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    Taipei, Taiwan (Reuters)Japan and the United States could not stand by if China attacked Taiwan, and Beijing needs to understand this, former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday.Tensions over Chinese-claimed Taiwan have risen as President Xi Jinping seeks to assert his country's sovereignty claims against the democratically ruled island. Taiwan's government says it wants peace, but will defend itself if needed.Speaking virtually to a forum organized by Taiwanese think tank the Institute for National Policy Research, Abe noted the Senkaku islands -- which China calls the Diaoyu Islands -- Sakishima islands and Yonaguni island are a mere 100 kilometers (62 miles) or so away from Taiwan.An armed invasion of Taiwan would be a grave danger to Japan, he added. JUST WATCHEDJapan's defense minister on threat that keeps him up at nightReplayMore Videos ...MUST WATCHJapan's defense minister on threat that keeps him up at night 04:10"A Taiwan emergency is a Japanese emergency, and therefore an emergency for the Japan-U.S. alliance. People in Beijing, President Xi Jinping in particular, should never have a misunderstanding in recognizing this," Abe said.Read MoreJapan...
              moreby Ailan Evans   A Democrat-backed nonprofit intended to combat alleged “disinformation” paid large sums of money to organizations responsible for the Steele dossier, which advanced false claims regarding former President Donald Trump’s relationship with Russia. The Democracy Integrity Project (TDIP) is nonprofit run by Daniel J. Jones, a former staffer of Democratic California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, that has received funding from prominent Democrat and left-wing donors, including George Soros. The organization’s mission is to “educate the public on matters such as foreign election interference, global extremism, corruption, and coordinated disinformation,” according to filings with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). TDIP paid $521,000 to Walsingham Partners LTD and $405,000 to Bean LLC for “research services,” according to 2020 IRS filings. The nonprofit previously provided funding to the two companies in 2017, when it paid $3.8 million to the two firms. Walsingham Partners is operated by Christopher Steele, an ex-British intelligence agent responsible for creating the Steele dossier that promoted discredited claims related to to Trump’s ties with Russia. These included claims advancing the existence of the now infamous tape that purported to show Trump being urinated on by Russian...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House panel investigating the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol insurrection will vote on pursuing contempt charges against a former Justice Department official Wednesday as the committee aggressively seeks to gain answers about the violent attack by former President Donald Trump’s supporters. The vote to pursue contempt charges against Jeffrey Clark, a former Justice Department lawyer who aligned with Trump as he tried to overturn his election defeat, comes as Trump’s top aide at the time, chief of staff Mark Meadows, has agreed to cooperate with the panel on a limited basis. Clark appeared for a deposition last month but refused to answer any questions based on Trump’s legal efforts to block the committee’s investigation. If approved by the panel, the recommendation of criminal contempt charges against Clark would go to the full House for a vote as soon as Thursday. If the House votes to hold Clark in contempt, the Justice Department would then decide whether to prosecute. The panel has vowed to aggressively seek charges against any witness who doesn’t comply as they...
    (CNN)Democrats could not look any more vulnerable in the 2022 midterm elections, but Republicans are showing every day just how easily the GOP could torpedo its political chances next year.Infighting between moderates and loyalists to former President Donald Trump erupted into the open on Tuesday, while Trump continued his attempts to obscure the truth about the January 6 attack on the Capitol through the courts. While President Joe Biden's approval ratings have tumbled to new lows in recent months as Americans stress over the Covid-19 pandemic and a host of kitchen table issues, restive voters looking for different leadership may not take much heart as they watched the debacle unfolding in the Republican Party and the leadership's inability to handle it. As Trump hovers on the sidelines egging on GOP antagonists who have adopted his chaos-sowing tactics and vile rhetoric, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy tried unsuccessfully Tuesday to turn down the temperature in a roiling feud between freshman Republican Reps. Nancy Mace of South Carolina and Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia.Greene had started off the sniping by calling Mace...
    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The Biden administration revoked the terrorist designation of Colombia’s former FARC guerrilla army on Tuesday, five years after the rebel group signed a peace deal with the government. However, it imposed the same designation on two splinter groups that are still fighting in remote pockets of the South American country. The FARC holdouts newly designated by the United States as foreign terrorist organizations are the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army – known by the Spanish acronym of FARC-EP — and Segunda Marquetalia. Here are more details on these newly designated terrorist groups: HOW DID THE SPLINTER GROUPS ARISE? After five decades of internal conflict that killed an estimated 26,000 people and forced more than 6 million to flee their homes, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia signed a peace deal in which 13,000 fighters gave up their weapons in exchange for numerous concessions from the government, including development programs for rural areas and the opportunity for former guerrilla leaders to participate in local politics and avoid time in prison. But a group of about...
