August 20, 2019

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Bill Cosby’s Lawyers Ask Appeals Court to Overturn Sexual Assault Conviction

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(HARRISBURG, Pa.) — A Pennsylvania appeals court on Monday questioned why actor Bill Cosby never got a supposed non-prosecution agreement in writing as his lawyers asked the panel to overturn his sexual assault conviction.Cosby, 82, is serving a three- to 10-year prison term for drugging and molesting a woman at his home in what became the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era.The three-judge panel asked why Cosby’s top-shelf lawyers didn’t follow the norm and get an immunity agreement in writing, and approved by a judge, when accuser Andrea Constand first came forward in 2005.“This is not a low-budget operation. … They had an unlimited budget,” said Superior Court Judge John T. Bender. “Could it be they knew this was something the trial court would never have allowed?”...
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Xi Gets Tougher on Trump After New Tariff Threat

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BEIJING (AP) — Facing another U.S. tariff hike, Chinese President Xi Jinping is getting tougher with Washington instead of backing down.Beijing fired what economists called a “warning shot” at Washington by letting its yuan currency weaken in response to President Donald Trump’s latest threat of more punitive import duties on Sept. 1. Chinese buyers canceled multibillion-dollar purchases of U.S. soybeans. Regulators are threatening to place American companies on an “unreliable entities” list that might face curbs on their operations.Both sides have incentives to settle a trade war that is battering exporters on either side of the Pacific and threatening to tip the global economy into recession. But Xi’s government is lashing out and might be, in a revival of traditional Chinese strategy, settling in for prolonged wrangling in response to what it deems American bullying and attempts to handicap China’s economic development....
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Employees at Epstein's prison cite mandatory overtime, 18-hour days as controversy brews

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(CNN)The suicide of Jeffrey Epstein is bringing attention to what employees say is a broader problem at short-staffed budget-constrained federal prisons where employees who aren't prison guards are doing guard duty and overtime shifts regularly. Attorney General William Barr said Monday that "serious irregularities" were found at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York, long thought to be a well-run facility that has been used to house high-profile prisoners who require highly secure conditions. In the case of Epstein, at least one of the two employees on duty at the time was not part of the regular detention workforce but was filling in as a guard, according to a person briefed on the matter. The person's regular position is not publicly known....
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The Newest Audience for Democrats’ Climate Change Plans: Iowa Farmers

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As in other years, Democratic presidential candidates hitting the Iowa State Fair this weekend came armed with policy ideas targeted at rural farmers who dominate the state. The difference this time: Those proposals were about climate change.In a sign of how far the pressing issue of reducing greenhouse gases has penetrated this primary season, at least nine 2020 candidates have published climate change proposals specifically targeted at farmers, while many of their rivals were discussing similar ideas.When TIME reached out in February to ask the nascent presidential campaigns about how their candidate would tackle climate change, most offered vague support for a Green New Deal or promised to recommit the US to the Paris Agreement. Now, just six months later, not only do most have substantial climate plans, but they are also dropping targeted proposals for specific audiences....
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John Bolton Says the U.S. Is Ready to Negotiate a Post-Brexit Trade Pact

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LONDON (AP) — The United States is ready to negotiate a post-Brexit trade deal with the U.K. “in pieces” to help speed the process as Britain prepares to leave the European Union on Oct. 31, National Security Adviser John Bolton said Monday.Bolton told reporters after meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in London that a piecemeal approach to trade negotiations was “not unprecedented” and talks between the U.S. and the U.K. could start with areas where the two sides are likely to agree.“I think here we see the importance and urgency of doing as much as we can agree on as rapidly as possible,” he said.Johnson’s office said the prime minister and U.S. President Donald Trump’s adviser “spoke about Brexit and a range of other issues – including Iran, Hong Kong and 5G” network security....
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For Epstein's accusers and their quest for justice, what now?

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(CNN)The alleged victims of accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein are angry they will not get the opportunity to face in court the man they say raped them as girls."We have to live with the scars of his actions for the rest of our lives, while he will never face the consequences of the crimes he committed, the pain and trauma he caused so many people," Jennifer Araoz, who accused Epstein of raping her when she was 15, said in a statement. The multimillionaire hedge fund manager's death from an apparent suicide Saturday in his cell ends the criminal case against him, but what does that mean for his accusers' quest for justice? Authorities have said they will continue to investigate Epstein's alleged actions, and US Attorney General William Barr said Monday the case "will continue on against anyone who was complicit with Epstein." At the same time, legal experts say the civil cases against Epstein, and anyone connected to the allegations in the case, will continue. ...
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A California mayor wants to require all gun owners to have liability insurance

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(CNN)In the wake ofmassshootings around the country, the mayor of one California city wants to require all gun owners to carry liability insurance for their weapons -- or pay a fee to help shoulder the public costs of gun violence.San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo proposed the local ordinance on Monday, and if passed by the city council, it could become the nation's first such requirement. Similar state legislation is also being considered in Massachusetts and New York.The proposal comes just two weeks after a shooting left three people dead and injured more than 12 in Gilroy, California -- about thirty miles away from San Jose.Offering just "thoughts and prayers" was not enough for the San Jose mayor after two families in his city lost children in the Gilroy shooting....
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Verizon Sells Early Social-Media Darling Tumblr

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NEW YORK (AP) — Verizon is selling Tumblr, a darling of early social media, to the owner of blogging platform WordPress.Tumblr is known for its devoted fan base and has been home to angry posts from celebrities like Taylor Swift. It angered many users last year when it banned porn and “adult content,” which made up a big part of its highly visual and meme-friendly online presence.But well before that, the site has already been drifting in the face of competition from Facebook and its Instagram service and from Google’s YouTube. Tumblr has also been overshadowed by Twitter.Verizon got Tumblr through its 2017 purchase of Yahoo. Yahoo had bought Tumblr for $1.1 billion in 2013, but ended up writing off much of its value. Terms of Verizon’s sale to WordPress owner Automattic weren’t disclosed....
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Tulsi Gabbard leaves campaign trail for 2 weeks for active duty training

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Washington (CNN)Presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard announced Monday that she will leave the campaign trail for two weeks of active-duty training in Indonesia to fulfill her National Guard obligation."While some people are telling me, 'Gosh, this is a terrible time to leave the campaign. Can't you find a way out of it?' That's not what this is about," the Hawaii Democrat said in a news release. "I look forward to joining my fellow soldiers for a joint-training exercise with the Indonesian military, focused on counterterrorism and disaster response."Gabbard, who has deployed to the Middle East twice in her time in the Army National Guard, heads to active-duty training during a crucial time in her campaign. Despite a breakout performance at the second round of Democratic primary debates last month, she has yet to qualify for the third round of debates in September. ...
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Washington Post editor responds to Bernie Sanders: Your 'conspiracy theory' is wrong

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(CNN)The executive editor of The Washington Post hit back at Sen. Bernie Sanders' suggestion that the paper's coverage of the presidential candidate is linked to its owner's business interests, calling the accusation a "conspiracy theory."Marty Baron responded in a statement Monday evening to Sanders' words during a stump speech earlier in the day. While delivering remarks in New Hampshire, the independent Vermont senator, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, suggested there was a link between the coverage he receives in the Post and his rhetoric toward Amazon."I talk about (Amazon's taxes) all of the time," Sanders said in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. "And then I wonder why The Washington Post, which is owned by Jeff Bezos, who owns Amazon, doesn't write particularly good articles about me. I don't know why."...
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People are stealing Old Town Road signs

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(CNN)Good luck finding Old Town Road in Wellesley, Massachusetts.Town officials say people have been stealing street signs from a residential road that shares a name with Lil Nas X's smash country/rap hit.The signs have been swiped at least three times in recent months, according to the town's website."Currently the street sign posts are empty," the city wrote. "The Department of Public Works is waiting for the song's popularity to fade before replacing the signs again."That could take a while. "Old Town Road", which features Billy Ray Cyrus, has topped the Billboard Hot 100 charts for 18 weeks in a row -- the longest run for a No. 1 single in the chart's history. It also won the Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Song at Sunday's Teen Choice awards....
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See Trump's note to Trudeau that ambassador thought was a joke

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There's something passive aggressive about the way President Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau have become pen pals, though it's not exactly a pen that the President has deployed. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports.
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Trump Administration Seeks Decertification Of Immigration Judges' Union

