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US Marine Involved in Fatal Accident in Okinawa

Police in Okinawa are investigating a fatal traffic accident, involving an elderly man and a U.S. Marine. Reports say a 61-year-old man died when his vehicle and the serviceman’s truck collided. Okinawa police confirmed that the Marine’s breath test had an alcohol level three times the legal limit. The Marines have expressed their “sincere condolences” to the victim’s family and have promised to cooperate with the investigation. The names of the two drivers have not been released.... [Read Full Story]

At Least 5 Injured In Manhattan Scaffolding Collapse

Several people were injured when scaffolding collapsed on a busy New York City sidewalk Sunday, officials said. The incident happened around 11:30 a.m. at the intersection of Broadway and Prince Streets in the trendy SoHo neighborhood in lower Manhattan. The New York City Police Department’s 5th Precinct said on Twitter there were 5 injuries reported.... [Read Full Story]

Corruption Trial Of Senator Menendez Ends In Mistrial

The corruption trial of New Jersey’s Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Menendez ended in a mistrial on Thursday, after the jury said it was hopelessly deadlocked on bribery, fraud and other charges. Menendez, 63, was accused of accepting private flights, campaign contributions and other bribes from a wealthy patron, Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen, in exchange for official favors. The hung jury was a victory for Menendez and a major setback for federal prosecutors.... [Read Full Story]

Senators Unveil New Bipartisan Gun Control Legislation

Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) are expected to announce their unlikely partnership on gun legislation Thursday, signaling a bipartisan attempt to bridge party differences in the wake of tragic mass shootings across the country in recent weeks. The Cornyn-Murphy bill aims to encourage states and federal agencies to report infractions that would prohibit a person from buying a gun to a national database. The legislation was spurred in part by the man who opened fire in a Texas church earlier this month.... [Read Full Story]

Australian Diplomat Dies After Fall From New York Building Terrace

An Australian diplomat accidentally fell five stories to his death from a Manhattan building terrace early Wednesday morning.  Julian Simpson, 30, died when he slipped over a railing at his Lower East Side apartment just after 1:40 am, a New York Police Department spokesman confirmed.  Simpson was Australia’s second secretary to the United Nations and based in Australia’s permanent mission to the United States in New York.... [Read Full Story]

Sixth Woman Accuses Roy Moore Of Sexual Misconduct

A sixth woman has come forward with misconduct allegations against U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore.  Alabama resident Tina Johnson has accused Moore of sexual misconduct.  Moore vehemently denies all allegations, but leading Republicans apparently view the allegations as substantial enough to withdraw their support for him.  Despite the pushback, Moore reportedly intends to continue his campaign for the state’s special election, which is scheduled on Dec. 12.... [Read Full Story]

5 dead, 3 Children Wounded After Shooting Spree In Northern California

At least four people and a gunman are dead after a shooting spree on Tuesday across multiple locations, including an elementary school, at the Rancho Tehama reserve in Northern California, authorities said. Police said at least three children were among the wounded.  Authorities and witnesses told news outlets that the gunman appeared to pick targets randomly, driving around the community and shooting at people from his car.  The gunman was fatally shot by sheriff’s deputies, and authorities recovered a rifle and handguns from the scenes.... [Read Full Story]

Police Hunt Serial Killer As 4th Person Killed

Residents of a Tampa neighborhood were asked to shelter in place early Tuesday after a body was found close to where three people were killed within a half-mile of each other last month — once again sparking fears of a serial killer in the Sunshine State. Authorities checked car trunks, banged on doors and gathered forensic evidence as they hunted for the killer believed responsible for killing four people for no apparent reason in just over a month.  ... [Read Full Story]

Recovered Video In Penn State Hazing Death Leads To More Charges

A Pennsylvania prosecutor charged an additional 12 members of a Penn State University fraternity in the death of 19 year-old student Timothy Piazza on February 4th. The charges came after examining recovered surveillance-camera video of the alcohol-fueled initiation rite that turned deadly. Piazza’s death followed a drinking game at the Beta Theta Pi fraternity house. A total of 17 fraternity members are now facing various charges including involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, hazing and furnishing alcoholic beverages to a minor in a state that bans drinking under the age of 21.... [Read Full Story]

Puerto Rico Experiences Massive Power Outage

A massive outage has wiped out power to Puerto Rico’s capital San Juan. The problem is with a failure on a main north-south transmission line, said Fernando Padilla, an official with the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, known as PREPA.  Homes and businesses that had been on grid power had to restart generators if they had them. Much of Puerto Rico has been without power since Hurricane Maria smashed the island on September 20.... [Read Full Story]

New York Doctor Accused in Six Opioid Deaths

A New York doctor who whose clinic prescribed more pain pills than any hospital in the state has been charged in the deaths of six people who overdosed on opioids. Dr. Eugene Gosy of Williamsville, near Buffalo, was indicted last year on federal narcotics and fraud charges by prosecutors who said he turned patients of his pain management clinic into drug addicts for profit. Now a grand jury handed up a superseding indictment, saying his alleged pill-pushing “caused the death of at least six individuals, and contributed to the deaths of others.”... [Read Full Story]

