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    Two of the most senior officials on the Jan. 6 committee said this weekend they personally believe the committee could make a unanimous decision to refer former President Donald Trump for criminal prosecution—should that be what it chooses to do. Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Liz Cheney (R-WY) made the claims over a 12-hour period, each of them noting the committee could make a unanimous decision to refer the twice-impeached former president for prosecution. “We operate with a high degree of consensus and unanimity,” Schiff told CNN anchor Jake Tapper on State of the Union. “It will be certainly, I think, my recommendation, my feeling, that we should make referrals, but we will get to a decision as a committee, and we will all abide by that decision, and I will join our committee members if they feel differently. “I do agree ... there have been several laws broken and it is, I think, apparent that there is evidence that Donald Trump was involved in breaking several of those laws,” Schiff continued. “When Congress does find evidence that people have broken...
    Theater seeks Friends Friends of the Heritage Theatre is launching a search for new board members as the theater reopens for live performances. While the nonprofit supports Campbell’s Heritage Theatre, board members don’t have to be residents of the city. “Our board members are passionate about the arts, the City of Campbell and the success of the Campbell Heritage Theatre,” board president Samantha Ince said in a statement. “Prior board experience is welcome but not required.” The Friends were formed to promote the use of the Campbell Heritage Theatre as a performing arts venue and as a space for community and youth groups, and to act as the theater’s fundraising arm. For more information, email [email protected] or send a letter with your contact information to Friends of the Heritage Theatre, 1 W. Campbell Ave., suite C32, Campbell, CA 95008. A ‘Night’ Next Door Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence, a San Jose-based nonprofit domestic violence service provider, is holding its annual “Light Up the Night” ceremony and gala on Saturday, Oct. 1, 6-10 p.m. at Villa Ragusa, 35 S. Second St. in...
    FOUR family members found dead in front of a burning home were identified on Friday after their brutal slaying. According to police, two people were found with gunshot wounds in the driveway of the home while a third was located in the nearby street. 4The family of four who were found shot to death outside of their burning home were identifiedCredit: ABC 4Three of the victims were found outside the home and pronounced dead at the hospitalCredit: CBS Officials moved the victims away from the scene at Oak Forest, Illinois, transporting them to the hospital but they were all pronounced dead. Another person, believed to be the gunman, was found dead inside the home after the flames were put out. The suspected shooter was identified as Carlos Gomez, 44, late Friday. The three victims were identified as Lupe Gomez, 43; Emilio Rodriguez, 20; and Briana Rodriguez, 22. READ MORE CRIMEDOUBLE DEATH? Mystery of missing woman last seen in Walmart as suspect's shock past emergesJUSTICE FOR MOLLY Everything to know about Molly Matheson's murder The chilling crime was captured by the suspect's next-door...
    STRICT American churches are asking members to download spyware that checks if they are watching porn on their phones. Baptist churches are using invasive spyware apps to discourage behavior it considers sinful, WIRED reports. 1Strict American churches are asking members to download spyware that checks if they are watching porn on their phones.Credit: Getty This 'sinful' behavior comprises watching pornography or visiting erotic sites. Churches are reportedly using a number of different apps to get ahold of users' online data. One such app is dubbed Covenant Eyes and costs users $16.99 per month. It promises to help users "live porn-free with confidence", per The Daily Star. Read more on churchesTAKE ME TO CHURCH What we know about the religion of the Royal FamilyBIG RESPECT Tiny church with room for just 6 sees people flock to pay respects to the Queen The app, which acts as spyware, tracks everything users do on their smartphones and captures on average one screenshot per minute. This information is reportedly then handed over to an 'accountability partner' who can look up a member's online...
    THE DANCING With The Stars cast has been hit with a major medical scare as four crew members test positive for COVID-19. Season 31 kicked off on Monday with a live broadcast as 16 couples hit the dance floor. 5Deadline reported that four DWTs crew members have tested positive for COVID-19Credit: Instagram/ dancingwiththestars 5The show is taking extra precautions and disinfected the studioCredit: Instagram/ dancingwiththestars Deadline reported on Thursday that a DWTS spokesperson told the outlet four people on the crew all tested positive for the virus. They all work in “completely different departments that do not have in person contact with each other, based on our pod system," according to the source. “Contact tracing was immediately conducted." The source continued: “All close contacts were notified and put on an increased testing cadence. No close contact of the four positive production employees has since tested positive.” READ MORE DWTSREADY TO RUMBA DWTS full cast revealed as GMA host, Bachelorette & Housewife to competeHE'S BACK! DWTS fans shocked after fan-favorite pro returns to show 5 years after he...
    Viktor Medvedchuk, an oligarch from Ukraine who is a key ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was included in the prisoner swap that Russia and Ukraine agreed to and executed on Thursday. Moscow agreed to release 10 foreign fighters who were fighting on the other side and 215 Ukrainians, including more than 100 members of the Above Regiment, a Ukrainian far-right paramilitary group, in exchange for Medvedchuk and 55 Russian and pro-Russian fighters, according to the Washington Post. PUTIN'S MOBILIZATION EFFORT IS A SIGN 'MANPOWER IS A PROBLEM,' KIRBY SAYS Putin is the godfather to one of the oligarch's daughters, and the two men have vacationed together in the past. Medvedchuk was put on house arrest last year for allegations of treason and looting Ukrainian resources in Crimea. "This is not about Medvedchuk. There were a lot of our servicemen and pilots, whom Ukraine was ready to trade only for Azov members. Can you imagine how much joy we brought to the families of these people who were languishing in captivity for months?" First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council...
