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Trump thrusts US, Cuba back toward hostile relationship

Before former President Barack Obama launched detente with Cuba in December 2014, most Americans without family ties to Cuba traveled to the island on expensive guided tours dedicated to full-time "meaningful interaction" with the Cuban people and — in principle at least — avoiding activities that could be considered tourism, which is illegal under US law. Read More »

The Bill Cosby mistrial: How we got here

The case was the only one to result in a criminal trial , largely because the other accusations were too old to prosecute. That meant that the... Musical artist and producer Dready tweeted "Guilty or not, this trial will be a dark cloud over Bill Cosby's whole career forever". Read More »

Cosby accuser thanks prosecutors after mistrial

Our justice system and our society at-large don't believe women. Drugging and sexually violating a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. Prosecutors vowed to try again, declaring that the woman who accuses Cosby of drugging and molesting her at his Philadelphia-area home in 2004 is "entitled to a verdict". Read More »

London fire toll at least 30, but dozens missing

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London Police commander Stuart Cundy said that the conditions inside Grenfell Tower mean that the search operation to recover the victims was extremely challenging. Speaking on Friday evening, Mrs May said: "Everyone affected by this tragedy needs reassurance that the Government is there for them at this awful time - and that is what I am determined to provide". Read More »

The charges against Bill Cosby and their potential sentences

Constand, then 31, met the married Cosby 15 years ago through her job as an administrator with the women's basketball team at Temple University in Philadelphia, where Cosby was a trustee and the school's most renowned alumnus. Ruehli said Cosby has ruined his life and his reputation as well as his wife's. I just hope she turns that on Bill Cosby . Heidi Thomas praised Constand's "courage and willingness to go back into the maelstrom of this crime". Read More »

Mistrial Declared In Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Case

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Cosby said nothing as he emerged from the courtroom, but raised an arm as if in victory. He didn't know we were seeds. But it was Cosby's reputation as a public moralist who urged young people to pull up their saggy trousers and start acting responsibly that prompted a federal judge to unseal portions of an explosive deposition he gave more than a decade ago as part of Constand's civil lawsuit against him. Read More »

Ryan Reynolds shares first Deadpool 2 image

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When foul-mouthed anti-hero Deadpool comes knocking, it's no surprise no one's around to answer. Also returning for the Deadpool sequel are such people as Stefan Kapicic and Brianna Hildebrand as, respectively, Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead . Read More »

Erendira Wallenda Hangs by Her Teeth, Toes over Niagara Falls

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The aerialist wife of daredevil Nik Wallenda spent about eight minutes of the 10-minute stunt hovering over the falls. Legislators and the Wallendas said the payoff would come later, with the spread of photos and video from the stunt. Husband Nik leaned out the helicopter watching Erendira while also communicating with the pilot via headphones. "As Erendira's stunt will happen on the five-year anniversary of Nikolas" televised tightrope walk across Niagara, she is quite excited to do the ... Read More »

Cosby Jury Deliberates For Fifth Day

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The trial marks a steep fall from grace for an entertainer known for his role as a lovable father and obstetrician on hit TV series " The Cosby Show ". During his interview with law enforcement, Cosby said that he gave Benadryl to Constand. He maintains that their sexual encounter was consensual. "When you got the quaaludes, was it in your mind that you were going to use these quaaludes for young women that you wanted to have sex with?" "They were here!" said McMonagle, exasperated. Read More »

Tapwrit Wins the Belmont Stakes

It was an up-and-down season for Tapwrit , too - well, more like a down-and-up season. The Belmont victor, a $1.2 million yearling purchase at Fasig-Tipton's Saratoga yearling sale in 2015, is co-owned by Bridlewood Farm, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, and Robert LaPenta . Read More »

Think Mayweather-McGregor is a freak show? How about these?

