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    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia commerce director Michael Rashid has resigned, Mayor Jim Kenney announced on Sunday. Rashid resigned after he reportedly made anti-Semitic remarks and verbally abused his staff. “Today I offered, and Mayor Kenney accepted, my resignation as Director of Commerce. My continued service would serve as a distraction from the work of the Department, which is far too important to the City and region,” Rashid said in a statement. “I also have had the opportunity to speak with leaders of the Jewish community in Philadelphia and apologize for my previous comments which were inappropriate and insensitive. I look forward to future engagement with the community going forward.” Rashid collaborated with City Council, Ready, Set, Philly, the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, the Equity Alliance, and others during his time working in city government. “I’ve accepted Mr. Rashid’s resignation today in light of his inappropriate comments. The work of the Commerce Department is far too crucial—and it’s important that the Department stays focused on its mission of supporting Philadelphia’s business community at this critical time as...
    Lawmakers from both sides of the political aisle mourned the loss of former Republican Sen. Bob Dole who died early Sunday at the age of 98. The Elizabeth Dole Foundation announced in a statement on Sunday that Bob Dole had died that morning in his sleep. The former senator revealed in February that he was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer and would be undergoing treatment. Dole represented Kansas in the Senate for nearly 30 years before waging an unsuccessful bid for president in 1996. He also ran for the White House two times prior, but did not clinch his party’s nomination. He rose to the highest echelons of congressional power, serving as Senate majority leader at two separate points in his career. He held the title for longest-serving Senate Republican leader for years until then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDemocrats livid over GOP's COVID-19 attacks on Biden US could default within weeks absent action on debt limit: analysis The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Congress avoids shutdown MORE (R-Ky.) eclipsed the record in 2018. Dole was also a...
    (CNN)Former Republican Senator and presidential candidate Bob Dole died Sunday morning, according to a statement released by his family. "Senator Robert Joseph Dole died early this morning in his sleep. At his death, at age 98, he had served the United States of America faithfully for 79 years," the statement said.This story is breaking and will be updated.
    Embattled anchor Chris Cuomo responded to his termination from CNN over his 'conduct with his brother’s defense', saying he was disappointed in the network's action but remained proud of his team. 'This is not how I want my time at CNN to end,' Cuomo tweeted Saturday evening. 'But, I have already told you why and how I helped my brother.' 'So let me now say as disappointing as this is, I could not be more proud of the team at Cuomo Prime Time and the work we did as CNN's #1 show in the most competitive time slot.' Cuomo said he owes his team and 'will miss that group of special people who did really important work' as he also fights off a historic sexual misconduct claim. CNN announced Cuomo's termination Saturday, stating it was 'effective immediately' and followed an investigation by an outside law firm into how exactly the star anchor aided his brother, Andrew Cuomo, then-governor of New York, try to fight off a sexual harassment scandal this year.   Embattled anchor Chris Cuomo has been 'terminated' by CNN 'effective immediately,'...
    December is here, which means it’s time to start figuring out where you will be summering in 2022. We’re assuming that, like us, this means you are currently stressed about which new Hamptons property you will be acquiring. (Oh, the life we live in our dreams…) If that’s the case, may we introduce you to The Up Studio-designed Harbor Hideaway, the architectural Helen that is sure to start the next Hamptons bidding war. (After all, winning the new love of your real estate portfolio’s life tastes so much sweeter when there’s competition.) Alan Tansey Always remember the key word that will protect from being slapped with a label that is the horror of all horrors (nouveau riche, of course): tasteful. In this home, you have a very tasteful floor plan (just over 2,600 square feet) but in a very decadent design package. Just look at how she glows at dusk… Alan Tansey From the materials chosen to the interior decor, this home embraces the very controversial color scheme known as “rainbow of neutrals.” If you want a pop of color...
    (CNN)Honolulu shut down its largest water source on Oahu Thursday night following reported contamination in the potable water system for Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.The city's Board of Water Supply (BWS) shut down the Halawa Shaft after the Navy said Thursday it found "a likely source of the contamination," which is believed to be petroleum chemicals initiated from the Red Hill well, the Navy confirmed in a virtual town hall meeting.The Navy added that it has seen concerns from people in the affected neighborhoods who were exposed to the contaminated water and reported symptoms including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, and skin related concerns. Toxic chemicals that never break down were found in the drinking water in several major US citiesThe Navy isolated the Red Hill well last Sunday and sent samples out for testing Monday, it said."The results of the Red Hill sample showed petroleum hydrocarbons roughly four to ten times below the Hawaii Department of Health Environmental Action Level (EAL). The Navy had a separate test that confirmed vapors, which is another indication of petroleum hydrocarbons," it said in a...
    Drew Angerer/Getty Former President Donald Trump seemingly accidentally called anyone who thinks there was widespread voter fraud during the 2020 election “either very stupid, or very corrupt.” In an unfortunate use of a double negative, Trump wrote in a statement on Saturday, “Anybody that doesn’t think there wasn’t massive Election Fraud in the 2020 Presidential Election is either very stupid, or very corrupt!” The “doesn’t” and “wasn’t” effectively cancel each other out, leaving a statement that the former president almost certainly did not mean to share — given his continued claims of widespread voter fraud. Claims of widespread voter fraud during the 2020 election are inaccurate. The Washington Post noted that while certain instances of voter fraud occurred, the occurrences were minimal enough that they did not affect the outcome of the election. Former Attorney General Bill Barr similarly said last December that U.S. attorneys and FBI could not find evidence of widespread fraud that would have affected the outcome. It’s not the first time Trump has been called out for using a double negative. The Guardian, for instance, ran a playful...
