Qatari officials took all of the women off of a flight scheduled to leave for Australia and strip-searched them. An infant, believed to be newly born, had been found in a restroom at the airport terminal, and officials were reportedly examining the women for signs that one of them had recently given birth.
Virginia's Supreme Court has overturned a lower court ruling that barred the Fairfax Police Department from using automatic license plate scanners. The Supreme Court ruled that because the system doesn't include personal information such as phone numbers or addresses it doesn't violate the state's privacy law. The court noted that law enforcement can cross-reference license plate data with other databases to obtain such information. But because that other data isn't part of the license plate scanner data it isn't illegal.
The Gloucestershire Constabulary in England says it will patrol routes out of Wales looking for Welsh drivers who appear to be taking long trips. Cops will stop them and order them to turn around. If they don't, police will report them to their Welsh counterparts for possibly violating a 17-day ban on nonessential travel that Welsh authorities say is necessary to stop the spread of coronavirus. The Welsh government has also closed most businesses for those 17 days and restricted high schools to online instruction only.
During her successful 2018 run to become Chicago's mayor, Lori Lightfoot campaigned on a promise to reduce the city's dependence on fines and fees to balance its budget, noting they fall disproportionately on the poor and minorities. Now, Lightfoot is facing the possibility of a more than $1 billion deficit in 2021 and her budget proposal calls on police to ticket anyone driving as little as 6 mph over the speed limit clocked using speed cameras. Currently, only those driving 10 mph or more above the speed limit get ticketed. Her proposal would have drivers receive a warning for their first violation and a $35 ticket for each additional time they are caught driving 6 to 10 mph above the limit.
The Château des ducs de Bretagne museum in France has postponed an exhibit on Genghis Khan and the Mongol Empire, citing what it says is censorship by the Chinese government. The exhibit was being put together with the Inner Mongolia Museum in Hohhot, China. But the Chinese Bureau of Cultural Heritage began to demand control over the exhibit, demanding that certain words and phrases, including "Genghis Khan," "Empire," and "Mongol" be removed and asking for control over exhibition brochures and maps. Museum officials say they believe the demands are linked to the Chinese government's crackdown on ethnic minorities, including Mongols.
Some British couples who do not live together won't be allowed to have sex or even sleep over at each other's homes under new restrictions that recently went into force to reduce the spread of coronavirus. Couples who live in "high risk" Tier 2 areas who do not live together and aren't part of a support bubble can meet only outdoors and must maintain a distance of six feet. A support bubble is a household of one person and a second household of any size. A person can be a member of only one support bubble. Those who live in Tier 2 areas are also barred from traveling to lower-risk Tier 1 areas to socialize indoors.
Gloucester, Massachusetts, school Superintendent Ben Lummis says he was disappointed when he heard a teacher had mocked a 12-year-old student for voicing support for President Donald Trump during a classroom discussion of the presidential debate. The teacher asked if anyone supported Trump, and Jackson Cody raised his hand. "Well, Mr. Jackson, I thought I liked you," the teacher said, according to Cody. "Then she asked why I support a racist and a pedophile. She also said, 'I am ashamed of any woman who voted for Donald Trump,' and I told her my mom and one of my grandmothers voted for Donald Trump." The family later retained a First Amendment attorney, and the boy received an apology from the teacher.
A Boca Raton woman, who wasn't named by local media, spent hours alone in her cell at the Broward County, Florida jail, screaming in pain as she gave birth to a son. The woman, whom public defenders say suffers from "acute mental illness," had been charged with burglary. The incident happened just three months after the state legislature passed the Tammy Jackson Healthy Pregnancies for Incarcerated Women Law. Named after a woman who was forced to give birth in solitary confinement just last year in that same jail, the law mandates that inmates in labor be given immediate medical care and transported to an appropriate medical facility with no delay. The Broward County Sheriff's Office is refusing to comment on this latest incident.
