Sylvester Stallone reveals first images of new ‘Rambo’

Filming for the fifth “Rambo” film is currently underway, and Sylvester Stallone unveiled the first images of John Rambo from the next installment of the hit film franchise on Wednesday.
The first photo features Stallone decked out in western gear, complete with a cowboy hat.
Stallone captioned the photo, “Tonight we start filming…!”
In another photo shows Stallone as Rambo riding a horse.
Stallone first made his debut as the Vietnam War veteran in 1982’s “First Blood.” He subsequently went on to star in 1985’s “Rambo: First Blood Part II,” 1988’s “Rambo III” and 2008’s “Rambo.”
The tentative title for the upcoming film is, “Rambo V: The Savage Hunt.”
A premiere date has not yet been set.

A booby-trapped wheelchair shot an FBI agent at a house rigged to ambush intruders

The property’s former owner, who lost it in a civil judgment, has been charged with assault of a federal officer.
The special agent and three Oregon State Police bomb technicians went to the Williams, Oregon, house last month after Joseph Charter, the attorney appointed to sell the property as part of a civil lawsuit, found a sign warning that it was “protected by improvised devices.”
Charter told CNN that he saw the sign when he went to check out the property August 29, but didn’t see any obvious traps. When he came back the next day with a locksmith and a private investigator, they drove over nail-studded strips of wood that had been placed in the driveway, damaging the locksmith’s tires.
When the FBI agent and police visited the property on September 7, they found it protected by a variety of devices set to ambush intruders.
There was a minivan blocking the driveway that was rigged with two steel animal traps. The technicians disarmed them before moving towards the residence, the court documents said.
That’s when they saw a circular hot tub that was propped up on its side like a large wheel.
Upon closer examination, the technicians discovered the hot tub was rigged so that when the front gate to the property was opened, a mechanical trigger would cause the tub to roll down a hill towards the gate — much like the scene from “Raiders of the Lost Ark’ in which Indiana Jones must outrun a giant boulder that he inadvertently triggered by a booby trap switch, court documents said.
After clearing that trap, officers split up to check the residence and an exterior garage, where they found a wooden rat trap that had been “altered to accommodate a shotgun shot shell,” the documents said.
That trap had not been set, but was placed so that it would be tripped when the garage door was lifted.
The house had a reinforced security door and all of its windows were barred from the inside. The technicians used an explosive charge to breach the front door.
They then noticed a length of fishing line strung behind the door, but they couldn’t see where it went.
The FBI agent and one of the state police technicians entered the house and saw a wheelchair in front of them. The documents say the chair was moved somehow, which triggered a loud blast.
The FBI agent was shot in the left leg. A hospital X-ray found a small pellet embedded in his leg below the knee, according to court documents. He was treated and released.
The property’s previous owner, Gregory Lee Rodvelt, was awaiting trial in Arizona at the time on unrelated charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and unlawful possession of explosions, according to court documents. Rodvelt had been allowed to travel to Oregon to handle the civil matter, at which time authorities believe he booby-trapped the property.
Rodvelt, 67, was interviewed by an FBI agent September 7 in Surprise, Arizona, and described the trip wires and the hot tub trap. He was arrested the next day and charged with assault of a federal officer.
When asked to identify any other threats on the property, Rodvelt responded, “I would not race right in,” the court documents said.
CNN has been unable to reach Rodvelt or his attorney for comment.
When authorities returned to the property later they found a device believed to have injured the agent. It was made from another rat trap, a piece of wood and a pipe, along with a fired .410-gauge shotgun shell.
Charter said he still plans to sell the property and has had it swept to make sure it is safe.

Defense rests in trial of Chicago police officer

Developing story – more to come

Cristiano Ronaldo denies rape allegation

TURIN, ITALY - OCTOBER 02: Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez are seen during the Group H match of the UEFA Champions League between Juventus and BSC Young Boys at Allianz Stadium on October 2, 2018 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

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Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo has taken to social media again to deny allegations he sexually assaulted a woman in Las Vegas in 2009.

