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    A federal judge sentenced a 36-year-old Boston man to more than five years in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to drug distribution and conspiracy charges, authorities said.  Arthur Hodges of Brighton was arrested as part of Operation Snowfall, a multi-law enforcement agency drug sting that targeted the drug operations of Boston-area street gangs, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. Investigators said Hodges was a supervisor and drug distributor.  During the operation, agents determined that a gang turned portions of the Commonwealth Development, formerly known as Fidelis Way apartment development, into a cocaine factory of sorts, federal prosecutors said. Traffickers stored, cooked, packaged, and sold the drug out of the multi-apartment housing development.  Hodges oversaw several people who managed different parts of this cocaine operation, prosecutors said. Investigators said he distributed between 280 and 840 grams of cocaine.  Hodges was one of six people arrested in Operation Snowfall that pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy charges. Two others did not, and they are awaiting trial, the U.S. Attorney said.  Hodges, who is the first of the lot to be sentenced, faced up to 20...
    Pictured in just one of three published photos, al-Adel is the likely successor to the al-Qaeda throne. He is credited with masterminding the bombings of three US embassies in 1998 as well as playing a key role in the notorious 'Black Hawk Down' plot The heir apparent to the al-Qaeda throne after the death tonight of Ayman al-Zawahri is a canny, military-trained operative with experience killing British and American soldiers. Little is known about Saif al-Adel, who at around 60 years of age is one of the younger al-Qaeda bosses.  The Egyptian ex-army officer was just 30 or so when he oversaw the infamous 'Black Hawk Down' operation in Mogadishu, Somalia, in which 19 American soldiers were killed and had their bodies dragged through the streets. Seven more were slain when two helicopters were shot down in the east Africa ambush, including two British soldiers, three Turks and a Frenchman. And since the assassination of Osama bin Laden in 2011, al-Adel has become an increasingly important strategist within the depleting terror cell. With his birth name unknown, al-Adel's made-up moniker...
    Four people have been indicted by federal grand juries in connection to a human smuggling operation that led to the deaths of 53 migrants found inside an abandoned tractor-trailer near San Antonio, Texas. Homero Zamorano, 46, of Pasadena, and Christian Martinez, 28, of Palestine, were indicted by a jury in San Antonio and charged with one count of conspiracy to transport illegal aliens resulting in death, one count of transportation of illegal aliens resulting in death, one count of conspiracy to transport aliens resulting in serious bodily injury and placing lives in jeopardy, and one count of transportation of illegal aliens resulting in serious bodily injury and placing lives in jeopardy. TWO OF FOUR PEOPLE CHARGED IN FATAL TEXAS MIGRANT SMUGGLING CASE COULD FACE DEATH PENALTY Zamorano was identified as the driver of the tractor-trailer using surveillance footage at an immigration checkpoint, the Department of Justice said. Martinez was found to have communicated with Zamorano about the smuggling operation after officials executed a search warrant on Zamorano's cellphone. They face maximum sentences of life in...
    PARIS (AP) — The suspected ringleader of a network that smuggled as many as 10,000 people on small boats across the English Channel to Britain has been arrested along with 38 others in a vast police operation across Europe. In addition to the arrests, authorities said Wednesday that police found 135 boats in places including a German farmhouse and Dutch warehouses, more than 1,000 life jackets, outboard engines, packs of paddles and cash used for the smuggling. “We believe it is the largest operation of its type against this threat,” Matt Rivers of the U.K. National Crime Agency told a news conference. “I hope it sends a message.” Five countries and the EU’s police and justice agencies coordinated on the operation, which led to 18 arrests in Germany, nine in France, six in Britain and six in the Netherlands. The operation is ongoing. The suspected ringleader is a 26-year-old Iranian Kurd, Rivers said. No other details were immediately released. Rivers predicted a drop in the number of Channel crossings as a result, even though years of increasingly tough...
    How do you solve a problem like MSNBC host Jonathan Capehart? By considering leaving the United States. The Washington Post columnist published a column on Tuesday that he and his husband, Nick Schmit, are ready to leave the United States due to what he calls “crazy White people.” “Things felt so dicey during the Trump years, I half-joked that my husband and I might have to reenact that scene from ‘The Sound of Music’ and flee the country,” wrote Capehart. “Now, an alarming new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center shows that my ‘Operation von Trapp’ might need to go live. The ranks of ‘crazy’ White people appear to be growing — and the rest of us don’t know what to do about it.” Capehart goes on to say that he’s “defining ‘crazy’ as anyone who believes any aspect of the racist ‘great replacement’ conspiracy. This is the noxious idea that liberals are deliberately replacing White people with non-Whites and immigrants. It’s what allegedly drove an 18-year-old man to target Black people in Buffalo, killing 10 and wounding...
    A PASSENGER plane carrying 22 people vanished minutes after taking off over mountains, sparking a major rescue operation. The small plane, operated by a private airline, disappeared over mountains in Nepal on Sunday morning. 1A small plane has disappeared over mountains in Nepal Air authorities said the flight had been on a 15-minute scheduled trip from the tourist town of Pokhara to the mountain town of Jomsom when it lost contact with the airport shortly after take-off.
