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    STRANGE "music" was coming from a sewer with local residents saying it was the stuff of "aliens," but city officials have explained the real reason behind the sewer symphony. Residents of Salt Lake City, Utah were getting an ear-full during a routine water line assessment using a Sewer Line Rapid Assessment Tool (Sewer Rat). 2Utah residents were shocked to hear "music" coming from their toiletsCredit: KSLTV 2The "music" was coming from a water line assessment toolCredit: KSLTV Musician Rosemary Olsen who lives downtown told KSLTV she repeatedly heard a B augmented chord outside her window. “Just really kind of eerie, but it was beautiful,” she said. After posting the strange sound on social media, she got some funny reactions. “A lot of people said, ‘It’s aliens!'” she said. “Some; it else said, ‘Oh, that was my band practicing, it was supposed to be a minor 7th. I guess we blew it.'” Others said they heard the tune coming from their toilet, according to the outlet. However, it wasn't aliens, but a Sewer Rat, according to the Salt Lake City’s...
    Syria has denied kidnapping US journalist Austin Tice who disappeared a decade ago just a week after Joe Biden demanded his release. The former US Marine was kidnapped in August 2012 aged 31 while reporting freelance in Damascus on the uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. His family believes he is alive and still being held in Syria. The identity of Tice's captors is not known, and there has been no claim of responsibility for his abduction. The Syrian Foreign Ministry described Tice as a US serviceman and denied the government was holding him or any other US citizen after Biden's assertions last week. 'These are baseless allegations,' the statement said. Austin Tice is seen praying in Arabic and English while blindfolded in the presence of gunmen shortly after his disappearance President Joe Biden accused Syria of holding missing journalist Austin Tice. He was last seen 10 years ago after being snatched while covering the country's civil war On the 10th anniversary of his disappearance and the day before his birthday, Biden said he knew the government of Bashar al-Assad...
    An man armed with an AK-47 has been arrested in New York City after officials say he spent two days lurking outside a dissident Iranian journalist's home. Khalid Mehdiyev, 23, was found Thursday with the loaded assault rifle, a separate high-capacity magazine and more than $1,000 worth of cash hidden in a suitcase in his car, according to a federal complaint. For two days prior, it says, he had been sitting in his gray Subaru Forester SUV on a Brooklyn street with an Illinois license plate for several hours, focusing on the home of dissident journalist Masih Alinejad.  During that time, federal officials say, he began acting suspiciously - ordering food to be delivered to his car, looking inside the window of the home and even attempting to open the front door. He was eventually stopped by the NYPD on Thursday at around 3pm when he rolled through a stop sign. Cops at the time found he was driving without a license, and placed him under arrest. It was only after that arrest that officers found the loaded AK-47 with...
    Shatara then went to her car to change into a pair of tennis shoes. "This was an uncomfortable situation, and I felt embarrassed to have my body and my clothes questioned in front of a room of people I mostly had never met," the reporter noted. "I sat down, tried to stop blushing, and did my work. As women often have to do." \u201cIn other news\u2026\u201d — Ivana Hrynkiw Shatara (@Ivana Hrynkiw Shatara) 1659067328 Kelly Ann Scott – the editor-in-chief and vice president of content for Alabama Media Group, which owns AL.com – declared that the treatment of Shatara was "unacceptable" and "unequal." “I’m proud to work with Ivana, who despite this treatment, continued to report the story with professionalism to our audiences in Alabama," Scott said, according to PennLive. "This was sexist and an egregious breach of professional conduct. And it should not happen to any other reporter again." On Friday, AL.com sent a formal complaint to the Alabama Department of Corrections, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, and Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall. Betts personally apologized to Shatara...
    Two senior Trump campaign aides privately blasted former President Donald Trump for being silent about the death of Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, who died from a stroke the day after the Jan. 6 attack at the U.S. Capitol. Text messages between Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh and deputy communications director Matt Wolking were revealed during Thursday’s hearing by the House select committee investigating Jan. 6. “Also shitty not to have even acknowledged the death of the Capitol Police officer,” Murtaugh wrote. “That is enraging to me,” replied Wolking. “Everything he said about supporting law enforcement was a lie.” “You know what that is, of course. If he acknowledged the dead cop, he’d be implicitly faulting the mob. And he won’t do that, because they’re his people. And he would also be close to acknowledging that what he lit at the rally got out of control. Now way he acknowledges something that could ultimately be called his fault,” wrote Murtaugh. “No way.” Ahead of the Capitol riot, Trump held a rally at the Ellipse across from the White House and...
    Senior Justice Department officials Thursday described a heated White House meeting days before the January 6 attack on the Capitol, when President Donald Trump considered installing a loyalist as acting attorney general as part of his effort to overturn the results of the 2020 election. 'Early on, the president said: "What do I have to lose?"' according to Richard Donoghue, former acting deputy attorney general. He was one of three former Department of Justice officials who appeared before the House committee investigating the January 6 violence. They presented evidence of the way Trump tried to use the department to pressure key wing states into reversing Joe Biden's victory. At its heart was a plan to install Jeffrey Clark, an environmental lawyer and Trump loyalist, as the head of the department.  The matter was discussed during a tense January 3 meeting in the Oval Office, when the president asked what he had to lose.
