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Cosby plans sex assault talks, accusers’ lawyer cries foul

June 22, 2017 By Scott Malone (Reuters) – Bill Cosby plans to conduct a series of free public seminars about sexual assault this summer, his spokesman said days after a Pennsylvania judge declared a mistrial in the entertainer’s sexual assault trial. A lawyer for 33 women who have accused former star of the 1980s TV hit “The Cosby Show” of sexual assault criticized the move as an apparent attempt to interfere with his expected retrial on charges of sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his home in the Philadelphia in 2004….

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Mistrial declared in Cosby sex assault case after days of deliberations

June 18, 2017 By Joseph Ax NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) – Pennsylvania prosecutors vowed to retry comedian Bill Cosby on sexual assault charges after a jury on Saturday failed to render a unanimous verdict despite 52 hours of deliberations in a case that echoed accusations made by dozens of women against him. Judge Steven O’Neill, of the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas, declared a mistrial on Saturday morning following a note from jurors saying that they were hopelessly deadlocked on three counts of aggravated sexual assault. The result was a…

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Cosby jury to return on Friday to try to break deadlock

June 16, 2017 By Joseph Ax NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) – The jurors in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial concluded their fourth day of deliberation on Thursday, unable to reach a unanimous verdict on the three charges against the entertainer. Judge Steven O’Neill in Norristown, Pennsylvania, sent the jurors, many of whom looked exhausted, back to their hotel a few minutes after 9 p.m. on Thursday after praising them for their efforts. The jury has completed about 40 hours of deliberations, including three consecutive 12-hour days, without reaching an unanimous verdict…

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Cosby sex assault jury ends third day of without verdict

June 15, 2017 By Joseph Ax NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) – The jurors deciding comedian Bill Cosby’s fate at his sexual assault trial delved into his accuser’s account on Wednesday, their third day of deliberations, but failed to reach a verdict. The jury was dismissed for the night at about 9 p.m. (0100 GMT). The court reporter read back portions of Andrea Constand’s testimony describing how Cosby drugged her and then sexually assaulted her at his Philadelphia-area home in 2004. Later in the day, the jury reviewed Cosby’s six-hour 2005 police…

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No verdict yet in Cosby trial after 1-1/2 days of jury deliberations

June 14, 2017 By Joseph Ax NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) – The jury deciding Bill Cosby’s fate at his sexual assault trial adjourned on Tuesday after 16 hours of deliberations over 1-1/2 days failed to produce a verdict. The jurors in Norristown, Pennsylvania, reviewed the entertainer’s account as well as that of his accuser during a long day on Tuesday. Several members of the jury of seven men and five women looked exhausted as they filed into court around 9:20 p.m. to be dismissed for the night. Earlier in the day,…

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Cosby gave sedatives to young women, jurors hear at sex assault trial

June 10, 2017 By Joseph Ax NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) – Jurors at Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial on Friday saw the entertainer’s own sworn statements that he gave young women sedatives before engaging in sexual activity with them. Pennsylvania prosecutors completed their case against Cosby after five days of testimony aimed at portraying the comedian as a serial predator. The trial was set to resume on Monday with the defense’s case. Cosby, 79, previously said he does not expect to testify, though his spokesman Andrew Wyatt said that could still…

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U.S. Justice Department opposes Wells Fargo on whistle-blower suit

June 7, 2017 (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department filed a friend-of-the-court brief on Tuesday in a lawsuit brought against Wells Fargo & Co by two former employees, who were fired after they reported misdemeanors they had noticed to their supervisors. The DOJ’s filing concluded that the appellate court, which had earlier dismissed the case, should revisit and modify its analysis. The plaintiffs, Paul Bishop and Robert Kraus, had said the Wall Street bank had requested Federal Reserve loans on various occasions when it was in violation of certain banking…

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Philadelphia sues Wells Fargo, alleges predatory lending

May 15, 2017 By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) – The City of Philadelphia sued Wells Fargo & Co on Monday, accusing the largest U.S. mortgage lender of predatory lending, which violates the federal Fair Housing Act. The lawsuit came two weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court, in a case also involving Wells Fargo, said cities can sue lenders for alleged discrimination that causes many defaults by minority borrowers, and harms cities through lower property tax revenue and increased costs to combat crime and blight. Philadelphia’s complaint adds to legal woes afflicting…

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Tunnel collapses at Washington nuclear waste plant; no radiation released

May 9, 2017 By Tom James and Scott DiSavino (Reuters) – A tunnel partly collapsed on Tuesday at a plutonium-handling facility at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state, but there was no indication workers or the public were exposed to radiation, federal officials said. Workers evacuated or took cover and turned off ventilation systems after damage was discovered in the wall of a transport tunnel about 170 miles (270 km) east of Seattle, officials with the Department of Energy’s Hanford Joint Information Center said. The damage was more serious…

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Reporter says Fox News fired her for using harassment hotline

May 4, 2017 By Daniel Wiessner (Reuters) – A Fox News radio correspondent filed a lawsuit on Thursday claiming she was fired for complaining about sex discrimination, after the U.S. television network encouraged employees to report harassment amid a barrage of legal claims. Jessica Golloher, who covers the Middle East and North Africa for Fox News Radio Network, says in the lawsuit that instead of addressing complaints, Fox is using the harassment hotline “to paint targets on the backs of employees.” In the lawsuit, filed in New York state court,…

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