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NATO wants to avoid ‘new arms race’ with Russia, promises ‘measured’ response after treaty scrapped

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) said Friday it will respond “in a measured and responsible” way to Russia’s new missiles, but said the alliance will work to avoid a new arms race after the end of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said during a news conference that there would be “no rash moves” by the military alliance and “would not mirror what Russia does.”

US PULLS OUT OF REAGAN-ERA ARMS TREATY, SAYING RUSSIA ‘MADE NO EFFORTS’ TO COMPLY

“We don’t want a new arms race,” Stoltenberg added, but reiterated that Russia is solely to blame for the U.S. decision to leave the historic arms-control treaty signed three decades ago.

“We don’t want a new arms race.”

— NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg

Both NATO and the U.S. accused Russia of violating the INF treaty that kept nuclear weapons out of Europe and avoided short-notice attacks.

“Russia bears sole responsibility for the demise of the treaty,” the NATO allies said, adding that “NATO will respond in a measured and responsible way to the significant risks posed by the Russian 9M729 missile … We have agreed a balanced, coordinated and defensive package of measures.”

The Russian government, meanwhile, blamed the U.S. for the end of the treaty, suggesting the U.S. is working to undermine all international agreements.

“The denunciation of the INF treaty confirms that the U.S. has embarked on destroying all international agreements that do not suit them for one reason or another,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Friday. “This leads to the actual dismantling of the existing arms control system.”

“The denunciation of the INF treaty confirms that the U.S. has embarked on destroying all international agreements that do not suit them for one reason or another.”

— Russian Foreign Ministry

RUSSIA WILL PAY A BIG PRICE FOR ARMS CONTROL TREATY VIOLATIONS

But the Trump administration said it determined that Russia was in “material breach of the treaty” and made no effort to “come back into compliance” with the agreement, a senior White House official said.

Russia was given a six-month period, in accordance with the treaty, as a “final opportunity to come back into compliance” with the agreement, but the government headed by President Vladimir Putin “has made no efforts to do that,” the official added.

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This undated file photo provided Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, by Russian Defense Ministry official web site shows a Russian Iskander-K missile launched during a military exercise at a training ground at the Luzhsky Range, near St. Petersburg, Russia.  (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP/File)

The end of the treaty sparks fears of a new global arms race between the two countries, which possess the world’s largest nuclear arsenals.

The Trump administration stressed it was Russia’s fault the treaty came to an end, pointing out that Moscow has been developing and fielding weapons that violate the treaty and threaten the U.S. and its allies, particularly in Europe.

“Russia alone is to blame for this situation,” the senior official said. “We have taken every opportunity — dozens and dozens of opportunities across two administrations – to bring Russia back into compliance.”

“It is clear that they are in material breach of the INF Treaty, which is, of course, not its only arms control violation. They are a serial violator of arms control agreements,” the official added, noting that “This violation, however, represents a direct security threat to the United States and our allies.”

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In this Dec. 8, 1987, file photo, President Ronald Reagan, right, shakes hands with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev after the two leaders signed the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty to eliminate intermediate-range missiles during a ceremony in the White House East Room in Washington. The landmark arms control treaty that Reagan and Gorbachev signed three decades ago is dead.  (AP)

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Another White House official pointed out that Russia has been deceptive about its military buildup, particularly denying the development of a ground-launched cruise missile in 2014 that is now fielded and poses a security risk to Europe.

“Throughout the process, they lied about the existence of the missiles at both the expert level and, finally when confronted with the evidence, came clean for this in the past several months,” the official said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Video allegedly shows stadium vendor ‘recycling’ leftover beer, serving it to fans

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The operators of a soccer stadium in Mexico say they may consider booting a concession stand from its stall after claims that vendors were recycling leftover beer.

In what they described a “reprehensible” situation, the operators of the Territorio Santos Modelo (TSM) entertainment complex in Torreón, Coahuila, acknowledged the “undue action by one of the beer vendors” in a statement released to social media earlier this week, promising to investigate further, per a translation.

HOME RENOVATION UNEARTHS HIDDEN BEER CANS WORTH THOUSANDS

The investigation was reportedly spurred by footage captured at the Estadio Corona – part of the Territorio Santos Modelo entertainment complex – which allegedly shows the vendor pouring leftover beer into a bucket behind the counter. The vendors were then accused of refilling new cups from that bucket for resale, Mexico’s El Universal reported.

