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Six people charged after allegedly plotting to abduct, kill Michigan Gov. Whitmer

Six people accused of plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer: FBI

The FBI thwarted an alleged plot by six people who contemplated a violent overthrow of the government.

Six men were charged in Michigan Thursday for allegedly plotting to abduct and kill Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, as well as other political figures.

In early 2020, the FBI became aware through social media that a group of individuals were discussing the violent overthrow of certain government and law-enforcement components, according to the criminal complaint obtained by Fox News.

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Among those individuals identified were Barry Croft and Adam Fox. Through electronic communications, Croft and Fox agreed to unite others in their cause and take violent action against multiple state governments that they believe are violating the U.S. Constitution.  

On June 6, 2020, Croft, Fox, and approximately 13 other people from several states gathered in Dublin, Ohio. The evidence set forth in the affidavit demonstrates probable cause to issue a criminal complaint charging Fox, Croft, as well as Ty Garbin, Kaleb Franks, Daniel Harris, and Brandon Caserta with conspiring to kidnap Whitmer.

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All are Michigan residents, except Croft who is a resident of Delaware.

During the arraignment, the state assistant attorney general said the three men had credible plans to assassinate political figures, 9&10 News reported. The FBI carried out at least two raids in Wexford County and Hartland Township Wednesday night, which uncovered evidence to support the charges. No additional information was immediately available.

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Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, alongside the FBI and Michigan State Police, is expected to give a press conference at 1 p.m. to provide more details about the case. Fox News calls to the attorney general’s office were not immediately returned on Thursday.

This is developing. Please check back for updates.

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UK announces 17,540 Covid-19 cases and 77 deaths

UK announces 17,540 Covid-19 cases as infections treble in a fortnight and health chiefs record 77 deaths

  • 6,634 diagnoses of the disease two weeks ago, on September 24, which is the most recent point of reference
  • Another 77 deaths were also recorded today, up by 30 per cent on last week’s 59 and double week before
  • Comes as the PM signed off a new ‘traffic light’ system of curbs for England which will see pubs and cafes shut

Britain today recorded 17,540 more cases of coronavirus, with the number of people testing positive for the disease every day having nearly tripled in a fortnight.

There were 6,634 diagnoses of the disease two weeks ago, on September 24,  which is the most recent point of reference after a counting blunder at Public Health England (PHE) rendered last week’s data invalid. 

Health chiefs recorded 14,162 coronavirus cases yesterday, which was more than double the figure of 6,178 recorded a fortnight before. The rolling seven-day average of daily infections — considered a more accurate measure because it takes into account day-to-day fluctuations — has also risen by about similar amount over the same time frame.

Another 77 coronavirus deaths were also announced today, up by 30 per cent on last week’s 59 fatalities and 92 per cent higher than the number of victims posted the Thursday before, when there were 40 deaths. Data shows the rolling seven-day average number of daily deaths is 56, up from a record-low of seven in mid-August. 

Although all signs suggest the UK is headed for a difficult winter, the number of Covid-19 deaths and infections are still a far-cry from levels seen during the darkest days of the pandemic in spring, when more than 1,000 patients were dying and at least 100,000 Britons were catching the disease every day.  

But experts at PHE described the spiralling statistics as ‘very concerning’ and urged people in locked-down Britain to abide by new social distancing rules coming their way next week. Dr Yvonne Doyle, medical director at the beleaguered Government-run body, said: ‘We are seeing a definite and sustained increase in cases and admissions to hospital. The trend is clear, and it is very concerning.

‘It remains essential that we all continue to socially distance, wash our hands regularly, wear a face covering when needed, and follow the guidance if living in an area with additional restrictions. Numbers of deaths from Covid-19 are also rising so we must continue to act to reduce transmission of this virus.’

It comes as the PM signed off a new ‘traffic light’ system of curbs for England after days of bitter wrangling between ministers and scientists, with a swathe of the country where infections have been surging facing the harshest Tier Three level. 

The Government has not revealed the threshold for its tiering system, but Manchester, Liverpool and Newcastle – three cities that have continued to see infection rises despite local lockdowns – are expected to be hit with the draconian measures.

Hospitality businesses are set to be shut under the new rules, likely to be confirmed Monday and imposed from Wednesday, but shops, offices and schools will stay open. Ministers are still mulling the fate of hairdressers and leisure facilities – but Chancellor Rishi Sunak will bring forward a special furlough-style compensation scheme for workers and firms hammered by the curbs. 

Conservative MPs and local leaders in the North have been venting fury about the government’s stance, with former minister Jake Berry accusing the premier of being ‘London-centric’ and enjoying his sweeping emergency powers ‘a little bit too much’. Politicians in Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle and Sheffield raged at ‘diktats announced without notice’ and said ministers were treating the North like a ‘petri dish for experimentation’ while the South gets off lightly. 

Meanwhile, official data revealed coronavirus has killed three times as many people as influenza and pneumonia this year. Covid-19 was listed as the underlying cause of death in 48,168 fatalities recorded in England and Wales between January and August, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).  Influenza caused just 394 deaths during the same time period and pneumonia — often caused by the flu — was behind 13,619 deaths.

But Mr Johnson is coming under massive pressure from scientists to go further and impose a blanket nationwide ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown similar to that dramatically announced by Nicola Sturgeon yesterday. For 16 days from tomorrow pubs and restaurants in Scotland are being banned from serving alcohol indoors and must close by 6pm. In large areas north of the border hospitality venues are being told to shut altogether.

The government’s SAGE group is meeting this afternoon, with one member, Professor John Edmunds, saying a short sharp shock was needed to ‘stop the epidemic from getting out of control in the next few weeks or months and overwhelming the health service’.