    In a since-deleted tweet Rudy Giuliani tore into former Trump aides Jason Miller and Bill Stepien for saying he was drunk on election night, with the former mayor claiming he was just upset they were not more prepared for election fraud and had only been sipping on his favorite drink, Diet Pepsi.  'I am disgusted and outraged at the out right lie by Jason Miller and Bill Steppien (sic). I was upset that they were not prepared for the massive cheating (as well as other lawyers around the President) I REFUSED all alcohol that evening. My favorite drink..Diet Pepsi,' New York's former mayor and Donald Trump's former personal attorney wrote on Twitter Tuesday morning.    Giuliani then questioned whether Miller and Stepien were being 'paid' for false testimony. 'Is the false testimony from Miller and Steppien because I yelled at them? Are they being paid to lie?'  Both tweets were subsequently deleted hours after they were put up.   Both Miller and Stepien were senior aides on Giuliani's 2008 mayoral campaign.   The Democrat-led Jan. 6 panel opened its second public hearing on Monday...
    More than 10,000 Ukrainian fighters have been killed since Russia launched its invasion, the country’s government said yesterday. The grim milestone was announced by presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych, who said daily losses since February had averaged 100 soldiers. Kyiv claims Russia has lost three times as many troops since Vladimir Putin launched his offensive on February 24, although British intelligence puts the figure at 15,000 – the same number killed during the Soviet Union’s decade of war in Afghanistan. The Kremlin has provided no casualty figures since March. The gutted remains of cars lie along a road during heavy fighting at the front line in Severodonetsk, Luhansk region, Ukraine, Wednesday, June 8, 2022 A Ukrainian soldier crouches on a position during heavy battles in the front line in Severodonetsk, the Luhansk region, Ukraine, Wednesday, June 8, 2022 A Ukrainian soldier stands in a position during heavy fighting on the front line in Severodonetsk Meanwhile, Ukraine pledged ‘to help as much as possible’ with efforts to release two British men who fought with its armed forces and were last week sentenced...
    The U.S. attorney tasked with investigating the “unmasking” saga concluded that retired Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn's name had never been hidden to begin with when the FBI shared information with the Obama administration. Flynn's communications with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak were leaked to the media in early 2017. However, the prosecutor said he did not find politically motivated wrongdoing related to the requests by officials that unmasked associates of Donald Trump during the transition period after his 2016 win. U.S. Attorney John Bash, who was tasked in May 2020 by Attorney General William Barr with investigating “unmasking” requests by Obama administration officials, penned his conclusions in a September 2020 report. Bash resigned in October 2020. The 52-page, lightly redacted report was released by BuzzFeed through the Freedom of Information Act on Tuesday. SUSSMANN FOUND NOT GUILTY IN BLOW TO JOHN DURHAM'S INVESTIGATION “I determined that those communications were not described in an intelligence report in which General Flynn’s identity was masked that was disseminated before President Trump’s inauguration,” Bash concluded. “Accordingly, they could not have been...
    (CNN) – Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says that in the aftermath of the 2020 election, former President Trump said that she should be tried for treason and potentially executed. In an interview with NBC Benson alleges that former president Trump made threatening comments about her after she refused to overturn the results of the 2020 election. READ MORE: Michigan Expands State's Victims Fund, Increases Payouts“Even the president himself had called on me to be arrested and tried for treason, potentially executed,” Benson said in the interview with NBC. A spokesperson for former President Trump denied the allegation to NBC, saying that Benson knowingly lied throughout that interview. In an interview with CNN, Benson explains how she learned what was said about her. READ MORE: Detroit Community Leaders Break Ground On New Community Center In Jefferson Chalmers“I received a phone call at a time, when again, threats were abundant in the aftermath of the 2020 election, and this was right around the same time that people had showed up outside my house threatening me as well,” said Benson. “And...
    (CNN)While investigators sift through hundreds of tips on the whereabouts of a fugitive Alabama inmate and the officer he escaped with, authorities have released new information that may help the public identify them. Image renderings by the US Marshals Service show what officer Vicky White, 56, who was blonde at the time of her disappearance, would look like if she altered her appearance to have darker hair or a shorter hairstyle.The US Marshals Service released rendering of what VIcky White may look like if she tinted her hair darker."Obviously, there was a side to Vicky White that we weren't aware of. And she has coordinated this and taken advantage of her knowledge of the system and played it to her advantage and made it very difficult," Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton told CNN on Thursday. Officials also released new photos of inmate Casey White's distinctive tattoos. The Marshals Service disclosed that the inmate in 2015 allegedly threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend and her sister and said he wanted police to kill him. The agency said authorities have advised his "potential...
    by T.A. DeFeo   Georgia officials have lauded the decisions of companies to either relocate their headquarters or expand their operations in Georgia. Whether the state of Georgia offered tax incentives to those companies is a closely-guarded secret, and taxpayers will not know until the state says the project is complete and no longer “in progress.” Earlier this month, state officials announced Norma Precision Ammunition, a subsidiary of Swiss-based ammunition manufacturer RUAG Ammotec, established its U.S. headquarters, a manufacturing site and warehousing and distribution operations in Chatham County. “This remains an active project, so the state is not able to comment beyond the release at this time,” Marie Gordon​, director of communications of marketing, communications and international engagement for the Georgia Department of Economic Development, told The Center Square. The state similarly declined to divulge whether it offered any incentives to Boehringer Ingelheim, a German pharmaceutical development and manufacturing company. The company plans to invest $57 million to increase laboratory space and bring additional research and development capabilities to its Athens location, including 55 new positions. In another instance,...
