Omicron coronavirus variant sparks global concerns
CBS News national correspondent Mark Strassmann discusses growing concerns over the Omnicron variant of the coronavirus. These concerns are coinciding with a rising number of cases in the U.S. and soaring travel numbers over the holiday season. Also, John Moore, a professor of microbiology and immunology at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, sits down with CBSN's Lana Zak to answer pressing questions about this variant and how it could impact life in the U.S.news.yahoo.com
Meredith Kercher’s Killer Blasts Amanda Knox: “She Knows the Truth”
Tiziana Fabi/Getty ImagesRudy Guede, who was convicted of raping and killing British student Meredith Kercher and who was released from jail early this past week, insinuated Amanda Knox and her ex-lover Raffaelle Sollecito were the ones who “inflict[ed] the stab wounds” in the gruesome 2007 murder. Guede, who spent 13 years in jail for the crime, maintained his innocence in his first post-jail interview with Britain’s The Sun, even as Knox pleaded with him to clear her name. “I know the truth annews.yahoo.com
'Operation Varsity Blues' reenacts and reorients a scandal
NEW YORK – Chris Smith didn’t initially think the 2019 college bribery scandal made for a good documentary subject. He was editing “Fyre,” the hit Netflix documentary about the music-festival fiasco, when his longtime collaborator, Jon Karmen, suggested another real tale of fraud and spectacle be their next film. By shifting the focus, Smith’s “Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admission Scandal,” which debuts Wednesday on Netflix, attempts to reorient center stage in a headline-grabbing drama that has already spawned one Lifetime movie. The documentary, like the scandal, has a dose of Hollywood. “One of the only people that got back to us was John Vandemoer.”Vandemoer, a Stanford University sailing coach, was the first person sentenced in the scandal.
Trial begins for two Bay Area students accused of killing Italian policeman
Two California students went on trial in Italy on Wednesday in the fatal stabbing of a Rome police officer during a brawl that shocked Italy. Varriale has said that he and Cerciello Rega announced they were police officers. AdvertisementElders father, Ethan Elder, has said his son was pinned down and choked by Cerciello Rega and fought back in self-defense, fearing for his life. Under Italian law, Natale-Hjorth risks the same homicide conviction as Elder, even though he did not stab Cerciello Rega. Franco Coppi, an Italian lawyer representing Cerciello Regas widow, noted it was seven months to the day since the officer died.latimes.com
Amanda Knox Asked for Wedding Donations, but She Is Already Married
Amanda Knox has been pleading for donations for her 2020 space-themed wedding, but the woman convicted and then acquitted of killing her roommate is already married, state records show. Screen grab of Knox's marriage certificate on King County records site. "Instead of a traditional registry, we're accepting donations towards the cost of the wedding," the couple posted. Amanda Knox started a GoFundMe for her wedding. RELATED STORIESAmanda Knox Wants You to Pay for Her Outer Space WeddingEmotional Amanda Knox Returns to ItalyAmanda Knox Reveals She Had Non-Sexual Romantic Relationship With a Woman in Prison
Amanda Knox Reveals She and Christopher Robinson Are Already Married Ahead of Upcoming Nuptials
"We shared our wedding story on social media, but we did not advertise our registry or ask strangers to donate. They then accused me of lying about the financial reality of our trip to support the Italy Innocence Project," the statement continued. In June, Knox, 31, arrived in Italy for the first time since her and then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito's conviction for the 2007 murder of Meredith Kerche was annulled in 2015 -- ahead of a speech organized by the Italy Innocence Project. "Im doing so because Ive been invited by the Italy Innocence Project to speak about wrongful convictions and trial by media. Knox also wrote about the pitfalls and powers of social media, on which she made her Instagram profile public back in 2017.
Amanda Knox Is 'Withholding Judgment' in the Case of Slain Italian Cop
Amanda Knox is weighing in on the case of the two American teens arrested in the slaying of an Italian cop. Knox spent nearly four years behind bars in Italy after being convicted of the 2007 murder of her roommate. The two American teenagers, Gabriel Christian Natale-Hjorth and Finnegan Lee Elder, both from San Francisco, face charges after an Italian officer was slain while confronting them over a suspected drug deal in Rome Friday. The slain officer, Mario Cerciello Rega, had just returned to work following his honeymoon. RELATED STORIESAmanda Knox Wants You to Pay for Her Outer Space WeddingEmotional Amanda Knox Returns to ItalyAmanda Knox Memorializes Meredith Kercher in Essay on Anniversary of Her Murder
Italian police investigate blindfolding of California man held in officers killing
Italian police have launched an internal investigation after a young California man arrested in connection with the killing of a Rome police officer was handcuffed and blindfolded during interrogation. Natale Hjorth and Finnegan Lee Elder, 19, were arrested on Friday in Rome following the stabbing death of Carabinieri officer Mario Cerciello Rega, 35, in the early hours of Friday. The man, however, informed the police, who sent two plainclothes officers to the rendezvous. The two officers, including Cerciello Rega, announced they were police, but Elder allegedly stabbed Cerciello Rega eight times before fleeing with Natale Hjorth, authorities said. Evidence in the latest killing in Rome appears more solid, not least because suspects have been identified by the surviving police officer who was present during the stabbing.latimes.com
Amanda Knox Wants You to Pay for Her Outer Space Wedding
Amanda Knox, the American woman who was convicted, then acquitted, of murdering her roommate, wants wedding donations to pay for the "best party ever." She and fiance Christoper Robinson are pleading for help in funding their 2020 outer space-themed nuptials, via a wedding registry site. Every donor will receive a copy of "The Cardio Tesseract," a book of love poems penned by Knox and Robinson. "We had to spend our wedding funds on this challenging and important journey," says the wedding registry site. RELATED STORIESEmotional Amanda Knox Returns to ItalyPresident Trump Felt 'Betrayed' by Amanda Knox After She Supported Hillary ClintonAmanda Knox Reveals She Had Non-Sexual Romantic Relationship With a Woman in Prison
Michelle Carter Doc: Director Reveals How Lea Michele Played a Part in the Texting Suicide Case
The two-part series examines the 2017 precedent-setting criminal trial -- popularly known as the Texting Suicide Case -- of a teenage girl who was deemed responsible for sending texts that seemingly encouraged her boyfriend to kill himself. The case quickly became a national news sensation, which Carr attributes to the fact that Carter is pretty, privileged, and most notably, female. This is about the psychological principles of Michelle Carter and Conrad Roy. In the months after Roys suicide, Carter was showered with attention and shes talking about quote-unquote getting famous, the director says, particularly when it comes to throwing a fundraising event in his honor. While Knox wrote an op-ed about the case, saying that Carter deserves sympathy and help, she declined an interview for the film.
Amanda Knox's murder conviction overturned
Italy's highest court acquitted Amanda Knox's second murder conviction. Knox and her then boyfriend were accused of killing a fellow student in 2007. CBS News legal analyst Rikki Klieman joins "CBS This Morning: Saturday" to tell us more about the long running case.cbsnews.com