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Pregnant woman slain with crossbow; unborn son survives

Pregnant woman slain with crossbow; unborn son survives

Imtiaz Muhammad was putting a cardboard box in his family’s garden shed Monday morning when he found his wife’s ex-husband hiding there -- with a loaded crossbow.  When all was said and done, Muhammad’s pregnant wife, Sana Muhammad, 35, was dead and their tiny son, born by emergency Cesarean section, was fighting for his life.  The morning was a typical one in the family’s home in Ilford, London, until Imtiaz Muhammad came across Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo in the shed, the grieving widower told London’s Evening Standard.  “He stared at me. He was going to shoot, so I ran into the house,” Imtiaz Muhammad told the Standard. “My wife was doing the washing up, (and) I was shouting, ‘Run, run, run!’” >> Read more trending news Sana Muhammad was shot before she could get away. Her other five children, ages 1 to 17, witnessed the shooting, the Standard reported.  The Daily Mail reported that the three oldest children are Sana Muhammad’s children with Unmathallegadoo. The two youngest are from her second marriage.  “I can’t help thinking she took my arrow,” Imtiaz Muhammad told the Standard. “Maybe it should have hit me. “The kids were all there; it was horrific.” Officials from the Metropolitan Police said Sana Muhammad was shot in the abdomen. She died a short time later at a hospital.  Unmathallegadoo has been charged with murder, police officials said. He remained in police custody Thursday.  No motive for the crime was given. The Daily Mail reported that friends of the Muhammads said Sana Muhammad, who went by the name Devi Unmathallegadoo during her first marriage, was previously Hindu and that her first marriage had been an arranged one.  Her marriage to her second husband, for whom she converted to Islam, was one of love, the Mail reported.  Medical staff were able to deliver the couple’s son, who the arrow missed by inches. The Mail reported that the projectile was still lodged in Sana Muhammad’s abdomen even as the baby was removed from his mother’s body.  “The arrow went up into her heart but did not touch the unborn baby,” Imtiaz Muhammad told the Mail. “The baby was due in four weeks. They operated with the arrow still in, because it would have been too dangerous to take out.” The baby, who has been named Ibrahim, was initially listed in critical condition, but Scotland Yard officials told the Standard that he has been upgraded to stable condition.  Unmathallegadoo is expected to stand trial for murder sometime next year. Neighbors described the scene for the newspaper.  “I can hear the man screaming a lot, saying, ‘Help, help,’” one man told the Standard. “He’s knocking the doors, on the neighbors as well, he’s asking for help, screaming for help.” Nisa Khan, who lives across the street, called the homicide a terrible thing. She was friends with Sana Muhammad.  “She was more like a sister than a friend. I knew her for a good seven years, ever since they moved there, we’ve known them,” Khan told the Standard. “She was just a lovely lady, lovely mother, lovely wife. I never saw her being upset, she always had a smile on her face even in the hard times. “It’s just horrible. Everyone goes from this world, we all go, but the way she’s gone, it just hurts.” A GoFundMe page established by the Newbury Park community in Ilford is raising money to help Sana Muhammad’s family. A local Muslim cemetery, Gardens of Peace, has offered its services to the family free of charge. “Nothing can replace any loss, but we have come together as friends and as a community to provide additional support to the family,” the page said.

