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Mandalay Bay owners sue victims of Las Vegas mass shooting

The corporate owners of the Mandalay Bay casino filed suit against the victims of last year’s Las Vegas concert mass shooting, claiming it has no liability for the massacre, according to a published report on Monday.

MGM Resorts International went to federal courts in Nevada and California and took on more than 1,000 shooting victims, saying claims against the hotel giant “must be dismissed.”

Woman describes how she survived SUV plunge off Big Sur cliff, using radiator hose to siphon water for a week

Angela Hernandez, 23, was found Friday by a couple who saw her wrecked SUV at the bottom of the cliff, Monterey County Sheriff’s Office said. Hernandez was last seen on July 6 in Half Moon Bay. Hernandez recalled the horrifying ordeal on Facebook, revealing her vehicle ran off the road when she was trying to avoid hitting a small animal. She said she lost control of her vehicle.Opera

“I don’t really remember much of the fall. They say I fell somewhere around 250 feet,” she wrote on Facebook Sunday. “The only thing I really remember after that was waking up. I was still in my car and I could feel water rising over my knees.”

Man who walked 20 miles to job gets CEO’s personal car

The night before Carr was set to begin his new job at Bellhops Moving, his car broke down. But that wasn’t going to stop him from coming to work. Carr began walking around midnight on Friday, from Homewood to Pelham, determined to help a family move.

Pelham Police officers who passed Carr on his walk picked him up along Pelham Parkway, then took him to eat breakfast. They dropped him off at Jennifer Lamey’s home half an hour before his appointment.

Army veteran wounded in IED blast surprised with mortgage-free home in Texas

An Army veteran who served for 13 years and was injured by an improvised explosive device was surprised Monday with the gift of a custom, mortgage-free home.

U.S. Army Major Eric King told FOX4 he was under the impression he was a candidate to be considered for a free home — but he had no idea the selection process was already complete.

Woman impaled by beach umbrella on New Jersey shore

A British tourist was rushed to the hospital after she was impaled by a beach umbrella while sunbathing on the New Jersey shore on Monday, officials said.

Seaside Heights Police Det. Steve Korman told the Asbury Park Press the 67-year-old woman from London was on the beach around 4:30 p.m. when a portion of an aluminum umbrella pierced her right ankle and was driven completely through due to the “force of the wind.”

Heart-stopping footage shows a cop firing through his OWN windshield and killing a murder suspect during high speed chase

It is the stuff of action movies: A cop takes both hands off the steering wheel to fire through his own windshield at a car full of bad guys during a high-octane chase.

But this is real life and happened in Las Vegas when officers William Umana and Paul Solomon got into a chase with murder suspects Rene Nunez and Fidel Miranda.Opera

Around 9.30am cops spotted a car matching that description just around the corner, but when they tried to pull the driver over he fled, starting the chase.

Daughter beat elderly mother to death after being left out of will, cops say

A 53-year-old Florida woman, who reportedly beat her mother to death after discovering she’d been left out of her will, allegedly described the assault to cops before telling them she’d come to terms with her likely fate: “I guess I’m going to jail.”

Gabriela Perero, 53, allegedly beat her mother

Gabriela Perero, 53, allegedly beat her mother to death after learning she was not in her will. (Broward Sherriff’s Office)

Gabriela Perero was arrested Friday and charged with premeditated murder and aggravated battery on a person 65 years or older, Broward County arrest records show.

California woman chased, stabbed man who exposed himself in park, cops say

A California woman was arrested last week after she allegedly stabbed a man — but it was no random attack, police said.

Cynthia Christine Molina, 51

Cynthia Christine Molina, 51, was arrested for stabbing a man who exposed himself to her, police said. (Redlands Police Department)

Cynthia Christine Molina, 51, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, Redlands police wrote on its Facebook page. A man, 28, called police around 12:30 p.m. saying he had been stabbed in the back multiple times by a woman on West Brockton Avenue.

Man described by sheriff as serial killer suspect arrested in Houston

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo and Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez have said Rodriguez is wanted in connection with three killings since Friday. Gonzalez described Rodriguez as a possible serial killer.

46-year-old Jose Gilberto Rodriguez was taken into custody Tuesday.

46-year-old Jose Gilberto Rodriguez was taken into custody Tuesday.