    A man who attempted to jump from the new Tappan Zee Bridge was rescued by troopers and a special police unit who rappelled over the side of the bridge and pulled him up with ropes. The incident began on the bridge in Southern Westchester in the area of Tarrytown around 9:20 a.m., Friday, May 27. Emergency responders were called to the bridge for a possible jumper over the railing, said William Duffy, spokesman for the New York State Police. Rescuers engaged the man in dialogue and during an interagency operation, Westchester County Police ESU rappelled over the side of the bridge and brought the despondent male to safety, Duffy said. The man was transported by Tarrytown EMS to a local area hospital. The operation caused a temporary traffic delay northbound on the span and the walking path was temporarily closed.  TZB Jumper Hanging From Side Of Bridge Saved By Police In addition to the state police, other responders included: New York State Thruway Authority Westchester County Police ESU Volunteer firefighters from the Central Nyack and Tarrytown fire...
    FRESH MEADOWS, Queens (WABC) -- The owner of a pawn shop was busted for allegedly masterminding a massive retail theft operation.Roni Rubinov, 42, would pay people to steal merchandise from retail stores like Bloomingdales and Rite Aid and have them bring them to the shop where they would receive cash for their cooperation.The investigation into the operation took three years and resulted in Thursday's arrests."Mr. Rubinov himself preys on the weak," NYPD Deputy Inspector Nicholas DiFiore said. "Preys on people who have tremendous narcotics history."Those people, called boosters, desperate for cash, would grab the items in the type of brazen retail thefts seen across the country and sell the items to Rubinov and his associates for a fraction of the value.The stolen goods weren't sold at the shop but on eBay. Rubinov would instruct people to steal things that would sell well on the bidding site.The New York Attorney General's office along with the NYPD and Mayor Eric Adams displayed a sample of the stash they found at the alleged ringleader's warehouse. Almost $3.8 million worth of items were recovered...
    Vladimir Putin may be forced to give up control of the war in Ukraine for days as he is set for cancer surgery, a 'Kremlin insider' has claimed. The Russian dictator will reportedly nominate hardline Security Council head and ex-FSB chief Nikolai Patrushev to take control of the invasion while he is under the knife. Shadowy Patrushev, 70, is seen as a key architect of the war strategy so far - and the man who convinced Putin that Kyiv is awash with neo-Nazis. The extraordinary claims appeared on popular Telegram channel General SVR, which says its source is a well-placed figure in the Kremlin.  Putin, pictured last week, reportedly has Parkinson's, cancer and schizophrenic symptoms
    With President Vladimir Putin’s direct encouragement, Russians who support the war against Ukraine are starting to turn on the enemy within. The episodes are not yet a mass phenomenon, but they illustrate the building paranoia and polarization in Russian society. Citizens are denouncing one another in an eerie echo of Josef Stalin’s terror, spurred on by vicious official rhetoric from the state and enabled by far-reaching new laws that criminalize dissent. There are reports of students turning in teachers and people telling on their neighbors and even the diners at the next table. In a mall in western Moscow, it was the “no to war” text displayed in a computer repair store and reported by a passerby that got the store’s owner, Marat Grachev, detained by the police. In St. Petersburg, a local news outlet documented the furor over suspected pro-Western sympathies at the public library; it erupted after a library official mistook the image of a Soviet scholar on a poster for that of Mark Twain. In the western region of Kaliningrad, authorities sent residents text messages urging them...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Over 600,000 dollars of marijuana and other drug paraphernalia were confiscated in a drug bust operation in Sacramento, said the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office. During the past few months, deputies received intel that an illegal marijuana sales event was taking place on 42nd Avenue in South Sacramento. READ MORE: 'Every Little Bit Helps': Community Outpouring To Help Tuolumne Couple After Medical Emergency In South AmericaThe area is near a school and public park and officers were concerned that the operation would create dangerous conditions for residents in the area. Detectives established surveillance of the area and acquired enough information to get a search warrant for the building where the operation was taking place. READ MORE: Abducted Woman Rescued, Suspect Arrested In BridgeportOn Thursday, officers served a search warrant at the location and confiscated a considerable amount of contraband. “The search resulted in the seizure of six firearms, $27,000 in currency, 300 pounds of processed marijuana worth $500,000, 10 pounds of mushrooms worth $25,000, 15 pounds of cannabis wax worth $130,000, and approximately 25 pounds of edibles worth...
    THE BRONX (WABC) -- Over thirty weapons were seized by undercover officers as a result of a four-month operation to get guns off the streets of the Bronx.The District Attorney says the guns were sold by two gang members.Many of the weapons changed hands in broad daylight and came loaded.The suspects face 242 counts apiece. They are being held without bail.ALSO READ | NYPD introduces emotional support dogs to help officers cope with stress of jobEMBED More News Videos On Wednesday, the NYPD introduced K9s Jenny and Piper, two emotional support dogs trained to help officers cope with the stresses of the job. Eyewitness News Reporter Brittany Bell has more. ----------* More Bronx news* Send us a news tip* Download the abc7NY app for breaking news alerts * Follow us on YouTube Submit a News Tip
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — It has been nearly a week since a massive cargo ship with thousands of containers on board got stuck in the Chesapeake Bay. Friday morning, WJZ’s Ava-Joye Burnett traveled out onto the bay with U.S. Coast Guard engineers and investigators as they try to bring the vessel afloat. READ MORE: Man, 53, Killed In East BaltimoreOfficials said it could be another 10 days before the ship is able to float again because it is a rare, complex mission. Captain David O’Connell is the section Sector Commander of the Maryland-National Capital Region. He leads Coast Guard operations in the coordination of all maritime safety, security and environmental missions in the region. “It’s rare for a vessel to run aground in the Chesapeake Bay,” Cpt. O’Connell said ahead of the excursion. “I’ve been here a year and it’s the first major incident we’ve had in the port. You’ll see when we go out there that it is an impressive sight to see and because of its size, it’s a very complex operation.” The Ever Forward is a massive cargo...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — It has been nearly a week since a massive cargo ship with thousands of containers on board got stuck in the Chesapeake Bay. Friday morning, WJZ’s Ava-Joye Burnett traveled out onto the bay with U.S. Coast Guard engineers and investigators as they try to bring the vessel afloat. READ MORE: Man, 53, Killed In East BaltimoreOfficials said it could be another 10 days before the ship is able to float again because it is a rare, complex mission. Captain David O’Connell is the section Sector Commander of the Maryland-National Capital Region. He leads Coast Guard operations in the coordination of all maritime safety, security and environmental missions in the region. “It’s rare for a vessel to run aground in the Chesapeake Bay,” Cpt. O’Connell said ahead of the excursion. “I’ve been here a year and it’s the first major incident we’ve had in the port. You’ll see when we go out there that it is an impressive sight to see and because of its size, it’s a very complex operation.” The Ever Forward is a massive cargo...
