(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.
(Richmond, VA) — A campaign ad that hit the airwaves in Virginia is suggesting that supporters of Republican candidate for governor Ed Gillespie are Confederates who attack minority children.
Fox News reports the minute-long ad released yesterday is titled “American Nightmare.” It was produced by the Democratic group the Latino Victory Fund. It shows minority children being chased by a pickup truck driver with a Confederate flag and a “Gillespie for governor” bumper sticker.
Gillespie’s campaign manager says the ad is part of a desperate smear campaign and an all-out attack on Virginians. Gillespie is running against Democrat Ralph Northam.
(Washington, DC) — The 300-million dollar Whitefish contract to restore power to Puerto Rico is being probed by the FBI. 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 hometown in Montana.
(New York, NY) — Talk show host Wendy Williams is okay after fainting live on air during her Halloween broadcast this morning. The New Jersey native fainted 48-minutes into her program, while she was dressed as the Statue of Liberty.
After she fainted, producers cut to black and ran commercials. After the break, Williams was back on air and explained she overheated and passed out. In a statement, “The Wendy Williams Show” said Ms. Williams was dehydrated, was examined by medical professionals and plans to be back on air tomorrow.
(San Francisco, CA) — Kids in California might be having the best Halloween. San Francisco and San Jose are being named the best cities to go trick-or-treating.
Zillow’s annual study shows many California cities are in the top ten list for the most candy collected in the least amount of time.
Other cities included Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, Milwaukee and Seattle. San Francisco is holding on to the number one spot for the fourth year in a row.