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  • Delaware judge to hear arguments over information exchange between Elon Musk, Twitter lawyersDelaware judge to hear arguments over information exchange between Elon Musk, Twitter lawyers
    A Delaware judge is hearing arguments over the exchange of information by lawyers for Twitter and Elon Musk in a lawsuit in which the social media giant is seeking to force Musk to carry through with his $44 billion acquisition of Twitter. Tuesday's hearing comes three weeks before a scheduled trial in the lawsuit and a day after scheduled depositions of Musk and Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal were postponed. Musk is now scheduled to be deposed in Delaware on Oct. 6 and Oct. 7, according to a Twitter court filing late Monday. Musk, the world’s richest man, agreed in April to buy Twitter and take it private, offering $54.20 a share and vowing to loosen the company’s policing of content and to root out fake accounts. In July, Musk indicated that he wanted to back away from the deal, claiming Twitter had failed to provide him enough information about the number of fake accounts on its platform. RAMASWAMY: ELON MUSK PAVED THE WAY FOR TWITTER SHAREHOLDERS TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST CENSORSHIP PRACTICES The hearing will begin with arguments on a motion by Musk’s attorneys to revise their answer to the lawsuit and their counterclaims against Twitter for the second time. Musk’s attorneys want to add information regarding a severance agreement and $7.75 million payment to former employee Peiter "Mudge" Zatko. Musk’s attorneys assert that Twitter needed his consent before making the payment but failed to do so. ELON MUSK SAYS TOLKIEN IS 'TURNING IN HIS GRAVE' OVER AMAZON'S 'RINGS OF POWER' Zatko is a cybersecurity expert who was the head of security for Twitter until he was fired early this year. He filed a whistleblower complaint in July with Congress, the Justice Department, the Federal Trade Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission. The complaint outlines a host of accusations against Twitter, including that CEO Parag Agrawal and other senior executives and board members have made false and misleading statements about Twitter’s cybersecurity, privacy and integrity. Twitter attorneys argue that the inclusion of information about Zatko’s severance should be conditioned on Musk attorneys turning over records of all communications since December among Musk, his advisers and co-investors that involve Zatko. The judge will also hear arguments on several other disputes regarding discovery, or the exchange of information, between attorneys for Musk and Twitter. They include efforts by Musk lawyers to obtain more data from a sampling of about 9,000 Twitter accounts in the fourth quarter of 2021, and claims that Twitter is withholding too much information as "privileged," or confidential. Musk attorneys also claim that Twitter is improperly withholding information regarding user metrics. ELON MUSK ALLEGED AFFAIR WITH GOOGLE CO-FOUNDER'S WIFE PROMPTED DIVORCE: REPORT Attorneys for Twitter, meanwhile, are asking the judge to sanction Musk attorneys for failing to produce responsive phone messages, and to order them to comply with a previous discovery order.
  • California inmate on death row dies of natural causesCalifornia inmate on death row dies of natural causes
    A California inmate sentenced to death for killing a bartender during a robbery has died at an outside hospital of natural causes, prison officials said Monday. Thomas Lenart, 75, was pronounced dead Friday. The Kern County Coroner will determine his official cause of death. He was sentenced to death in 1995 for the first-degree murder of Oberta Toney in Shasta County. She was found in a closet behind the bar at the Anderson Lounge, lying face down, hands crossed under her chest, in 1993. MURDER COLD CASE SUSPECT IDENTIFIED AS OHIO WOMAN’S HUSBAND AFTER REMAINS FOUND IN UTAH OHIO MAN CONVICTED IN MURDERS OF COUPLE AND THEIR UNBORN BABY Lenart was originally sent to San Quentin State Prison but had been in California State Prison, Corcoran since 2020. Gov. Gavin Newsom has imposed a moratorium on executions while he is governor, and is moving to dismantle the United States’ largest death row by moving all condemned inmates to other prisons.
  • CA man sentenced for fraudulently obtaining $5 million in COVID-19 relief loansCA man sentenced for fraudulently obtaining $5 million in COVID-19 relief loans
    A Southern California man was sentenced Monday to four years in federal prison for fraudulently obtaining more than $5 million in COVID-relief loans for three shell companies, prosecutors said. Raghavender Reddy Budamala, who was arrested in February while trying to cross the border into Mexico, was also ordered to pay $5.15 million in restitution, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a statement. Budamala, 36, pleaded guilty in June to one count of bank fraud and one count of money laundering. As part of his plea agreement, the Irvine resident agreed to forfeit real estate in Orange and Los Angeles counties, as well as approximately $4.1 million in funds from bank and investment accounts and in cryptocurrency, the statement said.. NJ POLICE SERGEANT ACCUSED OF LEADING ROGUE COPS SENTENCED TO NEARLY 3 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON Following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Budamala submitted seven applications for pandemic-relief loans for three shell companies with no operations, prosecutors said. Budamala falsely represented that his companies employed dozens of individuals and earned millions of dollars in revenue, and that he needed the money for payroll and business expenses, according to court papers. DETROIT COUNCIL MEMBER INDICTED ON FEDERAL BRIBERY CHARGE The addresses listed for the companies were bogus, nonexistent or residential, prosecutors said. He used the money to buy three homes, including a $1.2 million home in Los Angeles and a property in Malibu worth nearly $600,000, court documents said.
