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‘No Boys Allowed’: Female comedian sued after man with ticket denied entry to show

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A female comedian is reportedly being sued following allegations she refused to allow a man to attend her women-only show in Los Angeles – a case her accuser says is comparable to civil rights activist Rosa Parks in the 1950s.

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Iliza Shlesinger, a former winner of the NBC reality show ‘Last Comic Standing’, has been accused of leading a “war on men” after refusing to let 21-year-old George St. George entry to her “Girls Night In With Iliza – No Boys Allowed” show at LA’s Coronet Theater on November 13. In legal documents published by the Hollywood Reporter, St. George said that he had first been told he would have to sit at the back because of his gender. However, when he later went to pick up the tickets, theater officials told him it was a women-only event and offered him a full refund.

Unwanted sexual behaviors & "hypermasculinity… undermine core values, unit cohesion, combat readiness, and public goodwill” in armed forces – report https://t.co/LkeDu5GQUt

— RT America (@RT_America) December 27, 2017

"Simply put, it is against many California laws for a business to discriminate against patrons based on their sex or other personal characteristics, such as race or sexual orientation which should surprise no one," said the complaint, submitted by attorney Alfred Rava.

The florid 14-page suit, which opens with a quote from George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’, also compares the event to racial segregation in the southern states during the 20th century, adding that being denied access because of gender is “akin to the Montgomery City Lines bus company in Montgomery, Alabama, circa 1955.” That was the year civil rights activist Rosa Parks famously refused to sit at the back of a city bus, sparking a boycott of public transit over racial segregation laws.

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Rava also claimed that having a ‘No Boys Allowed’ night was as “repugnant” as a “Caucasian Night” or “Heterosexual Night.” St George is suing for unspecified damages.

6 injured in Seattle van crash, police say ‘not terrorism related’

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Half a dozen people have been hospitalized after a shuttle van ran into pedestrians and crashed into a building at a busy intersection in downtown Seattle, Washington. Police are treating it as a traffic accident.

The crash was reported at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Pine Street at 11:55 local time (1955 GMT).

UPDATE: Southbound lanes on 5th Ave from Olive Way to Pike St is blocked due to collision. Westbound on 5th Ave & Pine St also blocked. Use alt routes. pic.twitter.com/U5GorP01vb

— SDOT Traffic (@SDOTtraffic) December 28, 2017

Two of the victims were a man and a woman walking with a young child, according to a witness quoted by the Seattle Times. The child was not struck.

The shuttle van's driver was having a "medical emergency" when the crash happened, KOMO-TV reporter Kara Kostanich said, citing the Seattle Police Department.

The incident is not terrorism-related, Kostanich said. Two of the injured are in serious condition, she added, quoting the SPD.

Police said the incident is being investigated by traffic detectives.

Traffic Collision detectives will be conducting the investigation of the van into the building. @SeattleFire transported four individuals to the hospital. Will update when we can, but expect this intersection to remain closed for a while during investigation.

Apple apologizes for ‘misunderstanding’ over slowing down older iPhones

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Following a strong backlash for conceding they reduced the processing speed of aging iPhones, Apple apologized to customers and lowered the price of the out-of-warranty battery replacements by $50.

The tech giant is currently facing nine lawsuits in relation to how the company handles the power management of its batteries in older iPhones.

In response, the company sent a letter to customers Thursday, attempting to clear up what it said were some “misunderstandings” about the issue.

“We’ve been hearing feedback from our customers about the way we handle performance for iPhones with older batteries and how we have communicated that process,” Apple said. “We know that some of you feel Apple has let you down. We apologize. There’s been a lot of misunderstanding about this issue.”

The company added they have never, and would never, do “anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades.”

“Our goal has always been to create products that our customers love, and making iPhones last as long as possible is an important part of that,” the letter continued.

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Apple went on to explain that the rechargeable batteries in older iPhones are “consumable components,” which become less effective through a “chemical aging process.” The company said the aging process, as well as the way the device is used, are the only reasons that the batteries ability to hold a charge diminishes.

“These are characteristics of battery chemistry, common to lithium-ion batteries across the industry,” the company said.

‘Ugh, delete’: Editor’s notes on Milo’s rejected autobiography revealed

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An early manuscript of controversial right-wing figure Milo Yiannopoulos’s cancelled autobiography “Dangerous” has been made public. It includes editor comments calling the writing “self-aggrandizement and scattershot thinking.”

“I will not accept a manuscript that labels an entire class of people ‘mentally ill,’” one comment reads.

Yiannopoulos’ book deal with publishing giant Simon and Schuster was cancelled in February after it was revealed that he advocated pedophilia. He had reportedly secured an advance of $255,000. In July, Yiannopoulos sued Simon and Schuster, with the publisher submitting documents showing their objections to the manuscript. The text is available for download on the New York State court’s website.

The editor is a conservative man who has published books for 45 & other folks with similar opinions. You can see that in the occasional “good point” comments. But mostly he was very politely having NONE of Milo’s bullshit.

