Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmán was found guilty on Tuesday of crimes spanning more than a quarter of a century, during which prosecutors said he smuggled more than 200 tons of cocaine into the U.S.After a nearly three-monthlong trial and six days of deliberations, a New York jury found the alleged Sinaloa cartel leader guilty of all counts he was tried on.Guzmán, 61, now faces life in prison.More than 56 prosecution witnesses were called to the stand at the heavily-secured federal courthouse in Brooklyn over the course of 35 days.The seven women and five men of the jury listened to movie-esque tales of brutal murders of cartel enemies, political payoffs, elaborate schemes to traffic drugs, two brazen escapes that almost became three and even a love triangle. 35 PHOTOS Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman See Gallery Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman Mexico's top drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted as he arrives at Long Island MacArthur airport in New York, … [Read more...] about Drug kingpin Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán found guilty of funneling tons of narcotics into the U.S.
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WASHINGTON, Dec 10 (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected appeals by Louisiana and Kansas seeking to end public funding by those states to Planned Parenthood, a national women's healthcare and abortion provider, through the Medicaid program.The justices left intact lower court rulings that prevented the two states from stripping government healthcare funding from local Planned Parenthood affiliates.Three conservative justices, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch, dissented from the decision by the nine-member court, saying it should have heard the appeals by the states.The case is one of a number of disputes working their way up to the Supreme Court over state-imposed restrictions on abortion. The two states did not challenge the constitutionality of abortion itself.Planned Parenthood's affiliates in Louisiana do not perform abortions, but some in Kansas do. Medicaid, the state-federal health insurance program for low-income Americans, pays for abortions only … [Read more...] about U.S. top court rebuffs state bids to cut Planned Parenthood funds
When it comes to innovations. Nintendo is one of the first names to pop into mind in the gaming industry. With great reputation though comes problems and Nintendo is facing another one right now. The International Trade Commission has filed an investigation into Nintendo Switch over patent infringement. The official USITC statement indicates that a ” certain portable gaming console systems with attachable handheld controllers” aka the Nintendo Switch will be going into an investigation after a suit filed by GameVice, a California-based company that made an attachable controller accessory for tablets and other mobile devices. The official statement reads: “The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain portable gaming console systems with attachable handheld controllers and components thereof. The products at issue in the investigation are controller systems with parts that attach to … [Read more...] about Nintendo Switch Under Investigation Over Patent Violation By The International Trade Commission
Three game companies, including free-to-play giant Nexon, have been penalised by South Korea's Fair Trade Commission over the use of loot boxes. Nexon, NextFloor and Netmarble have been fined a total of around $1m over deceptive in-game item sales, including randomized loot boxes. Nexon suffers the brunt of that figure, with its share coming in at $875,000.In Nexon's case, the FTC's move was prompted by a recent Sudden Attack event called Celebrity Count, which featured loot boxes worth 900 won each (around 85 cents) containing items of random value. Crucially, every purchased loot box during the event came with two puzzle pieces. When all 16 puzzle pieces were collected, certain in-game benefits would be granted.According to a report in Korea Herald, the 16 pieces were believed to be rewarded at random (meaning double ups could occur), and yet, some pieces were so rare that their chances of appearing were as little as 0.5 percent. According to the FTC, one customer spent 460,000 won … [Read more...] about Nexon has been fined by the Korean Fair Trade Commission over loot boxes
U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan has called on the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to protect consumers, and children in particular, by taking a more in-depth look at loot box practices in video games. Hassan outlined her concerns during a recent Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee hearing, revealing she's already written to the ESRB asking the organization to do more to protect kids and inform parents about the potential dangers of loot boxes. During the hearing, Hassan also asked three FTC commissioner nominees whether they'd be willing to look at loot boxes as an independent issue if they are elected. All three answered with a resounding 'yes,' and agreed that loot boxes -- which ask players to spend real-world or in-game currency on a randomized reward -- create problems that warrant genuine concern. "In the past, the FTC has looked at video games, issuing a report on the … [Read more...] about U.S. Senator calls on ESRB and FTC to review loot box practices