Court: Video taken up woman's skirt didn't break law
A man admitted he surreptitiously took cellphone video up a woman's skirt, known as "upskirting", while she shopped at a grocery store, but a Georgia court said he didn't break the law. A divided Georgia Court of Appeals this month tossed out the conviction of former grocery store employee Brandon Lee Gary. The 6-3 majority opinion said Gary's behavior, while reprehensible, doesn't violate the state's invasion of privacy law, under which he was prosecuted. In a ruling July 15, Judge Elizabeth Branch said it is "regrettable that no law currently exists which criminalizes Gary's reprehensible conduct." Houston Judicial Circuit District Attorney George Hartwig said in an email Monday that his office has asked the Court of Appeals to reconsider its decision. If that is denied, he will likely appeal to the Georgia Supreme Court, he said.
Hastert lawyer wants victim's suit dismissed
An attorney for Dennis Hastert has asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit brought by one of the former U.S. House speaker's sexual abuse victims who is seeking $1.8 million in outstanding hush-money payments from the imprisoned Illinois Republican, though the court didn't immediately rule on the request at a Monday hearing. The filing this month in Kendall County Circuit Court argues, among other things, that the accuser not only missed a deadline by which he needed to take legal action but also that he violated a verbal agreement with Hastert by speaking to federal investigators about the molestation. The judge overseeing the civil case asked for written responses on Hastert's motion to dismiss by Aug. 29. Hastert is serving a 15-month sentence at a federal prison in Rochester, Minn., for violating federal banking law as he attempted to pay a total of $3.5 million to silence the victim.
Bombing victim scales Ecuador mountain
Boston Marathon bombing survivor Adrianne Haslet can check mountaineering off her bucket list. The professional ballroom dancer lost a leg in the 2013 finish line attacks and ran the entire 26.2-mile race last spring. Over the weekend, she scaled Ecuador's third-highest mountain. Haslet reached the summit of 18,996-foot Volcan Cayambe with a team of climbers from the Range of Motion Project. The nonprofit group helps provide prosthetic limbs to amputees worldwide who don't have access to them.
LAS VEGAS: Authorities say a gunman tried to rob a group of people playing the Pokemon Go game early Monday at a Las Vegas park, so a player pulled a firearm and the two shot each other. Police Lt. David Gordon says both men had non-life-threatening injuries.
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA
Foreign property buyers may be taxed
Foreign nationals buying Vancouver real estate would pay an additional property transfer tax of 15 percent under legislation proposed by the British Columbia government. Finance Minister Mike de Jong said Monday the tax is aimed at addressing high real estate prices and low vacancy rates. Premier Christy Clark said the change would make regional homeownership more accessible to British Columbians. The Vancouver region is bounded on one side by mountains, the Pacific Ocean on the other. That leaves little room for real estate to grow — except in price. The government said the additional tax would apply to foreign buyers registering the purchase of residential homes in Metro Vancouver. De Jong said the additional tax on a $2 million home (U.S. $1.5 million) would amount to $300,000 Canadian (U.S. $227,000). Housing data indicates foreign nationals spent more than $1 billion on British Columbia property between June 10 and July 14.
RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA: Five Saudi border guards were killed in clashes along the Yemen border and two Saudi pilots died when their Apache helicopter crashed inside Yemen today in one of the deadliest days for the kingdom's troops in months.