Ronald Reagan is back, but this time as a hologram hilaryl 2018-10-150 views Ronald Reagan is back, but this time as a hologram The Radio City Rockettes rehearse for new Christmas Spectacular finale Octopus predicts its winning numbers for U.S. lottery Going for gold: Sotheby's to hold its first sale dedicated to precious metal Jewelry owned by Marie Antoinette to sell at Sotheby's
Kanye West to Meet with President Trump at the White House hilaryl 2018-10-105 views President Donald Trump will meet with rapper Kanye West in the White House on Oct. 11. The two will have lunch and discuss a number of issues pertinent to the black community, especially in Chicago, where West has an opportunity to offer a helping hand.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in an Oct. 9 statement that “topics of discussions will include manufacturing resurgence in America, prison reform, how to prevent gang violence, and what can be done to reduce violence in Chicago.”
Trump has recently announced a move to reduce violent crime in Chicago, where 2,346 have been shot so far this year (through Oct. 8).
West grew up in Chicago and recently announced he will be moving back from Los Angeles.
The Times Union of Albany reported local officials said a limo speeding down a hill crashed into bystanders at the Apple Barrel Country Store on Saturday in Schoharie, about 170 miles (270 kilometers) north of New York City.
Authorities on Sunday didn't release names of victims or specifics.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.
Rachell Mitchell, a prosecutor based in Arizona, was chosen by Republican senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee to question Christine Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in a Maryland home when she was 15 and he was 17.
Mitchell sent a memo to the Republican senators on Sept. 30, noting the many inconsistencies with Ford’s account that were revealed through questioning during the public hearing on Sept. 27.
Mitchell noted that the memo “contains my own independent assessment of Dr. Ford’s allegations, based upon my independent review of the evidence and my nearly 25 years experience as a career prosecutor of sex-related and other crimes in Arizona.”
The successful country singer choked up while acknowledging her success and the people in her life.
“I’ve been so blessed in my life to have so many people that have … Crap. I’m crying … so many people who have believed in me. I’m so blessed to be born into a family who are here today—my mom is crying too, yeah—and not only just were they an incredible family but they were incredibly encouraging.”
Her powerful singing voice turned thin and high-pitched while she spoke at the ceremony. Underwood was accompanied by her husband, retired pro hockey player Mike Fisher, and their son, Isaiah Michael Fisher.
“Then I met an incredible man, Mike, who thinks I’m so much better than I am in every way. Thank you for believing me as a human, as a wife, as a mom and supporting me through all of this. He believes in me and we have another little man who believes in me too. Isaiah Michael, we love you so much. You’re the best thing we ever did. The best thing. I love you and I’m proud of you and I believe in you too.”
Underwood’s Rise to Fame Music producer Simon Cowell also attended the function and spoke about Underwood’s rise to fame from its beginnings, when she competed on “American Idol” Season 4 and won.
“We were having the worst ‘American Idol’ season I’d ever had in my life to the point where ‘You know what? We might as well say goodbye now.’ The whole show was what I call gray and white. It was nothing. Then this shy lady walks in and sings ‘I Can’t Make You Love Me’ and the show turned to full color at that point. That was the effect you, Carrie, had on me, the producers, and the other judges that day. I thought we may have found a great artist here and we did.”
After Underwood gave an incredible performance of “Alone” by rock band Heart one night on the show, in 2005, Cowell predicted she would go on to win, and then sell more records than previous winners, according to VH1’s Behind the Music.
“Apart from being a great artist, you’re a role model, you’re a very sweet person like me. No, no, no. Not that I’m sweet. It was a lead on to something else. I was going to say ‘Like me, we both love animals.’ And it could not be more appropriate that a star is getting a star today.”
Country singer Brad Paisley also spoke at the ceremony.
“I think of the artists that will be recording here at Capitol Records that are going to walk out here one night drunk and throw up on the star of one of the most important artists we’ll ever have in our format. We love you, Carrie.”
Underwood is set to go on tour for her latest album, “Cry Pretty.” The first concert stop for The Cry Pretty Tour 360 is set for May 1, 2019, in Greensboro, North Carolina. She’ll make concert stops in the United States and Canada.
VP Pence pledges to bring MIAs home from Korea hilaryl 2018-09-210 views Vice President Mike Pence voiced optimism over the administration's effort to negotiate the denuclearization of North Korea, and he pledged to continue the U.S. effort to bring "our missing fallen home" from the Korean Peninsula during a flag presentation ceremony at the Korean War Memorial on the National Mall.
