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Judge in newspaper shooting case rules on evidence sharing

Judge in newspaper shooting case rules on evidence sharingA Maryland judge on Wednesday denied a request from prosecutors to hire their own psychiatrist to conduct a second mental health evaluation for a man accused of killing five people at a newspaper last year, but the judge granted their requests for his tax returns, as well as records relating to his educational background and incarceration at a detention center. The rulings by Anne Arundel Circuit Court Judge Laura Ripken came during a long and contentious day of arguments between attorneys representing Jarrod Ramos and prosecutors over issues relating to discovery, a legal process in which information about evidence is exchanged between the defense and the prosecution. Ramos, whose attorneys have entered an insanity defense, already is undergoing a mental health evaluation by the state health department.



07/17/2019 - 06:35 PM

 

US Air Force warns against joke event to 'storm Area 51'

US Air Force warns against joke event to 'storm Area 51'The U.S. Air Force has warned people against participating in an internet joke suggesting a large crowd of people "storm Area 51," the top-secret Cold War test site in the Nevada desert. A prank event on Facebook that's attracted more than 1 million interested people suggests that a mass of people attempt to run into the mysterious site at 3 a.m. on Sept. 20. The site is part of the vast Nevada Test and Training Range and has become the center of UFO conspiracy theories.



07/17/2019 - 06:31 PM

 

UPDATE 1-U.S. House votes to set aside impeachment resolution against Trump

UPDATE 1-U.S. House votes to set aside impeachment resolution against TrumpThe U.S. House of Representatives voted Wednesday to sideline an impeachment resolution against President Donald Trump, effectively killing the measure for now but not burying the issue that has divided Democrats. The resolution's sponsor, Democratic Representative Al Green, was seeking to capitalize on growing criticism of Trump after the president's recent attacks on minority congresswomen. "Impeachment of your President...., is now OVER.



07/17/2019 - 06:31 PM

 

House holds Attorney General Barr, Commerce Secretary Ross in contempt of Congress

House holds Attorney General Barr, Commerce Secretary Ross in contempt of CongressThe House of Representatives voted 230-198 to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress on Wednesday, related to the House Oversight Committee's investigation into efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, marking one of the most significant escalations to date in the Democrats' efforts to demand the Trump administration cooperate with their oversight efforts. All Republicans and four Democrats voted no.



07/17/2019 - 06:28 PM

 

Judge in Durst murder case rules jurors may consider handwriting evidence

Judge in Durst murder case rules jurors may consider handwriting evidenceJurors in real estate scion Robert Durst's trial for murder may consider handwriting evidence that prosecutors say implicates him in the killing of his longtime friend, a Los Angeles judge ruled on Wednesday. Durst's trial was not expected to begin before 2020. Durst, 76, the multimillionaire grandson of a New York real estate tycoon, has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge in the 2000 shooting death of his confidante Susan Berman.



07/17/2019 - 06:25 PM

 

Judge in Durst murder case rules jurors may consider handwriting evidence

Judge in Durst murder case rules jurors may consider handwriting evidenceJurors in real estate scion Robert Durst's trial for murder may consider handwriting evidence that prosecutors say implicates him in the killing of his longtime friend, a Los Angeles judge ruled on Wednesday. Durst's trial was not expected to begin before 2020. Durst, 76, the multimillionaire grandson of a New York real estate tycoon, has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge in the 2000 shooting death of his confidante Susan Berman.



07/17/2019 - 06:22 PM

 

Probe: Oklahoma virtual charter founders embezzled millions

Probe: Oklahoma virtual charter founders embezzled millionsThe founders of Oklahoma's largest virtual charter school embezzled millions of dollars in state funds through an illegal scheme that involved the use of "ghost students" to artificially inflate enrollment numbers, investigators allege. Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agent Tommy Johnson outlined the allegations in an affidavit for a search warrant of an Epic teacher's home filed late Monday in Oklahoma County. In the affidavit, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agent Tommy Johnson wrote the school's founders, David Chaney and Ben Harris, split illegal profits of more than $10 million between 2013 and 2018.