  • LeBron James gets help from Ohio State AD about college eligibility in another sportLeBron James gets help from Ohio State AD about college eligibility in another sport
    Last week, LeBron James sought out information on whether he was eligible to play another sport in college. "Do I have college eligibility if I went to play another sport besides basketball? How does that rule work?" the NBA star tweeted Saturday. James got some help from Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith. Smith sent a tweet to James Sunday informing him of some news James might welcome. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM "@KingJames - If you never enrolled full-time in college and didn’t compete in the sport that you want to play after HS graduation, you could have eligibility remaining. If you professionalize in one sport, you can still be considered an amateur in another. Would love to help you!" Smith said in response to James' query. According to the NCAA Division I manual, "a professional athlete in one sport may represent a member institution in a different sport and may receive institutional financial assistance in the second sport." James was once a star football player in high school and was recruited by the University of Notre Dame and former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel. His 1,160 receiving yards his junior year are still second-most in the school's history, and he was twice voted all-state. He even considered playing in the NFL during the NBA lockout in 2011 and was offered contracts by the Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks. FLASHBACK: LEBRON JAMES SAYS HE HAD TWO NFL OFFERS DURING 2011 NBA LOCKOUT James' former teammate, J.R. Smith, recently enrolled at North Carolina A&T State University and joined the school's men's golf team. He was named the school's Academic Athlete of the Year, earning a 4.0 GPA, and is on the roster again this season. At the moment, James is signed with the Los Angeles Lakers through 2025, which will bring him to age 41. It's tough to imagine a 41-year-old playing football, especially after over 20 years playing another professional sport, but it sure is fun to think about.
  • AZ Dept. of Education linked to chat rooms where minors talk sex, gender with adults without parental consentAZ Dept. of Education linked to chat rooms where minors talk sex, gender with adults without parental consent
    The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) is reportedly facilitating conversations about sex between youth and random adults without parental consent. The ADE is reportedly associated with online chat rooms where minors discuss sex and gender with adults present and without parental consent after Superintendent Kathy Hoffman was accused of linking to two online chat spaces to ADE's website. The ADE reportedly advertised a chat room website called Q Chat Space, which targets LGBTQ+ youth 13 years and older. Q Chat Space, launched in June during "Pride Month," apparently offers a "quick escape" feature that hides a child’s visit to the site by redirecting from the Q Chat Space site to Google’s homepage. The adults, referred to as "Q Chatters" are facilitating the discussions and do not have to be licensed professionals. CALIFORNIA DISTRICT CURRICULUM CLAIMS THERE'S 10 SEXUAL ORIENTATIONS, INCLUDING SKOLIOSEXUAL AND GYNESEXUAL When signing up, minors can post personal information including their sexual orientation, romantic interests, gender identity, email address, birthdate, ZIP code, and race. Furthermore, Q Chat Space is a collaborative effort of Planned Parenthood and LGBTQ+ support organizations. An example of upcoming Q Chat Space are: "Sex and Relationships Q&A," "FOR TRANS/NON-BINARY YOUTH: Activism and Allyship," and "FOR TRANS/NONBINARY YOUTH: Sex Ed." Minors also have the option to engage in another chat site similar to Q Chat Space called Gender Spectrum. Gender Spectrum chat site is open to minors aged 10 and older. AFT UNION PROMOTES METHOD FOR TEACHERS TO HELP KIDS CHANGE THEIR PRONOUNS WITHOUT PARENTS KNOWING Alarmed by the chat rooms, on September 1, 2022, an injunction was filed in Maricopa County Superior Court against Hoffman, Arizona’s Superintendent of Public Instruction after she linked two online chat spaces to ADE's website. Peggy McClain filed the lawsuit against ADE for violating the Parents’ Bill of Rights provision which prohibits any attempts to encourage or coerce minors to withhold information from their parents. McClain filed the lawsuit in the Maricopa County Superior Court, requesting that ADE remove the chat space from its website. The judge overseeing this case is Randall Warner. SEN. TIM SCOTT INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO WITHHOLD FUNDING FROM SCHOOLS WITH 'SECRETIVE' GENDER TRANSITIONS McClain further asserted that the children’s data was vulnerable to hacking and could therefore be sold on the dark web to child predators, noting that some adult chat facilitators could possibly be "sexual groomers." "One of the organizations behind QChat and QueerChat is Planned Parenthood. Since 2015, notinourschools.net has been sounding the alarm about this abortion mill. As abortion restrictions have increased in Arizona, Planned Parenthood has become more aggressive and is now offering gender transition ‘services’ to youth," McClain wrote in an article. Fox News Digital has reached out to ADE over the chat rooms, asking whether ADE is sponsoring the program. The ADE did not respond to the inquiries. Parents across the country are sounding off on school curriculum they argue is inappropriate for adolescents, including an Oklahoma parent who warned of a teacher directing students how to access "pornographic" books via a QR code. The QR code took students to the Brooklyn Public Library Books Unbanned site, which is designed to give students access to books that are removed from, or otherwise challenged, in libraries and schools. The library’s website, by way of example, promoted a reading of the book "Gender Queer: A Memoir" by Maia Kobabe, which depicts sexual acts and contains discussions on masturbation.  Proponents of teaching gender ideology in schools say that it helps maintain tolerance and an accepting environment for LGBTQ+ youth. According to the Trevor Project, an organization that advocates for the inclusion of LGBTQ+ individuals, "[O]ne in three transgender youth reported attempting suicide, almost one-third reported being a victim of sexual violence, and more than half reported a two-week period of depression." Republican officials in several states have sought to ban discussion of gender ideology and critical race theory in classrooms, particularly for younger students. Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, R., who updated "model policies" regarding the treatment of transgender students, claimed the previous "guidelines disregarded the rights of parents." Virginia's Department of Education listed first under the "Guiding Principles" section that "parents have the right to make decisions with respect to their children" and that the "policies shall be drafted to safeguard parents’ rights with respect to their child, and to facilitate the exercise of those rights." Fox News' Cortney O'Brien contributed to this report.
