Tuesday, Sep 27, 2022 - 02:02:57
1000 results - (0.034 seconds)

the department:

latest news at page 1:
    A potentially scary scene unfolded near the University of Maryland campus when a burglar entered two occupied bedrooms off-campus, the Prince George's County Police Department confirmed. Between 2:30 a.m. and 4:40 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, police say that a burglar entered two bedrooms in the 4700 block of Norwich Road when a door to the residence was left unlocked. The incident was reported to the St. George's County Police Department shortly before 8:30 p.m. on Saturday night and the University of Maryland Police Department was notified of the off-campus burglary at approximately 2:45 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 26. During the burglaries, investigators said that the suspect left the residence without contacting any residents, though it is unclear if anything was stolen. At approximately 6:17 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 26, officials said that “the University of Maryland Police Department received notification from the Prince George’s County Police Department, who confirmed through their investigation that the information (that has been provided) is correct.” The incident remains under investigation by the Prince George's County Police Department. Anyone with information...
    Police officers rush to the SUV that was fiercely mangled by the speeding train. "Get us medical emergent. The suspect was in the vehicle that was hit by the train," a cop frantically exclaimed into her radio. The front passenger door was nearly torn off and the windshield was shattered. The airbags had deployed after the forceful impact. (WARNING: Graphic video) \u201cTRAIN HITS OCCUPIED POLICE CAR\n\nVIDEO: With a suspect detained in the back seat, a police car is crushed by a fast-moving train in Weld County\n\nSuspect was handcuffed in the back seat as the train blared a horn leading up to the crash. I will have more on @CBSNewsColorado\u00a0 4/5/6p\u201d — Dillon Thomas (@Dillon Thomas) 1663952132 Incredibly, Rios-Gonzalez survived the powerful collision. She suffered multiple serious injuries and was hospitalized. The woman is expected to survive the train crash, according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI). There were no other injuries from the accident. "Officers cleared the suspect vehicle to determine if anyone else was in the vehicle," the Fort Lupton Police Department said in...
    The U.S. Department of Justice has issued a new press release with details about the case against the former executive director of the Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS). According to the release, John Davis, 54 has pleaded guilty to a number of charges including "one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and to commit theft concerning programs receiving federal funds, and one count of theft concerning programs receiving federal funds." READ MORE: Brett Favre texts reveal Mississippi GOP Gov. was 'on board' with misappropriation of welfare funds: report "According to court documents, John Davis, 54, of Jackson, Mississippi, and his co-conspirators fraudulently obtained and misused federal funds – including funds from two programs, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) – for their personal use and benefit," the press release reads. The release went on to offer more details about Davis' role in the scheme and non-profit organizations were advised to deceitfully award contracts. "At Davis’s direction," it adds, "MDHS provided federal funds to two nonprofit organizations and then directed the...
    Fraudsters stole more than $45 billion in unlawful unemployment claims during the pandemic, the Labor Department concluded on Thursday - while warning that the actual figure may be even higher. Criminals used inventive measures to access the COVID benefits, with more than 205,000 Social Security numbers that belonged to dead people being used to claim the cash. Some schemes saw the Social Security numbers of prisoners being used, despite them being ineligible for the unemployment benefits. The latest figure is more than double the earlier estimate, issued by the Labor Department last year, when they concluded that $16 billion had been stolen. Senator Ron Wyden, a Democrat representing Oregon who chairs the Senate Finance Committee, said the new report proved the urgency of improving security checks on unemployment benefits. 'I've long said we need a national set of technology and security standards for state systems to better prevent this kind of fraud, and we're going to keep working to get our reforms passed,' he said. A woman walks past a shuttered shop in Manhattan on June 2, 2020, in the...
    The State Department suggests that the administration has been working to get to the 'root causes' of migration as the border crisis has more than quintupled under President Joe Biden's leadership. While Biden's administration focuses on what causes migrants to leave their home countries and come to the U.S., it has failed to implement policies aimed at stopping the flow of illegal immigration over the southern border. State Department spokesperson Ned Price, however, told Fox News on Wednesday that results cannot be achieved in short timelines – despite the nearly two-years of Biden's presidency. 'We have never been under any illusions, nor should anyone, that we can fully address the root causes overnight or over the course of a week or month,' Price said. He added: 'But this is something that we are working on, we're working on it as diligently as we can.' The claim comes after new figures were released this week showing that a new record was reached in August and more than 2 million migrants have illegally entered the country so far in Fiscal Year 2022....
    Police have identified a 20-year-man who was found shot to death in the woods near a quiet Maryland roadway, authorities announced. Salisbury resident Kevin Dwayne Raeford, 20, was found along the 600 block of Edgewood Avenue shortly after 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20 in Cambridge following reports of shots fired. Officers from the Cambridge Police Department responded to the scene, and officials said that as they canvassed the area, they located Raeford’s body with at least one gunshot wound. The Cambridge Police Department secured the scene, according to investigators, and the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit later took over the investigation. Raeford’s body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy, police said.   No other injuries or fatalities were reported. Police have not identified a suspect or announced a motive for the shooting, which remains under investigation.
