In a heartbreaking story, 49-year-old Paul Joseph Fronczak just found out his entire world revolved around a totally false pretense. Law enforcement believed him to be a rescued kidnapping victim, found in 1965 at just 18 months old and placed in an orphanage. Yet Paul’s worst fears were confirmed when he submitted himself and his parents to DNA testing. Read More
Residents of El Reno and Yukon, Oklahoma, experienced three terrifying tornadoes early Friday evening that trapped thousands on major interstate highways. Around 6 p.m. CST, several major storm cells developed over the greater Oklahoma City producing three tornadoes so close together eye witnesses report there was no time to rescue victims as the storms moved through the areas. Read More
Eleven young people were kidnapped from a bar in Mexico City in broad daylight on Sunday. The group had been hanging out just off the Paseo de la Reforma, the main boulevard in in Zona Rosa, when they were somehow abducted. Zona Rosa is a typically uneventful area populated by offices, nightspots and bars. But on Sunday, the normally calm district was not so much so. The incident occurred between 10 a.m. and noon on Sunday just under two blocks from the U.S. Embassy. In a turn of bad luck (or bad something or other), this is not the first highly publicized blip on the city's radar. The mass abduction comes just 20 days after the grandson of Malcolm X was beaten to death at another bar on the city's entertainment strip. There is a clear sense of mystery and confusion around the purported kidnapping — something just does not seem toRead More
Leila Fowler was killed on April 27, 2013. She was just 6 years old. She was stabbed to death at her home in Northern California. Prosecutors say her 12-year-old brother is not only responsible for Leila’s death but that he murdered her. The middle school boy — who remains unnamed because of his age — plead not guilty on Thursday to second-degree murder charges. The case will now head to trial in juvenile court. Read More
As the investigation continues on the ricin-tainted letter to New York Major Michael Bloomberg, more details about the content of the letter is unfolding. On Thursday, NBC News reported that in addition to being filled with a poisonous substance, the letter was also filled with a dark, threatening warning to "anyone who comes to get my guns." The ominous statement was aimed at Bloomberg's public stance on stricter gun control and directly mentioned his name. The first deadly letter that reached Bloomberg at Manhattan's City Hall warned, "You will have to kill me and my family before you get my guns." The last line was perhaps the most threatening, "What’s in this letter is nothing compared to what I’ve got planned for you." Not a stranger to confrontation for his public opinions, Bloomberg reacted to the situation in a manner reflective of his powerful position. "No, I do not feel threatened. This wasRead More
President Barack Obama nominated Deputy Attorney General James Comey Wednesday as the replacement for retiring FBI director Robert Mueller. While Comey is a Republican and was first appointed to Deputy Attorney General in 2003 by then President George W. Bush, James Comey’s extensive background in terrorism and securities fraud prosecution make him a standout candidate for Director of the FBI. Read More
Cullen Finnerty, a 30-year-old former college quarterback who had also spent time with the NFL's Baltimore Ravens, went missing while on a fishing trip two days ago. He had endeavored to go fishing in Lake County, Michigan, a town between Traverse City and Grand Rapids. Since his departure Sunday, he had not been heard from and authorities declared him missing. This morning, the search ended when his body was found near Baldwin, Michigan. Finnerty's family has a cabin close to a campground near where he disappeared. At present, authorities are not finding evidence of any foul play in his disappearance. Huffington Post reports that the body was not in the water but in a wooded area near the cabin. Before his disappearance, the late QB had last spoken to a family member Sunday night on the phone. During the exchange, Finnerty had mentioned he "was nervous about something," Sheriff Robert Hilts said Tuesday.Read More
An Arizona mom with seven kids is currently behind bars in Mexico. CNN reports Yanira Maldonado is currently facing drug charges after Mexican law enforcement claimed they found over 12 pounds of marijuana in her possession at a security checkpoint.
Many in the U.S. are skeptical of the charges, given Mexico’s long reputation of coerced bribes in addition to the fact that Mexican police originally charged Yanira’s husband and father-in-law with the crime before releasing them and charging her. Read More
It seems the bad omen of cruise ships is never-ending. A fire broke out on board a Royal Caribbean cruise ship, The Grandeur of the Seas, en route to the Bahamas on Monday. The fire began at 2:50 a.m. and was extinguished roughly two hours after it began. In a positive turn, no injuries were reported, however the fire did enough damage in that time frame to cause the remainder of the planned seven-day cruise to be cancelled. Fortunately the ship never lost power and was able to sail back into port in the Bahamas after the fire was put out. Royal Caribbean reported on its website that over 2,200 passengers were to be flown back to Baltimore where the cruise had started. All passengers will receive a full refund for the anticipated week-long trip as well as a credit for the future. Post-fire, some guests remained on the moderately burned ship whileRead More
Kaitlyn Hunt is an 18-year-old Florida teenager — a pretty girl from Indian River County. Yet Hunt’s face is splashed across national news outlets for serious crimes committed against a minor: Hunt is accused of maintaining an unlawful sexual relationship with a 14-year-old classmate.
Kaitlyn Hunt could spend up to 15 years in a Florida jail if she’s convicted. And despite the media firestorm, prosecutors remain firm that Kaitlyn Hunt deserves to be charged and punished for her actions. Yet others disagree for the basic reason that both parties were female. They wonder: Is Hunt being charged because she’s gay? Read More