"Just recently, Kim Jong Un announced his committment to allow nuclear inspections, subject to final negotiations," Pence said.
Pence said North Korea's dictator also pledged to dismantle a nuclear test site and a launch pad in the presence of international observers.
Pence said he and President Donald Trump "welcome this good news," adding, "we look forward to further progress."
Speaking about the missing in action, Pence said, "The United States will leave no one behind."
Before speaking, Pence presented a flag that accompanied the August return of U.S. remains from North Korea to (Ret.) Col. Richard Dean II of the Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation.
Moments after the flag was presented, a soldier played taps at the ceremony.
The Foundation plans to build a Korean War Wall of Remembrance on the National Mall to pay tribute to the 36,574 Americans who gave their lives during the war, which begin almost 70 years ago and ended in an armistice three years later.
The wall of remembrance will also list the number of wounded and missing-in-action.
Hawley said in an interview on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show on Sept. 19, that “people are very, very upset by what they see as an ambush” on Kavanaugh, referring to how the sexual assault allegation against the judge didn’t emerge until after the public hearings were over, reported Politico.
Noting that McCaskill also opposed Trump’s first Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, Hawley added: “Nobody is surprised. Claire McCaskill is now 0 for 6 on Supreme Court nominees since she started running for the Senate 12 long years ago.”
“She has sided with Chuck Schumer every single time—for liberals and against Missouri,” he said.
President Donald Trump won Missouri in the 2016 presidential election and McCaskill faces a tough challenge in November in her bid for re-election from Hawley, a former law clerk for Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.
The race has been tight the entire year, with neither contender getting a lead of more than four points in a single poll, according to RealClearPolitics. Recent polls have Hawley slightly in the lead, by less than a full percentage point.
Echoing a number of commentators, Jessie Jane Duff, a retired U.S. Marine and now a senior fellow for the London Center for Policy Research, said that McCaskill won’t get re-elected if she votes against Kavanaugh.
“If Claire won’t vote yes to Confirm Kavanaugh, Missouri won’t vote for Claire in November,” Duff said via Twitter.
The fundraiser is scheduled for Bozeman, Montana, on Sept. 25, for Republican Senate nominee Matt Rosendale, who is attempting to oust Sen. Jon Tester, a two-term incumbent.
Rosendale's campaign announced the event early Sept. 18, but the venue management later in the day announced it wouldn't host the event.
It was originally scheduled for Midtown Tavern, a restaurant on North Seventh Avenue.
'Politically Neutral' Jeff Wilcox, a manager at the restaurant, said that there was a miscommunication and that the restaurant doesn't want to take a side in the Senate race.
“We definitely don’t want to take political sides. That’s never our intention,” Wilcox told the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. “That’s just not who we are. We just try to stay politically neutral. We’re a restaurant.”
Shane Scanlon, a Rosendale spokesman, told the Chronicle that more than 200 people reserved tickets for the event and that the campaign is searching for a different venue after Midtown canceled on them.
In the original announcement, Rosendale said he was excited to welcome Trump Jr. and Guilfoyle to Montana, according to KMMS.
“This race is a top priority for the Trump administration and it’s an honor to have them join us on the campaign trail," he said. "President Trump is now counting on all of us to win this race so we can help him advance his agenda.”
Campaigning President Trump campaigned for Rosendale in Montana at a rally about two weeks ago, and earlier this year visited Montana to campaign for Rep. Greg Gianforte.
Trump is a critic of Tester, who circulated a list of anonymous, unproven allegations against Dr. Ronny Jackson after the form physician to both Presidents Barack Obama and Trump was nominated by Trump to lead the Veteran Affairs Department.
“[Tester] will never drain the swamp because he happens to live in the swamp," he said during the Sept. 6 rally.
Trump won Montana in the 2016 presidential election.
According to a schedule obtained by the Wall Street Journal, Trump Jr. and Guilfoyle plan to travel to Minnesota, North Dakota, Nevada, and Texas in addition to Montana in the coming weeks.
They're scheduled to fundraise for the Minnesota Republican party in Minneapolis on Sept. 24 before fundraising for Rep. Kevin Kramer, a North Dakota Senate nominee, that night; to fundraise for Rosendale in Montana on Sept. 25; to fundraise for Republican House candidate Danny Tarkanian in Las Vegas on Sept. 26; and campaign for Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas on Oct. 3.