    Getty Dee Ford and Nick Bosa of the 49ers sack Kirk Cousins during San Francisco's 2020 NFC Divisional round playoff win. Members of the Minnesota Vikings, both past and present, had a lot to say after losing to the San Francisco 49ers Sunday. Perhaps the strongest words came from former Vikings linebacker Ben Leber, who criticized Niners’ defensive back Josh Norman for a physical altercation with Minnesota wideout Adam Thielen. It was late in the fourth quarter when a scrum around a loose ball ensued. With the Vikings down eight points, Thielen dove into the pile in an attempt to secure possession. Norman, for reasons that are unclear in the video, then proceeded to punch Thielen in the back multiple times. The @NFL needs to review this play & send a nice note to #49ers Josh Norman for this gorilla punch to the back of #Vikings Adam Thielen.Hitting someone in the spine could be a serious injury. How does the ref miss this? If Thielen retaliates he’d of got the flag for sure. pic.twitter.com/LgAFYpwATV — Ron Johnson (@3RonJohnson)...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Ricky Romero, a former pitcher in the MLB, always dreamed of coming back home to East Los Angeles and giving back to his community. “It’s always been a dream of mine to be able to do this,” Romero said. “It all started in a group chat and here we are. We’re hosting our second annual camp.”  READ MORE: Arrest Made In Burbank Hit-And-RunSeven years after leaving the MLB Romero created the Ricky Romero Baseball Camp, a free one-day clinic in East Los Angeles. This year the camp was hosted on the same field Romero’s father played Sunday league baseball.  “Coming back here, it just brings back a lot of feelings, a lot of emotions,” said Romero. I still remember coming here as a young kid. My dad used to play Sunday league and this place did not look like this. The community here doesn’t have enough of baseball support as it should have.”  This year, 50 high school kids spent the day running drills and training with Romero as well as other professionals. READ MORE: Police Investigating...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – After six days when a 17-year-old boy, Peyton Blitstein, in Aurora was shot and killed, it’s still not clear at this point if any charges will be filed. Peyton’s family is speaking out. “You just hope that you know you can get the right information out so that people know who he actually was and what he was all about, and Peyton was an unbelievable person,” said Todd Blitstein, Peyton’s father. READ MORE: COVID In Colorado: Experts Using Multiple Methods To Monitor Omicron Variant Peyton Blitstein (credit: Blitstein family) Blitstein said Peyton had many friends, loved the military and wanted to join the U.S. Air Force to become a fighter pilot upon graduation from Vista Peak. Blitstein said the incident on Nov. 24 never should’ve happened. “I don’t know what happened that night. I don’t know why things went down the way they did, but I know with what I’ve seen, it didn’t have to,” he said. “Everything starts flashing back in your head like, ‘When was the last time I talked to him? What...
    BROADCAST journalist Chris Cuomo was a pillar on the CNN network since joining the news outlet in 2013. Cuomo, 51, is best known as the former host of CNN's weeknight news program Cuomo Prime Time. 4Chris Cuomo and his familyCredit: Christina Cuomo How many children does Chris Cuomo have? Cuomo and his wife Christina Greevene have three children, their two daughters Bella and Carolina, and their son Mario Cuomo - named after his father the former governor of New York. His eldest daughter Bella is a social media sensation with a large following in part to her lip-syncing videos on TikTok. Little is known about their son Mario and their youngest child Carolina. However, in March 2020, Cuomo's family with hit hard with Covid-19, as Cuomo himself, his wife Christina and their son Mario all contacted the virus. On April 22, 2020, Cristina shared a photo of her 14-year-old son with husband Chris Cuomo to Instagram, commemorating Earth Day and revealing that their child has become infected with coronavirus. 4Cuomo's family was hit hard with Covid during the early months of the pandemicCredit: Instagram "This...
    A former assistant principal in Washington, D.C. , who worked remotely during the pandemic may be in trouble for working simultaneously in person as the principal of a middle school in Rhode Island for 17 weeks, according to an ethics board complaint. Michael Redmond, who has worked for the D.C. public school system since 2014, could face thousands of dollars in fines, or a year in prison, for violating the District of Columbia Code of Conduct, which prohibits an employee from having two jobs, according to D.C. law. Redmond acknowledged holding both jobs and claimed he resigned from his role as assistant principal of Kramer Middle School in D.C. when he learned double duty was not allowed. DC PUBLIC SCHOOLS OFFERS GUIDANCE ON ‘DECOLONIZING’ THANKSGIVING “I worked virtually as the [assistant principal] for Kramer during fall 2020 fulfilling all duties and responsibilities … with highly effective ratings while also working in-person as the principal in Providence, also receiving excellent marks,” Redmond told thw Washington Post. Rhode Island Department of Education spokesman Victor Morente said...
    FORMER television anchor Chris Cuomo hosted CNN's Cuomo Prime Time. Chris recently came under fire after it was reported he had taken part in advising his brother, Andrew Cuomo, on a response to alleged sexual assault allegations against him. 4Chris Cuomo hosted Cuomo Prime Time on CNNCredit: CNN How tall is Chris Cuomo? Chris Cuomo is an American television journalist and political commentator. It has been reported that he is 6-foot-2, but that is not confirmed. Cuomo is the brother of former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and son of former New York Governor Mario Cuomo. Cuomo has previously been the ABC News chief law and justice correspondent and the co-anchor for ABC's 20/20. 4Chris Cuomo was a CNN anchor and former litigatorCredit: Getty Images - Getty He attended Yale, where he earned an undergraduate degree, and Fordham, where he earned his Juris Doctor (J.D.) in 1995. He is a licensed attorney. How old is he? Chris is 51-years-old. Andrew Cuomo, Chris's brother, was the 56th Governor of New York, after being elected as the state's Attorney General from 2006 to 2010. The Governor was...