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The Justice Department late last week moved to seek the decertification of the union representing hundreds of U.S. immigration judges, ratcheting up a simmering battle over the Trump administration's immigration enforcement policies.The department filed a petition Friday asking the Federal Labor Relations Authority to determine whether the certification of National Association of Immigration Judges as the union representing some 440 immigration judges should be revoked "because the bargaining unit members are management officials under the statutory definition," according to a Justice Department spokesperson. "This is nothing more than a desperate attempt by the DOJ to evade transparency and accountability, and undermine the decisional independence of the nation's 440 Immigration Judges," said Judge Ashley Tabaddor, speaking in her capacity as president of the National Association of Immigration Judges, said in an emailed statement. "We are trial court judges who make decisions on the basis of case specific facts and the nation's immigration laws. We do not set policies, and we don't manage staff," she added. ...
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Washington Capitals executive Sergey Kocharov wins $1 million lottery prize

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Sergey Kocharov has been on quite a winning streak over the past 14 months. The Washington Capitals' Vice President of Communications got his name etched on the Stanley Cup last year ... and he hit the jackpot again last month.Kocharov won a $1 million prize in the July 27 Powerball drawing, according to the VIrginia Lottery's website.“I was surprised,” he said. “I always hear about jackpot wins. It feels great!”Unfortunately, he didn't play a combination of Capitals jerseys in selecting his winning numbers. His collection of 1-19-31-48-61 and Powerball 6 were drawn randomly by the computer when he bought the ticket.Had Kocahrov gone the jersey route, he might've had to share some of his winnings with goaltender Pheonix Copley (1), forward Nicklas Backstrom (19) and defenseman Michal Kempny (6). Numbers 31, 48 and 61 aren't assigned to any current Capitals....
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Who's who of Epstein's powerful friends, associates and possible co-conspirators

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(CNN)Jeffrey Epstein's death ends the criminal case against him, but his powerful friends and associates may not have heard the last of it.US Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman said the investigation of Epstein's alleged conduct, including a conspiracy charge, remains ongoing, and Attorney General Bill Barr similarly said the case will continue against anyone who was complicit with Epstein."Any co-conspirators should not rest easy. The victims deserve justice and they will get it," Barr said.In addition, Epstein's accusers asked a federal judge on Monday to invalidate the non-prosecution agreement that Epstein reached with prosecutors in the US Attorney's Office in Florida a decade ago, which would give authorities "greater power" to go after his alleged co-conspirators....
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Alex Rodriguez has $500,000 worth of items stolen from rental car, per report

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While Alex Rodriguez was in San Francisco for ESPN's "Sunday Night Baseball" broadcast, thieves broke into his rental car and stole jewelry and electronics worth a reported half million dollars.Although San Francisco police say it's against department policy to release the name of a crime victim, multiple sources told The San Francisco Chronicle the vehicle belonging to the former Major League Baseball star-turned-broadcaster was parked about three blocks from Oracle Park. Police say a camera, laptop, miscellaneous jewelry and a bag were reported missing. Sources told the Chronicle the items were valued around $500,000. The theft capped a rough week for ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball crew. Analyst Jessica Mendoza missed the game between the homestanding Giants and the Philadelphia Phillies while recovering from a car accident on Friday....
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Flight disruptions continue as protests enter fifth day

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Hong Kong (CNN)Passengers in Hong Kong are still experiencing flight disruptions on Tuesday, as pro-democracy protests at the world's eighth biggest airport look set to enter their fifth day.All departing flights were canceled Monday afternoon as thousands of demonstrators descended upon Hong Kong International Airport, covering it with protest signs and graffiti. According to the airport's website, a handful of flights departed after midnight. An airport spokesperson said flights would resume at 6 a.m. local time on Tuesday, although a number of incoming and outgoing flights are still listed as canceled on the airport website. According to CNN's count, there were still 130 outgoing flights and 132 incoming flights canceled from 7 a.m. through midnight Tuesday....
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Harry Reid calls for abolishing the filibuster

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Washington (CNN)Former Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid on Monday called for an end to the legislative filibuster, asserting that removing the procedure would help end the "era of obstruction and inaction" in the Senate. "The Senate is now a place where the most pressing issues facing our country are disregarded, along with the will of the American people overwhelmingly calling for action. The future of our country is sacrificed at the altar of the filibuster," Reid wrote in a New York Times op-ed. "Something must change. That is why I am now calling on the Senate to abolish the filibuster in all its forms. And I am calling on candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for president to do the same."...
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Here’s What Could Happen to Jeffrey Epstein’s Millions Now That He’s Dead

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Jeffrey Epstein’s death on Saturday ended the high-profile criminal prosecution of him, but it is likely to accelerate the complicated battle over his millions, as victims who might no longer see their day in court seek damages for alleged abuse.There are still many unknowns about Epstein’s wealth and how he made his money. In his request to be released on bail last month, he claimed to have a net worth of over $559 million, with $57 million in cash and multiple homes, including a private island and a $56 million mansion in New York City. In court, Federal District Judge Richard M. Berman warned that those disclosures were unverified and unaudited.It’s not yet clear whether Epstein had a will or who his next of kin are. He wasn’t married, and he was not known to have any children. His brother Mark Epstein, with whom he was connected through real estate, has sought to distance himself. “Other than the obvious relationship of being brothers, the only other relationship between Jeffrey and I is as landlord/tenant,” Mark Epstein told the Wall Street Journal....
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Opinion: The US has a 'crimes against democracy' problem

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Charlie Firestone is executive director of the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his solely own. View more opinion at CNN. (CNN)Scholars say that the identification of crimes against humanity began in the late 18th century with cries against the slave trade or against atrocities such as those in the Belgian Congo. The concept was recognized formally in 1915 when the Allied Powers issued a declaration condemning the mass killing of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire. And of course they were formally prosecuted in the Nuremberg Trials after World War II. These are heinous crimes, often genocides, against a set of targeted people, and prosecuted at an international level. These actions were arguably legal under the regimes in which they were carried out but not in the eyes of the world. ...
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Congresswoman: Immigration rule is excuse to rid US of people who look like me

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(CNN)Rep. Norma Torres slammed President Donald Trump over his administration's new regulation that could slash the number of legal immigrants in the US, suggesting it was "an excuse to rid the country of people who look like me."In an interview with CNN on Monday, the California Democrat suggested that the policy targets people of color and punishes legal immigrants for "taking some assistance to make ends meet." The new rule could allow the government to turn down green card holders and visa applicants if they have low incomes or little education, and have used public benefits like most forms of Medicaid, food stamps and housing vouchers. "Rather than looking at them through the lens of this is what every other citizen in the country is suffering because we have not raised the federal minimum wage in a long time, and because the cost of doing business keeps rising, and everything is costing more -- rather than looking at it through that lens, he wants to punish them," Torres said....
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U.N. Investigating 35 North Korean Cyberattacks in 17 Countries

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UNITED NATIONS — U.N. experts say they are investigating at least 35 instances in 17 countries of North Koreans using cyberattacks to illegally raise money for its nuclear program — and they are calling for sanctions against ships providing gasoline and diesel to the country.Last week, The Associated Press reported that North Korea illegally acquired “as much as two billion dollars” from its increasingly sophisticated cyber activities against financial institutions and cryptocurrency exchanges, quoting the experts’ summary.Their lengthy report, recently seen by AP, reveals that neighboring South Korea was hardest-hit, the victim of 10 cyberattacks, followed by India with three, and Bangladesh and Chile with two each....
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An explosion killed five elite nuclear scientists. The secrecy of Putin's government has further fueled speculation about what caused it.

