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UNDATED (AP) — The Boy Scouts of America is hoping its operations across the U.S. can continue intact even after it has filed for bankruptcy protection. The filing is an attempt to work out a potentially mammoth compensation plan for victims of sex-abuse and put their lawsuits on hold. Scores of lawyers are seeking settlements on behalf of several thousand men who say they were molested as boys by scout leaders decades ago. The organization could be forced to sell off some of its vast property holdings to raise money for a compensation fund that could surpass $1 billion.
NEW YORK (AP) — A jury is expected to begin deliberations in the rape trial of Harvey Weinstein. The jury will start weighing the evidence Tuesday after often-emotional testimony from multiple women who accused him of sexual assault. Weinstein is charged with raping a woman in a Manhattan hotel room in 2013 and forcibly performed oral sex on another woman in 2006. Other accusers testified as part of the prosecution's effort to show he used the same tactics to victimize many women over the years. Weinstein maintains any sexual conduct was consensual.
TOKYO (AP) — When the Diamond Princess cruise ship was quarantined in Yokohama earlier this month, Japanese health officials said the extraordinary measure was needed to stop the spread of a worrying new virus that emerged in China. But since the quarantine was implemented, more than 540 cases of the virus have been identified among the more than 3,700 people isolated. Scientists say it's clear the quarantine did not work and that an investigation is needed to determine why it failed and if there's another mode of transmission aboard the ship. One ethicist says the failure was “tragic” but that the quarantine was justified.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — President Donald Trump's administration is waiving federal contracting laws to speed construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall. The Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday it'll allow 177 miles of wall to be built faster in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas and bring the Republican president closer to his pledge of 450 miles by year's end. A 2005 law gives the Homeland Security secretary sweeping powers to waive laws to expedite border barrier construction. Acting Secretary Chad Wolf tells Fox News Channel he hopes the move “will accelerate some of the construction that's going along the Southwest border.” The move is expected to spark criticism the Trump administration is overstepping its authority.
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks slipped in early trading Tuesday after technology giant Apple became the most well-known company to warn of a financial hit from the virus outbreak in China. The maker of iPhones said it will fall short of it revenue forecasts in the current quarter because of production problems and weak demand in China. Technology stocks led the selling. Apple fell, as did Intel and other chipmakers. Banks slipped on falling bond yields and energy companies fell on a drop in crude oil prices. Utilities and companies that rely on consumer spending held up better than most of the market.
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