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    Washington (CNN)Senate Democrats are seeking answers from the State Department after a number of cases in which the children of same-sex US parents born abroad did not have their birthright citizenship recognized.The letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, led by Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia and signed by fellow Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, states that they "are deeply concerned by the growing number of reports indicating that the State Department may have deliberately altered internal guidelines regarding the processing of citizenship transmission for children born to U.S. citizens abroad in a manner disproportionately inhibiting same-sex married couples from transmitting citizenship to their children.""The crux of the issue appears to be the State Department's overriding focus on...
    The Paramus Police Department is mourning the loss of officer Allan Alvarez. Alvarez died unexpectedly on Sunday as a result of of a medical procedure. Alvarez served in the U.S. Army in Bosnia and was appointed to the Paramus Police Department in 2006. He had been assigned to the Traffic and Safety Unit. Arrangements to follow. 
    The Paramus Police Department is mourning the loss of officer Allan Alvarez. Alvarez died unexpectedly on Sunday as a result of of a medical procedure. Alvarez served in the U.S. Army in Bosnia and was appointed to the Paramus Police Department in 2006. He had been assigned to the Traffic and Safety Unit. Arrangements to follow. 
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Pittsburgh Penguins are teaming up with the Department of State and Allegheny County to support voting initiatives. Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar announced the collaboration Monday. The initiative aims to increase voter participation and assist election administration in November. Together they’ll explore initiatives like volunteering as and helping recruit poll workers, educating the public about voting and sponsoring campaigns encouraging people to get out and vote. The Department of State says the Pens are the first NHL team in the country to announce a collaboration like this, and additional Pa. teams and athletes are expected to follow suit soon. “We are delighted to partner with the Penguins for such an important...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City Hazy, hot and humid weather has returned to New York City, and it’ll last at least through Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. The five boroughs are under a heat advisory from noon Monday through 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12. While high temperatures are expected to reach the upper 80s each day, the heat index — the real-feel temperature when combined with humidity — is expected to reach the mid to upper 90s each day.  New Yorkers will be looking for an escape from the sticky, sweltering weather. If your home or apartment isn’t air conditioned, you can visit one...
    (CNN)Protesters demonstrated outside the Ferguson Police Department on Sunday night to mark the 6th anniversary of the police killing of Michael Brown.Ferguson Police said over 100 people gathered at the department, and police ultimately arrested four protesters for failure to disperse.Brown, an unarmed Black 18-year-old, was shot and killed in the street in 2014 by a White police officer, who said he shot in self-defense. He was not arrested or charged with wrongdoing, and just last week, St. Louis County prosecuting attorney Wesley Bell declined to charge the officer after a reinvestigation of the case.Brown's death set off protests in Ferguson and across the country as Black citizens called for an end to police violence and racism, and led to...
    A math education professor in New York City claimed that the equation 2+2=4 “reeks of white supremacist patriarchy.” “The idea that math (or data) is culturally neutral or in any way objective is a MYTH. i'm ready to move on with that understanding. who's coming with me?” Brooklyn College professor of math education Laurie Rubel tweeted last week to her roughly 1,200 followers. the idea that math (or data) is culturally neutral or in any way objective is a MYTH. i'm ready to move on with that understanding. who's coming with me? #takebackmath— Laurie Rubel (@Laurie_Rubel) August 3, 2020 “Along with the 'of course math is neutral because 2+2=4' trope are the related (and creepy) 'math is pure' and 'protect...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City BY PETER SENZAMICI, THE CITY. This article was originally published on Aug. 9 at 5:45 pm EDT by THE CITY   As New York slowly reopens, many residents have noticed a disturbing return to normal: The rats are coming back, too. And budget cuts to programs targeting rats are raising concerns streets will only get worse, especially in some long-infested neighborhoods. “The trash is ridiculous and the rats are even more ridiculous,” said Tiffany Joy Murchison, 44, a PR consultant and Bedford-Stuyvesant resident. She said in her nearly 15 years of living in the neighborhood, the rats have never been as...
    wittlelizzy/TikTok A video of a woman in a California supermarket claiming to be from the "Freedom to Breathe Agency" was widely shared over the weekend. It shows her telling a store employee that she is breaking the law by trying to enforce mask-wearing in store. In fact, wearing a mask in stores is compulsory under California public health rules. The Freedom to Breathe Agency is not a government agency, and has been warned by the real US government after distributing fake exemption cards marked with the Department of Justice seal. An associated Facebook page — Unmasking America —  was also shut down after spreading coronavirus-related misinformation. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A video being widely...
    The so-called "silent majority" spoke very loudly in Seattle on Sunday. City residents turned out in droves for a "Back the Blue" rally outside city hall ahead of a major vote on Monday that would take funding away from the city's police department. Videos and photographs posted to social media showed what appeared to be thousands of people outside Seattle City Hall, adorned in blue shirts and holding signs to show support for law enforcement. Large rally in support of SPD outside Seattle City Hall https://t.co/2Tddxz0lh4 — Amy Moreno (@Amy Moreno)1597000740.0Seattle resident John Balph, who said that police reforms are needed and called Black Lives Matter "a very worthy movement," said that defunding the...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff WASHINGTON, Pa. (KDKA) — The Washington School District is delaying the start of classes by nearly three weeks. They were supposed to begin classes on August 20th. Concerns about the Coronavirus pandemic have pushed the start date back to September 8. More information on the Coronavirus pandemic: CDC Coronavirus Information CDC Global Map of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Pennsylvania Department of Health Information Allegheny County Health Department Information
            by Vivian Jones  Tennessee’s Department of Education has announced $15 million in matching grants to help school districts provide MiFi devices and data coverage for 100,000 student households without internet access. MiFi devices access the internet over the cellular network using a procedure commonly referred to as “tethering.” Funds will go to school districts as a matching grant to provide an estimated 100,000 households with internet access for distance learning amid the coronavirus pandemic. Priority will be given to households most in need. “100,000 households, most of those households have multiple children who will now have internet access,” Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn said during a news conference Thursday. “We think it’s incredibly important, not just...
    (CNN) — A ninth staff member has died from COVID-19, California’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said Sunday. The employee worked at San Quentin State Prison and was the first staff member at California’s oldest prison to die of the disease, according to the department. COVID-19 has claimed the lives of 24 inmates there, according to the department. Prisons around the country have struggled to keep the virus from spreading among staff and inmates. At San Quentin, more than 2,000 inmates and 261 staff members have been infected. More than 1,000 staff members statewide are confirmed cases, according to the CDCR. As of Saturday, California had 545,787 confirmed cases statewide and 10,189 deaths, according to the Department of Health. The-CNN-Wire...
