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Laurence Fishburne declares divorce after 15-year marital relationship

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Greg Allen/ AP In this Dec. 6, 2015 file picture, Laurence Fishburne, left, and Gina Torres go to the 38th Yearly Kennedy Center Honors at The Kennedy Center Hall of States in Washington. Court records in Los Angeles reveal that Fishburne declared divorce from his spouse of 15 years, Torres, on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, and is looking for joint custody of their 10-year-old child.

Friday, Nov. 3, 2017|6:10 p.m.

LOS ANGELES– Court records reveal Laurence Fishburne has filed for divorce from his other half of 15 years.

Fishburne cited irreconcilable differences in Thursday’s filing as the reason for his break up with Gina Torres. The pair has a 10-year-old child together, and Fishburne is seeking joint custody.

The petition, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, specifies Fishburne and Torres have reached an arrangement on how to distribute their properties.

The former couple married in September 2002 and Fishburne states they separated in October 2016.

Fishburne stars in “Last Flag Flying,” which was launched Friday.

The divorce was first reported by celeb website TMZ.

Mormon leader declares faith'' s opposition to gay marital relationship

Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017|12:45 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY– A leading Mormon leader declared the religion’s opposition to same-sex marriage on Saturday throughout a church conference– and reminded fans viewing around the globe that kids must be raised in households led by a family man and woman.

The speech by Dallin H. Oaks, a member of a top governing body called the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, followed a push in current years by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to support theological opposition to gay marriage amidst extensive social acceptance while trying to cultivate an understanding position towards LGBT people.

The Mormon church is one of numerous conservative faith groups navigating the difficulties that arise from attempting to strike the ideal balance.

“We have experienced a fast and increasing public approval of cohabitation without marriage and same-sex marriage. The corresponding media advocacy, education, and even occupational requirements posture challenging obstacles for Latter-day Saints,” Oaks stated. “We need to try to stabilize the contending needs of following the gospel law in our individual lives and mentors even as we seek to reveal love for all.”

Oaks acknowledged that this belief can put Mormons at odds with family and friends and doesn’t match existing laws, consisting of the current legalization of gay marriage in the United States. However he told the nearly 16-million members seeing around the world that the religious beliefs’s 1995 file detailing the teaching– “The Household: A Pronouncement to the World”– isn’t really’ a policy declaration that will be changed.

After the Utah-based Mormon church got backlash in 2008 for helping lead the defend California’s Proposal 8 constitutional restriction on gay marriage, spiritual leaders spent a number of years thoroughly establishing a more understanding LGBT tone.

That was disrupted in 2015 when the church adopted new rules prohibiting children coping with gay moms and dads from being baptized until age 18 and clarifying that individuals in same-sex relationships are apostates. That policy drew severe criticism from gay church members and their fans who considered it a major setback from current progress.

A year earlier, church leaders upgraded a site developed in 2012 to let members know that attraction to individuals of the exact same sex is not a sin or a step of their loyalty and might never ever go away. But the church advised members that having gay sex violates basic doctrinal beliefs that will not change.

Oaks on Saturday repeated a church belief that kids should be raised in heterosexual married homes, not by gay moms and dads or couples who live together but aren’t married. He lamented that fewer children in the United States aren’t raised in exactly what the religious beliefs considers the perfect households.

“Even as we must cope with the marriage laws and other traditions of a declining world, those who pursue exaltation needs to make personal options in family life inning accordance with the Lord’s way whenever that differs from the world’s way,” Oaks said.

The twice-yearly conference going on without church President Thomas S. Monson, 90, who is dealing with ailing health. It’s the very first time in more than a half century that Monson hasn’t spoken at the conferences. Prior to ending up being church president in 2008, he served on the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles beginning in 1963.

Monson has actually downsized conference involvement in recent years and in May church authorities stated that Monson was not going regularly to conferences at church offices since of restrictions associated with his age.

Church presidents serve up until they die.

Monson is the first church president because 1994 not to attend and make a minimum of one speech, however prior to that, it was relatively common for church presidents to miss conference toward the end of their lives.

Dieter F. Uchtdorf, one of Monson’s leading two therapists, opened the conference by informing church members that Monson enjoys them all quite. A second-level leader, Massimo De Feo, asked in a prayer that the angels accompany Monson.

Also missing will be 85-year-old Robert D. Hales, another leading leader who was hospitalized in recent days. Hales has belonged to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles because 1994.

Church leaders utilize the conference to provide spiritual assistance to members and in some cases reveal church news.

