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12-06-2019 03:06

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Beloved in his hometown, David Ortíz traveled the dangerous streets of Santo Domingo with little or no security, trusting in his fans to protect him.

Big Papi 's Guard, like the Dial and Lounge, where the Dominican business and entertainment can cross paths with shadier figures in a country where fortunes are often made in drug smuggling and money laundering.

As the former Red Sox slugger lies in intensive care in Boston, recovering from the bullet fired in his back at the Dial on Sunday night, police are investigating what aspect of the national hero's life he is the target of what appeared to be an assassination attempt .

Ortiz was so relaxed at the open-air hotspot Sunday that he had his back to the sidewalk as a gunman – a passenger on a motorcycle – he got off the bike just before 9 pm, approached the 43-year-old retired athlete and fired at single shot at close range before escaping.

Enraged fans captured the 25-year-old motorcyclist and beat him bloody before handing him over to police, but the gunman was still at large Tuesday.

Doctors in Santo Domingo removed Ortiz's gallbladder and part of his intestines, and former ballplayer was then flown to Boston for treatment on Monday night, undergoing two hours of exploratory surgery.

Ortiz's wife, Tiffany, said in a statement that he was "stable, awake and resting comfortably" at Massachusetts General Hospital and expected to remain there for several days.

The motorcyclist, Eddy Vladimir Féliz Garcia, who had a 2017 arrest for drug possession, one of several people in custody as of Tuesday afternoon, a law-enforcement official told The Associated Press details of the investigation.

A police car carrying Féliz Garcia drove up to shipping container serving as a makeshift courtroom on Tuesday evening, and sat there for about half-hour before driving off again. Court officials said the hearing had been delayed because Féliz Garcia's charging documents had not arrived in time. However, they said he was expected back later.

His lawyer, Deivi Solano, said Féliz Garcia had no idea who he'd picked up and what was about to happen when he stopped to take.

"He didn't know what they were going to do. He's a fan of David's," Solano said.

A spokesman for prosecutors, Erick Montilla, said Féliz Garcia would be charged as an accomplice to an attempted murder.

Ortíz has a six-bedroom, $ 6 million home in the wealthy Boston suburb of Weston, Massachusetts, that he shared with his wife and three children but has put up the place for sale. He visits his father and sister in Santo Domingo about six times a year, according to his friend.

Ortíz stayed at his father's apartment and was active on the social scene in the capital, hitting nightspots with a small group of friends that included TV personalities and Dominican reggaeton musicians, whom Ortiz would help by connecting with established artists in the genre.

Ortíz couldn't avoid running across unsavory characters on the Santo Domingo social scene but kept his distance once he was warned about their shady backgrounds, the friend said.

"He may have spoken with them, but he didn't know who they were," the friend said. "He really kept away from that world."

Police are investigating, however, whether some brief relationship formed in Santo Domingo set in motion a chain of events that led to shooting, a second law enforcement official told the AP.


Jun 11, 2019 / 10:41 am | Story:

An Order of Canada has been found guilty of sexually assaulting children in Nepal after a police investigation and trial his lawyers describe as a travesty of justice.

Sentencing for Peter Dalglish, expected in two weeks, could be seen as a long 13 years.

"This has been like watching a wrongful conviction unfold in real time," Dalglish's Canadian lawyer, Nader Hasan, said in an interview Tuesday. "We have deep concerns about the process here, both from the perspective of procedural fairness of the court proceedings as well as certain tactics taken by the police and the state."

The judge, who rendered his verdict late Monday, has yet to release his reasons for the guilty finding. Dalglish, 62, has denied any wrongdoing.

Originally from London, Ont., Dalglish has spent years working around the globe. Nepalese police arrested him in the early hours of April 8 last year raid on the mountains he built in the village of Kartike east of the capital of Kathmandu. Police alleged he had raped two Nepalese boys aged 11 and 14, who were with him.

Pushkar Karki, chief of the Central Investigation Bureau, said at the time, and sexually abused them. Karki said other foreign men in Nepal had also been arrested on suspicion of pedophilia.

"There have been some instances where they were working with charities," Karki told the New York Times. "Our laws are not as strict in foreign countries, and there is no social scrutiny like in developed countries."

According to his lawyers, he had a board member. They say no investigation of misconduct.

However, prompting Nepalese police to open an investigation.

Hasan said the Nepalese legal system, which operates largely in secrecy, little resemblance bears to anything in Canada – or many other countries. Among the other problems, courts do not record proceedings or produce transcripts, leading to confusion about what witnesses actually said.

