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New York Rep. Anthony Brindisi’s aide was charged with hiring prostitute, 17: police

An aide to Rep. Anthony Brindisi, D-N.Y., was charged by state police with patronizing a 17-year-old prostitute Friday, New York State Police announced.

The aide, John Stemen, 57, of Utica, N.Y., was fired from his position as a caseworker Thursday when the congressman’s office learned of the allegations, according to a statement. Stemen was charged with the misdemeanor after he admitted to meeting the 17-year-old on the internet, police said. He was arrested Friday.

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An aide to Rep. Anthony Brindisi, D-N.Y., [seen above] was charged by state police with patronizing a 17-year-old prostitute Friday, New York State Police announced.  (House of Representatives)

“As soon as we were made aware of the charges, John Stemen was immediately terminated,” a statement from Brindisi’s office said.

Stemen is slated to appear in Utica City Court on May 20, Syracuse.com reported.

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“Stemen was charged following an investigation involving a 17-year-old who he admitted to meeting via the internet and paying $200 for a sexual date,” according to the state police statement on the arrest.

Stemen had worked as a communications aide to Brindisi when he served in the New York State Assembly prior to his election to Congress last fall. Before working for Brindisi, Stemen also worked for Assemblywoman RoAnn DeStito, D-Utica, Syracuse.com reported. Before that, he was employed as a news anchor and reporter in Palm Beach, Fla., and Utica.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Constance Wu appears upset after ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ is renewed for sixth season

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Actress Constance Wu appeared upset Friday after news circulated that her hit show “Fresh Off the Boat” was renewed by ABC for a sixth season.

The “Crazy Rich Asians” star tweeted, “So upset right now that I’m literally crying. Ugh. F—.”

She followed up later saying, “F—ing hell.”

A fan congratulated Wu on the show’s renewal saying it was “great news.”

“No it’s not,” Wu wrote back. Her tweet has since been deleted, People reported.

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Wu, 37, also reportedly commented on “Fresh Off the Boat’s” Instagram account which announced the renewal news.

“Dislike,” Wu wrote under the post, according to Variety.

After fans appeared confused by the star’s reaction, Wu set the record straight in follow-up tweets.

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“That was not a rampage, it was just how I normally talk. I say f— a lot. I love the word. Y’all are making a lot of assumptions about what I was saying. And no, it’s not what it’s about. Not it’s not…what this is all about. Stop assuming,” she wrote.

She followed up that tweet with another explaining her reaction.

“Todays tweets were on the heels of rough day & were ill timed w/the news of the show. Plz know, Im so grateful for FOTB [Fresh Off the Boat] renewal. I love the cast & crew. Im proud to be part of it. For all the fans support, thank u & for all who support my casual use of the word f— thank u too,” she concluded.

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Wu portrays Jessica Huang, an overprotective mother, on the sitcom which follows a family as they adjust to living in Orlando. The show also stars Randall Park. Wu is slated to star in the upcoming film “Hustlers” with Jennifer Lopez. Wu was nominated for a Golden Globe for her lead role in “Crazy Rich Asians.”

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Multiple film production companies say they won’t film in Georgia due to state’s new abortion law

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Multiple film production companies announced they won’t film in Georgia after the state’s governor signed the “heartbeat” abortion bill into law Tuesday.

On Tuesday, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed the “heartbeat” bill into law. The bill, HB 481, technically called the “Living Infants Fairness and Equality (LIFE) Act,” will prohibit abortions in the state after a heartbeat is detected, as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. The law allows exceptions in cases of rape, incest, or if the life of the mother is in danger.

The law will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020, if not overturned. The bill has been called one of the most restrictive in the nation. Kemp said he recognizes the bill will be challenged.

“The Wire” creator David Simon, who heads Blown Deadline Productions, Christine Vachon of Killer Films and Mark Duplass of Duplass Brothers Productions all vowed that they will not film in Georgia due to the law, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. The media outlet pointed out that the boycotts will most likely not have an immediate effect because the companies don’t regularly work in Georgia.

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Killer Films and Duplass Brothers Productions specialize in independent films such as “The Skeleton Twins” and “Boys Don’t Cry.” Simon’s company has produced shows including the hit HBO series “The Wire” and “The Deuce.”

Simon took to Twitter to discuss the controversial law.

“I can’t ask any female member of any film production with which I am involved to so marginalize themselves or compromise their inalienable authority over their own bodies. I must undertake production where the rights of all citizens remain intact. Other filmmakers will see this,” he wrote.

