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    Speaking to Vanity Fair in an interview published this Friday, the daughter of former Trump fixer Michael Cohen spoke about the price her father paid for his years of loyalty to Donald Trump. In the outset of the piece, an incident detailed in Cohen’s new memoir is described where Trump sexually ogled her — with Cohen standing right there in Trump’s presence. The incident involving Samantha Cohen took place in the summer of 2016. “That summer day felt like all the others before it, standing alongside Trump outside the pool area, discussing what Cohen writes was ‘some pressing business matter, like the size of the breasts of a woman sunbathing on a lounge chair.’ Somehow Trump’s attention was diverted to...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Friday that President Donald Trump respects American troops and veterans after a magazine report said Trump had called fallen U.S. military personnel buried in Europe “losers” and declined to visit an American cemetery because he thought it unimportant. “President Trump has the highest respect and admiration for our nation’s military members, veterans and families. That is why he has fought for greater pay and more funding for our armed forces,” Esper said in a statement. Trump on Thursday strongly denied the report from The Atlantic magazine. The Atlantic reported that Trump, a Republican running...
    Reuters September 5, 2020 0 Comments U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Friday that President Donald Trump respects American troops and veterans after a magazine report said Trump had called fallen U.S. military personnel buried in Europe “losers” and declined to visit an American cemetery because he thought it unimportant. “President Trump has the highest respect and admiration for our nation’s military members, veterans and families. That is why he has fought for greater pay and more funding for our armed forces,” Esper said in a statement. Trump on Thursday strongly denied the report from the Atlantic magazine. The Atlantic reported that Trump, a Republican running for re-election who has touted his record helping U.S. veterans, had referred to...
    Savannah Rychcik September 4, 2020 0 Comments Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is coming to President Donald Trump’s defense after The Atlantic released a report that alleges he previously called fallen soldiers “losers” and “suckers.” Appearing on Fox News on Friday, Pompeo claimed he was on the same trip as Trump when he was scheduled to visit the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery near Paris in 2018. According to The Atlantic, Trump blamed the weather for the decision to cancel the trip. He also said “the helicopter couldn’t fly” and the Secret Service was not willing to drive him there. Trump reportedly said, “Why should I go to that cemetery? It’s filled with losers.” On the same trip, Trump...
    A 51-year-old white male was the victim of an unprovoked stabbing at an AutoZone on August 25. The victim was in critical condition following the attack, but is now expected to recover. The suspect in the case, 19-year-old Jayvon Hatchett, a black male, told police he targeted the suspect, a store employee, because of his white skin, WRBL reports. Hatchett reportedly told police he “felt the need to find a white male to kill” after watching videos of “police brutality” on social media. During court testimony, Columbus Police Sgt. R.S. Mills said “that when he [asked] Hatchett why he stabbed the AutoZone employee, Hatchett said he ‘felt the need to find a white male to kill’ after watching videos of...
    Mumbai, Aug 22: Actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s detailed post-mortem report which said he died by “asphyxia due to hanging (unnatural)” also noted that “pressure abrasion (ligature mark) present around the neck at the level of thyroid-cartilage, passes obliquely upward, backward towards mastoid process on both sides”. The report said that the “total length of ligature mark is 33 cm”. Also Read | Rajasthan May Receive Heavy to Extremely Heavy Rainfall in Next 24 Hours: MeT Department. It said that ligature mark is more prominent and deep on the right of the neck and is absent over backside of the neck and occipital protuberance. The report gives further details of the location of the ligature mark. Also...
    Amazon recently announced it will soon let podcasters host their shows on Amazon Music and Audible, according to Billboard. But according to the tech giant's terms and conditions shared on social media on Monday, the new opportunity came with a caveat: "Content may not include advertising or messages that disparage or are directed against Amazon or any Service." That didn't sit well with some. "I'm a freaking entertainment podcast and I can't consent to that," Corey Quinn, cloud expert and host the "AWS [Amazon Web Services] Morning Brief" podcast, tweeted on Monday, along with a screenshot of the note from Amazon to podcasters. "How can any actual news podcast?!" However, the following day, journalist Matthew Keys, who obtained a copy of an email sent to podcasters,...
    VALLEJO — The city’s police chief announced Friday that he was launched an independent investigation into allegations that some Vallejo officers would bend their badges to mark a person they killed in the line of duty. In a news release Friday afternoon, Vallejo police Chief Shawny Williams said he heard from two people within the police department “that badge-bending has occurred.” “As a result of these very troubling and disturbing allegations, I’ve asked for an independent outside investigation to be completed by a third party,” Williams said in a written statement. The announcement comes days after Williams said he was launching an inquiry into the matter, and would up the ante if evidence was found suggesting the allegations were true....
    An autopsy report released Wednesday by a medical examiner in Argentina revealed that a man died of suffocation after a police officer knelt on his neck while trying to arrest him. Walter Ceferino Nadal was accused of stealing a hat by a supermarket employee June 24 in the northwestern city of San Miguel de Tucumán.  Officer Jessica Gómez, who was near the store, requested backup after learning about the alleged incident. She chased after the 43-year-old man before she was joined by five other cops, including two who were able to bring him down to the ground before he died moments later in an ambulance. The lead prosecutor in the case, Adriana Giannoni, ordered an autopsy after the original police...
    Igor Derysh July 27, 2020 11:42PM (UTC) Media outlets heralded President Donald Trump's "new tone" on the coronavirus last week, but the so-called shift only came after aides warned him that "our people" in Republican states were getting sick, according to The Washington Post. After weeks of trying to downplay the coronavirus spikes around the country, Trump acknowledged last week during his first pandemic briefing in months that the health crisis would likely "get worse before it gets better" and urged Americans to wear a face covering, even though he has refused to do so publicly on all but one occasion. : The "shift" also came as polls showed even the president's own supporters souring on his widely-criticized response to the...
    In Selma, tributes to Lewis and calls to protect legacy 30 Cheap Costco Buys That Make the Membership Worth It Dalvin Cook’s agent disputes latest report that Cook has said he’ll report for camp It continues. Replay Video SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO Skip Ad Dalvin Cook‘s agent, Zac Hiller, now contradicts a report that Cool has told Vikings running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu that Cook will report for training camp this week. 23 Cool Products That Could Sell Out In 2020 LEARN MORE Ad Gadgets Post “Dalvin and Coach Polamalu speak often as they have a great relationship,” Hiller told Adam Schefter of ESPN. “Dalvin has never mentioned to him anything in regards to reporting to camp....
    A protester who claimed to have been hit by a car on Long Island was charged Wednesday with filing a false report, police said. Keith Harrison was at the Black Lives Matter protest in Huntington Station Monday around 6:45 p.m. when a man struck one of the marchers with his SUV, according to Suffolk County Police. Harrison, 56, allegedly filed a police report stating that he’d also been hit — but an investigation proved otherwise, cops said. Police have said that another man was injured when Anthony Cambareri allegedly plowed into the group of about 20 marchers. Jeremiah Bennett, 26, bounced off the hood of the vehicle and sustained damages to his wrist, arm and back, the Long Island...