07/17/2019 - 06:17 PM

 

California pot regulators struggling with job, audit says

California pot regulators struggling with job, audit saysThe agency overseeing California's legal marijuana market has been overmatched by the job and is struggling to hire sufficient staff and set an overall strategy, an audit found. The Bureau of Cannabis Control is authorized to hire 219 people, but only 75 positions have been filled, according to an audit by the state Finance Department. While the cannabis bureau is in its relative infancy and has established a foundation to oversee the market, "the current status and location of personnel is not sustainable to provide effective and comprehensive oversight of cannabis activities throughout California," auditors said.



07/17/2019 - 06:13 PM

 

Japanese official says negotiating teams working hard on US-Japan trade deal

Japanese official says negotiating teams working hard on US-Japan trade dealU.S. and Japanese officials are working hard to reach agreement on a bilateral trade agreement, a senior Japanese official told Reuters on Wednesday, adding he was looking forward to news on the deal in the near future. Three industry sources told Reuters on Tuesday that the United States and Japan were working on a small trade deal involving agriculture and autos that could be agreed by President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe when they meet in New York in September. Asked about progress in the bilateral trade talks, Koji Tomita, Japan's sherpa to the Group of 20 industrialized countries (G20), said, "When President Trump came to Japan at the end of May, he was talking about doing a deal as soon as possible.



07/17/2019 - 06:09 PM

 

Court acts against judges for remarks in sex assault cases

Court acts against judges for remarks in sex assault casesNew Jersey's high court took action Wednesday against two judges who have faced criticism over their comments in cases involving sexual assault. New Jersey's Supreme Court recommended that state Superior Court Judge John Russo Jr . Russo asked a woman during a 2016 hearing if she could have closed her legs to prevent a sexual assault, and joked about the exchange later with court personnel.



07/17/2019 - 06:09 PM

 

Bullock joins second 2020 Democratic debate, rest of candidates the same

Bullock joins second 2020 Democratic debate, rest of candidates the sameGovernor Steve Bullock of Montana will be the only new face on stage for the second round of Democratic presidential debates later this month in Detroit, the Democratic National Committee said on Wednesday. Bullock will replace U.S. Representative Eric Swalwell, who dropped out of the 2020 White House race earlier this month. The other 19 candidates will be the same as the participants in the first round of Democratic debates last month in Miami.



07/17/2019 - 06:05 PM

 

FACTBOX-FACTBOX-Endless kiddie tunes to spikes in doorways - eight ways cities shun the homeless

FACTBOX-FACTBOX-Endless kiddie tunes to spikes in doorways - eight ways cities shun the homelessWhile homeless people are among the most vulnerable to the kind of ferocious heat that scorched Europe in June and is blasting U.S. cities this week, officials have adopted some novel approaches to pushing them out. Although some cities have made strides for homeless populations, others concerned with public health, tourism and image have taken steps to drive away or criminalize people living on the street, who make up about 25% of the world's urban population, according to the United Nations. 2. Cities across Europe, from London to Hamburg, are seeing more so-called "hostile architecture," such as arm rests dividing benches and metal spikes placed in doorways to discourage sleeping.



07/17/2019 - 06:03 PM

 

Netflix to roll out cheaper mobile-only plan in India

Netflix to roll out cheaper mobile-only plan in IndiaThe video streaming pioneer said in March that it was testing a 250 rupee ($3.63) monthly subscription for mobile devices in India, where data plans are among the cheapest in the world. "We believe this plan ... will be an effective way to introduce a larger number of people in India to Netflix and to further expand our business in a market where Pay TV ARPU is low," the company said. Netflix's new plan is aimed at battling cheaper offerings from rivals such as Amazon.com Inc's Prime Video and Hotstar, a video streaming platform owned by Walt Disney Co's India unit.



