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Former co-director of Kabbalah Center accused of groping in California trial

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 15:49

The former co-director of the Kabbalah Center, a spiritual group whose brand of Jewish mysticism has drawn numerous celebrity adherents but also controversy, went on trial on Tuesday in a lawsuit brought by a follower who says he groped her. Yehuda Berg, 43, son of the late rabbi who founded the organization, was called as the first witness in the trial, testifying he struggled with drug and alcohol addiction that led to his resignation from leadership in the group in 2014. In a lawsuit filed last year in Los Angeles Superior Court, Jena Scaccetti accused Berg of inviting her to his mother's apartment in 2012, plying her with alcohol and narcotic painkillers and making an unwanted sexual advance that included hugging her and fondling her leg.

Surveillance video shows team of 3 attackers at Paris cafe

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 14:35

The footage leads police to believe that a second assailant is on the loose.

French hunt 2nd fugitive, launch new airstrikes on IS

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 14:22

French police cite a surveillance video of an attack on a Paris cafe.

Ex-New York Senate leader corruptly helped son get paid, jury told

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 13:41

A former leader of the New York state Senate strong-armed three companies to pay his son over $300,000, knowing that his position to influence policy crucial to their businesses meant "they couldn't say no," a federal prosecutor said on Tuesday. Dean Skelos, a Republican, sought to corruptly direct commissions and jobs to his son, Adam, to "line the pockets of the Skelos family," prosecutor Tatiana Martins said at the start of their trial in Manhattan federal court. "The office of Dean Skelos was never for sale," Gage said.

FanDuel stops letting New Yorkers play paid games

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 10:43

Daily fantasy sports site FanDuel said on Tuesday it would no longer let people in New York enter its paid contests in response to efforts by the state's attorney general to declare the games illegal gambling. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed earlier in the day for a temporary injunction that would shut down daily fantasy sports leaders FanDuel and DraftKings in the state in the latest blow to the fast-growing, multibillion-dollar industry. A hearing on the injunction is scheduled to be heard by a New York state court on Nov 25.

Germany-Netherlands match called off shortly before kickoff

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 10:12

The friendly soccer game was canceled after a suspicious object was found at the stadium.

Police see no terror tie seen in attempt to open door on Boston-bound flight

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 10:12
BOSTON (Reuters) - A female passenger who was apparently intoxicated attempted to open an exit door on a Boston-bound British Airways flight on Tuesday, prompting people on the plane to restrain her, the Massachusetts State Police said. Troopers took the woman, who is about 30 years old, into custody after the aircraft landed at Logan International Airport. There was no indication of any terrorism tie to her actions, said state police spokesman David Procopio in an e-mail. Police identified the flight number as 213, which left London's Heathrow airport at 6:57 a.m. ET (1157 GMT). ...

White House, U.S. governors to discuss Syrian refugees: reports

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 09:15

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House plans to hold a conference call with U.S. governors on Tuesday to discuss the Syrian refugee situation, CNN and NBC News reported.

NY attorney general seeks halt to daily fantasy sports in state

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 09:01

New York State's top prosecutor on Tuesday filed for a temporary injunction that would shut down daily fantasy sports leaders DraftKings and FanDuel in the state in a latest blow to the fast-growing, multibillion-dollar industry. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in legal documents filed in a Manhattan trial court that the games are illegal gambling, no different from poker or blackjack. New York has more daily fantasy sports players than any other U.S. state, according to Eilers Research, so being forced to shut down there could cripple the companies.

Real estate heir Robert Durst expected to plead guilty to gun charge

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 08:35

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Robert Durst, a real estate scion accused of murder in Los Angeles, may be poised to plead guilty to a federal gun charge in New Orleans, potentially speeding his return to California to face charges in the death 15 years ago of a longtime friend, according to court documents.

Suspect video sparks passengers' removal at Baltimore airport

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 07:33
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - Four passengers were taken off a Spirit Airlines Inc flight at Baltimore on Tuesday after one who appeared to be Muslim viewed what another passenger thought was an Islamic State video, a government source said.

Republicans want tougher response to ISIS 'war'

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 07:20

By Richard Cowan and Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives challenged President Barack Obama on Tuesday to get tougher with Islamic State militants and promised to develop legislation quickly to suspend resettlement of Syrians in the United States. "ISIS showed they are committing an act of war against the West," House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters after a closed-door meeting of House Republican lawmakers, using a common acronym for the militant group. Ryan said party leaders had assembled a task force to consider legislation "as quickly as possible" that would suspend at least temporarily Obama's plan to admit 10,000 Syrian refugees to the United States.

GOP race refocuses on foreign policy, testing the outsiders

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 07:10

ATLANTA (AP) — The Republican outsiders have been getting a pass on their limited grasp of foreign policy in the presidential campaign. That may be ending.

New York City settles inmate death lawsuit for $3.8 million

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 06:41
New York City has agreed to pay $3.8 million to the family of a mentally ill inmate at its troubled Rikers Island jail complex who died in 2012 after swallowing corrosive detergent, a city official said on Tuesday. Family members of Jason Echevarria have agreed to settle a lawsuit filed in 2013 contending that guards ignored pleas by the 25-year-old robbery suspect for medical help after he ingested a "soap ball," a toxic disinfectant detergent used to clean cells. The settlement came five months after a federal judge in Manhattan sentenced Terrence Pendergrass, a former supervising guard at Rikers, to five years in prison for deliberately ignoring Echevarria's medical needs.

TV star Charlie Sheen says he is HIV positive

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 04:17

Former "Two and A Half Men" television star Charlie Sheen said on Tuesday he is HIV positive. "I am here to admit that I am in fact HIV positive," Sheen said, saying he was "not entirely sure" how he acquired the virus. Sheen, who is three times divorced, played the womanizing bachelor Charlie Harper on top-rated U.S. comedy series "Two and A Half Men" for eight years before being fired in 2011 for bad behavior that included cocaine-fueled partying with porn stars and a conviction for assaulting his ex-wife.

Chicago in tough battle to overturn ruling on pension reforms

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 03:03

Cash-strapped Chicago faces an uphill fight before the Illinois Supreme Court on Tuesday to try to salvage a law aimed at boosting funding and lowering costs for two of its retirement systems. The state’s highest court in May tossed out a 2013 law that reduced retirement benefits for state workers to ease Illinois' huge $105 billion unfunded pension liability. All seven justices agreed that the Illinois Constitution protected state workers against pension benefits cuts.

More than 100 flights canceled as blizzard conditions grip Colorado

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 01:30
(Reuters) - More than 100 flights were canceled at Denver International Airport early on Tuesday as a powerful storm system dropped snow over the Rocky Mountains, while tornadoes were reported from Texas to Nebraska, officials said. A blizzard warning was issued for a large swath of northeastern Colorado and western Kansas, with a storm system that originated in Alaska forecast to drop up to 12 inches of snow on the Denver metropolitan area by midday Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.