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Jul. 10, 2018
McCONNELL TAUNTED AGAIN
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Faced with chants of "no justice, no peace" and a blaring recording of "Fight the Power," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell abandoned his dinner at a Kentucky restaurant.
The Courier Journal reports the protesters Sunday opposed the government's immigration policy, and called for abolishing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
McConnell faced similar protests outside another Louisville restaurant Saturday and at Georgetown University last month.
Four Pegs bartender Nick Hulstine says a trivia host told the bar's patrons McConnell was across the street at Sarino and used his speaker to disrupt McConnell's meal. Hulstine says Sarino's chefs yelled at protesters.
Occupy ICE confirmed its members confronted McConnell.
McConnell's spokeswoman declined to comment. The restaurant couldn't be reached for comment.
Louisville Metro police spokesman Dwight Mitchell says no one was arrested or cited.
GIRL ELECTROCUTED WHILE RETRIEVING KITTENS
NEW BOSTON, Texas (AP) — Authorities in East Texas are investigating the death of a 10-year-old girl who was apparently electrocuted as she was reaching behind a clothes dryer to retrieve her kittens.
KSLA-TV in Shreveport, Louisiana, reports that the parents of Greenlee Marie said she was trying to rescue the pets Saturday at the family's home in New Boston, Texas. Authorities were back at the home on yesterday investigating.
New Boston police Chief Garry McCrary told the TV station it's "too early right now to go ahead and place blame and responsibility until the investigation is over." He didn't elaborate.
The girl's body was sent to Dallas for an autopsy.
MOSQUE - ARSON
VICTORIA, Texas (AP) — A federal prosecutor says a "rabid hatred" of Muslims led a 26-year-old man to set fire to a Southeast Texas mosque.
The prosecutor made the claim yesterday during opening statements in the trial of Marq Vincent Perez.
Perez is charged with a hate crime and also with use of a fire to commit a federal felony in the January 2017 fire that destroyed an Islamic center in Victoria.
A federal law enforcement officer testified earlier that an informant said Perez believed the center's worshippers were terrorists.
If convicted of the hate crime charge Perez could get 20 years in prison.
FIREWORKS - FATAL SHOOTING
DALLAS (AP) — Authorities in North Texas say an argument over fireworks led to the fatal shooting of an 80-year-old man over the weekend.
Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin tells The Dallas Morning News Edward Cordero was shot Saturday evening in Lake Bridgeport after complaining to his neighbors about the fireworks they were setting off. The sheriff alleges Cordero retrieved a gun from his house and fired the first shot at his neighbors.
Akin says a 33-year-old shot back at Cordero with a gun he had grabbed from his vehicle. The sheriff's office hasn't released the neighbor's name yet.
The medical examiner's office says Cordero died early Sunday from gunshot wounds to the head and shoulder.
Akin says officials will discuss possible charges, though none have been filed yet.
TALCUM POWDER - LAWSUIT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A settlement has been reached between Colgate-Palmolive and a Southern California man who claims in a lawsuit that he developed cancer by using the company's talc-based baby powder.
City News Service reports no terms were divulged in the deal announced yesterday as the two sides prepared to go to trial.
Paul Garcia suffers from mesothelioma, a lung cancer linked to asbestos exposure. Garcia claimed it was caused by inhaling asbestos fibers present in baby powder made by one of Colgate-Palmolive's predecessor firms, Mennen.
The 67-year-old Garcia said Colgate-Palmolive and Mennen failed to adequately warn consumers that its powder contains asbestos and could cause cancer — charges the company denied.
Several companies, including Johnson & Johnson, are facing lawsuits related to the alleged presence of asbestos particles in baby powders.