(NEWSER) – Police have released a frantic 911 call made by one of three women found alive in a Cleveland home
yesterday after disappearing a decade ago. "Help me, I am Amanda Berry," she tells police. "I've been kidnapped and I've been missing for 10 years, and I'm, I'm here, I'm free now." The AP has the entire transcript here
. Police say the three women have now been released from the hospital—where Berry was photographed joyfully reuniting with her sister—and gone home with family. A 6-year-old child was also rescued, but police did not reveal the child's identity or relationship to anyone in the home; Radar
describes her as Berry's daughter.
Three brothers, ages 50, 52, and 54, have been arrested
, though only the middle brother, identified by neighbors as former school bus driver Ariel Castro, is believed to have lived at the home where the women were held captive. Authorities, who plan to hold a press conference on the case this morning, say the women were probably tied up during their years of captivity, the AP
reports. A woman whose relatives live on the street tells the Plain Dealer
that Castro typically parked his car behind the house, and would lock a gate before entering—through the back door. She described the home as always dark, with at least one window covered with boards. Click for more on how the women were able to escape
(AP) – Any day now, billions of cicadas with bulging red eyes will crawl out of the earth after 17 years underground and overrun the East Coast. The insects will arrive in such numbers that people in the southern state of North Carolina to Connecticut in the northeast will be outnumbered roughly 600 to 1. Maybe more. Scientists even have a horror-movie name for the infestation: Brood II. But as ominous as that sounds, the insects are harmless. They won't hurt you or other animals.
"It's not like these hordes of cicadas suck blood or zombify people," says a University of Illinois entomologist. They're looking for just one thing: sex. And they've been waiting quite a long time. Since 1996, this group of 1-inch magicicada cicadas has been a few feet underground, sucking on tree roots and biding their time. They will emerge only when the ground temperature reaches precisely 64 degrees. After a few weeks up in the trees, they will die and their offspring will go underground, not to return until 2030. And they will make a big racket, too. The noise all the male cicadas make when they sing for sex can rival a rock concert.
(NEWSER) – Robel Phillipos, the Massachusetts teen who is accused of lying to investigators about the activities of friends Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev
in the aftermath of the Boston bombing, has been released under house arrest until his trial begins after posting $100,000 bail, NBC
reports that prosecutors "conferred extensively" with the defense today, and the two sides filed a joint motion asking the judge to OK a pre-trial release for the 19-year-old at this afternoon's hearing, so long as strict conditions are met. Phillipos will be clad with a GPS-enabled electronic bracelet, live at the home of his mother and submit to drug testing.
Meanwhile, the Telegram & Gazette
reports that a Massachusetts community activist has deposited $500 into a fund he's starting in order to send Tamerlan Tsarnaev's body
back to Russia. William Breault thinks it'll cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $3,000 to $7,000 to ship the body to Kyrgyzstan or Dagestan. "I don't look at it as I'm helping his family," says Breault. "I look at it as I'm helping the citizens of Boston, Worcester, and this state move on from this problem." (Breault says there's some buzz Tamerlan's body could be bound for a Worcester location.)
(NEWSER) – Most of us know carnival games are scams, but Henry Gribbohm learned that particular life lesson the hard way—by losing his life savings in a desperate attempt to successfully toss a ball into a tub. The New Hampshire man was trying to win an Xbox Kinect by playing Tubs of Fun at the Manchester carnival, and quickly found himself down $300. (He was apparently going "double or nothing" in an attempt to win his money back.) This is where the story gets really
weird: He then went home, and returned with all of his remaining money, $2,300 ... which he also lost. He ended up filing a police report and is considering a lawsuit.
The game seemed so easy when he practiced it, Gribbohm explains to CBS Boston
, but when he played for the prize, the balls wouldn't stay in the tub. "It’s not possible that it wasn’t rigged," says the 30-year-old dad, though he adds—in what may be the understatement of the year—"It was foolish for putting up my life savings." Fiesta Shows, which ran the carnival, is interviewing the independent contractor who ran the game, and the police are also investigating the possibility of fraud. As for Gribbohm, he went back the next day to complain and $600 was returned to him. Plus, he won a giant stuffed banana with dreadlocks.
The Boston Police Department has three more suspects in custody that are connected to the deadly bombings at last month's Boston Marathon.
The police made the announcement with a Twitter message Wednesday morning.
The three suspects being held by the police are college students who allegedly helpedDzhokhar Tsarnaev
after the double bombing near the finish line on April 15, the Boston Globe reported.
"Please be advised that there is not a threat to public safety," the police announced in a statement. "There is no additional info to release at this time. Additional details will be provided when they become available."
Tsarnaev, 19, was a student at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. The new suspects were allegedly Dzhokhar's college roommates
, according to NBC News.
Dzhokhar is in a Massachusetts prison hospital and charged with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction. His brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was killed during a shootout and attempted getaway from police in Watertown four days after the Marathon bombing.
In an email to HuffPost about the additional suspects, an FBI spokeswoman wrote: "We are unable to comment or confirm any statement or tweets regarding custody or arrests."
The attack at the Marathon killed three people and wounded more than 260 others.This is a developing story -- check back for updates.