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NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne has sparked a real rampage on Twitter over breastfeeding in public, after he said he was disgusted to see a mom’s breast as she was feeding her son in a supermarket.
Kasey Kahne, 31, said he first thought he was imagining things, but once he realized the mother was indeed nursing, he began tweeting his horror.
“Just walking through supermarket. See a mom breast feeding little kid,” the bachelor tweeted.
“Took second look because obviously I was seeing things I wasn’t!”
Upon second look, Kasey Kahne described the woman’s breastfeeding in detail.
“One boob put away one boob hanging!” Kasey Kahne tweeted, with the hashtag “#nasty “ following the post.
NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne has sparked a real rampage on Twitter over breastfeeding in public, after he said he was disgusted to see a mom’s breast as she was feeding her son in a supermarket
The NASCAR driver was apparently so repulsed that he then wrote: “I don’t feel like shopping or eating anymore.”
Later, a woman named Deana P. tweeted to him that she disagreed breastfeeding was “nasty” and that he was “kind of a douchebag”.
“I hope someday you have a kid and someone tells your wife that feeding your child looks nasty,” Deana P. wrote.
“Stay classy a**hole.”
Kasey Kahne, who currently stars in an Allstate ad campaign that centres around his appeal among women, responded by calling her a “dumb b***h”.
However, late last night, the racer apologized via his Facebook page, writing: “It was in no way my intention to offend any mother who chooses to breastfeed her child, or, for that matter, anyone who supports breast feeding children.
“My comments were not directed at the mother’s right to breastfeed. They were just a reaction to the location of that choice, and the fashion in which it was executed on that occasion.”
Kasey Kahne also apologized to Deana P., saying his remarks were “out of line”.
Deana P., whose Twitter page indicates she’s a mother of three from Minnesota, wrote an apology of her own, saying her comments to the racer were also “knee-jerk and out of line”.
Kasey Kahne’s NASCAR sponsor Great Clips also released a statement, which read: “Our apologies for this. Please know that response was uncalled for & does not reflect our organization.”
Kasey Kahne’s very public qualms came amid another breast-feeding controversy, which resulted in hundreds of mothers in 35 states staging a nurse-in at their nearby Target stores after a Texas mother was told last month that she could not breastfeed in public.
Michelle Hickman, a mother of four, was trying to do some Christmas shopping last month when Target employees asked her to relocate to a more private location, such as a family fitting room.
Humiliated by the incident, Michelle Hickman used Facebook to organize the massive “nurse-in”.
Kasey Kahne, who has 12 NASCAR wins to his credit, does a great deal of charity work through his “Kasey Kahne Foundation”, which benefits chronically ill kids and their families.
In 2007, however, Kasey Kahne found himself on the wrong side of the law.
In November of that year, he was charged was charged with assault for pushing an elderly security guard at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida.
The misdemeanor charges were later dropped after Kasey Kahne completed 50 hours of community service.
Kasey Kahne was also slapped with a civil suit by the security guard, who claimed he suffered a severe back injury as a result of the incident, but that suit was settled in 2009.
Michael Plumadore, the suspected killer of 9-year-old Aliahna Lemmon from Fort Wayne, Indiana, posted her picture on Facebook one month before he allegedly bashed her in the head with a brick, hacked her to pieces with a handsaw and kept her head in his freezer.
Suspect Michael Plumadore posted a photo of Aliahna Lemmon standing alongside her sisters – once he was able to take because he had gained the trust of the family after befriending her grandfather James Lemmon.
James Lemmon and Michael Plumadore knew each because they were both sex offenders and were in jail together.
On his Facebook page, Michael Plumadore has several chilling pictures of the disabled girl who captured national attention when she went missing from a trailer park in Fort Wayne Thursday night.
The girl and her two sisters were staying with Michael Plumadore, 39, at his trailer while her mother recovered from the flu.
Richard Patee, 58, whose trailer is next to where Michael Plumadore was living, said he didn’t think it was odd that Aliahna Lemmon’s mother, Tarah Souders, had him watching the girls for an extended period.
“They had known each other for somewhere of three to four years, I know that, and he took care of their grandfather,” Richard Patee said.
“I didn’t see any reason to question it at all.”
Tarah Souders and Aliahna Lemmon were listed among nearly 600 friends on a Facebook page listed under Michael Plumadore’s name that said he was “Self Employed and Loving It!”, and enjoyed fantasy novels.
Michael Plumadore, the suspected killer of 9-year-old Aliahna Lemmon, posted her picture on Facebook one month before he murdered her
The day after Christmas, Michael Plumadore calmly admitted to detectives that he had committed an unimaginably horrific crime: brutally killing young Aliahna Lemmon and then dismembering her body so he could dispose of it.
Michael Plumadore led detectives to a dumpster at a nearby business where they found pieces of her torso, arms and legs that had been cut up with a hack saw and stuffed into garbage bags.
In his freezer, an even more grizzly find – little Aliahna Lemmon’s head, hands and feet.
Michael Plumadore’s Facebook photos reveal that he spent time with the girls at a riverside park in Fort Wayne and was at their home, as well.
One especially horrifying picture was of the three girls leaning against a railing labeled simply “Three Princesses”, which was uploaded in late November.
All of the pictures were in an online album called “The kids”.
Sheriff Ken Fries said detectives have a good idea why he killed Aliahna, but the lawman would not discuss Michael Plumadore’s motive.
Michael Plumadore cracked during his third interview with police. Detectives had spoken with him twice before and he had given no indication that he was responsible for Aliahna Lemmon’s disappearance, sheriff Ken Fries said.
The bogus story he first gave to detectives was that he had seen the girl sleeping in his chair at 6:00 a.m. Thursday when he got up to buy a cigar at a nearby convenience store.
He was awakened realized she was gone when Aliahna Lemmon’s mother called him at 10:00 a.m., he claimed. He told police he thought that she had left with her mother so she wasn’t reported missing until almost 9:00 p.m. Thursday.
Sheriff Ken Fries said he and his detectives didn’t believe his story but they had nothing but his word to go on.
Until Monday, the day after Christmas, detectives “finally hit the right chords” and Michael Plumadore came clean.
He said used a brick to beat Aliahna Lemmon in the back of the head multiple times as she stood on the steps outside his trailer. He then wrapped her body in several garbage bags and put it her in his freezer, according to court documents.
Despite the confession, the little girl’s grandmother, Amber Story, stood by Michael Plumadore.
“I don’t care what anybody says. Mike did nothing to her. He loves those girls,” Amber Story told the News-Sentinel.
On Monday, FBI agents descended on the rundown mobile home park in Fort Wayne where Aliahna Lemmon lived.
The park is a known haven for registered sex offenders, though Michael Plumadore isn’t on Indiana’s registered sex offenders list. He has a criminal record in Florida and North Carolina that includes convictions for trespassing and assault.
More than 100 emergency workers searched Saturday for Aliahna Lemmon around the mobile home park, where she was last seen.
Sheriff’s deputies, police officers and firefighters fanned out in the area around the trailer park where she disappeared, searching on ATVs and on foot. An airplane circled the area.
But Sheriff Ken Fries called off the hunt for Sunday, Christmas Day, and ordered only limited searches of area ponds on Monday.
He didn’t see any good in using the manpower to lead further widespread hunts for the girl, who was feared dead as federal authorities took over.
Aliahna Lemmon’s mother, Tarah Souders, 28, told The Journal Gazette earlier on Monday that her daughter had vision and hearing problems and suffered from attention deficit disorder and emotional problems. She also has a history of sleepwalking, family members said.
Aliahna Lemmon, a 9-year-old missing girl from Indiana, has been found dead, and the family friend who was watching her before she disappeared was charged last night with murder, authorities said.
Allen County sheriff’s spokesman Cpl Jeremy Tinkel said investigators found the body of Aliahna Lemmon in the county, but he wouldn’t say where.
Jeremy Tinkel also said Mike Plumadore, 39, was “interviewed by police and taken into custody at 9:00 p.m. and charged with murder”.
Mike Plumadore, who had been watching Aliahna Lemmon and her sisters before she was reported missing late Friday, is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.
Earlier Monday, FBI agents descended on the rundown mobile home park in Fort Wayne where Aliahna Lemmon lived.
The park is a known haven for registered sex offenders, though Mike Plumadore isn’t on Indiana’s registered sex offenders list. He has a criminal record in Florida and North Carolina that includes convictions for trespassing and assault.
More than 100 emergency workers searched Saturday for Aliahna Lemmon around the mobile home park, where she was last seen.
Aliahna Lemmon, 9, has been found dead, and the family friend who was watching her before she disappeared was charged last night with murder
Sheriff’s deputies, police officers and firefighters fanned out in the area around the trailer park where the girl disappeared, searching on ATVs and on foot. An airplane circled the area.
But Sheriff Ken Fries called off the hunt for Sunday, Christmas Day, and ordered only limited searches of area ponds on Monday.
Sheriff Fries said searchers exhausted every possible hiding place in a one-mile radius around the trailer where she disappeared.
He didn’t see any good in using the manpower to lead further widespread hunts for the girl, who was feared dead as federal authorities took over.
About half-dozen officers in black windbreakers, several of whom identified themselves as FBI agents subsequently arrived, some with search dogs were seen at a nearby storage facility.
Agents at the scene wouldn’t say why the FBI was involved.
According to a state website, 15 registered sex offenders live at the mobile home park that numbers about two dozen homes.
