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    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s ongoing military-led operation to curb illegal deforestation and fires in the Amazon rainforest will end April 30, Vice President Hamilton Mourão said at the World Economic Forum on Wednesday. Mourão defended the success of Operation Green Brazil 2, which was launched last May and saw deployment of thousands of soldiers across the Amazon. The vice president leads the government’s Amazon Council to fight deforestation in the region. Since Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro took office, domestic and international concern has grown over the president’s calls for economic development in the Amazon. His critics have said the military operation has failed to clamp down on rampant illegal logging. Government data showed that just over 11,000 square kilometers of forest disappeared between July 2019 and August 2020, up 9.5% compared to the previous year and the most since 2008. Conclusion of the program means environmental agencies will...
    The majority of American mayors think that their police department doesn’t need to be defunded, according to a new survey on mayors from both parties. Eighty percent of mayors said their city’s police department’s funding was "about right," according to the Menino Survey of Mayors, conducted by the Boston University Initiative on Cities over the summer and published this month. "It [the budget] is set by the voters," one mayor told the researchers. "The people spoke, and [the majority] agreed with the budget." Beverly Hills police officers patrol in their car on November 1, 2020 in Beverly Hills. (Photo by Chris DELMAS / AFP) (Photo by CHRIS DELMAS/AFP via Getty Images) DEMOCRATIC NYC MAYORAL CANDIDATE BRAGS THAT SOME DONORS ARE UNEMPLOYED, WANTS TO DEFUND NYPD Only 2% of respondents said the budgets were "far too big," and 10% said they were "too big." Another 8% said their police...
    The legal back and forth between Kelly Clarkson and estranged husband Brandon Blackstock is getting increasingly tense after the American Idol alum's legal team responded to Blacksock's denial he and his father defrauded Clarkson out of millions. Clarkson and Blackstock have been waging a legal war against one another since October, when Kelly's former father-in-law Narvel Blackstock filed a lawsuit alleging she still owed them $1.5 million in commissions and $4 million from her paycheck for judging The Voice. Kelly fired back with a counter-suit, claiming that her agreement with the Blackstocks and their company Starstuck Entertainment should be voided and she should be reimbursed for all prior fees because they were providing 'illegal services' under California's Talent Agencies Act for working without a license and failing to act in the 'best interest' of their client. 'We stand by our allegations that Starstruck violated the Talent Agencies Act, despite their boilerplate denials, and...
    Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during a news conference in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021.Al Drago | Bloomberg | Getty Images Top U.S. health agencies will collaborate to study how effective Covid-19 vaccines are against mutated strains of the virus that have been discovered in various parts of the world, White House health advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said Wednesday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working to ramp up the country's capacity to conduct genomic sequencing and monitor for mutations of the virus, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Wednesday at a White House Covid-19 briefing. Fauci added that the National Institutes of Health will work with the CDC to study the vaccines' effectiveness against new variants. "We will be monitoring in real time the effect of...
    WASHINGTON (WJZ) — Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman apologized for a failed response to the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol during a briefing with the U.S. House Appropriations Committee. In a statement Pittman wrote, “the Department failed to meet its own high standards as well as yours.” Pittman also wrote Capitol Police should have been more prepared for the attack saying the department knew by Jan. 4 that the “January 6th event would not be like any of the previous protests held in 2020.” “We knew that militia groups and white supremacists organizations would be attending,” she wrote. “We also knew that some of these participants were intending to bring firearms and other weapons to the event. We knew that there was a strong potential for violence and that Congress was the target.” Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro called it “one of darkest days in American history.” Riot police...
    President Biden signed four executive orders intended to combat racism, including an order that directed government agencies to find and remove any offensive references to the coronavirus. Biden’s order calls on government agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services, to determine whether or not xenophobic references are found in public guidelines or policies and to immediately remove those references, according to the Los Angeles Times. The Biden executive order is expected to “examine whether there are xenophobic references like ‘China virus’ in any existing policies, directives or government websites published by the Trump administration,” CBS News reported. “During the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, inflammatory and xenophobic rhetoric has put Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) persons, families, communities, and businesses at risk,” the order reads. “The Federal Government must recognize that it has played a role in furthering these xenophobic sentiments through the actions...
    EXCLUSIVE: A group of House Republicans are asking the Defense Department to brief them on why it is necessary for the National Guard to remain on Capitol Hill, amid plans to keep them there into March.The 11 lawmakers -- including Reps. Michael Waltz, R-Fla.; William Timmons, R-S.C.; Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y.; Chris Stewart, R-Utah, and Lance Gooden, R-Texas -- wrote to acting Army Secretary John Whitley for a briefing on reports that the National Guard will keep a presence of at least 5,000 troops into March. DC NATIONAL GUARD DEPLOYMENT IN NATION'S CAPITAL EXTENDED THROUGH END OF MARCH GOP Letter to Whitley by Fox News on Scribd "Our intention is for the briefing to cover ongoing threats to the Capitol, justification of the decision for a significant troop presence through mid-March, and plans for troop utilization during the time period," the letter, obtained by Fox News, says. A National Guard spokesman confirmed to Fox News...
    President Biden will sign three executive actions on Wednesday aimed at addressing the climate crisis, including an executive order that directs the federal government to purchase electronic vehicles and pause entering into new oil and gas leases on public lands. The order will direct federal agencies to procure carbon-pollution free, zero-emission electric cars that are produced in the U.S., according to the White House, in keeping with Biden’s pledge on the campaign trail. The move is part of an effort to both safeguard the environment and create new jobs. The order will also direct the Interior Department to pause granting new oil and gas leases on public lands or offshore waters and review current leasing and permitting practices on public lands. The order will also formally establish an office of domestic climate policy within the White House that will be led by John KerryJohn KerryOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Internal watchdog to probe...
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Law enforcement authorities in several countries have joined forces to disrupt what they call one of the world’s most dangerous pieces of malware, one that allowed criminal gangs to install ransomware and steal data from computer users. European Union police and judicial agencies Europol and Eurojust said Wednesday that investigators took control of infrastructure behind a botnet called EMOTET. A botnet is a network of hijacked computers used to carry out cyberattacks. Authorities in the Netherlands, Germany, the United States, the U.K., France, Lithuania, Canada and Ukraine took part in the international operation coordinated by the two Hague-based agencies. Dutch prosecutors said the malware was first discovered in 2014 and “evolved into the go-to solution for cybercriminals over the years. The EMOTET infrastructure essentially acted as a primary door opener for computer systems on a global scale.” The Dutch prosecutors said two of the main...
    The National Guard will remain in Washington, D.C., through the end of March over concerns of potential civil unrest, a spokesman confirmed for Fox News Tuesday. Security officials remain concerned that protests surrounding the Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump, set to begin the week of Feb. 8, could mean trouble following the attack on the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump supporters earlier this month. Recent chatter surrounding protests on the "historic" Inauguration Day -- formerly held on March 4, before being changed to Jan. 20 in 1937 -- have security officials worried.    "As we continue to work to meet the final post-inauguration requirements, the National Guard has been requested to continue supporting federal law enforcement agencies with 7,000 members and will draw down to 5,000 through mid-March," National Guard Bureau spokesman Wayne Hall told Fox News. "We are providing assistance such as security, communications, medical evacuation, logistics, and safety support...
    President Joe Biden issued executive actions on racial equity which includes barring local police departments from obtaining military-grade equipment on Tuesday, CNN Politics reported. The Obama administration initially implemented the policy in 2015 after the police response to unrest surrounding the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, was criticized as “militarized,” CNN reported. Former President Donald Trump lifted the ban on local law enforcement receiving armored vehicles, grenade launchers and high-caliber weapons in 2017, CNN reported. Biden previously said the militarization of police “is like the military invading… they become the enemy,” during a July 8, 2020 interview with NowThis. “Surplus military equipment for law enforcement? They don’t need that.” “The last thing you need is an up-armored Humvee coming into a neighborhood, it is like the military invading, they don’t know anybody, they become the enemy. They’re supposed to be protecting these people,” Biden said in the interview. PORTLAND,...
