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                        Federal authorities have arraigned a Snellville, Georgia man for allegedly lying to obtain U.S. citizenship. The defendant, Mezemr Abebe Belayneh, 65, of Snellville, allegedly concealed his involvement in the late 1970s Red Terror period in Ethiopia, where he served as a civilian interrogator at a makeshift prison. A...
                        U.S. Rep. Mark Green (R-TN-07) has introduced a bill that would, if enacted into law, direct the U.S. Secretary of Defense to produce ongoing reports about foreign land purchases around U.S. military bases. This, according to a press release that Green and members of his staff published on...
    Fact check: Gov. Cuomo did not reopen New York days before his daughters wedding Rubio pushes for new China sanctions amid questions over coronavirus lab leak theory LOS ANGELES (AP) — Will Smith is ready to open up about his life story. © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, file photo, U.S actor...
                        Federal officials in Tennessee reported that two more convicted felons in the state have run afoul of the law for owning firearms even though the law forbids it. After a two-day trial, a federal jury in Memphis convicted Carl Clarke, 31, already a convicted felon, for possessing a...
                        Two Georgia residents in two separate cases allegedly committed massive Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act fraud while another Georgia resident admitted in federal court to committing such fraud. In the first case, federal officials took two Columbus residents into custody after a federal grand jury...
                        Congressman Rob Wittman (R-VA-01) is calling for sanctions against top Chinese health officials until they allow an independent investigation into the Wuhan Institute of Virology and the origins of COVID-19. Wittman and Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) introduced The World Deserves to Know Act on Tuesday. “We cannot allow...
    A Siberian tiger in a South African predator park killed a man Wednesday. “It is with deep regret that the Owners and Management of Seaview Predator Park confirm the death of employee David Solomon after he was attacked (not mauled) by a Siberian tiger on Wednesday afternoon 16 June 2021,” a press release from the Seaview Predator Park in Port...
    The entire Portland Police Rapid Response Team unanimously resigned on Wednesday, according to a press release. 50 Police Bureau employees voluntarily serving on the Rapid Response Team (RRT) left their positions but will continue to serve on the police force, the press release said. RRT is a volunteer organization that responds to civil disobedience, riots and demonstrations. (RELATED: Portland Police...
                      by Harry Wilmerding  General Motors announced in a press release Monday that it would invest $35 billion in electric vehicles through 2025, including the construction of two U.S. battery factories. “We are investing aggressively in a comprehensive and highly integrated plan to make sure that GM leads in all aspects...
    General Motors announced in a press release Monday that it would invest $35 billion in electric vehicles through 2025, including the construction of two U.S. battery factories. “We are investing aggressively in a comprehensive and highly integrated plan to make sure that GM leads in all aspects of the transformation to a more sustainable future,” GM Chair and CEO Mary...
                        Members of a group called No Left Turn in Education this month asked Peach State residents to stand up to Critical Race Theory (CRT) and sign a petition asking government officials to ban it. In a press release, No Left Turn in Education Georgia chapter members also said...
                        Centene Corp (CC) reached a record settlement agreement Monday with Ohio for its alleged overbilling of the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) for its pharmaceutical services. America’s largest Medicaid managed care organization agreed to pay $88.3 million to Ohio after Dave Yost, the state’s attorney general, filed a...
    The Associated Press announced on Tuesday that it will no longer release mugshots or name of suspects involved in "brief stories about minor crimes." AP reporter Farnoush Amiri shared the new guidance on Twitter, writing that "In a huge departure, @AP will no longer name suspects in brief stories about minor crimes in which there is little chance AP will provide...
                      by Harry Wilmerding  Novavax announced on Monday that its two-dose COVID-19 vaccine is 90% effective, according to a press release on Novavax’s website. The phase-3 trial enrolled 29,960 participants ages 18 and older in the U.S. and Mexico. The study found that 77 of the participants tested positive for COVID-19,...
    Somebody was apparently planning to party way too hard during a cruise trip. Officers for US Customs and Border Protection seized nearly 70 pounds of cocaine that was discovered on a cruise ship in Florida. Apparently, a large stash of the drug was found during an inspection by the ship’s security team. CBP officers made the seizure earlier this...
    Novavax announced on Monday that its two-dose COVID-19 vaccine is 90% effective, according to a press release on Novavax’s website.  The phase-3 trial enrolled 29,960 participants ages 18 and older in the U.S. and Mexico. The study found that 77 of the participants tested positive for COVID-19, with 63 testing positive in the placebo group and 14 in the vaccine...
                      Virginia saw a 66.2 percent General Fund revenue increase in May according to a Friday announcement from Governor Ralph Northam. He also announced the appointment of Joe Flores as the new Secretary of Finance, and a Return to Earn Grant program to help provide bonuses to new hires at...
