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Bowe Bergdahl’s platoon leader speaks out about sentencing

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Teacher, 29, arrested for having unprotected sex with 17-year-old student, police say

Caroline Lawson, 29, was arrested for having sex with her 17 year old student.  (Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office) An English teacher was arrested in Florida for having consensual unprotected sex with her male student, police said. Caroline Lawson, 29, a teacher at Earl J. Lenard High School in Ruskin, Fla., was arrested Friday at her Tampa home two days after she had unprotected sex with her 17-year-old male student, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office deputies told FOX13. According to the arrest affidavit, the teacher texted a third party following the sexual act stating: “I cheated on (name) with a student.” The person asked: “When you say cheated, do you mean slept with?” FLORIDA WOMAN CHARGED WITH DUI ON HORSE The educator replied: “Yes.” Authorities met with the student Thursday...

What to buy and what to skip in November

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Rights lawyer to run against el-Sissi in Egypt’s 2018 vote

CAIRO –  Three senior politicians say a prominent rights lawyer will challenge President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in next year’s elections. They said Saturday that Khaled Ali will announce his candidacy on Monday. The politicians are close to Ali and have been directly involved in months-long consultations between him and leaders of secular democratic parties on fielding a joint candidate against el-Sissi. They spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because Ali has not yet made an official announcement. El-Sissi, who led the 2013 ouster of an Islamist president, has yet to formally announce he will run for a second, four-year term, although his candidacy is a virtual foregone conclusion and is almost assured of winning. Ali, however, could provide a test of el-SissiR...

Donna Brazile’s bombshell tell-all could inspire DNC reforms

In what some within the Democratic Party say could be a watershed moment, an excerpt from a new book by former interim Democratic National Committee chairwoman Donna Brazile raises new concerns about the organization’s influence in the 2016 presidential primaries. The excerpt from Brazile’s new book, “Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns that put Donald Trump in the White House”, was published Thursday in Politico magazine and potentially shows the depth of coordination between the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. The book also explores whether the contest between the former secretary of state and Sen. Bernie Sanders was weighted against the Vermont lawmaker. Brazile, a former ABC News political contributor, said she was shocked whe...

Cal Thomas: How Congress hides its Harvey Weinstein problem

It should surprise no one that when it comes to sexual harassment, members of Congress and their staffs are treated differently from the rest of us. The Washington Post notes a law in place since 1995 under which anyone accusing a lawmaker of sexual harassment can file a lawsuit, but only if they first agree to go through counseling and mediation, possibly lasting several months. If you think that’s a double standard and outrageous, it gets worse. Should a settlement occur — and many don’t for the same reason women are fearful of accusing bosses in every profession — the member doesn’t pay. You and I do. The money comes from a special U.S. Treasury fund, and the payments are confidential. In other words, taxpayers are subsidizing boorish, even criminal behavior to protect the reputations o...

Trump visits Pearl Harbor ahead of first official tour of Asia

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump toss flower petals while visiting the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Nov. 3, 2017.  (Associated Press) Before embarking on his first official visit to Asia, President Donald Trump flew to Hawaii on Friday, where he and first lady Melania Trump visited Pearl Harbor, the site where U.S. forces came under surprise attack from the Japanese in 1941. The president and first lady also made a solemn visit to the USS Arizona Memorial, where they tossed flower petals into the water above the battleship’s sunken hull. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump watch as a wreath is positioned at the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Nov. 3, 2017.  (Associated Press) The memorial, which is accessible only by boat, s...

NYC terror suspect Saipov a ‘mother’s boy’ who wanted to come home

Sayfullo Saipov, the suspect in the Oct. 31 truck attack in New York City, is seen in an undated photo.  (St. Charles County Department of Corrections) In a paradox worthy of a Russian novel, it may have been Sayfullo Saipov’s good fortune that sent him spinning into a deadly trajectory as a terrorist on a lower Manhattan bike path. Interviewed in the family home in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Mr. Saipov’s mother, Muqaddas Saipova, says her son, almost on a lark, entered a lottery to win a U.S. green card. At the time, the 22-year-old was a studious boy with a degree in accounting. Unexpectedly, he won, and moved to the U.S. in 2010. By all accounts, he struggled to make his way in an unfamiliar land. It was on a visit last year to New Jersey when Ms. Saipova saw that her “mother’s boy” had turn...

Netflix moves forward with Danny Masterson’s series despite rape allegations

Actor Danny Masterson is under investigation by the LA District Attorney’s Office following four rape accusations.  (Reuters) Netflix is withholding any action against actor Danny Masterson or his show, “The Ranch,” despite four rape allegations against him, the Huffington Post reported Friday. “We are aware of the allegations and the subsequent investigation, and will respond if developments occur,” Netflix said in a statement. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is conducting an investigation into Masterson, best known for playing Hyde on “That’s 70’s Show,” after four women accused him of rape in the early 2000s, the Huffington Post reported on Thursday. DANNY MASTERSON RAPE ACCUSATIONS FROM FELLOW SCIENTOLOGISTS RESURFACE One woman, who filed her accusation in 2004 ...

Donations pour in for Florida woman who lost baby, then her arms and legs

Kayleigh Ferguson-Walker is pictured with her husband Ramon and their now-3-year-old daughter, Aaliyah.  (GoFundMe) A GoFundMe account reached nearly $18,000 early Saturday for a Florida woman who lost her baby – and then her arms and legs because of sepsis that started during her pregnancy. Kayleigh Ferguson-Walker, 31, recently returned to services at her Broward County, Fla., church for the first time since her terrible ordeal, the Sun-Sentinel reported. “Today I’m just amazed to be here, to be able to talk, to see, to praise God,” she told the congregation, the newspaper reported. “Today I’m just amazed to be here, to be able to talk, to see, to praise God.” – Kayleigh Ferguson-Walker, 31, a quadruple amputee Ferguson-Walker’s story has helped raise awareness about se...

Sanctuary cities flip-flop costly for Virginia Dem Ralph Northam

Virginia Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, the Democratic candidate for governor of the state, gestures during an interview in Richmond, Sept. 18, 2017.  (Associated Press) Ralph Northam, the Democratic nominee for Virginia governor, is losing support from one of the country’s largest and most progressive political action committees, which accuses the candidate of racists acts. Progressive PAC Democracy for America (DFA) – which boasts more than 42,000 members in the Old Dominion alone — announced this week that it will stop “any work to directly aid” the campaign, NationalReview.com reported. Northam faces Republican nominee Ed Gillespie in next week’s election. Northam is the state’s current lieutenant governor. Gillespie is a former chairman of the Republican National Committee. DFA s...

Harvey Weinstein spotted in disguise at Phoenix restaurant: report

Harvey Weinstein arrives a Golden Globes afterparty in Beverly Hills, Calif., Jan. 8, 2017.  (Chris Pizzello/Invision/Associated Press) Harvey Weinstein was seen dining in a Phoenix restaurant Thursday night wearing a rather unconvincing disguise, TMZ reported. The disgraced Hollywood mogul was spotted at Chestnut Fine Food & Provisions along with a male friend. Weinstein was wearing a blond wig, orange makeup and a baseball cap, according to the report. Weinstein had requested a private dining room at the restaurant, however the room was all glass, TMZ reported. An employee confirmed to the Arizona Republic that Weinstein did dine at the restaurant, but the staff was unaware it was him until photos were released. Weinstein reportedly completed one-week of outpatient therapy in Phoenix...