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Moscow (CNN)An official state of mourning has been declared in the Russian city of Sarov. Last Thursday, five nuclear specialists employed by Rosatom, Russia's state atomic energy corporation, were killed in a blast at a military test site in northern Russia, not far from the port of Severodvinsk.According to the official account, the elite scientists killed in the accident -- Alexey Vyushin, Yevgeny Koratayev, Vyacheslav Lipshev, Sergey Pichugin and Vladislav Yanovsky -- were killed during tests on a liquid propulsion system involving isotopes.Sarov, known during the Cold War as Arzamas-16, is one of Russia's secret cities. Closed to foreigners and accessible only by special permit, Sarov is the rough equivalent to Los Alamos, New Mexico, one of the birthplaces of US nuclear weapons design....
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Even as opioid deaths grew, drugmakers and distributors made and sold pills ‘like Doritos’

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Much of the responsibility for the opioid epidemic has been directed at Purdue Pharma, and not without good reason. Purdue introduced OxyContin in the mid-1990s and marketed it aggressively. Its sales representatives lied about its addictive qualities. Its executives downplayed reports of abuse. Its owners grew rich while thousands of people died and countless families were shattered.But documents pried loose last month, thanks to legal action by The Washington Post and the Charleston Gazette-Mail, confirm that there is plenty of blame to go around for the opioid crisis, much of it falling on other drugmakers and distributors.The data, compiled in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Automation of Reports and Consolidated Orders System database, shows that from 2006 to 2012 America was saturated with an astonishing 76 billion prescription opioid pills — about 230 for every adult and child in the country....
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Comedian shuts down efforts to extort her over photo

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(CNN)Whitney Cummings is taking a public approach to dealing with internet scum and making it clear she won't be bullied. The comedian on Monday told her social media followers that there have been recent attempts to extort her over an image she accidentally and briefly posted to Instagram earlier this year in which part of her breast was visible. "In April I accidentally posted an insta story that showed nipple," she said on Twitter. "Once I realized, I deleted. The people who took screen grabs are trying to get money from me, some said they have offers to sell them, some are asking for money to not post the photo." On Facebook, she shared a screencap of one private message in which a person asked Cummings how much money he or she would receive if they did not share the photo. ...
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DEA had the full opioid data, not the pharmaceutical wholesale distributors

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As part of the national debate about the opioid epidemic and its causes, pharmaceutical wholesale distributors have been the subject of a variety of unfounded claims, most notably the myth that distributors could have unilaterally stemmed the crisis.The recent release of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Automation of Reports and Consolidated Orders System (ARCOS) data underscores a critical point: Federal regulators had the complete picture of opioid prescribing and dispensing and chose to allow it to continue.Distributors reported the information included in the ARCOS database — but historically, each distributor only knew what it alone was delivering to a particular pharmacy, not what that same pharmacy received from other sources. Only the DEA had the full data set and the ability to act on it....
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Prosecutors examine Epstein's inner circle

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New York (CNN)The jail cell death of accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein over the weekend positioned prosecutors to pursue his associates, some of whom allegedly assisted him in abusing underage girls. On Monday, his accusers and law enforcement officials indicated they had taken the first steps toward doing so.The US attorney's office in Manhattan has suggested it will advance the case by focusing on the conspiracy charge against Epstein, which accused him of working with employees and associates to operate a vast sex-trafficking ring involving dozens of girls. The conspiracy count could allow prosecutors to charge anyone else involved in the scheme.Some of Epstein's accusers on Monday moved toward pursuing his alleged co-conspirators in a civil case: they asked a federal judge to unwind a nonprosecution agreement the alleged sex trafficker reached with Florida prosecutors a decade ago that immunized his associates....
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Erin Burnett debunks reasons for new immigration rule

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CNN's Erin Burnett explains why the Trump administration's justifications for new regulation targeting legal immigration may not be based in fact.
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Utah man closer to death by firing squad after losing appeal

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A Utah death row inmate featured in the popular book "Under the Banner of Heaven" after killing his sister-in-law and her child for resisting his polygamist beliefs inched closer to becoming the first American to be executed by firing squad in nearly a decade after losing his latest appeal Monday.Ron Lafferty could be executed as soon as next year after his latest legal setback, said Andrew Peterson, assistant solicitor general at the Utah attorney general's office.Lafferty's lawyer, Dale Baich, said in an email that he will use all options to challenge the ruling and will likely ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case.Lafferty chose the firing squad decades ago when he was sentenced to die — before Utah changed its law to use it only as a backup method if lethal injection drugs aren't available....
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Opinion: Our conspiracy theorist-in-chief

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John Avlon is a CNN senior political analyst. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own. View more opinion articles on CNN. (CNN)The Conspiracy Theorist-in-Chief is at it again. I'm speaking, of course, about President Donald Trump's decision to retweet a baseless conspiracy theory about the suicide of Jeffrey Epstein. I'm not going to repeat the tweet because it's pure nonsense. But suffice it to say that the President is giving the imprimatur of the Oval Office to someone who suggests that Trump's past political rivals, the Clintons, could be behind Epstein's fate. As normalized as he's made this kind of insanity, we must all again confront the fact that the President of the United States is fomenting hate, and division, and disinformation. ...
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Man's false teeth got stuck in his throat during a surgery

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(CNN)A 72-year-old's false teeth got stuck in his throat during surgery and weren't discovered for eight days, doctors have said.The man was having surgery to remove a harmless lump in his abdominal wall, but the operating team neglected to take out his dentures before the operation.He returned to the hospital six days later complaining of blood in his mouth and difficulties breathing and swallowing, which had prevented him from eating solid food.Ultimately, more surgery was needed to resolve the problem, which was revealed in a case report published by the British Medical Journal on Monday. Lead author Harriet Cunniffe, from James Paget Hospital in eastern England, is calling for surgeons to ensure dentures are removed from patients before an operation....
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Missing Dentures Found Stuck in Man’s Throat 8 Days After Surgery

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Here’s why it’s best to remove false teeth before surgery: You just might swallow them.A medical journal is reporting the case of a 72-year-old British man whose partial dentures apparently got stuck in his throat during surgery and weren’t discovered for eight days.The man went to the emergency room because he was having a hard time swallowing and was coughing up blood. Doctors ordered a chest X-ray, diagnosed him with pneumonia and sent him home with antibiotics and steroids. It took another hospital visit before another X-ray revealed the problem: His dentures — a metal roof plate and three false teeth — lodged at the top of this throat.The man thought his dentures were lost while he was in the hospital for minor surgery....
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Youth offenders are now being screened for suicide risk at New York probation offices

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ALBANY, N.Y. – Probation departments across New York have started screening young offenders for risk of suicide as a way to connect them with mental health services.Ten counties in upstate New York are participating in the program developed by researchers at Columbia University. The project, called e-Connect, includes counties that cover rural swaths of the state.Probation officials say they hope addressing young offenders' mental health needs will help cut down their chances of getting in trouble in the future.They say the program will streamline access to mental health services at a time when research shows suicide rates among teenagers and young adults have been rising nationally. A report in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that 2017 suicide rates for teenagers and young adults nationwide were the highest since at least the start of the century....
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House Judiciary panel investigating circumstances of Epstein's apparent suicide

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Washington (CNN)The House Judiciary Committee is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein at a New York jail, asking the Bureau of Prisons a host of questions about Epstein's apparent suicide.House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, a New York Democrat, and Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, the panel's top Republican, sent the Bureau of Prisons' acting director, Hugh Hurwitz, a letter on Monday with nearly two dozen questions about Epstein's confinement, his monitoring before his death and his removal from suicide watch.The lawmakers also want information about the Bureau of Prisons' suicide prevention policies and whether they were implemented at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York where Epstein was held. ...
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Trump Administration Makes Major Changes To Protections For Endangered Species

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In a move that critics say will hurt plants, animals and other species as they face mounting threats, the Trump administration is making major changes to how the Endangered Species Act is implemented. The U.S. Department of Interior Monday announced a suite of long-anticipated revisions to the nation's premier wildlife conservation law, which is credited with bringing back the bald eagle and grizzly bears, among other species.Republican lawmakers and industry groups celebrated the revisions, some of the broadest changes in the way the act is applied in its nearly 50-year history. They come at a moment of crisis for many of the world's plant and animal species. As many as 1 million species are at risk of extinction — many within decades — according to a recent U.N. report. ...
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'He was the center of it': With Jeff Epstein dead, charging co-conspirators likely an uphill battle, experts say

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WASHINGTON — The apparent suicide of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein brought a devastating blow to several women: It meant they will never be able to see a public trial of the man they said sexually abused and exploited them when they were minors. It has also left loose ends about who prosecutors can — or will — go after now that the alleged mastermind, in a case that has raised serious questions about the prosecution of the wealthy, is dead. An attorney for some of Epstein's accusers says the obvious target for prosecution is his ex-girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell, a British socialite described in a civil case as a co-conspirator accused of recruiting girls to perform sex acts on Epstein....
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Taylor Swift responds to those 'Drunk Taylor' memes

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(CNN)Taylor Swift's party antics were trending all weekend and she is into it. No word on if she was actually tipsy at a party in Los Angeles on Saturday night, but clips of the singer dancing and lip-syncing her own music have spawned a #DrunkTaylor hashtag on social media. "Threw a party to celebrate with the people who made the ME! & YNTCD videos with me- and we had so much fun that 'Drunk Taylor' is trending on Twitter. CHEERS," Swift wrote on Instagram.She had gathered with friends to celebrate her 10 VMA nominations. Guests at the party included Laverne Cox, Hayley Kiyoko, the Haim sisters and A'keria Davenport. Swift's new album, "Lover," is set to be released August 23....
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After Mississippi ICE raids, job fair draws hopeful workers