    (CNN)More than 20 countries, including the United States, issued a joint statement Saturday expressing deep concern over allegations of extra-judicial killings and disappearances of former member of former security forces in Afghanistan.The statement comes after a report was released by Human Rights Watch on Tuesday alleging more than a hundred former Afghan security forces had been killed or forcibly disappeared by the Taliban since their surrender in late summer.The report, based on interviews with witnesses, relatives and friends of the victims, detailed "the summary execution or enforced disappearance" of military personnel, police, intelligence service members and paramilitary militia, who had surrendered to or were apprehended by Taliban forces between August 15 and October 31.CNN has not able to independently confirm the claims in the report.In their statement Saturday, the 21 countries, including the United States, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom, said the alleged actions "constitute serious human rights abuses and contradict the Taliban's announced amnesty." Read More"We call on the Taliban to effectively enforce the amnesty for former members of the Afghan security forces and former Government officials to...
    After CNN anchor Chris Cuomo was fired from the scandal-plagued liberal network on Saturday night, many on Twitter were quick to give their reaction. Cuomo was fired after "a respected law firm" conducted an internal review of his involvement in helping his brother, disgraced former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, in his defense regarding sexual harassment allegations. CNN's announcement noted that during the internal review "additional information" was found. Reaction poured in moments after the announcement was made. "So glad we will never see this again," Fox News' Janice Dean, whose in-laws died following Andrew Cuomo's COVID nursing home scandal in 2020, tweeted following the announcement. Conservative political strategist Caleb Hull tweeted that Cuomo should have been fired "a long time ago." "Chris Cuomo should have been fired a long time ago when he tested positive for COVID, left his house anyway, got into a fight with a cyclist, and then making a spectacle of him leaving quarantine for the ‘first time' when we all knew the truth," Hull said. Washington Examiner reporter Jerry Dunleavy said on Twitter that Cuomo...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — An Edgewater man who is a convicted sex offender pleaded guilty Friday to accessing with intent to view child pornography, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney Erek Barron’s office. William Carl Eikenberg, 51, previously pleaded in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court in August 2016 to distributing child pornography, according to the statement. He admitted he used BitTorrent through a personal cell phone to download and trade child pornography and was required to register as a sex offender. BitTorrent is a communication protocol for peer-to-peer file sharing network that enables users to distribute electronic files over the internet. READ MORE: CNN Fires Chris Cuomo On SaturdayAccording to his plea Friday, Eikenberg between April 2017 and September 2017 knowingly possessed and accessed with intent to view child pornography, including content depicting the exploitation of prepubescent minors being used to engage in sexual conduct. This included at least 94 video files and 80 images of child pornography.  He admitted he knew the production of the depictions involved minors engaged in sexual activity, according to the statement. On July 3,...
    (CNN) — CNN said Saturday that anchor Chris Cuomo has been “terminated” by the network, “effective immediately.” The announcement came after an outside law firm was retained to review information about exactly how Cuomo aided his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, when the then-governor was accused of sexual harassment. CNN said in a statement: “Chris Cuomo was suspended earlier this week pending further evaluation of new information that came to light about his involvement with his brother’s defense. We retained a respected law firm to conduct the review, and have terminated him, effective immediately.” “While in the process of that review, additional information has come to light,” CNN’s statement added. “Despite the termination, we will investigate as appropriate.” In a statement of his own Saturday, Chris Cuomo said, “This is not how I want my time at CNN to end but I have already told you why and how I helped my brother. So let me now say as disappointing as this is, I could not be more proud of the team at Cuomo Prime Time and the work we...
    GREENBELT, Md. (WJZ) — A 24-year-old member of a Baltimore gang pleaded guilty Friday to participating in U.S. District Court a racketeering conspiracy that included two homicides, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney Erek Barron’s office. Bobby Cannon was a member of the NFL Criminal Enterprise. NFL stands for Normandy, Franklin and Loudon, which are streets that run through Edmonson Village; members have familial or social ties to the neighborhood, according to the statement. READ MORE: Baltimore Officials, Fire Department Holds Smoke Alarm Sweep Following Fire That Killed 3Cannon admitted to participating in illegal activities, including murder, narcotics trafficking and smuggling, illegal firearms possession, bribery, and witness intimidation and retaliation, with other NFL Criminal Enterprise members when he was a gang member from at least 2016 through March 2020, according to the statement. He admitted to committing two murders, an attempted murder and distributing large quantities of fentanyl, heroin and cocaine, according to the statement. In 2018, another gang member recruited Cannon to murder a man who was believed to be a federal witness cooperating with law enforcement regarding...
    Chris Cuomo addressed his firing from CNN in a statement on Saturday. Cuomo, a top-rated host at the network at the helm of CNN’s 9 p.m. show Cuomo Prime Time, was suspended this week after documents were released revealing the extent to which he advised his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, in battling the sexual misconduct allegations against him. CNN announced in a statement Saturday night that Cuomo was terminated “effective immediately.” Cuomo took to Twitter shortly after to post a statement. “This is not how I want my time at CNN to end but I have already told you why and how I helped my brother,” he wrote. “So let me now say as disappointing as this is, I could not be more proud of the team at Cuomo Prime Time and the work we did as CNN’s #1 show in the most competitive time slot. I owe them all and will miss that group of special people who did really important work.” pic.twitter.com/YArsJnUjqf — Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) December 4, 2021 CNN said in...
