What we know about the defendant accused of slaying Boston doctors

(CNN)Bampumim Teixeira briefly worked as a concierge at the building where he is accused of killing two well-known doctors in their Boston penthouse, according to prosecutors. Lina Bolanos, 39, and Richard Field, 48, both anesthesiologists, had desperately tried alerting friends and authorities before they were stabbed to death in May 2017. Murder suspect’s mother: ‘I’m as dead as he is’ The defendant moved from Cape Verde, an island nation off the coast of Africa, to Boston in 2010 to live with his adoptive mother. But after a year in the United States, at age 24, he abruptly and permanently severed that relationship, Maria Luisa Teixeira told CNN in 2017. “He said, ‘You and I are not getting along anymore’ and …

‘Free, Melania’ offers new details about the life of a private first lady

Washington (CNN)First lady Melania Trump, like those before her, has battled the vast juxtaposition between public perception and private citizen. And she remains, three years into her tenure, one of the most mysterious, quiet and press wary first ladies — warm at times, stone-faced at others. Her most telltale moments reveal hints of her notoriously private personal side. That hand swat on the tarmac in Tel Aviv, Israel, meant to express a quick flick of anger. Or the nudge with her elbow to Trump from the Truman balcony before the White House Easter Egg Roll, when the President was a tad slow to put his hand over his heart for the National Anthem. She’s used fashion, too, cultivating looks that …

Sewage forces couple out of home for two years

The work was part of a refurbishment programme on Ceredigion council buildings. An extra toilet was also installed in the council building, leading to sewage overflows leaking into the ground around their home, the couple said. They said surveys of their property pinpointed the road-surfacing as the cause of damp. Image caption The Cardigan couple were forced to leave their home two years ago The Workmans said the council offered to pay half the cost of rental accommodation for the first six months. “After that, they expected us to take a mortgage break, so to stop paying the mortgage,” said Mr Workman. Family’s possessions ‘destroyed’ by floodwater Residents fight to save ‘loved’ Tudor building Ex-soldier’s hand-built cabin demolished Now, with …

Violence during consensual sex ‘normalised’

“I was shocked,” she said, “I felt extremely uncomfortable and intimidated. If someone slapped or choked you on the street, it would be assault”. It wasn’t until Anna spoke to her friends about it that she realised how common it was. “From then on, pretty much all the guys would try at least one, if not multiple combinations, of these acts.” On another occasion, she says she was choked by a man during sex – without consent or warning. Anna, who graduated from university this year, also says she had a partner who handled her so forcefully, that she was left bruised and in pain for days. “I know some women will say they like this. What is problematic is …

Patreon closes page purportedly belonging to R. Kelly’s girlfriend because of ‘potential impersonation’

(CNN)The crowdfunding membership platform Patreon said it has closed the page purportedly belonging to R. Kelly’s girlfriend, Joycelyn Savage, because of “potential impersonation” after the company couldn’t verify the account holder’s identity. Savage’s family, in a statement on Tuesday through their attorney Gerald Griggs, continued to express concern for her safety. “The recent statement from Patreon underscores the family concern for the safety of their daughter Joycelyn,” the family said in the statement. “Numerous allegations made by the account were alarming and confirmed details from our independent investigation, therefore we also unsuccessfully reached out to the account.” Kelly’s defense attorney, Steve Greenberg, couldn’t be reached on Tuesday. CNN has been unable to reach Savage at the email address and phone …

R. Kelly’s girlfriend Joycelyn Savage started a Patreon to talk about her relationship with the embattled singer

(CNN)Joycelyn Savage, one of R. Kelly’s girlfriends who has supported him during his trial and incarceration, began writing about their relationship Saturday in a series of posts on Patreon — a crowdfunding membership platform. CNN has not been able to independently verify that the posts on Patreon are by Savage. CNN has reached out to Savage, her family and the attorney who has previously represented them. CNN is also aware of other Patreon posts, in which the woman levels several more accusations against the R&B singer, and is working to vet them as well. In a tweet, the singer’s defense attorney, Steve Greenberg, responded to Savage’s post, saying she is “exploiting her long time, loving relationship with Robert … It …

Couple falls victim to holiday scam in Belfast

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSimone and Alice Cardillo say they fell victim to a false Airbnb listing in Belfast A couple have spoken of how they became victims of a holiday scam during a trip to Northern Ireland. Simone and Alice Cardillo arrived at their accommodation in Belfast to find it was empty and for sale. They had booked and paid for the bogus property using the booking site, Airbnb. It later refunded the money and removed the fake post. It said these types of scams are extremely rare on its site, but when they do happen, it acts quickly. Airbnb will verify listings, 11 years after launch Effect of Airbnb surge on UK cities revealed …

Donald Trump is unpopular in Britain. That’s why he’s being used to attack Boris Johnson