    (CNN)A ninth staff member has died from Covid-19, California's Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said Sunday.The employee worked at San Quentin State Prison and was the first staff member at California's oldest prison to die of the disease, according to the department.Covid-19 has claimed the lives of 24 inmates there, according to the department. Coronavirus deaths and infection rates higher in US prisons than general population, analysis findsPrisons around the country have struggled to keep the virus from spreading among staff and inmates. At San Quentin, more than 2,000 inmates and 261 staff members have been infected. More than 1,000 staff members statewide are confirmed cases, according to the CDCR.Read MoreAs of Saturday, California had 545,787 confirmed cases statewide and...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting 760 new cases of Coronavirus on Sunday and just one additional death. The statewide total number of cases has risen to 118,852 since Saturday’s report. The Health Department says all 67 counties in Pennsylvania have had cases of COVID-19. Current patients are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital. The number of tests administered within the last seven days between August 1 and August 7 is 150,527 with 5,321 positive cases. There were 23,317 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m. on Aug. 7, according to the Health Department. These results represent the total number of tests administered. The statewide...
    Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden told NPR on Thursday that while he was unsure if it was “good for democracy,” if elected he would not stand in the way of a hypothetical Justice Department prosecution of President Donald Trump for crimes committed in office. “Look, the Justice Department is not the president’s private law firm,” the former vice president said. “The attorney general is not the president’s private lawyer. I will not interfere with the Justice Department’s judgment of whether or not they think they should pursue the prosecution of anyone that they think has violated the law.” Joe Biden said he believes prosecuting a former president would be a “very unusual thing and probably not very … good for democracy,” but...
              A Wright State University (WSU) economics professor has been barred from teaching a class critical of Marxism to the general student body. Professor Evan Osborne had his repeated requests to teach a class critical of communist economist Karl Marx to non-honors students denied, reports The College Fix. While Osborne has been given the go-ahead to teach the class, “Marxism: Theory and Practice,” to honor students, he will not be allowed to open the class to the rest of the nearly 11,000 person student body. Of the motivations behind the decision, Osborne told The College Fix, “We have an angry, radical-left cohort in the department, they praise Marxism in the classroom, they will not...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Family, friends, local leaders and Baltimore Police Department members gathered Saturday to rename the 5600 block of Summerfield Avenue after Isaac Carrington, a Baltimore Police Sergeant who was injured in a shooting outside his home last year. Photo Credit: Baltimore Police Department On August 8, 2019, Sergeant Carrington was shot during an attempted robbery outside his home in northeast Baltimore. Related Coverage:  ‘Today Is A Joyous Day’: Sgt. Isaac Carrington Released From Shock Trauma ‘I’ll Be Back’ | Baltimore Police Sgt. Isaac Carrington Sends Message From Shock Trauma ‘It’s Really Surprising’ | Neighbors, Residents React To Baltimore Police Sgt. Injured In Shooting A year later, the very block where Sergeant Carrington was inured on was renamed...
    Eoin Higgins August 9, 2020 12:50AM (UTC) This article originally appeared at Common Dreams. It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License. Feel free to republish and share widely. Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden told NPR on Thursday that while he was unsure if it was "good for democracy," if elected he would not stand in the way of a hypothetical Justice Department prosecution of President Donald Trump for crimes committed in office. "Look, the Justice Department is not the president's private law firm," the former vice president said. "The attorney general is not the president's private lawyer. I will not interfere with the Justice Department's judgment of whether or not they think they should pursue the...
    EVERETT (CBS) — The city of Everett will require masks if you’re out in public beginning Monday. Mayor Carlo DeMaria issued the order Saturday, which states that anyone older than 2 must wear a face covering at any indoor or outdoor space open to the public. According to the order, masks must be worn at parks, businesses, outdoor spaces and all public spaces. Those going to a restaurant will be able to take their masks off to eat and drink. “I have ordered the Everett Police Department, Everett Health Department, and Inspectional Services to strictly enforce these guidelines and issue warnings and/or violations to those who are not adhering to the Order can be fined up to $300 per violation....
    This digitally-colorized scanning electron micrograph (SEM) depicts purple-colored Yersinia pestis bacteria, the pathogen that causes bubonic plague. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) The New Mexico Department of Health said Friday that a man in his 20s died from the septicemic plague. The death marks the state's first human death of the plague since 2015. The department said the plague originates with wildlife, namely rodents, and is often spread to humans by fleas. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A New Mexico man in his 20s died of the septicemic plague in the state's first death from the condition since 2015, the state's Department of Health announced Friday. The department said the man was based...
    (CNN) — As cities across the country rethink community policing, Milwaukee’s police oversight board has demoted the city’s police chief due to lack of communication and following the use of tear gas against protesters in the wake of George Floyd’s death. The unanimous vote to demote Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales was made by the city’s Fire and Police Commission on Thursday evening. The FPC is a citizen review board overseeing the operations of the the Fire and Police Departments. The push to demote Morales began weeks ago, on July 20, when seven members of Milwaukee’s 15-member Common Council released a statement titled, “Too many failures: We have no confidence in Chief Morales.” That joint statement referenced multiple incidents of “failed...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Baltimore City Department of Transportation announced Friday it will add eight more miles to the “Slow Streets” program. The Slow Streets program began July 27. It is meant to provide a safe way to calm traffic and reduce traffic volumes in an effort to give residents more space to social distance. Related Coverage:  Baltimore City Department Of Transportation Announces New ‘Slow Street’ Initiative More Than 8 Miles Of Baltimore Roads Added To City’s Slow Streets Initiative More City Roads Added To Baltimore’s ‘Slow Streets’ Program With the most recent addition, Slow Streets now 16 miles across the city. The second round of implementation will begin August 10. Residents can see where Slow Streets have been...
    A screengrab of the VisitMexico.com website advertising the resort of Tulum, which was mistranslated to "Jumpsuit" on Friday. VisitMexico Mexico's official tourism website was ridiculed on Friday after it was revealed to be riddled with hilarious auto-translate errors. On VisitMexico.com, the resort of Tulum became "Jumpsuit," the town of Aculco became "I Blame," and the city of Ciudad Madero became "Log."  The Tourism Department apologized, but hinted that it may have been sabotage, saying "a criminal complaint has been filed and appropriate legal actions will be taken against those responsible." On Thursday, the resort of Acapulco removed a promotional video that showed people partying without masks on with the slogans "anything goes" and "there are no rules," The...
    Police in riot gear line up as angry crowds took to the streets for a second night to protest an officer-involved killing August 14, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Protestors threw rocks and there was gunfire in the crowd as hundreds of people confronted police after an officer shot and killed a fleeing armed man earlier in the day. (Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images) Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales has been demoted to captain less than a year after being voted into the position. READ MORE: Photos of Black victims of racial violence hung with nooses in Milwaukee The Milwaukee Journal Sentinal reports the use of tear gas against protesters in recent BLM demonstrations as one of the reasons...
