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Milwaukee mass shooting: ‘Eight people’ gunned down at beer brewing company

Miluwakee police confirmed they were investigating a “critical incident” following the events at the MillerCoors beer brewing company. 

There were claims of an active shooter situation at the site. 

US news anchor, Toya Washington tweeted: “Active shooter situation at @MolsonCoors aka #MillersCoors in #MKE.

“Any additional information is appreciated.”

One local news source has reported multiple casualties. 

The company urged its employers to find a safe place to hide as reports emerged of an active shooter. 

It told employees via email there was an active shooter located in or near South Packaging, Building 4, second-floor stairwell. 

One man, James Boyles, told local news his wife, Lasonya Ragdales was stuck inside.

She is locked inside an office room with co-workers, texting her husband from inside the building. 

Police responsed at 2:11pm local time to 4115 W. State Street for a report of a shooting.

It has been said officers from the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office, Marquette University Police Department and US Marshals are also responding to the incident.

Members of the public have been asked to stay away from the cordoned off scene.

This is a breaking news story. More to follow. 

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Puppy who lost her nose after she was shot and had face stomped on is rescued

A puppy affectionately nicknamed "snotmonster" lost her nose when she was shot at and stomped on the face.

The fawn-coloured dog, whose real name is Millie, was left with a long, floppy tongue hanging below her crushed snout after being attacked as stray on the streets of Russia.

When Millie was rescued from the cold, she was attempting to claw the rotten flesh of her snout away from her own face – now vets have given her a new lease of life with nose reconstruction surgery.

After being brought to England for life-changing surgery, she was pictured bounding enthusiastically up to the Brighton-based vets who saved her life.

Her rescuer, Kasey Carlin, 25, from Indiana, US, told how her pet was found dying on the streets by animal activists. She had been shot in the face multiple times and her severe facial injuries were most likely from someone deliberately stamping on her.

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Fortunately, Millie's horrendous journey came to the attention of Kasey, a guardian angel for disadvantaged dogs. After weeks of begging, fundraising, and sending email after email to the Russian animal sanctuary Vyberimenya where Millie was based.

Kasey was able to negotiate Millie's evacuation to the UK via Google translate and with the help of her employers, the Wild At Heart Foundation, an animal rescue organisation looking to tackle the world's 600 million stray dog population.

Since arriving in the UK a little over a month ago, Millie has undergone further surgeries to help her lead a normal life. Her right eye was removed – as it was underdeveloped after bullet shrapnel became embedded – and she had a new nose attached.

Kasey was delighted with the latest furry addition to her family.

"When I saw her, I just fell in love with her instantaneously," said Kasey, who was born in Scotland, lived in the US for several years, but moved to England a decade ago.

"She had no nose and a tube to help her breathe and smell but she was just so happy in her videos. My heart melted and I had to have her.

"My desire to give her a loving home only increased after I heard about her story. When she was picked up, her face was just totally shattered, a complete mess. She was trying to claw away the rotting mulch where her nose had been. I

"t's possible that she was hit by a car but it's much more likely she was stamped on as her injuries are almost all on her face. There were several bullets in her too. We're not sure if she was used as target practice before or if someone tried and failed to euthanise her – it's more likely to be the former sadly.

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"I found Millie's images on Instagram and then I posted in every one of her photos and sent multiple messages to get in contact and see if she's still available for adoption. I finally google translated my messages and Irina from the shelter Vyberimenya spoke with me."

Kasey is currently looking after four dogs, three of her own (Mishka, Maggie, and Millie) and one foster (Bella).

Millie's older sister Maggie melted the nation's heart last year when her story went viral. Five-year-old Maggie was found in horrific condition in her native Lebanon: tied to a box with her eyes shot out, her ear cut off, her jaw broken and bullet wounds all over her body.

For Kasey, caring for animals has always been in her nature.

"My dad always said that I'd bring home Bambi if I saw him at the side of the road," added the animal lover.

"I've always loved animals and always wanted to be a vet or conservationist when I got older. Now I get to work as an animal rescuer and therapist and it's just the best work. I love it.

"I love all my pets equally and they're just normal dogs, none of them suffer at all. They eat, drink, and play like any other dog. They're super happy and they make everyone they meet happy too.

"Considering everything they've been through, their spirit just constantly overwhelms me.

"They have so much love to give and they just want to be around people making them happy. They're perfect."

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Cuba puts leading dissident on trial, his supporters say

HAVANA (Reuters) – One of Communist-run Cuba’s leading dissidents, Jose Daniel Ferrer, was due to go on trial on Wednesday on charges of abducting and assaulting a man, his supporters said, in a controversial case that is being closely watched worldwide.

The Cuban government has not confirmed that Ferrer was going on trial, but it has confirmed that he was arrested and is in jail. European officials, Amnesty International and the U.S. Embassy in Havana have said they will be watching the trial.

Ferrer, 49, is the leader of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), one of the country’s largest and most active opposition groups. The government calls him a U.S.-financed counterrevolutionary but said he was not jailed for his political views. It accused him instead of being a violent common criminal who kidnapped a man and caused him serious injuries last September.

