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Man in Romanian village coordinated network that smuggled thousands into U.S. for up to $25K: Prosecutors

Man in Romanian village coordinated network that smuggled thousands into U.S. for up to $25K: Prosecutors

A man charged with heading a ring that smuggled thousands of Romanians into the United States has pleaded not guilty to federal charges.Luigi Popescu entered pleas Monday in federal court in San Diego, the San Diego Union-Tribune .He was arrested on a warrant Friday in Romania and extradited to San Diego over the weekend.Popescu, who’s from a village in Romania, allegedly coordinated a network of guides, drivers and stash houses to bring Romanians into the U.S. from both the northern and southern borders, including a route from Mexico to California, prosecutors said.Romanians heading to...

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Mail-order medicine for vets delayed due to policy changes at Postal Service: Lawmakers

Mail-order medicine for vets delayed due to policy changes at Postal Service: Lawmakers

Policy changes that slow delivery at the U.S. Postal Service are taking a toll on military veterans, who are reporting much longer wait times to receive mail-order prescription drugs, according to Democratic senators.In a letter Friday, the 31 senators take aim at new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a GOP fundraiser who took the post in June and has since imposed several operational changes that have led to mail backlogs across the United States. His cost-cutting measures have come as and says he may hold up postal funding to impede the balloting in November.The senators say they’ve heard...

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Myanmar Leader Aung San Suu Kyi Will Run Again in November Election

Myanmar Leader Aung San Suu Kyi Will Run Again in November Election

Myanmar’s leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, will be a candidate in this November’s general election, a spokesman for her National League for Democracy (NLD) party said Tuesday.NLD spokesman Zaw Myint Maung announced after a meeting of the party’s Central Executive Committee that Suu Kyi and President Win Myint will run in the November 8 polls.Suu Kyi will provide more details of her plans on Thursday, he said.Suu Kyi was barred from becoming president by a clause in the constitution that was enacted under a previous military government. The post of state counsellor was created by her party as a...

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Power restored in California after heat wave spurs first rolling blackouts since 2001

Power restored in California after heat wave spurs first rolling blackouts since 2001

Power was restored across California by 10 p.m. Friday, after rolling blackouts had been ordered earlier in the evening for the first time since 2001 as a statewide heat wave strained its electrical system. The state’s energy grid went into a Stage 3 emergency shortly after 6:30 p.m., and utilities were ordered to shed their power loads. But the grid stabilized around 7:50 p.m., and blackouts were no longer needed by 9 p.m., .The situation came amid heat watches and warnings issued by the National Weather Service that covered much of the state. The scorching temperatures brought the threat...

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Postal Service is warning 46 states about mail voting delays, report says

Postal Service is warning 46 states about mail voting delays, report says

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service has warned 46 states and the District of Columbia it cannot guarantee all ballots cast by mail for the November election will arrive in time to be counted, the Washington Post reported Friday.Even as President Donald Trump rails against wide-scale voting by mail, the Postal Service is bracing for an unprecedented number of mail-in ballots as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. At the same time that the need for timely delivery of the mail is peaking, service has been curtailed amid cost-cutting and efficiency measures ordered by the...

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CSU investigates claims athletic department told football players to ‘not reveal symptoms’

CSU investigates claims athletic department told football players to ‘not reveal symptoms’

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Colorado State president Joyce McConnell says she will launch an investigation into how the athletic department handled COVID-19 safety protocols amid a report that players were told not to reveal symptoms.The investigation stems from an article published in the Coloradoan on Tuesday. According to the newspaper report, Colorado State football players and members of the athletic staff say coaches told them not to report coronavirus symptoms and threatened players with reduced playing time should they quarantine.McConnell promised a swift investigation and full...

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Male-only military draft is constitutional, federal appeals court rules

Male-only military draft is constitutional, federal appeals court rules

A federal appeals court in New Orleans upheld the constitutionality of the all-male military draft system Thursday, citing a 1981 U.S. Supreme Court decision.In a decision that overturned a 2019 ruling by a Texas-based federal judge, a panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans said “only the Supreme Court may revise its precedent.”The case was and was the result of a lawsuit by the National Coalition for Men and two men challenging the male-only draft. They argued that the 1981 case was decided at a time when women were largely absent from combat.Thursday’s unanimous...

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‘They want to kill our cows. That means you’re next,’ Trump says at Iowa rally

‘They want to kill our cows. That means you’re next,’ Trump says at Iowa rally

DES MOINES, Iowa — President Donald Trump lashed out at his top Democratic presidential rivals Thursday, taking his fight to the first-in-the-nation caucus state of Iowa and the crucial battleground state of Michigan.With Democrats set to hold their nominating battle Monday, Trump slammed former Vice President Joe Biden for his small campaign crowds, mocked Bernie Sanders as “Crazy Bernie” and ragged on Pete Buttigieg for his difficult-to-pronounce last name. He also rehashed old grievances and digs at his 2016 Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, but said the current field of Democratic...

