Court-martial results in first conviction of general officer in Air Force history



Maj. Gen. William T. Cooley was found guilty on one of three specifications of sexual assault connected to a 2018 incident in New Mexico, according to the Air Force release. A senior military judge found he was guilty of “the first specification, ‘kissing (the victim) on the lips and tongue, with an intent to gratify his sexual desire,'” the statement said. The judge found Cooley not guilty of the two other specifications.

Cooley had pleaded not guilty.

According to the Air Force statement, the unnamed victim said in court testimony that “Cooley asked for a ride after a backyard day-long social event.”

It continued: “During the short ride she said he told her that he fantasized about having sex with her. She alleged he pressed her up against the driver’s side window, forcibly kissed and groped her through her clothes.”

The Air Force does not name sexual assault victims, but the victim consented to allow news organizations to disclose her relationship to Cooley without naming her.

The victim’s attorney, Ryan Guilds, praised the court-martial process as “fair” and commended his client’s bravery through the trial.

“It is very hard to be a survivor in a criminal case,” Guilds said in a statement. “That is one of the many reasons you see so few of these cases go to court-martial.”



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Zelensky says Blinken and Austin will visit Ukraine on Sunday





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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has announced that US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will visit Kyiv on Sunday.

“I don’t think this is a secret that people from the US are coming to us tomorrow, State Secretary Mr. Blinken and the Defense Secretary (Lloyd Austin) who are coming to us,” Zelensky said at a press conference held in an underground subway station in the Ukrainian capital.

Zelensky also said, “We will be expecting, when the security will allow, the President of the United States to come and to talk to us.”

CNN has reached out to the US Department of Defense and Department of State for comment.

The White House declined to comment on the potential trip.

This is a breaking story and will be updated.



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Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers joins vaunted 3,000-hit club



The 39-year-old Venezuelan, in his 20th season, is the 33rd player to reach the milestone in the 119-year-old history of Major League Baseball.

The hit, off Rockies righty Antonio Senzatela, comes one season another career milestone — Cabrera’s 500th home run.

Cabrera joins Henry Aaron, Alex Rodriguez, Albert Pujols, Willie Mays, Rafael Palmeiro, and Eddie Murray as the only players in history to amass 3,000 career hits and 500 home runs.

Now Cabrera is one double away from securing a spot as one of the game’s premier hitters — becoming only the third player in MLB history with 3,000 hits, 500 home runs and 600 doubles in his career.

Cabrera is an 11-time All-Star, four-time batting champion and two-time American League MVP.

In 2012, Miggy — as Cabrera is known in the game — became the first player to win the Triple Crown since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967 after leading the American League in home runs, RBIs and batting average.



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Louisiana 4-year-old dies after grandmother forces her to drink whiskey, police say





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A 4-year-old girl in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has died after her grandmother forced her to drink whiskey, police say.

The girl’s blood alcohol content was 0.680%, a “lethal dosage,” according to the arrest warrant. A level of .25% can cause alcohol poisoning, and anything higher than .40% can lead to a coma or death, according to a University of Notre Dame chart.

Roxanne Record, 53, and the girl’s mother, Kadjah Record, 28, were booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison for first-degree murder, according to inmate records.

It is unclear whether either woman has an attorney.

The two women became angry with the child on Thursday because she “may have drunk from a Canadian Mist bottle” that was on a counter, the warrants said.

The grandmother then forced the girl “to consume the remainder of the bottle which was possibly over half full while on her knees in the hallway,” the warrants said.

The mother was present and didn’t try to intervene, according to police, according to police.

Kadjah Record didn’t seek medical help for her daughter until the girl stopped breathing, according to the warrants. First responders tried to perform lifesaving measures but were not successful.

Roxanne Record told police “that she messed up and that she wanted to take full responsibility for the death of the victim,” the warrants stated.

“The defendant [Roxanne Record] stated that this went too far and that she ruined everyone’s lives,” but didn’t elaborate, the warrants said.