“Children don’t just walk away during Christmastime,” Aliahna Lemmon’s step-grandfather, David Story, said Monday afternoon.
Aliahna Lemmon’s mother, Tarah Souders, 28, told The Journal Gazette earlier on Monday that her daughter had vision and hearing problems and suffered from attention deficit disorder and emotional problems. She also has a history of sleepwalking, family members said.
The girl and her sisters were staying at a family friend’s nearby home because their mother had been sick with the flu and Aliahna Lemmon’s stepfather works at night and sleeps during the day.
Mike Plumadore told The Journal Gazette Sunday that he left the three girls in his mobile home about 6:00 a.m. Friday and went to a gas station about a mile away to buy a cigar.
Authorities have said the store’s surveillance video shows him there about that time.
“I had dead-bolted the door,” Mike Plumadore said.
“When I got back, all the girls were here.”
He said he smoked his cigar and went back to sleep, and then woke up about 10:00 a.m. when Aliahna Lemmon’s mother called. After that call, he realized the door to the home was unlocked and that the girl was gone. He said Aliahna Lemmon’ six-year-old sisters told him Aliahna had left with her mom.
Mike Plumadore said it wasn’t until he talked with Aliahna Lemmon’s mother at about 8:30 p.m. that they realized she was missing and police were notified.
Tarah Souders said miscommunication between the two of them caused the delay in determining that the girl had vanished.
“She’s never wandered off,” Tarah Souders said.
“She’s never done anything like this before.”
Anonymous, the hacking group, claimed Sunday to have stolen thousands of credit card numbers and other personal information belonging to clients of U.S.-based security think tank Stratfor.
According to one hacker, the Anonymous’ goal was to pilfer funds from individuals’ accounts to give away as Christmas donations, and some victims confirmed unauthorized transactions linked to their credit cards.
Anonymous boasted of stealing Stratfor’s confidential client list, which includes entities ranging from Apple Inc. to the U.S. Air Force to the Miami Police Department, and mining it for more than 4,000 credit card numbers, passwords and home addresses.
Austin, Texas-based Stratfor provides political, economic and military analysis to help clients reduce risk, according to a description on its YouTube page.
The company charges subscribers for its reports and analysis, delivered through the web, emails and videos.
Stratfor’s main website was down, with a banner saying the “site is currently undergoing maintenance”.
Anonymous claimed Sunday to have stolen thousands of credit card numbers belonging to clients of Stratfor
Proprietary information about the companies and government agencies that subscribe to Stratfor’s newsletters did not appear to be at any significant risk, however, with the main threat posed to individual employees who had subscribed.
“Not so private and secret anymore?” Anonymous taunted in a message on Twitter, promising that the attack on Stratfor was just the beginning of a Christmas-inspired assault on a long list of targets.
Anonymous said the client list it had already posted was a small slice of the 200 gigabytes worth of plunder it stole from Stratfor and promised more leaks.
The hacking group said it was able to get the credit card details in part because Stratfor didn’t bother encrypting them – an easy-to-avoid blunder which, if true, would be a major embarrassment for any security-related company.
According to Fred Burton, Stratfor’s vice president of intelligence, the company had reported the intrusion to law enforcement and was working with them on the investigation.
“Stratfor has protections in place meant to prevent such attacks,” he said.
“But I think the hackers live in this kind of world where once they fixate on you or try to attack you it’s extraordinarily difficult to defend against.”
Hours after publishing what it claimed was Stratfor’s client list, Anonymous tweeted a link to encrypted files online with names, phone numbers, emails, addresses and credit card account details.
“Not as many as you expected? Worry not, fellow pirates and robin hoods. These are just the <<A’s>>,” read a message posted online that encouraged readers to download a file of the hacked information.
The attack is “just another in a massive string of breaches we’ve seen this year and in years past,” said Josh Shaul, chief technology officer of Application Security Inc., a New York-based provider of database security software.
Still, companies that shared secret information with Stratfor in order to obtain threat assessments might worry that the information is among the 200 gigabytes of data that Anonymous claims to have stolen, Josh Shaul said.
“If an attacker is walking away with that much email, there might be some very juicy bits of information that they have,” he added.
Lt. Col. John Dorrian, public affairs officer for the Air Force, said that “for obvious reasons” the Air Force doesn’t discuss specific vulnerabilities, threats or responses to them.
“The Air Force will continue to monitor the situation and, as always, take appropriate action as necessary to protect Air Force networks and information,” John Dorrian said in an email.
Miami Police Department spokesman Sgt. Freddie Cruz Jr. said that he could not confirm that the agency was a client of Stratfor, and he said he had not received any information about a security breach involving the police department.
Anonymous also linked to images online that it suggested were receipts for charitable donations made by the group manipulating the credit card data it stole.
“Thank you! Defense Intelligence Agency,” read the text above one image that appeared to show a transaction summary indicating that an agency employee’s information was used to donate $250 to a non-profit.
One receipt – to the American Red Cross – had Allen Barr’s name on it.
Allen Barr from Austin, Texas, recently retired from the Texas Department of Banking and said he discovered last Friday that a total of $700 had been spent from his account.
The man, who has spent more than a decade dealing with cybercrime at banks, said five transactions were made in total.
“It was all charities, the Red Cross, CARE, Save the Children. So when the credit card company called my wife she wasn’t sure whether I was just donating,” said Allen Barr, who wasn’t aware until a reporter with the AP called that his information had been compromised when Stratfor’s computers were hacked.
“It made me feel terrible. It made my wife feel terrible. We had to close the account.”
Wishing everyone a “Merry LulzXMas” – a nod to its spinoff hacking group Lulz Security – Anonymous also posted a link on Twitter to a site containing the email, phone number and credit number of a U.S. Homeland Security employee.
The employee, Cody Sultenfuss, said he had no warning before his details were posted.
“They took money I did not have,” Cody Sultenfuss told The Associated Press in a series of emails, which did not specify the amount taken.
“I think <<Why me?>> I am not rich.”
But the breach doesn’t necessarily pose a risk to owners of the credit cards. A card user who suspects fraudulent activity on his or her card can contact the credit card company to dispute the charge.
Stratfor said in an email to members that it had suspended its servers and email after learning that its website had been hacked.
“We have reason to believe that the names of our corporate subscribers have been posted on other web sites,” said the email, signed by Stratfor Chief Executive George Friedman and passed on to AP by subscribers.
“We are diligently investigating the extent to which subscriber information may have been obtained.”
“Stratfor’s relationship with its members and, in particular, the confidentiality of their subscriber information, are very important to Stratfor and me,” George Friedman wrote.
One member of the hacking group, who uses the handle AnonymousAbu on Twitter, claimed that more than 90,000 credit cards from law enforcement, the intelligence community and journalists – “corporate/exec accounts of people like Fox News” – had been hacked and used to “steal a million dollars” and make donations.
It was impossible to verify where credit card details were used. Fox News was not on the excerpted list of Stratfor members posted online, but other media organizations including MSNBC and Al-Jazeera English appeared in the file.
Anonymous warned it has “enough targets lined up to extend the fun fun fun of LulzXmas through the entire next week”.
Anonymous has previously claimed responsibility for attacks on credit card companies Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc., eBay Inc.’s PayPal, as well as other groups in the music industry and the Church of Scientology.
A home surveillance camera caught an UPS delivery man flipping the middle finger at the camera before throwing the package roughly on the door step.
The UPS delivery man in question was fired after the video went viral.
The worker was making the delivery to a home in Long Island on December 15.
UPS spokeswoman Natalie Godwin said: “We don’t tolerate such conduct. And yes, he was fired.”
Natalie Godwin said he was a seasonal employee.
A home surveillance camera caught an UPS delivery man flipping the middle finger at the camera before throwing the package roughly on the door step
The delivery man was delivering a white box from Zappos. As he cooly strides up the path, he flips the middle finger at the camera before flinging the heavy parcel at the door and walking off.
The video was published just days after a video of a Fedex employee heaving a computer monitor over a fence to a southern California home went live.
After the FedEx employee’s conduct became a hit on the internet, a company vice president issued his own YouTube video apologizing and promising the delivery employee would no longer work with customers.
How Teamsters union boss Jimmy Hoffa vanished in 1975 remains one of America’s most enduring mysteries.
After 36 years since Jimmy Hoffa disappeared, his driver Marvin Elkind has claimed he knows where the former Teamsters boss is buried and how he got there, and all it was revealed a new book, “The Weasel: A Double Life in the Mob”, by Adrian Humphreys.
Marvin Elkind claimed Jimmy Hoffa was killed by a mob enforcer and buried in the foundations of the towering General Motors’ HQ in Detroit, Michigan.
“It was his own people who did it,” Marvin Elkind said in excerpts of a new book published in the New York Post, adding Mafia member Tony Jack insinuated he was responsible.
After 36 years since Jimmy Hoffa disappeared, his driver Marvin Elkind has claimed he knows where the former Teamsters boss is buried and how he got there, and all it was revealed a new book, “The Weasel: A Double Life in the Mob”, by Adrian Humphreys
The startling claim comes 36 years after Jimmy Hoffa, who led the labor union for 13 years, vanished while on his way to meet two mobsters he knew well, Anthony Giacalone and Tony Jack – real name Anthony Provenzano.
The Renaissance Center was under construction when Jimmy Hoffa disappeared.