    A white financier who called the police on a black man in Central Park and accused him of threatening her has been charged with filing a false police report.  Amy Cooper was asked in Central Park by birdwatcher Christian Cooper to put her dog on a leash, as park guidelines dictate. In a Facebook post, he claimed the dog was 'tearing through the plantings' in the Ramble area of the park, and told her she should go to another part of the park.  When she refused, he pulled out dog treats, causing her to scream at him to not come near her dog.  Amy then called the police on Christian. Amy Cooper called the police on Memorial Day after...
    The Hill issued a correction on a story that originally claimed South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said the removal of Confederate statues was an effort to “discredit” to the country's Founding Fathers. The publication originally touted a story on President Trump’s visit to Mount Rushmore and the governor’s speech with the headline, “South Dakota governor calls removal of Confederate statues effort to ‘discredit’ founding fathers.” South Dakota governor calls removal of Confederate statues effort to "discredit" founding fathers https://t.co/kHZSm2RPmB pic.twitter.com/4cRWixU0vJ— The Hill (@thehill) July 4, 2020 The publication later issued a correction, saying, “An earlier version of this story drew too strong a link between the effort to take down Confederate statues and monuments and Noem's remarks. The headline...
    The Chinese Communist Party released a FedEx pilot who had been held for nine months on charges that he was smuggling ammunition, according to a report. Todd Hohn, a retired US Air Force colonel, was detained on Sept. 12 by Communist Chinese officials while waiting for a commercial flight in Guangzhou after flying deliveries for the air carrier in Asia, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. Authorities said they found nonmetallic pellets used in replica air guns in his luggage. In this Oct. 13, 2016, photo provided by the U.S. Air Force, Air Force Col. Todd Hohn, foreground, and pilots assigned to the 97th Air Mobility Wing are briefed on an exercise at Altus Air Force Base, Okla. (Airman 1st...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City The U.S. Food and Drug Administration plans to release guidance on Tuesday outlining its conditions for approving a vaccine for the coronavirus, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing a summary of the guidance. The agency would require drugmakers to show “clearly demonstrated” proof of a vaccine’s safety and effectiveness through a clinical study, and at least 50% more effectiveness than a placebo, the report said. There is currently no U.S.-approved treatment or vaccine for the respiratory illness that has claimed over 126,100 lives in the country, according to a Reuters tally. More than 100 vaccines are being tested worldwide against the...
    A Tuesday report from The Daily Beast claims that White House officials were hesitant to tell Donald Trump about the alleged Russian bounties for U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan out of fear he would use social media to spread classified information. “Trump has little patience for intelligence briefings, especially when the news isn’t good for him,” a former Trump administration official said. “These briefings happen irregularly, and are often free-for-alls. He also shows little respect for classified information and might tweet about it — which would in counter to efforts to handle the issue out of the public eye.” It wouldn’t be the first time Trump has shared classified information on social media. As The Inquisitr previously reported, the president said...
    Madison Summers June 30, 2020 0 Comments The Department of Defense (DOD) is denying the reports that allege Russia offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill U.S. soldiers. “To date, DOD has no corroborating evidence to validate the recent allegations found in open-source reports,” chief Pentagon spokesman Jonathan  Hoffman said in a statement late Monday. “Regardless, we always take the safety and security of our forces in Afghanistan—and around the world—most seriously and therefore continuously adopt measures to prevent harm from potential threats.” As The New York Times noted in a report on Friday, “Islamist militants, or armed criminal elements closely associated with them, are believed to have collected some bounty money, the officials said. Twenty Americans were killed...
    By Michael Berens and John Shiffman MONTGOMERY, Alabama (Reuters) - Judge Les Hayes once sentenced a single mother to 496 days behind bars for failing to pay traffic tickets. The sentence was so stiff it exceeded the jail time Alabama allows for negligent homicide. Marquita Johnson, who was locked up in April 2012, says the impact of her time in jail endures today. Johnson’s three children were cast into foster care while she was incarcerated. One daughter was molested, state records show. Another was physically abused. “Judge Hayes took away my life and didn’t care how my children suffered,” said Johnson, now 36. “My girls will never be the same.” Fellow inmates found her sentence hard to believe. “They had...
    Scientists are trying to understand a mutation of the novel coronavirus seen around the globe that some believe could make the virus more contagious, according to a report. The mutation of the coronavirus, officially designated D614G or "G" for short has been found to affect the virus's spike protein, which is a structure that allows it to enter human cells. The more effective the spike protein, the easier it can enter a host's body. Research has suggested that the mutation, which changes amino acid 614 from “D” (aspartic acid) to “G” (glycine).might make the spike protein more effective, which enhances the virus’s infectiousness, according to the Washington Post. CORONAVIRUS PATIENTS EXPERIENCING 'TERRIFYING' HOSPITAL DELIRIUM: REPORTS Researchers have found that out of the roughly 50,000 genomes of...
    By Hyonhee Shin SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea has the world's lowest birth rate, according to a United Nations report released on Tuesday, as women in Asia's fourth-largest economy struggle to achieve a balance between work and other life demands. The annual report by the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) found the fertility rate per woman in South Korea was only 1.1, the lowest among 201 countries surveyed. "Even as women have gained equality in access to education and work, decisions on having more children are constrained by their 'second shift' in taking care of children and managing households," said Won Do-yeon, chief of the UNFPA's Seoul office, in an email interview with Reuters. Reversing the decline in fertility will require...
    DONALD Trump speaks to Vladimir Putin "like two guys in a steam bath" and branded German leader Angela Merkel "stupid" to her face, it's been alleged. The unverified claims come in a report which says the US president is often "outplayed" by the Russian leader during their one-on-one chats. 5Credit: AFP or licensors The CNN report  - by legendary Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein - is said to be based on sources with access to hundreds of private phone calls involving foreign heads of state. It paints a picture of a president bending over backward to win the approval of his hardline Russian counterpart. The report also claims during the classified calls, Trump brags about his success and characterizes his predecessors...
    Coronavirus — Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. (Salvatore Di Nolfi / Keystone via AP) The coronavirus pandemic is far from coming to an end any time soon, according to the director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “This is not even close to ending,” Tedros said during a press conference in Geneva on Monday. “Although many countries have made progress around the world, the pandemic is actually accelerating. We are all in this together and we are in this for the long term, ”said Tedros. “We have already lost a lot, but we cannot lose hope.” Tedros also said Tuesday marks six months since the WHO first received reports of cases of pneumonia in China from...
    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke out against China’s threat to restrict visas for Americans prior to Beijing increasing its grip on Hong Kong after reportedly passing a security law that critics say undermines the semi-autonomous territory’s judicial independence. FOX BUSINESS: US ENDING SPECIAL TREATMENT OF HONG KONG Beijing passed the national security law that the Hong Kong media says will allow Beijing to crack down on any activity there that authorities deem subversive with secessionist aims. “If China wants to regain the trust of Hong Kongers and the international community, it should honor the promises it made to the Hong Kong people and to the United Kingdom in the U.N.-registered 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration,” Pompeo’s statement read. VideoThe administration has warned for...
