Ray Rice and Janay Palmer: New Video Shows Couple Handcuffed, Kissing After Elevator Assault

Posted by Tyler Johnson on: December 20th, 2014 | General, Janay Palmer, Ray Rice, Sports

New security camera footage from the night that Ray Rice assaulted Janay Palmer was released today.

The tape shows Rice and Palmer being handcuffed by police and kissing while in custody.

The video – portions of which were released moments ago by ABC News – contains 45-minutes of previously unseen footage from February 15, when both Rice and Palmer were arrested for assault at an Atlantic City casino.

Palmer’s charges were eventually dismissed, while Rice’s charge was upgraded to aggravated assault.

The video begins with what appears to be Palmer shouting at Rice in the hotel lobby, angrily shoving him away when he tries to approach her.

Hotel security intervenes, and eventually police arrive on the scene. 

Both Rice and Palmer are handcuffed and escorted to an elevator, where they appear to kiss briefly while in police custody.

Following the incident, Rice received a modest two-game suspension from the NFL.

Just days after the start of the 2014 season, however, TMZ released new footage that showed Rice knocking Palmer out inside an elevator.

The video shocked the public, and resulted in an indefinite suspension from the league, as well as a terminated contract with the Baltimore Ravens.

Rice avoided criminal charges by entering a pretrial intervention program. The NFL made him eligible to play again on December 1, but thus far no team has shown an interest in Rice. 

Janay Palmer, Ray Rice Photo

Ray Rice and Janay Palmer on Instagram. All smiles on this night.

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Collision on Broadway: Eric Garner and Pro-Cop Protesters Clash Near City Hall

Posted by rbarkanobserver on: December 20th, 2014 | eric garner, General, michael brown, News, NYPD

Pro-NYPD protesters collided with anti-police brutality protesters outside City Hall tonight.

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St. Louis DA says he knew of lying witnesses in Ferguson grand jury trial

Posted by Colleen Shalby on: December 19th, 2014 | ferguson, General, News, Robert McCullough
St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch announces the grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson Monday in Clayton, Missouri. Photo by Cristina Fletes-Boutte/Reuters

St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch revealed Friday that he was aware that some witnesses lied before the grand jury in the case against Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson. Wilson shot and killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown in August. Photo by Cristina Fletes-Boutte/Reuters

In an interview Friday afternoon with St. Louis radio station KTRS 550 AM, St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch said he knew that some witnesses were lying to the St. Louis grand jury about the Michael Brown case.

McCulloch said he thought it better to give the grand jury more information, rather than less, and let the jurors decipher which statements were credible.

“I thought it was much more important that the grand jury hear everything, what people have to say — and they’re in a perfect position to assess the credibility, which is what juries do.”

McCulloch said he will not file perjury charges against those who may have lied under oath.

In that same interview, when asked why the grand jury decision was announced in the later evening hours and only a few days before Thanksgiving, McCulloch said, “there was no good time to announce this. Whatever was going to happen was going to happen.”

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Taylor Swift Makes Rounds in Manhattan

Posted by tom_walsh on: December 19th, 2014 | General

Rounding out the week with a few errands, Taylor Swift showed up outside her New York City apartment on Friday morning (December 19).

The “I Knew You Were Trouble” hitmaker was snazzy in a maroon beret with a plaid jacket, grey trousers and ankle boots as she carried her designer handbag past the paparazzi.

And while she certainly ruffled some feathers with her Spotify separation earlier this fall, Taylor told The Hollywood Reporter that many of her fellow artists were excited about the decision.

“I didn’t think that it would be shocking to anyone. With as many ways as artists are personalizing their musical distribution, it didn’t occur to me that this would be anything that anyone would talk about. But I could never have expected so many text messages, emails and phone calls from other artists, writers and producers saying thank you.”

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Obama signs massive defense spending bill

Posted by Margaret Myers on: December 19th, 2014 | a-10, Barack Obama, defense department, General, News
An A-10A Thunderbolt II aircraft flies over a target area during Operation Desert Storm. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Fernando Serna

An A-10A Thunderbolt II aircraft flies over a target area during Operation Desert Storm. President Barack Obama signed a defense bill today that would prohibit the retirement of the A-10. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Fernando Serna

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law a massive defense policy bill that endorses his plan to fight Islamic State militants, including air strikes and training Iraqis and moderate Syrian rebels.

The law authorizes funds for basic military operations, from a 1 percent pay raise for troops to the purchase of ships, aircraft and other war-fighting equipment.

It also authorizes the training and equipping of moderate Syrian rebels battling the extremists for two years and provides $5 billion to train Iraqis battling the militants who brutally rule large sections of the two countries.

The measure provides the core funding of $521.3 billion for the military and $63.7 billion for overseas operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. Despite Obama’s objections, it maintains a ban on transferring terror suspects from the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba to the United States for prosecution or imprisonment.

