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An American toddler fell to her death on Sunday from the deck of a Royal Caribbean cruise ship docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico, a spokesman for the local Port Authority said. The 18-month-old girl was playing with her grandfather in a dining hall on deck 11 of the Freedom of the Seas, Port Authority spokesman José Carmona said. The dining area has large windows, and one pane was open.

Posted On Tuesday, 09 July 2019 15:57

From Gulf News:

Geneva: Iran executed a former contract employee for the aerospace organisation of the defence ministry in recent days on charges of spying for the US Central Intelligence Agency, the IRIB news agency reported on Saturday. Jalal Hajizavar had left his post nine years ago and was convicted by a military court after an investigation which discovered documents and spying equipment at his home, the report said.

He was executed at the Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj, west of Tehran, without providing further details.


Posted On Saturday, 22 June 2019 15:37

From the Washington Post:

A county clerk in New York is challenging a new state law that would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain noncommercial driver’s licenses and learner’s permits.

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Posted On Friday, 21 June 2019 12:01

From the New York Times:

A 29-year-old New York police officer fatally shot himself near his Staten Island precinct station house Friday afternoon, the third member of the department to kill himself in 10 days. The police declined to release the officer’s name or to provide more details about his position, other than to say that he had been a New York police officer for six years before he shot himself inside a car near the 121st Precinct station house at about 3:50 p.m.

His death came as the department had already been rocked by the suicides of a veteran deputy chief and a longtime homicide detective this month, which had prompted the police commissioner, James P. O’Neill, to urge the police to discuss mental health and seek help if they are despondent. 

The commissioner reiterated that message in a statement on Friday evening. “We — the N.Y.P.D. and the law enforcement profession as a whole — absolutely must take action,” Commissioner O’Neill said in the statement. “This cannot be allowed to continue. Cops spend so much of their days assisting others. But before we can help the people we serve, it is imperative that we first help ourselves.”

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Posted On Sunday, 16 June 2019 16:40

From the UK Daily Mail:

  • Violent clashes broke out after Brandon Webber, 20, was shot and killed by officers Wednesday in Memphis
  • Officers went to Webber's home to arrest him for multiple warrants, including violent felony offenses
  • Cops said Webber got into a vehicle and rammed task force vehicles several times before exiting with weapon
  • The officers opened fire on Webber outside his home and he died at the scene
  • Webber's family claims as many as 20 shots were fired during the incident, but officers won't confirm
  • Webber was an honors student who graduated high school in 2017 and was enrolled at University of Memphis 
  • His pregnant girlfriend went into labor as the riots broke out and filmed herself crying in hospital 
  • Shocking photos show armed police facing off with an angry crowd as the streets descended into chaos 
  • At least 25 officers were injured as protesters threw rocks and bricks at officers 

The pregnant girlfriend of a 20-year-old black man who was shot dead by U.S. Marshals during an attempted arrest outside his family's home went into labor as riots broke out in the streets of the working-class Memphis neighborhood where he was killed. Brandon Webber was shot and killed by officers on Wednesday night as they tried to arrest him for multiple warrants, including violent felony offenses, outside his home in Frayser in North Memphis.

Webber, who has a two-year-old son, was shot between 16 and 20 times, according to his father Sonny Webber. Authorities have not confirmed what his felony warrants were or how many gunshots were fired. His girlfriend Alorea Hardwick, who is the mother of his toddler son, was in labor when Webber was killed. They had been expecting a baby girl but it is not yet clear if she has given birth.

She filmed an emotional Facebook Live video of her crying in her hospital bed after hearing the news of Webber's death. Webber and Hardwick had hosted a baby shower on June 1 at the home where he was killed. Webber, who had a history of arrests on minor drug-related and driving charges, was described as an honors student who graduated from Memphis Central High School in 2017 and was enrolled at the University of Memphis.

Public records show that Webber was arrested five times, for driving violations and on charges that included possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana. Shortly before he was shot on Wednesday, Webber posted a live video on Facebook that showed him in a car, rapping and apparently smoking a marijuana cigarette. In the video, he looked out the window and said he saw police. 

With a laugh, he looked directly into the camera and said the officers would 'have to kill me.' The video appeared to have been removed from his Facebook page late Thursday morning.  The Tennessee Bureau of Investigations said officers went to his home at about 7pm to look for Webber who had outstanding warrants, including the violent felony offense that occurred on June 3.

Officers said they saw Webber get into a vehicle and that he then proceeded to ram task force vehicles several times before exiting with a weapon. Marshals then opened fire on Webber. He died at the scene, according to officers. 

Brandon Webber, 20

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Posted On Friday, 14 June 2019 00:51
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