Kyle Rittenhouse smiled in the backseat of an SUV as he was driven away from the Kenosha courthouse Friday afternoon after being cleared of all charges, later commenting that 'self defense is not illegal'. Rittenhouse, 18, collapsed in tears and hugged his attorney as the jury in his double murder trial acquitted him of all charges after four days of deliberation and weeks of testimony. The verdict came in at 12:15 p.m. Friday in Kenosha, Wisconsin. 'The jury reached the correct verdict,' Rittenhouse told Fox News. 'Self defense is not illegal. I am glad they reached the correct verdict.' He added: 'It's been a tough journey but we made it through. We made it through the hard part.'
'This entire country has slapped us in the face': Kyle Rittenhouse's acquittal sparks protests across the nation
NEW Peaceful protests popped up across the nation, including in Brooklyn, New York (left), Chicago, Illinois (upper right) and Oakland, California (bottom right) after Kyle Rittenhouse (inset) was acquitted of all charges related to him shooting three people protesting in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year. The demonstrations were staged as politicians called for peace
Talk show face-off: 'A day when all of us should be celebrating': Tucker Carlson cheers Rittenhouse acquittal as MSNBC host Joy-Ann Reid warns, BLM supporters 'should be very afraid'
Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity on Fox News cheered the news of Kyle Rittenhouse's acquittal, with Carlson describing it as 'a wonderful moment'. On CNN and MSNBC, anchors were dismayed, with Chuck Todd saying it 'emboldened' vigilantes to take guns to protests, and Joy-Ann Reid saying it made BLM activists everywhere less safe. The case has deeply divided America, with the country riven along partisan divides on gun control and law and order.
Excessive charges, lying witnesses, withheld evidence: ADA Thomas Binger licking his wounds but he's not the only one to blame
Prosecutor Thomas Binger has been heavily criticized for his actions during the case brought against Kyle Rittenhouse. But many court watchers believe Binger was thrown into the case because Kenosha DA Graveley (top right) knew the case against Rittenhouse was weak. .
'I had to save my mom': Florida girl, 9, fights off robber by punching him in the face after he attacked her mother and tried to steal her purse in supermarket parking lot
NEW Journee Nelson (right) is being hailed a hero after she fought off a man who was trying to steal her mom's purse in the parking lot of a West Palm Beach, Florida, grocery store earlier this month. When a purse snatcher attacked her mom, she pounded the thief, punching him in the face and chasing after him after he got away. Demetrius Jackson (inset) was arrested and charged
Chris Daughtry's wife Deanna slams 'false' reports that daughter Hannah's death has been ruled a homicide: 'None of us can go jumping to conclusions'
Chris Daughtry's wife Deanna denounced reports that her late daughter Hannah Price's tragic death was being investigated as a homicide. The 48-year-old grieving mother penned a lengthy Instagram statement on Friday where she tried to clear up any assumptions about the 25-year-old's cause of death which echoed statements given by district attorneys in Tennessee. 'The news floating around that we said our daughters death is being investigated as a homicide is false!,' she wrote in excerpt alongside a photo of her late daughter as a child.
A group of teenage girls who screamed profanities at a group of Asian students on a Philadelphia train have been identified and are now the subject of ethnic intimidation charges. It is unknown what caused the fight, but authorities have identified the teenage attackers. A girl in pink screamed and attacked several of the students and even backed one into a corner before pummeling her. She even took off her shoe to hit the girl in the head, while others joined in to kick her. Passengers on the train did not intervene until the group of girls ganged up on the Asian girl on the ground and kicked her several times. Each member of the group, who were not identified, has been charged with aggravated assault, ethnic intimidation, criminal conspiracy, simple assault, disorderly conduct, and a recklessly endangering another person.
New Jersey high school football coach is suspended after being found half-naked on the field at 2am: Cops also find human feces on rug and vomit on jerseys in team's locker room
Nick Famularo (right), head football coach at Asbury Park High School, was found without pants at the school's stadium on November 6 (left) with a woman, and police also found human feces and vomit in the football team's locker room (inset). Along with Famularo, the school board voted to place the Athletic Director Mark Gerbino, assistant football coach Lamar Davenport and gym teacher and assistant coach Matt Ardizzone on administrative leave with pay on Thursday.
