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UK bomber said to have pleaded 'Forgive me' before blast
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By JILL LAWLESS, PAISLEY DODDS, MAGGIE MICHAEL and GREGORY KATZ
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May 25, 2017 4:56 PM EST

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — The suspect in the deadly Manchester concert bombing was driven by what he saw as unjust treatment of Arabs in Britain, a relative said Thursday, confirming he made a final phone call in which he pleaded: "Forgive me."

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Thu May 25 17:44:30 EDT 2017

In an attempt to protect her young son, Jenelle Evans kept 7-year-old Jace sheltered from the drama of her now-resolved custody battle.

Last March, the Teen Mom 2 star opened up to PEOPLE about her hope to gain full custody of her eldest child.

“Jace recently asked me: ‘When can I live with you again?’ ” Jenelle told PEOPLE. “I said: ‘Well, hopefully by the summer you’ll be living here.’ But that’s all I told him – I don’t want him to know too much right now ’cause it’s really detrimental.”

At the time of the interview, Jenelle was able to see Jace every weekend while her mother, Barbara Evans, maintained full custody. Jenelle and Barbara have long had a tense relationship, much of which has been documented on the MTV reality series, and were keeping their distance from one another.

RELATED VIDEO: “Teen Mom 2” Star Jenelle Evans Dishes on All Her Pregnancy Cravings (Think: Ice Cream!)

“We really don’t talk other than if it’s about Jace, because if we are around each other too much we start arguing,” Jenelle said.

But now, the reality star has reached a happy resolution in a long-fought custody battle.

Jenelle’s attorney, Heather D. Kaemmer, told PEOPLE on Thursday that the daughter and mother have settled on a custody schedule that allows them to share time with Jace. (Barbara maintains primary custody of Jace.)

“Barbara and Jenelle settled on a custody schedule that allows them to share time with Jace,” Kaemmer told PEOPLE. “The new Order grants Jenelle specific periods of time with Jace so that Barbara no longer has the authority to determine if and when Jenelle can spend time with her son.”

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The new order also states that Jenelle has specific ‘visitation’ rights, and she is “now entitled to speak to school personnel and medical personnel and receive information and records regarding Jace directly from them,” according to Kaemmer.

The MTV star — who shares Jace with ex Andrew Lewis, and Kaiser, 2, with former fiancé Nathan Griffith —  welcomed Ensley, her third child, on Jan. 24 at 10:40 a.m. with fiancé David Eason.


Thu May 25 17:38:32 EDT 2017

A Los Angeles judge signed off on a warrant for the arrest of Bikram Choudhury, the founder of hot yoga, on Wednesday, over suspicions that he fled the U.S. to avoid paying millions in damages to Minakshi Jafa-Bodden.

Jurors unanimously ordered Choudhury to pay Jafa-Bodden $7 million in damages in 2016, after she sued him for sexual harassment and unlawful termination. But so far, he hasn’t paid off any of his debt, according to court records obtained by PEOPLE.

Here’s what you need to know about Choudhury and the case.

Choudhury built an empire with Bikram yoga

A native of India, he opened his first yoga studio in Beverly Hills in the early 1970s. Choudhury eventually copyrighted his Bikram yoga system of 26 poses, performed in rooms heated to 105 degrees. Anyone looking to own a studio or teach Bikram yoga must complete a nine-week training program led by Choudhury.

RELATED VIDEO: Hot Yoga Founder Bikram Choudhury Ordered to Pay $7 Million in Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

 

 

The Los Angeles district attorney’s office declined to prosecute him in 2013

In 2013, when there were four allegations against Choudhury, the district attorney’s office determined that there was insufficient information to charge him. Three women had accused him of sexual assault, and one of his female students alleged that he had raped her.

The first civil lawsuit came in 2013

More women started coming forward with stories of rape, sexual assault and harassment by Choudhury in 2013, which led to a total of six civil suits by Feb. 2015.

Sarah Baughn, one of his accusers, said many people in the yoga community tried to ignore the growing criticism against Choudhury, who was an icon to yogis and celebrities like Madonna, George Clooney, Brooke Shields and Jennifer Aniston.

