Report: Harvey Weinstein Agrees To Settle With Alleged Victims

(New York, NY-AP) — Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has reportedly reached a 44-million dollar settlement with women who accused him of sexual assault.

The Wall Street Journal says board members of his former film studio and the New York Attorney General’s office have reached an agreement.

The deal will reportedly include 30-million dollars in cash for the alleged victims as well as former company employees, creditors and lawyers. Weinstein still faces criminal charges in connection with two alleged attacks in 2013 and 2006.

UK PM Front-Runner Vows To Deliver Brexit

(London-AP) — The front-runner to be Britain’s next prime minister says it’s time to “deliver Brexit.” Current Prime Minister Theresa May said this morning that she’ll resign on June 7th, after her repeated failures to deliver a British exit from the European Union.

Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is the front-runner to replace May, and says it’s time to follow May’s “urgings” and come together to deliver Brexit.

May told reporters outside Ten Downing Street that she tried three times to get a plan to leave the European Union through the House of Commons, and lost every time. She said it’s now clear to her that it’s “in the best interest of the country for a new PM” to lead the effort.

14-Year Old Atlanta Teen Becomes Youngest Ever Admitted To Spelman College

(DEKALB COUNTY, Ga) – By the time Sydney Wilson was in the 2nd grade she knew she was a gifted student. Often teased by her peers for being ‘too smart’, Wilson says she never let it get to her.

“I just stayed on my path,” Wilson said. “I didn’t really feel like I needed to be popular … because, I mean, I like myself.”

That path led her to extraordinary accomplishments.  She started taking High School courses at Wilson Academy in Lithionia when she was 10.  At age 13, she applied to Spelman College. At 14, (She just had a birthday) she will be the youngest student ever to be enrolled at Spelman College.

Wilson says she found out after Spelman sent her dad an acceptance letter.

“So, he calls me in and he says, ‘Look at the computer!’ So I looked at it, and I just melt,” Wilson said. “I was screaming and I was crying. I ran out to tell my family, and we took a bunch of pictures and posted it on Instagram and everything.”

The teen will start Spelman in the fall.  I would say, with the rest of the Class of 2023, but she’ll probably graduate early!

Wilson says, yes, she plans on living on campus with the other students.  She plans on majoring in Biology saying she wants to use animal science to create cures for human ailments.

 

Pentagon Reportedly Plans To Send Additional 15-Hundred Troops To Mideast

(Washington, DC) — The Pentagon is reportedly planning to send 15-hundred additional troops to the Middle East. The move is seen as a response to growing tensions with Iran.

The U.S. has long-accused Iran of being a leading state sponsor of terrorism and of causing trouble in the volatile Middle East.

President Trump pulled the U.S. out of the multi-nation Iran nuclear accord last year.

Producers Skip Georgia Over Heartbeat Bill

(AP and LA Times) — The producers of a new Amazon show aren’t going to be scouting filming locations in Georgia because of the state’s new anti-abortion law. Sister Pictures had planned to consider the Peach State for its upcoming show “The Power.”

That plan has changed since the state passed the “heartbeat bill,” a law that bans abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, as early as six weeks into pregnancy.

Several big names in Hollywood, including director Ron Howard and writer/producer David Simon, have called for boycotts until the law is repealed.

And the L.A Times Reports, the Kristen Wiig movie “Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar” will not shoot in Georgia, a production source confirmed Tuesday.  HB 481, which was signed by Gov. Brian Kemp on May 7 and, barring a legal challenge, is set to go into effect Jan. 1.

Trump Puts Harriet Tubman $20 Bill Put On Hold

(Washington, DC-AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says a newly designed 20-dollar bill featuring abolitionist Harriet Tubman won’t be coming out next year. Mnuchin told the House Financial Services Committee a new security feature to fight counterfeiting will be part of a redesigned bill in 2020, but a twenty with a likeness of Tubman is unlikely to come out before 2028.

Former Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said in 2016 a new 20-dollar bill with Tubman on the front would be unveiled in 2020 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.

During the presidential campaign, then-candidate Donald Trump called it “pure political correctness.” The twenty-dollar bill currently features a likeness of Andrew Jackson, one of Trump’s favorite presidents.

Seriously? Trump Walks Away From Infrastructure Talks, Refuses To Work With Dems Unless They Drop Investigations

(Washington, DC) — President Trump says he won’t negotiate with Democrats until they stop investigating him. Trump walked away from yesterday’s negotiations over the nation’s infrastructure.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer called the move “jaw-dropping,” and said he doubts Trump is serious about renovating the nation’s highways, bridges, airports and rails.

In a Capitol briefing with Schumer yesterday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she’s praying for the President. She also said that he was running a cover-up. In the statement, Pelosi slammed the President for blocking efforts by Congress to investigate the administration. She said Congress has a duty to look into the administration’s actions. She added that Trump “must honor the Constitution and the rule of law” by giving Congress the information it has requested.

In related news a couple of banks have already handed over Trump’s financial records to House Democrats.

FEMA Heads To Missouri Capital As Tornadoes Spread Death, Devastation

(AP) – FEMA is on the way to Jefferson City, Missouri after a violent tornado was confirmed in the state capital late Wednesday night. There are reports of possibly catastrophic damage and people trapped in the rubble of buildings.

Some three hours southeast of Jefferson City, three people are dead after a tornado ripped through Golden City. And most of the St. Louis area is under a tornado watch with some areas under different warnings.

Sacramento Police Arrest Black 12-Year-Old Year After Unarmed Man Was Killed

(Sacramento, CA-AP) – Police in Sacramento, California are under investigation after they arrested a 12-year-old African American boy one year after an officer shot and killed an unarmed black man in the city. Police are reviewing what officers did when they arrested the boy late last month.

The local Black Lives Matter chapter says video posted on Facebook shows several police officers and a private security guard forcing the handcuffed boy to the ground. The security guard told police the boy trespassed and asked people in a nearby Walgreens to buy things for him.

The arrest happened about a month after activists marked the shooting of 22-year-old Stephon Clark. They demonstrated because the officer who killed Clark won’t be charged.

Alabama State Senator Introduces Bill To Repeal Abortion Ban

(Montgomery, AL-AP) — An Alabama state senator is pushing a bill that would repeal the abortion ban passed through the state legislature.

Democrat Vivian Figures said she introduced the measure yesterday with the intention that it may help heal wounds that her Republican brothers and sisters have inflicted on the state. Alabama lawmakers have faced backlash from all over the country after passing what’s considered to be the strictest abortion bill in the country last week.

The measure makes performing an abortion at any stage of pregnancy a felony unless the mother’s health is in danger.