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    CHICAGO (CBS) —New video on social media is raising coronavirus concerns. Dozens of mask-less people were packed into a nightclub in the western suburbs. READ MORE: Housewares, Restaurant Association Shows Cancel Chicago Conventions Because Of COVID CBS 2 Investigator Megan Hickey reports from Franklin Park where people in the music industry are calling the club out. CBS 2 has been getting complaints from citizens and concert promoters alike. The Cook County Department of Health said it is investigating. It was advertised as the “Chi-Town TakeOver” at the Pure Nightclub on Saturday night. “Masks Required to Enter/ Limited Capacity” the invite said. But public videos tagging the venue showed a lot of people. Few were actually wearing masks. And social distancing seemed quite difficult. “I’m pretty appalled by it.” Doctor Rachel Rubin of the Cook County Department of Public Health said it is investigating the gathering and the organizers will likely...
    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez denounced the NYPD's new crime-fighting robot dog last week, appearing to accuse the department of racism for deploying the device for testing in only low-income communities of color. The Democratic firebrand blasted the police department's four-legged 'Digidog' in a succession of Thursday tweets, two days after the cyber hound was filmed responding to a home invasion in her home borough of the Bronx. 'Shout out to everyone who fought against community advocates who demanded these resources go to investments like school counseling instead,' she wrote. 'Now robotic surveillance ground drones are being deployed for testing on low-income communities of color with under-resourced schools.' Ocasio-Cortez then argued that police funding that allows for new technology like the Digidog would have better served the community if it had been allotted to programs for education or housing. 'Please ask yourself: when was the last time you saw next-generation, world class technology...
    Loading the player... Gangs have existed within the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for decades, according to whistleblowers within the department, per Yahoo News. Fearing retaliation, the deputies who blew the whistle do not want to be identified. These unnamed sources work in the East Los Angeles station and allege that gang infiltration into law enforcement has become a big problem in the area. I saw on CBS this morning that there’s gangs within the LA county sheriffs department (and they encourage shooting people to be initiated) but honesty though why is this a surprise? — Bianca (@TheMindOfBeans) February 25, 2021 The most established gang operating out of the East Los Angeles station is reportedly the Banditos, and they serve predominantly African American and Latino neighborhoods. Read More: Latin gangs attack Black Chicago protesters in effort to assist police “They operate as a gang. They commit crimes, they assault...
    The Berkeley City Council in California unanimously voted to adopt sweeping police reforms that will include eliminating traffic stops for low-level violations and removing racist officers as it seeks to cut the department's $72million budget in half by this summer.  The reform vote on Tuesday coincided with Berkeley's effort to reduce the police department's to $36million in the coming months. A task force leading the effort met for the first time last week, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.      The changes come as some other cities around the US that cut police budgets in response to unrest following the death of George Floyd face growing challenges - including in Minneapolis, where officials recently moved to increase funding due to a shortage of officers.    Berkeley's newest reforms will likely be difficult to execute on the dramatically reduced budget. They include implementing an 'Early Intervention System' to get biased officers off the street, requiring...
    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has reversed a claim it made in January that it was "working with state and local health departments to ensure that the ICE detainee population is included in state vaccination plans," Business Insider reported on Tuesday. The reversal comes after a probe by the Insider that discovered that ICE has no plan to vaccinate the nearly 14,000 immigrants in its custody against the coronavirus. ICE had said in January it was in "ongoing dialogues" with state health officials about vaccinations for detainees, but  Insider found out that dozens of health departments said that wasnt true and that most states had not even started to vaccinate immigrants who were detained. Last week, ICE altered its story, saying instead that the Department of Homeland Security shared "the number of vaccines required for detainees" with Operation Warp Speed. But Operation Warp Speed, the partnership between the Department of...
    Texas freeze raises concerns about ridiculous variable rate bills Facebook reverses its Australian news ban and restores news pages When Michelle Gass took over as Kohl's CEO in 2018, she tried getting creative to bring more shoppers into stores. © Dustin Chambers/Bloomberg/Getty Images A customer carries out a box while exiting from a Kohl's Corp. department store in Woodstock, Georgia, U.S., on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. For the first time ever on Black Friday, more consumers intend to shop online than in stores, a switch driven by the coronavirus pandemic,, according to a survey by Deloitte. Photographer: Dustin Chambers/Bloomberg via Getty Images The company had just struck a deal with Amazon the previous year to allow customers to bring their returns to select Kohl's locations. The hope was that the deal would attract younger consumers who would then stick around and shop. Kohl's expanded the partnership to...
    New York (CNN Business)When Michelle Gass took over as Kohl's CEO in 2018, she tried getting creative to bring more shoppers into stores. The company had just struck a deal with Amazon the previous year to allow customers to bring their returns to select Kohl's locations. The hope was that the deal would attract younger consumers who would then stick around and shop. Kohl's expanded the partnership to every store during Gass's tenure, and she said in November that it was "pleased" with the program. Kohl's has attempted several new other approaches to draw customers in recent years, including expanding its sportswear assortment and leasing out space at a handful of stores to Planet Fitness (PLNT) and Aldi. Stores live in fear of Amazon. The Kohls CEO embraced itSuch efforts haven't been enough to fend off activist investors, who now want to shake things up.An activist group, which includes...
    THE pompous little statement from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Hollywood PR department says it all.  They “remain committed to their duty and service to the UK,” it read, “as evidenced by their work over the past year.” 2Harry and Meghan say they are committed to their duty - their duty to themselves, writes Ingrid SewardCredit: AFP or licensors To us, it looks as if their work over the past year has been securing lucrative deals with Netflix and Spotify. That is indeed duty and service but it looks like it is mainly duty and service to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. If you do good works — which they do — they will always be overshadowed by the money-making deals that race smartly alongside them. No one cares about the unseen, unglamorous works they undertake when they live such a high-profile lifestyle. Harry and Meghan moved from...
    People wearing protective masks wait in line to receive a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at a large scale vaccination site in Sacramento, California, on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021.David Paul Morris | Bloomberg | Getty Images Scientists and health officials told Congress Friday the federal government needs to ramp up its supply of Covid-19 vaccine doses as they work to streamline the process for getting the shots. Those two changes are key if federal officials want to increase the number of people who will get the shots, scientists and public health officials testified before the House Committee on Science, Space & Technology. "Even people who are motivated and excited about the vaccine can be deterred by the smallest amount of friction in the system, whether that's complex logistics, inconvenience or confusing instructions," said Dr. Alison Buttenheim, scientific director for the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics. The hearing...
    Fraudsters and cyber-criminals are believed to have swindled upwards of $100billion in coronavirus aid from a federal unemployment program that was flagged by the Labor Department as being extremely vulnerable to exploitation. Congress created the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program (PUA) under the CARES Act last March as the COVID-19 pandemic forced large swaths of the US into lockdown, leaving millions of people out of work.  About $630million in aid has been doled out under the program which aimed to help get relief to groups that are not typically eligible for unemployment insurance, including gig workers, caregivers and people who are self-employed. A new report from NBC News broke down how a substantial chunk of the PUA aid ended up in the wrong hands as fraudsters took advantage of overwhelmed state workforce agencies rushing to get relief to struggling American families. The true extent of the fraud is still coming into...
    New York needs the truth about the Cuomo administration coverup of nursing-home deaths — and that means an independent federal investigation. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s top aide confessed privately this week that the administration suppressed the true COVID toll in the homes. She also offered an apology — not to the thousands of New York families who needlessly lost loved ones thanks to her boss’s mismanagement but to Democratic lawmakers put in a difficult "political position with the Republicans" by the coverup. A federal investigation may be the only way to get the full truth of Team Cuomo’s order to nursing homes, populated by those most vulnerable to the virus, to take in COVID-positive patients. Not just the "what" of how many lives it cost, but the "why" behind this madness, and the months and months of coverup. Melissa DeRosa, secretary to the governor, made the stunning statement on a video call with Democratic state lawmakers...
    THE Pentagon has admitted to holding and testing wreckage from UFO crashes in a bombshell Freedom of Information letter, shared with The Sun. Researcher Anthony Bragalia wrote to the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) requesting details of all UFO material, which they hold and results of any tests they had been carrying out on it. 9The Pentagon has admitted testing UFO materialCredit: Getty Images - Getty He wrote: "This could include physical debris recovered by personnel of the Department of Defense as residue, flotsam, shot-off material or crashed material from UAPS [unidentified aerial phenomenon] or unidentified flying objects." In the response, shared with The Sun, the DIA released 154 pages of test results that includes reports on a mysterious "memory" metal called Nitinol, which remembers its original shape when folded. Bragalia said it was a "stunning admission" from the US government and the documents reveal that some of the...
    MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is anticipating getting 90,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine next week, double what the state was receiving just two weeks ago, Gov. Laura Kelly announced Friday. As of Friday, 9.4% of the state’s population had been vaccinated, with 273,428 people receiving at least the first of two required doses, state health data showed. “We are continuing to urge the federal government to increase the number of vaccines we receive and they are actually doing so,” Kelly said in her biweekly call with elected officials. The number of cases has dropped dramatically in recent weeks. The state’s health department added 1,208 new confirmed cases from Wednesday to Friday, pushing the state’s pandemic total to 286,102. The number of deaths rose by 61 to 4,364. The number of hospitalized patients also is dropping and staffing problems are improving as the rollout continues. Lee Norman, the head of the...
    An Obamacare sign is seen outside of the Leading Insurance Agency, which offers plans under the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) on January 28, 2021 in Miami, Florida.Joe Raedle | Getty Images The Department of Justice notified the Supreme Court on Wednesday that it no longer considers Obamacare to be unconstitutional, the latest reversal from the department since President Joe Biden was inaugurated in January. The Supreme Court is considering a challenge to Obamacare, formally known as the Affordable Care Act, brought by Texas and other Republican-led states. The Justice Department under former President Donald Trump backed Texas in legal briefs and during oral arguments in November. California and other blue states are defending the law, under which 20 million Americans have gained health care coverage. "Following the change in Administration, the Department of Justice has reconsidered the government's position in these cases," Edwin Kneedler,...
    Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley on Wednesday asked President Biden not to "fire all of President Trump’s U.S. Attorneys" amid ongoing investigations, after the Justice Department said this week that Trump-era federal prosecutors would be forced to resign from their posts by the end of the month, urging him to "take the time and do it right."  Grassley, R-Iowa, penned a letter to the president Wednesday, saying that Biden is "obviously within your rights to do this, but four years ago a similar action by then-Attorney General Sessions caused my Democratic colleagues to sound the alarm." BIDEN DOJ WANTS DC'S ACTING US ATTORNEY TO STAY ON IN SPECIAL PROSECUTOR ROLE TO CONTINUE CAPITOL RIOT PROBE Grassley pointed to Senate Democrats urging Trump not to interrupt ongoing cases and investigations, claiming he was "hindering the administration of justice." "I echo many of these concerns," Grassley wrote. "It is unfortunate that you are taking these actions...
    ELMHURST, Ill. (WLS) -- Some doctors - retired and working - are complaining they're being made to jump through too many hoops to volunteer their services to help get people vaccinated.In Skokie, retired obstetrician-gynecologist Edward Linn speaks for many of his colleagues who have faced demands for fingerprints and background checks from county health authorities before being allowed to help with the public health emergency.The Chicago Medical Society said in a statement: "We view them as unnecessary, especially since our member physicians are licensed through the state of Illinois via the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR).""Many of these physicians are working," said Linn, who also serves as COVID-19 Task Force co-chair for the Chicago Medical Society. "They are doing procedures, they are taking care of patients and all of a sudden when they want to volunteer and help assist in the vaccination process, they are being asked...
    SHOPPING is something I miss. I’m not talking about the thud of a parcel through the letterbox, or a late-night clicking frenzy in my PJs. And I’m definitely not referring to my supermarket trip to buy essentials. I’m talking about shopping. 1Online shopping? Give me a department store with a friend any day, writes Kate WillsCredit: Lancton When you’d meet a friend and wander through a department store. Where you’d get spritzed with a random perfume, fondle a few scarves, peruse the lampshades, try on something ridiculous for a laugh (maybe that lampshade!) and then sit down for a cup of tea and a slice of cake in the cafe. Feels like a fantasy, doesn’t it? And I’m worried that it might stay that way. Debenhams is just the latest high-street stalwart to close – the 243-year-old department store will shut all its branches, and its online presence is...
    Disney chairman Bob Iger; James Costos, a close friend of Barack Obama with ties to Hollywood; and Ted Kaufman, Joe Biden's loyal aide, are emerging as the front runners for the coveted position of U.S. ambassador to London. The appointment is the most prestigious in the president - and the Senate's - gift: the ambassador lives in the 35-bedroom Winfield House, in Regent's Park. Its 12-acre garden is second only to the Queen's at Buckingham Palace and has room for Marine One to land, while inside glittering reception rooms make an invitation from the ambassador a prize on London's social scene. Not that there is a shortage of invitations for the ambassador: the most glamorous of all when he or she presents their credentials at Buckingham Palace, riding there in a carriage and wearing a top hat and tails. Given its benefits, the ambassadorship has been used by presidents of...
    The New York Times The Biden government faces a backwardness of 380,000 people waiting to immigrate When, due to the pandemic, their children’s school and daycare had to close, Luwam Beyene began working nights so that he could be home during the day. As soon as you get home, you make breakfast and get your child ready for his online classes. Beyene cares for her children until she goes back to work at night. “I don’t even take a nap,” said Beyene, 29, who works as a caregiver in San Francisco. “My life is falling apart. My only hope is that my husband can come ”. Beyene’s husband is an Ethiopian who is waiting to be granted his immigrant visa, a process that even before the coronavirus pandemic often took up to more than two years in the case of the spouse of a permanent US resident. He was almost...
    Blizzard conditions cause massive 40-vehicle pileup in Iowa Booker reintroduces bill to give all newborns $1,000 savings accounts Chamath Palihapitiya-backed Clover Health tumbled 12% after short-seller Hindenburg Research said it was facing a DOJ investigation. Clover says it was an information request. © Reuters / Brendan McDermid Reuters / Brendan McDermid Clover Health is under investigation by the US Justice Department, Hindenburg Research said on Thursday. Hindenburg accused Clover of misleading marketing and not disclosing a major deal with a firm controlled by its head of sales. The Medicare insurer merged with one of investor Chamath Palihapitiya's SPACs last month. Clover said it received an information request from the Justice Department, not an investigation demand, and dismissed Hindenburg's claims in a Friday statement. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Clover Health is under investigation by the US Justice Department, short-seller Hindenburg Research claimed in a report...
            by Nyamekye Daniel  Georgia Department of Labor officials said claims the agency caused a delay that could harm the state’s financial rating are inaccurate. Sen. Steve Gooch, R-Dahlonega, said the state could be at risk of losing its AAA rating if the state auditor doesn’t receive additional documents from the Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) to complete the state’s end-of-year comprehensive financial report. GDOL Commissioner Mark Butler said the agency completed the last-minute request for additional information Friday and called the public outcry a “smear campaign.” GDOL spokesperson Kersha Cartwright said State Auditor Greg Griffin’s office had confirmed receipt of the documents as of Tuesday. She told The Center Square that Griffin’s request was not only unexpected but also came at a time when the agency already was facing a heavy workload. “These reports are extensive, and it’s something we’ve never been asked for before,”...
    An Arizona woman driving erratically told a police officer during her arrest that she refused to pull over "because I felt it was the right thing to do," authorities said Wednesday. Hannah Clevenger was spotted around 2 p.m. Monday driving at speeds upwards of 70 mph, weaving between lanes and driving on the lane line, the Mesa Police Department said in a news release. CALIFORNIA MAN ROBBED RESTAURANT THAT REFUSED HIM SERVICE FOR NOT WEARING MASK The officer activated his lights and siren in an attempt to pull over Clevenger. But police said that Clevenger looked at the officer through the driver's side window and continued driving. Clevenger was arrested a day after she refused to pull over for a police officer who spotted her driving erratically, authorities said. (Mesa Police Department) When Clevenger finally stopped at a traffic light, the officer got out of his vehicle and approached...
    A pedestrian and cyclist wear facemasks outside a branch of department store chain Nordstrom in Santa Monica, California on May 11, 2020.Frederic J. Brown | AFP | Getty Images Nordstrom said Thursday it expects revenue to rise more than 25% in fiscal 2021 from the prior year, with roughly half of its sales coming from its digital business. Last year, the department store chain rang up about a third of its sales online. With shoppers changing their purchasing behaviors in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Nordstrom said it plans to focus its investments on smaller-format stores, building its off-price Rack business and e-commerce, as it tries to win back old customers and reach new ones. Nordstrom's anticipated 2021 sales growth comes in a bit lower than the 26.6% increase expected by analysts, according to a Refinitiv survey. The company also expects earnings before interest and taxes to be positive...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Determination to get an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine is causing some people to do something that they’re actually being asked not to do. There are a lot of questions about what’s allowed when it comes to being able to get the show. Officials warn vaccine tourism, traveling for the shots, will only continue to surge as supplies run short. “There will be enough vaccine for all of us that want it, but there is not enough today,” Montgomery County Commissioner Dr. Val Arkoosh said. As frustration mounts over accessibility to the COVID-19 vaccine, a new trend is gaining momentum — vaccine tourism, crossing over county and even state lines to get the shot. “We know that Pennsylvanians are ready for the vaccine and we are working on ways to increase access,” Pennsylvania Department of Health Senior Advisor Lindsey Mauldin said. In late January, Gov. Tom Wolf...