“A lot of people have blinders on,” said Baughn told The New York Times in 2015, just after filing her lawsuit, in which she alleged that he had raped her. “This is their entire world. They don’t want to accept that this has happened.”

Jafa-Bodden was fired the same year

Jafa-Bodden, who says that Choudhury convinced her to leave India in 2011 to be his personal attorney, was fired two years later. She says Choudhury repeatedly sexually harassed her, made lewd comments about women and pushed her to cover up his sexual harassment during that time.

Jafa-Bodden says she was fired when she started looking into the other sexual harassment accusations against Choudhury.

Choudhury denied all sexual assault and harassment allegations

RELATED VIDEO: From CNN Newsource — Bikram Yoga Founder Speaks Out About Assault Claims

 

Choudhury said in 2015 that he would never need to assault or harass anyone for sex because “women love me.”

“If I really wanted to involve with the women, I don’t have to assault ,” he told CNN. “I never assaulted them.”

Three of the cases against him are still pending

Jafa-Bodden was the first to win a case against Choudhury in Jan. 2016. Of the other six cases, three are still outstanding, and the others were settled out of court.

Choudhury is believed to be on the run

Authorities believe the yogi hid his money and fled the country. The warrant “will enable us to have  arrested in any country that is a member of the Hague convention,” Jafa-Bodden’s attorney, Carla Minnard, told PEOPLE, and his bail is now set at $8 million.

“We are going to pursue payment of this judgment no matter where he goes, no matter how much it costs and no matter how long it takes,” Minnard added. “We are going to get justice for Micki and her daughter.”


Thu May 25 17:35:23 EDT 2017

Following the devastating Manchester Arena bombing, which killed 22 people and injured 119 others, security experts are sharing their advice on what event goers should do in case of emergency.

“For any concert, whether it’s indoor or out, I always recommend that you maintain what we call situational awareness,” Patrick Brosnan, former NYPD detective and founder of Brosnan Risk Consultants LTD, tells PEOPLE.

“Situational awareness is a combination of common sense and growing eyes in the back of your head,” explains Brosnan. “You know what’s going on around you, you’re cognizant and aware of your surroundings and you behave accordingly.”

And “if you see something that’s suspicious” like a suspicious package, Brosnan suggests “that you vacate that area and locate the authorities.”

Then, “you advise them or you advise management — and let the professionals handle it from there,” says Brosnan. “Law enforcement only has a finite amount of eyes, so if they enlist the eyes and ears of all the civilians in these venues, they can gather intelligence to make better decisions and make them faster.”

For instance, if a concertgoer “observes a male in a bulletproof vest,” then they should alert the authorities, says Brosnan. “That’s unusual behavior.”

Explains Brosnan: “It’s unusual and suspicious — particularly in the context and framework of today’s society. He may be a police officer or it may turn out to be someone who is looking to do harm. Be aware of your surroundings.”

Christopher Hagon, a managing partner at Incident Management Group, a Florida-based international security consulting firm, also emphasizes that one of the most important things people can do is to be aware of their surroundings.

“The main point is you have to improve your awareness: ‘Is this place that I plan to go a risk?'” he explains. “ you can’t become paranoid over it because you’ll never do anything.”

In addition, Hagon, a former security officer for the royal family, recommends that if people do choose to put “these awareness procedures” into place that it “be consistent and long term.”

As far as assessing risks, Hagon notes that the focus seems to be “on places and times when there are a lot of people together or in crowded market places.”

“One of the things that’s so dangerous about this is that occur at fixed times,” explains Hagon. “With these concerts, you can’t suddenly say, ‘We’re going to move this from Tuesday to Wednesday.’ It’s a fixed time, so therefore it’s more vulnerable.”

And when it comes to getting out of a situation, Brosnan’s top advice is: “Run at top speed.”

“The fact is your safety is paramount,” he explains. “And you can never reverse a million years of ingrained ‘fight or flight.'”

