The decision, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, was announced on Thursday, and follows after a months-long campaign on behalf of victims' families to pressure Donald Trump to make the name public, including a recent letter to the president that said the name would help them to "finally learn the full truth and obtain justice from Saudi Arabia."
The FBI said that the name would be released due to the "exceptional nature of the case", and that just one Saudi name that is most wanted by officials would be released. No other information sought by the families will be released by the FBI...
Initial claims for state unemployment benefits plunged 15,000 to a seasonally adjusted 204,000 for the week ended September 7, the lowest level since April, the Labor Department said on Thursday. Economists had predicted 215,000 new claims.
The letter, signed by the chief executives of Uber, Levi Strauss & Co., Twitter and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., among other companies, urges Congress to expand background checks and "red flag" laws, legislation that would enable law enforcement to temporarily take guns away from people deemed a danger to themselves or others... The CEOs called on the Republican-controlled Senate to follow the House of Representatives' lead in passing a measure updating the background check system that Congress established 25 years ago. The bill, passed in the Democratic-controlled House in February, would require federal background checks for all firearms sales and transfers.
General Motors is recalling more than 3.45 million of its large SUVs and trucks, including the 2015 to 2017 Cadillac Escalade, 2014 to 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500, as well as 2015 to 2018 Chevrolet Suburban, Chevrolet Tahoe, and GMC Yukon for a braking issue, according to federal records. Specifically, the amount of vacuum created by the vacuum pump may decrease over time. This, in turn, means the brake assist decreases, increasing the braking effort and extending the distance required to stop the vehicle, which increases the likelihood of a collision.
Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the decision at an event in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, following years of controversy surrounding the issue. “Today’s Step 1 action fulfills a key promise of President Trump and sets the stage for Step 2 – a new WOTUS definition that will provide greater regulatory certainty for farmers, landowners, home builders, and developers nationwide," Wheeler said, according to the EPA... While it's unclear exactly what the new rule will say, environmental groups have panned the idea as a threat to the nation's waterways. When the EPA announced in December that it would publish the new rule, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., warned that it would pollute drinking water.
The U.S. government concluded... that Israel was most likely behind the placement of cellphone surveillance devices that were found near the White House and other sensitive locations around Washington... The miniature surveillance devices, colloquially known as “StingRays,” mimic regular cell towers to fool cellphones into giving them their locations and identity information... they also can capture the contents of calls and data use.
[...] Based on a detailed forensic analysis, the FBI and other agencies working on the case felt confident that Israeli agents had placed the devices... “It was pretty clear that the Israelis were responsible,”... Benjamin Netanyahu denied that Israel was behind the devices. "We have a directive, I have a directive: No intelligence work in the United States, no spies,".. But former officials with deep experience dealing with intelligence matters scoff at the Israeli claim... “The Israelis are pretty aggressive” in their intelligence gathering operations... “They’re all about protecting the security of the Israeli state and they do whatever they feel they have to to achieve that objective.”...
As a result of his sex offender status, Epstein was required to report his international travel under a 2016 law known as International Megan's Law. The US Attorney's Office for the SDNY, however, suspected that Epstein hadn't complied, and referred the matter to the Marshals Service as early as January 2019... By March, the Marshals Service received notification from the US Virgin Islands Sex Offender Registry that Epstein was set to travel to France that month, and it soon discovered that a public website that tracks flight activity showed Epstein travelled to Austria and Monaco on the same trip without notifying authorities, the documents show...
An air traffic controller, who told the official she had seen Epstein get off his plane on one occasion with two girls who appeared to be 11 and 12 years old and at another time with a girl who looked between 16 and 18 years old. Both occasions, she said, were during the second half of 2018, well after the period covered by the charges against him in the New York indictment, which alleged crimes between 2002 and 2005...
Days after the call with the air traffic controller, a Marshals Service inspector travelled to the US Virgin Islands and met with the US Attorney's office. The inspector asked prosecutors to submit a request... to the countries the Marshals Service suspected Epstein had travelled to without notification. The inspector later submitted a search warrant to prosecutors for Epstein's phone number that he listed for international travel. Days before Epstein died, the Marshals Service received information from the Federal Aviation Administration showing that Epstein's jet had travelled to "numerous more countries" than officials had previously known, according to the documents. On August 19, the Marshals Service filed another report, this time noting Epstein's death. "As such, the search warrant for Epstein's phone was cancelled, the MLAT requests for all countries were cancelled, and all investigative activities were cancelled," it said.
There are at least three species of electric eels (Electrophorus spp.), not just one as previously believed. Two new species have recently been described with São Paulo Research Foundation - FAPESP's support by a group of researchers affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution and National Geographic Society, among other institutions. One of the new species can discharge up to 860 volts, the strongest of any known animal.
Other groups are currently studying the possibility of using the results of research on electric eels to analyze the enzymes produced by their electric organs to determine their applicability in medication for neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease or as a model to develop batteries for prosthetics and sensors implanted in humans...
Former secretary of state and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton made a visit to an art exhibition in Venice, Italy, on Tuesday, and spent an hour perusing hard copies of her own emails on display while sitting at a replica of the Oval Office's Resolute Desk. Artist Kenneth Goldsmith boasted on Twitter that Clinton dropped by to see his exhibition, titled "HILLARY: The Hillary Clinton Emails," which included "all 62,000 pages of" the controversial documents.
Patrick Crusius, 21, of Allen, Texas, was indicted in connection with the Aug. 3 mass shooting that left 22 dead. He is charged is jailed without bond. El Paso prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
The Democratic-controlled committee approved several bills, including a measure to ban high-capacity magazines and a “red flag” bill during a markup where the committee convened to debate and vote on a series of gun control measures. The bill would still need to be voted on by the full House to advance and the GOP controlled Senate has not said what if any gun control legislation it would take up.
McCabe's lawyers had asked the Justice Department's principal deputy attorney general to overrule the recommendation that he be indicted, according to the person, who was not authorized to comment publicly on the communications. The department rejected that request, clearing the way for a criminal charge. The Justice Department did not immediately respond to questions about the case.
A fertility clinic in New Jersey is being ordered to turn over a list of sperm donors after a white couple gave birth to an Asian baby. A recently filed lawsuit alleges Kristina Koedderich was given sperm from a man who was not her husband, and that the man passed on a genetic disorder. The couple is seeking monetary damages and information on their daughter's biological father.
Koedderich and Drew Wasilewski said that when they had trouble getting pregnant, they turned to the Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science at St. Barnabas in New Jersey. In 2013, after in vitro fertilization, Koedderich gave birth.
Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler has cast the vote on the resolution, which passed 24-17, as a formal step in the impeachment process, even though the House has not voted to approve a formal impeachment inquiry. “There is no House rule requiring the House take a full vote,” Nadler said. “In light of this precedent, the committee has made clear it has full authority to conduct its investigation as to whether to recommend articles of impeachment.”
The NCAA warned California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday that allowing college athletes to profit from their name, image and likeness would be "unconstitutional" and would upend the balance of college sports in a letter asking him to reject the passage of a state bill that would make it easier for players to make money. The state Assembly on Monday voted 72-0 to pass the bill, which is championed by many athletes in the collegiate and professional ranks, such as Lebron James. The state Senate passed the measure Wednesday 39-0.
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