Marvin Elkind explains how, during a Teamsters conference in 1985, he was among a group of men walking from the city’s Omni International when the Center came into view.
Tony Jack nodded toward the tower’s base and said: “Say good morning to Jimmy Hoffa, boys”, Marvin Elkind alleges in “The Weasel: A Double Life in the Mob” by Adrian Humphreys.
He also describes the rush to build the Renaissance Center following the disappearance of Hoffa – and claims the body was buried in wet cement.
“There was a mad rush to get the concrete poured,” the New York Post quotes the book as saying.
Jimmy Hoffa was declared legally dead July 30, 1982, when he would have been 69.
He was a union stalwart, serving as its General President from 1958 to 1971 and playing a key part in its growth and development.
During his term as its leader, membership surged to more than 1.5 million members, becoming the largest single union in the country.
As well as a role as Jimmy Hoffa’s driver, Marvin Elkind had careers as a loan collector, a boxer – and a police informant.
Marvin Elkind was working as a busboy in a Toronto restaurant frequented by Jimmy Hoffa’s crew when he was poached as a driver.
Marvin Elkind initially said he didn’t want the job, but he was told: “Nobody’s asking you.”
He began testifying against the mob when police discovered he’d worked with a con man. They gave him an ultimatum – tell or be charged.
The book, by Canadian reporter Adrian Humphreys, follows his life.
It takes its title from Marvin Elkind’s nickname, The Weasel, which he claims was his boxing moniker – rather than to do with his snitching.
The Snowman has been a perennial Christmas television fixture for almost 30 years in UK.
Now Channel 4 has decided that The Snowman needs to be updated with new characters and without its “Walking in the Air” theme song.
In a bid to “freshen” the animation, based on a story by Raymond Briggs, a remake is to be made with the little boy at the centre of the story updated and the Snowman joined by a “snow dog”.
The new version of The Snowman, which is about to go into production, will be shown next Christmas as part of a celebration of the television channel’s 30th anniversary.
The Snowman and the new little boy will no longer fly over Brighton pier, but will be seen soaring over landmarks including the London Eye.
They will also go to a ski resort, rather than a Snowman’s party as in the 1982 version.
Channel 4 has decided that The Snowman needs to be updated with new characters and without its “Walking in the Air” theme song
The song “Walking in the Air” will also be axed because the makers say the remake needs to feel “new and fresh”.
“Walking in the Air” was originally sung by St. Paul’s choir boy Peter Auty, but was made famous when it went into the top-10 after it was covered by Aled Jones a few years later.
One element from the original will remain though, the sad ending, as the Snowman will still melt away as the sun comes out.
The production, which makers are considering making in 3D, will cost £2 million ($3 million) and is being made with the help of many of the original creative team.
Raymond Briggs, who had resisted the idea of a remake for many years, said that he has given it his approval for the production, but is not involved.
“I am keeping a polite distance,” Raymond Briggs told The Guardian.
“I haven’t written the new story.
“I was against making a new version for years and refused to agree. But there has been such a huge elapse of time, 30 years, a lot of people have died in that time.
“An awful lot of the old team are being reassembled to make it, that is good. I am not grumpy at all about it.”
The original version of The Snowman will be shown on Channel 4 on Christmas Day this year at 2:30 p.m.
Rumors abounded that The First Dog Bo had flown out to Hawaii on Saturday with the First Family then returned to Washington D.C. for the Wednesday photos.
However, White House clarified the big question and said Bo stayed in Washington and never went on holiday with First Family.
Barack Obama’s dog Bo did not fly back just days after his Hawaiian holiday began so he could take part in a presidential photo call.
Michelle Obama’s press office had earlier said Bo would be leaving with the First Lady and her girls for their Hawaii holiday last Saturday.
A Hawaii eyewitness said he saw the Portuguese Water Dog taken for a walk earlier this week, ahead of President Obama’s delayed arrival.
But now the White House has told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that Bo has been in Washington all along and never left for Hawaii in the first place.
Eyewitness Scott Miscovich blamed the sighting on his wife, whom he said must have seen “another black dog walking our neighborhood”.
Scott Miscovich told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser: “We would like to apologize to Bo and the Obama family for any inconvenience this may have caused them.”
The same newspaper had reported earlier this week that “the family and first dog Bo arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam”.
The White House Dossier blog speculated Bo could have come back on the plane that first took Michelle Obama out to Hawaii on Saturday.
The bill for the $4 million trip rose by $100,000 when Michelle Obama decided to take Sasha and Malia early while her husband sorts out the economy.
President Barack Obama took Bo on a shopping trip to PetSmart on Wednesday
The National Enquirer even reported Bo is flown to holidays on a separate plane with Secret Service agents, but this was never verified.
President Barack Obama took Bo on a shopping trip to PetSmart on Wednesday where he bought two items including a dog bone with a $50 bill.
The First Family will return home on January 1. It is not yet known whether Bo will go with President Barack Obama when he flies out to Hawaii.
Aisha Khan, a student who disappeared from the Edwards campus of the University of Kansas last week has been found alive and well, but where she was for the last five days remains a mystery.
Aisha Khan, 19, was believed to have been kidnapped when she vanished from her university campus after claiming in a frantic voice-mail on Friday that she had been attacked by a man.
Police said today Aisha Khan was NOT abducted, sparking anger among people who had supported the massive search for her.
Many took to the Help Find Aisha Khan Facebook page to raise questions about why she did not contact police earlier.
Aisha Khan has been found alive and well, but where she was for the last five days remains a mystery
FBI agents had joined 10 police detectives, 50 police officers, and University of Kansas security guards in the massive search for Aisha Khan, which received nationwide media coverage.
Officers on horseback searched nearby woodland and volunteers handed out flyers.
Aisha Khan husband of five-months, Waseem Khan, appeared on “Good Morning America” yesterday where he begged kidnappers to let her go and her family offered a $10,000 reward for clues on her whereabouts.
However, police said they were able to locate Aisha Khan and she was not abducted or held against her will, according to KMBC, and despite the strange disappearance no criminal act occurred.
The police investigation has been closed, but no other details on Aisha Khan’s whereabouts for the last five days or what happened have been released.
A statement posted on the Help Find Aisha Khan Facebook page said: “On behalf of the Khan family, we are ecstatic to announce that Aisha has been found.”
However, the family are keeping quiet about the details of the disappearance.
As it became clear Aisha Khan had not been abducted, hundreds of supporters of the group took to the page to demand answers to where she had been.
Some commented that the young bride had run away and or even faked her own kidnapping.
Aamer Trambu, a family friend, told The Kansas City Star: “We believe our prayers have been answered. We do not have enough information yet, and we cannot tell you anymore.”
Aisha Khan, who is studying for her finals, disappeared on Friday morning after she was allegedly assaulted on a secluded picnic table at the campus in Overland Park.
After running away from a “intoxicated man” Aisha Khan called her older sister Faiza and left a voicemail saying she had been attacked and that she was “freaked out”.
When Aisha Khan’ sister arrived at the scene shortly after, all she found were her books and mobile phone on her favorite bench.
The message said: “My heart is pounding. I’ve never got this scared in my life. Pick up your phones. I am freaking out right now!”
The student made it clear she had slapped the man and run away, but it was unclear whether she thought he smelt of alcohol or marijuana.
Authorities said workmen believe they saw someone matching Aisha Khan’s description walking away from the campus alone.
Concerns have been raised that her five-month marriage had been arranged against her will, but they have been denied by friends.
Emily Cheatham told ABCNews: “She would not run away. She was happy with her life, with her new marriage.
“There wouldn’t be any reason that she’d want to run away.”
A mother-of-three from Texas came home Tuesday night and found two of her children tied up, her husband, Russell Lopez, murdered and his SUV missing.
The horrific discovery was made in Harris County around 9:45 p.m. when Russell Lopez’s wife arrived home to the apparent home invasion after a number of suspects broke in.
Their 6 and 7-year-old children were tied up but not hurt and her husband Russell Lopez, 31, had been slain, leaving a brutal murder scene behind.
Their seven-month-old baby was unharmed and in a crib.
Russell Lopez’s mother Cheri Duszynski told ABC13: “My grandson had said that his dad wouldn’t wake up.
“Some animal came there with a plan and they executed it. We have to stop them, we have to get them before they do it to someone else.”
Family members said there was blood everywhere.
Russell Lopez, 31, was found slain by his wife in an apparent home invasion
A neighbor’s daughter was out walking her dog when she said she saw two men kick the door down before driving off in the truck a couple of minutes later, according to ABC.
Cheri Duszynski said that while her son was lying dying on the floor, her grandchildren were bound in the bedroom.
Russell Lopez’s wife called 911 but when deputies arrived he was pronounced dead. The cause of death has not been released.
Detectives said Russell Lopez had multiple lacerations on his body which may have come from a blunt object.
They were interviewing the children to try to find out what they heard or may have seen.
Russell Lopez’s 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe was missing and it is believed the suspects escaped in that. The SUV has Texas license plate number 03SHS6.
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office responded to the incident in the 19300 block of Plantain Drive near Deermoss Drive.
The statement said: “Deputies located a 31-year-old male deceased inside the residence from unknown trauma.
“No motive or suspect information has been developed at this time.”
Kris Jenner, the Kardashian matriarch proves she is the driving force behind Kourtney, Kim and Khloe’s love of the limelight, as she sings from behind the wheel of her convertible while cruising through Los Angeles in 1985.
