National News | 101 Gold http://www.101gold.com Greatest Hits from the 60s, 70s and 80s Wed, 24 Aug 2016 02:56:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://www.101gold.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/cropped-site-icon-32x32.jpg National News | 101 Gold http://www.101gold.com 32 32 Teen Accused of Rape Gets Probation; Survivor’s Group Says Judge’s Ruling May Deter Other Victims http://www.101gold.com/teen-accused-of-rape-gets-probation-survivors-group-says-judges-ruling-may-deter-other-victims/ Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:43:00 +0000 http://www.101gold.com/?guid=ba1b3180d7b21c3a3a08e2a70956865b iStock/Thinkstock(EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass.) -- An 18-year-old accused of sexually assaulting two high school classmates is facing two years of probation despite the district attorney's office's recommendation of two years in prison.David Becker, of East ...

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iStock/Thinkstock(EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass.) — An 18-year-old accused of sexually assaulting two high school classmates is facing two years of probation despite the district attorney’s office’s recommendation of two years in prison.

David Becker, of East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, was charged with two counts of rape and one count of indecent assault and battery, according to court documents, after an April 2 incident in which he was accused of digitally penetrating two girls who were sleeping in a bed after a house party. Becker and the alleged victims, who are not being identified, were all seniors.

On Aug. 15, Becker’s case was ordered continued without a finding for two years by Palmer District Court Judge Thomas Estes.

As a part of his probation, Becker must remain drug- and alcohol-free and not contact the victims, the court documents state. He also has to undergo an evaluation for sex offender treatment, according to the Hampden District Attorney’s Office.

In a continuance without a finding, the court agrees to continue a case without a guilty finding for a certain period, as long as the defendant adheres to the terms of his or her probation. If the probation is successfully completed, the case is dismissed. In this case, if Becker completes his probation, he will not have to register as a sex offender, according to the district attorney’s office.

According to police reports, Becker told investigators that when one of the girls “didn’t protest,” he assumed it was “OK.” Becker denied to police having any physical contact with the other alleged victim.

A clerk for Estes’ office told ABC News he could not comment on his decision to continue the case without a finding.

The Hampden District Attorney’s Office recommended two years of prison time for Becker, a recommendation it considered “appropriate and fair, based on the facts and circumstances of the case,” according to a district attorney’s office spokesman.

Scott Berkowitz, the president of the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, was disappointed by the decision.

“It’s really discouraging when everyone in the process does their job and … then you see a sentence like this,” he told ABC News Tuesday.

He said the judge’s decision in this case is probably “discouraging for the victims” and likely “deters other people from reporting their crimes” and “putting themselves through this entire criminal justice process” because they will wonder, “Is it worth it?”

Berkowitz said sexual assault should be taken seriously, even with an 18-year-old.

“I don’t think it would ever occur to a judge or lawyer that after someone [was] convicted of a murder, that they [would] just get probation because they deserve a second chance,” he said. “There would be a universal understanding that there are consequences for committing a crime that bad.”

Becker’s defense attorney, Thomas Rooke, did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment, but he told The Republican that his client “can now look forward to a productive life without being burdened with the stigma of having to register as a sex offender.”

Becker’s case comes just months following the outrage after former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner, who was found guilty of the assault of an unconscious woman, was given just six months in jail.

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North Carolina Police Kill Deaf Man After Chase http://www.101gold.com/north-carolina-police-kill-deaf-man-after-chase/ Tue, 23 Aug 2016 23:25:00 +0000 http://www.101gold.com/?guid=7ae0ba68aed2c9f35203a167f3bd4fab Daniel K. Harris Foundation(RALEIGH, N.C.) -- North Carolina police shot and killed a deaf man who was the father of a 3-year-old after a traffic stop following a brief chase, according to authorities.On Aug. 18, police said they tried to stop a car dr...

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Daniel K. Harris Foundation(RALEIGH, N.C.) — North Carolina police shot and killed a deaf man who was the father of a 3-year-old after a traffic stop following a brief chase, according to authorities.

On Aug. 18, police said they tried to stop a car driven by Daniel Kevin Harris for speeding on I-485.

After a brief pursuit the suspect got out of his vehicle and a confrontation took place with officers, during which a trooper fired a shot, police said.

Harris died at the scene.

