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Published: Sat, 20 Jan 2018 06:17:55 -0500

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Why It's So Hard For Victims Of Extreme Abuse To Leave

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 21:52:09 -0500

(image) When police entered the home of David and Louise Turpin in Perris, California, they encountered 12 siblings who were being held in filthy, dark conditions ― some chained to furniture.



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The resistance is organized and ready in district where Trump is visiting

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:00:38 -0500

(image) Democrats, especially women, have been organizing ever since last year’s election. And they think they have a chance to take the seat in this heavily Republican district.



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Fusion GPS testimony shows potential crimes

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:46:11 -0500

(image) Rachel Maddow reads some of the highlights of the newly released transcript of the House Intelligence Committee testimony of Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS.



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Mattis unveils new National Defense strategy

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 11:43:04 -0500

(image) Defense Secretary Jim Mattis released the National Defense Strategy today that focuses on China and Russia as the biggest challenges to the U.S.



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California torture house: 13 siblings allowed to eat once a day, shower once a year

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:53:15 -0500

(image) The 13 starving siblings held captive in a California house hardly ever saw the sun and were allowed, a prosecutor said Thursday, to eat only one rationed meal a day and shower just once a year.



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Alligator And Python Locked In Death Duel On Golf Course

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 08:03:34 -0500

(image) A Naples, Florida, golf course featured a reptilian smackdown between an alligator and Burmese python last week ― and it was caught on camera.



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House Blocks Trump's Order To Deport Palestinian Man Living In U.S. For 39 Years

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 19:02:08 -0500

(image) Last month, with a deportation order hanging over his head, Amer Othman Adi, 57, and his family were making preparations to leave their life in Youngstown, Ohio, willingly.



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Helicopter with Zimbabwe opposition leader crashes, kills 5

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 18:52:09 -0500

(image) RATON, N.M. (AP) — A group of prominent friends, including a key Zimbabwean opposition leader and a Texas-based investor and philanthropist, was heading to a ranch in the U.S. state of New Mexico when their helicopter crashed and burned in a remote area, killing five people aboard.



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Pope Francis Performs Impromptu Wedding Ceremony Aboard Papal Plane

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:12:57 -0500

(image) Two flight attendants on Pope Francis’ papal plane were treated to first-class service on Thursday when the pope helped them officially tie the knot.



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Prototypes for Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:26:22 -0500

(image) “The Wall is the Wall, it has never changed or evolved from the first day I conceived of it,” the president tweeted. Here's a look at prototypes constructed in Otay Mesa in San Diego, Calif.





Russian Money Ties to NRA Under FBI Scrutiny

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:18:23 -0500

(image) Greg Gordon, investigative reporter for McClatchy DC, talks with Rachel Maddow about news that the FBI is looking into whether Russian money was funneled to the Trump campaign through the NRA.



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Confronting China and Russia, not tackling terrorism, is now America's top security priority