    Authorities in the California Bay Area said Monday that they are investigating another incident where a person is accused of intentionally coughing on someone during the deadly coronavirus outbreak. The most recent incident occurred when police said an unidentified woman intentionally coughed on a bartender, NBC Bay Area reported. The woman was aggravated that she was told to put on a mask and to stop hugging people at the establishment, the report said. “With her mask down she leaned over and coughed on him, and it was an audible/obvious cough – and before I even had to tell her to leave – she was on her way out showing her middle fingers,” Misha Marotta, a bartender at James Gate Restaurant...
    The innocent Bronx basketball phenom gunned down Sunday night used his dying breaths to ask a friend to “call my mom,” one of his teammates told The Post Monday. Brandon Hendricks, 17, was at a birthday party in Morris Heights with friends when shots rang out, pal Hammad Singleton said as he described his friend’s final moments. NYC TALLIES MORE THAN 500 SHOOTINGS IN 2020 AMID RECENT RISE IN GUN VIOLENCE “In the blink of an eye, me and my friends are running away,” Singleton, 18, said. “I turn around and he told me, ‘I got hit,’ and I just seen it.” “I grabbed him and said we can’t stop right here because there’s more shots going off,” he said. “He stopped...
    The Defense Department said late Monday that there is “no corroborating evidence” to support the explosive New York Times report last week that said the Russian military offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan. The report sent shock waves through Washington and prompted President Trump to outright deny knowing anything about the intel cited in the report. “To date, DOD has no corroborating evidence to validate the recent allegations found in open-source reports. Regardless, we always take the safety and security of our forces in Afghanistan—and around the world—most seriously and therefore continuously adopt measures to prevent harm from potential threats,” Jonathan  Hoffman, the chief Pentagon spokesman, said in a statement. The New York Times,...
    BOSTON (CBS) – At least three Boston city councilors found report cards posted at their homes over the weekend. Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George said report cards were put on her fence in the middle of the night while she and her family were asleep and that similar cards were posted at the homes of other city councilors. Boston city councilors found report cards posted at their homes over the weekend. (Courtesy photo) “This is very much a threatening action at my home … under darkness with my children at home,” Essaibi-George said. “It is unacceptable. It is 100 percent unacceptable.” Councilor Lydia Edwards said she was also targeted. “I am neither distracted nor deterred.” In at least one case, the report...
    Former Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill compared President Trump's scandal regarding reports that Russia placed bounties on U.S. troops to the Obama administration's Benghazi controversy. McCaskill, a Democrat who lost reelection in 2018, said on Monday that Trump's claim that he was not briefed on an intelligence report about Russian President Vladimir Putin offering bounties to Taliban fighters to kill U.S. forces made the Obama administration's response to an attack that killed four U.S. citizens "look like playing with toys." "At 1 o'clock this afternoon, the president’s press representative said he still hadn’t been briefed. Now, let that sink in. He’s been playing golf," McCaskill told MSNBC. "He’s been tweeting stuff, but he hasn’t said, 'Hey, I need to get...
    Associated Press The Chinese government is taking draconian measures to slash birth rates among Uighurs and other minorities as part of a sweeping campaign to curb its Muslim population, even as it encourages some of the country’s Han majority to have more children. While individual women have spoken out before about forced birth control, the practice is far more widespread and systematic than previously known, according to an AP investigation based on government statistics, state documents and interviews with 30 ex-detainees, family members and a former detention camp instructor. The campaign over the past four years in the far west region of Xinjiang is leading to what some experts are calling a form of “demographic genocide.” The state regularly...
    By Carl Bernstein | CNN In hundreds of highly classified phone calls with foreign heads of state, President Donald Trump was so consistently unprepared for discussion of serious issues, so often outplayed in his conversations with powerful leaders like Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Erdogan, and so abusive to leaders of America’s principal allies, that the calls helped convince some senior US officials — including his former secretaries of state and defense, two national security advisers and his longest-serving chief of staff — that the President himself posed a danger to the national security of the United States, according to White House and intelligence officials intimately familiar with the contents of the conversations. The calls caused...
    A group of House Democrats will attend a classified White House briefing Tuesday about media reports claiming Russia offered Afghan militants bounties to kill U.S. soldiers. Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland is the highest-ranking Democrat who plans to attend the meeting. Hoyer has requested that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff of California also attend, as well as Reps. Adam Smith, chair of the Armed Services Committee, Gregory Meeks, Brad Sherman, Bill Keating, Ruben Gallego, Abigail Spanberger, and Elissa Slotkin, a top Democratic aide said. Democrats on Monday criticized President Trump’s response to the report, accusing him of aligning himself with Russian President Vladimir Putin ahead of American interests. Trump said the bounty claim, first reported in the New...
    White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said during a press conference on Monday that there is no intelligence community “consensus” to confirm the allegations that the Russian government offered bounties to Taliban-linked militias. The New York Times reported on Saturday that a Russian military spy unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militias for killing U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Roughly 22 U.S. service members were killed in Afghanistan in 2019. President Donald Trump disputed the report on Sunday, claiming that he, Vice President Mike Pence, and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows were not briefed about the report. The president criticized the New York Times for quoting an “anonymous source.” “Probably just another phony Times hit job, just like their failed Russia...
    Nancy’s Pelosi’s special climate change committee is a pointless waste of money, says the panel’s top Republican Garret Graves, who is accusing Democrats of breaching trust by releasing a partisan report this week without including GOP members. “It certainly does undermine trust, and not just trust, but the viability or the value of participating in this,” Graves, who represents Louisiana, told the Washington Examiner in an interview Monday. “If I had known then what I know now, why did we go through this whole waste of money by putting a committee together, wasting money on staff, and do a dog and pony show with hearings? You don’t need us to do this. You certainly didn't need to spend taxpayer funds...
    An exclusive report from TMZ last week said Winn-Dixie, a popular southeastern U.S. supermarket chain, was considering dropping it's nearly 100-year-old moniker due to its "problematic" connection to "the old south and its way of thinking." Such a move wouldn't be that much of a surprise amid leftist cancel culture's recent flurry of activity — and particularly given that popular musical trios formerly known as The Dixie Chicks and Lady Antebellum both changed their names to The Chicks and Lady A to stay as woke as possible. TMZ said the supermarket chain — "billed as a southern heritage brand serving Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi" — didn't have a new name picked out but "the folks we spoke...
    Less than a week after the Government Accountability Office said the Internal Revenue Service cut stimulus checks to 1.1 million dead people, a report Monday from Erin Collins, the National Taxpayer Advocate said the federal tax collector also sent approximately 74,000 checks to people who have locked up by law enforcement. The National Taxpayer Advocate is an office that is independent of the Internal Revenue Service, although the two agencies frequently collaborate. “ ‘The National Taxpayer Advocate recommends the IRS not spend its resources pursuing enforcement actions against a decedent’s estate or a family member who received an EIP for a decedent.’ ” Like the Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, Collins noted how dead people received stimulus...
