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Multiple People Shot, At Least Two Dead, Outside Empire State Building

Several people have been shot, at least two fatally, in a police-involved shooting outside the Empire State Building this morning. Early police scanner reports indicated the shooting was related to a robbery but it now appears it may have been a workplace dispute. The gunman was fatally shot by the police. A innocent woman also appears to have been killed in the crossfire. According to the FDNY there are “several” people being taken to nearby hospitals while they mitigate the scene.

The shooting began just after 9 a.m. Exactly how many people were shot is still unclear but appears to be between 8 and 10. At 9:44 a.m. it came over the news scanners that the perp may be a recently fired worker who returned to the building where he had worked. According to one person who claims to be a witness the shooter had a specific target:I was about 50 feet away from the guy who was killed, and it was definitely a targeted shooting. Apparently he walked right up to the guy and shot him in the head. I was one of the first there, thinking I could take my jacket off to help the guy who was shot, but he was gone already.

Just FYI, this has nothing to do with the ESB. It just happens to be right across the street from where it occurred. Its not a shooting that took place in the building, or some kind of terrorist activity. Just stating this because some would assume its a guy who opened fire in a tourist attraction, and that was not the case.

ABC7 reports that at least one victim was shot in a nearby Duane Reade when a bullet went through a window. Reportedly, “Some shooting victims were found inside the lobby of the Empire State Building, others found outside.””The shot rang out, and everybody started running,” one witness told the News. “Oh man, there must have been 12 or 13 shots. It was amazing.”Meanwhile, the Empire State Buildings observatory is open to the public.Bloomberg is now on the scene and expected to speak at 11 a.m. Stay tuned for updates.

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Police fatally shoot man in Times Square

A man was shot and killed by police in New Yorks Times Square Saturday afternoon, after he refused to drop the knife he was wielding. Police saw the man, whom they observed smoking marijuana near West 44th Street and Seventh Avenue, NBC News reported. When approached by officers, he became belligerent, and threatened them with a large kitchen knife. The officers ordered the man to drop his weapon repeatedly at they pursued him a number of blocks south of the tourist-filled Times Square, according the the Associated Press.

According to the police, officers pepper-sprayed the man six times, but he did not let go of the 11-inch knife, the AP reported. More from GlobalPost: Son of Sam killer David Berkowitz: Recent shootings senselessBystanders who were in Times Square at the time stopped to watch the pursuit, many snapping photos and videos, the New York Times City Room blog reported.“He was swinging at people as he ran,” 17-year old Jobby Nogver, who was visiting from Boston, told the New York Times. Nogver watched as about a dozen police officers finally surrounded the man and shots were fired on Seventh Avenue between 37th and 38th Streets.“I can’t tell you how many shots,” he said. “It was a lot.”Karon Rakes, who was visiting New York from Cleveland, told the Times the man was taunting the police.“He just started saying, ‘Come on, come get me,’ ” Rakes said.

The man was pronounced dead at Bellevue Hospital, the AP reported. The he officers involved in the shooting will be on required administrative duty while the incident is reviewed, Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Browne told CNN.

more at: Police fatally shoot man in Times Square VIDEO | GlobalPost.

Man plunges 22 stories to his death from Manhattan hotel

Man plunges 22 stories to his death from Manhattan hotel, lands ON TOP of SUV with driver inside, who escapes from wreck unscathed.

The man, identified only as a 40-year-old from Florida, jumped from the sun deck of the 22nd-floor fitness center. The driver, Engel Nicasio, was having a cup of coffee as he waited for his passenger when he hard a “loud boom” that made him duck.

Scene at West 55th Street and Fifth Avenue, where an unidentified man jumped from the Peninsula Hotel landing across the street from the entrance on top of a SUV with Engel Nicasio,shown here its driver inside, who miraculously was uninjured.

A man jumped to his death from the roof of a midtown hotel Thursday morning, crushing a Cadillac Escalade that was parked across the street as the driver sat in the SUV drinking coffee, police said.

The apparent suicide occurred at 8:55 a.m. at the posh Peninsula Hotel on Fifth Ave., near 55th St.