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:11:32 -0500

Countering China and Russia is a bigger focus for US national security than defeating terrorism, the American administration announced yesterday.  Donald Trump’s new national defence strategy named “inter-state strategic competition” as its primary concern rather than jihadist attacks.  It marks a tipping point after almost two decades when the US has focussed on countering terrorism following the September 11 attacks.  China, Russia, North Korea and Iran were all mentioned as powers that were threatening the international order.  The strategy signals a return of a Cold War-style mentality in American foreign policy that will focus on countering rival great powers.  James Mattis,  US Secretary of Defense Credit: EPA/WALLACE WOON James Mattis, the US defence secretary, explained the rationale behind the 11-page national defence strategy in a speech on Friday.  “We will to continue to prosecute the campaign against terrorists that we’re engaged in today, but great-power competition - not terrorism - is now the primary focus of US national security,” he said.  Mr Mattis added: "To those who would threaten America's experiment in democracy: they must know if you challenge us, it will be your longest and worst day." The document itself included a similar message: “Inter-state strategic competition, not terrorism, is now the primary concern in US national security.” It called out threats posed by rival nations. “China is a strategic competitor using predatory economics to intimidate its neighbours while militarising features in the South China Sea,” it read.  US President Donald Trump, right, and Russia's President Vladimir  Credit: APEC-SUMMIT “Russia has violated the borders of nearby nations and pursues veto power over the economic, diplomatic, and security decisions of its neighbours. “As well, North Korea’s outlaw actions and reckless rhetoric continue despite United Nation’s censure and sanctions. "Iran continues to sow violence and remains the most significant challenge to Middle East stability.” John McCain, the Republican senator of Arizona, welcomed the strategy, saying: “It gets the big decisions right, prioritises the threats we face, and offers clear guidance for making tough choices.” Mr Mattis also called on Democrats to agree new funding ahead of a midnight Friday deadline, warning that the military would suffer if they blocked budget proposals.  Appealing to Congress, he said: "No strategy can survive without predictable funding. As hard as the last 16 years have been, no enemy has harmed the US military more than defence spending caps and sequestration." Mr Trump cancelled his trip to Florida on Friday in an attempt to help avoid a government shutdown as Republicans piled pressure on their political opponents.   The US president was due to fly to his Mar-a-Lago resort but stayed in Washington as scrambled negotiations played out behind the scenes.  A fierce blame game erupted in the American capital as political rivals pointed the finger at each other over who was at fault.  Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the Senate, accused Democrats of being unpatriotic by threatening to block a funding extension.   “The American people, the citizens who actually elected us, will be watching," he said.  "They will see which senators make the patriotic decision, stand up for the American people and vote to continue government funding." Chuck Schumer, the most senior Democrat in the Senate, noted that Mr Trump once said that America could use “a good shutdown”.[...]


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California abuse case sparks calls for home-schooling oversight

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:07:21 -0500

(image) The number of U.S. children educated at home has doubled to about 1.7 million, or 3 percent of the nation's school-age population, from 1999, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. "We would not say abuse is more common among home-schoolers, but when it does occur, there are fewer safeguards, less to stop it from spinning out of control," said Executive Director Rachel Coleman. The organization has called for requiring annual contacts by outside officials and background checks for parents who run home schools.





Chris Christie Reportedly Turned Away From Airport VIP Entrance

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:44:41 -0500

(image) Chris Christie, no longer the governor of New Jersey, was reportedly denied access to a special VIP entrance at Newark Liberty International Airport on Thursday.



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Googe CEO: A.I. more important to humanity than fire, electricity

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 10:04:42 -0500

(image) Google CEO Sundar Pichai discusses the importance of developing artificial intelligence and why it’s good that humanity is concerned about its development.



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Phoenix police: Serial killing suspect tied to 9 attacks

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 19:21:18 -0500

(image) PHOENIX (AP) — A serial killing suspect shot and killed nine people, including his own mother, and used a victim's gun in some of the slayings that unfolded in a three-week span late last year, authorities said Thursday.



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Deported Man's Wife Will Be State Of The Union Guest

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 06:15:03 -0500

(image) Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) was so moved by the story of Jorge Garcia, a 39-year-old man deported to Mexico this week after living most of his life in the U.S., that she plans to bring his wife Cindy Garcia as her plus-one guest to the 2018 State of the Union address.



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Government shutdown: Trump tweets cause chaos for Republicans as they scramble to pass spending bill

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 19:25:00 -0500

(image) A tweet from President Donald Trump has thrown Republican plans to avoid a government shutdown into chaos by contradicting his own administration. Congress has been scrambling to pass a short-term measure before a shutdown comes into effect on Saturday. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said “we’re in very good shape” for passage of a spending bill that would keep the government running for another four weeks.



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Adulthood now begins at 24, say scientists as young people delay work, marriage and families 