    (CNN)Something unusual is happening in Washington, DC: Media briefings, and lots of them. Real live briefings where the press gets to ask questions to the administration and spokespeople and senior officials actually answer them.Wednesday at the White House, press secretary Jen Psaki briefed the press after the Covid response team, led by scientists, delivered one of their three times per week sessions. At the State Department, spokesperson Ned Price briefed. And at the Pentagon, reporters got the chance to speak with the NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe, the best title in government after President, from Brussels via a telephonic briefing.Joe LockhartActually, if you can manage to put the last four years out of your mind, it's not really that unusual to see this many briefings. Before Donald Trump, the White House, State Department and Department of Defense held regularly scheduled briefings. The Trump administration quickly moved away from this tradition...
    The US government said on Tuesday that it has not been able to contact leading members of Myanmar’s civilian government, including de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, and is working with Japan and India to put pressure on the country’s military for deposing the leaders in a “coup d’etat”. “Our understanding is that most of the senior officials are under house arrest, and the [National League for Democracy] leadership as well as some of the regional government figures and civil society figures, but we’ve not been able to reach them,” a State Department official told reporters. “We have certainly been in frequent contact with our like-minded allies and partners in the region,” the official said. “We’re having daily ongoing conversations with [Japan and India], and we certainly appreciate that some other countries have better contact with Burmese military than we do so we’re continuing those conversations.” Get the latest...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The push to clear snow during Monday’s winter storm may have caused a big problem for some car owners in Brooklyn. Video shows a plow spray snow off a Brooklyn Queens Expressway overpass and onto the street below. LISTEN: NYC Sanitation Commissioner Edward Grayson On Storm Cleanup Efforts  It happened near the intersection of Wythe Avenue and Williamsburg Street West in Williamsburg. Less than a mile away, several parked cars had broken windows, possibly from the snow pushed by the plow. LINKS: Check The Latest Forecast I Winter Storm Survival Guide It’s not clear if the plow belongs to a private company of the Department of Sanitation. The department said it’s looking into the specifics of the video. PHOTOS: Powerful Winter Storm Dumps Snow Across Tri-State Area “All of our drivers are trained to operate vehicles safely as they work to make the streets passable after a...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Even though the Los Angeles Fire Department has enough COVID-19 vaccine to inoculate nearly all its personnel, only about half volunteered to receive it, according to officials. The city announced on Dec. 28 that the LAFD had received 3,200 doses of the Moderna vaccine, enough to vaccinate “virtually everybody” at the agency, Mayor Eric Garcetti said at the time. But as of Monday, only 1,842 of the department’s approximately 3,400 firefighters have received the vaccine, officials said. A Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) firefighter receives a COVID-19 vaccination dose from firefighter paramedic Alexander Gorme (R) at a fire station on January 29, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. LAFD has recorded a ‘sharp decline’ in coronavirus cases after firefighters begin receiving the vaccine shots on December 28. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) A survey of 1,400 fire department personnel had shown that 90% of firefighters had planned...
    A UNION boss has defended cops who pepper sprayed a screaming nine-year-old girl in the face - saying: "It could have been worse". Disturbing bodycam footage showed officers handcuffing the "suicidal" child face down in the snow, then spraying her when she refused to get in their car in Rochester, New York. 5A female cop tells the handcuffed child to get into the police carCredit: Rochester Police Department 5The girl can be heard screaming 'I want my dad' in the disturbing footageCredit: Rochester Police Department The distressed girl can be heard screaming for her father as a male officer wrestles with her then blasts her in the eyes with the stinging spray. It sparked an outcry, and the city's police chief and mayor both condemned the officers' actions. But Rochester police union president Michael Mazzeo defended them at a press conference last night. He said: "They were trying to get...
            by Andrew Kerr  The State Department refused to say whether President Joe Biden will continue a bipartisan Trump administration initiative that commits American allies to keep Chinese telecoms out of their networks. Some 60 countries, including 27 of the 30 NATO countries, as well as Japan, Israel, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, Vietnam and India, had signed onto the Clean Network program by the time former President Donald Trump left office. Participants of the program have agreed to prohibit high-risk Chinese vendors such as Huawei from being a part of their 5G mobile infrastructure. South Korea, which houses 28,500 U.S. troops, declined to join the program in October, saying that its government will not interfere in the operations of its private telecom companies. Trump’s State Department had labeled the South Korean mobile carrier LG Uplus Co. an unclean firm due to its use of Huawei equipment. The Trump administration argued...
    Washington (CNN)Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke to his workforce for the first time as top US diplomat, telling them that "it's a new day for America; it's a new day for the world."Making his formal arrival at America's oldest Cabinet agency, Blinken greeted a carefully chosen sample of State Department employees with a message meant to convey solidarity and an understanding of the unparalleled difficulties facing his team -- at home in the US, within the State Department itself and abroad. His main message to the crowd: I am one of you, so I understand what you do, I am ready to lead you all in a moment of unprecedented challenges, and I will work to revive the department. Blinken directly addressed the demolition of morale in the building during former Secretary Mike Pompeo's tenure. And he pledged to meet the challenges of the world as it is, not...
    The State Department refused to say whether President Joe Biden will continue the Trump administration’s Clean Network program. Some 60 countries, including 27 of the 30 NATO countries, had signed onto the program, agreeing to prohibit high-risk vendors such as Huawei from being a part of their 5G mobile infrastructure. South Korea, which houses 28,500 U.S. troops, declined to join the program in October.  The State Department refused to say whether President Joe Biden will continue a bipartisan Trump administration initiative that commits American allies to keep Chinese telecoms out of their networks. Some 60 countries, including 27 of the 30 NATO countries, as well as Japan, Israel, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, Vietnam and India, had signed onto the Clean Network program by the time former President Donald Trump left office. Participants of the program have agreed to prohibit high-risk Chinese vendors such as Huawei from being a part...
    (CNN)Members of Congress were left stunned during a briefing from law enforcement about their failure to prepare for the insurrection at the US Capitol earlier this month, two members who attended a House Appropriations Committee briefing told CNN on Tuesday, with one saying it was "dumb luck" more people didn't die.House Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro, a Connecticut Democrat, said in a phone call with CNN that members were "shaking their heads in disbelief" throughout the briefing about the security breakdown in the lead up to January 6. During that briefing, acting US Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman admitted her department knew there was a "strong potential for violence" targeting Congress, but did not take appropriate steps to prevent it.DeLauro said the revelation left her stunned and multiple federal law enforcement agencies failed by not acting on the intelligence they had."They had the information. They did not act on it....
    Learn to trade in the Short Term: from Scalping to Swing Trading Practical Program of Short-Term Trading Expert Level where we will train future traders in everything necessary so that they can face their operations in the markets in a professional way. “Ibex 35 cedes positions from 8,439 points, beginning to consolidate under its 40-period simple moving average or medium-term and attack the short-term support projected from 8,037 points. The movement does not, at the moment, imply an alteration of its recovery process originated from 6,329 points, and it will continue to be so as long as we do not begin to witness a consolidation process under the support of 7,663 points, the lowest for the month of December “, points out González. You can refer to the rest of the analysis in this section. What will happen in 2021 on the stock market? The Investment Strategies...
    (CNN)As the Biden administration begins to take shape, one key question President Joe Biden's Justice Department must confront is whether to continue defending Donald Trump, who relied on Department of Justice lawyers to fight some of his personal battles.Friday may be the first test of how the Justice Department will handle some of these issues. Lawyers will be in court in Washington, DC, for a case involving the House Ways & Means Committee's attempt to obtain Trump's tax returns from federal agencies that have them. Trump broke with the tradition of a president voluntarily disclosing his tax returns.At stake is whether the Biden administration will back out of legal proceedings making their way through the courts in which Justice Department lawyers under the former President tried to protect Trump and others.The Senate has not yet set a hearing date for Biden's nominee for US Attorney General, Judge Merrick Garland, so...
    Schools can be used as COVID-19 vaccine centers under new state guidelines, but they’ll have to apply to health authorities for the role — and the more pressing issue is the shortage of doses, not the lack of inoculation sites. The ability to use campuses for vaccinations has been the subject of an assertive push by local school officials, especially Los Angeles schools Supt. Austin Beutner, who made the issue a central focus of a briefing this week. “We welcome the interest from schools,” the health department said this week in written responses to questions from The Times. The department also noted that there would be challenges to setting up campuses for this purpose, including proper storage of the vaccines in regular or ultra-cold freezers, depending on the vaccine, and the chain of documentation. “The complexity of issues including cold-chain requirements and the significant documentation requirements with the state...
    Washington (CNN)The Defense Department will pause construction of the wall along the US-Mexico border as it reviews President Joe Biden's executive order calling for construction to grind to a halt.The Army Corps of Engineers, which provides direction and oversight of border projects, "will take the appropriate actions in accordance with the (executive order)," said Raini Brunson, a spokesperson for the agency.Activity may still continue at sites over the next few days to make sure they stay safe, an administration official told CNN.BIDEN WHITE HOUSE Biden targets Trump's legacy with first-day executive actions Biden's inaugural address, annotated Inside Joe Biden's newly decorated Oval Office Biden took an immediate shot at one of his predecessor's key legacies Wednesday evening when he signed a proclamation calling for border wall construction to come to an end."It shall be the policy of my Administration that no more American taxpayer dollars be diverted to construct...
