John Stamos thanks fans for support after DUI bust, hospitalization: ‘I’m home and well’

“Full House” star John Stamos was left in a hospital’s care after getting busted for allegedly driving under the influence in Beverly Hills Friday night, police said. Stamos, 51, was pulled over on suspicion of impaired driving, but quickly got taken to a hospital for a possible “medical condition,” Beverly Hills Police Sgt. Max Subin told the Daily News. The actor got arrested and cited only after arriving at the hospital, where it was determined he was driving under the influence, police said. Authorities left him in medical care instead of booking him, Subin said. His arrest was first reported by TMZ, which said the star was booked — a fact Subin denied. The report also said Stamos was “allegedly so out of it” he was rushed to a hospital, which police have not confirmed. Stamos got busted around 7:45 p.m. near Canon Driver and South Santa Monica Boulevard after police received “numerous calls” about a possible DUI driver, Subin said. He was driving a silver Mercedes by himself. After police stopped him, officers summoned fire department officials, and Stamos was soon taken to an area hospital because authorities “felt he needed to be seen by professionals,” Subin said. Stamos was not injured and did not injure anyone else while driving, Subin said. Police and fire officials have not released any more information about what appeared to be wrong with Stamos. The actor updated fans Saturday on his condition with a message on Twitter. "Thanks to everyone for their love & support," he wrote. "I'm home & well. Very appreciative of the BHPD & Cedars for their care." He is due in court September 11 for the misdemeanor citation. Messages to Stamos’ reps were not immediately returned. Stamos is set to star in "Fuller House," a Netflix reboot of the classic sitcom featuring most of its original cast, which Continue Reading

Gay Canadian teen viciously shunned by father receives outpouring of support online

A 15-year-old boy is receiving an outpouring of support from around the world after he says he recently revealed he was gay to his father, only to be told: "This is (worse) than death." The stunning reaction received by the Vancouver teen named Tyler was recently shared on his Tumblr account, capturing his father's boiling anger and swift rejection. "You embarrass me from all the people I knew. I'm going to puke. Whatever you do it reflects on me. People will ridicule me, insult me, and I might turn out to be a criminal," he allegedly messaged his son. "We took care of you since you were a baby. We loved you, took care of you when you're sick. Now this is what we get in return, shame and embarrassment," the message continued. Tyler turned to social media to share his struggle last week, writing: "This was my dad's reaction to me coming out. He couldn't even say it to my face." In cruel messages shared online last week, Tyler's father allegedly told him that his coming out is 'worse than death' and makes him want to 'puke.' In an interview with Huffington Post, the 10th-grader said his father, whom he confided his sexuality to late last year, has yet to come around. He's grateful, however, for the support of his mother and two sisters. "I'm upset with what my dad said, but I don't hate him," he further said. "I'm hoping there's still the possibility that he could change, even (if) it takes a while. Maybe he could accept me, because that's all I want... I just want him to be there for me." In his father's alleged diatribe, he accused his son of rejecting "God and his teachings," which led him down his "evil" path. "You are trying to ruin me. This is (worse) than death," he added. The hostility follows Tyler publicly outing himself on his Twitter account, @tylerblvr, last September. About two months later he posted a photo of himself embracing his Continue Reading

2016 Republican candidates support controversial Indiana law that makes discrimination legal

The passage of a new “religious freedom” law in Indiana that effectively legalizes discrimination against gays and lesbians has created a national outcry, but a number of likely Republican presidential candidates have come out in support of the controversial legislation. Indiana Republican Gov. Mike Pence, who signed the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law last week, has said the bill is simply meant to prevent the government from impinging on a person’s religious beliefs. But critics across the nation have slammed the law as acting only as a means for businesses and the government to justify discriminating against people on the basis of their sexual orientation by those who disagree on account of their own religious values. Pence had done little to refute that interpretation: After being asked at least six times by “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos during an interview Sunday if the law would make it legal for a merchant in Indiana to refuse service to gay customers, Pence refused to answer directly. But the bigoted law has prompted sharp criticism of, and calls for boycotts of, the entire Hoosier State. The backlash has been so fierce, in fact, that Pence, who has repeatedly said he was “proud” to sign the law, was forced to say Tuesday that he wanted the bill rewritten so it won't permit discrimination against gays and lesbians. His reconsideration of the matter, however, doesn’t appear to have weakened the support for the law expressed by a growing number of likely 2016 Republican contenders. Here is what some of them have said... Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush: “The right thing” "I think Gov. Pence has done the right thing," Bush said of the Indiana's Religious Freedom Act in a radio interview Monday night with conservative host Hugh Hewitt. “This is simply allowing people of faith space to be able to express Continue Reading

