California synagogue shooting suspect has not guilty plea entered in federal court

San Diego, California (CNN)A federal judge on Tuesday entered a not guilty plea for the 19-year-old California man who faces 109 civil rights and hate crimes charges in connection with a deadly shooting at a synagogue last month. Because there were 54 people in the synagogue when Earnest allegedly attacked, he faces 54 counts of obstruction of free exercise of religious beliefs resulting in death and bodily injury and involving the attempt to kill. He also faces 54 hate crime counts, and another charge of damage to religious property in connection with the case of arson at the Escondido mosque. A preliminary hearing, where prosecutors will have to show probable cause for a trial, is set for May 28. An …

District urged school to investigate concerns it could become the next ‘Columbine’ months before Tuesday’s fatal shooting

(CNN)Five months before Tuesday’s fatal shooting at a Colorado charter school, a district official urged the school’s administration to investigate allegations of violence, sexual assault and campus bullying that an anonymous parent feared could lead to “a repeat of Columbine,” according to a school district letter obtained by CNN. “The concerns expressed by this individual are very serious and need to be looked into to the extent possible. Please keep (the district) apprised of your investigation and conclusions,” wrote Winsor, the district’s director of choice programming. In a February letter to parents, Penelope Eucker, the executive director of STEM, the K-12 charter school where one student was killed and eight others were injured on Tuesday, disputed many of the anonymous …

Texas Is Talking Tough About Election Fraud, But Heres What It Really Looks Like

In March of 2018, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office blasted out a announcing the indictments of three people in southern Texas for serious election and voting-related crimes. It was one of several press releases his office sent that year trumpeting arrests and indictments connected to voting misconduct. Paxton’s announcements often made headlines, locallynews outletsBreitbart the accusations were serious: A grand jury indicted one man with three counts of unlawfully divulging a vote, a third-degree felony, and two January 2018 city commissioner meeting A jury acquitted the man, Robert Gonzalez, on Wednesday. court The details of the cases of the two women are especially noteworthy because they resulted in some of the most serious punishments secured by Paxton’s office since early …

Victim came ‘nose to nose’ with attacker

He said that after looking at photographs, he could identify the man as Khuram Butt, one of the three attackers. Mr Livett said after he was attacked, he slumped on the ground for a few seconds before deciding to get up and move away. “It was chaos all around. I was aware of screaming and shouting and people around me,” he said. “I think it was a personal mission to get help as quickly as I possibly could. I realised it was quite a serious blow I had taken.” Victims of the London Bridge attack London Bridge attack: What happened We did our best – London Bridge attack PC He went on to describe how he felt weak before he …

UN Chief Warns World Is Not On Track To Meet Climate Change Targets

Guterres made the comments after arriving in New Zealand, where he spoke to media alongside Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in Auckland. Guterres plans to spend three days in New Zealand as part of a trip to the South Pacific to highlight the problems of climate change. In Christchurch, he will also meet with Muslim leaders following the March 15 slaughter of 51 worshippers by a gunman who attacked two mosques during Friday prayers. He said he admired the solidarity New Zealand showed after the attack, and praised Ardern for helping implement new gun control laws and for urging other world leaders and tech companies to find a way to prevent acts of extremism from being shown online, after the gunman …

How do you decide on a baby name?

Sarah Redshaw, managing editor of parenting website BabyCentre, urged parents to spend some time alone testing the name they choose. “You don’t want to regret it a year down the line,” she said. “We sometimes see posts that they have named a baby, then a year down the line they don’t like it.” Image copyright Donna Slater Image caption Welsh mum Donna Slater used her country’s rugby team for inspiration “I was kind of surreptitiously on my phone looking at the Welsh rugby team. ‘What about Gareth?’ and he’d say ‘no, I don’t like that one’”. She eventually got to Toby – after player Toby Faletau – which they both liked. Donna did not tell her English husband how she’d …