Suspect in Iowa golfer slaying appears in court hilaryl 2018-09-18404 views AMES, IOWA—A homeless man attacked and killed a top amateur golfer from Spain who was playing a round alone near her university campus in central Iowa, leaving her body in a pond on the course, police said on Sept. 18.
Collin Daniel Richards, 22, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Celia Barquin Arozamena, a student at Iowa State University. He was ordered jailed on Sept. 18, on a $5 million, cash-only bond.
Barquin was found morning at Coldwater Golf Links in Ames, about 30 miles north of Des Moines on Sept. 17. Police were called to the course around 10:20 a.m. to investigate a possible missing female after golfers found a golf bag with no one around it.
Officers found Barquin's body some distance from the bag, with several stab wounds to her upper torso, head, and neck, according to the criminal complaint filed on Sept. 18.
"It's still very troubling for something like this to happen in broad daylight in a community that is as safe as Ames is," Ames police Cmdr. Geoff Huff said at a news conference on Sept. 18.
It is the second fatal stabbing of a female student in Iowa in recent months. An illegal alien from Mexico is charged in the July 18 kidnapping and stabbing of University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts, who vanished while out for a run in the small town of Brooklyn.
Barquin, the 2018 Big 12 champion and Iowa State Female Athlete of the year, had no known prior relationship with Richards, Huff said.
Richards, who faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison if convicted, reported in a financial affidavit that he has no job. Paul Rounds, a public defender assigned to represent him, filed paperwork asserting his right to not speak to investigators. Rounds declined to comment.
A police dog tracked Barquin's scent to a homeless encampment along a creek near the golf course, where Richards had been living in a tent, the complaint said. Officers found Richards with several fresh scratches on his face consistent with fighting, and a deep laceration in his left hand that he tried to conceal, it said.
An acquaintance of Richards told investigators that the suspect had said in recent days that he had "an urge to rape and kill a woman," the complaint said. A second acquaintance told police that Richards arrived at his home on Sept. 17, appearing "disheveled and covered in blood, sand and water." He bathed and left with his clothes in a backpack.
Investigators later recovered two pairs of shorts with blood stains and a knife that Richards allegedly gave to two other people after the slaying, the complaint said. Those two individuals were driving Richards out of town after the slaying, but he asked them to drop him off near the camp so he could get his tent. Officers later encountered and arrested him.
The university said Barquin, a native of Puente San Miguel, Spain, was finishing her civil engineering degree this semester after exhausting her eligibility at Iowa State in 2017-2018. Iowa State President Wendy Wintersteen said in a statement on Twitter that she was "deeply saddened" by Barquin's death.
She was one of the most accomplished players in Cyclone golf history. In April, she became the second women's golfer at Iowa State to earn medalist honors at a conference tournament when claiming the 2018 Big 12 Championship. She did it with a three-shot victory.
Barquin, who was ranked No. 69 nationally by Golfweek, ended her career as a Cyclone with a fourth-straight NCAA Regional appearance and earned All-Big 12 Team honors for the third time—the second player in Iowa State's history to do so.
She was the third Cyclone women's golfer to compete in the U.S. Women's Open Championship, the university said. The team announced on Sept. 18, it was pulling out of the East & West Match Play in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to be with friends and family and to grieve their loss.
Head women's golf coach Christie Martens said in a release that Barquin was a well-loved "outstanding representative of our school."
"We will never forget her competitive drive to be the best and her passion for life," Martens s
According to the city's website, a state of emergency is in effect, and the town is observing a mandatory curfew from 8pm - 6am until further notice.
The town says crews are working to restore water and sewer services, but water must be boiled for consumption.
About 467,000 customers were without power service in North Carolina, including in the Wilmington area, which is surrounded by floodwaters and has been cut off.
With Wilmington cut off from the rest of North Carolina by still-rising floodwaters from Florence, officials plan to airlift food and water to a city of nearly 120,000 people as rescuers elsewhere pull inland residents from homes threatened by swollen rivers.
The spreading disaster claimed additional lives Sunday, with at least 17 people confirmed dead, and the nation's top emergency official said other states were in the path this week.
