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1. Facebook bans far-right groups including BNP, EDL and Britain First

Facebook has permanently banned a number of far-right organisations and individuals including the British National party, the English Defence League and Britain First under its "Dangerous individuals and organisations" policy. The ban, which came into effect at midday on Thursday, extends beyond the groups and individuals specifically cited as hate organisations: posts and other content that "Expresses praise or support" for them will also be banned, as will users who coordinate support for the groups. Twelve individuals and accounts have been banned by the site: the BNP and its former chairman Nick Griffin; Britain First, its leader, Paul Golding, and former deputy leader Jayda Fransen; the EDL and Paul Ray, a founder member of the group; Knights Templar International and the far-right activist Jim Dowson; the National Front and its leader, Tony Martin; and the far-right activist Jack Renshaw, a former spokesperson for the proscribed terrorist organisation National Action. "The individuals and organisations we have banned today violate this policy, and they will no longer be allowed a presence on Facebook or Instagram. Posts and other content which expresses praise or support for these figures and groups will also be banned. Our work against organised hate is ongoing and we will continue to review individuals, organisations, pages, groups and content against our community standards." When Facebook initially banned Britain First in early 2018 it was for repeated breaches of the site's posting policies, and did not reach the level of designating it as a dangerous organisation.



3. Lori Loughlin's husband Mossimo Giannulli says he lied about his own college education to get money

Fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, who was indicted along with his wife Lori Loughlin for allegedly paying bribes to get their daughters into USC, may have misrepresented his own college education to his father in an attempt to get money. CNN uncovered a 2016 article on a fashion blog that states that Giannulli "Not only convinced his dad that he was a student by falsifying report cards, Mossimo got him to fork over fees with fake tuition bills." USC did not share if Giannulli actually took any classes there. Giannulli and Loughlin's daughter Olivia Jade told the story of her father's apparent deception during a podcast that was released four days before her parents were charged in the college admissions scandal. Giannulli and Loughlin have pleaded not guilty to the bribery charges, and both of them could face jail time if found guilty.


4. 50 years in prison without parole for 'serial child molester' who targeted young children at Texas church

MCKINNEY, Texas - A McKinney man was sentenced to 50 years in prison without the possibility of parole for continuously molesting multiple young children at a church where he served as a primary teacher. 23-year-old Noel Anderson of McKinney, who prosecutors described as a "Serial child molester," pled guilty to continuous sexual abuse of a child and was sentenced to 50 years in prison. "Anderson sexually abused multiple children who he had ongoing access to over a period of several years through his church," stated a release from the Collin County District Attorney's Office. Erson confessed to the charges and told investigators he had targeted children he thought would not disclose the abuse. "We're grateful for these brave children, as their courage helped lock up a serial child predator," stated Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis.



6. New Whistleblower Protection Office Is Under Investigation for Retaliating Against Whistleblowers

The new IG office is looking into activities at the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection as part of an ongoing review of the implementation of the 2017 law that created OAWP. Trump created OAWP by executive order in 2017 and later codified it when he signed the 2017 VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act into law. Tom Devine, legal director at the Government Accountability Project, a whistleblower advocacy group, said his initial excitement about OAWP has been dampened by "Structural developments," including what he called veto power the department's general counsel has over the whistleblower protection office. This would appear to be in violation of the 2017 law that permanently authorized OAWP, which prohibits the office from existing "As an element of the Office of General Counsel" and its leadership from reporting to OGC. Cashour said it was false to suggest that the Office of General Counsel exercises veto power over whistleblower claims, but acknowledged OAWP and OGC do coordinate. Devine praised some of OAWP's early accomplishments, such as delaying VA's disciplinary decisions that involved alleged reprisal and the hiring of high-profile whistleblower Brandon Coleman as a liaison between whistleblowers and the office. Last year, before his office formally launched an official investigation into the practices of OAWP, VA Inspector General Michael Missal became part of a public spat with then acting Secretary Peter O'Rourke over documents housed within the office.



8. U.K. diver who helped save Thai soccer team is rescued from Tennessee cave

Emergency crews in northern Tennessee on Wednesday night safely retrieved a British cave diver who was part of the dramatic rescue of a Thai youth soccer team last year. A diver safely retrieved Josh Bratchley from the Mill Pond Cave system near Gainesboro in Jackson County, about 65 miles northeast of Nashville, authorities said. Bratchley - who was made a member of the Order of the British Empire in December for his role in the Thai rescue last summer - was in good shape and refused medical treatment, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office. The group called 911 shortly after midnight Tuesday when members noticed that Bratchley was unaccounted for after their last dive Tuesday afternoon, Burris said. A trained diver was sent into the cave system about 6 p.m. Wednesday and found Bratchley about an hour later, authorities said.


