Sissonville, West Virginia - A West Virginia couple was arrested Tuesday after two children were allegedly found locked inside a shed in Sissonville, police said. According to the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office, police received a 911 call just after 5:46 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 2, 2023, regarding the welfare of the children. Deputy H.K. Burdette responded to the 200 block of Cheyenne Lane in Sissonville, where she found the two sibling minors — a 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy — "locked inside a barn." Deputies made several attempts to contact family members but were unsuccessful, local news station WSAZ reported. The children said they had no way to open the door from the inside of the barn, which investigators also referred to as a shed. Donald Lantz and Jeanne Kay Whitefeather of Sissonville, West Virginia, were arrested and charged with gross child neglect.
Los Angeles, California - Some 75,000 Kaiser Permanente workers, who say understaffing is hurting patient care, walked off the job Wednesday in multiple states, kicking off a major health care strike amid an extraordinary year for U.S. labor organizing and work stoppages. Kaiser Permanente is one of the country’s larger insurers and health care system operators, with 39 hospitals nationwide. The nonprofit company, based in Oakland, California, provides health coverage for nearly 13 million people, sending customers to clinics and hospitals it runs or contracts with to provide care. The Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions, representing about 85,000 of the health system’s employees nationally, approved a strike for three days in California, Colorado, Oregon and Washington, and for one day in Virginia and Washington, D.C.
Milton, New York – It was "a scene right out of a movie" as Charlotte Sena was rescued in a stunning scene Monday night, neighbors said. "SWAT trucks and cop cars were here in seconds. Guns out. There was a rapid succession of at least five flash bangs," said Michael, who lives near Craig Ross Jr., the man accused of kidnapping 9-year-old Charlotte from a New York state park over the weekend. Law enforcement officers rescued Charlotte from a cabinet in Ross Jr.'s trailer behind his mother's property in Milton, state officials said. Michael's wife, Erica, said she "grabbed my kids to hide them in the basement" as officers stormed in.foxnews.com/us/neighbors-charlotte-sena-describe-tactical-raid-rescue-9-year-old-predators-camper.
Wilmington, Delaware - President Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden formally entered a plea of not guilty to felony gun charges Tuesday, setting up the possibility of a high-profile trial as his father embarks on a reelection bid in the coming year. Appearing in the same federal courthouse in Delaware where his plea deal with prosecutors fell apart over the summer, the younger Biden indicated he would fight the three-count indictment brought last month by special counsel David Weiss -- the same prosecutor who brokered the ill-fated agreement. After entering his plea, Abbe Lowell, an attorney for Biden, signaled his intention to file a motion to dismiss the government's case. He said they would challenge the constitutionality of at least one charge, and argued that elements of his prior plea agreement remained in effect. Judge Christopher Burke set a Nov. 3 deadline for the parties to file motions. Throughout the hearing, Hunter Biden followed along as the judge read the charges, the potential penalties, and his rights -- nodding along and answering, "Yes, your honor," when asked if he understood.
Manhattan, New York - Former President Donald Trump was visibly frustrated during proceedings on the third day of his fraud trial in New York City on Wednesday. Trump could be heard complaining to his attorneys about the lack of a jury in the trial, which is being presided over by Judge Arthur Engoron. Trump was seen writing aggressively during testimony from witness Donald Bender, and at one point commented loudly that Bender should speak more clearly into the microphone. Trump has criticized New York Attorney General Letitia James for charging him under a civil statute that does not allow for a jury trial.
Saratoga County, New York - Craig Nelson Ross, Jr. was charged with kidnapping overnight in the disappearance of 9-year-old Charlotte Sena in Upstate New York. Sena went missing Saturday evening at Moreau Lake State Park, about 35 miles north of Albany, while riding her bicycle. Her family released a statement Tuesday acknowledging how fortunate they are she was found unharmed, hiding in a cabinet in the suspect's camper. "Our prayers have been answered," Gov. Kathy Hochul announced in a late night press conference. Four hundred certified search and rescue personnel, including the FBI, launched a massive two-day search that ended when authorities say the suspect unintentionally handed them a break in the case.
Washington D.C.- Laphonza Butler was sworn in Tuesday to fill the seat of the late Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, who died last week at the age of 90. Vice President Kamala Harris, who has been a longtime ally and adviser of Butler, administered the oath of office, prompting boisterous applause from the Senate floor and gallery. California Gov. Gavin Newsom moved quickly to select Butler, who was the president of EMILY’s List, on Sunday. She is the third Black woman to serve as a senator, behind Harris and Sen. Carol Moseley Braun, D-Ill., in the 1990s. The first openly LGBTQ person to represent California in the chamber, she will serve alongside fellow California Democrat Sen. Alex Padilla. After her swearing-in ceremony, President Joe Biden called Butler to congratulate her, the White House said.
