Times Square car-crash driver Richard Rojas “heard voices”
Richard Rojas, the 26-year-old driver of a car which mounted three blocks of pavement in Times Square yesterday, killing one and injuring 22 others, said he “heard voices”, law enforcement sources say. The US navy veteran said he also expected to die. He has been charged with second-degree murder, aggravated vehicular homicide and multiple counts of attempted murder. He said, after police apprehended him, “You were supposed to shoot me! I wanted to kill them.”
Leaders' debate goes ahead DESPITE ABSENT leaders
ITV hosted the first leaders' debate of the 2017 general election last night – without Theresa May or Jeremy Corbyn. The leaders of the two main parties were absent for the clash between the Lib Dems, the Green Party, Plaid Cymru, the SNP and UKIP’s Paul Nuttall. Nuttall was mocked for twice calling Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood “Natalie”, perhaps confusing her with the Hollywood actress Natalie Wood or Natalie Bennett, from the Green Party.
Swedish prosecutors drop Julian Assange rape investigation
Marianne Ny, the Swedish director of public prosection, has discontinued the investigation into rape allegations against Julian Assange. The WikiLeaks founder, 45, has lived in the Ecuadorian Embassy since 2012, to avoid extradition to Sweden over the allegations. He denied the charge.
Police investigate 15 baby deaths at UK hospital
A police investigation is under way following the deaths of 15 babies – as well as six further cases where newborns almost died – at the Countess of Chester Hospital. The deaths occurred between June 2015 and June 2016 within the neonatal department of the hospital, which stopped treating very premature babies last July. There have been no deaths on the unit since.
Instagram rated “worst” platform for “young mental health”
A poll has found that Instagram is the social-media platform which has the most negative impact on young people’s mental health. Almost 1,500 people aged 14 to 24 took part in the poll, which asked them to compare social-media platforms in terms of anxiety, depression, bullying and body image. The Royal Society for Public Health study warned that “social media may be fuelling a mental health crisis” – but that it could be used as a tool to fuel positive effects on self-expression and self-identity.
Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell has died
Chris Cornell, frontman of Soundgarden and one of the founders of the Seattle grunge scene has died. The 52-year-old singer had been performing with his band in Detroit, before police were called to his room at the MGM Grand Detroit hotel on Wednesday evening. Police said that a full autopsy had not yet been completed.