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One fraud after another for teen who faked being a doctor

Sat, 16 Jan 2021 03:01:08 -0500

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - The young man who as a teen faked being a doctor, who swindled a “patient,” who once tried to forge his way into a Jaguar, and who was spared from serving decades in prison, is back in serious trouble.

Malachi Alexander Love-Robinson, who once called ...

Officer wounded, suspect dead in California shootout

Sat, 16 Jan 2021 01:09:00 -0500

CARMICHAEL, Calif. (AP) - A shootout in Northern California killed a suspect and wounded a police officer Friday, authorities said.

The shooting occurred shortly after 8:15 p.m. in Carmichael in Sacramento County and the 47-year-old officer was hospitalized after the shooting in unknown condition, according to the county Sheriff's Office.


Rapid City homeless encampment provides sense of community

Sat, 16 Jan 2021 01:01:09 -0500

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - For nearly three months, Camp Mniluzahan has been providing shelter, warm meals and a sense of community for Rapid City’s homeless population.

“We’re just relatives taking care of relatives,” volunteer Sunny Red Bear said during a tour of the camp. “It is amazing to see ...

Diary shows how quest for love landed Navy vet in Iran jail

Sat, 16 Jan 2021 00:52:48 -0500

WASHINGTON (AP) - Michael White's long-anticipated trip to Iran was already a disappointment. The love interest he'd gone to visit had stopped seeing him and he'd idled away hours in his hotel room by himself.

Then it got much worse.

On his final day, the car he and his tour ...

Mexico clears general, publishes US evidence against him

Sat, 16 Jan 2021 00:02:57 -0500

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has accused the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration of fabricating drug trafficking charges against the country's former defense secretary even as his government published hundreds of pages of U.S. files that purported to show detailed evidence of the man's close links ...

Reno police officer cleared in 2020 fatal shooting of man

Sat, 16 Jan 2021 00:02:49 -0500

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A Reno police officer who fatally shot a man after he ignored commands to drop what authorities believed was a knife has been cleared of any criminal wrongdoing in the case, authorities said Friday.

Washoe County District Attorney Chris Hicks said Officer Javen Lindsay was justified ...

Family of slain NC man seeks answers decades after his death

Sat, 16 Jan 2021 00:01:07 -0500

WILSON, N.C. (AP) - The family of a slain Wilson man who died in a robbery four decades ago wants his unsolved case reviewed.

James Crisp ran a music store on Goldsboro Street in the 1980s. Super Hits Volume One Record Store was popular in a way that’s rarely seen ...

Today in History

Sat, 16 Jan 2021 00:00:07 -0500

Today in History

Today is Saturday, Jan. 16, the 16th day of 2021. There are 349 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Jan. 16, 2020, the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump opened in the Senate, with senators standing and swearing an oath ...

2 Hawaii men indicted in 2014 hate crime case on Maui

Fri, 15 Jan 2021 23:36:55 -0500

HONOLULU (AP) - A U.S. grand jury indictment unsealed Friday charged two Hawaii men with one count of a hate crime after they allegedly attacked a white man who was attempting to move into their Maui neighborhood.

Court documents said Kaulana Alo Kaonohi and Levi Aki, Jr. punched, kicked and ...

Woman arrested in Capitol attack: 'I listen to my president'

Fri, 15 Jan 2021 22:58:57 -0500

DALLAS (AP) - A Dallas-area real estate agent who is facing charges for allegedly being part of the pro-President Donald Trump mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol last week said she's a “normal person" who listened to her president.

Jenna Ryan, 50, is accused of “knowingly” entering or remaining ...

Admitted cop killer pleads guilty, gets life without parole

Fri, 15 Jan 2021 22:31:23 -0500

DALLAS (AP) - A man was sentenced to life imprisonment without parol Friday for the April 2018 shooting death of a Dallas police officer.

Armando Luis Juarez pleaded guilty to capital murder Friday in Dallas after striking a deal with prosecutors to avoid a death sentence and an independent psychological ...

John Weaver, 'Never Trump' Lincoln Project co-founder, admits gay sexting to multiple men

Fri, 15 Jan 2021 21:34:25 -0500

John Weaver, a co-founder of the anti-Trump conservative group Lincoln Project, admitted Friday to sending several men sexually explicit messages and propositions for sex, according to a report.

Reports of his uninvited homosexual advances surfaced this week but Mr. Weaver, a longtime Republican operative, acknowledged the behavior Friday,

Woman pleads guilty to stealing $7M from Housing Authority

Fri, 15 Jan 2021 21:22:47 -0500

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - A woman who who stole almost $7 million from the Pierce County Housing Authority pleaded guilty to wire fraud Friday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Cova Campbell put the money into her own accounts between March 2016 and July 2019 when she was working as the ...

California COVID-19 benefits fraud could reach $9.8 billion

Fri, 15 Jan 2021 21:18:52 -0500

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California may have paid out nearly $10 billion in phony coronavirus unemployment claims - more than double the previous estimate - with some of that money going to organized crime in Russia, China and other countries, according to a security firm hired to investigate the fraud.