    A former city resident has pled guilty to ripping off U.S. tax-payers through a cash-wage scam he ran at local temp staffing agencies. On Tuesday, Jan. 26, Julio Lopez, 43, of Los Angeles, but formerly of Worcester, pled guilty to two counts of wire fraud and one count of conspiring to defraud the United States, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Massachusetts said. According to court documents, Lopez worked for three Worcester-based employment agencies where he misrepresented the number of the companies’ employees as well as the wages earned by the employees. Those companies were Bay State (which closed in 2017), Prime Labor, and UT Services. While working at at least one of the staffing agencies, Lopez paid employees in cash and did not deduct payroll taxes from the wages, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. At all three agencies, Lopez lied to the IRS about how many employees worked there and what...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials: Biden has first call with Putin, presses Russian leader on Navalny arrest, hack of US agencies, arms control. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — Florida law enforcement and government agencies may soon be using drones a lot more under a bill approved by a Senate committee on Tuesday. State law prohibits law enforcement from using drones to gather information, with limited exceptions. The bill unanimously approved by the Criminal Justice Committee would expand those exceptions to allow use of the devices for gathering evidence at a crime scene or traffic crash or to assist with traffic control. Law enforcement wouldn’t be able to use drones to issue traffic citations. TRENDING STORIES ON CBSMIAMI.COM ‘It’s A Sad Place’: Mar-A-Lago Members Leaving Following Former President Trump’s Return COVID-Sniffing Dogs To Screen Fans At Miami Heat Games Teen Sentenced To 45 Years In Prison For Mom’s Killing Over School Grades The bill would also allow state and local agencies to use drones to assess damage after floods, wildfires and natural disasters....
    In December 2020, cybersecurity firm FireEye discovered that it had been compromised by a sophisticated hack. SolarWinds, an IT firm that FireEye used, was the victim of a supply chain attack that gave hackers access to potentially thousands of targets, including FireEye. "The SolarWinds hack was and really is and continues to be one of the biggest espionage campaigns recently discovered," said Thomas Rid, a professor of strategic studies at Johns Hopkins University. Microsoft, Google and several U.S. government agencies were among those compromised by the intrusion. "What's unique about this or special about this particular intrusion is that they use the access they got by compromising SolarWinds itself to insert malware into the build process," said Jacob Williams, founder of Rendition InfoSec. "This then allowed them to target SolarWinds [and] customers that deployed this back door update." The repercussions of the SolarWinds hack are still being unraveled. As the...
            by J.D. Davidson  Saying immediate actions are necessary to keep the state’s budget balanced, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine ordered hundreds of millions of dollars in cuts to state agencies. “In the springtime, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global economy, and Ohio’s revenue, was dire. With this, reductions were made to the state biennial budget,” DeWine said. “With this executive order, we are finalizing current year budget reductions at $390 million across all agencies, which is less than the cuts implemented last year.” At the same time, he ordered $160 million, which was previously withheld, to be released to state K-12 schools and $100 million to higher education. “Because the cuts implemented today are less than last year’s reductions, OBM Director [Kimberly] Murnieks is authorized to allot the Department of Education an additional $160 million; and to the Department of Higher Education an...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The elite Russian hackers who gained access to computer systems of federal agencies last year didn’t need to painstakingly break one-by-one into the networks of each department in order to cause havoc. Instead, they got inside by sneaking malicious code into a software update pushed out to thousands of government agencies and private companies. That hackers were able to exploit vulnerabilities in the supply chain to launch a massive intelligence gathering operation wasn’t especially surprising. U.S. officials and cybersecurity experts have sounded the alarm for years about a problem that has caused havoc, including billions of dollars in financial losses, while also defying easy solutions from the government and private sector. “We’re going to have to wrap our arms around the supply-chain threat and find the solution, not only for us here in America as the leading economy in the world, but for the planet,” William Evanina,...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Moving quickly to assert influence over energy issues, President Joe Biden has named two Democrats to lead regulatory agencies that oversee nuclear power, natural gas and other energy infrastructure. Christopher Hanson, the new chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and Rich Glick, leader of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, replace Republicans who led the panels under President Donald Trump. The NRC regulates commercial nuclear power plants and other uses of nuclear materials, including in medicine, while FERC regulates interstate transmission of electricity, natural gas and oil. It also reviews proposals to build liquefied natural gas terminals, interstate natural gas pipelines and hydropower projects. Both panels are independent agencies, but members are appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate. Hanson replaces Kristine Svinicki, who left the agency on Inauguration Day after nearly 13 years, including the last four as chair. Glick replaces James Danly, who...
    The matter of why thousands of National Guard troops remain in Washington has become the capital city's newest game of hot potato. The acting Army secretary deferred a question to the bureau about why so many National Guard troops remained positioned around the District of Columbia on Monday. The FBI then declined to respond to request for comment by the Washington Examiner. “What I can tell you is in terms of what [the FBI is] briefing us is, there are several upcoming events,” acting Army Secretary John Whitley told reporters Monday on a conference call when asked about the current threat assessment in Washington, D.C. “We do not engage in that intelligence work ourselves,” he said. “We rely on our federal partners and particularly the FBI to provide that information.” In the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, intelligence failures by law enforcement were cited by former Trump Army...
    The matter of why thousands of National Guard troops remain in Washington has become the capital city's newest game of hot potato. The acting Army secretary deferred a question to the bureau about why so many National Guard troops remained positioned around the District of Columbia on Monday. The FBI then declined a to respond to request by the Washington Examiner. “What I can tell you is in terms of what [the FBI is] briefing us is, there are several upcoming events,” Acting Army Secretary John Whitley told reporters Monday on a conference call when asked about the current threat assessment in the nation's capital. “We do not engage in that intelligence work ourselves,” he said. “We rely on our federal partners and particularly the FBI to provide that information.” In the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, intelligence failures by law enforcement were cited by former Trump Army...
    President Biden plans to sign an executive order on Monday aimed at strengthening “Buy American” rules with the goal of increasing the federal government’s procurement of American-made goods. The order would set in motion several changes to the implementation of the laws requiring federal government agencies to procure materials and products domestically. According to administration officials, the order Biden plans to sign Monday would create a new senior role at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to oversee the implementation of the order. It would create a central review of waivers for Buy American requirements with the aim of reducing the number of unnecessary waivers, which allow agencies to purchase goods overseas. It would also call for a website where waiver requests can be publicly viewed. The order also aims to increase domestic content requirements and close current loopholes. And it would direct federal agencies to use the manufacturing extension partnership, a...
    A macro-operation that has involved multiple US security agencies has led to the release of 33 trapped minors in a plot of sexual exploitation and human trafficking. The operation Lost angels, which began on January 11, culminated throughout Friday night in Los Angeles County. It has been starring the FBI, the Los Angeles Police, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office and has resulted in the arrest of a suspicious person of human trafficking. Of the 33 children recovered, eight were being sexually exploited at the time of his rescue, according to the FBI statement. All of them were considered “missing children” and at least two had been rescued previously since they had decided to return to their captors due to the threats received. “This damaging cycle highlights the challenges faced by victims and those faced by law enforcement agencies when trying to prevent victims from returning to an abusive...
    PLACER COUNTY (CBS13) – Multiple agencies are investigating the cause of death of an individual who died Thursday hours after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office announced on Saturday. The sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post that the individual tested positive for the virus in late December. “The individual was administered a COVID-19 vaccine several hours before their death on January 21, 2021,” the agency wrote. “The vaccine was not administered by Placer County Public Health.” Further details regarding the person’s death were not released, but the sheriff’s office said local, state and federal agencies are on the investigation. More from CBS Sacramento: ‘Tip Or Go Home’: Graffiti Warfare in Sacramento Supports Restaurant Workers PHOTOS: Vlade Divac’s Unassuming, Fully Renovated Sacramento Home Hits The Market At $1.6 Million Roseville Police Looking For Couple Accused Of Stealing $3,000 Worth Of Products From Sprouts...