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former chief executive officer has agreed to repay hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium after audits concluded that improper spending and questionable business practices cost the institution more than $630,000. The zoo’s board of directors on Friday announced approval of a settlement with former CEO Thomas Stalf for $400,000, which an August 2021 forensic audit said he received inappropriately. The Columbus Dispatch reports that Stalf’s attorney, Rex Elliott, said his client agreed to pay back the money so that he could move forward with his life — but he said the zoo was well aware of Stalf’s actions and alleged that officials had made his client a scapegoat. In January, the zoo announced settlements with two other former top officials. The board approved a $132,000 settlement with former chief financial officer Greg Bell and said former purchasing director Tracy Murnane agreed to repay $11,000, officials said. Discussions continue with with former marketing vice president Peter Fingerhut, who officials have alleged owes the zoo just under $57,000. Stalf and...
    A woman is dead and another is injured after they were attacked by a rescue dog at a Florida animal shelter Thursday.  According to police, the attack happened before 11 a.m. at 100+ Abandoned Dogs of Everglades Florida in the Broward County town.  A 911 call was made and sheriff's deputies and fire crews responded to a report of an animal bite.  Upon arrival, the officials found two women who had been bitten.    'The two adult females are workers. One of them was working with the dog when apparently the dog suddenly snapped. The second adult female tried to aid the worker, but in the process, she herself got injured,' Broward Sheriff's Office Spokeswoman Claudinne Caro told CBS. 100+ Abandoned Dogs of Everglades Florida Police surround the scene as a woman was mauled to death by a rescue dog at an animal shelter Police were called to the shelter early morning on Thursday The original woman bitten - identified as Pam Robb by her wife, Angie Anobile - did not survive CBS News Privacy Policy RELATED ARTICLES Previous...
    U.S. military officials acknowledged the number of civilian casualties during the special operations raid in Syria that targeted an ISIS leader could be higher than previously reported. Special operations forces conducted the mission last week, resulting in the death of Abu Ibrahim al Hashimi al Qurayshi, who had taken over as the head of the Islamic State following the death of Abu Bakr al Baghdadi in 2019. While Biden administration and Department of Defense officials initially said al Qurayshi detonated a bomb killing himself and his family as the special operators were outside, two military officials told a small group of reporters on Thursday they aren’t certain he was the one who detonated the device, according to the Associated Press. ISIS PRISON RAID A 'BIG WAKE UP CALL' ON TERROR GROUP'S CAPABILITIES The officials said the bomb was definitely set off by someone on the third floor of the building where he and his family were staying. However, they don't have enough evidence to support what they said was the most likely scenario, which is that he detonated it. Pentagon spokesperson...
    (CNN)An off-duty New York Police Department officer was shot in the foot Saturday in West Harlem, becoming the second off-duty NYPD officer to be shot in the past week. In Saturday's incident, the off-duty officer was shot as he exited a community center at the Manhattanville housing development around 4:30 p.m. after attending a vigil "for a very revered community member who passed away," NYPD Chief of Housing Jeffrey Maddrey said during a news conference.Two people were seen opening fire and it does not appear the off-duty officer fired his weapon in response, Maddrey said. No suspects have been arrested.An off-duty NYPD officer was shot during a robbery attempt in Queens. Two suspects were arrested, police sayThe off-duty officer began to feel pain in his left foot as he provided descriptions of the suspects to responding NYPD officers, and it was discovered he'd been shot, Maddrey said. He was taken to a hospital for treatment and is expected to make a full recovery, officials said.Police added that it appears the shooting may be connected to a dispute that happened in...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- An 81-year-old woman died after an early morning house fire Tuesday in Stony Island Park. Chicago fire officials said when they tried to access fire hydrants, they were frozen.Chicago police and fire officials responded just before 2 a.m. to the 8200-block of South Cornell Avenue for a reported house fire, but when they arrived, they realized the nearby fire hydrants were frozen. Chicago is under a wind chill advisory Tuesday, and it could feel as cold as minus 25.RELATED: Home explosion caught on doorbell camera in New York; 1 dead, several injuredThe 81-year-old woman was found inside the home with severe burns and taken to University of Chicago Medical Center in very critical condition, where she later died.There were no reports of any other injuries inside the home, and no Chicago firefighters were hurt, but the extreme cold made it difficult to put out the flames.A cause of the fire is still under investigation. Area Two detectives are investigating, as well.
    Police who rescued a pilot moments before a locomotive slammed into his plane that crashed on a set of tracks in Pacoima on Sunday said they called for a halt to passing rail traffic. But the engineer at the helm of Metrolink Train 266 said he wasn’t aware of the aircraft wreckage in front of his speeding train. An investigation was underway focusing on whether Metrolink controllers had been made aware of requests by police to shut down the tracks. The pilot of the Cessna 172 that went down was hospitalized and expected to recover, Los Angeles Police Department officials said. He attempted an emergency landing shortly after taking off from Whiteman Airport and experiencing some sort of malfunction. The plane collided with several railway crossing guards and came to rest near the intersection of Osborne Street and San Fernando Road, not far from the LAPD’s Foothill station, according to witnesses. Callers reported that the plane went down at 2:09 p.m. and was partially obstructing the tracks. Police said responding officers used their radios to request a stop to all...
