Did a Russian soldier’s trigger finger blow MH17 out of the sky and NOT a Ukrainian rebel? Tense UN showdown turns up the heat on Putin as US says separatists would struggle to fire missile alone
U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Friday that the United States cannot rule out that Russia helped in the launch of the surface-to-air missile that shot down a Malaysia Airlines jet over eastern Ukraine that claimed the lives of 298 people. Russia’s U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin did not respond to the U.S. allegations but called for an international commission to investigate the crash. Power called for a cease-fire by Russia, pro-Russian separatists and Ukraine so investigators can immediately get to the site.
‘He was sensitive and caring’: Friends and New Jersey relatives pay tribute to 19-year-old American killed in MH17 tragedy as he traveled to join family on vacation
The President identified Quinn Lucas Schansman (pictured left and right with his girlfriend), 19, a native of Fort Lee, New Jersey, and a dual U.S.-Dutch citizen who was on his way to meet up with family members who were vacationing in Bali. The U.S. State Department is still checking to see whether there are more American victims among the 298 passengers and crew members on the flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
‘I heard a roar and a body landed in my kitchen’: MH17 witnesses describe in horrifying detail how a cloud of debris and bodies rained down on their homes after jetliner was blown out the sky
Makeshift white flags have been placed to mark where some of the 298 bodies lay in corn fields and among the debris of the doomed Malaysian Airlines, which was blasted out of the sky over the Ukraine by a missile. an eyewitness described how one of the victims, a woman, crashed through the roof of a terrace. Some of the bodies, stripped naked by the force of the crash, had been covered by polythene sheeting weighed down by stones.
‘She was our rock’: Husband and two children of mother who died when she was used as a human shield by rampaging AK47 bank robbers hold tearful press conference
The family of Misty Holt-Singh (inset left), the married mother of two killed Wednesday in a getaway shootout between gang banger bank robbers and police, broke its silence in a Friday press conference. Husband Paul Singh fought back tears while he was flanked by daughter Mia on the right and son Paul Jr. on the left, told reporters gathered outside the Stockton (CA) Police Department that his family will always miss her.
Although the Royal Family believe there is no point in throwing a big party for infants as they won’t remember it, lucky Prince George has the Middletons, who make it their business – literally – to throw a good party. Today, a full three days before his actual birthday, George was due to be taken by his parents to the Middletons’ home outside Bucklebury in Berkshire (bottom right). There, his doting grandmother Carole has arranged a Peter Rabbit-themed party that brands him a very middle-class little prince. Prince George and friends, including Zara Phillips’ daughter Mia Grace, will be seated, apparently, on bean bags printed with animal faces, one of which has ‘George’ embroidered on it. Kate, like Carole, loves anything personalised. Pride of place will go to George’s ‘first birthday book’, which has been meticulously compiled by Kate, who used to take photographs for the Party Pieces website.
Did two teen killers stab their friend to death because she saw them have sex? Victim, 16, ‘alluded to lesbian tryst at sleepover’ before she was lured into the woods and slain in cold blood
Friday’s episode of 20/20 dedicated to the horrific 2012 murder of Skylar Neese (top right), 16, from West Virginia, has revealed the honor student wrote in her diary that she saw Sheila Eddy (center) and Rachel Shoef (far left) have sex during a sleepover in her house. In the weeks after the incident, the 16-year-old University High student made sure her friends were aware that she knew their suspected relationship. Skylar Neese may have sealed her fate with a couple of tweets (bottom right) alluding to a secret she had been keeping.
Emotional scene for adopted actress as she meets her father for the first time in 40 years after tracking him down on DNA website
California actress Carla Orlandi was able to hug her father, left, for the first time in her life on Wednesday thanks to the help of a DNA website. Orlandi, right, who was adopted at birth by a couple in Puerto Rico, had no details or memories of her parents but she never stopped looking for them. The actress, who has appeared in TV series CSI, found her father Gary Erbe, pictured inset around the time he met her mother, after adding her DNA information to the ancestry.com website.
‘Send an ambulance – he’s going to need one’: Father who walked in on a man molesting his son, 11, beat him to a pulp before calling cops to say ‘I have him in a bloody puddle for you’
The man, who has not been identified, told a 911 dispatcher that he had beaten Raymond Frolander (pictured), who he found abusing his son at their Florida home, into a ‘bloody puddle’. Police arrived at the Daytona Beach home in Florida to find Frolander, 18, unconscious on the floor. The father added: ‘He stood up and his pants were around his ankles and nothing else needed to be said. I did whatever I got a right to do except I didn’t kill him.’
