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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calls for ousting White House adviser Stephen Miller as a 'white supremacist'

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calls for ousting White House adviser Stephen Miller as a 'white supremacist'Ocasio-Cortez described Miller’s presence as one of the more “disturbing” aspects of the Trump administration. She is among many Democrats who have called for Miller’s removal.

POSTED NOVEMBER 19, 2019 9:01 PM

Bolivia in crisis after ‘coup’ against president

Bolivia in crisis after ‘coup’ against presidentEvo Morales, who had been president of Bolivia for 14 years, resigned last week amid allegations he fixed an election. In his absence, the country is teetering on the brink of violence and authoritarianism.

POSTED NOVEMBER 20, 2019 2:34 PM

Son of former German president stabbed to death in Berlin

Son of former German president stabbed to death in BerlinThe son of former German president Richard von Weizsaecker was stabbed to death while he was giving a lecture at a hospital in Berlin where he worked as a head physician, police said Wednesday. A 57-year-old German man is in custody after he jumped up from the audience at the Schlosspark-Klinik and attacked Fritz von Weizsaecker with a knife on Tuesday evening. Von Weizsaecker died at the scene from a knife wound to the neck despite immediate attention from colleagues, said Martin Steltner, a spokesman for Berlin prosecutors.

POSTED NOVEMBER 20, 2019 2:28 AM

Patrick Frazee Convicted of Murdering His Missing Fiancée With a Baseball Bat, Burning Her Body

Patrick Frazee Convicted of Murdering His Missing Fiancée With a Baseball Bat, Burning Her BodyPhoto Illustration by The Daily BeastA Colorado man accused of fatally beating his fiancée last Thanksgiving before enlisting his secret girlfriend to clean up the murder scene was found guilty on Monday. Patrick Frazee, 33, was found guilty of all six charges related to the slaying and disappearance of 29-year-old Kelsey Berreth, including two counts of first-degree murder and three counts of solicitation to commit first-degree murder. The cattle ranger was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole, plus 156 years, after the verdict.Prosecutors argued on Nov. 22, 2018, Frazee fatally beat his would-be wife to death with a baseball bat before burning her body and the murder weapon at his family’s ranch. The cattle rancher then enlisted the help of his secret girlfriend, Krystal Lee, to clean up the crime scene, according to her testimony.“While Kelsey Berreth is planning a future, the defendant—this man, this man—is plotting her death,” said prosecutor Beth Reed said in her closing statements Monday, while jabbing her finger in Frazee’s direction, according to The Colorado Springs Gazette. “His intent was to kill her and finish her off, since she was a problem to him. She was a problem that he needed to go away.”‘Calculating Manipulator’ Patrick Frazee Murdered Kelsey Berreth With Help From Secret Girlfriend: ProsecutorsFrazee’s defense lawyers, however, claimed the case is riddled with “foundational issues” and that it was actually Lee who murdered Berreth, and then “lied” to authorities to save herself.“You are being asked to ignore your common sense and the direct evidence and listen to the circumstantial evidence that supports a story made up by Krystal Lee,” Frazee’s public defender Adam Steigerwald, said in his closing arguments. The verdict came after less than four hours of deliberations, culminating an three-week trial where jurors listened to over 80 witnesses, viewed thousands of submitted evidence, and heard shocking testimony about Frazee’s alleged previous attempts to murder the mother of his child and government witnesses before the trial. Family members, supporters, and curious civilians crowded the century-old Teller County courthouse on Monday as the verdict was read. While Berreth's family reportedly hugged one another and wiped tears, Frazee sat emotionless and stared straight ahead at the jury. In an emotional letter read in court during the sentencing hearing, Berreth's mother Cheryl said her almost son-in-law “tortured” Berreth to death, leaving their toddler daughter to “call out for mama in the middle of the night.”“He not only killed our daughter—his child’s mother—but he chose a horrible death for her,” Cheryl Berreth said, according to the Gazette.Berreth, a flight instructor at Doss Aviation, was last seen on Nov. 22, 2018, at a Woodland Park Safeway grocery store pushing a shopping cart with her 1-year-old, Kaylee. Ten days later, Cheryl Berreth filed a missing person's report after not hearing from her daughter since Thanksgiving. Kelsey Berreth Murder Suspect’s Secret Ex: He ‘Told Me to Take Care of the Problem’At the time, Frazee told authorities he last saw his fiancée on Thanksgiving Day, when she dropped off their daughter at his home and received a text from her three days later. But photos displayed in court from Berreth’s neighbor’s surveillance camera reveal Frazee at his fiancée’s front door 11 times throughout the day. Lee, who testified in court as part of her plea agreement, told jurors Frazee called after the slaying and said: “I need your help, and I need your help now. You have a mess to clean up.”The Idaho nurse—who had a tumultuous on-and-off relationship with Frazee for more than a decade—told jurors the 33-year-old said he killed Berreth with a baseball bat after telling her to put on a blindfold for a “candle smell test.” Lee said Frazee relayed that as he was beating his fiancée while their daughter was in the other room, Berreth begged, “Please stop.”“He just said he swung away, and that it was really hard," Lee told the jury, noting that Frazee said that next time he would "stick to normal weapons."Lee described how Frazee told her to “get the candles wiped up, get the bathroom done, and wipe up the footprints” during their frantic four-hour cleanup of Berreth’s apartment. She testified she purposefully “left little spots” of blood “so that somebody would see and it would raise suspicion about what had happened.”A Colorado Man Allegedly Murdered His Missing Fiancée With a Baseball Bat. Now He Faces Trial.“Is there anybody that believes that? It is absurd. This is the foundation upon which the prosecution has built their case, and it cannot rely on those two things: the timeline and Lee’s story,” Frazee’s defense attorney said on Monday, claiming the Idaho nurse invented the story to get her off the hook during police questioning. Jonathyn Priest, a former Denver police officer who specializes in blood pattern analysis, testified that Frazee hit his future wife about 10 to 15 times with the bat, based on the blood spatters found at the scene. “People aren’t easy to kill," Priest said, according to The Denver Channel. "They’re very resilient. And beatings are nasty in that they don’t really have the effect that they have on television.”After the cleanup on Nov. 24, the two went to Frazee’s ranch where Lee said he set Berreth’s body on fire, along with several trash bags. Lee pleaded guilty in February to evidence tampering for her role in covering up Berreth’s murder and will be sentenced next year.Lee told jurors she agreed to help Frazee after he asked for her help murdering his fiancée three times—each time rationalizing the request by claiming Berreth abused their toddler and he needed her help. The nurse said while she initially agreed to each murder scheme, she later grew suspicious and eventually backed out before every murder attempt.“His little girl is being abused,” Lee testified on her thought process at the time. “I understand if it was wrong. I didn't know what to do so I didn’t make correct decisions.”Fiancé of Missing Colorado Mom Kelsey Berreth Arrested on Murder ChargeBut in November, Lee testified she went along with Frazee’s scheme to trick authorities after the murder and took Berreth’s cellphone to Idaho before burning it. Authorities previously said on Nov. 25, Berreth’s cell phone pinged off a cell tower in Gooding, Idaho—nearly 800 miles away from the missing mom’s home in Woodland Park. Steigerwald argued against Lee’s “crumbling” testimony on Monday, noted to jurors Lee did not tell authorities Frazee beat Berreth until after the plea agreement was finalized and a “prosecutor’s signature was on the dotted line.”“There’s not an image of Frazee with a drop of blood on him. Not one. If Krystal Lee’s description of this scene is accurate, why is there no evidence on any of his clothes? Why is there no image of PF leaving? Why is there no DNA from Frazee from inside Berreth’s washing machine?” Stigerwald said.Frazee, who lived on a 35-acre ranch with his mother, was arrested and charged with his fiancée’s murder on Dec. 21. One Colorado inmate testified on Friday as a surprise witness that, after being incarcerated, Frazee tried to ask for help in arranging the killing of a key witness in his case. The unnamed inmate told jurors Frazee sent him several napkin notes, ranging from a request for him to use his prison gain connections to instructions on how to “carry out the hits on the witnesses.”Kelsey Berreth: Police Search Fiancé’s Ranch In Hunt For Missing Colorado MomGreg Slater, an agent with the Colorado Bureau of Investigations, also that Frazee targeted several people in his messages, including Lee.“They all need to disappear or be unseen until at least Nov. 22 until after the trial,” Slater said, reading one note in court. “I’d really like to see Krystal with a bullet in her head.”Steigerwald slammed the prosecution’s claim Frazee asked a fellow inmate to perform several hit jobs, saying the witness did not prove anything.“That is not proof of anything,” the defense attorney said. “That is proof of him being an idiot. It is not proof that he committed murder; it is not proof that he knew he was guilty.”He added: “If it is your plan to murder someone, you don't tell half the people you know. Patrick Frazee came off like a complete and total fool. That doesn’t make him guilty.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

