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    Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., was “so preoccupied with going after President Trump” that he was not “protecting the USA from bad actors,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said on Wednesday, reacting to a report of a Chinese spy infiltrating Congress. “This is only the tip of the iceberg because remember what we’re hearing. These are Chinese spies that go down to the level of a mayor,” McCarthy told “The Ingraham Angle." "[China] helps a city council member become a congressman. This congressman now gets on the intel committee. They are only selected from the intel committee by the leaders of their party meaning Nancy Pelosi. Nancy Pelosi is one of the Gang of Eight, along with myself,” McCarthy said. “Did Nancy Pelosi know this had transpired when she put him on the committee?” AFTER ENTANGLEMENT WITH CHINESE SPY, ERIC SWALWELL WARNED OF 'INFLUX OF RUSSIANS' IN US POLITICS UNDER TRUMP...
    The ex-Bill Clinton adviser at the center of the tell-all Vanity Fair article where he claimed the former President sabotaged Hillary's White House run has announced he is standing down from PR company Teneo to 'focus on his family office'. Doug Band, who used to be one of Clinton's closest advisers, said he is resigning from his position as president of Teneo, the communications and advisory firm he co-founded with Declan Kelly and Paul Keary back in 2011.   Band, 48, broke the news to his 800-strong workforce in an email Monday, according to the Financial Times.   In it, he said he was bidding farewell with a 'heavy heart' but that he didn't want to regret staying too long at the company at the detriment of pursuing 'other dreams and ideas' - something he cited as a regret from his time working with Clinton.  The shock announcement comes just one week...
    Late in Josh Allen’s dominance on Week 13’s “Monday Night Football,” Rainn Wilson (who played Dwight Schrute on “The Office”) gave him a shoutout. “(Josh Allen) is my second favorite quarterback,” Wilson tweeted.  The Bills’ QB replied soon after beating the 49ers, putting his own spin on a classic line from “The Office”: “Assistant favorite Qb, or assistant to your favorite Qb?” In “The Office,” Schrute decides to embrace his assistant to the regional manager role by calling himself the “assistant regional manager,” and Allen played into that fun. It makes sense that Allen was in good spirits, because he’d just completed 32-of-40 passes for 375 yards and four touchdowns in a 34-24 win for Buffalo (9-3) over San Francisco (5-7). The 32 completions were one off a career-high, and the four touchdowns tied a single-game career-best. MORE: Gardner Minshew “begged” for the Jaguars’ starting quarterback job back It’s...
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Two Virginia police officers face more misdemeanor charges related to their actions during May protests against police brutality and racial injustice. Richmond police detectives Mark Janowski and Christopher Brown were each charged with two more misdemeanor counts of assault and battery on Monday, building on a previous count of each charge, The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney Colette McEachin confirmed the additional indictments but declined to provide further comment. Authorities have released no details about what they allegedly did to merit the charges on May 31, during the second night of Black Lives Matter protests in Richmond. The protests were sparked by the death of George Floyd, an African American man killed while in police custody in Minneapolis. Janowski, 34, has been with the department since 2014 and Brown, 28, joined in 2015. In Richmond, protesters have raised various concerns over how police have responded...
    Support surged Monday for a colony of cats living at a Long Island state park following a Post exposé of plans to remove the feral felines from their longstanding habitat. The number of names on a change.org petition against the idea swelled past 5,000, with more than 1,000 people signing just since Monday morning. “SAVE AND PROTECT OUR PRECIOUS FURRY ANGELS THE CATS. THEY ARE SENTIENT BEINGS LIKE HUMANS. THEY ARE SPIRITUAL BEINGS OF LOVE AND PEACE,” one person wrote. On Friday, The Post exclusively revealed that a sign was recently posted at Bethpage State Park warning that state officials “are in the process of removing” more than a dozen cats that live in the woods near the picnic area. All of the abandoned kitties have been trapped, neutered and returned by a group of do-gooders. They’re fed daily by John Stravato, 67, who has said that a park worker recruited...
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee's office announced Monday that the head of Tennessee's Department of Veterans Services has resigned, as well as the agency's top deputy. Lee's office says the resignation of former Commissioner Courtney Rogers and Deputy Commissioner Tilman Goins is effective immediately. Lee's office did not provide any further information surrounding why or when the resignations had been submitted. Instead, a news release said Rogers was returning to the private sector. Maj. Gen. Tommy H. Baker, who was previously the deputy adjutant general of the Tennessee National Guard, will serve as the department's interim commissioner. “Gen. Baker is a committed public servant and I thank him for his willingness to lead the Department of Veterans Services during this critical time for our state,” Lee said in a statement. This is the third resignation inside Lee's administration in the past few months. Former Commerce and Insurance Commissioner...
    Donald Trump will be going down in history as the most corrupt failed fascist once impeached two-time popular vote loser in American history. And yet, as Trump memorializes his election loss with an unmatched string of 47 court losses and counting, some in his milieu still think there's another "legacy" to "lock in," according to The Washington Post.    Last week, for example, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services adopted a longer and more difficult citizenship test that critics said could further curb legal immigration. The Pentagon named 11 new members, including a pair of prominent former Trump campaign aides, to a Defense Department business advisory board. And the president signed an executive order drafted by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy aimed at protecting civil liberties in the use of artificial intelligence by the federal government. In addition, Trump is suddenly yanking a bunch of troops from Afghanistan,...
    Goldman Sachs is reportedly considering moving a key division from New York to Florida, which could further damage New York City’s status as the center of the financial industry. Executives have been searching for office space in South Florida, speaking with local leaders, and investigating the tax advantages of a move to the Sunshine State, according to Bloomberg News. The financial services company is considering moving its $8 billion revenue-generating asset management division to Palm Beach County or Fort Lauderdale. No decision has been made by the company regarding the move, and Dallas, Texas, is also reportedly in contention. In January, the company announced its target to cut $1.3 billion in costs over three years, which has led to layoffs and efforts to shift jobs to less expensive locales. The shift to large scale remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic convinced company leadership that more roles can be...
    WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — The Maui County Council voted to remove the county's prosecuting attorney over claims of violence and threats in the workplace. The unanimous vote Friday to remove Prosecuting Attorney Don Guzman approved a resolution submitted by Mayor Michael Victorino in October, The Maui News reported. Guzman, who has been on administrative leave since September, said Friday he has hired an employment law attorney and will contest the decision. In an email, he characterized the accusations as “slander and defamation.” Guzman also said he was denied due process during an investigation and the ensuing proceedings. The council’s Governance, Ethics and Transparency Committee heard testimony Nov. 5 from five Department of the Prosecuting Attorney employees recounting examples of what they said were Guzman exhibiting rage, yelling, swearing, making demeaning comments and threats and taking physical action. Those testifying said there were six events this year and another in 2015....
    THE parents of twin two-month-old babies have been charged with first-degree murder after one of the infants died due to child neglect, in North Carolina. Michael Madry, 29, and Lindsey Johnson, 31, were charged with first-degree murder and child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury, according to the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office. 231-year-old Lindsey Johnson was charged and being held without bondCredit: Hanover County Sheriff’s Office 2Madry was driving his two-month-old son to the hospital when he called 911Credit: Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Both were being held without bond after their first court appearance on Friday.  Madry reportedly called 911 on August 9, saying that his baby son was cold to the touch and bleeding from the nose.  Dispatch instructed Madry, who was en route to the hospital, to “pull into a church parking lot and let deputies assist,” said Lt. Jerry Brewer, spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office. Emergency Medical Services transported the...
    The United States is pulling hundreds of troops deployed to Somalia to battle al-Shabab terrorists even as military commanders admit the threat from the al-Qaida-linked terror group has not been eliminated. "A threat remains," Africa Command spokesman Colonel Chris Karns told VOA following the announcement late Friday that President Donald Trump had ordered U.S. forces to leave Somalia. But Karns said that despite al-Shabab's enduring presence, "it is contained." "It is contained via continued pressure on the network," he added. For months, U.S. defense officials have been raising concerns about the growing confidence and capabilities exhibited by al-Shabab commanders, and a recent report by the Defense Department inspector general warned that despite ongoing efforts, al-Shabab has not been degraded. Africom also is saying that some U.S. forces are going to stay in the East African country. "A limited presence will still remain in Somalia,” Karns said. Trump’s order is part...
