The billionaire founder of Chinese tech giant JD.com is locked in a bitter lawsuit over a rape allegation by a college student: Here's everything we know about the case
- Richard Liu, the billionaire founder and CEO of JD.com, the Chinese e-commerce giant, faces a rape accusation in civil court from a college student in Minneapolis.
- Liu is accused of assaulting Liu Jingyao, then a 21-year-old undergraduate at the University of Minnesota, while he was attending a business program there last summer.
- Last month, Liu Jingyao filed a civil lawsuit against the tech CEO, accusing him of plying her with so much alcohol that she couldn't walk properly, assaulting her in a company limousine, and then raping her in her apartment.
- He had been in town at the time to attend a business administration course at the University of Minnesota, a program attended by many foreign CEOs. JD.com's stock dropped 4% after the arrest and allegation were made public.
Infant died after being left inside day care van in Florida
- Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Assistant Chief Brian Kee told CNN that preliminary information shows she was in the van from around 8 a.m. till the call came in.
- Kee said the day care facility uses the van to pick up some children in the morning, and it was a day care worker's responsibility to make sure all children were out of the van.
- According to the center's website, it opened in 2015 and have programs ranging from after-school care for school age children to care for infants beginning at 6 weeks old.
- The center cares for around 14 children, and no others were injured, Kee said.
- Between 1998 and 2018, Florida had the second highest deaths with 88, according to NoHeatStroke.org.
- The investigation is ongoing and charges could be filed once the case is submitted to the district attorney's office, according to Kee.
Years after working as a janitor at NYU, a man graduated with a nursing degree from the same school
- According to CNN, in 2006 the teenager worked as a janitorial housekeeper at NYU Langone's Tisch Hospital on the weekends.
- Baez took the job cleaning bathrooms, hallways, and patients' rooms, to help his family, but he soon found that he enjoyed working in the hospital environment, he told Good Morning America.
- Eventually, he quit the part-time job so he could attend Hunter College, where he studied Spanish literature and biological sciences, according to CNN.
- After becoming the first person in his family to graduate from college, he had his sights set on NYU for nursing school, GMA reported.
- Baez, 29, enrolled in the NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing for an accelerated program, earning his degree in 15 months.
- According to CNN, he worked a full-time job during his first semester in school.
The US Army is exchanging a general officer with France for the first time in history
- For the first time ever, an Army general officer is heading to Marseilles, France, to command France's 3rd Armored Division.
- US Army Brig.
- Gen. Todd Wasmund and French Brig.
- Gen. Hubert Cottereau are the first approved exchanges in the US Army's Military Personnel Exchange Program (MPEP).
- Wasmund is set to begin his assignment early next year, according to the Army, while Cottereau, who will take over as deputy commanding general for readiness of the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, will start this summer after arriving at Fort Stewart earlier this month.
- Wasmund is currently the deputy commanding general for support for the 1st Infantry Division, per the Army.
- Stars and Stripes reports that he has deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, and recently deployed with the Army Europe's Mission Command Element in Poznan, Poland, as deputy commanding general.
How 'John Wick' spawned a hit franchise from a low-budget action movie almost every studio passed on
- But "John Wick," with its $20 million production budget, grossed four times that worldwide and kickstarted a successful franchise, the third movie of which — "John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum" — just toppled "Avengers: Endgame" in its opening weekend at the domestic box office, ending "Endgame's" three-week reign at the top.
- The closest franchise that Dergarabedian can compare "John Wick" to in terms of box office is "Austin Powers." When the first "Austin Powers" movie, "International Man of Mystery," was released in 1997, it made just $9.5 million (before inflation), but its 1999 sequel, "The Spy Who Shagged Me," debuted at nearly six times that at $55 million.
- "John Wick" was released in October, "Chapter 2" in February, and "Chapter 3" in May. It makes the franchise's success even more impressive, but Lionsgate especially got "Chapter 3's" release date right, according to Dergarabedian.
