Oldest person in US dies at 114

HUNTINGDON, Pa. — A 114-year-old Pennsylvania woman who was the oldest person in the United States has died, according to a funeral home.

The Robert D Heath Funeral Home in Mount Union said that Delphine Gibson died Wednesday.

Lessie Brown, of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, 113, is now believed to be the oldest American, according to the Gerontology Research Group in Sandy Springs, Georgia.

Gibson, who had been living at a Huntingdon nursing home since 2004, when she was 100, attributed her long life to good food, her faith in God and her church.

“Frances and I are saddened to hear of the passing of Delphine Gibson, America’s oldest citizen,” said Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf. “She was an incredible Pennsylvanian and she will be missed.”

Although she was blind and deaf near the end of her life, she still enjoyed singing and humming songs like “Amazing Grace,” nursing home unit manager Miranda Glover told WJAC-TV in February 2017.

She took no medication except for a single vitamin a day, Glover said.

“She has an amazing spirit,” Glover said. “She always singing to us or sharing the gospel. She is a treasure to the nation.”

On her 112th birthday, Huntingdon Mayor Dee Dee Brown declared it “Delphine Gibson Week” in the borough.

Kammi Plummer, admissions director at AristaCare at Huntingdon Park, where Gibson lived most recently, told the Altoona Mirror she informed Gibson when she became the oldest living American.

“She just kind of acted surprised and said, ‘You don’t say?’” Plummer said. “We also told her she was she prettiest. She just said, ‘I know that.’”

Born Delphine Tucker on Aug. 17, 1903, in Ridgeway, South Carolina, she helped on her family’s farm until she married Taylor Gibson in 1928.

The couple lived for a time in North Carolina then moved to Mount Union to join a growing community of African-Americans who came up from the South to work in the area’s now-historic brickyards. The couple had three children.

Her husband worked at Harbison Walker Refractories for 20 years before retiring in 1962, according to his obituary. He died in 1980.

She became the country’s oldest person following the February 2017 death of 114-year-old Adele Dunlap, of Flemington, New Jersey.

Gibson’s funeral will be Saturday at Mount Hope Baptist Church in Mount Union.

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The Obamas are reportedly close to sealing a deal with Netflix

Get ready to Netflix and chill — with Obama.

President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, reportedly are in advance talks to produce a series of exclusive programs on Netflix that will be available to the streaming service’s nearly 118 million subscribers.

The deal has not yet been finalized and both the format and number of episodes are under discussion, the New York Times said Thursday.


But people close to the negotiations said the program would not be a direct rebuttal of President Trump’s agenda or Obama’s other conservative critics.

“President and Mrs. Obama have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire,” Eric Schultz, a senior adviser to the former president, told the Times.

“Throughout their lives, they have lifted up stories of people whose efforts to make a difference are quietly changing the world for the better. As they consider their future personal plans, they continue to explore new ways to help others tell and share their stories.”

Although details about the proposed show were scant, the development showed Obama’s willingness to further engage with the public as his popularity continues to rise after his two terms in the White House.


Man Arrested For Trying To Run Over His Girlfriend And Her Children Twice Because She Refused To Have Sex With Him

A Baton Rouge man was arrested on multiple charges after allegedly attempting to run over his girlfriend and her three children with his truck because she refused to have sex with him.

According to police, 62-year-old Benjamin Blount assaulted his girlfriend, whose name remains anonymous, early Sunday morning after she refused sex. After a violent struggle, she and her three children were able to escape the apartment and head to a nearby parking lot, reported WAFB.

The woman and her children were waiting to be picked up by another person when Blount charged at them in his 2001 Chevrolet Silverado. When he failed to hit them, he made a U-turn and attempted to run over the family a second time.

The victim told police she took refuge behind a dumpster just to avoid getting hit.

Eventually, Blount fled the scene but was later found by police and arrested.

Blount was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on charges of second-degree kidnapping, battery, child endangerment and two counts of attempted first-degree murder.