    Getty The Buccaneers may not be able to trade for Kyle Fuller, but they could sign him in the offseason. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may not be able to pull off this deal right now, but they could in the offseason. The NFL trade deadline came and passed early on in November. In other words, you won’t be seeing star players jump to another team this late in the season as teams make their playoff pushes. However, in this hypothetical trade piece by Bleacher Report’s Chris Rolling, the trade deadline is thrown out the window. As the Buccaneers prepare to defend their Super Bowl title, their glaring weakness is their defensive backfield. According to Rolling in this dream scenario, the Bucs would make a push for Denver Broncos cornerback Kyle Fuller. “Fuller, who has only given up a 55.3 completion percentage over 38 targets and played 73 percent of the defensive snaps, would be a fun addition for a team like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Starting Buccaneers corners Carlton Davis III and Sean Murphy-Bunting have dealt with injuries, with...
    Law enforcement agencies across the country have spent the last year lying about being defunded while enjoying a cooked up false narrative—with the complicity of traditional news outlets and pundits—that crime is scary out of control now that the police have not been defunded. Meanwhile law enforcement agencies have been fielding the avalanche of civil lawsuits, civil rights lawsuits, and criminal prosecutions we have come to expect from a historically unaccountable and abusive apparatus. Another issue being faced as a result of law enforcement’s corruptions and abuses of power has fallen to our judicial system. Earlier this month, Melinda Katz, the district attorney for Queens, New York, asked a judge to throw out 60 criminal cases and their convictions. The reason? Some of the “essential witnesses” in the cases included at least one of three former New York Police Department (NYPD) detectives who have been convicted of true dirtbaggery themselves. This new announcement from the Queens District Attorney’s office comes after another review The New York Times says “stems from a letter sent in May by the Legal Aid Society and other legal defense and civil...
    Getty The Seahawks have their work cut out for them to save their season. The Seattle Seahawks now have two open roster spots on the team’s practice squad after announcing the release of wide receiver Phillip Dorsett and running back B.J. Emmons. Dorsett is the most notable move as the wideout was expected to compete to be the team’s third wide receiver during the 2020 season. Unfortunately, Dorsett had a foot injury that later required surgery which sidelined him for the entire season. During his end-of-season press conference, head coach Pete Carroll emphasized that the team planned to bring back Dorsett for 2021, but the receiver signed with the Jaguars over the offseason. Dorsett’s tenure with the Jaguars was short-lived after he was released in September notching just one appearance. The Seahawks signed Dorsett to the team’s practice squad on October 1st and his second stint in Seattle lasted less than two months. Dorsett only played in two contests and his last appearance came in Week 6 where the receiver notched one catch for three yards,...
    (CNN)The House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol is using Jeffrey Clark's refusal to answer questions during a recent deposition and failure to hand over subpoenaed documents to the panel to justify its plan to refer the former top Department of Justice official for criminal contempt of Congress.The committee's report outlines why the panel believes Clark is a central figure in the run-up to the riot and accuses him of attempting to use Justice Department authority to overturn the election. The request to refer Clark for possible criminal contempt charges helps to clarify the panel's definition of cooperation from its witnesses.The full House would have to vote to hold Clark in criminal contempt of Congress, setting up a referral to the Department of Justice, which would then have to decide whether to prosecute. A decision by Clark's former department to do so would make him the second person to face a serious legal penalty for blowing off the select committee's requests.Former President Donald Trump ally Steve Bannon is currently awaiting trial for a misdemeanor criminal...
    Getty Baltimore Ravens quarterback Chris Streveler jogs off the field during his last game with the Arizona Cardinals. One week after losing practice squad quarterback Trace McSorley to the Arizona Cardinals, the Baltimore Ravens have signed former Cardinals quarterback Chris Streveler to their practice squad, per the NFL’s official transaction report on November 29. Streveler was released from Arizona’s 53-man roster on November 23 to make room for McSorley, who had served as Baltimore’s third-string quarterback for the past three seasons. He was even elevated for their Week 11 game against the Chicago Bears on November 21 after star quarterback Lamar Jackson went down with a non-COVID illness. The Penn State product didn’t play, however, with Ravens second-string quarterback Tyler Huntley commanding a last-minute touchdown drive to lead Baltimore to victory. ALL the latest Ravens news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Ravens newsletter here! Join Heavy on Ravens! The Ravens released Baltimore native and former Calvert Hall quarterback Kenji Bahar from their practice squad to make room for Streveler, who played college football...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- With only hours to spare before a midnight deadline, defrocked and disgraced former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich on Tuesday asked a U.S. judge to delay his own federal lawsuit that challenges the state's impeachment process."This motion is necessitated not by lack of diligence, but in part due to plaintiff's work on other matters," Blagojevich submitted in a motion that he prepared and submitted.EXCLUSIVE: Ex-Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich says new lawsuit would open door to run for officeThe motion for a 30-day delay in Blagojevich's response to a state motion to dismiss his lawsuit does not specify his "work on other matters." Whatever has jammed up Blagojevich's schedule is preventing his federal court filing, which was already delayed once and had been due by the end of the day Tuesday. The lawsuit could determine whether Blagojevich may run again for public office in Illinois.RELATED: What ex-governor whispered on plane ride home from prison after sentence commutedAlthough not mentioned, his work on the ABC7/Hulu docuseries "Being Blago" released in early November, did occupy the ex-governor for many days and...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- "The Countdown" is here to get you caught up with all of the day's political news.You can watch it online, on the ABC7NY app or on our Connected TV apps for Fire, Roku, Apple TV and Android TV. Click here to learn more.Today's political headlines:Celebrity surgeon Dr. Oz running for Senate in PennsylvaniaDr. Mehmet Oz, the celebrity heart surgeon best known as the host of TV's Dr. Oz Show after rocketing to fame on Oprah Winfrey's show, announced Tuesday that he is running for Pennsylvania's open U.S. Senate seat as a Republican.Appeals court weighs Trump arguments to withhold recordsA panel of judges on Tuesday questioned whether they had the authority to grant former President Donald Trump's demands and stop the White House from allowing the release of documents related to the Jan. 6 insurrection led by Trump's supporters.Mark Meadows, Trump's former chief of staff, cooperating with Jan. 6 committeeMark Meadows, Donald Trump's former chief of staff, is cooperating with a House panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, putting off for now the panel's threat to...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Tony Clark was a minor league prospect in the Detroit Tigers’ system and Rob Manfred a junior lawyer on Major League Baseball management’s legal team during the sport’s last work stoppage. Now, they lead billion-dollar factions of a fractured sport that is headed toward a lockout that would start when the collective bargaining agreement expires at 11:59 p.m. EST Wednesday. “His voice of being a player resonates with fellow players,” leader player agent Scott Boras said this week of Clark, who leads the players’ union. “That communication branch is a very important part of the union leadership. And I also think that Tony has now armed himself with a strong legal staff.” Barring unexpected progress during talks at the union’s executive board meeting in Irving, Texas, it would be baseball’s ninth work stoppage and first since the 7 1/2-month strike of 1994-95 that wiped out the World Series for the first time in 90 years. It also would be the first stoppage since the death of Marvin Miller, who led the players’ union through the first...