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Israel and UAE to form diplomatic ties, says Donald Trump

Israel and UAE to form diplomatic ties, says Donald Trump

Trump calls moment ‘truly historic’ as UAE is first Gulf Arab state to have active links with Israel Associated PressThu 13 Aug 2020 11.46 EDTDonald Trump has said the United Arab Emirates and Israel have agreed to establish full diplomatic ties as part of a deal to halt the annexation of occupied land sought by the Palestinians for their future state.The announcement makes the UAE the first Gulf Arab state to do so and only the third Arab nation to have active diplomatic ties to Israel.Trump tweeted a statement from the countries, acknowledging the deal. He then told reporters in the Oval...

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Commander: Military accounts for 7% of Hawaii virus cases

Commander: Military accounts for 7% of Hawaii virus cases

Commander: Military accounts for 7% of Hawaii virus cases By HONOLULU (AP) — The head of the U.S. military’s Indo-Pacific Command has said that service members and their families represent about 7% of the coronavirus cases in Hawaii. Adm. Phil Davidson released the infection figures in a memo to Indo-Pacific service component commanders, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser Tuesday. The memo cites the 7% figure, which translates into about 204 service members among the 2,914 people in Hawaii who had been infected with the virus when Davidson issued his message. About 43,000 active duty military...

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Onions sold at CA Trader Joe’s, Ralphs recalled after salmonella outbreak sickens 640 people

Onions sold at CA Trader Joe’s, Ralphs recalled after salmonella outbreak sickens 640 people

Some red and yellow onions sold in the West at Trader Joe’s and Ralphs are being recalled in relation to an ongoing salmonella outbreak linked to the vegetable.said Monday that it received affected onions by Thomson International, the Bakersfield company identified by The Food and Drug Administration as the likely source of the outbreak.The recalled conventional red onions were sold at Trader Joe’s stores in Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah stores, while the recalled conventional yellow onions were sold at Ralphs stores in California.“The onions are sold loose in bulk bins. The red...

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Illinois school district says no pajamas for online classes

Illinois school district says no pajamas for online classes

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The school district in Illinois’ capital city has updated its school dress code policy for remote learning, saying students can’t wear pajama pants, slippers or hats while on camera when classes start this month.Springfield Public Schools officials said they hope students approach online classes the same way they would attending classes in person and that means following a dress code that also bars hoods, sunglasses and bandannas, among other things. The district said students should also be “sitting up out of bed preferably at a desk or table” during remote...

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DeWine unsure if Ohio can afford state match required for extended $400 unemployment benefits

DeWine unsure if Ohio can afford state match required for extended $400 unemployment benefits

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Whether President Donald Trump has the constitutional authority to extend by executive order remains unclear. Equally up in the air is whether states, which are necessary partners in Trump’s plan to bypass Congress, will sign on.Trump announced an Saturday that extends additional unemployment payments of $400 a week to help cushion the economic fallout of the pandemic. Congress had approved payments of $600 a week at the outset of thebut those benefits expired Aug. 1 and Congress has been unable to agree on an extension. Many Republicans have expressed concern that...

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Trump takes executive action on virus relief, Pelosi calls move ‘absurdly unconstitutional’

Trump takes executive action on virus relief, Pelosi calls move ‘absurdly unconstitutional’

WASHINGTON (CNN/AP) —  on Sunday called  executive actions on “absurdly unconstitutional.”“Well, the fact is, is that whether they’re legal or not takes time to figure out. I associate my remarks with what the Senator (Ben) Sasse who says, they’re ‘unconstitutional slop.’ Right now we want to address the needs of the American people,” she told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union” when asked if she would sue to block them. “As my constitutional advisers tell me, they’re absurdly unconstitutional.”On Saturday, Trump bypassed Congress and asserted his executive powers by signing four...

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Police: Rape suspect who was freed from jail due to pandemic kills accuser

Police: Rape suspect who was freed from jail due to pandemic kills accuser

ShareALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Police in Virginia say that a rape suspect released from jail in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic went on to kill the woman who had accused him.The Washington Post reports that Ibrahim E. Bouaichi was tracked down by authorities on Wednesday. But he shot himself and was in grave condition on Thursday.Bouaichi was indicted last year on charges that included rape, strangulation and abduction. He was jailed without bond in Alexandria.The woman testified against him in Alexandria District Court in December.When the pandemic hit, Bouaichi’s lawyers argued that he...

