Apartment complex ‘totally unusable’ after deadly crane collapse

Dallas, Texas (CNN)The Dallas apartment complex that suffered damage from a crane collapse has been deemed “totally unusable,” and residents will be refunded their security deposits and June rent. No determination has been made regarding the removal of the crane from the property, according to DFR. Three people remain in the hospital. Sunday’s tragedy marked the ninth crane accident death in North Texas since 2012, CNN affiliate KTVT reported. From 2011 to 2015, Texas had about four times more crane-related deaths than any other state. ‘It just sliced through the building’ Abbey Kearney, who lived in the Dallas apartment complex, said the disaster happened quickly. “It was like a sunny, beautiful day and people were at the pool,” she said. …

Kim Jong Un’s ‘beautiful’ letter to Trump contained no details on way forward, source says

Washington (CNN)A “beautiful” letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un touted by President Donald Trump on Tuesday lacked substance and did not contain any details on a way forward for the stalled denuclearization talks between the two countries, according to a source familiar with its contents. “We have a very good relationship together,” Trump said of Kim as he stood outside the White House on Tuesday. “Now I can confirm it because of the letter I got yesterday, and I think something will happen that’s going to be very positive. But in the meantime, we have our hostages back, the remains keep coming back, we have a relationship.” Trump’s reaction was not out of the ordinary and the President …

Woman accused of binding kids’ hands and feet gets probation

DES MOINES, Iowa – A Des Moines woman accused of binding her children’s hands and feet to keep them under control has been sentenced to two years of probation. Court records show that 38-year-old Jessica Henderson also was fined $625 during her sentencing last week. She had entered Alford pleas to three counts of child endangerment. In an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges there is enough evidence for a likely conviction had the case gone to trial. School officials contacted police in August about a photograph taken in March 2018 that showed the children tied up on a floor. Henderson has said a friend bound the children when she was in another room. Authorities haven’t …

Homes destroyed as blaze engulfs flats

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLocal resident: “The whole thing was an inferno”. ‘We ran out’ Resident Mihaela Gheorghe said she had “raised several issues” about the safety of wooden balconies on the blocks of flats. She added: “I was in my fourth-floor flat when the fire started. We ran out. The fire brigade came but they found it hard to find a water supply at first.” “We said that one day a fire is going to happen. “We raised several issues to the builder, the maintenance companies and the council about the safety of having all these wooden balconies.” Report End of Twitter post by @MARAJA_7 People affected by the fire have been told to “take …

Brush fire sets off evacuation at California amusement park

Park visitors were asked to move to the back of the 260-acre property, away from firefighting activity near the entrance, said Rachel Gallat, who was visiting a friend who works at the park. “I was getting iced coffee and when I walked outside, ash was raining down on me,” Gallat said. “There was a big cloud of smoke. I saw people around me panicking; they didn’t know where they were supposed to go.” A Los Angeles County Fire Department dispatcher told the Los Angeles Times the park voluntarily evacuated visitors. Shalane Gonzales, 34, said she saw people running out of the park in bathing suits. “It was pretty scary. We saw trucks packing people,” Gonzales said. “They were just telling …

Charging the Parkland school officer with a crime is a real stretch

(CNN)The scene at Parkland, Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018, was one of unimaginable carnage. The shattered, bloodstained bodies of high school teenagers and school staff were everywhere. The final toll of 17 dead and another 17 wounded made Parkland one of worst school shootings in US history. Prosecutors then turned their attention to former Broward County Sheriff’s Deputy Scot Peterson, the high school’s safety resource officer who heard the shots fired and arrived at the building, only to take cover outside instead of entering the school to confront the shooter. As Peterson waited outside, the gunman went on to discharge approximately 75 shots inside the school, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. Sign up for …

