BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have designated infielder Eduardo Núñez for assignment, likely ending his tenure with the team he helped win the World Series last year.
Núñez was batting .228 in 60 games with Boston this season, his third in the organization. Last year, he hit .265 with 10 homers in 127 games, and also hit a three-run pinch-homer to help the Red Sox win Game 1 of the Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Also Monday, right-hander Ryan Weber and first baseman Sam Travis were recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket, and righty Hector Velázquez was optioned to Pawtucket.
AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A man who fatally stabbed his wife in front of their daughter in 1979 committed a similar atrocity nearly four decades later when, at age 76, he stabbed a woman 11 times in front of her twins outside a laundromat in Lewiston, a prosecutor told jurors Monday.
Jurors on Monday watched a video of Albert Flick buying the knives two days before the assault, along with surveillance video showing him attacking the victim. After the assault, a bystander held Flick on the ground until police arrived.
Three witnesses who knew the victim, Kimberly Dobbie, 48, testified Flick had become infatuated with her and followed her around town before the attack.
Flick, now 77, decided against using an insanity defense during his murder trial, which began Monday in Androscoggin County Superior Court. His attorney, Allan Lobozzo, urged jurors to keep an open mind as they hear evidence, telling them it’s “easy to jump to conclusions.”
Flick has a long history of violence against women and was sentenced to prison for stabbing his wife 14 times in front of their child in 1979.
A judge who sentenced him for assaulting another woman in 2010 said Flick would no longer represent a threat because of age. The judge disregarded the recommendation of the prosecutor and probation officer for a longer sentence, and Flick was released in 2014.
“At some point Mr. Flick is going to age out of his capacity to engage in this conduct, and incarcerating him beyond the time that he ages out doesn’t seem to me to make good sense from a criminological or fiscal perspective,” the judge said.
Dobbie had recently moved to Lewiston and was living in a homeless shelter with her 11-year-old boys.
Assistant Attorney General Bud Ellis told jurors that Flick hid a knife behind his back before stepping forward and attacking Dobbie after she’d started a load of laundry. She died later that day at a hospital.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A former Minneapolis police officer sentenced to more than 12 years for fatally shooting a woman who called 911 to report a possible crime has been moved to a prison outside of Minnesota.
A representative of the Minnesota Department of Corrections told KSTP-TV that Mohamed Noor has been moved to an out-of-state prison but said the location is not public.
Noor shot 40-year-old Justine Ruszczyk Damond, a dual citizen of the U.S. and Australia, in the alley behind her home on July 15, 2017, after she called 911 to report what she thought was a woman being assaulted.
Noor was convicted of third-degree murder in April in the shooting of Damond, who was unarmed. A judge sentenced Noor in June to more than 12 years in prison.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Beto O’Rourke raised just $3.6 million in the second quarter, a dramatic drop that places him among a growing group of Democratic presidential hopefuls who are struggling to raise the cash needed for a credible White House run.
The former Texas congressman entered the race with a glowing cover story in Vanity Fair and the expectation that he would be a formidable contender. But the total his campaign announced Monday night was far less than the $9.3 million he raised last quarter and placed him toward the back of the pack.
It’s the latest sign that two distinct tiers are emerging in the primary: one that will have ample resources to build a national operation and get its message out and another forced to make difficult financial decisions and triage limited cash.
“Top-tier candidates will need to pull in eight-figure quarters to stay competitive and run effective campaigns on a national scale,” said Dennis Cheng, who was the finance director for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign. “The second quarter was about raising the bar and exceeding expectations.”
The top five Democratic fundraisers collectively raised $96 million this quarter, putting them within striking distance of the $105 million raised by Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee for the president’s reelection. That has eased worries that lackluster totals last quarter were a sign the party would struggle to stockpile cash for the general election fight.
Pete Buttigieg led the second quarter field with $24.8 million, a jaw-dropping sum to be raised by a candidate who entered the race months ago as the little-known mayor of South Bend, Indiana. He was followed by former Vice President Joe Biden, who raised $21.5 million. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts rebounded from a mediocre first quarter and came in third with $19.1 million. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont posted $18 million, while Sen. Kamala Harris of California reported raising about $12 million.
But the outlook is grim for many others. Some candidates, like O’Rourke, took in less than they did last quarter. Others were essentially treading water.
