From Across the Na­tion

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1 Ex­tor­tion claim: An at­tor­ney for the head of the Na­tional En­quirer’s par­ent com­pany on Sun­day de­nied that the tabloid com­mit­ted ex­tor­tion or black­mail by threat­en­ing to pub­lish Ama­zon CEO Jeff Be­zos’ ex­plicit pho­tos. Elkan Abramowitz, who rep­re­sents Amer­i­can Me­dia Inc. chief ex­ec­u­tive David Pecker, de­fended the tabloid’s prac­tice as a “ne­go­ti­a­tion” in an in­ter­view with ABC. The En­quirer pub­lished a story last month that in­cluded lurid texts be­tween Be­zos and for­mer TV an­chor Lau­ren Sanchez. Be­zos said AMI later threat­ened to ex­pose his re­veal­ing pho­tos if he didn’t have his pri­vate in­ves­ti­ga­tors back off.

2 Crowd struck: Wit­nesses and emer­gency re­spon­ders lifted a pickup truck off of peo­ple who were trapped when a truck plowed into a crowd Sun­day in Fuller­ton (Orange County). Au­thor­i­ties ar­rested a man who they say drove a Toy­ota Ta­coma onto a side­walk and in­jured nine peo­ple. The in­juries ranged from mod­er­ate to crit­i­cal, and the vic­tims are be­tween 18 and 49 years old. Of­fi­cials said Christo­pher So­lis, 22, of Ana­heim was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs. The crash hap­pened in the South of Com­mon­wealth dis­trict, a pop­u­lar week­end des­ti­na­tion.

3 Al­gae blooms: En­vi­ron­men­tal groups have filed a fed­eral law­suit push­ing for more ac­tion to pre­vent the toxic al­gae blooms that plague Lake Erie’s west­ern basin each sum­mer. The law­suit filed last week in Toledo says the U.S. En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency isn’t mov­ing fast enough and must hold Ohio ac­count­able for re­duc­ing the pol­lut­ing runoff that feeds the al­gae. The En­vi­ron­men­tal Law & Pol­icy Cen­ter’s law­suit claims Ohio’s ef­forts to pre­vent blooms have had lit­tle im­pact. The law­suit seeks a court or­der that sets a series of dead­lines for progress on lake pro­tec­tions.

4 Teach­ers strike: Den­ver teach­ers say they will strike Mon­day af­ter fail­ing to win an agree­ment on pay. Both sides met over the week­end in an at­tempt to reach a new con­tract af­ter more than a year of ne­go­ti­a­tions. Teach­ers plan to picket schools around the city. The dis­trict says schools will re­main open and will be staffed by ad­min­is­tra­tors and sub­sti­tute teach­ers. How­ever, the dis­trict has can­celed classes for 5,000 pre-school­ers be­cause it doesn’t have the staff to take care of them.

5 Guard charged: A se­cu­rity guard at the Min­nesota Sex Of­fender Treat­ment Pro­gram in St. Peter is ac­cused of hav­ing a sex­ual re­la­tion­ship with a pa­tient. Claudia Kogo, 57, was charged with felony counts of crim­i­nal sex­ual con­duct. Au­thor­i­ties say a pa­tient who was com­mit­ted as a sex­u­ally dan­ger­ous per­son re­ported that he had sex with Kogo more than two dozen times in late 2017. Pros­e­cu­tors say Kogo told a state in­ves­ti­ga­tor she kissed the pa­tient but de­nied hav­ing sex with him. A St. Peter po­lice de­tec­tive who lis­tened to recordings of phone calls be­tween Kogo and the pa­tient said many of the calls in­cluded con­ver­sa­tions about their sex­ual ac­tiv­i­ties, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments. Chron­i­cle News Ser­vices

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