    A California man was arrested during a traffic stop Sunday after police discovered a "fully loaded AR-15" rifle and a clown mask from the horror movie "It" in the back seat of his vehicle, authorities said. The vehicle was pulled over on 150th Avenue shortly after 12 p.m. for traffic violations, the San Leandro Police Department said. NEW YORK MEN ARRESTED AFTER TRYING TO RETRIEVE DRUGS THEY LEFT IN RENTAL CAR, POLICE SAY Officers executed a probable cause search of the vehicle and found an AR-15 with a 50-round drum magazine and a bullet in the chamber, according to police. An "It" clown mask and an unspecified amount of marijuana were also found in the vehicle. A loaded AR-15 style rifle, a clown mask and marijuana were found inside the vehicle, police said. (San Leandro Police Department) The suspect was booked into jail on multiple drug and weapons violations. Police...
    Law enforcement agencies around this country are dens of racism, white supremacy, authoritarianism, and fascism. This has been true, and has been known, forever. The duties of the job naturally attract not just those individuals who most want to protect their communities, but those who salivate over the prospects of using violence under color of law, either for personal pleasure or to enact an agenda that requires violence to maintain. If you're an American fascist, there's no better place to be than in a position where you are allowed to brutalize your enemies with the nearly assured backing of peers and some of the most powerful organizations in the nation. And so they flock in, often in such numbers as to drive those with integrity out. At least 28 sworn members of law enforcement have now been identified among those who attacked Capitol Police and offices, and this number is likely to...
    Mother Jones illustration; Wikimedia Commons On Friday October 23, the State Department quietly decided to halt all “training programs related to diversity and inclusion.” For department employees, it was a fitting bookend to a presidential administration that has been hostile to the idea of diversity and uninterested in challenging the stereotype of US diplomats as “pale, male, and Yale.”  As Donald Trump nears the end of his term, he leaves behind an ambassadorial corps that is whiter than it’s been in more than 40 years. Only five of Trump’s 189 ambassadorial appointees were Black. No president since John F. Kennedy has appointed fewer Black ambassadors than Trump, according to research compiled by Carlton McLellan, a senior fellow at the Association of Black American Ambassadors. The three presidents preceding Trump—Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Cinton—appointed more Black ambassadors than all other presidents since Harry Truman. Trump’s numbers fare poorly even when compared to...
    The Department of Justice (DOJ) said Thursday that last year it reached about $1.8 billion in settlements in health care fraud and false claims cases against the government.  DOJ said the recovered funds stemmed from cases involving “the health care industry, including drug and medical device manufacturers, managed care providers, hospitals, pharmacies, hospice organizations, laboratories, and physicians” in fiscal year 2020. The Justice Department said it also played a role in recovering tens of millions of more dollars for state Medicaid programs.  “Even in the face of a nationwide pandemic, the department’s dedicated employees continued to investigate and litigate cases involving fraud against the government and to ensure that citizens’ tax dollars are protected from abuse and are used for their intended purposes,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Jeffery Bossert Clark.   “The continued success of the department’s False Claims Act enforcement efforts are a testament to the dedication of the civil servants who...
    (CNN)Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions knew early on migrant families would be separated when the Trump administration implemented its controversial "zero tolerance" policy and still proceeded to push for the policy, according to a scathing report from the Justice Department inspector general released Thursday. "[T]he Department's single-minded focus on increasing prosecutions came at the expense of careful and appropriate consideration of the impact that prosecution of family unit adults and family separations would have on children traveling with them and the government's ability to later reunite the children with their parents," the inspector general concluded.Lawyers are still unable to reach the parents of 611 children who had been split from their families by US border officials between 2017 and 2018, according to a Wednesday court filing.In 2018, the Trump administration announced the so-called "zero tolerance" policy, in which the Justice Department criminally prosecuted every adult accused of illegally crossing the...
    Sanford firefighter and paramedic, Andrew Williams (pictured), was arrested by the FBI on Tuesday  A Florida firefighter has been arrested by the FBI after he was spotted wearing a Trump hat inside the Capitol while it was under siege by MAGA supporters.  Sanford firefighter and paramedic, Andrew Williams, was taken into custody on Tuesday, according to a statement from the fire department's chief Crag Radzak.  Following his arrest, Radzak said Williams was placed on administrative leave without pay pending the results of the criminal investigations.    Radzak said the Sanford Fire Department was made aware of information regarding the possibility of a firefighter’s involvement in events that took place last week at the Capitol in Washington, DC. 'Along with the information, a photograph was submitted that depicts a male, identified as Andrew Williams. The picture appears to show Williams inside the Capitol Building during the unlawful entry made by protesters,'...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago firefighters put their lives on the line every day, and the risks of their jobs are ramped up even more during the coronavirus pandemic. But hundreds of Chicago firefighters who got COVID-19 said they were stunned when they were told it is not considered an on-the-job illness. They told CBS 2 Political Investigator Dana Kozlov it impacts their pay and medical bills – and they’re fighting it. Chicago firefighters and paramedics are usually the first to help victims of violence, fires, and since March of 2020, COVID-19 patients. The Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2 said more than 1,000 CFD members have gotten COVID, and three department members have died from it. Yet union leaders said the Chicago Fire Department still classifies COVID-19 as a non-duty injury. “The only three who are considered duty in the eyes of the Chicago Fire Department are the three who have...
    New York : Twice as many people will receive the second stimulus check in the form of a debit card, as reported by Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Eight million containers In the first round, the IRS mailed prepaid cards or “EIP Cards” to about 4 million beneficiaries. On this occasion, the agency reported the processing of 8 million payments in that format. When last May began the process of distributing plastic money payments under the CARES law, the recipients were individuals whose tax returns were processed at the IRS centers in Andover, Massachusetts, or Austin, Texas. People who received a paper check first could receive an EIP Card As part of the current process, it is not clear who will receive the money in the form of an EIP Card. However, the IRS and the Treasury Department indicated that some people who received a paper check first could receive...
    The leader of Chicago's police union downplayed the damage caused by the thousands of Trump supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol earlier this week. “There was no arson. There was no burning of anything. There was no looting. There was very little destruction of property,” John Catanzara, the president of the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police, told WBEZ in an interview on Wednesday evening. “It was a bunch of pissed off people that feel an election was stolen, somehow, some way.” He added: “It’s an inconvenience at this point, is all it is. This is not some mass insurrection, coup attempt. They’re not destroying or burning down the fricking Capitol building. This hyperbole and this emotion that the media is spewing now, like this is some kind of end-of-times scenario, is ridiculous.” His remarks drew swift condemnation from Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot over Twitter. “This wasn’t...
    Ku Klux Klan parade, September 13, 1926.Library of Congress Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.During a press conference on Thursday announcing Justice Department nominees, president-elect Joe Biden did not mince words about the grim events that unfolded at the US Capitol the day before: “Don’t you dare call them protesters. They were a riotous mob. Insurrectionists. Domestic terrorists. It’s that basic. It’s that simple.”  While the reality that rabid, violent Trump supporters—fueled by the president’s deranged and unequivocally false insistence that the election was stolen from him—would successfully storm the Capitol building and wreak havoc might seem like a fictional fever dream ripped from the darkest corners of the internet, it happened. While many people wondered aloud how such an event could be possible, the experts who track and research American...
    An employee works near a Boeing 737 Max aircraft at Boeing's 737 Max production facility in Renton, Washington, U.S. December 16, 2019.Lindsey Wasson | Reuters The Department of Justice on Thursday said Boeing agreed to pay more than $2.5 billion to resolve criminal charges stemming from crashes of its best-selling 737 Max airplanes. Boeing didn't immediately comment. "The tragic crashes of Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 exposed fraudulent and deceptive conduct by employees of one of the world's leading commercial airplane manufacturers," Acting Assistant Attorney General David P. Burns of the Justice Department's Criminal Division, wrote in a release. "Boeing's employees chose the path of profit over candor by concealing material information from the FAA concerning the operation of its 737 Max airplane and engaging in an effort to cover up their deception." Boeing shares were down about 2% in afterhours trading after the news broke. This is breaking news. Please check back...
    U.S. Attorney General William Barr and U.S. President Donald Trump attend a signing ceremony for an executive order in the Oval Office of the White House on November 26, 2019 in Washington, DC.Drew Angerer | Getty Images News | Getty Images WASHINGTON – Former Attorney General William Barr has called President Donald Trump's actions a "betrayal of his office and supporters" after pro-Trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol. In a statement obtained by NBC News Thursday, Barr said Trump was responsible for "orchestrating a mob to pressure Congress," calling his former boss' actions "inexcusable." The Associated Press first reported the news. Barr, who ran the Department of Justice, was one of Trump's most loyal defenders in the president's Cabinet. He left the Trump administration last month after publicly breaking with the president over election fraud claims. In early December, Barr said the Department of Justice had not found any evidence...