    In this article COSTFollow your favorite stocksCREATE FREE ACCOUNTShoppers wait in a check-out line at a Costco wholesale store in Orlando, Florida.Paul Hennessy | Sopa Images | Lightrocket | Getty ImagesCostco is still holding off on raising its membership fees after reporting fiscal fourth quarter results that beat expectations. The retailer typically raises fees around every five years, but hasn't said when it will do so again after rival Sam's Club hiked its fee in late August. On Thursday, Costco Chief Financial Officer Richard Galanti noted the company hasn't yet reached its typical milestone for a hike.related investing newsCostco's quarterly results indicate the retailer is thriving despite high inflationJeff Marks15 hours agoWhat Cramer is watching Thursday — 2-year yield says Fed going much higher; job market remains tightJim Cramera day agoWhat to expect when Costco reports earnings after the closing bell ThursdayPaulina Likosa day ago"If you look at June of '17, plus five years and seven months, you're talking roughly January '23," Galanti said during an earnings call with investors. "Now I'm not suggesting it's January '23. I'm just...
    by Bethany Blankley   A Department of Defense Office of Inspector General report has found that officials in the U.S. military who issued widespread denials of religious exemption requests by service members who refused to take the COVID-19 shots violated federal law. Acting Inspector General Sean O’Donnell sent a memo to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin while the department continued to defend its position in court and as branches of the military sought to dishonorably discharge, punish and even evict from their housing service members who were in noncompliance with the vaccine mandate Austin issued last August. O’Donnell’s June 2 memo also surfaced after federal judges have increasingly issued blistering rebukes of military leaders when granting class action status for plaintiffs in lawsuits filed in several states. The memo was issued after the OID performed an audit of the U.S. military branches’ processing of COVID-19 exemption requests for active-duty service members to determine if they were in compliance with federal law and U.S. military regulations. The OIG found that they weren’t. O’Donnell told Austin he was writing to inform...
    STRIKING union barons will be forced to put employer pay deals to their members, rather than rejecting them out of hand. Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng will announce tough new legislation in his mini-budget which is designed to stop industrial action from dragging on and on. 1Striking union barons will be forced to put employer pay deals to their membersCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd Ministers are increasingly concerned that pay packages are being rejected by hardline union bosses without the consent of their members. The new law which could be in place by next Spring will hopefully bring about an end to disagreements more easily, Ministers believe. The move comes after the RMT turned down an 8 per cent offer from Network Rail which led to chaotic strike action this summer. A Treasury last night source: “The Chancellor wants to inject a healthy dose of democracy into trade unions. “It is absurd that union chiefs can extend strike action by rejecting pay offers without consulting their members. "We are going to bypass the barons and let the people decide.” Most read...
    The House of Representatives is poised to consider reforms to the STOCK Act next week following calls for stock trading to be banned among members of Congress. Amendments to the law would target the ability of members of Congress to trade stocks due to their power and ability to manipulate the market. BLUMENTHAL FACES ETHICS COMPLAINT OVER STOCK TRADES AMID TALK OF TRADING BAN House Democrats are looking to ban members of Congress and Supreme Court justices from trading stocks in a framework from Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), which was published by Insider on Thursday. The text of the proposed legislation has not been made available by any House Democrats, but the consideration of reform for the STOCK Act is on the docket for next week. The Senate is reportedly not going to consider any legislation to prevent lawmakers from trading stocks until after the midterm elections in November. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER Banning lawmakers from trading stocks has become a hot topic after several members of...
    An Orange County man has been arrested and charged by federal authorities after a video showed him allegedly punching a flight attendant in the back of the head during a flight Wednesday from Mexico to Los Angeles International Airport, according to prosecutors. Alexander Tung Cuu Le, 33, of Westminster, has been charged with one count of interference with flight crew members and attendants, the U.S. attorney’s office for the Central District of California said in a news release Thursday. Le was flying from San José del Cabo to LAX on Wednesday when he got out of his seat while flight attendants were in the middle of handing out food and drinks on American Airlines flight 377, prosecutors said. Le grabbed a flight attendant by the shoulder from behind and asked for coffee, then he grabbed the flight attendant by both shoulders, prosecutors said. The flight attendant pulled away and put up a defensive posture, and Le then walked to the front of the airplane, according to court documents. California TSA will test drone-tracking tech at LAX after dozens of...
    Share this: The 9,400 members of Steamfitters Local 638 care deeply about leaving a livable planet for the next generation. It is with that in mind that we have testified in support of National Grid’s proposed Greenpoint Vaporizer Project. Our members are educated and trained to understand the complexities and inner workings of the power sector that we all depend upon to provide dependable, safe, and affordable energy to our homes and workplaces. We are fully committed to being at the forefront of the State’s transition to clean energy. We are also committed to ensuring that the transition to clean energy maintains reliability while creating good union jobs. Our union is committed to a fair and smooth transition to clean energy, with an emphasis on the word ‘transition.  A transition requires the coordinated efforts of utilities, government, regulatory agencies, and industry to plan a thoughtful move away from polluting energy sources toward renewables and clean technology, ensuring that existing infrastructure is made cleaner and more efficient along the way.
