At Assange’s Extradition Hearing, Troubled Tech Takes Center Stage

The WikiLeaks founder’s high-profile case was delayed for months by the coronavirus. Now it is being hobbled by faulty livestreams and other technical issues. A supporter of Julian Assange protesting outside the Central Criminal Court, known as the Old Bailey, in London last week.Credit…Henry Nicholls/Reuters Sept. 16, 2020, 11:47 a.m. ET LONDON — As Mark Feldstein, the first witness on the first day of the high-stakes extradition hearing for Julian Assange, appeared by video link from his home recently, reporters …

AstraZeneca Pauses Vaccine Trial for Safety Review

The company halted late-stage trials of its coronavirus vaccine because of a serious suspected adverse reaction in a participant. Because of safety concerns, AstraZeneca paused late-stage trials of its coronavirus vaccine, which is being tested in locations like São Paolo, Brazil.Credit…Amanda Perobelli/Reuters The pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca halted large, late-stage global trials of its coronavirus vaccine on Tuesday because of a serious suspected adverse reaction in a participant, the company said. It is not yet known whether the reaction was directly …

Myanmar soldiers confess to Rohingya massacre: ‘Shoot all that you see’

The “clearance operation” began at 3 a.m. in western Myanmar, the soldier says. The colonel in charge told the troops in Myanmar’s 565th light infantry battalion their task was to wipe out the Rohingya villagers in the area, ordering them to “shoot all that you see and all that you hear,” Pvt. Myo Win Tun says in video testimony obtained by NBC News. His unit carried out the order, the private says, raping women first before killing them along with …

Julian Assange Appears in London Court for U.S. Extradition Hearing

The case against the WikiLeaks founder, who is accused of obtaining and publishing secret military and diplomatic documents, was delayed in February because of the coronavirus pandemic. Video transcript transcript Demonstrators Rally Outside Assange’s Extradition Hearing Protesters gathered outside the London court where Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, appeared in a hearing on extradition to the United States. The case was delayed in February because of the pandemic. “We will win!” “We will win, Julian!” “We will win, Julian!” …

L.A. firefighter who struck handcuffed patient accepts suspension as video is released

A Los Angeles firefighter who struck a restrained detainee in the head — and pulled a towel tightly around his face, prompting him to yell, “I can’t breathe!” — has accepted a 12-day suspension for his actions, according to internal Fire Department records reviewed by The Times. The development comes as a new video shows some details of the incident. Derek Farrow, who was working as an emergency medical technician when the incident occurred in March 2019, informed officials that …

‘It’s Forensic Science, True Crime And A Little Bit Of History’: Dr. Lindsey Fitzharris On Smithsonian Channel Docu-Series ‘The Curious Life And Death Of…”

September 4, 2020 at 2:00 pm (CBS Local)– On Sunday, September 6, a new six docu-series premieres on Smithsonian Channel called “The Curious Life and Death Of…” where Dr. Lindsey Fitzharris re-examines the mysterious deaths of people like Pablo Escobar, Harry Houdini, Brittany Murphy and Brian Jones. Dr. Fitzharris is a medical historian with a doctorate from Oxford and hopes people can learn about the context around some of the most famous deaths ever and some stories history has forgotten about. …

Trump won’t let Pentagon close Stars and Stripes newspaper

The Pentagon’s plan to shut down the military’s independent newspaper, Stars and Stripes, hit a major roadblock Friday, as President Donald Trump announced that he won’t allow that on his watch By LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press September 4, 2020, 9:50 PM • 4 min read WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Friday that he won’t allow the Pentagon to cut funding for the military’s independent newspaper, Stars and Stripes, effectively halting Defense leader’s plan to shut the paper down …

Jacob Blake, the Kenosha man shot by police, pleads not guilty to sexual assault charge

Jacob Blake, the Wisconsin man who was shot by police in a videotaped confrontation that has sparked national protests, pleaded not guilty Friday to several charges against him, including one for sexual assault. Blake was in his hospital bed and wore a blue dress shirt and yellow tie as he appeared with his lawyer via Zoom before Kenosha County Commissioner Loren J. Keating. Keating found there was enough evidence to send the matter to trial and sent the case to …

Trainee and supervisor identified as L.A. County sheriff’s deputies involved in shooting of Dijon Kizzee

The two L.A. County sheriff’s deputies involved in the fatal shooting of Dijon Kizzee, whose death Monday sparked days of protests, were identified as a trainee and his supervising officer, according to two sources with knowledge of the case. The Sheriff’s Department declined to name them and said Thursday morning that the “involved personnel” had not yet been interviewed by homicide investigators. Coroner’s officials have determined that Kizzee died of gunshot wounds. The full autopsy report will show how many …

Orange County COVID-19 deaths top 1,000 even as new cases start to stabilize statewide