07/17/2019 - 05:59 PM

 

Man charged in road rage killing of girl, 3, in Milwaukee

Man charged in road rage killing of girl, 3, in MilwaukeeProsecutors on Wednesday charged a man suspected of killing a 3-year-old girl in what Milwaukee police say was an act of road rage. Antonio Bratcher is accused of firing a gun from his sport utility vehicle into another vehicle Saturday morning after a collision almost occurred on Milwaukee's north side. The other vehicle had four young children inside.



07/17/2019 - 05:56 PM

 

The Latest: Protesters mark anniversary of Garner's death

The Latest: Protesters mark anniversary of Garner's deathThe Latest on the U.S. Justice Department's decision not to prosecute the officer involved in Eric Garner's death. Several hundred people marched in lower Manhattan to mark the five year anniversary of Eric Garner's death. The marchers on Wednesday chanted and held signs saying "I Can't Breathe," a reference to Garner's dying words, as they marched past federal courthouses.



07/17/2019 - 05:55 PM

 

Unbowed, Trump forecasts more attacks on four Democratic congresswomen

Unbowed, Trump forecasts more attacks on four Democratic congresswomenPresident Donald Trump may not have planned it this way, but his attacks on four liberal lawmakers as un-American have emerged as a major strategy of his 2020 re-election campaign, and more thunder from him was expected at a rally on Wednesday night. Despite criticism from Democrats that his attacks are racist, Trump has intensified his portrayal of the four minority congresswomen as people who should leave the country if they do not like his policies on issues such as immigration and defending Israel. "He is trying to make them the face of the Democratic Party as we move closer into the 2020 cycle and he’s trying to highlight them as a fringe crowd as much as possible so it turns off your middle-of-the-road voters," the source said.



07/17/2019 - 05:52 PM

 

US heat wave just warming up for long and scorching weekend

US heat wave just warming up for long and scorching weekendThe heat wave that has been roasting much of the U.S. in recent days is just getting warmed up, with temperatures expected to soar to dangerous levels through the weekend. Officials also are concerned about smog, which is exacerbated by the heat and makes it more difficult for certain people to breathe, including the very young, the elderly and people with asthma or lung diseases. More than 100 local heat records are expected to fall Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.



07/17/2019 - 05:51 PM

 

De Blasio beats back calls to fire officer in Garner death

De Blasio beats back calls to fire officer in Garner deathNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio beat back repeated calls Wednesday for him to fire the police officer accused of using a fatal chokehold on Eric Garner five years ago, saying he was obligated to keep his opinions to himself until police department disciplinary proceedings are complete. The Democrat, who is running for president partly on his record of police reform, said he felt "it was an injustice of the highest order," that the U.S. Justice Department investigated Garner's death for nearly five years before announcing Tuesday that no civil rights charges would be filed. "I'm not going to venture personal opinions," de Blasio said.



07/17/2019 - 05:50 PM

 

Croatia PM reshuffles cabinet, proposes six new ministers

Croatia PM reshuffles cabinet, proposes six new ministersCroatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on Wednesday ordered a reshuffle of his cabinet with six new ministers, just over a year before his government's term in office expires in late 2020. "The logic behind this government reshuffle is to continue our work on achieving our goals for the benefits of the citizens, without any burden," Plenkovic told reporters late on Wednesday after meeting his coalition partners. The new ministers are expected to be approved by lawmakers on Friday.



07/17/2019 - 05:47 PM

 

Unbowed, Trump forecasts more attacks on four Democratic congresswomen

Unbowed, Trump forecasts more attacks on four Democratic congresswomenPresident Donald Trump may not have planned it this way, but his attacks on four liberal lawmakers as un-American have emerged as a major strategy of his 2020 re-election campaign, and more thunder from him was expected at a rally on Wednesday night. Despite criticism from Democrats that his attacks are racist, Trump has intensified his portrayal of the four minority congresswomen as people who should leave the country if they do not like his policies on issues such as immigration and defending Israel. "He is trying to make them the face of the Democratic Party as we move closer into the 2020 cycle and he’s trying to highlight them as a fringe crowd as much as possible so it turns off your middle-of-the-road voters," the source said.



