- The European Union this week banned the administration of psychological tests meant to determine sexual preference for LGBT asylum seekers fleeing countries where homosexuality is illegal. [BBC]
- Judge Rosemarie Aquilina sentenced Larry Nasar, the doctor who sexually abused more than 150 young women including several Olympic gymnasts, to up to 175 years in prison in addition to his 60-year federal sentence on similar charges. The judge informed Nasar at the sentencing that it was her “honor and privilege” to sign the order incarcerating him for the remainder of his life. [Al Jazeera]
- Internet sensation Grumpy Cat (real name: Tardar Sauce) was awarded over $700,000 in a copyright infringement suit against Grenade Beverage, the maker of Grumpy Cat Grumppuccino. Though Grenade Beverage originally used the famous cat’s likeness with permission, the company marketed several products that were not included in the original licensing agreement. [NPR]
- Videos were released this week of captured Sudanese migrants begging for aid after they were burned and whipped on camera by kidnappers seeking to extort ransom from the victims’ families. Libyan Special Forces found and released the eight tortured men shortly after the videos were disseminated on social media. [CNN]
- Trump stated this week that he will speak with Special Counsel Robert Mueller concerning the President’s alleged ties to Russia. What these talks will reveal is unknown. [Washington Post]
FACT OF THE WEEK: The women who wrote advice columns under the pseudonyms Ann Landers and Abigail Van Buren (“Dear Abby”) were Iowa twins born Esther Pauline Friedman and Pauline Esther Friedman.