Tuesday, May 22, 2018

DelDOT – Emergency Closure Rt 30/Gravel Hill Road

Emergency closure between Huff and Shingle Point Roads in the Milton area

Emergency closure between Huff and Shingle Point Roads in the Milton area

EMERGENCY CLOSURE – Crossroad Pipe Failure Requires a Portion of SR 30/Gravel Hill Road to be Closed

WHEN:      Now until 7 PM on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, pending weather.

WHERE:  SR 30/Gravel Hill Road between Huff Road and Shingle Point Road, Milton.

WHAT:      DelDOT announces to motorists that SR 30/Gravel Hill Road is closed due to crossroad pipe failure.

Detour signage has been posted for motorists.


Suspects in killing of Baltimore County police officer arrested, eyed in burglaries in area


An intense manhunt involving aircraft and trained dogs came to an end Tuesday after a female officer was killed in a Baltimore suburb and four teenage suspects who were involved in burglaries in the area were arrested in connection with the slaying, officials said.

The nearly four-year veteran of the force, identified by authorities  as Amy Caprio, was responding to a suspicious vehicle call Monday in the community of Perry Hall when Baltimore County Police Cpl. Shawn Vinson said she encountered suspects and was “critically injured.”

Baltimore County Police and Fire announced on Twitter that all four of the suspects were teenage males. 

“Detective(s) have verified that the group were involved in burglaries in the area,” the agency said. “Officers will be in the area today to canvass for property stolen during these burglaries.”

One of the teenagers involved in the killing was identified by authorities as Dawnta Anthony Harris from Baltimore, who admitted in court documents obtained by FOX45 that he “drove at the officer” when she told him to get out of the vehicle while three others burglarized a house.

Dawnta Anthony Harris

Dawnta Anthony Harris has been charged with first-degree murder.  (Baltimore County Police and Fire)

Harris has been charged as an adult with first-degree murder and is being held at the Baltimore County Department of Corrections, according to police. The 16-year-old is expected to appear for a bail review by Tuesday afternoon.

The other teenagers have not been identified.

Baltimore County Police Chief Terrence Sheridan said at a news conference the fallen officer was wearing body camera, and the footage will be reviewed later as part of the investigation.


The manhunt intensifies for the suspects who killed a female Baltimore police officer Monday afternoo  (WJAZ)

He added that that Americans are “seeing something in this country we’ve never seen before.”

“Officers who have died at the hands of gunshots is up,” Sheridan said. “This is a bad time in the United States for law enforcement.”

“This is a bad time in the United States for law enforcement”

– Baltimore County Police Chief Terrence Sheridan

A man who said his son witnessed the deadly incident told FOX45 the officer tried to pull over the Jeep.

After the officer raised her gun at the people in the vehicle, the Jeep accelerated and “ran right over her, and raced out of the neighborhood,” Tony Kurek told FOX45.

Logan Kurek, who is a volunteer firefighter, told the Associated Press he heard his younger brother “frantically screaming,” and ran to perform CPR on the officer who was bleeding from her injuries.


Kurek’s neighbor, Dahle Amendt, said he had just settled into his recliner for a rest when he heard a woman’s voice outside his house.

“I heard, ‘Get out of the car!’ ‘Get out of the car!’ Get out of the car!’ at least three times, and then a pop,” Amendt said.

The officer was rushed to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead.

An emergency vehicle passes a roadblock near a scene where a Baltimore County police officer died, while investigating a suspicious vehicle, Monday, May 21, 2018, in Perry Hall, Md. Heavily armed police swarmed into the leafy suburb, searching for at least one armed suspect. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

An emergency vehicle passes a roadblock near a scene where a Baltimore County police officer died, while investigating a suspicious vehicle, Monday, May 21, 2018, in Perry Hall, Md.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Authorities recovered an abandoned Jeep that was used in the killing, police confirmed to Fox News. The slaying marked the first time a female police officer was killed in the line of duty in the 148-year history of the Baltimore County Police Department.

“What exactly happened, we are not sure yet until an autopsy is performed,” Vinson said at a news conference Monday. It was not immediately clear whether the officer fired her weapon in the incident.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan tweeted following early reports of the incident to offer prayers to the “brave officer’s family.”


