LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities waited for a search warrant outside singer Chris Brown’s Los Angeles home Tuesday after a getting a woman’s call for help, officials said. Inside, the entertainer, who has a history of legal problems, posted videos to social media declaring his innocence.
The call came in around 3 a.m. from outside the sprawling hillside property in the San Fernando Valley area, police Lt. Chris Ramirez told reporters. Ramirez didn’t say what assistance the woman needed.
“Detectives are trying to make contact with Mr. Brown,” Ramirez said. They also want to talk with the woman and any witnesses, he said.
Police were waiting for a judge to approve a search warrant, Officer Lyle Knight told The Associated Press. Several police cars were parked outside the home.
Meanwhile, Brown posted a least three online videos dismissing TV reports that he was barricaded inside.
“I don’t care. Y’all gonna stop playing with me like I’m the villain out here, like I’m going crazy,” Brown said in one Instagram video, waving a cigarette and looking at the camera. “When you get the warrant or whatever you need to do, you’re going to walk right up in here and you’re going to see nothing. You idiots.”
Calls and emails seeking comments from Brown’s lawyer and other representatives were not returned Tuesday.
Brown, who won a Grammy for his 2011 album “F.A.M.E.,” has been in repeated legal trouble since his felony conviction in the 2009 assault of his then-girlfriend, Rihanna. After several missteps, he completed his probation in that case last year.
In 2013, Brown struck a man outside a Washington, D.C., hotel and was charged with misdemeanor assault. The singer was ordered into rehab but was dismissed from the facility for violating its rules. He spent 2½ months in custody, with U.S. marshals shuttling him between Los Angeles and the nation’s capital for court hearings.
In another incident while in treatment, Brown was accused of throwing a brick at his mother’s car following a counseling session. It came after Brown had completed court-ordered anger management classes.
In January, a Las Vegas woman alleged that Brown hit her and took her cellphone. Police investigated but did not find evidence to file charges.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – A federal judge in Kansas has thrown out a Muslim inmate’s lawsuit that accused a county jail of violating the convicted killer’s religious rights.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reports U.S. Magistrate Judge David J. Waxse in Topeka dismissed Eddie Gordon Sr.’s 2014 lawsuit against the Shawnee County Jail and its administrators.
Acting as his own attorney, Gordon alleged he wasn’t fed for 28 hours during the season of Ramadan, when Muslims for 30 days fast from dawn until after sunset. He also said jail officials served him cold, unbearable meals so close to his prayer time that he couldn’t eat them before fasting.
Waxse dismissed the lawsuit after Gordon failed to show in a timely manner how the alleged conduct harmed him physically or intentionally interfered with his religion.
WASHINGTON (MEDIA GENERAL) — Two Washington rainmakers find themselves in make or break moments today as insurgent primary challengers try to knock them off their powerful perches.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz) and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) both entered this election cycle relatively strong, only to later find themselves facing primary opponents who pose real electoral threats.
Congress is notoriously unpopular. Its current approval rating is a whopping 18 percent.
But sitting D.C. legislators are surprisingly successful when it comes to having their own backs, winning approximately 95 percent of congressional re-election races.
Today’s two races could point to a termination or continuation of that trend.McCain’s Sixth Term
John McCain, 80, survived five years as a Vietnam prisoner of war and triumphed in five back-to-back Senate bids.
Will he be able to hold on for a sixth term?
All signs point to yes.
McCain led opponent Dr. Kelli Ward by double-digits in the latest CNN poll of likely GOP voters. The longtime senator received 55 percent of support compared to Ward’s 29 percent.
But Ward is not going down without a fight.
Just last week, Ward, a physician by trade, told MSNBC that McCain has “gotten weak, he’s gotten old” and warned that as a professional, “I do know what happens to the body and the mind at the end of life.”
If McCain prevails, his sixth term would last through his 86th birthday.
Arizona uses an open primary system, meaning independents, who may lean toward a more moderate candidate like McCain, will be permitted to vote in his race.
In a theoretical general election November matchup against Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz.), Real Clear Politics estimates that McCain would have an eight-point advantage.Florida Infighting
The leader of the Democratic National Committee rarely finds themselves in a street fight for their own political survival — much less at the hands of a challenger from their own party.
But that is precisely where Debbie Wasserman Schultz stands today.
Tim Canova, backed by former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, is challenging the Florida congresswoman who’s been in office since 2005.
Following the suspected Russian hack of DNC emails, the contents of which indicated that party leaders aided Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid and were devastatingly revealed just ahead of the Democratic National Convention in July, led to Wasserman Schultz’s ouster as her party’s leader.
Sanders pledged to oversee Wasserman Schultz’s demise and has followed through with great enthusiasm.
Supporters of the Democratic-Socialist senator followed suit with “a whopping $3.8 million dollars worth of Berniecrat anger at Wasserman Schultz,” reports NBC News.
Despite the big bucks and impassioned Sanders crowd, Wasserman Schultz is still projected to win today’s race.
A recent poll by the South Florida Sun Sentinel gave Wasserman Schultz a 10-point lead over Canova (50-40).Significance for 2016
If both incumbents ultimately survive their primary challenges, it would be an encouraging sign for other lawmakers who feared being swept away in this unpredictable Year of Trump.
Freshman Florida Sen. Marco Rubio also faces a primary today and is expected to win.
Voters clearly want change, but maybe not a complete sea change.
This trend would also be a welcome sign for Clinton, since her candidacy is widely seen as an extension of President Barack Obama’s progressive two terms, unlike Trump’s bulldoze-the-place campaign pitch.
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma woman accused of killing her daughter by forcing a crucifix down her throat told police she believed the 33-year-old woman had been possessed by the devil.
KFOR-TV (http://bit.ly/2bG9vQL ) reports that police went to the suspect’s Oklahoma City home Saturday afternoon and found Geneva Gomez dead on the ground with a crucifix placed on her chest. Officers say they found Gomez’s body arranged in the shape of a cross.
Court records say 49-year-old Juanita Gomez told police she believed her daughter was possessed by the devil. She said she punched her daughter and forced a crucifix and a religious medallion down her throat.
The woman faces a first-degree murder charge and is being held without bond.
BERLIN (AP) — Scientists have found evidence to support what many dog owners have long believed: man’s best friend really does understand some of what we’re saying.
Researchers in Hungary scanned the brains of dogs as they were listening to their trainer speaking to determine which parts of the brain they were using.
They found that dogs processed words with the left hemisphere, while intonation was processed with the right hemisphere — just like humans.
What’s more, the dogs only registered that they were being praised if the words and intonation were positive; meaningless words spoken in an encouraging voice, or meaningful words in a neutral tone, didn’t have the same effect.
“Dog brains care about both what we say and how we say it,” said lead researcher Attila Andics, a neuroscientist at Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest. “Praise can work as a reward only if both word meaning and intonation match.”
Andics said the findings suggest that the mental ability to process language evolved earlier than previously believed and that what sets humans apart from other species is the invention of words.
“The neural capacities to process words that were thought by many to be uniquely human are actually shared with other species,” he said. “This suggests that the big change that made humans able to start using words was not a big change in neural capacity.”
While other species probably also have the mental ability to understand language like dogs do, their lack of interest in human speech makes it difficult to test, said Andics.
Dogs, on the other hand, have socialized with humans for thousands of years, meaning they are more attentive to what people say to them and how.
The study was published in the journal Science.
Andics also noted that all of the dogs were awake, unrestrained and happy during the tests. “They participated voluntarily,” he said.