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911 Call: Woman terrorized, arrested for buying case of bottled water

On Friday, radio host Rob Schilling revealed the audio of a stunning 911 call placed by one "Ann, Downey," apparently a passenger in the car driven by 20-year-old Elizabeth Daly as Virginia law enforcement from the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) surrounded the car. Daly was arrested on April 11, 2013, after she was surrounded by ABC agents who suspected that she had bought alcohol illegally due to her age. In fact, she had bought bottled water and cookie dough. While the officers surrounded the car, the passengers called 911.

The audio of the call is shocking. The women on the call begin crying "oh my God" and "what should we do," asking for help from the 911 dispatcher. Daly later said that she feared the ABC officers wanted to break the windows of the car, and Daly left the scene of the incident at the behest of the 911 operator. She stopped once the 911 operator told her to do so after ascertaining the identity of the people surrounding the car.

The 911 operator speaks with one of the agents on the phone, and the agent says that everyone showed their badges, and that the driver "pulled up and tried to run over people." All charges against Daly have been voluntarily withdrawn. No apology has been issued to Daly or her passenger.


15 Photos from the Tahir Square protests you'll never see in mainstream media

Our interventionist foreign policy is the gift that keeps on giving. Is there any Middle Eastern country that we haven't fucked up yet? Oh yeah - Iran. Give Obama and McCain time. That will be the clusterfuck that destroys the world.

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15 Photos From the Tahrir Square Protests You'll Never See In Legacy Media. #Egypt #Morsi


Curiously, a massive wave of anti-Obama sentiment in Egypt has been utterly ignored by vintage media, even though the protests may be the largest in all of human history.

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Australian teenage murderer admits he is a psychopath

© Michael Milnes/News LimitedPolice investigators at the house in which Pirjo Kemppainen was murdered, on the day after the attack.
A teenager who brutally murdered a pensioner told police maybe he was a psychopath, but people have done worse things.

He was being cross-examined on Friday at the South Australian Supreme Court trial of his friend, who has denied murdering 63-year-old Pirjo Kemppainen.

The witness is serving a non-parole period of 15 years after previously pleading guilty to the murder, which occurred when both boys were aged 14.

The crown has alleged that despite the accused youth being across the road when his friend murdered Ms Kemppainen, he too was guilty as he was a part of their joint plan to kill her.

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Student ordered to remove cross necklace at Sonoma State University

Standing up: Audrey Jarvis, 19, says she is outraged that she was told to remove her cross necklace
A California college student is furious after her supervisor told her she had to remove a cross necklace she was wearing while working at an orientation for incoming freshmen on campus.

The boss - a university employee - told Audrey Jarvis that 'it might make incoming students to Sonoma State University feel unwelcome' or make them not want to join the group - which plans student events and activities on campus.

The supervisor then told Miss Jarvis, a devout Catholic, that she could keep the necklace on, but she had to hide it under her shirt.

'My initial reaction was one of complete shock,' Miss Jarvis told Fox News.

'"I was offended because I believe as a Christian woman it is my prerogative to display my faith any way I like so long as it is not harming anyone else.


Mom settles suit: Poppy seed bagel led to false positive in hospital drug test

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A woman who had her newborn taken away because she failed a hospital drug test after she ate a poppy seed bagel has settled a lawsuit over the case.

Lawrence County's child welfare agency and Jameson Hospital have paid $143,500 to settle the suit filed on behalf of Elizabeth Mort by the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, which announced the settlement Tuesday.

Mort sued in October 2010, alleging that a poppy seed bagel she ate shortly before arriving at the hospital spurred a positive test for opiates in April 2010 that prompted the seizure of her 3-day-old daughter, Isabella Rodriguez.

Mort said she was home with her baby when a county child welfare caseworker arrived with an emergency protective custody order and took Isabella.

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Human remains found hidden in wall of New York home are of woman who went missing 30 years ago

© POUGHKEEPSIE POLICE DEPARTMENTJoAnn Nichols went missing in 1985 at age 55. The case remained cold — until Friday, when her skeleton was discovered in her own home.
JoAnn Nichols vanished in December 1985 after she failed to show up to her beauty salon appointment. A contractor looking through the home in the Town of Poughkeepsie found a false wall where her remains had been sealed in a plastic container.

A sinister secret stashed inside the walls of a New York home has been exposed almost 30 years later.

Human remains were found sealed in a container and hidden behind a false basement wall in the home where James Nichols and his wife, JoAnn, had once lived in the Town of Poughkeepsie.

