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    An FBI special agent cast doubt on allegations from a confidential source regarding Michael Flynn, according to a government memo. The agent, William Barnett, told prosecutors earlier this month that he doubted the veracity of an allegation about Flynn regarding an event he attended in 2014.  The source’s allegation matches closely with news reports about unfounded rumors regarding Flynn and a former University of Cambridge researcher named Svetlana Lokhova.  The FBI used only a handful of confidential sources in its Trump investigation, including Christopher Steele and Stefan Halper.  The FBI’s lead agent on its investigation of Michael Flynn told prosecutors that a confidential source’s allegation about an incident involving the former national security adviser in 2014 was...
    CBS News is chronicling what has changed for the lives of residents across the nation in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic. Spring and summer in San Francisco are typically the busiest seasons of the year for Stephanie Mufson.  Her small business, Parade Guys works with a group of 30 to 40 contractors to create floats and large displays for many of the parades in Northern California. A team of painters, builders, and sculptors would typically be producing floats for events like the San Francisco Pride parade or Fourth of July celebrations. Stephanie Mufson's small business, Parade Guys, works with a group of 30 to 40 contractors to create floats and large displays for many of the parades in Northern California. Since large outdoor festivals...
    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...
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Postmates Inc has revived plans for an initial public offering (IPO) following a string of dealmaking in the U.S. online food delivery service sector, people familiar with the matter said on Monday. Postmates registered its IPO confidentially with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in February 2019, but did not proceed with a stock market debut. Just Eat Takeaway.com NV's $7.3 billion deal to acquire GrubHub Inc earlier this month, as well as recent fundraisings by peers, convinced it that the time had come to press ahead, the sources said. Postmates could make its IPO registration public as early as July, kicking off what is typically a process lasting only few weeks until it goes...
    Veteran journalist Carl Bernstein reported President Trump never discussed supposed Russian bounties to kill U.S. troops with Russian President Vladimir Putin. CNN's sources, the Watergate sleuth wrote in a sprawling report published on Monday, said Trump and Putin discussed the U.S. president's desire to end the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan, but the two leaders never broached the topic of bounties that have now been widely reported in the media. This comes after the Trump administration denied a New York Times report that said he was briefed in March about U.S. intelligence that a Russian spy unit offered secret bounties to Taliban militants to kill U.S. troops and other coalition forces in Afghanistan and has so far refused to take...
    A new blockbuster CNN report from famed Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein published Monday documented his extensive findings about President Donald Trump’s disturbing conversations with foreign leaders. Though the nature of Trump’s interactions with many foreign leaders has been explored before — his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky led to his impeachment — Bernstein’s reporting expands the scope of past reporting and fills in new details. It also reveals that an apparently wide circle of Trump’s aides has been and remains deeply troubled by Trump’s conduct in international relations. These worries, presumably, are what prompted officials to speak anonymously to Bernstein about what they’ve seen and heard. Here are seven details from the report: 1. “[The] calls helped convince some...
    The calls caused former top Trump deputies — including national security advisers H.R. McMaster and John Bolton, Defense Secretary James Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and White House chief of staff John Kelly, as well as intelligence officials — to conclude that the President was often “delusional,” as two sources put it, in his dealings with foreign leaders. The sources said there was little evidence that the President became more skillful or competent in his telephone conversations with most heads of state over time. Rather, he continued to believe that he could either charm, jawbone or bully almost any foreign leader into capitulating to his will, and often pursued goals more attuned to his own agenda than what many...
    (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 former top Trump deputies -- including...
    Reuters June 29, 2020 0 Comments Pilots and test crew members from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing Co are slated to begin a three-day certification test campaign for the 737 MAX on Monday, people familiar with the matter told Reuters. The test is a pivotal moment in Boeing’s worst-ever corporate crisis, long since compounded by the novel coronavirus pandemic that has slashed air travel and jet demand. The grounding of the fast-selling 737 MAX in March 2019 after two crashes in five months killed 346 people in Ethiopia and Indonesia triggered lawsuits, investigations by Congress and the Department of Justice and cut off a key source of Boeing’s cash. The FAA confirmed to U.S. lawmakers on Sunday...
