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Houston jury rejects rape claim by former KBR employee

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In a closely-watched case, a Houston jury on Friday rejected the claim of a former employee of military contractor KBR that she had been drugged and raped by a group of co-workers in Iraq.

Jamie Leigh Jones had filed suit against KBR, its former parent company Halliburton, and former co-worker Charles Bortz, whom she named as one of her rapists. All three denied the allegations and Bortz insisted the sex had been consensual. Authorities had previously investigated Jones’ claims but declined to file criminal charges.

Jones acknowledged that she had no memory of the alleged rapes but claimed it was because she had been drugged prior to the assault. She had promoted her own case on her website and had asked for $145 million from KBR for allegedly failing to enforce its sexual harassment policies and not telling her of the danger of rape when she signed her employment contract.

KBR had attempted to keep the case from going to a jury trial, because Jones’ contract required arbitration in the case of workplace disputes, but a federal appeals court had ruled that she had the right to sue in court.

The Associated Press reports that “Jones was sobbing in the courtroom after the verdict was announced.”

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‘Bond is dead’: White dudes flip out over casting of a black woman as next Agent 007

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On Monday, the Daily Beast reported that the new 007 -- the special agent in the James Bond series -- will be portrayed by the black actress Lashana Lynch.

The announcement set off predictably racist and sexist reactions.

Perhaps the most prominent right-winger to voice his displeasure was Ben Shapiro, who complained that it didn't make sense for Bond to be a woman because of the character's signature seduction moves.

"Bond is about the guns and the girls," Shapiro said, noting that a woman in a seductive role was not realistic.

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REVEALED: The government just ‘dramatically’ expanded its investigation of Jeffrey Epstein

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Federal investigators have been able to “dramatically expand” their investigation into financier and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein as prosecutors bring sex trafficking charges against him, Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex Rossmiller said in court on Monday.

The government revealed the expansion of the case at the day’s bail hearing. In searching the defendant’s house, investigators found an old passport with Epstein picture and a fake name that listed Saudi Arabia as the location of his residence, the prosecutor said.

The judge was surprised at this revelation, NBC News reported, asking the attorney, “Say again?”

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Will Hurd becomes first GOP lawmaker to condemn Trump’s ‘racist and xenophobic’ attacks on Dems

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Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) on Monday became the first Republican lawmaker to unequivocally condemn President Donald Trump's racist attacks against four Democratic lawmakers.

When asked by CNN's Christiane Amanpour about Trump's weekend tweets, in which he told Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) to “go back” to their countries despite the fact that all four are American citizens, Hurd did not hold back on repudiating the president's statements.

"Those tweets are racist, and xenophobic," he said. "They’re also inaccurate. The four women he’s referring to are actually citizens of the United States."

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