O’Rourke has struggled to reclaim the magic of his losing 2018 bid against Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, which brought him closer to winning statewide than any Democrat had in years. He set records in that race, raising over $80 million.
Unlike last quarter when his campaign touted his totals in advance, his staff waited until just hours before the Federal Election Commission’s Monday night reporting deadline to announce how much he had raised.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York raised $2.3 million — about $500,000 less than last quarter. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee improved his numbers but still pulled in only about $3 million.
Thanks to a strong Democratic debate performance, former housing secretary Julian Castro more than doubled his previous haul. But his $2.8 million still puts him toward the back of the field.
Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota both brought in enough money to forge ahead. But Klobuchar, who raised nearly $4 million, and Booker, who raised just a little more, performed worse than they did during the first quarter.
One of the most immediate challenges for candidates who have struggled to gain traction is notching enough donors to qualify for the next round of debates.
The Democratic National Committee has increased the thresholds to reach the fall debate stage, leaving a wide swath of the field scrambling to qualify. To secure a slot on the stage, candidates have to reach 2% in a handful of polls while racking up contributions from at least 130,000 donors in at least 20 states.
That requires raising a significant amount online from low-dollar donors, a metric that is touted as a sign of a candidate’s support from the party’s grassroots.
Those who build a large network of small-dollar donors aren’t just capable of raising money — they are winning over the same party activists needed to turn out the vote, organize and proselytize, said Robert Zimmerman, a donor and Democratic National Committeeman from New York.
“Not too many top donors from Bel Air, Manhattan, Scottsdale and Palm Beach are going to be knocking on doors through the snows of Iowa and New Hampshire,” he said. “But small-dollar donors and grassroots supporters, they build the campaign.”
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A 17-year-old girl with a small social media following in upstate New York was killed by a man she’d met recently on Instagram, who then posted photos of her corpse online, police said Monday.
The gory pictures were redistributed widely, including by online posters who made light of or celebrated the teen’s death.
Others urged people to stop circulating the images, which had appeared in online chat sites including 4chan and Discord.
On Monday, police identified the slain girl as Bianca Devins, of Utica, New York, and said that her alleged assailant, Brandon Clark, was being held on a second-degree murder charge. It was unclear whether Clark, who lived in Bridgewater, New York, had a lawyer who could comment on his behalf.
Discord users who saw the photos Sunday morning alerted police. Officers were trying to find the teen when the 21-year-old Clark called 9-1-1 himself to report what he’d done, Utica’s public safety department said in a statement.
Officers who tracked the call found Clark stabbing himself in the neck, causing injuries that required hospital treatment. Devins’ body was beneath a tarp nearby, police said.
Devins and Clark met on Instagram about two months ago, police said.
Initially, they were online acquaintances only, but the “relationship progressed into a personally intimate one,” police said. “They had spent time together, and were acquainted with each other’s families.”
The two attended a concert together Saturday night in New York City, where they got into an argument. They arrived back in Utica early Sunday and went to a spot on a dead-end street, according to the police statement.
There, they argued until Clark used a large knife to kill the teenager, police said. Authorities began receiving calls around 7:20 a.m. Sunday, reporting that a man posted on a social media site that he had killed a person.
After police encountered Clark stabbing himself, he laid down on a green tarp and took selfies lying across the dead teenager before officers took him into custody, police said. The case is being investigated as a murder and attempted suicide, Utica police Lt. Bryan Coromato said.
Devins’ family said in a written statement that the teen was “a talented artist” and “a wonderful young girl, taken from us all too soon.”
“Bianca’s smile brightened our lives,” the family wrote. “She will always be remembered as our Princess.”
The family statement said Devins graduated from high school last month and looked forward to attending a community college in the fall.
Utica police said they are working to address the sharing of the images with various social media platforms.
The Utica City School District issued a statement saying they “share our deepest heartfelt condolences with her family and loved ones.”
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon’s Prime Day is coming with a wave of deals — and protests.
The company’s fifth annual Prime Day now stretches two days, Monday and Tuesday, invented as an effort to try to drum up sales during sluggish summer months and sign up more users for its Prime loyalty program.
The Seattle-based e-commerce behemoth said it is offering more than a million deals. Amazon’s own products are usually among the strongest sellers.
This year, some used the high-profile event as a way to garner attention for their protests against Amazon.