    CULVER CITY (CBSLA) – An elementary school in Culver City suffered at least $30,000 in damage after vandals broke in and trashed one of its classrooms. (Los Angeles School Police Department) The Los Angeles School Police Department reported Wednesday that Stoner Avenue Elementary School, located at 11735 Braddock Dr., was hit by vandals over the weekend. Officers responded to an alarm at the school to find several suspects fleeing. None of them were caught. When they entered, they found a classroom which had been destroyed, with cabinets open, items strewn across the floor and paint thrown against the walls. The school estimated the damage to be at least $30,000, LASPD reports. No arrests have been made. It’s unclear if there...
    A correctional sergeant at Valley State Prison in Chowchilla has become the eighth state prison employee to die of COVID-19, authorities said. Sgt. Seeyengkee Ly, 38, died Aug. 2, according to a statement released by the California Correctional Peace Officers Assn. He spent more than 17 years with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and served at several prison facilities. “Seeyengkee accomplished a lot in his life,” wrote his sister, Mor Ly, on a GoFundMe page set up for the officer. “He was an exceptional son, hard working father, wonderful husband, an awesome friend to everyone, and a tough big brother.” Ly was diagnosed with COVID-19 about four weeks ago, his sister said, and died from complications of pneumonia...
    Dozens of Minneapolis businesses are considering leaving downtown, citing concerns about the possibility of the police department being dismantled, CBS Minnesota reported. A survey by the Downtown Council shows 45 business owners say they are considering leaving downtown Minneapolis because of the lack of people working and socializing in the area and also the idea that the police department could be dismantled, CBS reported. One of the surveyed businesses that is considering leaving employs 600 people, deepening fears that the city could take another major blow to employment, which was hit by the coronavirus pandemic. The Council did not divulge which businesses are considering leaving.  PHILADELPHIA, PA – JUNE 03: Graffiti states “WE OPEN” on a shuttered McDonald’s restaurant that...
    Sen. Chuck Grassley accused Senate Democrats in a fiery speech on the Senate floor on Wednesday of behaving like “cowards” by accusing him of falling victim to a Russian disinformation campaign regarding Joe Biden, while ignoring allegations that Russian intelligence operatives planted false information in the Democrat-funded Steele dossier. “Truth be told, the Democrats should know a thing or two about Russian disinformation,” Grassley said in his speech. “The Steele Dossier is the very definition of election interference, yet we hear no objections from Democrats,” he continued, adding that “Democrats got duped into falsely accusing their political rivals of doing the very thing they were actually complicit in.” Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, took issue with Democrats’...
    The remaining federal agents stationed in Portland, Ore., will stop wearing military-style uniforms after calls intensified for federal forces to ditch the camouflage patterns and wear clothing that indicates they are law enforcement officers. Acting Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Ken Cuccinelli addressed concerns during his Tuesday testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, saying the agents would transition from the uniforms. “To address concerns about military-like appearance of some of Customs [and] Border Protection’s (CBP) officers’ uniforms, which are the normal uniforms used by some CBP teams in the course of regular duty, we are moving rapidly to replace those uniforms for those personnel,” he said. Federal agents have been stationed in Portland since June to protect a federal courthouse as...
    The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits topped 1 million for the twentieth straight week — bringing the total number of initial jobless claims filed during the coronavirus pandemic to more than 55 million. An additional 1.186 million people filed for unemployment last week, according to the US Department of Labor. The unemployment rate is forecast to increase slightly to 10.5% in July, from 11.1% in June, according to Reuters. Jobless claims were down 249,000 from the week prior, but at a total of 55.3 million, the number of Americans who have filed for unemployment claims during the course of the pandemic is greater than the populations of New York and Texas combined — and has long since surpassed...
    CHICAGO (CBS)– The U.S. Department of Labor estimates 24,712 new unemployment claims were filed during the week of July 27 in Illinois, according to the DOL’s weekly claims report released Thursday. While this number is based on advanced estimates, the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) will be releasing a final number later Thursday. There were 1,186,000 new claims filed across the U.S. last week. The U.S. Department of Labor estimated 32,465 new unemployment claims were filed during the week of July 20 in Illinois. The Illinois Department of Employment Security reported 36,435 new unemployment claims were filed during the week of July 13 in Illinois. The Illinois Department of Employment Security said 38,261 unemployment claims were filed during the...
    Amid reports of large parties that flout coronavirus-spurred public safety orders, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Wednesday, Aug. 5, that he will begin authorizing shutting off water and power services at the properties of repeat offenders. “The consequences of these large parties ripple far beyond just those parties,” Garcetti said in a series of stern statements delivered during an online video briefing. Starting Friday evening, the Los Angeles Police Department will begin logging and responding to large gatherings, and if there are “egregious cases,” the process will begin to notify the parties responsible and to shut off Department of Water and Power service within 48 hours, he said. Garcetti described such parties as “super-spreader” events that can have a...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff BEAVER FALLS (KDKA) – On Wednesday afternoon, City of Beaver Falls Fire Department responded to a call of a dog trapped under a house. The dog, Winston, had chased a groundhog under a sidewalk and became trapped. Firefighters tried to gain access to Winston without causing damage to the property but were unsuccessful. Eventually, they were forced to cut the sidewalk and make a hole to get under the home and get access to the dog. Photo Credit: City of Beaver Falls Fire Department Once cutting the hole in the sidewalk, crews had to dig a hole under the sidewalk, and Winston’s owner was able to get him free by baiting him...
    A Minneapolis commission on Wednesday prevented the Democrat-controlled Minneapolis City Council’s amendment to dismantle the city’s police department from appearing on the ballot this November, saying that it needed more time to evaluate the proposal. “The Charter Commission had expressed concern that the process to change the city’s charter was being rushed after Floyd died following an encounter with a Minneapolis police officer,” CBS News reported. “Some commissioners said they were more concerned with making the right changes rather than making them fast.” The proposal would have replaced the department with a poorly defined “Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention.” “The issue would likely have gone to voters if the commission had acted decisively either for or against the...
    The NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau issues “fraudulent,” warrant-less subpoenas to investigate rank-and-file cops and to prevent leaks to the media, a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday claims. The subpoenas violate officers’ constitutional right to privacy and are part of a broad pattern in the department, according to the suit filed in Manhattan federal court by former cop Efrain Santiago. They are issued without a warrant or a signature by a judge, according to the suit. The subpoenas have also been used to target journalists — including Post reporters — when the department has attempted to plug leaks to the press, the suit states. Efrain Santiago Santiago’s lawyer, John Scola, said the subpoenas are designed to look like judge-approved documents, but have...
    Three New Jersey Democrats are introducing a bill that would backdate unemployment claims for residents who are having trouble getting through to the Department of Labor of Labor and Workforce Development. “My office is fielding calls on a daily basis from residents desperately trying to get through to the unemployment office, and I know my office is far from alone,” said Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, D-Bergen, who announced the bill with Assemblyman Gordon Johnson, D-Bergen and Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, D-Bergen. “Tens of thousands of New Jerseyans are frantically trying to navigate our antiquated unemployment system, some since as far back as March.” Weinberg said backdating claims “was the responsible thing to do” since the system “won’t...