Man torches parents’ house to avenge decade-old fart prank

A Washington man still reeling from his brother’s decade-old fart prank set his parents’ home on fire this week as revenge for the gassy insult, according to a report.

Police say Joel Cruz, 29, was alone inside his parents’ home in the city of Yakima Wednesday when his anger reignited from his brother cutting the cheese in his face 10 years ago, CBS affiliate KIMA-TV reported.

A steamed Cruz then placed a pot of vegetable oil on the stove with the burner on high and ran out of the home before a blaze erupted, according to the news outlet.

The home was left visibly torched with black smoke residue around its windows.

Cruz had told cops he heard voices in his head. He was taken to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation, KIMA-TV reported.

Authorities attempted to put Cruz in a state hospital, the report said, but he was turned away because he posed a danger to himself and to others.

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‘Horror house’ torture got worse over time: investigators

The torture of 13 California siblings at the hands of their own parents lasted for decades and only got worse as it went on, investigators revealed Thursday.

“The victimization appeared to intensify over time,” Riverside County District Attorney Michael Hestrin said during a press conference. “What started out as neglect became severe, pervasive abuse.”

Parents David and Louise Turpion are accused of 38 counts of torture, child endangerment and false imprisonment — and the dad is being hit with one count of performing a lewd act on a child under 14 — after police discovered Sunday that they routinely withheld food from the kids and kept them shackled to furniture as punishment, Hestrin said.

“The victims reported that as punishment, starting many years ago, they began to be tied up first with ropes,” he said. “One victim at one point [was] tied up in hogties, and when she escaped the ropes, the defendants started using chains and padlocks to chain the victims to their beds.”

The abuse began at a Fort Worth, Texas, house the family occupied for 17 years starting in 1992, Hestrin said. Then, the parents lived away from their kids and only stopped by to occasionally drop off food.

But David and Louise plunged to greater depths of depravity as they began buying food and toys and dangling them over the children’s heads while only allowing them one meal a day and just one shower a year, officials said.


Mexican columnist is stabbed 21 times in front of family

Carlos Dominguez was waiting at a traffic light in the northern Mexico border city of Nuevo Laredo with his son, his daughter-in-law and his grandchildren when men armed with knives flung open the car door.

Dominguez, a 77-year-old opinion columnist who had worked as a journalist for nearly four decades, was stabbed 21 times, according to Mexican authorities. They said he was attacked by at least three men who remain unidentified and at large.

The killing Saturday afternoon underscores the lethal risks faced by journalists in Mexico and the growing wave of violence gripping the nation.

Officials said they were investigating to determine whether the attack was connected to Dominguez’s work. He wrote frequently about politics, organized crime and occasionally their intersection — a perilous beat in a country that was second only to war-torn Syria in the number of journalists killed last year.

Eleven journalists were slain across Mexico in 2017, with no culprits arrested in most of those cases. Dozens of reporters have fled the country or gone into hiding.

In the Gulf Coast state of Tamaulipas, where Nuevo Laredo is located, 15 journalists have been killed since 2000, according to Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission. The commission, an independent government watchdog, has sent investigators to Nuevo Laredo to look into Saturday’s attack.

The organization Reporters Without Borders said it believed Dominguez was targeted because of his controversial columns.

The day before his death, in a column published on a news website called Horizonte de Matamoros, Dominguez lamented growing political violence ahead of Mexico’s July presidential election, calling out the federal government for its “failure on the matter of public security.” He also took aim at a local mayor, one of several Tamaulipas politicians he frequently criticized, complaining that she “lashes out against journalists who expose her flagrant faults.”

“For Carlos’ colleagues, there is no doubt that his assassination is linked to his journalistic work,” Reporters Without Borders said in a statement Monday.

Jan-Albert Hootsen, Mexico representative for Committee to Protect Journalists, another nonprofit press freedom group, said his organization was still investigating the motive behind the slaying. But he said that in Tamaulipas, threats of violence and bribe-paying have created a “silence zone” in which many reporters opt against publishing specific information about crimes and their perpetrators.

