A Maryland police officer was arrested Monday and accused of raping a woman during a traffic stop last week, The Baltimore Sun reported.
Officer Ryan Macklin, 29, a six-year veteran of the Prince George's County Police Department, was suspended without pay, WBAL reported.
Police allege that Macklin forced the woman to perform “a sexual act” while she and the officer were seated in her car in a parking lot in Langley at 1 a.m. Thursday. Macklin was on duty and in uniform, the Sun reported.
According to charging documents, the woman told police that Macklin allegedly attempted to touch her breast before ordering her to move her car behind a store. Then Macklin allegedly forced the woman to perform oral sex on him, and told her he wanted to have sex with her, CNN reported, citing charging documents.
“Within hours of the woman coming forward,” the officer was suspended, police spokeswoman Jennifer Donelan said at a news conference Monday.
Police Chief Henry P. Stawinski III called the accusation “highly troubling” while speaking at the same news conference.
According to the Prince George’s County Police Department's website, Macklin was honored as patrol officer of the month in he was honored as patrol officer of the month in March 2014 and September 2014.
Macklin was expected to appear in court via closed circuit television Wednesday, CNN reported.
Dennis Hof, who legally owned a Las Vegas brothel and was a Republican candidate for Nevada State Legislature, is dead, according to state authorities.
The Associated Press reported that an employee at Hof’s Love Ranch brothel contacted police around 11 a.m. Tuesday, according to Nye County Sheriff Lt. David Boruchowitz. He also said Hof was not breathing and was found unresponsive.
“Preliminarily, there is no indication of foul play,” Boruchowitz said.
Nye County spokesman Arnold Knightly told the Reno Gazette Journal that Nye County Commissioner John Koenig said at a Tuesday commission meeting that Hof “went to sleep last night and didn’t wake up.”
Hof’s campaign manager Chuck Muth echoed that statement on Twitter, saying that he “died quietly in his sleep.”
The AP reported that Hof had been campaigning for Nevada State Assembly District 36. He celebrated his birthday Monday night at a hotel on Pahrump, Nevada. Muth told the Reno Gazette Journal that Hof, who turned 72 Monday, was “having the time of his life,” at the celebration.
Porn star Ron Jeremy, a friend of Hof’s, attended the party.
“Ron Jeremy found him this morning when he went to wake him to go to a meeting in Pahrump,” Muth said.
Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio attended the party, The AP reported. He supported Hof’s campaign.
“The thing I liked about him: He was with Trump and was for the Second Amendment and lower taxes,” Arpaio told The AP.
Muth said an investigation into Hof’s death is ongoing.
So, this baby gator walks into a gas station …
It sounds like a beginning of a bad barroom joke, but attendants at a gasoline station in South Florida were not amused when the reptile strolled into their building early Tuesday, WPLG reported.
“You have a what in where?” the dispatcher at the Miami Gardens Police Department responded to the caller that reported the alligator at a Marathon gas station around 1 a.m., the department said in a tweet.
On its Twitter feed, Miami Gardens police shared photographs of officers Bryan Blanco and Victor Velez posing with the baby gator.
“Thankfully officer Blanco & officer Velez are skilled wildlife handlers,” the tweet read.
Blanco and Velez, both skilled wildlife handlers, removed the small reptile, WPLG reported.
After receiving a recommendation from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the police department returned the alligator to its natural habitat, the television station reported.
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s claim to have Native American ancestry is brewing up a storm online, with many Native Americans deriding the official for mistaking DNA with identity.
The subject dates back to the 1980s, when Warren indicated she had distant Native American ancestors on law school faculty forms, but gave no documentation supporting her claims. After years of jabs from President Donald Trump, who nicknamed Warren “Pocahontas” in 2016 and said she has as much Native American blood as he did (none), Warren released a DNA report on her roots Monday.
“The results strongly support the existence of an unadmixed Native American ancestor in the individual’s pedigree, likely in the range of 6-10 generations ago,” Stanford University biomedical data science professor Carlos Bustamante, who analyzed Warren’s DNA, told Politifact.
Warren, who was told her great-great-great-grandmother was Cherokee, promoted the results of the DNA test in a short video.
“A DNA test does not make you Native!” Twitter user Emilio Reyes, who identifies as a Xicano, wrote. Others echoed Reyes’ sentiments.
