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Bill Cosby plans seminars on how to avoid sexual assault charges

According to Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt, Cosby plans to organize a series of town hall meetings to help educate young people about problems their misbehaviour could cause, along with other issues.

WATCH BELOW: The latest on Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial and the mistrial fallout. Comedian Hannibal Burress also contributed to the Cosby firestorm when he joked at a 2014 stand-up show [Warning: foul language] that Cosby was being hypocritical for wagging his finger at wrongdoings when he himself “is a rapist.”

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Washington Post -
Bill Cosby plans ‘town halls’ on avoiding sexual assault accusations, his publicists claim

Just days after a judge declared a mistrial in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault case, his publicists have revealed what he plans to do next — a national tour educating young people on sexual assault, specifically, on how to avoid getting accused of sexual assault.

Among those critical of Cosby’s planned town halls were organizers of the Women’s March, who wrote on Twitter Thursday that “rape culture is Bill Cosby planning town halls on how married men and male athletes can avoid sexual assault charges.”


The Guardian -
Bill Cosby plans to teach young people how to not get accused of sexual assault

Just days after his sexual assault case ended in a mistrial, Bill Cosby wants to embark on a series of “town halls” to speak to young people about sexual assault – specifically, it seems, how to avoid an accusation.

Reacting to the idea of a Cosby town hall tour, Jodi Omear, the vice-president of communications for Rainn, an anti-sexual violence group, said, “It would be more useful if Mr Cosby would spend time talking with people about how not to commit sexual assault in the first place.”


New York Times -
Bill Cosby, Fresh From Trial, Plans Talks on Avoiding Assault Accusations

Bill Cosby is planning a series of town hall meetings this summer to educate people, including young athletes and married men, on how to avoid accusations of sexual assault, two of his representatives said Wednesday.

The announcement came just days after Mr. Cosby’s trial on sexual assault charges ended in a hung jury and while he is still battling civil suits from other women who say he assaulted them too.


BBC -
Bill Cosby plans 'sexual assault education' speaking tour

Embattled comic Bill Cosby plans to embark on a town hall-style speaking tour to educate young people about sexual assault allegations.

Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt told WBRC-TV's Good Day Alabama that the comedian will begin his summer motivational speaking tour in Alabama as early as July. "This is bigger than Bill Cosby," Mr Wyatt said, adding "this issue can affect any young person, especially young athletes of today".


Global News -
Cosby mistrial resulted from 2 holdouts who were ‘not moving, no matter what’, juror says

On those two charges, the juror alleged, the two holdouts who believed Cosby was not guilty were “not moving, no matter what.”

In an interview with ABC News, the unidentified juror (who agreed to speak out on the condition of anonymity) claimed 10 of the jurors believed Cosby was guilty on two of the three counts with which he was charged (a charge of digitally penetrating Andrea Constand while she was unconscious, and a charge that the assault occurred after Cosby gave her drugs without her knowledge), while only one believed the comedian was guilty of a third charge, that Constand was unconscious or unaware during the incident.


ABC News -
2 Cosby holdouts prevented guilty verdict, juror says

In an exclusive interview with ABC News, a juror in the Bill Cosby sexual assault case said that after dozens of hours of grueling deliberations in a tiny room, 10 of the 12 jurors agreed he was guilty on two counts.

On counts one and three, the two holdouts against finding Cosby guilty were “not moving, no matter what,” said the juror, who agreed to speak to ABC News only on the condition of anonymity.


ABC News -
Jurors' names in Bill Cosby trial will be released

The judge in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial has ordered the release of the names of the jurors who were deadlocked over the case.

Judge Steven O'Neill, who presided over the Cosby trial, ruled today that the names of the jurors will be released publicly with the condition that they "not disclose anything that was said or done in the jury room." In his court order, the judge wrote, "Jurors shall not disclose arguments or comments made, or votes cast, by fellow jurors during deliberations.


Global News -
Judges not only ones who need training in sexual assault law: House of Commons committee

Aspiring judges aren’t the only ones who need to know more about sexual assault law, the members of the House of Commons status of women committee said Wednesday as they urged the federal justice minister to push for more training.

WATCH: Ambrose seeks response to proposed bill that ensure judges are trained in sexual assault law. “Witnesses appearing before the committee have highlighted the importance of training for all persons who play a role in the administration of criminal justice and who are involved in sexual assault cases, including, but not limited to: superior and provincial court judges, Crown prosecutors, defence attorneys and police forces,” Gladu wrote.


New York Times -
Cosby Jurors Are Named, but Judge Limits What They Can Say

The judge who presided over Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial ordered on Wednesday that the jurors’ names be released to the news media, but he sharply limited what jurors are allowed to discuss about the protracted deliberations that ended on Saturday in a hung jury and a mistrial.

Judge Steven T. O’Neill ruled that he had little choice, under a 2007 State Supreme Court ruling, but to make the jurors’ names public, yet his reluctance was evident throughout his written order.


The Guardian -
Bill Cosby's mistrial shows powerful men can still get away with anything

Trump’s infamous brag about how he treats women was the first thing that came to mind when I heard that the sexual assault case against Bill Cosby had ended in a mistrial.

When powerful men accused of sexual assault are held to account, it’s not the accusers who treated as victims, but the men themselves. After all, this country voted in a president who was accused of sexual assault by multiple women and admitted on tape to groping women without their consent, and still we say it’s “locker room talk” or just the way men are.


Global News -
Bill Cosby alternate juror says he ‘probably’ would have voted to convict

An alternate juror in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault case said Monday he “probably” would have voted to convict and was “ridiculously sick” when he found out the main jury couldn’t reach a verdict.

READ MORE: Bill Cosby favoured to walk after retrial, but new jury may be more eager to convict. He told Pittsburgh radio station WDVE that jurors did not discuss the case on the bus ride after the trial, maintaining “complete silence.”


LA Times -
Why Bill Cosby's lawyers are feeling confident about his next trial

The prosecutor who went after Bill Cosby sounded confident Saturday when he vowed to retry the case, recalling what happened after his last mistrial.

One night, two stories: In the Bill Cosby saga of sex, race, celebrity and alleged assault, even the jury couldn't agree on the truth. Prosecutor vows to launch new sexual assault case against Bill Cosby following mistrial


Reuters -
Cosby deadlock makes task of finding second jury even more difficult

After Casey Anthony was acquitted of suffocating her 2-year-old daughter in 2011, one juror quit her job and moved due to death threats she received, Hannaford-Agor said.

Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Judge Steven O'Neill has kept secret the names of the 12 jurors who spent 52 hours in an unsuccessful effort to decide whether Cosby, now 79, drugged and sexually assaulted Andrea Constand at his home in a Philadelphia suburb in 2004.


NBC News -
Here's why an alternate juror on the Cosby trial would have convicted

An alternate juror who sat through Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial but didn't get to deliberate said he would have voted to convict, but isn't shocked the case ended with a hung jury.

Agrusa, a civil lawyer who never worked a criminal case before the Cosby trial, called the outcome "bittersweet" but said the star's publicist wasn't wrong to call it a victory. “Any time your client gets to walk out of the courtroom and spend the night in their own bed, celebrate Father's Day with their family, is a victory," she said.


Washington Post -
‘I would probably have convicted,’ says man who claims to be a Bill Cosby alternate juror

A man who says he was one of the alternate jurors in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial told a Pittsburgh radio station Monday that he would have voted to convict the comedian.

“I would probably have convicted,” McCloskey told the morning hosts on WDVE, a station that broadcasts Pittsburgh Steelers games. McCloskey, who said he did not want to be selected because he feared jury service would prevent him from watching Pittsburgh Penguins hockey games, said he and other alternates were segregated from the rest of the jury during deliberations.


Washington Post -
What’s next for the Bill Cosby sex-assault case?

The mistrial declared Saturday morning in Norristown, Pa., set the scene for a courtroom rematch between Andrea Constand, a former women’s professional basketball player, and Bill Cosby, the comic legend who she says drugged and sexually assaulted her.

Even though the machinations of a retrial would be handled by attorneys, the ultimate decision of the next panel of jurors will be, once again, heavily dependent on their assessment of Constand and Cosby.


LA Times -
Prosecutor vows to launch new sexual assault case against Bill Cosby following mistrial

A Pennsylvania judge declared a mistrial Saturday in the case against Bill Cosby after a jury was unable to come to a unanimous decision, an inconclusive finale to one of the most high-profile sexual assault cases in years.

Bill Cosby's relationship with African Americans is anything but black and white. Opinion: I'm one of Bill Cosby's accusers.


LA Times -
One night, two stories: In the Bill Cosby saga of sex, race, celebrity and alleged assault, even the jury couldn't agree on the truth

The dozen jurors in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial spanned a diverse demographic range: white men in their 20s and 30s, middle-aged African Americans, elderly white women.?. With that diversity also came deadlock.

Why L.A. women who accused Bill Cosby of assault have not seen their day in court. Bill Cosby's relationship with African Americans is anything but black and white


Time -
Bill Cosby Doesn't Testify at Sexual Assault Trial

With Cosby's wife of 53 years, Camille, looked on from the gallery for the first time in the 6-day-old trial, Cosby told a judge that he made the decision not to testify after talking it over with his lawyers.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand and Johnson have done.


New York Times -
Camille Cosby and Others React to the Bill Cosby Jury Verdict

Hannibal Buress was doing a stand-up set in Philadelphia in 2014 in which he excoriated Bill Cosby, alleging that he was a hypocrite for criticizing the lifestyle of African-Americans despite having been accused of sexual assault.

Kumail Nanjiani, who stars in the HBO show “Silicon Valley” posed a question on Twitter that will probably come up when the case is retried.


LA Times -
Prosecutor vows to launch new sexual-assault case against Bill Cosby following mistrial

A Pennsylvania judge declared a mistrial Saturday in the case against Bill Cosby after a jury was unable to come to a unanimous decision, an inconclusive finale to one of the most high-profile sexual assault cases in years.

Bill Cosby's relationship with African Americans is anything but black and white. Opinion: I'm one of Bill Cosby's accusers.


Fox News -
Bill Cosby trial: Judge declares mistrial in sexual assault case after jury deadlock

Bill Cosby’s trial on sexual assault charges ended in a mistrial Saturday after jurors failed to break a deadlock after more than 52 hours of deliberations over six days.

Cosby said in an interview ahead of the trial that he was looking forward to being found innocent and he wanted to be “remembered as being the guy that they give back all the things that they rescinded.”


Global News -
Bill Cosby favoured to walk after retrial, but new jury may be more eager to convict

A retrial of Bill Cosby on sexual assault charges will likely offer major advantages to the defense, former prosecutors and defense lawyers say, but the enormous publicity surrounding the case may also produce a second jury that is more eager to convict.

After a lone holdout deadlocked the jury in Hernandez’s first trial, the public and media outcry made it extremely hard to find an impartial panel for the retrial, said Fishbein.


CBS News -
Prosecutors vow Bill Cosby retrial on sex assault charges after jury deadlocks

Prosecutors found themselves back to square one Saturday after the jury in Bill Cosby's sexual assault case declared itself hopelessly deadlocked, resulting in a mistrial for the 79-year-old TV star facing accusations he first drugged then molested a woman more than a decade ago.

By sowing doubt among one or more jurors, Cosby's lawyers managed to overcome two years of unrelenting bad publicity for their client after the public release of his damaging testimony about drugs and sex, as well as a barrage of accusations from 60 women who came forward to accuse him of sexual assault.


New York Times -
Why Couldn’t the Cosby Jury Reach a Verdict Legal Experts Assess

As the jury’s deliberations extended into this weekend, the possibility of a verdict in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial seemed to dim, though legal experts cautioned against drawing any conclusions.

The jury’s inability to reach a unanimous verdict pointed to the difficulties of trying sexual assault cases, particularly one brought against such a well-known celebrity so many years later, some experts said.


LA Times -
Why LA women who accused Bill Cosby of assault have not seen their day in court

Saturday’s declaration of a mistrial in the Bill Cosby sexual assault case in Pennsylvania raises new questions about whether there are other jurisdictions that could bring charges against the comedian, who as been publicly accused of misconduct by numerous women.