Jeffrey R. Holland, a member the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, said he hears too often from Mormons that they seem like they do not determine up. He alerted that the pursuit of Christ-like perfection shouldn’t lead to getting ulcers, bulimia, depression or lowered self-confidence.

“Sibling and sisters, other than for Jesus, there have been no perfect performances on this earthly journey we are pursuing, so while in death let’s pursue consistent enhancement without consuming over exactly what behavioral researchers call “harmful perfectionism,'” Holland said. “We must not demean and vilify ourselves, as if battering on ourselves is somehow going to make us the person God wants us to end up being.”

Cosby judge declares mistrial as jury deadlocks once again

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Matt Slocum/ AP Expense Cosby gets to the Montgomery County Courthouse throughout his sexual assault trial, Friday, June 16, 2017, in Norristown, Pa.

Published Saturday, June 17, 2017|7 a.m.

Updated 4 hours, 44 minutes ago

NORRISTOWN, Pa.– Costs Cosby’s trial on sexual assault charges ended without a verdict Saturday after jurors failed to reach an unanimous choice in a case that helped destroy the 79-year-old comedian’s image as “America’s Father.”

Jurors deliberated more than 52 hours over 6 days before informing a judge they could not settle on whether “The Cosby Program” star drugged and molested Temple University staff member Andrea Constand at his rural Philadelphia home in 2004. The judge then stated a mistrial.

Prosecutors said they would retry Cosby, who remains accuseded of three counts of aggravated indecent attack.

The comic’s career and good-guy image were already in tatters by the time his chief accuser took the stand and described how Cosby gave her pills and after that penetrated her with his fingers as she lay disabled on a sofa, not able to tell him to stop.

However the jurors clearly struggled with their decision, informing the judge on Day 4 they were at deadlock. Judge Steven O’Neill instructed them to keep working toward a consentaneous decision. On Saturday, they came back and informed O’Neill they were hopelessly deadlocked.

It was the only criminal case to develop from claims from more than 60 females that cast Cosby– wed more than 50 years– as a serial predator who gave drugs to females prior to breaching them.

He did not take the stand in his own defense, leaving it to his attorney to argue Cosby and Constand were enthusiasts sharing a consensual sexual encounter. Lawyer Brian McMonagle told jurors that while Cosby had actually betrayed to his better half, he didn’t devote a crime.

“We’re discussing all the man’s tomorrows,” said McMonagle, prompting acquittal of an icon in the twilight of life.

Cosby broke barriers as the first black star to star in a network show, “I Spy,” in the 1960s and produced the top-ranked “Cosby Show” two decades later on, starring as kindly Dr. Cliff Huxtable. He discovered success with his “Fat Albert” animated TELEVISION show and starred in commercials for Jello-O pudding.

However it was his credibility as a public moralist who urged youths to bring up their saggy trousers and begin acting properly that prompted a federal judge to unseal parts of an explosive deposition he gave more than a decade ago as part of Constand’s civil claim against him.

In the deposition, released in 2015 at the demand of The Associated Press, Cosby said he acquired a number of prescriptions for quaaludes in the 1970s and used the now-banned sedatives to females he wished to have sex with.

He also said he gave Constand three half-tablets of the cold and allergic reaction medicine Benadryl prior to the “petting” began. District attorneys recommended he drugged her with something more powerful.

Constand, 44, initially went to authorities about a year after she stated Cosby attacked her, however a prosecutor declared her case too weak to bring charges.

A years later on, a brand-new district lawyer resumed the examination after Cosby’s lurid testimony about drugs and sex ended up being public, and lots of women came forward versus one of the most precious stars in all of program business. He was charged quickly prior to the statute of restriction was set to end.

McMonagle, in his closing argument, mentioned that Constand telephoned Cosby dozens of times after the alleged attack. Constand told the jury she was simply returning his calls about the ladies’s basketball squad at Temple University, where she was director of team operations and he belonged to the board of trustees.

“This isn’t talking to a trustee. This is talking to an enthusiast,” McMonagle stated of one call that lasted 49 minutes. “Why are we running from the fact of this case– this relationship? Why?”

He also aimed to plant doubt about Constand’s story, saying it had progressed during her interviews with cops.

However Steele, the district lawyer, stated it was no accident that a few of Constand’s memories were defective.

“There are some things in this case that should be fuzzy. Why? Because he drugged her to do this,” the district attorney informed jurors. “She spent a lot more time attempting to forget what took place than aiming to bear in mind that night.”

Before going on trial, Cosby revealed hope he could ultimately resume his profession. But TELEVISION networks had long given that ditched prepare for a comeback and pulled reruns from the air after his lurid deposition statement ended up being public.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who state they are victims of sexual attack unless they give consent, which Constand has actually done.

