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A Shooting at the YouTube Offices

April 04, 2018

A woman opened fire on Tuesday, April 3, with a gun in a courtyard at the YouTube headquarters injuring three people and eventually killing herself, an incident investigated as a family or personal dispute, according to police.

 

The police identified of the shooter as Nasim Aghdam, a 39-year-old woman who had expressed her anger against the company for allegedly censoring her videos.

Aghdam's father, Ismail, expressed to news reports that his daughter "hated the company." "They are discriminating against me and filtering me on YouTube, and I'm not the only one," she said in a video posted back in January 2017.

 

Nasim died screaming "come for me".

 

YouTube terminated her account following the shooting. Her Instagram and Facebook accounts have also been removed. Police said officers had "encountered one victim with an apparent gunshot wound at the site and two additional gunshot victims that had fled to a neighbouring business".

 

Inside the complex, officers then found a woman dead from a gunshot wound that was believed to be self-inflicted.

 

The three wounded were taken to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. Officials said the 32-year-old woman's condition was serious and the 27-year-old's condition was fair. Some 1,700 people work at the YouTube HQ. The company is owned by Google and is the area's biggest employer.

Jail Guard Thanks Inmates Who Helped During Heart Attack

Feb. 21, 2018

The lone guard in the room, he was sitting across from a locked gate holding at least eight men when a massive heart attack struck. "They thought I was kidding," Grimm said recently. "I wasn't." Inmates soon realized the guard was unconscious. He had no pulse. They started shouting and banging into the holding cell siding.

"Instead of overtaking me and taking my gun, and killing me or taking a hostage and escaping, they looked at me as a human being," Grimm said.  "I just slumped and went out," said Gary Grimm. "Next thing I remember is looking up at the ceiling in the ER."

 

Eventually, they broke free and caused enough commotion that deputies from the courtroom came to investigate. The man never got a chance to personally thank any of the inmates because they were transported elsewhere while he recovered in the hospital. "I get emotional. If they wished harm for me, all they had to do was sit there and do nothing," said Grimm.

 

Friends have started a GoFundMe page to help with extra expenses as Grimm awaits a possible transplant. To date, the funraising effort has raised $13,926 of its $75,000 goal.

Men Had Enough Fentanyl To Kill Entire Population Of New York City

Jan. 29, 2018

Two men arrested in the largest fentanyl bust in New Jersey history were sentenced to prison Friday, after authorities said they had enough lethal doses to kill the entire population of New Jersey and New York City combined.

 

The two men were among four charged after nearly 100 pounds of the synthetic opioid was seized by New Jersey State Police last June, which could have yielded more than 18 million lethal doses.

 

The charges against one of the other suspects were dropped this week, according to the attorney general's office, while another man identified as 38-year-old Omar Zeus Rodriguez remains a fugitive.

 

Fentanyl is one of the deadliest opioids, with a potency that is 50 times greater than heroin. A dose as small at 2 to 3 milligrams can be fatal, according to police. Jesus Carrillo-Pineda, a 31-year-old Philadelphia resident, received a 10-year sentence while Daniel Vasquez, a 28-year-old Somerton, Ariz., resident, received a six-year term, the New Jersey Attorney General's Office announced.

Hawaii's Governor Couldn't Correct The False Missile Alert Sooner Because He Forgot His Twitter Password

Jan. 23, 2018

When Hawaii pushed out a ballistic missile alert earlier this month, Gov. David Ige knew within two minutes it was a false alarm. But he couldn't hop on Twitter and tell everybody -- because he didn't know his password.

 

It took another 15 minutes before the state relayed that news on social media. And it took 38 minutes after the alert was sent for the emergency management agency to send out a second message telling the public it was a false alarm.

 

Under mounting criticism about the delays, Ige told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that while he was unable to get into his Twitter account immediately to alert the public, he did during that time make calls to his leadership team at the emergency management agency.

 

"The focus really was on trying to get as many people informed about the fact that it was a false alert," he told the newspaper.

 

The false alert was blamed on a lone employee who "pushed the wrong button" during an end-of-shift procedure.

The governor promised that steps were being taken to ensure that such a false alarm never happens again.

Fake-bomb TV Crew Held At New Jersey Airport

Jan. 19, 2018

The incident happened on Thursday, Jan. 18, at Newark Liberty in New Jersey. Authorities say at least seven people who claimed to be working for a TV network were arrested at a New Jersey airport after they tried to pass a fake explosive device through a security checkpoint, authorities say.

Transport officials said a bag carrying an item with "all the makings of an improvised explosive device" was found before it had cleared security. The suspects told investigators they were part of a new show on CNBC called "Staten Island Hustle," reports CBS New York.

 

The production company, Endemol Shine North America, issued a statement saying it was investigating the incident and co-operating with the authorities.

"We sincerely apologize for any disruption caused," the statement said.

 

The company also wanted to film the mass panic that they had hoped would ensue, sources said. Instead, they were quickly arrested and their van was impounded and searched. Because the bomb appeared to be a homemade explosive, the FBI was called in to consult on the arrest.

 

Port Authority police charged the seven crew members with conspiracy to create a public alarm and other charges, authorities said. They are also facing up to $13,000 in fines.

Umbrella Causes Panic In Hospital

Jan. 19, 2018

An umbrella sparked a scare at a Seattle-area hospital after it was mistaken for a rifle.

 

KOMO reports an employee of Evergreen Medical Center in Kirkland, Washington, noticed a visitor on Jan 17 carrying a backpack that had a long-handled item sticking from the top of it.

 

Evergreen Health spokeswoman Kay Taylor said surveillance video was reviewed but it wasn't clear what the object was. As a precaution the facility was locked down and the hospital sent out the surveillance photo.

 

The man in the photo recognized himself and contacted hospital security to let them know it was an umbrella with a handle that's shaped like a sword.

 

Police confirmed it was not a weapon and the lockdown was lifted.

Astronaut John Young Dies

Jan. 09, 2018

US astronaut John Young, who flew to the moon twice and commanded the first ever space shuttle mission, has died aged 87, Nasa said.

 

"Today, Nasa and the world have lost a pioneer," agency chief Robert Lightfoot said in a statement.

 

Young was the only person to have flown missions on the Gemini, Apollo and space shuttle programmes.

 

He also once famously smuggled a corned beef sandwich on to a space flight as a gift for a fellow astronaut.

 

Young retired in 2004 after a 42-year career. Nasa said he died on January 6 following complications from pneumonia.

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