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    A survivor of a fatal boating accident for which the scion of a powerful South Carolina family was awaiting trial when he was murdered has claimed that police may have deliberately hampered the investigation into the crash in an attempt to frame him as the person responsible.  Paul Murdaugh, 22, and his mother, Maggie, were found shot to death at their hunting lodge in June before he could face trial for the boating mishap that killed 19-year-old Mallory Beach in 2019.    But now Connor Cook, who at age 19 was one of six people on the Sea Hunt boat when it crashed and broke his jaw, has asserted that some law enforcement officials may have intended to frame him as the driver of the boat - when it was Murdaugh who was actually at the wheel.   Lawyers for Cook recently filed a petition in Richland County Court which suggests that law enforcement officers who investigated the crash colluded to blame him instead of Murdaugh.  Connor Cook who was on board a boat when it crashed in 2019 launched a court...
    (CNN)An inmate from a jail barge in the Bronx was reported missing from his assigned housing area when officers checked Saturday morning, officials said.The escapee has been identified as 30-year-old David Mordukhaev, according the New York City Police Department. Police say that Mordukhaev escaped from the Vernon C. Bain Center, nicknamed "The Boat," at 4:15 a.m. Saturday. The 800-bed correctional facility has been placed on lockdown as authorities investigate the incident, Deputy Commissioner of Public Information Peter Thorne told CNN in a statement."No escape from our facilities is ever acceptable and we are taking every step to locate and return this individual to custody," Thorne said. "A thorough investigation into how this occurred is underway to ensure that this does not happen again, and disciplinary action, if warranted, will be taken at the conclusion of the investigation."Read MoreOpened in late 1992, VCBC is a five-story jail barge that houses medium to maximum security inmates for the New York City Department of Corrections, according to information provided by the department.
    AIRPORT passengers were evacuated from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International on July 10, 2021, following a security threat. The airport confirmed a security investigation was ongoing. Is the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport being evacuated? Fort Lauderdale Airport is being evacuated and passengers told to deplane over a "security investigation" amid "bomb threat" fears. The airport made an initial announcement around 9.35am. Most read in US NewsBASEBALL SCANDALDodgers star's leave extended after accuser texts releasedSHOCK WEATHERTropical Storm Elsa brings deluge to NY & CT after Subways flooded in NYCHORROR INFERNODozens of kids killed in Bangladesh factory fire after main gate lockedKEEPING UP APPEARANCES?Harris hosts staff party after claims they're 'treated like s**t'BEAST BLASTEDBear that mauled cyclist, 65, to death shot dead after ripping door off homeSNOOZE SENSORAmazon wants to monitor you SLEEPING as firm develops mystery radar device "UPDATE: Travel #Alert: A security investigation is impacting traffic along the upper-level roadway of #FLL at Terminals 2 & 3," the airline tweeted around 10am. "Areas of T2 & T3 have been evacuated as a precaution. If you're at #FLL or are headed here, we ask for your patience...
    A New York prisoner is on the loose after he escaped custody from a floating jail known as "The Barge" in the Bronx.  "Our Correction Intelligence Bureau immediately began working around-the-clock with our law enforcement partners at multiple levels. No escape from our facilities is ever acceptable and we are taking every step to locate and return this individual to custody," Deputy Commissioner of Public Information Peter Thorne told Fox News.  Police said the man, identified as 30-year-old David Mordukhaev, was being held in the Vernon C. Bain Correction Center and was able to escape early Saturday morning, allegedly through a window. The facility is currently on lockdown.  ILLINOIS TOWN LOCKS DOWN AFTER 4 INMATES ESCAPE JAIL The inmate reportedly stripped his department of corrections-issued clothing before escaping.  CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP "A thorough investigation into how this occurred is underway to ensure that this does not happen again, and disciplinary action, if warranted, will be taken at the conclusion of the investigation," Thorne added.  
    (CNN)The search teams are able to recover victims more quickly from the collapsed condo building in Surfside, Florida, now that the structure is no longer a threat and heavy machinery is able to gain access, Florida Fire Marshall and Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis said Friday.On Monday, a day after the demolition of what had remained standing of Champlain Towers South, the death toll stood at 28. By Friday, the toll had risen to 79 following the recovery of another victim, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said during a news conference. Fifty-three of the 79 victims have been identified, and 61 people are potentially unaccounted for, she said.. Patronis said the crews are paying the same attention to the importance of the work. The evidence from the collapsed Surfside condo is growing by the day, but the investigation could take years"One thing I can assure you is the dogs are still on the site. The infrared equipment is still being used. The cameras are still being used. The task forces that are here ... are the same level of...
    Surfside, Florida (CNN)With his baseball cap and thick white beard, Allyn Kilsheimer could be mistaken for a retiree if it weren't for the team of construction workers trailing him and the long metal pole he carried as he surveyed the ground floor outside of the Champlain Towers North building."Here, to here, to here, to here," he told the workers, tracing a square along a support structure built out of the building's facade to indicate where he wanted radar testing done that would show the arrangement of the steel reinforcement beneath the surface.The gruff 80-year-old, a structural engineer and veteran of forensic investigations at catastrophes like the Pentagon post-9/11 and the collapse of a pedestrian bridge at Miami's Florida International University in 2018, was hired by the town of Surfside, Florida, one day after a condominium collapse last month that's left 79 people confirmed dead and 61 still unaccounted for.The north tower, a sister of Champlain Towers South, with the same design architect and structural engineer, has become his laboratory.On Friday, CNN accompanied him as he traversed several floors of the...
