Brazil’s president accused of bribery

May 19, 2017

Rio de Janeiro (CNN)Brazil’s leadership lurched into another bribery scandal Wednesday, as one of the country’s biggest newspapers accused President Michel Temer of paying a former senate colleague hush money. Temer’s office released a statement denying that he had authorized any bribes to be paid to imprisoned former house speaker Eduardo Cunha in exchange for his silence regarding a long-running corruption investigation. The prominent daily newspaper O Globo reported …

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Now it’s up to the special counsel

May 18, 2017

Washington (CNN)A bad day for the White House could turn out to be a good day for justice and democratic accountability and institutions. Robert Mueller’s appointment Wednesday as special counsel to probe Russian election meddling and any collusion by Trump campaign aides elevates the investigation clear of partisanship and the threat of White House interference. It therefore may offer the best chance for a politically bulletproof accounting of the guilt or innocence of members of the …

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FBI agents concerned about future of Russia probe

May 14, 2017

(CNN)Some FBI investigators are worried the Trump administration could try to interfere with probes, including on Russia, by shifting resources and priorities away from counterintelligence investigations, FBI sources tell CNN. There is a “general fear that the White House will try to interfere with the investigation” into Russian election meddling, one FBI source said. “The first target will be the leak investigation, and then, long term, if Donald Trump appoints some crony, …

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Democratic Rep.: ‘Very strong case’ for obstruction of justice against Trump

May 14, 2017

… remarks also follow the President’s comment in an interview with NBC’s Lester Holt on Thursday that he considered the FBI’s investigation of alleged collusion between Trump campaign aides and Russian officials in his decision to fire the FBI director. “Asking for loyalty of the FBI, which is supposed to be independent — especially when he just admitted he was thinking of firing Comey essentially because of the Russian investigation — those two things combined …

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Officer accused of misconduct after making racist toy complaint – BBC News

May 12, 2017

… detective received an online reply saying: “What is described – if accurate – is unacceptable” and was told that it would be looked into “immediately”. But a month later, the detective himself was put under investigation for allegedly posting “untrue and potentially inflammatory comments”. He was told his actions had “breached the standards of professional behaviour… relating to “honesty and integrity” and …

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Trump’s anger could lead down a dangerous road

May 12, 2017

(CNN)Presidents often get angry, but most go to great lengths to hide their fits of rage and the impression that red faced fury rules their actions. Not Donald Trump. In three-and-a-half months in office, the 45th President has shown that indignation, impulsiveness and a prickly desire to protect his own self image are at the core of his governing philosophy. Trump: I planned to fire Comey Trump: Russia story made up by Democrats Did Trump …

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Trump says he considered ‘this Russia thing’ before firing FBI Director Comey

May 12, 2017

(CNN)US President Donald Trump said Thursday he was thinking of “this Russian thing” when he decided to fire FBI Director James Comey, who had been leading the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election. His statement undercuts those made by other administration officials, including Vice President Mike Pence and senior adviser Kellyanne Conway, who both said the decision to fire Comey was based on the recommendation of the deputy attorney general and attorney …

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In firing Comey, Trump is playing with fire

May 10, 2017

… to craft a rationale to fire Comey. In a three-page memorandum, the best Rosenstein could do was to invoke what is now ancient political history — Comey’s alleged violation of Department of Justice policies in the handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation. The alleged transgressions related to this investigation occurred months before Trump’s Inauguration. Join us on Twitter and Facebook Trump’s clumsy manipulation of the very same levers has …

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After Yates, more questions for the Trump White House

May 10, 2017

Washington (CNN)Sally Yates didn’t bring a smoking gun to the latest episode of the long-running political melodrama entwining the White House and Russia. In her long-awaited first public accounting of her dealings with the Trump administration, Yates testified that she explicitly warned White House counsel Donald McGahn in January that former national security adviser Michael Flynn had been compromised and could be a target for Russian blackmail. Her intervention provoked an awkward …

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Jordan Edwards:Texas officer who faces murder charge free on bail

May 7, 2017

… bullets shattered the front passenger-side window and struck Edwards. It took a few moments for Edwards’ 16-year-old brother, who was driving, and other passengers to notice that he was slumped over in his seat. Police had said the teenagers’ car was backing up toward officers “in an aggressive manner,” but later said body camera video showed the vehicle actually driving away from the officers. The investigation into the shooting “will continue and does not conclude …

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Chicago police shooting: 3 held for questioning after 2 officers wounded in ambush

May 4, 2017

Chicago police on Wednesday questioned three persons of interest after two police officers were shot and injured in the city’s South Side in what was a targeted attack. Two guns and a vehicle were recovered in the investigation. It appears the two were shot by a high-powered weapon, Anthony Guglielmi, Chicago Police chief spokesman, said on Twitter. CPD questioning 3 people of interest from officer shooting. 2 guns recovered thus far. We believe officers were shot by high powered weapon …

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Ex-Celtic Boys Club coach accused of abuse tracked to US – BBC News