    Eleven suspects allegedly stole more than $100,000 in handbags Monday from an open Louis Vuitton store at the Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto, California, according to the city’s press release. A witness called Palo Alto’s 24-hour dispatch center at about 5:30 p.m. and reported that a large group of suspects — described as black males and females in their...
    The FBI identified an airline passenger Wednesday who had attempted to enter a cockpit mid-flight, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release. Asiel Christian Norton, 43, was a passenger aboard Delta flight 386 from Los Angeles, California, to Nashville, Tennessee, when he attempted to enter the cockpit June 4, according to the press release. Norton allegedly rushed towards...
                        Federal officials in Memphis have sentenced an illegal alien to 30 months in prison for unlawful reentry into the United States and for illegally possessing a firearm. This, according to a press release that Joseph C. Murphy Jr. the acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee,...
    Russia must “immediately cease” persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses, a State Department spokesman told the Daily Caller News Foundation Thursday evening. The statement is a response to news that Russian agents had arrested five more Jehovah’s Witnesses for their faith days after the United States condemned Russian persecution of religious groups. (RELATED: Days After US Condemned Russia Over Religious Persecution, Jehovah’s...
                        A self-described conservative businessman and political outsider has announced he wants to succeed U.S. Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA-10) in Congress. Candidate Matt Richards, in an emailed press release, said he is “a pro-Trump businessman who went from sleeping on a dirt floor to owning his own multi-million dollar...
    A large group of House Democrats on Wednesday pressed Sen. Jim RischJim Elroy RischAny reduction in Energy Department's cybersecurity resources a mistake Biden cancels military-funded border wall projects Senate panel greenlights sweeping China policy bill MORE (Idaho), the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, to lift his hold on millions of dollars in aid to Palestinians after a brutal...
    The father of one of the two people shot dead on Saturday night at a rapper's birthday party in Miami broke down in tears on Monday morning, interrupting a police press conference, yelling 'you all killed my kid!'  Clayton Dillard III, 24, was shot and killed in the early hours of Sunday morning when the three gunmen opened fire.  His...
    Getty Dennys Memorial Day Happy Memorial Day! It’s a great day to gather with family and friends, so you’re probably wondering whether Denny’s is open today, Monday, May 31, 2021. The good news is, Denny’s will be open, according to Country Living. “Denny’s restaurants will be open,” Country Living reported. “Feed the family with a breakfast, lunch, or...
    Getty Employees work at the Amazon logistics centre in Suelzetal near Magdeburg, eastern Germany, on Mai 12, 2021. It’s the Memorial Day holiday weekend, and if you’re waiting on an Amazon package, you might be wondering if they are delivering today or if they are experiencing shipping delays in 2021. But you’ll be glad to know that Amazon...
                        Gov. Brian P. Kemp this week announced Georgia has again secured the highest ratings of AAA with a stable outlook from each of the three main credit rating agencies: FitchRatings, Moody’s Investors Service, and S&P Global Ratings. This, according to a press release that members of Kemp’s staff...
    Four men were arrested as part of “Operation Thou Shalt Not Steal” Wednesday after allegedly thieving $740,000 worth of church donations, according to the police. Four of the six suspects were taken into custody by agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The two remaining suspects are still on the loose, according to a Wednesday report from the New...
    The Santa Rosa Police Department arrested Amber Lucas on felony vandalism and conspiracy charges. @amusedblog/Instagram; Santa Rosa Police Department A wine influencer with over 12,000 followers was arrested following a vandalism incident. The incident occurred at the former home of a witness who testified for Derek Chauvin's defense. The influencer, Amber Lucas, denied her involvement and said that...
    An East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) ranger stumbled upon hundreds of 5 to 10 million-year-old fossils in the Mokelumne River watershed while out on patrol in 2020, the district announced Tuesday. Greg Francek made the discovery within the 28,000 acres of protected land in the Sierra Nevada Foothills, California, according to the EBMUD. “This historic discovery has revealed that...
    Authorities arrested a driver Monday after she allegedly struck two peaceful black protesters with her car, according to authorities. Lisa Michelle O’Quinn has been taken into custody for striking two peaceful protesters at a protest for the death of Andrew Brown Jr. in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, authorities said. O’Quinn has been charged with “two felonious counts of Assault with...
    People march through the streets in Atlanta after the verdict was announced for ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on April 20. George Floyd died after former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for more than nine minutes, murdering the Black father. But an initial press release police officials sent to media representatives about the murder didn’t even mention Chauvin’s...
                        Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr said he’s joining 20 other attorneys general and urging the Biden Administration to reconsider proposals that would impose the teaching of Critical Race Theory (CRT) and the 1619 Project in America’s classrooms. This, according to a press release that Carr published this week. U.S....