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It’s just after 8 p.m. in Ukraine. Catch up on today’s developments here


Russian opposition leader. Anti-corruption campaigner. Assassination attempt survivor. Prisoner.

Alexey Navalny’s crusade against the Kremlin has brought him many labels.

And with the eyes of the world now on Russian President Vladimir Putin amid his brutal invasion of Ukraine, Navalny’s message of resistance is finding new weight inside and outside of Russia, even as he remains behind bars.

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing,” he says, reprising the famous quote of unknown origin, in the new CNN film “Navalny,” which premieres this Sunday, April 24, at 9 p.m. ET on CNN. “So don’t be inactive.”

Here’s what you need to know about Navalny’s political rise, attempted assassination and future in Russia:

Rise to prominence Navalny first gained visibility in 2008, when he started blogging about alleged corruption within Russian state-run companies. By 2011, he had emerged as one of the leaders of the massive protests that had broken out after allegations of fraud in parliamentary elections.

“Those who have gathered here can kick these thieved ass***** out of the Kremlin tomorrow,” Navalny said at one 2011 protest.

He posted his first YouTube video, a step-by-step instruction guide showing how to build an “agitation cube,” a boxlike tent structure with his image emblazoned on the side, in July 2013. The clip marked the start of the Russian dissident’s campaign to be elected Moscow mayor, and the humble beginning of his YouTube revolution.

But his movement was blunted when he was convicted on embezzlement charges, just as he was preparing to run for mayor. Navalny has denied the charges and called them politically motivated. A retrial in 2017 barred him from running for public office — this time for president against Putin.

While Navalny is most well known as an activist, it’s his investigations that have been the biggest thorn in the side of some of Russia’s powerful people. His videos about the apparent unexplained wealth of top government officials have particularly raised the ire of the Kremlin.

One video about former Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev drew more than 35 million views on YouTube.

But with increased results came increased risks. In March 2017, that video lit a spark under the biggest anti-government protests Russia had seen in years. Thousands joined rallies in almost 100 cities across Russia. Navalny himself was arrested and jailed for 15 days.

The following month, he was splashed with an antiseptic green dye, damaging his vision in one eye.

“Listen, I’ve got something very obvious to tell you. You’re not allowed to give up. If they decide to kill me, it means that we are incredibly strong,” Navalny said to his supporters in the CNN film.

“We need to utilize this power, to not give up, to remember we are a huge power that is being oppressed by these bad dudes. We don’t realize how strong we actually are,” he continued.

Poisoning and recovery By 2020, there were signs that the ground was shifting beneath Navalny’s opposition movement.

The Kremlin had taken on a more publicly confrontational posture toward its chief critic, culminating in accusations of a poisoning attempt in August of that year.

Navalny had started feeling unwell on a return flight to Moscow from the Siberian city of Tomsk. Loud groaning can be heard in video footage apparently recorded on the flight he took. More video apparently recorded through the airplane window showed an immobile man being taken by wheeled stretcher to a waiting ambulance.

Navalny was treated at a Berlin hospital, and the German government later concluded he had been poisoned with a chemical nerve agent from the Novichok group.

A joint investigation by CNN and the group Bellingcat implicated the Russian Security Service (FSB) in Navalny’s poisoning, piecing together how an elite unit at the agency had followed Navalny’s team throughout a trip to Siberia, when Navalny fell ill from exposure to Novichok.

The investigation also found that this unit, which included chemical weapons experts, had followed Navalny on more than 30 trips to and from Moscow since 2017. Russia denies involvement in Navalny’s poisoning. Putin himself said in December that if Russian security services had wanted to kill Navalny, they “would have finished” the job.

Nevertheless, several Western officials and Navalny himself have openly blamed the Kremlin.

“It’s impossible to believe it. It’s kind of stupid that the whole idea of poisoning with a chemical weapon, what the f**k?” Navalny says in the new CNN film. “This is why this is so smart, because even reasonable people they refuse to believe like, what? Come on … poisoned? Seriously?”

News that Navalny had fallen gravely ill sent a fresh shock wave through Russian society, raising worrying parallels with some of the more brazen political killings in Russia’s recent past.

