NY couple accused of killing son before starting fire

Story highlights Their teenage adopted son had special needs and used a wheelchair, the sheriff saysParents Ernest and Heather Franklin are charged with murder and arsonNew York (CNN) Foul play was suspected from the first moments the disabled boy's body was discovered in the ashes of an upstate New York home. "Early on, almost immediately at the scene that night, some red flags went up," Chenango County Sheriff Ernest Cutting Jr. said Saturday. "We chose to kind of keep it close to the vest." Jeffrey's adopted parents were indicted on second-degree murder and arson charges Friday -- weeks after the March 1 fire that authorities allege they started to cover up the killing. Ernest Franklin II, 35, and wife Heather, 33, are also accused of tampering with physical evidence but could face additional charges, according to Cutting.

March 25, 2017 21:33 UTC

After Health Care Flop, White House Seeks Help From Congress On Tax

“Working with this Congress, President Trump is going to pass the largest tax cut since the days of Ronald Reagan, and we’re going to get this American economy moving again,” he said. Comprehensive tax reform has eluded previous Congresses and administrations since 1986 when it was last accomplished under former President Ronald Reagan. Trump and Republicans had campaigned to overhaul former President Barack Obama’s health care law, which they have argued is too intrusive and expensive. On tax reform, Pence said Trump wants to cut the corporate tax rate to 15 percent from 35 percent to spur investment. The House of Representatives’ tax committee is working on legislation that would cut the corporate rate to 20 percent.

March 25, 2017 21:33 UTC

Iran Denies Harassing U.S. Warships In Gulf, Warns Of Clashes

Iran denied on Saturday U.S. accusations that its fast-attack boats were “harassing” warships at the mouth of the Gulf, and said Washington would be responsible for any clashes in the key oil shipping route. U.S. Navy commanders earlier accused Iran of jeopardizing international navigation by “harassing” warships passing through the Strait of Hormuz and said future incidents could result in miscalculation and lead to an armed clash. They spoke after the U.S. aircraft carrier George H.W. U.S. commanders earlier said Tuesday’s incident, in which the George H.W. The encounter with Iranian Navy boats occurred as the USS George H.W.

March 25, 2017 21:29 UTC

Vegas Strip reopens after gunman surrender, fatal shooting

The standoff began about 11 a.m. PDT Saturday on the bus when it was stopped on Las Vegas Boulevard near the Cosmopolitan hotel-casino. Las Vegas Police officer Larry Hadfield said just before 3:30 p.m. that the man had a handgun and surrendered without incident. Expand / Contract Las Vegas SWAT officers leave the scene of a stand-off in a bus along Las Vegas Boulevard, Saturday, March 25, 2017, in Las Vegas. Las Vegas police said the gunman in a fatal shooting on the Strip who barricaded himself inside a public bus has surrendered peacefully after shutting down the busy tourism corridor for hours. Las Vegas Police officer Larry Hadfield said just before 3:30 p.m. that the man, who had a handgun, surrendered without incident.

March 25, 2017 21:26 UTC

Bangladesh Bomb Blasts Kill Three, Scores Injured

DHAKA (Reuters) - At least three people, including a policeman, were killed and scores wounded in two separate bomb blasts on Saturday near a militant hideout that was raided by commandos in northeastern Bangladesh, police said. The explosions in the Sylhet district came a day after a suicide bomber blew himself up at a security checkpoint near the country’s main airport in an attack claimed by Islamic State. Two people were killed and more than 30 injured in one of the blasts near the hideout and a policemen died in the second in front of the building, police official Rokon Uddin said. The raid came after a string of suicide attacks on security bases this month. Islamic State and Al Qaeda have made competing claims over killings of foreigners, liberals and members of religious minorities in Bangladesh, a mostly Muslim country of 160 million people.

March 25, 2017 21:22 UTC

Chris Pratt Handles Body Shamers In The Most Chris Pratt Way

Chris Pratt is currently filming the sequel to “Jurassic World” and he’s been giving his Instagram followers a peek into the life of a movie star on a diet. Of course, Pratt being Pratt, he’s managed to make his calorie counting into a rather entertaining experience for all to watch called “What’s My Snack?” In the first installment posted on March 16, Pratt babbles on about his baobab, banana, cacao and chia smoothie.

March 25, 2017 21:22 UTC

Belarus had a large protest today. Is it the beginning of a movement, or the end?

Belarus police block a street during an opposition rally in Minsk. “They grabbed everybody indiscriminately, both young and old,” BBC Belarus correspondent Sergei Kozlovsky told the AP. The Belarus economy is tightly controlled by the government, and human rights and free speech are strictly curtailed. A woman tries to defends herself after being pushed to the ground as police detain an activist during an opposition rally Saturday in Minsk, Belarus. And the country’s more traditional opposition hoped to build on the outrage to create a more sustained, far-reaching movement.

March 25, 2017 21:22 UTC

After an Uncharacteristic Early Stumble, UConn Breezes to Win

But when she left the court with 55 seconds remaining after fouling out, Auriemma gave her a disdainful look. But there was 37 minutes left to play.”Advertisement Continue reading the main storyAt times, U.C.L.A. (25-9) showed off the kind of size, speed and shooting that can make UConn look vulnerable. View all New York Times newsletters. “At times it seemed like she was the only person we could really trust with the ball,” he said.