At a warehouse in Shakopee, Minnesota, workers planned a strike to raise awareness for workers’ conditions. A group of tech workers in Seattle, called Amazon Employees for Climate Justice, is supporting the strike.
On Twitter, Massachusetts Senator and presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren voiced her support for the workers as well.
Amazon says it already offers what the workers are asking for.
“We provide great employment opportunities with excellent pay — ranging from $16.25-$20.80 an hour, and comprehensive benefits including health care, up to 20 weeks parental leave, paid education, promotional opportunities, and more,” spokeswoman Brenda Alfred said in a statement in response to the planned strike.
In New York, a coalition of labor groups planned to deliver 250,000 petitions to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ Manhattan home calling on the company to cut business ties with ICE and end abusive working conditions in its warehouses. And some on Twitter called for a blanket boycott of Amazon during Prime Day.
San Diego State University Marketing Professor Steven Osinski said the protests were unlikely to have an effect on sales, however.
“I don’t think it will have an impact, Americans liking discounts will trump worrying about higher wages for two days,” he said.
Other retailers have introduced sales to compete against Prime Day. Walmart has a “summer savings event” through Wednesday. Best Buy, EBay, Target and other retailers are also offering discounts.
“It’s something that shows you the power of Amazon that almost every other retailer is trying to capitalize on the traffic we’re seeing online today with promotions by just about everybody,” said Morningstar analyst R.J. Hottovy.
Some people may have delayed purchases until Prime Day, or are making back-to-school shopping purchases ahead of that season.
“Amazon has changed the consumer psychology in terms of summer shopping,” he said.
The company says it has more than 100 million subscribers to its Prime loyalty program, which costs $119 a year and provides free two-day shipping, free streaming movies, TV shows, and music and other perks.
A heartbroken community gathered to remember a little girl who was killed in a crash in Lawrence Sunday night.
Taysha Rohena Silva,11, of Peabody was killed in a head-on collision that left her 29-year-old mother, her mother’s 27-year-old boyfriend, her 8-year-old sister, and her 15-year-old cousin seriously injured.
Her family still coming to grips with their loss.
“It is killing me inside like I have cried for these past few days. I legit have no more tears coming out.”
Residents made a memorial consisting of candles, flowers and other items at the scene of the crash.
“Too many precious lives are being taken by these people that want to be so negligent,” one woman said. “It doesn’t make any sense, it doesn’t make any sense.”
Silva’s father said he wants his daughter to be remembered for her bubbly personality and her love of cars.
Those who attended the vigil say they are heartbroken thinking about the little girl whose life ended too soon.
“If you get pulled over, it’s just a $40 bill,” her father said. “A $40 bill is cheaper than a person’s life you know. There is no money that could replace that and here I am with my daughter’s death. I am not going to get that back.”
The driver, Selvin Manuel Lima, 23, of Lawrence, pleaded not guilty at Brigham & Women’s Hospital to charges including manslaughter, motor vehicle homicide by reckless operation, four counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury, operating with a suspended license, and failure to stop for a police officer, according to the Essex District Attorney’s Office.
A tearful Lima was ordered held without bail as he laid handcuffed to the bed.
Prosecutors say when officers approached Lima’s car at a traffic stop, he sped away, lost control as he turned onto Winthrop Avenue, and crossed into the southbound travel lane, striking a black 2016 Honda Civic head-on.
Surveillance video captured witnesses rushing to help the five people inside the Honda.
Silva was taken to Lawrence General Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead, the DA’s Office said.
The four other occupants remain at a Boston hospital.
Police have identified the man accused of assaulting a mother walking with her baby in Cambridge Tuesday morning.
Officers obtained a warrant for the arrest of the 34-year-old Somerville resident, whose name has not been released. He is facing several charges including, assault and battery and kidnapping, according to a release issued by Cambridge police.
“This man got in her face and started pushing a cellphone in her face,” said Jeremy Warnick, of the Cambridge Police Department. “He ultimately hit her in the face with the cellphone. Follow that up with an altercation in which she was trying to create some space. He grabbed on to her stroller. She pulled the stroller away from him and he fled.”
The woman and her 1-year-old child were not hurt.
Police say the suspect was barefoot at the time of the incident.
NEW YORK (AP) — Two Jeffrey Epstein accusers urged a judge Monday to keep the wealthy financier behind bars until he goes on trial on federal charges that he sexually abused underage girls.