The 33-year-old called the allegations “fake news” on Instagram on Sunday, per Maya Oppenheim of The Independent. In a Twitter post on Wednesday, Ronaldo wrote that rape is “an abominable crime,” and he believes an investigation will clear his name:

German magazine Der Spiegel first brought the allegations to light in 2017 and named the accuser as 34-year-old Kathryn Mayorga on Saturday.

Mayorga told Las Vegas police in June 2009 that a man had raped at the Palms Hotel and Casino but did not name the alleged attacker, who was later revealed to be Ronaldo. The two parties subsequently agreed to a $375,000 settlement to prevent the allegations from becoming public.

A civil complaint has been filed in Mayorga’s name against the non-disclosure agreement, which her legal representative believes to be “not legally binding.” The complaint includes a 27-page document that reportedly features Ronaldo saying: “She said no and stop several times.”

CNN reported the complaint says Ronaldo told Mayorga he was “sorry” and that he was “usually a gentleman” following the alleged attack.

Der Spiegel‘s reporting was described as “blatantly illegal” by a legal representative for Ronaldo in a statement.

According to A.J. Perez of USA Today on Monday, Las Vegas police have reopened an investigation into Mayorga’s allegations. In a news release, Mayorga’s lawyer said his client wanted to “obtain justice by holding Cristiano Ronaldo accountable for his conduct” by filing the lawsuit and seeking the reopening of the police investigation.

As reported by the Mirror‘s Michael McNiffe, Mayorga’s legal team have announced a press conference for Wednesday in which they will reveal more details.

Opinion: Trump’s comments embolden rape culture

Tami Sawyer

While we were in deep conversation about the continued movement for racial justice in the South, Trump was roughly 120 miles north of us, mocking Professor Christine Blasey Ford — and every person in America who has been a victim of sexual assault.
It was dark as I drove home to Memphis and heard video of Trump’s shocking retelling of Ford’s testimony last week before the Senate Judiciary Committee, mimicking her in a belittling tone and accusing her of leaving Supreme Court nominee Judge Kavanaugh’s life in “tatters” and his family’s life “shattered.” The darkness was fitting as I watched the elected leader of our nation take an even darker turn.
Trump’s taunts of Professor Ford, and the cheers they elicited in the arena where the rally was held, set a precedent that further emboldens rape culture in our country. It was clear that Trump’s only concern is for the life of the man accused by more than one woman of sexual assault or misconduct and not for the women who have lived with the trauma of being assaulted. Judge Kavanaugh has denied the allegations against him. As I drove, I could only think of the young women and the children who would hear the President’s words and how their own voices would be muted by his lack of empathy and the bravado with which he sought to disempower his own accusers and those of Kavanaugh.
Alyssa Milano: We can't let Trump and Kavanaugh be America's face

Alyssa Milano: We can't let Trump and Kavanaugh be America's face

That our President said and did these things is a national disgrace, but that he did so in Mississippi and just outside Memphis is especially appalling. According to data from the US Department of Health and Human Services, 14% of high school girls in Mississippi reported being forced to have sex against their will, higher than reported data nationally. Sunflower County, near where I was when Donald Trump was speaking, is part of the Mississippi Delta, the poorest part of the state. If a young girl in Sunflower County is sexually assaulted, her options for mental health care and reproductive health care are severely limited.
If that same girl’s attacker impregnates her and she wants to terminate that pregnancy, she would have to find the resources to travel to the one abortion provider in the entire state in Jackson, the state capital. Southaven, where Trump spoke Tuesday night, is a more affluent part of the state, nearly 200 miles away, but there are still limited services for reproductive health care and sexual trauma recovery there, as well. By treating sexual assault survivors like fodder for a late-night TV monologue, Trump is blowing out a light of hope for many in a state where recovery options are far too few.
Trump and Kavanaugh meet #MeToo