    CAMDEN, N.J. (CBS) — It was an arrest 21 years in the making. A South Carolina man has been arrested in a cold case rape from 1999, the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office said Friday. Prosecutors said that 47-year-old Sanyika Adams was arrested in South Carolina on Friday in connection to a rape case from April 15, 1999, in Somerdale. (Credit: Camden County Prosecutor’s Office) The incident took place at a home on the 400 block of Park Avenue. According to prosecutors, police responded to the home after a woman reported awakening to a man holding a knife to her throat. Prosecutors said the woman noticed her phone lines were cut after the suspect left the home and escaped to a neighbor’s home to call 911. Authorities said responding officers found a second victim at the home who was tied up, raped and stabbed multiple times. “This arrest, 21 years after...
    ZACH Woods is a versatile actor who has had his share of memorable roles. He played Gabe in the American version of The Office. 4Ellie Kemper and Zach Woods in The OfficeCredit: Getty Images - Getty Who is Zach Woods? The 36-year-old Woods is an actor and writer who has appeared in The Office, Silicon Valley, Big Mouth, and dozens of other shows. Woods was born on September 25, 1984, in Trenton, New Jersey. He was described by EW earlier this year as a "gentle comedy assassin" who "quietly steals scenes, expertly dismembers them, and respectfully buries their corpses." "I used to fall asleep listening to Chris Rock’s Bigger & Blacker," he told the magazine. "I wanted to be well-liked, and I felt oppressively aware of other people’s experience of me. And I liked how “f- you” he was. 4Zach Woods in an episode from HBO's Silicon ValleyCredit: HBO...
    A Georgia county election official said claims on social media that President Trump’s team has gotten hold of a Dominion voting machine are completely false. Politico’s Marc Caputo reported over Twitter that Carlos Nelson, a Ware County election supervisor, pushed back on an assertion from Chuck Callesto, a self-described political strategist who has been boosting unverified claims of election fraud on social media, that the Trump team was in possession of a voting machine from Ware County. Nelson also said there was a "human-error tabulation issue" during the hand recount and that the tallies match the machine recount. “I can tell you this is —I don’t want to cuss — this is a darned lie. Our vote machines are secure. There’s no vote-flips,” Nelson said. Ware County Election Supervisor Carlos Nelson told me this is false: No one has obtained any machine from his...
    SANTA CRUZ — The Santa Cruz County District Attorney’s Office is leveling consumer protection violation allegations against online dating site Match.com in a new lawsuit seeking $10 million in penalties. The District Attorney’s Office Consumer Affairs and Environmental Protection Units is working with the California Auto-Renewal Taskforce in bringing the legal action. In the spotlight is Match Group Inc. a Delaware company doing business in Texas which owns and operates the world’s largest conglomerate of online dating services sites including brands such as Match.com, PlentyOfFish, OkCupid and Tinder, according to a release from the county office. Related Articles Ex-49ers corner back Carlos Rogers pleads guilty in NFL health care fraud scheme EDD woes: Lawmakers seek hearings to probe disgraced state labor agency Theranos founder Holmes’ trial to go ahead with socially distanced jury: judge $3.8 million stolen in California public assistance fraud...
    An Appeals court has ruled that millionaire pharmaceutical executive Gigi Jordan should be released from prison after her conviction for killing her 8-year-old autistic son was overturned earlier this year due to a judge’s trial error. After a US magistrate judge vacated the 2014 trial conviction, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. fought to keep Jordan, 60, locked up at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility while his office appealed the ruling. But the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the DA’s argument on Wednesday. “Jordan has already served some 11 years of her sentence, more than 70 percent of her likely provisional sentence; and the State does not argue that Jordan will pose a danger to the public if released,” wrote the three-judge panel. She’ll be transferred into federal custody for a bail hearing in the Southern District of New York by Monday, court papers show. In September, Magistrate Judge Sara...
    More On: gigi jordan Millionaire mom convicted of killing autistic son may be retried Ex seeks at least $500,000 in legal fees from convicted child-killer Millionaire mom who killed son says someone stole her credit card Ex-husband hits millionaire kid-killer with defamation lawsuit An Appeals court has ruled that millionaire pharmaceutical executive Gigi Jordan should be released from prison after her conviction for killing her 8-year-old autistic son was overturned earlier this year due to a judge’s trial error. After a US magistrate judge vacated the 2014 trial conviction, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. fought to keep Jordan, 60, locked up at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility while his office appealed the ruling. But the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the DA’s argument on Wednesday. “Jordan has already served some 11 years of her sentence, more than 70 percent of her likely provisional sentence; and the State does...
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    DENVER (CBS4) – Lake County Coroner Shannon Kent was permanently stripped of his ability to legally conduct cremation or funeral home services in the state, the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies announced Tuesday. The ban takes effect immediately. Kent owned in whole or in part crematories and funeral homes in Leadville, Gypsum, Silverthorne, Buena Vista, and Idaho Springs while doubling as the publicly elected coroner of Lake County. He still retains that office. Kent’s license to operate two of the Western Slope businesses were suspended by the state in October after Lake County authorities conducted an unannounced visit on his home-based funeral home in Leadville. Shannon Kent in an undated file photo. (credit: Leadville Today) In the basement of the Kent family residence, investigators found an unrefrigerated body, mounds of used medical gloves and body bags, and tilting stacks of paperwork. Photo included in the incident report from Oct. 2nd search...
    A lawsuit filed on Wednesday alleges that almost 200,000 Georgia voters were wrongly removed from the voter registration list ahead of the election. Three voter advocacy groups sued Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) for the “wrongful cancellation” of 199,908 voter registrations after falsely assuming they had moved and changed their addresses. The groups call for the voters to have their registration restored ahead of the state’s Jan. 5 runoff races, which will determine which party controls the U.S. Senate.  The lawsuit, filed in the Northern District of Georgia Atlanta Division, was obtained by The New York Times.  The plaintiffs, which included the Black Voters Matter Fund, the Transformative Justice Coalition and the Rainbow Push Coalition, based their lawsuit on the Georgia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union’s (ACLU) report.  The ACLU release from September cited an independent journalist and said Georgia purged about 300,000 people, who did not...
    A fleeing drug dealer hit a DEA agent with his car and tossed a bag filled with 7,500 heroin folds out the window during what became a high-speed chase from Pennsylvania to Mercer County, authorities said. Law enforcement officers from various agencies followed ex-con Daevon Bell, 26, of Hamilton Township from Trenton to an apartment complex in Morrisville, PA, on Tuesday, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito said. Bell retrieved a bag from his trunk and went into one of the apartments there, then emerged carrying another bag, Carpenito said. When members of the law enforcement posse approached him, Bell hit the gas – clipping a DEA agent and hitting an occupied police vehicle – then tossed the bag as he sped off, the U.S. attorney said. A high-speed pursuit ended with Bell’s capture in Lawrenceville, Carpenito said. Agents recovered the bag and found 150 bricks of heroin inside, he said. Bell...
    DENVER (CBS4) — Lake County Coroner Shannon Kent was permanently stripped of his ability to legally conduct cremation or funeral home services in the state, the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies announced Tuesday. The ban takes effect immediately. Kent owned in whole or in part crematories and funeral homes in Leadville, Gypsum, Silverthorne, Buena Vista, and Idaho Springs while doubling as the publicly elected coroner of Lake County. He still retains that office. Kent’s license to operate two of the western slope businesses were suspended by the state in October after Lake County authorities conducted an unannounced visit on his home-based funeral home in Leadville. Shannon Kent in an undated file photo. (credit: Leadville Today) In the basement of the Kent family residence, investigators found an unrefrigerated body, mounds of used medical gloves and body bags, and tilting stacks of paperwork. Photo included in the incident report from Oct. 2nd...
