U.S. arrests CEO, employees of largest online male escort service

Law enforcement officers take evidence from the Manhattan offices of Rentboy.com in New YorkU.S. authorities on Tuesday announced the arrests of the chief executive officer and six employees of Rentboy.com for promoting prostitution through what prosecutors described as the largest online male escort service. Rentboy.com CEO Jeffrey Hurant and the employees were charged in a criminal complaint filed in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, as authorities moved to seize bank accounts holding $1.4 million and the website's domain name. During a midday operation, U.S. Homeland Security Department agents along with members of the New York Police Department could be seen carrying computers and boxes labeled evidence out of Rentboy.com's Manhattan offices.

U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy used personal email for official business: audit

Ambassador of the United States to Japan, Caroline Kennedy speaks at the Japan-U.S. Economic Forum at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, in Los AngelesU.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy used her personal email for official business despite a State Department policy advising employees generally to avoid this, an internal audit released on Tuesday said. The State Department's Office of Inspector General made the finding in a routine report on the Tokyo embassy as the agency is under scrutiny for Hillary Clinton's use of a private email address and server when she was secretary of state. "Senior embassy staff, including the ambassador, used personal email accounts to send and receive messages containing official business," the report said, saying it found "instances when emails labeled 'sensitive but unclassified'" were sent and received on private email addresses.

Caitlyn Jenner costume for Halloween sparks social media outrage

Caitlyn Jenner recipient of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award is seen on a TV set in the press room during the 2015 ESPY's award show at Nokia Theater in Los Angeles CaliforniaBy Katie Reilly NEW YORK (Reuters) - Retailers selling Caitlyn Jenner costumes for Halloween sparked a social media firestorm on Tuesday from critics who say the get-up insults transgender people and promotes stereotypes. Jenner, a former Olympic gold medalist and reality TV star known as Bruce, came out as transgender this year and introduced herself in a Vanity Fair cover story that earned international attention. A change.org petition launched on Monday is demanding that Spirit Halloween, a costume company with over 1,100 locations in the United States and Canada, stop producing and selling the costume, which includes a brunette wig, shiny white padded bustier and shorts resembling the outfit Jenner wore in the Vanity Fair cover photo.

Fox News: Republican Trump should apologize after latest Twitter outburst

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Trump takes the stage for a campaign town hall meeting in DerryThe head of Fox News on Tuesday called on Donald Trump to apologize after a string of posts on Twitter lambasting Fox anchor Megyn Kelly, the latest in an ongoing flap between the network and the leading Republican presidential candidate. Kelly was one of the moderators at the network's recent Republican presidential debate, where Trump claimed she asked him unfair questions. On Monday night, Trump took to Twitter to say Kelly, who had just returned from vacation, was "off her game" and Fox's nightly news program was better without her.

Alibaba drop leaves stock pennies above IPO price

The logo of Alibaba Group is seen inside the company's headquarters in HangzhouBy Noel Randewich SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Shares of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd fell 3 percent on Friday and were perilously close to breaking below the price set in the largest IPO in history as fears of a China-led global slowdown rattled investors. A potential move below $68 would make China's largest e-commerce firm the second high-profile tech company to fall below its IPO price this week after Twitter Inc on Thursday dropped below its 2013 IPO price. It would also be a potential embarrassment to founder Jack Ma and the underwriters who engineered Alibaba's market debut last September.

California man, 19, charged with 'revenge porn' against girls
A 19-year-old California man accused of posing as a modeling agent to dupe and extort underage girls into sending him naked pictures was charged on Friday with more than 150 criminal counts in what prosecutors called a "revenge porn" case. Cesar Mauricio Estrada-Davila is accused of preying on 21 girls between the ages of 12 and 17 between January and April of this year, Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Jon Hatami said in a written statement. Hatami said Estrada-Davila befriended his victims on a social networking site, telling them he was a modeling agent who could make them famous and asking for pictures in their underwear.

McDonald's grilled over labor, tax practices at Brazil hearing

A man holds a poster in a protest against labor abuses and poor working conditions, in front of a McDonald's restaurant in BrasiliaMcDonald's Corp , the world's biggest fast-food chain, was accused of mistreating its employees and dodging taxes on Thursday during a Senate hearing in Brazil, where politicians, union leaders and workers from five continents voiced allegations. McDonald's has come under increasing scrutiny worldwide for allegations of labor abuses, health and safety violations, plus tax evasion in Europe, and Brazilian Senator Pablo Paim called a hearing to allow both sides to make their cases. McDonald's deferred comment to its regional operator.

Faux candidate Deez Nuts polls nine percent in Clinton-Trump match-up
A fake U.S. presidential candidate named Deez Nuts, reported to be the creation of an Iowa teenager, has stirred a social media frenzy by polling nearly 10 percent of registered North Carolina voters in a hypothetical match-up against Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. A statement of candidacy on behalf of the fictional 2016 White House hopeful, listing him as an independent, was filed on July 26 with the U.S. Federal Election Commission by 15-year-old Brady Olson, a high school student from Wallingford, Iowa, according to the Daily Beast.

Accuser in New England prep school rape trial says was 'violated'
By Ted Siefer CONCORD, N.H. (Reuters) - A former student at an elite New Hampshire boarding school on Wednesday described being sexually "violated" by a popular senior and testified she initially remained friendly with him to avoid making a scene during graduation weekend. The trial of Owen Labrie, 19, who has been charged with multiple counts of rape stemming from the May 2014 encounter at St. Paul's School in Concord, saw its first full day of testimony on Wednesday. The girl, who was 15 at the time of the alleged incident, described initially rebuffing Labrie's invitation for a "senior salute," a longstanding tradition at the school in which younger students agree to have sexual encounters with seniors.

Lawyers stake out sides at New England prep school rape trial
Two very different versions of a sexual encounter last year between two pupils at an elite New Hampshire prep school emerged on Tuesday, the opening day of the rape trial of one of the students. A state prosecutor and an attorney for the defendant, Owen Labrie, 19, of Tunbridge, Vermont, made opening statements at Merrimack Superior Court in Concord, New Hampshire, where Labrie faces charges of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old freshman girl days before he graduated in 2014 from St. Paul's School. The trial is shining a spotlight on the culture of St. Paul's, and specifically a tradition described as a "senior salute," in which younger students have sexual encounters with graduating seniors.

China's Tencent invests $50 million in Canada's Kik Interactive

Visitors use phones underneath of logo of Tencent at Global Mobile Internet Conference in BeijingChina's Tencent Holdings Ltd has taken a $50 million stake in Kik Interactive, an investment that values the Canadian mobile messaging company at more than $1 billion, Kik said on Wednesday. Kik, a Waterloo, Ontario-based company whose chat platform is popular with U.S. teens, has long said it aims to emulate the success of Tencent's WeChat, which has expanded from messaging to facilitating commerce in China. The investment from Tencent, China's biggest social network and online entertainment company, helps justify that ambition, Kik Chief Executive Ted Livingston said in a phone interview.

Internships: to pay or not to pay?
By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - For young people trying to get a foot on the career ladder, internships offer valuable experience. Actresses and fashion designers Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were the latest high-profile employers to be hit with a lawsuit when a former intern at their company filed a case last week. Shahista Lalani claims she worked 50 hours a week for Dualstar Entertainment Group and was not paid.

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