              more   Dr. Mehmet Oz, the famous television health talk-show host, has entered the 2022 Republican U.S. Senate primary in Pennsylvania.  In an announcement on his website, Oz touted foremost his background as a heart surgeon and blasted elite mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic.  “In our time of need, we want to be surrounded by people of action more than armchair intellectuals, because a great surgeon never censors ideas and never shuts off the light that shines on our wounds, which is what happened while our nation battled the pandemic,” Oz insisted. “Witnessing our nation’s failings of COVID, I learned that when you mix politics and medicine, you get politics instead of solutions. That’s why I am running for United States Senate—to help fix the problems and to help us all heal.” In particular, he condemned the heavy-handedness of the lockdowns and distancing rules imposed by government in response to the viral outbreak. He also lamented constraints enjoined on doctors regarding the prescription of treatments for the coronavirus, precluding him from funding clinical trials to utilize the controversial drug hydroxychloroquine.  A part-time Columbia...
    JACKSONVILLE, FL (CBSLA) – According to a report from ESPN, former Rams practice squad player, Otis Anderson Jr., was shot and killed at his home in Jacksonville, Florida, on Monday evening. The Rams are saddened by the tragic and sudden loss of Otis Anderson Jr. Our sincere condolences are with his family during this very difficult time. Rest In Peace, Otis. ???? pic.twitter.com/riYTep6VLw — Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) November 30, 2021 Anderson signed with the Rams as an undrafted free agent ahead of the 2021-22 season, spending time with the team until his release in September. READ MORE: 'Long-Term Resilience': Secretary Of Labor Marty Walsh Touts Biden Administration's Efforts To Untangle Choked Supply Chain INGLEWOOD, CA – AUGUST 14, 2021: Los Angeles Rams running back Otis Anderson (32) finds some open field against the Chargers at SoFi Stadium on August 14, 2021 in Inglewood, California.(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office filed an arrest report for Anderson’s father, Otis Anderson Sr., who was charged with one count of first-degree murder and one...
    Getty NFL free agent DB Natrell Jamerson. The Las Vegas Raiders defense has seen a major boost this year thanks to defensive coordinator Gus Bradley. In his first year with the team, he’s turned the defense from one of the worst in the NFL to an average unit. The group still isn’t great, especially in run defense, but the pass defense has been solid. However, the defense remains a work in progress as the Raiders have given up over 30 points in three straight games after not allowing a single team to break 30 in the first eight games. The weakest area on the Raiders defense is likely the secondary. The group has faced injuries all year, which has made it difficult to be consistent. In an effort to possibly bring in more depth, the team brought in veteran safety Natrell Jamerson for a tryout. Raiders worked out Natrell Jamerson — Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) November 30, 2021 Jamerson originally came into the NFL as a fifth-round draft pick of the New Orleans Saints but never ended up playing...
    NEW YORK (AP) — A longtime pilot for Jeffrey Epstein told a jury Tuesday at Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex trafficking trial that he never saw evidence of sexual activity on planes as he flew his boss and others — including a prince and ex-presidents — for nearly three decades. Lawrence Paul Visoski Jr., the trial’s first witness, was responding to questions by a defense lawyer when he acknowledged that he never encountered sexual activity aboard two jets he piloted on roughly 1,000 trips between 1991 and 2019. He said he stayed in the cockpit for the majority of flights but would sometimes emerge to go to the bathroom or get coffee. Although he was called as a witness by the government, Visoski’s testimony seemed to aid the defense of Maxwell as he answered questions posed by Maxwell attorney Christian Everdell about what he saw when he straightened up the aircraft after a flight. Visoski didn’t hesitate when Everdell asked him if he ever saw sexual activity when he went for coffee or found sex toys when he cleaned up. “Never,” the...