    (CNN)A court hearing in Brooklyn on Tuesday gave the public its first glimpse of how Judge Raymond Dearie, a senior judge who's been tapped to serve as a special master in the Mar-a-Lago search dispute, will approach the job of reviewing materials seized from former President Donald Trump's Florida home. Dearie, a seasoned and widely respected jurist, showed skepticism of Trump's arguments about how the review should proceed, while stressing a desire to move quickly. His appointment order -- issued by US District Judge Aileen Cannon in Florida -- said he must finish his review by the end of November. Special master questions Trumps claims about Mar-a-Lago docs being declassifiedCannon ordered the third-party review after Trump filed a lawsuit claiming that the review was necessary to filter out materials covered by attorney client privilege, as well personal items that do not belong in the hands of the investigators. While Dearie gets going on sifting through the approximately 11,000 documents seized in Mar-a-Lago, the Justice Department is asking an appeals court to revive its criminal investigation into the materials marked as...
    On Tuesday, September 20, Attorney General Merrick Garland and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that 47 defendants in Minnesota had been indicted on federal charges for their alleged participation in a scheme to defraud a program that provided food for needy children during the COVID-19 pandemic. Altogether, according to DOJ, the alleged fraud amounted to $250 million. In an official statement, Garland said, “These indictments, alleging the largest pandemic relief fraud scheme charged to date, underscore the Department of Justice’s sustained commitment to combating pandemic fraud and holding accountable those who perpetrate it.” The Washington Post’s Tony Romm, in an article published on September 20, explains, “Federal prosecutors said the defendants — a network of individuals and organizations tied to Feeding Our Future, a Minnesota-based nonprofit — allegedly put the wrongly obtained federal pandemic funds toward luxury cars, houses and other personal purchases in what amounted to a case of ‘brazen’ theft…. The alleged scheme centered on the Federal Child Nutrition Program, which is administered by the Agriculture Department to provide free meals to the children of...
    At least six people have been transported to area hospitals on the west side of Chicago following a building explosion Tuesday morning. Several of the individuals are reportedly in critical condition and the Chicago Fire Department has requested 10 additional ambulances and is sending a mass casualty vehicle to the scene of the collapse. A bomb squad and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are also on the scene. The four story red-brick building is located in South Austin, Chicago on West End Avenue. The explosion occurred shortly before 9.30am Central Time. Buildings next door to the explosion site have also been evacuated. Chicago emergency services responded Tuesday morning  to an explosion in the South Austin neighborhood of the city after an explosion sent bricks flying from the top of a four-story apartment building The Chicago Fire Department, as well as ATF agents and a bomb squad reported to the scene of the explosion Red bricks and rubble littered the area as neighboring buildings were also evacuated BREAKING: Building explosion on the west side of Chicago....
    The New York City Department of Education has axed 850 teachers and classroom aides on top of the 1,300 employees who took one year's unpaid leave.  It means that almost 2,000 school employees will have been fired for failing to comply with vaccine mandate imposed last October.  Of the 1,300 who went on leave for a year, 450 agreed to show proof of vaccination by September 5. The rest are 'deemed to have voluntarily resigned.' The New York City Department of Education has axed 850 teachers and classroom aides after they refused to show proof of getting the COVID vaccine (file photo from November 2021) The 450 who received a shot, consisting of 225 teachers and 135 paraprofessionals, are now 'returning to their prior schools or work locations,' DOE officials told The New York Post.  About 1,950 staffers have now been terminated from the department since the vaccine mandate was introduced on October 29, 2021. New York City Mayor Eric Adams never lifted the vaccine mandate despite for city schools despite other cities and states dropping such requirements as the CDC relaxed...
    New Orleans overtook St. Louis as the US murder capital in the first half of this year, as the city struggles with its lowest police staffing level in modern history amid a crisis of officer morale.  In the first six months of 2022, New Orleans recorded 41 murders per 100,000 population, a higher homicide rate than any other US city, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of data from the Major Cities Chiefs Association.  By comparison, the first-half murder rate per 100,000 was 11.5 in Chicago, 4.8 in Los Angeles and 2.4 in New York City. In New Orleans, the homicide rate has soared 141 percent compared with 2019, while shootings are up 100 percent, carjackings up 210 percent and armed robberies up 25 percent, according to the city's Metropolitan Crime Commission. New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell arrives by horseback for the Krewe of Zulu roll in March. The city now has the highest murder rate in the US, according to a new analysis In New Orleans, the homicide rate has soared 141 percent compared with 2019, while shootings are up 100 percent,...
    After the shock arrival of 50 Venezuelan men, women and children on the island of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts on Wednesday, Democrats nationwide have called on the Biden administration to investigate the stunt as potential human trafficking—a comparison that even the White House has embraced. “This maneuver raises serious legal questions and will have untold repercussions on the individuals caught up in the governor’s political stunt,” said Florida agriculture commissioner Nikki Fried, who accused Gov. Ron DeSantis of “political human trafficking by sending a flight of dozens of asylum seekers to an island five miles from the mainland. “An investigation is necessary.” “Shipping vulnerable migrants across the country is not a campaign tactic. It is human trafficking,” said Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MI). “It is the abuse of dozens of human beings and a celebration of that abuse for political gain.” The Biden administration, which has a near-blanket policy of not discussing potential investigations by the Department of Justice, initially punted on the question of whether President Joe Biden views the transports as legal, instead focusing on the use of undocumented...
    Smith noted in a statement that her goal "is to illuminate how many opportunities there are to use storytelling as a tool to expand the conversation and create substantial attitude and policy change." Monika Parekh, president of Psquared Charitable Foundation, emphasized that the purpose of these student films is to "shape the hearts and minds of their peers and broader audiences in ways that can influence culture and decision making." Caren Spruch, a media spokesperson for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, suggested that this initiative constitutes "an invaluable tool" in crystallizing public opinion and achieving the goals of the pro-abortion movement. Spruch also suggested that the "entertainment community plays a critical role in educating people about their sexual and reproductive health and rights." The Hollywood Reporter indicated that script-readers Meryl Streep, Scarlett Johansson, Kerry Washington, Eva Longoria, Amy Schumer, and others have agreed to publicize the initiative.