    (CNN)Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin announced a series of policy changes to help military service members and their families deal with rising housing, food and childcare costs amid high inflation. While President Joe Biden's proposed budget for the Department of Defense includes a 4.6% pay increase for military service members starting January 1, 2023, the current annual consumer inflation rate in the US stands at 8.3%.Many of the policy changes Austin announced will go into effect in October. They include changes to housing allowances for active-duty service members, changes to policies around permanent change of station moves service members are required to make for their postings and additional programs for childcare and employment of military spouses."Our Service members and families must be able to secure affordable basic needs. It is a matter of bedrock financial security and a critical individual readiness issue," Austin said in a memo to senior Pentagon leaders and Combatant Commanders announcing the policy changes on Thursday. ISIS attempts suicide attack on al-Hol camp in SyriaSome of the policy changes Austin is implementing came from ideas...
    Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has announced a series of changes designed to help service members and their families financially. Austin, in a memo addressed to senior Pentagon leadership on Wednesday, announced automatic increases for the Basic Allowance for Housing starting next month, fully funding commissaries to cut grocery prices, expand spousal employment, and pay eligible service members an allowance, starting next year, for those whose gross household income is below 130% of the federal poverty line, Jeri Busch, the director of military compensation, told reporters on Thursday. PUTIN'S MOBILIZATION EFFORT IS A SIGN 'MANPOWER IS A PROBLEM,' KIRBY SAYS “We are cutting prices in our commissaries to achieve at least a 25% savings on grocery bills,” said Gil Cisneros, the under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness. “Compared to the local marketplace, commissaries are one of the best benefits we are able to offer service members and their families, and we're encouraging them to take advantage of the savings that we can provide.” Austin is also extending the Temporary Lodging Expend, allowing service members to receive partial reimbursements...
    Beloved brother, grandson, and friend Zachary Richard Haupt of Central Jersey died on Saturday, Sept. 10. He was 30. Raised in South Plainfield, Zachary attended South Plainfield High School, where he graduated in 2011, his obituary says. Zachary worked in the solar service and insurance industries. He loved spending his free time with his family members and numerous friends. Zachary also had a passion for sports, particularly baseball, which he enjoyed all throughout his childhood — both by playing out on the field and watching the Yankees, his memorial says. Zachary was precedeased by his loving parents, Matthew and Noelle Haupt; his grandparents, Richard C. Haupt Sr. and Geraldine Haupt and grandfather, William Nickel. He leaves behind his beloved brother, Nicholas Haupt; his sisters, Victoria and Sophia Villanti; his grandmother, Toni Nickel; as well as numerous extended family members and close friends whose lives are forever changed. Zachary’s funeral visitation was held at Mastapeter Funeral Home in Roselle Park on Monday, Sept. 19. Cremation was private. “You were one of the greatest loves I've ever got [to] experience in this lifetime,”...
    An American Airlines flight attendant was physically assaulted by an unruly passenger on Wednesday, according to airline officials. The incident happened on American Airlines Flight 377 with service from San José del Cabo, Mexico, to Los Angeles International Airport. Law enforcement met the flight at the gate and removed the unruly individual, according to a statement from American Airlines. Video posted on social media shows an individual approach a flight attendant toward the front of the plane and proceed to punch the flight attendant with an audible gasp from passengers who witnessed the incident. “Acts of violence against our team members are not tolerated by American Airlines,” the airline’s statement says. “The individual involved in this incident will never be allowed to travel with us in the future, and we will work closely with law enforcement in their investigation.” A passenger from that flight was arrested, confirmed Ciaran McEvoy, public information officer with the United States Attorney’s Office Central District of California. McEvoy added that their office is consulting with the FBI. No other information was provided. CNN has reached...
    Men are often told 'the bigger the better' when it comes to penis size. And a new study suggests this might be true – at least in terms of perceived personality. Researchers from New Mexico Highlands University say that men with big penises and trimmed pubic hair are seen as more attractive, extroverted, and open to new experiences, while those with smaller members are seen as more neurotic. 'This research demonstrates that genital appearance may contribute to socially shared implicit theories about people, regardless if these impressions reflect the true personality of the person being assessed,' the researchers wrote in their study. Researchers from New Mexico Highlands University say that men with big penises and trimmed pubic hair are seen as more attractive, extroverted, and open to new experiences, while those with smaller members are seen as more neurotic What your penis says about you Small More neurotic Worse in bed Less open to new experiences Big More attractive More sexually active More extroverted More conscientious In the study, the team set out to assess how...
    Disney Plus Two “Dancing With the Stars” cast members are speaking out about a headline-making cheating scandal involving a major star. On September 19, 2022, Instagram model Sumner Stroh posted a TikTok video in which she claimed that she had a year-long affair with singer Adam Levine. The Maroon 4 frontman who has been married to model Behati Prinsloo since 2014, per Brides. Stroh claimed that after she stopped talking to Levine, he came back into her life months later with a bizarre Instagram DM asking her if she would be okay with naming his next child “Sumner.” In September 2022, Levine and his wife confirmed they are expecting their third child. The two are already parents to daughters Gio Grace, 4, and Dusty Rose, 5, according to People. Stroh later posted an updated video to apologize to Prinsloo, saying, “I’m not the one who’s getting hurt here. It’s Behati and her children.” Stroh told Page Six that she had a “physical” relationship with Levine in 2021 just as she graduated from college. “I haven’t spoken to him...
