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July 13, 2018

EMMETT TILL-THE LATEST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A federal official says the renewed investigation of the killing of Emmett Till was prompted by a book published last year that includes a key figure’s acknowledgement that she lied about the case. A federal official familiar with the matter told The Associated Press that information published in the 2017 book led federal investigators to re-examine the case. The official wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to AP on condition of anonymity. The renewed investigation was first revealed in a recent federal report, which didn’t specify what new information investigators were acting on. The 2017 book “The Blood of Emmett Till” by Timothy B. Tyson quotes a white woman, Carolyn Donham, as saying during a 2008 interview that she wasn’t truthful when she testified that Till grabbed her, whistled and made sexual advances at a Mississippi store in 1955.

PENCE-HOT DOGS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A radio station that was planning a “Sausage Party” across the street from the Kansas City hotel where Vice President Mike Pence was speaking to protest his position on LGBTQ issues wasn’t able to provide the hot dogs it promised. The Kansas City Star reports that the Kansas City Health Department informed Radio station 96.5 The Buzz on Wednesday morning that it lacked the required permits. The station elected to cancel the free hot dogs rather than file for the permits. About 100 protesters showed up at Pence’s event at the Kansas City, Missouri, Downtown Marriott. The purpose of the event was to raise money for Kansas Congressman Kevin Yoder. Pence has a history of opposing LGBTQ rights, including supporting a 2006 constitutional amendment that would’ve defined marriage as between a man and a woman.

LESBIAN GUESTS-LAWSUIT

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii appeals court ruling that a bed and breakfast discriminated against a couple by denying a room to two women because they’re gay will stand after the state’s high court declined to take up the case. Aloha Bed & Breakfast owner Phyllis Young had argued she should be allowed to turn away gay couples because of her religious beliefs. The Hawaii Supreme Court Young’s appeal of a lower court ruling that ordered her to stop discriminating against same-sex couples. The Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative Christian law firm that is representing Young, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

STEPBROTHER-POISONING CHARGE

OAK GROVE, Ky. (AP) — Officials say a 12-year-old Kentucky girl tried to kill her 4-year-old stepbrother because she believed her mother loved the boy more. News outlets report that a Christian County sheriff’s report said the girl was charged with attempted murder Wednesday in Oak Grove. The report said the mother was looking through the girl’s Skype messages and saw that she told someone she was going to poison the younger child with a cleaning product. The report said the younger child was sick recently, so the mother asked her about it. Officials say the girl admitted putting the cleaner in the boy’s water and making him drink it to poison him because the mother loved him more. The girl later told police she did it because the boy was annoying her. The girl was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

BEN & JERRY’S-ENVIRONMENTAL LAWSUIT

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A consumer advocacy group has filed a lawsuit against Ben & Jerry’s alleging the ice cream company misleads consumers about its environmental practices. Vermont Public Radio reports a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Superior Court of the District of Columbia by the Organic Consumers Association claims Unilever, the parent company of Ben & Jerry’s, used advertising to create the false perception that the ice cream company “is committed to a clean environment and high animal welfare standards.” The nonprofit says most of the milk used in Ben & Jerry’s ice cream doesn’t meet its standards for animal care and labor practices. They also claim that farms supplying the company are polluting Lake Champlain and Lake Carmi. A Ben & Jerry’s spokeswoman says the company does not comment on lawsuits.

STORMY DANIELS

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio strip club says porn star Stormy Daniels is planning a performance a day after police arrested her at another club. Vanity Gentlemen’s Club confirmed the Thursday night show hours after prosecutors dropped charges alleging Daniels illegally rubbed undercover police officers’ faces against her bare breasts. Daniels’ lawyer says some of the officers had social media pages that appeared to be very much in favor of President Donald Trump, who has denied having an affair with Daniels.

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