“It’s very, very dangerous to be a journalist in Tamaulipas,” Hootsen said. “There’s a lot of self-censorship of journalists who are often too afraid to report on what’s really going on for fear of reprisals. Doing serious investigative journalism in that state can cost you your life.”

So many journalists have stopped reporting on what is happening in the state that news about killings and other crimes often comes from Twitter and Facebook posts by ordinary citizens. In 2014, a cartel killed one of them, a doctor in the city of Reynosa, and then tweeted from her account about her murder.

While Dominquez frequently antagonized public authorities and often decried cartel wars in Tamaulipas, he had not applied for a protection program offered to Mexican journalists and human rights activists who have received threats, said Irving Barrios, the attorney general of Tamaulipas. He said Dominguez’s relatives had been placed under state protection.

In Tamaulipas, the bloodshed is being driven by fighting between two long-dominant drug gangs — the Zetas and the Gulf Cartel — that experts say have begun to splinter in recent years. Tamaulipas leads the country in kidnappings and is home to rampant extortion.

Violence has been on the rise throughout Mexico, where last year the murder rate hit a 20-year high.

Last week, the U.S. State Department warned its citizens not to travel to Tamaulipas and four other Mexican states. “Violent crime, such as murder, armed robbery, carjacking, kidnapping, extortion and sexual assault, is common,” the U.S. travel advisory said, adding that “local law enforcement has limited capability to respond to violence.”

Jan Jarab, the Mexican representative for the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, said Monday that “the terrible murder of Mr. Dominguez confirms the risk of being a journalist in Mexico and in particular in Tamaulipas.”

In November, a U.N. team urged authorities in Tamaulipas to adopt measures to protect journalists after an investigation into attacks on free speech there and in four other Mexican states.


Woman poured antifreeze in grandma’s juice to poison her: cops

A woman planned for at least a month to poison her grandmother before she finally poured antifreeze in the woman’s juice and then gave it to her drink, New Jersey police said.

Elise Conroy was arrested Saturday and faces attempted murder charges for allegedly trying to poison her grandmother. Police said the 84-year-old grandmother drank the tainted juice and suspected something was wrong. She called police, but did not require medical attention, according to the Daily Record of Morris County.

Conroy, 26, lived in her grandmother’s home.

Conroy allegedly bought the antifreeze in July with the intention of poisoning the older woman.

Conroy was being held pending a detention hearing, which has not yet been scheduled. It wasn’t known Saturday if she has retained an attorney.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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10-year-old victim raped by uncle fights for right to abortion

A 10-year-old girl who says she was raped and impregnated by her uncle is trying to win permission from India’s Supreme Court to abort the child, with the girl’s parents claiming her body isn’t developed enough to carry the baby.

India’s Supreme Court agreed to allow doctors to examine the girl, who is 26 weeks pregnant, the BBC reported. Indian law forbids women to have an abortion when they are more than 20 weeks pregnant unless doctors say the mother’s life is in jeopardy.

Doctors at Chandigarh’s Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research will examine the girl on Wednesday. They are set to assess which carries the greater risk: carrying the baby to term or having an abortion.

The girl claimed her uncle raped her several times in the last seven months. Her parents only recently found out their daughter was pregnant when the girl complained about stomach pains, the BBC reported. The uncle, who was not identified, has been arrested.

A district court turned down the parents’ petition to allow their daughter to have an abortion last week even though doctors who already examined the girl have declared her pelvic bones are not fully developed enough to safely carry a child.

The family’s lawyer said the baby and mother were at “very serious risk,” regardless if she has a natural birth or a cesarean-section.

In May, a panel of doctors allowed another 10-year-old girl to have an abortion. She claimed her stepfather had raped her.

India’s tough abortion law has been in place since 1971. It was first passed to prevent illegal and unsafe abortions — when expecting mothers would abort their child after undergoing fetal gender testing.

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