The remains are those of 55-year-old JoAnn Nichols, who was reported missing Dec. 21, 1985, the Dutchess County Medical Examiner confirmed Monday.

A contractor cleaning out the home, which has been vacant since December, made the chilling discovery.

JoAnn Nichols died from blunt force trauma to the head in what appears to be a homicide, Dutchess County Medical Examiner Dr. Kari Reiber told WABC-TV.

Dental records were used to identify the decomposed body - a complete skeleton.

Town police said the new forensic evidence is prompting them to continue the investigation.


Antonio Lopez Chaj, house painter, awarded $58 million after suffering severe brain damage in brutal beating

© NICK UT/APAntonio Lopez Chaj, a 43-year-old house painter, appears at a news conference in Los Angeles after his lawyers announced he has been awarded a $58 million by a jury in Torrance Superior Court.
The brutal attack left the 43-year-old with half of his skull permanently caved in. The money is among the largest damage awards ever given to one person in California.

A 43-year-old house painter so badly brain damaged that he can't speak has been awarded $58 million by a jury after a beating at a bar left him with half his skull permanently bashed in.

Antonio Lopez Chaj (chy) appeared at a news conference Monday with lawyers who announced the award handed down against a security company Friday in Torrance Superior Court.

It was among the largest damage awards ever given to one person in California, the lawyers said. They said they expect an appeal and there could be settlement negotiations before Chaj receives anything.

Chaj had to be supported by relatives at the news conference. When he took off a baseball cap hiding his injuries, gasps could be heard from people present.

© NICK UT/APAntonio Lopez Chaj, 43, is so badly brain damaged for a beating in a bar that left him with half his skull permanently bashed in that he cannot speak.


Michael Hastings' wife obliterates New York Times for dismissive obituary

In the 24 hours since the tragic death of journalist and author Michael Hastings was first reported on Tuesday, those who knew him, worked with him, and covered his work have offered numerous remembrances of the man best known for his Polk Award-winning Rolling Stone piece, "The Runaway General."

That article, which presented a dim view of the U.S. strategy in the Afghanistan war and exposed a military command structure working to actively undermine its civilian leadership, also contained several accounts of less-than-professional behavior and comments by Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the International Security Assistance Force commander, the disclosure of which led to McChrystal tendering his resignation in June 2010.

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100 anti-NSA protest rallies take place across U.S. on Independence Day

Americans take to streets, Internet to demand feds stop spying on citizens

Americans outraged by the federal government's spying programs took to the streets on Independence Day for "Restore the Fourth" protests in an estimated 100 American cities, including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Seattle, Memphis and Miami, plus international cities such as London and Munich.

The "Restore the Fourth" national protest was named after the Fourth Amendment, which was intended to protect Americans against "unreasonable searches and seizures."

The NSA's PRISM online surveillance program was exposed by Edward Snowden only weeks ago. Americans soon learned that at least nine Internet companies reportedly submitted to government surveillance of their servers: Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, Facebook, PalTalk, YouTube, Skype, AOL and Apple.

"Restore the Fourth," initially organized on Reddit, describes itself as "a non-partisan, unaffiliated group of concerned citizens who seek to strengthen the Fourth Amendment with respect to digital surveillance by the U.S. government."


28 Hurt in California fireworks explosion: police

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© NBC Los AngelesEmergency crews treat dozens of injured people after a "fireworks mishap" at a Simi Valley park on July 4, 2013.
Dozens of Fourth of July celebrants were injured Thursday night in a "fireworks mishap" at a Simi Valley, Calif., park, authorities said.

The injury count changed multiple times over the course of a quickly developing breaking news story. As of 11:30 p.m., 28 people were reported injured, Ventura County Fire Department spokesman Mike Lindberry told reporters at the scene.

Of those 28 victims, 20 were transported to the hospital -- 16 suffered minor injuries, four suffered moderate to severe injuries, Lindberry said. Eight people were treated and released on scene.

Initial injury counts reported 20 people were hurt then that figure was revised to 14 before Lindberry detailed those hurt in the explosion.

Between 8,000 and 10,000 people were expected to attend the Independence Day celebration Thursday night.

Witnesses said the professional fireworks show lasted just a few minutes before the huge explosion went off.

"We saw about three minutes of the show. There was some that went up in the area and everything just kind of scattered outwards and then everybody just started running," a witness told NBC4.

"Everything exploded and parts came flying everywhere," another witness told NBC4. "People were running everywhere. So, it was pretty scary."