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Court shuts down CIA torture flights lawsuit

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SAN FRANCISCO — A Boeing Co subsidiary prevailed on Wednesday against a lawsuit alleging it had helped the CIA illegally transport prisoners to secret facilities overseas, a federal appeals court has ruled.

The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco dismissed the lawsuit against Jeppesen Dataplan Inc, finding that rules protecting state secrets made it impossible for the litigation to proceed. The U.S. Department of Justice intervened in the case on behalf of Jeppesen.

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A group of plaintiffs represented by the American Civil Liberties Union claimed that they were tortured in the foreign prisons. An earlier three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit had allowed the lawsuit, but the fuller court voted 6-5 on Wednesday to dismiss the case.

“We … acknowledge that this case presents a painful conflict between human rights and national security,” 9th Circuit Judge Raymond Fisher wrote.

A Jeppesen spokesman referred questions to the Justice Department, which declined to comment. On cases involving state secrets the Obama administration has often taken legal positions consistent with those of its Republican predecessor.

ACLU staff attorney Ben Wizner said the organization “absolutely” intends to seek U.S. Supreme Court review of the case.

“If the U.S. does not provide for judicial remedies, it is all the more likely that foreign judges and prosecutors will reopen and reinvigorate their investigations into the crimes alleged in this case,” he said.

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The case in the 9th Circuit is Mohamed v. Jeppesen Dataplan, 08-15693.

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Rudy Giuliani’s daughter announces her support for Biden/Harris

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The daughter of former NYC Mayor and current Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani has endorsed Joe Biden's presidential bid.

Caroline Rose Giuliani, 31, tweeted a photo of herself with Harris on Tuesday with the caption “an excellent day for a repost from this bleeding [heart] of mine #bidenharris2020 #removetrump.” She also shared a donation link in a subsequent tweet, calling on people to “help start turning this sh*t around!! It’s a matter of life or (many) death(s) at this point."

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Bill Maher shrugs off Trump’s rant after the president says the HBO host ‘looks terrible’

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday lashed out at comedian Bill Maher, after the HBO host conducted a fake eulogy of the president on his "Real Time" show.

“Watched @billmaher last week for the first time in a long time. He’s totally SHOT, looks terrible, exhausted, gaunt, and weak. If there was ever a good reason for no shutdown, check out this jerk. He never had much going for him, but whatever he did have is missing in action!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

Maher had a simple response on Twitter: "Really? This is what the president of the United States does with his time?"

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R. Kelly associates charged with intimidating singer’s accusers

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Federal prosecutors on Wednesday announced the arrests of three alleged associates of R. Kelly, saying that they used harassment and threats to try to silence women accusing the disgraced singer of sex crimes.

For more than a year the artist born Robert Sylvester Kelly has been awaiting trial in several states for alleged wrongdoings including sex crimes against minors and child pornography.

He has pleaded not guilty to all charges, which range across the states of Illinois, Minnesota and New York.

In filings released Wednesday, prosecutors say three members of the artist's circle -- Richard Arline Jr., Donnell Russell and Michael Williams -- have been engaged in separate bids to silence Kelly's accusers in the New York racketeering case against him through intimidation, harassment and bribery.

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