Iowa family of four dies in apparent murder-suicide, police say

West Des Moines police said a family of four was found dead in a suburban home over the weekend.  (West Des Moines Police Department) Officials said an autopsy showed that the boys and their mother were homicide victims while Chandrasekhar Sunkara had died by suicide. No further details were given. Four other family members were visiting the family at the time of the murder-suicide, the Des Moines Register reported. One of those relatives had discovered the bodies and ran outside to ask a passerby for help who then contacted police. SOUTH CAROLINA MAN WHO KILLED 5 KIDS DOESN’T DESERVE TO DIE, EX-WIFE TELLS JURY “This tragedy will impact family, friends, co-workers, anyone that knew this family,” West Des Moines police Sgt. …

Oil prices spike after Iran shoots down American drone

New York (CNN Business)Oil prices spiked as tensions between the United States and Iran escalated. The strait, a narrow body of water near the mouth of the Persian Gulf, is crucial to the flow of oil from the Middle East to global oil markets. Oil prices are now up 9% since that attack on fears that global oil markets could be disrupted. The United States announced plans earlier this week to send an additional 1,000 troops to the Middle East amid the rising tensions with Iran. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday that the United States is “considering a full range of options,” including possible military options, although he emphasized that Trump does not want to go to …

David Ortiz shooting suspect says baseball legend was not his intended target, video shows

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (CNN)Rolfi Ferreira Cruz, the accused gunman in the attempted murder of David Ortiz, says the former Boston Red Sox slugger was not his intended victim, according to video released by the media in the Dominican Republic. According to Dominican media outlets, Ferreira Cruz said the people who hired him for the hit only told him the color of the clothing of the intended target.

Massachusetts Attorney General Probes Racism Allegations Against Boston Museum

allegations of racism against the Boston Museum of Fine Arts stemming from a school field trip during which students of color were allegedly subjected to intense surveillance and bigoted remarks. Facebook post last month,  According to Lamy, the problem began when they entered the museum. Several students told her that the staff member who gave the students the usual warning about no food or drink also said no watermelon. “We were instructed not to touch any of the artifacts in the museum, yet the white students there touched the displays several times while security looked on without saying anything,” Lamy wrote. “The minute one of our students followed suit, the security guards would yell at them that they should not …

The gay men breaking blood donation rules

In 2017, rules were relaxed in England, Scotland and Wales to allow men who have sex with men to give blood after abstaining from sexual activity for three months. Previously, they had to wait a year – which remains the case in Northern Ireland. NHS Blood and Transplant – the organisation that looks after blood in England – says the timeframe exists because, while all donations are screened, “there is a period of time following contact with any infection when it would not be detected by our screening tests”. ‘Deep homophobia’ The Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs (SaBTO) – which advises UK health departments – recommended the changes after concluding new testing systems were accurate …

Nicholas Sparks Apologizes To LGBTQ Community

Nicholas Sparks is apologizing to “members of the LGBTQ community” in the wake of the “The Notebook” author “As someone who has spent the better part of my life as a writer who understands the power of words, I regret and apologize that mine have potentially hurt young people and members of the LGBTQ community, including my friends and colleagues in that community,” Sparks wrote. Sparks has denied the allegations. But emails obtained by The Daily Beast last week appear to back at least some of Benjamin’s claims.  The former headmaster also said Sparks supported a group of students who had bullied the school’s LGBTQ students and shot down an attempt by faculty and students to form a school club for LGBTQ …

Man kept as slave in scrap yard caravan

Image copyright South Wales Police Image caption The victim was forced to live and work at the scrap yard The court heard the victim had spent time in hospital as a result of his injuries, but lied to medical staff. On one occasion he told doctors he had been “kicked by a horse”, but later told police Harvey Baker had punched him “so hard it felt like his eardrum burst”. “He was allowed to visit his mother over Christmas. On his return Harvey Baker said he looked tired, and he was given a beating,” said Mr Hipkin. The victim received one meal a day, which consisted of tinned soup, baked beans or gone-off food from a bakery. When police found …

