Also in the news this Tuesday: woman charged in boyfriend's suicide, grandpa charged in toddler's fatal fall and robot umps.
Grandfather charged in death of toddler on cruise ship
The grandfather of a toddler who fell to her death on a cruise ship in July has been charged with negligent homicide in her death, Puerto Rican authorities said.
Salvatore "Sal" Anello was playing with the girl, Chloe Wiegand, on the 11th floor near a window while the ship was docked in Puerto Rico.
An attorney for the Indiana family has said Anello sat the girl on rails near the open window, thinking it was closed. Prosecutors allege that Anello "negligently exposed [his granddaughter] through one of the windows," according to a statement from the Puerto Rican Department of Justice.
The San Juan judge "found cause for arrest against the accused, and imposed a bail of $80,000," the governor's office said.
Chloe's parents blamed the cruise line company, Royal Caribbean, after the accident, saying the window shouldn't have been open.
The criminal charges are "pouring salt on the open wounds of this grieving family," said Michael Winkleman, an attorney representing the family in a civil suit he's preparing against Royal Caribbean.
"Clearly this was a tragic accident and the family's singular goal remains for something like this to never happen again," Winkleman said in a statement.
It was not clear Monday night whether Anello had a criminal defense attorney.
The details of the toddler's death have been disputed since the accident. Port Authority officials said Anello sat the girl in the window and lost his balance, and the girl fell to her death.
Winkleman, however, told media that the toddler loved glass and windows, and her grandfather had placed her on a ledge by a glass wall, but had no idea one window within the wall was open.
Frustration soars as blackouts drag on in California
Millions of Californians prepared to be in the dark — some for five days, or longer — as the nation's largest utility said it was switching off power again Tuesday to prevent powerful winds from damaging its equipment and sparking more fires.
Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. said its latest blackout will start early Tuesday and affect 605,000 customers — about 1.5 million people —in 29 Northern California counties. The announcement came even before the last blackout had ended, which shut power to more than 2.5 million people. It wasn't clear if power, that for many went out Saturday, would be restored before the next round of outages.
What was clear was that patience was wearing thin and frustration at the utility was growing. From the suburbs of San Francisco up north to the wine country, people searched for places Monday to charge phones and stocked up on ice for the non-perishable food.
Powerful winds were driving multiple fires across California and the deliberate shut-offs were intended to prevent blazes. Crews are battling a huge wildfire in Sonoma County wine country that has destroyed 96 buildings.
Petaluma resident Scotty Richardson, whose lights went out Saturday, said the prospect that power might not be restored for days makes him "furious, furious."
Richardson was out Monday getting breakfast, charging his phone and making business calls at the Lumberjacks restaurant in Petaluma. He vented frustration at the on-again, off-again roller coaster of outages but also anger at the utility's role in causing deadly fires in the past, and apparently sparking some of this season's fires.
"PG&E can't figure out how to deliver power reliably without killing people," he said. "This is more than three strikes — it's a failure of epic proportions."
Richardson and his fiance run a business out of their home, so "it's imperative that we have electricity. Everything is done for us by a computer or phone," he said. Refrigerated foods have spoiled and he worries that the ongoing outages might lower property values.
"This has been a massive inconvenience," he said. "This can't be the new normal."
PG&E is under severe financial pressure after its equipment was blamed for a series of destructive wildfires during the past three years. Its stock dropped 24% Monday to close at $3.80 and was down more than 50% since Thursday.
Many Californians are skeptical of PG&E's motives for the blackouts, and feel the utility is more concerned with its finances than the massive inconvenience it's causing.
"It's so obvious it's just to protect them from more liability," Janet Luoma of Santa Rosa said at a Red Cross evacuation shelter.
Robot umps? Calls getting louder during World Series
From the box seats to the far reaches of the bleachers, all 40,000 umpires in the stands at Nationals Park were sure they could tell: Gerrit Cole's fastball to Victor Robles missed the strike zone.
By at least an inch, clearly.
That's not how Lance Barksdale saw it. He rung up Robles on strike three, leaving the Washington rookie hopping mad, and soon the ballpark was filled with angry chants at the plate umpire.
With every pitch at the World Series hurtling toward that strike zone box superimposed on TV screens, the call gets louder and louder: Bring on the robot umps!
"That's a hot topic," Houston manager AJ Hinch said Monday. "This is a big stage to be talking about hot topics. I guess it's always possible."
"I think it's a little naive to think that simply letting computers generate strike or ball," he said, "it's incredibly naive to think that there's not going to be pitfalls in that scenario, as well."
Shortly before Robles struck out, Washington manager Dave Martinez was perturbed when a pitch by one of his relievers didn't go the Nationals' way.
"C'mon, Lance!" he shouted from the bench. "It's the World Series! Wake up!"
Several umpires heard that hollering in Iowa. They'd met in Des Moines to attend the funeral service for one of their own, Eric Cooper, who died two weeks after working the AL playoffs.
To remember their friend, they went to a favorite spot of Coop's on Sunday night. Game 5 of the World Series was on, and soon the shop talk turned to the subject of robot umps.
"It did come up. And yes, it's frustrating," said Dale Scott, who umpired in the majors for more than 30 years and worked the World Series three times.
"We're never going to beat technology," he said. "But do you want a video game or a game played by human beings?"
Major League Baseball is exploring the possibilities. The Arizona Fall League, made up of baseball's top prospects, used computers to call pitches over the past month.
