People are also talking about a crash outside parliament in London being treated as terrorism, Trump and Omarosa sparring over claim he used the N-word and a bridge collapse in Italy crushing cars during heavy storm
A horse was neglected by its owner. Now the horse is suing.
ESTACADA, Ore. • Justice is an 8-year-old American quarter horse who used to be named Shadow. And when he was named Shadow, he suffered. At a veterinarian's exam last year, he was 300 pounds underweight, his black coat lice-ridden, his skin scabbed and his genitals so frostbitten that they might still require amputation.
The horse had been left outside and underfed by his previous owner, who last summer pleaded guilty to criminal neglect. And now Justice, who today resides with other rescued equines on a quiet wooded farm within view of Oregon's Cascade mountains, is suing his former owner for negligence. In a lawsuit filed in his new name in a county court, the horse seeks at least $100,000 for veterinary care, as well as damages "for pain and suffering," to fund a trust that would stay with him no matter who is his caretaker.
The complaint is the latest bid in a quixotic quest to get courts to recognize animals as plaintiffs, something supporters and critics alike say would be revolutionary. The few previous attempts — including a recent high-profile case over whether a monkey can own a copyright — have failed, with judges ruling in various ways that the nonhumans lacked legal standing to sue. But Justice's case, the animal rights lawyers behind it contend, is built on court decisions and statutes that give it a stronger chance, particularly in a state with some of the nation's most progressive animal protection laws.
"There have been a lot of efforts to try to get animals not only to be protected but to have the right to go to court when their rights are violated," said Matthew Liebman, director of litigation at the Animal Legal Defense Fund, which filed the suit in Justice's name. Those "haven't found the right key to the courthouse door. And we're hopeful that this is the key."
These efforts have been made amid broad growth in legal protections and advocacy for animals. Three decades ago, few law schools offered courses in animal law; now, more than 150 do, and some states have created animal law prosecutorial units. All 50 states have enacted felony penalties for animal abuse. Connecticut last year became the first state to allow courts to appoint lawyers or law students as advocates in animal cruelty cases, in part because overburdened prosecutors were dismissing a majority of such cases.
These developments count as progress, animal rights lawyers say, in persuading lawmakers and courts to expand the traditional legal view of animals — as property — to reflect their role in a society in which dog-sitting is big business and divorces can involve cat custody battles.
"Our legislature acknowledged that people care a lot about animals, and that's something that's evolving and increasing," said Jessica Rubin, a University of Connecticut law professor who serves as an advocate in that state's cruelty cases. "The law, hopefully, is catching up to where our morals are."
Nebraska prepares for first U.S. execution using fentanyl
Authorities in Nebraska plan Tuesday morning to use the powerful opioid fentanyl to carry out a death sentence, an unprecedented move that comes as the state is preparing to resume executions for the first time in nearly a generation.
Nebraska is expecting a series of firsts Tuesday morning: the state's first execution in 21 years, its first lethal injection and the country's first death sentence carried out with fentanyl. Adding to the unusual situation, the state is just three years removed from its legislature briefly abolishing the death penalty, followed by voters overturning that decision the following year and reinstating capital punishment.
At the center of this is Carey Dean Moore, a 60-year-old inmate who has been on death row for more than half his life. Moore was sentenced to death for killing two Omaha cabdrivers in 1979. He has said he does not intend to stop his execution or want anyone else to intervene, to his lawyer's evident chagrin.
Barring a last-minute turnabout, Nebraska plans to execute Moore at 10 a.m. local time at the state penitentiary in Lincoln, the capital.
Moore's case has wound its way through the court system for nearly four decades, ever since the August 1979 slayings of Reuel Van Ness and Maynard Helgeland, both taxi drivers and Korean War veterans. Relatives of the men have said they are ready for an outcome in the case.
"Thirty-eight years has been long enough," Richelle Van Ness-Doran, Van Ness's daughter, recently told the Omaha World-Herald. "It's just prolonging this . . . it's like a slap in our face."
Moore has faced execution warrants before. He has also appeared, albeit briefly, to be heading toward a sentence of life in prison when the Nebraska legislature banned the death penalty in 2015.
To accomplish that, lawmakers overrode a veto from Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts, who had strongly criticized the decision. A group with considerable financial backing from Ricketts and his family pushed to have the issue added to the statewide ballot in 2016, where voters opted to keep it in place.
Whether Moore would be executed on Tuesday as scheduled was thrown into question last week when the drug company Fresenius Kabi filed a federal lawsuit accusing Nebraska of obtaining lethal injection drugs "through improper or illegal means." The company said it believed two of its products were going to be used to execute Moore, and it asked the a judge to block the state from using the drugs and order them returned.
One of the drugs cited in the lawsuit, potassium chloride, is intended to stop Moore's heart. Another drug, cisatracurium besylate, would paralyze his muscles. For the execution, Nebraska also plans to use diazepam, a sedative better known as Valium, and fentanyl, which has helped drive the opioid epidemic and would be used to render Moore unconscious.
"This experimental protocol would be subject to serious challenge over whether it would violate Moore's constitutional rights to be free from cruel and unusual punishment, if he were to elect to challenge it," Pickens said in one court filing.
Nebraska officials argued they obtained their drugs legally and legitimately. The officials also said they had no backup option to obtain more, adding that they were facing a ticking clock because the state's supply of potassium chloride expires at the end of August.
"Carey Dean Moore has been duly sentenced to death for the murders he committed and that sentence is final," the office of Nebraska Attorney General Douglas Peterson said in a court filing. "The people of Nebraska have chosen by a wide margin to retain capital punishment for Moore's crimes. Their government is prepared to carry out Moore's sentence and possesses the constitutional, lawfully-acquired means of doing so."
