Google’s Chrome plans ‘risk undermining fight against online child abuse’

A planned change to the Chrome web browser by Google would have a “catastrophic impact on victims of online child sexual abuse” by undermining internet filters in the UK, the government has been warned.
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Chiara Ferragni Teams With Trudi Against Bullying

FERRAGNI SAYS NO TO BULLYING: Chiara Ferragni is speaking up against cyber-bullying — and, as usual, her 16.4 million followers are listening.
The influencer and entrepreneur has teamed with Trudi to create a doll in her image, which went online on Monday morning on her site Theblondesalad.com in a 24-hour preview sale.  Retailing at 35 euros, the doll was already sold out by 10.30 a.m.
“Ever since I stepped into the digital world, I have been a victim of hate and cyber-bullying, but overcoming it I have succeeded in making my dreams come true,” said Ferragni. “For this reason, not only do I want to convey the message that we can all overcome this problem, but I am determined to start on a concrete path that will allow me to help anyone that has been hit by the same issues.”

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Geoffrey Rush wins defamation case against Australian tabloid

Actor Geoffrey Rush has been awarded damages of A$ 850,000 (£465,000) after a court ruled a Sydney newspaper publisher defamed him by saying he behaved inappropriately towards a co-star in a production of King Lear.
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Apple Is the Real Winner in Spotify’s Battle Against Songwriters’ Rate Hike

Streaming giant Spotify, after years of attempting to woo the songwriting community, is now at the front of an effort to pay it less. It’s a move that has seen the company, the market leader with 87 million worldwide subscribers, hand second-place Apple, with an estimated 43.5 million subs, an opportunity to make up ground. […]

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The Case Against Adnan Syed: ‘There has to be another trial’

For years, the murder of Baltimore high school student Hae Min Lee in 1999 was consigned to the headlines of the local press at the time, one of thousands of crimes seen through the US courts before it was on to the next.
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Marco de Vincenzo Supports Fight Against HIV and AIDS

SAY IT WITH A BAG: Italian designer Marco de Vincenzo is supporting the fight against the HIV and AIDS diseases through a special collaboration with Italian nonprofit association Anlaids.
On Dec. 1, to coincide with World AIDS Day, de Vincenzo will donate the entire proceeds from the sale of its Starry bag embellished with the red ribbon to the association. The bag retailing at 1,250 euros can be purchased through Farfetch.
First debuted during the fall 2018 runway show last February, the bag — a white shoulder-style matching a canvas, beaded body with leather piping — shows the red ribbon symbol, traditionally associated with the fight against the disease. The new range of Starry bags featured in the show included several other iterations with different iconographies, including a vigil candle and a dark-skinned hand holding a light-skinned one. Conceived as statement bags, they sent a message of inclusivity.
“I was very young when I had the feeling the issue would have never concerned me. Then movies, documentaries, symbols and eventually real life came through. When people close to me got sick, HIV — like many other things — became part of my life. I discovered in those moments how misinformed we were, how

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Manhattan DA Dismisses Part of Sexual Assault Case Against Harvey Weinstein

Manhattan’s District Attorney has dropped one of six criminal charges against Harvey Weinstein During a court hearing on Thursday, a judge agreed to dismiss allegations by Lucia Evans. Evans first told her story to the New Yorker last October, saying Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex during a daytime meeting at his Tribeca office in 2004. […]

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Carole Radziwill Says She Walked Away from Something That Went Against Her Values After RHONY Exit

Carole Radziwill is asking fans what they would do if they were in her shoes.

On Friday, just days after announcing her departure from the Real Housewives of New York, the reality star polled her Instagram followers to see whether they would follow their hearts or put their bank accounts first.

In an Instagram Story, Radziwill, 54, posed a question to her fans, “If you were doing something that was forcing you to do things that went against your own value system would you walk away regardless of the pay? Its a tough decision.”

After fans overwhelming voted “yes” on her survey, the journalist wrote, “So 80% would walk away from something that went against their own values.”

It was a decision, she told fans, that she was forced to make recently.

“That’s how I felt this past year too. It’s difficult but life is long and you can’t always play the short game,” the star added.

It appears she is very happy with that decision, as the best-selling author was beaming in the photograph.

The smiling star looked chic but casual in a pair of ripped jeans and a white T-shirt as she soaked in some sun during her vacation in Aspen, Colorado.

“I am sure this does not come as a surprise to any of the viewers, all of whom have been supportive, encouraging, and kind. My original curiosity about reality television has waned over the years and I am focusing on TV and writing projects that better suit my more steady temperament,” Radziwill told PEOPLE in a statement on Wednesday.