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Following TSM’s Monday announcement, Club Santos Laguna – the home team at the stadium – confirmed that the Health Secretariat of Coahuila conducted an inspection of Eurest Proper Meals, the food-service company named in TSM’s initial statement.

The food and beverage provider was ultimately suspended from operating at Tuesday’s match, El Universal reports.

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A representative for Estadio Corona and Territorio Sandos Modelo was not immediately available to confirm the terms of the vendor’s suspension.

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Mystery shipwreck discovered, may be WW II freighter

A mysterious shipwreck has been discovered off the east coast of the U.S., which experts say may be the remains of a World War II-era cargo ship.

The discovery was made on July 18 during the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) annual technology demonstration. “This shipwreck was mapped off the coast of Virginia/North Carolina,” NOAA explained, in a statement. “It is likely a World War II freighter with evidence of degradation typical of World War II-era freighters.”

“Within the image, one can observe the single propeller shaft, machinery, and boiler spaces,” NOAA added.

MYSTERIOUS 19TH-CENTURY SHIPWRECK DISCOVERED BY ACCIDENT IN THE GULF OF MEXICO

Synthetic aperture sonar, a sophisticated underwater imaging technology, was used to make the discovery. NOAA exploration vessel Okeanos Explorer towed a KATFISH system from Kraken Robotics, which mapped the seabed. Maritime technology specialist ThayerMahan also worked with the government agency and Kraken Robotics on the data-intensive project.

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The wreck site off the shore of Virginia/North Carolina. (Courtesy of ThayerMahan, Inc. Kraken Robotics, and the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research)

“This type of data can be used for site identification, assessment, and monitoring of Underwater Cultural Heritage sites over time,” NOAA added. “The resolution of the data are high enough that they could also contribute to site mapping for archaeological studies.”

The government agency is no stranger to wreck discoveries. A mysterious 19th-century shipwreck was recently discovered by NOAA researchers testing underwater drone equipment in the Gulf of Mexico. A team aboard the Okeanos Explorer was testing the equipment on May 16 when the wreck was spotted.

INCREDIBLE IMAGES REVEAL US NAVY SEAPLANE LOST IN PEARL HARBOR ATTACK

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The Kraken towed KATFISH being deployed from NOAA’s exploration ship Okeanos Explorer. (Image courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2019 Technology Demonstration.)

In 2014, federal scientists released the first images of the newly discovered wreckage of a steamship that sank in San Francisco Bay in 1888, killing 16 people.

The following year, experts from NOAA and the University of Hawaii released remarkable images of a U.S. Navy seaplane sunk during the opening minutes of the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

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Bathymetric image of the shipwreck, developed from data collected using the KATFISH system on the Okeanos Explorer on July 18, 2019. (Image courtesy of ThayerMahan, Inc. Kraken Robotics, and the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research)

Other shipwrecks have been discovered by accident. Earlier this year, for example, a search for shipping containers that fell off a merchant ship during a storm led to the discovery of a historic 16th-century shipwreck off the Dutch coast.

The Associated Press contributed to this article. Follow James Rogers on Twitter @jamesjrogers

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Pink supports Jessica Simpson by dyeing her daughter’s hair after actress slammed for doing the same thing

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Pink is showing her support for Jessica Simpson after the fashion designer was mom-shamed for dyeing her 7-year-old daughter’s hair.

Simpson, 39, posted a photo of her daughter Maxwell after a trip to the salon. In the photo, the ends of Maxwell’s hair were dyed different shades of purple.

Immediately, fans took to the comments section to share their unsolicited opinions over Maxwell’s new hairdo.

“So young its a shame,” one user wrote. Another said, “Isn’t she too young to have her hair dyed?”

PINK FIRES BACK AT ‘PARENTING POLICE’ IN INSTAGRAM PHOTO OF CHILDREN: ‘OPINIONS ARE LIKE A–HOLES’

In response to the backlash, Pink posted a picture of herself dyeing her 8-year-old daughter’s hair blue.

JESSICA SIMPSON SAYS HAVING 3 YOUNG CHILDREN IS ‘NO JOKE’

“I heard people were bummed on Jessica Simpson for letting her seven-year-old get her hair colored,” Pink wrote on Instagram on Thursday. “So we thought we’d share what we did yesterday.”

She added the hashtags, “bluehairdon’tcare” and “getyourownkids,” in addition to turning comments off on the post.