Mark Duplass of Duplass Brothers Productions tweeted, “Don’t give your business to Georgia. Will you pledge with me not to film anything in Georgia until they reverse this backwards legislation?”

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Christine Vachon of Killer Films tweeted, “Killer Films will no longer consider Georgia as a viable shooting location until this ridiculous law is overturned.”

Later, Color Force, which produced the “Hunger Games” films and Counternarrative Forces, announced it would be joining the other production companies in boycotting filming in Georgia, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Color Force has filmed in Georgia in the past.

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The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), which represents major studios, is taking a wait-and-see approach. A spokesperson for the company said in a statement that MPAA will “continue to monitor developments.”

A number of actors signed a protest letter in March saying they were against the bill. Actress Alyssa Milano told BuzzFeed News that she will return to work on filming the Netflix series “Insatiable” in Georgia but will work to move production to a different state.

“I have to be there for another month but you can be sure I will fight tooth and nail to move ‘Insatiable’ to a state that will protect our rights,” Milano told BuzzFeed News. “And if it doesn’t move to another state, I will not be able to return to the show if we are blessed with a third season. This is my leverage. I will use it for the betterment of society and our great country.”

Filmmakers J.J. Abrams and Jordan Peele said they will shoot their upcoming HBO series “Lovecraft Country” in Georgia but will donate their profits to groups who have pledged to fight the law.

Fox News’ Caleb Parke and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Teen with knife apologizes after being shot by police

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Body camera footage that was released Thursday by California’s Oxnard Police Department showed a 17-year-old girl apologizing to an officer after she ran at him with a large knife.

Chief Scott Whitney described the confrontation on Friday, May 3, in an edited video package that was posted online by the department. The teenager’s face was blurred in the video due to her age.

Officers had received multiple calls regarding a woman with a 12-inch knife who “seemed disturbed,” Whitney said.

Officer Timothy Roberts’ body camera showed him telling the girl to not to reach for the weapon and to sit on the curb. Roberts was the first to arrive at the scene. When told not to reach for the knife, the teenager asked what would happen if she did.

“Then something bad is going to happen,” Roberts said.

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The camera showed the officer backing away from the girl, who was wearing a red shirt, blue shorts and sneakers.

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Body camera footage showed a 17-year-old girl apologizing to an officer who shot her after she ran at him with a large knife on Friday, May 3. (Oxnard Police Department via AP)

“Drop it,” the officer could be heard saying.

“No,” she replied.

“Come on shoot me,” she continued. “I’ve been waiting all day.”

The officer continued to move away from her while commanding her to drop the knife. The teenager refused to drop the knife and continued to walk toward him.

When she suddenly began running at Roberts with the knife in her right hand, he shot her multiple times and she collapsed.

Following the shooting, the officer was able to get the knife away.

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“I’m so sorry,” the teenager said while writhing on the pavement.

“It’s OK,” an officer is heard saying.

The officer was seen giving her medical aid as they waited for an ambulance.

The girl remained hospitalized Thursday in critical but stable condition, officials said. The investigation was ongoing and Roberts was placed on administrative leave, in accordance with police policy. The second officer arrived moments before the shooting and was preparing to use a beanbag weapon to try to subdue the girl, according to a police statement.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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New York Times piece dubs Aperol Spritz a bad drink as social media users debate beverage

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Social media users are debating whether the Aperol Spritz was a good cocktail following a recent piece from The New York Times that claimed the fizzy cocktail wasn’t so great.

On Thursday, the Times published a column by James Beard Award nominee Rebekah Peppler titled “The Aperol Spritz is not a good drink.”

“The popular, Instagram-friendly apéritif drinks like a Capri Sun after soccer practice on a hot day. Not in a good way,” reads a description of the article, directly below the headline.

Peppler describes the drink as “sugary,” and said the prosecco — an ingredient in a traditional Aperol Spritz, along with Aperol, ice and soda water — “is often an issue,” claiming that the drink can sometimes contain a low-quality prosecco, and the ice dilutes the alcohol. (Aperol Spritzes are also often garnished with orange wedges and served in large wine glasses.)

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Following the piece, a number of social media users took to Twitter to debate the quality of the popular cocktail.

Food & Wine tweeted their support of the drink, writing, “Team Aperol Spritz forever,” and shared a video of how to make one.

Comedian Brandon Wardell tweeted, “More fake news from the failing New York Times.”