    Getty The Seattle Seahawks are headed towards a critical offseason. The Seattle Seahawks are at a crossroads for the future of the franchise and all eyes are on how they handle Russell Wilson’s future. The Seahawks’ dismal season combined with Wilson’s unhappiness last offseason could lead to changes for 2022. The question is whether it will include head coach Pete Carroll, general manager John Schneider or trading Wilson who is under contract through 2023. Things are nearly as bad for the Browns as drama continues to surround the offense, and Baker Mayfield faces an uncertain future with the team. An NFL executive floated a trade idea to The Athletic’s Mike Sando in an attempt to solve both team’s woes. “The downside of paying a Baker Mayfield (earlier) is that you end up being able to trade him,” the exec told The Athletic. “It is unlikely he is going to end up in such a place that he is just toxic, that you can’t even move him. You would want to trade him if you could get...
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A former football player at the University of Central Florida was fatally shot during an altercation with his father and his mother was wounded, authorities said Tuesday. Otis Anderson Jr. was killed late Monday during the argument with his father, Otis Anderson Sr., at his parents’ home in Jacksonville, Florida, according to a partially redacted arrest report released by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. The fight started after the former running back’s father was bit by a dog belonging to Anderson’s girlfriend. Anderson got into a verbal fight with his 52-year-old father, and his mother urged him to go back upstairs. Anderson’s father and mother than began arguing and the senior Anderson flipped over a recliner, causing Anderson to come back downstairs to check on his mother’s well-being, according to the arrest report. Anderson then began arguing with his father. The part of the report describing the shooting was blacked out, but it said Anderson had a gunshot wound to his chest and back. Anderson’s mother, Denise, was treated for graze wounds at a hospital, the report...
    The Cubs are signing former Yankee Clint Frazier in a deal that is certainly a prove-it contract in Chicago for the former top-five draft pick.  The Chicago Cubs have signed former Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier to a one-year deal for the 2022 season. Frazier was drafted by Cleveland fifth overall in the 2013 draft and eventually made his way over to New York as part of a trade that sent Andrew Miller back to Cleveland in 2016 (Cleveland lost to the Cubs in the World Series that year). He made his debut at the big league level in 2017. In five seasons, he had a .239 average with 61 home runs. He has spent a lot of time during his young career on the injured list, mostly for concussion trouble. Whatever injury issues he had in the past, hes healthy now. So fresh start for him with the Cubs. https://t.co/06dNsk3HjP — Jesse Rogers (@JesseRogersESPN) November 30, 2021 Clint Frazier signs a 1-year “prove it” deal with the Cubs. Frazier and the Yankees had a very interesting relationship, both on and...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) —  A former Baltimore City homicide prosecutor was indicted on 88 charges including stalking, extortion and harassment, the Office of the Maryland State Prosecutor announced Tuesday. According to charging documents, Adam Lane Chaudry allegedly abused court processes like grand jury subpoenas and other official investigative tools for information to stalk his exes while serving as an Assistant State’s Attorney for the city. He allegedly obtained phone records from his exes and their associates for years. READ MORE: Baltimore City Health Department To Distribute Free At-Home Rapid COVID-19 Test Kits To Community GroupsChaudry allegedly took advantage of his office to extort $10,000 from someone on behalf of a friend, according to the indictment. Further charges Chaudry faces include: harassment, obtaining phone records without authorization, felony theft scheme, and misconduct in office. READ MORE: OIG Report: Department Of Finance Failed To Bill Company For 'Right Of Way' Permits, Costing City $46K“Our justice system, particularly the significant role and power of the grand jury, relies on the integrity of law enforcement officials — especially prosecutors,” Howard said. “Our office will work...
    (CNN)An appeals court hearing Tuesday on former President Donald Trump's claim to keep January 6 documents from his presidency private showed that Trump faces an uphill battle to keep the documents out of the hands of House investigators. The case is before the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, after a federal judge earlier this month declined to halt the release of the Trump documents from the National Archives. President Joe Biden is declining to assert executive privilege on the documents, so Trump is asking the court to consider his assertion of privilege instead. The case touches on some unsettled law around whether a former president can litigate executive privilege claims when the incumbent sides with transparency. And the three judges on the appellate panel -- all Democratic appointees -- signaled that they found some of the case's questions difficult, even as they expressed doubt about Trump's claims. It's nearly guaranteed that, however they rule, the case will end up appealed to the Supreme Court.Here's what to know from the hearing: Read MoreJudges ask why a former president...
    Bravo Jen Shah. It’s not so shah-mazing when you work for Jen Shah. In the new Hulu documentary, “The Housewife and The Shah Shocker,” which chronicles the legal accusations against the “Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” star, Shah’s former employee and designer, Koa Johnson, alleged that she threw a chili bowl at him in November 2020. According to Johnson, Shah was furious because she didn’t feel “prepared” for the reunion when she threw the bowl at him. “Every scene, she’s screaming. And in real life, there are moments when she’s always screaming,” Johnson said in the documentary. “She’s actually worse off-screen.” Johnson also said, “At that point, I was so exhausted. I was not sleeping. In Polynesian culture, we argue, we scream at each other. But it comes from a loving place. When I got yelled at [by] Jen, there was nothing for me to really learn. It was not going to get better at a certain point, no matter what I did.” The new documentary comes after Shah was charged in March 2021 with federal crimes...
