Man accused of twice grabbing actor Terry Crews' groin won't face felony charge

Prosecutors have decided not to file charges against a talent agent whom actor Terry Crews said groped him at a Hollywood party.

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office said Adam Venit, an agent at William Morris Endeavor, twice grabbed Crews by the groin, but because there was no contact with his skin, and no restraint involved, the allegations were not a felony.

They sent the case to the Los Angeles city attorney, who prosecutes misdemeanors.

The city attorney's office said the statute of limitations for them to prosecute Venit had expired. The party was in February 2016. Crews did not report the incident until November 2017.

Crews has also filed a lawsuit against Venit.

After-hours messages seeking comment from Venit's office were not immediately returned. Crews' publicist declined to comment.



Protestors occupy roof of Aussie slaughterhouse accused of drowning pigs in scalding water

More than 20 protesters have climbed up to the roof of a South Australian slaughterhouse they accuse of being involved in animal cruelty practices.

The activists will remain on the rooftop of the Strathalbyn business until the day's slaughter has concluded or they are allowed to enter the facility with cameras, Aussie Farms spokesman Chris Delforce said.

"The reality behind the neatly packaged products on supermarket shelves is the brutal slaughter of an animal who desperately didn't want to die," Mr Delforce said.

Hidden camera footage released in August depicted evidence of the alleged cruelty inside the slaughterhouse, including pigs drowning in scalding water and sheep, pigs and cattle being stunned.

Mr Delforce said the use of hidden cameras is necessary in an industry "hidden in secrecy".

"Consumers have a right to know what they're paying for when they purchase meat, dairy and egg products," he said.

"Hidden camera footage has proven to be the only alternative to the happy imagery and feel-good buzzwords forced on them daily through clever marketing."

The protest is being staged by Aussie Farms and another animal rights organisation, Adelaide Animal Save.

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Qantas expands Asian routes in deal with Cathay Pacific

Qantas customers will have more options to fly across southeast Asia under a new agreement with Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific.

The pair have signed a codeshare agreement that will allow Qantas customers to book flights on Cathay Pacific routes from Hong Kong to Perth and Cairns and to 10 cities across India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.

In turn, Cathay Pacific customers will be able to book flights on 13 Qantas domestic routes.

Qantas International chief executive Alison Webster said today the partnership was part of the flying kangaroo's growth strategy in the broader Asian region.

There's "strong demand" for travel between Australia and Asia, Ms Webster said in a statement.

The two airlines fly more than 100 services a week between Hong Kong and Australia, with the new coded flights starting October 28.

Qantas shares were up 5.0 cents, up 0.84 per cent, to $6.02 today.

Melbourne, Australia - November 19, 2012: Qantas Airways Airbus A380 registered VH-OQF takes off as QF93 to Los Angeles (LAX) from Melbourne International Airport at Tullamarine, Victoria.
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First case of strawberry contamination confirmed in Australia's Northern Territory

The first case of a contaminated strawberry has been found in the Northern Territory.

Police and health officials are yet to say if the strawberry contained a needle in it, as has been occurring across the country.

Police are holding a media conference in Darwin this afternoon.

The original contamination was reported in Queensland, prompting dozens of suspected copycat incidents involving strawberries and other fruits.

NSW authorities are investigating more than 20 incidents of needles found in strawberries. Source: Breakfast


Trump to call for global action on the world drug problem at UN General Assembly

President Donald Trump will call for global action on the world drug problem, lay out his vision of the US role in the world, and urge a halt to the spread of weapons of mass destruction during next week's gathering of world leaders at the UN General Assembly.

Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, told reporters overnight that Trump's focus "will be very much on the United States," its role and the relations it wants to build, and "how we can make the American people proud, and what actions we can show that really live up to that."

"He is looking forward to talking about foreign policy successes the United States has had over the past year and where we're going to go from here," she said. "He wants to talk about protecting US sovereignty," and "we want to continue to build relationships" with other countries that "share those values."

Haley said Trump will address a high-level event Monday on the "Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem," which 124 countries have already signed up to support. She said the US is looking forward to more signatories.

The president will address the assembly's 193-member nations at the official opening Tuesday morning of the global gabfest known as the General Debate.

Haley said Trump will talk about the generosity of the United States. "But he'll also lay down a marker that while the United States is generous, we're going to be generous to those who share our values, generous to those who want to work with us, and not those that try and stop the United States or say they hate America, or are counterproductive to what we're doing," she said.

She said Trump on Wednesday will chair a Security Council meeting which was expanded from focusing on Iran to non-proliferation, including chemical weapons attacks in Syria and Britain.

Haley predicted, "I'm sure that is going to be the most watched Security Council meeting ever."

Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, chaired two Security Council meetings, one in 2009 focusing on nuclear disarmament and another in 2014 on "foreign terrorist fighters."

Haley said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will chair a council meeting Thursday to look at on North Korea's progress toward denuclearization - which she called "baby steps" - and the council's commitments to enforce tough sanctions.

The White House said Trump will hold "pull-aside" meetings with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Maria Fernanda Espinosa, the General Assembly president. He will have longer bilateral meetings with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, French President Emmanuel Macron, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May.

On the social side, Haley said the president and his wife, Melania, will host a reception for all delegates Monday night. Trump will also host a reception Tuesday evening for foreign ministers of the 15 current Security Council member nations and the five countries that will be joining the council January 1.

In this Aug. 31, 2018 photo, President Donald Trump gestures while speaking at the Harris Conference Center in Charlotte, N.C. President Donald Trump is escalating his attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, suggesting the embattled official should have intervened in investigations of two GOP congressmen to help Republicans in the midterms. Trump tweeted Monday that “investigations of two very popular Republican Congressmen were brought to a well publicized charge, just ahead of the Mid-Terms, by the Jeff Sessions Justice Department.”   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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