The idea that McGregor might save face in a loss by taking Mayweather down or landing a spinning wheel kick to disqualify himself don't appear to be in the cards. "There is a different feel from the Pacquiao fight, Ellerbe said". For McGregor , it would be a record payday. "It's definitely the biggest fight ever in combat sports history, and probably going to be the biggest payday ever", Dana White , the Director of UFC said in an interview. Read More »

Judge Declares Mistrial in Cosby Sexual Assault Case

As for Cosby, she had another message for him. The lawyers appealed for privacy for Constand and her family. "We are confident that these proceedings have given a voice to the many victims who felt powerless and silenced", the statement reads. Read More »

US Open 2017: Rory McIlroy motivated by 'busy summer' after missing cut

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He is among a stacked list of leaders that has 23 players within four shots of the lead. Johnson's exit came after world number two Rory McIlroy and world number three Jason Day also missed the cut. "I showed up for the last six holes, anyway", he said. He had a chance to match Jonny Miller's U.S. Open record for low round in relation to par , but he settled for par on the 676-yard 18th. Read More »

Bill Cosby Called Himself 'Dirty Old Man' After Alleged Sexual Assault

Jurors heard excerpts on Friday from Cosby's decade-old testimony in a related civil suit about how he gave quaaludes to women he wanted to have sex with. Most times it's not violent. She said feelings of self-blame and confusion are exacerbated if intoxicants are involved. I said, 'Are you accusing me.' 'No I'm not, but Bill.' so forth and so on. Read More »

Bill Cosby Trial Day 2: Accuser Andrea Constand Takes the Stand

The first law enforcement official to take a statement from Constand was Detective David Mason of the Durham Regional Police Service in Ontario, Canada according to testimony. Cosby that I had trouble seeing him and I was seeing two of him", she testified of the effects of the pills Cosby told her were supplements. Constand admitted she did seek out attorneys who specialize in sexual assault cases, but she said a lawsuit was not her intent. Read More »

London Bridge attackers 'may have planned siege'

Each had three disposable water bottles covered in masking tape attached to the belt. Armed officers fired nearly 50 rounds, killing three attackers who had plowed a rented van into pedestrians on the bridge, killing three, then jumped out and stabbed Saturday night revelers in Borough Market, an area packed with bars and restaurants. Read More »

Mistrial in Cosby case; prosecutor will go to trial again

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Less than 48 hours later, and working into the weekend on the 11th day of the trial , the panel informed the judge that they were still deadlocked on all three counts of indecent aggravated assault. "Heinously and exploitatively ambitious", the statement said. I also want to thank the supporters who have been here. "She has been positive in every way and continues to be", Steele said, adding Constand had indicated she would continue to cooperate with prosecutors. Read More »

London fire: England councils order urgent housing review

He said that there are strict requirements in Britain on materials used in cladding and that there was no evidence that those rules had been flouted. Presenter Emily Maitlis accused Mrs May of "misreading the public mood" surrounding the blaze. "This prime minister is not viable". James Cleverly, a former chairman of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority who is now a Conservative lawmaker, defended what he called a "very professional" response to the fire by May. Read More »

Why Keshia Knight Pulliam Is Supporting Bill Cosby

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The panel made a decision to stop Wednesday night after revisiting a police interview where the comedian acknowledged giving accuser Andrea Constand pills and fondling her at his suburban Philadelphia estate. The jurors ordered strombolis for dinner while they wait. Cosby is being charged with drugging and molesting Andrea Constand at his Pennsylvania home in 2004. Read More »

Transformers: The Last Knight premieres in China

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Bay also revealed why one of those movies has not been or will not be a Tom Cruise-starring action vehicle. That seems like a fun one to do. It's something not every director would have enough money to pull off, but the Transformers films have made enough cash over the years that Bay is being allowed to go out with a bang. Read More »

Cosby jury begins Day 6 of deliberations in sex assault case

Supporters and well-wishers also gathered outside the courthouse; at times during the trial, Cosby "appeared in good spirits" as he spoke to and saluted his fans, The Associated Press reports. Constand, who was then an employee of Temple University, Cosby's alma mater, claims the comic gave her drugs that incapacitated her to the degree that she could not stop him from assaulting her. Read More »

Important to tell today's generation about the Emergency: Madhur Bhandarkar

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Supriya Vinod will be playing former Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi in the film. Interest in this political drama was at a high after the interesting looks of Neil Nitin Mukesh and Kirti Kulhari were unveiled. We have mostly seen in films that stammering has been projected in a very caricaturish way. Peppered with seemingly realistic shots from that era, the trailer manages to translate the sense of chaos that one would have felt at the time onto the screen brilliantly. Read More »