Chicano journalist Simon Moya-Smith wrote in an op-ed for CNN.com. “While water protectors were being shot with water from cannons in freezing temperatures, while dogs were set on Natives protecting their ancestors' graves, and while Natives and allies were locked into ‘dog kennels,’ Warren's silence was deafening.”
Moya-Smith continued to point out Warren’s silence on police brutality against American Indians or the issue of sexual assault against Native women.
According to Amnesty USA, Native women are two and a half times as likely to be sexually assaulted than women of any other group — and Natives are more likely to die at the hands of police than any other demographic, according to CNN.
“By way of policy and politics, there are few things the Massachusetts senator and I don't see eye-to-eye on,” he wrote. “But I can't ignore the fact the timing of her announcement is just a little too convenient.”
Though Warren’s test reveals she may have Cherokee blood, it doesn’t mean her ancestor was pure Cherokee, said Deborah Bolnick, University of Connecticut professor and the past president of the American Association of Anthropological Genetics, told Politifact.
“Different families and groups interacted in different ways with European settlers in the region," Bolnick said. “When there was intermarriage, the offspring sometimes became part of indigenous communities, and sometimes they identified with non-indigenous groups.”
There aren’t any genetic markers specific to tribal nations, she added. “The genetic patterns don’t map on to tribal groups that we recognize today.”
In a live interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. added that it's “wholly unhelpful for any national leader to cling to DNA to establish that they are Native American in this country.”
Full statement from Cherokee Nation:
"A DNA test is useless to determine tribal citizenship. Current DNA tests do not even distinguish whether a person’s ancestors were indigenous to North or South America," Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said. "Sovereign tribal nations set their own legal requirements for citizenship, and while DNA tests can be used to determine lineage, such as paternity to an individual, it is not evidence for tribal affiliation. Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong. It makes a mockery out of DNA tests and its legitimate uses while also dishonoring legitimate tribal governments and their citizens, whose ancestors are well documented and whose heritage is proven. Senator Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage."
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is offering a $25,000 reward for information on the whereabouts of a pregnant mail carrier who has not been seen in two weeks.
Kierra Coles, 26, was last seen Oct. 2 near her home on the south side of Chicago, the Chicago Tribune reported. According to Coles’ mother, she is about three months pregnant.
Karen Phillips told the Tribune she reported her daughter missing on Oct. 4 after she had heard nothing from her for two days. Coles’ cellphone calls were going straight to her voicemail.
“I talk to her every day,” Phillips told the Tribune. “I knew something was wrong. It’s just not like her.”
The distraught mother told the newspaper Tuesday that Coles’ car has been parked outside her apartment since her disappearance. When she gained access to the vehicle, Coles’ cellphone and purse were inside.
A family friend, Regina Kennedy, said Coles had a lunch bag in the car as though she planned to go to work the day she vanished, the Tribune said. People magazine reported that Coles was seen on a neighbor’s security video Oct. 2, dressed for work as she walked near her home.
See the neighbor’s surveillance video, obtained by Fox 32 in Chicago, below.
Dan Perkins, Phillips’ boyfriend, told WGN-TV in Chicago that Coles passed up her car instead of getting in.
“She seen something that made her turn around that fast and cross the street, and her car was on the other side of the street,” Perkins told the news station.
Despite being dressed for work, Coles never made it to start her shift.
Post office officials told her family she called in sick, People reported. Officers conducting a welfare check at Phillips’ request found Coles’ keys and wallet inside her apartment, the magazine said.
Everything else was in its place -- except her daughter, Phillips told NBC Chicago.
“I’m too scared to feel anything,” Phillips said. “I don’t want to fear the worst.”
Postal Inspection Service spokeswoman Julie Kenney said Monday, when the reward was announced, that her office -- which serves as the investigative arm of the U.S. Postal Service -- is investigating Coles’ disappearance in conjunction with the Chicago Police Department. Coles was not on duty when she vanished, but the agency has the ability to investigate crimes against its employees.
“At this point, anything is possible,” Kenney told the Tribune. “We’re just looking for information.”
Chicago’s branch of the National Association of Letter Carriers has also offered a $2,500 reward and a Chicago-area activist added another $1,000 to the pot, the newspaper said.
According to fliers seeking to find Coles, she is a black woman with a medium brown complexion, brown eyes and black hair. She is 5 feet, 4 inches tall and weighs about 125 pounds.