Rodriguez is suspected in the shooting death of 62-year-old Pamela Johnson in her Cypress-area home Friday; the killing of 28-year-old Allie Barrow inside a mattress store in Houston on Saturday; and the fatal shooting of a man inside another mattress store in Houston on Monday.

Father, 22, gets 32 years in prison for the death of his six-week-old son who was so malnourished a paramedic said he looked like ‘something out of an Auschwitz movie’

A Colorado man has been sentenced to 32 years in prison for the death of his six-week-old son, who was found so malnourished his skin hung loosely from his bones.

John Ostrander, 22, pleaded guilty in May to third-degree felony child abuse resulting in the February 2017 death of his son Zayden.

Ostrander and Donica Mirabal, Zayden’s mother, were both initially charged with murder. Per his plea agreement, Ostrander faced four to 32 years in prison.

On Monday District Judge Marla Prudek decided to give Ostrander the maximum sentence available for the death of the infant. Mirabal’s case is still pending.

Alabama ‘beach house sheriff’ under investigation for allegedly having sex with underage girls, report

An Alabama sheriff — dubbed “the beach house sheriff” after he came under national scrutiny for buying an expensive home with funds meant to feed inmates — was reportedly under investigation Monday after allegations surfaced of sex with underage girls at parties he organized.

Mary Elizabeth Cross, 41, told she had sex with Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin four times in 1992, when she was 15 and he was 29. Cross said “did not attempt to refuse” Entrekin’s advances and claimed she saw him rape an underage girl. The age of consent in the state is 16.

Louisiana doctor arrested for fondling his patient after she secretly filmed him groping her breasts and genitals during exam

Dr. James Dyess, 57, is charged with two counts of sexual battery and one count of simple battery after his victim secretly captured the alleged abuse on her cellphone.

The 35-year-old woman was referred to see Dyess by her lawyer after she hurt her back in a car accident.

Portland police union president says city ‘a cesspool,’ amid ‘failed policies’ on homelessness

The leader of Portland’s police union has slammed the mayor for his response to the homelessness crisis, claiming Oregon’s largest city has “become a cesspool”.

Officer Daryl Turner, president of the Portland Police Association and a police officer for 27 years, posted a lengthy statement on Facebook on Monday, where he listed the various issues the city is facing, ranging from aggressive panhandlers and garbage-filled RV’s to used needles and human feces blocking entrances to businesses.


Misconduct allegations no obstacle for many state lawmakers

ATLANTA (AP) — Allegations of sexual misconduct against Kentucky lawmakers have become so common that the statehouse has seemed more like a frat house: Seven lawmakers have faced accusations, including four who settled secretly with a female legislative aide.

It’s not just Kentucky. An Associated Press review finds that 25 state lawmakers who have been accused of sexual misconduct are running for re-election or another office this year. Of those, 15 have already advanced to the Nov. 6 general election. Seven did not even face a challenger in the primary.

Michigan councilman demanded alcohol, food from bar in exchange for political favors, suit claims

The co-owner of Centre Park Bar — which has since shut down — accused Detroit City Councilman Gabe Leland of offering to help the bar with multiple issues it faced, including tickets for violations. In exchange, the lawsuit alleged, Leland requested free food, drinks and admittance into parties for himself and a friend, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Leland told Centre Park co-owner Kenneth Scott Bridgewater that it was “normal practice” for restaurants in Detroit to provide free services to city officials “upon request,” according to the suit.

WATCH: Ocasio-Cortez Explains Unemployment, Melts Internet

Citing unemployment hitting 3.9%, “Firing Line” host Margaret Hoover asked Ocasio-Cortez if she still thinks that capitalism is not the best system for promoting the middle class.

Photo by William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images

Photo by William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images

“I think the [unemployment] numbers that you just talked about is part of the problem,” said Ocasio-Cortez. “Because we look at these figures and we say that unemployment is low and everything is fine, right? Well, unemployment is low because everyone has two jobs. Unemployment is low because people are working 60, 70, 80 hours a week and can barely feed their kids.”

Democrat running for Congress inflated intern role to claim bigger job with prosecutor’s office

A Democratic congressional hopeful in Ohio’s special election has made misleading claims about his experience working in a county prosecutor’s office, with public records revealing he was mostly a seasonal certified legal intern or intern supervisor.

Danny O’Connor, Franklin County’s Recorder since 2016 who’s now running for U.S. Congress in Ohio’s 12th district against Republican Ohio State Sen. Troy Balderson, has made his work in the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office a central point of his campaign to win a seat in a deep-red district that hasn’t elected a Democrat since 1980.