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Days after immigration agents arrested 680 Latino workers in a massive workplace sting at seven Mississippi chicken processing plants, job seekers flocked to an employment fair Monday in hopes of filling some of those now-empty positions.Koch Foods, based near Chicago, held the job fair to recruit new workers at one of its Morton plants, after Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents on Wednesday arrested 243 workers suspected of working without legal authorization.By 10 a.m., a crowd of dozens was on hand, and steady stream of people came and went. Most were black and spoke with accents from the American South. A few appeared white or Hispanic.While the raids at seven plants were unprecedented, chicken processing facilities are normally plagued by heavy turnover and ravenously seek employees. Koch spokesman Jim Gilliland said Monday that job fairs are a "frequent occurrence."...
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Ebola could be curable, clinical trial in the Congo shows for the first time

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The preliminary results of a clinical trial using drugs to treat Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been promising enough to stop the trial and prioritize their use instead. Monitors reviewed how the first several hundred patients in the study were faring on Friday.Ebola has killed more than 1,800 people in the Congo since last year. While there is an effective, but experimental, vaccine against Ebola, there hadn't been any studies to show what kind of treatments were most successful after infection.The drugs were most effective when used as treatments for patients with low levels of Ebola in the bloodstream, according to the peer-reviewed journal Nature.Of the four drugs tested in the clinical trial, one of the most successful was developed by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and the other by the National Institute of Health. Both drugs use antibodies to block the virus.  ...
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Canadian teen fugitive duo committed suicide to end manhunt, police say

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TORONTO – Canadian police said Monday they believe two teenage fugitives suspected of killing a North Carolina woman and her Australian boyfriend as well as another man took their own lives amid a nationwide manhunt.The Manitoba Medical Examiner completed the autopsies and confirmed that two bodies found last week in dense bush in northern Manitoba were indeed 19-year-old Kam McLeod and 18-year-old Bryer Schmegelsky. A police statement said their deaths appeared to be suicide.A manhunt for the pair had spread across three provinces and included the Canadian military. The suspects had not been seen since the burned-out car was found on July 22.McLeod and Schmegelsky were charged with second-degree murder in the death of Leonard Dyck, a University of British Columbia lecturer whose body was found July 19 along a highway in British Columbia....
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Antonio Brown's helmet grievance with NFL denied, Raiders WR says he'll return

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Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown will need a new helmet, after all.Brown had his grievance against the NFL rejected by an arbitrator, two people familiar with the decision told USA TODAY Sports’ Mike Jones. The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to publicly comment on the case.On his verified social media accounts, Brown said he disagreed with the decision, but confirmed that he would return to the Raiders after multiple reports emerged last week indicating he had stepped away from the team, in part, because he wanted to use his old helmet."While I disagree with the arbitrator's decision, I'm working on getting back to full health and looking forward to rejoining my teammates on the field," Brown wrote in a message posted to his verified social media accounts. "I'm excited about this season appreciate all the concerns about my feet 🦶!” #AlwaysAFight #Represent #itsbiggerthanme"...
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What to know about the rule that could reshape legal immigration

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Washington (CNN)On Monday, the Trump administration released a regulation that could reshape the legal immigrant population in the US. The long-anticipated public charge rule makes it more difficult for immigrants who rely on government assistance like Medicaid, subsidized housing and food stamps to obtain legal status.Monday's announcement falls in line with the administration's attempts to curb legal immigration, and favor wealthier and more educated immigrants. Here's what to know: Who does the rule apply to?The rule applies to people who are seeking to come to or trying to remain in the United States. Notably, it'll affect people who are trying to obtain lawful permanent status, otherwise known as a green card. ...
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Canada murder suspects apparently died by suicide, autopsies find

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(CNN)Two young murder suspects found dead after an extensive manhunt apparently killed themselves, police in Canada said Monday.Autopsies confirmed the bodies found last Wednesday in northern Manitoba are those of Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police."The RCMP can also confirm that the two died in what appears to be suicides by gunfire. While both individuals were deceased for a number of days before they were found, the exact time and date of their deaths are not known," the law enforcement agency said in a statement. "However, there are strong indications that they had been alive for a few days since last seen in July and during the extensive search efforts in the Gillam area."...
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Bill Cosby's appeal of his sex-crime conviction goes before judges in crucial hearing

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Bill Cosby's effort to erase his conviction for sexual assault went before a Pennsylvania appellate panel Monday for a hearing focused on whether the trial judge made prejudicial errors or properly allowed testimony about Cosby's "decades-long pattern" of sexual misconduct. According to the Associated Press, the panel of three judges questioned why Cosby's legal team never got a supposed 2005 non-prosecution agreement in writing or approved by a judge. The issue is one of several raised by Cosby's lawyers in his appeal.When he was tried in June 2017 and in April 2018, Cosby argued that a previous district attorney had agreed not to prosecute him on sexual molestation charges because of a lack of evidence. But Cosby's trial attorneys could provide no written proof of this agreement, other than a prosecutor's press release at the time, and his lawyer in 2005 had died. ...
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Teen Fugitive Murder Suspects Die by Suicides: Canada Police

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TORONTO — Canadian police said Monday they believe two fugitives suspected of killing a North Carolina woman and her Australian boyfriend as well as another man died in what appears to be suicides by gunfire.The Manitoba Medical Examiner completed the autopsies and confirmed that the bodies found last week were indeed 19-year-old Kam McLeod and 18-year-old Bryer Schmegelsky. Both were found in dense bush in northern Manitoba.McLeod and Schmegelsky were charged with second-degree murder in the death of Leonard Dyck and were suspects in the fatal shootings of Australian Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese of Charlotte, North Carolina, whose bodies were found July 15 along the Alaska Highway about 300 miles (500 kilometers) from where Dyck was killed....
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Bizarre prank confuses neighborhood

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Someone wearing what appeared to be a TV-shaped mask left over 50 old television sets on porches across a Virginia neighborhood.
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Attorney demands release of police body cam video of horseback arrest

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(CNN)Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump has requested the release of body camera footage recorded by two mounted Galveston police officers who led a handcuffed black man down the city's streets.The police department has 30 days to comply, or face a civil rights march through the city, Crump said at a press conference Monday. Two Galveston police arrested Donald Neely earlier this month. Photos show them on horseback, leading the 43-year-old by what appeared to be a rope. Neely was on foot. Police said the officer was holding a "line" that was clipped to the man's handcuffs, not a rope. But the photo evoked images of slave hunters dragging captured slaves, Crump said, and "everybody who you talk to in communities of color were heartbroken."...
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Bear Escapes House With a Dramatic Exit That Would Make the Kool-Aid Man Proud

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Homeowners in bear country know not to leave their trash outside. But if you keep trash inside, you still have to remember to close the door. That’s a lesson that Estes Park, Colorado resident John Sliwinski learned the hard way over the weekend, after a black bear came barreling into his house, lured by the scent of freshly tossed deviled eggs. Sliwinski had popped upstairs before closing the door securely, he told local news, giving the animal the chance to investigate that tasty egg appetizer situation. Once inside the home, the door closed behind him and he became stuck, necessitating a call to local law enforcement for assistance.The Estes Park Police Department shared the situation on social media — with a subtle joke....
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WATCH: Kangaroos Discover Snow

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It's been a summer of heat waves in the Northern Hemisphere. But in Australia, a group of kangaroos is enjoying wintry conditions. Stephen Grenfell captured their joy as the troop leaped across open fields, undeterred by the cold, wet ground just north of Goulburn, in New South Wales. While the area sees a few snowy days each winter, the high in August is usually in the 50s Farenheit. Heavy snowfall and blustery conditions are continuing in some parts of Southeastern Australia early this week. ...
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Epstein death shifts federal focus to possible conspirators

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In the wake of Jeffrey Epstein's suicide, federal prosecutors in New York have shifted their focus to possible charges against anyone who assisted or enabled him in what authorities say was his rampant sexual abuse of underage girls.Two days after wealthy financier's death in the New York jail where he was awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges, Attorney General William Barr warned on Monday that "any co-conspirators should not rest easy.""Let me assure you that this case will continue on against anyone who was complicit," Barr said at a law enforcement conference in New Orleans. "The victims deserve justice, and they will get it."Authorities are most likely turning their attention to the team of recruiters and employees who, according to police reports, knew about Epstein's penchant for underage girls and lined up victims for him. The Associated Press reviewed hundreds of pages of police reports, FBI records and court documents that show Epstein relied on an entire staff of associates to arrange massages that led to sex acts....
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Blocking Coal Train Railroad Tracks over Wage Complaints, A Protest by Kentucky Miners Is Now Entering its Third Week