The man, identified only as a 40-year-old from Florida, jumped from the sun deck of the 22nd-floor fitness center, landing on the Cadillac Escalade on 55th St. across from the hotel.

The driver of the luxury SUV said he was inside the SUV having a cup of coffee as he waited for his passenger when he hard a “loud boom” that made him duck.

“When I looked up, I saw my whole passenger side was crushed in from above,”

said the driver, Engel Nicasio, 37.

“I thought it was a construction accident or debris from a building.”He exited the vehicle and saw the real horror: the body.

“I was in shock,” he said.

“I had never seen a body like that, it was horrible. I just stood there staring at it until someone pulled me away.”

via Man plunges 22 stories to his death from Manhattan hotel, lands ON TOP of SUV with driver inside, who escapes from wreck unscathed – NY Daily News.

Colorado gunman planned on killing stars of Dark Knight Rises at NYC premiere

The Colorado gunman planned on traveling to New York City for the premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises”, so he could shoot dead the stars of the movie and any innocent bystanders who stood in his way, it was claimed today. James Holmes had more grandiose plans than gunning down moviegoers at his local theater according to police sources, and only changed his mind at the last minute due to paranoia that police would catch him with a car-load of weaponry.

The National Enquirer reported that actors Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Anne Hathaway and Gary Oldman were Holmes original targets, with their deaths being in the very city the movie was filmed in, according to an initial police investigation.

more at: James Holmes: Did Colorado gunman plan on killing stars of Dark Knight Rises at NYC premiere? | Mail Online.

Romney would back Israeli strike against Iran

Mitt Romney would support Israel’s decision to launch a military strike against Iran to keep that country from achieving nuclear capabilities, but hopes diplomatic and military measures will dissuade Tehran from pursuing its path toward nuclear acquisition, a top foreign policy adviser for the GOP presidential candidate said Sunday.“Gov. Romney believes we should employ any and all measures to dissuade the Iranian regime from its nuclear course, and it is his fervent hope that diplomatic and economic measures will do so,” said adviser Dan Senor, previewing a speech Romney is scheduled to make Sunday afternoon. ”In the final analysis, of course, no option should be excluded. Gov. Romney recognizes Israels right to defend itself, and that it is right for America to stand with it.” Romney is on a seven-day overseas trip that started Friday in England, will continue this weekend in Israel and conclude in Poland.  Senor said Romney thinks preventing nuclear “capability” – not just a nuclear weapon – is critical.

more at: Romney would back Israeli strike against Iran, senior adviser says | Fox News.

Katie Holmes went stealth to leave Tom Cruise and Scientology

On July 11 a new report about Katie Holmes showed that the soon-to-be ex-wife of Tom Cruise used stealth methods to leave him and his religion of Scientology.
According to “Extra” via several sources, Holmes took special measures to end her marriage by using disposable cell phones to orchestrate this move that apparently had been long in coming for the actress who had been wed to Cruise for five years.
 While Tom was filming his newest movie called “Oblivion” in Iceland, Katie went to some key players who became her confidants as she decided to pull the plug on her legal union with Cruise.
One such player was her dad, attorney Bert Fields, while the other was another former Mrs. Cruise, Nicole Kidman. Both helped Katie execute the complicated exit Holmes felt was necessary in order to leave her husband.Meanwhile, Tom Cruise is said to be in bad shape after this personal set-back as he continues to film “Oblivion” in June Lake, California.
People reports that the accomplished actor keeps asking, “Whats happening?” as if in a fog of some sort regarding the disillusion of his marriage. However, reports say that Cruise will be seeing his and Katies daughter Suri as soon as this weekend since custody arrangements have been made. Whether or not Katie Holmes will be on hand when Tom arrives in New York City is not known.
Meanwhile, Katie Holmes has left Tom Cruise and Scientology but she has joined a Catholic church in New York City as she starts her new life without the man who wooed her all over the world only five years ago. Stay tuned for more on this complicated matter. In the meantime take a look at L Ron Hubbard’s son speaking out about Scientology.

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When the UN wants to negotiate a global arms control deal, it turns to … Iran | Fox News

UNITED NATIONS –  A little more than a week after accusing Iran of supplying arms for Syrias bloody crackdown on democracy-minded rebels, the UN has given Tehran a key seat at negotiations for a global arms treaty.