    Shootings across the city more than doubled last week compared to the same period last year, according to police sources. From last Monday to midnight Sunday, there were 63 shootings, with a total of 85 victims shot, sources said. During the same time frame last year, there were 26 shootings, sources said. Murders, though, were down last week compared to the same time last year. Six people were fatally shot last week, compared to nine shooting deaths last year, sources said. Last week’s rash of shootings included a bloody 12-hour spree from Saturday into Sunday where 11 people were shot in Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens and Manhattan.
    An unpainted Boeing 737 MAX aircraft is seen parked in an aerial photo at Renton Municipal Airport near the Boeing Renton facility in Renton, Washington, U.S. July 1, 2019. Picture taken July 1, 2019.Lindsey Wassen | Reuters Pilots and test crew members from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing are slated to begin a three-day certification test campaign for the 737 MAX on Monday, people familiar with the matter told Reuters. The test is a pivotal moment in Boeing's worst-ever corporate crisis, long since compounded by the novel coronavirus pandemic that has slashed air travel and jet demand. The grounding of the fast-selling 737 MAX in March 2019 after two crashes in five months killed 346 people in Ethiopia...
    Eleven people were shot in less than 12 hours across New York City as of early Sunday morning, law-enforcement sources told The Post. The victims were wounded during eight shootings in Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens and Manhattan between 5:30 p.m. Saturday and about 5 a.m. Sunday, sources said. Most were expected to survive, but a 30-year-old woman who was shot in the head was rushed to NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue in Manhattan, where she was in grave condition, sources said. In at least three incidents, the victims refused to cooperate with the NYPD after being wounded, sources said. The spree of gunfire brought the number of shootings since Monday to 59, with a total 81 people shot, including six...
    SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - Pilots and test crew members from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing Co aim to kick off a certification test campaign for the 737 MAX on Monday, expected to last at least three days, people familiar with the matter told Reuters. The flight test is a pivotal moment in Boeing's worst-ever corporate crisis, long since compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic that has slashed air travel and jet demand. The grounding of the fast-selling 737 MAX in March 2019 after crashes killed 346 people in Ethiopia and Indonesia triggered hundreds of lawsuits, investigations by Congress and the Department of Justice and cut off a key source of Boeing's cash. After a preflight briefing over several hours, the...
    By Abdul Qadir Sediqi and Charlotte Greenfield KABUL/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Peace talks between warring Afghan factions are expected to start as soon as they iron out their main differences over the release of the "most dangerous" Taliban prisoners, officials and sources from both sides said. Despite a major push by the United States, there has been a delay in the intra-Afghan talks as the Afghan government and some key NATO members are uncomfortable about the release of Taliban commanders accused of conducting large-scale attacks that killed civilians in recent years. An Afghan government source said the prisoner issue had largely been resolved and they would release an alternative set of prisoners with talks expected to start mid-July. "The Taliban agreed...
    A member of a ground crew walks past American Airlines planes parked at the gate during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak at Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington, April 5, 2020.Joshua Roberts | Reuters The chief executives of major U.S. airlines are set to hold a meeting Friday to discuss a range of coronavirus-related travel issues including the industry's push to convince the federal government to mandate temperature checks for passengers, three people briefed on the matter said. The meeting with Vice President Mike Pence and other senior U.S. officials is expected to include the CEOs of American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and JetBlue Airways, the sources said. The discussions will also include potential extended European Union travel...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – An NYPD officer accused of using an illegal chokehold on a man in Rockaway Beach will surrender to face charges Thursday, sources tell CBS2. Officer David Afanador faces attempted strangulation and second-degree strangulation, sources say. Afanador remains suspended without pay following the June 21 arrest. Sources told CBS2 police received reports of a man allegedly acting disorderly on the boardwalk at 113th Street. When officers arrived on the scene, they say they approached the man and he became combative and resisted being taken into custody. Video captured the chaotic scene unfold on the boardwalk. Several officers were seen on top of the man, and one appeared to have his arm wrapped around the man’s neck. WEB...