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Coal miners in Kentucky continue to protest their former employer by blocking a railroad track that carries coal trains, demanding back pay after being laid off last month.The protest, which started on July 29 in Cumberland, Kentucky, is in response to workers who were laid off by their former employer, Blackjewel LLC, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on July 1. As well as “operational issues” in its mines, the company cited “a combination of declining commodity prices, reduced domestic demand for thermal and metallurgical coal, and increased oversight and costs associated with regulatory compliance” as factors leading to it going bankrupt in court filings.“The entire U.S. mining complex has been impacted by these events. A growing number of peers have filed for bankruptcy over the course of the past 5+ years. The entire industry either has gone through, or is currently going through, a period of financial distress and reorganization,” the document continued....
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Teen 'Fortnite' world champ who won $3 million 'swatted' at home while streaming on Twitch

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So, being one of the best video gamers on the planet doesn't just bring cash prizes and accolades. Apparently, it brings envy – and armed police to your home.Kyle "Bugha" Giersdorf, 16, of Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, just two weeks ago rose to the top of the gaming world winning the $3 million grand prize in the Fortnite World Cup, the biggest "Fortnite" tournament to date. He was even a guest on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" and the "Today" show.But this past weekend, he and his family got some uninvited guests: Armed police came to their door.Kyle was live-streaming a game of "Fortnite" on Twitch Saturday when he was interrupted by his father who said the police were here.How safe is Wi-Fi? It can be a free-for-all for hackers. Here's how to stop them from taking your data...
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New York probation offices screening youth for suicide risk

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Probation departments across New York have started screening young offenders for risk of suicide as a way to connect them with mental health services.Ten counties in upstate New York are participating in the program developed by researchers at Columbia University. The project, called e-Connect, includes counties that cover rural swaths of the state.Probation officials say they hope addressing young offenders' mental health needs will help cut down their chances of getting in trouble in the future.They say the program will streamline access to mental health services at a time when research shows suicide rates among teenagers and young adults have been rising nationally. A report in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that 2017 suicide rates for teenagers and young adults nationwide were the highest since at least the start of the century....
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Woman gets life term in death of mentally disabled man

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A Missouri woman was sentenced Monday to life in prison without parole for killing a mentally disabled man, apparently as part of a complicated plot to divert attention from an unsolved homicide from several years earlier.Pamela Hupp, 60, of the St. Louis suburb of O'Fallon, entered an Alford plea in June on a first-degree murder charge in the 2016 death of 33-year-old Louis Gumpenberger. The plea wasn't an admission of the crime but conceded that evidence existed for a conviction.Hupp claimed she killed Gumpenberger in self-defense when he tried to kidnap her on Aug. 16, 2016. In reality, St. Charles Prosecuting Attorney Tim Lohmar said, Hupp killed Gumpenberger to distract from the re-investigation of her friend Betsy Faria's 2011 death....
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Tom Brady dealing with helmet change protested by Antonio Brown: 'I don't really have much of a choice'

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Tom Brady is having an easier time adjusting to the new helmet rules mandated by the NFL than Antonio Brown. That doesn't mean he likes it, though. On Boston radio station WEEI's "The Greg Hill Show" on Monday, the New England Patriots quarterback said finding a comfortable lid has been a work in progress. "I've been experimenting with a couple different ones, and I don't really love the one that I'm in, but I don't really have much of a choice," Brady said. "So I'm just trying to do the best I can to work with it."Brady was one of 32 players, along with Brown and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who needed to change their helmet this offseason. In April, the league and the NFL Players' Association jointly announced they were banning 11 different models in an effort to improve player safety. Brady previously used the Riddell VSR-4 model, per ESPN. ...
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Louisiana duo found passed out in hot car with infant and meth

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MONROE, La. – Two people are facing charges after they allegedly passed out in a vehicle with an infant. According to arrest reports filed for the case, Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office deputies found the driver, Brianna Ramsey, 24, and passenger Bradley Bellmore, 22, asleep in a vehicle Sunday morning.An 8-month-old infant was in a car seat in the rear of the vehicle. The vehicle was not running and all three occupants were covered in sweat, the arrest reports said. Deputies saw a small plastic bag of what they suspected were drugs through the car window. A search yielded bags of what was believed to be meth and Clonazepam, a prescription medication, along with a set of digital scales and a glass pipe with meth residue, the reports said. ...
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Epstein death puts renowned pathologist back in spotlight

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He testified for O.J. Simpson's defense, helped investigate the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., hosted an HBO show and brought his pathology expertise to bear on celebrity deaths and police killings.Now Dr. Michael Baden is enmeshed in another high-stakes case, as the private pathologist who observed Jeffrey Epstein's autopsy on his lawyers' behalf.The death of the well-connected financier in a jail cell muddied a closely watched sex-trafficking conspiracy case and trained scrutiny on the federal prison system. Epstein's accusers, the attorney general, politicians and others are demanding answers. But if Baden is stepping into a maelstrom, it's a familiar spot for a scientist accustomed to the spotlight....
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Alabama linebacker Josh McMillon out 'indefinite period' with knee injury

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Alabama redshirt senior linebacker Josh McMillon suffered a significant injury to his right knee during a preseason scrimmage Saturday "that will require surgery," Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said in a statement.McMillon, a career backup and special teams contributor, was expected to step into the starting weakside linebacker spot this season, and his loss further thins an already-inexperienced group of Alabama linebackers that only returns junior Dylan Moses from last season's major contributors."Josh McMillon suffered an injury to his right knee Saturday that will require surgery, and keep him out for an indefinite period (of time)," Saban said in the statement. "We have a great medical staff here and he will have the full support of everyone in the organization as he goes through the rehab process. We are confident Josh will make a full recovery."...
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Drive-in sex booths proposed for historic airport

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(CNN)Berlin's former Tempelhof airport has witnessed some major events in its time -- a Nazi airfield during World War II, it was the site of the Berlin airlift during the Cold War, and most recently an emergency shelter for refugees fleeing Syria. In 2008, it was taken out of service and transformed into a gigantic park, and Berliners can now be seen rollerblading down its former runways on summer evenings. But the airfield may soon take on less wholesome role, if one local politician gets his way. The mayor of Berlin's central Mitte district has proposed installing "Verichtungsboxen" -- booths where prostitutes can meet clients -- in the airport site, a bid to improve the safety of the city's sex workers. These include drive-in booths, where customers can meet sex workers in their own vehicles. ...
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'The Watcher' house is sold years after a family was terrorized with creepy letters

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(CNN)One family's nightmare is over: They finally sold the home where they were terrorized by letters from "The Watcher."Derek and Maria Broaddus moved all of their belongings into the Westfield, New Jersey, home between June and August 2014, but they never lived there because of the threatening letters.The couple bought the home for $1,355,657. They spent about $100,000 on renovations, court documents show. They even attempted to get permission from the city's planning board to raze the house and divide the property into two lots. However, they were denied and put the house on the market. They sold it in early July for approximately $959,000, according to Zillow, an online real estate database....
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Bode Miller and wife Morgan are expecting twins a year after their daughter's tragic death

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(CNN)Bode and Morgan Miller are about to add two more to their family.The former Olympic skier and the professional beach volleyball player are expecting twin boys, they announced Monday on Instagram. The new arrivals are due November 11.The news comes just over a year after the couple's 1-year-old daughter, Emeline "Emmy" Miller, died by drowning in a pool. The Millers have dedicated their efforts to child drowning prevention and awareness. The couple has had another baby since then, Easton. The Millers said the birth of their son helped them find joy after Emmy's death.Morgan learned that "My joy and grief could coexist," she wrote on her Instagram. "Now, I can actually say with joy and excitement that we are expecting identical twin boys."...
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Mom brings CNN's Kate Bolduan to tears: This is my reality

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Stephanie Pizzoferrato, whose story about losing her daughter to gun violence brought 2020 presidential candidate Andrew Yang to tears, speaks with CNN's Kate Bolduan about gun control.
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Feds: Dayton Gunman's Friend Helped Hide Body Armor And Ammo From Shooter's Parents

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Updated at 5:05 p.m. ETThe Dayton mass shooter had his friend buy him body armor, a gun accessory and a 100-round magazine allegedly used in the massacre earlier this month. Prosecutors say the friend stored the items in his apartment in order to hide them from the shooter's parents, according to federal charges unsealed on Monday.Federal officials say Ethan Kollie, 24, of Kettering, Ohio, is a longtime friend of gunman Connor Betts, but authorities are not alleging that Kollie helped plan the mass shooting in which nine people were killed and dozens of others injured.Instead, federal officials say Kollie made false statements on federal forms in purchasing and possessing weapons, each count related to allegations that Kollie lied about his drug use on federal firearm documents. ...
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Opinion: Mississippi ICE raids are a call to action for the civil rights generation

