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    The owner of a Chicago senior housing facility where three women died in May during a heat wave that caused temperatures to soar into the low 90s has been fined $1,500 by the city's buildings department. Janice Reed, 68, Gwendolyn Osborne, 72, and Delores McNeely, 76, all died on May 14 at the James Sneider Apartments, with their autopsies linking the deaths directly to the heat wave in the building where the heating was left on. And now, the owner of the same residential building has been fined after an inspection by the buildings department found 11 code violations — two of which were the result of a rooftop air conditioning 'chiller' that did not appear to be suitable for use on the exterior of the building, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.  Records show, according to the newspaper, that the department determined that issues noted in the city's first inspection had been addressed and that a second inspection determined there were 'no dangerous and hazardous conditions.' By that time, the Hispanic Housing Development Corporation - a non-profit organization that owns and...
    "When we watched the video, we did not observe that behavior from him," BYU Police Lt. George Besendorfer told the newspaper. BYU associate athletic director Jon McBride confirmed that university officials came to the same conclusion. He said:Various BYU Athletics employees have been reviewing video from BYUtv and other cameras in the facility that the volleyball team has access to for film review. This has been ongoing since right after the match on Friday night. The person who was banned was the person identified by Duke as using racial slurs. However, we have been unable to find any evidence of that person using slurs in the match.In fact, no evidence has surfaced proving anyone shouted racial slurs. Instead, students who attended the game attest they never heard any slurs. The Cougar Chronicle, a BYU student-run newspaper, cited multiple students on the record who were in the student section at the game and never heard any slurs. Indeed, Besendorfer has confirmed that no student who sat in the section where the slurs allegedly came from — nor anyone who attended...
    The United States' response to the budding monkeypox outbreak is being slammed by health experts - blaming officials for being asleep at the wheel and failing to learn lessons from failures early during the COVID-19 pandemic. The tropical virus has been detected 866 times in the U.S. according to more recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - but there is near-universal agreement among experts that the figure is a severe undercount. Monkeypox has been allowed to spread undetected because of failures in America's testing and surveillance infrastructure - similar to how Covid was allowed to spread so widely early on when it caught the world off guard in early 2020. Unlike Covid, though, monkeypox is not novel, leaving experts frustrated with how top officials failed to deal with a threat they were already knowledgeable to.  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next EXCLUSIVE: Have monkeypox fears been overblown? Tropical... Dozens of people line up for monkeypox vaccine in NYC as it... Share this article Share 'Why is it...
    Customs and Border Protection has referred four horseback agents falsely accused of whipping Haitian migrants in September 2021 for disciplinary action.  A 500-page report released by the agency on Friday said the agents acted unprofessionally, unsafely and used unnecessary force - but concluded they did not strike the migrants with their reins.   CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus said the disciplinary investigation is still ongoing, would not release details of any action taken and didn't identify the employees involved. The images taken in September 2021 of the agents of the banks of the Rio Grande in Del Rio, Texas,  sparked a firestorm and a strong response from Biden calling for them to 'pay' for their treatment of Haitians.  The report outlined the agents' inappropriate behavior toward Haitians, including yelling profanity and insults related to a migrant's national origin. It also said agents used unnecessary force against migrants attempting to reenter the United States with food. It found one agent on horseback grabbed a man and spun him around in a widely photographed incident, which took place near a sprawling riverside encampment in...
    The reports of the death of American democracy are, to paraphrase Mark Twain, exaggerated. Or, perhaps they are just premature. In any event, we should take some comfort from the fact that recent events suggest that when it comes to Lady Liberty, there still may be some life in the old girl yet. You couldn’t be blamed for feeling pessimistic over the past years—which included assaults on voting rights, extreme cases of gerrymandering, the stealing of a Supreme Court seat, and an attempted coup. But here are four reasons to feel better about the prospects of the survival of our system of government. First, as it turns out, some of the people we thought were the worst enemies of democracy had their limits. Even Bill Barr, Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, and reptilian Trump advisors like Jason Miller. That is not to say they were model citizens. They did an awesome amount of damage, but as the hearings of the House Select Committee on the Jan. 6 Attack on the Capitol have revealed, even people like these drew the line...