    Getty Josh Allen and John Brown celebrate following a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins. Former Buffalo Bills wide receiver John Brown is once again looking for a job. Brown, who was Josh Allen’s top target in the 2019-20 season, was released from the Jacksonville Jaguars’ practice squad this week. This marks the third team that has released Brown since the end of training camp, leaving the once-speedy veteran without a team once again. The latest Bills news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Bills newsletter here! Join Heavy on Bills! Brown Looking for a TeamAs John Shipley of SI.com’s Jaguar Report noted, Brown was released after appearing in two games for the Jaguars. He played only seven total snaps during those games and received two total targets, though did not catch either of them. As the report noted, the Jaguars have been trying to find a steady wide receiver, having also signed and later released Phillip Dorsett and Tyron Johnson. The team had hoped Brown could show off some of the deep threat ability that...
    Former Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was accused of throwing fruit at his staff by a former staffer, according to a report from Politico on Monday. Cuomo, who resigned in August amid a flurry of sexual harassment allegations, allegedly threw dried apricots at his spokesman Rich Azzopardi and another unidentified man referred to as ‘Staffer #6′ when he found out they submitted an old headshot of his to NY1, according to testimony from Democratic New York Attorney General Leticia James’ report published by Politico. The Cuomo adviser interviews: Lip kisses, dried apricots and hand sizes https://t.co/w0ojsix9pL via @politicony — Michael Kink (@mkink) November 30, 2021 “He told me to get Rich Azzopardi into the office, and I brought Rich Azzopardi into the office and he yelled at him for not replacing the head shot and then threw a bag of fruit at us and told us to get out,” said the former staffer in his testimony. “It was a regular sized bag of dried apricots that were probably half eaten,” added the staffer. There were no drive by...
    (CNN)The former dean of Temple University's business school was convicted Monday on charges of conspiracy and wire fraud for a scheme in which he and others used false data to boost the school's position on the US News and World Report's rankings, the US Attorney's Office said.Moshe Porat, 74, was the dean of Temple University's Fox School of Business and Management from 1996 to 2018. His federal trial began November 10, and jurors returned the guilty verdicts on Monday.According to an April 2021 indictment, Porat conspired with Isaac Gottlieb, a statistics professor at Fox, and Marjorie O'Neill, manager of finance at Fox, to give false information to US News about Fox's online MBA (OMBA) and part-time MBA (PMBA) programs. In particular, they falsely stated how many students took the GMAT, their average work experience and the percentage of students who were enrolled part time, the indictment states.Gottlieb and O'Neill have both pleaded guilty to conspiracy and have not yet been sentenced, according to court records."Today, a jury reaffirmed that wire fraud is a federal crime even when perpetrated within the...
    Justin Clark, an attorney for Donald Trump, reportedly struggled on Tuesday after an appeals court judge asked him why the former president has more authority than the current president when it comes to decisions about executive privilege. During a hearing in federal court, Clark argued that Trump should be allowed to invoke executive privilege to prevent the Jan. 6 committee from viewing documents related to the attack on the U.S. Capitol. "Is there a circumstance where the former president ever gets to make this sort of call?" Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson reportedly asked Trump's attorneys. Judge Patricia Ann Millett presented a hypothetical in which the current president needed to use the former president's documents for national security reasons. "Wow. Trump lawyer Justin Clark just stepped in it with Judge Millett," justice correspondent Andrew Feinberg reported. "He's telling her that a former president could sue to stop a current president from using a previous administration's records to conduct foreign policy and national security decision-making." "Clark can't give Millett a situation in which he thinks a court could let a current president...
    CNN broke the news on Tuesday that the House committee investigating the January 6th insurrection at the U.S. Capitol will receive cooperation from Mark Meadows, former President Donald Trump’s chief of staff. “Mr. Meadows has been engaging with the Select Committee through his attorney. He has produced records to the committee and will soon appear for an initial deposition,” Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), chairman of the House select committee, said in a statement. “The committee will continue to assess his degree of compliance with our subpoena after the deposition,” Thompson added, leaving the door open for taking action against Meadows for non-compliance. Trump has urged his former officials not to cooperate with the investigation. Steve Bannon, a former senior adviser to Trump, has been charged with two counts of contempt of Congress for his refusal to cooperate. Meadows’ lawyer George Terwilliger said in a statement to CNN that his client and the committee had reached an understanding on Meadows offering documents to the committee and being willing to sit for a deposit in the near future. “Meadows is different than Steve...
    A multi-year investigation has found that a homicide prosecutor failed to turn over documents in at least 16 cases, including murder trials, according to Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini. The investigation into former Assistant District Attorney Glenn Kurtzrock was conducted by the Conviction Integrity Bureau and New York Law School Post-Conviction Innocence Clinic.  “This is a historic report, and it shows our commitment not just to righting any past injustices made by the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, but to making sure that kind of misconduct never occurs again,” Sini said.  Kurtzrock served in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office from 2004 to his resignation in 2017 and was assigned to the Homicide Bureau from 2010 to 2017.  In 2017, he was serving as the trial prosecutor in a homicide case, People v. Messiah Booker, when it was discovered by then-defense attorney Brendan M. Ahern that Kurtzrock had failed to produce information that was required by law to be disclosed, including evidence that identified an alternative suspect as a potential perpetrator of the crime, the report said. The...