9. Two stolen Van Gogh paintings are finally returning to public view after 17 years

In 2002, thieves swiped the Dutch painter's pieces, named "View of the Sea at Scheveningen" and "Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen," from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Museum staff spent two years examining the damage to the paintings and restoring them. "View of the Sea at Scheveningen," one of Van Gogh's earliest works in oil paint, was damaged during its time away from the museum. The piece had likely torn off when the painting was removed from its frame, the museum said. The museum found that both paintings were covered with a varnish that wasn't there before and had yellowed over time.


10. Wisconsin wants out of its $4 billion Foxconn deal

The governor of Wisconsin wants to renegotiate the deal in which iPhone-assembler Foxconn would have received $4 billion in subsidies and infrastructure spending in exchange for employing 13,000 people. Foxconn has changed its plans several times since the deal was first announced, and Gov. Tony Evers no longer believes all those promised jobs will ever emerge. "Clearly the deal that was struck is no longer in play and so we will be working with individuals at Foxconn and of course with to figure out how a new set of parameters should be negotiated," Evers said today, according to the Journal Sentinel. Although Foxconn is famous for assembling the iPhone for Apple, it never intended to do so in Wisconsin. The president has been a visible part of bringing Foxconn to Wisconsin from the beginning.


11. David and Louise Turpin, parents who allegedly tortured and held their kids captive, to be sentenced

The never-before-heard 911 call exclusively obtained by ABC News reveals the chilling moment one of the Turpin daughters turned her parents in. The Turpins are expected to each serve an indeterminate sentence of 25 years to life, making them eligible for parole hearings after the minimum time has elapsed, Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin said in February 2019 after they pleaded guilty. The Turpins were accused of abusing 12 of their 13 children, including in some cases allegedly shackling them and beating them routinely, prosecutors said. The Turpins pleaded guilty to one count of torture and one count of dependent abuse as well as multiple counts of false imprisonment, child endangerment and adult abuse. Hestrin has called the Turpins' case "Among the worst, most aggravated child abuse cases that I have ever seen."


12. Sears sues Lampert, claiming he looted company and drove it into bankruptcy

NEW YORK - Sears Holdings Corp sued longtime former chairman Eddie Lampert, his hedge fund ESL Investments and others like Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, claiming they illegally siphoned billions of dollars of assets from the retailer before it went bankrupt. The complaint seeks the repayment of "Billions of dollars of value looted from Sears," including while it was in what Lampert would later call a "Death spiral" where it sold core assets to meet daily expenses with no real plan for becoming profitable. Sears filed for Chapter 11 protection in October after a prolonged decline under Lampert marked by large losses, scant investment and lost market share to retailers such as Walmart Inc, Home Depot Inc and Amazon.com Inc. Others sued include ESL President Kunal Kamlani; Bruce Berkowitz and his Fairholme Capital Management, which was a large Sears shareholder; and Seritage Growth Properties, which took over 266 of Sears' best stores in a 2015 spinoff. Lampert created Sears Holdings through the 2005 merger of Sears, Roebuck & Co and Kmart Holdings Corp. According to the complaint, Lampert and other insiders had by 2011 begun hatching a plan to "Strip" Sears of assets, as the Hoffman Estates, Illinois-based retailer's performance fell short and more ESL investors were demanding their money back. The complaint said Lampert ordered the creation of bogus financial plans projecting a Sears turnaround, and used them to help transfer five major assets worth more than $2 billion, including Land's End and Sears Hometown Outlet.



14. Video of Robert Kraft at Florida Day Spa to Be Released by Prosecutors

A Florida judge on Wednesday prevented prosecutors from releasing footage of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft allegedly engaging in illicit sex acts at a Florida day spa. The legal drama began after Palm Beach County prosecutors indicated that they were preparing to release the surveillance video from inside the spa. Kraft is facing two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution at a day spa at the center of a sprawling human-trafficking and prostitution investigation. Immediately, Kraft's legal team filed an emergency motion to block the video from going public by claiming the videos were prosecuted illegally, referring to the "Sneak and peek" warrant that allowed investigators to plant recording devices at the day spa. "Mr. Kraft has an obvious and profound stake in any potential disclosure of the sensitive materials at issue, which, among other things, depict him naked, and should therefore be permitted to intervene for the sake of protecting his interests," defense attorney William Burck said in the response motion.


