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    Former President Donald Trump ranted on Truth Social Wednesday about a report that said the Department of Justice was looking into his actions as part of a criminal probe into the January 6 Capitol attack.  'Just more disinformation by the Democrats, like the Russia, Russia, Russia Scam, Impeachment Hoax #1, Impeachment Hoax #2, the long running Mueller Report, which ended in No Collusion, and so much more,' Trump wrote.  The ex-president continued to falsely claim the election was stolen from him in the Truth Social posts, which followed Tuesday night's Washington Post report that the DOJ was asking witnesses about Trump's behavior in the run-up to January 6.   'Now that we have found the answers to these crooked, election changing events, why is the Justice Department not prosecuting those responsible?' Trump asked. 'Plenty of time left!' He continued by saying that 'people forget' that 'this is all about a Rigged and Stolen Election.' 'But rather than go after the people that Rigged and Stole it, they go after the people that are seeking Honesty and Truth, and have Freedom of Speech,...
    Top Democrats on the Jan. 6 committee say they have no idea what witness Rep. Liz Cheney is talking about after the Wyoming Republican accused former President Trump of witness tampering on Tuesday. Even the chairman of the committee - Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., told reporters after Cheney made the bold accusation that he was unaware of who she was referring to.  Committee member Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., said that the committee had known Trump had tried to contact a witness for 'a couple of days' but said that he also was unaware of the witness' identity.  Trump has not yet publicly commented on the accusation.   'After our last hearing, President Trump tried to call a witness in our investigation. A witness you have not yet seen in these hearings,' Cheney said during Tuesday's Jan. 6 committee hearing, without revealing a name. 'That person declined to answer or respond to President Trump's call, and instead alerted their lawyer to the call. Their lawyer alerted us. And this committee has supplied that information to the Department of Justice. ' 'Let me...
    Why was UCLA willing to leave the Pac-12 to join the Big Ten? The Bruins were in a financial hole that likely would have resulted in cutting Olympic sports. USC, UCLA and the Big Ten are being accused of killing the Pac-12. The truth of the matter is the the Bruins were on the verge of killing some of their own sports programs. The move to the Big Ten will save them instead. That’s according to reporting from Ben Bolch of the LA Times, who revealed the “perilous” state of UCLA’s athletic department finances on Tuesday. “Over the last three fiscal years, UCLA’s athletic department had run up a $102.8-million deficit that figured only to worsen given the school’s sagging football attendance and paltry Pac-12 payouts that lagged behind its major conference counterparts,” Bolch wrote. The Bruins “were headed toward an Olympic sports Armageddon,” per Bolch. UCLA athletics were on the verge of cutting sports before Big Ten moveIt’s not clear which sports might have been on the chopping block, but you can bet Olympic sports on the men’s and...
    "At a minimum, you and your staff should consider implementing policy changes to allow servicemembers to obtain, for example, special liberty or permissive temporary additional duty permissions in order to travel out of state for reproductive healthcare and abortions if they are stationed in a jurisdiction that curtails these rights after the Dobbs decision is issued," the lawmakers declared. While the ruling represents a tremendous victory for the pro-life movement, Democrats have been in an uproar, with many claiming that the decision marks a "dark day" for the country.
    Among the various failings of the Mueller investigation into 2016 was the fact that the probe never managed to establish Donald Trump's clear intent despite the damning web of connections between his campaign and the Kremlin. The select committee investigating Jan. 6 has made avoiding that trap the central focus of its work. The panel dedicated its first hearing to establishing that Trump was repeatedly informed by his inner circle that his fraud claims were "Bullshit," as then-Attorney General Bill Barr put it. In Thursday's hearing, the Jan. 6 committee laid bare the utter illegality of conservative attorney John Eastman's scheme to overturn the 2020 election. Not only did White House attorney Eric Hershmann recount in a deposition aptly advising Eastman to "get a fucking criminal defense lawyer," Eastman himself ultimately requested in writing (an email) to be put on Trump's pardon list following Jan. 6. But perhaps most damning for Trump was a sequence of clips in which the committee established that Trump himself had "dictated" a statement designed to apply ultimate pressure to Vice President Mike Pence to...
    It's anyone's guess what the Interior Department's draft oil and gas leasing guidance will include. My hopes for a lapsed oil and gas lease plan may not come true after all. During an appearing before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resource on Thursday, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland assured lawmakers that her department would release a proposed program for the next five years of oil and gas leasing by June 30 — the day the current program expires. According to a press release, “a proposed program is not a decision to issue specific leases or to authorize any drilling or development.” It’s anyone’s guess what the next five-year plan could include, though with the cancellation of 2022’s remaining three offshore lease auctions, the administration may be signaling it’s ready to wind down fossil fuel development and dependance. ”The previous administration stopped work on the new five-year plan in 2018, so there has been a lot to do to catch up,” Haaland said. “Varying, conflicting litigation has also been a factor. As we take this next step, we will follow the science and the law,...
    Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins' husband is outraged over the release of bodycam footage showing his wife dying on set after being shot by Alec Baldwin. Matthew Hutchins' lawyer Brian Panish sent Santa Fe Sheriff Adan Mendoza a scathing email claiming the police department double-crossed the grieving widower.  Hutchins' says he's fearful bullies could use the widely-shared footage of Hutchins receiving emergency treatment to taunt the couple's nine year-old son, after she was accidentally killed by Hollywood star Baldwin while practicing a scene.  Hutchins' claimed the sheriff said he could review all the footage before the department released it to the public, including the bodycam footage of his wife being attended to by emergency services as she laid dying on the Rust set in October 2021.  He is now claiming the police department violated the family's rights to privacy and fairness in New Mexico, which states the family would be allowed to review the footage and request redactions prior to release.  'Your office trampled on the constitutional rights of Hutchins,' Panish wrote in an email, viewed by TMZ and The Los Angeles...