‘We were upside down and I’m alive’: Father, 55, recalls his miraculous survival of United 232 crash that killed 112 people 25 years ago
This weekend, survivors will gather for 25th anniversary memorial events related to United Flight 232’s crash at the Mid America Museum of Aviation and Transportation in Sioux City, Iowa. Survivor Ron May, inset, braced his head between his legs and prayed for his wife, who was seven months’ pregnant with their first child while on board. On July 19, 1989 United Flight 232 was traveling from Denver to Chicago when it lost all hydraulic power after the rear engine exploded. Of the 296 people on board, 184 survived. A quarter of a century later, the flight is considered one of the most impressive life-saving efforts in aviation history.
Ex-boyfriend of ‘Call Girl Killer’ reveals her ‘frantic’ call to him the night Google executive died of fatal heroin overdose – and how he fears she may have planned for him to be her last victim
Alix Tichelman, 26, faces a series of charges in the heroin overdose death of Google executive and father of five in Santa Cruz, California.. Her ex-boyfriend Chad Cornell (pictured with her main and today, right) tells MailOnline how she was ‘vengefully p*****’ about their breakup but then flirted with him out of the blue days before the arrest asking to meet up and now the encounter gives him the ‘chills’. Unaware at the time, Tichelman had called him the night of the Google exec’s overdose. ‘She sounded frantic,’ he said. She claimed friends invited her out on a boat and ‘busted out a bunch of hardcore drugs’ and she got uncomfortable and left. Cornell also reveals the moment he confronted her about being a prostitute and she laughed it off, before becoming angry.
Woman, 23, admits killing her two friends in drunken crash when she slammed into tree on birthday night out
A 23-year-old woman who was believed to be drunk last year when she smashed her car through a fence and into a tree – killing two of her friends – pleaded no contest to vehicular manslaughter during a Friday court appearance. Jeanette Romero (not pictured) was behind the wheel of the early morning November 3 crash that claimed the lives of Blanca Belman Almanza (inset left), 23, and Anagraciela Cuadra (inset right), 22, between Los Angeles and Pasadena.
Three teens have been arrested following the disturbing incident that unfolded in Hinkley Park in Park Ridge, Illinois last week. Footage shows a 48-year-old man being pushed to the ground, punched and kicked by the teenagers as hundreds of others swarm them. The man had been looking for his son when someone threw a lit firework near his feet, and when he asked who had thrown it, the teenagers had attacked, police said. The man suffered a concussion, cuts and bruises. Jordan Gonzalez, 18, (left) Mac Piazza, 18, (right) and a 16-year-old boy have been arrested in connection to the fight.
‘In my family, good genes’: Human Barbie Valeria Lukyanova appears in video with her mom – and the resemblance is clear
‘Human Barbie’ Valeria Lukyanova (right) may claim to be from ‘another planet,’ but her mother, at least, (left) appears to be mortal. In a five-second YouTube video which shows the Ukrainian model, 28, gazing vacantly into the camera with her mother Irina by her side, it’s clear where she inherited her pointed features and huge blue eyes from.
Exodus of child migrants gathers pace as plane carrying women and children returns returns to Honduras amid immigration crisis
A flight carrying 59 women and children arrived Friday in Honduras from New Mexico, the second group of migrants from the Central American country to be deported from the United States this week. Nun Valdette Willeman welcomed the 33 children and 26 women at San Pedro Sula airport’s Center for Returned Migrants. ‘All the children came accompanied by their mother, none of them traveled alone,’ Willeman said. In recent months, the Border Patrol’s facilities have been overwhelmed by a surge in the number of children entering the country without their parents. The children, mostly from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, are fleeing widespread gang violence and poverty in their home countries. Some come to reunite with parents already in the U.S., while others flee for their lives. More than 57,000 children have been arrested since October, more than double the number compared to a year earlier.
Substitute teacher, 35, ‘had sex with 15-year-old boy from her class’ after they bumped into each other over summer break
A 35-year-old substitute teacher from Alabama has been jailed over claims that she had sex with a 15-year-old student. Karen Dylan Holt was released on $40,000 bond after the parents of her alleged victim made an official complaint to police on Wednesday. Holt has been charged with rape, sodomy, and sexual abuse of the boy, who she met while working at his school earlier this year.
