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Child sex attacker jailed in US juvenile facility******
A 26-year-old transgender woman who sexually assaulted a child will serve time in a juvenile facility because she was underage when she committed the offence, a US judge ruled on Thursday.
Hannah Tubbs was 17 when she attacked the 10-year-old in a restroom near Los Angeles in 2014, but was not charged until last year.
In a court in Palmdale, Judge Mario Barrera said that without a request from the district attorney's office to transfer the case to an adult court, his hands were tied.
"I want to be clear," he said, according to the Los Angeles Times. "The filing of a transfer motion is entirely within the discretion of the district attorney."
The two-year sentence was the maximum permitted for someone convicted as a juvenile, the judge said.
Had Tubbs been transferred to an adult court, the sentence could have been longer.
The ruling will shine a light on Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon, whose policy is not to move juvenile defendants to adult courts.
Gascon has argued that as young people's brains are not fully developed, anyone who commits a crime while underage should be rehabilitated in a juvenile facility.
The Times reported that Gascon has previously expressed concern Tubbs might be targeted in an adult jail because she is transgender.
Abramovich puts Chelsea soccer club up for sale as clamor for sanctions grows******
In this file photo taken on May 21, 2017, Chelsea's Russian owner Roman Abramovich applauds, as players celebrate their league title win at the end of the Premier League football match between Chelsea and Sunderland at Stamford Bridge in London.
Russian businessman Roman Abramovich said on Wednesday he would sell Chelsea Football Club, 19 years after buying it and setting the team on a path to sporting glory, and promised to donate money from the sale to help victims in Ukraine.
Amid growing calls for Abramovich to be hit by sanctions after Russia's military operation, the metals magnate said in a statement that a sale was in the best interests of the reigning European and world soccer champions.
"In the current situation, I have therefore taken the decision to sell the club, as I believe this is in the best interest of the club, the fans, the employees, as well as the club's sponsors and partners," he said.
Abramovich said he would not ask for loans he has made to the Premier League club – reported to total 1.5 billion pounds (US$2 billion) – to be repaid to him and the sale would not be fast-tracked.
He has told his aides to set up a charitable foundation that would receive all net proceeds from the sale.
"This includes providing critical funds towards the urgent and immediate needs of victims, as well as supporting the long-term work of recovery," he said in the statement.
Swiss business tycoon Hansjoerg Wyss told a newspaper that he was considering buying Chelsea from Abramovich who over the weekend said he was stepping back from running the club but made no mention of any plans to change its ownership.
"Abramovich is currently trying to sell all his villas in England. He also wants to get rid of Chelsea quickly now. I, along with three other people, received an offer on Tuesday to buy Chelsea from Abramovich," Blick quoted Wyss as saying in an interview published on Wednesday.
Abramovich bought the West London club in 2003 for a reported 140 million pounds and his investment contributed hugely to the most successful era in the team's history as they won five Premier League titles, five FA Cups and the Champions League twice.
His purchase of the club helped transform the landscape of English football with Chelsea breaking the stranglehold of Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool.
They beat Brazilian side Palmeiras last month to become FIFA Club World Cup champions for the first time, having defeated Manchester City to become European champions last season.
"A seismic moment" was how BBC presenter and former England striker Gary Lineker described the announcement ahead of coverage of Chelsea's FA Cup fifth-round tie at Luton Town.
Chelsea fans at Kenilworth Road chanted the Russian's name before kickoff.
The 55-year-old, who has Israeli and Portuguese citizenship, became one of Russia's most powerful businessmen by earning fabulous fortunes after the 1991 break-up of the Soviet Union. Forbes has put his net worth at US$13.3 billion.
British opposition Labour leader Keir Starmer asked Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday why there had not been sanctions against the Chelsea owner. Johnson, speaking in parliament, said he could not go into details on specific cases.
But Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has warned that she has drawn up a "hit list" of Russian oligarchs and said the government would impose new sanctions on them every few weeks.
The Financial Times said the government was also making plans to seize property owned by Russian oligarchs.
Verstappen holds off Hamilton to win F1 US GP******
By F1 correspondent Michael Butterworth
BEIJING, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- Red Bull's Max Verstappen extended his lead in the 2021 Formula One World Championship by holding off Lewis Hamilton to win an absorbing United States Grand Prix at Austin on Sunday.
In yet another captivating duel between the title contenders that went all the way to the final lap, Verstappen withstood heavy pressure from a charging Hamilton on fresher tyres to claim his first victory in the USA.
Starting from pole position, Verstappen lost out to Hamilton at the start, but retook the lead by pitting three laps before the Mercedes driver and taking advantage of his fresher rubber to pump in faster lap times.
The high degree of tyre wear at the Circuit of the Americas meant that two pit stops were the order of the day, but while Verstappen made his second stop on lap 29, Hamilton stayed out until lap 37 before pitting again, eventually emerging 12.5 seconds behind the Dutchman.
With his tyres eight laps younger than Verstappen's, Hamilton rapidly closed on the Red Bull and had the gap down to 2.6 seconds by lap 47, as Verstappen struggled to carve his way cleanly through the backmarkers.
But just when it seemed inevitable that Hamilton would catch and pass Verstappen, the Briton began to lose momentum in the turbulent air thrown up by the rear of the Red Bull, and Verstappen just managed to eke out his tyre life enough to keep the Mercedes out of DRS range and take a brilliantly composed win.
"Of course we lost out at the start so we had to try and do something else," said Verstappen afterwards. "The tyre wear is quite high around this track, we went aggressive and I was not sure it was going to work but the last few laps were fun. A bit sideways through the high-speed corners but super happy to hang on [to win]."
Verstappen's teammate Sergio Perez survived a malfunctioning drinks bottle to round out the podium places in third place. Ferrari's Charles Leclerc took a fine fourth, ahead of the McLaren of Daniel Ricciardo. Hamilton's teammate Valtteri Bottas finished sixth after taking a grid penalty for an engine change, with Leclerc's teammate Sainz in seventh.
Ricciardo's teammate Lando Norris took eighth ahead of AlphaTauri's Yuki Tsunoda, and the Aston Martin of Sebastian Vettel rounded out the top ten.
Verstappen's eighth win of the season puts him on 287.5 points, 12 ahead of Hamilton with five races to go. Bottas remains third with 185 points.
In the constructors' standings, Mercedes still lead with 460.5 points, but Red Bull have closed up and now have 437.5 points. McLaren are third with 254.
The next round of the 2021 F1 World Championship is next weekend's Mexico City Grand Prix. Enditem