PINK REVEALS SHE NEEDED STITCHES AFTER SLASHING HUSBAND CAREY HART’S TIRES ON THANKSGIVING

The “Raise Your Glass” singer is no stranger to being a for criticism on social media, with both her and husband Carey Hart being on the receiving end of numerous comments judging the couple on their parenting. One such instance occurred earlier this year when the star posted an image of her two children looking at a pelican, with her 2-year-old son, Jameson, missing a diaper.

In an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in April, Pink described how the negative reactions to her posts affected her emotionally, claiming they left her in tears. She also vowed to cut back on how much she shares about her family on social media as a whole.

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“People went as far as saying, ‘Someone should call Child Services,’ because he didn’t have a diaper on, and ‘How dare I?’ — just some of the nastiest things,” the singer told Ellen. “I cried so hard after that because I like to share my family. … I’m prouder of my kids than anything I’ve ever done and I just won’t share them anymore. I won’t do it.”

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Video captures the moment a van jumps 10 feet into the air over roundabout

What an exit.

A driver has lost his license after he was caught on camera jumping his minivan about 10 feet in the air like a stuntman, even though it wasn’t intentional.

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Ryan Lamb, then 17, was driving his minivan on the A11 highway in Atteborough, U.K., last September when he pulled out to pass another vehicle right before the entrance to a roundabout that he apparently didn’t see coming.

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Unable to slow and make the left turn in time, he drove straight at it and rode over the sloping curb, which launched the silver Citroen into the air. A motorcyclist behind him, Andy Daynes, filmed the incident on his helmet cam, although he missed the moment of impact.

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The roundabout is at the end of a high-speed section of road. (Google Earth)

“It is quite a bad roundabout, he just didn’t see what was coming because he was going so fast,” Daynes told SWNS.

Lamb — who had only been driving for three months at the time — and his two passengers escaped the wreck with superficial injuries. However, he has now been hit with approximately $500 in fines, 80 hours of community service and a 12-month driving ban.

“Your driving fell far below the expected standard of competent and careful driving,” judge Jim Agnew said in court.

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New York Mets’ Jeff McNeil makes acrobatic catch into White Sox protective netting

The Chicago White Sox are the first MLB team to extend protective netting all the way to their foul poles to protect fans – but it was the New York Mets’ Jeff McNeil who used the netting to his advantage for a spectacular catch Thursday.

In the fifth inning, McNeil, who has earned the nickname “squirrel” since being called up to The Show a year ago, playing in right field, reacted to a foul fly hit by Eloy Jiménez.

McNeil ran at full speed toward the sidewall and caught the ball, but launched himself into the netting. Fortunately for the fans sitting in the front row, the netting held and McNeil popped back onto the field in one piece.

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“The fence is really low, so you don’t want to stop there,” McNeil said after the game. “The best-case scenario is just jump into the net and kind of use it for my protection.”

McNeil said his leap was a spur-of-the-moment decision and that he might have jumped into the stands if the netting wasn’t here.

“It would have been unfortunate for whoever’s in the front row,” he said. “I’m going into the stands on that.”

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New York Mets’ Jeff McNeil, right, celebrates in the dugout after scoring on Robinson Cano’s RBI double off Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Dylan Cease, during the sixth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. (AP)

McNeil’s highlight-reel catch was just one of a number of standout defensive plays by the usually defensively inept Mets Thursday.

Off the back of the defensive efforts, and Zack Wheeler’s seven strong innings, the Mets beat the Sox 4-0, sweeping the series in Chicago’s south side, and improving their record to 53-55 as they chase down a potential wild card spot after recovering from a dreadful June.

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McNeil, 27, has been a highlight of an otherwise disappointing season for the Mets thus far. He earned his first-ever All-Star berth earlier this season and is currently attempting to win a batting title, batting .331, good for joint second in the National League with LA Dodger Cody Bellinger, behind last year’s MVP Christian Yelich, who sits at .332.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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The week in pictures, July 27 – August 2

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Matthias Appenzeller in action during the international cliff diving championships, in the Maggia valley in Ponte Brolla, Switzerland, July 27, 2019. 

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Bangkok bombs injure 4 as Thailand hosts ASEAN summit with Pompeo

Six bomb blasts hit Bangkok early Friday, injuring at least four people, as Thailand was hosting a high-level meeting attended by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his counterparts from China and other Asia-Pacific countries.

The devices were found or detonated in at least six different locations, including two bombs at stations of the capital’s elevated Skytrain rail system.

