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otto putland trial: commonwealth swimmer cleared of rape


image copyrightwales news serviceimage caption otto putland denied raping a woman at his friend's house in adamsdown a commonwealth games swimmer has been cleared of raping a woman after a night out in cardiff.otto putland, 24, who represented wales at the 2014 games in glasgow, had denied forcing himself on the woman after she had sex with his friend, olympic swimmer ieuan lloyd.a jury at cardiff crown court took just two hours to unanimously clear him of rape.mr putland, of dinedor, near hereford, told the court the sex was consensual.image copyrightgoogleimage caption otto putland was on trial at cardiff crown court the court previously heard the woman went to mr lloyd's house in july 2015, after spending most of the evening with him at a nightclub, and they had sex.the woman claimed mr






state auditor rebecca otto loses appeal


state auditor rebecca otto lost in court again, losing an appeal tuesday of her challenge to a law allowing counties to hire private audit firms to examine their books.otto, who has been elected to her statewide office three times, has been fighting the law since the legislature passed it and gov. mark dayton signed it in 2015.she sued becker and wright counties after they retained private audit firms. she also sued ramsey county, which declined to commit to a multiyear contract with the state auditor.otto alleged the law removes a core function of her constitutional office and in its passage violated the state constitution's "single subject" provision that requires a law to be about only one subject.roughly 60 percent of the state auditor's budget is derived from auditing the counties. if






state auditor rebecca otto loses appeal


state auditor rebecca otto lost in court again, losing an appeal tuesday of her challenge to a law allowing counties to hire private audit firms to examine their books.otto, who has been elected to her statewide office three times, has been fighting the law since the legislature passed it and gov. mark dayton signed it in 2015.she sued becker and wright counties after they retained private audit firms. she also sued ramsey county, which declined to commit to a multiyear contract with the state auditor.otto alleged the law removes a core function of her constitutional office and in its passage violated the state constitution’s “single subject” provision that requires a law to be about only one subject.roughly 60 percent of the state auditor’s budget is derived from auditing the counties. if






state auditor takes fight over 2015 law to supreme court


st. paul, minn. — state auditor rebecca otto says she's appealing a controversial 2015 law limiting her office's duties to the minnesota supreme court.otto has lost several legal battles over the law that allowed counties to hire private firms for annual financial audits. the state court of appeals last month upheld a lower court's ruling that the legislation was constitutional on a 2-1 decision.otto, a democratic candidate for governor in 2018, had indicated she would appeal. she announced her formal appeal thursday.she says the law is an unconstitutional encroachment on her duties. republicans who spearheaded the change say it helps counties save money.otto has spent more than $250,000 fighting the law so far.






doctors: otto warmbier in state of 'unresponsive wakefulness'


doctors who have examined ohio college student otto warmbier delivered a grave assessment thursday of the 22-year-old man.        






judge: man unfit for trial in sioux falls double killing


sioux falls, s.d. (ap) — a judge has ruled a man incompetent to stand trial on charges he killed his mother and nephew in sioux falls in 2016.minnehaha county circuit judge bradley zell ruled monday that 25-year-old heath otto is unable to help his attorneys in his defense.otto’s trial was put on hold in january after his attorneys said a doctor found him incompetent.authorities allege otto killed his mother, 48-year-old carol simon, and his 7-year-old nephew, brayden otto, at a sioux falls mobile home in november 2016. authorities say heath otto told police he strangled them and slit their throats because his mother was sick and his nephew was handicapped. he faces murder charges.most read nation & world storiesunlimited digital access: $1 for 4 weeksthe argus leader reports prosecutors m






san mateo-based smart lock startup suspends operations


just four months after unveiling its $699 digital door lock in august, san mateo-based smart lock startup otto said on tuesday it is suspending operations.the decision to suspend operations came last month, after an unidentified public company backed away from acquiring otto at the last minute, according to a lengthy post written by otto ceo sam jadallah on the tech-centric blog hackernoon.in the blog post titled “so close,” jadallah said the public company proposed acquiring otto by dec. 11. during the negotiation period, otto was not allowed to solicit other bids or fund raise cash for the company.but on dec. 11, the company told jadallah it would not complete the acquisition nor revisit the investment proposal.“i was stunned,” wrote jadallah. “we had extended our cash to get to the clos






appeals court upholds ruling in controversial audit law


st. paul, minn. — minnesota's court of appeals has upheld a state law allowing counties to hire private firms for financial audits.it's the second such court ruling involving the legislature's 2015 law that ignited controversy. state auditor rebecca otto challenged the law, arguing it was an unconstitutional breech of her duties that puts taxpayers at risk.republicans who spearheaded the change argued counties should be allowed to choose private audits that can be cheaper than the auditor's services. a district court ruled last fall the change was constitutional, but otto appealed.the state court of appeals affirmed that ruling in a 2-1 decision tuesday.otto's office says she is still reviewing the decision. otto has spent more than $250,000 fighting the law so far.