    (CNN)A federal judge in Florida dealt the Justice Department another setback in its investigation into the handling of documents from former President Donald Trump's White House with a trio of orders Thursday night. US District Judge Aileen Cannon appointed Raymond Dearie, a Brooklyn based senior federal judge, to be the special master to review the materials that were seized. In an order setting the parameters of the review, she mostly sided with Trump's proposals for the shape it could take, creating a much slower and extensive process than what the prosecutors had recommended. Special master appointed to review documents from Mar-a-Lago search; DOJ request to resume criminal probe rejectedIn what was perhaps the biggest shot at the Justice Department, she also denied its request that the documents it seized that were marked as classified be carved out from the review, keeping in place her order blocking the criminal investigation from using them. That move by Cannon sets the stage for the Justice Department to quickly put the dispute over the materials in front of an appeals court and perhaps even...
    The crest of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) is seen at their headquarters in Washington, D.C., U.S., May 10, 2021.Andrew Kelly | Reuters Significant changes are coming to the ways federal prosecutors will handle white collar criminal cases, putting a greater emphasis on prosecuting individual executives who commit fraud, a senior official at the Department of Justice said Thursday. DOJ is changing the incentive structure for companies negotiating with the government over cases of corporate wrongdoing, according to the official. The government will give credit to companies that come forward with information and names of individual executives involved in criminal activity, the official said. "Timeliness for information about key individuals will be a key metric for prosecutors who are judging the credit companies get for their for their cooperation," the official said. "If the company comes forward, people may go to jail, and that is the intent here. But the company itself on behalf of its shareholders may avoid a guilty plea." The Department it will also make it much more difficult for companies to get successive...
    California Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom is urging Attorney General Merrick Garland to investigate “possible criminal or civil violations of federal law,” including possible “kidnapping” or “RICO” charges after Florida and Texas shipped thousands of undocumented immigrants across state lines to states including Massachusetts, New York, and to Washington, D.C. “Like millions of Americans, I have been horrified at the images of migrants being shipped on buses and planes across the country to be used as political props,” Newsom’s letter begins. “Clearly, transporting families, including children, across state lines under false pretenses is morally reprehensible, but it may also be illegal.” “Several of the individuals who were transported to Martha’s Vineyard have alleged that a recruiter induced them to accept the offer of travel based on false representations that they would be transported to Boston and would receive expedited access to work authorization. The interstate travel at issue provides a basis for federal jurisdiction over this matter.” READ MORE: Martha’s Vineyard Welcomes Planes of Migrant Families Sent ‘Like Cargo’ by DeSantis: ‘We’re Going to Take Care of You’ Florida GOP Governor...
    Washington (CNN)The US announced a slew of new sanctions on Thursday, including against five individuals for "supporting or enabling the theft of Ukraine's grain" on behalf of Russia."Today's action includes the designation of 22 Russian proxy officials, including five that have overseen the seizure or theft of hundreds of thousands of tons of Ukrainian grain, exacerbating food insecurity around the globe," Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement Thursday.The top US diplomat also said they "are taking actions against major Russian defense entities, key advanced-technology firms that support Russia's defense industrial base, and financial infrastructure," as well as against a "Russian military intelligence agency and against individuals connected to human rights abuses, both in the Kremlin's war against Ukraine and within Russia itself."The State Department sanctions were one of a series of actions taken by the Biden administration against Russia on Thursday. According to a State Department fact sheet, the individuals sanctioned for their role in grain theft had been appointed to leadership roles in some of occupied regions of Ukraine. As CNN reported in May, Russian forces...
    A Detroit police officer resigned after the department discovered her explicit OnlyFans page with porn.  Janelle Zielinski left the Detroit Police Department on Monday a day before an investigation was launched when her risqué page was revealed.  Chris Graveline, the director of the Detroit Police Department's Professional Standards section,' said Zielinski's profile was found through her social media account. 'One of our officers through her Instagram account had a paywall set up and was posting pornographic videos on the other side of the paywall,' Graveline told Fox 2 Detroit.  'One of the bedrocks of DPD is you have to keep your private life unsullied as well. This is a major point of emphasis to our officers so when we see something like this, Command moves very quickly.'   Detroit Chief James White launched the investigation on Tuesday and ordered Zielinski  to be suspended from the force, but learned she had already resigned. Zielinski joined the police department in March after graduating from the academy. The Detroit Police Department didn't immediately respond for comment.  Janelle Zielinski was suspended from the Detroit Police...
    A senior State Department official said there was no evidence that an external cause lay behind so-called 'Havana Syndrome,' casting doubt on the claims of more than 1,000 spies and diplomats, some of whom are in line for six-figure compensation payments. It is the latest in a string of comments apparently debunking theories that diplomatic staff were targeted with mysterious energy weapons. But it will anger victims diagnosed with headaches, dizziness, vision problems, dizziness and brain fog, symptoms first identified among workers at the U.S. embassy in Havana. 'We have not identified any outside causality in any Anomalous Health Incidents,' Brian Nichols, assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs, told Yahoo's Conspiracyland podcast. And he said it was a misnomer to refer to it as Havana Syndrome.  After first being reported in the Cuban capital in 2016, hundreds of people came forward to say they were suffering the same symptoms at U.S. facilities all around the world.  Symptoms, including nausea and debilitating migraines, were sometimes accompanied by descriptions of strange sounds, on some occasions resembling the chirping of cicadas.  'We have...