Cosby was charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault in an incident involving former Temple University basketball staffer Andrea Constand at his home in suburban Philadelphia in 2004.


Washington Post -
Camille Cosby lashes out after mistrial is declared in husband’s sexual assault case

After a mistrial was declared in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault case, a member of Cosby’s public relations team read a heated statement from the comedian’s wife, Camille Cosby.

Courthouse, where the jury declared themselves “hopelessly deadlocked” after 52 hours of deliberation in the case of accuser Andrea Constand.


BBC -
Bill Cosby case: Judge declares mistrial after jury deadlock

Announcing the decision, Pennsylvania judge Steven O'Neill reminded Mr Cosby that he remains charged and on bail, despite the mistrial.

The mistrial will be seen as a blow to the dozens of women who have accused Mr Cosby of sexual assault, a number of whom were present in court last week awaiting the verdict. The accuser, Constand Andrea, took the stand during the trial, telling the court the assault had left her feeling "humiliated" by someone she considered a friend and mentor.


The Week -
Why Bill Cosby walked free

If the public can look at the evidence and shrug off the exculpatory templates on which Cosby's whole defense depends; if it can stop thinking of certain patterns of lies as acceptable; and if, in lieu of hypothesizing conspiracies to crush men, it can simply recognize the ones that have for decades crushed women, then perhaps this legal drama will have served some purpose.

Cosby and Constand agree on many of the basic facts: that Cosby digitally penetrated Constand after giving her one and a half pills he called his "little friends," that her response to his advances was to remain immobile, and that he left her on the couch and went to bed are not in dispute.


Washington Post -
Mistrial declared in Bill Cosby sex-assault trial

A Pennsylvania judge declared a mistrial Saturday after a jury was “hopelessly deadlocked” on sexual-assault charges against Bill Cosby, the comic legend whose legacy as a promoter of wholesome values has been tarnished by a years-long sex and drugging scandal.

Prosecutors tried to blunt the effect of those missteps by calling a rape expert who testified that victims are frequently confused and may have muddled


The Guardian -
Bill Cosby sexual assault case ends in mistrial as jurors fail to reach consensus

Bill Cosby’s sexual assault case has ended in a mistrial, with jurors reporting a hopeless deadlock over charges that the famous comedian drugged and violated a woman in 2004.

The mistrial leaves a giant question mark hanging over the most intensely debated American sexual assault trial in recent memory. After deliberating since Monday, an increasingly weary panel told Judge Steven T O’Neill that they could not reach a consensus against the 79-year-old entertainer, who faced three counts.


Global News -
Bill Cosby trial judge declares mistrial due to deadlocked jury

A Pennsylvania judge on Saturday declared a mistrial in Bill Cosby‘s sex assault case after the jury said it could not reach a verdict, but prosecutors said they will retry Cosby.

Bill Cosby trial jury deadlocked, judge orders them to deliberate further. The case was the only one to result in a criminal trial, largely because the other accusations were too old to prosecute. The jurors, who spent 53 hours debating whether Cosby was guilty or innocent, told Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Judge Steven O’Neill they could not reach unanimous verdicts on whether Cosby was guilty of three counts of aggressive indecent assault against college administrator Andrea Constand at his home near Philadelphia in 2004.


ABC News -
Bill Cosby's sexual assault case ends in a mistrial

After six days of deliberation, the seven men and five women selected to serve on the jury were unable to render a unanimous verdict on any of the three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault with which Cosby had been charged.

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele closed the prosecution's case on Monday by describing Cosby as a calculating sexual predator, who not only drugged and assaulted Constand in 2004, but also recast the attack as consensual and romantic.


NBC News -
Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial has ended with a hung jury

Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial ended Saturday with a jury that was deadlocked on all counts, punctuating an epic scandal with a giant question mark.

Cosby, who didn't testify, was charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault, a charge that carries a maximum of 10 years in prison.


CBS News -
Mistrial declared; Bill Cosby jury deadlocked on verdict

-- The judge in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial declared a mistrial Saturday after jurors said they were deadlocked after five days of deliberations.

The sequestered jury failed to reach a verdict, pausing a half-dozen times to revisit key evidence, including Cosby's decade-old admissions that he fondled Constand after giving her pills. The fast-moving case went to the jury of seven men and five women Monday, on day six of the trial, after closing arguments painted different pictures of what happened between Cosby and Constand at his suburban Philadelphia estate in 2004.


NBC News -
As jury deliberates, one Cosby accuser is 'so tired I want to cry'

For two weeks she has been attending the trial of Bill Cosby, the man she says drugged and sexually assaulted her decades ago.

The jury has deliberated for an astonishing 52 hours without a verdict and the judge has ordered everyone to return Saturday. "I just keep feeling like if we don't have a verdict today, I don't know physically and emotionally how I can be here anymore.


New York Times -
Bill Cosby Trial Day 11: What to Expect

• The judge in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial has resisted multiple calls for a mistrial from Mr. Cosby’s lawyers, though it is not clear as the sixth day of deliberations dawns whether the jury has any chance of reaching a verdict.

• The jury has been deliberating for more than 50 hours, and has been through much of the evidence from the trial over the past few days, but it remains unclear what is the sticking point in the jurors’ discussions.


LA Times -
Judge rejects Cosby lawyers' renewed call for mistrial; jury to resume deliberations Saturday

After percolating out of sight, the possibility of a mistrial in the Bill Cosby sexual assault case burst into open court Friday.

Judge Steven T. O’Neill challenged Cosby’s lead lawyer on a mistrial motion as a deadlocked jury deliberated through its fifth day. Cosby is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault of former Temple University basketball staffer Andrea Constand in 2004.


CBS News -
Cosby jurors to return Saturday for more deliberations

Jurors in Bill Cosby's suburban Philadelphia sexual assault trial are wrapping up for the night, still at an impasse after more than 50 hours of deliberations.

While Cosby has mainly been silent, he thanked supporters outside the courthouse on Friday while many chanted "let Bill go!". "I just want to wish all of the fathers a happy Father's Day," Cosby said.


LA Times -
Judge rejects Cosby lawyers' renewed call for mistrial as jury deliberations remain deadlocked

Judge Steven T. O’Neill challenged Cosby’s lead lawyer on a mistrial motion as a deadlocked jury deliberated into its fifth day.

The defense could continue to bring case law to the judge to bolster its argument that periods of quiet from the jury should lead the judge to unilaterally call a mistrial, though O’Neill has thus far rejected the precedents presented to him as not sufficiently similar to this trial.


LA Times -
Judge in Bill Cosby sexual assault case challenges defense lawyer on mistrial motions

After percolating out of sight, the subject of a mistrial in the Bill Cosby sexual-assault case burst into open court Friday.

Judge Steven T. O’Neill challenged Cosby’s lead lawyer on a mistrial motion as a deadlocked jury deliberated into its fifth day. Cosby is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault of former Temple University basketball staffer Andrea Constand in 2004.


Global News -
Bill Cosby trial: Judge criticizes Cosby’s lawyer for repeated mistrial requests

Bill Cosby thanked his fans and supporters on Friday as a jury deliberated sexual assault charges that could send him to prison for the rest of his life, tweeting shortly after the panel asked to review his testimony about giving drugs to women he wanted to have sex with.

Bill Cosby trial jury deadlocked, judge orders them to deliberate further. Judge Steven O’Neill said he saw no evidence of coercion or trouble in the deliberating room after the jurors reported their deadlock on Thursday after 30 hours of deliberations and he instructed them to keep trying for a verdict.


NBC News -
Deadlocked jury resumes deliberations on day five of Cosby trial

The deadlocked jury in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial, which has deliberated for an extraordinary 41 hours already, asked Friday for the judge to explain “reasonable doubt.”

The panel requested to review the testimony Cosby gave in a 2005 deposition for a lawsuit by his accuser, Andrea Constand. “As long as this jury wishes to continue to deliberate, I will let them deliberate,” Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill said from the bench.


The Week -
We should care more about the Bill Cosby trial. Why don't we?

Compared to the OJ Simpson trial, which dominated news networks for weeks, Cosby's trial for aggravated indecent assault flew by without taking up much space at all on the front pages of newspapers or the home pages of news sites.

It was supposed to make us think a little harder about what was happening to women all over the United States while America's Dad collected accolades, admiration, money, and love.


New York Times -
Bill Cosby Trial Day 10: What to Expect

• The jurors start their fifth day of deliberations on Friday, still at an impasse, but are being pushed by Judge Steven T. O’Neill to see whether they can come to some consensus as to whether Bill Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted Andrea Constand.

• It’s unclear what the deadlock is about, though many in the courthouse speculate that it is likely a few holdout jurors and not a panel completely split into two camps with different perspectives.


LA Times -
Judge tells Bill Cosby's jury to resume deliberations Friday despite call for a mistrial

As the jury in Bill Cosby’s criminal trial reached its 40th hour of deliberations Thursday night, there remained little sign of progress — and matters in fact may be moving in the wrong direction.

As Bill Cosby trial begins, an O.J. Simpson-like constellation of race, celebrity, power and gender converges. 8:05 p.m.: This story was updated to report the jury will resume deliberations Friday morning.


CBS News -
Cosby jurors sent home without verdict; will return for 5th day of deliberations

The jury in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial went home for the night Thursday without issuing a verdict and will return Friday morning for the fifth day of deliberations.

Earlier Wednesday, Cosby's spokesman Andrew Wyatt has invited a family of four supporters to meet with the comedian as he awaits a jury's verdict at his suburban Philadelphia sexual assault trial. Wyatt spotted Joe Molinaro, his wife and two children outside the Montgomery County Court House earlier in the week.


LA Times -
Bill Cosby's spokesman calls for a mistrial as jury remains deadlocked

As the jury in Bill Cosby’s criminal trial reached its 40th hour of deliberations Thursday night, there remained little sign of a breakthrough.

As Bill Cosby trial begins, an O.J. Simpson-like constellation of race, celebrity, power and gender converges. 5:45 p.m.: The story was updated with comments from Bill Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt. A dog and an airplane seat are the latest sticking points in the murder case of Robert Durst.


LA Times -
Jury in Bill Cosby sexual assault trial says it is deadlocked

Jurors in comedian Bill Cosby’s trial on sexual assault charges told the judge Thursday they are deadlocked and can’t reach a verdict.

As Bill Cosby trial begins, an O.J. Simpson-like constellation of race, celebrity, power and gender converges. 12:10 a.m.: The story was updated with additional details of the mounting spectacle outside the courthouse. 9:20 a.m.: The story was updated with additional details of the judge’s instruction to the jury, and additional analysis.


The Guardian -
Bill Cosby trial: deadlocked jury told to continue deliberations

The jurors in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial said on Thursday they were deadlocked after more than 30 hours of deliberations, but the trial judge ordered them to resume their discussions.

Constand and other accusers say Cosby, the star of the 1980s hit TV comedy The Cosby Show, often plied them with pills and alcohol before assaulting them, in a series of incidents over four decades. Constand’s allegations are the only ones to result in criminal charges, with many of the others too old to allow for prosecution.


Washington Post -
Bill Cosby trial: Jury deadlocked, judge orders them to keep trying to reach a verdict

The jury in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial informed the judge late Thursday morning that it is deadlocked on all three counts of aggravated indecent assault against the 79-year-old comedian.

Moments after the jury was sent back for another try at reaching a verdict, Cosby walked out of the courtroom on the arm of his publicist. Cosby knit his fingers, working his hands into a ball that he held in front of his mouth as the contents of the note were read in court by O’Neill.


BBC -
Cosby sex assault trial jury deadlocked

A jury deliberating Bill Cosby's sex assault trial has told the judge they are deadlocked on day four of their deliberations.

If a mistrial is declared, prosecutors must decide if there is enough evidence to seek a new trial or decide to drop the charges.


Global News -
Bill Cosby trial jury deadlocked, judge orders them to deliberate further

Bill Cosby trial: Jury deliberations enter third day, frenzy grows outside courtroom. O’Neill ordered the jury to continue trying to reach a verdict despite their inability to reach a consensus, as is their sworn duty.