Trump and Kavanaugh meet #MeToo

As I crossed the state line back into Memphis, I was still reeling, thinking of the many friends I have in Memphis who have bravely shared their stories of sexual assault in light of #MeToo. I reached out to one of them to see how Trump’s words impacted her. “Hearing someone, who supposedly represents this country, mock the survivor of sexual assault makes my heart hurt,” Angela Russell, a local business owner, told me. “It hurts for that woman, for every woman who has survived sexual assault, myself included. This is why women stay quiet.”
She praised Professor Ford as “incredibly courageous for putting herself in the public eye in order to shed light on Kavanaugh’s brutality and misogyny.” But Ford is not the only one to brave public scrutiny. Earlier this year, Russell — like Ford, who had to leave her home — received threats when she publicly accused an abuser. Her business, in a city that during the past decade has led the nation’s largest cities in female-owned business growth, was boycotted. In this context, Trump’s words went further than impugning Ford’s character. He attacked his own accusers of assault and misconduct. He attacked Russell. He attacked me and every other person in this country who has had to survive the trauma of being assaulted sexually.
In short, Donald Trump abused his power Tuesday night in my hometown. He engaged in the most powerful type of bullying and victim blaming and shaming we have seen as a country. To add further weight to the impact of his actions, he did this in the heart of the South, where women’s ownership of their bodies slips swiftly through their fingers. Women in Tennessee wait with bated breath for the White House’s decision on a waiver from the state legislature that would defund Planned Parenthood in our state. Rural hospitals are closing at rapid rates, leaving women without health care options. Some 12,000 rape kits sat untested for years, and the victims are found to have no standing. And the President stands in the midst of it all and laughs.

Opinion: This player’s return is bad for rest of NFL

New England Patriots' Julian Edelman (11) runs as Carolina Panthers' Wes Horton (96) defends during the first half of a preseason NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Jason E. Miczek)

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Julian Edelman could unlock the Pats offense that the NFL knows and fears, the NFL’s dizzying change of pace and why can’t the Falcons stop anyone. All that and more in this week’s 10-Point Stance.


1. Jules is back; sorry, Patriots haters

One reason this season Patriots quarterback Tom Brady hasn’t been, well, Tom Brady is because Julian Edelman hasn’t been around. Yes, it’s that simple.

Edelman has long been one of the key cogs of the Patriots offense, but that sometimes gets lost in the glare of Brady and Rob Gronkowski‘s greatness. A precise and explosive route-runner, Edelman often is a threat to draw double-teams, leaving Gronkowski single-covered. And when Gronkowski gets doubled, Edelman is almost impossible to stop in single coverage, especially on short and medium routes.

“He gets open so quick,” Brady told reporters Monday. “I think that’s the thing about Julian—his explosiveness in the routes, in and out of breaks. It’s very comforting for a quarterback to see a guy get open really early in a route. Julianwe ask a lot of him. He plays a lot of different spots. I think he’s capable of moving in and out of different locations and it’s kind of specialty-type plays.”

Without Edelman’s defense-altering abilities, Brady has been ordinary, at least according to the standard expected of him. He’s 20th leaguewide in passing yards, behind the likes of Eli Manning, Blake Bortles and Case Keenum.

Brady is likely to make a surge up that leaderboard now that Edelman’s four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drugs policy is over. Even if Edelman doesn’t play Thursday night against the Colts or only plays sparingly, he’ll be fully operational soon.

If Edelman gets back to where he was prior to his suspension, Gronkowski isn’t too beat up—he’s currently day-to-day with an ankle injuryand newly arrived receiver Josh Gordon stays clean, the Pats offense will be almost impossible to stop. 

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None of those are sure things, but all are highly plausible.

One thing is certain. The Patriots can’t wait to get Edelman back, and few players are as excited about it as Brady.

“He plays with a massive chip on his shoulder, and I think that is his play style,” Brady said Monday on the Kirk & Callahan show, via Ryan Hannable of “He’s tough. He’s been everything that you are looking for as a Patriot. Hopefully he brings that attitude and his competitiveness. Be really unselfish and do all the dirty work, which Jules loves to do.

“I think all the guys appreciate that with a player who is not the biggest guy, but he has a big heart and makes the biggest plays at the biggest times. Any time you can add someone like that, it can only help.”

That’s bad news for the rest of the NFL.