Virtual assistants, VR headsets and app stores. How tech is changing cars

Shanghai (CNN Business)It was all about autos at one of China’s top tech conferences this week. Mobvoi, a Beijing-based AI startup that produces wearables and vehicle tech, is one of them. The billion-dollar company, which is backed by big namessuch as Volkswagen (VLKAF) and Google (GOOG), has high hopes for its line of Ticwatches, said Yili Lin, vice president of sales and marketing. “In China nowadays, you don’t usually use your wallet anymore, right? You use mobile payments,” he told CNN Business. “I think the [house] key is also gradually replaced by your fingerprint, by facial recognition, right? So you don’t need to bring a wallet, you don’t need to bring a key. Why do you still use a car …

Gunman is in custody after exchanging shots with federal officers in Dallas, police say

(CNN)Dallas Police said that a suspect in an “active shooter incident” was shot during an exchange of gunfire with federal officers in downtown Dallas on Monday. “It was just a whole lot of shots going on,” Miles said. “It scared me to death.” Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

London Bridge police ‘unaware’ medics nearby

Another 48 people were injured in the attack on 3 June 2017. At the inquest Hanna Yusuf, BBC News Supt Ross McKibbin was in charge of the police response to the attack and in court outlined in considerable detail the careful thought that goes into such an operation. He said the Met Police and City of London forces were overwhelmed by the amount of information that came in on that night. They had seen the carnage unfolding on London Bridge via CCTV footage from the roof of St Thomas’ Hospital. Supt McKibbin repeatedly described what he and his force witnessed as “chaos”. Police, he said, received more than 500 pieces of unverified information over the phone – an unprecedented number …

Finder ‘had no idea coin was worth 10k’

He found the coin, which dates back to 286-93AD, in a farmer’s field in Berkshire. ‘Roman haul’ turns out to be TV prop Ancient ring found by TV-inspired metal detector Mystery over finders of Iron Age coins “I didn’t know what it was as such. I put it with my small collection and thought nothing more of it,” he said. It turned out to be the only known example of a Carausius Denarius coin which features the Roman goddess Salus feeding a snake rising from an altar. Friend Mark Becher, who runs a detectorists’ group in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, had been at a barbecue at Mr Thomas’s house. Related Topics Archaeology Reading Aylesbury Original Article : HERE ; This post was …

Missouri Restaurant Cancels Wedding Dinner After Learning It Was For 2 Brides

Kendall Brown and Mindy Rackley, a couple from the St. Louis area, hoped to have their wedding rehearsal dinner at Madison’s Cafe in O’Fallon. But those plans were derailed when the owner found out the dinner was for a same-sex wedding, “We have never been treated this way and have never been declined a service because [of] who we are,” Rackley wrote. “Our hearts hurt.” “She said, ‘Your spouse is another woman?’ and I said, ‘Yes,’” But the owner didn’t stop there, according to the couple. She told Brown that she was denying her out of “love” and that she believes that the bride is in an “unhealthy relationship.”  “Nobody else needs to feel less [than] human, no one needs …

Do Tory leadership tax plans add up?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption People would only start to pay the higher rate of income tax when they earn at least £80,000, under Boris Johnson’s plans The plan: To raise the higher income tax rate from £50,000 to £80,000. What it means: At the moment, individuals have to pay 40% income tax on any earnings above £50,000. So, a person earning £55,000 a year, pays 40% on £5,000. Under Mr Johnson’s plan, the point at which the 40% higher rate kicks in would be raised to £80,000. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Dominic Raab’s tax changes would be brought in over five years The plan: To cut the basic rate of income tax from 20% to 15%. …

Florida just banned sanctuary cities. At least 11 other states have, too

(CNN)Florida just banned sanctuary cities. And it’s not alone. “We got it done,” DeSantis told a crowd of cheering supporters. It’s the latest move by a state to take immigration matters into its own hands, particularly around a controversial question that’s become a political lightning rod: Can local governments limit their cooperation with the feds when it comes to immigration enforcement? Critics — including President Donald Trump — say local sanctuary policies endanger public safety, but his administration’s efforts to cut off federal funding to so-called sanctuary cities have been stymied so far by numerous court challenges. Supporters of sanctuary policies argue they keep communities safe by fostering trust between immigrant communities and law enforcement. Many of the largest cities …