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Californians are at risk for more wildfires and deliberate outages
Tue, 22 Oct 2019 17:26:24 GMT
Just as firefighters got a grip on a blaze that tore through the swanky Pacific Palisades, other Californians are at risk of unpredictable wildfires this week.
The truck driver involved in a crash that killed 7 motorcyclists indicted on 23 charges
Tue, 22 Oct 2019 07:37:06 GMT
The 23-year-old truck driver involved in a crash that left seven motorcyclists dead was indicted on 23 charges, court documents show.
Jimmy Carter hospitalized after fall at Georgia home
Tue, 22 Oct 2019 17:54:38 GMT
Former President Jimmy Carter has been admitted to the hospital after falling in his home in Plains, Georgia, Monday night.
Gale-force winds, 20-foot waves are likely on Lake Michigan
Tue, 22 Oct 2019 17:44:37 GMT
The second intense storm in a week is whipping up gale-force winds and waves as high as 20 feet across an already-high Lake Michigan.
Michelin will pay $100,000 of college tuition for one young, responsible driver
Tue, 22 Oct 2019 13:49:35 GMT
The Michelin Man could send you to college if you can prove you're a responsible driver. All it takes is a penny.
Amash: Republicans wish they weren't 'trapped' into defending Trump
Tue, 22 Oct 2019 03:04:39 GMT
Rep. Justin Amash lamented administration and congressional Republicans as being caught in an untenable position trying to defend President Donald Trump as the controversy surrounding his dealings with Ukraine continues to grow.
Obamacare premiums are dropping 4% for 2020 plans
Tue, 22 Oct 2019 17:15:27 GMT
The Affordable Care Act is looking stronger for 2020 -- and the Trump administration is claiming credit for it, even as officials try to upend the landmark health reform law.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg says she never stopped working out during pancreatic cancer treatment
Tue, 22 Oct 2019 02:00:41 GMT
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told an audience in California on Monday that even after she was diagnosed for the fourth time with cancer, she never stopped working out, although she couldn't always complete her full routine.
Fact check: Trump made at least 20 false claims in angry Cabinet monologue
Tue, 22 Oct 2019 10:15:52 GMT
President Donald Trump delivered a blistering and rambling monologue to the journalists he allowed into his Cabinet meeting for more than 70 minutes on Monday. His press secretary, Stephanie Grisham, later tweeted, "I hope we see honest reporting from today's mtg."
There are more wealthy Chinese than Americans for the first time
Mon, 21 Oct 2019 15:00:26 GMT
For the first time, there are more rich Chinese than Americans in the top 10%.
Sales of tiny Coke cans are soaring. Here's why
Mon, 21 Oct 2019 10:45:55 GMT
Good things came in small sizes for Coca-Cola last quarter. The company reported sales that topped forecasts, thanks in part to a double-digit increase in volume for its 7.5-ounce mini cans.
Burger King is selling a 'Ghost Whopper' for Halloween
Mon, 21 Oct 2019 20:02:04 GMT
At 62, the Whopper is approaching retirement age. But Burger King is squeezing new life out of its iconic menu item through themed special editions throughout the year.
McDonald's shares slip as competition heats up
Tue, 22 Oct 2019 14:17:15 GMT
Growth at McDonald's slowed in the third quarter, suggesting that the chain is feeling the heat from competitors who are getting aggressive on breakfast and plant-based menu items.
Family survives EF-2 tornado by hunkering down inside closet
Tue, 22 Oct 2019 14:17:15 GMT
Baby survives open heart surgeries by 1st birthday
Tue, 22 Oct 2019 14:17:15 GMT
Burlington girls' soccer plays for #EqualPay
Tue, 22 Oct 2019 14:17:15 GMT
Family thanks 'guardian angel' who came to rescue
Tue, 22 Oct 2019 14:17:15 GMT
Trashcan full of bees dumped in woman's yard
Tue, 22 Oct 2019 14:17:15 GMT
Meeting overshadowed by controversial comments
Tue, 22 Oct 2019 14:17:15 GMT
Family trying to save 'sweetest pit bull on earth'
Tue, 22 Oct 2019 14:17:15 GMT
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Woman killed after stumbling across robbery while playing Pokemon Go, police say
Tue, 22 Oct 2019 15:01:18 -0400
Woman killed after stumbling across robbery while playing Pokemon Go, police sayA 21-year-old New Mexico woman was playing Pokemon Go with her boyfriend over the weekend when she was fatally shot after witnessing a robbery in progress, according to police. Cayla Campos and her boyfriend, who police identified by his first name, Sidney, were driving near Bianchetti Park in Albuquerque late Friday night when they allegedly witnessed two armed robbers targeting someone in another vehicle, police said Monday. Campos turned her car around and attempted to flee the scene, but the suspects spotted her and opened fire on her vehicle.