07/17/2019 - 05:46 PM

 

Here's how the 2nd 2020 Democratic presidential debates work

Here's how the 2nd 2020 Democratic presidential debates workAhead of the second of the Democratic 2020 presidential primary debates, candidates redoubled efforts to ensure they met critical fundraising and polling thresholds to make it on stage in the hopes of distinguishing themselves from their competitors and pitching their campaigns to millions of voters. The debates are just under two weeks away, and the DNC announced Wednesday who made the stage. When and where are the second DNC debates?



07/17/2019 - 05:46 PM

 

Puerto Rico faces tougher scrutiny over federal Medicaid funding

Puerto Rico faces tougher scrutiny over federal Medicaid fundingA group of Republican U.S. senators, meanwhile, sought information on whether any safeguards are in place to deter misuse of the island's federal Medicaid dollars. Last week, Angela Avila-Marrero, former executive director of Puerto Rico's Health Insurance Administration, pleaded not guilty to conspiracy and other charges related to her role in an alleged scheme to steal federal Medicaid dollars through a corrupt bidding process with private contractors.



07/17/2019 - 05:45 PM

 

Winners overlook rigged games' lack of fairness, study finds

Winners overlook rigged games' lack of fairness, study findsWhen it comes to fairness and privilege, a new study finds it really is not about how you play the game. A new experiment, played out as a card game, shows that even when the deck is literally stacked in people's favor — and they know it — most winners still think it's fair anyway. The study "tells us something about privilege and about society," said Bates College sociologist Emily Kane, who wasn't part of the research.



07/17/2019 - 05:41 PM

 

U.S. House votes to set aside impeachment resolution against Trump

U.S. House votes to set aside impeachment resolution against TrumpThe U.S. House of Representatives voted Wednesday to table an impeachment resolution against President Donald Trump, effectively killing the measure for now but not burying the issue that has divided Democrats. The resolution's sponsor, Democratic Representative Al Green, was seeking to capitalize on growing criticism of Trump after the president's recent attacks on minority congresswomen. Green had failed twice before to get an impeachment resolution passed, but Wednesday marked the first time the full House had addressed the matter since Democrats took the majority earlier this year.



07/17/2019 - 05:39 PM

 

Animal rescue group needs help caring for 89 baby birds

Animal rescue group needs help caring for 89 baby birdsAn animal rescue group is asking for help caring for 89 baby snowy egrets and black-crowned night herons left homeless last week after a tree fell in downtown Oakland. International Bird Rescue said Wednesday it needs donations and volunteers to help feed and care for the baby birds rescued after an old ficus tree serving as a rookery split in half and partially fell last week, said JD Bergeron, the group's executive director. The group is caring for 89 young birds and eggs it rescued from the tree including, 50 snowy egrets and 22 black-crowned night herons.



07/17/2019 - 05:30 PM

 

UPDATE 1-Brazil government to announce economic stimulus package this week -Bolsonaro

UPDATE 1-Brazil government to announce economic stimulus package this week -BolsonaroBrazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Wednesday that his administration will announce an economic stimulus package this week to revive flagging growth, confirming earlier media reports. Earlier on Wednesday, newspaper Valor Economico reported Economy Minister Paulo Guedes as saying the government will free up 63 billion reais ($16.8 billion), comprising 42 billion reais from the 'FGTS' workers' guarantee funds and 21 billion reais from a workers' social contribution fund. The 63 billion reais package Guedes flagged is much higher than previously touted.



07/17/2019 - 05:29 PM

 

UK ministers could resign in battle over suspending parliament -BBC reporter

UK ministers could resign in battle over suspending parliament -BBC reporterSome British cabinet ministers could resign on Thursday to vote to block Theresa May's successor as prime minister from suspending parliament, the political editor of BBC's Newsnight programme said. "I have learnt that some cabinet ministers are giving serious consideration to resigning tomorrow to vote in favour of preventing the next prime minister from suspending parliament. No final decisions made yet on resignations," Nicholas Watt said in a tweet.



