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Florida mayor jailed, ‘lucky he’s not dead’ after allegedly shooting at deputies

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Florida mayor jailed, 'lucky he's not dead' after allegedly shooting at deputies

(Reuters) – The mayor of a Gulf Coast Florida city was lucky to be alive, albeit in jail, on Friday, the day after he fired two shots at sheriff’s deputies during a pre-dawn raid at his home, authorities said. Dale Massad, Mayor of Port Richey, Florida, U.S., appears in a booking photo provided by the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office February 22, 2019. Pasco County Sheriff’s...

NASA clears SpaceX test flight to space station

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NASA clears SpaceX test flight to space station

FILE PHOTO: The SpaceX headquarters is shown in Hawthorne, California, U.S. September 19, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Blake CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) – NASA gave its final go-ahead on Friday to billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s SpaceX company to conduct its first unmanned test flight of a newly designed crew capsule to the International Space Station on March 2. The approval cleared a key...

Grand jury examining whether Zinke lied to investigators: Washington Post

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Grand jury examining whether Zinke lied to investigators: Washington Post

FILE PHOTO: US Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke arrives at the US Capitol prior to the service for former President George H. W. Bush in Washington, DC, USA, 03 December 2018. Shawn Thew/Pool via REUTERS (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors have started presenting evidence to a grand jury in Washington to examine whether former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke lied to federal investigators, the...

North Carolina judge rules voter ID, tax cap amendments unconstitutional

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Two West Virginia firefighters killed, three injured after truck flips

(Reuters) – A North Carolina judge on Friday ruled that two amendments, one requiring identification to vote and another capping the state income tax, were unconstitutional because racial gerrymandering meant that the state’s legislature was “illegally constituted.” Wake County Superior Court Judge Bryan Collins found the makeup of the Republican-led North Carolina General Assembly was...

Trump administration bans abortion referrals at U.S.-funded clinics

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Trump administration bans abortion referrals at U.S.-funded clinics

FILE PHOTO: A sign is pictured at the entrance to a Planned Parenthood building in New York August 31, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration said on Friday that taxpayer-funded family planning clinics which primarily serve low-income Americans will no longer be able to refer patients for abortions, a move that critics vowed to challenge in...

Record-setting snowstorm buries parts of Arizona

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Record-setting snowstorm buries parts of Arizona

(Reuters) – A winter storm in the U.S. Southwest that dumped snow on Arizona made travel treacherous on Friday as strong winds pushed powdery snow into drifts and forecasters predicted the blizzard would continue into the night. AccuWeather 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...

R&B crooner R. Kelly charged with sexually assaulting teenage girls

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Singer R. Kelly charged with sexually abusing teenage girls

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Grammy-winning R&B singer R. Kelly was charged in Chicago on Friday with aggravated sexual assault of four people, including three teenage girls, following years of accusations against the performer. Kelly, 52, was charged in a 10-count Cook County Circuit Court indictment handed down two months after the debut of a six-hour documentary series on the Lifetime...

Time’s Up leader resigned after sexual allegation against son

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Time's Up leader resigned after sexual allegation against son

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The leader of the Time’s Up group set up last year to fight sexual harassment resigned after her own son was accused of sexual misconduct, the organization said on Friday. Lisa Borders announced her resignation as Time’s Up’s first president and chief executive on Monday after four months in the job, saying in a statement that she needed to address unspecified...

Patriots owner Robert Kraft charged in Florida prostitution sting

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NFL champion team owner Robert Kraft charged in police sting with soliciting prostitute

(Reuters) – Robert Kraft, owner of the Super Bowl-winning New England Patriots, was charged in Florida with soliciting prostitution after he was captured on video engaging in sex acts with a worker at a massage parlor, police said on Friday. Kraft, 77, a billionaire businessman who built the Patriots into the National Football League’s most dominant franchise, was swept up in a police sting...

Singer R. Kelly charged with sexually abusing teenage girls

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Singer R. Kelly charged with sexually abusing teenage girls

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Grammy-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. An attorney for the singer did not immediately return a call or email seeking comment. Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx, at a news...

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