ORLANDO, Fla. — President Barack Obama on Sunday described the worst mass shooting in U.S. history as "an act of terror" and "an act of hate," saying the massacre of 50 people at a packed gay nightclub by gunman Omar Mateen of Ft. Pierce, Florida, was an attack on all Americans.
Islamic State's Amaq news agency said on Sunday that the Islamist militant group was responsible for the massacre.
"The armed attack that targeted a gay night club in the city of Orlando in the American state of Florida which left over 100 people dead or injured was carried out by an Islamic State fighter," Amaq said. more >>
A day after USA Swimming banned former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner, 20, who was convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman and sentenced to six months in jail and probation, a group of witches dissatisfied with the sentence gathered online for a mass "hexing" of the swimmer on Tuesday.
"Brock Turner's membership with USA Swimming expired at the end of the calendar year 2014," USA Swimming spokesman Scott Leightman said in an email to USA Today Sports. "He was not a member at the time of his crime or since then. USA Swimming doesn't have any jurisdiction over non-members.
"Brock Turner is not a member of USA Swimming and, should he apply, he would not be eligible for membership. ... Had he been a member, he would be subject to the USA Swimming Code of Conduct. USA Swimming strictly prohibits and has zero tolerance for sexual misconduct, with firm Code of Conduct policies in place, and severe penalties, including a permanent ban of membership, for those who violate our Code of Conduct," he added. more >>
Canada's Supreme Court has declared that most sex acts between people and animals are legal, as long as no penetration is involved, in a controversial bestiality ruling that has been slammed by animal rights groups.
The Independent reported that the case involved a British Columbia man, identified as "DLW," who was convicted of 13 counts of sexually assaulting his stepdaughters, but was acquitted of bestiality — because he "only" forced dogs into oral sex, without penetration being involved. The man "smeared peanut butter on the genitals of his victims and had the family dog lick it off while he videotaped the act."
While a Canadian law passed in 1955 sought to punish bestiality, the Supreme Court argued that the definition of the word does not cover every sex act with an animal. more >>
The Diocese of Kalamazoo in Michigan is in mourning along with several others in their community after learning that three of the five cyclists killed in a deadly crash that left four others injured were members of churches in the diocese.
Debra Bradley, 53; Suzanne Joan Sippel, 56; Lorenz John (Larry) Paulik, 74; Fred Anton (Tony) Nelson, 73, and Melissa Ann Fevig-Hughes, 42, all died in the crash.
Bradley, a mother and a parishioner at St. Ann Catholic Church, and Nelson and Paulik, who are active members of the St. Thomas More Catholic Student Parish, were all a part of the Diocese of Kalamazoo family, according to WOOD-TV. more >>
A mother in Lahore, Pakistan, has reportedly burned to death her own teenage daughter for marrying without the family consent.
BBC News reported that the body of 18-year-old Zeenat Rafiq has already been buried in Lahore, while investigation into the case continues. The teenager's mother is in custody after confessing to the crime, the third such case in the space of a month in Pakistan.
Rafiq had married Hassan Khan, a man her family had forbid her from choosing, and had gone to live with his family. more >>
A 25-year-old man was reportedly thrashed by his family members after he shot his own father in the abdomen at his younger brother's funeral inside a Baltimore City church on Tuesday because his name was left off the obituary.
The man, Antonio Addison, 25, of the 1600 block of Walterswood Road, was charged with attempted first-degree murder, assault and related charges, for shooting his 47-year-old father, according to The Baltimore Sun.
Local news station WBAL-TV reports that police were called around 2:15 p.m. Tuesday to the New Song Worship and Arts Center in the 1600 block of North Calhoun Street, where the funeral was being held for Antonio Addison's 22-year-old brother, who also bears the same name. He was fatally shot May 25 on North Carey Street. more >>