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Second suspect, 76, indicted in ‘Wizard of Oz’ ruby slippers heist used sex tape for leverage

A new suspect has been indicted over the 2005 theft of a pair of ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in “The Wizard of Oz” — and this one tried to use a sex tape to cover up the heist. Jerry Hal Saliterman, 76, was charged with witness tampering and theft of a major artwork, according to a newly unsealed indictment out of St. Paul, Minnesota. The Crystal resident was arrested in connection to the theft of a pair of the iconic shoes worn during Garland’s portrayal of Dorothy in the 1939 film, which were lifted from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids by a thief who thought they were encrusted with real rubies. When the crook discovered they were in fact coated in nothing more than glass beads, he passed them along to an associate. It remains unclear whether Saliterman is that associate, but the indictment says between 2005 and 2018 he “received, concealed, and disposed of an object of cultural heritage,” later naming the ruby slippers as the object. While in possession of the slippers, he allegedly leveraged a sex tape of a woman who knew about the heist to keep her quiet and promised “take her down with him” if she spoke. The elderly defendant didn’t enter a plea during a court appearance on Friday, but an attorney denied the charges against him outside the courthouse. “He’s not guilty. He hasn’t done anything wrong,” attorney John Brink said. The wheelchair-bound Saliterman, whose oxygen machine could be heard helping him breathe throughout the proceedings, was released on his own recognizance and declined to answer questions from reporters. Back in January, Terry Jon Martin, 76, was found guilty of using a hammer to smash apart the slippers’ display case nearly two decades ago. A former mobster, Martin had retired from a life of crime but was lured by what his attorney called “one last score” after a former associate speculated that the slippers must have real rubies on them because of their $1 million insurance value. During the mere 48 hours Martin had the slippers in his possession, he discovered that the rubies were fake and passed them to the associate who put the idea in his head and told him he never wanted to see the slippers again, according to his attorney. Marin, also wheelchair-bound and dependent on an oxygen machine, was spared prison time over his declining health, but was required to pay $23,500 in restitution. The judge said he would have given Martin 10 years in prison if he were caught two decades ago. Judy Garland wore multiple pairs of ruby slippers during filming of the movie, but only four remaining pairs have been identified. The pair stolen by Martin were recovered by the FBI and returned to the owner who had lent them to the museum. With Post wires

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Chinese billionaire pleads guilty to straw donor scheme in New York and Rhode Island

NEW YORK (AP) — A Chinese billionaire pleaded guilty to federal election crimes on Monday, admitting that he made thousands of dollars in contributions to New York and Rhode Island political candidates in the names of others. Hui Qin, a Chinese cinema magnate, faces up to 27 years in prison on charges that include orchestrating a straw donor scheme, immigration fraud and using false identification documents. AG GARLAND PLEDGES TO FIGHT VOTER ID LAWS, ELECTION INTEGRITY MEASURES Beginning in December 2021, Qin began working “to find individuals to make more than $10,000 in straw donor contributions” to an unnamed candidate running for citywide election in New York City, prosecutors said. At least one individual donated $1,000 on Qin’s behalf to the citywide candidate. The following day, Qin reached out to a co-conspirator, who told him they expected to be able to obtain up to $20,000 in straw donor contributions for the candidate. Prosecutors also say he engaged in similar straw donor schemes to funnel donations to a U.S. representative in New York and a congressional candidate in Rhode Island. As part of the plea deal, Qin also admitted that he filed a false application for lawful permanent residency status in 2019 when he claimed to have never used an alias. In fact, prosecutors said, he was provided the alias “Muk Lam Li” by an official in the Chinese government in 2008. He used that name to transfer more than $5 million from the Chinese government to a U.S. bank account. He spent a portion of it on a luxury apartment in Manhattan, according to prosecutors. Qin was previously listed on Forbes list of billionaires, with an estimated net worth of $1.8 billion from his stake in film and entertainment companies, including the Honk Kong-based SMI Culture. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP A phone call to his attorney was not immediately returned. “Qin pleaded guilty today to engaging in a brazen web of deception, spreading lies to federal election and immigration authorities and a state agency,” U.S. Attorney Breon Pace said in a statement. “No one is above the law, no matter their wealth or station in society.”

