Furious Cosby erupts in court after guilty verdict

Associated Press NORRISTOWN, Pa. — Bill Cosby is lashing out at prosecutors after a jury convicted him of three counts of aggravated indecent assault. Cosby stood up and erupted after jurors left the courtroom. He used an expletive to refer to District Attorney Kevin Steele, who was arguing to revoke Cosby’s bail. Cosby shouted, “I’m sick of him!” Start your day with the news you need from the Bay Area and beyond. Sign up for our new Morning Report weekday newsletter. The judge ruled that Cosby will remain free pending sentencing. Cosby was convicted Thursday of drugging and molesting a woman 14 years ago. The 80-year-old entertainer stared straight ahead… Read More

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10 teens swept away to their deaths in Israeli desert

By Ruth Eglash | Washington Post JERUSALEM – A flash flood struck a group of 25 teenagers hiking in Israel’s southern desert Thursday, sweeping 10 of them to their deaths as an unseasonal storm hit the region, Israel’s police said in a statement. Nine of the teenagers’ bodies were recovered, officials said, after torrential rains swept over an area that is usually arid and dry. Volunteers, together with police and military search-and-rescue teams, were still searching for the tenth youth as nightfall set in. Start your day with the news you need from the Bay Area and beyond. Sign up for our new Morning Report weekday newsletter. Israeli media reported… Read More

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Maine sheriff to suspect in deputy killing: “Turn yourself in”

By MARINA VILLENEUVE, Associated Press NORRIDGEWOCK, Maine — A sheriff on Thursday urged a man sought in the killing of a deputy to turn himself in and warned a community to stay vigilant during a manhunt in what is believed to be the first slaying of a law enforcement officer in Maine in nearly 30 years. The fatal shooting of Somerset County Cpl. Eugene Cole on Wednesday in Norridgewock triggered an intensive search for 29-year-old John Williams in and around the heavily wooded rural community about 60 miles (96 kilometers) west of Bangor. “I’m asking John Williams, personally, if you are listening to my words today, I implore you to… Read More

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Disappearance of two teen girls stumped police for years. Then they learned about the Polaroids.

By Kyle Swenson | The Washington Post The accused killers kept the Polaroid photos as trophies, witnesses would later tell investigators. The frozen moments were reminders of what they had done – and useful threats to anyone who was thinking about talking. There were rumored to be about a dozen pictures, secreted away in a soft leather briefcase. In some images, the two missing 16-year-old girls were bound and gagged, thrown together on a bed, facing one another. Others showed the teens duct taped to chairs. Although law enforcement in Oklahoma never discovered the photos, the lost images were burned into the memory of enough witnesses to serve as vital… Read More

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Climate change could make thousands of tropical islands “uninhabitable” in coming decades, new study says

More than a thousand low-lying tropical islands risk becoming “uninhabitable” by the middle of the century – or possibly sooner – because of rising sea levels, upending the populations of some island nations and endangering key U.S. military assets, according to startling new research published Wednesday. The threats to the islands are twofold. In the long term, the rising seas threaten to inundate the islands entirely. More immediately, as seas rise, the islands will more frequently deal with large waves that crash farther onto the shore, contaminating their drinkable water supplies with ocean saltwater, according to the research. The islands’ face climate-change-driven threats to their water supplies “in the very… Read More

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“It’s been 39 years of waiting”: Youngest victim of East Area Rapist speaks out about his arrest

WALNUT CREEK — Mary was sitting in her kitchen Wednesday morning, sewing a quilt for her nephew’s unborn daughter, when the television show she was half listening to broke away for a special report: “East Area Rapist arrested.” “I had to stop what I was doing… I was like, ‘What?!’ ” she said, her voice shaking amid a wave of mixed emotions. “It’s been 39 years of waiting. That’s an awfully long time.” Almost four decades ago, the 13-year-old girl became the youngest victim of the notorious East Area Rapist — later also known as the Golden State Killer and Original Night Stalker. About 4 a.m. on June 25, 1979… Read More

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