    Colorado’s Parks and Wildlife division is in turmoil after a Black employee accused two white directors of making racist remarks and urged the governor to have them booted from office. In a letter to Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, Alease “Aloe” Lee, the statewide partnership coordinator of Colorado Parks and Wildlife, accused Parks and Wildlife Director Dan Prenzlow—who’s since been placed on leave—of making racially insensitive comments in front of hundreds of people during a conference that she organized. She also urged Polis to fire Colorado Wildlife Council Chair Dan Gates, alleging he’s a “known racist.” “I am reaching out to you as a traumatized, disappointed, upset, and extremely uncomfortable Black woman and state employee,” Lee wrote. In the letter, Lee said that earlier this month she attended the Partners in the Outdoors Conference in Vail, which is meant to “cultivate common ground, explore best practices of partnering, and design collaborative solutions with diverse voices and stakeholders to conserve Colorado’s outdoor heritage.” But as a woman of color, Lee said she immediately felt uncomfortable and ignored by other attendees. ...
    (CNN)The Baltimore Police Department is planning to become one of the first law enforcement agencies in the country to hire civilians as investigators in its detective force as it continues to face staffing shortages amid rising homicides and shootings. Mayor Brandon Scott and Police Commissioner Michael Harrison announced on Wednesday that under the plan the city would hire civilian investigators to focus on low-level property crimes, cold cases, background checks, intelligence gathering, and internal affairs matters. The new civilianization classification, included in the city's proposed $4 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year, would build additional staff capacity to "maximize the effectiveness of limited sworn resources," according to the city. These are the faces of the new generation of police officers in AmericaBaltimore's plan comes as some police departments in cities across the country have raised the alarm on current and future staffing levels, citing Covid-19, the great resignation, low pay, the climate for law enforcement, and local reform efforts that are making recruitment and retention difficult. The plan is cost neutral, Harrison told CNN, because the city will convert...
    A New York City Health Department Scientist who was brutally attacked with a hammer before being kicked down the stairs of a Queens subway station by an ex-convict has blamed the harrowing experience on the state's soft-on-crime bail reforms, and says she is too afraid to take the subway to work.   Nina Rothchild, 58, spoke out this week for the first time since the brutal February 24 attack, telling NBC New York's Melissa Russo in an interview on Wednesday that she still struggles to walk, is weary of strangers on the street and has no immediate plans to resume using New York City's crime-plagued subway system.  William Blount, 57, was arrested in late February in connection with the hammer attack and charged with attempted murder, robbery and assault.  He pleaded not guilty to the criminal counts against him last week and was ordered held in jail without bail. Blount's next court appearance is scheduled for April 11. Scroll down for video  Nina Rothchild, 58, spoke out for the first time since she was pushed down a flight of stairs and...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Twelve people injured while protesting the death of George Floyd in Denver challenged the response by Denver Police in court. The first to go to trial, they are now the first to have a $14 million verdict in their favor. “This is the first of those cases to get to a jury trial, and I think the size of this jury verdict sends a message not just to the Denver Police Department, but to police departments all around the country,” Director of ACLU Colorado Mark Silverstein said. (credit: CBS) Silverstein says with cases pending in other cities, and particularly those still open in Denver, the case will be a guide for others. “What we have as of Friday is a jury verdict, which is the equivalent of finding of fact, that the city and county of Denver itself is responsible for the induvial action of police officers,” he said. In a statement Denver’s Department of Safety acknowledged a need to do more, but the Denver Police Protective Association had its own response. “The men and women of...
    Sen. Roger MarshallRoger W. MarshallGOP demands delay vote on spending, Ukraine aid Senate conservatives threaten to hold up government funding over vaccine mandate Overnight Health Care — Presented by Alexion — Battle lines drawn over COVID-19 funding MORE (R-Kansas) gave a tour of the Capitol to truckers from the “People’s Convoy,” his office confirmed to The Hill, noting it was compliant with the Senate sergeant-at-arms policies. Politico first reported that the Kansas Republican had provided a Capitol tour to the group, which has been protesting workplace vaccine mandates and other COVID-19 protocols and was influenced by the Canadian trucker convoy. According to the outlet, a senior congressional aide had reported the tour to the Justice Department amid concern that it could allow the truckers to organize a way into the building. The senior congressional aide told Politico that he had heard complaints about the truckers being allowed into the Capitol by a Capitol Police officer. Capitol Police declined to comment about the matter to The Hill. “Who would have known that taking a friendly group of hard-working American truckers, including Kansans, on...
    A GENDER equality logo used by the Aussie government has been axed after its design was mocked for resembling a PENIS. PM Scott Morrison's organization the Women's Network unveiled its new emblem this week - but it has been relentlessly ridiculed for its undeniable likeness to a phallus. 1The Women's Network logo was mocked online for its phallic appearanceCredit: National Older Women's Network Australia The garish purple design shows a coiled 'W' next to a long purple cylinder - which mirrors an inappropriate part of the male anatomy. Its questionable form has become an international topic of conversation after people were left baffled as to how it made the cut. Mr Morrison's redfaced women's department have since ditched the lewd logo, while insisting the motif had been "consulted on widely". A spokesman claimed the creation favoured an x-rated outline to "establish a consistent look and feel" with the network's former logos. He continued: "The rebrand was completed internally, using existing resources, and designs were consulted on widely. "No external providers were engaged for this work. "The logo...