The jury has now asked for Cosby and Constand’s testimony from their decade-old depositions on two separate occasions, reviewing more than a dozen passages in detail, including his telling Constand the pills were “three friends” to make her relax.


Fox News -
Cosby trial: Jury tells judge they can’t come to a consensus in sexual assault case

The jury reported to Judge Steven O'Neill on Thursday morning they could not reach a unanimous verdict regarding whether or not Cosby sexually assaulted Andrea Constand.

The judge, who has praised the group for their diligence, told them to give it another go, and he sent them back into the jury room for further deliberations. "We cannot come to a unanimous consensus in any of the counts," the jurors told the judge.


NBC News -
The Cosby jury says it's deadlocked but the judge told them keep trying

The jury in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial said Thursday it’s deadlocked, but the judge ordered them to continue trying to reach a verdict.

“We cannot come to a unanimous consensus on any of these counts,” the panel said in a note to the judge sent out at 11:06 a.m. after more than 30 hours of deliberations. -- The jury in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial said Thursday it’s deadlocked, but the judge ordered them to continue trying to reach a verdict.


CBS News -
Tensions rise as Bill Cosby jury struggles to reach verdict

As deliberations in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial continue into a fourth day Thursday, nerves are frayed, patience is shot and no one is certain when it will all end.

The sequestered jury has been at it for more than 27 hours since getting the case Monday, pausing a half-dozen times to revisit key evidence, including Cosby's decade-old admissions that he fondled Constand after giving her pills.


LA Times -
Why there should be cameras in the Supreme Court

On the same day, Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer told an audience of lawyers, law professors and students that he was not ready to allow the public to watch Supreme Court proceedings — because, he said, cameras might change the nature of oral arguments.

Breyer’s views reflect the opinion of all the Supreme Court justices, with the possible exception of Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, who said during his confirmation hearings in March that he was “open” to the possibility of cameras in the courtroom.


LA Times -
Can words kill Michelle Carter on trial for urging her 18-year-old boyfriend to kill himself

That is the gist of the decision facing Massachusetts Judge Lawrence Moniz in a landmark manslaughter case against a young woman who urged her 18-year-old boyfriend to commit suicide.

Michelle Carter was a troubled 17-year-old high school student when she sent her depressed boyfriend, Conrad Roy III, a barrage of messages belittling him for not having the courage to kill himself. That is the gist of the decision facing Massachusetts Judge Lawrence Moniz in a landmark manslaughter case against a young woman who urged her 18-year-old boyfriend to commit suicide.


New York Times -
Shooting Shines Light on an Annual Baseball Game and a Bipartisan Pastime

The shooting Wednesday that shattered the humid peace of an early-morning practice and wounded several people, including a Republican leader in the House of Representatives, shined a national spotlight on a local tradition more than a century old, the Congressional Baseball Game.

Founded in 1909, the annual game between Republican and Democratic members of Congress has offered lawmakers a quintessentially American outlet for their partisan frustrations.


New York Times -
Bill Cosby Trial Day 9: What to Expect

• The fourth day of deliberations is likely to be a critical one for establishing whether the jury in the Bill Cosby trial is capable of making progress toward reaching a verdict.

• The jury has reviewed a good bit of the evidence presented to it during the trial so the issues now will likely boil down to matters of credibility. • Andrea Constand, the woman who has accused Mr. Cosby of sexual assault, was composed and calm on the stand, but the defense spent most of its time during cross-examination working to establish the inconsistencies and mistakes in her account.


LA Times -
Four killed in shooting at San Francisco UPS facility, including gunman

A gunman shot and killed three people at a United Parcel Service facility in San Francisco on Wednesday morning before fatally shooting himself in front of police officers, authorities said.

Gaut, the UPS spokesman, said the facility processes packages for delivery in the San Francisco area and has 350 workers. “This was a frightful scene, and we just wanted to make sure someone wasn’t so terrified that they were hiding and we didn’t know they were inside the facility,” Chaplin said.


LA Times -
Hall of Fame decision means Reds' ceremony for Pete Rose may have farewell feel

When the Cincinnati Reds announced in January that Pete Rose would be inducted into the team’s hall of fame, Rose was asked if he had given up on the prospect of induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Although Manfred wrote in 2015 that “the considerations that should drive a decision on whether an individual should be allowed to work in baseball are not the same as those that should drive a decision on Hall of Fame eligibility,” the Hall of Fame’s board of directors rejected any distinction. “We feel it would be incongruous to be putting someone on a ballot that is otherwise banned from the game,” Idelson said.


LA Times -
Special counsel examining whether Trump obstructed justice, report says

The special counsel appointed to investigate Russian influence in the 2016 presidential campaign is now examining whether President Trump tried to obstruct justice, the Washington Post reported Wednesday evening.

The Post and the New York Times both reported that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III was seeking interviews with three Trump administration officials who weren't involved in Trump's campaign: Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence; Michael S. Rogers, the head of the National Security Agency; and Richard Ledgett, the former NSA deputy director.


LA Times -
Complaints against airlines jump 70% after United's passenger-dragging incident

The same month that a viral video depicted a United Airlines passenger being dragged from his seat, complaints against airlines in the U.S. soared 70%.

Low-cost carrier Spirit Airline had the highest rate of complaints, 7.2 complaints for every 100,000 passengers, compared with 3.04 complaints for every 100,000 passengers for United Airlines. The biggest number of complaints filed in April were against American Airlines (324), followed by Delta Air Lines (297) and United (265), the federal report said.


Global News -
Jury in Bill Cosby trial wraps up Day 3 without verdict

Bill Cosby trial: Jury deliberations enter third day, frenzy grows outside courtroom. As deliberations crossed the 27-hour mark, some jurors closed their eyes and tilted their heads down as a court reporter reread Cosby’s January 2005 interview.

Bill Cosby trial: Defence rests without calling the comedian to testify. Cosby is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault. Each carries a maximum 10-year prison term, though the counts could be merged at sentencing if he is convicted.


Washington Post -
Trump set to unveil new Cuba policy after promising to reverse Obama’s ‘bad deal’

As President Trump’s national security team worked over the past several weeks on a promised new Cuba policy designed to roll back the Obama administration’s diplomatic and economic openings to the island, a steady stream of lawmakers, business leaders and Cuba experts rushed to offer guidance to the White House.

Trump’s rhetoric will probably be “very, very tough,” said Mark Feierstein, the senior director for Western Hemisphere affairs in former president Barack Obama’s National Security Council, who helped negotiate the December 2014 Obama opening that Trump has called a “bad deal.”


LA Times -
You may soon no longer be able to park between the sidewalk and the curb in L.A.

For more than five years, Los Angeles officials have turned a blind eye to drivers who park on the narrow strips of land between the sidewalk and the curb.

One lawsuit said the city’s practice of allowing drivers to park on the sloping portion of the driveway between the sidewalk and the curb, known as the apron, also violated accessibility laws. The proposed law caps a saga that began more than five years ago, when the city was hit with a flurry of lawsuits alleging that broken, sometimes impassable sidewalks violated the Americans With Disabilities Act.


CBS News -
Trumps, flowers in tow, visit Scalise in the hospital after baseball practice shooting

WASHINGTON -- President Trump visited House Majority Whip Steve Scalise Wednesday night at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where the Republican congressman is being treated for gunshot wounds after the morning shooting at a Republican congressional baseball practice in nearby Alexandria, Virginia.

The annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity members were preparing for will continue Thursday, as scheduled.


LA Times -
Jury in Bill Cosby trial ends third day of deliberations without a verdict

Jurors in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial on Wednesday asked to review yet more testimony as deliberations wound down for a third day without a verdict.

The jury came back with two requests for Judge Steven T. O’Neill on Wednesday — it wanted to hear again trial testimony from Constand and Richard Schaffer, a police officer from Montgomery County, Pa., who was part of a team that interviewed Cosby in early 2005.


NBC News -
'It would have been a massacre': Capitol Police officers hailed as heroes after shooting

The two members of the Capitol Police who were injured while engaging the gunman who opened fire on a Republican congressional baseball practice were being heralded as heroes on Wednesday.

“The United States Capitol Police is dedicated to its mission to protect the U.S. Capitol, Members of Congress, staff and the visiting public, and today we saw how our officers’ extensive training and quick response saved lives," Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa said in a statement.


LA Times -
'I heard a very large bang.' And then a race for their lives.

About two dozen members of Congress, staffers, a retired major league pitcher and others suddenly raced for cover — and their lives.

The gunfire could be heard blocks away, prompting residents in the sleepy Del Ray neighborhood to cut short morning walks and shoo their dogs back into neatly tended red-brick row houses. "It was rapid and kept going and going and going," said Kendra Newman, who was sipping coffee when the shooting began.


LA Times -
Virginia gunman hated Republicans, and 'was always in his own little world'

2:05 p.m.: This article was updated with comments of a patron at the YMCA where Hodgkinson was frequently seen.. 2 p.m.: The story was updated with additional details from law enforcement records.

Hodgkinson was a member of several liberal-leaning groups on Facebook, including the Road to Hell is Paved with Republicans, Donald Trump is Not My President, Terminate the Republican Party and President Bernie Sanders.


LA Times -
Heartbreak on the baseball field: What the annual game means to Congress

For all of the rancor in Washington, the baseball field has been where members of Congress can shed their partisanship along with their suits, ties and heels.

The 56th game in the series is scheduled to be played at Nationals Park in Washington on Thursday night — despite Wednesday’s attack in which House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and three others were shot and wounded.


LA Times -
Virginia shooting: What we know so far about the victims

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) was shot and badly wounded at a congressional baseball practice Tuesday in Alexandria, Va., but he was only the best known of the victims of the shooting.

A representative for Barth’s family said Barth, who had been shot in the calf and used a belt to stop the bleeding, had been released from the hospital.


CBS News -
Republicans, Democrats call for unity after congressional shooting

In the hours after a gunman opened fire on a group of Republicans practicing for a charity baseball game, Republicans and Democrats were united on Capitol Hill.

In the harrowing aftermath of all this, Republicans and Democrats appeared inclined to cool the rhetoric and ease the sense of division.


LA Times -
Widow presses case that Olympus hushed scope problems as infections spread

A big day in sports for Rafael Nadal, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the U.S. and Mexico's men's soccer teams and the Dodgers' Corey Seager.

Richard Bigler, 57, was one of at least 35 patients in U.S. hospitals to have died since 2013 after developing infections tied to Olympus duodenoscopes — flexible, lighted tubes used to peer deep inside the body. More than 25 patients and families, from California to Pennsylvania, have sued Olympus alleging wrongful death, negligence or fraud.


Fox News -
San Francisco UPS facility shooting: 4 dead including gunman, police say

A UPS employee opened fire in a San Francisco package delivery facility in a shooting spree that left four dead, including the gunman, on Wednesday, police and the company said.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee offered his condolences and said he was "always saddened by the loss of life to gun violence."


LA Times -
HuffPost lays off 39 journalists after Yahoo-Verizon deal closes

Thirty-nine journalists at HuffPost were laid off Wednesday as part of Verizon Communications Inc.’s acquisition of Yahoo Inc., according to the union representing the website’s editorial staffers.

11:40 a.m.: This article was updated with a comment from an Oath spokesperson, with information about the combination of Yahoo and AOL and with details about the unionization of HuffPost staffers.


The Week -
There's only one person to blame for the awful congressional shooting

(Of course, we won't.) But using the latest awful shooting to attack one of America's most decent politicians will accomplish precisely nothing.

On Wednesday morning, a lone gunman, identified as 66-year-old James Hodgkinson, attacked a Republican practice session for the upcoming congressional baseball game. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) was shot and badly wounded, as well as a staffer, a lobbyist, and two police officers, all of whom are reportedly recovering.


LA Times -
Contra Costa County district attorney is charged with perjury and theft of campaign funds

The district attorney of Contra Costa County was criminally charged Wednesday with using more than $66,000 in campaign funds to pay personal bills and buy jewelry and other items.