07/17/2019 - 05:25 PM

 

UPDATE 1-Biden vs Sanders: Top 2020 contenders snipe over healthcare policy

UPDATE 1-Biden vs Sanders: Top 2020 contenders snipe over healthcare policyDemocratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden and rival Bernie Sanders are waging a public battle this week over universal healthcare, staking out competing turf on an issue that has become the most divisive in the party's primary campaign. The sniping between the two White House contenders, highlighted on Wednesday when Sanders delivered a defense of his ambitious "Medicare for All" plan, has split Democrats and forced other candidates to choose sides on an issue certain to play prominently in next year's general election race. The different approaches reflect the tension in a Democratic Party torn between progressives like Sanders seeking major systemic changes and moderates like Biden who want a more pragmatic approach - and the concerns about which approach would be a winner against Republican President Donald Trump in November 2020.



07/17/2019 - 05:24 PM

 

Florida inmate uses smuggled cellphone to capture beating

Florida inmate uses smuggled cellphone to capture beatingThe Florida Department of Corrections is investigating a prison beating after an inmate used a smuggled cellphone to shoot video of several guards punching an inmate who was being held on the ground. An unnamed Lake Correctional Institution inmate in Clermont gave commentary as the beating happened. The video lasted five minutes and inmates in the recording said that the beating had gone on for five minutes before they began recording it.



07/17/2019 - 05:24 PM

 

Man convicted for killing woman in front of her children

Man convicted for killing woman in front of her childrenA man who served decades in prison for stabbing his wife 14 times in front of her daughter was convicted Wednesday in a nearly identical crime — stabbing a woman at least 11 times while her twin children watched. Albert Flick, 77, who was previously deemed too old to be a threat by a judge, was convicted in the 2018 death of Kimberly Dobbie. Both the attack, which was in front of a laundromat in broad daylight, and Flick's purchase two days earlier of two knives, were caught on surveillance video.



07/17/2019 - 05:22 PM

 

UPDATE 1-Trump meets Chinese Uighur, other religious persecution victims at White House

UPDATE 1-Trump meets Chinese Uighur, other religious persecution victims at White HouseU.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday met in the Oval Office with a group of people from 17 countries - including China, Turkey, North Korea, Iran and Myanmar - who the White House said were survivors of religious persecution. Trump, who counts evangelical Christians among his core political base, has made religious freedom one of the centerpieces of his foreign policy and the State Department was hosting a high-level conference on the topic this week.



07/17/2019 - 05:16 PM

 

Crown Castle: 2Q Earnings Snapshot

Crown Castle: 2Q Earnings SnapshotHOUSTON (AP) _ Crown Castle International Corp. (CCI) on Wednesday reported a key measure of profitability in its second quarter. The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The Houston-based real estate investment trust said it had funds from operations of $619 million, or $1.48 per share, in the period.



07/17/2019 - 05:02 PM

 

Business Highlights

Business HighlightsThe European Union is investigating whether Amazon uses data from independent retailers to gain an unfair advantage, a decision that could lead to changes in how the internet's biggest marketplace works. Wednesday's move echoes similar antitrust actions against Google and Microsoft that have led to billions in fines. WASHINGTON — Big Tech is facing tough questions as federal lawmakers focused on issues of potentially anticompetitive behavior by technology giants and expressed bipartisan skepticism over Facebook's plan for a new digital currency.



07/17/2019 - 05:01 PM

 

N Carolina justice says Democratic colleagues are 'AOCs'

N Carolina justice says Democratic colleagues are 'AOCs'The North Carolina Supreme Court's only registered Republican called out the remaining six Democratic justices in a speech that marked an unusual open critique of the state's highest court from within. In a campaign address last weekend to Republicans, Associate Justice Paul Newby compared his Democratic colleagues to New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. To GOP activists, she symbolizes the Democratic Party's leftward shift.