    The student loans debate is the latest issue in which President Joe Biden finds himself caught between the Democratic Party's centrist and liberal wings. Critics charge that Biden hasn't done enough to address the $1.7 trillion student debt load, while more conservative voices point to the need for financial accountability for taxpayers who would be on the hook for any "canceling" of the debt. BIDEN SCRAPS RULE REQUIRING STUDENT BORROWERS TO ACKNOWLEDGE PREVIOUS LOANS "[The Biden administration] has been needlessly slow in addressing for-profit colleges and student debt servicers and too slow to provide relief to student loan debt holders," said Jeff Hauser, executive director of the Revolving Door Project. While Biden has extended the student loan repayment pause started under former President Donald Trump through May 1, the latest controversy stems from his Department of Education's promises to reform how it handles bankruptcy claims. A report from the Daily Poster detailed how the agency filed an appeal against the bankruptcy of an epileptic Delaware man who owed nearly $100,000 and had never made payments. ...
    A New Jersey man allegedly exploited a government-used facial recognition system to claim nearly a million dollars in fake unemployment payments from a state more than 2,000 miles away, by posting photos of himself in ginger wigs. Eric Jaklitsch was arrested in early December after the FBI, DHS, and California's Employment Development Department finished a year-long investigation that linked the man to 78 fraudulent UI claims in The Golden State.  Jaklitsch allegedly attempted to steal over $2.5 million from state funds, successfully coming away with roughly $900,000 after duping the software by donning a large, curly orange wig to verify fake driver's licenses from multiple states, federal prosecutors say. New Jersey resident Eric Jaklitsch was arrested in December after the FBI, DHS, and California's Employment Development Department linked the man to 78 fraudulent UI claims that saw him receive roughly $900,000. Jaklitsch duped government-used facial recognition software to get the claims by donning a large, curly orange wig, federal prosecutors say ATM footage shows Jaklitsch, 40, withdrawing money from the phony claims using debit cards issued in the names of identity theft...
    The City of Colorado Springs will pay a settlement of nearly $3 million with the family of De'Von Bailey, a 19-year-old black man who was fatally shot by two police officers as he fled in August of 2019.  With a 7-2 city council vote, the city agreed to pay the settlement rather than going to trial over the civil lawsuit against the city, Colorado Springs Police Department and the officers, filed by Bailey's family in June of 2020.   The city also agreed to provide at least two years of anti-bias training, maintain an early intervention program for officers who might require assistance or training and ensure that officers' personnel files are kept throughout their career, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette.    The City of Colorado Springs will pay a settlement of nearly $3 million with the family of De'Von Bailey (pictured), a 19-year-old black man who was fatally shot by two police officers as he fled in August of 2019 Bailey's father, Greg Bailey (right), said in a statement that 'nothing in this nightmare could ever make what happened to...
    FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami/AP) – A Sunrise police sergeant who was caught on camera attacking another officer during an arrest has been placed on administrative leave. Sgt. Christopher Pullease is under criminal investigation for grabbing a colleague by the neck when she tried to deescalate a situation involving a suspect. READ MORE: Miami Weather: Scattered Afternoon Thunderstorms, Keep An Umbrella Handy“This is a result of criminal allegations that have been uncovered due to the internal affairs investigation. The Sunrise Police Department is working in conjunction with the Broward State Attorney’s Office during this criminal investigation,” according to a statement from the department. The 21-year veteran of the department had been placed on desk duty five days after the Nov. 19 incident. READ MORE: Broward School Board To Vote On Proposed Teacher RaisesThe suspect had been handcuffed and placed into a cruiser when Pullease pointed pepper spray at him. The unidentified female officer ran to Pullease and pulled him by the belt away from the suspect, the video showed. Pullease turned and put his left hand on her throat before...
    Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump announced that he will be representing the family of 37-year-old Jason Walker, a Black man that he said was “shot in the back as he tried to return home” on Saturday in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Crump said in a statement to The Daily Beast on Tuesday that Walker was shot less than 100 yards away from his parents home. “We stand committed, with the family and the young son that Jason Walker left behind, to finding answers as to what happened to him when he was senselessly shot and killed by off-duty deputy Jeffrey Hash,” Crump said. “We have reason to believe that this was a case of ‘shoot first, ask later,’ a philosophy seen all too often within law enforcement. We look to the North Carolina SBI for a swift and transparent investigation so that we can get justice for Jason and his loved ones.” In a tweet on Monday, Crump asked, “Why was this level of EXCESSIVE force necessary?! We need transparency & answers as to why this off-duty officer ended Walker's...
    By Gawon Bae and Rhea Mogul | CNN Pet owners in South Korea have been warned to stay on their guard after more than 100 fires were started by cats over the past three years, according to fire officials in the capital Seoul. A statement Thursday from the Seoul Metropolitan Fire and Disaster Department said cats caused a total of 107 house fires between January 2019 and November this year. The cats are believed to have started the fires by switching on electric stoves, the department said. Cats can turn electric stoves on by jumping on touch-sensitive buttons — and once overheated, the appliances can catch fire. Four people were injured in the fires, just over half of which started while pet owners were out, the statement added. “Cat-related fires are continuing to occur recently,” said Chung Gyo-chul, an official from the department. “We advise households with pets to pay extra attention as fire could spread widely when no one is at home.” The department also advised cat owners to remove flammable objects, like paper towels, from the stove. It...