“At the request of the Highway Patrol, the State Bureau of Investigation is conducting an investigation into the shooting,” the North Carolina Highway Patrol said in a statement. “All questions regarding this investigation should be forwarded to their office.”

The SBI said “details of the encounter are still being investigated” and that the agency is working on getting body and dash-cam footage.

It was not clear if police knew that Harris was deaf at the time of the shooting.

Harris’ brother, Charles, said in a statement posted on Facebook: “my family and I dont understand why it had to happened.”

He said his brother was “really scared” of cops because of publicized police confrontations with unarmed or black people.

“Worst thing is…my brother Daniel is deaf. how he can communicate with polices and able to feel safe and protect himself from polices? My brother is UNARMED and still get shot by police,” Charles Harris wrote in the statement.

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Feds Investigate Hack of The New York Times, Suspect Russian Operatives Are to Blame http://www.101gold.com/feds-investigate-hack-of-the-new-york-times-suspect-russian-operatives-are-to-blame/ Tue, 23 Aug 2016 21:03:35 +0000 http://www.101gold.com/?guid=a47d763a5bddc239bdc17e970cac5b81 iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Federal authorities are investigating a series of cyberattacks on The New York Times and other U.S. media organizations, and they believe those web-based assaults were "probably" carried out by the same Russian hackers wh...

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Federal authorities are investigating a series of cyberattacks on The New York Times and other U.S. media organizations, and they believe those web-based assaults were “probably” carried out by the same Russian hackers who recently infiltrated Democratic organizations, a source familiar with the probe told ABC News.

The intrusions were discovered in recent months, and it’s unclear exactly why the hackers would have targeted news outlets. Journalists, however, routinely interact with countless officials across the U.S. government as part of their jobs.

ABC News was unable to determine what other news outlets, aside from The New York Times, were hit. CNN first reported the intrusions and subsequent investigation.

The New York Times said its Moscow bureau was targeted, but noted no “internal systems” were breached.

“We are constantly monitoring our systems with the latest available intelligence and tools. We have seen no evidence that any of our internal systems, including our systems in the Moscow bureau, have been breached or compromised,” the Times said in a statement on Tuesday evening.

For months, the FBI has been investigating what appear to be coordinated cyberattacks on Democratic organizations, with the hacking of the Democratic National Committee being the most damaging so far.

Not only did the hack apparently allow cyber operatives to steal opposition research on Republican nominee Donald Trump, but many suspect it led to the theft of internal messages that showed efforts by DNC officials to undermine Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders during the primary season. After those damaging emails were publicly released by WikiLeaks, Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz stepped down as DNC chairwoman.

The FBI declined to comment for this article.

Asked last month whether Russia might have intentions to undermine the U.S. political process, James Clapper, the nation’s top intelligence official, said Russian officials “believe we’re trying to influence political developments in Russia, we’re trying to affect change, and so their natural response is to retaliate and do unto us as they think we’ve done to them.”

Speaking at the annual Aspen Security Forum in Aspen, Colorado, Clapper said Russian President Vladimir Putin is “paranoid” about the potential for revolutions in Russia, “and of course they see a U.S. conspiracy behind every bush, and ascribe far more impact than we’re actually guilty of.”

Referring to cyber warfare, Clapper said it is not “terribly different than what went on during the heyday of the Cold War,” just with different tools and “a different modality.” And, he said, the U.S. intelligence community is now “at war” with Russia, conducting operations every hour of every day against Russia and other adversaries.

Nevertheless, Clapper said he’s “taken aback a bit by … the hyperventilation over” the hack of the DNC, adding in a sarcastic tone, “I’m shocked somebody did some hacking. That’s never happened before.”

The American people “just need to accept” that cyber threats and computer-based attacks are a major long-term challenge facing the United States, and he said Americans should “not be quite so excitable when we have yet another instance of it.”

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Rare ‘Yellow’ Lobster Spared From Dinner Table at NYC Restaurant http://www.101gold.com/rare-yellow-lobster-spared-from-dinner-table-at-nyc-restaurant/ Tue, 23 Aug 2016 20:22:00 +0000 http://www.101gold.com/?guid=73e5ef29129c724f4f99967a08563a17 Courtesy Steven Costello(NEW YORK) -- A New York City restaurant has "pardoned" a special "yellow" crustacean after discovering that the little lobster was a one in 30 million find.Ruby the lobster somehow found her way into the biweekly shipment of li...

