Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (CNN) — The ex-husband of an American woman killed in the United Arab Emirates said he was shocked by her fatal stabbing, but said he still feels safe there.”I’m totally horrified by what happened,” Paul Ryan said.”One just needs to look at the video, the images of that bathroom, and it knocks you out. It knocks you out,” he said. “I still hope my children have not seen that, those beautiful children, I have to make sure … I protect them as best I can.”A veiled woman attacked Ibolya Ryan, 47, on Monday in a restroom of a high-end mall in Abu Dhabi.She was killed with a sharp object during a fight in the women’s restroom, local authorities said.Police later arrested a female Emirati national of Yemeni descent, whom they described as a suspect.Paul Ryan arrived in Abu Dhabi last week to be reunited with his 11-year-old twin boys. He said he plans to move them to the United States, where they used to live. He and his 13-year-old daughter, who currently live in Vienna, Austria, will join them.
New York CNN — A rookie police officer shot and killed an unarmed 28-year-old man in an unlit stairwell of a housing project in what New York’s top cop said Friday was “a very unfortunate tragedy … involving an accidental discharge.”The victim, identified as Akai Gurley, was “a total innocent who just happened” to run into Officer Peter Liang in a “pitch black” stairwell at the Louis H. Pink Houses in Brooklyn late Thursday, New York Police Commissioner William Bratton told reporters.Shot once in the chest, Gurley died at a hospital later.Liang, with less than 18 months on the job and on probationary status, has been placed on modified assignment and stripped of his gun and badge pending an investigation.
CNN — Actress Carol Ann Susi, whose brash Brooklyn accent reverberated on the hit television series “The Big Bang Theory,” has died after a battle with cancer.She was 62.In addition to her role in “The Big Bang Theory,” Susi appeared in shows such as “Cheers,” “Mad About You” and “Seinfeld.”Susi played the mother of Simon Helberg’s character, Howard Wolowitz, in the CBS comedy.Though she never appeared on camera and was largely unseen, she routinely hollered Howard’s name, making her overbearing, husky voice a big part of the show.”The Big Bang Theory family has lost a beloved member today,” the show’s executive producers said in a statement following her death Tuesday.”Unseen by viewers, the Mrs. Wolowitz character became a bit of a mystery throughout the show’s eight seasons. What was not a mystery, however, was Carol Ann’s immense talent and comedic timing, which were on display during each unforgettable appearance.”
CNN — A member of the Sugarhill Gang, whose pioneering hit “Rapper’s Delight” brought hip hop to mainstream audiences 35 years ago, died Tuesday of complications from cancer.”Big Bank Hank,” whose real name was Henry Jackson, died early Tuesday in Englewood, New Jersey, according to David Mallie, who manages the two surviving Sugarhill Gang members. The New York native was 57.A beefy, boisterous presence onstage, Hank handled vocals in the early to middle portion of “Rapper’s Delight,” which despite its extended length — one version was more than 14 minutes long — became the first rap song to reach the Top 40 on the U.S. Billboard charts.Jackson traded rhymes with bandmates “Wonder Mike” Wright and Guy “Master Gee” O’Brien and spoke some of the song’s catchiest lines, including “Ho-tel, mo-tel, Holiday Inn/If your girl starts acting up, then you take her friend.”
A single-vehicle crash Sunday in Pike County claimed the life of a Troy man and injured another.According to a statement from Alabama State Trooper Kevin Cook, the crash happened the driver of a 2005 Lincoln LS, 33-year-old, Demetric Upshaw ran off the road and struck a tree.
A Savannah, Ga., woman died in a single-vehicle crash near Level Plains early Saturday, according to a release from the Alabama State Troopers post in Dothan.Carneisha Jan’naye Glover, 22, was killed when the 2009 Toyota she was driving left Dale County 109 one-half mile south of Level Plains about 4:45 a.m. and struck a tree.
Demario Harris, a senior football player at Charles Henderson High School in Troy, died Sunday in a Dothan hospital after he collapsed during a game Friday night.Teammates and coaches met at the school’s indoor practice facility Sunday afternoon simply to be together for each other as they grieved the loss of the player known as “Squirrel.”“Right now, we’re all hurting,” senior quarterback Austin Ingram said. “It’s something that nobody could be prepared for. … He’s irreplaceable.”Trojans head coach Brad McCoy used the same word as he talked about the cornerback and special teams standout.