    The NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau issues “fraudulent,” warrant-less subpoenas to investigate rank-and-file cops and to prevent leaks to the media, a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday claims. The subpoenas violate officers’ constitutional right to privacy and are part of a broad pattern in the department, according to the suit filed in Manhattan federal court by former cop Efrain Santiago. They are issued without a warrant or a signature by a judge, according to the suit. The subpoenas have also been used to target journalists — including Post reporters — when the department has attempted to plug leaks to the press, the suit states. Efrain Santiago Santiago’s lawyer, John Scola, said the subpoenas are designed to look like judge-approved documents, but have...
    A 65-year-old sergeant marked Florida’s first coronavirus death of a state correctional officer. Days later, a 40-year-old correctional officer lost his life to the disease, according to a report. Robert "Wayne" Rogers, an employee for the state Department of Corrections for 30 years, was the first correctional officer who died from complications of the virus on Friday, according to a department announcement from August 3. His wife, Lauri Wood Rogers, also passed away, according to a Florida Correctional Officers PBA post on social media. According to a report from the Tampa Bay Times, Rogers died one hour after his wife, who also had COVID-19. FLORIDA TOPS 500,000 CORONAVIRUS CASES: HEALTH OFFICIALS Joseph "Joe" Foster, U.S. Army veteran, marked the second death, according...
    WAXAHACHIE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – A Waxahachie firefighter resigned from the fire department after being arrested for allegedly taking non-consensual photos of men in a Home Depot restroom. Police said officers were called to the store on Thursday, July 30 around 2:15 p.m. regarding the incident. Officers identified the subject as Glenn Morrill, 45. Further investigation revealed that at least one photo had been taken without the other person’s consent and Morrill was charged with invasive visual recording, a state jail felony. Morrill had been out on medical leave for several weeks when the alleged incident occured. Morrill resigned from the Fire Department on Monday, August 3. The investigation is ongoing and anyone with more information contact Detective Elizabeth Glidewell of...
    By COLLEEN SLEVIN, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — The new leader of the suburban Denver police department whose officers put Elijah McClain in a chokehold before the young Black man died last year and handcuffed Black girls over the weekend said Wednesday that she is committed to rebuilding the public's trust by empowering police to veer away from strict training protocols and think about whether they are acting on their biases. Vanessa Wilson was named the new chief of the Aurora Police Department this week after serving as its interim leader. She took the permanent position while the agency reels from filmed encounters with Black people that have drawn widespread attention on social media and triggered a series of investigations...
    DENVER (AP) — The new leader of the suburban Denver police department whose officers put Elijah McClain in a chokehold before the young Black man died last year and handcuffed Black girls over the weekend said Wednesday that she is committed to rebuilding the public’s trust by empowering police to veer away from strict training protocols and think about whether they are acting on their biases. Vanessa Wilson was named the new chief of the Aurora Police Department this week after serving as its interim leader. She took the permanent position while the agency reels from filmed encounters with Black people that have drawn widespread attention on social media and triggered a series of investigations as the nation works to...
    The remaining federal agents stationed in Portland, Ore., will stop wearing military-style uniforms after calls intensified for federal forces to ditch the camouflage patterns and wear clothing that indicates they are law enforcement officers. Acting Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Ken Cuccinelli addressed concerns during his Tuesday testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, saying the agents would transition from the uniforms. "To address concerns about military-like appearance of some of Customs [and] Border Protection’s (CBP) officers’ uniforms, which are the normal uniforms used by some CBP teams in the course of regular duty, we are moving rapidly to replace those uniforms for those personnel,” he said. FBI HAS OPENED 300 'DOMESTIC TERROR' INVESTIGATIONS AS A RESULT OF RIOTS, ATTORNEY TELLS CAPITOL HEARING ON ANTIFA ...
    A Hudson Valley firefighter who served two tours in Afghanistan and earned a Purple Heart was found dead in his home after responding to multiple calls during Tropical Storm Isaias. The Vails Gate Fire Department in Orange County announced that firefighter Alec Tannenbaum, a volunteer firefighter there who worked as a federal firefighter for the United States Military in West Point, was found dead in his home on Tuesday, Aug. 4. The 29-year-old Tannenbaum completed an on-duty shift on Tuesday with the West Point Fire Department before responding to numerous alarms while volunteering in Vails Gate, assisting with the clearing of downed trees caused by Tropical Storm Isaias. Fire officials said that Tannenbaum was found unresponsive in his home...
    Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates condemned Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy for accusing her and other members of the Justice Department of despising President Trump. Kennedy, a Republican, delivered a contentious line of questioning to Yates, who was testifying Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Crossfire Hurricane, the FBI's investigation into the Trump campaign. Kennedy asked Yates if the FBI agents responsible for using the uncorroborated Steele dossier "despised" Trump. "All of [the agents] hated Trump, right?" Kennedy asked. "No, senator. They did not hate Trump," Yates said. "I have to say, I have to speak up here for the career men and women of the Department of Justice." Kennedy said he wasn't asking about the "career...
    Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf speaks during a press conference on the actions taken by Customs and Border Protection and Homeland Security agents in Portland during continued protests at the US Customs and Border Patrol headquarters on July 21, 2020 in Washington, DC.Samuel Corum | Getty Images Several former lobbying clients of Chad Wolf, now the acting secretary of Homeland Security, have received millions of dollars' worth of government contracts while he has held senior positions within the department.  Wolf, who became the acting chief of the department late last year, was a lobbyist for over a decade at Wexler & Walker before he took leadership roles with DHS under President Donald Trump. Wolf served as the acting chief...
    Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A former caseworker at a juvenile correctional facility has been arrested for using “undue force” against a student, officials said. John Mackey was charged with aggravated assault after an investigation by the Mississippi Department of Human Services, department officials wrote in a news release Wednesday. If convicted, Mackey could face a penalty of up to 20 years in prison. Officials did not release additional details about the incident at the Oakley Youth Development Center in Hinds County. “This type of behavior by our employees will not be tolerated,” Mississippi Department of Human Services Executive Director Bob Anderson said in a statement. “We remain committed to the mission of helping children and families transition from...
    More than 500 inmates at an Arizona state prison tested positive with coronavirus on Tuesday, according to local health officials.  The 517 inmates who tested positive at the Arizona State Prison Complex Tucson Whetstone Unit make up nearly half up the unit's 1,066 population.    They've been housed together in separate areas and are receiving medical care, according to a statement released by the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry, AZ Central reports.  517 inmates tested positive at the Arizona State Prison Complex Tucson Whetstone Unit RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Yale University student demands tuition reimbursement for... Alaskan cruise line cancels all future trips after a... Share this article Share The...