PEOPLE learned that her ongoing feud with Bethenny Frankel also influenced her choice, as indicated by the portion of her statement in which she said she was “thrilled to leave frenemies behind.”

“They never seemed to be able to reconcile. The show couldn’t go on another season with both of them at each other’s throats. And Bethenny’s an OG. She’s been there since the beginning. She’s a , but she gives the show a lot of energy,” a source tells PEOPLE. “There’s no way they’re going to do it without her. Last time she left, the show went to hell.”

However, one production source insists that as far as producers are concerned, Radziwill could have chosen to stay: “She was not pushed to leave. She left on her own accord.”

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She ended her statement with sincerity and wit. “I have worked with amazing producers, made great friends, and I’m thrilled to leave frenemies behind,” Radziwill wrote. “I will remember this entire experience with delight, humor, and a veracious accuracy. Next.”

In RHONY‘s tenth season, airing now, Radziwill has had a pretty epic fallout with Frankel, though she’s still friendly with Tinsley Mortimer, Ramona Singer, Dorinda Medley, Sonja Morgan and Luann de Lesseps.

On Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Wednesday, Ramona Singer told Cohen she’s “sad” to see Radziwill go.

“I love Carole inside and out. I think she’s really warm, special, down to earth, truthful, giving, kind, supportive of women, genuine, smart fabulous. I’m like, ‘Wow.’ I’m going to miss not being with her doing the next season. It’s going to be a void,” Singer said, shaking her head. “This is going to be a void for me,” Singer added.


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Serena Williams Says Daughter Olympia Inspires Her to Speak Out Against Domestic Violence

For tennis star Serena Williams, joining the fight against domestic and financial violence is crucial to not only being a strong role model, but to being a mother to 9-month-old daughter Alexis Olympia.

The athlete has teamed up with Allstate Foundation’s Purple Purse initiative where she aims to be a powerful voice to speak up for others who may not be able to.

“These women probably can’t use their voice so it’s important for them to know that there are people out there that are using their voice and letting them know that there is a place, that we can do something about it,” the superstar said at an event for the initiative on Wednesday.

According to Allstate, one in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime, with 99 percent of cases being financial abuse. As a new mother, these shocking statistics really hit home, Williams, 36, told PEOPLE.

“Having a daughter means that she’s one in four. Hopefully those stats don’t go up by the time she’s dating and meeting people, but they can if you don’t make people aware of it,” she said.

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Williams recalled wanting to join Purple Purse after realizing how little she knew about the subject, figuring that many other people were in the dark about the issue as well.

“ is a subject that people are not really comfortable talking about, but sometimes talking about the uncomfortable is what we have to do,” Williams said. “We’re doing that now with Me Too, with Times Up, and I feel like we’re making those steps. We want to make this a movement.”

As a frequent advocate for women’s rights and equal pay in sports, Williams doesn’t shy away from reminding women that their voice deserves to be heard. The best advice she can give to both her daughter and women today is to “always speak up, and from the first day.”

“If you keep letting it go on, the situation gets worse and worse until you’re just completely downtrodden,” she added.

As an ambassador for the organization, Williams wants to bring awareness through education and social media. Last fall, the four-time Olympic gold medalist designed a purple purse in honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and is gearing up to unveil her new design for this year.

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“When I designed it, that was kind of the mindset…for it to be enough for you to take just what you need, your essentials,” Williams told PEOPLE.

On Wednesday, Williams took part in unveiling Purple Purse’s first installment of six “Instagram-able” murals as part of a national campaign to educate the public on the issue of domestic abuse. The first work was done by local artist Isabel Castillo Guijarro in NYC, and five additional murals will be created by local female artists in Houston, Seattle, New Orleans, Los Angeles and Chicago.

Williams snapped a picture in front of the mural with Allstate’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Relations, Vicky Dinges, and is using her strong following on social media to help make the invisible weapon of financial abuse more visible to the world.

“By tapping into the growing popularity of free street art and turning it into a vehicle for social good, we hope these murals will bring financial abuse and domestic violence out of the shadows, and inspire a new network of allies for domestic violence survivors,” said Dinges.

 

As a mother to young Olympia, Williams expressed her strong belief in educating young boys about what is acceptable and not acceptable, and to know that they need to support the cause. “The key word for me is men,” says Williams, adding, “It’s a human rights issue. We should just want to be better humans.”