New 'Varsity Blues' charges affect 11 parents, including Lori Loughlin
Tue, 22 Oct 2019 14:56:00 -0400
New 'Varsity Blues' charges affect 11 parents, including Lori LoughlinA grand jury in Boston on Tuesday returned additional charges against 18 people tied to the "Varsity Blues" college admissions scandal. The new charges affect 11 of 15 previously charged parents, including actress Lori Loughlin, and seven university officials. Mossimo Giannuli, Loughlin's husband, is also included in those facing additional charges.
Court weighing whether judge can unseal lynching records
Tue, 22 Oct 2019 14:54:42 -0400
Court weighing whether judge can unseal lynching recordsAppeals court judges considering whether federal courts can order grand jury records unsealed in old cases of historical significance pointed out Tuesday that a recently passed federal law could provide another way to win release of those records arising from the brazen lynching of two black couples seven decades ago. The FBI investigated for months and more than 100 people reportedly testified before a grand jury, but no one was ever indicted in the deaths of Roger and Dorothy Malcom and George and Mae Murray Dorsey at Moore's Ford Bridge in Walton County. Historian Anthony Pitch wrote about the unsolved killings — "The Last Lynching: How a Gruesome Mass Murder Rocked a Small Georgia Town" — and continued his research after the book's 2016 publication.
Ex-Hawaii police chief, prosecutor-wife to admit more crime
Tue, 22 Oct 2019 14:54:36 -0400
Ex-Hawaii police chief, prosecutor-wife to admit more crimeA retired Honolulu police chief and his wife, a former prosecutor, are scheduled to plead guilty Tuesday to bank to fraud and identity theft charges, which is expected to end an ongoing federal prosecution against them. The expected pleas by Louis and Katherine Kealoha follow their conviction last June in a plot to frame a relative to keep him from revealing fraud that financed their lavish lifestyle. Louis Kealoha retired as chief after becoming target of the federal corruption investigation, and Katherine Kealoha is a former high-ranking deputy Honolulu prosecutor.
19 Women Accused a Gynecologist of Abuse. Why Didn't He Go to Prison?
Tue, 22 Oct 2019 14:53:26 -0400
19 Women Accused a Gynecologist of Abuse. Why Didn't He Go to Prison?NEW YORK -- The Manhattan District Attorney's Office shocked a state judge in 2011 when it recommended that financier Jeffrey Epstein be given the lowest possible sex offender status despite accusations that he had sexually abused dozens of girls.The judge refused, and the district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., later reversed his stance, saying his assistant had made a mistake.Now several women say that the Epstein case was not an isolated incident, contending that Vance showed leniency toward another well-connected sex offender.In 2016, Vance's office agreed to a plea deal with Robert A. Hadden, a gynecologist who had been accused of sexual abuse by 19 patients, that allowed him to avoid prison time. The office then went against the recommendation of a state panel and sought the lowest sex offender status for the doctor, which a judge granted.Some of Hadden's accusers are renewing calls for an investigation into how the Manhattan District Attorney's Office handles sex crimes. They are citing revelations about Epstein, who killed himself at a Manhattan federal jail in August while being held on sex-trafficking charges, as evidence of what they contend might be a systemic problem at the office."It is not a one-off," said Marissa Hoechstetter, who accused the gynecologist of sexual abuse in a lawsuit. "There's a pattern of behavior."Since the criminal case against Hadden was resolved, Hoechstetter and 25 other women have joined a lawsuit in state court against Hadden, Columbia University and its affiliated hospitals. A lawyer representing several of them, Anthony T. DiPietro, said Vance's "allegiance is not to the people of New York."Vance said neither Hadden nor Epstein had received special treatment because of their wealth or their well-connected lawyers. He said his sex crimes unit had taken many tough-to-win sex crimes cases to trial against wealthy people and was not afraid to do so."The criticism focuses upon several cases, but that doesn't reflect the body of the prosecution's work," Vance said. He added: "I think it is inaccurate to suggest that our office is easy on men of privilege because we have charged, with very serious misconduct, many men of privilege."Though Vance said he was not personally involved in the plea negotiations with Hadden, he defended his office's decision because it guaranteed that Hadden received a felony conviction and surrendered his medical license.Vance's chief assistant, Karen Friedman Agnifilo, who supervised the Hadden case, said the plea negotiations were handled correctly."It's not like we did not have a complete victory," Friedman Agnifilo said. "The only thing we're talking about here is if there should have been some other punishment."After the MeToo movement prompted a global reckoning on sexual harassment and assault, Vance was criticized for declining to prosecute Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein in 2015 on charges that he groped an Italian model.The episode tarnished his reputation among women's rights groups and advocates for