Married couple accused of murder had an 8-hour head start after escape, authorities say

(CNN)A husband and wife accused of killing a 72-year-old man overpowered two security guards in Utah and tied them up in a van, giving the couple hours of head start on authorities trying to recapture them. “And once they got over to the side of the road, they were able to overpower them, bind them and threw them in the back of the van they were in,” said David Gonzales, US Marshal for the district of Arizona. It took time for the guards to free themselves, Assistant Chief Deputy US Marshal Van Bayless said. By the time they called law enforcement, six to eight hours had passed, he said. The couple allegedly had help After the couple tied up the …

Couple who rescued California boat fire survivors recalls seeing vessel in flames

(CNN)Bob and Shirley Hansen were on a fishing trip when they woke up around 3 a.m. Monday to the sound of someone beating on the side of their boat. The Hansens were able to rescue the five crew members who made their way to their boat. Eight people have been found dead so far, and 26 are missing. Shirley said some of the rescued crew members told them about the moments on the boat before the fire. One said that a 17-year-old girl on the Conception was celebrating her birthday with her parents, she said. “It was such a hopeless, helpless feeling to watch that boat burn and know there were only five people at our boat and there was …

Odd couple: Miniature horse and farm goose need a forever home together

(CNN)It’s a surprising interspecies friendship. Waffles is recovering from an infection. This has made Hemingway extra protective of his friend, honking and flapping his wings when shelter staff come to take care of the pair. “When we go to give, have medicines or injections, Hemingway would get in between and say, ‘I’m sorry that’s my buddy the horse. He doesn’t want a shot today,’” Linda Reider with the Bucks County SPCA told CNN affiliate WFMZ. Hemingway is sassy and his companion Waffles is described as peppery. They are a package deal for any potential adopters. “If you want to adopt Waffles, you have to adopt Hemingway. And if you want to adopt Hemingway, you have to adopt Waffles,” Reider said. …

A couple facing murder charges overpowered two guards and escaped, police say

(CNN)A husband and wife who are accused of killing a 72-year-old man overpowered two security officers and escaped Monday night in Blanding, Utah, police said. On May 1, a felony arrest warrant was issued for Blane and Susan Barksdale on charges of first-degree murder, first-degree burglary, arson of an occupied structure, felony criminal damage and theft, police said. But the Barksdales had fled the state, sparking a nationwide search. They were located in New York and arrested without incident, Tucson Police said on May 24. Police said their direction of travel is unknown, but investigators have information that they are possibly traveling through Arizona. They were last seen driving a red GMC Sierra pickup with damage to the front passenger …

Young couple dies in collision leaving their wedding ceremony

(CNN)As a young Texas couple were leaving the courthouse for their wedding ceremony, their car collided with a pickup truck, killing both of them, according to CNN affiliate KFDM. “That’s an image that will haunt me the rest of my life. I won’t forget it. It will never go away. I will see that truck hit my baby and kill my baby every night of my life, the rest of the time that I’m on earth.” The driver of the truck was not injured. Kennia Morgan told the station that the high school sweethearts were excited to start their lives together. Though they had their ceremony at the courthouse, they were planning a Christmas wedding on December 20 for their …

Unsealed documents show allegations against Jeffrey Epstein and his inner circle

New York (CNN)Hundreds of pages of court documents unsealed Friday in New York federal court allege new details of sexual abuse claims against multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein and several associates. The documents unsealed Friday were produced as a result of a lawsuit Giuffre filed against Maxwell, nearly two decades after her alleged abuse. They include new allegations by Giuffre that she was instructed by Maxwell to have sex with former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and former US Sen. George Mitchell, among others. In a statement Friday, Mitchell called the claim false, adding: “I have never met, spoken with or had any contact with Ms. Giuffre.” A spokeswoman for Richardson called Giuffre’s allegation “completely false.” “To be clear, in Governor Richardson’s …

A slain couple, a mystery corpse and two missing teens stoke fears in Canada

(CNN)Canadian police said they are open to the possibility that a young couple’s slaying is connected to the case of two missing Canadian teens in the same region of British Columbia. Nevertheless, the RCMP revealed more details from the case of the missing teens on Monday, along with new information in the couple’s death. Here’s what we know about the two cases so far: Authorities try to find teens and identify corpse The RCMP is searching for Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, after their car was found burning on the side of Highway 37 on Friday. While investigating the fire, police discovered the body of a man more than a mile away, the RCMP said in a statement. …

