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.
In one more unusual twist to the 2016 Republican race for President, Donald Trump on Thursday found himself sparring not just with his Republican primary opponents, but with Pope Frances, all over Trump’s plans to build a wall along the border with Mexico to slow in the influx of immigrants.
“For a religious leader to question a person’s faith is disgraceful,” Trump told reporters.
The long distance verbal dustup occurred after a papal visit to Mexico, as the Pope suggested to reporters aboard his plane that Trump’s proposal to slow illegal immigration into the U.S. was “not Christian.”
“A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian,” the Pope said.
Trump responded swiftly.
“The Pope is being told that Donald Trump is not a nice person,” Trump said, charging the Pope was being used as a “pawn” by the Mexican government on immigration differences with the GOP front runner.
Trump did not mention the Pope at his rally here in the Upstate region of South Carolina, though he made clear what he wanted to do to stem the tide of immigration over the southern border.
“We’re going to stop it,” Trump said to cheers.
“We’re building the wall!” Trump said to more applause. “We’re building the wall!”
While Trump didn’t talk about the Pope in his Gaffney event, he did run down his usual litany of jabs at Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush.
“You know, he holds up his Bible and then he lies,” Trump said of Cruz, in yet another verbal barrage against his nearest challenger.
“Let me tell you, that guys lies – he is a liar,” Trump added to applause.
“I see this guy, Jeb Bush, he’s got zero chance, zero chance,” Trump said.
Those ready to vote for Trump were very pleased with what they had seen.
“I think he’s straight up,” said Joe Sparks of Gaffney. “I think he’s going to do the things he says he will.”
“He has no reason to do this except to help the people,” Sparks told me. “He don’t need the money, he’ll do what he says.”
“I think he is the only person who has the backbone to do what needs to be done,” said Gretchen Holden of Pickens.
“At first I thought of backing Jeb Bush, because I voted for his brother,” Holden told me after Trump’s speech. “But I don’t think he has what it’s going to take.”
Trump tried to make sure that Sparks, Holden and many others follow through and get to the polls, as he urged those at the rally to imagine that the race is close.
“You know, the more we win by, the better it all is,” Trump said.
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.