Man dies after setting fire to keep warm in Cudahy, authorities say



A man died Monday night in Cudahy after apparently starting a fire in an enclosed dumpster area in an attempt to keep warm, authorities said.

Firefighters responded to a report of a fire behind a store in the 4500 block of Santa Ana Street about 10:30 p.m. and found two dumpsters burning. They put out the flames and discovered the man’s body.

Preliminary investigation indicates that the man climbed into a walled-in and gated enclosure where dumpsters are stored and set a fire beside them to heat himself, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Derrick Alfred said. He then caught fire, suffering significant burns and probable smoke inhalation, Alfred said.

The man is believed to have been homeless. His name was not immediately released.





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Curtis Flowers: US man freed months after court ruled racial bias | USA News


A Mississippi man whose murder conviction was overturned by the US Supreme Court for racial bias was released from custody Monday for the first time in 22 years.

Curtis Flowers walked out of the regional jail in the central town of Louisville hours after a judge set his bond at $250,000. A person who wanted to remain anonymous posted $25,000, the 10 percent needed to secure Flowers’s release, said his lawyer Rob McDuff.

“It’s been rough,” Flowers said. “Taking it one day at a time, keeping God first – that’s how I got through it.”

When asked another question, Flowers sighed, smiled and tossed his hands in the air.

“I’m so excited right now, I can’t even think straight,” he said with a laugh.

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At the bond hearing earlier Monday in the city of Winona, Circuit Judge Joseph Loper ordered Flowers to wear an electronic monitor while waiting for the district attorney’s office to decide whether to try him a seventh time or drop the charges. Flowers also must check in once a week with a court clerk, McDuff said. He said lawyers would file papers asking the judge to dismiss the charges.

Flowers was accompanied from the jail on Monday by his lawyers and two sisters, Priscilla Ward and Charita Baskin. The siblings said they were going home to fry some fish for dinner and hang out together.

Six trials

Flowers was convicted four times in connection with a quadruple slaying in the city of Winona in 1996: twice for individual slayings and twice for all four killings. Two other trials involving all four deaths ended in mistrials. Each of the convictions was overturned, but Flowers has remained in jail because the original murder indictment is still active.

Circuit Judge Joseph Loper said it was “troubling” that prosecutors had not responded to a defence motion to drop the charges against Flowers. He said if prosecutors do not respond, “the state will reap the whirlwind” from him.

Assistant District Attorney William Hopper left the courtroom without speaking to news reporters. Earlier, he declined to comment when asked if the district attorney’s office would try Flowers a seventh time.

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Curtis Flowers, centre, standing with his attorneys, Henderson Hill, left, and Rob McDuff, at a bail hearing in Winona, Mississippi, US [Rogelio V. Solis/AP Photo] 

Supporters who were among the more than 150 people packing the wooden pews of the 1970s-era courtroom hugged Flowers after the judge announced his decision. His father, Archie Lee Flowers, choked back tears. He said the first thing he would do when his son was released, was pray.

The elder Flowers said he frequently visited his son in prison, where they sang and prayed together. He said he has always believed in his son’s innocence.

‘Unprecendented’

During his sixth trial in 2010, Flowers was sentenced to death. The US Supreme Court overturned that conviction in June, finding that the lead prosecutor, Doug Evans, had shown an unconstitutional pattern of excluding African American jurors in the trials of Flowers, who is black.

After the Supreme Court ruling, Flowers was moved off death row at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman and taken to a regional jail in the central Mississippi town of Louisville.

“This case is unprecedented in the history of the American legal system,” McDuff told the judge during Monday’s hearing. He said Flowers had more than 22 years in prison “without a lawful conviction to justify his incarceration” and had an “exemplary” record of good behaviour in prison.

Hopper had asked the judge to deny bond. He cited several examples of evidence that he said pointed to Flowers’s guilt.

Four people were shot to death on July 16, 1996, in the Tardy Furniture store in the north Mississippi city of Winona. They were owner Bertha Tardy, 59, and three employees: 45-year-old Carmen Rigby, 42-year-old Robert Golden and 16-year-old Derrick “Bobo” Stewart.

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Curtis Flowers’ daughter, Crystal Ghoston, left, and a relative hugging in court after a Mississippi circuit judge ordered bail for Curtis [Rogelio V. Solis/AP Photo] 

A daughter of Tardy was in court Monday. She sat across the aisle and one row back from Flowers’s daughter, Crystal Ghoston, who sat in the front row.

Ghoston, 26, told The Associated Press that she had seen her father only once since he was imprisoned: about 10 years ago, and even then she could only talk to him through a reinforced window. She said they wrote letters to each other and spoke on the phone every few weeks, and that he talked about meeting her two-year-old daughter, who calls him “Paw-Paw”.