Mac Miller In Memoriam | Billboard hilaryl 2018-09-10306 views Mac Miller has died at the age of 26, Billboard has confirmed. TMZ reports Miller died of an apparent overdose. The Pittsburgh rapper, singer and producer was reportedly found dead in his San Fernando Valley home on Friday (Sept. 7) afternoon. Credit: Billboard
The former White House intern, who is now an anti-bullying activist, said via Twitter that there were agreed-upon parameters regarding the topics of her televised conversation Monday night with a well-known Israeli news anchor.
The interview came after a conference speech she gave about the perils of the internet.
Lewinsky called Yonit Levi’s first question about her relationship with Clinton a “blatant disregard for our agreement.”
Levi, the main anchor of Israel’s top-rated evening newscast, asked Lewinsky if she still expected a personal apology from Clinton over the fallout of the scandal of their affair 20 years ago. Lewinsky responded: “I’m so sorry. I’m not going to be able to do this.” She then put down her microphone and walked offstage.
Unknown white man approximately 30 years of age. He ran me off-road jumped out of the vehicle I couldn't get away. He came towards me shouting he's got a pistol, reached for his waistband. I fired one shot from my pistol. He dropped a cellphone, I kicked it awayI didn't realize it was a cell phone at first. He has a single gunshot to the chest 40 caliber
Ok, I have help on the way, ok, stay on the line
I'm applying pressure to the wound - he is ...breathing.
911: Ok, where is the gun shot?
Square on the chest.
911: Okay. How old is he?
Approx Thirty years of age.
Is he awake?
He is not responsive, faint pulse in chest... He's bleeding. Shallow
That's what Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said at a news conference on Wednesday, August 29, speaking of the shooting on early Tuesday.
Robert Westlake, 38, was driving the vehicle as an Uber driver. Judd said Jason Boek, 34, thought that his estranged girlfriend was inside of Westlake's car and was aggressively tailing Westlake.
Video Shows Threat, Shooting A dashcam video posted to Youtube by the sheriff shows Boek driving erratically and attempting to run Westlake off a central Florida road.
Once both vehicles were stopped, Boek got out of a large pickup truck and threatened to shoot the driver, according to the sheriff.
"You know I got a pistol?" Boek told Westlake, approaching Westlake's car while holding his cell phone like a gun, reported NBC. "You want me to[expletive] shoot you?"
Unknown to Boek, the Uber driver was a concealed weapon permit holder and a recent police academy graduate.
The sheriff said Westlake then fired one shot, striking Boek. The Uber driver called 911 and attempted to revive Boek but he died shortly thereafter.
"He came towards me, shouting he's got a pistol reached toward his waistband," Westlake said on the 911 call, which was made public by the sheriff. "I fired one shot from my pistol. He dropped his cell phone I kicked it away, I didn't realize it was a cell phone at first."
Mistake Authorities said Westlake has cooperated with police. Westlake did not know Boek, nor did the passenger. According to authorities, the passenger, who had been drinking, was escorted into the Uber by Boek’s on-and-off-again girlfriend.
Boek apparently mistakenly believed his estranged girlfriend was in the vehicle, Judd said. Boek threatened to assault both the passenger and the driver, according to text messages released by police.
"The boyfriend is explosive. He's stalking his girlfriend, he's angry with her and he tells her 'I'm going to F [sic] up the Uber driver'" Judd said.
Boek had an extensive criminal history, according to a news release issued by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. He was on probation until June of 2021 for a 2016 felony battery charge. Police found a glass pipe containing methamphetamine residue inside the truck driven by Boek before the shooting.
Stand Your Ground The "Stand Your Ground" law was enacted by the Florida Legislature in 2005.
"In its simplest form, the statute provides that a person is justified in the use of deadly force and has no duty to retreat," according to one law firm.
The conditions are that the person standing their ground reasonably believes such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or to another person, and that "the person acts under and according to the circumstances set forth in Section 776.013 (presuming a reasonable belief as to the necessity of force in the context of ‘dwellings,’ residences, or vehicles)."
"This is a justifiable homicide all day long. You have the right to protect yourself," Sheriff Judd said. "This is a classic 'stand your ground' case."
“At the end of the day, the message is clear,” he added. “Don’t mess with the Uber driver.”
The video shows scenes from outside the school on the day of the Feb. 14 incident, in which 14 students and three staff members died during the first three minutes of the shooting rampage.
The Broward Sheriff's Office released the videos on Wednesday, Aug. 22, mere hours after a Florida Supreme Court rejected the Broward school board’s request to block it. Calls to suppress the footage were based on the argument that its publication could undermine the school system’s security plan, according to CNN.