The women stood just feet from where Epstein was seated in his blue jail outfit as they asked a federal judge to reject a request by Epstein’s lawyers that he remain under house arrest in his $77 million Manhattan mansion until trial on conspiracy and sex trafficking charges.
Courtney Wild, an unnamed victim in the 2008 lawsuit against the Department of Justice for the secret plea deal that allowed Epstein to avoid similar charges, spoke for the first time in court with a fellow accuser.
Wild said she was sexually abused by Epstein in Palm Beach, Florida, when she was 14.
“He’s a scary person to have walking the streets,” she said.
Annie Farmer said she was 16 when she met Epstein in New York. She said he later flew her to New Mexico to spend time with him there.
“He was inappropriate with me,” she said. She did not elaborate.
The Associated Press doesn’t name alleged victims of sexual abuse without their consent. Through their lawyers, both Farmer and Wild said they were willing to be publicly identified.
Judge Richard M. Berman said he’ll rule Thursday whether Epstein can be freed on bail, but he noted at the outset of a two-hour hearing there was a presumption in sex trafficking cases involving juveniles that the defendant will remain locked up.
He also rescinded his decision last week to let Epstein reveal his finances under seal, criticizing a one-page “asset summary” in which Epstein claimed $559 million in assets, including $56 million in cash, $112 million in equities, $195 million in hedge funds and private equity and $180 million in property.
Epstein seemed animated Monday, writing notes to his attorneys and leaning forward with his hands folded. He looked directly at each of his accusers before they spoke.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex Rossmiller said the government’s case is “getting stronger every single day” since Epstein was arrested July 6 as he arrived at a New Jersey airport from Paris on his private plane.
During a raid at Epstein’s Manhattan mansion following his arrest, Rossmiller said, investigators found “piles of cash,” ”dozens of diamonds” and an expired passport with Epstein’s picture and a fake name in a locked safe.
“How many safes are there in so many other locations like these?” Rossmiller asked.
Epstein’s lawyer, Martin Weinberg, said his client has not committed crimes since pleading guilty to charges of soliciting a minor for prostitution in Florida in 2008 and that the federal government is reneging on a 12-year-old plea deal not to prosecute him.
Epstein had demonstrated that he “disciplined himself,” Weinberg said, by not engaging in any crimes since the Florida deal, in which he agreed to submit himself to sex offender registration procedures in multiple states.
The “14-year gap is an elegant rebuttal” to expectations that he would re-offend, Weinberg said. “It’s not like he’s an out-of-control rapist.”
But the judge later noted he had read literature related to sex offenders that indicated the chance of a sex offender committing a new crime grew over time.
In addition to the charges in the indictment, prosecutors are also reviewing dozens of electronic files seized during the raid on Epstein’s New York residence, saying they have found even more photos than the trove of pictures of nude and seminude young women and girls they had reported prior to a court hearing a week ago.
Rossmiller said the pictures included at least one woman who has identified herself as one of Epstein’s victims.
Farmer cited the pictures when she spoke in court, questioning whether Epstein’s lawyer was accurate to say Epstein was disciplining himself.
“If he’s continuing to engage with pornography of young women, I would say that would be quite the opposite of disciplining,” she said.
Prior to Monday’s hearing, prosecutors said in court papers that additional women in multiple jurisdictions had told the government they were abused as minors by Epstein since his arrest. Also, dozens of individuals have called the government to report information about Epstein and the charges he faces, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors said they believe Epstein might have tried to influence witnesses after discovering that he had paid a total of $350,000 to two individuals, including a former employee, in the last year. That came after the Miami Herald reported the circumstances of his state court conviction in 2008, which led to a 13-month jail term and his deal to avoid federal prosecution.
Weinberg defended the payouts, saying sending money to an employee or a friend “is simply not witness tampering.” He added that even if his client knew scrutiny was intensifying of his behavior in the early 2000s, he never tried to leave the country, although he now considers his primary residence the Virgin Islands.
Rossmiller, though, said prosecutors went to great lengths to ensure no word leaked out about their months-long investigation because they feared he would flee. He also said the probe did not stem from interactions with federal prosecutors in Florida.
“He is in a grave position, and he has every motive and means to flee,” the prosecutor said.
Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta resigned last week following renewed criticism over the 2008 plea deal with Epstein that he oversaw as the U.S. attorney in Miami.