    The New Jersey family members who drowned in their backyard pool were trying to rescue an 8-year-old from deep water — but none of them could swim, law-enforcement sources said. The tragic ordeal began when the child — identified by neighbors as Sacchi Patel — jumped into a 6- or 7-foot-deep section of the above-ground pool at the family’s recently purchased house in East Brunswick on Monday afternoon, the sources said. An aunt who was watching the girl called for help, and the child’s 62-year-old grandfather, Bharat Patel, jumped in to try to save her, according to sources. But Bharat struggled in the water because he didn’t know how to swim. So the girl’s mother, 33-year-old Nisha Patel, then...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A suspect has been arrested in the murder of two teenage boys in the South Chicago neighborhood last weekend, sources said. The 19-year-old is suspected in the killing of Charles Riley, 16, and Jasean Francis, 17, in the 7900 block of South Luella Avenue this past Saturday. (Credit: Legal Help Firm) (Credit: Legal Help Firm) No one had been officially charged in the murder as of Wednesday afternoon, police said. The suspect had been sentenced to 18 months’ probation in December 2019 on an unlawful use of a weapon charge the year before, and remained on probation at the time of the murders, sources said. The shooting happened around 5:10 p.m. that day. The older boy was...
    By Aditya Kalra and Aditi Shah NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Apple, Cisco and Dell products are among the goods from U.S. companies being caught up in India's border tensions with China, as Indian ports hold up imports from China, two sources told Reuters on Wednesday. Though no government notice has been issued, customs officers at major Indian port have held back containers coming from China, seeking additional clearances, government and industry sources have said. The move comes amid heightened tensions between India and China after border clashes last week that saw at least 20 Indian soldiers killed. The U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF), a lobby group representing U.S. firms, told India's commerce ministry in a letter dated June 23 that...
    A 3-year-old girl was injured when illegal fireworks blasted into a bedroom in the Bronx early Wednesday morning, sources told The Post. It was just before 12:15 a.m. when the fireworks shot through the sixth-floor bedroom window of the child’s Anderson Street apartment building, near West 167th Street, sources said. The little girl was watching TV with her family at the time, police said. Just before the blast, a group of four or five men were seen lighting the fireworks on the street, according to the sources. The girl was taken to NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia Hospital with minor burns to her left arm. Police said one person is in custody in connection to the fireworks but could not provide more information....
    A retired NYPD officer shot an innocent bystander as he fought with another man at a Queens restaurant Tuesday night, law enforcement sources said. It’s unclear how the fracas at Frenasia — an Asian bistro in Howard Beach — began, but it escalated at about 7:15 p.m. when a 61-year-old man swung his chair at the ex-cop, 52, sources said. The former officer then took out his gun, which sources said is legally registered to him, and fired one round — missing his intended target and striking a 31-year-old man at the eatery. The gunshot victim was struck in the lower back. He was taken to Jamaica Hospital and is in stable condition, sources said. Both the retired officer...
    Alex Rodriguez and his advisers were upset when they learned that potential Mets co-investor Mike Repole wanted to be a general partner of their bidding group, but Repole apparently understands that A-Rod is still the captain, sources said. Multiple reports on Monday said Repole was investing money with A-Rod’s group and was going to be a general partner. Major League Baseball only allows one controlling party per team. The rest of a team’s owners are typically considered limited partners, even if they have a say in operations. Vitamin Water co-founder Repole and Florida Panthers owner Vinny Viola are deep in talks to invest a combined $250 million with A-Rod and Jennifer Lopez in their bid for the Mets. Nothing has...
    Alex Rodriguez and his advisers were upset when they learned that potential Mets co-investor Mike Repole wanted to be a general partner of their bidding group, but Repole apparently understands that A-Rod is still the captain, sources said. Multiple reports on Monday said Repole was investing money with A-Rod’s group and was going to be a general partner. Major League Baseball only allows one controlling party per team. The rest of a team’s owners are typically considered limited partners, even if they have a say in operations. Vitamin Water co-founder Repole and Florida Panthers owner Vinny Viola are deep in talks to invest a combined $250 million with A-Rod and Jennifer Lopez in their bid for the Mets. Nothing has...
            The nine-term Republican Iowa congressman and kingmaker in his state’s crucial presidential caucuses told the Star Newspaper Group he was done in House GOP Leader Kevin O. McCarthy (R.-Calif.) after years of challenging the compromises made by the House GOP leadership. “I have five different sources, who have informed me that Kevin McCarthy actively and aggressively was seeking to convince President Donald Trump to endorse my primary opponent Feenstra within at least two-and-a-half weeks out and all the way up to primary day itself,” said Rep. Stephen A. King, who was beaten by state Sen. Randall L. Feenstra in the June 3 primary. “When in history has anybody gone to that kind of length to—I’ll...