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'Most sophisticated tunnel in US history' discovered between Mexico and Arizona

'Most sophisticated tunnel in US history' discovered between Mexico and Arizona

Although it’s not clear exactly what the structure was intended for, it had ventilation, a rail system and extensive reinforcement Associated PressFri 7 Aug 2020 15.54 EDTAn incomplete tunnel found stretching from Mexico to Arizona appears to be “the most sophisticated tunnel in US history”, authorities said.The tunnel, intended for smuggling, ran from a neighborhood in San Luis Río Colorado, Mexico, to San Luis, Arizona, where it stopped short of reaching the surface. It was built in an area that’s not conducive to tunnels because of the terrain, and it had a ventilation system, water...

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ACLU has filed nearly 400 lawsuits against Trump administration

ACLU has filed nearly 400 lawsuits against Trump administration

The day after , the American Civil Liberties Union posted a message to him on its website: “See you in court.”As president, Trump hasn’t personally squared off against the ACLU from the witness stand, but the broader warning has been borne out. As of this week, the ACLU has filed nearly 400 lawsuits and other legal actions against the Trump administration, some meeting with setbacks but many resulting in important victories.Among other successes for the ACLU, it prevailed in a U.S. Supreme Court case blocking the administration from placing . It also spearheaded legal efforts that curtailed...

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Trump issues executive order to ban TikTok, WeChat from operating in U.S. in 45 days if they’re not sold by Chinese parent companies

Trump issues executive order to ban TikTok, WeChat from operating in U.S. in 45 days if they’re not sold by Chinese parent companies

President Donald Trump on Thursday ordered a sweeping but unspecified ban on dealings with the Chinese owners of consumer apps  and , although it remains unclear if he has the legal authority to actually ban the apps from the U.S.The twin executive orders — one for each app — take effect in 45 days. They say they are necessary because the China-owned apps “threaten the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States,” and call on the Commerce Secretary to define the banned dealings by that time. While the wording of the orders is vague and appears to have been rushed...

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Athletics coach apologizes for apparent Nazi salute - Sportsnet.ca

Athletics coach apologizes for apparent Nazi salute - Sportsnet.ca

Rogers Media uses cookies for personalization, to customize its online advertisements, and for other purposes. or change your cookie preferences. Rogers Media supports the Digital Advertising Alliance principles. By continuing to use our service, you agree to our use of cookies.We use cookies () You can change cookie preferences. Continued site use signifies consent.Oakland Athletics players walk on the field at Oakland Coliseum during a baseball practice in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, July 11, 2020. (Jeff Chiu/AP)OAKLAND, Calif. — bench coach Ryan Christenson has apologized for raising his...

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Over 17,000 California prisoners — 70% more than earlier estimate — could be released early due to COVID-19

Over 17,000 California prisoners — 70% more than earlier estimate — could be released early due to COVID-19

California state prison officials say as many as 17,600 inmates may be released early due to the coronavirus.That’s 70% more than previously estimated and a total that victims and police say includes dangerous criminals who should stay locked up.Among those released last week was Terebea Williams, who served 19 years of an 84 years-to-life sentence for first-degree murder, carjacking and kidnapping.She was deemed at high medical risk for the virus, though officials couldn’t say what put her in that categoryThe earlier releases also are causing consternation as probation officers and...

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Nine-year-old Florida boy hailed as hero after saving father from drowning

Nine-year-old Florida boy hailed as hero after saving father from drowning

Asaih Williams never had any formal swimming or lifeguard training but managed to pull his father to shore Associated PressThu 6 Aug 2020 10.35 EDTA nine-year-old Florida boy is being hailed a hero for pulling his father from the water after the man fractured his neck in a diving accident.Asaih Williams said he always plays a game in his head when he is diving with someone. If the other person doesn’t emerge from the water in a set amount of time, then the boy goes in after him.He has never had any formal swimming or lifeguard training. It’s just something he does. It ended up saving his...

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State reports almost 9,200 new coronavirus cases, 245 deaths

State reports almost 9,200 new coronavirus cases, 245 deaths

Associated PressPublished: August 4, 2020, 7:30 pmTags: , , , , , Sign up for our NewslettersAssociated PressPublished: August 4, 2020, 7:30 pmTags: , , , , , AUSTIN, Texas – Texas health officials reported almost 9,200 confirmed new coronavius cases Tuesday as a convention center in the hard-hit Rio Grande Valley opened as a makeshift hospital for COVID-19 patients.The Department of State Health Services on Tuesday reported 245 confirmed new deaths from the virus that has taken a particularly grim toll along the Texas border. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott said the McAllen Convention Center...

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President Trump to give $35 million to aid human trafficking survivors

President Trump to give $35 million to aid human trafficking survivors

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is awarding more than $35 million in Justice Department grants to organizations that provide safe housing for survivors of human trafficking.The grants are being announced Tuesday at a White House event attended by Attorney General William Barr, presidential adviser Ivanka Trump, other administration officials, survivors of human trafficking and organizations that serve them.The $35 million in Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Human Trafficking is being provided by the Office for Victims of Crime within the Justice Department’s Office of...

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