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Musician Speaks Out After Winning Lawsuit Against Ex Who Sabotaged Prestigious Scholarship

A Canadian clarinet player who was awarded more than $ 265,000 in a lawsuit against his ex-girlfriend after she sabotaged his prestigious music scholarship is speaking out, calling her actions “the ultimate betrayal.”

Eric Abramovitz, a gifted clarinetist, got the chance of a lifetime in 2014 when he was accepted to a two-year scholarship program at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles. The scholarship would have included tuition, room and board as well as money for food and expenses, and was worth about $ 50,000, according to the Montreal Gazette.

“I wanted it so badly,” Abramovitz, now 24, said during a recent interview with Today. “I was really thinking of it constantly.”

He had been hand-picked to study under famed clarinetist Yehuda Gilad, which would open many doors for Abramovitz in his career. But he never attended the program, thanks to his now-former girlfriend, Jennifer Lee.

Concerned that Abramovitz’s acceptance to the program would cause him to leave, Lee created a phony email and posed as her boyfriend to turn down the conservatory’s offer, according to court documents obtained by CNN. She even sent Abramovitz a fake rejection letter.

“I was numb when I read the email. I had to read it a few more times,” Abramovitz told BuzzFeed News. “When I found out I didn’t get it, it was really hard to deal with. I went through some really dark, sad, angry days.

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He accepted the defeat, and remained at McGill University in Canada with Lee. However, two years later (after he had broken up with Lee), Abramovitz applied to a two-year extension program at the University of Southern California, where Gilad taught part-time, according to the Montreal Gazette.

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There, he had an awkward exchange with the esteemed musician.

“He asked me, ‘What are you doing here? You rejected me,’ ” Abramovitz recalled to Today. “I was obviously very confused and I said, ‘With all due respect, I think you rejected me.’ ”

Abramovitz spent months trying to figure out what happened. Soon, his friends suggested that Lee may have had something to do with the mix-up.

“It was a very ugly thought to even think,” he said. But Abramovitz found Lee’s phony email account and learned the truth. “Confirmation of the ultimate betrayal,” he told Today.

The judge last week called the situation “despicable” as he granted Abramovitz $ 350,000 Canadian dollars (more than $ 265,000 USD) in damages, according to NPR.

Abramovitz is now a member of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Today said.


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FRAPA Backs CJ’s Allegation of Copyright Infringement Against Chinese Platform

FRAPA, an organization that represents television format producers and distributors, has backed allegations made by a South Korean company that a leading Chinese streaming platform infringed the copyright of one of its talent shows. At a panel event Sunday at the MipTV television conference and market in Cannes, France, FRAPA, the Format Recognition and Protection […]

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Is The Blacklist Pitting Liz Against Red? Megan Boone Teases “Complicated” Dynamic Ahead

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Thousands of Students Walk Out of Classrooms in Nationwide Protest Against Gun Violence

In a nationwide protest against gun violence, students across the country exited their classrooms at 10 a.m. local time for 17 minutes — a minute for each of the victims killed during the Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

In an effort to peacefully protest gun violence, the organizers of the January 2017 Women’s March created National Walkout Day to coincide with the one-month anniversary of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 victims were fatally shot.

More than 185,000 students from more than 2,500 schools were expected to participate.

“There’s gun violence in our schools and on our streets and we want to show the members of Congress and other adults in our lives that we are fed up with being unsafe,” Madison Thomas, national college coordinator for Women’s March Youth Empower, told PEOPLE. “We’re finally taking a stand and showing unified support for gun reform.”

Students around the nation have planned walkouts, including at Marjory Stoneman Douglas in Parkland, Fla., in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles. Communities with schools where other mass shootings occurred such as Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, and Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, are expected to hold walkouts as well.

Some school districts across the country have threatened disciplinary action against students who walk out.

The American Civil Liberties Union and the National Juvenile Defender Center will be staffing a legal referral hotline to connect students and/or their parents to local attorneys. The hotline number is 1-857-529-9373 (1-857-LAWYER3).

The wave of support for laws to prevent gun violence continues to surge. The student-organized March For Our Lives will take place on March 24 in Washington, D.C. There will be hundreds of sibling marches held across the world, according to the march’s website.

Students across the country will be showing their support through social media. EMPOWER, the group organizing the protest, is using the hashtag #ENOUGH, and students are also using the hashtags #NeverAgain and #StudentsStandUp.

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To help you make your voice heard — and to let your representatives know you will vote on the issue of sensible gun legislation — PEOPLE has released its Call to Action with the contact information for every single voting member of Congress.