“We’re so much alike,” Ghoston said. “We laugh all the time on the phone.”

Winona sits near the crossroads of Interstate 55, the major north-south artery in Mississippi, and US Highway 82, which runs east to west. It about a half-hour’s drive from the flatlands of the Mississippi Delta. Among its 4,300 residents, about 48 percent are black and 44 percent are white. Census Bureau figures show that about 30 percent of the population lives in poverty.

In mid-November, four black voters and a branch of the NAACP filed a federal lawsuit asking a judge to permanently order Evans and his assistants to stop using peremptory challenges to remove African American residents as potential jurors because of their race.

The lawsuit cites an analysis of jury strikes by Evans from 1992 to 2017 by American Public Media’s “In the Dark” podcast. It found Evans’s office used peremptory strikes, which lawyers typically do not have to explain, to remove 50 percent of eligible black jurors, but only 11 percent of eligible white jurors. The analysis was performed as part of a series of episodes questioning Flowers’s conviction in his sixth trial.





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Man jailed for rape of victim he found lying unconscious on Dublin street


A homeless Algerian national has been jailed for the oral rape of a drunk man he found lying unconscious on the ground after a night out drinking with friends.

Brahim Maddi (36) pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to sexual assault and oral rape at a place in Dublin city centre on a date in May 2019.

A local garda told the court that the victim had been out drinking with his friends in the city centre and was heavily intoxicated. CCTV footage showed him sitting down on the ground and falling face forward onto the ground and he remained lying there.

Maddi went up to the victim and took €5 from his back pocket. He rubbed the man’s buttocks through his clothes, then lay on top of him and began to rub himself on the man.

He began masturbating and then left. He came back a number of times and on the fourth occasion he orally raped the victim.

CCTV shows the the victim lying face down and motionless throughout the sexual assaults. Security staff raised the alarm and gardaí­ arrested Maddi near the scene.

They found the victim lying face down, unresponsive but breathing. He was brought to hospital. The court heard that when he woke up his trousers were down and his behind was sore.

Maddi admitted sexually assaulting the victim and said he was asleep at all times. He told gardaí­ that the victim passed him on the street and he followed him.

Passing sentence on Monday, Mr Justice Michael White said the victim was unable to fend for himself and in a vulnerable situation.

“The defendant cruelly exploited this situation instead of looking out for him,” he said. He noted the impact of the offence on the victim and set a headline sentence of seven years imprisonment.

He reduced this to four years after taking into consideration the mitigating factors, including Maddi’s admissions, his guilty plea, and his “genuine” remorse. He noted that Maddi was himself a vulnerable man who had left Algeria dues to difficulties over his sexual orientation.

He said Maddi also has a history of Schizophrenia.

In his victim impact statement, which was read out in court by his father, the victim said that in the days following the crime he was suicidal. He said he wanted the pain to go away and the easiest way was jumping out a window.

He said he felt guilty for putting his family through it. He said that anything he had or would achieve had been cheapened.



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UK time, stream, TV channel, and teams as Arsenal and Man Utd learn their Last 32 fate – The Sun


ARSENAL and Manchester United will learn their fate in the knockout stages of the Europa League in today’s draw.

Both sides finished top of their group, along with Celtic – while Wolves and Rangers will be eager to find out their next opponents.

The Europa League draw follows on from the Champions League’s version, where Chelsea were drawn against Bayern Munich and Tottenham got RB Leipzig.

Manchester City were handed a tough Last 16 tie against 13-time winners Real Madrid while reigning champions Liverpool picked up Atletico Madrid.

  • Europa League draw at 12pm UK time from Uefa HQ in Nyon
  • Watch on BT Sport 1
  • Live stream on BT Sport app or Uefa website
  • Arsenal, Manchester United, Wolves, Celtic and Rangers all involved
  • Round of 32 first leg dates: February 20

  • Round of 32 second leg dates: February 27

Seeded: Sevilla, Malmo, Basel, LASK, CelticArsenal, Porto, Espanyol, Gent, Istanbul Basaksehir, Braga, Manchester United, Ajax, Red Bull Salzburg, Inter Milan, Benfica

Unseeded: APOEL Nicosia, Copenhagen, Getafe, Sporting Lisbon, CFR Cluj, Eintracht Frankfurt, Rangers, Ludogorets Razgrad, Wolfsburg, Roma, Wolves, AZ Alkmaar, Bayer Leverkusen, Shakhtar Donetsk, Olympiacos, Club Brugge





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British man shot dead in robbery outside hotel in Buenos Aires


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The suspected robbery happened outside this hotel in the exclusive Puerto Madero area

A British man has been killed and his stepson wounded after being shot during a suspected robbery outside a five-star hotel in Buenos Aires, officials say.

