Actor Terry Crews settles suit with agent he says groped him

LOS ANGELES — Actor Terry Crews and agent Adam Venit have agreed to settle a lawsuit in which Crews alleged Venit groped him at a Hollywood party. Venit’s agency William Morris Endeavor, also named as a defendant, confirmed the deal Thursday in a statement saying the lawsuit would be dismissed. Crews filed the civil lawsuit Jan. 30, saying that Venit grabbed and squeezed his crotch at a 2016 party. Crews was among the most prominent men to come forward as a victim in the MeToo movement. Venit denied the allegations in court documents, saying his actions toward Crews were not sexual and caused no harm. Prosecutors declined to file criminal… Read More

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Brazil presidential candidate Bolsonaro stabbed, in surgery

RIO DE JANEIRO — Jair Bolsonaro, a leading presidential candidate in Brazil, was stabbed during a campaign event Thursday and was undergoing surgery. Officials and his son said the candidate was in stable condition, though the son also said Bolsonaro suffered severe blood loss. Numerous videos on social media showed Bolsonaro, whose far-right platform includes cracking down on crime in Latin America’s largest nation, being stabbed with a knife to the lower part of his stomach. At the moment of the attack, Bolsonaro was on the shoulders of a supporter, looking out at the crowd and giving a thumbs up with his left hand. After the attack, he is seen… Read More

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This part of an airport carries more germs than toilets, new study says

SALT LAKE CITY — There’s no way around it. You’ll have to use the airport’s dirtiest spot at some point during your travel. Airport security plastic trays rank as the most germ-filled spot in an airport, according to a new study from a team of researchers at the University of Nottingham and the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare. The study, which was published in the BMC Infectious Diseases journal, said the trays could be cleaned more often to prevent the spread of diseases. The research team monitored germ levels across a variety of surfaces inside the airport during the winter of 2016. They found that places such as… Read More

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Trump administration moves to detain migrant families longer

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Thursday moved to abandon a longstanding court settlement that limits how long immigrant children can be kept locked up, proposing new regulations that would allow the government to detain families until their immigration cases are decided. Homeland Security Department officials said that ending the so-called Flores agreement of 1997 will speed up the handling of immigration cases while also deterring people from illegally crossing the Mexican border. The move angered immigrant rights advocates and is all but certain to trigger a court battle. “It is sickening to see the United States government looking for ways to jail more children for longer,” said Omar Jadwat,… Read More

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US says North Korean charged in Sony hack, WannaCry attack

WASHINGTON — A computer programmer accused of working at the behest of the North Korean government was charged Thursday in connection with several high-profile cyberattacks, including the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack and the WannaCry ransomware virus that affected hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide. Park Jin Hyok, who is believed to be in North Korea, conspired with others to conduct a series of attacks that also stole $81 million from a bank in Bangladesh, according to the Justice Department’s criminal complaint. The U.S. believes he was working for a North Korean-sponsored hacking organization. The U.S. government has previously said that North Korea was responsible for the 2014 Sony hack. That… Read More

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Big rigs abandoned as wildfire scorches California freeway

SHASTA-TRINITY NATIONAL FOREST, Calif. — Truckers abandoned big-rigs and motorists screamed in fear as they came dangerously close to an explosive wildfire that shut down about 45 miles of a major California interstate near the Oregon border that authorities were desperately trying to reopen. In a video, a passenger in a vehicle screams: “Oh my God, I want to go!” as nearby trees burst into flames. “I can’t breathe,” the woman says, sobbing. “Please, guys, come put it out.” The fire erupted Wednesday afternoon in a rural area and devoured timber and brush on both sides of Interstate 5 as it nearly tripled in size overnight, officials said Thursday. It… Read More

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Big rigs abandoned as wildfire scorches California freeway

SHASTA-TRINITY NATIONAL FOREST, Calif. — Truckers abandoned big-rigs and motorists screamed in fear as they came dangerously close to an explosive wildfire that shut down about 45 miles of a major California interstate near the Oregon border that authorities were desperately trying to reopen. In a video, a passenger in a vehicle screams: “Oh my God, I want to go!” as nearby trees burst into flames. “I can’t breathe,” the woman says, sobbing. “Please, guys, come put it out.” The fire erupted Wednesday afternoon in a rural area and devoured timber and brush on both sides of Interstate 5 as it nearly tripled in size overnight, officials said Thursday. It… Read More

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Fire roaring through Northern California triples in size

REDDING, Calif. — An explosive wildfire that closed down dozens of miles of a major California freeway nearly tripled in size overnight, just weeks after a nearby blaze that left neighborhoods in ruins and killed eight people, officials said Thursday. The fire that erupted Wednesday afternoon and devoured timber and brush on both sides of Interstate 5 near the Oregon state line had expanded to 23 square miles Thursday (60) square kilometers, prompting mandatory evacuations, the U.S. Forest Service said in a statement. That’s up from 8 square miles (21 square kilometers) burning on Wednesday Authorities did not say in the statement how many people were affected by the evacuation… Read More

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Burberry to drop real fur, stop destroying unsold goods

LONDON — British luxury fashion brand Burberry said Thursday it will stop using real fur in its products and also stop destroying products that it cannot sell. The company said there will be no real fur in its London Fashion Week catwalk show later this month. It will also phase out existing real fur products. Burberry said it has made only limited use of real fur in recent years with clothing incorporating fur from rabbit, fox, mink and Asiatic racoon. Those will now be eliminated, along with use of angora. The fashion house, which produces clothing, leather goods and beauty products, also said it will no longer dispose of unwanted… Read More

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