    Share this: CITY BAR URGES PASSAGE OF HOUSE’S PRESIDENTIAL REFORM ACT: Following Tuesday’s introduction of the Presidential Election Reform Act (H.R. 8873) in the U.S. House of Representatives, aimed at preventing a similar insurrection to the events of January 6, 2021, the New York City Bar Association urges the House to swiftly pass the Act’s critical reforms to the Electoral Count Act (ECA). The City Bar believes the Presidential Election Reform Act provides a strong counterpart to the Senate’s bipartisan Electoral Count Reform and Presidential Transition Improvement Act (ECRA) and that the bills should be reconciled and passed without delay. The House bill expands the number of members of each Congressional chamber needed to raise an objection to a state’s electors from one member to one-third of each chamber, an increase over the Senate bill, which requires one-fifth of the Chamber. The requirement of a substantial number of objecting members of both houses of Congress would reduce the possibility of baseless objections delaying or obstructing the count and increase the likelihood that the choice of the voters will be respected...
    (CNN)Russian President Vladimir Putin has -- with one stroke -- effectively removed Russia from any position among the world's civilized nations, a fact President Joe Biden made abundantly clear in his Tuesday speech before the United Nations General Assembly.Indeed, if there was one theme from Biden's speech, it was a simple one: the United States, and by definition Biden, are on the side of right, and any others who may be waffling should see how appropriate it might be to get on board -- though the US President will not seek to provoke conflict. David A. AndelmanBiden opened his speech with a direct condemnation of Putin's action on Tuesday calling up 300,000 reserve forces for deployment in Ukraine and his suggestion that a nuclear option was still on the table if he felt threatened. Above all, Biden observed, from the very moment Putin launched his war on Ukraine, his "imperial" action has "shamelessly violated the core tenets" of the United Nations and the charter under which it operates, and to which most members have pledged themselves."This war is about extinguishing...
    (CNN)A new Anti-Defamation League report has found an "extensive" network of White supremacists and other far-right extremists in Florida, which the organization says is home to the most people charged in the January 6 insurrection. "Florida is home to an extensive, interconnected network of white supremacists and other far-right extremists," the Anti-Defamation League says in the report, warning that new groups have surfaced in the state in recent years while existing groups "have broadened their audience both online and on the ground."The anti-hate group's findings are documented in a new report titled "Hate in the Sunshine State: Extremism & Antisemitism in Florida, 2020-2022." The January 6 insurrection: Minute-by-minuteCiting data from the George Washington University Program on Extremism, the report says Florida is home to the most people charged in connection with the January 6 insurrection. About 34.4% of those individuals "maintain ties to extremists in the state including Proud Boys, Oath Keepers and Three Percenters," data from the ADL's Center on Extremism shows.Read MoreThe state has been a "major hub of Proud Boy activity and influence" since Proud Boys leader...
    Drew Angerer/Getty Images The House passed the Presidential Election Reform Act introduced by Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and Liz Cheney (R-WY) on Wednesday with nine Republicans voting in favor of the measure aimed at preventing another Jan. 6. The bill introduced by two senior members of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol would amned the law that governs how Electoral College votes are counted by the U.S. Congress. “Notably, the legislation would make it more difficult for members of Congress to muck up the certification process with objections that aren’t based on legitimate concerns, and would clarify that the vice president’s role in counting electoral votes is strictly ministerial,” noted National Public Radio’s summary of the bill. The nine GOP members who voted for the bill have all either announced they are not running for reelection or lost GOP primaries over their votes to impeach then President Donald Trump over his role on Jan. 6. Those nine GOP members are: Cheney Kinzinger Meijer Herrera Beutler Upton Katko Jacobs Gonzalez Rice “Our bill reaffirms what...
    GOOD news for fans of Panera Bread that will lead to saving cold hard cash, while enjoying favorite orders from the fast food chain. In order to reap the benefits, however, you will have to be a member of the fast casual chain's loyalty program. 1Starting October 6 Panera Bread is rolling out new MyPanera reward options for loyalty customers, and ahead of that, is holding its first ever MyPanera week starting September 29Credit: Getty Starting September 29, which is National Coffee Day, Panera will hold its first-ever MyPanera week that will run through October 5. The event involves handing out exclusive perks to celebrate its loyalty program members, per a press release. Here's what's on tap for the week: September 29 - On National Coffee Day, new Unlimited Sip Club Subscribers will receive two months free. Existing Sip Club Members will receive $2 off select barista beverages and smoothies. (One time and In-App Only) September 30 - $0 Delivery Fee. (In-App only, valid through 10/5/22) October 1 - Free Baguette with Purchase. (In-App only) October 2 -...
    (CNN)New York's attorney general, Letitia James, filed a civil fraud lawsuit Wednesday against former President Donald Trump, some of his children and his business, according to court records.Read the filing:
    Former U.S. president Donald Trump speaks in support of candidates Doug Mastriano and Mehmet Oz during a rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, September 3, 2022.Andrew Kelly | Reuters New York Attorney General Letitia James on Wednesday sued former President Donald Trump, the Trump Organization, three of his adult children, and others for allegedly widespread fraud involving false financial statements related to the company. The lawsuit seeks at least $250 million in damages. This is breaking news. Please check back for updates.TVWATCH LIVEWATCH IN THE APPUP NEXT | ETListen
    Getty Images A DWTS alum shared a post after her grandmother was buried. A “Dancing With the Stars” alum shared some news with fans on September 18, 2022. In an Instagram caption, Candace Cameron Bure revealed that she and her family had celebrated her grandmother, Jeanne Bausmith, who had died in November 2021 at the age of 98. The family had gathered together as Bausmith was laid to rest with her husband. “Today was a beautiful family day honoring and celebrating the life of my grandma Jeanne. We celebrate because she’s finally with Pop Pop, her husband of 68 years and together they’re worshiping God in heaven. Praise the Lord! Five children, 14 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. She was joyful and fun until the end! 98 years. What a legacy she’s left,” Bure said. The “Fuller House” star shared a picture of herself along with her husband and their two sons, Maksim and Lev. All four were smiling in the photo as they came together for this undoubtedly emotional day. Here’s what you need to know:Several People...
