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Turpin family: Police may bring in dogs to search for bodies in house where children 'tortured' by parents, reports say

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Detectives investigating the case of the 13 siblings found locked up in a house in California, may "send cadaver dogs" to see if there was anyone else in the house who may have died, reports have suggested. Crime Watch Daily, a syndicated news show broadcast in multiple states across America, also reported that investigators were considering carrying out DNA tests on the Turpin children to check if they were all related, citing sources close to the case. The Sheriff’s Department in Riverside County and the police department in the City of Perris, California did not respond to The Independent’s requests for comment on the alleged plans.

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One year into Trump's presidency, is the Russia probe what will bring him down?

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Now James Comey is gone, fired by Trump for failing to end the Russia inquiry. The most critical of the three is headed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, a former head of the FBI who has expanded his inquiry to looking at Mr Trump’s murky business affairs. The activities of Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr and his son-in-law Jared Kushner, are under intense scrutiny from Mueller’s investigators.

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Kentucky man will plead guilty to attacking Senator Rand Paul

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A Kentucky man accused of attacking U.S. Senator Rand Paul outside his home has agreed to plead guilty to a charge of assaulting a member of Congress, but has told investigators his action was not politically motivated, officials said on Friday.

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Oklahoma lawmaker sues private investigator in spying case

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Rep. Mark McBride found a tracking device attached to his pickup truck.

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FBI investigating whether Russian banker funneled money to the NRA to help Donald Trump

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The FBI is investigating whether a top Russian banker with ties to the Kremlin illegally funnelled money to the National Rifle Association in an effort to boost President Donald Trump’s first presidential run. Two sources familiar with the matter confirmed the investigation to the McClatchy News Service, and said that counterintelligence investigators are eyeing activities of Alexander Torsion. Mr Torshin is the deputy governor of Russia’s central bank, and is reportedly close with both the NRA and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

France's 'Black Widow' sentenced to 22-years for poisoning wealthy elderly men

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A French woman dubbed the "Black Widow of the Riviera" was jailed for 22-years Thursday for poisoning four wealthy elderly men, two of whom died. Patricia Dagorn, 57, was convicted of killing two men found dead in 2011 on the Cote d'Azur and of drugging two others. Prosecutors say she attempted to enrich herself by seducing older men she met mostly through a dating agency. The "Black Widow", who denied all the charges against her, did not flinch as the verdict was handed down. Dagorn is already serving a five-year prison term for theft, fraud and sequestration involving an octogenarian in the French Alps in 2012 who had agreed to let her live with him in exchange for sexual relations. One of the men she poisoned, 91-year-old widower Robert Vaux, told reporters at the courthouse on Monday that Dagorn "was like a ray of sunshine in winter. When you are with a younger woman you know it won't last but you don't deny yourself the moment unless you're a masochist". One of the victims, Robert Vaux Credit:  VALERY HACHE/AFP The prosecution team called her a "perverted narcissist" while the defence spoke of a "victim" of loneliness. Attorney General Annie Brunet-Fuster described Dagorn as "not psychotic but psychopathic". Police began suspecting Dagorn after the body of Michel Kneffel, a man in his 60s with whom she had been living at a residential hotel in Nice, was discovered in July 2011. No charges were filed at the time, but the investigation was reopened the following year after police found vials of Valium and personal documents belonging to about a dozen different men among her belongings. The documents included IDs, bank account details and health insurance cards. Investigators then followed the trail to another suspected murder case, that of Francesco Filippone, 85, whose body was found in his bathtub in an advanced state of decomposition in Mouans-Sartoux, outside Cannes, in February 2011. Dagorn had earlier cashed a cheque from Filippone for 21,000 euros ($25,600), money which she said was a gift to help her open a jewellery shop. A court sketch made on January 16, 2018 shows Patricia Dagorn in court earlier in the trial Credit:  BENOIT PEYRUCQ/AFP 'Quick and easy money'  Police now think Dagorn may have met at least 20 men, after arriving on the French Riviera in 2011, mainly via a matchmaking agency. Vaux, comfortably retired but lonely since the death of his wife, brought Dagorn to live with him in early 2012 in the coastal town of Frejus. When he was at his lowest ebb, Dagorn wrote to his solicitor, asking to be written into his will, according to Vaux. He and another man whom Dagorn is accused of trying to poison, Ange Pisciotta, 82, joined the case as civil plaintiffs. Dagorn, who has a law degree, had already been handed a one-year suspended prison term in a case involving her ex-husband who was found guilty of fraud. In 2013, her youngest son told a local newspaper that he was not surprised by the accusations against his mother. "She has always been obsessed with quick and easy money," the son, identified only as Guilhem, told Nice Matin daily.

