Cher donates thousands of water bottles to Flint, Michigan

Updated: Monday, January 18, 2016
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Hundreds of thousands of bottles of clean water are being trucked to Flint, Michigan, after toxic lead poisoned the town’s water supply, sickening residents.

Pop icon Cher is partnering with the water company Icelandic Glacial to make it happen. The water is expected to reach the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan by Wednesday.

In a statement, Icelandic Glacial says it will got directly to community centers, food banks and fire houses focusing on low-income housing areas.

Cher is picking up the majority of the cost. President Barack Obama has declared a federal emergency in the city.

Ryan Lochte incident: Summons to testify in Brazil expected

Updated: Monday, August 22, 2016
By: Cox Media Group National Content Desk

UPDATE: Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte is expected to be summoned to testify in Brazil about a robbery he reported during the games. If he fails to appear in Brazil, he could be tried in absentia and would not be able to engage in a plea deal, according to the Fox News report.

Read the original report below.

Following the loss of endorsement deals after Lochte admitted he "over-exaggerated" his story of being robbed at gunpoint by Brazilian civilians posing as police officials, a report claims there may be gaps in the version of the story that was given by Rio police.

USA Today said in a report it has constructed a narrative of the events in the incident, which also involved Olympic swimmers Gunnar Bentz, Jimmy Feigen and Jack Conger, that it says may indicate Rio police fabricated reports of the incident as well.

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Here are the investigation findings, according to USA Today:

Claims that the Rio police were not transparent

USA Today said that when its reporters requested information, Rio police declined, saying the investigation was confidential. It said that part of the released reports of testimony given by Conger and Bentz, which contained statements that expressed doubt about Lochte's story, does not include the part of the statements that mentioned interactions with armed Rio authorities.

The newspaper said Rio's civil police would not provide the full testimony, and the portion of testimony that was released was removed from the organization's social media sites.

Related: Ryan Lochte loses 4 endorsement deals in one day

It reported that police accused Lochte and Feigen filing of a false police report, which may result in six months in prison and a fine. Bentz and Conger do not face charges. Feigen paid a settlement to avoid charges.

USA Today cited Deborah Srour, who said she practiced law in Brazil for 25 years and has represented Americans arrested in Brazil, as saying the swimmers' actions do not match the accusation by police.

"This crime only happens when you go to the police and you make a report, you file a report,"’ Srour said. "This did not happen."

Damage by swimmers to gas station restroom unclear

According to USA Today's report, Brazilian authorities said the swimmers vandalized a gas station restroom, but the paper said a reporter who visited the area did not see evidence of a broken soap dispenser, restroom doors or mirrors as Rio police chief Fernando Veloso said at a news conference.

Related: Al Roker blasts Ryan Lochte: 'He lied!'

The report said that, upon observing released surveillance video, swimmers were not seen going near any of the restrooms, contrary to Rio authorities' statements. USA Today said it only found a sign that was torn down, which it said matched statements from authorities and bystander Fernando Deluz. It also said Bentz's statement to police and authorities' narrative supported that the swimmers urinated behind the gas station.

Whether guards drew weapons on the swimmers is also unclear

It is not clear whether or not the guards, who USA Today said were police working a private security detail, drew a weapon on the swimmers. What is agreed upon, according to USA Today, is that the guards who allegedly showed their law enforcement badges to the swimmers after they urinated behind the gas station prevented the swimmers from leaving.

Related: Report: Teammate claims Lochte fabricated robbery story

As the swimmers tried to leave in a cab, USA Today reported that surveillance videos show a man stopping the cab. The man appears to have something in his hand. Veloso confirmed in a news conference that the guards were state police, but would not identify them and defended the guards for drawing weapons. USA Today said Bentz's statement about what happened after the cab was stopped -- that guards pointed their guns at the swimmers -- "could be attributed to cultural and linguistic clumsiness or to the swimmers allegedly being inebriated."

Debate over whether the swimmers were robbed, as Lochte claimed

Bentz's account said the swimmers were held at gunpoint until they paid the guards. "I gave them what I had in my wallet, which was a $20 bill, and Jimmy gave them 100 reais, which is about $50 in total. They lowered the guns, and I used hand gestures to ask if it was OK to leave, and they said yes,” his statement said.

USA Today cited witness Deluz, who said that the damage to the sign could have been resolved with an apology even if the swimmers had no money to pay for the damage, but the newspaper said the witness's claim does not match Bentz's statement, or Lochte's story, in which he said "there was a gun pointed in our direction and we were demanded to give money."

