Category Archives: Eastbound Strangler

Magnitude 7.6 quake hits in Caribbean north of Honduras

(AP) — One of the strongest earthquakes to hit the Caribbean in modern times struck off the coast of Honduras on Tuesday night, shaking the mainland and setting off tsunami warnings that were canceled about an hour later.

There were no early reports of serious damage or casualties on land after the quake struck shortly before 10 p.m. EST. Officials in Honduras said shaking was registered across much of the nation and there were some reports of cracks in homes in Colon and Atlantida provinces along the northern coast and Olancho in eastern Honduras.

Tsunami centers issued advisories and warnings for Puerto Rico, the Cayman Islands, Cuba, Jamaica and other Caribbean islands as well as on the coasts of Mexico and Central America, cautioning that sea levels could rise from a foot to 3 feet (0.3 to 1 meter) above normal, but no tsunami materialized.

The U.S. Geological Survey measured the quake at

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Trump: Sen. McCain returning home to Arizona after treatment


Sen. John McCain
Sen. John McCain

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says Republican Sen. John McCain is returning home to Arizona after being hospitalized over the side effects from his brain cancer treatment.

Trump told reporters on Sunday that he spoke to McCain’s wife, Cindy, and wished the couple well.

The president says: “They’ve headed back, but I understand he’ll come if we ever needed his help, which hopefully we won’t.”

The House and Senate are scheduled to vote this week on Trump’s top legislative accomplishment, a sweeping tax package. Republicans secured the support of Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Bob Corker of Tennessee last week and should have enough votes for the GOP measure.

The 81-year-old McCain has been hospitalized at Walter Reed Medical Center in Maryland.


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Virginia woman found dead in woods, mauled by her two pit bulls

– Police say a Glen Allen, Virginia, woman was mauled to death by her two pit bulls.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports Bethany Lynn Stephens’ body was found by Goochland County deputies around 8:18 p.m. Thursday in a wooded area.

The Washington Post reports it was Stephens’ father who found her after she had been missing for about a day since she left to walk her dogs and went looking for her in the woods.

Goochland County Sheriff James Agnew says her body was being guarded by two very large pit bulls.

There are photos of Stephens on her Facebook page with a brindle pitbull, one she had written was named “Tonka.”

Initial reports from the medical examiner’s office said Stephens had a cause of death “consistent with being mauled by these dogs.”

She had defensive wounds on her hands and arms. Agnew says it took deputies hours

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Wreaths Across America a humbling holiday tradition for families at Arlington National Cemetery



– Tens of thousands of volunteers descended onto Arlington National Cemetery early Saturday morning for the annual Wreaths Across America event.

The long-running tradition brings people from all over the area and country to place holiday wreaths at each and every veteran’s grave — around 400,000 of them.

“I read all of them I read the number when they were born and dead,” says one boy,

The meaning of placing a wreath at a veteran’s grave is not lost on even some of the youngest volunteers who came to Arlington National Cemetery early Saturday morning.

“When you place a wreath on a grave of somebody who served, we instruct people to say the name outloud. It makes a connection,” says Karin Worcester.

Organizers and

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NBA star Shaquille O’Neal brightens Christmas for children

– Basketball star Shaquille O’Neal made Christmas brighter for hundreds of elementary school students in the Atlanta area. O’Neal brought gifts to nearly 800 kids at McDonough Academy and Fairview Elementary School in Henry County Monday morning.

This is the 15th year in a row that O’Neal has provided holiday cheer to underprivileged children around the country.

“Nothing is more rewarding than making a child’s Christmas a little brighter when their families may not have the means,” O’Neal said.

The NBA Hall of Fame member is known as Shaq-A-Claus for his special holiday deliveries.
Among the items he delivered this year are toys, non-perishable food items, socks and coats from a variety of non-profit groups.

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Bullying continues after teen girl hangs herself



– A Riverside County family is in mourning after their 13-year-old daughter hanged herself following  what they say was years of bullying.

FOX 11 spoke with parents Freddie and Charlene Avila who are preparing to take their daughter, Rosalie, off life support on Monday.

“I’m here today angry because my daughter is no longer with me and angry because of these bullies continuing to bully,” says Freddie Avila.

Freddie says his daughter Rosalie hung herself and left a letter for him to find saying she couldn’t take being bullied anymore.

But even after news spread that Rosalie committed suicide, the family says students still made fun of her, posting an image of her face near a grave online, mocking her death.

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NJ authorities may have caught serial killer, experts say

NEWARK — Ted Bundy. John Wayne Gacy. Jeffrey Dahmer. ‘Son of Sam’ David Burkowitz.

Criminologists say if the charges against 20-year-old Khalil Wheeler-Weaver turn out to be true, New Jersey will have a name to add to the list of America’s serial killers.

Authorities allege Wheeler-Weaver, an Orange resident who worked as a security guard, killed at least three women, and tried to kill a fourth before he was arrested last year.

Though prosecutors have not used the term “serial killer” when levying charges against Wheeler-Weaver, experts said the allegations against him fit the definition of the term.

What we know about the killings

“I think this qualifies,” Lawrence Kobilinsky, John Jay College’s science department chairperson and a forensics expert, said of the case against Wheeler-Weaver.

The FBI’s definition of “serial murder” has fluctuated, leading to a disagreement among experts about the minimum number of convicted murders needed to identify someone as a

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CHRISTIE meets with TRUMP — MAINOR to run for JC mayor — AFFORDABLE HOUSING agreements increase

11/21/16 07:17 AM EST

By Matt Friedman (; @mattfriedmannj)

Good Monday morning!

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QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We like Chris a lot.” — Donald Trump on Gov. Christie

WHERE’S CHRISTIE? In Trenton for an 11am cabinet meeting (including Lt. Gov. Guadagno) after meeting with Trump yesterday, and then on Ask the Governor tonight

HAPPY BIRTHDAY — Former Statehouse reporter Melissa Hayes


HISTORY? — “Inside Chris Christie’s fall from grace,” by POLITICO’s Alex Isenstadt: “Trump and his top aides were most concerned about two issues, according to nearly a dozen people briefed on the process: Christie’s mismanagement of the transition, and the lingering

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Getting away with murder: the Atlantic City prostitute killings 10 years later

ATLANTIC CITY — At 11 years old, Jeremiah Dilts is too young to know the terrible details of his mother’s death.

He’s been told a “bad man” took her. And that the man killed her. And that the man has never been caught.

The boy has few memories of Molly Dilts. He said his grandfather, Verner Dilts, tells him she was nice.

In this 2008 photo, Verner Dilts, the father of Molly Dilts, hugs Molly’s son, Jeremiah, in the family’s home in Black Lick, Pa.. Verner Dilts is raising the boy, now 11. (File photo) 

“I’m sad that it had to happen,” Jeremiah said. “I wish she could come back.”

On Sunday, the Dilts family, along with other families they have come to know through shared loss, will mark an unwelcome and frustrating milestone.

It has been 10 years since a suspected serial killer prowling the streets of Atlantic City

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