    The body of an NYPD police officer was found on Tuesday evening after he jumped from the Throgs Neck Bridge the night before, leaving his keys and cell phone in his car parked in the middle of the span, the DailyMail.com has learned.  Scott Cohn, an officer with the 90th police precinct in Brooklyn, had six years on the job and also sang the National Anthem at NYPD events.  Police sources told DailyMail.com that the 38-year-old was experiencing emotional difficulty from the job and was considering resigning.  'I know he wasn't happy in patrol,' a Brooklyn officer who knew him said.  'He wasn't happy with the treatment police are getting, the current environment. But that's not really a reason to want to kill yourself. Anybody can leave the job. Scott Cohn was found dead on Tuesday beneath the Throgs Neck Bridge, which connects the Bronx and Queens Police speedboats are seen searching for Cohn's body on Tuesday A NYPD helicopter is seen on Tuesday searching for Cohn's body 'It's just sad,' the officer added.  'He was a very friendly, pleasant...
    Washington (CNN)The Justice Department and former President Donald Trump's legal team have found rare agreement in a potential candidate to serve as the special master tasked with reviewing the documents seized from Mar-a-Lago. Judge Raymond Dearie, whom Trump's legal team put forward, is an acceptable option to serve as the third-party attorney to independently review the seized materials, the Justice Department said in a court filing Monday evening. While it remains unclear when US District Judge Aileen Cannon will decide who will serve as the special master, here's what you need to know about Dearie and the role he could play in the investigation. Who is Raymond Dearie?Dearie, a Reagan nominee, has served as a federal judge in New York since 1986. He retired in 2011 and is now a senior judge on the circuit. Read MoreHe also served a seven-year term on the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, or FISA court. Dearie was one of the judges who approved an FBI and DOJ request to surveil Carter Page, a Trump campaign foreign policy adviser, as part of the federal...
    The Minneapolis Police Department is developing a plan to add unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, to its law enforcement strategy. Police and some proponents of the new equipment say it’ll help MPD bolster its law enforcement capabilities as the department tries to deal with a sustained crime wave amid staffing shortages.  “We’re not going to see the numbers (of officers) we used to see,” said Cedric Alexander, the commissioner of the new Minneapolis Office of Community Safety, on a Humphrey School of Public Affairs panel last month, suggesting the department needs to find other ways to police the city.  But many residents are concerned about the equipment’s potential for abuse – such as their use for surveillance and violation of privacy rights that could follow – and whether a department seen by many as unaccountable should have access to that type of technology.  Article continues after advertisement Drone uses In a presentation to Minneapolis City Council public health and safety committee members late last month, MPD Commander Jonathon Kingsbury said the department plans to use drones to “enhance...
    Donald Trump has raised questions with an unplanned arrival in Washington, DC on Sunday evening, appearing slightly disheveled and still wearing his golf shoes. The former president landed at Dulles International Airport in his white sporting shoes and quickly got into a black SUV with tinted windows, according to the video shot by YouTuber Andrew Leyden. Trump does have a golf course in Virginia, but it's unlikely he rushed to the area for a game given the rainy forecast expected for Monday.  His surprise trip to the national capital has prompted speculation over whether he is facing an indictment or some other legal matter, amid the Justice Department's explosive investigation into his handling of classified documents after leaving office. Trump was seen departing Dulles at around 6:30 p.m. on Sunday night, according to the video. The ex-president was spotted descending down the steps of his private plane markedly dressed down from his usual clean-cut suit and tie. Trump's white polo was worn casually with its top buttons flung open, and he appeared to also be wearing a brown jacket and...
    A California K-9 handler officer is suing the city, alleging that she was wrongfully removed from patrol after getting pregnant because the department claimed it did not have maternity uniforms - and when she complained to her union president he 'offered to kick her down the stairs'.   Officer Daryn Glenn, who works at the Redondo Police Department, filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles on Friday where she seeks unspecified damages for gender and pregnancy discrimination, harassment, retaliation and failure to prevent harassment and discrimination. Glenn, 28, was hired in 2017 and became the city's first black K-9 handler in 2021, the suit states. She became pregnant last October and told her supervisors, who that same day took her off her patrol assignment, according to the lawsuit. 'Specifically, plaintiff was told by supervisor Lt. Cory King that it is department policy to remove female officers from patrol for safety reasons once they get pregnant,'' the suit states. Officer Daryn Glenn, who works at the Redondo Police Department, filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles on Friday where she seeks unspecified damages for gender and pregnancy discrimination, harassment,...
    by Julie Kelly   To no one’s surprise, Alyssa Farah, Mike Pence’s former press secretary, is the newest panelist on “The View.” Farah replaces Meghan McCain, who quit the show last year after suffering from postpartum depression and nonstop bullying by her leftist co-hosts, she claimed. Farah, however, will pick up where McCain left off: using her voice as the only alleged “conservative” to bash Donald Trump and his supporters. She’s been auditioning for the role on the daily talk show ever since she left the White House in late 2020, following a well-trodden path that promises fame and fortune to Trump associates who turn on their former boss. Betrayers earn lucrative book deals, glowing coverage in corporate media, “exclusive” interviews on CNN, and newfound respect from one-time enemies. Such appears to be the case with former Attorney General William Barr. Picked by Trump in the spring of 2019, Barr, who served in the same role under President George H. W. Bush, initially said all the right things about the need to clean up a compromised, partisan Department of Justice....