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W. Ralph Eubanks is the author of "Ever is a Long Time: A Journey Into Mississippi's Dark Past," and is a visiting professor of English and Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi. He is currently at work on a book on Mississippi's literary landscape. The views expressed here are those of the author. View more opinion articles on CNN. (CNN)The South's racial binary of black and white has long rendered its Latino citizens invisible. As World War I and the Great Migration shrank its black labor pool, Latinos from Texas and Mexico came to the Mississippi Delta in the 1910s and 1920s to work in its vast fields of cotton. Among the marks that generation of Latino immigrants left on Mississippi are the tamales that are now as much a part of the culinary landscape of the Delta as cornbread and biscuits. ...
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Antonio Brown's helmet grievance with NFL denied by arbitrator

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Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown will need a new helmet, after all.Brown had his grievance against the NFL rejected by an arbitrator, two people familiar with the decision told USA TODAY Sports’ Mike Jones. The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to publicly comment on the case.On his verified social media accounts, Brown said he disagreed with the decision, but confirmed that he would return to the Raiders after multiple reports emerged last week indicating he had stepped away from the team, in part, because he wanted to use his old helmet."While I disagree with the arbitrator's decision, I'm working on getting back to full health and looking forward to rejoining my teammates on the field," Brown wrote in a message posted to his verified social media accounts. "I'm excited about this season appreciate all the concerns about my feet 🦶!” #AlwaysAFight #Represent #itsbiggerthanme"...
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‘Our Diversity Is Our Strength.’ Latina Activist Joins Texas Race for U.S. Senate

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(AUSTIN, Texas) — A Latina activist in Texas launched a U.S. Senate run Monday saying hate has made people feel “they can target us on the streets” in the wake of an El Paso mass shooting that police say was preceded by the gunman posting a racist, anti-Hispanic screed.Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez, 37, joins an already long list of underdog challengers to Republican Sen. John Cornyn. She is founder of the Jolt Initiative, which since 2016 has sought to turn Texas’ booming Hispanic population into a political force by boosting their historically low levels of voter turnout.Her work hit close to what the suspected El Paso mass shooter seemed to fear most: A racist post that authorities believe Patrick Crusius shared online before the Aug. 3 attack lashed out against an influx of Hispanics and the thought of them transforming Texas into a Democratic stronghold....
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Anthony Scaramucci: Replace Donald Trump as Republican nominee in 2020

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WASHINGTON – Anthony Scaramucci is upping the ante in his rhetorical war with President Donald Trump, saying Republicans should think about replacing the president as their nominee in the 2020 election."You are losing your fastball," Scaramucci tweeted Monday, responding to Trump's latest volley of criticism, later adding: "Time to call in a good relief pitcher."The former White House communications director – he served only 11 days back in 2017 – also told Trump that "bullying is the most anti-American thing in our culture and it is emanating from the Oval Office," and claimed that "many have called and are willing to work on a necessary replacement."Trump had tweeted just minutes earlier that Scaramucci – "who like so many others had nothing to do with my Election victory" – is upset only because "I didn’t want him back in the Administration (where he desperately wanted to be)." Trump also said he rarely returned Scaramucci's calls, and that his former supporter "just wanted to be on TV!"...
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Prince Andrew’s link to Jeffrey Epstein explained: What does his death mean for the royal?

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Now that Jeffrey Epstein is dead, what happens to the people, including Prince Andrew, who have been associated with him or accused of participating in his alleged sex-trafficking of minor girls?It's not clear but the Duke of York's name surfaced again in connection with his former pal Epstein, a convicted sex offender who was indicted in New York last month on two more federal charges of sex-trafficking. On Friday, there was a document dump: Thousands of pages of formerly sealed documents from a civil suit were unsealed, in which multiple powerful, rich and famous men, including Andrew, are accused of having sex with an underage girl allegedly supplied by Epstein decades ago.The allegations against Andrew in the documents were not new and were vociferously denied by Buckingham Palace four years ago when they were last revived. They were part of a civil suit settled years ago; they had nothing to do with the current criminal charges against Epstein. ...
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Charges Pending Against 12 Marines in Migrant Smuggling Case

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(SAN DIEGO) — Marine Corps officials say charges are pending against 12 Marines at a California base accused of being involved in smuggling, including driving migrants through a heavily secured US border zone near San Diego once they enter the country illegally.The Marine Corps said Monday that six other Marines and one sailor detained last month have been released and returned to their command at Camp Pendleton, north of San Diego. All serve in the same unit.Those being held include two Marine riflemen who were stopped by U.S. Border Patrol agents on July 3 driving from the US-Mexico border with three Mexicans in the back of a BMW.That led to the additional arrests. The two Marines pleaded not guilty in federal court....
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Analysis: The depressing lesson from 2013's failed gun control push

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(CNN)It's been almost seven years since Congress came anywhere close to passing a serious gun control measure. The failure of that attempt, which came just months after the murder of more than two dozen people -- 20 of whom were children -- at Sandy Hook Elementary School in late 2012, provides a sobering reality check on the chances of the Senate passing any sort of gun control legislation in the wake of back-to-back mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, last week.Let's go back to that moment. It was the spring of 2013. The murders in Sandy Hook had seemed to galvanize the country -- and Congress -- to find a way to address the growing problem of mass violence committed with guns. Led by President Barack Obama and with 54 Senate seats controlled by Democrats, it appeared likely that Congress would pass the first major piece of gun control legislation since the assault weapons ban way back in 1994....
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‘We Will Fight Back.’ Immigration Groups Vow to Fight Trump Restrictions on Green Cards

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Immigration groups vowed to fight a Trump Administration plan to deny green cards to applicants who use Medicaid, food stamps and other forms of public assistance, as experts warned the change would disproportionately affect low-income immigrants.Starting Oct. 15, if an applicant for a green card is deemed “more likely than not” to become a “public charge” for using Medicaid, food stamps, housing vouchers or other forms of public assistance for more than 12 months in aggregate within any 36 month period, it will be weighed as “heavily negative factor” in considering the application, Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, announced on Wednesday....
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Negligence caused a Legionnaires' outbreak at Atlanta hotel, lawsuit says

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ATLANTA – A lawsuit filed Monday alleges “negligence in the operation and maintenance of the water systems” caused a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at a downtown Atlanta hotel that killed one person and potentially sickened dozens.State and county health officials are investigating the outbreak among people who stayed at or visited the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel between June 22 and July 15. There have been 12 lab-confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease, including one person who died, and 63 probable cases, Georgia Department of Public Health spokeswoman Nancy Nydam said in an email Monday.Professional photographer Germany Greer, 67, who fell ill in July after photographing a conference at the hotel from June 27 to July 1, filed the lawsuit in Gwinnett County State Court....
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Administration will move to speed death penalty in mass murder cases, Barr says

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New Orleans (CNN)Attorney General Bill Barr said the Trump administration will move next month to speed up the use of capital punishment against convicted mass murderers, marking the first policy development in the wake of the two shootings earlier this month that left scores dead in Texas and Ohio. Legislation that allows for the "imposition of any death sentence without undue delay" in cases of mass murders, as well as slayings of police officers, will be proposed after Labor Day, when lawmakers return from recess, Barr told a national law enforcement gathering in New Orleans."Punishment must be swift and certain," he said.President Donald Trump had directed the Justice Department last week to propose the legislation, and Barr said Monday that he is also working with the FBI to "develop strategies and measures to address" mass shootings and domestic terror attacks, including tools that assist in "detecting potential mass shooters before they strike."...
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US budget deficit rises 27% through July

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(CNN)The US budget deficit widened to $867 billion for the first 10 months of the fiscal year, an increase of 27% over this time last year, the Treasury Department reported Monday.The current shortfall exceeds the full-year deficit for fiscal 2018, which was $779 billion.President Donald Trump, who promised during the 2016 campaign to eliminate the federal debt, has instead overseen a dramatic increase in deficits. The White House's Office of Management and Budget has predicted that the deficit will exceed $1 trillion for the entire fiscal year, which ends on September 30. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office in May had predicted a slightly smaller shortfall of $896 billion for the year, with deficits rising above $1 trillion starting in 2022. ...
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1 person in custody after incident at Chicago VA hospital; no report of injuries