For her 30th birthday in 1985, Kris Jenner decided that she needed to show all of her friends just how much she loved them, and made a music video, aptly titled: I Love My Friends, set to the tune of Randy Newman’s I Love LA.
The video, produced by her late ex-husband Robert Kardashian, opens with a collage of classic LA images, then cuts to Kris Jenner walking on her treadmill apparently wearing only a polo shirt and knickers and her hair in bunches.
“November 5th and now I’m 30, rolling down the freeway with my friends at my side,” Kris Jenner sings.
“I love my friends, my life wouldn’t be complete, they are my joy and pride.”
For her 30th birthday in 1985, Kris Jenner decided that she needed to show all of her friends just how much she loved them, and made a music video
The video then depicts the now 56-year-old mother of six Kris Jenner, wearing a glam, red eighties power suit and driving a convertible through Beverly Hills.
“I’ve learned a lot from all my good friends about turning 30,” Kris Jenner continues.
“We’re gonna party ’till we just can’t party no more.”
Kris Jenner then goes on to catalogue all the things her and her clearly privileged set of friends enjoy, crooning: “We’re big on car pools and Judith Lieber, bible studies and the Cheesecake factory.
“….Joyce’s parties, lots of tennis, baby showers, birthday parties, Valentino and church on Sundays.”
The video is interspersed with snapshots of Kris Jenner with her friends including Michael Jackson and Nicole and O.J. Simpson.
The Kardashian family was also very close to O.J. Simpson and Nicole Brown Simpson.
The Simpson trial caused conflict between Kris Jenner and Robert as Kardashian, Kim, Khloe, Kourtney and Rob’s father was on O.J.’s defense team, while Nicole had been Kris’ best friend.
Kim Kardashian had her 14th birthday party at Neverland Ranch as the family was friendly with him.
Kris Jenner carries on singing in a variety of settings including the kitchen and in a bubble bath, sipping champagne.
“Everybody’s very happy ’cause the sun is shining all the time. Looks like another fun-filled day! I love my friends.”
Groups of friends, O.J Simpson, a man who appears to be her hairstylist, sales people at her favourite boutiques and Robert Kardashian are also shown singing in reply: “She loves you!” to the camera.
As the credits role she lists herself as Kristen Kardashian and Kourtney, Kimberly and Khloe as being responsible for the lyrics.
Posted on Kim Kardashian’s website, her daughter said of the video: “For my mom’s 30th birthday she decided to record a funny song called I Love My Friends, which she dedicated to all of her best friends. She showed this video at her big 30th birthday party!
“She and my dad made the video and got a bunch of family and friends to participate!
“Everyone from my grandparents their best friends at the time–like OJ and Nicole–even we are in it at the end and even the people who worked at her favorite restaurants and stores my mom and her friends would shop at!
“Everyone chimes in to say <<She loves you!>>
“I love this video and think it is so clever and so cute! I hope you guys enjoy it!”
Protesters from across US will be rallying against a nativity display put up in front of the Henderson’s Courthouse in Texas today in the so-called War Against Christmas.
Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), a Wisconsin-based group, took major issue when they heard that the Christian display was put up outside of the Henderson County courthouse, prompting them to write a letter of complaint.
A letter from out-of-state isn’t going to leave the people of Henderson rattling in their cowboy boots, as the Attorney General Greg Abbott has boosted the beef to Texas-sized proportions.
“Our message to the atheists is don’t mess with Texas and out Nativity scenes or the Ten Commandments,” Greg Abbott told Fox News & Community.
Protesters from across US will be rallying against a nativity display put up in front of the Henderson's Courthouse in Texas today in the so-called War Against Christmas
The FFRF sent a banner to the court house that it wanted displayed, with a very different message then the birth of Christ.
FFRF’s banner read: “At this season of the Winter Solstice, let reason prevail.
“There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There is only our natural world. Religion is but a myth & superstition that hardens hearts & enslaves minds.”
A mystery man put the sign up on Wednesday on a tree next to the nativity scene in Athens, Texas, about 70 miles south east of Dallas, but it was removed shortly by sheriff’s deputies about 10 minutes later.
Though Judge Richard Sanders may have ordered its removal because of the missing forms and compliance with city procedures, the state’s Attorney General is taking a much more philosophical stance.
“I want the Freedom From Religion Foundation to know that our office has a history of defending religious displays in this state,” Greg Abbott told a local Fox News affiliate.
Greg Abbott offered to help the city if they end up in a legal battle over the issue, though there are no signs that it will reach that point.
The argument against the nativity scene is that it promotes a social belief that may make those non-believers uncomfortable.
“Anybody walking by that is going to say, <<Hmmm. This is a Christian government building. I’m not welcome here if I’m not Christian>>,” said FFRF co-founder Annie Laurie Gaylor.
“It sends a message of intimidation and exclusion to non-Christians and non-believers this time of year.”
A number of religious leaders from neighboring towns as well as their congregations are planning to show their today at a noon rally with hundreds of tentative attendees on Facebook.
Since it became popular and often times necessary to be politically correct, the holiday season has brought the now-token freedom of religion arguments.
So far this year, there have been incidents elsewhere in the U.S.
The Rhode Island governor getting in trouble for using the term Holiday Tree instead of Christmas Tree, and atheist groups being upset for being allotted a smaller amount of space at a Santa Monica, California, Christmas display.
The American flag has been lowered in Baghdad, bringing nearly nine years of US military operations in Iraq to a formal end.
Leon Panetta, the US Defence Secretary, told troops the mission had been worth the cost in blood and dollars.
Leon Panetta said the years of war in Iraq had yielded to an era of opportunity in which the US was a committed partner.
Only about 4,000 US soldiers now remain in Iraq, but they are due to leave in the next two weeks.
At the peak of the operation, US forces there numbered 170,000.
The American flag has been lowered in Baghdad, bringing nearly nine years of US military operations in Iraq to a formal end (photo Getty Images)
The symbolic ceremony in Baghdad officially “cased” (retired) the US forces flag, according to army tradition.
It will now be taken back to the USA.
Leon Panetta told US soldiers they could leave Iraq with great pride.
“After a lot of blood spilled by Iraqis and Americans, the mission of an Iraq that could govern and secure itself has become real,” he said.
Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Hussain al-Shahristani said Iraqis were glad the US troops were leaving.
“They have been difficult years,” he told the BBC.
“We have had some successes together. We had some failures. We have some mishaps.
“I think we are all happy that the American soldiers are returning home safely to their families and we are also confident that the Iraqi people and their armed forces, police, are in a position now to take care of their own security.”
Some 4,500 US soldiers and more than 100,000 Iraqis have died in the war.
The conflict, launched by the Bush administration in March 2003, soon became hugely unpopular as claims that Saddam Hussein was hiding weapons of mass destruction and supporting al-Qaeda militants turned out to be untrue.
Iraq war has cost the US some $1trillion.
Republicans have criticized the pullout citing concerns over Iraq’s stability, but a recent poll by the Pew Research Centre found that 75% of Americans backed the troop withdrawal.
President Barack Obama, who came to office pledging to bring troops home, said on Wednesday that the US left behind a “sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq”.
In a speech in North Carolina to troops who have just returned, Barack Obama hailed the “extraordinary achievement” of the military and said they were leaving with “heads held high”.
“Everything that American troops have done in Iraq, all the fighting and dying, bleeding and building, training and partnering, has led us to this moment of success,” President Obama said.
“The war in Iraq will soon belong to history, and your service belongs to the ages.”
Barack Obama said the war had been “a source of great controversy” but that they had helped to build “a sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq, with a representative government that was elected by its people”.
He announced in October that all US troops would leave Iraq by the end of 2011, a date previously agreed by former President George W. Bush in 2008.
Some 1.5 million Americans have served in Iraq since the US invasion in 2003. In addition to those who died, nearly 30,000 have been wounded.
Troop numbers peaked during the height of the so-called surge strategy in 2007, but the last combat troops left Iraq in August last year.
A small contingent of some 200 soldiers will remain in Iraq as advisers, while some 15,000 US personnel are now based at the US embassy in Baghdad – by far the world’s largest.
Some Iraqis have said they fear the consequences of being left to manage their own security.
Baghdad trader Malik Abed said he was grateful to the Americans for ridding Iraq of Saddam Hussein, but added: “I think now we are going to be in trouble. Maybe the terrorists will start attacking us again.”
But in the city of Falluja, a former insurgent stronghold which was the scene of major US offensives in 2004, people burned US flags on Wednesday in celebration at the withdrawal.
“No-one trusted their promises, but they said when they came to Iraq they would bring security, stability and would build our country,” Ahmed Aied, a grocer, told Reuters news agency.
“Now they are walking out, leaving behind killings, ruin and mess.”
Concerns have also been voiced in Washington that Iraq lacks robust political structures or an ability to defend its borders.
There are also fears that Iraq could be plunged back into sectarian bloodletting, or be unduly influenced by Iran.
A startling court testimony during the trial of Eve Carson, the University of North Carolina student president brutally murdered by two thugs in 2008, has revealed she pleaded for her life and even asked them to pray with her.
Eve Carson from Athens, Georgia, aged 22 at that moment, was kidnapped as she left the library on March 5, 2008 and forced to take out money from an ATM before she was shot five times.
Jayson McNeil, of Durham, an acquaintance of the two men accused of killing Eve Carson, said in court yesterday that he was told what happened.
