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House panel probes education secretary DeVos' personal email use

Yahoo News - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 14:31

House panel probes education secretary DeVos' personal email useU.S. Representative Elijah Cummings, the Democratic chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, sent a letter to DeVos requesting copies of all messages relating to official government business she sent or received from private email accounts or electronic messaging services. The letter gave DeVos a July 29 deadline.


'Snakes and other critters' join flooding, tornadoes as Barry's latest threat

Yahoo News - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 14:16

'Snakes and other critters' join flooding, tornadoes as Barry's latest threatHurricane Barry, quieted to a tropical depression Monday, remained a dangerous storm that threatened flooding, tornadoes and snakes.


Jeffrey Epstein: diamonds, cash and fake passport found in raid, prosecutors say

Yahoo News - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 14:01

 diamonds, cash and fake passport found in raid, prosecutors sayAccusers ask judge not to release him before trial and prosecutors say ‘many individuals’ have come forward who say they are victimsIn response papers filed on Friday, prosecutors said Jeffrey Epstein is dangerous and poised to flee. Photograph: Handout/ReutersTwo Jeffrey Epstein accusers offered emotional entreaties in court on Monday, asking a judge not to release the financier before his trial on sex trafficking charges.One alleged victim, who identified herself as Courtney Wild, said: “I was sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein, starting at the age of 14.”The financier has been detained in an especially secure part of Metropolitan Correctional Center, a federal jail in lower Manhattan, since his arrest earlier this month for the alleged sex trafficking of minors.Epstein, 66, pleaded not guilty last week. He appeared in court on Monday over his request for house arrest while awaiting trial – which prosecutors vehemently oppose. Judge Richard Berman did not issue a decision, saying he would do so on Thursday.Prosecutor Alex Rossmiller said the case was getting stronger. Since the investigation, which he described as a “covert” effort that took months, was unsealed, he said “many individuals” who have identified themselves as victims or witnesses have come forward.Rossmiller, who has repeatedly said Epstein’s wealth would make it possible for him to flee, also cited unknown factors surrounding Epstein’s finances.During a search of Epstein’s Manhattan home, authorities found a “locked safe” containing cash, diamonds and an expired passport apparently with Epstein’s picture but a “name that was not his”. The passport, from the early 1980s, was from a “foreign country” and listed Epstein’s country of residence as “Saudi Arabia”.It was also revealed in court that Epstein’s financial information disclosure, necessary for his bail request, ran to just one page.Rossmiller said the document lacked information on Epstein’s assets, such as diamonds and art, “both of which were [found] in abundance” at his home.The one-page document was unsealed. It listed Epstein’s net worth as $559,120,954, comprised of nearly $195m in hedge funds and private equity, $113m in equities, $57m in cash and $14m in fixed income, with six properties comprising the remainder.The document also said the market value of his East 71st Street mansion was just under $56m, not $77m, as prosecutors have claimed.Wild said publicity had not necessarily made it easier to come forward, as Epstein’s attorneys have argued in court.“He’s a scary person to have walking the streets,” she said, with a reserved air, wearing a white shirt and black trousers as she addressed the judge.The second accuser, Annie Farmer, stood and said: “I was 16 years old when I had the misfortune of meeting Jeffrey Epstein here in New York.”She said it was difficult to come forward because of Epstein’s “wealth and privilege”. Berman asked if she was saying that Epstein engaged in sexual contact with her.She said: “He was inappropriate with me.”The judge asked if she would go into details.She said: “I would prefer not to go into the details at this time.”The attorney David Boies, who represents some Epstein accusers, told the Guardian: “This is a good judge and I know he will do what he considers the right thing.”Lawyers for Epstein, who is a registered sex offender following a case in Florida 11 years ago, insist home detention and electronic monitoring and a mortgage-backed bond on his Manhattan mansion will be enough to stop him fleeing the country.Since his 2008 guilty plea to state prostitution charges and subsequent 13 months behind bars, he has been a law-abiding citizen, they have argued.Pressed by Berman on whether his clean post-incarceration record really indicates that he will stay out of trouble, Epstein lawyer Martin Weinberg said: “It’s not like he’s an out-of-control rapist.“He does not fit within the paradigm,” Weinberg added.Epstein’s legal team said they would offer his private jet as collateral and a trustee or trustees could be appointed to live in Epstein’s residence and report any violation. Weinberg also said Epstein would be willing to back his pretrial release with $100m.Prosecutors cited the potentially thousands of nude and seminude photographs of young females authorities found while searching his home as proof that Epstein remained dangerous. Rossmiller said authorities had identified at least one person in those photos “who has identified herself as a victim”.Prosecutors maintained that electronic monitoring would just shorten a head start if Epstein decided to flee and dismissed his house arrest pitch as a request to live in a “gilded cage”.They also alleged that Epstein wired several hundred thousands of dollars “to influence” two possible witnesses.Multiple accusers have asked prosecutors to seek Epstein’s detention throughout his case, prosecutors said.Epstein, who purportedly had ties to Donald Trump, Bill Clinton, Prince Andrew and other powerful men, is charged in a 13-page indictment with sex trafficking and sex trafficking conspiracy. It is alleged that some victims were just 14 years old.Prosecutors contend that from 2002 to 2005, Epstein “sexually exploited and abused dozens of minor girls” and paid some victims to recruit others “in order to maintain and increase his supply of victims”.These accusers were lured to provide massages “which would be performed nude or partially nude”, the indictment claimed, saying these massages would turn “increasingly sexual in nature, and would typically include one or more sex acts”.Prosecutors have also claimed that at Epstein’s New York home, “the massage room is still set up the same way it was 15 years ago”, with sex paraphernalia and a massage table.The New York case comes amid increasing scrutiny of Epstein’s prior case that was spurred by a bombshell Miami Herald investigation.In 2007, Epstein and the US attorney’s office in Miami, then led by Alexander Acosta, brokered a deal that ended a federal investigation into allegations involving at least 40 teenage girls.Acosta resigned as Trump’s labor secretary on Friday, following extensive criticism. Weinberg said the deal was approved by the justice department’s former criminal division head, as well as a former deputy attorney general.


