Obama: ‘We do not pay ransom’
President Barack Obama denied accusations Thursday that the $400 million payment to Iran was actually a ransom paid in return for the release of American hostages. He confirmed the payment was in cash, and downplayed its significance, saying it was a “nefarious” deal. “We do not pay ransom. We didn’t here, and we won’t in the future,” Obama said. “We announced these payments in January. Many months ago. They were not a secret. It wasn’t a secret. We were completely open with everybody about it.” Officials said Iran was paid in cash because the nation is still isolated from the international financial system due to international sanctions.
John Travolta after receiving Emmy nomination: ‘I’m still in the game’
Long-time actor John Travolta recently earned his first Emmy nomination for his performance as Robert Shapiro in “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.” However, Travolta says he didn’t see it coming. “I did not assume at all [that I would be nominated]by the way, because I’ve been around too long,” Travolta told CNN in an interview on Wednesday. “I’ve been acknowledged over the years for various performances, but the big acknowledgements were “Saturday Night Fever,” “Pulp Fiction” and this.” Travolta’s Emmy nomination is among 22 earned by the FX series. “I’m just so happy that I’m still in the game,” Travolta said.
Slain DNC staffer’s family pleads for neighbors’ help
The family of a Democratic National Committee staffer killed three weeks ago in Northwest D.C. is asking the neighborhood to help them find justice. Police say Seth Rich was walking home around 4:20 a.m. when he was shot in the back twice by an attacker. He was not robbed, detectives said. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said detectives are continuing to look for leads and that there is a $25,000 reward for information that leads to a conviction in the case. “Oftentimes — in cases like this — the break comes a little bit down the road and that’s what we’re hoping for,” Lanier said. “The only thing I can say as a mother that warms my heart is that he lived such a great life, even though it was cut short,” said Mary Rich, Rich’s mother.
Jury says ex-officer should serve 2 ½ years
A jury recommended 2 ½ years in prison for a police officer convicted of manslaughter Thursday in the shooting death of an unarmed black man. Ex-officer Stephen Rankin shot 18-year-old William Chapman last year outside a Wal-Mart store. Witnesses testified that Chapman had his hands up, and prosecutors say Ranking could have used non-deadly force. Rankin faced one to 10 years for the manslaughter conviction, and the prosecution asked jurors to give him the maximum. A judge will formerly sentence Rankin on Oct. 12. The judge does not have to stick to the jury’s recommendation, but can’t increase the sentence.
Police seek vehicle in Md. hit-and-run crash
Late Thursday evening, a hit-and-run collision killed a pedestrian in Silver Spring, Maryland, around Layhill Road and Bel Pre Road. Police were initially called to the 14400 block of Layhill Road at around 9:24 p.m. for a pedestrian hit. A second call came in for a pedestrian hit at Bel Pre Road and Homecrest Road, about a mile away from the location of the first call. Montgomery County police say officers determined both calls were for the same collision, and they found a dead man at the Homecrest Road intersection. Police are currently looking for the driver involved, who was last see heading east on Bel Pre Road just after 10 p.m. Thursday.
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