    For the 18th consecutive year, the University of West Georgia has been awarded a grant by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. Peer educators in the Office of Health Education at the University of West Georgia attend a DUI simulation event hosted on campus. UWG received more than $14,000 in a grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to participate in its Georgia Young Adult Program. Peer educators in the Office of Health Education at the University of West Georgia attend a DUI simulation event hosted on campus. UWG received more than $14,000 in a grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to participate in its Georgia Young Adult Program. UWG is proud to announce the receipt of a $14,546 grant to participate in the Georgia Young Adult Program (GYAP) of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. The...
    It’s another day in December, and that means it’s time for some more great Christmas entertainment. After already cruising through “The Office” and “Christmas Vacation,” it’s time to enjoy the greatest holiday moments from “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” (REVIEW: ‘Westworld’ Season 3 Ends With The Possible Deaths Of Multiple Characters) As everyone who reads my stuff knows, I’m a huge “Sunny” junkie. I think it’s an all-time great show. We’re talking about a first ballot comedy hall of fame production. While the Christmas content isn’t as bountiful as “The Office,” there are still more than a few great moments throughout the years. Let’s dive right in and start the day with a few great laughs. I really don’t know what to tell you if you’re not a huge fan of “Always Sunny.” I can watch any random episode of the FX hit and...
    DON’T let your efforts to find love in 2020 end in tiers, ladies. Lockdown is lifted but much of the country still faces the toughest restrictions. 8Lockdown is lifted but Covid rules may still make it hard to dateCredit: Shutterstock Don’t fret, Bad Romance author EMILY HILL says to keep calm and carry on dating – just be more creative. These are her tips for dating under the current Covid rules. Feeling sixy IF you’re living in the Isle of Wight, Cornwall or the Isles of Scilly, then you’ve every right to be feeling sixy. The rule of six still applies, but you can at least meet the people INDOORS! 8You can still meet people indoors in the Isle of Wight, Cornwall or the Isles of ScillyCredit: Getty Images - Getty What a luxury for tier oners, the rest of us envy you. So why not pick your two...
    Ivanka Trump cut a stylish figure in a budget-friendly camel suit from the fast-fashion retailer Zara when she headed to work on Tuesday morning.  The 39-year-old White House senior adviser stepped out of the front gate of her Washington, D.C. home around 9:45 a.m. wearing a floral face mask and carrying a black quilted Lady Dior bag — a style beloved by her mother Ivana Trump.  Ivanka's outfit was a mix of high and low as she paired her off-the-rack pantsuit with a designer handbag that costs a whopping $5,500.  Off to work: Ivanka Trump, 39, stepped out of her Washington, D.C. home around 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday  Outfit of the day: The White House senior adviser was wearing a camel pantsuit from Zara, which she paired with a black turtleneck and heels  She treated the bag as a briefcase of sorts and carried her MacBook laptop...
    The INshed is one of many options for a backyard tiny office. Chus Alonso/INshed Since the coronavirus hit the US, millions of people have been working from home. For some, it has been tough to separate their home life from work or find a successful designated work area. This has resulted in an increased interest in tiny offices as a work-from-home solution.  B&B Micro Manufacturing in Adams, Massachusetts, offers two models of backyard offices, both of which are highly customizable and can come travel-ready on a trailer.  INshed in Elgin, Illinois, says it has seen an uptick in tiny office orders.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Before the coronavirus pandemic hit the US, working from home was seen by some as a once-in-a-while luxury, something you had to clear with supervisors to make sure your work production didn't suffer. But since mid-March, millions of people have...
    It’s officially the start of December, and that means Christmas is right around the corner. As always, the start of December means it’s time to watch the greatest Christmas moments from “The Office.” (REVIEW: ‘Westworld’ Season 3 Ends With The Possible Deaths Of Multiple Characters) For those of you who don’t already know (shame on you), the Christmas episodes/moments from the hit NBC show are among the best in the history of the series. Let’s dive right in! I have a yearly Christmas tradition when it comes to “The Office.” I get a list of all the holiday episodes, a bunch of beer and a few pizzas. I’m sure you can guess what happens next. I fire up the episodes, and I don’t stop eating and drinking until they’re done. It’s a little reward to myself for another great year of work, and I...
    President Donald Trump lashed out at Arizona Gov Doug Ducey Monday night for 'rushing to put a Democrat in office' as a video appeared to show him ignore a call from the White House during a press conference where he certified the state's vote for Joe Biden.  Just a few seconds into the press conference, Ducey is seen pulling a cellphone from his coat pocket.  He then appears to ignore the call that was reportedly from the White House.  'HE'LL GET BACK TO YOU Back in July, Gov. Ducey said he changed his White House ringtone to "Hail to The Chief" so he wouldn't miss a call from Trump/Pence. Guess who called while Ducey was certifying Arizona's election? (7 secs in),' NBC reporter Brahm Resnik tweeted.  Trump later wrote in the caption of the video of Ducey during the press conference: 'Why is he rushing to put a Democrat in...
    SAN ANTONIO – The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s help in locating a 12-year-old girl last seen in Northeast Bexar County. The Sheriff’s Office said that Mon’Tri’Nique Patricia Ali, also known as “Montri or Kashmere,” was last seen at her home near the 7500 block of Windsor Oaks at 10:30 p.m. on Nov. 22. The sheriff’s Office says Ali was last seen wearing a dress, a black coat with a hood and black Nike shoes. She is described as being 4 feet, 9 inches tall, weighing 125 pounds, with Brown eyes and black hair. The Sheriff’s Office says that anyone harboring Ali may face charges for harboring a runaway, a class A misdemeanor punishable up to one year in jail with a fine of up to $5,000. They can also be charged with Interfering with Child Custody, a state jail felony punishable up to two years in...
    A man was extradited from Mexico over the weekend to stand trial for a 12-year-old Portland murder. Cristobal Medrano-Alvarado, 33, was wanted in the killing of 35-year-old Abel Delgado-Morales, 35, in November 2008. The fugitive was captured in Mexico last March after the FBI obtained information about his whereabouts, Portland police said Sunday. Mugshot for Cristobal Medrano-Alvarado, 33 (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office) PORTLAND POLICE VEHICLE SEVERELY DAMAGED BY FIRE; ARSON INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY “The FBI's Legal Attaché in Mexico City worked with local authorities to locate and arrest Medrano-Alvarado,” police said. “After extradition proceedings, which were facilitated by the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office, Medrano-Alvarado was transported to the U.S.” MOTHER OF SLAIN FLORIDA TEEN SHOT AT HIS BURIAL SERVICE, OFFICIALS SAY He arrived in Portland Saturday. Prosecutors allege Medrano-Alvarado was one of two men who broke into an apartment and shot Delgado Morales to death, The Oregonian reported. Prosecutors said...
    Coronavirus updates: US surpasses record 200K daily cases; virus numbers could be erratic after Thanksgiving, experts warn Dogs and cats living together: Joe Biden says feline will join White House pets Seniors On Medicare Are Getting a Big Pay Day in 2020 Ad Microsoft Expert: “This credit card is so good I signed up personally” Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/10 SLIDES   A look at top-grossing holiday shock-fests that have inspired ho-ho-horror -- including this month's "Black Christmas" remake.
    DEQUINCY, La. (AP) — Hurricane recovery workers from Alabama, Louisiana and Florida are accused in the death of a woman whose body was found after Louisiana firefighters put out a vehicle fire. Morgan Douglas, 23, of Andalusia, Alabama, was arrested on a charge of second-degree murder, and the other two on a charge of accessory after the fact to murder, the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office said in a news release Wednesday. Douglas, Dixon Fife, 24, of Lake Charles, and Michael Dean Roberts, 43, of Jacksonville, Florida, also face charges of arson, conspiracy and obstructing justice. All three remained in the Calcasieu Parish jail on Friday, online records indicated. It was not immediately clear whether they had attorneys who could speak for them. The Beauregard Parish Coroner’s Office said Friday that the continuing investigation keeps it from releasing the woman’s name. Her body was found in a vehicle reported burning...
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    Former New York Sen. Al D’Amato was released from the hospital Wednesday after being treated for COVID-19. “I’m home and recuperating,” D’Amato told the Post Wednesday night. D’Amato, who lives on Long Island, was admitted to St. Francis Hospital last week while experiencing a mild fever and congestion. The former lawmaker will “continue his recuperation at home mindful of the gift of good health,” his office said in a statement. He will also “celebrate Thanksgiving with a renewed appreciation of the holiday and those around him,” the office said. D’Amato was once one of the most powerful New York leaders when he served as US senator and exerted enormous sway over the state Republican Party. He’s still a power broker, running one of the state’s most lucrative lobbying firms, Park Strategies.
