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The National Women’s Soccer League’s Domestic Violence Problem: Hope Solo Arrested, Jailed, in Family Abuse Scandal

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Soccer superstar Hope Solo was arrested early Saturday for allegedly striking her sister and her nephew at a Kirkland home. U.S. Soccer released a statement: “We are aware of the situation. At this point, we don’t have any further comments.”

Jennifer Sullivan reports: Just before 1 a.m., Kirkland police responded to a 911 call about a disturbance in the 10600 block of 124th Ave N.E. The male caller had reported that a woman at the residence was hitting people and no one could get her to stop or leave the house, according to an account of the incident released Saturday by police.

“There was a big party going on at her house. It was an out-of-control situation.”

— Kirkland Police Lt. Mike Murray

Officers arrived and immediately heard the disturbance inside. They entered the house and contacted several people, including Seattle Reign goalie Hope Amelia Stevens (Solo), who officers said appeared intoxicated and upset.

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“There was a big party going on at her house. It was an out-of-control situation,” Kirkland Police Lt. Mike Murray said Saturday.

“Solo, 32, was arrested and booked into the South King County detention facility. She is being held without bail on two counts of investigation of fourth-degree domestic-violence assault.”

Officers reported that they could see injuries on Solo’s 17-year-old nephew and Solo’s sister. After hearing statements from those involved, officers said they determined Solo was the primary aggressor and appeared to have instigated the assault.

The Reign released a terse statement Saturday on the late-night arrest: “We are aware of the situation regarding Hope Solo and are currently gathering information. We have no further comments at this time.”

Solo, 32, was arrested and booked into the South King County detention facility. She is being held without bail on two counts of investigation of fourth-degree domestic-violence assault. She will have a mandatory court appearance Monday at Kirkland Municipal Court.

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“Hope is not guilty of any crime,” attorney Todd Maybrown said in an email. “In fact, our investigation reveals that Hope was assaulted and injured during this unfortunate incident. We look forward to the opportunity to present the true facts in court and to having this matter behind Hope very soon.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Freaked-Out Meth-Head Father Dangles Baby Out Window: Gets Tased & Subdued by Cops

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Meth-Head Baby Dangling Episode Resolved by Local Police

BREMERTON, Wash. —  reports: A 43-year-old man high on meth repeatedly dangled his 6-month-old baby out a broken second-floor window after barricading himself in his apartment early Saturday in Bremerton, according to the Bremerton Police Department.

“Patten was taken to Harrison Hospital, were he admitted to being ‘high and strung out’ on meth.”

Officers were called to an apartment at 145 Bloomington Ave. around 4:45 a.m. in response to some sort of problem. According to police, they arrived to find Adam Patten holding his baby out a broken window.

“Sometimes officers have to make split second decisions…Officers Frank Shaw, Chris Faidley and Matt Thuring very likely saved a life with their quick actions.”

Patten was reportedly sweating profusely and shouting, “You’re going to have to kill me” and “You aren’t taking my baby.” Read the rest of this entry »


Tres Más Muertos: Three More Killed in Venezuela Protests

A firecracker explodes at the scene of protests in Caracas, Venezuela. Photograph: Esteban Felix/AP

A firecracker explodes at the scene of protests in Caracas, Venezuela. Photograph: Esteban Felix/AP

Shootings in Caracas, Valencia and San Cristobal amid clashes between demonstrators, security forces and armed gangs

Three Venezuelans have died from gunshot wounds during protests against socialist President Nicolás Maduro, witnesses and local media have said, pushing the death toll to 34 from almost two months of demonstrations that have been answered with deadly force from both security forces and armed pro-government gangs.

“…Bus driver Wilfredo Rey, 31, died on Friday night after being shot in the head during a confrontation between demonstrators and hooded gunmen…”

Troops briefly clashed with a small group of protesters who attempted to block a highway in an upscale neighborhood of Caracas after thousands of opposition supporters marched to demand the release of students imprisoned during the unrest.

“…Jesus Labrador was hit by a bullet on Saturday in the Andean city of Merida during a shootout between armed protesters burning tires and hooded gunmen on motorcycle…”

Demonstrators complaining of soaring prices and product shortages have vowed to remain in the streets until Maduro resigns, although there are few signs that the country’s worst turmoil in a decade will force him from office.

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Searchers Report Spotting Plane Debris

A relative of a passenger on Malaysia Airlines flight 370 cries out at a hotel in Beijing. Investigators were struggling to piece together what happened to the flight, which carried 239 people. Feng Li/Getty Images

A relative of a passenger on Malaysia Airlines flight 370 cries out at a hotel in Beijing. Investigators were struggling to piece together what happened to the flight, which carried 239 people. Feng Li/Getty Images

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia A search-and-rescue plane spotted suspected fragments of a missing Malaysian airliner in the first potential breakthrough in the investigation of what happened to the flight after it disappeared early Saturday morning.

