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Obama slams GOP candidates: Obama GOP Candidates Ridiculous

Obama slams GOP candidates: Obama GOP Candidates Ridiculous, President Obama on Monday condemned the latest highly charged rhetoric of GOP presidential candidates as “ridiculous” and “sad” after one said the Iran nuclear deal would lead to another Holocaust.

Speaking at a press conference in Ethiopia, Obama rebuked comments by Mike Huckabee and offered a broader scolding of GOP leaders – including Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz – who have sullied the “decorum and honesty” of American politics.

“The American people deserve better,” said Obama, making some of his most substantive comments on the presidential race during a visit to Ethiopia.

“Certainly, presidential debates deserve better. In 18 months, I’m turning over the keys – I want to make sure I’m turning over the keys to somebody who is serious about the serious problems the country faces and the world faces.”

On Saturday, Huckabee blasted the Iran nuclear agreement in an interview with Breitbart News as “idiotic” and said Obama “will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.”

Obama accused the candidates of violating a time-honored American tradition of not playing “fast and loose” on topics of grave concern like foreign policy during a news conference in Ethiopia.Photo: EPA

Obama retorted Monday: “The particular comments of Mr. Huckabee are, I think, part of just a general pattern that … would be considered ridiculous if it weren’t so sad.”

He added: “When you get rhetoric like this, maybe it gets attention and maybe this is just an effort to push Mr. Trump out of the headlines, but it’s not the kind of leadership that is needed for America right now.”

Alligator Spotted In NYC Street Dies

Alligator Spotted In NYC Street Dies, You never know what you’ll see in the Big Apple. New York City Police found a 3-foot-long alligator on a city street Thursday and took him to Animal Care and Control. The ACC sought placement for the alligator with a wildlife rehabilitator, but the animal died at the center Friday.

“Sadly the alligator, which staff had named CockadoodleQ, died this morning. We have no knowledge of the conditions CockadoodleQ had lived in prior to his arrival that contributed to his death. Exotic animals such as alligators are illegal to have as pets in New York City,” the ACC told USA TODAY Network in a statement.

The alligator was spotted in Inwood crossing Ninth Street at W. 205 Street, according to a tweet from the NYPD.

So this alligator was crossing 9th Ave in #Inwood…no, really. At 205 Str. Cops took him to Animal Control #whatnextpic.twitter.com/EG5Z3bkQPl

— NYPD 34th Precinct (@NYPD34Pct) July 23, 2015

Alligator New York: Alligator Spotted In NYC Street Dies

Serial Killer Niagara Falls: Serial Killer In Niagara Falls?

Serial Killer Niagara Falls: Serial Killer In Niagara Falls?, The murder and dismemberment of two women three years apart in Niagara Falls has investigators wondering if they’re hunting a serial killer.

Terri Lynn Bills and Loretta Jo Gates were distant relatives. They were close friends. And they both died gruesome deaths, their heads and limbs chopped off and scattered separately from their bodies.

“It’s hard not to make that connection due to some of the similarities – most notably the condition of these ladies when they were discovered,” Niagara Falls police Capt. Kelly Rizzo told Time Warner Cable News. “They were also related through marriage. They shared some physical characteristics and led similar lifestyles.”

Gates, 30, was killed in 2012. Her body was found in the Niagara Gorge. Her head and limbs were in a separate park.

California Bridge Collapse: Calif. Freeway Bridge Collapses

California Bridge Collapse: Calif. Freeway Bridge Collapses, A bridge collapsed amid heavy rains Sunday in Desert Center, southeast of Joshua Tree National Park (map), prompting the closure of the 10 Freeway in both directions, according to the California Highway Patrol.

A 30-foot-by-50-foot section of the eastbound side of the interstate “is washed away and the bridge is gone,” according to an incident report on a CHP website.

A pickup truck went over the side of the roadway in the collapse, which was first reported at 4:43 p.m. and left the driver trapped inside after a passenger got out, according to the Highway Patrol and Cal Fire’s Riverside division.

