‘They’re in a World of Hurt.’ 39 States to Investigate Juul’s Marketing Tactics

Dave Collins and Matthew Perrone / AP (HARTFORD, Conn.) — A coalition of 39 states will look into the marketing and sales of vaping products by Juul Labs, including whether the company targeted youths and made misleading claims about nicotine content in its devices, officials announced Tuesday. Attorneys general from Connecticut, Florida, Nevada, Oregon and Texas said they will lead the multi-state investigation into San Francisco-based Juul, which also is facing lawsuits by teenagers and others who say they became addicted to the company’s vaping products. The state officials said they also will investigate the company’s claims about the risk, … Continue reading ‘They’re in a World of Hurt.’ 39 States to Investigate Juul’s Marketing Tactics

Harvey Weinstein’s Mixed Verdict Shows the Challenge of Prosecuting Sexual Assault

Melissa Chan Celebrations rippled across social media, and the women whose claims helped topple Harvey Weinstein cheered as the convicted rapist was led out of the courtroom and taken into custody. “For once he won’t be sitting comfortably,” said actor Rose McGowan, who is one of the most vocal of Weinstein’s accusers. “For once he will know what it’s like to have power wrapped around his neck.” A jury on Monday found the former Hollywood mogul guilty of raping Jessica Mann, a former aspiring actor, in 2013, and of sexually assaulting Mimi Haleyi, a former “Project Runway” production assistant, in … Continue reading Harvey Weinstein’s Mixed Verdict Shows the Challenge of Prosecuting Sexual Assault

Hot Pockets Heiress Who Cheated to Get Her Daughters Into College Faces Possible Prison Time

Alanna Durkin Richer / AP (BOSTON) — Prosecutors are seeking nearly two years in prison for an heiress to the Hot Pockets microwavable snack fortune who agreed to pay $300,000 to cheat the college admissions process for her daughters in a nationwide bribery scheme. Michelle Janavs, whose family developed Hot Pockets before selling their company, will be sentenced Tuesday in Boston federal court for her role in the scandal that has embroiled elite universities across the country. Janavs admitted to paying the consultant at the center of the scheme, Rick Singer, $100,000 to have a proctor correct her daughters’ ACT … Continue reading Hot Pockets Heiress Who Cheated to Get Her Daughters Into College Faces Possible Prison Time

‘I Don’t Want to Go in a Police Car.’ Body Camera Footage Captures Handcuffed 6-Year-Old’s Tearful Pleas During Arrest at School

Associated Press (ORLANDO, Fla.) — A police officer’s body camera shows a 6-year-old Florida girl crying and begging officers not to arrest her as one fastens zip ties around her wrists at a charter school. The video Kaia Rolle’s family shared with the Orlando Sentinel and other media outlets Monday shows the girl being arrested in September for kicking and punching staff members at her Orlando charter school. “What are those for?” Kaia asks about the zip ties in the video. “They’re for you,” Officer Dennis Turner says before another officer tightens them around her wrists and Kaia begins weeping. … Continue reading ‘I Don’t Want to Go in a Police Car.’ Body Camera Footage Captures Handcuffed 6-Year-Old’s Tearful Pleas During Arrest at School

Reporter Had No Idea His Facebook Filter Was on During Live Report and Results Are Highly Amusing

Melissa Locker When WLOS ABC 13 reporter Justin Hinton went live on the air to warn viewers of snowy conditions, he had on a hat, scarf, warm coat—and googly eyes, a beard, oversized sunglasses, and a wizard hat, too. The North Carolina reporter seemingly had no idea that he had the Facebook Live Mystery Mask filter turned on during a Facebook Live weather report giving viewers at home a hilarious show purely by accident. In a video shared by WLOS on its Facebook page, Hinton can be seen solemnly performing his duties reporting about the rare snowfall near Asheville, N.C., … Continue reading Reporter Had No Idea His Facebook Filter Was on During Live Report and Results Are Highly Amusing

Coronavirus Containment Efforts in the U.S. Could Disrupt ‘People’s Day-to-Day Lives,’ CDC Warns

Jamie Ducharme As the number of people infected with a novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 has ticked up worldwide—totaling more than 80,000 as of Tuesday afternoon—the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has routinely emphasized that the risk to Americans remains relatively low. But that tone changed somewhat during a call with reporters Tuesday, when Dr. Nancy Messonnier, Director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases warned that community spread appears imminent, and disruption to U.S. communities could be significant. “It is not a question of if coronavirus will spread through the United States,” Messonnier … Continue reading Coronavirus Containment Efforts in the U.S. Could Disrupt ‘People’s Day-to-Day Lives,’ CDC Warns

A Wrongfully Convicted Kansas Man Who Spent 23 Years in Prison Is Awarded $1.5 Million

Josiah Bates A Kansas man who spent over two decades in prison for a double murder he didn’t commit will be awarded $1.5 million for his wrongful conviction, according to the Kansas State Attorney General’s office. Lamonte McIntyre was convicted and sentenced to two terms of life in prison for the murders of Donald Ewing and Doniel Quinn back in 1994. The two victims had been shot in the middle of the day while they sat in their car. Mclntyre was 17 at the time and there was no physical evidence or motive that linked him to the crime. According … Continue reading A Wrongfully Convicted Kansas Man Who Spent 23 Years in Prison Is Awarded $1.5 Million