A doctor has been fired from practice at a hospital. A not-guilty plea has been entered for a Detroit-area doctor charged with performing genital mutilation on two Minnesota girls in a first-of-its-kind case in the United States. Dr. Jumana Nagarwala appeared in Detroit federal court Thursday, a day after being indicted. She's charged with six crimes, including conspiracy to bring the girls across state lines. It carries a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison. Nagarwala is charged with performing genital mutilation on the two 7-year-old girls in February at a suburban Detroit clinic owned by another doctor, who also is charged. Nagarwala and the Minnesota girls' families belong to a Muslim sect called Dawoodi Bohra. Defense attorney Shannon Smith says she performed a religious ritual, not genital mutilation.
An attorney is calling an execution “horrifying.” The last of four Arkansas executions over an eight-day period has prompted calls for investigations after the inmate lurched and convulsed while strapped to the gurney. An Associated Press reporter who witnessed Kenneth Williams' execution Thursday said that about three minutes into the lethal injection, his body jerked 15 times in quick succession. He lurched violently against the leather chest restraint, then the rate slowed for a final five movements. One of Williams' attorneys called the execution 'horrifying.' A spokesman for Gov. Asa Hutchinson called it 'an involuntary muscular reaction.' The compressed lethal injection timeline could attract more scrutiny after Williams' death. Arkansas sought to carry out as many lethal injections as possible before one of its drugs expires Sunday.
When Judge James Robart of Seattle blocked his travel ban: His reactions to news reports about alleged Russian interference in the elections, and possible Trump business ties to Russia: He clearly didn’t like how coverage of his campaign was handled on the FOX NEWS show “The O’Reilly Factor” in early 2016: He used the official POTUS Twitter account to blast the media: In March, Trump Tweeted the claim that former President Obama had his “wires tapped” in Trump Tower: He used the POTUS account to Tweet about FBI Director James Comey, literally while Comey was testifying before Congress: This POTUS Tweet was incorrect - 113 of those Jihadists were actually released by the Bush administration: Not accurate, the MS-13 gang has been around since the 1980s: His response to protesters who want him to release his tax returns:
The public can be going in style in the Big Apple. In a park amid New York City skyscrapers, a gem has emerged: a posh public bathroom that cost nearly $300,000. It has freshly delivered flowers, imported tiles, classical music and artwork. The free-of-charge facility was inspired by visits to the city's priciest hotels. It's open to everyone, even homeless New Yorkers. On Thursday, officials cut bathroom tissue as the inaugural ribbon for the toilets housed in a landmarked Beaux-Arts building behind the New York Public Library. The toilets - divided between the women's and men's sides - are reopening after a two-month renovation. The eye-popping elegance is a surprise in a city where public toilets are scarce and generally grungy. The public luxury was funded privately by the Bryant Park Corp., a not-for-profit that manages the city-owned park.
A dog attack is fatal for its owner. Police say a pit bull mix killed its owner during an attack on the deck of the woman's Pennsylvania home. Police say they were called to the home in Upper Macungie Township Thursday afternoon by neighbors who reported hearing screaming and a dog barking. Police say the dog was still attacking the woman when officers arrived. They managed to put the dog in the home so responders could treat the woman's severe injuries. She was taken to a hospital where she later died. The name of the woman, who was in her 30s, is being withheld until family members are notified. Police say the 3-year-old male pit bull-boxer mix was tranquilized on the scene and taken to the Lehigh County Humane Society where it will be euthanized.
Democrats used their first debate in the race for President to air a series of internal differences on guns, the use of American military power overseas and financial regulations on Wall Street, as Hillary Clinton aggressively took on Bernie Sanders in the first in person skirmish of the top Democratic contenders.
Clinton jumped at the first opportunity in the debate to attack Sanders when the subject of gun control was raised by CNN debate moderator Anderson Cooper.
“Is Bernie Sanders tough enough on guns?” Cooper asked.
“No, not at all,” said Clinton, as she went after Sanders for opposing the Brady handgun law and more on gun violence.
“This has gone on too long, and it’s time the entire country stood up to the NRA,” Clinton said to applause.
Sanders tried to parry Clinton’s attacks by noting his D-minus rating from the NRA, but admitted being a Senator in Vermont takes him down a different path on the Second Amendment.
“The views on gun control in rural states are different than in urban states, whether we like it or not,” said Sanders.
Sanders and other Democrats at one point actually rallied to Clinton’s defense when the subject of her emails as Secretary of State was raised.
“The American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders, who argued there are more important issues that should be dealt with in this campaign.
“Enough of the emails; let’s talk about the real issues facing America,” Sanders declared, drawing sustained applause from the debate audience.
“What I did was allowed by the State Department, but it wasn’t the best choice,” Clinton said of her private email server, as she again acknowledged her use was “a mistake.”
But Clinton swiftly pivoted on the issue, accusing Republicans of engaging in blatant political attacks against her by setting up a special panel on the Benghazi attacks.
“This committee is basically an arm of the Republican National Committee,” Clinton added.
The debate did not seem to provide a breakthrough moment for Martin O’Malley, Jim Webb or Lincoln Chafee, as Clinton and Sanders were the dominant players, just as the polls have shown.
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog.
A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.