The former co-director of the Kabbalah Center, a spiritual group whose brand of Jewish mysticism has drawn numerous celebrity adherents but also controversy, went on trial on Tuesday in a lawsuit brought by a follower who says he groped her. Yehuda Berg, 43, son of the late rabbi who founded the organization, was called as the first witness in the trial, testifying he struggled with drug and alcohol addiction that led to his resignation from leadership in the group in 2014. In a lawsuit filed last year in Los Angeles Superior Court, Jena Scaccetti accused Berg of inviting her to his mother's apartment in 2012, plying her with alcohol and narcotic painkillers and making an unwanted sexual advance that included hugging her and fondling her leg.
A 24-year-old black man has died after being shot in the head by a Minneapolis police officer over the weekend, officials said on Tuesday, in an incident that has sparked protests and dozens of arrests. Community activists say that Jamar Clark was unarmed and handcuffed when he was shot shortly after midnight on Sunday. The deaths of unarmed black men and women in encounters with police in the United States over the past year have fueled protests nationwide and rekindled a national civil rights movement called Black Lives Matter.
New York state's top prosecutor on Tuesday filed for a temporary injunction that would shut down daily fantasy sports leaders DraftKings and FanDuel in the state in the latest blow to the fast-growing, multibillion-dollar industry. Daily fantasy sports gaming "is nothing more than a rebranding of sports betting," New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in legal documents filed in a Manhattan trial court. DraftKings, however, has pledged to continue running its business as usual in the state.
Philadelphia drivers know all too well parking in the city can be tough and costly. But now the Philadelphia Parking Authority is going high tech, to give drivers a new way to pay for parking, and hopefully cut back on tickets and towing.
A Florida man pleaded not guilty on Friday to charges that he illegally operated a bitcoin exchange owned by an Israeli who U.S. prosecutors say orchestrated a series of massive hacking attacks on companies including JPMorgan Chase & Co. Anthony Murgio, 31, pleaded not guilty in federal court in Manhattan to charges that he committed wire fraud and money laundering and operated an unlicensed money transmitting business. U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan set a trial date for Oct. 31, 2016.
There was much discussion in Lehigh County about a confrontation between students and police this past Friday in Allentown. Police had to break up the fight, but now some are saying the officers went too far.
U.S. defense stocks, already on the upswing following the recent budget deal, are expected to rise further if the Paris attack gives a fillip to rising international sales. Lockheed Martin Corp , Raytheon Co , and Northrop Grumman Corp are among companies poised to benefit the most, analysts said. The stocks have risen 4-5.1 percent since Friday's carnage in Paris.