    A baseball card and sports memorabilia collection valued over $20 million, owned by a Tampa doctor who died after contracting COVID-19 in January, is going up for auction. The collection of Dr. Thomas Newman, who was a neurologist, includes one-of-a-kind cards dating back to the 1880s, according to a Monday press release from Memory Lane Auctions, an auction house that...
    Actress and porn star Maitland Ward signed a major book deal with Simon & Schuster to produce a memoir in 2022. The memoir, titled “My Escape From Hollywood: Why I Left to Become a Porn Star,” will cover her transition from “The Bold and the Beautiful,” to “Boy Meets World” and then into her porn career, according to a press...
    The Capitol Police Department is defending its decision to put out a January press release that officer Brian Sicknick succumbed to injuries sustained while clashing with Capitol rioters, saying they believed it at the time, despite a medical examiner’s report last month saying he died of natural causes. Capitol Police announced Sicknick, 42, died on Jan. 7, one day...
    President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris took a swipe at former President Donald Trump when releasing their 2020 tax returns on Monday. The White House's press release noted Biden and Harris were continuing an "almost uninterrupted" tradition, an apparent nod to Trump's refusal to release his tax returns throughout his four years in office. Biden and his wife,...
                        Nashville Mayor John Cooper announced that Bob Cooper will resign as Metro Director of Law to return to private practice with a planned departure date in early June. Mayor Cooper has appointed Nashville attorney Wallace W. Dietz as Metro’s next legal director. This, according to a press release...
                        Authorities have indicted a former Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) treasurer after Tennessee Comptrollers said she stole nearly $23,000. That former treasurer, Jennifer Letner, served at Tellico Plains Elementary School, according to a press release that Tennessee Comptrollers published this week. “Letner served as treasurer during the 2018-2019 school...
    The Biden administration announced a new program Tuesday in which ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft will give free rides to anyone who needs a ride to get vaccinated. We’re working hard to ensure transportation is less of a barrier when it comes to getting a COVID-19 vaccine. And I’m excited to share that starting May 24th, Uber and Lyft will...
                        An Oconee County resident and former eighth-grade teacher has pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography. This, according to a press release that staff for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Georgia published on their website this month. Ira New, III, 56, of Watkinsville, pleaded guilty...
    Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday that new stimulus checks will be distributed for two-thirds of Californians, according to a press release. The stimulus checks — which are part of a $100 billion relief package, the largest in California’s history —amount to $600 each and will be sent to two-thirds of residents or those earning no more than $75,000,...
    Three Customs and Border Patrol agents are being hailed as heroes after they saved an unresponsive infant on a plane waiting to take off in Baltimore. Local paramedics are also being credited in saving the young boy. After the agents performed the initial life-saving efforts, paramedics arrived and took over before transporting the infant to a nearby hospital. In...
    Getty Images/naruecha jenthaisong An Alaska man was sentenced to time in prison for abducting his own children, the DOJ said. Leo James Chaplin kidnapped his children during a family trip to the Philippines in 2014.  He was sentenced to 18 months behind bars with an additional one year of supervised release.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. ...
                        A Chinese National this week pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Nashville to conspiring to commit evidence tampering in relation to an international human trafficking investigation. This, according to Acting U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee Mary Jane Stewart. According to a press release, court...
    PRESS RELEASE In January of 2020, test results for perfluoroalkyl chemicals, also referred to as “forever chemicals” (PFOS/PFOA), were discovered in the City of Summerville’s drinking water supply. In consultation with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (“EPD”), Summerville issued a Health Advisory to its customers that the amounts of PFOS/PFOA...
    Diamond Fork Canyon in Utah. iStock / Getty Images Plus Utah officials found a 47-year-old woman living in a national forest on Sunday.  The woman went missing in late November, when her car was found parked in a campground nearby. Officials believe she lived in the park by choice, subsisting off moss and grass.  Visit Insider's homepage for...
                        Federal authorities this week charged an Antioch man who worked for the FBI with sexual exploitation of children and receiving child pornography. According to a press release, that man, Justin D. Carroll, 38 (pictured above), worked for the FBI as an electronics technician. Agents arrested Carroll as he...
    More On: immigration Biden heckled by ‘Abolish ICE’ protesters and teases possible immigration action Harris says she’s working to address ‘root cause’ of border crisis GOP not sold on Biden’s jobs plan after joint address Tim Scott in GOP response to Biden: ‘Hear me clearly — America is not a racist country’ A Libya-born comedian who was yanked off...
                        Calling Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee “a member of fringe politics,” members of a new Political Action Committee announced Thursday they are mobilizing against the governor and his anticipated 2022 reelection campaign. People affiliated with the PAC, Beat Bill Lee, published a press release on their website this week....