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    Steve Bannon released a wild statement on Tuesday night after news broke from the Washington Post that New York is set to indict the former Trump White House adviser over his role in allegedly defrauding donors to the We Build the Wall charity. The Manhattan District Attorney’s office is reportedly prepared to indict Bannon on Thursday on charges that will “mirror a federal fraud case that ended when then-President Donald Trump on his last day in office pardoned longtime ally Bannon,” reported the Daily News. Bannon is expected to turn himself in on Thursday reported the Daily News, citing a source close to the MAGA pundit. Two men charged alongside Bannon by the federal government for defrauding donors pleaded guilty in April to the charges as they did not receive presidential pardons. Both men are facing up to 20 years in prison after having pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. “The defendants defrauded hundreds of thousands of donors, capitalizing on their interest in funding a border wall to raise millions of dollars, under the false pretense that...
    (CNN)Authorities confirmed there were "multiple casualties" after two planes crashed mid-air over the Watsonville Municipal Airport Thursday afternoon, city Fire Department Division Chief Rudy Lopez told CNN. A single-engine Cessna 152 and a twin-engine Cessna 340 collided during their final decent into the airport, according to a statement from the Federal Aviation Administration. One person was on board the Cessna 152 and two people were on board the Cessna 340, the FAA statement said.No one was injured on the ground, the FAA added. The report came in just before 3 p.m., according to a Twitter post from the city, which added "multiple agencies" were reporting to the incident.The city of Watsonville is about an hour south of San Jose.Read MoreBoth the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating, the FAA statement said. In a post on Twitter, the NTSB confirmed it was investigating the mid-air collision.It is not clear what caused the two planes to collide.This story is developing and will be updated.
    WATSONVILLE – Multiple fatalities were reported Thursday after two airplanes collided while trying to land at the Watsonville Municipal Airport, according to the city. The collision was reported just before 3 p.m., the city said in a statement posted to social media. “Multiple agencies responded to Watsonville Municipal Airport after (two) planes attempting to land collided,” the statement read. “We have reports of multiple fatalities.” Witnesses reported seeing two airplanes collide about 200 feet in the air. Franky Herrera was driving past the airport when he saw a twin-engine plane bank hard to the right and hit the wing of a smaller, single-engine aircraft. “The smaller plane just spiraled down and crashed right here,” said Herrera, 26, an off-duty law enforcement officer, gesturing toward the mangled wreckage of the aircraft, near the edge of the airfield, about 100 feet from homes along Buena Vista Drive. Emergency responders had placed a tarp over the smashed cockpit. Herrera, of Watsonville, said the twin-engine plane continued on, but “it was struggling,” and then he saw flames at the other side of the airport,...
    JUVENTUS have announced the termination of Aaron Ramsey's contract in a brutal 13-word statement. The Italian giants signed the former Arsenal star on a free transfer on reported £400,000 a week wages back in 2019. 2Aaron Ramsey reported back to Juventus for pre-season earlier this monthCredit: Getty 2The Welshman spent the second half of last season on loan at RangersCredit: Willie Vass Ramsey's move hasn't gone to plan, however, as he struggled to stay fit during his time in Turin. After just 69 appearances for Juve in two-and-a-half years he signed for Rangers on loan in January. He also struggled to stay fit in Glasgow, making only 13 appearances and suffering Europa League heartache by missing the crucial penalty during May's final defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt. Ramsey reported back to Juventus for medical tests earlier this month, but has now agreed to have his deal ended. In a statement posted to social media, Juve wrote: "OFFICIAL | Aaron Ramsey's contract with Juventus has been mutually terminated. "All the best, @aaronramsey!" The Welshman, 31, won a Serie A title, Coppa Italia...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A retired three-star Army general has been suspended from his duties as an adviser to active-duty officers, an Army spokeswoman said Saturday. The suspension followed reports that his social media account carried a comment critical of first lady Jill Biden. Retired Lt. Gen. Gary Volesky was serving as an HQE-SM, a highly qualified expert-senior mentor, when he was suspended by Lt. Gen. Theodore Martin, commanding general of the Combined Arms Center, according to a statement from Army spokeswoman Cynthia O. Smith. She did not give a reason for the suspension, which was pending the outcome of an inquiry, and no other details were provided. USA Today reported that a Twitter account under Volesky’s name carried a reply to a statement by the first lady following the Supreme Court’s action last month overturning the abortion rights decision Roe v. Wade. “For nearly 50 years, women have had the right to make our own decisions about our bodies. Today, that right was stolen from us,” Biden said. The newspaper reported that the tweet under Volesky’s name stated: “Glad to...
    Jerusalem (CNN)Israel's new Prime Minister Yair Lapid and the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas held a phone conversation Friday morning, which is believed to be the first such contact between Israeli and Palestinian leaders for five years. A short statement from Lapid's office said the two men "spoke about the continuation of cooperation and the need to ensure quiet and calm." Abbas had congratulated Lapid on becoming Prime Minister, the statement said, while Lapid passed along his best wishes to the Palestinian leader ahead of Eid al-Adha, the Muslim holiday which begins Friday. The Palestinian news agency Wafa also reported the phone conversation, adding that President Abbas had expressed his wish that "peace and stability would prevail in the region as soon as possible." Lapid's predecessor, right-winger Naftali Bennett, chose not to speak with Abbas during his 12-month premiership, while long-time leader Benjamin Netanyahu oversaw a degradation of Israel's relations with the Palestinian Authority, and it is reported he last spoke to the Palestinian leader in 2017. A leader for all Israelis? Yair Lapid takes over as caretaker prime ministerRead...