    By Ray Sanchez | CNN Valentina Orellana-Peralta, the 14-year-old who was fatally shot by police in the dressing room of a Los Angeles store, had once assured her father the US was “the safest country in the world” and she dreamed of becoming an American citizen, he said Tuesday. A distraught Juan Pablo Orellana Larenas, who flew to flew to Los Angeles from their native Chile, spoke at a news conference, along with his wife and civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump and others. “I have no words to describe what I’m going through, especially during this holiday season,” her father said. “I cannot sleep… All she wanted was to become a American citizen. I once told her, let’s leave this country. ‘No, papa,’ she said. “This is the safest country in the world, a country of opportunity.’ Now my daughter is dead at the hands of the state.” The Los Angeles Police Department on Monday released edited surveillance camera footage and police body camera videos showing the events that led to the shooting death of the teen by an officer...
    (CNN)A man indicted by the Justice Department last month for allegedly running two fraudulent political action committees in 2016 continued to run another operation -- including promises of a Trump Christmas card for contributions of at least $35 -- using a different PAC shortly after his indictment and arrest in November.Matthew Tunstall, a 34-year-old man from Texas, was charged along with two other men in November for allegedly operating two different PACs that used robocalls and written solicitations implying they were supporting 2016 presidential candidates -- in some cases Hillary Clinton and in others Donald Trump. The Justice Department says the men collected approximately $3.5 million from unwitting contributors, using it to enrich themselves instead of supporting the political candidate. CNN's KFile found Tunstall used another PAC he created in 2019 -- called Campaign to Support the President -- to send more than 166,000 robocalls, according to data from an anti-robocall app, to solicit donations just last month. Porsches, Gucci rings and billions of robocalls: Inside the PAC operation that raised millions by impersonating Donald TrumpTunstall's Campaign to Support the...
    It’s no surprise that hate crimes are increasing at alarming rates across the country. Reports throughout the year have consistently noted increases in faith-, race-, and identity-based crimes nationwide. According to data compiled by the FBI, the highest level of hate crimes in over 12 years was reported in 2020. Hate crimes are defined by the agency as crimes “motivated by bias toward race, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender, and gender identity.” While the overall increase in hate crimes in the U.S. rose by 6%, the data found that individual rates of increases in crimes were significantly higher, with some communities seeing over a 50% increase in hate crimes. This data is followed by an even more terrifying report. The New York Police Department (NYPD) shared Tuesday that there has been a 100% increase in overall reported hate crimes. Anti-Asian, anti-LGBTQ, and antisemitic incidents were the ones that were reported to have the biggest increases. With the number of crimes that go unreported each day, the actual numbers of these incidents are expected to be higher. A total of 503 reported crimes...
    The Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) declined to investigate the Border Patrol agents at the center of the 'whipping' controversy, despite President Biden promising he would 'make them pay.'  Photos of agents on horseback corralling Haitian migrants away from the US-Mexico border drew sharp condemnation from Democrats who claimed the images depicted them whipping migrants. Border Patrol agents and Republicans claimed agents were swinging their reins to control their horses.   DHS said in a statement that Customs and Border Protection would handle the incident since the Office of Inspector General had declined to take action, in a show that the inspector general likely didn't believe the incident to be serious.  CBP's Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) will now investigate the Sept. 19 incident in Del Rio, Texas and determine whether disciplinary action is necessary. The news came just before DHS Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas is set to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, where he's likely to face questions about what his agency is doing about the record number of migrants arriving at the southern border.  Mayorkas...
    The Oklahoma National Guard will not enforce the US Defense Department's Covid-19 vaccine mandate after a change in commanding officers.  Army Brigadier General Thomas Mancino will be the new adjutant general, Governor Kevin Stitt said. He has yet to be confirmed by the state senate.   His predecessor, Army Major General Michael Thompson, said that he found out he'd lost his job via social media.  Thompson was scheduled to transition out of the job in favor of Mancino on January 15, but these changes will now take place as soon as possible.   Thompson is a public supporter of the vaccines, and posted a picture of himself receiving a COVID booster shot in late October on Twitter.  Army Brigadier General Thomas Mancino (pictured right) replaces Army Major General Michael Thompson, who found out he'd lost his job via social media Governor Kevin Stitt (pictured above) announced that Mancino would be taking over two months earlier than previously expected Mancino sent out a memo on his first day on the job saying the state would not enforce Covid-19 vaccine mandates He was asked...
    Carlos Watson records a TV debate for Take On America With OZY at The Bently Reserve on October 29, 2018 in San Francisco, California.Kimberly White | Getty Images Scandal-plagued Ozy Media is being investigated by the U.S. Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission, according to a new report. Federal prosecutors in the Eastern District of New York have contacted at least one firm that dealt with Ozy, while the SEC has reached out to two companies that talked about investing in Ozy, The New York Times reported, citing people with knowledge of the matter. It was not immediately clear what the investigations were focused on, according to the newspaper. Ozy retained attorney Andrew Levander of the firm Dechert, the Times added. Levander didn't immediately respond to CNBC's request for comment. Ozy told staffers it was shutting down in early October, following several days of negative media attention. The controversy was triggered by a Times article that described how Ozy's operating chief, Samir Rao, impersonated a YouTube executive on a conference call with Goldman Sachs, which was considering investing...
