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Man identified in fatal Orange County motorcycle accident

Man identified in fatal Orange County motorcycle accident

A Kissimmee man is dead after he got into a motorocycle accident in Orlando. Florida Highway Patrol said 39-year old Firas Alsaadon was driving in the parking lot off 36th Street when he lost control of the motorcycle. Alsaadon then crashed into a fence and was thrown from the motorcycle. Troopers found him around 7:45 this morning next to the bike. Alsaadon was not wearing a helmet. It’s unclear if alcohol was a factor in the accident.

Cops: Serial killer’s mom stabbed to death by grandson, 3 children survive attack

Cops: Serial killer’s mom stabbed to death by grandson, 3 children survive attack

The mother of an East Cleveland serial killer convicted in 2016 of murdering three women has herself been slain, and authorities have charged her 18-year-old grandson in the case.  Jalen Latrell Plummer, of Cleveland, is also accused of stabbing his 12-year-old brother, his 10-year-old sister and a 10-year-old female cousin as they slept early Saturday morning, according to Cleveland.com. All three children survived, though two required surgery for their injuries.  The Associated Press reported Plummer pleaded not guilty Monday morning to multiple charges, including aggravated murder in the death of 62-year-old Diane Madison. Plummer, who is charged with felonious assault in the stabbing of the children, was ordered held in lieu of $2 million bond.  >> Read more trending news Madison was the mother of Michael Madison, who was sentenced to death in 2016 in the strangulation deaths of three women, Angela Deskins, Shetisha Sheeley and Shirellda Terry. The bodies of Deskins, 38, Sheeley, 28 and Terry, 18, were found in garbage bags between October 2012 and July 2013 near the apartment building where Michael Madison lived.  Michael Madison was arrested in July 2013 after barricading himself inside his mother’s home, where Saturday’s fatal stabbing took place. The AP reported at the time that Madison’s crimes were discovered after a foul odor led to the discovery of one woman’s body inside a garage leased to the killer.  The other two victims were found after investigators began searching nearby vacant buildings. All three bodies were found wrapped in plastic garbage bags.  Authorities said following Michael Madison’s arrest that he professed an admiration for Anthony Sowell, a Cleveland serial killer convicted in 2011 and sentenced to death in the murders of 11 women. The bodies of many of Sowell’s victims were found in and around his home.  According to News 5 in Cleveland, Michael Madison was found guilty on 14 counts, including aggravated murder, rape, kidnapping and abuse of a corpse.  He is being housed in Chillicothe Correctional Institution, according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.  Diane Madison was found dead after two of her injured grandchildren ran to a neighbor’s house around 12:15 a.m. Saturday following the attack, authorities said. While the girls ran for help, the 12-year-old boy hid inside the house, News 5 reported.  The children were taken to University Hospital’s Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital for treatment. They remained hospitalized Monday, Cleveland.com reported.  Officers who responded to the Madison home found a bloody Plummer hiding in a shower, the news site said. He was jailed after being treated for injuries to his hands.  Footage from his brief court appearance Monday morning shows Plummer’s hands wrapped in bandages. Court records indicate Plummer lived with his grandmother in the home where the stabbings took place.  Michael Madison’s defense attorneys argued during his trial that his mother abused him throughout his childhood, including beating him, scalding him with hot water and forcing food down his throat until he would vomit.  According to Cleveland.com, the defense said Diane Madison’s boyfriend beat her son so badly that he lost hearing in one of his ears.  No motive for the stabbings has been made public. Plummer is being held in the Cuyahoga County Jail. 

Trump imposes 'hard-hitting' sanctions on Iran's supreme leader after drone attack

Trump imposes 'hard-hitting' sanctions on Iran's supreme leader after drone attack

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday imposing what he called 'hard-hitting' sanctions against Iran's supreme leader, his office and those associated with him, as tension continues to rise between the two nations. >> Read more trending news  “We do not seek conflict with Iran or any other country,' Trump told reporters gathered at the White House. 'I can only tell you, we cannot ever let Iran have a nuclear weapon.' The sanctions will deny Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and those closely affiliated with him and his office from accessing financial resources and support under U.S. jurisdiction, Trump said. 'These measures represent a strong and proportionate response to Iran's increasingly provocative actions,' the president said. 'We will continue to increase pressure on Tehran until the regime abandons its dangerous activities and aspirations, including the pursuit of nuclear weapons, increased enrichment of uranium, development of ballistic missiles, engagement and support for terrorism, fueling of foreign conflicts and belligerent acts directed against the United States and its allies.' The sanctions were announced days after Iran's Revolutionary Guard shot down a U.S. surveillance drone flying over the Strait of Hormuz. Iranian officials said the drone had been hovering over the country’s airspace, though U.S. officials said the drone was over international waters when it was shot down. Last week, Trump ordered a military strike in retaliation for the incident. He said on Twitter that he pulled back from the plan minutes before planes were set to launch after he learned that 150 civilians were expected to die in the attack. Tensions have been escalating since Trump last year withdrew the U.S. from a global nuclear deal with Iran and re-imposed economic sanctions on Iran. Iran has decried the U.S. sanctions, which essentially bar Iran from selling its oil internationally, as 'economic terrorism.' The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Sanders leads call for $1.6 trillion in student loan debt forgiveness Flanked by several progressive Democrats from the U.S. House, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) unveiled plans on Monday to zero out well over $1 trillion in college student loan debt held by Americans, part of a broader call by some lawmakers to make tuition much more affordable for students at public colleges and universities. 'If you can bail out Wall Street, you can bail out the middle class of this country,' Sanders said at a news conference outside the U.S. Capitol. 'We have a generation of people who are drowning in debt,' said Sanders, as he urged older Americans to realize that times have dramatically changed since they were able to use Pell Grants or a part time job to help pay their college tuition. 'It was literally easier for me to become the youngest woman in American history elected to Congress than it is to pay off my student loan debt,' said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). There were different pieces of legislation released today on the issue - one from Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) is titled the 'Student Debt Cancellation Act of 2019' - and focuses just on the issue of erasing student debt. Omar's bill would also prevent the loan forgiveness from being considered taxable income for an individual, and does not allow any refunds of payments already made. 'Corporations and the wealthiest Americans have repeatedly gotten tax breaks and bailouts,' said Omar. 'It’s time for a bailout for the 45 million Americans who are shackled with student debt.' The immediate reaction among Republicans and conservatives was skeptical - to say the least. 'Universities will be able to increase tuition at will if they know the gov’t is just going to forgive the debt anyway,' tweeted Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH). The plan from Sanders and others would apply to all with student loan debt - no matter their current income levels. His bill would also aim to drastically reduce the cost of tuition at public colleges and universities - with a total cost estimate of $2.2 trillion. 'The estimated $2.2 trillion cost of the bill would be paid for by a tax on Wall Street speculation,' Sanders said in a release about the legislation. The plan would institute a transaction tax of 0.5 percent on stock trades, as well as a 0.1 percent fee on bonds, and a .0005 percent fee on derivatives.