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eBay security boss who masterminded campaign of terror against couple who criticized the company 'is a retired SPY who used covert tactics he learned on the job to surveil their home'

An ex-eBay security boss accused of masterminding a campaign of terror against a Massachusetts couple claimed he previously worked as a spy. James Baugh, eBay's former senior director of safety and security, was among six former workers charged last year with committing a twisted stalking and harassment scheme against a Massachusetts couple who occasionally criticized the e-commerce giant through reviews in their blog.   The eBay workers were accused of tormenting David and Ina Steiner, starting in June 2019, by sending them live cockroaches, a book on surviving a spouse's death, a bereavement wreath, and a replica of the mask worn by a sadistic killer in the movie franchise Saw.    Baugh was charged with 15 counts of conspiracy to commit cyberstalking and witness tampering. He has refused to plead guilty, alongside another executive David Harville. Now, Baugh's lawyers are calling on a judge to release proof of his previous work in convert operations to be used in his defe

Attorney for Texans' Deshaun Watson says his client talked to FBI about sexual misconduct lawsuits - but claims the agency is investigating one of the 22 plaintiffs for extortion

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has spoken to the FBI about the outstanding allegations of sexual misconduct he's facing, but his attorney and the lawyer representing his accusers apparently disagree over the agency's interest in the civil case. Watson's attorney Rusty Hardin acknowledged Wednesday that the FBI interviewed his client in April about the allegations of sexual assault, forced touching, and harassment, but insists the agency is focused on accusations of extortion against one of the accusers. Hardin made the claim during a press conference on Wednesday in response to a recent interview with Tony Buzbee, the attorney representing the 23 women who sued Watson, including one who has dropped her lawsuit. SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO  Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has spoken to the FBI about the outstanding allegations of sexual misconduct he's facing, but his attorney and the lawyer representing his accusers apparently disagree over the agency

Meet the Aussie couple living the dream on a 'never-ending holiday' as they AVOID brutal lockdowns - and give their tips on how you can do it too

A couple have packed up their life and bought a yacht in an attempt to escape to the never-ending cycle of lockdowns on land - and given their top tips for other young Australians wanting to do the same. Melbourne-based reporter Kristina Costalos and her pilot partner John Tilley started their life on the water in June after suffering through the city's third Covid-19 lockdown. The pair have spent three months sailing up the east coast of Australia from Victoria to Airlie Beach in Queensland's Whitsundays region. Melbourne-based reporter Kristina Costalos and her pilot partner John Tilley have started a new life on a yacht sailing around Australia to escape the seemingly never-ending cycle of lockdowns on land 'I just remember thinking to myself there has to be more to my life right now,' Ms Costalos told A Current Affair. Ms Costalos warned others looking for a sea change during the pandemic to do their research as there were so few yachts on the market due to import

Federal judge tosses Rise of the Moors militia's $70 million 'defamation and discrimination' lawsuit against Massachusetts state police

A federal judge has dismissed a 'defamation' lawsuit brought by 11 men arrested after an armed standoff with Massachusetts police, saying that their $70 million complaint was incomplete and interfered with their ongoing state court cases. Rhode Island U.S. District Chief Judge John J. McConnell Jr. dismissed the lawsuit brought by the Rise of the Moors group on Tuesday.  The group, which included a 17-year-old, was arrested on July 3 after a state trooper stopped them on the side of Interstate-95 between Wakefield and Reading at around 1.30am. The self-described leader of the group said they were a militia traveling from Rhode Island to Maine for training.  Six of the 11 members of the group attend a court hearing in Medford, Massachusetts on July 9 They were stopped wearing tactical gear and carrying weapons by I-95 on July 3 at 1.30am When they ran into the woods, Massachusetts police engaged in an hours-long manhunt that ended peacefully at 10.30am with all members, includin

Boston gangster Stephen 'The Rifleman' Flemmi, 87, is DENIED compassionate release after 26 years in prison: Whitey Bulger's serial killer wingman is labelled a 'modern day Charles Manson' over 10 murders in three states

Stephen 'The Rifleman' Flemmi, the once-loyal partner of Boston gangster James 'Whitey' Bulger, has been denied compassionate release by the Florida parole board Wednesday Notorious Boston mobster Stephen Flemmi was denied compassionate release Wednesday by the Florida parole board as he serves out his 26th year of a life sentence. Flemmi, 87, was the once-loyal partner of gangster James 'Whitey' Bulger and is linked to at least 10 killings in Massachusetts, Oklahoma and Florida.   Nicknamed 'The Rifleman', he is serving out his life sentence at an undisclosed prison in Florida for first-degree murder, illegal possession of a machine gun, a shotgun, silencers, money laundering and conspiracy.   A loved one of one of his victims slammed Flemmi as a 'modern-day Charles Manson' as he opposed his release.  In his application for compassionate release in July, Flemmi cited health concerns over the coronavirus.  He wrote in his application that he '

