Below is a summary of current national newsletters in the United States.
Britney Spears’ calls and texts have been monitored, new documentary says
A security company hired by Britney Spears’ father monitored the pop singer’s phone calls and texts during the court-sanctioned guardianship she has lived under since 2008, according to a New York Times documentary released on Friday. In “Controlling Britney Spears,” Alex Vlasov, a former Black Box Security employee who said he worked with the singer’s team for nearly nine years, said the company “mirrored” the pop singer’s phone on an iPad by logging into their iCloud account. A listening device was also placed in his bedroom, Vlasov said.
Biden seeks to avoid blocking requests for Trump registrations in Jan.6 inquiry – Maison Blanche
President Joe Biden’s administration will work to avoid blocking former President Donald Trump’s file requests as part of an investigation into the deadly Jan.6 attack on the United States Capitol, a the White House announced on Friday. “The president has already concluded that it would not be appropriate to assert executive privilege,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said. “And so, we will respond to these questions promptly as they arise.”
PG&E charged with manslaughter for starting California wildfire
Northern California prosecutors on Friday charged power utility Pacific Gas & Electric with four counts of manslaughter and other crimes, alleging he failed to cut down a diseased tree that fell on power lines and started a deadly forest fire. The company denied having committed a crime.
Former Minneapolis officer in George Floyd case to appeal murder conviction
Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin has filed a notice that he will appeal his conviction and sentence for the murder of George Floyd, arguing that the judge in his case abused his discretion and committed multiple errors during the trial.
Chauvin, a white man convicted of killing Floyd by kneeling on the black man’s neck in a 2020 arrest, has no money to hire a lawyer and is representing himself, according to court documents filed Thursday evening.
White House says millions of government contractors must be vaccinated by December 8
The White House said on Friday that millions of federal contractors must be vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 8 and that the administration will add clauses to future government contracts requiring vaccinations. President Joe Biden signed an executive order on September 9 requiring federal contractors to oblige vaccinations, but many US companies with federal contracts have waited for formal guidance from the White House before moving forward.
Proud Boy Known As “Milkshake” Pleads Not Guilty to U.S. Capitol Riot Charges
A self-identified member of the far-right group Proud Boys nicknamed “Milkshake” pleaded not guilty on Friday to assaulting police and other charges stemming from the January 6 riot on the United States Capitol. Daniel Scott, 27, a Florida man who has also lived in the Seattle area, faces a total of 10 criminal charges, including civil unrest and obstructing formal proceedings.
‘The truth is the truth’: Trump delivers a blow as Republicans-led audit in Arizona reaffirms Biden’s victory
Donald Trump lost the 2020 presidential election to Joe Biden in Arizona’s most populous county, reaffirmed a review of the results of his Republican Party allies, ending a largely back-to-back effort spurred by false allegations by Trump election fraud. Arizona Senate Speaker Karen Fann, the Republican who paved the way for the so-called “comprehensive forensic audit” of 2.1 million ballots in Maricopa County, said the The exam’s overall vote count matched the original November results.
Amid attention to Petito case, Indigenous mother calls for justice
Pepita Redhair, a 27-year-old Navajo who dreamed of becoming an engineer and loved skateboarding, was last seen in March 2020 walking with her boyfriend in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Redhair’s disappearance was not reported to local media. Detectives said they were running out of leads, according to her mother Anita King.
US House Passes Abortion Right Bill, Senate Prospects Poor
The United States House of Representatives on Friday approved a law to protect abortion services from growing state restrictions backed by Republicans, including a Texas law that imposes a near-total ban on abortion, but the bill is unlikely to pass the Senate. The Democratic-controlled House voted 218-211 largely along party lines to pass legislation called the Women’s Health Protection Act. Only one Democrat, Representative Henry Cuellar of Texas, voted against the proposal.
New Texas law restricts abortion-inducing drugs
Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Friday signed a new law that restricts access to drugs to induce abortion, just weeks after the state implemented a near-total ban on abortion procedures. The Medicines Act prohibits mail order abortion drugs and states that state doctors are only allowed to prescribe them for up to seven weeks after conception. Previously, this restriction was set at 10 weeks.
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