Junior on victorious Wichita State University basketball team helps pick up trash left in the stand for three hours after win against Tarleton State
Dexter Dennis who played on winning Wichita State University men's basketball team stayed behind to help pick up trash left behind in the stands. Video of Dennis was captured by a sports reporter as he set about helping staff clean up. The humble act was praised by those working at the stadium. 'Didn't do it for attention. Just gives me perspective on life. It could always be worse,' Dennis wrote.
Pilot of small plane, 29, called his sister-in-law to tell her to watch him and his younger sister, 21, fly overhead five minutes before he crashed the airplane attempting an aerial loop maneuver, killing them both
Aaron Mika, 29, told his sister-in-law to come outside and watch him and his sister, Aleah Mller, 21, fly over her Wisconsin house in a propeller plane on October 23. Five minutes later, the plane's wing clipped a house as Mika attempted an aerial loop maneuver, killing both occupants. The National Transportation Safety Board found nothing amiss with the small propeller plane that would have caused it to crash, and Witnesses said the plane was 'performing aerial maneuvers' before it crashed, said the Ashland County Sheriff's Department.
REVEALED: Female con artist 'who shot woman, 42, dead execution style' in Brooklyn was LET GO by cops just minutes after the shooting because they didn't know the suspect was a woman
Prosecutors claimed Claudia Banton (left) had been pulled over by police right after the execution-style shooting (right) of Delia Johnson (inset), but was released because the cops had suspected the shooter to be male. Banton had been arrested in Florida earlier this month and extradited back to New York, where she was arraigned on Friday to face charges for the murder of Johnson.
Elizabeth Holmes takes the stand as judge refuses defense lawyers' push to toss all charges after prosecution rests case in Theranos fraud trial
Attorneys for Theranos (right) founder Elizabeth Holmes (left) pushed for her acquittal Friday after the prosecution rested its case in her fraud trial. Holmes' attorney Amy Mason Saharia (inset) alleged the government's case over the past 11 weeks 'is insufficient on every element on every count'. The defense also pushed to strike several of witness testimonies, including one from a former patient alleging an inaccurate HIV result on a Theranos blood test. They then proceeded to ask the court to strike all testimonies and exhibits from patients, doctors and customers. Holmes' trial began in September and has included testimony from 29 witnesses. Holmes faces 11 counts of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
'They start seeing spirits and angels': Hospice nurse reveals what it's like to see dying people in their last moments of life - and shares the most common things they say before passing
Julie McFadden, a registered nurse from Los Angeles, California, said her patients often see relatives who have already passed on in their final moments. She said it happens so often that they put it in the 'educational packets they give to patients and their loved ones,' but that she can't explain why this occurs. Julie explained that the patients are 'usually not afraid,' but that they're actually very 'comforted' by it and that their dead loved ones tell them things like, 'Don't worry, we'll help you.' The woman has worked in hospice care for more than five years and has started sharing her knowledge and experience on TikTok.
'The judge. The jury. The defendant. It's white supremacy in action!': Cori Bush leads woke left explosion after Rittenhouse verdict as Bill de Blasio slams it and repeats lie about him
Liberal media figures, politicians and celebrities exploded over a jury's decision to acquit Kyle Rittenhouse of all charges related to the August 2020 shooting of three men in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Actress Rachel Zegler leading the charge tweeting, 'kyle rittenhouse being acquitted on all charges after such heinous heinous crimes is the epitome of white privilege and exactly what is wrong with this godforsaken country.'
The 'gruff and aggressive' 30-year veteran criminal defense attorney and former Wisconsin prosecutor who got Kyle Rittenhouse acquitted of murder in one of the most high-profile civilian self-defense cases in the US
Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted of all charges on Friday, marking the end of a dramatic and divisive two-week murder trial that had sparked debate over gun rights in the US. Lawyers for the 18-year-old managed to successfully convince the jury that their client acted in self-defense when he fatally shot two men during a protest against police brutality in Kenosha last August. The verdict ended one of the highest-profile civilian self-defense cases in the US, and also marked a career-defining trial for defense attorneys Mark Richards and Corey Chirafisi.
