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Joshua Wong, 2 others plead guilty over 2019 Hong Kong protest

Joshua Wong, 2 others plead guilty over 2019 Hong Kong protest

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Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Joshua Wong and two other prominent Hong Kong pro-democracy activists pleaded guilty on Monday over their involvement in protests in the summer of 2019. Wong, Agnes Chow and Ivan Lam pleaded guilty and were jailed ahead of sentencing next week when they each face up to three years in prison, the Hong Kong Free Press reported. Advertisement The trio pleaded guilty to charges in connection to a June 2019 demonstration when protesters surrounded the police headquarters in opposition to police brutality. Protesters had taken to the streets against a controversial extradition bill that summer but rallies and marches intensified in response to the violent crackdown by police. Wong, who has previously served prison terms over his activism, told reporters before heading into the ...
eBay workers who sent spiders to couple to plead guilty

eBay workers who sent spiders to couple to plead guilty

Technology
Federal prosecutors say four former eBay employees have agreed to plead guilty to their roles in sending live spiders and cockroaches in an effort to intimidate a Massachusetts couple who ran an online newsletter critical of the auction siteByThe Associated PressSeptember 23, 2020, 9:24 PM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBOSTON -- Four former eBay Inc. employees have agreed to plead guilty to their roles in a campaign of intimidation that included sending live spiders and cockroaches to the home of a Massachusetts couple who ran an online newsletter critical of the auction site, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.“Four former employees of #eBay are scheduled to plead guilty on Oct. 8 at 2pm via zoom in federal court in #Boston,” according to a tweet from the o...
Alaska dive fishermen plead for relief from sea otters

Alaska dive fishermen plead for relief from sea otters

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Northern sea otters, once hunted to the brink of extinction along Alaska's Panhandle, have made a spectacular comeback by gobbling some of the state's finest seafood — and fishermen are not happy about the competition. Sea otters dive for red sea urchins, geoduck clams, sea cucumbers — delicacies in Asia markets — plus prized Dungeness crab. They then carry their meals to the surface and float on their backs as they eat, sometimes using rocks to crack open clams and crab. The furry marine mammals, which grow as large as 100 pounds (45 kilograms), eat the equivalent of a quarter of their weight each day. Phil Doherty, head of the Southeast Alaska Regional Dive Fisheries Association, is working to save the livelihood of 200 southeast Alaska fishermen and a $ 10 million in...
Backpage.com, CEO plead guilty to state, US charges

Backpage.com, CEO plead guilty to state, US charges

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The chief executive of a website that authorities have dubbed a lucrative nationwide "online brothel" pleaded guilty Thursday to state and federal charges including conspiracy and money laundering, and agreed to testify in ongoing prosecutions against others at Backpage.com, authorities said. Federal prosecutors say that Backpage brought in a half-billion dollars since it began in 2004, mostly through prominent risque advertising for escorts and massages, among other services and some goods for sale. Authorities allege the site was often used to traffic underage victims, while company officials said they tried to scrub the website of such ads. Chief Executive Officer Carl Ferrer will serve no more than five years in prison under a California agreement in which he pleaded guilty to one cou...
Iran earthquake survivors plead for help as death toll rises

Iran earthquake survivors plead for help as death toll rises

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Iranians living outdoors in bitterly cold temperatures after an earthquake are making desperate pleas for help.More than 430 people were killed and about 7,000 injured when the quake hit near the Iran-Iraq border on Sunday.The government is scrambling to get aid to the worst-hit Kermanshah province, where hundreds of homes were destroyed.President Hassan Rouhani, visiting the region, said state-built houses suffered more damage, and those responsible would be held accountable.Temperatures in Kermanshah province fell close to freezing for the second night in succession.Ali Gulani, 42, lives in the province's badly-hit town of Qasr-e-Shirin, and told BBC Persian people were burning crates to try to stay warm."We are living in a tent and we don't have enough food or water," he said. "You can ...