The fragments were believed to be a composite inner door and a piece of the plane’s tail, Vietnam’s ministry of information and communication said on its website. The objects were located about 50 miles south-southwest of Tho Chu island.

“Never have I seen an aircraft losing control and losing all communication.”

— Mark Martin of aviation consultancy Martin Consulting

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, carrying 239 passengers and crew, went missing early Saturday morning, local time. WSJ’s Jason Bellini has the latest developments.

Officials released a photograph of one fragment floating in the waterMalaysia Airlines said it had received no confirmation regarding the suspected debris.

The mystery over what happened to Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members, baffled investigators and airline officials for much of the weekend. Read the rest of this entry »


Snow Storm Hits Japan Again, Grounds Over 100 Flights

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A snow storm hit Japan on Friday, disrupting rail and road travel, grounding more than 100 flights and adding to the piles left behind by an earlier blanketing.

Up to 30 centimetres (12 inches) of snow was forecast for some parts of the country by Saturday morning, a week after the heaviest snowfall in decades left at least 11 people dead and more than 1,200 injured.

Monkeys endure cold weather at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo, on February 14, 2014 (AFP, Toru Yamanaka)

Monkeys endure cold weather at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo, on February 14, 2014 (AFP, Toru Yamanaka)

Tokyo had a thin covering by early Friday afternoon and the weather agency was warning it would continue into the night.

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Cockfighting Crackdown: Six Arrested, Thousands Of Birds Seized

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Six people have been arrested in a massive crackdown on cockfighting.

The New York Attorney General’s Office and the ASPCA raided a fight on Saturday night, in a Woodhaven basement.

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Sacré Bleu! Overtaxed French Protesters Welcomed by Riot Police with Tear Gas

Riot police confront with protesters during a demonstration for employment and against the government's controversial "eco-tax", a controversial environmental tax on heavy goods vehicles, on November 2, 2013, in Quimper, western France

Riot police confront with protesters during a demonstration for employment and against the government’s controversial “eco-tax”, a controversial environmental tax on heavy goods vehicles, on November 2, 2013, in Quimper, western France

French riot police fired tear gas at thousands of demonstrators in north-west France on Saturday, after some protesters hurled stones and iron bars at them in a rally against a controversial green tax and layoffs.

Three demonstrators were arrested while four protesters and a police officer were injured after scuffles broke out during the protest on Saturday afternoon.

Protest organisers said 30,000 people, including hauliers, fishermen and food industry workers, had gathered in the town of Quimper in Brittany to demonstrate against an environmental tax on trucks and layoffs, even though the government had earlier in the week suspended the application of the so-called ecotax.

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PHOTOS: Hundreds die in weekend attacks

Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013: Peshawar, Pakistan_Pakistani women grieve over the coffins of their relatives, who were killed in a suicide attack on a church. The suicide bomb attack killed scores of people Sunday, in one of the worst assaults on the country’s Christian minority in years. An assault by Islamic extremists at a Kenya mall, a suicide attack on a Pakistani church and assaults by suicide bombers targeting mourners at Shiite and Sunni funerals in Iraq have killed more than 250 people and injured at least 470 others since Saturday. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013: Peshawar, Pakistan. Pakistani women grieve over the coffins of their relatives, who were killed in a suicide attack on a church. The suicide bomb attack killed scores of people Sunday, in one of the worst assaults on the country’s Christian minority in years. An assault by Islamic extremists at a Kenya mall, a suicide attack on a Pakistani church and assaults by suicide bombers targeting mourners at Shiite and Sunni funerals in Iraq have killed more than 250 people and injured at least 470 others since Saturday. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

A recap of key events:

Saturday, Sept. 21, through Sunday, Sept. 22: Nairobi, Kenya — Islamic extremist gunmen lobbing grenades and firing assault rifles inside an upscale mall in Nairobi kill at least 68 people, wound more than 175 others and hold an unknown number of others hostage.

Saturday, Sept. 21: Baghdad — A wave of attacks, mainly on a Shiite funeral in Baghdad, kill 104 people and wound more than 140 others.

Sunday, Sept. 22: Peshawar, Pakistan — A pair of suicide bombers blow themselves up amid hundreds of worshippers at a church in northwestern Pakistan, killing at least 78 and wounding more than 140 others..

Sunday, Sept. 22, Baghdad — Iraqi authorities say a suicide attacker killed at least 16 people and wounded at least 35 others at a Sunni funeral.

Here’s a gallery of photos from the last 48 hours of violence in Kenya, Pakistan and Iraq:

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