‘We are not that far away from that. I hate to be gloomy, but in the North of England now we are not that far away from the health service being stretched,’ he told a Royal Society of Medicine webinar. 

The extent of anger among Tories – and crucially MPs from the ‘Red Wall’ of former Labour seats that delivered Mr Johnson his stunning majority in December – was on display last night as the Commons debated the local restrictions. 

Rossendale and Darwen MP Jake Berry, who was Northern Powerhouse minister under Theresa May,  said: ‘I think the Government has fallen into that fatal trap of making national decisions based on a London-centric view with London data.’

He raised concerns over liberties and freedoms adding: ‘Day by day we see those liberties and freedoms being given away back to the Government in the name of Covid.

‘I’m afraid that has to stop, because once we give these up they will not come back to us, the Government will not return them to us.’

He added: ‘The worst of society is the Government enjoying these new powers a little bit too much.

‘Police officers fining people for being in their front gardens, a bizarre ban on sunbathing on your own in public open spaces.’

Conservative MP for Crewe and Nantwhich Dr Kieran Mullan called for the Government to ‘work harder’ at proving its policies are evidence-based and effective.

Dehenna Davison, who took the Bishop Auckland constituency into Tory hands for the first time in history, highlighted the difficulties for a pub landlord who made his premises Covid-secure but has seen his takings fall dramatically.

Ms Davison said: ‘Last weekend he told me rather than his usual Saturday take of £5,000 to £6,000, he took only £128 all day – not even enough to cover his entire staffing bill.

‘Between the 10 o’clock curfew and the lack of households being able to meet, I’m really concerned these restrictions without additional financial support may have the overall impact of closing pubs not just for lockdown but for good.’

More than 32,000 contacts of coronavirus-infected patients in England were not tracked down last week in worst performance yet, Test and Trace figures reveal 

Britain’s beleaguered Test and Trace system is performing worse than ever, official data today revealed.

More than 32,000 contacts of coronavirus-infected patients in England were not tracked down in the last week of September. This is the equivalent of 32 per cent of all 100,000 contacts the service tried to reach. 

And a further 17,000 contacts were not reached by the service within 24 hours, or 33 per cent, the worst turn around time yet.

This means many moved around the community for longer, raising the risk of those who were infected transmitting the virus to others. 

The Department of Health report admitting the disastrous figures complains the number of positive cases handed over to Track and Trace surged 19 per cent during the week data was reported, after 34,494 new Covid-19 cases were referred.

SAGE has urged tracers to call at least 80 per cent of all contacts and ensure they self-isolate, in order to stop the spread of infection.

But barely one-in-five of those asked to self-isolate are doing so, according to a survey of 30,000 people by researcher’s at King’s College London.

Testing tsar Baroness Dido Harding was laid into by MPs this afternoon after she ignored their deadline for answers on testing. 

Prof Edmunds denied scientists were ‘holding a gun to the PM’s head’ on the restrictions. ‘It’s the virus holding a gun to the PM’s head,’ he said.

There was a slight relief for Mr Johnson this afternoon as Keir Starmer backed off a confrontation over the blanket 10pm pubs curfew – which critics say is making matters worse – to get the plans through Parliament. The Labour leader said his MPs will not oppose the measure in a crunch vote next week, although he wants the policy reviewed.

Cabinet divisions led to a delay in the introduction of the new three-tier system, with the overhaul originally set to be introduced today.  

Chancellor Rishi Sunak and other ‘hawks’ alarmed about the impact on the economy clashed with ‘doves’ Matt Hancock and Michael Gove over elements of the plan.

Mr Sunak and Business Secretary Alok Sharma pushed for more clarity about the triggers for lockdown and argued that more social distancing restrictions should not be uniformly applied across regions.

On the other hand, Mr Hancock and Mr Gove argued that allowing even minor flexibility would undermine the effort to clarify the public health message. 

A meeting on Monday broke up without agreement – but the PM signed off on the new ‘traffic light’ arrangements along with a compensation package last night. 

It is expected to be unveiled formally on Monday, and take effect from Wednesday. 

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick came close to confirming this morning that action is looming on pubs and restaurants. 

‘It is correct to say the number of cases in the North West and the North East and a number of cities, particularly in the Midlands like Nottingham, are rising fast and that is a serious situation,’ he said.

‘We are currently considering what steps we should take, obviously taking the advice of our scientific and medical advisers, and a decision will be made shortly.

‘But I’m not able to give you right now exactly what is going to happen.’

Asked if there will be an announcement linked to the hospitality trade next week, Mr Jenrick said: ‘We are considering the evidence. In some parts of the country, the number of cases are rising very fast and we are taking that very seriously.

‘If we do have to take further steps, then obviously we will take very seriously how we can help and support those individual businesses.’    

The Chancellor is thought to have won the right to be consulted before businesses in the hospitality sector are shut down because of the implications for public spending. 

One source told The Times: ‘There’s been unease about the way decisions are happening. It’s opaque. Rishi was pushing for clearer lines.’

The extent of anger among Tories – and crucially MPs from the ‘Red Wall’ of former Labour seats that delivered Mr Johnson his stunning majority in December – was on display last night as the Commons debated the local restrictions. 

Rossendale and Darwen MP Jake Berry, who was Northern Powerhouse minister under Theresa May,  said: ‘I think the Government has fallen into that fatal trap of making national decisions based on a London-centric view with London data.’

He raised concerns over liberties and freedoms adding: ‘Day by day we see those liberties and freedoms being given away back to the Government in the name of Covid.

‘I’m afraid that has to stop, because once we give these up they will not come back to us, the Government will not return them to us.’

He added: ‘The worst of society is the Government enjoying these new powers a little bit too much.

‘Police officers fining people for being in their front gardens, a bizarre ban on sunbathing on your own in public open spaces.’

