Former Oklahoma police officer found guilty of serial rape

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10 Things to Know for TodayThe teenager’s mother clapped her hands and screamed with joy as she watched an Oklahoma City jury convict a former police officer of raping her daughter and sexually assaulting seven other women. OKLAHOMA CITY – A former Oklahoma City police officer was convicted Thursday of raping and sexually victimizing eight women on his police beat in a minority, low-income neighborhood.Daniel Holtzclaw’s conviction for raping or sexually assaulting eight women he encountered on his beat draws further attention to the problem of sexual misconduct by law enforcement officers examined by the AP in a yearlong probe.

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Negotiators from more than 190 countries are trying to do something that’s never been done: reach a deal for all countries to reduce man-made carbon emissions and cooperate to adapt to rising seas and increasingly extreme weather caused by human activity. Sentencing was set for January and he could face life in prison. “I didn’t do it,” said Holtzclaw, before he was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs. A jury found him guilty of 18 counts: four counts of first-degree rape, one count of second-degree rape, six counts of sexual battery, four counts of forcible oral sodomy and three counts of procuring lewd exhibition. Protesters who gathered outside the court earlier this week, demanded that the all-white jury convict the officer who is mixed race Asian and white, based on the physical evidence and the word of the 13 black women, who testified about how they were sexually assaulted.

The presidential hopeful’s image and name is removed from parts of a Dubai golf course and housing development amid the uproar over his comments about banning Muslims from traveling to the U.S. They said he did this because he did not think authorities would take the victims’ word over his if he had to defend himself against sexual assault allegations.

The tech giant’s hopes of ending years of bad publicity over whether its chip factories caused cancer have some sickened workers saying they won’t accept its conditional offer of financial assistance. Thirteen women took the stand in the trial, which began more than a month ago, telling jurors of sexual assaults that ranged from touching over their clothing to forced oral sex and rape.

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Holtzclaw’s father — a police officer in Enid, about 100 miles northwest of Oklahoma City — his mother and sister were in the courtroom as the verdict was read. Seven armed deputies were stationed around the room. “Justice was done today, and a criminal wearing a uniform is going to prison now,” Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater said. “In those counts where the not guilty verdicts came back, they determined that we didn’t prove those cases beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Most of them said Holtzclaw stopped them while out on patrol, searched them for outstanding warrants or checked to see if they were carrying drug paraphernalia, then forced himself on them. After receiving a report from a grandmother who said Holtzclaw forced her to perform oral sex during a traffic stop, police identified a dozen other women who said Holtzclaw had victimized them. But the couple never surfaced on law enforcement’s radar and Malik was able to enter the U.S. on a fiancée visa last year despite having professed radical views online. Meanwhile, the investigation into the shootings that left 14 dead last week continued in San Bernardino, where an FBI dive team searched a small, urban lake about 3 miles north of the shooting site. She pushed back at one point, telling him, “I’m really getting upset by the way you’re coming after me.” Her mother said her daughter didn’t want to talk about the case anymore, but that she was relieved about the conclusion of a “long journey to justice.” Several of Holtzclaw’s accusers had been arrested or convicted of crimes, and his attorney made those issues a cornerstone of his defense strategy.

She said she didn’t call the police because, “I’m calling the police on the police?” Holtzclaw allegedly pulled one woman over in her car and suspected her of drunken driving. The woman testified he let her park the car a few blocks away, then told her to get out and pull her pants down, and he raped her. “I saw what was going to happen,” she said. “There was nothing I could do. — Dow Chemical and the DuPont will attempt to merge in an all-stock deal that would create a colossal chemical producer worth $130 billion, before splitting into three separate companies. TORONTO — The first Canadian government plane carrying Syrian refugees arrived in Toronto late Thursday where they were greeted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who is pushing forward with his pledge to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of February.

Prater said he wanted a jury that was a “good cross-section of our community,” but defense attorneys eliminated every potential black juror during the selection process. “I don’t care what they look like, where they go to church, what god they worship, or how much money they make,” he said. “We stand up for people in this community.” Canada’s much more populous southern neighbor plans to take in just 10,000 Syrian refugees over the next year, and even that is provoking opposition. The flight from Jordan arrived just before midnight carrying the first of two large groups of Syrian refugees to arrive in the country by government aircraft.

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At issue is Samsung’s rejection of the mediator’s recommendations that an independent organization be established to oversee compensation and monitor safety and preventive measures at its factories. The mother said she believes the type of police crime brought to light by the Holtzclaw case “isn’t just a problem in Oklahoma — it’s a problem for the nation.” NEW YORK — Hillary Clinton says her husband wouldn’t be much use picking out flower arrangements for the White House, but if she’s elected president, he would come in handy as a host and adviser. “I’ll ask him about the economy, what we should do with dealing with a lot of difficult people in the world,” Clinton said on NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers” in a segment taped Thursday. Now, the gay poet has made a years-long dream come true — he is visiting Israel, Iran’s archenemy and a country known for its tolerance toward gays. But the 30-year-old Feili stands out not only because of his arrival in a country so at odds with his own, but because of his professed adoration for the state some Iranian leaders have dubbed a cancer and have called to be wiped off the map. “I still can’t believe I am here,” the soft-spoken Feili said in Farsi, speaking through his translator and the friend who brought him to Israel, Adi Liberman.

Feili, who has written nine books, many of them openly discussing homosexuality, escaped to Turkey last year when the Iranian government’s threats against him and his family became unbearable.

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