    CALIFORNIA (CBS13) — More than 170 individuals were cited for Operation Shoulder Tap 2022, a statewide underage drinking enforcement operation, said the Department Of Alcoholic Beverage Control. One of the major goals of the operation was to demonstrate the serious consequences for adults who buy alcohol for minors. READ MORE: Rain In The Forecast, We Can Hope For Showers Monday/Tuesday“Unfortunately, thousands of young people die in alcohol-related tragedies every year in this country,” said ABC Director Eric Hirata. “This collaborative effort among California law enforcement agencies spotlights underage drinking prevention, increases public safety for communities, and boosts protections for California’s youth.” The operation resulted in around 170 citations to individuals who provided alcohol to minors, however, some were also cited for other behavior related to public intoxication and indecency. READ MORE: Missing Hiker Found Dead In Placer CountyThe operation operated by using decoy minors who asked adults to buy them alcohol outside of establishments. When the adults complied, they were cited and or fined. “The penalty for furnishing alcohol to a minor is a minimum $1,000 fine and 24 hours...
    Former President Donald Trump has, for the second time in two days, praised Russian President Vladimir Putin as 'smart' for his strategy in Ukraine as the Kremlin's 'special military operation' began.  Trump, speaking at a super PAC fundraiser at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, spoke off the cuff about the impending military action Wednesday night. The former president spoke about America's enemies during the crisis, saying: 'Now they laugh at us. That’s why you have Ukraine, that’s why you’re going to have China. Taiwan is next, and you’re going to see the same kind of thing.'   Trump then again said that Vladimir Putin was 'smart,' as he had during interviews given on Tuesday. 'He's taken over a country for $2 worth of sanctions, I'd say that's pretty smart. He's taking over a country - a vast, vast location, a great piece of land with a lot of people - just walking right in. This never would have happened and I know him very well.  At Mar-a-Lago event, Trump says "Trump said Putin is smart. He's taken over a country for...
    President BidenJoe BidenPentagon approves request for National Guard deployment ahead of DC trucker convoy Lee Harris discusses the past of the Development Finance Corporation's new CEO Defense & National Security: US, allies hit Russia with sanctions MORE will unveil additional sanctions on Thursday in coordination with European allies in response to Russian attacks on Ukraine. "President Biden will deliver remarks announcing the further consequences the United States and our Allies and partners will impose on Russia for its unprovoked and unjustified attack on Ukraine," a White House official said in a statement to reporters late Wednesday. Biden will deliver remarks on the situation in Ukraine and detail the sanctions following a morning meeting with Group of Seven (G-7) allies. The specific nature of the new tranche of sanctions was not immediately clear, but the White House has indicated that future penalties could target larger banks, including Russia’s VTB Bank, as well as other Russian oligarchs. The Biden administration has also threatened to impose export controls that would prevent Moscow from acquiring key U.S. technologies. White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiBiden has...
    Authorities in Northwest Florida have arrested a dozen men in an alleged child predator sting.  The operation, dubbed "Operation Wolves Blanket" was led by the Walton County Sheriff’s Office in collaboration with other law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and other local police departments.  next Image 1 of 2 Suspects in the "Operation Wolves Blanket" child predator sting.  (Walton County Sheriff's Office) prev Image 2 of 2 The sheriff's office said suspects as far away as Mississippi were arrested.  (Walton County Sheriff's Office) The sheriff’s office conducted the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) operation to target those seeking out children for sexual activity.  "Our goal was to identify child predators and get them out of our communities," Sheriff Michael Adkinson said in a statement. "There is no shortage of these individuals preying on our youth; we must all be vigilant."  The operation, conducted from January 26 through January 30, involved investigators acting undercover as minors to identify people online who try to solicit minors under the age...
    Over 1,000 victims have been identified in an investigation into child sex abuse grooming gangs that operated in the northern English town of Rotherham, Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA) revealed this week. The NCA — which roughly equates to the F.B.I. in the United States — announced on Thursday that it has launched an appeal for grooming gang victims in Rotherham to come forward in relation to Operation Stovewood. The investigation, which is the largest of its kind in the UK, was launched in response to child sexual abuse gangs targeting young girls in the area in the 1990s and 2000s. So far, 20 men have been convicted for their involvement in grooming gang crimes, however, law enforcement officials believe that many more perpetrators may still be free. The NCA said that there are currently 30 investigations ongoing, with over 1,000 victims known to the police. More charges against suspected paedophiles are expected to be brought forward later this year and the probe is expected to last another five years. Commenting on the push for victims to come forward, the NCA’s...