    Former New York Sen. Al D’Amato was released from the hospital Wednesday after being treated for COVID-19. “I’m home and recuperating,” D’Amato told the Post Wednesday night. D’Amato, who lives on Long Island, was admitted to St. Francis Hospital last week while experiencing a mild fever and congestion. The former lawmaker will “continue his recuperation at home mindful of the gift of good health,” his office said in a statement. He will also “celebrate Thanksgiving with a renewed appreciation of the holiday and those around him,” the office said. D’Amato was once one of the most powerful New York leaders when he served as US senator and exerted enormous sway over the state Republican Party. He’s still a power broker, running one of the state’s most lucrative lobbying firms, Park Strategies. Filed under al damato ,  Coronavirus ,  Coronavirus in NY ,  hospitals ,  new york ,  11/26/20
    SAN JOSE — An appeals court has ordered the local Superior Court and state Attorney General’s Office to prove why Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen’s office should be allowed to prosecute a watershed corruption trial over defense objections that Rosen’s past friendship and fundraising support from a defendant is a disqualifying conflict. The new order issued Wednesday by the Sixth District Court of Appeal means that trial proceedings remain on hold for four people indicted on corruption and bribery charges on allegations they brokered an exchange of political donations for concealed-gun permits from the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office. In its order, the appellate court set a Dec. 10 deadline for “show cause” arguments from the AG’s office, which argued against the conflict claim on behalf of the Rosen’s office, and the county Superior Court, which sided with the AG’s office in rejecting an initial defense petition to...
    Donald Trump could have one way to save the United States from the “quagmire” created by his efforts to undermine the integrity of the 2020 presidential election while also protecting his own future, a political expert says — he could resign in protest and allow Mike Pence to become president. Justin B. Hollander, a professor of public policy and planning at Tufts University, wrote in an opinion piece for The Hill that Trump has the power to save the American people from the damage he has caused to the electoral process through repeated and unfounded insistence that there was fraud in the race. Hollander noted that Trump’s legal team has been unable to bring forward evidence of this alleged fraud, and noted that he is likely afraid of facing prosecution after he leaves office. Hollander went on to write that as Biden’s win becomes more and more clear as states...
    Square Enix, the studio behind the Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, and Tomb Raider games, says it’ll allow most of its employees to work from home permanently. The policy comes into effect on December 1st and will see its employees designated as either “home-based” or “office-based.” In its announcement, the company says it expects around 80 percent of its employees to be designated as home-based from December. The company gives a number of reasons for making the policy permanent. These include creating a “flexible and diverse working environment,” helping employees “achieve the optimal work-life balance,” and helping to “bolster productivity.” It also hopes the policy will help it better adapt in the future, whether it’s to disasters or just new employment models. 80 percent of the company’s employees say they viewed working from home positively Although employees will be sorted into home-based and office-based, it sounds like they’ll have some flexibility...
    Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. The Texas Attorney General’s Office has fired the last remaining whistleblower who alleged Ken Paxton broke the law in doing favors for a political donor — just days after aides had sued the agency alleging they suffered retaliation for making the report. Deputy Attorney General for Legal Counsel Ryan Vassar — who had already been placed on paid leave — was fired Nov. 17, according to internal personnel documents obtained by The Texas Tribune, making him the fifth whistleblower to be fired from the agency in less than a month. The three others who reported Paxton to law enforcement have resigned. On Nov. 12, Vassar and three of his former colleagues filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the Texas Attorney General’s Office, claiming they had suffered retaliation after they told law...
    The 2020 NBA offseason is going ahead in full-swing and teams are splashing major bucks to lure in players. However, the New York Knicks have been fairly quiet and fans aren’t happy. Several players were linked to the franchise with Victor Oladipo being one of them. Are the Knicks going to trade for the Pacers star this year?  Victor Oladipo is entering his final year of contract with the Pacers, and there were several rumors swiveling around his future. The Knicks were strongly connected with trading the Maryland native, but what’s the current status?  Marc Berman of the New York Post has put forth that the Knicks’ front office is primarily divided in Oladipo’s case. The franchise can afford a player of his quality, but the top executives aren’t coming to a compromise.  “According to sources, Knicks GM Scott Perry, who drafted Oladipo when with Orlando, would like to explore...
    Mohanlal is teaming up with his Madampi and Villain director B Unnikrishnan for one of his upcoming ventures. Titled Aaraattu, or rather, Neyyattinkara Gopante Aaraattu, the film is a family entertainer, where Mohanlal plays the titular character (unsurprisingly). It is a movie about a man called Neyyattinkara Gopan who goes on a journey from his town to Palakkad and the adventures he faces on the way. Shraddha Srinath is the female lead of the film, that began rolling from November 23. Neyyattinkara Gopante Aaraattu Starring Mohanlal Goes On Floors Today! B Unnikrishnan is a very popular director in Malayalam cinema, making his directorial debut in 2006 with the Suresh Gopi-starrer Smart City. Having last made Kodathi Samaksham Balan Vakeel with Dileep and Mamta Mohandas, Unnikrishnan has seen his fair share of hits and misses as a filmmaker. Apart from the upcoming Aaraattu, B Unnikrishnan has made four films with Mohanlal till now. In...
    A BRIT dad was just “30 minutes” from death after being bitten on the arm by a King Cobra while battling his second bout of coronavirus. Ian Jones, 49, has been blinded and paralysed after the deadly attack in an Indian village. 6Ian Jones's health has been 'touch and go' since the terrifying snake attack Credit: PA:Press Association 6The actual King Cobra snake which bit the Brit charity workerCredit: PA:Press Association Charity CEO Mr Jones, from Ryde in the Isle of Wight, has been in and out of a coma for three days with loved ones saying it is “touch and go” if he recovers. Colleagues have revealed the dad-of-two was “relaxing” at his charity Sabirian's workplace near Jodhpur, Rajasthan, when the black hooded cobra bit his lower arm and hand. Mike Bulpitt, who has worked with Mr Jones for six years, said the snake bite “exacerbated” his coronavirus symptoms....
    CHICAGO (CBS) — It only took seconds. Video shows three people throwing bricks through the windows at an alderman’s office. And it’s not the first time it’s happened. CBS 2 Political Investigator Dana Kozlov reports from CPD headquarters and spoke to Chicago Ald. Ray Lopez (15th) about why he’s being attacked. Ald. Ray Lopez (15th) gets back to some routine business, after a day that’s been anything but routine. Hours earlier, three people smashed the front windows of his 47th Street office. It’s the third time it’s happened in the past four months. “But what this tells me is that the gangs are struggling to maintain their grip on this neighborhood. That’s what this tells me,” Lopez said. Lopez said he has no doubt gang members are the vandals in this case. Why now, and again, he isn’t sure. Lopez said it could be retaliation for the arrest of a...
    President-elect Joe Biden told House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that after he takes office, she'll have the run of the Oval Office – a historic room she hasn't been inside for more than a year.  'In my Oval Office, mi casa, you casa. I'm going to need you,' Biden said, looking toward Pelosi during a very brief exchange that media were allowed to witness. 'I hope we're going to spend a lot of time together,' Biden told the two leaders.  Also there and seated around a large rectangular table was Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and Vice President-elect Sen. Kamala Harris.  All wore masks. 'In my Oval Office, mi casa, you casa,' President-elect Joe Biden told House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as the two met for the first time since the elections His remark was a Spanglish variant of 'mi casa, su casa.'  Although Biden didn't say it, Pelosi's absence from...
    ROCKINGHAM, N.C. (AP) — A woman jumped from the trunk of a speeding car to escape her captors, and deputies have arrested two of three people wanted in the case, a North Carolina sheriff's office said Friday. The Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that deputies responded Thursday morning to a call from a motel in Madison about an assault and kidnapping. Investigators said three people entered the victim’s room, assaulted her and put her in the trunk of their car. The sheriff’s office said the car traveled 200 yards (180 meters) before she jumped out of the trunk. According to the sheriff's office, the woman suffered severe injuries and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. The sheriff's office said Takiyah Kenyhata Broadnax, 21, of Eden was charged with first-degree kidnapping, breaking and entering, and assault inflicting serious injury. She is jailed on a $500,000...