    More than 30 missing children - eight of whom had been sexually exploited - have been recovered as part 'Operation Lost Angels,' according to the FBI. The initiative was a part of a joint effort by the FBI, the Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and more than two dozen local law enforcement agencies, that started on Jan. 11.  'The FBI considers human trafficking modern day slavery and the minors engaged in commercial sex trafficking are considered victims,' said FBI Assistant Director Johnson. 'While this operation surged resources over a limited period of time with great success, the FBI and our partners investigate child sex trafficking every day of the year and around the clock.' Scroll down for video  'Operation Lost Angels' started on January 11 and was a joint effort by the FBI, LABD, the LA County Sheriff's Department and local agencies
    . and Sputnik La Jornada newspaperSaturday, January 23, 2021, p. a11 Tokyo The various parties involved in the organization of the Olympic Games, postponed from 2020 to 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, reaffirmed their intention to keep them on schedule (July 23-August 8), despite information about a possible resignation by the Japanese government. I am determined to host a safe Olympic Games, Prime Minister Yoshi-hide Suga declared in a parliamentary session, noting that such achievement would be a sign of humanity’s victory over the new coronavirus. The Tokyo 2020 organizing committee recalled that it is fully focused on the preparations to receive the appointment, together with the Japanese government, the city of Tokyo, as well as the Olympic and Paralympic committees. The organizations reiterated their commitment to celebrate the Games. The ICC, IOC, Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee and all delivery partners are fully committed and focused on...
    It is no secret to anyone that in the midst of a reactivation process like the one we are going through now, gaining visibility is crucial, an aspect that is vital among marketing and advertising agencies. In this game, the 2021 Shopping Guide is positioned as a great ally. This edition is positioned as a great tool for those agencies that need to get their proposal to the right hand at the right time, where the wide range of categories it offers to promote themselves allows to segment potential clients with greater precision. In this way, for example, within the Purchasing Guide, agencies that focus on managing social networks can find a free space to gain visibility and reach. With this, they will not only be able to show their offer to clients interested in maximizing their presence on social networks, but they will also be connected with decision makers...
    Like 8,000 aerialists in the air, the incoming and outgoing governments exchanged heads of federal government agencies as Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States. Biden announced dozens of career officials who will take over federal agencies while the Senate confirms their appointments. Acting department heads raised their right hands Wednesday to take the oath. Emails multiplied to federal employees to inform them who their acting bosses would be. Changing department heads is a painstaking and slow process with an inherent risk of making serious mistakes even in the best of times, say former officials and scholars of the federal bureaucracy. Additionally, this year the challenges are multiplying amid fears that followers of former President Donald Trump would launch new attacks such as the one on January 6 on the Capitol. “The first day is always the riskiest” in the face of the uncertainty...
    Like 8,000 aerialists in the air, the incoming and outgoing governments exchanged heads of federal government agencies as Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States. Biden announced dozens of career officials who will take over federal agencies while the Senate confirms their appointments. Acting department heads raised their right hands Wednesday to take the oath. Emails multiplied to federal employees to inform them who their acting bosses would be. Changing department heads is a painstaking and slow process with an inherent risk of making serious mistakes even in the best of times, say former officials and scholars of the federal bureaucracy. Additionally, this year the challenges are multiplying amid fears that followers of former President Donald Trump would launch new attacks such as the one on January 6 on the Capitol. “The first day is always the riskiest” in the face of the uncertainty...
    American military spies have been buying US citizens’ location data collected by smartphone apps without a warrant, according to a recently unclassified memo. Analysts for the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Pentagon-run department that specializes in military intelligence, made the revelation in a memo written to Senator Ron Wyden, the Democrat from Oregon. According to the memo, the DIA has searched commercial databases that contain information about the movements of American citizens as part of five separate investigations spread out over the past two-and-a-half years. The DIA, whose main mission is to detect threats to American soldiers stationed worldwide, appears to be buying location data that specifically pertains to investigations of foreigners abroad. The DIA admitted in the memo, first obtained by The New York Times, that it buys the data from private data brokers and that the data isn’t vetted based on whether the smartphone user lives in the United...
    President-elect Joe Biden's nominee to be Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines speaks at his transition headquarters in the Queen Theater in Wilmington, Delaware, November 24, 2020.Joshua Roberts | Reuters President Joe Biden asked his intelligence chief to launch a "comprehensive threat assessment" into domestic terrorism in the wake of the deadly Capitol riots, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday. The invasion of the Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump "underscored what we have long known: The rise of domestic violent extremism is a serious and growing national security threat," Psaki said at a press briefing. Biden asked the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, led by his newly Senate-confirmed pick Avril Haines, to coordinate with the FBI and the Homeland Security Department to gather fact-based analysis from across the government on domestic violent extremism, Psaki said.A man calls on people to raid the building...
    President Biden on Thursday signed an executive order to back up Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines recommending that international travelers quarantine for seven days after arriving in the United States. Biden’s executive order says travelers must comply with CDC orders that require a negative COVID-19 test to get into the country as well as a quarantine period upon arrival to the states.  The CDC recently released a new mandate requiring international travelers to get a negative coronavirus test at least three days before their flight. The mandate is set to go into effect on Jan. 26.  Biden also signaled that he wants U.S. agencies to talk with Canada and Mexico about COVID-19 protocols at ports of entry to the country. “The Secretary of State, in consultation with the Secretary of HHS, the Secretary of Transportation, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Director of CDC, shall immediately commence diplomatic outreach to...
    MADISON, Wis. -- More than a third of Wisconsin law enforcement agencies that responded to a new survey said they don't use body cameras.The state Department of Justice released findings Thursday from a survey of 553 agencies conducted in November.RELATED: Kenosha delayed body cameras for years before Jacob Blake shootingOf the 434 agencies who responded to the request, 160 said they do not use body cameras. Another 274 said they did.Three-quarters of those agencies reported they have enough cameras so that every officer has a dedicated device.RELATED: Jacob Blake police shooting: Black man shot in front of 3 sons after he broke up fight, family saysOther departments said officers exchange cameras during shift changes and not every officer uses one.Twenty-six departments said their body-camera policy is not available to the public. Another 22 departments said they didn't have any policy on body camera use.The video featured is from a previous...
    A host of U.N. agencies lined up Thursday to applaud Joe Biden’s ascension to the White House, scarcely suppressing their glee that U.S. taxpayer dollars will once more be flowing their way. First off the mark was the World Health Organization which had previously faced blistering criticism from the outgoing administration for its maladminstration of the response to the coronavirus pandemic. President Donald Trump pulled funding from the W.H.O. last November because of the organization’s role in “mismanaging and covering up the spread of the coronavirus” during its early stages, a move that slowed the world’s response. President Joe Biden’s top medical adviser on COVID-19, Dr. Anthony Fauci, announced an immediate return to the body late Wednesday night along with the flow of cash. Fauci said the Biden administration “will cease the drawdown of U.S. staff seconded to the WHO” and resume “regular engagement” with WHO. “The United States also intends to fulfil its...
    President Joe Biden Thursday laid out an extensive strategy to address COVID-19, including increased funding and the creation of a Public Health Jobs Corps to put in place 100,000 federal employees who will work to fight the crippling coronavirus pandemic. The strategy contains 10 new executive orders that direct federal agencies to make reforms that will fill shortfalls in supplies and more, reports Fox News. The administration also plans to establish a COVID-19 Response Office to coordinate an effort that reaches across federal agencies.  The Public Health Jobs Corps will put community health workers, public health nurses, and contract tracers in place. Other key provisions being outlined include using National Guard personnel, providing emergency supplies, complete federal government reimbursement for coronavirus vaccine costs, and allowing schools to reopen.  Biden has also issued an executive order to implement further mask-wearing across the country, with one of the orders directing agencies to require...