    The chapter president of a fraternity at the University of Southern California has been suspended following allegations that women were drugged and sexually assaulted at the group's frat house. LAPD officials identified Ryan Schiffilea as the suspended president of the Epsilon Omicron Chapter of Sigma Nu Fraternity at the center of the explosive allegations, according to KCBS-TV.  The allegations cover two separate incidents: one from a party last month in which five women reported that their drinks were spiked with drugs, and another from last weekend in which a sexual assault was reported, which is under police investigation.  In a crime alert issued Thursday, the USC Department of Public Safety said campus officials received 'a report of sexual assault' over the weekend at the Sigma Nu fraternity house located at 660 West 28th Street.  Protesters gather Friday afternoon at the Sigma Nu fraternity house near the USC campus following allegations that women were drugged and sexually assaulted at the fraternity house In a crime alert issued Thursday, the USC Department of Public Safety said campus officials received 'a report of sexual assault' at...
    The oil spill that closed Orange County beaches earlier this month was likely around 25,000 gallons, on the low end of early estimates, U.S Coast Guard officials said Thursday. That’s a much less damaging scenario than earlier worst-case estimates of 131,000 gallons on more. Along with the fact that there’s no longer a large oil plume floating offshore, it suggests the county’s coastline has come through the worst of the damage the spill could inflict. However, state and federal officials overseeing the cleanup are at the beginning of sampling fish and other marine life to determine when it’s safe to reopen fisheries – and it could be two to four weeks before that decision is made, said Fish and Wildlife Lt. Christian Corbo, the state’s on-scene coordinator for the spill response. On Wednesday, the response team started collecting samples that will be tested for chemicals found in crude oil. Corbo said smaller bait fish that swim near the shore, such as topsmelt and anchovies, are tested first, and scientists work their way offshore to bigger species such as rockfish and...
                      by Kaylee Greenlee  Criminal charges were dropped against 11 illegal migrants who said they were transported to private property and then arrested for trespassing in Val Verde County, Texas, The Texas Tribune reported on Tuesday. The migrants told Democratic Val Verde County Attorney David Martinez that they were apprehended, restrained with zip ties, walked around 20 minutes to a fenced-in ranch and arrested by border officials for trespassing, according to The Texas Tribune. The migrants said border officials cut the fence around the private ranch to allow a police dog onto the property after making the migrants scale the 10-foot fence. The illegal migrants reportedly fled on foot after Border Patrol agents stopped the vehicle they were in on a highway, according to the Tribune. Martinez dismissed the charges on Monday because border officials did not file a written report or provide video evidence of the incident. A Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) spokesperson said the illegal migrants attempted to evade law enforcement by scaling the fence, and a Border Patrol...
    Criminal charges were dropped against 11 illegal migrants who said they were transported to private property and then arrested for trespassing in Val Verde County, Texas, The Texas Tribune reported on Tuesday. The migrants told Democratic Val Verde County Attorney David Martinez that they were apprehended, restrained with zip ties, walked around 20 minutes to a fenced-in ranch and arrested by border officials for trespassing, according to The Texas Tribune. The migrants said border officials cut the fence around the private ranch to allow a police dog onto the property after making the migrants scale the 10-foot fence. The illegal migrants reportedly fled on foot after Border Patrol agents stopped the vehicle they were in on a highway, according to the Tribune. Martinez dismissed the charges on Monday because border officials did not file a written report or provide video evidence of the incident. Texas state and local law enforcement officials helped a group of migrants cross over a barbed wire fence and line of train tracks after they illegally entered the U.S. near La Joya, Texas on March 25,...
    A California woman professing to be a shaman who was arrested and charged with igniting the wildfire that has thousands of homes under threat claimed the fire was started inadvertently while she was attempting to boil bear urine, authorities said. Alexandra Souverneva, 30, could be sentenced to up to nine years if convicted of starting the Fawn fire, according to officials . The blaze has destroyed roughly 41 homes and 90 small structures while endangering another 2,340, officials said. TWO MEN CHARGED WITH LOS ANGELES 'ANTISEMITIC' ASSAULT Souverneva pleaded not guilty but is now reportedly thought to have ignited several fires across California. The self-proclaimed shaman said she had been hiking to Canada as the blaze approached Shasta County on Wednesday, documents noted. When she became thirsty and approached a puddle of what she claimed to be bear urine, she told forest officials she attempted to make a fire to purify it. The wood she hoped to use was "too wet for the fire to start," documents said. Souverneva then drank...
    The Border Patrol agents who were pictured blocking migrants on horseback in Del Rio and who President Biden promised would "pay" as he echoed false claims the agents "strapped" migrants -- could get little more than a few days suspension, if the investigation turns out as some senior administration officials hope. The agents are at the center of a Department of Homeland Security investigation after images emerged which Democratic lawmakers and left-wing activists claimed showed them using "whips" against migrants. Officials and agents quickly noted that the agents were in fact using long reins to control their horses, and were twirling them to move the horse forward, not to attack migrants. ACTING CBP CHIEF ‘SHOCKED’ BY IMAGES OF BORDER PATROL ON HORSES, AS ADMINISTRATION DOUBLES DOWN Since then, video has emerged supporting that claim, while the photographer behind the original images has said he did not see migrants whipping anyone. But the administration has doubled down, with DHS Secretary Mayorkas claiming the images "conjured up the worst elements of our nation’s ongoing battle against systemic racism." Biden, meanwhile, added fuel...