    WASHINGTON -- Flanked by law enforcement officials and local leaders in the Rose Garden, President Joe Biden said Friday his administration's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package is boosting public safety by investing in police departments."The answer is not to defund the police," he said. "The answer is to fund the police with the resources and training they need to protect our communities."Biden said more money should be spent on public safety before the summer months, which typically bring a spike in violent crime."Taking action today is going to save lives tomorrow," he said.Biden's remarks came as the Treasury Department prepared to release a second round of coronavirus relief funding for state and local governments.The Democratic president has been under pressure from Republicans and others to bring down violent crime across the country, one issue among many that could complicate his party's chances of retaining control of Congress in the November midterm elections.Biden has announced a strategy to combat gun crimes, including steps to crack down on rogue gun dealers and slow the spread of untraceable ghost guns, privately made firearms...
    Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images. Donald Trump’s former secretary of defense, Mark Esper, detailed the former president berating his senior staff, including then-Vice President Mike Pence, for not being willing to shoot protesting Americans in his new book. “‘You are losers!’ the president railed. ‘You are all fucking losers!’” Esper writes the president said at a meeting during which Trump suggested shooting protesters, as violence was gripping U.S. cities in the wake of the murder of George Floyd in late May 2020. “This wasn’t the first time I had heard him use this language, but not with this much anger, and never directed at people in a room with him, let alone toward Barr, Milley and me,” Esper wrote in his new book, A Sacred Oath: Memoirs of a Defense Secretary in Extraordinary Times, according to the Guardian. “He repeated the foul insults again, this time directing his venom at the vice-president as well, who sat quietly, stone-faced, in the chair at the far end of the semi-circle closest to the Rose Garden,” Esper adds. “I never saw him yell...
    Afghanistan's ex-finance minister has claimed the Taliban easily conquered the country because corrupt officials invented 'ghost soldiers' and took payment from the Islamist group.  Khalid Payenda said most of the 300,000-strong army and police officers did not exist and that generals added the phantom personnel to official lists so they could take their wages. The Afghan government collapsed in August as Taliban fighters rapidly took control of the country, while US and coalition forces were withdrawing after 20 years.  Mr Payenda said the inflated numbers included 'desertions' and 'martyrs' because commanders often kept their bank cards and withdrew money. Khalid Payenda said most of the 300,000-strong army and police officers did not exist and that generals added the phantom personnel to official lists so they could take their wages He claimed the troop numbers may have been inflated by as much as six times and said it was incorrect to suggest security forces outnumbered the Taliban. He told the BBC: 'The way the accountability was done, you would ask the chief in that province how many people you have and based...
    The FBI concluded this year it has not identified any Saudi officials responsible for the 9/11 terrorist attacks or who knowingly conspired to help the hijackers carry out their operation. The FBI released hundreds of pages of declassified and largely unredacted documents on Tuesday night, including 725 pages of witness statements and the 11-page May 2021 electronic communication from the FBI’s New York office, which closed its investigation into the 9/11 attacks and possible criminal links with the Saudi government earlier this year. “After nearly twenty years after the attack, the FBI has not identified additional groups or individuals responsible for the attack other than those currently charged, which is consistent with the final conclusion of the 9/11 Commission Report,” the FBI stated in the document. “The NYO completed all logical and reasonable investigative steps in accordance with established Counterterrorism Division guidance. No potential criminal violations or priority threats to national security warranting further investigation were identified. All leads have been completed." Although Saudi Arabia has repeatedly denied any involvement in the attacks, 9/11 victims' families have...
    Christopher Steele doubled-down on claims from his infamous dossier, insisting that Michael Cohen met with Russian officials in Prague and that the 'golden showers' tape of Donald Trump likely exists. In his first major interview, which is set to come out on Hulu on Monday, Steele told ABC's George Stephanopoulos that he is speaking out because 'problems we identified back in 2016 haven't gone away – and arguably have actually gotten worse.' During previews of the interview shared on ABC This Week on Sunday, Steele defended his dossier against criticism and contradictions coming from the FBI and other probes into claims made in the bombshell opposition research document. 'Today do you still believe that that tape exists?' Stephanopoulos asked in reference to the salacious 'golden showers' tape claimed to exist in the dossier that has never come to light. 'I think that it probably does, but I wouldn't put 100 per cent certainty on it,' he said. Christopher Steele defended his dossier in clips of an interview set to air Monday where he stands by his claims Michael Cohen met...
