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Revenge porn outlawed in California

Published: Wednesday, October 02, 2013 @ 8:27 AM
Updated: Wednesday, October 02, 2013 @ 8:27 AM

Revenge porn was apparently a big enough problem in California to make a law.

The state’s governor just signed a bill outlawing it, meaning possible jail time for spiteful exes who maliciously post naked and identifiable images of an ex online. Victims have described feeling powerless. (Via CNNKNTV)

VICTIM: “It's like you’re sitting at the bottom of a really long well and you’re screaming at the top of your lungs and no one can help you.” (Via KPHO)

The bill makes revenge porn a misdemeanor — up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Do it again and the penalty doubles. (Via KFSN)

California is now the second state to criminalize revenge porn — after New Jersey — where revenge porn is actually a felony.

But California’s bill definitely had its detractors, like the American Civil Liberties Union, which argued it could restrict the right to free speech.

And if that sounds like a stretch, it was actually the same argument used in Florida — which also considered anti-revenge porn laws but ended up rejecting them.

The California bill’s author — state senator Anthony Cannella — said in a statement, “Until now, there was no tool for law enforcement to protect victims…”

Actually, a victim could sue, but that of course can take up quite a bit of time and energy. But just how big a problem revenge porn is is difficult to say, since reliable statistics are hard to come by. California’s anti-revenge porn law takes effect immediately. 

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Manchester explosion: Here’s what we know about the victims

Published: Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 11:31 PM

Armed police stand guard at Manchester Arena after reports of an explosion at the venue during an Ariana Grande gig  in Manchester, England Monday, May 22, 2017. Police says there are

Authorities continue  to sort out what happened Monday night when a man who police believe was a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device outside an arena in Manchester, England.

The explosion happened moments after the conclusion of a concert by pop star Ariana Grande.

At least 22 have been confirmed dead and 59 injured as of 2:30 a.m. ET Tuesday.

Here's what we know now about some of the victims:

7 things to know now: Manchester bombing; Flynn invokes Fifth Amendment; South Korea

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 7:41 AM

Fans leave the Park Inn hotel in central Manchester, England Tuesday May 23 2017.  An apparent suicide bomber set off an improvised explosive device that killed over a dozen people at the end of an Ariana Grande concert on Monday, Manchester police said Tuesday.  (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
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Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and the world today.

What to know now:

1. Manchester bombing: Twenty-two people were killed and more than 50 were injured in an apparent suicide bomber attack Monday night at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. The bomb exploded near the lobby of the city’s arena just after the concert ended. Pleas for help in finding loved ones who attended the concert were posted on social media. No one has been arrested in the attack. 

2. Trump at memorial: President Donald Trump visited the Yad Veshem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem on Tuesday, saying that the slaughter of 6 million Jews should be “burned into our memories.” Trump is on his first overseas trip as president. He will head to the Vatican next.

3. Flynn invokes Fifth: Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser, invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination on Monday, refusing to give the Senate Intelligence Committee documents that it subpoenaed. The documents for which the committee asked relate to Flynn’s dealings with Russian officials. The request was part of the committee’s investigation into possible Russian interference in the 2016 president election.

4. Brennan to testify: Former CIA director John Brennan will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, explaining why the Obama administration believed that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election. He is also expected to answer questions about concerns over Flynn’s involvement with Russian officials.

5. Budget released: Congress will be getting a budget wish list from President Trump on Tuesday. The $4.1 trillion budget will seek cuts in some low-income support programs and funds to repair infrastructure and to bolster the military.

And one more

South Korean officials said early Tuesday that they had fired warning shots overnight at an object flying south from North Korea. According to reports, South Korean forces fired some 90 machine gun rounds toward the object, which might have been a drone.

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Megachurch pastors Joel and Victoria Osteen criticized for throwing ‘Hook ‘Em’ hand sign

Published: Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 5:16 PM

Thousands of students graduated this past weekend from the University of Texas at Austin, flooding social media with photos of proud new alumni and their families.

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For most parents, documenting the occasion with a photo means throwing up the “Hook ’em Horns” hand sign, too, usually without much fuss. But when your parents are the first couple of televangelism, a spirited hand gesture can take on a whole other meaning. 

>> Photos: Longhorns arriving for UT graduation ceremony May 20 

Joel Osteen and his wife, Victoria, draw thousands every week to their massive Lakewood Church in Houston, and millions tune in from across the globe to watch. The pair also head a massive multi-million dollar empire stemming from book deals and tours. Their son, Jonathan, recently graduated from UT, and he posed with each of his parents for a pretty common photo taken during commencement weekend: the graduate and his mom and dad both making the “Hook ’em Horns” hand sign. 

Father and son graduate together, plan to continue their educations together this fall

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 8:30 AM

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A father and son plan to continue their educations after walking across the stage together to claim their degrees.

Earlier this month, thousands of graduates and their families packed into the BB&T Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for Broward College’s graduation.

RELATED: Proud son praises parents who beat crack addiction, graduated college 

Among the sea of graduates was father and son Francis and Samson Fagunleka. The family moved to the United States from Nigeria six years ago.

Francis said education has always been a high priority for him and his children.

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“I don’t want my children to be in the streets,” Francis told WSVN. “I want them to emulate successful people, and the only way for you to get there is through education.”

The two enrolled at the same time and both plan to continue on to Nova Southeastern University in the fall.