Texas mother attempting to sell two-year-old daughter for sex act jailed for 40 years

A Texas mother has been sentenced to 40 years in jail for attempting to sell her two-year-old daughter for a sex act, for $1800.

Sarah Peters, 25, was caught after a sting involving an undercover police officer impersonating a willing pedophile was setup in February.

Montgomery County Precinct officer's tracked down and arrested Peters after she offered her daughter online to anyone desiring to "engage in sex acts with the child for a fee of $US1200".

Once an arrangement was made with Peters, she took the child to the drop off point in Conroe, Texas, only to be immediately arrested by the Internet Crimes Against Children's Task Force and Department of Homeland Security officers.

Texas Judge Phil Grant sentenced the woman to 40 years in prison today for Promoting a Sexual Performance by a Child, Attempted Human Trafficking, and Promotion of Prostitution of a Child charges.

The sentencing came after Peters pleaded guilty to the crimes.

Sarah Peters. Source: Montgomery County Sheriff's Office



Man in serious condition following assault near Christchurch mall

A 41-year-old man is in a serious but stable condition in a Christchurch hospital, following an attack in the early hours this morning.

Police have cordoned off an area beside the Hornby Mall, on Shands Road, for a scene examination.

It is expected to be cleared by midday today.

Police are continuing to investigate the scene to establish what occurred.

File image of an Ambulance outside a hospital. Source: 1 NEWS

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Police in stand-off with man barricaded in Huntly house

Police are currently involved in an ongoing stand-off in Huntly, which started around 2am this morning.

The eight-hour stand off began when police were called to a home on Harris St, where a man and woman had been fighting.

Upon arriving at the scene, police found the man had locked himself inside and was refusing to come out. 

At 9am, he was still refusing to come out of the home and police negotiators are currently on site, Waikato police Senior Sergeant Charles Burgess told Stuff.

"He's barricaded himself in the house and is threatening to harm himself," Senior Sergeant Burgess said.

He's not known to have access to any guns, Burgess said but does have access to knives and other items inside the home. 

"A police negotiation team are trying to speak to the man so we can bring an end to this event."

A section of the road has been cordoned off and detours are in place.

No one else is inside the home and no one has been injured.

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Deputy Attorney General denies proposing to tape Trump as part of effort to remove the president

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein denied a New York Times report Friday that he floated the idea of using the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump as unfit for office and suggested secretly recording the president to expose the chaos in the administration.

The Times cited several people, who were not named, who described the episodes that came in the spring of 2017 after FBI Director James Comey was fired. The newspaper's sources also included people who were briefed on memos written by FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

Rosenstein is a frequent target of Trump's attacks and the story could add to the uncertainty about his future at the Justice Department, despite his denial.

"The New York Times's story is inaccurate and factually incorrect," Rosenstein said in a statement. "I will not further comment on a story based on anonymous sources who are obviously biased against the department and are advancing their own personal agenda. But let me be clear about this: Based on my personal dealings with the president, there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment."

A person who was in the room when the comment was made, and provided a statement through the Justice Department, said Rosenstein's comment was "sarcastic" and that he "never discussed any intention of recording a conversation with the president."

The newspaper reported that Rosenstein, frustrated with the hiring process for a new FBI director, offered to wear a "wire" and secretly record the president when he visited the White House. He also suggested that McCabe and other officials who were interviewing to become the next FBI director could also perhaps record Trump, the newspaper reported.

McCabe's lawyer, Michael Bromwich, said in a statement that his client had drafted memos to "memorialise significant discussions he had with high level officials and preserved them so he would have an accurate, contemporaneous record of those discussions."

McCabe's memos, which were later turned over to special counsel Robert Mueller's office, had remained at the FBI until McCabe was ousted in January and McCabe doesn't know how any reporters could've obtained those memos, Bromwich said.

Rosenstein has been a target of Trump's ire since appointing Robert Mueller as a Justice Department special counsel to investigate potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election.

He chose Mueller for the job one week after he laid the groundwork for the firing of  Comey by writing a memo that criticised Comey's handling of the FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server. The White House initially held up that memo as justification for Comey's firing, though Trump himself has said he was thinking about "this Russia thing" when he made the move.

As deputy attorney general, Rosenstein oversees Mueller's work and has made two public announcements of indictments brought by the special counsel - one against Russians accused of hacking into Democratic email accounts, the other against Russians accused of running a social media troll farm to sway public opinion.

On Friday, Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump, Jr., tweeted the Times' story and said: "Shocked!!! Absolutely Shocked!!! Ohhh, who are we kidding at this point? No one is shocked that these guys would do anything in their power to undermine @realdonaldtrump." 

Barack Obama calling the current president "the symptom, not the cause" of division and polarization in the US during a speech.


UK media say Theresa May was 'humiliated' after EU trashes her Brexit plan

British Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit blueprint is in tatters after it was rejected by the European Union at a summit the UK media branded a "humiliation."

European Council President Donald Tusk said bluntly at a meeting in Salzburg, Austria, that parts of May's plan simply "will not work," while French President Emmanuel Macron called pro-Brexit UK politicians "liars".

A rattled Mrs May told reporters that Britain was prepared to walk away from the EU without a deal.

The PM reiterated to EI citizens living in the UK that they would be protected even in the event of a no deal. Source: Associated Press

The rocky summit dashed British hopes of a breakthrough in stalled divorce talks, with just six months to go until Britain leaves the bloc on March 29.

The judgement of British newspapers on Friday was brutal. 

The left-leaning Guardian said "May humiliated," while the right-of-centre Sun branded bloc leaders "EU dirty rats".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, and British Prime Minister Theresa May wait for the beginning of the plenary session of the informal EU summit in Salzburg, Austria, Thursday, September 20, 2018. Source: Associated Press