Apollo 12 Astronaut Richard Gordon Jr. Has Died

Apollo 12 astronaut Richard “Dick” F. Gordon Jr., one of a dozen men who flew around the moon but didn’t land there, has died at 88. Gordon flew on Gemini 11 in 1966, walking in space twice. In 1969, Gordon circled the moon in the Apollo 12 command module Yankee Clipper while crewmates Alan Bean and Charles Conrad landed and walked on the lunar surface. Gordon died Monday at his home in San Marcos, California, according to the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation.... [Read Full Story]

Democrats Win Governor’s Races in Virginia And New Jersey

Democrats rode to victory in Tuesday’s hotly contested gubernatorial elections, as Ralph Northam defeated Republican Ed Gillespie in Virginia and Phil Murphy beat Republican Kim Guadagno in New Jersey. The victories, in particular the win in Virginia, are a huge boost to the Democratic Party, which had lost four special congressional elections to Republicans since Donald Trump was elected president a year ago.  ... [Read Full Story]

Disney Ends Ban On Los Angeles Times Amid Fierce Backlash

Amid a growing backlash, the Walt Disney Company on Tuesday reversed its decision to bar The Los Angeles Times from press screenings of its movies following an investigation by the newspaper into the media giant’s business dealings in Anaheim. Disney’s change of course came after a number of news outlets, including The New York Times and the A.V. Club, said they were boycotting advance screenings of Disney films in solidarity.... [Read Full Story]

Man Arrested By Secret Service Near White House After Threatening to Kill ‘All White Police’

On Monday, the Secret Service arrested a man near the White House after they had been told to be on the lookout for a man who allegedly threatened to kill “all white police.”  Police in Montgomery County, Maryland, alerted the U.S. Secret Service that the man planned to go to Washington with the purpose of killing officers at the White House. Secret Service officers later spotted him on Pennsylvania Avenue near Lafayette Park, according to the statement. He was arrested without incident and officials say charges are pending.... [Read Full Story]

Mystery Deepens Over Assault On Senator Rand Paul

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is recovering at his home after being physically assaulted Friday afternoon by a neighbor. Paul sustained five rib fractures, caused by high-velocity severe force and lung contusions.  The assailant, 59-year-old Rene Boucher, was arrested by Kentucky State Police and charged with fourth-degree assault.  Boucher’s attorney said in a statement that “the unfortunate occurrence of Nov. 3 has absolutely nothing to do with politics or political agendas.”... [Read Full Story]

Former DNC Head Donna Brazile Calls Out Critics Of Her New Book

Former Democratic National Committee interim chair Donna Brazile responded to pushback against her forthcoming book about the Democratic Party, telling her critics to “go to hell.”  Amongst other revelations, Brazile has claimed in her new book that she considered replacing Hillary Clinton with then-Vice President Joe Biden as the party’s nominee, mere weeks before Election Day.... [Read Full Story]

Up To 27 Killed In Mass Shooting At Texas Church

A gunman opened fire inside a rural Texas church on Sunday, killing about 25 people and injuring at least another 27. Following the shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, law enforcement officials identified the gunman on Sunday evening as Devin Patrick Kelley, age 26, of neighboring Comal County. He was later declared dead, though it was not clear if the gunman shot himself or was taken out by authorities.... [Read Full Story]

Thousands Are Lining Up For The iPhone X Around The World

Thousands of Apple users around the world lined up to get their hands on the new iPhone X that became available in major markets on Friday.  The iPhone X, Apple’s 10th anniversary offering, is loaded with plenty of high-end hardware and new features, including Face ID that unlocks the phone when users look at it. It is also pricey, starting at $999 for the entry-level model.... [Read Full Story]

US Treasury Yields Tick Lower After Jerome Powell Selected For Fed Chair

U.S. government debt yields ticked lower after President Donald Trump announced the selection of Jerome Powell as the next Chair of the Federal Reserve. Powell will run the Federal Reserve once current Chair Janet Yellen’s term expires, in a move widely expected and one unlikely to disturb the roaring stock market. Trump made the announcement Thursday afternoon. ... [Read Full Story]

Donald Trump Dismisses Campaign Adviser As ‘Young, Low Level Volunteer’

President Trump on Tuesday downplayed the role of his former foreign policy adviser, George Papadopoulos, calling him merely a “young, low level volunteer,” whom “few people knew.”  The President’s Tuesday morning tweeted his first comments about Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about being offered information from the Russian government regarding Trump’s 2016 opponent Hillary Clinton, according to a federal indictment unsealed Monday. ... [Read Full Story]

Ex-Trump Campaign Chair Paul Manafort Pleads Not Guilty To Charges In Russia Probe

Paul Manafort, the onetime chairman of the Trump campaign was indicted on 12 counts related to money laundering, including “conspiracy against the United States.”  A former Manafort colleague, Rick Gates, also has been charged. Gates and Manafort both surrendered to authorities on Monday morning.  The two men pleaded not guilty to all charges during a court appearance later that same day.... [Read Full Story]

Kevin Spacey Apologizes After Allegation Of Decades-Old Sexual Advance On A Minor

Actor Kevin Spacey apologized Sunday night for what he said “would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior” after actor Anthony Rapp accused him of making a sexual advance on him 31 years ago, when Mr. Rapp was 14 years old.  Spacey, who has long been private about his personal life, said in a statement that he did not remember any such encounter and also added that the accusation “has encouraged me to address other things about my life” and that he “choose now to live as a gay man.”... [Read Full Story]