    A former judge in Allegheny County, Pa., has been barred from running for judicial office again over past racist comments.  The Court of Judicial Discipline issued sanctions to former Common Pleas Judge Mark Tranquilli on Thursday, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The sanctions come after Tranquilli resigned before facing trial on charges that he engaged in harassment and made racist remarks.  Tranquilli’s “resignation and pledge not to ever serve as a judge again are binding and irrevocable,” the order says, according to the Tribune-Review.  The Judicial Conduct Board hit Tranquill with ethics charges in August over abusive and racist comments made to individuals, according to Law360. Specifically, Tranquilli referred to a black female juror wearing a headscarf as "Aunt Jemima,” and suggested she had a "baby daddy" who was "probably slinging heroin too." According to the news outlet, he was angry after a partial acquittal in a drug case.  “You...
    President-elect Joe Biden is not the only one waiting for a smooth transition of power. Michelle Fischbach, the GOP congresswoman-elect for Minnesota's 7th Congressional District, said she's heard nothing from Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., since she beat the powerful chairman of the House Agriculture Committee on Nov. 3. "He's never called," Fischbach, the former lieutenant governor of Minnesota, told Fox News Thursday of the typical phone call the losing politician makes to an opponent. "I was just surprised that he decided not to call because he's had a couple of weeks now." MICHELLE FISCHBACH UNSEATS MN DEMOCRAT WHO'S SERVED 30 YEARS: GOP RECRUITING 'STRONG, CONSERVATIVE WOMEN' Aside from being classy, a concession call has some practical purposes. Congressional offices specialize in helping constituents navigate problems with the federal government, such as obtaining Social Security and veterans benefits or assisting in an immigration issue.  In a successful transition, outgoing staff would work with the incoming...
    FREMONT (CBS SF) – A woman was arrested and faces multiple charges after ramming a patrol car and leading authorities on a chase stretching from Saratoga to Fremont Thursday morning. The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to a home near Monte Vista Drive and Montewood Drive shortly after 7:50 a.m. after a resident reported a suspicious vehicle in a driveway and a woman wandering around their backyard. Deputies said they attempted to approach the woman, but she ran to her vehicle and rammed a patrol car. She then led authorities on a chase from Saratoga to Fremont, more than 20 miles away. The sheriff’s office said they deployed spike strips to immobilize the woman’s vehicle, which eventually stopped near the Interstate 680 / Mission Boulevard interchange. She was then taken into custody without further incident. Scene following a police chase from Saratoga to Mission Boulevard in Fremont...
    AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Texas will receive millions from Apple after a settlement was reached in a case regarding the throttling of customer’s iPhones in 2016, state Attorney General Ken Paxton announced Thursday. The case involved Paxton and 30 other attorney generals in a multistate investigation in regards to Apple’s decision to reduce performance in some iPhones to address unexpected shutdown issues, Paxton’s office said in a statement. According to his office, the attorney generals alleged that Apple discovered battery issues in the iPhones and decided to throttle them rather than disclose the issues or replace the batteries. The attorney generals claimed Apple profited from the issues due to customers buying new phones because their previous ones had reduced performance. A $113 million settlement was reached between the two sides, with Texas receiving just over $7.5 million. “I am pleased to announce that Apple is being held accountable for their...
    The Pasco Sheriff's Office in Florida has a secret list of over 400 students they believe could 'fall into a life of crime' based on factors like whether they have gotten a D or an F in school and whether they have been abused or disciplined at school.  Both state and federal law protect the records used by the sheriff's office to make the list, comprised of students from Pasco County high and middle schools. Authorities use data from both the Pasco County School District and the Department of Children and Families. Data from the district shows which students are struggling academically, have missed too many classes, or have been disciplined repeatedly at the schools. FDCF data shows which children have been either victims to abuse or witnesses to household violence. Parents of the students are completely unaware of their child's presence on the list, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Children also do...
    WAXAHACHIE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Ellis County Constable Curtis Polk, Jr, has a new office as of Wednesday, Nov. 18, following outrage earlier in the week over his basement office next to an archway where the word “negroes” appears in paint that’s chipped away over time. Sign and plaque in Ellis County Historic Courthouse (Curtis Polk, Jr.) “We came up with a solution that benefitted all, me him and the people of this county,” said Ellis County Judge Todd Little. “We want to be peacemakers here in Ellis County. We want to do the right thing and we want our citizens to decide what’s right for our community.” Judge Little worked to make sure Constable Polk got an office of his own and out of the basement away from the offensive sign. It marks the spot of a public water fountain Black residents were restricted to using. Underneath it, a plaque...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said he wants the County Board of Supervisors to focus their attention on solving other pressing issues facing the region in light of the their vote to look at options for removing him from the elected position."I wish they would explore ways to solve the homeless crisis, the pandemic, the economic meltdown," Villanueva said during an interview with ABC7.The L.A. County Board of Supervisors last week voted 3-2 to look at options for removing Villanueva as the county's top lawman, rather than waiting to see if voters will do so in 2022.According to the board, Villanueva has blocked oversight of the department and failed to balance the sheriff's department's budget.RELATED: LA County Board of Supervisors votes to consider options to remove Sheriff Villanueva from officeEMBED More News Videos Sheriff Villanueva and the Board of Supervisors have a contentious relationship, and...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A yearlong investigation has found that more than 200 firearms went missing from the Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office between 1977 and 2015, the City Controller’s Office said Wednesday. Officials said a confidential complaint in the fall of 2019 sparked the investigation. The initial complaint alleged 15 rifles and shotguns were missing from the sheriff’s office gun inventory, according to City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart. The investigation revealed 101 service firearms and 109 Protection From Abuse Act (PFA) weapons were missing from the inventory, Rhynhart said. Sheriff Rochelle Bilal said she’ll implement the changes recommended in the report. “It’s unacceptable that more than 200 guns that should be in the Sheriff’s Office custody cannot be located,” Rhynhart said. “The public needs to trust that the Sheriff’s Office is a reliable steward of its own property, as well as the personal property given to the Sheriff’s Office for safekeeping. While many...
    STOCKTON (CBS13) — Prosecutors say the man facing child abuse and murder charges after the death of his two-month-old son had been released from prison early due to the coronavirus pandemic. Matthew Garcia, 24, was arrested last week after the baby was admitted to the UC Davis Medical Center with serious injuries. The baby went into the PICU but was not expected to survive, authorities said; several days later, the baby passed away. Hospital staff advised police that the baby’s injuries were consistent with child abuse. Investigators believe the alleged abuse happened at the boy’s family’s home in Stockton. Garcia was the boy’s biological father, police say. According to the district attorney’s office, Garcia had previously pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and burglary charges. Garcia had been offered an extensive year-long live-in treatment program though the Jericho Project after the plea, but he instead opted for a six-year prison sentence....
    Womens hoops coaches find creative ways to fill schedules How to cut your monthly bills when moneys tight HSBC staff in Hong Kong can now reportedly work 4 days a week from home — and theyll get a $322 allowance to set up a home office © Provided by Business Insider Pedestrians walk past a branch of the British multinational banking and financial services holding company, The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, or HSBC, in New York City. Alex Tai/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty Images HSBC staff in Hong Kong can choose to work up to four days a week from home, per an internal staff memo seen by Bloomberg. The banking giant has given staff three options: working primarily from home, primarily in the office, or full-time in the office, per Bloomberg. HSBC is based in London, but has around 30,000 staff in Hong Kong, where it generates more than...
    VIDEO3:1903:19TeamViewer: Looking forward to normalization of business environment post-pandemicEast Tech West The chief executive of a German software company said feedback from customers indicates that companies will let staff spend half their time working from home after the coronavirus pandemic passes. Speaking to CNBC's Geoff Cutmore, Oliver Steil of TeamViewer questioned whether companies would allow their staff to work from home all the time, instead saying that he believes most firms will adopt a "hybrid" approach. Steil's company builds software that's designed to let businesses manage computers and other devices remotely. Social media giant Twitter said in May that some of its workforce can work from home into perpetuity if they want. Facebook said in August it will allow employees to work remotely until July 2021. But not every task that companies want or need to do can be handled remotely. "I think many companies will need to onboard new...