    President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign manager is going to step down following widespread mockery of the reelection effort after disappointing turnout at a rally held in Tulsa during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Donald Trump’s exhausted trudge from Marine One toward the White House after his botched rally in Tulsa, his red tie undone, a grim look on his face, a crumpled MAGA hat in his hand, is now an iconic image of his presidency. And as always with Trump, he’s already looking for someone to blame. The most obvious candidate, according to sources, is his embattled campaign manager, Brad Parscale,” Gabriel Sherman, of Vanity Fair reported Monday. “Parscale committed a cascade of errors, from overhyping expected turnout to blaming the half-filled arena on protesters....
    The three cops at the center of the NYPD milkshake “poisoning” scandal never even got sick, and there wasn’t the slightest whiff of criminality from the get-go — but that didn’t stop gung-ho brass from rolling out the crime scene tape and unions from dishing out empty conspiracy theories, The Post has learned. The fullest picture yet to emerge of the incident — which came amid fraught tensions between the police and public — is based on records and multiple interviews with police sources. The three officers were down from The Bronx, on protest duty in Lower Manhattan, on June 15 when they ordered the now-infamous mid-shift treats via a mobile app around 7:30 p.m., purchasing three shakes across two separate orders,...
    A Rikers Island warden has been reassigned and six corrections officers were suspended on the heels of two high-profile escape attempts by an unruly inmate, sources and officials said Monday. Kisa Smalls, the warden of the North Infirmary Command building, will now be assigned to Department of Correction Headquarters in Queens, according to law enforcement sources. Six correction officers have also been suspended, jail officials confirmed. The move comes after Arthur Brown, a 37-year-old inmate at the infirmary, hopped a rec-yard fence not once but twice since Thursday. In the first bid at freedom, he clambered up a fence cordoning off a rooftop recreation area on the island’s George R. Vierno Center — then made a break for the...
    Vitamin Water co-founder Mike Repole is going to bat for Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez in their bid for the Mets, two sources told The Post. He is one of two investors working with investment bank Galatioto Sports Partners who are considering investing up to a combined $250 million with A-Rod and J.Lo for their Mets bid, the sources said. A-Rod and J.Lo have been working with JPMorgan, and the couple — even after taking in new investors — would still be the control owners of the team, sources said. The Post last week broke the news about Galatioto working with two investors who were considering partnering with A-Rod and J.Lo. The Action Network’s Darren Rovell on Monday was the...
    City shootings piled up at a rate of one per hour on Saturday — with more gunplay on Sunday — as an NYPD chief warned that hundreds of gun-possession defendants have been allowed to prowl Gotham thanks to coronavirus-closed courts. “We have over 1,000 people that have been indicted on a gun-possession charge, where the cases are open, and they are walking around the streets of New York today,” Chief of Crime Control Strategies Michael LiPetri told The Post. That tally doesn’t include about 800 additional defendants who are charged with illegally packing heat but have yet to be formally indicted when the courts ground to a halt, LiPetri said. With all but the most pressing court proceedings at...
    City shootings piled up at a rate of one per hour on Saturday — with more gunplay on Sunday — as an NYPD chief warned that hundreds of gun-possession defendants have been allowed to prowl Gotham thanks to coronavirus-closed courts. “We have over 1,000 people that have been indicted on a gun-possession charge, where the cases are open, and they are walking around the streets of New York today,” Chief of Crime Control Strategies Michael LiPetri told The Post. That tally doesn’t include about 800 additional defendants who are charged with illegally packing heat but have yet to be formally indicted when the courts ground to a halt, LiPetri said. With all but the most pressing court proceedings at a...
    Eight people were shot — one fatally — in New York across nine hours late Saturday into early Sunday, continuing the city’s blood-soaked weekend, according to police sources. The hellish stretch began in Manhattan’s East Village around 7:20 p.m. Saturday when a 51-year-old man was blasted in the leg during an argument on East 12th Street near Avenue C, sources said. The victim was rushed to Bellevue Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. His name is being withheld pending family notification of his death. Uptown in East Harlem, an 18-year-old man caught a bullet in the left hand around 8:40 p.m., in a squabble on Second Avenue near East 101st Street, sources said. Just under an hour later, a...
