LEXINGTON, Ky. — Still healing after being tackled outside his Bowling Green home, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is back to work.

The Kentucky Republican tweeted Monday morning that he is returning to the Senate to resume work despite being in a “good deal of pain.”

He said in the tweet he is “ready to fight for liberty and help move forward with tax cuts in the coming days and weeks.”

Paul broke six ribs and had small cuts to his nose and mouth after being attacked Nov. 3. Five days later, Paul said he had fluid buildup in his chest.

A dispute with a longtime neighbor, Rene Boucher, led to the incident.

Boucher was charged with fourth-degree assault and was arraigned Thursday, though his alleged motivation for attacking Paul was not fully revealed. He pleaded not guilty. His attorney, Matthew J. Baker, said reported accusations that Paul blew lawn clippings into Boucher’s yard were “fairly accurate” and that the dispute was a “neighbor to neighbor thing.”

Paul has tweeted articles from Breitbart and the Washington Examiner, which claim neighbors of Paul and Boucher believe the incident was not a landscape dispute.

A retired anesthesiologist, Boucher remained free on bond following the arraignment. Paul hired a personal-injury lawyer, according to Baker.

—Lexington Herald-Leader


Party guest swipes $1M worth of gold Renaissance-era figurines from NYC home

NEW YORK — A piano concert inside a socialite’s Manhattan home turned into a crime scene — with $1 million in gold figurines swiped by a guest of the 81-year-old host, police sources said Monday.

The baubles, dating to the 16th-century Renaissance, were reported missing about 11:30 p.m. Friday after a concert and art show in the posh Upper East Side home.

After the event held for 26 invited guests, a member of the host’s staff realized that seven or eight gold figurines were missing, sources said. One of them is a gold crucifix that was pried off a stand and a pendant with gem stones.

Detectives are looking for surveillance video for clues.

—New York Daily News


Florida man arrested with explosives ‘was looking to make a weapon of mass destruction,’ sheriff says

ORLANDO, Fla. — What started as a domestic disturbance between a Central Florida man and his parents led to the discovery of hundreds of chemicals, acids, bomb-making materials and a potential booby trap meant to kill first responders, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said Monday morning.

The incident began shortly after 4 p.m. Sunday at a house in DeBary, when deputies responded to an argument involving Christopher Langer, 31, and his parents, sheriff’s spokesman Andrew Gant said. During the disagreement, Langer told his parents he had put an explosive substance into a grenade, Gant said.

In the backyard, authorities found a metal pineapple-shaped grenade with a paperclip in place to keep it from exploding, Gant said. They also found a toy car concealing what appeared to be a small pipe bomb.

Authorities said a device was also apparently rigged inside of a Spongebob SquarePants lunchbox.

“What’s extremely concerning is you’re talking about a kid’s school lunch box. What was in his mind where you would put together a Spongebob lunch box and booby trap that?” Volusia Sheriff Mike Chitwood said at a news conference provided by Orlando Sentinel news partner FOX 35.

“The purpose of that is to blow somebody up,” he said.

Inside the house, deputies found Langer’s room to be in a “deplorable” condition, covered in urine and feces. They found approximately 200 containers of various acids and chemicals, including nitric acid, sulfuric acid and sulfur. They also discovered several containers with Langer’s own urine, which can be used as a fuel to make an explosive device, Chitwood said.

While Langer was being arrested, he told authorities he had anti-government sentiments and was against “the system,” deputies said.

—Orlando Sentinel


53 killed in air raid on Syrian market, monitor says

CAIRO — At least 53 people have been killed in air raids on a market in a northern Syrian town that is part of a so-called de-escalation zone, a monitoring group said late Monday.

The market in rebel-held Attareb, to the west of Aleppo, was hit by at least three raids, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, adding that it was not clear if they were carried out by Syrian or allied Russian warplanes.

Local activists posted pictures online of massive damage and dead men, women and children. They also posted videos of panic-stricken civilians carrying the badly injured. Five children were among the dead, according to the Observatory.

“De-escalation zones” were set up earlier this year under a deal signed by Syrian government allies Russia and Iran, and Turkey, one of the Syrian opposition’s main backers.

They were supposed to create safe havens for civilians, with both sides expected to refrain from hostilities.

Rebels still hold some areas in rural areas west of Aleppo, though the government took full control of the city in December.

The market raid came hours after Amnesty International said the Syrian government’s tactics, including sieges, unlawful killings and the forced displacement of thousands of civilians, were crimes against humanity.

In a new report, titled “We leave or we die,” the London-based rights group said such actions were conducted by the Syrian government between August 2016 and March 2017 in six regions near Damascus as well as in the cities of Aleppo, Idlib and Homs.



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