Shanann's Dad Thanks Community-Keep Praying update hilaryl 2018-08-202K views Shanan Watt's father/Frank Rzucek: We would like to thank everyone in the Frederick Police Department and all the agencies involved for working so hard to find my daughter, granddaughters, and ?Nico?. Thank you everyone for coming out to the candlelight vigil and saying all your prayers. They are greatly appreciated. And keep the prayers coming for our family. Thank you very much.
Shanann's Dad Thanks Community-Keep Praying hilaryl 2018-08-200 views Shanan Watt's father/Frank Rzucek: We would like to thank everyone in the Frederick Police Department and all the agencies involved for working so hard to find my daughter, granddaughters, and ?Nico?. Thank you everyone for coming out to the candlelight vigil and saying all your prayers. They are greatly appreciated. And keep the prayers coming for our family. Thank you very much.
Chris Watts Charged-Charges Read hilaryl 2018-08-20596 views Michael Rourke/District Attorney: Three counts of murder in the first degree after deliberation. One count naming Shanann Watts. One count naming Bella. One count naming Celeste. Each of those as a class one felony. We also filed two counts of first degree murder of a child under the age of 12 by a person in a position of trust. Obviously you can tell based upon the elements of those in the description that those counts named Bella and Celeste as victims. Those are both also class one felonies. We filed one count of unlawful tampering, excuse me, unlawful termination of a pregnancy in the first degree which is a class 2 felony as a result of Shanann being pregnant at the time of her death. We filed three counts of tampering with a deceased human body each of which is a class 3 felony. Each of which count obviously names Shanann, Bella and Celeste as victims.
According to documents sent to the New York Times, the 42-year-old actress had an encounter with 17-year-old actor and musician Jimmy Bennett at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Marina del Rey, California. Argento was 37 at the time.
Based on a letter of intent to sue sent to Argento’s lawyers by Bennet’s lawyer in November 2017, the young man sought $3.5 million for the intentional infliction of emotional distress, lost wages, assault and battery. The age of consent in California is 18 years of age.
The pair had known each other for a decade at the time. Bennett played Argento’s son in the 2004 film The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, when Bennett was 7-years old.
The documents claim that Argento paid the actor #380,000 as per an agreement reached between Bennett and Argento’s lawyer, Carrie Goldberg, in April, 2018
Niether Argento, her lawyers, not Bennet would consent to an interview. Bennet’s lawyer, Gordon K. Sattro, emailed the Times saying “In the coming days Jimmy will continue doing what he has been doing over the past months and years, focusing on his music.”
In a letter sent Friday to former Miss Americas, Cara Mund says she decided to speak out despite the risk of punishment.
Her letter is reminiscent of the movie "Mean Girls," in which characters Gretchen and Regina bully the heroine and make her life miserable. That's what happened to her in real life, Mund wrote. Gretchen Carlson is chairwoman of the Miss America Organization; Regina Hopper is its CEO.
Her letter exponentially increased the turmoil surrounding the pageant three weeks before the next Miss America is to be crowned in Atlantic City.
"Let me be blunt: I strongly believe that my voice is not heard nor wanted by our current leadership; nor do they have any interest in knowing who I am and how my experiences relate to positioning the organization for the future," Mund wrote. "Our chair and CEO have systematically silenced me, reduced me, marginalized me, and essentially erased me in my role as Miss America in subtle and not-so-subtle ways on a daily basis. After a while, the patterns have clearly emerged, and the sheer accumulation of the disrespect, passive-aggressive behavior, belittlement, and outright exclusion has taken a serious toll."
Bullied and Manipulated
Mund said she's been left out of interviews, not invited to meetings and called the wrong name. When she obliquely hinted at trouble with pageant leadership in an interview earlier this month with The Press of Atlantic City, Mund said she was swiftly punished by having her televised farewell speech cut to 30 seconds, and was told a dress she had been approved to wear in the traditional "show us your shoes" parade cannot be worn.
This year's competition will not include swimsuits, and pageant officials from at least 19 states have called for the current leadership to resign.
There was no immediate response from The Miss America Organization or from Carlson and CEO Regina Hopper, who were singled out in Mund's letter.
"Right away, the new leadership delivered an important message: There will be only one Miss America at a time, and she isn't me," Mund wrote.