  • Seattle to vote on $1.25 billion in new taxes to fund mental health systemSeattle to vote on $1.25 billion in new taxes to fund mental health system
    People in the greater Seattle area will be asked to approve as much as $1.25 billion in new taxes to build improve the mental health system and build five regional crisis care centers. The Seattle Times reports King County Executive Dow Constantine, Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell and others on Monday said they would put the tax plan on the April 2023 ballot. The King County levy would begin in 2024. The median-value homeowner would pay about $121 that year, and continue through 2032. TENNESSEE MAN WITH AUTISM STARTS SUCCESSFUL RECYCLING BUSINESS, CHERISHES 'INTERACTING WITH CUSTOMERS' EFFORTS TO PREVENT MILITARY SUICIDE PLAGUED BY INCOMPLETE DATA AND CONTINUED STIGMA, EXPERT SAYS Officials did not say where the new five crisis facilities would be located. The tax package would also maintain and invest in residential treatment beds at long-term facilities that provide youth and adults with addiction and mental health treatment.
  • Helicopter crashes in Arizona desertHelicopter crashes in Arizona desert
    A helicopter crash-landed in the Arizona desert Monday morning but authorities said the two people aboard walked away with no injuries. Federal Aviation Administration officials said the Robinson R22 helicopter went down 4 ½ miles north of the Mesa's Falcon Field Airport and on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. The airport is about 25 miles east of Phoenix. Aerial video of the crash site showed a smoldering wreckage with scattered debris. RETIRED NURSE SAVES BABY WHO STOPPED BREATHING ON FLIGHT TO ORLANDO LOS ANGELES DRIVER SEEN SPEEDING THROUGH INTERSECTION BEFORE COLLISION  Tribal police said they responded to the scene around 8:30 a.m. and the pilot and passenger both avoided injury. Authorities have not released their names or the helicopter’s flight plan. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the incident.
  • Health officials in Sudan warn of infectious disease outbreak from unidentified bodiesHealth officials in Sudan warn of infectious disease outbreak from unidentified bodies
    Sudanese medical officials warned Monday that more than 1,500 unidentified bodies piled up in several of the country’s morgues could lead to an outbreak of disease, amid accusations the government is covering up their causes of death. Among the deceased are believed to be pro-democracy protesters, who activists say were killed by government forces in their crackdown on demonstrations. They believe the failure to conduct proper autopsies is an attempt to conceal evidence of those killings. Mahjoub Babaker, a forensic medicine and toxicology consultant for the country’s autopsy body, expressed concerns because of the proximity of one of the morgues to a market, saying the bodies "could spread a plague among local residents." SUDAN REPORTS 5 MORE MONKEYPOX INFECTIONS, STOKING FEARS OF LARGER OUTBREAK At a press conference Monday, he and three other officials argued against the need to carry out independent autopsies, saying instead that there should be a mass burial of the bodies for public safety reasons. They announced a postponement of any autopsies in order to discuss matters with the deceased individuals' families. Reports of the backlog of bodies awaiting autopsy first emerged in May, with a news video released earlier this month showing piles of corpses and limbs kept in a building that appeared to have no refrigeration. Then, the country’s top public prosecutor authorized the mass burial of the bodies last month without an autopsy. It came as the country faced an ongoing crackdown on anti-military protests after a military coup last year. In October, Sudan’s short-lived democratic transition was upended when the country’s leading general, Abdel-Fattah Burhan, deposed the government and locked up hundreds of officials and activists. Pro-democracy groups and families of missing protesters have said the failure to conduct proper autopsies is an attempt to conceal evidence of the killing of hundreds of pro-democracy demonstrators by Sudanese armed forces following the 2019 popular uprising that ousted long-time ruler Omar al-Bashir. In June 2019, the Rapid Support Forces, a powerful armed paramilitary group, opened fire on a group of sit-in protesters in Khartoum, killing more than 100 people. The prosecutor’s decision in May has sparked several demonstrations outside the morgues from pro-democracy groups. US CONDEMNS SUDAN MILITARY COUP, PAUSES $700M IN AID On Sunday, the Sudanese Doctor’s Committee, which has tracked protester deaths and injuries since the coup, held a protest outside the prosecutors’ headquarters. In a statement, the group, called for all burials to be stopped until "a team of international, independent and reliable forensic medicine is retrieved, protecting the rights of the missing and their relatives, and seeking to reach the truth and achieve justice."