07/17/2019 - 04:58 PM

 

'Habit' of workouts at consistent time of day tied to meeting activity goals

'Habit' of workouts at consistent time of day tied to meeting activity goalsAmong 375 people who had lost weight and kept it off for at least a year, those who typically worked out at the same time every day averaged about 350 minutes of exercise per week, versus 285 minutes for those with inconsistent exercise schedules. "On average, those with high physical activity levels have a consistency with their routine, and that includes finding an optimal time to perform their daily routine," said senior study author Dale Bond of The Miriam Hospital/Brown Alpert Medical School Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center in Providence, Rhode Island. Most guidelines recommend at least 150 minutes per week of moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity for health and 250 minutes per week for maintaining weight loss over the long term, the study team notes.



07/17/2019 - 04:58 PM

 

US: Russia refusing visas to teachers of diplomats' kids

US: Russia refusing visas to teachers of diplomats' kidsThe U.S. and British embassies in Moscow said on Wednesday that Russia has refused visas to teachers at a school that educates diplomats' children. Ambassador Jon Huntsman that Russia hasn't issued visas to 30 new teachers who are due to arrive next month and adds "children should not be used as pawns in diplomatic disputes." He added the school may "look at the possible disenrollment of some new and returning students" if it can't hire enough teachers. The Anglo-American School has around 1,100 children from over 60 countries, including some children of wealthy Russians.



07/17/2019 - 04:58 PM

 

Reuters Health News Summary

Reuters Health News SummaryAfter a 19-year legal struggle, three former makers of lead paint have agreed to a $305 million settlement with California county and city governments to mitigate poisoning dangers still present in old housing. Under the deal, disclosed in a filing in Santa Clara County Superior Court on Wednesday, defendants Sherwin-Williams, ConAgra Grocery Products Co. and NL Industries agreed to pay out the sum over six years, starting with a $75 million payment later this year.



07/17/2019 - 04:57 PM

 

Reuters Entertainment News Summary

Reuters Entertainment News SummaryFollowing is a summary of current entertainment news briefs. Massachusetts prosecutors on Wednesday announced they had dropped a criminal case alleging that former "House of Cards" star Kevin Spacey sexually assaulted an 18-year-old man at a bar in Nantucket over three years ago. Netflix Inc. is removing a controversial graphic scene depicting a youth suicide from its popular young adult drama "13 Reasons Why", following advice from medical experts, the company said on its Twitter account early on Tuesday.



07/17/2019 - 04:57 PM

 

Reuters Odd News Summary

Reuters Odd News SummaryFollowing is a summary of current odd news briefs. An elusive alligator residing in a Chicago lagoon was caught early on Tuesday after the reptile, thought to be an abandoned pet, captivated locals for nearly a week. The alligator, called "Chance the Snapper" after Chicago-born hip-hop artist Chance the Rapper, is a 5-foot-3 male who appeared to be "very healthy," said Kelley Gandurski, executive director for Chicago Animal Care and Control.



07/17/2019 - 04:57 PM

 

Reuters People News Summary

Reuters People News SummaryMassachusetts prosecutors on Wednesday announced they had dropped a criminal case alleging that former "House of Cards" star Kevin Spacey sexually assaulted an 18-year-old man at a bar in Nantucket over three years ago. R&B singer R. Kelly pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to a raft of federal charges accusing him of running a scheme to force women and girls to provide sex for himself and others, and a judge ordered that he remain in jail without bail.



07/17/2019 - 04:57 PM

 

Reuters Science News Summary

Reuters Science News SummaryFollowing is a summary of current science news briefs. As Elon Musk's SpaceX closes in on the possible cause of a fiery explosion in April that destroyed one of its astronaut capsules, a company executive said on Monday its plan to launch humans into space this year looked "increasingly difficult." One of the space company's Crew Dragon capsules exploded on a test stand at a Florida Air Force station moments before firing eight emergency abort thrusters designed to propel an on-board crew to safety in the event of a failure. Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins returned to the launch pad Tuesday at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida where he flew to the moon 50 years ago along with the late Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.