Sorry, haters.


2. How to make friends and influence people

FOXBOROUGH, MA - SEPTEMBER 30: Josh Gordon #10 of the New England Patriots looks on during the first half against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium on September 30, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

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Concerns about Josh Gordon not fitting in with the Patriots culture don’t seem to be worrying the man who built that cultureat least, not yet.

“Josh has worked hard, he’s a smart kid and he’s got quite a bit of experience,” Patriots head coach Bill Belichick told reporters Monday. “He’s, obviously, played in a lot of different systems with different coordinators and so forth. So, I think one way or the other, he’s probably experienced things that we’re doing in one of those systems that he’s been involved in. So, he’s been able to pick things up quickly and has experience doing different things, so it was good to get him out there. We’ll just see how it goes, take it week-to-week here.”

It says a great deal about Gordon that he can walk into the Patriots locker room, grasp their offense and impress Belichick in so little time.


3. The revolution is here

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It’s become obvious that the NFL is creating a new species of pro football, much like how a scientist creates a monster in a test tube.

But I don’t think fans, or even some people covering the sport, understand just how transformational this is. Decades of football are changing in the blink of an eye.

This isn’t an old-man-yelling-at-clouds type of deal; this is just stating facts. NBC’s Peter King outlined how quickly the number of 400-yard passing games is rising:

2014: 11 400-yard passing performances in 256 games
2015: 10
2016: 12
2017: 8
2018: 12 through 63 games

“The game is becoming far less physical, and the intimidation factor is gone,” former defensive tackle and current ESPN analyst Booger McFarland told King. “The quarterbacks know they can get hit, but not really hit like they used to.”

Not surprisingly, defensive players aren’t thrilled.

“My question is why won’t they just put flags on the QBs?” 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman tweeted. “They would rarely hit the ground then. Guys would be able to grab the flags and that would be a sack. Guys are losing thousands of dollars just doing their job. Something has to change.”

What’s concerning from a 30,000-foot view is not so much that the game is being altered, but that it is being altered at a breakneck pace. We haven’t seen the NFL change so quickly since the forward pass became a thing. While the forward pass was a great innovation, the shift toward rules that favor offenses will take time to allow for a harmonious balance in how the game is played. That has a lot of people across the NFL feeling a bit disjointed, as more than a few are poised to fall.

Just think, there were five 400-yard passing games this past Sunday. There were five 400-yard passing games throughout the entire 1970s, according to Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk.


4. Something smells rotten in Atlanta

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 30: Tyler Boyd #83 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs past Desmond Trufant #21 of the Atlanta Falcons after a catch during the third quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on September 30, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham

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In their last two games against the Saints and Bengals, the Falcons have given up a total of 80 points.


It’s one thing when the Saints drop 43 on you; it’s another when the Bengals score 37.

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan became the first player in league history to lose consecutive games despite throwing for 350 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

The reason for the Falcons’ poor defensive play is simple, people around the league say. It’s not coaching or scheme; it’s a lack of talent. Ravaged by injuries to Keanu Neal, Ricardo Allen and Deion Jones, the Falcons are rolling out perhaps the least talented collection of defensive players in the NFL, some around the league argue.

But as the saying goes, you can’t fire all of the players. If teams continue to slice through the Falcons as they have so far, you can expect an assistant coach or two to be forced out as sacrificial lambs.


5. Kickin’ it

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 24: Pat McAfee #1 of the Indianapolis Colts looks on against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the game at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 24, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Steelers defeated the Colts 28-7. (Photo by Joe Robbin

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That’s one way to describe one of the best sports podcasts out there, hosted by former Colts punter Pat McAfee.

Funny, intelligent and informative, The Pat McAfee Show 2.0 offers a lot of insight and opinions formed from McAfee’s eight seasons in the NFL. So, who better to ask about the state of a game seemingly in flux every year? What does McAfee think the league can do better?

“The game as a whole is in transition now,” McAfee said.

While McAfee was mainly talking about rules changes, the sport is transitioning in numerous ways on and off the field: how the sport is watched (on mobile devices more than ever before), how it is viewed (left and right politics) and how it is covered by the media.

