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New Details Emerge Of Abuse Endured By 13 Siblings Held Captive

New details have emerged about the shocking abuse 13 children allegedly endured at the hands of their own parents when they were held captive in their own home in California. Riverside County district attorney Mike Hestrin revealed on Thursday that David and Louise Turpin’s 13 children, aged 2 to 29, had been tied up for years as a punishment; when one child managed to break free, the parents shackled them to beds with chains and padlocks and were not even released from their shackles to go to the toilet. Mr Hestrin said all 13 children were severely malnourished. The parents, who appeared in court on Thursday dressed in black and with their legs shackled, appeared calm as they plead not guilty to multiple counts of torture and abuse. Disturbing stories have been revealed, including that the couple would bring home food for themselves but not allow the children to eat it. A law enforcement official said that the children were served only one rationed meal per day and that several of the kids were cognitively impaired as a result of the starvation, had nerve damage because of the “extreme and prolonged physical abuse” and “lacked a basic knowledge of life”. He also revealed that the children were permitted to shower only once a year. ...Read more

Arizona Serial Killer Suspect Linked To Nine Killings In Three Weeks

An Arizona man has been accused of a murder spree in which he allegedly killed nine people in three weeks, a rampage that would make him one of the most prolific serial killers in the state’s history. Cleophus Cooksey Jr., 35, was arrested on Dec. 17, 2017, after police responded to a call of shots fired in Phoenix. When officers arrived they found Cooksey’s mother and stepfather dead. Cooksey was not linked to the other homicides until he was in custody, police said Thursday.  Investigators used shell casings to link the other murders, police said. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said new technology allowed officers to determine the evidence was linked to the suspect quickly. Cooksey’s other alleged victims include the brother of his ex-girlfriend and various men and women of black, white and Hispanic race and ethnicity. ...Read more

Mila Kunis Named Harvard’s Hasty Pudding’s 2018 Woman Of The Year

Golden Globe-winning actress Mila Kunis will be the Hasty Pudding Theatricals 2018 Woman of the Year. Kunis is widely known for her roles in films like “Black Swan,” for which she received nominations for Best Supporting Actress at the 2011 Screen Actors Guild, Golden Globe, and Critics Choice awards. The actress is also known for her roles in award-winning TV shows “That ’70s Show” and “Family Guy.” The Hasty Pudding will honor Kunis on Jan. 25 with a parade she will lead through the streets of Cambridge. After, members of the Pudding will award Kunis the Pudding Pot in Farkas Hall. The event will be live-streamed on Facebook. Upcoming appearances for Kunis include “The Spy Who Dumped Me,” to be released later this year, and “Amusement Park,” an animated film to be released in 2019. ...Read more

Dylan Farrow Details Woody Allen Sexual Assault Claim In First TV Interview

In her first televised interview, the adopted daughter of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow described in graphic detail how Allen allegedly sexually assaulted her. Speaking with CBS This Morning‘s Gayle King, Dylan Farrow also responded to claims that she was “brainwashed and coached” by her mother and began crying as she watched Allen deny the sexual assault claims in a 1992 interview with 60 Minutes.  Allen suggested at the time that Farrow told her story because she was coached by her mother, who months earlier had discovered that Allen had been having an affair with her adopted daughter Soon-yi Previn.  Allen was never charged with a crime and the New York state child welfare investigators and a report by the Yale New Haven hospital found that the abuse didn’t happen. But the Connecticut state prosecutor on the case questioned the Yale report’s credibility, saying there was probable cause to charge Allen but that Farrow was too fragile to face a celebrity trial. ...Read more

Brazil’s Ronaldinho Gaucho Confirms Retirement From Soccer And Plans Farewell

Ronaldinho Gaucho has announced his retirement from soccer at the age of 37. He played his last professional match in 2015 for Fluminense and has now made it official. His brother and agent, Roberto Assis, confirmed the news and also indicated that plans are afoot for a series of farewell events in Brazil, Europe, and Asia. Ronaldinho’s long-time sponsor, Nike, will be actively involved in the farewell tour. In 2008 Forbes listed Ronaldinho as 38th in its Celebrity 100 and estimated his annual income at $37M – $13M coming from Barcelona and the rest from sponsors such as Pepsi and Nike.  ...Read more