Investigators had urged residents in a sizable swath of Perry Hall to stay hunkered down inside their homes and lock all doors and windows as officers search the community fringed with woodlands.

Tactical police stage in a Safeway parking lot on Belair Road near Chapel Road in response to the death of a Baltimore County police officer in Perry Hall, Md., May 21, 2018. Rifle-toting police swarmed into the Baltimore suburb where a female officer was fatally injured Monday, searching for suspects believed to be armed after witnesses reported hearing a pop and seeing the officer run over by a Jeep. (Jerry Jackson/The Baltimore Sun via AP)

Tactical police stage in a Safeway parking lot on Belair Road near Chapel Road in response to the death of a Baltimore County police officer in Perry Hall, Md., May 21, 2018.  (Jerry Jackson/The Baltimore Sun via AP)

Three elementary schools were kept on alert status for hours, with students and teachers told to stay in their school buildings as police continued a search for the suspects. But by Monday evening, parents were allowed to come to the schools to pick up their youngsters.

Since the start of 2018, at least 36 law enforcement officers across the U.S. have died while on duty — with 24 of the deaths caused by gunfire.

Roughly 135 cops died in 2016, making it the deadliest year for police officers in at least five years, Fox News has found. While there were fewer deaths in 2017, the numbers weren’t much better: A total of 129 officers died last year. And 46 of those were caused by gunfire.

Fox News’  Griff Jenkins, Madeline Farber, Nicole Darrah and The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @travfed

Prep school says ex-teacher engaged in sexual misconduct


A prestigious Massachusetts boarding school says an investigation has uncovered sexual misconduct by a Russian language teacher decades ago.

Phillips Academy’s head of school said in a letter to students and faculty Monday that an independent law firm concluded that Victor Svec engaged in sexual misconduct toward a student in the 1980s.

No further details about the misconduct were provided and a spokeswoman for the Andover school said she wasn’t immediately available Tuesday.

A number listed for Svec’s home rang unanswered and other attempts to reach him were unsuccessful.

Phillips says Svec took a leave of absence when the allegation came to light in February and has since retired. He’s barred from campus.

The announcement follows other allegations of sexual misconduct by former faculty members revealed by the school in recent years.

Couple seeks court’s help to evict 30-year-old son from their home


A New York couple is so desperate to get their 30-year-old son out of their house that they’ve enlisted the court’s help to evict him — but the man isn’t going down without a fight.

Netflix’s politics under fresh scrutiny after exclusive deal with Obamas to produce content


Netflix appeared to have solidified itself as a liberal powerhouse with the announcement Monday that former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama signed on to produce a contingent of new programming.

Katy Perry uses 'American Idol' finale to reveal she's 'not single'


Katy Perry once again gave a glimpse into her love life on Monday during the season finale of “American Idol.”

In between the “Idol” Top Three singing their hearts out during the two-hour finale, numerous performers and guest stars showed up to sing songs or promote their upcoming ABC reality shows. Among them was “Bachelorette” star Becca Kufrin — and it turns out Perry is apparently a big fan.

After professing her adoration for the new Bachelorette, Perry jokingly asked if she could “be in the running” to win Kufrin’s heart during the upcoming season, and even got on her knees and kissed her hand.

“Yes, I’ll give you all my roses,” the reality star sweetly responded.

“I’m not single but I still like you,” Perry shared.

While Perry didn’t mention her boyfriend by name, it’s widely believed that the “Swish Swish” singer is dating her old flame Orlando Bloom, especially since the two have been spending a whole lot of time together in recent months.

The remark echoes a similar comment Perry made last month when speaking with ET alongside her fellow “Idol” judges, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie. During the discussion, the topic of dating came up, including whether the judges would ever date a contestant.

Katy Perry Swoons Over Orlando Bloom’s Shirtless Instagram — See the Pic!

“No, I’m sorry I have been spoken for and speak for myself,” Perry said. “And I’m very happy!”

While the couple initially called it quits in February 2017, a source told ET that the former couple was giving their romance a “second chance,” earlier this year. 