Trump weighs ousting commerce secretary Ross: report

Yahoo News - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 14:00

 reportPresident Donald Trump is considering removing Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross after the administration failed to add a question on citizenship to next year's census, NBC news reported Monday. Ross was at Trump's side on Thursday as he announced he had abandoned the effort to add the citizenship question after the Supreme Court effectively blocked them from doing so last month. A Commerce Department spokesman said Monday that Ross remained in his position and was busy overseeing the response to Hurricane Barry, after accompanying Trump on campaign stops as recently as Friday.


U.N. concerned by U.S. curbs on Iranian foreign minister while in New York

Yahoo News - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 13:41

U.N. concerned by U.S. curbs on Iranian foreign minister while in New YorkThe United Nations told the United States it is concerned by tight travel restrictions on Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif during his visit to New York this week, U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq said on Monday. Zarif arrived in New York on Sunday after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo signed off on the visit amid heightened tensions between the two countries.


Australian model sentenced for airline flight disturbance

Yahoo News - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 13:29

Australian model sentenced for airline flight disturbanceAn Australian model was sentenced Monday in Los Angeles to community service and probation for slapping a flight attendant and going on an obscene tirade during a flight, with a federal judge saying he believed she was deeply remorseful and did not deserve fines or prison time. U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney sentenced Adau Mornyang to three years of probation and 100 hours of community service. Prosecutors had sought a month in jail for Mornyang.


Babysitter charged with homicide over death of two-year-old at unlicensed day care

Yahoo News - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 13:14

Babysitter charged with homicide over death of two-year-old at unlicensed day careA man has been charged with homicide after a toddler died at an unlicensed day care in Wisconsin.Hunter Jones was charged earlier this month with first-degree reckless homicide in the death of 2-year-old Matthew Bolinski.A criminal complaint said Mr Jones called 911 on 27 March to say the child had jumped out of his playpen and hit his head. The complaint also said Mr Jones was on the phone with a dispatcher for four minutes before he revealed the child wasn’t breathing.Katherine Bolinski, the little boy’s mother, told local news outlets she feels like she is living in an “ongoing nightmare”. “I still pretend like he’s sleeping in the other room,” Ms Bolinski told WITI.“Now it’s just like an ongoing nightmare of waking up and there are moments where I just wish he could be with me still.” Mr Jones’ wife, an in-home day care provider, told investigators she left the child and others in her husband’s care while she went out to pick up dinner.An autopsy listed the cause of the child’s death as undetermined, but also said the toddler had 18 contusions on his head and likely died of asphyxia. “That day I dropped him off, he threw a fit like no other fit and I obviously regret having to do that now because of the outcome, but that’s my last memory of him alive,” Ms Bolinski told the local news outlet.The mother said she was “confused,” “hurt” and “angry” after her son was found to have multiple injuries to his neck and head.Mr Jones did not have a defence attorney listed in court records. Additional reporting by AP


