Watch: US cashier keeps his cool as man robs him at gunpoint

A cashier at a takeaway shop in Kansas City has opened up about how he kept his cool after being held at gunpoint.

Tuker Murray was working what seemed like an average shift last Thursday when a man walked in and ordered a sandwich. 

"He ordered the sandwich and acted like everything was cool and asked what type of cheese we had," Mr Murray told the BBC in an interview today.

It was just after ordering his sandwich when the man whipped out a hand gun.

"I just looked at it and I looked back at him and he told me to open the drawer quietly and whispered it to me.

"And I just stared at him and he said it again, open the door quietly.

"And that's when he put it in my face and told me to open the f****** drawer."

Mr Murray said he didn't want to give him the money but his manager behind him was urging him to. 

"I gave it all to him and there were dollars still sitting on there. 

"He said give me all of it and I picked up the till and tried to give it to him." 

According Fox News the man has since been arrested. 


Trump rejects Puerto Rico hurricane death toll, blames Democrats

President Donald Trump on Thursday (Friday NZ Time) rejected the widely accepted conclusion that nearly 3,000 died in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria, arguing without evidence that the number was wrong and calling it a plot by Democrats to make him look bad.

The President has accused Jeff Zucker’s company of hatred and extreme bias towards him.
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As Hurricane Florence approached the Carolinas, the president picked a fresh fight over the administration's response in Puerto Rico, tweeting: "When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths. As time went by it did not go up by much. Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000."

Trump added: "This was done by the Democrats in order to make me look as bad as possible when I was successfully raising Billions of Dollars to help rebuild Puerto Rico."

Puerto Rico's governor last month raised the U.S. territory's official death toll from Hurricane Maria from 64 to 2,975 after an independent study found that the number of people who succumbed in the sweltering aftermath had been severely undercounted.

The estimate of nearly 3,000 dead in the six months after Maria devastated the island in September 2017 and knocked out the entire electrical grid was made by researchers with the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University. The study says the original estimates were so low because doctors on the island had not been trained to properly classify deaths after a natural disaster.

The elderly and impoverished were hardest hit by the hurricane.


Hurricane Florence to hit US coast, hundreds of thousands evacuated from homes

Time is running short to get out of the way of Hurricane Florence, a monster of a storm that has a region of more than 10 million people in its potentially devastating sights as it zeroes in on the Southeastern coast in US.

Authorities warned Florence has an enormous wind field that has been growing larger, raising the risk of the ocean surging on to land and making Florence extremely dangerous.

"Do you want to get hit with a train or do you want to get hit with a cement truck?" said Jeff Byard, an administrator with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

About 5.25 million people live in areas under hurricane warnings or watches, and 4.9 million live in places covered by tropical storm warnings or watches, the National Weather Service said.

Weather Underground meteorology director Jeff Masters said Florence eventually could strike as merely a Category 1 hurricane with winds less than 160 kph, but that's still enough to cause at least $1 billion ($1,525,765,000) in damage. Water kills more people in hurricanes than wind, and he said it will still be an extremely dangerous storm for rain and storm surge.

The hurricane center is forecasting the storm to hover near the coast Saturday (US time) with winds of around 130 kph before landfall, but with rainfall in the 50 to 75 centimetre range and up to nearly 4 metre of storm surge.

President Donald Trump both touted the government's readiness and urged people to get out of the way. "Don't play games with it. It's a big one," he said at the White House.

It's unclear exactly how many people fled, but more than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to clear out. Airlines had canceled nearly 1,000 flights and counting. 

It’s predicted the fierce weather system will linger over the Carolina coast for days, not hours. Source: 1 NEWS

Power company Duke Energy, said Florence could knock out electricity to three-quarters of its 4 million customers in the Carolinas, and outages could last for weeks. Workers are being brought in from the Midwest and Florida to help in the storm's aftermath, it said.

In Virginia, where about 245,000 residents were ordered to evacuate low-lying areas, officials urged people to remain away from home despite forecast changes showing Florence's path largely missing the state.

Melody Rawson evacuated her first-floor apartment in Myrtle Beach and arrived at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia, to camp for free with three other adults, her disabled son, two dogs and a pet bird.

"We hope to have something left when we get home," she said. Three other Southern raceways also opened campgrounds to evacuees.

Mary Edsall, 55, left, talks with her father, Korean war veteran Ed Coddington, 83, while waiting in a shelter for Hurricane Florence to pass after evacuating from Coddington's nearby home in Conway, S.C., Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Residents waiting in a shelter for Hurricane Florence to pass after evacuating from nearby home. Source: Associated Press


XXXX and Bondi Beach – what Australia’s anthem should really be about

Yesterday a nine-year-old Australian girl re-opened a bitter debate by refusing to stand for the national anthem at school assembly.

Harper Nielsen thinks the line "for we are young and free" ignores the thousands of years indigenous people lived on the land.

Seven Sharp's Tamati Rimene-Sproat has a go at re-mixing the Aussie anthem with a more inclusive version in the video above.

Tamati Rimene-Sproat composes his own version of Advance Australia Fair. Source: Seven Sharp


Queensland businessman who performed depraved sex acts on children jailed for over a decade

A Queensland businessman has been jailed for a decade over a series of depraved sex attacks involving children, including acts of bestiality.

The man, who is aged in his 60s and cannot be named for legal reasons, was sentenced today in the Brisbane District Court for sustained, predatory abuse of a young girl and a young boy.

The court heard the man filmed some of the acts, which included bestiality involving a dog, and forcing one of the victims to self-harm.

Justice Brad Farr described his behaviour over the six-year period as extraordinary, depraved and degrading for his young victims.

"During the entire offending period you threatened the primary complainant by telling her that you had people who could get her even when she was asleep," he said.

The man's abuse also included instructing the girl to play act during sex as an even younger child.

Police found photos of the victim's bruised body at his home when they raided it.

Justice Farr said the girl, who was assaulted from age 11 until she was 16, was also made to perform sex acts on the other child, who was aged four, more than a dozen times.

"Your behaviour was designed for one reason only, to satisfy your perverse sexual needs and wants," he said.

"With no regard whatsoever to the harm you were doing to the child."

The man, who did not initially co-operate with investigators, also videoed himself taking part in some of the bestiality acts.

He said the man had inflicted emotional, physical, psychological, social and financial harm on his victims and their extended families.

Defence lawyer Alastair McDougall said the man had also been the victim of sexual abuse as a child.

He will be required to serve 80 per cent of his 10-year sentence behind bars before he can apply for parole.