Important to tell today's generation about the Emergency: Madhur Bhandarkar

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Supriya Vinod will be playing former Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi in the film. Interest in this political drama was at a high after the interesting looks of Neil Nitin Mukesh and Kirti Kulhari were unveiled. We have mostly seen in films that stammering has been projected in a very caricaturish way. Peppered with seemingly realistic shots from that era, the trailer manages to translate the sense of chaos that one would have felt at the time onto the screen brilliantly. Read More »

Cosby Jury Will Hear More Deposition Testimony

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He says what they did was consensual. In that case he gave damaging testimony, but it did not become public until 2015. His admissions in that deposition led Montgomery County prosecutors to file charges against him. She sat in the front row, across the aisle from Constand . Defense attorney Brian McMonagle told the jury that Cosby and Constand were lovers who had enjoyed secret "romantic interludes" and that the 2004 encounter was consensual. Read More »

No fear Shakespeare: Why you should support Trumpish 'Caesar'

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It is argued that this explanation is misleading - at best. And Delta, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment, maintained its longtime support of the theater. The onus must be on directors to notice how this play speaks with uncommon force to the volatile mood of our times , at home and overseas, and set it down so that we are openly encouraged to join the dots. Read More »

Wonder Woman 2: A fun and optimistic movie?

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Along with Wonder Woman-themed cups, popcorn buckets and flip-flops, the media powerhouse announced on her Instagram Tuesday that she had enlisted bakery Charm City Cakes to create a themed cake for a " Wonder Woman " party she was throwing for 28 10-year-olds. Read More »

Teen Cadets Suspected in Thefts of Two LAPD SUVs in Wild Pursuit

The trio including two boys and a girl aged 15, 16, 17 respectively, "gamed the system" and used an on-leave officer's name to take out stun guns and radios and eventually drive the cars out of the station house parking lot, Beck said . The third auto was recovered later when one of the teens revealed its location. They were not identified. "We're going to be deeply concerned anytime any police equipment of any kind is taken, let alone a vehicle", LAPD Assistant Chief Beatrice Girmala ... Read More »

London attack death toll rises to eight after body recovered from Thames

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Zaghba, Pakistan-born British citizen Khuram Shazad Butt , 27, and Rachid Redouane , 30, who claimed to be Moroccan-Libyan, launched a murderous rampage around London Bridge and Borough Market on Saturday night. An investigation established that he was not unsafe enough to be arrested, they said. As interior minister from 2010 to 2016, May oversaw a drop of 20,000 in the number of police officers in England and Wales, which Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said should never have ... Read More »

Wonder Woman breaks United States box office record for film by female director

According to Box Office Mojo , Wonder Woman ranked 16th on the list of comic book adaptations' opening weekends - sixth if you don't count sequels - and could end up taking in around $300 million throughout its theatrical run. The 45-year old filmmaker is already thinking ahead to what a second Wonder Woman film might look like. It took a long time for Wonder Woman to get her due. Read More »

Harry Kane: 'I want to be England captain full time'

England faced a strong challenge from Scotland in their 2018 World Cup qualifier , before Harry Kane salvaged a 2-2 draw for the visitors with a goal in stoppage time . Scotland's team captain Scott Brown gestures during the World Cup Group F qualifying soccer match between Scotland and England at Hampden Park, Glasgow , Scotland , Saturday, June 10, 2017 . Read More »

Verizon Closes Yahoo Acquisition

On Verizon's acquisition of Yahoo , it's CEO Marissa Mayer stepped down from the company citing the "inherent changes" to her position. The Oath portfolio combines both Yahoo' and AOL's businesses and includes HuffPost, Yahoo Sports, AOL.com, Makers, Tumblr , Build Studios, Yahoo Finance, and Yahoo mail. Read More »

Fleischmann: Important for baseball game to go on after shooting

Representatives on both teams made a decision to go forward with the game, which got underway at 7 p.m. Wednesday, they said the IL resident had been living out of his auto in the D.C. "It's more than just a game, but this year, it has a little bit more of a serious meaning to it". "It's about Republicans and Democrats". If Scalise did not suffer nerve damage and his recovery continues without any complications, "it is possible that within three months or so, he can.be back on his feet", ... Read More »