Coles has two tattoos: a heart on her right hand and the words “Lucky Libra” on her back.
Anyone with information on Coles’ whereabouts is asked to call the Chicago Police Department at 312-747-8274 or the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at 877-876-2455.
A man accused of shooting at Baltimore police while fleeing in a minivan that contained a 3-year-old girl was arrested Monday night, The Baltimore Sun reported.
Butch Brandford, 32, was charged with first- and second-degree assault, multiple handgun violations and assault by shooting, police said. No officers were injured, officials said.
The girl’s condition was not known Tuesday, the Sun reported. She was taken to an area hospital for an evaluation, the newspaper reported.
Police said they heard gunfire around 7:39 p.m. Monday and noticed a gold Ford minivan leaving the scene with its headlights off, the Sun reported. As authorities followed the minivan, shots were fired in their direction from the vehicle, the newspaper reported.
Police said a man jumped out of the minivan, but they continued to follow the vehicle. More shots were fired toward the officers, the Sun reported.
The minivan eventually crashed and Brandford emerged from the vehicle, the newspaper said. He was taken into custody and a handgun was recovered, the Sun reported.
Twenty-four hours after the big baby announcement, Meghan Markle channeled Princess Diana in her first official event after she and Prince Harry announced they are expecting.
This time she did it with the jewelry she chose for their visit Tuesday during their 16-day tour through Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. There are 76 stops on their trip, Express reported.
She wore butterfly earrings and a gold bracelet that were owned by her late mother-in-law, The Sun reported.
The earrings, The Sun reported, were the same ones Diana wore shortly after Prince Harry was born while Diana and Prince Charles were on a trip to Canada in May 1986.
The royal couple also got what the Duchess of Sussex said was the baby’s first gift -- a stuffed kangaroo named Joey, Entertainment Tonight reported.
The baby also received a small pair of UGG boots, The Sun reported.
Prince Harry and Meghan announced they were expecting on Monday. The baby is due in spring 2019.
This isn’t the first time Princess Diana’s been honored by the Duchess of Sussex. Meghan wore an aquamarine cocktail ring on her and Harry’s wedding day that had belonged to Diana, The Sun reported. Her engagement ring also includes two diamonds from Diana’s collection.
Diana left the majority of her jewels to both Prince Harry and Prince William with the request that they would pass the treasures on to their future wives.
“I would like to allocate all my jewelry to the share to be held by my sons, so that their wives may, in due course, have it or use it,” Diana wrote in a letter, according to The Sun.
Turkish police said Tuesday that a search of the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul revealed evidence that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed there two weeks ago by a “murder squad” dispatched from Saudi Arabia.
Khashoggi, 59, vanished after he went into the consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2. Turkish officials say they believe that Khashoggi was tortured, murdered and dismembered by a group of Saudis who flew into the country hours before Khashoggi’s appointment at the consulate.
Here is what we know about Khashoggi:
No more poker faces for Lady Gaga when it comes to engagement rumors.
The singer-actress confirmed her engagement to Hollywood agent Christian Carino during an acceptance speech she made Monday night at the 25th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration, People reported.
During her speech reflecting on her in role “A Star Is Born,” Gaga, 32, thanked “my fiancé Christian."
It is uncertain when the couple became engaged, but Gaga, born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, has been wearing a sparkler on her left-hand ring finger for several months, EOnline reported.
Gaga was previously engaged to Taylor Kinney before splitting with him in July 2016, People reported. Carino, whose clients include Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera and Simon Cowell, had been romantically linked to “Walking Dead” actress Lauren Cohan, the magazine reported.
Members of a Thai boys soccer team, which captivated the world when they were rescued from a waterlogged cave in July, were interviewed Monday by talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.
The 12 boys were dressed in their “Wild Boars” jerseys as they spoke through an interpreter with DeGeneres on her show, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” The team was evacuated from the submerged network of caves on July 10 in a carefully orchestrated procedure by international cave diving experts, CNN reported. They had been trapped in the cave since June 23.
While being interviewed about their tense ordeal, the boys received soccer jerseys with DeGeneres’ logo on the front, and then were introduced to their soccer idol -- LA Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Ibrahimovic high-fived the players before paying tribute to their bravery.