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Plenty of stick taps from Maple Leafs to Simmonds in retirement

Woll’s next start will be his first since March 7 in Boston, with the time off between games in the past 12 days a product of both a gap in the Leafs schedule and the fine play of Samsonov. Woll also will get a start this weekend, as the Leafs play back-to-back against the Edmonton Oilers at home on Saturday and against the Carolina Hurricanes on the road on Sunday. “After playing a couple of games (since coming back from an ankle injury), he has been able to take a step back and continue to work on his game,” Keefe said. “I think he’s in a good place mentally.” That would appear to be the case for the 25-year-old Woll, whose outlook always includes positivity. If he does start in Washington, Woll will recall the Leafs’ 4-1 win in D.C. on Oct. 24, when he made 37 saves. Alex Ovechkin had no less than 14 shots on goal that night — a season-high for the Caps star — and scored the only Washington goal on one of them. “Playing teams for the first time in my career is always exciting, especially with someone like Ovechkin,” Woll said. “There was a lot of excitement for me going into it. He shoots the puck a lot, is what I learned from that game, so I’ll be ready for it.” tkoshan@postmedia.com X: @koshtorontosun

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Estonia’s prime minister calls on US and NATO allies to be tougher on Russia

As continued U.S. support for Ukraine remains in question, European leaders have been ramping up their own defense spending and industry capacity. Leading the charge is Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas who, at 46, is Estonia’s first female prime minister. Kallas is known for being tough on Russia. Some critics joke she even eats them for breakfast. Russia’s interior minister issued a warrant for her arrest earlier this year, for taking down Soviet monuments, but Kallas has not backed down. Asked to respond to critics that say she is too tough on Putin, Kallas said, “Can you be tough enough on Putin, considering what he has done?” Since Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, Kallas has become one of Putin’s loudest critics. Kallas has been considered to become the next NATO Secretary General, but some of her opponents say she is too hawkish to lead NATO. To that, Kallas said she does not think Putin should have a say in how NATO runs its alliance. UKRAINE’S ‘UNDERGROUND RAILROAD’ RESCUES ABDUCTED UKRAINIAN CHILDREN FROM RUSSIAN REEDUCATION CAMPS “Russia is the biggest threat to NATO security … if we say that, because of our attitudes towards Russia, we are prevented from taking top positions, then we actually give too much power to Putin to decide how we run our alliances,” Kallas said. Estonia is on the front line of NATO, sharing a 210-mile border with Russia. Estonia spends 3.2% of its annual GDP on defense and 1.35% of that is for Ukraine to fight the Russians, the equivalent to $378 billion a year. After the Soviet Union fell in 1991 Estonia became independent, eventually joining NATO in 2004. In 2007 Russia launched massive cyberattacks unlike anything the world had seen. The cyber campaign lasted 22 days targeting Estonia’s parliament, banks and news organizations. Estonia is now the headquarters to NATO’s cyber defense. Kallas said the attacks in 2007 are nothing like the attacks that Estonia now prevents every day. “We have invested a lot in cybersecurity so these attacks don’t really go through,” Kallas said. But the cybersecurity of hospitals remains a huge concern. “There could be civilian casualties. So we have to prepare,” Kallas said. These cyberattacks are part of what Kallas calls a shadow war. “While there is a conventional war going on in Ukraine, there’s also a shadow war going on within our societies … What they are really good at is pouring fuel into the fires that are already existing in our societies. So we have to be aware,” Kallas said. It is not only direct conflict with Russia that Kallas is worried about. She wants to prevent more of a shadow war. It is because of this that Kallas warned against negotiating with Russia to end the war in Ukraine as former President Trump has suggested he will do if elected. RUSSIA TO CREATE ‘BUFFER ZONE’ IN UKRAINE TO DETER UKRAINIAN ATTACKS “Of course, war is bad and peace is good. But there’s also a difference between peace and peace,” Kallas said. Under Joseph Stalin, in 1949 her mother was just six months old. She and her family were sent to a Soviet prison camp in Siberia. These labor camps across Russia were known as the Gulag. They were there for ten years before being released. “Just because a war is over does not mean there is peace, Kallas said. “Peace on Russia’s terms doesn’t mean human suffering will stop. For my country, one fifth of our population was either deported or killed. Our language, our culture was suppressed. All these things happened while we had peace. So, peace under Russian terms does not mean that the human suffering will stop.” Kallas warned if Putin wins in Ukraine it will inspire other conflicts around the world. “History rhymes and we have to learn from history,” Kallas said, referencing the 1930s and the lead up to WWII. “If aggression pays off somewhere, it serves as an invitation to use it elsewhere. We know the tensions in the South China Sea, Iran, North Korea. So we’re going to have more conflicts around the world because the aggressors or would-be aggressors in the world are carefully taking notes.” CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Asked about skeptics who say Ukraine can’t win the war, Kallas said it is Russia’s goal to make the West believe Ukraine can’t win. “No war has been won when you don’t have a victory as a goal,” Kallas said, referencing this is not the time to negotiate. Kallas called on the U.S. to continue backing Ukraine and for Congress to pass more funding. “If U.S. is not backing Ukraine, then Russia will win. And then Russia’s friends China, Iran, North Korea are the ones who are actually the leaders of the world. And we don’t want that world.”