Conservative MP for Crewe and Nantwhich Dr Kieran Mullan called for the Government to ‘work harder’ at proving its policies are evidence-based and effective.

Dehenna Davison, who took the Bishop Auckland constituency into Tory hands for the first time in history, highlighted the difficulties for a pub landlord who made his premises Covid-secure but has seen his takings fall dramatically.

Ms Davison said: ‘Last weekend he told me rather than his usual Saturday take of £5,000 to £6,000, he took only £128 all day – not even enough to cover his entire staffing bill.

‘Between the 10 o’clock curfew and the lack of households being able to meet, I’m really concerned these restrictions without additional financial support may have the overall impact of closing pubs not just for lockdown but for good.’

Where does Covid-19 REALLY spread? Pubs, bars and restaurants linked to just 4.4% of outbreaks 

Pubs, bars and restaurants are next in the firing line for local lockdowns in the North of England and Scotland — despite no firm evidence to prove they are driving Covid-19 outbreaks.

Nicola Sturgeon yesterday announced that hospitality businesses will not be allowed to serve alcohol indoors from Friday, and parts of Northern England will follow suit on Monday as the Government scrambles to get the virus under control.

Statistics show, however, that while many people infected with Covid-19 in Scotland said they had been out for food or drink before they fell ill, outbreaks in England are linked to schools and offices much more often.

Hospitality businesses, already suffering from social distancing rules and months of closure during the first lockdown, fear more shutdowns could finish them off. 

Public Health Scotland data shows that one in five people – between 20 and 25 per cent – who tested positive for coronavirus in September had been to a pub or restaurant shortly before they were diagnosed. But this does not prove they caught the illness there.

Although the same data doesn’t exist for England, Public Health England’s reports of Covid-19 outbreak locations show the majority of those among members of the public happen at schools, universities and workplaces.

Since PHE began recording outbreaks in pubs and restaurants on August 9, there have been 148 incidents, compared to more than 500 each in education or employment settings. The hospitality sector was responsible for just 4.4 per cent of confirmed Covid-19 outbreaks in the most recent full week of data, which ends on September 27.

Hospitality businesses face closure, experts say, because without shutting schools – which the Government has vowed not to do again – there aren’t many options left because socialising in private homes is already all but banned.

But the industry is furious and says business owners are being made ‘scapegoats’ for surging cases without proper evidence and despite them following government rules on how to make their premises safe.  

Liverpool’s Labour mayor Steve Rotheram told ITV’s GMB programme: ‘What we’ve seen is an ever-widening North-South divide in measures being taken. 

‘Quite simply the North should not be a petri dish for experimentation by central government.’ 

Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said: ‘No discussion. No consultation. 

‘Millions of lives affected by Whitehall diktat. It is proving impossible to deal with this Government.’ 

But health minister Nadine Dorries gave the complaints short shrift. Taking to Twitter, she claimed the UK was just 10 days from being in a ‘critical stage’. 

‘Those who now claim that further measures are not needed, will in about ten days from now, when hospital admissions are at a critical stage argue that we didn’t do enough. We must do all we can to prevent our ICUs #NHS from becoming overwhelmed #COVID19,’ she wrote.

Leaked documents obtained by the Nottingham Post reveal that the city and surrounding areas are set to be added to the Tier 2 restrictions. 

Sent to senior figures in the city and county, they make clear households will not be able to mix in any indoor settings. 

‘Our current expectation is that the approach will be announced on Monday, October 12 with the new standardised regulations coming into force on Wednesday October 14,’ the document said.

It also suggested that the Tier 3 restrictions might not have been completely sealed.

‘Level One and Two measures have now been signed off by Covid O committee but there is further work ongoing on Level 3,’ the letter said. 

Meanwhile, the backlash against Ms Sturgeon’s move has been gathering pace in Scotland.

UKHospitality executive director for Scotland Willie Macleod today warned that many businesses won’t survive the new restrictions on hospitality and licensed trade north of the border and said tens of thousands of jobs will be lost. 

And Kate Nicholls, CEO of the association in England, urged the government to consider ‘more substantive support’. 

She told BBC Radio 4: ‘In Scotland £40million between 16,000 licenced premises equates to just over £2,000 for those people. It barely keeps the lights on let alone saves a job.’

Despite the drastic action on the table, Mr Johnson is facing a desperate battle to stop MPs rejecting the existing 10pm curfew rules across England.

Up to 100 Tory MPs are threatening to vote against the measure, with the government already having delayed the showdown from this week.

The prospect of a government defeat came closer yesterday when Labour leader Keir Starmer demanded more evidence on the effectiveness of the curfew, suggesting his party could oppose it.

Asked for evidence to back up the policy this morning, Mr Jenrick told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme it was ‘common sense’.

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Souvenir store saleswoman humiliates tourists for not buying anything

Souvenir store saleswoman humiliates a pair of tourists for not buying anything by calling them ‘poor losers’

  • Shocking footage shows the worker mocking and cursing at two tourists in China
  • The saleswoman shouted ‘don’t travel if you haven’t got money, you poor losers’ 
  • The visitors said the shop assistant got aggressive after they didn’t buy anything
  • Authorities temporarily shut down the souvenir store after the footage went viral

A souvenir shop assistant in China has been filmed mocking two tourists in front of passersby after they visited the store without buying anything.

Shocking footage shows the angry saleswoman shouting ‘don’t travel if you haven’t got money, you poor losers’ at the pair of visitors in Dali, a popular tourist city in southwest China.

Local officials have temporarily shut down the store after the video sparked an outcry on Chinese social media.


A souvenir shop assistant in the city of Dali, southwest China, has been filmed mocking two tourists in front of passersby after they visited the store without buying anything

The incident was brought to light when the clip was uploaded on Douyin, the Chinese equivalent of TikTok, by a social media account ‘Mossad1948’.