The New Royal Baby Name Has Been Announced And It’s Precious

Meet Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. He is currently seventh in line to the throne.  “This afternoon Their Royal Highnesses introduced Her Majesty The Queen to her eighth great-grandchild at Windsor Castle,” the post said. “The Duke of Edinburgh and The Duchess’ mother were also present for this special occasion.” “He has the sweetest temperament, he’s really calm,” photo call with press on Wednesday. “He’s just been the dream, so it’s been a special couple of days.” Prince Harry said that he is having a “great” time settling in as a new dad.  PA Wire/PA Images The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George’s Hall at Windsor Castle …

Simon Armitage to be next Poet Laureate

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSimon Armitage: “Poetry should respond to climate change” Poet Simon Armitage, whose “witty and profound” work spans sharp observations about modern life and classical myths, is to be the UK’s next Poet Laureate. The West Yorkshire writer will hold the historic post for the next decade, taking over from Dame Carol Ann Duffy. Over recent decades, the role has moved away from mainly chronicling royal occasions to promoting poetry and capturing a wider view of British life. Armitage has published 28 collections and is on the national curriculum. His 2017 book The Unaccompanied was described by The Guardian as a document of “a world in social and economic meltdown”. Image copyright Getty …

British people ‘having less sex’

Reality Check: Are teenagers really having less sex? ‘We’re in love but never have sex’ BBC Three: Sex on the Couch The data the researchers looked at came from three successive waves of the British National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles carried out in 1991, 2001, and 2012. They give a snapshot of sexual behaviour among Britons. According to the most recent survey: Less than half (41%) of people aged 16 to 44 have had sex at least once a week in the last month The proportion reporting no sex in the past month has increased – from 23% to 29.3% among women and from 26% to 29.2% among men between 2001 and 2012 The proportion reporting sex 10 …

NXIVM Followers Believed Guru’s Energy Could Impact Weather

Those myths and other oddities about the spiritual leader of the secretive upstate New York organization called NXIVM were detailed on Thursday by a former group official testifying at Raniere’s federal trial. “It’s a fraud,” he said after he composed himself. “It’s a lie.” Earlier in the week, a woman testifying using only her first name claimed that she was groomed by a “master” working under Raniere to become his “slave.” She testified that the man known within the group as “Vanguard” performed unwanted oral sex on her and afterward told her it meant that he was her “grand master.” Prosecutors used Vicente to describe how NXIVM members used a “sales pitch” promising Raniere’s new age methods would help them …

South Africans head to the polls in key election

Johannesburg (CNN)Twenty-five years after the dawn of democracy in South Africa, citizens are heading to the polls in their millions. “I think the ANC is going to be the biggest loser in this election, because the ANC is not going to enjoy the majority as it has been enjoying before,” said Xolani Dube, a political analyst from the Xubera Institute of Research and Development. The ANC faced a steep decline in support in the last local election in South Africa in 2016, when it lost some key cities to opposition parties. During Zuma’s tenure, both the official opposition party Democratic Alliance and Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) were able to capitalize on anger generated by daily headlines alleging corruption in …

Loophole could keep young terror suspects out of US court

The legal gap was highlighted by the case of Matin Azizi-Yarand , who was sentenced in a Texas state court last month after plotting to shoot police officers and civilians at a suburban shopping mall in an Islamic State-inspired rampage planned to coincide with the Muslim holiday of Ramadan. In most cases like this, federal prosecutors would have brought terrorism charges. But U.S. prosecutors in Texas didn’t charge Azizi-Yarand because he was 17 at the time and considered a minor under federal law. Federal law allows prosecutors to charge anyone supporting or working with a State Department-designated terror group, even if the person was not in contact with the group. But to charge a juvenile with providing material support to …

Burn Victims Sue Conagra Over Exploding Cans Of Pam Cooking Spray

The plaintiffs’ attorney, J. Craig Smith, says larger cans of Pam and similar cooking sprays made by Conagra Brands have a faulty, U-shaped vent system in the bottom that makes them prone to explosion. In one case, a victim said the fire was so intense that it burned her contact lens onto her right eye, causing near-blindness. Chicago-based Conagra says the vent system was used on a “limited” number of cans but was eliminated during a product redesign earlier this year. The redesign was not related to the lawsuits and was part of an effort to standardize the company’s cans, Conagra said. “When Pam is used correctly, as instructed, it is a 100% safe and effective product,” Conagra said in …