‘Horror house’ mom wanted to be a reality TV star: brother

California mom from hell Louise Turpin wanted to add a 14th child to her brood — so she could land a TV reality show and make money, according to a new report. “She used to say how they would be perfect for TV and would often ­mention they would be bigger than the reality show…

California mom from hell Louise Turpin wanted to add a 14th child to her brood — so she could land a TV reality show and make money, according to a new report. “She used to say how they would be perfect for TV and would often ­mention they would be bigger than the reality show...

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This NYC block is famed for crime, sex and tragedy

Along Riverside Drive, between 105th and 106th Streets, stands a distinguished line of Beaux Arts-style mansions known as the Seven Beauties. When numbers 330 through 337 were built at the turn of the 20th century, millionaires were drawn to what was t…

Along Riverside Drive, between 105th and 106th Streets, stands a distinguished line of Beaux Arts-style mansions known as the Seven Beauties. When numbers 330 through 337 were built at the turn of the 20th century, millionaires were drawn to what was touted to be the next Fifth Avenue. The mansions, now worth between $5.5 million...

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Cops may bring dogs to search for bodies in ‘horror house’

Investigators fear there may have been more siblings in the California horror house who didn’t make it out alive, and now they’re considering sending in corpse-sniffing dogs, according to a report. Police in Riverside County are in “serious discussions” to use the animals to comb the Perris, Calif., residence of David and Louise Turpin, where…

Investigators fear there may have been more siblings in the California horror house who didn’t make it out alive, and now they’re considering sending in corpse-sniffing dogs, according to a report. Police in Riverside County are in “serious discussions” to use the animals to comb the Perris, Calif., residence of David and Louise Turpin, where...

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Supreme Court expected to stay open during government shutdown

Supreme Court expected to stay open during government shutdownAs parts of the federal government shut down this weekend, the Supreme Court’s “opinion line” promises that on Monday the court will release orders and “there is a possibility of opinions.” Past recent shutdowns did not interfere with the court’s work, nor is the present situation expected to curtail it. As explained in a press […]

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Supreme Court expected to stay open during government shutdown

As parts of the federal government shut down this weekend, the Supreme Court’s “opinion line” promises that on Monday the court will release orders and “there is a possibility of opinions.” Past recent shutdowns did not interfere with the court’s work, nor is the present situation expected to curtail it.

As explained in a press release from the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, the federal judiciary will maintain its operations through February 9 “by using court fee balances and other funds not dependent on a new appropriation.” Even after February 9, the Anti-Deficiency Act “allows work to continue during a lapse in appropriations if it is necessary to support the exercise of Article III judicial powers.”

And except for Monday, the Supreme Court justices do not even have official business scheduled until their February 16 conference. The next oral arguments are on February 20.

During the 2013 government shutdown from October 1 to 17, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in 11 cases, its entire October sitting. As reported by Lyle Denniston for this blog (on September 28, October 3 and October 10), the court announced weekly on its website that it “will continue to conduct its normal operations.” The court’s website has no such announcements posted at the moment.

Technically the Supreme Court did close temporarily on October 3, 2013 — not on account of the shutdown, but because of a shooting incident on nearby streets that left one of its police cars damaged. The building reopened to tourists before the end of that afternoon.

In the government shutdowns during October Term 1995, the Supreme Court “conducted business as usual” as well, according to the court’s public information officer, Kathleen Arberg, as reported by Lyle Denniston for this blog.

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This week at the court

This week at the courtThe Supreme Court will release additional orders from the January 19 conference on Monday at 9:30 a.m. There is a possibility of opinions on Monday at 10 a.m. The justices will meet next for their February 16 conference. The calendar for the February sitting, which begins on February 20, is available on the Supreme Court’s website.

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This week at the court

The Supreme Court will release additional orders from the January 19 conference on Monday at 9:30 a.m. There is a possibility of opinions on Monday at 10 a.m. The justices will meet next for their February 16 conference. The calendar for the February sitting, which begins on February 20, is available on the Supreme Court’s website.

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Trump Ad: Dems ‘Complicit’ in Illegal Immigrant Murder

After ad is posted linking Democrats and crime by undocumented immigrants, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) responds that, “The American people are not going to accept the premise that immigrants are criminals and that we ought to deport the dreamers,” responds Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL).

An explosive new ad by the Trump campaign implying that Democrats would be “complicit” in any murder committed by undocumented immigrants “doesn’t work,” a leading Democratic senator said, ABC News reports. “The American people are not going to accept the premise that immigrants are criminals and that we ought to deport the ‘dreamers,'” Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) said on ABC’s “This Week.” The ad was posted Saturday night to Trump’s campaign website and YouTube page as Republicans and Democrats try to reach an agreement that will end the government shutdown that started at midnight Friday.