Still, McAfee misses the game, and all of us should note the reason why.

“The thing I miss most is the NFL is a melting pot of people,” he said. “In the NFL, people come together with a common goal. The way the world is now, with everyone tearing each other apart, an NFL locker room bonds over football. That’s a great thing.”


6. An MVP dark horse

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This season has been all about the spectacular play of Patrick Mahomes, the dominant Rams and the excitement of Baker Mayfield, but the league’s most prolific running back is flying under the radar.

You all remember Ezekiel Elliott, don’t you?

As odd as it is for a Cowboy to be undercovered, Elliott has been. He leads the NFL in rushing with 426 yards, significantly ahead of second-place running back Todd Gurley (338 yards).

Elliott has been playing through ankle and knee injuries, but he has still carried the Dallas offense, which finally showed some signs of life Sunday in a win over the Lions. If the Cowboys can string a few more victories together, it won’t be long before Elliott starts receiving some well-deserved MVP talk.


7. A matter of trust

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Former NFL quarterback and current CBS analyst Rich Gannon said something this week that almost everyone is thinking: Can the Buccaneers count on Jameis Winston?

“I think it’s the decision you have to make at this point,” Gannon said on CBS’ NFL Monday QB, according to a transcript from the show. “You knew at some point the magic was going to run out for [Ryan] Fitzpatrick. The turnovers have been a problem for him. It’s one of the reasons why he’s been on eight different teams. But Jameis Winston…he, too, has issues with ball security. And to make matters worse, their defense is awful…

“The issue I have with Jameis Winston is, can you really trust this guy to make good decisions in critical situations?”

The answer is no. But the Buccaneers don’t have a choice.


8. Elite chip on the shoulder

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 30: Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens drops back to pass in the first half during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on September 30, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)

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Gannon had something else to say about a QB who can be trusted: Joe Flacco. Despite a growing undercurrent of criticism, Flacco has the Ravens back in the conversation to win the AFC, and Gannon thinks he knows why:

“A couple of things happened with Joe Flacco,” Gannon said. “You go out and draft Lamar Jackson in the first round; that not only lit a spark, it lit a fire under Flacco. He looks like a much different guy, even going back to training camp. … The other thing that’s really helped Flacco is what [the Ravens] did in the offseason. They went out and got John Brown. They went out and got Willie Snead. They went out and got Michael Crabtree. That’s an area where they really struggled. They haven’t had the depth and talent at that position in a long time.”

They do now, and Flacco is prospering.


9. Robot arm

It’s no secret that Mahomes has a cannon arm, but the above video suggests he may be part android.

What’s remarkable isn’t just the distancewhich looks to be about 70 yardsit’s the effortlessness of the throw. It’s reminiscent of how smoothly a fighter throws a devastating punch. It’s the type of punch that looks ordinary, but it isn’t. That’s how Mahomes throws the football.

You don’t see many NFL quarterbacks this young grasp the technical skills of the position to this degree. And he’s only getting better.


10. H3 2Y-Nod X-Go

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That’s the name of the play 49ers tight end George Kittle scored on in the Niners’ 29-27 loss to the Chargers on Sunday. He went 82 yards.

The play showed not only Kittle’s potential, but it also underscored the football geek-ness of head coach Kyle Shanahan.

“It was a zone play,” Shanahan told reporters Monday. “So, all he tried to do was not show that he was running a seam, so he ran a nod instead. When you run a seam, the safety carries you. When you run a 10-yard out, he doesn’t. So, you try to make it look like that. That’s why he was wide-open. It was zone coverage.”

For those of us who love for the technical details, it was music to our ears.

“Then, it’s up to C.J. to look the middle-third player off to get him to defend a go-route, which was on the left side,” Shanahan continued. “The O-line gave him enough time to move his eyes to the right, to the left and to come back to the right. So, he moved the coverage well, which got Kittle open. He was wide-open just by the coverage and the quarterback, then Kittle did a hell of a job making it into a touchdown.”

Yes. Yes. Yes.


