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Johnny Depp-Amber Heard Trail Live Updates

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Depp showed up to Heard’s birthday dinner already intoxicated, witness says

Josh Drew, who cooked for Heard’s 30th birthday dinner, recounted what he remembered of the event.

Johnny was hours late and Amber spent the better part of the vening making excuses for him,” Drew said. “He came very obviously intoxicated and put on a show for everybody.”

During Depp’s testimony, he noted that he was late for Heard’s birthday because he was having a meeting about his financial issues. He testified that Heard was cold to him and instigated an argument over it.

Witness says Heard screamed for help during a 2016 fight with Depp

Raquel Pennington, who was close friends with Heard at the time of her relationship with Depp, testified that she walked in on a loud altercation between the former couple in May 2016.

“He was yelling,” Pennington said of the incident. “And she was calling for help and that had never happened before, saying ‘help, help me!’ “

Pennington said that she immediately got in between the two.

“He was yelling and yelling,” Pennington said in a deposition taped in January and played for jurors on Wednesday. “I put my hands up on his chest and like, ‘Stop, just stop,’ just trying to calm him down.”

She added: “He hit my hands away and so I went straight over to Amber.”

Heard’s friend denies staging photos of May 2016 fight

Raquel Pennington denied allegations from Depp’s legal team that she and Heard staged damage to the couple’s Los Angeles penthouse in May 2016.

During her video deposition, Pennington was asked to recount the incident that Heard described in her request for a temporary restraining order against Depp.

Heard alleges that Depp assaulted her during an argument, throwing her cellphone at her face, and destroyed items around their property in a fit of rage. Depp denied the allegations, saying he tossed the phone onto their couch before walking away.

“I will also present to you, Ms. Pennington, that Mr. Depp’s lawyer has been quoted as saying, ‘Amber Heard and her friend Rocky Pennington staged the May 21 crime scene to prove the abuse allegations against Johnny Depp,'” an attorney said. “Is that statement true?”

“No,” Pennington responded.

She further testified that she saw Depp swinging around a magnum wine bottle, knocking items off the counter and knocking over a bar cart.

“There was a wine spilled in the hallway,” Pennington said. “There was a dent out of [penthouse] one’s front door and then in [penthouse] five, where we had been getting stuff ready for my craft fair, my jewelry and materials had been thrown against the wall.”

Heard said that he was under the influence by the time he arrived at her birthday and she attempted to discuss the issue with him later, which she said started a fight.

Heard regularly used makeup to cover injuries, witness says

Raquel Pennington, a former friend of Heard’s, was asked if Heard ever used makeup to fake an injury.

“No, the opposite,” Pennington said in a deposition taped in January and played for jurors on Wednesday. “She often had to cover bruises and injuries to her face with makeup.”

During Heard’s cross examination earlier in this trial, Depp’s team questioned the defendant about self-harm and hinted that she might have injured herself or faked injuries. In her testimony, Heard described a “bruise kit” of makeup she kept in case the need arose to conceal bruises.

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Elon Musk Hopes to Test a Brain Implant in Humans Next Year

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In this still image from the Neuralink presentation video on YouTube, a presenter, lower left, described how a monkey used a wireless transmitter to “type” characters on a keyboard.Credit...Neuralink

Neuralink, the startup Elon Musk founded to link our brains directly to computers, showed progress Wednesday in two medical areas: helping blind people to see and helping people with spinal cord injuries to walk or use their hands.

The company, one of five that Musk leads, is working on technology to drop thousands of electrodes thinner than a hair into the outer surface of human brains. Each electrode is a tiny wire connected to a battery-powered, remotely recharged, quarter-sized chip package that’s embedded into a spot that once held a circle of skull. The chip, called the N1, communicates wirelessly with the outside world.

The technology is still far from the initial medical uses, much less Musk’s ultimate vision of using Neuralink to hang out with superintelligent AIs. But the company is making significant progress, including applying with the Food and Drug Administration to begin human trials it hopes to start within six months, the company said at a “show and tell” event lasting more than two hours.

“Our goal will be to turn the lights on for someone who’s spent decades living in the dark,” said Neuralink researcher Dan Adams, who’s working on the effort to repackage camera data into a brain-compatible format and pipe it directly to the visual cortex.

Musk has some cred when it comes to revolutionary tech. His electric-vehicle company Tesla is profoundly changing cars and his SpaceX outfit is transforming space access with reusable rockets. His reputation as a tech genius has taken a beating, though, with the chaos at Twitter after his $44 billion acquisition. Musk’s Boring Company, which aims to revamp auto transportation with tunnels, also hasn’t lived up to its promises yet.

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US President Joe Biden turns 80 Today: New Generation’ of Democratic Leaders Takes Control in Congress

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President Joe Biden will celebrate his 80th birthday on Sunday, marking the first time a sitting president has reached that milestone while in office and fueling speculation about how his advancing age will affect his political future.

Biden — who was the oldest person to assume the presidency in January 2021, just 61 days after his 78th birthday — has said he intends to make another White House bid, even as his age-adjacent peers, including 82-year-old House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have made the decision to step away from leadership in order to make way for a younger generation.

“My intention is that I will run again. But I’m a great respecter of fate and this is ultimately a family decision. I think everybody wants me to run but we’re going to have discussions about it. And I don’t feel any hurry one way or the other to make that judgment.” he said last week, after helming what many say is the most successful midterm election for a sitting president’s party in decades, though noting that those results would not have an impact on his decision to run again.

PHOTO: President Joe Biden greets guests before speaking at an event at the White House complex, Nov. 18, 2022, in Washington, D.C.

Biden is the oldest person to serve as commander in chief in the nation’s history. Should he seek reelection in 2024 and win, the president would be 86 by the end of his second term. He has said he’ll talk over his future with his wife and the rest of his family over the holidays.

Biden has said he is hoping that he and his wife “get a little time to actually sneak away for a week around between Christmas and Thanksgiving” and that his decision to run for reelection will likely “be early next year we make that judgment.”

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Shanquella Robinson’s Death in Cabo, Father Believes Attack Was a Set Up

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Shanquella Robinson‘s mysterious death in Mexico smells like a set up to her father … he tells TMZ he believes his daughter was attacked as part of a diabolical plan.

Shanquella, who was from North Carolina, was found dead last month in her room in Los Cabos … where she was vacationing with a group of friends. Her parents say the friends told them the 25-year-old died of alcohol poisoning.

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