    (CNN)The Justice Department and former President Donald Trump's lawyers faced off yet again in the Mar-a-Lago investigation, this time in a court filing late Friday where they offered vastly different proposals for how the critical special master review of seized documents should work.Although the document Friday appeared on the court docket as a "joint response," the two sides unsurprisingly didn't agree on much.READ: DOJ and Trump team proposals for special master reviewThe new filing revealed the names of the former judges and one lawyer that the respective sides proposed to serve as special master -- the third-party attorney reviewing the documents. The candidates bring some interesting experience to the table -- one co-wrote a report debunking Trump's 2020 election lies, and another was involved in the controversial surveillance of an aide for Trump's 2016 campaign.It'll be up to US District Judge Aileen Cannon to figure out the path forward in the legal fight that could determine how far the Justice Department is able to proceed in its investigation of how White House documents ended up at Mar-a-Lago.Here are the takeaways...
    Apple stands to lose up to $15 billion a year if the Justice Department forces Google to stop paying the company to be the default search engine on all iPhones - as regulators question the legality of the longtime arrangement.  Anytime iPhone users open a web browser to enter a search query, it always defaults to Google. Even though anyone can change this setting, almost no one does, resulting in a huge amount of traffic (and ad revenue) to Google from over a billion iPhone users worldwide.  Analysts from Bernstein estimated that Google's payment to Apple would increase to $15 billion in 2021 and as high as $18-$20 billion this year, reports 9to5Mac.  Apple stands to lose up to $15 billion a year if the Justice Department forces Google to stop paying the company to be the default search engine on all iPhones The contracts are the basis of the DOJ's antitrust against the California-based company, which began in the closing days of the Trump administration and won't head to trial until sometime in 2023 Last year, Apple's total gross...
    Sen. Marco Rubio is defending the Florida-based federal jurist who ruled in favor of Donald Trump's push for a special master to review materials seized from Mar-a-Lago, calling her a 'great judge.' He blasted those going after the Judge Aileen Cannon after the judge, who was confirmed to a lifetime appointment on November 12, 2020, five days after TV networks called the election for Joe Biden and before Trump left office.  The Justice Department on Thursday filed a motion to severely curtail her ruling on what a court-appointed special master would sift through – exempting a trove of classified material seized during the FBI's search of Mar-a-Lago August 8. 'Judge Cannon is a great judge who I am very proud to have enthusiastically supported,' Rubio said in a statement to the Washington Post.  Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is defending Judge Aileen Cannon, who ruled in Donald Trump's favor on a getting a special master 'The attacks against her are just the latest example of hypocrisy from leftists and their media enablers who believe the only time it is acceptable to attack...
    The US Interior Department on Thursday said it had completed the removal of the word 'squaw' from nearly 650 place names on federal land, saying the term should have been removed long ago. The department had said in November of last year that it was beginning a process to do away the word, a term for indigenous women that many Native Americans find offensive. 'I feel a deep obligation to use my platform to ensure that our public lands and waters are accessible and welcoming,' said Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, the first Native American to lead a cabinet agency, in a statement. 'That starts with removing racist and derogatory names that have graced federal locations for far too long,' she added. More than 600 locations on federal land have been renamed. The changes included renaming California's 'Squaw Valley' (above) the site of the 1960 Winter Olympic Games, 'Olympic Valley' A map shows the nearly 650 locations on federal land that were renamed under the program Interior said a task force established to oversee the name changes had received more than...
    The United States Department of Justice's Thursday response to Southern District of Florida Judge Aileen Cannon's Monday order assigning a special master to determine whether the trove of classified documents that were seized during the Federal Bureau of Investigation's search warrant execution at former President Donald Trump's unsecured Mar-a-Lago estate on August 8th are covered by executive privilege has provoked a bellicose reaction from the embattled ex-commander in chief. The Justice Department wrote in its motion to Cannon, a Trump appointee, that declassification power "falls upon the incumbent President, not on any former President, because it is the incumbent President who bears the responsibility to protect and defend the national security of the United States." The filing also states that "Trump himself declined to assert any claim of executive privilege over the classified records at the point when it would have been appropriate to do so." READ MORE: 'The public would suffer irreparable harm': Justice Department responds to special master order After news of the development broke, Trump rehashed his debunked conspiracy theory that his 2020 presidential campaign was...
    Washington (CNN)The federal criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump's potential mishandling of classified documents ramped up this week in significant and unprecedented fashion, with the FBI executing a search warrant at Trump's home at his Mar-a-Lago resort. The Justice Department inquiry is about documents that Trump removed from the White House as his term was ending in January 2021. Earlier this year, officials from the National Archives and Records Administration, known as NARA, recovered 15 boxes of presidential documents from Mar-a-Lago. Trump's lawyers previously worked with NARA to voluntarily turn over some documents, but the Mar-a-Lago search clearly indicates a new phase of the probe. Trump has denied all wrongdoing and claims the investigation is a politically motivated sham, intended to derail his potential bid to return to the White House. Here's a timeline of the key moments from the blockbuster investigation. May 2021 Read MoreAn official from NARA contacts Trump's team after realizing that several important documents weren't handed over before Trump left the White House. In hopes of locating the missing items, NARA lawyer Gary Stern reaches...
