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Alex Jones may have lied in court, but perjury charge would be unusual

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Alex Jones attempts to answer questions about his emails asked by Mark Bankston, lawyer for Neil Heslin and Scarlett Lewis, during trial at the Travis County Courthouse, Austin, Texas, U.S., August 3, 2022. Briana Sanchez/Pool via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Aug 5 (Reuters) –......

Jury awards $45.2 million in punitive damages in Alex Jones Sandy Hook trial

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Aug 5 (Reuters) – U.S. conspiracy theorist Alex Jones must pay the parents of a 6-year-old boy killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre $45.2 million in punitive damages – on top of $4.1 million in compensatory damages already awarded – for falsely claiming the shooting was a hoax, a......

Analysis: Why the banks financing Musk’s Twitter deal are unlikely to be able to help him walk away

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An image of Elon Musk is seen on smartphone placed on printed Twitter logos in this picture illustration taken April 28, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Aug 5 (Reuters) – The banks that agreed to finance Elon Musk’s $44 billion acquisition of......

Twitter rejects Musk’s claims that he was hoodwinked

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Elon Musk’s Twitter profile is seen on a smartphone placed on printed Twitter logos in this picture illustration taken April 28, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration//File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register NEW YORK, Aug 4 (Reuters) – Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) on Thursday dismissed Elon Musk’s claims in......

Jury finds Alex Jones must pay $4.1 million for Sandy Hook hoax claims

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Aug 4 (Reuters) – U.S. conspiracy theorist Alex Jones should pay parents of a child killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre at least $4.1 million for falsely claiming the shooting was a hoax, a Texas jury said on Thursday. The verdict followed a two-week trial in Austin, Texas, where......

Four Kentucky police officers charged in Breonna Taylor killing

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WASHINGTON, Aug 4 (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors on Thursday charged four current and former Louisville, Kentucky, police officers for their roles in the botched 2020 raid that killed Breonna Taylor, a Black woman who was in her home, in a case that sparked nationwide protests. Three of the officers, Kyle......

Russian prosecutor demands prison for Griner, lawyer seeks acquittal

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Prosecutor seeks 9 ½ years in prison for U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner’s lawyers seek her acquittal United States has made Russia a prisoner swap offer Verdict expected on Thursday, lawyer says This content was produced in Russia, where the law restricts coverage of Russian military operations in Ukraine. KHIMKI,......

‘End this nightmare,’ Sandy Hook parents’ lawyer tells jurors in Alex Jones defamation trial

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Aug 3 (Reuters) – Jurors in the Alex Jones defamation trial began deliberations on Wednesday after a lawyer for a child killed in the Sandy Hook massacre said they should “end this nightmare” and force the U.S. conspiracy theorist to pay them $150 million for falsely claiming the shooting was......

Abortion ban in Idaho faces first U.S. legal challenge since Roe

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WASHINGTON, Aug 2 (Reuters) – The United States sued Idaho on Tuesday to block a state law that it said imposes a “near-absolute ban” on abortion, marking its first legal challenge to state abortion laws since the Supreme Court in June overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling. The......

Father of child killed in Sandy Hook testifies in Alex Jones defamation trial

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Alex Jones walks into the courtroom in front of Scarlett Lewis and Neil Heslin, the parents of 6-year-old Sandy Hook shooting victim Jesse Lewis, at the Travis County Courthouse in Austin, Texas, U.S. July 28, 2022. Briana Sanchez/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register......

Michigan court blocks enforcement of 1931 abortion ban by county prosecutors

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Aug 1 (Reuters) – A Michigan judge on Monday blocked local prosecutors from enforcing a 1931 abortion ban, just hours after an appeals court ruled that they could do so, state Attorney General Dana Nessel said. But in Kentucky the latest ruling from a judge reinstates two abortion bans for......

Militia member given longest prison sentence for U.S. Capitol attack

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House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack led by Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., swears in the witnesses during during the seventh public hearing by the House Select Committee to investigate the January 6th attack on the US Capitol, in Washington, DC, U.S., July 12, 2022. Doug Mills/Pool via......

Stephen King going to bat for U.S. gov’t in case against book publishing mega-merger

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WASHINGTON, Aug 1 (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department asked a federal judge on Monday to block a $2.2 billion merger of two of the “Big Five” book publishers, Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster, in a trial that is expected to feature testimony from horror writer Stephen King.......

U.S. judge rejects parts of Boy Scouts’ $2.7 bln sex abuse deal

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July 29 (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Friday rejected key aspects of the Boy Scouts of America’s reorganization plan and its underlying sex abuse settlement, delaying the national youth organization’s ability to emerge from bankruptcy. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Laurie Selber Silverstein in Wilmington, Delaware, ruled she could not approve......

Elon Musk files countersuit under seal vs Twitter over $44 bln deal

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WILMINGTON, Del., July 29 (Reuters) – Elon Musk countersued Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) on Friday, escalating his legal fight against the social media company over his bid to walk away from the $44 billion purchase, although the lawsuit was filed confidentially. Although the 164-page document was not publicly available, under court......

U.S. Justice Department probing cyber breach of federal court records system

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WASHINGTON, July 28 (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department is investigating a cyber breach involving the federal court records management system, the department’s top national security attorney told lawmakers on Thursday. Matt Olsen, head of the Justice Department’s National Security Division, alluded to the threat of cyber attacks by foreign......

No deal yet with U.S. on Griner swap for arms dealer Bout, Russia says

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Blinken says U.S. made a “substantial offer” to Russia Arms dealer Bout could be swapped for U.S. basketball star LONDON, July 28 (Reuters) – Russia said on Thursday there was no deal yet with the United States on swapping detained U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner and a former Marine for......

Russia fines WhatsApp, other foreign firms over data storage violations

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Russian court fines WhatsApp 18 mln rbls over data storage Snap, Match Group, Hotels.com, Spotify handed smaller fines WhatsApp owner Meta already found guilty of ‘extremist activity’ Dispute with foreign tech has escalated amid Ukraine conflict This content was produced in Russia where the law restricts coverage of Russian military......

U.S. sues to stop Facebook from buying virtual reality firm Within

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WASHINGTON, July 27 (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Trade Commission sought a court order on Wednesday to block Facebook parent Meta Platforms (META.O) from buying virtual reality (VR) content maker Within Unlimited. The FTC, in a request filed on Wednesday in federal court in San Francisco for a temporary restraining......

U.S. basketball star Griner returns to Russian court in drugs trial

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Griner faces up to 10 years in prison U.S. says she is wrongly detained This content was produced in Russia, where the law restricts coverage of Russian military operations in Ukraine. KHIMKI, Russia, July 26 (Reuters) – U.S. basketball player Brittney Griner appeared at a Russian court on Tuesday for......

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