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Why photos of Kobe Bryant’s deceased body were shown at a bar

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The deputy who took close-up photos of Kobe Bryant’s body says he “didn’t do anything wrong”

A civil lawsuit is underway into grim photos of the late NBA great, Kobe Bryant, that were reportedly shown in “irrelevant” settings, including a bar.

Bryant’s widow, Vanessa, is claiming photos of the helicopter crash that killed her husband and young daughter, Gianna, were shared outside the investigation by fire and Sheriff’s Department employees.

The fatal helicopter crash on January 26, 2020 took the lives of nine people.

Kobe & Gianna in 2019.

In total, about 25 up-close photos of the crash and human remains from the helicopter crash were documented by firefighters.

According to Deputy Douglas Johnson who took the photos, he was instructed to do so by Deputy Raul Versales at the command post.

Deputy Douglas Johnson
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However, Versales has denied ever making that instruction. Versales says everyone at “command post, including myself, we did not request photographs.”

Vanessa Bryant’s Attorney’s pointed this out to Johnson in front of the jury.

Are you aware that deputy Versales has denied asking you to take photos on January 26, 2020?”

Eric Tuttle, an attorney for Bryant

“I am not,”

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The photos were then reportedly shared in casual settings and were they shown to people outside of the investigation.

A former emergency medical technician, Luella Weireter, has testified to seeing L.A. county firefighter, Tony Imbrenda, circulate photos of Bryant’s remains on his phone at the Golden Mike Awards show. 

The trail is set to last two weeks, with Vanessa Bryant set to face the officials responsible.

 

Vanessa Bryant leaving court

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How the U.S. could respond to a Ukraine nuclear blast

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As concerns grow over Russian President Vladimir Putin’s nuclear saber-rattling, what would a U.S. response look like?

While U.S. officials have stressed there are plans being developed to counter a range of moves by Moscow, they have thus far kept specifics under wraps.

Here are some of the options reportedly under consideration:

1. Economic sanctions: This is seen as the least provocative option, and one that would likely have the most international support. It would also be the easiest to implement, as the Treasury Department has already put together a list of high-profile Russian individuals and entities that could be targeted.

2. Military action: While not off the table, this is considered a last resort due to the risks involved. Possible scenarios include positioning additional U.S. troops and equipment in NATO countries bordering Russia, or carrying out precision strikes on Russian targets in Ukraine.

3. Cyberattacks: Stuxnet-style malware could be used to take down critical infrastructure inside Russia, or disruptive attacks could be launched against government websites and other online resources.

4. Forcefully breaking up Russia’s energy exports: This would involve using diplomatic and economic pressure to dissuade European countries from buying oil and gas from Russia, which is its main source of revenue.

 

5. Supporting regime change in Moscow: While this option is not being actively pursued by the Biden administration, some hawkish lawmakers have called for it. This would likely involve funding opposition groups inside Russia and working to foment popular discontent with Putin’s rule.

 

With tensions between the U.S. and Russia at their highest levels since the end of the Cold War, it’s clear that somethingneeds to be done to prevent further escalation.

The question is, what? economic sanctions, military action, cyberattacks, breaking up Russia’s energy exports, or regime change in Moscow?

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Biden says nuclear ‘armageddon’ threat is back

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U.S. President says the nuclear ‘armageddon’ threat is back for first time since Cuban Missile Crisis

The president was speaking at a fundraiser event, where he said Russian President Vladimir Putin was “not joking when he spoke about the use of tactical nuclear weapons.

U.S. officials have been warning that Russia could use weapons of mass destruction in Ukraine.

But they believe there’s been no change to Russia’s nuclear forces for the time being.

It comes as the leaders of more than 40 European nations convened in Prague to discuss Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Ukraine’s leader Volodymyr Zelensky spoke via video link.

UK Prime Minister Liz Truss says the summit is “not about moving closer to Europe” but “about working with Europe”.

When pressed about her working relationship with Macron, Truss admitted he is a ‘friend’.

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Spectator dead following violent clashes at a football stadium

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One person has died in clashes at an Argentinian football stadium

Police fired rubber bullets and tear gas to stop fans from pushing into the crowded venue.

But that wasn’t enough, with many fans squeezing through fencing to escape the violence and get onto the field.

The incident took place around 50 kilometres south of the nation’s capital

The game was suspended nine minutes into play.

A 57-year-old man experienced cardiac arrest while being transferred from the stadium to the hospital.

It comes five days after 131 people died in a stampede prompted by Indonesian police firing tear gas inside a stadium.

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