‘Doomsday prepper’ couple is accused of abusing two victims on their farm for years

(CNN)A Florida couple is accused of physically and sexually abusing two victims on their farm for years, police said. During a search of the property, officers recovered large quantities of food rations and survivalist items, WTXL reported. Detectives also found dozens of “high quality firearms and manycases of ammunition,” the sheriff’s office said. The victims told police they were used as farm laborers and began each day at 5:30 a.m. They had been trained to raise pigs and sheep, grow various fruits and vegetables, utilize a loom and sew. “The females reported they were not allowed to go anywhere, couldn’t have friends, couldn’t have cell phones, nor talk to people in public places. They stated they were not allowed to …

Gay couple sues State Department for denying daughter’s citizenship

(CNN)A gay married couple in Georgia sued the US State Department on Wednesday for refusing to recognize their daughter as a citizen. A State Department spokesperson declined to comment on the lawsuit, saying it does not comment on pending litigation. The lawsuit says that, “Because she is the child of two men, the U.S. Department of State evaluated Simone’s citizenship under the standards only applicable to children ‘born out of wedlock’ and refused to recognize Simone’s U.S. citizenship.” It accuses the State Department of violating the immigration act, saying it unconstitutionally disregards the “dignity and equality of the marriages of same-sex couples,” and discriminates against their children. In In a joint statement, Mize and Gregg said becoming the parents to …

A Georgia couple is sued by a white tenant who says she was evicted after having African American guests

(CNN)A white woman in North Georgia has filed a housing discrimination suit against landlords who she says evicted her because she had African American guests over for a play date with her daughters, aged 2 and 9. After one of the playdates, the lawsuit says, Allen McCoy knocked on her door and used racial slurs to refer to African Americans. He called her a “n***** lover,” the suit says, and threatened to call Child Protective Services over her having a “n***** on their property.” According to the lawsuit, he told her she had two weeks to move out, adding that he’d previously evicted a woman who’d tried to let an African American person move in with her. The landlords deny …

Couple says ‘I do’ minutes before their baby’s delivery

(CNN)A New Jersey couple expecting their first baby had plans to get married in a small civil ceremony two weeks before their child arrived. Their baby, however, had other plans. Gallardo, 45, said they rushed to Morristown Medical Center and were given paperwork to sign listing Gallardo as Margaritondo’s fiance, not her husband. “What really sparked it is when they had brought in the paperwork and said because you weren’t married he wouldn’t be able to be my proxy,” Margaritondo, 44, said.

Phoenix couple who say police threatened to shoot them will speak in mayor’s meeting Tuesday

(CNN)The couple who Phoenix police “terrorized” after their daughter took a doll from a store will speak during a meeting with the city’s mayor Tuesday evening, and will be joined by a number of community members who say they have experienced police brutality in the city, a family spokesman said. After the release of the store’s surveillance footage, the couple’s attorney Thomas Horne said nothing justifies the police response. “Whether it was a little bit of shoplifting or a little bit less of shoplifting, it doesn’t justify what happened,” Horne said. The Rev. Jarrett Maupin, the spokesman, said Monday the families who would be at Tuesday’s meeting include relatives of Michelle Cusseaux, who was killed by a Phoenix police officer …

Denver Zoo shares the story of same-sex flamingo couple Lance Bass and Freddie Mercury

(CNN)The bands *NSYNC and Queen might not have a lot of crossover in the music world, but they do at the Denver Zoo where two same-sex flamingos — named Lance Bass and Freddie Mercury — share a love story. Before the two coupled, Willis said, Freddie was paired with a female American flamingo. Although the pair can’t reproduce, the zoo said they may still expand their family.The couple can “act as surrogate parents if a breeding pair is unable to raise their chick for any reason,” the zoo said on Facebook. In the meantime, Willis said they have been getting parenting practice by incubating a “dummy” egg. They wouldn’t be the first same-sex avian couple to raise a chick. Last …

A white campground employee is fired after pulling a gun on a black couple looking for a picnic site

(CNN)A Mississippi campground facility has fired a white employee accused of pulling a gun on a black couple trying to find a picnic site. “This lady literally just pulled a gun because we out here and didn’t have reservationsfor a lake we didn’t even know we had to have reservations for,” Jessica Richardson said in the video. “The only thing you had to do was tell us to leave, we would have left, you did not have to pull a gun.” CNN has reached out to the couple. Information on the unidentified employee was not immediately available. Employee puts gun back into her pocket In the video, the unidentified woman asked the couple to leave before she put the gun …