Then, just days after saying she was “spoken for,” Perry and Bloom headed to Rome together, where they met Pope Francis.

During the trip, Perry also referred to the handsome actor as her “darling” in a sweet Instagram video.

Dr. Oz Says Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom Are ‘In Love’ After Visiting the Vatican With Them

Speaking with ET’s Lauren Zima on Monday, following the “American Idol” finale, Perry didn’t clarify the status of her relationship with Bloom, but she did address her fondness for the Bachelor Nation and her appreciation for the very concept of love itself.

“My friends are kind of cult watchers and I pop in every once in a while,” Perry said. “And love is just a thing that connects us all and I think, you know, different levels of love, it’s just amazing.”

Russia's floating nuclear plant heads for the Arctic amid geopolitical and environmental concerns


Dubbed a “Chernobyl on ice” and a “nuclear Titanic” by one environmental group, Russia’s first floating nuclear power plant is almost ready for its maiden voyage to a remote port town across the Bering Strait from Alaska – a move seen by many as both Moscow’s latest push to take control of the Arctic and one fraught with ecological peril.

Russian state nuclear company Rosatom, which developed and built the Akademik Lomonosov power plant, said that the unit docked last Saturday in the port city of Murmansk, along the Kola Bay in northwestern Russia. After taking on a supply of nuclear fuel, the floating power plant will be towed across the Northern Sea Route to Pevek on the East Siberian Sea, where officials say it is expected to replace a coal-fired power plant and an aging nuclear power plant sometime next year.

“Akademik Lomonosov is an unparalleled piece of engineering by Russian scientists,” Rosatom Director General Alexey Likhachov said at a welcome ceremony in Murmansk. “It is a first-of-a-kind, reference project for mobile medium capacity range nuclear power units, a product we expect to be growing in demand in the coming years.”

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Likhachov added that the floating nuclear plant, which is expected to supply electricity to more than 50,000 people in the isolated Far East region of Chukotka, could become a model for island nations “where it is difficult, for various reasons, to set up a developed centralized power transmission infrastructure.”

The floating nuclear plant has added another layer of worry for the U.S. military’s senior command, who recently signaled its concern for “a mounting Russian footprint” in the Arctic as Moscow works to revitalize its northern fleet and military bases.

“They’ve got all their chess pieces on the board right now, and we’ve got a pawn and maybe a rook,” Adm. Paul Zukunft, the commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, said in March. “If you look at this Arctic game of chess, they’ve got us at checkmate right at the very beginning.”

For their part, Russian officials have praised the floating nuclear plant both as a way to supply electricity to hard-to-reach areas in Russia, to provide power for oil and gas exploration and as a means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions responsible in part for global warming.

They’ve got all their chess pieces on the board right now, and we’ve got a pawn and maybe a rook…If you look at this Arctic game of chess, they’ve got us at checkmate right at the very beginning.

– Admiral Paul Zukunft, the Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard

Environmental groups like Greenpeace, however, have voiced concerns about the safety of the Russia power plant.

“Nuclear reactors bobbing around the Arctic Ocean will pose a shockingly obvious threat to a fragile environment which is already under enormous pressure from climate change,” Jan Haverkamp, a nuclear expert for Greenpeace Central and Eastern Europe, said in a statement.

The green group, along with pressure from the Baltic states, has already successfully lobbied Russia to move the loading of the Akademik Lomonosov from the densely-populated St. Petersburg to Murmansk, but there are major concerns about the transport across the Northern Sea Route to Pevek and the docking of the nuclear plant off the coast of the port town.

“The floating nuclear power plants will typically be put to use near coastlines and shallow water,” Haverkamp said. “Contrary to claims regarding safety, the flat-bottomed hull and the floating nuclear power plant’s lack of self-propulsion makes it particularly vulnerable to tsunamis and cyclones.”

Despite the criticism and safety concerns, Russia is forging ahead with plans to produce more of the floating plants, which it says can operate non-stop without the need for refueling for between three and five years. At least 15 countries — including China, Argentina Algeria, Indonesia, Malaysia and Argentina — have shown an interest in hiring Rosatom to build them their own floating nuclear plants.