It’s glorious.

— Sarah Mei (@sarahmei) December 28, 2017

Editor Michael Ives’ criticisms of the book suggest poor writing amid racial epithets. “Throughout the book, your best points seem to be lost in a sea of self-aggrandizement and scattershot thinking.”

“Delete entire chapter,” says another comment.

Other notes read, “Delete irrelevant and superfluous ethnic joke” and “This is not the time or place for another black-dick joke.”

Indiana boy uses pellet gun to scare off Christmas carjacker

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Officials in Kokomo, Indiana are praising a brave 9-year-old who brandished his pellet gun to ward off a would-be car thief. No one’s eye was shot out, and the man was later arrested after trying to steal another nearby vehicle.

Police responded to a report of an attempted car theft at a convenience store early Christmas morning in Kokomo, WRTV reported. The would-be thief set his sights on a 2009 Dodge Ram pick-up truck around am Monday, but did not count on the vehicle being occupied by an ‘armed’ youngster.

Dispatch told officers that the man stole a green Chevrolet SUV nearby after being confronted by a 9-year-old boy armed with a pellet gun inside the Dodge truck. The boy’s identity has not been reported, and there is no confirmation whether or not the gun was a Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle.

Police followed the thwarted carjacker and arrested him after the SUV was involved in a minor traffic accident. He was identified as Ollie Dunn, 32, of nearby Lafayette.

Dunn was charged with attempted auto theft, unlawful entry of a vehicle, vehicle theft, and lacking a driver’s license.

Dunn's criminal history goes back to August 2014, when there was no pellet-packing boy to prevent him from flooding the Tippecanoe County Jail's book-in area. He pulled off a sprinkler head from the fire suppression system after being arrested for smashing the windows of at least seven cars and taking what he could find inside, according to the Journal & Courier. As police pursued him, Dunn ducked into a trailer home, where a family had been having breakfast.

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‘Police did this to my son:’ 17yo bruised, bloodied after ‘beating’ by Alabama officers (PHOTO)

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Police in Alabama are facing a backlash after a 17-year-old was left heavily bruised following an encounter with officers. The boy’s bloodied image was posted by his mother and has been shared almost 80,000 times.

The parents of Ulysses Wilkerson are desperately seeking answers as to why their son ended up with a face swollen beyond recognition after an encounter with police in Troy, Pike County. According to Ulysses’ mother, Angela Williams, during the dramatic incident which unfolded on Saturday night, law enforcement officers beat her son so brutally he now has a fracture. "Troy police officers did this to my son while he was in handcuffs," she wrote in a Facebook post, which has since been widely shared.

“He had trauma to the brain, swelling on the brain, and a cracked eye socket in three different places,” Ulysses’ father, Ulysses Wilkerson Jr., told WKRG. “They had him handcuffed when we got in there they said he was charged with obstruction of justice, the ambulance came to take him to UAB [and] they took the handcuffs off and dropped the charges on him,” he added.

Police officers reportedly saw the teen coming around the corner of a building in downtown Troy. When they tried to speak to him, he ran off, prompting a foot chase. A witness cited by local media claimed police had later surrounded Wilkerson. “You could see the swelling of his face [and] you could tell he had a lot of bleeding. He looked like he was passed out or maybe in and out of consciousness,” Brittany Patterson, who drove by the scene, said.

The Alabama State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) said police arrested Wilkerson in the area of Madison Street around midnight.

“During the arrest, the juvenile was injured, and was transported directly to Troy Regional Medical Center,” the SBI said in a statement, adding that an investigation is underway into “the use of force” by the officers.

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While the teen’s mother is urging police to release body and dash camera footage of the incident, social media activists say law enforcement officials in Troy need to issue a public announcement.

“You need to acknowledge the problem… to insure your citizens you swore to protect are protected from abusive police officers,” one woman, Carley Kimberling, wrote on the Troy Police Department Facebook page.

‘Caught RED HANDED!’ Trump claims China selling oil to N. Korea despite sanctions

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Donald Trump has accused China of exporting oil to North Korea, in contravention of UN sanctions, after a media report alleged transactions between the two countries. Beijing has denied making illegal shipments.

“Caught RED HANDED – very disappointed that China is allowing oil to go into North Korea. There will never be a friendly solution to the North Korea problem if this continues to happen!” tweeted the US president.

Caught RED HANDED – very disappointed that China is allowing oil to go into North Korea. There will never be a friendly solution to the North Korea problem if this continues to happen!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 28 December 2017

On Tuesday, the South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo claimed US surveillance satellites spotted Chinese vessels engaged in ship-to-ship oil transfers with North Korean ships at sea, citing government sources in Seoul. At least 30 such transfers have allegedly occurred since October.

