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  • 'I don’t want to die': Last words of homeless 16-year-old shot dead by CHOP ‘security’ after he drove stolen Jeep into cop-free zone for safety

    07/02/2020 3:02:22 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 36 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Published: 17:18 EDT, 1 July 2020 | Updated: 03:41 EDT, 2 July 2020 | Alan Butterfield In Seattle, Washington
    The 16-year-old boy who was shot dead by CHOP security in Seattle was homeless and had just carjacked a Jeep when he was told by a friend to drive to the cop-free zone 'for safety', can reveal. Antonio Mays Jr died in a hail of bullets in the early hours of Monday morning and his passenger, a 14-year-old, was critically injured after armed security guards fired on their white Jeep Cherokee, which crashed into the barriers of the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) security zone. Ciara Walker, 25, described the two boys as her 'street brothers' and said Mays...
  • ‘Fallout’ Series From ‘Westworld’ Creators in the Works at Amazon

    07/02/2020 2:50:11 PM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 15 replies
    Variety ^ | July 2, 2020 | Will Thorne
    Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy have set their sights on creating another expansive sci-fi series. The “Westworld” duo are developing a show at Amazon based on the “Fallout” video game franchise. Their Kilter Films banner is producing the project which has a series commitment penalty attached, meaning it would go directly to series if Amazon execs are on board with the scripts. The “Fallout” series, which began in 1997 with the original game, is set in a world where the future envisioned by Americans in the late 1940s explodes upon itself through a nuclear war in 2077. With their...
  • Top-Rated Italian Bodyguard Hiluigi Clintonelli To Protect Ghislaine Maxwell

    07/02/2020 2:08:43 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 26 replies
    The Babylon Bee ^ | July 2, 2020 | Babylon Bee Staff
    BRADFORD, NH—Following the arrest of Ghislaine Maxwell for sex abuse charges, the FBI is taking no chances in keeping her safe while she awaits trial. Sparing no expense, the FBI has hired top-notch Italian bodyguard Hiluigi Clintonelli. “It's-a me, Clintonelli!” said the world-renowned bodyguard arriving at the prison. Thanks to the particularly glowing reviews from high-profile individuals such as President Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew, all federal prison security checks were waived for Hiluigi. “There’s simply no one else that we trust to execute this job as she can.” “Mamma mia, this simply will not do!” exclaimed Hiluigi Clintonelli as...
  • Don’t Pet the Deer

    07/02/2020 1:52:09 PM PDT · by SJackson · 71 replies
    Flathead Beacon ^ | JUN 25, 2020 | KELLYN BROWN
    I can add deer to the list of mammals I eye warily in the backcountry On a recent hike with friends near Whitefish, a deer emerged from the brush and blankly stared at us like deer often do. But instead of scampering off, like deer often do, it charged. Our group was slow to react. After all, deer are considered passive creatures. They apparently are not. The two dogs accompanying us didn’t help matters. The deer eyed both of them before deciding which one to attack first. Then the animal gave chase, pounding its hooves just feet from the canines...
  • TX Governor: Executive Order No. GA-29 relating to the use of face coverings during the COVID- 19 disaster

    07/02/2020 1:44:14 PM PDT · by SecondAmendment · 94 replies
    Office of the Governor of Texas ^ | 02-Jul-2020 | Governor of Texas
    "Following a verbal or written warning for a first-time violaton of this face-covering requirement, a person’s s second violation shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed $250. Each subsequent violation shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed $250 per violation"
  • Mysterious Iceland Earthquake Swarm Hits 9,000 In Less Than 2 Weeks

    07/02/2020 1:41:37 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 32 replies
    ibtimes ^ | 6/29/20 | Ińigo Monzon
    The number of earthquakes detected in Iceland has already increased to 9,000. The series of earthquakes began as scientists in the country reported signs of activity from Iceland’s most active volcano. In its latest report, the Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO) noted that it had detected a total of 9,000 earthquakes as of June 29. According to the agency, the earthquake swarm began on June 19 in areas northeast of Siglufjörđur, which is a fishing town located on the northern coast of Iceland. Three of the earthquakes detected by the agency had magnitudes of over five. “The earthquake swarm began on...
  • Remarks by President Trump at Spirit of America Showcase

    07/02/2020 1:34:07 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 1 replies ^ | July 2, 2020 | President Donald J Trump
    Grand Foyer 11:55 A.M. EDTTHE PRESIDENT:  Please.  Very nice.  Thank you.  Big day.  It’s my pleasure to welcome you all to the beautiful, great White House and to host this magnificent showcase of America’s incredible small businesses.  I just got to witness some beautiful product.Today, we received outstanding news from all over our country, really.  The United States economy has added almost 5 million new jobs in the month of June.  That’s shattering all expectations and shattering all records — historic records.  History of our country, we’ve never added anywhere near that.And last month, we also broke the record,...
  • Now LOCUST swarm heads towards Brazil as the country struggles to cope with spiralling coronavirus infections

