RBG’s health, 2020 census, abortion: 10 big moments of Supreme Court’s term

Washington (CNN)The Supreme Court session that began last October and ended on Thursday unfolded against a volatile political background and as individual justices faced their own delicate dilemmas. Then the President referred to the sexual assault claim asserted against Kavanaugh by Christine Blasey Ford, from their high school years. Trump apologized to him, declaring it was on behalf of the nation. “You, sir, under historic scrutiny, were proven innocent,” Trump declared. Kavanaugh categorically denied Ford’s claim, which was neither conclusively dismissed nor validated. Roberts tries to reduce political tensions Speaking at the University of Minnesota on October 16, Chief Justice John Roberts tried to lower the post-Kavanaugh hearing political tensions. “I will not criticize the political branches,” Roberts began. “We …

Fact-checking the first night of the first Democratic presidential debate

(CNN)The first 2020 Democratic presidential debate kicked off in Miami with 10 candidates trying to stand out in a crowded field. Insurance industry profits Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren said the insurance industry last year “sucked $23 billion in profits out of the health care system.” Facts First: It’s true. Insurance companies’ profits have been booming. A study by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners shows the private insurance industry has seen “tremendous growth” raking in profits of $23.4 billion in 2018 compared to $16.1 billion the year before. That’s the highest profit amount in at least 10 years. It also shows that those companies’ profit margin improved to 3.3% from 2.4% in 2017. -Donna Borak and Tami Luhby Crime stats …

The new drug highway: Pacific islands at centre of cocaine trafficking boom

Explosion in number of boats carrying cocaine and meth from Latin America to Australia is causing havoc for islands on the way It is the drug route youve never heard of: a multibillion-dollar operation involving cocaine and methamphetamines being packed into the hulls of sailing boats in the US and Latin America and transported to Australia via New Caledonia, whose waters and beaches are being used as storage grounds for billions of dollars worth of illicit drugs. Hundreds of kilograms of cocaine have washed up on remote Pacific beaches, ships laden with drugs have run aground on far-flung coral reefs, and locals have discovered huge caches of drugs stored in underwater nets attached to GPS beacons. Draw a direct line …

Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes to stand trial in 2020

Elizabeth Holmes, the founder of the now-defunct biotech unicorn Theranos, will face trial in federal court next summer with penalties of up to 20 years in prison and millions of dollars in fines. Jury selection will begin July 28, 2020, according to U.S. District Judge Edward J. Davila, who announced the trial will commence in August 2020 in a San Jose federal court Friday morning. Holmes and former Theranos president Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani were indicted by a grand jury last June with 11 criminal charges in total. Two of those charges were conspiracy to commit wire fraud (against investors, and against doctors and patients). The remaining nine are actual wire fraud, with amounts ranging from the cost of a lab …

Expert witness breaks down in tears during Oklahoma opioid trial

(CNN)The state of Oklahoma on Wednesday wrapped up most of its case against Johnson & Johnson, in a historic trial that is testing whether a state can make a pharmaceutical company pay for the opioid epidemic impacting its residents. “I feel like you all have repeatedly, through this trial, tried to downplay your role in all of the other products that were opioid products for which you provided the ingredients,” White said. “And I absolutely think that cannot go unnoticed. That is part of the story, but make no mistake I do believe Johnson & Johnson and Janssen oversupplied their own products as well.” She added: “It’s absolutely about Janssen’s drugs and the drugs that Janssen provided the ingredients to …

‘Are a cow’s farts the worst for the planet?’ Children’s climate questions answered

What are young people most worried about? We put their queries to the experts How long until the climate crisis causes irreversible damage? Ewoenam Tetteh and Faith Otasowie, both 15, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex You are obviously both smart and thoughtful kids, so I will be blunt and tell you that climate change is already causing big changes in our world. You can see this in the melting of the ice sheets in the Arctic and Antarctica, in the rising temperatures in cities around the world, in the changes in how much rain we get, and, perhaps most importantly, in the extinction of many plants and animals that are not able to adapt. One of the most important ideas to grasp about …

‘What’s been missing is courage’: Elizabeth Warren throws down the gauntlet | Richard Wolffe

Warren towered over the first Democratic debate and its biggest questions on the economy and healthcare There was one dominant figure on the very crowded stage in Miami at the first TV debate of the 2020 presidential election. She happened to be the smallest and oldest figure in the middle of the pack, but it made no difference. Elizabeth Warren towered over the opening sequence of the first Democratic debate and its biggest questions on the economy and healthcare. Theres a reason why Warren has risen steadily in the early polls to the point where she is threatening the previously safe space occupied by Bernie Sanders as the insurgent challenger to the establishment frontrunner. Yes, she has a plan for …

Amanda Bynes Celebrates Graduating From FIDM With Rare Pic! – Perez Hilton

Amanda Bynes is officially a college graduate! On Monday, the former child star returned to Twitter after a lengthy hiatus to celebrate her achievement of completing her classes at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in El Lay! Posting a rare pic to the social media site, the 33-year-old looked happy and healthy as she posed alongside a friend! See the pic (below): FIDM graduates! / (c) Amanda Bynes/Twitter Amanda shared a short message along with the new snap, only writing: “FIDM graduate 2019 #fidmgraduation” As we previously reported, Bynes enrolled in FIDM back in 2014 after a stint in rehab. The She’s The Man starlet now has an Associate’s of Art degree in Merchandise Product Development. We couldn’t …

