Arkansas Teacher’s Assistant Gus Shenker Charged With Possession, Production of Child Porn

A 21-year-old Arkansas teacher’s assistant, August “Gus” Shenker, has been charged with producing, possessing and transporting child pornography. The alleged images include ones depicting child sex abuse. FBI agents arrested Shenker on May 18 and formally charged him on May 20. During the investigation, they learned that he worked as a teacher’s assistant at Miss Selma’s School in Little Rock. The school is a private institution providing education for children ages two through sixth grade. The school hired him in 2017. Though Shenker was released on conditions of bond, he’ll be arraigned this week before Magistrate Judge J. Thomas Ray. The FBI is still seeking to identify potential victims in this case. “Administrators were informed by law enforcement late Monday

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Felipe Vazquez, Former Pittsburgh Pirates Pitcher, Found Guilty of Statutory Sexual Assault

Former Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Felipe Vazquez has been found guilty of multiple felony charges for sexually abusing and assaulting a minor. A Pennsylvania jury convicted Vazquez, 29, on 15 counts late Thursday night. He was convicted of statutory sexual assault, corruption of a minor, unlawful contact with a minor, indecent assault of someone under 16, two counts of unlawful contact with a minor and 10 counts of sexually abusing children. He was found not guilty on another 10 counts of unlawful contact with a minor. The charges stemmed from Vazquez’ sexual contact with a girl who was 13 years old at the time. Vazquez insisted that the girl had deceived him about her age during his trial, claiming that he

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Chris Cuomo Apologizes for Advising Brother Andrew Cuomo As Controversy Over Coverage Deepens

CNN host Chris Cuomo has apologized for advising his brother, Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, on how to publicly handle allegations of sexual harassment. Chris Cuomo issued his apology as controversy over his coverage of the governor has deepened in recent days. “I understand why that was a problem for CNN,” Chris Cuomo said on the Thursday night broadcast of his CNN program, Cuomo Prime Time. Chris Cuomo said he had been “looped into calls” with his brother’s advisors, friends and staff after his brother’s “situation became turbulent.” “It will not happen again,” Chris Cuomo continued. “It was a mistake because I put my colleagues here, who I believe are the best in the business, in a bad spot….

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Pro-Palestine and Pro-Israel Protesters Clash as Cease-Fire Announced

Just hours after the announcement of a long-hoped-for cease-fire in the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians on the Gaza strip Thursday, multiple fights broke out between pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian protesters in midtown Manhattan. The NYPD‘s Office of the Deputy Commissioner confirmed to Newsweek that “there have been multiple arrests around midtown Manhattan,” also specifying the area “in the vicinity of Times Square.” The NYPD confirmed to Newsweek that multiple arrests had been made in Midtown. This photo depicts a similar protest near the Israeli consulate in Midtown Manhattan on May 11, 2021 in New York City. Pablo Monsalve / VIEWpress/Getty This is a developing story and will be updated with more information as it becomes available.

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The 5 Most Affordable Electric Cars from Chevy, Ford, Nissan, Hyundai and Mini

Electric vehicles are on the rise. No, seriously, we know you’ve heard this before, but this time it’s for real. Interest has been steadily building over the years as the U.S. continues to shift its perspective on what is eco-friendly and what is not, but according to new data, the reality of electric cars becoming the norm is closer than ever. After President Biden announced infrastructure plans to invest $174 billion into the electric vehicle (EV) market, a Cars.com survey found that 66 percent of Americans noted an increased desire in buying one. No fuel, no gas stations, no problem. Of course, the EV market faces some barriers. Cars.com also found that 34 percent of surveyed Americans noted cost as

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The 98 Least Popular Dog Breeds in America

It’s safe to say that few living creatures have as high approval ratings as our canine companions. They’re not called “man’s best friend” for nothing, and it’s generally accepted that they all go to heaven. Odes to their loyalty are well documented throughout human history, from Argos in Homer’s Odyssey to movie tributes like Balto and Beethoven. But human nature can lead us to play favorites, and with 195 registered breeds to choose from, some inevitably fall to the bottom. To help understand what guides our choices, Stacker broke down the 98 least popular dog breeds in America based on data released March 16, 2021 from the American Kennel Club. AKC rankings from 2013 were also included for comparison purposes.

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Confused Couple in Japan Receive Latest Round of $1,400 COVID-19 Stimulus Checks

A 79-year-old citizen of Japan was surprised to receive an envelope this past April from the U.S. Department of the Treasury addressed to him at his home in Kamakura, a coastal town just south of Tokyo. Inside the envelope was a check for $1,400, a central piece of President Joe Biden‘s coronavirus relief package approved in March. His wife ended up getting one too. The couple in Kamakura is not alone in being unintended recipients of stimulus checks in the past year. In the case of Japanese citizens specifically, if they lived in the U.S. before 2005 when the U.S. and Japan made a bilateral Social Security deal called the totalization agreement, they were required to pay into the Social

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Tropical Disturbance in Atlantic Ratchets Up, Ana Could Form By Saturday

Hurricane season doesn’t officially kick off until June 1, but Ana looks to get the party started early again this year. A tropical disturbance in the Atlantic Ocean is gaining momentum, and Ana could be the first named storm of the 2021 tropical season, possibly as soon as this weekend. The system had non-tropical, low-pressure traits Thursday morning when it sat in the Atlantic about 600 miles east-southeast of Bermuda. The storm is moving into warmer waters and beginning to develop a little more definition. The storm is starting to pick up gale-force winds as it move northward, and it’s projected to become the first named storm of 2021, maybe by Saturday. “The low is expected to turn westward and

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10 Tips to Help Potty Train Your Dog, According to Experts

A primary concern when a pet dog joins your home is how to potty train him or her as soon as possible. General rules to remember are how accidents are inevitable while dogs adjust to their new surroundings and to prioritise forming good habits early. Every dog is different and while a young puppy can require four to six months to be fully house trained, older pets can need a year. Newsweek provides all the advice you need to potty train your pet dog with ease. Crate training Potty training a new dog is an obvious priority Akintevs/Getty Images Confining a new dog to a caged crate is not as cruel as it looks, as canines are den animals. Crates

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Pasadena’s Harvest Church Wins Lawsuit Against Gavin Newsom, Lifting Worship Restrictions

A settlement reached by a California church and Gov. Gavin Newsom this week allows an injunction against COVID-19 restrictions on churches. On Monday, a California District Court entered an order approving Liberty Counsel’s settlement of the lawsuit on behalf of Pasadena’s Harvest Rock Church and Harvest International Ministry against the California governor. Under the settlement, the state of California may no longer impose discriminatory restrictions upon any houses of worship. It’s the first statewide permanent injunction in the country against COVID restrictions on churches and places of worship. The governor must also pay Liberty Counsel $1,350,000 in reimbursement of attorney’s fees and costs. The settlement references several Supreme Court opinions, including Harvest Church v. Newsom, which include a long list

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