  • Chiefs release kicker Matt Ammendola after his struggles in 3-point loss to ColtsChiefs release kicker Matt Ammendola after his struggles in 3-point loss to Colts
    The Kansas City Chiefs have cut kicker Matt Ammendola after his poor performance in Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts played a critical role in their 20-17 loss.  Ammendola, who was elevated from the practice squad after Harrison Butker sustained an ankle injury in a Week 1 game against the Arizona Cardinals, was released Monday after missing an extra point and a potential game-tying 34-yard field goal attempt.  "Obviously, we missed some kicks and stuff like that," Patrick Mahomes said after the game, "but at the end of the day, we had multiple opportunities to score. We have to find ways to get the ball in the end zone, and that starts with me." PATRICK MAHOMES HAS TENSE CHAT WITH ERIC BIENIEMY, CHIEFS SPUTTER IN STUNNING LOSS TO COLTS The former New York Jets kicker, who was released in 2021 for similar reasons, missed an extra point late in the first quarter that prevented the Chiefs from tying the score and later missed a field goal attempt in the fourth quarter that kept the Chiefs' lead at 17-13.  Colts tight end Jelani Woods later hauled in a 12-yard pass from Matt Ryan to win the game.  The Chiefs will move on to their third kicker in four weeks with Butker still questionable to return after injuring himself on the turf at State Farm Stadium Week 1.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Head coach Andy Reid told reporters at the time that he believed the field conditions resulted in kicker Butker and first-round draft pick Trent McDuffie slipping and injuring themselves, the latter sustaining a significant hamstring injury.  "The turf picked up, and I would tell you that that did have something to do with it. If it didn't, I would tell you that, too," Reid said. "So, it's not an excuse by any means, but I mean, you all can see it. Watch the tape." Ammendola was 3-for-4 in field goal attempts and 3-for-4 in extra points in two games this season.  
  • Adam Levine and Maroon 5 announce Las Vegas residency amid singer's cheating scandalAdam Levine and Maroon 5 announce Las Vegas residency amid singer's cheating scandal
    Adam Levine isn’t shying away from work responsibilities as he deals with his cheating scandal.  According to Live Nation, Levine and Maroon 5 will be hosting a Las Vegas residency with their first show kicking off in March 2023 at Dolby Live in Park MGM. The band is scheduled to perform 16 shows beginning in March and wrapping in August 2023. The news of the residency comes after Levine and Maroon 5 were confirmed to still perform at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Oct. 1. The band is currently on tour, and Levine has no plans to let the scandal stop him from performing. After Maroon 5’s performance in Las Vegas, the group is set to head overseas to Singapore in November. Levine, 43, has been dominating the headlines since Instagram model Sumner Stroh said the two had a yearlong affair while Levine was married to his pregnant wife, Behati Prinsloo. She shared screenshots of the "Sugar" singer allegedly asking if he could name his third child "Sumner." ADAM LEVINE ACCUSED OF SENDING FLIRTATIOUS TEXTS TO 20-YEAR-OLD: ‘I KNEW IT WAS WEIRD’ Since Stroh’s allegations, four other women have come forward, claiming Levine sent them flirtatious texts and DMs. Levine, who is married to former Victoria's Secret Angel Behati Prinsloo, is expecting his third child with his wife of eight years. Prinsloo shared the news to her Instagram, just days before Stroh released her bombshell video. Levine denied the affair with Stroh but acknowledged that he had "crossed the line." CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR THE ENTERTAINMENT NEWSLETTER "In certain instances, it became inappropriate; I have addressed that and taken proactive steps to remedy this with my family," Levine wrote in a statement. "My wife and my family is all I care about in this world. To be this naive and stupid enough to risk the only thing that truly matters to me was the greatest mistake I could ever make," he added. "I will never make it again. I take full responsibility. We will get through it. And we will get through it together." "He maintains that none of these interactions became physical," a source close to Levine told Fox News Digital. Shortly after the cheating allegations were made, the couple was seen out and about in Montecito, California. Prinsloo and Levine were exiting a white SUV as they appeared to be laughing together. In one image, Levine was seen wearing a backpack that appears to belong to one of their children. Levine and Prinsloo have two children: Dusty, 5, and Rose, 4. 

