Monthly Archives: May 2017

White House unveils list of ex-lobbyists granted ethics waivers

White House unveils list of ex-lobbyists granted ethics waiversThe White House on Wednesday disclosed a group of former lobbyists working in President Donald Trump’s administration who have been issued ethics waivers, following a request from the U.S. government’s ethics agency. The list of at least 11 waivers include White House adviser Kellyanne Conway and Trump’s Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, according to a chart issued on the White House website.

Police videos show chaotic scenes of Florida nightclub massacre

Police videos show chaotic scenes of Florida nightclub massacreAs police neared the cornered gunman, one officer said a prayer to himself: “Lord Jesus, watch over me,” the paper reported. People in the club can be seen fleeing, with officers telling them to keep their hands up and directing them to safety. A body camera on Orlando policeman Graham Cage shows an officer leading a victim out of a club bathroom and down a hallway, the paper said.

Man arrested at Trump's Washington hotel after guns found in car

Man arrested at Trump's Washington hotel after guns found in carBy Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Pennsylvania man was arrested at President Donald Trump’s Washington hotel early on Wednesday after police acting on a tip found a rifle, pistol and ammunition in his car, a discovery they said “averted a potential disaster” in the U.S. capital. Bryan Moles, 43, from the western Pennsylvania college town of Edinboro, was taken into custody shortly after checking into the Trump International Hotel a few blocks from the White House, Metropolitan Police Chief Peter Newsham told a news conference.

U.S. charges California man with Ross Stores insider trading

U.S. charges California man with Ross Stores insider tradingSaleem Khan, 53, of Dublin, California, traded in Ross based on tips about the discount clothing retailer’s performance from a co-conspirator, according to Acting U.S. Attorney Brian Stretch in the Northern District of California. The defendant last July reached a $15.8 million settlement of related civil insider trading charges by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, without admitting wrongdoing, court papers show.

Noose found at African American history museum in D.C.

Noose found at African American history museum in D.C.The spokeswoman said that the museum called U.S. Park police to remove the noose and investigate. A Park Police spokeswoman confirmed that the agency was investigating but declined to provide any further details. The National Museum of African American History and Culture is part of the Smithsonian, which includes 19 museums and galleries and the National Zoological Park.

NYC rehab chain Narco Freedom pleads guilty to corruption

NYC rehab chain Narco Freedom pleads guilty to corruptionA trustee for a Bronx-based chain of drug and alcohol rehabilitation clinics pleaded guilty on its behalf to stealing millions of dollars from Medicaid, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said on Wednesday. The plea came 2-1/2 years after the attorney general accused Narco Freedom and some of its officials of trying to plunder the nonprofit and defraud Medicaid of at least $27 million. Narco Freedom trustee Alan Nisselson entered the guilty plea to charges of enterprise corruption, grand larceny and filing false paperwork, Schneiderman said.

U.S. Air Force veteran gets 35 years for trying to join Islamic State

U.S. Air Force veteran gets 35 years for trying to join Islamic StateTairod Pugh, a U.S. Air Force veteran convicted of attempting to join Islamic State, was sentenced to 35 years in prison on Wednesday after delivering an impassioned speech in which he maintained his innocence and decried what he called the United States’ racism and Islamophobia. Pugh, who spoke for about half an hour before U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis cut him off, said he had done nothing wrong, and was treated unjustly because of his race and religion.

Activist sentenced to prison time over Nevada land standoff

Activist sentenced to prison time over Nevada land standoffA conservative activist was sentenced to more than seven years in prison on Wednesday for his role in an armed standoff with federal agents in Nevada in 2014 over the use of government land by ranchers and grazing fees. Gerald DeLemus was sentenced in Las Vegas district court to 87 months in prison after pleading guilty last August to participating in a criminal conspiracy when he traveled from New Hampshire to join hundreds of armed protesters in Nevada supporting rancher Cliven Bundy.

'Hamilton' redux: New York man charged in $70 million ticket scheme

'Hamilton' redux: New York man charged in $70 million ticket schemeThe arrest of Jason Nissen, 44, of Roslyn, on Long Island, came 14 years after he was caught selling tickets to students for a Dave Matthews Band concert at the Queens, New York high school where he then taught math. Nissen’s case is the second since January alleging that investors were defrauded over ticket sales to “Hamilton” and other popular events.