May 5, 2017

Bo Dietl admits Fox hired him to discredit female accusers

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Former police detective, Fox News contributor and hopeful mayoral candidate Bo Dietl admitted Thursday that he was hired by Fox News to dig up information on Gretchen Carlson and Andrea Mackris that would discredit their sexual harassment allegations.

Dietl told the WSJ that he had an investigator eavesdrop on Mackris' conversations in an effort to show she wasn't "under duress" from her alleged harassment.

Flashback: Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson was given $20 million last summer to settle her sexual harassment claims — leading to Roger Ailes' ouster. And back in 2004, former producer Andrea Mackis received a $9 million settlement in her suit against Bill O'Reilly.

Timing: Dietl's interview with the WSJ comes as he is under investigation for his work with Ailes. But prior to the investigation, Dietl repeatedly denied ever doing PI work for the network.

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NYPD commissioner: "I'm extremely proud" of officers' response to protests

New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea in February. Photo: Yana Paskova/Getty Images

New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said in a public statement Sunday that he is "extremely proud" of the New York City Police Department's response to protests over the death of George Floyd Saturday night, writing: "What we saw in New York City last night and the night before was not about peaceful protest of any kind."

Why it matters: New York City residents captured several instances of police officers using excessive force against demonstrators. In one video, two NYPD SUVs are seen ramming into protesters who were blocking a road and throwing traffic cones at the vehicles.

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SpaceX capsule carrying astronauts docks with space station

The Crew Dragon just before docking on Sunday. Photo: NASA TV

SpaceX's Crew Dragon safely delivered two NASA astronauts — Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken — to the International Space Station on Sunday after the company's historic launch Saturday.

Why it matters: This marks the first time a private company has delivered people to the space station, and it signals the beginning of the end of NASA's reliance on Russia's Soyuz spacecraft for flights to orbit.

Minnesota AG: Prosecution of officer in George Floyd case shouldn't be rushed

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison cautioned in an interview on "Fox News Sunday" that the case against Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer involved in the death of George Floyd, is "very early in the process" and that charges could be amended or added.

Why it matters: Chauvin was arrested last week and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, which implies that he did not intend to kill Floyd. Some protestors have demanded more severe charges, and Floyd's family has asked Ellison to serve as a special prosecutor in the case.