Western governments, independent researchers and Russia watchers have noted a consistent pattern of Russian state involvement in assassinations both inside Russia and abroad.

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Tune in tomorrow at 9 p.m. ET to watch the CNN Film “Navalny” on CNN.



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An Illinois man accidentally inhaled a drill bit during a dental procedure — and it ended up in his lung





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One Illinois man has even more reason to be scared of going to the dentist.

Tom Jozsi, 60, was at the dentist for a routine procedure when he accidentally inhaled a one-inch dental drill bit – which soon became lodged in his lung.

“Well, I don’t know. I was at the dentist getting a tooth filled, and then next thing I know I was told I swallowed this tool,” Jozsi told CNN affiliate WISN 12. “I didn’t really even feel it going down. All I felt was a cough. When they did the CT scan they realized, you didn’t swallow it, you inhaled it.”

The sharp metal drill bit landed in the right lower lobe of Jozsi’s lung, and the sharp edges caused him to cough up blood, according to pulmonologist Abdul Hamid Alraiyes, who treated Jozsi. Foreign objects like this in the lung usually require surgery to remove part of the lung along with the stuck object, Alraiyes told CNN.

“That foreign body was in the mouth and bacteria in the mouth is the most virulent and very aggressive bacteria, and if it’s sitting there it will create an abscess down the road,” he said. “That’s why you have to get rid of it as soon as possible.”

But Alraiyes and his team at the Aurora Medical Center-Kenosha in Kenosha, Wisconsin, came up with a creative way to get the drill bit out. He and a nurse practitioner colleague utilized robotic bronchoscopy, a technique usually used to detect tiny lung cancer nodules. They theorized that the small size of the catheter used would allow them to navigate the narrow airways and remove the drill bit without damaging Jozsi’s lung.

The 90-minute procedure went “exactly as planned,” Alraiyes said. After the surgery, he approached Jozsi with the drill bit hidden behind his back before showing it to him and announcing they had been successful.

Jozsi went home the same day as his procedure and his recovery has been “excellent,” according to Alraiyes.

The pulmonologist, who also teaches at Rosalind Franklin University, emphasized the contributions of all of the staff who collaborated to extract the sharp dental tool from Jozsi’s lung.

“This wouldn’t have happened if I was working by myself,” he said.

Now that it’s safely out of his lung, Joszi is keeping the drill bit on a shelf at his home, WISN 12 reported.



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Man who set self on fire at Supreme Court plaza dies



The man was identified as Wynn Bruce of Boulder, Colorado, an MPD spokesperson said Saturday.

Bruce had been airlifted to a local hospital in Washington, where he passed away, according to the department.

Supreme Court Police, US Capitol Police and the MPD had responded to the incident, which occurred Friday at about 6:30 p.m. Eastern time.

No one else was injured in the incident, a Supreme Court spokesperson said Friday.

The incident followed a flurry of recent chaotic events in the District.

A shooting in northwest Washington wounded at least four people earlier on Friday. On Wednesday, the US Capitol was evacuated following a “probable threat” warning after the Federal Aviation Administration failed to notify Capitol Police about an Army Golden Knights parachute exhibition at Nationals Park.



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New Ebola outbreak declared in DRC after single case confirmed





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Health authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) declared a new Ebola outbreak on Friday, after a case was confirmed in the city of Mbandaka, in the northwestern Equateur Province, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement Saturday.

This is the third outbreak in the province since 2018 and the 14th Ebola outbreak for the country since 1976, the WHO said.

“Time is not on our side,” said Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa. “The disease has had a two-week head start and we are now playing catch-up. The positive news is that health authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have more experience than anyone else in the world at controlling Ebola outbreaks quickly.”

So far, only one case has been confirmed, the WHO said. The patient was a 31-year-old man, who began experiencing symptoms on April 5. He sought treatment at a local health facility after being sick for more than a week at home. The man was admitted to an Ebola treatment center on April 21 for intensive care but died later that day, the WHO said.