wyoming high school classmate on otto warmbier: 'everyone's friend'


a classmate remembers otto warmbier        






uber atg upgrades its autonomous truck test fleet with new tech


uber’s advanced technologies group has a new version of its testing transport truck for autonomous tech. the new model features an updated technology stack, including a 64 channel spinning lidar array, which is something never used previously on any of the former otto’s test trucks.the uber atg truck notably drops all otto branding, as you can see, since uber retired that name in may following a trademark dispute raised by canada’s otto motors, and after the self-driving trucking company uber acquired became the impetus for a suit by alphabet’s waymo contesting that otto execs took confidential company info when they departed google.uber’s advanced technology group has taken over ownership of the project, with otto falling under its umbrella as of last year, and now the trucks have been up






american student otto warmbier — detained in north korea for 17 months — dies


the american student who was imprisoned in north korea for more than 17 months and was returned home to ohio last week, has died, his family said in a statement monday afternoon.“it is our sad duty to report that our son, otto warmbier, has completed his journey home,” his family said in part in a statement. “surrounded by his loving family, otto died today at 2:20 p.m.”






otto warmbier dies days after release from north korean detainment – the denver


otto warmbier, university of virginia student who was detained in north korea for nearly a year and a half, died monday afternoon, his parents announced.warmbier returned from north korea last week in a coma, and his father fred warmbier denounced the “pariah” regime that brutalized his son.fred and cindy warmbier issued a statement monday afternoon:“it is our sad duty to report that our son, otto warmbier, has completed his journey home. surrounded by his loving family, otto died today at 2:20 p.m.”“it would be easy at a moment like this to focus on all that we lost – future time that won’t be spent with a warm, engaging, brilliant young man whose curiosity and enthusiasm for life knew no bounds. but we choose to focus on the time we were given to be with this remarkable person. you can t






what is botulism? comatose u.s. college student otto warmbier released by north


north korean officials reportedly said otto warmbier came down with a case of botulism and fell into a coma after being given a sleeping pill.        






otto warmbier, us student sent home from n korea, dies


image copyrightreutersimage caption otto warmbier's parents say they went 15 months without hearing from or about their son the american student who was released last week after being held in captivity for more than 15 months in north korea has died, his family says.otto warmbier, 22, returned to the us last tuesday, but it emerged he had been in a coma for a year. north korea said botulism led to the coma, but a team of us doctors who assessed him dispute this account.mr warmbier was sentenced to 15 years of hard labour for attempting to steal a propaganda sign from a hotel.he had suffered severe brain damage, and was medically evacuated from north korea on 13 june to a hospital in his home city of cincinnati. ohio. it is unclear how he fell ill. how harsh is prison in north korea?how did






otto warmbier, us student sent home from n korea, dies


image copyrightreutersimage caption otto warmbier's parents say they went 15 months without hearing from or about their son the american student who was released last week after being held in captivity for more than 15 months in north korea has died, his family says.otto warmbier, 22, returned to the us last tuesday, but it emerged he had been in a coma for a year. north korea said botulism led to the coma, but a team of us doctors who assessed him dispute this account.mr warmbier was sentenced to 15 years of hard labour for attempting to steal a propaganda sign from a hotel.he had suffered severe brain damage, and was medically evacuated from north korea on 13 june to a hospital in his home city of cincinnati. ohio. it is unclear how he fell ill. how harsh is prison in north korea?how did






