News Roundup

Russia responds to diplomatic expulsions with its own

  • 60 US diplomats have been expelled, and the United States consulate in St. Petersberg is being closed
  • The US State Department says Russia is not a victim, warning that they could respond to Russia’s decision to expel 60 diplomats
  • The Police in UK said Wednesday the Skripals were poisoned at their door, contradicting several other earlier reports of the location of the poisoning
  • There is so far no explanation for how the use of a Novichok nerve agent directly implicates Russian involvement, let alone whether the nerve agent used was a Novichok nerve agent or a related agent, as has been said in legal documents by officials medically investigating the Skripals

Protest after Stephon Clark funeral in Sacramento draws hundreds

  • Hundreds attended the funeral of Stephon Clark, a young man shot 20 times and killed by police officers in his grandmother’s backyard after police thought his cell phone was a gun
  • Al Sharpton delivered a eulogy at the funeral, and afterwards more than 100 demonstrators gathered in downtown Sacramento, briefly blocking traffic during rush hour, with Stephon’s brother Stevante leading the group in chants

Police Officer killed in Tennessee

  • The man suspected of shooting the officer was killed by police after reportedly impersonating a law enforcement officer when he pulled over an off-duty cop’s car
  • He shot and killed 38-year-old police officer Phillip Meacham before fleeing on foot, taking off in a pickup truck, and eventually being shot

AG Sessions says he’s not ready to have a second special counsel investigative FBI

  • Sessions has decided that no second special counsel is needed, at least not now, instead saying the top federal prosecutor in Utah is already looking into anti-Trump bias in the FBI

Andrew McCabe Raises Funds Online

  • Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has raised more than $300,000 in less than 9 hours after launching a fundraiser for what will likely become a legal battle with the White House
  • McCabe, who was fired just before his planned retirement, is saying he has been attacked as a part of a larger effort “not just to slander me personally, but to taint the FBI, law enforcement, and intelligence professionals more generally”

Jury Deliberations Continue in Trial of Wife of Pulse Shooter

  • Jurors are entering their third day of deliberations, attempting to decide the guilt of Salman Mateen, the widow of the man who killed 49 people in a terrorist attack on the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, FL
  • This follows recent revelations that the father had long been an FBI asset who had prevented the Bureau’s investigation into his son

Judge in California Says Coffee Companies May Warn of Cancer Risk

  • California Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle has tentatively sided with a nonprofit in its case against dozens of coffee companies, including Starbucks, Peets, and other chains, saying that they were in violation of a state regulation requiring business with at least 10 employees to disclose carcinogens and toxic chemicals
  • The complaint was filed over eight years ago, and is asking for fines of as much as $2,500 for every person exposed since 2002
  • The coffee companies’ defense offered testimony from medical and epidemiology experts who said they had “no opinion” on the relationship between drinking coffee and cancers

Roseanne Reboot Drew 18.1 Million Viewers

  • Roseanne Barr plays a Trump supporter who spars with her liberal sister, and the show was immediately massively successful, with more than 18 million people watching the premiere, leaving it with the highest ratings for a network sitcom in almost four years
  • The show’s relaunch follows a decision made by ABC executives shortly after the 2016 election to focus on Midwestern families
  • Pres. Trump congratulated Roseanne by phone, and on Thursday gave a shout-out during a rally in Ohio

Walmart in talks to buy Humana health insurance company

  • Walmart is reportedly in early-stage talks to buy health insurer Humana Inc., which would mark a focused shift for the company and a large investment, with Humana currently having a market value of about $37 billion
  • The two companies are discussing a range of options, including an acquisition, people familiar with the matter said
  • Shares of Humana jumped 10% to $297 in after-hours trading, and Walmart shares skipped 1% to $88.10
  • This follows a decision by CVS Health Corp. to buy Humana rival Aetna Inc. in a $69 billion deal

Fox host Laura Ingraham under pressure after mocking Parkland survivor/activist on Twitter

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