    Police said Brunson declined to make a statement to them, the State reported. What did the school district have to say? The Lexington Two School District is disputing the accusations against Brunson, West Metro News reported. After Brunson was arrested and briefly suspended, he was back at school in his role as assistant principal Tuesday, West Metro News said, adding that school district attorney Jake Moore said Brunson used reasonable restraint and was not wrong to break up the fight between the two students. Another video, another takedown Police also released a video they say shows Brunson grabbing a student by the waist and slamming him to the floor in a high school hallway after a March 2020 fight, the paper said, adding there's no indication Brunson faced charges in connection to that incident. In its statement, police criticized how school administrators handled the 2020 incident, the State reported. “Body slamming a child is not ... ‘action that is reasonable to stop a fight,’ as the school administration has stated they determined in...
    BERLIN (AP) — German police said they made a number of arrests Wednesday after an employee at a school reported having seen a youth carrying a firearm in a basement room of the building. Police sent officers to the Ernst Barlach School in the western town of Dinslaken after receiving a call about the claimed sighting at 1:40 p.m. According to the caller, the youth fled when he saw the school employee. Officers then sealed off the school and prevented anyone else entering. Police said in a statement that they currently see no “immediate danger” to people. They said the students were in their classrooms and would soon be led out of the building. The police statement said that “arrests have already been made,” but didn’t specify how many or for what. It said the investigation is ongoing. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey decried “the epidemic” of gun violence “we can control” in a statement he issued Tuesday night, following the horrifying news that a gunman had killed at least 19 children and two adults at an elementary school in his hometown of Uvalde, Texas. “As you all are aware there was another mass shooting today, this time in my hometown,” McConaughey wrote on Instagram, hours after 18-year-Salvador Ramos, also from Uvalde, stormed into Robb Elementary School and committed the deadliest American school shooting since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary a decade ago. “Once again, we have tragically proven we are failing to be responsible for the rights our freedoms grant us,” continued McConaughey, who publicly expressed support for some gun control regulations at a March for Our Lives rally in Austin, Texas in 2018. “This is an epidemic we can control, and whichever side of the aisle we may stand on, we know we can do better,” said the actor, who also lives in Austin and who publicly toyed with the idea of running for Texas governor...
    A law clinic dedicated to lake and river rights stands accused of perpetrating a transphobic work culture. The nonprofit Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund saw seven of its fifteen staffers leave since last June. Three of the seven reported they left on account of transphobia. The clinic, which actor Mark Ruffalo once produced a documentary for, has faced similar allegations, writing in a statement in February "recent events have prompted us to tell more of our personal story." WATCH: TRANSGENDER RUGBY PLAYER SLAMES FEMALE ATHLETES, COACH SAYS THREE INJURED "We are firm in our support of human and civil rights for all people, no matter how they identify themselves, including the transgender community, without exception," the CELDF's statement read. "Those rights demand the respect of everyone, and we disagree utterly with those taking a different position." Executive director Stacey Schmader confirmed that some were "not respecting other people" by not using their preferred pronouns. Ohio Organizer Tish O’Dell was also reported to have made a transphobic comment, musing that chemicals in the water...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sherri Papini, the Northern California woman accused of faking her own kidnapping in 2016, has signed a plea deal and will confess she made up the entire plan, her attorney's office confirmed to CNN."I am deeply ashamed of myself for my behavior and so sorry for the pain I've caused my family, my friends, all the good people who needlessly suffered because of my story and those who worked so hard to try to help me," Papini said in her statement. "I will work the rest of my life to make amends for what I have done."Papini, 39, released the statement through her attorney, William Portanova, as first reported by The Sacramento Bee Tuesday.As CNN previously reported, Papini was reported missing by her husband in November 2016 after she had gone out for a jog near her home in Shasta County. Three weeks later, on Thanksgiving Day, she was found alone on an interstate highway 140 miles from home.She told police she had been abducted and branded by two women who kept her chained in a closet....
    Hope Solo was arrested Friday afternoon in North Carolina and charged with driving while intoxicated. Cops said the U.S. soccer great was passed out behind the wheel of a parked car in a Walmart parking lot in Winston-Salem, local Fox affiliate WGHP reported. Solo’s two children were in the back seat of the car, according to police. A witness called police after seeing Solo asleep at the wheel for over an hour, WGHP reported. Cops said Solo refused a sobriety test. In addition to the DWI charge, Solo was charged with child abuse and resisting arrest. She was detained at 1:15 p.m., according to a police database. Solo, 40, released a statement through her lawyer saying “the story is more sympathetic than the initial charges suggest.” “On the advice of counsel, Hope can’t speak about this situation, but she wants everyone to know that her kids are her life,” her attorney Rich Nichols said in the statement. Solo, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and 2015 World Cup champion, and her husband, ex-NFL tight end Jerramy Stevens, have 2-year-old twins together....
    Hope Solo was arrested Friday afternoon in North Carolina and charged with driving while intoxicated. Cops said the U.S. soccer legend was passed out behind the wheel of a parked car in a Walmart parking lot in Winston-Salem, local Fox affiliate WGHP reported. Solo’s two children were in the backseat of the car, according to police. A witness called police after seeing Solo asleep at the wheel for over an hour, WGHP reported. Cops said Solo refused a sobriety test. In addition to the DWI charge, Solo was charged with child abuse and resisting arrest. She was detained at 1:15 p.m., according to a police database. Solo, 40, released a statement through her lawyer saying “the story is more sympathetic than the initial charges suggest.” “On the advice of counsel, Hope can’t speak about this situation, but she wants everyone to know that her kids are her life,” her attorney Rich Nichols said in the statement. Solo, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and 2015 World Cup champion, and her husband, ex-NFL tight end Jerramy Stevens, have 2-year-old twins together. In...