Health workers recognized the symptoms of Ebola and “immediately” submitted samples for testing, WHO said. “Efforts to stem the current outbreak are already underway,” the organization said, and vaccinations will start in the coming days.

“Many people in Mbandaka are already vaccinated against Ebola, which should help reduce the impact of the disease,” said Moeti. “All those who were vaccinated during the 2020 outbreak will be revaccinated.”

The deceased patient received “a safe and dignified burial, which involves modifying traditional funeral ceremonies in a way that minimizes the risk of contagious fluids infecting attendees,” the WHO said. Anyone who came in contact with the patient is being identified and will be monitored, and the health facility where the patient received care has been decontaminated, the organization added.

The previous outbreaks in Equateur Province were in 2020 when 130 cases were reported, and in 2018, when 54 cases were recorded, the WHO said.

“Ebola is a severe, often fatal illness affecting humans and other primates,” the WHO added. Case fatality rates have varied from 25% to 90% in past outbreaks but effective treatment is available and if patients receive it early on, their chances of survival “improve significantly,” it said.

The DRC’s equatorial forests have been a hotbed of the Central African country’s Ebola crisis, with more than 2,000 people killed by the disease between 2018 and 2020.

The DRC has had more Ebola outbreaks than any other country since the virus was first discovered near the Ebola River in the DRC’s northern region in 1976.



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McCarthy to lead GOP lawmakers, including Marjorie Taylor Greene, to southern border


McCarthy’s office said in a press release Saturday morning that the California Republican will be joined in Eagle Pass, Texas, by nine lawmakers, including two other members of House GOP leadership — Conference Chair Elise Stefanik and Policy Committee Chairman Gary Palmer.

Others expected to make the trip include Reps. Tony Gonzales, Randy Weber, Michael Guest and Chip Roy, all of Texas; Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia; Diana Harshbarger of Tennessee and Blake Moore of Utah. Greene is coming off an unprecedented hearing in Atlanta on Friday in which she testified under oath for three hours in a case that focused on whether she is constitutionally barred from holding office because of her role in the January 6, 2021, insurrection at the US Capitol.

Monday’s trip will be McCarthy’s second to the border this Congress, the first being a trip to El Paso, Texas, in March 2021.

The Biden administration is set to repeal next month the measure known as Title 42, which allows border authorities to turn migrants back to Mexico or their home countries because of the public health crisis caused by Covid-19. It was first invoked by then-President Donald Trump to criticism by immigrant advocates and public health experts and then initially kept in place by the Biden administration.

“House Republicans stand with our brave Border Patrol agents on the front lines of this crisis, and we demand that the Biden administration reverse their decision to end Title 42 and fully enforce the immigration and border security laws of our nation,” McCarthy’s office said Saturday.

GOP lawmakers running for reelection this fall are using the repeal of Title 42 as a talking point to attack Democrats on immigration.

Several vulnerable Democrats have joined Republicans in slamming the decision to roll back the border measure next month, arguing that President Joe Biden and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas do not have enough time to establish an adequate plan to deal with the expected surge of migrants expected on the US-Mexico border once Title 42 is rescinded.
Swing-state Democrats turn on Biden over Title 42 border decision
Mayorkas told CNN this week his department is actively preparing for the potential increase in migrants, saying, “I think we have to be very mindful of the fact that we are addressing enemies, and those enemies are the cartels and the smugglers, and I will not provide our plans to them.”

US Customs and Border Protection had 221,303 encounters at the US-Mexico border in March, which marked yet another jump in arrests along the southern border. CBP has already apprehended more than 1 million people this fiscal year, which began on October 1. That includes some repeat crossers.

McCarthy himself is facing criticism after new audio recordings revealed contradictory statements he made about former President Donald Trump. In the audio clips, the California Republican is heard telling other GOP leaders in the days following the January 6 insurrection that he planned to advise Trump to resign, among other things.
McCarthy broke his silence Friday for the first time since the recordings leaked and defended his comments to reporters, saying he had just been walking through potential scenarios about Trump’s fate after the insurrection and hadn’t been advocating any of them.

