NEWS OF THE DAY

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_1 Build­ing ex­plo­sion: Pros­e­cu­tors say fed­eral agents found two improvised ex­plo­sive de­vices while search­ing a home owned by the for­mer boyfriend of a woman killed in an ex­plo­sion at a South­ern Cal­i­for­nia of­fice build­ing. Stephen Beal was charged Thurs­day with pos­sess­ing an un­reg­is­tered destruc­tive de­vice. He has not been charged in con­nec­tion with Tues­day’s ex­plo­sion in the city of Aliso Viejo. Beal’s son, Nathan Beal, said his fa­ther had been in a re­la­tion­ship with the woman who was killed, 48-year-old Ildiko Kra­jnya. He said they had re­cently bro­ken up. State doc­u­ments show Beal and Kra­jnyak as of­fi­cers in a skin care busi­ness called I&S En­ter­prises.

_2 Florida shoot­ing: A fired Florida sher­iff ’s deputy won’t spend any time in prison for shoot­ing a hand­cuffed man dur­ing a traf­fic stop. The Tampa Bay Times re­ports 62-year-old Ti­mothy Vir­den pleaded guilty Tues­day to at­tempted man­slaugh­ter. The Pinel­las-Pasco State At­tor­ney’s Of­fice struck a plea deal with Vir­den that called for no prison time. He was sen­tenced to three years of pro­ba­tion. The shoot­ing oc­curred Dec. 30, 2015. Records show Vir­den fired two shots into Dy­lan Tomp­kin­sHolmes af­ter he was ar­rested for ob­struc­tion. Last month, Tomp­kins-Holmes set­tled with Vir­den. The agree­ment says he won’t col­lect dam­ages from the exdeputy but could seek a judg­ment in a spe­cial claims bill filed with the state Leg­is­la­ture.

_3 Memphis Belle: Hun­dreds of visi­tors turned out to at the Air Force Mu­seum to see the World War II bomber Memphis Belle, and the leg­endary air­craft rarely has looked bet­ter. The plane went on pub­lic dis­play at the mu­seum near Day­ton, Ohio, for the first time on Thurs­day morn­ing af­ter a restora­tion project that re­quired 13 years and 55,000 hours of work. The plane was cel­e­brated for be­ing the first B-17 to sur­vive 25 mis­sions and re­turn to the U.S. _4 Rail­road sued: Two Iowa women who lost limbs when they were struck while try­ing to climb through trains that were block­ing the road are su­ing the rail­road for al­legedly ig­nor­ing a safety hazard that’s left a trail of hor­rific in­juries. The law­suits filed Thurs­day al­lege that trains op­er­ated by the Cana­dian Na­tional Railway and its sub­sidiaries rou­tinely block street cross­ings in Water­loo, some­times for hours. They say this leaves pedes­tri­ans trapped and fac­ing bad op­tions on a daily ba­sis: wait for the trains to move, walk to an un­blocked cross­ing that can be more than a mile away or risk cross­ing be­tween stopped cars that can start mov­ing with­out warn­ing. The law­suits, filed on be­half of 37-year-old and 67-year-old women, claim at least five peo­ple have lost hands, arms or legs in this way since 1991.

_5 Equal pay law­suit: The Univer­sity of Den­ver has agreed to a $2.6 mil­lion set­tle­ment in a law­suit filed on be­half of fe­male law pro­fes­sors who say they were il­le­gally paid less than male col­leagues. Court doc­u­ments filed in April show the univer­sity, the Equal Em­ploy­ment Op­por­tu­nity Com­mis­sion and the pro­fes­sors have agreed to the terms. Ac­cord­ing to the law­suit, the mean salary of fe­male pro­fes­sors at the Sturm Col­lege of Law was nearly $20,000 lower than male pro­fes­sors in 2013. The agree­ment re­quires the school to cre­ate a pass­word-pro­tected site list­ing fac­ulty salaries, po­si­tion, date of hire and de­mo­graph­ics. Names will not be in­cluded. _6 Mueller probe: A for­mer rel­a­tive of ex-Trump campaign chair­man Paul Manafort pleaded guilty to crim­i­nal charges ear­lier this year — and has re­port­edly met with spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller’s in­ves­ti­ga­tors, ac­cord­ing to a per­son fa­mil­iar with the mat­ter. Jef­frey Yo­hai, Manafort’s for­mer sonin-law, pleaded guilty to fed­eral con­spir­acy charges in Cal­i­for­nia in Jan­uary re­lat­ing to real es­tate loans on prop­er­ties in New York and Cal­i­for­nia.

_7 Ha­bit­ual drunks: A fed­eral ap­peals court is weigh­ing a chal­lenge to a Vir­ginia law that al­lows po­lice to ar­rest “ha­bit­ual drunk­ards” and send them to jail for up to a year for pos­sess­ing al­co­hol. Vir­ginia is be­lieved to be one of only two states — the other is Utah — with laws that make it a crime for some­one des­ig­nated as a ha­bit­ual drunk­ard to pos­sess, con­sume or pur­chase al­co­hol. The law, which dates to the 1930s, is be­ing chal­lenged by the Le­gal Aid Jus­tice Cen­ter, a non­profit ad­vo­cacy group that pro­vides le­gal ser­vices to low-in­come peo­ple. The group ac­cuses state pros­e­cu­tors of us­ing it to pun­ish home­less al­co­holics. The 4th U.S. Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals is weigh­ing the case.

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