Alleged Neymar rape: Lawyer launches impassioned defense of accuser

(CNN)The lawyer for the model Najila Trindade, who accused Brazilian footballer Neymar of rape and assault, defended his client in an interview with CNN, calling her a victim “who, until proven otherwise, has been raped.” He accused members of the press and the public of hostility as he carried Trindade to a police car after the interview. The lawyer also denied allegations that he was having an affair with Trindade. “My involvement with my client is only in the criminal sphere to defend her,” Garcia said, adding that his client was taken to hospital, where she received medical attention and was released after an hour. “This girl needs help. Whether or not the rape happened, and I believe in her …

People are sick of drinking. Investors are betting on the ‘sober curious’

New York (CNN Business)Getaway in Brooklyn was comfortably full for a Saturday night, when I came in to try my first “shrub” an acidic beverage made from vinegar, fruit, sugar, club soda and zero alcohol. “It’s such a part of the culture, especially here in San Francisco that I would go out for dinner and have two to three drinks everyday,” Silicon Valley entrepreneur Justin Kan, the CEO of law-tech startup Atrium, told CNN Business. He said he has seen a shift recently within his tech circle. “I was at a dinner with a lot of tech people last night and probably half the people weren’t drinking.” Kan announced last month, in a post on Twitter, that he was giving …

Greg Gutfeld: Biden is ‘toast’ after latest campaign hiccup

Are former Vice President Joe Biden‘s presidential hopes ‘toast’? “The Five” discussed Biden’s “flip-flop” Friday on the Hyde Amendment, and co-host Greg Gutfeld voiced his thoughts, saying this latest hiccup may push the Democratic presidential frontrunner “out the door.” “I think he is actually toast, I really do, I think that this is going to push him out the door.  The more people see of him the less they like him,” Gutfeld said.

Authorities: Woman who left newborn in woods in ’93 charged

CHARDON, Ohio – A woman who put her newborn baby boy in a garbage bag and left him in a wooded area in 1993 was charged with aggravated murder after detectives tracked her down using DNA from relatives around the world, a county sheriff outside Cleveland said Thursday. Geauga County Sheriff Scott Hildenbrand announced at a news conference that deputies had arrested 49-year-old Gail Eastwood-Ritchey, of the Cleveland suburb of Euclid. Hildenbrand said Eastwood-Ritchey “admitted to a similar crime two years prior,” adding that she had left that newborn somewhere in Cuyahoga County. Eastwood-Ritchey provided a precise location within the county, but detectives were unable to find any remains, he said. Trending in US Original Article : HERE ; The …

Alabama Mayor Who Called For ‘Killing’ LGBTQ People Won’t Resign

Alabama town who came under national scrutiny for a killing” of resign, despite calls from some local leaders. his inflammatory remarks, urged the mayor to resign.  did not intend” to relinquish his post.  Birmingham TV station WBRC reported. Council member Clarence Colbert told the station that Chambers said he was willing to quit to make amends for his remarks, but that he’d urged the mayor to stay. now-deleted Facebook post, Chambers ranted about “a society where homosexuals lecture us on morals, transvestites lecture us on human biology, baby killers lecture us on human rights and socialists lecture us on economics.” To that remark, the mayor replied: “The only way to change it would be to kill the problem out. I know it’s …

Military Ordered To Paint U.S.-Mexico Barrier To Boost ‘Aesthetic Appearance’

The beautification project in Calexico, California, will use black paint and cost approximately $150,000, using funding from U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s tactical infrastructure maintenance funding, the official told HuffPost in a statement. ASSOCIATED PRESS A U.S. Customs and Border Protection vehicle sits near a section of the U.S. border wall with Mexico in Calexico, California, in April. President Donald Trump has reportedly called the bollards ugly. Sen. “A disgraceful misuse of taxpayer $$,” CBS News first confirmed the paint job. The Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump instructed that the bollards, or “slats” as he calls them, be painted “flat black.” He’s reportedly also complained that the current structures are ugly. “Once you paint it, you always have …