    Military leaders are preparing for an order from President Trump to further draw down US troops from Afghanistan and Iraq before he leaves office on Jan. 20, according to published reports. The Pentagon issued a notice to commanders known as a “warning order” to begin planning to draw down the number of troops in Afghanistan and in Iraq to 2,500 in each country by Jan 15, officials told CNN as well as ABC News. There are now about 4,500 US troops in Afghanistan and 3,000 troops in Iraq. The Pentagon and White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment from The Post. Trump has long complained about America’s involvement in “endless wars” and has sought to get American troops out of both countries. In September, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he was hopeful peace negotiations between Afghan officials and the rival Taliban could lead to a total...
    Former President Obama in a new interview addressed a viral 2009 outburst from Rep. Joe WilsonAddison (Joe) Graves WilsonDemocrats raise alarm about new US human rights priorities Democrat Teresa Leger Fernandez defeats Valerie Plame in New Mexico primary Trump campaign launches new fundraising program with House Republicans MORE (R-S.C.), who heckled him and accused him of lying during an address to Congress, saying that his “initial instinct” was to “smack this guy on the head.” Obama made the comment in a broad interview with CBS’s Gayle KingGayle KingObama hits Trump for refusing to concede, says there's 'no legal basis' for challenges Obama's first post-election interviews to air on CBS on Sunday Grand juror: Officers' actions the night Breonna Taylor was killed were 'criminal' MORE released on Sunday that also covered his presidency, his thoughts on the current political climate and his upcoming presidential memoir, “A Promised Land.” His comments regarding Wilson's outburst came after the former president discussed what...
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo claimed Americans don’t trust President Trump in a series of televised interviews Friday, after Trump threatened to withhold a potential coronavirus vaccine from New Yorkers. During remarks in the Rose Garden, Trump said a vaccine will be widely available by April, “with the exception of places like New York state, where for political reasons the governor decided to say … he wants to take his time with the vaccine. He doesn’t trust where the vaccine is coming from.” In this Oct. 21, photo provided by the Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Gov. Cuomo provides a coronavirus update during a news conference in the Red Room at the State Capitol in Albany, N.Y.   (Mike Groll/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo) Cuomo has questioned the president’s political motives and called for an independent review of the vaccine's safety and effectiveness before its release. He argued that would not...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A man has escaped from the Northeast Regional Corrections Center in Saginaw. According to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, Keith Bellanger, 33, fled on foot from the property around 4 p.m. on Friday. He was being transferred to the secure wing of the facility when he took off. Deputies arrived a short time later and began following his tracks in the snow, which led them to Shady Lane on Caribou Lake. However, they were not able to find him. A K9 unit arrived and followed the tracks approximately four miles through the woods, ending up on Lindahl Road, where they lost track of him again. St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information about Bellanger’s whereabouts to contact them.  
    Concern has turned to joy in the Rocky Mountains as Broncos legend and current team President John Elway returns to work after recovering from the coronavirus. Elway’s return comes ten days after it was announced that he had tested positive for the virus after experiencing minor symptoms. The Hall of Famer did not take time off. Instead, he worked from his home. According to Mike Klis, Elway will continue to work from his office at the Broncos facility. Broncos boss update: GM John Elway has recovered nicely from COVID and is cleared to return to his office tomorrow. CEO/President Joe Ellis is still battling symptoms and is not yet cleared to return. #9sports — Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) November 12, 2020 The Broncos avoided a complete shut down of operations since they believe both Elway and Ellis contracted the disease away from the team facility. The Broncos are set to make...
    MELANIA Trump could receive as much as $50million in divorce settlement if she splits from Donald Trump when he leaves office. As rumors began circulating of a potential divorce between President Trump and the First Lady, divorce lawyer Jacqueline Newman has predicted Melania could receive a settlement of around $50million. 2Melania Trump could receive as much as $50million if she cuts-ties with her husband, Donald TrumpCredit: Getty Images - Getty “I would imagine the payout would be fairly generous,” Newman told Town and Country. However, Newman said the figure would depend on whether Melania receives custody of their son, Barron Trump. “It doesn’t seem as if there’s going to be much question as to who the primary caretaker is. “My guess is that should would get primary custodial rights and he would get access whenever he happens to be in town,” the lawyer said. 2A divorce lawyer said the large...
    The pandemic threw commercial real estate into a tailspin last spring as employees and their bosses abandoned offices to work from home and retailers shuttered their stores to slow the spread of the coronavirus. More than eight months have passed, and much of the sector is struggling to recover. Cities have been hit particularly hard. “We have seen significant impact in major markets that have high density. Large companies have sat relatively empty since March,” said Edward Mermelstein, founder and CEO of the real estate firm One & Only Holdings. Only 8% of workplaces in large metropolitan areas expect to reopen before the end of the year, and another 35% have no timeline to reopen, according to a Conference Board survey conducted in late August. Marina Vaamonde, founder of PropertyCashin, told the Washington Examiner that metropolitan areas might be forever changed by the pandemic. “Downtown will no longer be...
    Someone in California has made off with a replica of the celebrated sasquatch. The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office shared Wednesday on Facebook that someone stole the Bigfoot statue from right in front of the Bigfoot Discovery Museum in Felton, located just north of Santa Cruz. “Keep your eyes peeled for Bigfoot!” the sheriff’s office said. According to the sheriff’s office, the roughly 200-pound, wood-carved, 4-foot statue was stolen sometime between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday. Photos released by the sheriff’s office show the statue was chained to a rail in front of the building. The sheriff’s office said a large wooden bear statue located near Bigfoot was also snatched on Monday around the same time. The museum recently started an online fundraiser to save the facility, which has been closed during the coronavirus pandemic, according to KTVU. The Golden State is ranked among the top states in...
    Someone in California has made off with a replica of the celebrated sasquatch. The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office shared Wednesday on Facebook that someone stole the Bigfoot statue from right in front of the Bigfoot Discovery Museum in Felton, located just north of Santa Cruz. “Keep your eyes peeled for Bigfoot!” the sheriff’s office said. According to the sheriff’s office, the roughly 200-pound, wood-carved, 4-foot statue was stolen sometime between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday. Photos released by the sheriff’s office show the statue was chained to a rail in front of the building. The sheriff’s office said a large wooden bear statue located near Bigfoot was also snatched on Monday around the same time. The museum recently started an online fundraiser to save the facility, which has been closed during the coronavirus pandemic, according to KTVU. The Golden State is ranked among the top states in the...
    PLACER COUNTY (CBS13) – A mountain biker who was rescued after falling over a hillside from a trail died from their injuries, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office said on Thursday. According to the sheriff’s office, the rescue mission happened last week and the agency’s search and rescue team assisted the Sierra County Sheriff’s Office in the efforts to find and get the biker to safety. Placer County authorities said the biker fell from a remote, mountainous trail into a secluded and steep location. More from CBS Sacramento: Rocklin Trump Supporter Files Restraining Order Against Biden-Supporting Neighbor 7 People Arrested After Drug Deal Turns Violent In Grass Valley Sacramento Code Enforcement Pulls Plug On Midtown ‘Free Fridge’ The mountain biker was successfully rescued from the area but later died from their injuries, officials said. No further information was released.
    White-collar staff reaping the financial benefits of working from home should be taxed to help other workers who aren’t getting the same advantages, experts at Deutsche Bank said in a new report. In its report on how to rebuild the economy after COVID-19, the bank proposed a 5 percent daily tax on each employee that continues to work from home, which could raise tens of billions of dollars for governments. The money could be used to help lower-income workers who have taken on greater risk because their jobs can’t be done remotely, it said. The bank noted that the global pandemic has turbocharged the shift to remote work, a trend that looks set to last for the long term with many workers expecting to spend at least a few days of their work week at home even after the pandemic ends. These workers benefit from more convenience and flexibility....