He said he was called by Laurance Lovette Jr., shortly after the arrest of his alleged cohort, Demario Atwater, who has already pleaded guilty in the killing.
Laurence Lovette Jr., 20, of Durham, has pleaded not guilty to kidnapping, robbing and murdering Eve Carson.
Jayson McNeil testified that Eve Carson was walking to her car in the early morning hours of that night when the attackers “rushed” her.
The attackers then stuffed her in the back seat of her car and took a terrifying trip to an ATM to withdraw $700, the daily limit.
Jayson McNeil said in court that from the beginning of the ordeal, she begged her attackers not to kill her.
“Before she even got shot, she was saying let’s pray together.”
But despite her pleas, Eve Carson was shot four times with a .25 calibre pistol.
Then came a blast from a sawed-off 12-gauge shotgun to her right temple, leaving a large gaping wound to her head and the hand she used to try and shield herself from the shot.
Eve Carson from Athens, Georgia, aged 22 at that moment, was kidnapped as she left the library on March 5, 2008 and forced to take out money from an ATM before she was shot five times
During his opening statements at the trial, Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall said the final shot was “instantly fatal”.
Eve Carson’s body was left where she fell, in the middle of a residential street near the university.
After the murder, the two attackers allegedly continued to return to ATMS, withdrawing the $700 from her account each time.
Eve Carson was the university’s popular student body president and a recipient of the highly regarded Morehead scholarship.
Demario Atwater pleaded guilty last year and was sentenced to two life prison terms
The North Carolina News & Observer reported that Jayson McNeil was a crack dealer at the time and was known in the area for having easy access to cars.
He is testifying against Laurence Lovette in exchange for a lighter sentence in a federal drug case.
Demario Atwater pleaded guilty last year and was sentenced to two life prison terms.
Laurence Lovette will not face the death penalty if convicted because he was a minor at the time of the shooting. He could face life in prison.
Laurence Lovette will not face the death penalty if convicted because he was a minor at the time of the shooting
Jurors winced last week as they were shown crime-scene photos of Eve Carson’s bloody body, which was discovered by a Chapel Hill police officer who responded to a 911 call reporting the sound of gunshots and a woman’s scream shortly after 5:00 a.m.
Shell casings lay on the asphalt near the body. Eve Carson wore a gold locket around her neck.
On her left wrist, she was wearing a paper bracelet she got earlier in the week at a Tar Heel basketball game, emblazoned with the phrase “Be True”.
Laurence Lovette’s DNA was found on the inside door of Eve Carson’s Toyota, according to the prosecutor.
Jim Woodall said Demario Atwater’s girlfriend will testify to the jury she was with Laurence Lovette as he disposed of pieces from the small-calibre handgun he used to shoot Eve Carson in the cheek, arm, shoulder and buttocks.
Parts of that gun, including the barrel, were later recovered and matched to two bullets pulled from Eve Carson’s body.
A man was also captured on surveillance footage using Eve Carson’s card at an ATM. Jim Woodall said the clothes and distinctive hairstyle of the man in the video will identify him as Laurence Lovette.
In her opening statement, defense lawyer Karen Bethea-Shields conceded that Laurence Lovette knew Demario Atwater and that the prosecution will have evidence connecting her client to Eve Carson’s car.
But she denied Laurence Lovette was with Demario Atwater when he shot Eve Carson with the shotgun. Many of the witnesses for the prosecution will have criminal records and motives to lie, she said.
“There’s no forensic evidence to connect Lawrence Lovette to the killing of Eve Carson,” Karen Bethea-Shields said.
She predicted to the jury that the prosecution’s case will leave them with more questions than answers, which she said will add up to reasonable doubt.
Max Findlay has been unmasked as being the dog walker who became an internet sensation when he was filmed running after his black Labrador Fenton as the dog chased after deer in Richmond Park, London.
Max Findlay, a father-of-two and an editorial consultant, said after the footage, recorded by a 13-year-old boy, went viral on YouTube:
“I just want to move on.”
Max Findlay has been unmasked as being the dog walker who became an internet sensation when he was filmed running after his black Labrador Fenton as the dog chased after deer in Richmond Park, London
In the 47-second clip the runaway dog chases after the herd of deer in Richmond Park, completely ignoring the increasingly desperate shouts of his owner.
Max Findlay’s furious attempts to stop Fenton are in vain as the frightened animals stampede across a road, forcing cars to stop and leaving an exasperated Max Findlay swearing in despair.
He has apparently not been seen walking his pet in the park since the incident.
Jake Goodyear, 13, from Holloway, north London, filmed the video while visiting the park with his father Ali last month.
When questioned on Fenton’s antics Max Findlay said: “I don’t really want to add anything to the zillions of words already out there. I’d rather just leave the story where it is and move on.”
Max Findlay is thought to be worried about facing sanctions from the Royal Parks for failing to keep his pet under control.
Max Findlay is a former barrister, legal journalist and leader writer for the Observer and Financial Times who lives in a large detached house close to Richmond Park.
After spending the early part of his career writing for the broadsheets and various legal journals he set up his own consultants Max Findlay Associates in 1988, advising companies how to write effectively.
According to his website he has worked with government departments, accountants, universities and multinational companies.
Friends of Max Findlay said he was considering renaming his dog.
One said: “Max is mortified. Fenton’s a lively dog, but he’d never done this before. Max won’t be taking him back to Richmond Park any time soon and is considering giving him a new name if the fuss goes on.”
The clip quickly inspired a number of spoof videos as well as a ringtone and a range of t-shirts.
A remix of the video by The Hoxton’s is now an unlikely contender for the Christmas number one and will battle it out with Gareth Malone’s choir of military wives for the prize.
The song is called “Benton! Jesus Christ!” – a reference to the name originally thought to belong to the dog, and Max Findlay’s final furious outburst.
As Kim Kardashian marriage to Kris Humphries was crumbling, the NBA star is said to have enjoyed a late night party with two blondes, inviting them back to couple’s martial suite.
One of the blondes, named Shell Maci according to her Twitter page, posted numerous photos to the social networking site as she and her friend snooped around the apartment, with Kim Kardashian notably absent.
The party, which took place at the presidential penthouse at the Gansevoort Hotel on Park Avenue, is said to have happened on September 22, less than a month before Kim Kardashian filed for divorce from Kris Humphries.
As well as taking plenty of snaps the girls filmed two short videos.
In one a girl looks into the camera with Kris Humphries stood behind but her it appears that he was actually being filmed by a TV camera, which can be seen in the far right side of the shot.
Kris Humphries is said to have enjoyed a late night party with two blondes, inviting them back to couple's martial suite
Whether they were the E! reality cameras have not been confirmed but were also in the room, sparking speculation it may have been a manufactured publicity stunt.
The blonde girls are seen them holding up the KK branded towels and Kris Humphries is seen clearly in the background.
As the girls film Kris Humphries appears oblivious to the face he has been caught on camera entertaining in the New York hotel suite.
As well as posing on Kris Humphries and Kim Kardashian’s bed the girls were also seen exploring the reality star’s closet as well as climbing into their bathtub.
The two blonde girls are seen them holding up the KK branded towels and Kris Humphries is seen clearly in the background
While filming in the bathroom Kris Humphries can be seen walking past the doorway indicating he didn’t mind the ladies exploring the apartment.
The girls appeared excited an animated by their experience inside the couple’s plush New York pad, where they were filming Kourtney and Kim Take New York.
To prove they were in Kris Humphries and Kim Kardashian’s apartment, the girls were seen holding up the couple’s towels with the KK and KH initials embroidery on them.
It is not clear if they stayed the night or simply enjoyed the party but Shell Maci tweeted: “omggggg crazy night last night.”
It was not clear why Kim Kardashian was not at the apartment at the time but the couple were not spotted together for three days from the Thursday September 22, and were pictured together again on Sunday September 25 grabbing a bite to eat.
Kourtney and Kim Take New York is currently airing on E! depicting the couple’s enjoying time together as newlyweds and Sunday’s episode saw the couple agree to try for a baby.
But by the end of the episode it became clear they were on very different pages and Kim Kardashian had changed her mind about trying for a child with Kris Humphries.
Kim Kardashian famously filed for divorce from Kris Humphries on October 31, after just 72 days of marriage.
Kris Humphries is now seeking an annulment and last week he gave an awkward interview on Good Morning America, where he deflected questions about his estranged wife.
Louis Dowler, Kate Winslet’s former love, is still coming to terms with the break-up and the way he was so brutally discarded nearly three months after he was unceremoniously dumped by the actress.
Speaking publicly for the first time since he was abandoned by Kate Winslet, male model Louis Dowler, 35, says: “I don’t think Kate behaved well and it is still very raw for me.”
Famous for her own emotional performances at award ceremonies, Kate Winslet, 35, left Louis Dowler close to tears after they went on what should have been a romantic trip to Richard Branson’s Caribbean hideaway on Necker Island this summer.
Instead, it was a disaster. While Kate Winslet was hailed a hero for rescuing Sir Richard’s mother, Eve, from the fire which engulfed the luxurious retreat, Louis Dowler was devastated when the trip ended badly.
“I was in love with her and you can’t switch that off overnight,” Louis Dowler tells me.
“I’m not sure Kate treated me well.”
For his part Abel Smith, who eccentrically changed his name by deed poll some years ago to Ned RocknRoll, subsequently informed his wife, Eliza Pearson, 23, the sweet-natured daughter of multi-millionaire Viscount Cowdray, that he had fallen for the Titantic star.