A federal district judge ruled against Fresenius Kabi last week. After a circuit court panel on Monday rejected the company's appeal, the firm said it would not seek further appeals in the case. Peterson's office declined to comment on the ruling.
How the execution will unfold remains to be seen, given the state's plans to use an unprecedented four-drug combination, said Deborah W. Denno, a Fordham University law professor and a death-penalty expert.
"We have no idea how it's going to play out in the execution process itself," Denno said. "All of these are risks. Here we have a state that hasn't executed in a very long time, it's using a four-drug formula, it's the first time the state is using lethal injection. I don't think Nebraska wins points by going down this route in the long run."
Aretha Franklin in hospice care, source says
The Queen of Soul is in hospice care. That devastating news was shared with CNN's Don Lemon by a source close to Aretha Franklin, who is being cared for at her home.
The 76-year-old musical icon's health had deteriorated in recent years, and she appeared frail in photos, but she kept her struggles private. Although she announced last year she would stop touring, she was still booking concerts. Her last known performance was at a private gala for the Elton John AIDS Foundation last November.
Franklin's contributions to music are almost immeasurable, many say the singer of such classics as "Respect" and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" is one of the greatest voices of our time.
Bridge collapses in Italy during heavy storm, crushing cars
A bridge over an industrial area in the Italian city of Genova partially collapsed during a sudden and violent storm on Tuesday, leaving vehicles crushed in the rubble below.
Italian media reported that there were deaths, but Maria Luisa Catalano, a police official in Genoa, said that authorities were still involved in rescue efforts and did not yet know the number of victims or injured.
The disaster occurred on a highway that connects Italy to France and other vacation resorts on the eve of a major Italian holiday on Wednesday, Ferragosto, and traffic would have been heavier than usual as many Italians traveled to beaches or mountains.
The transport minister, Danilo Toninelli, called the collapse "an enormous tragedy."
The private broadcaster Sky TG24 said that a 200-meter section of the Morandi Bridge collapsed over an industrial zone. Firefighters told The Associated Press that there are concerns about gas lines.
Photos published by the ANSA news agency on its website showed a huge gulf between two sections of the bridge.
Video captured the sound of a man screaming: "Oh god, oh, god." Other images showed a green truck that had stopped just meters (yards) short of the gaping hole in the bridge.
Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said some 200 firefighters were responding to the accident.
Crash outside parliament in London treated as terrorism
A car plowed into pedestrians and cyclists near the Houses of Parliament in London during the morning rush hour Tuesday, injuring three people in what police suspect is the latest in a string of vehicle-based attacks in the British capital.
Armed police flooded the area after the incident was reported at 7:37 a.m., hauling the driver from the vehicle, arresting him and cordoning off streets surrounding the heart of Britain's government. The nearby Westminster subway station was closed, and police asked people to stay away from the area.
"Given that this appears to be a deliberate act, the method and this being an iconic site, we are treating it as a terrorist incident," Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu of the Metropolitan Police Service told reporters outside Scotland Yard.
A man in his late 20s was arrested on suspicion of terrorism offenses. The suspect was not cooperating with police, and officers were trying to confirm his identity, said Basu, who oversees U.K. counterterrorism policing. No other suspects have been identified and police believe there is no further threat to Londoners, he said.
Eyewitnesses said the silver car was traveling at high speed when it hit pedestrians and cyclists, then crashed into a barrier designed to protect Parliament from vehicle attack. Two people were taken to local hospitals and another was treated at the scene. One woman remained hospitalized Tuesday afternoon, but her injuries aren't believed to be life threatening, authorities said.
Trump and Omarosa spar over claim he used N-word
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman faced off in a messy clash that involved an explosive tell-all book, secret recordings, an ethnic slur and plenty of insults — reviving their roles as reality show boss and villain.
Late Monday, Trump tackled Manigault Newman's claim that she had heard an audiotape of him using the N-word.
He tweeted that he had received a call from the producer of "The Apprentice" assuring him "there are NO TAPES of the Apprentice where I used such a terrible and disgusting word as attributed by Wacky and Deranged Omarosa."
Trump insisted, "I don't have that word in my vocabulary, and never have." He said Manigault Newman had called him "a true Champion of Civil Rights" until she was fired.
Manigault Newman, the former White House liaison to black voters, writes in her new memoir that she'd heard such tapes existed. She said Sunday that she had listened to one after the book closed.
Earlier, Trump accused Manigault Newman as "wacky" and "not smart" after his former co-star revealed her recording of a phone conversation with the president.
Beyond their war of words, the row touched on several sensitive issues in Trump's White House, including a lack of racial diversity among senior officials, security in the executive mansion, a culture that some there feel borders on paranoia and the extraordinary measures used to keep ex-employees quiet.
In an unusual admission, Trump acknowledged that the public sparring was perhaps beneath a person in his position, tweeting that he knew it was "not presidential" to take on "a lowlife like Omarosa." But he added: "This is a modern day form of communication and I know the Fake News Media will be working overtime to make even Wacky Omarosa look legitimate as possible. Sorry!"
The dispute has been building for days as Manigault Newman promotes her memoir "Unhinged," which comes out officially Tuesday. The book paints a damning picture of Trump, including her claim that he used racial slurs on the set of his reality show "The Apprentice."
In a series of interviews on NBC, Manigault Newman also revealed two audio recordings from her time at the White House, including portions of a recording of her firing by chief of staff John Kelly, which she says occurred in the high-security Situation Room, and a phone call with Trump after she was fired.
Manigault Newman says she has more recordings. Asked on MSNBC's "Hardball" if special counsel Robert Mueller — investigating possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia — would be interested in any of them, she said, "If his office calls again, anything they want, I'll share."