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Anger at Bristol Palin’s dancing leads to 15-hour SWAT standoff



A 66-year-old man from rural Dane County in Wisconsin faces charges of second-degree reckless endangerment after he shot his television because he was angered by Bristol Palin’s dancing.

On Monday night, Steven N. Cowan and his wife were watching “Dancing With The Stars” when Cowan flew into a rage and told his wife to grab his pistols.

“The (expletive) politics,” he yelled, according to the complaint.

Cowan was upset with Bristol Palin’s performance on the on the ABC program.

He felt Palin was not a good dancer and that she was only on the show because of her famous mother, former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Cowan’s daughter had previously hidden her father’s pistols for safety reasons, but he managed to find a single-shot shotgun, which he then loaded and used to destroy his television set, according to the complaint.


Fearing for her life, Cowan’s wife fled the house and called police from a nearby lawyer’s office.

“He scared the bejebees out of me,” she told police.

A SWAT team surrounded his home for 15 hours Monday and Tuesday before negotiators were able to talk Cowan into surrendering without incident.

A spokeswoman for Dane County Sheriff’s Department told the Associated Press that Cowan works as a landlord, but didn’t know where he owned property.


She said he has a clean criminal record.

If convicted, Cowan could face up to 10 years in prison.

Cowan was under stress because of money problems and was receiving care for a mental health problem, according to his wife.

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Father and daughter drowning at the border fuels anger at Trump immigration policies



A shocking photograph of a Salvadoran man and his baby daughter drowned in the Rio Grande fueled a surge of emotion around the world Wednesday -- as US Democrats furiously denounced Donald Trump's immigration policies.

"Trump is responsible for these deaths," said Beto O'Rourke, one of several Democratic White House hopefuls who took to Twitter to lash out at the president.

Former vice president Joe Biden, who is also seeking the presidency in 2020, called the image "gut-wrenching."

"History will judge how we respond to the Trump administration's treatment of immigrant families & children -- we can't be silent," he said.

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Senator Elizabeth Warren leads Democrats in spirited first 2020 debate



Ten Democrats clashed in the first debate of the 2020 presidential race Wednesday with Elizabeth Warren cementing her status as a top-tier candidate and several underdogs using the issue of immigration to clamor for the limelight.

The biggest American political debate since the 2016 presidential campaign is occurring over two nights in Miami, climaxing Thursday with former vice president Joe Biden squaring off against nine challengers, including number two candidate Bernie Sanders.

But Wednesday's first take was a spirited encounter between Democrats like ex-congressman Beto O'Rourke, Senator Cory Booker, former San Antonio mayor Julian Castro and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on subjects as varied as health care, economic inequality, climate action, gun violence, Iran and immigration.

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Australian student feared detained by North Korea



Australia on Thursday said it was "urgently seeking clarification" on the fate of a citizen feared detained in North Korea.

The department of foreign affairs said it was in contact with the family of a man "who has been reported as being detained in North Korea".

Korean-language media named him as Alek Sigley, one of only a handful of Western students at Kim Il Sung University, where he studies Korean literature.

He also runs a company specialising in tours of North Korea and has written articles about Pyongyang's dining scene and other issues for NK News and other outlets.

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