March 25, 2017 21:20 UTC

Gunman in shooting on Las Vegas Strip surrenders, police say

Las Vegas Assistant Sheriff Tom Roberts said police received calls reporting shots fired around 11 a.m. on a southbound local bus. The southern end of the normally bustling Strip looked like a ghost town after police blocked off portions of Las Vegas Boulevard. As the Strip was closed, they walked along the empty southbound stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard — as far as police would let them. It was Wood’s first trip to Las Vegas and he didn’t want to forget any of it. Outside on Las Vegas Boulevard south of Harmon Avenue, it was hard to tell a shooting had happened.

March 25, 2017 21:19 UTC

Steve Bannon Thought He Could Bully Republicans On Health Care. He Couldn't.

Steve Bannon reportedly tried to force House Freedom Caucus members to back replacing the Affordable Care Act when he met with them days before Friday’s repeal vote . “Guys, look,” Bannon reportedly said. You have no choice but to vote for this bill.”Bannon apparently did not count on the fact that House Republicans knew they actually did have a choice in the matter. “You know, the last time someone ordered me to something, I was 18 years old,” one of the members reportedly told Bannon. Earlier in the day, The Daily Beast reported that anyone who didn’t follow Bannon’s orders would be put on a “shit list.”

March 25, 2017 21:02 UTC

Pence vows Trump will continue ObamaCare fight, calls out Democrats and Republicans

The Republican congressman and the president, after announcing the cancellation, sounded as if efforts to fulfill campaign promises to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law were essentially finished. Ryan publicly said Americans would be living with ObamaCare for the “foreseeable future,” while Trump simply told The New York Times, “It’s enough already.”However, Trump and Pence on Saturday seemed to come back fighting. “ObamaCare will explode, and we will all get together and piece together a great healthcare plan for THE PEOPLE,” Trump tweeted. Late Friday, Tennessee GOP Sen. Bob Corker also suggested the fight to replace ObamaCare was not finished. “I stand ready to work with the administration and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in order to fix our broken health care system.”

March 25, 2017 21:00 UTC

The Latest: Official: 1 dead in shooting along Vegas Strip

The Latest on a shooting along the Las Vegas Strip (all times local):1:55 p.m.A hospital spokeswoman says one person has died in a shooting along the Las Vegas Strip. University Medical Center spokeswoman Danita Cohen said two people were taken to the hospital after the Saturday shooting. ___1:30 p.m.Police say a gunman has barricaded himself inside a bus along the Las Vegas Strip, prompting a partial closure of the busy boulevard. The standoff began after a shooting was reported Saturday on Las Vegas Boulevard in the heart of the Strip near the Cosmopolitan hotel-casino. Las Vegas Boulevard is closed between Flamingo Road and Harmon Avenue.

March 25, 2017 21:00 UTC

Come From Away: A Broadway Theatre Review By Dr. Lloyd Sederer

A Broadway Review by Dr. Lloyd SedererHuman kindness seems in far too short supply in recent months. If you looking to rediscover the power of human kindness, you can do so in a resounding way in about 90 minutes by seeing the new Broadway one act play, Come From Away, playing at the Schoenfeld Theatre. ………..............................................................................................................................................................................Dr. Lloyd Sederer is a psychiatrist and public health doctor. His latest books are Improving Mental Health; Four Secrets in Plain Sight (2017) and Controversies in Mental Health and the Addictions (2017). Publishing Improving Mental Health: Four Secrets in Plain Sight

March 25, 2017 21:00 UTC

The Latest: 3 anti-Trump protesters arrested in California

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — The Latest on violence at a pro-Trump rally in Southern California (all times local):2:35 p.m.Three people have been arrested on suspicion of illegal use of pepper spray following a scuffle at a rally to support President Donald Trump at a Southern California beach. Kevin Pearsall of California State Parks Police says the arrests happened when counter-protesters sprayed pro-Trump supporters. ___1:50 p.m.KCBS-TV reports that people were arrested after fights broke out during a rally to support President Donald Trump at a Southern California beach. ___1:30 p.m.Violence broke out Saturday at a rally on a Southern California beach where supporters of President Donald Trump had gathered to march. The Orange County Register reports (goo.gl/dDSHZB) that hundreds of people were at Bolsa Chica State Beach for the event.

March 25, 2017 20:58 UTC

Andorra Ends 11 Years of Losses, With a Tie

Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku scored with two minutes remaining to salvage a 1-1 tie with visiting Greece. Luis Robles had four saves for the host Red Bulls (2-2-1), who were missing Sacha Kljestan, Derrick Etienne Jr. and Michael Murillo because of World Cup qualifying. Advertisement Continue reading the main storyThe 4-year-old Arrogate became the highest-earning racehorse, surpassing California Chrome, winner of the Dubai cup last year. Advertisement Continue reading the main storyChristopher Zablocki of the United States broke the men’s record by running 211 laps in 2 hours 21 minutes 48 seconds. Advertisement Continue reading the main storyDustin Johnson, the world’s No.

March 25, 2017 20:50 UTC

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