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Billionaire Sung Kook ‘Bill’ Hwang convicted of fraud by New York jury

Billionaire convicted of faud

Sung Kook “Bill” Hwang, the Archegos Capital Management founder, was convicted of fraud and other charges by a jury in Manhattan federal court on Wednesday. Prosecutors at a criminal trial had accused him of market manipulation ahead of the 2021 collapse of his $36bn private investment firm.

The jury, which began deliberations on Tuesday, found Hwang guilty on 10 of 11 criminal counts and Patrick Halligan, his Archegos deputy and co-defendant, guilty on all three counts he faced. Hwang and Halligan sat flanked by their lawyers as the verdict was read by a soft-spoken foreperson.


Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Radio And TV Sex Therapist, Dies

Dr. Ruth Westheimer dies at 96

Dr. Ruth Westheimer, a sex therapist and media personality, died on Friday at age 96. The German-born academic, whose death was confirmed to the media Saturday by spokesperson Pierre Lehu, reportedly died at her Manhattan home in New York City.

Westheimer, better known simply as Dr. Ruth, lived a long and adventurous life. As a young girl, she escaped the Holocaust and trained as a sniper for a Jewish paramilitary group in Palestine. Decades later, she became a household name in the U.S., revolutionizing how we discuss sex and pleasure.

Dr. Ruth burst onto the air with her own radio show, “Sexually Speaking,” in 1980, bringing with her years of expertise as a researcher and professor of human sexuality. The 15-minute program originally aired every Sunday at midnight in New York City and quickly became popular, running for a decade. Her tag line: “Get some!”


Eccentric fitness icon Richard Simmons dies at 76

Richard Simmons dies at 76

Richard Simmons, the legendary fitness instructor that reached massive celebrity status, has died at the age of 76, KTLA has confirmed.

The Los Angeles Fire Department told KTLA that it received reports of a “cardiac arrest suspected death” at 1350 Belfast Drive in the Hollywood Hills at 9:55 a.m.

Officials called the death “natural.”

He celebrated his 76th birthday on Friday. On X, formerly Twitter, he thanked fans for the well wishes.

“Thank you…I never got so many messages about my birthday in my life! I am sitting here writing emails. Have a most beautiful rest of your Friday,” Simmons wrote.

In March, Simmons announced he was diagnosed with skin cancer after finding a bump under his right eye. As of Saturday, there was no word as to whether that contributed to his reported death.


AT&T says nearly all of its cell customers' call and text records were exposed in massive breach

AT&T breachThe telecom giant said in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission it learned in April that customer data was illegally downloaded "from our workspace on a third-party cloud platform."

According to the company, the compromised data includes files containing AT&T records of calls and texts of nearly all of AT&T's cellular customers, customers of mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) using AT&T's wireless network, as well as AT&T landline customers who interacted with those cellular numbers between May 1, 2022, and Oct. 31, 2022.

The company said the compromised data also includes records from Jan. 2, 2023, for a "very small number of customers."

"The data does not contain the content of calls or texts, personal information such as Social Security numbers, dates of birth, or other personally identifiable information," the news release reads. "It also does not include some typical information you see in your usage details, such as the time stamp of calls or texts.


Alec Baldwin 'Rust' case dismissed by judge over 'suppressed' evidence

Baldwin case dismissedThe judge in Alec Baldwin's "Rust" fatal shooting case has dismissed his involuntary manslaughter charge in the 2021 death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.

Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer on Friday afternoon dismissed the charge with prejudice, meaning prosecutors cannot refile the same claim. Baldwin cried as the judge read out her order, with wife Hilaria Baldwin, sister Elizabeth Keuchler and brother Stephen Baldwin leaning forward in their seats behind him.

The judge's order came during a motion hearing on the third day of the "30 Rock" actor's trial, after she dismissed the jury in an unusual move due to Baldwin's attorneys filing a motion to dismiss Thursday evening.

Baldwin's lawyers alleged in their filing that Santa Fe sheriffs and state prosecutors "concealed from Baldwin" evidence of the source of the bullet that killed Hutchins and wounded director Joel Souza.


Bread and bullets: Some southern supermarkets now sell ammo out of vending machines

Ammo sold in vending machines

Adults in some U.S. states can now buy gun ammunition out of AI-powered vending machines right at their local grocery store.

The company that makes them argues it’s a safer way to sell ammo than online or off the shelf. But experts have raised concerns about increasing its availability in a country where gun violence is already widespread.

American Rounds LLC currently stocks its “automated ammo retail machines” in eight supermarkets across Alabama, Oklahoma and Texas (at least one was removed earlier this month from an Alabama location, per local news reports). They are launching another this week in Colorado and say many more are on the way.

“We had requests in Hawaii, requests in Alaska, from California to Florida and every state in between for the most part,” CEO Grant Magers told NPR. “We have currently about 200 grocery stores that we're working on fulfilling orders on machines for.”


New Orleans accused of ‘running out the clock’ on retired priest’s rape charges

Accused priest

Key parts of New Orleans’s legal and religious establishments are “running out the clock” on rape and kidnapping charges pending against the admitted child molester and retired local priest Lawrence Hecker, an attorney for the case’s alleged victim said Thursday.

Richard Trahant delivered his comments after the clergyman, 92, received a sixth trial delay meant to help determine his mental competence.

“They’re … just hoping … that this old man’s gonna die [and] their troubles are gonna be over,” Trahant said outside the state courthouse handling Hecker’s case. “What the system is doing here … is putting this off.”

Earlier, a court-appointed psychiatrist, Sarah Deland, had said during a hearing that she could not issue an opinion on Hecker’s mental competence without him first undergoing an evaluation for dementia – a process that she estimated could take two months.


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