    By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Las Vegas-based nonprofit Hookers for Jesus has won a fresh grant from the U.S. Justice Department, less than a year after union officials filed a whistleblower complaint with the department's internal watchdog protesting federal funds awarded to the organization. The group, run by a born-again Christian survivor of sex trafficking, operates a safe house for adult trafficking victims known as Destiny House. It was the target of a December complaint by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees local 2830, which asked the Justice Department's inspector general to investigate whether politics factored in to a grant award for the group. It was the second such complaint filed by the union in...
    A wildfire near Lake Isabella has burned 4,100 acres and three structures, the Kern County Fire Department said. Hundreds more structures are threatened. The Stagecoach Fire started around 3:30 p.m. Monday near Caliente Bodfish Road, about 15 miles south of Lake Isabella. The cause is unknown. One home was destroyed in its early hours; another structure was later destroyed and a third damaged. There is no mandatory evacuation, but it has been recommended for residents of the rural homes between Walker Basin Road and the community of Havilah. The fire department said 250 structures are threatened. Caliente Bodfish Road is closed between Walser Road and Breckenridge Road (Forest Road 28S08). The Kern County Fire Department’s report Wednesday morning...
    The U.S. Department of State’s independent watchdog is reeling from a leadership upheaval for the second time this year. Acting Inspector General (IG) of the Department of State Stephen Akard tendered his resignation earlier this week and will be out of the job on Friday, according to a statement released by the internal oversight agency. But the timing of his exit quickly raised questions about how independent the watchdog actually is under the current administration. The news of Akard’s resignation comes two days after a House committee subpoenaed multiple Secretary of State Mike Pompeo aides as part of an investigation into the firing of former State Department Inspector General Steve Linick. “Ambassador Stephen J. Akard, the State Department’s Acting Inspector General...
    AN outbreak of a rare illness that can cause permanent paralysis and other serious complications in children is expected this year, according to the CDC. The department issued a warning this week that 2020 will likely be another peak year for acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), which mostly affects young children. 2The CDC warned of another possible outbreak of acute flaccid myelitisCredit: Getty Images - Getty 2The disease mostly affects young childrenCredit: Getty Images - Getty The disease has peaked every two years between August and November in the US since 2014, when the CDC started tracking it, and is more likely to affect children who have had enterovirus infections. The CDC has warned parents to be aware of symptoms...
    A Long Island firefighter and a former police officer is facing charges for allegedly sexually abusing a teenage boy he met through a fire department program. Scott Farber, an East Meadow firefighter who serves on the fire district’s board of commission, was arrested on Tuesday, Aug. 4 for alleged sexual misconduct with the 16-year-old in Farber's East Meadow home, according to Nassau County Police. Nassau County Police said that Farber met his victim in the East Meadow Fire Department Junior Program, where Farber is one of the members in charge. The alleged misconduct happened on Saturday, April 18, according to police. Farber, 49, was the vice-chairman of the East Meadow Fire District and previously served as chairman.  He joined the East...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Highland Park Department of Safety is warning residents about a phone scam where the caller impersonates an officer and tries to procure personal information from potential victims. Two people called communications specialists Wednesday morning and asked to speak to a “Sgt. Richard Rash” with Highland Park Police Department. According to our callers, “Sgt. Richard Rash” left a voicemail message on their phone and referenced, “…important legal matters to discuss.” But since they didn’t leave a return telephone number in the voicemail, the callers reached out to the department directly. In March of 2019, the police department issued a similar warning, one where the phone scam included: (1) claims of an urgent police matter that must be...
    Colorado State University (CSU) on Tuesday launched an investigation on the school's football team over allegations the athletic department's leadership is neglecting coronavirus protocols. CSU President Joyce McConnell launched the inquiry as coaches, players, and staff told ESPN that some officials in the athletic department are discouraging athletes from being tested for the virus, failing to follow quarantine guidelines for potential exposures, and not accurately reporting data to local health departments. McConnell voiced concern over the allegations, saying the school would support any players experiencing retaliation. "I assure you, if anyone has [violated our standards], we will investigate and we will find out," McConnell said. The investigation is supported by Rams coach Steve Addazio and athletic director Joe Parker. "It...
    U.S. Attorney John Durham has uncovered "breathtaking" evidence about "corrupt" origins of the Russia investigation, according President Trump. He told Fox Business host Lou Dobbs on Tuesday that he believes that the federal prosecutor is conducting a criminal inquiry into the Russia investigation that will show members of the Obama administration maliciously targeted him and his campaign. "We caught them spying. Now it’s up to our attorney general. As you know, I wanted them to do it. I didn’t want to get overly involved. Maybe I should, maybe I shouldn’t, but I do hear it’s breathtaking what they’ve found," Trump said. "That’s all I can say, breathtaking." "And hopefully, it’ll come out soon. But it’s beyond what anybody ever thought...
    NEW YORK — U.S. prosecutors are pursuing possible penalties of nearly $13 billion to resolve investigations of OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma after uncovering evidence of criminal and civil misconduct stemming from the company’s alleged role in fueling the nation’s opioid crisis, people familiar with the matter said U.S. Justice Department officials outlined additional details of their ongoing investigations of the company, controlled by the wealthy Sackler family, in paperwork filed last week with a federal bankruptcy court in White Plains, N.Y., which has not yet become public, the people said. As with other Purdue creditors, the Justice Department had to meet a July 30 deadline to assert financial claims against the company. The initial claims seek about $10 billion...
    California authorities recovered up to 3,000 roosters that were believed to be used in an illegal cockfighting ring on a multi-acre ranch. Several hundred livestock animals in “various states of health” were also found Monday at the Sacred Oak Ranch in Chatsworth, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced Tuesday. Several people at the ranch were arrested in the raid. The county district attorney’s office and animal care and control department had also teamed up in the investigation before the sheriff’s department executed Monday’s search warrant. Police said all animals on the property will be inspected and documented by the animal care and control department. As of late Tuesday, charges were still pending against those busted.
    California authorities recovered up to 3,000 roosters that were believed to be used in an illegal cockfighting ring on a multi-acre ranch. Several hundred livestock animals in “various states of health” were also found Monday at the Sacred Oak Ranch in Chatsworth, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced Tuesday. Several people at the ranch were arrested in the raid. The county district attorney’s office and animal care and control department had also teamed up in the investigation before the sheriff’s department executed Monday’s search warrant. Police said all animals on the property will be inspected and documented by the animal care and control department. As of late Tuesday, charges were still pending against those busted. Filed under animal cruelty...
    NEW YORK — U.S. prosecutors are pursuing possible penalties of nearly $13 billion to resolve investigations of OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma after uncovering evidence of criminal and civil misconduct stemming from the company’s alleged role in fueling the nation’s opioid crisis, people familiar with the matter said U.S. Justice Department officials outlined additional details of their ongoing investigations of the company, controlled by the wealthy Sackler family, in paperwork filed last week with a federal bankruptcy court in White Plains, N.Y., which has not yet become public, the people said. As with other Purdue creditors, the Justice Department had to meet a July 30 deadline to assert financial claims against the company. The initial claims seek about $10 billion in...