Petersen acknowledged to the FPPC that he used campaign funds for personal expenses when he served as treasurer for his re-election campaign. But his political career faltered in December 2016 when questions arose about campaign fund expenditures and withdrawals.


NBC News -
After shooting, some in GOP blame incitement by Democrats

The two were a picture of bipartisan bonhomie at a press conference Wednesday afternoon, playfully ribbing each other’s pitching abilities and recalling a time on the Hill when members could get together outside work more often and before social media helped coarsen the political discourse.

Some on the right wasted no time blaming their political opponents for the shooting Wednesday morning at a practice of congressional Republicans’ baseball team, saying Democrats’ harsh anti-Donald Trump rhetoric had created a political culture of violence that inspired alleged shooter James Hodgkinson.


Washington Post -
When a shooting hits the people’s House

There’s nothing parochial about experiencing the shooting closest to you as something that has never happened before, because it really has never happened before to you.

The change of tone may seem cynical and fleeting, but “when something tragic happens, we want civility because we recognize that incivility has led us to this moment,” said Emily Sydnor, a political psychologist at Southwestern University in Texas who has studied the impact of rough language on people’s political attitudes.


LA Times -
Virginia shooting: Members of Congress have been targets of attacks in the past

The shooting at a Republican congressional baseball practice Wednesday morning is not the first time that members of Congress have been the targets of a politically motivated violent attack.

Developing: House Speaker Ryan pleads for unity after congressman, several others shot at congressional baseball practice. Watch: Sen. Bernie Sanders says alleged shooter volunteered for his presidential campaign


Global News -
UPS employee fatally shoots 3 co-workers at San Francisco warehouse

A UPS driver armed with a handgun opened fire at a United Parcel Service Inc package-sorting center in San Francisco on Wednesday, killing three people before fatally shooting himself as officers closed in.

The San Francisco bloodshed came three years after a UPS employee shot and killed two of his supervisors before turning the gun on himself at a UPS distribution center in Birmingham, Alabama.


LA Times -
A dog sitter and extra legroom. A look at the latest legal drama in Durst murder case

For more news from the Los Angeles County courts, follow me on Twitter: @marisagerber. Witness in Robert Durst murder case describes 'bloodcurdling moment' while watching 'The Jinx'. 'Secret witness' at Durst hearing testifies that her now-dead friend pretended to be his missing wife. 'If anything ever happens to me, Bobby did it' — the latest testimony from the Robert Durst murder case

That's the question at the heart of the latest squabble in the murder case of New York real estate scion Robert Durst — a legal battle between experienced prosecutors and a heavyweight defense team.


LA Times -
Uber's big report proves that the company still doesn't understand its problems

Uber and its fans hastened Tuesday to declare that, with the long-awaited publication of an investigation of its frat-boy office environment by former U.S. Atty.

Yet the published report by Holder and his law partner Tammy Albarran, which is merely a roster of 47 recommendations for fixing Uber’s dysfunctional management and employee culture, doesn’t come close to addressing the company’s real problems.


NBC News -
Will jury reach a verdict on Bill Cosby on third day of deliberations?

The jury deliberating the fate of Bill Cosby asked Wednesday to review the testimony that accuser Andrea Constand gave on the stand about the alleged sexual assault.

Dennis McAndrews, a former Pennsylvania prosecutor who has been attending the trial, said the request could be encouraging to prosecutors because it suggests the jury is sharply focused on what happened between Constand and Cosby at his house in 2004.


New York Times -
Solemn Trump Calls for Unity After Congressman’s Shooting

President Trump, a political agitator pressed into the unfamiliar new role of soothing a nation, called for bipartisan unity in his first statement responding to the shooting Wednesday morning of a congressman and four others on a suburban Virginia baseball diamond.

Both Mr. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence scrapped scheduled speeches in Washington and spent the morning at the White House receiving updates on the shooting and speaking with lawmakers and others present at the scene.


LA Times -
Trump administration will press Central American countries and Mexico to keep their people at home

Vice President Mike Pence and three members of President Trump’s Cabinet will meet leaders from Mexico and several Central American countries Thursday at a conference in Miami to press them to prevent their citizens from migrating to the United States.

In 2015, Mexico arrested more Central Americans trying to cross Mexico than U.S. authorities arrested Central Americans attempting to cross into the United States.


CBS News -
Cops: Three people, gunman dead in shooting at San Francisco UPS facility

SAN FRANCISCO -- Three people were killed and two wounded Wednesday morning when a gunman opened fire at a UPS facility on San Francisco's Potrero Hill neighborhood, according to police.

"UPS confirms there was an incident involving employees within the company's facility in San Francisco earlier this morning," UPS spokesman Kyle Peterson said in an email. They walked away calmly with emergency vehicles nearby and gathered nearby outside a restaurant.


NBC News -
At least 2 killed in shooting at San Francisco UPS facility

At least two people were killed and three others wounded at a UPS facility in San Francisco early Wednesday, law enforcement sources told NBC News.

UPS said in a statement that there was a "shooting incident involving four employees" within the company's facility in the neighborhood of Potrero Hill. San Francisco police said later Wednesday on Twitter that they had "contained the incident" and that the building was secure.


The Guardian -
'Multiple deaths' possible in shooting at San Francisco UPS facility

Four people were injured and there were “potentially multiple deaths” from a shooting by an employee at a UPS facility in San Francisco on Wednesday morning, according to UPS.. “We understand that there are potentially multiple deaths, although we are unsure of their status at this time,” a UPS spokeswoman, Natalie Godwin, told the Guardian. A different UPS spokesman told the Associated Press that he believed the shooter was an employee who “turned the gun on himself”, but he did not have any more information.


LA Times -
Israelis, Palestinians deny Tillerson remark on payments to attackers

Officials in Tel Aviv and Ramallah on Wednesday denied remarks by Tillerson a day earlier before the U.S. Senate that the Palestinians had agreed to stop a long-standing policy to give financial support to the relatives of individuals involved in attacks against Israelis.

A big day in sports for Rafael Nadal, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the U.S. and Mexico's men's soccer teams and the Dodgers' Corey Seager.


LA Times -
'Multiple' people killed in shooting at San Francisco UPS facility, spokesman says

A shooting at United Parcel Service facility in San Francisco killed “multiple” people Wednesday morning, according to a company spokesman.

The shooting occurred around 9 a.m. and prompted the San Francisco Police Department to issue a “shelter in place” alert to the neighborhood. All of the workers involved were on the clock and gathering for their morning meeting before heading out with their parcels.


NBC News -
Trump announces gunman dead, credits Capitol Police 'heroic actions' with saving lives

"Many lives would've been lost if not for the heroic actions of the two Capitol Police officers who took down the gunman, despite sustaining gunshot wounds during a very, very brutal assault," Trump said in the Diplomatic Room at the White House, announcing the gunman had died. "We can all agree that we are blessed to be Americans," the president added.

The White House said Trump has spoken with Scalise's Chief of Staff, as well as the Chief of the Capitol Police, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.


LA Times -
Jeff Sessions' testimony was curiously uncurious about Comey's firing

Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions went before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday to defend his honor against “scurrilous and false allegations.”

Overall, Sessions seemed curiously uncurious about Trump’s real motives in firing Comey, or about whether he and Rosenstein had been enlisted to supply what was in effect a cover story. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) asked him: “If you had known that the president subsequently was going to go on TV and in an interview [with] Lester Holt of NBC would say this Russian thing was the reason for his decision to dismiss the FBI director, would you have felt uncomfortable about the timing of the decision?”


LA Times -
In the face of Trump's anti-climate change policies, L.A. and Long Beach push for greener ports

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia pledged this week to wean their ports off dirty diesel and other fossil fuels and switch to zero-emission equipment by 2035.

A big day in sports for Rafael Nadal, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the U.S. and Mexico's men's soccer teams and the Dodgers' Corey Seager.


LA Times -
U.S. retail sales slide 0.3%, the biggest drop in 16 months

Americans cut spending at gas stations, department stores and electronics shops in May as retail sales registered their biggest drop in 16 months, a cautionary sign for the economy.

The retail industry’s cyclical nature makes month-over-month comparisons less meaningful, said Paula Rosenblum, co-founder and managing partner at Retail Systems Research. They fell 2.4% at gasoline stations and 1% at department stores, which have struggled with competition from online retailers.


Global News -
Bill Cosby trial: Jury deliberations enter third day, frenzy grows outside courtroom

Bill Cosby arrived for the start of Day 3 of jury deliberations in his sexual assault trial, on the arm of his spokesman, at 9 a.m.

For all the ways the judge in Cosby’s sexual assault trial has streamlined the case inside the courtroom, the frenzy outside grows larger and wilder each day of jury deliberations. The media presence, large but manageable during five days of testimony last week, has ballooned as the verdict seems near.


New York Times -
Bill Cosby Trial Day 8: What to Expect

They were selected far from the site of the Cosby trial, the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., because of concerns about the effect of pretrial publicity.

• The jurors have asked Judge Steven T. O’Neill a number of questions, seeking clarification or a second run-through of the evidence. Also in attendance for most of the day was the woman he is accused of assaulting, Andrea Constand, a former Temple University staff member who says he drugged her then molested her while she was incapacitated.


LA Times -
Trump to nominate Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel, a net neutrality supporter, to return to FCC

President Trump intends to nominate Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel to return to the Federal Communications Commission after her term lapsed at the end of last year because of political maneuvering.

When Democrats controlled the agency in 2015, Rosenworcel joined with Clyburn and then-Chairman Tom Wheeler to pass the controversial net neutrality rules that subjected broadband providers to the same utility-like oversight as conventional phone companies.


LA Times -
Dying malls offer a chance to build something better — and address how our lives are changing

A big day in sports for Rafael Nadal, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the U.S. and Mexico's men's soccer teams and the Dodgers' Corey Seager.

The formulaic chain-store sameness of malls grew tedious, and I ended up longing for the authentic Main Streets that were killed off by malls, big-box discount stores, and, in recent years, digital shopping. And such malls were enjoyable enough for a few decades, especially when it rained and you needed to get the kids out of the house.


LA Times -
Man who was shot, wounded by LAPD had a gun and fought with officers, chief says

An 18-year-old remained in critical condition Tuesday, days after he was shot by police following a fight with Los Angeles police officers in a Montecito Heights driveway.

L.A. Police Department Chief Charlie Beck offered new details about the events leading up to Thursday’s shooting of Pedro Echeverria, telling the city’s police commissioners that one officer saw him holding a gun during the struggle.


CBS News -
Tillerson to testify before House hours before Senate votes on Russia sanctions

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will testify before a House panel as momentum builds on Capitol Hill for a package of new Russia sanctions aimed at punishing Moscow for meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Tillerson is scheduled to appear Wednesday before the Foreign Affairs Committee, just hours ahead of a vote in the Senate on the sanctions. Tillerson has warned lawmakers the U.S. relationship with Russia is at an all-time low and deteriorating further.


Reuters -
U.S. attorney general dodges Trump questions, angering Democrats

Sessions, a senior member of Trump's Cabinet and an adviser to his election campaign last year, had a series of tense exchanges with Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee during about 2-1/2 hours of testimony as they pressed him to recount discussions with the Republican president.

Sessions' testimony did not provide any damaging new information on Trump campaign ties with Russia or on Comey's dismissal, but his refusal to discuss conversations with Trump raised fresh questions about whether the White House has something to hide.


The Week -
Trump isn't preparing to fire Mueller. What he's doing is worse.

Have you heard that President Trump might fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller? Have you heard that he is irretrievably compromised, a close confidante of former FBI Director James Comey? Have you heard that Comey's Senate testimony vindicates President Trump and makes Mueller's work needless at best?

President Trump is not going to fire Mueller any more than the Golden State Warriors are going to trade Steph Curry this offseason.


CBS News -
Shuttered Russian compounds in U.S. may be re-opened

While Washington is laser-focused on allegations about any inappropriate communications between Trump campaign associates and the Russian government, the Russians are focused on a major perk for their diplomats in the U.S.: their two Cold War-era estates in the U.S., in Maryland and New York.

