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Monday, August 13, 2018

The Florida man who invoked the "stand your ground" self-defense after shooting a black man in a dispute over a parking space was charged Monday with manslaughter, officials said. Michael Drejka, 47, was arrested Monday morning in the fatal shooting in July of Markeis McGlockton in Clearwater, Florida. ... [Pinellas County prosecutor Bernie] McCabe said charging Drejka is "consistent with the decision-making process established under Florida law in this case." McGlockton, 28, was shot on July 19 after he came out of a convenience store a

Warner Bros.' The Meg blew past all expectations in its North American debut over the weekend, swimming to $44.5 million from 4,118 theaters, the biggest opening of all time for a live-action shark pic ... The Meg easily came in No. 1, while Mission: Impossible -- Fallout fell to No. 2 in its third weekend with $20 million from 3,888 theaters for a pleasing domestic total of $162 million for Paramount and Skydance. Fallout took in another $38.4 million overseas for a foreign tally of $275.6 million and a global haul of $427.6 million. read more

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Gary Rathbun rumbled into South Dakota to attend the United States' pre-eminent gathering of motorcycle enthusiasts atop his Harley-Davidson, a 2009 Ultra Classic that brought him 800 miles from Idaho. It is the 40th Harley he has owned. It will also likely be his last. Like many of Harley's most loyal customers, Rathbun was enraged by the company's announcement this summer that, because of the Trump administration's trade fight, it would begin manufacturing the bikes it sells in Europe outside the United States. ... Harley took a public relations risk to protect its bottom line when it said it would skirt European Union tariffs aimed directly at the industry in retaliation for Trump's steel and aluminum levies. Rather than eat the cost of the tariffs or raise prices on the bikes it sells in Europe by $2,200, the company said it would move some production overseas. ... The company declined to comment, but it pointed to a July interview in which its chief executive, Matthew Levatich, defended the decision. He denied that he wanted to shift its manufacturing, noting that it would not take up to 18 months to execute the plan if it were in the cards all along. "We've worked very hard to be apolitical in how we approach our business and our consumers everywhere in the world," he said. "We have to do what we have to do based on the facts and circumstances before us, and we're doing that." read more

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Facing accusations that she lied about having a degree from Miami University in Ohio, state House District 73 candidate Melissa Howard sprang into action. The Lakewood Ranch businesswoman said she flew back to Ohio and obtained transcripts and a diploma proving she graduated. She distributed pictures Friday to media outlets -- including the Herald-Tribune -- of what she claimed is her diploma. She took to Facebook and posted what appeared to be her transcript. In the Facebook post, Howard declared "The truth shall set you free!" ... But a bombshell email sent to the Herald-Tribune from Miami University general counsel Robin Parker declares unequivocally that Howard never graduated. And Parker also takes aim at the diploma seen in the pictures, laying out a series of reasons why it does not appear to be authentic.

Friday, August 03, 2018

The man who committed the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history when he opened fire from his Las Vegas high-rise hotel room had no clear motive, Las Vegas police said as they announced Friday that they had concluded their 10-month investigation. A 187-page report examining the Oct. 1 attack on a country music festival determined that the gunman ... acted alone. ... Fifty-eight people died in the attack, and the report said that 887 people sustained documented injuries.


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