otto warmbier, us student sent home from north korea, dies


image copyrightreutersimage caption otto warmbier's parents say they went 15 months without hearing from or about their son the american student who was released last week after being held in captivity for more than 15 months in north korea has died, his family says.otto warmbier, 22, returned to the us last tuesday, but it emerged he had been in a coma for a year. north korea said botulism led to the coma, but a team of us doctors who assessed him dispute this account.mr warmbier was sentenced to 15 years of hard labour for attempting to steal a propaganda sign from a hotel.he had suffered severe brain damage, and was medically evacuated from north korea on 13 june to a hospital in his home city of cincinnati. ohio. it is unclear how he fell ill. how harsh is prison in north korea?how did






otto warmbier, us student sent home from north korea, dies


image copyrightreutersimage caption otto warmbier's parents say they went 15 months without hearing from or about their son the american student who was released last week after being held in captivity for more than 15 months in north korea has died, his family says.otto warmbier, 22, returned to the us last tuesday, but it emerged he had been in a coma for a year. north korea said botulism led to the coma, but a team of us doctors who assessed him dispute this account.mr warmbier was sentenced to 15 years of hard labour for attempting to steal a propaganda sign from a hotel.he had suffered severe brain damage, and was medically evacuated from north korea on 13 june to a hospital in his home city of cincinnati. ohio. it is unclear how he fell ill. how harsh is prison in north korea?how did






otto warmbier, us student sent home from north korea, dies


image copyrightreutersimage caption otto warmbier's parents say they went 15 months without hearing from or about their son the american student who was released last week after being held in captivity for more than 15 months in north korea has died, his family says.otto warmbier, 22, returned to the us last tuesday, but it emerged he had been in a coma for a year. north korea said botulism led to the coma, but a team of us doctors who assessed him dispute this account.mr warmbier was sentenced to 15 years of hard labour for attempting to steal a propaganda sign from a hotel.media playback is unsupported on your devicemedia captiondonald trump says the us will 'handle' north koreahe had suffered severe brain damage, and was medically evacuated from north korea on 13 june to a hospital in h






professor: otto warmbier got ‘what he deserved’


people are calling for a university of delaware professor to be fired after she wrote on facebook that otto warmbier "got exactly what he deserved."        






photos: otto warmbier released from north korea prison


john minchillo – associated pressgallery: fred warmbier, father of otto warmbier, a university of virginia undergraduate student who was imprisoned in north korea in march 2016, speaks during a news conference, thursday, june 15, 2017, at wyoming high school in cincinnati. otto warmbier, serving a 15-year prison term for alleged anti-state acts, was released to his home state of ohio in a coma and medically evacuated tuesday. (ap photo/john minchillo)






state auditor rebecca otto loses appeal in fight over scope of duties


state auditor rebecca otto said tuesday she would appeal to the minnesota supreme court after the state court of appeals rejected her lawsuit seeking to overturn a state law that undercut the power of her office.in 2015, the legislature passed and gov. mark dayton signed a law that allowed minnesota counties to retain private audit firms to inspect their books rather than turn them over to the auditor’s office. otto subsequently sued becker and wright counties after they hired private firms; she also sued ramsey county after it declined to commit to a multiyear contract with her office.otto alleged the law removed a core function of her constitutional office, and that its passage violated a provision of the state constitution that requires a law be about only one subject.roughly 60 percent






state auditor takes her case to minnesota supreme court


state auditor rebecca otto on thursday asked the minnesota supreme court to reconsider a lower-court ruling that upheld a state law she believes limits the powers of her office.the appeal would mark the third time the case has been heard. two lower courts previously ruled against otto, finding that a 2015 law allowing minnesota counties to use private audit firms was constitutional. otto has sued a handful of counties that have retained private auditors and contends that the law removes an essential public function of the state auditor.in a statement thursday, dfler otto said she maintains her argument and her commitment to support minnesota's constitution."i believe that, if left as is, the 2015 law will unacceptably diminish the protection this constitutional office provides the taxpayer






state auditor rebecca otto loses appeal in fight over scope of duties


state auditor rebecca otto said tuesday she would appeal to the minnesota supreme court after the state court of appeals rejected her lawsuit seeking to overturn a state law that undercut the power of her office.in 2015, the legislature passed and gov. mark dayton signed a law that allowed minnesota counties to retain private audit firms to inspect their books rather than turn them over to the auditor's office. otto subsequently sued becker and wright counties after they hired private firms; she also sued ramsey county after it declined to commit to a multiyear contract with her office.otto alleged the law removed a core function of her constitutional office, and that its passage violated a provision of the state constitution that requires a law be about only one subject.roughly 60 percent






