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Johnson & Johnson to pay $417m in baby powder, cancer connection lawsuit

A jury in California has decided that Johnson & Johnson will pay $417 million after a woman said that she developed ovarian cancer after using the company’s baby power.

The judgment came after a nearly one-month jury trial, the latest of several cases against the company. There have been about 2,000 claims that women developed illnesses after using Johnson’s & Johnson’s baby powder, USA Today reported.

The decision is the largest in a series of lawsuits against the company that makes the iconic product. The jury awarded $68 million in compensatory damages and $340 million in punitive damages, The Associated Press reported

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The woman at the center of the latest judgment, Eva Echeverria, said that the company knew of potential dangers for women who used talcum-based products for personal hygiene. Echeverria said that Johnson & Johnson did not warn the public about the risks.

Echeverria said she used the powder up to twice a day for four decades, continuing after her 2007 diagnosis of ovarian cancer. She stopped using it in 2016 when she heard about a woman who said she became ill after using the powder and filed suit against Johnson & Johnson, USA Today reported.

Her lawyer said that the company had paperwork that dated back to 1964 that showed that officials knew that there was a risk of ovarian cancer if women used talcum powder for feminine hygiene.

A woman in Virginia was awarded $110.5 million in a similar case earlier this year.

Three other women had been awarded more than $300 million in their cases in the recent past, USA Today reported.

Johnson & Johnson officials said the company will appeal the decision as it has done previously, the BBC reported.

Man accused of killing Florida police officers told detectives he did 'a bad thing,' report says

A charging affidavit has given a clearer picture of what might have happened the night two Kissimmee, Florida, police officers were gunned down.

>> Watch the news report here

According to the affidavit, Officer Matthew Baxter notified dispatch late Friday that he was “out with three black males” near Palmway and Cypress streets in Kissimmee.

He asked for a supervisor to respond.

Sgt. Sam Howard arrived at the scene, and there were no more radio transmissions after that.

>> On Read: Police escort body of slain Kissimmee police sergeant

A short time later, people in the area began calling 911 to report shots fired, with one caller saying there were two officers in lying in the street.

Officers attempted CPR on Baxter and Howard, and the two were rushed to Osceola Regional Hospital.

Baxter died that night, and Howard died the next day.

The report said Justin Hazley called 911 the night of the shooting to say he had nothing to do with it, and that he wanted his hands tested for gunshot residue.

Hazley told WFTV he called 911 to clear his name and that because he had had run-ins with Baxter in the past, people in the community started to blame him for the shooting. 

Another man, Damion Kinloch, flagged down a deputy at the scene to show video on his cellphone of what happened before shots were fired.

>> On Read: Vigil held for fallen Kissimmee police officers

The video showed a black man, later identified as Everett Miller, leaning against a car and getting confrontational with Baxter, the report said.

Miller was seen in the video telling Baxter he was not driving and that there was no reason to stop him, according to the report.

Miller then walked to the back of the car, and the video ended.

Kinlock told detectives he was with Hazley and police asked them to leave.

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He said they heard gunshots as they walked away and began to run.Residents Nichole Palmer and Javen Palmer told detectives they were in their home watching TV when they heard the gunfire and got down to the floor. They said when they peeked outside the window, they saw a man who matched Miller’s description get into a blue or black car and speed away.

Police then got a call about a suspicious man at Roscoe’s bar, where investigators found Miller.

A separate charging affidavit report said Miller was being combative and was yelling profanities in the bar.

>> On WATCH: Alleged Kissimmee police shooter faces judge; person of interest interviewed

They said he refused to comply with deputies’ orders and reached in his waistband before being restrained.

A 9 mm Sig Sauer handgun was found in his pants along with a .22 caliber.

The .22 had one live round and four spent shell casings in the cylinder, according to the report.

Everett was arrested and taken to the police station to be interviewed.

>> On Photos: Community honors fallen Kissimmee officers

A report said he began to cry and said “he did not want to live” while pleading with the interviewer to kill him.

He reportedly told the detectives, “I have done a bad thing.”

Miller’s sister, Shavon Sutton, went to the police department where she told officers her friend called her and said she had just seen Miller “acting crazy.”

Miller is being held in jail on no bond. 

Couple gets engaged on live TV during total solar eclipse

Viewers of KOKI-TV in Tulsa, Oklahoma, witnessed an engagement live on air during coverage of the total solar eclipse on Monday. 