    The United States Department of Justice on Thursday filed a response to Southern District of Florida Judge Aileen Cannon's Monday ruling that granted former President Donald Trump's request for a special master to determine whether the trove of classified documents that were seized during the Federal Bureau of Investigation's search warrant execution at Trump's unsecured Mar-a-Lago estate on August 8th are covered by executive privilege, which Trump has claimed in his lawsuit against the FBI. Cannon, whom Trump appointed, additionally required the Justice Department to pause its probe into how and why Trump had a foreign country's above-top-secret nuclear capabilities hoarded in his beach house. The Justice Department asked Cannon "to stay the part of her order that halted the investigation and would require showing classified docs to special master, and says will appeal if she doesn't do that," New York Times national security and legal reporter Charlie Savage tweeted along with a copy of the motion. DOJ is "willing to let a master be appointed and see the unclassified docs," Savage explained. READ MORE: 'Legal equivalent of Mr. Toad’s...
    A former federal prosecutor accused Donald Trump's Justice Department of attempting to weaponize his office against the former president's political opponents, according to an explosive Thursday report. Geoffrey S. Berman was appointed to head the Southern District of New York, a high-profile office, in 2018 after reportedly being personally interviewed by Trump for the role. He was fired by then-Attorney General Bill Barr at Trump's request in 2020. In his new book, 'Holding the Line,' obtained by the New York Times, Berman describes significant pressure coming from the White House to investigate the current US Climate Envoy John Kerry as well as a Democratic lawyer named Gregory B. Craig. 'Trump’s Justice Department kept demanding that I use my office to aid them politically, and I kept declining - in ways just tactful enough to keep me from being fired,' Berman wrote. 'I walked this tightrope for two and a half years...Eventually, the rope snapped.' Kerry, Berman claimed, had angered Trump by having informal talks with Iranian officials behind the scenes to try and salvage the controversial Iran Nuclear Deal. As Barack...
    Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe joined Lawrence O'Donnell on Wednesday night, and after hearing him address some of the legal matters facing Donald Trump, another law scholar was aghast anyone has to take the matters as if they're serious. But former acting-solicitor general, Neal Katyal, came up with a strategy for how the Justice Department can circumvent the Trump-appointed judge the ex-president shopped to get from the beginning. Andrew Weissmann, who served as general counsel for the FBI and a prosecutor on special counsel Robert Mueller's team, began the discussion by saying that the Justice Department appeal the injunction but not necessarily the special master. The documents that fall under executive privilege are going to be very easy to suss out from those involving personal attorney-client privilege. At the same time, nothing that is in a classified or "top secret" folder is going to fall under privileged information for Donald Trump. "This is like a thief taking documents then saying, 'Judge, I want them back,'" Weissmann said. "This is a complete farce. And to have somebody...
    Mike Faust, director of the Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS), recently announced that there were under 12,000 children between the age of zero and 17 in the foster care system, the lowest the department has seen since 2012. “Although this was one of the goals from the start, little did the team know how challenging it would be to reach this milestone,” Faust said in a press release. “DCS was deeply challenged a decade ago, and had it not been for the commitment of all those involved to make DCS a standalone agency, the resolve and steadfastness of Director Greg McKay from 2015-2019; the commitment of the thousands of employees and partners who devote their lives to protecting children; the loving support of kinship families; and the dedication of biological families to reunifying with their children, this would not have been possible.” Faust shared that Arizona children and families previously suffered under the DCS, which was overwhelmed by cases and an amassing report backlog. Yet, he said support from Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and some solid business practices and...
    (CNN)A federal judge's move to bring in a special master to review materials seized from former President Donald Trump's home has opened up an extraordinarily murky, sensitive and high-stakes task of finding an attorney to serve in that role and defining what exactly he or she will do. The person who US District Judge Aileen Cannon ultimately chooses will have access to documents that have been described as among some of the government's most sensitive secrets. And they may have very little guidance. JUST WATCHEDWhat concerns ex-US intel chief the most about WaPo Mar-a-Lago reportReplayMore Videos ...MUST WATCHWhat concerns ex-US intel chief the most about WaPo Mar-a-Lago report 02:08On Friday, the Justice Department and Trump's lawyers will file legal briefs laying out their proposed candidates, along with recommendations for how the review should proceed. Cannon issued an order Monday granting a request from Trump that a special master -- i.e., an attorney from outside the government -- sift through the documents obtained in the FBI's search of Mar-a-Lago for potentially privileged items. The Justice Department has previously asked the court...
    Washington (CNN)Hardly a day goes by without a major new development in the Mar-a-Lago investigation, whether it's a document drop from the Justice Department, a stunning comment from former President Donald Trump, a fireworks-filled court hearing or a long-awaited ruling.The Justice Department's criminal probe into potential mishandling of classified materials is ongoing. The damage assessment is underway by US intelligence agencies. And the political fallout is still being shaped, as the November midterms approach and the 2024 election looms. Here's a breakdown of what's going on and where things are headed in the investigation.What's in the classified documents?The government has recovered at least 325 unique classified documents from Mar-a-Lago, according to court filings describing Trump's turnover of materials in January, the subpoenaed documents he returned to the Justice Department in June and the fruits of August's FBI search.Read MoreWe've known that some of these files were at the very highest level of classification, including some in an "SAP" program that severely restricts who can access the information. But since this scandal burst into public view, the big mystery has been:...
