Top news stories for today – July 30, 2016
Former Fox employee details harassment by Ailes
In a story by New York’s Gabriel Sherman published Friday, former Fox News employee Laurie Luhn detailed alleged harassment by former network chief Roger Ailes over a span of more than two decades.
The explosive account chronicles Luhn’s experience of alleged harassment at Ailes’ hands beginning in the summer of 1988 and running through 2011, when she signed a settlement with Fox News that included “extensive nondisclosure provisions,” Sherman writes.
Luhn told Sherman that Ailes demanded regular hotel-room meet-ups, where Luhn would perform oral sex and dance suggestively in routines Ailes would capture on camera. She also said several Fox employees deduced she was sexually involved with Ailes, especially as she began moving up in the company. Ailes has denied all allegations against him, and last week resigned from the network. New York News & Politics, The Week
Indian couple killed over 22 cents
A man was beheaded and his wife hacked to death after a disagreement with a grocer. The killings took place in the Mainpuri district of the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh Thursday, following an argument earlier that day.
The couple, who belonged to the lowest rung of India’s caste hierarchy, had owed upper-caste shopkeeper Ashok Mishra 15 rupees (22 U.S. cents) but said they were unable to pay back the money. According to police, eyewitnesses said the couple, who were referred to as Bharat and Mamta, had told Mishra they would pay back their debt at the end of the day, once they had received their wages as laborers.
After a heated argument about 6 a.m. local time, as the couple headed to work in nearby fields, police say Mishra went home, grabbed an ax, and attacked the couple. Both died. CNN
Local Zika transmission in US
Four cases of Zika virus infection in Florida have been confirmed to have been transmitted by local mosquitoes, a first in the continental United States since the global outbreak began last year.
None of the four patients affected had traveled to a region outside of the U.S. where the virus is known to be present, nor had any of them had sexual contact with someone who had traveled to such a region, which confirmed the disease came from bites from local mosquitoes. The patients live in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, but Florida Gov. Rick Scott said that to date, no mosquitoes in the state have yet tested positive for the virus. CNN, The Associated Press, The Week
Sandy Hook Elementary to reopen
Sandy Hook Elementary will be filled with students again this August. The rebuilt school bears no memories or resemblance of the old building that stood on the same property December 14, 2012. That was the day an armed man walked into the school and took the lives of 26 people — 20 of them children.
The only sense of familiarity some of the returning students will have is Shelley the turtle, who’s waiting for school to start in her brand new aquarium. Selectman Pat Llodra says Shelley has been with Sandy Hook Elementary for over a decade. CNN
US Presidential election
Courts reject voting stipulations in North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Kansas: Courts in North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Kansas issued rulings Friday against Republican-backed rules for voting procedure. A federal appeals court struck down North Carolina’s photo identification law, holding in a unanimous decision that it was “passed with racially discriminatory intent.” The decision also rejected other restrictions like a ban on same-day registration. In Wisconsin, a federal judge left a photo ID requirement intact but much modified while rejecting a host of other voting limitations. And in Kansas, a county judge ruled the state could not ignore the votes of those who failed to provide proof of U.S. citizenship while registering, a decision that will affect up to 50,000 votes in November. Associated Press, Politico
Clinton, Trump hit the campaign trail as general election begins: Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton both hit the campaign trail Friday, on the first official day of the general election. Both Trump and Clinton have accepted their respective party’s presidential nomination after Clinton’s nominating convention ended Thursday night, and both candidates headed to battleground states to make their cases. Trump, the Republican nominee, appeared in Colorado and went on the offensive against Clinton, saying he was “taking the gloves off” and embracing the “lock her up!” chants that began at last week’s Republican convention. Meanwhile, Clinton, the newly minted Democratic nominee, arrived in Pennsylvania and kicked off her day at Temple University. She embraced the historic nature of her candidacy, telling the crowd: “Nobody who looked like me was thought to be possible to run for president.” The Denver Post, Philly.com
Clinton campaign reportedly among hacked Democratic organizations: The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee admitted Friday that it had been hacked, following last month’s revelation that the Democratic National Committee had been hacked and last week’s subsequent leak of thousands of internal DNC emails. A spokeswoman for the DCCC, which raises money for Democrats to be elected to the House of Representatives, said the group had been told by investigators “that this is similar to other recent incidents, including the DNC breach.” Russia is widely rumored to have carried out the DNC hack. Additionally, sources told Reuters on Friday that Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign’s computer network was also breached, adding to suspicions that Russia is using cyber-attacks to intervene in the U.S. presidential election. Reuters, The Guardian, The Week
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