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Woman arrested after elderly dad found living with hundreds of rats

CALIFORNIA — A Southern California woman is in custody after deputies discovered her 96-year-old father and multiple pets living in a home stinking of feces and infested with up to 700 rats, authorities said Tuesday. Catherine Ann Vandermaesen, 65, was arrested on suspicion of felony elder abuse and misdemeanor animal neglect, the Ventura County Sheriff’s […]

Nancy Pelosi smacks down de Blasio’s 2020 bid

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi offered a searing response Wednesday when asked about Mayor de Blasio’s nascent presidential campaign — as the mayor stood nearby. “I always say when somebody is serious about running I’ll be serious about commenting on it,” she said. “Well handled,” responded the mayor, trying to play down the slap. The two […]

Trump says Benjamin Netanyahu will pay the White House a visit

Team Trump announced Wednesday that embattled Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would pay a short visit to the White House next week prior to elections in Israel early next month. President Trump will welcome Netanyahu on Monday and Tuesday, according to the press secretary’s announcement. Trump and the PM will discuss the Middle East during […]

Steve King couldn’t answer question about ‘white society’ being ‘superior’

Iowa GOP Rep. Steve King — who has a history of making racially inflammatory comments — couldn’t come up with an answer when asked whether “a white society is superior to a nonwhite society” during a town hall meeting in the Hawkeye State. “I don’t have an answer for that. That’s so hypothetical,” King said […]

The terrifying moment skiers are swept away by avalanche

This is the moment a group of skiers was swallowed up by an avalanche in the Austrian Alps. Miraculously, no one was injured when the skiers were suddenly enveloped by the falling slab of snow, according to the BBC, which published the undated footage Tuesday. The skiers were on a mountain when a ridge of […]

Ex-inmate used T-shirt launcher to send drugs over prison fence: cops

It was a real trick up the sleeve. A just-released inmate is accused of sending a care package filled with drugs, cell phones and headphones flying into an Oklahoma prison yard — with the help of a T-shirt launcher. Kerri Jo Hickman was busted for the brazen stunt at North Fork Correctional Center, a medium-security […]

Abusive ‘momager’ forced adopted kids to perform on popular YouTube channel: cops

A suburban Arizona mom with seven adopted kids portrayed a loving home life on the popular YouTube channel “Fantastic Adventures” — but behind the scenes, she was an abusive “momager” who forced the kids to perform and tortured them if they messed up on camera, police said. Machelle Hackney, 48, of Maricopa, along with her […]

Man uses nude mannequins to get revenge after neighbor’s fence dispute

A California man who was forced to shorten his fence over a neighbor’s complaints got the perfect revenge — by setting up a garden party of nude mannequins that is now in full view of the next-door home. Jason Windus of Santa Rosa said he built the tall fence to keep his dogs in his […]

Posh couple paid in Facebook stock to get daughter into UCLA

A well-heeled California couple paid $250,000 worth of Facebook stock to weasel their non-athletic daughter into UCLA as a soccer recruit for one of the best programs in the nation, according to court papers. Lauren Isackson is listed as midfielder No. 41 on UCLA’s soccer team in 2017 — the same year the elite squad […]

Meghan McCain responds to Trump attacks with quote from her dad

Meghan McCain, the daughter of late Sen. John McCain, who’s been the object of President Trump’s ire over the last several days, responded to the attacks with a phrase favored by the Arizona Republican. “As my father always used to say to me – Illegitimi non carborundum,” she posted on Twitter late Tuesday. The Latin […]

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