A new civil lawsuit alleges Harvey Weinstein raped a 17-year-old in the 1990s

A new civil lawsuit alleges Harvey Weinstein raped a 17-year-old in the 1990s

Four women identified as Jane Does filed a lawsuit against disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein Thursday, alleging he sexually assaulted them. The allegations include the story of one woman who says Weinstein raped her in 1994 when she was about 17. 

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Oldest ‘nearly complete’ HIV genome found in forgotten tissue sample from 1966

Oldest 'nearly complete' HIV genome found in forgotten tissue sample from 1966

The oldest known nearly complete gene sequence from the HIV strain that spread across the world has been found in a tissue sample from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a new study finds. The tissue sample was taken and preserved in 1966, making this HIV sequence 10 years older than the previous oldest genome, which came from a blood sample taken in 1976 in the DRC. Gene sequences like these – which come from before the virus that causes AIDS was discovered in 1983 – help pinpoint the timing of genetic mutations in the virus.

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South Korea closes schools again as cases jump

South Korea closes schools again as cases jump

More than 200 schools in South Korea have been forced to close just days after they re-opened, due to a new spike in virus cases. Thousands of students had earlier on Wednesday returned to school as the country began easing virus restrictions. But just a day later, 79 new cases were recorded, the highest daily figure in two months. Most of these cases have been linked to a distribution centre outside Seoul.

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Up to 130 people come forward claiming they could be child of Epstein, whose fortune is worth £470m

Up to 130 people come forward claiming they could be child of Epstein, whose fortune is worth £470m

More than 100 people claim they could be the offspring of the deceased financier Jeffrey Epstein, who is thought to have had a personal fortune of around £470m. A DNA company, which set up a website called epsteinheirs.com, said as many as 130 people had come forward – including a number of Britons – since the site’s launch.

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Evidence that curtailing proactive policing can reduce major crime

Evidence that curtailing proactive policing can reduce major crime

Using the 2014 New York Police Department slowdown as a natural experiment, the authors show that civilian complaints of major crime decreased during and after reductions in proactive policing, which challenges existing research on the topic. (PDF)

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1 in 5 people tested in New York City had antibodies for the coronavirus

1 in 5 people tested in New York City had antibodies for the coronavirus

Nearly 1 in 7 people in New York who were randomly tested for coronavirus antibodies turned out to have them, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today (April 23). In New York City, the number is even higher: About 1 in 5 people tested positive for antibodies to SARS-CoV-2. If those early results translate to the rest of the New York population, that would mean about 2.7 million people across the state would have been infected.

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Trump threatens to pull Republican convention out of North Carolina

Trump threatens to pull Republican convention out of North Carolina

President Donald Trump began a solemn Memorial Day railing against North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, ahead of the 2020 Republican National Convention, threatening to pull it out of Charlotte, where the convention is expected to be held August 24 to 27. Trump contended that Cooper is "unable to guarantee" that the arena can be filled to capacity.

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Parrot ‘who heard victim’s last words’ to give evidence in rape and murder trial

Parrot 'who heard victim's last words' to give evidence in rape and murder trial

The comments of a parrot may be used in an upcoming rape and murder trial. Elizabeth Toledo, 46, was raped and then killed in the city of San Fernando, Argentina in December 2018. At the end of the month a police officer was guarding the crime scene when they heard a parrot say "Ay, no, Por favour, soltame!" ("No, please, let me go"), Clarin reports.

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