Mund, who was Miss North Dakota and won the crown on a platform of increasing the number of women elected to political office, said she was treated better by the previous Miss America leadership that was forced from power after sending emails ridiculing the appearance, intellect and sex lives of former Miss Americas.
She cites examples of mistreatment including being excluded from the nationally televised announcement that swimsuits were being eliminated—even though she was with Carlson at the TV studio where it was made. She says pageant handlers ridiculed her clothing choices and chided her for wearing the same outfits too often. When she reached out to former Miss Americas to see if they had been treated similarly, "I was reprimanded by Regina who told me that problems and concerns had to be kept 'in the family.' "
A series of 27 engines inside the German vehicles have gone up in flames between January and July this year.
BMW says it has found the root cause of the fires, and its Korea unit apologized last week.
The company said in a statement that the fires stem from an Exhaust-Gas-Recirculation (EGR) module malfunction. The malfunction “may, in rare cases, cause fires in some BMW diesel vehicles,” it stated.
“Part of this EGR module is the EGR cooler. In some cases, small quantities of the glycol coolant can escape and build up in the EGR module. When combined with carbon and oil sediments, this deposit can become combustible. With the high temperatures of the exhaust gases in this unit, these deposits can ignite. In rare cases, this may cause melting of the intake manifold and in extreme cases a fire may result.”
The company announced a planned recall of 106,317 diesel vehicles beginning next week, including its 520d model, reported Yonhap.
The German carmaker had not been able to complete inspection of 27,246 of the models as of midnight Aug. 13, South Korean officials said.
“With concerns over additional engine fires in BMW cars increasing, the central government has requested regional authorities issue an order to suspend the operation of uninspected BMW vehicles starting Wednesday, together with an order to put them under safety checks,” Transport Minister Kim Hyun-mee said in a publicly broadcast press conference.
“I am asking owners of the BMW cars subject to the recall to actively cooperate to prevent bigger accidents, despite your inconvenience.”
The South Korean government said they’re running their own separate probe into the defects, and owners hit by the ban must be off the road once a notice arrives in the mail. They can only drive the vehicles for the purpose of inspections.
In the European market, the malfunction affected the BMW 3 Series, 4 Series, 5 Series, 6 Series, X3, X4, X5, and X6 vehicles with 4-cylinder diesel engines (production from April 2015 until September 2016) and 6-cylinder diesel engines (production from July 2012 until June 2015).
South Korea is a relatively small auto market, but it sees major sales for premium cars.
BMW is the second-most popular foreign brand of vehicle to Mercedes in the country and has seen its sales in 2017 more than double from five years ago.
Audi Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz are expected to gain market shares in South Korea due to concerns over the fires.
Most of the cars were torched in two different suburbs of Gothenburg on Monday, Aug. 13, but a group of youths also set fire to cars, tires, and pallets, and blocked passages and threw rocks at the police in the city of Trollhättan further north. There were also minor incidents in other southwestern cities.
So far, two young men have been arrested and a third person is wanted by the police, Dan Windt of the South Gothenburg police told Swedish Television (SVT). Three minors who participated at the Trollhättan incident have also been identified.
The motives are as yet unclear. The summer has been relatively calm so far, with no major incidents that required police intervention. Previous similar attacks have often been a response to police action against local gang activity.
“We cannot link tonight’s events to any specific action. Neither can we link the events to any particular gang. At first glance, it seems like a number of individuals decided to intentionally burn the cars of locals,” South Gothenburg police wrote on their Facebook page.
The most serious incident happened at Frölunda torg in the southern part of Gothenburg. Several people filmed and photographed a small group of masked individuals who systematically burned cars at a shopping mall parking lot. They also set off firecrackers.
“I saw three or four black-clad guys. One of them threw a Molotov cocktail at a car, which lit up instantly. Then I heard a loud bang,” an eyewitness told Göteborgstidningen.
Car torchings have become a fairly common phenomenon in Sweden, particularly in certain crime-plagued suburbs of major cities, but Monday’s attacks were an extreme event.
“[We] cannot rule out that there is a connection between these incidents,” South Gothenburg police wrote on their Facebook page. Several police spokespeople and politicians have also noted the apparent coordination, but it is unclear which of the different incidents might be coordinated, how, and to what end.
The apparent coordination, and the fact that the attacks come amidst a heated and bitter election campaign, sparked online speculation about political provocations or even some kind of “false flag” operation. Theories ranging from neo-Nazis to Russian provocateurs have been aired, but police spokesperson Ulla Brehm told SVT that they currently don’t believe the attacks were organized by anyone other than local youths.
