Marshawn Lynch arrives for game wearing 'Everybody vs. Trump' shirt

Published: Sunday, October 01, 2017 @ 7:14 PM

Marshawn Lynch Wears Anti-Trump T-Shirt

Marshawn Lynch arrived for his game with the Oakland Raiders Sunday in a shirt that read "Everybody vs. Trump." 

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Sports reporter Darren Rovell, and others, shared photos of Lynch arriving in the shirt

Last Sunday marked a wave of NFL protests during the national anthem.

President Donald Trump's comments about owners firing players who kneel during the national anthem sparked a mass increase in the protests -- as more than 130 players sat, knelt or raised their fists in defiance during early games.

The week before, just four players didn't stand and two raised their fists.

'Titanic' re-release sails to the big screen for film's 20th anniversary

Published: Thursday, November 16, 2017 @ 7:03 AM

10 Things You Never Knew about the Film “Titanic”

Near, far, wherever you are in the U.S., you can watch the tearjerker “Titanic” on the big screen again or for the very first time.

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In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the movie starring Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio and a floating piece of door that we still maintain really could have saved DiCaprio’s character, Jack, “Titanic” will re-release at all AMC Theatres starting Dec. 1

At some theaters, fans will even get the chance to watch the epic story of the doomed ocean liner in 3D.

“Titanic” will only be in theaters for a week. Tickets are now on sale at amctheatres.com/titanic.

SpaceX launches recycled rocket, supply capsule for NASA

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 5:08 PM

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with the Dragon spacecraft onboard, launches from pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center on June 3, 2017 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Dragon is carrying almost 6,000 pounds of science research, crew supplies and hardware to the International Space Station.    
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The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with the Dragon spacecraft onboard, launches from pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center on June 3, 2017 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Dragon is carrying almost 6,000 pounds of science research, crew supplies and hardware to the International Space Station.    (Bill Ingalls/NASA/NASA via Getty Images)

SpaceX launched its first recycled rocket for NASA Friday morning from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

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The unmanned Falcon 9 -- last used in June -- is delivering a Dragon 6 capsule to the International Space Station. The capsule was also used for a space station shipment in 2015.

The launch was the first in more than a year for the Florida pad, which was the scene of a rocket explosion in 2016. Crews have spent that time repairing the launch site.

"It's history," spectator Mark Tendeck said. "It shows what the people of the planet -- especially Americans -- what we can do with our technology; to go where no man has gone before."

Liftoff had been scheduled for Tuesday, then Wednesday, because SpaceX said it needed to rid the second-stage fuel system of unwanted particles.

Had Friday's launch been scrubbed, SpaceX would have needed to wait until late December at NASA's request, based on sunlight restrictions on the orbiting lab.

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SpaceX landed the first-stage booster back at Cape Canaveral after liftoff.

SpaceX chief Elon Musk is pushing to lower launch costs by reusing the most expensive rocket parts.

The Dragon holds nearly 5,000 pounds of supplies, including a barley experiment for Budweiser.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Driver accused in Charlottesville rally car attack faces upgraded murder charge

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 3:07 PM

Alleged Driver of Car That Ran into Crowd Protesting White Nationalists Arrested

A man accused in August of ramming a car into counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, killing one person and injuring several others, is facing an upgraded charge of first-degree murder, according to multiple reports.

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Authorities arrested James Alex Fields Jr., 20, on multiple charges after the Aug. 12 attack left Heather Heyer, 32, dead and more than a dozen people injured.

He appeared in court Thursday for a preliminary hearing, at which District Court Judge Robert Downer Jr. certified 10 charges against Fields, The Daily Progress reported. Along with the murder charge, Fields is facing three counts of malicious wounding, three counts of aggravated malicious wounding, two counts of felonious assault and one count of hit-and-run, according to the newspaper.

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The case will go before a grand jury to determine whether there is enough evidence for prosecutors to take it to trial.

Fields kept his eyes glued to the table in front of him for most of Thursday’s hearing, with his attorney, Denise Lunsford, at his side, according to The Daily Progress.

