Friday, January 19, 2018
News Roundup

Judge releases Hastings from harassment suit

WASHINGTON

Judge releases Hastings from harassment suit

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by a former aide to Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Miramar, should only continue against the Helsinki Commission that he chaired and released the him from personal liability in the case. Winsome Packer served as the commission's staff representative in Vienna and claims Hastings repeatedly made unwanted sexual advances when he visited on business for the commission, which advises on U.S. policy about security, human rights and other issues involving Europe. Last year she sued the commission, Hastings and commission official Fred Turner, who she claimed retaliated against her after she complained about the harassment. U.S. District Judge Barbara Rothstein dismissed the claims against both. Hastings called the case "ridiculous."

ITALY

Retrial of American sought in killing

Italian prosecutors filed an appeal to the country's highest court Tuesday seeking a new trial for Amanda Knox of Seattle and her onetime boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, in the fatal stabbing of a British student in Perugia. The appeal came four months after an appellate court overturned the 2009 convictions of Knox and Sollecito in the murder of Meredith Kercher, who was found dead in 2007 in the apartment she shared with Knox.

Canada

Company resets pipeline start date

TransCanada said Tuesday that it has pushed back the possible start date of a pipeline that would carry Canadian oil to refineries in Texas, moving it from late 2014 to early 2015. Last month, the Obama administration denied a permit for the project, but left the door open for TransCanada to apply for a new pipeline route.

Elsewhere

Russia: The editor-in-chief of an influential Russian radio station recently rebuked by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin for its criticism of the Kremlin stepped down from the station's board of directors Tuesday. The change at Ekho Moskvy sent a chill through the journalistic world in Moscow.

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