Friday, January 12, 2018

Federal agents sweep nearly 100 7-Eleven stores in immigration investigation

U.S. immigration agents descended on dozens of 7-Eleven stores nationwide Wednesday (1/10) sending a message that immigrants in the U.S. illegally will have to look over their shoulders while at their places of work. A total of 21 people were arrested on suspicion of being in the U.S. illegally as Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents served inspection notices at convenience stores in 17 states and the District of Columbia. Administration officials argue workplace raids will decrease illegal immigration by placing pressure on employers with fines and possible criminal charges. And to make its point Wednesday, the Trump administration drew a bull’s-eye on one of the country’s most prominent convenience store chains, whose outlets are staples of thousands of American neighborhoods. (LA Times)


Los Angeles man charged in Calgary police swatting hoax

The Calgary, Canada, Police Service has charged a Los Angeles man in a hoax last month that caused tactical teams to descend on an apartment building for a report of a shooting and hostage taking that turned out to be bogus. Acting Duty Inspector said there’s a good indication that the accused — Tyler Raj Barriss — is the same man charged in a similar incident six days later that led police in Wichita, Kan., to fatally shoot an unarmed man. Calgary police have charged the man with public mischief for falsely reporting an offence, fraud for providing false information by letter or telecommunication and mischief. A man already has been charged in Kansas with making a false alarm. He waived his right to an extradition hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court last week. In both the Calgary and Wichita cases, police say a man called 911 purporting that he’d shot his father and that he was holding his mother and a sibling at gunpoint. When someone makes a phony emergency call aimed at sending tactical officers to a certain location, it’s known as swatting. Officials say swatting calls can put the public and officers at risk and tie up police resources. (National Post)


Woman returns dead Christmas tree to Costco — in January

A crazy shopper returned her Christmas tree to Costco this January for a refund — because it was “dead.” Bizarrely, the woman apparently managed to get her money back in full despite taking the battered fir back a full 10 days after December 25th. She was snapped at the checkout of the store in Santa Clara, Calif., by unimpressed shopper who was stuck in a line behind her. He shared the photo on Facebook, writing: “I can’t make this stuff up. Woman in line at Costco, totally nonchalant, to return her Christmas tree ‘because it is dead’ on January 4.” The woman was slammed on social media by users branding her “cheap” and “brazen.” Costco is known for its generous returns policies — with basically any item able to be refunded at any time except electronics, which have a 90-day limit. (NY Post)


Cheating governor accused of blackmailing mistress with racy pic

The married governor of Missouri was accused in a news report Wednesday of using a half-naked, S&M photo to pressure a woman he was cheating with into keeping quiet about the affair. Hours after the report on local KMOV TV, Gov. Eric Greitens and wife Sheena issued a statement admitting to an extramarital fling, saying: “Eric took responsibility and we dealt with this together honestly and privately.” The statement did not address a bombshell claim that he squeezed the woman with the photo, quoting her ex-husband saying the fling happened in March 2015 and that the future governor wanted to keep it quiet at all costs. The CBS affiliate reported it had an audio tape of the woman — Greitens’ former hairdresser — confessing to her husband about the kinky tryst. She said Greitens, 43, took a picture of her bound, blindfolded and partly undressed. “He stepped back, I saw a flash through the blindfold and he said, ‘You’re never going to mention my name, otherwise this picture will be everywhere,’ ” the woman said Greitens told her. A lawyer for the governor denied he ever “blackmailed” the woman. (KMOV TV)


Police seeking assistance regarding donated urn

Police in Washington state said a wooden box donated to a Goodwill store was found to be filled with cremated human remains. Vancouver Police said they were contacted by a Goodwill employee who was sorting donations and discovered the box was an urn that contained cremains. The department’s Evidence Unit released a photo of the box, which bears the name “Michelle Miller.” The Vancouver Police Department Evidence Unit is seeking assistance from the public to identify anyone who may be associated with the urn so that it can be turned over to family members, as it is believed this item was inadvertently donated. Anyone with information regarding this urn is asked to contact the Vancouver Police Department Evidence Unit.  (Vancouver Police Department)


Dog In Space

A stuffed toy dog gets to float around on the International Space Station as a sweet reminder of home. Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov posted a photo of the critter on Twitter Wednesday (1/10). Shkaplerov’s cousin made the small poodle, which features a classic poofy-legged haircut, and modeled it after the astronaut’s family dog. The cosmonaut’s daughter asked him to take it with him into space, but he didn’t just pack it away in his luggage. (Twitter)


Hundreds of Bats Fall from Sky in Australian Heat Wave

More than 200 bats have lost their lives to southern Australia’s ongoing heat wave. As temperatures rose to 111.5 degrees Fahrenheit in Campbelltown in the Australian state of New South Wales, a colony of flying fox bats that lives near the town’s train station felt the effects. Volunteers struggled to rescue the heat-stricken bats, , but at least 204 individual animals, mostly babies, died. The colony of flying foxes in Campbelltown belong to the species Pteropus poliocephalus, better known as the gray-headed flying fox. Their wingspans can stretch more than 3.3 feet, and they can weigh more than 2.2 lbs. Important pollinators, the bats eat mainly nectar, pollen and fruit. Temperatures higher than 86 degrees can be dangerous to young flying foxes because their bodies lose the ability to regulate their temperature. For the Campbelltown colony, a lack of both water and shade exacerbates the problem. (Live Science)


Finally Friday!!! Other reasons to be excited about today is:

  • Kiss A Ginger Day (Red Heads)
  • National Curried Chicken Day
  • National Hot Tea Day
  • National Marzipan Day
  • National Pharmacist Day

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