    An "unannounced inspection" of two jails operated by the District of Columbia revealed that one detention facility has "evidence of systemic failures" including "large amounts of standing human sewage," and water being "shut off for days." The surprise inspection was conducted by the U.S. Marshal for the District of Columbia during the week of Oct. 18 and was focused on two District of Columbia Department of Corrections detention centers, including the Central Treatment Facility and the Central Detention Facility, according to a press release. As a result of the inspection, the U.S. Marshals Service announced that 400 inmates at the Central Detention Facility would be moved to the United States Penitentiary in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. No inmates will be transferred from the Central Treatment Facility, which houses all defendants who are in pre-trial relating to charges from the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol. Those 400 inmates are under the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service. According to the press release, "minimum standards of confinement" were not met at the Central Detention Facility. District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser...
    (CNN)Migrant families who were forcibly separated at the US-Mexico border under the Trump administration could receive hundreds of thousands dollars in compensation as part of settlement negotiations between the Justice Department and the families' lawyers, according to a source familiar with the matter. More than 3,000 children were separated from their families at the US-Mexico border under Trump. It's unclear how many people would be eligible for payments.JUST WATCHEDHow one migrant family was reunited after detentionReplayMore Videos ...MUST WATCHHow one migrant family was reunited after detention 04:00The Wall Street Journal first reported that the federal government was considering payments of $450,000 per individual affected by the so-called "zero-tolerance policy" that led to the separation of thousands of families. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a class action lawsuit in 2019 seeking damages for the toll the separations took on families. Attorneys representing families have filed separate claims as well.Outside groups and a government watchdog have found over the years that children separated from their families under the "zero tolerance" policy experienced trauma. A 2019 Health and Human Services inspector general...
    The family of an eight-year-old girl who was shot and killed by police outside of a high school game in Philadelphia is suing the officers responsible for her death, claiming they were improperly trained and shot with the 'intent to kill.' The mother and siblings of Fanta Bility say the three officers involved in her death violated her constitutional rights by killing her without due process, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Named in the lawsuit is the Sharon Hill Police Department, chief Joseph J. Kelly, Jr. and the three officers who fired shots - though one is listed as 'John Doe' because the family has not yet learned his identity, the lawsuit says. The officers were responding to unrelated gunfire outside of a football game at Academy Park High School in Sharon Hill, on the outskirts of Philadelphia. They were across the stadium exit when they shot back, according to the Delaware County District Attorney's Office, which has convened a grand jury to decide whether to charge the officers criminally. Fanta Bility, 8, 'succumbed...
    EVANS, Colo. (CBS4) – Investigators in Evans are looking for the person who fired on a group of teenagers and hit one of them in the face. The shooting happened on Thursday at around 6:30 p.m., near 41st Street Road and Belmont Avenue. Police say four boys were out walking together when an unknown vehicle drove past them and someone fired off a single gunshot. The 15-year-old boy who was shot in the face went to an area hospital and then was flown to a Denver trauma center where he is listed in stable condition. The other three boys ran away uninjured. The Evans Police Department says investigators are talking to witnesses and reviewing area surveillance footage. They have not yet released any information about a possible suspect. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Detective Brad Rodriguez at the Evans Police Department at (970) 339-2441.
    A Utah county has jazzed up its COVID-19 data by breaking down vaccination rates by zodiac signs in an attempt to combat information fatigue.   The Salt Lake County Health Department tracked the number of residents vaccinated by date of birth and found that Leos have a full 70 percent vaccination rate while Scorpios were at the bottom of the list at 46 percent.  'Now that Mercury is not in retrograde, we're just going to leave this here... (and yes, this is based on data),' the Salt Lake Health tweeted on Tuesday while sharing a chart with its findings.  Going rogue: The Salt Lake County Health Department used data to break down vaccination rates by zodiac sign in an attempt to combat COVID-19 information fatigue  Data: The department tracked the number of residents vaccinated by date of birth and found that Leos have a full 70 percent vaccination rate in the county while Scorpios are at 46 percent  Aquarians were the second most vaccinated sign in the county at 67 percent while the others fell somewhere in the 50 percent range...
    The Atlanta Police Department is highlighting how officers "put their lives on the line every single day" to protect the community after posting video footage of an officer who was hit by a car on a highway as he investigated a separate crash.  "We often say, ‘officers put their lives on the line every single day to protect and serve their community’-not many understand how real that statement is. Whether officers are conducting a traffic stop, serving warrants on known gang members in a dimly lit housing complex, patrolling the streets at 3 a.m., or responding to an auto accident on I285, their safety is always at risk and their bravery is always on display," the City of Atlanta Police Department posted on Facebook Tuesday, accompanied by footage of the recent crash. The footage shows Officer Steven Randerson, a nine-year veteran of the Atlanta Police Department, investigating a crash earlier this month on I-75. The officer had parked his patrol car behind the crashed vehicle, and was standing within the right shoulder of the highway.  WISCONSIN TRAFFIC STOP SHOOTOUT HIGHLIGHTS...
                      by Sebastian Hughes  State Department evacuation flights out of Afghanistan will resume by the end of the year, a senior State Department official told The Wall Street Journal. The operation to retrieve U.S. citizens and Afghan allies left behind will require coordination with the Taliban and other governments, the official told The Wall Street Journal. Kabul’s international airport remains closed to regular passenger travel since the U.S. ended its first evacuation attempt on Aug. 31. U.S. citizens, U.S. legal permanent residents and immediate family members will receive priority treatment in securing seats on evacuation flights, the official said. The State Department is hoping to eventually have several aircraft leave the country each week. Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) applicants will be eligible for American evacuation flights, but they will need to complete most of the SIV vetting process, according to the official. Other Afghans at risk, such as female judges or government workers, will not qualify under the department’s current plan. A date to resume the evacuation has not yet been set by the State...