Land crabs infest Florida man's house after heavy rainfall

Yahoo News - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 13:11

Land crabs infest Florida man's house after heavy rainfallA man in Florida recently received hundreds of crabs as unexpected house guests.Heavy rain fall in south Florida forced hundreds of land crabs, which burrow underground, out of their holes and into the property of Dan Skowronski, a resident of of Port St Lucie. In a video shared to Facebook, the Florida man witnessed the home invasion with a surprising calm.“They must have got rained out of their holes,” he said while filming the crabs, which were scurrying all over his house and property. “All land crabs. Their homes got wiped out by the rain, and they’re all over.”“They’re more scared of me than I am of them,” he said, adding that “sometimes it happens once a year”.Florida saw heavy rainfall as Hurricane Barry geared up in the Gulf Coast throughout last week, before making landfall in Louisiana on Saturday. The storm left heavy flooding throughout New Orleans, but was downgraded to a tropical storm upon hitting the city, and did less damage than anticipated. Still, much of the city experienced rampant flooding, which is expected to continue and spread this week.In the Florida panhandle, far north above the crab invasion, the storm stirred up a mass influx of jellyfish, washing up on the sand as the water picked up into dangerous riptides. Public beaches were closed to swimmers while the fish and waves persisted.WPTV reports that the crabs in South Florida were gone by Friday.


EU agrees sanctions against Turkey for drilling off Cyprus

Yahoo News - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 12:55

EU agrees sanctions against Turkey for drilling off CyprusEuropean Union officials on Monday agreed political and financial sanctions against Turkey after Ankara went ahead with drilling operations off Cyprus despite repeated warnings, European diplomats said. "The conclusions on Turkey have been adopted and they will be made public in the coming hours," the EU's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini told reporters after a meeting with members states' foreign ministers.


Lyft broke the law when it failed to tell Chicago about a driver it kicked off its app. A month later he was accused of killing a taxi driver while working for Uber. (LYFT, UBER)

Yahoo News - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 12:36

Lyft broke the law when it failed to tell Chicago about a driver it kicked off its app. A month later he was accused of killing a taxi driver while working for Uber. (LYFT, UBER)Lyft could be fined up to $10,000 for failing to report the driver, who has since been charged with murder.


Joe Biden worried in 1977 that certain de-segregation policies would cause his children to grow up 'in a racial jungle'

Yahoo News - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 12:26

Joe Biden worried in 1977 that certain de-segregation policies would cause his children to grow up 'in a racial jungle'"Unless we do something about this, my children are going to grow up in a jungle, the jungle being a racial jungle," Biden said.


Ari Fleischer: President Trump's 'go back' tweet went too far

Yahoo News - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 12:17

 President Trump's 'go back' tweet went too farNo one in American politics should challenge their opponents based on where they are from, says Fox News contributor Ari Fleischer, former White House press secretary for President George W. Bush.


3-year-old boy dead after falling into grease trap at Tim Hortons

Yahoo News - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 12:15

3-year-old boy dead after falling into grease trap at Tim HortonsA 3-year-old boy died after he fell into a grease trap outside a Rochester Tim Hortons.


Police say Greek man detained in American scientist's death

Yahoo News - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 12:14

Police say Greek man detained in American scientist's deathA Greek man has been detained for questioning in the slaying of an American scientist on the island of Crete, police said Monday. Authorities said the 27-year-old man detained Monday was one of 10 people interviewed over the weekend for the investigation of Suzanne Eaton's slaying. Homicide detectives traveled from Athens to the island to head the investigation.