The web user, believed to have filmed the video, said he and his female friend had been humiliated by a worker at a souvenir shop selling hand drums in Dali’s Shuanglang town. 

The saleswoman claimed the visitors had ‘fooled her’, the man added.

In the viral footage, the shop assistant wearing a red dress can be heard shouting aggressively and cursing at the tourists in front of onlookers.

She cried: ‘Look at these tourists! Don’t travel if you haven’t got money, you poor losers!’ The employee was also holding a phone, seemingly filming the visitors.


Shocking footage shows the angry saleswoman shouting ‘don’t travel if you haven’t got money, you poor losers’ at the pair of visitors in Dali, a popular tourist city in southwest China

She even tried to shove the female tourist who urged passersby to avoid buying the drums from this store. 

The worker then shouted: ‘F*** your mother.’ 

The footage has since been widely shared across Chinese social media, prompting the local officials to respond.

In a statement issued by the Dali government, the authorities confirmed the event, adding that they had shut the souvenir store for 30 days.

On Thursday, footage of the event, believed to have been filmed by the shop worker, emerged on social media.

But the new version included a part which was omitted from the viral footage. 

On Thursday, footage of the event, believed to have been filmed by the shop worker, emerged on social media. But the new version included a part which was omitted from the viral footage

The event occurred on Monday at a souvenir shop in Shuanglang town, a famous historical site in Dali, Yunnan province of southwest China. The file photo shows the tourist town Shuanglang

The worker can be heard saying: ‘[They] came in to fool me on purpose. They said they would buy [the drums] and asked me to perform.’

She is believed to have issued a formal apology, according to a screenshot circulated online today.

The shop assistant reportedly wrote: ‘Despite the reasons and what happened, what [I] said in the video was inappropriate and uncivilised.

‘I didn’t think the video of me would cause such a repercussion online. I am very scared, and I don’t even know how to face my family, the public, and the future,’ she added.

‘But escaping is not the solution. Now I have to stand up bravely and say ‘I’m sorry’ to everyone.’

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Moment drunk ex-Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale moans his wife won't have sex with him during 'gun suicide' arrest

THE moment drunk ex-Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale moaned that his wife won't have sex with him during his "gun suicide" arrest was caught on bodycam footage.

"I just couldn't accept she isn't having sex with me," Parscale, 44, sobbed to a female police officer.


He continued: "I just couldn't accept it. Not in months. I couldn't accept it. I just kept asking her."

Cops dashed to Parscale's home in Fort Lauderdale last month after his wife Candice reportedly told them he had "multiple firearms" and was threatening to harm himself.

The former campaign manager was detained and evaluated at the hosptial but was not charged.

Parscale, who was allegedly drunk, was in a two-hour standoff with the cops before he left the house and was taken into custody.

Further footage heard Brad claiming that his wife was plotting to steal his money,



He said: "She knows exactly what she is doing. It is the most baller move of all time. It is the most checkmate, f**k you, move of all time. It is un-f**king-believable.

"I'm gonna throw you in the hospital and act like you're f**king killing yourself. I'm gonna take all your money and by the time you get out, you can't do anything about it."

At the time his wife, Candice, told cops that Brad had beat her, but later said that her statements were "misconstrued," according to Politico.

Police previously said he was alone in the house at the time and officers had managed to negotiate with him to leave the property safely.

"We went out and it was very short. We went and got him help," Police Chief Karen Dietrich told the Sun Sentinel.

She added that Parscale did not threaten officers and was willingly detained before being taken to hospital from his home in the Seven Isles community.

“When officers arrived on scene, they made contact with the reportee (the wife) who advised her husband was armed, had access to multiple firearms inside the residence and was threatening to harm himself,” Fort Lauderdale police said in a statement.

“Officers determined the only occupant inside the home was the adult male. Officers made contact with the male, developed a rapport, and safely negotiated for him to exit the home.”

If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text Crisis Text Line at 741741.

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Chicago gun violence leaves 14 people shot, 2 fatally within 24-hour time frame: report

September marks the deadliest month in Chicago since 1993

Chicago approaches 600 homicides already in 2020; insight from Chicago Alderman Raymond Lopez on what leaders can do to stop the violence.

Chicago’s latest streak of violence left 14 people shot, including two fatally Wednesday.

Those wounded included a 10-year-old girl who was struck in the back when someone approached a group of her friends at a park on the South Side and opened fire. Several others survived separate drive-by shootings across the city. Two men survived gunshot wounds to the face.

Those killed Wednesday included an 18-year-old man, who was shot at around 9:40 p.m. while walking in the East Side neighborhood. Someone in a blue SUV fired at him near the 3700 block of East 104th Street, striking him several times, and the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

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The other fatality involved a 30-year-old man who officers found shot in the chest around 1:20 a.m. in the 1400 block of East 67th Place in the Grand Crossing on the South Side. The man, later identified by the Cook County medical examiner as Demarlon Simpkins, of Englewood, was rushed to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Wednesday’s first shooting happened at about 12:35 a.m. when a male was driving in West Chesterfield on the South Side. He told police he noticed a blue van approaching him at the 200 block of East 95th Street when he suddenly heard gunshots and felt pain. He was hit in the right calf and brought to the University of Chicago Medical Center to be treated.

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Hours later, another two shootings broke out in separate areas of the city both around 12:45 p.m. Police said a 35-year-old man was shot multiple times in the 3200 block of West Madison Street and transported to Mount Sinai Hospital in serious condition. Meanwhile, a 39-year-old man was walking down the sidewalk in the 3900 block of West Jackson Boulevard when someone across the street fired at him, striking him in the hip and leg. He was also brought to Mount Sinai Hospital.

