About 28,000 pounds of cocaine and 11,000 pounds of marijuana worth a total of more than $377 million were seized by the US Coast Guard during 18 interdictions off the coasts of Mexico and Central and South America, officials said.
The overhaul will touch nearly every facet of Harris’ operation, with layoffs or re-deployments coming at headquarters, as well as in New Hampshire, Nevada and her home state of California... Campaign Manager Juan Rodriguez will cut his own salary, according to the memo, which was just over $10,000 a month in the third quarter of the year. Harris’ consultants will also have their payments reduced and the campaign plans to trim and renegotiate other contracts to slash overhead. Along with getting back in the black, a big motivation behind the cost-cutting decisions are plans to stash enough resources for a seven-figure media buy in the weeks before the Iowa caucus.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office on Tuesday said it would be declining the case filed against the Oscar winner. Prosecutors cited the death of the accuser during the course of their investigation. The man was an anonymous masseur who claimed the actor forced him to touch his genitals during a treatment at Spacey’s Malibu home in October 2016.
In a complaint filed in U.S. District Court, prosecutors allege Aronofsky was planning to have sex with an 8-year-old in front of his father — yet the father turned out to be an officer working for the FBI, the website adds. Aronofsky is now being held at Orange County Jail on a charge of attempting to entice a minor for sex...
Lebanon’s prime minister, Saad Hariri, has announced his resignation, in a move set to spark further uncertainty in a country paralysed by political dysfunction and nationwide protests... Hariri’s announcement came several hours after hundreds of youths overran protest sites in downtown Beirut, ransacking tents and stalls set up by demonstrators who, for the past 13 days, have demanded an overhaul of the ruling class and an end to rampant corruption.
“People feel there is nothing to lose. There is now such broad opposition to political sectarianism across the spectrum and that is a real change that many thought they would never see. The restoration of Lebanese identity is powerful.”...
States are enrolling individuals in Medicaid simply because they are enrolled in food stamps. This massive loophole was developed in 2013 when Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion led to a surge in able-bodied people looking to enroll in Medicaid. The Obama administration wanted to onboard people faster into the Medicaid program, so they gave states the temporary authority to auto-enroll individuals into Medicaid based on food stamp eligibility. This move diminished the Medicaid program’s integrity by allowing states to skip important steps like income checks and eligibility verification — all in the name of “increased efficiency.” While the shortcut was set to expire in 2015, the Obama administration extended its authority indefinitely.
Andrew McCabe's legal team denied a claim that the former FBI deputy director was offered a pre-indictment plea deal from U.S. Attorney John Durham, who is conducting a criminal inquiry into the origins of the Russia investigation. Conservative commentator Mark Levin said on his radio show a "very good source" told him that McCabe had rejected the offer, after which Durham impaneled a grand jury in Washington, D.C...
It is important to note that the the lead evaluator for the ABA center was Marcia Davenport. Marcia openly opposed VanDyke when he ran for a seat on the Montana Supreme Court and contributed to his opponent's campaign.
"We’ve made the decision to stop all political advertising on Twitter globally," Dorsey wrote in a Twitter thread. "A political message earns reach when people decide to follow an account or retweet. Paying for reach removes that decision, forcing highly optimized and targeted political messages on people. We believe this decision should not be compromised by money."
The launch was conducted in the White Sea off Russia's north with a dummy payload reaching a test site in the Far East Russian region of Kamchatka, the ministry said... It will enter service with Russia's Northern Fleet at the end of this year once it has completed trials including weapons tests.
The last major nuclear arms control treaty between Russia and the United States, the New START treaty, is due to expire in 2021. It limits the number of strategic nuclear warheads the world's two biggest nuclear powers can deploy...
... the bank is weighing the shift of thousands of jobs from the city to places like Plano, Texas, and Columbus, Ohio — and even mulling a sale of its headquarters tower on Madison Avenue. This is partly a casualty of the botched Amazon deal: CEO Jamie Dimon... But the successful far-left oust-Amazon drive means the city’s pool of tech talent won’t grow by 50,000, which would’ve made the bank’s hiring easier... Even after three fat years, the finance industry still employs 12,000 fewer people in the city than it did before the 2008 crisis... “People are looking harder than ever [at cheaper areas] — particularly with tax-law changes. It’s just kind of dumb to be here.”
“If we have a ubiquitous fast-charging infrastructure on the roadside, drivers need no longer to worry about the cruise range. After driving 200-300 miles per charge, one can pick up another 200-300 miles by charging for 10 minutes,”... the team developed a battery that uses thin nickel foil to create an internal self-heating structure. By heating the battery to 60C, then cooling it to room temperature, they were able to charge the battery to 80% in 10 minutes but avoid damaging it, even when repeatedly charged in this way. A Tesla Model S currently takes 40 minutes to charge from a flat battery to 80% using a supercharger.
The former editor of Time wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post on Tuesday making an argument for why the First Amendment needs to be changed to include a hate speech law.
Richard Stengel, also a former Obama State Department staffer and current MSNBC commentator, was the managing editor for Time magazine from 2006 to 2013. He began his op-ed by noting that he sees the First Amendment as an “outlier” when comparing America to other countries...
Named the Easy Fire, the blaze -- one of several California wildfires burning in dry and windy conditions -- began Wednesday morning in the hills near Simi Valley and already has burned around 200 acres, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says. Aerial video from CNN affiliate KABC showed a long line of fire burning on a ridge in the hillsides, parts of which were near the library and a residential neighborhood. Thick smoke rose from the flames
The Commerce Department said Wednesday that economic activity grew at an annualized rate of 1.9% in the third quarter, down slightly from the 2% pace in the second quarter. Economists polled by Dow Jones had expected the first look at third-quarter economic growth to come in at 1.6%.The better-than-expected data was the result of continued consumer spending as well as government expenditures, the department said.
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