Joran Van der Sloot's pregnant wife has broken her silence about marrying a convicted murderer, who she insists is "not a monster," but a loving man looking forward to the birth of his first child.
Leidy Figueroa fell in love with Van der Sloot during a trip to visit another inmate. The couple continued speaking and eventually got engaged, then married … all behind prison bars in Peru. Van der Sloot was convicted of murdering Stephany Flores in 2010 and is serving a 28-year sentence. He is also a suspect in the 2005 disappearance of American high school student Natalee Holloway.
"Many people judge Joran and criticize him, saying he is a monster and an assassin, but when you get to know him, you know he is different," Figueroa told MailOnline. "I want to show he's not a monster. He's changed a lot—he's a gentle, sensitive, kind person and I love him. I know he has killed, but he is now paying for what he did. He is asking God for forgiveness and praying every day." more >>
Weeks have now passed since black teen Michael Brown was killed by white police officer Darren Wilson in the small town of Ferguson, Missouri. That night, a candlelight vigil to honor Brown became violent, with looting and vandalizing of local businesses resulting in several arrests.
Over the next days, numerous outsiders, from national media organizations to groups such as the New Black Panther Party and the Ku Klux Klan, descended on Ferguson. Chaos escalated, and Governor Nixon ordered the National Guard to help restore calm. The Justice Department is conducting an ongoing investigation into the Ferguson police force for possible misconduct and discrimination in Brown's death.
Although we are still learning more about the events surrounding Brown's death, in the aftermath there is much we can learn about our country's health as it relates to the issue of race. more >>
One of Osama Bin Laden's sons-in-law and trusted propaganda officials was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday by a New York federal judge after being found guilty in March of conspiring to kill Americans and providing support to terrorists.
Sulaiman Abu Ghaith was convicted on terrorism charges by a Manhattan federal jury for providing material support to the al-Qaeda terrorist organization, which his father-in-law so famously founded. Abu Ghaith is the highest ranking al-Qaeda member to ever stand trial in U.S. federal court.
Abu Ghaith, originally from Kuwait, is most notable for being the spokesman for al-Qaeda in the time period after the 9/11 attacks. Additionally, he founded an Islamic charity front called Al Wafa which the U.S. government believes served as a key fundraiser for al-Qaeda. more >>
"Modern Family" star Sarah Hyland was granted a restraining order against her ex-boyfriend after testifying that she was the victim of domestic violence.
Hyland, 23, obtained the court order on Friday, Sept. 19 after alleging that ex-boyfriend Matt Prokop, 24, shoved her against a car, choked her and threatened her life. In another incident, Hyland said that she had gone to costar Julie Bowen for help in dealing with Prokop. Bowen reportedly intervened in order to help "peacefully end the relationship," TMZ reported.
Conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza avoided jail time and instead was sentenced by a federal judge on Tuesday to spend eight months in a community confinement center during five years of probation after pleading guilty to a campaign finance law violation.
D'Souza, 53, admitted last May to exceeding donor limits in 2012 by arranging for others to give to the New York Senate campaign of Wendy Long, a Republican. He illegally reimbursed two "straw donors" who donated $10,000 each to what turned out to be Long's unsuccessful campaign.
"I'm thankful and relieved that the judge refused all attempts by the government to lock up my friend Dinesh D'Souza," said Gerald Molen, the Oscar-winning producer of D'Souza's 2012 documentary, "2016: Obama's America," upon hearing the sentence. "Putting him behind bars would have served no useful purpose. I commend the judge for his action." more >>
Football is a great sport that brings friends and families together and teaches kids discipline and sportsmanship. We put our politics, problems, and pride aside to don face paint and jerseys, and spend four quarters living vicariously through our favorite players. This national obsession has made football the most prosperous sport in the country, raking in nearly 10 billion dollars a year.
It is partly for that reason that the recent NFL scandals have struck a chord among the American people. In some ways, we are part of the NFL family.
Sometimes the endless news cycle makes it seem as though professional athletes are disproportionately engaging in bad, even unlawful, behavior. However, according to a breakdown of USA Today NFL player arrests, that is not the case. Most players in the NFL are very disciplined; they put their bodies through extreme training regimens, are focused and dedicated, and often abstain from substances or practices that may harm their athletic performance. Many make a positive difference through charity work such as "NFL Gives Back." Players like RG3 are great role models for our boys. (Thank you, by the way.) more >>