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Thursday, September 14, 2017 1:00 am


Shkreli's bail revoked over Clinton hair joke

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NEW YORK – A judge jailed former pharmaceuticals company CEO Martin Shkreli on Wednesday after finding that he violated his bail on a securities fraud conviction with a social media posting that she agreed posed a threat to Hillary Clinton.

Defense attorneys had argued at a hearing in federal court in Brooklyn that the post by Shkreli, offering a $5,000 bounty to anyone who could grab him one of Clinton's hairs while she's on a book tour, was political satire. But U.S. District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto didn't see the humor, saying the offer could be taken seriously by fellow Clinton detractors.

The Clinton offer could be viewed as “a solicitation of an assault,” the judge said before revoking Shkreli's $5 million bail.

Missing pregnant teacher's body found

Police in Maryland found the body of missing teacher Laura Wallen in a shallow grave Wednesday in Damascus, Maryland, and hours later charged her boyfriend in her killing.

The suspect, Tyler Tessier, also was believed to be the father of Wallen's unborn child, police said. She was four months pregnant.

Wallen, 31, of Olney, Maryland, was a social studies teacher at Wilde Lake High School in Howard County, where she taught since 2014.

San Diego using bleach to wash streets

Streets in San Diego will be power-washed every other week and hand-washing stations are being installed where homeless people congregate under a plan to combat a deadly outbreak of hepatitis A, according to the mayor's office.

San Diego County officials this month declared a public health emergency because of the spread of the liver disease that has killed 15 people and hospitalized 300 more.

The region's homeless population, which often lacks adequate access to restrooms or showers, has been hit the hardest since the outbreak started last November.

The county a week earlier gave the city five business days to respond with a plan for remedying what it called a “fecally contaminated environment” downtown.

The county will soon expand its efforts to other cities in the region, where the hepatitis A outbreak has now produced nearly 400 confirmed cases.

Jefferson statue shroud draws ire

Protesters who draped a black shroud over a statue of Thomas Jefferson at the University of Virginia were “desecrating” ground many people consider “sacred,” the president of the Charlottesville college said Wednesday.

UVA President Teresa Sullivan sent separate statements to the university community and to alumni after dozens of protesters gathered on campus Tuesday night to protest the university's response to white nationalist rallies this summer.

The demonstrators covered the statue of Jefferson, the third president of the United States and UVA's founder, and put up signs that called him a “rapist” and “racist,” the Daily Progress reported.