Related: What Ryan Lochte said about the Rio robbery

USA Today cited Rio Judge Joao Batista Damasceno as saying it may not be a robbery if the guards only asked for the amount of the damage. "But if the amount taken is higher than the value of the damages, with the use of a weapon by the 'security,' this is robbery."

Deluz said if the men were robbing the swimmers, they would have taken all the money rather than accept the requested payment, which Deluz said was understood as being tied to the damage to the sign.

Ryan Lochte has been charged by Rio authorities, report says

Updated: Thursday, August 25, 2016
By: Cox Media Group National Content Desk


            Ryan Lochte has been charged by Rio authorities, report says
(Photo by Matt Hazlett/Getty Images)

U.S. Swim Team member Ryan Lochte has been charged with making a false statement following his story about being robbed at gunpoint during the Olympics, according to The Associated Press.

The news comes after an independent report has raised questions about whether police there exaggerated their report of what went down in Rio.

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According to The Associated Press, police said in a statement that the indictment will be sent to the International Olympic Committee's ethics commission. It also said Lochte would be informed of the charge in the U.S. so may decide whether to appear in Brazilian court.

ABC News reported that, in a statement, Jeffrey Ostrow, Lochte's lawyer, said that he "wasn't aware of "the federal police recommending charges for filing a false police report."

"I’m endeavoring to obtain more information and we intend to fully cooperate with the government as we have all along," Ostrow told USA Today.

In the aftermath of the incident, Lochte lost four sponsorships in one day.

Falsely filing a crime report in Brazil is punishable by of 18 months in prison. If Lochte does not show up to face the charge, he may be tried in absentia.

Continue following this story at The Associated Press.

2016's Biggest Celebrity Arrests

Updated: Wednesday, August 24, 2016


            2016's Biggest Celebrity Arrests
2016's Biggest Celebrity Arrests

It’s not easy being a celebrity. Before the stars can even call their lawyers, their mugshots are just about everywhere. Some arrests are shocking, and others aren't. From smiling faces to falling tears, here are 2016's biggest celebrity mugshots:

  • Nick Carter – January 13, 2016 (Monroe County Sheriff’s Office)
  • Don McLean - January 17, 2016 (Knox Country Jail)
  • Blac Chyna – January 29, 2016 (Austin Police Department)
  • Katt Williams – February 29, 2016 (Hall County Sheriff’s Office)
  • Chumlee (Pawn Stars) – March 9, 2016 (Las Vegas Metro Police Department)
  • Twista – March 24, 2016 (Porter Country Sheriff’s Office)
  • Wendell Pierce - May 14, 2016 (Fulton County Sheriff’s Office)
  • Dustin Diamond – May 25, 2016 (Ozaukee County Sheriff Department)

Leslie Jones attacked online again after photos, personal information leak

Updated: Thursday, August 25, 2016
By: Cox Media Group National Content Desk


            Leslie Jones attacked online again after photos, personal information leak
FILE - In this July 9, 2016 file photo, actress Leslie Jones arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Ghostbusters." (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Leslie Jones is the center of internet harassment -- again. 

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The 48-year-old "Saturday Night Live" comedian and "Ghostbusters" actress was targeted Wednesday when her personal website, JustLeslie.com, was hacked.

Personal information, including images of her driver's license and passport and sexually explicit photographs of Jones, appeared on the site. A video of Harambe, the gorilla who was shot and killed at the Cincinnati Zoo earlier this summer, appeared at the top of the site. Jones has been compared to the animal multiple times by internet trolls.

After the information appeared on the site Wednesday, Twitter users took to the social media platform to voice negative opinions of the photos.

The site was later deactivated.

Jones was previously the a target of online harassment in July when a series of racist and misogynistic attacks bombarded her Twitter account. The attacks prompted Jones to temporarily leave the platform.

"I leave Twitter tonight with tears and a very sad heart. All this cause I did a movie. You can hate the movie but the (comments) I got today...wrong," Jones tweeted in July before her brief absence from social media. She returned days later after receiving public support and encouragement from other celebrities and fans.

Jones' harassment began after her appearance in this year's women-led "Ghostbusters" remake.

During the Rio Olympics, for which NBC flew Jones to Brazil, the comedian defended gymnast Gabby Douglas, who was criticized for her hair and not placing her hand over her heart during the American national anthem, among other things.