‘An insulin pump doesn’t make you less beautiful’: Meet the pageant queen who was crowned Miss Idaho after proudly wearing medical device during swimsuit contest
On Saturday, 20-year-old Sierra Sandison was crowned Miss Idaho after winning over spectators when she wore her insulin pump attached to her bikini. Now, fans are praising her as a heroine to those suffering from the same disease. ‘Every time I look at my Facebook, I start crying,’ she told Magic Valley. ‘I’ve been on a roller coaster all week.’
Handcuffed naked man jumps into river in attempt to escape police…and ends up being SAVED by officers
A naked man was saved by Kansas City, Missouri police officers on Tuesday morning after he reportedly dove into a river during a police chase. He earlier was arrested by officers for allegedly trying to break into several cars. The man, whom police said was under the influence of drugs, ran after he was arrested, took his clothes off, and dove into the water. He was save and later hospitalized.
Writers Holly Eagleson and Lauren Wade remade a selection of controversial ads as part an essay on sexism for Take Part. Nudity-ridden campaigns shot by notorious fashion photographer Terry Richardson took center stage, for brands including American Apparel (top) and Tom Ford (bottom), as well as a Marc Jacobs ad shot by Jeurgen Teller featuring Victoria Beckham.
Billionaire’s $12.3m gift to restore General Robert E. Lee’s home to the way it looked before its grounds were turned into Arlington National Cemetery
Carlyle Group founder David Rubenstein (top left) has donated $12.3 million to restore the home of Confederate General Robert E. Lee (center) on the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia (top right). Although it attracts more than 650,000 visitors a year, the 200-year-old home hasn’t been renovated in many years (rooms pictured bottom left and right). The roof leaks inside, and the climate control system is so unstable some artwork can’t be displayed. Decorative paint on the building’s facade is peeling away. ‘The goal is to remind people of American history,’ history buff Rubenstein said. ‘I think when you’re restoring history, you should remind people of the good and the bad.’
Parents of Jersey City police officer killed in ambush supported by thousands as their hero son is laid to rest
Rookie cop Melvin Santiago, 23, died Sunday after being ambushed by Lawrence Campbell, 27, in a Jersey City, New Jersey Walgreens. His funeral was held Friday morning at St Aloysius Church and attended by current Mayor Steven Fulop and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Fulop led the procession of more than a thousand police officers from the funeral home to the church Friday morning.
‘I’ve been shot!’: Wife hears her husband’s last words while they were on the phone as he was killed in a random murder-suicide
Jamie Plymel was on the phone to wife Stacy (both pictured) at a rest stop off Interstate 65 on the Kentucky border with Tennessee when he cried out: ‘I’ve been shot! I’ve been shot!’ Mr Plymel, who has an eight-year-old son, was allegedly shot dead by James Roames, 39. The suspect then turned the gun on himself. Police are investigating the motive behind the seemingly random murder-suicide and speaking to Roames’ family about his recent mental state.
Splat! Three-wheeled tricircle that spins in circles when pedaled leaves man dizzy and falling off into the mud
The rather pointless contraption, seen in action at the Tour de Fat event in Illinois, Chicago, this month, features two pedals, a seat and three wheels arranged in peace sign-shape which causes it to spin on the spot. Reddit user, Ashavail, was filmed giving the stationary vehicle a quick ride with disastrous consequences, as, after a few beers ,he was left extremely dizzy and took a tumble into the mud.
Five decades of First Lady fashion: New Oscar de la Renta exhibit offers a peek into the closets of Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton and Nancy Reagan
A new Oscar de la Renta exhibit that opens Saturday at the Bush Library in Dallas, Texas, features ensembles worn by Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton and Nancy Reagan. Mrs Bush said the exhibit was the designer’s idea. ‘He called me and said, “May I do a show there? I’d love to.” Of course I was thrilled, I’d always envisioned that we do a show of clothes,’ she said.
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Awwww! Legendary magicians Siegfried & Roy introduce three new rare white lion cubs at their wildlife sanctuary
Legendary magicians Siegfried & Roy have welcomed three new snowy white lion cubs to their Secret Garden habitat on the Las Vegas Strip. The 14-week-old felines were born near Johannesburg, South Africa, and brought to the Mirage casino three weeks ago. They will be available for public viewing starting on Friday.
Bright bead collars, mud make-up and cow’s BLOOD for breakfast: Stunning photos reveal the fascinating world of Kenya’s Samburu
The Samburu people live in the Rift Valley in northeastern Kenya and are famous for their beautiful beaded collars and penchant for cow’s blood. The latter is mixed with milk and drunk on a daily basis. The beads, meanwhile, offer clues to the wearer’s circumstances, with white beads standing for purity, while a mix of yellow and orange means hospitality.
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