    A Texas Department of Public Safety agent has died after he was crushed by a vehicle that flipped down an embankment while he was providing security during an arrest the U.S. border wall Friday.  Anthony Salas, 37, was part of a Texas Department of Public Safety Special Operations Group working with the U.S. Border Patrol when he was involved in the 'tragic accident' near Eagle Pass around 7:30 p.m. Friday night, according to a press release issued by DPS this weekend.  Photos taken by the Eagle Pass News Leader show the site of the crash and a pickup truck flipped on its side. It is unclear what caused it to flip, and where Salas was in the truck at the time of the accident.  Salas was transported to Fort Duncan Regional Medical Center and later airlifted to University Hospital in San Antonio where he died just after 11 a.m. on January 22, with his family by his side, the release stated.      State and federal sources tell WOAI that during the 'tactical operation' Friday, six people had been arrested near the Rio Grande...
    At least five missing girls were recovered and 30 men taken into custody after a U.S. Marshals-led task force completed its operation in Louisiana. The girls rescued were teenagers, aged 14 to 17, and 17 of the 30 men arrested are facing charges of felony sex offender registration violations, according to a press release from the Marshals. The operation, named "Operation Boo Dat," occurred between mid-October and Dec. 24, the release noted. LA COUNTY'S WEALTHIEST FLOCK TO GUN STORE FOR PROTECTION One man had a warrant out for his arrest for allegedly raping a 12-year-old girl, and another was wanted on sexual assault charges against a 14-year-old girl. The operation took place outside of New Orleans with the help of the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office, the New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana State Police, Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, and USMS New Orleans Task Force. Two of the girls who were rescued from a Baton Rouge apartment were sisters and "may be victims of adult[s'] felony criminal sexual activities," the release said. Working with...
    Trevor Noah filed a lawsuit against the Hospital for Special Surgery and Dr. Riley Williams III for negligence regarding a November 2020 orthopedic surgery Noah underwent. The 37-year-old host of the Daily Show said the New York City-based hospital and doctor were "careless in failing to treat and care for [him] in a careful and skillful manner," according to court documents. The operation took place on Nov. 23, 2020, and Noah claims the medical staff failed to "prescribe proper medications," failed to "discontinue certain prescription medications," and failed to perform the proper testing to "diagnose the conditions." WATCH: BIDEN AND WHITE HOUSE MAKE MASSIVE ERRORS DURING MEDAL OF HONOR PRESENTATION The host endured "serious personal injury," which documents describe as "permanent, severe and grievous." He is "rendered sick, sore, lame, and disabled" and has "suffered a loss of enjoyment for life." The exact operation the South African comedian underwent is unknown, but Williams "specializes in knee, shoulder and elbow" surgery. The Hospital of Special Surgery categorically denied Noah's allegations. CLICK HERE...
    Beijing state-backed media celebrated the appointment of a top Chinese public security official to Interpol’s executive committee despite widespread international concern over China’s potential abuse of the global policing organization.  Hu Binchen, a Deputy Director General at China’s Ministry of Public Security, will join the General Assembly session later this month after Beijing campaigned hard for him to join the executive committee. He will serve alongside Praveen Sinha for the next three years as the Delegates for Asia.  Hu Binchen of China has been elected to the posts of Delegate for Asia  for a 3 year term on Interpol's Executive Committee.  Legislators from 20 countries strongly opposed Hu’s appointment due to allegations he is directly involved in Operation Fox Hunt, through which Beijing hunts down dissidents in foreign countries and forces them back to China. A letter from the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC) claimed Hu’s appointment would provide China with influence over a major international organization and enable these efforts, the South China Morning Post reported.  CHINA SAYS US SHOULD HAVE NO ‘ILLUSIONS’ WHEN IT COMES TO...
    Republican Texas Rep. Lance Gooden and a group of House Republicans sent a letter Wednesday to Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator David Pekoske demanding answers as to why migrants are being allowed to fly without proper identification. The Daily Caller first obtained the letter, along with other letters the Republicans are sending to various U.S. corporations involved that they believe are complicit in human smuggling. The letters stem from a whistleblower packet received by Gooden, which reportedly confirmed U.S. non-profits are undertaking large-scale organized operations to move migrants throughout the U.S. The whistleblower packet reportedly details how to go to the airport, how to get past TSA without any identification, how to enroll children in schools and how to assimilate into different communities. Gooden has said he was contacted by a whistleblower from San Diego, California, who gave him details about the information the nonprofit groups were providing to the migrants. The Republican lawmakers sent letters to hotel companies, such as Wyndham Hotels & Resorts and Marriott International, and airline companies such as American Airlines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines....
                      by Kaylee Greenlee  Texas law enforcement officials have made more than 8,520 criminal arrests of illegal migrants since Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott launched Operation Lone Star in March, a Texas Department of Public Safety spokesperson told the Daily Caller News Foundation on Wednesday. Around 1,600 of the arrests were for criminal trespassing and about 6,800 felony charges were filed against illegal migrants from the time Abbott’s directive was issued through Oct. 28, Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Press Secretary Ericka Miller told the DCNF. “In addition, DPS has made more than 75,600 migrant apprehensions and referrals,” Miller told the DCNF. Abbott launched Operation Lone Star on March 6 directing law enforcement officials to target human and narcotics smugglers who entered the U.S. illegally, according to a statement. The directive combined DPS and Texas National Guard security operations at the border. “President Biden’s reckless open border policies have created a crisis along our southern border, with a 61-year record-high number of illegal immigrants surging into our state,” Abbott’s press secretary, Renae Eze, told the DCNF...