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America Needs to Bring Back God | Opinion

Families breaking down. High rates of loneliness and anxiety. Skyrocketing drug addiction and violent crime. The United States is facing a number of serious issues that are eroding it to the core and breaking Americans’ spirits. More than ever, you hear people saying we live in “crazy times” and they are hopeless about the future.What happened?There’s a lot of evidence to suggest a simple explanation: We turned our backs on one of the greatest sources of human happiness: God.According to Gallup, belief in God among Americans dipped to 81 percent in 2022, which was a new low. This trend is especially prevalent among young people; 18 percent of Gen Zers identify as either atheist or agnostic, compared to only 9 percent of baby boomers and 4 percent of the silent generation. Young people are also less likely to join a religion, with 34 percent saying they are unaffiliated, compared to 18 percent of baby boomers and 9 percent of the silent generation.Clearly, as time goes on, we are becoming a less God-focused, religious nation.But that doesn’t mean we are living without worship. Human nature dictates that we need something to worship, of course. Our new false gods are social media, money, pop culture, politics … and ourselves.Are we any happier with our new idols?It doesn’t look that way. The same year that belief in God hit a new low, so did happiness among Americans.You know who still consistently reports high levels of happiness? Religious people, who also tend to be more civically engaged, drink and smoke less, and live longer.While some may argue that religious practice isn’t a necessary component of belief in God, it’s my belief that you need both belief and practice to find fulfillment.How do I know?Americans are turning to junk food and TikTok or going to the club and binging TV to try to make themselves happy. While these things may be fun in the moment, they don’t result in true happiness,. They are an attempt to fill the hole an absence of religious practice has left in their lives.The crumbling of America is directly correlated with the crumbling of our belief in God—and in ourselves.We don’t have to accept that. It’s not too late to turn this ship around.Religious leaders should take a proactive approach, speaking to people in a thoughtful, non-judgmental way about the benefits of religion, encouraging them to partake in religious activities. Here’s the approach: Show people how belief can help them with their everyday problems. People are anxious, lonely, and isolated. Religion can help with all of that.If they are anxious about a new job, they can turn to God and hand their stress over to Him. If they need someone to talk to because they’re lonely, they can call a religious leader and know that someone cares. If they want to make friends, they can go to events, and if they want to feel good, they can give back to their community through volunteering.It’s up to us, those who believe in God and practice religion to show those who do not the benefits of our lifestyle. We have a community to turn to in times of need. We have friends who are on the same page. We believe in marriage, in building families, which brings us the ultimate joy in life. And when things go wrong, we know that God is good and we can rely on Him. He is there for us; we just have to call out to Him. We must strengthen our relationship with Him and our faith.Bringing back God to America won’t solve all of our problems, but it will give people hope—something that we are sorely lacking right now. It will provide them with a set of morals, with community, with comfort. And that’s what we need right now, more than ever.I pray that Americans embrace God once again, and find all the beauty that belief has to offer.Kylie Ora Lobell is president of KOL Digital Marketing, a marketing, PR, and ghostwriting firm for business owners, non-profit organizations, and high-profile influencers. She can be found on X: @kylieoralobell.

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Travis Kelce, Taylor Swift ‘very happy’ together on Eras Tour break in Los Angeles

Travis and Taylor are in their Los Angeles era. Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce and pop megastar Taylor Swift after enjoying themselves after a whirlwind couple of weeks, with Kelce winning the Super Bowl and then jetting off to Australia and Singapore to support his girlfriend on her Eras Tour. “They are spending time in Los Angeles together,” an insider told PEOPLE. “They’re still very happy.” The couple flew back from the Singapore leg of Swift’s tour to attend Gucci’s annual “The Party,” a post-Ocasrs fete in L.A. They’ve made their presence known around the city, dining on Saturday night at LA hotspot Bird Streets Club — and catching the eye of Disney CEO Bob Iger, who was “fawning over” them, according to Page Six. Kelce and Swift, both 34, are enjoying the long-awaited break in both of their hectic schedules. “They can finally rest and intend on spending quality time together and with friends and family,” an insider told US Weekly. Kelce is even planning a “romantic getaway” in France and Italy before Swift’s highly anticipated “The Tortured Poets Department” album drops on April 19. “He booked some very nice hotel suites and tables at great restaurants to take her on days off,” an insider close to Kelce told the US Sun. “He wants to take her on romantic getaways to have her relax and go discover those nice cities and European romantic places together.” Some of Kelce’s Chiefs teammates hope it’s just the start for the celebrity couple. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes and his wife, Brittany, a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model and a new Swift gal pal, want them to attend a KC Current NWSL game with them. Kicker Harrison Butker met Swift at a New Year’s Eve party and was almost immediately enamored. “I was a little nervous to meet Taylor Swift,” he told EWTN’s “In Depth” in an interview that aired Friday. “I mean, it’s Taylor Swift. So, maybe I am a Swiftie, if I was nervous to meet her, but it was a great experience, and I can’t say enough great things about her… I hope they get married and start a family!”