Mike Freeman covers the NFL for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter: @mikefreemanNFL.  

Arrests at immigration marriage interviews pop up in Florida

“He (told) me that he needed to speak to my husband alone, and he asked me to go out to the lobby,” Maria told CNN. “Twenty minutes after, he came back and asked to talk to me and told me my husband was taken by ICE.”
Maria and Oscar Hernandez Miranda

Lisa Lehner, a senior litigation attorney with Americans for Immigrant Justice, said she knows of at least four of these arrests, including Oscar’s, happening in the Miami area, in the last month alone. Each one of the people arrested was an immigrant with deportation orders, married to a US citizen and applying for a “provisional waiver” application, to become a lawful permanent resident, according to Lehner. Oscar’s arrest was first reported by the Miami Herald.
Since his September 25 arrest, Oscar, a Nicaraguan immigrant, has remained in detention away from his wife, who suffers from multiple sclerosis. Maria said she thought she and her husband were doing the right thing.
Couples like the Mirandas, with one citizen spouse and one immigrant spouse, can choose to apply for an I-130, which allows a citizen to petition for their direct family member to gain citizenship. If that family member is a spouse, the couple must sit for a marriage interview to prove to authorities that their marriage is real.
“We were very confident because we (were) going through the path we need to take to have him get his papers,” Maria said. “We were doing what we were supposed to do.”
A few days after Oscar’s arrest, his application for a provisional waiver was approved to move forward. There are still many steps ahead for Oscar to be able to become a legal permanent resident, and his attorney, Jessica Shulruff Schneider, who is also with AIJ, said she is working to get him released.
“This is not just any ordinary case. This is a situation of a wife that has a debilitating disorder, multiple sclerosis, and a son that has the same condition, and both of them require specialized care and support from their family,” Schneider said. “Mr. Hernandez as her family was that support system.”
Nestor Yglesias, a spokesman for Miami’s ICE office, confirmed that ICE arrested Oscar. He had been originally arrested by US Border Patrol in February 2005, was issued a notice to appear in immigration court and did not show up for the court date. The spokesman said an immigration judge issued him a final order of removal in June 2005, and Oscar remained an ICE fugitive until he was arrested last week.
Oscar’s attorney says he has no criminal history other than his illegal entry arrest in 2005.

Happening around the country

These types of arrests have been at the center of a federal lawsuit involving five couples in Massachusetts. ICE arrested and detained spouses from each couple who were in the process of applying to become lawful permanent residents. Two spouses were arrested during their marriage interviews in the New England area.
Court filings in that case show what appear to be efforts between US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) employees and Immigration and Customs Enforcement employees to coordinate the interview appointments and arrests.
US District Judge Mark Wolf ruled in August that ICE “may not order the removal of an alien pursuing a provisional waiver solely on the basis that he or she is subject to a final order of removal” and that ICE must consider whether a person is applying for a provisional waiver and the facts of their case before ordering their removal.
But that case is being decided in Boston federal court and may have no bearing on what’s happening in Florida.
The plaintiffs in that case are waiting to see if Wolf will “certify a class,” allowing others in similar situations to become part of the suit without having to be named. But, as it stands now, that class certification may only extend to the New England area if approved by the judge.
When asked if USCIS feels the judge’s ruling in the New England case impacts what happened to Oscar in Florida, a USCIS spokesman told CNN, “As a matter of policy, we are unable to comment on matters involving pending litigation,” and referred back to comments USCIS made on the Massachusetts case. Oscar is not currently part of that case.
Matt Segal, an ACLU attorney who is part of the legal team fighting the Massachusetts case, said he believes that these arrests in Florida are illegal.
“This practice is illegal throughout the country, for the reasons we have articulated on behalf of our clients, and for the reasons stated in Judge Wolf’s recent order denying the government’s motion to dismiss,” Segal said in a statement to CNN. “Although that order does not directly bear on people in Florida, ICE has pledged to comply with it here in Massachusetts.”
An ICE official points out that Wolf’s ruling simply says ICE must “consider” whether a person is eligible for a provisional waiver when deciding whether or not to take them into custody, and that “ICE did not agree to not arrest such aliens,” but did agree “locally” to consider their backgrounds before making an arrest. The official points out that no court order has been issued that prohibits the arrest of people like Oscar, and that the ruling in the case only applies to the New England area.

