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Bill Cosby's criminal case has been declared a mistrial after the jury was unable to come to a unanimous decision. The jury had spent five previous days in deliberation over the prosecution's case, which argued that Cosby had drugged and sexually assaulted Andrea Constand, ex-director of operations for the women's basketball team at Temple University, in 2004. Prosecutors, including attorney Gloria Allred, have vowed to retry the case. Allred, who represents a number of Cosby's accusers, said she hoped the next trial would allow "prior bad act witnesses." Camille Cosby, the 79-year-old comedian's wife, released a statement criticizing the prosecutors and media coverage of the case. Upon exiting the courthouse, Cosby himself said, "I just want to wish all of the fathers a Happy Father's Day and I want to thank all of the jury for their long days, their honest work individually." – CNN

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On Friday, a jury in St. Paul, Minnesota acquitted police officer Jeronimo Yanez of all charges in the July 2016 shooting death of Philando Castile. Yanez had been charged with second-degree manslaughter and endangering safety by discharging a firearm during the shooting incident, the immediate aftermath of which was live-streamed by Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds. The case against Yanez hinged on whether he had reason to fear that Castile was reaching for a gun after the officer pulled him over. Yanez testified that he had indeed feared Castile was reaching for a gun, but Reynolds claimed her boyfriend was only reaching for his identification. While both a dashcam video and the live stream footage captured some of the incident, Castile's movements just before the shooting were not recorded clearly. – NYT

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The US Navy and Japanese defense officials continue to search for seven missing sailors following a collision between a naval destroyer and a merchant vessel four times its size off the coast of Japan. At least three other sailors, including the ship's captain, were injured. As a result of the collision, the USS Fitzgerald was badly damaged on the forward starboard side both above and below the water line. The flooding on the ship has since been stabilized. The reason for the collision, which occurred at 2:20 a.m. local time, remains unknown. Japanese company Nippon Yusen K.K., who operate the merchant vessel, says all twenty of the Filipino crew members of the container ship are safe. – USAT

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The Los Angeles County coroner's office says the late Carrie Fisher died from a combination of sleep apnea and other causes, potentially including drug use. Also contributing to the star's death was fatty tissue buildup in her artery walls. Investigators were not, however, able to isolate the exact cause of death. Sleep apnea is a condition where a sleeping person stops breathing for a period of up to several minutes. The 60-year-old Fisher suffered a medical emergency on an international flight on December 23rd of last year, dying four days later. Fisher's brother Todd said that nothing about the coroner's report was "enlightening," adding that his sister's history of drug use was well-known from her own confessional writing. "If you want to know what killed her, it's all of it," Fisher said. – TIME

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John G. Avildsen, the Oscar-winning director of "Rocky" and "The Karate Kid," has died at the age of 81 from pancreatic cancer. Avildsen also directed Jack Lemmon to his Oscar-winning performance in 1973's "Save The Tiger." The director's other notable works include the first two "Karate Kid" sequels, the violent 1970 drama "Joe" with Peter Boyle and Susan Sarandon, the 1980 thriller "The Formula," starring George C. Scott and Marlon Brando, and the bizarre 1981 comedy "Neighbors" with John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. 1976's "Rocky" won Avildsen his lone directing Oscar and proved to be his most enduring picture. Avildsen said he had no interest in boxing when he was given Sylvester Stallone's original script for the underdog saga, but in the end agreed to make the film because he found it to be "an excellent character study and a beautiful love story." – THR

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KISS' Gene Simmons has filed an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to copyright the "devil's horns" gesture he often flashes in photos. The claim states that the bass guitarist, known as "The Demon" in the long-running hard rock band, first used the gesture "in commerce" on November 14th, 1974 during the group's "Hotter Than Hell" tour. The LA Times notes that the gesture means "love" in American sign language, and may be too ubiquitous to copyright. Wendy Dio, the widow of late heavy metal wailer Ronnie James Dio called Simmons' claim "disgusting" and says her husband learned the gesture from his Italian grandmother. Dio also noted that John Lennon held up the symbol on the cover of The Beatles' 1966 "Yellow Submarine/Eleanor Rigby" single. – LAT

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One person died and six were sickened in New York City over the past week after an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease. The New York City Health Department announced that all seven cases were found on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The individual who died was elderly and already had significant health issues. Of the six sickened, two have so far been released from the hospital. The news follows the discovery of two cases of Legionnaires' disease last week at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas. Recent outbreaks in Flint, Michigan, and New York's South Bronx resulted in several deaths. The CDC says 5,000 cases of Legionnaires' disease are reported each year in the US. – FOX NEWS

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23-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps will reportedly "race" against a great white shark as part of the Discovery Channel's "Shark Week." The race will air during the "Great Gold vs. Great White" special on July 23rd. It's unclear at the moment what form the race will take, but Discovery's press release promises "an event so monumental no one has ever attempted it before." For his part, Phelps posted a photo of a great white shark swimming next to a boat on Instagram, writing, "I was able to do something that I had always wanted to do. Be in a cage and dive with great white sharks." – RS

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