(SL) – President Trump is looking to turn the spotlight on Democrats following the indictments of three of his former aides. Trump dismissed the indictments via Twitter today saying “The Fake News is working overtime.”
Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and his aide Rick Gates, are under house arrest this morning after being charged with several counts including conspiracy. Trump wrote that there was no collusion and that everything in the indictments happened before his 2016 campaign for the White House.
Trump also cast doubt on another former adviser who is being indicted, George Papadopoulous, writing “Few people knew the young, low level volunteer named George, who has already proven to be a liar.” He ended the tweet saying “Check the DEMS!”
(Washington, DC) — FEMA chief Brock Long says recovery efforts from the recent string of natural disasters is costing big bucks. In a Senate hearing today, Long says recent hurricanes and wildfires have cost about 200-million dollars a day.
He called the disasters unprecedented adding that the most disturbing disaster has been the California fires. California Democrat Kamala Harris noted that the fires caused more than 40 deaths and the loss of nearly 89-hundred structures.
(Salt Lake City, UT) –– Police in Salt Lake City are beefing up their resources as they search for the killer of a University of Utah student. Police say they’re deploying snipers and armored personnel carriers to the foothills east of the city.
Chief Mike Brown says they were led to the area after finding a campsite they believed was used by the suspect, identified as 24-year-old Austin Boutain. Boutain is also wanted for a homicide in Golden, Colorado. Police are not sure why Boutain came to Utah.
The victim ChenWei Guo was shot and killed last night while sitting in his car near the gate of Red Butte Canyon.
Continue reading Top Headlines: Trump Still Trying To Deflect After Indictments, Hurricanes And Wildfires Costing Big Bucks, Snipers Search For Campus Killer In Utah,Wendy Williams Passes Out On-Air And More..
(SL) – Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says suspended running back Ezekiel Elliott is paying for the NFL’s past mistakes with former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice. Jones told a Dallas radio station today that Elliott is a victim of an over correction and that this wouldn’t of been an issue before the Ray Rice assault case in 2014.
Rice was initially suspended two games but was later banned indefinitely after a video surfaced of the incident.
Elliott’s six-game suspension is back on after a judge denied his request for a preliminary injunction to block the suspension until the legal process plays out in court.
The ruling came after hearing arguments from the NFL and Players’ Association on Monday. The decision has been stayed 24 hours to allow both camps to prepare for a possible appeal. Elliott was handed the ban for a domestic violence incident with his former girlfriend in 2016, although he was never arrested or charged in the case.
(New York, NY) — Stocks are heading into Tuesday in the red after word a “gradual” corporate tax plan is being discussed in the House of Representatives. Bloomberg first reported the plan that would keep the corporate rate at 20 percent by 2022. It said the plan was being discussed, and not final. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 85 points to finish at 23-349. The S&P 500 was down by eight points to 25-73, and the Nasdaq dropped two points to close at 66-99.
(Washington, DC) — The White House says an initial tax reform bill will be introduced on Wednesday. White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said a committee will begin marking up the bill next Monday, with the hope that the U.S. House will pass it by Thanksgiving. Sanders remarked that it’s an aggressive timeline, but it will give Americans tax cuts this year.
(New York, NY) — Wall Street is set to hand out bigger bonuses this year than last. That’s largely thanks to the surging stock market, up 18 percent this year. Securities profits were up to 12-point-three billion dollars for the first half of the year compared with nine-point-three billion dollars for the same period last year. That has analysts expecting bonuses to top last year’s average of nearly 140-thousand dollars.
Samsung is the world’s biggest smartphone maker and is reporting its biggest third quarter ever. The South Korean electronics giant reported an operating profit of more than 12-point-nine billion dollars for July through September. Samsung also had revenue of about 55-billion dollars in the third quarter. That’s up nearly 30-percent from the third quarter of 2016. Samsung is the world’s leading manufacturer of TVs and memory chips, as well as smartphones. It’s expecting a full-year record profit as analysts forecast even bigger numbers in the fourth quarter.
(Washington, DC) — The FBI is reportedly looking into how a small Montana energy company got a 300-million-dollar contract to restore power to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. The “Wall Street Journal” reports that the Bureau has opened a preliminary probe into the contract to Whitefish Energy Holdings. The company had just two full time employees when Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico. After the contract came under scrutiny, Governor Ricardo Rossello of Puerto Rico moved to cancel it. The Whitefish company is also located in Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s [[ ZINK-eez ]] hometown in Montana.
(Geneva) — Carbon Dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere hit a record high in 2016. That’s according to data from the World Meteorological Organization which looked at measurements taken in more than 50 countries. Levels increased more than 50 percent over the average of the past decade, driving CO2 concentrations higher than in the past 800-thousand years. Scientists say the massive spike was the result of human activity combined with an El Niño weather pattern.
(SL) – Relatives of the young Chicago woman who was found dead in a hotel freezer will appear this afternoon on a national television show. The mother and sister of Kenneka Jenkins are set to discuss the case on “The Dr. Oz Show.”
The 19-year-old was discovered dead early last month after attending a party in a ninth-floor room at the Rosemont Hotel.
Her death was ruled an accident and that she died of exposure to cold, with alcohol and prescription medication as contributing factors.
(SM) – Authorities in Virginia have issued a warrant for actress Rose McGowan. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority says she left a piece of luggage behind at Dulles International Airport and it tested positive for narcotics.