Justice Department asks court to replace Trump with U.S. as defendant in defamation suit

Fri, 15 Jan 2021 21:08:17 -0500

NEW YORK — Justice Department lawyers asked a federal appeals court Friday to replace President Donald Trump with the United States as the defendant in a defamation lawsuit brought by a woman who says he raped her in the 1990s.

The lawyers filed papers in an appeal of a lower-court ...

Man held without bond for truckload of weapons in DC

Fri, 15 Jan 2021 20:55:40 -0500

WASHINGTON (AP) - An Alabama man charged with bringing a truckload of weapons to Washington D.C., including components for explosive devices, must be held without bond, a federal judge ordered Friday.

U.S. Magistrate Judge G. Michael Harvey wrote in his decision that the amount of weapons Lonnie Leroy Coffman had, ...

Mexico publishes US evidence on ex-defense secretary

Fri, 15 Jan 2021 20:36:52 -0500

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexico on Friday published 751 pages of evidence it received from the United States against Mexico’s former Defense Secretary, Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, whom U.S. prosecutors had charged with drug trafficking.

The unprecedented move came a day after Mexico announced it was dropping the case ...

John Sullivan, liberal activist charged in Capitol riot, is released on house arrest

Fri, 15 Jan 2021 20:30:22 -0500

SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah activist who filmed the fatal shooting of a Trump supporter during the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol will be released on house arrest, a federal judge ruled Friday.

John Sullivan, 26, a self-described journalist and liberal activist, was arrested Thursday and charged with civil ...

Utah activist who filmed fatal Capitol shooting released

Fri, 15 Jan 2021 20:17:36 -0500

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah activist who filmed the fatal shooting of a Trump supporter during the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol will be released on house arrest, a federal judge ruled Friday.

John Sullivan, 26, a self-described journalist and liberal activist, was arrested Thursday and charged with ...

Man gets 50 years in prison for fatal DUI crash in Nevada

Fri, 15 Jan 2021 20:08:00 -0500

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A man who pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and causing a deadly crash has been sentenced to 50 years in prison.

Eduardo Rodriguez-Viurquiz, 36, was sentenced this week in Washoe County District Court, the district attorney's office announced Friday.

Rodriguez-Viurquiz, who is a citizen ...

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‘I’m still here’: Alex Azar slams CNN for reporting resignation

Sat, 16 Jan 2021 04:35:08 -0500

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar slammed CNN on Friday night after the network reported he had resigned and was citing the Jan. 6 Capitol riot as a reason for his departure. “Contrary to the @CNN chyron, I am still here serving the American people at HHS,” Azar wrote on Twitter after the network’s report. “I believe it is my duty...

Dustin Higgs becomes 13th and final inmate executed under Trump

Sat, 16 Jan 2021 03:20:00 -0500

Another federal death row inmate in Indiana was executed early Saturday — marking final execution under the Trump administration, and the 13th since July. Dustin John Higgs, convicted of ordering the murders of three women in Maryland in 1996, received a lethal injection and was pronounced dead shortly after 1 a.m. at the federal prison...

Amazon accused of jacking up e-book prices

Sat, 16 Jan 2021 02:48:43 -0500

Amazon is forcing its competitors to jack up their e-book prices, a new lawsuit alleges. The pricing problems stem from a deal Amazon struck with five major book publishers, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing court papers filed in federal court in New York on Thursday. The deal prevents rival retailers from selling any of...

Recognize this cop basher? DC police release photos of suspect in Capitol riot

Sat, 16 Jan 2021 01:58:57 -0500

Authorities in Washington, DC are asking the public’s help in finding the suspect accused of crushing a police officer against a door during the violent riot at the US Capitol last week. The Metropolitan Police Department tweeted new photos Friday night photos showing the shaggy-haired suspect in glasses. Metropolitan Police Officer Daniel Hodges can be...

Chinese ice cream contaminated with COVID-19, report says

Sat, 16 Jan 2021 00:00:15 -0500

China has come up with a new ice cream no one wants to try. During routine government testing recently, three samples from a northern China ice cream company came back positive for COVID-19. Officials now believe that 4,836 boxes of the ice cream may have been contaminated — more than half of which had already...

AOC proposes funding to deprogram white supremacists

Fri, 15 Jan 2021 23:41:04 -0500

The federal government needs to fund the de-programming of white supremacists and conspiracy theorists, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Friday night. “The White supremacist cause is futile, it’s nihilist,” AOC, a Democrat who represents parts of The Bronx and Queens, said during a virtual town hall meeting Friday night. “Their world will never exist. That’s why...

Capitol rioter Richard Barnett, who lounged in Pelosi’s office, granted bail ahead of trial

Fri, 15 Jan 2021 23:14:14 -0500

The alleged stun gun-toting rioter photographed with his boot up on Nancy Pelosi’s desk will remain on house arrest pending the resolution of charges that could put him away for more than a decade. A federal magistrate judge ordered the release of 60-year-old Richard Barnett on “very, very restrictive conditions” following a five-hour hearing Friday....