Landmarks renamed: dispute over Yosemite trademarks resolved

Yahoo News - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 12:08

 dispute over Yosemite trademarks resolvedMany of the landmarks around Yosemite National Park will soon get their historic names back.


Biden cancer group shuts down operations

Yahoo News - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 11:55

Biden cancer group shuts down operationsBiden, whose son Beau died from brain cancer in 2015, launched the group in 2017. "We are suspending activities given our unique circumstances We remain personally committed to the cause, but at this time will have to pause efforts," Greg Simon, president of the Biden Cancer Initiative, said in a statement. Biden, the front-runner in the Democratic presidential race, unveiled a healthcare plan on Monday.


House resolution will condemn Trump's 'disgusting' attacks on AOC, Tlaib, Omar and Pressley

Yahoo News - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 11:55

House resolution will condemn Trump's 'disgusting' attacks on AOC, Tlaib, Omar and PressleyHouse Democrats plan to introduce a resolution condemning President Donald Trump’s attacks against Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib


Macron Doubles Down on Demand for EU Reform Before New Expansion

Yahoo News - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 11:51

Macron Doubles Down on Demand for EU Reform Before New Expansion(Bloomberg) -- French President Emmanuel Macron stuck to his demand for deep reforms in the European Union before it accepts new members, telling biggest candidate Serbia that premature entry would benefit no one.Leaders across the Balkans have expressed frustration at what they say is stalling by the EU over when they can become part of the world’s biggest trading bloc. While most member are wary of taking in new members, Balkan leaders are struggling to explain the delay to their 18 million citizens who see entry as a guarantee toward higher pay and less corruption.Concerns flared two weeks ago when, after a marathon session of wrangling over who will take the EU’s top jobs, Macron said there would be no further enlargement unless “deep reform” of the EU happens first. During a visit to Serbia Monday, where he met President Aleksandar Vucic, Macron again said that “Serbia is destined to join” but that expanding the bloc without changing the way it makes decisions would cause problems for everyone.“Entering too quickly wouldn’t be good for Serbia, nor would it be for the EU,” Macron said, adding that even setting an entry timetable could backfire. “We must not lock ourselves in to a calaendar with a date, because if we fail it would be seen as a failure.”The last country to become an EU member was Croatia, in 2013. Outgoing Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said the earliest that any of the six remaining aspirants would be able to join is around 2025.For Serbia, the biggest hurdle is resolving relations with Kosovo. Backed by Russia and China, it refuses to recognize its neighbor’s unilaterally declared independence since 2008 and has blocked its efforts to join the United Nations and other international organizations.EU-mediated talks between Serbia and Kosovo all but collapsed last year when the latter imposed punitive 100% tax on products from Serbia and from Bosnia-Herzegovina, retaliating for Serb lobbying against its international recognition. Kosovo has ignored calls from EU states to lift the barrier.Vucic said he expected France’s help “in the search for a compromise.” He also said that Serbia embraced the changes that it had committed to as part of EU entry.“For us, it’s important to reform ourselves, to do our part of the work, for the sake of our people to do good and that our economy makes progress.”Macron’s visit followed France-based Vinci Airports venture into Serbia with a 25-year concession for Aerodrom Nikola Tesla, while a unit of Suez Groupe SAS won an equally long contract in Belgrade, the capital. Alstom SA is also vying to build a subway in Belgrade, where the two first lines may cost $4.5 billion.To contact the reporters on this story: Misha Savic in Belgrade at msavic2@bloomberg.net;Gordana Filipovic in Belgrade at gfilipovic@bloomberg.net;Helene Fouquet in Paris at hfouquet1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Irina Vilcu at isavu@bloomberg.net, ;Andrea Dudik at adudik@bloomberg.net, Michael WinfreyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


A 31-year-old man died in the Dominican Republic, reportedly after drinking a soda that tasted off

Yahoo News - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 11:43

A 31-year-old man died in the Dominican Republic, reportedly after drinking a soda that tasted offTracy Jerome Jester, 31, died on the island on March 17. The official cause of death was "respiratory illness."


The Mid-Engined Chevrolet Corvette C8 Will Still Be Called Stingray

Yahoo News - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 11:29

The Mid-Engined Chevrolet Corvette C8 Will Still Be Called StingrayChevy has published images of the C8's redesigned logo, which confirm the name Stingray.


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