A 23-year-old man said he was walking in the street in Roseland on the South Side around 6:50 p.m. when someone opened fire near the 10800 block of South Wentworth Avenue. He was struck in the buttocks and brought himself to Roseland Community Hospital, where he was stabilized.

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Officers responded to the 8300 block of South South Shore Drive around 8:15 p.m. to find a 10-year-old girl had been shot in the back at Russell Square Park. Someone approached the park, where the girl was hanging out with a group of friends, and opened fire. She was rushed to Comer Children’s Hospital in serious condition, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Someone riding in a white Sedan passed through Englewood on the South Side around 8:30 p.m. and opened fire at two men sitting in a vehicle at the 6800 block of South Lafayette Avenue. Both were rushed to the University of Chicago Medical Center. The 31-year-old suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the face and was in serious condition. The other man, 29, was hospitalized in fair condition after suffering a gunshot wound to one shoulder.

Three people riding in a vehicle through Beverly on the South Side around 10:30 p.m. were hurt when someone in a passing maroon van opened fire near the 9500 block of South Ashland Avenue. Police said a 25-year-old man, who suffered multiple gunshot wounds to his face, and a 21-year-old man, who was struck in the neck, were transported to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in fair condition. Another 25-year-old man refused medical treatment after he was grazed in the neck by a bullet.

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About 10 minutes later, someone passing in a black Sedan fired shots and struck two men, aged 21 and 29, around 10:40 p.m. in Lincoln Park on the North Side. Police responded to the 2600 block of North Cannon Drive to find the 21-year-old struck in the right leg and the 29-year-old struck in the left. They were both transported to Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet in good condition.

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Coroner reopens death investigation of UKIP candidate found in blood

Coroner will reopen investigation into mysterious death of UKIP candidate, 33, found in pool of blood days after receiving death threats

  • Ramsay Urquhart, 33, was found wrapped tightly in a duvet and covered in blood
  • Police described the politician’s death as ‘unexplained but not suspicious’ 
  • His father, Murdo, 67, has secured a fresh investigation into his son’s death 

A coroner is set to reopen an investigation into the death of a former UKIP candidate found in a pool of blood days after receiving death threats.   

Police described the death of Ramsay Urquhart, 33, in April 2019 as ‘unexplained but not suspicious’. A post mortem said the death was ‘unascertained’.

His body was found wrapped tightly in a duvet at a flat in London and his laptop was missing. He’d moved from Aberdeenshire two weeks earlier in search of work.

His grieving father Murdo has been campaigning for a full investigation into his death – he refuses to accept the official account that there were no suspicious circumstances, and believes his son may have been attacked.

Mr Urquhart senior, 67, a former technician at Inverness College UHI, has now secured a fresh investigation by a coroner in Sunderland, which he hopes will piece together exactly what happened.

Police described the death of Ramsay Urquhart (pictured with his widow, Pan Ei Phyu), 33, in April 2019 as ‘unexplained but not suspicious’. A post mortem said the death was ‘unascertained’

Ramsay Urquhart, a former Holm, Lochardil, Inverness Royal Academy and Nairn Academy pupil had been living with his parents in Aberdeenshire up until two weeks before his death, when he moved to London to find a job.

In 2010 he stood in the general election for Glasgow Central but came eighth out of nine candidates, only beating the candidate representing the Pirate Party. 

His body was found in a room in a home of multiple residents by police after they were alerted by his worried family.

They were concerned about their son’s mental health and have since learned Ramsay had received death threats in the days leading up to the tragedy.

But officers who found his body covered in blood said there was nothing suspicious, which Mr Urquhart refuses to accept.

His widow, Pan Ei Phyu, 30, originally from Myanmar, who met Ramsay while they were both teaching English in China in 2014, said: ‘It’s more than a year since Ramsay died and I still do not know what happened.

His body was found wrapped tightly in a duvet at a flat in London and his laptop was missing. In 2010 he stood in the general election for Glasgow Central but came eighth out of nine candidates, only beating the candidate representing the Pirate Party

‘He was only in London two weeks when he passed away. We’d speak on the phone every day and then, when I tried to call and message, there was no response. When it went a couple of days, I got in touch with my father-in-law and he called police.

Mr Urquhart said: ‘All I want is justice for my son. I want the coroner to accept that my son’s death is unexplained or suspicious in order for a new investigation to be launched.

‘I believe that my son was smothered and then battered to death, and I think there has been a major cover-up to protect those who initially investigated his death.’

He and his wife Susan claim there are too many unanswered questions and that new evidence is still being uncovered.

He said: ‘We made numerous phone calls on April 16, 2019, to police in London and made a visit to our local police station in Elgin to try and get someone to listen to us as we were worried about our son’s mental health, and his wife could not make contact with him.

His body was found in a room in a home of multiple residents by police after they were alerted by his worried family

‘After ignoring our pleas for help, two officers finally went to Ramsay’s home and found him face down on his bed, surrounded by blood. He was pronounced dead at the scene on April 17.

‘Two police officers arrived at our door in the early hours of the morning to tell us our son was dead, but said there were no suspicious circumstances.’

After Ramsay’s body was released 12 days later following a postmortem, Mr Urquhart and one of his sons went to London to see his body and make arrangements for a funeral.

But he, and his wife – who travelled from Burma to see him – were denied access. 

Ramsay was cremated, and his family was charged for the cost of the ceremony.

‘There has been a catalogue of failings in the investigation of my son’s death. After investigating his death for a number of months, it came to light that two police officers had been to Ramsay’s home two days before he died because he had received death threats. They were the last two people to see my son alive as far as we know,’ he said.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) said: ‘Following the death of Ramsay Urquhart on Wednesday April 17, 2019, the MPS made a mandatory referral to the Independent Office for Police Conduct on Tuesday April 23.

