NEW YORK – A former assistant to R. Kelly testified on Friday she once saw him engage in sexual activity with one of the women he is charged with abusing, as prosecutors neared the end of presenting their sex trafficking case against the R&B singer. On the 18th day of testimony at Kelly’s trial in federal court in Brooklyn, Cheryl Mack, the mother of music producer London on da Track, said she saw Kelly begin…"R. Kelly witness says she saw singer’s sexual activity, was pressed to write apology letter"
WASHINGTON – A former lawyer for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign law firm pleaded not guilty on Friday to lying to the FBI, a charge by a U.S. special counsel investigating the origins of a FBI probe of potential ties between Russia and Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign. Sean Berkowitz, a lawyer for Michael Sussmann, 57, a cybersecurity specialist who worked for the Perkins, Coie law firm, told U.S. Magistrate Judge Zia Faruqui that he was…"Ex-lawyer for Clinton campaign law firm pleads not guilty to charge in Trump-Russia probe"
VIENNA – A trial opened in Vienna on Friday over an outbreak of the coronavirus at the ski resort of Ischgl in early 2020 in which Austrian authorities stand accused of responding too slowly, possibly due to pressure from the tourist sector. The outbreak at Ischgl was Austria’s biggest and helped spread the virus across Europe. Hundreds of Austrians were infected and thousands of foreign tourists say they were too as the virus found a…"Trial over COVID-19 outbreak in Austria’s ‘Ibiza of the Alps’ begins"
DENVER – The man accused of killing three people at a Colorado abortion clinic in 2015 was declared on Thursday to be mentally unfit for trial on federal charges for the shootings, the same conclusion a state court judge reached in likewise ruling him incompetent. Robert Lewis Dear, 63, held in a federal mental health detention facility in Missouri, appeared remotely via video conference for Thursday’s hearing in U.S. District Court in Denver. Dear stormed…"Accused Colorado abortion clinic gunman found unfit for trial on federal charges"
BELFAST – Northern Irish police said on Thursday they had charged two men with the 2019 murder of journalist Lyra McKee in Londonderry, whose death sparked outrage in the British-run province. The men, aged 21 and 33, were also charged with rioting and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, the Police Service of Northern Ireland said in a statement. The men were due in court on Friday, the statement said. The New…"Northern Irish police charge two over killing of journalist Lyra McKee"
RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s popularity has hit the lowest point of his time in office, a Datafolha poll showed on Thursday, with 53% of respondents disapproving of him ahead of a presidential election next year. The pollster’s last survey, in July, showed 51% of respondents disapproved of the far-right former army captain. This month’s poll showed 22% rate him as good or excellent, down from 24% in the earlier poll. Bolsonaro…"Bolsonaro’s support hits fresh low ahead of Brazil 2022 vote, poll shows"
– Peloton Interactive Inc has escaped rival Mad Dogg Athletics’ claims that it infringed Mad Dogg’s exercise-bike patents, after an East Texas federal court found the relevant parts of the Mad Dogg patents were likely related to abstract ideas. Peloton showed that Mad Dogg’s patents were directed to the patent-ineligible concepts of “providing instruction for an exercise bike class” and “collecting, analyzing, and presenting information,” U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap said Wednesday in dismissing Mad…"Peloton puts brakes on rival Mad Dogg’s bike-patent claims"
BRAUNSCHWEIG, Germany – Four former employees of carmaker Volkswagen went on trial on Thursday over the Dieselgate scandal in which illegal software was used to cheat emission tests. The trial, being held in the city of Braunschweig, close to Volkswagen’s headquarters in Wolfsburg, started without former CEO Martin Winterkorn, whose separate trial will take place at a later date. The four employees, who are accused of fraud, had been aware of the illegal software but…"Four former VW employees go on trial in Dieselgate lawsuit"
PARIS – A French appeal court on Thursday lowered to three million euros a fine France’s markets watchdog AMF had imposed on U.S. news agency Bloomberg for publishing a hoax press release, French media report. In December 2019, AMF fined Bloomberg News five million euros ($5.88 million) for publishing a hoax press release relating to construction group Vinci in November 2016. AMF said at the time Bloomberg should have known the information in the press…"French court lowers AMF watchdog’s fine on Bloomberg over Vinci hoax-media"
MOSCOW – Russia on Thursday threatened U.S. social media firms with sizeable fines if they fail to delete content Moscow deems illegal and demanded Apple and Google stop allegedly meddling in its internal affairs on the eve of parliamentary elections. Internet services are coming under increasing pressure ahead of Russia’s Sept. 17-19 parliamentary vote. Russia’s authorities have said foreign firms are hampering their efforts to block virtual private networks (VPNs) and online resources linked to…"Russia ramps up pressure on foreign tech firms on eve of election"