Other motorists used tow straps to secure the vehicle to a guardrail, preventing the truck from being swept away in the Tex Wash, said Jennifer Fuhrman, spokeswoman for the fire agency.

Firefighters arrived at the scene and initiated a cut-and-rescue operation. Amid rapidly rising water, as well as falling asphalt and debris, the trapped person was provided with a helmet and extracted from the vehicle, Fuhrman said.

The driver was then transported with moderate injuries to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palms Springs, according to the CHP.

A SigAlert was issued by the agency about 5:45 p.m.

A bridge on the westbound side of the freeway at the location, about 45 miles east of Indio, was “undermined” and impassible due to uncertainty over whether it was structurally sound, the Highway Patrol said. Caltrans engineers are expected to assess the overpass on Monday morning.

Eastbound traffic was being rerouted at Chiriaco Summit (map), while westbound motorists were being redirected at Corn Springs (map).

The freeway will remain closed for an “extended” period of time, Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty wrote in a tweet Sunday night.

More photos from #I-10Incident Photo Credit to Chief Geoff Pemberton http://t.co/QPmnC1JL86—
CAL FIRE Riverside (@CALFIRERRU) July 20, 2015

Tennessee Shooting: Officials: 4 Marines, Gunman Dead In Tenn.

Tennessee Shooting: Officials: 4 Marines, Gunman Dead In Tenn., Four Marines were killed Thursday in shootings at a pair of military facilities in Tennessee by a gunman who is being investigated for possible ties to Islamist terrorist groups, US law enforcement officials said.

The shooter, identified by the FBI as Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez, 24, of Hixson, Tenn., was killed at the conclusion of a rampage that also left a Chattanooga police officer and a member of the US military wounded.

The assault marks the latest eruption of gun violence in the United States. It comes amid a flurry of recent arrests, disrupted plots, and warnings from US counterterrorism officials that the Islamic State has called on its followers to mount attacks against US targets, including military installations.

During brief remarks at the White House, President Obama described the Marines’ deaths as a ‘‘heartbreaking circumstance for these individuals who have served our country with great valor.’’

He avoided describing the attack as a terrorist plot, saying, ‘‘We don’t know yet all the details’’ and that ‘‘a full investigation is taking place.’’ Even so, Obama described stepped-up security measures as White House officials urged the Pentagon to ‘‘make sure that all our defense facilities are properly attentive and vigilant as we sort through what happened.’’

James Holmes Trial: James Holmes Found Guilty

James Holmes Trial: James Holmes Found Guilty, James Holmes is guilty of murder for killing 12 people in an Aurora movie theater three years ago, a jury decided Thursday, ending the legal limbo for one of the worst mass shootings in American history.

In count after emphatic count, jurors rejected the defense’s argument that what happened at the Century Aurora 16 theater on July 20, 2012, was a tragic act of insanity. It was a deliberate crime, jurors said.

Holmes now faces possible execution as punishment.

The jury of nine women and three men found Holmes guilty of 24 counts of first-degree murder — two for each victim slain — as well as 134 counts of first-degree attempted murder, six counts of attempted second-degree murder and one count of explosives possession.

In the wood-paneled courtroom before the verdict was read, tension pulled the spectators taut. Parents who lost their children in the attack held hands with clenched grips. Holmes’ parents leaned stiffly against one another, a box of tissues resting on Robert Holmes’ lap.

Then, over a single, unrelenting hour in Arapahoe County courtroom 201, Judge Carlos Samour Jr. called out the word “guilty” 165 times — all but one time attaching to the verdict the name of someone whose life was irrevocably altered during the shooting.

Count 1. Murder in the first degree after deliberation — Jonathan Blunk.

“We the jury,” Samour read from the verdict form, “find the defendant, James Eagan Holmes, guilty.”