Immigration issues have been core to the shutown debate, including the president’s proposed border wall and Democrats’ call for protections for “dreamers,” the 800,000 young immigrants who came illegally to the U.S. as children. “What it comes down to is we need a reasonable approach [to immigration] that is mindful of our national security, number one, but embraces a basic value in America,” Durbin said. “We are a diverse nation, a nation of immigrants, and we’re proud of it.” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has offered to the president a deal: full funding of the border wall in exchange for protecting dreamers from deportation and making no changes in some other programs that enable legal immigration into the U.S.

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Trump to Extend Opioid Emergency After Little Action

Public health experts contend that the current emergency declaration, which began in late October and is to expire Tuesday, has produced very little of consequence. Some 42,000 people died of opioid overdoses in 2016.

The Trump administration is extending an emergency declaration for the opioid crisis after accomplishing little under the order since it was announced three months ago, reports Politico. A notice posted to the Health and Human Services Department website said acting Secretary Eric Hargan would extend the public health emergency, which was originally declared in late October. The order was originally set to expire Tuesday. The designation gives federal health agencies the authority to hire more treatment specialists quickly and reallocate money to strengthen the response to the epidemic that killed more than 42,000 people in 2016.

“This is further evidence of the Trump administration’s strong, ongoing commitment to addressing this crisis and protecting the health and well-being of the American people,” a HHS spokesperson said. Public health experts contend that the emergency declaration so far has produced very little of consequence. President Trump has not proposed new funding or resources to help states respond to the crisis, and his administration has yet to launch the massive media campaign he promised in October. Trump has not named top officials to lead key agencies combating the crisis, and he again hopes to cut the Office of National Drug Control Policy’s 2019 budget by 95 percent. “We are hopeful the administration and Congress will use this renewal to focus on getting new dollars to states to scale up treatment, recovery and prevention programs,” said Mike Fraser of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.

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Protester accused of attacking Trump supporter is charged with assault

Police charged a protester who allegedly attacked a Trump supporter after an event at a Manhattan nightclub Saturday night that was headlined by ultra right-winger Mike Cernovich. Violence erupted around 10:30 p.m. when anti-Trump protesters, including…

Police charged a protester who allegedly attacked a Trump supporter after an event at a Manhattan nightclub Saturday night that was headlined by ultra right-winger Mike Cernovich. Violence erupted around 10:30 p.m. when anti-Trump protesters, including 30-year-old David Campbell, clashed with alt-right supporters as they were leaving A Night For Freedom, a ticketed event held...

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Thornton P. Knowles On Pretentious Humor

The bartender at a writer’s conference I spoke at in Morgantown, West Virginia wore a name tag that read, TRUMAN CAPOTE. In the spirit of the joke, I ordered an “In Cold Bloody Mary”. The barkeep didn’t even crack a smile. I guessed it wasn’t a West Vi…

The bartender at a writer's conference I spoke at in Morgantown, West Virginia wore a name tag that read, TRUMAN CAPOTE. In the spirit of the joke, I ordered an "In Cold Bloody Mary". The barkeep didn't even crack a smile. I guessed it wasn't a West Virginia kind of joke, then realized it was simply pretentious, professorial humor. It wasn't funny. I got fall-down drunk that night worrying that I had morphed from a writer into a cold-blooded academic.

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Florida Prison Deaths Set Record, Average Age Drops

The Florida prison system has been considered one of the most dangerous by almost any metric, including inmate-on-inmate violence, use-of-force by staff and problems with health care delivery.

More inmates died in Florida prisons last year than in any other year on record, leaving the state scrambling to identify causes and find solutions, the Miami Herald reports. The tally, 428 inmate deaths in 2017, was a 20 percent increase over previous years. The inmates who died were, on average, younger than in earlier years. Those who died in 2017 averaged 56.3 years of age. Since 2012, the average age of death in the prison system has swung between 57.1 and 58.2 years old. The Florida prison system has been considered one of the most dangerous by almost any metric, including inmate-on-inmate violence, use-of-force by staff and problems with health care delivery. There is no easy answer as to why the number of deaths spiked so drastically from one year to the next.

Corrections Secretary Julie Jones said, “As our population evolves and mirrors that of society at large, we’ve observed that an increase in inmate deaths aligns with the increase in inmates presenting with complex substance use disorders and behavioral health issues, as well as a rise in the elderly inmate population.” Between 2010 and 2016, the state reported a 51 percent increase in inmates with mental illnesses. The prison population is getting older and inmates are serving longer sentences, thanks in part to the elimination of parole. Why are younger people dying in Florida prisons? Officials cite  an increase in overdoses on synthetic drugs like K2 as a factor. K2, known as “spice,” is a mash-up of industrial chemicals — in this case, whatever prisoners can get their hands on, including roach spray or gasoline — sprayed on dried plant matter and  smoked. It’s often chosen by inmates over marijuana because it does not show up on  urine tests.

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