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Halle Berry Addresses Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Ex-Manager Vincent Cirrincione

Halle Berry, 2018 SAG Awards, Red Carpet FashionsHalle Berry is addressing the sexual harassment allegations surrounding her ex-manager Vincent Cirrincione, who has denied the claims.
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YouTube to Label State-Funded Broadcasters in Drive Against Misinformation

YouTube said it is planning changes to give users more context for videos promoting conspiracy theories or state-sponsored content, the latest effort by an internet giant to clean up its platform amid criticism over its role in spreading misinformation.
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Starz Files FCC Complaint Against Altice USA as Carriage Fight Heads into Week Four

Starz has asked the FCC to intervene in its carriage standoff with Altice USA, urging the commission to order the channels restored on Altice systems because the cable operator violated a rule that requires distributors give customers 30 days notice of big programming changes. Starz has filed a petition for emergency injunctive relief with the FCC. […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Model Christopher Cates Pens Letter Calling for Action Against Harassment

As the uproar continues over sexual harassment in industries stretching from entertainment to media to finance, the fashion world has remained relatively on the sidelines – until now.
On Saturday, The New York Times published a long-rumored story about alleged harassment of male models by the photographers Bruce Weber and Mario Testino. Both men, via statements their lawyers gave to the Times, vigorously denied the allegations made in the story, although Conde Nast and Conde Nast International both said Saturday that they would be severing ties with the two photographers – at least for now.
The Times’ story comes several months after model Cameron Russell created an Instagram account on which anonymous individuals posted stories about their mistreatment in the industry. Last October, Terry Richardson was dropped by the leading fashion magazine publishers but only after years of allegations surrounding his behavior, while model Jason Boyce filed a lawsuit against Weber in December claiming the photographer harassed him. Weber has denied those claims, as well.
In November, 27-year-old British model Edie Campbell penned an exclusive letter for WWD to the fashion industry in which she said, “We operate within a culture that is too accepting of abuse, in all of its manifestations,” going

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Maverick Apparel Threatens Lawsuit Against Vlogger Logan Paul

An attorney for New York firm Maverick Apparel LLC has sent a cease-and-desist letter to vlogger Logan Paul for, among other things, trademark infringement.
Paul, who operates his own YouTube channel, has been the target of outrage the past several days after he posted a video of himself in Japan’s Aokigahara forest, a place that’s seen a high rate of suicides. Paul’s YouTube video, which has since been removed, includes footage of himself reacting to what appears to be a victim of suicide. Paul, who commands a subscriber base of 15.4 million through the video-sharing platform, has since publicly apologized for his actions.
Paul’s behavior and use of Maverick is now the subject of a demand letter sent Thursday by Maverick Apparel LLC, which has no affiliation to Maverick by Logan Paul merchandise.
Maverick Apparel, founded in 2005, sells juniors and children’s apparel in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The company alleges in its letter that its business has taken a hit from confusion in the market by some who believe the two businesses are related.
The letter was sent to Paul and his counsel along with Maverick Media of Beverly Hills. YouTube chief executive officer Susan Wojcicki was also included in the list

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Dressember Puts Dresses to Work Against Sex Trafficking

Many people go through rotations of dresses every December for countless holiday and New Year’s parties, but for those participating in Dressember, getting dolled up comes with a dose of do-gooding.
“Dressember is an annual campaign where people wear dresses every day during the month of December as a way to raise awareness and money for anti-trafficking organizations,” the organization’s co-founder and chief executive officer Blythe Hill explains. “We focus specifically on sex trafficking, but there are all forms of trafficking as well that go into it. “
Hill got the idea for the dress-a-day style challenge in college, and later connected it with her passion for eradicating sex trafficking.
“There are more people alive today in slavery than ever before in history – the numbers are upwards of 36 million people. It’s a $ 150 billion industry and the vast majority of people trapped in trafficking are women and girls. It’s one of the fastest growing criminal industries,” she says. “When I started hearing about it I was in college and I just felt this immediate urgency to do something about it. At the time, I was an English major and didn’t know [what to do]. I was like, ‘ok, should

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Tori Spelling Settles Her Personal Injury Lawsuit Against Benihana: Reports

Tori Spelling has put the kibosh on her legal beef with Benihana after sustaining a burn at the popular hibachi restaurant.

The Beverly Hills, 90210 alum, 44, reached a settlement in her personal injury lawsuit against the chain, according to court documents obtained by E! News.

