In 2017 alone, Chicago booted more than 67,000 vehicles for unpaid tickets. In about a third of those cases, the driver couldn’t afford to remove the boot, and the vehicle was later towed to a city impound lot.
Of those 20,000 impounded cars, more than 8,000 were sold off, with the owners receiving none of the sale proceeds. Instead, the city and its towing contractor pocketed millions of dollars, while residents were left with ticket debt.
All told, there have been nearly 50,000 of these sales since 2011.
New York City will begin guaranteeing comprehensive health care to every single resident regardless of someone's ability to pay or immigration status, an unprecedented plan that will protect the more than half-a-million New Yorkers currently using the ER as a primary provider, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
"This is the city paying for direct comprehensive care (not just ERs) for people who can't afford it, or can't get comprehensive Medicaid — including 300,000 undocumented New Yorkers," spokesman Eric Phillips tweeted.
U.S. consumer debt rose in November at a faster-than-estimated pace as Americans continued to borrow to finance purchases.
Total credit rose $22.1 billion from the prior month, exceeding the median estimate of economists, following a downwardly revised $25 billion gain in October, Federal Reserve figures showed Tuesday. Non-revolving debt rose the most in a year.
On Tuesday, the US Attorney announced sentences for a fourth defendant in an Atlanta-based sex trafficking ring. The 53-year-old man was convicted for his role in compelling young women from Mexico and Central America to engage in commercial sex.
Pak said that between 2006 and 2008, Martinez-Rojas and co-defendants Arturo Rojas-Coyotl and Odilon Martinez-Rojas lured the victims into fake romantic relationships using promises of love, marriage and real jobs. They arranged for others to smuggle the victims across the border into the US.
Once inside the United States, the defendants used threats, violence and intimidation to coerce the victims to perform countless commercial sex acts in metro Atlanta and Alabama, where Martinez-Rojas operated a brothel.
U.S. authorities allege CFO Meng Wanzhou deceived international banks into clearing transactions with Iran by claiming the two companies were independent of Huawei, when in fact Huawei controlled them. Huawei has maintained the two are independent: equipment seller Skycom Tech Co Ltd and shell company Canicula Holdings Ltd.
But corporate filings and other documents found by Reuters in Iran and Syria show that Huawei, the world’s largest supplier of telecommunications network equipment, is more closely linked to both firms than previously known.
A Russian lawyer who attended a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower under scrutiny in the U.S. special counsel’s probe of Russian election meddling was charged in an unrelated case that U.S. prosecutors said showed evidence of her ties to the Kremlin.
Natalia Veselnitskaya, who represented Russian defendants in a money laundering case settled in 2017, was charged with obstructing justice in that case for submitting a declaration that she falsely represented came from the Russian government independently, prosecutors said on Tuesday.
The two-term sheriff, the object of fierce criticism over BSO’s handling of the Parkland massacre, told his top commanders that he will be removed from office by Gov. Ron DeSantis, sources have told the Miami Herald.
DeSantis, who was sworn in Tuesday morning, had not made a formal announcement of a possible suspension. Israel’s discussions with staff about his ouster was first reported by Miami New Times.
There's conflicting reports about his suspension. The Sheriff is supposedly telling his staff that he expects to be suspended. Quite different than actually being suspended. Never trust fake news. We'll have to wait a bit to find the truth. We'll update once we hear more.
UPDATE 1: Seems the Miami Herald just deleted their article. We have archived it though and can be seen above. More to follow.
The Supreme Court has rejected an emergency appeal from an unknown foreign corporation over a pending federal subpoena believed linked to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.
The justices issued an unsigned order Tuesday, refusing to dismiss a contempt citation issued by a federal judge for failure to comply.
The unnamed company -- listed cryptically in court records as owned by "Country A" -- had challenged a subpoena from a federal grand jury in Washington, D.C., including daily fines, after its refusal to turn over requested documents to U.S. investigators.
We have reported on this mysterious case a few times. MSM is trying hard to link this to Mueller because of a Politico theory. Truth is, no one knows anything about this case. It could have something to do with Mueller, and it could not.
The ratings agency cut the company's key rate five notches to "B'' from "BBB-." Shares have been weighed down since November and took a sharp dive Monday on bankruptcy speculation.
The utility, California's largest, is contending with potentially crippling liability costs related to California's Camp Fire. No cause has been determined, but investigators are looking into the potential it was sparked by a malfunctioned line.
S&P says it could lower the rating "one or more notches over the next few months" if the company continues to face regulatory or financial turmoil.
A grim haul of decapitated skeletons with their heads placed between their legs has been uncovered by archaeologists excavating a Roman burial site.
Of the 52 skeletons discovered during a dig at Great Whelnetham, near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk 17 were decapitated. Experts said the headless skeletons included men, women and a couple of ten-year-old children. According to archaeologist Andrew Peachey, the remains are not the result of executions.
He said: "The incisions through the neck were post-mortem and were neatly placed just behind the jaw - an execution would cut lower through the neck and with violent force, and this is not present anywhere".
News outlets report Gary Blair Shaffer pleaded not guilty and posted bail after he was taken in by the FBI Monday.
A federal indictment says Shaffer stole about $78,000 from the city of Manning in 2015. Most of it was money that had been seized from people accused of dealing illegal drugs. The indictment says he carefully deposited the money into multiple accounts and lied about his actions when questioned in 2016 and 2017.
Airliners flying at supersonic speeds can cut 11-hour trips to five hours, and five-hour trips to just two.
Now, it seems a new era of supersonic flight may be upon us. If things go as planned, the skies could see supersonic airplanes leaving U.S. airports within four years...
You might say this could lead to an actual boom in air travel.
De La Cruz was one of the more than 20 men named in a multi-count indictment targeting a drug trafficking organization. According to information first published by Dave Hendricks from the Progress Times, De La Cruz worked for a gang called “Los Mickys,” a group with deep ties to the Gulf Cartel. Los Mickys was led by Jose Miguel “El Mickey” Montemayor and the two brothers, Macrin “El Filtro” Marin Cerda and Miguel “El Tigre” Marin Cerda. The various members of the gang were tied to the Gulf Cartel but also worked as a rip-crew by stealing drugs from other smugglers in order to sell them on the side.
Los Mickys are tied to numerous armed home invasions, searching for drugs and cash to steal. The group was linked to a June 2017 break-in in McAllen where they raided the wrong house and held an innocent family at gunpoint. The gang was also connected to a 2010 case in Edinburg that led to a high-speed chase when a gunman from Los Mickys crashed against another vehicle–killing three innocent victims.
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