    Like 8,000 flying trapeze artists passing in midair, the Biden and Trump administrations swapped out senior leadership of the federal government on the fly as Joe Biden was inaugurated as the nation’s 46th president. Biden announced the dozens of career civil servants who would be leading federal agencies, pending Senate approval of his permanent nominees. Acting heads of Cabinet agencies raised their right hands Wednesday afternoon for oaths of office. Emails went out briefing federal employees on just which career employee would be serving as their acting boss. It’s a painstakingly executed exchange of Cabinet agency senior staffing with inherent risk of bad goof-ups in the best of years, former agency officials and scholars of the federal bureaucracy say. And this year, when Biden’s administration was starting work amid fears that President Donald Trump’s followers would launch more attacks like the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, had added...
    A day after being sworn in, President Joe Biden is rolling out a national strategy to fight COVID-19, reopen the nation’s schools and restart the U.S. economy. His plan calls for an expansion of coronavirus testing, accelerated vaccine distribution and new action to prepare for future biological threats. The plan is tied to a $1.9 trillion plan that Biden unveiled last week to combat the pandemic. The administration’s new strategy is based around seven major goals: RESTORING TRUST — Establishes a federal COVID-19 response team to coordinate efforts across agencies and restores a White House team on global health risks that was established during the Obama administration. — Calls for regular public briefings on COVID-19 to be led by scientific experts. — The federal government will track data on virus cases, testing, vaccinations and hospital admissions and will make it available to the public. The Centers for Disease Control...
    President Biden will issue an executive order on Thursday directing agencies to use the Defense Production Act (DPA) and other powers to speed up the manufacturing of testing and vaccine supplies and other items needed to fight COVID-19.  Biden administration officials signaled they would be more aggressive than the previous administration in invoking the DPA, which allows the federal government to force companies to increase production of critical supplies during national emergencies.  “Where we can produce more, we will. Where we need to use the Defense Production Act to help more be made, we'll do that too,” said Tim Manning, Biden’s COVID-19 supply coordinator, in a call with reporters Wednesday.  Manning said his team has identified 12 immediate supply shortfalls, including for n95 masks, isolation gowns, gloves and swabs needed for tests.  The administration will also use the DPA to accelerate production of syringes, raw materials used in vaccines, and other...
    Reuters January 20, 2021 0 Comments  The U.S. Senate on Wednesday approved Avril Haines as the Director of National Intelligence, the nation’s top intelligence job, making her the first of President Joe Biden’s nominees to be approved. The vote was 84-10, with all the “no” votes coming from Republicans. Both Democrats and leading Republicans issued statements praising the nominee. Among Republicans voting against Haines were Senators reputed to have party leadership ambitions, Ted Cruz of Texas and Josh Hawley of Missouri. Marco Rubio, the acting outgoing Republican chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, said in a statement, “Our adversaries will not stand by and wait for the new administration to staff critical positions, and I am pleased my Senate colleagues joined me in swiftly confirming Director Haines to this important post.” Also praising Haines, Mark Warner, the Virginia Democrat who will chair the intelligence committee in the new Senate,...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Avril Haines as director of national intelligence, giving President Joe Biden the first member of his Cabinet and placing the first woman in charge of the nearly two-decade old agency. Haines, a former deputy director of the CIA and deputy national security adviser in the Obama administration, was confirmed with an overwhelming 84-10 vote, signaling a bipartisan desire for confirming Biden’s national security nominees and installing strong leadership after four turbulent years for the intelligence community. Former President Donald Trump spent much of his presidency criticizing intelligence officials, doubting them and installing loyalist leaders — retribution for a probe into his ties to Russia that began before he was elected. In her confirmation hearing Tuesday, Haines made clear she intends to end the Trump administration’s practice of pressuring officials to shape their analysis to the president’s liking. “When it comes to intelligence,...
    Avril Haines speaks during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee to be President-elect Joe Biden's national intelligence director in Washington, DC, January 19, 2021.Joe Raedle | Pool | Reuters WASHINGTON –The Senate confirmed Avril Haines as the director of national intelligence Wednesday evening, the first official member of President Joe Biden's Cabinet. Before adjourning for the evening, the Senate voted 84 to 10 on Haines' confirmation. Haines, Biden's pick to lead the nation's 18 intelligence agencies, is the first woman to hold the position. "Our adversaries will not stand by and wait for the new administration to staff critical positions, and I am pleased my Senate colleagues joined me in swiftly confirming Director Haines to this important post," wrote Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, acting chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, in a statement. "Avril Haines was the right choice for Director of National Intelligence," wrote Senate...
    Ron Klain, President Joe Biden’s chief of staff, directed every executive agency Wednesday to halt any pending regulations installed by the Trump administration and outlined a review process for each in turn. “The President has asked me to communicate to each of you his plan for managing the Federal regulatory process at the outset of his Administration,” he wrote in a memo distributed Wednesday afternoon. “In order to ensure that the President’s appointees or designees have the opportunity to review any new or pending rules, at the direction of the President, I ask that you immediately take the following steps.” (RELATED: Biden Administration Announces Acting Agency Heads — Will Run Government During Senate Confirmation Process) WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 13: Ebola Response Coordinator Ron Klain (L), joined by U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden (R), speaks during a meeting regarding Ebola at the Eisenhower Executive office building November 13, 2014 in...
    At least 43 migrants from West Africa perished in the first major shipwreck off the Libyan coast this year, the United Nations said Wednesday, adding that 10 people were rescued. The UN agencies for refugees and for migration said they were “deeply saddened” by the tragedy. The shipwreck, they said, happened Tuesday after a boat that set off from the city of Zawya capsized just a few hours after departure when its engine stopped in poor sea conditions. Survivors, who were mainly from the Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Ghana and Gambia, said those who perished were all men from West African countries, the UN agencies added. The shipwreck was the first of 2021 off Libya, but comes after hundreds of people lost their lives last year trying to cross the central Mediterranean to Europe — making it the most deadly migration route in the world. In their statement, the International Organization...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration (all times local): 4:55 p.m. President Joe Biden has directed that federal agencies halt all rulemaking until his administration has time to review proposed regulations. White House chief of staff Ron Klain announced the move in a memo to the heads of executive departments and agencies Wednesday afternoon, hours after Biden was sworn in as the nation’s 46th president. The regulatory freeze order is a staple of presidential transitions, allowing the incoming administration to review the pending actions of their predecessors. ___ HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT JOE BIDEN’S INAUGURATION AS THE 46TH U.S. PRESIDENT: Joe Biden took the oath of office at noon Wednesday to become the 46th president of the United States. He takes charge in a deeply divided nation, inheriting a confluence of crises arguably greater than any faced by his predecessors. Read more: —...
    President Biden’s administration is reportedly looking to draft tech experts for a federal agency through a hidden message on the new official White House site.  The www.whitehouse.gov website included a message hidden in its HTML code inviting those who found it to join the U.S. Digital Service, Reuters reported Wednesday as Biden took office and the site was updated.  “If you’re reading this, we need your help building back better,” the message said, according to the news service.  The federal agency was created in 2014, under former President Obama’s administration. It provides consultation services to federal agencies on information technology.  U.S. Digital Service staff typically work for the agency between six months and two years, with a maximum length of four years, and work within various federal agencies.  A spokesperson for the White House was not immediately available for comment. Tags coding
    Washington — As President Joe Biden took the helm of the country at his inauguration on Wednesday, the Senate has yet to confirm any of his nominees to serve in his Cabinet, leaving federal agencies in the hands of acting officials until the upper chamber acts. Senate committees began Tuesday to hold confirmation hearings for Mr. Biden's nominees for five of his picks just before his inauguration: Janet Yellen, nominee for Treasury secretary, Avril Haines, nominee for director of national intelligence, Lloyd Austin, nominee for Defense secretary, Tony Blinken, nominee for secretary of state, and Alejandro Mayorkas, nominee for Homeland Security secretary. But neither the respective committees with jurisdiction over each agency nor the full Senate have voted on his Cabinet picks.  In addition, Austin needs a special waiver from the House and Senate, since federal law requires military officers to wait seven years before serving as defense secretary and he...