    The accused cop basher who made a dramatic escape attempt from Rikers Island last week pulled the same stunt Sunday morning — this time eking out just 30 minutes of freedom before he was corralled, corrections sources told The Post. A separate source with knowledge of the situation said Arthur L. Brown, 37, of Brooklyn, was found on the roof of a facility on Rikers. On Thursday, Brown made his bold move at 12:17 p.m. while he and other jailbirds got fresh air atop the George R. Vierno Center, a men’s jail near the island’s eastern tip, sources said last week. A surveillance camera recorded Brown, who’s been jailed since allegedly attacking two cops more than a year ago, as...
    A 36-year-old man died in the East Village Saturday night after the gun he was carrying accidentally discharged in his waistband, according to police sources. The man, whose identity has not been released, was adjusting his pants inside the apartment building at 635 E. 12th Street when the gun fired, striking him in his upper left thigh around 7:21, p.m. police sources said. A family member was with the victim at the time and called 911. The man was transported to Bellevue Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said. The accident came amid a string of unrelated shootings that first began Friday night across all boroughs except Staten Island. Cops said at least 17 people were injured and...
    One man was killed and at least 17 other people injured in 13 unrelated shootings across the Big Apple during a troubling 12-hour span, police said Saturday. The mayhem touched every borough except Staten Island, beginning at around 9 p.m. Friday in the Bronx, when someone fired a bullet that went through Airleyda Lora’s Morrisania apartment window, striking her refrigerator door, according to police sources. Lora, 28, was not injured. NEW YORK CITY SEES SURGE IN MURDERS, BURGLARIES, NYPD SAYS About two hours later in Brooklyn, police found Leyshaun Morris, 29, with a gunshot wound outside of 203 Montauk Avenue in East New York, according to police sources. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP He told responding officers...
    At least 17 people were injured in a dozen unrelated shootings across the Big Apple overnight during an incredibly violent 10-hour span, police said Saturday. The mayhem touched every borough except Staten Island, beginning at around 9 p.m. Friday in the Bronx, when someone fired a bullet that went through Airleyda Lora’s Morrisania apartment window, striking her refrigerator door, according to police sources. Lora, 28, was not injured. About two hours later in Brooklyn, police found Leyshaun Morris, 29, with a gunshot wound outside of 203 Montauk Avenue in East New York, according to police sources. He told responding officers he was watching fireworks when he felt a sharp pain in his calf and noticed he’d been shot. His...
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission is in advanced talks with pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson to reserve or buy up-front doses of its COVID-19 vaccine under development, two officials familiar with the talks told Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The U.S. flag is seen over the company logo for Johnson & Johnson to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the company’s listing at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., September 17, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid The move would be the first arranged by the European Union executive since it was mandated by the 27 EU national governments to use an emergency fund of more than 2 billion euros ($2.3 billion) to strike deals with up to six vaccine...
    The man who randomly attacked a 92-year-old woman in New York City is a serial offender who was on the streets after he only received appearance tickets for his last three arrests, law enforcement sources told Fox News. Rashid Brimmage, 31, is a registered sex offender who has been arrested 103 times, including for allegedly sexually abusing a 13-year-old. But he was given a court date for his three most recent arrests instead rather than be held in police custody until arraignment. He was busted most recently on Tuesday and charged with assault against the 92-year-old woman, whom he shoved on the afternoon of June 12 in the Manhattan neighborhood of Gramercy. MAN ACCUSED OF SHOVING ELDERLY NYC WOMAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED OVER 100...
    Three NYPD cops were hospitalized Monday night — believing their shakes from a Lower Manhattan Shake Shack may have been spiked with bleach, law enforcement sources said. The officers immediately noticed a funny taste — possibly bleach — when they sipped the frozen treat from a Shake Shack location on Broadway near Fulton Street, sources said. The officers, who are from the 42 Precinct in the Bronx, but were on a detail in Manhattan at the time, were taken to Bellevue Hospital to be checked out, sources said. They are alert and conscious, sources said. Police are investigating the restaurant. As of late Monday, investigators recovered one of the three shakes that the officers threw out after attempting to drink,...
