(Portland, OR-AP) — A lawsuit filed in Oregon Monday seeks more than a million dollars after five-year-old Gabriella Gonzalez was mauled by a supposed emotional support pit bull inside Portland International Airport. The attack happened in December 2017 when the girl asked to pet the dog in the gate waiting area.
The dog attacked the girl’s face, puncturing her eyelid, severing her tear duct and tearing her lip and face. She required surgery and still has scars.
The suit blames the airport for allowing the dog inside without being properly confined. It argues the dog wasn’t a properly trained service animal and blames lax airport rules about what constitutes a service animal. A spokeswoman for the Port of Portland said that officials are only allowed to ask if the animal is a trained service animal and are required to accept the answer.
At the time of the attack, airport rules said emotional support animals needed to be in a pet carrier. The lawsuit says this dog was not.
(Santa Barbara, CA-AP) — Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch is on sale. The asking price for the late pop star’s Southern California estate has been reduced by 70-percent, from 100-million dollars in 2015 down to 31-million dollars.
The agent selling the property says the price was reduced because of mudslides and wildfires affecting the region near Santa Barbara. In a few days, HBO is scheduled to air the documentary “Leaving Neverland,” about two men who claim they were molested by Jackson as children.
(Washington, DC-AP) — Michael Cohen says he has made a lot of mistakes and has “owned up to them.” At the end of a long House hearing today, President Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer said his blind loyalty to Trump has cost him deeply.
Cohen slammed Trump on a variety of fronts and said some of the President’s behavior is un-American. Ohio Republican Jim Jordan challenged Cohen’s credibility and noted that he is a convicted liar. But most think Mr. Jordan was the wrong person to question Cohen considering that he allegedly covered up a sexual abuse scandal involving wrestlers at Ohio State University.Cohen is headed to prison for lying to Congress, tax fraud, banking fraud and campaign finance violations.
Cohen repeatedly apologized for his past actions and said he previously lied to lawmakers to protect the President. Maryland Democrat Elijah Cummings said Cohen’s story is sad and was painful to hear. He also criticized Trump for calling Cohen a rat. Cummings said the U.S. is “better than this.” Cummings chairs the House Oversight Committee. Cohen worked for Trump for about 10 years.
(Washington, DC) – Michael Cohen told the American people what most already knew and believed prior to Donald Trump’s personal attorney speaking before the country.
Donald Trump has not been truthful and as Michael Cohen ripped his former boss in explosive testimony before the House Oversight Committee today, Cohen called Donald Trump a conman, a cheat and a racist.
Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer said he is ashamed of taking part in Trump’s “illicit acts.” He also called himself ashamed of his own “weakness and misplaced loyalty.” Cohen said Trump was aware that longtime ally Roger Stone was talking to WikiLeaks about hacked Democratic emails, inflating financial records to insurance companies and most importantly paying a series of checks worth 35k to reimburse Cohen for the money he had used to pay Stormy Daniels and then put the money under the guise of campaign finances.
Cohen also said Trump inflated his net worth by four-billion dollars to try and purchase the Buffalo Bills. Speaking today before the House Oversight Committee, Michael Cohen filed financial documents that Trump submitted during his 2014 attempt to buy the NFL team. The documents submitted to a bank show Trump’s net worth for 2011 through 2013, but the third report included an additional four-billion dollars in so-called “brand value” that the others did not have. Cohen said Trump inflated and deflated his total assets when it “served his purposes.”
Cohen is headed to prison for lying to Congress, tax fraud, bank fraud and campaign finance violations. Donald Trump could be sharing the cell next door depending on the next steps that could be taken. Suddenly, the sound of ‘Impeachment’ is roaring
(Washington, DC-AP) — The Democratic-led House is moving to block President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the southern border. A resolution of disapproval easily passed the House in a 245-182 vote yesterday but it faces an uncertain fate in the Republican-controlled Senate. Democrats called it an unconstitutional power grab and an attempted end run around Congress. Republicans argued that there is a legitimate emergency at the U.S.-Mexican border. Under the executive action, Trump could divert Defense Department funds to build a massive border wall.
The President’s emergency declaration is also being challenged by sixteen states in federal court.
(Washington, DC-AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is urging India and Pakistan to exercise restraint amid growing military escalation between the two nuclear-armed nations. Pompeo Tuesday issued a statement asking both nations to avoid escalation at any cost. Pompeo is in Vietnam for President Trump’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. He said he had spoken with the Indian and Pakistani foreign ministers.
The situation has grown tense since an Indian airstrike on what it and the White House said were terrorist training camps inside Pakistan. Now there are reports out today that Pakistan jets violated Indian airspace and that its military has possibly shot down two Indian Air Force fighter jets near the disputed territory of Kashmir. One of the jets was reportedly shot down in Pakistan itself.
(Washington, DC) – Migrant children in the custody of the U.S. government made more than 45-hundred allegations of sexual abuse and harassment in the past four years. Democratic Congressman Ted Deutch of Florida said he was shocked by what he saw in Department of Health and Human Services reports.
“You know what I’ve seen in these reports that were delivered to us buried in stacks thousands of documents. I saw thousands of cases of sexual abuse if not by HHS Staff then by the people that HHS staff oversees. This behavior — it’s despicable, it’s disgusting, and this is just the start of questions that HHS is going to have to answer about how they handle these and what’s happening in these facilities.”
Most of the claims were deemed unfounded. Of the 13-hundred accounts deemed credible and referred to the FBI, most involved one minor abusing another. Still, there were 178 claims made against staff at the shelters housing the children. The data comes from the Department of Health and Human Services. Deutch said migrant shelters are an unsafe environment.
(Ontario-AP) — Images of what’s being deemed an “Ice Tsunami” are taking social media by storm. It shows ice being blown from the Niagara River over a retaining wall in Ontario, Canada just across from Buffalo, New York. As water levels were raised, giant pieces of ice were spent spilling over the retaining wall, creating an icy barrier.
Video was taken by Niagara Parks police service, and showed the ice flowing onto a busy highway. Further south in suburban Hamburg, ice mounds up to 30 feet tall also came ashore, piling up on a handful of lakefront properties.
(Washington, DC-AP) — The White House is bracing for congressional testimony from Michael Cohen, President Trump’s longtime personal attorney and so-called fixer. In a statement today, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders called Cohen a disgraced felon and convicted liar who is going to jail. Sanders said lawmakers should consider his testimony laughable.
Cohen is behind closed doors with members of the Senate Intelligence Committee today. He testifies in an open hearing of the House Oversight Committee tomorrow. Cohen is confronting prison time after pleading guilty to lying to Congress, tax fraud, banking fraud and campaign finance violations.
The campaign finance charges involved Cohen’s hush money payments to two women before the 2016 presidential election. The women have alleged having affairs with Trump, accusations that the President has denied.
(Chicago, IL) – There was much speculation that R.Kelly would be arrested on a no-bond warrant preventing the singer from seeing his freedom likely ever again. But that wasn’t the case as the multi-platinum recording artist walked of a Chicago area jail after a few days in custody on sexual abuse charges.
Kelly was seen exiting jail grounds with his attorney and that’s it. No security was on hand to help the Grammy winner get through the mob of media that was waiting for him. He didn’t have any words for the reporters.
Kelly, born Robert Kelly, turned himself in on Friday after being indicted on accusations he sexually abused several underage girls as well as a woman between 1998 and 2010. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Kelly hopped in a van, somewhere changed clothes and was later spotted at an area McDonald’s and a cigar bar called BIGGs. Kelly’s freedom could be compromised again if he doesn’t pay 160k in back child support by March 6th.