Hillary Clinton pushes support behind drivers’ licenses for undocumented immigrants, plans New Hampshire visit

Hillary Clinton — who is heading next week to New Hampshire, the site of her 2008 near-resurrection— flipped Thursday to support drivers’ licenses for undocumented immigrants. Clinton will mirror her Iowa schedule with a pair of Granite State roundtables with students, teachers and local workers. The Clintons have long excelled in New Hampshire - Bill's 1992 presidential campaign caught fire there, and Hillary pulled out a surprising come-from-behind win in 2008 after getting drubbed in the Iowa caucuses, breathing new life into her primary battle against Barack Obama. Her trip plans were made public as her new position on the license issue was announced. "Hillary supports state policies to provide drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants," a Clinton campaign spokeswoman said in a statement, adding that the stance was consistent with Clinton’s support for President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. The issue tripped up Clinton in 2007, when she said in an October debate that New York's proposed plan for giving out the licenses "makes a lot of sense" before saying she didn't support it. This is Clinton's latest leftward shift in recent days. She launched her campaign this week with a populist economic pitch and on Wednesday called gay marriage a "constitutional right." Continue Reading

Sean Bell’s mother petitions Albany lawmakers to support special prosecutors in cop-related shootings

ALBANY — A tearful Valerie Bell, whose unarmed son Sean was killed in a hail of police bullets nearly nine years ago, urged state lawmakers Wednesday to support having special prosecutors handle cases of police killings. Testifying before a hearing on criminal justice reform, Bell recalled how all the city cops charged in her son’s death were acquitted and said there’s a conflict of interest when district attorneys handle such cases. “They work with the police everyday,” Bell said. “We need someone who is independent of local police departments and local politics to investigate and prosecute these cases.” Bell is one of 18 family members of people killed by cops who wrote to Gov. Cuomo in February urging him to sign an executive order assigning a special prosecutor to handle all cases of police killings. The family members have also been pressing for a meeting with Cuomo. “Mothers and other family members who have lost loved ones are coming together because we don’t want anyone else to suffer in the way we have had to,” she said. Cuomo, as part of his January budget presentation, proposed the creation of an “independent monitor” to review grand jury cases in which a cop is not indicted, but has stopped short of calling for a special prosecutor. “The governor’s proposal does not address the systemic problem and will only further delay justice for families,” said Bell, who urged lawmakers to press the governor to meet with the families and agree to the executive order. A Cuomo spokesman said, “The governor advanced a balanced reform package to increase transparency, accountability and ensure justice in perception and in reality. The members of this group have endured unspeakable losses and we will continue discussions with them and other community activists, criminal justice experts and law enforcement officials throughout this process.” Continue Reading

President Obama, aides launch pitch to get support for U.S.-Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON — President Obama and top aides launched an aggressive sales pitch Friday in a bid to line up support for a landmark nuclear deal with Iran. Obama called the four top leaders in Congress to defend the deal. “The most important thing we can do... in the sort of immediate aftermath of the deal being reached is make sure they feel like they’re getting the information they need,” White House spokesman Eric Schultz said. Vice President Biden, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, National Security Adviser Susan Rice “and a whole host of other White House and senior administration officials” also made calls to lawmakers. Obama wants to head off a push in Congress to pass a bill granting lawmakers the power to reject the deal, over which they currently lack authority. Meanwhile, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf, addressing a point of concern critics raised about the agreement, said Iran will not get sanctions relief until months after a June 30 deadline for finalizing a written agreement. The tentative pact, aimed at preventing Iran from gaining a nuclear weapon, says the country can enhance uranium only for energy and reduces the number of centrifuges from 19,000 to 5,060. The deal calls international inspectors to have access to all of the Islamic republic’s facilities. The White House is also working to reassure nervous Middle East allies. Obama called the leaders of Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates Friday, following on a prior call to King Salman of Saudi Arabia. The White House push came as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened his cabinet for a special session to discuss the agreement, which he hopes to block. “Israel will not accept an agreement which allows a country that vows to annihilate us to develop nuclear weapons, period,” Continue Reading

Missouri executes Andre Cole for 1998 killing of man in rage over child support payments