    New York (CNN)A Mercedes-Benz for his wife, an apartment for his son and school tuition for his grandchildren. Prosecutors described all three as evidence in a sweeping 15-count indictment alleging that Allen Weisselberg, the longtime chief financial officer of the Trump Organization, was part of a 15-year scheme to defraud tax authorities by failing to pay taxes on $1.7 million in compensation he received in the form of those benefits. Tax lawyers and former prosecutors say the references to his family members are a not-so-subtle tactic to suggest to Weisselberg that he should cooperate with the ongoing investigation into the Trump Organization. Based on the allegations in the indictment -- including an internal spreadsheet and a crossed-out notation — the evidence appears strong against Weisselberg, and Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr has laid the groundwork for potential charges in the future, the lawyers and former prosecutors said. "Prosecutors are not showing their entire hand yet. This is obviously designed to convince Weisselberg they have enough to put him in jail and it's going to get worse, and he should...
    (CNN) — Four state attorneys general are examining the fundraising practices of the main online platforms used by the Republican and Democratic parties. The inquiries by the attorneys general of New York, Connecticut, Maryland and Minnesota probe the use of pre-checked donation boxes to lock in contributions to candidates and committees on a monthly or weekly schedule, according to court filings. All of the attorneys general are Democrats. READ MORE: Baltimore Man Sean Dean Sentenced To 10 Years In Federal Prison For Sex Trafficking 4 Minors The inquiries come after a New York Times investigation into the practices of former President Donald Trump’s political operation that included using pre-checked boxes to automatically enroll contributors into recurring donation programs. WinRed, which processes online donations for Republicans, disclosed the state investigations in a civil complaint filed this week. WinRed has sued in Minnesota to stop the probes, arguing that its activities are governed by federal law, not any state consumer protection laws the attorneys general are seeking to enforce. WinRed’s court filings include an April 29 letter written by the New York...
    (CNN)Four state attorneys general are examining the fundraising practices of the main online platforms used by the Republican and Democratic parties.The inquiries by the attorneys general of New York, Connecticut, Maryland and Minnesota probe the use of pre-checked donation boxes to lock in contributions to candidates and committees on a monthly or weekly schedule, according to court filings. All of the attorneys general are Democrats. The inquiries come after a New York Times investigation into the practices of former President Donald Trump's political operation that included using pre-checked boxes to automatically enroll contributors into recurring donation programs. WinRed, which processes online donations for Republicans, disclosed the state investigations in a civil complaint filed this week. WinRed has sued in Minnesota to stop the probes, arguing that its activities are governed by federal law, not any state consumer protection laws the attorneys general are seeking to enforce.WinRed's court filings include an April 29 letter written by the New York Attorney General's Office on behalf of the attorneys general of all four states, outlining the information the AGs seek. They include any...
    (CNN)Lil Baby, an American musician and rapper with a string of collaborative hits, and another individual are in police custody in France, suspected of transport of illicit drugs, the Paris prosecutor's office told CNN on Thursday.Basketball star James Harden, most recently of the Brooklyn Nets, and Lil Baby were in Paris for Fashion Week, social media posts from the rapper showed.Lil Baby's detention took place in Paris' 8th arrondissement late afternoon on Thursday, a source close to the investigation told CNN.Harden was stopped by the police, as shown by a video widely shared on social media, but he was not detained, the source added.An investigation is ongoing, the prosecutor's office also told CNN.Read MoreCNN has contacted a representative for Lil Baby for comment.
    By Madeline Holcombe | CNN Golf pro Gene Siller was among three men found dead on the grounds of an Atlanta-area golf club in an incident still surrounded by many unanswered questions. Siller, 41, and the other two men were discovered Saturday at the Pinetree Country Club in Kennesaw, Georgia, according to police. One of the slain men was identified by police as Paul Pierson. On Wednesday, Cobb County police identified the third victim as Henry Valdez, 46, of California. Siller, Pinetree’s director of golf, was found unresponsive with an “apparent gunshot wound to the head” and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Pierson and the other victim also suffered gunshot wounds. Investigators have not yet released the name of a suspect and say they are following leads to determine why the shooting happened. But in the days following the deaths, some information has been released. Here is what we know: The timeline Cobb County police said they were called to a report of a person shot around 2:20 p.m. Saturday and found Siller — the club’s director...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff NEW EAGLE, Pa. (KDKA) — A death investigation is underway after a man was pulled from the Monongahela River last night. READ MORE: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 40 New Coronavirus Cases Over Last 72 Hours According to the Washington County Coroner, James DeAngelo was swimming near a boat docked at the Beach Club Marina and went under around 7:30 at night. READ MORE: Trash Can And Dumpster Fires: Pittsburgh Fireworks Task Force Kept Busy For Independence Day Celebrations The 23 year old was pulled from the water and taken to the hospital where he died. MORE NEWS: Steelers LB Devin Bush Shares Disturbing Content On Social Media Page An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.