    In the final months of his presidency, Donald Trump ordered nuclear energy to be tested on the moon by 2027, as well as the development of nuclear-powered spacecraft that would orbit the Earth, the moon and outer space. He also ordered the development of micro nuclear reactors small enough that they could fit inside a typical shipping truck that zips cargo along the highway. During this period, the media was busy reporting on the Jan. 6 riots, insurrection and false accusations of voter fraud — and few paid attention. However, these orders may offer clues about what was included in some of the ‘Top Secret’ folders squirreled away in Mar-a-Lago. On Dec. 16, 2020, Trump signed the “Space Policy Directive-6,” which set the goal of testing nuclear energy on the moon by 2027. Then on Jan. 5, 2021, — the day before the Jan. 6 insurrection — Trump signed Executive Order 13972, which directed NASA, the Department of Energy and the Department of Defense to study the cost and technical feasibility of using nuclear-powered spacecraft and satellites. Some of these...
    Donald Trump's former attorney general kept up his criticism of the ex-president on Tuesday, saying the evidence against him was clear and that it was plain 'wrong' for a judge to appoint a special master to review documents seized at Mar-a-Lago. A day earlier, a federal judge in Florida gave Trump a win by agreeing to his request for a special master, slowing the pace of the investigation. But Bill Barr blasted the decision and said it would likely be overturned if the government appealed. 'The opinion, I think was wrong, and I think the government should appeal,' he told Fox News. 'It is deeply flawed in a number of ways.' In any case, he said, such was the weight of evidence, 'I don't see it fundamentally changing the trajectory.' It comes after he last week said Trump had 'jerked around' investigators and had no legitimate reason to keep government documents at his Florida home.  Fox News Network, LLC Privacy Policy Bill Barr kept up his criticism of Donald trump on Tuesday, saying the evidence against him was clear...
    The Portsmouth City Health Department (PCHD) recognizes that the 2022-2023 flu season is quickly approaching. Residents of Ohio should get the flu vaccine to protect against infection and help prevent the spread of seasonal flu to others. Each year the flu sickens many individuals across the state of Ohio. During the 2021-2022 flu season, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) reports 1,921 flu related hospitalizations across the state. Getting your flu shot can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations. Receiving your flu vaccination if you are healthy helps to prevent illness in our most vulnerable populations as well. While everyone should get a flu vaccine each flu season, the CDC notes it is especially important that the following groups get vaccinated either because they are at high risk of having serious flu-related complications or because they live with or care for people at high risk for developing flu-related complications: • Pregnant women • Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old • People 65...
    Former Dept. of Justice Inspector General Michael Bromwich says “nothing” should stop the DOJ from investigating Donald Trump, not even the department’s unwritten “60-day rule” about not intentionally influencing the outcomes of elections. Bromwich’s resumé reads like a walk through late 20th century political history. As a federal prosecutor at the vaunted U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY), which was once headed by Robert Morgenthau, Jim Comey, Preet Bharara, and even the now-disgraced Rudy Giuliani, Bromwich prosecuted Lieutenant-Colonel Oliver L. North. As Inspector General at DOJ, Bromwich investigated the FBI’s investigation into the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, and the Bureau’s investigation into former Central Intelligence Agency counterintelligence officer Aldrich Ames, convicted in 1994 of espionage for spying for the USSR and Russia. He’s also represented former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, and served as the Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management under President Barack Obama. READ MORE: ‘Disingenuous Grandstanding’: Kevin McCarthy Mocked for Trying to Bully Merrick Garland With Powers He Does Not Have “Nothing–not...
    by Harold Hutchison   Republican Rep. Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, denounced a “massive abuse of power” and vowed to use congressional funding powers to get transparency from the Biden administration about the Aug. 8 raid on Mar-a-Lago during a Sunday appearance on Fox Business. “For something of this magnitude, something unprecedented, you would expect the FBI and the DOJ to go to great lengths to insure they are conducting themselves with the highest level of professionalism, but they never notified our committee — which you would expect them to do if, indeed, there was a danger posed by the classified material that was in Donald Trump’s possession,” Gallagher told former Republican Rep. Sean Duffy of Wisconsin, who guest-hosted the show, adding that many committee members found out details of the raid from news reports based on leaks from the Justice Department. “It comes amidst the backdrop of recent failures on behalf of FBI and DOJ leadership that really get to the heart of their credibility and the trust that Americans have in those is...
    Former President Donald Trump went off at his rally Saturday night — claiming the FBI searched the bedroom of his 16-year-old son Barron Trump in a manner he blasted as “deep and ugly.” Speaking to supporters in Wilkes Barre, PA, the former president denounced the tactics of the FBI’s raid on his Mar-a-Lago estate. “They rifled through the First Lady’s closet drawers, and everything else,” Trump said. “And even did a deep and ugly search of the room of my 16-year-old son — leaving everything they touched in far different condition than it was when they started. Can you believe it?” Trump, who once famously said — in an address to a joint session of Congress — that “we must support the incredible men and women of law enforcement” went on to condemn the entire FBI and DOJ as “vicious monsters.” “The FBI and the Justice Department have become vicious monsters controlled by radical left scoundrels, lawyers, and the media who tell them what to do.” Trump then pointed to the cameras in the back of the room and...
    Live from Music Row Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed Professional Educators of Tennessee Executive Director and CEO JC Bowman in studio to discuss the lack of local control Tennesseans have on their public school education standards and doing away with the federal Department of Education. Leahy: Now in studio with us, our very good friend for many years, one of the first advertisers on The Tennessee Star, the head of Professional Educators of Tennessee, Mr. JC Bowman. Good morning, JC Bowman: Hey, good morning, Michael. Leahy: Now, let me start off with a shot across the bow, right? So, JC, I think our K-12 public schools are unsalvageable. I think that there are two particular things that I’d like to see the Tennessee General Assembly do when they convene in January. Number one, I’d like them to tell the Department of Education, we don’t want a dime of your money because with money comes strings. And...