Washington D.C. - Republican Kevin McCarthy has been ousted as Speaker of the House of Representatives, becoming the first leader in the history of the lower chamber of Congress to be removed from the position by a vote of 216-210. The Speaker of the House posistion is temporarily declared vacant.
Pakistan, India - India staked new claim as a national superpower in space on Wednesday, landing its Chandrayaan-3 mission safely on the moon’s unexplored south pole. The Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft launched last month and touched down on the lunar surface around 8:34 a.m. ET. The feat makes India the fourth country – after the then-Soviet Union, the U.S. and China – to land on the moon, and the first to land on one of the moon’s lunar poles. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tuned in to the livestream of the landing from Johannesburg, where he is attending the 15th annual BRICS summit of emerging markets. “All the people of the world, the people of every country and region: India’s successful moon mission is not just India’s alone ... this success belongs to all of humanity,” Modi said, speaking on the Indian Space Research Organization webcast of the event. “We can all aspire for the moon, and beyond,” Modi added.
Dukes County, Massachusetts - The death of the Obamas’ personal chef on a lake near the former president’s estate on Martha’s Vineyard has been ruled an accident, according to new autopsy details released on Tuesday. Tafari Campbell, 45, of Dumfries, Virginia, disappeared on July 23 while paddleboarding in the waters of Edgartown Great Pond on Martha’s Vineyard. His body was recovered the next morning following an extensive search. Campbell’s cause of death was determined to be an accidental drowning due to submersion in a body of water, Timothy McGuirk, a spokesperson for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, confirmed to Fox News.
Denver, Colorado - A pilot is facing criminal charges after being caught on video chopping an airport parking barrier with an ax. Kenneth Henderson Jones, a 63-year-old pilot with United Airlines, was charged with misdemeanor criminal mischief after being caught on video earlier this month taking an ax to a parking lot barrier at Denver International Airport, causing an estimated $700 in damages. Video of the incident obtained from Denver International Airport shows Jones with an ax chopping at the exit barrier of a parking lot before eventually knocking the barrier off of its attached base. Jones is then shown being confronted by multiple airport employees who witnessed the incident, with the employees eventually able to wrestle the ax away from the seemingly irate pilot.
Atlanta, Georgia - A judge in Atlanta set bail for former President Donald J. Trump at $200,000 on Monday in the new election interference case against him, warning Mr. Trump not to intimidate or threaten witnesses or any of his 18 co-defendants as a condition of the bond agreement. Mr. Trump, who posted on Truth Social that he would surrender to the authorities in Atlanta on Thursday, is also sorting out logistical details in three other criminal cases that have been filed against him this year. Earlier in the day, federal prosecutors pushed back on a request from his lawyers to postpone a separate election interference trial in Washington, D.C., until at least April 2026. Under his bond agreement in Georgia, Mr. Trump cannot communicate with any co-defendants in the case except through his lawyers. He was also directed to “make no direct or indirect threat of any nature against the community,” including “posts on social media or reposts of posts made by another individual.” The terms were more extensive than those set for other defendants in the case so far.
Minsk,Belarus - The U.S. Embassy in Belarus issued an alert Monday for all American citizens in the country to leave immediately and warned against traveling there. The warning comes after Lithuania closed two of its major border crossings with Belarus over concerns about the Russian mercenary group Wagner that has established operations in the country. The governments of Lithuania, Latvia, and Poland said further closures of border crossings with Belarus are possible. The U.S. State Department has advised Americans not to travel to Belarus due to Minsk’s support of Russia’s war against Ukraine, the buildup of Russian military forces in Belarus, the "arbitrary" enforcement of local laws, potential civil unres and the risk of detention.
Coachella, California - Tropical Storm Hilary lashed Southern California on Sunday, triggering flash floods, mudslides, and power outages after making landfall in Mexico's Baja California Peninsula, leaving at least one person dead. The National Weather Service is warning of “life-threatening and locally catastrophic flash flooding” as Hilary moves up the West Coast. People as far north as Idaho were bracing for heavy rain while more than 20 flash flooding warnings were in place across California early Monday morning. Hilary was the first tropical storm to hit the state of California in over 25 years. The storm, which was once a Category 1 hurricane, was downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone as it moved northward.
Saudi Arabia - Saudi border guards killed “hundreds” of Ethiopian migrants and asylum seekers crossing the Yemen-Saudi border between March 2022 and June 2023, Human Rights Watch alleged in a report released Monday. The organization said it interviewed 42 Ethiopian migrants and asylum seekers and analyzed over 350 videos and photographs posted to social media, as well as satellite imagery. Together, HRW said it showed evidence of dead and wounded along the migrant trail, in camps and medical facilities, as well as burial sites and “expanding Saudi border security infrastructure.” Videos shared on TikTok and Facebook purport to show dead bodies along the migrant trail near the Yemen-Saudi border, as well as migrants with wounds consistent with injuries from explosive blasts or gunshots, according to a forensic pathologist. HRW claimed to have sourced and verified the videos. Several videos purportedly recorded near an informal migrant camp appear to show Saudi border guard posts, and newly constructed fences next to one. HRW further said that satellite imagery obtained by the nonprofit also indicated growing graveyards nearby.
