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Arthur Weinreb

Editor-at-Large based in Toronto, ON, Canada. Joined on Jun 20, 2011
Expertise in Politics, Government



South African firefighters arrive in Alberta to combat wildfire

Edmonton - About 300 firefighters from South Africa arrived at Edmonton International Airport to help fight the Fort McMurray fire that has raged out of control for almost a month.

Gorilla at Cincinnati Zoo shot dead after boy fell into enclosure

Cincinnati - A 400-pound gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo was shot to death by a zoo employee after a four-year-old boy fell into its enclosure and was dragged around by the gorilla. The boy was injured but is expected to survive.

Virginia woman arrested in alleged $1 million handbag scheme

Arlington - A Thai national, living in Virginia on a student visa, was arrested by the Department of Homeland Security for a scam involving designer handbags and Chinese knockoffs. She was described as prolific in buying, returning and selling handbags.

Woman arrested while wearing 'Stop domestic violence' t-shirt

Sangerville - A Sangerville, Maine woman was arrested for, yep, domestic violence, after it was alleged she waived a gun around and fired a round while arguing with her husband. At the time, she was wearing a t-shirt that read "Stop domestic violence."

UK restaurateur jailed 6 years after customer with allergy dies

Teesside County Borough - The owner of several curry shops in the UK was sentenced to six years in jail after he substituted a cheap mixture containing peanuts for almond powder in food he served. He had been previously warned after a teen suffered a bad reaction.

Dashcams record Milwaukee woman escaping traffic stop, injuring 3

Milwaukee - A tow truck arrived after a woman was pulled over for speeding and found not to have insurance. The woman allegedly backed up, struck a squad car, and injured two deputies and her own mother. The incident was captured on dashcam videos.

Former NHL enforcer Georges Laraque helps thwart abduction

Montreal - Several people came to the rescue as a 24-year-old man attempted to kidnap a seven-year-old girl in a crowded Montreal park during the afternoon. The man was detained by the girl's family and others until police arrived.

Psychiatrist known as 'Dr. Death' indicted on 3 counts of murder

Georgia doctor Narendra Nagareddy, already facing numerous charges for over-prescribing drugs, has now been formally indicted on 62 counts including murder. He has been implicated in the deaths of 36 patients.

Bill would ban declawing of cats in New York state

Albany - If the legislation passes, New York would become the first state to prohibit cats and other animals from being declawed. Opinion, even among veterinarians, is divided.

Babysitter arrested for taking kids with her to rob bank

Severance - A Colorado woman has been dubbed the "Babysitter Bandit" after it was alleged she robbed a bank, taking two children with her and telling a teller a man in her car would harm the kids if she did not give him money.

Substitute teacher accused of having sex with student in cemetery

Easton - While female teachers caught having sex with students is far from unusual these days, a 49-year-old Easton, Pennsylvania substitute teacher was caught by a police officer having sex with a 17-year-old boy in a cemetery in the middle of the day.

New York man defrauded government claiming he was totally blind

Catskill - Although a 49-year-old New York state man was convicted last year and sentenced in February, his story aired Friday night on ABC's Nightline. Disability fraud is a major problem in the United States.

No one helps woman being beaten by man in broad daylight

Philadelphia - The incident occurred on a Philadelphia street in broad daylight. Although at least one person filmed what was happening, none of the bystanders bothered to intervene or even get help.

Troopers relieved of duty after violent arrest caught on video

Nashua - Two state troopers have been relieved of duty and are under investigation after the arrest of a man who led them on a high speed chase through two states was punched after appearing to surrender.

George Zimmerman auctioning off gun that killed Trayvon Martin

George Zimmerman, the man who was acquitted in the shooting death Trayvon Martin in 2012, has put the gun he used up for auction after recently getting the firearm back. And he has plans for the money.

Judge resigns after found possessing nude pictures of defendants

Little Rock - An Arkansas judge has resigned after thousands of nude pictures of defendants who appeared before him were discovered on his computer. He has not been criminally charged but is now facing a civil suit.

Outrage as man who admitted revenge porn not charged by police

Eastbourne - His victims include a 15-year-old girl and the man's own sister and they, their families, and others are outraged at the Sussex police in the U.K. who simply cautioned the man, effectively giving him a slap on the wrist. .

Lawyer known for going after drunk drivers arrested for DUI

Pensacola - A personal injury attorney who is well known on the American Gulf Coast through his advertising against drunk driving was arrested and charged with driving under the influence.

Fort McMurray pets rescued, being reunited with their owners

Fort Mcmurray - Groups and individuals have begun to reunite pets and other animals with their owners after they were abandoned in Fort McMurray after the forced evacuation due to the out-of-control wildfires.

Firefighter's daughter dies in crash fleeing Fort McMurray fire

Lac La Biche - While her father was fighting the out-of-control fire in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Emily Ryan and her stepmother's nephew were killed in a fiery crash while escaping the fire that is consuming the area.
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