TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An online report in Iran says authorities have arrested eight people for producing allegedly “obscene” music videos.
The report by mizanonline.ir, a news outlet of the hard-line Iranian judiciary, is quoting Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi on Saturday as saying that the eight were arrested last week in Tehran. They were not identified by name.
The report says the videos they produced were broadcast on an anti-revolutionary TV channel — a likely reference to a foreign-based channel in Farsi.
Dowlatabadi says a special court for media and culture will review the case and consider raising charges against the eight.
There were no details on the content of the videos.
In Iran, it’s considered “obscene” and un-Islamic if a woman is filmed singing without a headscarf or together with a man.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Recordings of upcoming testimony by an aide to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are to be kept under seal over concerns the video might be used against the Democratic presidential front-runner.
U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan ruled in advance of Friday’s scheduled deposition by Clinton’s former chief of staff, Cheryl Mills. She is among a half dozen current and former officials to be questioned about Clinton’s use of a private email server when she was the nation’s top diplomat.
Sullivan has approved the depositions as part of a lawsuit filed by the conservative legal advocacy group Judicial Watch. Lawyers for Mills raised concerns that video of her testimony might be used to “as part of a partisan attack.” Mills supports the release of a written transcript.
NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter loosens the reins … photos, videos and other media soon won’t count against 140-character limit.
GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — Prosecutors will charge a Colorado woman with child abuse after they say a video shows her threatening to kill her son.
The video also shows a woman slamming a booster seat into a playpen with a child in it. It drew attention this week after it was posted online and people called police around the Denver area.
Investigators say it happened at a home in Lochbuie, about 30 miles northeast of Denver. Court documents show police there saw the video May 9 after a friend of the woman who made the video contacted them. They contacted the mother then.
She was arrested Wednesday. By then, she had moved to Denver and told investigators social workers had taken her son.
The Associated Press is not naming the woman to avoid identifying the boy. The AP typically does not identify children in abuse cases.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park rangers have not been able to contact or locate a group of Canadian men accused of walking onto a sensitive hot spring, and it’s possible they have returned to Canada, a park official said Wednesday.
“It looks like from their social media feed that they were already back in Canada when the warrants were issued, but it is just really hard to say,” Yellowstone spokeswoman Charissa Reid said Wednesday.
Rangers filed a criminal complaint Monday against three members of the group known as High on Life SundayFundayz for leaving an established boardwalk and stepping onto a geothermal feature where they snapped selfies and took video of themselves last Saturday. Several of group’s members are from Vancouver, British Columbia, and have a clothing line that they promote.
The group initially posted pictures and video of their trek out on the Grand Prismatic Spring on social media, but all images that showed the men were later deleted.
The group posted an apology on its website and social networks, expressing regret for their actions and offering to donate up to $5,000 to the park.
In response to messages seeking comment about the matter, an email from one member of the group said they were not able to talk Wednesday and referenced the group’s posted apology.
The criminal complaint names Charles Ryker Gamble, Alexey Andriyovych Lyakh and Justis Cooper Price-Brown. A witness provided pictures and video of the incident to rangers that show four men going about 25 yards off the boardwalk, according to the complaint.
Only three were charged because rangers were still trying to positively identify the fourth person involved, Reid said.
It wasn’t immediately clear how the legal process will proceed if the men are back in Canada.
John Powell, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Cheyenne, was out of the office Wednesday and unavailable for comment, according to the office.
Reid said Yellowstone officials are still assessing what damage may have been caused by the men walking onto the hot spring.
Hot springs have sensitive wet, soft bacterial mats that play a role in the colors associated with the spring, she said.
“When people walk on them it actually makes like white footprints in the bacterial mat,” Reid said. “Not only does it damage the bacterial mat but it also means that other people may be tempted to walk the same path.”
Yellowstone distributes literature to visitors and posts signs around geothermal features warning people not to stray off boardwalks and paths.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A police sergeant looking for speeders captured a fireball streaking across the sky on his dashboard camera early Tuesday.
The bright flash visible from several states was apparently left by a meteor burning up as it passed through Earth’s atmosphere. Other people and webcams also captured images of the fireball.
The American Meteor Society reported more than 400 sightings in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania and parts of Canada.
Portland police Sgt. Tim Farris was parked in front of the Central Fire Station when his camera captured the meteor lighting up the sky around 12:50 a.m.
Another officer who was chatting with him, Graham Hults, was heard exclaiming, “Oh, my God!”
Based on the brightness, the object was likely a space rock somewhere between the size of a toaster and a refrigerator when it entered the atmosphere, said Geoff Chester, spokesman for the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C.
Webcams in Portsmouth Harbor in New Hampshire and at the Burlington International Airport in Vermont captured the fireball. Video surfaced from other sources, including another officer in Plattsburgh, New York, and a motorist on the Everett Turnpike in New Hampshire.
Some reported hearing booms.
The Maine Mineral & Gem Museum suspects the meteor crashed into the woods of northwestern Maine, based on preliminary findings. It’s offering a $20,000 reward if someone recovers a piece of the meteorite weighing at least 2.2 pounds.
This story has been corrected to show the utterance of “Oh my, God” was made by another officer, not the one whose dashcam recorded the video.