    LONDON – White collar staff reaping the financial benefits of working from home should be taxed to help other workers who aren't getting the same advantages, experts at Deutsche Bank said in a new report. In its report on how to rebuild the economy after COVID-19, the bank proposed a 5% daily tax on each employee that continues to work from home, which could raise tens of billions of dollars for governments. The money could be used to help lower income workers who have taken on greater risk because their jobs can't be done remotely, it said. The bank noted that the global pandemic has turbocharged the shift to remote work, a trend that looks set to last for the long term with many workers expecting to spend at least a few days of their work week at home even after the pandemic ends. These workers benefit...
    FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The City of Fort Worth says its former Aviation Director William Welstead, who was fired in September, engaged in a pattern of unethical behavior, unfair treatment of city employees and may have misspent city money. The city said it has investigated what happened for nearly two months. “In response to several allegations, I asked the City’s Internal Audit Department to conduct a financial review of the Aviation Department in order to determine the validity of the allegations, to assess the financial impact of Mr. Welstead’s alleged misconduct, and to determine the extent to which the City might be able to recover such costs,” said City Manager David Cooke. “I also asked the Fort Worth Police Department to conduct a criminal investigation in order to determine whether Mr. Welstead may have committed any crimes in his capacity as Aviation Director.” William Welstead The city said in a...
    BERLIN (AP) — German authorities on Wednesday offered a 100,000-euro ($118,000) reward for information leading to the arrest of a group of burglars who made off with 6.5 million euros ($7.7 million) in cash from a customs office near the Dutch border earlier this month. A witness reported hearing a loud noise on Nov. 1 at the customs building in Emmerich am Rhein at around 6 a.m., and then seeing three darkly-dressed men with black caps loading a white van nearly five hours later. Another similarly clad man was seen in the area and a witness took his photo, which police in nearby Kleve published along with the reward details. According to police, the three drilled through a cellar wall in the customs office from the neighboring building and were able to make off with the money, which was stored in so-called safe bags. The van used in the getaway...
    BERLIN (AP) — German authorities on Wednesday offered a 100,000-euro ($118,000) reward for information leading to the arrest of a group of burglars who made off with 6.5 million euros ($7.7 million) in cash from a customs office near the Dutch border earlier this month. A witness reported hearing a loud noise on Nov. 1 at the customs building in Emmerich am Rhein at around 6 a.m., and then seeing three darkly-dressed men with black caps loading a white van nearly five hours later. Another similarly clad man was seen in the area and a witness took his photo, which police in nearby Kleve published along with the reward details. According to police, the three drilled through a cellar wall in the customs office from the neighboring building and were able to make off with the money, which was stored in so-called safe bags. The van used in the...
    ESCALANTE, Utah (AP) — A man who died in an estimated 400-foot fall from Willow Gulch in the Escalante Arm of Lake Powell in Utah last month has been identified, authorities said Tuesday. Kane County Sheriff’s officials said the victim was 49-year-old Cory James Christensen and his last known address was Flagstaff, Arizona. They said information and keys found inside the backpack Christensen he was wearing when he fell on Oct. 8 led to a search for a vehicle. It was located in a Garfield County parking lot about eight miles south of Escalante and about 35 miles from the location of the fall. Based on conversations investigators had with eyewitnesses elsewhere in his travels, it’s believed Christensen was traveling alone. Sheriff’s officials said bicycle parts were found in Christensen’s backpack and investigators are considering the possibility that he rode an off-road bike from his vehicle to an area near...
    LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted 3-2 to look at options for removing elected Sheriff Alex Villanueva as the county's top lawman, rather than waiting to see if voters will do so in 2022.Supervisors Kathryn Barger and Janice Hahn dissented, saying the matter should be left in the hands of Los Angeles County voters.Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Sheila Kuehl co-authored the motion recommending that the county direct its lawyers, inspector general, civilian oversight commissioners and acting CEO to look at possible avenues for removing the sheriff or cutting back his responsibilities.Everyone on the board has raised concerns about Villanueva's lack of accountability, including his willingness to flout subpoenas issued by oversight agencies. Yet the board split on this particular issue, with both sides claiming the moral high ground of supporting democratic principles.LAPD survey finds 86% of officers don't feel supported by Chief...
    OFFICE workers were left baffled as a Covid social distancing sign blunder asked them to pee TWO metres from the urinals. Alastair Hilton, 51, was stopped in his tracks after he nipped to the toilet and spotted the poorly placed sign - making it look like he had to aim from six feet away. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 5Office workers were left baffled at the signage blunder telling them to aim into the urinal from two metres away Credit: Kennedy News/Alastair Hilton 5Alastair Hilton, 51, found the sign hilarious at the office space Credit: Kennedy News/Alastair Hilton Dubbed "the most ridiculous social distancing measures yet," the sign blunder at the Kingdom Street walk-in office space in London caused a stir after Alistair posted the image online. The 8ft sign stretched across the floor stating "keep your distance" with a diagonal...
    Concerned citizens detained a Plainfield man who chased after a victim in his SUV and hit him, leaving him critical, during a dispute overnight in North Plainfield, authorities said Monday. Emilio J. Liranzomercedes, of Plainfield, was charged with aggravated assault, assault by auto and a disorderly persons for the underage consumption of alcohol, Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson said. Liranzomercedes had gotten into an argument with the 21-year-old victim when tried hitting him with his 2011 GMC Acadia on the 400 block of Somerset Street around 1:15 a.m., Robertson said alongside Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor and North Plainfield Chief of Police William G. Parenti. The victim was chased by Liranzomercedes as he ran toward the back of a Somerset Street building, Robertson said. Liranzomercedes then got back in his car and sped after the victim, hitting him and the building before coming to a stop...
    Concerned citizens detained a Plainfield man who chased after a victim in his SUV and hit him, leaving him critical, during a dispute overnight in North Plainfield, authorities said Monday. Emilio J. Liranzomercedes, of Plainfield, was charged with aggravated assault, assault by auto and a disorderly persons for the underage consumption of alcohol, Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson said. Liranzomercedes had gotten into an argument with the 21-year-old victim when tried hitting him with his 2011 GMC Acadia on the 400 block of Somerset Street around 1:15 a.m., Robertson said alongside Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor and North Plainfield Chief of Police William G. Parenti. The victim was chased by Liranzomercedes as he ran toward the back of a Somerset Street building, Robertson said. Liranzomercedes then got back in his car and sped after the victim, hitting him and the building before coming to a stop...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto says if the city doesn’t get aid from Washington, more than 600 employees will lose their jobs. The $564 million operating budget proposed by Mayor Peduto Monday doesn’t include tax increases and the mayor’s office says it tries to avoid laying off and furloughing city employees. Because of coronavirus, the mayor’s office says Pittsburgh has been forced to spend almost all of the $120 fund balance that had been built up over the past seven years, and they’re now seeking federal aid. Without it, they say about 634 city employees will lose their jobs. The mayor’s office says the proposed budget also shifts some funding and responsibilities from police to the new Health, Safety and Violence Prevention Initiative. “We are not defunding the police, but are re-funding our communities,” Mayor Peduto said. City council will...
    A federal grand jury returned an indictment this week charging a Quantico man with wire fraud in connection with his scheme to embezzle over $380,000 from his former union, which represented federal law enforcement officers. According to allegations in the indictment, Arthur Penn, 64, served from 1999 through 2015 as the Chairman of the Fraternal Order of Police Defense Protective Service Labor Committee Pentagon, a local union that represented officers of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency. During his tenure, Penn allegedly routinely embezzled funds from the Union for his personal benefit, and spent the stolen funds on gambling, to pay for a personal trip to the Dominican Republic, and for his day-to-day living expenses. Penn sought to conceal and prevent the detection of his embezzlement by failing to make regular reports to Union members, by violating his obligation to file...
    Trump campaign staffers assigned to a hotline meant to find instances voter fraud have reportedly been swamped with prank calls.   Anonymous campaign staffers told ABC News that supporters of President-elect Joe Biden have called the hotline laughing or mocking them over the victory. The trend has already become popular on social media, where some people have shared their taunting phone calls.     'Gravity Falls' creator Alex Hirsch was among those who gave the voter fraud hotline a ring. In one call, Hirsch reported seeing a suspicious man who resembled McDonald's Hamburglar. 'I saw what I believe is a voter fraud situation,' Hirsch began. 'So I saw a man. He walked into this building and he was wearing a black hat, black mask, a stripped shirt, a red tie and I believe there were hamburgers in his bag.' Trump campaign staffers manning the voter fraud hotline have reportedly been inundated...