    The U.S. Department of Justice confirmed on Wednesday that it had been the victim of a massive hacking operation linked to Russian intelligence.   In a statement, Justice Department spokesman Marc Raimondi said about 3% of the agency’s email accounts appeared to have been compromised, although no classified information was accessed.  “After learning of the malicious activity, the Office of Chief Information Officer eliminated the identified method by which the actor was accessing the ... email environment,” Raimondi said.  Raimondi said the department learned about the previously unknown hack on its networks on Christmas Eve and determined that it constituted a “major” security incident.  The disclosure came a day after U.S. intelligence agencies said that the hack was part of an ongoing intelligence operation and likely being carried out by Russia.   FILE - This Feb. 11, 2015, photo shows FireEye offices in Milpitas, Calif.The hack came to light...
    (CNN)The US Justice Department has asked the White House for approval on a change to how it enforces a major federal law, which would undo some key civil rights protections for minority groups, The New York Times reported Tuesday. If approved, the request to change how the department enforces Title VI of the Civil Rights Act -- which was submitted to the White House Office of Management and Budget last month -- would keep protections in place in intentional discrimination cases but not instances where a "disparate impact" was felt by minority groups, the Times reported. In a draft proposal obtained by the newspaper, the department specifically said its current enforcement of Title VI included a "vastly broader scope of conduct" than the statute actually allows for. Title VI of the Civil Rights Act "prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin in programs and activities receiving...
    A Washington pharmacy said the district's Department of Health has instructed it to give out as many vaccines as it can if extra doses will expire after one such interaction was recorded on TikTok. D.C. resident David MacMillan said he was walking through a Giant in Northeast Washington when a pharmacist flagged him down and asked him if he wanted to get the COVID-19 vaccine. He wrote in the TikTok video that "several first responders scheduled to get the Moderna SARS-CoV-2 vaccine had missed their appointments" and the pharmacist was giving the vaccine to anyone who was available so the doses, which must be stored at ultracold temperatures, would not go to waste. "She turned to us and was like, ‘Hey, I’ve got two doses of the vaccine, and I’m going to have to throw them away if I don’t give them to somebody. We close in 10 minutes....
    A cybersecurity adviser says he warned SolarWinds of a potential 'catastrophic' attack if the company didn't amp up internal security measures and the firm's move to Eastern Europe may have exposed it to the massive Russian hack.     In late December it was revealed that the sprawling cyber-espionage attack led by state-backed Russian hackers affected more than 250 federal agencies and private companies beginning as early as October 2019, but went undetected for months. Though US officials say Russian was behind the hacking campaign, the Kremlin denies it.  In the breach, hackers gained access to government and private networks by inserting malicious code recent versions of SolarWinds' premier software product, Orion.   Ian Thornton-Trump, a former cybersecurity adviser at SolarWinds, said he urged management in 2017 to take a more aggressive approach with its internal security, warning that a cybersecurity episode would be 'catastrophic', according to a New York Times report published Saturday....
    Trump with HHS Secretary Alex Azar. Joe Biden is coming into office with a recession that tops that of 2009, a pandemic that’s the worst in a century, and a nation where a significant number of people believe that Donald Trump was chosen by God to fight a war against Chinese troops being smuggled into Maine. If George W. Bush drove the nation into a ditch, Donald Trump has tossed America down a well. And he’s still throwing crap on top. With so many tasks ahead, restoring trust in federal agencies after Trump has devoted four years to taking them apart, dismissing actual experts, and shoving sycophants into every possible nook and cranny may seem like quite an ask. It’s also completely vital. That may nowhere be as true as all the various components of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Trump’s attacks on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for...
    The vet can’t be that bad. A police department in Maine recently had to rescue a pet goat that had gotten itself stuck in a dangerous situation: After running away from a nearby vet’s office, the goat almost ended up getting washed out to sea in near-freezing waters. Today the Belfast Police Department received a report that a goat had escaped from its owner in the parking lot of the... Posted by BELFAST (MAINE) POLICE DEPARTMENT on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 The Belfast Police Department posted the story to Facebook, explaining that officers received reports of an escaped pet goat on Tuesday. Around the same time, the police department also started receiving calls from people who noticed that a goat was roaming around in residents’ yards. This was, of course, the same goat. HEARTBROKEN SWAN HOLDS UP TRAIN TRAFFIC FOR NEALY AN HOUR IN GERMAN TOWN "Sergeant Fitzpatrick, Corporal Spencer and...
    STOCKTON (CBS13) — Stockton firefighters came to the rescue after a girl’s brand new hoverboard rolled into a lake the day after Christmas. The fire department says 11-year-old Izabella slipped off her board while riding around the lake behind Station 6 in Victory Park last Saturday. Unable to retrieve the hoverboard herself, Izabella, who’s normally very shy, approached the fire station and asked for help. On their first attempt, the firefighters were unable to locate the board in the murky water, but that didn’t stop them from going back in drysuits, the department said. Eventually, Company 6 found the board and brought it back to the station where they took it apart and placed the electrical parts in rice. Despite their efforts, the fire department said the crew was not able to repair the board. So they did the next best thing. Riding on one of their trucks, the firefighters...
    President-elect Joe Biden routinely criticized President Donald Trump during the campaign for turning the Department of Justice into his own “private law firm.” But with three weeks until his inauguration, Biden has yet to nominate an attorney general to lead the beleaguered department, just as it is set to investigate some of the most politically sensitive cases in decades. “I don’t know,” Chuck Rosenberg, a former U.S. Attorney and senior Justice Department staffer, told The Daily Beast when asked why such a critical role hasn’t been filled yet. “I don’t doubt that Biden is sincere in his quest for DOJ independence, thank goodness. The current president made a mess in that respect, [but I’m] not sure why that quest, in and of itself, would slow down the selection process.” By historical standards, Biden’s attorney general nomination is extremely late in the making. Trump nominated then-Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) to lead...
    More On: COVID vaccine Fauci defends COVID-19 herd immunity goals German pilot makes point with syringe in the sky Brooklyn clinic in COVID probe posts ‘No Vaccines’ sign on door Is the New Year a bad time to make a career move? A Brooklyn-based health care company said Sunday that it “proactively returned” its remaining stash of COVID-19 vaccines amid a criminal probe into allegations the doses were fraudulently obtained and diverted. In a prepared statement, ParCare Community Health Network also insisted it followed all proper procedures to get the Moderna vaccines and was approved to administer the shots by both the state Department of Health and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The company said it “provided the documentation regarding the proper receipt of the vaccines to the NYS DOH.” “In an effort to fully cooperate with NYS DOH, ParCare has proactively returned its vaccines pending...
    A "Words Matter Task Force" at the IT department at the University of Michigan last week released a hefty list of terms it deems offensive and offered alternatives to be used instead. Among the list of offensive terms were "picnic" and "brown bag." The list was intended to more "effectively communicate with customers" by using specific language that does not "harm morale" or "inadvertently exclude people from feeling accepted to foment a healthy and inclusive culture." University of Michigan. (iStock) The task force said that using inclusive language is "imperative to create a culture where everyone feels welcome, valued, and respected." For terms like "men" or "man," the task force suggested a more neutral term like "people" or "person." But what really stood out on the list were the words "brown bag" and "picnic." As alternatives for these "offensive" words, the task force suggested "lunch...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- 'Tis the season for the New York City Sanitation Department to remind Christmas tree owners how to get rid of their trees.The department will begin its annual curbside collection of Christmas trees starting Monday, January 4, and it will continue through January 15.Residents are asked to remove all stands, tinsel, lights, and ornaments before putting trees out for collection.After collection, clean, non-bagged Christmas trees will have a new life. They will be chipped, mixed with leaves, and recycled into compost for the city's parks, institutions and community gardens.The Department of Sanitation can collect more than 200,000 Christmas trees for "tree-cycling" every year.Those needing to get rid of mostly plastic and metal artificial Christmas trees were advised to consider selling or donating them.New Yorkers can also drop off their holiday trees at any one of 67 sites across the five boroughs from December 26 through January 9...
    Fox News anchor Bret Baier made a number of salient points during a Wednesday appearance on America’s Newsroom, but his most trenchant was calling out President Donald Trump whining about foreign aid included in an omnibus bill at the same time that a $900 billion stimulus bill was just passed. On Tuesday evening, Trump posted a four-minute video slamming the direly needed stimulus bill that would include a $600 check to each citizen, announcing he was sending the bill back to Congress so that they could up the size of the checks to $2,000 per student and $4,000 per couple. In the very same video, he listed a number of line items of foreign aid that were also approved, apparently confusing the relief bill with the omnibus budget bill passed as well. Baier first noted that Trump’s dissent threw a massive wrench into a bipartisan negotiation that took months to...