Burning cars in suburbs with high crime rates and a high migrant population have become something of a symbol of Sweden’s immigration-related problems. Immigration and crime are high-profile issues in the upcoming general election on Sept. 9.
Swedish prime minister Stefan Löfven condemned the “thuggish behavior” of the perpetrators at a press conference on Tuesday, Aug. 14 and promised a tough government response. In an interview with Swedish Radio he said, “My question to these people is: What the hell are you doing? … You’re ruining things for yourselves, your parents, the whole area, and your neighbors.”
Viktor and Amalija Knavs, both in their 70s, took the citizenship oath in New York City, their lawyer confirmed. The couple had been living in the U.S. as permanent residents. Viktor, 74, previously worked as a car dealer, while his wife Amalija, 73, worked in a textile factory.
“They have travailed a wonderful journey, like most have, millions have in getting citizenship and waiting the requisite period of time,” the couple’s lawyer Michael Wildes told reporters.
“The application, the process, the interview is no different than anybody else’s other than security arrangements to facilitate today.”
The couple was escorted from the ceremony at a Manhattan federal building by Homeland Security police.
There was speculation about the couple applying for citizenship in May after being seen at a building which houses offices for federal immigration officials with their immigration lawyer.
The First Lady was not present at her parents’ citizenship ceremony. Her spokesperson, Stephanie Grisham, declined to comment, saying Viktor and Amalija “are not part of the administration and deserve privacy.”
The Knavses raised Melania, who was named Melanija at birth, in the rural industrial town of Sevnica while Slovenia was under Communist rule.
"Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured," Musk said.
At $420 per share, a deal would represent a 22.8 percent premium to Tesla's closing price on Monday (August 6), making it one of the biggest go-private deals with a price tag of about $72 billion.
Tesla's shares were up 6.5 percent at $363.46. The company had a market value of $58 billion as of Monday's close. Musk owns nearly 20 percent of the company.
Separately, Financial Times reported on Tuesday Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund, overseen by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has built an undisclosed stake of between 3 and 5 percent stake in Tesla.
Five people, including three mothers, were charged with child abuse after officials rescued 11 children from a makeshift compound in New Mexico, according to local officials.
Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe, in an Aug. 4 statement, said that officials found the “occupants were most likely heavily armed and considered extremist of the Muslim belief.” The children, who were aged 1 to 15, looked like “third-world-country refugees” and had only “dirty rags for clothing,” said Hogrefe.
Three women who are believed to be the mothers of the 11 children were arrested. They were identified as Jany Leveille, 35; Hujrah Wahhaj, 38; and Subhannah Wahhaj, 35.
“I believed this would most likely be the path that we would take and stand by my original decision to bring charges after CYFD investigators had an opportunity to conduct their independent investigation, which included interviews and obtaining information such as health and medical needs of the children from the three mothers,” said Hogrefe on Aug. 6.
Two males, Siraj Wahhaj and Lucas Morton, were also arrested in connection with the incident.
No Food, Water, Shoes The sheriff said that only a few potatoes and a box of rice were found in the “filthy” compound. Officials described it as a travel trailer buried in the dirt, covered in plastic, and ringed with tires. There was no plumbing or electricity on-site.
The people in the compound had “no shoes, personal hygiene, and basically dirty rags for clothing,” Hogrefe said.
“We all gave the kids our water and what snacks we had–it was the saddest living conditions and poverty I have seen,” he continued.
The search of the property took place as part of a search for 4-year-old Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj, who vanished last year. His mother reported him missing after Siraj Wahhaj took the child to a park in Clayton County, Georgia, and did not return home, according to The Albuquerque Journal.
The boy wasn’t located at the New Mexico compound.
Hogrefe said the move to search the facility came after a Georgia investigator forwarded a message to him in which someone at the compound told another person that people there were starving and needed water.
“The message sent to a third party simply said in part, ‘We are starving and need food and water,’” Hogrefe said. “I absolutely knew that we couldn’t wait on another agency to step up and we had to go check this out as soon as possible.”
Wahhaj, meanwhile, was armed with an “AR-15 rifle, five loaded 30-round magazines, and four loaded pistols, including one in his pocket” when police arrived, according to Hogrefe.
[[Mike Pompeo, State Department ZaSecretary]] “The United States advances religious freedom in our foreign policy because it is not exclusively an American right. It is a God-given universal right bestowed on all of mankind.”
