The bizarre blue-striped building on Jeffrey Epstein's private Caribbean island was supposed to be a music pavilion with a strikingly different design, according to permit records viewed by NBC News. The building, shaped like a giant box and initially topped with a gold dome, has fueled rampant speculation and online conspiracy theories.
Drawings supplied by Epstein's architects to the U.S. Virgin Islands agency that oversees coastal development show that it was designed to be a haven for music: an octagonal 3,500-square foot pavilion housing a grand piano. But questions remain over whether it was built according to the plans that were submitted to the Department of Planning and Natural Resources. Those 2010 plans, which were part of a permit application that raised concerns inside the agency, included drawings of a building that looks almost nothing like the structure that was built...
"I am very concerned that major development is occurring on Little St. James Island through the processing of a series of minor permit applications," Jean-Pierre Oriol, the then-director of the Coastal Zone Management program, wrote in a March 2011 letter to Epstein's attorney.
Federal agents apprehended a member of Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s Most Wanted List Wednesday who has been on the run for more than two years for his alleged role in operating a large-scale human trafficking and drug operation out of a Detroit motel. Darrick Bell, 50, was arrested at the Econo Lodge, a motel in Monroe, Mich...
Bell, a U.S. citizen, escaped arrest on Jan. 12, 2017 when more than 200 law enforcement personnel descended on the Victoria Inn to break up the operation. Women who lived at the motel were allegedly drugged and forced through coercion, threats and isolation to perform commercial sex acts for the financial benefit of Bell and his associates, ICE said.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo "thinks that the recent violence in Hong Kong is reasonable because everyone knows that this is the work of the U.S.," spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a regular press briefing.
Hua is referring to when Pompeo said China should "do the right thing" in dealing with protests in Hong Kong, in an interview with Bloomberg Television last week.
As evidence, Hua provided examples of recent U.S. "interference" in which, she claims U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton and Pompeo met with opposition figures multiple times throughout the weeks-long protests over a controversial extradition bill...
NASA’sTransiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite telescope discovered a new planet orbiting a star in the Hydra constellation. When scientists examined the data, they noticed two other planets circling the star. One of these new worlds could support liquid water if its atmosphere is thick enough. Scientists need to study it further to find out whether that’s the case. At only 31 light-years away, the newly discovered planet is among the closest exoplanets ever detected...
“The Prosecutors who lost the case against SEAL Eddie Gallagher (who I released from solitary confinement so he could fight his case properly), were ridiculously given a Navy Achievement Medal,” Mr Trump wrote on Twitter.
“Not only did they lose the case, they had difficulty with respect to information that may have been obtained from opposing lawyers and for giving immunity in a totally incompetent fashion.”...
A Tesla-owner tweeted to Elon Musk that his car's "dog mode" had malfunctioned, allowing the temperature in the vehicle to climb to 85 degrees. Tesla's "dog mode" was rolled out six months ago, and is meant to keep the car cool to prevent dogs from overheating. Musk replied to say he was fixing the bug...
The Pentagon has confirmed that it is testing lasers that are able to talk, sending short messages through glass, traveling short distances. Known as The Laser Induced Plasma Effect program, the initiative is part of the Joint Non-lethal Weapons Directorate program, according to a report in the Military Times. Fox News has reached out to the Pentagon with a request for comment for this story. According to a video, the laser would fire a ball of plasma, while another laser takes the plasma and then turns that into soundwaves. If done properly, it could mimic human speech, chief scientist Dave Law told the news outlet. Down the line, the Pentagon hopes to take the technology and use it for other defense operations, including a continuous flash-bang grenade, which produces short, continuous bursts of blinding light and ear-piercing sound. The lasers could heat up a target's skin to an uncomfortable level and not burn them or even give a command such as “Stop or we’ll be forced to fire upon you,” the report adds.
... early Thursday morning in a thunderous gas explosion that sent flames hundreds of feet into the air and sparked an evacuation of nearby residents... Emergency officials said the cause of the explosion is under investigation. The blast caused six structures to catch fire, officials said. It also damaged train tracks that run through the area, officials said, and Norfolk Southern had dozens of railcars backed up awaiting a workaround or fix.
She also suffered from depression and said online that her transitioning to a woman since age 22 may have contributed to her mental health problems... Thompson most recently worked at Amazon Web Services, a division that hosted the Capital One data she allegedly accessed illegally beginning in March. After leaving that job in 2016, she lost her apartment and moved into a group home. FBI agents who searched the house also detained the owner for illegal possession of firearms when they discovered roughly 20 guns, including assault rifles, on the property.In a Wednesday court filing, federal authorities also said Thompson threatened to “shoot up” a California social media company, though they didn’t name the target.
"We are facing the biggest wave of migration in history. If we open the floodgates, no European government will be able to survive for more than six months. We advise them not to try our patience." — Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu.
"Turkey is fully committed to the objective of EU membership... The finalization of the Visa Liberalization Dialogue process which will allow our citizens to travel to the Schengen area without a visa, is our first priority." — Statement released by the Turkish Foreign Ministry, May 9, 2019.
"This doesn't mean that I have anything against the Turks.... But if we begin to explain it — that Turkey is in Europe — European school students will have to be told that the European border lies in Syria. Where's common sense? ... Can Turkey be regarded a European country culturally, historically, and economically speaking? If we say that, we want the European Union's death." — Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
If the EU approves the visa waiver, tens of millions of Turks will gain immediate and unimpeded access to Europe's passport-free zone. Critics of visa liberalization fear that millions of Turkish nationals may end up migrating to Europe. The Austrian newsmagazine, Wochenblick, reported that 11 million Turks are living in poverty and "many of them are dreaming of moving to central Europe."
The collision occurred around 20 nautical southeast of Taiwan-controlled Kinmen island off China’s southeast coast, according to a statement from the coast guard. No injuries were reported. The statement identified the Chinese vessel as a People’s Liberation Army warship. The coast guard said they managed to make contact with the Chinese ship suspected of being involved in the crash but the captain declined to assist in an investigation into the incident.The incident occurred on an established shipping lane after dark, Chen Chien-wen, a spokesman for the Kinmen Coast Guard, said by phone Thursday. Investigators are looking into how the collision occurred.
The officials would not provide details of where or when Hamza bin Laden died or if the U.S. played a role in his death. It is unclear if the U.S. has confirmed his death.
Asked by reporters on Wednesday whether the U.S. had intelligence that Hamza is dead, President Donald Trump said, "I don't want to comment on that."...
The man, who has not been named, offloaded several rounds at Mammoth Cave, in Kentucky, after telling other overnight visitors the half-man-half-ape had lunged at him.
"We got out and saw a man [and his son] who told us their campsite had been destroyed by someone or something," said Ms Durand, 22. "We heard them coming back about 10 minutes later. We heard them yelling 'I see it'.
“We saw the flash from his gun, and he shot maybe 20 yards from the side of our tent into the pitch-black darkness."..