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September’s United Nations Security Council Resolution 2375 imposed an import quota of 500,000 barrels of refined petrol on North Korea, for three months starting in October, as well as restrictions on crude oil transactions. Direct ship-to-ship transfers, which make it harder to account for the oil, are also banned by the UN, which imposed Resolution 2375 in response Pyongyang’s suspected nuclear test earlier that month.

On Thursday, China insisted that it was in full compliance with the resolution, as well as the new UN Security Council resolution passed last week, which places even tighter restrictions on North Korea’s energy imports.

Milwaukee cops drag teenagers from burning car wreckage (VIDEO)

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Two Milwaukee police officers are being hailed as heroes after dragging injured passengers from the burning wreckage of crashed car.

Officers Nicholas Schei and Nicholas Reid witnessed the near-fatal accident in the Hampton Heights area Tuesday, when the driver of a 1999 Pontiac Grand Am lost control and hit a utility pole.

We're incredibly proud of these officers for risking their lives to save these crash victims. The officers will be nominated for a MPD Merit Award! https://t.co/sgTWa5uiQF

— Milwaukee Police (@MilwaukeePolice) December 28, 2017

With the car upside down in the middle of the road, the two District Four cops sprung into action to rescue the occupants from the burning, crushed car.

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Footage taken from a police bodycam shows plumes of smoke rising from the car’s hood. In the dramatic video, Reid and Schei race against time to drag two injured youngsters away from the flaming wreck.

According to the Milwaukee Police Department, the two men, who came up through the police academy together, are now in line to receive a merit award for their heroics.

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“Officers Schlei, Reid and other officers from District Four risked their own lives and pulled the driver, a 16-year-old Milwaukee male, and another teenage male passenger from the car,” the police said in a statement.

‘Desperate attempt’: Roy Moore cries fraud in Alabama senate loss

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Former GOP candidate Roy Moore is crying foul in his loss to Democrat Doug Jones in the Alabama state senate race. Jones eked out an unlikely victory over Moore in a traditionally Republican state.

Update: Alabama judge Johnny Hardwick ruled against failed GOP candidate Roy Moore’s move to prevent the certification of Doug Jones. Secretary of State John Merrill will certify Jones as the winner of the runoff election.

Moore requested a judge issue a restraining order to prevent the state canvassing board from certifying Jones’ victory. Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill said that Moore’s move “is not going to delay certification and Doug Jones… will be sworn in by Vice President Pence on the third of January,” according to AP.

Sam Coleman, a spokesman for Jones, called Moore’s last minute move a “desperate attempt… to subvert the will of the people,” and said it “will not succeed,” AP reported. “The election is over. It’s time to move on.”

Moore’s often strange campaign was dogged by allegations of sexual assault. Nine women accused Moore of sexually assaulting, harassing or having a relationship with them when they were teenagers and Moore was in his 30s.

Moore’s lawyer wrote in a complaint that he believed there were a broad range of irregularities during the election, including that voters may have come from other states. He included a statement from a poll worker that she had noticed licenses from states including Georgia and North Carolina as people signed in to vote in the Alabama contest.

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The complaint also said the voter turnout was abnormally high particularly in Jefferson County, and asked for an investigation into fraud and a fresh election.

‘Pharma-bro’ Shkreli’s ex-lawyer convicted of helping him to defraud shareholders

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A New York lawyer who advised pharmaceutical businessman Martin Shkreli may be heading to prison after a federal jury convicted him of helping his client to defraud shareholders to pay back previously defrauded investors.

Evan Greebel, who served as outside counsel to Retrophin Inc., the biopharmaceutical company formerly run by Shkreli, was convicted Wednesday on two conspiracy charges to commit securities fraud and wire fraud. The jury found Greebel guilty on both counts after three days of deliberations.

According to a press release from the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, Greebel conspired with Shkreli from 2011 and 2014 to steal millions of dollars from Retrophin in order to pay off defrauded investors in two failed hedge funds run by Shkreli, MSMB Capital Management LP and MSMB Healthcare Management LP.

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The jury was presented with evidence that Greebel negotiated “settlement” agreements with the defrauded MSMB Capital and MSMB Healthcare investors. Retrophin reimbursed the investors with more than $2 million in cash and stock for their lost investments, even though the company had nothing to do with their losses.

Prosecutors also presented evidence that Greebel had arranged for certain investors to enter into sham consulting agreements with Retrophin as a way to pay them back.

According to the 2015 indictment, Retrophin did not receive “any legitimate consulting services based on these sham agreements,” but the company paid the defrauded investors more than $7.6 million in cash and stock for their consulting services.

In total, Shkreli and Greebel caused Retrophin and its investors to lose more than $11 million through their settlement and sham consulting agreements, according to the indictment.

The jury was also presented with evidence that Greebel and Shkreli attempted to illegally control the price and trading volume of Retrophin’s stock by concealing the fact that Shkreli controlled the majority of Retrophin’s free-trading shares. Prosecutors presented evidence that Greebel used his law license and training to file false documents with government regulators to hide the fact that Shkreli controlled those shares.

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