Girlfriend Morrone defends age gap of 23 years with DiCaprio

Leonardo Dicaprio’s girlfriend Camila Morrone has spoken out to defend their relationship. The 22-year-old model and actor referenced her romance with the 45-year-old in a new interview with the ‘Los Angeles Times’. Morrone, who has received praise for her breakout role in independent film ‘Mickey And The Bear’, said she did not understand the criticism of their 23-year age difference. […]

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Putin likely 'joyful' about Ukraine theory: Former US envoy to Russia

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – President Donald Trump’s former ambassador to Russia said Mr Vladimir Putin is likely “joyful” about the renewed prominence of a debunked conspiracy theory that Ukraine was responsible for meddling in the 2016 election, which experts consider Russian disinformation. “He’s probably joyful that he has the world talking about something he may have been behind,” Mr […]

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Chase with stolen UPS truck in Florida ends with shootout, 4 dead

MIAMI (AP) – A law enforcement official says four people, including a UPS driver, were killed Thursday (Dec 5) after robbers stole the driver’s truck and led police on a chase that ended in gunfire at a busy Florida intersection during rush hour. Both robbers were shot and killed, and the fourth victim was in a nearby vehicle when shots […]

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Black Hawk helicopter missing after takeoff in Minnesota

ST CLOUD, MINNESOTA (AP) – The Minnesota National Guard says a Black Hawk helicopter with three people aboard is missing after taking off in central Minnesota. Guard Master Sgt Blair Heusdens said the Guard lost contact with the helicopter shortly after it took off on a maintenance test flight from St Cloud on Thursday afternoon (Dec 5). Sgt Heusdens said […]

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Uber reports 3,000 sexual assault claims last year in its safety review

SAN FRANCISCO (BLOOMBERG) – Uber found more than 3,000 allegations of sexual assaults involving drivers or passengers on its platform in the US last year, part of an extensive and long-awaited review in response to public safety concerns. The ride-hailing company released an 84-page safety report on Thursday (Dec 5), seeking to quantify the misconduct and deaths that occur on […]

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Wedding websites curb promotion of US plantations

Four major US wedding planning websites will restrict the promotion of venues that idealise former slave plantations. Pinterest, the Knot Worldwide and Brides said they would limit plantation advertisements, in some cases removing adjectives that romanticise the venues such as “charming” or “elegant”. Planning platform Zola has removed all the listed plantations from its site. The changes follow calls from […]

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Trump Again Asks Supreme Court to Bar Release of His Financial Records

WASHINGTON — President Trump asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to hear a second case concerning a subpoena to his accounting firm for his financial records. The new petition, objecting to a subpoena from a House committee, follows a petition filed last month about a similar subpoena from Manhattan prosecutors. Both cases are moving fast, and the court could announce […]

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Evil parents who raped daughter, 2, jailed for life in ‘worst case ever seen’

A couple will spend the rest of their lives in jail after raping their toddler daughter and admitting fantasising about abusing their unborn child . Gerrad Coddington, 25, and Christina Nelson-Coddington, 29, who were sentenced for 29 child sex crimes, handcuffed, beat and sexually assaulted the tragic two-year-old. Their crimes included rape, child abuse, incest and making child sex abuse […]

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Former US secretary of state John Kerry endorses Joe Biden for president

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Former US secretary of state John Kerry, who lost to George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election, endorsed Joe Biden on Thursday (Dec 5) as the Democratic candidate for next year’s White House race. Kerry, 75, said the former vice-president to Barack Obama and longtime senator from Delaware “is the president our country desperately needs right […]

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How Much Damage Do Atmospheric Rivers Cause?

Good morning. (Want California Today delivered to your inbox? Sign up here.) It rained in Southern California again on Wednesday. The storm, Marty Ralph told me, was caused by an atmospheric river, a meteorological phenomenon you have been hearing more about lately as climate change drives bigger swings between tinder dry conditions and pounding rain. And although the rain caused […]

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