Dallas Woman In ID Thefts Gets 10 years In Nigeria Cars Scam

DALLAS (AP) — A Texas woman is going to prison for a $1.2 million scheme that stole identities to get tax refunds to buy and ship used cars to Nigeria.

LaTonya Carson was sentenced Thursday to spend 10 years in a U.S. prison. The Dallas woman was convicted on several charges, including aggravated identity theft, money laundering and wire fraud.

Federal prosecutors in Dallas say some victims were in prison when their personal information was stolen.

Investigators say that starting in 2012, Carson and others involved in the scheme used bogus tax refunds to buy and export nearly 280 vehicles to Nigeria.

Another suspect, Smith Olsola Akin of Plano, Texas, was sentenced to 11 years in prison. The two other indicted suspects remain at large.

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Terrell ISD Builds Treehouse Inside Elementary School

TERRELL (KRLD) – When Kennedy Elementary School students in Terrell return on Monday, they’ll be greeted by a two-story treehouse, but this one isn’t outside.  It’s was built inside the school.


The district posted a video of its new treehouse on Facebook with the caption that reads:

“The Treehouse at Kennedy is such a magical space for our students to learn, play, and explore! Earlier today we revealed the Treehouse to several students and staff. Their reactions were priceless! We hope you will share this video with your family members and friends. And if you’re in the neighborhood, we hope you will stop by to check out the Treehouse for yourself.

Thank you to Superintendent Micheal French for having the vision for this incredible space, and to Grounds For Play for making that vision a reality for our students. It is going to be an amazing school year!”

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Several Wounded In Finland Stabbing; Suspect Shot In The Leg

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Police in Finland say they have shot a man in the leg after he was suspected of stabbing several people in the western city of Turku.

Finnish broadcaster YLE says several people were seen lying on the ground in the central part of the city.

On Twitter, police urged people to avoid that part of Turku.

Tabloid Ilta-Sanomat says six people were injured, one man and five women, and that a woman with a stroller was attacked by a man with a large knife.

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Police: 5 Suspects Killed In Spanish Resort Hours After Barcelona Attack

BARCELONA (CBSNEWS/AP) – Police fatally shot five people wearing fake bomb belts who staged a car attack in a seaside resort in Spain’s Catalonia region on Friday, just hours after a van plowed into pedestrians on a busy Barcelona promenade, killing at least 14 people and injuring more than 100 others.

Authorities said the back-to-back vehicle attacks — as well as an explosion earlier this week elsewhere in Catalonia — were connected and the work of a large terrorist group. Three people were arrested, but the driver of the van used in the Barcelona attack remained at large and the manhunt intensified for the perpetrators of the latest European rampage claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

The Reuters news agency reports, citing an unnamed judicial source, authorities investigating both attacks believe there may have been a cell of eight people involved, and that the group planned to use butane gas canisters.

Authorities were still reeling from Thursday’s Barcelona attack when police in the popular seaside town of Cambrils, about 130 kilometers and nearly 80 miles, to the south, fatally shot five people near the town’s boardwalk who had plowed into a group of tourists and locals with their blue Audi 3. Six people, including a police officer, were injured, though it wasn’t clear how badly.

Catalonia’s interior minister, Joaquim Forn, told Onda Cero radio that the five suspects killed in a subsequent shootout with police were wearing fake bomb belts.

“They were fakes, but very well made, and it wasn’t until the bomb squad carried out the controlled explosion of one that they could determine they were fakes,” he said.

The Audi and a damaged police car were towed from the scene Friday.

The Cambrils attack came hours after a white van veered onto Barcelona’s picturesque Las Ramblas promenade and mowed down pedestrians, zig-zagging down the strip packed with locals and tourists from around the world.


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Apple CEO Makes $2 Million Pledge To Fight Hate

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple is donating $2 million to two human rights groups as part of CEO Tim Cook’s pledge to help lead the fight against the hate that fueled the violence in Virginia during a white-nationalist rally last weekend.

Cook made the commitment late Wednesday in an internal memo obtained by The Associated Press.

Cook also told Apple employees in the memo that he strongly disagrees with President Donald Trump’s attempts to draw comparisons between the actions of the white nationalists and protesters opposing them. Cook believes equating the two “runs counter to our ideals as Americans,” making him the latest prominent CEO to distance himself from Trump’s remarks in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, which left a woman dead and more than a dozen injured.

Apple is giving $1 million apiece to Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League. It will also match employee donations to those two groups and other human rights organizations on a two-for-one basis.

Meanwhile, American Airlines will donate $150,000 to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville, airline spokesman Matt Miller said.

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