    Embattled anchor Chris Cuomo has been 'terminated' by CNN 'effective immediately,' the network announced in a statement Saturday. CNN said in the statement: 'Chris Cuomo was suspended earlier this week pending further evaluation of new information that came to light about his involvement with his brother's defense. We retained a respected law firm to conduct the review, and have terminated him, effective immediately.'  Embattled anchor Chris Cuomo has been 'terminated' by CNN 'effective immediately,' the network announced in a statement Saturday.
    Eight people have been arrested on various criminal charges after they were allegedly involved in a hazing incident at a fraternity at Georgia College and State University, officials said. One college student was hospitalized for alcohol-related sickness after the Nov. 10 incident at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house in Milledgeville, according to The Union-Recorder. KYLE RITTENHOUSE FOCUSING ON ‘MOVING ON WITH MY LIFE.’ ATTENDING ASU  The student has since resumed classes, Georgia College President Cathy Cox said. The Milledgeville Police Department said in a statement that the college asked the department to take over the investigation into alleged underaged drinking and hazing. "During the course of the investigation, over 10 people were interviewed and provided information into the events," the statement said. OREGON UNIVERSITY STUDENT GOVERNMENT WANTS CRITICAL RACE THEORY GRADUATION ‘REQUIREMENT' It said eight people were arrested and charged with supplying alcohol to minors, and one was charged with hazing. Both crimes are misdemeanors. Cox wrote in an email to students and faculty that the national Sigma Alpha Epsilon organization and Georgia College have both suspended the chapter...
    A veteran Mesquite, Texas, police officer was killed outside a grocery store while responding to a disturbance call Friday. As the officer investigated a dispute, a male suspect produced a firearm — prompting a shootout. The officer was struck twice and later died. The unidentified suspect was shot once and remains in critical condition. The incident occurred on Friday at 1:40 p.m. at the 1500 block of South Belt Line Road. As of press time, the officer has not been formally identified. During a press conference posted by The Dallas Morning News, Mesquite Police Chief David Gill described the events leading up to the officer’s death. “This was a senseless act of violence that ripped a loving father and husband from his family. He was a 21-year veteran of the Mesquite Police Department,” Gill told reporters. Gill went on to say the officer was “a good man, good friend, and good officer” in the emotional statement he provided on Friday evening. The incident is currently under investigation and charges have not been announced. Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a statement...
    (CNN)A plumber doing repair work at pastor Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church found hundreds of envelopes of cash and checks hidden in a wall that police think is connected to a massive 2014 theft at the Houston mega-church.Officers were called to the church on November 10 to investigate the discovery, according to a statement from the Houston Police Department."Church members stated that during a renovation project, a large amount of money -- including cash, checks and money orders -- was found inside a wall," the statement said.FedEx driver dumped packages at least 6 times into Alabama ravine, sheriff says Police said that evidence from the recovered checks suggests that the envelopes are connected to the March 9, 2014, theft of undisclosed amounts of money from the church.CNN reported at the time that about $600,000 -- $200,000 in cash and $400,000 in checks -- was taken from a church safe. The money came from contributions given on March 8 and 9 of 2014.Read MoreBurglary and theft officers inventoried and documented the recovered money and left it in the custody of the church,...
    Leaders of New York's public college system are standing behind Chancellor James Malatras, who has faced calls to resign after the release of text messages showing he mocked one of the women who later accused former Gov. Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment."He's acknowledged he made a mistake, taken full responsibility for it, and apologized appropriately," the State University of New York Board of Trustees said in a statement Friday night, following a written apology from Malatras. "He is fully focused on the critical work of keeping our facilities open and our students and faculty safe through the ongoing pandemic."Malatras, a former top adviser to Cuomo, came under fire after Attorney General Letitia James made public transcripts and evidence from a monthslong probe of sexual harassment allegations that forced Cuomo from office. Cuomo has denied harassing anyone.A text exchange involving Malatras and other Cuomo allies showed them mocking Lindsey Boylan, a former economic development official who was the first woman to publicly accuse Cuomo. Boylan, after leaving the administration, tweeted in 2019 that working in politics had been "a toxic and...
    A Texas plumber was stunned when he found nearly 500 envelopes full of cash inside Lakewood Church in Houston, where Joel Osteen is the pastor. The plumber told the story Thursday when he called in to Houston radio station KILT-FM, according to the city's KPRC-TV.  "Morning Bullpen" host George Lindsey told the TV station he was shocked by the caller's account. "There was a loose toilet in the wall, and we removed the tile. Went to go remove the toilet and I moved some insulation away and about 500 envelopes fell out of the wall," the caller said. "I was like ‘Oh wow.’ I got my flashlight, shined up in there." CALIFORNIA’S ZERO-BAIL POLICY SETS FREE 14 SMASH-GRAB ROBBERY SUSPECTS, LAPD CHIEF SAYS Lakewood Church pastor Joel Osteen is seen at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.  (Associated Press) The envelopes were filled with cash and checks, according to the caller. Afterward, the plumber said he reported the find to the maintenance supervisor. "I went ahead and contacted the maintenance supervisor that was there, and I turned it all in,"...