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Thai investigators examine a site of an explosion in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Aug 2, 2019. Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha on Friday ordered an investigation into several small bombings in Bangkok that took place as Thailand was hosting a high-level meeting attended by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his counterparts from China and several Asia-Pacific countries. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

Other locations include a government complex on the outskirts of the city, and near the offices of a company associated with supporters of the current Thai government.

Officials say no one was seriously hurt by the explosions. Among the injured were three women cleaning the streets, while a fourth person was wounded after an explosion at one of Bangkok’s tallest buildings, the 77-story King Power Mahanakhon building.

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha ordered an investigation into the bombings and urged the public not to panic.

“A group of ill-intended people have recently incited violence while the government is propelling the country forward.”

— Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha

“A group of ill-intended people have recently incited violence while the government is propelling the country forward,” Prayuth’s office said in a statement.

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“I would like to condemn those causing the situation which destroys peace and damages the country’s image,” he also wrote in a tweet.

The bombings come as Thailand is hosting this week the annual meeting of foreign ministers of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), though none of the blasts disrupted the proceedings.

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan was asked by the media whether the bombing could be related to the junta’s recent relinquishing of power as Thailand only recently ended five years of military rule following a 2014 coup, though he said “I don’t know either, let authorities investigate first.”

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Thai investigators cordon-off an area in which an explosion injured people in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Aug. 2, 2019. Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha on Friday ordered an investigation into several small bombings in Bangkok that took place as Thailand was hosting a high-level meeting attended by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his counterparts from China and several Asia-Pacific countries. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

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This isn’t the first time violence occurred as Thailand was hosting an ASEAN event. In 2009, supporters of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra – the main rivals of the current prime minister – stormed a hotel in the resort city of Pattaya, where an ASEAN meeting was taking place, in a bid to force out a government of their opponents. The ASEAN leaders were forced to flee, some by helicopter, and the summit canceled.

Authorities said Thursday that they found two fake bombs outside their headquarters in central Bangkok near the venue of the current meeting of ASEAN foreign ministers. Two men were arrested in connection with the incident.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Comey feuds with Rep. Meadows over IG probe: ‘@ me next time, bruh’

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James Comey tangled with Rep. Mark Meadows in the Twitter arena overnight after the Republican congressman accused the feisty former FBI director of going silent ahead of the release of what could be a damaging inspector general report.

And he deployed a trendy put-down to call out Meadows for committing the social media sin of not tagging him: “@ me next time, bruh.”

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The light-hearted feud belies the apparent severity of the Justice Department inspector general’s investigation. Officials confirmed Thursday that following a referral from the IG, the department has decided against prosecuting Comey for leaking classified information.

But Fox News is told the release of Horowitz’s report is “imminent.” And Meadows, R-N.C., entered the fray by suggesting the report will contain damaging details for Comey. 

“As the IG report on Comey approaches, we’re getting the sound of silence. No Comey tweets. No softball interviews,” he tweeted. “Must be tougher when you get questioned by a DOJ Inspector General. The truth is coming. His actions will come to light. And the verdict won’t be pretty.”

Comey hit back, tweeting that he’s simply waiting “for facts” before speaking publicly and suggesting he’s not concerned – before calling out Meadows for not following the Twitter code of honor:

“I love transparency. I just wait for facts before I talk about them. I’m confident the results of all IG reports will show honest public servants worked hard to protect this country from a threat this president and his enablers won’t acknowledge. And @ me next time, bruh.”

FBI AGENTS RETRIEVED MEMOS FROM COMEY’S HOUSE

It remains unclear how tough the IG report will be on Comey, but the review pertains to memos he wrote memorializing his interactions with President Trump in the days leading up to his firing. He then passed those documents to a friend, Columbia University Law Professor Daniel Richman, who gave them to The New York Times. Comey admitted to that arrangement during congressional testimony.

After the fact, the FBI classified two of those memos as “confidential.”

The report related to Comey’s leaks is separate from DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s review of alleged Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) abuses.

Comey, whom Trump fired in May 2017, denied that sharing the memos with his legal team constituted a leak of classified information. Instead, he compared the process to keeping “a diary.”

“I didn’t consider it part of an FBI file,” Comey told Fox News’ Bret Baier last year. “It was my personal aide-memoire…I always thought of it as mine.”

Comey, during June 2017 testimony, said he deliberately leaked a memo in order to prompt the appointment of a special counsel.

The New York Times published the report with Comey’s memos on May 16, 2017, revealing the contents of the memo which said the president asked him to shut down the federal investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn in an Oval Office meeting.

