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- 05/22/18--13:19: Rare Reindeer Twins Born In Cairngorms And They Are Adorable
- 05/22/18--16:15: Brian Lamonds Missing From Carnival Cruise Ship That Left Tampa
Dimitrios Pagourtzis, the alleged Santa Fe school shooter, quoted the Queen lyric “another one bites the dust” as he picked off his victims, according to a survivor who was there that day.
As Yahoo Newsreports, survivor Trenton Beazely claimed that the Pagourtzis was laughing and having a good time while carrying out his shooting spree.
“He was playing music, making jokes, had slogans and rhymes he kept saying.”
Beazely also said that Pagourtzis quoted a Queen song, 1980’s “Another One Bites The Dust,” as he picked off his victims.
“Every time he’d kill someone he’d say, ‘another one bites the dust.'”
While the phrase “to bite the dust” has been used, colloquially, for centuries to describe dying, the Queen song appears to be more of a rumination on failed relationships than having anything to do with death or murder.
According to a Monday CNN report, a clearer picture of Pagourtzis and his motivations appears to be emerging.
In what’s being viewed as a blow to workers’ rights that has implications to sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuits brought by employees, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that employers can require workers to waive their right to participate in class action lawsuits as a condition of employment. Voting was close with the decision passing 5-4. Justice Neil Gorsuch and the other four conservative justices voted in favor of the decision. The case had been under consideration since October, making it the longest-pending case before the justices, according to USA Today.
The goal set forth for the Supreme Court was to reconcile two decisions that seemed to contradict each other. New Deal labor laws gave workers explicit rights to pull together while the Federal Arbitration Act encouraged arbitration instead of lawsuits.
Michael Cohen, the scandal-plagued personal lawyer for Donald Trump, was named in the Christopher Steele dossier as the Trump campaign emissary who took a trip to Prague, Czech Republic, in the summer of 2016 for a meeting with Russian officials to discuss Russia’s efforts to support Trump’s bid for president — and even to pay off hackers who broke into Democratic party servers and stole thousands of emails.
Cohen denied that allegation in the dossier — which is the private intelligence file viewable at this link, alleging Trump’s deep connections to Russia — claiming that he had never been to Prague and, in fact, had been vacationing in Capri, Italy, with, among others, Steve Van Zandt, longtime guitar player in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band.
Attorneys for Santa Fe shooter Dimitrios Pagourtzis held a news conference Monday in which they said that the rumor that the shooter was targeting Shana Fisher is not true. Shana’s mother, Sadie Rodriguez, had claimed that Pagourtzis had been pressuring her daughter to go out with him for several months and that Sadie had turned him down repeatedly. Dimitrios once dated Fisher’s best friend. In an effort to get him to stop asking her out, Fisher embarrassed the 17-year-old in class the week before the shooting at Santa Fe High School.
For years, the Catholic Church had strong anti-gay messaging. This included teaching that gay sex is a sin, as is sex outside of marriage. However, Pope Frances reportedly told Juan Carlos Cruz in a private meeting at the Vatican that God accepts him for who he is, including his homosexuality. Cruz told the Spanish newspaper El País details of the conversation, according to The Sun.
“He [the Pope] told me, ‘Juan Carlos, that you are gay does not matter…God made you like this and loves you like this and I don’t care…The pope loves you like this. You have to be happy with who you are.”
An Oregon teen who accidentally started a massive wildfire by playing with fireworks in the Columbia River Gorge must repay the $36 million it cost to put out the blaze, a judge ruled this week.
On Monday, Hood River County Circuit Judge John A. Olson ruled that the 15-year-old must repay a total of $36,618,330.24 to a number of victims including the U.S. Forest Service and Oregon Department of Transportation, the Associated Press noted. The boy had previously admitted that he threw fireworks into the Eagle Creek Canyon gorge back in September, sparking a fire that led to evacuations and burned more than 48,000 acres in Mount Hood National Forest.
The Oregon wildfire damaged a popular tourist area, with the U.S. Forest Service saying that 121 miles of national forest trails were damaged, King 5 News reported. The fire also stranded a group of hikers, who had to be rescued.
A manhunt in the Perry Hall suburb of Baltimore County has come to an end today, and four teenage suspects are in the custody of Baltimore County Police after an officer, now identified as Police Officer First Class Amy Caprio, was killed while responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle. Caprio was “critically injured” when she encountered one of the suspects currently in custody.
Fox News says that the investigation showed that the four teen males under arrest were involved in a rash of local robberies. The Baltimore County Police and Fire Twitter account shared information about the investigation.
