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#1 Author who wrote gruesome novel is found guilty of killing and mutilating his fiancee before draining her body of blood and SCALPING her just weeks after she gave birth to their baby

The son of a California real estate tycoon has been found guilty of the gruesome and brutal murder of his Ukrainian fiancee, who had given birth to his daughter just weeks before.

Blake Leibel, a millionaire property heir, tortured and mutilated Iana Kasian inside his West Hollywood apartment before she died. He drained all the blood from her body and removed her scalp, ABC reported.

Kasian's autopsy report says parts of the right side of the 30-year-old's face - including her ear - were torn off in the brutal slaying, before she died.

Leibel, who is the son of prominent Toronto developer Lorne Leibel, has been found guilty of murdering his fiancee Iana Kasian (pictured)

Leibel (pictured with ex-wife Amanda Braun) murdered the woman in his West Hollywood apartment. Flesh, an ear and her scalp were found scattered around his bedroom and in the bin at the bottom of a garbage chute at his home

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#2 Kids Taken From Their Parents At The Border Get Their Toys Confiscated Too

If you’ve ever spent time with a kid, you know they usually have a favorite toy ― something that calms them down, makes them feel safe or simply cheers them up when they’re bored. A stuffed dog, say, or a doll, or a little car.

Those toys may be especially meaningful for children who are separated from their parents by federal authorities at the border. They’re taken away to a foreign place and don’t know when they’ll next see their family. A small item from home would be comforting.

But they don’t get to have them. Federal agents confiscate any possessions they have.

Customs and Border Protection take away the items carried by undocumented immigrants, including children, when they cross the border. Anything considered nonessential and potentially lethal is confiscated ― including children’s shoelaces.

The migrants are supposed to receive a ticket for those items ― similar to a baggage check ― and get them back when they’re released, according to Michelle Brané, director of migrant rights and justice at the Women’s Refugee Commission. But that system doesn’t always work.

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#3 DOJ employee among those heckling DHS boss Nielsen, report says

Allison Hrabar, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America who attended the protest against Nielsen over the controversial border law enforcement, was revealed to be a paralegal specialist at the DOJ.


One of the socialist protesters who accosted Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Tuesday at a Mexican restaurant has been exposed as a Department of Justice employee.

Allison Hrabar, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America who attended the protest against Nielsen over the controversial border law enforcement, was revealed to be a paralegal specialist at the DOJ, the Washington Examiner reported.

“It feels really good to confront people who are actually responsible, which is what we have a unique opportunity to do in D.C.,” the DOJ worker told the outlet.

“It feels really good to confront people who are actually responsible, which is what we have a unique opportunity to do in D.C."

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#4 Young immigrants detained in Virginia center allege abuse

Donald Trump displays an executive order on immigration policy after signing it in the Oval Office at the White House, on June 20.

Donald Trump talks to the news media after signing an executive order on immigration policy with DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Vice President Mike Pence at his sides in the Oval Office on June 20, in Washington D.C.

Donald Trump participates in a Cabinet meeting, where he discussed immigration policy at the White House, on June 20.

From left, Reps. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., actor John Cusack, Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., John Lewis, D-Ga., Al Green, D-Texas, and others sit on the 14th Street NW, entrance to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection in protest of the Trump Administration's policy of separating parents and children at the border on June 13.

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#5 Don’t ask us to fly migrant children, airlines say

Four major U.S. airlines — American, United, Southwest and Frontier — said on Wednesday that they did not want the government to use them to transport migrant children who have been separated from their families.

"We bring families together, not apart," American said in a statement, issued before President Donald Trump reversed the family separation policy. American said it had no knowledge that the government had in fact been using the airline to transport these children, but would be "extremely disappointed" to learn that it had. The airline provides travel to the government through contracts, but the government does not reveal details about the flights or their passengers, the statement said.

Following American's announcement, United, Southwest and Frontier released similar statements.

"Our company's shared purpose is to connect people and unite the world," United CEO Oscar Munoz said. "This policy and its impact on thousands of children is in deep conflict with that mission and we want no part of it."

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#6 Trump signs order ending his policy of separating families at the border, but reprieve may be temporary

President Trump sought to stanch a public outcry over his administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy Wednesday, signing an executive order to end family separations at the U.S.-Mexico border after days of insisting he was legally unable to act.