CNN’s Priscilla Alvarez and Marshall Cohen contributed to this report.



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Ex-White House official close to Meadows says he was warned January 6 could turn violent





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A former Trump White House official close to then-chief of staff Mark Meadows told the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, riot at the US Capitol that the West Wing had been warned the day could turn violent, according to a new court filing.

The House has tried to combat Meadows’ refusal to testify in the Capitol Hill investigation. To do that, the House on Friday highlighted statements that hadn’t been previously disclosed from witnesses, such as from Cassidy Hutchinson, the ex-official.

The House’s court filing Friday night comes in a case where Meadows has sued to block congressional subpoenas and the House is arguing for legal backing to gather more details about then-President Donald Trump’s interest in overturning the 2020 presidential election result.

In the filing, the House released new text messages between Meadows and Pennsylvania Rep. Scott Perry as a plan was taking shape to overhaul Justice Department leadership. The House also cited startling exchanges between Meadows and the President’s son Donald Trump Jr., as well as right-wing hosts Laura Ingraham and Sean Hannity, to make its points.

The House said the information it has gathered and interviews of witnesses like Hutchinson have allowed it to “identify with greater precision” what it still wants to ask Meadows, according to the filing.

Hutchinson testified that Meadows had been directly warned about the potential for violence on January 6.

“I know that people had brought information forward to him that had indicated that there could be violence on the 6th,” she told the committee. “But, again, I’m not sure if he – what he did with that information internally,” the committee said she had testified.

Hutchinson also testified that she had overheard the White House counsel’s office for Trump say that a plan to use alternate slates of electors to try to overturn Joe Biden’s presidential victory wasn’t legally sound, according to the filing.

Hutchinson also named the campaign officials and lawmakers whom she viewed as advocates of former Vice President Mike Pence not doing his job on January 6 and instead doing “anything other than just counting electoral votes.”

On the campaign side, Hutchinson named Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell and Jenna Ellis, all members of Trump’s legal team who repeatedly laid out a series of false claims and conspiracy theories about alleged voter fraud.

Hutchinson named Republican Reps. Perry, Jim Jordan of Ohio, Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Lauren Boebert of Colorado. The committee has asked Perry and Jordan to speak with the panel voluntarily and both have declined.

The House had sought out Hutchinson last year when it subpoenaed a group of former officials with close ties to Trump. Hutchinson was a special assistant for legislative affairs and an adviser to Meadows who was in the White House on January 6 and at the pro-Trump rally at the Ellipse. Hutchinson was also privy to Meadows’ efforts to speak to others about investigating fraud after the election.

Also in the Friday night filing, the January 6 committee asked federal Judge Carl Nichols of the DC District Court to make a final decision in the case in the House’s favor, a move that could speed up the court-action timeline and bring to a closure other stalemates between the committee and ex-White House witnesses over executive privilege.

The secrecy surrounding the presidency has been used by some allies of Trump to refrain from testifying.

It’s also been Meadows’ primary defense, which prompted the House to refer him for possible prosecution to the Justice Department. He has not been charged. A resolution in the lawsuit on whether Meadows is protected by privilege would untangle some issues that could arise if the Justice Department were to charge him with contempt of Congress.

Meadows has already turned over extensive documents to the House, including more than 2,300 text messages from his private phone, the committee said on Friday.

Previously, the courts fast-tracked a case over the House select committee’s access to Trump-era White House information. Trump lost, with the Supreme Court determining the committee’s needs outweighed executive privilege claims the former President might make over documents held by the National Archives.

But there’s no final answer yet on whether administration officials who were close to the former President can be shielded from questioning.

The House argued on Friday that no matter Meadows’ position in the West Wing, he should be exempt from special executive branch protections.

“He was not acting as anything like a typical White House Chief of Staff advising the President on official matters of government policy,” the House lawyers wrote. “Mr. Meadows was playing a campaign role, attempting to facilitate a strategy that would have reversed the certified results of the 2020 election.”



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