The details of the settlement including a monetary amount, if there was one, was not made public.

PEOPLE confirmed in April 2015 that Spelling tripped and fell backward onto a hot grill and ended up needing skin grafts on her right arm. “It was an unfortunate accident. She had a little burn,” husband Dean McDermott said at the time.

Spelling first took legal action against Benihana in September 2015, when she filed court documents claiming she suffered wage loss, hospital and medicine expenses, general damage and loss of earning capacity after falling on a grill on Easter 2014.

The lawsuit stated that the actress “sustained deep second and third-degree burn injuries requiring hospitalization and surgery,” according to court papers obtained by PEOPLE.

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“Tori hadn’t even started to eat, when she slipped and fell,” a source previously told PEOPLE in April 2015. “Not thinking, she grabbed onto the side of the hot grill and burned her arm. At the time, it didn’t seem as bad as the doctors told her it was the next day.”

Meanwhile, on Friday, Spelling celebrated her settlement with her family as she documented her youngest child, 6-month-old son Beau Dean drinking water out of a cup.

“#BabyBeau 1st sip of water from a cup… #cuteness,” the mother of five captioned a video of Beau Dean grabbing the plastic container from his dad Dean’s hands.


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Dsquared2 to Launch Capsule Collection Against Online Bullying

MILAN — Dsquared2 founders and creative directors Dean and Dan Caten will launch a capsule collection in partnership with the cyber antibullying movement “Be Cool Be Nice.” A portion of the profits from the sale of the graphic lineup of apparel and accessories will go toward the foundation, which aims to stop online bullying of young adults and children.
“Online bullying is a powerful and scary issue that can have a lasting, negative impact on young people’s lives,” said Dean Caten. “We were bullied as kids and we understand how destructive it is,” added Dan Caten. The designers revealed they immediately joined the cause as “it’s important to give kids and teenagers who are forming their personalities space to discover themselves without judgment, criticism and hate.”
The capsule collection — which includes denim, sweatshirts, T-shirts, baseball caps, high-heeled sandals for women and sneakers for men — was conceived to channel “an attitude of strength, confidence and positivity.” Every item features the name of the foundation and the logo of the brand, contrasting the garment’s classic color palette of black, gray and white.

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Bachelor in Paradise’s DeMario Jackson Talks Being Labeled a ”Rapist,” Defends Corinne Olympios Against ”Slut Shaming”

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This Mom Fought Back Against Her Daughter’s School’s Sexist Dress Code in the BEST Way

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Killer Twin? Former Hawaii Prosecutor Says Murder Case Against Alexandria Duval Is ‘Solid’

This fall, Alexandria Duval will be tried for the murder of her identical twin sister, Anastasia. Last spring, both women were inside an SUV that fell 200 feet after careening off a cliff in Hawaii.

Alexandria, who was behind the wheel, survived the deadly crash — which prosecutors insist was murder.

But how hard will it be for them to convince a jury? A former Hawaii prosecutor, who is unconnected with the proceedings, tells PEOPLE he believes the case against Alexandria is “strong.”

“There was enough … probable cause to believe this lady knowingly committed this crime,” explains Peter Carlisle. “Obviously, every fact is going to be critical in this case.”

“There’s an accumulation of factors that have to be considered by the jury once they are given the charge to deliberate by the court,” he continues.

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Alexandria, born Alison Dadow, learned in November that she would be charged with murder in the death of Anastasia (née Ann Dadow). Authorities allege she intentionally steered herself and her sister off a cliff in Maui, Hawaii, on May 29, 2016.

Eyewitnesses who were driving behind their vehicle told police that Alexandria and Anastasia appeared to be fighting and that Anastasia could be seen pulling her sister’s hair, officials have claimed. (Prosecutors declined to comment to PEOPLE about the case.)

“You also have eyewitnesses who saw the driver take a sudden sharp turn into the rock wall and continue off the cliff,” Carlisle tells PEOPLE.

“She is driving, she is in control, and she went off the cliff,” he says. “Witnesses said she appeared to be in a rage, that the woman in the passenger seat was pulling the hair of the driver.”

Alexandria has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge and is free on bail. Her attorney tells PEOPLE the crash was a “tragic accident” that has “devastated” her.

But Carlisle says the state will likely also call out Alexandria’s alleged attempt to flee Hawaii days after her sister’s death. She was found in upstate New York on Nov. 11, a month after a warrant was issued for her arrest.