May 2, 2017

… convictions on an Esta can be a criminal offence in the US. It is understood Torbett is close to the 90 days maximum, and he is expected to return to the UK shortly. When he does, these questions will persist. A major police investigation is currently under way into claims that he, and others at Celtic Boys Club, abused boys there over several decades. For the full footage of the confrontation watch Reporting Scotland on BBC One Scotland from 18:30. More From this publisher : HERE Recommended …

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The FBI translator who went rogue and married an ISIS terrorist

May 2, 2017

An FBI translator with a top-secret security clearance traveled to Syria in 2014 and married a key ISIS operative she had been assigned to investigate, CNN has learned. The rogue employee, Daniela Greene, lied to the FBI about where she was going and warned her new husband he was under investigation, according to federal court records. Greene’s saga, which has never been publicized, exposes an embarrassing breach of national security at the FBIan agency that has made its mission rooting …

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South Korea’s military ‘sodomy law’ should go

May 1, 2017

… advocacy groups that have been working on the case say that military investigators have confiscated mobile phones belonging to up to 50 soldiers suspected of being gay and insisted that they identify other gay men on their contact lists and gay dating apps. Army officials say they are conducting a perfectly legal criminal investigation into soldiers accused of filming and uploading the video, invoking a discriminatory military code that prohibits consensual same-sex acts. One of the men targeted …

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Los Angeles shooting spree: At least 1 killed, 3 hurt as police hunt suspects

May 1, 2017

Authorities in Southern California were searching for a Hispanic male and female accused of stealing a womans SUV on Saturday and then going on a shooting rampage, killing one and injuring three. “It doesn’t appear they were target-specific or gang related,” Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department Deputy Ryan Rouzan said, adding that the investigation is ongoing. The rampage began at around 2:15 p.m. when one person forced a woman from her Nissan Pathfinder in Pico Rivera, a …

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How the LAPD has changed 25 years after the riots

April 29, 2017

… investigation into what caused them and what could be done to prevent the city from erupting again. The 228-page Christopher Commission Report found a pervasive pattern of excessive force by officers, and that the department did little to rein it in. It recommended that the city create a new civilian Inspector General to oversee all complaints of misconduct, and to audit the department’s disciplinary system yearly. The report also made public damning transcripts of conversations that …

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US Navy helicopter crashes in Pacific near Guam

April 28, 2017

A U.S. Navy helicopter crashed in the Pacific Ocean Thursday while conducting flight operations just 24 miles east off the coast of Guam. The entire crew, which included two pilots and one air crewman, was safely recovered by USS Dewey after their MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter went down. The crew did not sustain any serious injuries in the crash. It is not immediately clear what caused the helicopter to crash. There is an investigation underway. The incident comes less than a week after a Navy …

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How the Paris police shooting could shape the French election

April 21, 2017

… ensure the safety of our citizens,” he said in a statement. Fiches S The suggestion that the suspect, a French national, was already under surveillance by security services is expected to provide grist for politicians who look to criticize the government’s commitment to protecting its citizens. A source close to the investigation told CNN the suspect was “Fiches S,” or “S card,” indicating that he was regarded as a potential threat to national security. In …

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House Russia investigator travels to Cyprus, island at center of Manafort allegations

April 16, 2017

(CNN)A Democrat on the House intelligence committee flew to Cyprus this week as part of the panel’s broad investigation into allegations that Russian operatives and top aides on President Donald Trump’s campaign colluded to influence the US election. “You go to Cyprus because that’s where Russians launder money,” said Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Illinois, in explaining the reason for his trip. The Mediterranean island nation has become a part of the sprawling probe …

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FBI monitored former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page on Russia

April 12, 2017

… investigation into possible ties between Trump’s campaign and Russia, the newspaper says, citing unnamed law enforcement and other US officials. The FBI and Justice Department obtained the warrant after convincing a FISA judge there was probable cause to believe Page was acting as an agent of a foreign government (Russia), the report says. The warrant presents the strongest information to date that the FBI had reason to believe a Trump adviser was in touch with Moscow and met with foreign …

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Hunt for body of teacher, beauty queen leads to Georgia pecan farm

April 11, 2017

A pecan farm in Georgia was the focus Wednesday in the search for the remains of a high school teacher and former beauty queen who vanished more than 11 years ago. Two interviews led more than 40 investigators and anthropologists to the Fitzgerald farm Tuesday to search for Tara Grinstead’s body, Georgia Bureau of investigation Special Agent in Charge J.T. Ricketson told local media. MAN ACCUSED OF CARJACKING FEDEX DRIVER We identified some specific areas that we gridded off so we could …

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Schiff: Trump promised documents, but WH staff is fighting release

April 6, 2017

(CNN)The top Democrat on the House Russia investigation, Rep. Adam Schiff, said Wednesday President Donald Trump personally promised documents at the center of “unmasking” allegations would be made available to all members of the House intelligence committee, but that White House staff is fighting those documents’ release. “The President, when I met with him, said that he is happy to have whoever we wanted review the documents. His staff has opposed that, they were …

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