    JACKSON (CBS13) – The swimming pool business boomed during the pandemic, but not for Melanie and Victor Schultz. “We’re supposed to have a completed pool, a fiberglass pool, but instead, we have a large hole in our backyard,” Melanie said. READ MORE: Call Kurtis: Tow Truck Driver Drops Truck, Disputes $13,000 Damages That large hole is all the Schultzes have to show after hiring Central Valley Fiberglass Pools in Modesto 13 months ago. It’s not exactly the grandkid getaway they imagined. “We promised one of them that she could have a pool party here this coming July,” Melanie said. “I just feel taken advantage of and disappointed.” The Shultzes did everything right. They looked up the contractor’s license and confirmed there were no complaints before signing the contract and taking out a line of credit to cover the $45,000 pool. So far, they’ve paid $10,000 plus interest for the plans and excavation. “The finance charges keep rolling up with nothing but a hole,” Melanie said. It wasn’t until we got involved that the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) made five...
    For more than a decade, Britney Spears’ decisions have been controlled by other people. Under a 2008 conservatorship, her father, Jamie Spears, oversees the pop star’s multi-million dollar business empire. Spears also alleges that under the arrangement, she’s unable to marry or try to have more children. While fans have been calling to #FreeBritney for years, the arrangement has received renewed scrutiny in recent months, particularly after the release of the New York Times documentary Framing Britney Spears in February. Then, at a hearing last month, Spears asked a court to put an end to the conservatorship. “I feel ganged up on, I feel bullied and I feel left out and alone,” Spears said, according to NPR. “And I’m tired of feeling alone.” It was one of few times Spears has publicly weighed in on the situation, and the message was clear: Let me out. On Saturday, Ronan Farrow and Jia Tolentino, both writers for the New Yorker, published an investigation into how the conservatorship came to be. As Farrow notes on Twitter, “Dozens of sources reveal how Britney Spears was stripped...
    (CNN)Details of the investigation leading to the charges against Lori Vallow in the death of her former husband show he feared for their children's safety​, police say, citing a mental health petition Charles Vallow filed.Arizona police released a probable cause statement Thursday with information on what led them to charge Lori in the death of her former husband, Charles Vallow. She is already facing charges in the deaths of two of her children, Tylee Ryan, 17, and Joshua "JJ" Vallow, 7.Lori Vallow charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in former husbands death, prosecutor says The probable cause statement released by Chandler Police recounts how on July 11, 2019, Lori's brother, Alexander Cox, called 911 to report he had shot and killed his former brother-in-law, and the investigation that led police to question Cox's timeline of what happened and the events that led to that day.Lori Vallow was charged by a Maricopa County grand jury with one felony count of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in the death of her former husband, the Maricopa County Attorney's Office said in a...
    NASA has launched an investigation into Apollo-era administrator James E Webb's alleged involvement in a purge of LGBT employees prior to the 1969 Moon landing. The agency has named its $10 billion (£7.3 billion) next generation space telescope after Webb, but there are calls from some scientists for a different name, saying the legacy of his leadership is 'complicated at best, and at worst, complicit with persecution.'  The James Webb telescope is being hailed as a successor to the Hubble space telescope, able to peer further into the history of our Universe than ever before. NASA told MailOnline it was 'aware of concerns that have arisen about James E. Webb, and we are working with historians to examine his role in government.' Webb served as NASA administrator from 1961 to 1968, leaving shortly before the launch of the first crewed Apollo mission. However, a group of scientists say he enacted a government policy to remove any LGBT employees during his reign.  A campaign to rename the telescope claims the history is already known and clear, and that NASA should get...
    Trump Organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg was led through a courthouse in handcuffs on Thursday. Some are salivating at the prospect of former President Donald Trump meeting the same fate. “Donald Trump’s odds of going to prison just skyrocketed,” was the headline on Vanity Fair. Former Trump attorney and fixer Michael Cohen predicted “sleepless nights for the Trump family, Weisselberg, [Trump Organization chief operating officer Matthew] Calamari, and others.” “The media is already f***ing up the narrative as usual, so let’s be clear: there is no way the Manhattan DA would be indicting the Trump Organization unless it’s a precursor to indicting Donald Trump and other Trump family members,” tweeted a popular Resistance account as the indictment was first reported. “Today’s news means Trump is going to prison.” BIDEN MAY HAVE OUTSMARTED HIMSELF ON INFRASTRUCTURE Outside fervent anti-Trump circles, there were more measured predictions that the investigation into unpaid taxes would derail any attempted comeback by the former president, possibly ending his political career. New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman told CNN that Trump is “dealing with the reality...
    The Japanese company is one of the textile companies targeted by a recent investigation in France. Japanese readymade garment brand Uniclo on Friday reaffirmed that there is no compulsory labor in its supply chains as it is one of the textile companies targeted by the latest investigation in France. The opening of the inquiry into allegations of use of textile giants for forced labor by Uyghurs in Xinjiang (northwest China) has not yet been announced, Uniclo told AFP. In doing so, the brand added, “We will fully cooperate with investigators to reaffirm that there is no forced labor in our supply chains.” “No evidence” Uniclo recalled that it was conducting tests with third parties to ensure that human rights were not violated by its suppliers. These restrictions “do not provide evidence of forced labor or any other human rights violations against any of our suppliers”, according to the Japanese company, and if there is such evidence, it will terminate all relationship business with the supplier in question. The investigation, which opened in France at the end of June on the...