Britney Spears SLAMS Christina Aguilera for 'refusing to speak' about her despite knowing the 'truth' about her recently terminated conservatorship before praising 'kind' Lady Gaga
Britney Spears slammed fellow pop diva Christina Aguilera for 'refusing to speak' about her conservatorship termination on Friday. The 40-year-old Dirrty singer was asked if she and Spears were still in communication while walking the red carpet at the 22nd Annual Latin Grammy Awards on November 18, before her team quickly interjected 'we're not doing that tonight.' Re-posting the clip to social media, Britney wrote: 'refusing to speak when you know the truth is equivalent to a lie!!!' before praising others including Lady Gaga for 'speaking up' and publicly 'supporting' her.
I'm SO over having Sex in the City! Hit show's creator Candace Bushnell, 62, describes single life, how porn's wrecked romance - and why she decided to have an abortion
Sex and the City's creator Candace Bushnell, pictured left, walks into the Carlyle Hotel in New York, an uptown vision in a pink cashmere dress and Dolce & Gabbana coat. On her feet are a pair of divine Manolo Blahnik slingbacks and, frankly, anything less would have been a disappointment. She sits down, crosses her fabulous legs and orders a cappuccino. 'I feel like celebrating,' she says. 'Last night I didn't forget a single line.' At the age of 62, Candace has taken the bold step of starring as a version of herself in a one-woman show which has just opened off-Broadway and comes to London next year. Pictured right, Cynthia Nixon, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City.
Former Jets running back Zac Stacy is held on $10,000 bail and will be forced to surrender his passport after footage showed him brutally beating his ex-girlfriend in a jealous rage
Shocking home surveillance footage shows Stacy, 30, repeatedly punching Kristin Evans and tossing her into the TV and their son's bouncy seat as she begged for him to stop on Saturday. Stacy was arrested by police in Orlando, Florida, on Thursday evening upon arriving at Orlando International Airport on an inbound flight from Nashville after Evans, 32, pleaded for help in tracking her ex down who she suspected was being hidden by his friends.
PIERS MORGAN: Meghan behaved like such a gormless desperate reality TV star on her vomit-making Ellen cheese-fest that even a Kardashian would have deemed this humiliating fiasco too brand-damaging
PIERS MORGAN: The Ellen debacle exposed Meghan Markle's desire to be a jobbing C-list reality TV celebrity, not a jobbing A-list royal. But even a Kardashian would have deemed that street vendor stunt beneath them and brand-damaging. That's how puerile and embarrassing it was. For a British royal to demean herself in such a way is completely unacceptable. Not just because it made Meghan Markle look ridiculous, but because it made the British Monarchy look ridiculous. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: the Queen must strip the Duke and Duchess of Sussex of their royal titles before their brazen, craven, money-grabbing campaign to fleece their duty-free royal status destroys everything she has worked so hard to maintain.
'No one cares, Meghan!' Social media explodes with memes ridiculing Duchess's 'awful' Ellen interview - and viewers say it shows 'she never understood the difference between royalty and celebrity'
Social media is ablaze with hilarious memes after the Duchess of Sussex, 40, appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show yesterday and took part in a prank segment (inset). Twitter was flooded with reactions, including reality star Kris Jenner exclaiming, 'This is ridiculous', Project Runway's Tim Gunn pulling a sick face and Ru Paul declaring: 'Who cares!?'
Missing Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai, 35, poses with a cat in strange photographs revealed by Communist state media amid fears for her after she accused country's former vice premier of rape
Fears continue to mount for Peng Shuai, 35, once ranked as the top female double's player in the world, who has not been seen since accusing the country's former vice premier of rape on November 2. Three photographs posted online by a reporter working with CGTN, the international wing of China's state broadcaster, purportedly show the 35-year-old tennis ace posing with a grey cat while surrounded by a bed of soft toys. Shen Shiwei, the man who shared the pictures to Twitter on Friday, said the images had ben posted on Shuai's WeChat messenger, but experts have continued to express doubts over the veracity of the pictures. Friday marked the second time in as many days that the Chinese-state broadcaster attempted to alleviate concern over the missing tennis star, after sharing an email claiming to have been written Shuai in which she said she was 'resting at home'. Andy Murray and Serena Williams have become the latest high-profile names to join the campaign to find missing tennis star Peng Shuai in the wake of her sexual assault allegations.