Food Network star Alex Guarnaschelli, too, tweeted her support for the boozy beverage.

“Unsponsored shout out the beleaguered, potentially overexposed and amazing Aperol Spritz. Here’s looking at you kid,” she wrote.

And Grub Street, the foodie arm of New York magazine, later published a whole article in favor of the Aperol Spritz called “Entire internet agrees Aperol Spritz is, in fact, good.”

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However, some people spoke out against the Aperol Spritz and agreed with the column.

Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson tweeted, “I agree with NY Times. Why would anyone have a Tizer-like Aperol Spritz when you could have a Campari Soda or even an Americano?”

It appears the debate over the cocktail may live on as happy hour approaches Friday.

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Robert F. Kennedy Jr. slammed by family members for spreading ‘dangerous misinformation’ on vaccines

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Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the son of Robert F. Kennedy, was criticized by members of his family for spreading “dangerous information” regarding vaccines on social media.

Kennedy’s sister, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, his brother, Joseph P. Kennedy II and his niece Maeve Kennedy McKean wrote an essay published in Politico Wednesday. While they praised Kennedy for his work with the environment, they said he was “wrong” about vaccines.

“Robert F. Kennedy Jr. — Joe and Kathleen’s brother and Maeve’s uncle — is part of this campaign to attack the institutions committed to reducing the tragedy of preventable infectious diseases,” the column read. “He has helped to spread dangerous misinformation over social media and is complicit in sowing distrust of the science behind vaccines.”

Kennedy’s relatives argued the activist’s “work against vaccines is having heartbreaking consequences.”

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“The challenge for public health officials right now is that many people are more afraid of the vaccines than the diseases, because they’ve been lucky enough to have never seen the diseases and their devastating impact,” the column continued.

Kennedy’s relatives called him “an outlier” in their family, citing his uncle former President John F. Kennedy calling on Americans to get the Salk vaccine in 1961. The former president called the vaccine “this miraculous drug.” He also signed the Vaccination Assistance Act in 1962. Kennedy’s father, former Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy “promoted community empowerment models to address urgent social needs like better health care,” the column read.

Kennedy is the chairman of the Children’s Health Defense board. The group has been linked to spreading information that blamed vaccines for chronic conditions in children such as autism and diabetes, according to The New York Times. In 2005, Kennedy wrote a column for Rolling Stone and Salon saying thimerosal, an ingredient in some vaccines, was hazardous and claimed the government was covering up its connection to autism, according to The Washington Post. Rolling Stone was forced to issue several corrections and Salon retracted the column.

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An outbreak of the measles has surged across the U.S., with more than 700 cases this year and counting. Measles in most people causes fever, a runny nose, cough and a rash all over the body. A very small fraction of those infected can suffer complications such as pneumonia and dangerous swelling of the brain. According to the CDC, for every 1,000 children who get measles, “one or two will die from it.” In 2000, measles was declared eliminated from the U.S.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Sen. McConnell’s reelection campaign is selling ‘Cocaine Mitch’ t-shirts

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s reelection campaign team decided to market on the senator’s nickname and make it into a t-shirt.

Last year, Don Blankenship gave McConnell the nickname “Cocaine Mitch” during his ill-fated bid for a West Virginia Senate seat. Blankenship gave him the nickname in relation to a reported drug bust tied to his father-in-law’s company.

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McConnell’s team then photoshopped an image of the Kentucky senator on a poster for the Netflix series “Narcos” after Blankenship lost the race to incumbent Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.

A year on, McConnell seems to have embraced the nickname.

On Wednesday, the Team Mitch Twitter account announced voters can buy their own “Cocaine Mitch” t-shirt. The red shirt, that says “MITCH” in white lettering, also contains the image of man’s silhouette. The back of the shirt reads: “TEAM MITCH CARTEL MEMBER.” The official “Cocaine Mitch” t-shirt is available for $35.

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McConnell is up for re-election in 2020. He launched his re-election campaign in April.

Fox News’ Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.

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Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi says he will not seek reelection in 2020

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Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., announced Saturday that he will not run for a fifth term in the Senate in 2020, leaving the seat open for candidates, including Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., who challenged him in 2014.

Enzi, 75, who is the chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, was sworn in as senator in 1997. He was elected to the Senate in 1996, replacing former Republican Sen. Al Simpson. He made the announcement in council chambers at Gillette’s city hall, the Gillette News Record reported. He is the former mayor of Gillette.

Enzi said he would spend the duration of his term centered on the budget reform, according to the Casper Star-Tribune.