    Former President Obama issued his strongest response yet to his successor's reference to the coronavirus as the "Kung Flu" during a recent virtual appearance, telling supporters that such sentiments shocked him coming from a U.S. president. In an invite-only fundraiser held last week for former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden's record-setting tax increases will take your money — and your job Cable networks pooling convention coverage to reduce number of employees Biden on Trump sharing video of protester shouting 'white power': He 'has picked a side' MORE's presidential bid, the former president unloaded on Trump's use of the term during a youth rally in Arizona, according to The New York Times. “I don’t want a country in which the president of the...
    White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany faced a barrage of questions Monday about why the White House was not briefed by intelligence on a report claiming Russia paid Taliban-linked militants to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan. During a press briefing, McEnany repeatedly asserted there was “no consensus” on the validity of such reports and said the president was only briefed on verified intelligence. The press secretary added that the intelligence community is fraught with “dissenting opinions” in regards to the Russian bounties. The claim "would not be elevated to the president until it was verified," McEnany added. The press secretary added that the New York Times, which broke the story, “erroneously reported” that the president had been briefed on the intelligence when...
    Carlos Carrasco is ready to launch again | David Maxwell / . Cleveland Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti said Monday that Venezuelan pitcher Carlos Carrasco is fully recovered from his elbow injury and ready to join team training this week. The possibility of seeing Carrasco on the opening day roster of 30 players is still a question mark, as he may need more recovery injections into his injured elbow in mid-March. However, the delay of the campaign by COVID-19 has worked in its favor. Antonetti said Carlos Carrasco and Tyler Naquin ready to go. #Indians – Tom Withers (@twithersAP) June 29, 2020 The Indians will be extremely cautious with Carrasco, who plans to be at some...
    WASHINGTON — White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Monday upbraided House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for “playing politics” with an explosive report that alleged Moscow paid the Taliban to kill US soldiers. In an interview with “Fox & Friends,” McEnany accused Pelosi of being “entirely off-base” after the San Francisco Democrat, 80, claimed that the president failed to act on the intelligence because the Russian government had incriminating information on him. “This president has been very tough on Russia, sanctioning a new Russian target, closing Russian consulates, so she’s just off-base on her facts there,” McEnany said, insisting that the president was never briefed on the intelligence that was reported by the New York Times on Friday. “What she’s...
    Meaghan Ellis June 29, 2020 0 Comments White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany is accusing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) of “playing politics” while insisting the reports about Russian bounties on U.S. troops are false. During a brief discussion on “Fox & Friends” on Monday, McEnany was asked about Pelosi’s criticism of President Donald Trump over his dealings with Russia. The press secretary defended the president claiming he has been “very tough on Russia.” “Nancy Pelosi is very off-base. This president has been very tough on Russia, sanctioning innumerable Russian targets, closing Russian consulates, so she’s just off-base on her facts there,” McEnany said. However, she reiterated that the intelligence, in question, is something the president was “never briefed” on....
    Beijing (AFP) – Chinese authorities are carrying out forced sterilisations of women in an apparent campaign to curb the growth of ethnic minority populations in the western Xinjiang region, according to research published Monday. The report, based on a combination of official regional data, policy documents and interviews with ethnic minority women, has prompted an international group of lawmakers to call for a United Nations investigation into China’s policies in the region. The move is likely to enrage Beijing, which has denied trampling on the rights of ethnic groups in Xinjiang, and which on Monday called the allegations “baseless”. The country is accused of locking more than one million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim minorities in re-education camps. Beijing describes...
    By RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A nursing assistant who worked while sick likely brought the coronavirus into an Iowa nursing home where fifteen residents later died, according to a new state inspection report. The employee was allowed to keep working because the Crystal Heights Care Center in Oskaloosa failed to adequately screen staff for symptoms at the beginning of their shifts, inspectors wrote. Rather than have an employee take temperatures and ask health questions, those arriving were “permitted to self-screen” without independent monitoring, their investigation found. “The lack of effective screening resulted in a staff member being able to work while knowingly ill and failing to report it,” the inspection report said. “The spread...
    A new Russia-involved scandal has erupted over a New York Times report claiming that the U.S. concluded “months ago” that a Russian spy unit linked to past assassination attempts covertly offered rewards to Taliban-linked militants in Afghanistan last year to kill Americans — and President Trump knew about it. “The intelligence finding was briefed to President Trump, and the White House’s National Security Council discussed the problem at an interagency meeting in late March,” the Times reported, citing unnamed officials. The report prompted an “outraged” rebuke from Joe Biden, who called the administration’s response a “betrayal” to the country, but President Trump and other White House officials say that he was never briefed on the matter, suggesting either false claims...
    As members of Congress called for an investigation, President Donald Trump said Sunday he was not briefed on reports that a Russian military intelligence unit offered bounties to Taliban militants in Afghanistan to kill U.S. soldiers because U.S. intelligence officials did not deem them credible. “Intel just reported to me that they did not find this info credible, and therefore did not report it to me or @VP,” Trump said, referencing Vice President Mike Pence. Intel just reported to me that they did not find this info credible, and therefore did not report it to me or @VP. Possibly another fabricated Russia Hoax, maybe by the Fake News @nytimesbooks, wanting to make Republicans look bad!!! https://t.co/cowOmP7T1S — Donald J. Trump...
    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine policemen fatally shot four army soldiers, including two officers, who were trying to locate a suicide bomber Monday but were suspected of being criminals by the police in the volatile south, officials said. Regional military commander Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana said he asked the National Bureau of Investigation, Manila’s version of the FBI, to investigate the killings in Jolo town due to conflicting accounts of what happened. But Sobejana stood by the slain officers, saying they “were doing their job.” “Whatever is the reason, they were shot by the policemen,” Sobejana told reporters. “We’re having that investigated.” An initial military report seen by The Associated Press and accounts by two army officers said the four...
    As members of Congress called for an investigation, President Donald Trump said Sunday he was not briefed on reports that a Russian military intelligence unit offered bounties to Taliban militants in Afghanistan to kill U.S. soldiers because U.S. intelligence officials did not deem them credible. “Intel just reported to me that they did not find this info credible, and therefore did not report it to me or @VP,” Trump said, referencing Vice President Mike Pence. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on CIA director Gina Haspel and Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe to give the full 435-member House of Representatives a briefing on the issue. “Congress needs to know what the intelligence community knows about this significant threat to American...
    COVID-19 has caused libraries around the US to stay closed since mid-March. Less than two-thirds of Americans in rural areas have broadband internet connections at their homes. The Markup has written about the ways in which libraries are attempting to keep their patrons online. It’s well worth a read. In the town of Cherokee, Iowa, about 40 percent of school-aged kids have no internet access. Tyler Hahn, director of the Cherokee Public Library, told The Markup that many of the services he previously provided to the town’s residents have had to take new forms. The library has left Wi-Fi on 24/7, and kids sit in the parking lot to use their phones. Hahn has helped older patrons access the internet...