BONNE TERRE, Mo. — A Missouri inmate was executed Tuesday night for killing a man in a fit of rage over child support payments 16 years ago. Andre Cole, 52, became the third convicted killer put to death this year in Missouri. His fate was sealed after the U.S. Supreme Court turned down several appeals, including one claiming Cole was mentally ill and unfit for execution. Also Tuesday, Gov. Jay Nixon refused a clemency petition that raised concerns about the fact that Cole, who was black, was convicted and sentenced by an all-white jury. Mike O'Connell, spokesman for the Missouri Department of Corrections, said Cole was executed by lethal injection at 10:15 p.m. and pronounced dead nine minutes later. In the execution chamber, Cole nodded as relatives blew kisses his way. He chose not to make a final statement. He breathed deeply a few times as the drug was administered. Cole declined any sedatives prior to the execution. He also declined to order a last meal and instead received the day's inmate tray, O'Connell said. Attorney General Chris Koster said in a statement he hoped "that the sentence carried out tonight brings those forever impacted by this tragedy a sense of justice and a measure of closure." Cole and his wife, Terri, were married for 11 years and had two children before divorcing in 1995. The couple fought about visitation and he was upset about child support payments, authorities said. By 1998, Cole was $3,000 behind in child support. Koster said Cole became angry when he learned that a payroll withholding order was issued to his employer, taking the money out of his check. "Before I give her another dime, I'll kill (her)," Cole told co-workers, according to Koster. The first deduction appeared on his Aug. 21, 1998, paycheck. Hours later, Cole forced his way into his ex-wife's home by throwing a tire jack through a glass door, Koster said. He was confronted by Anthony Curtis, a friend who was visiting. Continue Reading

People are painting their nails in support of Bruce Jenner

Bruce Jenner fans are painting the town red — and pretty much every other color imaginable. Days after the Olympic champ announced during his “20/20” interview that he is transgender, Australian radio station KIIS 106.5 encouraged listeners to paint their nails to show support. The movement is in reference to a moment in Friday’s sit-down with Diane Sawyer when Jenner said he was looking forward to "be able to have my nail polish on long enough that it actually chips off." Since then, the #PaintYourNailsForBruce hashtag has gone viral, with men and women both partaking in the painting and posting pictures of their meaningful manicures. "My colored nails in support of Bruce Jenner. Who cares who he wants to be woman or man, don't you have your own problems ????#PaintYourNailsforBruce," wrote @spencernatalia on Instagram. Continue Reading

Supporters come to defense of Bronx youth detention counselor charged with assaulting teen inmate

A juvenile-center worker charged with choking a 17-year-old inmate so hard that he went to the hospital with a seizure was acting in self-defense, a fleet of supporters charged Wednesday. More than 50 members of a union representing youth detention counselors packed Bronx Supreme Court to support Rafael Pasols, 47, who is charged with assaulting Angel Lopez at the Horizon Juvenile Center in Melrose. “He was restraining a young man. He wasn’t strangling anybody,” said Anthony Wells, president of Social Service Employees Union Local 371. Pasols choked the teen, pulled him to the ground by the hair and punched him twice in the face, according to court papers. The Nov. 8 beatdown was so harsh that Lopez suffered a seizure and was taken to a hospital, prosecutors said. But Pasols’ lawyer said video from the incident shows that Lopez started the fight and was never strangled. “We don’t see on the tape even a millisecond of choking,” said lawyer Gary Meitland. Ben Kochman Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Sen. Mark Kirk says he will support Loretta Lynch’s U.S. attorney general nomination, should be enough votes to confirm

Sen. Mark Kirk said Thursday he would support Loretta Lynch for U.S. attorney general, a stance that should assure Lynch has enough votes to win confirmation. Kirk (R-Ill.) said in a statement he believes Lynch, the U.S. attorney in Brooklyn, will be a "valuable partner in confronting violence that is robbing families of their children every day in Chicago." He is the fifth GOP senator to announce plans to support Lynch's confirmation. With all 46 Democrats on board, Lynch has enough votes to overcome GOP opposition tied to her support for President Obama's executive actions on immigration. The Justice Department's indictment Wednesday of Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) on corruption charges had raised concerns Menendez would abstain from voting on Lynch's confirmation. Menendez said Wednesday he would vote for Lynch despite his indictment. Democrats have complained that Republicans have delayed a vote on Lynch for nearly five months. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE Continue Reading