Utah man charged with sexually assaulting 2 models

SALT LAKE CITY — Criminal charges were filed Friday against a man accused of assaulting at least two of his models. Rory Scott Dean, 59, of West Valley City, is charged in 3rd District Court with two counts of object rape, a first-degree felony, and sexual battery, a class A misdemeanor. In 2017, a woman who told police she had “accepted a job working for Dean as a model” was sexually assaulted during her second day on the job, according to charging documents. The woman said she was assaulted twice, including once while in a changing room. After the assault, Dean told the woman to leave “because he was going… Read More

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Pete Carroll on Seahawks’ J.R. Sweezy: ‘He’s not for a second thinking he’s not going to play’

The Seahawks are fairly healthy heading into their wild card matchup against the Dallas Cowboys. Seattle will see the return of right guard D.J. Fluker and safety Tedric Thompson, and will also have starting cornerback Shaquill Griffin, who exited a Week 17 game against the Cardinals with an ankle injury. Moore Predicts: Can Seahawks get past Cowboys, make Super Bowl run? Still to be determined is the status of starting left guard J.R. Sweezy. A foot injury forced Sweezy out of Seattle’s Week 16 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said Sweezy’s injury would normally necessitate a three- to four-week recovery. After just two weeks… Read More

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Trump claimed ISIS was defeated just as the US military was ramping up its strikes on ISIS militants in Syria

The president claimed on Dec. 19 that ISIS has been defeated as a justification to pull-out of Syria. The latest military airstrike data appears to contradict Trump’s claims, which he later walked back, that ISIS is defeated. Between Dec. 16 and Dec. 29, the US military and its coalition partners conducted 469 strikes on ISIS targets, according to an Operation Inherent Resolve press release. Those strikes appear to be part of an uptick in strikes on extremists in Iraq and Syria. As the president declared victory over the Islamic State last month, the US military and its coalition partners dropped hundreds of bombs on ISIS militants. In justifying the rapid… Read More

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Third man charged with firing into a crowd outside a bar

SALT LAKE CITY — A third man has been charged in connection with a chaotic shooting incident in November outside a South Salt Lake bar. On Nov. 11, police say three men sprayed a crowd of about 30 people standing outside Scallywags Bar, 3040 S. State, with nearly a dozen shots. One woman was hit three times, but her injuries were not considered to be life-threatening. On Friday, Pelenise Larry Taouma, 22, of West Valley City, was charged in 3rd District Court with discharge of a firearm causing serious injury, a first-degree felony; two counts of discharge of a firearm with injury and possession of a dangerous weapon by a… Read More

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Here’s a ‘who’s who’ of the instantly iconic Vanity Fair photo of the new women of Congress

Vanity Fair recently published an article on Washington’s power players which included a now-iconic image of six new Congresswomen — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, Deb Haaland, Veronica Escobar, and Sharice Davids. The six new members are part of the most diverse class of Congress in US history. Here’s who they are: SEE ALSO: This is what today’s historic Congress swear-in ceremony looked like New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who represents New York’s 14th District, is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. Ocasio-Cortez, who ran on a progressive platform and identifies as a democratic socialist, is a social media favorite with nearly two million Twitter followers.… Read More

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12 of the most difficult houseplants to keep alive

Some plants are a bit more difficult to keep alive as they require certain levels of humidity, consistent temperature levels, or specific amounts of water. Zebra plants, orchids, and gardenias can be difficult to keep alive. Peacock and Wandering Jew plants shouldn’t be kept in direct sunlight because it could impact the color of their leaves. Houseplants add a splash of greenery and vibrancy to indoor spaces, but keeping them alive can sometimes feel like a part-time job. Although some plants are hardy enough to survive on haphazard watering and the occasional dose of fertilizer, others are a bit more demanding. Here are a few of the most difficult houseplants… Read More

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A father asked a gay man he met in Vegas for advice about raising his son, and the internet can’t get enough

In a viral Twitter thread, Jack Remmington explains a heartwarming encounter he had with a stranger in Las Vegas a few days ago. The stranger — a man in his mid 40s from Arkansas — was seeking advice from Remmington, who is gay, on how to create an environment in which his 13-year-old son would feel comfortable coming out. Remmington’s advice to the man was to make “micro” changes in his everyday life and speech, without forcing a “coming out” conversation. On January 2, Jack Remmington was playing the slots with his best friend in Las Vegas — the Mariah Carey slots, to be exact — when a man in… Read More

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Hundreds of German politicians’ chats, financial details, and other personal information leaks online

An unknown person leaked German politicians’ credit card details, private communications, and other data last month — along with data from rappers and other media figures. The leak includes information from the office of Chancellor Angela Merkel and reportedly from people across all political parties in Germany’s parliament, except the far-right party Alternative for Germany. German news outlet RBB first reported the news this morning. According to The Associated Press, a jumble of files was linked on a now-suspended Twitter account, which had around 17,000 followers. German cybersecurity agency head Arne Schönbohm said that the leak included details from around 1,000 people, and that one political party in parliament was… Read More

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