Jun 11, 2019 / 7:59 am | Story:

"Stairway to Heaven" will get another hearing, this time to a packed house.

A panel of 11 judges from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed Monday to hear Led Zeppelin's appeal in a copyright lawsuit alleging the group stole its 1971 rock epic from an obscure 1960s instrumental.

In a 2016 trial that included testimony from Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and singer Robert Plant, a jury found that "Stairway to Heaven" did not significantly resemble the song "Taurus," written by the late Randy Wolfe and performed by his band Spirit.

Page said he wrote the music for the song and the lyrics, and both were original.

But in September, a three-judge panel from the 9th Circuit that the judge had failed to advise the jury properly, and ordered a new trial. The judges have unanimously found that the trial judge is not right for the protection of copyright, because they are sufficiently original.

Led Zeppelin's Lawyers, and the request was granted. The 11-judge panel will hear the case in late September in San Francisco.


Jun 11, 2019 / 5:52 am | Story:

Botswana became the latest country to decriminalize gay sex on Tuesday in a landmark case for Africa when the High Court rejected as unconstitutional sections of the penalty code punishing same-sex relations with up to seven years in prison.

Jubilant activists in the prepared courtroom cheered the unanimous decision in the southern African nation that is seen as one of the continent's most stable and democratic. The ruling came less than a month after Kenya's High Court had upheld similar sections of its own penal code in another closely watched case.

More than two countries in sub-Saharan Africa laws have criminalizing gay sex, often holdovers from colonial times. Earlier this year, the southern African nation of Angola decriminalized same sex activity and banned discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Those arguing against people say they leave people in the LGBT community

The Botswana-based non-governmental group LEGABIBO, which supported the anonymous petitioner in the case, has said such laws "infringe on basic human dignity."

People in the courtroom were ecstatic, leaping up, clapping and ululating, LEGABIBO legal policy director Caine Youngman told The Associated Press. "It hit home," he said.

"I'm a gay man. I've been out for many years. Now I can live with my partner without worry," Youngman said. He said the state might appeal "to appease the homophobes" and has 30 working days to do so.

The ruling led to rejoicing from rights groups that had expressed frustration with the Kenyan decision last month, including ones in countries such as Nigeria, Uganda and Ghana where gay sex remains illegal. Amnesty International called on other African nations to follow Botswana's example in "an exciting new era of acceptance."

Botswana 's High Court said in its ruling that penalizing people for who are disrespectful and discriminatory, and that the law should not deal with private acts between consenting adults.

Sexual orientation is innate and not a "fashion statement," the judges said. "Any criminalization of love or finding fulfillment in love dilutes compassion and tolerance."

The ruling cited the recent decriminalization in India and elsewhere. Pointed out that all three arms of Botswana's government has expressed the need to protect the rights of the gay community.

Before the ruling, LEGABIBO shared a comment attributed to President Mokgweetsi Masisi: "There are many people of same sex relationships in this country who have been violated by silence for fear of being discriminated. Just like other citizens, they deserve to have their rights protected. "

The judges cited the president's comment in their ruling.

Jun 11, 2019 / 5:51 am | Story:

A U.S. Lebanese, an official in Beirut said Tuesday. permanent resident and Lebanese businessman who was imprisoned for years in Iran

Nizar Zakka, held in Iran since 2015, was on a plane with the chief of Lebanon's General Security Directorate, Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Abbas, heading to the Lebanese capital, according to the official.

The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity in line with regulations. The Directorate, on its official Twitter page, released a photo showing Zakka, wearing a dark suit, seated with Abbas aboard the private jet carrying them to Lebanon.

Zakka is one of several prisoners with either dual nationality or links to the West held in Iran. His release comes as tensions between Iran and the U.S. remain high after President Donald Trump withdrew America from Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers.

Lebanese release officials, and it was not clear why Iran decided to act now.

Earlier Tuesday, an Iranian judiciary official confirmed that Tehran has agreed to over Zakka to Lebanese officials, providing the first official confirmation of his release, which had been anticipated for days.

"A court has accepted the condition of freedom of Nizar Zakka and he will be handed over to Lebanese officials," judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili said, according to the judiciary's Mizan news agency.

A report Monday, January 7, 2010 Fars news agency on Zakka, an internet freedom who was arrested in September 2015 while trying to fly out of Tehran. He had just attended a conference.

