911 calls as nursing home residents died after Hurricane Irma: “Oh my God, this is crazy”

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — At first there was no hint of distress in the 911 calls, no sense of a crisis unfolding. But newly released emergency calls from a sweltering Florida nursing home that lost its air conditioning to Hurricane Irma showed staffers becoming increasingly agitated by a disaster that would eventually claim 14 elderly lives. The six calls made from the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills between 3 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. on Sept. 13, the day the first eight patients died, show that several patients were in respiratory distress and at least two were in cardiac arrest. By the second call, an employee is heard muttering “Whatta night.”… Read More

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She claimed tall, blond aliens kidnapped her as a child. Now she’s running for Congress.

By Kristine Phillips, The Washington Post Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera said the encounters began when she was young and happened several times throughout her life. She saw three beings – two women and a man, she said. They were tall, full-figured and blond. They wore robes, spoke telepathically – and were in a round spaceship. Rodriguez Aguilera described her experiences with extraterrestrials in old interviews unearthed by the Miami Herald as the onetime council member from Doral, Florida, vies for a seat in Congress. Several years before the 59-year-old announced her candidacy to replace Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, she appeared on Spanish television programs and talked in great detail about her experiences… Read More

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Car bomb kills investigative journalist who exposed Malta’s ties to tax havens

By Stephen Calleja, The Associated Press VALLETTA, Malta — A Maltese investigative journalist who exposed the island nation’s links to offshore tax havens through the leaked Panama Papers was killed Monday when a bomb exploded in her car, the prime minister said. Daphne Caruana Galizia, 53, had just driven away from her home in Mosta, a large town on Malta’s main island, when the bomb went off, sending the vehicle’s wreckage spiraling over a wall and into a field, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said. Caruana Galizia’s death resulted from a “barbaric attack” that also amounted to an assault on freedom of expression, Muscat said. He said the journalist “was one… Read More

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Man accused of killing Muslim teen indicted on capital murder charges

A grand jury has formally charged a 22-year-old man with capital murder and rape in the death of Nabra Hassanen, who was killed on her walk back to a Virginia mosque. The Fairfax County Circuit Court indicted Darwin Martinez-Torres of Sterling, Virginia, on Monday on four counts of capital murder for killing Nabra, who was with friends while they had a meal before Ramadan services. Dozens of people had gathered outside the courthouse today, chanting “Justice for Nabra.” Virginia law has specific conditions for pursuing the death penalty, but the Associated Press reported that the grand jury’s indictment described in graphic detail how Nabra’s killing was grounds for a death… Read More

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Florida declares state of emergency in advance of speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Citing past clashes and protests, Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Monday declared a state of emergency in advance of a speech white nationalist Richard Spencer is scheduled to give at the University of Florida. The state’s Republican governor warned in an executive order Monday that a “threat of a potential emergency is imminent” in Alachua County, in north Florida. Spencer is slated to speak at the campus on Thursday and his pending appearance has already sparked protests in the university town. Related ArticlesOctober 11, 2017 Black man attacked at white nationalist rally in Charlottesville faces felony charge October 8, 2017 Charlottesville white supremacist rally in August drew… Read More

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