Fishermen sail on a boat past the floating nuclear power plant "Akademik Lomonosov", which is towed to an Atomflot base in Murmansk for nuclear fuel loading, in St. Petersburg, Russia April 28, 2018. REUTERS/Anton Vaganov - RC1752884410

Fishermen sail on a boat past the floating nuclear power plant “Akademik Lomonosov”, which is towed to an Atomflot base in Murmansk for nuclear fuel loading, in St. Petersburg, Russia April 28, 2018.  (REUTERS/Anton Vaganov)

The Russian floating nuclear plant may seem like a new idea, but it is actually far from the first of its kind.

During the height of the Vietnam War, the U.S. Army turned a repurposed World War II Liberty ship into a floating 10 megawatt nuclear power plant and moored it in Gatun Lake in the Panama Canal. Named the Sturgis, the plant provided electricity to civil and military operations in the Panama Canal Zone until 1976, when it was decommissioned.

The decommissioning process is still taking place at the Port of Galveston in Texas, but so far more than 99 percent of the vessel’s radioactive parts have been transported to waste facilities.

“When the Liberty Ship was converted into a floating nuclear reactor back in the 1960’s, they never intended for it to be taken apart,” Baltimore District Project Manager Brenda Barber of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said in a 2017 press release. “It was built to house a nuclear reactor with thick elements of steel, lead and concrete barriers which provided protection for the workers and the public during her operations.”

Airlines giving in to China’s Communist rulers, despite White House protest


Global airlines are obeying Beijing’s demands to refer to Taiwan explicitly as a part of China, despite the White House’s call this month to stand firm against such “Orwellian nonsense.”

Hawaii volcano shooting lava 150 feet into the air, as emissions boost ER visits


The most active fissure from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano spewed lava up to 150 feet into the air on Monday, as the emissions from the ongoing eruptions are sending more residents to the hospital over respiratory issues.

Suspects in killing of Baltimore County police officer arrested, were involved in burglaries in area


An intense manhunt involving aircraft and trained dogs is underway Tuesday in a greater Baltimore suburb after a female officer was killed by four suspects believed to be armed and dangerous, as authorities announced a 16-year-old male has been arrested in connection with the slaying.

South Carolina kayaker attacked by falling rattlesnake


Falling rattlesnakes may not be a hazard most kayakers spend time worrying about, but the threat was all too real for a South Carolina man over the weekend.

Artist Robert Indiana, known for ‘LOVE’ series, dies at 89


Pop artist Robert Indiana, best known for his 1960s “LOVE” series, has died at his island home off the coast of Maine.

Web of informant contacts with Trump campaign expands, fueling GOP pressure on FBI


Revelations that an FBI informant was in contact with members of the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election have opened the door to a cascade of new details about those communications, emboldening Republican demands for a full accounting of how the Russia investigation began.

The latest detail emerged when former Trump campaign adviser Michael Caputo revealed to Fox News there might be at least two informants — saying he, too, was approached. 

“Let me tell you something that I know for a fact,” Caputo said on “The Ingraham Angle.” “This informant, this person that they tried to plant into the campaign … he’s not the only person who came to the campaign. And the FBI is not the only Obama agency who came at the campaign.”

Caputo added: “I know because they came at me. And I’m looking for clearance from my attorney to reveal this to the public. This is just the beginning.”  

He claimed that when the truth comes out, “Director Clapper and the rest of them will be wearing some orange suits,” referring to former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. 

Caputo did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment on Tuesday. 

Fox News also has confirmed that the original reported informant was in communication with at least three campaign officials.

The informant spoke with Trump campaign adviser Sam Clovis, in addition to Carter Page and foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos.

A source told Fox News’ John Roberts that Clovis met with the informant, whom he knew to be a professor, and had a conversation related to China. The source told Fox News that Russia did not come up.

The source told Fox News that Clovis received a follow-up email from the individual in the months before the election with research material on China, and another email on the day after the election congratulating the campaign.

Lawyers for Papadopoulos did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

The new revelations have renewed Republican calls for a second special counsel.