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KOKI Chief Meteorologist James Aydelott traveled to Prairie Home, Missouri, to be in the path of totality for the eclipse. He met several people that traveled to the area to see the eclipse, including a couple from Dallas. One man told Aydelott he planned to propose during the eclipse. 

>> Missouri newlyweds say ‘I do’ during eclipse

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KOKI was live on TV covering the eclipse when the man pulled the woman to the side, got down on one knee and proposed. The crowd turned their attention from the sky to the couple. Based on the tears and kiss, she said yes.

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Take a look at this $72M high school football stadium in Katy, Texas

A new $72 million high school football stadium is ready for kickoff this season in Katy, Texas.

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The 12,000-seat Legacy Stadium is the most expensive high school football stadium ever built and will be shared by eight local high schools. It boasts a massive video screen, huge locker rooms, restrooms and concession stands.

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The stadium was voted on and paid for by taxpayers in the area, according to NBC News.

“It’s something that this community wanted,” Katy ISD superintendent Lance Hindt told KTRK. “I don’t think the cost was anything that they really looked into.”

The stadium’s first game is slated for Aug. 31.

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42 hurt in train crash near Philadelphia

At least 42 people were hurt in a train crash outside Philadelphia.

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Secret Service says Trump’s travel, large family have depleted funds to pay agents, report says

What happens if the Secret Service can’t afford to pay its agents? Those agents might soon find out, according to a USA Today report.

The director of the Secret Service, Randolph “Tex” Alles, told USA Today that more than 1,000 agents have already maxed out their salary and overtime allowances — allowances that were supposed to last all year.

>> Secret Service investigating Missouri lawmaker’s post

Alles said the service must protect 42 people, including 18 Trump family members, the report said. Under the Obama administration, that number was 31.

Adding to Alles’ woes is a recent exodus of agents, thanks to travel and work demands, the report said.

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Read the full story here.

Alles clarified his comments in a statement Monday.

"The Secret Service has the funding it needs to meet all current mission requirements for the remainder of the fiscal year and compensate employees for overtime within statutory pay caps," the statement read. "The Secret Service estimates that roughly 1,100 employees will work overtime hours in excess of statutory pay caps during calendar year 2017. Our agency experienced a similar situation in calendar year 2016 that resulted in legislation that allowed Secret Service employees to exceed statutory caps on pay."

>> What is Trump’s plan for Afghanistan?

Alles added: "This issue is not one that can be attributed to the current administration’s protection requirements alone, but rather has been an ongoing issue for nearly a decade due to an overall increase in operational tempo."

Read the full statement here.

– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

11 members of Cleveland Browns kneel during national anthem

Eleven members of the Browns knelt in protest during the national anthem before Monday night’s NFL preseason game between Cleveland and the New York Giants, the Plain Dealer reported. 

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According to the Plain Dealer, Those who took a knee were tight end Seth DeValve, running backs Duke Johnson Jr. and Terrence Magee, safeties Jabrill Peppers and Calvin Pryor, cornerback Jamar Taylor, wide receivers Kenny Britt and Ricardo Louis, linebackers Chris Kirksey and Jamie Collins, and running back Isaiah Crowell.

DeValve became the first white player to kneel during the national anthem, CBS Sports reported.

Standing with the group were punter Britton Colquitt, who had his hand on his heart; cornerback Jason McCourty; quarterback DeShone Kizer; defensive tackle Trevon Coley; and offensive tackle Shon Coleman, the Plain Dealer reported.

The Browns improved to 2-0 in the preseason with a 10-6 victory in a nationally televised game.

“As an organization, we have a profound respect for our country's national anthem, flag and the servicemen and servicewomen in the United States and abroad," a Browns spokesman said in a statement at halftime. "We feel it's important for our team to join in this great tradition and special moment of recognition, at the same time we also respect the great liberties afforded by our country, including the freedom of personal expression.”

NFL players have continued the national anthem protests made prominent last season by quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who was with the San Francisco 49ers and knelt during the anthem's performance before games. 

This past week, Browns coach Hue Jackson defended his players’ rights to make a statement, provided it was peaceful and he had advance notice, ESPN reported.

Alleged car thief in Florida stops to buy welder’s mask to watch eclipse

The solar eclipse transfixed the nation Monday, from Donald Trump at the White House, to ordinary citizens across the country taking time out of their jobs to stop and view the celestial show.