    CHICAGO — In an hours-long hearing continuing into Tuesday evening, City Council members excoriated Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the Chicago Police Department for their conduct in a raid wrongfully targeting Anjanette Young’s home and the city’s controversial handling of the aftermath. Aldermen convened Tuesday for a virtual hearing of the joint-committees of Public Safety and Health and Human Relations to examine the incident and the police department’s search warrant procedures. At the meeting, coming after days of backlash surrounding City Hall, aldermen took aim at officers’ behavior during the raid, the slow pace of the Civilian Office of Police Accountability investigation and how Lightfoot’s administration handled video footage of the incident. Several aldermen said what happened to Ms. Young was not an isolated incident but pointed to an “institutional” problem with many to blame beyond the 12 officers present for the raid. “This should have been alarming to anyone...
            by Charles Hilu  “Crack the whip.” “Master/slave.” Even the term “picnic” has been deemed offensive, according to a lengthy list of words and phrases put out recently by the University of Michigan’s Information and Technology Services’ “Words Matter Task Force.” “To effectively communicate with customers, it is important for ITS to evaluate the terms and language conventions that may hinder effective communication, harm morale, and deliberately or inadvertently exclude people from feeling accepted to foment a healthy and inclusive culture,” states the memorandum obtained by The College Fix. The memo, last updated December 8, contains nearly 36 recommendations for alternative words and phrases, the naming of artifacts, cultural development within the organization, the creation of an advisory board, and a list of “next steps.” A centerpiece of the memo is the first of four appendices, a table of terms deemed offensive and alternatives to replace them. The list...
    President Trump on Saturday claimed China "may" have been behind a massive cyberattack on U.S. government systems -- a day after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the attack was "pretty clearly" perpetrated by the Russians.   Trump downplayed the attack, dubbed by one U.S. official as "the worst hacking case in the history of America," as "far greater in the Fake News Media than in actuality." POMPEO: RUSSIANS ARE 'PRETTY CLEARLY' BEHIND HACK OF US GOVERNMENT "I have been fully briefed and everything is well under control," he tweeted. "Russia, Russia, Russia is the priority chant when anything happens because Lamestream is, for mostly financial reasons, petrified of discussing the possibility that it may be China (it may!)."  He then used the attack to fuel his claims that he did not lose the election to President-elect Joe Biden, claiming that there "could also have been a hit on our ridiculous voting...
    By MELINDA DESLATTE, Associated Press BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers Friday reshuffled $16 million in federal coronavirus aid to unemployment payments and mobile devices for schoolchildren, in a rush to spend all the dollars before an end-of-year congressional deadline. The money comes from $1.8 billion in direct coronavirus assistance that Louisiana received from Congress, which must be used by this month or the state loses it. Without objection, the joint House and Senate budget committee quickly agreed to move the final dollars around to avoid giving up the available cash. “We just want to make sure we don't have to return it,” said Senate Finance Chairman Mack “Bodi” White, the Baton Rouge-area Republican who leads the joint budget committee. The $16 million will be split, with one half going into the state's nearly bankrupt unemployment trust fund to pay for jobless claims and the other half steered to...
    A California police department has come under fire after hundreds of maskless officers gathered shoulder-to-shoulder under one roof for an event that has since been accused of being a COVID superspreader. Nearly 300 officers from the Long Beach Police Department gathered together for a group photo on November 5 at the city’s convention center to commemorate the end of a weeks-long tactical training. In a staged photo - which the police department originally posted to Twitter but has since deleted - the cohort of cops are seen standing huddled closely together, wearing masks and looking up at the camera. However, an informal image captured during the same event showed officers still stood closely together but this time with the vast majority not wearing face coverings.  It appears the officers depicted in the second image, published by the Long Beach Post, were unaware they were being photographed. The department has since reported...
    Developers have long had challenges navigating the aggressively liberal agenda of the Minneapolis City Council, but for some, the move to cut police funding was the last straw. Since the violent unrest that broke over the summer after the police-involved death of George Floyd in May, local developer Kelly Doran said he expects about 10% to 20% vacancies in downtown apartment buildings that had just 2% to 3% vacancies in the last five years. Newer, modern buildings in the downtown area are also at 20% vacancy rates. As the city grapples with rising crime rates, simultaneous to droves of police retirements and a council vote to reimagine parts of traditional public safety, Doran believes a full economic recovery for Minneapolis will be slow. "They don’t seem to care," Doran said of the council. "I don’t know why anybody would seriously consider investing in the city." Minneapolis caught the spotlight...
    The Texas-based IT company SolarWinds recently announced that it has suffered a “highly-sophisticated, targeted and manual supply chain attack by a nation state,” which may have left multiple U.S. government agencies vulnerable. The federal government is investigating a major hack of government agencies including the Treasury Department. Reuters reports that the Texas-based IT company SolarWinds revealed on Sunday that hackers may have gained access to the networks of the U.S. Treasury and Commerce departments by sneaking malware into a recent SolarWinds software update. SolarWinds CEO Kevin Thompson said in a statement that the company believes that products it released in March and June of this year were modified in a “highly-sophisticated, targeted and manual supply chain attack by a nation state.” Currently, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity arm are investigating what many experts believe to be a large-scale penetration of U.S. government agencies. Breitbart News reported more extensively on the...
    They made history Monday in a conference room at the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center on Sunset Boulevard. It took about 45 minutes, and it was the beginning of the end for COVID-19 in California. The vaccine rollout to five healthcare workers started shortly after 12:15 p.m. and wrapped up around 12:54. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, state Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly, L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis and other officials and medical workers were present. After each shot was administered, cheers broke out from the room of masked observers. “This is yours?” Newsom asked Helen Cordova, a nurse in the intensive care unit and the first healthcare worker at the facility to receive the vaccine. “That’s mine,” she said, pointing to the dose held by hospital pharmacy supervisor David Cheng. “Protect me,” she said laughing, before Marilyn Lansangan, a senior nurse...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisMan charged for spitting, coughing after refusing to wear mask at Florida Best Buy CPAC organizers planning in-person Florida event in February: report Agents raid home of ousted Florida health scientist who accused state of manipulating data MORE (R) defended the investigation into a former health department employee who’s home was searched by authorities, stating that it was not a "raid."  Rebekah Jones had created the Sunshine State's coronavirus data dashboard, but was fired for what she says was a refusal to "manipulate data." Following her ouster from the health department, Jones reportedly released emails from her supervisors asking her to remove data from the dashboard and take it offline.  Agents from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement entered the home of Jones with guns raised on Monday and confiscated computer equipment.  Jones tweeted footage from the incident, stating, “At 8:30 am this morning, state police...
            by Chuck Ross  Attorney General William Barr knew months ago about investigations into Hunter Biden’s business dealings, but kept the information from spilling into public view even as President Donald Trump publicly called for investigations into the son of the president-elect. According to The Wall Street Journal, Barr was briefed before the spring about investigations into Biden, which Biden revealed in a statement on Wednesday issued through his father’s presidential transition team. Biden said that prosecutors with the U.S. attorney’s office in Delaware had contacted his attorney regarding an investigation into his “tax affairs.” A source familiar with the investigation told the Daily Caller News Foundation that it began in 2018, and that the U.S. attorneys’ contact with Biden’s lawyers signals that the investigation has moved from a “covert” to an “overt” stage. Other reports suggest that Biden is also a target or subject of...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Broward is one of two Florida counties selected for a pilot program aimed at vaccinating those who need constant care. The plan, announced Friday afternoon, involves the Department of Health in Broward, the National Guard, and paramedics. All coming together to distribute the coronavirus vaccine as soon as possible. The Florida Department of Health in Broward County and the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County have been selected to take part in a pilot project to provide vaccines to staff and residents of skilled nursing facilities. A pilot program will allow vaccines to be provided to residents and staff at Broward’s 35 long-term care facilities. Governor Ron DeSantis announced Thursday more than 179,000 doses of Pfizer’s vaccine will head to the state. More than 21,000 doses of that allotment will be split between Broward and Pinellas counties. More from CBSMiami.com Miami To Enforce Citywide Curfew Starting...
    Fox News anchor Chris Wallace said Friday on “America’s Newsroom” that Attorney General William Barr was ” playing it by the book” by not making the investigation into Hunter Biden public. Wallace said, “I will say that Justice Department guidelines are that the Justice Department does not take any action in the weeks or even months leading up to an investigation — or to an election that would sway that election. So it would seem that Barr was playing it by the book in not doing this. And remember the firestorm when James Comey, the FBI Director, came out first in July of 2016, and while he said that there would be no prosecution of Hillary Clinton for her emails, he kind of roasted her and then I think 11 days before the election he announced the investigation was being reopened because of information that was on Anthony Wiener’s laptop.” He...