Trump declares '' total vindication' ' in tweet on Comey

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Jacquelyn Martin/ AP President Donald Trump speaks with a Faith and Freedom conference at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Washington.

Friday, June 9, 2017|8:11 a.m.

WASHINGTON– President Donald Trump on Friday broke his silence on Twitter following explosive testament by fired FBI Director James Comey, stating “overall and total vindication.”

Trump’s Twitter account had been peaceful throughout Comey’s testimony implicating the administration of spreading out “lies.” But a day after the carefully enjoyed hearing, Trump struck back with an early morning tweet: “Wow, Comey is a leaker.”

Trump was expected to deal with reporters later on Friday in a joint news conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, who is visiting the White House.

While Trump might feel vindicated, Comey’s track record as a truth-teller didn’t appear to take a hit. In his statement, Comey comprehensive months of mistrust of the president and candidly asserted that Trump had fired him to hinder the probe of Russia’s ties to the Trump project.

House Speaker Paul Ryan attempted to brush off the conclusion as Trump being new to the White House, however Sen. Susan Collins, a moderate Republican, said Congress needs to get any tapes the president may have of his negotiations with the previous FBI director. She called Comey an “respectable person.”

“I discovered him to be reputable, honest and thorough,” Collins stated of Comey on MSNBC’s “Early morning Joe.”

Also in his statement, Comey exposed that he ‘d managed the public release of details about his personal conversations with the president in an effort to enhance the investigation.

Trump’s tweet read: “Regardless of a lot of false declarations and lies, overall and complete vindication … and WOW, Comey is a leaker.”

Collins, a member of the Senate intelligence committee, which is investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, said Comey’s motivation “might have been a good one.” However, she stated, he was wrong to leak his notes to the public and need to have given that file to her panel.

Comey’s testament offered a gripping account of his interactions with Trump and highlighted the discord that had soured their relationship.

He portrayed Trump as a president dismissive of the FBI’s independence and explained that he interpreted Trump’s demand to end an examination into his previous national security adviser as an order originating from the president.

The ex-director’s declaration deepened questions about the basis for his May 9 termination and about whether Trump’s actions made up obstruction of justice. The veteran lawman revealed self-confidence that might be a matter ripe for investigation by unique counsel Robert Mueller, though he decreased to provide a viewpoint on whether it fulfilled such a limit.

Trump’s private attorney, Marc Kasowitz, seized on Comey’s admission that he had actually told Trump on numerous occasions that he was not personally under investigation and maintained the testament made clear that Trump “never, in form or substance, directed or recommended that Mr. Comey stop examining anybody.”

Kasowitz likewise got on Comey’s revelation that he had released details of his personal discussions with the president, casting the previous FBI director as one of the “leakers” set on undermining the Trump administration.

Still, there was no doubt the veteran lawman made for a challenging foe.

“It’s my judgment that I was fired due to the fact that of the Russia examination,” Comey said towards the end of more than two hours of testament before the Senate intelligence committee. “I was fired in some method to alter, or the venture was to alter, the method the Russia examination was being performed.

“That is a huge offer, and not even if it includes me.”

At one point he virtually attempted Trump to launch any recordings of their discussions, a possibility the president when alluded to in a tweet.

“Lordy, I hope there are tapes,” Comey stated, recommending such proof would support his account over the president’s.

The disclosures that followed Comey’s shooting have actually raised concerns about why Comey, understood in federal government for an independent streak and a willingness to buck protocol, did not speak out openly while on the task, or at least make his objections directly known to the president.

Discussing the conference in which Comey states Trump asked him to back off Flynn, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California asked, “Why didn’t you stop and state, ‘Mr. President, this is incorrect,’?”

“It’s a terrific concern,” Comey replied. “Perhaps if I were more powerful I would have. I was so shocked by the discussion, I just took it in.”

Comey likewise explained that political entanglement in law enforcement has cut across celebration lines.

Throughout a discussion of the Hillary Clinton email examination, Comey disclosed that then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch, an Obama administration appointee, instructed him to refer to the concern as a “matter,” not an “examination.”

“That worried me because that language tracked how the project was talking about the FBI’s work and that’s concerning,” he stated. “We had an examination open at the time so that gave me a queasy feeling.”

Numerous Democrats still blame Comey for Clinton’s loss, leading Trump to apparently think they would applaud him for firing Comey. The opposite took place, as the firing developed a political firestorm that has actually stalled Trump’s legal agenda and taken over Washington.

Under questioning Thursday, Comey reaffirmed the intelligence neighborhood’s conclusion that Russia meddled in the election.