    A Nigerian Instagram star who boasted online about his lavish lifestyle of private jets, designer clothes and luxury cars has been busted in a $431 million cyber scam, according to a report. Raymond Abbas, known as Hushpuppi to his 2.4 million followers, was nabbed earlier this month in Dubai for an alleged scheme that involved ripping off credit card information overseas, The Times of UK reported. “The suspects targeted victims overseas by creating fake websites for well-known companies and banks in a bid to steal victims’ credit card information and then launder the stolen money,” Dubai Police Brigadier Jamal al-Jalaf said. Investigators said Abbas, 38, who passed himself off as a wealthy real estate developer, flaunted his collections of...
    DONALD Trump has claimed intel on an alleged bounties offered by Russian spies to Taliban militants for the killing US soldiers "wasn't credible". The President took to Twitter as he blasted the shocking allegations as a "fake news hoax". 2 Donald Trump said US intelligence had already dismissed the reports as 'not credible'Credit: AFP or licensors Trump posted to his 82.5million followers that the US intelligence services have informed him the claims were "not credible". Because of this, the information was never passed to him or vice president Mike Pence. Unnamed intelligence officials were reported this week to have claimed Russian spies offered money to Taliban militants to kill US soldiers in Afghanistan. Unit 29155, an arm of the Kremlin's...
    By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA(Reuters) - At least 129 children have been killed in the Philippines' four-year war on drugs, most by police or allied assailants, but they may only represent a fraction of the toll, activist groups said on Monday. Minors have been directly targeted, punished as proxies, or victims of mistaken identity or "collateral damage", they said in a report, "How could they do this to my child?". The World Organisation against Torture (OMCT) and the Children's Legal Rights and Development Centre, a Philippines- based group, urged the U.N. Human Rights Council to launch an independent commission of inquiry into extrajudicial killings and other crimes at its three-week session opening on Tuesday. The figures, which include seven child murders...
          Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. It is Monday. We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the daily co-creators, so find us @asimendinger and @alweaver22 on Twitter and recommend the Morning Report to your friends. CLICK HERE to subscribe! Total U.S. coronavirus deaths reported each morning this week: Monday, 125,803.   Countries have now confirmed more than 10 million cases of COVID-19 with more than 500,000 fatalities and no end in sight (Reuters). In the United States, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar warned Sunday that “the window is closing” to beat COVID-19. In the United...
    Charles Webb, the author whose first novel, “The Graduate,” inspired the 1967 Oscar-winning movie starring Dustin Hoffman, is dead at the age of 81 due to a blood condition. His death was confirmed by longtime friend and journalist Jack Malvern writes Deadline.HOW 'THE GRADUATE' STAR ANNE BANCROFT AVOIDED BEING TYPECAST AS MRS. ROBINSON Webb, who died on June 16th in Eastbourne, England, said that the iconic book and subsequent film were based on real-life experiences from when he was growing up in Los Angeles, though he also claimed that it was not autobiographical. Though his book became famous, the eccentric Webb earned only $20,000 from the film rights and chose to live a life that wasn’t filled with the glitz and glamour...
    By Stephen Grey, Andrew MacAskill, Ryan McNeill, Steve Stecklow and Tommy Wilkes LONDON (Reuters) - On Friday, Feb. 21, Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Public Health England, was in a cheerful mood. It was near the end of the school half-term holiday. He wrote on an official blog that there had been no new positive cases of the new coronavirus that week in the United Kingdom. It was a "testament," he said, "to the robust infection control measures" and the "diagnostic and testing work" at laboratories nationwide. Selbie, who joked when he took his then £185,000-a-year job in 2013 that his public health credentials could be fitted "on a postage stamp," headed a government agency with a mission to prepare...
    BOSTON - Communities of color in Boston are disproportionately affected by evictions in the city, with some of the highest rates in Black communities, according to a new report released Sunday.   Seventy percent of market-rate eviction filings occur in neighborhoods where a majority of residents are people of color, though only about half of rental housing is in these neighborhoods, according to three years of data by MIT researchers and a housing justice organization. The problem has only been exasperated by the coronavirus, which saw a spike in eviction filings before the state issued a moratorium in April. Almost 80% of those suspended cases were in communities of color.   “The COVID crisis acts as an accelerator. It exposes the fault lines...
    In 2006, the Federal Bureau of Investigation knew America’s police forces had a white supremacist problem. But the internal report the agency compiled that year was so heavily redacted that almost no one knows what it contained.  Now, amid national protests over police violence against people of color and scrutiny of racist cops, lawmakers are pushing for the report’s full release. A nearly-blank version of the October 2006 report, titled “White Supremacist Infiltration of Law Enforcement” has circled the internet for years, after it was released in a Freedom of Information request. The few un-redacted lines are worrying: in addition to warning of historic attempts by groups like the Ku Klux Klan to gain employment with police, it refers to...
    Seattle residents said Sunday that despite rumors that the city was going to reclaim the “occupied” area known as CHOP, little has changed on the ground and the “security” at the protest zone has actually gotten more “contentious” with residents who live nearby. “They won’t let people in the neighborhood sometimes at night,” Matthew Ploszaj, who lives there, told KOMO News. He told the station that he supports the Black Lives Matter movement, but said it is a “terrible precedent” that “any political message can come in and occupy a neighborhood.” VideoMayor Jenny Durkan said last week that the city is working with the community to bring the “Capitol Hill Occupied Protest” zone to an end and that police soon would move...
    People on six continents already are getting jabs in the arm as the race for a COVID-19 vaccine enters a defining summer, with even bigger studies poised to prove if any shot really works -- and maybe offer a reality check. Already British and Chinese researchers are chasing the coronavirus beyond their borders, testing potential vaccines in Brazil and the United Arab Emirates because there are too few new infections at home to get clear answers. The U.S. is set to open the largest trials -- 30,000 people to test a government-created shot starting in July, followed about a month later with another 30,000 expected to test a British one. AMID CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC, PEDIATRICS GROUP URGES 'GOAL' OF STUDENTS 'PHYSICALLY PRESENT IN SCHOOL' THIS...
    President Donald Trump has denied that he was made aware of an intelligence report that Russia secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill American troops in Afghanistan.  According to an initial New York Times report published Friday Trump had been briefed on the operation, believed to be initiated by the notoriously violent Unit 29155 of the G.R.U, an arm of Russia’s military intelligence agency, citing officials with knowledge on the matter.    But Trump denied ever knowing about the operation, tweeting Sunday night that  neither he nor Vice President Mike Pence had been briefed. 'Intel just reported to me that they did not find this info credible, and therefore did not report it to me or @VP. Possibly another fabricated...
    President Trump said late Sunday night that he had just been briefed by intelligence officials about reports of an alleged Russian plot offering bounties to the Taliban to kill U.S. soldiers, and "intel" told him they did not assess the intelligence to be "credible." “Intel just reported to me that they did not find this info credible, and therefore did not report it to me or @VP,” Trump tweeted, adding that it was “possibly another fabricated Russia Hoax, maybe by the Fake News” New York Times "wanting to make Republicans look bad.” The New York Times reported on Friday that a U.S intelligence assessment concluded that a Russian spy unit paid Taliban-connected militants in Afghanistan to kill U.S....