    SAN JOSE (KPIX 5) — San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia — who announced Monday he is retiring at the end of the year — talked to KPIX 5 about what he achieved as chief and some of the challenges the department still faces. Garcia will be leaving the department after nearly three decades on the force. “There’s no right time to do it on a decision I had made months ago. It was the right time for me,” said Garcia. “I’ve had the great opportunity to work in a lot of units where I solved a lot of problems. I was able to connect with my community and at the same time, keep them safe from the criminal element.”...
    Los Angeles County has paid out roughly $55 million in settlements since 1990 in cases in which sheriff’s deputies were alleged to belong to a secret society, records obtained by The Times show. The figure comes from a list that includes payouts in dozens of lawsuits and claims involving deputies associated with tattooed groups accused of glorifying an aggressive style of policing. The report, prepared by L.A. County attorneys, lists nearly 60 cases, some of them pending, and names eight specific cliques. The county has paid out nearly $21 million in cases that began in the last 10 years alone. The high cost underscores how these deputy groups — with monikers such as the Vikings, Regulators, 3000 Boys...
    There are widespread reports of damage from Tropical Storm Isaias throughout hard-hit Fairfield County, with dangerous winds causing toppled trees and power lines, leading to numerous road closures and thousands of outages. Rainfall wrapped up in the area by about 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, with less rain falling than expected due to the rapid pace of the system. Strong winds are expected to continue through much of the evening. At 1:38 p.m., a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located near Norwalk, moving north at 70 mph.  That led to a Thunderstorm Warning being issued for Norwalk, Ridgefield, Redding, Wilton, Danbury and New Fairfield through 2:15 p.m. as the cell raced through that part of the county....
    (CNN)California authorities are crying foul against occupiers of an L.A. property after approximately two to three thousand roosters were found being bred for cockfighting. On Monday, L.A. County Sheriff's deputies served a search warrant on a multi-acre property in the Chatsworth neighborhood as part of an investigation related to animal cruelty and possession of game fowl for fighting purposes, according to a news release. Police also found several hundred livestock on the property in "various states of health," the sheriff's department said. Pictures from the scene showed roosters packed into cages, as well as dogs and even a horse with what appeared to be blood on its legs. This dog was one of the hundreds of other animals found...
    What the top 15 school districts are doing to reopen Restaurant sales climbed as stay-at-home orders lifted across the US. Now foot traffic has slumped again. JCPenney is selling its original 118-year-old location in Kemmerer, Wyoming, marking the end of an era for the bankrupt department store © Pictorial Parade/Getty Images James Cash Penney admiring a picture of his first store on his 86th birthday. Pictorial Parade/Getty Images JCPenney is selling its first-ever store location founded in 1902 in Kemmerer, Wyoming, by James Cash Penney. The historic property is one of several locations to be sold off as part of the struggling retailer's bankruptcy recovery strategy –– as disclosed in a recent disposition portfolio. Penney called the store...
    The Department of Veterans Affairs surpassed 40,000 coronavirus cases on Monday, but the number of active cases within the health system continued to decline since hitting a peak in late July. The total number of cases among the veterans health system’s patients has grown by more than 10,000 in the last 19 days alone, as the virus outbreak has spiked in hot spots around America. But Veterans Affairs officials have repeatedly emphasized in recent weeks that they are seeing progress in combating the fast-spreading illness, with hospitalization rates down and patients recovering from the virus rising. The number of active cases among VA patients as of Monday evening was 5,574. That’s down about 10 percent from two weeks ago,...
    The Department of Veterans Affairs surpassed 40,000 coronavirus cases on Monday, but the number of active cases within the health system continued to decline since hitting a peak in late July. The total number of cases among the veterans health system’s patients has grown by more than 10,000 in the last 19 days alone, as the virus outbreak has spiked in hot spots around America. But Veterans Affairs officials have repeatedly emphasized in recent weeks that they are seeing progress in combating the fast-spreading illness, with hospitalization rates down and patients recovering from the virus rising. The number of active cases among VA patients as of Monday evening was 5,574. That’s down about 10 percent from two weeks ago, when...
    COLLIN COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – Investigators with the Plano Police Department are working with several other law enforcement agencies trying to determine if a series of aggravated robberies are related. Police say most all of the robbery victims are Hispanic and the crimes occurred during the early morning hours. (credit: Plano Police Department) There are at least four suspects, all male, believed to be involved with the series of crimes. Police reports show the gunmen used pistols to commit the robberies and took cell phones, keys and wallets. (credit: Plano Police Department) (credit: Plano Police Department) During one of the crimes one suspect (pictured above) was wearing a light gray or white hooded sweatshirt. The suspects are known to drive a white...
    The top two floors of three-story Brooklyn building collapsed into a busy shopping corridor Tuesday morning, the FDNY said. The front of the structure on Bedford Avenue between North Fifth and North Sixth streets in Williamsburg came down at about 12:45 p.m., according to the fire department. No injuries were immediately reported after the collapse and the building appeared to be vacant when it crumbled. It’s unclear if the strong winds battering the city from Tropical Storm Isaias played a role in downing the building. The buildings department did not immediately respond to request for comment.
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the appointment of Dr. Dave A. Chokshi as the new commissioner of the City’s Department of Health during a press conference on Tuesday, Aug. 4. The news comes a few moments after NY1 first reported Dr. Oxiris Barbot resigned from the position. De Blasio introduced Dr. Chokshi, describing him as a leader and a visionary with “great healthcare credentials who knows our city and our people.” “Child of immigrants, grew up with tremendous potential and worked so hard to achieve that potential,” de Blasio said. “This is someone who knows how to take on any challenge.”...
    Bradley Cortright August 4, 2020 0 Comments Dr. Oxiris Barbot, the head of New York City’s Health Department, is stepping down from her position due to her “deep disappointment” with how the city’s government handled the COVID-19 outbreak. In her resignation letter, which The New York Times obtained a copy of, Barbot wrote to Mayor Bill de Blasio (D), “I leave my post today with deep disappointment that during the most critical public health crisis in our lifetime, that the Health Department’s incomparable disease control expertise was not used to the degree it could have been.” “Our experts are world renowned for their epidemiology, surveillance, and response work. The city would be well served by having them at the...
    More Than a Million in Dark as Isaias Batters U.S. East Coast Fast-food menu changes that outraged customers The face of department stores is radically changing, and could soon look more like a warehouse than a boutique © Katie Warren/Business Insider Neiman Marcus is closing its store in New York City's Hudson Yards. Katie Warren/Business Insider Department stores were already facing challenges in the form of sales declines and debt. Then, the pandemic hit.  Of the 28 major retailers that have filed for bankruptcy so far in 2020, three are department stores.  Department stores will likely have to evolve to survive, whether that evolution takes the form of downsizing or improving their omnichannel services.  "For those retailers that...