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But perhaps it's best not to become too distracted by the eclipse, especially when you're being tailed by police, as one 22-year-old found out in Central Florida.

Jocsan Feliciano Rosado stopped at a hardware store to buy a welder’s mask and stand in the parking lot to catch a glimpse of the eclipse. 

Only one problem: He was driving a stolen car and was being followed by Orange County Sheriff's deputies, according to an account posted on Facebook.

He was nabbed while staring up at the sky with the welding helmet on, oblivious to the swarming deputies. At least he stopped to buy eye protection. 

"He never saw it coming," the sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post. "That only happens every 99 years."

USS John S. McCain collision: Remains found during search for missing sailors

UPDATE, 7:08 a.m. ET Tuesday: The Associated Press reports that some remains of Navy sailors were found in a compartment of the USS John McCain, according to the commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet.

A number of bodies were found on the ship, and one body was found by Malaysia, the AP reported.

Read more here.

ORIGINAL STORY: The United States Navy said it will continue to investigate the collision involving the USS John S. McCain as the vessel’s damage is being assessed.

As that happens, the U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs said in a news post that search efforts are continuing for the 10 soldiers who are still missing. Five sailors are injured.

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“Search and rescue efforts continue in coordination with local authorities,” it said in the post. “Royal Malaysian Navy ships KD Handalan and two coastal patrol craft Petir (12) and Pang Alang (39) as well as two Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency vessels are on scene today. 

“Republic of Singapore Navy Fearless-class patrol ships Noble Pearl (PCG 54) and Noble Knight (PCG 56) joined search efforts as well.”

Navy Adm. John Richardson has ordered a probe into the collision, The Associated Press reported.

The fleet said the guided-missile destroyer “sustained significant hull damage that resulted in flooding to nearby compartments.” 

“It is the second such incident in a very short period of time – inside of three months – and very similar as well,” Richardson said at the Pentagon Monday. “It is the last of a series of incidents in the Pacific fleet in particular and that gives great cause for concern that there is something out there we are not getting at.”

An immediate explanation for the collision was not given; however, cyber security experts speculated that the ship could have been hacked, according to a McClatchy report.

Richardson said there were “no indications right now” of “cyber intrusion or sabotage,” but the investigation would “consider all possibilities.”

In the coming weeks, the Navy said it would take a one-day pause in operations to identify any steps that may need to be taken to ensure safety.

What is Trump’s plan for Afghanistan?

President Donald Trump spoke to the nation from Fort Myer on Monday night.

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“I am here tonight to lay out our path forward in Afghanistan and South Asia,” he said. 

  • The United States “must seek an honorable and enduring outcome” worthy of the sacrifices that have been made.

  • The consequences of a rapid exit are “both predictable and unacceptable.” Trump said that would create a vacuum that terrorists, including ISIS and al Qaeda, would “instantly fill.”

  • Security threats in Afghanistan and the general region “are immense.” Trump called out Pakistan for giving safe haven to “agents of chaos, violence and terror.” 

In June 2011, President Barack Obama announced that 10,000 troops would come home by the end of the year, with an additional 23,000 returning by 2012. Monday night, Trump said he was given “a bad and very complex hand.” But he added that “one way or another, these problems will be solved.”

Trump said the United States must “stop the resurgence of safe havens that threaten America.”

The president also announced the “core pillar” of his new strategy, shifting from a time-based approach to one based on conditions.

  • Trump said he will not talk about numbers of troops or plans for further military activities. “America's enemies must never know our plans or believe they can wait us out,” he said. “I will not say when we are going to attack, but attack we will.”

  • Trump said he will integrate all instruments of American power, including diplomatic, economic and military.

  • Afghanistan, the president said, must “take ownership of their future.” “ We are not nation building again. We are killing terrorists,” he said.

  • Trump also vowed a new approach toward Pakistan. “Pakistan has much to gain from partnering with our effort in Afghanistan,” he said. “It has much to lose by continuing to harbor criminals and terrorists.” 

Lastly, Trump promised military members that they would have the “necessary tools” to make U.S. strategy work.

“Micromanagement from Washington, D.C., does not win battles,” he said. “They are won in the field drawing upon the judgment and expertise of wartime commanders and frontline soldiers.”

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