NEW YORK (Reuters) -A U.S. appeals court on Thursday refused to reinstate a lawsuit by Amy Cooper, the white woman who became known as "Central Park Karen" after calling police on a Black bird-watcher, against the employer that fired her following the encounter. In a 3-0 decision, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said Cooper did not prove that Franklin Templeton illegally dismissed her on the basis of race or defamed her by branding her a racist. Cooper had been an insurance portfolio manager at Franklin Templeton, a unit of San Mateo, California-based Franklin Resources.
A man in China ended up in a legal battle after walking out on a blind date who expected him to pay for her and 23 of her relatives. Some uninvited guests: The man, identified in local reports as Mr. Liu, found his prospective partner, Ms. Zhang, through a matchmaker and arranged to meet her at a popular restaurant in Jilin province. To Liu's surprise, Zhang arrived at the restaurant accompanied by 23 relatives, who joined them on their date.
A Florida man almost lost his leg — and could have died — from a rare flesh-eating bacterial infection, which developed after he was bitten in the thigh during a family fight. Donnie Adams, a 53-year-old funeral assistant from the Tampa suburb of Riverview, went to the emergency room in mid-February to treat a bump the size of a dollar coin on his upper left thigh. He was sent home with a tetanus shot and antibiotics, but the injury got worse over the next few days, becoming red, swollen and painful to the touch.
A police officer who rushed into a high school building during the 2018 Parkland shooting testified Friday that a sheriff's deputy outside confirmed that the shooter was upstairs. The former Broward County deputy, Scot Peterson, is on trial for failing to confront the shooter who killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High. He has insisted since he spoke to investigators two days after the massacre that he couldn't tell where the gunshots were coming from, and that he thought they may have been fired outside.
Leila Novljakovic was last seen around 6 a.m. at her home off Ridgewood Drive in Lilburn heading to Parkview High School on May 16. This is the second disappearance of a teen who attends Parkview High School. On the last day of school May 24, police said 14-year-old Ashley Na'Veah Bell took her exams, then vanished. She was last seen in the parking lot around 10:30 a.m.
“On May 1, 2023, at approximately 12:29 a.m. LVMPD dispatch received a call about a suspicious situation,” the Las Vegas Police Department said in an email statement. At around 11:50 p.m. on April 30, body camera footage from an officer with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police captured a bright, glowing object cutting through the sky, according to local TV channel 8 News Now. About 40 minutes later, a local resident placed a 911 call to report that something “100% not human” was staring at him from his backyard shortly after he and his family saw an object fall from the sky, the station reported.
A little white pill has given Syrian President Bashar Assad powerful leverage with his Arab neighbors, who have been willing to bring him out of pariah status in hopes he will stop the flow of highly addictive Captagon amphetamines out of Syria. Western governments have been frustrated by the red-carpet treatment Arab countries have given Assad, fearing that their reconciliation will undermine the push for an end to Syria's long-running civil war. Hundreds of millions of pills have been smuggled over the years into Jordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Arab countries, where the drug is used recreationally and by people with physically demanding jobs to keep them alert.
O.J. Simpson posted a video on Twitter about Donald Trump's latest indictment. O.J. Simpson—a man most famous for being acquitted of murder (or maybe being a passenger in a slow-moving vehicle after the murder)—thinks Trump should really start shutting the hell up. “Hey Twitter world, yours truly here,” Simpson says in a video he tweeted Friday morning.
The summer of 2022 proved to be a season of “travel chaos,” but there's something funny about this year: People just keep hitting the road. In fact, as he told Fortune CEO Alan Murray and editor-at-large Michal Lev-Ram on the Leadership Next podcast this week, his team has quantified Americans' thirst for “revenge travel” right now, and it's a huge number. “People talk about revenge travel, or pent-up travel—this is beyond anything that people can classify as truly pent-up,” Bastian said.
The family of an Illinois woman killed in a 2022 crash while she and two children were parasailing in the Florida Keys filed a second lawsuit connected to her death this week and reflected on the tragic end to a family vacation about a year ago. Supraja Alaparthi, 33, was killed after being dragged across the water and slamming into a bridge last June while strapped into a parasail. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission investigated the crash last year and found the boat captain cut the line holding Alaparthi and the two boys because the parasail was “dragging” in high winds from a sudden summer storm.
Former San Bernardino Deputy Meagan McCarthy was attacked and shot at while responding to a 911 call in 2019, and although a neighbor recorded the encounter on video, the suspect's trial didn't go her way.
Amanda Claypool applied for a job at Waffle House, McDonald's, Wendy's, Crumbl Cookies, and Hardee's. She said Waffle House was the only one with a human point of contact for scheduling an interview. The other jobs required her to correspond with chatbots and automated emails that left her annoyed.