The incident was reported after McGowan made an appearance at the Women’s March on Washington in January.
In recent weeks, McGowan has been among the most vocal critics of the Hollywood establishment, accusing producer Harvey Weinstein of rape.
McGowan took to twitter and wrote:
“Are they trying to silence me? There’s a warrant for my arrest in Virginia. What a load of HORSESHIT.”
By Kennan Johnson
(SL) – Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel will be suspended for without pay for the first 5 games of the 2018 season after he was caught on camera making a racially insensitive gesture towards Yu Darvish in the dugout following his homerun in the 2nd inning.
Gurriel was caught on national television pulling the corners of his eyes in an offense way attempting to joke about Darvish’s Japanese heritage.
He was also mouthing the word “chinito,” Spanish for “Chinese boy.” Darvish, who was born in Japan, is of Japanese and Iranian descent.
Of the act, Darvish said, “It just felt like, ‘Man, again?’ Like, we’re so used to this,” said Chu. “People don’t even pause. They think that this is acceptable, socially, to target Asian Americans in this way, or Asians in general.”
This was an extremely childish act by Gurriel, and it went on to over shadow the fact that his team had just went up 2-1 in the biggest series of his life.
5 games without pay could be enough to teach the 33-year-old from Cuba a lesson, but in my honest opinion he deserves to sit Game 4 and possibly Game 5 for being so inconsiderate in a World Series game in front of a nationally televised audience consisting of people from every ethnic group you could possibly think of.
(SL) – More details have been released about the ambush that claimed the lives of four soldiers in Niger.
The Daily Mail reports, Sgt. La David Johnson died in the October 3 mission along with Sgt. Bryan C. Black, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, and Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright during an unplanned mission to capture or kill a high-ranking ISIS target.
The men had been out on a routine intelligence gathering mission when they were suddenly given the new order and embarked on it, venturing into dangerous territory with no increase in manpower, ammunition or weapons.
Shortly after 11am on October 3, they came under fire from 50 ISIS militants who were hiding behind trees on either side of a road near the remote village of Tongo Tongo which the soldiers had just left.
On Friday, a US official gave the fullest account yet of how the attack, which has been shrouded in secrecy and described murkily by US officials in Washington, played out.
They revealed that;
- Sgt. Johnson was in an armed pick-up truck that was in front of the vehicle carrying the other three men when the attack began
- He and others in the truck initially got out to return fire but got back into the vehicles when they realised they were dangerously outnumbered
- They sped ahead 200 yards then realized the other men, who were in an unarmed Land Cruiser, were behind and in the kill zone
- Two other US soldiers got out of the truck on foot and marched back towards the Cruiser while Johnson covered them from a mounted machine gun on the pick-up truck
- The cruiser was hit by a mortar and all three inside the vehicle were killed
- Johnson’s pick-up truck was also hit and it’s likely his body was thrown from it as it bounded along the ground
- For two hours after the first call for back-up was made, surviving soldiers were under fire from the militants
- When French fighter jets arrived and scared them off, the surviving US and Nigerien soldiers were back-to-back, still firing shots
- Sgt. Johnson’s body was only discovered on October 6 when a village elder, who previously stalled them from leaving Tongo Tongo, revealed where it was to Nigerien forces
- The men were due to have back-up for the doomed mission but the unit which was supposed to accompany them was unable to at the last minute
- Instead of being called back to base, they were told to proceed
Continue reading Hero Green Beret Sgt. La David Johnson Had Escaped Kill Zone But Went Back To Help Comrades After Call For Unplanned Mission And NO Backup
(SL) – The rock band Linkin Park is honoring the memory of their late lead singer Chester Bennington with a tribute concert.
Last night, the band held their first concert since the death of Bennington in a three-hour show at the Hollywood Bowl in L.A. Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda said doing the show was one of the hardest things they’ve ever had to do.
The sold-out show was live streamed on YouTube. Other acts like Blink-182, Machine Gun Kelly, members of Echosmith and System of a Down also paid tribute to the late rock icon. The 41-year-old Bennington committed suicide on July 20th.
(SL) – Former President Obama will pull jury duty in Chicago next month. Chief Judge Tim Evans confirmed that Obama has been called and plans to carry out his public duty as a citizen of Cook County.
The judge declined to provide specifics, but told the “Chicago Tribune” today special arrangements would be made to accommodate Obama’s security detail.
The former President owns homes in Washington, DC and Chicago’s Kenwood neighborhood. The paper notes Obama would likely be the highest-profile person ever to sit on a jury in Cook County.
(SL) – The Warriors erased an 18-point second-half deficit and rallied fora 120-117 victory over the Wizards in a game marred by a fight between Golden State’s Draymond Green and Washington’s Bradley Beal. The Warriors missed on 17 of 20 3-point attempts in the first half then lost Green when he and Beal were both ejected after getting into a fight with 19.5 seconds left in the first half.
Golden State erupted for 33 points in the fourth quarter, taking the lead for good on an Andre Iguodala layup with 3:13 to go. Warriors went on to win 120-117
Beal says, “Soon as it happened at halftime I apologized and I apologized again after the game. That’s unacceptable by me, for sure. I’ve got to show better leadership and better control.”
No word yet on if any suspensions will be handed down