sexual assault victims, even though Vance had previously won their praise for spending $38 million in forfeiture funds to reduce the nationwide backlog of untested rape kits.Vance's office eventually brought charges against Weinstein in May 2018 based on complaints from two other women, becoming the only prosecutor in the country to do so.His office has also become more aggressive in prosecuting other sex crimes. In 2012, the year that Hadden was arrested, the Manhattan District Attorney's Office prosecuted 59% of the sex crimes it had investigated, according to data from the office. That figure increased to 93% in 2018.'I Trusted Him'The investigation of Hadden, a gynecologist with Columbia University and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, began in June 2012 when a patient told the police that during an exam, he had licked her vagina and touched her nipples.Many of the accusers had been his patients for years. Some said in interviews that at first Hadden seemed unassuming, with a gentle demeanor and a comforting bedside manner.He kept photos of his son and daughter on his desk."There was nothing about him that was alarming," said one of the six women Hadden was charged with abusing, who was pregnant when she was his patient in 2012. She asked that her name not be disclosed.The woman, identified in the indictment as Victim No. 6, said the abuse started with Hadden asking questions like, "How do you orgasm?" He asked about her husband's penis size and made unsolicited suggestions about sexual positions she might find pleasurable.During one visit, he forcefully pulled her pants and underwear down and grabbed and cupped her buttocks, hips and vagina, according to court records.On her last visit, he conducted an internal exam by inserting his fingers into her vagina without gloves, according to the woman and court records. A nurse was not in the exam room. The woman never returned and for a time kept what had happened to herself."I didn't think about reporting him," she said. "It would have been me against the world, him and his 30-year practice."A second woman, described in court papers as Victim No. 5, said in an interview and told investigators that he rubbed her clitoris after removing his gloves during an exam in 2011."I trusted him," the woman said. "It was hard to believe that I was unable to detect a predator standing beside me."Hoechstetter made similar allegations to prosecutors, but her complaint was not added to the criminal case. The Manhattan District Attorney's Office told her that her claims -- which amounted to a misdemeanor -- were too old to prosecute.She said that in 2012, as she lay in his exam room with her feet propped in stirrups, he put his tongue on her vagina. Wiping tears from her eyes, she recounted feeling the hairs on his face against her.A No-Jail DealIn June 2014, Hadden, now 61, was indicted on charges involving the six women, including five counts of a criminal sexual act, two counts of forcible touching and two counts of sexual abuse.At the doctor's first court appearance, the lead prosecutor, Laura Millendorf, said that 13 other women had accused him of similar misconduct, dating to the 1990s, but that their cases were too old to prosecute. Most of them were pregnant when they were abused, she said.Millendorf offered the gynecologist a deal, court records showed: He could plead guilty to the most serious charge -- criminal sexual act in the third degree -- and six related offenses and get four years in prison. If not, the prosecutor said, the office would seek a lengthier sentence.Hadden hired Isabelle A. Kirshner, a skilled defense lawyer who has known Vance since they were both assistants in the district attorney's office in the early 1990s. She considers Vance a friend and has also donated to his campaign.Over the next year and a half, Kirshner reached a plea bargain with two of Millendorf's superiors that allowed Hadden to avoid prison, people familiar with the discussions said.Millendorf, who declined to be interviewed, wanted to take the case to trial and disagreed with the plea agreement, these people said.Kirshner said she tried to poke holes in the prosecution's case by gathering information on Hadden's accusers that might have raised doubts about their credibility.Some of the women, she said, continued to go to Hadden after the alleged abuse and made their allegations only after others had come forward. She said that in one instance, a nurse contradicted a woman's account.The defense lawyer told Millendorf's superiors -- Jennifer Gaffney and Friedman-Agnifilo -- that some of the accusers had financial difficulties and were also suing him in state court, a detail she had planned to use at trial to suggest that they had "a financial interest in the outcome of the case."Kirshner said she never turned to Vance for help with the Hadden case, and Vance said he did not speak with her about it. Friedman-Agnifilo, Vance's deputy, said she told Vance that Kirshner had reached out to her.Friedman-Agnifilo said prosecutors were troubled by the involvement of some of the accusers in the lawsuit. In addition, she said that while prosecutors believed the women were being truthful, there were aspects of the evidence that would be used to attack their credibility.For instance, she said, the women who were pregnant at the time of the assaults could not see what