    (CNN)On Thursday, New York prosecutors charged the Trump Organization and its chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, with running a 15-year alleged tax scheme designed "to compensate Weisselberg and other Trump Organization executives in a manner that was 'off the books." It is the first criminal case against former President Donald Trump's company, one he has derided as a political prosecution. Here's what you need to know from the indictment: The chargesThe crux of the alleged scheme is that the company gave fringe benefits, or perks, to executives including Weisselberg as part of their income, but didn't pay required payroll taxes on those benefits. Read MoreMeanwhile, the recipients of the perks didn't report them as income and thus didn't pay income tax on them.Read: Indictment charges against Trump Organization and its CFOWeisselberg allegedly received a wide array of benefits On top of his direct compensation from the company, Weisselberg received rent on an Upper West Side apartment, utilities and garage expenses paid for by the Trump Organization, according to the indictment. He and his wife each received a leased Mercedes-Benz. He...
    The Trump Organization and its Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges related to fraud and tax crimes, which former President Donald Trump has said is part of a political “witch hunt.” Weisselberg, who has worked for Trump since 1973, surrendered himself to the Manhattan district attorney’s office early Thursday morning after a grand jury in Manhattan filed the indictments against him Wednesday. The Trump Organization and Weisselberg, who was brought into the court room in handcuffs, are accused of perpetrating a 15-year tax scheme, committing 15 felonies in the process, including scheme to defraud, conspiracy, grand larceny and falsifying business records, according to CNN. Weisselberg, according to prosecutors, failed to pay taxes on $1.7 million of income, most of which has reportedly been from fringe benefits, CNN reported. Prior to the arraignment Thursday, Weisselberg’s attorneys, Mary Mulligan and Bryan Skarlatos, claimed Weisselberg will plead not guilty and “will fight these charges in court.” NOW: Here is the unsealed indictment against the Trump Organization and CFO Allen Weisselberg. More to come. https://t.co/utM7V6hV82 pic.twitter.com/7mezw9taJP — Zoe Tillman...
    Tesla Model S Plaid caught fire while driver was at the wheel, says fire chief Biggest Boomtowns in Every State © Provided by NBC Sports Replay Video SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO Skip Ad Over the years, the NFL has ordered investigations regarding multiple major scandals. Usually (if not unanimously), those investigations resulted in the creation of a written report. Usually (if not unanimously), those reports are made available. From Bountygate to Bullygate to Deflategate, we knew as much as we ever wanted to know (and more) about the facts of the case and the findings of the investigations. In the case of the extended investigation of the Washington Football Team, there will be no written report made available. There will be no written report made available because there will be no written report made. The league made that disclosure during a Thursday conference call regarding the investigation. It’s a stunning development, preventing any and all specific information from ever being shared about what Beth Wilkinson found during her investigation — an investigation that ultimately caused the league...
    This image from video from Louisiana state police state trooper Dakota DeMoss' body-worn camera, shows troopers holding up Ronald Greene before paramedics arrived on May 10, 2019, outside of Monroe, Louisiana. Louisiana State Police via AP Louisiana State Police officials blocked investigators from charging an officer involved in the death of Ronald Greene, according to a report from the Lafayette Daily Advertiser and the USA Today Network. According to documents obtained by USA Today Network, Louisiana State Police Investigator Albert Paxton wrote that he was blocked from charging Master Trooper Chris Hollingsworth, who he said turned off his body camera before the beating that led to Greene's death. Police initially said Greene died in car crash following a police chase in Monroe, Louisiana, in May 2019, but body camera footage later showed officers stunning, hitting, and dragging him during an arrest. He died on his way to the hospital. In a statement to Insider, Louisiana State Police said: "The investigation into the death of Ronald Greene remains under review by federal and state authorities. LSP continues to offer our...
    Hertz emerges from bankruptcy S&P 500 Advances to a Record High and Oil Prices Rally © Provided by NBC Sports Replay Video SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO Skip Ad Eugene Chung made a general allegation of an inappropriate comment during a job interview with an NFL team. He declined to get specific. Thus, not surprisingly, the NFL’s investigation of the matter went nowhere. The league issued a statement on Thursday that, without using such obvious terminology, closes the book on the investigation. “Following public reports of comments made in a conversation with former NFL player and coach Eugene Chung — comments that have no place in the NFL or in any contemporary workplace — we undertook a review of the matter,” the NFL said, via Mike Garafolo of NFL Media. “After multiple discussions, including with Mr. Chung and his representative, we were unable to confirm the precise statement that was made, or by whom and under what circumstances any such statement was made.” Again, if Chung isn’t going to provide details, no investigation will confirm anything. Unfortunately, some...
    The Trump organization and its chief financial officer, Alan Weiselberg, are expected to be charged with tax crimes on Thursday. The Wall Street Journal And CNN. These are the first allegations since an investigation was launched three years ago into possible wrongdoings by former US President Donald Trump’s company. Daily The Wall Street Journal The company and Mr. for tax evasion on employee benefits. Weiselberg reports on the basis of those known at trial that he would be prosecuted. In recent months the investigation has sought to determine whether cars, homes and employees’ apartments are actually taxed. Lawyers tried to co-operate with the Trump organization’s chief financial officer, but to no avail. Donald Trump has always denied financial misconduct at his company and considers the investigation to be politically motivated. As far as we know, the former president himself has not been prosecuted. However, the charges show that banks and business associates no longer want to work with his company, which will be fined if convicted. Inquiry involves dealing with the value of an asset that makes it...
    Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy called on Congress to investigate Fox News Host and Daily Caller cofounder Tucker Carlson’s allegations that the National Security Agency (NSA) is spying on him. McCarthy released a statement Wednesday in which he expressed concern about the alleged spying from the National Security Agency on Carlson. “Now, there is a public report that NSA read the emails of Fox News host Tucker Carlson. Although NSA publicly denied targeting Carlson, I have serious questions regarding this matter that must be answered,” he stated. For the past several months, I’ve seen a disturbing trend at the National Security Agency. The NSA cannot be used as a political instrument. I’ve asked Rep. Devin Nunes to investigate and find answers on behalf of the American people. My full statement: https://t.co/xPjG9i9u7A — Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) June 30, 2021 McCarthy also announced that he has asked Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of California, who serves as the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, to investigate the NSA. “Given this disturbing trend, I’ve asked HPSCI Ranking Member Devin Nunes to...
    Welcome to the Wednesday episode of “The David Hookstead Show.” On today’s episode, we’re talking about Shaq ripping LeBron James, Jeff Van Gundy criticizing the NBA for becoming soft, Alabama won’t allow porn or alcohol endorsement deals, Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer is under investigation for assault, Giannis suffers a knee injury against the Hawks, Barry Alvarez retires and “The Sopranos” prequel “The Many Saints of Newark” looks incredible. Let’s get started! TOPICS: ‘Don’t Complain…’: Shaq Drops The Hammer On LeBron James With Powerful Comments Former NBA Coach Drops The Hammer On The League For Becoming Soft. Do You Agree With His Comments? Will Alabama Football Players Be Allowed To Sign Porn Deals? The Crimson Tide Reveal The Answer REPORT: MLB Star Is Under Investigation For Allegedly Assaulting A Woman, But He Has A Big Piece Of Evidence Supporting Him NBA Superstar Suffers Brutal Injury During The Playoffs. Should Fans Start Panicking? The Greatest Athletic Director In College Sports Retires Wednesday The Trailer For ‘The...
    THE Trump Organization and CFO will allegedly be charged tomorrow. People familiar with the matter told the Wall Street Journal that the Trump Organization and its chief financial officer are set to be hit with tax-related crimes. 2The Trump Organization is set to be chargedCredit: AP:Associated Press Trump Organization lawyer Ron Fischetti said he met virtually with prosecutors on Thursday for around one-and-a-half hours to try and persuade them not to seek a criminal indictment against the company, but that the charges would not be unexpected. "The charges are absolutely outrageous and unprecedented, if indeed the charges are filed. This is just to get back at Donald Trump,” he told The Associated Press. "We’re going to plead not guilty and we’ll make a motion to dismiss." No charges have been filed thus far in the long-running probe. Prosecutors have been scrutinizing Trump’s tax records, subpoenaing documents and interviewing witnesses, including Trump insiders and company executives. 2Trump has avoided being charged thus farCredit: AFP Law enforcement officials familiar with the matter say the investigation has reached a critical point. A...
    A human rights expert has called for an independent inquiry into allegations of state-ordered executions of thousands of of political prisoners in Iran in 1988 and the role played by President Ebrahim Raisi.  Javaid Rehman, the UN investigator on human rights, said on Monday that he believes it is 'very important' to investigate what happened in 1988 now that Raisi, 60, has become the Iranian president after a landslide victory earlier this month. Ebrahim Raisi is known as 'the butcher' for executing thousands of opposition prisoners in 1988 while serving as Tehran's deputy prosecutor and allegedly ordering pregnant women tortured. It is estimated that between 4,000 and 30,000 people were condemned to death by then-supreme leader Ruhollah Khomeini in two separate waves, while Raisi was on a four-man 'death commission' that oversaw the executions. President-elect Ebrahim Raisi (pictured) is known as 'the butcher' for executing thousands of opposition prisoners in 1988 while serving as Tehran's deputy prosecutor Rehman's office has gathered testimonies and evidence over the years and is ready to share them if the UN's Human Rights Council or...
    Allison Mack leaves Brooklyn federal court in New York, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019. AP Photo/Seth Wenig Ahead of Allison Mack's sentence, her lawyers are arguing for no time in prison. Mack was arrested in 2018 and has since cooperated with the government's investigation into sex cult NXIVM, they said in a recent court filing. She already has to face home confinement, a "tarnished reputation," and a felony conviction, they argued. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Lawyers for former "Smallville" star Allison Mack said in court documents filed ahead of her sentencing that she has suffered enough and should not have to go to prison.  Prosecutors alleged Mack, who pleaded guilty to racketeering charges in April 2019, was part of an effort to lure women to join NXIVM to act as sex slaves for its leader, Keith Raniere. Mack admitted to holding for ransom private information about and images of two women if they didn't comply. But since then, Mack has dutifully cooperated with and furthered the government's investigation into sex cult NXIVM, her lawyers, William F. McGovern...
    New York prosecutors have told former President Donald Trump's attorneys and those working for the Trump Organization that they must respond by Monday with any last arguments as to why criminal charges shouldn't be filed against his family business.  The Washington Post, citing two people familiar with the matter, said the deadline was another strong signal that Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance and New York Attorney General Letitia James are considering criminal charges against the company as an entity. On Friday, the New York Times reported that Vance could announce charges against the Trump Organization and its chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, as soon as next week. The Manhattan district attorney’s office has informed Donald Trump ’s lawyers that it has until later on Monday to persuade prosectors not to bring criminal charges against The Trump Organization in connection with benefits the company awarded its chief financial officer, Allen H. Weisselberg (seen between Trump and Donald Trump Jr) It's unclear if Trump himself would face charges Trump Organization lawyer Ron Fischetti said he met virtually with prosecutors Thursday for...