“Detective(s) have verified that the group were involved in burglaries in the area. Officers will be in the area today to canvass for property stolen during these burglaries.”
Beyonce is not upset with Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively about jokes made about the singer-songwriter in Marvel’s second installment of Deadpool.
Some tabloids contend that the “Crazy in Love” singer was not only angry with Ryan Reynolds for having made a rather innocuous joke in the film at her expense but even with his wife Blake Lively. At one point during the movie, Reynolds’ character tells another character: “In the words of Beyonce, please stop cheating on me.”
NW magazine reported that Beyonce, upset as she was with Reynolds for having made fun of her marital issues with Jay Z in the film, took an umbrage with Lively as well. This was reportedly because Beyonce felt that she had broken “girl code by not telling Ryan to think twice about poking fun at another woman being cheated on.”
The source quoted by NW magazine even went on to claim that Beyonce “thinks it’s cruel and certainly isn’t laughing.”
It’s only the end of May, but Santa Claus already has two new reindeer in his bullpen should he need them on December 24. And they’re twins!
According to BBC News, Britain’s only free-roaming herd of reindeer has seen the birth of its first live twins.
The pair, born two weeks ago, belong to the Cairngorms Reindeer Herd of the Scottish Highlands and Islands. Prior to the current bundles of joy, twins born to the herd have either been stillborn or died soon after birth.
“Thirty years ago we had twins, one was stillborn and the other survived for 12 hours. Since then we have had two sets (2008 and 2015) but both were stillborn so you can imagine our shock when we found them both alive and well,” reindeer herder and center manager, Fiona Smith, told Scotsman.
In a sad turn of events, another creature totters on the brink of extinction. This time, it is the Chinese giant salamander, or as it is also known by its binomial name, Andrias davidianus. The colossal amphibian has been termed a “living fossil” because little has changed regarding its physical makeup in the past 170 million years. The Chinese giant salamander may actually be made up of five separate species according to Smithsonian, and some may already be extinct.
The critically endangered amphibian can grow up to 5.9 feet in length and can weigh in at a whopping 140 pounds. However, the Chinese giant salamander rarely reaches those dimensions today. The only other salamanders that come close to its size is the somewhat smaller Japanese giant salamander and the North American hellbender that is a great deal smaller.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg answered questions today in the Brussels-based European Parliament and had a notable exchange about censorship with Nigel Farage, the former leader of the U.K. Independence Party who is considered the architect of Brexit.
In this context, Zuckerberg faced similar inquiries from some GOP senators last month on Capitol Hill, particularly about the status of the irreverent, pro-Trump siblings Diamond and Silk. The North Carolina sisters claimed that six months ago, traffic on their Facebook page dropped precipitously and they were subsequently deemed “unsafe to the community.”
During his D.C. testimony, Zuckerberg admitted that the Silicon Valley is “an extremely left-leaning place,” but that Facebook has tried to take steps to root out any political bias among his content review staff. He eventually told the lawmakers that the Diamond and Silk designation was a mistake by the Facebook enforcement team
In a stunning development that could lead to new breaks in the Donald Trump Russia collusion investigation, the longtime Russian business partner of Trump’s personal lawyer and “fixer” Michael Cohen, Evgeny “Gene” Freidman — New York’s so-called “taxi king” — has taken a plea deal and agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors in the criminal case against Cohen and possibly other federal investigations, according to a scoop published by The New York Times on Tuesday afternoon.
Freidman emigrated from the Soviet Union to the United States at the age of 5 in 1976 when his father, a thermonuclear engineer, fled the U.S.S.R. to escape anti-Semitism there. But when he arrived in the U.S., the elder Freidman did not put his experience with nuclear technology to work but instead entered the rough-and-tumble taxi business in New York City.
The U.S. Coast Guard says that Brian Lamonds of Greensboro, North Carolina, is missing from a Carnival Cruise ship that was headed to the Caribbean on a six-day voyage after leaving Tampa, Florida, on Monday.
Lamonds, 50, reportedly went overboard this morning from the ship when it was located 85 miles west of Fort Myers, CBS affiliate WFMY News 2 reported. The Coast Guard has deployed assets such as a Jayhawk helicopter, aircraft, and a cutter to assist in the search of the Gulf of Mexico from stations in Clearwater, Miami, and Key West.
In a statement, the Coast Guard indicated that “Coast Guard Key West watchstanders received a call at approximately 10 a.m. from the cruise ship stating the man was missing and reportedly went overboard from the Carnival Paradise.”
