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Ryan Seacrest Will Work Red Carpet At Oscars Despite Sexual Misconduct Claims

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 14:53

E! has confirmed that Seacrest will be doing red carpet hosting duties before the Academy Awards on Sunday. Earlier this week, the TV personality’s former personal stylist told Variety that Seacrest sexually harassed and assaulted her over seven years. Suzie Hardy says she was terminated in 2013 after she reported Seacrest to E! News’ human resources executives.

Rare Identical Newborn Triplets 'Doing Better Than Expected'

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 13:31

Their father, Caleb Choge, said his first thought when he realized he would have triplets was, "Our car doesn’t fit. I need a bigger car."

Protests as sanctioned Iran minister addresses UN rights meet

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 13:09

Demonstrators gathered outside the UN in Geneva Tuesday and some diplomats left in protest over an address by Iran's justice minister to the rights council, despite facing Swiss and EU sanctions over rights violations. Alireza Avaie took the podium at the Human Rights Council, slamming "appalling deficiencies" there and in other UN rights mechanisms, and accusing Washington and others of "exploiting human rights for their political ends". Standing near a large pyramid of shoes meant to represent the thousands killed in a 1988 massacre of political prisoners, demonstrator Safora Mohammadi, a 35-year-old law student, insisted Avaie was "a killer".

Two police officers sentenced for sexually assaulting women while on duty

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 13:04

A pair of former Los Angeles police officers were sentenced to 25 years behind bars after pleading no contest to charges of sexually assaulting multiple women. Luis Valenzuela and James Nichols abusing their authority to prey on vulnerable women, luring them into their car and warning of repercussions if they did not perform sex acts on them, prosecutors from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office said. The abuses often occurred when the pair was on duty, they told Los Angeles County Superior Court.

Prison fight caught on camera

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 12:56

A fight broke out in the maximum security section of the Cook County Jail in Illinois. Two inmates were taken to area hospitals for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Sixteen inmates were charged with 'mob action.'

Sheriff’s Office received almost 50 calls about Florida shooting suspect and his brother, report claims

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 12:52

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office responded to nearly 50 calls about Nikolas Cruz or his brother in the 10 years before he allegedly opened fire on his former Florida high school, new records reportedly show. Call logs obtained from the sheriff’s office show authorities received 45 calls relating to Mr Cruz or his brother from 2008 to 2017, according to CNN. The number is significantly higher than the sheriff’s office has publicly admitted.

'Get him, Shep!' - K9 and police officer split up to catch car theft suspects

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 12:35

Bodycam footage shows a deputy and his K9 split up to catch a pair of car theft suspects after they crashed.

Study: US inequality persists 50 years after landmark report

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 12:12

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Barriers to equality pose threats to democracy in the U.S. as the country remains segregated along racial lines and child poverty worsens, according to study made public Tuesday that examines the nation 50 years after the release of the landmark 1968 Kerner Report.

Disneyland Paris to add Star Wars zone in $2.5 bn upgrade

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 12:06

The Walt Disney Company on Tuesday announced a two-billion-euro ($2.5-billion) expansion of its Paris amusement park which will add a new Star Wars-themed zone to the huge site. Disneyland Paris will also build new areas devoted to its hit animated film "Frozen" and the Marvel comics franchise (Spider-Man, The Hulk, X-Men) as part of the makeover, which will take several years. The work will start in 2021 and significantly expand the park, which is Europe's most popular private tourism destination with 320 million visits since it opened in 1992.

Gun-Carrying GOP Lawmaker Calls For Assault Weapon Ban: 'Not One More School Shooting'

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 11:32

Rep. Brian Mast (R-Fla.), a combat veteran and gun-carrying National Rifle Association member, is supporting a ban on “assault-style weapons” in the wake of a deadly mass shooting earlier this month. 

