The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take the case of Brendan Dassey, whose confession to rape and murder charges as a teenager was featured in the Netflix documentary, “Making a Murderer,” The Washington Post reported.
Dassey, now in his late 20s, is serving a life sentence after he was convicted in 2007, along with his uncle, Steven Avery, for the 2005 rape and murder of photographer Teresa Halbach in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin. Halbach’s burned body was found on Avery’s property, the Post reported. Dassey was 16 at the time of the murder, Variety reported.
The Supreme Court gave no reason for denying the petition made by Dassey’s attorney’s in the case of Dassey v. Dittmann.
The Wisconsin Court of Appeals upheld Dassey’s conviction, ruling that the interrogations were not coercive. Dassey was read his rights and his mother consented to the interview. He did not have an attorney present when he was interviewed, the Post reported.
Dassey appealed the Wisconsin decision to federal court, and a panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit in Chicago upheld the decision on a 2-1 vote. However, the full appeals court overturned the panel’s ruling by a 4-3 vote in December, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported, noting that Dassey’s confession was voluntary.
Under federal law, the Supreme Court usually defers to decisions made by lower courts and intervenes only if the decision by the state court was unreasonable, the Post reported.
The “No Spin Zone” may be heading back to cable television.
Bill O’Reilly is in negotiations to return to his old 8 p.m. time slot, but for Newsmax TV, The New York Post reported.
O’Reilly, who left Fox News last year after the disclosure of sexual harassment allegations and payments to alleged victims, has been talking with Newsmax about creating a new show, the Post reported.
“The deals are not done yet, but talks are in the advanced stages, certainly with O’Reilly,” a source told the Post.
Since his abrupt departure from Fox News, O’Reilly, 68, has worked on his books and produced podcasts on his website.
A return to the 8 p.m. time slot could pit O’Reilly against his replacement on Fox News, Tucker Carlson.
Newsmax Broadcasting CEO Michael Clemente could not be reached for comment, and O’Reilly’s manager Evan Bell also was unavailable, the Post reported.
Redheads finally have the representation they have fought so hard for.
Thanks to Emojipedia, the new emojis can be viewed below.
Goggles, Lab Coat, Hiking Boot, Woman’s Flat Shoe, Raccoon, Llama, Hippopotamus, Kangaroo, Badger, Swan, Peacock, Parrot, Lobster, Mosquito, Microbe, Mango, Leafy Green, Bagel, Salt, Moon Cake, Cupcake, Compass, Bricks, Skateboard, Luggage, Firecracker, Red Gift Envelope, Softball, Flying Disc, Lacrosse, Nazar Amulet, Jigsaw, Teddy Bear, Chess Pawn, Abacus, Receipt, Toolbox, Magnet, Test Tube, Petri Dish, DNA, Fire Extinguisher, Lotion Bottle, Thread, Yarn, Safety Pin, Broom, Basket, Roll of Paper, Soap, Sponge, Infinity, and Pirate Flag.
The Emoji 11.0 list will likely debut in June.
YouTube personality Logan Paul apologized for sharing a video during a visit to Japan’s “suicide forest” that included footage of what appeared to be a dead body, NPR reported.
“Where do I begin,” Paul wrote on his Twitter page late Monday. “Let’s start with this. I’m sorry.”“I didn’t do it for views. I get views,” tweeted Paul, who has more than 15 million YouTube subscribers. “I did it because I thought I could make a positive ripple on the internet, not cause a monsoon of negativity.”
Paul said in his Twitter post that he originally posted the video to raise awareness for suicide and suicide prevention.
The video was filmed in the Aokigahara forest at the edge of Mount Fuji, an area that has been famous for its popularity among people who want to carry out a suicide, NPR reported. In his video, Paul blurred out the face of the person who had died, but he showed other parts of the body as he and his friends stood near it and talked.
“Yo, are you alive?" he says in the video, Fox News reported.
The video was uploaded Sunday and titled “We found a dead body in the Japanese Suicide Forest.” According to New York magazine, it garnered more than 6 million views in less than one day before it was removed by Paul.
The backlash Paul received included a tweet from actress and online video veteran Anna Akana, who lost her sister, Kristina, to suicide 10 years ago.
“You do not walk into a suicide forest with a camera and claim mental health awareness,” she tweeted.
An edited version of the video was later posted to Twitter; it does not include footage of the body. Instead, it shows some of Paul's reactions and comments, NPR reported.
Paul said that he had “demonetized” the video, which had a segment in the parking lot near the forest. In that segment, he told viewers that his laughter and attempts at humor were a coping mechanism after seeing the body.