In an effort to promote that right, the State Department held its first Ministerial on Religious Freedom July 24 to 26 in Washington, D.C.
[[Mike Pence, US Vice President]]: [[7:55-8:06]] “As President Trump has said on many occasions, the United States of America is a “nation of faith,” and religious freedom is a top priority of this administration.”
[[Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State]]: “When religious freedom flourishes, a country flourishes.”
Representatives from over 80 countries attended the event, including victims of religious persecution who shared their stories.
Marziyeh Amirizadeh [[11:27- “We spent 259 days in Evin prison, one of the most notorious prisons in Iran.”
[[Monir Khanjani, Niece of[Jamaloddin Khanjani]] [6:03--6:12]] “We would hear regularly of arrests, executions, and looting of Baha’i homes and businesses.”
Maryam Rostampour [[16:23--16:26]] “All the Iranians are experiencing different forms of persecution and suffering.”
It wasn’t just Iran that was highlighted though. The governments of Russia, Iraq, Nicaragua, Sudan, Turkey, North Korea, and particularly China were held up as violators of religious freedom.
[[Mike Pence, U.S Vice President]] [[14:50 -14:56]] “For nearly 70 years, the Tibetan people have been brutally repressed by the Chinese government.”
[[Frank Wolf, Retired U.S. Representative]] [[55:06-55:17]] “Falun Gong are facing severe persecution and there are actually reports of organ harvesting where they kill him and they take your organs for sale.”
[[Mike Pence, U.S Vice President]] [[15:32--15:42]] “Sadly, as we speak as well, Beijing is holding hundreds of thousands, and possibly millions, of Uyghur Muslims in so-called “re-education camps.”
[[Frank Wolf, Retired U.S. Representative]] [55:43-55:51]] “For me as a follower of Jesus scripture gives little choice but to respond to the oppression.”
Regarding Turkey, news of a positive development came out on the last day of the ministerial.
[[Sam Brownbeck, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom]] [[00:17--00:28]] “Well, you’re already having an impact it appears. Reuters is reporting that an American Pastor who has been detained in Turkey for nearly 2 years has been put out on house arrest.”
Secretary Pompeo said that the U.S. is in conversation with Turkey to bring Pastor Andrew Brunson home.
[[Mike Pence, U.S. Vice President]] “If Turkey does not take immediate action to free this innocent man of faith and send him home to America, the United States will impose significant sanctions on Turkey until Pastor Andrew Brunson is free.”
Day one of the Ministerial was about learning how to tap into government and private sector resources. On day two, participants shared stories, advice, and expertise. And day 3 was about identifying barriers to religious freedom and how to overcome them.
USAID Administrator Mark Green said that by merely holding such an event, it spreads hope to those persecuted for their faith around the world.
[[Mark Green, USAID Administrator]] [[36:25-36:32]] “Of course, hope is insufficient if it is unaccompanied by action.”
There were several concrete actions the U.S. will take announced at the ministerial.
[[Mike Pence, US Secretary of State]] “It’s my privilege as vice president to announce today that the United States of America will establish the Genocide Recovery and Persecution Response Program, effective today. Under this new program, the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development will closely partner with local faith and community leaders to rapidly deliver aid to persecuted communities, beginning with
Russia seized Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 after Ukraine's pro-Russian president was toppled in an uprising. The West condemned the seizure as an illegal annexation and retaliated against Moscow with sanctions.
After the annexation, the Kremlin ordered the building of a $3.6 billion bridge to link the peninsula to Russia.
The bridge, part of which was unveiled by Russian President Vladimir Putin in May, has drawn strong rebuke from the EU, which calls it a further violation of Ukraine's sovereignty.
Moscovici said that global trade tensions were high and threatened to escalate further, placing the multilateral system under significant pressure. He said, however, that the economic impact had been limited so far.
"The meeting has not been tense and we were in mutual listening mode and I hope that this is the beginning of something," Moscovici said. "But still the positions are not similar."
Also during the meetings, finance ministers and central bankers from the world's largest economies meeting in Argentina said heightened trade and geopolitical tensions pose an increased risk to global growth and have called for greater dialogue, according to a draft communique from the meeting.
The draft reviewed by Reuters, which is still subject to possible revisions, also noted that emerging market economies are better prepared to adjust to external shocks but they still face challenges from market volatility and reversals of capital flows.