    07/02/2020 1:33:42 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 14 replies ^ | 6/29/2020 | Chris Pleasance
    A swarm of locusts is threatening to invade Brazil as the country also battles one of the world's worst coronavirus outbreaks. The swarm - thought to contain 40million insects - formed in Paraguay last month and has been eating its way through Argentina since May 21, damaging crops of cane, oats, wheat and corn. But nine days ago it made a turn to the east, and is now heading towards the border with Brazil and Uruguay. It also comes after two other locust swarms - in India and eastern Africa - also devastated crops in those countries. Two Brazilian states...
  • Remarks by President Trump on the Jobs Numbers Report

    07/02/2020 1:31:12 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 2 replies ^ | July 2, 2020 | President Donald J Trump
    James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 9:36 A.M. EDT        THE PRESIDENT:  Well, thank you very much, everybody.  Appreciate it.  This is mostly an economic conference, and we have Steve Mnuchin with us, Larry Kudlow. I’d like to just announce the spectacular news for American workers and American families and for our country as a whole.  There’s not been anything like this — record setting.  It was just put out that the United States economy added almost 5 million jobs in the month of June, shattering all expectations.I was watching this morning, and the expectations were much lower...
  • Press Briefing by Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany

    07/02/2020 1:28:23 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 2 replies ^ | July 1, 2020 | White House
    James S. Brady Press Briefing Room4:43 P.M. EDTMS. MCENANY: So I am pleased to inform everyone that Seattle has been liberated. The Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, otherwise known as “CHAZ” — I think they switched their name to “CHOP,” but I’m told they went back to “CHAZ” — was a failed four-week Democrat experiment by the radical left. And the results are in: Anarchy is anti-American, law and order is essential, peace in our streets will be secured.While the Democrat mayor of Seattle proclaimed that CHAZ was to be, quote, “the summer of love,” in fact, it was not....
  • June Jobs Numbers Shatter Expectations

    07/02/2020 1:25:47 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 6 replies ^ | July 2, 2020 | White House
    A Record 4.8 Million Jobs Created in June, Beating Record Set Last MonthOur Nation’s economy has broken another record as 4.8 million jobs were added in June, bringing the economic comeback to 7.5 million jobs added over the past two months, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ June Employment Situation report.May and June rank as the two largest monthly jobs gains in history, with June’s numbers exceeding expectations once again. In June, nearly every major employment sector enjoyed a gain in jobs, with the leisure and hospitality industry seeing a gain of 2.1 million and retail trade increasing...
  • Department of Justice Files Statement of Interest Challenging the Constitutionality of Hawaii Governor’s COVID-19 Order that Effectively Discriminates Against Out of-State Residents in a Manner that Harms Hawaii’s Economy

    07/02/2020 1:20:25 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 9 replies ^ | June 24, 2020 | DOJ
    The Justice Department yesterday filed a statement of interest in Hawaii federal court in support of a lawsuit filed by Nevada and California residents who own property in Hawaii challenging a measure by Gov. David Ige in response to COVID‑19 that mandates a 14-day self-quarantine for individuals entering Hawaii.Under the governor’s latest COVID-19 order, the Hawaii residents who have remained in the state since the onset of the pandemic — regardless of whether they have self-quarantined within the last 14 days or ever — are free to travel between the islands, maintain and freely enjoy their properties, and engage in...
  • WikiLeaks Founder Charged in Superseding Indictment New Allegations Assert Assange Conspired With “Anonymous” Affiliated Hackers, Among Others

    07/02/2020 1:18:42 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 19 replies ^ | June 24, 2020 | DOJ
    A federal grand jury returned a second superseding indictment today charging Julian P. Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, with offenses that relate to Assange’s alleged role in one of the largest compromises of classified information in the history of the United States.   The new indictment does not add additional counts to the prior 18-count superseding indictment returned against Assange in May 2019.  It does, however, broaden the scope of the conspiracy surrounding alleged computer intrusions with which Assange was previously charged.  According to the charging document, Assange and others at WikiLeaks recruited and agreed with hackers to commit computer intrusions...
  • Novartis Hellas S.A.C.I. and Alcon Pte Ltd Agree to Pay over $233 Million Combined to Resolve Criminal FCPA Cases