    SATURDAY Night Live has been on the air since October 1975. A total of eight members will not be returning for its 48th season. 3Kate McKinnon is leaving SNL Who is leaving the Saturday Night Live cast? During Season 47's finale on May 21, 2022, SNL bid farewell to four of its beloved cast members: Those who announced they were leaving SNL include: 3Departing cast members from SNL from left; Aidy Bryant, Pete Davidson, Kate McKinnon, and Kyle MooneyCredit: AP:Associated Press Pete Davidson Back in 2014, Pete Davidson, 28, became the first person born in the 1990s to join the cast of SNL. On Saturday, May 21, 2022, Davidson confirmed he would be leaving SNL. During his last segment on SNL's Weekend Update, he stated: "I never imagined this would be my life. Back then, I was just a skinny kid that no one knew which race I was." He continued: "And now everyone knows I'm White because I became hugely successful while barely showing up to work. Look at me now, I'm aging like an old banana." Read More...
    On September 18, President Biden warned Russian President Vladimir Putin, “Don’t. Don’t. Don’t” use nuclear weapons in retaliation for severe battlefield losses in Ukraine. While Putin dismissed Biden’s worries as unfounded, the specter of nuclear armageddon drove U.S. antiwar activists to the streets days before in a September Week of Action organized by the Peace in Ukraine Coalition. This article was produced by Local Peace Economy, a project of the Independent Media Institute. Demanding a “ceasefire now,” activists hosted antiwar events in D.C., San Francisco, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Milwaukee, Madison, Boston, Rockville, Santa Cruz, San Mateo, San Pedro, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles. The Peace in Ukraine Coalition—consisting of CODEPINK, Veterans for Peace, Democratic Socialists of America, Massachusetts Peace Action, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom-U.S., and other organizations—mobilized for negotiations, not escalation, in what CODEPINK describes as a proxy war threatening a direct war between the two most heavily armed nuclear nations, the United States and Russia. With President Biden asking Congress for another $13.7 billion for Ukraine, $7.2 billion for weapons and military training, activists delivered letters to...
    THE BLING Ring is famously known for carrying out a string of robberies on A-List celebrities from 2008 to 2009. The group consisting of Rachel Lee, Nick Prugo, Alexis Neiers, Courtney Ames, and Diana Tamayo stole nearly $3million in cash and valuables over 12 months. 6The Bling Ring was a group of friends who robbed celebrities in 2008 and 2009 Who was in the Bling Ring? The Bling Ring consisted of Rachel Lee, Alexis Neiers, Nick Prugo, Courtney Ames, and Diana Tamayo. Ames recruited Johnny Ajar and Roy Lopez Jr to the group and designated them to sell the items she stole. In 2010, each of the members of the Bling Ring was sentenced to various punishments in response to the burglaries they had committed the prior year in Calabasas, California. Rachel Lee 6Rachel LeeCredit: AP Rachel Lee was allegedly the mastermind behind the string of celebrity robberies and spent 16 months in prison. READ MORE NEWS STORIESSURVIVOR STORY Where kidnap victim Amanda Berry is nowFIGHTING Everything to know about Texas death row inmate Melissa Lucio Since getting out of prison, Lee completed cosmetology...
    Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus are calling for Republicans to vote on a conference rules package before the party elects its members of leadership next year, according to multiple sources familiar with the talks. A number of caucus members, including Reps. Michael Cloud (R-TX), Bob Good (R-VA), Scott Perry (R-PA), the chairman of the group, and Chip Roy (R-TX), advocated prioritizing it during the House GOP’s conference meeting, one senior GOP source in the room confirmed to the Washington Examiner. The group put forward a list of demands members want to see in the rules package earlier this year, aimed at decentralizing power away from congressional leadership. Roy, who asserted he does not divulge information about closed-door meetings, said that while he won’t confirm the message he delivered to the conference during the open-mic portion of the meeting, he is supportive of acting on rules ahead of leadership votes. HOUSE FREEDOM CAUCUS ISSUES RULE CHANGE DEMANDS TO LEADERSHIP FOR A GOP MAJORITY “Before, we're talking about the personalities to lead,” he said. “But...
    An ongoing gang war that has ignited gunfire during a funeral and outside a hospital has led to charges against seven reputed members of a New Jersey gang associated with the Bounty Hunter Bloods. Federal authorities used the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) law to secure a grand jury indictment charging the defendants with conspiracy, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger said Tuesday, Sept. 20. All seven are members or associates of the Bounty Hunter Bloods, which operated under the umbrella of neighborhood street gangs known as “Parkside” in Somerset and “The Ville” in New Brunswick, the U.S. attorney said. Assaults, shootings, and murders committed by the gang members often targeted rivals, Sellinger said. In one incident, he said, some who’d gone to a New Brunswick hospital to honor a high-ranking member who’d been shot by rivals just hours earlier chased down two adversaries riding in a Jeep and shot both of them, killing one, on Easton Avenue. In another, some of them used a stolen car to commit a shooting that killed a rival gang member and a second...