‘The Independent Office for Police Conduct, having conducted an independent investigation, has informed the MPS and the coroner that none of the officers and police staff members involved had a case to answer for misconduct.

‘However, the MPS has agreed with the IOPC that management advice be given to four officers and a member of police staff.’

A spokesman for the deputy chief coroner in England and Wales said: ‘The investigation and inquest hearing have now been transferred to Sunderland, and a substantive hearing will be listed in due course.’

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Mother finds Sports Direct Elf On The Shelf defaced with Nazi swastika

Shocked mother finds Sports Direct Elf On The Shelf she bought for her son is decorated with Nazi swastika and the words ‘Hitler’s workshop’

  • Lisa Davies, 41, bought Sports Direct Elf On The Shelf for her son for Christmas
  • She found the toy defaced with a Nazi swastika and words ‘Hitler’s workshop’
  • Sports Direct apologised to Lisa and police have recorded ‘hate incident’ 

A mother was shocked to find an Elf On The Shelf toy she bought from Sports Direct decorated with Nazi symbols and the words ‘Hitler’s workshop’.

Lisa Davies, 41, ordered the Manchester United-themed festive doll from billionaire Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct for her five-year-old son for Christmas.

But when she unwrapped the package, she discovered that the toy’s box had been defaced with a swastika, the symbol of the Nazi Party, in black felt tip.

A Hitler-style moustache had been added to the picture of the elf, along with the name ‘Adolf’.

Sports Direct issued a grovelling apology to Lisa and promised to investigate the matter. Police confirmed the report of a hate incident had also been recorded.

Lisa, of Llanelli, South Wales, said: ‘I just thought it was a shame that there was black pen all over the box, but then I looked closer and couldn’t believe my eyes – I was in shock.

‘I took pictures and sent them to my partner and my family who all said that it was shocking and that they couldn’t believe it.

Lisa Davies, 41, ordered the Manchester United-themed festive doll from billionaire Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct for her five-year-old son for Christmas

But when she unwrapped the package, she discovered that the toy’s box had been defaced with a swastika, the symbol of the Nazi Party, in black felt tip

‘I thought maybe it was just someone who really doesn’t like Man U, but those symbols are so disgusting that it made me feel sick, there is no excuse, it is not a joke.’

The use of the swastika is now considered a hate crime by police, so Lisa contacted the non-emergency police line.

‘I didn’t know if it was a crime but it did make me feel paranoid, I know it’s not possible but in my head I was thinking what if someone got my address and sent that to me on purpose – it did go through my mind,’ she said.

‘I’m just glad I opened the box before because I wouldn’t have wanted my son to see it, I don’t even want it in my house, I am so angry about it.’

A spokesman for Dyfed-Powys Police told Wales Online the report of a hate incident had been recorded. 

A Hitler-style moustache, made famous by the German dictator and actor Charlie Chaplin, had been added to the picture of the elf, along with the name ‘Adolf’

Sports Direct apologised to Lisa and offered her a replacement elf and a £25 gift voucher.

A letter to Lisa read: ‘I am very sorry to see your item has arrived in this condition. All items pass through quality control before being allocated to an order, this item must have been missed and it certainly isn’t acceptable.

‘We would like to firstly offer you our sincerest apologies for receiving an item defaced in such a way. I will pass this information to our warehousing team who will look to trace the route of this issue to ensure nothing like this can happen again.

‘We are very sorry your item was received in this condition and will be sure to investigate.’ 

MailOnline has contacted Sports Direct for comment.

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NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro to lose his license

Caught in the act: NSW deputy premier ‘to lose his driving licence after being caught speeding’ in a ministerial car – and ‘using his phone behind the wheel’ weeks before taking time off for mental health

  • John Barilaro was ‘caught speeding twice and using his phone while driving’
  • Barilaro is said to be losing his license over offences and hasn’t yet paid the fines
  • It comes after he announced he would take four weeks leave for mental health 
  • Has endured a recent dispute with Gladys Berejiklian over the koala policy  

NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro is set to lose his driving license after he was busted speeding twice, including once in a ministerial car, reports say.

The Nationals leader was also caught using his phone behind the wheel and now faces a series of fines, it has been reported.

Two of the offences happened in the days before Mr Barilaro announced he would be taking four weeks of mental health leave, according to the Daily Telegraph.

The fines come after a tumultuous period for the deputy premier who threatened to implode the coalition government in relation to the koala protection policy.

NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro (pictured with wife and daughters) is set to lose his license after he was busted speeding twice including once in a ministerial car

‘As is absolutely appropriate, the deputy premier will pay any fines and cop all penalties associated with the driving infringements,’ they said.

The offences did not contribute to his decision to take time off which he announced on September 18, the spokesman added.

Mr Barilaro was busted driving over the limit in the Harbour Tunnel while he was heading to North Sydney to get some some food, according to the report.

One an earlier occasion he was caught speeding while dropping his daughter off at university, it claimed.

His license is yet to be suspended.

The deputy premier revealed to the publication he had been struggling with mental health issues throughout the year.

Two of the offences happened in the days before Mr Barilaro (pictured) announced he would be taking four weeks of mental health leave. 

‘Everybody’s had some level of trauma in their life,’ he said. 

‘It’s about how you manage it and for a long time I thought I could do it on my own — this year I couldn’t.’ 

Meanwhile a source close to Mr Barilaro told the newspaper: ‘These infringements clearly show that the deputy premier was struggling with his mental wellbeing given the erratic driving behaviour’. 

Driving licences are taken away if the holder clocks 13 demerit points or higher in three years. 

Upon announcing his four-week break, Mr Barilaro texted his colleagues and told them he had been ‘struggling’. 