Brosnan also suggests making a plan with family and friends before an outing. “Have a plan,” he says. “Now, everyone has a cell and you have the ability to text and communicate seamlessly, so there’s really no need for any ambiguity about where anyone is at any time.”

He continues: “If you increase set times and increase set meeting locations, you certainly mitigate some of the issues that could develop where you separate for a prolonged period of time. I strongly urge that.”

On Monday, what began as a fun night out ended in tragedy when a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device after an Ariana Grande concert.

The audience in Manchester included many children and teens, with their accompanying parents, and after the blast, eyewitnesses described to PEOPLE a scene of chaos and fear.

 



LOS ANGELES (AP) — Late Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell will be laid to rest Friday at a private memorial service at a Hollywood cemetery that is the final resting place of numerous stars.

NEW YORK (AP) — Former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee will start a new weekly talk show on the religious Trinity Broadcasting Network this fall.

NEW YORK (AP) — Seven ancient statues and pottery vessels are headed back to their homeland in Italy after authorities said they tracked down the stolen items in New York City.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A woman who said she was assaulted at rapper 50 Cent's Connecticut mansion in 2009 has dropped a lawsuit against him and his G-Unit Film & Television production company.

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook's CEO returned to Harvard Thursday, telling graduates that it is up to their generation to create a purpose for today's world, to care about others, to fight inequality and strengthen the global community.

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — The Latest on the investigation into the Manchester concert bombing (all times local): 8:50 p.m. A relative of the man suspected in the deadly Manchester concert attack says he was driven to extremism after seeing a friend fatally stabbed last year.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — After two years of silence amid an onslaught of sexual assault allegations, comedian Bill Cosby is sending carefully targeted messages about racial bias across the media landscape ahead of his June 5 trial in suburban Philadelphia.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Blake Lively is set to star in an adaptation of the best-seller "The Husband's Secret," from "Big Little Lies" author Liane Moriarty.

NEW YORK (AP) — In a story May 24 about Sean Hannity, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Seth Rich was a Democratic National Committee chairman.

CANNES, France (AP) — The Cannes Film Festival, with its late-night soirees and throngs of paparazzi, isn't an ideal place for children.

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC is saying bye-bye this year to its tradition of an annual live holiday musical. The network confirming that "Bye Bye Birdie" has been pushed from its announced December airdate into 2018.

LONDON (AP) — Aerosmith's Joe Perry says the band's European dates will not be canceled in the wake of Monday's deadly attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England.

NEW YORK (AP) — David Hallberg is working on a memoir about his rise from childhood bullying victim to principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre and the Bolshoi Ballet.

"Modern Family" star Sarah Hyland says her skinny appearance lately is due to a medical condition. The 26-year-old says in a social media post that critics have accused her of promoting anorexia in pictures she's posted.

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman is calling out an airport security worker who she says questioned whether she had enough muscles to be a gymnast.

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — It was not just family and friends mourning Martyn Hett this week. Even Mariah Carey was shocked by his death in the Ariana Grande concert bombing.

CANNES, France (AP) — It's a long way from May in France to February in Los Angeles, but the Cannes Film Festival has often been a breeding ground for Academy Awards campaigns.

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II met Thursday with children injured in the Manchester concert bombing, consoling them and pronouncing the attack at an event attended by so many young people "wicked."

Ariana Grande's manager says he plans to honor those killed during the bombing of her concert with "love and joy and life." Scooter Braun writes on Twitter that "the wish of terrorism is to take away that feeling of freedom and joy."

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In 2000, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was trying to break into Hollywood. He was off to an OK start. The pro-wrestler already had a following, a role in "The Mummy Returns" and high-wattage charm.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The advocacy group GLAAD says the representation of LGBTQ characters in major Hollywood films increased nearly 1 percent in 2016, but the group says many of the portrayals weren't positive.

NEW YORK (AP) — Khizr Khan, the Gold Star father who became a national celebrity after speaking at last year's Democratic National Convention, has a book planned for young readers.

BOSTON (AP) — Oprah Winfrey told students to live with purpose. President Donald Trump said to ignore the naysayers. Will Ferrell sang some Whitney Houston.