The victims are believed to be Matthew Gibbard, 50, a businessman from Northamptonshire, and Stefan Zone, 28.

They were taken to hospital after the attack in the Puerto Madero area of the Argentine capital.

The Foreign Office said it was supporting the family of two British men after an incident in Buenos Aires.

Four people have been arrested, local media has reported.

Security camera footage shows the two men getting out of a white van outside the Faena Art Hotel in Puerto Madero, an exclusive waterfront district popular with tourists.

At about 11:00 local time (14:00 GMT) on Saturday, they were approached by at least two men on a motorbike, apparently accompanied by another vehicle.

The images show the two British nationals resisting the attempt to steal their baggage, and a fight goes on for some 40 seconds. The suspects left the scene and police are still searching for them.

Police are trying to establish whether the men were victims of a random attack or followed by the robbers from the airport, Clarín newspaper reports (in Spanish). According to the newspaper, the 50-year-old’s mother and wife as well as the 28-year-old’s wife and his brother were with them.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: “We are supporting the family of two British men following an incident in Buenos Aires, and are in contact with the local authorities there.”

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The hotel is located in an exclusive neighbourhood of Buenos Aires

Argentina’s newly elected president, Alberto Fernandez, who lives near the hotel in Puerto Madero, has responded to the robbery.

“We must be tough,” he said. “We can’t put up with this. We need to find the people responsible for this and make them pay with the full force of the law.”

“It was an atrocious incident, like many that happen in Argentina, because criminality hasn’t gone down, despite what the official figures say.

“I urge everyone to stand up to it and be uncompromising when facing crime.”

Attacks by robbers on motorbikes, known as motochorros, are not uncommon in Buenos Aires. The city is generally safe, but other foreigners have been targeted in the past.

Travel expert Simon Calder told the BBC that crime in parts of Latin America is “opportunist”.

“This is an awful tragedy,” he said. “I’m afraid crime, particularly aimed at well-to-do tourists, is all too common, not just in Buenos Aires but in the big South American cities.

“Argentina is a superb a destination, very safe, and a welcoming country.

“Unfortunately, like elsewhere in Latin America, there are criminals who will use violence if they need too.

“My advice is to run away if you can or hand over what they want.”

More than 111,000 British nationals visited Argentina in 2018, according to the Foreign Office, which said most visits are “trouble-free”.

Tourists are warned to be alert to street crime, including armed robberies, and advised to hand over cash and valuables without resistance.



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Haringey stabbing: Fourth man knifed to death in five days in London



A man has been stabbed to death in north London, in what is the fourth violent killing in the capital in five days.

Police were called to a residence in Haringey where a fight had reportedly broken out on Monday evening.

They found a man in his forties suffering from a knife wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A suspect was arrested on suspicion of murder. Officers are informing the victim’s next of kin.

It is believed to be the 135th killing in the capital so far this year – just shy of the 141 homicides recorded by police in 2018, the highest number in a calendar year since 2008.

It also marks London’s fourth killing since Thursdaym after a spate of violence saw three young men murdered in little more than 12 hours.

It began at 2pm on Thursday, as Exauce Ngimbi, 22, was stabbed to death in Lower Clapton. Four people, including a 14-year-old boy, were arrested.

Shortly after midnight, a 26-year-old was fatally stabbed near Harrods department store in Knightsbridge. 

Police said they believed he and another man he was with – who was also stabbed – were victim to a robbery attempt as they made their way home from a restaurant.

Three hours later, a 20-year-old man named Crosslom Davis, better known as drill rapper “Bis”, was pronounced dead at the scene of a stabbing in Deptford.

The latest victim is yet to be formally identified, the Metropolitan Police said, and a crime scene remains in place at Green Lanes in Haringey – a borough in which a 17-year-old boy was also shot on Wednesday. His wounds were not life-threatening, police said.

Addressing the wave of violence ahead of the most recent attack, police Commander Jane Connors said in a statement on Friday: “Each one of these attacks is a tragedy, not just for the victims and their families and friends, but for our wider communities who are left reeling by this senseless violence.

“And the common factor in each one is that someone was willing to carry a knife on the streets of our capital.

Commander Connors implored the public to help the Met identify those willing to carry knives.

She added: “We are grateful for those who already have had the courage to speak to us about those they know pose a danger to others.

“It makes our resolve even stronger to provide these grieving families the justice they deserve.”

Information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.



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Man accused of plotting Fife mosque attack


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Sam Imrie is accused of targeting the Fife Islamic Centre in Glenrothes

A man has appeared in court accused of preparing acts of terror, including planning an attack on an Islamic centre in Fife.