    President Trump late Sunday said U.S. intelligence could not confirm an explosive story that Russian military officials offered bounties to militants linked to the Taliban to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan. The New York Times, citing unnamed officials, reported Friday that it is believed that some “Islamist militants” or “criminal elements” collected payouts. The report pointed out that 20 Americans were killed there in 2019. It was not clear if any of those deaths were the result of a bounty. TOP CONSERVATIVES WANT ANSWERS “Intel just reported to me that they did not find this info credible, and therefore did not report it to me or @VP. Possibly another fabricated Russia Hoax, maybe by the Fake News @NYTimesbnooks, wanting...
    (CNN)A group of people threw glass bottles and other debris at New York City Police Department vehicles early Sunday morning in Harlem after police responded to a "shot spotter activation," according to NYPD Sgt. Mary Frances O'Donnell."Shot spotters" are meters placed across New York City that detect the sound of gunshots. After determining the approximate location of the shots, the meters relay information to 911 operators, who initiate a police response, an NYPD spokesman said.As US cities cut police budgets, the nations largest force faces financial reckoningO'Donnell said that while a preliminary investigation of the shots fired resulted in the discovery of several spent shell casings and two fired bullets, no injuries were reported as a result of the shots.Police...
    A coalition of community activists gathered Sunday at a street memorial in Gardena for Andres Guardado, who was fatally shot June 18 by an L.A. County sheriff’s deputy, and called on Sheriff Alex Villanueva to release the autopsy report of the 18-year-old. “Villanueva has to be held accountable,” Najee Ali of Project Islamic Hope said in a phone interview. “He is saying the investigation will be transparent, but he had blocked release of the autopsy. It is important not just for the family, but the whole city is watching this case.” The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department put a “security hold” on the Guardado case Monday, saying that “investigators wish to maintain the integrity of the investigation, and premature release...
    BEIRUT (AP) — A missile exploded earlier this month near the convoy of former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri while he visited a mountainous area in the eastern Bekaa Valley, a Saudi-owned TV station reported Sunday. Hariri’s office in a statement said most of the report carried by Al-Hadath TV station was “generally correct.” The blast reportedly occurred some 500 meters (yards) away from Hariri’s motorcade on June 17. Hariri was returning from a visit to the top Sunni cleric in the Bekaa valley, days after sectarian tensions and rare clashes in Beirut sparked by Lebanon’s ongoing economic and financial crisis, the worst in decades. Hariri, himself a Sunni Muslim, had resigned in late October following nationwide protests against the...
    Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) accused President Donald Trump of “kissing up” to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Host George Stephanopoulos said, “I want to turn to that rather startling report in The New York Times [that] Russia secretly offered Afghan bounties to kill U.S. troops. It reports that American intelligence officials have concluded that Russian military intelligence units secretly offered bounties to Taliban linked militants for killing coalition forces in Afghanistan, including targeting American troops.” He asked, “Were you aware of these reports?” Pelosi said, “No, and we have called for a report to the Congress on this. This is as bad as it gets. Yet the president will not confront the Russians on this score. Denies being briefed, whether he...
    Nearly half of all deaths from the coronavirus in the United States have occurred at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, according to new reports. The rate of cases to deaths from such facilities has been disproportionate: while only 11 percent of positive cases – around 282,000 – have occurred at nursing homes and long-term care facilities, about 43 percent of deaths – or 54,000 deaths – have come from the same, the New York Times reported. The Times cited its database for the numbers, arguing that some states and the federal government have not provided comprehensive data. The numbers are based on “official confirmations from states, counties and the facilities themselves,” as well as some data provided by the...
    Former national security adviser John Bolton said he has serious concerns about a new report alleging Russian bounties are on U.S. troops in Afghanistan and President Trump's denial that he was briefed on the matter. On Sunday, Bolton called a recent New York Times report that Russia offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill coalition forces in Afghanistan, including U.S. troops, one of the most serious issues to arise within the Trump administration. Hours earlier, Trump said he hadn't been briefed about the alleged bounties and demanded that the paper reveal the anonymous intelligence officials sourced in the story. ...Nobody’s been tougher on Russia than the Trump Administration. With Corrupt Joe Biden & Obama, Russia had a field day, taking...
    John Bolton claimed Sunday morning that Donald Trump denying a report claiming he knew Russia paid the Taliban to kill U.S. troops is ‘unconnected to the reality,’ but asserts this is the standard for the president.  'There's a lot we don't know so we should be cautious, but from what we do know from the president's own tweets this morning, to me it looks like just another day at the office in the Trump White House,' Bolton told NBC News' Meet the Press. The former national security adviser is on a media tour promoting his new book, 'The Room Where it Happened: A White House Memoir,' about his 17 months as one of Trump's top aides. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Sunday said he was never briefed about Russian efforts to pay bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan, blasting a New York Times report that he had been told about the rewards but had not acted to respond to Moscow. The White House on Saturday also denied that Trump was briefed on U.S. intelligence regarding the affair but it did not address the merits of the intelligence. The Director of National Intelligence also said Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were not briefed, and called the Times report inaccurate. "Nobody briefed or told me, @VP Pence, or Chief of Staff @MarkMeadows about the so-called attacks on our troops in Afghanistan...
    BOSTON (AP) — Communities of color in Boston are disproportionately affected by evictions in the city, with some of the highest rates in Black communities, according to a new report released Sunday. Seventy percent of market-rate eviction filings occur in neighborhoods where a majority of residents are people of color, though only about half of rental housing is in these neighborhoods, according to three years of data by MIT researchers and a housing justice organization. The problem has only been exasperated by the coronavirus, which saw a spike in eviction filings before the state issued a moratorium in April. Almost 80% of those suspended cases were in communities of color. “The COVID crisis acts as an accelerator. It exposes the fault lines in...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Sunday denied that he had been briefed on reported U.S. intelligence that a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing American troops in Afghanistan, and he appeared to minimize the allegations against Moscow. American intelligence officials concluded months ago that Russian officials offered rewards for successful attacks on American service-members last year, at a time when the U.S. and Taliban were holding talks to end the long-running war, according to The New York Times. Trump, in a Sunday morning tweet, said “Nobody briefed or told me” or Vice President Mike Pence or chief of staff Mark Meadows about “the so-called attacks on our troops in Afghanistan by Russians.”...
    President Trump responded Sunday to a New York Times report about American intelligence learning that Russia offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing coalition forces including American troops, insisting that no one had briefed him, Vice President Pence, or White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on this information. Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle wanted answers after the information -- which was also reported by the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post -- came to light, demanding to know what the White House knew about the bounties. The Times reported that President Trump and the White House's National Security Council were briefed on Russia's bounty rewards in late March. LAWMAKERS WANT ANSWERS FROM TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ON REPORTS RUSSIA PAID TALIBAN TO ATTACK US TROOPS "Nobody...
    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Saturday reported 44,602 new confirmed cases of coronavirus since Friday, a total of 2,459,472 cases and said the number of deaths had risen by 651 to 124,976. Five U.S. states reported record-breaking daily numbers of new coronavirus cases Saturday. Florida reported 9,585 new cases, while Georgia had 1,990 new cases. South Carolina had 1,604. Arizona reported 3,591 new infections, while Nevada reported 1,099. The states’ record-breaking days of infections highlight the spread of the disease in several Southern and Western states. Coronavirus cases are also surging in Texas, where more than 5,700 new cases were reported Saturday, and 42 more deaths brought the state’s total to nearly 2,400. The state’s governor,...