    State Department evacuation flights out of Afghanistan will resume by the end of the year, a senior State Department official told The Wall Street Journal. The operation to retrieve U.S. citizens and Afghan allies left behind will require coordination with the Taliban and other governments, the official told The Wall Street Journal. Kabul’s international airport remains closed to regular passenger travel since the U.S. ended its first evacuation attempt on Aug. 31. U.S. citizens, U.S. legal permanent residents and immediate family members will receive priority treatment in securing seats on evacuation flights, the official said. The State Department is hoping to eventually have several aircraft leave the country each week. Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) applicants will be eligible for American evacuation flights, but they will need to complete most of the SIV vetting process, according to the official. Other Afghans at risk, such as female judges or government workers, will not qualify under the department’s current plan. (RELATED: REPORT: Mosque Explosion Kills Dozens In Afghanistan) Evacuees from Afghanistan arrive at Hamad International Airport in Qatar’s capital Doha on September 10, 2021....
    The Treasury department defended and IRS proposal generating widespread pushback to track data on accounts with over $600 in flow, arguing that congressional dialogue on it has been marred by 'misinformation.'  'Opponents have elevated the pernicious myth that banks will have to report all individual customers’ transactions to the IRS,' Natasha Sarin, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy, wrote in a blog post on the Treasury website.  Instead, banks would hand over the aggregate inflow and outflow of an account.  'Banks would add just a bit of additional data to information that they already supply to taxpayers and the IRS: how much money went into the account over the course of the year, and how much came out,' she said.  'Opponents have elevated the pernicious myth that banks will have to report all individual customers’ transactions to the IRS,' Natasha Sarin, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy, wrote Republicans have said that the proposal amounts to the Biden administration peering into Americans' everyday purchases.  Sen. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., asked Treasury Sec. Janet Yellen last month:  'Do you distrust the American people so...
    Seattle's police department is preparing to fire up to 400 officers who have not yet had their Covid shot in line with the city's strict vaccine mandate - despite already suffering staff shortages, rising crime rates and high 911 response times.  The Seattle Police Department has an October 18 deadline for all sworn personnel to turn in proof of COVID-19 vaccinations or risk losing their jobs.  As of Friday, 292 officers have yet to turn in proof of vaccination - or 27 percent of the department's 1,080 deployable police officers. Another 111 officers - ten percent of the deployable officers - are waiting on exemption requests to be approved.  If all 403 officers are let go on October 18, the police force will lose 37 per cent of its officers - a crippling blow for an already under-resourced department.  Police Chief Adrian Diaz has already warned officers to prepare for a 'Stage 3 Mobilization' from October 13 - an emergency plan which would put all remaining officers on standby to respond to 911 calls. The Seattle Police Department looks over a...
    (CNN)An English-speaking narrator of ISIS recruitment videos is in custody in the US and charged with conspiring to help the terrorist organization, the Justice Department announced on Saturday.Mohammed Khalifa, a 38-year-old Saudi-born Canadian citizen, was captured by Syrian Democratic Forces in January 2019 following a firefight in which he was throwing grenades. Khalifa was recently transferred to the FBI, a DOJ statement said.The acting US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Raj Parekh, called Khalifa the "voice behind the violence."Khalifa allegedly had worked with the terrorist organization for about six years after traveling to Syria in 2013 to become a foreign fighter and worked in its English Media Section, narrating and translating for propaganda. In all, Khalifa translated and narrated about 15 ISIS videos, including some widely seen violent videos titled "Flames of War," the Justice Department said."While many Americans are aware of the brutal and violent crimes committed by many ISIS actors, ISIS' efforts to radicalize individuals to travel to Syria and commit violence on its behalf were equally horrendous," Steven D'Antuono, a top official in the FBI's...
    A newly declassified State Department report has suggested that the recorded noises linked to the earliest cases of Havana Syndrome were caused by crickets. The 2018 report to the Trump administration does not propose that crickets caused the documented medical symptoms of the mysterious affliction, which more recent research blames on microwave weapons. But the report makes clear that recordings from the US Embassy in Cuba actually captured native crickets and are likely unrelated to whatever caused the symptoms, according to a copy of the report released to BuzzFeed News.  'We believe the recorded sounds are mechanical or biological in origin, rather than electronic. The most likely source is the Indies short-tailed cricket,' says the 2018 report written by the JASON advisory group, an elite scientific board that reviews US national security concerns. However, it goes on to note: 'It cannot be ruled out that the perceived sounds, while not harmful, are introduced by an adversary as deception so as to mask an entirely unrelated mode of causing illness in diplomatic personnel.' 'The objective medical evidence that the suffering experienced...
    The Biden administration is again trying to put an end to former President Donald Trump's so-called 'Remain in Mexico' policy combatting illegal immigration after a federal judge ruled last month that the move to end the program was unlawful. The Department of Homeland Security released a statement Wednesday announcing its intent to issue a memorandum terminating the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), also known as the 'Remain in Mexico' program. The order, according to the statement, will come in the next few weeks. 'A new memorandum terminating MPP will not take effect until the current injunction is lifted by court order,' the DHS press release reads. 'In issuing a new memorandum terminating MPP, the Department intends to address the concerns raised by the courts with respect to the prior memorandum.' In June 2021, DHS issued a memorandum terminating the MPP that a Texas district court ruled in August violated the law and issued an order requiring the agency to restart the Trump-era program. In another blow to the Biden administration's attempt to shut down the program, the Supreme Court in August...