St. Louis Rams Sean McVay Is Named 2017 NFL Coach Of The Year

The Pro Football Writers of America announced on Thursday that St. Louis Rams coach Sean McVay has been voted NFL Coach of the Year for 2017. McVay is the third coach in franchise history to win the award, joining Dick Vermeil (1999) and Chuck Knox (1973). McVay led a historic turnaround, taking a team that went 4-12 in 2016 with the league’s worst offense to 11-5 and the NFL’s highest- scoring offense. This honor increases McVay’s chances to win AP Coach of the Year next month at the NFL Honors show. In each of the past eight seasons, the winner of PFWA Coach of the Year has gone on to win AP’s award. ...Read more

Apple Plans New U.S. Campus To Pay $38 Billion In Foreign Cash Taxes

Apple Inc. will open a new campus as part of a five-year, $30 billion U.S. investment plan and will make about $38 billion in one-time tax payments on its overseas cash, one of the largest corporate spending plans announced since the passage of a tax cut signed by President Donald Trump. The company has been under increasing pressure to make U.S. investments since the 2016 presidential campaign, when Trump targeted the iPhone maker for making products in Asian factories. While Apple has announced no plans to change that practice, the company has begun to emphasize its U.S. economic impact, from developers who sell software on its App Store to the tens of billions of dollars per year it spends with U.S. suppliers. On Wednesday, Apple estimated it would spend $350 billion in the United States over the next five years. ...Read more

Democrats Confident They Can Win Government Shutdown Fight

Senate Republicans rejected a bipartisan deal to protect DREAMers and are going back to the drawing board, despite a threat by Democrats to shut down the government within days without one. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday Congress would be “just spinning our wheels” if it voted on an immigration deal reached by a bipartisan group of senators without assurances from President Trump that he will sign it. Republicans overwhelmingly say there is no chance for a deal to get done by this week and talks will be restarting from scratch. Democrats will have to choose between potentially forcing a government shutdown over DACA, or taking the CHIP funding for now and hoping for an immigration bill to pass before the March deadline. ...Read more

Kristen Wiig To Lead New Reese Witherspoon Comedy Series For Apple

Reese Witherspoon has another series headed to Apple, and it will star Kristen Wiig as its lead.  Witherspoon’s project is Apple’s first half-hour scripted comedy. Inspired by Curtis Sittenfeld’s upcoming short story collection “You Think It, I’ll Say It,” the show has received a 10-episode order by the tech company. The untitled show marks Wiig’s first regular TV series role since she exited “Saturday Night Live” in 2012. Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter will executive produce for Hello Sunshine, with Wiig also receiving an EP credits on the series. This marks the third project Apple has ordered from Hello Sunshine, including Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston’s morning show drama and Octavia Spencer’s “Are You Sleeping,” which is co-produced by Chernin Entertainment. ...Read more

Ann Curry Speaks Out On Matt Lauer: ‘I Am Not Surprised By The Allegations’

Almost six years after she was booted from NBC’s “Today” show, journalist Ann Curry is speaking out about Matt Lauer’s sexual assault allegations. Curry has a new PBS documentary program, “We’ll Meet Again”  — but the focus of Curry’s interview was on the #MeToo movement and Lauer’s ousting from NBC News. “I think it’s, in general, overdue,” she says on “CBS This Morning” Wednesday, Jan. 17. “We clearly are waking up to a reality, an injustice that has been occurring for some time. And I think it will continue to occur until the glass ceiling is finally broken.  Curry, who had worked on the “Today” show for 18 years, also addressed Lauer’s November firing from the show and NBC over allegations of sexual misconduct. “I can tell you that I am not surprised by the allegations,” she said. ...Read more