Supporters of Ferrer, who was arrested last Oct. 1, say the charges are false and merely an attempt to silence a vocal critic. They say the trial – which foreign media have not been invited to cover – is a sham.

The case has garnered international attention, with global rights organizations, the European Parliament and the U.S. government calling for Ferrer’s release.

“It cannot be a crime to criticize policies that have set Cuba’s development tumbling backwards for the past 61 years,” U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote in an open letter to his Cuban counterpart Bruno Rodriguez on Monday.

Cuban official media on Wednesday did not mention the trial, which Ferrer’s supporters say is taking place in his hometown Santiago de Cuba, around 500 miles east of Havana.

The lawyer assigned to the activist by the state informed Ferrer’s wife Nelva Ortega late on Tuesday that the trial would start on Wednesday at 0830, according to Ferrer’s sister Ana Belkis Ferrer. Ortega could not immediately be reached for comment.

Ferrer’s sister, who lives in the United States, told Reuters she had been keeping in touch with Ortega and UNPACU members by phone, but their lines appeared to have been cut on Wednesday.

“Very early in the morning, they told me the courthouse had been besieged by security agents,” she said.

Ferrer was one of 75 dissidents arrested in 2003 during a nationwide crackdown known as the Black Spring. He was released on parole in 2011 and soon after formed UNPACU.

In recent years, it had become unusual for the authorities to arrest a prominent dissident figure for more than a week, although they continued to regularly detain rights activists for a few hours or days.

Ferrer’s case underscores an increase in repression of late, government critics say, likely related to increased U.S. hostility under President Donald Trump and deepening of Cuba’s economic problems.

Cuba and its arch-nemisis the United States had undergone a detente in 2014-2016 during the administration former U.S. President Barack Obama.

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Man who never plays lottery wins $1M on gift ticket: ‘This isn’t what we expected’

A Virginia man who never plays the lottery took home a big win on a gifted ticket last week.

Daniel Schuman didn’t think much of the lottery ticket his wife bought him for Virginia’s New Year’s Millionaire Raffle, but it ended up winning him US$1 million.

“We saw that the number matched, and we checked again,” he told Virginia Lottery officials. “It was shocking. It’s like, this isn’t what we expected!”

Schuman picked up his winnings from a local 7-Eleven store on Feb. 20. The corner store received $10,000 for selling the ticket, which ended up being one of three top prize winners in the New Year’s Day drawing.

While many dream of how they’d spend a million-dollar win, the Arlington lawyer says he hasn’t thought that far ahead.

Two other million-dollar winners were from Portsmouth and Chesapeake. Five others won $100,000, and 500 other lottery players won $500.

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Damaged ice, impending snowfall force Rideau Canal Skateway to close for season

The Rideau Canal Skateway won’t re-open again this winter due to warmer temperatures, poor ice conditions and an impending major snowfall in Ottawa’s forecast.

“The unusually warm weather earlier this week resulted in a significant degradation of the ice,” the National Capital Commission (NCC), which manages the outdoor skateway, said in a news release Wednesday.

“With a major snowfall in the forecast, followed by higher temperatures, our mighty maintenance team can no longer ensure safe ice conditions.”

The news brings an end to the skateway’s 50th season since first opening in January 1971. Since it opened for the 2019-20 season on Jan. 18, 2020, the popular outdoor attraction was open for 31 skating days, according to the NCC.

It’s the fifth-shortest number of skating days in a given season on record, according to the commission’s figures.

The NCC began tracking a season’s total number of skating days in the 1995-96 season. The shortest season in the last 25 years was 18 skating days in 2015-16.

This season, the skateway never opened in its entirety, only reaching 7.4 of the total 7.8 kilometres. Fluctuating temperatures over the past two months forced the NCC to open, close and then re-open certain sections of ice.

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Saint John police searching for man who left Parrtown Community Correctional Centre

The Saint John Police Force is asking for the public’s help in locating a federal offender who is unlawfully at large.

Police say 25-year-old Bruce Perkins left Parrtown Community Correctional Centre on Friday.

Perkins is serving four years for breaking and entering with the intent to commit an indictable offence, disguise with intent, and possession of a controlled substance.

Perkins is described as 5’10″ and weighing approximately 160 pounds.

Anyone with information on where Bruce Perkins is can contact the Saint John Police Force.

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Peel police seek assistance after hate crime incident captured on video

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – Police west of Toronto are asking for the public’s help identifying a man who yelled racist comments and threats in three separate incidents in January.

Peel Regional Police allege the incidents took place on Jan. 30 in the neighbouring cities of Brampton, Ont., and Mississauga, Ont.

In the Mississauga incident, police allege the man shouted racial slurs at a woman in a local parking lot.

Investigators say the man is also suspected of being involved in similar incidents at two Brampton plazas earlier in the evening.

Police say the suspect is described as a white man in his 40s wearing a black t-shirt and a black baseball hat driving a two-door silver Honda.

Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to contact police.

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Girlfriend suspected of zipping Florida man inside suitcase, killing him

A Florida woman was arrested on Tuesday after police allege she zipped her boyfriend inside a suitcase, leaving him to die.

According to Orange County, Fla., court records, Sarah Boone, 42, was arrested in connection to the case and charged with second-degree murder.

Boone says she was playing a game of “hide-and-seek” with boyfriend Jorge Torres Jr., 42, when she zipped him inside the suitcase, according to an Orange County Sheriff’s Office report obtained by NBC News.

The office shared video footage on Twitter of a handcuffed Boone being led to a vehicle by a police officer.

“Sarah Boone, 42, for Second Degree Murder in the death of 42-year-old Jorge Torres Jr., who died after Boone zipped him into a suitcase, and didn’t return for hours,” the tweet reads.

The two were reportedly drinking alcohol at the time. Boone said she went upstairs while Torres was still inside the suitcase and passed out.

Boone says she awoke to multiple cellphone calls when she realized he was still inside the suitcase. She found him unresponsive and called 911, NBC News reports.

However, the sheriff’s office has reported inconsistencies with her story.

Deputies found Torres’ body near a blue suitcase by the front door of Boone’s Winter Park, Fla., home, Orlando’s WKMG-TV reports.

Footage was found on Boone’s phone showing the suitcase moving as Torres attempted to escape from it. According to NBC News, the police report says the video shows Torres screaming for help, to which Boone responds: “For everything you’ve done to me. F—k you.”

The report says Torres tells Boone he can’t breathe. She allegedly responds: “Yeah, that’s what you do when you choke me … Oh, that’s what I feel like when you cheat on me.”

WKMG-TV says Boone’s inconsistent statements and the video footage found on her phone ultimately led to her criminal felony charge.

She is currently being held in Orange County Jail, awaiting sentencing.

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Cruise ship denied by Jamaica, Grand Cayman on coronavirus fears headed for Mexican port

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A passenger cruise ship is headed for Mexico’s port city of Cozumel after Jamaican and Grand Cayman authorities barred its passengers from disembarking due to fears of the fast-spreading coronavirus, ship operator MSC Cruises said on Wednesday.

MSC Cruises said the medical records of the MSC Meraviglia show “one single case of common seasonal flu” by a passenger who has not traveled in any areas impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.

The company added that the passenger was isolated for security measures but that no other cases of type A influenza have been discovered on board MSC Meraviglia and no coronavirus cases have been reported on any of its ships.

“The crewmember who was diagnosed with common seasonal flu is in a stable condition, receiving anti-viral treatment and medication, and is now free of fever and nearly recovered,” the company said.

MSC Cruises said authorities in Jamaica and Grand Cayman turned away the ship “simply based on fears” and added it is in contact with Mexican health authorities.

Cruise ships have been in the spotlight after confirmed coronavirus cases on British-registered Diamond Princess approached 700 with three deaths since the ship docked at a Japanese port on Feb. 3.

The new coronavirus is believed to have originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan late last year and has infected about 80,000 people and killed more than 2,700, the vast majority in China. But there have now been cases in at least 30 countries with large, spreading outbreaks in South Korean, Iran and Italy.

Mexican authorities were not immediately available to comment on the MSC ship.

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Zimbabwe plans subsidized shops for security forces

HARARE (Reuters) – Zimbabwe plans to set up shops within camps and barracks to sell subsidized goods like maize meal and cooking oil to members of the security forces, cabinet ministers said on Wednesday, as the government seeks to tame anger over economic hardship.

Economists estimate that year-on-year inflation reached 525% in December as the southern African nation struggles with its worst economic crisis in a decade, marked by shortages of food, foreign exchange, fuel and power.

To help ease conditions for the security forces, the government would establish “garrison” shops to enable service personnel to buy cheaper goods, Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa and Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube said.

With monthly salaries as low as $140, political analysts say the lower ranks of the security forces, from the army to the police, have not been spared the effects of the crisis.

Mutsvangwa said all government workers would from next month start contributing 2.5% of their monthly salaries to a state savings fund. Security force members who make the contributions would be able to buy goods cheaply from the new shops.

The minister said consultations were still being held with the public service commission, which employs all government workers.

“Garrison shops in terms of physical structures already exist in the cantonment areas but there is no subsidy, that is what we want to try to cure with this proposal,” Ncube told reporters in Harare.

Ncube did not say how much would be spent on the subsidies.

Mutsvangwa earlier said the government had increased the maize producer price fivefold to $389 a tonne in a bid to encourage farmers to deliver the crop to state grain silos, which have been severely depleted after a drought last year.

Farmers, who are expected to start harvesting this year’s crop at the end of next month, would receive 6,958 Zimbabwe dollars (US$389) a tonne, compared with 1,400 Zimbabwe dollars set last June.

The agriculture minister said last month the southern African nation only had 100,000 tonnes of grain in its strategic reserves, enough to last just over a month, forcing the government to ramp up imports of maize.

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