    CHICAGO — Following a year where protests against the police spread across the country and civil unrest reached levels not seen since the ’60s, the Chicago Police Department has launched an online tool to poll the public on their feelings about the police. The Chicago Police Sentiment Dashboard program went live Thursday. It is an online survey targeted to residents who can answer anonymously, giving feedback on Chicago Police, safety in their neighborhoods and the city’s coronavirus response. The dashboard breaks the answers into two averages for each police district that residents live in, one based on level of trust and the other on level of safety. Police brass said they want to use the data to make positive changes to the department, but critics are skeptical the tool can be used to build trust with communities. The police department partnered with Brooklyn-based tech company Elucd for the...
    Attorney General William Barr knew months ago about investigations into Hunter Biden’s business dealings, but kept the information from spilling into public view even as President Donald Trump publicly called for investigations into the son of the president-elect. According to The Wall Street Journal, Barr was briefed before the spring about investigations into Biden, which Biden revealed in a statement on Wednesday issued through his father’s presidential transition team. Biden said that prosecutors with the U.S. attorney’s office in Delaware had contacted his attorney regarding an investigation into his “tax affairs.” A source familiar with the investigation told the Daily Caller News Foundation that it began in 2018, and that the U.S. attorneys’ contact with Biden’s lawyers signals that the investigation has moved from a “covert” to an “overt” stage. Other reports suggest that Biden is also a target or subject of money laundering investigations. CNN reported that the investigations...
    The complaint, which is the result of a multiyear investigation, alleges the state violated the Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment. David McNew/AFP The Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the State of Alabama and the Alabama Department of Corrections on Wednesday, alleging the state's prisons failed to protect inmates from violence and sexual abuse. The complaint alleges the state violated the Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment by "failing to prevent prisoner-on-prisoner violence and sexual abuse, by failing to protect prisoners from the use of excessive force by security staff, and by failing to provide safe conditions of confinement." The lawsuit is the result of a multiyear investigation by the Justice Department, during which a settlement to improve conditions could not be reached with the state. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the State of...
    Secretary of State Michael Pompeo claimed that Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) president chose to not allow him to deliver a speech about the Chinese government’s infiltration of American campuses because it would allegedly insult students, 11 Alive’s video of the event shows. He claimed that universities were reluctant to criticize China “out of fear” of offending the Chinese government and suggested that MIT had played “right into the Chinese Communist Party’s hands.”  Pompeo gave the speech at Georgia Tech, where he spoke of the Chinese government’s push to steal American technology, and the numerous professors, students and researchers who were arrested on espionage-related charges and tasked by the Chinese Communist Party with recruiting talent. “Indeed, I must tell you that MIT wasn’t interested in having me to their campus to give this exact set of remarks,” Pompeo said. “President Raphael Reif implied that my arguments might insult their...
    A US judge has flown in the face of President Donald Trump's executive order seeking to ban TikTok in the United States. The federal judge granted a preliminary injunction on Monday blocking the US Commerce Department from banning transactions with TikTok. 2President Donald Trump is on a mission to get TikTok banned in the USCredit: AP:Associated Press The restrictions would have effectively barred the use of the Chinese-owned video sharing app in the United States. US District Judge Carl Nichols in Washington is the second federal judge to issue an order in a suit filed by TikTok-owner ByteDance. Last month US judge Wendy Beetlestone in Pennsylvania blocked the same restrictions that were set to take effect on November 12 in a suit brought by some TikTok users. Nichols on September 27 had separately blocked the Commerce Department from banning Apple and Google's app stores from offering the app for downloads...
    When President-elect Joe Biden takes office in January, he will face the most considerable amount of federal debt in the country's history. The people he has nominated to advise on fiscal policy will be prepared to prioritize rescuing the economy from the pandemic rather than lowering or stabilizing the debt. "We need our workers to be back on the job by getting the virus under control. … And that requires sparing no effort to fight COVID so that we can open our businesses safely, resume our lives, and put this pandemic behind us," Biden said on Nov. 16. Still, the government's debt is rising. According to the Treasury Department, the federal government holds over $27 trillion in debt as of Nov. 30. The two positions most responsible for addressing the debt are the secretary of the Treasury Department and the director of the Office of Management and Budget. Biden...
    Like any tsunami, the wave started innocuously enough. Even disconcertingly calmly. Elective surgeries weren't scheduled over the Thanksgiving holiday anyway, and the glut of open beds meant that the emergency department, for once, had a manageable caseload. Of course, this was all relative: A half-dozen nurses and technicians were out with COVID-19 because a patient came in with a fractured shoulder (and no other symptoms). When the X-rays came back, boom: They showed the telltale sign of a COVID-19 infection: hazy "ground glass" infiltrates in the lungs. The patient was an asymptomatic superspreader who would never have known they had COVID-19 if they hadn't fallen off a ladder putting up Christmas decorations. Beyond that, though, the department has been running on half staff for months now. The 10-year retention rate for ER nurses and technicians is around 5%, even when there isn't a global pandemic. The hospital's inability to hire more in the interim—a combination of...
    A memo unsealed Tuesday night has revealed that the government is investigating an alleged scheme by two officials who sought to bribe the White House in exchange for a presidential pardon for an unidentified person who was jailed. The information was contained in a federal judge's memorandum opinion on sealing information who have not been charged by a grand jury that was released Tuesday.  Although heavily-redacted, the memorandum mentions an alleged 'Bribery-for-pardon scheme.' It also describes a 'secret lobbying scheme' in which unidentified people acted as lobbyists to 'senior White House officials' without complying with registration requirements. An unsealed court memorandum reveals an alleged 'bribery-for-pardon' scheme without disclosing who was involved It also describes a 'related bribery conspiracy' where a person 'would offer a substantial political contribution in exchange for a presidential pardon or reprieve of sentence for [redacted]. The memo also mentions people acting as 'intermediaries' for the...
    A WIFE who was indicted on murder charges allegedly stabbed herself in the vagina to cover her tracks and fool cops into thinking that she'd killed her husband in self-defense. Linda Doyle, 66, claimed she shot her husband James Doyle, 71, dead after he stabbed her multiple times in her lady parts and stomach as she slept inside their Alabama home. The alleged killer wife called 911 on the evening of James' murder saying that the two of them had gotten into a violent fight just after 10pm on July 30, 2019, investigators told WKRG. 2Linda Doyle, 66, was indicted on murder charges on Wednesday after fatally shooting her husband on July 30, 2019Credit: Foley Police Department 2The alleged killer stabbed herself in the vagina to make it appear like she murdered her husband James Doyle in self-defenseCredit: Foley Police Department Moments after emergency responders arrived at the scene, they...
    The Department of Justice filed an appeal Wednesday in columnist E. Jean Carroll’s defamation lawsuit against President TrumpDonald John TrumpMinnesota certifies Biden victory Trump tells allies he plans to pardon Michael Flynn: report Republican John James concedes in Michigan Senate race MORE, after a court ruled against the department’s efforts to replace the president as the defendant in the lawsuit, according to multiple reports. Carroll sued Trump last year in his personal capacity for defamation after he publicly denied her allegations that he sexually assaulted her in the 1990s. Last month, federal Judge Lewis Kaplan, of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, ruled that the president is not an employee of the government and that the allegations are not connected to his actions in his official capacity. Kaplan rejected the Justice Department’s efforts to substitute for the president as the defendant in the case.  But...
    (CNN)The Justice Department is appealing a court ruling that denied its move to substitute itself for President Donald Trump as the defendant in the defamation lawsuit brought by E Jean Carroll, the former magazine columnist who has accused the President of raping her.The appeal is a sign that the Justice Department is continuing to back Trump in court even after he lost the presidential election. Last month Judge Lewis Kaplan rejected the Justice Department's attempt to replace Trump in the lawsuit. The Justice Department sought to intervene in the case, which, if approved, would have likely led to the dismissal of the case because the government cannot be sued for defamation. Judge denies DOJ effort to end E. Jean Carroll defamation suit against TrumpCarroll sued Trump alleging he defamed her when he denied the rape, said she wasn't his type, and claimed she made the allegation to boost sales of...
    Despite a major surge in coronavirus cases, many Southern California policing agencies say they’re taking an education-first approach to the new curfew that takes effect for much of the state Saturday rather than aggressive enforcement. The limited stay-at-home order, which officials hope will help stem an unprecedented surge in new coronavirus cases, will prohibit most nonessential activity outside the home from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. in counties in the strictest purple tier of the state’s four-phase color-coded reopening plan. Roughly 94% of Californians live in these counties, including Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside and San Diego. L.A. County also has a separate business curfew that requires restaurants and nonessential stores to close their doors to the public at 10 p.m., although takeout and delivery services can continue after that time. California New COVID-19 restrictions hit L.A. County: What you need to know California...
