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US: Nicolas Cage investigated for child abuse after allegedly injuring son before domestic abuse arrest

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Cage's mug shot is hardly the best photo the actor has taken.
A police report from Nicolas Cage's arrest earlier this month suggests the actor might have physically harmed his son before he was taken into custody.

Cage, who was arrested in New Orleans on April 16 following an alleged physical altercation with his wife, Alice Kim, "fell while holding" their 5-year-old son Ka-El, Sgt. Stuart Smith wrote in his report, obtained by RadarOnline.com.

"The fall caused the five (5) year old child to suffer a minor abrasion to his left knee, and she [Kim] then recovered the child," the officer said.

A male witness, however, told police that he "observed Mr. Cage pull the male child to the ground by his hand."

"Based upon this information and Mrs. Cage's earlier statement, a child-abuse detective was notified," the report said, later noting that the detective "determined that no further investigation was merited, but if needed, a representative of the Child Protective Service may be contacted and an investigation launched."

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Royal Wedding Bells Fall on Deaf Ears

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Prince William and Catherine Middleton will marry Friday, but many Britons don’t care.
Many parties not for nuptials

When Prince William marries Catherine Middleton, all Britons should be celebrating, or so says Prime Minister David Cameron, who has been working hard to whip up public enthusiasm for the extravaganza.

Setting an example, the Camerons are planning to throw their own party on Downing Street - after they have attended the wedding and reception, of course.

"My message to everyone who wants to have a street party is: I'm having one, and I want you to go ahead and have one, too," he said.

But the majority of Britons are not listening.

Although about 4,000 street parties will take place Friday across the United Kingdom, one-third of local councils have not received a single application for such a fest. An ICM Research poll commissioned by the anti-monarchy group Republic found that four out of five Britons are "largely indifferent" or "couldn't care less" about the royal wedding.

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The Royal Wedding: Who Pays the Bill?

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Who foots the bill for The Wedding of the Century? Peter Hunt, BBC's royal correspondent, looks at who will pay for Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal nuptials.

Estimate Cost of Wedding

"We're not in Elton John territory," one royal official told me when discussing the possible cost of the flowers at Westminster Abbey. The actual expenditure for any aspect of the wedding will never be made public. But aides are keen to stress the total bill won't be millions of dollars, but rather a six-figure sum - as it was back in 1981 when Charles and Diana married. This undisclosed bill will be for the dress, the bridesmaids' outfits, the flowers and the two receptions.

These are taking place at Buckingham Palace, where staff are both well used to catering for such numbers and to cutting costs when necessary. A few years ago, the Palace uncovered an alarming statistic about guests attending the Queen's annual garden parties. Rather than just nibbling on one or two snacks, they were consuming, on average, 14 sandwiches, cakes, ice creams and scones. Those in charge came up with an ingenious solution - they reduced the size of the treats on offer.

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Royal wedding to hurt Britain's economy

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Let's hope Friday's big blowout is a right royal good time. Because thanks in part to a quirk in the calendar, it's set to take a pretty heavy toll on Britain's economy -- which isn't in great health already.

Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that Friday will be a national holiday -- or Bank Holiday, as it's known here -- so that everyone can enjoy the day.

But according to the consulting firm Investec, a day without work could knock as much as a quarter of a percent off growth for the quarter, translating to a loss to the economy of as much as $50 billion. "You will basically lose a day of output, and largely speaking that will be that," Philip Shaw, an Investec economist, has said.

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US: FBI joins hunt for missing mother whose baby was found in car

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Missing ... Krista Dittmeyer with her daughter.
FBI agents joined state and local police in New Hampshire in the search for a missing Maine woman whose 14-month-old child was found inside her still running car.

Krista Dittmeyer, 20, of Portland, Maine has been considered a missing person since her black Nissan Sentra was found early Saturday morning in a New Hampshire recreational facility parking lot. The car was idling with flashers on and the baby inside, police said.

The FBI joined an investigation already underway by New Hampshire State Police and the Conway Police Department.

Search teams with dogs scoured the area surrounding the Mt. Cranmore Resort in Conway, New Hampshire, said Lieutenant Chris Perley, local police spokesman.

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US: 911 Call Reveals How Toddler Reportedly Shot, Killed Mom

A 911 call released by Florida police reveals how a toddler allegedly shot and killed his mother when he picked up a loaded gun, wsvn.com reports.