    Several renowned tennis players, including women’s tennis legend Martina Navratilova, sternly criticized the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) men’s tennis league on Thursday for refusing to join the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) in boycotting China over the mistreatment of tennis star Peng Shuai after she accused a top Communist Party official of rape. The WTA stunned the world on Wednesday by announcing it would suspend all games in China and Hong Kong until the Chinese government conducted a “full and transparent investigation” into Peng’s allegations against former Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli. Peng disappeared from public view for weeks after making her allegation in a social media post aggressively scrubbed by Communist censors. She eventually reappeared in some dubious email communications and photos that may have been created under duress, then allegedly held a teleconference with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which pronounced itself satisfied with her health and safety. WTA chair Steve Simon questioned the value of the IOC teleconference, arguing that Peng could still be acting under compulsion by the brutal Chinese regime, and said he could not in good...
    STAMFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — Connecticut Comptroller Kevin Lembo is stepping down for health reasons. According to the state comptroller’s office, doctors recommended Lembo stop working after he was diagnosed with a cardiac condition. READ MORE: Columbia University Community Shocked By Deadly Knife Attack On Graduate Student Davide GiriHis resignation is effective Dec. 31. READ MORE: Columbia University Student Davide Giri Stabbed To Death Near Morningside Park; Suspected Gang Member In Custody, Sources SayLembo released the following statement — “It has been the honor of my life to serve the people of Connecticut as state comptroller. Over ten years ago, voters took a chance on a gay, vegetarian nerd that had never run for office in his life. I’ve worked every day since to represent this office with honesty, integrity, and a focus on the common good. Even now, I love the work that I do and the people I work with. Unfortunately, my health simply won’t allow me to continue to serve.” MORE NEWS: First Case Of Omicron Variant Reported In New JerseyGov. Ned Lamont issued a statement saying in...
    (CNN)Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) must pay $125 million for its role in the 2019 Kincade Fire in Sonoma County, according to a settlement with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).PG&E shareholders will pay $40 million to the state's general fund and $85 million will go toward removal of abandoned transmission facilities in its service territory, CPUC said in a statement. The utility will not be allowed to pass on those costs to customers.Cal Fire determined the 77,758-acre blaze in 2020 was caused by PG&E's transmission lines. Dry vegetation, strong winds, and warm temperatures accelerated the blaze which destroyed 374 structures and injured four people, according to Cal Fire."We will continue our work to make it safe and make it right, both by resolving claims stemming from past fires and through our work to make our system safer tomorrow than it is today," PG&E said in a statement. The statement went on to say the company accepts Cal Fire's finding that a PG&E transmission line caused the Kincade fire, but "disagree with SED's (CPUC's Safety and Enforcement Division) alleged violations."...
    Mexican authorities have arrested mayor-elect on abductions charges just a month before he is set to take office. Jorge Fabián Cárdenas Sosa was apprehended by the Veracruz State Attorney General's Office anti-kidnapping unit Thursday in Xalapa, Veracruz. Cárdenas Sosa was in the company of Veracruz state prosecutor Adriana Bichi, who attempted to stop the agents from arresting him. Bichi was taken into custody for obstruction of justice, according Mexico newspaper Proceso. Mexican newspaper Milenio reported that Cárdenas Sosa is being investigated for his ties to a criminal organization that operates in Los Tuxtla region. Jorge Fabián Cárdenas Sosa, the mayor-elect for the Mexico town of Lerdo de Tejeda, was taken into custody Thursday to answer for kidnapping charges. Mexican newspaper Milenio reported that Cárdenas Sosa is being investigated for his ties to a criminal organization that operates in Los Tuxtla region. A spokesperson with the Veracruz State Attorney General's Office declined to provide DailyMail.com with a date for Jorge Fabián Cárdenas Sosa's first court appearance. He was elected mayor of Lerdo de Tejeda, a city in the Mexican gulf state of Veracruz RELATED...
    University of Michigan Football released a statement Thursday, announcing that the players’ uniforms will feature a patch specifically designed to honor the victims of the Michigan High School Shooting. Charges have been filed against 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley, for allegedly killing four students and injuring eight others during a shooting at his high school on Tuesday. Oxford High School is in a Detroit suburb, about an hour and a half away from Ann Arbor, where the University of Michigan is located. University of Michigan released photos of the patch on Twitter, with a statement that included a detailed description of what it represents. We are proud to represent the state of Michigan and all of its communities. #OxfordStrong is #MichiganStrong pic.twitter.com/H7IoGtU7MI — Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) December 3, 2021 ????#OxfordStrong // #MichiganStrong https://t.co/DAZgkxgRP0 pic.twitter.com/ei48tpUhU1 — Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) December 3, 2021 “The shape is of Oxdorfd’s ‘Block O’, meant to honor all victims, survivors, and community members,” said the statement. “The ‘TM’ and ’42’ pay tribute to football player Tate Myre,” the statement continued. “Tate, Hana St. Juliana, Madisyn...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Even in death, Jacqueline Avant continues to give back to the community. LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 03: Jacquie Avant arrives at the premiere of the PBS SoCal Documentary “Hollywood’s Architect: The Paul R. Williams Story” at the Charlie Chaplin Theatre on February 03, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images) READ MORE: CHiPs For Kids Toy Drive Kicks Off For 2021The family of 81-year-old philanthropist issued a statement Friday asking that instead of sending flowers, donations be made to MLK Health and Wellness Development Corporation for the Jaqueline Avant Memorial Fund for the new MLK Children’s Center in Watts. To donate in Avant’s name, checks can be sent to P.O. Box 811473, Los Angeles, CA 90081 or by visiting mlk-cdc.org. Avant was killed Wednesday in a shooting at the home she shared with her husband, legendary music executive Clarence Avant. Police say a parolee who was taken into custody at the burglary of a Los Angeles home shortly after Avant’s killing is the prime suspect. READ MORE: 14 Killed In...
