JPS officials announce how classes will be held after holidays
JPS officials announce how classes will be held after holidays
Journalist Eli Lake, an aggressive critic of the government’s handling of the investigation into Trump and Russia, said that while there was a “scandal” in how the FBI conducted parts of its investigation, there was not a “deep state conspiracy.”
The settlement between Fox News and Rich’s parents, Joel and Mary Rich, was publicly disclosed Tuesday, but with no details about the terms.
Donald Trump Jr. tested positive for COVID-19 last week. Although he is asymptomatic, the CDC recommends sick people like him isolate for 10 days.
A leading Saudi women’s rights activist who’s been imprisoned for 2 1/2 years and drawn attention to the kingdom’s hard limits on dissent will be tried by a court established to oversee terrorism cases, her family said Wednesday. The referral of Loujain al-Hathloul's case to the Specialized Criminal Court is a setback for efforts to push for her swift release and means she will face charges related to terrorism and national security. According to a 53-page report released earlier this year by Amnesty International, the court has been used as “a weapon of repression” to imprison peaceful critics, activists, journalists, clerics and others.
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President Trump's campaign now finds itself on the other side of a legal case in a newly filed federal lawsuit alleging that it violated the Voting Rights Act of 1965 when it sought to “disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of voters,” particularly African Americans in metropolitan areas of Michigan.
The European Parliament urged the EU on Thursday to impose sanctions on Turkey after President Tayyip Erdogan this month paid a visit to the breakaway Turkish Cypriot north of Cyprus. With 631 votes in favour, three against and 59 abstentions, the parliament agreed a non-binding resolution in support of EU member Cyprus urging EU leaders to "take action and impose tough sanctions in response to Turkey's illegal actions". The resolution is likely to bolster support for France's push for EU sanctions on Turkey next month, following through on a threat made by the bloc in October over a dispute between Ankara and EU members Greece and Cyprus over natural gas rights.
A South Korean court has sentenced the operator of a vast online sex trafficking ring to 40 years in prison in a case that outraged the nation. Cho Ju-bin, 25, oversaw a group of 38 accomplices who befriended and then blackmailed at least 74 women into sharing explicit videos that were then posted in pay-per-view internet chat rooms. Sixteen of the victims were less than 16 years old, the age of consent in South Korea. The Seoul Central District Court on Thursday found Cho guilty of violating laws to protect minors from sexual abuse and of making a profit from producing and selling abusive footage, Yonhap News reported. Indicted on 14 criminal charges, including inducing another person involved in the trafficking ring to rape a teenage girl and concealing more than £70,000 in criminal proceeds, prosecutors had initially demanded a life sentence on the grounds of the “irreperable damage” Cho had caused his victims. They had also requested that he be obliged to wear an electronic monitoring device for 45 years. In a petition to the court, one of the women said Cho, who had worked in an orphanage and adopted the online name “The Doctor”, was “evil” and deserved a 2,000-year prison term. Passing sentence, the judge said: “The accused has widely distributed sexually abusive content that he created by luring and threatening many victims.” Media reports have suggested that some of the video clips showed a group of men raping a teenage girl in a motel room, while others included images of the word “slave” cut into a woman’s body. One video showed girls “barking like dogs”, the Kookmin Ilbo newspaper reported. Cho operated the chat room on the Telegram messenger service, with at least 10,000 people accessing the site and paying as much as £1,000 for access. Authorities have been tracing people who used the site and have identified serving police officers and teachers as among the users. Cho’s arrest in March sparked fury across South Korea after prosecutors initially refused to name the suspect before his trial opened. Within days, more than 5 million people had signed petitions on the home page of Moon Jae-in, the South Korean president, demanding that the authorities withdraw his right to anonymity. A committee of senior judicial officials, a psychologist and a psychiatrist weighed the public’s right to know and took the unprecedented step of naming Cho. He was then brought out in handcuffs from a police station in central Seoul to face the public. “I apologise to those that I hurt”, Cho said. “Thank you for putting a brake on the life of a devil who could not be stopped.” South Korea’s Ministry of Justice has been the target of criticism for its failure to deal with the growing use of technology to carry out sex crimes, with one ministry official admitting that the case had been “a disaster” and apologising for its “lukewarm response” to online sexual abuse cases.
Tiny Bhutan is feeling the squeeze as its giant neighbours China and India vie for territory.
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he will leave the White House if the Electoral College votes for Democratic President-elect Joe Biden. In the nearest he has come to a concession, Republican Trump said if Biden is certified the election winner by the Electoral College he will depart the White House. Biden is due to be inaugurated on Jan. 20.