"I thought I was brave, but these kids, this team, is more braver than me ... This is probably the best team in the world," he said.
Want your fast food delivered fast in the drive-thru? A study released in the October issue of Quick Service Restaurant magazine indicates that in the United States, Burger King is your best bet.
To “have it your way” at the drive thru required an average of 193.31 seconds, the magazine reported -- or 3 minutes, 13.31 seconds.
Rounding out the top five in average time were Dunkin’ Donuts (200.74), KFC (218.95), Wendy’s (226.07) and Taco Bell (236.50), QSR reported.
McDonald's (273.29) was number 10 on the list, according to the magazine.
Speed of service times -- the time between an order being placed and a customer receiving it at the drive-thru window -- was 234 seconds, compared with 225 seconds in 2017, QSR reported.
According to the magazine, Wendy’s scored the best average time in 2002 when it only took 116 seconds to complete an order. At the time, the national average was 190 seconds.
Police are trying to figure out who shot and killed an aspiring model last week while she was on her way to work and why. Meanwhile, family members say they cannot imagine anyone who would want her dead.
Kelsey Quayle, 28, was driving to work on the morning of Oct. 8 when her white Mazda veered into oncoming traffic and slammed into two cars in Riverdale.
Paramedics at the scene discovered it was not a typical car accident. Quayle had been shot in the neck before the crash.
"It's been really hard for us,” Quayle’s sister, Kaleigh Martin, said. “You know, at first it was just a car accident and then it turned into a crime scene, basically.”
Quayle’s family members are confused about why their loved one was killed on her way to work.
“Now we have all these unanswered questions about why and who did it and all these things,” Martin said. “We haven't had much information.”
Police told WSBTV that investigators recovered surveillance video from a QuikTrip gas station near the scene of the crash on Upper Riverdale Road. Cameras captured the moment Quayle's Mazda swerved into oncoming traffic.
Authorities believe the video is the key to figuring out who is responsible for shooting Quayle.
Investigators said they want to speak to the driver of a white SUV and the driver of a gray car.
Quayle was an aspiring model who had recently moved to the area from Los Angeles.
Police said they believe the fatal shooting was random.
"It seems to us to be random at this time,” Clayton County police Capt. Scott Stubbs said. “We have not been advised in reference to anybody shooting in the area.”
Relatives said they cannot imagine that anyone would want Quayle dead.
“She was positive about any situation, even though she's going through a whole lot, she made the best of everything,” Martin said. “I mean, everybody loved her."
Quayle's family made the decision to remove her from life support Wednesday.
Quayle's family said she was new to town, did not know many people and surely did not have any enemies.
An unidentified child in Florida has died after testing positive for influenza in the first week of the 2018-2019 flu season, state health officials said.
The child, who was not identified, had no known underlying medical conditions, according to the Florida Department of Health’s Bureau of Epidemiology. The child was not vaccinated and tested positive for influenza B at an unidentified health care provider sometime between Sept. 30 and Oct. 6, officials said in a report issued Friday.
A 2017 study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found vaccination against influenza reduced a child’s likelihood of dying of the flu by as much as 65 percent.
“Children, especially those with certain health conditions, are at increased risk of severe complications from influenza infection,” according to Florida health officials. “Most deaths are reported in unvaccinated children.”
Between Sept. 30 and Oct. 6, state health officials received two reports of influenza or influenza-like illness outbreaks in Florida schools or camps for children. Officials noted that no children were hospitalized or killed as a result of the outbreaks.
A 16-year-old California boy fatally shot his father after an argument escalated into violence Saturday, The Fresno Bee reported.
Detectives said Javier Vera, 54, was killed when his son attempted to stop him from abusing his mother, KFSN reported.
The teen will not face charges at this time, Fresno County sheriff’s spokesman Tony Botti said.
Botti said the teen and his parents were returning from a family gathering when the argument started.
Vera had been drinking and allegedly began choking his 49-year-old wife at the family home when the teen shot his father, Botti told the Bee.
Officials at the Oakland Zoo are reviewing cellphone video of a visitor climbing the outer wall near the tigers’ pen, NBC Bay Area reported.
Video taken Sunday at the zoo shows a man jumping the barrier, then quickly leaving the area when the tiger begins to approach, KGO reported.
One witness said a zoo employee scolded the man.