Sam Imrie, 22, is also said to have made social media posts “glorifying terrorist acts” committed by others, including Anders Brevik.

The offences are alleged to have taken place between June 2018 and July 2019.

Mr Imrie, who denied the charges at the High Court in Glasgow, is due to stand trial in June 2020.

Prosecutors also allege that the accused was offensive towards Muslim and Jewish communities as well as “encouraging acts of violence and threats”.

Having weapons

Sam Imrie faces accusations that he made online statements that he “intended to stream live footage of an incident” and that he was going to “carry out an attack on the Fife Islamic Centre” in Glenrothes.

The accused is said to have turned up there with a petrol can, carried out “observations”, made recordings on his mobile phone and repeatedly attempted to get in.

He is further accused of having weapons which he called his “arsenal” including nunchucks, a hammer, knives and a rifle scope.

It is claimed he also compiled details of “terrorist attacks on places of worship”.

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Sam Imrie denied the charges at a hearing at the High Court in Glasgow

The charge claims that the 22-year-old was in possession of neo-Nazi, anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim material.

Further claims include an allegation that he started a fire at Strathore Lodge in Thornton, Fife and uploaded footage of it online.

A third charge alleges he had a copy of “The Great Replacement” by Brenton Tarrant – who is accused of killing 51 people in New Zealand – as well as Anders Brevik’s “2083 – a European Declaration of Independence”.

Brevik is currently serving 21 years for killing 77 people in two terror attacks in Norway in 2011.

All three charges are under the Terrorism Act.

Sam Imrie faces further accusations of wilful fire-raising, possessing indecent images and driving while unfit through drink or drugs.

His QC Jim Keegan pled not guilty on his behalf during a hearing at the High Court in Glasgow.



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Man City XI vs Burnley: Confirmed lineups and full team news at Turf Moor



Burnley lineup: Pope, Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Pieters, Lennon, Cork, Hendrick, Drinkwater, McNeil, Wood

Subs: Lowton, Barnes, Brady, Gibson, Rodriguez, Hart, Vydra

Man City lineup: Ederson, Walker, Fernandinho, Otamendi, Jose Angelino, Silva, Rodri, De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, Gabriel Jesus, Sterling

Subs: Bravo, Stones, Mendy, Mahrez, Joao Cancelo, Foden, Garcia

Referee: Jonathan Moss



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Irish man wins 170km mountain race through Oman


An Irish man has won a two-day, 170km race through the Al Hajar mountain range in Oman.

Eoin Keith (51) from Dublin crossed the finished line of the OMAN by UTMB race after 36 hours, 4 minutes and 29 seconds.

The Dublin man was one of 2,000 participants from 69 countries ranging from six- to-87- years- old.

The trail included two steep ascents including Jebel Akhdar, known as the Green Mountain, and 3,000m high Jebel Shams, one of the highest points on the Arabian peninsula.

After his win, Mr Keith said: “It was so technical, possibly the most technical race I’ve ever done.

There was a long 1,000m descent which you normally would expect to make tons of time on but we were so slow.

“It makes it easier to keep going mentally because it’s so technical that you need to concentrate pretty much the entire time.

“ There’s no real let up mentally and it was intense racing all the way. But very enjoyable, Oman is a gorgeous country and the mountains are truly spectacular.”



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Dutch Police Arrest Man Suspected of Stabbing Three Teens in Mall



THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) – Dutch police arrested a 35-year-old homeless man Saturday on suspicion of stabbing three teens on a street in The Hague that was crowded with Black Friday shoppers.

The man, whose identity wasn’t released, was detained in The Hague early Saturday evening and taken to a police station for questioning, police spokeswoman Marije Kuiper said.

The victims, two 15-year-old girls and a 13-year-old boy, were treated in a hospital and released late Friday. Police said in a statement that they didn´t know one another.

The victims have spoken to detectives.

Earlier, police said they were “using all our available means – visible and unseen – to find the suspect in this stabbing as soon as possible” and appealed for witnesses.

That included studying video footage from the area, where many surveillance cameras are located.

The attack in the Netherlands came hours after a man wearing a fake explosive vest stabbed several people in London, killing two, before he was fatally shot by officers. Police are treating it as a terrorist attack.

Dutch police say the motive for the stabbing in The Hague remains unknown. “We are keeping all scenarios open,” their statement said.

The stabbing occurred around 7:45 p.m. in an area teeming with shoppers and close to the city´s most popular nightlife centers.

Police cordoned off the area until deep into the night as forensics experts combed the street for clues.

The street was opened again Saturday.

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