Penn. Supreme Court rules Ted Cruz is eligible for presidency
Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz won a lawsuit in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court regarding his eligibility to serve as president of the United States. In a unanimous decision, the state Supreme Court on Thursday, March 31, upheld the ruling of a lower court, therefore allowing Cruz’s name to remain on the ballot during the Pennsylvania primary on April 26. The lawsuit was filed by Pittsburgh resident Carmon Elliot, a registered Republican voter, who claimed Cruz could not run because he was born in Canada. He argued that because of his birthplace, Cruz was not a “natural born citizen,” which is a requirement for presidents under the US Constitution. Commonwealth Court Senior Judge Dan Pellegrini agreed with Cruz’s attorneys, who argued that because he was born to an American citizen, he is a “natural born,” regardless of where the birth takes place. “Accordingly, because he was a citizen of the United States from birth, Ted Cruz is eligible to serve as President of the United States,” Pellegrini wrote in a decision issued March 10. Despite the decision, Elliot’s attorney, David Farrell, said his client intends to appeal the decision to the US Supreme Court.
Trump campaign manager arrested for assaulting Breitbart reporter
The campaign manager of Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump was arrested Tuesday, March 29, for simple battery of former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields. Corey Lewandowski, 42, turned himself. He was charged and arrested in Jupiter, Florida, where police have issued a notice for him to appear before a judge on May 4 for the misdemeanor charge. A video showed Lewandowski grabbing Fields’ arm on March 8 at the Trump National Golf News Club news conference as she attempted to ask Trump a question as he left the rally. He is accused of nearly pulling her to the ground while physically stopping her and leaving visible bruises. Lewandowski, however, has denied touching her and called her “delusional” on Twitter. Trump has stood by his campaign manager’s side, saying he is a “very decent man” and “absolutely innocent of this charge.” In a statement, he said his campaoign manager will enter a plea of not guilty in court. “He is completely confident that he will be exonerated,” Trump said of Lewandowski.
FBI cracks into San Bernardino iPhone, drops orders against Apple
The FBI has dropped an order for Apple to help it unlock the iPhone of one of the gunman involved in the San Bernardino shooting in December 2015, as it was able to do so without help from the tech giant. The Justice Department said it has successfully obtained the information from the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook with assistance from a third party. Bloomberg reported that Israeli firm Cellebrite Mobile allegedly assisted the FBI in hacking the phone. The battle between Apple and the FBI stirred up a larger conversation about privacy. The tech company argued that being compelled to unlock the iPhone would have essentially created a master key for its devices, while the FBI said it needed to be able to obtain electronic information and evidence in situations like this to keep the nation safe. Now that the FBI has unlocked Farook’s iPhone, it has agreed to assist prosecutors in unlocking an iPhone and iPod involved in an Arkansas homicide case. The agency has not revealed how it accessed the phone or what data it retrieved from the device, but US Attorney Eileen Decker said in a statement that the investigation will continue to ensure all related evidence in the terrorist attack is gathered.
Survey: 1 in 8 adults is obese
A survey has found that more than one in eight adults is obese, a ratio that is projected to be one in five by 2025. Research conducted warns of “severe obesity” that is attributable to high-fat and high-sugar diets that increases blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Data shows that in 2014, 641 million people out of about 5 billion adults were obese. In less than a decade, that number is expected to surpass 1.1 billion. The obesity problem is expected to result in an unknown magnitude of health consequences, study author Maijd Ezzati of Imperial College London told Agence France-Presse. Among health conditions linked to obesity include stroke, diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers. Yet despite the problem, many people around the globe remain underweight. For instance, more than 20 percent of men in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Eritrea, Ethiopia, India and Timor-Leste were underweight, while 25 percent of women in Bangladesh and India were underweight.