"He jumped that fence, like the little railing, and the tiger just launched at him and he jumped back up,” Sam Fayad told KGO. “I heard from somebody he said he dropped his glasses or something, but when he came back up, I didn't see nothing in his hand.
Fayad told the television station that the tiger became agitated and started pacing back and forth before approaching the fence near the barrier.
"Now that we know that happened, we can definitely take it into consideration," Erin Harrison, of the Oakland Zoo, told NBC Bay Area. "We feel our barriers are great, but we can always review that and see if there's more we can do to communicate to the public.”
"The Oakland Zoo meets and exceeds safety requirements set by state, federal, and AZA accreditation standards,” the zoo said in a statement. “We hope that all of our visitors act responsibly, and don't attempt to put themselves in potentially unsafe situations."
A California family discovered a circular hole cut into the window of a 1-year-old boy’s nursery, KGTV reported.
“This isn’t something really random. This is something calculated,” the owner of the Imperial Beach home, who identified himself as Vanya, told KSWB. “There’s something especially chilling about this, I think."
Vanya said he and his wife were returning from the movies when they received a call from their daughter. The girl had felt a draft in the house.
"She went around and found a perfectly cut hole in our son’s nursery,” Vanya told KSWB.
When he got home, Vanya said he noticed the window lock to the toddler’s room was broken.
“While I was reporting this hole to the authorities is when my spouse remembered that in the middle of the week she had heard glass being popped out and our son had been asleep upstairs and when she went up to check — thinking he woke up and broke something — she didn’t see anything and so she assumed it was commotion from the neighbors,” Vanya told the television station.
The burglar likely used a ladder to scale the 10-foot-tall building before pulling out a glass cutter. The roof tiles were found damaged, KGTV reported."Very calculated. It scared me. Intuitively, we know they've done this before and will do it again,” Vanya told the television station. “What happens when they encounter someone's loved one? Would they run off or commit violence against them?”
Deputies continue to investigate, KSWB reported.
A Tennessee mother and four children were found dead Monday in what investigators believe was a murder-suicide.
According to the Columbia Daily Herald, a family member arrived at the Maury County home after 6 p.m. Monday and discovered the bodies, authorities said.
The mother, whose name has not been released, appeared to have died from "a self-inflicted gunshot wound," the Daily Herald reported. The children – three girls and a boy – ranged from 8 to 16 years old and were home-schooled, authorities told WSMV.
Maury County Sheriff Bucky Rowland said investigators do not believe there are any additional suspects, and the children's father was not at home during the incident, WZTV reported.
"We don't believe we have a suspect at large at this time, but we are going to be thorough with this investigation," Rowland said, according to the Daily Herald.
He added: "As emergency responders, we see gruesome scenes regularly, but this is not one that you see every day."
A Melania Trump spokeswoman is asking people to boycott Atlanta rapper T.I. because of his promotional album video that shows a woman resembling the first lady taking off her clothes in the oval office.
Trump's communications director, Stephanie Grisham, posted a tweet Saturday asking how the video was acceptable.
T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris, wrote Friday on Twitter, "Dear 45, I ain't Kanye," before sharing the video.
In the clip, the woman in question is wearing a jacket that reads, "I REALLY DON'T CARE, DO U?"
Trump wore a jacket with that wording on it in June while on her way to visit migrant children who were detained in Texas.
She said recently in an interview with ABC News that she wore the jacket to troll reporters.
The tweets follow T.I. posting on Instagram that he was done working with rapper Kanye West, who is a supporter of President Donald Trump.
Grandmothers are known for baking cookies. But ashes of grandmothers baked into cookies is a weird and disturbing twist.
California police are investigating a claim that a high school student used the cremated remains of a grandparent in a cookie recipe and served the cookies to unsuspecting students, KXTV reported.
“This is a weird one,” Davis police Lt. Paul Doroshov told KOVR. “I have not heard of anyone getting sick or anybody being harmed as far as physically, physiologically by this.”
Police are trying to confirm that the incident actually took place. Authorities said no actual evidence has been found to support the claims of students who filed the reports, KXTV reported.
“This is so unconventional, it would take more research,” Doroshov told KOVR.
In a statement, the Davis Joint Union School District said the investigation is ongoing.
“This case has been particularly challenging and we have responded appropriately and in the most respectful and dignified way possible,” the statement read.
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