“There should be no fuzz on this. The Russians interfered,” Comey stated firmly. “That occurred. It has to do with as un-fake as you can perhaps get.”

Trump has actually begrudgingly accepted that assessment. However he has actually also suggested he doesn’t think it, saying Russia is a “ruse” and calling the investigation into the matter a “witch hunt.”

Nevada secretary of state declares voter fraud, blames DMV

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Mikayla Whitmore A citizen on election day strolls into the John C. Fremont Middle School ballot station in Las Vegas, Nev. on Nov. 8, 2016.

Sunday, April 16, 2017|7:15 a.m.

Nevada’s secretary of state has introduced a citizen scams examination, claiming the Department of Motor Automobiles may have unintentionally added a number of people to the voter rolls who were not citizens in the last governmental election.

Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske made the announcement in a letter Friday night to the state DMV director, Terri Albertson.

Albertson hit back Saturday, in an action letter back to Cegavske that read in part: “Your letter comes as a complete surprise as you and your workplace have reviewed, contributed to, and authorized the procedures you are revealing issues about.”

Cegavske, the state’s top election official, advised the DMV in her preliminary letter, claiming DMV employees provided and accepted citizen registration materials from clients seeking chauffeur’s licenses and identification cards, even if the clients provided a Green Card indicating they were not people.

Nevada law allows individuals to sign up to vote when they’re requesting motorist’s licenses and identification cards through the DMV. The DMV then forwards the voter registration details to the county elections department for processing.

Cegavske stated DMV workers being informed to accept voter registration info from all consumers is a misconception of the law. She purchased the DMV to stop the practice.

“Please take suitable corrective action, as we have reason to think that non-citizens have actually unlawfully signed up to vote in Nevada as a direct result of DMV’s practices,” Cegavske wrote.

Albertson reacted that her firm will consult lawyers on the matter however that the law requires the DMV to forward the registration information no matter how incomplete it may be, since it is the state’s election officials who ultimately examine voter eligibility. The DMV said its employees do, however, flag cases for additional evaluation when eligibility is questioned.

Cegavske also stated in a statement that her workplace “got proven proof of possible unlawful votes cast” but didn’t recognize which county or counties the proof originated from, and the number of votes it links. Cegavske said the examination is in the beginning stages but repeated that the office has validated individuals who were not residents enacted the election and that there were people who were ineligible– and didn’t vote– but still appeared on the citizen rolls.

“The integrity of the entire election process, from voter registration to the casting of tallies, is always my top issue,” Cegavske said.

A representative for Gov. Brian Sandoval couldn’t right away be reached for remark.

The secretary of state’s office is now seeking records from the DMV as part of the investigation. All 17 county clerks in Nevada were also notified with a copy of the DMV letter.

“The letter came as a complete surprise,” stated Joe Gloria, the Clark County Registrar of Voters.

Gloria stated Saturday he is not aware of any citizen fraud claims in Nevada’s most inhabited county, which includes Las Vegas. Nearly 1.2 million people in Nevada were signed up to vote in Clark County as of November 2016, which amounts to more than 70 percent of all citizens throughout the whole state, according to state records.

Gloria stated the secretary of state’s workplace because February has asked for and received details from Clark County however that there wasn’t a tip of this voter fraud examination.

“They have not supplied me with any information,” Gloria stated.

Cegavske is a Las Vegas Republican politician who spent 18 years in the Nevada Legislature before being elected secretary of state. She took office in 2015 as the state’s top election official and has promoted a law requiring picture identification to vote.

Last November, Cegavske reported that more than 1.1 million of the state’s nearly 1.5 million active registered voters cast tallies in the election. Nevada preferred Democrat Hillary Clinton, by 48 percent, to 46 percent for now President Donald Trump.

Guinness declares the longest baguette at 400 feet in Italy

Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015|7:38 a.m.

MILAN (AP)– A judge from Guinness World Records has certified a 122-meter-long (400-foot-long) baguette baked at the Milan Expo 2015 World’s Fair as the longest worldwide.

Some 60 French and Italian bakers worked almost 7 hours Sunday to bake the French bread defined by its soft middle and crusty exterior, methodically rolling a portable oven along the length of the doughy preparation.

The Italian maker of Nutella, Ferrero, backed the enterprise to beat the 111-meter (364-foot) record held by a French supermarket chain.

The baguette was then being cut and smeared with Nutella to show the numerous Exposition goers who saw the record.

It was at least the fourth world record proclaimed throughout Expo, consisting of the longest pizza at 1.5954 kilometers, or nearly a mile long.