07/17/2019 - 04:57 PM

 

Kevin Spacey: Prosecutors drop case claiming actor assaulted an 18-year-old at a bar

Kevin Spacey: Prosecutors drop case claiming actor assaulted an 18-year-old at a barProsecutors have dropped the case accusing Kevin Spacey of allegedly groping a young man at a resort island bar in 2016.The announcement came on Wednesday, more than a week after the accuser refused to testify about a missing cellphone the defence says contains information that supports the actor's claims of innocence. Spacey was charged with indecent assault and battery last year in the only criminal case that has been brought against the actor since his career collapsed amid a slew of sexual misconduct allegations.More follows…



07/17/2019 - 04:55 PM

 

UPDATE 3-Massachusetts prosecutors drop Kevin Spacey sex assault case

UPDATE 3-Massachusetts prosecutors drop Kevin Spacey sex assault caseMassachusetts prosecutors on Wednesday dropped a criminal case accusing former "House of Cards" star Kevin Spacey of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old man at a Nantucket bar in 2016 after the alleged victim refused to testify. The man invoked his Fifth Amendment rights during a hearing earlier this month concerning the whereabouts of his cell phone, which was missing. A lawyer for Spacey, 59, did not respond to requests for comment.



07/17/2019 - 04:52 PM

 

UPDATE 1-California settles decades-long lawsuit over lead paint, but outcome is bittersweet

UPDATE 1-California settles decades-long lawsuit over lead paint, but outcome is bittersweetWhen Californian counties and cities first sued paint makers in 2000, they wanted the companies to pay billions to remove dangerous old lead paint from hundreds of thousands of homes. After a 19-year legal struggle, they have finally succeeded in getting the companies to fund a remediation program, albeit on a much smaller scale. Sherwin-Williams, ConAgra Grocery Products Co. and NL Industries have agreed to a $305 million settlement, according to a filing in Santa Clara County Superior Court in California on Wednesday.



07/17/2019 - 04:47 PM

 

As Trump touts U.S. air quality, EPA data shows some areas worsening

As Trump touts U.S. air quality, EPA data shows some areas worseningThe number of unhealthy air days in major cities across the United States has risen sharply over the last two years, even as emissions of key pollutants continue to slip, according to data released by the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday. The data comes as the administration of President Donald Trump seeks to highlight major improvements in America's air quality since the 1970s as proof the country can protect the environment and boost the economy at the same time. Trump said in a White House speech last week his administration "has made it a top priority to ensure America" has the cleanest air and water.



07/17/2019 - 04:45 PM

 