    The Associated Press (AP) this week again urged Ethiopian authorities to release freelance journalist Amir Aman Kiyaro, who has spent more than 100 days in detention in the country without being charged. Kiyaro, a video journalist accredited to the AP, was detained by authorities on Nov. 28 in Ethiopia's capital of Addis Ababa under the country’s war-related state of emergency powers. State media reported that Kiyaro was arrested and accused of “serving the purposes” of a terrorist group by interviewing its leaders, citing federal authorities, per the AP. Another journalist, Thomas Engida, was also arrested by Ethiopian authorities and is facing similar accusations, the AP reported. Citing changing conditions in the ongoing conflict between Ethiopian forces and Northern Tigray rebels, authorities lifted the country’s state of emergency last month, according to the AP.  This comes as federal police inspector Tesfaye Olani said journalists have violated the country’s state of emergency law and anti-terrorism law, which could land them seven- to fifteen-year prison sentences if convicted, according to the AP. “Kiyaro has not been charged with any crime and is being held unjustly,” the AP’s executive editor, Julie Pace,...
    (CNN)A 12-year-old boy has died after the car he was driving collided with a truck in County Limerick, Ireland, early Friday morning, CNN affiliate Virgin Media News reported.The boy was the sole occupant of the car and died after a collision with the truck just before 2 a.m. local time (9 p.m. ET Thursday), Irish police told CNN in a statement Friday.The driver of the truck, a man in his 40s, did not require hospital treatment, but was reported to be "extremely distressed," Virgin Media News said. The boy's body was taken to the morgue at University Hospital Limerick and the coroner was notified, according to the police statement.The collision occurred at Rineroe, near Adare. Local police have appealed for any witnesses to come forward.Read MoreThe minimum legal age to drive a car in Ireland is 17.
    BANGKOK (AP) — Police in Thailand said Thursday they were looking for a suspect in the robbery of German celebrity Cathy Hummels, who reported that her mobile phone was stolen during a nighttime attack on a southern beach. Hummels, 34, is a presenter on German television and the wife of German footballer Mats Hummels, who plays for Dortmund. She traveled to the southern seaside province of Phang-nga last week to film the show Battle of the Reality Stars, which she hosts, according to German media. The Phang-nga Provincial Police issued a statement after she posted about her robbery on Instagram and gave an interview to the the German newspaper Bild. “A couple of days ago something bad happened to me,” she told her Instagram fans. “I was attacked. It was the most horrible experience of my life. I didn’t know if I would survive.” The story in Bild quoted her as saying that as she walked on the beach near her hotel on Saturday night, an attacker came up from behind and hit her in the head, and punched...
    LEESBURG, Va. (AP) — Washington Football Team safety Deshazor Everett turned himself in to a Virginia jail on an involuntary manslaughter charge after an investigation found he was speeding before his sports car slammed into trees and rolled over, killing his passenger. Everett, 29, was treated for serious injuries after the Dec. 23 crash. His passenger, Olivia S. Peters, 29, of Las Vegas, died at a hospital. READ MORE: Maryland Weather: A Mild And Sunny WednesdayThe investigation determined Everett was driving at more than twice the 45 mph (72 kph) speed limit on Dec. 23 when his Nissan GT-R left the roadway in Chantilly, a sheriff’s statement said after the football player turned himself in Tuesday at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center. Everett, a special teams captain in 2018 who was in his seventh season with the team, was placed on injured reserve after the crash. READ MORE: Maryland Weather: Mild, Dry Days Heading Our WayPeters, an occupational therapist from Montgomery County, Md., was his longtime girlfriend, The Washington Post reported. Her family announced the Olivia S. Peters Pediatric Therapy...
    INGLEWOOD — The family of a San Francisco 49ers fan who suffered a traumatic brain injury after being punched during an altercation outside SoFi Stadium last weekend said he remains in a coma Saturday. Daniel Luna was in the intensive care unit at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center after undergoing surgery Friday to relieve pressure on the right side of his head, Luna’s family said in a statement. OAKLAND, CA – FEBRUARY 03: Mistura restaurant is seen on Piedmont Avenue in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022. The restaurant is temporarily closed after owner Daniel Luna, a San Francisco 49ers fan, was hospitalized after an apparent beating during the NFC Championship Game outside SoFi Stadium in Inglewood on Sunday. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group) Daniel Luna was wearing a San Francisco 49ers jersey and black pants at the time of the incident, officials said. (Courtesy of Daniel Luna, Facebook) Show Caption of Expand “We know he has a long road ahead of him,” the statement said....