London (CNN)Nine days before people in Britain head out to vote in the December 12 snap election, the nation’s political leaders will come face-to-face with a US politician who has had an unusually high profile in this campaign. Ever since the campaign got underway, Trump has been used as a weapon by many of Johnson’s opponents — most notably the main opposition Labour Party. The charge: Johnson is so hellbent on getting Brexit done and grasping the political trophy of a trade deal with the US, he’s willing to sell parts of the beloved National Health Service to American companies. Even a quick glance at Labour’s social media feeds reveals videos and posts claiming that Johnson is chomping at the …

JFK was due to deliver these remarks 56 years ago today. He never made it to the speech

(CNN)Exactly 56 years ago today, President John F. Kennedy was scheduled to give a speech to the Democratic Party aimed at unifying the nation during a time of conflict and division. Kennedy was going to speak to the Democratic State Committee at the Municipal Auditorium in Austin, Texas on November 22, 1963, the same day of his brutal and public assassination. The speech was to cover “the long-standing relationship between Texas and the Democratic Party and the administration’s comprehensive foreign and domestic accomplishments,” according to the JFK Library Foundation. In 2019, there’s one thing uniting Americans: just how divided we think we are. According to the Public Religion Research Institute, 91% of Americans feel we are polarized — and 74% …

Couple claim 105m EuroMillions jackpot

Image copyright PA Media Image caption The couple say they will be sharing their winnings with friends and family He said he decided to go public so he did not have to hide. “I am not going to flutter it away, at the end of the day I am still Steve,” he said. “I do not want to change, we are just financially better off.” ‘So emotional’ Mr Thomson said his family were looking forward to a “good Christmas”. “I am not cooking. Mum is not cooking. Lenka is not cooking,” he added. “It’s so much money, I still can’t get my head around it.” Mrs Thomson, a shop worker originally from Slovakia, said: “It’s life-changing for the family. It’s …

Duke seen for first time since stepping back

The Duke of York’s ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson, who defended him as a “true and real gentleman” a day before the Newsnight interview was broadcast, was also seen being driven into the grounds of Buckingham Palace. Image caption Prince Andrew’s ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson, was also seen being driven into the grounds of Buckingham Palace on Thursday Meanwhile, more organisations have announced they are cutting ties with the Duke of York. The University of Huddersfield said the prince was stepping down with immediate effect from his role as chancellor. The Association of Leading Visitor Attractions – which represents tourist sites such as museums, galleries and historic houses across the UK – said the prince was no longer its president. And the Outward …

Exclusive: Giuliani associate willing to tell Congress Nunes met with ex-Ukrainian official to get dirt on Biden

(CNN)A lawyer for an indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani tells CNN that his client is willing to tell Congress about meetings the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee had in Vienna last year with a former Ukrainian prosecutor to discuss digging up dirt on Joe Biden. Nunes is one of President Donald Trump’s key allies in Congress and has emerged as a staunch defender of the President during the impeachment inquiry, which he has frequently labeled as a “circus.” Nunes declined repeated requests for comment. After the story published, Nunes disputed CNN’s report, telling Breitbart News it was “demonstrably false.” Bondy tells CNN that his client and Nunes began communicating around the time of the Vienna trip. Parnas says …

Jose Mourinho and Tottenham: A match made in heaven … or hell?

(CNN)The past 12 hours at Tottenham Hotspur have felt more like a day in the life of a bored teenager playing Football Manager than reality. The Portuguese led United to the Europa League and League Cup to become the first manager in United’s history to win a trophy in his debut season at the club. It feels as though Tottenham is currently balanced precariously and when perhaps a calm, level head is required to steady the ship, the club has instead taken a gamble on a coach who has a history of ruffling feathers.

Detectorists jailed for stealing 3m Viking hoard

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe history stolen by metal detectorists Two metal detectorists have been jailed for stealing a £3m Viking hoard. George Powell and Layton Davies uncovered about 300 coins in a field in Eye, near Leominster, Herefordshire, in 2015, but did not declare the treasure, instead selling it to dealers. They were convicted of theft and concealing their find, with Powell, 38, jailed for 10 years and Layton, 51, for eight-and-a-half. Sentencing, Judge Nicholas Cartwright said they had “cheated” the public. Coin seller Simon Wicks, 56, was also convicted on the concealment charge and jailed for five years. Image copyright SWNS.com Image caption Layton Davies and George Powell were jailed for eight and a …

Florida couple gives birth to boy thanks to ‘Win a Baby’ contest

(CNN)A “Win a Baby” contest hosted by a Florida radio station helped turn one couple into parents. Infertility is an issue affecting millions of people. In 2017, the American Medical Association declared infertility a disease. In the summary of the decision, the association expressed hope that the new designation would “promote insurance coverage and payment” and remove some of the stigma. IVF costs, on average, roughly $20,000 a cycle and is not, in most cases, covered by insurance. For the majority of the infertile population, this means they either have to take on considerable debt or avoid receiving treatment and likely the chance to have children. Approximately 8 million babies have been born as a result of IVF around the …