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NYPD says it has enough evidence to arrest Harvey Weinstein for rape

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — New York City Police Department Chief of Detectives Bob Boyce said Friday there is enough evidence to arrest disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein for rape but quickly added no warrant has been issued and it’s unclear whether there’s enough to bring the case to trial.

Boyce explained that while “we have an actual case” and there may be probable cause to arrest Weinstein, there was not yet enough information to seek an arrest warrant.

“If this person was still in New York and the case was recent we would go and make the arrest,” Boyce said before noting that the allegations of actress Paz de la Huerta are seven years old and Weinstein is currently not in New York.

NYPD detectives became aware of de la Huerta’s rape allegations against Weinstein on Oct. 25 via a phone call, Boyce said, adding that de la Huerta put forth a credible and detailed narrative.

He said she was able to articulate “each and every movement of the crime” alleged. Detectives then sought corroboration and found it, Boyce said.

“We have an actual case here,” he said.

ABC News confirmed Thursday that de la Huerta was the subject of one of two active cases the NYPD has involving Weinstein. The other involves Lucia Evans, who has alleged that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex.

Weinstein has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex through his spokeswoman.

The 65-year-old Hollywood producer, however, has been accused of committing crimes in jurisdictions outside of New York City as well. The Los Angeles Police Department told Los Angeles ABC station KABC Thursday that a second person has come forward regarding Weinstein, alleging lewd conduct stemming from a 2015 incident. The Beverly Hills Police Department is also investigating the producer, as are British authorities.

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Girl (super) power: Marvel's female stars pitched studio head about female-only team-up

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By Stephen Iervolino

Marvel Studios

(LOS ANGELES) — Tessa Thompson, who steals every scene she’s in as warrior Valkyrie in Thor: Ragnarok, said the female stars of the Marvel Cinematic Universe pitched Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige [Fy-gee] for their own movie.

Thompson told Comic Book Resources that she, Black Widow’s alter-ego Scarlett Johansson, Zoe Saldana, who plays Gamora — along with her Guardians of the Galaxy co-stars Karen Gillan, who plays Nebula, and Pom “Mantis” Klementieff — and Oscar winner Brie Larson were on hand.

Larson will play the title role in the first female-led Marvel Studios movie, Captain Marvel, which hits theaters in March of 2019.

“We were just sort of all in a semicircle talking…’wouldn’t it be nice if we could all work together?'” Thompson recalled.

“We were sort of speculating on they ways in which it might happen in [the upcoming Avengers:] Infinity War, or might not happen, and we thought, ‘No, we should just have a whole movie where we know every day we’re going to arrive and get to work together,” she continued.

“So we just ran right up to Kevin Feige and started talking about it.”

Thompson mentioned that the producer has a “general interest” in ideas that his Marvel stars come up with for future projects, though as of yet, nothing official has been mentioned about the all-female team-up.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros. is reportedly working on an all-female project called Gotham City Sirens, featuring DC Comics villainesses Harley Quinn, Catwoman, and Poison Ivy, which is set for a 2019 release. That’s the same year when a Sony-produced movie called Silver & Black, centering on female Marvel baddies Silver Sable and Black Cat, is supposed to hit theaters.

(Marvel Studios is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News)

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Humans 'dominant cause' of climate change, federal report says, contradicting Trump officials

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Human activity is the “dominant cause” of the warmest global temperatures in modern history and has also resulted in changes including rising sea levels, more frequent heat waves and the increasing concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, according to the federal Climate Science Special Report, an annual assessment of the physical impacts of climate change.

The report, which is the result of collaboration across a number of federal government agencies and was assented to by the White House, appears to refute much of what President Donald Trump and his administration have said about the subject, notably that the impact of humans on climate change was uncertain.

The study notes that “thousands of studies conducted by researchers around the world have documented changes,” including the warming climate and extreme occurrences, and that its findings “are based on a large body of scientific, peer-reviewed research, as well as a number of other publicly available sources, including well-established and carefully evaluated observational and modeling datasets.”

On the changes recorded in Earth’s climate, the report concludes, “There is no convincing alternative explanation supported by the extent of the observational evidence” outside of human activity.

Trump has shown himself to be skeptical of the impact of humans on the climate, ranging back to the years prior to his presidency. He has commented dismissively upon the term “global warming,” calling it “an expensive hoax,” and once termed climate change “b——-,” as he instead called for “clean, beautiful and healthy air.”

Members of the administration have offered unclear answers when asked about Trump’s position on climate change.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told CBS News in June that the president “believes the climate is changing and he does know that pollutants are a part of that equation,” after Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said days earlier that he and Trump had not discussed the specific issue.

Pruitt himself has downplayed human impact and carbon dioxide emissions on the observed changes to the planet’s climate.

“I think that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do and there’s tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact,” Pruitt said in a CNBC interview in March in response to a question about carbon dioxide’s influence on the climate. “So no, I would not agree that [carbon dioxide emissions are a] primary contributor to the global warming that we see.”

In addition to rising global temperatures and lowering sea levels, the Climate Science Special Report concludes that “daily tidal flooding is accelerating” in more than 25 U.S. cities, “Heavy rainfall is increasing in intensity and frequency, “the incidence of large forest fires in the western United States and Alaska has increased since the early 1980s and is projected to further increase,” and “earlier spring melt and reduced snowpack are already affecting water resources” in the western U.S.

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300 iPhone Xs stolen from delivery truck at San Francisco mall

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iStock/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) — About 300 units of Apple’s newly released iPhone X released were stolen from a San Francisco mall Wednesday, according to police.

Officers from the San Francisco police department responded to a 911 call of a theft at Stonestown Galleria in San Francisco’s Lakeside neighborhood, police said in a release.

The phones were stolen from a parked UPS truck, police said. The driver told police that he had parked and locked his truck while he went to make a delivery but returned to find the truck damaged and with the door open.

The truck had been parked at the mall’s loading dock, police told ABC News. They believe a white Dodge van was used in the robbery and that the suspect were wearing hoodies.

An inventory check revealed that the packages containing the 300 iPhone Xs, which retail for at least $999 each, had been opened, police said.

It appears that the suspects knew what they were looking for in the truck, police said.

Police are looking for information on the suspects.

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Coming up this week on the Lone Star Outdoors Show with Cable Smith…

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​We spend this week’s broadcast discussing varying topics with respected conservationist, biologist and ‘Conservation Visions’ founder Shane Mahoney. Most interestingly, we dive into the history of the term “Trophy Hunter”. A description that 100 years ago didn’t carry any of the negative connotation it does today. Why is that? Has the hunter changed, or has society? Shane breaks it down for us.

Then we also discuss the number of pounds of organic protein hunters and anglers harvest in North America each year. Shane is heading up a project with a goal of quantifying the number of pounds of protein hunters and anlgers consume from their harvest. Fascinating stuff to hear that Michigan alone harvests 25-30 million lbs of whitetail deer each year!

Join us Saturday Morning at 8, on Texas Thunder Radio.

Cable Smith
Owner/Host  Lone Star Outdoors Show

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