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“She tried to board a plane on June 1 to the West Coast,” Carlisle says. “The prosecution will likely infer she was fleeing the jurisdiction to escape the consequences of conviction. The prosecution may argue that that attempt to flee suggests consciousness of guilt.”

If convicted, Alexandria will automatically receive a life sentence, according to Carlisle.

“The question really becomes what type of evidence will be important,” he says, noting both direct and circumstantial evidence can be presented during murder trials in Hawaii.

“Jurors can give equal weight to both kind of evidence,” Carlisle says, “and the circumstantial evidence here is every bit as strong as the direct evidence.”

However, jurors could consider a lesser offense.

“The charge could be downgraded from murder to manslaughter, which would mean a 20-year sentence,” Carlisle says. “It’s all going to depend on the quality of the testimony and the witnesses who take the stand.”

“It will also matter if Alexandria decides to take the stand or not,” he adds. “A criminal trial is an ever-evolving process, that changes depending on what people say and how they come across as a witness.”


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The Good Fight Pits Matthew Perry and Carrie Preston Against Each Other For a Final Time (This Season)

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Salma Hayek, Jim Sheridan, Mexico Unite Against Trump at Guadalajara

GUADALAJARA, Mexico — In a show of strength, laced with good humor, Salma Hayek, Irish director Jim Sheridan (“In the Name of the Father”) and Mexican authorities backing the Guadalajara Festival united over its first two days to condemn what they see as the intolerance of U.S. president Donald Trump. The Guadalajara Festival, Mexico’s biggest… Read more »

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FTC's case against Vizio illuminates terrible tech industry habit

FTC's case against Vizio illuminates terrible tech industry habitVizio paid a $ 2.2 million settlement. The electronics giant paid up to settle allegations that it installed software on its smart TVs to track what people watched without getting their consent and with only vague disclosure. In doing that, the commission has provided an excellent lesson in how one of the tech industry’s worst habits — what’s called a “dark pattern” interface — can go wrong.



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A Guide To Sturgill Simpson, The Grammy Nominee Up Against Beyoncé And Adele

Sturgill Simpson may not be a household name, but the 38-year-old singer will compete Sunday in the coveted Album of the Year category at the Grammy Awards ― against many of the world’s biggest stars.

Simpson’s third solo studio effort, “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth,” is up against mainstream heavy-hitters: Beyoncé’s “Lemonade,” Adele’s “25,” Justin Bieber’s “Purpose” and Drake’s “Views.”

Even Simpson himself was surprised when the nominations came out in December, telling the Los Angeles Times, “In terms of what happened today, this never even crossed my mind. When we came off the road at Thanksgiving, I really thought, ‘Well, that’s it for this one. We’ve done everything,’ and I started thinking about what to do for the next record. This has all been slightly surreal to say the least.”

Surreal, indeed.

Read on for more about the man behind “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth.”

This isn’t Simpson’s first rodeo. 

His sophomore album, 2014’s “Metamodern Sounds in Country Music,” received a Grammy nomination for Best Americana Album. It also became a critics’ darling, ranking on Rolling Stone’s 50 Best Albums of 2014 list. 

Before going solo, Simpson played in a bluegrass band called Sunday Valley. The group released an EP in 2004 and made an appearance at the Pickathon Festival in Portland, Oregon. But they didn’t get too far, Simpson says. “We couldn’t travel because the bass player had a great gig with the fire department,” he told Rolling Stone.

Simpson comes from a family of coal miners. 

Born in Jackson, Kentucky, Simpson grew up listening to music. His grandmother had 45s by Otis Redding and Sam and Dave, and his older cousin introduced him to the likes of Cream and Jimi Hendrix. 

“I was the first male in my mother’s family not to work the mines,” he told Rolling Stone. “Mom was a secretary, Dad was a state cop. We lived in a prefab house just off the highway. When I was in second grade, we moved to Versailles, just outside Lexington.”

He has a wide range of musical influences.

David Bowie, Nirvana, Sly and the Family Stone, Bill Withers, Marvin Gaye, Pink Floyd, George Harrison, Curtis Mayfield and T Rex all inspired Simpson’s latest album. You can add Walt Disney to that list, too. “Those old-school Disney movies with the symphonies and strings are great!” he told American Songwriter. It’s no wonder. Simpson says he’s been watching old Disney movies with his son, who was born in June 2014.

He’s a former U.S. Navy sailor.

The Kentucky-born singer made an on-the-spot decision to enlist in the Navy. 

“I walked in, looked around, and the Navy recruiter was a really hot brunette, so I signed up with her,” Simpson told Garden and Gun.  