The state TV, like Fars, both quoted an anonymous source saying Zakka's forthcoming release should be seen as a "sign of respect" for the Lebanese militant Hezbollah group and its leader, Hassan Nasrallah.

"In this regard, no negotiations have taken place at any level," state TV said.

Esmaili stressed that Zakka's release was within "the frame of the law."

"We reviewed the (Lebanese) president's request through the Supreme National Security Council," Esmaili said. "Also, the Lebanese Hezbollah group considered the approval of his freedom as prudent."

State-of-the-art TV station in Zakynthos was released on Tuesday afternoon and will be allowed to leave Tehran.

In 2016, Iran sentenced Zakka to 10 years in prison. Authorities accused him of being an American spy, allegations vigorously rejected by his family and associates.

Zakka, who lives in Washington and holds resident status in the U.S., leads the Arab ICT Organization, or IJMA3, an industry consortium from 13 countries that advocates for information technology in the region.

In 2016, The Associated Press reported that Zakka's supporter to then-Secretary of State John Kerry, stating Zakka traveled to Iran "with the knowledge and approval of the U.S. State Department, and his trip was funded by grants" from it.

Jun 11, 2019 / 5:42 am | Story:

The Pacific nation of Samoa has banned the Elton John biopic "Rocketman" because of its depictions of homosexuality.

About 97% of people in Samoa identify as Christian, and the society is generally considered conservative and traditional. Under Samoa's 2013 Crimes Act, sodomy is deemed an offense that is punishable by up to seven years in prison, even if both parties agreed.

Samoa's principal censor Leiataua Niuapu Faaui told the Samoa Observer on Tuesday that the homosexual activity depicted on screen violated laws and didn't sit well with the country's cultural and Christian beliefs.

The censor did grant to the newspaper that "It's a good story, in that it's about an individual trying to move on in life."

Apollo Cinemas Samoa wrote on Facebook that "two to censoring issues we have had to cancel Rocketman."

The movie examines John's sexuality and relationship with then-manager John Reid. It stars Taron Egerton who does his own singing as John in the musical fantasy that aims to capture the essence of the musician's life.

A Russian distributor censored scenes from "Rocketman" that featured gay sex and drug use, and John wrote a joint statement with filmmakers that was a "sad reflection of the divided world we still live in and how it can still be so cruelly unaccepting of the love between two people. "

Russian gay rights activists and prominent figures denounced the move. Although homosexuality is not criminalized in Russia, animosity toward gay people remains strong.

Samoa, which is home to about 200,000 people, also banned the 2008 movie "Milk," in which actor Sean Penn portrayed American gay activist Harvey Milk.

Since opening 10 days ago, Rocketman has taken about $ 101 million at theaters around the world.

Jun 11, 2019 / 5:29 am | Story:

A former gynecologist at the University of California, Los Angeles pleaded not guilty Monday to sexually abusing two non-student patients.

Dr. James Heaps, who worked at UCLA for three decades, He was released without bail.

"Sexual abuse in any form is unacceptable and represents an inexcusable breach of the physician-patient relationship," Chancellor Gene Block and Vice Chancellor John Mazziotta said in a statement. "We are deeply sorry that a former UCLA physician has violated our policies and standards, our trust and trust in his patients."

"These are baseless allegations," Heap's attorney, Tracy Green, said. "He's stunned."

The charges recall similar allegations against a former University of Southern California gynecologist, Dr. George Tyndall. Hundreds of current and former USC students accused Tyndall of misconduct. He denied wrongdoing and not been criminally charged, but USC agreed to pay $ 215 million to settle a class-action lawsuit.

Heaps, 62, worked part-time at UCLA's health clinic from 1983 to 2010. In 2014, his private practice was bought by UCLA Health and Welfare in 2018, when following an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct he was notified that his UCLA spokeswoman Rhonda Curry said, "contract was not being renewed

At that point, he retired.

Curry said UCLA to date is aware of only four complaints involving UCLA.

Last year during the school's investigation, was a review Yelp review of a 2008 examination, she said.

The criminal allegations involve two women, one of them at 48-year-old mother of three, whom Heaps examined in 2017 and 2018, Green said.

The 2017 patient alleged that Heaps improperly fingered her genital ring piercing and the mother is taken care of that improperly placed her fingers in her vagina during an examination, Green said

UCLA settled a claim by the 2017 patient but details were not disclosed.

Heaps' attorney said the exams were conducted in agreement with proper procedure.

The Medical Board of California showed no records of disciplines against Heaps and has a current license to practice medicine.