    Zoom In IconArrows pointing outwardsSinaloa CartelU.S. Department of the Treasury WASHINGTON – The Biden administration slapped sanctions Wednesday on eight members of the notorious Mexican Sinaloa cartel, largely recognized as the most powerful drug trafficking organization in the Western Hemisphere. Treasury designated Sergio Valenzuela Valenzuela, 52, for his role overseeing a major drug trafficking corridor where "multi-ton quantities of illicit drugs including, methamphetamine, heroin and fentanyl" are smuggled from Mexico into the United States.  According to Treasury, Valenzuela reports directly to the current leader of the Sinaloa cartel, Ismael Zambada Garcia also known as "El Mayo." "Treasury's action against Sergio Valenzuela Valenzuela demonstrates Office of Foreign Assets Control's (OFAC) commitment to targeting high-level Sinaloa Cartel operatives, particularly those who traffic or facilitate the delivery of synthetic opioids to the United States," wrote OFAC Director Andrea Gacki in a statement. The cartel, which is based in the city of Culiacan in northwest Mexico, was once led by kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, who is serving a life sentence in U.S. federal prison for multiple crimes, including murder, kidnapping and conspiracy. Sinaloa's annual...
    (CNN)The top members of the select committee investigating the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill refuted recent claims by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy that former President Donald Trump has been cleared by the Justice Department of any role in the insurrection."(McCarthy) has suggested, based on an anonymous report, that the Department of Justice has concluded that Donald Trump did not cause, incite, or provoke the violence on January 6th," the statement read. "When this anonymous report was first published, the Select Committee queried the Executive Branch agencies and congressional committees involved in the investigation. We've received answers and briefings from the relevant entities, and it's been made clear to us that reports of such a conclusion are baseless."The statement by Committee Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson and Vice Chair Rep. Liz Cheney calls out McCarthy's comments to KGET-TV this week where he suggested Trump played no role in coordinating the insurrection. Kevin McCarthy among GOP lawmakers whose phone records January 6 select committee asks to be preserved"That's where law enforcement comes. The FBI has investigated this. The Senate had bipartisan...
    BEVERLY HILLS (CBSLA) – A class action lawsuit announced Wednesday by two high-profile attorneys accuses the city of Beverly Hills and Police Captain Scott Dowling of targeting people of color under the guise of the department’s “Operation Safe Streets.” “I was scared. I never been to jail in my life,” said Jasmine Williams, a Pennsylvania nurse who was arrested, along with her boyfriend Kahlil White, on the first day of their vacation for riding scooters on the sidewalk and, allegedly, resisting arrest. READ MORE: Peacock Chaos In San Gabriel Valley: LA County Board Of Supervisors Bans Feeding The Peafowl The couple, however, thinks there was another reason for their arrest. “The case was dismissed because they knew we were being charged falsely, for being black,” White said. Williams and White’s case are just one of 60 examples cited in a racial profiling class action suit brought against the city by Civil Rights Attorney Ben Crump, who represented the family of George Floyd, and local attorney Brad Gage. Attorney Ben Crump, who represented the family of George Floyd, is among two...
    Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán's jailed wife Emma Coronel could avoid spending the rest of her life in prison if she decides to tell on his sons, who reportedly share control of the Sinaloa Cartel with his old associate, the fugitive Ismael 'El Mayo' Zambada. Mexican news magazine Proceso reported that it obtained information from sources with U.S. Department of Justice who claim that the 31-year-old Coronel will provide prosecutors valuable details. That information is said to link the transnational organization and 64-year-old El Chapo's sons - Joaquín Guzmán López, Ovidio Guzmán López, Ivan Archivaldo Guzmán Salazar and Jesús Alfredo Guzmán Salazar, otherwise know as 'Los Chapitos.' In a story published by the outlet last Friday, Department of Justice indicated it 'would expect information from her on the modus operandi of her husband's children, now in charge of the fraction of the cartel that their father led.' As part of her cooperation, the California-born Coronel could be sentenced to five years in prison, regain custody of the couple's twin daughters and be placed in the United States Federal Witness Protection Program. ...
    (CNN)Peloton, the maker of exercise treadmills that have been recalled due to injuries, is the subject of an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security have also subpoenaed documents from the company related to how it reported those injuries, Peloton said in a recent annual financial filing.The home fitness company recalled its Tread and Tread+ treadmills last May after initially pushing back against a Consumer Products Safety Commission request that it do so. The CPSC had cited the death of one child and 70 other injuries involving the treadmills. The agency said it was aware of multiple instances of children being pulled under running treadmills. Pets and objects could also get drawn into the machines, causing injuries to users, the CPSC said.Peloton later acknowledged it was wrong to initially reject the recall request."I want to be clear, Peloton made a mistake in our initial response to the CPSC's request," Peloton CEO John Foley said at the time. "We should have engaged more productively with them from the outset. For that,...