15. Man with gas cans arrested at New York’s famed St. Patrick’s Cathedral

A man carrying two gas cans, lighter fluid and lighters tried to enter New York City's famed St. Patrick's Cathedral on Wednesday but was stopped by a security officer and taken into custody, an NYPD official said. NBC New York reported, citing law enforcement sources, that the man taken into custody is Marc Lamparello, 37.NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller said at a news conference Wednesday night that the man was stopped shortly before 8 p.m. by a security officer at the cathedral. The man pulled up in a minivan on Fifth Avenue and left the car, Around 7:55 p.m., he returned to the minivan and took out two 2-gallon cans of gasoline, a plastic bag with two bottles of lighter fluid and two lighters and tried to enter the cathedral, Miller said. "As he enters the cathedral, he is confronted by a cathedral security officer who asked him where he's going, informs him he can't proceed into the cathedral carrying these things," Miller said. "His basic story was that he was cutting through the cathedral to get to Madison Avenue, that his car had run out of gas," Miller said.



17. 60 doctors, pharmacists charged in largest US opioid prescription bust

Federal prosecutors charged 60 physicians and pharmacists Wednesday with illegally handing out opioid prescriptions in what they say is the biggest crackdown of its kind in U.S. history. Some of the doctors are accused of trading sex for drugs, giving prescriptions to Facebook friends without proper medical exams and unnecessarily pulling teeth to justify writing pain pill prescriptions. U.S. Attorney Benjamin C. Glassman, of the Southern District of Ohio, speaks during a news conference in Cincinnati announcing the indictment of 60 medical professionals across five states for illegally prescribing opioids on Wednesday, April 17, 2019.Strike force a first-of-its-kind effortThe Appalachian Regional Prescription Strike Force included more than 300 investigators from jurisdictions in all five states. "Unfortunately, Appalachia is at the center of it.Prescription opioid overdose deaths in Ohio dropped 28 percent since 2001 even as the synthetic fentanyl took over and overall overdose deaths kept rising. Yet the prescription opioid issue remains critical, Glassman said. About 80 percent of people who use heroin first misused prescription opioids, according to National Institute on Drug Abuse statistics.Last year, as part of a nationwide healthcare fraud enforcement action, federal officials announced charges against 162 people for their alleged roles in prescribing and distributing opioids and other narcotics.Doctors at two Hamilton medical clinics that prosecutors called"pill mills" were among those charged. Across America, almost 218,000 people died from overdoses related to prescription opioids from from 1999 to 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


18. 'Giant lion' fossil found in museum drawer

AFP A new species of giant mammal has been identified after researchers investigated bones that had been kept for decades in a Kenyan museum drawer. Hyaenodonts - so called because their teeth resemble those of a modern hyena - were dominant carnivores more than 20 million years ago, National Geographic reports. "Based on its massive teeth, Simbakubwa was a specialised hyper-carnivore that was significantly larger than the modern lion and possibly larger than a polar bear," researcher Matthew Borths is quoted by AFP news agency as saying. In 2013 he was doing research at the Nairobi National Museum when he asked to look at the contents of a collection labelled "Hyenas", National Geographic says. The creature's jaw and other bones and teeth had been put there after being found at a dig in western Kenya in the late 1970s.



20. 'Bubble boy disease' cured using HIV with gene therapy at St. Jude's

Now 10 babies with "Bubble boy disease" have had it fixed by a gene therapy made from one of the immune system's worst enemies - HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.A study out Wednesday details how scientists turned this enemy virus into a savior, altering it so it couldn't cause disease and then using it to deliver a gene the boys lacked. The nickname "Bubble boy disease" comes from a famous case in the 1970s - a Texas boy who lived for 12 years in a protective plastic bubble to isolate him from germs. It involves removing some of a patient's blood cells, using the modified HIV to insert the missing gene, and returning the cells through an IV. Before getting their cells back, patients are given a drug to destroy some of their marrow so the modified cells have more room to grow. Within a few months, normal levels of healthy immune system cells developed in seven boys. Six to 24 months after treatment, all eight are making all the cell types needed to fight infections, and some have successfully received vaccines to further boost their immunity to disease.