The closure of the Russian compounds took place in conjunction with new Russian sanctions that included the expulsion of 35 Russians who the U.S. said were spies operating under diplomatic cover.


BBC -
Theresa May: 10 reasons why the PM blew her majority

The post mortem on how Theresa May managed to lose her majority in Thursday's general election after expecting to secure a landslide victory is well under way.

More than the 326 needed to have a Commons majority - when she decided to call the election with the aim of increasing her majority. She also began the campaign with an undisputed opinion-poll lead in double figures and a landslide victory within her grasp.


BBC -
What Sessions did (and didn't) tell us

The glimpse Jeff Sessions offered into the controversies bedevilling the Trump administration came through a glass, darkly.

The president has said that the truth will be revealed soon enough, so it looks like everyone will have to wait until then.


LA Times -
Jurors in Bill Cosby trial end day of deliberations with no verdict

Courtroom A, the stately space where the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial is unfolding, has been a beehive of activity over the last week — tearful testimony, fiery arguments and large screens projecting descriptions of tabloid-worthy details.

As Bill Cosby trial begins, an O.J. Simpson-like constellation of race, celebrity, power and gender converges. 6:40 p.m.: The story was updated with news that jurors had adjourned for the night.


LA Times -
Key exchanges from Jeff Sessions’ testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee

Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions, in testimony Tuesday before a Senate committee, repeatedly denied suggestions that he had improper contact with Russian authorities.

Here’s a look at a few of the exchanges — some heated — that the former senator had with longtime colleagues over the course of his appearance. Rubio attempted to obtain specifics of a Feb. 14 meeting between Trump and former FBI Director James B. Comey, though Sessions said he was not in the room during the conversation.


LA Times -
Lyft is turning Uber's missteps into an opportunity

Uber has seen its share of rides in the U.S. drop to 75% from 90% over the last two years, according to data provided to USA Today by TXN Solutions, which used credit card receipts to estimate sales for Uber and Lyft.

Analysts say the torrent of bad Uber news can only help Lyft as it may persuade more riders to give the service a chance, whereas in the past, they’d automatically swipe toward the Uber app, assuming the dominant service would have more cars nearby.


LA Times -
Firefighters battle massive blaze in London high-rise, with people apparently still inside

George Clarke, the presenter of "Amazing Spaces," told Radio 5 Live he was covered in ash even though he was 100 yards from the scene. He said he saw people waving flashlights from the top level of the building and saw rescuers "doing an incredible job" trying to get people out.

A big day in sports for Rafael Nadal, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the U.S. and Mexico's men's soccer teams and the Dodgers' Corey Seager.


Global News -
Bill Cosby jury breaks for night, to continue deliberations in morning

The jury deciding Bill Cosby’s fate at his sexual assault trial adjourned on Tuesday after 16 hours of deliberations over 1-1/2 days failed to produce a verdict.

Bill Cosby jury still deliberating, wants to hear more of his deposition testimony. Both Constand, now 44, and Cosby agree the performer gave her pills on the night in question. Constand, however, testified that she took them only after Cosby intimated they were herbal and that the drugs left her unable to resist his assault.


LA Times -
Uber board member resigns after making a joke about women at a company meeting on sexism

Billionaire businessman David Bonderman resigned from Uber’s board of directors Tuesday evening after making a joke about women at a companywide meeting aimed at addressing the harassment of women and unprofessional conduct at the company.

Huffington, a media entrepreneur who sits on Uber’s board of directors, accepted Bonderman’s apology and said in her own prepared statement: “I appreciate David doing the right thing for Uber at this time of critical cultural changes at the company.”


LA Times -
Coast Guard ship that sank off California may never be pulled from sea

A U.S. Coast Guard ship that sank off the coast of Southern California 100 years ago won't be moved anytime soon, officials said Tuesday.

A big day in sports for Rafael Nadal, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the U.S. and Mexico's men's soccer teams and the Dodgers' Corey Seager.


LA Times -
Uber CEO pays a price for breaking the rules

Uber was the bad boy of Silicon Valley — a company modeled after brash co-founder and Chief Executive Travis Kalanick that always got into trouble but never seemed to pay the price.

It marks a pivotal moment for Uber and its board of directors, who have in the past stood by the embattled CEO as he weathered controversies such as being caught on video berating an Uber driver, or his participation on President Trump’s economic advisory panel.


Global News -
Five key takeaways from Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ testimony

Attorney General Jeff Sessions gave more than two hours of sometimes heated testimony Tuesday, with Democrats demanding details of matters including conversations with President Donald Trump, interactions with the Russian ambassador and the firing of FBI Director James Comey.

Jeff Sessions contradicts Comey’s testimony that he was silent on Trump interactions. He also said Comey should have shared his concerns about the Trump conversation with another Justice Department official, Dana Boente, who was then acting deputy attorney general, and would have been Comey’s direct supervisor.


LA Times -
Uber CEO finally pays a price for breaking the rules

Uber was the bad boy of Silicon Valley — a company modeled after brash co-founder and Chief Executive Travis Kalanick that always got into trouble but never seemed to pay the price.

It marks a pivotal moment for Uber and its board of directors, who have in the past stood by the embattled CEO as he weathered controversies such as being caught on video berating an Uber driver, or his participation on President Trump’s economic advisory panel.


Washington Post -
Jeff Sessions finds a shield in executive privilege — but it might not be a strong one

Analysts disagreed on whether the attorney general was appropriately using executive privilege to advance a worthy goal, or merely suggesting it as a shield to fend off questions he did not want to take.

The president undoubtedly has the right to assert executive privilege and stop an adviser from revealing details of deliberations, and Justice Department policies on releasing information to the public note the concept of “deliberative process privilege,” which is meant to “encourage open, frank discussions on matters of policy between subordinates and superiors.”


Washington Post -
Will Trump fire Mueller A friend says maybe — but Washington warns against it.

In a Tuesday morning appearance before the Senate Appropriations Committee, Rosenstein described Mueller as operating independently from the Justice Department in his investigation and said that if Trump ordered him to fire Mueller, he would comply only if the request were “lawful and appropriate.” “I’m not going to follow any orders unless I believe those are lawful and appropriate orders,” Mueller said.


CBS News -
Sessions testifies he was never briefed on Russian interference in election

Sessions' lack of any briefing on Russian election meddling raises the question of who is in charge of preventing a state-sponsored cyber attack.

Sessions said "it appears" Russians attempted to interfere in the election, based on what the intelligence community believes. Federal agencies in the intelligence community released a report in early January concluding Russia meddled in the presidential campaign cycle.


BBC -
What Sessions did (and didn't) tell us

The glimpse Jeff Sessions offered into the controversies bedevilling the Trump administration was offered through a glass, darkly.

The president has said that the truth will be revealed soon enough, so it looks like everyone will have to wait until then.


Washington Post -
A guide to the five major investigations of the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia

All eyes are on Robert S. Mueller III as he begins his role as special counsel, leading the Justice Department’s probe into the Trump campaign’s possible ties to Russia.

Each of the four major congressional fact-finding investigations is working to expose transgressions it finds unethical. Despite their differing goals, all the investigations are moving simultaneously and using much of the same information.


CBS News -
Sessions says he's "not stonewalling," citing "confidential communications" with Trump

Attorney General Jeff Sessions insisted in his testimony Tuesday that he was "not stonewalling" by declining to answer some questions involving "confidential communications" with President Trump.

When Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), pressed Sessions for more information after fired FBI Director James Comey told the committee last week there were "problematic" reasons why Sessions needed to recuse himself from the FBI's investigation into Russian election meddling, Sessions responded with perhaps the most memorable line of his testimony. "I am following historic policies of Department of Justice," Sessions continued.


LA Times -
The savvy ways Sessions slips away from his questioners

Sometimes eating up questioners' allotted five minutes for questioning with perambulatory answers, and responding to pressure by flashing a disarming smile or a passionate defense of his honor.

"Sir, sir, I have just a few," Harris said, issuing a professional smile as she tried to steer Sessions back to her preferred line of questioning about whether Sessions had not disclosed meetings with any Russian nationals. "Will you let me qualify it?


LA Times -
4,000-ton rock slide across Highway 140 closes entrance to Yosemite National Park

The massive rock slide was reported about noon Monday from the “Parkline Slab” cliff, about a mile east of the park’s boundary on Highway 140, according to Yosemite National Park.

A big day in sports for Rafael Nadal, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the U.S. and Mexico's men's soccer teams and the Dodgers' Corey Seager.


Global News -
Donald Trump’s legal team delays filing leak complaint against James Comey

Lawyers for U.S. President Donald Trump are not likely to file their planned complaint this week against former FBI Director James Comey over disclosing details about conversations with the president, a spokesman for Trump’s legal team said on Tuesday.

A person close to the legal team said on Friday Trump’s chief personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, expected to file a complaint against Comey early this week to the Justice Department’s inspector general’s office.


LA Times -
Firing Mueller would be a stupid, reckless act even for Trump

According to conservative media executive Christopher Ruddy, a close friend of the president’s, Trump is considering firing Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel in charge of the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible ties between the Russia and the Trump campaign.

Only a few days before the 45th anniversary of the Watergate break-in, could President Trump really be contemplating a reenactment of one of the most notorious episodes of that scandal: President Richard M. Nixon’s firing of Archibald Cox, the special prosecutor who was investigating the cover-up of that “third-rate burglary,” a power play that also cost the president his attorney general and deputy attorney general?


NBC News -
Democrats fuming over sessions refusal to answer questions

Attorney General Jeff Sessions didn't answer a number of questions from senators during his testimony on Tuesday — but he didn't invoke executive privilege to avoid doing so.

That led to a series of frustrated and sometimes tense exchanges with critics of President Donald Trump on the panel, many of whom disputed the claims that Sessions had a solid legal basis for refusing to their answer their questions.


LA Times -
L.A. county coroner's office, struggling with autopsy backlog, gets new chief

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday appointed a new coroner to take the helm of an agency that has been plagued by autopsy and toxicology backlogs.

A big day in sports for Rafael Nadal, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the U.S. and Mexico's men's soccer teams and the Dodgers' Corey Seager.


NBC News -
Uber board member apologizes after comment about women sparks uproar

What was supposed to be a day of reflection and how to create "Uber 2.0" also included an uncomfortable moment, courtesy of a man identified on leaked audio as Uber board member David Bonderman.

The audio, which was released by Yahoo Finance, captured the moment, less than seven minutes into the meeting, when fellow board member Arianna Huffington mentioned Uber was adding another woman, Nestle executive Wan Ling Martello, to the board.


CBS News -
Pellet gun shooter targets New York City mosque multiple times, police say

Police on Monday night were searching for a suspect who has taken multiple shots at a New York City mosque, CBS New York reports.

Until the shooter is caught, people who worship and live in the area are worried the next possible victim might not be so lucky.


ABC News -
Read Sessions' opening statement to the Senate Intelligence Committee

Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee this afternoon as part of the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF SESSIONS PREPARED REMARKS TO THE UNITED STATES SENATE SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE. Thank you Chairman Burr and Ranking Member Warner for allowing me to publicly appear before the committee today.


Global News -
Jeff Sessions contradicts Comey’s testimony that he was silent on Trump interactions

Attorney General Jeff Sessions heatedly denied on Tuesday that he had any undisclosed meeting with the Russian ambassador or conversations with Russian officials about the U.S. elections.

Comey said that, after an encounter with President Donald Trump in which he said Trump pressured him to back off an investigation into the former national security adviser, Comey “implored” Sessions to make sure he was never left alone with the president again – but that Sessions didn’t respond. “He didn’t recall this, but I responded to his comment by agreeing that the FBI and Department of Justice needed to be careful to follow department policy” regarding contacts with the White House, Sessions said.


Washington Post -
Uber board member cracks ‘inappropriate’ joke about women at company event on sexual harassment

Billionaire businessman David Bonderman, a member of Uber’s board, apologized Tuesday for making what he called an “inappropriate” comment about women at a company-wide meeting that was aimed at addressing the harassment of women and other unprofessional conduct within the company.