    President Joe Biden’s decision to mandate vaccinations for millions is a stark reversal after administration officials maintained for months that a federal requirement was not in the cards. Biden unveiled a six-prong approach on Thursday to beat back the summer resurgence of COVID-19. His effort to increase vaccinations included vaccine mandates for companies that employ more than 100 people (whose employees may opt for regular testing instead), federal contractors, executive branch employees, and millions of healthcare workers whose employers receive federal funding. HOUSE REPUBLICANS BLAST BIDEN VACCINE MANDATE WITH EYE ON WINNING MAJORITY IN 2022 The following Biden officials were among the most outspoken in forswearing a federal mandate, which has received criticism from conservatives calling the move federal overreach. President Joe Biden His move to require the shots for millions of people or face disciplinary measures after months of favoring a carrot over a stick approach to cajoling vaccine holdouts represents a growing sense of urgency as a fourth wave of the pandemic appears to crest. Biden initially opposed mandates. "No,...
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Chicago woman falsely claimed a bomb was on a plane at a South Florida airport after missing her flight, authorities said. The 46-year-old woman was arrested Monday night at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and charged with falsely reporting a bomb, explosive or weapon of mass destruction, according to a Broward Sheriff’s Office news release. Airline employees told responding deputies that the woman had stated that a bomb was in her checked-in luggage that was aboard a plane, officials said. She made the claim after workers told her that she and her party had arrived too late to board the plane, detectives said. The plane was already taxiing out to the runway but had not taken off when it was rerouted. Passengers were evacuated, and the plane was searched. No explosives were found, officials said. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Joe Biden has said he would “follow the science” on coronavirus policy, but two Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials have just resigned in protest against what they claim is political pressure to push coronavirus booster shots. According to Politico, the two top FDA vaccine regulators – Marion Gruber and Philip Krause – resigned from the agency over what they see as “uncomfortable similarities between the Biden team’s top-down booster plan and former President Donald Trump’s attempts to goad FDA into accelerating its initial authorization process for Covid-19 vaccines and push through unproven virus treatments.” Prior to his inauguration earlier this year, President Biden unveiled his team of scientific advisers and used the opportunity to take a swipe at the Trump administration by promising to help restore America’s faith in “science and discovery.” “This is the most exciting announcement I’ve gotten to make,” Biden said at the time. “This is a team that is going to help restore your faith in America’s place in the frontier of science and discovery.” “Science is discovery. It’s not fiction,” Biden added. “It’s also...
    CHICAGO -- A man wanted for murder in California was shot and killed inside Chicago's Union Station Tuesday afternoon after riding a train coming from Emeryville, Amtrak and officials said.Amtrak officials said California law enforcement alerted them that a person with multiple warrants, including a warrant for murder, was arriving on a train into Union Station Tuesday evening. The train originated from Emeryville and the journey took multiple days.WATCH: Amtrak officials give update on shooting inside Union StationEMBED More News Videos A murder suspect opened fire in Union Station when he was approached by officers on the platform, Amtrak spokesperson Marc Magliari said. When Amtrak police met the man at the platform, officials said, he ran from uniformed officers. He injured an Amtrak employee and then opened fire at Amtrak police officers."They all ran up the stairs pushing each other, trying to get out of the way," said Gene Vock, a witness, told ABC7's sister station in Chicago. "I just heard everybody yelling, 'Hey, there's a shooter! There's a shooter!' And that's when I left."An officer returned fire, striking the...
    The Biden administration was warned by U.S. intelligence agencies that Afghan forces could crumble 'within days' after foreign troops left, according to a former CIA counter-terrorism chief who also advised the president's campaign.  But in an interview released on Thursday morning, President Biden claimed that he was never told that such a rapid collapse was possible. And a day earlier, Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he never saw any intelligence warning that the Afghan government could fall in 11 days.  Their claims were disputed in a detailed account describing the state of understanding at the CIA written by Douglas London, the agency's former counter-terrorism chief for south and south-west Asia, offered a very different assessment. He said the rapid collapse was one of a number of possible scenarios. 'Ultimately, it was assessed, Afghan forces might capitulate under the circumstances we witnessed, in projections highlighted to Trump officials and future Biden officials alike,' he wrote on the Just Security website. Former CIA analyst Douglas London (left) disputed President Biden's claim that he was not...
    President Biden last month dismissed the possibility that the Taliban would swarm through Afghanistan, which just weeks later they are in the process of doing.  "So the question now is, where do they go from here?" Biden said during a July 8 press conference. "The jury is still out.  But the likelihood there’s going to be the Taliban overrunning everything and owning the whole country is highly unlikely. Thursday, Afghanistan’s third-largest city, Herat, located on the border with Iran, fell to the Taliban. The Taliban also claimed to have seized Kandahar City, the country’s second-largest and the Taliban’s spiritual home. With no U.S. military forces on the ground and very few assets in the skies, the Pentagon cannot confirm Kandahar has fallen, but officials acknowledge, "It doesn’t look good."  The Washington Post’s resident fact-checker dinged Biden on Thursday for claiming the Taliban takeover was "highly unlikely."  "This didn't age well," Glenn Kessler tweeted Thursday along with a quote from Biden in July downplaying the idea that the Taliban would regain control of the war-torn country.   U.S officials Thursday confirmed the military...