‘Some of you are aware of the issues I’ve been dealing with, added with the past ten days I’m not in a good way,’ he said in messages obtained by Seven News.  

‘Whatever has occurred in the past week, I’m sorry for not being the leader you needed.

‘I’m struggling. I’ve never felt this way and I need to address everything I’m facing.’ 

Mr Barlaro had also lost his father two months ago.

Mr Barilaro (pictured) created tensions in the government after announcing his MPs would abstain from voting on coalition bills as they fought changes to the koala protection plan

Before announcing his leave, Mr Barilaro created tensions in the government after blindsiding the premier and announcing his MPs would abstain from voting on coalition bills as they fought changes to the koala protection plan.

The Koala Habitat Protection State Environment Planning Policy identified 123 trees that were needed as food or shelter for the animals – which is a jump from the ten trees which were already considered ‘core’ habitat for the animals. 

He said it would be the ‘nail in the coffin’ for farmers and strip them of their land rights.

‘If we were to support that we would become the laughing stock of regional and rural NSW,’ Mr Barilaro earlier said.

‘This is the right thing to fight for on behalf of the community.’ 

He eventually backed down after Premier Gladys Berejiklian gave him an ultimatum that Nationals MPs support the government or its ministers be sacked from cabinet.

He survived a no-confidence motion in state parliament despite senior government’s minister publicly disparaging his actions.  

Mr Barilaro will return to parliament in the coming weeks. 

The Nationals leader (pictured) told his colleagues he was ‘not in a good way’ after announcing he would take four months leave

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Millionaire YouTuber Zoella blasted for furloughing office manager

EXCLUSIVE: Millionaire YouTube star ‘Zoella’ Sugg is blasted for using taxpayers’ cash to furlough the office manager at her £5m business

  • Multi-millionaire vlogger claimed thousands of tax-payers’ money for furlough
  • Holly Macey earns £25,000 a year as Zoella’s ‘Girl-Friday’ organising parties, wrapping presents and walking her dog 
  • The office manager was seen on Zoe’s Instagram this week picking pumpkins 
  • News of the furlough claim was described as ‘outrageous’ by a Tory MP  
  • TaxPayers’ Alliance said the public would remember ‘those that helped in the national interest and those that didn’t’ 

Multi-millionaire YouTube star Zoella is claiming thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money to pay her office manager from the government’s furlough scheme, MailOnline has learned.

The highly successful vlogger – real name Zoe Sugg – has landed several multi-million pound deals during lockdown, yet placed her £25,000-a-year ‘girl Friday’ Holly Macey on the state bail-out programme designed to help companies in trouble.

Since the pandemic tore through the economy, Sugg has signed ‘mega-deals’ to promote BMW, GHD, Etsy and Spotify.

But the revelation that Sugg, worth over £5m, has been using the furlough scheme since it was launched in April was blasted as ‘outrageous’ by Tory MP Tory MP Andrew Bridgen.

Multi-millionaire YouTube star Zoella is claiming thousands of taxpayers’ money to pay her office manager from the government’s furlough scheme, MailOnline has learned

The highly successful vlogger – real name Zoe Sugg – has landed several multi-million pound deals during lockdown, yet placed her £25,000-a-year ‘girl Friday’ Holly Macey (pictured on Zoe’s Instagram this week) on the state bail-out programme for companies in trouble

Holly is believed to be the only one of Sugg’s six-strong team to have been on furlough. 

It is thought the others, including a creative manager, social media manager and advertising manager are self-employed.

The revelation that Sugg, worth over £5m, has been using the furlough scheme since it was launched in April was blasted as ‘outrageous’ by Tory MP Andrew Bridgen

An insider close to Sugg, Holly’s role within her team is to take care of tasks such as organising parties and events for Zoella and her team as well as wrapping presents and taking Zoella’s pet pug Nala out on walks. 

Yesterday, Holly, 26, appeared on the 30-year-old social media mogul’s Instagram Stories feed, loading up ‘gifted pumpkins’ into a van at a farm for Halloween, suggesting she may now be back working. 

Zoella’s agent Maddie Chester of Gleam Futures told MailOnline: ‘I can confirm that the A-Z office manager Holly Macey has benefited from the government furlough scheme due to the A-Z office being shut since mid March.

‘Zoe and Holly are very good friends and do a lot of activities outside of work such as pumpkin picking yesterday.’

Tory MP Andrew Bridgen condemned Zoella’s use of the furlough scheme as ‘outrageous’ and called for an investigation.

‘This was an emergency government use of taxpayers’ money to help businesses in trouble during the pandemic.

Since the pandemic hit, Sugg has signed ‘mega-deals’ to promote BMW, GHD, Etsy and Spotify. This week alone, Zoella has posted Instagram ads to her 9.2m followers for Sky TV (above), for whom she is on a lucrative deal with as well as hair care brand Function of Beauty

Sugg charges £20,000 for a sponsored post on Instagram and can fetch up to £25,000 for placing an ad on her popular YouTube videos, where she has 16m subscribers

Zoe Sugg Ltd boasts assets of more than £1m with £479,000 for her production business Pippin Productions Limited and £492,000 for ZS Beauty and finally £265,000 for ZS Lifestyle 

‘It seems very odd to me that a company which operates online should have made this claim as online businesses have done very well during lockdown.

‘I would expect the department concerned to take a close look at the circumstances and if there’s been any kind of work done by this employee, the money should be paid back.’  

This week alone, Zoella has posted Instagram ads to her 9.2m followers for Sky TV, for whom she is on a lucrative deal with as well as hair care brand Function of Beauty.

Sugg charges £20,000 for a sponsored post on Instagram and can fetch up to £25,000 for placing an ad on her popular YouTube videos, where she has 16m subscribers.

She also has a fiction book due out for release later this month after signing a huge advance deal with Penguin publishers.

