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MOM UNDER TRAVEL BAN ALLOWED IN U.S. TO SEE DYING SON
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Yemeni mother at the center of a yearlong legal battle for the right to give her dying son one last kiss has arrived in the United States.
Shaima Swileh was greeted by a crowd of well-wishers as she arrived at San Francisco International Airport last night. She was on her way to see her 2-year-old son Abdullah, who is on life-support at an Oakland hospital.
The U.S. granted her a visa after lawyers for the Council on American-Islamic Relations sued.
The boy’s father is an American citizen who brought his son to California to get treatment for a genetic brain disorder.
Citizens from Yemen and four other mostly Muslim countries, along with North Korea and Venezuela, are restricted from coming to the United States under the travel ban.
The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the ban in a 5-4 ruling in June.
TRUMP DOSSIER - BUZZFEED
MIAMI (AP) — A federal judge has ruled in favor of BuzzFeed, which had been sued by a businessman for defamation over its publication of an unproven dossier on President Donald Trump’s purported activities involving Russia and allegations of Russian interference during the 2016 U.S. election.
Judge Ursula Ungaro ruled in Miami federal court yesterday that BuzzFeed cannot be found liable for publishing a document that had become the subject of official government conduct.
Businessman Aleksej Gubarev said he and his companies were falsely linked in the dossier to Russia-backed computer hacking of Democratic Party figures. Gubarev, who is based in Cyprus, sought unspecified damages from BuzzFeed and its top editor for the lawsuit’s libel and slander claims.
The judge said BuzzFeed’s article was “fair and true.”
Gubarev has filed a notice of appeal.
ROMAN CATHOLIC CLERGY SEX ABUSE - ILLINOIS
CHICAGO (AP) — A Minnesota attorney who represents victims of clergy sex abuse is applauding Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan for uncovering cases of Catholic clergy accused of sexually abusing children.
Attorney Jeff Anderson said in a statement yesterday that Madigan’s finding of allegedly unreported cases is “alarming.”
Anderson also called on Illinois bishops to release the names of accused clergy “so that survivors can heal and no other kids are harmed.”
Madigan reports her office has found accusations of abuse against 500 more clergy than Illinois’ six dioceses have reported. Catholic dioceses in Illinois are defending their handling of clergy abuse.
Anderson’s law firm is representing three men and one woman seeking to force Illinois bishops to disclose the names of all clergy accused of sexually abusing minors.
MAN FACES FELONY WEAPONS CHARGES AFTER 2 CHICAGO POLICE OFFICERS KILLED BY TRAIN IN CHASE
CHICAGO (AP) — A man is facing two felony weapons charges in connection with the deaths of two Chicago police officers who were struck and killed by a commuter train while they were chasing him.
Police say 24-year-old Edward Brown of Chicago is charged with reckless discharge of a firearm-endangerment and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon-loaded. He’s due in bond court today.
Police have said Brown was being pursued by officers Eduardo Marmolejo and Conrad Gary on the far South Side after ShotSpotter technology detected gunshots in the area. Police say the officers were aware of one train in the area but may not have heard or seen another train coming up behind them.
Police say Brown was taken into custody by other officers, and a gun was recovered.
SETTLEMENT REACHED IN MULTIPLE STUN-GUN CASE IN FLORIDA
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — City officials in Florida have approved a settlement for the family of a man who died after being stunned multiple times by police.
The Sun Sentinel reports that Hollywood city commissioners approved a $750,000 payout to settle an excessive force lawsuit filed by the mother of 30-year-old Daniel Tyson. The city’s insurance will cover all but $175,000 of the payment.
Tyson’s landlord called police in October, 2014 after seeing him naked on his balcony. Officials say Tyson charged a responding officer and threw a sundial at his head. Another officer used a stun gun on Tyson nine times.
An autopsy ruled Tyson died of either a heart attack or suffocation. Up to six officers were on scene when Tyson died, and none was charged with a crime or disciplined by the Hollywood Police Department.
AUTISTIC MAN GOES OVERBOARD ON CRUISE
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A cruise company says an autistic 22-year-old missing since Sunday had climbed over a ship’s deck rail, going overboard during a cruise from Alabama to the western Caribbean. The family says he is presumed dead.
Miami-based Carnival Cruise Line provided a statement from Luke Renner’s family, sent by a public relations firm.
The Renners say they’re devastated by Luke’s death but don’t blame Wishes4Me, the special needs group which organized the cruise. The family says they’re thankful their son with people they loved and trusted when he died.
According to Carnival’s email, Renner’s family believes he may have thought he was going swimming.