Hadden was doing, because their views were obstructed, a fact the defense would exploit to undermine their testimony."The case had serious proof issues," Friedman-Agnifilo said. "It was not a slam-dunk case."She said the two priorities for prosecutors were to make sure Hadden pleaded guilty to a felony and lost his medical license. "It was only in the context of being a doctor that he had the opportunity to commit those crimes," she said.In the end, Hadden gave up his license and pleaded guilty to a single felony count of criminal sexual act in the third degree, and one misdemeanor count of forcible touching.In return, Vance's office agreed not to seek a prison sentence, dropped the remaining charges and promised not to pursue any new sexual abuse allegations.Prosecutors also agreed to allow Hadden's sex-offender status to be reduced to Level 1, which meant his name would not be on an online list of offenders and he would no longer be considered a sex offender after 20 years.That position ignored the recommendation a state panel, the Board of Examiners of Sex Offenders, which had determined that Hadden had a moderate risk of reoffending and should be classified as a Level 2 sex offender. Level 2 sex offenders are listed online and required to register for life.Kirshner said she had no regrets. "I think my job is to represent my client and get the best possible resolution," she said. "I wish I could have done better."Several of Hadden's accusers, however, said they were deeply disappointed with the outcome, which several news outlets, including the New York Post and BuzzFeed, have written about."If you don't feel comfortable bringing to trial a case with dozens of people, I don't know what you would bring to trial," Hoechstetter said.This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2019 The New York Times Company
Canada's Trudeau wins 2nd term but nation more divided
Tue, 22 Oct 2019 14:52:43 -0400
Canada's Trudeau wins 2nd term but nation more dividedPrime Minister Justin Trudeau begins his second term facing an increasingly divided Parliament and country, with his rock-star appeal from four years ago diminished by scandal and unmet expectations. Trudeau was re-elected in a stronger-than-expected showing in Monday's national elections. The prime minister struck a conciliatory note in an early morning address that forced the TV networks to break away from covering his Conservative rival, Andrew Scheer, who had just begun speaking to his own supporters.
UK PM Johnson to call EU leaders to discuss Brexit next steps - spokesman
Tue, 22 Oct 2019 14:51:52 -0400
UK PM Johnson to call EU leaders to discuss Brexit next steps - spokesmanBritish Prime Minister Boris Johnson will hold conversations with other EU leaders on Tuesday to determine what their next steps are after parliament rejected his proposed timetable to pass Brexit legislation, his spokesman said. Earlier, Johnson said he would end an attempt to win parliamentary approval for the legislation that would enable Britain to leave the European Union and instead press for an election if lawmakers rejected the timetable.
Trump compares impeachment process to 'a lynching'
Tue, 22 Oct 2019 14:49:00 -0400
Trump compares impeachment process to 'a lynching'President Donald Trump compared the impeachment process to "a lynching" on Twitter Tuesday morning, triggering another political firestorm. "So some day, if a Democrat becomes President and the Republicans win the House, even by a tiny margin, they can impeach the President, without due process or fairness or any legal rights," he wrote. "All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here - a lynching.
Bank of Canada rate cut bets sink as investors eye post-election spending
Tue, 22 Oct 2019 14:48:31 -0400
Bank of Canada rate cut bets sink as investors eye post-election spendingInvestors are ditching bets that the Bank of Canada will cut interest rates over the coming months as the domestic economy shows resilience and the federal election result adds to prospects of growth-boosting fiscal spending next year. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal government, already planning to run longer and deeper deficits, will need to cater to left-leaning parties, such as the New Democratic Party (NDP), in return for support after it lost its majority in Parliament in Monday's election. "The resulting higher spending and larger deficits may give a temporary lift to growth next year, but will also likely keep the Bank of Canada on hold for longer," said Doug Porter, chief economist at BMO Capital Markets.
Loughlin among parents, others facing new charges in U.S. college admissions scandal
Tue, 22 Oct 2019 14:48:30 -0400
Loughlin among parents, others facing new charges in U.S. college admissions scandalFederal prosecutors on Tuesday said they had brought additional charges against 18 wealthy parents, former university athletic officials and others accused of participating in the largest U.S. college admissions scam ever uncovered. Among those facing new charges are 11 parents including "Full House" star Lori Loughlin, who federal prosecutors in Boston say conspired to bribe University of Southern California employees to secure the admission of her two daughters. Lawyers for Loughlin and Giannulli did not respond to requests for comment.
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