    Donald Trump's attorney general condemned his former boss on Friday, saying there was no legitimate reason for government documents to be kept at Mar-a-Lago. Bill Barr said he did not believe Trump's claim that he had declassified everything before it was taken to his Florida resort, and he hit back at critics of the FBI search saying it was 'unprecedented' for such sensitive materials to be taken to a 'country club.' Barr made his comments as Trump supporters continue to accuse the FBI and Department of Justice of conducted a witch hunt. But on Friday, a court filing revealed the extent of the materials recovered from Trump's Florida home: 18 documents marked as top secret, 54 marked secret, 31 marked as confidential, and 11,179 government documents or photographs that had no classification markings. Barr defended the Department of Justice actions and expressed disbelief at Trump's defense that he had declassified the materials. 'If in fact he sort of stood over scores of boxes, not really knowing what was in them, and said, "I hereby declassify everything in here," that would be...
    (CNN)Reports of sexual assault in the US military jumped 13% from the previous fiscal year, driven by a sharp increase in reports from the US Army at a time when the service is already struggling to meet recruiting goals.In the Army, reports of sexual assault increased 25.6% from fiscal year 2020 to fiscal year 2021, according to data from the latest report on sexual assault in the military released on Thursday. The Navy saw an increase of 9.2% in reports of sexual assault, while the Air Force and the Marines each saw an increase of approximately 2%.In total, the military received 8,866 reports of sexual assault in fiscal year 2021, the data showed. The previous year, the military received 7,916 such reports.The fiscal year covered in the report was from October 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021, and the rates of increase are comparing fiscal year 2020 statistics to fiscal year 2021 statistics.Read MoreDealing with issue a top priorityDefense Secretary Lloyd Austin has made combating sexual assault one of the top priorities since his earliest days at the Pentagon, calling...
    dmphoto | E+ | Getty Images There's good news if you're eligible for student loan forgiveness: It won't trigger a federal tax bill. And while some may still owe state taxes, it may be fewer borrowers than expected. It depends on whether and when states conform to federal tax laws, including the American Rescue Plan of 2021 provision making student loan forgiveness federally tax-free through 2025. While the Tax Foundation initially estimated that 13 states may tax student loan forgiveness, the organization has revised projections over the past week as states provided updates. The organization now projects five states — Arkansas, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina and Wisconsin — may tax student loan forgiveness. While taxing forgiveness isn't likely in Massachusetts, the state hasn't officially made a determination. More from Personal Finance:What Biden's student loan forgiveness means for your taxesDo you make too much for student loan forgiveness? Student loan forgiveness applications could open within weeks "No one wants to be the state taxing student loan forgiveness," said Ethan Miller, a certified financial planner and founder of Planning for Progress, specializing...
    East Georgia Regional Medical Center announced last week that Chris Chumley was named Employee of the Month for June: Congratulations to our EGRMC June 2022 Employee of the Month, Echo Sonographer Chris Chumley. Chris Chumley has been part of the echo cardiac team at EGRMC for almost 11 years. Chris was nominated by his colleagues for his great attitude, dedication, responsiveness and commitment to providing quality patient service and his positive attitude while supporting his fellow echo cardiac team members. One nomination describes Chris as, “always being a loyal and dependable team player over the years showing his commitment to his fellow echo cardiac team members, the echo cardiac department and to the facility as a whole. The echo cardiac department is a small department with limited full time sonographers who provide coverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Like other clinical areas within the industry, the echo cardiac department has faced staffing challenges over the last year. Chris never complains. He never acts with a sense of...
    A MOM and her baby were kidnapped from a Target store while putting groceries into their car. The woman and her one-year-old child were snatched by two men in Memphis, Tennessee on August 31. 4Two men kidnapped a mom and her baby at a Target store in Memphis, TennesseeCredit: Memphis Police Department 4Cops have released footage of the suspects as part of the probeCredit: Memphis Police Department One man, who was armed, got out of a car and demanded the woman give him cash, WREG reported. Cops revealed that mom, who didn’t have any money on her, told the man to take her wallet and cards. She gave the man the PIN belonging to one of her cards, according to police. The mom was ordered to get into the car and the man allegedly snatched the toddler out of the shopping cart. read more us newsHUNTED Great white spotted near divers after warning sharks are ‘still hunting & feeding’RAGING INFERNO Fire near Los Angeles forces evacuations with I-5 closed as blaze spreads Cops revealed that they were driven to...
    (CNN)A Louisville, Kentucky, corrections officer has been terminated after "disparaging" the Louisville Metro Police Department and referencing the death of Breonna Taylor in a video, the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections said in a statement. The officer, Turhan Knight, was terminated August 25 after the department's director, Jerry Collins, viewed the video and was "disgusted," according to the statement from LMDC. Knight had been employed by the LMDC since 2018, according to the statement. Knight has since apologized, calling the video a joke.Read MoreFormer Louisville detective pleads guilty to federal charges in Breonna Taylor case In the video, posted on an account that was later deleted, Knight introduces himself as an officer with "Louisville Metro" and encourages viewers to join the department. "Be a part of a great, great police department. Never mind what happened to Breonna Taylor, we killed that (bleep)," he says. Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency room technician, was shot and killed in her apartment during a flawed forced-entry raid in the early hours of March 13, 2020. Four current and former Louisville police officers involved have been...