POSTED NOVEMBER 18, 2019 5:05 PM

7 Amazing Facts About Jaguars, One of the World's Coolest Cats

7 Amazing Facts About Jaguars, One of the World's Coolest Cats

POSTED NOVEMBER 19, 2019 6:04 PM

Gay Saudi journalists detained in Australia after asylum bid

Gay Saudi journalists detained in Australia after asylum bidTwo gay Saudi journalists who sought asylum in Australia after being threatened at home over their relationship have been held for weeks at an immigration detention centre, their lawyer said Wednesday. The couple arrived in Australia in mid-October on tourist visas but was singled out by airport customs officials -- then taken into detention -- when they admitted plans to seek asylum, lawyer Alison Battisson told AFP. "Australia being very well known for being... a safe place for LGBTI people, they were incredibly surprised and distressed," she said.

POSTED NOVEMBER 20, 2019 2:47 AM

Syracuse University has suspended all fraternity activities for the rest of the semester after a black student said a group of students accosted her and called her a racial slur

Syracuse University has suspended all fraternity activities for the rest of the semester after a black student said a group of students accosted her and called her a racial slurThe student newspaper reported that a black female student was called the N-word while walking on campus Saturday night.

POSTED NOVEMBER 19, 2019 3:23 PM

Power outages, again? 750,000 people in Northern California could be left in the dark this week, PG&E warns

Power outages, again? 750,000 people in Northern California could be left in the dark this week, PG&E warnsWhile Southern California prepares for its first rain of the season, PG&E; warned it may shut off power for 750,000 people in Northern California.

POSTED NOVEMBER 19, 2019 2:03 PM

Extinction Rebellion aims to turn up political heat with hunger strikes

Extinction Rebellion aims to turn up political heat with hunger strikesExtinction Rebellion activists pressing for more rapid action on climate change threats on Wednesday entered a third day of a week-long hunger strikes in 27 countries. The strikes, which began Monday, have been in part spearheaded by 20-year-old Giovanni Tamacas, a University of San Diego student, who carried out a solo hunger strike last month in front of the White House. “We are hunger striking because we have no choice," he said in a statement, arguing governments and corporations "have criminally and catastrophically failed to tackle the climate and ecological emergency".

POSTED NOVEMBER 20, 2019 11:22 AM

Trump turns 'very routine' physical into attack on media

Trump turns 'very routine' physical into attack on mediaPresident Trump lashed out at the media Tuesday over reporting about his sudden trip to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center last weekend.

POSTED NOVEMBER 19, 2019 2:55 PM

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