    REISTERSTOWN, Md. (WJZ) — All eyes were on the football field Friday night at Franklin High School. After a year of canceled events, the school’s homecoming football game was back, despite school officials canceling the homecoming dance for all public schools. READ MORE: Baltimore Police Seek Missing 38-Year-Old Robin Muscolino Excitement was in the air Friday night. “It’s great. It’s great,” said mom Stacey Joerger. Players took to the field as fans packed the stands at Franklin High School for their homecoming football game, a night many waited over a year for. “I can actually get out and have a high school experience,” said freshman Ijai Hammon. Last year, the pandemic wiped out most of the football season. “It feels good. It feels better. It feels like stuff is getting back together a little bit because last year we couldn’t do it,” said junior varsity football player K’yon Davis. READ MORE: Tony Evans Jr. Charged With Allegedly Shooting, Wounding Woman In August, Baltimore Police Say This year, football is back, but the homecoming dance is not. Earlier this month, Baltimore...
    Retired conservative Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman, who is part of the special counsel leading a GOP-backed investigation into the state's 2020 general election, is threatening to subpoena election officials who don't comply, alleging there is "some evidence" local officials did not follow established state law last November. In late July, a special counsel was appointed the power to expand a Republican -backed investigation into the 2020 election in Wisconsin. Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos gave Gableman the task, granting him the authority to hire full-time investigators for an in-depth investigation into the presidential election, which served as a consequential battleground loss in former President Donald Trump's bid for a second term. "Some evidence has been produced previously that shows some election officials acted unilaterally in deciding not to follow established state law," Gableman said in a six-minute video released Monday. "We will request from those officials and others with potential knowledge of unlawful actions and will compel them if necessary to produce documents and testimony that will allow the public to gain a comprehensive understanding of how their...
    Referees somehow, some way decided that this play on Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was not a safety. The second slate of games for Week 2 provided for some entertaining games, which were unfortunately marred by bad calls. For example, Dallas Cowboys rookie linebacker Micah Parson was given a sack on Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert on a crucial fourth quarter drive, even though it was not a sack. Flash forward to the Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans game, the referees almost screwed over the AFC South team in overtime. On third-and-10 with eight minutes remaining in overtime, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was chased backwards into the end zone by Titans linebacker Ola Adeniyi, who then threw the ball away to the sidelines. That appeared to be a walk-off safety for the Titans, but the on-field officials instead ruled Wilson down on the half yard-line in a baffling decision. pic.twitter.com/1NE1rkjkPP — Ralph Wiggum (@RalphWStats) September 19, 2021 How is this not in the grasp and a safety yet Justin Herbert was ruled Down… these dudes man both feet and...
                        Fulton County election officials mismanaged money, mismanaged documents, and failed to comply with various grant requirements, according to a recent audit. The Georgia Star News requested a copy of the audit straight from county officials. The communications staff for the Fulton County Government, though, did not respond before Wednesday’s stated deadline. Staff at the Atlanta-based WSB-TV posted the audit on their website this week. “There were errors reflected in the departmental accounting records, invoices that preceded purchase orders, untimely payment of invoices, insufficient supporting documentation, overpayment for services, and delayed responses to our requests. Additionally, we were diverted to other departments to fulfill our request for copies of certain financial transactions,” according to the Office of the County Auditor. “We were informed by management that many of these transactions were not handled under their purview. Lack of financial accountability and oversight leads to inadequate financial reporting that ultimately will not give a true and fair view of the departmental operations. This also increases the risk of financial mismanagement.” Auditors said they could not locate missing inventory and that someone may have sent them...