    WASHINGTON - Former President Donald Trump mounted an intense pressure campaign on the U.S. Justice Department to overturn his election defeat in his final weeks in office, the department's head during that time testified to lawmakers, a senior Senate Democrat said on Sunday. Former Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen provided "invaluable" testimony during seven hours of a closed-door hearing on Saturday, in which he implicated Trump in an attempt to subvert the election result, Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Dick Durbin told CNN's "State of the Union." According to Durbin, Rosen testified that Trump directly pressured him to falsely assert that continuing election fraud investigations cast doubt on President Joe Biden's victory. "It was real. Very real. And it was very specific," Durbin said of Trump's pressure on Rosen. "The former president is not subtle when he wants something." Durbin, a Democrat from Illinois who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, praised Rosen, a conservative lawyer, for his voluntary cooperation with the committee's ongoing investigation into Trump's actions after the election. "I have to say history is going to be very...
    Analysis: Delta variant upends politicians COVID calculus UK workers feel pressure to hide mental health concerns, survey finds Belarusian sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya said on Tuesday that she was very clearly told that she would face punishment when she returned home after her public criticism of the country at the Tokyo Olympics. Tsimanouskaya criticized team officials on social media during the Olympics, and then said that Belarusian coaches quickly made her pack her bags and tried to force her onto a plane on Sunday back home to Belarus — even though she still had more events to run. “[Team officials] made it clear that, upon return home, I would definitely face some form of punishment,” she said, via The Associated Press. “There were also thinly disguised hints that more would await me.” As for what specifically made her fearful for her safety, Tsimanouskaya said that she was told the decision didn’t come from anyone in the Belarus National Olympic Committee. It came from much higher up. “The key phrase was that, ‘We didn’t make the decision for you to go...
    Bill Maher, host of "Real Time with Bill Maher." Real Time With Bill Maher Bill Maher criticized the Tokyo Olympics for being overly "woke" and engaging in cancel culture. He pointed to several incidents of officials being punished for decades-old mistakes. "Why do we allow the people who just want to bitch to always win?" he said. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Bill Maher mocked the Olympics for being "woke" and said cancel culture is an "insanity that is swallowing up the world." The TV host commented during Friday's episode of "Real Time with Bill Maher," where he criticized the ongoing Tokyo Summer Olympics for punishing officials for minor transgressions from decades ago.—Bill Maher (@billmaher) July 31, 2021  "Please don't make the Olympics into the Oscars," Maher said. "Oh, what's that? They did already?" "You know back in April when the Oscars aired, I commented in this space that the theme of that evening was 'we dare you to be entertained.' Lest your mind waiver for a few hours from thinking about the sad things and...
    Former President Donald Trump told top Justice Department officials to 'say the election is corrupt' as his election overturn efforts were reaching a crescendo in December 2020, internal government notes reveal. The hand-written notes, released by a congressional committee, reveal how Trump how Trump told the heads of the top U.S. law enforcement agency they should pursue his claims of fraud and that President Biden had not really won the election – even as they pushed back on his wildest claims and scribbled won his musings and directives. 'Just say that the election was corrupt + leave the rest to me and the R. Congressmen,' Trump told then-Acting Deputy Attorney General Richard Donoghue of a December 27, 2020 phone call that also included Acting AG Jeffrey Rosen.  'Just say that the election was corrupt,' former President Donald Trump told top Justice Department officials, according to notes of a Dec. 27, 2020 converstaion He was referring to Republican congressional allies in the Capitol who were putting forward his election fraud claims, according to the notes Donoghue took. 'These handwritten notes show that...
    An extraordinary row has broken out at the Olympics after Japan vowed to keep flying its controversial Rising Sun flag - despite South Korea demanding it be taken down after they were forced to remove a banner referring to the 16th-century war between the two neighbours.  South Korea's Olympic committee were forced to remove banners at the athlete's village in Tokyo after the International Olympic Committee ruled they were provocative.  In agreeing to take down the banners, South Korea's committee claimed the IOC promised displaying the Japanese Rising Sun flag would also be banned at stadiums and other Olympic venues.  The flag, portraying a red sun with 16 rays extending outward, is resented by many people in South Korea and other parts of Asia who see it as a symbol of Japan's wartime past.  But South Korean media later reported that some activists carried the rising sun flag near the athletes' village and media reports said Japan's organising committee ruled the flag would not be banned inside Olympic stadiums.  An extraordinary row has broken out at the Olympics after...
    Rubble hangs from a partially collapsed building in Surfside north of Miami Beach, on June 24, 2021. Chandan Khanna / AFP / Getty Images Gov. Ron DeSantis said that residents of the sister building that partially collapse on Thursday will "potentially" be evacuated. DeSantis said the mayor would have to make that decision. The collapse of 12-story condo in Miami resulted in four deaths and more than 150 people unaccounted for. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Gov. Ron DeSantis said that officials "are considering potentially evacuating" the residents of the sister building to the 12 story highrise condominium that partially collapsed earlier this week in the town of Surfside, in Miami, Florida.  Officials said that at least four people have died from the collapse at The Champlain Towers South Condo on Thursday, and 159 remain unaccounted for. An inspection report from 2018 revealed evidence of "major structural damage" to the property. And in 2015, a resident filed a lawsuit in regards to the maintenance of one of the building's outer walls, as Insider's Mia Jankowicz reported.  During...
