Tornado spawned by Hurricane Florence hits town in Virginia, smashing building and killing one

One person was killed after the remnants of Hurricane Florence spawned an apparent tornado that touched down in the Richmond area in Virginia today and caused a building to collapse, authorities said.

A Chesterfield Fire/EMS spokesman said the victim was a man who worked at Old Dominion Flooring. 

The spokesman said when fire crews arrived the store's manager told them that all of the store's employees were accounted for, except for one man.

The spokesman said emergency personnel were working to recover the unidentified man's body. 

A second person was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Dominion Energy reported 6,000 customers were without power due to the storm.

A spokesman for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management said his agency considers the storms part of the remains of Florence, which left flooding rains across much of North Carolina and parts of South Carolina over the weekend.

One person was killed in the tornado that touched down in Richmond. Source: Associated Press


Photos: Ed Sheeran delights young fans with private show at children's hospital

Ed Sheeran has cheered up some sick kids by performing one of his hits for them in a private show at Boston Children's Hospital on the weekend.

Sheeran, who played at Boston's Gilette Stadium on Friday and Saturday, took time out of his busy schedule to visit the kids, where he played a song and posed for selfies with his young fans.

Ed Sheeran at Boston Children's Hospital. Source: Boston Children's Hospital

"Over the weekend, Boston Children’s welcomed special guest Ed Sheeran! The award-winning singer/songwriter answered questions from patients, posed for selfies, and sang his hit song ‘Perfect.'

"Thank you Ed for helping to bring smiles to faces of our patients, families and staff! We hope to see you again soon!" Boston Children's Hospital wrote in a Facebook post with pictures of his visit.

Ed Sheeran at Boston Children's Hospital. Source: Boston Children's Hospital

According to WCBV5 the British singer also met with a 10-year-old girl who was paralysed by a brain tumour at his concert on Friday.

Ed Sheeran meets a young fan at Boston Children's Hospital. Source: Boston Children's Hospital


Bill Cosby's wife accuses judge of bias days before sentencing for drugging and molesting woman in 2004

Days before Bill Cosby's scheduled sentencing on felony sex assault charges, his wife demanded today that a Pennsylvania ethics board investigate the judge over what she called bias.

Camille Cosby renewed allegations that trial judge Steven O'Neill had a grudge with a key witness, former Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor, in a 2016 pretrial hearing. O'Neill sent the case to trial afterward, and Cosby was convicted at a retrial this spring of drugging and molesting a woman at his home in the area in 2004.

Camille Cosby travelled to Harrisburg today to file a complaint with the state Judicial Conduct Board.

"My husband was improperly prosecuted in a trial presided over by an unethical judge who seeks to compound his unethical behaviour by sentencing Bill Cosby, now 81 years old and unsighted, for a charge that the former DA and the judge's rival, Mr Castor, determined was unwarranted and would never be prosecuted," Camille Cosby said in a statement.

Defence lawyers filed a similar motion in Montgomery County Court last week asking O'Neill to step down before today's sentencing.

Cosby, 81, faces up to 10 years in prison on each of three felony counts, but would likely get far less time under state guidelines. He has been on house arrest at his estate near Philadelphia since the April 26 conviction.

The Cosbys said they've hired a former FBI agent to investigate the alleged feud between O'Neill and Castor, the witness at issue, who had declined to prosecute Cosby when accuser Andrea Constand went to police in 2005.

Cosby's legal team asked O'Neill to step down before the retrial because of his wife's work as an advocate for college sex abuse victims, and previously called the case a political football in the 2015 race for district attorney. Castor was seeking to return to office, but lost to Kevin Steele, who later charged Cosby in the case as more accusers came forward and Cosby's deposition testimony in Constand's related lawsuit was unsealed.

The defence said the alleged O'Neill-Castor feud stemmed from the late 1990s, when they both pursued the job of county prosecutor and O'Neill dated a woman in Castor's office.

Steele, in a filing last week, called the defense effort to unseat O'Neill "a desperate, 11th-hour attempt ... to stop the sentencing."

O'Neill has not ruled on the motion but issued a passionate defense of his judicial independence when he refused to step down before trial.

Bill Cosby, left, arrives with his wife, Camille, for his sexual assault trial. Source: Associated Press

Elon Musk sued by diver involved in Thai cave rescue

A British diver who helped rescue youth soccer players trapped in a Thai cave is suing Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

Vernon Unsworth alleges that Musk falsely accused him on Twitter of being a paedophile.

The lawsuit filed in Los Angeles federal court seeks more than $NZ113,000 in damages and a court order stopping Musk from making further allegations.

Musk called Unsworth a "pedo" after Unsworth criticised Musk in a television interview. Musk and SpaceX engineers built a small submarine and shipped it to Thailand to help with the rescue. The device wasn't used, and Unsworth called it a "PR stunt." Later Musk accused Unsworth of moving to Thailand to be with a bride who was about 12 years old.

The Space-X founder has called a British diver a “pedo”, allegations that are without basis. Source: 1 NEWS

Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Elon Musk lashed out at Thai football team rescue diver Vern Unsworth on Twitter.
Elon Musk lashed out at Thai football team rescue diver Vern Unsworth on Twitter. Source: 1 NEWS