    An ongoing gang war that has ignited gunfire during a funeral and outside a hospital has led to charges against seven reputed members of a New Jersey gang associated with the Bounty Hunter Bloods. Federal authorities used the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) law to secure a grand jury indictment charging the defendants with conspiracy, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger said Tuesday, Sept. 20. All seven are members or associates of the Bounty Hunter Bloods, which operated under the umbrella of neighborhood street gangs known as “Parkside” in Somerset and “The Ville” in New Brunswick, the U.S. attorney said. Assaults, shootings, and murders committed by the gang members often targeted rivals, Sellinger said. In one incident, he said, some who’d gone to a New Brunswick hospital to honor a high-ranking member who’d been shot by rivals just hours earlier chased down two adversaries riding in a Jeep and shot both of them, killing one, on Easton Avenue. In another, some of them used a stolen car to commit a shooting that killed a rival gang member and a second...
    A group of former staff members at the Federal Trade Commission has slammed the agency as overreaching and breaching norms. The coalition of former FTC staff members released the letter on Tuesday criticizing FTC Chairwoman Lina Khan, a top liberal proponent of aggressive antitrust action against big businesses, as undercutting the agency and harming its credibility. "The agency seems to be moving away from some of these norms and ... these changes may undermine the agency's credibility to enforce the law and to protect consumers," the former staff members argued in the letter, a copy of which was sent to the Washington Examiner. "In the worst case, with ongoing scrutiny of administrative agencies, a departure from these norms could imperil long-term support for the agency itself." YOUTUBE' DISLIKE' BUTTON RARELY SHIFTS RECOMMENDATIONS, STUDY FINDS The FTC is under added scrutiny under Khan, who has sought to reposition it as much more adversarial toward mergers and acquisitions and has seen high staff turnover. The agency's recent ruling against Meta over its acquisition of a VR fitness app...
    State School Superintendent Richard Woods today named 31 parents from all over Georgia to serve on his Parent Advisory Council (PAC), including 16 first-time members of the Council. As members of the council, they will meet three times this year with Superintendent Woods to discuss education issues in Georgia. Their primary focus will be increasing parent and family engagement to ensure student success. “My Parent Advisory Council is an invaluable resource as I make policy decisions that impact students and families across Georgia,” Superintendent Woods said. “Working with these parents allows an opportunity for me to receive their feedback and perspectives which helps us to make the best possible policy choices.” The State School Superintendent’s Parent Advisory Council is a group of parents from across the state that provides input on new policies, projects, and materials that impact students and their families. PAC members are particularly focused on how to increase parent and family engagement to ensure student academic success. Members serve as advisors and meet with the State School Superintendent...
    Bravo RHOBH season 11 reunion. The 12th season of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” has been full of drama, but a recent stunt threw some fans through a loop. Days after a “really intense” RHOBH reunion was taped, three stars from the Bravo reality show appeared in a promotional ad, but it wasn’t for their TV show. Instead, Dorit Kemsley, Sutton Stracke, and Crystal Kung Minkoff played movie critics in an ad for the upcoming movie, “Don’t Worry Darling.” The psychological thriller, which stars Florence Pugh and Harry Styles and is directed by Olivia Wilde, has been the subject of controversy amid rumors of on-set feuds and Wilde’s romantic relationship with Styles, according to Time. Now, the RHOBH stars have been inserted into the buzziest film of the year. Here’s what you need to know:The RHOBH Stars Critiqued the Movie ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ in a New Ad View this post on Instagram A post shared by Crystal Kung Minkoff 孔令华 (@crystalkungminkoff) In a new ad, Kemsley, Stracke, and Minkoff were seen in a theater watching “Don’t...
    Bravo RHOBH season 11 reunion. The 12th season of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” has been full of drama, but a recent stunt threw some fans through a loop. Days after a “really intense” RHOBH reunion was taped, three stars from the Bravo reality show appeared in a promotional ad, but it wasn’t for their TV show. Instead, Dorit Kemsley, Sutton Stracke, and Crystal Kung Minkoff played movie critics in an ad for the upcoming movie, “Don’t Worry Darling.” The psychological thriller, which stars Florence Pugh and Harry Styles and is directed by Olivia Wilde, has been the subject of controversy amid rumors of on-set feuds and Wilde’s romantic relationship with Styles, according to Time. Now, the RHOBH stars have been inserted into the buzziest film of the year. Here’s what you need to know:The RHOBH Stars Critiqued the Movie ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ in a New Ad View this post on Instagram A post shared by Crystal Kung Minkoff 孔令华 (@crystalkungminkoff) In a new ad, Kemsley, Stracke, and Minkoff were seen in a theater watching “Don’t...
    I didn’t think it was possible, but Donald Trump is more dangerous than ever. Last week, he warned America that if he’s indicted, we would face “problems... the likes of which perhaps we’ve never seen.” For a man who already incited one violent riot over his defeat in the 2020 election, a veiled threat of violence (nice democracy there—if you can keep it!) cannot be dismissed as a mere toothless bluff. But it gets (arguably) worse: Trump has gone full QAnon. Last Tuesday, Trump reposted a picture of himself on his social media platform Truth Social wearing a Q pin with the words “The Storm is Rising.” As the Associated Press explains, “In QAnon lore, the ‘storm’ refers to Trump’s final victory, when supposedly he will regain power and his opponents will be tried, and potentially executed, on live television.” Then, at a rally in Youngstown, Ohio, this weekend, Trump’s campaign played a song that was eerily similar to the QAnon song “Wwg1wga,” an abbreviation of the QAnon slogan, “Where we go one, we go all.” As Trump spoke,...
