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New York Times refuses Trump lawyers' demand to retract story about two of his accusers

NY TimesThe New York Times Thursday refused a request from lawyers for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to retract a story in which two women describe instances in which Trump touched them forcibly.

Lawyers acting for Trump had written to the Times late Wednesday night to demand a retraction and apology from the newspaper. “Your article is reckless, defamatory and constitutes libel per se,” the lawyers for Trump wrote. “It is apparent from, among other things, the timing of the article, that it is nothing more than a politically-motivated effort to defeat Mr. Trump’s candidacy.”


Comcast fined $2.3 million by FCC for “negative option billing” practices

ComcastThe FCC announced a $2.3 million fine against Comcast on Tuesday after confirming that the company had been billing customers for products and services they had never ordered. After calling the fine "the largest civil penalty assessed from a cable operator by the FCC," the federal agency's announcement detailed exactly how Comcast bilked customers—and new company practices that must be put into place as a result.

According to the FCC's Office of Media Relations, the agency had received "numerous complaints from consumers" about the issue of "negative option billing"—meaning, receiving charges for items that the customers had never affirmatively requested. (The FCC reminds readers that in the telecom world, this practice is known as "cramming.") The listed complaints revolve specifically around items related to cable TV service, including "premium channels, set-top boxes, and DVRs."


Photojournalist Jeroen Oerlemans Killed by ISIS Sniper

photo-journalist killed in LibyaJeroen Oerlemans, a Dutch photojournalist, was killed Sunday when he took fire from an ISIS sniper in Libya, a government spokesman said. Oerlemans, 46, was covering a skirmish between the terror group and pro-government troops when he was shot in the chest multiple times.

In 2012, Oerlemans was kidnapped and held for a week in Syria while covering the civil war there.


Lawyer says 3 Egyptian Journalists arrested were tortured

Egyptian lawyersThe lawyer for three Egyptian journalists who were arrested while conducting street interviews says they were beaten and tazered by security officers during questioning at a central Cairo station.

Fatma Serag told The Associated Press Sunday the three — Hamdy Mokhtar, 38, Mohammed Hassan 18, and Osama al-Bishbishi, 35 — were accused of supplying television networks linked to the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood group with "negative" videos of life under the rule of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.


USA TODAY's Editorial Board: Trump is 'unfit for the presidency'

USA Today denounces TrumpIn the 34-year history of USA TODAY, the Editorial Board has never taken sides in the presidential race. Instead, we’ve expressed opinions about the major issues and haven’t presumed to tell our readers, who have a variety of priorities and values, which choice is best for them. Because every presidential race is different, we revisit our no-endorsement policy every four years. We’ve never seen reason to alter our approach. Until now.

This year, the choice isn’t between two capable major party nominees who happen to have significant ideological differences. This year, one of the candidates — Republican nominee Donald Trump — is, by unanimous consensus of the Editorial Board, unfit for the presidency.


Galifianakis won't have ‘mentally challenged’ Trump on ‘Between Two Ferns’

Between 2 fernsActor and "Between Two Ferns" host Zach Galifianakis says he has no plans to bring Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on his hit show.

"No. That doesn’t interest me. Doing it the other way doesn’t interest me," Galifianakis told the Los Angeles Times. "He’s the kind of guy who likes attention — bad attention or good attention. So you’re dealing with a psychosis there that’s a little weird."


Jordan: Nahed Hattar shot dead ahead of cartoon trial

Nahed HattarA gunman has shot dead prominent Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar outside a court where he was facing charges for sharing a cartoon deemed offensive to Islam.

Hattar was struck by three bullets before the unidentified assailant was arrested on Sunday, state news agency Petra reported.

Witnesses and police said Nahed Hattar, 56, was preparing to enter the courthouse for a hearing when the lone gunman shot him at close range.


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