Florida police have arrested Vladimir Putin for trespassing.
Putin, 48, was collared last week after cops responded to a 911 call about a man causing a disturbance at a Publix supermarket in West Palm Beach.
According to witnesses, Putin was yelling at Publix employees and ignored demands to leave the business.
Seen at right, Putin was subsequently arrested by police and charged with trespassing and obstructing officers without violence.
Putin, who has pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor counts, was freed early this afternoon from the Palm Beach county jail (where he was locked up in lieu of $1000 bond). A judge has ordered Putin to undergo a mental health assessment, according to court records.
Putin is scheduled for a September 26 court appearance.
[LATIMES] Federal authorities have charged dozens of Southern Caliphornia, an impregnable bastion of the Democratic Party, postal workers and their associates with mail theft, embezzlement and an array of other crimes as part of a sweeping investigation into criminal activity at the U.S. Postal Service.
A total of 33 defendants were charged in 28 cases, including one individual who was found to have had tens of thousands of pieces of mail in her possession, according to a statement released Friday by the United States attorney’s office for the Central District of California.
Arrest warrants were issued for six of the 33 defendants, officials said.
In addition to mail theft and embezzlement by postal workers and contractors, some of the cases involve bank fraud and false statements; a few allege crimes by people who are not USPS employees.
"The mail system plays an important role in our country's commerce and social communication. Maintaining its integrity is vital," United States Attorney Eileen M. Decker said in a statement. "Mail theft across Southern California has increased recently, which is significant since this type of crime tends to be a precursor to other crimes like identity theft and drug offenses. As a result, we are stepping up enforcement."
The alleged mail theft manifested itself in a variety of bizarre and disturbing forms, according to prosecutors.
Postal carrier Sherry Naomi Watanabe, 48, was found to have more than 48,000 pieces of mail at her Sawtelle residence, the Justice Department said. That mail was supposed to have been delivered on her route in Placentia.
In another case, Nicole Elwood, 45, was charged with mail theft for allegedly stealing medications sent by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to veterans.
Justin Brewster, a 25-year-old USPS mail processing clerk, is accused of stealing video games that were mailed to or from the video game rental service Gamefly; Michael Smith, 43, allegedly took money orders from a mail envelope; and prosecutors say Jarol Garcia, 33, stole at least 166 mobile phones from parcels as they went through the Moreno Valley Delivery Distribution Center.
[PROFOOTBALLTALK.NBCSPORTS] One of the most-discussed moments of Week One of the NFL season will be the national anthem before the Monday night 49ers-Rams game, when Colin Kaepernick is expected to continue his protest and remain seated while other players are standing. But that moment won’t be televised.
ESPN told Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated that it normally does not show the national anthem for the late game of the Week One Monday Night Football doubleheader and won’t show it this year either.
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The Egyptian parliament on Tuesday adopted a law on regulating the construction of churches, despite opposition by some members of the Christian community which complains of discrimination.
Egypt's Copts, the Middle East's largest Christian minority, have long struggled to obtain official permission to build places of worship.
They find it especially difficult to erect churches south of Cairo, where even the rumor of Christians building one can spark mob violence.
"The parliament adopted the bill presented by the government for the construction and restoration of churches by a two-thirds majority," the parliament's website reported.
The new law stipulates that provincial governors will be authorized to issue permits to build churches and that they must respond within four months to each application, politicians told AFP.
In the case of refusal, the community may appeal the decision to the administrative court.
The construction of churches in Egypt is still governed by a ministerial decree dating back to 1934.
Ishak Ibrahim, a researcher at the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, criticized the lack of transparency in the debates that preceded the adoption of the new law.
"The law was decided by the authorities and a limited number of clergy. Of course they do not represent all Christians," said Ibrahim.
"Members of parliament were not given a chance to propose amendments for some items, with their requests being ignored with the excuse that it is to reach consensus."
He also noted the absence of a unified places of worship law that would govern both the construction of churches and mosques, noting that legislation concerning the mosques is more lenient.
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[REUTERS] North Korea publicly executed two officials in early August for disobeying leader Kim Pudge Jong-un ...the overweight, pouty-looking hereditary potentate of North Korea. Pudge appears to believe in his own divinity, but has yet to produce any loaves and fishes, so his subjects remain malnourished... , a South Korean newspaper reported on Tuesday, in what would be the latest in a series of high-level purges under the young leader's rule, if confirmed.
Kim took power in 2011 after the death of his father, Kim Jong Il, and his consolidation of power has included purges and executions of brass hats, South Korean officials have said.
Citing an unidentified source familiar with the North, the JoongAng Ilbo daily said former agriculture minister Hwang Min and Ri Yong Jin, a bigwig at the education ministry, had been executed.
The report could not be independently verified, and South Korea's Unification Ministry, which handles North Korea-related matters, did not have immediate comment.
Some previous media reports of executions and purges in the reclusive state later proved inaccurate.
The report of the executions comes soon after the South said North Korea's deputy ambassador in London had defected and arrived in the South with his family, dealing an embarrassing blow to Kim's regime.
North Korea rarely announces purges or executions, although state media confirmed execution of Kim's uncle and the man widely considered the second most powerful man in the country, Jang Song Thaek, in 2012 for factionalism and crimes damaging to the economy.
[Dhaka Tribune] A person was beaten up and made to kneel down by some girls after he allegedly passed lewd comments against a woman MBA student of Utkal University in Vani Vihar campus in India.
On Monday evening, when the girl was going from the bus stop to the ladies hostel in the university campus, Binod Kumar Sahoo, a private tutor, allegedly passed lewd comments, the police said, reports PTI.
“I called up my friends who immediately arrived. Though Sahoo had left the place, we searched for him and he was spotted near VSS Nagar gate,” the girl said.
A police officer said the girls beat up Sahoo with bamboo sticks and made him kneel down before handing him over to police.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.