Tilikum the orca has died after more than two decades at SeaWorld Orlando, where he gained notoriety for killing a trainer in 2010 and was later profiled in a documentary that helped sway popular opinion against keeping killer whales in captivity. He will not be replaced. He was the first of the orcas at SeaWorld parks to die since the company announced the end of its orca breeding program in March 2016.
Lenny Pozner, who has been targeted by conspiracy theorists since the death of his 6-year-old son Noah in the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School: This is such an antiquated concept - don't feed the trolls. All the people that have said that and ignored it all are responsible for this problem festering and becoming even worse.
A Florida woman has been charged with making death threats against the parent of a child who died in the Sandy Hook school shooting massacre because she thought the attack was a hoax, federal authorities announced. The indictment said the threats were made in Palm Beach County to a person identified only by the initials L.P. Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Schall would not say how the threats were delivered or provide more details, nor would she provide further details about why federal authorities said Richards thought the attack was a hoax. The messages quoted in the indictment match a series of voicemails released online by Lenny Pozner and others who have publicly sought to debunk conspiracy theories surrounding Sandy Hook and other mass slayings.
Under the so-called wet foot-dry foot policy, Cubans reaching U.S. soil generally can remain. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, fears about that policy potentially ending have been driving a surge in the numbers of Cubans attempting to reach U.S. soil since December 2014, when a resumption of U.S. diplomatic relations with Havana was announced. Coast Guard officials in Miami say it is too soon to tell whether the death of Fidel Castro has triggered an additional increase.
Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez had cocaine and alcohol in his system when his boat crashed into a Miami Beach jetty, according to toxicology reports released Saturday. It is not clear whether Fernandez was driving when the boat crashed Sept. 25, killing the 24-year-old baseball star and two of his friends. But Fernandez had a blood-alcohol content level of 0.147, well above the legal limit of 0.08 in Florida, according to an autopsy by a Miami-Dade County medical examiner. An attorney for the family of the baseball star said cocaine use would have been out of character for Fernandez, who may not have been steering the boat.