Today, the United States House of Representatives endorsed a major bank deregulation bill, forwarding the bill to President Trump’s Resolute desk. Politico reports that the bill includes provisions for lenders of all sizes, great and small, and focuses primarily on freedom from regulatory bondage and oversight as well as relaxing mortgage rules, particularly those surrounding mortgage lending to high-risk prospects. The bill is bipartisan in nature, though primarily Republican in nature, and originated in the Senate before being sent to the House for further debate and discussion.
“This is the most pro-growth banking bill in a generation,” said House Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), who helped lay the groundwork for the legislation. [Politico]
Lava has been spewing from multiple fissures around Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano for the past few weeks. Sending local authorities into a panic as they try to figure what to do, the lava flow is now inching closer to a major power plant.
After destroying two dozen homes and displacing numerous residents, Kilauea’s lava flow threatens to enter the Puna Geothermal Venture Plant. Wells around the plant are the most concern. Experts fear once lava enters the wells, poisonous and flammable hydrogen sulfide gas will be released.
“Fissure 6 reactivated last night and has been erupting since around midnight,” said officials with Hawaii County in a statement, as quoted by USA Today.“The flows from Fissure 6 are slowly flowing closer to PGV property.”
This weekend is the official start of summer, but for people living along the Gulf Coast, the holiday may be spent in the deluge of a tropical storm instead of at a cookout or watching fireworks. A slow-moving weather system is making its way toward the Gulf Coast and Southeastern seaboard, and by the time it reaches landfall, the National Weather Service says there is a 40 percent chance that it will become the first tropical storm of 2018. Its name would be Alberto. The system is currently located east of Belize in the Carribean Sea. It’s expected to reach the U.S. mainland late Saturday.
On Tuesday, a judge in upstate New York ordered a 30-year-old man to move out of his parents’ house.
According to an NBC Los Angeles report, Mark and Christina Rotondo ended up having to sue their son Michael Rotondo to get him to move out of their Camillus, New York split-level ranch house. After multiple attempts to legally evict him from their property, they took the matter to court and left it up to the judge.
According to People, after losing his job eight years ago, Michael moved back home where he’s lived rent-free ever since. They sent him five letters in which they offered him help and even cash to get set up in a new place. Unfortunately, he ignored every attempt they made to evict him.
A man identified as Michael Allen Haag could face up to 20 years in prison after he allegedly acted out while aboard a Frontier Airlines flight, engaging in drunk and unruly behavior that reportedly included inappropriately touching a female passenger and urinating on a nearby seat.
According to a report from USA Today, the incident happened aboard Frontier Airlines flight F9864 from Denver to Charleston, South Carolina, when the 45-year-old Haag, who was sitting in seat 25E, ordered a double vodka for himself. At that point, he began making comments that were unsettling to some of his fellow passengers, with one witness recalling to FBI officers that Haag was telling a woman how he was “physically excited” to see an ex-girlfriend. Citing the same FBI affidavit, The Smoking Gun wrote that Haag kept asking personal questions to this passenger, and “kept looking at her chest and legs, as she was wearing a tank top and shorts.”
Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson have been the talk of the entertainment world over the last month or two. Obviously, they were happy to welcome their first child together, True Thompson, to the world. Unfortunately, that bit of news is not what the couple has been in the news for the most recently.
Thompson was caught cheating on Kardashian on multiple occasions while he was on the road playing in the NBA for the Cleveland Cavaliers. He was caught in video footage kissing women and even took one of them into his hotel. Those two things were enough for most of Khloe’s fans to expect her to end up dumping him.
Despite the cheating scandal, Kardashian has stayed by Thompson’s side. She has seemingly moved past the couple’s issues and forgiven Thompson for his mistakes.
Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux were one of Hollywood’s hottest couples, but their marriage ended earlier this year. It was a bit of a shock to the entertainment world, but the couple seems to have moved on well from each other. Both celebrities seem to be living their best lives and do not seem depressed over the breakup.
Despite the two seemingly doing well, rumors have been circulating that there could be more drama than meets the eye. Some reports have surfaced that Aniston’s close friend, Selena Gomez, has been carrying on a relationship with Theroux even after he and Aniston were divorced.
According to a recent report from The Sun, Aniston had called Gomez up to confront her about her relationship with Theroux. Specifically, Aniston called Gomez to ask her if she has been dating her ex-husband. That report sent fans of both Aniston and Gomez into hysteria.