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Courtesy Steven Costello(NEW YORK) — A New York City restaurant has “pardoned” a special “yellow” crustacean after discovering that the little lobster was a one in 30 million find.

Ruby the lobster somehow found her way into the biweekly shipment of live lobsters to the downtown restaurant Burger & Lobster.

“We couldn’t help but notice her,” the U.S. director of operations for Burger & Lobster, Steven Costello, told ABC News Tuesday, “and that one of these things was not like the others.”

Costello added of Ruby’s unusual pigmentation: “She is like a ruby-red color. She looks almost like a cooked lobster.”

After poking around online, Costello said they discovered that Ruby was actually categorized as a “yellow” lobster, despite having a more orange-hued exterior.

That’s when they found out that Ruby was a “one in 30 million” lobster, according to the Lobster Institute at the University of Maine.

Costello said the staff took a liking to Ruby, and he describes her as “healthy, feisty and happy.”

She is currently on display at their restaurant until she’s transferred to her new forever home at the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead, New York.

Costello added that Ruby’s personality, as well as her looks, make her unique.

“Most lobsters are fairly docile,” Costello said, adding that Ruby is quite “feisty” and probably has to fight off a lot of “male suitors.”

Rare lobsters seem to pull at the heartstrings in unique ways. An especially overweight lobster, Larry, who tipped the scales at at a whopping 15 pounds, was recently spared from the dinner plate at a seafood restaurant in Florida. Unfortunately, Larry the lobster passed away en route to a better life at an aquarium.

Earlier this month, a Cape Cod fisherman caught a bright blue lobster and separated him from the pack of lobsters heading toward the market, hoping to send “Bleu” to a local aquarium.

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Man Accused of Deadly Georgia Day Care Shooting Found Guilty in Retrial http://www.101gold.com/man-accused-of-deadly-georgia-day-care-shooting-found-guilty-in-retrial/ Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:42:56 +0000 http://www.101gold.com/?guid=c2ba7a0e10244fcf2885e10de38256b6 iStock/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) -- A former General Electric executive charged with murder after confessing to shooting a man outside a day care in 2010 was found guilty Tuesday by jurors in a Georgia courtroom.Hemy Neuman, an engineer, had admitted to shoo...

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iStock/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) — A former General Electric executive charged with murder after confessing to shooting a man outside a day care in 2010 was found guilty Tuesday by jurors in a Georgia courtroom.

Hemy Neuman, an engineer, had admitted to shooting Rusty Sneiderman in cold blood outside of a Dunwoody, Georgia, day care center in 2010. Sneiderman, a father of two, was dropping his 2-year-old son at the day care when he was shot.

Prosecutors say Neuman had a premeditated plan to kill Sneiderman and was having an affair with Sneiderman’s wife, Andrea.

Neuman was convicted of malice murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, according to a statement released by the District Attorney’s office.

Neuman claimed he was not guilty by reason of insanity. A jury in 2012 found Neuman guilty but mentally ill.

The Georgia Supreme Court overturned that conviction in June, ruling that Neuman’s mental health records should not have been part of the evidence.

In Neuman’s second trial, a psychologist hired by Neuman’s defense told jurors that she does not believe state mental health experts spent enough time with Neuman to properly diagnose him.

One of Neuman’s defense attorneys, Letitia Delan, claimed in court that her client had “undiagnosed and untreated bipolar disorder.”

Neuman’s attorneys also alleged that in the months before the shooting, Neuman, 48, believes he was visited by a demon with the voice of Barry White and an angel with the voice of Olivia Newton-John.

“You will come to the right verdict and that is that Hemy Neuman is not guilty by reason of insanity,” Delan told jurors in court.

Prosecutors argue that Neuman is not delusional but simply a “selfish” murderer.

“He wanted something that someone else had,” Robert James, Dekalb County district attorney, said in court. “He was going to do whatever it took to get it, including that, committing murder.”

Andrea Sneiderman, the victim’s wife, is out on parole after being convicted of perjury for lying under oath and obstruction of justice for lying to the police about the affair.

“Ms. Sneiderman had nothing to do with the murder of her husband,” Sneiderman’s attorney, J. Tom Morgan, told ABC News in a statement. “Mr. Neuman acted alone when he killed Rusty Sneiderman and he should be found guilty of murder and punished for his crime.”