    The family of a California man who was arrested in connection with Monday's shooting death of a fire captain claims the shooting was an accident and not a malicious act. Stockton Fire Capt. Vidal "Max" Fortuna, 47, was responding to a dumpster fire call around 4:45 a.m. when he was allegedly shot and killed by Robert Somerville, 67, who was later arrested on murder and weapons charges, FOX 40 of Sacramento reported. CALIFORNIA FIREFIGHTER SHOT AND KILLED WHILE BATTLING FIRE; SUSPECT FACING HOMICIDE AND WEAPONS CHARGES Somerville’s family released a statement saying the alleged shooting was "not an intentional callous act," according to the report. "Words alone will never be enough to express the devastation and sorrow that we feel for Stockton Professional Firefighter Max Fortuna’s wife and two children," the family said, FOX 40 reported. "I can assure Firefighter Fortuna’s immediate Family, and all who care for Mr. Fortuna that this was not an intentional callous act in the death of Mr. Fortuna." SON OF CALIFORNIA BUSINESS OWNER ACCUSED OF KILLING FIREFIGHTER CALLS IT A 'FREAK CIRCUMSTANCE' In the...
    Legendary NFL quarterback Tom Brady is retiring from football after 22 years and seven Super Bowl wins across two different teams, according to ESPN and countless other outlets and reports. Is it official official, though? Brady’s agent Don Yee issued a statement as the news swelled, not refuting the story but seeming annoyed, at least, that the news wasn’t coming directly from the star himself. “I understand the advance speculation about Tom’s future,” wrote Yee. “Without getting into the accuracy or inaccuracy of what’s being reported, Tom will be the only person to express his plans with complete accuracy. He knows the realities of the football business and planning calendar as well as anybody, so that should be soon.” It’s not a no. It’s just not a certain yes. Brady’s Buccaneers lost in last week’s divisional battle with the Rams, ending their season. In that game, Brady received his first-ever unsportsmanlike conduct penalty over a pretty understandable reaction he has explained over the last week. After the loss (and even before it), Brady was asked about his future...
    BOSTON (AP) — A work of art by a 17th century Dutch painter that was reported looted from a Hungarian bank during World War II is being returned to the heirs of its rightful owner, Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts said Monday. “View of Beverwijk” by Salomon van Ruysdael has been in the museum’s collection since 1982, when it was acquired from a London dealer with no information about its history other than that it had come from a Swiss collection, the museum said in a statement. The landscape painted in 1646 was owned by Ferenc Chorin, a Jewish collector who had deposited the painting along with other works at the Hungarian Commercial Bank of Pest in 1943, before he and his family fled Hungary in 1944. The bank reported that Chorin’s vault had been emptied in January 1945 during the Siege of Budapest, and the painting’s whereabouts remained unclear. “We are pleased to have worked so quickly and amicably with the heirs of Ferenc Chorin to redress this historical loss,” MFA Director Matthew Teitelbaum said in a statement....
    MIAMI (AP) — The president of Florida International University has now explained his abrupt resignation, telling students, faculty and staff that he’s ending his 45-year career because of an “emotional (not physical) entanglement” with a valued colleague. Mark Rosenberg initially cited the health of himself and his wife in his emailed announcement on Friday. His Sunday statement to the South Florida university community said his wife’s deteriorating condition — she has advanced dementia — had led him to act inappropriately with a co-worker. “Regrettably, these issues spilled over to my work and I caused discomfort for a valued colleague. I unintentionally created emotional (not physical) entanglement. I have apologized. I apologize to you. I take full responsibility and regret my actions,” the statement said. The Miami Herald reported that a woman in her 20s who worked closely with the 72-year-old university president confided to a colleague in December that he had been harassing her for months. The school hired an outside law firm to lead an investigation, which will likely result in a final report within weeks, the newspaper...
    LAREDO, Texas (AP) — FBI agents searched near the Texas home of U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar on Wednesday as they conducted what an agency spokeswoman called “court-authorized law enforcement activity.” The motive and scope of the search was not immediately known. But a reporter for The Monitor of McAllen, Texas, which first reported the operation, reported from the scene that more than a dozen federal agents were seen passing in and out of Cuellar’s home bearing cases and other items. “The FBI was present in the vicinity of Windridge Drive and Estate Drive in Laredo conducting court-authorized law enforcement activity,” spokeswoman Rosanne Hughes said. “The FBI cannot provide further comment on an ongoing investigation.” Cuellar’s office issued a brief statement that did not directly address the location or nature of the search. “Congressman Cuellar will fully cooperate in any investigation. He is committed to ensuring that justice and the law are upheld,” the statement read. The statement, like the FBI, shed no light on what agents were seeking. Since 2004, Cuellar has represented a district that extends from the...
    The FBI on Wednesday said it was conducting "court-authorized law enforcement activity" near what was reported to be the Texas home of Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas). In a statement to The Hill, Rosanne Hughes, a spokesperson for the FBI's San Antonio office, said authorities were present in a neighborhood in Laredo where Cuellar reportedly lives but would not "provide further comment on an ongoing investigation." “The FBI was present in the vicinity of Windridge Drive and Estate Drive in Laredo conducting court-authorized law enforcement activity," Hughes said in a statement. Cuellar's office confirmed to The Hill that an investigation was underway, but did not mention any activity conducted near the lawmakers home. "Congressman Cuellar will fully cooperate in any investigation," the statement read. "He is committed to ensuring that justice and the law are upheld." The Texas Tribune and The Monitor news outlets both reported the FBI activity occurring near Cuellar's home. The Monitor reported that agents were seen with cases and other items taken from his home as they went in and out of the residence.    Tags Laredo Investigation...