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On May 17, Robert Mueller was appointed as special counsel to lead the Russia investigation.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman and Jake Gibson contributed to this report.

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Katy Perry and collaborators ordered to pay $2.78 million for copying Christian rap song

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Katy Perry and her collaborators at her record label have to pay $2.78 million after a federal jury found the pop star copied one of her hit songs.

The jury previously found that Perry’s 2013 hit “Dark Horse,” which spent four weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in early 2014 and was performed at the Super Bowl, copied a 2009 Christian rap song titled “Joyful Noise.”

It was an underdog victory for rapper Marcus Gray, a relatively obscure artist once known as Flame, whose 5-year-old lawsuit survived constant court challenges and a trial against top-flight attorneys for Perry and the five other music-industry heavyweights who wrote her song.

The amount fell well short of the nearly $20 million sought by attorneys for Gray and the two co-writers of “Joyful Noise” — Emanuel Lambert and Chike Ojukwu — but they said they were pleased.

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“We weren’t here seeking to punish anyone,” said Gray’s attorney, Michael A. Kahn. “Our clients came here seeking justice, and they feel they received justice from a jury of their peers.”

Perry herself was hit for just over $550,000, with Capitol Records responsible for the biggest part of the award — $1.2 million. Defense attorneys had argued for an overall award of about $360,000.

Perry’s attorney, Christine Lepera, said they plan to vigorously fight the decision.

“The writers of Dark Horse consider this a travesty of justice,” Lepera said.

“Dark Horse,” which combines elements of pop, hip-hop and trap styles, was a mega-hit for the Santa Barbara, California-born singer, with its call-and-response chorus of “Are you ready for (ready for), a perfect storm (perfect storm)?”

Gray, a native of St. Louis, sued later in 2014. His song of earnest and ebullient praise stood in stark contrast to the playful black magic evoked by “Dark Horse,” and an early version of the lawsuit faulted Perry’s song for tainting the sanctity of his.

The two-week trial had two phases: One about music, one about money.

Perry took the witness stand on the first day of testimony. She testified, as her co-writers would, that she had never heard of Gray or Flame or “Joyful Noise” until he sued.

She got a rare laugh from the courtroom when her attorneys were struggling with technical issues as they tried to play a part of “Dark Horse.”

“I could perform it for you live,” said Perry, who did not appear in court for the rest of the trial.

The jury heard testimony from musicologists on the disputed section of the two songs — a piece of the musical backing track that plays during the verses of “Dark Horse” and throughout almost all of “Joyful Noise.”

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While jurors were told to consider only those sections, they gave a surprisingly sweeping verdict Monday that held all six songwriters responsible for copying “Joyful Noise.” That included Perry, who wrote only lyrics, her co-lyricist Sarah Hudson, and Juicy J, who only provided a rap verse for the song.

The instrumental track that was most at issue was created by Dr. Luke, Max Martin and Circuit.

During closing arguments earlier Thursday, Gray’s attorneys said that because the relevant riff plays through 45 percent of “Dark Horse,” the plaintiffs should get 45 percent of its earnings, including every album that included it. They put those overall earnings at $41 million, thus seeking nearly $20 million.

The defense argued that only fractions of the album earnings should count for the single song and that considerable promotional expenses paid by Capitol Records should be subtracted.

Gray’s attorneys said those expenses were gratuitous, pointing out to jurors that they included $13,000 for a hairstylist for Perry for one awards show and nearly $2,000 for flashing cocktail ice cubes.

The nine jurors deliberated for two full days to reach their initial verdict but took just a few hours to decide on dollar amounts.

Perry’s five co-writers were each given penalties to pay that ranged from about $60,000 for Dr. Luke to more than $250,000 for Martin.

The jurors decided that the instrumental riff the two sides were fighting over was responsible for 22.5 percent of the success of “Dark Horse” and handed out the awards accordingly.

The defendants’ fight against the decision will begin immediately. U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder, who presided over the trial, will now consider a motion to throw out the case.

Lepera, Perry’s attorney, said outside court that the plaintiffs presented no evidence of copyright infringement, no evidence that the songwriters had access to “Joyful Noise” and no evidence the songs that were substantially similar.

“The only matter in common is an unprotectable C and a B note, repeated,” Lepera said. “We’ve been receiving outcry from people all over the world, including other musicologists.”

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If the judge upholds the verdict, the case will almost certainly head to an appeals court, where jury awards in similar cases have often been changed or thrown out in recent years.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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