    Dr. Mehmet Oz, a cardiothoracic surgeon and the long-time host of The Dr. Oz Show, will enter the Republican primary to replace retiring Republican Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey, he announced Tuesday. “Pennsylvania needs a conservative who will put America first, one who can reignite our divine spark, bravely fight for freedom, and tell it like it is,” Oz said in a video posted to Twitter. The campaign marks Oz’s first foray into electoral politics, but he previously served on the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition. I’m running for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania because America needs a Conservative Republican to cure what’s wrong with Washington. I’m a world-class surgeon, fighter, and health care advocate stepping forward to cure our country’s ills. Watch my announcement video now! pic.twitter.com/yLhKsZm9sl — Dr. Mehmet Oz (@DrOz) November 30, 2021 Oz cited the federal mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic as a key part of his decision to run for office. “COVID has shown us that our system is broken,” he said. “We lost too many lives, too many jobs, and too many opportunities...
    A former University of Alabama (UOA) Olympian and track star was one of two men who were killed in a deadly shootout Sunday. The two men were identified as retired star athlete Emmit King, 62, and Willie Albert Wells, 60. The two got into some kind of dispute, which resulted in the shootout, Alabama Local News reported. (RELATED: Football Star Shot And Killed In Florida. Here’s What We Know) Former Olympian, #Alabama track star Emmit King killed in Bessemer shootout. Here he is running to the right of Carl Lewis in 1984. https://t.co/30xrypCAIu pic.twitter.com/T7ngU7jSof — Jeremy Gray (@jgray78) November 29, 2021 The incident occurred around 3:40 p.m. in front of a house on 22nd Street North, according to Alabama Local News. King and Wells knew each other, according to the outlet. They reportedly engaged in a dispute that went back and forth until both men pulled out guns on each other and fired. Wells was pronounced dead on the scene around 3:59 p.m., while King was rushed to UAB West, where he eventually died around 4:40 p.m., Alabama Local...
    (CNN Business)David Marcus, the executive in charge of the troubled cryptocurrency project at Meta Platforms — the company formerly known as Facebook — announced Tuesday he will step down at the end of the year to pursue other projects. Marcus, who previously was the president of PayPal, joined Facebook seven years ago to oversee the social network's messaging products. More recently, he oversaw Libra, a digital currency announced by Facebook in 2019 with the promise of allowing people to easily send money across borders. However, the Libra project was hit by delays amid scrutiny from legislators and regulatory bodies. Initial concerns centered on then-Facebook's potential influence on financial markets as well as potential privacy risks. Marcus was called to testify before members of Congress on the matter in 2019. Facebook later renamed Libra as Diem. The company also launched a digital wallet called Novi in a limited pilot in October — but without the digital currency that was initially intended to be its biggest feature. "While there's still so much to do right on the heels of launching Novi —...
    By Michael Warren | CNN Dr. Mehmet Oz, a cardiothoracic surgeon and television personality, is running for the US Senate in Pennsylvania as a Republican, according to an op-ed published Tuesday in the conservative Washington Examiner. “During the pandemic, I learned that when you mix politics and medicine, you get politics instead of solutions. That’s why I am running for the U.S. Senate: to help fix the problems and to help us heal,” Oz wrote. The 61-year-old Oz will join a Republican primary field that already includes Philadelphia-area businessman (and 2018 lieutenant governor nominee) Jeff Bartos and Carla Sands, who served as US ambassador to Denmark in the Trump administration. Another potential Republican candidate is David McCormick, a former official in the Treasury Department under President George W. Bush. The race in Pennsylvania to succeed retiring Republican Sen. Pat Toomey has been shaken up in recent weeks, primarily by the departure of GOP candidate Sean Parnell, who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump. Oz is an Ohio native who attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania. He rose...
    ED BALLS was once the former Labour shadow chancellor and MP. He then switched the House of Commons for TV appearances when he signed up for Strictly Come Dancing. 1 Ed Balls is an ex-MP and TV starCredit: Rex Who is Ed Balls? The 54-year-old was born in Norfolk and graduated from Oxford University with a first in philosophy, politics and economics. While at school he played the violin - which should arguably have given him a better sense of rhythm on Strictly - and joined multiple political clubs. Ed taught at Harvard University and wrote for the Telegraph before becoming an economic adviser to Shadow Chancellor and future PM Gordon Brown. No stranger to chasing votes, in the 2005 General Election Ed was elected to represent Normanton and remained an MP until 2015. When Gordon Brown became Prime Minister in 2007 Balls was promoted to Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, but he is best known for his years of financial wrangling in the Treasury. He ran for the leadership of the Labour Party in 2010, following Brown's resignation, but lost out to...
    After a recent video surfaced of Rep. Lauren Boebert making anti-Muslim comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar, former President Donald Trump on Tuesday called for the Minnesota Democrat to apologize rather than the Colorado Republican. Without naming Boebert but clearly in reference to the controversy, Trump said in a statement that “Omar should apologize for marrying her brother, committing large-scale immigration and election fraud, wishing death to Israel, and for essentially abandoning her former country, which doesn’t even have a government — Exactly what she’d like to see for the United States!” NANCY MACE TROLLS MARJORIE TAYLOR GREENE ON TWITTER IN WIDENING INTRA-HOUSE GOP FEUD Trump has previously accused Omar of marrying her brother, a claim she has dismissed as “absolutely false and ridiculous” and the product of conspiracy blogs. The claim is unproven. Boebert referred to the unproven claim in remarks on the House floor earlier this month, referring to Omar’s “brother-husband” while objecting to the censure of Rep. Paul Gosar for tweeting an edited video depicting him as an anime character attacking Rep. Alexandria...
