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Colorado attorney general investigating whether Aurora police’s ‘patterns and practices’ are unconstitutional

Colorado attorney general investigating whether Aurora police’s ‘patterns and practices’ are unconstitutional

Colorado’s attorney general has announced an investigation into whether the “patterns and practices” at the Aurora Police Department are unconstitutional. The investigation has been underway for “several weeks,” Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser’s office said in a release Tuesday. The department has pledged full cooperation but said its police chief was only informed of the…

Elijah McClain’s family files civil rights lawsuit against Aurora, Colorado

Elijah McClain’s family files civil rights lawsuit against Aurora, Colorado

The family of Elijah McClain filed a civil rights lawsuit Tuesday against the city of Aurora, Colorado, in federal court. “Aurora’s unconstitutional conduct on the night of August 24, 2019, is part of a larger custom, policy, and practice of racism and brutality, as reflected by its conduct both before and after its murder of…

Former Victoria’s Secret mogul agreed to written deposition in Epstein accuser suit

Former Victoria’s Secret mogul agreed to written deposition in Epstein accuser suit

Les Wexner, the former head of the parent company that owns Victoria’s Secret, has agreed to answer written deposition questions in a lawsuit involving Jeffrey Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre and attorney Alan Dershowitz, but Dershowitz wants him to testify in person or on camera, according to newly unsealed documents. Dershowitz’s attorneys have subpoenaed Wexner to…

Philadelphia homicides second-highest in the country in 2020, police say

Philadelphia homicides second-highest in the country in 2020, police say

Philadelphia ranks second in the nation in the number of homicides so far this year, just behind Chicago, according to statistics presented by Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw. As of July 26, homicides in the city had jumped 32% to 247, compared to the same period a year earlier, Outlaw told city council members at…

Lifelike robotic pets are helping isolated seniors avoid loneliness

Lifelike robotic pets are helping isolated seniors avoid loneliness

For some, limiting the spread of coronavirus has meant long periods of isolation. And for older adults — who are among the most vulnerable to the illness — that social distancing has come at a particular cost. The US is now in its eighth month of the fight against coronavirus, with over 5 million cases…

The earth was once home to ‘terror crocodiles’ nearly the size of city buses

A new study has shed more light on gigantic “terror crocodiles,” that once roamed the world and preyed on dinosaurs with teeth “the size of bananas.” The research, which was conducted in 2018, published this week in Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. It found that the Deinosuchus — a lineage of giant Late Cretacecous crocodylians from…

Attorneys for Ghislaine Maxwell ask to halt release of sealed documents in civil case after learning of ‘critical new information’

Attorneys for Ghislaine Maxwell ask to halt release of sealed documents in civil case after learning of ‘critical new information’

Attorneys for Ghislaine Maxwell, the alleged accomplice of accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, said in a court filing Monday that they’ve learned of “critical new information” that impacts her criminal case and a civil case where dozens of documents are expected to be unsealed. Her attorneys have asked that the documents, including depositions, remain sealed…

She is the first American to get a new face twice

She is the first American to get a new face twice

Seven years ago, Carmen Tarleton received a face transplant, a decision she made after her estranged husband attacked her in 2007 with a bottle of lye, disfiguring her face beyond recognition. The transplant was a grueling, complex, surgical procedure — one that ultimately proved unsuccessful. But last month, Tarleton, a 52-year-old former nurse, chose to…