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At least 3 dead, 1M without power as storms, wind slam Michigan, Indiana, Pennsylvania

Storms hit 3 statesA wall of storms that roared through a swath of the Midwest and South with heavy rains, hail and wind gusts of up to 80 mph killed at least three people and knocked out power to more than 1 million homes and businesses.

The storms could bring more havoc to the East later Tuesday and beyond. Downpours and dangerous wind gusts were possible in Washington, Baltimore and Philadelphia, Accuweather warned.

In Michigan, police in Monroe said a 14-year-old girl died after touching a downed power line. About 60 miles north in the Detroit suburb of Warren, an 8-year-old boy was severely burned after trying to swing from a hanging live wire, the Detroit Free Press reported. He and his brother were hospitalized.

In Ohio, Toledo Fire and Rescue said a woman was killed when a tree fell on her. In Arkansas, an 11-year-old boy was swept into a storm drain and died, authorities said –and a 47-year-old woman who tried to help him was rescued and hospitalized.


Hiker dies at Grand Canyon National Park after falling 200 feet off ledge

Hiker falls to death at Grand Canyon Nat'l Park

A hiker at Grand Canyon National Park died Friday afternoon after falling 200 feet to his death, officials said.

The hiker, a 44-year-old man whose name was not released, was near the rim west of the Bright Angel Point Trail on the North Rim of the national park, the National Park Service said in a news release.

Officials said the man was off the trail when he accidentally fell off the edge of the rim. Responding rangers arrived at the scene after 3:30 p.m. and found the man's body "approximately 200 feet below the rim."

The National Park Service advises people to stay on designated trails and walkways at all times while in the park, not climb over railings or fences and pay attention to members of hiking groups.


Three Dutch commandos wounded in shooting outside US hotel

Three Dutch Commandos wounded in Indianapolis

Three Dutch commandos in the United States for training exercises have been wounded in a shooting outside their hotel in Indianapolis, the Dutch defence ministry says.

One of them was in critical condition, a statement on Saturday said. The men were in the state of Indiana for training, it said, and local police were investigating the Friday night shooting. No arrests have been made.

The Indianapolis metropolitan police department, which is handling the investigation, was not immediately available for comment.

A department officer told Fox 59 it appeared an altercation took place earlier at a different location from the Hampton Inn in downtown Indianapolis.



A Michigan town may lose its only library after its staff refused to remove an LGBTQ book

Patmos Library defunded

A Michigan town voted to defund its only local library to keep kids from reading LGBTQ-themed books.

Jamestown Township’s Patmos Public Library lost 84% of its operating budget on Aug. 2 after an uproar over the books “Gender Queer: A Memoir,” “Kiss Number 8″ and “Spinning,” Bridge Michigan reported. Outraged parents complained the books were “pornographic” and accused librarians of being “groomers,” according to The Washington Post.

The vote leaves the library with enough funding until next year, when board President Larry Walton said it will probably have to close.

“I wasn’t expecting anything like this,” Walton said. “The library is the center of the community. For individuals to be short-sighted to close that down over opposing LGBTQ is very disappointing.”

The defunding vote came amid a nationwide effort to review and ban books from classrooms and libraries — an effort spearheaded by conservatives.


Defendants targeted in DeSantis’ voter fraud crackdown were told they could vote

Defendants targeted in Florida were told they could voteSeveral people who were arrested last week as part of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ voter fraud crackdown were notified by official government entities they were eligible to vote, according to court documents and interviews.

The defendants told authorities they had no intention of committing voter fraud, according to affidavits, and in some cases were baffled by their arrests because counties had sent them voter registration cards and approved them to vote.

The defendants were vilified by the governor during a high profile press conference last week, where DeSantis announced the arrest of 20 people — convicted murderers and sex offenders — who allegedly cast votes in the 2020 election when they weren’t eligible to. The defendants, because of their convictions, weren’t permitted to vote.



Sullivan Walter freed after 36 years for New Orleans rape he didn’t commit

Sullivan Walter freed

Sullivan Walter was just a teenager when he was arrested in connection with a rape during a home invasion in New Orleans.

More than three decades later, a Louisiana judge determined Walter, now 53, was wrongfully convicted for a crime he didn’t commit and freed him from prison on Thursday.

The decision by district judge Darryl Derbigny ended the fifth longest wrongful conviction sentence of any juvenile in the US, reported, at a time when juvenile sentences, particularly life sentences, are under scrutiny.

The Black man’s conviction illustrated the racial bias that plagues the US criminal justice system and has led Black people to be disproportionately wrongfully convicted of sexual assault, murder and drug-related offenses compared with white people.


Former Jeffrey Epstein Associate Steven Hoffenberg Found Dead In His Home

Foremer Epstein Association

Convicted in 1997 of a Ponzi scheme he accused Jeffrey Epstein of participating in, Steven Hoffenberg was found dead Tuesday in his Derby, Connecticut, home, according to Rolling Stone. The cause and manner of death remain unknown, as Hoffenberg’s body was badly decomposed. He was 77 years old.

The Derby Police Department told Rolling Stone in a statement that officers responded to a welfare check around 8 p.m. Tuesday when they found “the body of a white male… in a state where a visual identification could not be made.”

An initial autopsy yielded no signs of trauma.

The welfare check was requested by an artist named Maria Farmer, who claimed she was sexually abused by Epstein decades ago. She told Rolling Stone she was in daily contact with Hoffenberg and reached out to the police when her repeated calls to Hoffenberg weren’t returned.



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