Don't go to Mexico: Cartel expert warns tourists to stay away as drug gangs' war escalates and country's National Guard is deployed to Cancún
An expert on international criminal organizations believes foreign tourists should reconsider their plans when it comes to scheduling their vacations to Mexico, citing crime and danger amid and the country's gang wars. The warning comes as the Cancún region has been engulfed by a rash of shootings - depicted on the map, left - between rival street-level drug-dealing gangs linked to cartels that have left innocent visitors killed and wounded. Texas-based security consultant Robert Almont told the New York Post that hired assassins are not thinking twice when it comes down to eliminating the opposition. Anjali Ryot (right), of San Jose, California, was one of two women killed at a bar in Tulum, Mexico, in an incident sparked by rival drug dealers on October 19.
Sabeena Ladha, 31, went on the show to try to get a deal with one of the Sharks for her vegan and gluten free cookie dough brand, DEUX. But when she wore a hot pink suit set with above-the-knees shorts and matching heels, some people felt her outfit was not 'not appropriate.' The businesswoman responded to her haters in a TikTok video which has now gone viral, and she called them out for their 'misogynistic' response and joked that she 'should've known that her place is in the kitchen and not the board room.'
Princess Charlene's twins Jacques and Gabriella, six, hold up heartbreaking signs to their absent mother after Prince Albert revealed she's been admitted to a treatment facility following a family intervention on her return to Monaco
Prince Albert of Monaco, 63, lead members of the royal family at the festivities, after confirming this week that Princess Charlene, 43, would not be attending the event. Speaking to People magazine , Albert said Charlene is suffering profound 'exhaustion, both emotional and physical' and will require clinical care lasting several weeks at a minimum. He said while the family reunion in Monaco last week initially went 'pretty well' in the first few hours, it then became 'pretty evident' that she was 'unwell.'
Why your dishwasher is greener than washing up... and why red wine that's come round the world has a smaller carbon footprint than a Chianti: Myth-busting facts that will change the way you think about saving the planet forever
NOW Cop26 has drawn to a close, you may be left feeling a little befuddled about how best to do your bit for the planet. Does it make sense to stop eating imported fruit if you plan to fly to the sun for some much-needed family time next year? Is a shower more eco-friendly than a soak in the tub? To answer such questions - and help us better understand the implications of our consumer choices - PROFESSOR MIKE BERNERS-LEE, professor of sustainability at Lancaster University, has calculated the carbon footprint of absolutely everything . . . with some surprising conclusions.
Target employee sensationally quits his 'f***ing whole-a** job' in profanity-filled speech over store's PA SYSTEM
Edwin Pos, 21, shared a TikTok video of the announcement he made over Target's PA system when he quit his job at a Chicago location He announces to the store that he is quitting 'this f***ing whole-a** job.' He calls out several employees by name, including 'that b**** Jessica' and 'Karen-a*** Lucifer Linda' - whom he accuses of styling ugly mannequins. Edwin concluded: F*** Target, f*** this store that never has s*** anyways, and f*** management. I quit, now go write an email about that, b****.' Edwin said later he had clocked out and left before anyone was able to stop him. He also shared a video in which he played a recording of a manager lecturing him for getting water during his shift.
The fantasy drama where it's MEN baring all: Amazon's Game of Thrones-style epic has magic, monsters - and a very modern approach to steamy scenes
Warring families, witchcraft, dragons, blood, gore - and gratuitous nudity. Sound familiar? Based on a series of novels by American author Robert Jordan, new fantasy series The Wheel Of Time on Amazon is hoping to cash in on the massive success of Game Of Thrones. The first three episodes of the show, starring British actress Rosamund Pike, premiered yesterday. Here, ALISON BOSHOFF reveals how the show was brought to the screen and GoT superfan HANNAH BETTS gives her verdict.