While Eliza Pearson took it on the chin, Louis Dowler is still struggling with what happened.
“Kate came home with me to Cornwall and we just hung out together.
“She met my parents and family,” he says.
“I thought we were inseparable. I certainly haven’t found anyone else since.”
The Burberry model says that at first he was blissfully happy with Kate Winslet when they met after her split from film director husband Sam Mendes, spending time at her $4 million New York apartment.
Louis Dowler, who was at a party for the Omega boutique at the new Westfield shopping centre in East London, adds: “I don’t want to go into details but it wasn’t a straightforward break-up.
“I’m a laid-back guy, so I am not walking around with a long face – but I do still hold a torch for her.”
One man died on a Hollywood street after he was shot by an off-duty police officer working on a nearby film set.
Three other people were injured, one critically, during the mid-morning incident yesterday at the famed Hollywood intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Vine Street.
The shooter, a 26-year-old Hispanic dressed in a white sweat vest, was filmed from an office block standing in the middle of the road firing on pedestrians and motorists.
At first, witnesses didn’t know if the shooting was part of movie. Sean Penn and Ryan Gosling’s crime drama, Gangster Squad, is being filmed nearby.
But when bullets shattered glass and ricocheted in the street, they soon ran for cover.
The shooter, a 26-year-old Hispanic dressed in a white sweat vest, was filmed from an office block standing in the middle of the road firing on pedestrians and motorists
Micah Williams told the local KCAL-9 news station he had been walking with a friend when the gunman began shooting “in every which direction”.
He added: “Then the third one ricocheted right by our head and I was like <<Dude, they’re shooting at us>>.”
A 40-year-old driver in a silver Mercedes was shot in the jaw. He is in critical condition at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Two other men suffered minor injuries, one was grazed by a bullet and the other as glass from a car window shattered near his face.
Gregory Bojorquez was on the way to his bank when the gunfire erupted. He said: “At first it seemed like a movie but then you could hear the shots hitting metal.”
Gregory Bojorquez saw a plainclothes detective emerge from a squad car and order the gunman to get on the ground and surrender, but the man appeared to ignore him.
“He was screaming he was going to die and that he wanted to die,” Gregory Bojorquez said.
An off-duty police motorcycle officer working as security on a film set also rushed to the scene to join the confrontation.
He shot the suspect after he ran out of bullets and produced a knife, according to witnesses. His name has not been released.
It is unknown if the actors were on set during the real-life shooting, but they would have heard the gunfire.
In the Los Angeles area, every movie production is required to have a permit, so if there is shooting, or a movie, locals are notified for any loud noises and big signs are placed on street corners.
Two days ago, the eccentric Irish singer Sinead O’Connor announced she would wed her unknown boyfriend of three months in a ceremony on Thursday.
Sinead O’Connor tied the knot for the fourth time in a quickie Las Vegas wedding on her 45th birthday yesterday.
The singer walked down the aisle with Irish therapist Barry Herridge, who she met online, at the famous Little White Wedding Chapel in Nevada’s Sin City.
The wedding ceremony lasted just 15 minutes and the couple invited no guests – even Sinead O’Connor’s four children – apart from the cameramen.
Sinead O’Connor dressed unusually girly and looked to have lost weight, looking more like her Nothing Compares 2 U heyday in the 1990s.
She wore a strapless pastel pink maxi dress and chunky pink metallic and silver heels.
Sinead O’Connor failed to conceal her numerous tattoos, including a massive design on her chest, and is still sporting her trademark shaved head.
Sinead O’Connor tied the knot for the fourth time with Irish therapist Barry Herridge in a quickie Las Vegas wedding on her 45th birthday
Barry Herridge wore a suit over a pink shirt that matched Sinead O’Connor’s dress and had a red rose in his lapel that matched her bouquet.
The couple looked smitten with one another, sharing a passionate kiss for the cameras and staring into each other’s eyes as they walked sown the isle after being pronounced husband and wife.
The newlyweds cuddled up on a pink Cadillac – reminiscent of Elvis Presley’s iconic car – before heading to a hotel in the gambling capital of America.
Sinead O’Connor even shed a few tears as she sat with her new husband before they headed to a hotel for their wedding night.
The singer has only been dating Barry Herridge, who works as a counselor for people with addiction problems in Dublin, for three months.
Barry Herridge replied after Sinead O’Connor wrote on her blog in September that she was “sex-starved” and asked potential suitors to apply online.
“Barry sent me this wonderful email, which just took my heart away,” Sinead O’Connor told the Irish Independent before flying out from Heathrow to the U.S yesterday.
“It had to be him… I had no intention of getting married again but Barry was extremely persuasive. He proposed to me on every single date we have had since August. He is extremely persuasive – and other unprintable things.”
Sinead O’Connor and Barry Herridge met up at a coffee shop and apparently “talked for hours”.
He revealed the contents of the email to the paper.
“I was getting off a train at Connolly Station one morning when I saw this woman acting strangely on the platform,” Barry Herridge said.
“At first I didn’t know what she was doing, and then I realized she was playing hopscotch. It wasn’t Sinead but a business woman in a suit and in her 30s, just having a bit of fun.
“I wondered why more women that age weren’t doing the same thing? And it struck me that this was exactly what Sinead was doing with her search for love, having fun, and I told Sinead about this woman in my first email.”
Barry Herridge added: “I love Sinead more than anyone I have ever met, or anybody I will ever meet. I am going to look after her.”
Sinead O’Connor said she didn’t want a big ceremony.
“I’ve been married before, but I’ve never had my dream wedding in Vegas. I wanted to do it there because it’s casual, quick, not religious and, most of all, very romantic.
“People always complain, <<you never invited me to your wedding>>, but I prefer casual weddings. I’m so happy.”
The newlyweds have no time for a honeymoon as Sinead O’Connor is due back in Dublin tomorrow to attend the aftershow party for a concert marking the 50th anniversary of Amnesty International.
The Little White Chapel has been the venue for several celebrity weddings, including that between Britney Spears and childhood friend Jason Alexander in 2004.
Other notable ceremonies include the wedding of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore in 1987, that between Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow in 1966, and Judy Garland and Mark Herron in 1965.
Sinead O’Connor announced on her blog on Wednesday she was marrying Barry Herridge in an “undisclosed location”, although reports speculated they would be walking down the aisle in Las Vegas.
The singer wrote: “With enormous joy myself and my beloved boyfriend Barry Herridge will be getting married tomorrow, December 8th 2011 at <<an un-disclosed location>> in my absolute dream wedding ceremony.
“We will post a photo or two here on the site as soon as possible afterward. Very happy girl. : )”
Sinead O’Connor also posted a picture up of the couple beaming at the camera.
She kept the happy news quiet when she appeared on the Ian Dempsey breakfast radio show on Today FM the day before, telling him she had no gossip to share.
But Barry Herridge rang back into the show on Wednesday morning to reveal all to the host about the wedding.
Ian Dempsey wrote on his Twitter page following their chat: “So Sinead O’Connor was holding back yesterday. Boyfriend Barry Herridge got back to us today to reveal that they will wed tomorrow.
“And it’s Sinead’s birthday tomorrow too. Congrats to them both. And Sinead’s new album is sounding great too.”
Sinead O’Connor shocked the nation by writing a series of candid blog posts on her website earlier this year, detailing specific requirements she was looking for in a man.
The singer wrote in September that she was in “desperate need of a very sweet sex-starved man”, but specified that they “must be no younger than 44, must not be named Brian or Nigel, must be blind enough to think I’m gorgeous, has to be employed and he has to like his mother”.
And it seems Sinead O’Connor is found her perfect partner in Barry Herridge after a whirlwind romance.
Sinead O’Connor has been married three times before – including to music producer John Reynolds, journalist Nicholas Sommerlad and most recently to Steve Cooney, who she wed in July 2010, but divorced in April this year.
Sinead O’Connor has four children from various relationships.
Virginia Tech campus is on lockdown after two people – including a police officer – are shot dead by a crazed gunman who went on a shooting rampage this afternoon.
According to Virginia Tech, a police officer pulled someone over for a routine traffic stop and was shot and killed. The ganman ran toward a nearby parking lot, where he gunned down the second victim, believed to be a student.
Montgomery County Schools are now on lockdown, sparking fears the gunman may have left the campus.
Virginia Tech campus is on lockdown after two people - including a police officer - are shot dead by a crazed gunman who went on a shooting rampage this afternoon
The suspect was described as a white male wearing gray sweat pants, a gray hat with neon green brim, a maroon hoodie and backpack.
TV footage showed heavily armed officers walking around campus. Caravans of SWAT vehicles and other police cars with emergency lights flashing patrolled nearby as students remained on lockdown.
Police were tracking several white males on campus who fit the description but it was unclear if any of them were the suspect.
It was the first shooting on campus since 33 people were killed in 2007 in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
FBI agents were called to the Performance Arts Building where they believed the gunman was hiding, but it turned out to be a false alarm as a student wearing similar clothes surrendered.
A SWAT team was placed at the Squires Student Centre but left after finding no suspicious persons inside.
Senior Virginia Tech police and university officials were all in Washington DC today to appeal the $55,000 fine for the way they handled the 2007 shooting.
Police are investigating if an armed robbery in the area which occurred at 11:25 a.m. is related.