    Two teenagers were arrested in England over suspected connections to the Texas synagogue hostage situation on Saturday. No details were released about the pair, although it is presumed they may be connected to Malik Faisal Akram, the individual identified as the hostage-taker. The teenagers were arrested "as part of the ongoing investigation into the attack," Greater Manchester Police said in a statement to the BBC. They were being held in custody for questioning. ARMED MAN IN TEXAS SYNAGOGUE SITUATION IDENTIFIED Akram was identified as the hostage-taker by the FBI on Sunday. No details were released about Akram except for his British citizenship. Akram arrived in the United States two weeks ago via New York's JFK International Airport, according to police sources. Akram, whom investigators say was "singularly focused on one issue" that was "not specifically related to the Jewish community," had entered the synagogue while a livestream was up. Akram claimed to be the brother of Aafia Siddiqui, a woman who was found guilty for the attempted murder of a U.S. soldier. Siddiqui's actual...
    U.S. military troops stationed in Japan will face a new line of restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. Forces, Japan and the Government of Japan issued a joint statement on Sunday regarding the new COVID-19 restrictions for troops, the Associated Press reported. Among the restrictions, troops will be confined to base facilities and will also be subject to masking procedures. The USFJ and the GOJ said in the statement how they both are taking the "rising number of COVID-19 cases throughout Japan" very "seriously." US ENCOURAGES JAPAN TO INCREASE DEFENSE SPENDING IN LIGHT OF CHINA THREATS This decision comes after Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Japanese Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa, and Minster of Defense Nobuo Kishi held the "2022 U.S.-Japan 2+2 Consultative Committee Meeting" on Jan. 7, Blinken confirmed in a post on Twitter. Military members will face restrictions for 14 days beginning on Monday. Movement for troops outside of base facilities and areas will be "restricted to essential activities only." Additionally, members will face a "mandatory masking...
    International upcoming star and Disney+ actress Kim Mi-soo died “suddenly,” her agency shared Wednesday. “Kim suddenly left us on Jan. 5,” the actress’ agency, Landscape, announced in a statement translated by Joongang Daily, Variety magazine reported. She was 29 years old. Snowdrop Actress Kim Mi-soo Dead at 29: She ‘Suddenly Left Us,’ Says Agency https://t.co/Un9sOiDK8I — People (@people) January 5, 2022 “The bereaved are deep in their sorrow at the sudden sadness,” the statement added. “Please refrain from reporting false rumors or speculation so that the family can mourn in peace.” (RELATED: 28-Year-Old ‘Wicked Tuna’ Star Dies Suddenly. Read The Details) The statement reportedly did not include a cause for her death. (RELATED: ‘The Office’ Star Mark York Dead At 55) The South Korean star recently appeared in the new series “Snowdrop” on the popular streaming site Disney+ in December along with costar Jisoo, who is also a member of K-pop girl group Blackpink, Variety reported. The next episode comes out Jan. 8, according to IMDb. No word yet on how they will deal with her character’s exit. She...
    Disney+ actress Kim Mi-soo has died at the age of 29, her agency confirms.  Mi-soo had recently appeared in the Disney+ series "Snowdrop" in a supporting role. "Kim suddenly left us on Jan. 5," her agency Landscape said in a statement on Wednesday, according to Variety. "The bereaved are deep in their sorrow at the sudden sadness. Please refrain from reporting false rumors or speculation so that the family can mourn in peace." The outlet reported the statement was translated by Joongang Daily. A cause of death has not been revealed. DISNEY+ SUBSCRIBER GROWTH, COMPANY EARNINGS MISS WALL STREET'S EXPECTATIONS "Snowdrop" was originally produced by JTBC Studios and Drama House, but it appears as a Disney+ original everywhere but Korea. The series premiered on the streaming service on Dec. 18. The series takes place in South Korea in 2987 and follows the pro-Democratic movement. South Koreans criticized the series for glamorizing and distorting historical facts, outlets reported at the time. Disney+ actress Kim Mi-soo has died at 29 years old. (Shutterstock) CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR THE ENTERTAINMENT...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — North Carolina Rep. Madison Cawthorn and his wife, Cristina Bayardelle, are divorcing after about a year of marriage, citing the difficulty of “balancing the enormity” of transitioning to a congressman’s life, according to a statement tweeted Wednesday by Cawthorn’s spokesperson. The 26-year-old ally of former President Donald Trump became the youngest member of Congress last year after his election to the vacant 11th District seat previously held by Mark Meadows. Cawthorn announced last month he will run in a new congressional district, a seat that is friendlier to Republicans. The couple married in April on the anniversary of a 2014 crash that left him partially paralyzed, months after they were legally wed in December 2020, news outlets reported. While they agreed he should run, their lives changed overnight after his election, Cawthorn said in his statement. “From the outset, we committed to make things work, to fight for our marriage, and seek counsel for balancing the enormity of such a transition in life,” he said. “Together, we realized that balance was not attainable, and that we had...
    Getty Sayaka Kanda Sayaka Kanda was a Japanese voice actress who was found dead after plummeting from a hotel. According to Kyodo News, the actress and singer fell from tall heights at the hotel in Sapporo, Japan, her office confirmed. The tragedy was announced on Sunday, December 19, 2021, but occurred on December 18, 2021 Her website now contains only a statement of her death. “I would like to report to everyone who has supported Sayaka Kanda so far. Sayaka Kanda (35 years old) died suddenly at 9:40 pm on December 18, 2021. We are very sorry to give such a report to all the fans who supported us and all the people who took care of us. We are still unbelievable and unacceptable. We are currently investigating the detailed situation, but we kindly ask the media to refrain from interviewing relatives or posting articles by speculation,” says the statement by Mitsuhisa Kamoike, CEO of L’aube Inc. What is the cause of death? A probable suicide, according to Kyodo News. Her office confirmed the death to Asahi.com, saying...
