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Published: Wednesday, October 07, 2015 @ 9:08 AM
Updated: Wednesday, October 07, 2015 @ 9:14 AM
Terrorists drive nice trucks, U.S. counter-terrorism officials have noticed.
Countless news videos and social media posts show Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists driving around in what appear to be new Toyota trucks.
The U.S. has asked Toyota to explain how hundreds, if not thousands, of the ubiquitous white pickups ended up in enemy hands.
ABC News tells us “Toyota Hilux pickups, an overseas model similar to the Toyota Tacoma, and Toyota Land Cruisers have become fixtures in videos of the ISIS campaign in Iraq, Syria and Libya, with their truck beds loaded with heavy weapons and cabs jammed with terrorists.”
The videos must make for effective propaganda. Thousands of Americans and Europeans are trying to travel to the Middle East to join ISIS.
Toyota says it does not know how ISIS obtained the vehicles, but is trying to assist the Terror Financing unit of the U.S. Treasury Department in its investigation.
One possibility is that they were captured or stolen.
Videos released this summer show ISIS insurgents using former U.S. militarized vehicles to parade bodies of their enemies around.
It is believed about 2,300 militarized Humvees were lost by Iraqi forces during one battle this year.
It’s not just trucks. The Iraqi military loses a lot of weapons too. Reuters reports ISIS captured at least 40 M1A1 main battle tanks, 74,000 machine guns, and as many as 52 M198 howitzer mobile gun systems.
A U.S. general says “ISIS has captured thousands of American-supplied vehicles. So both sides travel in the same vehicles and use the same weapons.”
Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 2:06 AM
PIEDMONT, Okla. — A former Oklahoma teacher is facing two misdemeanor charges after witnesses say she physically injured her special education students.
KFOR reported last week that Holly Noelle Morris, 38, is accused of "choking, punching, pinching and squeezing two of her students on several occasions" while she was working as a special education teacher for Piedmont Public Schools.
Morris, who was arrested and charged with two counts of causing a child to be deprived, resigned in February, KFOR reported.
Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 8:50 PM
— Singers, songwriters and recording artists were awarded at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards Sunday in Las Vegas.
Billboard Chart Achievement Award
//Access Granted: [#BBMAs] ICON AWARD UNLOCKED_— Billboard Music Awards (@BBMAs) May 21, 2018
There is no doubt that @JanetJackson is an absolute ICON. Congratulations on your ICON Award, @JanetJackson! #ICON_JANET #BBMAs pic.twitter.com/lEzjWKOPO0
Top Country Song
Top Selling Album
Top Rap Song
Top Social Artist
Top Dance/Electronic Artist
Top Female Artist
Top Hot 100 Song
Top New Artist
Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 8:23 PM
— In a moving and somber start to the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, Kelly Clarkson called attention to the Santa Fe High School shooting in Texas that left 10 dead and another 13 wounded.
Instead of a moment of silence, however, Clarkson, who said no one should be in fear to go to school called on the crowd, and viewers, to honor the victims with a moment of action.
"Once again we're grieving for more kids that have died ... I'm so sick of moment of silences ... it's not working," an emotional Clarkson said. "Mommies and daddies should be able to send their kids to school."
Our hearts go out to all the victims in the Santa Fe community and their families. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/7ejLAd8nKk— Billboard Music Awards (@BBMAs) May 21, 2018
Published: Friday, May 18, 2018 @ 10:43 PM
Updated: Saturday, May 19, 2018 @ 7:21 AM
CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. — A shooting after a high school graduation has left one woman dead and another injured.
Update 3:58 p.m. EST:
Police told WSB that two arrests have been made, but are not naming the suspects at this time, due to additional charges pending.
Balloons and crime scene tape still in parking lot of Mt. Zion HS in Clayton Co. after a woman was shot and killed Friday night following a graduation ceremony. Victim is in her 40s and another 21 year old woman was also shot in the leg and survived pic.twitter.com/a58FcZCWg2— Steve Gehlbach (@SteveGWSB) May 19, 2018
The shooting happened near Mount Zion High School at the Clayton County Performing Arts Center around 8:45 p.m. Friday.
Police confirm that two people have been shot and one of them is dead near Mt. Zion High School in Jonesboro, Georgia.
A graduation was being held for the Perry Learning Center when the shooting occurred in a nearby overflow parking lot.
That argument led to two women being shot, one fatally.
The woman who was killed was shot multiple times in the chest. The other woman was shot in the leg and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of her wounds.
Multiple police and emergency agencies rushed to the scene on the ground and in the air.
New info here on the shooting at Mt. Zion High School in Clayton County. It happened in a parking lot outside the school. Clayton County fire tells me two women were shot, one in the leg, another multiple times in the chest. The woman who was shot in the chest has died. @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/yBEszqMaS7— Justin Wilfon (@JustinWilfonWSB) May 19, 2018
Glenda Norman said that her grandson was at the school when the shooting happened.
“He went there for something tonight. And I said, ‘Oh my God. I’m going to go down and check on him,’” Norman said.