Obama issued a separate statement criticizing the ban on Guantanamo transfers in the defense bill and the government funding bill he signed earlier this week. Obama declared at the outset of his presidency that he wanted to close the detention center, but Congress has thwarted his efforts.

“I have consistently opposed these restrictions and will continue to work with the Congress to remove them,” Obama said. “The Guantanamo detention facility’s continued operation undermines our national security. We must close it.”

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, highlighted the ban on Guantanamo transfers. He said bringing terror suspects to the U.S. “would be both dangerous and deeply unpopular” with Americans.

“House Republicans will continue to do all we can to protect our national security and support our men and women in uniform, and look forward to working with the president to do the same,” he said.

The Pentagon sought cuts in military benefits. Lawmakers compromised in the bill by agreeing to make service members pay $3 more for co-pays on prescription drugs and trimming the growth of the off-base housing allowance by 1 percent instead of the Pentagon’s deeper 5 percent recommendation.

The law also prohibits retirement of the A-10 Warthog, the close-air support plane often described as ugly but invaluable.

[Watch Video]The A-10 Warthog was designed specifically to fly in low and attack enemy forces, loitering over the battlefield. The Defense Department had planned to eliminate the entire fleet and save $3.5 billion over five years in favor of newer and more capable aircraft. NewsHour reported back in February.

The law changes the way the military justice system deals with sexual assault cases, including scrapping the nearly century-old practice of using a “good soldier defense” to raise doubts that a crime has been committed. The measure gives accusers a greater say in whether their cases are litigated in the military or civilian court system, and would establish a confidential process to allow victims to challenge their separation or discharge from the military.

It also makes victims of the November 2009 attack at Fort Hood, Texas, eligible to receive the Purple Heart. Thirteen people were killed and more than 30 wounded by Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan, who has said he was angry about being deployed to Afghanistan and wanted to protect Islamic and Taliban leaders from U.S. troops.

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Weekend Read: Rage Against the Outrage Machine

There are unlimited best of and worst of lists to check out, but Slate has one upped them all with a package on Internet outrage.

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Alfa Romeo Spider Won’t be Mazda Based

Posted by AutoGuide.com News on: December 19th, 2014 | Auto, General

The Alfa Romeo Spider will not be based on the new Mazda MX-5 like many believed.  According to a report from CAR, Harold Wester, brand chief for Alfa Romeo and Maserati, has confirmed that the new Spider will be developed in-house instead of in collaboration with Mazda. “As far as the Spider goes, the final version is of…

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US Traffic Deaths Drop by 3.1% in 2013

Posted by AutoGuide.com News on: December 19th, 2014 | Auto, General

Deaths on U.S. roads fell by 3.1 percent in 2013 compared to the previous year.  Since 2004, traffic deaths have declined by 25 percent, while the number of people injured in accidents in 2013 also declined by 2.1 percent. In total, 32,719 people died in car crashes in 2013. Of that total, 31 percent involved drinking…

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2015 Volkswagen Golf R Orders Open January 8

Posted by AutoGuide.com News on: December 19th, 2014 | Auto, General

The most powerful production Volkswagen Golf model ever offered in the U.S. will be up for pre-order next month. The German automaker has announced that starting January 8, 2015, customers will be able to pre-order one of the 500 Golf R models heading …

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Brie Larson Tells GQ: I Think About Quitting Acting Every Day

Posted by tom_walsh on: December 19th, 2014 | General

Her new movie “The Gambler” hits theaters this weekend and Brie Larson sat down with GQ magazine to chat about her fun and crazy life.

The “Spectacular Now” starlet told writer Zach Baron that she absolutely loves her gal pal Shailene Woodley- “I really appreciate the fact that she saw me for me before even I did. Before I could even recognize it and feel strong in that. I can’t think of anything in particular that she’s actually said—it’s more just every time we see each other we cry and we hold each other and we look in each other’s eyes and we kind of go, like, ‘This world is sooo interesting.’”

Ms. Larson is also into spirit animals- “I was like, ‘Yeah but for sure I’m an eagle and a lion.’ And I pulled them and I got prairie dog. I got a beaver. I got a gopher. I got a chipmunk. I got all burrowing small prey. My center was a black panther. But it’s like black panther mixed with like six other small rodents. So I’d say at this point like 80 percent of me is rodent. And I had a really hard time accepting that.”

Meanwhile, Brie thinks about jumping ship from the acting game on a daily basis. “Today. Every day. I think it is the fact that I want to quit that keeps me going. It’s very complicated. But I think part of this whole exploration with every job that I do is, in terms of overcoming fear and by overcoming the fear I feel so much more complete, and I learn something new about myself. It can get really messy inside my head and it’s usually just because everybody can get really self-centered at some point. And so what usually keeps me from quitting is that my reasons for quitting are just lame.”

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