Even as cases statewide start to stabilize, reported COVID-19 deaths in Orange County topped 1,000 this week as fatalities continue to rise throughout the state in response to the summer surge of coronavirus infections. On average, people who succumb to the disease die 28 days after being infected, said Dr. John Swartzberg, a UC Berkeley infectious disease expert. As new infections continue to decline, deaths also will fall off in the weeks ahead. Orange County’s total pandemic death toll reached …

Russia Spins Alternative Theories in Poisoning of Navalny

As they have in the past when Russia was accused of misconduct, officials and state media commentators responded to news of a nerve agent attack with an array of improbable explanations. Aleksei A. Navalny at an opposition rally a month before he was poisoned.Credit…Maxim Zmeyev/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Sept. 3, 2020, 3:14 p.m. ET MOSCOW — To the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, what befell the Russian opposition leader, Aleksei A. Navalny, was alarmingly simple: He was poisoned with a …

Kentucky ‘frat house’ judge kicked off the bench

A Kentucky judge accused of using sex and booze to turn her courtroom into a virtual frat house was kicked off the bench by a judicial panel on Monday. A five-member judicial commission voted unanimously to remove Kenton County Family Court Judge Dawn Gentry, who was suspended with pay in December pending a misconduct probe, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported. Gentry, 39, was accused of creating a rowdy atmosphere at the courthouse, hiring her boyfriend and bandmate, allowing drinking during work …

Marine lured 14-year-old girl onto Twentynine Palms base for sex, authorities say

A Twentynine Palms Marine was arrested on suspicion of statutory rape last week after luring a 14-year-old girl to the base in the high desert, authorities say. Donovan Bowin, 20, is being held at the West Valley Detention Center in lieu of $25,000 bail, jail records state. San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies responded to the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center on Tuesday afternoon and found the 14-year-old girl, the Sheriff’s Department said in a news release. Authorities said they …

Officer in George Floyd death argues drug overdose killed him, not knee on neck

A defense attorney for the fired Minneapolis police officer charged with murder in connection with the death of George Floyd is asking a judge to drop all charges, arguing the 46-year-old man’s death was allegedly from a drug overdose and not caused by the officer planting his knee in the back of Floyd’s neck. Defense attorney Eric J. Nelson filed the motion in Hennepin County, Minnesota, District Court on Friday, claiming prosecutors have failed to show probable cause for charging …

Foster Farms to temporarily close poultry plant after 8 workers die of COVID-19

Foster Farms announced Saturday that it will comply with a Merced County health department order and temporarily close one of its poultry plants in Livingston, Calif., the site of a coronavirus outbreak that has left eight workers dead. The outbreak at the Central Valley facility has persisted for at least two months, according to the county health department. Officials said the company did not complete the widespread testing of employees that the county first recommended and then ordered. The company …

51 Easy Kitchen Hacks That Will Change Your Life

You thought you had it all figured out. You’ve cooked a few roasts and baked a few loaves in your time, so you know your way around a Dutch oven and a Silpat (if you have to ask, then you definitely need this list). Perhaps you’ve even made dalgona coffee, or tried the 3-ingredient creme brulee hack and felt pretty proud of yourself (you should!). But you think you know everything? Well, we have some game-changing kitchen and food hacks for you too. You say your bookshelf has a dedicated cookbook section (or …

‘What happens to me if I get sick?’ Pandemic complicates high-risk job for federal firefighters

Federal firefighter units tasked with putting out some of the nation’s biggest wildfires are grappling with the reality of a fire season coinciding with a pandemic. As historic wildfires have spread through much of the West this summer, firefighters organized within the Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture’s U.S. Forest Service are testing positive for COVID-19 — having to, at times, learn on the fly how to mitigate the spread as virus spikes hit various fire camps …

Pandemic leads some high school athletes move to other states to play football

Landon Nelson knew he wanted to play college football since the eighth grade. So when officials in California announced that the state would not be allowing fall sports because of COVID-19, he and his family uprooted their lives so he could stay in the game. “I knew there’s always a possibility that they could not play in the spring, and I couldn’t really take that risk,” said Nelson, a senior defensive back from San Luis Obispo, a city about halfway …

Federal Judge finds Texas guilty of violating vote registration law for a second time

August 29, 2020 | 2:12am A federal judge has found the state of Texas guilty of violating the National Voter Registration Act for a second time by not allowing residents to register to vote when they update their driver’s license information online. A 68-page ruling by U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia ruled that the state is legally obligated to let voters register to vote any time they renew their license or register a new address. The ruling comes after Texas …

Orange County wants justices to reopen schools statewide. Experts say it’s a long shot

When the state’s top court agreed to review two cases challenging Gov. Gavin Newsom’s limitations on in-classroom instruction, backers of the litigation said they were heartened. Robert L. Tyler, one of the lawyers who brought the cases on behalf of schools statewide and the Orange County Board of Education, said the court could have dismissed the cases summarily rather than asking for more written arguments. The fact that the court asked for more arguments “is one reason we are very …