"It's very clear that he only treated patients with dignity and respect," Green said.

California lawmakers are trying to make it easier this year for people who were abused by doctors at campus health centers as far back as 30 years ago to file for damages against the university.

However, the bill explicitly exempts public universities, meaning it wouldn't apply to UCLA. The exemption was added as an amendment earlier this year. The bill has passed the Assembly and is now in the state Senate.

Under the bill, anyone who was sexually abused by a doctor at a campus health center between Jan. 1, 1988, and Jan. 1, 2017, has a fresh one-year window to file claims for damages.

UCLA students would have been able to get access to state law. But that would only apply to more recent incidents of abuse.

Jun 11, 2019 / 5:20 am | Story:

Former NFL player Kellen Winslow Jr. – the son of a Hall of Famer who earned himself more than $ 40 million during his career – has been convicted of raping a 58-year-old homeless woman last year in his picturesque beach community of Encinitas, north of San Diego.

A jury returned to the verdict Monday in San Diego Superior Court in Vista was expected to continue to deliberate on two more counts of rape involving a 54-year-old hitchhiker and an unconscious teenage girl in 2003.

The jury also found the 35-year-old former end tight guilty of indecent exposure and lewd conduct involving two other women, but jurors found him not guilty of one count of a lewd act.

Winslow, who played for Cleveland, Tampa Bay, New England and the New York Jets, faces up to life in prison if convicted of all counts.

All five women testified during the nine-day trial. Winslow did not take the stand.

Defense attorneys pointed out inconsistencies in the accusers' testimonies and argued the women invented allegations to the wealth on Winslow.

Prosecutors say the son of the Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow felt empowered by his hunger to abuse the most vulnerable.

Prosecutor Dan Owens told the jury of eight men and four women that Winslow is a "wolf in sheep's clothing."

The homeless woman in Encinitas, who was 58 at the time, testified that he was befriended and attacked his vehicle.

A 54-year-old hitchhiker said he drove her to an Encinitas shopping center parking lot and raped her in his Hummer in March 2018.

A 57-year-old woman said he exposed himself to her when he was born in May of 2018. The jury found him guilty of that charge Monday.

After news of the attacks broke, she was a 17-year-old high school student in 2003. He was 19 at the time and had as home from college for the summer. She said she passed out at a party in San Diego suburb and woke up to find Winslow assaulting her.

A 77-year-old woman who went to the same gym as Winslow in the community of Carlsbad said he committed acts in front of her, while Winslow was free on $ 2 million bail in February. The jury found him guilty on the charge of the person at the gym, but not of the committing on the lewd act while on the facility of the same woman who said he happened on a different occasion.

After the jury sent a note saying it was deadlocked, the judge sent them back to deliberate. Jurors went home less than an hour later and were ordered to resume deliberating Tuesday.

The panel on Friday sent a note to the judge indicating that he was struggling to find agreement.

"The jurist could benefit from an explanation as to what is underneath means," the note said. "Additionally, how we should follow the law and what we think the law means."

The judge told jurors being under oath means telling the whole truth that they should follow the law how it is written.

Defense attorney Marc Carlos questioned the credibility of women's claims, they had written, misconstrued things or were unable to identify him correctly.

Defense lawyers also said that he was consensual and that he had cheated on his wife repeatedly with no strings-attached sex.

Prosecutors said the crux of the women's stories didn't change and that the evidence included traces of the Winslow's DNA

The five women testified that they didn't know Winslow was famous when they met him.

Jun 10, 2019 / 3:11 pm | Story:

UPDATE: 3:10 p.m.

Helicopter crashed on the roof of a rain-shrouded Manhattan skyscraper Monday, killing the pilot and briefly triggering memories of 9-11, though it appeared to be an accident.

The crash near Times Square and Trump Tower shook the 750-foot AXA Equitable building, sparked a fire and forced office workers to flee on elevators and down stairs, witnesses and officials said.

The pilot was considered to be the only one aboard, and there were no other reports of injuries, authorities said.

The Agusta A109E was flying in a driving downpour with low cloud cover and in the tightly controlled airspace of midtown Manhattan. A flight restriction since President Donald Trump took office 3,000 feet below a one-mile radius of Trump Tower, which is less than a half-mile from the crash site.

The helicopter went down about 11 minutes after a heliport on the East River, a little more than a mile away. Police Commissioner James O'Neill said it may have been returning to its home airport in Linden, New Jersey.