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David and Louise Turpin to appear in court: What we know so far 

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A “deeply religious” couple whose 13 children were found imprisoned inside their home in squalid conditions will appear before a judge in California on Thursday. David Turpin, 57, and his wife Louise, 49, were arrested on Sunday morning at their home in Perris and taken to the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside, 60 miles east of Los Angeles. The couple were offered bail on provision of $9 million bail each, but, unable to come up with the funds, were held in custody. Their children, aged between two and 29, freed from the bungalow, are currently in hospital. They were freed after one of the children, a 17-year-old girl, escaped and raised the alarm. She was so emaciated that police at first assumed she was aged 10. Police and prosecutors have prepared for the arraignment of each parent on nine counts of torture and 10 counts of child endangerment.  The Turpin family “If you can imagine being 17 years old and appearing to be a 10-year-old, being chained to a bed, being malnourished and having injuries associated with that — I would call that torture," said Sheriff’s Captain Greg Fellows, who serves as Perris chief of police. Child endangerment in California carries a maximum sentence in a state prison of six years, but torture is a felony for which the perpetrator can be sentenced to life. 'The whole house is a crime scene' On Wednesday, to burnish their case, police combed through the Perris property, taking away black plastic bags of evidence. “We have investigators on scene, combing through everything they can find for additional evidence,” said Mike Vasquez, Riverside sheriff’s deputy.   “They’re trying to gather formation that may assist them in providing a full description of what was going on there. “The whole house is a crime scene.” Capt Fellows said conditions in the home were “horrific.”  But authorities had never before been called to the Muir Woods road home, where the family moved to in 2014. Crowds outside the Turpin family home Prosecutors are yet to settle on any motive for the parents’ actions, but Capt Fellows said that Mrs Turpin did not seem to understand why deputies were at the home. “It seemed that the mother was perplexed as to why we were at that residence,” he said. It was not clear how her husband reacted. Capt Fellows said neither showed signs of mental illness.  'Deeply religious' couple were married when Louise Turpin was 16 The couple met in their youth, on the east coast. Mr Turpin was raised in Green Valley, in Mercer County, West Virginia, and attended Virginia Tech university. Mrs Turpin's younger sister, Elizabeth Jane Flores, now 41, said her family moved to Bristol, Tennessee while she was still at school. Mrs Flores studied at Lee University, which describes itself as “one of the largest Christ-centered private institutions in Tennessee”, and travelled with Pioneers for Christ, ministering internationally. Another sister, Teresa Robinette, said that Louise married Mr Turpin when she was 16. The couple are known to have lived in Fort Worth, Texas, with Mr Turpin working as a well-paid engineer. They were declared bankrupt in 1992, however, and in 1999 their house was sold by foreclosure. A picture from inside the couple's former home in Fort Worth, Texas They then moved to Rio Vista in Texas, from 1999 to 2010. Local media in Texas reported that the current residents of a house in Fort Worth where the family lived from 1992 to 1999 found a shocking scene inside that home after the Turpins moved out. There were scratch marks on the doors, closets turned into what appear to be cages and carpets caked in filth, it has been claimed. In 2010 they moved to California, initially living in a rented house in Murrieta. In 2011 they were declared bankrupt again. Three years later they moved 20 miles away to Perris, buying a house in a new-build cul de sac for $315,000. The family were living there when police were called on Sunday. Mr Turpin’s parents described them both as “deeply religious”, and both have estranged siblings who are committed Christians. Her sister, Mrs Flores, has written books about taking strength from God, while his brother Randy Turpin is president of Valor Christian College in Ohio.  But investigators have no details as yet on any religious organisations connected to the case, the captain said on Tuesday. Both Mr and Mrs Turpin’s relatives have said they had no idea of the abuse inflicted on the children.

Kentucky man will plead guilty to attacking Senator Rand Paul

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A Kentucky man accused of attacking U.S. Senator Rand Paul outside his home has agreed to plead guilty to a charge of assaulting a member of Congress, but has told investigators his action was not politically motivated, officials said on Friday.

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Car ploughs into Rio crowd, killing baby and injuring 17

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January 20, 2018 5:00 AM
RIO DE JANEIRO • A car ploughed into a crowd on Rio de Janeiro's tourist-packed Copacabana seaside promenade on Thursday, killing a baby and injuring 17 people, the authorities said, with the driver telling investigators he suffered a seizure.

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