nokia 8 6gb hits germany


nokia 8 already made its way to germany, but now the more powerful version also arrives to the european country. online retailers amazon and otto now offer the 6gb ram version of the phone for €669, with the latter also offering paying in monthly installments.the more powerful version of nokia 8 comes only in polished blue color. on amazon there are at least five retailers with over 90% positive rating who offer the phone, where the lowest offer of €669 also has free delivery.otto, on the other hand, can give you the phone for monthly installments between €18.60 (if bought with 48-month plan) and €230.20 (3-month plan). by european law, the warranty is 24 months, but otto offers a 1-year extension for €40.amazon retailers can ship the device right away, while otto needs “up to three weeks”






nokia 8 with 6gb ram hits germany


nokia 8 already made its way to germany, but now the more powerful version also arrives to the european country. online retailers amazon and otto now offer the 6gb ram version of the phone for €669, with the latter also offering paying in monthly installments.the more powerful version of nokia 8 comes only in polished blue color. on amazon there are at least five retailers with over 90% positive rating who offer the phone, where the lowest offer of €669 also has free delivery.otto, on the other hand, can give you the phone for monthly installments between €18.60 (if bought with 48-month plan) and €230.20 (3-month plan). by european law, the warranty is 24 months, but otto offers a 1-year extension for €40.amazon retailers can ship the device right away, while otto needs “up to three weeks”






north korea denies torturing otto warmbier


the reaction was north korea's first since otto warmbier's death on june 19.        






in an alternate universe lyft may have bought otto


the uber vs. waymo trial took a turn for the the weird today when testimony revealed that otto, the company whose acquisition is at the center of this lawsuit, was entertaining bids from other suitors.for a bit of background, otto is the self-driving truck company that anthony levandowski co-founded with lior ron. both men previously worked at google/alphabet/waymo — levandowski on autonomous vehicles (first at google x, the company’s moonshot division, and then at waymo, which was spun out as an independent subsidiary business of alphabet, google’s holding company) and ron at google maps.during proceedings, ron, otto’s co-founder with levandowski revealed that the company was not just in acquisition negotiations with uber — which eventually acquired the company (the event that triggered t






otto warmbier 'was brutalised by pariah n korea', parents say


image copyrightreutersimage caption locals in cincinnati turned out to welcome otto warmbier home the parents of otto warmbier, the us student who is in a coma after being freed this week by north korea, say he was "brutalised" by a "pariah regime".the 22-year-old is now being treated in hospital after the flight carrying him landed in ohio on tuesday.mr warmbier was sentenced to 15 years of hard labour for attempting to steal a propaganda sign from a hotel.he was given a sleeping pill after becoming ill after his trial last year and did not wake up, north korea said.media playback is unsupported on your devicemedia captionus student otto warmbier said he was "a poor scapegoat" before he was jailed in 2016he is now being treated at the university of cincinnati medical center.how harsh is p






otto warmbier: north korea releases jailed us student 'in coma'


media playback is unsupported on your devicemedia captionus student otto warmbier said he was "a poor scapegoat" before he was jailed in 2016us student otto warmbier has been freed from jail in north korea, but his parents say he has been in a coma for a year.the us secretary of state said the 22-year-old was on his way home to the us.the warmbier family told us media they had found out only last week that their son has been in a coma since shortly after his trial in march 2016.mr warmbier was sentenced to 15 years of hard labour for attempting to steal a propaganda sign from a hotel.who is otto warmbier?otto warmbier is an economics graduate from the university of virginia, originally from cincinnati, ohio.he was in north korea as a tourist with young pioneer tours when he was arrested on






otto warmbier: north korea releases jailed us student 'in coma'


media playback is unsupported on your devicemedia captionus student otto warmbier said he was "a poor scapegoat" before he was jailed in 2016us student otto warmbier has been freed from jail in north korea, but his parents say he has been in a coma for a year.the us secretary of state said the 22-year-old was on his way home to the us.the warmbier family told us media they had found out only last week that their son has been in a coma since shortly after his trial in march 2016.mr warmbier was sentenced to 15 years of hard labour for attempting to steal a propaganda sign from a hotel.who is otto warmbier?otto warmbier is an economics student from the university of virginia, originally from cincinnati, ohio.he was in north korea as a tourist with young pioneer tours when he was arrested on






otto warmbier: north korea releases jailed us student 'in coma'