    Joe Biden will begin reversing many of his predecessor’s actions over the past four years by signing a series of executive orders on his first day as president of the United States.   Biden’s campaign said in a statement Wednesday he would sign executive orders reversing some of former President Donald Trump’s policies, including those addressing the coronavirus crisis, immigration and climate change. Almost immediately after taking the oath of office at the Capitol, aides said Biden would end the ban on travel from some Muslim-majority countries, halt construction of the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, and rejoin the Paris Climate Accord and the World Health Organization.  'Democracy Has Prevailed' - Biden, Harris Lead New US Administration President Joe Biden seeks to unify a divided nation in inaugural address Transition team officials also said Biden would order federal agencies to review policies that reinforce systemic racism, require the federal government...
    (CBS4) – The next Mega Millions drawing is on Jan. 22 and it will be for an estimated jackpot of $970 million. The Powerball drawing is Wednesday night with an estimated jackpot of $730 million. With the combined jackpot of almost $1.7 billion, it’s no wonder why people would go to a convenience store and try out their luck. (credit: CBS) “I would pay off all my debts and then I would invest in stocks,” said Roberto Lerma, who was buying several lottery tickets and and agreed to talk about it in an interview with CBS4. The odds at winning the jackpot come with almost impossible odds to win. Try one in 302 million. “The odds are very long to win the jackpot, but I think that’s part of what makes it so appealing is that, if you are the lucky one and someone will win it at some point,...
    Washington — President Trump, in one of his final acts in office, released current and former members of his administration from the terms of their ethics pledge, which included a five-year ban on lobbying their former agencies. The ethics pledge was outlined in one of Mr. Trump's first executive orders, signed on Jan. 28, 2017, as part of his campaign pledge to "drain the swamp." It required Mr. Trump's political appointees to agree to the lobbying ban, as well as pledge not to undertake work that would require them to register as a "foreign agent" after leaving government. Mr. Trump's order authorized the attorney general to investigate any breaches of the ethics pledge and to pursue civil suits if necessary. Mr. Trump signed the one-page revocation of the order on Tuesday, and it was released by the White House shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday, hours before his term ends....
    At a time of economic reactivation, for agencies to gain crucial visibility and task sets, the special edition Shopping Guide 2021 stands as a great ally. We are talking about the most complete directory in the industry, where agencies of all kinds can find a space to stay visible for those brands that right now demand their services. We are talking about the most important annual edition in terms of scope and visibility that becomes a useful platform to make the differentiated proposal of your agency reach the right hands: directors, owners and heads of companies and brands looking for the best partners to generate successful strategies. Thus, it is a space for advertising agencies and BTL to those of Public Relations and Promotions to connect with future clients. To be part of the 2021 Shopping Guide, registration is free from this link. In this way, your agency will be...
    The Society of Professional Journalists, the country's oldest journalism organization, requested that the Biden administration loosen restrictions on federal employees and agencies that prohibit them from speaking directly to the press. The group asked for President-elect Joe Biden to remove the gag order implemented by the Trump administration that prevents some employees at federal agencies from making statements or providing any documents to the public or to journalists. "These rules, exacerbated under the Trump administration, amount to extreme censorship and damage everyone’s understanding of government. They literally threaten people’s lives," Matthew Hall, president of the Society of Professional Journalists, wrote in a letter to Biden on the eve of his inauguration. President Trump, who has often had a tumultuous relationship with the press, is set to leave Washington, D.C., around 8 a.m. on Wednesday. News Joe Biden Donald Trump 2020 Elections Media Press
    (CNN)Joe Biden's transition team found a culture of coronavirus skepticism within Donald Trump's federal government as they prepared to take office, sources close to the Biden transition told CNN, with political appointees loyal to the President reflecting his dismissiveness of public health guidelines and sometimes mocking career employees for wearing masks.The findings from Biden's agency review teams are some of the earliest readouts from the Biden officials who were tasked with preparing for the new administration and signal one of the most apparent early changes that the incoming administration will make. They observed a federal bureaucracy devoid of clear leadership on the pandemic, the sources said. The Biden transition was subject to some of these unclear guidelines, as well, with one source describing awkward moments within some agencies where the Biden team would try to avoid large in-person meetings as the political leadership at those same agencies would schedule gatherings...
    Alejandro Mayorkas, President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), said during a Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday he does not support abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or Customs and Border Protection (CBP). During his confirmation hearing before the Senate Homeland Security Committee, Mayorkas was asked about his position on the two DHS agencies by multiple Republican Senators. Calls to abolish ICE and similar agencies have become more commonplace among progressive activists and even some Democratic lawmakers. “Would you recommend that ICE be defunded?” asked Republican Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford. “No,” Mayorkas responded. He later stated he would need to “study the condition” of ICE in order to determine whether the agency would require additional funding. DHS nominee Alejandro Mayorkas says he does not recommend defunding ICE, and he will “study” if the agency needs additional resources https://t.co/apY3BP9QWd pic.twitter.com/NfpenuSz18 — CBS News (@CBSNews) January 19, 2021...
    President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee to run the 18 U.S. intelligence agencies anticipates producing a public assessment of the threat from QAnon, she testified at her confirmation hearing on Tuesday. Avril Haines, whom Biden tapped as the next director of national intelligence, told Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) that she would provide him with such an assessment, which Heinrich requested last month in a letter. “I’ve seen that letter and absolutely, if confirmed, I would work with the FBI and DHS to get an answer to that question,” said Haines. In one of the indications of how the Jan. 6 insurrection is shaping the context of Biden’s impending presidency, Haines seemed to reject putting the intelligence agencies in the lead on “an issue such as solely domestic terrorism.” She instead told the Senate intelligence committee that she wanted to provide “critical support” to the FBI and Department of Homeland Security, which will...
    Konstantin Zavrazhin/Getty Lithuania is the latest country to announce that it has busted a Russian spy ring on its soil. The allegation that two of its citizens were spying for Russia comes a few weeks after the Dutch authorities rolled up another of the Kremlin’s “substantial espionage networks.” It’s been a tumultuous few months for President Putin’s overseas espionage operation, which keeps getting caught in the act. It is unclear if a string of recent arrests blowing up Russia’s overseas missions is merely a coincidence, or whether there has been some kind of leak from inside Russia’s notorious intel agencies. “There is some penetration,” Andrei Soldatov, one of Russia’s best-informed trackers of the security agencies, told The Daily Beast. “Whether it’s relatively new or old, I don’t know, but it looks like a big decision was made to use that penetration to slow down Russian offensive ops.” By far...
    Lithuania is the latest country to announce that it has busted a Russian spy ring on its soil. The allegation that two of its citizens were spying for Russia comes a few weeks after the Dutch authorities rolled up another of the Kremlin’s “substantial espionage networks.” It’s been a tumultuous few months for President Putin’s overseas espionage operation, which keeps getting caught in the act. It is unclear if a string of recent arrests blowing up Russia’s overseas missions is merely a coincidence, or whether there has been some kind of leak from inside Russia’s notorious intel agencies. “There is some penetration,” Andrei Soldatov, one of Russia’s best-informed trackers of the security agencies, told The Daily Beast. “Whether it’s relatively new or old, I don't know, but it looks like a big decision was made to use that penetration to slow down Russian offensive ops.” By far the biggest discovery...
    Miami : Several law enforcement agencies say they are stepping up patrols Monday to prepare for the annual “ride,” where bikers on dirt bikes and other motorized vehicles take to the streets of South Florida on Martin Luther King Jr. The annual “Wheels Up, Guns Down” event is meant to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King and his message of nonviolence, but over the years it has grown into a celebration of anarchy as hundreds of Cyclists from all over the country descend on South Florida and swarm the highways. At least five passengers were arrested over the weekend and Miami Beach police had to close down the MacArthur Causeway for more than an hour to search for a bicyclist who fled officers and was possibly armed. “Know we’re there, we have several planes in the air, as well as (the Broward Sheriff’s Office),”...