Simpson spent time doing service in Japan and Southeast Asia. But the three-year stint eventually came to an end.

“I wasn’t very good at taking orders,” he admitted.  

Simpson’s wife encouraged him to get serious about music.

Music faded into the background, when in 2006, Simpson decided to take a job working at a Salt Lake City railroad freight-shipping yard for the Union Pacific Railroad. After four years, his girlfriend (now wife) urged Simpson to pick up the guitar again. 

“My wife was a big catalyst for the move to Nashville. I had started really seriously writing for the first time in years and playing at home a bit,” he told Fader. “She said ‘You don’t exactly suck at this. You should know that you tried before you wake up at 40 and I’m stuck with your ass all miserable.’”

It’s a good thing Simpson gave music another go. No longer miserable, Simpson has carved out a musical career for himself. He’s also up for Best Country Album on Sunday ― and will perform on the Grammys stage, possibly inching closer to becoming a household name. 

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Kellyanne Conway Defends Trump’s Attack Against Nordstrom — By Advertising Ivanka’s Products

White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway defended President Donald Trump attacking Nordstrom for dropping his daughter’s fashion line, telling Americans on Thursday to “go buy Ivanka’s stuff.”

Trump had gone after Nordstrom the day before, complaining that the store had stopped selling his daughter’s merchandise and that she “has been treated so unfairly.” His tweet about the subject, which was soon retweeted by the official White House Twitter account, immediately raised further ethical concerns about Trump’s presidency and his family’s businesses.

Conway essentially turned her Thursday morning appearance on Fox News into an infomercial, defending Ivanka Trump as “an incredibly creative, talented woman” and talking about buying the brand’s products. 

“I do find it ironic that you have got some executives all over the internet bragging about what they have done to her and her line, and yet, they are using the most prominent woman in Donald Trump’s, you know, most prominent his daughter, using her, who has been a champion for women empowerment of women in the workplace, to get to him,” Conway said. “I think people could see through that. Go buy Ivanka’s stuff! I hate shopping, and I will go get some myself today.”

“It is just a wonderful line. I own some of it,” she added. “I fully, I’m going to give a free commercial here. Go buy it today, everybody. You can find it online.”

In doing so, Conway may have violated a rule stating that federal officials cannot use public office to sell products.

“An employee shall not use or permit the use of his Government position or title or any authority associated with his public office to endorse any product, service or enterprise,” the law states

The Trump administration has refused to address the numerous conflicts of interest that create the appearance that the president and his family could profit from his position.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Wednesday sidestepped questions about the ethics of Trump’s statement, claiming it was justified because Nordstrom’s decision to pull Ivanka Trump’s merchandise was “a direct attack on his policies in her name” and that the president “has every right to stand up for his family.”

Nordstrom has said that the decision to drop the fashion line was related to low sales, not in protest of the Trump administration’s policies.

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Ben Affleck Defends Meryl Streep Against Donald Trump Calling Her ‘Overrated’ (Watch)

Ben Affleck joins the long list of stars who have come to Meryl Streep’s defense. The actor appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Monday night, and mocked President-elect Donald Trump for calling the actress “over-rated” after she spoke out against him at the Golden Globes. “If there’s one thing truly in the world that we know… Read more »

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Parents of Toddler Trapped Under Fallen Dresser Speaks Out Against Claims Video Was a Hoax

The Shoff family is setting the record straight after some have questioned the authenticity of a video showing their toddler pinned under a fallen dresser.

Little Brock and Bowdy Shoff made headlines earlier this week after their mother, Kayli, uploaded nanny cam footage showing the harrowing moments in which 2-year-old Bowdy pushed a fallen dresser off of his twin brother in the nursery of their Orem, Utah, home.

However, some skeptics have called the video a hoax, noting that the dresser was empty and the camera appeared to be focused on the furniture. But the boys’ father, Rick, said both were simple coincidences.

“They would get into the drawers, pull all the clothes that we had in the drawer and put them out and just throw them all over the room during naptime or whatever,” Rick explained during a Thursday appearance on Good Morning America. “So we just decided the easiest thing was to empty the drawers and put all their clothes in, like, the closet.”

He added: are pretty active so we do what ever we can to … make sure we can keep clean.”

Kayli previously explained that she and her husband didn’t know what happened until they checked their security footage and saw the scary ordeal unfold. However, some have claimed that the couple staged the incident, noting that Rick works for a camera company.