    Texas law enforcement officials have made more than 8,520 criminal arrests of illegal migrants since Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott launched Operation Lone Star in March, a Texas Department of Public Safety spokesperson told the Daily Caller News Foundation on Wednesday. Around 1,600 of the arrests were for criminal trespassing and about 6,800 felony charges were filed against illegal migrants from the time Abbott’s directive was issued through Oct. 28, Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Press Secretary Ericka Miller told the DCNF. “In addition, DPS has made more than 75,600 migrant apprehensions and referrals,” Miller told the DCNF. (RELATED: Charges Dropped Against Illegal Migrants Who Said They Were Transported To Private Property And Arrested For Trespassing) Our mission under Gov. @GregAbbott_TX‘s Operation Lone Star is to secure our border — and help keep our fellow Texans and the communities they call home safe. To do just that, DPS is utilizing our tactical assets on the air and ground to ensure we fulfill our duty to Texas. pic.twitter.com/8qACRYQhFh — Texas DPS (@TxDPS) November 3, 2021 Abbott launched Operation Lone Star...
    Volunteers showed up at the D.C. Armory to help prepare care packages for area veterans. (WTOP/Luke Lukert) With Veterans Day next week, a nonprofit spent three days in the D.C. Armory assembling care packages for area veterans. They started Tuesday and over the course of several days, volunteers with Operation Gratitude made over 4,500 care packages that will be distributed to local veteran organizations like the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Foreign Legion. The CEO and President of Operation Gratitude, retired Air Force Maj. Gen. James Johnson, told WTOP, “We’ve had everyday Americans who’ve shown up here to volunteer.” In those packages, veterans will find snacks, such as fruit roll-ups, coffee and even handmade items from volunteers. “I drew most of the pictures,” said 9-year-old Emerson from Ashburn, Virginia. “I drew some men and women in their uniform and I drew some airplanes and helicopters that they would use.” Emerson said she volunteered Thursday with her family because her father is in the Army. “When I’ve received those care packages, and you see the pictures that are on them....
    Two men have been fined over a search and rescue mission that occurred after they set off flares for a friend’s wedding in Rhode Island. The U.S. attorney’s office in Providence said Tuesday that Perry C. Phillips and Benjamin C. Foster fired three flares in the air to celebrate a friend’s wedding, causing a “needless and expensive maritime search and rescue operation.” The flares fired off Block Island led to a rescue mission with a surface vessel and two Coast Guard helicopters after residents saw the flares and reported it to authorities.  The flares caused a “multi-hour search operation” on June 6 when no rescue was needed, the U.S. attorney’s office said. Phillips and Foster broke federal law against falsely communicating a distress signal, it added.  The pair did not know at the time that other residents saw the flares, and one admitted to knowing the flare was a maritime distress signal. Both said they understood the flares were used improperly and admitted to the act, agreeing to pay $10,000 in a civil penalty.    Tags Coast Guard Rhode Island
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. Detained asylum-seekers and migrants and their advocates won a huge court victory against Texas Gov. Greg Abbott last week when a federal judge on Tuesday ordered the release of hundreds of men who had been jailed without any charges at all under his “legally dubious” Operation Lone Star scheme. That should’ve included asylum-seekers Ivan Nava and David Muñoz. While the two had been facing trespassing charges, they were dismissed when attorneys challenged their unlawful arrests. But advocates said Friday that the jail refused to release the two men even after their charges were dropped and an immigration detainer had expired. “By Friday afternoon, an attorney for the men was chasing a bus to Val Verde County, about three hours from the prison,” NBC News reported. “By the time she reached the county, she learned they had been turned over to Customs and Border Protection.” NBC News reported that the two men “should have been released from the Dolph Briscoe Unit state prison in Dilley by Thursday afternoon when a federal immigration detainer, good for 48 hours, expired at 1:47 p.m., attorneys said.” Grassroots Leadership said that Just Futures Law...
    DENVER (CBS4) — CORE Electric Cooperative filed a lawsuit last week against Xcel Energy for what it claims is a breach of contractual obligation related to the operation and maintenance of the Comanche 3 coal plant in Pueblo, Colorado. The lawsuit was filed Sept. 7, according to a press release from CORE Electric. READ MORE: Power Outage Affects Southern Colorado (2011) Xcel’s operation of the Comanche plant “deprived CORE of its expected energy output and damaged the physical asset co-owned by CORE,” the company stated in the press release. “Unfortunately, we could not reach a business solution after exhausting all reasonable efforts with Xcel, so this lawsuit was a necessary step.” The lawsuit comes eight days after the company formerly known as Intermountain Rural Electric Association (IREA) announced its rebranding as CORE Electric. The company claims to be one of the largest member-owned electric distribution cooperatives in the U.S. READ MORE: Fire Burns Xcel Power Plant’s Conveyor Belt System In Pueblo (2013) A section of recently completed transmission line near the intersection of Quincy Avenue and Gun Club Road in...