    The Department of Meteorology has forecast several showers in the Upper and Sabaragamuwa provinces and in the Galle, Matara, Kandy and Nuwara Eliya districts. B.P. in some parts of the rest of the country. Chance of showers or thundershowers after 2 p.m. Occasionally there will be strong winds during thundershowers. The public is advised to take necessary precautionary measures to minimize the possible damages caused by lightning strikes. In the coastal areas around the country, the wind may blow from the southwest. The wind speed will be 25-35 kmph. In the sea areas off the coast extending from Matara to Batticaloa via Hambantota and Pottuvil the wind speed is likely to increase up to 40-50 kmph from time to time. The sea areas from Matara to Batticaloa via Hambantota and Pottuvil will be rough from time to time. Occasional strong winds along the coast during thundershowers and rough seas. READ  NASA is about to land on the asteroid Osiris-Rex Pennu: Here's what happens
    (CNN)As hackers and cybersecurity experts descended on Las Vegas last week for the famous cyber conference Black Hat, they may have noticed an open Wi-Fi network called "#Rewardsnotransoms." It's not the kind of place where a network is usually left unprotected but, in this case, that was the point.Logging in, or scanning the QR code on T-shirts and flyers also being handed out on the convention floor, took attendees to a page for the State Department's new initiative offering up to $10 million to informants with information on state-backed hackers.The Rewards for Justice table at the Black Hat Cyber Conference in Las Vegas promoting the launch of the new cryptocurrency reward.The Vegas push was made to such a highly targeted cyber audience because for the first time in the Reward for Justice program's almost four decades, informants could elect to receive payments in cryptocurrency and reach out to the US government with sensitive information through a secure portal on the Dark Web. It came after the State Department quietly made the announcement last month amid a flurry of other actions...
    (CNN)While the nation's largest wildfire continues to rage in California, the most fires in the US are burning in Montana where hundreds of people have been forced to evacuate due to a particularly dangerous blaze, according to officials.The Richard Spring Fire burning on Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in southeast Montana "has threatened multiple communities and infrastructure within the area," according to InciWeb, the US clearinghouse for fire information. "Fire behavior is extreme with wind driven runs and is burning in mainly brush, short grass, and timber," InciWeb said. "The current weather conditions of high winds and low relative humidity combined with high temperatures are expected to continue and sustain or increase fire behavior." The Northern Cheyenne Disaster & Emergency Services and Rosebud County Sheriff's Office said on Facebook that residents must evacuate due to the fire, which had charred 149,453 acres as of Wednesday. The fire was 15% contained. Montana is home to 25 wildfires, the most in the nation, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.Read MoreFire personnel are already bracing for increased activity in the West due to...
    Yet, Mayor Muriel Bowser is insistent upon forcing the vaccinated people in her city to wear masks indoors. However, the mayor herself revealed recently that she is unwilling to abide by her own masking rules, leading many to believe she doesn't truly believe masks are effective at fighting the virus. The problem, according to WRC-TV, is that though the number of people getting tested for COVID has doubled, the number of people getting the shots remains flat at about 1,000 people per day. The outlet did not bother to point out that D.C. has one of the nation's higher vaccination rates, with 65% of the population having received at least one dose. And 56% of the district's resident are fully vaccinated, including 63% of all adults and 77% of those 65 years old and older.The number of people getting tested for #coronavirus in DC has doubled in past week. As daily cases of #COVID19 con… https://t.co/1RjMwg3mxK — Mark Segraves (@Mark Segraves)1628531056.0So, will the district be able to get rid of its mask mandates any time soon? According to the...
    The Department of Defense has announced plans to add the coronavirus vaccine to the list of mandated vaccines. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Monday that he will seek the president's approval to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine by mid-September if the Food and Drug Administration doesn't approve it before then. This will mark the 18th vaccine to be mandated for the armed forces, though it's unlikely that a service member would receive all of them because many are location-specific, a spokesperson for the Department of Defense told the Washington Examiner on Tuesday. US PEACE ENVOY PUSHES TO ISOLATE TALIBAN SHOULD THEY TAKE POWER BY FORCE The Defense Department's vaccine mandates are separated by the combatant commands that divide the globe into seven entities: Africa Command, Central Command, European Command, Indo-Pacific Command, Northern Command, Northern Command, and Space Command. There are nine vaccines that are mandated for military members in any of the six earthbound commands: chickenpox, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, MMR, pneumococcal, rabies, Tdap, typhoid, polio, and influenza, according to the Military Health System. Other vaccines that are required...
    The Florida Department of Health (DOH) has accused the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of misreporting the state's COVID-19 numbers. On Monday, the CDC reported that 28,317 new Covid cases were recorded in The Sunshine State on Sunday, a record-high that was reported by multiple media outlets. However, the DOH official Twitter account fired back and said the CDC had overcounted the true 15,000 total.  'This is not accurate,' the DOH tweeted on Monday evening. 'Florida follows CDC guidelines reporting cases Monday through Friday, other than holidays.  'Consequently, each Monday or Tuesday, there will be two or three days of data reported at a time. When data is published, it is attributed evenly to the previous days.' The Florida Department of Health claimed on Twitter that the CDC misreported COVID-19 data from over the weekend According to the Florida DOH, a total of 56,386 cases over three days over the weekend - 21,500 on Friday, 19,567 on Saturday and 15,319 on Sunday.  The CDC reported the data over two days instead of three, causing a high of...
    DC Police Officer Gunther Hashida, who responded to the January 6 riot at the US Capitol, has died. GoFundMe A third Washington, DC, police officer who responded to the riot at the Capitol on January 6 has died by suicide, the Metropolitan Police Department confirmed. "Officer Gunther Hashida, assigned to the Emergency Response Team within the Special Operations Division, was found deceased in his residence on Thursday, July 29," an MPD spokesperson told Insider in a statement on Monday. Hashida joined MPD in May 2003. "We are grieving as a Department as our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Hashida's family and friends," the spokesperson added. CNN correspondent Whitney Wild first reported the news. Officer Gunther Hashida died on July 29, according to a GoFundMe page his family created to cover his funeral and memorial service costs. "In his work as an officer with the DC Metropolitan Police Department, he worked to serve and protect the public.  He was a devoted and loving husband and father," a message on the family's GoFundMe page reads. "This fund will help support his...