When Geauga County, Ohio, Juvenile Court Judge Timothy J. Grendell ordered two teenage boys to resume visitation with their estranged father, they refused. So Grendell had them locked up in a juvenile detention center for the weekend instead. This concerned Geauga County Sheriff's Lt. Gary Gribbons so much that he wrote to the sheriff saying he didn't think they had authority to detain the two. But the boys remained in the detention center. Two weeks after the boys were released, Grendell's constable, John Ralph, filed complaints against the two, charging they violated the state's unruly child law. Those charges were dismissed by prosecutors. Grendell refused to answer questions from a local TV station about the matter, saying his "job as a Juvenile Court Judge is to protect the best interests of the children who come before the Court."
Nicholas Beauchene, a U.S. Postal Service mail carrier in New Jersey, has been charged by with one count of delay, secretion, or detention of mail and one count of obstruction of mail. Prosecutors say Beauchene discarded mail, including 99 absentee ballots on their way to voters.
Some British physicians are criticizing Health Secretary Matt Hancock for saying the National Health Service could suspend cancer treatment if coronavirus grows "out of control." The charity Breast Cancer Now estimates some 8,600 women may have undetected breast cancer because the National Health Service suspended screenings for four months earlier this year because of the pandemic.
When Dade City, Florida, police found Gwen Donahue, a 74-year-old dementia patient who had wandered away from her nursing home, they made sure to run her name through their database They found she had a warrant from nearly a decade ago, and rather than return her to her nursing home, they arrested her. Donahue's daughter says the warrant stems from a DUI. She says her mother completed all of the terms of her sentence except a two-hour online course, so the judge issued a warrant that none of the family was aware of. It took the family nearly a week to get a judge to sign a release order to get her out of jail.
Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, District Attorney David Prater has charged two former detention officers and their supervisor with cruelty to a prisoner and conspiracy. Prater says the three forced inmates to listen to the song "Baby Shark" for extended periods of time. "It was unfortunate that I could not find a felony statute to fit this fact scenario," Prater said. "I would have preferred filing a felony on this behavior."
A spokesman for the Milton Keynes town council in England has apologized after a staff member of the Crownhill Crematorium reprimanded a man who moved his socially distanced chair to comfort his mother during a funeral service for his father. The council operates the crematorium. "We are sorry to have upset this family," the spokesman said. "We don't usually step in if a guest needs to be comforted by another family member and in this instance should have taken a more considered approach."
The Boulder County, Colorado, Public Health Department has banned people aged 18 to 22 from gathering together in any size group, both indoors and outdoors. Officials say the edict is aimed at reducing the spread of coronavirus.
French President Emmanuel Macron has announced plans to ban homeschooling and to impose government control on religious and cultural institutions and sports associations. Macron says the moves will be part of a draft law he will introduce later this year to combat radical Islam and religious separatism in France. Under his proposal, starting with the 2021 school year, all children over age 3 will have to attend a school registered with the government unless the child has a medical exemption.
Three more officers of the Los Angeles Police Department have been charged with falsifying information they placed into a state gang database. "In all three cases, the defendants are accused of writing on the (interview) card that a person admitted to being a gang member even though body-worn camera video showed the defendants either never asked the individuals about their gang membership or the individuals denied gang membership if they were asked," according to prosecutors. A total of six officers so far have been charged with entering false information into that database.
The British government has banned plastic straws, cutlery, and stirrers, as well as cotton swabs in what officials say is an effort to reduce pollution. People with certain medical conditions will still be able to ask for plastic straws in restaurants and buy them at pharmacies.
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission, responsible for regional transportation planning and financing in California's San Francisco Bay Area, has voted to make permanent telecommuting practices adopted to reduce the spread of coronavirus. "There is an opportunity to do things that could not have been done in the past," said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, a member of the commission. The plan would require "large, office-based employers" to have at least 60 percent of their employees working from home on any given workday.
The Berkeley, California, City Council has unanimously voted to bar junk food from the checkout lanes of local supermarkets. The new law bars food items with over 5 grams of added sugar or 250mg of sodium as well as drinks with high levels of sugar or artificial sweeteners from checkout aisles.