    TRAVEL is set to be disrupted once more across the UK as further national train strikes have been announced next month. Here's everything you need to know about why drivers are going on strike and which services will be affected. What are the rail strike dates? Drivers from 12 operators across the county are expected to hold two 24-hour strikes next month following a long dispute over pay and working conditions. Strike action was planned for September 15, but union leaders postponed following the death of the Queen. Mick Lynch, general secretary of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers, said: ‘RMT joins the whole nation in paying its respects to Queen Elizabeth. The planned railway strike action on 15 and 17 September is suspended. We express our deepest condolences to her family, friends and the country.’ Aslef, the train drivers union is coordinating the action, and have yet to confirm the new dates. 1Strike action will once again cause travel disruption in the UKCredit: Alamy The most recent strikes at the end of August saw four out...
    A MAJOR update is coming to BJ’s Wholesale Club to update the payment process in hopes that it will revolutionize in-store shopping Customers who pay for groceries using a SNAP EBT card will now be able to use it anywhere they shop. 2SNAP AND EBT customers will be able to use their benefits to purchase groceries at BJ's locationsCredit: SOPA Images/LightRocket via Gett The retailer announced on Friday that it would begin accepting electronic benefit transfer [EBT] payments for online grocery orders at all club locations. This also includes same-day pickup orders both in-store and curbside. “Over the course of the last few months, we’ve been actively working to expand our online SNAP EBT payment options for our members across all the states we currently do business in,” said Monica Schwartz, executive vice president of BJ’s in a statement. “We’re excited to announce that SNAP EBT payments are accepted online chainwide, allowing us to offer even more flexibility and convenience to all of our members.” READ MORE SHOPPING ADVICESNEAK PEEK I'm an Aldi superfan - clothing items hitting shelves this week starting...
    The Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH) Foundation announced today that Barbara Alpert, MD, PhD, FACP; Pamela Hervey; Amanda L. Messina, MD, FACS; and Carl D. Reimers, MD, FACC, FSCAI, have been appointed as board members. The mission of these volunteer leaders is to serve as hospital ambassadors for the community and to provide advice on fundraising strategies for the hospital, which is part of the nonprofit health system Northwell Health. “We are thrilled to have Drs. Alpert, Messina and Reimers and Ms. Hervey join our already amazing group of foundation board volunteers,” said Keeva Young-Wright, associate executive director of NWH and president of the NWH Foundation. “These four mission-driven leaders have longstanding relationships with the hospital and, as Foundation board members, will provide great insight to fundraising initiatives that advance patient programs, lifesaving equipment and technology, and capital improvements.” All new members will serve three-year terms. Dr. Alpert, an internist specializing in adult internal medicine at Optum Care, formerly CareMount Medical, has served since 2013 on the NWH President’s Council, an advisory board designed to help the hospital address community needs,...
    The race to become the top Republican on the House Committee on Ways and Means is heating up, with three senior lawmakers battling to lead the powerful tax-writing panel next Congress. Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL), the most senior member on the panel, Rep. Adrian Smith (R-NE), a senior member who currently serves as the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Trade, and Rep. Jason Smith (R-MO), the ranking member on the House Budget Committee, are vying for the gavel as Republicans express optimism about their odds of taking back the majority. From left to right: Reps. Adrian Smith, Vern Buchanan, and Jason Smith. (AP Photos) As the lawmakers make calls and meet with members of the Steering Committee in an effort to lock down support, Buchanan and Jason Smith are seen as the front-runners in the race, nine members familiar with the conversations told the Washington Examiner. Multiple sources stated that they see Adrian Smith as a strong dark horse who is well respected within the conference. All three lawmakers asserted that their top...
    A document from the Proud Boys dated Jan. 5, 2021, shows the detailed plans for a rally in New York City that was scheduled for Jan. 10, 2021. The extensive plans in the document, which was obtained by the Guardian, show the group advocating against violence by its members but also directing members to police situations of violence during the planned "NYC MAGA MARCH." PROUD BOYS MEMBER CAME SECONDS AWAY FROM SCHUMER ON JAN. 6: COURT FILINGS The document was written by Randy Ireland, who is listed on the document as the president of the Proud Boys' New York chapter. "No Violence is to be Initiated by any Proud Boy at any time! Only if a violent act is committed against a Proud Boy or any attendee of the event are Proud Boys to engage," the document states under the "rules of engagement" section. Despite the calls for no violence, the protocol outlined in the document does make clear members would be expected to respond to any violence with action. "If any violence...
    A document from the Proud Boys dated Jan. 5, 2021, shows the detailed plans for a rally in New York City that was scheduled for Jan. 10, 2021. The extensive plans in the document, which was obtained by the Guardian, show the group advocating against violence by its members but also directing members to police situations of violence during the planned "NYC MAGA MARCH." PROUD BOYS MEMBER CAME SECONDS AWAY FROM SCHUMER ON JAN. 6: COURT FILINGS The document was written by Randy Ireland, who is listed on the document as the president of the Proud Boys' New York chapter. "No Violence is to be Initiated by any Proud Boy at any time! Only if a violent act is committed against a Proud Boy or any attendee of the event are Proud Boys to engage," the document states under the "rules of engagement" section. Despite the calls for no violence, the protocol outlined in the document does make clear members would be expected to respond to any violence with action. "If any violence...