    Russian lawmakers have introduced legislation that would provide Vladimir Putin lifetime immunity from prosecution if and when he leaves office, according to reports. Current laws protect the sitting president from liability for crimes committed during their terms, but a parliamentary group proposed to extend these immunities beyond the president’s term, the Moscow Times reported. Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures while speaking at the annual meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club via video conference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP) “The bill secures immunity guarantees for ex-presidents beyond the terms of their presidential powers,” Senator Andrei Klishas, the group’s co-chair, was quoted when speaking to reporters. “This expands the timeframe of immunity guarantees for a president who stops exercising their powers.” ELECTION 2020: AS VOTES TALLIED UP, REST OF TEH WORLD AWAITS RESULTS The...
    A draft bill submitted by Russian lawmakers could give Vladimir Putin immunity from criminal prosecution when he decides to step down as president. According to CNN, presidents in the country cannot be prosecuted for crimes they have committed while in office but they can after leaving their position as the head of state. Under the new legislation, any president would be given an extended grace on any felonies that take place during or after an individual has left their role. A parliamentary group, who assessed the president’s amendments to the constitution after his election in July 2020, submitted the proposal. Senator Andrey Klishas, a co-chair of the group who put forward the proposal, explained how the bill would be a reflection of any Russian president’s “importance” to the country. “After the expiration of his term of office, such person has the right to count on the level of protection and...
    Moscow (CNN)Russian lawmakers submitted a draft bill that could grant former presidents lifelong immunity from criminal prosecution beyond their terms of office, state-run news agency TASS reported Thursday. Such a bill would give current President Vladimir Putin protection from prosecution if and when he decides to leave office. Under current Russian law, presidents cannot be prosecuted for crimes committed while in office. The proposed change seeks to extend the immunity beyond their terms of office so it would apply to offenses committed in the president's lifetime. It was submitted by a parliamentary group that assessed Putin's controversial constitutional amendments earlier this year. Russian voters overwhelmingly back a ploy by President Vladimir Putin to rule until 2036"After the expiration of his term of office, such person has the right to count on the level of protection and legal guarantees that is not lower than those provided to him while he exercised...
    Employees who report regularly going to a workplace are much more likely to contract the novel coronavirus than those who telework, a new report suggests. Americans who go to their offices were nearly twice as likely to test positive for COVID-19 than people working from home, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed on Thursday. They were also much more likely to be younger, work less than $75,000 a year and have a high school degree or less.  A new CDC report found that those who tested positive for COVID-19 were 1.8 times more likely to report going exclusively to an office or school setting (file image) For the report, the team recruited more than 300 participants from outpatient health care facilities during July 2020.  More than 150 were symptomatic people who tested positive for the virus were compared while the remaining people were symptomatic but tested...
    MARTINEZ (CBS SF) — A Brentwood mother is facing murder charges in the death of her two-year-old son after it was determined he died after ingesting fentanyl she had in her possession. The Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office said Thursday it filed murder charges earlier this week against 22-year-old Genesis Barrera-Galdamez for the death of her two-year-old son, Jasani Kerry Jr. An autopsy ruled the child’s death on September 20 was caused by acute fentanyl toxicity. Barrera-Galdamez was also charged with felony child abuse and felony possession of fentanyl to sell, the DA’s office said. Two enhancements were also filed related to the child abuse: willful harm causing injury and great bodily injury resulting in brain damage and paralysis. Brentwood police officers who responded to a call from Barrera-Galdamez found the boy not breathing and non-responsive. Police and medics performed CPR for 30 minutes but were not able to...
    A repeat sex-offender who ran away to Mexico with his girlfriend and three children has been captured. Lester B. Joy, 40, formerly of Waterbury, waived his right to be indicted and pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court, Bridgeport, on Tuesday, Nov. 3, to failing to register as a sex offender, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Connecticut. Federal law requires convicted level two and three sex offenders to register their home, work, and other pertinent addresses in a public database - the Sex Offender Registry. Joy, who has been convicted of sexually abusing children, failed to register his addresses multiple times as he moved around Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. According to the registry, Joy is also known as Lester Jox, Lester Bonner Joy, Lester Bunner Joy, Snowflake Joy, and Lester Wilfong. The failure to register charge, however, is just the tip of the...
    A Honduran man who has been deported from the U.S. four times is facing new charges after being arrested in Worcester. On Wednesday, Nov. 4, Milton Javier Cardona-Guevara, 34, was charged with one count of illegal re-entry into the United States after deportation, according to the U .S. Attorney’s Office, Massachusetts. Cardona-Guevara’s deportations go back all the way to August 2006 when he first entered the U.S. illegally, according to court documents. Cardona-Guevara was deported less than a month after entering the country. In 2008 and 2011, Cardona-Guevara was caught illegally entering the U.S. again and was deported, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. At some point, Cardona-Guevara came back because, in October 2018, he was arrested in Worcester on a charge of assault with a dangerous weapon. He was deported from the U.S. for the fourth time in January 2019. Again, Cardona-Guevara re-entered the U.S. - allegedly by...
    The Rome International Film Festival (RIFF) kicks off its 17th year with an in-person screening of the film “Electric Jesus” featuring Brian Baumgartner, best-known for his portrayal as Kevin from the hit television series “The Office.” Baumgartner, director Chis White and other cast and crew members from the film will attend the screening on Thursday, Nov. 12. The 7 p.m. screening takes place at the Rome City Auditorium. A Q&A with the director and cast members will follow the screening of the film. Mask are required and tickets are limited due to social distancing. A separate press conference with the cast and crew will be held on Friday, Nov. 13, at the Rome City Auditorium. The 10 a.m. press conference is only open to members of the press and arrangements need to be made in advance with RIFF. “Electric Jesus” tells...
    Hey, little buddy. Authorities in Illinois are being praised for going the extra mile to comfort and care for a child in protective custody over the weekend after one officer shared the story in a moving Facebook post. “You won't see or hear about this on the evening news but this is something we deal with regularly,” said Dan Travous, acting chief deputy of the Clinton County Sheriff's Office in Carlyle. NASA ASTRONAUT DESCRIBES THE 'HONOR' AND 'DUTY' OF VOTING IN SPACE Travous explained that the child was taken into protective custody early on Saturday morning, revealing that the youngster was "exhausted" after being awake for much of the night. From there, the little one was in the care of law enforcement officers for over six hours, who did all they could to make the kiddo feel safe and secure. Correctional Officer Litteken bought the child diapers, clean clothes and a stuffed animal...
    A 37-year-old area woman pleaded guilty to stealing cash and other items from mail while employed as a postal supervisor at the Town of Fairfield Post Office. Jessica Giles, 37, of West Haven, waived her right to be indicted and pleaded guilty on Tuesday, Nov. 3, to the theft of mail by a postal employee, said John H. Durham, U.S.Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Matthew Modafferi, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Postal Service. According to court documents and statements made in court, between October 2019 and May 2020, while she was employed as a supervisor at the U.S. Post Office in Fairfield, Giles used the flashlight feature on her phone to examine the content of various envelopes that had been placed in the mail.  When she believed that an envelope contained money, she opened the envelope, stole the cash that was found inside and, on multiple...
    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – A Republican state House candidate who died in October due to complications from COVID-19 has won the seat in the North Dakota legislature. David Andahl, 55, who died on Oct. 5 after he had been sick with COVID-19 for several days, won in North Dakota’s 8th District, according to the North Dakota’s Secretary of State’s Office and media reports. Election results show he received 5,053 votes, with 100% of the precincts reporting. North Dakota’s Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem’s said last month that if Andahl won one of two seats up for election, the GOP would choose his replacement unless enough district voters call for a special election. Andahl and fellow District 8 House candidate Dave Nehring won the Republicans endorsements and voters' nominations in the June primary. Nehring also won on Election Day, capturing 5,407 votes. Kathrin Volochenko and Linda Babb were the Democrats seeking to...