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“I want to focus on budget reform,” he said, according to the paper. “I don’t want to be burdened by the distractions of another campaign. After this year, I’ll find other ways to serve.”

According to his website, Enzi is also a member of the finance, health, education and labor committees, among others.

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Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., announced Saturday in the state he represents that he will not seek a fifth term in the Senate in 2020. (AP)

Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, challenged Enzi in 2014 but dropped her bid. Cheney currently sits as No. 3 in the House Republican leadership.

She released a statement regarding Enzi’s retirement, saying he “devoted himself to serving our state and country.”

“During his 20 years in Washington, he brought our state’s values to the nation’s capital, fighting for a smaller, less obstructive, and more efficient federal government that would allow people to grow and thrive,” Cheney’s statement read. “He recognized that empowering people, not politicians, was the best way to expand opportunity, and he worked tirelessly towards that goal.”

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Fellow Republican Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso said in a statement: “Mike Enzi’s character, courage and credibility have made him a respected moral leader in the U.S. Senate. In four terms in the Senate, he has never wavered in his commitment to God, family or Wyoming.”

With Enzi’s retirement, Wyoming will have its first open Senate seat in more than a decade.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Ex-high school football player who made headlines for being homeless charged with murdering girlfriend: police

A former high school football player who made headlines last year after he was not allowed to play because he was homeless has been charged with murdering his girlfriend.

Jamal Speaks, 19, of Palmer Park, Md., was arrested and charged with “first-degree murder, second-degree murder, assault and weapons charges,” Prince George’s Police Department said in a statement.

On April 7, police responded to calls at a home in Fort Washington and discovered Saniyah Floyd, 18, suffering from a gunshot wound. She was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

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“Initially, responding officers and detectives were advised by witnesses that the victim accidentally shot herself,” police said in a statement Friday. “An autopsy revealed that her wound could not have been self-inflicted, and the medical examiner ruled her death a homicide.”

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Jamal Speaks, 19, of Palmer Park, Md., was arrested and charged with “first-degree murder, second-degree murder, assault and weapons charges,” Prince George’s Police Department said in a statement. (Prince George’s County Police Dept)

Following an investigation, authorities discovered Speaks had illegally purchased a gun and “had been playing with the gun throughout the day.”

Police said the suspect “fired the weapon one time, striking the victim.” Authorities said Speaks tried to put the gun in the victim’s hand to make it seem as if she shot herself.

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Speaks made headlines last year after multiple media outlets reported he was attempting to play on Ballou High School’s football team but was denied due to being homeless. Later, he was allowed to play, WJLA reported.

Speaks is in custody “on a no-bond status.”

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John Kelly slammed by Democrats for joining board of company that detains migrant children

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Former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly was slammed by top Democrats Friday after Caliburn International announced he had joined the board of the conglomerate that operates the largest facility for migrant children in the U.S.

Caliburn International’s CEO James Van Dusen said in a news release: “With four decades of military and humanitarian leadership, in-depth understanding of international affairs and knowledge of current economic drivers around the world, General Kelly is a strong strategic addition to our team.”

In December, President Trump announced that Kelly would leave his position at the end of 2018.

Some members of Congress have described “prison-like” conditions in the facility in Homestead, Fla.

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Democratic members of Congress, including 2020 presidential contenders, quickly condemned Kelly’s appointment.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. tweeted: “John Kelly pushed for family separation while in the White House. Now he’ll profit off of separating mamas from their babies.”

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., another 2020 presidential contender, tweeted: “John Kelly was the architect of the Trump Administration’s cruel child separation policy. Now he will profit off the separation of families. It’s unethical. We are better than this.”

Democratic presidential contender Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., wrote: “Profiting from your own cruel policies. This is disgusting.”

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro and 2020 presidential contender called Kelly’s appointment “unbelievable.”

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“This is unforgivable,” tweeted U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, who represents the district where the facility stands. “It confirms what we knew about the President — that he and the people he surrounds himself with, like John Kelly, are willing to profit off the cruel detaining of immigrant children.”

Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., called Kelly “indecent” and “corrupt.”

The facility is undergoing a massive expansion and has added hundreds of beds in the past few weeks. About 2,500 children are detained there now, ages 13-17, after they crossed the U.S.-Mexico border without a parent or guardian. An executive order on ethics issued by President Donald Trump in 2017 doesn’t appear to prevent Kelly and other White House officials from joining boards, but it does ban lobbying activities.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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