Arrest in ‘Gone Girl’ kidnapping: Matthew Muller Arrested

Arrest in ‘Gone Girl’ kidnapping: Matthew Muller Arrested, Months after police labeled as a hoax the case of a California woman who said she had been kidnapped for ransom, federal prosecutors announced they charged a disbarred Harvard-educated lawyer with her abduction.

Matthew Muller, of Orangevale, California, was charged last month after he was arrested in a home-invasion robbery in the San Francisco Bay Area that had similarities to the kidnapping, the FBI said. The allegations were in an affidavit that was unsealed Monday.

The kidnapping case began when the Denise Huskins’ boyfriend, Aaron Quinn, reported kidnappers broke into the couple’s Vallejo home on March 23, abducted her and demanded $8,500 in ransom.

Quinn’s lawyers have said he awoke to a bright light in his face, and two kidnappers bound and drugged him.

Huskins, 29, turned up safe two days later in her hometown of Huntington Beach, where she says she was dropped off. She showed up just hours before the ransom was due.

After Huskins reappeared, Vallejo police said the kidnapping was a hoax. Police have since declined to comment other than to say they continue to investigate. A call to Vallejo police was not immediately returned Monday.

Huskins and Quinn appeared with their lawyers at a news conference in Vallejo, but they didn’t talk to the media. A teary-eyed Huskins and Quinn held hands tightly during the brief conference and hugged before leaving.

Huskins’ lawyer, Douglas Rappaport, said his client will avoid commenting on the case to preserve the integrity of the prosecution.

Rappaport and Quinn’s lawyer, Daniel Russo, blasted investigators and asked that authorities set the record straight and apologize to the couple.

“What I want is for the Vallejo PD to do their job,” Russo said. “Go out, find out if there are other guys out there and make sure that next time this happens they think before they talk.”

FBI Special Agent Jason Walter said in the affidavit that recently discovered evidence led him to conclude there was probable cause to believe Muller kidnapped the woman.

Investigators who arrested Muller in South Lake Tahoe found a laptop that resembled one Quinn had. A search of a stolen car that was connected to Muller turned up numerous other items, including a water pistol with a flashlight and laser pointer on it. People claiming responsibility for the woman’s abduction emailed photos of the items to a newspaper, Walter said.

A cellphone in the car had one of the same photos, and the vehicle’s navigation system turned up a Huntington Beach address.

Detectives also found a pair of goggles with a long blond hair in it, the same hair color as the victim’s. The goggles were similar to those the woman, and Quinn said they were forced to wear them during the kidnapping, Walter said.

On Monday, Muller was in custody on charges of attempted first-degree residential robbery and assault in Alameda County, where the home-invasion robbery occurred.

His attorney, Thomas Johnson, said in a brief statement that his client will plead not guilty to the kidnapping charges. He said his client has already pleaded not guilty to the June home-invasion robbery in the city of Dublin.

Muller told investigators he served as a Marine from 1995 to 1999 and attended and taught at Harvard University after that, the FBI affidavit said. He said he suffered from psychosis and in 2008 was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, according to the affidavit.

Muller was admitted to practice law in California in May 2011. His state bar profile also says he attended Harvard Law School.

Muller’s license was suspended in 2013 for failing to pay annual dues, records show. Later that year, the state bar filed disciplinary charges against Muller, citing his failure to file a green card application for a client’s son. The bar notice states Muller took $1,250 in advance money from the client.

Muller failed to cooperate with the bar’s investigation, leading the State Bar Court to recommend his disbarment in January. The state Supreme Court ordered him disbarred in June.

Matthew Graham Shot: Report: Missing Baby’s Father Killed

Matthew Graham Shot: Report: Missing Baby’s Father Killed, The father of a missing baby who was on the run after being named a person of interest in the child’s disappearance was killed in a shootout with police in Northern California Monday, CBS affiliate KHSL reports.