    BANGKOK (AP) — Stocks were mostly lower in Asia on Wednesday after new U.S. data showed inflation is still running high, putting a spotlight on what action the Federal Reserve will take as it holds its last meeting of the year. Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 index edged 0.1% higher to 28,459.72 and the Kospi in Seoul was nearly unchanged at 2,988.71. In Sydney, the S&P/ASX 200 gave up 0.7% to 7,327.10. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index slipped 0.4% to 23,548.10, while the Shanghai Composite index lost 0.2% to 3,655.92. Shares fell in Singapore and India but rose in Taiwan. The yield on the 10-year Treasury fell to 1.42% from 1.44% late Tuesday. China reported its retail sales slowed in November, rising 3.9% from a year earlier compared with a 4.9% increase in October. Industrial production picked up slightly, growing 3.8% from a year earlier compared with October’s 3.5%. “COVID-19 remained the key reason holding back a full recovery. Efforts to contain the virus flare-up beginning in mid-October lasted through most of November as infections reached 21 provinces,...
    A Clark County, Nev., coroner said the woman killed in the fiery crash involved with ex-Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III was burned to death, The Associated Press reported.  In a statement through the county’s spokesperson on Tuesday, Clark County Coroner Melanie Rouse said that 23-year-old Tina Tintor died from “thermal injuries” sustained in the incident last month.  “Other significant conditions contributing to her death were inhalation of products of combustion, fractures of the nasal bones, right sided ribs ... left forearm and (chest),” Rouse’s statement said. “The manner of her death was accidental.” Ruggs III, 22, is accused of causing the pre-dawn crash by driving drunk at speeds up to 156 mph with his girlfriend, Kiara Je’nai Kilgo-Washington, in the passenger seat of his Corvette sports car.  Ruggs’ vehicle then slammed into the rear of Tintor’s Toyota Rav4 on a residential street where the speed limit is 45 mph.  Ruggs, who was released by the Raiders after the incident, remains on house arrest after posting a $150,000 bail, The AP noted. Ruggs’ attorneys, David Chesnoff and Richard...
    A father and son were arrested by California authorities on Wednesday on suspicion of starting the massive wildfire that scorched over 200,000 acres in the state. David Scott Smith, 66, and Travis Shane Smith, 32, were arrested and accused of reckless arson in connection with the Caldor Fire, which threatened residents in El Dorado and Amador counties, as well as the popular tourist attraction Lake Tahoe. Their arrest was carried out through a warrant issued before criminal charges were filed, according to a statement from the El Dorado County District Attorney's Facebook page. "The two men are accused of violating section 452 of the California Penal Code, commonly referred to as 'reckless arson,' which caused inhabited properties to burn and resulted in great bodily injury to multiple victims," the statement read. FORMER COLLEGE PROFESSOR CHARGED WITH ARSON FOR FOUR CALIFORNIA FIRES Mark Reichel, the Smiths' attorney, claims Travis Smith was with his father close to where the fire began. The son called 911 several times because his calls were dropping, and both he and his...
    (CNN)At least five people were killed in Myanmar when a vehicle plowed into anti-junta protesters this weekend, according to local media. The attack took place in a Yangon township, news outlet Myanmar Now reported Sunday, citing protesters and eyewitnesses. One reporter who witnessed the incident told CNN that it was a military vehicle that rammed demonstrators. Eleven protesters were arrested at the scene of the incident, including two men and one woman who were injured, according to a statement by Myanmar's military. However, the statement did not acknowledge the reported deaths or the alleged vehicle attack.The United Nations in Myanmar has condemned the incident, issuing a statement slamming the "reported attack on a number of unarmed civilians in Kyimyindaing Township, Yangon, in which a vehicle belonging to security forces rammed into protesters who were then fired upon with live ammunition leading to deaths and injuries to numerous people."The US Embassy also reacted, saying it was "horrified by reports that security forces opened fire against, ran over, and killed several peaceful protesters this morning in Yangon."Read More"We support the right of...
    (CNN)Honolulu shut down its largest water source on Oahu Thursday night following reported contamination in the potable water system for Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.The city's Board of Water Supply (BWS) shut down the Halawa Shaft after the Navy said Thursday it found "a likely source of the contamination," which is believed to be petroleum chemicals initiated from the Red Hill well, the Navy confirmed in a virtual town hall meeting.The Navy added that it has seen concerns from people in the affected neighborhoods who were exposed to the contaminated water and reported symptoms including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, and skin related concerns. Toxic chemicals that never break down were found in the drinking water in several major US citiesThe Navy isolated the Red Hill well last Sunday and sent samples out for testing Monday, it said."The results of the Red Hill sample showed petroleum hydrocarbons roughly four to ten times below the Hawaii Department of Health Environmental Action Level (EAL). The Navy had a separate test that confirmed vapors, which is another indication of petroleum hydrocarbons," it said in a...
    (CBS Detroit) — The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office says deputies are making extra patrols to all schools after receiving reports of schools threats. This comes after a 15-year-old at Oakland County’s Oxford High School killed four people — all students — and injured seven others on Nov. 30. READ MORE: Striking Kellogg's Workers Receiving 3% Raises In New ContractEthan Crumbley, who was a sophomore at the high school, has been charged with murder, terrorism, and other counts for the shooting. In a statement issued on Thursday, Macomb County deputies say that in the last two days, they have received 28 calls regarding school threats, some related to the same incident already reported. “School shootings are one of our biggest fears as a student, a parent, school staff, and law enforcement,” read the statement. READ MORE: 87% Of Michigan's COVID ICU Patients Unvaccinated, Hospital Association Says“Please know that we are taking every report we receive with the highest priority. We have had deputies and investigators working these complaints throughout the night and are still investigating them currently,” the sheriff’s office added....
