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Patriots owner Robert Kraft charged in Florida prostitution sting

Patriots owner Robert Kraft charged in Florida prostitution stingKraft, 77, a billionaire businessman who built the Patriots into the National Football League's most dominant franchise, was swept up in a police sting targeting sex-trafficking in day spas and massage parlors in several Florida counties. Kraft, who lives in Massachusetts but owns property in Palm Beach, Florida, is accused of visiting Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida, on two separate occasions to solicit sex. Authorities have video evidence depicting the acts in question after installing hidden cameras inside the spa, police officials said, adding that Kraft had been dropped off by a driver.

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 20:06:56 -0500
Grand jury examining whether Zinke lied to investigators: Washington Post

Grand jury examining whether Zinke lied to investigators: Washington PostThe Post said the deliberations were focused on Zinke's refusal to grant a petition by two Native American tribes, the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan, to operate a commercial casino in East Windsor, Connecticut. In response to the tribes' efforts, competing casino operator MGM Resorts International, which opposed the planned casino, launched a lobbying campaign, The Post said. The tribes alleged that Zinke refused the petition under political pressure.

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 19:10:30 -0500
NASA clears SpaceX test flight to space station

NASA clears SpaceX test flight to space stationThe approval cleared a key hurdle for SpaceX in its quest to help NASA revive America's human spaceflight program, stalled since space shuttle missions came to an end in 2011. NASA has awarded SpaceX $2.6 billion, and aerospace rival Boeing Co $4.2 billion to build separate rocket and capsule launch systems to carry U.S. astronauts to and from the space station, an orbital research laboratory that flies 250 miles (402 km) above Earth. "Following a full day of briefings and discussion, NASA and SpaceX are proceeding with plans to conduct the first uncrewed test flight of the Crew Dragon on a mission to the International Space Station," NASA said in a statement announcing its decision.

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 18:35:25 -0500
Singer R. Kelly charged with sexually abusing teenage girls

Singer R. Kelly charged with sexually abusing teenage girlsGrammy-winning singer R. Kelly was charged on Friday with criminal sexual abuse of at least three teenagers under age 17, the local state's attorney said, following years of allegations against the 52-year-old R&B singer. Cook County State's Attorney Kimberly Foxx, at a news conference in Chicago announcing the charges, said Kelly was expected to appear in court on Saturday for a bond hearing on the 10 counts he was charged with under a grand jury indictment. At least two of the alleged victims were girls, while the gender of the other two was not clear from the court documents.

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 17:12:44 -0500
Florida mayor jailed, 'lucky he's not dead' after allegedly shooting at deputies

Florida mayor jailed, 'lucky he's not dead' after allegedly shooting at deputiesAfter Port Richey Mayor Dale Massad refused to open the front door when sheriff's deputies tried to execute a search warrant, SWAT team members forced it open and were met with gun fire, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said. "He shot at our members, he's lucky he's not dead," Nocco told reporters hours after the brief standoff in which no one was injured. Authorities said they had a "strong suspicion" Massad, 68, was on drugs when he fired two rounds from a .40 caliber handgun.

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 16:59:29 -0500
U.S. Senators launch bipartisan probe into rising insulin prices

U.S. Senators launch bipartisan probe into rising insulin pricesRepublican Senator Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and Senator Ron Wyden, the committee's top Democrat, sent letters to the heads of Eli Lilly and Co, Novo Nordisk A/S and Sanofi SA, the long-time leading manufacturers of insulin. Eli Lilly's Humalog, for instance, rose from $35 to $234 per dose between 2001 and 2015, a 585 percent increase, they wrote. Insulin has been available since the early 20th century.

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 16:34:50 -0500
Patriots owner Robert Kraft charged in Florida prostitution sting

Patriots owner Robert Kraft charged in Florida prostitution stingKraft, 77, a billionaire businessman who built the Patriots into the National Football League's most dominant franchise, was swept up in a police sting targeting sex-trafficking in day spas and massage parlors in several Florida counties. Kraft, who lives in Massachusetts but owns property in Palm Beach, Florida, is accused of visiting Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida, on two separate occasions to solicit sex.

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 16:31:51 -0500
Record-setting snowstorm buries parts of Arizona

Record-setting snowstorm buries parts of ArizonaAccuWeather predicted two to four feet (61 cm to 122 cm) of new snow would pile up in the higher elevations of Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado on Friday and warned of whiteout conditions on roads. As of early Friday, the Arizona Department of Transportation had closed nine major sections of road due to weather and crashes, including one part of Interstate 17. By mid-morning, the snow had caused more than 30 flight delays and two cancellations at Tucson International Airport, according to the flight tracking web site flightaware.com.

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 14:28:15 -0500
'El Chapo' to seek new trial after juror admits breaking rules

'El Chapo' to seek new trial after juror admits breaking rulesConvicted Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman intends to seek a new trial after one of the jurors who convicted him told Vice News that jurors read media about the case despite the judge's instructions not to, a lawyer for Guzman said in a court filing on Friday. "Mr. Guzman intends to file motion for a new trial based on the disclosures in the article and to request an evidentiary hearing to determine the extent of the misconduct," lawyer Eduardo Balarezo said in a letter to U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan, who presided over the trial in Brooklyn federal court. Guzman was found guilty on Feb. 12 of running a continuing criminal enterprise as leader of Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel, along with drug trafficking, weapons and money laundering conspiracy charges.

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 14:24:14 -0500
California couple plead guilty to torturing their 13 children

California couple plead guilty to torturing their 13 childrenDavid Turpin, 57, and his wife Louise Turpin, 50, who were arraigned in Riverside County Superior Court, made the plea as part of a deal with prosecutors to serve sentences of 25 years to life in prison, Riverside County District Attorney Michael Hestrin said. The children, whose ages now range from 3 to 30, are in the care of child and adult protection agencies.

Fri, 22 Feb 2019 13:54:11 -0500
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