NATIONAL NEWS

  • Libertarian group files lawsuit to block student debt cancellationLibertarian group files lawsuit to block student debt cancellation
    A libertarian group in California filed a legal challenge to President Joe Biden’s plan for student debt cancelation on Tuesday, calling it an illegal overreach that would increase state tax burdens for some Americans who get their debt forgiven. The lawsuit, believed to be the first targeting Biden’s plan, was filed by the Pacific Legal Foundation, a Sacramento law firm. It was filed in federal court in Indiana, one of several states that plan to tax any student debt canceled by Biden’s plan. "Congress did not authorize the executive branch to unilaterally cancel student debt," said Caleb Kruckenberg, an attorney at Pacific Legal Foundation. He said it’s illegal for the executive branch to create the policy "by press release, and without statutory authority." PARENTS WONDER: DOES BIDEN'S STUDENT DEBT HANDOUT INCLUDE COLLEGE LOANS TAKEN OUT BY MOMS AND DADS? The suit’s plaintiff is Frank Garrison, described as a public interest attorney who lives in Indiana and is employed by the libertarian group. Garrison is on track to get his student debt erased through a separate federal program for public servants. Although most borrowers will need to apply for Biden’s plan, Garrison and many others in that program will automatically get the relief because the Education Department has their income information on file. Biden’s plan would automatically cancel $20,000 of Garrison’s debt, which in turn would trigger an "immediate tax liability" from the state of Indiana, according to the suit. Under the debt forgiveness program he’s enrolled in now, canceled debt cannot be taxed. "Mr. Garrison and millions of others similarly situated in the six relevant states will receive no additional benefit from the cancelation — just a one-time additional penalty," the suit argues. Any student debt forgiven under Biden’s plan would also be subject to state taxes in Arkansas, California, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina and Wisconsin, unless lawmakers in those states change their current laws. Biden’s plan promises to cancel $10,000 in federal student debt for borrowers with incomes of less than $125,000 per year or households making less than $250,000. Those who received federal Pell Grants to attend college would get an additional $10,000 erased. STUDENT LOAN HANDOUT: WALL STREET JOURNAL ROASTS BIDEN'S ‘INFLATION EXPANSION ACT’ An application to receive the benefit is expected by early October. Conservative groups have been threatening to challenge debt cancelation since Biden first aired the idea, saying it’s legally questionable and unfairly cancels student debt at the expense of Americans who didn’t attend college. One of the main challenges has been finding someone who faces personal harm as a result of Biden’s plan, giving them legal standing to sue. The Biden administration did not immediately comment on the suit but has argued that the plan is on solid legal ground. In its legal justification for debt cancelation, the Biden administration invoked the HEROES Act of 2003, which aimed to provide help to members of the military. The law gives the administration "sweeping authority" to reduce or eliminate student debt during a national emergency, the Justice Department said in an August legal opinion. STUDENT LOAN CANCELLATION COULD COST $900B AND FAVOR TOP EARNERS, ANALYSIS SHOWS Education Secretary Miguel Cardona has said he has the legal authority to cancel debt for people who faced hardship during the pandemic. Cardona says Biden’s plan will ensure borrowers aren’t worse off after the pandemic than they were before. The suit challenges that rationale, saying Garrison and others will see their debt burdens increase as a result of Biden’s plan. It also contends that the plan doesn’t meet the requirements of the 2003 law, arguing that the problem of high student debt is not a "direct result" of the pandemic. "Nothing about loan cancelation is lawful or appropriate," the suit alleges. "In an end-run around Congress, the administration threatens to enact a profound and transformational policy that will have untold economic impacts." The suit asks the court to overturn Biden’s plan and to temporarily halt it while legal questions are resolved.
  • Delaware judge to hear arguments over information exchange between Elon Musk, Twitter lawyersDelaware judge to hear arguments over information exchange between Elon Musk, Twitter lawyers
    A Delaware judge is hearing arguments over the exchange of information by lawyers for Twitter and Elon Musk in a lawsuit in which the social media giant is seeking to force Musk to carry through with his $44 billion acquisition of Twitter. Tuesday's hearing comes three weeks before a scheduled trial in the lawsuit and a day after scheduled depositions of Musk and Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal were postponed. Musk is now scheduled to be deposed in Delaware on Oct. 6 and Oct. 7, according to a Twitter court filing late Monday. Musk, the world’s richest man, agreed in April to buy Twitter and take it private, offering $54.20 a share and vowing to loosen the company’s policing of content and to root out fake accounts. In July, Musk indicated that he wanted to back away from the deal, claiming Twitter had failed to provide him enough information about the number of fake accounts on its platform. RAMASWAMY: ELON MUSK PAVED THE WAY FOR TWITTER SHAREHOLDERS TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST CENSORSHIP PRACTICES The hearing will begin with arguments on a motion by Musk’s attorneys to revise their answer to the lawsuit and their counterclaims against Twitter for the second time. Musk’s attorneys want to add information regarding a severance agreement and $7.75 million payment to former employee Peiter "Mudge" Zatko. Musk’s attorneys assert that Twitter needed his consent before making the payment but failed to do so. ELON MUSK SAYS TOLKIEN IS 'TURNING IN HIS GRAVE' OVER AMAZON'S 'RINGS OF POWER' Zatko is a cybersecurity expert who was the head of security for Twitter until he was fired early this year. He filed a whistleblower complaint in July with Congress, the Justice Department, the Federal Trade Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission. The complaint outlines a host of accusations against Twitter, including that CEO Parag Agrawal and other senior executives and board members have made false and misleading statements about Twitter’s cybersecurity, privacy and integrity. Twitter attorneys argue that the inclusion of information about Zatko’s severance should be conditioned on Musk attorneys turning over records of all communications since December among Musk, his advisers and co-investors that involve Zatko. The judge will also hear arguments on several other disputes regarding discovery, or the exchange of information, between attorneys for Musk and Twitter. They include efforts by Musk lawyers to obtain more data from a sampling of about 9,000 Twitter accounts in the fourth quarter of 2021, and claims that Twitter is withholding too much information as "privileged," or confidential. Musk attorneys also claim that Twitter is improperly withholding information regarding user metrics. ELON MUSK ALLEGED AFFAIR WITH GOOGLE CO-FOUNDER'S WIFE PROMPTED DIVORCE: REPORT Attorneys for Twitter, meanwhile, are asking the judge to sanction Musk attorneys for failing to produce responsive phone messages, and to order them to comply with a previous discovery order.