    07/02/2020 1:15:43 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 2 replies ^ | June 25, 2020 | DOJ
    Novartis AG, Novartis Hellas S.A.C.I., and Alcon Pte Ltd Agree to Pay over $345 million Combined to Resolve FCPA Matters with the Government Novartis Hellas S.A.C.I. (Novartis Greece), a subsidiary of Novartis AG, a Switzerland-based global pharmaceutical company, and Alcon Pte Ltd, a former subsidiary of Novartis AG and current subsidiary of Alcon Inc., a multinational eye care company, have agreed to pay a combined total of more than $233 million in criminal monetary penalties to resolve the department’s investigation into violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). The resolutions arise out of a Novartis Greece scheme to bribe...
  • Chinese Citizen Convicted of Economic Espionage, Theft of Trade Secrets, and Conspiracy

    07/02/2020 1:12:40 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 4 replies ^ | June 26, 2020 | DOJ
    Defendant Stole from U.S. Companies to Benefit Instrumentality of the Chinese Government Hao Zhang, 41, of China, was found guilty of economic espionage, theft of trade secrets, and conspiring to commit both offenses today, announced the Department of Justice.  The ruling was handed down by the Honorable Edward J. Davila, U.S. District Judge, following a four-day bench trial.Evidence submitted during the course of the trial demonstrated that from 2010 to 2015, Zhang conspired to and did steal trade secrets from two companies: Avago, a designer, developer, and global supplier of a broad range of analog, digital, mixed signal and...
  • Ten Defendants Charged in $1.4 Billion Rural Hospital Pass-Through Billing Scheme

    07/02/2020 1:10:52 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 1 replies ^ | June 29, 2020 | DOJ
    Ten individuals, including hospital managers, laboratory owners, billers and recruiters, were charged in an indictment unsealed today for their participation in an elaborate pass-through billing scheme using rural hospitals in several states as billing shells to submit fraudulent claims for laboratory testing.  The indictment alleges that from approximately November 2015 through February 2018, the conspirators billed private insurance companies approximately $1.4 billion for laboratory testing claims as part of this fraudulent scheme, and were paid approximately $400 million.Jorge Perez, 60, of Miami-Dade County, Florida; Seth Guterman, 54, of Chicago, Illinois; Ricardo Perez, 57, of Miami-Dade County, Florida; Aaron Durall,...
  • Chinese National Guilty of Laundering Millions for Mexican Drug Cartels

    07/02/2020 1:08:54 PM PDT · by ransomnote ^ | June 29, 2020 | DOJ
    A Chinese national pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to commit money laundering in connection with laundering more than $4 million in drug proceeds generated by large-scale cocaine trafficking in the United States.Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department's Criminal Division; U.S. Attorney G. Zachary Terwilliger for the Eastern District of Virginia; Special Agent in Charge Wendy C. Woolcock of the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) Special Operations Division and Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey T. Scott of the DEA Louisville Field Division; Jason Crosby, Chief of the Criminal Investigations Division of the U.S. Department of State's Diplomatic Security...
  • The Justice Department, Department of Health and Human Services, and the Federal Trade Commission Partner to Alert Public of Contact Tracing COVID-19 Fraud Schemes

    07/02/2020 1:06:10 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 2 replies ^ | June 30, 2020 | DOJ
    In continued effort to fight fraud connected to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Justice, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Federal Trade Commission are partnering to alert the public of emerging threats to steal money and sensitive information through contact tracing scams. Contact tracing is a process underway to identify people who have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, instruct them to quarantine, and monitor their symptoms. Contact tracing scams often appear in the form of text messages or telephone calls seeking money, or Social Security, bank account, or credit card...
  • Former Colorado Judge Pleads Guilty to Obstructing Task Force Investigation of a Drug Trafficking Organization

    07/02/2020 1:04:07 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 3 replies ^ | June 30, 2020 | DOJ
    A former Colorado judge pleaded guilty today to obstructing a federal task force investigation of a large-scale drug trafficking organization.Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Jason R. Dunn of the District of Colorado and Special Agent in Charge Michael Schneider of the FBI’s Denver Field Office made the announcement.Ryan Kamada, 41, of Windsor, Colorado, pleaded guilty to one count of obstruction of proceedings before a department or agency of the United States before U.S. District Judge William J. Martinez of the District of Colorado.  A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Dec....
  • U.S. Seeks to Recover Approximately $96 Million Traceable to Funds Allegedly Misappropriated from Malaysian Sovereign Wealth Fund

    07/02/2020 1:00:01 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 1 replies ^ | July 1, 2020 | DOJ
    The Justice Department announced today the filing of civil forfeiture complaints seeking the forfeiture and recovery of approximately $96 million in assets allegedly associated with an international conspiracy to launder funds misappropriated from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund.  Combined with earlier civil forfeiture complaints filed begining in July 2016, the United States has sought the forfeiture of more than $1.8 billion in assets traceable to funds embezzled from 1MDB.  To date, as a result of these actions, the United States has recovered or assisted Malaysia in recovering nearly $1.1 billion in assets associated with the 1MDB international...