The 19-year-old helicopter was linked to a real estate company founded by Italian-born investor Daniele Bodini, according to Federal Aviation Administration records. The company referred to an inquiry to lawyer. A message was left with the attorney seeking comment.

"If you're a New Yorker, you have a level of PTSD, right, from 9-11. And I remember that morning all too well. I know as soon as you hear an aircraft hit a building, I think my mind goes where every New Yorker's mind goes, "Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters.

UPDATE: 11:55 a.m.

The New York City Fire Department says the helicopter that crashed in Manhattan skyscraper rooftop has died.

The Fire Department says the helicopter crash landed on the top of the tower, which is not from Rockefeller Center and Times Square.

When the crash occurred at around 2 p.m.

ORIGINAL: 11:30 a.m.

The New York City Fire Department is responding to a helicopter crash on the roof of a skyscraper in midtown Manhattan.

The Fire Department said in a tweet that Rockefeller Center and Times Square was crashing.

An FDNY spokesman said one person was injured. The crash happened about 2 p.m.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters that fire began when the aircraft hit, but is under control. Cuomo said it shook the building. He said there are no reports of injuries of people in the tower.

It was not immediately known what type of helicopter was involved.

Videos posted by onlookers showed emergency vehicles on the street, but no obvious damage to the skyscraper.

Jun 10, 2019 / 7:30 am | Story:

Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger were married over the weekend in a ceremony that the "Guardians of the Galaxy" actor called "intimate, moving and emotional."

Pratt announced the nuptials Sunday in an Instagram post hand-in-hand He said they were married Saturday "in front of God, our families and those we love."

The pair began dating last summer and became engaged in January.

Pratt, 39, "Parks and Recreation." Schwarzenegger, 29, is an author and the elder daughter of actor and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and journalist Maria Shriver.

She wrote the children's book "Maverick and Me" in 2017 and the positive self-image book "What You've Got Rock: Secrets to Loving Your Inner and Outer Beauty from Someone Who's Been There and Back" in 2010.

This is Pratt's second marriage. He was divorced in the fall from actress Anna Faris after nearly nine years of marriage. They have a son, Jack, who was born in August 2012.

Jun 10, 2019 / 7:27 am | Story:

Senior royals are congratulating Prince Philip as the husband of Queen Elizabeth II celebrates his 98th birthday in private.

In a tweet Monday, the royal family wished Philip "a very happy" birthday.

The British Army plans to fire gun salutes in Philip's honor. The Army tweeted that it is "determined to make it a good one."

Some of Philip's children and grandchildren also posted tributes.

Philip has officially retired from public life although he is still occasionally seen with the queen at official events. He skipped President Donald Trump's visit.

He still drives a horse. – Stock Illustration. He drives a horse. He gave up his driver's license at the time.

Jun 10, 2019 / 7:22 am | Story:

Unknown assailants killed at least 95 people in an ethnic country Dogon village overnight in the latest massacre to destabilize central Mali, a government official said Monday.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, though tensions have been high since an ethnic Dogon militia was carrying out a larger massacre in an ethnic Peuhl village in March.

Youssouf Toloba, who leads the Dogon militia known as Dan Na Ambassagou, has denied that his fighters carried out the March bloodshed that left at least 157 people dead. Some Peuhl leaders, however, have vowed to carry out reprisal attacks.

Amadou Sangho, spokesman for the Interior Security ministry, said another 19 people were missing after the Dogon village of Sobane was attacked around 3 a.m. on Monday. The village is in the commune of Sangha, the heart of the Dogon militia blamed for the attack that has been the deadliest so far.

The latest attackers are suspected "terrorists," Mali's government said in a statement later Monday. "This carnage" also left homes burned and killed, the statement said. Security reinforcements were deployed to track the perpetrators, it said.

Intercommunal violence has risen steadily in central Mali over the last several years, exacerbated by the presence of Islamic extremists

The Peuhl is accused of working alongside the Islamic State of Greater Sahara

The Peuhl in turn the Dogons are collaborating with Mali's military though there is no conclusive sign of state support.

Human Rights Watch has said the Dan Na Ambassagou militia has been implicated in scores of deadly attacks over the past year and Mali's president has vowed to eliminate it.

Mali's government must address the national security and the proliferation of arms in central Mali or "there is a high risk of further escalation that could lead to the commission of atrocity crimes," latest report on Mali late last month.

The unrest in central Mali has displaced some 60,000 people, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres wrote, adding that he was "appalled" by the surge in violence and its effect on civilians.

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