Zoe was involved in a ghost-writing scandal over her first novel Girl Online. In 2014, it emerged that she was helped by ghost-writer Siobhan Curham, a children’s author.

Sugg was attacked online for failing to explicitly state that she did not write the book alone, though she did thank Curham in the acknowledgements for having been with her ‘every step of the way’.

Zoella’s most recent Companies House records in 2018 and 2019 show her various businesses in a financially healthy position.

Zoella’s agent Maddie Chester of Gleam Futures told MailOnline: ‘I can confirm that the A-Z office manager Holly Macey has benefited from the government furlough scheme due to the A-Z office being shut since mid March’

Zoe, who is dating fellow vlogger Alfie Deyes, lives in a four-storey mansion in Brighton and owns a fleet of cars including a top spec Range Rover and a Mini Cooper

One of the first successful British influencers, Sugg’s website Zoella.co.uk attracts 7m clicks a month and £50k worth of ads per year, while Girl Online set records for the highest-ever first-week sales for a debut author

Zoe Sugg Ltd boasts assets of more than £1m with £479,000 for her production business Pippin Productions Limited and £492,000 for ZS Beauty and finally £265,000 for ZS Lifestyle.

But significantly, the company which employs Holly, according to her LinkedIn profile, A to Z Creatives Ltd, only showed assets of £22,000 in January 2019. The companies each show a total number of employees as one. 

Zoe, who is dating fellow vlogger Alfie Deyes, lives in a four-storey mansion in Brighton and owns a fleet of cars including a top spec Range Rover and a Mini Cooper.

One of the first successful British influencers, Sugg’s website Zoella.co.uk attracts 7m clicks a month and £50k worth of ads per year, while Girl Online set records for the highest-ever first-week sales for a debut author.

This and three further books are said to have earned her £2m, while she reportedly made £3m from two product ranges, Zoella Beauty and Zoella Lifestyle.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak launched the furlough – officially the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – in March, paying up to 80 per cent of furloughed employees’ salaries, up to a limit of £2,500 a month. 

It runs until the end of October, though since the end of July, businesses were rewarded with £1,000 for every employee they brought back to work.

By August 15, more than 80,000 firms had returned £215m which had been claimed under the scheme.

John O’Connell, from the TaxPayers’ Alliance said: ‘It is understandable that some businesses furloughed staff unnecessarily given the unprecedented circumstances of the past year.

John O’Connell, from the TaxPayers’ Alliance said: ‘Taxpayers will likely have long memories of those that helped in the national effort and those that didn’t’

In April, Sugg was rapped by the UK advertising watchdog for breaching advertising standards guidelines on an Instagram post in which she wore a floral dress by clothing brand Asos and failed to indicate to her followers that she was being paid by to push the company’s products

‘However, lockdown had a massive impact upon the economy and now every penny really does count. Some businesses have repaid the support offered to them by taxpayers. They should serve as an example for other firms that have come through the past year in rude health.

‘Taxpayers will likely have long memories of those that helped in the national effort and those that didn’t.’ 

In April, Victoria Beckham reversed a decision to furlough 30 staff at her fashion label, saying that her team’s welfare ‘means everything to me’ after the decision to apply for public money drew heavy criticism.

In April, Sugg was rapped by the UK advertising watchdog for breaching advertising standards guidelines on an Instagram post.

She featured a story on her Instagram account in July 2019 in which she wore a floral dress by clothing brand Asos and failed to indicate clearly to her followers that she was being paid by the company to push their products.

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) said that Sugg did not make clear that the post, which lasted for five seconds on her Instagram story, was for marketing purpose and ordered that such an ad must not appear again in the form complained about.

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10-Month-Old Is Allegedly Beaten to Death by Football Coach Dad, Who Googled 'Baby Isn't Breathing'

A 29-year-old Pennsylvania man accused of beating his 10-month-old daughter to death allegedly Googled the terms "If baby stop breathing," "What if you don't hear baby heart or beat," "My baby isn't breathing," and "How do you know if a baby is dead" before seeking help for her, prosecutors say.

Austin Stevens was arrested on Tuesday on aggravated assault, aggravated indecent assault, involuntary deviant sexual intercourse, rape of a child and endangering the welfare of a child charges stemming from his alleged actions on Saturday.

According to a statement from prosecutors, the Lower Providence Township man had served as an assistant coach for the Lower Providence Warriors youth football team.

Authorities allege the assault on little Zara Lynn Scruggs occurred Saturday evening.

Afterwards, between 9:27 p.m. to 10:22 p.m., Stevens allegedly used his phone to search Google for information about babies in distress.

Investigators allege Stevens also chatted over text and Instagram with two different women during that hour. None of the conversations involved discussion of his daughter's condition.

Police allege he finally called 911 just before 10:40 p.m.

Police and emergency medical technicians responded, and began performing CPR on the unresponsive baby. Zara was taken by ambulance to Einstein Medical Center Montgomery, where doctors declared her dead shortly after midnight.

Detectives confirm that Stevens had joint custody of his baby girl.

Prosecutors allege an autopsy on Zara's remains revealed she had been sexually assaulted and had sustained blunt force trauma to the head.

"This case is deeply disturbing," stated Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele. "It is hard to imagine this child's death being any more traumatic: sexual assault on an infant, followed by inaction by the father to save her life, led to her death."

Stevens has not entered pleas to the charges he faces, and is being held on $1 million bail.

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Information on his lawyer was unavailable at press time.

Friends of Zara's mother have launched a GoFundMe campaign to cover the baby's funeral expenses and to establish a foundation in her name.

According to the page, Zara "was smart. She was silly. She was sassy. She was perfect. She was a beautiful baby and brought so much beauty into hundreds of lives. She brought us together, and we will fight for her forever."

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