Alex Murdaugh prosecutor appears at CrimeCon as true crime fanatics flock to Orlando

Thousands of true crime enthusiasts, top investigators, media personalities and survivors have travelled to Orlando, Florida, to take part in this weekend’s CrimeCon 2023 conference. The Independent is on-the-ground at the event which includes talks with Dick Harpootlian and Jim Griffin, the attorneys of Alex Murdaugh; and Kerri Rawson, the daughter of BTK serial killer … Read more

Russian foreign minister lambastes the West but barely mentions Ukraine in UN speech

United Nations (AP) — Russia’s top diplomat lashed out at the U.S. and the West on Saturday as self-interested defenders of a fading international order, but he didn’t discuss his country’s war in Ukraine in his speech to the U.N. General Assembly. “The U.S. and its subordinate Western collective are continuing to fuel conflicts which … Read more

Kevin McCarthy, Joe Biden brace for potential government shutdown

WASHINGTON – Lawmakers were bracing on Saturday for a possible government shutdown in just one week’s time. President Joe Biden’s administration is sending directives to agencies to begin preparing, while congressional Republicans argue among themselves about how to proceed before the current spending plan expires at midnight next Saturday. “Extreme House Republicans are marching us … Read more

Home prices could jump 5% in the next 12 months as high mortgage rates freeze the housing market, Zillow economists say

Home prices will jump by 4.9% by August of next year, Zillow economists warned.Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images Home prices could climb even higher over the next year, Zillow economists said. The real estate listing company predicted a 5% home price increase, lower that 6.5% is previously predicted.   Home prices could jump as much … Read more

As the world’s diplomacy roils a few feet away, a little UN oasis offers a riverside pocket of peace

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Inside, with speeches and machinations and carefully deployed elbows, those who administer the world persist in their search for the elusive path to peace. Outside, on the wooded grounds of a place founded on the premise of ending conflict, sometimes they can find it. In the walled-off compound of the United … Read more