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A man in South Florida has been sentenced to nine months in jail for nearly starving a pet pit bull to death.
Thirty-eight-year-old Anthony Herring, of Palm Beach County, was convicted in July of allowing the dog, named Bella, to become almost skeletal while in his care.
Herring was sentenced Thursday.
The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports that Assistant State Attorney Judy Arco called it one of the worst animal abuse cases in the county in recent years.
Hours after visiting with grieving families in Oregon, where a school shooting took the lives of ten students last week, President Barack Obama will hop on a plane and touch down in San Francisco on Friday to attend a couple fundraising events for the Democratic National Committee.
The President is set to arrive in the Bay Area around 8:45 p.m. PT, according to a news release. His visit comes hot on the heels of a slightly controversial visit in Roseburg, Oregon, where he received a rather tepid welcome from some community members who disagree with the President's views on gun control.
"He's not wanted here," Roseburg resident Michelle Finn told The Associated Press before the President's visit. "He's coming here purely to push his garbage, and we don't want it."
The President's presence in San Francisco will likely receive a warmer welcome than in staunchly conservative Roseburg, Oregon.
The Pentagon will announce Friday the official end of its failed program to "train and equip" Syrian rebels and replace it with a far less ambitious program, NBC News reported.
The "training" part of the program — which managed to field only "four or five" Syrian rebels in the battle against ISIS in Syria at a cost of about $50 million — will be halted, according to senior defense officials.
Instead of combat training for the rebels, they will now be used as "enablers" to identify targets and call in airstrikes for U.S. and coalition warplanes.
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A trio of bills aimed at bringing order and oversight to California's medical marijuana industry nearly 20 years after the state became the first to legalize pot for medical use won Gov. Jerry Brown's signature, his office said Friday.
The Democratic governor's endorsement of the 70-page Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act hammered out by lawmakers in the closing hours of the legislative session was expected because his office crafted many of the exhaustive details.
The bills create the first statewide licensing and operating rules for pot growers, manufacturers of cannabis-infused products and retail weed outlets since California voters legalized medical marijuana in 1996.
The proposal's enactment comes as multiple groups try to qualify voter initiatives for the November 2016 ballot that would legalize recreational marijuana in California.
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A Massachusetts social worker was arrested this week on human trafficking and child porn charges after he allegedly paid three teenage girls to send him naked pictures of themselves.
Rick Hall, 34, of Wakefield - the owner of North Shore Recovery Management in Reading - was arraigned Thursday in Woburn District Court on charges of human trafficking of a child under 18, enticement of a child by electronic communication, posing a child in a state of nudity and possession of child pornography.
Bail was set at $100,000 cash, and Hall was ordered not to have contact with the victims, not to use the internet, not to work with or volunteer with anyone under the age of 18, and to surrender his passport.
The founder of a popular form of yoga that is performed in a room heated to more than 100 degrees lost a court appeal Thursday to copyright a sequence of 26 poses and two breathing exercises.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the sequence used in hot yoga classes is a process intended to improve people's health, so copyright law does not cover it. A copyright on the yoga sequence would be akin to giving a surgeon the exclusive right to perform a complicated surgery, the court said.
The pilot who flew drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmán to freedom has been arrested, Mexico's attorney general announced Thursday, NBC News reported. Arely Gomez Gonzalez said 23 government employees and 10 civilians had been detained in a quest for answers. It was not clear when the pilot was arrested. Guzmán, the chief of the Sinaloa cartel, busted out of the maximum security prison Altiplano in July through a mile-long tunnel before being flown out of the reach of police.
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A city councilman was hit with a Taser and arrested in the same Texas city where Sandra Bland was arrested during a seemingly routine traffic stop, authorities said Friday.
Prairie View Councilman Jonathan Miller was stunned with a Taser after allegedly resisting arrest, according to a Prairie View Police Department statment released Friday. The timing of the arrest wasn't specified.
Asked about witness accounts that apparently indicate that Miller did not resist arrest, Police Chief Larry Johnson said during a press conference on Friday: "We will do a complete investigation, we’re looking at all the facts surrounding that incident."
Johnson also confirmed that the arresting officer was involved in the Sandra Bland arrest, but did not say how.
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The Bay Area Pet Fair in San Rafael, California, got a special visit from a celebrity pet on Friday. YouTube sensation Norman the Scooter Dog performed a few tricks at the pet fair, which is sponsored by Pet Food Express and runs until 5 p.m. Saturday. The French sheep dog rode a bike and a scooter and also showed the crowd his newest skill: jump roping. Norman traveled all the way from his home in Atlanta, Georgia, with his owners to bring publicity to the fair, which is the largest adoption event in California.
Authorities in central Florida have a mystery on their hands after a homeless man brought a human skull to a shopping center.
The Indian River County Sheriff's Office says in a news release that deputies were summoned Tuesday morning after the man holding the skull walked into the parking lot at Riverwalk Plaza in Roseland. He asked a maintenance worker to notify authorities about skeletal remains in the woods across the street.
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The gun used to kill a tantra yoga teacher hiking in Fairfax, California, and a Canadian tourist in San Francisco was stolen from a car parked near Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco police revealed in a news conference Friday. Cmdr. Toney Chapman said the gun was stolen Sept. 30 from a lockbox in the car, which had been parked in a residential neighborhood near the wharf. Chapman said the driver accidentally left the car unlocked. The owner reported it stolen Oct. 1. Two days later, on Oct. 3, Audrey Carey, 23, who lives near Montreal, Quebec, was found shot in the head in Golden Gate Park as thousands gathered nearby for the annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, according to police. Then, on Monday, tantra yoga teacher Steve Carter, 67, was shot multiple times and killed while hiking with his dog on a popular trail, police said. Carter had recently moved from Middletown, California, to be with his wife, Lokita, as she sought breast cancer treatment at the Marin Cancer Institute.
A U.S. airman hailed as a hero for helping thwart a European terror attack was upgraded from serious to fair condition Friday as he recovered from three stab wounds suffered in a late-night attack near a bar, UC Davis Medical Center officials said Friday, indicating that his vital signs are stable and normal and he is conscious.
Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, 23, "is awake, able to get out of bed and in good spirits," the hospital said in a statement.
Police were continuing to sort through conflicting accounts of what happened and have made no arrests, Sacramento Police Sgt. Doug Morse said.
He said police interviewed a 24-year-old woman who was also hurt in the fight and was treated at a hospital for abrasions.
A man almost ran over his pregnant ex-girlfriend with her SUV that he allegedly stole from her, police said.
The cell phone video shows Jessica Alvarado, who is 32 weeks pregnant, jump onto the moving SUV as it swerves from side to side.
Anthony Adan Escobedo, 33, was charged with assault after Alvardo clung to the hood of the car while he tried to drive away.
Alvarado was taken to the hospital with scrapes and bruises.
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New Jersey residents and a New York animal rescue are racing to try to help a bear with an injury so severe it can only walk on its hind legs like a human.
The bear, nicknamed "Pedals" by neighbors in Oak Ridge, has been seen wandering near homes upright over the last several months. The bear first gained notoriety after video of him trotting down a neighborhood street was posted on YouTube, but now, a year later, residents are beginning to become concerned that the bear, who appears to have lost weight and is often seen panting or foaming at the mouth, won't make it through the winter.
"He was exhausted," Sabrina Pugsley, who started an online fundraiser for the bear, told NJ.com. "Seeing the bear on video is one thing but seeing him in person is another. It broke my heart seeing him in person and in that condition."