    Police are searching for James and Jennifer Crumbley, the parents of 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley, who allegedly killed 4 people and injured 8 in a Nov. 30 shooting at his Michigan high school, but attorneys for the couple claim that they had left town for their own safety and would voluntarily return to be arraigned. Ethan Crumbley was charged as an adult with one count of terrorism, 4 counts of first degree murder, 7 counts of assault with intent to murder, and 12 counts of possession of a firearm. His parents were charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter, with Oakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald announcing the charges in a Friday press conference. She cited the multiple warnings the Crumbleys had received from the school about Ethan’s disturbing behavior, the fact that the parents purchased the handgun for Ethan, and text messages Jennifer had sent to her son. Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard confirmed that James and Jennifer Crumbley were missing in an interview with CNN’s Victor Blackwell Friday afternoon, and a BOLO alert was issued with their photos and vehicle description. CNN correspondent...
    She shouldn’t have hurried love. Phil Collins’ ex-wife, Orianne Cevey, announced on Thursday that she’s divorcing her husband of one year, Thomas Bates, blaming the marriage on the pandemic. “I am filing for divorce from my husband, Thomas Bates. I believe the emotional distress of the COVID quarantine caused me to act in ways and do things that were out of character,” she began her Instagram statement. Collins and Bates have been married for just over one year. Getty Images “Fortunately, I have faced challenging situations before and like I always have, I will muster the strength I can, the best team I can find and the courage to do the right thing.” Cevey, 47, thanked her followers for the support but added that her “intention” is to let the attorneys handle the proceedings behind closed doors, which is why she posted “this statement on [her] personal account.” Orianne released the statement on her own private Instagram account. Instagram Cevey and Bates secretly wed in Las Vegas in August 2020 and shacked up in the Genesis crooner’s $40 million Miami...
    ENVELOPES full of cash and checks were mysteriously discovered behind a bathroom wall inside the Texas church of celebrity televangelist Joel Osteen by a plumber as he carried out repairs on a toilet. The strange find, which was made at Osteen's Lakewood Church in Houston on November 10, was anonymously recounted by the plumber to 100.3 The Bull, a morning radio show in the city. 3Celebrity televangelist Joel Osteen is the Pastor of Lakewood Church in HoustonCredit: Getty 3The discovery was made on Nov. 10 by a plumber fixing a toiletCredit: Getty “There was a loose toilet in the wall, and we removed the tile,” the caller said. "We went to go remove the toilet, and I moved some insulation away and about 500 envelopes fell out of the wall, and I was like ‘Oh wow!’” The plumber went on to say that around 3,000 envelopes stuffed with cash were recovered in total. “I went ahead and contacted the maintenance supervisor that was there, and I turned it all in,” he added. It's unclear how much money was contained inside...
    Mark Turgeon is out as the men’s basketball coach at the University of Maryland, the school announced Friday. They described it as a mutual decision. “After a series of conversations with Coach Turgeon, we agreed that a coaching change was the best move for Coach Turgeon and for the Maryland Men’s Basketball program,” Athletics Director Damon Evans said in a statement. “After several in depth conversations with Damon, I have decided that the best thing for Maryland Basketball, myself and my family is to step down, effective immediately, as the head coach of Maryland Basketball,” Turgeon said in the statement. Assistant Coach Danny Manning will take over for the rest of the season, starting with their game Sunday, the school said. Turgeon was coach for more than 10 seasons. This is a developing story and will be updated.
    MailOnline’s publisher and founding editor Martin Clarke is stepping down, he announced Friday. “Earlier this year I indicated to Lord Rothermere that, after 12 incredible years building MailOnline into one of the world’s biggest news websites and having established it as a substantially profitable business in its own right, I wanted to pursue new challenges,” wrote Clarke, who served as DMG Media publisher and CEO/editor-in-chief of MailOnline and DailyMail.com, in a statement. He will officially exit the post at the end of February 2022. DMG Media CEO Rich Caccappolo will take over Clarke’s duties while the search for a new editor commences, according to the statement. Lord Rothermere, the British aristocrat who owns the Mail’s parent company, Daily Mail and General Trust, added in the press release: “I have had to reluctantly accept Martin's resignation as he is without doubt one of the greatest editors of his generation; and, I am eternally grateful to him for all his immense hard work and genius over the years.” This is a developing story...