Tech Watch:

Facebook exec apologizes for censoring Diamond & Silk

WASHINGTON – A Facebook executive publicly apologized Tuesday for mistreating Diamond and Silk, the pro-Trump social media personalities.

“We badly mishandled our communications with them,” Monika Bickert, head of Global Policy Management at Facebook, said at the House Judiciary Committee.

The comments came at a hearing on whether Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are censoring conservative voices on their platforms — a premise Democrats panned as an “imaginary narrative.”

Twitter suspended 58 million accounts in 4Q

NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter suspended at least 58 million user accounts in the final three months of 2017, according to data obtained by The Associated Press. The figure highlights the company’s newly aggressive stance against malicious or suspicious accounts in the wake of Russian disinformation efforts during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.

Last week, Twitter confirmed a Washington Post report that it had suspended 70 million accounts in May and June. The huge number of suspensions raises questions as to whether the crackdown could affect Twitter’s user growth and whether the company should have warned investors earlier. The company has been struggling with user growth compared to rivals like Instagram and Facebook.

Lab-grown meat could be in restaurants in 3 years

BERLIN (AP) — A Dutch company that presented the world’s first lab-grown beef burger five years ago said Tuesday it has received funding to pursue its plans to make and sell artificially grown meat to restaurants from 2021.

Mosa Meat said it raised 7.5 million euros ($8.8 million), mainly from M Ventures and Bell Food Group. M Ventures is an investment vehicle for German pharmaceuticals company Merck KGaA. Bell Food is a European meat processing company based in Switzerland.

BERLIN (AP) — A Dutch company that presented the world’s first lab-grown beef burger five years ago said Tuesday it has received funding to pursue its plans to make and sell artificially grown meat to restaurants from 2021.

Mosa Meat said it raised 7.5 million euros ($8.8 million), mainly from M Ventures and Bell Food Group. M Ventures is an investment vehicle for German pharmaceuticals company Merck KGaA. Bell Food is a European meat processing company based in Switzerland.

World News:

Mother Teresa charity under scrutiny after nun, worker arrested for allegedly selling baby

A widespread investigation into all Mother Teresa charity-run shelters was underway in India on Tuesday after the stunning arrest of a shelter worker and a nun who allegedly sold a baby.

India’s government ordered the immediate inspection of every shelter run by the Missionaries of Charity on Monday amid claims of child theft lodged against Amima Indwar, who worked at a shelter for unwed mothers in Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand state in eastern India.

Displaced Syrians march close to Israel; airstrike kills 10

BEIRUT (AP) — Dozens of Syrians displaced by a government offensive marched toward the Israel-occupied Golan Heights in a rare peaceful protest on Tuesday, shortly after a suspected Russian airstrike hit a school serving as a shelter in southwestern Syria, killing at least 10 people, according to activists.

The marchers waved white flags at Israeli soldiers as they walked toward the frontier in the Golan Heights, demanding protection from the relentless airstrikes, before they turned back.

The brief protest came as Syrian and Russian airstrikes have intensified in the Quneitra countryside and the southwestern Daraa province.

Israel places new limitations on cargo crossing into Gaza

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel placed new restrictions on its only cargo crossing with the Gaza Strip on Tuesday in response to continued Hamas hostilities, even after it agreed to a cease-fire ending 24 hours of intense fighting.

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Israel will cease transferring gas and fuel through the Kerem Shalom crossing until Sunday but will allow food and essential medication to cross. Commercial cargo was suspended last week.

Lieberman also said Israel was tightening its naval blockade to limit Palestinians from sailing beyond three nautical miles off Gaza’s coast. Israel previously allowed sailing up to six nautical miles.

Afghan officials: IS bomber kills 20, Taliban kill 9 police

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Islamic State suicide bomber killed 20 people in northern Afghanistan on Tuesday, including a Taliban commander, while in southern Helmand province, a government commando unit freed 54 people from a Taliban-run jail, officials said.

In southern Kandahar province, the Taliban attacked a police checkpoint in Arghistan district late on Monday night, killing nine policemen and wounding seven, according to Daud Ahmadi, the spokesman for the provincial governor.

Zia Durrani, the provincial police spokesman, said 25 Taliban fighters were killed and 15 were wounded in the ensuing battle in Arghistan, a violate districts close to the Pakistani border.