    “The United States receives thousands of intelligence reports a day and is subject to strict scrutiny,” said a White House spokeswoman. The President of the USA, Donald Trump, and his vice president, Mike Pence, were not informed about the alleged money offered by Russia to militias linked to taliban in exchange for killing international coalition forces fighting in Afghanistan, including US troops, assured this Saturday the White House. In a statement, the White House spokeswoman, Kayleigh McEnany, He referred to a report released on Friday by The New York Times, according to which US officials reached that conclusion months ago and transmitted it to the government, which has discussed what to do in response, but has so far not...
    CHICAGO (CBS/AP) — U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth is calling for a Senate hearing into a report Russia secretly offered bounties to militants in Afghanistan for the killing of American troops, and that President Donald Trump has known about it for months, but did nothing. “First, Donald Trump encouraged Russia to interfere in our democracy, and they did. Now, Russia is secretly paying militants to kill U.S. troops. Trump has known for months but apparently done nothing to stop them,” Duckworth said in a statement on Saturday. The New York Times reported Friday that American intelligence officials have concluded a Russian intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing U.S. troops in Afghanistan. According to the report, the Russians...
    The White House denied Saturday that President Donald Trump had been briefed on intelligence that reportedly showed Russia had offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants if they killed U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.  Trump was briefed on the findings in March but has not yet decided how to respond, a New York Times report claimed Friday. Press secretary Kayleigh McEnany fiercely denied the president had known for months, stating that 'neither the President nor the Vice President were briefed on the alleged Russian bounty intelligence'. But she added: 'This does not speak to the merit of the alleged intelligence but to the inaccuracy of The New York Times story erroneously suggesting that President Trump was briefed on this matter.'  The New...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden attacked President Donald Trump on Saturday over a report that he said, if true, contains a “truly shocking revelation” about the commander in chief and his failure to protect U.S. troops in Afghanistan and stand up to Russia. The New York Times reported Friday that American intelligence officials concluded months ago that a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing U.S. troops in Afghanistan. The report said the Russians offered rewards for successful attacks last year, at a time when the U.S. and Taliban were holding talks to end the long-running war. “The truly shocking revelation that if the Times report is true, and I emphasize that again, is that...
    By LYNN BERRY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden attacked President Donald Trump on Saturday over a report that he said, if true, contains a “truly shocking revelation” about the commander in chief and his failure to protect U.S. troops in Afghanistan and stand up to Russia. The New York Times reported Friday that American intelligence officials concluded months ago that a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing U.S. troops in Afghanistan. The report said the Russians offered rewards for successful attacks last year, at a time when the U.S. and Taliban were holding talks to end the long-running war. “The truly shocking revelation that if the Times report is true, and I...
    Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden departs after speaking about reopening the country during a speech in Darby, Pennsylvania, on June 17, 2020.Jim Watson | AFP | Getty Images Joe Biden has accused Donald Trump of betraying his duty as president, after a report claimed the White House knew for months Russian intelligence offered Afghan militants bounties to kill U.S. soldiers but did not punish Moscow.  "His entire presidency has been a gift to Putin, but this is beyond the pale," Biden said during a virtual town hall Saturday. "It's betrayal of the most sacred duty we bear as a nation to protect and equip our troops when we send them into harm's way. It's a betrayal of every single American...
    Bob Brigham June 27, 2020 7:39PM (UTC) This article originally appeared on Raw Story President Donald Trump has refused to authorize any response after being briefed that Russia was offering bounties for the killing of U.S. troops, according to a bombshell new report in The New York Times. "American intelligence officials have concluded that a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing coalition forces in Afghanistan — including targeting American troops — amid the peace talks to end the long-running war there," the newspaper reported, citing "officials briefed on the matter." : "The United States concluded months ago that the Russian unit, which has been linked to assassination attempts and other covert operations in Europe intended to...
    Fox News covered the bombshell New York Times story about Russia offering bounties to the Taliban for killing U.S. soldiers, but left out President Donald Trump’s role in the story — while finding time to recite denials from Russia and the Taliban. On Friday, the Times published a report that said Russian military intelligence campaign offered secret bounties to Taliban militias for killing US soldiers in Afghanistan, and that Trump has known about it since March — but has yet to take action against Russia over it, or even to confront them. Fox & Friends Saturday co-anchor Griff Jenkins reported on the news Saturday morning, but left out any mention of Trump’s involvement in the story. While running through...
    Photograph: Manpreet Romana/AFP via Getty Images Outrage has greeted a bombshell New York Times story that says American intelligence officials believe a Russian military intelligence unit offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing foreign soldiers in Afghanistan, including targeting Americans. The story, citing its sources as unnamed officials briefed on the matter, said that the US had come to the conclusion about the operation several months ago and and offered rewards for successful attacks last year. The Times wrote: “The intelligence finding was briefed to Trump, and the White House’s National Security Council discussed the problem at an interagency meeting in late March.” However, despite drawing up numerous options by way of a response, the White House has not...
    RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Moroccan authorities said they “categorically reject” an Amnesty International report claiming the government used surveillance software to spy on the phone of a prominent journalist and human rights activist. In a report published this week, Amnesty said forensic analysis it carried out on the cellphone of Omar Radi indicated that his communications were monitored from January 2019 using technology developed by Israeli hacker-for-hire company NSO Group. In a statement released late on Friday, Moroccan authorities rejected Amnesty’s “baseless allegations,” saying that the report serves agendas motivated by hostility against Morocco and competitors in the intelligence market. Amnesty’s local director, Mohamed Sektaoui, was summoned by authorities Friday and asked to provide evidence “as soon as possible,”...
    Human remains found in Oregon last week have been positively identified as those of Allyson Watterson, a 20-year-old woman who went missing in December, a report said. The cause of death has not yet been determined and an investigation is continuing, FOX 12 of Oregon reported. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that it “offers their sincerest condolences to the family as they have faced unthinkable circumstances for the past six months since Allyson was first reported missing. OREGON PROPERTY OWNER DISCOVERS HUMAN REMAINS BELIEVED TO BE MISSING WOMAN, SHERIFF SAYS Allyson Joy Watterson , 20, was last seen hiking in Oregon on Dec. 22. (Washington County Sheriff's Office Handout) “We’d also like to thank everyone...
    Three Aurora, Colo., police officers linked to the August 2019 death of 23-year-old black man Elijah McClain have been reassigned to “non-enforcement” roles as the case faces a new investigation, according to reports. Officers Nathan Woodyard, Jason Rosenblatt and Randy Roedema now have duties that don’t involve direct contact with the public, such as administrative duties or paperwork, FOX 31 of Denver reported. Woodyard and Rosenblatt were reassigned June 13, while Roedema received a new role June 20, the station reported. Concern for the officers’ safety was a consideration in the moves, an Aurora Police Department spokesman told the station. Various police officers and city officials have faced death threats in recent weeks in connection with the McClain case, the...