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 10:00:18 -0500

(image) Adulthood does not begin until 24, scientists have concluded because young people are continuing their education for longer and delaying marriage and parenthood. The traditional definition for adolescence is currently between and the ages of 10 and 19, which marked the beginnings of puberty and the perceived end of biological growth. But, writing in the Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, scientists from the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne argue the timings needs to be changed. They point to the fact that the brain continues to mature beyond the age of 20, and many people’s wisdom teeth do not come through until the age of 25. And people are also getting married and having children later, with the average man entering their first marriage aged 32.5 and women 30.6, an increase of eight years since the 1970s. Families have changed significantly since the 1970s Credit:  Fox Photos Lead author Prof Susan Sawyer, said delays in young people leaving education, settling down and becoming parents, showed adolescence was now longer and argued that policies that support youth should be extended beyond teenage years. Countries such as New Zealand already treat children who have been in care as vulnerable until they are 25, allowing them the same rights as youngsters “Age definitions are always arbitrary,” she said, but “our current definition of adolescence is overly restricted.” “The ages of 10-24 years are a better fit with the development of adolescents nowadays.” However other academics argued that just because young people were unmarried or still in education did not mean they were not fully functioning adults. But Dr Jan Macvarish, a parenting sociologist at the University of Kent, told the BBC: “There is nothing inevitably infantilising about spending your early 20s in higher education or experimenting in the world of work. “Society should maintain the highest possible expectations of the next generation.” Prof Sawyer also admits there could be downsides to he plan, particularly if youngsters were no longer seen as responsible or capable of full engagement in society until they were 24. "Such a view would risk disenfranchising adolescents and undermines their rights to fully participate in society," she added.



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Venezuela talks off in row over fugitive ex-policeman's death

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:46:47 -0500

(image) Talks between Venezuela's government and the opposition coalition foundered on Thursday after the opposition denied providing information that led to the death of a rogue former policeman and six other anti-government militants. Oscar Perez, a photogenic former pilot who once starred in an action film, was killed on Monday along with six others in a police raid on a remote house. Last year he used a hijacked helicopter to attack government buildings and stole weapons from a military base in what he called a rebellion against President Nicolas Maduro.








Amazon picks 20 finalists for ‘HQ2’ second headquarters location

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:08:31 -0500

(image) The race to win Amazon’s second headquarters is tightening: just 20 cities are in the running for the company promises will be 50,000 jobs paying at least $100,000 per year.



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Mom Of Racist-Ranting Alabama Student Says She Didn't Raise Her That Way

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 08:13:58 -0500

(image) The mother of a University of Alabama student who received national scorn for her racist rants on video said she agreed with the school’s decision to expel her daughter.



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Abuse in house of torture was 'severe, pervasive, prolonged'

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 21:24:25 -0500

(image) RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A California couple tortured a dozen of their children for years, starving them to the point that their growth was stunted, chaining them to their beds for up to months, preventing them from using the toilet at times and forbidding them from showering more than once a year, a prosecutor said Thursday.



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Judge Calls Larry Nassar 'Delusional' For Saying It's Hard To Face His Victims

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:45:32 -0500

(image) Former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor Larry Nassar, who is facing 10 counts of first-degree sexual misconduct after more than 140 women accused him, penned a six-page letter to the court saying it was too difficult to listen to dozens of accusers deliver victim impact statements on how he sexually abused them.



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Passenger plane skids off runway in Turkey's Trabzon Airport

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 08:00:46 -0500

(image) Turkish authorities are using a large crane to lift a passenger plane that skidded off a runway in northern Turkey and stopped on the side of a slope just meters away from the Black Sea. The Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-800, with 168 people on board, overshot the runway while landing at Trabzon Airport on Jan. 13.





Nikki Haley voices regret to African UN envoys after Trump slur

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 18:48:47 -0500

(image) US Ambassador Nikki Haley expressed regret on Thursday to African ambassadors who were outraged by President Donald Trump's alleged description of African countries as "shithole" nations, the head of the African Group said. Ambassador Anatolio Ndong Mba of Equatorial Guinea, who chairs the Africa Group, said the US ambassador did not offer an apology during the closed-door meeting, but she did express regret.



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U.S. lawmakers may soon be liable for sexual harassment payouts

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:09:02 -0500

(image) Members of the U.S. House of Representatives could no longer use public funds for awards or settlements in sexual harassment cases under bipartisan legislation unveiled on Thursday that updates a 20-year law governing the rights of congressional employees. Leaders from both parties, including Speaker Paul Ryan, the most powerful lawmaker in the chamber, support the bill, indicating it should pass quickly and easily in a Congress frequently frozen by partisan standoffs. A growing wave of women reporting abuse or misconduct has brought down powerful men recently, from movie producer Harvey Weinstein to popular television personality Matt Lauer, as well as one of the longest-serving Democrats in Congress, former Representative John Conyers.





Artist Gives Vintage Ads A Feminist Makeover By Swapping Gender Roles

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:48:59 -0500

(image) Eli Rezkallah, a 31-year-old artist and photographer from Beirut, Lebanon, recently created a photo series called “In a Parallel Universe.”