On Tuesday, GOP Reps. Lee Zeldin, Ron DeSantis, Mark Meadows, Jim Jordan, Matt Gaetz and other members of Congress are expected to announce a resolution detailing misconduct at the highest levels of the Justice Department and the FBI regarding Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) abuse, the end of the Hillary Clinton email probe, and the beginning of the Trump-Russia investigation. The 12-page resolution will also call for the appointment of another special counsel. 

Among other claims, the resolution says the “DOJ, FBI, or both appear to have planted at least one person into Donald Trump’s Presidential campaign.” The FBI was led at the time by James Comey. 

“I don’t think the Justice Department is going to be able to investigate themselves,” DeSantis, R-Fla., said on “Fox & Friends” Tuesday. “I think they’ve resisted our inquiries here in Congress for long enough and so it’s time that we did have a special counsel.”

President Trump demanded an investigation on Sunday, following initial reports that an informant had contacts with members of his campaign. The Justice Department then directed that Inspector General Michael Horowitz investigate whether agents surveilled the campaign for political purposes, and whether any such demands came from the Obama administration.


Despite that probe, DeSantis said there is still a need for a special counsel, as an inspector general does not have subpoena power and cannot prosecute.

“The inspector general can [investigate] … I don’t think it’s mutually exclusive, but we in Congress need the information and you also need the special counsel,” DeSantis said.  

On Monday, the president met with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray to discuss the expansion of the inspector general’s investigation to include “irregularities” with the FBI or DOJ’s “tactics concerning the Trump campaign.”

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders also said that during the meeting, the three agreed that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly would “immediately set up a meeting with the FBI, DOJ, and DNI together with congressional leaders to review highly classified and other information they have requested.”

DeSantis applauded the president for holding the meeting, and said, “I think John Kelly will be able to get these guys in line.”

A source told Fox News that meeting could take place as early as Tuesday afternoon, but the details are unclear. 

Fox News’ John Roberts, Judson Berger, Gregg Re, Serafin Gomez, and Blake Burman contributed to this report.

Brooke Singman is a Politics Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @brookefoxnews.

Selena Gomez reportedly avoiding alcohol following stint in rehab


Selena Gomez returned to the stage on Saturday when Taylor Swift brought her on as a surprise guest at the Rose Bowl.

No, octopuses don't come from outer space

Like Fox Mulder, I want to believe.

I want to believe the conclusions of a new paper that says octopuses are actually space aliens whose frozen eggs first came to Earth aboard an icy meteor. I want to believe that humans, too, are aliens — the final descendants of an extraterrestrial virus that crashed to Earth 540 million years ago and sent evolution spiraling into wild new directions. I want to believe that the universe is one giant biosphere, tossing the same building blocks of life from planet to planet in a never-ending game of cosmic hot potato.

I want to believe these things because they are cool and fascinating — but I probably shouldn’t. Because right now, there is still almost no evidence for any of this. And researchers not involved with this study have serious reservations about its conclusion. [7 Theories on the Origin of Life]

Still, that did not stop a team of 33 authors from publishing a recent peer-reviewed paper that hypothesized all of these things and more. The paper, published March 13 in the journal Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology, had a simple if unusual thesis: The Cambrian explosion — that sudden burst of biodiversity during which most modern animal groups first appeared in the fossil record some 540 million years ago — was the direct result of an extraterrestrial virus that crashed to Earth in a meteor impact.

The new paper revives a controversial theory on the origins of life known as the panspermia hypothesis. First proposed by one of the present study’s authors and a colleague in the 1970s, this hypothesis suggests that biological life as we know it did not evolve independently on Earth, but was rather “seeded” from life-bearing comets that pummeled our planet at various times throughout history.

These comets could have introduced Earth to novel life-forms that evolved on other planets, including viruses, durable microorganisms like unearthly tardigrades or, as the new study suggests, even fertilized animal eggs from other worlds. 

The octopus in the room

For evidence of the panspermia hypothesis, the authors wrote in their new paper, skeptics need only look to the octopus.

