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Woman who accused man of rape outraged he got no jail time

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By RYAN TARINELLI, Associated Press


A Texas judge on Monday accepted a plea bargain allowing a former Baylor University student accused of raping a woman at a fraternity party to avoid serving jail time, marking at least the third time the judge has approved probation for men accused of sexually assaulting Baylor students.

Judge Ralph Strother's decision to accept the plea deal sparked outrage from the woman who accused Jacob Walter Anderson of repeatedly raping her. The woman says she was plied with a drink of punch at the party in 2016 and became disoriented. Anderson, the woman said, led her behind a tent and assaulted her while she was gagged and choked.

"He stole my body, virginity and power over my body," the woman said in court, according to a family spokesman.

Anderson had been indicted on sexual assault charges and the deal allowed him to plead no contest to a lesser charge of unlawful restraint. A no contest plea means a person does not admit guilt, b…

Homeless man who made up to £1,000 posing as a car park attendant

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By Brendan McFadden


A homeless man made up to £1,000 posing as a car park attendant for an expensive London car park, a court heard.
Malcolm Smith, 39, donned a hi-vis jacket with the words 'site supervisor' on the back and approached motorists leaving the NCP car park in Soho.
After drivers paid Smith half the price of the normal fee at the car park he forced open the barriers to let them out, Westminster Magistrates' Court heard. 
Smith was jailed for 14 weeks after customers reported him to the private car parking firm and a member of staff from it carried out an undercover 'sting operation'.
Henry Fitch, prosecuting, said: 'They are all in essence the same fraud.
'Impersonating a car park attendant and taking payments from customers less than they would be obliged to pay if they had paid legitimately for their car park stay and opening the barrier wearing a hi-vis jacket with the words 'site supervisor'.
'It may be as much as £20…

Silicon Valley’s racism problem is bigger than Facebook

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By JP Mangalindan


When former Facebook manager Mark Luckie published a Facebook post earlier this week asserting the social network has a “black people problem,” he rocked the public’s already shaky perception of Facebook. But as unfortunate as Luckie’s allegations are, racial bias in the tech industry is not isolated to Facebook, according to diversity statistics and a recent Pew Survey.
Many big tech companies like to crow about their diversity and inclusion efforts, whichinclude hiring chief diversity officers, disclosing diversity goals, using diversity-recruitment tools and offering courses that reduce bias. Indeed, executives including Apple CEO Tim Cook, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff have all emphasized the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace for marginalized communities. 
“It obviously starts by having a workforce that is diverse, but inclusion is a cultural piece that we all have to work on everyday,” the India-born Na…

Woman says she wants 'the whole freaking nation to be white' in racist rant caught on video

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By Megan Johnson,Yahoo Lifestyle


A quick stop at a restaurant in North Phoenix, Ariz., turned ugly for one woman, who was confronted by another patron’s racist rant.

Lennys Bermudez Molina was charging her car by the Wildflower Bread Company, and decided to head inside to get some work done and grab a bite to eat. But since the restaurant was so busy, she asked a woman dining solo if the seat next to her was available.

“I said excuse me, is it OK if I sit here next to you and she said, ‘well, do I have a choice?’”
Bermudez told CBS5. “At first I thought I didn’t hear her right.”

Shocked at the woman’s response, Bermudez grabbed her cell phone and began recording the outburst. Describing herself as “visibly shaken,” Bermudez posted the video on Facebook and shared, 
“I simply asked the woman if I could sit down next to her while I waited for the car to charge.”
In the video, the woman can be heard saying that she wants “the whole freaking nation to be white.” 
When Bermud…

Florida authorities uncover pipe bombs, rocket launcher in White Supremacist drug sting

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By Jessica NewYorkDaily


Dozens of members of two white supremacist gangs in Florida were arrested after a massive drug trafficking sting during which authorities also seized more than 100 illegal firearms, several functioning pipe bombs and a rocket launcher.
The U.S. District Attorney’s office for the Middle District of Florida announced that 39 members of the Unforgiven and United Aryan Brotherhood gangs face a range of charges including federal firearms and drug violations.
Prosecutors accused one suspect, 31-year-old Richard Mormon of having two functioning pipe bombs in his possession, though it is not yet clear what he intended to do with them.

Authorities additionally uncovered several pounds of crystal meth and fentanyl as part of the raid, WFTS-Tampa Bay reported.

The arrests are the result of a three-year investigation dubbed “Operation Blackjack,” which involved state and federal prosecutors, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the …

New Jersey couple and homeless man whose feel-good story went viral charged with GoFundMe scam

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By Dylan Stableford


It was a feel-good story for the ages — a homeless military veteran’s random act of kindness and a New Jersey couple intent on helping him get back on his feet during the holidays — that inspired people to donate more than $400,000 in an online fundraiser when it went viral last fall.

But prosecutors say Mark D’Amico, Kate McClure and Johnny Bobbitt Jr. fabricated the story in an effort to raise money for themselves.

“The paying it forward story that drove this fundraiser might seem too good to be true,” Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina said at a press briefing in Mount Holly, N.J., on Thursday afternoon. “Unfortunately it was. The entire campaign was predicated on a lie.”

The three were each charged with second-degree conspiracy and theft by deception. If convicted on all charges, D’Amico, McClure and Bobbitt would each face 10 to 20 years in prison.

McClure and D’Amico surrendered to authorities on Wednesday and were released pending a Dec. …

Michael Avenatti arrested in LA on domestic violence charge

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Avenatti, who skyrocketed to fame as a chief critic of President Donald Trump and the lawyer for porn actress Stormy Daniels, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of domestic violence, Los Angeles police said.

Police had responded to a domestic violence incident Tuesday and took a report, but Avenatti was taken into custody Wednesday. The police department said the investigation was still ongoing and additional details would be released later.

Avenatti remained in custody Wednesday afternoon and a call and text message seeking comment weren't immediately returned. A spokesman for his political action committee declined to comment.

Avenatti, who has said he's mulling a 2020 presidential run, became famous as Daniels' lawyer and pursued the president and those close to him relentlessly for months, taunting Trump in interviews and baiting him and his lawyers in tweets.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, has said she h…