LiAngelo Ball, UCLA teammates arrested in China could get 10 years in prison if convicted

Published: Wednesday, November 08, 2017 @ 6:48 AM

LiAngelo Ball and 2 UCLA Teammates Arrested in China for Shoplifting

Shoplifting is a relatively minor infraction in the United States, but not so in China. It could lead to a long prison sentence, according to multiple outlets — and that could be bad news for the three UCLA men’s basketball players reportedly accused of committing the crime Tuesday in Shanghai.

Bruins freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley could be sentenced to three to 10 years if convicted of “robbing public or private property using force, coercion or other methods,” according to Yahoo! Sports’ Dan Wetzel, citing the website for the Chinese mission to the United Nations.

The trio were detained Tuesday after allegedly shoplifting from a Louis Vuitton store next to the hotel where UCLA is staying ahead of its season opener Friday against Georgia Tech. The most notable of the players is Ball, the younger brother of former UCLA star (and current Los Angeles Lakers rookie) Lonzo Ball and son of LaVar Ball.

>> Read more trending news 

LaVar Ball, who had planned a press conference but canceled it on the advice of his legal counsel, released the following statement:

"It is a very unfortunate situation that the Ball Family, and UCLA has to deal with at this particular time. We will comment shortly," he said, per ESPN's Arash Markazi.

William Nee, a Hong Kong-based researcher for Amnesty International, told Wetzel that those detained for crimes in China could “be detained for more than a month without American-style bail before local prosecutors even decide whether to press charges.” Nee added that the United States consulate could intervene to try and negotiate a quicker resolution to the case.

Nee added that the charges could also be greatly reduced and thus warrant a much more lenient sentence.

Native Americans mark Thanksgiving with day of mourning

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 11:43 AM

Juan Gonzalez of Boston rekindles a small fire with“ the smoke symbolizing a ritual for healing and a connection with the
Juan Gonzalez of Boston rekindles a small fire with“ the smoke symbolizing a ritual for healing and a connection with the "creator." He has been attending this day of mourning for 30 years. "We feel the pain of the Wampanoag," said Gonzalez. United American Indians of New England gather for the National Day of Mourning across from Plymouth Rock in Plymouth, MA on Thursday, November 25, 2010. The day signifies the deaths of American Indians at the hands of early settlers and colonists and the independence of American Indians. (Photo by Yoon S. Byun/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)(Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Members of Native American tribes from around New England gathered Thursday in Plymouth, Massachusetts, the town where the Pilgrims settled, for a solemn observance of National Day of Mourning.

>> Read more trending news

Thursday's gathering served to acknowledge and remember the disease, racism and oppression that European settlers brought.

This year was the 48th year that the United American Indians of New England organized the event on Thanksgiving Day.

Moonanum James, a co-leader of the group, said native people have no reason to celebrate the arrival of the Pilgrims in 1620.

"We say, 'no thanks, no giving,'" he said.

Along with prayers and public speeches, participants condemned environmental degradation and government restrictions on immigration. They also planned a "stomp dance" to symbolically stomp out opioid addiction, which has ravaged many native communities.

Tyler Perry buys car for mother of boy born without kidneys

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 1:59 PM

Two-year-old A.J. Burgess with his parents, Carmellia Burgess and Anthony Dickerson. A.J. was born without kidneys. His father is a perfect match and willing donor, but hospital protocol pushed back the surgery after Dickerson violated probation.
Handoff via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Two-year-old A.J. Burgess with his parents, Carmellia Burgess and Anthony Dickerson. A.J. was born without kidneys. His father is a perfect match and willing donor, but hospital protocol pushed back the surgery after Dickerson violated probation.(Handoff via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

A Georgia mother whose toddler has been waiting for a kidney transplant his whole life was gifted a car on Tuesday -- hours before a kidney donor was found.

>> Read more trending news 

Carmellia Burgess brought her son home from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta on Nov. 8, where he’d been since Oct. 29. 

Burgess’s son, AJ, battled a potentially deadly infection, contracted pneumonia, had surgery to implant a new port for his dialysis treatments and received blood transfusions before he was released from the hospital, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported.

MORE: Toddler heads home from hospital to wait for kidney transplant

But his mother didn’t have a car to get AJ to his hemodialysis appointments three times a week, she wrote on Facebook.

That trouble ended Tuesday, when actor Tyler Perry gifted Burgess with a new car.

The family later learned a deceased donor kidney would be given to AJ this week, attorney Mawuli Davis said.

Houston, we have a problem -- astronaut Scott Kelly said his Twitter was hacked

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 6:11 PM

Scott Kelly (Photo by Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images)
Bill Ingalls/NASA/Getty Images
Scott Kelly (Photo by Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images)(Bill Ingalls/NASA/Getty Images)

If you’re waiting for the collaborative track featuring real-life astronaut Cmdr. Scott Kelly and hip-hop star Cardi B, then you’re probably out of luck.

>> Read more trending news

Kelly may have conquered the final frontier, but, as it turns out, even he is vulnerable to social media hacking:

This week, three tweets appeared on Kelly’s Twitter that sent the internet into a free fall as people tried to decipher their meanings.

After tweeting at foxnews.com, hacker “Kelly” turned to Cardi B, posting how he wanted to discuss collaborative ideas and requesting the Bodak Yellow queen to DM him.

Fans assumed “Kelly’s” proposal to be for mashup, which many thought would be out of this world.

Hundreds Retweeted the Cardi B posts from “Kelly” within the first 30 minutes.

Although the tweets suggest he is trying rocket into Cardi B’s DMs, Kelly shared follow-up comments explaining that he believed his account to be compromised:

Despite real Kelly’s clarification on the situation, some believe he accidentally searched for the terms “Cardi B” and “foxnews.com” in the space for writing tweets.

For her part, Cardi B did not tweet a response, so the world may never know if she’d be down to record a track with the world record-holder for most days spent in space.

Florida man tries to break into car occupied by deputies

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 6:46 PM

Titland (Pasco County Sheriff's Office)
Titland (Pasco County Sheriff's Office)

A man in the Tampa, Florida, area picked the wrong car to burglarize not realizing it was an unmarked Sheriff’s Office vehicle, according to deputies. 

>> Read more trending news

Stephen Titland, 49, was arrested on Wednesday night on charges of attempted burglary, seven counts of auto burglary, and loitering and prowling, WFTS reports.

 

Deputies said homeowners in a neighborhood in Trinity, Florida, caught Titland on video trying to break into seven cars, but he was unsuccessful since all the doors were locked. 

The next day, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said Titland tried to break into a deputy’s unmarked vehicle while several deputies were inside, according to WFTS. 

Deputies identified Titland as the man who attempted to burglarize the other vehicles from the night before, and arrested him. Officials told WFTS that Titland was already on a felony probation for another burglary and criminal mischief that happened in Pinellas County.

Titland remains at the county jail on a $45,150 bond, according to jail records.