Judge delays ruling in CNN lawsuit against Trump over Jim Acosta White House ban

Judge delays ruling in CNN lawsuit against Trump over Jim Acosta White House ban

A judge is set to rule Friday in the lawsuit filed earlier this week by CNN against President Donald Trump and his top aides. >> Read more trending news Attorneys for the news network are arguing that Trump and his aides violated both the network’s and reporter Jim Acosta's constitutional rights when he was banned from the White House last week. Update 1:05 p.m. EST Nov. 15: A judge on Thursday delayed a scheduled ruling on the case, CNN’s chief media correspondent Brian Stelter said, citing court records. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy J. Kelly is scheduled to hand down his decision at 10 a.m. Friday on whether to grant a temporary restraining order in the case.  Update 5:40 p.m. EST Nov. 14: The judge in the CNN lawsuit against President Donald Trump and other administration officials over banning reporter Jim Acosta from the White House said he’ll issue a ruling Thursday at 3 p.m., according to news outlets. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy J. Kelly heard arguments from both sides in a two hour hearing Wednesday afternoon. It’s the first hearing in CNN and Acosta’s federal lawsuit against Trump and other administration officials over the suspension of Acosta’s White House press pass. The network and Acosta contend the suspension violated the First and Fifth Amendments. The White House said in a Justice Department filing Wednesday that it has “broad discretion” to decide which journalists get permanent press passes. Journalism advocates said that the White House position is a break with historical tradition, with past administrations granting press access to large and small news outlets, and that the Acosta suspension is an unprecedented step that could have a negative impact on journalism. Update 12:05 p.m. EST Nov. 14: In a court filing Wednesday, the Justice Department argued, 'No journalist has a First Amendment right to enter the White House,' after CNN sued the Trump administration for revoking Acosta’s press credentials, The Hill reported. 'The president and White House possess the same broad discretion to regulate access to the White House for journalists (and other members of the public) that they possess to select which journalists receive interviews, or which journalists they acknowledge at press conferences,' attorneys said in the filing, according to The Hill. Attorneys for CNN filed suit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Washington. A judge scheduled a hearing in the case for 3 p.m. Wednesday. Update 11:45 a.m. EST Nov. 14: More than a dozen news organizations on Wednesday announced their intent to support CNN in the network’s suit against the Trump administration. 'Whether the news of the day concerns national security, the economy, or the environment, reporters covering the White House must remain free to ask questions,' officials from organizations including The Associated Press and The New York Times, said Wednesday in a joint statement.  'It is imperative that independent journalists have access to the President and his activities, and that journalists are not barred for arbitrary reasons.' Update 11:15 a.m. EST Nov. 14: Fox News plans to file an amicus brief in support of CNN in the news network's lawsuit against the Trump administration, Fox News president Jay Wallace said Wednesday in a statement. 'Secret Service passes for working White House journalists should never be weaponized,' Wallace said. 'While we don't condone the growing antagonistic tone by both the President and the press at recent media avails, we do support a free press, access and open exchanges for the American people.' CNN filed suit against Trump and several officials Tuesday, days after reporter Jim Acosta had his press credentials revoked following a contentious exchange with the president. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders accused Acosta in a statement released after the incident of “placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern.” Update 10:25 p.m. EST Nov. 13: A federal judge has given the Trump administration until 11 a.m. Wednesday morning to respond to CNN’s lawsuit demanding a temporary restraining order in the battle over the White House’s revocation of reporter Jim Acosta’s press credentials, according to The Washington Post. A hearing is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Washington. CNN’s attorney said the network is considering whether to request financial damages in its claim against President Donald Trump. Original report: In the lawsuit, filed in D.C. District Court, attorneys for CNN asked for Acosta’s press credentials to be immediately reinstated and protected. >> White House suspends CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s press credentials “While the suit is specific to CNN and Acosta, this could have happened to anyone,” CNN officials said in a statement. “If left unchallenged, the actions of the White House would create a dangerous chilling effect for any journalist who covers our elected officials.” Attorneys for CNN named six defendants in the suit, including Trump, chief of staff John Kelly and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. The lawsuit alleged the decision to revoke Acosta’s credentials was a “severe and unprecedented punishment” following “years of hostility by President Trump against CNN and Acosta based on the contents of their reporting.” >> Sarah Sanders tweeted ‘doctored’ video of Jim Acosta: WaPost “(It’s) an unabashed attempt to censor the press and exclude reporters from the White House who challenge and dispute the President’s point of view,” CNN attorneys said in the lawsuit. Acosta’s press credentials were suspended Wednesday after a White House intern attempted to take his microphone during a news conference with Trump. Huckabee Sanders released a statement after the incident accusing Acosta of “placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern.”

Accused Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz accused of attacking jail guard

Accused Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz accused of attacking jail guard

Nikolas Cruz, the ex-student accused of killing more than a dozen students and teachers at his Florida high school in February, is now accused of attacking a jail guard. Cruz, 20, is charged with aggravated assault on an officer, battery on an officer and the use of an electric or chemical weapon against an officer, Broward County Jail records show. The newly added charges bring the total number of charges Cruz faces to 37.  The former Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student already faced 17 counts of premeditated murder and 17 counts of attempted first-degree murder in the Valentine’s Day massacre at the Parkland school. Cruz has been in the jail, located in Fort Lauderdale, since the mass shooting.  >> Read more trending news Court records show that Broward County Sgt. Raymond Beltran was monitoring Cruz while he used the dayroom alone just before 6 p.m. Tuesday, at which time Beltran asked the inmate not to drag his sandals as he walked around the room.  “Cruz responded by displaying his middle finger to Beltran,” the affidavit said. “Beltran advised that as he began to stand up, Cruz rushed him and struck him in the face.” The pair started scuffling, which resulted in Beltran being knocked to the ground. Cruz managed to grab the deputy’s stun gun, which discharged during the struggle.  Read the four-age booking report and arrest affidavit below. The entire exchange was caught by a surveillance camera, the affidavit said. In the footage, Cruz could be seen rushing at the guard and striking him with his left fist. Cruz took Beltran to the ground and, while on top of him, struck him several more times in the head as the guard tried to regain control of the inmate. It was after Beltran got on top of Cruz that Cruz momentarily grabbed the stun gun from the deputy’s holster.  Cruz kept striking Beltran until the deputy used his right hand, which now held the stun gun, to hit Cruz in the face.  “After being struck by Beltran, Cruz retreated to one of the seats located in the dayroom area, at which point Beltran was able to take him into custody,” the affidavit said.  Broward County Sheriff’s Sgt. Anthony Marciano, a union representative for the county’s jail guards, told NBC News that no one was injured by the stun gun. He told the news agency that Cruz was separated from the rest of the inmates, but was allowed a few hours in the dayroom, alone, each day.  After the latest incident, Cruz will now spend 23 hours a day in his cell, Marciano said.  Cruz is facing the death penalty for the Feb. 14 massacre at Stoneman Douglas. 

Jamie Dupree: “I will never, ever give up”

Normally, I’m not at a loss for words.

Whether it’s on the radio, on Twitter, or on my blog, I churn out copy at all hours of the day and night.

But as I sit here at my dinner table (still clad in my tuxedo) after arriving home from an awards ceremony with hundreds of my reporting colleagues in Washington, I honestly don’t know what to say.

So, the best thing to do is let others speak for me.

What happened on Wednesday night was the Radio Television Correspondent’s Association – which credentials reporters on Capitol Hill – honored me with a [More]