  • California inmate on death row dies of natural causesCalifornia inmate on death row dies of natural causes
    A California inmate sentenced to death for killing a bartender during a robbery has died at an outside hospital of natural causes, prison officials said Monday. Thomas Lenart, 75, was pronounced dead Friday. The Kern County Coroner will determine his official cause of death. He was sentenced to death in 1995 for the first-degree murder of Oberta Toney in Shasta County. She was found in a closet behind the bar at the Anderson Lounge, lying face down, hands crossed under her chest, in 1993. MURDER COLD CASE SUSPECT IDENTIFIED AS OHIO WOMAN’S HUSBAND AFTER REMAINS FOUND IN UTAH OHIO MAN CONVICTED IN MURDERS OF COUPLE AND THEIR UNBORN BABY Lenart was originally sent to San Quentin State Prison but had been in California State Prison, Corcoran since 2020. Gov. Gavin Newsom has imposed a moratorium on executions while he is governor, and is moving to dismantle the United States’ largest death row by moving all condemned inmates to other prisons.
  • CA man sentenced for fraudulently obtaining $5 million in COVID-19 relief loansCA man sentenced for fraudulently obtaining $5 million in COVID-19 relief loans
    A Southern California man was sentenced Monday to four years in federal prison for fraudulently obtaining more than $5 million in COVID-relief loans for three shell companies, prosecutors said. Raghavender Reddy Budamala, who was arrested in February while trying to cross the border into Mexico, was also ordered to pay $5.15 million in restitution, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a statement. Budamala, 36, pleaded guilty in June to one count of bank fraud and one count of money laundering. As part of his plea agreement, the Irvine resident agreed to forfeit real estate in Orange and Los Angeles counties, as well as approximately $4.1 million in funds from bank and investment accounts and in cryptocurrency, the statement said.. NJ POLICE SERGEANT ACCUSED OF LEADING ROGUE COPS SENTENCED TO NEARLY 3 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON Following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Budamala submitted seven applications for pandemic-relief loans for three shell companies with no operations, prosecutors said. Budamala falsely represented that his companies employed dozens of individuals and earned millions of dollars in revenue, and that he needed the money for payroll and business expenses, according to court papers. DETROIT COUNCIL MEMBER INDICTED ON FEDERAL BRIBERY CHARGE The addresses listed for the companies were bogus, nonexistent or residential, prosecutors said. He used the money to buy three homes, including a $1.2 million home in Los Angeles and a property in Malibu worth nearly $600,000, court documents said.
  • Seattle to vote on $1.25 billion in new taxes to fund mental health systemSeattle to vote on $1.25 billion in new taxes to fund mental health system
    People in the greater Seattle area will be asked to approve as much as $1.25 billion in new taxes to build improve the mental health system and build five regional crisis care centers. The Seattle Times reports King County Executive Dow Constantine, Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell and others on Monday said they would put the tax plan on the April 2023 ballot. The King County levy would begin in 2024. The median-value homeowner would pay about $121 that year, and continue through 2032. TENNESSEE MAN WITH AUTISM STARTS SUCCESSFUL RECYCLING BUSINESS, CHERISHES 'INTERACTING WITH CUSTOMERS' EFFORTS TO PREVENT MILITARY SUICIDE PLAGUED BY INCOMPLETE DATA AND CONTINUED STIGMA, EXPERT SAYS Officials did not say where the new five crisis facilities would be located. The tax package would also maintain and invest in residential treatment beds at long-term facilities that provide youth and adults with addiction and mental health treatment.
  • Helicopter crashes in Arizona desertHelicopter crashes in Arizona desert
    A helicopter crash-landed in the Arizona desert Monday morning but authorities said the two people aboard walked away with no injuries. Federal Aviation Administration officials said the Robinson R22 helicopter went down 4 ½ miles north of the Mesa's Falcon Field Airport and on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. The airport is about 25 miles east of Phoenix. Aerial video of the crash site showed a smoldering wreckage with scattered debris. RETIRED NURSE SAVES BABY WHO STOPPED BREATHING ON FLIGHT TO ORLANDO LOS ANGELES DRIVER SEEN SPEEDING THROUGH INTERSECTION BEFORE COLLISION  Tribal police said they responded to the scene around 8:30 a.m. and the pilot and passenger both avoided injury. Authorities have not released their names or the helicopter’s flight plan. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the incident.