Australia's prime minister said he's “thrilled and relieved” after Iran released in a prisoner swap a 33-year-old academic who was imprisoned for more than two years on spying charges, but added it would take time for Kylie Moore-Gilbert to process her “horrible” ordeal. Iran first announced on state television that it had freed the British-Australian scholar in exchange for three Iranians held abroad. The report was scant on detail, saying only that the Iranians had been imprisoned for trying to bypass sanctions on Iran.
New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu's recent mask mandate violates constitutional rights, the backers of the motion said.
There's a chance President Trump's pardon of Michael Flynn could backfire some day.Trump on Wednesday pardoned Flynn, his first national security adviser. In 2017, Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contact with former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Flynn's sentencing was delayed while he cooperated with former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, but earlier this year, Flynn's new legal team accused prosecutors of misconduct and asked to have his guilty plea withdrawn. But Trump's pardon, which he announced in a tweet, means Flynn will theoretically no longer be protected from self-incrimination under the 5th Amendment should he ever be called to testify against Trump.> Not saying the President's legal advisors aren't the best, but by pardoning Flynn, he's taken away Flynn's ability to plead the 5th when asked to testify about the President's involvement. Quite the high risk manoeuvre.> > -- Ben Hammersley (@benhammersley) November 25, 2020As Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe explained to Time in 2017, "anyone pardoned by Trump would lose most of the 5th Amendment's protection against compelled testimony that might otherwise have incriminated the pardoned family member or associate, making it much easier for [the Justice Department] and Congress to require such individuals to give testimony that could prove highly incriminating to Trump himself."There are some caveats, of course. While there is speculation Trump could face criminal charges at some point post-presidency, there is no evidence that will happen. Even if it did, it's still unclear exactly what Flynn is being pardoned for, since, as Politico notes, he was criminally exposed both for lying to investigators and "acting as an unregistered agent for Turkey." So if the pardon is specific, there's a chance Flynn would still have that protection. > Q re: Flynn pardon and 5th Am right against self-incrimin. This rt is waived only w/r/t to illegal conduct he was pardoned for--lying to FBI re: contacts w/ Rus amb, right? I.e., hypothetically if Flynn conspired in some unrelated scheme, he retains 5th Am there? @AshaRangappa_> > -- John Kruzel (@johnkruzel) November 25, 2020More stories from theweek.com 7 cartoons about America's COVID Thanksgiving Our parents warned us the internet would break our brains. It broke theirs instead. This is the most important Thanksgiving of your life
A mine in the Red Sea off Saudi Arabia's coast near Yemen exploded and damaged an oil tanker Wednesday, authorities said, the latest incident targeting the kingdom amid its long war against Yemen's Houthi rebels. The blast happened before dawn and struck the MT Agrari, a Maltese-flagged, Greek-managed oil tanker near Shuqaiq, Saudi Arabia.
NEW YORK (Reuters) -The United States unilaterally blacklisted Libya's Kaniyat militia and its leader on Wednesday after Russia last week prevented a U.N. Security Council committee from imposing sanctions over human rights abuses by the group. The U.S. sanctions were imposed under the Global Magnitsky Act, which allows the U.S. government to target human rights violators worldwide by freezing assets and prohibiting Americans from doing business with them. "Mohamed al-Kani and the Kaniyat militia have tortured and killed civilians during a cruel campaign of oppression in Libya," U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.
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Ashley Biggs was working as a Domino’s delivery driver when she stopped at an Ohio business one summer night in 2012. An Army vet and mother of a young daughter, Biggs had no idea this company was closed. Or that the caller who had ordered the large half-mushroom, half-pepperoni pie used an alias.The midnight delivery was just a ruse to lure Biggs, 25, to her death. At the time, Biggs was in the middle of a heated custody battle with Chad Cobb, her ex-boyfriend and the father of her 7-year-old child. When Biggs arrived, Cobb was waiting in the parking lot with a Taser and 4-foot zip-tie, which he used to strangle her.Cobb dumped Biggs’ body in the trunk of her car and abandoned the vehicle in a cornfield in Wayne County near his parents’ home. The 30-year-old father—who had a history of domestic violence accusations related to Biggs, court records reveal—pleaded guilty to her kidnapping and murder in 2013 to avoid the death penalty.How Two Kennedy Cousins Changed Their Story About a Sex CrimeBut it wasn’t until November 2019 that New Franklin cops announced Cobb had an accomplice in the sickening crime: his former wife, Erica Stefanko, who went by Erica Lyon before she divorced Cobb and married one of his childhood friends.For seven years, Detective Michael Hitchings monitored Stefanko. His break in the case came with a secretly-recorded call between Stefanko and Cobb’s mother, Cindee, who testified Stefanko admitted to ordering the pizza and trying to cover up the murder.