    Former Home Minister Jose Luis Perez Guadeloupe He noted that the Center for Maximum Security Prevention (CEREC) “has a clear violation of security protocols.” Naval Base, From where the former presidential adviser was Vladimir Montesinos Would have made irregular calls. In conversation with ‘Link’ provided by RPPThe former officer pointed out that in the 30 years that the prison has been, it “has strict control” and until now it “always works well”. Perez Guadeloupe There are only six prisoners in CEREC, which is classified as the most dangerous in the country, which is why maximum security measures are used for them. “Can they talk on the phone or not? Yes, but unusually, only to relatives and their lawyers,” he said. In that case, the officer in charge, at the request of the prisoner, should know the permission for the call, the number, and the person to be called. After obtaining the approval of the CEREC Director, “The same sailor dials, they answer him the other way, he sends the phone to the Internet. Investigate Responsibilities The Former Home...
    Miami first responders and assisting agencies were still conducting a search and rescue operation at the site of a collapsed high-rise apartment building in Surfside, Fla., Friday night as a federal team of experts prepared to deploy from Maryland to inspect the site. No numbers had changed since Friday morning when Miami-Dade County authorities raised the death toll to four and said 159 people were unaccounted for after the Champlain Towers South building tumbled early Thursday morning. Only one deceased victim had been identified, 54-year-old Stacie Fang, whose son was pulled from the rubble alive by rescuers in dramatic video taken at the scene. The high rise had been built in 1981 and was due for its first 40-year inspection under local regulations. MIAMI BUILDING COLLAPSE: DEATH TOLL RISES TO 4 AS RESCUERS PUT OWN LIVES AT RISK TO FIND SURVIVORS While an investigation into the collapse has barely begun, people have begun speculating what may have led to the tragedy. A federal probe into the cause will likely be conducted by investigators from the National Institute of Standards and...
    (CNN)After a video was shared on social media showing the arrests Wednesday of two siblings by police in Rock Hill, South Carolina, state law enforcement officials are looking into the circumstances which have sparked two nights of protests. Rock Hill Police Chief Chris Watts said at a press conference Thursday that the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division has been asked to conduct an investigation. There also is a Rock Hill Police Department internal investigation and two officers have been placed on administrative leave, he said.The video, which was streamed on Facebook Live, shows the arrests of Ricky Price and Travis Price by multiple law enforcement officers."The use of force that we see in the video is a perfect example of why African Americans today in certain parts of America are afraid of police," an attorney for the men and their family, Justin Bamberg, told CNN on Thursday. "There's no justification for doing that to anybody."Viral video shows arrests Read MoreOfficers from the Rock Hill Police Department Violent Crimes Unit and agents from the Department of Homeland Security were conducting surveillance...
    Matt Gaetz posted and swiftly deleted a tweet Wednesday calling for the defunding of the FBI as the agency investigates the Florida congressman for sex trafficking of a minor. 'If Democrats want to defund the police, they should start with the FBI,' Gaetz tweeted Wednesday. Progressive Democrats have often called for the dismantling of police departments across the U.S. as the 'defund police' movement sparked following the death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer last May. Gaetz's tweet came the same day President Joe Biden announced a new crime reduction initiative, including a 'zero tolerance' policy on gun dealers that would strip them of their license upon the first offense in breaking federal law. The tweet, coming from the congressman's official account rather than his personal one, was deleted just minutes after it was sent. Gaetz is under federal investigation into whether he paid for sex with a 17-year-old girl – he has not been charged with any crimes and has repeatedly denied wrongdoing. The age of consent in Florida, which is where the encounter is...
    An oversight committee in Michigan on Wednesday confirmed the results of the November 2020 general election, which pegged President Biden as the winner of the state last year. The state legislative committee, led by Republican chairman Sen. Ed McBroom, found no evidence of widespread fraud, despite allegations by President Donald Trump. "After innumerable hours over many months, watching, listening, and reading both in-person testimony and various other accounts, I am confident in asserting that the results of the November 2020 General Election in Michigan were accurately represented by the certified and audited results," McBroom said in a statement. "However, if genuine issues arise from continued investigation, I will not hesitate to ask the committee to consider recommending an audit or amending this report in the future." The investigation included nearly 30 hours of public hearings, interviews with 87 eyewitnesses, and a review of 400 pages of testimony. Several documents were also subpoenaed, according to the committee. MICHIGAN OVERSIGHT COMMITTEES SUBPOENA ELECTION EQUIPMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS The panel said that every major concern was looked into during the investigation, including reports of...
    U.S. lawmakers are demanding an investigation into the 2019 Military World Games in Wuhan, China, where athletes complained of COVID-like symptoms and described the city as a 'ghost town' weeks before authorities admitted the spread of a new virus. Almost 10,000 international competitors from 100 countries took part in what is known as the 'military Olympics' in October 2019. But today the city is at the center of concerns the virus leaked from a virology lab triggering fresh calls for investigators to examine claims that athletes fell ill. 'One athlete from Luxembourg reported “nearly empty” streets in Wuhan during the games, recalling, "It was a ghost town" and "There were rumors that the government warned the inhabitants not to go out,"' wrote Rep. Mike Gallagher in a letter to the Pentagon first reported by the Washington Post. 'While anecdotal, these reports raise important questions about the timeline of the initial COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan.' United States athletes entering the stadium during the opening ceremony of October 2019's Military World Games in the Chinese city of Wuhan. Multiple athletes...
