Colombia's government and the FARC rebels have reached a final peace deal on Wednesday which brings to a close a 50-year-old guerrilla war. Cuba and Norway are mediators in the talks between the two parties and they said they have reached an accord to work to build a stable peace. The agreement foresees the demobilization of FARC and still needs to be voted on in a referendum and signed.
During the second part of his two-hour interview with Sean Hannity, Donald Trump again seemed to signal that he was softening his immigration stance. "No citizenship,” Trump said in response to a question about his previous plan to deport all undocumented immigrants. “Let me go a step further -- they'll pay back-taxes, they have to pay taxes, there's no amnesty, as such, there's no amnesty, but we work with them.” This mirrors the policy of Jeb Bush, who Trump savaged in the Republican primary for being soft.
Soccer goalkeeper Hope Solo has been suspended for six months from the national team for "conduct that is counter to the organization's principles," according to U.S. Soccer. After her team lost to the Swedish team at the Olympics, Solo reportedly called the team a "bunch of cowards." "Taking into consideration the past incidents involving Hope, as well as the private conversations we've had requiring her to conduct herself in a manner befitting a U.S. National Team member, U.S. Soccer determined this is the appropriate disciplinary action," U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati said in a statement on Wednesday.
The family of a inmate choked to death by officers inside an Oklahoma Jail is now suing all those involved in his death for $75 million.
The eight count lawsuit filed by the family of Darius Robinson in federal court Wednesday claims correctional officer Michael Allen Smith used excessive force when he choked Robinson, who had been acting erratically and struggled with officers when they entered his cell. An autopsy report noted Robinson’s throat was essentially crushed by Smith, who did not tell paramedics LaRoyce Fanning and Ryan Warren that he had used a chokehold on Robinson when they arrived to render aid. The medical examiner ruled Robinson’s death to be a homicide.
Video of the incident released to The Daily Beast last month shows the brutal confrontation. Robinson laid dying on the floor as Smith and another officer stood idly by. By the time paramedics Fanning and Warren arrive, Robinson was already dead.
The results of a probe into Robinson’s death by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation have not been released, and Caddo County District Attorney has refused multiple requests over the last two months by The Daily Beast for comment.
— Justin Glawe
Fox News host Sean Hannity has given Donald Trump’s presidential campaign tens of millions of dollars worth of free advertising, according to an analysis by liberal watchdog Media Matters for America. Hannity, who recently admitted to informally advising Trump on campaign matters, has devoted since June 2015 more than 22 hours of airtime to softball interviews with Trump—airtime that is worth more than $31 million in advertising value, according to media service iQ Media. In 2016 alone, Media Matters reported, Hannity gave Trump 13-and-a-half hours worth of interviews (including re-airs). The analysis did not include how many times Hannity discussed Trump in a positive manner without the GOP nominee present.
The alumni leaders of Cathedral High School in El Paso, Texas, will reportedly rescind an invitation for famed football coach Lou Holtz to speak at an upcoming fundraising gala because of his recent comments about immigrants. The former Notre Dame coach’s speaking gig recently came under fire from the El Paso Times editorial board, which noted that acceptance of immigrants is central to Cathedral’s mission, as the school welcomes students from nearby Juarez, Mexico. The newspaper recalled how Holtz “lobbed hate-filled rhetoric at immigrants” during a pro-Donald Trump political event last month in Cleveland. “I don’t want to become you,” the ex-coach said of immigrants living in the United States. “I don’t want to speak your language, I don’t want to celebrate your holidays, I sure as hell don’t want to cheer for your soccer team!” According to Times reporter Bob Moore, the school—a Catholic Lasallian college preparatory school—decided Wednesday to cancel Holtz as a speaker.
A lawsuit that challenges the congressional district map of Maryland, drawn up by Democratic lawmakers following the 2010 census, will go forward, according to a three-judge panel which came down with a ruling on Wednesday. The redistricting basically ensured that seven of the state's eight congressional seats would remain under Democratic control. Steve Shapiro, the American University law student who filed the suit, alleges that the map violates the rights of 6th District Republican voters to political assocation and expression. It was first thrown out by a federal judge but the Supreme Court let Shapiro have a hearing with a three-judge panel.
The Chicago White Sox announced Wednesday that U.S. Cellular Field will change its name to Guaranteed Rate Field. A new, 13-year naming rights deal between the American League ball club and the national mortage lender will last until at least 2030, with a team option to extend beyond that. The Sox did not immediately disclose how much Guaranteed Rate paid for the naming rights. The stadium was originally and most famously known as Comiskey Park from 1991 until 2002 before naming rights were bought by U.S. Cellular in 2003.
Saturday Night Live comedienne and Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones became the victim of another round of internet abuse Wednesday when her website was hacked and nude photographs were leaked. After breaching Jones’s website, the hacker published nude photos along with images of her driver’s license and passport, effectively leaking her personal information to the web. Revealing a seemingly racist motive behind the attack, the hacker also published a video of Harambe—the gorilla shot and killed at the Cincinnati Zoo this summer—at the top Jones’s site. Just last month, Jones was the victim of a hate-filled Twitter attack, led by white-nationalist star troll Milo Yiannopoulos, which included posts comparing the 48-year-old black woman to a gorilla. After the attack, Jones met with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to discuss ridding the social-media service of its many abusive users.
In an article published by Nature World News on Wednesday, researchers announced the discovery of a new “Earth-like” planet orbiting a star not far from our sun. The planet has not been named yet, but was found circling the star Proxima Centauri—a “cool, tiny red dwarf” scientists have long suspected might be capable of having a planet in its orbit. The unnamed planet, known as Proxima b, is reported to orbit within Proxima Centauri’s “habitable zone” and is a only a short distance of 4.25 light-years away from Earth. Scientists estimate the planet receives enough radiation to retain a surface temperature of around -40° Fahrenheit. Based on what is known about other red dwarf star planets, Proxima b is likely rocky and has one side constantly left in darkness. Scientists are unsure whether it is in fact capable of supporting alien life, but it is believed it could have a surface “capable of holding liquid water” and sustaining life forms.