BlueMountain's flagship fund is losing money so far this year even as the rest of the industry surges, and it's just the latest blow for the hedge fund
- BlueMountain's flagship fund, Credit Alternatives Fund, lost nearly 4% in the first quarter before rebounding slightly in April, according to an investor letter obtained by Business Insider.
- The roughly $19 billion firm has also cut two of its three equity strategies this year, and a large investor in the firm's business believes the manager's growth prospects have " declined significantly." This streak of bad news is all happening while the hedge fund industry enjoys the best start to a year in a decade.
- BlueMountain, which is best known for its credit funds and its London Whale trade in 2012, expanded into equities in recent years but is now pulling back on the asset class.
- According to eVestment, the average hedge fund has returned 6.52% through April — the best start to a year since 2006.
A man says he'll surrender to police if his wanted poster gets 15,000 likes on Facebook
- A man considered a fugitive in Connecticut says that he will turn himself in if his wanted poster gets 15,000 likes, a lieutenant for the Torrington Police Department said.
- On Wednesday, Lt. Brett Johnson shared a wanted poster for Jose Simms, who is considered a fugitive, on Facebook, alongside what he called an "interesting" message.
- In the post, he explained that he had been contacted by Simms via Facebook Messenger earlier this week with a proposition: Simms offered to turn himself into the Torrington police if a picture of his wanted poster got 20,000 likes on Facebook.
- Speaking to INSIDER, Lt. Bart Barown said Simms got the idea to reach out to the police department after seeing activity on the Torrington Police Department's Facebook page.
- While Johnson was working the overnight shift, he got a Facebook message from Simms that said "Why don't you post my picture?
Your seasonal allergies are getting worse because of high levels of carbon dioxide — here's why
- According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, carbon dioxide (one of the greenhouse gases human activity emits that traps heat on the planet) increases plant growth rate.
- Additionally, rising temperatures — caused by increasing carbon dioxide levels — make pollen-producing plants' growing seasons longer.
- He told the Union of Concerned Scientists about another climate-related allergy problem: Plants use carbon dioxide to make food via photosynthesis, but extra carbon dioxide in the air leads pollen-spreading, allergy-inducing weeds to grow faster than "useful plants" like rice and wheat.
- Warmer temperatures give ragweed longer growing seasons, enabling the plant to continue producing more pollen later into the fall.
- Ragweed pollen could also become more allergenic as carbon-dioxide levels increase, according to the AAFA.
- According to Annesi-Maesano, "it seems likely" that allergies will continue to get worse if carbon emissions keep rising.
A woman led police on a wild high-speed chase through Los Angeles in a mangled RV with 2 dogs inside
- A woman driving an RV led police on a high-speed chase through Los Angeles Tuesday night, crashing into multiple vehicles and ripping off a large part of the camper's passenger side.
- It was initially reported that the woman was driving a stolen TV, but the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department later said that she is suspected of buying the RV with a stolen ID, according to KTLA.
- Video shows the driver crashed into at least six vehicles during the chase through the San Fernando Valley, and sent two people to the hospital.
- News helicopter footage shows the dog running off once jumping out of the vehicle and onto the street.
- The driver continued to run from officers on foot, followed by a second dog.
- Footage from the scene shows police interviewing the driver while her dog sat by her side.
Two years after angry Silicon Valley locals chanted 'build a wall' to keep the homeless out, the city is reportedly cracking down on a growing RV camp outside Google's HQ
- In Mountain View, California — where Google and several Silicon Valley tech companies call home — staggering rent prices have forced some residents out of apartments or houses and into more temporary dwellings, like vans or RVs. Meanwhile, resentment from local homeowners has risen as the number of vehicles lining the streets continues to grow, and a "crackdown" on the city's homeless has begun, according to a recent Bloomberg report.
- As reported by Bloomberg, some of these residents whose future living situations are now in limbo work at some of Silicon Valley's largest companies.
- Google specifically has donated millions towards homelessness initiatives in the Mountain View area, according to Bloomberg, including a local apartment development that offers affordable housing options.