    Miami : Several law enforcement agencies say they are stepping up patrols Monday to prepare for the annual “ride,” where bikers on dirt bikes and other motorized vehicles take to the streets of South Florida on Martin Luther King Jr. The annual “Wheels Up, Guns Down” event is meant to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King and his message of nonviolence, but over the years it has grown into a celebration of anarchy as hundreds of Cyclists from all over the country descend on South Florida and swarm the highways. At least five passengers were arrested over the weekend and Miami Beach police had to close down the MacArthur Causeway for more than an hour to search for a bicyclist who fled officers and was possibly armed. “Know we’re there, we have several planes in the air, as well as (the Broward Sheriff’s Office),”...
    ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images By Jeff Stein What we had here was a failure to communicate. Again, on January 6—years after numerous investigations and study commissions picked apart the intelligence failures leading up to the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. Last week, America’s security agencies were again caught flat footed when another kind of militant wave, this time pro-Trump fanatics, stormed and trashed the citadel of American democracy, nearly executing what al-Qaeda had failed to do, destroy the U.S. Capitol. Democrats in Congress are teeing up another round of investigations and commissions to get to the bottom of the January 6 insurrection, which will almost certainly revisit the thorny question of whether the U.S. needs an independent counter-subversion agency to infiltrate and neutralize armed domestic extremists, who are now threatening more attacks on or around the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Already, a bill has been...
    By Jeff Stein What we had here was a failure to communicate. Again, on January 6—years after numerous investigations and study commissions picked apart the intelligence failures leading up to the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. Last week, America’s security agencies were again caught flat footed when another kind of militant wave, this time pro-Trump fanatics, stormed and trashed the citadel of American democracy, nearly executing what al-Qaeda had failed to do, destroy the U.S. Capitol. Democrats in Congress are teeing up another round of investigations and commissions to get to the bottom of the January 6 insurrection, which will almost certainly revisit the thorny question of whether the U.S. needs an independent counter-subversion agency to infiltrate and neutralize armed domestic extremists, who are now threatening more attacks on or around the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Already, a bill has been introduced to empower federal law enforcement...
    According to a marketing study by Rakuten, 61% of consumers interact with an influencer at least once a day, while 81% of them have already made a purchase as a result of an influencer recommendation. However, it should be understood that the remuneration of an influencer is very variable. While partnering with brands is the most common, marketing agencies can also be a source of regular income. Marketing agencies: a solution to generate more influencer income More and more marketing agencies that bring together influencers are emerging today. And for good reason, it is not always easy to get interesting and advantageous partnerships with brands. This also explains the selectivity of influencers in relation to the latter. The study carried out by Reech shows that 66% of them have already refused partnerships. Indeed, while the latter envisage a lasting collaboration, in particular recurring partnerships and exclusive contracts which pay...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Warnings of extremist violence have sent authorities across the country rushing to secure government buildings and fortify state houses. While no credible threats have been made in our area, city officials are prepared. One precaution being taken will be the closing of the City-County building on Wednesday. There are no known threats to it, but city employees are being asked to work at home. The FBI says it interviewed a person who indicated there may be protests in the area leading up to Inauguration Day. The FBI also says it unaware of any related threats in our region — but it will continue to work with other agencies to monitor any situations. Pittsburgh Public Safety has come out and said it’s preparing for any protests or unrest. State Police say it too is working with local and federal agencies. Since January 6th when there were riots at...
    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) revealed on Friday it is “processing hundreds of names with law enforcement agencies for a thorough risk assessment” to determine if they should be barred from flying as agencies scramble to ramp up security ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s (D) inauguration. “Currently, TSA is processing hundreds of names with law enforcement agencies for a thorough risk assessment,” TSA administrator David Pekoske said in a statement, according to CNBC. Pekoske added that the agency’s “intelligence and vetting” professionals are “working diligently around the clock to ensure those who may pose a threat to our aviation sector undergo enhanced screening or are prevented from boarding an aircraft.” Per CNBC: Following the riot, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, which represents some 50,000 cabin crew members at more than a dozen airlines, raised safety concerns about “mob mentality behavior” on some flights to Washington D.C. last week and said people who...
    A 12-page internal Capitol Police intelligence report issued three days before the Jan.  6 attack on the U.S. Capitol warned that "Congress itself" could be the target of protesters in Washington, D.C.  In parts of the memo received by The Washington Post, the intelligence report says that potential targets of rioters were "not necessarily the counter-protesters, but rather Congress itself." The memo also said that supporters of President Donald Trump "see Jan. 6, 2021, as the last opportunity to overturn the results of the presidential election. This sense of desperation and disappointment may lead to more of an incentive to become violent." The report also said that the presidents rally, being held as Congress gathered to vote, would "attract white supremacists, militia members, and others who actively promote violence," and that it could result in "significantly dangerous situations for law enforcement and the general public alike." The Post reports that...
            by Kaylee Greenlee  Several agencies are participating in the U.S. Secret Service’s security protections around the inauguration in Washington, D.C., including the FBI and Customs and Border Protection. The Metropolitan Police Department and the National Guard will join the FBI and Customs and Border Protection to participate in security efforts surrounding President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20. FBI officials are investigating a substantial number of “concerning” comments online about potential events on and leading up to inauguration day, FBI Director Christopher Wray said in a briefing on Thursday. “Right now we’re tracking calls for potential armed protests and activity leading up to the inauguration,” Wray said. “The reason I use the word ‘potential’ is because one of the real challenges in this space is trying to distinguish what’s aspirational versus what’s intentional.” Democratic D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said that the Capitol riots affected how the city...
    The Senate intelligence committee is asking US spy agencies for information on threats to next week’s inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. Committee chairman Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and ranking member Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) are seeking the information citing the flat-footed law enforcement response to last week’s Capitol riot. “What scenario planning are you conducting in advance of inauguration day?” the senators write in a five-question query sent to National Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe. Ratcliffe oversees spy agencies including the CIA and the National Security Agency. The FBI, which monitors most domestic threats, is part of the Justice Department. Rubio and Warner ask for information about potential foreign threats and about the “capabilities” that the intelligence community plans on “deploying during inauguration day.” And they ask, “To what extent is the IC working with and/or supporting law enforcement agencies in tracking any threats to the inauguration, and what is...
    Federal auditors in the United States launched a comprehensive review of how the FBI, Pentagon, and other law enforcement agencies responded to the assault on Capitol Hill by a mob of supporters of President Donald Trump, even if there were problems in the flow of information and other preparations that left the building, a historical symbol of democracy, vulnerable to violence. The investigations, led by inspectors general from the departments of Justice, Homeland Security, Interior and Defense, carry the potential for strong criticism of the government’s handling of the fatal break-in on Capitol Hill, in which Trump supporters, some armed , they overwhelmed the police and were in close contact with elected officials. The inquiries will range from whether the FBI adequately shared information with other law enforcement agencies about the potential for violence to how the Pentagon mobilized for the January 6 crisis. The launch of multiple simultaneous...
    Federal auditors in the United States launched a comprehensive review of how the FBI, Pentagon, and other law enforcement agencies responded to the assault on Capitol Hill by a mob of supporters of President Donald Trump, even if there were problems in the flow of information and other preparations that left the building, a historical symbol of democracy, vulnerable to violence. The investigations, led by inspectors general from the departments of Justice, Homeland Security, Interior and Defense, carry the potential for strong criticism of the government’s handling of the fatal break-in on Capitol Hill, in which Trump supporters, some armed , they overwhelmed the police and were in close contact with elected officials. The inquiries will range from whether the FBI adequately shared information with other law enforcement agencies about the potential for violence to how the Pentagon mobilized for the January 6 crisis. The launch of multiple simultaneous...
