Judge OKs trial for Illinois paramedics in patient's death
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois judge has ruled that two emergency medical professionals should stand trial on first-degree murder charges after a patient they strapped facedown to a stretcher suffocated. Peggy Finley and Peter Cadigan are charged in the December death of 35-year-old Earl Moore in Springfield. Prosecutors filed charges against the pair on Jan. 9. If convicted, Finley and Cadigan could face between 20 and 60 years in prison. They have pleaded not guilty to the charges and are being held in the Sangamon County Jail on $1 million bond each. Circuit Court Judge Raylene Grischow ordered both to stand trial after a preliminary hearing Friday.
Bills' Hamlin faces long recovery, family spokesman tells AP
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — A family spokesman for Damar Hamlin tells The Associated Press the Buffalo Bills safety still faces a long rehabilitation despite enjoying a remarkable recovery some three weeks after having to be resuscitated on the field during a game in Cincinnati. Jordon Rooney says Hamlin still requires oxygen and is having his heart monitored regularly to ensure there are no setbacks or after effects. Rooney provided the update to emphasize Hamlin still faces hurdles since being discharged from Buffalo General Medical Center on Jan. 11, and began making regular visits to the Bills facility this week.
Brooke Shields examines her life, fame in doc ‘Pretty Baby’
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Brooke Shields reveals that she was the victim of a sexual assault in a new documentary about her life that premiered Friday afternoon at the Sundance Film Festival. She doesn’t name the man who she said raped her, but she described the circumstances around the incident. It is just one of many revelations in “Pretty Baby,” a nuanced look at Shields’ life up until now including her rise to fame, her complicated relationship with her mother Teri Shields, who was an alcoholic, and how the media commodified her sexualization at a young age while shaming her at the same time. The film will be on Hulu later this year.
Son seeks $50M from LA for dad's death from stun gun zaps
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lawyers for the 5-year-old son and estate of a man who died after repeatedly being shocked by police with a stun gun have filed a $50 million claim for damages against the city of Los Angeles. Lawyers for Keenan Anderson's son said Friday that they plan to sue Los Angeles police for civil rights violations after Anderson died following a traffic collision earlier this month. Anderson was a high school English teacher in Washington, D.C. and cousin of Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter. Police say he was involved in a hit-and-run traffic collision in Venice, ran from officers and resisted arrest.
Detroit judge dismisses lawsuit over control of van Gogh art
DETROIT (AP) — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit over control of an 1888 painting by Vincent van Gogh. He says federal law bars him from stepping into a dispute between a Brazilian collector and a Detroit museum. Judge George Caram Steeh says the painting, titled “The Novel Reader,” is protected from seizure, and the Detroit Institute of Arts can’t be ordered to give it up. The painting has been part of a monthslong van Gogh exhibition that ends Sunday. Dozens of paintings by the Dutch master are on loan to the museum. Brazilian collector Gustavo Soter filed a lawsuit, declaring that he bought the art in 2017 but hadn’t been able to locate it after giving it to a third party. The museum will only say that the painting came from Brazil.
First Native American woman in space steps out on spacewalk
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The first Native American woman in space has ventured out on her first spacewalk. NASA astronaut Nicole Mann was joined Friday by Japan's Koichi Wakata, another first-time spacewalker. Their job was to install support struts and brackets for new solar panels launching this summer. The two rocketed into orbit last year with SpaceX. Mann is a member of the Wailacki of the Round Valley Indian Tribes in Northern California. She's also a Marine colonel and test pilot. Wakata is Japan’s spaceflight leader with five missions.
Lawsuit claims woman's death stemmed from Disneyland fall
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A lawsuit claims Disneyland employees snickered at a disabled woman struggling to get off a Jungle Cruise boat before she fell and broke a leg, leading to her death months later. The Southern California News Group reports that the lawsuit was filed by the family of Joanne Aguilar against the Walt Disney Company, its theme park division and Disneyland. Disney denies the allegations and is seeking a jury trial. According to the lawsuit, the incident occurred in August 2021. Aguilar underwent surgery at a local hospital and then spent five months at a rehabilitation center. While there she got an infection, went into septic shock and died in January 2022.
Officer who hit woman in McDonald's dispute placed on leave
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio police officer who struck a Black woman as she was taken into custody at a McDonald's has been placed on paid administrative leave while authorities investigate. Officials say the confrontation, which a bystander captured on video, occurred shortly after 4 p.m. Monday at a McDonald’s in Butler Township, Ohio. It began after Laticka Hancock bought a Big Mac and returned to the restaurant because it didn't have the extra cheese she paid for. Police Sgt. Todd Stanley responded to the dispute that followed. He is now on leave pending an investigation into how Hancock's arrest unfolded. Hancock said that she felt like she could have lost her life over a sandwich.
Police: Heroic actions kept shooter from doing more harm
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Police in Indiana say that heroic actions by a Walmart employee and law enforcement officers kept a gunman who shot and injured one female employee from doing more harm. The woman was the only person injured late Thursday when 25-year-old Ronald Ray Mosley II walked into the store’s office where employees were meeting and shot the victim. Another female employee fled the room and called 911. That employee then saw the shooter leave the room, so she ran back in, helped the victim into another room and locked the door. Evansville Police Chief Billy Bolin on Friday called the employee a hero and credited her with saving the victim’s life.
Dior mania and K-Pop overtake Paris Fashion Week menswear
PARIS (AP) — Dior mania descended on Paris Fashion Week menswear as over a thousand screaming fans thronged the magnificent Place de la Concorde for a glimpse of their favorite stars. The minders of the show’s VIP guests, including David Beckham, Naomi Campbell and Korean band BTS members J-Hope and Jimin, navigated the crowd like salmon swimming upstream. Inside, Dior designer Kim Jones paid homage on Friday to Yves Saint Laurent, who became the world’s youngest couturier in 1957 upon Christian Dior’s death. The show began with remarkable filmed performances of actors Gwendoline Christie and Robert Pattinson reciting excerpts from English poet T.S.. Eliot’s “The Waste Land” spliced with images of the Dior collection.