Virginia Tech spokesman Mark Owczarski held a news conference and told reporters they have all hands on deck and are dealing with the situation in the most efficient, effective way possible. He told all students to stay inside and keep doors locked.
The university issued a statement saying: “Shortly after noon today, a Virginia Tech police officer stopped a vehicle on campus during a routine traffic stop in the Coliseum parking lot near McComas Hall.
“During the traffic stop, the officer was shot and killed. There were witnesses to this shooting.
“Witnesses reported to police the shooter fled on foot heading toward the Cage, a parking lot near Duck Pond Drive. At that parking lot, a second person was found. That person is also deceased.
“Several law enforcement agencies have responded to assist. Virginia State Police has been requested to take lead in the investigation.
“The status of the shooter is unknown. The campus community should continue to shelter in place and visitors should not come to campus.”
The shooting came the same day as Virginia Tech was appealing a $55,000 fine by the U.S. Education Department in connection with the university’s response to the 2007 rampage, when a student gunman killed 32 students and faculty and then shot himself.
A report of a possible gunman at Virginia Tech on August 4 set off the longest, most extensive lockdown and search on campus since the 2007 bloodbath led the university to overhaul its emergency procedures.
No gunman was found, and the school gave the all-clear about five hours after sirens began wailing and students and staff members started receiving warnings by phone, email and text message to lock themselves indoors.
Alerts were also posted on the university’s website and Twitter accounts.
The emergency was triggered by three teens who were attending a summer programme on campus and told police they saw a man walking quickly across the grounds with what might have been a handgun covered by a cloth, authorities said.
Police searched some 150 buildings on the square-mile campus and issued a composite sketch of a baby-faced man who was said to be wearing shorts and sandals, but they found no sign of him. They continued to patrol the grounds as a precaution even after the lockdown was lifted.
“We’re in a new era. Obviously this campus experienced something pretty terrible four years ago,” Virginia Tech spokesman Larry Hincker said at the time.
“Regardless of what your intuition and your experience as a public safety officer tells you, you are really forced to issue an alert.”
That incident marked the first time the entire campus was locked down since the 2007 shooting, and the second major test of Virginia Tech’s improved emergency alert system.
The system was revamped to add the use of text messages and other means besides email of warning students.
It was also put to the test in 2008, when an exploding nail gun cartridge was mistaken for gunfire. But only one dorm was locked down during that emergency, and it reopened two hours later.
Virginia Tech has opened a student help line on (540) 231-3787 and a police tip line on (540) 231-6411.
Ramie Marie Grimmer from Texas, the daughter of a woman who killed herself after being refused food stamps wrote “may die 2day” on her Facebook page during the seven-hour stand-off her mother had dragged her into with police.
Ramie Marie Grimmer, 12, and her ten-year-old brother were shot and critically wounded by their mother Rachelle Grimmer.
Rachelle Grimmer, 38, entered the Texas Health and Human Services Commission office in Laredo on Monday afternoon and demanded to speak to a supervisor after trying “for months” to gain benefits for her family.
She then pulled out a handgun and started walking through the office, threatening several employees, authorities said.
Rachelle Grimmer took a supervisor hostage in a room while a SWAT team managed to evacuate three dozen people.
Ramie Marie Grimmer wrote “may die 2day” on her Facebook page during the seven-hour stand-off her mother had dragged her into with police
After a seven-hour stand off, Rachelle Grimmer allowed the male supervisor to go free, but she remained in the office with her two children.
The apparent Facebook profile of Ramie Marie Grimmer is updated regularly on Monday.
At 7:50 p.m., the girl wrote: “May die 2day” on her wall.
Ramie Marie Grimmer then accepted a friend request before writing “I’m bored” at 10:34pm and tagged her location as Laredo, Texas.
The girl then “liked” the band Evanescence and wrote “ahhhhhhhhhhahhhhhh” at 10:52 p.m.
At 11:28 p.m., she wrote “tear gas seriasly”. [sic]
Joe Baeza of the Laredo Police Department reported on Tuesday: “About 11:45 last night, she hung up the phone with negotiators, and a little bit later, negotiators heard three shots.
“What had happened was that she had shot each of her children once and herself once.
“She had issues and felt that she had been let down by social services in general.”
Joe Baeza added: “She was making all sorts of outlandish claims.”
The children were airlifted to a hospital in San Antonio in extremely critical condition. The mother was dead at the scene.
There has been no updates on the children’s medical condition so far but Ramie Marie Grimmer had accessed her Facebook page 13 hours ago to take a quiz.
Joe Baeza said Rachelle Grimmer, who was from Ohio, arrived in Laredo about eight months ago and had lived with her children in several locations around the border city.
Stephanie Goodman, a spokeswoman for the Health and Human Services Commission, confirmed that Rachelle Grimmer applied for food stamps in July and was denied.
She said Rachelle Grimmer’s application was incomplete and that she was not sure whether the woman qualified for assistance.
“We’re still trying to track down exactly what happened with the case,” Stephanie Goodman told Reuters.
“As you can probably imagine, I think she had a lot of other issues she was dealing with as well.”
Joe Baeza credited the supervisor with remaining calm and allowing officers to evacuate the other employees and members of the public who were in the building.
He had been with the state agency for 24 years and had been a supervisor since 2000, Stephanie Goodman said. She said the commission will provide counselling for its workers.
“They go into this profession because they really want to help people, so when something like this happens, it’s doubly traumatic for them,” Stephanie Goodman said.
Stephanie Goodman also said the commission will look at what it needs to do to ensure its offices are safe for staff and the public. She said there was an unarmed security guard on duty on Monday at the Laredo office, where Texans can go to apply for food stamps and other programs.
“This is the kind of thing you hear of happening in other places, but not in our quiet home town,” Joe Baeza said.
Lauren Scruggs, a fashion model from Plano, Dallas, had her hand sliced off and suffered severe facial injuries after accidentally walking into a spinning airplane propeller.
Lauren Scruggs, 23, sustained horrific wounds to her head and shoulder but is now in a stable condition after undergoing emergency treatment where surgeons were forced to amputate her left hand.
The fashion model, who writes a fashion blog, was injured as she climbed out of a two-seater plane at Aero County Airport in McKinney, Texas, after a flight to see Christmas lights across the state.
Lauren Scruggs was taken to the Parkland Memorial Hospital where her family gathered at her bedside.
Fashion model Lauren Scruggs had her hand sliced off and suffered severe facial injuries after accidentally walking into a spinning airplane propeller
Family friend Janee Harrell said: “Speaking for the entire Scruggs family, your prayers are greatly appreciated and felt every moment.
“Many of you know, our beautiful Lauren was in an accident. After exiting a propeller plane, an accident occurred where she walked into the front of the prop.
“Struck on the left side of her body, Lauren’s hand, head, and shoulder area were hit.
“Following multiple surgeries, Lauren has received facial and shoulder reconstruction, as well as the loss of her hand.
“We are currently praying for healing on the left eye and brain. She is in a stable condition with ongoing surgery. Keep praying!”
In a later blog post, Janee Harrell wrote that Lauren Scruggs was “currently resting peacefully in ICU”.
Janee Harrell added: “Earlier in the night, there was a victory. With her eyes closed, Jeff [her father] asked Lauren to respond by squeezing his hand, moments later that is exactly what she did! Praise the Lord.
“Tomorrow, Lauren will be heading back into surgery so that the doctors can finish up the work on her left hand area. Pray that the surgery goes flawlessly, as well as there will be no infections.”
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is investigating the incident.
A FAA spokesman said in a statement: “According to our preliminary information, the woman was a passenger in a 2011 Aviat Husky.
“She had just exited the aircraft when she walked into the propeller around 9.30 pm on Saturday at Aero Country Airport. We are still investigating and will interview the pilot and any other witnesses.”
The identity of the pilot would not be revealed while the FAA investigation was ongoing but he was believed not to have been injured.
The plane is believed that have been fairly new and the pilot was in the process of changing passengers when the accident happened.
Lauren Scruggs is a part-time model and has also worked in the wardrobe department of the TV show Gossip Girl. She is also an editor an online fashion magazine Lolo.com and recently interviewed Twilight star Kellan Lutz at New York Fashion Week.
American First Lady Michelle Obama revealed White House Christmas decorations for this holiday season.
American First Dog Bo is upstaging the Christmas decorations at the White House in 2011.
This year, the Obamas’ Portuguese water dog is in almost every room of the ground and State floors, ranging from a miniature licorice and marshmallow version to a felt design four-and-a-half feet tall.
Michelle Obama welcomed military families to the first viewing of the decorations.
American First Lady Michelle Obama revealed White House Christmas decorations for this holiday season
“Shine, Give, Share” is the theme for the Obama family’s third Christmas in the mansion.
The theme translates throughout the public viewing space from gold foil leaf trimming to shiny quartz ornaments.
First Dog Bo made a special appearance in the State Dining Room as military children created holiday ornaments and decorated cookies.
Several decorations honour military families including a Gold Star Families Tree with ceramic gold ornaments carrying personalized messages by families. Tour visitors can also create handwritten notes for the troops.
The usual masterpiece of Christmas at the White House is the official tree, an 18-and-a-half-foot tall balsam fir in the Blue Room. The Christmas tree at White House is decorated with holiday cards created by military children, medals, badges and patches from all the military branches.
“I want to thank all of the troops, all of our veterans and all of our military families,” Michelle Obama said at the unveiling.
