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Harvey Weinstein Indicted In New York Rape Case

Harvey Weinstein was indicted Wednesday on rape and criminal sex act charges, the first criminal case to arise from a slate of sexual misconduct allegations against the former movie mogul. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said the indictment brings Weinstein “another step closer to accountability.” The announcement came hours after Weinstein’s lawyers said he’d decline to testify before the grand jury because there wasn’t enough time to prepare him and “political pressure” made an indictment unavoidable.  Weinstein was charged Friday with rape and criminal sex act charges involving two women in New York. Dozens more women have accused him of sexual misconduct ranging from harassment to assault in various locales. ...Read more

Starbucks Closes 8,000 Locations For Employee Anti-Bias Training Classes

Starbucks shops across the U.S. closed early on Tuesday to hold training for employees on recognizing hidden prejudices. It was part of the coffee chain’s effort to deal with the outcry over the arrest of two black men last month for sitting in a Philadelphia Starbucks without buying anything. After the incident, the company’s leaders apologized, met with the men and scheduled an afternoon of training for 175,000 employees at more than 8,000 U.S. stores. Developed with help from the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund and other groups, the training was not mandatory, but Starbucks said it expected almost all of its employees to participate. It said they will be paid for the full four hours. ...Read more

Supreme Court Rejects Planned Parenthood’s Challenge To Arkansas Abortion Law

The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected Planned Parenthood’s request to challenge a new Arkansas law that strengthens health protections for women undergoing medication abortions. The 2015 Arkansas law requires any abortion provider who performs medication-induced abortions (the most common abortion procedure used in the first trimester) to have a signed agreement with a physician who has admitting privileges to a local hospital that can handle any complications from the procedure. The regulation is set to take effect in July. The law is similar to a Texas regulation that was struck down by the Supreme Court in 2016. Proponents of the law argue this rule ensures women who suffer from abortion complications or botched procedures will get the emergency aftercare that they need. ...Read more

Subtropical Storm Alberto Makes Landfall On Florida Panhandle, Two Killed

Two people were killed as subtropical storm Alberto’s powerful wind gusts and heavy rains tore across the Gulf of Mexico coast and swamped the Southeast, officials and forecasters said Monday. Alberto, the first named storm of the hurricane season, made landfall on Florida’s Panhandle on Monday afternoon. In Polk County, two people were killed when a tree fell on a vehicle. The driver and passenger died, according to State Trooper Rico Stephens. Polk County warned residents on its Facebook page that the area where the incident occurred had become dangerous, and more flash flooding was possible through Wednesday. Forecasters also warned of life-threatening surf conditions and the possibility of a few brief tornadoes in much of Florida and parts of Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama. ...Read more

Boy Scout Leaders Welcome Policy Change To Allow Girls Into The Program

After more than a century, the Boy Scouts of America announced in October that this year it would begin letting girls join the 7- to 10-year-old Cub Scouts. More than 3,000 girls joined an Early Adopter program this spring. In 2019, the girls of Den 13 in McLean, Virginia, will be among the first female members of the newly named “Scouts BSA” program, which until the change will still be called “Boy Scouts” and only admit boys aged 11 to 17.  ...Read more

Democratic And Republican Leaders Receive Classified Briefings On Russia Probe From Justice Department

Top congressional leaders met with senior intelligence and law enforcement officials Thursday in a series of meetings to review highly-classified information about the Russia investigation, including possible details about a reported FBI informant who had contact with several Trump campaign advisers during the 2016 presidential campaign. S, the president’s new lawyer handling the Russia investigation, Emmet Flood, attended and participated in at least part of the briefings as did White House chief of staff John Kelly. Sources confirmed that the President’s new lawyer handling the Russia investigation, Emmet Flood, attended and participated in at least part of the briefings; as did White House chief of staff John Kelly. ...Read more

President Trump Cancels June Summit With North Korea’s Kim Jong Un

President Donald Trump on Thursday canceled the planned summitwith North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which was set to take place June 12 in Singapore. In a letter addressed to Kim and released by the White House, Trump blamed the cancellation on the “tremendous anger and open hostility” in a recent statement by the North Koreans. “I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting,” he wrote.Therefore, please let this letter serve to represent that the Singapore summit, for the good of both parties, but to the detriment of the world, will not take place. You talk about you nuclear capabilities, but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never be used,” the president added. ...Read more

President Trump’s Son-In-Law, Jared Kushner, Gets Permanent Security Clearance

Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and a White House senior adviser, has received a permanent security clearance. Kushner operated with an interim security clearance for more than a year inside the administration, giving him access to highly classified information while he underwent an FBI background check. His contacts with foreign government officials had raised concerns inside the administration and drew scrutiny during the process. HIs clearance was downgraded in February after procedures were revamped. Abbe Lowell, Kushner’s attorney, said that Kushner’s permanent security clearance “went through the normal process.” ...Read more

Federal Judge Rules President Trump Cannot Block People On Twitter

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that President Donald Trump may not block people on Twitter over the political views they share on social media.  Siding with the Knight First Amendment Institute in a lawsuit against Trump and his communications team, U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald in New York concluded that blocking people on Twitter violated their First Amendment rights. Trump was engaging in unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination by blocking critics in a “public forum,” the court ruled. “We hold that portions of the @realDonaldTrump account ― the ‘interactive space’ where Twitter users may directly engage with the content of the President’s tweets ― are properly analyzed under the ‘public forum’ doctrines set forth by the Supreme Court,” Buchwald said in her ruling. Twitter is often the first communication channel Trump turns to when making major announcements.  ...Read more