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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 more

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 more

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 more

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 more

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 more

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 more

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 more