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10 things you need to know today: July 19, 2015

Court disposition sheds new light on Bill Cosby accusations, Donald Trump attacks John McCain, and more


Bill Cosby admitted in court to pursuing, drugging young women

Bill Cosby admitted in a court deposition 10 years ago to pursuing young women sexually and giving them drugs like Benadryl and Quaaludes, The New York Times reported Saturday. The comedian, who has been accused of rape by dozens of women, said his actions were consensual. The lawsuit, in which a woman named Andrea Constand accused him of drugging and molesting her when she was 19, was settled out of court.


Donald Trump on John McCain: 'I like people who weren't captured'

Donald Trump hit back hard in his ongoing tiff with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Saturday. "He was a war hero because he was captured," Trump said at the Family Leadership Summit in Iowa. "I like people who weren't captured." The Republican National Committee denounced Trump's comments about McCain, a former Navy pilot who spent 5.5 years in a Vietnamese prison camp. Trump later tried to clarify his comments, saying they were focused on McCain's Senate record on legislation pertaining to veterans.


Chattanooga shooter's family says he suffered from depression

The gunman who fatally shot five service members at a Chattanooga, Tennessee, military center this week suffered from depression, his family said in a statement Saturday. "It grieves us beyond belief to know that his pain found its expression in this heinous act of violence," the family said of Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez, 24, who was shot to death by police on the scene, in their first public comments. The shooting is being investigated as a potential act of domestic terrorism.


Governors call for armed National Guard in light of Chattanooga shooting

Governors in Florida, Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Indiana, and Arkansas ordered National Guardsmen to be armed following two shootings at Chattanooga, Tennessee, military facilities by the same gunman. Gov. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) also ordered recruiters relocated to armories until state officials improve security. "It is painful enough when we lose members of our armed forces when they are sent in harm's way, but it is unfathomable that they should be vulnerable for attack in our own communities," said Gov. Mary Fallin (R-Okla.).


Top FIFA official pleads not guilty in corruption case

Former FIFA official Jeffrey Webb, the first to be extradited to the U.S. in the soccer governing body's widespread corruption scandal, pleaded not guilty Saturday to bribery charges. That means Webb, who served as a FIFA vice president as well as the president of regional soccer organization CONCACAF, will not cooperate with authorities in the investigation. He was released on $10 million bail and will be put under house arrest.


South Carolina KKK chapter protests Confederate flag removal

A South Carolina Ku Klux Klan chapter held a rally in Columbia on Saturday to protest the removal of the Confederate flag from statehouse grounds. The group repeatedly chanted "White power!" The New Black Panther Party also showed up, and several fights reportedly broke out between the two groups. The state legislature voted to remove the flag, considered by many a racist symbol, at Gov. Nikki Haley's request following the fatal shooting of nine people at a historically black Charleston church.


Saudi Arabia claims they have arrested more than 400 suspected ISIS militants

Saudi Arabia has arrested 431 people suspected of being affiliated with ISIS, the interior ministry said Saturday. In recent months, the nation has reportedly been a frequent target of the terrorist group, most notably in a June suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque that killed 27 people. The ministry didn't say when the suspects were detained, but it's thought the arrests took place over several months. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter will visit Saudi Arabia this week.


Tabloid publishes photos of young Queen Elizabeth performing Nazi salute

The Sun, a popular British tabloid, published private photos Saturday of Queen Elizabeth and her family mockingly performing the Nazi salute in 1933 or 1934, when she was about 7. The images are stills from a grainy home video. The family would become known for strongly opposing Adolf Hitler's regime during World War II. The tabloid was met with criticism in Britain for publishing the images, due to the queen's young age at the time, her later stances, and a possible breach of copyright law.


Former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd arrested

Ex-AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was arrested in New Zealand on Sunday, less than two weeks after he was sentenced to eight months of home detention for threatening a former employee and possessing drugs. The exact reason for his arrest hasn't been revealed, but last time the judge had warned him that he could face jail time should he violate his home detention.


Iconic quarterback Brett Favre returns to Lambeau in emotional ceremony

Longtime Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre returned to Lambeau Field for the first time in five years Saturday, where he was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame and had his No. 4 jersey retired. Favre had a contentious last few years in the NFL, leaving the Packers in 2008 and coming out of retirement twice, even playing for rival Minnesota Vikings. The crowd gave him a minutes-long standing ovation. "It was like I never left," Favre said.


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