    WASHINGTON -- Mark Meadows, Donald Trump's former chief of staff, is cooperating with a House panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, putting off for now the panel's threat to hold him in contempt, the committee's chairman said Tuesday.But the panel "will continue to assess his degree of compliance," Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson said in a statement.The agreement comes after two months of negotiations between Meadows and the committee and after the Justice Department indicted longtime Trump ally Steve Bannon for defying a subpoena.Thompson said Meadows has produced records and will soon appear for an initial deposition."The Select Committee expects all witnesses, including Mr. Meadows, to provide all information requested and that the Select Committee is lawfully entitled to receive," Thompson said.EMBED More News Videos A federal judge has rejected former President Donald Trump's request to block the release of White House documents to the Jan. 6 House committee. Meadows' lawyer, George Terwilliger, said he was continuing to work with the committee and its staff on a "potential accommodation" that would not require Meadows to waive executive privilege nor "forfeit...
    (CNN)Jeffrey Epstein's former pilot testified in Ghislaine Maxwell's sex trafficking trial Tuesday that a who's who of powerful men, including former Presidents Bill Clinton and Donald Trump, flew aboard Epstein's private plane.The pilot, Larry Visoski, said he would typically be given notice if Clinton or high-profile passengers like him would be flying.He recalled renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman flew to Michigan with Epstein for the Interlochen Center for the Arts summer camp. He said he remembered Prince Andrew, Maine Sen. George Mitchell, Ohio Sen. John Glenn and actor Kevin Spacey on flights. He also said he'd fly Epstein to Columbus, Ohio, where Epstein also had property, to see billionaire businessman Les Wexner. Epstein referred to Wexner as his client but Visoski said he believed them to be friends as well. Prosecution links Ghislaine Maxwell to Jeffrey Epstein, while defense says she is being blamed for his actionsNone of the high profile passengers mentioned in Visoski's testimony Tuesday are alleged to have committed any wrongdoing in relation to the ongoing trial. Clinton's spokesman previously admitted to Clinton being aboard Epstein's plane four...
    Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has reportedly agreed to cooperate with the House panel overseeing the investigation into the January 6 insurrection on the U.S. Capitol. On Tuesday, November 30, House Select Committee chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) released a statement confirming Meadows' decision, which will ultimately halt him from being held in contempt of court. "Mr. Meadows has been engaging with the Select Committee through his attorney," Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi who chairs the committee said in a statement. "He has produced records to the committee and will soon appear for an initial deposition. The Select Committee expects all witnesses, including Mr. Meadows, to provide all information requested and that the Select Committee is lawfully entitled to receive. The Committee will continue to assess his degree of compliance with our subpoena after the deposition." George Terwilliger, the lawyer representing the former chief of staff, has also released a statement detailing his decision. “We appreciate the Select Committee’s openness to receiving voluntary responses on non-privileged topics,” Terwilliger said in a statement. Terwilliger also explained...
    Former President Trump's lawyers asked a U.S. federal appeals court on Tuesday to prevent records of his conversations and actions in the run up to the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol being handed to congressional investigators.  But they immediately ran into skeptical questions from a panel of three judges, who wanted to know why a former president got to overrule the wishes of an incumbent.  'Is there a circumstance in which the former president ever gets to make this kind of call, and why should he under these circumstances?' Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, seen as a future Supreme Court nominee for President Biden, asked during the hearing. She said the legislative history showed that in a dispute between incumbent and former president, the incumbent 'gets to decide.' A House investigative committee demanded documents from the National Archives - including visitor logs, phone records and written communications - in August.  Biden has waived the right of executive privilege over hundreds of pages. The result has been a legal back and forth over whether the records are privileged and whether the House...
    By Patricia Zengerle | Reuters The House of Representatives committee investigating the deadly Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot said on Tuesday that Mark Meadows, who served as former President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, has provided it with records and agreed to appear soon for a deposition. “Mr. Meadows has been engaging with the Select Committee through his attorney. He has produced records to the committee and will soon appear for an initial deposition,” Democratic Representative Bennie Thompson, chairman of the House select committee, said in a statement. Thompson did not rule out future action against Meadows. Noting that the panel expects all witnesses to provide all the information requested that it is lawfully entitled to receive, Thompson said: “The committee will continue to assess his degree of compliance with our subpoena after the deposition.” Trump has urged his associates not to cooperate with the committee, calling the Democratic-led investigation politically motivated and arguing that his communications are protected by executive privilege, although many legal experts say that legal principle does not apply to former presidents. On Jan. 6, Trump...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Mark Meadows, Donald Trump’s former chief of staff, is cooperating with a House panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection and providing some documents, putting off for now the panel’s threat to hold him in contempt, the committee’s chairman said Tuesday. But the panel “will continue to assess his degree of compliance,” Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson said in a statement. The agreement comes after two months of negotiations between Meadows and the committee and after the Justice Department indicted longtime Trump ally Steve Bannon for defying a subpoena. Thompson said Meadows has produced records and will soon appear for an initial deposition. “The Select Committee expects all witnesses, including Mr. Meadows, to provide all information requested and that the Select Committee is lawfully entitled to receive,” Thompson said. Meadows’ lawyer, George Terwilliger, said he was continuing to work with the committee and its staff on a “potential accommodation” that would not require Meadows to waive executive privilege nor “forfeit the long-standing position that senior White House aides cannot be compelled to testify before Congress,” as...