Lucifer let loose! Snails frying in their shells, fish boiling in lakes, and forests ablaze across the Continent. As temperatures in Europe hit record highs, why we may need to get used to sizzling summer 'heat domes'

Giusy Pappalardo, a snail farmer in the Sicilian town of Floridia, realised that the summer heat was far more intense than normal when her charges began to boil alive inside their shells. First, their feet would be burned by the soaring temperature of the soil and then, unable to move out of the blazing sunshine, their body temperature would rapidly rise to the point where they sizzled to death. As Sicily experienced a temperature of 48.8 c (120 f) last week — the highest ever recorded in Europe — Pappalardo said of her snails: ‘They stop, and they die.’ An extreme weather phenomenon called a ‘heat dome’ has sparked widespread destruction across southern Europe, causing wildfires   She doubts even the snails that burrowed beneath the soil in a desperate bid to escape the killer heat will have survived. And snails are not the only casualties. When her neighbour, Francesco Romano, a lemon grower, checked his fruit, he found that beneath the peel the flesh had been stewed into mush.  Thes

Los Angeles brings back OUTDOOR mask mandate for events of more than 10,000 - impacting concerts and sports venues - as COVID cases spike from Delta variant

Fans heading to cheer the World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers will have to start wearing their masks again after LA County became the first in the nation to reinstate outdoor mask mandates for large outdoor gatherings amid a spike in COVID cases due to the Delta variant. The new mandate, which begins Friday, will impact vaccinated and unvaccinated fans attending sporting events or concerts at what the county called 'mega events' - any gathering over 10,000 people.  People will still be allowed to slip off their masks when eating and drinking.   California joined 28 other states last spring in lifting the mandate on outdoor masks but Los Angeles County has seen a resurgence of COVID cases over the summer due to the Delta variant.  The new mandate, which calls for masks to be worn at outdoor events with more than 10,000 people in attendance, will affect fans at Dodgers Stadium. Pictured, fans cheering on Aug. 3 Crowds were able to enjoy games without masks, but a spike in

From holiday to hell - Briton's diary of despair: London cab driver details how he hid in terror from the Taliban with his wife, their one-year-old son, and family members after attending Afghanistan wedding

London Uber driver Sabrallah Zahiri, 26, flew to Kabul with his wife, their one-year-old son, his parents and his three sisters on July 19. They were there for the wedding on August 8 of his two brothers, Abdul Wajed, 22, and Fatur Ramun, 23, both studying mechanical engineering at West Thames College. Only days later, they are cowering in their uncle's home, hiding from the Taliban. Here is Mr Zahiri's account. Sabrallah Zahiri (pictured centre, with his brothers at the wedding) travelled to Kabul with his family on July 19  JULY 19 I am very excited as I have not been back to see my friends and family in Afghanistan for over a year. My father was a doctor who had to flee the Taliban and arrived in the UK in 1999, and I moved over with the rest of the family in 2011. Kabul Airport is calm and safe, just like Heathrow. We take a taxi to the home of my uncle. He has a huge house. JULY 20-31 I am busy making preparations for the wedding. I drive around Kabul visiting old friend

EXCLUSIVE: Career criminal sister of Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz faces LIFE in prison after 22 arrests, 16 felony convictions and a recent attack on a 72-year-old woman during a carjacking

The career criminal sister of Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz faces life imprisonment for brutally targeting an elderly woman in an alleged carjacking, can exclusively reveal. Danielle Woodard, the daughter of Cruz's biological mom Brenda Woodard, jumped into the victim's Honda while she donated items at a Goodwill trailer, according to a Miami police report. The 72-year-old climbed back into the passenger side to try to stop Danielle, 34, driving away but was hurled from the vehicle as it slammed into a curb, suffering head and arm injuries. A younger man who was accompanying the elderly lady tried to wrench open the driver's door and ended up clinging to the car as the thief swerved around the parking lot. He eventually leapt clear, suffering injuries to his hands, knees and feet, as Danielle left the plaza only to slam the stolen sedan into nearby trees. Danielle Woodard, the daughter of Nikolas Cruz's biological mom Brenda Woodard, faces life in prison f