    A leak inquiry was under way last night to establish how ‘full’ details of what will happen in the ten days after the Queen’s death came to be published on a news website. There was said to be ‘deep frustration’ at Buckingham Palace over what was widely seen as a hugely indiscreet and tactless confidentiality breach in Whitehall, particularly so soon after the death of the Duke of Edinburgh in April. Official plans for the Queen’s death and funeral have long been in place and are frequently updated and rehearsed, but they have largely been treated with respectful discretion. The Politico website claimed to have obtained the ‘full extent’ of Operation London Bridge. Its report added: ‘The Queen, who is 95 years old, is in good health by all accounts and there is no suggestion these plans have been revisited with any urgency.’ A leak inquiry was under way last night to establish how ‘full’ details of what will happen in the ten days after the Queen’s death came to be published on a news website Royal officials declined...
    Ramstein Air Base, Germany (CNN)From his office window, Brigadier General Joshua Olson can see a daily football match organized by the Afghan children who are temporarily calling his air base home. "This is now my family -- at least until they get off our airpatch," Olson, the installation commander at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, told CNN as we drove past tent after tent. "It's my family and I got to figure out how to protect them." Ramstein is one of the largest US airbases outside America and has become a crucial hub for the evacuation from Afghanistan following the Taliban take over. Since August 20, about 106 planes have landed there -- mostly C-17s, their cargo bays crammed with hundreds of evacuees at a time. The airbase was ready with tents to house 10,000 people -- but they quickly filled up."We were maxed out and the flow kept coming. I had to close part of the base for Afghan evacuees," explains Olson. "Because you can't put them in the elements. It's 50 degrees [Fahrenheit] outside and raining. I can't...
    Fernando Alonso He did not hold his tongue in his criticism apparently at the Belgian Grand Prix on DAZN. It started out moderately, but it grew warmer and ended up harassing those in charge of the Great Circus for their decisions. Decision to give points. “I prefer not to say anything. I am eleven, at a points position, we are playing a lot in the constructors’ championship. We are playing bonuses, we are playing many things. Many have had Christmas early because, today, without being able to running, get the points, it’s a shock. “ Why did they roll. “We have nothing to say. What interests us the most is safety and that we are heard on safety issues. And then sports, or points, or marketing or whatever we have done … The last three laps, I suppose they are more of a marketing operation to do three laps, say that it could not (roll), give the points and everyone was happy. Because without these three laps the points could not be given, it seems to me....
    BARCELONA will open talks with Arsenal to discuss the signing of captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to reports. It's believed the Catalan club will offer the Gunners Philippe Coutinho in a swap deal for the Gabon international. 2Barcelona are reportedly interested in Pierre-Emerick AubameyangCredit: Getty 2Arsenal are thought to have been offered Philippe Coutinho in a swap dealCredit: Getty According to Spanish newspaper Sport, Barcelona are interested in bringing Aubameyang to the Nou Camp and using flop Coutinho as bait. It's thought the cash-strapped Catalan club cannot afford to buy the 32-year-old striker and are hoping an ex-Prem star will persuade the Gunners. Coutinho, 29, has scored just 15 goals in 64 LaLiga appearances for Barca since his big-money move from Liverpool in January 2018. But he was one of Europe's hottest talents during his time at Anfield, scoring 20 goals in his last 45 Premier League games for the club. Aubameyang's huge wages may also tempt Arsenal to do business with Barca as the player reportedly earns £350,000-a-week at the Emirates. Rumours suggest Arsenal are willing to sell their star...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A joint U.S. Marshals and Baltimore Police-led operation, executed over two weeks, resulted in the arrest of 93 fugitives in the Baltimore area. Operation Washout, an initiative by the U.S. Marshals service, partners federal, state and local law enforcement to target violent offenders and gang members. READ MORE: Avanti Frozen Foods Recalls Frozen Cooked Shrimp Over Salmonella Concerns During the June operation, the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force and the Baltimore Police Department’s Warrant Apprehension Task Force served 110 warrants by the BPD. According to the Marshals Office, those arrested included four suspects wanted for homicide, 11 wanted for attempted homicide, 26 wanted for domestic violence, three wanted for rape and four wanted in relation to firearms offenses. Sixteen of those arrested were documented gang members and associates, officials said. READ MORE: Teen JaNyi Weeden Shot In The Head, Killed In Baltimore “Our collaboration with the U.S. Marshals Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force and participation in joint operations like Operation Washout reflect our ongoing partnership and commitment to apprehending some of the most violent offenders...
    Federer has not played since June Getty Images Roger Federer will be sidelined for "many months" as he undergoes a third operation on his right knee. The eight-time Wimbledon winner says the surgery gives him a "glimmer of hope" of returning to competition. The 40-year-old has not played a match since the quarter finals of Wimbledon in June. Business Insider: A daily selection of curated stories Loading Something is loading. Email address By clicking ‘Sign up’, you agree to receive marketing emails from Insider as well as other partner offers and accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. One of the greatest tennis players of all time, Roger Federer, is hoping surgery will give him a "glimmer of hope" of returning to the sport he has played since he was 14 years old. The eight-time Wimbledon champion took to Instagram on Sunday to say he will be out of action for "many months" as he undergoes a third surgery on his right knee. Federer has not played since being knocked out of the quarter finals of...