    A 92-year-old woman was knocked to the ground by a man in a random broad daylight attack in Manhattan last Friday, police sources said. The elderly victim was walking with a pushcart on 3rd Avenue near East 16th Street at about 3:30 p.m. when the brute struck, sources said. As the two approach each other on the sidewalk from opposite directions, the man socks her in the head with his left hand, surveillance footage of the incident shows. The woman tumbles hard to the ground and lies there as the suspect looks back at her, but continues walking away, according to the recording. As of Monday night, the suspect was still on the lam, sources said.
    Police officers tased and arrested a man who was threatening them with a knife in Midtown in the early hours of Saturday, sources told The Post. Sammie Williams, 29, of the Bronx, allegedly approached three cops in an unmarked police car near 32nd Street and Park Avenue at around 1:30 a.m., the sources said. When he discovered the three were cops he became belligerent and started yelling. “I’ll kill you. I’m a Crip and I don’t care that you’re a cop,” Williams allegedly said. As one of the officers got out of the car, Williams allegedly brandished an illegal gravity knife as he continued to threaten the police. Two officers drew their guns as the third cop, a sergeant, tased...
    A Manhattan judge set free an alleged looter charged with bashing a cop’s head open with a glass bong swiped amid violent protests sparked by the police killing of George Floyd, The Post has learned. The move marked at least the second time that Judge Laurie Peterson has overruled prosecutors and released a defendant without bail — which in the earlier case allegedly led to a pair of unprovoked slashings by the psycho who got sprung. “What could she possibly be thinking? Is she living under a rock? Did she see the looting going on in the city?” said a cop who worked in Manhattan every night of the recent riots. “I guess they really want to do away with...
    Billionaire Leon Black wants to go to the mat with America’s largest mattress maker. Black’s Apollo Global Management — together with investment firms Angelo Gordon and Gamut Capital — is gearing up to sue Serta Simmons over its efforts to lower its $2.4 billion debt stack through a refinancing because it never agreed to the deal, The Post has learned. Legal papers will be filed as soon as this week in New York State Supreme Court seeking injunctive relief to stop the refinancing, which comes as the privately held mattress maker struggles with sagging sales made worse by the coronavirus, sources said. The defendants will include Serta Simmons, its private equity owner Advent International and investment firms Eaton Vance, Invesco...
    President Donald Trump is eager to turn the page on coronavirus and return to his pre-pandemic life, and he’s resuming some of those activities despite rising infection rates and widespread protests over police brutality. Three sources familiar with the situation said the president expects to be criticized either way — he’s faced accusations that he’s “hiding” from protesters inside the newly fortified White House, and he’s been criticized for golfing during the unrest — so he’s going to do what he wants, reported Politico. “If he’s telling the world it’s okay to get back to your life,” said one Republican who speaks to Trump, “at some point he has to get back to his life.” Trump will fly to Dallas for...
    The brother of Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. was slashed in the back of the head during an argument with an employee this week, police sources said. Samuel Diaz, 49, a NYCHA superintendent, was disciplining a 27-year-old staffer at East 166th Street and Findlay Avenue in Concourse Village around 11:40 a.m. Tuesday, the sources said. The employee at one point grabbed a sharp instrument and slashed Diaz, police said. Diaz was taken to Lincoln Hospital in stable condition for a laceration to his head and neck. Police have identified the suspect, but he had not been arrested as of Wednesday morning.
    Murders and shootings in the Big Apple skyrocketed last week compared to the same period last year, law enforcement sources said. From last Monday to Sunday night, there were 13 murders in the city, compared to five killings during the same week last year, sources said. The city reported 40 shootings last week — the most in a week since 2015. In the same time period in 2019, there were 24 shootings, sources said. The increase in violence came as demonstrators marched city streets to protest the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The majority of the protests were peaceful, but on some nights the demonstrations were overshadowed by looting and the destruction of stores in several boroughs. At...