21. Florida teen disarms, stabs gas station clerk who tried to sexually assault her at knifepoint: police

A 17-year-old Florida girl stabbed an armed gas station clerk who had allegedly cornered her inside a bathroom and attempted to rape her at knifepoint, officials said. The victim told police she entered a Chevron gas station in Dania Beach at around 3 a.m. on April to purchase two microwaveable dinners. FLORIDA WOMAN BREAKS BACK, FOOT AFTER JUMPING OFF PIER TO RESCUE BOY FROM RIPTIDE: REPORT. Inside, the clerk - identified as 67-year-old Mohammad Munshi - allegedly pulled out a pocket knife and then reached into her pants and grabbed her before she was able to push him off. The victim said she got ahold of the pocket knife after a struggle and stabbed him in the stomach with it before running away from the gas station. Police said another customer entered the gas station about 20 minutes later and Munshi called for help, claiming he had been stabbed by a shoplifter.


22. Ex-SS guard charged with 5,230 counts of accessory to murder

A former Nazi guard has been charged with 5,230 counts of accessory to murder at the Stutthof concentration camp during the final months of World War II, German prosecutors said Thursday. Prosecutors in the northern city of Hamburg said Thursday that the 92-year-old suspect, whose name they didnt release, is accused of assisting in the malicious and cruel killing of mainly Jewish inmates through his work as an SS guard at the camp between August 1944 and April 1945. German daily Die Welt reported that the suspect, who it identified as Bruno Dey, acknowledged to investigators he was aware of the camps gas chambers and saw bodies taken to the crematoriums, but denied being a supporter of Nazi ideology and expressed regret for the fate of Jews. German prosecutors have charged a number of aging former concentration camp guards in recent years. There have been some convictions but in several cases the defendants poor health has prevented them going on trial.


23. ABC News: 'Patient zero' of Michigan measles outbreak thought he was immune: Doctor

The man had previously traveled to the U.S. from Israel in November, making it unlikely that he was infected then, and more likely that he caught the disease while in New York, according to Steve McGraw, the emergency medical services director for Oakland County, Michigan, who spoke to him days after he was diagnosed. During the roughly 15-hour drive from New York to Michigan, the man felt fine, but "He got sick when he arrived, started having a fever, cough and headache," McGraw said. After seeking a doctor's opinion, the man was misdiagnosed with bronchitis, but according to McGraw, the man returned the next day. After communicating with him through a translator - because the man does not read or speak English - McGraw was able to tell him that "This was definitely measles." The individual who brought the disease to Michigan suffered from what McGraw said is a common misconception - the man, who is in his 40s or 50s, believed that he was immune from the disease because he said he had it when it was younger.


24. Woman 'infatuated' with Columbine captured following massive manhunt

LITTLETON, Colo. - UPDATE: Sources close to the investigation tell sister station KCNC that Sol Pais is dead. This is a developing story and we will continue to bring you updates as we learn more. Sister station KCNC says law enforcement took the 18-year-old high school senior into custody late Wednesday morning following earlier reports that investigators had honed in on Echo Lake at the base of Mount Evans. PREVIOUS: Schools across the Denver metro area and elsewhere in northern Colorado have closed Wednesday as a massive manhunt continues for an allegedly dangerous young woman said to be obsessed with the Columbine shooting massacre. School districts in El Paso and Pueblo counties and elsewhere in southern Colorado currently remain open but are monitoring the situation. The following districts are closed Wednesday:Adams 12 Five Star Schools.


25. France is to invite architects from around the world to submit their designs for a new spire to sit atop a renovated Notre-Dame cathedral.

France is to invite architects from around the world to submit their designs for a new spire to sit atop a renovated Notre-Dame cathedral. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe told reporters they hoped for "a new spire that is adapted to the techniques and the challenges of our era". Mr Philippe posed the question of "Whether we should even recreate the spire as it was conceived by Viollet-le-Duc... or if, as is often the case in the evolution of heritage, we should endow Notre-Dame with a new spire". The blaze - which was discovered at 18:43 on Monday and was not fully extinguished until almost 15 hours later - destroyed most of the cathedral's roof and led to the collapse of its iconic spire. Investigators trying to establish the cause of the fire have begun questioning workers from five companies involved in the extensive renovations that were under way at the cathedral.