Video quickly circulated of Giants youngster Jacob Heyward getting called out on a pitch that nearly bounced, then being ejected by a human ump for arguing. But the overall reviews weren't bad.
Meantime, what particularly peeves umps is that TV box.
Scott said the actual strike zone MLB uses to evaluate umpires isn't the same. Especially on high pitches.
"Ours is much more accurate than what you see on TV," Scott said. "Do you notice how the zone is the same for Aaron Judge and José Altuve?"
"But people take what they see on TV as gospel. Then you see a 92 mph pitch with a lot of movement miss the box by a half-inch and the fans go crazy. It's like, my god, what was that guy looking at?"
Also, while the plate is 17 inches wide, the strike zone is three-dimensional. A curveball can clip the front and almost end up in the dirt, or hook down to catch the back part of the dish.
Woman in 'total control' of boyfriend charged in his suicide
A former Boston College student who had "complete and total control" over her boyfriend has been indicted on an involuntary manslaughter charge for encouraging him to take his own life, Boston's top prosecutor said Monday.
Inyoung You, 21, was "physically, verbally and psychologically abusive" to fellow Boston College student Alexander Urtula during an 18-month relationship, Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins said at a news conference.
You sent Urtula, 22, of Cedar Grove, New Jersey, more than 47,000 text messages in the last two months of the relationship, including many urging him to "go kill yourself" or "go die," Rollins said. You also tracked Urtula and was nearby when he died in Boston on May 20, the day of his Boston College graduation.
"Many of the messages display the power dynamic of the relationship, wherein Ms. You made demands and threats with the understanding that she had complete and total control over Mr. Urtula both mentally and emotionally," Rollins said.
You isolated Urtula from friends and family and was aware of the depression and suicidal thoughts brought on by her abuse, the district attorney said.
You is in her native South Korea, and it is unclear when she will be arraigned. Prosecutors are in negotiations with You's counsel to get her to return to the U.S. voluntarily, but if she does not, Rollins said, she will start extradition proceedings.
Representatives who could speak for You could not immediately be located. A spokesman for Rollins said he could not disclose the name of You's counsel.
Urtula was a biology major who had completed his course work and was working as a researcher at a hospital in New York at the time of his death, Boston College spokesman Jack Dunn said in an emailed statement. He was also active in the Philippine Society of Boston College, an organization of Filipino American students.
You studied economics at Boston College and had been scheduled to graduate next May but withdrew in August, Dunn said.
The case is reminiscent of that of Michelle Carter, the Massachusetts woman who was sentenced to 15 months in jail after she was convicted in 2017 of involuntary manslaughter for using text messages and phone calls to encourage her boyfriend, Conrad Roy, him to kill himself in 2014.
President praises dog, instead of using it as insult
WASHINGTON — A president who got booed at the World Series has learned one of Washington’s oldest lessons: Want a friend, get a dog.
President Donald Trump, who revealed an astonishing measure of detail Sunday about the special forces operation in which Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed, gave the public another detail about the raid on Monday — a photo of the German shepherd that was injured during the firefight.
Trump tweeted a picture of the dog after a number of reporters had inquired about it and he praised it for having done “such a GREAT JOB.” Its name remains classified, however.
Gen. Mark Milley, the Joint Chiefs chairman, told reporters at the Pentagon several hours before Trump tweeted that the military was intent on protecting the dog’s identity.
“The dog is still in theater,” Milley explained.
Trump, during his 48-minute appearance in the White House Diplomatic Room on Sunday, told reporters that U.S. forces suffered no casualties or injuries in the raid on al-Baghdadi’s complex in northwest Syria, but disclosed that the dog was injured.
“Our K-9, as they call — I call it a dog, a beautiful dog, a talented dog — was injured and brought back. But we had no soldier injured,” he said.
Trump has frequently used "dog" as an insult in his stream of Twitter rants, saying that people have "choked like a dog," "sweat like a dog" or, in the case of Omarosa Manigault Newman, just called his perceived foes a dog: "Good work by General Kelly for quickly firing that dog."
Shark bites off foot of snorkeler
Two British tourists were injured in a shark attack in northeastern Australia on Tuesday morning, with one losing his foot.
The two men, aged 22 and 28, were on a snorkeling tour boat near Airlie Beach in the state of Queensland, according to CNN affiliate 7 News.
The boat took the passengers to Hook Passage, a popular snorkeling spot just off the coast by the Whitsunday Islands, according to a statement from regional tourism organization Tourism Whitsundays.
The 22-year-old was attacked first, suffering lacerations on his lower leg, 7 News reported. The shark is believed to have then attacked the other man, biting off his foot.
The tourists had been "wrestling and thrashing about in the water in Hook Passage when the attack occurred," according to the Royal Automobile Club of Queensland, which coordinated the helicopter rescue.
There were two other passengers on board who were paramedics and provided immediate first aid, said Tourism Whitsundays.
The two men were airlifted to Mackay Hospital by helicopter, with one patient stable and the second "serious," according to the Queensland Ambulance Service.
ZigZag Whitsundays, the tour group operator, said in a statement it was "saddened" by the incident. "Our thoughts are with them, their families and the other guests on the tour," the statement said.
The statement added that the group had suspended its remaining tours for the day and "will work closely with authorities regarding our upcoming tours."
The Whitsunday Islands have a history of shark attacks -- a man died there last November, after he jumped into the water from his paddle board. Just months earlier, in September, two people were attacked by sharks in separate incidents in the same harbor within 24 hours, suffering injuries to their legs.