    SCIOTO — Scioto County Prosecutor Shane A. Tieman released a statement Friday concerning the death of Michael Mearan. On October 23, 2020, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost and Scioto County Prosecutor Tieman announced the indictment of Mearan on 18 felony counts related to human trafficking spanning 15 years. The charges stemmed from criminal activity in southern Ohio that occurred from 2003 to 2018 and involved at least six victims. On Friday, Nov. 26, Mearan was pronounced dead after suffering from “health complications.” On Friday, December 3, 2021, Tieman released a statement about the prosecutor’s involvement in the case and where the county stood with the trial now after Mearan’s death. “The Scioto County Prosecutor’s Office was involved initially in an advisory role with local law enforcement in the investigation into Mr. Mearan. As the scope and depth of the investigation developed, our local law enforcement asked for and received assistance from State and Federal partners,” Tieman said. “Based upon the limited resources of the office and concerns over potential conflicts of interest, based upon Mr. Mearan’s position as a local...
    A Florida mother was arrested late Thanksgiving night after she fired a gun in her home and left her child in a crib while she went out to a bar, according to authorities. Deputies responded to a call from a woman who reportedly went to check on the mother, Victoria Hidalgo, after receiving a call from her which “sounded as though she was under the influence of alcohol,” and claimed that she fired a gun, according to a statement from the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office. (RELATED: ‘Shoot Me’: Woman Gets Arrested For Allegedly Attacking Flight Attendants, Fellow Passenger Zip-Ties Her Legs) Port Charlotte woman charged with infant neglect https://t.co/kAAeV3S6aW — Fox 4 News (@Fox4Now) December 2, 2021 As the woman arrived at Hidalgo’s home, she noticed that a car they shared was not in its parking space and then found a bullet lodged into the front door, according to the statement. Deputies arrived at Hidalgo’s home to investigate and found her child left unsupervised. The child was left in the care of a family member as they went out...
    DENVER (CBS4) – A Denver police officer is on administrative leave after a departmental review found he did not help a man found shot in the leg. That man ultimately died. Officer Dewayne Rodgers and his partner were first on scene of a shots fired call on the 10100 East Harvard Avenue the morning of Sept. 7, 2020. When they arrived, a man flagged down the officers and led them to the shooting victim. Rodgers called for an ambulance while his partner placed crime scene tape around the area. READ MORE: Colorado's Endangered Places 2021: Group Of 46 Bridges Spanning The State With Unique History, Architecture (credit: CBS) Roughly 10 minutes later, a third DPD officer arrives and asks Rodgers if he placed a tourniquet on the victim. In a statement to investigators, the third officer said he had to step in to help the victim. “On scene, I was told the victim was shot in the leg but would not identify himself,” the officer said. “I approached the victim to attempt to place a tourniquet on the leg....
    West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin came out against President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for large businesses late Thursday, saying he would vote against the measure when it likely comes up next week. “Let me be clear, I do not support any government vaccine mandate on private businesses,” Manchin said in a statement. “That’s why I have cosponsored and will strongly support a bill to overturn the federal government vaccine mandate for private businesses.” “I have long said we should incentivize, not penalize, private employers whose responsibility it is to protect their employees from COVID-19,” Manchin said, going on to strongly encourage West Virginians to get vaccinated and touting the shots’ safety and efficacy. Manchin’s opposition to the mandate may give the measure enough votes to pass the 50-50 Senate, given that Republicans are unanimously against it. But even if it garnered enough support to pass the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives, Biden could still veto the block on his mandate if it lands on his desk. (RELATED: Republican Objections To Biden’s Vaccine Mandate Could Force Weeklong Government Shutdown) Tonight I...
    A man accused of entering the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 insurrection in Washington D.C. was recently arrested in Orange County and is facing federal charges. Michael G. McCormick has been charged with entering a restricted building, disorderly conduct and parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building, according to a newly unsealed criminal complaint filed with a federal court in Washington D.C. According to a sworn statement by an FBI agent filed with the criminal complaint, video footage taken inside the Capitol building on Jan. 6 captured a man investigators have identified as McCormick among the crowd wearing a blue puffer jacket and a blue “Trump 45” winter hat. McCormick flew from Santa Ana to Washington D.C. the day before the riot in the Capitol and flying back the day after, according to the agent’s statement. Based on video footage taken inside the Capitol, McCormick is suspected of entering the building through the Senate Wing Door at 2:55 p.m. Surveillance photos included in the court filings show a smiling man federal investigators have identified as McCormick standing in...
    PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Prosecutors brought terror charges Friday against an ethnic Albanian man from Kosovo who allegedly joined an extremist group in Syria and brought his family there. A statement from the prosecutor’s office in Kosovo said the suspect, identified only as N. L., joined the Jabhat al-Nusra group along his son. Authorities allege he trained as a fighter and participated in attacks in Syria. The statement said the man returned to Kosovo in April 2013 to bring to his wife, two daughters and a daughter-in-law to Syria. He allegedly rejoined his son and the al-Nusra group and was eventually handed over to Syrian forces and repatriated to Kosovo, according to the statement, which did not give the whereabouts of his relatives. If convicted, the man faces up to 10 years in prison. Authorities say that fewer than 90 Kosovo citizens remain in Syria, most of them the widows of former fighters. Kosovo repatriated 110 of its citizens, mostly women and children, from Syria two years ago. Many of the adults have been charged with...