Manhattan, New York - Former Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani claimed on Sunday that he has "scientific evidence" to support his debunked claims about election fraud in Georgia. A caller to Giuliani's WABC radio show asked the former New York City mayor how he plans to defend himself against racketeering and other charges handed up by a Fulton County grand jury last week in a segment flagged by Raw Story. "The first thing is, I don't think I'm giving anything away, I'm just going to tell you my strategy. I'm going to follow Mark Meadows and file as soon as I do the arraignment, I'm going to file a motion for removal to federal court, which I would say almost virtually will be granted," Giuliani claimed, even though Meadows' motion is based on the fact that he was a federal official and Giuliani had no formal government role. Legal experts have expressed skepticism that Meadows, much less Giuliani, will be able to remove the case to federal court. Giuliani then vowed to prove the baseless fraud claims. "There are things we didn't present then (in 2020) because over the next couple of years, a lot of people did a lot of work and have been able to produce more witnesses and what I would call scientific evidence that is very persuasive," he said.
Chernihiv, Ukraine - Seven people including a 6-year-old girl were killed, 144 wounded, and 41 were in hospital after a Russian missile struck a central square in the historic northern Ukrainian city of Chernihiv on Saturday, Ukrainian officials said. "I am sure our soldiers will give a response to Russia for this terrorist attack," President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said in his nightly video address, delivered early on Sunday at the end of a visit to Sweden. "A notable response." He said that of the 144 people injured, 15 were children, and named the girl killed as Sofia. Fifteen others were police officers, Interior Minister Ihor Klymenko said on Telegram. Klymenko said most of the victims were in vehicles, crossing the road, or returning from church. Regional governor Viacheslav Chaus said 41 people were in hospital on Saturday. Zelenskiy said the strike on Chernihiv, a city of leafy boulevards and centuries-old churches about 145 km (90 miles) north of Kyiv, coincided with the Orthodox holiday of the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord.
Marion, Kansas - After police raided their newsroom, journalists at the Marion County Record spent all week dealing with its aftermath: interviews with national and international news organizations, conversations with their lawyer about legal action, attempts to get their equipment back. Last week's raid drew wide condemnation as a press freedom violation and it diverted the Record's five full-time staffers and seven part-timers away from their typical reporting. "The story we should be writing this week is not about us; the story we should be writing is about the budget of the city of Marion," said Eric Meyer, the paper's publisher and owner. That's how it rolls for Meyer and the Record. Founded in 1869, the paper is known for its hard-hitting coverage of local government decisions and holding people in positions of power accountable. The newspaper was investigating the city's police chief.
Washington D.C. - A Canadian woman who mailed a threatening letter containing a poisonous substance to former President Donald Trump while he was serving in the White House was sentenced to over two decades in prison on Thursday. Pascale Cecile Veronique Ferrier, a 56-year-old dual citizen of Canada and France, was sentenced to 262 months, nearly 22 years, behind bars in Washington, D.C., for mailing a letter containing the poison ricin in 2020 to then-President Trump and others. She pleaded guilty in January to violating biological weapons prohibitions. In the letter, Ferrier referred to Trump as "The Ugly Tyrant Clown" and laced it with the potentially deadly ricin, saying, "If it doesn’t work, I’ll find better recipe for another poison, or I might use my gun when I’ll be able to come. Enjoy! FREE REBEL SPIRIT." Ferrier was ultimately arrested trying to drive across the U.S / Canada border at the Peace Bridge Border Crossing in Buffalo, New York, while carrying a gun, a knife and hundreds of rounds of ammunition, authorities said. The letter was intercepted at a mail sorting facility in September 2020, before it could reach the White House.
San Francisco, California - Hollywood actress Crystal Finn, who appeared in the final season of the HBO hit series "Succession," said she was swimming in a California river last month, when something bit her lower extremities. "I felt something on my backside and on my leg," Finn told the San Francisco Chronicle. "I started looking around and yelling out and (the otters) popped up right in front of me. Then they dove down and started going at me again." The actress, who was treated at a hospital for the bites after the incident in North California’s Feather River, is not the only one to be bitten by the marine mammals in what experts are saying is a rare uptick in attacks. "After the first otter attack I thought, ‘Wow that was kind of special’ and then two days later there was another one," Tahoe Forest Hospital emergency room physician Dr. Martin Rosengreen told the newspaper.