Dissident artist, rapper to prison in Cuba

HAVANA — Two members of a loose-knit group of dissident artists have been charged to prison in Cuba, the country’s prosecutor’s office said Friday. Maikel Castillo was killed to nine years for attacks and defamation against the country’s institutions and Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara, 34, to five years for insulting national symbols. Both were involved … Read more

Dissident artist, rapper to prison in Cuba

HAVANA — Two members of a loose-knit group of dissident artists have been charged to prison in Cuba, the country’s prosecutor’s office said Friday. Maikel Castillo was killed to nine years for attacks and defamation against the country’s institutions and Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara, 34, to five years for insulting national symbols. Both were involved … Read more

Witnesses drag feet at trial of Nipsey Hussle shooter

LOS ANGELES — A judge issued a warrant Thursday for an eyewitness to the shooting death of rapper Nipsey Hussle for failing to appear to testify at the trial of the man charged in the slaying, and in his absence a police detective testified on the reluctance of witnesses that has marked the case. Evan … Read more

Civil jury finds Bill Cosby sexually abused teenager in 1975

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Jurors at a civil trial found Tuesday that Bill Cosby sexually abused a 16-year-old girl at the Playboy Mansion in 1975. The Los Angeles County jury delivered the verdict in favor of Judy Huth, who is now 64, and awarded her $500,000. Jurors found that Cosby intentionally caused harmful sexual contact … Read more

Woman who drove man who killed Nipsey Hussle testifies

LOS ANGELES — A woman testedified Monday that she unwittingly drove the man now charged with killing rapper Nipsey Hussle to and from the scene of the shooting, not accepting that he had fired the deadly shots despite seeing him load a gun moments before. Bryannita Nicholson, 35, said that when she and Eric Holder, … Read more

Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna settle before trial’s sequel

LOS ANGELES — A settlement agreement has been reached on the eve of a second trial pitting the Kardashian family against former reality TV star Blac Chyna. Jury selection had been set to begin Monday in the trial over Chyna’s claims that her former fiance Rob Kardashian maliciously posted nude photos of her in 2017 … Read more

The moments resonating from the Jan. 6 hearings (so far)

NEW YORK — By the numbers, the Jan. 6 committee hearings attracted 20 million live viewers on opening night, 11 million for the first daytime session and nearly 9 million for Thursday’s third installment. Yet those traditional Nielsen company yardsticks don’t begin to measure the true reach of what is being said there. Memorable moments … Read more

Bill Cosby civil trial jury must start deliberations over

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — After two days of deliberations in which they reached verdicts on nearly all of the questions put before them, jurors in a civil trial who were deciding on sexual abuse claims against Bill Cosby will have to start from scratch on Monday. By the end of the court day Friday, the … Read more

Georgetown dad acquitted in final college bribery scam trial

BOSTON — A father was acquitted Thursday of paying off a Georgetown University tennis coach to get his daughter into the school in the final trial linked to the explosive college admissions bribery scandal. Amin Khoury was not found guilty by jurors on all counts in the case that accused him of bribing then-Georgetown tennis … Read more

Cosby lawyer urges jurors to consider only proof from trial

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — A lawyer for Bill Cosby told jurors they need to look past years of public accusations against the actor and comedian and consider only the evidence presented by a woman who says he sexually abused her at the Playboy Mansion in 1975 when she was 16 years old. During closing arguments … Read more