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Watch As A Drone Saves Two Teen Swimmers From Heavy Surf In Australia

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:58:21 -0500

(image) An unlikely hero saved two teen swimmers on Thursday when a drone dropped a flotation device as the pair were stranded in heavy surf.



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Government shutdown explained: What would happen if it went ahead, and why is it even a possibility?

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 18:13:00 -0500

(image) Government funding may run out at midnight on Friday unless both chambers of Congress pass a spending bill and President Donald Trump signs it into law. There have been 18 government shutdowns since 1976 that have occurred under both Republican and Democratic presidents, according to the Congressional Research Service. What is a government shutdown?



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Prosecutors to seek death penalty in Chinese scholar case

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 19:29:14 -0500

(image) CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. prosecutors will seek the death penalty for a former physics student charged with the kidnapping and killing of a University of Illinois scholar from China, they told a judge in a Friday filing that also made a new allegation that the 28-year-old suspect once choked and sexually assaulted someone else years ago.



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Car plows into crowd along Brazil’s Copacabana beach, killing baby

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 10:56:02 -0500

(image) A car plowed into a crowd on Rio de Janeiro's tourist-packed Copacabana seaside promenade, killing a baby and injuring more than a dozen people.





Amazon Narrows Down Second Headquarters List To 20 Possibilities

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:45:47 -0500

(image) On Thursday, Amazon released the short list of cities and other localities that are still in the running to host the online retail giant’s second headquarters, which it’s calling HQ2.



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Turkey says it will press ahead with all out attack on Kurdish held city of Afrin in Syria

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:00:15 -0500

Turkey said Friday that it would press ahead with a full scale assault on a Kurdish enclave in northern Syria despite pleas from the US to hold back.  Ankara has been threatening for days to send its forces into Afrin, a Syrian district near the Turkish border controlled by Kurdish forces who are allied with the US but mortal enemies of Turkey.  Turkish troops shelled the area on Friday and said it was moving units of commandos near the border as well as mobilising pro-Turkish Syrian rebel groups for the attack. “This operation will take place; the terror organisation will be cleansed,” said Nurettin Canikli, Turkey’s defence minister. "The operation has actually de facto started with cross border shelling.” Mr Canikli said Syrian opposition fighters would lead the attack with the support of Turkish ground forces.  Graphic: Areas of control in Syria As of Friday night, an all out ground invasion did not yet appear to be underway. Turkey has in the past promised a major incursion into northern Syria but pulled back at the last minute.  Turkey’s apparent willingness to press ahead with the attack, despite American objections, illustrates the dire state of relations between Washington and Ankara.  Turkey has long fumed over America’s decision to ally itself with the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil).  The US has found the Kurds to be effective allies against the jihadists but Turkey accuses them of carrying out terrorist attacks against Turks.  Turkish anger reached boiling point this week after US officials said they were helping the YPG to train a 30,000 strong “border force” that would patrol the Syrian side of the Turkish border. Rex Tillerson, the US secretary of state, hastily tried to ease tensions, insisting that it had been a mistake to call the unit a “border force” but his words have so far done little to appease the Turks.  The potential Turkish offensive is complicated by the presence of Russian troops in Afrin. Turkish state media reported that Russian soldiers had evacuated ahead of the offensive but the YPG said they remained in place.   Turkish military and intelligence chiefs travelled to Moscow this week to discuss the operation with their Russian counterparts. The Syrian regime warned that any Turkish offensive would be considered "aggressive act” an that Syrian forces would attack Turkish aircraft.  But the regime has often issued such warnings to the myriad of foreign militaries operating inside Syria without then acting on them.   [...]


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Norfolk Southern pushing for 'more stable' rail service in 2018: CEO

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:32:09 -0500

(image) Norfolk Southern Corp is working toward a "more stable, resilient" network for 2018 following service issues in recent months, the No. 4 U.S. railroad's top executive said on Thursday. Norfolk's rail network, which spans 22 states across the eastern United States, grappled with a storm in the Southeast earlier this month and struggled with other service issues such as periodic crew shortages in 2017.





