Josh Fiallo

Josh Fiallo

Florida Man Arrested in Austin Over Chilling Threat to Shoot Up Tesla Event, Cops Say

Travis County Sheriff’s OfficeTexas cops arrested a 28-year-old Florida man Wednesday who allegedly drove well over a thousand miles to potentially carry out a mass shooting at a Tesla Cybertruck event in Austin this week.Paul Ryan Overeem, of Orlando, has been charged with making a terroristic threat, records show. The offense is a third-degree felony that carries a prison sentence up to 20 years in Texas if convicted.An arrest affidavit obtained by the Austin American-Statesman laid out how law enforcement thwarted Overeem’s alleged plan. It all began Nov. 10 when Tesla officials were tipped off that a man—later identified as Overeem—was talking about carrying out a mass shooting in an Instagram group chat, police said.Read more at The Daily Beast.

‘Beloved’ Tony-Winning Actress Frances Sternhagen Dies at 93

Reuters/Gus RuelasFrances Sternhagen, a veteran actress who featured in Sex and the City and won a pair of Tony Awards in her five decades on Broadway, died on Monday at 93. Sternhagen’s son, John Carlin, announced her death in a statement posted to Instagram, which said his mom, a Washington, D.C., native, died peacefully of natural causes in her home.“Fly on, Frannie,” Carlin wrote. “The curtain goes down on a life so richly, passionately, humbly and generously lived.”Read more at The Daily Beast.

Sister of Cash App Founder’s Alleged Killer Accused of Drunken Hit-and-Run

Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesKhazar Elyassnia, the sister of the man accused of fatally stabbing Cash App founder Bob Lee—whom she reportedly attended sex parties with—was arrested Monday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence in San Francisco. Elyassnia, 38, also faces charges of hit and run, failing to drive within a lane, and failing to provide proof of financial responsibility, according to jail records obtained by the San Francisco Chronicle.Police sources told the Chronicle that Elyassnia caused a crash around 11 a.m. Monday, at an intersection near Union Square in the city’s downtown area—about two miles from where Lee was allegedly killed by Nima Momeni in April. Read more at The Daily Beast.

Microsoft CEO Does Little to Clear Up OpenAI CEO Sam Altman’s Future

Reuters/Carlos BarriaMicrosoft CEO Satya Nadella gave his first televised statements Monday after a bizarre weekend that involved the ousting of OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, but his comments did little to clear up the confusion.Despite Microsoft announcing in a statement on Sunday that Altman and fellow AI guru Greg Brockman were “joining Microsoft to lead a new advanced AI research team,” those moves now appear to be in question.Nadella told CNBC’s Jon Fortt on Monday evening that he’s “committed to OpenAI and Sam, irrespective of what configuration,” but would not go into details. Read more at The Daily Beast.

‘Multiple Victims’ Reported After Shooting at New Hampshire Psych Hospital

WikicommonsA suspect who shot “multiple victims” at a New Hampshire hospital on Friday afternoon has been confirmed as dead, the state’s emergency management office said.Few details, including a potential motive and death toll, were immediately released. Authorities said shots broke out at the New Hampshire State Hospital, which is characterized on its website as an“acute psychiatric hospital,” in Concord, the state’s capital.“The situation at New Hampshire Hospital has been contained,” emergency management authorities wrote in a statement at 4:40 p.m. “The scene remains active. The suspect is deceased.”Read more at The Daily Beast.

Paul Pelosi’s Alleged Attacker Bursts Into Tears on the Witness Stand

Michael Short/Getty ImagesDavid DePape, the man accused of breaking into Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s home and attacking her husband with a hammer, burst into tears as he testified for the first time at his federal trial on Tuesday, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.DePape, a Canadian national, has pleaded not guilty to two federal felony charges—assault on an immediate family member of a federal official, and attempted kidnapping of a federal official. He faces life in prison if convicted. He claimed previously that he’d become caught up in a slew of conspiracies online that drove him to break into the Pelosis’ San Francisco home last October, just days before the 2022 midterm elections. Read more at The Daily Beast.

Libertarian Party Embraces Remorseless QAnon Shaman’s Run for Office

Reuters/Jim UrquhartThe Libertarian Party warmly welcomed an infamous (and apparently remorseless) insurrectionist to its ranks on Monday, writing that the “QAnon Shaman”—who stormed the Capitol shirtless with a set of horns on his head—had the party’s support for his newly announced run for Congress. Jacob Chansley, 35, became the face of the Jan. 6 riot after scores of photos and videos showed him walking and bellowing inside the Capitol with red, white, and blue face paint on. Chansley was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison in Nov. 2021 but was released after 27 months and reportedly sent to a halfway house in March to finish his sentence. A request to reverse his guilty plea was shot down by a federal judge in June, who wrote that Chansley was “the face of the riot.” Read more at The Daily Beast.

Israeli Diplomat Busted Spreading Blatant Disinfo About Palestinians

Reuters/Shereen TalaatThe Israeli diplomat Ofir Gendelman was flamed on Thursday after he tried to pass off behind-the-scenes footage from a Lebanese short film as proof that Palestinians were faking injuries sustained in Israel’s month-long barrage of airstrikes in Gaza. Gendelman, a spokesperson for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, posted the misleading clip on social media around noon on Thursday. It remained online and unedited by 10 p.m. local time, despite a Twitter community note, hundreds of commenters, a BBC report, and the film’s director confirming the post was a fake. In the post, Gendelman shared a video that supposedly proved Palestinians were faking injuries, death, and destruction on camera to garner international support. As he’s done previously, he included the word “Pallywood” to describe what he implied were injuries and evacuations staged to make Israel look bad. Read more at The Daily Beast.

Suspect Nabbed in Detroit Synagogue Leader Samantha Woll’s Murder

Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photo by Raymond BoydDetroit Police announced Wednesday that a suspect had been taken into custody in connection to the fatal stabbing of Samantha Woll, a beloved 40-year-old synagogue board president found dead just outside her home.Woll’s death last month grabbed national headlines as it happened as the war between Israel and Hamas was unfolding, and spilling over into violent attacks in the U.S. However, police said at the time that they didn’t believe antisemitism was a factor in her slaying.In a statement, police said details of the arrest would be kept under wraps for now “to ensure the integrity of the important steps that remain.”Read more at The Daily Beast.

Blinken and Arab Leaders Clash on Ceasefire as Gaza Is Pounded

ReutersIsrael fired more rockets into the Gaza Strip on Saturday despite pleas from U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken for “humanitarian pauses” to allow aid to reach trapped civilians. Blinken was meeting with Middle East leaders in Jordan at nearly the same time Israel unleashed a pair of airstrikes north of Gaza City that reportedly killed some 20 civilians.Those strikes hit a U.N.-backed shelter, killing refugees in tents and women who were baking bread inside an old school building, the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees said.Read more at The Daily Beast.