    Through a video on Instagram, Roger Federer announced that in the next few days he will have his right knee operated for the third time, an intervention that will take him a long recovery at age 40. Despite the complexity of the moment, he was expectant, wanting to return and avoiding the word retirement. “I will be out of court for many months. I want to regain hope to get back in the game,” said the Basel tennis player on Instagram. “I have carried out many controls with the doctors, they advised me a new surgery and I have decided to do it. I will have to operate again and will be on crutches for many weeks. I will try to come back as strong as possible, “added who shares the Grand Slams record with Rafael Nadal (twenty). Look also His last match was on July 7 when he lost to Hubert Hurkacz at Wimbledon. Look also Although this situation was not seen coming, Roger had shown that the return after the first two operations had...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 27-year-old Minneapolis man faces multiple charges accusing him of striking a pregnant traffic enforcement agent with his vehicle after an argument over a parking ticket. On Monday, Mohamed Said Abdulle was charged with one count of criminal vehicular operation, one count of careless driving and two counts of fifth-degree assault. The criminal vehicular operation is a gross misdemeanor. The other charges are misdemeanors. READ MORE: Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Would Spend Billions On Minnesota Roads, Bridges And Broadband Systems According to the complaint, the incident took place on the afternoon of Feb. 21, 2020 on the 1400 block of Lagoon Avenue in Uptown. There, a police officer responded to a personal injury accident where a traffic enforcement agent was struck by a vehicle. Abdulle allegedly got into an argument with the traffic enforcement agent over an unpaid parking meter. He then got into his vehicle and suddenly drove away, striking the officer who was standing in front of the vehicle, the complaint said. READ MORE: Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus Sues For Right To...
    The Operation Lone Star program launched by Texas to combat the smuggling of drugs and people across the U.S.-Mexico border has now resulted in more than 53,300 migrant apprehensions and 3,400 criminal arrests, the state’s Department of Public Safety tells Fox News.  Its troopers, through July 22, have also been involved in 546 vehicle pursuits and have seized more than 4,800 pounds of cocaine and methamphetamines, 936 firearms and $7.8 million dollars in the areas of the Rio Grande Valley, Del Rio, Big Bend and El Paso, the department says.  "Since Operation Lone Star began in March, DPS has deployed around one-thousand Troopers to assist at the border," it added in a statement. "DPS Troopers continue to enforce all state violations of law including, but not limited to, criminal trespassing, criminal mischief, smuggling and human trafficking."  Texas arrests migrants on trespassing charges as border surge escalates Republican gubernatorial candidate Lt. Col. Allen West discusses his plan to solve the border crisis. TEXAS BEEFS UP BORDER CRACKDOWN  In March, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said the "crisis at our southern border continues to escalate because of Biden Administration...
    ISTANBUL (AP) — Security forces in eastern Turkey have conducted a major operation against people traffickers bringing migrants across the Iranian border, the provincial governor’s office said Monday. More than 1,450 migrants were found in abandoned buildings around Mount Erek, which towers over the city of Van, since July 10, Van governor’s office said. Eleven “organizers” were detained, six of whom have been held in prison by a court order. The statement added that 11 “barrack-style” buildings for holding migrants had been demolished. The operation comes amid concerns over a possible spike in migrants from Afghanistan before the U.S. pullout and intense fighting between the Taliban and Afghan government forces. Describing earlier operations by police and border agents, backed by aerial drones, the governor’s office said 27,230 migrants had been caught crossing the Iranian border so far this year. Turkey’s border with Iran has long been a popular smuggling route for people, mainly Afghans, Iranians and Pakistanis, seeking to enter Turkey before heading west to cities such as Istanbul and Ankara. The migrants typically hope to raise money in Turkey...
    TV star Chris Hansen is wanted by cops after he skipped court on Thursday, according to reports. The “To Catch a Predator” host, 61, was due to appear in a Michigan court after he assisted police with investigations that led to the arrests of three men who allegedly tried to meet up with underage girls. 3An arrest warrant is out for TV host Chris Hansen after he failed to show up to a court in MichiganCredit: Getty 3Hansen is best known for his show 'To Catch a Predator'Credit: Stamford, Conn., Police Department Shiawassee County Prosecuting Attorney Scott Koerner told NBC25 that Hansen was subpoenaed to appear before the court on Thursday but failed to do so. Cops confirmed that an arrest warrant is out for the TV star. Hansen was part of a sting operation with local cops as they tried to track down predators. The TV host was invited by Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson. He said: “We worked with Chris Hansen to use his platform to reignite the awareness and the enforcement of what’s happening here and to...
    Project Veritas founder James O'Keefe had a blistering response to what he described as a "hit piece" that was published on Thursday by The New York Times. The Times claimed that Project Veritas "mounted a campaign during the Trump administration to discredit perceived enemies of President Trump inside the government" which included a "planned sting operation" against then-National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and attempts to secretly record FBI employees disparage the 45th president all in coordination with an ex-British spy.   "The campaign shows the obsession that some of Mr. Trump’s allies had about a shadowy ‘deep state’ trying to blunt his agenda — and the lengths that some were willing to go to try to purge the government of those believed to be disloyal to the president," the Times reported.  JAMES O'KEEFE GIVES UPDATE ON PROJECT VERITAS' DEFAMATION LAWSUIT AGAINST NY TIMES, PANS SUBMITTED RESPONSES  O'Keefe released a video responding to the report.  "I told you yesterday that there was going to be a hit piece that was filled with vapid supposition, subliminal suggestion, nebulous facts, circumstantial inferences designed...
    Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerGender politics hound GOP in Cheney drama Kinzinger backs Cheney on criticism of Republican Party Unsuccessful anti-Trump Republican candidate: GOP 'not living up to this moment' MORE (R-Ill.) on Wednesday sharply criticized House Republicans for what appears to be an imminent effort to oust Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyWSJ editorial board: 'Purging Liz Cheney for honesty would diminish' GOP Gender politics hound GOP in Cheney drama Kinzinger backs Cheney on criticism of Republican Party MORE (R-Wyo.) from House Republican leadership, calling the efforts “#coverupJan6.” "Every GOP member of Congress needs to go on the record as to how they will vote on @RepLizCheney in operation #coverupJan6 and concerned donors should take notes,” tweeted Kinzinger, who has repeatedly defended Cheney while criticizing former President Donald TrumpDonald TrumpWSJ editorial board: 'Purging Liz Cheney for honesty would diminish' GOP DNC gathers opposition research on over 20 potential GOP presidential candidates The Memo: Biden moves into new phase of COVID-19 fight MORE.  “I will vote for Liz,” Kinzinger added. Every GOP member of Congress needs to go on...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A day after the Derek Chauvin verdict, Operation Safety Net says it’s sending troops and officers home. At one point, a total of 128 state troopers from Ohio and Nebraska were in Minnesota. Three-thousand Minnesota National Guard members were also on the streets. Gen. Shawn Manke says some have already left, while most will be home in a matter of days. READ MORE: Hes Changing People’s Hearts: Courteney Ross, George Floyds Girlfriend, Hopes His Movement Brings Major Change “Our intent is by the end of weekend, we’d have the vast majority of soldiers and airmen off this mission,” Manke said. It’s news some are relieved to hear, like Faith Rynearson. “This is how our country reacts to civil unrest. It’s trying to control us instead of facing the problem,” Rynearson said. Others are taking the chance to thank them for being here, including Abdiair Abdi. “When I see the uniform, I have to give respect, salute them,” Abdi said. (credit: CBS) A lot of boarded-up downtown Minneapolis businesses are still closed Wednesday, but not Manny’s steakhouse. They...
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) – A clinic administering COVID-19 vaccines in El Paso County was told to pause its operations over concerns about vaccine storage. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says it issued Dr. Moma Health and Wellness a suspension notice meaning they will not receive doses until the investigation is complete. CDPHE says El Paso County Public Health visited the clinic where they storage protocols were not followed. The county then alerted the Joint Vaccine Task Force. The clinic has administered nearly 4,000 vaccines, according to the Colorado Immunization Information System. An investigation is underway to determine whether the storage incident was isolated and whether the clinic followed protocols consistently. “Health officials do not believe patients at this site have cause for concern but are in the process of determining whether those previously vaccinated at this location will need to re-initiate their vaccine series, as occasionally happens with similar occurrences involving other vaccines,” said the CDPHE in a news release. MORE NEWS: Alternate COVID-19 Vaccine Providers More than 7,000 appointments were canceled at the clinic through...
    A cornerstone of the prison labor system for almost eighty years, the binder twine factory at the Minnesota State Prison employed thousands of inmates who produced over a billion pounds of cordage for regional farmers. The twine-manufacturing industry began at the original facility and continued at a custom-built factory on a new site after the prison moved in 1914. The factory closed in 1970. By the late 1880s, officials at the Minnesota State Prison in Stillwater were desperately searching for an industry to employ the hundreds of incarcerated people within the facility. Numerous scandals of the previous decades resulted in the state legislature’s 1887 crackdown on private industry within the prison. A plan to manufacture binder twine within the prison arose from many factors: farmers’ demands for cheap twine, political pressure to make the prison profitable, and reformers’ desire to provide skills to incarcerated people. In January of 1891, machinery and installation experts arrived in Stillwater from Ireland. A month later, prisoners successfully manufactured the first binder twine on site. Henry Wolfer, the prison’s warden, closely monitored and controlled the...
    Moncef Slaoui, the former scientific director of COVID-19 vaccine development at Operation Warp Speed during the Trump administration, has been fired from a joint venture of GlaxoSmithKline over allegations of sexual harassment, the drugmaker said Wednesday. GSK became aware of the claims against Slaoui in February and hired an outside law firm, Morgan Lewis, to investigate, the company announced. The probe "substantiated the allegations and is ongoing," GSK stated. The behavior "occurred several years ago when he was an employee of GSK," the company said in a statement.  Slaoui is being ousted from his seat as chairman of the board of Galvani Bioelectronics, a joint venture between GSK and Verily Life Sciences. The medical research company is focused on the development of bioelectronic medicines to treat chronic illness.  "Dr. Slaoui's behaviors are wholly unacceptable," GSK said. "They represent an abuse of his leadership position, violate company policies and are contrary to the strong values that define GSK's culture." Slaoui expressed "deep regret" in acknowledging his termination. "I have the utmost respect for my colleagues and feel terrible that my...
    Moncef Slaoui, who led Operation Warp Speed under the Trump administration, has been fired as the chairman of a private company's board of directors following an investigation into a claim of sexual harassment. GlaxoSmithKline, which is the majority shareholder of Galvani Bioelectronics, announced Slaoui’s termination, effective immediately, on Wednesday. An investigation substantiated an allegation of sexual harassment and inappropriate conduct by Slaoui toward an employee, the company said. FORMER OPERATION WARP SPEED BOSS SAYS '90%' OF BIDEN VACCINE PLAN CAME FROM TRUMP ADMINISTRATION The board initiated the investigation after receiving the complaint, which came in the form of a letter. The alleged inappropriate conduct took place “several years ago when he was an employee.” “Dr. Slaoui’s behaviours are wholly unacceptable,” the company said. “They represent an abuse of his leadership position, violate company policies, and are contrary to the strong values that define GSK’s culture. The company expects everyone at GSK to behave in accordance with its values, especially its leaders where its standards are the highest. Sexual harassment and any abuse of leadership position are...
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