The comment came as an interruption of fellow board member Arianna Huffington, who was explaining the benefits of having more female representation on Uber's board.


NBC News -
Full text of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' opening remarks to Senate Intelligence Committee

The opening statement of Attorney General Jeff Sessions to the Senate Intelligence Committee, as prepared for delivery:. Thank you Chairman [Richard] Burr and Ranking Member [Mark] Warner for allowing me to publicly appear before the committee today.

I presented to the President my concerns, and those of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, about the ongoing leadership issues at the FBI as stated in my letter recommending the removal of Mr. Comey along with the Deputy Attorney General’s memorandum, which have been released publicly by the White House.


CBS News -
Bill Cosby team: Woman says accuser hatched plan to sue

-- Bill Cosby's spokesman has released a statement from a woman who says Andrea Constand told her of a plan to falsely accuse a "high-profile person" of sexual assault so she could sue and get money.

Jurors reviewed more than a dozen passages from a deposition Cosby gave more than a decade ago, hearing excerpts on a wide range of topics, from Cosby's first meeting with Constand, now 44, to the night in 2004 she says he drugged and violated her.


BBC -
Five questions Jeff Sessions may face at Senate hearing

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions' appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday is the biggest thing to hit Washington since, uh, last week.

In a way, the attorney general's hearing is likely to be a mirror image of Mr Comey's, with Republicans lobbing friendly questions while Democrats sharpen their knives. During his confirmation hearings in January, Mr Sessions answered this question with a negative - then had to plead a faulty memory when it was revealed that this was not, shall we say, an accurate account.


NBC News -
MSNBC'S Greta Van Susteren inside the sessions hearing

MSNBC'S Greta Van Susteren, the host of "For the Record," is reporting from Tuesday's Senate Intelligence Committee hearing where Attorney General Jeff Sessions is testifying.

3:21 pm: I was curious what the tone would be of the opening statement since Attorney General Sessions was 'colleague' Sessions (he served in the U.S. Senate before becoming attorney general).


NBC News -
Sessions: ‘Appalling and detestable lie' to accuse him of colluding with Russians

Embattled Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday blasted allegations that he or anybody in the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians as an "appalling and detestable lie.". "Let me state this clearly: I have never met with or had any conversations with Russians or any foreign officials concerning any ... interference with any campaign or election," Sessions told the Senate Intelligence Committee. "Further, I have no knowledge of any such conversations by anyone connected to the Trump campaign.


LA Times -
Sessions calls any claim he was involved in Russian attempts to influence election a 'detestable lie'

Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions on Tuesday denied that he had a third, previously undisclosed meeting with Russian officials and called any suggestion that he was involved with Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election an "appalling and detestable lie.”

In testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sessions also vigorously defended his right to run the Justice Department even after recusing himself from a probe into Russian interference in the presidential election.


ABC News -
Deputy AG sees no reason to fire Mueller

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein testified today that he has not seen evidence of good cause to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, including any possible collusion between Trump campaign associates and Russia.

Though he's the deputy attorney general, Rosenstein has the authority to fire Mueller because Sessions recused himself in March from any probes related to campaigns for president, like the Russia investigation.


LA Times -
Uber Chief Executive Travis Kalanick is taking an indefinite leave of absence

Travis Kalanick, Uber’s co-founder and chief executive, will take an indefinite leave from the company following a months-long investigation into allegations of pervasive harassment inside the ride-hailing firm.

In an email sent to staff Tuesday morning, Kalanick acknowledged his responsibility for the turmoil at Uber and said he was taking leave to grieve for his mother, who died in a boating accident last month.


LA Times -
Jury in Bill Cosby trial begins second day of deliberations, submits another question to judge

Jurors had asked a question before adjourning the previous night regarding portions of a civil deposition Cosby gave more than a decade ago that had been read during the trial.

10:40 a.m.: This article was updated with another question from the jury and a statement released by Cosby’s spokesman.


Washington Post -
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick takes leave amid sweeping changes at company

Uber sharply pared back the power of its Chief Executive Travis Kalanick Tuesday as the controversial leader of one of the technology industry’s most visible companies stepped down for an indefinite leave of absence after months of growing controversy.

The corporate shakeup at Uber already has prompted several executive departures, including Monday's announcement that Senior Vice President for Business Emil Michael, a close Kalanick ally and confidante, was leaving amid pressure from the board.


Fox News -
Trump effect hits Dem primaries, not GOP

On the roster: Trump effect hits Dem primaries, not GOP - Rosenstein backs Mueller, vows ‘full independence’ - Russian attack on election system hit 39 states - No bill in sight, Senate backs off ObamaCare cuts hype - Next topic: New technologies in counterfeiting TRUMP EFFECT HITS DEM PRIMARIES, NOT GOP President Trump has no discernable heirs within his own party, but the number of his progeny in the Democratic Party keeps growing.


NBC News -
Follow live: Jeff Sessions to testify in open hearing on Russia probe

Attorney General Jeff Sessions will testify Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee as part of the ongoing probe into Russia's election interference.

He recused himself from the investigation into the campaign’s ties to Russia, but later played a hand in ousting Comey, who the president said was fired for his handling of the Russia investigation.


BBC -
A legal 'dream team' looking at Trump

The Senate testimony of ex-FBI boss James Comey dominated the headlines last week, but the latest announcements from Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation could be a more ominous indication of trouble on the horizon for the Trump administration.

"Mueller's selection of Dreeben suggests that the special counsel is looking very carefully into whether criminal laws were broken by the Trump campaign and the president's associates," writes Cristian Farias of the Huffington Post. Lawfare blog's Paul Rosenzweig called news of the hiring "the worst thing that happened to Donald Trump this week".


NBC News -
Who is Jeff Sessions The Attorney General is no stranger to controversy

In 1986, the Senate blocked Sessions’ appointment to a federal judgeship after several colleagues at the Department of Justice, where Sessions was serving as a U.S. attorney, testified that he had made racially insensitive comments.

Sessions, who as attorney general was essentially Comey’s boss, wrote a memo to Trump that the president cited as evidence for why he needed to fire the FBI director.


Wall Street Jurnal -
GOP Congressman Sees Health-Care Bill on President’s Desk by August

A Republican congressman who helped shepherd the party’s health-care overhaul bill through the House last month predicted Tuesday that a final bill will pass the Senate and land on the president’s desk before August.

The Senate is likely to leave the 2010 Affordable Care Act’s protections for patients with pre-existing conditions untouched in their bill, according to Senate GOP aides. Mr. Walden also rejected a proposal, briefly entertained by both House and Senate lawmakers, to cap a tax exemption on employer-sponsored health insurance.


LA Times -
Sessions faces senators eager for answers on Comey, Russia and Trump

Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions is heading to Capitol Hill to face sharp questions about his Russian contacts and his role in firing FBI Director James B. Comey amid concerns that President Trump may be considering firing the special counsel investigating his administration.

Sessions, a former four-term senator from Alabama, will testify in public Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee to give his own version of a turbulent month that saw the firing of Comey, the appointment of a special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, and new questions about Sessions’ own meetings with Russian officials.


BBC -
Cosby trial: Deliberating jury revisits evidence

A jury deliberating Bill Cosby's sex assault trial has again heard excerpts of his testimony from a 2005-06 civil case involving his accuser.

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele insists Mr Cosby was a sexual predator who altered the story to make it appear that the two were involved in a relationship.


NBC News -
Deputy AG Rosenstein says he's seen no reason to fire Mueller

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told members of a Senate Appropriations subcommittee that he is the only person who is able to fire special counsel Robert Mueller and that he has seen no reason to do so.

When asked by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., if he’s seen any reason for Mueller, to be fired, Rosenstein said, “I have not.” Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, asked Rosenstein if he would fire Mueller if President Donald Trump asked him to.


LA Times -
Trump administration uses bogus numbers on Obamacare — again

That’s why every day we are working on behalf of President Trump on solutions that will show a little humility from the federal government, equip states to serve their unique and diverse populations, and put healthcare decisions in the hands of patients, families, and their doctors.”

Bogus, manipulated data from HHS only helps that process, as ACA foes can use it to justify their behind-the-scenes dismantling of the law.


Global News -
Jeff Sessions’ public testimony: Here’s what you need to know

Jeff Sessions to face harsh questioning on Russia contacts, James Comey firing during public Senate testimony. Sessions will appear before the Senate intelligence committee on June 13 at 2:30 p.m.. Sessions’ testimony will be streamed live on Globalnews.ca, the Global News Facebook page, and on the Global News Twitter page.

A few days after the testimony of former FBI director James Comey, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will take his turn in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee during a public hearing.


Fox News -
Trump raises alarm on ObamaCare 'death spiral' as insurers flee

President Trump is reviving his effort to overhaul ObamaCare and reverse what he describes as the “death spiral,” as fresh figures show premiums soaring and the number of counties growing where there will soon be no insurance option under the program. While Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies on the Russia probe Tuesday afternoon, Trump will be in Milwaukee discussing the health care push and meeting with so-called “victims” of the Affordable Care Act’s problems.


Wall Street Jurnal -
Jeff Sessions Testifies in Senate Intelligence Hearing: Live Analysis

The attorney general, a former Republican senator from Alabama and one of President Donald Trump's earliest and most steadfast supporters, is expected to face questions about the department's probe into Trump campaign associates' dealings with Russia, the firing and subsequent public statements of former FBI Director James Comey, and more.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is set to testify Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election.


Global News -
Bill Cosby jury still deliberating, wants to hear more of his deposition testimony

The jury, which is set to enter its fifth hour of deliberations, went straight to the heart of the case with its first question Monday night: Can we hear again what Cosby said he told accuser Andrea Constand when he gave her pills before engaging in sexual contact?

Bill Cosby‘s sexual assault case has sparked debate over celebrity, race, power and gender, but the brisk story laid out by prosecutors at his trial has focused mostly on what happened one night in 2004 at his gated estate in suburban Philadelphia.


LA Times -
Watergate scandal stages a TV comeback amid the crisis facing Trump

Viewers of cable news network MSNBC frequently see host Chris Hayes in a promotional spot where he stands outside the Watergate complex in Washington, the site of the 1972 Democratic National Committee headquarters break-in that led to the undoing of the Nixon presidency.

A+E Studios is at work on a multipart Watergate series from Charles Ferguson, the director of “Inside Job,” the 2010 Oscar-winning documentary on the financial crisis.


NBC News -
After asking to see evidence, Cosby jury resumes deliberations

The panel of seven men and five women, who resume deliberations on Tuesday, have twice asked to review excerpts from the 2005 deposition that Cosby gave in the lawsuit filed by his chief accuser, Andrea Constand.

Prosecutors have said if he's convicted, they will ask the judge to jail him immediately, arguing he's a flight risk, but legal experts say that's a longshot.


Fox News -
GOP senators may be willing to back health bill that funds Planned Parenthood

Several Republican senators have indicated that they would be willing to support a health care bill that funds Planned Parenthood or some abortion services, Fox News has learned.

The pressure is on Senate Republicans to try to move a bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare before the Fourth of July recess. However, the apparent concession by conservatives might give leadership more room to maneuver.


Global News -
Jeff Sessions to face harsh questioning on Russia contacts, James Comey firing during public Senate testimony

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is preparing for sharp questions from his former Senate colleagues about his role in the firing of James Comey, his Russian contacts during the campaign and his decision to recuse from an investigation into possible ties between Moscow and associates of President Donald Trump.

The public testimony Tuesday before the Senate intelligence committee should yield Sessions’ most extensive comments to date on questions that have dogged his entire tenure as attorney general and that led him three months ago to step aside from the Russia probe.


The Week -
Why Republicans will keep debasing themselves to protect Trump

It's revealing that the unitary executive theory would be raised by a Trump defender in this context, suggesting that if he does fire Mueller in an echo of Richard Nixon's Saturday Night Massacre, Republicans will be told to say that Trump can do whatever he wants.

To that last point, they fell back on claiming, along with Trump himself, that Comey had somehow exonerated Trump by saying that he had told the president that he was not the direct target of an FBI investigation.