The District Attorney’s Office and Neuman’s defense attorney both declined to comment to ABC News prior to the jury’s verdict.

Neuman will be sentenced later Tuesday.

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Over 2,600 People in Shelters in Louisiana: The Latest on Flood Recovery by the Numbers http://www.101gold.com/over-2600-people-in-shelters-in-louisiana-the-latest-on-flood-recovery-by-the-numbers/ Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:05:07 +0000 http://www.101gold.com/?guid=140c6f893d87fd94630a1066220ac7eb File photo. iStock/Thinktsock(BATON ROUGE, La.) — Over 2,600 people remain in shelters in Louisiana as President Obama prepares to visit the southeastern part of the state today, which was devastated by deadly flooding that unexpectedly swept thr...

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File photo. iStock/Thinktsock(BATON ROUGE, La.) — Over 2,600 people remain in shelters in Louisiana as President Obama prepares to visit the southeastern part of the state today, which was devastated by deadly flooding that unexpectedly swept through towns and overpowered neighborhoods.

Twenty-four schools districts were closed at some point as a result of the flooding, according to the Louisiana Department of Education.

Here is the latest on more flood recovery by the numbers, according to Mike Steele of the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

Number of Houses so Damaged That Residents Are Displaced: 60,646

Number of People in Shelters: 2,634

Number of People Rescued: 30,000

Number of Pets Rescued: More Than 3,300

Number of State Highways Closed: 40

Number of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Registrants: 110,509

Number of FEMA Home Inspections Completed: 3,100

Number of National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Claims Filed: 25,636

Amount of Homeowner Assistance Approved: $55 Million, With $20 Million Distributed

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Federal Court Set to Hear Appeal on Kansas Voter ID Law http://www.101gold.com/federal-court-set-to-hear-appeal-on-kansas-voter-id-law/ Tue, 23 Aug 2016 13:29:08 +0000 http://www.101gold.com/?guid=5bfb105d7bb9dcef788e5c8fc40d5669 iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A federal appeals court is set to hear arguments regarding an effort by the state of Kansas to reinstate rules that require its residents to present proof of U.S. citizenship at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) when...

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A federal appeals court is set to hear arguments regarding an effort by the state of Kansas to reinstate rules that require its residents to present proof of U.S. citizenship at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) when registering to vote.

The hearing, which will take place in Denver, Colorado, comes as a series of proposed voter ID laws are being considered or contested across the country prior to the presidential election in November. The Kansas law notably left thousands of residents who believed they had registered to vote while obtaining driver’s licenses ineligible to do so, angering civil rights groups.

The controversial law was struck down earlier this year by a U.S. District Court judge in Kansas City.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), who sued the state in July, argued that the Kansas law is in conflict with the National Voter Registration Act, a federal law that was enacted to “enhance voting opportunities for every American,” according to the Department of Justice.

In North Carolina last month, federal judges overturned state voter ID laws, ruling that they were formed with “discriminatory intent” toward black voters. State officials then asked the U.S. Supreme Court to maintain the voter identification requirement and 10 days of early voting for the November election.

In Texas this month, a judge agreed to a proposal that will allow citizens without sufficient photo ID to still vote with a regular ballot.

A U.S. appeals court suspended a July 19 ruling by a federal judge that struck down parts of Wisconsin’s voter ID law.

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US Driving Hits New Record High in First Half of 2016 http://www.101gold.com/us-driving-hits-new-record-high-in-first-half-of-2016/ Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:19:27 +0000 http://www.101gold.com/?guid=17c484a9ba2c040d06d7b2f506c0c1df iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Does it feel like more people are hitting the road lately? If so, it's not your imagination. According to a new report by the Transportation Department's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), U.S. driving hit a new rec...

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Does it feel like more people are hitting the road lately? If so, it’s not your imagination. According to a new report by the Transportation Department’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), U.S. driving hit a new record in the first half of 2016.

The FHWA’s latest “Traffic Volume Trends” report shows that Americans drove 1.58 trillion miles between January and June, an increase of 3.3 percent from the first six months of 2015. To put that into perspective, the record distance is the equivalent of about 250 round trips from Earth to Pluto.

Regionally, the West had the biggest increase in traffic with 4.1 percent; the Northeast had the smallest at 2.4 percent.

Hawaii led the nation as the state with the highest increase in traffic at 8.6 percent.