Siskiyou County authorities say Matthew Graham was shot and killed in Dunsmuir around 7:45 a.m. after police used a tracking device on a car he allegedly stole to locate him. They say Graham stole the car in Shasta Lake City, about 45 miles south of Dunsmuir, where he was spotted several times Sunday.

Police had been tracking Graham since Saturday after he allegedly skipped a meeting with a probation officer, stole a semiautomatic gun from his mother and fled after hearing that the search for his daughter, Ember, had turned up a possible lead.

Graham, 23, reported his daughter’s disappearance from his Happy Valley home on July 2. He became a person of interest after authorities say he gave inconsistent statements to investigators.

KHSL reports Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department deputies, California Highway Patrol Officers and Shasta County Sheriff’s Deputies were searching for Graham when he was shot and killed.

Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey told the Redding Record Searchlight that “multiple” shots were exchanged in what he called a “chaotic” scene.

Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko told the paper that a man in Shasta Lake City was carjacked, and when the victim was shown a picture of Graham, he said he believed it was the same person who stole his car.

After his daughter vanished, Graham had been booked into jail on an unrelated felony probation violation after he allegedly failed to disclose medication he took, in violation of the terms of his probation on a DUI and forgery conviction, police say. He was released and ordered to check in with his probation officer daily before he fled.

He hadn’t been charged with any crime in relation to his daughter’s disappearance.

Authorities say they have surveillance video of Graham taking the child to a convenience store the night of her disappearance, according to KHSL. The station reports that Graham told them he took the baby to the store and then drove the short distance back to their home, but officials say the video shows him driving in the opposite direction of the home when he left the store, and heading back towards the home about an hour later.

Officials say Graham didn’t show remorse for his daughter’s disappearance, didn’t ask about the efforts to find her, and refused to take a lie detector test, reports the station.

Investigators have also called an abduction scenario unlikely. They say the door leading to Ember’s playpen had a broken door handle mechanism and needs be opened with a screwdriver, and a potential abductor would need to know how to open the door.

KHSL
Siskiyou County authorities say Matthew Graham was shot and killed in Dunsmuir around 7:45 a.m. after police used a tracking device on a car he allegedly stole to locate him. They say Graham stole the car in Shasta Lake City, about 45 miles south of Dunsmuir, where he was spotted several times Sunday.

Police had been tracking Graham since Saturday after he allegedly skipped a meeting with a probation officer, stole a semiautomatic gun from his mother and fled after hearing that the search for his daughter, Ember, had turned up a possible lead.

Graham, 23, reported his daughter’s disappearance from his Happy Valley home on July 2. He became a person of interest after authorities say he gave inconsistent statements to investigators.

KHSL reports Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department deputies, California Highway Patrol Officers and Shasta County Sheriff’s Deputies were searching for Graham when he was shot and killed.

Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey told the Redding Record Searchlight that “multiple” shots were exchanged in what he called a “chaotic” scene.

Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko told the paper that a man in Shasta Lake City was carjacked, and when the victim was shown a picture of Graham, he said he believed it was the same person who stole his car.

After his daughter vanished, Graham had been booked into jail on an unrelated felony probation violation after he allegedly failed to disclose medication he took, in violation of the terms of his probation on a DUI and forgery conviction, police say. He was released and ordered to check in with his probation officer daily before he fled.

He hadn’t been charged with any crime in relation to his daughter’s disappearance.

Authorities say they have surveillance video of Graham taking the child to a convenience store the night of her disappearance, according to KHSL. The station reports that Graham told them he took the baby to the store and then drove the short distance back to their home, but officials say the video shows him driving in the opposite direction of the home when he left the store, and heading back towards the home about an hour later.

Officials say Graham didn’t show remorse for his daughter’s disappearance, didn’t ask about the efforts to find her, and refused to take a lie detector test, reports the station.

Investigators have also called an abduction scenario unlikely. They say the door leading to Ember’s playpen had a broken door handle mechanism and needs be opened with a screwdriver, and a potential abductor would need to know how to open the door.