    French luxury goods giant is not asking to renegotiate its $16.2 billion acquisition of US jewelry chain Tiffany & Co. after deliberating whether to do so, people familiar with the matter said on Friday. LVMH Chief Executive Bernard Arnault had been in talks with his advisers this week to identify ways to pressure Tiffany to lower the agreed-upon price of $135 per share in cash, Reuters reported on Wednesday. He considered whether he could argue that the New York-based company is in breach of its obligations under the merger agreement, sources said at the time. LVMH also said on Thursday that its board had discussed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on its deal with Tiffany. LVMH has decided it...
    Defense Secretary Mark Esper’s job may be secure, at least for the time being, despite his press briefing Wednesday in which he pushed back against President Trump’s suggestion that the military be considered to quell violent protests following George Floyd's death. Two senior administration officials told Fox News that Trump was “frustrated” by Esper’s remarks, but that now is not the time to make any major changes. ESPER SAYS HE OPPOSES USING INSURRECTION ACT TO SEND MILITARY TO QUELL UNREST “Nobody wants a Cabinet-level shakeup with everything going on right now,” an official said. This partially echoed what White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Wednesday about Esper’s standing in the administration following his comments. "As of right now, Secretary Esper is still Secretary Esper and should the president...
    LVMH Chief Executive Bernard Arnault is exploring ways to reopen negotiations on the French luxury goods giant’s $16.2 billion acquisition of jewelry chain Tiffany & Co, as US social unrest and the coronavirus pandemic weigh on the retail sector, people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. LVMH agreed to acquire Tiffany in November, but the deal has yet to close, pending regulatory approvals. Arnault said at the time that Tiffany would “thrive for centuries to come” under LVMH. Arnault has been in talks with his advisers this week to identify ways to pressure Tiffany to lower the agreed deal price of $135 per share, the sources said. He is considering whether he can argue that the New York-based company...
    Police on Tuesday night opened fire and struck a suspect who shot two people at a Brooklyn housing complex, law enforcement sources said. The shooting occurred about 9:25 p.m. at the Kingsborough Houses in Crown Heights, sources said. One person was taken to Kings County Hospital and expected to survive, sources said. The conditions of the other people shot was not immediately known. A nearby resident, who identified himself only as Champ, said he saw police helping a man who was shot in the leg when gunfire rang out. “Then I got the hell out of dodge,” he said. Champ said that the shooting “was totally isolated” and there were no protests in the area leading up to it. A...
    For-hire car services like Uber and Lyft will be banned for four and a half hours Tuesday night as part of the city’s attempt to crack down on days of civil unrest, The Post has learned. The city-ordered ban will be begin at 8 p.m. — the same time as the city-wide curfew — and last until 12:30 a.m., sources said. Yellow taxis are excluded from the ban, sources said. Citi Bike and Revel scooter share will also shut down at 8 p.m., those companies said. The city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission did not immediately return a request for comment.
    An alleged looter capitalizing on the chaos of the George Floyd protests was shot and wounded early Monday in Lower Manhattan — in a turf war with other looters, police sources told The Post. The opportunist — identified by sources as Ganjel Pepaj, 21 — and a group of friends traveled from The Bronx to join in what started as peaceful protests to demand justice for Floyd, a black man killed May 25 after a white Minnesota cop knelt on his neck, sources said. But as the scene in SoHo devolved into looting, vandalism and clashes with police late Sunday into early Monday, Pepaj and his pals allegedly decided to take advantage by doing some looting of their own, sources said....
    A female Manhattan cop fatally shot herself in the head, police sources said Sunday. The NYPD officer, who worked at the 23rd Precinct in East Harlem, was found dead by her fellow-cop girlfriend in the wee hours in their living room, sources said. The girlfriend had just returned home from work, sources said.
    A Molotov cocktail was hurled through the window of an empty NYPD vehicle in Clinton Hill on Saturday morning, punctuating a night of violent George Floyd protests in Brooklyn, police sources said. The makeshift explosive was thrown from a moving car around 1:20 a.m. and struck a police car parked outside of the 88th Precinct. The car quickly fled the scene. But a car matching its description was stopped within a half-hour later near the Brooklyn Museum, the sources said. The damaged police car was one of at least two Police Department vehicles vandalized during unruly demonstrations that began outside of Barclays Center Friday evening. Thousands gathered outside of the basketball arena for what began as peaceful protests. Crowds chanted...