A Charlottesville police detective told people gathered in court Thursday that Fields asked about the conditions of those he hit with his car “and sobbed when he heard Heyer died,” according to WTVR.

Detective Steven Young said the Dodge Challenger that Fields was driving “had heavy front-end damage, holes in the rear window and was splattered with blood and flesh,” The Daily Progress reported. A photo shared by prosecutors in court showed a pair of sunglasses stuck to the spoiler on the car’s trunk.

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A video shown in court, taken by a Virginia State Police helicopter that crashed later on Aug. 12, killing two officers, showed the Challenger as it struck pedestrians. The vehicle backed away from the scene, but it was stopped with Fields inside about a mile away, according to WTVR.

Another video, taken from a restaurant’s surveillance camera, showed the Challenger moving slowly toward the area where Young said counterprotesters were gathered, according to The Associated Press. In the video, the car could be seen reversing before speeding forward.

After the video played, a man who was watching Thursday’s court proceedings shouted, “Take me out,” according to the AP. He and others left the courtroom.

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Young told people gathered in court that the Aug. 12 car attack left 36 people injured, including Heyer, up from the 12 reported in the weeks after the attack. The AP reported some of those wounded suffered significant injuries and must now use wheelchairs.

Heyer’s family members were in court for the hearing, as was Jason Kessler, the organizer of the Unite the Right rally, according to WTVR.

Fields is accused of slamming a car into two vehicles and counterprotesters at the Unite the Right rally. He traveled from his home in Ohio to participate in the demonstration, which was organized by white supremacists to oppose the removal of a Confederate memorial from Charlottesville’s Emancipation Park.

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Fields’ former high school teacher, Derek Weimer, told CNN that Fields “was very big into Nazism. He really had a fondness for Adolf Hitler.”

The AP reported Downer also presided over the preliminary hearings of three other defendants charged in connection to the August rally. Richard Preston is accused of firing a gun, while Jacob Goodwin and Alex Ramos are accused of attacking a man in a parking garage in a confrontation caught on videos and photos that subsequently went viral.

Surgeon admits burning initials into patients’ livers with laser

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 3:20 PM

British Surgeon Charged For Burning Initials Into Paitents' Livers

A British transplant surgeon has admitted that he assaulted two of his patients by burning his own initials into their livers during surgery. 

The BBC reported that Simon Bramhall pleaded guilty to charges of assault by beating at the Birmingham, England, Crown Court and will be sentenced on Jan. 12. As part of a plea deal, he also denied a more serious charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

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Bramhall, 53, was a surgeon at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital in February and August 2013, when the crimes occurred. The BBC reported that liver surgeons typically use a device called an argon beam coagulator to stop bleeding in the organ’s small blood vessels, as well as to sketch out the area of a surgery on the liver’s surface prior to starting the operation. 

The liver typically heals itself and the laser marks disappear. 

In the case of one of Bramhall’s victims, however, the patient’s liver was already damaged and failed to heal properly. It retained the marks, which were spotted by another surgeon during a subsequent operation, the BBC said

Bramhall resigned in May 2014 following a disciplinary hearing. According to The Telegraph, the liver, spleen and pancreatic surgeon worked in Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s liver unit for 12 years.

Prosecutor Tony Badenock described the case as “highly unusual and complex” within both the medical community and the law.

“It is factually, so far as we have been able to establish, without legal precedent in criminal law,” Badenock said, according to The Telegraph

The guilty pleas represented Bramhall’s acceptance that what he did was both ethically and criminally wrong, the prosecutor said. 

“They reflect the fact that Dr. Bramhall’s initialing on a patient’s liver was not an isolated incident, but rather a repeated act on two occasions requiring some skill and concentration,” Badenock said. “It was done in the presence of colleagues.”

Bramhall told the BBC at the time of his 2014 resignation that he “made a mistake” when he branded his patients’ organs.

“I made the decision on 16 May I would hand in my notice,” Bramhall said. “It is a bit raw, and I have to move on.”