    A fiery head-on crash in eastern Colorado on Friday afternoon left at least seven people dead, according to a report. The crash occurred along Highway 40/287 near Wild Horse, between Hugo and Kit Carson, FOX 31 of Denver reported. CALIFORNIA BRIDGE ACCIDENT SENDS SUV PLUMMETING, KILLING 4, INCLUDING PREGNANT WOMAN A white Ford F-150 truck towing a boat was traveling west and trying to pass a semi-truck when it collided with a green Chevrolet Silverado traveling east, the Colorado State Patrol told the station. “The Ford did not move back to the westbound lanes and collided head-on with the Chevrolet,” the authorities said in a statement. The Ford soon burst into flames and four occupants died, while at least two...
    After a visit to Venezuela in 2019, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, published a report on the state crimes committed in the country The Venezuelan opposition denounced this Friday that the torture “It remains a common practice” by the Government of Nicolás Maduro and that in 2019 alone, the number of victims increased by more than 526 percent. According to the person in charge of Human Rights of the National Assembly (parliament), Humberto Prado, “since Maduro’s arrival in 2013 72 people have died of torture in Venezuela, according to figures from the NGO Provea, which also indicate that between January and December 2019 torture cases increased by 526.6 percent compared to the previous year. The...
    LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- "Some people'' in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization have tested positive for the coronavirus, President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman said, but was not more specific.None of them have had "symptoms that have been problematic,'' Friedman told reporters on a conference call Thursday.Friedman said he was "not sure'' if any players would be delayed in reporting for preseason training."It's definitely possible, but I don't know for sure,'' Friedman said.Players are scheduled to report to Dodger Stadium Wednesday with the first workout set for next Friday.In the past two weeks, the Los Angeles Angels, Philadelphia Phillies, Toronto Blue Jays and Colorado Rockies have all acknowledged positive test cases among staffers or players, at least 40 total, according...
    Russia’s military intelligence agency has paid bounties to Taliban-linked militants who killed NATO troops in Afghanistan, including Americans, U.S. intelligence officials have determined, The New York Times reported Friday. The information was gathered earlier this year from interrogations of Afghan militants and criminals, the Times said. Seventeen American soldiers were killed in combat in Afghanistan last year, the U.S. Department of Defense said. The interviews uncovered that money was offered to Taliban-tied militants by Russian forces, believed by U.S. intelligence to involve Unit 29155, a branch of Russias GRU military intelligence agency. The unit reportedly is comprised of Russian special forces operatives who have been blamed for a series of assassination attempts in Europe, including the poisoning of Russian defector Sergei...
    NORTHPORT, Long Island (WABC) -- Community members with an interest in environmental concerns that have plagued a middle school in Suffolk County got a chance to ask questions of environmental consultants hired to assess the safety of Northport Middle School during a virtual meeting that lasted roughly three hours Thursday evening.The meeting followed the release of a nearly 7,000-page report from P.W. Grosser Consulting, Inc. that documented a months-long investigation into potential contaminants at the school and explored the impact of historical environmental concerns in the area.Northport Middle School has been closed since before the pandemic began following the discovery of elevated levels of mercury in the school septic system in January.That discovery followed repeated complaints about sickening odors at...
    A federal judge on Friday said Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneBarr denies pattern of upholding Trump's interests, blames 'media narrative' Pelosi throws cold water on impeaching Barr Justice Department officials say decisions are politicized MORE can have an extra 14 days before he has to report for his prison sentence after the longtime Republican provocateur asked for a 2-month delay over the coronavirus pandemic. Judge Amy Berman Jackson issued the order just four days before he was scheduled to start serving his 3 years and four months in prison. Stone was originally set to begin his sentence in April, but it was delayed due to the pandemic, and he asked for more time because of health concerns. Jackson said that Stone...
    San Antonio – The City of San Antonio said over 300 calls have come in, reporting businesses that are not complying with the face mask order since it took effect on Monday. Michael Shannon, the development services director, said the city has a team of about a dozen staff members that answer those complaints as soon as they are received. So far, he said no citations have been issued. The goal is to get voluntary compliance, and to educate business owners. “We still have communication with that business owner or the business manager, just to let them know that we had a call come in,” he said. “If it’s not valid, we’ll still use that opportunity to just answer any...
    By Eric Beech | Reuters WASHINGTON – U.S. intelligence has concluded that the Russian military offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants in Afghanistan to kill American troops and other coalition forces, the New York Times reported on Friday. Citing officials briefed on the matter, the Times said the United States determined months ago that a Russian military intelligence unit linked to assassination attempts in Europe had offered rewards for successful attacks last year. Islamist militants, or armed criminal elements closely associated with them, are believed to have collected some bounty money, the newspaper said. The White House, the CIA and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence declined requests from Reuters for comment on the Times report. President Donald...
    Getty: "A makeshift memorial for Andres Guardado is seen on June 23, 2020 in Gardena, California near where he was fatally shot by an LA County sheriff's deputy on June 18." The sheriff’s deputy who has been identified as the officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Andres Guardado outside an auto body shop in Los Angeles last week has so far refused to speak with investigators and has faced previous accusations of misconduct, including “making false statements in an investigation,” the Los Angeles Times reports.  The report said that the officer, Miguel Vega, faced the false statement accusation when he worked at a men’s jail in 2017. “Capt. John Burcher, Sheriff Alex Villanueva’s chief of staff, said investigators determined the false statements...
    By KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Questionable vehicle stops and searches, insufficient record keeping and inadequate supervision by sergeants, lieutenants and captains have plagued task forces assembled by the New Orleans Police Department to combat crime, court-appointed experts said in a report released Friday. The report was filed in U.S. District Court by a firm hired to gauge the city’s compliance with reforms ordered in a 2012 court agreement, called a consent decree, with the U.S. Justice Department. The report said the city continues to make progress in complying with the multifaceted order. It does not details specific incidents. It also does not raise allegations of questionable use of force — a problem that led to calls...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – State tax revenues showed little improvement in May as the economy continued to suffer heavy damage from the coronavirus pandemic, a new report shows. The monthly revenue report from the Legislature’s Office of Economic & Demographic Research said the state’s net tax revenue during May fell $779.6 million below an earlier forecast. That followed April revenue being off $878.1 million, as Florida businesses shut down or dramatically scaled back to slow the spread of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus. “The presence of coronavirus in Florida presented its most serious threat to the sales tax forecast, especially to those taxes collected from tourists,” said the May report, released Thursday. “In addition, critical supply chains were...
    People are walking by the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) building during Covid-19 pandemic in New York on May 26, 2020.Tayfun Coskun | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images The second half of 2020 is nearly here, and now it's up to the economy to prove that the stock market was right about a sharp comeback in growth. The first big test will be the June jobs report, out on Thursday instead of its usual Friday release due to the July 4 holiday. According to Refinitiv, economists expect 3 million jobs were created, after May's surprise gain of 2.5 million payrolls beat forecasts by a whopping 10 million jobs.   "If it's stronger, it will suggest that the improvement is quicker, and...