    CHICAGO (CBS) — No injuries were reported after gunshots were fired into St. Anthony Hospital in the Lawndale neighborhood Monday morning. Police said, shortly before 7:10 a.m., shots fired from a parking lot in Douglass Park, across the street from St. Anthony, hit the hospital building. READ MORE: Jury Selection To Begin Monday In Jussie Smollett TrialNo one was injured. In a statement, hospital officials said shots also have been fired in recent months outside nearby Mount Sinai Hospital and Stroger Hospital. No injuries were reported in those incidents, either. READ MORE: At Least 41 People Wounded, 5 Killed In Thanksgiving Weekend Shootings In Chicago“It is unfortunate that this level of violence in the city continues, affecting so many neighborhoods citywide,” St. Anthony Hospital President and CEO Guy A. Medaglia said in a statement. No one was in custody for Monday’s incident outside St. Anthony Hospital. MORE NEWS: 17-Year-Old Boy Killed, 4 Injured In Evanston ShootingArea 4 detectives are investigating.
    A Chinese tennis player who made sexual assault allegations against a government official has reportedly not been seen or heard from in days, People reported. Former doubles champion Peng Shuai’s whereabouts are unknown days after she accused former vice premier Zhang Gaoli of coercing her into sex several years ago in a Nov. 2 post on Weibo, People reported. “Why did you have to come back to me, took me to your home to force me to have sex with you? Yes, I did not have any evidence, and it was simply impossible to have evidence,” Peng wrote in her post, which is an open letter to Zhang, CNN reported. “I couldn’t describe how disgusted I was, and how many times I asked myself am I still a human? I feel like a walking corpse. Every day I was acting, which person is the real me?” she added. The post was deleted about 30 minutes after it went online, and Peng’s accusations were met with blanket censorship by the Chinese government, which attempted to wipe the internet of the scandal, CNN...
    (CNN)Eight residents of a nursing home in northwestern Connecticut have died since late September following a Covid-19 outbreak, the nursing home said in a statement.A total of 89 residents and staff -- many of whom were fully vaccinated -- have tested positive for Covid-19 in the last seven weeks, Geer Village Senior Community in North Canaan said Friday, and 11 residents and one staff member remain in isolation. "Sadly, we have lost 8 residents with serious underlying health issues to Covid," the statement said. Read MoreThe center first released information about the outbreak on October 3, stating that there were three positive cases among residents and a staff member who were all fully vaccinated against Covid-19.Source: FDA will likely make booster decision without outside advisory committee weighing inThe outbreak began close to when Covid-19 boosters were given emergency use authorization by the FDA. Geer Village Senior Community CEO Kevin O'Connell told ABC News that nursing home officials had been working to schedule boosters since they were notified they were available to residents, but the logistics of vaccinating all staff and...
    (CNN)Three people were killed and another was injured early Saturday when an Amtrak train struck a vehicle at a South Carolina railroad crossing, fire officials said. A police officer reported the crash about 2:30 a.m., according to a statement from the North Charleston Fire Department. First responders found four people near the heavily damaged vehicle at the Remount Road railroad crossing, the statement said. Three were pronounced dead at the scene. One person was transported to a local hospital. The four people were believed to be in the car at the time of the crash, according to the statement. The Amtrak train, with 500 passengers, made a controlled emergency stop, the statement said. No injuries were reported on the train. Read MoreAmtrak was assessing damage to the train, the fire department said.The cause of the crash is being investigated.
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    Parents of students at Hazard High School in Kentucky are upset over inappropriate dances and costumes at a student assembly, WKYT reported. Students dressed up for what the Courier Journal called a “Man Pageant.” Female students donned Hooters uniforms with mugs that looked like they were filled with beer, boys danced inappropriately on teachers while dressed in women’s lingerie and students were allegedly paddled at the event, WKYT reported. Photos of the costume contest, which was part of the school’s homecoming week were originally posted to Hazard High School Athletics’ Facebook page, but are now deleted, WKYT reported. Principal of Hazard High School and Mayor of Hazard, Happy Mobelini, was shown in the event’s photos. He told WKYT Wednesday that all questions regarding the incident should be directed toward the superintendent’s office. (RELATED: Judge Finds Skirt-Wearing Teen Boy Guilty Of Sexually Assaulting Female Classmate In Loudoun County School Bathroom) Mobelini was investigated in 2008 over Facebook photos that allegedly showed him driving his daughter and her four teenage friends while they drank alcohol and smoked cigarettes, the Courier Journal reported....