    Kirby, however, did not address the question. Instead, he chided the Politico report for being based on "the unlawful disclosure of classified information." "What I can tell you is that we have been monitoring as close as we can intelligence that led us to believe that we are in a very dynamic, and in some cases, specific threat environment, number one," Kirby began. "Number two, as Gen. McKenzie said, we're going to investigate. We're going to get to the bottom of what happened last Thursday. Thirteen precious lives were lost. We're going to take that seriously, and we're not going to investigate it in public." "Number three, I am absolutely not going to speak to a — a — a press story that was informed by the unlawful disclosure of classified information and sensitive deliberations here in the Pentagon," Kirby continued. "Just not going to do it."“The US knew roughly where and when the attack would take place on Thursday. Why were There US troops at that gate… https://t.co/aqb2sxpwer — Robby Starbuck (@Robby Starbuck)1630368956.0American officials almost certainly knew more about...
    Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s team denied U.S. officials endangered would-be evacuees by identifying them for the Taliban in an apparent attempt to coordinate safe passage that resulted in the militants obtaining “a kill list.” “The idea that we are providing names or personally identifiable information to the Taliban in a way that exposes anyone to additional risk — that is simply wrong,” State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters. State Department officials have scrambled to evacuate thousands of U.S. citizens and tens of thousands of Afghans at risk of violence from the Taliban, ahead of the expected Aug. 31 deadline for American troops to leave the country. That operation has taken place under the eyes of the Taliban, who seized control of Kabul earlier this month and maintain a cordon around the perimeter of the capital city’s international airport. KABUL BOMBINGS CLOSE GATES ON AFGHANS WHO HELPED US DURING WAR “We have developed and implemented effective tactics to be in a position to facilitate the safe passage of individuals to the Kabul airport,” Price said. Biden offered...
    Assumed Western impact on the communist regime has not played out the way trade advocates predicted. Consider how Chinese strongman Xi Jinping and previous leaders have treated religiously observant citizens whose beliefs threaten the ideology of the regime — from Uyghur Muslims to the Christian faithful. The government's treatment of Christians has been going on for years. A few recent examples: In the summer of 2019, Xi and his local religion monitors shut down faith venues based on the idea that the "number of believes cannot be allowed to continue growing." Reports surfaced in April that Chinese officials are detaining Christians in windowless "transformation" facilities and using "brainwashing" to try to get them to renounce their faith. In late 2018, the government cracked down on unregistered religious organizations and committed raids on numerous churches. Three years ago, China banned online sales of the Bible while continuing to allow outlets like Amazon to sell Muslim, Taoist, and Buddhist texts. Last summer, the government ordered Christians to replace crosses and images of Jesus Christ with portraits...
    (CNN)Brandon Hole, the 19-year-old shooter who killed eight people in a FedEx facility earlier this year, was not motivated by racial bias or ideology, according to officials. Brandon HoleOfficials said Wednesday that they believe his motivation was to commit murder and die by suicide. Based on the investigation, it did not appear he was a disgruntled former employee, they told reporters."Only the shooter knows all the reasons why he committed this horrific act of violence," said Paul Keenan, special agent in charge for the FBI's Indianapolis office."However, at this time, the FBI is confident that based on the evidence collected, the assessment of the Behavioral Analysis Unit is accurate, and the shooter did not appear to be motivated by bias or a desire to advance an ideology."Keenan said investigators found that some motivating factors were masculinity and capability.Read More"As far as his masculinity goes, trying to prove that he's a man basically by doing this act," said Keenan. "He tried to live on his own at one point, failed to do that, moved back into his house.""The capability part of...
    Former President Donald Trump did not direct his attorney general, William Barr, to indict anybody specifically during discussions about special counsel John Durham's criminal inquiry into the Russia investigation, according to a new book. Washington Post reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker wrote in I Alone Can Fix It, which hit bookshelves on Tuesday, that Trump "frequently" brought up Durham's review of the origins and conduct of the FBI investigation into ties between Trump's 2016 campaign and Russia during meetings with Barr in the spring of 2020. The work by Durham, the U.S. attorney in Connecticut whose Russia inquiry continues into the Biden administration as special counsel, was heralded by Trump as an inspection that would root out officials he suspected were plotting against him. Meanwhile, Democrats and other critics panned it as tainted by politics. Barr did gin up excitement among Trump and his allies with some of his public statements, including in a Fox News interview with Laura Ingraham when he said there was "something far more troubling" than simply "mistakes or sloppiness." But when it came to...
