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The protester who climbed the Statue of Liberty was sentenced to five years probation with no jail time Tuesday morning.
Therese Okoumou was sentenced in a Lower Manhattan court after she was found guilty of misdemeanor charges in December after her protest climb of the Statue of Liberty July 4. The stunt led to the evacuation of Liberty Island.
She faced up to 18 months in jail. Prosecutors recommended she get at least 30 days in jail followed by 3 years of probation. They argued that that prison time was necessary because Okoumou scaled structures three additional times following the July 4 incident, including a detention center in Texas for which she faces six months in jail.
A coalition of sexual exploitation survivors and advocacy groups are calling on the NFL to ban Robert Kraft from owning the New England Patriots following his arrest last month on soliciting prostitution charges.
The group sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell saying that Kraft should, at a minimum, be suspended six games, and should be banned from owning a team if he is found guilty of the charges he is facing.
"Anything less will send that signal that owners are not held to a higher standard," the letter reads, "that their power, influence, and wealth permit them to get away with despicable actions, and that the NFL abets sexual exploitation and trafficking."
The University of Southern California on Monday said that it had taken action that prevents students who may be associated with an alleged admissions scheme from registering for classes or acquiring transcripts.
In a statement posted on Twitter, the school said the students have been notified that their status is under review.
“Following the review, we will take the proper action related to their status, up to revoking admission or expulsion,” the school said on Twitter.
The university did not disclose the number of students affected. Actress Lori Loughlin, who was indicted in the federal case earlier this month, has two daughters at USC. The alleged scam focused on getting students admitted to elite universities as recruited athletes, regardless of their athletic abilities, and helping potential students cheat on their college exams, according to the indictment.
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An orangutan mother has been blinded after being shot with at least 74 air gun pellets on Indonesia's Sumatra island, where threats to the endangered species have increased as the palm oil and paper industries shrink its jungle habitat.
An X-ray showed at least 74 air gun pellets in her body, including four in her left eye and two in the right, said veterinarian Yenny Saraswati with the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Program.
The great ape, named "Hope" by her rescuers, also had several wounds believed to have been caused by sharp objects, she said Monday. Hope also was recovering from surgery to repair a broken collarbone.
Widespread flooding has thousands stranded from their homes across the Midwest following a bomb cyclone and a week of heavy rains. The flooding in many areas throughout the Missouri and Mississippi river basins...
An 8-year-old Nigerian refugee whose family is homeless recently won first place at the New York State chess championship without a single defeat and he says he is not done yet.
“I like deep thinking,” Tanitoluwa Adewumi said.
Tanitoluwa is a third-grader who started playing chess a year ago and whose coach at PS 116 said practices the board game every single day for hours on his own.
“He smiled every time he did anything on the board or learned something new,” Shawn Martinez said. “I could just tell this game was for him.”
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Curtis Flowers has been jailed in Mississippi for 22 years, even as prosecutors couldn't get a murder conviction against him to stick through five trials.
Three convictions were tossed out and two other juries couldn't reach unanimous verdicts.
This week, the Supreme Court will consider whether his conviction and death sentence in a sixth trial should stand or be overturned for a familiar reason: because prosecutors improperly kept African-Americans off the jury.
Investigators probing the deadly tram shooting in the Dutch city of Utrecht sharpened their focus Tuesday on a possible extremist motive, as judicial authorities revealed that the main suspect was released from jail this month and faces a rape trial in July.
The nature of the Monday's attack and a note found in a suspected getaway car suggest a possible terror motive, prosecutors said in a statement, but they add that other possible reasons also are being investigated.
"Based on the letter, we think he had a terroristic motive," police spokesman Joost Lanshage told The Associated Press. He declined to elaborate.
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Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of California is suing Twitter and several of its users for more than $250 million, accusing them of defamation and negligence.
The defendants include two anonymous parody accounts, "Devin Nunes' Mom" and "Devin Nunes' Cow."
The suit filed in Virginia accuses Twitter of "knowingly hosting and monetizing content that is clearly abusive, hateful and defamatory."
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U.S.-backed Syrian forces on Tuesday seized control of an encampment held by ISIS in eastern Syria, after hundreds of militants surrendered overnight, a spokesman said, signaling the group's collapse after months of stiff resistance. A group of suspects involved in a January bombing that killed four Americans in northern Syria were among militants captured by the Kurdish-led forces.
The taking of the ISIS camp was a major advance but not the final defeat of the group in Baghouz, the last village held by the extremists where they have been holding out for weeks under siege, according to Mustafa Bali, the spokesman for the Kurdish-led force known as the Syrian Democratic Forces.
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The white supremacist accused of gunning down 50 people at two mosques in New Zealand has dismissed his lawyer and opted to represent himself at trial, prompting the prime minister to declare Tuesday that she would do everything in her power to deny him a platform for his racist views.
"I agree that it is absolutely something that we need to acknowledge, and do what we can to prevent the notoriety that this individual seeks," Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told reporters.
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More than 1,000 people were feared dead in Mozambique four days after a cyclone slammed into the country, submerging entire villages and leaving bodies floating in the floodwaters, the nation's president said.
"It is a real disaster of great proportions," President Filipe Nyusi said.
Cyclone Idai could prove to be the deadliest storm in generations to hit the impoverished southeast African country of 30 million people.
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U.S. prosecutors are looking into the development of Boeing's 737 Max jets, a person briefed on the matter revealed Monday, the same day French aviation investigators concluded there were "clear similarities" in the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines Max 8 last week and a Lion Air jet in October.
The Justice Department probe will examine the way Boeing was regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the inquiry is not public.
A federal grand jury in Washington sent a subpoena to someone involved in the plane's development seeking emails, messages and other communications.
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A gunman killed three people and wounded five during a mid-morning tram ride Monday in the Dutch city of Utrecht, raising the specter of another extremist attack only days after the murderous rampage in New Zealand.
Authorities seized a Turkish-born suspect after a manhunt that convulsed the historic city of nearly 350,000 people for most of the day.
The identity of Jack the Ripper may finally be known, NBC News reported.
A DNA forensic investigation published this month by two British researchers in the Journal of Forensic Science identifies Aaron Kosminski, a 23-year-old Polish barber and prime suspect at the time, as the likely killer.
Jack the Ripper was the name given a notorious serial killer who terrorized England in the 1800s.
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