  • Philadelphia bans guns in city rec spaces; even legal permit holders will have ‘problem with me,' DA saysPhiladelphia bans guns in city rec spaces; even legal permit holders will have ‘problem with me,' DA says
    Philadelphia is banning guns at city recreational facilities amid a surge in gun violence that recently claimed the life of a recreational employee struck by a stray bullet during a shootout near where she worked.  Mayor Jim Kenney signed an executive order Tuesday prohibiting the possession of firearms and other deadly weapons at indoor and outdoor rec center buildings, fields, playgrounds and pools, a move that could ignite legal challenges. The law goes into effect immediately.  "This gives them some protection, some peace of mind, some ability to call the authorities when some knucklehead decides they want to bring a gun into a rec center, and they see it, that’s part of what this is about," Kenney said during a news briefing.  Since 2019, there have been 300 gun violence incidents at city parks and recreation facilities, said Kathryn Ott Lovell, commissioner of Philadelphia Parks and Recreation. PHILLY POLICE SEARCH FOR MAN ACCUSED OF HOME INVASION, SEXUAL ASSAULT OF SENIOR CITIZEN "We are banning weapons from recreation facilities to protect the children and families of Philadelphia, and our treasured staff, from gun violence and to restore a sense of safety to our playgrounds, pools, recreational courts, fields, and rec centers," Lovell said in a statement. Philadelphia County District Attorney Larry Krasner said the order will allow his office to charge people who bring firearms into restricted areas with trespassing in addition to a charge for possession of firearms and other crimes committed. "Even if you have a permit to carry, and you go on those premises, then you've got a problem with me," he said Tuesday.  Signs about the ban will be redisplayed across all city-operated recreational facilities. It was unclear how or if the order will be challenged in court.  Gun-rights advocates argue that arresting and prosecuting criminals would have a greater impact on curbing gun violence than targeting legal gun owners. "Every law-abiding Philadelphian hopes and prays that the violent criminals Mayor Kenny and his woke district attorney carelessly release onto the streets abide by his directive," Lars Dalseide, a spokesperson for the National Rifle Association, told Fox News in a statement. "A more prudent and effective approach would be to arrest, prosecute and punish these savage criminals for their violent crimes. The simple fact is that Pennsylvania state law prevents local jurisdictions from passing laws that are inconsistent with or more restrictive than state law. This ban is more restrictive and therefore illegitimate." DEMOCRATS IN FLORIDA SEEK TO WIN OVER LATINOS ON GUN CONTROL Despite its intentions, the order will have little impact on gun crime, said Councilman David Oh, who argued the legislation is illegal and will not deter criminals. "We already have much more severe laws that you cannot carry illegal weapons, you cannot use legal weapons illegally, you cannot shoot these weapons and those types of things," he told Fox News Digital. "Those laws are not being enforced. The only people you're going to affect are people who follow the law." The order came weeks after Tiffany Fletcher, 40, was killed during a shootout while working at the Mill Creek Recreation Center. She was preparing to let students in when she was hit by crossfire between two people.  A 14-year-old has been charged as an adult with attempted murder and related offenses in connection with the killing, Fox Philadelphia reported. 
  • Idaho judge in Lori Vallow, Chad Daybell murder cases bars cameras from courtroom: 'A great risk'Idaho judge in Lori Vallow, Chad Daybell murder cases bars cameras from courtroom: 'A great risk'
    An Idaho judge has barred the media from recording and taking photographs during Lori Vallow's and Chad Daybell's joint murder trial in January, according to court documents. Judge Steven Boyce's decision came weeks after photographers captured the so-called "cult mom," who is accused of killing her children in 2019 and collecting social security benefits in her son's name after their deaths, smiling in and outside a Fremont County courtroom during an August hearing as Vallow's counsel argued to split up her charges. "The Court determines herein that continued visual coverage of this case poses great risk to the fair administration of justices in this case, and co-defendant Chad Daybell’s companion case, which cases are joined for trial," Boyce wrote in his Sept. 23 decision. "Therefore, continued visual coverage will no longer be permitted." Vallow, 49, and Daybell, her 54-year-old husband, are scheduled to appear in court for their joint trial on Jan. 9 in Ada County. LORI VALLOW TRIAL: WRITER SAYS IDAHO JUDGE HAS ORDERED ‘AN UNUSUAL NUMBER OF DOCUMENTS SEALED’ IN CASE Vallow's two children, 7-year-old Joshua "J.J." Vallow and 17-year-old Tylee Ryan, were killed in September 2019. Vallow has been accused of collecting Social Security benefits with their information between Oct. 1, 2019, and Jan. 22, 2020. LORI VALLOW, CHAD DAYBELL 'DOOMSDAY' MURDERS: A TIMELINE OF EVENTS She and Daybell were indicted in late May 2021 on multiple counts each of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and grand theft by deception, first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder related to the deaths of Tylee; J.J.; and Chad Daybell's ex-wife, officials announced at the time. Arizona officials in June 2021 also indicted Vallow in the July 2019 murder of her ex-husband, Charles Vallow. The case has garnered national attention and inspired various crime television episodes, documentaries and so on. Netflix most recently released the documentary series "Sins of our Mother" about Vallow and her life before the alleged crimes on Sept. 14. LORI VALLOW DAYBELL'S ATTORNEY ARGUES FOR ‘FAIR TRIAL' AS SO-CALLED ‘CULT MOM’ SMILES IN COURT "The Court has previously been made aware and continues to be informed that documentaries, dramatizations and fictionalized movies focusing on the Defendants and allegations in this case have already been produced and continue to be disseminated to the public," Boyce wrote. As a result, the court is "very concerned that continued visual coverage of this case will impede the ability of the parties to select fair and unbiased jurors" in a case that has not been tried yet, according to Boyce. LORI VALLOW DOCUMENTARY: SON SPEAKS OUT ABOUT ALLEGED MURDERS IN NEW NETFLIX SERIES "The Court will not risk the loss of seated jurors who may intentionally or inadvertently review the very trial proceedings they are sworn to decide, where those jurors must make their decision only upon the evidence presented at trial," he wrote. "The Court will not risk the potential loss of State or Defense witnesses who may intentionally or inadvertently become tainted by viewing the