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Emergency Crews Battle Large Wildfires in Six Western States http://www.101gold.com/emergency-crews-battle-large-wildfires-in-six-western-states/ Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:12:25 +0000 http://www.101gold.com/?guid=d2146a125e14f8c9acf9205636dee5b0 iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — Hot, dry and windy conditions have created a perfect storm for the spread of large wildfires in several western states, including a massive blaze in California that has destroyed 135-square miles of forest.In addi...

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iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — Hot, dry and windy conditions have created a perfect storm for the spread of large wildfires in several western states, including a massive blaze in California that has destroyed 135-square miles of forest.

In addition, Washington, Wyoming, Montana and Oregon each had their hands full with large active wildfires. A total of 26 active blazes have burned more than 415,000 acres in eight western states, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

So far this year, some 38,000 wildfires have torched more than 4 million acres, according to their latest figures.

In central California, a wildfire charred 33,173 acres and destroyed more than 30 homes while threatening 1,900 structures, forcing the evacuation of more than 2,400 people. Emergency crews had that blaze 35 percent contained late Monday, according to Cal Fire.

Nearly 2,000 emergency personnel continued to battle a massive blaze in northern California that started over one month ago but continues to gain ground. That fire, burning north of the Big Sur coastal area, has been blamed for one death and three injuries and has destroyed 57 homes, according to Cal Fire.

In Washington State, a cluster of wildfires ringed the city of Spokane, destroying more than a dozen homes and forcing hundreds to flee. The largest of those blazes, known as the Yale Road Fire, grew to nearly 3,500 acres on Monday, as crews struggled to suppress the flames that have so far destroyed 10 homes.

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UN: Thousands of Children Risk Perilous Journey to US Border http://www.101gold.com/un-thousands-of-children-risk-perilous-journey-to-us-border/ Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:10:06 +0000 http://www.101gold.com/?guid=153a63aa8536a584f81e5a30dc37d47b John Moore/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Nearly 26,000 unaccompanied children arrived at the U.S. southwestern border in the first half of this year, in a continuing influx of migrants attempting to escape poverty and violence in their home countries....

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John Moore/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Nearly 26,000 unaccompanied children arrived at the U.S. southwestern border in the first half of this year, in a continuing influx of migrants attempting to escape poverty and violence in their home countries.

The total amounts to more than 140 unaccompanied children arriving at the U.S. border every day.

UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Rights and Emergency Relief Organization, released a report on Tuesday highlighting the often desperate circumstances that drive so many children and families to risk the perilous journey north.

Most of the children come from three countries — El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras — that are wracked with widespread poverty, rampant gang violence and some of the highest crime rates in the world.

Honduras, for example, registered one of the highest murder rates in the world — more than 90 per 100,000 inhabitants — in a United Nations study published in 2014. This compares to a current murder rate of just 4.5 percent in the U.S., according to the most recent national crime statistics published by the FBI.

Missing in these figures, UNICEF says, are the estimated hundreds of children who die every year in the harsh environment along the U.S.-Mexico border, and many more who disappear and may have fallen prey to kidnapping, trafficking or murder.

“It is heart-rending to think of these children – most of them teenagers, but some even younger – making the grueling and extremely dangerous journey in search of safety and a better life,” said UNICEF’s Deputy Executive Director Justin Forsyth. “This flow of young refugees and migrants highlights the critical importance of tackling the violence and socio-economic conditions in their countries of origin.”

Statistics from the Unites States Border Patrol show that while the overall number of people detained at the southwestern border has dropped in recent years, the number of unaccompanied children has roughly doubled.

In 2012, just over 24,000 unaccompanied children were detained. This number soared to more than 68,000 in 2014, before dropping last year. This year could see that number pick up again, as the data show that child detentions are on pace to top 50,000 by the end of the government’s fiscal year.

The children who do make it to the U.S. border face a future that is anything but certain, UNICEF says. After they are picked up by Border Patrol agents, many are transferred to government-operated shelters or foster care homes, where they stay just over one month, on average.

Most go into deportation proceedings without access to court-appointed lawyers and face long odds. A study tracking deportation cases beginning in 2015 showed that by June 2016, 40 percent of unrepresented children has been ordered deported, compared to just 3 percent for those who had the help of an attorney, UNICEF said.

For those allowed to stay, a backlog in immigration courts can mean years of waiting, during which time the children have no legal status in the United States, making many ineligible for healthcare and other public services.

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