Octopuses have complex nervous systems, camera-like eyes and a capacity for camouflage that evolved suddenly and without precedent in their family tree, according to the study authors. The genes for these adaptations, the authors wrote, do not seem to have come from octopus ancestors, but “it is plausible then to suggest [these traits] seem to be borrowed from a far distant ‘future’ in terms of terrestrial evolution, or more realistically from the cosmos at large.”

In one theory laid out in the paper, the authors posit that fertilized octopus eggs crashed into the sea aboard an icy comet at the onset of the Cambrian explosion. Another explanation, they propose, could be that an extraterrestrial virus infected a population of early squid, causing them to evolve rapidly into octopuses as we know them today. [Cambrian Creatures Gallery: Photos of Primitive Sea Life]

Other researchers were not quick to embrace this theory. “There’s no question, early biology is fascinating — but I think this, if anything, is counterproductive,” Ken Stedman, a virologist and professor of biology at Portland State University, told Live Science. “Many of the claims in this paper are beyond speculative, and not even really looking at the literature.”

For example, Stedman said, the octopus genome was mapped in 2015. While it indeed contained many surprises, one relevant finding was that octopus nervous system genes split from the squid’s only around 135 million years ago — long after the Cambrian explosion.

Stedman added that, for a virus, such as the RNA-based ones known as retroviruses, to somehow turn a squid into an octopus, that virus would have to evolve on a world where squid were already plentiful.

Modern retroviruses have evolved to be extremely specific about which hosts they infect, Stedman said. But a retrovirus from outer space wouldn’t have evolved to be specific for Earth-based creatures, and “certainly not specific enough for something like a squid — unless you have massive amounts of squids on some planet incredibly close to us that is spitting off all of these meteors. But I think that kind of assumption is highly unlikely,” Stedman said.

Karin Mölling, a virologist at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics in Germany, echoed this sentiment in a piece of commentary published alongside the new paper.

While the new study is “very useful” for thinking about the influence of the universe on our planet in new ways, the findings “cannot be taken seriously,” Mölling wrote. “There is no evidence for it at all.”

Originally published on Live Science.


North Korea welcomes foreign journalists, but excludes South Korean media to nuclear site closing


North Korea invited a select group of foreign journalists, but excluded eight South Koreans, to the scheduled nuclear test site closing “ceremony” this week as the regime continues to lash out and accuse the South and United States of “saber-rattling” for continuing military drills.

Taco Bell serves man with horse-drawn cart in drive-thru


Tally ho – to Taco Bell.

Brandi Chastain inducted into Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame with bust of a plaque


U.S. women’s soccer legend Brandi Chastain was inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame Monday night and her likeness embedded into her plaque was a bust.

‘Bachelorette’ star Becca Kufrin reveals she’s found love after being dumped by Arie Luyendyk Jr.


“The Bachelor’s” Becca Kufrin has a reason to celebrate. After being proposed to and then dumped in front of the TV-viewing world, the star of ABC’s “The Bachelorette” reveals she’s found love.

Florida city warns of ‘zombie activity’ in power outage alert


A South Florida city warned thousands of residents of “extreme zombie activity” in an alert over the weekend about a widespread power outage.

“Power outage and zombie alert for residents of Lake Worth and Terminus,” residents were told in an alert sent around 1:45 a.m. Sunday, according to a Palm Beach Post report Monday. The paper reported that Terminus may have been a reference to the zombie TV show “The Walking Dead.”

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 (City of Lake Worth)

“There are now far less than seven thousand three hundred and eighty customers involved due to extreme zombie activity,” the notification said, according to the paper.

Lake Worth Live, a community Facebook page, said an update from the city indicated the message was unintended, the paper reported.

“We are looking into reports that the system mentioned zombies,” Lake Worth spokesman Ben Kerr said in the post.

“I want to reiterate that Lake Worth does not have any zombie activity currently and apologize for the system message.”

Kerr said the blackout affected 7,880 customers who were without power for 27 minutes, the paper reported.

Lake Worth is in Palm Beach County.

Man strips down on roof of Wendy’s, has 4-hour standoff with cops


Timothy Weber, 31, reportedly climbed atop of a Wendy’s in St. Augustine, Fla., following an argument with someone inside the restaurant.