media playback is unsupported on your devicemedia captionus student otto warmbier said he was "a poor scapegoat" before he was jailed in 2016us student otto warmbier has been freed from jail in north korea, but his parents say he has been in a coma for a year.the us secretary of state said the 22-year-old was on his way home to the us.the warmbier family told us media they had found out only last week that their son has been in a coma since shortly after his trial in march 2016.mr warmbier was sentenced to 15 years of hard labour for attempting to steal a propaganda sign from a hotel.who is otto warmbier?otto warmbier is an economics graduate from the university of virginia, originally from cincinnati, ohio.he was in north korea as a tourist with young pioneer tours when he was arrested on






otto wins new startup at the crunchies


otto, winner of the new startup award at the 10th annual crunchies awards, had a whirlwind year. the company e out of stealth in may 2016, revealing its plan to develop self-driving technology for semi-trucks.in august uber purchased the company and all-star team to help expand its autonomous efforts. then in october an otto-powered truck made its first delivery, hauling 50,000 budweiser cans from fort collins, colo., to colorado springs.the company was co-founded by former google engineers. anthony levandowski and don burnette worked on google’s self-driving effort. lior ron was head of product at google maps and clair delaunay worked as a robotics program lead.other engineers at otto have worked at tesla, apple and google. according to bloomberg, uber doesn’t want to dismantle this team






otto warmbier: us student sent home from north korea dies


image copyrightreutersimage caption otto warmbier's parents say they went 15 months without hearing from or about their son the us student held in captivity for more than 15 months in north korea has died a week after returning home.otto warmbier, 22, was serving 15 years hard labour, accused of attempting to steal a propaganda sign from a hotel.he was returned to the us last tuesday, with north korea saying it was on humanitarian grounds.north korea said he had been in a coma for a year after contracting botulism but his family say he was subjected to "awful torturous mistreatment".a team of us doctors have also disputed north korea's version of events. media playback is unsupported on your devicemedia captiondonald trump says the us will 'handle' north koreamr warmbier had suffered sever






otto warmbier: us student sent home from north korea dies


image copyrightreutersimage caption otto warmbier's parents say they went 15 months without hearing from or about their son the us student held in captivity for more than 15 months in north korea has died a week after returning home.otto warmbier, 22, was serving 15 years of hard labour for attempting to steal a propaganda sign from a hotel.he was sent back to the us last tuesday on humanitarian grounds - it emerged he had been in a coma for a year. north korea said he had contracted botulism but his family say north korea subjected him to "awful torturous mistreatment" in detention.a team of us doctors have also disputed north korea's version of events. media playback is unsupported on your devicemedia captiondonald trump says the us will 'handle' north koreamr warmbier had suffered sever






otto warmbier: us student sent home from north korea dies


image copyrightreutersimage caption otto warmbier's parents say they went 15 months without hearing from or about their son the us student held in captivity for more than 15 months in north korea has died a week after returning home.otto warmbier, 22, was serving 15 years of hard labour for attempting to steal a propaganda sign from a hotel.he was sent back to the us last tuesday on humanitarian grounds - it emerged he had been in a coma for a year. north korea said he had contracted botulism but his family say north korea subjected him to "awful torturous mistreatment" in detention.a team of us doctors have also disputed north korea's version of events. media playback is unsupported on your devicemedia captiondonald trump says the us will 'handle' north koreamr warmbier had suffered sever






otto warmbier's parents: n. korea 'destroyed him'


the parents of wyoming native otto warmbier who died after being imprisoned in north korea speak out        






asian stocks fall, taking cue from wall street on travel ban


tokyo — asian shares slipped tuesday, tracking a decline on wall street set off by jitters over president donald trump's travel ban.keeping score: japan's benchmark nikkei 225 dipped 1.3 percent to 19,126.99 as a stronger yen also helped send shares lower. australia's s&p/asx 200 dropped 0.6 percent to 5,630.60. south korea's pi lost 0.4 percent to 2,074.40. markets in hong g, china and taiwan were closed for lunar new year holidays.the quote: "a rude awakening was seen for markets at the start of the week as president donald trump's latest policy on immigration tipped the market into risk-off mode," said jingyi pan, a market strategist at ig in singapore.wall street: the dow jones industrial average fell 122.65 points, or 0.6 percent, to 19,971.13. the standard & poor's 500 index