    The kids aren’t alright. City agencies that address childhood developmental problems saw referrals plunge during the height of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a sobering new study. Advocates for Children of New York found an 82 percent drop in the number of cases that were brought to the attention of the city’s Early Intervention program between March and April 2020. “As a result, thousands of young children with developmental delays or disabilities missed the chance for intervention at the time it is most effective,” the agency said in a statement Friday. The group estimated that roughly 3,000 to 6,000 kids “fell off the radar” after city agencies and schools shuttered as the COVID-19 crisis unfolded. Some of the drop in activity, AJC said, may have stemmed from parents delaying doctor visits that would have revealed developmental complications. “Infants and toddlers cannot afford to wait for critically important Early Intervention...
    The FBI issued a memo Friday indicating that the agency will begin investigating 37 people in connection with the killing of Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, The New York Times reports. Sicknick succumbed to injuries he sustained on Jan. 6 as rioters reportedly hit him with a fire extinguisher as they streamed into the Capitol. The 42-year-old was a military veteran and served on the Capitol Police force for 12 years. The officer was among five people who died amid the chaos on Capitol Hill last week. Another woman died after being shot by a Capitol Police officer while trying to climb through a broken window. Police said last week that three other people died due to medical emergencies. Dozens of Capitol Police and Metropolitan Police officers were injured during the violence last Wednesday. The Times reported that the FBI memo, a copy of which it obtained, said that 14 Capitol Police officers were injured during the riot. On Thursday,...
    Inspector generals across four government agencies plan to review the government’s response to the riots on January 6, examining how poor communication and planning led to a siege on the Capitol. Investigators at the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, Defense and Interior each plan to review their agencies' response amid questions about delays in calling for assistance as U.S. Capitol Police were outnumbered by pro-Trump rioters. “The DOJ OIG review will include examining information relevant to the January 6 events that was available to DOJ and its components in advance of January 6; the extent to which such information was shared by DOJ and its components with the U.S. Capitol Police and other federal, state, and local agencies; and the role of DOJ personnel in responding to the events at the U.S. Capitol on January 6,” Michael Horowitz, the Justice Department’s inspector general, announced on Friday. “The DOJ OIG also...
    Photo by Dave DeckerState and local law enforcement agencies in Tallahassee are bracing for potential protests at the Florida Capitol this weekend and early next week, although officials say there are no specific threats right now. “We do not have any specific intelligence, but the national narrative that’s going around, we’re certainly aware of that and planning for that as well,” Tallahassee Police Chief Lawrence Revell told city commissioners on Wednesday. Revell told commissioners he has canceled time off for all police officers from Saturday through Jan. 21, the day after President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn into office in Washington, D.C. The heightened vigilance is in response to an internal FBI bulletin warning that “armed protests” in the days leading up to Biden’s inauguration are being organized by supporters of President Donald Trump in state capitals across the country. Protests are also being planned in the U.S. Capitol, the...
    A task force the Louisiana Legislature created to develop recommendations that would lead to better policing finished its work Thursday, agreeing to proposed changes related to choke holds, no-knock warrants, body cameras and other issues. The longest debate focused on whether a law enforcement agency should be able to investigate potential wrongdoing by one of its own members. State Rep. Tony Bacala, a Prairieville Republican and former law enforcement officer, proposed creating a certification process that, once completed by at least three members of the agency, would allow that agency to conduct an internal investigation when one of its officers is involved in a shooting that leads to death or serious injury. Though smaller law enforcement agencies typically rely on State Police for such investigations, nothing currently stops them from investigating themselves if they choose to do so, speakers said. “Right now, there are no real rules,”...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department’s internal watchdog said Friday it will investigate how the department and its agencies prepared for and responded to last week’s riots at the U.S. Capitol. The investigation by the inspector general’s office will examine whether information was shared by the Justice Department to other law enforcement agencies about the potential for violence. The inspector general said it “also will assess whether there are any weaknesses in DOJ protocols, policies, or procedures that adversely affected the ability of DOJ or its components to prepare effectively for and respond to the events at the U.S. Capitol on January 6.” Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    This weekend, I dropped my daughter at the airport for a return flight to college after a monthlong break. We talked about what she might do if she encountered anyone acting problematically given the tragic and unprecedented actions on Capitol Hill, but I assumed this would be a hypothetical warning. An hour later, she texted that there were people on the plane who had clearly participated in the events at the Capitol, wearing clothes with messages reflecting intent to disrupt the transfer of power and loudly advocating their case. We talked about staying safe, and she reported that the noise subsided without serious incident. I later learned that the Federal Aviation Administration Administrator — a former pilot and appointee of the current administration — issued a strong warning against similar disruptions. This exchange spurred further thought. Those who entered the halls of Congress, bringing destructive harm to the center of...
    Several agencies are participating in the U.S. Secret Service’s security protections around the inauguration in Washington, D.C., including the FBI and Customs and Border Protection. The Metropolitan Police Department and the National Guard will join the FBI and Customs and Border Protection to participate in security efforts surrounding President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20. FBI officials are investigating a substantial number of “concerning” comments online about potential events on and leading up to inauguration day, FBI Director Christopher Wray said in a briefing on Thursday. “Right now we’re tracking calls for potential armed protests and activity leading up to the inauguration,” Wray said. “The reason I use the word ‘potential’ is because one of the real challenges in this space is trying to distinguish what’s aspirational versus what’s intentional.” WATCH:  Democratic D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said that the Capitol riots affected how the city is planning for Biden’s inauguration,...
    DENVER (CBS4)– Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said that the Denver Police Department and other agencies are working together on monitoring any potential threats with the upcoming inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. “I want to ensure our residents, we are monitoring the situation closely, the Denver Police Department is coordinating with state and local authorities and we are prepared to do whatever is necessary to protect lives and property during any demonstration,” said Hancock. (credit: CBS) Washington DC also remains on high alert for the possibility of more violence. At least 200 members of Colorado’s National Guard will join the thousands of others taking up positions around the Capitol Building to assist in the 59th Presidential Inauguration. “Colorado will proudly do our part, joining 40 other states across our great nation in sending members of our National Guard to the nation’s capital for our country’s upcoming Presidential inauguration on January 20th....
    (CBS4) – Thursday was like Halloween for dogs for several police agencies in Colorado. Two different agencies participated in National Dress Your Pet Day, showing off K-9s dressed up in fun costumes. The Douglas County Sheriff used Facebook to show off Rudy, Sig, Scooter and Atlas. Each had a different outfit, and some of the animals appeared to not be so sure they enjoyed their photo shoot. The Parker Police Department also shared pics. They showed Kato wearing gear normally worn by the office’s accident reconstruction team.
    FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – With the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend right around the corner, South Florida law enforcement has a message for those planning to take part in a “Wheels Up, Guns Down” ride. Just don’t do it. The annual event started as a way to honor Dr. King. However, in recent years, it’s become a dangerous display of stunts and racing on South Florida streets. On Thursday, Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony announced that his department was teaming up with the Florida Highway Patrol and several police agencies in the county to enforce a zero-tolerance policy for reckless and dangerous riding. He also reminded people that dirt bikes and ATV’s are not only dangerous but also illegal on I-95 and Florida expressways. Last year in Broward, 18 criminal citations were issued, 14 arrests were made, and 16 bikes were towed. In Miami-Dade, 41 ATVs and dirt...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Potential threats and leads are pouring in to law enforcement agencies nationwide after the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. The challenge is now figuring out what’s real and what’s just noise. Investigators are combing through a mountain of online posts, street surveillance and other intelligence, including information that suggests mobs could try to storm the Capitol again and threats to kill some members of Congress. Security is being tightened from coast to coast. Thousands of National Guard troops are guarding the Capitol ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. Governors and lawmakers are stepping up protections at statehouses after an FBI bulletin this week warned of threats to legislative sessions and other inaugural ceremonies. A primary concern is the safety of members of Congress, particularly when they are traveling through airports, according to two U.S. officials briefed on the matter. The FBI and other federal authorities use their...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — CBS 2 exposed how the state unemployment department mailed out full Social Security numbers to random strangers. The agency thanked us and immediately promised never to do it again. But what about other branches of the Illinois government? CBS 2’s Lauren Victory is always investigating and had the answer Wednesday. Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker blamed scammers for the problem. “I appreciate you raising the issue about all the other agencies,” Pritzker said. But he immediately ducked and blamed scammers, even pushing the blame elsewhere. “This is a federal problem. This is a federal issue,” Pritzker said. Joe and Diane reached out to CBS after getting letters in their mailboxes sent by the Illinois Department of Employment Security. The letters contained the full Social Security numbers of random strangers. IDES thanked CBS 2 for flagging the issue, and took immediate action to prevent scammers from doing this again, vowing...