YouTube star Laci Green was not amused, NPR reported, tweeting that “exploiting a suicide victim in Japan to the tune of 6M+ views while YouTube demonetizes students protesting in Iran is a perfect example of what a sociopathic garbage fire YouTube has become.”
Japan’s suicide rate is one of the highest among developed nations, NPR reported. In the U.S., the rate has been climbing since 2000 — with the biggest increase seen in girls who are 10-14 years old, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said last year.
Former President Barack Obama, without mentioning his successor, urged people in leadership roles not to use social media in a way that promotes divisiveness, CNN reported Wednesday.
In a BBC interview conducted by Great Britain’s Prince Harry, Obama warned that the internet risks reinforced prejudices and a fractured society.
“All of us in leadership have to find ways in which we can recreate a common space on the internet,” Obama told the prince in an interview that aired on the BBC 4’s “Today” program. “One of the dangers of the internet is that people can have entirely different realities. They can be cocooned in information that reinforces their current biases.”
Obama did not mention President Donald Trump by name during the interview, but Trump has been an outspoken and controversial user of Twitter.
Obama’s interview with Prince Harry was taped in September during the Invictus Games in Toronto, CNN reported.
Asked how he felt the day he left office in January, Obama said he had mixed feelings.
“The sense that there was a completion, and that we had done the work in a way that preserved our integrity and left us whole and that we hadn't fundamentally changed, I think was a satisfying feeling,” he said. “That was mixed with all the work that was still undone and concerns about how the country moves forward. But overall there was a serenity there, more than I would have expected."
Asked by Harry what was the biggest change for him after his eight years in office, Obama reflected on a slowed pace of life and the new freedom he had to decide how to focus his activities.
“The things that are important to me haven't changed, I still care about about making the United States and the world a place where kids get an education, where people who are willing to work hard are able to find a job that pays a living wage, that we are conserving the amazing resources of our planet so that future generations can enjoy the beauty of this place like we did,” he said.
Questioned live on the air after the pretaped interview was broadcast, Prince Harry said the guest list has not yet been put together for his wedding to actress Meghan Markle next May, CNN reported.
Asked if he got along well enough with the former president to invite him to the event, the prince laughed off the question, CNN reported.
“Well, I don't know about that,” he said. “We haven't put the invites or the guest list together yet so who knows whether he's going to be invited or not. I wouldn't want to ruin that surprise.”
Carl Spackler is back.
Bill Murray played the hilarious golf course groundskeeper in “Caddyshack,” determined to keep a pesky gopher from ruining his lush fairways. He will play a similar role in “Bill Murray and Brian Doyle Murray’s Extra Innings,” an unscripted series that debuts Monday on Facebook, Entertainment Weekly reported.
The show will stream on Mondays for the next 10 weeks.
The brothers will chronicle their adventures to several baseball parks and will attempt to get rid of animated gophers at the Martha’s Vineyard stadium. Bill Murray dresses in his Spackler outfit, with shredded cargo shorts and a floppy bucket hat, to play “Whack-a-Mole,” Entertainment Weekly reported.
“I have issues with my own personal space,” Murray says as he wanders into the outfield, armed with a watering can. “In an ordinary situation, I need about a meter around me to be comfortable. However, on a baseball field, I need to be far away from any burrowing animal.”
Bill Murray, perhaps the most famous fan of the Chicago Cubs, also sings the new show’s theme song, “The Thing About Baseball,” written by the brothers and Paul Shaffer.
Video includes an image from Getty Images and clips from Bitstrips and Snapchat.
Snapchat is buying an emoji company for about $100 million, according to a report from Fortune.
The Canadian company Bitstrips, founded in 2007, is most known for custom cartoon strips that appear in many people's Facebook posts.
It also makes Bitmoji, increasingly popular personalized emojis based on an avatar you design. Users pick from a variety of face shapes, skin colors and other physical features and can place the avatars in different poses and with different accessories.
Snapchat's plans are still unclear, but Fortune suggested the company could be using Bitstrips to integrate into smartphone keyboards.
A father and daughter recently teamed up to remake iconic scenes from "Jurassic Park" with $100,000 worth of Legos.
According to Laughing Squid, Paul Hollingsworth of Digital Wizards Studios and his 8-year-old daughter, Hailee, created the stop-motion video with the help of friends, including VooDoo Highway Music and animators Sean Willets and Forrest Whaley.
The pair also released a behind-the-scenes video.
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