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(CNN)One person is in police custody after an incident on the campus of the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago, a hospital spokeswoman told CNN.There are no reports of injuries, spokeswoman Valerie Creedon said.She could not immediately elaborate on the nature of the incidentReturn for updates. This is a developing story. CNN's Darran Simon contributed to this report. ...
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Tennessee lawmakers mull passing strict abortion ban

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Tennessee lawmakers are considering whether to seek one of the nation's strictest abortion bans, after being reminded by legal experts that such laws have repeatedly been struck down in court.At issue is a proposal to prohibit abortion once a pregnancy is detected. While a similar proposal stalled in the Republican-controlled Statehouse earlier this year, backers are renewing efforts ahead of the 2020 legislative session.Anti-abortion advocates say the goal is to get Tennessee to join the growing list of states seeking to overturn Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationwide.The GOP-dominant panel will meet for two days and receive testimony from legal and medical experts....
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40,000 census workers start verifying addresses next week

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Starting this month, an army of 40,000 U.S. Census Bureau workers equipped with laptops will fan out to neighborhoods around the country to verify and update addresses in preparation for the largest head count in history next spring.The verification of addresses is the most labor-intensive component of the bureau's preparations this year for the 2020 count. The workers known as "listers" will cover about a third of the nation's physical area. The Census Bureau conducts a count of every U.S. resident every 10 years."We're moving later this month into the full-fledged national canvassing effort," Steven Dillingham, director of the U.S. Census Bureau, said Monday at a news conference in Washington that was livestreamed....
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Job fair after ICE raids: Here's who showed up for Koch Foods plant jobs

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FOREST, Miss. – On Monday morning, the parking lot at the WIN Job Center here was full.About 25 to 30 people showed up to apply for jobs at Koch Foods' nearby poultry processing plant. Of those, about an equal number were black, white or Latino."This is what you'd normally see here," said Dianne Bell, communications director for the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, of the job fair held between 9 and 11 a.m.The company, one of four whose plants in small Mississippi towns were targeted by federal immigration officials on Wednesday, contacted the state employment agency the same day to request its help in hiring workers.Car conundrum: This vehicle has highest possible safety rating. It also has the most accidents in America...
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Nike launches a sneaker subscription service

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New York (CNN Business)Subscription clubs for clothing, meals and razors have changed the way people shop. Now Nike is wading into the subscription market for the first time.Nike announced Monday that it is debuting Nike Adventure Club, a sneaker subscription for kids ages two through 10. Nike will offer parents three options for their kids: four pairs of sneakers a year for $20 a month, six pairs for $30 a month or 12 pairs for $50 a month. Parents and kids will be able to choose from a selection of around 100 sneakers."This is probably one of the best examples of a major brand taking the attributes of a [direct-to-consumer] digital brand" and linking it to its broader strategy, said Bryan Gildenberg, chief knowledge officer at Kantar Consulting. ...
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Tulsi Gabbard to report for active duty with Hawaii Army National Guard for 2 weeks

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WASHINGTON – Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, will take a break from her campaign beginning Monday to report for active duty in Indonesia with the Hawaii Army National Guard for two weeks.In an interview with CBS News, Gabbard said that she will be doing a joint training exercise mission in Indonesia with that country's military. She said the training will focus on counterterrorism, humanitarian aid and disaster response. She will depart on Wednesday for Indonesia.While in Indonesia, Gabbard said she will not be campaigning."I love our country, I love being able to serve our country in so many ways, including as a soldier," she said. "While some people are telling me, 'this is a terrible time to leave the campaign, can't you find a way out of it,' you know, that's not what this is about....
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Thousands Of Guns Turned Over To New Zealand Police In Buyback Program

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Thousands of guns have been turned in to New Zealand police as part of a nationwide gun buyback program created after a massacre earlier this year left 51 people dead. Following attacks on two Christchurch mosques, New Zealand's parliament voted overwhelmingly to ban most semi-automatic weapons along with certain kinds of ammunition and large-capacity magazines.In June, officials announced a gun buyback program that pays gun owners to turn in their firearms or other newly prohibited items. Owners can bring in their guns until Dec. 20. Under an amnesty period until that day, gun owners can also anonymously turn in their weapons without compensation, no questions asked. Firearms collections events began in July, and additional events are scheduled through the coming months. According to The Guardian, 10,242 firearms have been turned in since the buybacks started. ...
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Polygamist Leader Warren Jeffs Unfit to Testify Over Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Due to ‘Mental Breakdown’

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(SALT LAKE CITY) — Imprisoned polygamist leader Warren Jeffs has allegedly suffered a mental breakdown and isn’t fit to give a deposition in a sex abuse case against him, according to a recent court filing. Forcing Jeffs to testify would be “futile,” said lawyers representing a community trust that once belonged to a polygamous sect run by Jeffs on the Utah-Arizona border.The trust and Jeffs were sued in 2017 by a woman who says she was sexually abused by Jeffs when she was a child.“The trust has received reports that Warren Jeffs has suffered a mental breakdown, and there seems to be a high likelihood that Warren Jeffs is not mentally competent to provide admissible testimony,” lawyer Zachary Shields wrote in the July 8 filing. “Until the mental state of Warren Jeffs is known, and he has been cleared as competent to testify, it makes no sense to waste resources in a futile deposition attempt.”...
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To Find The Next Antibiotic, Scientists Give Old Drugs A New Purpose

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With antibiotic-resistant bacteria on the rise, scientists are urgently trying to find drugs that will work against persistent infections. But coming up with new ones does not have to be the only strategy.A recent study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science found that they can repurpose bithionol — a drug formerly used to treat parasitic infections in horses — to kill antibiotic-resistant bacteria, including MRSA, a common hospital-acquired infection. The results not only suggest a promising treatment for this infection, but hint at new ways scientists could tackle the problem of antibiotic resistance, by exploring new uses for old drugs and also using them in combination with traditional antibiotics. ...
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Guatemala's Incoming President Faces Tense Migration Talks With The U.S.

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Guatemalans have chosen Alejandro Giammattei, a conservative who once led the country's prison system, to be their next president.Voter turnout in the runoff was low on Sunday in the small, Central American country. Preliminary results showed Giammattei won nearly 58%of the vote, and less than half of eligible Guatemalans cast ballots, according to the country's electoral tribunal.A 63-year-old surgeon, Giammattei tried three times to become president and succeeded on his fourth attempt. He campaigned on a promise to fight crime and build "a permanent political force with a deep love for God, family and Guatemala" with his Vamos political party.When he takes office on Jan. 14, Giammattei will face a range of serious issues that include rampant corruption, widespread poverty and unemployment....
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Maryland panel on lynching begins yearlong study of killings

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A Maryland commission that will research at least 40 lynchings that were committed in the state between 1854 and 1933 and make recommendations about reconciliation held its first meeting on Monday.The Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission meeting was largely organizational, with members choosing an acting chairman and discussing future meetings."We have never really looked at it, looked at the facts," said Del. Joseline Pena-Melnyk, a Democrat who sponsored legislation this year to create the panel, which she described as the first statewide commission of its kind in the nation to take up the issue. "This commission is going to hold hearings and regional hearings throughout the state of Maryland where these lynchings took place."...
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Dow drops 450 points. Trade war fears just won't go away

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New York (CNN Business)Wall Street's trade war anxiety isn't going away.The Dow dropped 400 points, or 1.6%, on Monday afternoon. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq lost about 1.4% apiece. Treasury bond yields once again fell sharply as investors piled into safe assets.The turmoil comes as investors brace for the US-China trade war to deal more damage to the global economy. The risk is that the tit-for-tat tariff battle between the world's two largest economies could turn the economic slowdown into a recession."The ongoing trade dispute between the US and China appears to have escalated into a full-blown economic conflict," David Kostin, chief US equity strategist at Goldman Sachs, wrote in a note to clients. ...
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Friend of Dayton Shooter, Who Purchased Weapon Accessories For Him, Charged With Lying on Federal Firearms Form

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A friend of Dayton shooter has been charged with lying on federal firearms forms, the Department of Justice announced at a press conference on Monday.The man in question, Ethan Kollie, 24, allegedly bought body armor, an AR-15 accessory and a 100 round drum magazine for the shooter in May, the Department of Justice said.Authorities added that they have no reason to believe that Kollie was aware of what the shooter, Connor Betts, was planning — Kollie had indicated that Betts asked him to buy the items because he wanted to hide them from his parents, according to U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Ben Glassman.“Mr Kollie does not stand accused of intentionally participating in the planning of the shooting. We have no evidence of that,” Glassman said at the press conference....
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Charlottesville marks 2 years since deadly rally

