Tuesday, January 17, 2017
LOS ANGELES (KABC) --The Los Angeles Chargers introduced Anthony Lynn as head coach Tuesday, who said he hopes to sell the team by getting them to win.
Lynn, who was interim coach for the Buffalo Bills, succeeds Mike McCoy. McCoy was fired on Jan. 1 after the Chargers had a dismal season at 5-11. The team named Lynn head coach only a day after announcing it would be moving from San Diego to Los Angeles.
During a press conference at the StubHub Center, where the Chargers will play until the new Inglewood Stadium with the Rams is complete, Lynn said he was confident about the team.
"We're going to play smart, situational football," he said. "We're looking forward to showing you guys how fun this football team is going to be."
John Spanos, president of the Chargers, said Lynn was chosen for his strong leadership skills and because of his background playing football.
Lynn started his career as a Denver Broncos running back and was on the team when they won the Super Bowl in 1997 and 1998.
Since 2000, Lynn has coached running backs for the Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns, New York Jets and Buffalo Bills.
Overall, the 48-year-old has 17 years of NFL coaching experience under his belt.
City News Service contributed to this report.
WASHINGTON --President Barack Obama commuted the prison sentence of Chelsea Manning on Tuesday, allowing the convicted Army leaker to go free nearly three decades early as part of a sweeping move to offer clemency in the final days of his administration.
Manning, who will leave prison in May, was one of 209 inmates whose sentences Obama was shortening, a list that includes Puerto Rican nationalist Oscar Lopez-Rivera.
Obama also pardoned 64 people, including retired Gen. James Cartwright, who was charged with making false statements during a probe into disclosure of classified information.
"These 273 individuals learned that our nation is a forgiving nation," said White House counsel Neil Eggleston, "where hard work and a commitment to rehabilitation can lead to a second chance, and where wrongs from the past will not deprive an individual of the opportunity to move forward."
Manning, a former Army intelligence analyst, has been serving a 35-year sentence for leaking classified government and military documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks. She asked Obama last November to commute her sentence to time served.
Manning has spent more than six years behind bars. She was convicted in military court in 2013 of six violations of the Espionage Act and 14 other offenses for leaking more than 700,000 documents and some battlefield video to WikiLeaks.
She was known as Bradley Manning at the time of her 2010 arrest and is being held at the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
Manning was an intelligence analyst in Iraq and has acknowledged leaking the documents, but has said it was done to raise public awareness about the effects of war on civilians.
She attempted suicide twice last year, according to her lawyers, citing her treatment at Leavenworth.
Chase Strangio, an American Civil Liberties Union attorney representing Manning, said the president's action "quite literally save Chelsea's life."
"We are all better off knowing that Chelsea Manning will walk out of prison a free woman, dedicated to making the world a better place and fighting for justice for so many," Stangio said in a statement.
The U.S. Army declined to comment.
Cartwright, the former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, received a pardon, the White House said.
He pleaded guilty in October to making false statements during an investigation into a leak of classified information about a covert cyberattack on Iran's nuclear facilities.
Prosecutors said Cartwright falsely told investigators that he did not provide information contained in a news article and in a book by New York Times journalist David Sanger, and said he also misled prosecutors about classified information shared with another journalist, Daniel Klaidman.
The Justice Department sought a sentence of two years, saying employees of the U.S. government are entrusted each day with sensitive classified information.
"They must understand that disclosing such information to persons not authorized to receive it has severe consequences," prosecutors wrote in a sentencing memorandum filed this month.
Commutations reduce sentences being served but don't erase convictions. Pardons generally restore civil rights, such as voting, often after a sentence has been served.
Most of the other people receiving commutations were serving sentences for nonviolent drug offenses.
The cars you see below, are just some of the ones that , already went to the kids.
So I'll be making more, if you would like to buy any of them.
Just got these done (the first picture), new trucks from Scrappy Toys. If you would like to buy one, I sell them for Five Dollars for each one. The money goes toward buying more wood, so I can continue making toys for the kids. I have cars, vans, airplanes and more. So right now I'm making as many as I can, before the rain comes again.
If you like to buy any of them, you can email me at
So just leave a message, and I'll get back with you, as soon as I can.
LOS ANGELES (KABC) --A Massachusetts man was arrested on suspicion of extorting an 11-year-old Los Angeles County girl by pretending to know and be popstar Justin Bieber over social media sites.
On Nov. 3, 2016, Los Angeles Sheriff's Department Human Trafficking Bureau detectives began investigating reports of an 11-year-old girl being extorted for sexually explicit photos over the internet.
The girl told authorities that in 2014, when she was only 9 years old, that she was viewing Justin Bieber's Instagram page when she received a direct message from another user. The suspect claimed to know Bieber and that he could arrange a text message exchange between the two.
The girl accepted the offer and was told to create an account on the social media app Kik. The victim then began communicating with someone she thought was Bieber.
Not long after starting their conversation, the suspect, who was posing as Bieber, demanded the girl send nude photos of herself, threatening her harm if she didn't comply.
The girl sent nude photos and a video, authorities said, and after sending them, she deleted the texts between the two and did not tell anyone about it.
Then in 2016, the suspect contacted the girl twice, threatening to publish the photos and video if she didn't send more photos and videos to him. She then told her mother about the incident, who called police.
Detectives then gathered information on the suspect from social media sites and identified him as 24-year-old Bryan Asrary, of Revere, Massachusetts. Evidence gathered from the sites revealed the sextortion attempts, authorities said.
On Dec. 18, detectives traveled to Massachusetts, and with help from state police, detained Asrary and served a warrant to search his home.
During his interview, Asrary confessed to extorting the young girl and also implicated himself in similar crimes against other girls across the country, authorities said.
Massachusetts State Police arrested him on suspicion of possession of child porn, which was found on his cellphone and personal computer. His bail was set at $20,000.
Asrary also faces multiple charges in California, including extortion, manufacturing child pornography and communicating with a minor with the intent to commit a sexual act. If convicted of all possible charges, he faces several years in prison, authorities said.
Investigators are working to identify more victims, and the investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with more information may contact their local sheriff's station or Crime Stoppers to remain anonymous at (800) 222-8477.
What’s going on with the Rose Parade this year? Shouldn’t it be on the 1st of January? But it’s on Monday, January 2nd. What’s up with that?
Answer: Because January 1st happens to fall on Sunday this year. And way back in 1893 January 1st also fell on a Sunday. That’s when the “Never on Sunday” tradition began.
You see back then you could find a lot of horses hitched in front on churches along Colorado Boulevard. They were the common form of transportation for parishioners. So if a parade was going by with a lot of show horses, the hitched ponies would get frightened and agitated. Then the churchgoers would have to leave the services to attend to their horses. Like a car alarm going off.
Of course horses as daily transportation are no longer, but the Never on Sunday tradition has continued.
And so this year the Rose Parade will take place in all its equine glory on Monday, January 2nd.
Don’t you feel smart now?