Kevin Spacey sexual assault case dropped by prosecutors

Kevin Spacey sexual assault case dropped by prosecutorsProsecutors in Nantucket have dropped their sexual assault case against Kevin Spacey, after growing concern about a missing piece of evidence. The 59-year-old actor was accused of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old in a Nantucket bar in 2016. Spacey insisted in court filings that the pair spent an enjoyable night together and engaged in "mutual and consensual flirting". The accuser told police that he had texted his girlfriend during the encounter. The phone was handed over to police, but then disappeared. Police insisted it was returned to the family; the family say it was not. Moreover, the accuser's mother admitted to deleting some material on the phone - an admission which was seized upon by Spacey's legal team. Spacey was accused of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old in 2016 Credit: AFP The alleged victim asserted his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and refused to testify further, after being questioned about text messages. On Sunday, prosecutors met with the accuser and his family to discuss the case. Then, on Wednesday, Michael O’Keefe, Cape and Islands district attorney, said in a court filing that he was filing a "Nolle Prosequi" - a legal term used to describe the abandoning of the case - “due to the unavailability of the complaining witness.” “The complaining witness was informed that if he chose to continue to invoke his Fifth Amendment right, the case would not be able to go forward,” said Mr O’Keefe. Adam Citron, former assistant district attorney in Westchester County and now Senior Counsel at Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP, told The Telegraph that the family and prosecutors "likely saw which way the case was headed." "They knew what was on the cell phones," he said. "You're dealing with a young person who was perhaps not entirely straightforward with his mother about what happened. And a mother who perhaps didn't entirely know the full facts. "But I'm surprised at this outcome. Everyone put a lot of effort in, and you would have thought they would have dealt with this issue before it transpired." The development in the criminal case comes about two weeks after the accuser dropped the civil lawsuit he filed against Spacey. Mitchell Garabedian, lawyer for the accuser, said the case was dropped because the accuser was on an “emotional rollercoaster”. Spacey has been accused by over a dozen men of sexual assault or harassment, but has vehemently denied the accusations. Only the Nantucket case has proceeded towards criminal trial, due to the statute of limitations expiring in other cases. After the criminal charge was announced last year, Spacey released a video in the voice of Frank Underwood, his character on Netflix’s House of Cards, proclaiming his innocence. “I’m certainly not going to pay the price for the thing I didn’t do,” he said.



07/17/2019 - 04:41 PM

 

Boris Johnson, Jeremy Hunt make final pitch to Conservatives

Boris Johnson, Jeremy Hunt make final pitch to ConservativesThe two men competing to be Britain's next leader have held their final televised event in front of Conservative Party members who will decide the winner. Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt, Britain's former and current foreign secretaries, spoke and answered questions Wednesday in front of hundreds of Tories at a London conference center. Johnson, the strong front-runner according to pollsters and bookmakers, repeated his vow to take Britain out of the European Union on the currently scheduled date of Oct. 31, with or without a replacement for Prime Minister Theresa May's "defunct" divorce agreement.



07/17/2019 - 04:40 PM

 

Massachusetts prosecutors drop Kevin Spacey sex assault case

Massachusetts prosecutors drop Kevin Spacey sex assault caseMassachusetts prosecutors on Wednesday dropped a criminal case accusing former "House of Cards" star Kevin Spacey of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old man at a Nantucket bar in 2016 after the alleged victim refused to testify. Prosecutors said they made the decision to drop the felony indecent assault and battery charge against the Oscar winner after the alleged victim invoked his right under the U.S. Constitution against giving self-incriminating testimony. The man invoked his Fifth Amendment rights during a hearing earlier this month concerning the whereabouts of his cell phone, which was missing.



07/17/2019 - 04:37 PM

 

'A new beginning': Man convicted of murder in the '90s exonerated thanks to genetic genealogy

'A new beginning': Man convicted of murder in the '90s exonerated thanks to genetic genealogyIn the 1990s, Christopher Tapp was sent to prison for the rape and murder of Idaho teen Angie Dodge. Despite his DNA not matching evidence found at the crime scene, he was still convicted based on the theory that multiple people were involved in the crime. On Wednesday, after decades of proclaiming his innocence and claiming his confession was coerced, Tapp was finally exonerated due to the novel DNA technique of genetic genealogy, which was used to find identify a new suspect in Dodge's murder.



07/17/2019 - 04:32 PM

 

'A new beginning': Man convicted of murder in the '90s exonerated thanks to genetic genealogy

'A new beginning': Man convicted of murder in the '90s exonerated thanks to genetic genealogyIn the 1990s, Christopher Tapp was sent to prison for the rape and murder of Idaho teen Angie Dodge. Despite his DNA not matching evidence found at the crime scene, he was still convicted based on the theory that multiple people were involved in the crime. On Wednesday, after decades of proclaiming his innocence and claiming his confession was coerced, Tapp was finally exonerated due to the novel DNA technique of genetic genealogy, which was used to find identify a new suspect in Dodge's murder.



07/17/2019 - 04:32 PM

 

 

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