Reformed burglar reveals tricks to keep YOUR home safe - from storing valuables in fake plug sockets to putting a dummy key under the doormat to toy with criminals
A fascinating viral thread among former thieves and those who have been burgled has revealed the best hiding places for valuables - including a fire extinguisher - and the spots to avoid. Discussed globally on Reddit and compiled by Bored Panda, it proved that even safes aren't a fool-proof option when it comes to break-ins, with one burglar admitting that it was the first thing they tackled. Seen: Lock windows, keep bed messy, install timed lights, use fake plug sockets as a hiding place, avoid bedside cabinets,
'There is no end to the human bones': Gruesome mass WWII grave that includes 675 children believed to have been drained of blood for wounded German soldiers is unearthed in Russia
GRAPHIC CONTENT WARNING: The dead - all believed to be civilians - were found in a macabre unrecorded genocide burial close to the base of an invading Hitler SS unit during the Second World War, say experts. The victims - almost all without visible wounds - were naked and without shoes when they were buried. This week 50 sacks of human remains were taken from the burial pit in Novaya Burya village, in the Lomonosovsky district of Leningrad region. These contained the latest 415 victims - more than half of them children - to be collected from the mass grave. Pictured inset: Blue bags containing the bones of the victims that have been dug up.
Enough to make you move straight out! People reveal the creepiest things they've found in a new property - from a hidden camera behind a mirror to human teeth in the freezer
Property owners and tenants from around the world have shared snaps of some of the creepy discoveries they made after moving into their new homes. Clockwise from top left: a hidden camera installed behind a mirror, an old monkey toy discovered in the attic, this bag of human teeth was found in the freezer, an eerie x-ray of a fork piercing a skull, a secret room concealed behind a set of stairs, and a decrepit pram in the attic.
Kate Middleton looked 'younger and more stylish' at the Royal Variety Performance thanks to her 'casual, curly hairstyle' and fresh 'English rose' complexion, experts reveal
The Duchess of Cambridge, 39, was at her glamorous best in a recycled Jenny Packham gown as she joined her husband Prince William, 39, at the Royal Variety Performance last night at London's Royal Albert Hall. Style experts and royal watchers were united in their love of Kate's look, hailing Kate 'stunning and 'a true English rose'. Speaking to FEMAIL, Laura Kay, Makeup Artist and Founder of Laura Kay London, explained that the Duchess opted for an 'undone' look while Tom Smith, Celebrity Hairdresser and Brand Consultant, says her casual curls left Kate looking 'younger and more stylish'
Enraged 'lobster Karen' throws a tray of seafood rolls on the ground and calls cops after ranting at fishermen about their cook-up in parking lot near her home
This is the moment an enraged 'lobster Karen' threw a tray of seafood rolls on the ground and called the cops after ranting at fishermen for their cook-up in a parking lot near her home. Footage posted online showed James Mizuki and Jacob Arevalo, both 28, cooking their catch out the back of their truck. The pair can be seen being approached by a women, who they later brand a 'Karen', who asks them what they are doing before claiming they have no right to be there because it is private property. Mizuki and Arevalo, from Glendale, California, politely offer to share the food before the video skips ahead to the pair telling the woman they will pack up and leave. But the woman appears to get angry and claims Mizuki is intimidating her before demanding they leave immediately and threatening to phone the sheriff, which she then does. In one final swipe, the women walks to the truck's open passenger door and pulls the board of freshly prepared lobster rolls and watermelon onto the ground.
Lesson in courage! Teacher who lost all four limbs to sepsis and was clinging to life makes astonishing return to classroom thanks to bionic technology
Kath Tregenna's old life was eviscerated over a single terrifying weekend in late November 2019, when sepsis tore through her body. The 47-year-old teacher now has so-called Hero Arms, which have sensors that can detect the tiniest muscle signals and turn them into hand movements. As well as learning how to use them, she's also had to teach herself to walk again on prosthetic legs - and all while caring for her two children: Aaron, 12, and eight-year-old Emily. 'I know life can never be exactly the same,' says Kath, who lives in Datchet, Berkshire with her partner, Alvin, 48, a carpenter, and their children. 'But I refuse to look back. After coming so close to losing everything, I am just so overwhelmingly grateful to be alive.' She is pictured, right, after returning to the International School of London, where she teaches young pupils. Inset: Kath with her children before sepsis changed her life.