    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) building was evacuated Wednesday morning after a bomb threat. The department said in a statement that a bomb threat was reported at the at the Hubert H. Humphrey Building, which houses the HHS headquarters. “This morning there was a bomb threat received at the Humphrey Building. Out of an abundance of caution, we evacuated the building and there is no reported incident,” HHS Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Sarah Lovenheim said in a statement. “We are monitoring the situation closely with Federal Protective Service,” she added. The United States Capitol Police sent an alert on Wednesday morning that portions of Independence Avenue SW and C Street SW were closed due to a bomb threat at the HHS building. DEVELOPING Tags Department of Health and Human Services Bomb threat Capitol police
    YouTube Ad Revenue Increases to $7.2B in Latest Quarter 9 Ways To Fight Inflation So You’re Not Spending More Houston Texans owner Cal McNair has issued an apology in response to a report that he used an anti-Asian slur at a golf event. © Provided by Yahoo! Sports Cal McNair. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) Bally Sports' Michael Silver reported on Tuesday that McNair made the statement while addressing a crowd of more than 100 people alongside his wife Hannah at the Houston Texans Foundation Charity Golf Classic in May.  Two witnesses told Silver that McNair apologized to attendees for the event being canceled the year prior due to the COVID-19 pandemic as participants prepared to leave the clubhouse for the golf course.  (Warning: An anti-Asian slur is quoted in the text below) “I’m sorry that we couldn’t get together last year, because of the China Virus," McNair said, per the report. One witness told Silver that attendees audibly gasped in response to McNair's comment. “Everyone gasped, especially the people directly across from him," a witness said. "He and...
    ATLANTA (AP) — Officials in Georgia’s most populous county, where election operations are already under review by the state, have fired two workers accused of shredding paper voter registration applications, according to a county statement released Monday. Preliminary information indicates that the employees checked out batches of applications for processing. Instead of fully processing them, they are alleged to have shredded some of the forms, the Fulton County statement says. Fellow employees reported the alleged actions to their supervisor Friday morning, and the two employees were fired that day. The county statement says the applications were received in the past two weeks. Fulton County includes most of the city of Atlanta, where voters are set to go to the polls Nov. 2 to elect a new mayor, City Council members and school board members. The deadline to register to vote in that election was Oct. 4. Fulton County Registration and Elections Director Rick Barron also reported the allegations to the secretary of state’s office of investigations. Fulton County Commission Chairman Robb Pitts reported the matter to county District Attorney...
    ANDY JACOBSOHN/AFP via Getty Images Former President Donald Trump took a ghoulish victory lap with a statement pointing out that total reported deaths from COVID-19 in 2021 surpassed the total reported in 2020. In a format usually reserved for endorsements by Iowa newspapers or influential editorial boards, Trump issued an “ICYMI” statement Thursday on a weightier topic: the horrific death toll from the pandemic that dominated most of his final year in office. ICYMI: Covid-19 Deaths in 2021 Surpass Entirety of 2020 “As of Wednesday, U.S. localities have reported 353,000 deaths since January 1, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. That surpasses the 352,000 deaths reported in 2020 in the 10 months following the first recorded domestic outbreaks of the disease in March…” — Forbes, Oct. 6, 2021 The statement quoted a Forbes article, and also contained a fundraising plea. Since the very beginning of the pandemic, Trump took a ghoulish scorekeeping approach to the human misery that was most starkly illustrated during a March 2020 visit to the CDC at which he said, of a cruise...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A published report late Tuesday said the Bears have signed a purchase agreement for the Arlington International Racecourse property in Arlington Heights, but Mayor Lori Lightfoot said her administration will go on working to keep the team in Chicago. The Athletic reported Tuesday night it had learned the Bears had signed an agreement to purchase the Arlington racetrack land, and an announcement is expected Wednesday morning. READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Warming TrendIn a tweet Tuesday night, Mayor Lightfoot wrote: “My statement still stands on the Bears: my admin remains committed to continuing the work to keep the team in Chicago. As I have said numerous times, our door in City Hall remains open.” My statement still stands on the Bears: my admin remains committed to continuing the work to keep the team in Chicago. As I have said numerous times, our door in City Hall remains open. https://t.co/7pm7mLtCOc — Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) September 29, 2021 On June 17, the Bears released a statement saying they submitted a bid to purchase the Arlington racetrack...
    Northwestern University has suspended all fraternity activities as it investigates reports of alleged druggings at Greek house gatherings.  Incidents were reported at two Greek houses — Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) and Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) — over the weekend leading to large protests at both, according to The Daily Northwestern. Around 2,000 people attended the protests.  The student newspaper reported that police notices did not directly name the fraternity’s involved, but listed the addresses.  "Given the recent allegations, the locations of these reported behaviors and Northwestern's commitment to the health and safety of our community, the University has decided that effective immediately, there will be no social events or chapter-sponsored recruitment activities at Northwestern fraternities in the Interfraternity Council (IFC) until at least Oct. 17, Northwestern said in a statement Sunday, according to ABC7.   "That includes events with non-members, such as alumni. Individuals or groups who violate this restriction, or any other University policy, will be referred to the Office of Community Standards," the statement continued.  The university’s Associated Student Government banned the Interfraternity Council (IFC) and Panhellenic Association...
    The father of 22-year-old Gabby Petito responded on "America's Newsroom" Wednesday to a statement issued through a family lawyer by his missing daughter's fiancé, Brian Laundrie. "That wasn't a statement. I'm sorry. That's not a statement," Joe Petito told host Bill Hemmer. "Forget Brian, Brian's home safe. His parents, yeah it's hard for them. Bulls**t. You know what? My daughter is not here. Our daughter is not here. We don't even know what state she's in. "You know, we're shooting from the hip here and trying to do what we can. So I don't care about the statement. I care about finding Gabby." GABBY PETITO'S FIANCE NAMED PERSON OF INTEREST BY POLICE Laundrie was later named a person of interest in the disappearance on Wednesday. On Tuesday, Laundrie’s attorney Steven Bertolino said the fiancé’s family hoped that Petito would be found and reunited with her parents. "On behalf of the Laundrie family, it is our hope that the search for Miss Petito is successful and that Miss Petito is reunited with her family," Bertolino said. "On the advice of counsel,...