“Every time I hear a siren, I think, ‘They’re coming for me,’” Stefanko told Cobb, according to the Akron Beacon Journal.“I carried out my part. I did exactly what he told me to do,” said Stefanko, who admitted the killing was to prevent Biggs from getting custody of Cobb’s daughter. At one point in the recording, Stefanko claimed Cobb told her he wanted to save Biggs’ skull “as a trophy.”Prosecutors said Stefanko was with Cobb when she made the pizza order, then left him in the parking lot to perform the evil deed alone. She later trailed Cobb to the cornfield and gave him a ride home after they ditched Biggs’ car.On Wednesday, Stefanko was convicted of aggravated murder for her role in the murder plot. A jury deliberated for more than 14 hours over a span of three days in the Summit County trial that was streamed on Court TV, the Beacon Journal reported.The 37-year-old mom ultimately chose not to testify at her own murder trial. Just before the verdict, the killer stepmom stared down at the defense table, her face partially covered by a mask because of COVID-19. She leaned back and blinked, seemingly in disbelief, when the judge announced she was guilty of aggravated murder. Stefanko was found not guilty of other offenses including kidnapping and aggravated robbery.When sentenced in January, Stefanko faces life behind bars.“Evidence and testimony show that she did take part from beginning, middle and end,” said assistant prosecutor Felicia Easter during closing arguments, adding that Stefanko made the delivery order, waited in the cornfield as Cobb dumped Biggs’ body, gave Cobb a ride home so he could shower the blood off his body, and returned to the crime scene to help him try to clean up evidence.“All of this because of a custody battle—retaliation—all of this because of the dislike for Ashley Biggs and her gaining custody of G.C.,” Easter said, referring to the daughter.Stefanko’s lawyer Kerry O'Brien said Cobb now denies murdering Biggs despite his guilty plea; he claims he only wanted to help convict Stefanko in exchange for a shot at getting out of prison early. He said Cobb had another reason to testify against Stefanko: She divorced him after the murder and married his best friend, who is helping to raise his kids.“Here’s a person who has admitted his guilt. Admitted that he beat, admitted that he strangled Ashley Biggs … and yet now he’s trying to get out of it. How credible is that kind of person?” O’Brien said during summations.O’Brien also took aim at Cindee Cobb, who admitted she hoped her son would get out of prison someday. Cindee used a digital recorder to tape a lengthy conversation with Stefanko in March 2014 but didn’t hand it to police until 2018. “If everything had been told exactly as it happened, we would both be in prison right now. That’s totally the truth,” Stefanko said in the three-hour chat, parts of which were played in court.“The conversation is taped probably because of Chad Cobb telling her to do it,” O’Brien said of Cindee’s secret recording of Stefanko. “He wanted out of prison. The appeal didn’t work. Okay, that was Plan A. Let’s go with Plan B. Let’s see if my mom can get her to make some type of statement on a recording.”“Chad Cobb not only is the real guilty person, which the state agrees with me, but I would also argue that Chad Cobb has put together a plot not only to sink her [Stefanko] but his real reason here is ... it’s real simple: it’s revenge,” O’Brien concluded.LoPrinzi, in a rebuttal, said, “Everybody has a motive, including the defendant.””Please do not let sympathy get involved, do not worry about Ms. Stefanko,” LoPrinzi told jurors. “I know there’s kids involved. G.C. lost her mother and her father and she's here testifying against somebody she called mom. The kids will survive. Don’t worry about Erica [Stefanko's] feelings. Just like, as she put it, she didn’t feel bad about Ashley, not even the moments she went through before her life ended.“When you listen to her words, please believe them.”Cobb declined to cooperate with police against Stefanko until 2017, when he claimed he was upset about being unable to see his kids and wrote Hitchings a letter saying he’d finally implicate his ex-wife. “Did it appear that Chad might be seeking some form of revenge?” O’Brien asked Hitchings. “To me, he was trying to get the whole story out, I guess, about what happened that night,” Hitchings replied.Both Biggs’ daughter, now 15 years old, and Cobb testified against Stefanko.The daughter said she doesn’t remember Biggs, who reentered her life in 2011 after she’d been raised mainly by Cobb. But the girl said she remembered Stefanko, whom she described as mentally and physically abusive. “She would tell me if I told my dad what she was doing to me, she would do worse,” the girl testified.