    SONOMA COUNTY (CBS SF) — Three transit agencies in Sonoma County announced Tuesday that they will resume collecting fares on Feb. 1 after suspending them last March because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sonoma County Transit, Santa Rosa CityBus and Petaluma Transit are the three agencies that will resume collecting fares and said they have all installed protective barriers for bus drivers to reduce potential exposure from riders boarding from the front of the vehicle and paying fares. Other safety measures currently in place, such as increased sanitation, reduced bus capacity and mandatory face coverings, will remain in effect once fares start being collected, according to the agencies. Santa Rosa Junior College students and youth can continue to ride free of charge with qualifying identification, and veterans may also continue to ride free on CityBus and Sonoma County Transit vehicles. More details about fares for the three agencies can be found...
    The New York Times Inside a Deadly Siege: How a Series of Mistakes Caused a Dark Day on Capitol Hill WASHINGTON – Crammed into an operations center Wednesday afternoon, Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser and her aides saw a photograph showing bloodstains on a temporary Capitol grandstand, a makeshift structure built for the new president’s inauguration in two weeks. The enormity of the lethal failure was evident. A group of rioters had broken through the thin police fence on the steps of the Capitol and was looking for hundreds of legislators who were performing the quadrennial ceremonial act of certifying the presidential vote. And the mayor and her team hadn’t been able to stop the attack. Bowser and his chief of police called the Pentagon to request that they mobilize additional troops from the DC National Guard to support what authorities realized was inadequate protection on Capitol Hill. But they were...
    The New York Times Inside a Deadly Siege: How a Series of Mistakes Caused a Dark Day on Capitol Hill WASHINGTON – Crammed into an operations center Wednesday afternoon, Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser and her aides saw a photograph showing bloodstains on a temporary Capitol grandstand, a makeshift structure built for the new president’s inauguration in two weeks. The enormity of the lethal failure was evident. A group of rioters had broken through the thin police fence on the steps of the Capitol and was looking for hundreds of legislators who were performing the quadrennial ceremonial act of certifying the presidential vote. And the mayor and her team hadn’t been able to stop the attack. Bowser and his chief of police called the Pentagon to request that they mobilize additional troops from the DC National Guard to support what authorities realized was inadequate protection on Capitol Hill. But they were...
    The New York Times Inside a Deadly Siege: How a Series of Mistakes Caused a Dark Day on Capitol Hill WASHINGTON – Crammed into an operations center Wednesday afternoon, Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser and her aides saw a photograph showing bloodstains on a temporary Capitol grandstand, a makeshift structure built for the new president’s inauguration in two weeks. The enormity of the lethal failure was evident. A group of rioters had broken through the thin police fence on the steps of the Capitol and was looking for hundreds of legislators who were performing the quadrennial ceremonial act of certifying the presidential vote. And the mayor and her team hadn’t been able to stop the attack. Bowser and his chief of police called the Pentagon to request that they mobilize additional troops from the DC National Guard to support what authorities realized was inadequate protection on Capitol Hill. But they were...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — CBS News is reporting the U.S. Army has asked the Secret Service to help with new background checks on some soldiers who may be assigned to security for the Presidential inauguration. At least 10 Capitol police officers are under investigation in connection to last week’s assault, including one who was seen posing with rioters. And police departments across the country are investigating officers who may have used social media to support the violence. That includes the Los Angeles and Oakland Police Departments. CBS13 reached out to local law enforcement agencies and none are launching new background checks on their own officers. If any officer were to openly support the U.S. Capitol violence, Assemblymember Jim Cooper says they would need to be “rooted out.” Assemblymember Cooper is a retired Sacramento Sheriff’s Office Captain and says he is confident the Capitol is handling safety measures correctly READ ALSO: Preparations Underway...
    Law enforcement agencies from multiple countries have teamed up to take down what Europol is calling the “world’s largest” illegal marketplace on the dark web. DarkMarket had almost 500,000 users when it was taken offline. It had over 2,400 sellers and hosted 320,000 transactions wherein US$171 million worth of cryptocurrency had changed hands. According to Europol’s announcement, vendors mainly used the marketplace to sell drugs, counterfeit money and credit card details, malware and anonymous SIM cards. In addition to Europol, law enforcement agencies from Germany, Australia, Denmark, Moldova, Ukraine, the United Kingdom (the National Crime Agency) and the USA (DEA, FBI, and IRS) participated in the operation. Over the weekend, German authorities arrested an Australian citizen who’s allegedly the operator behind the marketplace near the German-Danish border. A German cybercrime unit’s findings also made it possible to shut down DarkMarket and to seize its servers (more than 20 of...
    LAPD Chief Michel Moore defended his department’s decision on Tuesday in not handing over an undocumented man suspected of domestic violence to immigration authorities in September. The man, Herbert Nixon Flores, 46, went on to become the primary suspect in the killing his ex-girlfriend, Karen Ruiz, who was shot in front of their 3-year-old daughter in Pacoima last week. Police released video of the shooting, identifying the gunman as Flores. Over the weekend, Flores killed himself while being pursued by authorities in Irving, Texas. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said that the entire incident “might have been avoided if the suspect had been handed over to our officers months ago,” referring to a Sept. 7 case, where LAPD arrested Flores on suspicion of domestic violence with injury and declined to release Flores to ICE. “Cases like this demonstrate how critical it is for state and federal law enforcement agencies to...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The nation’s capital isn’t the only place that is seeing security ramp-up. Law enforcement here in Pittsburgh is also being put on alert ahead of Inauguration Day. According to the FBI in Pittsburgh, there has already been one situation they’ve needed to handle. RELATED: FBI Pittsburgh Interviews Person Who Indicated There May Be Protests Leading Up To Inauguration Day The FBI interviewed someone in Pittsburgh who claimed that there might be protests in the area leading up to the inauguration of President-Elect Joe Biden one week from today. According to agents, the report took place over the weekend, and since the interview, investigators say they are not aware of any related threats in western Pennsylvania or West Virginia. Regardless, the FBI says they are keeping their eyes out for anyone who might be causing violence and is working closely with state, local,...
    With the FBI warning of plans for armed protests at all 50 state capitals around President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, security has been heightened in Richmond for the start of Virginia’s 2021 legislative session Wednesday. Multiple state and local agencies activated a unified command in the Richmond region from which they are actively monitoring the situation. Participating agencies include the Virginia Capitol Police, the Richmond Police Department, the Virginia State Police and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. “Any violation of law, non-peaceful demonstration, or attempts to intimidate fellow Virginians will not be tolerated,” the agencies said in a joint statement. “Those who engage in such behavior will be held accountable.” Like last year, lawmakers will not meet at the Virginia State Capitol as they normally would for a legislative session. To avoid mass gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic, the House of Delegates will conduct business remotely and the Virginia Senate...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of federal agencies and private companies who learn that they have been affected by a massive Russian hack is expected to grow as the investigation into it continues, the U.S. government’s chief counterintelligence official said Tuesday. The FBI and other agencies last week attributed the intrusions to Russia as part of what officials described as an intelligence-gathering operation rather than an effort to damage or disrupt U.S. government operations. U.S. officials said at the time that fewer than 10 federal agencies were believed to have been compromised “by follow-on activity on their systems.” William Evanina, the director of the U.S. National Counterintelligence and Security Center, said in a live-stream Washington Post interview that he expected to see a “growth” in the number of victims. So far, the list of agencies known to have been affected includes the Treasury, Commerce and Justice departments, among others....