Fox News -
Senate GOP, Dems agree on new sanctions on Russia

Senate Republicans and Democrats reached agreement late Monday on a new package of sanctions on Russia amid the firestorm over Russia's meddling in the presidential election and investigations into Moscow's possible collusion with members of President Donald Trump's campaign.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Monday underscored the distrust between Moscow and Washington, telling the House Armed Services Committee that he's seen nothing to indicate that Russian President Vladimir Putin is interested in cooperation with the United States.


CBS News -
Tough new sanctions on Russia agreed on by GOP, Dem senators

Senate Republicans and Democrats reached agreement late Monday on a new package of sanctions on Russia amid the firestorm over Russia's meddling in the presidential election and investigations into Moscow's possible collusion with members of President Trump's campaign.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Monday underscored the distrust between Moscow and Washington, telling the House Armed Services Committee he's seen nothing to indicate that Russian President Vladimir Putin is interested in cooperation with the United States.


ABC News -
The Note: The White House stressing Sessions

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is an interesting man for the Senate Intelligence Committee to speak with today for a range of reasons that stretch back through the Trump candidacy and presidency.

Part of what makes Sessions intriguing is that he is, by accounts public and private, loyal to President Trump, loyal enough to have offered to resign weeks before he offered to testify. His appearance is being met with a tinge of trepidation, and a whole lot of anticipation, inside a White House where loyalty pledges work to buck up the president's mood, though not necessarily his legal standing.


CBS News -
Jeff Sessions under spotlight at Senate Intelligence Committee

Sessions, who served in the Senate representing Alabama, will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. ET.

All eyes will be on Attorney General Jeff Sessions as he testifies in public Tuesday to address issues related to former FBI Director James Comey and the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election. Sessions, who served in the Senate representing Alabama, will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. ET.


New York Times -
Should Sessions Expect Senatorial Courtesy Not This Time

Mr. Sessions should expect no such senatorial courtesy when he appears at a hearing of the Intelligence Committee on Tuesday.

When Jeff Sessions appeared before the Judiciary Committee early in January, his confirmation as attorney general was not in doubt. Senate Republicans enthusiastically supported the nomination of Mr. Sessions, a longtime friend and colleague from his two decades as a Republican senator from Alabama.


New York Times -
Bill Cosby Trial Day 7: What to Expect

• Mr. Cosby, 79, was at the courthouse for the whole day and did not leave until the jury was released around 9:30 p.m.. • Andrea Constand, who says Mr. Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her at his home outside Philadelphia in 2004, sat in the front row of the courtroom at the Montgomery County Courthouse for much of the day, listening to closing arguments.

Ms. Constand sued Mr. Cosby after prosecutors in 2005 decided not to bring charges against Mr. Cosby in connection with what Ms. Constand said had been a 2004 assault.


The Week -
America is treating Iran disgracefully

At a time when Iran has been, on balance, behaving with relative moderation and decency, America has responded with vile callousness and additional sanctions.

I don't know what it will take for the party to gain a bit of good sense on foreign policy, but nearly two decades of constant failure of just this sort of omnidirectional belligerence apparently isn't enough.


NBC News -
Sessions faces the Senate in Russia investigation with much at stake

Sessions is expected to be asked about his role in the firing of FBI Director James Comey, given that President Trump told NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt that Comey’s ouster was related to the Russia investigation, something Sessions has recused himself from.

Sessions' decision to testify in public came after he decided to cancel a public appearance before the Senate Appropriations Committee, and offered to testify in private before the Senate Intelligence Committee.


The Guardian -
Trump may sack special counsel in Russia inquiry, says friend

High-profile supporters of Donald Trump are turning on special counsel Robert Mueller, the man charged with investigating Russian interference in the US election and possible collusion with Trump’s campaign, with one friend of the president floating the possibility he could fire Mueller.

“Time to rethink,” he tweeted Monday, citing Mueller’s hiring decisions and Comey’s admission that he had instructed a friend to share with reporters notes he had taken of his private conversations with Trump in order to force the appointment of a special counsel. The conservative commentator Ann Coulter offered a similar message, tweeting: “Now that we know Trump is not under investigation, Sessions should take it back and fire Mueller.”


New York Times -
Sessions’s Senate Testimony: How to Watch and What to Expect

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is scheduled to testify on Tuesday, starting at 2:30 p.m. Eastern, before the Senate Intelligence Committee about matters linked to the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.

• He has been under renewed scrutiny since his role came up several times during testimony before the Intelligence Committee last week by James B. Comey, whom President Trump fired as F.B.I. director.


New York Times -
New Bipartisan Sanctions Would Punish Russia for Election Meddling

Senate leaders said they had reached an agreement late on Monday to approve new sanctions against Russia for interfering in the 2016 presidential election and for the country’s conduct in Ukraine and Syria, delivering a striking message to a foreign power that continues to shadow President Trump.

That bill would impose the most sweeping sanctions against Iran since the United States and five other world powers, including Russia, reached a deal with Tehran in 2015 to sharply limit Iranian nuclear capability.


Washington Post -
When Jeff Sessions met Donald Trump: The origins of an alliance now strained

Now, if some accounts are to be believed, the once unshakable bond between Attorney General Jeff Sessions and President Donald Trump is starting to show strain.

The hearing could weigh heavily on the sagging alliance between Sessions and Trump, who just last week vented his frustrations with the Department of Justice in an string of angry tweets. Wind the clock back a dozen years, however, and you’ll find a senator and a business mogul who had nothing but love for one another.


LA Times -
GE's Jeff Immelt is stepping down; he shook up the business but not its stock price

General Electric Co.'s Jeff Immelt is stepping down after 16 years as chief executive of the giant conglomerate, having succeeded in repositioning the company as a producer of large industrial products but failed to fully revive its lagging stock price.

Although GE credits Immelt with improving its financial performance and its focus, GE's stock price has lagged behind the market during his time as CEO.


LA Times -
Russian authorities arrest opposition leader Alexei Navalny, but protests go forward without him

Russia’s second wave of nationwide anti-corruption demonstrations ended again in mass detentions by police Monday, including the arrest of the movement’s organizer, opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

In his video address, Navalny accused the Kremlin of pressuring companies that supply sound and video equipment to not work with the opposition leader’s group in preparation for Monday’s protest. Monday’s protest coincided with Russia Day, an annual holiday that is meant to celebrate Russia’s “independence” after the breakup of the former Soviet Union.


LA Times -
Trump's severe lack of credibility doomed his travel ban with the courts

The severe resistance the courts are exhibiting when it comes to the president’s policies suggests that Trump’s lack of credibility has reverberations beyond the executive.

Because the courts usually give the executive branch a lot of leeway in immigration and national security cases, if the Supreme Court agrees to review Trump’s travel ban, the critical question will be whether the 4th and 9th circuits were right in looking at or requiring evidence outside the order itself.


Washington Post -
Senators strike comprehensive deal to increase Russia sanctions

Senators have struck a deal to put a comprehensive Russia sanctions bill on the floor this week, according to those negotiating the legislation.

The measure, which will be attached to a bill to stiffen Iran sanctions that is under consideration, incorporates proposals to codify existing Russia sanctions, introduce punitive measures against Moscow in light of Russia’s aggressive activities in Ukraine, introduce measures addressing Syria and the realm of cyberhacking, and give Congress the power to review efforts by the administration to scale back sanctions against Russia before they can go through.


LA Times -
Uber’s scandals test the patience of investors — and the public

A big day in sports for Rafael Nadal, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the U.S. and Mexico's men's soccer teams and the Dodgers' Corey Seager.

When you're the hottest start-up in the world, investors will give you a pass for burning through as much as $1 billion a quarter. You're growing your business, after all.


New York Times -
Despite Vote in Favor, Puerto Rico Faces a Daunting Road Toward Statehood

Puerto Rican politicians were pleading their cases to Congress on Monday, just one day after 97 percent of voters cast ballots in favor of statehood in a nonbinding referendum on the island’s future.

Puerto Rico’s nonvoting member of the House, Jenniffer González, is drafting a bill that will ask Congress to admit Puerto Rico as the 51st state. But just as the vote’s meaning was muddled by a historically low turnout, Puerto Ricans were delivering conflicting messages before a very skeptical Congress.


LA Times -
U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals refuses to reinstate Trump's travel ban

The unanimous, unsigned decision by a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals provided a second legal basis for blocking Trump’s travel moratorium and delivered yet another major legal defeat to the Trump administration.

Another federal appeals court refused on Monday to lift a hold on President Trump’s travel ban, ruling that it lacked justification and violated a federal immigration law that prohibits discrimination based on nationality.


LA Times -
Couple accused of hoarding Yorkies plead guilty to animal neglect

A Poway couple accused of hoarding roughly 170 dogs in fetid conditions, hiding some of them from investigators, pleaded guilty Monday to two felony counts of animal neglect.

A big day in sports for Rafael Nadal, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the U.S. and Mexico's men's soccer teams and the Dodgers' Corey Seager.


Washington Post -
Jurors in sexual-assault trial of Bill Cosby begin deliberations

The criminal case, however, focuses on the disputed contact between Cosby and just one woman: Constand, a former Temple University women’s basketball staffer who says Cosby took advantage of his role as her mentor and slipped her pills that left her “frozen” and unable to stop him from touching her breasts and genitals.

McMonagle, pounding the defense table, suggested to jurors that Cosby was the victim of a drumbeat of accusations by women who wanted to appear on television shows.


LA Times -
Mnuchin calls for major rollbacks of Dodd-Frank financial reforms

Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin on Monday proposed sweeping changes to the tough Dodd-Frank regulations put in place after the 2008 financial crisis, including a major reduction in the power of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and other rollbacks long desired by Wall Street.

Dodd-Frank toughened bank regulations, sought to avoid future bailouts by creating a process to shut down teetering financial giants, prohibited federally insured banks from engaging in risky trading, established a powerful panel of regulators to watch for signs of instability and created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to oversee credit cards, mortgages and other financial products.


LA Times -
June gloom will give way to near-record heat later this week, forecasters say

A heat wave is expected in Southern California at the end of this week, but forecasters are not anticipating temperatures to break records.

A big day in sports for Rafael Nadal, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the U.S. and Mexico's men's soccer teams and the Dodgers' Corey Seager.


LA Times -
Bill Cosby case heads to the jury, and an epic battle nears resolution

Clashing views of Bill Cosby asserted themselves at his sexual assault trial here Monday, as the career prosecutor looking to imprison the entertainer and the flashy lawyer hired to defend him faced off before turning over the case to the jury.

With the trial’s end, a public storm that began in the fall of 2014 over Cosby’s sexual history is on the brink of a legal resolution. In jurors’ hands now is the fate of one of the 20th century’s most beloved personalities — and one of the 21st century’s most polarizing ones.


NBC News -
No covfefe-up: House bill would force Trump to save all his tweets

The White House has already promised to preserve all of President Donald Trump's tweets — even those he's deleted — but Democratic Rep. Mike Quigley of Illinois wants to make sure it follows through.

Like most matters presidential, Trump's use of Twitter is a subject of much controversy, especially after Spicer said last week that Trump's tweets should be regarded as official statements of policy.


The Guardian -
Bill Cosby trial: jury begins deliberations in sexual assault case

The jury at Bill Cosby’s trial began deliberating Monday over whether he drugged and molested a woman more than a decade ago in a case that has already helped demolish the 79-year-old comedian’s good-guy image.

The fast-moving case went to the jury of seven men and five women on day six of the trial after closing arguments gave differing portrayals of what happened between Cosby and Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia estate.


LA Times -
D.C. and Maryland file anti-corruption suit against Trump over foreign 'emoluments' to his businesses

Attorneys general for Maryland and the District of Columbia filed an anti-corruption lawsuit against President Trump on Monday, arguing that he is violating the Constitution by using his office to unjustly enrich himself.

Their suit recites a now-familiar complaint that Trump, by retaining ownership of his hotels and other properties, is violating the ban on a U.S. official accepting “any present [or] Emolument … of any kind whatsoever from .. .any foreign state.”


