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Florida reports over 13,000 untested rape kits

Florida untested rape kitsMore than 13,000 rape evidence kits have gone untested or unprocessed in Florida, and clearing the backlog could cost the state tens of millions of dollars, according to study results released Monday.

The study, conducted by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement from August to December 2015, found that 13,435 sexual assault evidence kits across the state have not been tested (PDF). That means that forensic evidence was collected from possible rape victims but has not been processed in order to match DNA evidence with possible suspects.


Armed Group Refuses to Leave Federal Building in Oregon

armed group oregonTwo days after taking over a federal building, armed protesters in Oregon are refusing to budge until they get what they want.
The problem is, they haven’t specified what it would take to get them to leave.

What started Saturday as a rally supporting two local ranchers led to a broader anti-government protest and now the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge building near Burns.


Militiamen occupy U.S. national parks building in Oregon

Oregon militiamen occupy national parksA group of militiamen on Saturday occupied the headquarters of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon in support of two brothers who are slated to report to prison on Monday on arson charges, the Oregonian newspaper reported.

"We're planning on staying here for years, absolutely," Ammon Bundy, one of the occupiers, told the newspaper via telephone.


Officials: Washing machine dispute led to quadruple homicide

Washing machine murdersA man shot and killed his wife and two others in his home on New Year's Eve before his son wrestled the gun away and fatally shot him in a chain of events apparently set off by a dispute over a washing machine, authorities said Friday.

The two other victims killed were the son's 48-year-old girlfriend, who also lived at the house in Rowland Heights, and a 27-year-old man who was visiting, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.


Camille Cosby Ordered To Testify In Defamation Suit Against Bill Cosby

Camille Cosby ordered to testifyCamille Cosby will be required to give a deposition in a defamation suit brought by seven women against her husband, Bill Cosby, a Massachusetts judge decided Thursday.

The lawsuit accuses the comedian of portraying the women as liars in the press after they publicly shared allegations that Cosby engaged in sexual misconduct. The suit, which was first filed in December 2014 by Linda Traitz, Tamara Green and Therese Serignese, gained four more plaintiffs -- Louisa Moritz, Barbara Bowman, Joan Tarshis and Angela Leslie -- in November. Bill Cosby has countersued, arguing the women's allegations hurt his career.


'M*A*S*H' Actor Wayne Rogers Dies

Wayne RogersWayne Rogers, the actor who played wisecracking U.S. Army surgeon "Trapper" John McIntyre in the acclaimed Korean War television series "M*A*S*H" before leaving after three seasons in a contract dispute, died on Thursday. He was 82.

Rogers, who later forged a successful career as a financial analyst, investor and businessman, died in Los Angeles of complications from pneumonia his publicist, Rona Menashe, told Reuters.


Natalie Cole Dies in L.A. at Age 65

Natalie ColeNatalie Cole -- one of the great voices in decades -- has died ... TMZ has learned.

Cole, whose hits include "This Will Be" and "Unforgettable" which she performed as a virtual duet with dad Nat King Cole -- died from congestive heart failure, although we're told the underlying medical issues were complications from a kidney transplant and Hepatitis C.


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