Remember the first time we saw the Tesla Cybertruck? The event was notable, not just for the wild, futuristic vehicle shown on stage, but for the major blooper that occurred when Tesla CEO Elon Musk tried to demonstrate its “armored glass,” breaking the window on stage. As it turns out, that was just one of several early issues the Tesla engineering team discovered with the alpha-level prototype.
A 13-year-old girl shopping with her mother at a South Carolina Walmart was shot at random Wednesday night, according to WJBF. The shooting happened at the Walmart store in Aiken, which is about 15 miles from the Georgia border. A witness told WJBF that the shooter walked straight up to the victim and shot her.
Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman threatened the US amid an oil price dispute, leaks say. The US subsequently backed away from "consequences" it pledged when the Saudis cut oil production. The crown prince is seeking to assert a more independent path from the US.
A grainy black-and-white gunsight video Russia released this week to bolster a claim its military blew up some of Ukraine's most fearsome tanks actually documented the destruction of a tractor, according to a visual analysis by The Associated Press. The Russian Embassy in Washington announced Monday on Twitter its forces had “annihilated” eight German-made Leopard tanks, among the most advanced and powerful weapons NATO countries have provided to Ukraine. The Russian Ministry of Defense then posted a video Tuesday on the social media network Telegram with text saying it showed “footage of the destruction of foreign armored vehicles, including Leopard tanks.”
It's safe to say that Deion Sanders isn't a big fan of Pat Narduzzi right now. Pitt and Colorado have played a grand total of 0 times, but over the last few weeks, there has been a surprising amount of Pitt-Colorado discourse. In an interview with 247Sports' Carl Reed, Sanders touched upon his son (and Buffaloes quarterback) Shadeur, former top prospect Travis Hunter, roster turnover, and by extension, Pat Narduzzi.
Kim told local authorities to try to prevent people from killing themselves, per Radio Free Asia. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has issued a secret order to local authorities that would ban suicides after data showed numbers skyrocketing, according to government officials who spoke to Radio Free Asia. The exact number of suicides in North Korea is difficult to ascertain as the regime rarely offers insight into the country's shortcomings.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday unveiled a series of new tax breaks aimed at businesses and families while proposing to reverse some of President Joe Biden's legislative victories, including credits to spur the sale of clean-burning electric vehicles. Three related bills were introduced on Friday with the goal of moving the legislation through the House Ways and Means Committee next week. White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre termed the proposals a "tax scam" and alleged that "(Republican) priority isn't reducing the deficit or out-competing the world, their priority is giving handouts to rich special interests and corporations at the expense of everyone else."
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas dissented in Thursday's 5-4 ruling on Allen v. Milligan. Thursday's ruling found that Alabama violated the Voting Rights Act's ban on racial gerrymandering. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas wrote a scathing, 48-page dissent in the court's ruling that Alabama violated a ban on racial gerrymandering.
A Russian swimmer was eaten by a tiger shark in the Red Sea in an attack that his father, who was watching on helplessly, described as looking like a “meat grinder”. Video footage online showed the entirety of Thursday's attack, in which 23-year-old Vladimir Popov repeatedly called out for his “papa” as he attempted to swim away from the shark. At one point, he seemed to wrestle with the animal but was flipped upside down, his legs flailing in the air.
A poster at Rivian Forums started a thread with EPA documents detailing range for a new R1S configuration. The company recently announced availability of its new Enduro motor developed in house, and the 135-kWh Large battery pack; the Large pack is the middle unit beneath the Max and Standard batteries. The documents lay out estimated ranges for the R1S on 20-, 21-, and 22-inch wheels.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) fired back at House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) after the GOP leader criticized his proposal for a constitutional 28th Amendment to address gun violence. McCarthy ripped Newsom's suggestion for raising the minimum age for gun buyers to 21, universal background checks, a “reasonable waiting period” for gun purchases and a ban on civilians buying assault weapons. “Hey Governor Newsom, The 2nd Amendment already exists — we don't need a 28th,” McCarthy wrote on Twitter.
An Alabama judge sentenced a Rome, Ga. woman to 25 years in prison followed by 20 years of supervised release for sex trafficking children. Marlette Laishell “Lala” Smith pleaded guilty to two counts of sex trafficking a minor and two counts of transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity. A release from the U.S. Dept. of Justice said she recruited two children, ages 15 and 16, into becoming prostitutes, according to court documents.
Part II of the Lexus "Double Feature" this week is the 2024 TX — a brand-new model based on the mainstream Toyota Grand Highlander that gives Lexus its first legitimate three-row family crossover. While it may be a Toyota underneath, the new TX puts a luxury spin on the people-hauler formula befitting its premium aspirations, and from our first glance at the specs, it appears to offer a little something for everybody. Measuring just over 203 inches long and riding on a 116-inch wheelbase, the TX is on the long end of midsize, slotting in nicely between the Audi Q7 (199 inches) and the Mercedes-Benz GLS (205).