The stunning appointment by member states attending the UN Conference of the Arms Trade Treaty in New York came last week, and is just the latest example of the world body appointing rogue and repressive regimes to leadership roles. The 15-nation committee to which Iran was appointed hopes to guide what could eventually become the first legally binding global treaty aimed at regulating the international trade of conventional arms.

Critics say asking Iran to help craft a treaty aimed at stopping arms proliferation to terrorist groups and rogue states makes a mockery of the talks. Just two weeks ago, the UN Security Council accused Tehran of shipping arms to Syria, and Iran is also suspected of hiding illegal nuclear weapons facilities from international watchdogs.“It defies logic, morality and common sense for the UN to elect this same regime to a global post in the regulation of arms transfers.”- UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer

“Right after a UN Security Council report found Iran guilty of illegally transferring guns and bombs to Syria, which is now murdering thousands of its own people, it defies logic, morality and common sense for the UN to elect this same regime to a global post in the regulation of arms transfers,” UN Watch Executive Director Hillel Neuer told

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Pastor Arrested for Holding Bible Study in Home

A Phoenix-area pastor is in jail after his home was raided because he was violating an occupancy law by conducting private Bible studies in his home, the Examiner reported.

Pastor Michael Salmon, an ordained minister who lives with his family in the Phoenix area, has led a Bible-study gathering of 15-20 people at his 4.5 acre property since 2005.

Police raided his home on July 6. In 2007, Salmon received a notice from the City of Phoenix that Bible studies are not permitted in a residence unless the property is converted to an A3 occupancy, which allows commercial and public use, according to the Examiner.”

It came down to zoning and proper permitting. Anytime you are holding a gathering of people continuously as he does, we have concerns about people being able to exit the facility properly in case there is a fire,” Phoenix City Prosecutor Vicki Hall said, according to the Examiner.

Salmon took some steps to meet the requirements, but did not want to become a commercial entity, calling the code unconstitutional. Now he is serving 60 days in jail for “creating an unsafe building environment,” the Examiner reported. The pastor has also received a $12,180 fine for his crime and could receive probation.

more at: Pastor Arrested for Holding Bible Study.

Dozens Hurt in I-95 Tour Bus Accident | NBC New York

State police are investigating what caused a tour bus to slam into a guardrail and then a concrete wall on  I-95 in New Rochelle early Wednesday, injuring dozens and wreaking havoc on traffic. Authorities said it does not appear any other vehicles were involved in the accident between exits 15 and 16 at about 6:30 a.m. Multiple lanes on the highway were blocked off as authorities transported two dozen passengers, most of whom suffered minor neck, back and head injuries, to hospitals and tried to piece together what happened. State Police Captain Evelyn Mallard said the bus hit the center guardrail while traveling south on I-95. The forceful impact sent it veering right across three lanes and smack into a concrete wall a tenth of a mile away. No other vehicles were hit.

At some point, the bus driver got out of the vehicle or was ejected, Mallard said. He was bleeding when police got to him, but was conscious and alert. Other passengers were described as the “walking wounded.”

Mallard said the speed of the bus when it first struck the guardrail was unknown. It also wasnt known if the driver was cut off or fell asleep, or if the weather played a factor, but she said the accident could have been far worse. Deputy Fire Chief of New Rochelle Robert Benz said the bus remained in gear after hitting the concrete wall and was still coasting on the highway. A state trooper moved his cruiser in front of the bus to bring it to a halt, investigators said.The bus was headed for a hill and if it hadnt been stopped, “it would have been catastrophic,” said Mallard. According to federal safety records, the Star Tag bus company has not had any reportable accidents in the last two years. The company has a satisfactory safety rating. Investigators are reconstructing the accident at the scene.

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Supreme Court upholds individual mandate, ObamaCare survives | Fox News

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld nearly all of President Obama’s health care overhaul, in a landmark ruling that will have sweeping consequences for the economy, the election and America’s health care system.

In a 5-4 decision, the court ruled as constitutional the so-called individual mandate requiring most Americans to obtain health insurance starting in 2014.