LA Times -
In his first Supreme Court opinion, Gorsuch shows writing flair, strict interpretation of law

Justice Neil M. Gorsuch used his first high court opinion Monday to write a concise, pointed essay on how the justices should decide cases — by following the “plain terms” of the law, not by updating an old statute to meet new problems.

It was the first opportunity for Gorsuch to display his writing style, which has been praised for its clarity and avoidance of the usual legalese. “Disruptive dinnertime calls, downright deceit and more drew Congress’s eye to the debt collection industry,” he began the opinion.


CBS News -
Bill Cosby trial: Jury begins deliberations

Bill Cosby's trial raced toward a close Monday, with his lawyer telling the jury that the comedian and the woman who accuses him of drugging and molesting her more than a decade ago were lovers who had enjoyed secret "romantic interludes." Prosecutors countered by saying "fancy lawyering" can't save Cosby from his own words -- namely, his admission about groping Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia estate after giving her pills he knew could put her to sleep.


LA Times -
Montana's Gianforte pleads guilty, receives no jail time for assaulting reporter

Greg Gianforte, the Montana Republican who assaulted a newspaper reporter the day before being elected to Congress, pleaded guilty Monday to a misdemeanor assault charge but avoided jail time.

A big day in sports for Rafael Nadal, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the U.S. and Mexico's men's soccer teams and the Dodgers' Corey Seager.


LA Times -
Kids' clothing chain Gymboree files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

Children’s clothing retailer Gymboree Corp. has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as it looks to reorganize and reduce its debt.

Gymboree said it has signed a restructuring support agreement with a majority of its term loan lenders and filed voluntary Chapter 11 petitions Sunday with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The company said it has received $35 million in new debtor-in-possession financing from the majority of its term loan lenders and up to $273.5 million in additional financing from existing lenders.


LA Times -
A blond Julius Caesar in a business suit looks too familiar for comfort

In a new production opening Monday night in New York in which the protagonist sports a modern business suit and blond hair — details that make him look suspiciously like a certain somebody.

A big day in sports for Rafael Nadal, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the U.S. and Mexico's men's soccer teams and the Dodgers' Corey Seager.


LA Times -
Orlando remembers the slain, one year after the Pulse nightclub massacre

One year later, Orlando Sentinel Snapshot remembers the 49 lives lost at Pulse nightclub and talks with those impacted by the night's tragic events.

A big day in sports for Rafael Nadal, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the U.S. and Mexico's men's soccer teams and the Dodgers' Corey Seager.


LA Times -
Cowardly Delta Air and BofA bail on Shakespeare, showing the folly of corporate sponsorship of art

New York's Public Theater probably should not have been surprised that Delta Air Lines dropped its sponsorship of the organization following right-wing criticism of its production of “Julius Caesar.” Delta, which has been the “official airline” of the Public Theater for four years, fled in abject panic after Breitbart and Fox News, among others, threw conniptions over the depiction of Caesar as a Trump-like figure in its production of the Shakespeare play for its free Shakespeare in the Park program.


LA Times -
'It's sickening what's happening here.' Defense portrays Bill Cosby as a victim

Bill Cosby did not assault Andrea Constand but instead is a victim of a crusade, lawyers for the entertainer argued Monday after calling a single witness and resting their case.

Cosby and Constand were simply a couple, with no assault occurring the night of their encounter in January 2004, lead Cosby lawyer Brian McMonagle told jurors. “‘Yeah, it was romantic; yeah, he was giving me sweaters; yeah, he was telling me how to wear my hair,’” he said, mimicking Constand’s voice, as he made the closing argument in Cosby’s criminal trial on three counts of aggravated indecent assault.


LA Times -
How the Trump presidency sparked the L.A. Pride parade to return to its resistance roots

So, on Sunday, he dusted off the cape he wore to previous Pride events and joined tens of thousands of people in a human rights march that replaced the iconic parade.

A big day in sports for Rafael Nadal, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the U.S. and Mexico's men's soccer teams and the Dodgers' Corey Seager.


LA Times -
Amid housing crisis, Garcetti's 'linkage fee' proposal remains in limbo

Following the lead of other California cities, Mayor Eric Garcetti two years ago proposed charging a fee on construction and using those funds to build affordable housing in Los Angeles.

The delay follows criticism from business groups and some academics who say the fee would slow construction in a city grappling with a housing crisis. But amid mounting questions, a City Council committee last week put off a vote on Garcetti’s plan until late July or beyond.


Global News -
Bill Cosby trial: Defence rests without calling the comedian to testify

Bill Cosby’s lawyers put on a case consisting of just one witness and six minutes of testimony Monday, wrapping up the defence side in the sexual assault trial without the comedian himself taking the stand.

READ MORE: Bill Cosby trial: Jury hears decade-old testimony about Cosby’s sexual encounter with Andrea Constand. With Cosby’s wife of 53 years, Camille, looking on in the courtroom for the first time in the 6-day-old trial, the TV star ended the suspense by telling a judge that he had decided not to take the stand after talking it over with his lawyers.


LA Times -
3 pedestrians struck by car in West Hollywood as city celebrates Pride

A big day in sports for Rafael Nadal, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the U.S. and Mexico's men's soccer teams and the Dodgers' Corey Seager.

The driver was exiting a driveway in the 600 block of La Peer Drive — near the Factory nightclub — and the vehicle struck three pedestrians, Eddins said. The crash occurred just after 10 p.m. near La Peer Drive and Santa Monica Boulevard, close to the city’s weekend-long celebration of Pride by the LGBTQ community, said Sgt. Lance Eddins of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.


BBC -
Cosby trial: Defence rests after calling brief witness

US comedian Bill Cosby's defence lawyers have rested their case after presenting a single, brief witness in his sexual assault trial.

The case is seen as the biggest US celebrity court case since the murder trial of former American football player OJ Simpson in 1995.


LA Times -
Decision time at the Supreme Court: Rulings expected soon on religion, free speech and immigration

It’s decision time at the Supreme Court, as the justices prepare to hand down the final rulings of their current term by the end of this month.

A big day in sports for Rafael Nadal, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the U.S. and Mexico's men's soccer teams and the Dodgers' Corey Seager.


Washington Post -
Bill Cosby trial shocker: Defense rests after just 6 minutes

Bill Cosby’s attorneys raced through a startlingly brief, six-minute defense Monday, bringing to a close testimony in one of the most high-profile criminal cases in recent American history.

Who made her first appearance at the courthouse Monday — watched as defense attorney Brian McMonagle called a single police witness to confirm the existence of a police report. That detective had led the investigation into allegations brought by Andrea Constand that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her 13 years ago at his suburban Philadelphia estate.


LA Times -
The Bill Cosby trial: Six takeaways from the first week

As the second ?week of the Bill Cosby trial got underway with a bang Monday morning — the defense rested without calling Cosby to testify — here are six takeaways from the chockablock first week of testimony.

Initially thought to be a peripheral witness, at the trial mainly to establish her daughter's state of mind, the elder Constand, it turns out, confronted Cosby after the alleged attack in significant ways.


LA Times -
Trump's education cuts aren't 'devastating,' they're smart

A big day in sports for Rafael Nadal, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the U.S. and Mexico's men's soccer teams and the Dodgers' Corey Seager.

It’s the end of the world as we know it – at least that’s what some people would have us believe about President Trump’s education budget. It’s “a devastating blow to the country’s public education system,” according to National School Boards Assn.


LA Times -
The GOP's tax attack on blue states

Since the U.S. income tax was established in 1913, Americans have been able to avoid paying federal taxes on money they already paid out in state and local tax.

The GOP tax proposal represents an assault on the economies and taxpayers of California and other largely Democratic states such as New York, Illinois, New Jersey and Massachusetts. According to the Tax Policy Center, ending the deduction would put $1.3 trillion more in federal coffers over 10 years — 30% of that coming from California and New York taxpayers.


LA Times -
Delta, Bank of America pull sponsorships of Trump-like 'Julius Caesar' play over killing scene

Delta Air Lines and Bank of America have announced that they are pulling their sponsorship of a Manhattan-based theater company's portrayal of Julius Caesar as a Donald Trump look-alike in a business suit who gets knifed to death on stage.

“No matter what your political stance may be, the graphic staging of Julius Caesar at this summer's Free Shakespeare in the Park does not reflect Delta Air Lines' values,” the statement said. “Their artistic and creative direction crossed the line on the standards of good taste.”


CBS News -
Bill Cosby will not testify at sexual assault trial

Cosby's legal team put on a case consisting of just one witness and six minutes of testimony Monday, wrapping up the defense side in the sexual assault trial without the comedian himself taking the stand.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand and Johnson have done.


LA Times -
Bill Cosby waives his right to testify at his trial; defense calls one witness and rests

Bill Cosby officially waived his right to testify at his criminal trial Monday morning, confirming what legal experts had long expected.

Credits: Jean-Jacques Hublin / European Pressphoto Agency / Getty / KTLA / Mel Melcon. Today, James Comey delivers that startling account to Congress.


NBC News -
Bill Cosby declined to testify at his trial as defense rested after just one witness

Bill Cosby’s wife, Camille, made her first appearance at her husband’s sexual assault trial on Monday, taking a seat in the courtroom as the defense rested its case after calling a single witness.

Before the jury came into the courtroom, the judge asked Cosby if he agreed with the defense decision not to present character witnesses or call him to the stand. Several other defense witnesses were blocked by the judge because their testimony would have been hearsay or would have violated the state’s rape shield law.


LA Times -
Apartment owners sue city of L.A., saying trash pickup program needed voter approval

A statewide apartment owners association has filed a lawsuit accusing the city of Los Angeles of illegally setting trash pickup rates.

The suit seeks an injunction to stop the roll-out of Zero Waste L.A., a “green” trash pick-up program run by the city that is set to launch next month. With Zero Waste L.A., the city created 11 waste-collecting zones, signed exclusive operating agreements with haulers and set new rates for the service.


New York Times -
Bill Cosby Trial Day 6: What to Expect

Now the defense must decide whom to call as witnesses to defend Bill Cosby — or perhaps decide not to call anyone at all.

Her testimony was emotional and she stayed composed, even as Mr. Cosby’s defense team produced phone records showing she called Mr. Cosby at least 53 times after the night she said she was assaulted at his home. Prosecutors asked Andrea Constand to tell her story, while defense lawyers attacked Ms. Constand’s credibility.


NBC News -
It's show time for Bill Cosby's defense team at sexual assault trial

Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial resumes Monday with a big question mark hanging over it: What does the defense have planned to counter a prosecution case that wrapped up with few missteps?

"I suspect there is simply too much material for cross-examination for the defense to allow Cosby to take the stand," said Dennis McAndrews, a former prosecutor in Philadelphia who has been attending the trial. "His deposition testimony 10 years ago strongly suggests he is not a witness who could be effectively coached or limited, as he admitted to a variety of conduct which was either criminal ... or socially unacceptable," McAndrews said.


The Guardian -
Delta pulls sponsorship of 'Julius Caesar' play with Trump-like character killed on stage

Delta Air Lines Inc said on Sunday it was pulling its sponsorship of the Shakespeare in the Park production of “Julius Caesar” in New York over a portrayal of the assassinated ancient Roman leader that resembles US President Donald Trump.

The contemporary staging of William Shakespeare’s tragedy, by the nonprofit Public Theater, portrays Julius Caesar as a blond-haired, powerful man wearing a business suit with an American flag pin, while his wife, Calpurnia, has a Slavic accent and dresses in designer fashions.


LA Times -
Bill Cosby trial notebook: The tint of celebrity, and a window into another Hollywood

Covering the sexual-assault trial of Bill Cosby at this suburban Philadelphia courthouse over the last week, I’ve been regularly treated to how celebrity can be unleashed in this manner.

I don’t just mean how Cosby allegedly leveraged his public persona to win women’s trust, though that’s the version you get from trial accounts of accusers Kelly Johnson and Andrea Constand. As Patrice Sewell, Johnson's mother, testified on why her daughter lowered her guard to Cosby, “Our family all watched ‘The Cosby Show.’



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