Hong Kong's protestors are turning college campuses into improvised weapons factories
- Under a November full moon, hundreds of young people dressed in black set about turning several of Hong Kong's top universities into fortresses, well stocked with improvised weapons.
- At City University, protesters used ping pong tables, potted plants, furniture, sports equipment, and bamboo to form a network of barricades to block roads and fortify the entrances to the student residence complex.
- Authorities said protesters had turned the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) into a "weapons factory," prompting a crackdown on Tuesday that left many people injured in fiery clashes.
- Protesters have fortified parts of the campuses of Polytechnic University and University of Hong Kong (HKU), in addition to CUHK, BU, and City University.
- On Thursday, police said protesters dropped flower pots and fired several arrows at officers near Polytechnic University.
Marine deserter wanted for murder spotted in Virginia, prompting a school shutdown
- Authorities received a call about 4 a.m. regarding a sighting of Michael Alexander Brown, 22, who is suspected of killing his mother's boyfriend last week in Hardy, about 9 miles east of Roanoke.
- Brown deserted his post at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina last month, police said.
- Though Franklin County authorities said this week he was driving a 2008 Lincoln Town Car, Roanoke Police Chief Tim Jones said Brown was driving an RV when he was spotted in Roanoke.
- Brown is considered dangerous and may be armed with a "shoulder-held, high-capacity weapon," Jones said.
- The Franklin County Sheriff's Office warned the public Monday that Brown was armed with a high-powered firearm and possibly other weapons.
- North Carolina authorities have charged Brown with second-degree murder and using a firearm in the commission of a felony.
The New Zealand man accused of murdering backpacker Grace Millane after a Tinder date said he arranged another date while she lay dead next to him
- In early police interviews the man said that he left Millane after their date at 8 p.m., before getting drunk with his friends and blacking out until 10 a.m. the next day, Sky News reported.
- He told police that after he and Millane had sex, he fell asleep on the floor of his shower and went back to bed, thinking Millane had left the room, Sky News reported.
- The woman with whom he went on the date on December 2, the day after his date with Millane, told the court earlier this week that the man had calmly discussed and empathized with a man who was jailed for manslaughter after accidentally killing a woman during rough sex, the BBC and MailOnline reported.
- A previous Tinder date also told the Auckland court the man was "a sociopath," and described fighting for her life while he tried to suffocate her during oral sex, Sky News reported.
The Strange Life and Mysterious Death of a Virtuoso Coder
- A day after collecting evidence in the woods near Clarksville, four investigators from the Warren County Sheriff's Office made the two-hour drive to Columbus.
- The Warren County investigators next split up into pairs: Two headed southeast to notify Haas' mother, Judith Wallace Huff, who lived in the hills near the West Virginia border; the other two, Lieutenant Chris Peters and Sergeant Brian Hounshell, stayed in Columbus to interview acquaintances of the deceased programmer.
- One of the first people Peters and Hounshell tracked down was Emanuel Sylvia, one of Haas' cofounders at Tessr, who asked to meet the investigators in a Kroger parking lot near his home.
- Toward the end of his conversation with Peters and Hounshell, Sylvia recounted his last interaction with Haas, which took place just after a Tessr board meeting held in a suburban office park on the night of August 30.
Grand jury rules they do not have enough evidence to charge officer for shooting a black man in the back
- Wednesday's ruling was a "No True Bill," which dismisses the defendants when the grand jury does not find enough evidence to charge the defendant, according to a statement from Colorado Springs Police Chief Vince Niski.
- CNN has reached out to the district attorney's office for comment.
- Bailey later died at a hospital, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office said in a release.
- The shooting involving the Colorado Springs Police Department was handed over to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office for investigation, the statement said.
- Their investigation was given to the Fourth Judicial District Attorney's Office which could decide to make a ruling or hand the decision over to a grand jury.
- Speaking to reporters Wednesday, District Attorney Dan May said his office believes that the Grand Jury was thorough in gathering the evidence to make an independent assessment.
Chinese state media issues dire warning as Hong Kong protests take dark turn
- Hong Kong (CNN) - Hong Kong looked set for another long day of violent clashes and travel chaos Thursday with protesters occupying several universities across the city amid growing concern over what might happen next.
- As the sun rose Thursday morning, tear gas was fired near the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Kowloon as police confronted protesters who have taken over a footbridge and thrown debris onto a major highway.
- At the prestigious Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) in the New Territories, several thousand protesters have effectively barricaded themselves inside the grounds, blocking all entrances for the third straight day on Thursday.
- On Wednesday, a 70-year-old man was hospitalized and remains in critical condition after being hit on the head by a brick thrown by a protester, police said.
Alibaba to steal rival giant's thunder
- This will change when Alibaba joins it on the Hong Kong exchange, even with all the unrest, says the FT's Lex team.
- Days after pulling in a massive $US38 billion ($56 billion) from shoppers in a 24-hour retail orgy, Alibaba has won regulatory approval for its proposed secondary listing in Hong Kong.
- Good news for Alibaba, but less so for arch rival Tencent.
- US and other international investors have thus been sellers of the stock since the US-China trade war kicked off in June.
- Even with a 37 per cent gain this year, Alibaba shares trade at 24 times forward earnings, well below their three-year average and a 13 per cent discount to Tencent.
- Expect the valuation gap with Alibaba to narrow sharply once the latter joins it on the Hong Kong exchange later this month.
3 fraternity deaths at 3 schools in a week draw renewed scrutiny on Greek life
- Tuesday's morning death may be alcohol-related, police in the southeastern city of Pullman said in a statement.
- A male student was found dead in his room at the Greek Leadership Village at Arizona State University on Monday, school officials said in a statement.
- The death of a San Diego State University student following a fraternity event has been ruled an accident, according to the county medical examiner.
- Dylan Hernandez, 19, was hospitalized Thursday, the morning after the fraternity event, the university said in a statement.
- Hernandez suffered blunt force head injuries after falling from his elevated bunk bed, the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office said.
- Hernandez had no pulse when he was found by his roommate Thursday morning, the medical examiner's office said, and he was pronounced dead Friday.
- Six IFC fraternities were already suspended before the student's death, the university said, and four others were under investigation.
The NYPD kept an illegal database of juvenile fingerprints for years
- For years, the New York Police Department illegally maintained a database containing the fingerprints of thousands of children charged as juvenile delinquents — in direct violation of state law mandating that police destroy these records after turning them over to the state’s Division of Criminal Justice Services.
- When Bella and Freeman followed up again, in early 2017, to ask the NYPD if they had destroyed the list of records flagged by DCJS, police lawyers wrote in an email that “all fingerprints have been removed from AFIS.” That was the admission Legal Aid had been waiting for: The department was not supposed to have those fingerprints in the first place, and the email confirmed that for years they had been concealing what records they were retaining.
Hong Kong university under 'siege' from police as violence spreads
- Also on Wednesday, police attempted to clear barricades in Kowloon Tong, and local residents and government workers cleared up debris and barricades in Mong Kok, where clashes between police and protesters -- which saw numerous rounds of tear gas fired in the heavily built up area -- lasted until around 3 a.m. Unrest is expected to continue, with CUHK as the main focus, as protesters on campus arm themselves with with unconventional weapons including bows and arrows and javelins.
- Attention in the city has been focused on the campus, and dramatic pictures coming out of it overnight largely replaced those from earlier this week on front pages and social media, including the shooting of a protester by a police officer and the setting on fire of a man following a dispute with protesters Monday.