Hyundai's new autonomous concept car is a 'living room on wheels' that has swivel lounge chairs, a built-in mini-fridge and a panoramic OLED screen on the interior roof
The SEVEN Concept, Hyundai's new prototype self-driving SUV, debuted this week at AutoMobility LA. Passengers can sit in swiveling lounge chairs or a roomy banquette and stream content on a giant screen on the interior of the sunroof (above). The futuristic vehicle also features 'perfect hygienic lounge' is made of bamboo, mineral plaster and antibacterial fabrics intended to 'ensure all surfaces ... remain clean at all times.' There are also sanitizing storage compartments under the bench and, after passengers depart, the interior is bathed in ultraviolet-C light, which can inactivate viruses.
Paraglider spins out of control in high winds and hits high-voltage power line with a bang as he plunges onto city street in Brazil
Jose A. de Lacerda, 48, a police sergeant, had planned to land on Charitas beach in Niteroi. The inexperienced paraglider crash-landed on November 18 and was 'lucky to survive' according to a local paragliding club president, Dalton Machado. Mr Machado said the police sergeant should not have been flying alone. Mr de Lacerda was taken to Hospital Estadual Azevedo Lima with serious spinal injuries and is in a stable condition, according to military police.
'It has been an honor': Natalie Morales tearfully signs off from the Today show after 22 YEARS with emotional note to co-hosts and viewers as she takes over Sharon Osbourne's spot on The Talk
Natalie, 49, announced last month that she was joining Sheryl Underwood, Amanda Kloots, Jerry O'Connell, and Akbar Gbajabiamila on CBS' The Talk. This morning, she appeared on NBC's Today show for the last time to bid farewell to viewers and her colleagues. She wiped away tears discussing the 'connection to our viewers,' calling the time 'extraordinary' and describing it as 'sacred' to be 'accepted in people's homes.' Natalie also played a highlight reel of some of her segments and reflected on covering tragedies, heartwarming stories, the Olympics, and celebrities. Savannah Guthrie, also tearful, called Natalie a 'treasure' and 'great friend,' while Hoda pointed out 'what you meant in this room.' Carson said Natalie is good 'at everything, while Al called her 'wonderful [and] warm and said: 'I adore you.'
PICTURED: Atlanta hero cops who pulled unconscious driver from burning car when it plowed through two homes and smashed into a tree as it's revealed he may have had a seizure
Officer Willie Adams IV and Officer Marcus Todd arrived at the scene in Atlanta, Georgia in the early hours of Sunday morning where they dragged Jaylyn Turner, 26 from his burning car. Mr Turner, who may have suffered a seizure, later said he had no idea what happened during the crash.
The 'forgotten' history of plastic surgery in US prisons: 'Dirty little secret' of taxpayer-funded face lifts, nose jobs and chin implants during the 1900s to make inmates look 'more employable' is revisited in new book
From the early 1920s to the mid-1990s, more than 500,000 procedures were performed in jails and prisons across the US, with thousands more taking place as part of similar schemes across the UK and Canada. The majority of these state-sanctioned, taxpayer-funded operations were carried out by fully qualified plastic surgeons. Killer Looks: The Forgotten History of Plastic Surgery in Prisons, by Zara Stone, charts the rise and fall of 'America's dirty little secret' within the context of the shifting political attitudes towards crime, punishment and prison reform.
Bring your trunks! Elephants roll around in mud and spray each other with water in adorable footage filmed in Botswana
Local photographer and nature guide Aubrey Tseleng, 47, filmed the elephants at Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana. Mr Tseleng said the elephants splash in the muddy water to cool down and as it dries it protects them from parasites and insects. He said: 'I'm privileged to work in a nature reserve, where I get to witness these incredible animals in their natural environments. 'This particular herd of elephants played in the muddy water for over half an hour.