“I remember she would hold me on the ground and she would hit me, and then she also before made me eat dog feces,” the girl said. When the prosecution asked why, the girl answered, “Because she was jealous of my relationship with my father.” The girl said she still loves her dad and wants to see him get out of prison.America’s ‘Most Beautiful Small Town’ Is Murder, U.S.A.According to the Beacon Journal, the teenager said she was in the backseat of a car in a “pitch black” location when she heard Stefanko, who sat in the passenger seat, order a pizza using a different name. She said she slept in the car and woke the next morning at her great-grandparents’ house.Cobb testified via video from prison. The night of the killing, he was “walking around in circles” near a tree, wearing camouflage and waiting for Biggs after Stefanko called for pizza. When assistant prosecutor Brian LoPrinzi asked, “Is it fair to say that Ashley did not leave the parking lot alive that night?” Cobb replied, “Yes, sir, that is accurate.”He said he met Biggs at a roller rink around 2003, after he returned home from the military, which he’d only been in for six months after high school. “It’s a complicated answer, I suppose, but it just wasn’t for me,” Cobb testified, when asked why he left. He went on to run a cable installation company. He said he and Biggs started out as friends and their romantic relationship developed over time.Cobb said Biggs left him and their daughter in 2005, months after the girl was born. Biggs joined the Army and started pursuing other relationships, he said. “She just wasn’t around,” Cobb told the court. “I’m not saying that to be harsh.” He said he met Stefanko in December 2006 via MySpace and she moved in with him soon after. Within a few years, they started a family of their own.In the meantime, Biggs was in a three-year relationship with Brittany Dunson, 30, who testified that Biggs said Cobb was abusive and controlling. Dunson said Biggs got temporary custody of her daughter in 2011 after receiving letters from the county Children Services Board, which had opened investigations into the daughter’s wellbeing. (Cobb and his family regained visitation with the daughter months later.)Dunson said Cobb’s mother and grandmother came to Dunson’s mother’s home when the couple and the girl showed up for a visit. “We just tried to walk inside. I just remember his grandmother trying to tell Ashley that [the daughter] didn’t know who she was, and Ashley shouldn’t have done this,” Dunson testified. Ever since, Biggs was embroiled in a court battle with Cobb. Police showed up at the couple’s home for welfare checks several times following complaints from Cobb but didn’t find any neglect, Dunson said.Cobb claimed he pleaded guilty in 2013 because a judge warned him his children would be adopted out in the foster care system. He implicated Stefanko after she started to deny him visits with his children while he was incarcerated.The killer dad and Stefanko had two children together, while Cobb and Biggs had one daughter, and Stefano had another child from a previous relationship. According to Court TV, all four of the children, who ranged from 2.5 months to 6 years old, were in the car while Stefanko drove to the murder scene and to the cornfield.After the verdict, Biggs’ friends and family rejoiced.“THEY GOT HER. THEY GOT HER,” Biggs’ mother wrote on Facebook. “FINALLY JUSTICE.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
Trump campaign recount team member Chris Prudhome provides insight.
No one is really sure what Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner will do after leaving the White House in January or where they will live, but people who know them are certain they plan on getting out of Washington, D.C., as fast as they can, The New York Times reports. President Trump's daughter and son-in-law have never fit in, several people told the Times, but it's not a sure bet that they will return to New York City. Donny Deutsch, a marketing expert and critic of the president, said he thinks Ivanka and Jared would have an "even harder time than Trump himself" moving back to Manhattan. Trump is "despicable but larger than life," he added. "Those two are the hapless minions who went along."Georgina Bloomberg — daughter of Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City and Democratic presidential nominee — told The Daily Beast earlier this month that Ivanka gets unfair criticism due to her father, and she thinks Manhattan society will be more forgiving. Two friends told the Times Trump could revive her jewelry and clothing lines, peddling it to a conservative audience, but two others said the Ivanka Trump brand is dead and won't sell. As for Kushner, who worked in real estate, Deutsch said he could go back to making deals, and "if he's doing anything with the Trump name, he can monetize it in red areas."The couple could be thinking about settling in New Jersey, where they have a large "cottage" on the grounds of the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster. The town recently received blueprints for renovations to the abode, including expanding the master bedroom and bathroom and adding two bedrooms, a study, and a veranda. There are also plans to build a complex for spa treatments and a "general store" on the property, the Times reports. For more on Trump and Kushner's future — and the drama surrounding their children's schooling in D.C. — visit The New York Times.More stories from theweek.com 7 cartoons about America's COVID Thanksgiving Our parents warned us the internet would break our brains. It broke theirs instead. This is the most important Thanksgiving of your life
Azerbaijan's president vowed Wednesday to rebuild and revive the Kalbajar region, the latest territory that Armenian forces have ceded in a truce that ended six weeks of intense fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh. “We will restore Kalbajar, let no one have doubts about that, and life will return there,” President Ilham Aliyev said in an address to the nation soon after Azerbaijani troops entered the region. “I gave an order to prepare a general layout of the reconstruction of the town, and not just the town of Kalbajar, but of all of the towns" in the region, also known as Kalbajar.