    Antonio Brown #81 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers runs with the ball against Rodney McLeod #23 of the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on October 14, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.Mitchell Leff | Getty Images The NFL said Thursday that it had suspended Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown and two other players for three games without pay for lying about their Covid-19 vaccination status. Brown, Buccaneers safety Mike Edwards and free agent John Franklin III all accepted their discipline and waived their right of appeal after a probe in which they were represented by the players' union, the NFL said in a statement.  "That review supported those allegations and found that the three players violated the protocols," the NFL said. The NFL did not provide additional details on the probe. Brown's vaccination status was first questioned last month when the Tampa Bay Times alleged he had paid for fake coronavirus vaccine cards before training camp. "The health and safety of players and personnel is our top priority," the NFL and NFL Players Association said in a joint statement...
    Saweetie recently dropped her latest single, Icy Chain, where she clearly called out PETA in one of her icy lyrics. The lyric says, “Mink on my body like I just went hunting / Tell PETA I’m being 100,” taking a very obvious jab at the animal rights group. In response, PETA is sending Saweetie an Apparis jacket made out of faux-fur in the hopes of converting her to more ethical alternatives that don’t result in animals being tormented and killed. PETA senior vice president Lisa Lange said, “We’ll be 100, too: It’s a shame that the icy girl seems to have an icy heart. PETA hopes that once Saweetie sees how luxurious faux-fur coats are, she’ll ditch the ones made from animals who valued their lives and were tormented and killed for a look that says, ‘I don’t care how others suffer.” Whether Saweetie knows it or not, the fur industry is an unimaginably cruel place where fur-bearing animals are tortured and killed. Animals are kept in tiny cages and surrounded by feces and corpses, which causes extreme physical...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Tampa Bay wide receiver Antonio Brown has been suspended without pay for three games after he misrepresented his COVID-19 vaccination status. READ MORE: PennDOT Asking For Public Input Ahead Of Bridge Work In Westmoreland CountyBrowns’ former live-in chef claimed the former Steeler obtained a fake COVID-19 vaccination card to skirt NFL protocols, according to a report from the Tampa Bay Times. A review supported the allegations against Brown, the NFL announced Thursday. Two other players, Brown’s teammate Mike Edwards and free agent John Franklin III, were also suspended for misrepresenting their vaccination status, the NFL said. READ MORE: Man Being Charged After Stabbing His Boss During A MeetingAll three accepted the discipline and waived their right of appeal. pic.twitter.com/Jbsg7dsKwz — Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) December 2, 2021 In a statement, the Bucs said the team will continue to implement all league COVID-19 protocols. The NFL and NFLPA said in a joint statement that “the health and safety of players and personnel is our top priority.” “The protocols were jointly developed working with...
    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Leaders of the New Hampshire House issued a bipartisan statement Thursday condemning antisemitic social media posts by members and urging lawmakers to “act with dignity and respect.” Republican House Speaker Sherm Packard and Democratic Leader Renny Cushing said they have heard from Jewish lawmakers and members of the public asking them to speak out after three state representatives in the last year made antisemitic comments on social media or shared offensive content. Packard and Cushing said lawmakers have a responsibility to research the source and context of the information they share. “Unequivocally, it is unacceptable that any member of this historic legislative body is involved in perpetuating hate in any form,” they said in the statement.
    (CBS Detroit) — The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office says deputies are making extra patrols to all schools after receiving reports of schools threats. This comes after a 15-year-old at Oakland County’s Oxford High School killed four people — all students — and injured seven others on Nov. 30. READ MORE: Striking Kellogg's Workers Receiving 3% Raises In New ContractEthan Crumbley, who was a sophomore at the high school, has been charged with murder, terrorism, and other counts for the shooting. In a statement issued on Thursday, Macomb County deputies say that in the last two days, they have received 28 calls regarding school threats, some related to the same incident already reported. “School shootings are one of our biggest fears as a student, a parent, school staff, and law enforcement,” read the statement. READ MORE: 87% Of Michigan's COVID ICU Patients Unvaccinated, Hospital Association Says“Please know that we are taking every report we receive with the highest priority. We have had deputies and investigators working these complaints throughout the night and are still investigating them currently,” the sheriff’s office added....
    A hacker accessed the personal information of roughly 400,000 patients of Planned Parenthood Los Angeles in October, the reproductive healthcare provider said Wednesday. Planned Parenthood Los Angeles said in a statement that there is no evidence so far that any patients’ information was used for fraudulent purposes, and it was notifying patients whose information was accessed. Staff members first noticed suspicious activity on their computer network Oct. 17, according to the statement. Planned Parenthood Los Angeles took its systems offline, notified law enforcement and retained a third-party cybersecurity firm to help investigate. The investigation, which is ongoing, has determined that a hacker got access to the healthcare provider’s network between Oct. 9-17, according to the statement, which also said the hacker installed “malware/ransomware” and took some files from the system. Ransomware is a kind of malware designed to hold a computer or entire network hostage by preventing access to the files until the owner pays the hacker. This year, alleged members of the Russia-linked gang REvil were arrested and charged in connection with a high-profile string of...
    LONDON (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell has pulled out of a controversial oil project near Scotland’s Shetland Islands, saying the project no longer makes economic sense for the company. Shell had a 30% stake in the Cambo project, which is opposed by environmental groups who say Britain should stop developing new oil and gas fields as part of its efforts to combat global warming. “After comprehensive screening of the proposed Cambo development, we have concluded the economic case for investment in this project is not strong enough at this time,” Shell said in a statement. “However, continued investment in oil and gas in the U.K. remains critical to the country’s energy security.” Siccar Point Energy, Cambo’s controlling partner, said it still planned to move ahead with the project. Developing the field 125 kilometers (78 miles) west of the Shetland Islands will create 1,000 jobs and help ease the U.K.’s transition to a low-carbon economy, Chief Executive Jonathan Roger said in a statement. “We will continue to engage with the U.K. government and wider stakeholders on the future development of...
    SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnian police on Friday arrested seven people suspected of war crimes against civilians during the 1992-95 conflict in the Balkan country, the security authorities said. The group were apprehended in the areas of the eastern towns of Bijeljina and Sokolac, a statement by the Bosnian security agency said. No other details were immediately available. The statement said the group will be handed over to the prosecutors. More than 100,000 people were killed in the 1992-95 War in Bosnia between the country’s mostly Muslim Bosniaks, Serbs and Croats. The war ended in a U.S.-brokered peace agreement. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
              more   Ohio GOP gubernatorial candidate Jim Renacci on Tuesday backed a measure by Ohio lawmakers to block vaccine mandates in the state. House Bill 218, which was approved by the House of Representatives earlier this month, would provide broad exemptions to any vaccine mandate. For example, individuals would not have to receive the coronavirus because of religious beliefs, medical conditions, or if they have natural immunity. Schools and employers would also be prohibited from requiring a student or employee to receive a vaccine if it has not been granted full approval by the FDA. According to Renacci, the legislation is needed for residents of the state. “HB 218 needs to pass because history has taught us that we can’t trust Mike DeWine to fight for the rights of Ohioans and to resist lockdowns and mandates,” Renacci said in an emailed statement. “Anthony Fauci is an unelected Washington bureaucrat and should never be dictating policy for the state of Ohio. Ohioans deserve a Governor who is committed to fighting for our economy and protecting our fundamental liberties. That’s precisely the...
    Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) joined Laura Ingraham on Tuesday to discuss the ongoing fallout surrounding controversial remarks she made about Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN). “Look, Laura, I called to speak with her directly about me reflecting on my comments about her,” Boebert began. “I made a public statement. But she didn’t want to hear what I had to say,” Boebert said of a call Monday between the two congresswomen, which ended with Omar hanging up and releasing a statement that claimed Boebert did not apologize and doubled down on her rhetoric. Boebert is facing criticism for anti-Muslim comments she made directed at Omar, who is calling for House leadership to take action against Boebert. “Omar and the left don’t want an apology. They want public humiliation,” Boebert continued. “They want to cancel me and that is not going to happen.” Ingraham jumped in, saying, “So you’re young. You just arrived in Washington. But they’re going to come after you because they think you’re a threat. You’re an America-first conservative.” She added, “They don’t like you. You’ll never win accolades from...
    CNN anchor Anderson Cooper ended his show Tuesday by reading the network's statement announcing Chris Cuomo's suspension and revealing he would stay on the air for another hour. The programming shift was meant to cover the space normally reserved for Cuomo Prime Time in the 9 p.m. ET hour after CNN said it was suspending Cuomo indefinitely while an investigation examines documents released this week by the New York attorney general. CNN HOST CHRIS CUOMO USED HIS SOURCES TO SCOPE OUT BROTHER'S ACCUSERS "Some news now about this network and involves Chris Cuomo, the host of Cuomo Prime Time. New documents released this week indicated that Chris was more intimately involved than previously known in helping his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, craft a defense amid a flurry of sexual misconduct allegations," Anderson said before reading CNN's statement on air. He made the announcement with key Watergate figure John Dean on set, along with CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin , who returned to the network in June, eight months after being suspended for exposing himself to...
    (CNN)The death of a University of Nevada Las Vegas student who participated in a fraternity charity boxing match has been ruled a homicide, but criminal charges will not be filed, according to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.Nathan Tyler Valencia, 20, participated in Kappa Sigma fraternity's "Fight Night" on November 19. Valencia collapsed after the fight, was hospitalized and died November 23, just four days before his 21st birthday, according to family attorney Nick Lasso. The Clark County Office of Coroner/Medical Examiner said Valencia's cause of death was blunt force head trauma and it was classified as a homicide.A University of Nevada Las Vegas student dies days after participating in fraternity charity boxing match"The definition of homicide is an act of a human killing another person," police said in a statement released to CNN. "Detectives look at the facts surrounding the specific event that caused the death of the person and determine if there is any criminality."Although Mr. Valencia's death is tragic, the circumstances surrounding his death are not criminal and no charges will be filed," the statement said. Read...
    New York (CNN Business)Alec Baldwin sat down with ABC News for his first formal interview since discharging a prop firearm that killed a crew member and injured another on the set of "Rust."The interview was conducted by anchor George Stephanopoulos and took place Tuesday, a person familiar with the matter told CNN Business.Baldwin's spokespeople did not respond to CNN Business' request for comment. A spokesperson for ABC News also did not respond to requests for comment.The sit-down comes more than a month after the incident left 42-year-old cinematographer Halyna Hutchins dead on the New Mexico set. Director Joel Souza was also injured in the October 21 shooting. Baldwin said in an initial statement that he had "no words to convey" his "shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident."Read More"My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna," Baldwin said at the time.Baldwin's interview with Stephanopoulos marks the first time the actor is speaking extensively about the incident. In addition to his initial statement, he made remarks to paparazzi that appeared in a video...