The U.S. Senate has passed a bill making certain types of animal cruelty a federal felony. The Senate unanimously passed the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act, which criminalizes certain acts of animal cruelty.
The bipartisan bill will now be sent to President Donald Trump’s desk for his signature. If the president signs it, it will become a federal law. The bill is an expansion on the 2010 Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act, which made the creation and distribution of “animal crushing” videos illegal. The underlying acts, which were not included in the 2010 bill, are part of the PACT Act.
It would make it a federal crime for “any person to intentionally engage in animal crushing if the animals or animal crushing is in, substantially affects, or uses a means or facility of, interstate or foreign commerce,” according to a fact sheet of the bill.
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, the Republican incumbent, requested the secretary of state’s office to recanvass the vote totals after Tuesday’s night election ended with Democratic rival Andy Beshear being announced as the winner.
Bevin’s campaign manager Davis Paine continued to push Bevin’s claim that there were “irregularities” in the gubernatorial election, saying “The people of Kentucky deserve a fair and honest election. With reports of irregularities, we are exercising the right to ensure that every lawful vote was counted.” He accompanied the statement with a letter requesting the recanvass. Secretary of State Alison Grimes responded to the request on Twitter, announcing a recanvass would be conducted Nov. 14 at 9 a.m.
Beshear’s campaign manager Eric Hyers responded to Bevin’s request for a recanvass Wednesday, saying, “Last night, the people of Kentucky elected Andy Beshear as their next governor. Today, Governor-Elect Beshear is already working on his transition so that he can best serve the people of Kentucky on day one. We hope that Matt Bevin honors the results of the recanvass, which will show he received fewer votes than Andy Beshear. As has been reported, a ‘recanvassing has never changed the result of a Kentucky election.'”
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The Golden State Warriors sat D’Angelo Russell out for Wednesday’s game against the Houston Rockets, while Draymond Green has been ruled out for the entire three-game road trip.
Coach Steve Kerr told reporters Russell will miss his third straight game since suffering a sprained right ankle Friday against the San Antonio Spurs. Kerr said Russell could return for Friday’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Kerr said that Green, who suffered a torn ligament in his left index finger Friday, is not traveling with the team and was ruled out for the next three games.
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The L.A. Chargers moved to Los Angeles from San Diego before the 2017 NFL season, but the owner reportedly is dismissing a story that they might be on the move again — to London.
Team owner Dean Spanos told a Los Angeles Times reporter the report is “a lot of crap,” adding, “we’re playing in LA. This is our home, and this where we’re planning to be for a long (expletive) time. Period. OK? If you want me to say it again, I’ll say it again. (expletive) (expletive) that story. OK? Thank you.”
It had been reported “through NFL sources that the possibility of the Chargers moving to London has been broached among league personnel.” The story says NFL owners would support a move to London if the Chargers, the less popular of the two NFL teams in the city, want to relocate.
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