    Chris Brown is reportedly under investigation for the assault of a woman at his San Fernando Valley home which is believed to have taken place over the weekend. The alleged victim is said to have told the Los Angeles police department that Brown, 32, 'smacked the back of her head so hard her weave came off', reports TMZ. Police responded to the singer's home where the woman had claimed Brown slapped her, law enforcement sources told the publication.  Under fire: Chris Brown is reportedly under investigation for the assault of a woman at his San Fernando Valley home which is believed to have taken place over the weekend. The report claimed that the woman said part of her weave came out after she was slapped by the star and named Brown as the suspect.  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Famke Janssen, 56, shows off her long legs as she steps out... Actress Yvonne Strahovski shows off her long legs as she... Weekend Today host Lauren Phillips sparks engagement rumours... Gwyneth Paltrow looks distraught...
    Matthew Calamari in Trump Tower. Drew Angerer/Getty Images Matthew Calamari has worked for Donald Trump for 40 years and is the COO of the Trump Organization. He and his son reportedly oversee the vast surveillance operations on company properties. The Manhattan DA is reportedly examining his conduct in its Trump Organization investigation. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.
    (CNN)A Southern California sheriff's deputy is under criminal investigation after surveillance video showed him kicking a pursuit suspect in the head after the man surrendered, an incident that one official called "alarming" and "disturbing."The incident occurred early Wednesday in Victorville, about 85 miles northeast of Los Angeles, after a motorcyclist failed to stop for a traffic violation, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said in a statement. The driver, identified as Willie Jones, 33, led deputies on a high-speed pursuit through city streets and on Interstate 15, "narrowly missing several head-on collisions with oncoming vehicles," the sheriff's department said.The pursuit ended around 12:45 a.m. PT when Jones ditched his motorcycle near a car dealership and fled on foot, according to the sheriff's department.7 killed, more than 40 injured in 10 mass shootings across the US over the weekendVideo obtained by TMZ from the car dealership shows a man hide under a truck, then get up, turn around and put his hands in the air as he faces an approaching deputy. Read MoreThe man is then seen appearing to surrender by...
    Editor’s note: We endeavor to bring you the top voices on current events representing a range of perspectives. Below is a column arguing that the Justice Department is justified in using all the tools it has to find leakers. You can find a counterpoint here, where Government Accountability Project Executive Director Louis Clark argues that the DOJ’s use of gag orders and metadata seizures represents a disturbing attack on our democracy. Washington, it seems, just can’t let the Russia probe go. First came the charges that Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with the Russians to swing the 2016 presidential election. A two-year investigation of those claims by special counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence of collusion. With that disposed of, the Justice Department in 2019 launched an investigation into leaks of classified information that occurred during the Mueller investigation — leaks intended to wound the president politically. Now Congressional Democrats and the media are in an uproar about that investigation. Recent reports have revealed that the Justice Department subpoenaed metadata records of journalists who had published the leaks as well as...
    (CNN)Whoever wins the Democratic primary race for Manhattan district attorney on Tuesday isn't just poised to take the helm of one of the most legendary prosecutors offices in New York. They also will inherit perhaps the highest profile investigation in the country: that of former President Donald Trump and his company.The outgoing district attorney, Cyrus Vance Jr., is likely to decide whether to charge a case against the former President, the Trump Organization or company executives by the end of his term in December, CNN previously reported.If that happens, the next district attorney -- most likely the winner of Tuesday's primary, given the overwhelmingly Democratic makeup of Manhattan -- will oversee the prosecution.With eight contenders, the Democratic primary race for district attorney is a crowded one, and unlike the New York City mayoral primary, it doesn't have ranked-choice voting.Whoever wins is likely to incur Trump's ire if they continue Vance's work, since the former President has been quick to accuse Democrats investigating him, including Vance and New York state Attorney General Letitia James, of pursuing political prosecutions. Read More"If you...
    (CNN)The subpoena that swept up the records of two Democratic congressmen, their staff and family members in 2018 appears to have been the result of a leak investigation that initially included scrutinizing a senior aide on the House Intelligence Committee, and not the lawmakers themselves, sources told CNN. The Justice Department's original secret subpoena to Apple, sources say, was an effort to identify people connected with the staffer. Apple provided names connected to the accounts the company had records for, including then-House Intelligence ranking member Adam Schiff and Rep. Eric Swalwell, two vocal political enemies of former President Donald Trump. This was potentially the first instance federal investigators knew they had records of the two California Democrats, according to the sources.The revelation that the Justice Department obtained records of two congressmen and Trump's former White House counsel Don McGahn, in addition to pursuing secret subpoenas targeting Trump's perceived enemies -- reporters at CNN, the New York Times and the Washington Post -- has caused a political firestorm. McGahn's records appear to have been swept up in a separate investigation by...
    Mark Makela/Getty Images A San Bernardino deputy was put on leave after seen on video kicking a man in the head during an arrest. Footage of the incident obtained by TMZ shows an officer kick the suspect, who is laying on the ground, twice. Authorities are investigating the incident.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A San Bernardino County deputy was placed on administrative leave amid a criminal investigation after being caught on video kicking a man in the head during an arrest, according to KABC-TV. The incident happened on Wednesday after the man, later identified as Willie Jones, failed to stop for a traffic violation, leading to a pursuit on his motorcycle, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. Authorities said during the chase, he abandoned his bike near a car dealership in Victorville, California.  Footage obtained by TMZ shows Jones trying to duck and hide behind cars in the lot. He eventually puts his hands up and lays on the ground before an unidentified officer is seen advancing towards him with a flashlight, winding up,...