Dr. Phil’s Brag Accidentally Revealed Sophie Turner And Joe Jonas’ Wedding Date

Dr. Phil just couldn’t help himself. Sophie Turner posted a sweet photo of her and husband View this post on Instagram A post shared by Sophie Turner (@sophiet) on Jun 22, 2019 at 11:46am PDT Sophie Turner / Instagram Unfortunately, his need to inform the world that he’s attending the famous couple’s wedding also spilled the tea on the ceremony’s secret date. tied the knot in May during an impromptu wedding in Las Vegas, it was done on a whim, and many of the couple’s loved ones were not present. SiriusXM earlier this month that his parents learned about the Vegas wedding online. This “important day” is most likely the couple’s more formal ceremony that they’ve been planning tight-lipped about. …

Halsey Reveals She’s Been Committed TWICE Since Her Music Career Began! – Perez Hilton

Halsey is really opening up about her mental health battles. In a new interview in Rolling Stone‘s July issue, the Bad at Love singer reveals she’s actually been committed to mental institutions twice since first rising to fame in the music industry. Revealing how “no one has known” about her decisions to seek mental health care in that manner, the Nightmare singer opened up a bit about how she’s not ashamed by it; rather, she views it as a form of self-care which allows her to fix problems head-on and avoid larger issues down the line. She revealed (below): “I’ve been committed twice since [I became] Halsey, and no one’s known about it. But I’m not ashamed of talking about it now. It’s been …

NHS to help gambling addicts as young as 13

Jack Ritchie, from Sheffield, started gambling with his dinner money at the local bookies when he was 17. Seven years later, he took his own life. His parents Liz and Charlie, who founded the charity Gambling with Lives, say the seriousness of Jack’s situation was not recognised. Teenagers ‘bombarded by gambling advertising’ Betting links on junior football fan pages They said their son saw his gambling habit as “a bit of fun” at the beginning. But it soon got out of control. “But in the end he thought it controlled him.” Gambling ‘doesn’t discriminate’ Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLiz and Charlie Richie’s son took his own life after becoming addicted to gambling Liz Ritchie welcomed the …

Should bike-sharing schemes provide helmets?

Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas, who launches the defence of his title next month, has backed calls to make helmets compulsory. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Do the health and environmental benefits of promoting cycling outweigh the risk of putting people off with legislation? Nearly 4,000 cyclists were killed or seriously injured in the UK in 2017, latest figures from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) show. Studies show more than 70% of fatalities had moderate or serious head injuries. Most serious accidents happen in towns and cities where bike-sharing schemes have helped boost cyclist numbers. Nextbike has been so successful in Cardiff that it has announced plans to double its network with 500 more …

Orcas In Captivity Are More Likely To Die At An Early Age From Chronic Stress

Nearly a decade ago, SeaWorld made headlines around the globe after its star 6-ton, 6.7-meter (22-foot) killer whale Tilikum intentionally killed his trainer after a routine day at the park, an abnormal behavior researchers now say is more than likely due to the fact that the captive animal had spent the last 27 years of his life living in a concrete tank. By compiling and analyzing a wide array of current scientific data on the welfare of captive orcas into one comprehensive study published in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior, a team of marine mammal scientists, physicians, and a veterinarian conclude that keeping orcas in artificial captive environments significantly increases their risk of illness and early death from chronic stress. …

The Memphis hospital suing its own workers for unpaid medical bills

Its not uncommon for hospitals to sue patients over unpaid debts, but what is striking at Methodist is how many of those patients end up being its own employees This year, a Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare housekeeper left her job just three hours into her shift and caught a bus to Shelby county general sessions court. Wearing her black and gray uniform, she had a different kind of appointment with her employer: the hospital was suing her for unpaid medical bills. In 2017, the non-profit hospital system based in Memphis sued the woman for the cost of hospital stays to treat chronic abdominal pain she experienced before the hospital hired her. She now owes Methodist more than $23,000, including around …

Trumps Attack On Climate Science Echoes Big Oils 1998 Denial Campaign

In a , the main trade association for the U.S. oil and gas industry ― the American Petroleum Institute ― laid out plans for a multi-year, multi-million dollar campaign to sow doubt about the scientific consensus on climate change.  The U.S. and dozens of other nations had recently adopted the Kyoto Protocol, an international treaty to reduce planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions. Fossil fuel giants and allied right-wing think tanks mobilized to stymie the effort to rein in emissions, pledging to “identify, recruit and train a team of five independent scientists to participate in media outreach,” according to the draft plan, by The New York Times.   The institute’s team would produce a “steady stream” of opinion pieces for newspapers, develop a …

Women arrested after reporting ‘hitman’ they hired to Spanish police

Mother and daughter say man swindled them out of 7,000 fee to kill mothers partner A Spanish woman and her daughter have been arrested after going to a police station to complain that the man they hired to carry out a murder had swindled them out of the 7,000 (6,300) they paid him. The investigation began earlier this month, when the pair told police in Madrid that the mothers partner had cheated them out of a total of 60,000. It later emerged the daughters partner, who claimed to be a senior member of Spains secret services, had suggested they recover the lost money by killing the mothers boyfriend. They paid him a 7,000 downpayment on the understanding he would arrange …