    The Queen's stylist, hairdresser and aide Angela Kelly - a docker's daughter from Liverpool - has been allowed to stay at her grace-and-favour home near Windsor Castle after the monarch's death.  Angela Kelly, 64, was a trusted confidante and took on a lady-in-waiting-style role towards the Queen as she worked her way up from Assistant Dresser to becoming indispensable part of the household.  Queen Elizabeth ensured that her loyal friend would be allowed to stay on in her grace-and-favour home after her death.  Staff would typically only have one month's notice before being moved to another Royal household or being told to look for alternative employment after the death of a King or Queen.   But now it seems that the Queen had given her authority for Ms Kelly to stay near Windsor Castle after her death. Angela Kelly, a close confidante of the Queen, is set to be allowed to stay on in her grace-and-favour home at Windsor – thanks to the Queen herself. Pictured receiving her RVO in 2012 So favoured was she by the late Monarch that Ms Kelly...
    by Natalia Mittelstadt   The Defense Department’s inspector general has alerted the secretary of defense to apparent blanket denials of religious accommodation requests (RAR) for exemptions from the military COVID-19 vaccine mandate, which would be a violation of federal law. The memo details “potential noncompliance with standards for reviewing and documenting the denial of religious accommodation requests of Service members.” The acting inspector general noted that “dozens of complaints” had been received regarding denied RARs. “We have found a trend of generalized assessments rather than the individualized assessment that is required by Federal law and DoD and Military Service policies,” wrote acting Inspector General Sean O’Donnell. The inspector general originally sent the memorandum to the defense secretary in June, but it was not forwarded to the secretaries of each military service and the DOD general counsel until three months later, on Sept. 2. “Additionally, the volume and rate at which decisions were made to deny requests is concerning,” the Office of the Inspector General added. “The appeal authorities of the Services we reviewed indicated that an average of 50 denials...
    New York (CNN Business)The 11th hour deal that prevented a crippling strike at the nation's freight railroads is the biggest win for US unions in years.The agreement, reached in the early hours Thursday, kept more than 50,000 engineers and conductors on the job, and won members the changes in work rules sought by their leadership. They also got an immediate 14% raise, backpay dating to 2020 and raises totaling 24% over the five-year life of the contracts.It also showed the power that unions can still wield, especially when a strike threatens to deal a body blow to the nation's supply chain and economy. The railroads will keep running while more than 100,000 union members vote on whether or not to ratify the tentative agreements in the coming weeks. Many of the votes, including by the engineers and conductors, are not yet scheduled.In terms of big US labor contracts, however, this is just the opening act. The powerful motivator behind workers who want moreThere are an additional 700,000 union members nationwide in key industries who could be getting new labor...
    PRINCE William is the wealthiest member of the Royal Family with a net worth of around £1.05billion. The heir-to-the-throne beats his dad King Charles III, who is worth £900million, while Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have a combined worth of £20million.  6Heir-to-the-throne Prince William is the wealthiest member of the Royal Family with an estimated worth of £1.05billionCredit: AP 6King Charles is thought to have around £900millionCredit: PA 6The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have £20millionCredit: PA Princess Anne is worth £50million, Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex are worth £10million and Prince Andrew is worth £5million.  Meanwhile the monarchy’s wealth as an institution has more than doubled in ten years from £9billion in March 2012 to £18.3billion in March this year. The figure covers the wealth from land and buildings on the Crown Estate, worth around £16.5billion, and the Duchies of Lancaster and Cornwall.  And it is greater than supermarket giant Tesco’s stock market value of £17billion, The Sunday Times revealed.  READ MORE ON THE QUEEN'S DEATHGREATEST SEND-OFF IN HISTORY Two million mourners to descend on London...
    HDSB Chair Margo Shuttleworth told the Toronto Sun that the district will protect the "gender rights" of employees, and added, "The stance the school board is taking and they are standing behind the teacher." Shuttleworth stated, "This teacher (who teaches shop) is an extremely effective teacher. All the kids really love being in the class." She said the school has already received phone calls about the teacher that "haven’t been the most pleasant in nature." Shuttleworth said the Halton District School Board is concerned there will be backlash against the transgender teacher when classes resume on Monday, and the staff are contemplating "going through creating a safety plan" to ensure the Oakville Trafalgar High School teacher is safe. The Halton District School Board's policy on gender identity and gender expressions in school:The HDSB is committed to establishing and maintaining a safe, caring, inclusive, equitable and welcoming learning and working environment for all members of the school community including students, staff, parents/guardians and community members who identify as, or are perceived as Two-Spirit, Queer, trans*1 , Non-Binary, Intersex, and...
    At his rally in Ohio on Saturday, ex-president Donald Trump said that he invented using the word “caravans” for the mass movement of migrants from one place to another. Trump spoke more than once during his Youngstown remarks on the subject of immigration. He bragged that he actually did build the wall, said that the border was more secure than ever while he was in office, and less secure than ever under President Joe Biden. In fact he said the United States has the “weakest border” in the world, adding that “no third-world country” would allow people across their border in the way the United States does. “We’re going to pay a big price for a long period of time,” said Trump about the number of people crossing illegally into the United States. He brought up the deportation of gangs and gang members, specifically mentioning MS-13 and detailing some of their heinous acts. “They’re animals,” he said, recalling a previous instance of using the term with regard to vicious gang members. Trump said that during his administration they...