    A Sheriff's deputy from Southern California is the subject of a criminal investigation after a video emerged of him kicking a suspect in the head after the man he was pursuing already appeared to have surrendered.  The violent interaction occurred on Wednesday and was captured on surveillance cameras located at a Toyota car dealership in Victorville, California, northeast of Los Angeles. The suspect, identified as 32-year-old Willie Jones, can be seen rolling out from underneath a parked car before being confronted by a deputy from the San Bernardino County Sheriffs Department who orders the suspect to the ground while carrying a flashlight. Warner Bros Privacy Policy Despite Jones complying with the deputy's orders, the officer then proceeds to kick the suspect in the head and face several times.    The video then proceeds to show the officer standing over the man before placing handcuffs on him before another deputy arrives to assist with the arrest.  Police say the incident began with the attempted traffic stop of a motorbike.  The driver led the suspect on a high speed chase the Sheriffs Department told...
    Rep. Charlie Crist (D-Fla.) on Friday pressed Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisFlorida pardons residents fined or arrested for mask violations DeSantis: Florida officers to respond to 'border security crisis' in Texas, Arizona Sanders 'delighted' DeSantis asked White House to import Canadian prescription drugs MORE (R) to create a commission to investigate the state's role in the events of Jan. 6. "I'm calling on @GovRonDeSantis to protect our democracy by ordering a non-partisan investigation of Florida's outsized role in the Capitol Insurrection," Crist, a former Florida governor and current state gubernatorial candidate, tweeted. I'm calling on @GovRonDeSantis to protect our democracy by ordering a non-partisan investigation of Florida's outsized roll in the Capitol Insurrection.Hate and insurrection can have no home here. DeSantis must act to keep us safe. pic.twitter.com/2eH9uerkTs— Charlie CristCharles (Charlie) Joseph CristFlorida GOP candidate threatens opponent with Russian-Ukrainian 'hit squad' in leaked call: report Florida congressional candidate says opponents conspiring to kill her Florida state Rep. Michele Rayner launches bid for Crist's House seat MORE (@CharlieCrist) June 18, 2021 In a video he shared to Twitter, Crist said DeSantis should issue an...
    The heir of a prominent South Carolina legal dynasty has joined the survivors of a 2019 boat crash in volunteering his DNA sample as the investigation continues into the double murder of his wife and son. The brothers of Richard Alex 'Alec' Murdaugh, 53, told Good Morning America the bereaved husband and father has offered a sample to investigators as he is 'willing to do anything' to help in the hunt for the person or persons responsible for shooting dead Paul, 22, and Margaret, 52, last Monday.  'I can tell you he was willing and still is willing to do anything that's asked of him,' said John Murdaugh. 'He wants this solved.'  Randy Murdaugh added that there is 'no possible way' his brother is involved in the murders and said he loved his family 'like nothing else on this earth.'  'My brother loved Maggie and loved Paul like nothing else on this earth, just like he loves Buster [the couple's other son],' he said.  'So there's no possible way he could have anything to do with this, I can assure you.'  Margaret and Paul were shot...
                        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 China to impede a free and fair investigation into the origins of COVID-19,” Wittman said in a press release. “Nor can we tolerate China’s suppression of information which could prove critically important to preventing future pandemics. The sanctions imposed by the World Deserves to Know Act pave the way to uncover the truth about COVID-19’s origins.” According to the press release, the act directs intelligence activity to identify people who worked to suppress information relating to COVID-19 and the Wuhan Institute. It focuses on prohibiting federal funds and contracts between U.S. agencies and universities and Chinese-based institutes and universities affiliated with China’s National Health Commission (NHC). It also directs a review of National Institute of Health funding which has gone...
    (CNN)Out of office and having shut down his revolutionary communications site blog, former President Donald Trump has lost much of his ability to drive the daily national political conversation.But he still has a telephone! And that means he can, whenever he wants, call into friendly outlets to spout his latest, um, observations on the state of the country and world.Which is what he did on Wednesday night, chatting with Fox News' Sean Hannity about, well, everything. Below the lines you need to see. 1. "Well, I guess the overall is, we didn't get anything. We gave a very big stage to Russia, and we got nothing."This is Trump's analysis of President Joe Biden's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Which is sort of ironic because when Trump got together with Putin in Helsinki in 2018, he undermined America's intelligence community by saying that "both sides" were to blame for Russia interfering in the 2016 election. And away we go!Read More2. "And performance art, you will take a look at how various people performed, namely, the two people. And you have...
    Arizona State's football program and head coach Herm Edwards are being investigated by the NCAA amid claims that recruits were allowed to attend games at Sun Devil Stadium and were even hidden by coaches in private suites, in violation of pandemic-era recruiting restrictions. The school acknowledged on Wednesday that its football team is being investigated by the NCAA, but it did not specify the nature of the probe. 'ASU can confirm the NCAA is conducting an investigation regarding allegations related to our football program,' Arizona State vice president of media relations and strategic communications Katie Paquet told The Athletic in a statement. 'In accordance with NCAA bylaws, the university cannot provide further comment at this time.' Arizona State football and head coach Herm Edwards (pictured) are being investigated by the NCAA amid claims that recruits were allowed to attend games at Sun Devil Stadium and were even hidden by coaches in private suites, in violation of pandemic-era recruiting restrictions The school was responding to a report by The Athletic claiming that the Sun Devils hosted high school recruits during...