm IBIS World.