Chief Justice John Roberts, who was appointed during a Republican administration, joined the four left-leaning justices on the bench in crafting the majority decision.

“The Affordable Health Care Act survives largely unscathed,” Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, one of those justices, declared at the end of the reading, claiming the “setbacks” going forward will be “temporary blips, not permanent obstructions.”

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S.C. mother battling flesh-eating bacteria ‘slightly improved’ –

New mom, Lana Kuykendall, is battling flesh-eating bacteria.


Lana Kuykendall has had 11 surgeries since being diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis.

While in critical condition, she hasn’t had amputations and the disease is all in her leg.

“Lana’s vitals and blood work is good,” her husband says, according to the hospital.

The father of a Georgia woman with the disease notes milestones in her own fight.

(CNN) — The health of a South Carolina woman battling a rare flesh-eating bacteria has “slightly improved,” a spokeswoman for a Greenville hospital said Thursday, though the new mother remains sedated and in critical condition.

Lana Kuykendall has “undergone 11 debridement surgeries to remove tissue since being admitted May 11” to Greenville Memorial Hospital, spokeswoman Sandra Dees said Thursday by e-mail.

But unlike 24-year-old Aimee Copeland of Georgia — who has lost a leg, part of her abdomen, her remaining foot and her hands as she fights the same disease, according to online updates from her father, Andy Copeland — no parts of Kuykendall’s body have been amputated.

“Last night, Darren told the family in his update that ‘Lana’s vitals and blood work is good.’ This is a good day for her, and we will take it,” said Brian Swaffer, Kuykendall’s brother, in a message relayed by the hospital.

Kuykendall gave birth to twins, Ian and Abigail, on May 7 in Atlanta.

At that time, Kuykendall, a paramedic, was believed to be healthy. But a few days later, she went to hospital near her South Carolina home after noticing a rapidly expanding bruise on her leg, her husband Darren, a firefighter, told CNN last week.

She was diagnosed then with necrotizing fasciitis and has been incubated and sedated every day since, according to her brother and the hospital.

A number of bacteria, which are common in the environment but rarely cause serious infections, can lead to the disease. When it gets into the bloodstream -such as through a cut – doctors typically move aggressively to excise even healthy tissue near the infection site, in hopes of ensuring none of the dangerous bacteria remain.

The disease attacks and destroys healthy tissue and is fatal about 20% of the time, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky convicted of child sex abuse | Fox News

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky faces life in prison following his conviction late Friday of sexually assaulting 10 boys over 15 years.

Sandusky, 65, was led from the courtroom in handcuffs after being found guilty of 45 of 48 counts. Sentencing will be in about three months, but mandatory minimums will keep him behind bars for life.

Sandusky, a retired defensive coach who was once Paterno’s heir apparent, showed little emotion as the verdict was read.

There were only three acquittals among the charges related to 10 victims, eight of whom took the stand to describe fondling, forced oral sex and anal rape. Many of the accusers testified that they had told no one of the abuse that dated as far back as the mid-1990s — not parents, not girlfriends and not police.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly spoke immediately after the verdict, praising the victims for the courage to testify. She said she hopes the verdict “helps these victims heal and helps other victims of abuse to come forward.”

Attorneys Justine Andronici and Andrew Shubin, who represent some of the victims of Sandusky’s sexual abuse, including Victim 3 and Victim 7 who testified in the trial, said in a statement their clients are “relieved and grateful” about the verdict.

via Former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky convicted of child sex abuse | Fox News.

Lady Gaga in Satanic blood bath claim |

LADY Gaga has been accused of taking part in a Satanic ritual after she left a tub in her hotel suite filled with a red blood-like liquid. and The Sun reported the star was staying at London’s posh Intercontinental Hotel.

Hotel staff said Lady Gaga left a bath tub in her suite filled with claret liquid.

One housekeeper claimed the singer was “bathing in blood as part of a Satanic ritual”.

She told website Truthquake: “Lady Gaga left large amounts of blood in the suite during a stay this summer. The incident was reported to the concierge, who was told to put it out of her mind.”

An insider added: “All of the hotel’s staff are convinced she was bathing in it or, at the very least, using it as part of one of her new costumes or weird stage routines.”

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