According to Miramar Police, Troy Bailey Sr. called 911 late Wednesday and said that his 2-year-old son grabbed his gun and shot his mother, 33-year-old Julia Bennett.

"Oh God, I can't believe this," Bailey is heard saying on the recording. "He shot his mom. God in heaven, help me please."

When the 911 operator asked who shot Bennet, Bailey Sr. said, "I was taking the gun from him. I was trying to take it from him...from my son, from my son. He's right here."

Bailey Sr. goes on to say how he tried to take the gun from Troy Bailey Jr. when it went off.

"Jesus Christ, God. Why did you put my son in this spot?" he said over the phone. "Oh, God, no. He's my life. I've never gone through something like this."

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Revenue Canada auditors tied to restaurants scam

Several Canada Revenue Agency auditors allegedly sought cash payoffs from Montreal restaurant owners in order to avoid an audit, according to court documents obtained by the Radio-Canada program Enquête.

RCMP are investigating the allegations, which involve four restaurants, including a small family-run Italian eatery in the city's west end.

The owners of that restaurant told police that they received a visit from an auditor who commented on how busy their business was. Shortly after that, the owners said they received a letter from the Canada Revenue Agency noting their restaurant was about to be audited. They were told to speak with a specific auditor.

The auditor told them they were in serious trouble. He met with the couple in a park near their restaurant and told them they were on the hook for $250,000. He then offered to make the problem go away if they paid him $50,000 in cash.

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Child sex trafficking, 'epidemic' in US

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A recent FBI law enforcement bulletin says child sex trafficking is a "problem of epidemic proportion" that threatens 300,000 American children.

The report said victims are often forced to travel far from home and their lives revolve around "violence, forced drug use and constant threats."

According to the Washington-based FAIR Fund international nonprofit organization, most of the child victims come from poor neighborhoods and broken families.

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Metal thefts turning into 'epidemic' as prices have soared

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Plastic drain covers are now being put in instead of metal ones to foil the metal thieves.

Metal thefts across the Bradford district have reached "epidemic" proportions, it was claimed today. As the price of metal continues to rise sharply, thieves are ripping lead from church roofs, gully lids from roads, metal barriers from parks and even railings from children's play areas.

Figures obtained by the Telegraph & Argus reveal that metal thefts from churches in the Bradford Diocese have cost at least £300,000 during the last four years.

Bosses at Ecclesiastical Insurance described the situation in Bradford Diocese as an "epidemic" and said they believed the cost to church leaders probably runs to hundreds of thousands of pounds as the insurance payouts only cover the loss of metal - not the cost of replacing it.

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Guerrilla Jurors: Sticking it to Leviathan

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Citizens in our (once) free republic founded under the English common law system, have both the power and the right to vote according to conscience when they sit on a jury and can vote not guilty even in the face of the law and in the face of the evidence. The defendant also has a right to expect that his jury will be fully informed of their rightful power to vote "not guilty" if they believe justice requires it, regardless of the evidence. Anything less is not a real jury trial.

The jury issues no opinion, gives no explanation of its decision. It simply renders its verdict, and if the verdict is "not guilty," that acquittal cannot be questioned or overturned by any court. It is telling that a conviction can be overturned, but an acquittal cannot - the deck is stacked on the side of the liberty of the individual on trial. While a judge can overturn a jury conviction that in his judgment is unsupported by the evidence, or where the jury harbors prejudicial animus toward the defendant, the judge cannot overturn an acquittal even if the evidence is overwhelming - even if the defendant admits on the stand that he did the actions of which he is accused.

A landmark case in jury history is that of William Penn, the Quaker preacher who would later found Pennsylvania. He was put on trial in England for the "crime" of preaching a non-government approved religion on a public street corner. He did not deny that he had preached as a Quaker. He proudly proclaimed it. There was no doubt that English law at the time considered his actions criminal. That too was plain. And yet, the jury acquitted him in spite of the obvious, undisputed facts, and in the face of the clear law. That jury was initially held in contempt and jailed by the trial judge, but on appeal, the English appellate courts ruled that the jury has an absolute power to acquit despite the facts and in the face of the law, and that it cannot be punished for exercising its power. That acquittal helped to establish the free practice of religion.