    CHATSWORTH, Calif. (AP) — Up to 3,000 roosters were found and several people were arrested in southern California at a suspected cockfighting operation near Chatsworth, authorities said. Los Angeles County Sheriff Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez said investigators with the department's Community Partnerships Bureau served a search warrant Monday around 7 a.m. at the multi-acre property north of State Route 118, known as the Ronald Reagan Freeway, KNBC-TV reported. The search is expected to last a few days and is part of “an investigation related to animal cruelty and possession of game fowl for fighting purposes," Navarro-Suarez said. The sheriff’s department, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office and the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control are conducting the...
    Leidos Holdings Inc. (NYSE: LDOS) named Liz Porter as permanent president of its $2 billion health group on Monday, a little more than four months after Jonathan Scholl left the post in late March. Porter steps into the role with the Reston contractor immediately, reporting to President and CEO Roger Krone. She had been serving as acting president since March 9. In the post, Porter oversees new business growth and technology development for the 7,500-person unit. Porter previously worked as operations manager for the federal energy and environment business of Leidos’ civil group, working with the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Prior to her work with Leidos, Porter worked in...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There’s a new top doctor in New York City. Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday announced the appointment of Dr. Dave A. Chokshi as Commissioner of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, replacing Dr. Oxiris Barbot, who resigned earlier in the day. Barbot had served as the commissioner since December of 2018. In May, Barbot issued an apology to the NYPD after comments she made during a heated conversation about face masks. Barbot sent a message to her staff via email, stating in part, “It has been an honor and privilege to serve at the helm of an agency with its long and distinguished history in promoting and protecting New Yorkers’ health through ordinary times...
    The public health commissioner in New York City has resigned, citing her disappointment with how the city government has handled the coronavirus pandemic. “I leave my post today with deep disappointment that during the most critical public health crisis in our lifetime, that the Health Department’s incomparable disease control expertise was not used to the degree it could have been,” Dr. Oxiris Barbot said in her resignation email, according to the New York Times. Barbot sent her resignation letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday. “Our experts are world renowned for their epidemiology, surveillance, and response work," she said. "The city would be well served by having them at the strategic center of the response not...
    According to a report from Fox News, the Trump administration is expected to announce on Tuesday that it is directing $35 million worth of grants to organizations that will provide "transitional or short-term" housing assistance to victims of human trafficking. The assistance would cover expenses like rent, utilities, security deposits, and relocation costs. The report states that the announcement will be made during a roundtable Tuesday that will feature Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, as well as Attorney General William Barr and other Justice Department officials. The grants are expected to be issued from the Justice Department's Office for Victims of Crime, rather than from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. According to the report, the grants...
    DOVER, Del. (CBS) – Authorities in Dover, Delaware are responding to multiple calls of possible tornado damage in the city. They are currently asking residents to not call 911 unless it’s an emergency. “Please remain patient as we work through these issues. Our partners at Dover Fire and Dover Electric are working with us as well,” Dover Police Department-Delaware posted on Facebook. Dover Police say their building is operating on generator power which has impacted some of their operations. A state of emergency has been declared in the city of Dover, which includes driving restrictions. “We are asking you to stay in your homes and avoid unnecessary travel,” Dover Police said. “If your vehicle is parked on the street where trees...
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A deputy within North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper's agency managing information technology for state government is now the department's acting secretary. Cooper announced this week that Thomas Parrish IV will fill the Cabinet position vacated by Tracy Doaks, who was secretary for five months before taking another job at a nonprofit. Parrish has most recently been serving as deputy chief information officer within the Department of Information Technology. He's had 27 years of local and state government experience. The “acting secretary" title means Parrish won't be subject for now to any confirmation vote by the state Senate. Doaks' predecessor, Eric Boyette, moved over to the Department of Transportation and was confirmed as DOT secretary by the...
    LIVERMORE (CBS SF) – Investigators in Livermore are hoping information about four people caught on surveillance photos will help solve a suspicious death that happened last May. Police found the body of 24-year-old James Vincent Naples of Livermore, during a welfare check at the Sens Hotel, in Livermore on May 24. Due to the age and circumstances, Naples’ death was suspicious, according to the Livermore Police Department. The department’s Criminal Investigation Bureau is asking for the public’s help to identify the photos of four females. Detectives would like to speak with each of these individuals. Anyone with information about case, or the individuals in the photos should contact the Livermore Police Department Tip-Line at (925) 371-4790.
    DENVER (CBS4) – The Denver Police Department is asking for the public’s help to identify a suspect involved in a shooting at Civic Center Park. Officers responded to the corner of Colfax Avenue and Broadway Street around 10:40 p.m. on July 31. (credit: Denver Police Department) The suspect was described as a white male, wearing red pants, a black hat, black shirt, and a red bandana with white shoes and a Chicago Bulls hat. (credit: Denver Police Department) Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at (720) 913-7867 (STOP). Callers can remain anonymous and earn up to $2,000 for information that leads to an arrest.  
    (CNN)Another Houston firefighter has died due to complications from Covid-19.The Houston Fire Department announced on Monday that Gerado "Jerry" Pacheco, a firefighter paramedic, passed away after battling the virus. He was 50."The Houston Fire Department is saddened to report Firefighter Paramedic Gerado 'Jerry' Pacheco, 50, died this morning, August 3, 2020, after battling Coronavirus / COVID-19," the department said in a statement. Pacheco's son Justin is also a firefighter with the department, according to the statement.Pacheco joined the department in January 2004 and most recently had been assigned to the Kingwood area in northeast Houston, according to the department.Read MoreHe is the second Houston firefighter to lose his life to Covid-19, following the death of Captain Leroy Lucio on July...
    The Chicago Fire Department announced Sunday that it had launched an investigation into an online post that alleged someone operating a firetruck removed a Black Lives Matter banner, officials said. A post on Nextdoor — a hyperlocal social network — by Dr. Adele Cobbs claimed that the Black Lives Matter banner in Kenwood near Lake Shore Drive was taken down by two white men operating a firetruck, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. “They literally obstructed traffic to do this,” Cobbs wrote in her post, which included a photo showing the firetruck. “Unbelievable. They are paid to serve our community and this is what they think about Black lives.” Cobbs told the Chicago Tribune Sunday she saw one of the men taking down the...
    WASHINGTON — Top House Democrats on Monday subpoenaed four aides to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo — including the advisor who was allegedly made to walk his dog — as part of a probe into the firing of the department’s inspector general. Outgoing House Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel and House Oversight Committee chair Carolyn Maloney, both New York Democrats, fired off the subpoenas as they accused Pompeo of “stonewalling” an investigation into President Trump’s firing of watchdog Steve Linick. Linick was abruptly dismissed by Trump in May, leading to speculation he was dumped because he was involved in an ongoing investigation into whether Pompeo and his wife were misusing department resources, including tasking an employee with performing personal services...
    ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. The Department of Justice is scrutinizing Silicon Valley giant Intuit’s $7 billion takeover attempt of Credit Karma, an upstart personal finance firm that became a competitor when it launched a free tax prep offering that challenges Intuit’s TurboTax product. The probe comes after ProPublica first reported in February that antitrust experts viewed the deal as concerning because it could allow a dominant firm to eliminate a competitor with an innovative business model. Intuit already dominates online tax preparation, with a 67% market share last year. The article sparked letters from Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Rep. David...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City Between 10% and 20% of New Yorkers testing positive for the novel coronavirus have attended some sort of gathering, New York City Senior Advisor on Public Health Dr. Jay Varma said on Monday.  The admission came after a Gothamist reporter questioned Mayor Bill de Blasio on whether the city’s health department is tracking how large parties, like those that recently took place on a party boat and under a Brooklyn bridge, are impacting the number of COVID-19 cases in the city.  Hundreds danced under the Kosciuszko Bridge on Saturday night in what was originally a Black Lives Matter protest, the New...
    Congressional Democrats on Monday subpoenaed four aides to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as part of their bicameral investigation into the State Department's firing of its inspector general earlier this year. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel of New York, House Oversight Committee Chair Carolyn Maloney, also of New York, and Senate Foreign Relations Ranking Member Bob Menendez, of New Jersey, announced the subpoenas compelling four Pompeo aides to testify as part of their joint investigation into the firing of former State Department Inspector General Steve Linick. GRASSLEY ASKS TRUMP FOR 'EXPLANATION' ON FIRING OF TOP STATE DEPT. WATCHDOG TO ENSURE IT'S NOT FOR 'POLITICAL REASONS' "The Administration continues to cover up the real reasons for Mr. Linick's firing...
    OAKLAND (CBS SF) — The right lane and off-ramp of westbound Interstate Highway 580 at Broadway are closed because of police activity Monday morning, the California Highway Patrol said. Authorities first announced the traffic advisory at 9:15 a.m. on the 511.org Twitter account. Police Department Activity on Westbound I-580 at Broadway Ave in Oakland. All Lanes Blocked. https://t.co/ITRwoLsl4h — 511 SF Bay (@511SFBay) August 3, 2020 Motorists are advised to expect delays and use alternate routes. As of 9:30 a.m., the left and center lanes of the freeway are open, but there is still police activity in the area. ONGOING: Police Department Activity on Westbound I-580 at Broadway in Oakland. Right Lane and Off-Ramp Remain Closed. https://t.co/ITRwoLsl4h — 511...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP) — New Jersey is tightening up its restrictions on indoor gatherings as the coronavirus rate of transmission continues to climb. Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday that indoor gatherings are now limited to 25% of the room’s capacity with a maximum of 25 people until further notice. New Jersey had previously relaxed its restrictions allowing 100 people at indoor gatherings. The new capacity includes indoor house parties. UPDATE: We are retightening the restriction on indoor gatherings. Until further notice, indoor gatherings are now limited to 25% of a room’s capacity – with a MAXIMUM of 25 persons, down from 100. To be clear, this tightening caps indoor house parties at 25 people – period. pic.twitter.com/MWt4YtNQHI — Governor Phil Murphy...
    A pair of House Committees issued subpoenas Monday that would require testimony and depositions from top aides to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo – including the senior advisor alleged to have walked his dog and performed other errands. House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Rep. Eliot Engel and House Oversight Committee chair Carolyn Maloney, both Democrats, fired off the subpoenas Monday as part of an ongoing probe into the firing of Inspector General Steve Linick. Pompeo asked President Trump to fire Linick, who was probing a variety of State Department matters, including allegations that aide Toni Porter walked Pompeo's dog and did other tasks while on the government payroll. He also was probing a Saudi arms sale and allegations regarding Pompeo's...
    In May, Steve Linick — inspector general for the U.S. State Department — was among the IGs fired by President Donald Trump. Democrats in Congress have been investigating Linick’s firing, and Politico is reporting that they have subpoenaed four State Department officials to testify: Undersecretary Brian Bulatao, Acting Legal Adviser Marik String, Senior Adviser Toni Porter and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Mike Miller. The four subpoenas were issued by Rep. Eliot Engel, Democratic chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. In a joint statement, Engel —  along with House Oversight Committee Chair Carolyn Maloney and New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee — said, “The (Trump) Administration continues to cover up the...
    Reuters August 3, 2020 0 Comments Senior U.S. congressional committee Democrats announced subpoenas on Monday for depositions from four aides to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as they investigate President Donald Trump’s abrupt firing of Steve Linick as State Department inspector general. The subpoenas were issued on Monday to Brian Bulatao, Under Secretary of State for Management; Marik String, Acting State Department Legal Adviser; Michael Miller, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs and Toni Porter, a senior adviser.They were announced by Representative Eliot Engel, chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, Carolyn Maloney, chairwoman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform and Senator Bob Menendez, ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee....
    Washington — The top Democrats on a trio of congressional committees announced the issuance of subpoenas for a group of State Department officials as part of a joint investigation into the firing of the department's inspector general, Steve Linick. "This administration continues to cover up the real reasons for Mr. Linick's firing by stonewalling the committee's investigation and refusing to engage in good faith," House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Bob Menendez said in a statement. The lawmakers said the "stonewalling has made today's subpoenas necessary." Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox The subpoenas for joint depositions before the two House...
    Truck and other commercial drivers are facing delays at North Carolina's Divison of Motor Vehicles, putting jobs and a lifeline for many on standby. Jeffery Burkhardt owns schools in Fayetteville, Jacksonville and Raleigh with Commercial Driver License training programs. Many of the students have had to wait additional weeks to get behind the wheel because of a flawed appointment booking system, he said. Several have remained unemployed while waiting through the prolonged process. CDLs are required for drivers to transport property and passengers. Before the pandemic, the trucking industry was facing a shortage, according to industry reports. About 1.9 million people were employed in the heavy and tractor-trailer driving industry in 2019, including 51,000 to 199,500...
    The Chicago Fire Department is investigating the alleged removal of a Black Lives Matter banner by someone in a firetruck, department officials said. A post on Nextdoor — a social network for neighborhoods — by Dr. Adele Cobbs claims the banner in Kenwood near Lake Shore Drive was removed early Saturday by someone who hopped out of Firetruck 15, which belongs to Station 45 in nearby Bronzeville, the Chicago Tribune reports. “They literally obstructed traffic to do this,” Cobbs wrote in her post, which included a photo showing the firetruck. “Unbelievable. They are paid to serve our community and this is what they think about Black lives.” Cobbs alleged two white men took down the banner, the Chicago Sun-Times...