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Mumbai: Hit-And-Run Leaves 51-Year-Old Ragpicker Dead

HomeMumbaiMumbai: Hit-And-Run Leaves 51-Year-Old Ragpicker Dead Mumbai: Hit-And-Run Leaves 51-Year-Old Ragpicker Dead Magare suffered serious injuries to her stomach and right leg. Megha KuchikUpdated: Tuesday, March 19, 2024, 12:36 AM IST A 51-year-old ragpicker was killed in a road accident on Khairani Road in Sakinaka on Saturday at 12.45pm. While Shanta Magare was working, an unidentified driver struck her with a car and fled the scene. Magare suffered serious injuries to her stomach and right leg. An auto-rickshaw driver transported her to Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar. However, she was declared dead the next day. Read Also Mumbai: 60-Year-Old Loses Life In Hit-And-Run Incident In Kurla; Driver Arrested For Negligence &… Her son, Kishor Magare, filed a case at the Sakinaka police station under Indian Penal Code sections 279 (rash driving) and 304(A) (causing death by negligence), along with relevant sections of the Motor Vehicle Act. Follow us on RECENT STORIES Mumbai: Hit-And-Run Leaves 51-Year-Old Ragpicker Dead Mumbai: Central Railway Official Booked By CBI In DPA Case Navi Mumbai: Renowned Football Coach Stanley Nair Killed In Vashi Accident, Dumper Driver Arrested Mumbai: BMC Extends Retired Deputy Municipal Commissioner’s Tenure, Faces Opposition Syndicate Bank Fraud Case: Ex-Bank Manager & 4 Others Sentenced To 5 Years Rigorous Imprisonment

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NH couple arrested for alleged sex assault of 9-year-old girl more than 20 years ago

MANCHESTER, N.H. (WHDH) – A Manchester, New Hampshire couple turned themselves over to the police in connection with allegations that date back more than 20 years. Late last year, a woman came forward with information about alleged sexual abuse that she endured when she was a child. Through the course of the investigation, police learned that 53-year-old Daniel O’Dell assaulted her on multiple occasions when she was approximately nine years old, and his girlfriend, 41-year-old Sherry Letendre, was present during these assaults, according to police. O’Dell was charged with Aggravated Felonious Sexual Assault (Pattern) on a Child. Letendre was charged with Criminal Liability to Aggravated Felonious Sexual Assault (Pattern) on a Child. Both charges are felonies. Their bail was each set at $350 cash, and they will likely be arraigned on March 19, 2024, in Manchester District Court. This is a developing news story; stay with 7NEWS on-air and online for the latest details. (Copyright (c) 2024 Sunbeam Television. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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Pregnant woman’s suspected killer is first to be charged under NH fetal homicide law

A New Hampshire man appeared in court Monday on charges that he killed a pregnant woman and her unborn child by means of multiple blunt force injuries, the first time the state has charged someone with murder in the death of a fetus. William Kelly, 28, appeared in Carroll County Superior Court in Ossipee with his lawyer, Caroline Smith. He did not address the judge. Smith said she planned to file paperwork that Kelly was waiving his arraignment and pleading not guilty. An email seeking comment was left for Smith. Deputy Chief Medical Examiner Mitchell Weinberg determined that Christine Falzone, 33, was about 35 to 37 weeks pregnant at the time of her death in December. MAURA MURRAY: 20 YEARS AFTER NURSING STUDENT VANISHED IN NEW HAMPSHIRE, FAMILY ‘HOPEFUL’ FOR ANSWERS The Legislature passed a bill in 2017 that defines a fetus at 20 weeks of development and beyond as a person for purposes of criminal prosecution of murder. Republican Gov. Chris Sununu signed the bill into law. It took effect in 2018. Kelly’s case is the first time the state had charged someone with murder in the death of a fetus, said Michael Garrity, a spokesperson for the attorney general’s office. Kelly was indicted by a Carroll County grand jury on Friday on two counts of second-degree murder. He recklessly caused the deaths of Falzone and her fetus, according to the indictment. Lawyers said they were waiting on forensic test results. They agreed to schedule a hearing in June and a potential trial date in 2025. Kelly, who was being held without bail, has several criminal convictions. The most recent was for assault in 2019, police said. Kelly initially was arrested in December on a single second-degree murder charge connected to Falzone’s death. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Police said they found Falzone unconscious and not breathing at the Ossipee home she shared with Kelly. It was not immediately known if Kelly was the father of the unborn child.

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