    JOHN McAfee had a "Whackd" tattoo and once claimed that if he was ever found dead by suicide, he did not kill himself. He posted a picture of the tattoo in a 2019 tweet in which he accused US officials of sending him threats in "subtle messages." Read our John McAfee live blog for the latest news and updates... 2John McAfee had allegedly shared his 'Whackd' tattoo on Twitter in 2019Credit: Twitter 2He also accused US officials of targeting him in a tweet. The antivirus pioneer reportedly killed himself on Wednesday just hours after it was announced he would be extradited to the United States. The 75-year-old tech mogul is reported to have taken his own life in prison in Barcelona, according to local paper El Pais. In his tweet two years ago, McAfee appeared to showed off a tattoo reading "whacked" as he accused US officials of targeting him. "Getting subtle messages from U.S. officials saying, in effect: 'We're coming for you McAfee! We're going to kill yourself'," he wrote. "I got a tattoo today just in...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden's instructions to the US intelligence community to redouble its efforts in investigating the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic came on the heels of intelligence officials informing the White House that they possessed unreviewed evidence necessitating greater computer analysis that could potentially provide answers, The New York Times reported Thursday.The paper cited senior administration officials, who opted not to detail the new evidence or the computational analysis to be done. The disclosure raises the question of whether the government fully examined existing intelligence and public health information in seeking out the virus's emergence. It also comes as the Office of the Director of National Intelligence issued an unusual public statement Thursday on the status of its intelligence gathering into the genesis of the pandemic, publicizing divisions within the intelligence community about whether the virus escaped from a lab in China or occurred naturally. ODNI spokesperson Amanda Schoch reiterated what Biden had said Wednesday, that there is a difference of opinion among various intelligence agencies and their degrees of confidence in the theories.Administration officials told the Times that the...
    President Joe Biden said he was not given a head's up that federal agents were going to carry out a raid on Rudy Giuliani's apartment and office in New York City and that he learned about it at the same time as the public.  'I give you my word, I was not,' Biden said told NBC's Craig Melvin at the White House Thursday morning in an interview that will air Friday on the 'Today Show.' 'I made a pledge,' Biden continued. 'I would not interfere in any way — order or try to stop any investigation the Justice Department had in their way. I learned about that last night when the rest of the world learned about it.'  Federal prosecutors have been looking at Giuliani and his work in the Ukraine for nearly 1-1/2 years. Wednesday's morning raid - where Giuliani's electronics were seized - came after prosecutors stepped up their investigation into the former New York City mayor after it was put on hold last summer out of concerns it was too close to the election. And Giuliani's son Andrew...
    A protester holds a sign for Andrew Brown Jr. in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Sean Rayford/Getty Images Andrew Brown Jr. died after being shot by sheriff's deputies in Elizabeth City, NC, on Wednesday. The Brown family's attorney said he was unarmed, and they want bodycam footage released immediately. Pasquotank Sheriff Tommy S. Wooten II said a judge needs to approve the footage's release first. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Relatives of Andrew Brown Jr., the Black man who was killed after being shot at by North Carolina's sheriff's deputies this week, have said he was unarmed as they continue to demand the release of bodycam footage of the shooting. Brown, a 42-year-old father of seven, was fleeing sheriff's deputies in his car Wednesday morning when the officers fired at him multiple times, a neighbor who witnessed the shooting told the Associated Press.  Facebook Icon The letter F. Follow Insider on Facebook Demetria Williams said Brown skidded out of his yard before eventually hitting a tree.  "When they opened the door he was already dead. He was...
    Knoxville police work the scene of a shooting at Austin-East Magnet High School Monday, April 12, 2021, in Knoxville, Tenn. AP Photo/Wade Payne A 17-year-old in Knoxville, Tennessee, was shot and killed by police on Monday. Officials first said the teen, Anthony Thompson, had shot an officer, before walking back the claim. Community members are calling for the body camera footage to be released. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A 17-year-old in Knoxville, Tennessee, was shot and killed by police on Monday during a confrontation in a high school bathroom. Anthony J. Thompson Jr. was later identified as the student. Officers from the Knoxville Police Department arrived at Austin-East Magnet High School in response to a call that a possibly armed teen was in the school. When officers arrived, the subject, Thompson, was in a school bathroom, which they entered. Initial reports from law enforcement said that Thompson had shot an officer, prompting officers to return fire, killing the teen. But 48 hours later, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation walked back the initial report, saying "the...
    Equipment used at a home marijuana-growing operation in North Hollywood probably caused an explosion Sunday night that injured three people and displaced at least four others, Los Angeles Fire Department officials said. The explosion, centered in the garage, rocked the single-story Valley Glen home in the 12700 block of West Archwood Street around 9:30 p.m., officials said. The blast tore the roof off the garage and scattered debris across the neighborhood. Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said at least seven homes were damaged, and residents of 13 homes were asked to temporarily evacuate. “The bulk of damage was in the garage area, though the entire home was rendered untenable,” Humphrey said, adding that the city is prohibiting anyone from entering the property. The blast probably caused a natural gas leak, which firefighters shut off after smelling it, officials said. The type of equipment that caused the incident is unclear but may have been fertilizer, chemical stimulants or cleaning products, Humphrey said. He said it has not been confirmed if the operation was legal. The Los Angeles...