Trump’s abrupt reversal, contradicting his own aides’ defense of the practice, signaled a political retreat after an international backlash over images of hundreds of children being taken from their parents and held in cage-like detention facilities.

But it remained highly uncertain whether the president’s hastily drafted order to keep families together in federal custody while awaiting prosecution for illegal border crossings would withstand potential legal challenges. And senior administration officials said the order did not stipulate that the more than 2,300 children already separated from their parents would be immediately reunited with them.

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Trump implored Congress to provide a legislative solution as the House prepared to vote Thursday on a pair of Republican immigration bills amid skepticism that either could pass. And in a bid to up the pressure, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen warned lawmakers during a private briefing on Capitol Hill that the family separations could resume if they fail to act.

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#7 Police: Thief tried paying waitress with her own stolen card

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PINE BLUFF, Ark. — Authorities say an Arkansas thief got his just deserts when he tried to pay for a meal using the waitress' stolen credit card.

Police spokesman Lt. David De Foor said in a news release that officers arrested 21-year-old Shamon West on Tuesday at Shannon's Restaurant in Pine Bluff. He says that "having no desire to pay for the fellow's meal," waitress Flora Lunsford called to report that the man had tried paying for his meal with her stolen credit card.

De Foor says officers found other items on West that had been in Lunsford's purse when it was stolen from her car Sunday at a nearby gas station while she was inside, including her Social Security card and driver's license.

West is being held at the Jefferson County jail in lieu of $2,840 bond on forgery and theft by receiving charges. Jail records don't list an attorney.

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#8 Donald Trump Threw Starburst Candies at Angela Merkel

During his controversial meeting with leaders of the G-7 less than two weeks ago, President Donald Trump allegedly threw two pieces of Starburst candies on the table in front of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, saying “Here, Angela. Don’t say I never give you anything.”

The exchange, described on CBS News by Eurasia Group President Ian Bremmer, sheds further light on the tense atmosphere depicted in the now famous photograph of the meeting, in which Trump appears with his arms crossed and a defiant scowl across his face.

The annual G-7 meeting—which brings together the leaders or representatives of the United States, Canada, Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Japan—was held in Canada from June 8-9. Trump had decided to arrive late and leave early, and he ultimately refused to sign the joint communiqué that the G-7 leaders sign each year.

Merkel had called Trump’s decision “sobering and a little depressing,”  while French President Emmanuel Macron had also referred to “fits of anger” when describing the meeting. But Bremmer’s account demonstrates an even clearer picture of how terrible Trump’s relationship with Merkel and other U.S. allies is.  

“It was at this point, towards the end of the summit, that Chancellor Merkel of Germany and Prime Minister Trudeau of Canada got together with some of the allies and really wanted to press Trump directly to sign the communiqué, that talked about the commitment to a rules-based international order.

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#9 International Yoga Day: Elite police force guards the Himalayas — and practices yoga

Members of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police wear military fatigues, with thick boots and heavy jackets. On the job, they guard the vast border between India and China, where the mountaintop temperature can drop to minus 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Outside their regular duties, they summit Mount Everest.

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They also practice yoga.

In remarkable locations virtually inaccessible to the rest of the world, these "Sentinels of the Himalayas," often in full military gear, train in one of India's most renowned and ancient traditions as part of their well-being regimen. Their routines include physical and mental exercises, as well as breathing techniques that help members acclimate to the high altitude, which ranges from 9,000 to 18,000 feet.

Now, the elite police force -- along with yogis around the globe -- are marking Thursday's fourth annual International Yoga Day, which aims to raise awareness of the many benefits of practicing yoga.

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#10 Walmart shooting hero recalls stopping gunman

LOS ANGELES -- David George fought back tears as he spoke publicly on Wednesday for the first time since he shot and killed a gunman who opened fire in a Walmart in Tumwater, Washington, on Sunday.

"The gunman came past me waving and pointing his gun and he exited the building," he recalled.

But the church pastor was also legally carrying a gun, so he followed the suspect, who then tried to carjack people in the parking lot.

"The gunman attempted to get a car and when he failed he moved to another," George said. "He then shot two times into the driver side of the vehicle and I fired to stop the shooter. I moved to clear the gunman, yelling to him to drop the gun and show me his hands."

The suspect, 44-year-old Timothy Day had a lengthy rap sheet and died at the scene. George, who is also a volunteer firefighter and EMT, immediately jumped in to save the victims.

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