                        Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and members of the state’s Department of Human Services last year granted millions of dollars for social services, and on Monday TDHS officials said they won’t give any to refugees or illegal immigrants. The Nashville-based Catholic Charities of Tennessee last year received $7.3 million in state grant funds to expand social services to 10 Middle Tennessee counties. Part of the organization’s model is based on liberal services performed in Nashville. TDHS spokesman Sky Arnold told The Tennessee Star Monday that the money for this program, the Two Generation (2Gen) approach, helps families overcome poverty. “That is one of our grants. That is one of our 2Gen grants, and the program is for low-income families,” Arnold said. “They are not targeting refugees or illegal immigrants.” The Star asked Arnold if, regardless, families who are not U.S. citizens could qualify for those grants. Arnold said Monday that he did not have the contract for the agreement with him but he said it “does not target refugees...
    Reuters February 23, 2021 0 Comments An FBI warning that a protest by Donald Trump’s supporters could turn violent reached the U.S. Capitol Police the day before the deadly assault, but top officials in charge of securing Congress that day did not see it, they told lawmakers on Tuesday. The officials told two Senate panels looking into failures ahead of the Jan. 6 attack that the intelligence they received did not prepare them for hundreds of Trump backers, many working in teams and wearing tactical gear, storming the building. They gave conflicting accounts of conversations ahead of the assault on whether to call in National Guard support and what if any role concerns about keeping up the appearance of an open Capitol building played in the security failure. One of the four, former Capitol Police chief Steven Sund, told senators that he did not see a bulletin issued by the FBI’s Norfolk, Virginia office on Jan. 5 warning law enforcement agencies that extremists were preparing to commit violence. “None of the intelligence we received predicted what actually occurred,” Sund said,...
    Bradley Cortright February 21, 2021 0 Comments Former Deputy National Security Adviser Matt Pottinger says health experts made a “big mistake” in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic by not encouraging Americans to wear face coverings and claiming they were not effective. In an interview with CBS’ Margaret Brennan that aired on Sunday, Pottinger said officials “misjudged the nature” of the coronavirus “to think that it was like flu.” “One of the mistakes that followed on from that was the misjudgment by public health officials in this country to not advocate for the widespread generalized use of face coverings,” Pottinger said. He explained that health experts were “rightly” concerned that there would be shortages of face coverings because the bulk of the mask-making supply chains were in China. He claimed that Chinese officials were “not making it easy for us to get access to additional supplies.” He said that not advocating for the use of face coverings was “understandable” due to the fears of shortages.  However, he took issue with “a set of advice” from the...
    THE Premier League have insisted the VAR screen did NOT break down when Mike Dean was reviewing his decision to award Manchester United a penalty against Southampton. Television footage showing the official trying to decide if Jan Bednarek had tripped Anthony Martial to concede the spot-kick appeared to suggest the pitchside monitor had frozen. 3Questions were raised over Mike Dean's VAR review on Tuesday nightCredit: PA:Press Association Dean was seen frantically talking with his VAR Graham Scott as the screen stayed locked on one long distant frame - before he eventually decided to give the penalty and show Bednarek a red card. That led to confusion over how the referee was able to make a call when the video had not seemingly been working properly at Old Trafford. But the PGMOL have made it clear there was nothing wrong with the technology during the game. And instead Dean had asked video providers HawkEye to freeze the frame at the exact point of contact so he could assess the entire picture before making his decision. Bednarek was heard complaining 'Martial said...
    A California health official says clinics can resume using a batch of Moderna coronavirus vaccines after a scare that it was causing allergic reactions.   More than 330,000 doses of the shot were distributed to 287 providers across the state earlier this month.  After seven recipients needed medical attention at a mass immunization site in San Diego over the span of 24 hours, officials recommended a pause. But state epidemiologist Dr Erica S Pan said a safety review found 'no scientific basis to continue the pause' and shots can 'immediately resume.' It comes on the heels of Pan saying that because California is also receiving about 500,000 doses per week, it may take five months to vaccinate all residents aged 65 and older. California's top epidemiologist Dr Erica S Pan (pictured) said clinics in the state can resume using Moderna vaccine doses from a batch of 330,000 after a scare that the lot was causing allergic reactions. Seven healthcare workers at the 'Vaccination Super Station' at Tailgate Park in San Diego (pictured) suffered 'severe' allergic reactions within 24 hours after being given doses...