trial proceedings before they testify, assuming their exclusion from the proceedings, as is regularly ordered for material witnesses." He added that the four is also "concerned that at trial the added and unnecessary pressure witnesses and counsel will be subject to, knowing their every expression, utterance and appearance will be captured and circulated without their control in perpetuity, is unwarranted and will likely interfere with the fair administration of justice in this case." Vallow and Daybell are at the center of a tangled case that involves a bizarre apocalyptic religious belief that prosecutors claim the couple designed to justify the murders. The children were missing for several months — when police say the couple lied about the children’s whereabouts and then slipped away to Hawaii — before their bodies were found buried on Chad Daybell's property in rural Idaho. The state is seeking the death penalty in Vallow's case due to the "aggravating circumstances" leading to her alleged crimes. The pair is at the center of a bizarre case full of twists and turns that involve apocalyptic religious beliefs that prosecutors say motivated the couple to justify the murders of Vallow's children.  Daybell has written several apocalyptic novels based loosely on Mormon theology. Both were involved in a group that promotes preparedness for the biblical end times. Meanwhile, Vallow reportedly believed she was "a god assigned to carry out the work of the 144,000 at Christ’s second coming in July 2020," according to divorce documents that her late ex-husband, Charles Vallow, filed before his…
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  • Utah woman says judge forced her to give ex-husband intimate photos in divorceUtah woman says judge forced her to give ex-husband intimate photos in divorce
    A Utah woman is outraged after a judge ordered her to give her ex-husband copies of intimate photo albums that she gifted him before their divorce. Lindsay Marsh, 43, of Layton, said she felt violated over the decision that forced her to hand her ex-husband, Chris Marsh, redacted images that feature her in nude, topless and lingerie shots. "You don't know where to turn because you don't know the law," Marsh told Fox News Digital. "You have an ex-husband who you were married to for years forcing you to distribute basically porn, and he thinks it's OK, his attorney also thinks that it is OK, and then you bring it in front of a judge, and he thinks it's OK." FLORIDA EX-WIFE OF SLAIN MICROSOFT EXECUTIVE HIRES CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER  Second District Court Judge Michael Edwards ruled that Chris Marsh could have copies of the albums after the images of her nude or in lingerie are obscured, according to the decision. The original photographer put black boxes over the exposed parts of her body without altering the affectionate inscriptions and notes, then Lindsay Marsh turned over the copies to her ex-husband, she said. "People need to know that this is what this judge ordered, and that’s not OK," she said. She filed for divorce in April after 25 years of marriage and was surprised when her ex listed the albums among the items he wanted in the split, she said. SYLVESTER STALLONE HOLDS HANDS WITH WIFE IN NEW INSTAGRAM POST, SPARKING RECONCILIATION RUMORS AMID DIVORCE "I’m naked in some of these photos," the mother of three added. "When we went to trial, he never asked about pictures of our children, of our family, of our dogs. He only asked for multiple pictures of just me along with these albums." Marsh called the photo request "retaliation for divorcing him." But Chris Marsh defended the judge's ruling. "I never asked for the photos, I asked for the inscriptions," he told Fox News Digital. He said that the judge gave her an opportunity to redact and copy the album pages herself then turn them over. She did not have to hand them to a third party to edit, he added. Lindsay Marsh said she did not go public to attack her ex-husband but to help others who find themselves in a similar situation. "It’s extremely embarrassing, it's violating that anyone has to go through something like this," she said. "If I can prevent this from happening to one other person then this has all been worth it. I want this judge to be held accountable. What he did was wrong." Edwards did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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  • Chinese, Russian warships spotted near AlaskaChinese, Russian warships spotted near Alaska
    A U.S. Coast Guard ship on routine patrol in the Bering Sea came across a guided missile cruiser from China, officials said Monday. But it turned out the cruiser wasn’t alone as it sailed about 86 miles north of Alaska’s Kiska Island, on Sept. 19. Two other Chinese naval ships and four Russian naval vessels, including a destroyer, were spotted in single formation, the patrol boat, known as a cutter called Kimball, discovered. CHINA USING CIVILIAN SHIPS TO EXTEND MILITARY REACH, ABILITY: EXPERTS The Honolulu-based Kimball, a 418-foot vessel, observed as the ships broke formation and dispersed. A C-130 Hercules provided air support for the Kimball from the Coast Guard station in Kodiak. "While the formation has operated in accordance with international rules and norms, we will meet presence with presence to ensure there are no disruptions to U.S. interests in the maritime environment around Alaska," Rear Adm. Nathan Moore, Seventeenth Coast Guard District commander said. The Coast Guard said Operation Frontier Sentinel guidelines call for meeting "presence with presence" when strategic competitors operate in and around U.S. waters. The Kimball will continue to monitor the area. The Coast Guard did not immediately respond to questions about the incident from The Associated Press. CHINA RECRUITED TOP SCIENTISTS FROM LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL LABORATORY TO AID MILITARY, REPORT SAYS The Chinese and Russian formation came a month after NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned about China’s interest in the Arctic and Russia’s military buildup there. Stoltenberg said Russia has set up a new Arctic Command and has opened hundreds of new and former Soviet-era Arctic military sites, including deep-water ports and airfields. China has declared itself a "near Arctic" state and plans to build the world’s largest icebreaker, he said. TAIWAN OFFICIAL WARNS CHINA, 'WE WILL NEVER SURRENDER OUR FREEDOM' "Beijing and Moscow have also pledged to intensify practical cooperation in the Arctic. This forms part of a deepening strategic partnership that challenges our values and interests," Stoltenberg said in a visit to Canada’s north. This wasn’t the first time Chinese naval ships have sailed near Alaska waters. In September 2021, Coast Guard cutters in the Bering Sea and North Pacific Ocean encountered Chinese ships, about 50 miles off the Aleutian Islands.

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