National News at a Glance
Posted May 24, 2018 10:21 p.m. EDT
Weinstein Will Be Charged With Rape in New York, Officials Say
Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced movie mogul, is expected to surrender to the police in Manhattan on Friday on charges that he raped one woman and forced another to perform oral sex on him, law enforcement officials said. Weinstein, 66, had until recently seemed untouchable, harnessing his wealth and his influence in the movie industry to intimidate women out of speaking publicly. As part of a bail package negotiated in advance, Weinstein will put up $1 million in cash and will agree to wear a monitoring device. His travel will be restricted and he will surrender his passport.
Trump’s Lawyer and Chief of Staff Appear at Briefings on FBI’s Russia Informant
President Donald Trump’s chief of staff and a White House lawyer representing him in the Russia investigation were present Thursday at the start of two classified meetings requested by members of Congress to review sensitive material about the FBI’s use of an informant in the inquiry. The two left both meetings after sharing introductory remarks “to relay the president’s desire for as much openness as possible under the law.” But their presence infuriated Democrats, and legal experts said their visit, at the least, could give the appearance that the White House abused its authority to gain insight into an investigation that implicates the president.
School Bus Driver Charged With Homicide After Deadly Crash
The driver of the school bus that crashed in northwest New Jersey last week, killing a fifth-grader and a teacher on a field trip, was charged Thursday with vehicular homicide, prosecutors and the State Police said. Hudy Muldrow, 77, was transporting 44 passengers from a middle school in Paramus, New Jersey, when his bus collided with a dump truck on Interstate 80 in Mount Olive. Miranda Vargas, 10, a student at East Brook Middle School, and Jennifer Williamson, 51, a longtime teacher at the school, died in the crash. Everybody else on board, including Muldrow, was taken to a hospital, some with serious injuries.
Border Patrol Agent Kills Woman Who Crossed Border Illegally, Authorities Say
A Border Patrol agent shot and killed a woman who had crossed the border illegally Wednesday in Texas after the officer came under attack, authorities said. The officer was in a culvert on a street in Rio Bravo when a group of unauthorized immigrants started to hit him with “blunt objects,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection said. The officer, whose name was not released, fired at least one shot, fatally striking the woman in the head. A woman who lives next door to the shooting site disputed the agency’s account, saying that the property does not have a culvert and that she did not see any weapons the group could have used.
Boston Globe Finds Itself Uncomfortably in the News
The Boston Globe, New England’s largest newspaper, said it was investigating a suggestion made on Twitter by a former employee that its top editor, Brian McGrory, had sent an inappropriate text message. McGrory issued a statement to the staff Wednesday night denying harassing the former employee or anyone else at the newspaper. In his statement, McGrory said, “I fully realize the toll this has taken on the newsroom, the distraction it has caused and the questions it has understandably raised.” He asked employees to remain focused on their work. The former employee, Hilary Sargent, this week posted Twitter messages suggesting that McGrory had sexually harassed her.
A Kentucky Town Votes Against a Culture War Rematch
It was supposed to be one of the biggest political showdowns in Kentucky: Kim Davis, clerk of Rowan County, running against David Ermold, the gay man she denied a marriage license to three years ago. Since Ermold announced he was running for county clerk in December, he drew supporters far and wide. This was a campaign, he said before the primary, for “redemption and how our county will be remembered.” But when the votes were counted Tuesday night in the Democratic primary, the opportunity to face Davis, the Republican incumbent, in the November general election fell to Elwood Caudill Jr., chief deputy in the county property valuation office.