“Your service and sacrifice inspire us all.”
The Red Room of White House features fruit, foliage and flowers set in pepperberry- and cranberry-covered vases and a nine-and-a-half-inch tall Bo replica made of buttons.
Denver caterer and event planner David Bondarchuck, who designed the Green Room decorations, said he wanted to enhance the “simple beauty” of the room. “I didn’t want to overdo it,” David Bondarchuck said.
The room was decorated with various hues of green with a bit of “sparkle and shine” including pine cones, twigs, and clear and silver ornaments, David Bondarchuck said.
Bo made a special appearance in the State Dining Room as military children created holiday ornaments and decorated cookies with the White House chefs Cristeta Comerford and Bill Yosses, and White House florist Laura Dowling.
Michelle Obama drew a laugh from the crowd when she said Bo, “the most famous member of the Obama family,” has been a little confused walking around the house and seeing himself in “gigantic form”.
A total of 37 Christmas trees and a 400lb White House made of gingerbread, white chocolate and marzipan also decorate the executive mansion. Some of the handcrafted decorations are made of paper, felt and recycled cans.
Approximately 85,000 visitors are expected to tour the Christmas decorations this December, the White House said.
Nearly 100 holiday volunteers from across the country assisted with the decorations, transforming 16 distinct spaces into works of art.
Tomorrow, the Black Eyed Peas and Kermit the Frog will join the festivies, and the lineup of performers who will help light the National Christmas Tree near the White House.
Carson Daly will host the lighting ceremony, introducing performers including Big Time Rush, Ellie Goulding, the band OneRepublic, country star Rodney Atkins and singer Marsha Ambrosius.
President Barack Obama and his family will officially light the tree.
This will be the 89th year for the holiday tree lighting. The tradition began with President Calvin Coolidge in 1923.
This is the first lighting of a new National Christmas Tree that was planted in March.
It’s a 26-foot-tall Colorado blue spruce from a New Jersey tree nursery. Strong winds in February toppled the last tree that had stood on the Ellipse since 1978.
For 40 years, D.B. Cooper has remained one of America’s most elusive fugitives.
Back in 1971, D.B. Cooper commandeered a plane claiming he had dynamite, eliciting a $200,000 ransom, before parachuting out of the plane and disappearing forever.
New physical evidence the FBI believe could help them close in on D.B. Cooper, has emerged recently.
The new lead is a titanium particle from the clip-on tie D.B. Cooper left when he jumped from the Seattle bound-plane in skies above Washington, NBC affiliate KING 5 News reported.
An elite group of scientists have been examining evidence from the infamous case for the last three years.
Tom Kaye the lead scientist in the private team said: “One of the most notable particles that we’ve found, that had us the most excited, was titanium metal.”
The titanium was found by team members studying D.B. Cooper’s tie with an electron microscope.
Titanium is now integral in numerous household items from golf clubs to cookware, but was very rare in 1971.
Aircraft manufacturer Boeing was one of the first manufacturers to use titanium in a civilian aircraft.
Boeing canceled its Super Sonic Transport project shortly before the hijacking.
D.B. Cooper commandeered a plane claiming he had dynamite, eliciting a $200,000 ransom, before parachuting out of the plane and disappearing forever
Tom Kaye told KING 5 News: “In 1971 there was a big upheaval in the titanium industry with the cancelling of the SST project, which happened to be at Boeing, and that laid a lot of people off in the industry. So Cooper could have been part of the fallout.”
He said that the titanium is pure, not processed like the sort used in the manufacture of planes.
So the team believes D.B. Cooper was probably not a Boeing worker but employed at a titanium production plant.
Alternatively D.B. Cooper may have worked at chemical plants where titanium was mixed with aluminum.
Tom Kaye said aluminum particles were also found.
“Because he wore a tie, we think he was an engineer or manager who went out on the shop floor regularly.”
The new leads could be instrumental, Tom Kaye believes.
“Coming up with a profile that narrows him down to hundreds of people instead of millions we think is pretty significant.”
FBI reopened D.B. Cooper case in 2008. And earlier this year the agency believed it finally had the mysterious fugitive in its sights, when a woman claimed her uncle was the missing fugitive.
There have been more than 1,000 suspects over the past forty years.
D.B. Cooper has intrigued federal agents and amateur sleuths.
A man calling himself Dan Cooper boarded the Northwest flight after buying a $20 one-way ticket to Seattle.
After getting on the plane wearing sunglasses, the man ordered whisky and lit a cigarette before passing a flight attendant a note that read: “I HAVE A BOMB IN MY BRIEFCASE. I WILL USE IT IF NECESSARY. I WANT YOU TO SIT NEXT TO ME. YOU ARE BEING HIJACKED.”
Cooper told the captain that in return for $200,000 and four parachutes, he would allow 36 people to leave the plane when it landed in Seattle.
The FBI agreed to the swap and the plane took off again under Cooper’s orders to fly towards Mexico at an altitude of under 10,000 feet.
Somewhere over the lower Cascade mountains in southwestern Washington, Cooper stepped out of the plane with a parachute strapped to his back.
Several people have claimed to be D.B. Cooper over the years but were dismissed on the basis of physical descriptions, parachuting experience and, later, by DNA evidence recovered in 2001 from the cheap tie the skyjacker left on the plane.
Items recovered from the skyjack include $5,800 of the stolen money, in tattered $20 bills and D.B. Cooper’s tie.
Many believe that D.B. Cooper was Richard McCoy, a Vietnam War veteran, experienced parachutist and BYU political science student who staged a similar hijacking several months later.
But the FBI has said that Richard McCoy – who was killed in a shoot-out with law enforcement officers after a prison break in 1974 – simply didn’t fit the description of D.B. Cooper provided by two flight attendants.
In 1980, a boy walking near the Columbia River found $5,800 of the stolen money, in tattered $20 bills.
Investigators of Bellevue’s missing toddler Sky Metalwala case have found what they describe as “something of interest” in the case.
The items were found on Saturday at Watershed Park in Kirkland, over two weeks after Sky Metalwala was reported missing after being left alone in his mother’s broken down car.
Police would not release further details about what items were found but said they were enough for them to call in a forensics team after an overnight search the heavily wooded area.
According to ABC affiliate KOMO-TV, police are not sure if the items are related to the case but have sent them in for analysis.
Investigators of Bellevue's missing toddler Sky Metalwala case have found what they describe as "something of interest" in the case
The items were found shortly after police released new photos of Sky Metalwala and his mother Julia Biryukova in effort to acquire more leads in the case.
Carla Iafrate of the Bellevue Police Department told KOMO-TV: “They found something of interest. We called out our CSI investigators, they showed up and looked at the items.”
Carla Iafrate confirmed rakes and shovels were used in the overnight search of Watershed Park. However, she asked speculation not be made based on the equipment, insisting it was “standard’ for any search and rescue.
“There’s a lot of leaves, it’s pretty wet and damp. There’s a lot of rabbit burrows, so the land is soft back there,” Carla Iafrate said.
Police have had serious questions about Julia Biryukova’ story that she left Sky Metalwala alone in an unlocked car in Bellvue after running out of gas on November 6.
Julia Biryukova’s car had plenty of gas and was running fine, police determined.
Sky Metalwala’s mother had told police it stalled as she was driving her son to the hospital because he wasn’t feeling well, and that she left him inside as she and the boy’s four-year-old sister spent an hour walking to a gas station and calling a friend for help. She told police upon returning to the vehicle, driven by a friend, toddler was missing. The friend called police.
In new photos released on Saturday, Julia Biryukova is seen standing alone in a store wearing the same gray sweat suit she wore on the day she said she left Sky Metalwala in the unlocked vehicle.
Julia Biryukova and her estranged husband, Solomon Metalwala, were cited in 2009 for leaving the boy sleeping in their sport utility vehicle in a Target parking lot in Redmond for 55 minutes. They came out to get him only after police arrived and asked the store to page the vehicle’s owner.
Solomon Metalwala, with whom the mother is in a bitter divorce and custody battle, has said her story is full of holes. He also claimed in divorce documents she had dreamt of strangling the boy.
Police were also looking into whether Julia Biryukova was a member of an online dating service that connects women with “sugar daddies”.
Julia Biryukova, 30, an Ukrainian immigrant, has refused to speak with detectives since the day of Sky Metalwala’s disappearance, but she did acknowledge to police she sometimes left her children alone for extended periods.
Nevertheless, detectives have yet to arrest Julia Biryukova for any crimes they might be able to pin on her, such as making a false police report or recklessly endangering the boy. By giving her some space, they say, they hope to encourage her to cooperate beyond the limited help she’s given.
Investigators have searched Julia Biryukova’s apartment and car with her consent, police said. However, her divorce attorney said she has declined to take a polygraph test because they are unreliable and she is too emotionally devastated.
Sky Metalwala’s father has passed out fliers and voluntarily took polygraph examinations, as did some of his relatives. He warned in a court declaration early this year that his estranged wife’s mental health issues were endangering the children. She alleged that he was domineering and abusive.
In the week before Sky Metalwala disappeared, his parents reached a tentative agreement after a 12-hour mediation session that would allow Solomon Metalwala to have some visitation with the couple’s two children.
But two days later – and two days before she reported her son missing – Julia Biryukova decided to pull out of the agreement, Solomon Metalwala’s divorce attorney, D Michael Tomkins, said last week .
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