    Photo credit: Courtney Pedroza, Getty Images Supporters of President Donald Trump have been pushing a conspiracy theory claiming that Maricopa County, AZ election officials had Republican voters use Sharpie markers on their ballots in order to invalidate their votes, and the state’s attorney general has now investigated and found that claim to be totally baseless. Accusations have been flying on social media with claims that the Sharpies made the ballots unreadable or otherwise prevented votes for Trump for being counted on a large scale. Conservative activists and media figures amplified the outrage, including Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo, who tweeted the conspiracy theory many referred to as “Sharpiegate” along with several other debunked claims. Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs weighed in on the issue earlier Thursday, telling CNN’s Wolf Blitzer there was “no concern about ballots being counted because of the pen that was used to mark the ballots.” “All of those ballots are being counted and even if the machines can’t read them for some reason, a marker bled through to the other side, we have ways to count them,” Hobbs continued. “They are going to be counted. There is...
    A woman who died from COVID-19 on a Texas-bound flight three months ago did not die on the tarmac as health officials first claimed, but actually died one day earlier on a Spirit Airlines flight from Las Vegas. The aircraft was diverted to Albuqurque, New Mexico when she became unresponsive in the air. The woman was pronounced dead when the plane landed in New Mexico, airport officials said Tuesday.   Dallas County officials announced Sunday that an unidentified woman in her 30s died back on July 25 as her plane sat on the runway awaiting take off in Arizona.   Two days later, Albuquerque International Sunport officials said the woman in fact died on the evening of July 24 in New Mexico, after a Spirit Airlines flight from Las Vegas to DFW International Airport was diverted to Albuquerque when the woman fell ill on the flight.  Key questions are now being asked over the nature of the woman's death and the handling of the investigation - including when authorities learned of her COVID diagnosis, who was responsible for the investigation into her death, and whether...
    Bradley Cortright October 13, 2020 0 Comments Roughly two weeks after President Donald Trump tested positive for COVID-19, health officials in New Jersey say they have not found evidence that a fundraising event held at the president’s Trump National Golf Club Bedminster led to outbreaks of the virus.  Early on Oc. 2, Trump announced that he and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for the virus — hours after he held a fundraiser in Bedminster.  In the days that followed his announcement, at least 34 White House staffers and “other contacts” tested positive for the virus, sparking fears that the fundraiser would act as a super-spread event. But, in a press conference on Tuesday, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) said, “We’re not aware of any outbreaks, and the federal response was extremely disappointing.” “We’ve done everything we can do,” he added. New Jersey health officials scrambled to track down attendees of the fundraiser, and other individuals who were at the club that day, as IJR reported. U.S. President Donald Trump arrives at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center by helicopter after the White House announced that he “will...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Recycling operations of General 3 have not begun on the Southeast Side, as city officials acknowledged they did not communicate well with the concerned community there.RMG bought General Iron, which had operated in Lincoln Park until May when explosions forced the city to shut it down. They also own the new General 3 facility on the Southeast Side. Some remain opposed to RMG operating on the Southeast Side. Monday they urged people to call the mayor's office, sharing a flyer and hosting a virtual press conference."It is a blatant disregard, they are sending a strong signal to us that our lives don't matter," said Olga Bautista of Southeast Side Coalition to Ban Petcoke."It is really about time that the needs of our community and the people come first," said Sheilah Garland-Olaniran, Illinois Poor Peoples' Campaign."My community on the Southeast Side is often called the armpit of Chicago because basically we are the forgotten part of Chicago's South Side," said Vanessa Zepeda, student at George Washington High School.Filtering community anger: A look inside controversial Lincoln Park scrap recycler...
    The summer was just heating up when The New York Times published a “bombshell” story yet again citing unnamed officials. The Times claimed that a Russia spy unit offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants in Afghanistan in 2019 to kill U.S. troops. The kicker was that President Donald Trump allegedly knew about the bounties and did nothing. “The United States concluded months ago that the Russian unit, which has been linked to assassination attempts and other covert operations in Europe intended to destabilize the West or take revenge on turncoats, had covertly offered rewards for successful attacks last year,” the Times reported on June 26. “Islamist militants, or armed criminal elements closely associated with them, are believed to have collected some bounty money, the officials said.” The Times said the three reporters who wrote the story received their information from officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity who said Trump and his National Security Council were brief on the matter. Former Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell said he “never heard this,” while Trump said neither he, Vice President Mike...