CDC doctor's disappearance: Parents share chilling last text message from missing son

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 10:43

The parents of missing doctor Timothy Cunningham shared the last text message they received from their son before his disappearance two weeks ago. Cunningham, a highly regarded epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, went missing after he left work mid-day on Feb. 12, complaining of feeling ill. After Cunningham, 35, failed to report to work or contact his family over the next two days, his parents, Terrell and Tia-Juana Cunningham, drove down to Georgia from their house in Maryland to check on their son.

Anger as Israel denies its forces shot Palestinian teen

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 10:41

Israel on Tuesday denied its forces shot a Palestinian teenager and said he suffered a severe head injury when he fell off his bicycle, sparking outrage from activists and his family. Mohammed Tamimi, 15, confirmed to AFP that after being arrested from his home in the middle of the night he had told Israeli interrogators the cause of his misshapen skull was falling off his bike, not being shot. A cousin of prominent jailed Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi, he says he was shot in the head with a rubber bullet during a protest in the occupied West Bank in December, leaving part of his skull missing.

Harrowing Video Shows Mom Handing Kids to Firefighters Before Saving Herself

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 10:12

The family of four made it out of the building safely.

So That Baby Definitely Wasn't Crying On 'Walking Dead,' Right?

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 08:01

By all accounts, the most recent episode of “Walking Dead” was tragic (RIP Carl). In the Season 8 midseason premiere on Sunday, Carl enjoyed a touching moment with his sister Judith (Chloe and Sophia Garcia-Frizzi), saying goodbye before his inevitable death from a zombie bite.

Taiwan urges calm over panic buying of toilet paper

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 05:50

Shelves usually stacked with toilet paper, kitchen paper and boxed tissues stood empty in many hypermarkets and supermarkets as residents stockpiled supplies. Major online retailers had also run out, including PChome which reportedly sold five million packs of toilet paper in three days. The panic buying started after major hypermarkets were informed by toilet paper manufacturers of a 10 to 30 percent price hike from mid-March due to rising international pulp prices.

Melania Trump cuts ties with aide whose firm profited from inauguration

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 05:42

NBC's Andrea Mitchell and panel report on First Lady Melania Trump cutting ties with an aide whose company made $26 million on the inauguration.

North Carolina Man Broadcasts His Own Killing On Facebook Live

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 05:20

A man in Wingate, North Carolina live-streamed his own killing on Monday, police said. Prentis Robinson, 55, had been broadcasting a visit to the local police station on Facebook Live when he was shot multiple times on camera. Wingate police confirmed that Robinson captured the shooting on film, reported the Charlotte Observer.

Powerful Men Who Lose Their Jobs Over Harassment Can Still Get Big Payouts

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 00:17

WASHINGTON ― The Me Too movement has a pattern: Someone accuses a powerful man of sexual misconduct. Steve Wynn, the Las Vegas casino mogul accused of pressuring workers to perform sex acts, made news earlier this month — not because he’s getting a severance payment, but because he’s not. NBC apparently did not plan to give a payout to Matt Lauer, but the network was reportedly considering a severance package for his onetime booker Matt Zimmerman, who was also dismissed over inappropriate conduct.

Nassar victims help unveil sweeping child abuse legislation

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 23:50

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Victims of imprisoned former sports doctor Larry Nassar helped unveil what they described Monday as a sweeping rewrite of Michigan laws related to childhood sexual abuse, saying the changes would ease the ability to stop abuse and bring justice to survivors.

U.S. threatens action against Iran after Russia U.N. veto

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 23:09

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS/TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - The United States threatened unilateral action against Iran on Monday after Russia vetoed a western bid for the United Nations Security Council to call out Tehran for failing to prevent its weapons from falling into the hands of Yemen's Houthi group. "If Russia is going to continue to cover for Iran then the U.S. and our partners need to take action on our own. If we're not going to get action on the council then we have to take our own actions," U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley told reporters during a visit to Honduran capital Tegucigalpa.