“I’m just an employee. I’m in sales for them and there’s thousands of sales reps for the company,” Rick explained. “We have cameras throughout our whole house and that camera’s just positioned in the best angle to see the entire room. So, it wasn’t positioned just to have just the dresser.”

He added that the cameras in the family’s home are attached to the walls and are not adjustable.

The boys were uninjured and the parents have since bolted the IKEA dresser to the wall, Kayli previously told GMA.


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Run-DMC Files $50 Million Lawsuit Against Amazon and Wal-Mart for Trademark Infringement

Attorneys for the Run-D.M.C. brand have filed a $ 50 million lawsuit against Amazon Inc., Wal-Mart Stores Co., Jet.com and a few other outlets for trademark infringement and trademark dilution, among other things.
First reported by TMZ Thursday, the legal filing was made in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
The complaint, which includes numerous images of Run-D.M.C.-inspired products as they appeared on Amazon’s and Wal-Mart’s respective sites, alleges that the retailers are advertising, selling, manufacturing, promoting and distributing multiple Run-D.M.C. styled products. Eyewear, hats, T-shirts, wallets and patches are among the items referenced, some of which are said to use the Run-D.M.C. trademark. The complaint charges that the products being sold “confuse the public and suggest that Run-D.M.C. endorses the products.”
Homegrown in Hollis, Queens by Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels and Jason Mizell, Run-D.M.C. helped define hip hop culture in the Eighties. Mizell, better known as “Jam Master Jay,” was shot and killed in his recording studio in Queens in 2002. Simmons, whose brother is the serial entrepreneur Russell, is widely recognized as “Reverend Run.”
Run-D.M.C. has a registered trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The lawsuit claims that the Run-D.M.C. brand has produced revenue in excess

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Perrin Paris Files Lawsuit Against Philipp Plein

IN THE CLUTCH: Leather-goods maker Perrin Paris has filed a lawsuit against luxury sportswear firm Philipp Plein, requesting an injunction and significant damages for infringing its so-called “glove-clutch,” a design-patented model that the French firm describes as a marriage between its glove-making heritage and modern chic. The suit is pending at a court in Hamburg, Germany, Perrin Paris said.
Perrin Paris alleges that the Lugano, Switzerland-based firm known for its bejeweled leather and crystal-studded knits copied its Eiffel model glove-clutch. “It’s the exact duplicate, same size, same design, same concept — the hand receiving portion of our bags that we design-patented. They only added a skull,” said Michel Perrin, whose great-great grandmother founded the company in Saint-Junien with gloves as its core business.
Julie Macklowe carried the Philipp Plein clutch on the red carpet at the Met Gala in May.
“In the beginning, we contacted Philipp Plein out of court asking him to stop selling it. We were given the impression that they would remove it from distribution. But recently, we realized that they were continuing to sell them in their outlet stores, at a discounted price,” Perrin explained.
Before the defense was due in court, he said, the German firm contacted Perrin Paris asking for a settlement offer, which

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Appelate Court Tosses Out LVMH’s Claim Against Spoof Brand My Other Bag

GOOD HUMOR: LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton has lost its legal fight against spoof tote bag company My Other Bag. On Dec. 22, the United States court of appeals for the Second Circuit tossed out the luxury conglomerate’s appeal from a judgment of the United States District Court for New York State’s southern district.
In January 2016, Judge Jesse M. Furman had struck down the luxury conglomerate’s formal allegations of trademark dilution, violation of fair use, dilution by blurring, trademark infringement and copyright infringement. The firm first filed these claims against My Other Bag in 2014.
In its summary order, which affirmed the judgment of the district court, the Second Circuit said that “obvious differences in My Other Bag’s mimicking of Louis Vuitton’s mark, the lack of market proximity between the products at issue, and minimal, unconvincing evidence of consumer confusion compel a judgment in favor of My Other Bag on Louis Vuitton’s trademark infringement claim.”
On the trademark dilution claim, it said: “At the same time that they mimic Louis Vuitton’s designs and handbags in a way that is recognizable, they do so as a drawing on a product that is such a conscious departure from Louis Vuitton’s image of luxury—in combination with

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Yoda Strikes Back Against Seagulls In Bonkers Lip Reading Battle

This new video, Yoda hates seagulls in.

The Jedi Master expresses his severe dislike for the birds in this gloriously bonkers “Bad Lip Reading“ of “Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back.”

“Everyone told me not to stroll on that beach, said seagulls gonna come, poke me in the coconut, and they did, and they did,” Yoda sings to Luke Skywalker in the catchy ditty. 

Check it out in the clip above.

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