Archaeologist who made incredible discovery is dead


It was Chinese farmers digging a well in 1974 who made the first strange discovery, but it was archaeologist Zhao Kangmin who realized the import. The farmers had stumbled onto an incredible “army” of about 8,000 life-size terra cotta warriors who had been guarding the tomb of China’s first emperor for more than 2,000 years.

Zhao’s work is back in the news because the archaeologist died last week at age 82, reports NPR. A story at AFP fills in the details of the discovery: The farmers found terra cotta heads and torsos in the province of Shaanxi and alerted Zhao, then working as the curator at a local museum.

“I went to the site with another officer,” he once recalled. “Because we were so excited, we rode on our bicycles so fast it felt as if we were flying.” Zhao had the farmers collect as many fragments as they could and had them trucked back to his museum, where he began the painstaking task of reconstructing them.

“It was the tail end of the Cultural Revolution,” he once said. “But some factions were still against restoring old things. So we decided to keep it a secret.” Word eventually got out, however, and Zhao is credited with being the first to trace the warriors, horses, and chariots back to 250BC and figure out that they were set in place near the tomb of emperor Qin Shi Huang to guide him into the afterlife.

Today, about 600 different sites in a 22-mile area have been unearthed, and the entire location is a UNESCO World Heritage site. (Decades after the discovery, the find is still rewriting history.)

This article originally appeared on Newser: Archaeologist Who Made Incredible Discovery Is Dead

Greitens accuser stands by sexual misconduct allegations, apologizes to Missouri governor’s wife


Although the felony invasion of privacy charge against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has been dropped, the woman who accused the Republican of sexual misconduct is standing firm in her story.

Greitens accuser stands by sexual misconduct allegations, apologizes to Missouri governor's wife


Although the felony invasion of privacy charge against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has been dropped, the woman who accused the Republican of sexual misconduct is standing firm in her story.

In an interview with KSDK-TV Monday night, the unnamed woman said although it’s difficult for her to talk about what she said happened between the two, she “stands by” what she told the state House committee about her encounters with Greitens. She added that she’s “not lying” and hopes “to heal.”

The woman accused Greitens of inviting her to his house, blindfolding her, taping her hands to pull-up rings, pulling down her pants, kissing her without her consent and taking a photo of her.

“You’re not going to mention my name. Don’t even mention my name to anybody at all, because if you do, I’m going to take these pictures, and I’m going to put them everywhere I can. They are going to be everywhere, and then everyone will know what a little whore you are,” she claims Greitens told her.

Greitens was initially charged with felony invasion of privacy and booked in February. He has denied the salacious allegations against him, but he did admit to having an affair with the woman. A photo has not been obtained by the lawmakers on the committee nor by the prosecutor in the criminal case.

“The only ethical thing I felt I could do was to tell the truth.”

Earlier this month, prosecutors dropped the felony invasion of privacy charges against him but said they plan to refile the case. Since then, Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney Jean Peters Baker has been named the special prosecutor to handle the investigation into Greiten’s invasion of privacy charge, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.


The woman’s accusations became public after her then-husband secretly recorded his wife admitting to the extramarital affair with Greitens in March 2015.

“I didn’t want this. I’m not out to get anyone — not the governor, not my ex-husband,” the woman told KSDK. “I really was just trying to live my life.”

She said she felt like a “punching bag” and stressed she hasn’t been paid or sought out by any political party to share her story.

The woman said she continued to see Greitens briefly after the alleged incident because she “felt so awful about myself. I wanted to forget whatever happened. I didn’t want to believe that actually happened.”

“The second he denied the things that were the most hurtful, the most difficult for me to now have to relive … I just realized now I have this decision,” she said of Greitens. “The only ethical thing I felt I could do was to tell the truth.”

The unnamed woman also apologized to Greiten’s wife.

“I would absolutely apologize. I shouldn’t have been involved with him. I should not have gone into her home. I know that,” she told KSDK, her voice breaking.

Greitens said the affair was a “deeply personal mistake” that happened before he was elected governor.

In their report, House investigators said the found the woman to be an “overall credible witness.”

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter @K_Schallhorn.