    A federal judge reminded the Department of Justice that it could not defend Trump in a personal defamation lawsuit. A federal judge on Wednesday once again told Donald Trump that the Department of Justice cannot serve as his personal defense lawyers in a defamation case filed by a woman who accused Trump of rape. Journalist E. Jean Carroll, who had accused Trump of raping her in a book published in 2019, filed a defamation lawsuit against him after he denied having met her and accused her of lying. In September, the Department of Justice announced it was intervening in the lawsuit, claiming Trump was acting in his capacity as president when he denied he raped Carroll and that therefore it was correct for the department to act in his defense.
    Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: Formal negotiations inch forward on defense bill with Confederate base name language | Senators look to block B UAE arms sales | Trump administration imposes Iran sanctions over human rights abuses Republican senators urge Trump to label West Bank goods as 'Made in Israel' Trump sanctions Iranian officials, organizations for human rights abuses on anniversary of deadly crackdown on protests MORE on Thursday announced that the State Department will ban funding any organization it determines participates in the Global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel, labeling such activity as anti-Semitic. The announcement was expected for several weeks and had earlier drawn pushback from civil and human rights groups that warned the effort politicized the fight against anti-Semitism and could delegitimize the work human rights organizations conduct around the world. The secretary made the announcement alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuBenjamin...
    Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan knocked President Obama over his record on how he treated the press while he was in office.  Sullivan poked fun at the 44th president for becoming a "media critic" amid the launch of his book tour, but pointed out that he has a "credibility problem" as he attempts to weigh in on how to restore trust in the media and combat the spread of misinformation.  Obama suggested that perhaps the solution falls on local journalists to "separate truth from fiction" since "we don’t have a Walter Cronkite," some of observations that Sullivan agreed with.  WASHINGTON POST COLUMNIST SAYS MEDIA 'NEVER FULLY LEARNED HOW TO COVER TRUMP' BUT 'MIGHT HAVE SAVED DEMOCRACY' "But before we herald the former president as some sort of media visionary, let’s cast our minds back to his own administration’s record with the press," Sullivan wrote. "Here’s how I’d sum it...
    VAIL, Colo (CBS4) — A former employee of the Town of Vail who has been charged with child prostitution and assault of a police officer, in addition to embezzling half a millions dollars from the town, removed his GPS ankle monitor Friday, according to police. He was last seen on surveillance video getting picked up by an unidentified driver in a parking lot. The Vail Police Department asked for the public’s help in locating 55-year-old Ronald James Braden in a press release Saturday. Braden is not believed to be a threat to the general public, but he has made threats to toward Vail PD officers and law enforcement in general, it stated. The department asked citizens to report sightings or contact with Braden, but also advised them to exercise caution in his presence. Ronald James Braden (credit: Town Of Vail) Braden’s GPS ankle monitor reported a tamper alert to authorities...
    TIKTOK has once again dodged a ban in the US, this one due to come into effect on Thursday night. The ban would have stopped the video-sharing app, which has more than 100million users based in the States, from being downloaded there. 2TikTok has dodged a ban in the United States againCredit: AP:Associated Press President Donald Trump in an August 14 order directed TikTok's Chinese owner ByteDance to sell the app to a US company within 90 days, which fell on Thursday. The Trump administration says TikTok poses national security concerns as the personal data of US users could be obtained by China's government. TikTok denies the allegations. On Thursday, the US government announced it would delay enforcement of the ban. A spokesperson said the Department of Commerce would comply with a court order in favour of the huge social media app. 2President Donald Trump ordered TikTok's Chinese owner ByteDance...
    The US Commerce Department says it will not enforce an order that would have forced video sharing platform TikTok to shut down, according to The Wall Street Journal. The government cited an injunction from a federal judge in Pennsylvania last month who wrote that the Commerce Department had likely overstepped its authority when it tried to ban transactions on the platform. The government has cited concerns about national security, as TikTok is owned by Beijing-based ByteDance. According to an unpublished rule from the Commerce Department, the agency is complying with the terms of the judge’s ruling. Its prohibition of TikTok transactions “has been enjoined and will not go into effect, pending further legal developments.” Reuters’ David Shepardson says it’s not the first time the Commerce Department has confirmed it would comply with the injunction; it issued a statement on November 1st as well. At the time, it said it...
    A woman in California was caught on video assaulting an Air Force veteran who had allegedly tried to help her after he wouldn’t hand over money, police said Thursday. The Santa Ana Police Department released the shocking footage on Wednesday that shows the stranger, who is believed to be homeless, kicking and punching the 62-year-old man shortly after 8 p.m. on Oct. 21. A police spokesperson told Fox News on Thursday the man told authorities he lives in a building on West First Street, which is housing for veterans, and could hear the woman yelling. The man, who told police he was formerly homeless and had previously served as a paramedic in the U.S. Air Force, thought she needed help, and let her into the lobby of his building so she could stay warm while calling for help. But when the woman asked him for money so she could get a...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A baby raccoon trapped in a tree has been given the name “Freedom” by the San Francisco firefighters who rescued it Saturday night. The raccoon was discovered after residents reported loud cries and screams in the area of 15th Avenue at Santiago Street. The Fire Department was summoned after San Francisco Animal Care and Control was unable to free the raccoon. Firefighters were given a quick briefing on calming and comforting the raccoon before going up to where it was wedged into a V-split in the large tree, the department said. “After a few minutes of rescue work, the raccoon was free only to clutch and hold onto the firefighters who had just saved its life,” the department said on its Twitter account. “In light of recent events, we have named him – FREEDOM.” Freedom the raccoon is now in the care of San Francisco...
    The Federal Reserve Thursday announced Thursday that it will keep interest rates at near-zero and will take a wait-and-see approach to monetary policy. In the past few months, Fed officials have raised fears that economic growth and job gains could slow in the winter months amid rising coronavirus cases and the aftereffects of Congress failing to pass another stimulus package. Such a development could lead the central bank to pursue additional monetary easing. Already, the Fed has taken historic steps to counteract the effects of the pandemic and the shutdowns of business. It has pledged to keep its interest rate target near zero for years, if necessary, and has expanded its balance sheet by more than $3 trillion. Chairman Jerome Powell has said since the spring that more federal fiscal stimulus will be needed to support unemployed workers, struggling businesses in certain sectors, and state and local governments....
    Police departments are likely to collect intelligence on social media, cancel days off and prepare tactical response teams ahead of possible Election Day unrest. A New York-based police union official likened the city’s level of preparedness to the days following 9/11 and said “This is not something to take lightly right now.”  Two union officials told the Daily Caller News Foundation that officers should apprehend instigators quickly in the event that riots break out as the election nears. Police departments are set to cancel days off, prepare tactical response teams and gather intelligence about possible election unrest as Nov. 3 quickly approaches, according to two police union officials. The New York City Police Department (NYPD) on Oct. 24 told businesses within the boroughs to prepare for possible political violence, The Wall Street Journal reported Oct. 24. The department has reportedly been preparing for weeks to keep...
    CHICAGO — The Chicago Fire Department’s rank and file fails to reflect the diversity of the city it serves — and City Council’s Black Caucus wants to change that. In a city split roughly one-third Black, one-third Latino and one-third white, of the department’s 2,551 firefighters, there are just 430 Black and 520 Latino members. About 17 percent of the department is Black, 20 percent Latino and 60 percent is white, fire officials said at city budget hearings Wednesday. Including paramedics, there are 4,792 members of the rank and file, but just 434 members are women.  The department has been plagued by allegations of racial and sexual discrimination in hiring practices for years, including several high-profile lawsuits requiring the city to pay tens of millions of dollars towards judgements and settlements. Ald. Derrick Curtis (18th) said the system the city has in place to bring in Black recruits...
    Gen. Gus Perna, a 39-year Army logistician, was weeks away from retirement and already in his retirement home when President Trump chose him in May to lead the nation’s COVID-19 vaccine production effort, dubbed Operation Warp Speed. "It's just a calling," Perna said on a virtual discussion Tuesday hosted by the Heritage Foundation. "This is about saving American lives, and for me, it is a focused effort to do so." Perna noted how OWS has bankrolled six vaccine efforts and ramped up manufacturing capacity with infusions of billions of federal dollars in the hopes of realizing Trump's goal for a safe and effective vaccine for hundreds of millions of people in the U.S. by the start of the year. “We really are just at the brink of finally seeing the fruits of our labor,” he said. “We are going to be successful to this end." Trump alluded to Perna at...
    Some Alameda County voters may feel like they’re experiencing déjà vu when they see Measure X on the Nov. 3 ballot. That’s not surprising. The Alameda County Fire Department’s proposal to replace fire stations, by issuing $90 million of bonds and raising current homeowner property taxes an average $63 a year, is the same as one that was on the March ballot. The earlier version fell less than half a percentage point short of the required two-thirds approval. So, county leaders are trying again. And our recommendation is unchanged: Voters should approve Measure X. The department serves the unincorporated communities of Castro Valley, Ashland, San Lorenzo, Cherryland and Sunol, and areas outside the city limits of Livermore and Pleasanton. Those communities will vote on the measure — and would benefit from the new stations and pay the property taxes to retire the bonds. The department also has contracts to serve...
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