As Shutdown Looms, Trump Undercuts Chief Of Staff And GOP On Key Issues

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:21:19 -0500

(image) WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump on Thursday used Twitter to add confusion to his stance on two key issues, one day before Congress’ deadline for passing legislation to keep the government open.



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Takata Recalls 3.3 Million More Airbags

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:47:36 -0500

(image) Takata has expanded its already massive recall by an additional 3.3 million airbag inflators over the same concerns that they might explode and spray dangerous metal fragments into the vehicle’s ...



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Turpin family latest: Two healthy Maltese dogs seized from couple whose 13 malnourished children were found 'imprisoned'

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 07:35:00 -0500

(image) Authorities seized two healthy dogs from the Turpin family after 13 siblings were found malnourished and allegedly tortured. The two Maltese-mix dogs “appear healthy”, Perris, California animal control officer Christina Avila said, and will be raffled for adoption. David and Louise Turpin have denied a string of charges relating to their alleged treatment of the children, who are aged between 2 and 29.



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Trump Appointee Carl Higbie Resigns Following Offensive Comments

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 06:03:23 -0500

(image) Carl Higbie, the chief of external affairs for the Corporation for National and Community Service, resigned Thursday after CNN unearthed a litany of offensive and discriminatory remarks he’d made on various radio segments.



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Ukraine passes bill to get occupied regions back from Russia

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:12:56 -0500

(image) KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's parliament on Thursday passed a bill that aims to reintegrate the eastern territories currently controlled by Russia-backed separatists, and goes as far as to declare support for taking them back by military force if necessary.



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Last three years hottest on record: UN

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:53:19 -0500

(image) The last three years were the hottest on record, the United Nations weather agency said Thursday, citing fresh global data underscoring the dramatic warming of the planet. Consolidated data from five leading international weather agencies shows that "2015, 2016 and 2017 have been confirmed as the three warmest years on record", the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said. It added that 2016 remains the hottest year ever measured, due to the warming effect of El Nino, while 2017 was the warmest non-El Nino year beating out 2015 by less than one hundredth of a degree.



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Facebook selfie clue helps convict Canadian woman who killed her friend 

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:11:22 -0500

An incriminating clue in a Facebook selfie was used as evidence to help convict a Canadian woman who strangled her friend to death. Cheyenne Rose Antoine pleaded guilty to killing 18-year-old Brittney Gargol in March 2015 after police used clues in the Facebook post, uploaded six hours before the victim's body was found, to identify her as a suspect. Investigators found a black belt matching the one worn by Antoine in the Facebook photo near the body of her victim on the side of a road near a landfill site in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CBC Saskatoon reports. Antoine was found guilty of manslaughter this week and sentenced to seven years in prison for strangling her friend. The pair had been drinking and were high on drugs when they got into an argument, Antoine told police. She had initially told investigators the pair were out drinking in a number of bars before her friend left with an unknown man. However police later discovered through a tip-off that Antoine had confessed to a friend she had killed Gargol and later found out she had lied to her uncle to try and cover up the killing.  Brittney Gargol was killed in 2015 Credit: Facebook The 21-year-old had also intentionally tried to obstruct the investigation by misleading detectives with a Facebook post to her friend on the night she killed her. “Where are you?” she wrote. “Haven’t heard from you. Hope you made it home safe.” Antoine, who had initially faced a second-degree murder charge, admitted responsibility for her friend’s death but said she could not remember the details of what had happened on the night. Crown prosecutor Robin Ritter said it was “quite remarkable” how police discovered the information that helped solve the case, adding: “No doubt this young women has issues...and because of those issues she is dangerous.” Jennifer Gargol, Brittney's aunt, said in an impact statement read to the court: “Most days we can't stop thinking about Brittney, what happened that night, what she must have felt fighting for her life. “You feel darkened in your own dark world...you robbed this world of someone who had a special gift.” Antoine said in a statement released through her lawyer:  “I will never forgive myself. “Nothing I say or do will ever bring her back. I am very, very sorry. It shouldn't have ever happened.” Lisa Watson, Antoine's lawyer, said it was a “tragic situation where drug and alcohol use exploded”. “My client had some very deep-seeded personal issues that she was not dealing with and unfortunately, for whatever reason, we’ll never know, they turned into a very tragic situation for all involved,” she added.[...]


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