White Army vet charged with shooting black girl at Trump rally in Iowa

Fri, 15 Jan 2021 22:55:16 -0500

A white Army veteran has been charged with attempted murder in the shooting of a 15-year-old black girl during a tense confrontation at a Trump rally outside the Iowa Capitol last month. Michael McKinney, 25, allegedly fired his gun into a car carrying four black teen girls, striking one of them in the leg, in...

Woman allegedly steals mail truck, crashes into more than 10 cars in NYC

Fri, 15 Jan 2021 22:43:20 -0500

A woman is in custody after allegedly stealing a mail truck in Brooklyn and slamming it into at least 10 parked cars Friday night. Shocking video of the car carnage shows the driver repeatedly accelerating and reversing into the vehicles around her — including a police car — as she’s surrounded by screaming NYPD officers....

Feds try to get anti-Trump Capitol ‘infiltrator’ John Sullivan locked up

Fri, 15 Jan 2021 22:21:02 -0500

Accused Capitol rioter John Sullivan — an anti-Trump activist who allegedly infiltrated the off-the-rails rally — has a history of violence at protests and “thrives on chaos,” a federal prosecutor warned in a failed bid to lock him up as his DC case proceeds. “He thrives on chaos,” DC-based federal prosecutor Bryan N. Reeves told...

Megabus suspends travel to DC ahead of Inauguration Day

Fri, 15 Jan 2021 20:56:18 -0500

Economy transportation company Megabus announced Friday it has suspended all travel in and out of Washington, DC, until after Inauguration Day. Travel to the nation’s capital will be suspended from 11:59 p.m. Friday through 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 21., the bus company said on Twitter. “These cancellations are due to restriction in the Washington, DC...

Indian journalist falls for Harvard job offer phishing hoax

Fri, 15 Jan 2021 20:23:21 -0500

An award-winning Indian TV journalist fell for an elaborate phishing scam in which she was tricked into thinking she’d been hired at Harvard University, she said Friday. Nidhi Razdan quit her job as a news anchor at the leading station NDTV after 21 years and announced on Twitter in June she’d gotten a job as...

Olympian turned Capitol rioter Klete Keller released from federal custody with a warning

Fri, 15 Jan 2021 18:53:50 -0500

An Olympic medalist turned Capitol rioter was released from federal custody and ordered to stay away from the nation’s capitol until after next week’s inauguration. Klete Keller, a 38-year-old swimmer who has won five Olympic medals for the US, appeared in Denver federal court Thursday after he was arrested on federal charges related to his...

‘Cannibal cop’ Gilberto Valle dishes on Armie Hammer scandal

Fri, 15 Jan 2021 18:52:55 -0500

The former NYPD officer whose fantasies about kidnapping, killing and eating women stripped him of his badge and landed him in a jail cell doesn’t have any advice for Armie Hammer — but he’s grateful to pass the torch.  “Armie can carry the cannibal fetish mantle now,” “Cannibal cop” Gilberto Valle told The Post on...

Feds arrest Jenna Ryan, private plane-flying Capitol rioter who plugged realtor business

Fri, 15 Jan 2021 18:37:02 -0500

The Texas real estate broker who flew on a private jet to attend the Capitol riot last week was arrested by federal authorities on Friday — hours after charges against her were unveiled in DC. Jenna Ryan was taken into custody by the Dallas FBI Friday afternoon, a spokesperson for the office said. She turned...

Trump mulling 21-gun salute goodbye on Inauguration Day: AP

Fri, 15 Jan 2021 18:20:39 -0500

President Trump is planning to host a lavish goodbye ceremony next week on the day of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, according to a report Friday. Trump is reviewing plans for an event at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland that resembles a state visit, with supporters, a red carpet, color guard, military band and 21-gun salute...

Senate intelligence committee seeks inauguration threat info

Fri, 15 Jan 2021 18:07:11 -0500

The Senate intelligence committee is asking US spy agencies for information on threats to next week’s inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. Committee chairman Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and ranking member Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) are seeking the information citing the flat-footed law enforcement response to last week’s Capitol riot. “What scenario planning are you conducting...

Capitol rioter from upstate NY smoked ‘victory’ cigar during siege, feds say

Fri, 15 Jan 2021 17:36:35 -0500

A reported former US Marine from upstate New York fired up a “victory” cigar after breaking into the US Capitol last week — and was part of a gun-toting group that discussed returning there on Inauguration Day, federal authorities alleged Friday. Dominic “Spaz” Pezzola and his unidentified pals also allegedly said they would have killed...

Feds charge rioter who wore gas mask, body armor at Capitol

Fri, 15 Jan 2021 17:24:07 -0500

A Texas man who wore military-style body armor and a gas mask to storm the US Capitol during last week’s deadly siege has been charged. Joshua Lollar, of Spring, was hit with three federal charges, including disorderly conduct on the Capitol grounds and entering a restricted building, according to a criminal complaint filed in Washington....

Pelosi puts Swalwell back on Homeland Security panel despite spy scandal

Fri, 15 Jan 2021 17:17:32 -0500

Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell is joining the House Committee on Homeland Security one month after it was revealed he was targeted by a suspected Chinese spy.