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Saudi Weapons Sales to Move Ahead After Senate Fails to Override Trump Vetoes

The Senate on Monday failed to override President Donald Trump’s veto on three joint resolutions prohibiting arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The resolutions, which passed Congress with bipartisan support, were viewed as a rebuke of Trump’s polices toward the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the wake of journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder last year, but senators are not expected to have the votes needed to successfully override the vetoes. Earlier this month, the President vetoed the measures, rejecting an attempt by lawmakers to halt controversial weapons transfers. The override vote came two months after the Trump administration moved to declare an emergency to bypass Congress and expedite billions of dollars in arms sales to various countries — including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — citing the need to deter what it called “the malign influence” of Iran throughout the Middle East. In announcing his veto of the joint resolutions, Trump said that each resolution “would weaken America’s global competitiveness and damage the important relationships we share with our allies and partners.” In a veto message on one of the measures, Trump said, “the joint resolution…

Prosecutors Will Not Pursue Death Penalty for Colorado Man Accused of Killing Missing Fiancée

Prosecutors will not seek the death penalty against Patrick Frazee, a Colorado man accused of killing the mother of his child. Frazee pleaded not guilty in May to two counts of first-degree murder and other charges in Kelsey Berreth‘s death. Prosecutors had until Friday, 90 days after Frazee entered his plea, to file a motion stating their intent to pursue capital punishment in the case. Lee Richards, a spokeswoman for the 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, confirmed to CNN on Monday that prosecutors did not file a motion. Prosecutors will explain their decision at a hearing on August 23, Richards said. Berreth went missing last Thanksgiving Day near Woodland Park, a city between Denver and Colorado Springs. Her body has not been found. In addition to first-degree murder, Frazee faces three counts of solicitation to commit murder in the first degree, two counts of a crime of violence and charges of tampering with a body. His girlfriend, an Idahoan named Krystal Lee Kenney, told investigators Frazee killed Berreth by wrapping a sweater around her head and bashing her with a baseball bat, according to testimony from an agent for the Colorado…

City Investigating Breach That Exposed Personal Data of LAPD Officers and About 20,000 Applicants

Los Angeles city computers were breached last week in a data theft potentially involving the personal information of about 20,000 applicants to the police department, including hundreds who are now sworn officers. The cyberattack highlights the vulnerability of government computer systems, with the city of Los Angeles subjected to billions of hacking attempts in the last five years, according to Ted Ross, general manager of the city’s Information Technology Agency. A person who identified himself or herself as a hacker contacted the city last Thursday, revealing inside knowledge of a database of people who applied to the LAPD between 2010 and 2018 or early 2019, Ross said. City officials were concerned that the entire database was compromised and quickly began notifying the job applicants, who had logged on to a website for updates during the lengthy process of becoming a police officer. Read the full story on LATimes.com.  

Woman Attacked On Irvine Trail, Good Samaritan Holds Attacker Down Until Police Arrive

IRVINE (CBSLA) — A good Samaritan possibly saved a woman’s life on an urban trail in Irvine. The Jeffrey Open Space Trail, squeezed between Jeffrey Road and Irvine neighborhoods, is used by cyclists, joggers, and walkers. According to police, at around 10 p.m. on Saturday night 30-year-old Tyler Collier of Tustin was riding his bike on the trail when he collided with a 28-year-old woman. “There was a man riding a bike, he collided with the woman, knocked her to the ground, and then at that point got off the bike and began to beat her,” said Kim Mohr with Irvine Police Department. Mohr said that a courageous good Samaritan saw the attack and help Collier down while another passerby called the police. Police arrived and arrested Collier. According to Mohr, the woman suffered non-life-threatening injuries and is expected to recover. Mohr said that it’s not uncommon for people to go walking at the trail after dark because “it is well-lit” and “a very safe neighborhood.” Some trail users said they believe the trail is safe but they would not walk or ride there late…

Katy Perry Loses Copyright Suit

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA/CNS) –  A jury has ruled that parts of Katy Perry’s 2013 hit “Dark Horse” were lifted from a song written by Christian rapper Marcus Gray, who is known as Flame. The federal trial will now move to a damages phase to determine how much money may be owed to Gray. The damages phase of trial will begin Tuesday morning. Gray had claimed that Perry copied portions of his 2009 song “Joyful Noise” for her song “Dark Horse” which appeared on her album “Prism.” Recording artists Katy Perry (R) and Juicy J accept the Best Female Video award for ‘Dark Horse’ onstage during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014, in Inglewood. (Getty Images) The federal trial got underway July 18, with Perry herself testifying. Deliberations began Friday. The litigation was first brought in 2014 by Gray against Perry and her other writers and producers. The 34-year-old Perry took the witness stand July 18 and told the nine-member jury that “Dark Horse” was an entirely original work. Perry testified that her song was developed after her collaborators…

McConnell Defends Blocking Bills to Protect Elections from Foreign Interference

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell defended himself from criticism by Democrats and political commentators that his blockade of election security legislation is un-American, calling it “modern-day McCarthyism.” In a spirited speech on the Senate floor Monday, the Kentucky Republican turned his sights on opinion columnist Dana Milbank and MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, who respectively called McConnell on Friday a “Russian asset” and “Moscow Mitch.” McConnell said that he has been tough on Russia for more than three decades, from supporting President Ronald Reagan’s strategy on missile defense to greenlighting the bipartisan Senate investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections. He said Democrats and Republicans had spontaneously applauded at a closed-door meeting he helped set up a few weeks ago when officials discussed all the “progress” that had been made since then. And he noted that he supported the hundreds of millions of dollars Congress has sent to the states to boost their election infrastructure. “American pundits calling an American official treasonous because of a policy disagreement,” McConnell said. “If anything is an asset to the Russians, it is disgusting behavior like that.” For months, the left has…