    The number of unaccompanied children crossing the southern border could explode by fall 2021, as U.S. border officials scramble to address an abnormal crisis that the Biden administration has mostly denied has unfolded, numerous sources reported. Border Patrol officials have said they expect more than 16,000 minors to be taken into custody in March, a record for any month since at least 2010, the Wall Street Journal reported. Although the Biden administration has told people in Central American countries not to make the perilous journey to the U.S., the administration projects the number of unaccompanied minors will only continue growing, potentially reaching 26,000 in September, Axios reported. DONNA, TEXAS – MARCH 30: Minors talk to an agent outside a pod at the Department of Homeland Security holding facility run by the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) on March 30, 2021 in Donna, Texas. (Photo by Dario Lopez-Mills – Pool/Getty Images) Biden’s administration has sought to deny the existence of a crisis at the border even as it reopens Trump-era facilities to house minors crossing the border. In late March, Biden...
    Top aides to Gov. Andrew Cuomo altered a state Health Department report to obscure the true number of people killed by COVID-19 in the state's nursing homes, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times reported late Thursday. The aides, including the secretary to the governor, Melissa DeRosa, pushed state health officials to edit the July report so only residents who died inside long-term care facilities, and not those who became ill there and later died at a hospital, were counted, the newspapers reported, citing documents and people with knowledge of the administration's internal discussions. The report was designed and released to rebut criticism of Cuomo over a March 25 directive that barred nursing homes from rejecting recovering coronavirus patients being discharged from hospitals. Some nursing homes complained at the time that the policy could help spread the virus. The report concluded the policy played no role in spreading infection. Simultaneous scandalsIn the other scandal engulfing Cuomo, one of the three women accusing him of sexual harassment told "CBS Evening News" anchor and managing editor Norah...
    Gene Hackman’s 15 Most Memorable Movies, From ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ to ‘The Royal Tenenbaums’ (Photos) Inside Oprahs amazing homes: from Promised Land to her Maui farmhouse Patrick Reed on Farmers Insurance Open controversy: The rules officials said we did it absolutely perfectly Patrick Reed’s controversial move on the 10th hole at the Farmers Insurance Open to move his ball before consulting with a PGA Tour official had the sports world talking on Saturday. © File photo Patrick Reed plays his shot from the second tee during the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament at Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course - South Course. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports Here is what Reed said to CBS Sports’ Amanda Balionis after his round: REED: So the first thing we do is when we don’t see it bounce in the group doesn’t see a bounce, you ask the volunteer whoever’s closest to that golf ball where it was and, you know, the volunteer said no, the ball did not bounce and therefore I — when that happened — I...
    Steve Forbes, the head of Forbes Media, slapped down the editor of his magazine for warning companies that hire officials who worked in the Trump administration would be blacklisted.  Steve Forbes said he valued the diversity of opinion at his company while taking a swipe at social media platforms that removed President Trump after last week’s rioting at the United States Capitol. ‘Unlike Twitter, media giants, and Big Tech companies, we believe in diversity of opinion,’ Steve Forbes told Fox News on Wednesday. Steve Forbes was invited on to the program to comment about an op-ed published by one of his employees, Randall Lane, the chief content officer for Forbes magazine. Steve Forbes was alluding to the decision last week by Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and other media platforms to remove President Trump from their services in the wake of his mob's ransacking of the Capitol on January 6.  Steve Forbes (left), the head of Forbes Media, said on Wednesday that he didn't agree with an op-ed written by Forbes magazine's chief content officer, Randall Lane (right), warning American companies...
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The man authorities believe was responsible for setting off a Christmas Day bomb that injured three people and damaged dozens of buildings in downtown Nashville told a neighbor days before the explosion that "Nashville and the world is never going to forget me."Rick Laude said he saw Anthony Quinn Warner standing at his mailbox on Dec. 21 and pulled over in his car to speak with him. After asking how Warner's elderly mother was doing, Laude said he casually asked him, "Is Santa going to bring you anything good for Christmas?" Laude said Warner smiled and then said, "Oh, yeah, Nashville and the world is never going to forget me."Laude, 57, a commercial truck driver, said he didn't think much of the remark and thought Warner only meant that "something good" was going to happen for him. He said he was "speechless" later when he read that authorities had identified Warner as the suspected bomber."Nothing about this guy raised any red flags," Laude said. "He was just quiet."EMBED More News Videos Federal authorities identified on Sunday the...
    Former Trump campaign aide Michael Caputo arrives to testify before the House Intelligence Committee during a closed-door session at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center July 14, 2017 in Washington, DC.Getty Images Top Trump appointees at the Department of Health and Human Services repeatedly pushed this summer to adopt a Covid-19 strategy in the U.S. that would keep businesses open while expose "infants, kids, teens" and others to the virus in an attempt to achieve so-called herd immunity, according to emails obtained by House lawmakers. Rep. James Clyburn, chairman of the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, which obtained the emails, said the documents demonstrate "a pernicious pattern of political interference by Administration officials." The emails surfaced as part of an investigation into political interference by the Trump administration after former HHS scientific advisor Paul Alexander and long-time Trump ally Michael Caputo were accused this summer of meddling with the work of career scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the nation's leading infectious disease specialist Dr. Anthony Fauci. Alexander was ousted when Caputo departed HHS on medical...