    A political appointee of President Trump has been interfering with COVID-19 reports by health experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention because their data doesn’t match the ‘optimistic messages’ sought by the White House. In one instance, CDC Director Robert Redfield and his scientists were accused of trying to ‘hurt the president’ with their reports about COVID-19, according to POLITICO. The reported interference was learned a day after it was revealed that the same group of Trump loyalists were seeking to muzzle Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert.  Since being named spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services, Michael Caputo, the Republican Party operative and former Trump campaign official, and his staff have pressured CDC personnel to alter the wording of its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Michael Caputo (left), who was named by President Trump as chief spokesperson at the Department of Health and Human Services this past April, has reportedly demanded that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield (right) and his staff alter their scientific reports...
    A San Francisco federal judge ordered that all individuals at an immigration center be tested for COVID-19 immediately as more than half contract the virus and it was revealed officials intentionally refused to conduct tests.  On Friday, around 40 of the 104 detained residents at Mesa Verde ICE Processing Center in Baskersfield had tested positive for COVID-19.  By Saturday, that number had risen by 11 to at least 54 detainees infected since initial tests were ordered early last week.  District Court Judge Vince Chhabria ordered that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency administer quick-result testing to all detainees and staff who remains at the Mesa Verde center, Los Angeles Times reports. 'I’m ordering that it be done immediately, and nobody stop working until they’re completed,' Chhabria told ICE lawyers and GEO Group, the private contractor in charge of the facility. Emi MacLean, Deputy Public Defender of San Francisco, said the federal judge based his decision on the 'deliberate indifference' of ICE and GEO Group. A San Francisco federal judge ordered that all detainees and staff at the Mesa Verde ICE...
    A waiter wearing a face shield prepares some beers to be served at the bar's terrace in La Malvarrosa beach in Valencia, on May 19, 2020 Jose Jordan / Contributor There was an outbreak of "several" coronavirus cases at a hotel among staff and guests in Switzerland. Health officials found that only people who wore plastic face shields were infected. Those who wore a mask, or a combination, were not. The WHO and other authorities have advised that face shields can offer an added layer of protection, but in additional to a mask, social distancing, and handwashing, not as a substitute.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A health department in Switzerland is now warning against wearing plastic face shields without a mask after a recent outbreak in which those wearing only shields were infected with coronavirus, while people wearing masks were fine.  The infections were reported at a hotel in the Graübunden region, where several employees and at least one guest tested positive for the virus. Local health officials determined that all those infected had been...
    LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. (CBS) — The FBI has joined the search for a missing Amish teenager, who was last seen more than a week ago in Lancaster County. Eighteen-year-old Linda Stoltzfoos was last seen on a farm on Stumptown Road in the community of Bird-In-Hand. Officials say Stoltzfoos did not return from a church service. Credit: CBS3 Officials say Stoltzfoos is approximately 5-foot-10 and 125 pounds. She was last seen wearing a tan dress, white apron and a black head covering. Anyone who has information is asked to contact the East Lampeter Township Police Department of the FBI.
    Bradley Cortright June 22, 2020 0 Comments White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany is denying that President Donald Trump ordered officials to slow down coronavirus testing. During her press conference on Monday, McEnany was asked if Trump’s directed officials to slow down coronavirus testing. “No, he has not directed that,” McEnany said, adding, “Any suggestion that testing has been curtailed is not rooted in fact.” When asked about Trump’s comments during his campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday when he said he asked officials to slow down testing, McEnany said, “The president was trying to expose, what the media often is they ignore the fact that the United States has more cases because we have more testing.” “We are leading the world in testing and he was pointing that out,” she added. When pressed on the matter, McEnany said, “It was a comment that he made in jest. It was a comment that he made in passing.” However, she stressed that Trump was “not joking about coronavirus,” instead she said, “He was joking about the media and their failure to understand the...
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