U.S. Moves Stop Granting Asylum to Migrants Threatened Because of Family Ties

Immigrants who fear persecution because of their family ties will no longer be eligible for asylum, U.S. Attorney General William Barr said Monday. Barr, who has power to overturn immigration court rulings as head of the Department of Justice, argues not all family units are necessarily considered a “social group” for the purposes of asylum. People can seek asylum in the U.S. if they can prove a well-founded fear of persecution based on their race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in specific social group. Until now, asylum seekers who were threatened because of something their family member did or did not do were eligible. For example, a mother whose life was threatened because her son refused to join a gang would previously qualify for asylum. But the administration of President Donald Trump has taken several actions to limit asylum, including making it harder for victims of domestic violence to get protection and ending bond for asylum seekers, which was recently overturned in federal court. It is unclear how many people are affected, but advocates say it could be thousands of people. The government doesn’t…

Compton Man Pleads Guilty to Killing Wife by Slitting Her Throat

A Compton man has pleaded guilty to killing his wife by slitting her throat, officials announced Monday. Henry Cunningham, 66, pleaded to one count of second-degree murder in connection with the Dec. 17, 2018 attack, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Cunningham grabbed a kitchen knife and slit Melanie Cunningham’s throat while she and her 1-year-old granddaughter were asleep. The defendant had been married to Melanie Cunningham, 58, for more than 30 years when the attack occurred. Cunningham is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 4. He faces 15 years to life in prison. The motive behind the crime remained unclear.

3 Pharmaceutical Companies Agree to Pay California $70 Million for Delaying Drugs

Three pharmaceutical companies collectively are agreeing to pay California nearly $70 million to settle allegations that they delayed drugs to keep prices high, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said Monday. The bulk of the money will come from Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. and its affiliates for paying to delay a generic narcolepsy drug, Provigil, from entering the market for nearly six years. Teva is paying $69 million, which Becerra says is the largest pay-for-delay settlement received by any state. Such agreements let the developer of brand name drugs keep their monopolies over the drugs after their patents expire, thereby letting them continue to charge consumers higher prices. The drug developer pays the generic manufacturer to keep the cheaper version of the drug from entering the marketplace for an agreed period of time. Teva said the money will come from a pre-existing fund that was created in 2015 as part of the company’s settlement with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission over similar claims, and it will not make any additional payments. Becerra said such agreements can force consumers and the health care market to pay as…

Valley Shooting Rampage Suspect Pleads Not Guilty To 4 Counts Of Capital Murder

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Capital murder charges were filed Monday against a man who police say went on a shooting rampage through the San Fernando Valley, killing 4 people, including his own father and brother. Gerry Dean Zaragoza (credit: CBS) Gerry Dean Zaragoza, 26, was charged Monday with four counts of murder, two counts of attempted murder and one count of attempted robbery. A special circumstance allegation of multiple murders makes Zaragoza eligible for the death penalty, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Zaragoza made his first court appearance and pleaded not guilty to the charges. A judge would not allow cameras to show the suspect’s face in court. No bail was set. A court date was set for Sept. 3. The criminal complaint accuses Zaragoza of fatally shooting his 56-year-old father, Carlos Ignacio Zaragoza, and his 33-year-old brother, Carlos Pierre Zaragoza, at their home in the 21900 block of Roscoe Boulevard in Canoga Park. Prosecutors say he also shot his mother in the hand. He then went to North Hollywood where he killed a former girlfriend, 45-year-old Azucena “Susie” Lepe-Ayala, at…

More Men Tending To Their Toes With Pedicures

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — More and more men seem to be getting their feet sandal-ready with pedicures. Some attribute the increase to a shift in grooming norms thanks to shows like Netflix’s “Queer Eye” and celebrities like LeBron James posting videos from the nail salon chair. Marie Nails, with locations in Los Angeles, New York, and Honolulu, told the Wall Street Journal that they have noticed the rise in male customers. “We have regulars, and they refer, so we [have gotten] more this year,” they said. The popularity of sandals has also been said to have helped in the increase of men in the salons. Bellacures in Los Angeles told the WSJ they have seen more men coming in for pedicures this summer saying, “…many men will be wearing open-toed shoes, sandals, going to the beach, or on vacation where their feet will be exposed.” According to the WSJ, when a customer went into her local salon, the ratio of men to women was four to one.

San Fernando Valley Trucking School Owner Admits to Conning the VA Out of $4.2M

The owner of a Chatsworth trucking school pleaded guilty Monday to using his business to scam the federal Veterans Affairs agency out of more than $4 million, federal prosecutors said. Emmit Marshall, 52, of Woodland Hills, admitted to five felony counts of wire fraud alleging he recruited veterans, then falsely certified they were taking classes at his Alliance School of Trucking (AST) to collect GI Bill funds, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California said in a news release. Marshall allegedly ran the scheme from July 2011 until April 2015 with AST’s director, 56-year-old Robert Waggoner of Canyon Country, who is scheduled to go to trial in the case next February. Marshall steered veterans into classes covered under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, meaning the VA would pay the tuition and fees directly to the school, according to his plea agreement. The AST president also told prosecutors that Waggoner and another person informed veterans they could collect stipends for housing and supplies without attending class. Marshall and Waggoner created and submitted bogus enrollment certifications and student files with fake documents so that they…

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