Phoenix police said they arrested a man Wednesday morning for allegedly having sexual contact with three young girls.
Police said they arrested Christopher Allen Simcox, 52, in the area of Van Buren Street and 51st Avenue at around 10 a.m.
Police have not released any details about the allegations, saying only that detectives with the Family Investigations Bureau of the Phoenix Police Department had developed probable cause to arrest Simcox.
Conservative actor John Ratzenberger, who is best known as the character “Cliff” from the television sitcom Cheers, on Friday called for former Rep. Allen West (R-FL) to take “something from his gene pool” and “put it everywhere across this great country.”
Ratzenberger was introducing West at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority conference. He also called West a “real American.”
“We should really take something from his gene pool and put it everywhere across this great country,” Ratzenberger said. “A real American hero, my friend, Allen West.”
It was not immediately clear if Ratzenberger intended for West to personally distribute his DNA or had some other method in mind for sharing the “gene pool.”
A suicide assault team from Shabaab, al Qaeda’s affiliate in Somalia, attacked a United Nations base in the capital of Somalia, killing several UN employees after briefly taking over the compound.
The suicide assault team, which was made up of eight fighters armed with assault rifles and suicide vests, struck at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) compound earlier today. The attack began as a suicide bomber detonated “a pickup truck rigged with explosives” at the main gate, according to a UN statement. The blast breached the perimeter of the compound, and allowed the seven other Shabaab fighters to enter the base.
African Union soldiers surrounded the UNDP base and engaged the Shabaab fighters, killing them all after nearly two hours of fighting.
Reports of casualties indicate that more than 20 people were killed in the fighting. Four “UNDP foreign staff, four Somali security guards,” and seven “civilians” were killed, according to Garowe.
Shabaab claimed credit for the attack in a series of Tweets on its official Twitter site, HSMPRESS1.
James Gandolfini, who rose to fame as the agonized mob boss on HBO’s groundbreaking drama “The Sopranos,” has died, the network confirmed late Wednesday.
Gandolfini, who was 51, was stricken during a stay in Italy, according to reports.
WASHINGTON — Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said Wednesday she’s changed her views and now supports gay marriage, becoming the third Senate Republican to do so.
Murkowski declared as recently as her 2010 re-election campaign that she believes marriage should be legally defined as between a man and woman. She’s voted to amend the Constitution to forbid gay marriage. But she said Wednesday she’s changed her mind.
Murkowski said she’s come to the conclusion it is not the business of the federal government to tell people who they can marry. She called same-sex marriage consistent with Republican values of limited government and family values.
Charlie Sheen’s meltdown, Kim Kardashian’s sex tape, and Anthony Weiner’s sexting are but three examples of how “evil is running amok in our country and all over the globe.”
Call it Klan Kamp, a summertime retreat in the Ozark Mountains where, for $500 per camper, young and old can learn the fundamentals of the “HOLY mission of White Christian Revival” with the goal of becoming leaders in the “New Crusade for race, faith and homeland.”
On Aug. 23, the first class of the Soldiers of the Cross Training Institute (SOTC) is scheduled to begin on the Arkansas property of the Knights Party, the offspring of David Duke’s Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.
The seven-day institute is the brainchild of the Knights Party leader and pastor, Thomas Robb, who has brought together a roster of fellow white supremacists from down the road and across the sea to teach such subjects as “America’s Changing Political climate,” “Leadership – Activist leaders and leaders in the shadows,” “What is propaganda and how to use it effectively,” and “Establishing white conscienceness [sic] in modern society.”
There is no mention on the institute’s website of spelling or typing lessons being offered during the weeklong kickoff of the crusade to establish “white consciousness.”
The key to winning the Latino vote is rejecting immigration reform, conservative pundit Ann Coulter said Tuesday.
Coulter offered her bad advice during an appearance on Fox News personality Sean Hannity’s radio show, where she continued to rail against the possibility of a bipartisan immigration reform bill passing the U.S. Congress
“We can win Hispanics,” Coulter said. “We can’t win them if we keep bringing in the foreign ones.”
New Delhi (CNN) — At 17, Sonali Mukherjee had everything going for her. She was a beautiful, intelligent and ambitious young woman, dedicated to excelling in her studies.
She was president of the Student Union, captain of the National Cadet Corps and an honor student set to pursue a PhD in sociology despite her modest family background — her father used to work as a security guard in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand and her mother was a housewife.
“I had seen my parents struggle for the most basic things, so I strived to achieve something big so that I could give my family a better life,” she said.
However, Mukherjee’s life changed after three male students from her college started harassing her. She didn’t respond to their advances, so they threatened to destroy her.
The Internal Revenue Service is about to pay $70 million in employee bonuses despite an Obama administration directive to cancel discretionary bonuses because of automatic spending cuts enacted this year, according to a GOP senator.
Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa says his office has learned that the IRS is executing an agreement with the employees’ union on Wednesday to pay the bonuses. Grassley says the bonuses should be canceled under an April directive from the White House budget office.
The directive was written by Danny Werfel, a former budget official who has since been appointed acting IRS commissioner.
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“The IRS always claims to be short on resources,” Grassley said. “But it appears to have $70 million for union bonuses. And it appears to be making an extra effort to give the bonuses despite opportunities to renegotiate with the union and federal instruction to cease discretionary bonuses during sequestration.”