Ronaldo denies rape allegations

Kathryn Mayorga says the Portuguese footballer, who now plays for Italian club Juventus, raped her in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2009 while she repeatedly screamed no, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in Clark County, Nevada.
“I firmly deny the accusations being issued against me,” Ronaldo wrote on Twitter. “Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in.
“Keen as I may be to clear my name, I refuse to feed the media spectacle created by people seeking to promote themselves at my expense.
“My clear conscience will thereby allow me to await with tranquility the results of any and all investigations.”
Leslie Stovall, Mayorga’s co-counsel, was not immediately available for comment.
Las Vegas police have re-opened the rape complaint made by Mayorga against Ronaldo. Her lawyer is holding a media conference later on Wednesday in Las Vegas.
More to follow.

Health insurance can cost nearly $20,000

Buffett, Bezos & Dimon try to tackle health care

Employers and workers together are spending close to $20,000 for family health insurance coverage in 2018, according to a new Kaiser Family Foundation report.

Although premiums have increased fairly modestly in recent years, the growth has far outpaced workers’ raises over time. The average family premium has increased 55% since 2008, twice as fast as workers’ wages and three times as fast as inflation, Kaiser’s Employer Health Benefits Survey found.

Companies pick up most of the tab, shelling out $14,100 a year, on average. Still, workers have to pay an average of $5,550, up 65% from a decade ago.

For single coverage, total premiums have reached $6,900, on average, up 47% from 2008. Workers contribute roughly $1,200 a year.

Deductibles also continue to burn a deeper hole in workers’ pockets. The average deductible now stands at $1,350, up 212% since 2008. That’s eight times faster than wage growth.

Also, more workers are subject to deductibles — some 85% in 2018, compared to 59% a decade ago. A quarter of all workers face deductibles of at least $2,000, up from 15% five years ago.

chart employer health benefits premiums

Employers have sought to limit premium increases by raising deductibles instead. But large deductibles are among Americans’ main complaints about their health coverage.

“As long as out-of-pocket costs for deductibles, drugs, surprise bills and more continue to outpace wage growth, people will be frustrated by their medical bills and see health costs as huge pocketbook and political issues,” said Drew Altman, Kaiser’s president.

chart employer health benefits deductibles

While employers have been trying to rein in health care costs for years, the issue has come into the spotlight once again.

Amazon (AMZN), Berkshire Hathaway (BRKA) and JPMorgan Chase (JPM) announced earlier this year that they were joining forces to give their combined 840,000 employees better health care choices and bring down costs, both for their workers and their companies.

Related: Amazon, Berkshire and JPMorgan announce CEO of their health care company

A growing number of companies are also contracting directly with hospitals and providers to take care of their workers, according to a National Business Group on Health study released in August. General Motors (GM) and Henry Ford Health System in Detroit recently set up such a contract. The six-hospital system will provide access to more than 3,000 primary care and specialty doctors, as well as hospital, emergency room and pharmacy services, to nearly 24,000 salaried GM workers and their families.

Some employers are looking to limit their networks to certain high-quality providers, which allows them to lower costs. Some 11% of companies said they’ve implemented these performance-based networks, up from 3% in 2014, according to a survey released earlier this year by PwC, a consulting firm. Another 34% of firms said they were considering these networks.

Related: Employers are finding new ways to cut health care costs

More large companies are offering coverage for telemedicine visits with providers, such as through videoconferencing or remote monitoring. The share skyrocketed to 74% this year, up from 27% in 2015, according to the Kaiser study.

Employees, however, have yet to embrace the new technology. Only 0.51% of those in large employer plans had at least one telemedicine visit in 2016, the latest data available.

“Lots of companies are paying for telemedicine, but very few employees are using it,” said Matthew Rae, senior health policy analyst at Kaiser.