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Charlottesville residents are marking the second anniversary of a deadly white nationalist rally with a series of peaceful community events.About 20 people gathered Monday afternoon for a moment of silence at the site where an avowed white nationalist plowed a car into a crowd of people, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring dozens more. Flowers and signs decorated a memorial to Heyer.The Aug. 12, 2017, rally drew a mix of violent far-right extremists. Brawls broke out with anti-racism protesters, and authorities eventually forced the crowds to disperse. The car attack came later as peaceful counterprotesters were marching through downtown.Two state troopers who had been involved in surveillance were killed when their helicopter crashed....
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Greenhouse gases reach record levels

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(CNN)The dominant greenhouse gases released into the Earth's atmosphere reached record levels in 2018, and their global warming power is now 43% stronger than in 1990, according to a new report by the American Meteorological Society released Monday.The State of the Climate in 2018 study also reported other key findings:2018 was the fourth-warmest year on record. The three other warmest years were 2015, 2016 and 2017, with 2016 as the warmest year since records first began being kept in the mid-1800s. Sea levels rose to record levels for a seventh consecutive year.Glaciers continue to melt at a concerning rate for the 30th straight year."Every year since the start of the 21st Century has been warmer than the 1981-2010 average," the report said. "In 2018, the dominant greenhouse gases released into Earth's atmosphere -- carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide -- continued to increase and reach new record highs."...
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Friend of Dayton shooter bought firearm parts for him, federal officials say

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CINCINNATI - A 24-year-old man is facing federal charges after authorities said he lied to investigators and purchased body armor and firearms parts for the shooter who killed nine people in Dayton, Ohio earlier this month.Ethan Kollie is charged with possessing firearms while being a user of a controlled substance and making false statements regarding firearms in a criminal complaint unsealed Monday.Kollie was interviewed the same day as the shooting. Agents said he admitted that he purchased body armor and firearms parts used in the deadly mass shooting and kept those parts at his apartment so the shooter's parents wouldn't find them.However, the charges Kollie faces are unrelated to the shooting and stem from Kollie's own possession of firearms....
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Angry wasps help police nab fleeing fugitive in Germany

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BERLIN – A fugitive in Germany has been nabbed thanks to the help of angry wasps.Oldenburg police said the unusual sting operation took place Monday after officers tried to arrest a 32-year-old man to serve an outstanding 11-month custodial sentence.The suspect, whose name wasn’t released, fled from police and jumped from a balcony straight into a wasps’ nest.The irate insects attacked the man, prompting him to run onto the street. Officers tried to apprehend him there, only to be attacked by wasps themselves.The suspect managed to break free but with wasps in hot pursuit chose to jump into an inflatable pool, where he was arrested.Swimming with snakes: Burmese python caught while swimming in Florida bay...
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LeBron James' agent Rich Paul pans so-called 'Rich Paul Rule' hours before NCAA changes it

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LeBron James blasted the NCAA last week for its new set of rules that requires agents wanting to work with student-athletes to adhere to a specific set of criteria. His agent, who many believe the rule targeted, responded Monday. Rich Paul is the CEO and founder of Klutch Sports, the agency that represents James and his fellow Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis among other NBA players, penned an op-ed for The Athletic and said that while he is flattered the measure is being referred to as "The Rich Paul Rule," it's not necessarily accurate. "It has no impact on me or the business of Klutch Sports Group," he wrote. "However, it does have a significant impact on people like me, and the NCAA should be called out for it." ...
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'Exemplary parents': 2 gay penguins have adopted an abandoned egg in Berlin Zoo

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Two gay penguins at the Berlin Zoo are soon to become parents after taking in an abandoned egg as their own.Skipper and Ping, the two male emperor penguins, arrived in the Berlin Zoo in April as a couple. As soon as they arrived, said Berlin Zoo spokesman Maximilian Jaeger, they showed immediate baby fever."They kept trying to hatch fish and stones," Jaeger said to German news agency DPA. The zookeepers gave Skipper and Ping an egg from the only female penguin in the horde, who had failed to hatch her eggs for nearly two decades.She's also seemingly disinterested in hatching her eggs, the BBC reported.Male emperor penguins warm the eggs in the wild, protecting their children from the elements after the mother penguin gives birth and hunts for food to replenish herself....
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Missy Elliott Will Deservedly Receive the Video Vanguard Award at the 2019 MTV VMAs

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Iconic rapper Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott will be honored with the 2019 Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award at this year’s annual MTV Video Music Awards on August 26. The four-time Grammy winner will be the first female rapper with receive the award and the fourth rap artist to be honored, following LL Cool J (1997), the Beastie Boys (1998), and Kanye West (2015).Elliott’s music videos, which could feature anything from her sporting a voluminous, trash bag-esque ensemble to breakdancing children, are often held up as watershed moments in pop culture, hailed for their innovation when it came to concept, fashion and aesthetics. Legendary music video directors Hype Williams and Dave Meyers were frequent collaborators, but it was Elliott’s confident, funny and dynamic spirit, so evident to her fans, that were present in the visuals as much as her songs....
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Teacher hands out gender-identity graphic to explain preferred title. Parents react

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A California middle school teacher was told to stop passing out a cheerful graphic titled "The Gender Unicorn" that explained gender identity, gender expression and attraction.It also helped Denair Middle School science teacher Luis Davila Alvarado in California's San Joaquin Valley explain that Alvarado preferred to go by Mx. instead of Mr. on the first day of school, the Modesto Bee reported.Some parents were not happy.On the newspaper's Facebook page, debate raged with comments. Kelly Travis Everhart wrote, "As a parent protecting our child from anything is our job!! My child received this in school I would sue the County School District!!!!"Colleen Murray-Ellis wrote: "So the problem is that it came from a science teacher instead of a health/ sex ed teacher? Kids are more sophisticated these days thanks to this age of information. I see no harm in educating them about diversity if it helps them be more open minded and understanding when they meet others who seem different to them."...
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There is no room for a conservative Latino in the Republican Party, so I left: Today's talker

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By Yasser F. SanchezI’ve always looked at the presidency as an office that should inspire trust, honor, goodness and respect.But President Donald Trump has changed the Republican Party to one that embraces nativism and nationalism. I can no longer be part of it. I’ve had it with Trump’s fiscal irresponsibility, and his attacks on immigrants and anyone else who disagrees with him.The GOP was supposed to be the party of fiscal responsibility, the one that could reach across party lines to work on balanced budgets.Instead, we're now promoting a budget that will add trillions to the national debt. We pushed through tax cuts that were not deficit neutral. Yet conservative voices kept quiet. ...
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Olympic Skier Bode Miller and Wife Morgan Announce They Are Expecting Twins

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Olympic skier Bode Miller and his wife Morgan are expecting identical twin boys, just over a year after losing their daughter Emeline in a drowning accident.During an appearance on the Today show, the couple announced that their family would be growing by not one, but two new members this fall, with Morgan noting that the pregnancy was “completely” a shock for the two of them.“From the beginning of our relationship, [Bode] always said, ‘I want identical twin boys, born on my birthday,’” Morgan said. “And this time, when we found out I was pregnant, I said, ‘Do you think it’s twins this time?’ And he said ‘No.’”Morgan later took to her Instagram to share that the twins’ due date is November 11, just one day before Bode’s birthday, while also honoring her late daughter in the caption: “From the beginning of this pregnancy, we knew Emmy had her hands in this miracle somehow.”...
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Person who provided Dayton shooter with armor to face federal charges, source says

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(CNN)A person who provided Dayton shooter Connor Betts the body armor he used during his attack will face federal firearms charges, a law enforcement official with knowledge of the case told CNN on Monday. The suspect also falsified information on federal firearms forms related to two handguns and a pistol version of a rifle, which the person owned, the source said. Those three weapons were not used in the August 4 Dayton attack, the source said. The source would not identify the person being charged but characterized the person as Betts' friend. Armed with a .223-caliber high-capacity rifle with 100-round drum magazines, Betts fired 41 shots in fewer than 30 seconds, killing his sister, Megan, and eight others in Dayton's entertainment district, police said. ...
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Gun Safety Measures Have Momentum Right Now. That May Change Before Congress Comes Back

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The pattern is now all too familiar. A mass shooting prompts calls for stricter gun safety measures. Gun safety advocates demand action, while gun owners raise alarms. Politicians make promises they know are far more difficult than they let on. Intensity fades. Congress ends up doing nothing. Repeat. The back-to-back mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton prompted yet another start to this cycle. But this time, there were the slightest of hints that this time might be a little different. President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, both Republicans, have indicated that guns will be, in the words of the latter, “front and center” — but not until September, when Congress returns....

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