A Connecticut state trooper, caught on his own dashboard camera stealing a dying motorist's cash and gold crucifix, has been sentenced to prison. Aaron "A.J." Huntsman, 45, pleaded guilty under the Alford doctrine to third-degree larceny and tampering with evidence and could have faced up to 10 years in prison, but Superior Court Judge Robert Devlin sentenced him to 16 months in prison and five years probation. John Scalesse was killed Sept. 22, 2012 after his motorcycle crashed into a construction company truck in Fairfield. Huntsman took the man's gold crucifix on a chain from a pool of blood and $3,700 cash from his pockets. read more
"Officer Ferguson, 34 years old, is sometimes called "The Facebook Cop," but it isn't for her savvy use of social media. It is because her salary and benefits are paid entirely by Facebook Inc."
Tommy Ramone, the last surviving member of the legendary punk band The Ramones, has died at his Queens, N.Y., home after a battle with bile duct cancer. He was 65. Born Erdelyi Tamas, in Budapest, Hungary, the founding drummer of the band co-produced their first three albums in the 1970s. He was preceded in death by band mates Joey Ramone (2001), Dee Dee Ramone (2002) and Johnny Ramone (2004). read more
Scientists said on Wednesday many Tibetans possess a rare variant of a gene involved in carrying oxygen in the blood that they likely inherited from an enigmatic group of extinct humans who interbred with our species tens of thousands of years ago. The gene enables Tibetans to function well in low oxygen levels at elevations upwards of 15,000 feet like the vast high plateau of southwestern China. People without this variant would be apt to develop thick blood, leading to high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, low-birth-weight babies and higher infant mortality. read more
In an incident shared on YouTube, four people walked through Cincinnati's East Price Hill neighborhood with AR-15 guns strapped to their backs, yelling racial slurs and boasting about how their activities were legal under Ohio's open carry laws. "This is going on YouTube, n----, World Star," one tells a group of black people they pass. The man seen on the video, Jesse Deboard, was later arrested and charged with menacing by stalking and violation of a protection order. read more