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4 Kids Dead After Orlando Standoff

Gunman found dead in closet, police say

(Newser) - After nearly 24 hours, a standoff in Orlando ended with the outcome police were dreading. Police say all four children who'd been held hostage in a west Orlando apartment complex were found dead after SWAT officers entered the unit, the Orlando Sentinel reports. "A short time ago we... More »

Cops: Woman Admits to Killing Husband for Beating Cat

Dallas woman faces murder charge

(Newser) - If cats could talk, one of them might be called as a witness in a Dallas murder trial. Mary Harrison, 47, was arrested early Saturday for allegedly shooting husband Dexter Harrison, 49, to death during an argument, the Dallas Morning News reports. She told detectives that she shot her husband... More »

NY Ratchets Up Gun Control

Those convicted of domestic violence will have to turn over all firearms, not just handguns

(Newser) - New York has banned convicted domestic abusers from possessing any sort of weapon, reports CNN . The legislation, which handily passed on Saturday, eliminates a loophole in which domestic abusers were only required to surrender their handguns after a conviction, notes WKBW . "New York is once again leading the way... More »

Police: Wife Arrested After Husband Forgets Anniversary

Florida woman Carol Stone told police she 'flipped'

(Newser) - A Florida woman who attacked her husband for forgetting their wedding anniversary has been charged with domestic battery, police in Pasco County say. Police say 35-year-old Zephyrhills resident Carol Stone "smacked the victim multiple times" in the head and face, leaving red marks, and pushed him to the ground... More »

Trey Songz Turns Himself In After Assault Claims

The singer is accused of assaulting a woman at a Los Angeles party in February

(Newser) - Police say R&B singer Trey Songz has been arrested on suspicion of felony domestic violence for punching a woman at a Los Angeles party, per the AP. LAPD spokesman Officer Drake Madison says Songz, whose real name is Tremaine Neverson, turned himself in at a Hollywood police station Monday... More »

'Slap Rihanna' Ad Does Not Go Over Well With Rihanna

Or anyone else, for that matter

(Newser) - Snapchat is in hot water over an ad that appeared on its app asking if you'd rather "slap Rihanna" or "punch Chris Brown." Snapchat quickly pulled the ad after images of it appeared on social media, telling the BBC in a statement Tuesday that the ad... More »

More Details From Locklear's Tumultuous Arrest Revealed

Police report says actress kicked an officer and told cops their kids deserved to die

(Newser) - She has evaded felony charges, but Heather Locklear isn't off the hook following a chaotic scene at her California home last month. Initially accused of assaulting her boyfriend, who was found bleeding from the nose, Locklear saw a felony charge of domestic violence dropped Monday, per the San Jose ... More »

911 Call From Home Ends in Heather Locklear's Arrest

Actress was said to be 'combative' when cops arrived, they tell TMZ

(Newser) - When a call alleging domestic violence came in Sunday night to the police department in Thousand Oaks, Calif., cops headed over to a private residence and made an arrest—and the person arrested was Heather Locklear. TMZ reports a 911 call was apparently placed by Locklear's brother when he... More »

Husband of Online Exhibitionist Arrested for Her Murder: Cops

Kat West was found dead outside her Alabama home last month

(Newser) - The partially nude body of 42-year-old Kat West was found face down in the street outside her home in a small Alabama town last month; now her husband has been arrested in connection with her murder, AL.com reports. William "Jeff" West, 44, was arrested Thursday morning—nearly six... More »

WH Speechwriter Steps Down, Ex Says: I Feared for My Life

David Sorensen is 2nd WH staffer to resign in recent days amid domestic violence accusations

(Newser) - The White House, still reeling from criticism on how it handled domestic abuse allegations against ex-staff secretary Rob Porter, has a new headache. Per the Washington Post , David Sorensen, a speechwriter reporting to senior policy adviser Stephen Miller, stepped down from his role Friday after his ex-wife, Jessica Corbett, to... More »

White House Walks Back Handling of Abuse Allegations

'We all could have done better'

(Newser) - The White House apologized for its handling of Rob Porter in the wake of domestic violence allegations against him from two ex-wives—though it did little else to clear up the situation around the former staff secretary. "I think it’s fair to say we all could have done... More »

White House Aide Resigns After Ex-Wives Say He Abused Them

Rob Porter denies the allegations

(Newser) - Rob Porter resigned as White House staff secretary Wednesday in the wake of reports he physically abused two ex-wives. USA Today states Porter "is an important gatekeeper to the Oval Office," and Politico calls him "mostly unknown but deeply influential," noting he spends nearly every day... More »

Wife Thought He Was 'Normal.' Then Cops Say He Set a Trap

Michael Wilson allegedly rigged front door to electrocute his pregnant wife

(Newser) - A Florida sheriff calls it "one of the most bizarre domestic violence cases I have seen in my career." The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports a Florida man allegedly rigged a "booby trap" capable of electrocuting his pregnant wife if she unlocked the front door of their home... More »

Police Release Suicide Note, Map That Led to Wife's Body

'Find her and put her to rest'

(Newser) - "I'm sorry for taking her away from everyone," Christopher Lockhart wrote on a map to his wife's body . "I had no right to do what I did." Police in Portage, Mich., have released around 200 pages of documents related to the death in... More »

Police: Sarah Palin's Son Attacked His Father

Track Palin has been arrested on domestic violence charges

(Newser) - Sarah Palin's oldest son, Track, has been arraigned on charges that he assaulted his father at the family's home in Alaska, the AP reports. Police were called to the home Saturday night after Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, told police her... More »

Track Palin Charged With Burglary, Assault

It's his second domestic violence arrest in 2 years

(Newser) - Sarah Palin's troubled eldest son is in an Alaska jail after his second domestic violence arrest in two years. Track Palin was arrested Saturday on a felony charge of burglary and misdemeanor charges of assault and mischief, KTUU reports. According to court records, all the charges against the 28-year-old,... More »

Conyers' Son Was Arrested After Domestic Incident

Girlfriend told police she was stabbed

(Newser) - Rep. John Conyers is retiring from the House seat he held for 52 years, and he wants his son to replace him—but voters in Michigan's 13th District may be wary of replacing a man accused of sexual misconduct with one accused of domestic violence. John Conyers III, 27,... More »

3 People Fatally Shot on Thanksgiving; Youth Pastor Arrested

Victims are suspect's wife, her daughter, her daughter's boyfriend

(Newser) - A Virginia youth pastor has been charged in a triple murder after his wife, her daughter, and her daughter's boyfriend were found dead at a home in a Richmond suburb on Thanksgiving, the Washington Post reports. According to WWBT , the bodies of 58-year-old Jeanett Gattis and her 30-year-old daughter,... More »

Man Who Shot Kelley: 'I Was Scared to Death'

Kelley broke toddler's skull in 2012 incident

(Newser) - The armed resident who confronted Texas church gunman Devin Kelley says he was "scared to death"—but he knew what he had to do. Stephen Willeford, who lives across the street from the Sutherlands Springs church Kelley attacked, tells KHBS/KHOG that he grabbed his rifle from its safe,... More »

Schoolteacher's Murder Points to 'One Person Only'

Husband Andrew MacCormack charged Tuesday

(Newser) - Days after a second-grade teacher was found murdered in her home in Revere, Mass., a state police chief says an investigation has "led to one person and one person only, and he is now under arrest." Andrew MacCormack was arrested Tuesday and charged with murder in the death... More »

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